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DABBS, HOWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 30, 1910
Boy's Wish Realized In Sad Drowning
Starting off to go swimming, when he couldn't swim a stroke, 12 year old Howard Dabbs declared Wednesday afternoon that he did not fear death by drowning, because that was the way he wanted to die. It was a bit of bravado on the boy's part, and when he uttered the words he little thought that his expressed wish would be so soon realized. With James Wilkinson and Neil Dixon, both 13, the Dabbs boy had been playing Wednesday when someone held up two fingers, the boy's sign for "let's go swimming." They were talking it over in the presence of Mrs. Hoyt, the sister of the Wilkinson boy, and she warned them not to go as the Dabbs boy had said he had been having the chills. Mrs. Hoyt cautioned him of the danger of going swimming when he was suffering from malaria, and the Dabbs boy told her that he wanted to die by drowning. Then the three little boys started away. At Hop Hollow they were wading around with their clothes off, the survivors say, and Dabbs got into deep water, just at the edge of an eddy. When he went off the reef he began bobbing up and down in the water, and every time he came up he was farther out. A man near by put off in a skiff to help the drowning boy, but just as he reached for the boy's hair to seize him, the boy slipped away and went down for the last time. The man told the survivors to go to Alton and report it, while he tried to find the body. The boys put on their clothes, and carrying their companion's garments, they ran all the way to Alton and told Mrs. Hoyt, the Wilkinson boy's sister, who had cautioned them not to go. Then the police were notified, and Mr. Dabbs was also told of the drowning. Mr. Dabbs went to search for the body, but gave up last night at dark. The body, it was concluded, had been carried out by the eddy to deep water. The body of the child was found this morning and turned over to Coroner Streeper, who will hold an inquest. The body was found by Fred Page. The father, Thomas Dabbs, was there helping to look for his son's body. The funeral will be from the family home, Seventh and Alby streets. The body will be sent to Hartford in Jersey county, tomorrow morning.


DABNEY, J. H./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 11, 1851
An inquest was held last Saturday by S. W. Robbins, Esq., Coroner, upon the body of a man named J. H. Dabney, found dead upon the railroad in Alton. The deceased was a man apparently of intemperate habits, and it was supposed that his existence was terminated by an attack of delirium tremens, early in the morning of that day. The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with these facts.


DACEY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 17, 1917 Hero of Belle Street Flood Dead
William Dacey, hero of the Belle street flood, died at the home of his brother, John Dacey, at 707 Market street, last evening after a short illness with pneumonia. He was 29 years of age. Dacey, always a wild youth, attracted considerable attention in 1912 when he rushed up Belle street on the night of the cloud burst, knocking on windows and doors and rousing the people from their sleep to the danger that was soon to be theirs, on account of the wall of water that was sweeping down the street. His warning probably saved the lives of many people at that time. Dacey is survived by his father, John Dacey; one brother, John Dacey; and two sisters, Mary Gaither and Elizabeth Dacey, both of Alton. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 9 o'clock from Cathedral....[unreadable].


DAECH, FRANCIS H./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 14, 1886
From Edwardsville – Mrs. Francis H. Daech, wife of ex-Circuit Clerk William Daech, died early last Saturday morning of consumption. Her funeral was largely attended by sympathizing friends.


DAECH, GEORGE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 18, 1893
George, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Daech Jr., died Sunday morning [January 15, 1893] of abscess of the lungs. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at one o'clock from the family residence, Revs. James Lafferty and Carl Kunzmann conducted services. The remains were interred in Woodlawn.


DAECH, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, December 20, 1882
It is our painful duty to chronicle the death of the wife of Circuit Clerk Daech. She died at their residence (the old Meeker place) in Edwardsville, yesterday afternoon, after a long and painful illness. She has left no enemies, but a host of mourning friends who sympathize with her husband and children in their sad bereavement.


DAGGS, J. L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 16, 1900
J. L. Daggs died this morning at the home of J. R. Williams on Henry street, after a short illness, aged 32 years. He came to Alton one month ago and was taken ill. He leaves a wife and two children, and his body will be shipped to his home at Luray, Missouri tomorrow noon.


DAHLSTROM, CARRIE/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 14, 1887
Died in Alton on January 13, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Carrie, wife of Oscar Dahlstrom, aged thirty-two years. She leaves a husband and three young children. The funeral will take place Sunday from the family residence, corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets.


DAHLSTROM, GEORGE JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 29, 1912
George Dahlstrom Jr., aged 17, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Dahlstrom, from lockjaw. The boy's death was expected, as his case was regarded as very grave from the beginning of the tetanus symptoms. While employed at the Koch market, the boy stepped on a rusty nail less than three weeks ago. He paid no attention to the wound, as it was regarded as a very slight injury, and the family were shocked to discover less than a week ago that the boy began showing symptoms of lockjaw. All that surgery could do for him was done, but the relief measures were unavailing. The boy died at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday night at the home, 521 East Tenth street. The deceased was a bright, intellectual boy, and until recently was a student at Alton High school. He was well liked by all the boys, and his death is a source of great grief not only to the family, but to the large circle of friends who knew him best. The funeral will be Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home.


DAILEY, JOHNSTON A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 16, 1913
Beaten by Five in Gang - Assessor of Wood River Township Dies
Johnston A. Dailey, assessor of Wood River township, was fatally injured at Mitchell Monday afternoon by a gang of foreigners with whom he had become embroiled, and he died twelve hours later, at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning in a hospital at Granite City. He was 45 years of age, was married, and leaves his wife and three children, Clendon, Lucile, and Adel. He leaves also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Dailey, and two brothers, William of Alton and Charles of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Frank Williams of Alton. The story of the trouble is not just exactly clear. It is said that Assessor Dailey had been to Edwardsville on business, and that he was returning home. At Mitchell, while waiting for his car to bring him to Alton, it is said he became embroiled with a gang of foreign laborers working on the railroad. It was said that he referred to the gang as "Hunkies," and that the gang finally assaulted him, using picks and shovels to beat him. Dailey was overpowered, and when the gang left off beating him, he was unconscious. He was taken to Granite City on a car in an unconscious condition, and there it was found his skull had been fractured and that he was perhaps otherwise fatally hurt. His wife and brother were notified and they went to Granite City to attend him. Mrs. Dailey was present when he died at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. It was learned that the slaying of Dailey was witnessed by a large number of passengers on two interurban cars. They did not realize that the man was being fatally injured. The fight was over before anyone could have rendered any help. Dailey was assessor of Wood River township for several terms....According to a story given at Granite City after the arrest of the foreman of the gang, Ed Williams and four of his gang, Dailey shouted at the gang and called them "Hunkies." One of the gang, Demo Polo, who understood English and knew that it was a term of contempt Dailey was using, rushed at Dailey with a pick handle and hit him on the head. Dailey hurled a piece of rock and struck Polo, who fled. Thereupon the other members of the gang attacked Dailey and beat him several minutes, when he escaped and went to the station where, after an interval, he fell unconscious. The station agent stood guard over him, treated his wounds and telephoned for Dr. R. D. Luster of Granite City. Constable Cowgill arrested four of the laborers and their foreman at Canal Station, three miles away. They gave their names as Joseph Grapo, Angelo Decairo, Anton Grapo, and Anthony Inquire....The remains of Assessor J. A. Dailey arrived in Alton on the 3 o'clock train and were taken to Upper Alton to the Streeper undertaking establishment. The funeral was not set.


DAILEY, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 30, 1910
Mrs. Margaret Dailey, widow of Joseph Dailey, an old Upper Alton resident, died last night in St. Louis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Hicks. Her husband preceded her to the grave about six years ago. She was 81 years old, and leaves three children in Upper Alton: J. H. Dailey; Mrs. Charles Stocker; and Mrs. Harry McDermott; Mrs. Charles E. Lowe of Edwardsville is a daughter of Mrs. Dailey and she also had two children residing in St. Louis. Mrs. Dailey was one of the old time residents of Upper Alton, having lived here almost all her life. Her maiden name was Eliston. She was married to Joseph Dailey in Upper Alton by Squire Maxey 65 years ago, in the old Maxey residence on Washington avenue. She also leaves eight grandchildren. The body will be brought to Upper Alton Thursday, leaving the city on the noon C. & A. train, arriving at Alton at 1 o'clock. The funeral party will proceed to the Upper Alton Methodist church where the service will be conducted, and burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.


DAILEY, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 11, 1922
Mrs. Martha Dailey, 75, wife of Barzilla C. Dailey, died last night at 9:45 o'clock at the Dailey home on Merchant street after being disabled four weeks by a stroke of paralysis. Mrs. Dailey had been a resident of Upper Alton sixty eight years, and she leaves her aged husband to whom she was married at the age of 17, more than fifty-seven years ago. She was very probably one of the best known of Upper Alton's oldest residents. Four weeks ago last Friday, when the weather was the hottest of the season, Mrs. Dailey was stricken and fell in the yard at the home while busy about her household duties. It was believed at the time that the intense heat had caused her illness but a few days later when other symptoms made their appearance it became evident that she had sustained a paralytic stroke. Her case was very serious from the first and members of her family were convinced that she could not recover. Her right side became helpless soon after the attack and a little later on her left side also became paralyzed. Gradually her strength left her and on Sunday afternoon she became totally unconscious and continued in that state until death came last night. Mrs. Dailey had been a very active woman all her life and she had dreaded for many years, according to members of her family, of being disabled in her older age and unfit for work. She especially feared paralysis and it is quite a coincidence that her death should be brought about by this affliction that she had dreaded so long. Her family were first with her under any circumstances, and whatever they were interested in Mrs. Dailey's enthusiasm was all there too. Her husband and her sons were connected very actively many years in the building and operation of the old horse car line that was the first means of transportation ever built on the streets of Upper Alton. The aged husband, who survives, had helped to build the car line and from the time the line was built until the horse cars were dispensed with to make room for the electric line, he was one of the principal workers. Her three sons, only one of whom is now living, were drivers of the horse cars. Over twenty-five years ago Mrs. Dailey with her husband went into the grocery business in the place now occupied by Megowen & Kelley on College avenue, and they continued in the same stand until they sold out and retired from business about three years ago. During the long time they had the store Mrs. Dailey was always on duty there from the beginning of the year to the end. She was an unusual worker and never knew what it was to give up her work when she felt slightly indisposed. Her fatal illness which stated four weeks ago was really the first sickness that ever caused her to give up. Mrs. Dailey had been a resident of Upper Alton since she was 7 years old. At the age of 17, she had been married to her surviving husband, and she had lived here continuously ever since coming to Upper Alton with her parents when a very young girl. She was 76 years old on the 9th of last August. Three sons and a daughter had been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dailey, and all grew up to maturity, but in the death of her two sons, the late Johnson and William Dailey, the aged Upper Alton woman experienced the greatest affliction of her long lifetime. Her daughter, Mrs. Rose Williams, and her one son, Charles Dailey, both of Upper Alton, survive, and they have been continuously with their mother from the beginning of her illness to the end. Nine grandchildren survive also, six children of Mrs. Williams, two of the late Johnson Dailey, and little Dorothy, the only child of the late William II Dailey, who dropped dead a year ago last January. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Upper Alton Methodist church, and services will be in charge of the pastor, Rev. Theodore Cates. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.


DAILEY, WILLIAM H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1921
Upper Alton Businessman and Former Owner of Forkeyville Dies
William H. Dailey dropped dead this morning about 12:45 o'clock in his home about five minutes after coming in from his place of business and locking the door. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Barzilla C. Dailey, were asleep upstairs and they heard him enter the house at the usual time when he closed his place of business. Only a few minutes after he locked the door they heard him fall to the floor. Mr. Dailey hurried to the light switch and turned on the lights and ran downstairs, finding the son lying on the floor in a corner between the wall and the bed where he had fallen head first. The aged father was satisfied that his son was dying and he ran out into the street calling for help. The entire neighborhood was aroused. The Dailey home is located on Merchant street, just off of Washington, in the rear of the College Avenue business houses. B. C. Dailey, the father who is about 78 years old, ran all the way from his home to the residence of Dr. L. L. Yerkes in an effort to get help for his son when he was dying. Dr. Yerkes got out as quickly as possible and hurried to the Dailey home. He said that death had been instantaneous when Mr. Dailey fell to the floor. A slight mark over one of his eyes gave evidence of the fact that he had struck his face on a window sill as he fell forward. Will Dailey was one of the best known men in the city of Alton and he was widely known outside of the city. He was 51 years old and was born and reared in Upper Alton. All his life was spent here with the exception of a few years he was in the West. During his boyhood days his father was engaged in street car work for the company that operated the horse car line in Alton for many years. With his brothers and father he worked for the company and was well known as a street car driver. Later he did the same kind of work for several years in Omaha. For the last twenty years he had been in business either in Alton or on the outskirts. He owned the famous "Forkeyville" property at the forks of the road east of Upper Alton for several years, and he was the first man to convert the business of that place from a rural saloon to a merchandise store. After establishing the merchandise business there where a saloon had caused much trouble to educational institutions in Upper Alton for many years, he sold the property and engaged in business in Upper Alton. He bought the property at the corner of College and Washington avenues from D. M. Kittinger and last year he put up a fine new business building on a part of the ground. He had been planning many other improvements for this valuable piece of real estate which he would not doubt have brought about had his life been spared. Mr. Dailey was a man whose appearance would indicate perfect health. He was never ill to any extent, and he weighed about 240 pounds. Yesterday all day he had complained of indigestion. We went home at noon yesterday for his usual meal, but his family say he ate very little. He again complained of indigestion and requested his aged mother to give him a small quantity of baking soda, which was an old remedy of the family. In the evening he still complained of pain, but he did not think his case at all serious. He was in his usual jovial mood all evening while in charge of his pool hall on Washington avenue, and he played billiards all evening with some young men. He closed his place of business about the usual time and remained outside for some little time, talking to some boys before he went home. When the word became circulated in Upper Alton that he was dead, it was a surprise that was really hard to believe. Mr. Dailey leaves besides his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Dailey, a little daughter whom he and his deceased wife adopted when a baby. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Rose Williams, of Upper Alton, and one brother, Charles Dailey of Los Angeles, Cal. The late J. A. Dailey, whose tragic death occurred some years ago while he was assessor of Wood River township, was the third brother of the family. The death of Will Dailey in the prime of life is a sad blow to his aged parents. The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved father and mother. While 51 years of age, in years he would have been considered a person past middle age, but to those who knew him well he was more of a boy than a man who had lived a half century. He was a man who never got old, and the chances are he never would have if he had lived many more years.


DALE, ANNA (nee BRADDOCK)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 13, 1912
Mrs. Anna Dale, wife of William J. Dale, died at the family residence on Walnut street in Upper Alton this morning. Mrs. Dale has been a sufferer from dropsy for some time, and her death was not unexpected. Mrs. Dale was born in St. Louis 61 years ago, and moved to Alton when a child and lived here many years. She was the daughter of Alfred Braddock, an old time butcher, who conducted a meat stall in the old city hall square for many years. Her mother, Mary Braddock, had charge of a millinery store on Second street for many years and is remembered by many old residents. Mrs. Dale married early in life and moved to St. Louis where she lived until six years ago, when the family moved to Upper Alton. She was the mother of ten children, six of whom survive her, Mrs. Annie Holly and Miss Nellie Dale, and Messrs, Charles, Robert, Edward and Harry. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. John Kinkenkeller, Mrs. Robert Arnold, and Mrs. George Nevlin of Upper Alton, and one brother, Edward Braddock of St. Louis. The funeral will be held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and will be private. Rev. M. Haley will officiate.


DALE, CHARLES E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 9, 1920
Charles E. Dale, 40, died Saturday at his home, 440 East Broadway. He had been seriously ill only 24 hours. Death was due to double pneumonia. He was the manager of the C. F. Adams Installment Co. He is survived by his widow, Agnes Dale, and three brothers, Roy Dale of St. Louis, Harry Dale of Pittsburgh, Kan., and John Dale of Oregon, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. S. V. Voelker, East St. Louis, and Mrs. Jessie Robins, of Washington, D. C. The remains will be shipped to Rutland, Ill., tomorrow, for burial.


DALE, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 12, 1903
Samuel Dale, aged 17, died last night at the family home, Fifteenth and Langdon, after an illness with typhoid pneumonia. The funeral will be from the Cathedral Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.


DALEY, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1901
Yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rosiner Baker in Upper Alton, "grandma" Daley passed peacefully away at the extreme age of 94 years. She was a native of North Carolina, and came to this vicinity when she was 14 years of age. She lived here ever since, and up to a year ago was in fairly good health. She saw Alton transformed from a forest to its present dimensions, and saw most of the wonderful creations of the 19th century. She was a kind, motherly woman with a great human heart, and had many friends who will miss her sorely. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. R. Baker and Mrs. L. R. Cheney; and two sons, B. C. and Joseph Daley. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Baker. Rev. M. L. Cole with conduct them.


DALTON, ANDERSON HARVEY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1922
Anderson Harvey Dalton, aged 4?, died this morning at the Nazareth Home where he has been residing for nearly two years. Dalton has been ill for a period of six or seven years and recently his condition became very grave and his death has been expected momentarily. He was unmarried. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Mary Dalton, one sister, Mrs. Jane Doyle of Nebo, and five brothers, Edward, George, Louis, Henry and Fred, all of Alton. The body will be taken to the home of his brother, Edward Dalton of 60? Central avenue, and the funeral will be held from there. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


DALTON, HAROLD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 22, 1913
Child Killed by Falling Framework
Harold, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dalton of Fourth and Easton streets, was probably instantly killed this noon by a heavy frame falling on his neck while he was at play in a vacant lot back of the house where the family live. The boy was three years old last April. Mrs. Dalton discovered his dead body pinned to the ground by the heavy frame which had fallen on him and pinioned his neck, breaking the neck. The little boy had left home about a half hour before 12 o'clock to play on the adjoining lot where the other children had been playing for a few days before. They had rigged up a see-saw, putting a heavy plank over a heavy wooden frame such as is used to carry wooden rollers for moving heavy objects. When the noon hour came Mrs. Dalton had dinner ready and she called the little boy, whom she believed to be at play on the vacant lot. When he did not answer, the mother instinct told her that there was some reason why the boy did not respond to her calls, as he was an obedient child. She went with fear in her heart to investigate. There she found the child quite dead, with the cause of his death, the heavy wooden frame lying across his neck. The mother picked up the child in her arms and carried him to the home, screaming to her neighbors for assistance. Dr. W. H. Enos was called and he found that the child was beyond any help. He had been dead perhaps 15 or 20 minutes when the mother found him. He could not have lifted the heavy thing that killed him, it is supposed that he found it standing on end and that in playing around he knocked it over, as it did not balance well. He was caught as the frame fell. The child was a handsome little boy, strong and sturdy, though not tall for his age. He was a bright little fellow, and though but 3 1/2 years of age, his mother would trust him to make trips to a store about three blocks away when she needed any supplies in the home.


DALY, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 7, 1901
Upper Alton News - The death of Joseph Daly occurred last evening at 9 o'clock. Mr. Daly has for many years been a citizen of Upper Alton and was 74 years of age. His death was due to bronchitis. Five children survive him - Mrs. Fannie Hick of St. Louis; Mrs. Charles Lowe of Edwardsville; Mrs. Stocker and Mrs. Harry McDermott of Upper Alton. The funeral service will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock at the M. E. church. The Rev. M. L. Cole will conduct the service.


DANBURY, RICHARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1913
Richard Danbury, aged 77, died Sunday afternoon at the Nazareth Home from old age. He formerly lived at Jerseyville and came here to spend his last days. The old man had been contemplating the near approach of the close of his days, and had made all arrangements for his burial....The old man had set aside some money in the bank he had as certained was sufficient, and made it payable to Mr. Bauer that the money could be available at any time it was needed to pay his funeral expenses. Danbury would sit in the business place of the undertaker and talk about his end, and seemed to get much satisfaction out of the fact that he had made all plans for his burial.


DANIEL, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 6, 1921
Mrs. Martha Daniel, who died Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the family home, 1121 Belle Street, was buried yesterday afternoon in the City Cemetery. She leaves her husband, James, and one daughter, Mrs. Henry Graves. The funeral was held under the auspices of the Salvation Army.


DANIELS, A. L. (COLONEL)/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 24, 1866
Died in Rock Island after a brief illness, on the 13th inst., Colonel A. L. Daniels of Upper Alton, aged 72 years. The deceased was born in Hillsdale, New York, but early removed to Western New York, where he resided for about fifty years until 1864, when he removed to Upper Alton. He served for a short time in the War of 1812, and when the Rebellion broke out, his patriotism was all aglow with the old fires, and he conceived the plan of raising a regiment of the veterans of the War of 1812, entered into correspondence with General Scott, who encouraged the movement, and with his old comrades in arms, and secured the organization of the regiment. In order to their acceptance, a special act of Congress was necessary, and the procuring of this was entrusted to the representative from his district, Hon. Mr. Ely. But unfortunately for the Veteran Regiment, as well as for himself, Mr. Ely was taken prisoner at Bull Run, and thus the enterprise failed and the regiment never entered upon active service. This attempt showed the entire devotion of the old man to his country. As a neighbor, he was kind and true. As a friend, sincere and constant. As a husband and father, very tender and devoted, and as a Christian, earnest and consistent. He was one of those solid, noble men, whose form and features impressed one with the conviction that he was a great and good man, and that to the alerting virtues of the early days of the Republic, there were added in him the graces of the true Christian.


DANIELS, ARCHIBALD L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 14, 1918
Retired Business Man, Former Hotel Keeper Dies
Archibald L. Daniels, aged 80, died at 9:15 o'clock Tuesday morning from paralysis. His death had been expected at any time during the past three days. He had been in poor health for a number of years, a fact that caused his retirement from the Madison Hotel, which he conducted fourteen years. In the last few years he had suffered several attacks from a malady which contributed to the ultimate breakdown and from which he was suffering acutely at the time of the paralytic stroke. Since retiring from the Madison Hotel nine years ago, he had been practically in retirement. His active mind required something to occupy it, and he had been engaging in some small ventures from time to time, but he was not actively engaged in any business most of the time since quitting the hotel. Mr. Daniels was born in Albion, N. Y. He was the youngest of a family of eight. Last March he celebrated his eightieth birthday anniversary. He was also nearing his golden wedding anniversary, which would have been next November. He came to Alton after the war. He had served as an army paymaster during the whole war, and at its close he joined in Alton two sisters, Mrs. Kendall and Mrs. Reed, who were living here. He continued here the remainder of his life and most of the time he was engaged in business in Alton. He was married to Miss Julia Pierce in Alton in 1868, about three years after coming to Alton. He engaged in the cracker manufacturing business in this city, and was active in that for many years. He also was engaged later on in the bakery business. During many years he was engaged as the maker and purveyor of food. His services as a caterer were frequently called for whenever there was a large so____ event in Alton, and for many years he had much to do with all of the large and more pretentious of the social affairs in the city. Mr. Daniels was a prominent member and worker in the Congregational Church. For seventeen years he served as superintendent of the Sunday School. He sang for years in the church choir. His big bass voice was a remarkably melodious one and his services as a singer were much sought at many entertainments. He was one of the members of the old Arion quartet, consisting of Mr. Daniels, R. A. Haight, Thomas Pepler and John M. Logan. Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife, who was constant in her attendance at his side during his illness and during the closing hours fulfilled a promise she had made him that she would not leave his side as he was crossing over. During the whole night she sat with him and until the time when he breathed his last. In the neighborhood where he lived Mr. Daniels was beloved by young and old, and there is general sorrow there among those who had known him as a good friend and neighbor for many years.


DANIELS, ELLEN M./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 31, 1866
Died in Alton, August 23, after a long and painful illness, Ellen M., wife of A. L. Daniels Jr., aged 25 years. The deceased leaves a companion and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.


DANIELS, TONEY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 27, 1902
Toney Daniels, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Daniels, died this morning at his home, 621 East Second street, after an illness with pneumonia. The body will be taken to Kane, Ill, Saturday, for burial.


DANKENBRINK, AUGUST F./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 24, 1892
August F. Dankenbrink, residing near Bethalto on the Aug. Fischer farm, died Saturday [Feb. 20] from the effects of la grippe. The funeral took place Monday. The remains were interred in the Bartlett cemetery, south of this city. Rev. P. N. Fedderson conducted services. The pallbearers were Henry Stahlhut, Aug Broecking, John Heeren, John Helmkamp, Ed Bayer and D. E. Burroughs. Mr. Dankenbrink was 37 years, 5 months and 4 days old. He was born near Troy, September 16, 1854, and married Miss Louisa Begamann in 1877. Five children were born, of whom four survive. He also leaves a wife, brother and sister.


DARBY, BENJAMIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 1, 1914
Benjamin Darby, aged 58, a resident of Alton forty years, died Monday evening at his home, 2004 Myrtle street in the north side, after an illness of three weeks. He was born in 1856 in the State of Missouri. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the A. M. E. Church in the North Side.


DARLING, ELENORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1901
Mrs. Elenora Darling, wife of David B. Darling, died Monday morning at the family home on the Grafton road after an illness of two weeks. She was stricken with paralysis and was rendered helpless. She was 77 years of age and had lived in North Alton over half a century, having been married there. She leaves beside her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Sara H. Dixon and Miss Kate B. Darling. The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the family home on the Grafton road, and Rev. H. M. Chittenden of St. Paul's church will conduct the services.


DARNEILLE, UNKNOWN CHILDREN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 27, 1906
A double funeral was held this afternoon of two children of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Darneille, a boy and a girl, both of whom died from measles. The girl died yesterday and the boy died early this morning. The two children had been suffering from measles, and complications set in which resulted fatally. The two children were buried at the same time this afternoon.


DARNELL, E. A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 7, 1900
E. A. Darnell died at St. Joseph's hospital this morning from injuries sustained by falling from the loft of the livery stable of Charles Seibold last Monday. When picked up after his fall, Darnell was unconscious and was bleeding from the ears and mouth, which indicated that he had sustained a fracture of the skull near the base. He remained in a semi-conscious condition until this morning, when he died. Mr. Darnell was 46 years of age and had lived in Alton 15 years. He was a skilled mechanic, and before coming here had been a railroad engineer. The body will be taken to Quincy this evening for interment. Coroner H. J. Bailey held an inquest this morning over the body, and the jury impaneled found a verdict of accidental death caused by falling from the loft of the Seibold livery stable and fracturing his skull. His wife and one son, Samuel E., survive him.


DARNIELLE, HARRISON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1918
The body of Harrison Darnielle was brought to Alton this morning from St. Louis and buried in Oakwood cemetery. Darnielle was 77 years old and formerly lived at Clawson and Walnut streets, Upper Alton. He conducted a cigar factory at that place. He was a deaf mute. His wife, who was also deaf, died in Upper Alton several years ago. Two daughters, residents of St. Louis, survive.


DARR, EURA D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 26, 1918
Cause of Death in Dispute of 18 Year Old Girl
Miss Eura D. Darr, the 18 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Darr, of 123 East Fifth street, died very unexpectedly Monday evening at the family home. Members of the family attribute her death to blood poisoning as the result of vaccination. They say that she was vaccinated last Tuesday and was in perfect health at the time. She was employed in the Luly drug store at Third and Belle streets. Saturday afternoon she was taken very ill and went home at 6 o'clock, barely able to get into the front door of her home. There she collapsed. She was put to bed and was never out of bed again. Two doctors attended Miss Darr, and they do not agree with the conclusions reached by the family. The doctors say that Miss Darr showed every symptom of diabetic trouble after she was stricken. They said that there was no symptom of diabetes that could be recognized before she went home last Saturday evening, and fell in a faint on the floor. She did not recover from the coma into which she sank. The doctors said that the vaccination wound on her arm was in good shape, there was no indication of any blood poisoning from it, and they do not believe that blood poisoning could act as quick and in the manner her malady acted. They also said that spots which appeared on the body after death, reported by the family, were indicative of diabetic conditions in the body. The doctors were very strong in their expressions of belief that diabetes was the cause of her death and that the vaccination had nothing to do with it. Miss Darr was a well known young woman, and in her capacity as clerk in the drug store she had made many friends. Her illness and death were a sad surprise to her family and her friends. Miss Darr leaves her parents and three sisters, Mrs. Frieda Siler and Leona and Vivien Darr. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home, 123 East Fifth street.


DARROW, FANNIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 10, 1865
Died at Collinsville, Madison County, Illinois, Sunday, February 5, 1865, of consumption, in the confident hope of a happy immortality, Miss Fannie Darrow, second daughter of the Rev. Joseph Lee Darrow.


DARROW, HARRIET BEATTY/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 21, 1866
Died at Collinsville, August 29, 1866, of consumption, Mrs. Harriet Beatty Darrow, relect of the late Rev. Joseph Lee Darrow, M. D., aged 48 years.


DARROW, JOSEPH LEE (REV. DR)/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, August 16, 1855
Co-Founder of Collinsville
From Collinsville, Aug. 6, 1855 -- On Saturday, July 28, our village lost - by sudden death - one of its old citizens, Dr. Joseph L. Darrow, who died on that day of violent cholera morbus, or, some suppose, of cholera. He attended to his business until after ten o'clock in the forenoon, took to his bed about eleven o'clock, and was a corpse at a quarter past five. He had not been well for some time before, suffering with dysentery, and was also under the depressing influences of anxiety respecting a sick child, and an absent one, whose return had been unexpectedly delayed. He was a very active and energetic man, generally of firm health. He had lived in Collinsville from its early days, and had laid out a considerable portion of the town. His family and friends will have reason to miss him long and mourn him deeply. He was a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, as well as a practicing physician.

Rev. Dr. Joseph Lee Darrow was born April 4, 1809, in Otsego County, New York, to Rev. Zadock and Lucy (Lord) Darrow. Rev. Zadock Darrow, born in 1768 in Connecticut, moved to St. Louis, Missouri. In about 1820, he moved to the Rock Spring area (near O’Fallon, Illinois), where he preached at Rock Spring Seminary, founded by John Mason Peck. In addition to being a Baptist preacher, he was also a farmer and carpenter. He died in 1849 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emma Look, in Collinsville.

In about the year 1833, the Reverend Joseph L. Darrow, M. D., moved from New York to Collinsville and entered the practice of medicine. In conjunction with his medical practice, he gave much of his time and energy to the missionary work of the Episcopal Church, of which he was an ordained minister. Through his tireless efforts, three church buildings were erected in Madison County – almost solely by the Doctor’s own personal money and contributions from his friends in the East. These churches were erected in Edwardsville, Marine, and Collinsville. The Christ Church in Collinsville was dedicated December 17, 1841. Rev. Darrow remained the faithful rector of this parish until his death on July 28, 1855, from cholera. After his death, the parish remained vacant until 1860, when Rev. A. P. Crouch took charge. Among those who assisted Dr. Darrow in the construction of the three churches were Daniel Ground of Marine, John S. Clark and Hon. George Churchill.

Darrow, along with the widow of William B. Collins and Horace Look (his son-in-law), laid out the original town plat of Collinsville. The plat was recorded May 12, 1837. Darrow owned and laid out Darrow Addition to Collinsville, and not only donated a large lot for the church, but built the house of worship. This building was torn down in May 1912, and replaced by a new church edifice.

Rev. Joseph Darrow left behind a wife, Harriet [nee Beatty] Darrow (who died in 1866), and two children – Joseph Lee Darrow Jr. and Sarah F. Darrow (both of whom died in 1865). Joseph Lee Darrow Jr. served as a private in Company G, 9th Illinois Infantry, and died August 13, 1865. All are buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Collinsville. Also buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, is his sister, Emma Corbette Darrow Look; his wife, Harriet; his son, Pvt. Joseph Lee Darrow; and daughter, Sarah F. Darrow. It is possible Rev. Zadock Darrow is buried in Collinsville, although no stone has ever been found.


DARROW, JOSEPH L. (ATTORNEY)/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 25, 1865
Died at Collinsville, Madison County, Illinois, on Sunday, August 15, 1865, Joseph L. Darrow, Esq., son of the late Rev. Joseph L. Darrow, deceased, in the 22d year of his age. Notwithstanding his youth, he had studied and commenced the practice of law at Belleville, when his career was closed in death by that fell destroyer, consumption.


DATES, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1904
Joseph Dates, a well known colored resident of Alton who lived at 910 Bloomfield street, died Friday morning at 8 o'clock after a week's illness. He leaves his wife and one daughter. The funeral will be held Sunday.


DATES, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1900
Martha Dates, aged 34 years, died last night at the home of her father, Joseph Dates, on Bloomfield street, after a long illness. The funeral will be Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home.


DATILLIO, SIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1914
Sin Datillio, an Italian laborer employed at the plant of the Federal Lead Co., was fatally injured late Friday evening when he was thrown from a small car loaded with ore which was being drawn up a grade in a train of little cars. It was the duty of the men, it is said, to walk up behind the cars, as they were mounting the grade. Datillio, it was said, jumped on one of the cars to ride up the incline, and when at a point where the trestle was about ten feet high he was thrown to the ground by the car jumping the track. He sustained fatal injuries. He died before morning and the body was taken in charge by John Berner, who held it for an inquest which was conducted this afternoon by Coroner Sims.


DAUBE, HENRY/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, September 18, 1922
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon for Henry Daube, who passed away Saturday night, death being due to old age and complications. Rev. H. Rahn, pastor of the Eden Evangelical Church, will have charge of the services, which will be at the residence, thence to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Daube was born on August 1, 1844, in Frankenberg, Hessian, Germany, and came to this country in 1866. At the time of his death, he was 78 years, 1 month, and 16 days. Soon after his arrival in this country he came to Edwardsville, where he has since resided. He is an old and well-known resident, and has many friends in this and adjoining communities. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Katherine Schilli, and she and two daughters, Mrs. Dan McKinn of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Mrs. Cecelia Lanham of St. Louis, survive. He is also survived by one brother, George Daube, of this city, who is the only member of the family now living.

Mr. Daube has been failing for the past year with Brights Disease, but had been confined to his bed for only a week before his death. Tuesday, his condition became serious, and relatives and friends realized that the end was near. He was of a charitable disposition, and belong to a number of fraternal organizations in his younger days. He was one of the oldest residents of Edwardsville, and was well known by all. He operated the Broadway Hotel for thirty-five years, and was alderman for two terms. He was a Democratic politician, and had a prominent part in the Clover Leaf Loan and Edwardsville Water Company, endeavoring in all ways to do his part for Edwardsville. He also worked for farmers near Ft. Russell for a short time. Pallbearers will be Karl Vesper Sr., Ed Nea Jr., Louis Brave Sr., William Poos Sr., Christ Rathert, and William Harmening.


DAUBMAN, HENRY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 15, 1920
Henry J. Daubman of 2624 Walnut Street died this morning at 10 o'clock at St. Joseph's hospital where he went a few days ago for treatment. He was stricken with paralysis yesterday and his death was expected throughout the night. He has been in poor health for the past year, but his condition did not become serious until a week or so ago. Daubman was in his 74th year. He is survived by five sons, William of Grafton, Charles of Roxana, Harry, M. R., George of Alton, and by one daughter, Mrs. Alvin H. Ford of Alton. His wife died a number of years ago. Daubman was born in Baden, Germany, coming to Baltimore, Md., at the age of 7 years. He was married in Baltimore to Hannah Frane. Forty years ago he came to Alton to work as a glassblower at the Illinois Glass company. He retired from the trade 25 years ago. Since his retirement, he interested himself in real estate, and built up a comfortable fortune. He was an Odd Fellow and a Mason. No definite funeral arrangements have been made, but the funeral will probably be held Sunday afternoon.


DAUGHERTY, DEBORAH J./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 14, 1873
Died in Alton on March 11 of consumption, Miss Deborah J. Daugherty.


DAUGHERTY, NETTIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 23, 1917
Mrs. Nettie Daugherty, aged 84, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Kinney, at 1108 East Fourth street. Mrs. Daugherty had been ill at her home for some time, and her death has been expected. She was born in Kentucky. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon from the home to the City Cemetery.


DAUM, BALSER JOSEPH/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 18, 1893
Balser Joseph Daum, aged 77 years and 14 days, died Thursday morning [January 12, 1893] at 5 o'clock. The funeral took place from St. Boniface's church Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery. The pallbearers were: Henry Langwisch, John Switzer, Victor Senn, John Wentz, Aloysius Oestrich, John Bonn. Deceased was born in Lorch, Nassau, December 28, 1815, and came to America in August 1854. He settled in this city in February 1855, where he resided up to his death. He leaves surviving a widow and five children, Mrs. Charles Hack, John and Joseph Daum of this city; Philip Daum of Davenport, Iowa, and Mrs. Thomas Heffernan of South Omaha, Nebraska. The latter was here to attend the funeral.


DAVIDSON, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 4, 1901
Mrs. Annie Davidson, wife of John Davidson, died this morning at the family home west of Melville, aged 63. The funeral will take place Sunday, and burial will be in Rocky Fork Cemetery.


DAVIDSON, MARGARET ELOUISE/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 30, 1874
Died near Upper Alton on July 23, 1874, of cholera infantum, Margaret Elouise, daughter of John C. and Matilda E. Davidson; aged 8 months and 16 days.


DAVIDSON, RICHARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1901
Richard Davidson, colored, aged 27, died Thursday evening at the family home near Melville. He was a sufferer from consumption. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon from the home.


DAVIDSON, THOMAS MILTON/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 14, 1878
Died in Upper Alton on March 7, Thomas Milton, son of John C. and Matilda E. Davidson; aged two months.


DAVIS, ANNA S. (nee MATHER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 8, 1917
Mrs. Anna S. Davis, wife of George H. Davis, died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock after a long period of disability, due to the weakness of old age, at her residence, 409 East Fourth street. Mrs. Davis was born in Alton, the daughter of Andrew Mather, one of the old time business men in the city, and she was a sister of Mrs. Lucas Pfeiffenberger and Miss Belle Mather. Beside her two sisters, she leaves her husband, George H. Davis, an aged man, who has been constant in his attendance upon his wife and who is grief stricken over the passing of his life partner. The condition of Mrs. Davis had been bad the past few years. The aged couple, who had come back to Alton after a long period of residence in Leavenworth, Kan., had been one of the most interesting pictures on the streets of Alton, as they would go about, always together, and seemingly the most happy when they were enjoying the society of each other. They had decided to come to Alton to spend their closing years, and they bought a home in Alton and settled down here where they could be near the only relatives they had. They enjoyed much of their time up to a few years ago in traveling about the country, making long tours. The homing instinct in her family had always been strong, and in the declining years of her life Mrs. Davis and her husband both wanted to be back in Alton where they had made their start in life. They made many friends among the younger people, as most of those they had known in years gone by were gone. It was a pathetic fact that as she was passing the last few weeks of her life, the mind of Mrs. Davis turned back to childhood and her mother, and the old home, and her talk was of nothing but the mother she expected soon to be with. Mrs. Davis was born in Alton May 19, 1839, on the lot where the First Presbyterian parsonage stands. She was married here over fifty-five years ago to George H. Davis. They left Alton for Leavenworth, Kan., and after staying there 34 years gave up that place as a home and moved back to Alton in 1901. The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home.


DAVIS, CHARLES EDWARD/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 18, 1850
Died in Alton on the 11th inst., Charles Edward, infant son of Moses C. and Mary E. Davis, aged 8 months.


DAVIS, COTTON/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 27, 1849
Died in Alton from cholera – Mr. Cotton Davis.


DAVIS, DAVID SR./Source: Alton Telegraph, January 19, 1872
On January 10, David Davis Sr. died at the residence of his son in Litchfield, aged 88 years. He was born in Italy, and had lived an eventful life in various parts of the world. He resided for twenty years on Scarritt’s Prairie [Godfrey], and then removed to Litchfield.


DAVIS, ELLEN LEA/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 23, 1841
Died, on Wednesday night, the 20th inst., in this city, Ellen Lea, infant daughter of George T. M. Davis, Esq., aged 3 months and 23 days.


DAVIS, ELLEN M. (nee BUCKMASTER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 11, 1920
Word was received in Alton today of the death of Mrs. Ellen M. Davis, wife of Capt. James Davis of St. Louis. She was 80 years of age and is survived by her husband and two sons, Lynn and Henry Davis. Capt. Davis will be eighty-six years of age Monday, and the funeral of his wife, which will be held in Alton, will be on his birthday. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Episcopal church and it was said today that it is probable the services will be from that church, but the hour had not been fixed. Mrs. Davis was a daughter of Nathaniel Buckmaster. She was a sister of the late Mrs. Kate Curran and Mrs. Quig_____ and was the last of her family.


DAVIS, EMELINE VICTORIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 7, 1839
Died, at the residence of Judge Webb in this neighborhood on Sunday last, Emeline Victoria, infant daughter of G. T. M. Davis, Esq., of this city, aged about ten months.


DAVIS, GEORGE H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 21, 1920
George H. Davis, aged 83, died at his home, 409 East Fourth street, Tuesday evening at 9:00 o'clock, from old age. Mr. Davis was among the best known of the older residents of Alton. His figure on the streets was a familiar one. A resident of Alton many years ago, he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he stayed for a period of 32 years, until the year 1901, when he decided to come back to the old home of his wife. Bringing Mrs. Davis here, he took up the thread of life in Alton where he had left it off many years before, and though it was a difficult thing to do, he succeeded in his old age in making in Alton many new friends who took the place of the old ones who had passed on. The picture of this aged gentleman with his wife, the two inseparable, was one of the touching sights that Alton was proud of. Day after day this couple, in the sunset of life, could be seen walking about the city. Then, a little over two years ago, the wife closed her eyes and Mr. Davis, after more than half a century of lavishing his affection on her, was almost alone. To his friends of late the aged gentleman had frequently said that he wanted to go. His mind was fixed upon near completion of his life. After his wife died, Mrs. Davis' sister, Miss Belle Mather, was the constant attendant of the aged gentleman, and she did all that was possible to solace his grief over losing his wife. The couple never had any children. Thoughtful, kindly, always courteous and ready to do a good turn for someone, the aged gentleman had many admirers. Old age enfeebled him, and for the last two weeks of his life he was confined to his bed. Mr. Davis was born in East Cambridge, Mass., and was 83 years of age on April 16th. He was married in Alton to Miss Annie Mather, December 14, 1862. She died October 7, 1917. He leaves one brother, Frank Davis, and three sisters, Mrs. Bickford, Mrs. Clara P. Ordway, and Mrs. Anna Day, all residing in the East. Until they are heard from the burial time will not be fixed. During the period Mr. Davis resided in Leavenworth, Kansas, he was a valuable public servant. He helped to make complete order in the records of the Leavenworth public schools, he holding a very important office on the school board. Prior to leaving Alton, Mr. Davis had been connected with a machine shop here. An interesting fact of Mr. Davis' life was his writing what is said to be the longest letter ever mailed in the United States. He took a western trip years ago with his wife and Miss Mather. He made notes of all he saw, and when he came back to Alton he sat down to the stupendous task of writing to an aunt and telling her of the trip. It took over 50,000 words to tell his aunt about the trip, and it required a good-sized postage bill to pay for its transmission, but she read it, so Mr. Davis was told by her, and she enjoyed it.


DAVIS, GEORGE T. M. JR./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 15, 1868
A Cheyenne dispatch of today states that George T. M. Davis Jr., from New York, brother of Mrs. George Francis Train, engaged in filing a contract on the Union Pacific Railway, was shot and killed by William Brown, an employee in the camp, on Wednesday. Brown is now in the custody of the United States Marshal. This unfortunate young man was formerly a resident of Alton. Mr. Davis Sr., the father, was for many years the editor of the Telegraph, and was generally regarded as one of the best and most spirited newspaper writers in the country.


DAVIS, JAMES E./Source: Alton Telegraph, February 16, 1872
Alton Fireman
We regret to learn of the death in Alton on Sunday night, at age 32, from consumption, of Mr. James E. Davis, long a resident of Alton, and highly respected for his many estimable qualities. Mr. Davis was long a prominent member of the fire department, and we understand that the disease which terminated his life was contracted by taking a severe cold while discharging his duties as a fireman. The flag of the Altona Engine Company was displayed at half-mast in respect to his memory. Mr. Davis leaves a wife and relatives at the East to mourn his loss. The funeral services took place Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist Church. There was a large attendance of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased, together with the members of A. F. and A. M. Lodges and the Fire Department. The bell of the Altona Engine Company was tolled at intervals during the afternoon in respect to the memory of the deceased. The funeral discourse was preached by the Rev. Mr. Butler.


DAVIS, JAMES W. (MAJOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 25, 1904
Former Civil War Soldier and Alton City Attorney Dies in Omaha
Maj. James W. Davis, formerly a prominent resident of Alton, was found dead at Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, and his body was identified Saturday. In his hand was a strychnine bottle, and he had evidently sought relief from chronic stomach trouble by swallowing the contents of the bottle. He was a meat inspector at Omaha and was well off financially. Maj. Davis was city attorney of Alton about the time of the Civil War. He came to Alton when three years of age and lived here about 34 years, leaving Alton in 1867. He was 74 years of age at the time of his death. Maj. Davis was an uncle of Mr. George T. Davis of Alby street, and was a brother-in-law of George Francis Train. During the Civil War he served as a Major in the 49th Illinois Volunteers, Col. William R. Morrison's regiment. During war time, when George Francis Train was conducting his self-imposed task of "ending the war" and was going around the country making speeches, he was driven out of St. Louis. Train came to Alton not knowing the city was under command of the same officer as St. Louis. Train attempted to make a speech in Alton, and Col. Hildebrand, who was in charge at Alton, sent a detail of soldiers to capture Train at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis had a fast horse and he slipped his brother-in-law out of the house and the two men rode horseback to the home of the late Robert Tansey, where Train found refuge until morning and then fled the city. While City Attorney, Mr. Davis became famous for a proclamation to all free negroes in Alton that unless they would leave the city forthwith, they would be subject to seizure under the then "black laws."


DAVIS, JOE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 25, 1917
Worked For Junk Dealer - Both Drown in Wood River Trying to Wet Buggy Wheels
Two men and a horse were drowned in Wood River Sunday morning about 9 o'clock when they drove the horse attached to a buggy in which they were riding, into Wood River for the purpose of wetting the buggy wheels to tighten up the tires. Frank Miller, aged about 60, a junk dealer, and a negro named Joe Davis, who worked for Miller, were the men drowned. The accident was witnessed by a man who was fishing in Wood River. He said that he saw the men drive up to the edge of the water, and Miller drove the horse in farther and farther so that the wheels would be thoroughly wet. Suddenly the horse seemed to go over a step-off into deep water, and he dragged the buggy and its two occupants in too. The whole outfit disappeared under the water, and all that ever came to the surface was the hats of the two men. The witness of the drowning hurried to Wood River village for help, and men responding recovered the bodies of the two men from the buggy. It was said there was about 14 feet of water where the drowning occurred. The bodies were taken in charge by Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer.


DAVIS, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 7, 1875
Mr. John Davis, for many years employed in Mr. Charles Phinney’s wholesale grocery store, died Friday night of lung fever, after a week’s illness. He was an honest, upright man, faithful in all his duties. He was thirty-eight years old. He leaves a wife and family. His death, in the prime of life, is much deplored by his relations, friends, and employers.


DAVIS, JULIA A. (nee STRINGER)/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 3, 1879
Mrs. Julia A. Davis was the third child and second daughter of Levi and Louisa Stringer, who were among the early settlers of “old Madison.” She was born near Wanda, Madison County, March 28, 1831, and departed this life at her residence in Jerseyville last Wednesday morning, March 26. Her remains were interred in the Keller Cemetery, located five miles northeast of Jerseyville. In 1854 she was married to Mr. James Davis of Jersey County. He died the next year. To them was born one child, a daughter, who died in infancy. She was married again in December 1865 to Mr. Wilson Davis, also of Jersey County. She was again left a widow in 1868. The result of this union was one daughter, Della Maud, who survives her parents.


DAVIS, LEOLA MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 10, 1904
North Alton News - After a severe illness of five months, the spirit of Leola Margaret, eight year old daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Davis, took its flight at 2 o'clock Saturday morning. Leola was a bright, lovable and loving girl, and was gifted with special talents in musical and literary directions to a remarkable degree for one so young. She idolized her parents and was in turn worshiped, almost, by them, and she was constantly to be seen with her father at all times and places when his business didn't demand his attention. The sympathy of the entire community will go out to the grieving parents in their affliction.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 12, 1904
The funeral of Leola Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Davis, took place Sunday afternoon from the home on State street, and was attended by an unusually large number of people, many being from St. Louis and elsewhere. There was a large representation of school children also, they grieving sorely and sincerely for their lost playmate. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers - the offerings of girl companions of Leola as well as those of neighbors and friends of the family and fellow commercial travelers and fellow workers of the bereaved father. Services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Bradley, and he spoke tender words of sympathy and cheer for the parents. Interment was in City Cemetery. The pallbearers were: John, Albert, Alex, and Herbert Leo of St. Louis, little brothers of Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Charles L. Beall sang two solos. Among the St. Louisians present were Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Remelin, Mr. and Mrs. James Coppinger, Mrs. M. C. Lewis. Mr. John Meister, an uncle, was present from Belleville.


Judge Levi Davis Sr.DAVIS, LEVI SR. (JUDGE)/Alton Evening Telegraph, March 4, 1897
Mr. Levi Davis Sr., the venerable retired attorney whose figure on the streets of Alton up to the law few years was a familiar one to nearly everyone, passed peacefully away last night at the home of his son, Dr. Charles Davis, after a stroke of apoplexy. Last night, shortly after retiring for the night, he was heard by his grandson to be groaning. After making several ineffectual attempts to arouse his grandfather, he summoned the assistance of Dr. Davis. It was evident that the old veteran was dying with apoplexy, superinduced by old age. Death took place at 11:15 p.m.

Levi Davis was a native of Maryland, being born in that state July 20, 1808. He was one of the pioneers in the settlement of the State of Illinois, coming west and settling at Vandalia, where he was married in 1833. In his young days he was associated with all the eminent characters of the time, and was prominently identified with the early history of Illinois. For eight years he held the position of State Auditor, at the time of the removal of the State Capital from Vandalia to Springfield. During the life of the Whig party there were few such staunch Whigs as Mr. Davis, and he was one of the many who tried to elevate Henry Clay to the Presidential chair. On the defeat of that candidate he was so filled with disgust that he resolved to never again take an active interest in politics, and he never did, except to vote. When the Republican party was organized, he transferred his allegiance to it, and could always be counted on to support its principles. He moved to Alton in 1846, where he continued to reside, holding an enviable position as a well-read lawyer and most successful in everything he attempted. He was one of the few survivors of the Black Hawk War, during which he saw active service.

For a number of years Mr. Davis has been declining rapidly, but was able to be downtown occasionally. Only a few months ago he made a pleasant call at the Telegraph office, and while quite feeble in body, his mind showed its usual brightness. He resided with his son, Dr. Davis, where he received all the tender care that a fond son could give. In the death of Mr. Davis, one of the greatest legal lights, and one of the best of Alton's citizens, has passed away, leaving a fragrant memory to all who knew him. Mr. Davis leaves a family of three sons: Mr. James Davis of St. Louis; Dr. Charles Davis and Mr. Levi Davis Jr. of Alton.

The funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the home of Dr. Davis on State Street. Mr. and Mrs. James Davis and sons, Lynn and Harry Davis of St. Louis, will attend the funeral services. [Davis is buried in the St. Patrick's Cemetery in Godfrey.]

Source: The New York Times, March 5, 1897
Alton, Ill., March 4 - Levi Davis Sr., the oldest lawyer in the State, died last night of apoplexy at the home of his son, Dr. Charles Davis, in this city, aged eighty-nine years. Judge Davis lived in retirement here for many years, but was in his time one of the foremost members of the Illinois bar. He was the friend and associate of Lincoln, Douglas, and Trumbull, and served with Lincoln in the Black Hawk was in 1832.


Lieutenant Levi W. DavisDAVIS, LEVI W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 15, 1919
Oldest Lawyer in Madison County; Civil War Veteran
Levi W. Davis, oldest lawyer in Madison County, and for more than a half century a resident of Alton, died Friday night at 10 o'clock at his residence, 410 Belleview Avenue. He was 76 years of age. Paralysis was the cause of Mr. Davis' death. He had been in feeble health for some time, but until one week before he died, he was stricken with paralysis on Friday of last week and by Sunday his condition had become such it was deemed necessary to summon his children, all of whom were far away. The aged father, knowing that the end was near and that his sons were coming to see him, manifested the most intense eagerness over their coming, and would inquire for his sons frequently, thinking that perhaps they had arrived. It was evidently his wish to live until all of them could get to his bedside and his wish was gratified. He was able to recognize even the last to arrive - his son, Edgar M. Davis, who came from Phoenix, Arizona. With his sons gathered near him, and his wife and daughter there, the aged gentleman was ready to go, and passed peacefully away Friday night.

The death of Levi Davis removes one of the brightest legal minds Alton has had among her citizens. He was known as a man of profundity of legal knowledge, and without a superior as a counselor at law. He retained considerable practice, even when he became so old that he was no longer physically able to play the part of advocate in court, and it was only when he had completed his fiftieth year of practice of his profession that he closed his office for the last time and announced that he retired. That was last November, on the day he was celebrating his golden wedding anniversary, the announcement was made, though he had informally ceased his practice a short time before that.

Mr. Davis was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1842. He was educated in St. Louis University and later attended the Albany law school and the law department of the University of Albany, where he acquired a profound legal education. He did not get his legal education until after he had served in the army during the Civil War, and had risen to the rank of a First Lieutenant. He was in Co. G of the 97th Regiment. His brother, James Davis, was Captain in the same Company, and another brother, Dr. Charles Davis, a private, was promoted to assistant regimental surgeon. The three brothers fought through the remainder of the Civil War together. Two of the brothers survive, Capt. James Davis of St. Louis, and Dr. Charles Davis of Alton. On being released from his duties in the army at the close of the war, Mr. Davis took up the study of law. He graduated in the same class at the University of Albany with the late President William McKinley, and his class numbered some other men who rose to distinction later. He was admitted to the practice of law at the Illinois Supreme Court, then at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, June 12, 1867.

Davis was married in Alton, October 22, 1868, and ever since than he, with his wife, had lived in Alton. They were a devoted couple all their married life and his partner of more than fifty years of married life has lost a companion whose devotion to her was one of the beautiful features of the neighborhood where they lived. The death of Mr. Davis is the first in his family in 45 years. He leaves beside his two brothers and his wife, one daughter, Miss Clotilde Davis; and five sons: Levi W. Davis of Denver; Edgar M. Davis of Phoenix, Arizona; Charles and Arthur Davis of Chicago; and Eugene Davis of Houston, Texas. The funeral of Mr. Davis will be held Monday at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Friends of the family are invited to attend the services at the church, but burial at the cemetery will be private and the family have requested that there be no flowers. The five sons of Mr. Davis, and one of his nephews, Peter Wise, will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Attorney Levi Davis was the son of Levi Davis Sr. His father was born in 1808 in Maryland, and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Vandalia, Illinois, c. 1830. Levi Sr. was a volunteer during the Black Hawk War. In 1835, Governor Joseph Duncan appointed him as auditor for the State. In 1839, Davis moved to Springfield, Illinois, when it became the capital of Illinois, and retained his position as auditor until 1841. It was in Springfield that his son, Levis Davis Jr., was born. The father continued his law practice, and in 1846 he moved to Alton and lived at 517 State Street. He worked for a number of years as the attorney for the Chicago and Alton Railroad, and as the director of the St. Louis, Alton, and Terre Haute Railroad. Levis Davis Sr. (the father) died March 3, 1897.


DAVIS, LIZZIE A./Source: Alton Telegraph, June 6, 1873
Daughter of Levi Davis Jr.
A little daughter of Levi Davis Jr. was scalded by falling into a tub of hot water. Her death, which took place at one o’clock this morning, May 3, in Alton, was from the effects of the injury. She was three years and 10 months of age, and a remarkably bright and beautiful child, and the idol of her parents. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved relatives in their affliction.

Levi W. Davis Jr. was the son of Levi Davis Sr. His father was a pioneer in the State of Illinois, and settled at Vandalia, Illinois. He was State Auditor when he moved to Springfield, Illinois. In 1846, the father moved to Alton, where he was attorney for the Chicago & Alton Railroad. Levi Davis Jr. was a Civil War veteran and prominent attorney in Alton.


DAVIS, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 26, 1917
Mrs. Margaret Davis, wife of W. W. Davis, died at the age of 83 years, Saturday night at 9 o'clock, at the family home, 124 East Sixth street, after an illness of three months. Mrs. Davis leaves her husband, who is 86 years of age, and is still strong and hearty, but is bowed with grief over the death of his companion in life. The death of Mrs. Davis was expected. Her daughter, Mrs. J. R. Blackwell of San Diego, Cal., had been summoned and was with her mother in the closing days of life. Mrs. Davis was born east of Alton, and with the exception of the years she lived at her birthplace, and those she spent in Godfrey township on a farm, she had lived all her life in Alton. She was a woman of many kindly traits of character, and in the neighborhood where she lived she was very highly esteemed by all. In her family she was beloved, and to her husband, during more than fifty years of wedlock, she had been a true companion in life. The aged couple were the object of much interest, owing to their excellent health, until Mrs. Davis broke down three months ago. Mr. Davis, a man of remarkable vigor and strength for one of his years, especially has been a character of great interest to all who knew him. Mr. Davis has been bearing up well since the death of Mrs. Davis. The members of the family surviving, beside the aged husband, are Mrs. J. R. Blackwell of San Diego, Cal.; Miss Torrie Davis; Mrs. Emma Gervig; Frank R. and Dr. Homer W. Davis. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home, Rev. M. W. Twing officiating. There was a large attendance of friends and neighbors of Mrs. Davis at the funeral. Burial was in City Cemetery.


DAVIS, MARIETTA (nee BRYAN)/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, May 24, 1882
Mrs. Marietta, wife of Mr. Fielding Davis, daughter of Mr. John M. Bryan, a very estimable lady, died this morning at the age of 32 years, after an illness of four weeks, caused by dropsy. Deceased, besides a husband, leaves four small children and many relatives and friends to mourn her death. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the family residence, corner of Ninth and Alby Streets. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


DAVIS, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 24, 1900
Coroner Bailey held an inquest at Collinsville Tuesday on the body of Martha Davis, the 5 year old daughter of John Davis. On January 12 the mother went to town, leaving the children, aged 1, 2, 5 and 6 years, alone in the house. They played with matches and Martha's dress caught on fire. She ran, all ablaze, to the home nearby of her aunt, who extinguished the flames, but the little one was so badly hurt that death resulted Monday night.


DAVIS, MARY E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 11, 1922
Widow of Old Time Lawyer Dies
Death claimed Mrs. Mary E. Davis, widow of Levi Davis, this morning at 2 o'clock, after a three weeks illness, which began with a general breakdown. There were few of the friends of Mrs. Davis who knew that she was so sick that there was any danger of a fatal outcome at this time. They knew that the interruption of a long standing practice of attending services at the Cathedral every morning indicated that she was not in a satisfactory condition. The first hint that she was not well came three weeks ago when she found that for the first time in years she would be obliged to forego attending religious services with her daughter, Miss Clotilde. The two had been inseparable companions always, and the mother and daughter always attended services early in the morning. Even the children of Mrs. Davis did not realize fully that she was in the condition she was, and at the time of her death only Miss Clotilde and Charles Davis were present. Arthur Davis arrived a few hours after the end had come. The other children, being at distant places, were not here. Mrs. Davis was born in Alton and she had lived here all of her life, except a period she was attending Sacred Heart convent in St. Louis, from which she graduated in the closing days of the Civil War. She clung to the neighborhood where she had come into the world and during all her life she lived on State street, or close proximity thereto. She was interested chiefly in her family and her church. She was married to Levi Davis, a young lawyer, and the two made their home in Alton always after that. Mr. Davis died three years ago last March 14, terminating a beautiful married life in which the husband and wife never failed to embrace an opportunity to be together. Mrs. Davis' maiden name was Wise. Of the family from which she came, only one brother, Charles P. Wise of St. Louis, survives her. A brother, Alexis Wise, died recently. The children who survive Mrs. Davis are Levi of New York, Edgar M. of Los Angeles, Charles W. of Alton, Arthur J. of Chicago, Miss Clotilde of Alton, and Eugene H. of Dallas, Texas.


DAVIS, MOSES/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 25, 1875
Moses Davis, a young, unmarried colored man who lived with Mr. Jennings, his step-father, on the farm of Noble Simpson on the bluff, five miles northwest of Edwardsville, accidentally shot and killed himself while out rabbit hunting last Saturday. It seems that he left the house for the purpose stated above, a few minutes before eleven o’clock in the forenoon on the day stated, and that the report of his gun was heard in a few minutes afterwards, but suspecting nothing out of the way, no attention was paid to it until his protracted absence caused search to be made for him, the result of which was the finding of his dead body on Monday, lying on the ground with his gun and a stick in his hands, at or near a hollow log, and a gunshot wound in his head. It is supposed he was trying to get a rabbit out of the log with the stick, when by some means, his gun was accidentally discharged, inflicting said wound. Coroner J. A. Miller was notified, and held an inquest on Tuesday, and the verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above statement.


DAVIS, SUSAN MINERVA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 22, 1837
Died, in this town [Alton] on Saturday evening last, the 16th inst., Susan Minerva, the infant daughter of George T. M. Davis, Esq., aged five months and 25 days.


DAVIS, SUSAN MINERVA/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 22, 1850
Wife of George T. M. Davis
We extract the following melancholy intelligence from the last number of the Washington Republic. She was, for many years preceding 1818, a resident of this city, where he was highly esteemed, and she leaves an affectionate husband, several children, and many friends, with whom we sincerely sympathize to deplore her loss.

“Died in Washington City on the 11th inst., after a short but painful illness, Mrs. Susan Minerva Davis, wife of George T. M. Davis, Esq., late of St. Louis, Missouri, in the 41st year of her age. A kind and affectionate child, a devoted wife, a affectionate and self-sacrificing mother, a generous, kind, and benevolent neighbor, a meek and consistent Christian – hers is a crown of glory eternal in the heavens, and that fadeth not away.”


DAVIS, UNKNOWN [Note: the first part of the newspaper was so damaged the beginning of the obit was unreadable]/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1908
....Mr. Davis is survived by four children, Misses Han....., Messrs, Charles ....Amasa Davis. Mr. Davis was one of the most prominent farmers in Godfrey township and was highly esteemed in Alton and throughout the whole country where he lived. He had been a regular visitor in Alton for ____ years, up to the time he was taken ill, and was well known in the business world. He had been a member of the Alton Horticultural society for very many years and had held official positions in the society. He was known as a horticulturalist of ability, and was very successful in propagating and raising fruit and berries. He was born in Godfrey township and lived all his life there. He was 67 years of age last May. His son, Judge C. E. Davis, lives at Ryne, Oklahoma, and the remainder of his family live in Godfrey. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. H. A. Cotton of the Congregational church at Godfrey.


DAVIS, WILLARD W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 5, 1918
Willard W. Davis, aged 87, died yesterday at San Diego, Cal., where he had been staying for the benefit of his health. He was with his three daughters, Mrs. J. R. Blackwell, Miss Torrie Davis, and Mrs. Emma J. Fertig, during his last sickness and his death. He had gone West last June with his daughters to stay there, partly to recuperate from the effects of a bad fall he sustained in the last winter at his home, Sixth and Easton streets. Mr. Davis was unconscious several days at that time, and it was not believed he would ever get up and around again, but his wonderful vitality conquered and he surprised everyone by giving every indication of complete recovery. His active life had given him a strong constitution which enabled him when he was a very old man to do work that much younger men would hesitate to do. It is recalled that when his son, Frank R. Davis, was erecting the building now occupied by the Sotier Store on Broadway, Mr. Davis made most of the concrete blocks used in the building. He continued until the last spring and summer to work in his garden, and he was a very successful gardener. His activity long after he had passed eighty was the marvel of everyone who knew him. Willard W. Davis was born in Bangor, Me., September 21, 1831. He leaves a brother in Kansas City. Mr. Davis was a member of the First Methodist Church, a constant attendant there and a member of the Men's Bible Class. He was one of a company of men who left Alton in 1849 to make the trip to California, and his recent trip by rail there was a review of the journey he had made when a young man. He remained in California only a short time, and returned to this part of the country. For years he was a farmer, and retired to move to Alton. Recently he was deprived of his life's companion, Mrs. Davis, who died in Alton. He came here with his parents from Bangor, Me., when nine years old, and settled at Liberty Prairie in Madison County. He was married to Margaret Huntington in November 11, 1858. He moved to Nashville, Ill. in 1865, and in 1874 to a farm at Godfrey. Beside his three daughters, he leaves two sons, Frank R. Davis and Dr. Homer W. Davis of Alton.


DAVIS, WILLIAM BEEDMAN/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, April 16, 1857
Died at Collinsville on March 8, William Beedman Davis; aged 30 years. He was a native of Delaware. He was a member of the Madison Lodge, No. 43, I.O.O.F.


DAVIS, WILLIAM F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1908
Coroner Streeper buried the body of William F. Davis this afternoon in Milton cemetery. Davis' body was never claimed by any relatives. He was sent to St. Joseph's hospital several months ago by Supervisor Hawkins from Benbow City and died of typhoid fever.


DAVIS, WILLIAM H./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 9, 1862
Died in Alton on the 2d inst., William H. Davis, aged 24 years and 4 months.


DAWES, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 9, 1914
Killed by Stepson - Boy Defends His Mother
Edward Dawes, former president of the bricklayers union and prominent in labor circles, was fatally wounded by his 15 year old stepson, Leroy Locke, Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock at the home of Michael Strahan, 1518 East Third street, where the family were rooming. Dawes died Tuesday at 1 o'clock p. m. in St. Joseph's Hospital. The couple had been married about nine months. Mrs. Dawes conducts a lunch counter on Washington street near Second. Mrs. Dawes and her son agree that Dawes had been drinking, that he came home in a rage about 3:30 o'clock threatening to whip both his wife and stepson. Mrs. Dawes had not been at her lunchroom in the afternoon. She had taken the afternoon to make some calls, she said. Misses Ruth Calvert and Belle Kennedy, working at the restaurant, said that when Dawes came and found his wife out, he began making threats to give both wife and stepson a "good beating." There had been some difficulties over financial matters in the household. Mrs. Dawes had returned from making her calls and was in her room sorting out the soiled clothing for the weekly wash. Her son came to her and told her that Dawes was hunting her and wanted to know if he should tell Dawes where she was. Mrs. Dawes told her son to inform him and the boy returned and asked for further confirmation of the instructions as he said Dawes was making threats. Then, it was said, Mrs. Dawes told her son to send him up and Dawes went. There he begun a quarrel, Mrs. Dawes said, and objected to her use of a suitcase which he said belonged to him. Then he struck his wife and struck his stepson, according to both of them. It was when the blows were being administered to Mrs. Dawes that Leroy Locke seized an old revolver and fired close in at Dawes stomach. The boy, fearing he had wounded his mother, asked her if he had hit her, and Dawes responded, "I guess you got me all right." Dawes did not desist beating the wife and stepson, however, and Mrs. Dawes face was badly contused, some of her teeth loosened and she was painfully hurt. Dawes, having finished the chastisement he deemed his wife and son merited, staggered out into the street. He was staggering around when some laborers took charge of him and called a doctor, Dr. Van Wormer arrived first, and Drs. Lemen and Worden assisted him in operating on Dawes at the hospital. The boy who did the shooting seemed unmoved. He made no attempt to run away, did not manifest the least excitement nor express any regret over what he had done. He claimed that he shot Dawes to defend his mother and himself. Locke was arrested by officer Uhte after the shooting, and taken to police headquarters. He was put under $500 bond, waiving preliminary examination. Dr. Van Wormer said that the ball which was fired into Dawes' abdomen passed downward through the bladder and lodged against the pelvis. Mrs. Dawes said that when her husband was sober, that no one could be a better and more kindly man in his home than Ed Dawes. He was on the best of terms with his stepson and they made great companions. It was only when Dawes was drinking that he ever made any trouble around the house, and but for his drinking the married life of the couple has been very happy. It was because Dawes was drinking hard Monday that he came home and made the trouble, which resulted in his being shot. The death of Dawes may make some difference in the case of the boy, but it is not believed that, under the circumstances, the lad will be held under heavy bail. The coroner's inquest will be awaited before any further steps are taken by the officials. Dawes suffered a backset before noon, and at noontime he was reported as being in a very bad way. His death occurred just before 1 o'clock. His sister, Mrs. _____, lives in St. Louis, had read in a St. Louis paper of the shooting, and she hurried to Alton, reaching there about 12 o'clock, and in time to see her brother alive. He recognized her. Dawes was conscious to the last and his end found him as game as he had been all through his life. Dawes comes of a family that was prominent in Alton many years ago, representatives of the family being among the wealthiest and most important of Alton's citizens.


DAWES, SUSAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 30, 1840
Died, in this city [Alton], on Friday the 22d instant, Mrs. Susan Dawes, wife of Mr. William Dawes. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and bore her short, but painful illness with Christian fortitude.


DAWSON, EDWIN C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1920
Old Time Engineer Passes Away
Edwin C. Dawson, retired locomotive engineer, died at his home, 3010 College Avenue, Saturday afternoon at 1:25 o'clock. His death had been expected, as he had been in failing health for a long time. He was 87 years of age. Mr. Dawson retired from railroading in 1895 because of his failing eye sight. He had served as the engineer on the Big Four Plug train running between Alton and East Alton. It was only when he could no longer see well enough to make safe for him to continue operating the engine that he was given his release. He had a long career with the Big Four and he was highly esteemed as a careful engineer. Mr. Dawson's life had been anything but an altogether happy one, as he saw member after member of his family die before him, including his wife, so that at his death he was survived by only two sons, Milton and Robert, and two daughters, Miss Leila Dawson and Mrs. J. F. Johnston, the last of Muskogee, Okla. His condition did not become desperate until three days before his death, and since that change came there had been the certain knowledge that he would soon pass away.


DAWSON, FANNY SWAIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1912
Mrs. Fanny Swain Dawson, wife of Edwin C. Dawson, the retired railroad engineer, died Saturday night at her home, 3331 College avenue, Upper Alton, after an illness of three years. Her death followed a sudden change for the worse, which came a week before the end of her suffering. She had been in a dangerous condition since the Saturday preceding her death, and her family had given up all hope of her recovery. Mrs. Dawson was in her 70th year. She is survived by her aged husband, three daughters, Mrs. J. F. Johnston of Oklahoma City, Okla., Misses Leila and Blanche Dawson; and two sons, Robert and Milton Dawson. She leaves also a sister, Mrs. Flora E. Matthews of Chicago, and James A Swain of Joliet. She had been a resident of Alton for many years and lived on Second street until recent years, when she moved to Upper Alton to make her home. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home. Funeral private. Mrs. Dawson came to Alton with her husband in 1868, and during her long period of residence here she was well known and highly respected. Paralysis disabled her three years ago, and a week ago she had the final stroke. During all her period of disability she had been patient and cheerful. Beside her children she leaves five grandchildren to whom she had been a mother, since they were left motherless.


DAWSON, JOHANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 8, 1902
Mrs. Johanna Dawson, widow of Richard Dawson of 1021 East Third street, died Saturday evening at St. Joseph's hospital after a long illness from cancer and tumors. Mrs. Dawson underwent a surgical operation recently for the removal of several tumors, but the surgeons found a cancerous condition and it was impossible for her to recover. On Friday she had a setback and did not rally. She was 63 years of age and had been a resident of Alton many years. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


DAWSON, JOHN "JACK"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 17, 1907
John Dawson, known popularly as "Jack" Dawson, died early Saturday morning after a short illness at his home, 1021 east Third street. His death was a great surprise to everyone, including his family, although he had been a sufferer from heart disease for number of years. The news that Jack Dawson was dead was very shocking intelligence for a large part of the population in the east end of the city. It was "Jack" Dawson to whom a large number looked for aid of many kinds. He was kind hearted and he was always ready to help out his friends. He had many of them too. Jack never allowed a friend of his, or even an acquaintance with less claim, to appeal in vain for assistance when he was in trouble. Jack was a frequent signer of bonds, and it was to him that many who had no other friend turned when they were in trouble. He conducted a saloon in the east end for a number of years and was also connected with the boarding house business. He was a glassblower since young manhood and worked at his trade most of the time. Jack Dawson had many friends scattered all over the city and there is sincere regret among them that he is dead. It is supposed that Mr. Dawson's death was not due to natural causes. Suicide is not entertained, but it is supposed that he died either from the effects of an injury he sustained several days ago when, during a scuffle, he was knocked through a plate glass window of an east Second street store, or that he died from an overdose of a sleeping potion. He had been very nervous and was taking a drug to induce sleep. He rose at 5:30 o'clock this morning and took the medicine without the knowledge of his wife. It was not time for him to receive the dose, and in addition to taking it prematurely, he took a large quantity, probably several ounces of it. He never awoke again, and was found dead about 6:20 a.m. He was in his forty-fourth year, and leaves his wife and six children. Mr. Dawson was a native of Alton and had lived in the city all his life. Deputy Coroner Keiser will hold an inquest to determine the cause of death and an autopsy may be necessary to decide whether he died from injuries received several days ago or from the overdose of medicine. The funeral will probably be held Monday morning from St. Patrick's church.


DAWSON, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 24, 1911
John Dawson, aged ??? [unreadable], died this morning after a long illness at the Glynn boarding house. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


DAWSON, PAUL PRESTON/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 5, 1877
Died in Alton on July 3, Paul Preston, son of Edmund and Fanny Dawson; aged two years. The remains were taken to Terre Haute, Indiana for interment.


DAWSON, PEARL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 6, 1905
Pearl Dawson, 12 years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Dawson, died Sunday at the family home, 1227 East Third street, after a few days illness from pneumonia. She was a bright, lovable child and general sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents. The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon from St. Patrick's church.


DAWSON, RICHARD/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 31, 1884
The funeral of Richard Dawson, an old resident of Alton, took place from St. Patrick’s Church Monday. An immense procession, including the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, attended the remains to the Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Father Cassedy performed the impressive funeral services.


DAWSON, THERESA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1903
Mrs. Theresa, wife of Thomas Dawson, died at 3 o'clock Monday morning at the farm home near Bethalto, after a short illness. She leaves her husband and two children. She was 32 years of age. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning from the Bethalto Catholic church.


DAY, AMY C./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 30, 1877
From Edwardsville – The funeral of Miss Amy C. Day, who died on August 21, 1877, in Edwardsville at the residence of her brother-in-law, Judge J. G. Irwin, last Tuesday, in the 32nd year of her age, was largely attended.


DAY, BRUCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 30, 1903
Killed While Asleep on the Tracks
Bruce Day, whose home was at Comstock, Ill., was killed by the Big Four switch engine No. 67, Friday afternoon a half mile west of the Chessen crossing. Just after the engine rounded the curve there, drawing a train of nineteen cars from East Alton, Yardmaster B. J. Derwin, who was riding on the footboard, noticed a man lying on the track. He was apparently asleep with one arm thrown over the rail and his face pillowed on his arm. The engine struck the man and he died almost instantly. Day's stepbrother, William Nash, was with him. The two men had been drinking and they laid down to sleep. Nash was asleep in the weeds about twelve feet from where Day was lying, and after his stepbrother was killed he was aroused from his drunken stupor with great difficulty. Yardmaster Derwin managed to shake him until he was awake, and then the survivor proceeded to drink more liquor when he arrived in Alton. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest and the jury found a verdict of accidental death and exonerated the railway company and its employees of all blame.


DAY, HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 7, 1840
We regret to state that as Henry Day, son of Mr. Dudley Day of Portsmouth, Ohio, who had accompanied his parents on a visit to the family of Mr. John Hatch of this city [Alton], to whom they are nearly related, was playing with two other small boys about his own age, under a sand bank near Second Street [Broadway], on last Wednesday afternoon, the mass above, supposed to weigh not less than half a ton, suddenly and unexpectedly gave way and crushed him so severely as to cause his death in the course of a few minutes. The other children escaped without material injury. The deceased was nearly four years old, and was a very promising child. We sympathize with his afflicted parents and friends in their bereavement.


DAY, JOHN M./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 4, 1865
Died, July 25, 1865, at his residence near Alton, of typhoid fever, John M. Day, aged 35 years.


DAY, MINNIE BELL/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 26, 1878
Died in Upper Alton, September 20, at 9 o’clock p.m., of congestion of the brain, Minnie Bell, daughter of Frank and Adella Day; aged 3 years, 7 months, and 13 days.


DEACH, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 15, 1917
William Deach, for forty years a holder of public offices in the Madison County court house, died this morning from uraemic poisoning at his home, in his 81st year. The funeral will be held Wednesday.


DEACON, JULIA MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 4, 1902
North Alton News - The funeral of Julia Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Deacon, took place Friday at 1 o'clock from the Cathedral, where services were held, and was attended by a very large number of friends and neighbors who desired thus to show their sorrow and sympathy for the stricken parents in their awful affliction. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery where all that is mortal of the winsome little Julia lies underneath a bank of flowers.


DEAN, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 10, 1881
Mrs. Elizabeth Dean, who had lived in Alton over 35 years, died at her residence on Third Street, between George and Langdon, Tuesday morning, at the age of 89 years. The funeral took place at her late residence yesterday. She leaves a daughter, Miss Rebecca Dean, and other relatives to mourn her death.


DEAN, REBECCA "BECKY"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1910
Mrs. Rebecca Dean, aged 78, died Saturday night at 9 o'clock after an illness of four weeks from kidney trouble. Her death had been expected for several weeks. Mrs. Dean was English by birth. She was married many years ago, and she said that she had one child, which died. She had lived alone most of the time for many years, and had conducted a little store on Eighth street where the school children went to buy sweet meats and school supplies. She was a member of the Baptist church, and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing this afternoon. It is said by old friends that for 25 years she had been talking about death, and that she had selected pallbearers for herself, or some of them, from time to time. As some of those she would select would pass off the stage of action or move away, she would select others. The pallbearers were W. P. Boynton, L. M. Carr, Dr. F. C. Hopkins, Roland and Frank Harris, W. C. Gates.


DeBAUN, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 15, 1887
From Upper Alton – Miss Elizabeth DeBaun died in Upper Alton Sunday; aged over 70 years. The deceased was a native of Upper Alton, and almost her whole life has been spent in Upper Alton and vicinity. For many years she has struggled with advancing age and poverty, and has been the recipient of many favors from the charitable, else she must sooner have given up the unequal contest. She has relatives elsewhere, some of them in comfortable circumstances. One of these, a nephew, a restaurateur in Cairo, has been appealed to for aid in the expenses of the burial, which will take place in Monticello [Godfrey] Cemetery, where her mother lies.


DeBEAU, BELLE/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 8, 1878
Cold-Blooded Murder Near the Milton Bridge
Yesterday afternoon, about three o’clock, a report was brought to town that a colored woman and her child had been murdered near the Milton Bridge. We at once started for the scene of the tragedy, the locality of which had been very indefinitely described. Driving rapidly out of town, we learned at Bozzatown that the murders took place near the Upper Alton Road to Milton Bridge. Turning up the hill from the bridge, we inquired at the first house we came to in regard to the tragedy. No one had heard of it. Driving on a few hundred yards, we saw two men coming out of the woods on the left. We asked if they had heard of a murder in that vicinity. “Yes,” said they, “a woman and her child were killed this morning in a house over there in the woods.” “Who did it?” “don’t know.”

Driving through a gate, down a narrow lane, and through a cornfield, we soon came to a little cabin, about three hundred yards from the main road. Around it was gathered a number of neighbors, mainly women and children, and both white and colored. At the corner of the house sat a woman holding a crying baby, a few months old, in her arms. “Has there been a murder here?” “Yes,” replied a colored man, “a woman and her little girl.” “Who lives here?” “A colored man named Tom Bates, a white man named White, and this woman.” “Who did the killing?” “We don’t know.” “Would you like to go in?” continued the man, opening the door. We entered the low room where the tragedy had been enacted, and beheld the blood curdling evidence of the most horrible human butchery ever enacted in this county. On the floor lay a body covered with a blanket. It was not lying in a natural position, but drawn together as if had fallen in a heap. But this was not all the horror. About three feet distant, lay a smaller form, also covered by a blanket. From beneath the lower end, a little bare foot protruded, still and cold. The man raised the blanket from the larger body, and revealed a woman’s form, clothed in a calico dress. The spectacle was horrifying, the head had been beaten to a jelly, and through the shattered skull, the brains were coming out. The hair was matted with gore, the face bloody, the eyes staring open and protruding from their sockets, as if they had been forced out by the blows. The expression showed that the woman had died in great agony. The still form was covered, and the main raised the blanket from the child – a little girl, four years old, nearly white, the head beaten to a jelly, just as in the case of the mother, the skull shattered, the brains protruding and the little dead face covered with gore. The sight was sickening and terrible to the last degree.

A glance around showed a disordered room, with scant furniture. On the floor were several large blotches of blood, as if the victims had been followed about as they crawled and shrieked in agony, and been beaten until life was extinct. The room looked like a slaughter pen, which it certainly was, and if ever the work of a fiend or a devil was seen, it was here visible.

Leaving the scene of horror, we asked where Bates and White were. “Out there in the woods,” was the reply, “with some men guarding them.” We started in the direction indicated, and soon came upon a group of men who were keeping watch over the persons spoken of. White was pointed out. He was a man of medium height, think and wiry, with brown hair and chin whiskers. He looked about 45 years old. “When did this murder occur, Mr. White?” “About ten o’clock this morning.” “Who did it?” “I don’t know.” “What do you know about it?” “I went to Upper Alton this morning for some medicine for the baby. I was gone about an hour and a half. When I came back, I found what had happened. The child was dead. The woman was alive, but unconscious. She lived about five minutes after I got there. I was so shocked, I did not know what to do. I went to the fence and called for help.” “Who is the woman’s husband?” was asked. “She hasn’t any,” was White’s reply. Tom Bates, an old colored man, was next interrogated. “Who is this murdered woman?” “My stepdaughter.” “What’s her name?” “Belle DeBeau.” “Was she married?” “No.” “Who is this man, White?” “He is from Pike County, Missouri. He has been sick, and I’ve been taking care of him. I went away to work early this morning, and left him here with the woman and children.” “When did you come home?” “Just a little while ago.” “Who did the killing?” “I don’t know.”

No officer was present, and the crowd were awaiting the arrival of the Coroner. It was thought best, however, by the men present, to take White into custody. He was informed that he was suspected of being the murderer, and was told to come along. He seemed perfectly willing to go. The citizens then started for Upper Alton, taking White and Bates along for safe keeping.

The history of the inmates of the shanty, as we were able to glean it, was in brief as follows: The family formerly lived in Pike County, Missouri. White lived with the woman, DeBeau, in open adultery.

The citizens there, scandalized at the affair, drove White off about three years ago. He came down to this county, where he has since lived, working for several parties on the Bottom as a farmhand. He kept up a correspondence with the woman all the time. He could not write himself, and was accustomed to come to Alton and get Mr. Henry Kelley to write his letters. Last winter, White induced old man Bates and the woman to move down here, and they have since all been living in the cabin where the tragedy took place. White has long been desperately enamored of the woman, who seems to have been a good-looking mulatto, and it is said, was anxious to marry her. He is said to be the father of both her children. Lately, it is said, the woman had wanted to return to Missouri, but White opposed it. While suspicion pointed to White, and many believed him guilty, we could not ascertain that there was any proof that he was the criminal. Whoever committed the crime, it was one of the most disbolical in the calendar, and the work of as black a fiend as ever polluted the earth. White may or may not be guilty. He bears the reputation of being a dangerous man. A neighbor stated that about the time of the tragedy, he heard shots fired in the vicinity of the cabin, and cries of murder.

As we rode away from the scene of the horror, the negro women were trying to still the cries of the little baby, wailing for the mother lying stark and dead on the cabin floor.

Additional – Upper Alton, August 2, 1878
The horrible tragedy which occurred yesterday on the outskirts of town has created much excitement. The parties most interested are all somewhat known here, and have lived for several months on the farm of Mr. Joseph Burton, west of the road from Upper Alton to Milton. The victims of this double murder, Belle DeBeau and her little child, with another child, have been living with the woman’s stepfather, Tom Bates. All of these people are colored. With them has lived a white man, Bill White, formerly of Missouri, who has been a laborer on one of the adjacent farms. White, yesterday morning, visited town and returning about 11 o’clock, found the woman and child lying on the floor, mangled but still alive. He ran to some men at work in the next field, who, reaching the house, found a scene of sickening horror. The child was dead, while the woman lived a few moments, and died before their eyes. A crowd quickly gathered from the neighboring houses, and the bringing of the news to town was the cause of quite a gathering of the curious from town. White was taken in charge as an object of serious suspicion, and brought to town. The colored man, Bates, was brought in and held for a witness at the Coroner’s inquest, which was held at the cabin last evening. The jury, S. B. Gillham, foreman, rendered a verdict attributing the death of the deceased to “wounds from a blunt instrument in the hands of some part or parties unknown.” Considerable fault is found with the manner in which the inquest was conducted by Coroner Youree. White was committed to the jail, and will have his examination before Justices Collett and Benbow this p.m. Suspicion is not entirely confined to White, some thinking they have good reason for suspecting some other parties living in the vicinity of the cabin where the murder was committed.

August 3, 1878
The preliminary examination of William White, suspected of the murder of Belle DeBeau and her child, was held yesterday afternoon before D. W. Collet, Justice of the Peace. The testimony of neighbors was taken, showing how and when the bodies were found. Other testimony was given showing that the accused had made threats against the woman. “Uncle Tom” Bates, stepfather of the murdered woman, testified as to White’s relations to the murdered persons, and added evidence of threatening language used by the accused towards the deceased on several recent occasions. The accused was sworn, and told his story of his trip up town, and how he found the bodies on his return. Dr. Yerkes testified to the condition of the bodies when he first saw them, and as to the length of time they had probably been dead when he arrived there.

The accused was then bound over to await the action of the Grand Jury at Edwardsville, and will be taken thither today. There was no legal counsel on either side.


DEBOW, BLOOMFIED H./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 27, 1844
Died, at Upper Alton on the 22d instant, of whooping cough, Bloomfied H., infant son of Robert and Sarah A. DeBow.


DeBOW, LUCY/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 27, 1879
Miss Lucy DeBow, daughter of the late Robert DeBow, died on February 24 after a long and painful illness. The deceased was a sister of Colonel Samuel DeBow of Chicago, and Mrs. Mary Glass, widow of the late A. C. Glass, M. D., formerly of this place. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


DEBOW, ROBERT/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 6, 1877
Alton Pioneer Business Man
After a protracted illness, Mr. Robert DeBow, the well-known wholesale grocer, senior member of the firm of R. Debow & Co., died Saturday at his residence in Upper Alton, in the 68th year of his age. For several years, his health had been failing, and he made several trips to different parts of the country and to Europe in hope of gaining strength, but the relief obtained was only temporary. A few weeks ago, he arrived home from New York in a feeble condition, and failed rapidly until death.

Mr. DeBow was one of the few survivors of the pioneer business men of Alton. Coming to Alton about the year 1834, he had been in active business life here for over forty years. During the greater part of that time, he was a wholesale grocer, transacting an extensive business. As a merchant, he was well known throughout this section, and his name was always a synonym for integrity and honor. During his extended business career, he was in partnership with a number of well-known gentlemen, among our older and younger merchants.

Mr. DeBow married a daughter of the late Major Charles Hunter, a most amiable lady, who died a few months ago. Her death was a shock which probably hastened the progress of his own disease. Mr. DeBow was a gentleman of unusual business ability, and possessed of genial manners and sterling qualities of character which won him a host of friends. He will be long and widely mourned. Three children survive him, all of adult years. His son, Mr. Samuel Debow, is a well-known business man of New York City.

Source: Alton Telegraph, September 6, 1877
A large company of citizens of Alton, Upper Alton and vicinity, assembled at the late residence of the deceased in Upper Alton, at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, to attend the obsequies. The services were conducted by Rev. W. S. Sly, of the Methodist church, and were introduced by singing "Nearer My God to Thee," and prayer, after which Rev. Mr. Taggart, of Bloomington, read a portion of Scripture, and "The Gates Ajar" was sung. An affecting, interesting address was delivered by Mr. Sly, and the services closed by singing "How Blest the Righteous When He Dies." The relatives and friends then took a last look at the familiar features soon to be seen no more on earth. The pall bearers were, Samuel Wade, J. S. Topping, D. S. Hoaglan and Jos. Craig, of Alton, and Jas. Atkins, W. Collet, Mr. Burnap and Wm. Flamson, of Upper Alton. A long line of carriages followed the hearse containing the remains, which were deposited in the Hunter lot in the Alton City Cemetery.


DECK, ISAAC/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 14, 1873
Died on Monday last, Mr. Isaac Deck, aged 76, of congestion of the lungs. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers on the Wood River, and removed to the vicinity of Bunker Hill more than twenty years ago.


DECK, JACOB/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 3, 1878
Foster Township Pioneer
From Bethalto – A large circle of relatives and friends will be grieved to hear of the sad fate that befell Mr. Jacob Deck of Wood River, about 11 o’clock a.m. last Sunday [September 29, 1878]. In company with a daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. S. Deck, he started to visit a grandchild. On driving over a small bridge near the residence of Mr. J. S. Culp in Foster Township, the “off” front wheel of the buggy ran off the end of the bridge, throwing Mr. Deck out on his face, and breaking his back, which caused his death almost instantly.

Mr. Deck was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, September 22, 1796, and was at the time of his death 82 years and seven days old. He moved to Illinois in the Fall of 1816, and has resided in Madison County ever since, except two years which were spent in Greene County. In 1819, he opened a farm in Foster Township [on Culp Lane, just east of the Short Cemetery], on which he resided until he was gathered unto his fathers. He was married four times, and was the father of sixteen children – eight sons and eight daughters, of whom four sons and three daughters survive him. His fourth wife died August 16, 1872. For several years he has been a faithful member of the Baptist Church. The funeral took place from his late residence at 10 o’clock a.m. today, Dr. Bulkley officiating. The funeral was largely attended by bereaved relatives and sympathizing friends, who can testify to his goodness.

Jacob Deck married in 1817 to Sarah Bates (1797-1832); in 1834 to Rachel McCann (1809-1855); and in 1856 to Ann McCann (1803-1872). His known children were: Tabitha Deck Elliott (1830-1865); Anna Deck Short (1837-1911); James Henry Deck (1839-1841); and Martha Jane Deck Witt (1841-1900). Burial of Jacob Deck was in the Deck Cemetery in Bethalto.


DECK, LOUIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 12, 1900
Bethalto News - Miss Louie Deck died Thursday, June 28, after an illness of more than two months. Services were conducted at the Mt. Olive church, and interment at the family burying grounds on Wood river. Miss Deck was 17 years of age. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.


DECKER, SARAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 17, 1918
Influenza Epidemic Hastens Funeral Plans
Deputy Coroner W. G. Bauer yesterday insisted upon anticipating the time set for the funeral of Mrs. Sarah Decker of Wood River township, which was to have been at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The undertaker did not wait for the assembly of neighbors and the pallbearers, and he had the funeral in advance of the hour, as soon as he discovered that a case of influenza was in the house. The undertaker happened to go early to the Decker home, and there he saw the preacher, who had come early too, with no thought of the change in the burial plans. The undertaker was told that a few hours before a case of influenza had been diagnosed in the house and remembering his instructions about public funerals in influenza infested homes, he very quickly decided, with consent of the family, that the funeral would proceed at once, and that when the friends and neighbors arrived the funeral would be all over. The clergyman, who was standing nearby was called over, told of the situation and the decision was reached and the body was taken from the house and buried in Milton cemetery, some men present carrying the casket to the grave from the house. Undertakers have so far received no instructions as to a report that all funerals are to be private. City Clerk Kennedy was told a few days ago that under no circumstances, under department of health order, was a public funeral to be held, even though a person was killed by accident. He was told by telephone that funerals might be held in a church attended by relatives and intimate friends. The undertakers say they know nothing of such a rule, and that until it comes they will continue to have public funerals, where desired, except in cases of influenza victims or other contagious diseases.


DEE, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, December 8, 1887
From Fosterburg – Died at her residence, four miles southwest of Fosterburg, the widow of the late Edward Dee. Mrs. Dee had been afflicted with paralysis for several years, not being able to help herself during all that time. She calmly awaited the angel of death, with that resignation that comes to Christians in the trying hour.


DEGENHARDT, ANNIE McCARTHY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1915
Mrs. Annie McCarthy Degenhardt, wife of Albert J. Degenhardt, died very unexpectedly this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the family home on Seventh street. Her death was due to a complication of diseases. She had been ailing for a year, but as a member of the family said of the good, motherly woman, she would not give up. She refused to take a rest, said one of her sons in a tribute to his mother. She thought that no one but her could make her family comfortable, and she must be there to see that they got their meals and that they were put away snugly at night. Her whole heart was wrapped up in her family, and they were the first to her in her interests. An ideal mother she was, and she leaves a memory that will be cherished long by her family. She was born in Godfrey township _5 years ago. When a young girl she came to Alton with her family, and a few years later, before she was 18, she was married to A. J. Degenhardt. She was the mother of one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Pilkington of Mobile, Ala., and five sons, Bernard, Albert, Joseph, Edgar and Louis. Ten days ago her son, Edgar, became ill and an operation to relieve appendicitis was advised. Because of the mother's weakness it was deemed best to have him go away to St. Louis to have the work done. He is much improved and will come home to the funeral. Mrs. Degenhardt's death followed a collapse that came about 10 o'clock this morning. Last Monday, though able to be up and around the house, the faithful mother realized that her end was nearing. She gave up hope of recovery, and on Tuesday she was taken bedfast. Her case was not regarded as being very grave, but she was unable to get up, and this caused her family much anxiety. Her husband went to the funeral of William Snyder as pallbearer, and was called away from the church by news of his wife's collapse. He hastened to her bedside and saw her before she became unconscious. Soon after her collapse she became unconscious and she passed away just three hours after the collapse came. Beside her family Mrs. Degenhardt leaves two sisters, Mrs. Frank Weaver and Miss Mary McCarthy, both of Alton. The time of the funeral will be set when word is received from her daughter, Mrs. Pilkington, who is in the south. [Alton Evening Telegraph, March 4, 1915: Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.]


DEGENHARDT, CHARLES F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 25, 1903
The funeral of Charles F. Degenhardt, whose sudden death Wednesday night shocked Altonians generally, and completely prostrated his family, took place this morning from the Cathedral where a Requiem High mass was said by Rev. Henry Degenhardt of Collinsville, a brother of deceased. There was a very large attendance at the obsequies and many beautiful floral offerings were made by friends who knew and esteemed him and who sympathize deeply with the afflicted family to whom death, always cruel, appeared almost merciless by the taking away without the least warning a devoted, kind and affectionate husband and father. Faith that "He Doeth all things well" and that the Lowly Nazarene keepeth faithfully all of his promises to his followers, should give solace and hope of a happy re-union in God's own good time. Rev. E. L. Spalding, at the conclusion of mass, spoke feelingly of deceased and offered words of hope and trust to the widow and children. The funeral cortege to Greenwood cemetery was a very long one and the body was laid to rest beneath a heavy coverlet of flowers. The Western Catholic Union, SS. Peter and Paul's Branch, as well as members of St. Boniface Branch, attended in a body. The pallbearers were Dr. A. R. McKinney, Dr. A. C. Barr, David Ryan, Theo. Formhals, J. J. McInerney, and Levi Davis.


DEGENHARDT, WILHELMINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 16, 1906
Dies on Anniversary of Husband's Demise
Mrs. Wilhelmina Degenhardt, widow of the late Henry Degenhardt, died Tuesday evening about 5 o'clock at the family home, 549 east Ninth street, after several months severe and painful illness from a complication of diseases. She was 79 years of age, and while a native of Germany, spent almost all of her life in Alton, coming here before her marriage. Several times during the past year she has been reported to be dying, but each time rallied and continued to live and suffer. She sustained several paralytic strokes, the last one being Saturday evening, and she never rallied from this. She was a good mother and neighbor, and was esteemed by all who ever came in contact with her. She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Messrs. A. J. Degenhardt of Alton, Joseph of Denver, and Rev. Henry B. Degenhardt of Collinsville. The daughter is Mrs. Louise Timper of Alton. The late Charles F. Degenhardt was also a son of deceased. Louis Bickel of Alton is her brother, also August Bickel living in Hastings, Neb. A sister lives in LeClaire, Iowa, and another resides in Baden, Germany. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren, all residing in Alton. A co-incidence connected with the death is that it occurred on the anniversary of her husband's death, Mr. Degenhardt passing away May 15, just thirty-six years ago. The funeral will be Friday morning from St. Mary's church to Greenwood cemetery, where burial will be made in the Degenhardt family lot.


DEGRAND, ALFRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 24, 1910
Alfred Degrand, for many years a well known blacksmith and horseshoer, and formerly in the firm of Luft & DeGrand, died at 7 o'clock Thursday evening within two hours after a surgical operation was performed upon him to relieve pulmonary trouble that had been afflicting him for a long time. It was the fourth such operation that had been performed. Mr. Degrand's illness is supposed to have had its origin from his breathing dust and fumes of the forge and blacksmith shop. The doctors said it was not tuberculosis, but seemed to be a malignant growth that destroyed one of his lungs. It was to relieve a dropsical condition in the neighborhood of the lungs the operation was performed. He had been staying at the Charles Merriman place in the country for the benefit of his health, and Thursday afternoon came back to town to be operated in his home. He collapsed afterward and died. He was born in Montreal, Canada, and was married in St. Louis to Miss Louisa Hamm, thirty years ago. He was 53 years of age. He leaves beside his wife, three children, Mrs. Emily Graff, Mabel and Alfred Degrand, and two grandchildren. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, and the requiem mass will be celebrated Monday morning.


DEGRAND, YOLANDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1922
Yolande, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred DeGrand of 516 Summit street, died this morning at 6 o'clock at the family home. The little girl had been playing out of doors whenever the weather permitted during the week, and was apparently in good health. Yesterday she contracted a heavy cold and pneumonia developed immediately, death resulting this morning. She was a bright, pretty and loveable child, and was much loved and admired by the many friends of the family. Her sudden death was the cause of much sorrow in Alton today. Yolande is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred DeGrand and one brother, Alfred Jr. She was the granddaughter of Mrs. Louise DeGrand and Mrs. B. Redmond. Mr. DeGrand is draftsman at Duncan's Foundry. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Interment will be in Greenwood cemetery.


DEGROSSE, IDA/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 5, 1878
Mother Attempted Suicide; Let Daughter Drown
An unfortunate demented woman from Brighton made an attempt to commit suicide on Saturday night by drowning in the river, and was followed into the water by her little girl. The child was drowned, but the woman made her way out, and left the child to its fate. Saturday evening, about 7:30 o’clock, a middle-aged woman named Barbara DeGrosse, who lived in or near Brighton, came to Alton on a freight train, accompanied by her daughter, Ida, ten years of age. It is said that they walked to Godfrey and took the train there. The mother and child were seen wandering about the levee by some of the officers and crew of the Spread Eagle, when the boat landed late at night on the return from Grafton. Two persons were seen by those on the boat, just below the packet shed, about half past 11 o’clock, but it was supposed that they were bathing. A strange, gurgling, choking sound was heard on the boat, and shortly after, one person was seen to walk away from the river. This no doubt was the mother, leaving her little daughter under the waves.

Early yesterday morning, as Policeman Horat was engaged about the police station, he saw a woman, dressed in black, with a strangely distressed appearance, walking up from the river. She made an attempt to enter at two stairways on the north side of Second Street [Broadway], near City Hall. Mr. Horat approached and accosted her. At first, she made no reply, but finally gave her name and the name of her husband, Carl DeGrosse. In answer to inquiries, she stated that she was in great trouble, had lost a child two weeks ago through death by starvation, but said nothing of the drowned girl. She further stated that she was acquainted with Mrs. Fernow, and was seeking her residence. Policeman Horat advised her, as her clothing was saturated with water, to go somewhere and get some dry apparel. The office accompanied her to Mrs. Fernow’s, but at first that lady did not recognize the wretched, disconsolate-looking woman. When she did, she treated her with all kindness, furnished her with dry clothes, and induced her to unburden her mind when first the sad story of the drowned girl, little Ida, was told to incredulous listeners. Investigation, however, soon gave evidence that the harrowing story was probably too true, and means were taken to recover the remains. This was accomplished yesterday afternoon by means of a seine, the body being found through the instrumentality of Marshal Volbracht near the place where the tragedy occurred, near the boat house, just below the packet office. When the seine was drawn near shore, Marshal Volbracht reached in the water with a hook, and brought up the body of the little girl, who looked as though she was quietly sleeping. Coroner Youree was notified, came up about six o’clock on a freight train, and impaneled a jury with Mr. C. D. Fitz Morris as foreman.

Mrs. Fernow, Mrs. DeGrosse, mother of the drowned child, John Lucas, fireman, and Charles Walters, deck sweeper on the Spread Eagle, were examined and the facts were developed. After the coroner’s inquest was over, Mrs. Fernow accompanied the demented woman to the Sister’s Hospital, where she yet remains. The body of the drowned girl was taken in charge by Mr. Brudon and buried today. In giving her evidence, the mother wept over the body of her child, and said that she supposed that she (the mother) was reserved for further trouble and suffering. Her husband, Rev. Carl DeGrosse, is a Lutheran minister, and had occasionally preached at the Henry Street Church in Alton.

DeGROSSE, BARBARA/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 5, 1878
Mrs. Barbara DeGrosse, the woman who went into the river here in August last, and drowned her ten-year-old daughter, committed suicide in Jerseyville Tuesday evening by hanging. She had been adjudged insane, was charged with starving her babe, and for a time lodged in jail, but the Grand Jury of Jersey County failed to indict her for want of evidence.


[Note: see also DIETZ family]

DEITZ, CAROLINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 25, 1919
Mrs. Caroline Deitz, 70 years old, died this morning at 4:25 o'clock, following a long illness. Mrs. Deitz had been ailing for the past few years, but had been bedfast for the past two weeks. Mrs. Deitz was born on September 31, 1848, in Germany, and came to this country in April of 1863 [or 1868], coming to Alton immediately and had resided in the house in which she died for 49 years. She had been a widow for 32 years. She leaves six children, Mrs. Caroline Fingerhut, Mrs. Louisa Fischer, Mrs. Rosina Spaniol, Mrs. Augusta Klemm and William and Charles Deitz. She leaves also one brother, Fred Goedeke of Carrollton, Mo., one sister, Mrs. Minnie Deffner of Blackwell, Okla., and fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Spaniol, 514 Central Avenue, at 2 p.m., Monday. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. O. W. Heggemeier, pastor of the Evangelical church, of which Mrs. Deitz was a life-long member.


DeLAND, LYMAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 27, 1902
Lyman DeLand, a member of the G. A. R., died at St. Joseph's hospital Wednesday evening, and was buried today under the auspices of the local G. A. R. Mr. DeLand was paralyzed 18 years ago and has been cared for since then by his son, William, and the latter's wife. The latter live on State street and have a son in a dying condition with typhoid pneumonia. The father was taken to the hospital about a week ago in order that better care might be given him.


DELEHANTY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 14, 1901
Early Wednesday morning at the family home near Fosterburg, Mrs. Mary Delehanty died after a short illness of lung troubles. She was born in Ireland 60 years ago, but has lived in this county most of her life. She leaves five children, three daughters, Mrs. Richard Tone and Mrs. Rozine of Alton, and Miss Maggie at home, and two sons, Thomas and Patrick of this city. The husband and father was killed some months ago by being struck by a C. & A. train at the Upper Alton crossing. The funeral will be Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


DELANEY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 23, 1906
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Delaney was held from the home in Upper Alton this morning to St. Patrick's church, where a Requiem Mass was said by Rev. P. J. O'Reilly. Many neighbors and friends attended to pay their last respects, and burial was in Greenwood cemetery.


DELAPLAIN, BENJAMIN E./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 17, 1847
Died at Upper Alton on the 10th instant, Benjamin E., son of Mr. Benjamin Delaplain, aged 2 years 5 months and 14 days.


DELAPLAIN, ELIZABETH (nee REED)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 22, 1906
Friend to Elijah P. Lovejoy and Chief Black Hawk
Mrs. Elizabeth Delaplain, who claims to have been a personal friend both of Elijah P. Lovejoy and of Black Hawk, the celebrated Indian Chief, died Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock at her home in Godfrey Township. She was 95 years of age, and had spent almost her entire life in Alton and vicinity. The greater part of her life she spent in Godfrey Township, neighboring Alton.

The most remarkable fact about Mrs. Delaplain was that she retained her bodily strength and all her faculties until the very last, only when death dimmed her eyes so she could not see and dulled her ear so she could not hear the words of her children and friends, shortly before dissolution. Her stories of her childhood and young womanhood were intensely interesting. Among the prominent residents of Alton today are men who have passed the seventies, and of whom Mrs. Delaplain always enjoyed telling that she used to hold them in her arms when they were infants. The president of an Alton bank, now past seventy-two, was a guest at Mrs. Delaplain wedding, she told him, as an infant in arms. It is also related of Mrs. Delaplain that until a few weeks ago she was able to be around, and that last summer she insisted upon milking her favorite cow, although she had plenty of help on the place, and she could complete the milking as soon as a person much younger than herself. She was a native of Tennessee, and was born in 1811.

Mrs. Delaplain came to Alton at the time the Indian tribes in Tennessee and Kentucky were transferred from there to the western reservations. Her uncle was Indian agent in Tennessee, and through the acquaintance she formed with Indian ways and customs, she made many fast friends among them. Among the most distinguished of her friends was Black Hawk, who was a frequent visitor at her home, as he was a strong friend of her husband. Elijah P. Lovejoy, shortly after coming to Alton, boarded with the family of the uncle of Mrs. Delaplains - Andrew Miller - who was a proprietor of the old Alton House in the early days of Alton, and it was in the Alton House that she was married. Mrs. Delaplain had many interesting reminiscences of the early days, and her mind was stored with entertaining facts which she enjoyed relating until she was taken with her last illness. She had been failing slightly in strength until September 8, when for the first time she failed to rise from her bed, but she regained her strength slightly afterward. Her last illness was of one month's duration. Mrs. Delaplain leaves four children, Samuel Delaplain of St. Louis, Mrs. Andrew F. Rodgers of Upper Alton, Mrs. H. H. Stookey and Miss Rebecca Delaplain of Godfrey, who lived with their mother. She leaves grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 24, 1906
It is believed that Mrs. Elizabeth Delaplain, who died Monday and will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at Godfrey, was the last survivor of the personal acquaintances of Elijah P. Lovejoy. Mrs. Delaplain said that he was a man of great power of eloquence, and that his prayers as he knelt in his room at the Alton House where he boarded, were so eloquent that when Lovejoy's time for devotions came, the servants in the hotel would steal to his door, remove their shoes so they could not be heard, and they would stand outside listening to the preacher editor as he offered his prayers inside, imploring Divine guidance in his work, although unconscious of the fact that he was being listened to by an audience outside drawn there by the power of his eloquence. The funeral service tomorrow will be conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, whom Mrs. Delaplain frequently reminded that she had carried him in her arms when he was a baby.

Elizabeth Reed Delaplain was born in 1811 in Tennessee to James C. Reed. While living in Rhen County, Tennessee, he was asked by John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Nation, to become a resident of the Indian country. He lived with his family (including Elizabeth) among the Indians for five years, assisting them in building a mill and instructing them in agriculture. In 1821, he left the Cherokees to come to Illinois. He first lived in Edwardsville. He later moved to Brown County. Elizabeth lived with her sister, the wife of Andrew Miller, in Alton. It was then that she met her future husband, Benjamin Delaplain. Benjamin was the son of Samuel Delaplain, who was born in France and accompanied his father to America at a very early date. Samuel lived in Macon County, Kentucky, and came to Illinois in 1807. He settled near Upper Alton, and when the settlers took refuge in the forts near Edwardsville during the Indian hostilities during the War of 1812, his son, Benjamin, was so alarmed that he crept into a flour barrel for safety and remained there for hours. Samuel moved to Godfrey Township, where Benjamin was raised. Benjamin learned the trade of a carpenter, and later kept the Alton House in Alton. He moved onto a farm in Godfrey Township with his family in 1834. In September 1847, a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth’s – Benjamin E. Delaplain – died at the age of 2 ½ years. In 1851, they lost another son – William R. Delaplain – to cholera, at the age of 1 ½ years. In March 1875, Benjamin, being nearly blind, went out to a pond to cut holes in the ice for his livestock to drink. He slipped and fell into the pond. Luckily, a hired man heard his cries for help, and brought him out of the water, seemingly lifeless. Dr. Bowie of Godfrey was called and brought him back to life once again. In July 1875, Dr. William A. Haskell removed a cataract from one of Benjamin’s eyes, and he gradually recovered sight in the eye. Benjamin died in Godfrey Township in 1876. Both he and Elizabeth are buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery. At one time, their farm was considered for the location of the Alton State Hospital.


DELAPLAIN, KATE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 10, 1901
Miss Kate Delaplain died at her home in Godfrey this morning at five o'clock from heart failure induced by a severe cold. While in poor health for a year, still she was not considered to be in a serious condition. Miss Delaplain was born and raised in Upper Alton, but has lived in Godfrey for thirty years. Being of a bright and sunny disposition, she was not only the life of the home, consisting of an aged mother and sister, but a favorite with all who knew her. Besides her mother and sister who lived with her, two sisters, Mrs. A. F. Rodgers of Upper Alton and Mrs. H. H. Stookey of the Indian Territory, and a brother, Samuel Delaplain of St. Louis, survive her. The funeral will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. from the family home in Godfrey to Upper Alton cemetery.


DELAPLAIN, WILLIAM R./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 1, 1851
Died at Upper Alton of cholera, July 21st, William R. Delaplain, son of Benjamin and Betsy Delaplain, aged 1 year, 8 months, and 10 days.


DELEHANTY, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1916
Fosterburg Farmer Commits Suicide by Cutting Own Throat
Patrick Delehanty, a Fosterburg farmer who was brought to Alton yesterday to be taken to the county hospital pending an inquiry into his sanity, committed suicide today in the county hospital by cutting his throat. He had been in a bad state for some time, but had not been troublesome until Wednesday when it was considered advisable to send him away to a place of safe keeping. Mr. Delehanty was 49 years of age and leaves four children. He leaves also three sisters and a brother.


 DELEHANTY, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 18, 1900
Aged Farmer Fatally Injured
Thomas Delehanty, a prominent farmer of Fosterburg township, was probably fatally injured at noon today while crossing the Alton track at the cut-off on his way home from town. Mr. Delehanty is said to be partially deaf, and it is supposed he did not hear the approach of the freight train as he neared the crossing. His horses were over the track when the train struck the wagon, demolishing it and hurling Mr. Delehanty in the air and far from the place where the accident occurred. The accident was witnessed by some people who were nearby, and they hurried to assist the injured man. Dr. H. R. Lemen was sent for and he says the injuries will probably prove fatal. Mr. Delehanty's chest is crushed, he suffered internal injuries and severe injuries to his legs and body. He was taken to St. Joseph's hospital this afternoon and he is said to be in a dangerous condition. Mr. Delehanty is 60 years of age and is father of a large family, many of the members of which reside near Fosterburg and are among the most prominent people there.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1900
Thomas Delehanty died this morning shortly after midnight at St. Joseph's Hospital, after lingering almost one week from the time he was struck by the C. & A. freight train at the crossing over the cut-off track. His wonderful vitality kept him alive under the most unfavorable circumstances. He was internally injured by being struck by the train and being thrown a long distance, and he also had bad cuts on his head. He never regained consciousness after he was struck, and his death was expected from the time he was taken to the hospital. Mr. Delehanty was one of the best known farmers of Fosterburg township, and he leaves a large family there to mourn his death. He had lived in the county many years, and had accumulated much property in the vicinity of Fosterburg.


DELICATE, HENRY H. (REV.)/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 16, 1882
The funeral of Rev. Henry H. Delicate took place at Wanda yesterday morning. Deceased was taken with scarlet fever of the most virulent type on March 9, and died Sunday, March 12, at the age of 39 years and 10 months. Owing to the nature of the disease, a funeral sermon was not pronounced, but will be delivered at some future time.


DELLAMANO, ANTHONY/Alton Evening Telegraph, March 25, 1912
Murdered by George Goehl
Edwardsville, March 25 - No charges of aiding or abetting a fugitive will be placed against the parents of George Goehl, who helped to secret him in an attic of their home in Collinsville, where he was captured Saturday. He had been sought nearly two years on a charge of killing Tony Dellamano. Both of the parents were confident yesterday that their son would be able to prove self-defense at the trial, which is docketed for this spring. "My boy has done no wrong," said the aged father of the prisoner, "but he made a mistake in not giving himself up after he stabbed Dellamano. Goehl stabbed Dellamano in May 1910, when they and several others were on a fishing trip near Collinsville. Goehl was found hiding in the attic by Chief of Police Long, who with Patrolman Staten, rode quietly up to the home in a delivery wagon. Goehl had gained access to the garret through a hole fourteen inches square in the floor. A small table with a low hanging cover concealed the hole. "I knew Goehl was there when I went to the house," said Chief Long. "I had been informed of it and knew where to find him, for I had investigated this hiding place on a former visit. Since he stabbed Dellamano, Goehl has been all around the country, and we have been informed of almost every move he made. He has been to Seattle, Pittsburg, California and Kansas. He spent considerable time in Wellston, Mo., where he has a sister. We were so close behind him yesterday that he had to hurry through the hole into the attic. In doing this, he left part of the table cover hanging in the hole. He used this place of concealment only in emergencies, taking his meals with the family and sleeping in one of the small attic rooms. He had stayed inside the house since the first of January. When I entered the house, Goehl's sister stood at the foot of the stairs and cried: 'No, he is not here,' so loud that her brother could hear it and hide himself." In the Edwardsville jail, Goehl last night appeared very nervous. "I cut Dellamano and he died afterwards from it," he said. "I did not mean to kill him. We had quarreled and he and several of his friends were chasing me, and he grabbed me. In trying to defend myself, I cut him with my pocket knife."

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 26, 1912
Self-defense will be the plea of George Goehl of Collinsville, arrested Saturday on a bench warrant for the death of Tony Delmano at a fish fry at Monk's Mound, May 29, 1912. Goehl was arrested at the home of his father, John Goehl, where he returned Thursday night.

Source: Bridgeport California Chronicle Union, 1912
Through an opening 18 inches square George Goehl of Collinsville, confessed slayer of Anthony Gallamano, received his meals and necessaries of life and eluded the authorities of Madison county. Illinois, two years. He was arrested in his hiding place the other night by a posse headed by Joseph Long, chief of police of Collinsville. Goehl, who is a carpenter, has been sought for the killing of Gallamano at a picnic at Horseshoe Lake. May 29, 1910. Gallamano was stabbed in the back by Goehl, who disappeared mysteriously after the cutting and authorities had "been baffled in their efforts to find him. Gallamano, who was the proprietor of a soda water factory in Collinsville, lived only six days after he was injured and in an ante-mortem statement declared Goehl was his assailant. After the stabbing, the traction lines from Collinsville to Horseshoe Lake were watched for Goehl, but no trace was found. The authorities went to the Goehl home in Fletcher Heights, which is in the outskirts of Collinsville, but the search was in vain. Chief Long received information the other day that Goehl was again in the vicinity of his home and quietly took a squad of men with him to make the arrest. As a special precaution, and in order to disarm the suspicion of Goehl's relatives, a butcher wagon was pressed into service and a boy drove Chief Long and his aids to the Goehl home. They remained in hiding in the bed of the wagon as they passed the house, fearing their approach might be communicated to the fugitive and he might again escape. After dark they surrounded the house, while Chief Long and one of his men approached the front door. They knocked and were admitted by the parents of the fugitive. The chief and his men were told the young man was not In the house, but they insisted that they had come for a search and would make one. Outbuildings were first inspected and then the house gone over carefully, but not a sign was found of the young man. The chief, going through the garret, noticed a curtain hanging over a small opening in the wall. This led to a small hole under the eaves. One of the officers, with his revolver In his hand and armed with an electric searchlight, entered the bode. His foot struck against a soft object huddled under the eaves, and, flashing his light, the officer discovered Goehl. The young man readily surrendered and told of his flight after the killing and his return to the protection of his family. He said he was glad the affair was ended, and that he was ready to stand trial.

Source: Troy Weekly Call, July 12, 1912
George Goehl of Collinsville was found guilty of the murder of Tony Dellamano, Jr., by a jury in the circuit court, and was sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary. The case was called for trial last Friday and went to the jury at 7 o'clock Saturday evening. After deliberating over twenty hours, the jury reached a verdict at 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Judge W. E. Hadley was summoned by telephone, and after calling the court to order, read the verdict of the jury. It is reported that several jurors stood for acquittal, while others were in favor of imposing the maximum penalty. The sentence of fourteen years imposed upon Goehl was the maximum for a murder charge. The killing of Dellamano by Goehl was the result of dispute over a crap game between Collinsville and East St. Louis on Sunday, May 29, 1910. There were a number of eyewitnesses to the affair, and several of these appeared at the trial in behalf of the prosecution. Their testimony was decidedly damaging to Goehl. Ed Goehl, a brother of George, took the stand for the defense. He declared the trouble started between himself and Dellamano, and that after his brother took a hand and was threatened, the latter drew a knife in self-defense and the stabbing of Dellamano occurred during the mix which followed. Dellamano died several days after receiving his wound, and Goehl made his escape. The latter was sought all over the country for two years, and was finally arrested at his home in Collinsville several months ago. He has been taken to Chester, where he will serve his sentence.

Source: Troy Weekly Call, October 25, 1912
The October term promises to be a busy one.....George Goehl will be tried again for the murder of Tony Dellamano.

[By 1919 Goehl was free, as the Troy Call reported that he had left for California to work for the Northwestern Fisheries Company in the summer operations in Alaska.]


DELL'ORO, THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 13, 1844
On Saturday evening last, an inquest was held by H. S. Summers, Esq. Coroner of this county, on the body of Mr. Thomas Dell'Oro, found in the cellar of the building known as the "Tontine," on Second Street [Broadway]. It appeared in evidence that the deceased, who was a single man, slept in an upper room of the building in question; that he retired at the usual bed time on Friday evening; that his non-appearance on Saturday morning gave some uneasiness to his friends, until informed that he had been seen on the Luella, going down to St. Louis; and that it was not until the boat returned in the evening, when it was ascertained he had not been onboard, the search was made which resulted in the discovery of his body. It is supposed that in attempting to reach his bed, standing in the second story, he stumbled over some article in the room and was accidently precipitated through the scuttle into the cellar, then nearly full of water, and having struck something in the descent which inflicted a severe wound under his chin, and probably stunned him, he was unable to make any exertion for his preservation. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with these facts. Mr. D. was a native of Italy, where his parents, who are very respectable, live, but had resided in this city for some time past, engaged in keeping a provision store. His remains were committed to the grave on Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large number of citizens. He was about 43 years old.


DELONG, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 3, 1903
John DeLong, an old veteran, well and favorably known in Alton where he lived for fifty years or more, died Monday night at St. Joseph's Hospital where he was removed from his home on Ridge street a few days ago, suffering from a complication of troubles. He has been blind the past 16 years from an affection caused by injuries received during the war. He was in his 70th year, and leaves a wife and three children, John, Frank and Mrs. Abe Nisbett. The funeral will probably be Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and will be conducted under the auspices of the G. A. R., the deceased being a member of the Alton Post.


DELONG, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1906
Mary, the 18 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeLong, died Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock at the home on Alby street, from pneumonia. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the home.


DELONG, INFANT OF FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1903
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank De Long died this morning at the family home on Ridge street after a long illness. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon.


DELP, BERTHA (nee RICHEY)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 21, 1920
Mrs. Bertha Delp, wife of George Delp who died ten months ago, passed away yesterday afternoon at five o'clock at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mathilda Richey of 8 East Fourteenth street. Mrs. Delp has been very ill and her death was not unexpected. She leaves a small son, Ralph. Mrs. Delp was born in Deerplain, January 13, 1890, but has resided in Alton for some time. Besides her eleven year old son, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Matilda Richey, one sister, Mrs. S. Dashley, and by three brothers, Albert, Ernest and Oscar Richey. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


DELP, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1919
George Delp, 33, died last night at his home on East Fourteenth street, following an illness of one year. Last year he became ill with influenza and though he recovered the attack left him with a throat affection which later caused his death. During his illness Delp's wife was his nurse. When he first became ill she was a victim of the same affliction. She was brought home from the hospital when her husband became ill, and though ill, she devotedly served him as nurse. When her husband became ill Mrs. Delp seemed to recover that she might help her husband. Delp was born on February 21, 1886, at Downing, Ill., and for many years has been a resident of Alton. He was a member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus. Delp is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bertha Delp, and a son, Ralph, ten years old. He leaves also his father, John Delp of St. Louis, and his grandmother, Mrs. Polett of Grafton, and three sisters, Mrs. W. Mackey of Archville, Ill., Mrs. L. Rose of Oklahoma, and Mrs. E. Camp of this city. He leaves a brother, Jesse Delp of Chapin, Ill. The funeral will be tomorrow morning from the home at 804 East Fourteenth street. Requiem mass will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral at 8:30 a.m., and interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


DEMONBREUM, LYDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1918
Mrs. Lyda DeMonbreum, wife of William DeMonbreum, passed away Thursday afternoon at 5:15 o'clock at St. Joseph's Hospital, where she underwent an operation for cancerous troubles two weeks ago. She is survived by her husband, William DeMonbreum, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Drum of Cleveland, Ohio and Mrs. Harry Schmidt of 2408 Edwards street, this city. She also leaves three brothers and one sister. Mrs. DeMonbreum was born, raised, and married at Pekin, Ill., coming to Alton to reside fourteen years ago. She was 58 years of age. Since coming to Alton she has taken an active interest in church work, and was well beloved on account of her sweet disposition and Christian character. Several years ago her health commenced to fail her, and although prevented from taking a great active interest in church work, she was always conversant with what the church was doing. Three years ago she underwent a surgical operation, and while she rallied, she never fully regained her health. During the past year the trouble became very serious and on the advice of a specialist she underwent another operation, although chances for recovery were of the slightest. She was operated on two weeks ago, and has been dying since that time. Her death came as a relief to long suffering. To the last, however, she was conscious and knew her family which was gathered at her bedside. The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Schmidt home at 2408 Edwards street. Services will be conducted by Rev. Edward L. Gibson of the First Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. DeMonbreum was a member.


DEMONT, ROSE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 30, 1903
Miss Rose Demont died at the hospital yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. She was a dining room girl at the Chautauqua Hotel. Two days ago she was brought from there, very ill, to St. Joseph's hospital. Her trouble was diabetes. She had been at the hotel for three weeks, and came from St. Louis, where, it is said, she was engaged to be married to a young man, but who so far has not come to see her. She had no relatives and was very reticent about herself. Mr. Fred Norris, for whom she worked at the hotel, has done all he could for her under the trying circumstances. Her's is not only a sad, but a lonely death, so far as relatives or former friends are concerned. The funeral ..... [unreadable].....was received at Chautauqua this morning from William Easton of Windom, Missouri, who is supposed to have been her sweetheart. The case is surrounded with much mystery, because of the girl's efforts to conceal her identity by destroying all letters and other evidences of the place where her family lives. She was neat, attractive, and an ambitious girl, and when circumstances compelled her to support herself, she sought employment as a dining room girl at the Chautauqua hotel, where she worked until her health broke down. Mr. Fred Norris, who sent her to the hospital, said she was a most exemplary girl in character and habits.


DE MOULIN, SADIE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 6, 1892
Highland, Jan 4. -- Sadie De Moulin, wife of Paul De Moulin, was found dead in bed this morning at seven o'clock, with her throat cut. Mr. De Moulin arose, went to the kitchen and built a fire, after which he went to the stable to feed. While there, his seven-year-old son came running to him and told him that his mamma was bleeding from the mouth and nose. Mr. De Moulin ran to the house and found his wife dying. Their residence is about two and one half miles south of Highland. The coroner held an inquest. The verdict was: "Death by her own hands," the evidence showing that she cut her throat with a razor. The cause was thought to be melancholia. Deceased was 25 years old.


DEMPSEY, CORNELIA (nee SUMMERS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 11, 1920
Mrs. Cornelia Dempsey, wife of Dr. Dempsey of McPherson avenue, died shortly after five o'clock Wednesday evening at St. Joseph's hospital where she was taken several days ago. From the beginning of her illness it was known that her condition was serious. She began to sink Wednesday morning and members of her family were called to her bedside. Mrs. Dempsey came to Alton a bride last June, and she and her husband went to housekeeping on McPherson avenue. Before her marriage Mrs. Dempsey was Miss Cornelia Summers of Chicago. She was a trained nurse and practiced her profession until her marriage. Besides her husband, Dr. W. H. Dempsey, the well known specialist, Mrs. Dempsey is survived by her mother, Mrs. Cornelia Summers of Chicago, four brothers and one sister. The brothers are Dr. Francis Lane, Richard Summer, of Chicago; O. Lane of New York; and Paul Summers of Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Mary Lane of Chicago is the surviving sister. Since coming to Alton, Mrs. Dempsey formed a large circle of friends who were very much interested in her illness and who will regret to learn of her death. She would have been 33 years of age the 23rd of this month. She was married in Chicago on the 7th of June. The funeral will be held at 2:30 tomorrow from the home. Rev. E. L. Gibson of the First Presbyterian Church will conduct the services. The body will be entombed at the Grandview Mausoleum.


DEMUSS, WILLIAM L./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 8, 1862
Died at Hopp Hollow, just above Alton, on Monday evening last, William L. Demuss, son of Charles Demuss, aged 16 years.


DEMUTH, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1913
George Demuth, aged 42, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Demuth, died Friday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock at St. Joseph's Hospital, five days after undergoing a surgical operation for the relief of an intestinal abscess. He had been suffering for over three months with some trouble he believed to be rheumatic pains. He continued to work and the malady baffled not only himself, but physicians he consulted. The discovery was made a week ago that he had an abscess in his intestines, instead of having rheumatism, and a surgical operation was decided upon. It was performed last Sunday morning, but the conditions were found to be so bad that the surgeons had to desist before completing it. Gangrene had set in. He had an iron constitution, and doubtless he would have had succumbed sooner, but for that. He lingered until Friday afternoon, knowing most of the time that death was inevitable, and conscious almost to the very last. The bleief is that the trouble was due to something he swallowed which pierced his small intestines just below the stomach and formed an abscess. George Demuth was born in Zanesville, Ohio, forty-two years ago. He came to Alton when ten years of age. He was an active, hard working young man, and was a natural leader in the organizations and social circles where he moved. He was a member of the Eagles, Onion Social Club, Modern Woodmen and the Glassblowers' Union. Beside his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Demuth, he leaves his wife and three children by his first marriage, George, Harry and Mary. He leaves also two brothers, Frank and Alfred, and two sisters, Mrs. John Delong and Mrs. Will Staton, and an adopted brother, Joseph Demuth of Indiana. The funeral will be Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the home of the parents, Fourth and Monument avenue.


DEMUTH, JULIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 2, 1900
Mrs. Julia Demuth, wife of George H. Demuth, died this morning at *;20 o'clock at the family home, 1322 east Third street, after a week's illness. She was only 26 years of age and had been married only a few years, and her death at this time is a very distressing one. Her illness was dangerous from the beginning, and her family has been fearing the worst for several days. She leaves besides her husband, three small children to whom she was devotedly attached, and was all that a good mother could be. The funeral of Mrs. Demuth will be held Wednesday morning and services will be held in St. Patrick's church.


DEMUTH, JOHN W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 19, 1900
John W. Demuth, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Demuth, died Sunday morning at 11 o'clock after an illness of four months duration at his home, 1312 East Fourth street. Mr. Demuth's illness was of a most distressing nature to his family, as he suffered excruciating pain during all the time he was ill. His rugged constitution and his good health made the progress of disease slow, and the family hoped that he would eventually recover, but he grew weaker gradually until yesterday when death came. The end was peaceful and came as he was surrounded by his family and his parents, with brothers and sisters. John Demuth was born at Zanesville, Ohio, April 1, 1868, and had lived in Alton nineteen years. He was an upright young man, industrious and a good husband and father. He worked at the glassworks since boyhood, and there learned his trade as a glass blower. He was steady at his work and a good workman. Some time ago he suffered an injury that made a surgical operation necessary, but the operation was of no avail. His family has been looking for his death almost any time, as he has been lying at death's door the past month. He was the son of Mrs. S. Demuth, who has done so much to relieve pain and suffering in other homes, and the bereavement in her home will call forth the deepest sympathy from the many who have learned to love her for her good works. Beside his wife and children and parents, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Cora Hoppe, Miss Emma Demuth, and four brothers, George, Frank, Alfred and Joseph. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the family home.


DEMUTH, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 13, 1901
Mrs. Carrie Demuth was bereaved by death of her little eight months old daughter, Margaret, who died at the home of Mrs. Demuth's mother, Mrs. Dietz, at 1330 East Third street. The funeral was at 2 o'clock today from the family home to City cemetery.


DENHAM, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 9, 1908
Thomas Denham, aged 48, residing eight miles north of Upper Alton, died last night after a few weeks' illness of grip, which resulted in brain fever. He leaves a wife and four children, two brothers and three sisters. Exactly one year ago Denham's brother was killed at Godfrey by the fall of a tree crushing him. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at the family home. The remains will be taken to White Hall for burial.


DENNISON, BERNARD/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, February 21, 1887
Died in Alton on February 20, of consumption, Mr. Bernard Dennison, in the 25th year of his age. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dennison. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the family residence on upper Belle Street.


DENNISON, FANNIE/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, September 15, 1887
Died in Alton on September 14, of consumption, Fannie, daughter of Peter and Matilda Dennison; aged 18 years, 8 months, and six days. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the family residence on Belle Street. Friends are invited to attend.


DENNY, LETTIE M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 24, 1906
Mrs. Lettie M. Denny, wife of Harmon W. Denny, died this morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family home, 527 Summit street, after a long illness from heart trouble. She was taken ill about one year ago, and her condition was serious the past three months. She was a native of Ohio, and was 58 years of age. She had lived most of her life near Piasa, Ill., but came here about nine years ago with her husband. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Forwood. Mrs. Denny was a member of the First Methodist church of Alton. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Piasa Methodist church, and services will be conducted by Rev. J. L. Wylder of FJacksonville.


DENOTHER, RICHARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 31, 1900
Richard Denother, a wealthy farmer living a mile and a half east of Fosterburg, died very suddenly Saturday. Mr. Denother had been feeling well, had finished his morning work and was making preparation to take a load of hogs to market. Suddenly he felt sick, went into the house and asked his sister for some medicine. She sent for a neighbor, but Mr. Denother died before any help could reach them. Deputy Coroner Streeper was summoned and the coroner's jury returned a verdict of death from heart failure. Deceased was 45 years of age and unmarried. He came to this country from Germany when quite a small boy. Two brothers and five sisters survive him. Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church at Fosterburg Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock.


DENOTHER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, June 21, 1899
The little village of Fosterburg was shocked this morning by the finding in a well of the body of one of the best known young men of Foster township, William Denother. Details of the drowning could not be learned. Coroner Bailey received a telegram to go to Fosterburg this morning to hold an inquest over the body. William Denother was about 26 years of age and lived near Fosterburg all his life. He was a hard working young man, a member of an industrious family and one of the best known young farmers of that vicinity.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Thursday, June 22, 1899
William Denother, who was found in a well Tuesday night at the Denother place near Fosterburg, committed suicide. He took his life by drowning on suggestion while in a despondent frame of mind. The young man had been in failing health for some time and had been in St. Louis Tuesday to consult a specialist, returning on the Spread Eagle. While walking from the wharf boat at the levee he noticed the body of Thomas Luttrell being carried from the water to a wagon, after it had been recovered. This turned Denother's mind on the subject of making away with himself and he brooded over it until about midnight. He rose from his bed and went to the well to end his life. His brothers heard him drawing up the buckets in the well, but they thought he had gone out for a drink. When he did not return, they looked for him and, finding the two buckets out of the well, suspected he had drowned himself. When a brother of the desperate man searched the bottom of the well with a pole, the body was caught and drawn to the surface. The well was 25 feet deep and had in it 15 feet of water. Coroner Bailey held an inquest over the body and a verdict of suicide by drowning was found.


DENTON, EMILY/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 23, 1847
Died at Omphghent, Madison County, Illinois, on the 16th inst., Mrs. Emily, wife of Thomas J. Denton, aged 22 years. She sunk under a lingering disease, but greatly sustained by that Saviour, she had long professed to love. Two things she seemed ardently in desire: one was to depart and be with Christ herself, the other to have her friends and acquaintances all prepared, by sincere repentance and faith in Christ, to meet her above. "Tell them," said she, to a minister of the Gospel, whom she requested to preach her funeral sermon, "Tell them to prepare to meet their God in peace." It was told to a crowded house, and received with deep solemnity.


DENTON, JAMES M./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 21, 1880
From Edwardsville – James M. Denton, formerly of Moro Township, died at his residence in Edwardsville October 12, in the 61st year of his age.


DENTZ, A./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 26, 1875
Suicides at Buck Inn [North Alton]
Just as the Weekly Telegraph was going to press, we learned of a horrible affair that took place at Buck Inn this morning, about four o’clock. It seems from reports received that A. Dentz, a middle-aged German, at an early hour committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Mr. Dentz was the owner of a mill, and was in fair financial circumstances. He was well educated, and understood several languages, and had for a number of years acted as a Justice of the Peace. He leaves a wife and a daughter to mourn his death.


DEPENDAHL, JULIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 8, 1904
Fosterburg Man Commits Suicide
Julius Dependahl, a well known resident of Fosterburg, committed suicide at his home Friday morning by shooting himself. He belonged to a well known family. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified of the suicide and went to Fosterburg to hold an inquest. Dependahl was 28 years of age.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1904 Inquest Throws No Light on Mystery
No light was thrown on the suicide of Julius Dependahl by the witnesses interviewed at the coroner's inquest. Dependahl .... to the heart with a long ....knife. He had loaded a wagon and ... preparing to drive to Alton to dispose of it, and after hitching his team he was overcome with a suicidal mania, and making a threat in the presence of members of his family that he would kill himself, he walked off and was seen no more until his body was found with the knife in his heart. He had bared his bosom by unbuttoning his overcoat, his small coast, top shirt and undershirt, and then thrust the knife between his ribs. Dependahl was a well-to-do farmer living near Fosterburg. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was 28 years of age. A wife and four children survive him. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the Fosterburg Presbyterian church. [Burial was in Fosterburg Cemetery]


DEPRY, ROBERT/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 29, 1882
Mr. Robert Depry, an old and esteemed citizen of Upper Alton, died suddenly of heart disease at his residence, Monday afternoon. For some days he had been indisposed, but not seriously ill. But a few moments before his death, he had risen from his chair and was walking across the floor, when he sank down, and in spite of medical aid quickly brought, lived but a short time. Mr. Depry was born May 15, 1815, and came to Upper Alton when about 20 years of age. In December 1836 he married Miss Eliza Ainsley, and having lost his first wife, he married Mrs. Sarah A. Johnston in April 1857. He leaves a son by his first wife, Mr. Frank Depry, and a daughter, Miss Belle, by his second wife. For many years the deceased was a prominent member of the M. E. Church, and in private life, his modesty and strict integrity won the esteem of his friends.


DEPUGH, HENRY/Source: New York Times, March 30, 1883
St. Louis, March 29 -- A terrible murder is reported here from Alton, Ill. Six miles from there is a negro settlement, the largest in the county. Henry Depugh and Henry Ross, cousins, lived there together in a little hut. They were unmarried. The hut is about half a mile from any house. They were last seen alive on Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday morning they were found dead in the hut by a neighbor. Ross was lying on the bed, with several cuts in his abdomen. Depugh was lying on the floor, his brains scattered against the side of the hut. His head and shoulders were terribly lacerated, as though he had been killed by a shot from a gun. There was no evidence of a struggle on the part of Ross; he was killed while sleeping. The hut's interior was not much disarranged. Two guns and several other articles are missing. It is said that Depugh had money, but none was found on the premises. The men were evidently murdered, and the position of Ross indicates that they did not kill each other. Who did the deed is still a mystery. Both men were honest and industrious. Depugh is the son of the Rev. Mr. Depugh, a colored Baptist preacher. Coroner Yonree went to the place and held an inquest, but no light was thrown on the tragedy. It is claimed by some that the object of the murder was revenge, and that testimony can be produced implicating persons living in the vicinity.


DEPUGH, HENRY (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 6, 1901
Rev. Henry Depugh, late of Upper Alton, died in Chicago at the home of his son, Baker Depugh, November 4, at 2:40 o'clock. He will be buried at Rocky Fork. He was 82 years of age, having lived over 40 years in this vicinity. His wife has been stricken with paralysis and cannot recover. As an illustration of the noble character of the man, it is recalled that when Felix Henry, the murderer of his son, was about to be executed, Rev. Mr. Depugh mounted the scaffold and taking the murderer by the hand, he freely forgave him for the crime, and said he hoped God would do the same. Henry had asked forgiveness of the father of his victim, and due appreciation of the spirit that prompted the father to grant the forgiveness can be gained, when it is recalled that the murder was a most atrocious one, and was prompted by purely mercenary motives. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the colored M. E. church at 2 o'clock.  [Interment was at Rocky Fork Cemetery] [Note: See Henry Depugh's (the son) obituary above]


DEPUGH, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 13, 1902
Information has reached this city of the death of Mrs. H. DePugh, widow of the late Rev. Mr. DePush, a former well known colored pastor of the A. M. E. church. The body will arrive here Wednesday morning and services will be conducted in the A. M. E. church by the pastor Rev. Sandy McDowell. Interment will be in Rocky Fork cemetery.


DERATHY, MARY (nee GLEASON)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 16, 1907
The body of Mrs. Mary Derathy arrived this morning from St. Louis and was taken to the Cathedral where services were conducted. Deceased was Miss Mary Gleason, daughter of the late Michael Gleason, and was a native of Alton. Many old friends and neighbors attended the obsequies and burial was in Greenwood cemetery.


DERRICK, HATTIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1905
Mrs. Hattie Derrick, aged ?? [unreadable, but looks like 45], died at St. Joseph's hospital yesterday evening from paralysis. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the family home, 125 east Sixth street, to the Union Baptist church. Burial will be in City Cemetery.


DERWIN, GENEVIEVE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1905
Genevieve, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Derwin of 1212 Alby street, died this morning at 5:45 o'clock after a long illness from appendicitis. The child was operated upon several weeks ago to relieve the disease, but it was found at the time that the malady had made such progress and the child's condition was so bad that the operation at best could but prolong life a short time. She would have been 10 years of age August 15. [Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery]


DERWIN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 12, 1899
John Derwin, aged 73 years, died last night at the home of his son, Bernard Derwin, on Belle street, after a short illness. He was born in Ireland but came to Alton in 1855, and lived here continuously since that time, raising a large family of children. He was one of the earliest railroad men in this part of the country, and was long in the employ of the C. & A. When age enveloped him, he made his home with his children and he was well known on the streets. He leaves four sons and two daughters, all of whom were in attendance on him when he died. They were Mrs. Jos. Weaver, Mrs. D. Carter, James, William and Joseph Derwin, all of St. Louis, and Bernard Derwin, of Alton, with whom the deceased resided. The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral, going from the residence of Mr. B. Derwin, 1003 Belle street.


DeSART, ELIZABETH EMALINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1919
Four Year Old Girl Killed by Auto
Four year old Elizabeth Emaline DeSart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin DeSart of 920 College avenue, was killed instantly at 5:10 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon when she was run over by an auto owned and driven by Ben Smalley of 2329 Central avenue. The child breathed only a few times after her body was picked up following the accident. She, with a party of other children in the neighborhood, were playing about an A. B. C. bread truck. The truck drived [sic] stopped to repair a punctured tire. As Benjamin Smalley was driving past the truck in his five-passenger Empire touring car, the four year old child decided to run across the street to her home. She darted out from behind the rear of the bread truck so close to the auto driven by Smalley, that he never saw her. Mr. Smalley said that he thought he had struck a rock when really he was running over the body of the little girl. The street is extremely rough at this point, and so Smalley did not know until he had passed over the body of the child that he had run over her. He was going at a moderate rate of speed at the time of the accident. Elizabeth was the youngest of four children. She had two brothers and a sister. Her father is employed on the Middletown street car line. Mr. Smalley operates a service car. He was riding in this car at the time of the accident.....The body of the little girl was taken to Edwardsville this afternoon and will be shipped to Coffeen, Ill., for burial.


DETERDING, ANNA “ANNIE”/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, May 16, 1887
Mrs. Annie Deterding, wife of Henry Deterding, living at Pleasant Ridge, died very suddenly last Sunday from hemorrhage of the lungs. Mrs. Deterding attended church at Pleasant Ridge that day, and as she was getting into the wagon to return home, was taken with a violent hemorrhage and was taken to the residence of William Blum, a physician sent for, and everything that kind friends could do was done to relieve her, but in vain. She breathed her last just as Dr. Wadsworth of Collinsville reached the house. She was about 25 years old, and had been married but little over a year. [Burial was in the St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Maryville.]


DETERDING, F. W./Source: Alton Telegraph, January 9, 1879
Mr. F. W. Deterding, an old resident of Hunterstown, died Saturday morning, aged 76 years, 9 months. Deceased had been a resident of Alton for 35 or 40 years, and was greatly esteemed. He leaves a widow and several children to mourn his death. The funeral took place at the family residence, corner of Second [Broadway] and Walnut Streets, on Sunday afternoon, under the direction of Germania Lodge I.O.O.F., of which he was a member.


DETERDING, S. C./Source: Alton Telegraph, January 31, 1884
Mrs. S. C. Deterding, long a resident of Alton, was seized with a paralytic stroke Tuesday afternoon, and that night suddenly expired at the age of 61 years. She had been in reasonably good health prior to the sad event, which came with appalling suddenness of her children, who are all of adult age, and other relatives. She had long been a member of the German Lutheran Church.


DETERDING, UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 16, 1861
Bitten by Mad Dog
From Edwardsville: We learn from the Madison Advertiser that Mr. Deterding of that place was bitten by a mad dog about the last of July, and a few days since he was wracked with hydrophobia, from the effects of which he soon afterwards died. It is also stated that others were bitten at the same time, but that in their case, the disease had not yet developed itself.


DETERMAN, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1915
Death of Child Leads to Arrest of Man and Wife
Following the death last night of the 17 months old child, William, of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Determan of East Orchard street, Edwardsville, Charles Scholes and his wife, Mrs. Phillippa Scholes, were arrested today on warrants charging them with practicing medicine without a license...Determan said today the child had been ill since its birth. Mrs. Scholes has been treating it for a year by rubbing it with oils and liniments. She administered no medicine, he said, and charged no fee, accepting whatever was offered in compensation. Ohren says he has receipts showing payments to Scholes and bottles containing medicines prescribed by him. Scholes says he is a chiropodist, but that neither he nor his wife has been practicing medicine. His wife, he said, nursed the Determan child, and gave it external applications, but that was all.


DETHARDING, G. A. (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 3, 1852
Rev. G. A. Detharding, Pastor of the German Lutheran Church of Alton, departed this life on the 30th ult. Mr. Detharding was a most useful and valuable man, and in the particular field of his labors, his loss will be severely felt, not only by the congregation committed to his charge, but by our citizens generally.

During his residence in Alton, Mr. Detharding has been very active in works of charity, benevolence, and religion, and by his mild and consistent course of action, enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who knew him. Through his untiring exertions, the congregation under his care have, during the past season, erected a commodious house of worship on Henry Street, and he expected, we understand, to have it sufficiently completed for the purposes of divine service during the present winter. Mr. Detharding leaves a widow and three small children to deplore their untimely bereavement. To them, and to his late congregation, the loss seems irreparable.


DETRICH, HELEN VIRGINIA (nee SHELLY)/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 7, 1884
Mrs. Helen V. Shelly, wife of Mr. Frank S. Detrich, died Tuesday after a brief illness Monday, of a pulmonary nature, at the age of 35 years. She was taken sick while on a visit to her parents in Quincy recently, returned home, and in spite of medical skill and the most affectionate care, passed quietly away. She leaves a husband, two children, one an infant, father and mother, and many other relatives to mourn her death, which will prove a sore affliction, not only to the stricken family, but to a large circle of friends to whom she had ever been near and dear. To rare personal attractions, she added equal loveliness of mind and heart. When such as she are called away, the world is poorer and the vacant place is never filled. Cut off in the prime of a beautiful womanhood, with so many tender ties to bind her to earth, the providence that called her away is hard to understand. Whatever of comfort there may be in the sympathy of neighbors and friends will go out to those now passing through the dark waters.

There was a large gathering at the Baptist Church yesterday afternoon to pay the last tribute of respect and affection to her memory. The pulpit and platform were profusely decorated with rare and beautiful flowers.


DETTMERS, GEORGE H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Saturday, July 15, 1893
Mr. Geo H. Dettmers, an old and well known resident of Foster, died at his home two miles east of that village yesterday at 3:30 p.m. in his 73rd year. He has been ill since July 4th. His widow and three children survive him. One son, H. Dettmers, is a well known resident of Alton; another, Frank, lives in Colorado and a daughter, Mrs. Schumacher, resides at Winona, Minn. Interment in the city cemetery. The cortege will pass up Ridge street about 5 p.m., where the friends from Alton can join in.


DETTMERS, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 16, 1902
Mrs. Katherine Dettmers, wife of Herman Dettmers, died last night at 10:30 o'clock after an illness of one week with the grip. Mrs. Dettmers had been a sufferer many years and her constitution had been so weakened by disease that she was unable to withstand the assaults of the grip. She had lived in Alton many years and was well known. By all who knew her as a neighbor and friend, she was valued at her true worth, and to her family her death will be a sad loss. She was 63 years of age. She leaves beside her husband, five children: Messrs. John, Herman and Gerhardt Dettmers, Mrs. P. W. Nickel, and Mrs. Jacobus Penning. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. She was twice married, her first husband, H. J. Christian, died in 1861. She was married to Mr. Dettmers in 1869.


DETTMERS, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 26, 1915
Mrs. Margaret Dettmers, aged 82, died at the home of Cobus Penning on East Fourth street yesterday morning after an illness of several weeks. She was very well known about Alton, having lived on a farm near the city the greater part of her life. It was not until about a year ago that she consented to leave the farm and make her home in the city with Mr. and Mrs. Penning. She leaves two step-children, Herman Dettmers of Alton, and Mrs. Peter Shoemaker of Winona, Minn.


DEUCKER, A. O./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1916
A. O. Deucker, the painter who fell when a scaffold dropped at the house owned by Edward Conley on Henry street last Tuesday, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Friday morning at 4 o'clock. Mr. Deucker had been in a bad way ever since he fell, and at no time was there much hope of his complete recovery. It was marveled at that he survived as long as he did, considering his injuries. His fellow workman, Eli Brenner, was not so badly injured as Deucker. Deucker leaves a family of three children. Eleven years ago Mrs. Deucker died, leaving him with three little boys. These the father had given the most devoted care and raised with the assistance of friends. Mr. Deucker was 56 years of age. He was for many years one of the best known painting contractors in the city. He was a very reliable man and his services were always in demand. The body will be taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Fred W. Stolze, 810 Union street, where the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial will be under the auspices of the Painters' Union. [July 24, 1916 - Burial was in the City Cemetery]


DEUCKER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1921
Dies After Drinking "White Mule" Out of Jug
William Deucker, aged 39, is dead, and his brother, Roy, was made seriously ill Saturday night as the result of accepting an offer to drink out of a jug of "white mule." According to Roy Deucker, Carl Brenner, a boy, gave them the liquor. The poisonous stuff that caused the death of William Deucker and came near ending seriously for his brother, was said today by Deputy Coroner Streeper to have been taken from a resort in Alton, the proprietor of which has been up once at least for violating the prohibition law. Saturday night, after a party had been to the carnival, they stopped in at a pool hall on East Broadway, and there the Brenner boy said that if someone would buy him a grape juice drink, he would give the crowd some whisky. Someone bought the grape juice and then the crowd stepped outside into an alley, Mr. Streeper said, and there the Brenner boy produced a jug from which the men drank. William Deucker drank the most and was the worst affected. His brother, Roy, did not drink so much but took sufficient to make him so sick he had to receive a doctor's attention. William Deucker started home, but collapsed at Turner Hall where his friends picked him up and carried him a little further, and there they procured a wheelbarrow and loaded him in it and started on their way. They wheeled him to 1122 Central avenue where he continued in a bad way, and died Sunday shortly after noon. The main part of the story was obtained by Deputy Coroner Streeper from Carl Brenner and John Crow. There were six in the party and all will be called to testify at the coroner's inquest. Deputy Coroner Streeper said that he would go to the bottom of the case and attempt to fix responsibility for the giving away of the poisonous stuff. The deputy coroner said that he planned to make an autopsy of the dead man and ascertain definitely the cause of his death. He thought that perhaps death may have been due to a skull fracture produced when Deucker fell to the ground and struck his head. The condition of the brother of the dead man was much improved today.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 4, 1921
The jury impaneled by Deputy Coroner C. N. Streeper to inquire into the death of William Deucker, who died Sunday noon after being knocked out by a quantity of "white mule" whiskey he drank Saturday night, was that the deceased came to his death from a fracture of the skull. The examination by the coroner's surgeon disclosed a skull fracture on the right side behind the ear where Deucker's head came in contact with the curbing when he fell. The testimony of Carl Brenner, who furnished the liquor to Deucker, was that he bought the jug of liquor for $5 "from a man on Front street," and he said he did not know who the man was. This statement was not shaken and was accepted by the jury. It was testified that in Front of Turner Hall, Deucker stopped and asked a friend for a cigarette, and being given one he attempted to back up against a tree to get ready to smoke it, and missed the tree, staggering backward and fallen drunkenly to the pavement, striking his head on the curbing. it was that blow that produced the fatal skull fracture, the deputy coroner said.


DEUKER, HERMAN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, February 26, 1887
Mr. Herman Deuker of Wood River Township died Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 60 years. He left a widow and several children.


DE VANEY, FRANCIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 17, 1919
Mrs. Francis De Vaney, aged 24, died this morning at 9 o'clock at the family home in East Alton leaving a little child a few hours old. The young mother also leaves her husband and a little daughter 3 years of age. The death of Mrs. De Vaney was a shock to the entire neighborhood in East Alton this morning. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hill, one of the best known families in Wood River township. She leaves also ____ _______ and two brothers. The funeral arrangements were incomplete this afternoon.


DEVINE, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1901
Mrs. Mary Devine, one of the oldest residents of Alton, died at St. Joseph's hospital Sunday afternoon after a long illness. She had lived in Alton many years. Her strength had been failing for several years and she was taken to the hospital to pass her declining days. She was the mother of Patsy Devine, the Alton man that was hanged at Bloomington for murder, and the fact that her son was hanged and that she believed him to be an innocent man was the one great sorrow of her life. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 8 a.m., and services will be conducted in St. Patrick's church.


DEVINEN, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 6, 1877
From Melville – Died very suddenly this morning (September 1), about seven o’clock, of heart disease, Mr. Joseph Devinen, at his residence at Rocky Fork. He arose as usual, dressed himself, sat down on a chair, fell back, and his daughter caught him. He groaned a few times and expired in five minutes. He was about 65 years of age, and leaves several children to mourn his death.

He was a very old settler, a good neighbor, and a favorite with both white and colored people, always ready to lend a helping hand. His funeral will be held tomorrow, September 2, at 10 o’clock a.m., from the family residence.


DEVLIN, PATRICK/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 21, 1881
Mr. Patrick Devlin, an old resident of Alton, was found in the lower part of town Saturday afternoon, overcome by heat, induced by dissipation. DLr. Halliburton, the county physician, was called to the aid of the unfortunate man, but in vain. His death took place about two hours after he was taken home. An inquest was held at the house of the deceased, corner of Eighth and Liberty Streets. The verdict was that death was caused by intemperance, inanition, and improper exposure to the sun. Deceased left a wife and two or three children.


DE WEES, LEWIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1901
Lewis, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis De Wees, died this morning at 10 o'clock at the home, 312 Belle street. The funeral will be Sunday morning, interment at Grafton. The body will be taken to Grafton on the Bluff Line train leaving Alton at 9:16 a.m.


DEWEY, ANGELINE McVEY/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 13, 1880
Mrs. Doctor Dewey of Troy died last Friday, May 7, leaving an estate valued at $25,000, which she bequeathed to the Troy School district. She was 49 years of age.


DEWEY, BELLE/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 7, 1878
Died in Marine on Thursday, February 28, 1878, Belle, wife of Dr. George H. Dewey.


DEWEY, JOHN STANLEY (DOCTOR)Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 18, 1879
Civil War Veteran; Troy Physician; Illinois Legislator
The Edwardsville Intelligencer of yesterday [July 17, 1879] records the death of Hon. John Stanley Dewey of Troy, a member of the Legislature from this county. The sad event took place on Tuesday, and was very sudden. He evinced a degree of mental disturbance during the day yesterday, but went out with Mr. Reid and worked hard at repairing a spring of water in his field. Complaining of pain and fullness of the head, he went to the house and prescribed spirits and morphine, hoping to relieve the distress of what was evidently a congestion of the brain or apoplexy. He laid down to sleep, and was awakened for supper, but it was observed at once by the family that he was unconscious, and he soon fell in convulsions from which he never recovered. Drs. Spalding and Zanders were immediately summoned and did what they could, but decided at once his case was hopeless. Dr. Pogue of Edwardsville was called in consultation, but did not arrive until after his death. His medical attendants all agree that the cause was apoplexy, doubtless very much intensified by his improper and untimely prescription.

Dr. Dewey was one of the old residents of the county, having resided here nearly thirty-five years – the greater part of the time being engaged in the practice of medicine. He was a native of Massachusetts, born in 1815. He was a skillful and judicious physician, highly educated and devoted to his profession. During the Civil War, he served first as Surgeon of the 109th Illinois Regiment, and afterwards of the 1st U.S. Infantry. He was a brave and patriotic officer, and rendered efficient service.

Dewey was elected to the General Assembly in 1876 as a Republican, and re-elected in 1878. He made his mark in that body as a wise and judicious Legislator, devoted to the best interests of the State, and attentive to the requirements of his constituents. He was a favorite with all who knew him; of genial and social disposition; kind-hearted and generous, he made friends of all who met him. In politics, he was ever an ardent Republican – strong and outspoken in his views, but yet was charitable towards his opponents and ever retained their esteem. His private character was honest and unsullied, no breath of suspicion was ever cast upon his integrity. In his death, Madison County has lost one of her most honored citizens, the State a useful Legislator, and the community a valued neighbor and friends.

Dr. Dewey was married on September 17, 1848, to Miss Nancy Caroline Berkley, whose death occurred on February 19, 1849. She was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Collinsville. On October 14, 1849, he married Miss Angeline Horatio McCray, who survives him. From the second union came one child, Frances A. Dewey, which died in its infancy in 1852.

The benevolent organizations he took an active interest. He was one of the charter members of Neilson Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Troy, which was instituted in 1847, but ceased his connection with that order several years ago. He was at the time of his death an active member of Troy Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and his funeral will be conducted under the auspices of that lodge.

The funeral, which took place last Friday morning, was the largest which ever took place in that part of the county. The services were conducted by Rev. Robert Stewart, assisted by Rev. E. M. West of Edwardsville. The Masons met at the hall, comprising the following Lodges – Edwardsville, Collinsville, Highland, Marine, and Troy – formed in procession, marched to the residence and thence to the Presbyterian Church. After the services at the church, the Masons took charge of the remains and concluded the funeral ceremony at the grave. He was buried in the Troy City Cemetery.

Dr. John S. Dewey's genealogy can be traced back to Thomas Dewey, who was born in England and died in April 1648 in Windsor, Connecticut. Thomas Dewey's son, Jedediah Dewey, moved to Massachusetts, where John Dewey was born in 1816. Dr. John Dewey's father, Luke Dewey, was also a physician. In 1880, Angeline McCray Dewey, Dr. John Dewey's second wife, died. She is also buried in the Troy City Cemetery.


DIAMOND, F. E./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 27, 1882
Mrs. F. E. Diamond, an old resident of Alton, died Saturday evening after an illness of two month’s, caused by heart disease, at the age of 52 years. Deceased left a husband and four children, besides other relatives and many friends to mourn her death. The funeral took place from the family residence on Easton Street, near Tenth, yesterday afternoon. The remains were buried in the Upper Alton Cemetery.


DIAMOND, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1912
Harry Diamond, whose age is very uncertain, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 1200 Marshall street, after a long illness from chronic bronchitis. He was a drayman for many years in Alton. He leaves his wife, but never had any children. His age is given on the death certificate as "apparently 80." He was a native of Ireland, and came here about 18__, and had lived in Alton over 80 years. He had one adopted daughter, now deceased, who was the wife of George Timmermeier. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


DIAMOND, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1912
Mrs. Jane Diamond, widow of Harry Diamond, died Sunday morning at her home, 1200 Marshall street, after an illness of a few days with pneumonia. Mrs. Diamond had been in good health up to a short time before she died. She had a remarkable constitution. Last March, on a cold, stormy night, she imagined she heard a burglar trying to get in her house as she leaped out of a window, clad in her night garments, and she took refuge in a fence corner from burglars, where she lay all the night, pelted by hail and rain and suffering with the cold, and in the morning she was almost dead when found. She recovered, however, and it was believed would live many years. Her husband died last January. He was a drayman at Alton. Mrs. Diamond's only near relative is the husband and child of her adopted child, the adopted child being dead. The funeral of Mrs. Diamond will be tomorrow morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


DIAMOND, JOHN P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1912
Mexican War and Civil War Veteran Dies From Old Age
John Diamond, born in 1820 and was aged 92 years, a soldier of the Mexican and Civil Wars, died Saturday morning at 1 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. J. Benson, 1029 Staunton Street. Mr. Diamond has been feeble for a long time, but was suffering with no illness. He had become very weak from old age, and death was expected. Mr. Diamond was one of the few persons left in Madison County who were soldiers of the Mexican War. He was unable to attend the reunion of the Mexican War veterans at Alton, when Colonel Andrew F. Rodgers entertained them a year ago. He served in an Illinois Regiment, and went through the Mexican War as a good soldier, participating in the battles that were fought by the Illinois troops. Afterward, he enlisted for service in the Civil War as a Union soldier, and he served with credit through that period.

Mr. Diamond's wife died six years ago. He leaves one sister, Mr. Ellen Cregg of Davenport, Iowa, and three sons, Cornelius of Los Angeles, California, Samuel of Hastings, Nebraska, John of Alton; and four daughters, Mrs. Davis of St. Louis, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Benson of Alton, and Mrs. Honeyman of Indianapolis. The funeral arrangements have not been made. Justice Barnett Nathan filed out application blanks for John Diamond about ten days ago for a pension of $1 per day, owing to the fact that he was a veteran of the Mexican war. Justice Nathan wrote today to the pension office informing him of the death of Diamond, and the pension that accrued from the time of the application to the date of his death will now be granted.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 3, 1912
The funeral of John P. Diamond was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. J. Benson, 1029 Staunton Street. The funeral was private. Rev. Dr. L. A. Abbott, an old friend of Mr. Diamond and of the family, conducted the services. Burial was in the [Upper Alton] Oakwood Cemetery.

John P. Diamond married Nancy J. Smith on July 2, 1847. In about 1852, they moved to Alton, living there until about 1905, when they moved to Hastings, Jefferson County, Oklahoma. His wife, Nancy, died in Hastings in December 1906, at the age of 76. Her body was brought back to Alton, and buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving children were: Laura Davis of St. Louis; Mrs. Luella Gray of Alton; Cornelius R. Diamond of Los Angeles, California, Alice Honeyman of Alton, John H. Diamond of Godfrey, Samuel A. Diamond of Hastings, Oklahoma, and Ida A. Benson of Allegheny, Pennsylvania and then later of Alton. After the death of his wife in 1906, he returned to Alton to live with his daughter, Ida A. Diamond Benson, where he died.


DIAMOND, PETER/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, June 7, 1855
Killed while helping to build the Alton Catholic Church
Yesterday forenoon, while the workmen employed in building the Catholic Church were ... [unreadable] ... for which it was designed, the rope broke, and the stone fell to the ground, seriously, and in all probability, fatally injuring Peter Diamond, and slightly injuring several others. Diamond was standing on an elevated platform, holding the rope out by which the rock was suspended, in order to prevent friction. The rope broke above his head, and as he held that part which remained attached to the stone, he was dragged from the platform and fell on the stone, striking upon his head. His skull was crushed. He died the same day about two o'clock. He had long been a resident of our city, and by industry, sobriety and upright dealing, had acquired the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He leaves a wife and four children.


DICK, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 22,1910
Mrs. Elizabeth Dick, aged 80 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Kremer, on Second street, at noon today. She had been ill for some time, suffering from the weakness of age, and the past few days her condition became very serious. Mrs. Dick had resided in Alton for almost sixty years, and in her death another one of the old residents of the city is removed. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. John Kremer, with whom she made her home, and one son, John Dick. The funeral will be held from the German Evangelical church, of which the deceased was a lifelong member, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the City cemetery.


DICK, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 30, 1905
Son Follows Father to Grave Eight Days Later
Fred Dick, son of Mrs. John Dick, died at 4:15 o'clock Thursday morning at the family home, Fifth and Ridge streets, after a two week's illness with appendicitis. He would have been 21 years of age in June and was engaged as a partner in the grocery business with his father, the late John Dick, who died just eight days before the son. At the time of the father's death the son was considered as being dangerously ill, and the malady continued to become worse until death resulted Thursday morning. The double affliction on the widowed mother and the remaining members of the family is an unusually sad one. The young man was well thought of by everyone, and gave promise of becoming a prosperous business man. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home.


DICK, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 4, 1914
The funeral of George Dick, who died from burns he received at the Federal Lead Co. smelter where he was foreman of the roasting machines, will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home, 2515 High street in Upper Alton. The services will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Terhuno. assisted by Rev. W. M. Rhoads, and the Upper Alton Baptist Choir will render musical selections. Mr. Dick was 4_ [46?]years of age.


DICK, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 22, 1905
John Dick, a well known business man of Alton, died Wednesday morning at 7:30 o'clock at his home, Fifth and Ridge streets, aged 52. He had been ill several months with a complication of diseases. Mr. Dick had conducted a grocery store at Fifth and Ridge streets for many years and was considered a man of integrity and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, three sons, one brother and his mother. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, Rev. D. E. Bushnell officiating.


DICK, LULU/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 4, 1916
Miss Lulu Dick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dick, died at the home on Ridge street at 3 o'clock on Sunday morning after an illness of five days with pneumonia. She contracted the disease while attending her mother, who is in a serious condition at the home. On account of the condition of the mother, she was not informed of the illness of the daughter until two hours before the death of the latter. When she was informed of the death of the daughter, the mother suffered a relapse and her condition is now considered serious. Miss Dick was very well known in Alton, especially in the eastern part of the city where she has lived for many years. There, she was known for her good will towards everyone. It was known that she would not allow anyone to speak ill of another individual in her presence. Miss Dick was a constant reader and was always well informed on the topics of the day. She leaves many friends who will mourn her death. While she was a member of no church, she attended the Evangelical and Presbyterian churches. Besides her mother and father, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Emma Nunn and Misses Tillie and Florence Dick; and two brothers, George and Emil Dick, all of whom live in Alton. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the home. Services will be conducted at the home and at the grave. On account of the serious illness of the mother, only a few of the intimate friends will be invited to the home. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. O. W. Heggemeier and Rev. E. L. Gibson.


DICK, UNKNOWN WIFE OF FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 18, 1901
Mrs. Frank Dick, aged 23 years, died this morning at her home on Fifth and Ridge streets, after a short sickness. She was a bright, companiable, lovable lady, and leaves many friends besides her husband to grieve over her loss. The funeral will take place from the home Sunday afternoon from the residence at 2:30 o'clock.


DICKERMANN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1918
Civil War Veteran Dies
John Dickermann, a veteran of the Civil War and a well known laborer, died this noon at his home on Bostwick street, at the age of 78 years. Dickerman was born on October 13, 1846. He is survived by two step-children, Mrs. E. E. Hand of Chicago, and Harvey Newton of Hot Springs, Ark. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


DICKERSON, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 10, 1921
Charles Dickerson, a well known resident of Alton, died at St. Joseph's Hospital this morning at 7 o'clock following a surgical operation performed upon him after he was taken to the institution Sunday morning. It had been hoped that the operation would give relief from the malady which had prostrated Mr. Dickerson, but shortly before the end he collapsed. Mr. Dickerson resided at 1011 East Fourth street. He was employed by the Illinois Terminal Railroad. He leaves his wife and four children, Earl, Nettie, Peter and Caroline Dickerson. He leaves also two brothers. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


DICKEY, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 21, 1900
Mrs. Anna Dickey died this morning at the home of her son in North Alton, aged 69. She was a resident of the village about one year, and was mother of a well known family. She formerly lived in Alton. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be at the family home. Interment will be at Godfrey.


DICKEY, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 13, 1917
The funeral of Elizabeth Dickey was held at 10 o'clock this morning from the Cathedral to the Greenwood Cemetery. The services were conducted by Father Tarrant. The pall bearers were John and Frank Kremer, Henry Koenig, Charles Senz, Robert Huebner and Fred Ruth.


DICKEY, J. H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 14, 1903
The funeral of J. H. Dickey, who died in the Soldier's Home at Quincy, was held Sunday afternoon from the home of his son-in-law, John Huebner. There was a large attendance despite the intense cold weather, as deceased was held in esteem by all who knew him best. Interment was in Godfrey cemetery, and the pallbearers were members of Alton Post G. A. R. Rev. Dr. Bushnell conducted the services at the home.


DICKMAN, EMILY M./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Friday, April 17, 1896
Mrs. Emily M. Dickman, wife of John F. Dickman, died Wednesday morning at 1:50 o'clock at the family home at the foot of the bluffs, west of the city. She was taken ill eight weeks ago with typhoid fever and although given the best of medical attention and nursing, succumbed to the malignant disease. The funeral took place this morning at half past nine from St. Boniface's church, where services were conducted by Rev. Father August Schlegel. The pallbearers were: William Smolia, John Klein, Charles Brockmeier, Thomas Meidel, Thomas Klein and Louis Gerbig. Emily M. Dickman was born at Nashville, Washington county, July 28, 1874, at the time of her death being 21 years, 8 months and 15 days old. Two years ago, she came to this county to keep house for her brother, William C. Urban, at Venice. She was married to John F. Dickman October 1 last year, and took up her residence on the farm where she died. The sorrowing husband has the sympathy of all in his sad affliction.


DICKSON, ELIZABETH (nee KAESER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 9, 1915
Mrs. Oliver H. Dickson, nee Miss Elizabeth Kaeser, died this morning at 4 o'clock at her home, 319 east Fourth street, from peritonitis. She had been in failing health for some time, but her death came after a sudden change for the worse, and was quite a surprise to her friends and relatives. Mrs. Dickson was formerly at the office of the Illini hotel, and gave up that position to be married. She was born in Alton and was in her thirty-first year. She was married June 12, 1912, to Oliver Dickson, and the couple took up their home in Alton. Mrs. Dickson leaves besides her husband, five brothers: William, John, Philip, Gottlieb, and Emil Kaeser, and three sisters: Mrs. John Grossheim; Mrs. Joseph Richardson of Alton; and Mrs. Frank Stone of Lincoln, Ill. She leaves also her mother, who was at Troy, Mo. when her daughter died. The time for the funeral was not set until the mother could arrive.


DICKSON, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1922
The funeral of George Dickson was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of Mrs. R. F. Seeley, on Brown street. Services in the home were conducted by Rev. John Morrison of the Upper Alton Presbyterian church. There were many relatives and old friends of Mr. Dickson at the funeral. The burial services in City cemetery were under the auspices of Piasa Lodge No. 27, which he had held membership for many years and in which he had taken a prominent part in years gone by.


DICKSON, MARK/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 7, 1850
Died on Sunday evening, the 2d inst., of consumption, Mr. Mark Dickson, aged 36. His funeral on Tuesday, was attended by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was a member, and a large concourse of people, who duly appreciated his worth, and the loss which this city has sustained by the death of one of its most valued and enterprising citizens. The deceased has left a widow and children, and many friends to deplore his loss.


DIDLAKE, EMMA FLETCHER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1919
Mrs. Emma Fletcher Didlake, wife of William P. Didlake, died Monday morning at 6 o'clock at the family home, 1415 State street, after an illness of three months. Mrs. Didlake submitted to a surgical operation two months ago in a hospital in St. Louis, but it was found that there was no help for her, and she was sent back to her home in Alton. Members of her family knew that it was a matter of a short time before the end would come, and there was little thought that she would last as long as she did. Two weeks ago she began to show signs of rapid decline in strength. During her long illness she was given constant attention of her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Howard Haylett of Chicago and Miss Helen Didlake. Mrs. Haylett arrived in Alton for a visit the day her mother was taken down and she remained here during the whole period of the mother's sickness. Mrs. Didlake was born in Ypsilanti, Mich., April 14th, 1862. She came to Alton with her parents when a young girl and had spent all of her life since then in Alton. Beside her husband and two daughters, she leaves three sisters, Misses Laura and Linda Fletcher and Mrs. K. H. Taylor of Alton. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church for many years. In her home Mrs. Didlake was a good wife and mother and she was beloved by those who knew her best. She was chiefly devoted to her home and to her family. The funeral will be held at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home and will be private.


 DIERKES, MINNA CAROLINA/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, January 8, 1895
Minna Carolina, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Dierkes, died Saturday morning at 1:30 o'clock, aged 27 days. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the family residence on Brown Street. Services were conducted by Rev. Carl Kunzmann. The body was interred at Woodlawn. This is the third child of these parents summoned by the hand of death in the past four years. Two weeks ago John Brinkmann, father of Mrs. Dierkes, was buried. The hand of affliction has been indeed laid heavily on them and the community sympathizes with them in their great trial.


DIERKING, WILLIAM H./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, October 28, 1915 - Submitted by Jim Kirk
After being in a state of unconsciousness for three days, death came to the relief of William H. Dierking of Edwardsville, yesterday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock at the Nazareth Home, in Alton, where he had been for the past two years. The cause of his death was paralysis and general disability. He had been helpless for the past two years, and for the past few weeks was seriously ill. At the time of his death. his daughter, Mrs. H. C. Miller, of Edwardsville, and a son, E. H. Dierking of East St. Louis were at his bedside. The body will arrive at noon tomorrow and will be taken to the Miller home on the St. Louis road. Services will be held Saturday afternoon from the First Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock. Rev. James R. Sager pastor of the church will conduct services, assisted by Rev. W. F. Sipfle former pastor of the German M. E church. Interment will be in the Woodlawn cemetery. Mr. Dierking was at the time of his death aged 79 years. He had been a resident of Edwardsville and vicinity for the past forty years and was a prominent farmer of this vicinity. He was born July 4, 1836, and died October 27, 1915. His birth place was in Hanover, Germany. At the age of one year he was brought to America and his family settled in Concordia, Mo. where he received his schooling. They later went into Wisconsin. At the age of 20 he went west, California having proved attractive. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Company C, of the Fourth Volunteer Infantry of Washington Territory, and served three years on coast service. While residing in Missouri he was married to Miss Nancy L. Tallon, of Liberty Prairie. In 1875 they located on a farm north of Edwardsville and resided in this vicinity until 10 years ago, when Mr. Dierking retired from active life and they removed to Edwardsville. They resided here until April 27 1913, when Mr. Dierking became paralyzed and it was thought best that he go to the home, Mrs. Dierking then went to Smithvllle, Texas and made her home with her daughter. Mrs. F. C. Lark. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy L. Dierking and four children They are: Mrs. H. C. Miller, of Edwardsville; Mrs. F. C. Lark, Smithville. Texas; W. H. Dierking, Granite City and E. H. Dierking East St Louis. He has one sister, Mrs. Chas Heinsoth, of Deshlar, Nebraska.


DIETCHY, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 20, 1880
Joseph Dietchy, who fell from Steiner’s barn last week and received spinal injuries, died Saturday afternoon. He leaves quite a large family to mourn his death. He had a $2,500 life policy. The funeral took place from the family residence, near the corner of Fifth and Henry Streets, under the auspices of I.O.O.F. and the German Benevolent Society.


DIETCHY, LOUIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 5, 1878
At ten o’clock Saturday, Louis Dietchy, a ten-year-old son of Mr. Joseph Dietchy of Alton, was drowned in the river near the point of the sandbar, opposite Henry Street. He was wading in the shallow water on the sandbar, when suddenly he stepped in a deep hole, and was drowned before assistance could reach him. Mr. John Boals and another person were in the vicinity at the time, but were too far away to aid the drowning boy. The body was soon obtained by means of a seine, and taken to the residence of the afflicted parents. As in all cases of sudden death, the blow falls with terrible force on the relatives and friends. The Coroner was notified by telegraph, but failed to arrive on the train this afternoon.


DIETIKER, CATHARINA/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, December 31, 1887
From Highland – Mrs. Catharina Dietiker, 53 years of age, for the last 25 years a resident of Highland, died this morning at 5 o’clock.


DIETSCHY, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1914
Mrs. Catherine Dietschy, an aged resident of Alton, died at 2 o'clock Wednesday at her home, 616 east Fourth street, from old age. She was in her seventy-sixth year. Mrs. Dietschy's death was expected for several days. She has been very low and members of her family had been in constant attendance. Her condition had attracted the interest of many of her neighbors as she was an old time resident in the neighborhood. Her illness began 18 months ago. Mrs. Dietschy was born in Nassau, Germany, and came to America when 10 years of age. She landed at New Orleans and soon thereafter came to Alton with her family. Here she was married in 1862 to Joseph Dietschy, who died many years ago. Mrs. Dietschy was a consistent member of the German Evangelical church for many years, and she was also a prominent member of the Ladies Aid Society of that church, where she had given active aid to all church work. She leaves five children, Albert of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Anna Henderson, Miss Amelia Dietschy, John and Joseph Dietschy, all of Alton. The time of the funeral will not be set until her son, Albert, in California, can be heard from. [Later on March 24, 1914: The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Dietschy was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the German Evangelical church, in which she had held membership for a great many years....Burial was in City Cemetery, where the grave was covered with a very large number of floral offerings from friends. Pallbearers were: H. W. Bauer, Andrew Schnorr, Ed Bowman, F. A. Bierbaum, William Keller, William Schmoeller. Among those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Naehr and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ammann of Edwardsville.]


[Note: see also DEITZ family]

DIETZ, ANNA C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1908
Mrs. Anna C. Dietz, wife of William J. Dietz and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Feldwisch, died this morning at the family home, 1126 east Third street. Yesterday she submitted to a surgical operation for the relief of a malady which had been troubling her for a long time. She was 30 years of age. The time of the funeral is not set.


DIETZ, CHRISTIAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 6, 1883
Christian Dietz, a native of Germany, aged about 50 years, was found dead Monday morning in J. Luer’s slaughter house, a short distance south of Bozzatown. Deceased had been ailing for years, and it is supposed that his death was caused by disease and exposure to the elements, although an empty vial labeled laudanum, found lying near him, led some to suppose that an accidental overdose of the narcotic may have hastened his end. He had worked around the city as a butcher for 10 or 12 years. He leaves no relatives here. Under the circumstances, it was not thought necessary to hold an official inquiry, hence the Coroner was not notified.


DIETZ, WILHELMINA (nee EHRET)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 4, 1919
The death of Mrs. Wilhelmina Dietz, 78 years old, widow of Philip Dietz, occurred yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, four hours before the death of her stepson, Philip Dietz, who died at Chattanooga, Tenn., at the age of 64. Mrs. Dietz was born in Baden, Germany, on October 10, 1841, and came to America when one year old. She has lived in Alton since 1865. She was the second wife of Philip Dietz, and of this marriage ten children were born, nine of whom survive. Anton Dietz, one of her sons, is in a St. Louis hospital, and has not been told of his mother's death. The children surviving are George Dietz of California; Rebecca and Theresa Dietz of Alton; Henry, Frank, Anton, Adam and Gus of Alton; and Sam Dietz of St. Paul, Minn. She leaves also a sister, Mrs. Theresa Widener of St. Jacobs, Mo., and two brothers, John Ehret of Wichita, Kan., and W. E. Ehret of Highland. The Dietz family has long been connected with the grocery business in the east end of the city, the store at Broadway and Cherry now being conducted by Gus Dietz. Philip Dietz, who died at Chattanooga, is a former Alton man. He was born in Alton and spent the greater part of his life here. He is well known among older residents of the east end of the city. Funeral arrangements have not been made. Arrangements will depend on the arrival of George Dietz from California, and the condition of Anton, who is in the St. Louis hospital. Plans for the funeral of Philip Dietz have not been made.


DIETZ, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 6, 1874
Shocking Accident at Tobacco Factory
A terrible accident occurred at Dausman & Drummond’s Tobacco Factory on Monday morning, by the falling of the elevator, under the following circumstances:

A steam elevator in the rear part of the factory runs from the cellar to the third floor. It is used for transferring hogsheads [wooden barrels] of tobacco and other heavy weights from one story to another. Monday morning, the stairway leading to the third floor was temporarily obstructed, and six of the hands, who are employed in that part of the building, took the elevator to go up to their work. When just above the third floor, the wire rope broke, and the elevator fell to the cellar with a crash, a distance of about thirty feet. All the young men were at first so stunned by the terrible fall that it was sometime before they made any outcry. As soon as the noise of the fall was heard, the proprietors and employees rushed to the assistance of the victims. All were found more or less injured – two of them dangerously. William Dietz, a son of Philip Dietz, had both legs broken, one at the ankle and the other above the knee, and was otherwise injured. William Ball received a terrible shock and is suffering mainly with his back. His injuries are serious. Mike Mulcahey and John Burnes were injured similarly, but less seriously. Joe Daily was badly bruised. Stephen Brenan was bruised and had his ankle sprained. Drs. Pierce and Davis were instantly summoned, and did all in their power for the relief of the sufferers who were, as soon as possible, removed to their homes. The surgeons set Dietz’s broken limbs before his removal home. The boy endured the pain of the operation like a hero. The Messrs. Drummond spared no labor or expense in caring for the victims of the accident.

The cause of the disaster is hard to define. The elevator was of the strongest possible description. The elevating rope was of wire, an inch thick, and warranted to raise 22,000 pounds without breaking, whereas the weight on it at the time of accident was less than a thousand pounds. As the rope broke on the pulley, however, the supposition is that it became twisted and was snapped strand by strand by the machinery. The proprietors had spent a large sum of money in putting up what they considered a perfectly safe elevator, and were accustomed to inspect it frequently. The accident cannot thus be ascribed to negligence.

The disaster was a very sad one, and occasioned much excitement, with large numbers of citizens visiting the factory to learn the particulars.

The accident related above proved more serious than was anticipated. William Dietz, the boy who had both his legs broken, died about half past ten o’clock, after the above was written, from the effect of internal injuries – more than the breaking of his limbs. He was about fifteen years of age. The other boys are as comfortable this afternoon as could be expected, but William Ball and Mike Mulcahey are in a serious condition – yet the physicians hope that both will recover. They are suffering mainly from internal injuries, the extent of which cannot yet be ascertained. The families affected by the sad calamity have the sympathy of all.

According to the Alton Telegraph, the Dausman and Drummond Tobacco Factory was originally founded in 1861 as the (George) Meyers & (John) Drummond Tobacco Factory, located on Broadway between State and Piasa Streets. John Drummond’s brother, James, was junior partner of the firm, and served as Alton Mayor from 1868 - 1871. This factory was destroyed by fire in 1866, and was re-located to the corner of Broadway and Alton Streets, where the Mineral Springs Hotel was later constructed. The Meyers & Drummond Tobacco Factory dissolved in 1873 when Meyers moved to St. Louis. The new firm of Dausman and Drummond was formed, and later the Drummond Tobacco Company. This company was moved to St. Louis in 1882, when it was bought by the American Tobacco Company. After this time, the Drummond-Randle Tobacco Company was formed by John N. Drummond and C. H. Randle. This firm ceased business in about 1890, and the Alton Packing & Refrigerating Company acquired the property. Both Ball and Mulcahey survived their injuries.


DIGMAN, ELIZA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 13, 1902
Fosterburg News - Miss Eliza Digman, aged 65 years, died at the family home early Friday morning. Mrs. Digman had been ill for sixteen months with cancer of the stomach. The funeral was held at the Mount Olive church Sunday, and the interment was in the Short cemetery.


DILKS, ALBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 22, 1901
Albert Dilks, a well known glassblower, died last evening at his home on East Second street after long suffering from the effect of a bullet wound in his body near his heart, which was self-inflicted. Dilks had been melancholy for a few days before July 4, and it is believed his mental condition was due to the hot weather. While temporarily insane, he shot himself in the breast, narrowly missing his heart. The bullet was taken out of his back and an abscess formed, which later turned into blood poisoning. His condition has been considered dnagerous for some time, and his death was expected. He was 28 years of age and leaves his wife with two children. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. Services will be conducted by Rev. P. J. O'Reilly of St. Patrick's church.


DILL, LETITIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 30, 1851
Died in Alton on the 27th inst., after a painful and protracted illness of three or four years, Miss Letitia Dill. She connected herself with the Presbyterian Church some two years since, but was never permitted to meet with the congregation and unite with them in public worship, but has ever since, amid her deepest afflictions and most painful trials, been enabled to manifest the spirit and temper of Christ. She has left deeply bereaved brothers and sisters, and a large number of sympathizing friends to mourn her departure.


DILL, SARAH/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 11, 1848
Died in Alton on Monday last, after a lingering illness which she bore with exemplary fortitude and resignation, Mrs. Sarah Dill, aged 64 years. The deceased was a native of Maryland, but has been a resident of Alton for several years. She was an old and very acceptable member of the Methodist Church, and has left a large family and many friends to mourn her loss.


DILLINGHAM, ARTHUR W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 17, 1906
Drowns While Swimming In Mississippi River
Arthur W. Dillingham, driver for the Walnut Grove milk dairy, was drowned at the mouth of Brickhouse slough yesterday evening about 7:30 o'clock, while swimming with Walter Cobeck and Paul Kahle. With a party of thirteen young men, Dillingham and Cobeck went to Riverside park yesterday, two miles up the river from Alton, to spend the afternoon at a stag picnic. The party were preparing to return home, and before leaving Cobeck, Dillingham and Kahle took a swim. The other members of the party were on the bank finishing a light luncheon before they would depart. Dillingham could not swim well, and becoming terrified in deep water he began to go down, and before any effective help could be rendered him, he drowned in sight of his companions. When the other members of the party were informed of the tragedy, they began a search for the body. After an hour they returned to Alton to bring the news back. Dillingham lived at 216 Spring street, and leaves his wife and one child. He was 23 years of age. The story told by Paul Kahle, who tried to rescue Dillingham, is that all day the members of the party had been joking about the possibility of the number 13 having an unlucky influence on the party. Nothing had occurred, however, until it was time to go home. Dillingham had been wanting to get into the river, although he could not swim, and when the other two members of his party jumped in and began swimming around, he disrobed and went in also. The water is very deep there, as the steamboat channel runs close to shore. The water was measured and found to be 18 feet deep. Dillingham was clinging to the side and end of a skiff, paddling around while Cobeck and Kahle went out in deep water. Dillingham let go his hold on the skiff and sank. Kahle dived after him, and did get hold of Dillingham's hands and succeeded in breaking his hold just in time to avoid drowning himself, as Dillingham got a death grip on him. Kahle believes that he was near death himself, and that he was almost drowned when he came to the surface with his lungs full of water. The members of the party were Albert Matile, William Maull, William Gerber, Paul Kahle, Walter Cobeck, Lawrence Osterman, "Butch" Brown, Louis Thiele, Leo Pfeffer, William and Henry Seins, and Arthur Dillingham, and Thomas Walrond. The party was given by Walrond, who is a bartender at Knights' saloon. Deceased was a member of the fraternal insurance order, the Mutual Protective League, Alton Council. A searching party was made up this afternoon to go up the river in search of the body of the drowned man.


DILLON, MARY WILHELMINA (nee BENNER)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 24, 1884
The eldest daughter of Mr. John George Benner of Woodburn, and wife of John H. Dillon, expired at her residence near Fosterburg on Wednesday morning last. She had been a great sufferer. During the last months, her sickness was a very complicated one. But notwithstanding, she held her ground firmly by faith in the living God. What the experience of her past life and the sentiments of her heart have been may be best shown by the selection of the scripture text and hymns she herself made for the funeral service, shortly before her departure. The text was taken from the 42nd Psalm, verses 1-5. The hymns were “Fierce and Wild the Storm is Raging,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” and “Go Bury thy Sorrow.” At one time, when she expected to pass away at any moment, her mother and friends, standing about her bed weeping, she said, “Weep not for me, for I am well provided for, but weep for my motherless children.” She was consoled, however, as to her children afterward, and expressed her assurance that the Lord would care for them. Another time she said, “O, how I long to go home to meet my Savior! I remember the days when I was so terrified to think of death, that the very sweat would drop from me, but lo! It fills my heart with joy to think of it now. O, how I long for it to come!” the funeral services were very largely attended, and took place on Friday at the German Presbyterian Church of Fosterburg. [Burial was in the Fosterburg Cemetery.]


DILLON, NANCY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 12, 1907
The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Dillon of Fosterburg, who died yesterday morning at the home, will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. William M. Rhoads, an old friend of the family. Owing to the long career of Mrs. Dillon in Madison county and her wide acquaintance, the funeral will probably be very largely attended. Jesse Pruitt of Fosterburg, 92 years old, is a brother of Mrs. Dillon.


DILLON, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 30, 1903
The funeral of William Dillon, son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Dillon, took place this morning from St. Patrick's church, where a requiem mass was said by Rev. P. J. O'Reilley, to Greenwood cemetery, where interment was made. A large number of friends attended the services.


DIMEDA, STEPHEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 3, 1909
Stephen Dimeda, the Wood River Austrian who was shot through the abdomen early Monday morning by William Varney, a saloon keeper, died at St. Joseph's hospital this morning at 12:30 o'clock. About six hours before his death, Assistant States Attorney Wilson took a statement from Dimeda, through the aid of an interpreter, and in this statement Dimeda gives the lie to the story told by Varney, which will make a nice point to be investigated by Coroner Streeper. According to Dimeda's statement made with the full knowledge that he was about to die, Dimeda entered the Varney saloon and called for some beer. It was claimed that he had treated the whole house and that he should pay 40 cents, but he refused to do this and he walked out of the place. He denied having any revolver on his person, although Varney and J. T. Ashlock claim he had one and that they have it in their possession showing two caps snapped where he tried to shoot it off at Ashlock and Varney. Dimeda said that while he was talking to his friend, Ashlock, Varney shot him without any good cause. Coroner Streeper took charge of the body and will carefully sift the whole matter. Mr. Dimeda has a sister living at Wood River, the wife of Mike Endebelt, also an Austrian. His wife lives in Europe.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 6, 1909
While a full, midsummer's moon looked down upon the killing of Stephen Dimeda at Wood River by William Varney last Sunday evening, two lovers sitting on a front porch about 100 feet away were the only witnesses of the killing, which they were able to see by the moon's light, and they have the only really important evidence that came up at the trial of Police Magistrate J. T. Ashlock and William Varney, who have been held by the coroner's jury which held an inquest Thursday evening at coroner Streeper's undertaking rooms.....Two people alone, Stephen McAuley and Helen Trzecki, lovers sitting on the Trzecki front porch, testified that the moon was full, that the night was almost as light as day, and they also swore that they saw the whole occurrence and could even hear something that was said when Dimeda was shot by Varney. According to Miss Trzecki, who is connected with the refitting department of a ladies tailoring place in St. Louis, Dimeda was first seen wandering aimlessly about her home....Almost simultaneously two men were seen approaching him, one from the east and the other from the west....Then, after a brief pause, a shot was fired. The witness and her guest thought that the two men were trying to play a joke on the man in the ditch and discharged the revolver to frighten him. They said there was no struggle, and the man in the ditch never rose to his feet. Stephen McAuley, her guest for that evening, corroborated her story in every detail. According to their statement, there was no apparent provocation for the shooting, as the man who was shot made no move, but they did not believe he was asleep. He remained sitting and did not rise at any time.....Coroner Streeper went to Wood River this afternoon for the two men, Ashlock and Varney, to take them to Edwardsville. Under the verdicts of the coroner's jury, the coroner was authorized to take bail for the men, but it was suggested that a much higher bond be required than had been given by Varney, $1,000.


DIMMOCK, CAROLINE K./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1915
Mrs. Caroline Kilbreth Dimmock, aged 94 years, one month, died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Armstrong, on Bluff street, after being confined to her bed for ten months. She was one of the oldest residents of Alton. She had lived here since 1853, and she had a wide acquaintance. Her death had been expected for some time. Up to ten days ago her mind was clear. It is related by her daughter, Mrs. Burgess, that about two weeks ago the aged lady repeated Longfellow's "Psalm of Life," and after repeating it she mentioned that it was by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The last week, however, she had been sinking steadily and was not conscious of what was going on about her. Mrs. Dimmock was born in Baltimore, Md., April 10, 1821. When she was 16 years of age she visited in Cincinnati and there she was introduced to the man who two years later was to become her husband. The person introducing her was Mrs. B. F. Sargent, then a resident of Cincinnati, and in later years to be Mrs. Dimmock's next door neighbor in Alton. Mrs. Dimmock possessed a beautiful character. She was a deeply religious woman and her life breathed the religion she professed. She was an ideal mother, a good neighbor, and beloved by all who knew her. Her closing days were full of peaceful repose, and she knew all along that the end was very near and she was not afraid to meet it. Mrs. Dimmock was remarkable in that even after she was ninety years of age, she was known as a perfect housekeeper, was an excellent cook, and she persisted in doing work about the home and enjoyed being useful. She was one of the original members of the Congregational Church in Alton, and maintained her connection there all the remainder of her life. Up to ten months ago Mrs. Dimmock had lived with Mrs. T. W. Burgess on Twelfth street, but ten months ago when she was taken very ill she was moved to the home of her other daughter, Mrs. Armstrong, who gave all her time to caring for the aged lady. Besides her two daughters, Mrs. Dimmock leaves some grandchildren, Mrs. Bern Degenhardt, Herbert Armstrong Dimmock, Miss Marie and Charles Burgess, Mrs. Carroll Davis of Peoria, Miss Nellie Dimmock of Baltimore, Md. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Armstrong. Rev. McCann will preach the funeral sermon.


DIMMOCK, CHARLES/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 8, 1852
Died on Friday night, Charles, infant son of Elijah Lewis and Sarah L. Dimmock of Alton; aged 10 months.


DIMMOCK, CHARLES W./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 17, 1868
It is with the greatest regret and pain that we announce to our readers the sudden and unexpected death of this highly esteemed and most estimable citizen. He was attacked at an early hour yesterday morning with apoplexy, and lay very low and unconscious until about four o’clock this morning, when he expired.

Mr. Dimmock came to Alton more than fifteen years since, and by his gentlemanly manners and eminent business qualifications, soon surrounded himself with a host of warm-hearted and enthusiastic friends. It will not be regarded as an exaggeration for us to say that he had more personal friends than any other citizen of Alton.

Three years since he was nominated and elected by the Republican Party, Clerk of Madison County, and soon after that event, removed his family to Edwardsville, where he has resided from that time up to the hour of his death. We feel well assured that we utter but the prevailing opinion of the men of all parties, when we say that he has made one of the best and most faithful officers which this county has ever had, and that his late official position will be hard to fill.

We have neither the time nor space to speak as we would like in reference to the great loss, which this county has met with in the death of so valuable an officer, or of the loss to the Republican Party, of which he was one of the most popular, influential, energetic, and zealous supporters, or of the deep gloom which his untimely death has thrown over this community. All alike, whether his political friends or opponents, regard his death as one of the greatest afflictions they have ever been called upon to endure. He was one of “nature’s noblemen,” in the strongest acceptation of the term.

In him, our business community has lost one of its oldest and most highly esteemed members; the Masonic Order one of its very brightest ornaments and most useful brothers society at large a warm hearted, genial, and sincere friend; and an amiable family an affectionate and ever-kind husband, and a faithful and devoted father. We might say much of our own personal feelings in losing one who was among our oldest acquaintances and ever reliable friends; but they are of too tender a nature to display before the public eye. We may, however, at some future time, be able to give a more particular and minute account of his life and history among us.

The funeral of this beloved and accomplished gentleman, whose sudden and untimely death we noticed, took place this afternoon from the Presbyterian Church. About one o’clock, the remains of the deceased arrived from Edwardsville by a special train, accompanied by the family and many friends, and under the escort of the Masonic fraternity of that place. The train was met at the depot by the Masonic societies of Alton, and the remains conveyed to the church under their supervision. At two o’clock, the solemn services commenced at the church under the conduct of Rev. Mr. Jameson of the Baptist Church. A great concourse of people was present, all of whom plainly manifested their sense of sorrow at the great loss they had been called upon to meet. The exercises were opened with prayer and reading of the Scriptures, which were followed by the singing of “Father What’er of Earthly Bliss.” The Reverend took his text from Proverbs 17:1. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a vast concourse. At the head of the procession were the Masonic societies, preceded by the band playing a solemn funeral march. Then came the long train of carriages with the friends and relatives. Never have we seen so large a gathering at a funeral service in Alton, and never have we witnessed a deeper or more universal manifestation of grief. The name of Charles W. Dimmock will ever be cherished in this community as that of one who embodied every pure and manly virtue, and whose uprightness and nobility will ever be an example for others to emulate. And now that the green earth has received him tenderly back into her bosom, we can only pronounce over him the matchless requiem of Halleck: “Green be the turf above thee, Friend of my better days; None knew tee but to love thee, Nor named thee but to praise.” [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


DIMMOCK, ELIJAH LEWIS/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 5, 1887
Proprietor of Alton Shoe Store
Another old citizen, Mr. Elijah L. Dimmock, has passed away after a long and active career in our midst. At 9 o’clock last night, the lamp of life went out. For weeks and months it had been but a flickering flame, sometimes flashing up with almost the brightness of former years, and then sinking almost into obscurity. The infirmities of age stole over him gradually, encroaching more and more, month by month, upon his vital resources, until at last the end came and he passed to his rest as gently as a child falling asleep.

Few citizens of Alton were better known than Mr. Dimmock, and none more highly regarded. A long life of unbending integrity, of business probity and worthy living, had won for him that esteem and appreciation of acquaintances and friends which are the best attainment of life, and without which no success is worth the having.

Elijah L. Dimmock was born at Barnstable, Massachusetts, September 15, 1802, and was consequently at the time of his death in the 85th year of his age. In 1827 he was married to Sarah L. Phinney, who survives him, their married life having thus extended over the remarkable period of nearly sixty years. In 1834, he removed with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, and two years later located in Alton, where he has since resided. Mr. Dimmock was first engaged in the wholesale boot and shoe business with Mr. James S. Stone, who subsequently removed to Boston, and then with Mr. Charles W. Dimmock, in the same business, under the firm name of E. L. Dimmock & Co., which for many years was one of the most prominent firms in Alton. Some ten or twelve years ago, he retired from active business and passed the declining years of a well-spent life in the enjoyments of home and in the society of the large circle of relatives and friends to whom he was united by ties of affection, which had been perfecting through long years of unbroken intercourse. Mr. Dimmock’s ecclesiastical connection was with the Presbyterian Church of Alton, then with the Congregational, and of later years, again with the Presbyterian. Of the first named church, he was for a long period an efficient Trustee.

Mr. Dimmock leaves two children, Hon. Thomas Dimmock of St. Louis, now absent in Europe, and Sophronia, wife of Dr. Hezekiah Williams. [Elijah L. and Sarah Dimmock lost an a son, Charles, at the age of 10 months, in 1852.] One of the strongest characteristics of the departed was his devotion to his wife and children. In the latter, he lived his own life over again, and lavished upon them every good gift in his power to bestow. The devotion was filially and tenderly reciprocated, and none will more keenly feel the present bereavement than the son whose unavoidable absence at this sad hour will add to the already full measure of his sorrow. A loving husband, an affectionate father, a kind friend and a useful citizen has departed from our midst, and left sore hearts behind to lament the earthly separation.

Elijah Lewis Dimmock founded a wholesale boot and shoe store in Alton with James S. Stone. After Stone moved to Boston, Elijah continued operating the business with Charles W. Dimmock, presumably a brother. Elijah withdrew from the firm in March 1865, leaving Charles W. Dimmock and Thomas Dimmock, his son, to operate the business. Later, Charles moved to Edwardsville, and became the Clerk of Madison County.

The Elijah Dimmock home, constructed in 1845, was located near the corner of Broadway and Market Streets. After his death, his son, Thomas, lived in the home until his death in 1909. The home was then occupied by Theo B. Dimmock Wead (wife of Jacob Wead and daughter of Thomas Dimmock). In 1911, Dr. Bull, a dentist, lived in the home. It was razed in 1915.

Thomas Dimmock, the son of Elijah L. Dimmock, was a noted writer and speaker. He was deeply interested in the story of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy, and resolved to rescue Lovejoy’s gravesite from obscurity. Lovejoy had been buried in portion of the Alton City Cemetery where a road passed over it. Dimmock, along with Scotch Johnson, located the gravesite, had the bones exhumed, and reburied where they rest today. He erected a marble scroll stone over the grave.

Funeral/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 7, 1887
The funeral of Mr. E. L. Dimmock was attended yesterday afternoon from his late residence on Second Street [Broadway], Rev. Dr. Wolff of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Notwithstanding the inclement weather, the house of mourning was filled with sorrowing friends and acquaintances, including a large gathering of the early residents of the city, associates of the deceased in former days. Dr. Wolff read passages of scripture fitting the hour and scene, and commented in tender and sympathetic words on the rounded life and perfected character of the departed. The services were concluded at the Alton City Cemetery by Archdeacon Taylor of St. Paul’s Church. The grave was covered with floral tributes, notable among them being a magnificent floral pillow from a friend in St. Louis.


Thomas DimmockDIMMOCK, THOMAS (HON.)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1909
The Man Who Rescued Lovejoy's Grave Dies
Thomas Dimmock, aged 79, died Thursday at St. John's hospital in St. Louis, at 4:30 o'clock, after a long illness. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Wead, in Alton. In the death of Mr. Dimmock there was closed a life that had been full of interest in public affairs. Mr. Dimmock was a writer of much note, he had filled editorial positions on the two St. Louis morning papers, and his views and comments on current events frequently appeared in the St. Louis papers. He was a speaker of considerable ability, and his services were frequently sought for public occasions. Perhaps the most important fact about Mr. Dimmock's life was his interest in Elijah Parish Lovejoy, which led him to rescue from oblivion the grave of Lovejoy in the City Cemetery. It was by him the little marble scroll in the cemetery was set up over Lovejoy's grave, bearing the inscription in Latin which translated reads: "Here Lies Lovejoy, Spare now the Dead." The grave was known to none but "Scotch" Johnson, an old negro who lived in Alton many years and who helped bury Lovejoy. Mr. Dimmock, through the aid of Johnson, located the grave. It was a part of the cemetery where a roadway passed over it and vehicles passing in and out of the cemetery were going over the unmarked grave. Johnson pointed out the place, and Mr. Dimmock had the bones exhumed, 27 years after they had been buried, and he had them reinterred where they are now. He set up over the grave the marble scroll stone which still marks it, while a stately and costly monument to the south commemorates the work and principles of Lovejoy. At the dedication of the monument, Mr. Dimmock made an address in Temple Theatre. Mr. Dimmock was the son of Elijah L. Dimmock. He was engaged in business with his father in Alton before going to St. Louis. The declining years of Mr. Dimmock were marked with much suffering, and he had been in very bad condition for several years. The only surviving member of Mr. Dimmock's family is Mrs. Theo B. Wead, wife of Jacob Wead, of this city. Mr. Dimmock's services to Abraham Lincoln in 1860 were esteemed highly both by his party and the President. He also gave his services freely in 1861 and 1867 to the Union cause and stirred the patriotism of the people by his eloquent addresses. Mr. Dimmock was editor of the Alton Democrat during the Civil War.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 20, 1909
The funeral of Thomas Dimmock of St. Louis was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Wead, on Second street, the old Dimmock homestead. There was a large attendance of friends of Mr. Dimmock from among the older residents of Alton, and many others came from St. Louis to pay their last respects to the deceased. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. George R. Dodson of St. Louis, a Unitarian pastor. The pallbearers were R. M. Forbes, E. M. Bowman, J. T. Dodge, George Pfeiffenberger, George M. Ryrie, Carl Wuerker. Burial was in City Cemetery.


DINERO, JASPER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 31, 1919
Jasper Dinero, a boy of 15, was killed and two men, Ben Grezon and Pietro Bianco, were hurt when an automobile in which they were riding was struck by a Chicago and Alton train at the Hartford Crossing. The party were on their way to the tannery, Grezon driving the car. The accident was witnessed by Mrs. Mamie L. Turpin, station operator, and she was of the opinion that the men saw the oncoming train and were racing to get over, but the two men who survived the accident declared that they did not know the train was approaching. The automobile was smashed. Dinero, who was killed, is the son of James Dinero. He was on his way to the tannery to apply for a job there this morning. Two months ago, at the same crossing, Mary Vitofsky was killed by a train.


DINGERSON, BENJAMIN E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1918
First Soldier to Die in WWI from Alton Area
The body of Private Ben Dingerson, of Fosterburg, arrived in Alton this morning from Camp Sevier, South Carolina, accompanied by a fellow soldier, Private Reynolds, of Berdan, near Carrolton, Ill. The body was taken to Jacoby Undertaking parlors and from there will be to Fosterburg this evening to the home of the mother of the boy, Mrs. Catherine Dingerson. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Fosterburg Presbyterian Church. The young man died at Camp Sevier after five hours illness with spinal meningitis, and a few days after the mother received a letter from her son telling of his good health. The body was placed in a copper lined, sealed casket, in order that it could be shipped home. The young man was well known in this city and his death was received with great sorrow. Dingerson's death was the first to occur among the soldiers in the neighborhood of Alton, the nearest point to bear a loss before being Carrolton.


DINKER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 15, 1917
Mrs. Mary Dinker died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Dwyer, 1009 Humboldt street, after an illness of one week, from pneumonia and old age weaknesses. Mrs. Dinker was born in Germany, but came to Alton when a child, and has lived here continuously the last 65 or 70 years. She was twice married but has been a widow for _0 years. Her first husband was a Budde, and the only child of that union was Joseph Budde, who died some time ago at his home in Foster township from cancer. She is survived by three children of the last union - Ex. Police Officer Henry Dinker and Mrs. Elizabeth Dwyer and Mrs. Emil Ernst. She has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also, and hosts of friends to mourn her passing. She was 88 years of age on her last birthday, but was very strong and active notwithstanding that, up to a few months ago, when she began failing. She was a fine neighbor and a very charitable, kindly disposed woman who numbered as firm friends all who knew her. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's Church, and burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


DITTMAN, DORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 4, 1914
Mrs. Dora Dittman, aged 62, died at her home, 612 Ridge street, Sunday night at 9 o'clock from pneumonia. She was a long time resident of Alton. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from her home, Rev. E. L. Mueller of the German Evangelical Church officiating.


DIXON, AMSI G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 2, 1903
Taps Sound for Civil War Veteran
Amsi G. Dixon, aged 91 years 11 months and 8 days, died Monday morning at the home of his son, Emery Dixon, on Bostwick street in Upper Alton, after a long illness from Bright's disease. Mr. Dixon enlisted in the 41st Illinois Infantry during the Civil War and made a most honorable record. He came to Upper Alton recently to make his home. At the outbreak of war, Mr. Dixon and three sons enlisted, and all served their country well. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late home. Rev. W. H. Bradley will conduct the services in the Presbyterian church. The G. A. R. will conduct services at the Upper Alton cemetery.


DIXON, ARTHUR H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 6, 1919
Alton Stone Mason Dies One Week After Death of Daughter
Arthur H. Dixon, one of the best known stone contractors in the city, died at his residence, 340 Bluff street, at 5 o'clock this morning after an illness with pneumonia which began two weeks ago last Monday. Mr. Dixon's condition was grave a week ago when his daughter, Mrs. Earl S. Miller was buried. It was feared at the time that telling him that his daughter had died would be serious for him, but finally it became necessary to tell the father. The day of the funeral he was so sick that he could not be out of bed, nor was it possible to take the body of his daughter to his room. The expedient was adopted of carrying the casket with the body of Mrs. Miller in it, into the yard where the father, propped up in bed and supported by members of the family, could look out the window and view the face of his dead daughter from a distance. The death of Mrs. Miller had a bad effect on the father, as his affections were centered on the daughter, and there is no surprise among his family or friends that he was unable to battle successfully with the malady that had fastened its hold on him. Arthur H. Dixon was a stone operator by trade. He was a skillful stone cutter and many of the best pieces of carved stone in Alton are products of his handiwork. He was a man of kindly, gentle disposition, beloved by all who knew him. It is doubtful that he ever uttered a harsh word to anyone. He was conscientious in all he did, was deeply religious and a devout member of the First Methodist Church and of the Men's Bible Class of that church. He held the deepest respect of all who knew him, and was regarded as being the soul of honor, and in every way reliable. The death of her daughter, followed in a week by the death of her husband, is a sad shock to the surviving mother and wife, and also to the only son, Allen Dixon. Mr. Dixon was born in Alton March 30, 1858, and lived here all his life. He was married December 8, 1881. He leaves his wife, and one son, Allen, also two grandchildren. He leaves one brother, Ralph, and six sisters: Mrs. Thomas Hyndman of Alton; Mrs. J. M. Pride of Harmen, Mont.; Mrs. C. F. Scott of Roodhouse, Ill.; Miss Sarah and Mary Dixon of Alton; and Miss Ida Dixon of Champaign. He was a member of Piasa Lodge, A. F. & A. M., was president of the Men's Bible Class of the First Methodist Sunday school, and was a member of Oakwood Camp, Modern Woodmen. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, and interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


DIXON, GERTRUDE M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 2, 1900
The many friends of Miss Gertrude M. Dixon were shocked to learn that she had died this morning at 6:30 o'clock, after a long illness with malaria fever, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dixon Sr., 334 Bluff street. For several weeks her condition had been considered very dangerous, and her family was alarmed for her recovery. A few days ago it was reported her condition was somewhat improved, and it was hoped she would recover and be restored to health. The past two days her condition became worse, and all hope of her recovery was abandoned. Death came this morning as her parents and sisters watched at her bedside, hoping there would be a change for the better with the coming of morning. Miss Dixon was 23 years of age, and had lived in Alton all her life. She was a graduate of the Alton High School, and a young woman of unusual intellectual attainment. She was a handsome young woman, and had a disposition that made friends wherever she went. She leaves beside her parents, a family of sisters and a brother, all of whom are well known in Alton, and will have the deepest sympathy of the community in their loss. Her illness was not considered serious by herself or by her family, who fought off the grim truth that her illness had assumed a very grave condition until she was taken to her bed nearly two weeks ago. She was unable to be up and around the house until one week ago last Sunday, when she was compelled to take to her bed. She never regained strength again, and this morning she passed away almost before her family realized she was dying. She did not herself seem to realize death was so near, and the end came peacefully. She was a consistent Christian, a member of the First Baptist church, and during her illness she bore all her suffering with the patience borne of her religion. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be at the home on Bluff street. [Burial was in Godfrey Cemetery.]


DIXON, JESSE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 16, 1919
Jesse Dixon died Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of his mother, Mrs. S. E. Dixon, on Bostwick street, after an illness of two years' duration. He was 44 years and 9 months old. While Mr. Dixon had been ill a long time, his death was unexpected and word of his passing is a surprise to members of his family and to his many friends. Mr. Dixon's case is a remarkable one. He took sick at his home in Rock Island two years ago where he had been working a long number of years as an expert machinist in the Illinois State Arsenal. His trouble appeared to be in the first place a stroke of paralysis. He was brought to his home in Upper Alton and for months his case was very serious and hope for his recovery was very slight. After a long and serious seige, he commenced to improve slowly, but he never became able to walk. During the past few months he had been feeling unusually well. Yesterday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock he became ill suddenly and his death followed in thirty minutes after the attack. Deceased is a member of one of the largest, oldest and best known families in this section of the city. He is a son of the late S. E. Dixon, whose death occurred recently. In this family of ten children his death is the first break in the family. Besides his mother, he leaves four brothers and five sisters, as follows: Mrs. E. J. McPhillips of Alton; Amos Dixon of Chicago; Mrs. William Todd of Alton; Shelby Dixon of Omaha; Mrs. James McPherson of Alton; Frank Dixon of Rock Island; Al M. Dixon of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Ernest Hull of Rock Island; Mrs. Carl Welch of Alton. Funeral arrangements had not been completed this afternoon, as all the children had not been heard from. A message from Amos Dixon of Chicago brought word that he would be unable to attend the funeral of his brother, while another message from Al Dixon of Des Moines stated he is on the way to Alton.


Photo of Joshua DixonDIXON, JOSHUA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 6, 1926
Stone Mason Dies - Worked on Alton City Hall and the Great Mormon Temple
Joshua Dixon, age 85, died May 6, 1929 at his home at 1616 State Street in Alton. Joshua collapsed at his post as sentinel during a meeting of the Belvidere Commandry, Knights Templar in the Masonic Temple in Alton. As a stone cutter, Dixon ranked as an artist rather than an artisan. He was born in England, January 22, 1841, and came to America with his parents as a boy of 14 years of age. The family landed in New Orleans, and traveled by boat up the Mississippi to St. Louis. After a year in St. Louis, Dixon moved to Alton, which was his home since 1855. After being fired as a blacksmith's apprentice, he took up stone cutting. His first work as a stone mason was on the old Alton City Hall, erected in 1858. After 4 years as an apprentice, he traveled west, where he worked as a mason on the great Mormon Temple. He returned home in 1864, and continued his work as a stone mason. He is buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


DIXON, RALPH SR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 22, 1907
Ralph Dixon Sr., a well known stone contractor and builder, and for some time under Mayor Beall's first administration, inspector of street paving, died Tuesday about noon at his home on Bluff street after an illness of eight months duration. He was born in Tunstil, Harfordshire, England, April 12, 1837, and came to Alton in 1855. He was married March 17, 1857 in St. Louis, to Miss __ B. Clifford of North Alton, and together they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on St. Patricks day with their children around them. He was a leading stone contractor for half a century, and operated a quarry and stone saw mill in Upper Belle street for twenty years or more. He was a good-hearted, charitable man, and good citizen, and his employees speak with affection of him and of his treatment of them. He is survived by his wife and six children: Arthur H. Dixon the stone contractor; Ralph S. Dixon, former street commissioner; Mrs. Thomas Hyndman and Misses Sara and Mary Dixon of Alton; Mrs. Hattie Smith of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Mrs. C. F. Scott of Roodhouse. All of the children except Mrs. Smith are here. A brother, former mayor Joshua Dixon of the north side, also survives. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence, and burial will be in Godfrey cemetery.


 DIXON, SAMUEL EMERY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1918
Civil War Veteran
Taps sounded about 3 o'clock this morning for Samuel Emery Dixon at his home, 2708 Bostwick street. Mr. Dixon served four years through the Civil War and was for many years an active member of the G. A. R. His illness started from the infirmities of age several months ago, and his decline was gradual. During the past week the members of his family who have been at the home with him became aware of the fact that the father was nearing the end and a few days ago it was decided to call the members, who were at a distance, home. Of the ten children, nine arrived before the end came this morning. Mr. Dixon was born in Plattsburg, Wis., in August 1836, and was 80 years old last August. Up to a few weeks ago he was still able to get about and walked around town somewhat. He came to Upper Alton in 1868, and had been a resident of Alton more than fifty years. He was a carpenter by trade, and he worked in that line many years. There are many old houses in Upper Alton which Mr. Dixon either had a hand in building or worked upon them at some time. He was married to Miss Mary Wright, a daughter of the late Jesse Wright, who survives him, and to the couple were born ten children, all of whom survive. In the big family the father's death today is the first break. The children are Jesse Dixon and Mrs. E. J. McPhillips of Alton; Amos of Chicago; Mrs. William Todd and Mrs. James McPherson of Alton; Shelby of Omaha, Neb.; Frank Dixon and Mrs. Ernest Hull of Rock Island; A. M. Dixon of Camp Quantico, Va.; and Mrs. Carl Welch of Alton. Mr. Dixon joined the Grand Army of the Republic after the Civil War, and through all the years since he has been an active member of the post. He joined the Presbyterian Church during the Biederwolf meetings in Alton, and was a regular attendant at church until he was physically disabled. He was a member of the Brotherhood of the church and took much interest in the affairs of the organization and of the church in general. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home and the services will be conducted by Rev. W. T. Hanzsche. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


DIXON, SARAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1911
Mrs. Sarah Dixon, wife of Joshua Dixon, died at 4:30 o'clock this morning at her residence, 2001 State street, at the age of 55. Mrs. Dixon's death had been expected for some time. She had been in poor health seventeen years, but had said little of her suffering. In the last eighteen months of her life a cancer developed which made her an invalid most of the time. During her long illness she was given the most devoted attention of her husband and family of daughters. Recently one of her daughters was married, the last of the girls, and she was called home from Owatona, Minn., where she had gone to teach vocal music, but her mother's condition became so bad her presence at Alton was required. The wedding took place after her return. Mrs. Dixon is survived by her husband, Joshua Dixon, the well known stone mason and lodge man; and four daughters, Mrs. H. A. Emory of St. Louis, Mrs. Frank A. Vorhees, and Mrs. Abbott Blair of Alton. She was a native of Godfrey township, and had spent her entire life in Alton and Godfrey townships. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the home, and burial will be in the Oakwood cemetery.


DIXON, SARAH J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 16, 1921
Miss Sarah J. Dixon died at 11:30 o'clock from a combination of maladies which terminated in a fatal attack of pneumonia. Her death had been expected for nearly a week. She was born in Alton and had lived here all her life. Besides her twin sister, Miss Mary Dixon, she leaves one brother, Ralph Dixon, and four sisters, Mrs. Hattie Pride, Mrs. Ella Scott, Mrs. Thomas Hyndman, and Miss Ida Dixon. Miss Dixon had been a most faithful and efficient teacher in the public schools and she was beloved by all her pupils and the parents of the children had the utmost confidence in her work in the schools. She was the friend of everyone in her neighborhood. Among the children who sat under her teaching in the public schools there was genuine regret when Miss Dixon was obliged to give up teaching, and there will be many who will sincerely mourn her death. The arrival of Miss Mary Dixon from Vero, Fla., is expected tomorrow morning. She was notified by telegram of the serious condition of her twin sister, Miss Sarah Dixon, retired school teacher, and since she was notified it has been a matter of grave doubt that Miss Sarah Dixon would live until her sister could get here. The attachment between the two sisters was very strong, and members of the family realized that it would be absolutely imperative to get Miss Mary Dixon back home if possible before the illness of Miss Sarah Dixon terminated fatally. The sickness of Miss Sarah began just a few days after Miss Mary departed to be the guest of Mrs. R. J. Young, where she hoped to recuperate her own worn down health. For a long time she had been saving up to make the trip and had been in Florida only a week when she was notified that her sister was dying and she started back home. A bad case of pneumonia developed which complicated the nervous breakdown from which Miss Sarah Dixon was suffering. The retired school teacher had been in bad health before she took her leave of absence from teaching in the Alton schools, and she hoped that a year's rest would make it possible for her to resume her work, but when the year was completed she realized that her hope had been a vain one. She was deeply interested in her twin sister, Miss Mary, going to Florida for a stay of several months to recuperate her strength and health.


DIXON, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 26, 1909
William Dixon, aged 74, died Sunday evening at the home of his son, Freeman Dixon, 919 Belle street, from general debility. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. He was an old soldier.


Veteran of the Civil War; Steamboat Captain
Died December 21, 1930
Captain Dodge was a resident of Alton on and off for 50 years, living at 326 East Twelfth Street. He was born in St. Louis on July 14, 1845, and spent his early manhood in that city. Later, he resided in New Orleans for several years. Most of his later life was passed in Alton.

Captain Dodge enlisted in Company G of the 4th Missouri Volunteers shortly before his sixteenth birthday in 1861. He served throughout the entire period of the Civil War, and participated in several of the great battles of that conflict, including the battles of Franklin, Nashville, and Chickamauga. In one engagement, he was severely wounded.

For many years, Captain Dodge was a commercial agent for steamboat lines, then engaged in railroad work. Possessed of a remarkable memory and an unusual gift for narration and description, he had a wonderful fund of stories of wartime events and incidents of steamboating days before the growth of rail transportation put the packets into decline. He joined the Ranson Post, St. Louis, of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was one of the last dozen survivors. Memorial Day to him was the great day of the year. He joined with the Alton post for its ritual of laying flowers on the graves in Alton City Cemetery. He could not go to battle in world War I due to his age, but sought work on munitions at Western Cartridge Co, and was accepted for work, which he followed for almost a year. In his declining years, Captain Dodge had the devoted care of his niece, Mrs. Jessie Sargent McNiece. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Lucy Hardy of St. Louis.

Captain Dodge married Margaret A. Wauch in 1868, and she died in 1872. He then married Mary L. Sargent in 1875. She died in 1922. The Captain was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


DODGE, MARIAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 6, 1884
Mr. and Mrs. Almon P. Dodge are grievously afflicted in the loss of their little daughter, Marian, aged nearly five years, a bright and beautiful child, the idol of her parents. The sad event took place on Monday after a brief illness. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all.


DODGE, MARY SARGENT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 19, 1922
Mrs. Mary Sargent Dodge, wife of Capt. J. T. Dodge, died Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the family home on Twelfth street, aged 75. She had been in bad health for three years and the past three months had been bedfast. The end came after a sudden change for the worse. All day Sunday it was known that the end could not be far off, and toward the end of the afternoon she dropped away into her last long sleep. Mrs. Dodge had spent all of her life in Alton. She belonged to one of the old time families here, and resided in her early days on the very site where the Alton Telegraph office located. It was in that house she was married to Captain Dodge, who survives her, and it was in the house around the corner, on Broadway, the old Dimmock home, they spent the first three months of their honeymoon. The couple were married in Alton 47 years ago. After the Civil War, in which Capt. Dodge served, he was employed by a company which had acquired the Mitchell interests in the steamboat lines at Alton and they sent him to Alton to take charge here, and it was following his return to Alton that the couple were married. They spent practically all of their time here. Capt. and Mrs. Dodge resided with her mother, Mrs. B. F. Sargent, on Twelfth street, until the death of Mrs. Sargent, and since then had continued to reside there. The couple had no children, but Mrs. Dodge was as a mother to Mrs. Jessie McNiece of St. Louis, nee Jessie Sargent, who has been devoting much time to attending her aunt and foster mother, Mrs.. Dodge, during her long illness. Mrs. Dodge was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian church since girlhood. She was generally beloved by those who lived near her and those who knew her best, and her death is the cause of sadness to a large circle of friends who had loved her many years. The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family home, and interment will be in City Cemetery.


DODGE, NANCY/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 4, 1851
Died on Monday morning last in Upper Alton, after a long and distressing illness, Mrs. Nancy Dodge, wife of D. S. Dodge, Esq., aged 67. The deceased was a pious woman, and died happy in the hope of a blessed immortality. An afflicted husband, six children, and many friends deplore her loss.


DODGE, WALTER WAUGH/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, October 31, 1887
Son of Steamboat Captain Joseph True Dodge
The death of Walter W. Dodge, son of Captain Joseph True Dodge, which took place yesterday at the residence of his grandmother in St. Louis, brings sadness to many hearts. A brighter, happier, more lovable character than his we have never known, nor one more promising of a fruition of usefulness and honor. His nature was purely unselfish and noble. From earnest boyhood, he was manly, independent, and helpful. Enjoying life to the utmost, he was ever cheerful and joyous, and yet so tenderly sympathetic and thoughtful, so devoted to his relatives and friends that he won for himself an affection the depth and strength of which was hardly realized even by those to whom he was most dear. He was but eighteen years old last Spring. A short space of life, and yet it had garnered more of the real riches of existence than do the most of those who reach their three score years and ten. For after all the done and said, only that life is rich and rounded which has lost itself in its interest in others. It is such lives that make the world better, and, alas, it is such lives that leave the greatest void when they go hence.

A few months ago, Walter developed symptoms of consumption; the dread disease made rapid progress despite the best of medical aid, reinforced by tenderest care and watchful solicitude. A few weeks spent in Minnesota seemed to give him strength and encouraged hopes of recovery, but after his return he made no further progress. A week ago Saturday, he went to St. Louis for a visit, and that night was taken with hemorrhage. The sudden culmination of the disease was unlooked for, and after a week of prostration, he sank quietly to rest. True to his nature, he was brave and patient in sickness, thinking more of others than of himself, and anxious only to spare them trouble and care. His amiable and engaging qualities beamed even more brightly in hours of weakness and suffering than in the days of health and gladness. His life was brief only in years, for it will live on, even here, in the tender memories gathering round it, and in the impress of its pervasive influence on the lives of others.

Walter Dodge was born March 21, 1869 in Missouri. He was the son of Captain Joseph True Dodge (1845-1930) and Margaret A. Waugh Dodge (1847-1872). Following the death of Margaret in 1872, Captain Dodge married again in 1875 to Mary L. Sargent (1846-1922). Captain Dodge enlisted in Company G of the 4th Missouri Volunteers shortly before his sixteenth birthday in 1861. He served throughout the entire period of the Civil War, and participated in several of the great battles of that conflict, including the battles of Franklin, Nashville, and Chickamauga. In one engagement, he was severely wounded.

Captain Dodge was a resident of Alton on and off for 50 years, living at 326 East Twelfth Street. He was born in St. Louis on July 14, 1845, and spent his early manhood in that city. Later, he resided in New Orleans for several years. Most of his later life was passed in Alton. For many years, Captain Dodge was a commercial agent for steamboat lines, then engaged in railroad work. Possessed of a remarkable memory and an unusual gift for narration and description, he had a wonderful fund of stories of wartime events and incidents of steamboating days before the growth of rail transportation put the packets into decline. He joined the Ranson Post, St. Louis, of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was one of the last dozen survivors. Memorial Day to him was the great day of the year. He joined with the Alton post for its ritual of laying flowers on the graves in Alton City Cemetery. He could not go to battle in world War I due to his age, but sought work on munitions at Western Cartridge Co, and was accepted for work, which he followed for almost a year. In his declining years, Captain Dodge had the devoted care of his niece, Mrs. Jessie Sargent McNiece. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Lucy Hardy of St. Louis.

Captain Dodge married Margaret A. Waugh in 1868, and she died in 1872. They had at least one child – Walter Waugh Dodge. He then married Mary L. Sargent in 1875. She died in 1922. Captain and Walter Dodge were buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


DOEPEL, JULIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1921
After an illness of but a week's duration, Mrs. Julia Doepel died Sunday night at 6 o'clock at her home, 321 Alby street, death being due to old age and complication of diseases. Deceased had made her home in Alton for a number of years and was held in highest esteem by a large circle of friends who deeply mourn her passing. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Evangelical church, and was an ardent worker in religious activities. Surviving her are two sons, Richard of this city, and Paul of Oklahoma. The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning with services at the Evangelical church at 11 o'clock, followed by interment in the City cemetery.


DOEPKE, EDWARD J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 3, 1919
Funeral services for Edward J. Doepke, whose death occurred Wednesday at his home at 1814 Alby street, will be held Friday morning at 8 o'clock from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


DOEPKE, EDWARD L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 14, 1915
Edward L. Doepke, nine months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Doepke, died at the home, 510 Easton street, last evening from convulsions. The child had been ill in all about five days. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. It will be private and the parents have requested that flowers be omitted.


DOEPKE, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 22, 1909
Louis, the 18-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Doepke died at the family home, 315 Dry street, this morning at 8 o'clock, after a brief illness resulting from whooping cough and spasms. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock, from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


DOERING, PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 31, 1910
Peter Doering, aged we, a young glassblower, died Tuesday morning at the home of his brother, Charles Doering, 1126 east Sixth street, after a long illness with lung troubles. The funeral will be held Thursday morning from St. Patrick's church, and burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. The young man belonged to a well known Alton family. His father was a school teacher. He had been ill many months, and his death was expected during the past ten days. He leaves his wife and two brothers, Charles and Joseph.


DOERR, ESTHER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1914
Young Girl Kills Herself With Acid - Leaves Sad Note
Setting the parental opinion at naught, valuing her privilege of attending dances more than life, death seemed preferable to Esther Doerr rather than stay at home and be cut off from the social life she craved. Though but 16, the world looked dark and black to her if she could not participate in the dances she saw her friends participating in, and there was no hope for her. When her parents objected to her going to dances, she maintained her determination to continue as she was doing, and the family ties were so strong that between the tugging of the attractions of the dance and the powerful draw of the family home, the girl concluded to solve the question by ending her life. Miss Esther Doerr, aged 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Doerr of 945 Union street, was found dead in bed with a bottle of carbolic acid beside her at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Winters on Central avenue Monday morning when Mrs. Winters called her. Dr. Enos, who was summoned, said that the young lady had been dead for seven or eight hours. At the Winters' home, where Miss Doerr has been employed for the past month, it was stated this morning that she had been very industrious, and they had no idea that she intended to take her life. She returned to the Winters home at 11 o'clock Sunday evening and retired to her room as usual. A note addressed to her mother was all that is known about the cause of the suicide, as it contained a statement that nobody cared for her and everyone seemed to look down upon her, and that she thought this was the best way to end it all. The note was found on the dresser in her room. At the drug store of E. H. Dick, it was stated the young lady, accompanied by another girl of about the same age, entered the drug store between seven and eight o'clock Sunday evening and asked for ten cents worth of carbolic acid, saying she wanted it for the toothache. The fact that Miss Doerr was accompanied by another young lady influenced the druggist to sell her the acid. The druggist said that she seemed very calm and did not seem in the least bit nervous when he asked her what she desired the acid for. It was stated today that Miss Doerr had a slight difference at home. She had been very much attached to her home, and when her judgment as to what she should do in her unoccupied time was questioned at home, she resented it. The girl did not go home Sunday, showing her displeasures in that way, and it is said to have been the first Sunday she had ever been away from home all day. People who know her believe that the little difference with her family so worried her that she came to the conclusion there was nothing for her to do but end her life, and she did it. Miss Irene Mitchell, who lives on East Third street, was with Miss Doerr last evening. The two attended the dance given at Washington Garden by the Frohsines, and later Miss Mitchell was with her when she purchased the carbolic acid. Miss Mitchell claims that the Doerr girl told her she was going to dilute the acid and use it for some poison on her arms. A number of young men and women who attended the dance at Washington Garden last evening said that the Doerr girl seemed to be having a good time during the evening. When she left the dance pavilion she bid some of her friends goodbye, telling them that she might never see them again. They thought she was merely joking. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner John Berner this morning.


DOERR, GROVER C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 21, 1919
Former Fireman and Mechanic Dies
Grover C. Doerr, aged 31, died Sunday night at 11:30 o'clock at his home, 731 East Fourth street, after an illness that began last October when he became a victim of the influenza. He never recovered his health and complications set in which proved fatal. He was a member of the Alton fire department for over eight years and was one of the most efficient and best men in the service. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Doerr. He was born and reared in Alton. He was married two and one half years ago to Miss Clara Krepel, and beside his wife he leaves one child. Doerr was an expert motor mechanic, and had charge of keeping the motor of his fire truck in good running condition. Out of respect to their deceased co-worker, the men in all the city fire houses today had their places dressed in mourning.


DOERR, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1906
Taps Sound for Mexican War Veteran
Jacob Doerr, one of the oldest and best known residents of Alton, died Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock after an illness of only a few hours, as the result of a sudden, general breaking down of his strength. Mr. Doerr had been in good health apparently, and was taken ill Sunday morning. He collapsed completely, and when the family summoned a physician it was seen at once that the old Mexican War soldier was about to obey the signal "taps." He had not suffered any, and had not been ill. His strength, which was considered remarkable up to Sunday morning, failed unexpectedly, and the spark of vitality which a few minutes before had been a steady flame, flickered a short time and then went out. He had lived in Alton many years and was a well known citizen. He was a bricklayer by trade, and as such he built many of the houses in the city erected in olden days. His death occurred at his home, 652 east Third street. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Eichhorn and Mrs. M. Ellem, and 4 sons, Henry, John, Jacob and William Doerr. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann. Mr. Doerr had lived in Alton more than fifty years, and besides his children he leaves nineteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


DOERR, GROVER JEROME/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 25, 1922
The funeral of Grover Jerome Doerr, aged three years, was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of the child's grandparents, mr. and Mrs. Charles Krepel, on State street, to SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The Rev. M. A. Tarrant officiated at the church and grave. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. The infant was the son of Grover C. Doerr, a well known former member of the Alton Fire Department, who died three years ago. The pallbearers were Carl Rust, Howard Weiland, Arthur Lippoldt, and Charles Krepel, the last named being an uncle of the deceased.


DOERR, LENA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 31, 1902
Mrs. Lena Doerr, wife of George Doerr, a prominent business man of Bethalto, died suddenly Monday morning at the family home after a short illness from heart disease. She was 49 years old, and had lived at Bethalto 30 years. She had been suffering from smothering spells during the last eight years, and this morning at four o'clock she was breathing heavily when she aroused her daughter, who was sleeping with her. The daughter called her father and a physician was sent for, but Mrs. Doerr died before the arrival of the doctor. She leaves beside her husband, a family of seven sons and one daughter. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest this morning and the jury found a verdict of death from heart disease. The funeral will probably be held in the Bethalto Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock. Burial will be at Bethalto.


DOERSAM, DOLLY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 31, 1919
Mrs. Dolly Doersam, wife of William P. Doersam, died suddenly last evening at the family home at 1308 East Broadway, after having just finished her supper. Mrs. Doersam has been in poor health for some time, and for about three weeks has been under the care of a physician. The ailment had been pronounced heart trouble. Last evening after eating supper Mrs. Doersam returned to an adjoining room and laid down on a bed. In a few moments she called to her husband, who was still dining, that she did not feel well. Her husband phoned to their physician, who told him to administer a stimulant. This he started to do when he concluded to phone the second time for the physician. The latter came immediately. He had been in the home but a short time before Mrs. Doersam expired. Mrs. Doersam was 54 years old and a native of Montreal, Canada. A brother and sister will live there, and a sister, Mrs. J. Lyle, lives in St. Louis. Mrs. Doersam had lived in the United States for thirty-five years and in Alton for three years, where her husband has been connected with the Springman Lumber Company. The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. The burial will be in the City cemetery.


DOHRENDORF, DORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 31, 1906
Mrs. Dora Dohrendorf died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Fretz, 1518 East Third street, a 5 o'clock Tuesday evening. Mrs. Dohrendorf was 79 years of age, and has resided in Alton for many years. A funeral service will be held at the home of Mrs. Fretz at 10 o'clock Thursday morning, and the body will then be shipped to St. Louis on the Flyer, leaving at 12:45. The service at the home will be in charge of Rev. Theodore Oberhellman.


DOLAN, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 14, 1904
Vaudeville Song & Dance Artist Has Horrible Death
Thomas Dolan, a song and dance artist of the vaudeville stage, was found dead on the Bluff Line track at Oldenburg. Deputy Coroner Streeper went down to Oldenburg, held an inquest and brought the body to Upper Alton. Dolan was accompanied by a man named Thomas Wilson, who met him at Granite City and cared for him. Dolan was fined $100 and costs in St. Louis a few days ago and given hours to leave town. He had been drinking heavily, and at Granite City was attacked by delirium tremens. Wilson took him on to a farmhouse near Oldenburg, and there they put up for the night. Wilson cared for Dolan until 3 in the morning, and then fell asleep. Dolan slipped out of the house and was found about 6 o'clock on the railroad track, dead. Wilson says that Dolan's relatives live in Philadelphia and are wealthy.


DOLANY, CATHERINE M./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 19, 1849
Died in Alton on the 13th inst., Catherine M., infant daughter of Mr. J. E. Dolany, aged 16 months and 14 days.


DOLBEE, CLARA/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 22, 1841
Died, in this city on Wednesday morning last, after a few days illness, Clara, infant daughter of S. R. Dolbee, one of the publishers of this paper.


DOLBEE, FLORENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 21, 1913
For Many Years Librarian of the Jennie D. Hayner Public Library - Dies at Home
Miss Florence Dolbee, for many years librarian of the Jennie D. Hayner public library in Alton, died Friday morning at her home, 417 Belleview avenue, at 6:45 o'clock after an illness of nearly a year. Miss Dolbee was taken ill very suddenly while on her way home from down town one evening, and was never in good health again. Her condition became very much worse about three weeks ago, and it became apparent that the end was very close at hand. Miss Dolbee was a member of an old Alton family. Her father, S. R. Dolbee, was a business man in Alton and at one time was a part owner of the Telegraph. She had lived all of her life in the city. She was possessed of the ability that was required to fill the position of librarian in the public library at Alton, and that post she held very acceptably to everyone for many years. She is survived by one brother, Arthur Dolbee, and two sisters, Mrs. C. B. Robland and Miss Harriet Dolbee, the last named having served as assistant librarian under her sister for many years. January 11, 1850, and was in her 55th year. She had served as librarian for the public library in Alton thirty years, having begun her service when the institution was in the city hall, at the place where the police headquarters now is. She continued at the post when the new library was erected at the present place, and she has been very efficient in conducting the institution. The cause of her death was paralysis.


DOLBEE, HANNAH E. [nee PETTENGILL]/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, March 28, 1899
Mrs. Hannah E. Dolbee passed peaceably away at 12:30 o'clock this morning, at her home on State street. Wednesday, March 8, Mrs. Dolbee suffered a severe stroke of paralysis, from which she never rallied, and there has been little or no hope of her recovery because of her advanced years. For the past week death seemed imminent, and last evening it was apparent that life would last but a few hours. Surrounded by all the members of her family, Mrs. Dolbee died at 12:30 a.m., a quiet and painless ebbing away of life. Mrs. Dolbee was born in Bath, Me., September 18, 1820. Her maiden name was Hannah E. Pettengill, daughter of Somers Pettengill and Hannah Hagen. Her parents were of old Puritan stock, and the daughter inherited from them many of the excellent traits characteristic of the early settlers of New England. She came to Alton in 1850 and in September of that year was married to S. R. Dolbee, who was then one of the proprietors of the Telegraph. Mrs. Dolbee has been a resident of Alton since that time, almost fifty years, and during this period she has earned the highest respect and esteem of all acquainted with her. Admired and beloved by her friends, faithful to all her duties, she attained a beautiful old age, the influence of which was felt by all around her. To her children the loss cannot be expressed in words, although it has been realized for several weeks her end was near. She was a faithful member of the Episcopal church, and a sincere Christian. Five children survive her: Mrs. H. C. Cole of Chester; Mrs. C. B. Rohland; Miss Florence Dolbee; William Arthur Dolbee; Miss Harriet C. Dolbee. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Episcopal church.


DOLBEE, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 10, 1878
Died in Alton, January 7, 1878, of consumption, after a lingering illness, Mr. John Dolbee, in the 33rd year of his age.


DOLBEE, MARY CECILIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1908
Miss Mary Cecilia Dolbee, aged 69, died Saturday morning after a long illness. Miss Dolbee had been almost helpless for a long time from paralysis, and a few days ago she suffered another stroke. Her death had been expected to occur at any time in the past few months. Miss Dolbee was a member of one of the oldest and most prominent Alton families. Her father was S. R. Dolbee, who was one of the proprietors of the Telegraph in its early days, and was a well known citizen when Alton was young. Miss Dolbee leaves four sisters, Mrs. C. B. Rohland, Misses Hattie and Florence Dolbee of Alton, Mrs. C. B. Cole of Chester, and one brother, Arthur Dolbee. She was born in Alton and had lived in the city all her life. She was in charge of the home and was a devoted attendant of her mother until Mrs. Dolbee's death, and she remained in charge of the home until her health failed her and she became helpless. Miss Dolbee's funeral will be held at 10:30 Monday morning from St. Paul's church.


DOLBEE, MARY ELIZA/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 8, 1849
Mrs. Dolbee, the amiable consort of the junior publisher of this paper [Shadrach Rodney Dolbee], departed this life on Friday evening, after an illness of about fourteen hours from cholera. She was 32 years, 1 month, and 24 days of age. The deceased was the daughter of James Parsons, Esq., formerly of Tully, New York, but had been a resident of this city for eleven years past. Calling the varied graces of the Christian character with a disposition naturally amiable and benevolent, she considered the poor and suffering as her brethren, and many of her indigent neighbors have been the recipients of her benefactions. Often has the writer of this feeble tribute known her to expose her health at all times delicate, in order to administer relief to the destitute, regardless of the consequences, although sometimes sufficient to ____ the stoutest heart. This she did, not in her own strength, but in humble reliance on that Saviour, who has promised to sustain all who trust in Him. It is about two years since our departed friend united with the Episcopal Church of Alton, of which she has since remained a worthy and consistent member, and she experienced in her last hours the comforts of the religion she professed. Although the summons was sudden and unexpected, it found her fully prepared, and those who witnessed the closing scene, will not remember it as one of horror and dismay. On the contrary, it was evident to all that she was guided in her passage through the dark valley by One, whose presence illumined the way, and whose rod and staff supported her at every step. Although fully sensible of her approaching dissolution, and grieved to part so soon from a tender husband, and three interesting young children, yet she willingly resigned them all into the hands of her faithful Creator, and sweetly fell asleep in the Redeemer whom she loved, and in whom she believed.


DOLBEE, SHADRACH RODNEY/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 1869
The Alton Telegraph announces the death of Shadrach R. Dolbee, Esq., one of the oldest and most respected citizens of that place. He died on January 16 from hemorrhage of the lungs, in the 56th year of his age. He was a native of Columbus, Ohio, and at an early age entered a printing office to learn the trade, under the instruction of Judge Bailhache. After gaining a knowledge of the business, he, in connection with a Mr. Gardner, became State printer for that State. In the meantime, Judge Bailhache, having removed to Alton and purchased an interest in the Alton Telegraph in 1838, Mr. Dolbee likewise came to Alton and entered into co-partnership with him in the publication of that paper. He continued in the printing business until 1850, when he retired from the establishment and engaged in the real estate business, in which he acquired a large property. In former years, we were intimately connected with Mr. Dolbee, and we ever found him a high-minded business man and an excellent friend. He died a prominent and most-worthy member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Shadrach R. Dolbee was associated with Judge Bailhache, who was the Ohio State printer. When Bailhache moved to Alton, Dolbee remained to close up the business, and arrived in Alton six months before the Lovejoy tragedy. He then entered in partnership with Bailhache as proprietors of the Alton Telegraph, from May 1838 to January 1850. After leaving the Telegraph, Dolbee engaged in the real estate and insurance business under the firm of Kellenberger & Dolbee. Dolbee died January 16, 1869. He was twice married, his first wife being Mary Eliza Parsons Dolbee (1817-1849, left behind three children). On September 8, 1850, he married Hannah Elizabeth Pettingell (1820-1899), who was the mother of seven children – Blanche Owen Dolbee Cole (1851-1910), wife of H. C. Cole of Chester, Illinois; Alfred Somers Dolbee, who died in in 1853 in infancy; Cora Dolbee (?-1929), wife of Charles B. Rohland; Florence Dolbee (1850-1913), chief librarian of the Hayner Memorial Library of Alton since its founding; William Arthur Dolbee (1860-1926), a business man of Alton; Clara Dolbee (?-1913); and Harriet Cooper Dolbee (?-1927), assistant librarian.

Mrs. Hannah Dolbee, their mother, who died at Alton on March 26, 1899, represented one of the oldest families of New England. Richard Pettingell, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1620, and was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts before 1641. Matthew, his son, was born in Massachusetts in 1648, and from him the descent passes through Matthew (2), Abraham, Richard, to Edward, of Revolutionary fame. The latter was a native of Maine, and owned a large estate, now partly covered by the city of Bath, and a portion of which remained in the family until 1860, Mrs. Dolbee having been born there in 1820. The Pettingells bought this land in 1661, and a block house was built upon it for protection against the Indians. Edward Pettingell married Elizabeth Clark, who was a direct descendant of the noble Somers family of England. Somers Pettingell, a son of Edward, was born in 1756, and married a daughter of William and Rachel Swanton, the former being a Lieutenant in the American army during the Revolution. Somers (2), a son of Somers Pettingell (1), was born at Bath, September 16, 1788, and died in 1846. He was the father of Hannah Elizabeth, who married Mr. Dolbee.

In 1854, Shadrach Dolbee, then an old and highly respected citizen of Alton, that the Telegraph’s remarks in regard to the intention of Mr. Lovejoy to cease the publication of his paper, and that he handed in to the Telegraph, then under the charge of Judge Bailhache, a card to that effect, were substantially correct. The person who withdrew the card was the Rev. Mr. Graves, at that time pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Alton. It was never returned, and no explanation was ever given. This act of Mr. Graves cost Lovejoy his life. The Telegraph responded that Dolbee’s testimony was worth but very little on the subject, for he could not possibly have known anything personally about the matter, as he did not come to Alton for several months after the death of Lovejoy. However, this is no new report, but one which was agitated and left unsettled at the time the tragedy took place.


DONAHUE, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 13, 1920
The funeral of Joseph, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Donahue, was held this morning from the family home on Alby street, with interment in Greenwood cemetery. Rev. M. Costello officiated at the cemetery.


DONAHUE, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 16, 1906
Katherine, the 23 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Donahue of 200 east Fourth street, died this afternoon after an illness of one week with dysentery. Mr. Donahue is supervisor for the C & A. The little child was taken very seriously ill from the beginning, and the parents had but little hope of recovery.


DONAHUE, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1907
Mrs. Margaret Donahue, aged about 65 years, died Friday afternoon at St. Joseph's hospital after an illness of ten days duration from stomach troubles. She was brought from her home in Jersey county near the Godfrey township line about a week ago. Her husband died in 1896 and she leaves no immediate relatives. She was a native of Ireland and lived in this vicinity thirty-five years. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from St. Patrick's church, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


DONAHUE, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 7, 1909
Michael Donahue, a county charge at St. Joseph's hospital, died this morning after a long illness. He was 78 years of age and had been in the hospital several years. He had an adopted son who came to see him twice a year, and seemed to have a strong regard for the old man, but was unable to take care of him. Since the death of Donahue it has been found that the address of his foster son is unknown and he cannot be notified. Undertaker Keiser took charge of the body and will hold it for a few days.


DONALDSON, LEVI LaFORREST/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 12, 1873
Died on the morning of September 6, in Alton, of consumption, after a long illness, Levi LaForrest, oldest son of John and Mary Donaldson; in the 21st year of his age.


DONNELLY, JAMES/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 5, 1877
James Donnelly, formerly of Alton, who was shot at Brighton on June 24 by Constable Norris of that place, died Sunday morning from the effects of the wound. The funeral took place this afternoon at the Cathedral in Alton, and was attended by a large gathering, both from the town and country.


DONNELLY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, November 11, 1887
William Donnelly, a former resident here, died at Chester yesterday. His father went today after the remains, which will be buried here [Alton].


DONOHUE, PATRICK/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 6, 1867
Murdered in Cold Blood
A cold-blooded murder took place yesterday afternoon about five o’clock at a saloon on Second Street [Broadway], kept by a man named McCarthy. The circumstances were as follows:

Two men named Samuel Cabell and Charles Skinner, together with a man named Patrick Donohue, were sitting at a table engaged in a game of cards, when an altercation arose, and the “lie” passed between the parties - Cabell and Skinner, as we understand it, being against Donohue. Words led to blows, at which point a bystander stepped between the contestants, but Cabell reached round him with a knife in his hand, and stabbed Donohue in the heart, being incited, thereto, by Skinner. Donohue lived but about ten minutes after receiving the injury. He was a single man, and was employed in Myers & Drummond’s Tobacco Factory.

Both Cabell and Skinner were at once arrested and locked up. We understand that previously to this event, they had borne bad characters. Great excitement was manifested last evening by the Irish citizens, on learning of the murder. Crowds of them remained in the vicinity of the jail until a late hour, and threats were made of summarily avenging the death of Donohoe. Wiser councils, however, prevailed, and the prisoners were left to take the course of the law. Their examination takes place tomorrow.

The following was the finding of the Coroner’s Jury:
“We, the jury, summoned by P. F. Regan, Justice of the Peace, to hold an inquest on the body of Patrick Donohue, do find, from all evidence adduced before us, that the said Patrick Donohue came to his death by the stab of a jack knife in the hands of Samuel Cabell. Signed H. Wissore, Foremen.”

Source: Alton Telegraph, December 13, 1867
The examination of Samuel Cabell and Charles Skinner, before Justices Quarton and Middleton, on the charge of killing Patrick Donohue, was concluded last evening. It resulted in the discharge of Skinner, and the commitment of Cabell to await his trial at the next term of the Circuit Court, on the charge of murder. Although there was an intense interest manifested in the trial, there was not the slightest disturbance from the beginning until the close of the examination. [Donohue was buried in the Greenwood (St. Patrick's) Cemetery in Godfrey. He was 21 years of age.)


DONOVAN, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 20, 1885
Mr. John Donovan, a native of Ireland, for 30 years a resident of Alton, aged about 70 years, was found dead in the cistern on his premises in the outskirts of town, Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Thomas Donovan, daughter-in-law of the deceased, first discovered evidences of the lamentable occurrence by finding a hat floating on the surface of the water of the cistern. The body was quickly drawn out, but life was extinct. Coroner Melling held an official inquiry, and the verdict was death by suicide by drowning, while laboring under temporary aberration of the mind.


DOOLEY, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 22, 1916
Mrs. Emma Dooley, wife of William Dooley, died at 9 o'clock this morning at the family home, 615 East Eighth street, aged 57. She had been a sufferer for a long time from chronic heart disease, and that was the cause of her death. She will be taken to St. Louis tomorrow afternoon for burial and services will be held in St. Louis Wednesday morning.


DOOLEY, JOHN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 15, 1882
From Collinsville – Collinsville was the scene of a tragedy last evening. As John Dooley (colored) was riding through the street on a mule, he was shot and wounded by Nelson Cooper (colored). Dooley fell to the ground, when Cooper rushed up, placed his gun against the former’s head, and again fired. Dooley died almost immediately. Cooper then coolly gave himself up to the city marshal. The cause of the murder was that Cooper was convinced that his wife had lavished her affections on Dooley.


 DOOLEY, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 6, 1901
Patrick Dooley, the watchman at the Piasa street crossing of the Chicago & Alton, died this morning at his home on Alby street after an illness with the asthma and bronchitis. Mr. Dooley had been ill several weeks and recovered sufficiently to be downtown and at his post of duty. He was taken worse a few days ago, and his illness became very severe. His death was expected yesterday. He leaves a wife and two children. The funeral will be Friday morning at 9 o'clock and services will be in the Cathedral. Patrick Dooley was one of the best known men in Alton. For many years he has been at his post of duty as crossing watchman and has been most excellent as a life saver. His well known "look out" will be missed by everyone downtown, and all who have had occasion to go downtown in the years he has been on duty. He was an honest and industrious man and had accumulated a nice competence as the fruits of his labor and frugality.


DOOLEY, WILLIAM P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 1, 1916
Former Policeman, Glassblower Killed By Train
William P. Dooley, one time a policeman and for a time a patrolman on the Alton force, was killed by a train at the foot of Henry street Tuesday evening. His body, still warm, was discovered by Engineer Keefe of the C. & A., who was passing that point. The body was lying between the Big Four and the C. & A. tracks, the legs mangled and a contusion on the head showing where the fatal blow had been given. Dooley was evidently alone at the time he was killed. He had been taking great interest in the Halloween festivities which were being planned for the East End, and just before the opening of the "mardi gras," he had taken a walk down on the river front. There, he got in the way of some train. It was uncertain which train struck him, as there were three that had passed between 7 o'clock and the time the engine went by at the time the body was discovered. The possessions of Dooley were found strewn along the track, and it was supposed that a train running east at Henry street struck him. Mr. Dooley's wife died about four months ago. He had no children. He possesses considerable property and had been retired since giving up his place on the police force during the administration of former Mayor J. C. Faulstich....Another man who saw the body shortly after it was found is inclined to believe that the heel of one of his shoes was caught in a frog and he could not extricate it in time to get to safety. This gentleman says the heel of the shoe shows it had been in a tight place. The body will be taken to the Eagles' home on Broadway, and there the services will be held Thursday evening at 8 o'clock, and the body will be sent to St. Louis Friday morning for burial.


DOOLING, CLYDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 2, 1904
Promising Young Pharmacist Apprentice Dies From Pneumonia
Clyde Dooling, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Dooling, died Friday morning from a complication of pneumonia and jaundice at the family home, Ninth and Easton streets, after an illness of ten days. He would have been eighteen years old next March. The death of Clyde Dooling has caused a genuine shock to those who knew him well, and a feeling of profound regret because of the death and sympathy for the bereaved family pervades the entire circle of acquaintanceship of the young man. He was a bright, intelligent lad and his affable manner won for him friends wherever he went. He was an apprentice pharmacist and had worked at Barth's and subsequently at the Wyss pharmacy. He was previously engaged as carrier for St. Louis newspapers and was a very industrious young man. The lad's bright smile and joviality would have lifted the most profound case of blues from any person, and now that death has taken him, his departure has left a sore spot in the hearts of his friends and his family which time will be long in healing. Ten days ago the lad was taken ill and went to bed, since which he was in a dangerous condition at all times. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


DOOLING, EDMOND/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 22, 1883
Mr. Edmond Dooling, late Supervisor of Foster Township, died February 16 at his residence near Fosterburg after a week’s illness of pneumonia, at the age of 57 years. Deceased was a native of this county. He was a man of strict integrity, and had the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He left a widow and several children to mourn his death. The funeral took place from the Cathedral on Sunday, with a large attendance, both of the citizens of Foster Township and of Alton. The remains were buried at the North Alton Cemetery.


DOOLING, EUGENE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 23, 1906
The funeral of Eugene, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dooling, was held yesterday afternoon from St. Patrick's church and was attended by many friends and neighbors of the family. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery.


 DOOLING, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 30, 1904
James Dooling, aged 52, died Sunday noon at his home, 1124 east Fourth street, after an illness of four days with pneumonia. Mr. Dooling leaves beside his wife, six children and three brothers. The brothers are Thomas P., Frank and Robert Dooling, the latter two of Springfield and the former of Alton. Mr. Dooling was born in Madison county and lived in the county all his life. Nearly all his life was spent in Alton. He was an expert glass batch-mixer, and had been employed at the glass works many years. Mr. Dooling was well known and had many friends in Alton who will sympathize with his family in their affliction. The pallbearers were William Jackson, William Hack, Paul Maul, Charles Warner, Phil Kennedy and Frank Kleboldt.


DOPRY, ELIZA/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 30, 1847
Died on last Monday night, Mrs. Eliza, wife of Mr. Robert Dopry of Upper Alton, aged 27; leaving an afflicted husband, one son, and many friends and acquaintnaces to mourn her loss.


DORAN, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1914
Mrs. Mary Doran, aged 75 years, died last night at the home of her brother, Patrick Maguire, on State street, after a long sickness. She was brought to the Maguire home from St. Louis by Mr. and Mrs. Maguire about a year ago, suffering from a sort of paralysis. She has been tenderly cared for since, but was able to get around a little most of the time until February 1, when she was compelled to take to her bed where she remained until death came to her relief. She was born in Ireland, but came to America when a very small child and her life has been spent here and in St. Louis. She is survived by one daughter, who is married and lives in St. Louis. She leaves many nephews and nieces to mourn her demise. The funeral will be held from the Cathedral Saturday morning at 9 o'clock and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


DORAN, UNKNOWN CHILD OF THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 24, 1901
The 4 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Doran of Belle street died Tuesday morning from summer complaint. The funeral took place this morning from the Cathedral to Greenwood cemetery.


DORIN, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 8, 1908
Mrs. Mary Dorin, aged 88 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Rumpell, at 1:20 o'clock Saturday afternoon. She died from the infirmities of old age. Mrs. Dorin came to Alton three years ago to reside with her daughter. She leaves three daughters and two sons. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


DORMAN, NORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1921
Woman Murdered By Husband
With the arrest of Arthur Dorman, 38, a farmhand, and his son, John, 16, at Junction, Illinois, early today, Chief of Police Ray Clark of Granite City announced that the mystery surrounding the murder of the woman whose body was found June 16, buried in a shallow grave in a wheat field near Granite City, had been solved. Dorman and his son were arrested on warrants charging them with murder. Chief Clark said that he had established conclusive proof that the body was that of Mrs. Nora Dorman, 35, wife of Arthur Dorman, and that John Dorman had informed him after two hours of questioning that his father had told him of the murder and had sworn him to secrecy. The body had previously been identified as that of Mrs. Sarah Gilliland, 20, of East St. Louis, and her husband, Thomas I. Gilliland was arrested and accused of her murder. He was released from police headquarters in Granite City last Saturday after his wife had been found alive in Cincinnati. The Dormans formerly lived in Granite City. Mrs. Dorman disappeared on the night of June 8, and her husband confided to friends that he believed she had run away with an admirer. The boy told the story of his mother's murder after repeated questioning by the Granite City Chief. He insisted that his mother had gone to Denver, saying they had received a letter from her. He next admitted he had not seen the letter, but had been told of it by his father. He finally broke down and said he knew nothing of a letter, and said that on the night of June 8 - the night on which the woman disappeared - his father came home and said he had killed the mother and buried her in a wheat field near the levee. "He told me he choked her and hit her on the head with something," the boy told the chief. "Please do not let him know that I have told you." Dorman, on Nov. 14 last, was found at his rooming house in Granite City, suffering from bullet wounds in the shoulder and wrist. He said his wife's brother had shot him, but the woman asserted she had shot her husband. She told the police that he was unreasonably jealous, and had been continually nagging her for the 17 years of their married life.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 26, 1921
Arthur Dorman, held by the police of Granite City, yesterday confessed to Chief of Police Clark that he murdered his wife, Nora, on the night of June 8, after following her, he said, as she went to keep a tryst with her lover, an unnamed chauffeur. Dorman told the chief he became enraged at the sight. He ran at the couple, screaming curses as he approached the spot where the lovers stood. The chauffeur fled at his approach, Dorman said, and he was unable to catch him. Dorman then grabbed his wife, the confession said, and began to beat and choke her. Dorman said he lost his mind for the time being and does not remember what he did to his wife. He realized at the time that she was motionless and he laid her down. He then returned to his rooming house and secured a spade. He returned to the body of his wife and dragged her to the spot where the body was found on June 16 in a shallow grave. Dorman stated that he dug the grave, placed the body in the excavation and then covered it with the loose earth. A part of Dorman's written confession states "Nora was not a real wife to me; she was my wife in name only. When we came to Granite City I secured work at the St. Louis Coke and Chemical Works as a mechanic. I received $33 a week. My boy, John, worked there as a laborer for a time and he was paid $105 a month. His health failed and he quit to take an office job paying $9 a week. Both John and I brought our money home each week and turned it over to Nora. She spent the money faster than we could earn it. I do not know what she did with it. She was always 'broke' and we were forced to live in one little room in a rooming house. I cooked most of my own meals and those of the children, John and the two little girls. Nora was out all the time. I became convinced that she was giving the money to another man and I watched her and found that she had a lover named Frank, who is a chauffeur. Nora was this man's wife in all but name. I supported her and gave her the money, she gave me nothing but worry. She flung my money to the winds." Dorman recently was arrested with his son at Junction, Ill, and the boy, according to police, confessed that his father had told him he - the father - had murdered the woman whose body was found buried. The body had at first been identified as that of a Mrs. Gilliland, who was later found alive in Cincinnati.

[NOTES: Arthur Dorman later repudiated the confession, saying he had made it under duress. He stated that Roy B. Clark, Chief of Police in Venice, and two newspaper men took him to the grave site and threatened to bury him in it unless he confessed the crime.   A trial was held, with Rollie Griffith as Dorman's attorney. Griffith later became the judge of the Granite City Court. Dorman escaped a murder conviction, when the state was unable to prove that the body found was that of Mrs. Nora Dorman. Arthur Dorman finally pled guilty to manslaughter, and was sentenced to one year to life (depending on the parole board) in the penitentiary at Menard. I don't have the date when he was released, but in September 1931, Dorman was arrested as an alleged bandit in an attempted holdup in Globe, Arizona. In 1941, he was listed in violation of parole from the Illinois State Penitentiary. This is all I could find on Arthur Dorman.]


DORNACHER, CATHARINE ELIZABETH (nee MOOGE)/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 27, 1892
Mrs. Catharine Elizabeth Dornacher died Monday evening [Jan. 25] at 5 o'clock at the residence of her son, Jacob, of old age and an attack of la grippe. She was 79 years, 7 months and 8 days old. The funeral took place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of her son. The remains were interred in Woodlawn cemetery. Her husband died on the 12th inst. He was 82 years, 3 months and 7 days old. She was born in Bavaria, Germany, June 17, 1812. Her maiden name was Mooge. She was married August 7, 1836, and came to this country with her husband in 1864, and has been a resident of this city since. Eight children were born, of whom two survive, Jacob of this city, and Catherine Dickmann of St. Louis.


DORNACHER, JACOB SR./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 13, 1892
Jacob Dornacher Sr., an aged and respected citizen, fell a victim to la grippe yesterday. He took ill Friday, and the disease coupled with old age caused his death yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. He was 82 years, 3 months and 7 days old. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock from the residence of his son, with whom he has been living. The remains will be interred in Woodlawn cemetery. He was born in Bavaria, on the Rhine, Germany, October 5, 1809. He was married to Miss Catherine Mooge, August 7, 1836. He was employed for thirty years in a paper mill in the old country. They came to this country in 1864, settling at Edwardsville, where they have been continuous residents since. Eight children were born, of whom two survive, one son and one daughter, Jacob of this city, and Mrs. Catherine Dickmann, of St. Louis. His wife, aged 79 years, also survives. She is suffering from a severe cold and will be unable to attend the funeral.


DORSETT, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 16, 1905
Mrs. Elizabeth Dorsett, aged 92, died at 5 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clark T. Baker on Court street, from senile debility. She had been a resident of Alton and a member of the First Baptist church since she came here from Tennessee 40 years ago. She leaves four sons, John A. Dorsett of Kansas City; Branson Dorsett of Jerseyville; Jabez Dorsett of North Alton; Alfred Dorsett of St. Louis; and one daughter, Mrs. Baker of Alton. The funeral will be held from the First Baptist church, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.


DORSETT, PAULINE [nee MAYFORD]/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 25, 1902
Mrs. Pauline Dorsett, wife of Will Dorsett, died very suddenly Monday night at her home, 312 east Sixth street. At the time she was taken ill she was alone in the house except for the company of the aged grandmother of her husband. At 9 o'clock Mrs. Dorsett was in apparently good health and a short time thereafter she complained of feeling bad. Mrs. Dorsett, the grandmother, summoned the assistance of neighbors but before help could be given she was dead. Dr. Taphorn was called and he gave notice that a coroner's inquest was necessary to determine the cause of the sudden death. Will Dorsett was away from home at the time and did not known of his wife's illness until he returned home and found her dead. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified and he held an inquest this morning, the jury finding a verdict of death from rheumatism of the heart. The maiden name of the dead woman was Mayford, and she belonged to a well known North Alton family.


Benjamin Lawrence DorseyDORSEY, BENJAMIN LAWRENCE/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 26, 1880
From Bethalto – Mr. Benjamin L. Dorsey died at his residence near Dorsey on August 21. He was buried at Bunker Hill on Sunday. The remains of his wife, who died a number of years ago, were taken up from the Locust Grove burying ground on Monday, and re-interred at Bunker Hill.

Benjamin Lawrence Dorsey was born February 28, 1802, in Kentucky. He was the son of Edward and Susannah Dorsey. He was married twice, first to Nancy Booker Dorsey, who died in 1846; and second to Eleanor North Moale Dorsey, who died in 1895. His children were Edward H. Dorsey (1832-1898); Martha Matilda Dorsey Jewett (1834-1893); William B. Dorsey (1835-1897); Albert S. J. Dorsey (1837-1839); Theadore B. Dorsey (1841-1913); and John William Dorsey (1844-1905). His first wife’s remains were re-interred in the Bunker Hill Cemetery, alongside the remains of Benjamin Lawrence Dorsey.


DORSEY, EDWARD JOHNSA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1873
Mr. E. J. Dorsey, a prominent citizen of Bethalto, and one of the old residents of the county, died on Saturday night last, and was buried on Monday. The deceased was father-in-law of Dr. White of Alton.

Edward Dorsey was born in 1816, and was the son of Nimrod and Matilda Dorsey. He died March 15, 1873, and is buried in the Moro Cemetery in Madison County. His first wife was Ann Marie Hoxey, who died in 1850; and his second wife was Anna C. McFarland Cromie, who died in 1895. He was brother to Samuel Lawrence Dorsey, Susan Sarah Dorsey, Nimrod Mortimer Dorsey, and Caroline Virginia Dorsey. He had eight children.


DORSEY, ELIZA A./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 26, 1842
Died, on Sunday last, at the residence of her father-in-law, in this city, Mrs. Eliza A. Dorsey, wife of Samuel L. Dorsey, in the 25th year of her age. Universally esteemed and beloved by all who knew her, the bereavement afflicted not only upon her husband and motherless children, but upon the entire circle of her acquaintance, by her sudden departure from among us, is of the most pugnant nature. She endured her sufferings without a murmur, and yielded up her spirit in full faith of the Roman Catholic Religion, of which she was a devoted member.


DORSEY, HENRY SHREVE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1921
The death of H. S. Dorsey, president of the Alton Parks Commission, Sunday night, was a great surprise to his many friends who had been believing that he was improving and that he had a chance of recovery. The end came Sunday night at 11 o'clock at his home, 1106 State Street, where he had been sick for eight days. He had returned home a little more than a week before from a hunting trip up the Illinois river. He was passionately fond of hunting and fishing, and at every opportunity when there was any chance for game, he would go for an outing and would come back with enough to merit for him the title of one of the most successful sportsmen. The last trip up river proved a little too much for him and he was quite ill when he arrived home. His companion on the trip was H. M. Schweppe, the two men being close friends and constant partners when it came to outings of the kind they had just enjoyed. The latter part of last week it was believed that he was getting better, but on Saturday he seemed worse again, but on Sunday there was more hope of improvement until late in the afternoon when he began sinking fast. The death of Mr. Dorsey removes from civic life of Alton a man who was deeply interested in his home town. He had served with the greatest of efficiency of the park board and devoted his time freely to looking after the interest of the parks. In this work he was associated with his good friend, H. M. Schweppe, who has served on the park board for many years, and it was he who interested Mr. Dorsey in taking up the work over four years ago and to accept the post of chairman. Socially, Mr. Dorsey was in great demand. He had a large number of friends in Alton as well as elsewhere he had made his home, and by a large number of his fellow townsmen he will be greatly missed. Henry Shreve Dorsey was the son of Benjamin L. and Amelia C. Dorsey. He was born on a farm near Gillespie, Ill., on July 19th, 1844; and was raised on the farm. He was educated at an Academy in Louisville, Ky., and at the University of Missouri. Mr. Dorsey was a member of the Elks lodge. Mr. Dorsey twice married, first to Miss Harriet Shirley of Staunton, Ill., on May 25th, 1869. Three children survive him from this marriage. They are H. S. Dorsey Jr., and Mrs. J. R. Caudrey of Independence, Kas., and Mrs. Austin Welch of Taxarkana, Ark. Mrs. Dorsey died on October 31st, 1900. Mr. Dorsey has two brothers and two sisters who also survive him - E. M. Dorsey of Alton, George B. Dorsey of Columbus, Mo., Mrs. F. W. Edwards and Miss Amelia Dorsey of Nashville, Ill. On Dec. 25th, 1904, Mr. Dorsey was married to Miss Edith Whitenack of Terre Haute, Ind., who also survives him. In the early days of his manhood, Mr. Dorsey was a farmer; but later he became associated with his brothers in the sale of a large tract of coal land in the vicinity of Gillespie, where the town of Benld now stands. He was also associated with his brothers in a large lumber tract at Texarkana, Ark. Mr. Dorsey was a communicant of the Episcopal Church and a member of St. Paul's Parish, Alton. For over forty years he was a vestryman in the Episcopal Church serving at St. John's Gillespie and at St. Paul's, Alton. He was a member of the Elks lodge. The funeral will be held tomorrow. At 8 a.m. a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated in St. Pauls Episcopal Church by the Rector, the Rev. F. D. Butler. The public funeral - the Burial Office of the Episcopal - will be held in St. Paul's Church at 11 a.m. tomorrow, the Rev. Frederick D. Butler, officiating. The interment will be held in the cemetery at Gillespie, Ill., and will be conducted by Mr. Dorsey's rector, Rev. F. D. Butler. The funeral party will motor to Gillespie following the service tomorrow morning. It is expected that the party will arrive in time to have the burial in Gillespie at 2 p.m. Members of the family request that there be no flowers at the funeral.


DORSEY, LETICIA (nee SMITH)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 13, 1871
The funeral of Mrs. Samuel L. Dorsey took place on Sunday, at the family residence near Moro.


DORSEY, LETTICIA/Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, January 13, 1876
Died on January 6 at 11 o’clock p.m. near Moro, Mrs. Letticia, wife of Mr. Samuel L. Dorsey


DORSEY, MATILDA L./Source: Alton Telegraph, January 27, 1881
From Moro – Mrs. Matilda L. Dorsey, an aged and highly respected lady, died on January 15, at the residence of her son, Samuel L. Dorsey. She was in her eighty-seventh year. The funeral was largely attended, and the bereaved family have the sympathy of their many friends.


DORSEY, NIMROD/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 31, 1849
Died on Saturday evening last at his residence in Dorsey’s Prairie, Madison County, after a short but severe illness, Nimrod Dorsey, Esq., in the 61st year of his age. The deceased removed from Jefferson County, Kentucky to this vicinity in the Spring of 1834(?), and was justly esteemed one of our most worthy and estimable citizens. He has left a much-afflicted widow, four children, several grandchildren, and a large circle of relations and friends to deplore his loss.


DORSEY, NIMROD MORTIMER/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 17, 1852
Died in Dorsey’s Prairie on the morning of the 8th inst., Mr. N. M. Dorsey, aged about 33 years. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.

Nimrod Mortimer Dorsey was born February 21, 1821. He was the son of Nimrod (1789-1849) and Matilda Lawrence (1794-1880) Dorsey. His married Julia A. West on September 12, 1843, and they had at least one son – Adam Blair Dorsey (1849-1937). Nimrod’s siblings were: Samuel Lawrence Dorsey, Edward Johnsa Dorsey, Susan Sarah Dorsey Hundley, and Caroline Virginia Dorsey. Nimrod is buried in the Moro Cemetery.


DORSEY, SAMUEL LAWRENCE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, September 13, 1893
Samuel L Dorsey, who for three score years had been a resident and for many years one of the most prominent farmers of Moro Township, died Wednesday evening last at 7:30 o'clock. He was upwards of 70 years of age.

The funeral, which took place Sunday morning at Moro, was the largest that has been witnessed there. It was a just tribute of respect to one who early in the thirties started out in search of a new home, and who made his way from poverty to comparative affluence, and died holding the esteem of all who knew him. He had lived on the farm where he died in Moro Township for sixty years. He was ambitious to succeed in the pursuits of his choice, and was in intercourse with his fellow men guided by a noble, generous nature. He was more than ordinarily benevolent, and in his journey through life gladdened many of the world's helpless and needy by friendly offerings and words of cheer.

Although his education was limited to the district school of his early days by close application to his business and an extended acquaintance with the ways of the world, he was well posted on affairs. In every sphere of life men are to be found who deserve to be distinguished because they force themselves by perseverance and industry into a position which bespeaks the respect of the community in which they dwell. It is a duty we owe to the youth of our country to place before them the lives of those who, by their own energies, have acquired honorable positions. In order that, encouraged by their example, they too may become useful citizens. The life of Mr. Dorsey serves well this purpose.

Samuel Lawrence Dorsey was the oldest of ten children who were born to Nimrod and Matilda Dorsey who came from Kentucky in 1834 and located in this county, where until their death they resided, with the exception of the time that he was warden of the Alton penitentiary. Nimrod Dorsey died Aug 19, 1849; his wife, Matilda, died Jan 15, 1881. Samuel L Dorsey was married to Eliza Ann Snowden, Jan 18, 1836. They built a cabin on the farm, and in the fine large house in which he breathed his last, the sills of this old cabin of sixty years ago are still in service, undisturbed from the place where they were first used. Mrs. Dorsey died March 20, 1842. Of that union Frank C. Dorsey is the only survivor. He was again married March 8, 1846 to Letitia Smith, and of their five children, but two, Smith and Leon are living. Her death occurred Jan 5, 1871. Later, he was married to Maggie A. Smith, and she, with two sons, Harvey and Clarence, survive him.

In speaking of Mr. Dorsey personally, it is but just to say that he had one of those strong vigorous minds, the product of the pioneer blood of this country. He was a member of the Moro Presbyterian Church for many years and had long been a ruling elder. Before his death he made arrangements for his funeral in detail. Thus, has passed away a man who generous acts had made him widely known and the memory of whose many sterling qualities had endeared him to an unusually large circle of friends and acquaintances in the section where for over a half century his life had been spent.


DOUGHERTY, AGNES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 12, 1918
Miss Agnes Dougherty, daughter of Patrick Dougherty, a prominent farmer of Kemper, Ill., died yesterday afternoon at 3:35 o'clock at St. Joseph's Hospital from pneumonia. Miss Dougherty was one of the trained nurses at St. Joseph's and had been engaged in general nursing. On November 1 she contracted a cold which forced her to take to her bed a few days later. Pneumonia developed a short time before she passed away. Her father was with her at the end. Besides her father, Miss Dougherty, who was 21 years of age, leaves a sister, who is Sister Eleanor, a nun, teaching at Jerseyville, and three sisters at home, Misses Julia, Mary and Loretta. The body will be taken to Jerseyville and buried beside her mother. If the quarantine regulations permit funeral services, they will be held at St. Francis Xavier's Church.


DOUGHERTY, CHARLES/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 19, 1883
Mr. Charles Dougherty, a native of Ireland, for more than 30 years a resident of Alton, died at St. Joseph Hospital last Thursday, after a few days’ illness, at the age of about 70 years. Deceased had been connected with the Chicago & Alton Railway in various capacities ever since the road was finished, and for several years previous to his last illness, served faithfully as watchman at the Second Street crossing in Alton. He leaves no immediate relatives, as we are informed, in this place.


DOUGHERTY, JAMES/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 10, 1848
Died at his residence in Alton on Wednesday, the 8th inst., James Dougherty, aged 62(?) years. The friends of the deceased are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be from his late residence on Second Street, this day, at 2 o’clock p.m.


DOUGHERTY, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 12, 1905
Louis Dougherty, aged 27, died Wednesday evening at the home of his mother, 1318 east Third street, after an illness of over nine months from consumption. He was a glassblower by trade. He was a son of the late Robert Dougherty of Alton. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the family residence.


DOUGHERTY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1904
The funeral of the old soldier, William Dougherty, took place from the home on East Third street, Sunday afternoon, and services were conducted by Rev. S. D. McKinney of the Cherry street Baptist church. Many friends, including G. A. R. and W. R. C. members attended the obsequies.


DOUGHTY, AARON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 1, 1908
The members of the Alton tinners union, the carpenters union and others have decided to offer a reward of $50 for the recovery of the body of Aaron Doughty, the Alton tinner whose clothing was found on the river bank in St. Louis several days ago, and whose remains are supposed to be in the Mississippi river. It was said by a carpenter this afternoon that all of the unions had contributed to the reward fund of $50.


DOUGHTY, ALVENA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 2, 1907
Mrs. Alvena Doughty, wife of Aaron Doughty, died Thursday evening at 8 o'clock at the family home, 809 Union street, after a long illness. She was 43 years of age and beside her husband leaves five children: Misses Florence, Mamie and Harriet, and Julius and George Doughty. She leaves also three sisters and two brothers living in Carlinville. Mrs. Doughty was a member of the ladies aid society of the German Evangelical church. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the German Evangelical church and burial will be in City cemetery.


DOUGLAS, ARCH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 5, 1921
Arch Douglas dropped dead this morning at his home in Hillsboro, according to word received by friends in Alton. Douglas died in his drug store, a victim of apoplexy. Douglas was a prominent business man of Hillsboro, and was greatly interested in civic, church and social life of the place. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors. About twenty years ago, Douglas graduated from the Western Military Academy in this city, and came to Alton last June and presented his son with a diploma. The son spent four years at the Academy. On commencement day, the senior Douglas sat upon the platform with other honored visitors. With friends, Douglas has frequently visited in Alton and was well known.


DOUGLAS, JAMES/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 11, 1866
Died at Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, on the 12th of April, 1866, James Douglas, of Alton, Illinois; aged 68 years. The above will be painful intelligence to many of our citizens, as Mr. Douglas has been a resident of Alton for the last ten years, and only a short time since had left for a visit to the land of his nativity, with a view of recruiting his health, which had been feeble for some months previous. The news of his death reached his daughters this morning. He was a consistent Christian, a kind and devoted father, a warm-hearted and faithful friend, and his memory will long be cherished, not only by his children, but by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


DOUGLAS, JULIA ANN (nee SMITH)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1922
Mrs. Julia Ann Douglas, 54, wife of R. E. Douglas, died Wednesday afternoon at 2:40 o'clock at the family home on Smith Avenue in East Alton, following an illness of several months, from uremic poisoning. Mrs. Douglas had been up and around until a week ago, when she was confined to her bed. The deceased was born on September 10, 1867, at Wanda, Ill. On September 11, 1895, she was united in marriage to Ralph E. Douglas at St. Louis, Mo. The Douglas family have resided in East Alton for the past twenty five years. For a number of years she has been an active member of the Baptist Church. She was the daughter of Upton Smith, a life long resident of Madison County. Those left to mourn her death are her husband, Ralph E., one daughter, Jennie, 15 years old, two sisters, Mrs. John VanPreter of East Alton, and Mrs. Frank Lowe of Upper Alton, two brothers, Frank Smith of Roxana, and C. Smith of Wood River, besides many other relatives and friends. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at one o'clock prompt, from the Baptist Church, with Rev. William McIntosh officiating. The body will be taken to the family cemetery in Wanda for burial.


DOUTHIT, SUSAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 2, 1851
Died on the 24th ult., Mrs. Susan Douthit, wife of Mr. John Douthit of Upper Alton.


DOW, BESSIE ANNA/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 24, 1884
Mr. and Mrs. John Dow were sadly afflicted Tuesday by the death of their infant child, Bessie Anna, at the age of 4 months and 22 days. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, at the family residence, corner of Eleventh and Easton Streets.


DOW, BETSEY NEAL/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 26, 1839
Died, in Upper Alton, July 18, Mrs. Betsey Neal Dow, wife of Mr. Alfred Dow, formerly of Portland, Maine, aged 31. By this dispensation, Mr. Dow has been bereft of an affectionate wife and three young children have lost a fond mother, at a period when they most required her care. A large circle of friends and relatives whom she left but a few months since at the East, will mourn her early fate in this land of strangers. It will, however, be gratifying for them to hear that during her short sickness she received the best of medical attendance, and the kind attentions not only of a husband and brother, but of many friends, whose esteem, by her mild virtues, she had secured during her short acquaintance here, and who now deeply sympathize with her afflicted relatives in their loss, which was unquestionably her gain. "That life is long, which answers life's great end."


DOW, CAROLINE S./Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, November 30, 1893
At 9:20 p.m., Monday [November 27], Mrs. Caroline S. Dow, widow of the late Alfred Dow, died at her home, No. 704 Franklin street, aged 84 years. The immediate cause of her death was a severe fall Saturday morning by which the femur or thigh bone was fractured. She has been quite feeble, however, for some time. Deceased was an estimable lady who has resided for many years in Alton. The funeral took place at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home on Franklin street. Services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Backus, appropriate to the occasion. Friends of the family gathered at the home and followed to Upper Alton cemetery, where the interment took place. The pallbearers were Messrs. George R. Hewitt, A. R. McKinney, E. Marsh, Arthur Kellenberger, T. A. Taylor and E. P. Wade.


DOW, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 29, 1921
Pioneer Alton Merchant Dies at Kansas City
Word was received here this morning of the death Tuesday evening in Kansas City, Mo., of John Dow, who thirty years ago was one of the leading business men of Alton, and was one of the pioneers of unique advertising features here. Mr. Dow was 77 years old, and in the early days of Alton conducted a clothing store at the northeast corner of Third and Piasa streets. He inaugurated in the city the use of special sales, adopting unusual advertising methods for them, and followed many ideas in merchandising which at that time were rare but have since come into general usage. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the same regiment with the late Edmond Beall. Twenty-six years ago Mr. Dow closed his business here and removed to Kansas City, where he entered the commission business. For the past two years he has been in poor health, and his condition has been increasing worse since he was struck by an automobile March 3. Relatives here believe his death was hastened by the accident. Mr. Dow is survived by his widow, Mrs. Francis Wissore Dow; two sons, John Dow of San Francisco and William Dow of Kansas City; and three daughters, Mrs. Emma Goldsby and Mrs. Fanny Goins and Miss Sadie Dow, all of whom live in Kansas City; and a sister, Mrs. Fannie Cowling of Alton. The funeral will be held in Kansas City on Thursday.


DOWNES, ALICE/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 23, 1880
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Downes will receive the sympathies of their friends and acquaintances on account of the death of their infant daughter, Alice, which occurred a little before 7 o’clock Thursday evening (September 16), the child being exactly one year old.


DOWNES, CATHARINE/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 21, 1871
Died on April 15 of heart disease, Mrs. Catharine Downes, wife of Thomas Downes of Alton.


DOWNES, EDMUND P./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 25, 1878
Died in Alton, July 24, at 5 o’clock a.m., Edmund P., son of Patrick and Bridget Downes, aged 8 months.


DOWNES, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 5, 1904
Young Man Hangs Himself, Grieves Over Father's Death
Edward Downes, aged 24, son of the late Thomas Downes, committed suicide by hanging himself in a cow barn at the home place, east of Upper Alton, Sunday noon, because of despondency over the death of his father. Since the father dropped dead from heart disease one month ago, the boy had been acting strangely. Sunday noon he left the home after dinner, and ten minutes later his body was found suspended by a rope from overhead rafters in the barn. The young man was quite dead then, and all efforts to resuscitate him were useless. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest Monday and a verdict of death by suicide while despondent was found. The young man was the second son of his parents, and was the favorite of the father. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


DOWNES, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 20, 1916
Mrs. Mary Downes, aged 78, for many years a resident of Alton, died at the home of her brother-in-law, Patrick Downes, yesterday morning after a lingering illness. Mrs. Downes had been ailing for a number of years and her death has been expected for some time. She was the widow of Thomas Downes, who died in Alton over 30 years ago. For many years Mrs. Downes has been making her home with her brother-in-law, Patrick Downes, at Fifth and Belle streets. She has lived in Alton a great many years and had a large circle of friends here. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral to the Greenwood Cemetery.


DOWNES, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1904
Thomas Downes, one of the oldest and best known residents of Wood River Township, died last night at 10 o'clock at his home, just beyond the "Q" station east of town, about 9 o'clock last evening. Mr. Downes was seized with an attack of heart failure, and his sons hurried to Upper Alton for medical aid but he died shortly after the arrival of the physician. Mr. Downs had been in good health up to the time his heart failed him. He was born in Ireland, but the date of his birth was not known by him. He came to America 44 years ago and has lived in this vicinity ever since. He leaves his widow, three sons and one daughter. Mr. Downes was supposed to be nearly 80 years old. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The body will be taken to St. Patrick's church where services will be held.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 29, 1904
Over a year ago Thomas Downes, a well known farmer living near Upper Alton, dropped dead at his place. A short time thereafter his son and namesake [see Edward Downes] committed suicide after long brooding over the death of his father. The young man was said to be the favorite of his father, and he mourned so over his father's death that his mind became dethroned and he killed himself. Now, a second son of the family has been afflicted similarly and is confined in St. Joseph's hospital temporarily, where he will be kept for a few days until the physicians can observe him and determine whether or not there is any hope. It is believed that the second son's insanity is due to the series of misfortunes which befell the family and which have proved to be more than his mind can bear.


DOWNEY, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 6, 1921
Two Men Killed in Ice Plant by Electric Shock
George Downey, aged 55, and Gilbert McMoigle, aged 19, were found lying dead together in the refrigerating room at the plant of the Sulivan Coal Co., at Wood River yesterday morning. Marcus Paddock, a milk man, who had gone to the ice plant early in the morning for some ice to chill his milk, failing to arouse anyone, looked into the building and saw the two men lying between a pile of ice and the dumping machine. Realizing that they must be dead, as the air was filled with the odor of ammonia, he went for help and called out Percy Rice, who made an investigation. Mr. Rice, covering his face with cloth, rushed into the building and dragged both of the men out, little thinking of the danger he was going into as the electric wire which had caused the death of the two men was still lying on the floor. It is supposed that the current, 200 volts, carried on the line which caused the death of the two men, was made fatal to them by the fact that the men were standing in a wet place on the floor, which made a perfect ground. From the appearance of the two bodies, McMonigle must have been caught first and Downey went to his assistance. McMonigle was removing cakes of ice from the cans and had carried an extension cord from the office to the dumping plant where he was at work. The cord he had laid over some ice and over the iron cans of the dumping machine and the water soaking through doubtless started the deadly work of the current. McMonigle was badly burned. It appeared that Downey, going to help him, had received the fatal current himself and died. He was found lying at the feet of the younger man. Manager Rice said that the accident must have occurred between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., and it was fully four hours before the men were found dead. They go to work at 11 o'clock and eat lunch at 1 o'clock and their lunches had not been touched. The current had burned out the socket and the lamp and the wire had been burned in two and was lying on the floor. Manager Rice found the ice plant machinery idle when he arrived. The men in charge of the plant being dead it took only a short time for the machinery to stop. Considerable ammonia escaped before the safety appliance operated and checked the flow. Mr. Downey lived with his family at 1224 East Broadway. McMongile lived across the street from the place where he was killed. Manager Rice was inclined to believe that a bolt of lightning had caused the death of the two men, but that was no indication of lightning in the place. It is said that where there is perfect connection such as would be formed by a man being in water, as these were, a low voltage, such as that on the deadly wires, would prove fatal.


DOWRY, P. J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 26, 1904
P. J. Dowry, aged 80, who had for years made his living by peddling peanuts and fruit around Union station, was found dead Saturday morning in his home on Ninth street, between Piasa and Belle streets. The old man had been in poor health for some time, and on Wednesday night was sent to his home very ill. He lived alone, and no one was with him when he died. Someone visited his place Saturday morning and found the old man sitting up, dead. Deputy Coroner Bauer was notified and took charge of the body. Dowry leaves no relatives so far as is known.


DOYLE, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1915
Mrs. Catherine Doyle, aged 76, died Friday evening at 6 o'clock at her home, 623 East Sixth street, after an illness of three months from dropsy. Mrs. Doyle's death occurred less than twelve hours before the death of the child of a tenant in a house she owned, near to her own place of residence. Mrs. Doyle had been a resident of Alton for nearly sixty years. She leaves three children, John, Walter and Miss Mamie Doyle. The funeral will be Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Patrick's Church.


DOYLE, HANNAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 15, 1910
One of the oldest residents of Alton was claimed by death last night, in the person of Mrs. Hannah Doyle, widow of the late John Doyle, a well known carpenter-contractor. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John McGuan, on Belle street, after an illness of eight weeks. Mrs. Doyle was born in Ireland and came to Alton about fifty years ago. She was married shortly afterwards to John Doyle, who died several years ago. She was a kindly disposed, charitable woman, and many good deeds doing for those in need without esten___tion, are placed to her credit. She was a good mother, wife and neighbor, and the sincere sympathy of all who knew her will go out to those left behind. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Hannah Garde of St. Louis; Mrs. John McGuan of Alton; and Mrs. Thomas J. King of Cincinnatti, Ohio. One son, Thomas, also of Alton, survives. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Cathedral.


DOYLE, JAMES/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 22, 1851
Killed While Excavating for Train Depot
An Irishman named James Doyle, who was one of a party of men engaged in excavating dirt near the railroad depot, was instantly killed on Tuesday morning, in consequence of a large mass of earth falling suddenly upon and crushing him. He leaves no family.


DOYLE, JAMES/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, July 22, 1853
The person put off from the Ben West (steamboat), who had been wounded in an affray on board, mentioned in yesterday's paper, died at the Franklin House yesterday morning. His name is James Doyle, and lived in Galena where his wife and children now are. He was watchman on the Ben West, aged about 35 years. It was reported that the murderer jumped overboard, and has not yet been arrested. The wounded man lay in great pain for several hours before his death; toward the last, he was more easy, and "shuffled off this mortal coil" almost unconsciously. The deceased has formerly worked on the steamer Columbus under Capt. Post, and was then considered an orderly and sober hand. He was buried yesterday with proper respect.


DOYLE, MARY H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 12, 1909
Mrs. Mary H. Doyle, aged 80, died Sunday morning at her home, 1017 Main street, from old age. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


DOYLE, PHILIP/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1915
Philip Doyle, aged 24, died Monday evening at St. Joseph's hospital from burns he sustained three weeks ago Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Crowe in Alton. The young man was engaged in reading, using an oil lamp for illuminating purposes. Becoming sleepy, he leaned forward with his head in his arms on the table, and sometime near 2 o'clock in the morning he must have overturned the oil lamp. He was aroused from his sleep by the burning of his clothes and flesh by the oil from the overturned lamp. He was horribly burned about the upper part of the body and on his arms, and the flesh was burned clear to the bone in places, the attending physicians found. The young man lingered between life and death with apparent chance of recovery, when the last of last week some very bad complications began to develop. It became apparent that he was so badly injured it would be impossible to do anything to save him. As a last resort on Sunday a surgical operation was performed to protect some arteries which had been exposed by the falling away of burned flesh. Hemorrhages and other complications took place and his death occurred late Monday afternoon. His mother, who had come from Grafton, was with him much of the time he was in the hospital. Doyle was working at the Wood River refinery and was boarding in Alton with his sister. The body was taken from the hospital to the Crowe's home on East Third street, and tomorrow morning will be shipped to Grafton for burial.....Mr. Doyle was a member of a large family and is survived by his aged mother, three brothers - John, Frank and William; and six sisters - Mrs. William Brower; Mrs. John Gavin; Mrs. Lizzie Schlemn; Mrs. T. Reed; Mrs. Harry Schaffer; and Mrs. John Crowe. All members of the family reside in Grafton, with the exception of Mrs. Crowe, at whose house the fatal accident occurred. Funeral will be held Thursday.


DOYLE, ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1917
Robert Doyle, member of the machinists' local union, was found dead in an old shack near the foot of Alby street on the river front, about 11 o'clock Tuesday night. Four men found Doyle in an unconscious condition, and they believed him to be very drunk, about 12 hours earlier, and they had dragged him into the shack, which was an abandoned place, and left him. That was all they knew about him, they told the police. They returned there about 11 o'clock Tuesday night and they found the man dead. They reported the fact to the police, and the body was taken in charge by the deputy coroner, W. H. Bauer. At police headquarters the statement was made that recently Doyle was arrested, and had on his person a very small pistol, which could hardly be classed as a weapon at all. He was very drunk when arrested, and it was said by police that he had been drunk for a long time. He had been working at the Western Cartridge Co. plant. The finding of the body was made by Charles Johnson, Frank Craddock, Ed Williams, and Luke Dempsey. Doyle has lived at Alton for the past few years, but little is known of him. At the Dick home where he has been staying for the past year, very little was known of his family. There it was stated that he never referred to the members of his family, although they were inclined to believe that he had relatives in Los Angeles, Cal. Doyle has always been a hard drinking man. He would go off some times for several days and would not return to his rooming house. He was last seen alive in his rooming house on last Friday afternoon. He had been drinking heavily and returned to his home to rest. When he disappeared on Friday evening, no attention was paid to it as this was his custom. Deputy Coroner William Bauer made a complete search of his belongings this morning in an effort to locate some clue to his relatives, but found none. Doyle has been employed as a machinist at the Western Cartridge Co. for some time. He has a bonus amounting to $22 coming to him from that plant, but outside of that he has no property. No arrangements have been made for the funeral.


DOYLE, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1908
Old Soldier Dies
Thomas Doyle, an old soldier and former resident of Alton, died at the Soldier's Home at Quincy last night. He had a daughter in Alton, a Mrs. Mary Ferguson of Bond street, who died some time ago.


DOYLE, UNKNOWN (WIFE OF JAMES M. DOYLE)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 14, 1920
The body of Mrs. James M. Doyle arrived from St. Louis this morning, attended by a very large company of old friends and relatives. The funeral party went direct to SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, where another large number of old friends had assembled. Mrs. Doyle was a former resident of Alton and was well known and well liked by those who knew her. The number who attended the service was a striking testimonial to the esteem in which she was held. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.


DRAKE, UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 19, 1837
A teamster named Drake, in the employment of N. Buckmaster, Esq., was almost instantaneously killed near the Market house in this place [Alton], on the evening of the 11th inst. He was engaged in driving a load of sand, and while endeavoring to get on his cart, in front of the wheels, he stumbled backwards, and being run over, survived only a few moments. The deceased was a single man, and is said to have been in liquor at the time of the accident.


DRAPER, ALBERT/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 16, 1883
From Upper Alton - Mr. Albert Draper, one of our oldest citizens, and a man known and respected by the entire community, was stricken down about seven o’clock Tuesday evening with an apoplectic stroke. After a brief period of consciousness, he sank rapidly till a little over an hour from the time he received the stroke when he passed quietly away.

Mr. Draper was a native of Vermont, where he was born in 1807. He had been a resident of Upper Alton for twenty years, coming here from Indiana. During his residence here, he has been a prominent member of the Baptist Church. He leaves a widow and six children, one son in Leroy, Missouri, one in Nebraska, one in Arkansas, one in Colorado, and two daughters in Arkansas.


DRAPER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 23, 1852
Died on the 14th inst., at the residence of William West near Alhambra, Elizabeth, consort of John Draper.


DRAPER, GRACE/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 5, 1878
Died in Upper Alton, November 27, 1878, Grace, infant daughter of H. F. and Sarah B. Draper; aged two weeks and two days.


DRAPER, HERBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 18, 1916
Boy Drowns at Alton Bridge Approach
Herbert Draper, son of H. C. Draper of 1213 Cherry alley, was drowned this afternoon shortly before 3 o'clock at the Alton bridge approach. The boy was swimming with a party of companions when he sank and did not come up again. The father was summoned and he started to work at once making a search for the boy's body. The age of the drowned boy was 9. The boy was in the water with Ray and Jesse Sanders and could not swim. The body was recovered within three quarters of an hour after the drowning occurred. [August 21, 1916 - Burial was in City Cemetery]


DRAPER, RUTH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 12, 1916
Ruth Draper, 17 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Draper of 1213 East Third street, died at the St. Joseph's Hospital at 1:30 o'clock this morning from the effects of an operation which she underwent yesterday. The operation was performed yesterday morning and was of a serious nature. It was believed yesterday afternoon that she was greatly improved. Last night her condition became worse. Miss Draper had a large number of friends who will be grieved to hear of her death. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon from the home on East Third street to the City Cemetery. The services will be conducted at the home by Rev. D. C. Blunt.


DREISOERNER, CONRAD B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1908
Ex-Deputy Sheriff Conrad Dreisoerner died this morning at 2 o'clock at his home on Garden street, Upper Alton, from consumption, with which he had suffered for several years. The fight of Mr. Dreisoerner against tuberculosis is an interesting story. Five years ago he sold out his property on Alby street in Alton, and moved to Upper Alton, in the hope that the higher altitude might benefit his health. This, it is believed, probably had something to do with prolonging his life, members of the family say, but could not stop the dreadful ravages of the disease. His mother, a sister, and four brothers all died of the disease, the last brother, Joseph Dreisoerner, dying ten years ago in Colorado. Mr. Dreisoerner was born in Aurora fifty-three years ago, and had mostly resided in Alton. Twenty-nine years ago he married Miss Tillie Butz, who survives him. He leaves also a son, Henry Dreisoerner, who is now on of the Alton furniture firm of Sutler and Dreisoerner, on Third street. Mr. Dreisoerner was deputy sheriff for four years under Sheriff Holz of Edwardsville, which office he filled to the perfect satisfaction of everyone. He ran once afterward for sheriff of Madison county in 1902, but was defeated. He has at different times engaged in various business enterprises. Before his marriage hr ran a saw mill, and afterwards entered the wholesale liquor business and the furniture business, retiring since moving to Upper Alton. The funeral will be held Monday morning from St. Mary's church in Alton and the burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


DREISOERNER, HENRY F. JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 22, 1920
Henry F. Dreisoerner Jr., seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dreisoerner of 1020 Diamond Street, died this morning at seven o'clock at the family home after a short illness with scarlet fever. Besides his father and mother, the little one is survived by a small sister. Burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery.


DRESSLER, HENRY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1911
Henry J. Dressler, reputed to be wealthy, and for many years a well known Alton business man, was found dead in bed Tuesday night in the building where he made his home, and which he recently sold to B. B. Stakemiller, on Second between State and William streets. Dressler's case was brought to the attention of the police some time ago. He was then suffering in his home, weak and unattended, and although he had a good-sized bank balance and some valuable real estate, he was without necessities of life. He seemed to resent any interference with his condition, and it was only after considerable persuasion he was prevailed upon to accept the services of an attendant who carried his meals to him. He was afterward taken care of well. Daisy Langford, who was looking after him, went to his room to carry his meals to him as usual, and found the old man dead in bed. He had been around his quarters the day before, and his sudden death was a surprise. Mr. Dressler's nephew, J. H. Dressler, came in from Melville this morning to take charge of the body of his uncle. He is the only relation Mr. Dressler had, he says, and is the only heir to Mr. Dressler's property, which is estimated by men who know to be worth about $12,000. Mr. Dresler was 78 years of age. He was born in Schleswig, Holstein, Germany and he came to Alton in 1853. He was engaged in the feed business for many years and was always regarded as eccentric, although a mild mannered man. He lived alone most of the time and had few intimates. He slept in a little room in the building he had owned, and until he was helpless he had no attendants. Coroner Streeper held an inquest this morning, and a verdict of death from general debility was found. [Note: burial was in Melville Cemetery]


DRESSLER, THERESA (nee ROTSCH)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 14, 1922
Mrs. Theresa Dressler, widow of J. H. Dressler, died last night at 10:30 o'clock at her home on the Grafton road [Melville]. The death of Mrs. Dressler followed a long period of illness from complication of diseases. She had lived in the home where she died for fifty years, and she was one of the best known residents in that part of Madison County. She was in her eighty-fifth year. Mrs. Dressler was born in Brandenberg, Germany, February 1, 1838. She came to this country when seven years old, and when she was twelve years old she moved to Madison County where she spent the rest of her life. Her maiden name was Rotsch. Mrs. Dressler's husband died nineteen years ago and since then she has lived with her son, John Dressler. She leaves beside her son, two grandchildren. Mrs. Dressler was a member of the Evangelical Church in Alton. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be in the Melville Church, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier officiating. [Editor's note: See obit of Henry J. Dressler above, who is the father-in-law of Mrs. Theresa Dressler. Theresa Dressler's husband couldn't have died nineteen years ago, as he was still alive in 1911.]


DREW, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 24, 1905
The funeral of Edward Drew was held this morning from the First Baptist church, where services were conducted by the Rev. M. W. Twing. Burial was in City Cemetery.


DREW, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1906
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Drew, widow of the late Edward Drew, was held this afternoon from the home at Second and State streets, where services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. Twing of the First Baptist church. Burial was in City Cemetery.


DREW, ZELDA FAY or MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 20, 1913
Child Fatally Injured by Milk Wagon
Zelda Drew, aged 6 years was believed to be fatally injured this afternoon by being run over by a milk wagon on Salu street in Upper Alton. She was rushed to the hospital this afternoon in a bad condition, where it was believed she could not live. Several surgeons were working with the child on the operating table this afternoon, in the hope of relieving the crushed skull caused by the stepping of the horse's hoof on the child's head. According to members of the family of Presley Simmons, an Upper Alton street car conductor where the child was staying, the Drew child asked permission to go out into the street and play with two other children. They had been gone but a few minutes when the child's playmates were heard to scream, and as members of the family rushed out they saw the child lying in a bleeding and mangled condition in the street, with a milk wagon rattling down the street. The doors of the wagon were tightly closed, and it is very probable that the driver of the wagon did not know of the accident. The child's parents live in Decatur, Ill., and sent her here on a few days visit. Word was sent to them this afternoon to come to Alton.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 22, 1913
Five Year Old Girl Dies Following 32 Day Fight for Life - Run Over by Team of Horses
Miss Zelda Fay Drew, aged five, died at the St. Joseph's hospital at noon today after a fight of thirty-two days for her life. The little tot had the strongest constitution for a child of her age that the attendants at the hospital had ever saw. She was injured on November 20 while playing in the street in Upper Alton. A team of farm horses ran over her body, and one of the horses stepped on her head, cutting it badly in two places. The doctors said that she could live but a few hours, but she surprised them and rallied. Many times during the past month has her condition been such that it was thought she would live only a few hours longer, but each time she rallied. Her fever often registered 107 during the day, and her head was packed in ice continually. It was necessary for a nurse to hold a portion of the skull in place while the doctors dressed the wound every morning to keep her brain from flowing out. Through it all, the little girl fought hard for her life. She always had a smile for the nurses and the doctor, and for a time it was thought that this might carry her through. However, her condition became worse last Friday and she kept getting worse until the end at noon today. The little child's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Drew of Decatur, were at her side most of the time. The body will be shipped to Decatur tomorrow morning for burial.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1913
The remains of Miss Zelda May Drew, the five year old girl who was fatally hurt by being struck and run over by a wagon driven by Mr. Lohr in Upper Alton over a month ago, was shipped this morning by Undertaker C. N. Streeper to Decatur. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Drew, accompanied the body. The jury had previously been sworn over the body, and the inquest was set for 1 o'clock this afternoon.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1914
Killed When Stepped On by Funeral Horse Team - Then Horse Dies From Lockjaw
Joseph Lohr, the farmer who was driving a team in Upper Alton some time ago when a little girl fell under the feet of one of the team and was fatally injured, lost the black horse which caused the girl's injuries. The horse was one of a team of perfectly matched black horses which was frequently used by C. N. Streeper for drawing funeral equipages. It was while on the way to serve in that capacity that the horse injured the girl, Zelda Drew, fracturing her skull. A few days ago the horse stepped on a rusty nail and lockjaw set in, which resulted fatally. Mr. Lohr regrets greatly losing the horse, as it was a very fine one.


DREXELIUS, JOSEPH/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 6, 1914
Joseph Drexelius, a resident of Madison county all his life, died at his home at 417 South Fillmore street this morning at 12:45 o'clock as a result of pneumonia which set in last Monday, after he had fallen down the stairs at his home Sunday morning sustaining a bad bruise on the chest and a gash on his head. He formerly was in the best of health. Sunday morning Mr. Drexelius got up from bed to go down stairs to get a drink. On the first step of the stairs, he missed his footing and becoming overbalanced, plunged head-long down the stairs to the floor below, a distance of fifteen feet. A large gash was cut in the top of his head and the contact with the stairs and floor made a bad bruise on his chest. A son, August, heard his father fall and rushed down stairs to his assistance. He found him on the floor in a half dazed condition. Other members of the family hearing the commotion came to his assistance and a physician was called. His injuries were attended, but on Monday morning pneumonia set in as a result of the bruise. He was in a bad condition Monday, but on Tuesday showed some improvement. Wednesday he became worse again and yesterday at noon he lapsed into unconsciousness, from which he never awakened. The end came peacefully and quietly while all of his children were at his bedside. With the death of Mr. Drexelius there passes away one who was well liked by all whom he met or came in contact with during his life time. He was a loving father to his five children who had been motherless for more than seventeen years. He was born October 4, 1855 and died August 6, 1914. His birthplace was Alton, and he resided on a farm with his parents almost up to the time when he was married. He received a good education in the Alton schools. He worked on his father's farm and later went to Granite City where he was employed for some time. On June 14, 1883 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Zellermann, a Granite City girl. They resided on a farm near Alton. Seventeen years ago his wife died and the family, after residing at Alton for about ten years longer, came to Edwardsville. Mr. Drexelius is survived by five children. They are Benjamin, Joseph, John, August and Miss Elizabeth Drexelius, all of Edwardsville. There also survives two brothers, John and Anthony of Alton, and two sisters, Mrs. H. A. Hellrung of Edwardsville and Mrs. J. Goering of Rock Island; also three half-brothers, Bernard Budde of Alton, Frank Budde of Upper Alton and Gustave Budde of Vancouver, Washington. He was a member of the congregation of the St. Boniface's Catholic church here.


DRIS, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 7, 1883
From Dorsey – Mr. Fritz Dris last week had a fine monument from Flynn’s marble works of Alton placed at the graves of his parents, who departed this life a short time ago. Father Dris lived to the age of 84. He was one of Napoleon’s soldiers, and fought at the battle of Waterloo.


DRISCOLL, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1908
Joseph, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Driscoll, died this morning from heart disease following an attack of diphtheria at the family home in Beall addition. The child had an illness with pneumonia several years ago and its heart was in a weakened condition and could not withstand the effects of the diphtheria poison. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


DROLL, FELIX SR./Source: Troy Star, October 11, 1894
Another old settler of this vicinity has passed away. Felix Droll, aged 68 years, 4 months and 3 days, died suddenly at 4 o'clock last Thursday [Oct. 4] afternoon of apoplexy. He had been on the streets that morning and seemed to be well, although he has been ailing at times for a number of years. The funeral took place from the family residence Saturday morning at 11 o'clock and was very largely attended. Rev. Hansen officiated. Highland Post G. A. R. of which deceased was a member, was in attendance. The pall bearers were Messrs. Elias Burk, W. W. Jarvis, J. L. Granger, H. C. Kersey, Andrew Klein and George Gornet. Felix Droll was born in Weidenung, Baden, Germany. He came to America in 1850. In March, 1855, he was married to Miss Annie B. See of St. Louis, who survives him. In 1868 they moved to Troy and have lived here ever since, Mr. Droll conducting a saloon for a long number of years. With the exception of one year, the family has been living in Madison county since 1857. When the war broke out, Mr. Droll was the organizer of Co. F, 10th Ill. Cav., in this vicinity, and was chosen 2nd Lieutenant. Relatives surviving are the wife, three sons, August, Emil and Felix, and one daughter, Mrs. Louise Morgan.


DROMGOOLE, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 27, 1907
The funeral of Charles Dromgoole, who died yesterday morning at the family home, 1114 east Second street from typhoid fever, will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's Church. He was the son of John Dromgoole.


DROMGOOLE, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 12, 1910
The funeral of John Dromgoole was held this morning from St. Patrick's church, where a requiem mass was said by Rev. Fr. Kehoe in the presence of a large congregation of the friends and neighbors of deceased and of his family. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery, and the grave there was covered with the floral offerings made. The glassblowers were well represented at the obsequies.


DROMGOOLE, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1904
Mrs. John Dromgoole died Friday morning at the home, 820 East Second street, after an illness from blood poison. She leaves a husband and four children. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon from St. Patrick's church.


DROSTE, AUGUST/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1906
August Droste, a prominent and highly respected farmer living at Liberty Prairie near Moro, died Tuesday from pneumonia, and the funeral was held Thursday morning from the home to the St. James cemetery at Gaertner, where interment was made. August Droste was born in Westphalia, Germany, March 28, 1849. He came to America in 1880, and after living in Arkansas and Louisiana for three years, arrived in Madison county in the spring of 1883. Almost all of the time since then he has made his home on the Flagg place in the Prairie. He married Miss Anna Young, a sister of Mrs. Henry Stullken of Edwardsville, and she survives him. Mr. Droste was a member of the German Evangelical church and served quite a number of years as trustee. He was a very conscientious, industrious man and noted for his honesty and reliability.


DROSTE, KATE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1907
The funeral of Mrs. Kate Droste, the unfortunate Godfrey lady who was killed Thursday evening by an electric car near Collinsville, was held yesterday afternoon from St. Mary's church, and was the cause of calling together one of the largest assemblages of the kind ever held in St. Mary's church. Services were conducted by Rev. Joseph Meckel, and burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery beneath a heavy voerlet of flowers, the offerings of sorrowing friends. Many persons from St. Louis and Collinsville attended the obsequies.


DROY, JOSEPH/Source: Troy Call, March 15, 1918
Joseph Droy, aged 15 years and the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Droy, expired at his home Monday [March 11], a few minutes after midnight from the effects of a gunshot wound accidentally sustained last Sunday afternoon while hunting in the Silver creek bottoms. The accident occurred about 1 o'clock and west of the place of Martin Keck on the St. Jacob road. Twelve members of what is known as the Owl Club went there about noon to hunt and fish and after establishing a camp some of the party went in search for wild ducks. Several ducks were spied on a slough near the creek and Henry Schotemeyer advanced on one side and the Droy boy and Melvin Fries on the other. Droy was creeping along in front of the Fries boy when the gun in the hands of the latter was discharged. The charge of shot tore through the groin of the Droy boy and made a frightful wound which bled profusely. After the accident, Schotemeyer ran a mile and a half to the camp where the automobile of William Schlimme was procured and the injured boy was rushed to town and taken to the office of Dr. F. W. Braner, where medical aid was administered and he was afterwards removed to his home. The boy was very weak from the loss of blood and his condition from the first was grave. Monday morning about 9 o'clock he lapsed into unconsciousness and remained in that condition until he passed away. Deputy Coroner H. C. Kueker held an inquest over the remains Tuesday evening and the evidence introduced was in accord with the facts as stated. The exact cause of the discharge of the gun, however, was not established and the verdict of the jury was that the Droy boy came to his death from a gunshot wound accidently inflicted. The affair was a most sad and distressing one for all concerned. Aside from being asevere shock and blow to the family and relatives of the boy, it is also deeply deplored by the Fries family. The two boys were the same age and companions since childhood. The Fries boy is overcome with grief as is also his mother who is ill at her home with a nervous breakdown. The heartfelt sympathy of all is with those who are sorrowing. "Little Joe," as he was commonly called by his friends and associates, was born in Troy and was a bright and sprightly lad. He was small for his age and had a great love of fishing and hunting. Besides his parents, he leaves two brothers and four sisters who are William and Fred Droy, Mrs. Thomas A. Taylor and Miss Alice Droy of Troy, Mrs. Ollie Paul of Collinsville and Miss Mary Droy of St. Louis. Mrs. Charlotte Davis is a grandmother. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of Mrs. Charlotte Davis to the Presbyterian church and was very largely attended. Rev. F. L. Eversull preached a most appropriate and touching sermon and the floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. The pallbearers were Joe Williams, Glen Mantle, Gene Elliott, Lester Samuel, Fred Scott and Melville Schoeck. Interment was in the Troy Cemetery. Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Miss Mary Droy, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Taylor, Miss Mae Taylor, Mrs. Wessel, Mrs. Plack, Miss Anna Barrett, Mrs. Thomas Broughton and Mrs. Elizabeth Frangen of St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Paul, Mr. and Mrs. William Horstmann, Mrs. John Millett, Mrs. Mary Bahan, Mrs. Thomas Paul, Mrs. J. Schmitz and Thomas Millett Sr., of Collinsville; Mrs. Jenkin Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. Harles and daughter Miss Gladys, of Edwardsville, and Ferdinand Wilbert of Camp Custer, Michigan.


DRUMLEVE, ALOYSIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 25, 1921
Aloysius Drumleve, son of Philip Drumleve of Fosterburg, died at St. Joseph's Hospital last night at 8:30 o'clock following an operation for the removal of part of an injured leg. The boy had been accidentally caught in a binder while his father was cutting wheat. The father was driving the binder, and when one of the horses became unhitched, the boy ran to fasten the harness again. Having completed his task, he stepped away, but not far enough, and when the father started up the team again the lad was just in the way and his left leg was nearly amputated above the ankle. The sickle of the binder so mutilated the flesh that all circulation was cut off and gangrene set in. To halt the progress of the gangrene, the lad was brought to Alton Wednesday, two days after the accident, and was operated upon for the removal of the leg between the ankle and knee. The operation was of no avail and death occurred Friday evening after the lad had been an intense sufferer. He was 11 years of age. The body was taken in charge by Coroner Streeper, who will hold an inquest. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock from St. Mary's Church. The father, while driving the team, was in no way responsible for the accident, as it appeared both to the boy and the father that the lad had stepped far enough away when the father started his team after the boy had rendered aid in rehitching the horse.


DRUMMOND, BENJAMIN/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 11, 1883
On Tuesday morning of last week, Benjamin Drummond died at his home in White Hall, at the advanced age of 84 years. Mr. Drummond was born in Kentucky in 1799, and came to this state in 1817, remaining in Madison County two years. He than worked three years near White Hall, and returned to Madison County, where in 1821 he was married to Sarah Rose, who survives him. He moved again to Greene County, and bought the farm now owned and occupied by John Roodhouse, including the tract on which the town of Roodhouse stands. He removed to White Hall in 1864, and resided there until his death. Mr. Drummond was in the Black Hawk War, and it is thought was the last survivor of his company. [Burial was in the Williams-Edwards Cemetery in Roodhouse, Greene County, Illinois.]


DRUMMOND, BETHIA H. (nee RANDLE)/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 24, 1885
Wife of Hon. James T. Drummond
Mrs. Bethia H., wife of Hon. James T. Drummond, recently a resident of Alton, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at St. Louis. She had been an invalid for some months, but up to a short time before her death, no immediate change was apprehended. Mrs. Drummond was a daughter of Justice Irwin B. Randle and Mary Elizabeth Harrison Randle, and was a most estimable lady, beloved by a large circle of friends. Her disposition was most kind and generous, ever ready to relieve the needy and suffering. Mrs. Drummond was about 41 years of age. She left a husband and three children, Harry, James, and Charley; an adopted daughter; and many other relatives to mourn her death.

Her remains arrived Tuesday from St. Louis on a special car attached to the Kansas City Express. The funeral took place immediately afterwards at the Presbyterian Church. The costly casket was literally crowned with wreaths, and the church around the organ loft was a vision of beauty. Near where the casket rested was an arch with the words, in purple letters, “My wife;” just above two white doves pluming their wings for flight; a cross; a pillow on it the word “Mother;” another pillow with the word “Friends.” At the cemetery, the hymn “Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb,” and “Nearer My God to Thee” were sung.

Bethia H. Randle Drummond was born October 14, 1844, in Alton, Illinois. She married James Thomas Drummond, and they had the following children: Winter Lee Drummond (1866-1883); Harrison Irwin Drummond (1869-1920); James Thomas Drummond Jr. (1873-1925); Charles R. Drummond (1877-1950); Bethia Haskell Drummond (1879-1889); and Rachel Lee Drummond Cuendet (1881-1970). She was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


Photo of John Newton  DrummondDRUMMOND, JOHN NEWTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 24, 1909
Former Tobacco Manufacturer; Confederate Soldier
John Newton Drummond, in his seventy-third year, died at his residence, 442 East Twelfth Street, in Alton, Wednesday morning, shortly after midnight, from paralysis. His death had been expected for ten days. He had suffered a paralytic stroke about five months ago in his home, and at that time was considered in a very dangerous condition, but he rallied and was able to be out of the house in fine weather. He never fully regained the faculty of speech, which was affected by the first stroke, and ever since the beginning of his physical failing, he had required constant attention. One week ago last Sunday, he suffered another stroke of paralysis, and from that time the decline was rapid. Most of the time he was unconscious, and he suffered no pain. In his dying moments he was attended by members of his family.

In the death of Mr. Drummond there passes away the last of two brothers who made Alton famous, and who started in Alton an institution that helped the city materially, and later became one of the greatest manufacturing institutions in the country. He was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, near St. Charles, November 14, 1836, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Drummond, who were natives of Virginia and moved to Missouri early in the 1830s. Mr. Drummond was reared on the farm and educated in country schools, becoming a country school teacher. In 1859, he left the farm and entered a tobacco factory at St. Charles. Shortly afterward he took a country school in Phelps County, Missouri, where he taught a short time and then returned to the tobacco business in Warren County, Missouri. In 1861 Mr. Drummond joined Colonel J. Q. Burbridge's Missouri State Guard, Co. C., which afterward became famous in the Confederate armies as part of the brigade of General Cockrell, afterward Senator Cockrell. At the surrender of Vicksburg, Mr. Drummond was taken prisoner, but was later exchanged and re-entered the Confederate service. He was recaptured at Blakely, Mississippi, and for three weeks was a prisoner at Ship Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, but was again exchanged. At the close of the war Mr. Drummond came to Alton and went into the tobacco factory of Meyers & Drummond [founded in 1862], his brother [James] being the junior partner, where he worked as bookkeeper. This firm was dissolved in 1873, and Mr. Meyers went to St. Louis.

The new firm of Dausman and Drummond was formed in Alton, and John N. Drummond became one of the partners with his brother, James T. Drummond. This business was removed to St. Louis when its growth made enlargement of the plant necessary. The firm became famous throughout the United States as the makers of Horseshoe tobacco. John N. Drummond served as president of the Drummond Tobacco Co. from 1879 to 1885, in its palmiest days. About twelve years ago the company was sold out to the trust and Mr. Drummond retiring from the tobacco business, in which he had made a fortune, investing heavily in bank stocks at St. Louis. He was a director of the Third National Bank of St. Louis, and gave up all his time to advisory work in a financial line. Up to the last year of his activity, he was one of the foremost members of the Missouri Confederate Veterans Association.

His marriage occurred in Upper Alton in 1867, when he took as his bride Miss Mary E. Randle, daughter of Reverend Irwin B. Randle, for many years an old Methodist circuit rider and later a Justice of the Peace in Alton. He leaves beside his wife, three children - Mrs. [Bethia Mason Drummond] Edward M. Bowman, Mrs. [Mary Elizabeth Duncan] Zephaniah B. Job Jr., and John N. Drummond Jr. He leaves also one sister, Mrs. B. F. Stevens of Martinsville, Virginia.

John N. Drummond was one of the most enthusiastic fishermen who ever hooked a fish. He was an expert, acknowledged as a chief among experts in handling the rod and reel, and his success was remarkable. He loved to go to the waters of the Douglas County lakes in Minnesota, where the black bass and wall-eyed pike grow the biggest and the gamiest. He delighted in a tug of war with some finny giant, and he followed the sport with the utmost faithfulness. Every summer for many years he had made his 550-mile trip to Minnesota to enjoy the fishing. He could "cast" with the greatest strength and precision. Mr. Drummond has been known to make a "cast" of nearly 150 feet, and he could drop his bait wherever he wanted to put it, through skill acquired by long practice. He was the wonder and admiration of other fishermen. No one ever brought back the fine, big fish he caught, and no one enjoyed the sport more keenly. He loved to share his pleasure with others, and lost no opportunity to give enjoyment to some other disciple of Izaak Walton, who had not the advantages Mr. Drummond had. On such occasions he was host, his high-priced tackle was at the disposal of the guest, and everything was done to make an expert fisherman out of the guest. He had as keen pleasure in seeing one of his pupils make a successful catch, as if he had done it himself. Every other day, when he was fishing, would find him in his boat, on some of the numerous lakes he loved so well in Minnesota. Among the devotees of the sport in northern lakes, Mr. Drummond will be missed, as he was the soul of companionship and good fellowship. Quiet and retiring, nevertheless he made many firm, lasting friendships among those who penetrated within the reserve and knew him best. He was liberal in all things, and apparently had not in him any part that was selfish. He never forgot the men he had known when he was a working man himself. He, like his older brother, was respected by those who knew him in the days of old when he was an employer, and there will be many a regret among those who knew him, in all walks of life, that his end has come.

A year ago, Drummond accepted an appointment as a member of the Parks Commission at Alton, and was deeply interested in developing a park system, until ill health forced him to stay at home. He was interested in all public improvements in Alton, wanted Alton to move ahead and fulfill its destiny of becoming a thriving, handsome city. Alton has lost a good citizen it could ill afford to lose in the death of John N. Drummond. The funeral of Mr. Drummond will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence on Twelfth Street. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church. Shortly before his death Mr. Drummond became a member of St. Paul's church. The burial will be in the Alton City Cemetery, and will be private.


DRUMMOND, MARY ELIZABETH (nee RANDLE)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 13, 1911
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Randle Drummond, widow of John N. Drummond, died very suddenly Sunday morning in her room at the Illini hotel, where she had been making her home the past two winters. Her death was not looked for as she was in her usual state of health and had not been complaining of any bad symptoms. A few hours before she died, and before relatives could be summoned, she went into a state of collapse from apoplexy. Members of her family were summoned as soon as possible, but she did not regain consciousness after their arrival. The sudden illness and death of Mrs. Drummond was a great surprise and a shock to all her family, as nothing of the kind was anticipated. Doctors were summoned and said she was suffering from apoplexy.

Mrs. Drummond was born in Upper Alton on December 20, 1839. She was the daughter of Rev. Irwin Blackman and Mary Elizabeth (Harrison) Randle, who for many years was a Methodist clergyman and a circuit rider. She was married to John Newton Drummond in Upper Alton at the home of her parents, and all her life she lived in this city. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Bethia Mason Drummond Bowman and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Drummond Job [she later married William Millen Duncan], and one son, John Newton Drummond Jr. She leaves also two brothers, Charles H. Randle and F. A. Randle, both of Chicago. Two sisters – Bethia H. Randle Drummond (wife of James Thomas Drummond) and Martha J. Randle Kerr – preceded her in death.

Mary was educated in the Illinois Women's College of Jacksonville, and was married in Upper Alton January 8, 1867. Of her father's family of ten children, there survive only the two brothers, both living in Chicago. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Drummond residence on Twelfth Street. Mrs. Drummond had many friends in Alton, where she had spent her entire life, except two years she lived in St. Louis. She was a good mother to her children, and a devoted wife to her husband. Until she was not able to get out, she was a kind and thoughtful neighbor, and her disposition was such that her company was much sought. She was gracious to those with whom she came in contact, and during the later years of her life she had many callers at her home, since she was unable to get out herself. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


DRUMMOND, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 29, 1911
Man Who Founded Illinois Box Factory in Alton Dies in East St. Louis
Thomas Drummond, who formerly lived in Alton and who came here many years ago at the time the Illinois Box Company was formed and the big box factory was started, died in East St. Louis Monday morning after a long illness with liver troubles. Mr. Drummond was well known in Alton, and when he left the city he left many friends here. He leaves in Alton, two children: Mrs. J. H. McPike and Philip Drummond. A number of years ago Mr. Drummond's connection with the Illinois Box Co. was discontinued, and he went to East St. Louis where he made his home until the time of his death. The funeral will be Wednesday morning in East St. Louis. Mr. Drummond leaves a large family of children and his wife in East St. Louis.


DRUMMOND, WINTER LEE/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 3, 1884
Son of James T. and Bethia H. (Randle) Drummond
The reaper Death has been busy this beautiful winter, and old and young, the well-beloved and the lonely, have fallen beneath the pressure of his hand. The short illness and death of Winter Lee Drummond was a sudden and terrible shock to all who knew him, and all who knew Lee loved him for his many noble attributes. Gifted with rare musical talent, with conversational powers of more than usual ability, the dearly loved eldest son in a closely united family, his loss leaves a blank that cannot be filled. His remains were carried by youthful companions to the church of his boyhood in Alton, where to all who listened to the last words spoken above the casket must have come a remembrance of the sweet strains, which had so often flooded the sanctuary, called from the organ by the skillful fingers now stilled forever.

The light has been quenched in the darkened home. The sound of a beloved voice stilled. If there be any consolation for such a visitation, may it not lie in the thought that Lee, in his beautiful, untried, ambitious early manhood, stepped from the threshold of her perfect home-life – not into the turmoil and temptations of the cold world, but into that heaven where disease cannot enter, nor ignoble aims ever distract the ambition from the attainment of perfection.

Winter Lee Drummond was born January 30, 1866, and was the son of James Thomas and Bethia H. (Randle) Drummond. He was 17 years old at the time of his death, and was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


DRURY, ALBERT HOLLENBECK (LIEUTENANT)/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, October 28, 1887
Civil War Veteran; Business Man
The sad news has been received of the death this afternoon at St. Louis, of Mr. Albert H. Drury of the Drury & Wead Hardware Co., and for many years one of our most prominent business men. After long and many years of suffering, he has entered into rest.

Mr. Drury was a native of Highgate, Vermont, and was about 46 years of age. He was born July 12, 1841. He served three years in a Vermont regiment during the war for the Union, and passed through many battles, including Gettysburg and Cedar Creek, and saw the close of the war at Appomattox. He was noted for his dashing bravery as a cavalryman, and his gallantry at the battle of Cedar Creek, the scene of Sheridan’s ride, won him promotion, and he was made a Lieutenant on the staff of that brilliant cavalry officer, General Custer. He removed to Alton soon after the war, and entered the employ of Mr. John E. Hayner in the hardware and agricultural implement business, and by business tact and skill, and tireless industry, rapidly achieved success. But his constitution had been impaired by the exposures of his army life, and perhaps his strength was unequal to the demands he made upon it, and in the prime of life and in the midst of a useful career, he was stricken with partial paralysis. He sought relief at the noted health resorts and healing springs of this country and Europe, but without permanent benefit, and the tired frame gradually sank until the end came, and the brave soldier, the honored citizen, the kind friend, and the tender husband and father passed away. He did a man’s part in the world’s work, truly, nobly, and faithfully, and has entered upon his reward. Mr. Drury leaves a wife (Eunice Louisa Wade Drury, the daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Wade) and two little girls [Alice Drury and ?] ; also, two sisters in Alton – Mrs. John E. Hayner and Mrs. W. B. Pierce, and a brother, Mr. F. W. Drury in St. Louis.

The Hero of Cedar Creek
Albert H. Drury
Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, October 29, 1887
During the war for the Union, amid the din and turmoil of battle, many deeds of individual daring, which made men’s hearts beat quicker with admiration, were lost sight of in the subsequent exultation of victory, or the depression following defeat. But where possible, these deeds should be put on record that the rising generation may know of what stuff were made the young soldiers, who saved the Union and made possible the prosperous times of peace which bless the land today. The great battle of Cedar Creek, where defeat was turned into victory by the magnetism of Sheridan’s presence, is renowned in history, and immortalized in Buchanan Reed’s thrilling lyric, “Sheridan’s Ride,” but there is an incident of that battle which we have never seen in print that is equally worthy of being emblazoned in heroic verse. It was towards the close of that bloody but glorious day, and the tide of battle was turning in favor of the Union troops, when the Federal cavalry were ordered to make a final charge. The rebel lines were giving way, their artillery had been withdrawn from the front and was being hurried to the rear in a long line through a narrow roadway, the drivers urging their panting steeds to the utmost. Just then, the Federal cavalry swept down upon the field in solid phalanx, the earth trembling under their thunderous tread. One young soldier, mounted on a swift and powerful steed, sped far ahead of his comrades in the wild furor of the charge. He caught sight of the retreating train of rebel artillery, and with an inspiration of adventurous daring, resolved on its capture. Riding swiftly up to and alongside the retreating column, heedless of the shower of bullets which greeted his reckless advance, he made straight for the head of the column and engaged the rebel soldier riding in front in single combat. It lasted but a moment – the sabre of the Union cavalryman flashed in air and the rebel artilleryman fell lifeless to the ground. In an instant, the daring Union soldier had seized the bridles of the leaders, and turning them in a sharp curve, upset the forward cannon and caisson, completely blocking the narrow road. The hurrying mass of men and horses behind piled up on the obstruction, and then came to a sudden halt. They could not pass the overturned pieces and struggling horses, and the entire train of artillery was captured in the trap so cleverly improvised. This is what one man did at the battle of Cedar Creek. The gallant deed was rewarded by promotion on the field, and the hero of the wonderful exploit served during the remainder of the war on the staff of the most brilliant of Union cavalry leaders, General Custer.

Tomorrow, our citizens will gather to pay a last tribute to one who for years has gone in and out among us, a quiet, modest, unassuming man of business; a man of few words who never boasted of his war record. While it was known to his friends that under a reserved exterior was hidden a nature full of fire and energy when occasion demanded, but few of them were aware that the name of Lieutenant Albert H. Drury is linked with as novel and successful a deed of individual heroism as the history of war can furnish. Let us honor his memory, and tell his story to our children!

The Funeral
Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, October 31, 1887
The funeral of Albert H. Drury took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of Mrs. Samuel Wade, with an attendance that crowded the specious rooms to overflowing. The services were opened with the Apostle Paul’s words of consolation, read by Rev. H. S. Mills of the Congregational Church. Miss Carrie Whittlesey of Monticello Seminary rendered as a solo, “Asleep in Jesus, Blessed Sleep.” The remains were taken to the Alton City Cemetery, attended by a large procession. There was a wealth of rare and beautiful flowers, a cross, crown, anchor, wreath, and other devises. The pallbearers were Messrs. John E. Hayner, E. P. Wade, W. B. Pierce, J. Wead, F. W. Drury, and S. Farley.


DRURY, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 4, 1903
Charles Drury died at his home on Brown street last night after a few days illness with pneumonia. He was 40 years old and leaves a wife and two daughters. Mr. Drury had not lived in Upper Alton very long, having moved his family here from Gillespie a few months ago. The body will be taken to Gillespie Monday morning for burial, and the father and other relatives of the deceased will arrive tonight to accompany the body to Gillespie.


DRURY, LUTHER KEYES/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 13, 1872
We regret to hear of the death of Mr. L. K. Drury, father of Messrs. Frederick Wead and A. H. Drury, and father-in-law of John E. Hayner, Esq., of Alton. The sad event took place on Monday at Ripon, Wisconsin, where he had gone in hopes that the change would prove beneficial. His disease was consumption, from which he had long been a sufferer. The remains are to be taken to Highgate Center, Vermont for interment. He was 73 years old.


DUBBLEDEE, HERMAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 11, 1921
Herman Dubbledee, oldest son of John Dubbledee, passed away at his home, two miles east of town [Prairietown], on Thursday, February 3, at 12:30 o'clock at the age of 44 years, three months, and 28 days, after a three weeks' illness. He leaves to mourn his demise his wife and four small children, an aged father, one brother and four sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the residence to the Lutheran Church, where services were conducted in German by Rev. Iben, and in English by Rev. Kothe of Worden. The remains were laid to rest in the Wieseman Cemetery. Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mrs. Len Funderburke of Minnesota, Mrs. Henry Moyer and Mrs. Louisa Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hammond and daughter, all of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. William Reinhardt of Wood River, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Guesewelle of Hamel, and Mr. and Mrs. Theo Schreler of Buner Hill. Peaceful be thy slumber, Peaceful in thy grave so low; Thou no more will join our number, Thou no more our sorrows know; Yet again we hope to meet thee, When the days of life is fled, And in Heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no funeral tears are shed.


DUCOMMON, AUGUSTA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 3, 1900
Mrs. Augusta Ducommon, wife of Emil Ducommon, the aged watch repairer, died at the family home, 412 East Second street, this morning at 4 o'clock, after an illness of only a few minutes. She had been in her usual state of health and was taken with a choking spell at 3:45 o'clock this morning while in bed. Her aged husband summoned the assistance of neighbors, but his wife soon became unconscious and died fifteen minutes after she was taken ill. Mrs. Ducommon was 78 years of age and was born in Wurtemburg, Germany. She had been married fifty years and had lived in Alton 32 years. She leaves beside her husband, three sons, Paul Ducommon of St. Louis, Edward of Jackson, Tennessee, and Charles of this city. By request of the family, Coroner Will Bauer held an inquest and the verdict was that death was due to heart trouble. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.


DUCOMMON, EMIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 12, 1903
Aged Clockmaker Dies
Emil Ducommon, aged 81, died Monday afternoon at the home of his son, Charles Ducommon, north of Upper Alton, from the effects of a paralytic stroke. Mr. Ducommon had lived in Alton nearly forty years, and made his home in the city until recently, when he went to the home of his son. He was born in Switzerland and came to America in 1866, moving to Alton immediately. He was a watchmaker by trade, and on coming to America he started in the business of making repairs on time pieces and making clocks. His wife died several years ago. He is survived by three sons, Paul of St. Louis, Edward of Jackson, Mississippi, and Charles of Upper Alton. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his son.


DUDE, CARL/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 4, 1886
From Edwardsville – Mr. Carl Dude, a farmer who lived near Edwardsville, died Saturday, and was buried yesterday. [Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville. He left a wife, Catherine Schott Dude, and a son, Edward L. Dude.]


DUDLEY, ANNIE C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 20, 1905
Mrs. Annie C. Dudley, wife of George W. Dudley of Upper Alton, died suddenly from apoplexy at the family home on Garden street, Saturday night, while seated at the supper table. Mr. Dudley and several members of Mrs. Dudley's family were seated at the table with her. She was apparently in good health and was just beginning to partake of the evening meal when she complained of a pain in her head at the base of her brain, and in an instant she fell over on the table and was dead before medical assistance could be given. Dr. E. C. Lemen was summoned and pronounced the case apoplexy. Mrs. Dudley had suffered several times in the last five years from premonitory symptoms of the attack which proved fatal. Otherwise she was in good health and members of her family were in no way alarmed over her condition. Her death was a great surprise to the members of her family, three of whom were not at home when death occurred. Mrs. Dudley was born Annie C. Parcher at Biddeford, Me., December 6, 1850. She was married at Boston, February 6, 1868, and was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom survive her: Horace Dudley of St. Louis; Winfield W. Dudley of Chicago; Mrs. Ellsworth Floyd of Decatur; Miss Lillian Dudley; Wallace R., Rollin and Louis Dudley, who live at home. The children who were away from home were hastily summoned and all of them arrived Sunday morning. Mrs. Dudley was a woman who was little known outside of her own home. She was intensely devoted to her home interests and ever watchful after the interests of her family. She was in every respect a good mother and lived a true Christian life. Her death is a sad blow to her family, who had not expected such a termination of the life of the mother. Mrs. Dudley's death occurred at a time after she had just finished arranging on the table a box of violets which her husband had brought her from St. Louis that evening. She was very fond of flowers and gave much of her spare time to caring for and cultivating them. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, and Rev. W. H. Bradley of the Presbyterian church, an old friend of Mrs. Dudley, will conduct the services.


DUDLEY, AUGUST/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 14, 1901
August Dudley, a glassworker, aged 27, died at Hotel Alton Sunday after several weeks illness with typhoid fever. He was a resident of Camden, N. J., and his body was shipped there this morning.


DUDLEY, MARY E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1914
Mrs. Mary E. Dudley, aged 77, died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Canham, 602 Forest Home place, after a long illness due to old age. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Canham and Mrs. L. Chapman, also fourteen grandchildren. She was a charter member of the Cherry street Baptist church, and the funeral services tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock will be conducted in that church by the pastor, Rev. S. D. McKenny.


DUFF, GEORGE WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 3, 1917
George William Duff died this morning after an illness of three months, following injuries which he received while at work for the Alton and Granite R. R. Company. Mr. Duff was 37 years of age and has resided in Alton for the past five years or so. He is survived by his wife and five children, one boy and four girls. The oldest child is 13, and the youngest is just one year old. He has been an active member of the Madison lodge, Modern Woodman. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon at the Keiser Undertaking parlors, and will be conducted by the Modern Woodman. On Wednesday the body will be taken to Rockbridge for burial.


DUFFY, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 29, 1910
Joseph Duffy, formerly a resident of Alton and for several years a section foreman for the Illinois Terminal, was struck by a Terminal train near Edwardsville last night and received injuries from which he died in the hospital several hours later. Duffy worked in the radiator works near Edwardsville and was enroute home when he was struck by the train. His skull was fractured, legs broken, and his body generally broken and crushed. Mrs. Duffy worried because her husband was late, and sent her little son .... his father. The boy, while walking along the path along side the railroad, stumbled over his father's body and ran home to give the alarm. The injured man was removed to the hospital where he died. Mr. Duffy was well known to many Altonians. He leaves a wife and six children, all of them young. The train crew came on to Alton and did not know they had hit a man.


DUGGER, ELIZA L. A. (nee THORP)/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 16, 1849
Died near Highland, Madison County, Illinois, on the 12th ult., Mrs. Eliza L. A. Thorp, wife of Mr. John Dugger, the daughter of Mr. Henry B. Thorp, aged ____ years and 11 months.


DUKES, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1912
James Dukes died in St. Joseph's hospital Wednesday evening at 5:30 o'clock from the wound inflicted by Officer Edward O'Leary in Herbert White's saloon on Belle street. From the first, the surgeon, Dr. Duggan, could hold out no hope of Dukes getting over the wound, and late in the afternoon he sank rapidly from the effects of the shock. Miss Mary Charless, who owned the farm in Godfrey which Dukes managed, was in Alton this morning to look after the funeral arrangements. She gave instructions to hold the funeral Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Keiser undertaking establishment. Burial will be in the City cemetery. A brother of Dukes' was here when the tragedy occurred. Jason Dukes, a brother of James Dukes, has been working on the Charless place for about a year. He is a quiet, peaceable man, lawabiding, and is highly regarded by all who know him. He will probably take charge of the Charless farm in place of his brother, as he has been an assistant there for some time. A jury impanelled by the coroner will hold an inquest tonight if the witnesses can be secured at that time, and if not, the inquest will be deferred to Friday evening. Edward O'Leary was not re-arrested. He remained at his home, but it was reported that he was ready to give additional bond if it was required. Owing to the circumstances, it was not deemed necessary to re-arrest him or increase his bond. His father and Herbert White were his bondsmen, and it was regarded as a good bond.


Gilbert Blair DuncanDUNCAN, GILBERT BLAIR/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 20, 1879
Co-Founder of Brunner & Duncan Foundry
Death has again entered the home of one of our best known and most highly esteemed citizens, and taken away the husband and father. Mr. Gilbert Duncan was taken ill on Friday afternoon last, and died at his residence this afternoon, at 2:45 o’clock. The disease was ulceration of the bowels. Mr. Duncan was a native of Scotland, born in Kilmarnock, August 3, 1832, but settled in Alton in 1852, and has been a resident of this city since then. During that time he was engaged in the foundry business. He was superintendent of the moulder’s department in the old Piasa foundry until that establishment was closed at the breaking out of the late war. He held a similar position in the Patterson Iron Works for many years. Recently he has been engaged in the same business, being the junior member of the firm of Brunner & Duncan, Machinists and Foundrymen. Mr. Duncan thoroughly understood his business, and always gave entire satisfaction, whether working as an employee or employer. He leaves a widow [Sarah Jane McNeil Duncan] and a large family of children, to whom his loss will be irreparable. In this their sad bereavement they will have the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral took place on Saturday, 16th inst., at 3 p.m., from the family residence on Seventh Street.

Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery. The children of Gilbert Duncan were: Elisabeth (1857-1947), James (1860-1926); Isabella (1862-1884); Esther Florence (1864-1943); John (1869-1940); William Millen (1872-1960); and George Dalgleish (1874-1966).

Duncan Foundry was founded by Brutus Brunner and Gilbert Duncan in 1874, and was located on Piasa Street in downtown Alton. They took over an iron foundry which had been closed for several years. Following the death of Gilbert Duncan, his son, James, took over the business. Brunner sold his interest to James Duncan. One by one the Duncan sons step into the business, with James at the lead. The business was in operation for 109 years, closing in 1983.


DUNCAN ISABELLA/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 12, 1884
Daughter of Gilbert Blair Duncan (1832-1879) and Sarah Jane (McNeil) Duncan (1836-1921)
Co-Founder of Duncan Foundry
It is our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of our young, but well known and much beloved residents, Miss Isabella Duncan. This estimable young lady was the second daughter of Mrs. Sarah J. Duncan of Alton. Two years ago she graduated from the Seminary of Oxford, Ohio, full of hope, and the promise of long life and usefulness. One year ago last Christmas, she was exposed to a light shower of rain, which resulted in an attack of rheumatism, and at a late period in blood poisoning, from which she has endured the greatest suffering, but with bravery and patience has born all her pains, ever hoping for recovery, never murmuring or complaining. On Saturday night, she quietly and peacefully fell asleep, and entered into the rest which “remaineth for the people of God.” For many years she had been a consistent and faithful member of the Presbyterian Church. She was born on March 14, 1862, and had just passed her 22nd birthday. The afflicted family have the deepest sympathy of their many friends and acquaintances in this great bereavement. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the family residence in Middletown, and was very largely attended, especially by the young friends of the deceased, with whom she was held in the highest esteem. Many very fine floral offerings were presented by sorrowing friends and relatives as a last tribute of respect. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


DUNCAN, SARAH JANE (McNEIL)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1921
Widow of Industrial Founder Dies
Mrs. Sarah J. Duncan, one of Alton's oldest and best known residents, died this noon at her residence, 1750 Liberty street, following a sudden break down. She had returned home only a week before from Seal Harbor, Me., where she had been spending the summer with her daughter, Miss Esther Duncan, as she had usually done for many years. Her trip had done her much good and when she arrived home she seemed very much improved in strength and health, and had gained so much that there was little thought on the part of her family that she would be closing her life so soon. For several days past she had not been feeling well, but there was no special cause for anxiety as she had frequently been very sick and had shown wonderful facility for rallying her physical power. Less than a year ago she was in an extremely low condition and at that time it was not expected by herself or family that she would live, but she did get up and apparently was much better, so that she was able to make the long journey this year to Maine to spend the summer. She stood both trips well. The death of Mrs. Duncan removes from Alton a woman known for her nobility of mind and strength of character. She was born in Ballanress county, Derry, Ireland, November 1, 1836, and was in her 85th year. Her maiden name was McNeill. She came to Alton with other members of her family in 1850, the family being members of a numerous colony who came to Alton about that year from overseas. She was married in Alton to Gilbert Duncan, December 31, 1856. Her husband, who died in 1879, was one of the founders of the foundry that afterward was developed by Mrs. Duncan's sons into the great plant that now constitutes one of Alton's greatest industries and is managed and operated solely by Mrs. Duncan's sons. Mrs. Duncan leaves two sisters, Mrs. Martha Cousley, and Mrs. Ellen Cousley, both of Sedalia, Mo. She leaves also two daughters, Misses Lizzie and Esther, and four sons, James, John, William, and George Duncan. To her family, Mrs. Duncan was always the leader. She was a woman of great mental power and a leader everywhere, and most of all in her family. Her home circle was first with her and there she was always the center. She was unlike many women who would fail to have influence with children who have become men and women, which illustrates the reason why her counsel was always sought and highly regarded in circles where she moved. In the First Presbyterian church she was a leader in the work for many years, and was most influential in the church counsels. She had been in retirement from participation in church work for a number of years, but she had never allowed her interest to flag and she was in attendance at church whenever her strength would permit. In all causes where money was needed to foster some project for the public good, Mrs. Duncan was a liberal given and she influenced others to give. It is doubtful that any good cause was every intentionally slighted by her. Her religion was a part of her every day life, and in her passing that cause has lost one of its best representatives. A kindly, motherly woman, she was loved by all her neighbors and those who came in contact with her. Her passing out of life was quiet, peaceful, just as Mrs. Duncan would have wished it. She had no attendant suffering and she fell asleep from a natural breaking down of the physical strength. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home, and friends are invited to attend. Friends are requested to omit flowers. Burial in City cemetery will be private.


DUNFORD, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 12, 1905
Illinois Pioneer Dies in California
Los Angeles, Cal., September 11 - Mrs. Elizabeth Dunford, one of Illinois' pioneers, died here yesterday, aged 95 years. She was the widow of Thomas Dunford of Alton, Ill., who was one of the builders of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. He had the first contract to supply the road with coal after its completion. Mrs. Dunford was born in England, and when 18 years old came to America. She married Dunford in Alton. She came to Los Angeles several years ago. Mrs. Dunford often told how she and her husband kept money in the cellar of their home, and hauled gold to the first bank in Alton with ox teams.

Thomas Dunford was one of the pioneer settlers in this section [Alton]. He was one of the first coal operators on the coal branch. He accumulated large holdings of real estate. Mr. and Mrs. Dunford were well known for their religious duties, having built a Baptist church on the branch after a wonderful revival that swept over that section. Mr. Dunford went into the foundry business with a man named Brooks in Alton, which proved a failure, and in which Mr. Dunford lost considerable money.


DUNFORD, THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 22, 1873
Co-Founder of Dunford & Brooks Foundry in Alton; Coal Miner
One of our oldest and most enterprising citizens departed this life Monday morning, August 18, at 8 o’clock at his residence, two miles from the city, after a long and very painful illness, in the 67th year of his age. He came to Alton more than thirty years since from England, and was well known in this part of the State as one of the first nurserymen of Illinois. He was also well known as a successful miner and dealer in coal. But for several years’ past, the most of his attention has been given to his extensive machine shop and foundry in Alton. In all of his diversified business transactions, and in his social intercourse with his fellow man, he maintained an unimpeachable moral and Christian character, and his loss will be lamented by an estimable wife and family, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Thomas Dunford was born December 31, 1807 in England. He married Elizabeth Mixon, who died in 1905 in Los Angeles, California, and is buried there. Their children were Alice Dunford Austermell and Maude Elizabeth Dunford Austermell. Dunford and a Mr. Brooks established a foundry and machine shop in 1865, at the corner of Front and Henry Streets in Alton. He is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


DUNKERBECK, HERMAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 29, 1885
From Edwardsville, Jan. 26 – Quite an excitement was created at Saline, Madison County, this morning, upon the discovery of the dead body of Herman Dunkerbeck, a single German, aged 58. Dunkerbeck had resided for 18 years at Saline, and had worked in a stone quarry. He was not known to have any relatives. The last seen of him was last night, when he was intoxicated, which was not an unusual occurrence. At that time, he had a difficulty in a saloon. This morning his body was found frozen in the stable lot, about 75 feet from the saloon building, to which he could be tracked by blood stains on the snow. He had a wound above the left eye. As to the cause of his death, opinions differ, one being that he froze to death; another that he received the wound in the row in the saloon, and going outdoors afterwards, fell and died from exposure.


DUNLAP, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 1, 1840
Died, in this city [Alton], on Thursday evening last, an infant child of Robert Dunlap, Esq.


DUNN, ANNA (nee STANLEY)/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 22, 1881
From Edwardsville – Mrs. Anna Dunn, nee Stanley, wife of Henry Dunn, died on Saturday morning at their home here, and her funeral, which occurred on Sunday, was more largely attended than that of any other colored person who has died here during the last twenty years.


DUNN, CATHERINE (SISTER INNOCENCE)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 9, 1901
Sister Innocence, aged 38, died last night at the residence on State street next to the Cathedral, after a two weeks illness with appendicitis. She leaves a number of relatives at Decatur, where she was well known. Sister Innocence was known in the world as Catherine Dunn, and she came from Decatur. She had long been connected with the Ursuline Convent in this city. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock and services will be held in the Usuline convent. Burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.


DUNN, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1908
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Dunn, an old resident of Alton, who died Friday after a long illness at her home, 1723 Market street, will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral. Deceased was the widow of James Dunn and leaves four children, James T. Dunn of Alton, John of St. Louis, and Mrs. M. Mangan and Mrs. Mary Woods, both of Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Dunn resided in Alton more than fifty years and was respected and esteemed by all who knew her.


DUNN, P. J./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, February 17, 1887
The funeral of Mr. P. J. Dunn took place this morning under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. Committees from Bluff City Lodge, Alton Lodge No. 117, and the Select Knights attended the remains to the Cathedral, where the obsequies took place.


DUNN, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 12, 1901
After a short illness from cholera morbus, Patrick Dunn, a well know resident of the End End, died Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. He was about 54 years of age and leaves a widow and three children: Mrs. W. D. Stobbs, James P. of the firm of Zeller & Dunn, and John Dunn. The funeral will be Saturday morning at nine o'clock from St. Patrick's church. Mr. Dunn was a kindly, honest, companionable man who made many friends during his long residence in Alton. For many years he was in the employ of the Big Four, the latter part of the service being given as watchman at the Ridge street crossing.


DUNNAGAN, ELIZABETH "BETSEY" (nee DAVIDSON)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 14, 1901
Wanda Pioneer
The oldest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Illinois, died Sunday morning at the home of her nephew, Levi S. Dunnagan. She was born 92 years ago at Wanda, and was Miss Elizabeth Davidson before her marriage with Thomas G. Dunnagan in 1826. Her husband died 26 years ago, and her nine children too were all called from her years ago. For some time, she has made her home with her nephew in Alton.

In 1809, the Methodists organized the Salem Church at Wanda, and the Dunnagans, Davidsons, Dodds, and Kirkpatricks made up the membership. Up to the breaking out of the war between the States, the "Salem Church" camp meetings were of very great importance, and attracted people from all over Illinois and Missouri, and all her life Mrs. Dunnagan was a consistent member of that church. Madison County, when she was born, extended north as far as the lakes, and the entire county was pretty much of a wilderness. She saw all the wonderful changes made by the 19th century, and up to the past few months talked intelligently upon all subjects and most interestingly about early times. Funeral services were conducted at the home this morning by Rev. G. W. Shepherd of the First Methodist Church. The body was then taken to Wanda, and laid to rest in the Salem Cemetery, Rev. Randle conducting the services.

Elizabeth “Betsey” Davidson Dunnagan was born at Wanda on June 8, 1809. She was the daughter of William Coke Davidson and Hannah Bankhead or Bunkhead Davidson, pioneers of the Wanda area. William Coke Davidson was the son of John Davidson and Sally Gillham. John Davidson was killed in one of the battles of the Revolutionary War. William Coke Davidson died in 1820 in Madison County, at the age of 39 or 40, and Hannah died in 1831 at the age of 44 or 45. The children of William and Hannah Davidson were Isham Gillham Davidson (1802-1878); James Bankhead Davidson (1806-1854); Elizabeth Davidson Dunnagan (1809-1901); George A. Davidson (1812-?); Sarah Millicent Davidson Dunnagan (1813-1891); and Andrew Jackson Davidson (1814-1855).

Elizabeth Davidson married Thomas G. Dunnagan in 1826, and lived in the Wanda neighborhood. Her sister, Sarah, married Joseph Clark Dunnagan, a brother to Thomas. Thomas Dunnagan was the son of Isaiah Dunnagan, the first settler in Fort Russell Township. Isaiah was a native of Georgia, and married in South Carolina to Ann Gillham (sister to Ryderus Clark Gillham), daughter of John Gillham (fourth son of Thomas Gillham Sr. who immigrated from South Carolina to Illinois. Isaiah Dunnagan erected a log cabin and improved a small farm in Wanda. Thomas Dunnagan died at Wanda on July 22, 1875, at the age of 70. Thomas and Elizabeth had nine children, who all died before she did. Six of them were: Mary A. Dunnagan (1827-1844); William G. Dunnagan (1830-1847); Levi F. Dunnagan (1833-1851); James B. Dunnagan (1836-1855); John W. Dunnagan (1843-1851); and Sarah G. Dunnagan (1843-1868). Elizabeth Dunnagan died January 13, 1901, at the age of 91. She is buried in the Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana.

Wanda, located on Wanda Road and Old Alton - Edwardsville Road, is a small bedroom community that is today part of South Roxana. Wanda is in both Wood River and Chouteau Township. The focal point of the community is the red brick and white-steepled Wanda Methodist Church - the oldest established church in Madison County. Once part of a vast wilderness, Wanda was settled by pioneers such as Ryderus C. Gillham, the Dunnagans, Davidsons, Dodds, and Kirkpatricks. Religious services began in homes as early as 1802. The first log church was built in 1809 on land donated by Ryderus C. Gillham. The church also served as a schoolhouse. The area took on the name of Gillham. In 1838, the Old Salem campground was laid out by Gillham and his neighbors. Religious camp meetings were held, and people came from Missouri and Illinois to hear the speakers. Soon the settlement took on the name of Old Salem, which lasted until 1875, when the postal service forced a name change. J. K. Fahnestock opened a general store in 1874.

When the railroad went through the area, a depot was erected. It became a gathering place for those who rode the rails to find employment on the melon and potato farms during the Great Depression.  A frame schoolhouse was erected in the early 1900s, which was replaced with a brick building in about 1915. This school closed in 1970.


DUNNAGAN, THOMAS G./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 29, 1875
From Edwardsville, July 27, 1875 – Thomas G. Dunnagan, an early settler of this county, and one of its most respected and highly esteemed citizens, died at his late residence in Edwardsville last Thursday. His funeral took place from Salem Church [Wanda], near which his remains are buried. His wife survives him.

Thomas G. Dunnagan was born October 13, 1804 in Hall County, Georgia. He was the son of Thomas Isaiah Dunnagan and Ann Gillham Dunnagan. Thomas married Elizabeth Davidson Dunnagan (1809-1901). They had the following children: Mary A. Dunnagan (1827-1844); William G. Dunnagan (1830-1847); Levi F. Dunnagan (1833-1851); James B. Dunnagan (1836-1855); John W. Dunnagan (1843-1851); and Sarah G. Dunnagan (1843-1868). Thomas is buried in the Wanda Cemetery, South Roxana, Illinois.


DUNNEGAN, L. S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 22, 1920
L. S. Dunnegan, a life long resident of Madison county, died yesterday at 5:30 p.m. at his home at Twentieth and Alton streets. He was 75 years old. Mr. Dunnegan had been ill since last December and has been in a critical condition for several weeks. Mr. Dunnegan was born on a farm near Edwardsville. He lived there until 18 years ago, when he moved to Alton. During his residence in this city, Dunnegan has been active in the affairs of the First Methodist church. Mr. Dunnegan was one of the most respected citizens of Madison county. While residing on the farm and in Alton, he made many friends who are grieved at his death. His sterling character and kindly disposition made warm friends of all whom he met. Mr. Dunnegan is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Edwards Dunnegan, and one son, B. F. Dunnegan of St. Louis. Funeral services will be Friday morning at 9 o'clock at the home. Burial will be in the cemetery at Wanda.  [Note: Believed to be the nephew of Elizabeth Dunnegan above, Levi S. Dunnegan.]


 DUNNEGAN, LAWRENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1902
Another old resident of Alton has passed away. Early this morning, Lawrence Dunnegan, after a severe sickness of la grippe and kindred ailments, and after it was thought he was getting better, died. He was born in Langford county, Ireland, in 1822, and came to Alton in 1849 or 1850. He lived to see Alton grow out of her swaddling clothes, and for years was a factor in her development. He was an honest, industrious, generous man, and made many friendships that endured through. He has merely been gathered home like the sheaf when tis ripe, and the consciousness of that fact tempers the blow to his sorrowing son and sweetens the regrets of his friends. His wife died about four years ago and he leaves but one child, Judge J. E. Dunnegan. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.


DUNSCHEN, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 5, 1904
Henry Dunschen, aged 78, died Monday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Brucker, from senile debility. He was born in Germany April 11, 1826, at Winnenberg, came to America in 1854, and to Alton in 1855. He was in the wagon making business for 12 years, after which he moved to Fosterburg where he lived from 1867 to 1896. He leaves four sons and three daughters. Three sons, Theodore, Clement and John, live at Dodge, Nebraska. Ben lives at Alton, Mrs. Fred Kiefner at Godfrey, Mrs. Will Wohnlich at North Alton, and Mrs. Jacob Brucker of Alton. The funeral will be Wednesday at 8 a.m. from St. Mary's church.


DUNSCHEN, JOSEPHINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 30, 1910
Mrs. Josephine Dunschen, widow of Henry Dunschen, died from typhoid fever at her home, 634 east Fourth street, Friday evening at 9 o'clock. She had been ill less than a month. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church. Mrs. Joehl, also a big family of brothers and sisters. [sic] She was a most estimable woman, was a good neighbor and leaves a large circle of friends. The surviving brothers are Minard and Louis Joehl, and the sisters are Mrs. L. Misegades, Mrs. Joseph Budde, Mrs. Charles Schenck, Mrs. Chris Eckhard. Her children are Misses Josephine, Clara and Elizabeth, and an adopted child of one year, Victor Dunschen. The death of Mrs. Dunschen is a sad blow to her 80 year old mother, Mrs. Joehl, who made her home with her.


DUNSTEDTER, JOHN/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 8, 1893
John Dunstedter, an old resident of this city, died suddenly Sunday morning [Feb. 5] about 2:30 o'clock. He had been up town Saturday, and in the afternoon felt unwell. He was advised to send for a doctor, but thought it unnecessary. He retired in the evening at the usual time and went to sleep. About 2 o'clock his wife, who slept in an adjoining room, was awakened by her husband's groaning. She got up and went to where he was. She was there but a few moments when he turned over on his side and expired. Coroner T. W. Kinder was notified, and held an inquest. The jury consisted of W. T. Flynn, foreman; R. P. Owen, T. J. Long, James Judd, James E. Flynn and T. H. Stokes. The verdict was that Mr. Danstedter came to his death from old age and natural causes. The funeral took place from the residence on Main street yesterday afternoon. Services were conducted at St. Boniface's church by Rev. Father August Schlegel, and at Woodlawn by Rev. W. F. E. Ashe. The pallbearers were Henry Langwisch, Edward Naeher, John Lautner, John Michel, Casper Doell and George Gessert. Mr. Dunstedter was 84 years, 1 month and 17 days old. He was born in Happenheimer, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, in 1808. He emigrated to this country with his family in 1858 and settled in this city, where he has resided since. He was married three times. His third wife, whom he married about two years ago, and one son, Jacob Dunstedter, survive.


DUREE, CECELIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 21, 1918
Mrs. Cecelia Duree, wife of Charles Duree, died at 1:35 this afternoon at her home in Wood River after a short illness with influenza which developed into pneumonia. For the past few weeks the entire family, consisting of father, mother, and two children, have suffered from influenza, but the others recovered. Mrs. Duree leaves her husband and two children. Also a number of relatives in Greenville, her old home. Duree is connected with the McDaniel & Stocker, plumbers.


DURER, IDA/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 24, 1880
From Edwardsville - Little Ida, a three-year-old daughter of Barney Durer, deputy in the County Treasurer’s office, died last Saturday.


DURHAM, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1921
Born a Slave in Virginia, Woman Came to Alton After Emancipation ... Dies At 111 Years of Age
Jane Durham, an aged negro woman whose family claim she had passed her century mark by eleven years, died this morning from old age at her home, 105 West Ninth Street. It was said that she was born in 1810, a slave on a plantation in Virginia, afterward West Virginia. She leaves two daughters, one of them 89 years of age and the other 82. The deceased lived with the 82 year old daughter, Martha Jackson, and the other daughter, Betty Hall, lives at Bloomington. The two daughters appear to be very old. Members of the family say that there were five generations living in the family, and that the death of this aged woman leaves only four. The Telegraph's authority for the age of the woman said that she frequently referred to having seen "the stars fall," an event that happened back early in the thirties, when there was a remarkable display of "shooting stars," and many an aged negro, whose age was not kept accurately and whose knowledge of figures were insufficient to enable them to keep a close track of their ages, give a clue as to how old they are. Those who knew the deceased testify that she had the appearance of great age and many of them readily credit the claim that she had passed the century mark. She came here after she was freed from slavery. All her years as a slave she had lived on one place, the property of one family.


DURHAM, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 1, 1880
William Durham, a colored man, aged 60 years, died at one o’clock Sunday night at the Piasa House, after a painful illness of five or six months duration. His funeral took place from the Colored Baptist Church.


DUTRO, MICHAEL M./Source: Alton Telegraph, January 18, 1877
At half past five o’clock Saturday morning, Mr. Michael M. Dutro breathed his last. His death was caused by a wound inflicted by himself the previous day while laboring under mental derangement caused by physical suffering. The great outlook for consolation in the presence of such crushing affliction is the memory of the life of the deceased. If it has been good and pure and noble, all else is of comparatively little importance. The friend who has passed away had gone in and out among us for many years. He had lived a life of unsullied integrity, of devotion to the good of others, and strict adherence to the great principles of religion. In his home, the affectionate and leader, husband and father; in his intercourse with others, the genial friend, the kind neighbor, and upright man. His life is the best commentary on his virtues.

Mr. Dutro was a native of Zanesville, Ohio, and was about 50 years of age. He removed to Alton about 28 years ago, and engaged in the merchant-tailoring business, which pursuit he followed here until 1872, when he removed to Chicago and engaged in the grocery business with his brother. Two years later, he returned to Alton, where he has since pursued his former occupation. He was for many years a prominent member and officer of St. Paul’s Church, where his counsels and labors were ever highly valued. For several years also, he had been the active and esteemed Superintendent of Trinity Mission Sunday School.

During his residence in Alton, Mr. Dutro was several times called upon to fill various offices of trust and honor. He had been a member of the Common Council and of the Board of Education; had been also City Collector. He was a prominent member of the Masonic Order, and his death will be sadly felt among his brethren. In his family relations, Mr. Dutro was especially happy. He was devoted to his wife and children, and his relations with them were always those of the most tender affection. His death will be to them the saddest of earthly bereavements. The whole community sympathize with them in their loss, and feel that they too have been afflicted by this death of a true friend and good citizen. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery. He was 60 years of age.]


DUTTENHOFFER, CHRISTOPHER/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 22, 1885
A German named Christopher Duttenhoffer started from Highland, Saturday, for St. Jacobs, driving a beer wagon. On starting to return, a lurch of the wagon threw him under the wheels, and he received internal injuries from which he died Sunday afternoon. Coroner Melling held an inquest Monday, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.


DUTTON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 28, 1873
Died on February 16 near Troy, Samuel Dutton; aged 56 years.


DUVA, S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1916
According to word which has been received by Mrs. Mary Duva, who conducts a boarding house in the eastern part of the city, her husband, S. Duva, a resident of Alton, was killed in the European war while fighting with the Italian troops. Mrs. Duva has not heard from her husband for many months and she suspected that he had been killed in battle. It was not until a few days ago, however, that she was informed of the death of her husband. The husband and wife and five children formerly lived in Alton. Shortly after Italy went into the war a call to the colors took Mr. Duva from Alton to his native land to fight with his regiment. He left his wife with five small children. Since that time she has been conducting a boarding house in the eastern part of the city and she ... living for herself and ... .... [unreadable].


DUVAL, IRA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1902
Ira Duval, aged 22, sustained a fracture of his backbone at the sixth dorsal vertebrae Sunday morning while driving cattle at the Joehl dairy near Fosterburg. At 7 o'clock he left the Joehl place with the cattle to drive them to the pasture, and he intended to be gone from the place the remainder of the day. As he entered the pasture one of the cows tried to escape, and Duval, who was mounted on a horse, attempted to cut the cow off and drive it back into the herd. The cow made too short a turn and fell, and before Duval could check his horse it stumbled over the prostrate body of the cow and threw Duval to the ground. His back was broken and he was unable to move or attract the attention of anyone who could render him aid. He laid on the ground, the sun beating down in his eyes, from 7 o'clock in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. When an employee of the Joehl's went to the pasture to drive the cows home at 3 o'clock, Duval was found lying on the ground where he had fallen, helpless and suffering intense pain. He is paralyzed below the fracture in his spine, and Dr. E. C. Lemen, who attended, pronounced his case as being a very bad one. If he lives he will probably be a helpless cripple all his life.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 28, 1902
Ira Duval, the young man whose back was broken one week ago Sunday by being thrown from a horse at Fosterburg while driving cattle, died Sunday night from paralysis. The young man was helpless from the point of fracture to his feet. The injury was considered fatal by Dr. E. C. Lemen from the first. The young man's home was at Wood's Station, and his death occurred there. After his back was broken Duval laid in the hot sun eight hours before he was found, and he was conscious all the time, suffering terrible pain.


DWIGGINS, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 14, 1907
Mrs. Annie Dwiggins, aged 45 years, wife of Bernard Dwiggins, died Friday night at the home at Twelfth and Belle streets, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband and nine children. The funeral will be held either tomorrow afternoon or Monday morning from the Cathedral to Greenwood cemetery.


DWYER, EDWARD/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, March 3, 1859
Fight End in the Death of Irishman
An Irishman named Edward Dwyer, who was fireman at Joshua Gillham’s sawmill, about eight miles east of Alton, was killed on Saturday afternoon by a man named John Moore, who had been engaged cutting timber for Gillham. Two or three fights had occurred between the parties, but the immediate cause of Dwyer’s death was from several blows upon the breast and left side, from a heavy club in the hands of Moore. They had been drinking freely during the day, having obtained a jog of whiskey from the Sand Ridge grocery in the morning. An inquest was held Sunday by Dr. James, County Coroner, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the statement above named.

Moore immediately ran off after the murder. He is described as a man about thirty years old, about five feet, eight inches high, heavy set, light hair, blue eyes, sandy whiskers on his chin, and stutters badly when speaking. Arrangements are being made for having a reward offered for his apprehension. An indictment from the Madison County grand jury was issued for manslaughter against Moore.


DYE, CLARA MARIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 22, 1848
Died on Wednesday, the 13th instant, in Alton, Clara Maria, youngest daughter of Mr. John and Mrs. Clara Dye, aged 14 months.


DYE, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 5, 1878
A letter was received in Alton yesterday stating that Mr. John Dye, who left here early last month for his home in Jacksonville, Florida, had arrived there very much exhausted with the trip, had been taken ill soon after, and was then lying very low with typhoid pneumonia. We received a telegram from Captain A. L. Hungerford, stating that Mr. Dye’s illness proved fatal last evening. He will be buried at Jacksonville.

Mr. Dye was a native of New Jersey, and was about 65 years of age. He had been a valued and consistent member of the Presbyterian Church at Alton. His wife, a sister of Mr. P. B. Whipple, died over 20 years ago. The only one of his children surviving is his daughter, Mrs. A. L. Hungerford of Jacksonville, at whose home he died.


DYER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 8, 1911
Mrs. Elizabeth Dyer, widow of Marion Dyer, died at her home near Upper Alton this morning, aged 75. She had been in poor health for some time, and her death was due to weakness of old age. Her husband died over one year ago. She leaves three children, Frank and Marion Dyer, and Mrs. Joseph Dillon. The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon from her home to Mt. Olive cemetery.


DYKEMAN, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 17, 1907
The funeral of Charles Dykeman was held this afternoon from the home of his sister, Mrs. John Hoppe, 1009 east Third street. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Toomey of the Cherry street Baptist church. At City cemetery the services were under the auspices of the Modern Woodmen, Mr. Dykeman having made a last request that Robin Hood camp attend his funeral. Burial was in City Cemetery.


DYKEMAN, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1922
WWI Veteran Kills Himself After Arrest ... Gassed in France Relatives Say
Charles Dykeman, aged 27, committed suicide after being arrested yesterday on a charge of cashing a worthless check at the Burns grocery store. The check was signed with the name of E. J. Ash. Relatives attribute his desperate act to two causes. One was the fact that he was gassed while in the service overseas, during the war. The other was his worry over being unable to bring his wife back to Alton. He was married three years ago and some time ago was separated from his wife. He is said to have been trying to make arrangements to be reunited with her, and having no money he resorted to the expedient of writing a check and cashing it. He was soon afterward arrested and held in custody. In some way, he managed to gain possession of some carbolic acid and swallowed it. When discovered, he was dying, late in the afternoon, and when members of his family arrived the end was very near. He was a son of Mrs. Drusilla Dykeman of 106 East Thirteenth Street, and beside his wife, who was Josephine Biggs of Alton, he leaves four brothers, George, Foreman, Vernon and Thomas; and three sisters, Miss Bessie Dykeman, Mrs. Alice Wehrmann and Stella Warren of Granite Bend, Mo. Members of the family say that after Charles Dykeman returned from the war, he would fall in fainting fits, and they attributed his disability to gassing. He had made unsuccessful attempts so far to secure compensation they said. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at two o'clock from the home of his mother at 106 East Thirteenth Street. Services will be conducted by the Rev. C. C. Smith of the Congregational church. Interment will be in the family lot in City cemetery.


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