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RACKY, ADAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 3, 1882
Mr. Adam Racky, an old resident of Alton, died this morning after a brief illness.


RADCLIFF, C. A./Source: Alton Telegraph, April 15, 1864
Died on April 13, in Alton, Mrs. C. A. Radcliff, wife of Mr. T. W. Radcliff.


RADCLIFF, JAMES L./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, December 23, 1882
Mr. James L. Radcliff, for half a century a resident of Alton, died last night at the age of about 79 years, after an illness of four years. For 30 years he was engaged in business here, and was highly esteemed and respected. He left a widow and seven children: Mrs. Marsh of Alton; Mrs. G. G. Pierce of Godfrey; Mrs. J. T. Bennett of Staunton; Mrs. Marsh of St. Louis; Mr. G. W. Radcliff of Grafton; Mr. J. W. L. Radcliff of Pike County; and Mr. T. L. Radcliff of Alton; with other relatives and friends to mourn his death. The remains will be buried at the Upper Alton Cemetery.


RADCLIFFE, OVID H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1918
Soldier Dies From Gas
A message came Saturday night to George Radcliff of the Grafton Road, telling him his son, Ovid, had died in a hospital in France from pneumonia, following gassing. The last previous word from him was a letter dated October 5. The young man died November 8. He left Alton October 5, 1917 with a contingent that was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky., and he left there last spring for France. He was in the 129th Infantry. He leaves beside his parents, six brothers and two sisters.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 7, 1921
Soldiers' Body Brought Home From France
The funeral of Ovid Radcliff, the Alton boy who died overseas on November 8, 1918, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Melville church. The body arrived in Alton this morning and was taken to the home of Mrs. L. Spiess, a sister. The funeral party will leave the Spiess home Sunday at one o'clock for Melville. Radcliff is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Radcliff, six brothers, Zan, Robert, Fred, George Jr., Earl and Bernard; and by two sisters, Mrs. L. Spiess and Miss Electa Radcliff. He was born May 28, 1888. He entered the service of his country during the World War, and was a member of Co. M, 129th Infantry. He died in a hospital and was buried in a cemetery at Nievre, France. After the signing of the armistice, his family made arrangements to have the body brought home and interred permanently in the Melville Cemetery.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1919
Memorial exercises for Ovid H. Radcliffe, a former well known Godfrey township boy who died in France, November 8, will be held at Summerfield school house on the Grafton road, Tuesday, May 6, at three o'clock under the direction of Miss Katherine O'Donnell, teacher, and the Godfrey township committee. Some time ago a hard maple tree was planted in the school yard and on Tuesday will be dedicated to Radcliffe's memory. A silver plate with Radcliffe's name and the date of his death will be placed on the tree. During the evening, Attorney Gilson Brown of Alton will deliver an address, and the Western Military band will furnish music. A squad of W. M. A. boys will accompany the band. All patriotic friends, who are owners of machines are asked to loan their automobiles to the school for the transportation of the cadets from Upper Alton to Summerfield School. Those who will lend their machines are asked to drop a card to Miss Katherine O'Donnell or Walter Sloan, of Godfrey, Ill. Ovid H. Radcliffe was the son of George Radcliffe of the Grafton road, and was a former well known young man of the neighborhood. He died on November 8, following being severely gassed. Friends are invited to attend the memorial exercises.


RADCLIFF, THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 3, 1884
Mr. Thomas Radcliff, a native of Alton and a lifelong resident here, died June 29 at the age of about 45 years. He left a widow (nee Elizabeth Smith), and nine children to mourn his death. The funeral took place from the family residence in the northwestern part of Alton.


RADCLIFFE, THOMAS W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 13, 1902
Thomas W. Radcliffe, one of the most prominent and best known residents of Alton, died Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his home, 1530 State street, after a week's illness. Mr. Radcliffe had been at his desk constantly, although he had been feeling unwell since last fall, but a week ago his condition became such he was compelled to give up his duties and go to his home. For many years he had made his home with his sister, Mrs. Charlotte Cannell, and it was there that his last illness and death occurred. Mr. Radcliffe appeared to be in robust health, and his many friends were surprised to learn that he was dangerously ill. Until Sunday it was believed that he would recover, and his illness was believed to be only a brief one. Yesterday reports were given out indicating the serious form his illness had assumed, and there was much alarm among his friends and relatives. From Sunday noon to this morning, he suffered from an acute and long continued attack of hiccoughs, but it was possible this morning to relieve the malady. Mr. Radcliffe had been in the employ of the United States Express Company nearly half a century, and had filled many positions. He was cashier for the United States and the Pacific companies in St. Louis for a long period, but was returned to Alton as agent and has been here ever since. He started out as a messenger for the company when he was a young man. He was one of the ablest and most efficient of the company's servants, and he was highly esteemed by the officers, many of whom were messengers with him when he was a young man. Mr. Radcliffe was most assiduous in attention to the duties of his office as agent of the United States Express Co..... He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ed Lock, and his sister, Mrs. Charlotte Cannell. His affections were centered in his daughter, sister and his sister's children, and by all of them he will be sorely missed. Mr. Radcliffe was a leading member and one of the vestrymen of St. Paul's Episcopal church, where he was a pillar of strength in all church work and where his counsel was always sought. He was an earnest, consistent Christian and a model of integrity. The time of the funeral has not been set


RADER, JACOB/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 25, 1849
Died at Alton from cholera, Jacob Rader, an estimable citizen who was attacked by cholera on Friday forenoon, and died at about three o’clock on Saturday morning, He suffered the disease to run ______ hours, and was actually in a state of collapse before medical aid was called in.


RADER, JOE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1915
Joe Rader, 38, died at his home, 1710 East Second street, shortly before noon today after a lingering illness. He is survived by his wife. Rader came to the United States and settled in Alton about three years ago. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


RADER, MARGARET/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 29, 1886
The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Rader, long a resident here, took place Thursday at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. R. E. Lowe of Upper Alton. Mrs. Rader was 85 years and 3 months old. The remains were buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


RAFFERTHY, JOHN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, February 28, 1893
John Rafferthy, a caisson [structure used in underwater work] workman, was stricken with the bends or caisson paralysis last night, shortly after he quit work. He died at an early hour this morning. Mr. Rafferthy, in company with another man, was working at a considerable depth in the caisson. He complained of being threatened with the bends and was warned to leave immediately, which he did. The compressed air, however, did its deadly work and Rafferthy paid the penalty with his life. He had been afflicted several times before and was warned not to again undertake caisson work. He has relatives in Des Moines, Iowa, and a number of friends in this city.


RAGAN, JOHN (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 20, 1886
The many friends of Captain John Ragan will be pained to learn of his death, which sad event took place Sunday at his home in Alton. Captain Ragan was born in County Meade, Ireland, and was 47 years old at the time of his death. The deceased came to the United States in 1851, and to Alton in 1883. For fifteen years he was in the employ of the Huse-Loomis Ice Company of St. Louis, and is well and favorably known to most of the river men. Captain Ragan was considered one of the best pilots of the Illinois River, and it was while engaged on that stream that he contracted the disease, malarial fever, which finally proved fatal. Some three weeks ago, a daughter of the deceased died, while her father was away, and the survivors of the family are Mrs. Ragan and two children, who will have the sympathy of all in their deep affliction.


RAIBLE, JULIUS H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 23, 1903
Prominent Alton Business Man
Julius H. Raible died Tuesday night at 11:30 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Frieda, wife of Eugene J. Lingenfelder, in St. Louis. Mr. Raible's death has been expected since his return from the west a few weeks ago. While making a trip to Vancouver, B. C. with his wife, Marie C. Raible, and Mr. and Mrs. Lingenfelder, he was taken very ill and after being confined to his bed there with an acute kidney trouble, it was decided to make the trip back to St. Louis, to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lingenfelder. Since Mr. Raible returned, he had been bedfast. Dropsy set in, and after much suffering the end came Tuesday evening.

Mr. Raible was one of Alton's foremost business men. His business acumen was highly developed, and there were few men in Alton who stood higher in the commercial world. He was a director in a number of prominent Alton institutions - among them the Citizens National Bank and the Piasa Building and Loan Association. His advice was always esteemed, and in both cases, he was a valued member of the directorates. One year ago, Mr. Raible's health began to show signs of being impaired. A few months ago, he disposed of his interest in his wholesale liquor business in Alton and determined to spend the remainder of his life in the enjoyment of the fruits of his business activity. His death will be sincerely mourned by many people in Alton who counted him as a friend. He was public spirited and generous, and always ready to lend a helping hand whenever one was needed.

Julius H. Raible was born in Rottweil, Germany, April 12, 1844, of good family. After receiving a fair education, he entered a mercantile house where he acquired an excellent knowledge of business methods. He came to the United States in October 1866, settling in St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained until January 1872, when he moved to Alton, entering into the mercantile business. He soon became known as one of the most successful business men of Alton, was elected to positions of trust in the municipal government - filling the offices of City Auditor and member of the city council. In 1873 he married Mrs. Fritz, who survives him. His only child is Mrs. E. J. Lingenfelder of St. Louis.

Mr. Raible became an Odd Fellow, December 16, 1872, by invitation in Germania Lodge No. 2, in which lodge he soon became an active worker, filling the various positions to which appointed or elected with credit to himself and to the benefit of the lodge. In 1876, he was elected Noble Grand, serving two terms, and served as treasurer ten years. May 16, 1873, Mr. Raible was exalted to the Royal Purple degree in Wildey Encampment No. 1, and was Chief Patriarch of his encampment in 1875. Entering the Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge at the session of 1885, he soon became known as an earnest, active worker in the Patriarchal field, and was ever ready to aid in any work of the order. He was appointed Grand Marshal in 1891, was elected Grand Inside Warden in 1892; Grand Senior Warden, 1893; Grand High Priest, 1894; and Grand Patriarch, 1895. At the establishment of the Old Folks' Home, in the Grand Lodge session of 1896, Mr. Raible was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees and reappointed in 1897. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity and was a member of Belvidere Commandery, Knights Templar. [Burial was in City Cemetery]

Julius H. Raible owned a wholesale liquor warehouse and wine cellar on the North side of 4th Street in Alton, between Belle and Piasa Street. The building had one of the finest store fronts in Alton, with pressed brick, terra cotta, and iron and plate glass. A handsome tower was constructed in a Moorish design, seven feet, six inches square at the base, and rising sixteen feet higher than the roof. He used the building for his wholesale liquor store, bottling establishment, and storage house. The cellar was modeled after wine cellar in California, with a storage capacity of 25,000 gallons. It was made of double walls, with a nine-inch space between them. The building was razed in 1956. Raible also owned property at 331 Belle Street (southeast corner of Belle and 4th Streets), where he operated a retail store. This building is now part of Mac’s Time Out Lounge.

The Raible family lived at 531 Summit Street, in a home built by William and John Mitchell, prosperous bankers and merchants, for their brother, Leander, a farmer and riverboat captain. The home was later owned by Dr. Charles Rohland, and then Julius Raible. In 1915, Eben Rodgers, owner of the Alton Brick Company, purchased the home.

Raible’s daughter, Frieda, died November 1, 1956, at the Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. Her husband had died in 1947, leaving an estate of $1,167,113. She bequeathed $250,000 each to the Alton Catholic Children’s Home and the Alton Women’s Home, plus money to various St. Louis organizations.

Julius Raible married the widow of Dr. William Fritz, who was a surgeon for the Twelfth Missouri Volunteers, in charge of the Marine Hospital in St. Louis. She was a well-known writer and composer of beautiful poems. Mrs. Raible preferred to express her thoughts in German, and those who could read her poems in their original form stated that they were of a very high order of literature. She was a woman of high culture and refinement, and was devoted to art and music. Dr. and Mrs. Fritz had a son, Rudolph Alex Fritz, whom Julius Raible adopted. Rudolph changed his last name to Raible. Julius raised his adopted son well, seeing that he was educated at the College of Pharmacy and Chemistry in St. Louis. In about 1885, Rudolph traveled to New Orleans and Memphis, where he contracted a severe case of malarial fever. The disease lingered in his body, and eventually ended his life on May 19, 1886, at the age of 22. His adopted father, Julius Raible, was greatly grieved by the death of his son. At the time of Rudolph’s death, his mother and sister were away in Europe on a visit. Mrs. Marie Raible died 34 years later at the home of her daughter in St. Louis, on the anniversary of her son’s death - May 19, 1920. She is buried in the Alton City Cemetery, along with her husband, Julius Raible.


RAIBLE, MARIE C. (nee KRAUS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 20, 1920
Wife of Julius Raible; Talented Writer; Composer of Beautiful Poems
Mrs. Marie C. Raible died yesterday in St. Louis, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. J. Lingenfelder. She had been in failing health for a long time, and was unable to get around much. A few days before the end came, she fell asleep and did not wake up again. She had retained her faculties up to the last.

Mrs. Raible was for many years a well-known and much beloved resident of Alton. She was the widow of the late Julius Raible, for many years in the wholesale liquor business here, and prominent in fraternal circles. Mrs. Raible was a talented writer. She preferred to express her thoughts in the German language, which she best understood, and those who could read them in the original tongue said that they were of a very high order of literature. Her works were translated, and while few writers have been done full justice in translations, those who read the little book of her poems, which Mrs. Raible had published, realized that she had expressed beautiful thoughts and that her completed work was worthy of much prideful contemplation.

Mrs. Raible had but one child – Mrs. Frieda Lingenfelder, with whom she made her home in St. Louis after the death of Mr. Raible many years ago.

Mrs. Raible was a woman of high intellectual culture and refinement of taste. She was devoted to art and music, was a good conversationalist, and during her residence in Alton, she had a large number of intimate friends here.

Mrs. Raible’s death occurred on the anniversary of the death of her son, Rudolph, who died 34 years ago in Alton. Her death occurred in the apartments of her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Lingenfelder, at the Westmoreland, 330 Pershing Avenue, St. Louis. Mr. Raible, her husband, died in 1903 in Alton.

Mrs. Raible was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, the daughter of a Lutheran minister. Besides her daughter, she leaves a brother, Rev. Dr. Rudolph Kraus, who resides at the old home place, and a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Kapff. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at the Wagoner Chapel in St. Louis, and the body will be brought to Alton for interment in City Cemetery.


RAIBLE (born as FRITZ), RUDOLPH ALEXANDER/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 27, 1886
Adopted Son of Julius Raible; Bookkeeper in Father’s Firm
Mr. Rudolph (Fritz) Raible, aged 23 years, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock of congestion of the stomach, at the residence of his stepfather, Mr. Julius H. Raible. He had been complaining some during the day. At 10 o’clock, he became much worse, and although skilled medical aid was promptly summoned, he died at the hour mentioned. Mr. Raible was an estimable young man, and his sudden death comes with sad effect on his relatives and friends. His mother, Mrs. Julius H. Raible, and only sister, left but a few days ago for a visit to Germany.

The funeral of Mr. Rudolph A. Raible took place from the family residence at 2 o’clock p.m. Friday, with a very large attendance – Rev. J. Graessle of the Evangelical Church officiating. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful in appropriate devices, including an anchor, a cross, broken wheel, pillows with initials of the deceased in purple, wreaths, and bouquets. The bearers were Messrs. C. A. Caldwell Jr., August Bickel, Arthur Floss, Fred Radecke, John Blake, Otto Wuerker, Charles Davis, and Edward Phillips. The remains were buried in the Alton City Cemetery.

Rudolph Alex. Raible was the son of the late Dr. William Fritz, who entered the army in the war for the Union as Surgeon of the Twelfth Missouri Volunteers, and was subsequently placed in charge of the Marine Hospital at St. Louis, which position he filled until the close of the war.

Young Rudolph was born in St. Louis, June 21, 1863, and was, therefore, nearly 23 years old at the time of his death. After the death of Dr. Fritz, his widow married Mr. Julius H. Raible of Alton, and Mr. Raible formally adopted Rudolph as his son, giving him his own name, and caring for his training and education with the same affection and devotion he would have bestowed on his own child. After completing his preliminary education at the public schools, the subject of this sketch entered the College of Pharmacy and Chemistry in St. Louis, where he applied himself to his studies with such diligence that he won a foremost place in a class of forty-two, and graduated with high honors in 1883. Returning home, he became bookkeeper, and assistant in his father’s store, discharging his duties with fidelity and ability. He was not only the pride and joy of his parents, but was a favorite with a large circle of attached friends. About a year ago, while on a trip to New Orleans and Memphis, he had a severe attack of malarial fever, from which he apparently recovered, with the exception of occasional attacks of illness, but it is supposed that the seeds of the disease lingered in his system, and produced the congestion which so suddenly and lamentably ended his life last Wednesday afternoon. His father is prostrated with grief by his great bereavement, which, as yet, he can hardly realize. What adds to the sadness of the affliction, is the absence from home of the mother and sister of the deceased, who sailed for a visit to Europe but a few days ago, and who will hear of their terrible loss when far away from home. The sudden closing of a young life, just as it is opening upon a career of activity, is ever a sorrowful event, but in this case, the absence of loved ones makes the affliction doubly severe, and has called forth the sympathy of the friends of Mr. Raible in unstinted measure.


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

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


RAINES, UNKNOWN CHILD OF CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1906
The 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raines died yesterday afternoon after an illness with pneumonia at the family home, 2017 Common street. The body will be taken to Carrollton tomorrow morning for burial.


RAITH, ROSENA (nee RODEMEYER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 11, 1929
Daughter of Charles & Mary Rodemeyer Sr.
Rosena Rodemeyer Raith was born in Alton in 1852. She was the daughter of Charles and Mary Rodemeyer Sr. She married Charles Raith, a native of Belleville, Illinois, in about 1878. They were the parents of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: Misses Amelia and Anna Raith; Mrs. Amos J. Maxeiner and Messrs. Charles E. Raith of St. Louis; and Elmer J. Raith of Kansas City. Rosena died at her home, May 11, 1929, at 324 Court Street, Alton.


RALPH, JENNIE M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 14, 1900
Mrs. Jennie M. Ralph, wife of Mr. Thomas Ralph, died at her home in Upper Alton at 2 o'clock Monday morning, after a long and severe illness caused by stomach troubles. Mrs. Ralph was born September 17, 1846 in Rindge, N. Y. She was a life-long member of the Baptist church, and affiliated with the Upper Alton church of that denomination. For nearly 25 years Mrs. Ralph has been an invalid, on several occasions being near death's door. Her husband and a son, Richard F. Ralph, survive her. She was a lady who made and held fast many friends, and her death will be deeply mourned by a large circle of friends. The funeral will take place on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the family residence in Upper Alton.


RAMEY, THOMAS TURNER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, June 28, 1899
Owner of Monk’s Mound in Collinsville
The funeral of Hon. Thomas Turner Ramey, the owner of the famous Monk's or Cahokia Mound, took place today from the family home to Collinsville. For several years Mr. Ramey, as the agent of a number of scientific institutions, has been digging and delving in the old mound, and the results of his labors will soon be published. He was a great student of Indian character, and always claimed that the Indians had nothing to do with the great mound, or its prototypes in Ohio. He claimed that these mounds were erected by a people of a much higher order of intelligence, and that they were intended for several purposes and not alone as burying grounds, as was universally believed. He held that the parties who constructed the big earthwork had a distinct knowledge of geometry, as all the figures on the inside are constructed on geometrical lines.

The mound, although made of earth, bears some resemblance to the Egyptian pyramids. It has terraces, rooms, halls and anterooms, courts, etc., all of which contain relics of the times and specimens of the handicraft of the constructors of the mound. Mr. Ramey also proved that the mound was not built from earth taken from the adjacent low places or hollows, but nearly all the inside material, thousands and thousands of tons of it, was brought from the bluffs many miles away, supposedly in boats, the river then being several miles wide. The old gentleman contended for years that he would have a monument to his memory which would last longer than any gravestone that the local artists could construct. He held that his investigations in the mound would live in history and would add much to the learning of the age. He also said that he did not wish his papers published until after his death, and then not until they had been edited by members of the highest scientific institutions of the country.

The farm upon which the mound stands will now pass into the hands of younger members of the family, but it is understood that there is a clause in the will preventing a sale of the premises until the whole inner structure of the mound is explored. Some time ago Mr. Ramey was offered $100,000 for the tract upon which the mound stands, but would not sell. He said he took as much interest in the mound as anyone else, and as he did not need the money, he would not permit it to pass into other hands. About ten years ago a delegation from the Smithsonian Institution visited the mound, and spent several days exploring it and taking notes of Mr. Ramey's work. Many of the party agreed with him that the mound was not the work of the Indians who have occupied America since Columbus' time, while others held that it was purely one of the bigger class of graveyards erected by the Mound Building Indians. How this class of people could construct perfect hexagons and other figures so mathematically correct was not understood by any of the party.

Thomas Turner Ramey was born March 6, 1823, in Caldwell County, Kentucky. He was the son of John and Sarah (Martin) Ramey, who married in 1806 in Kentucky. Thomas married Helen Schultz of New York, and they had at least 7 children. After her death, he married Margaret Crenshaw (1837-1908) in 1874, and they had one daughter. Thomas purchased the land on which Monk’s Mound stood, and began to study and collect artifacts regarding the mound. After his death, the land went to his children. Thomas was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Collinsville.

At one time, Cahokia was larger than London, England, covering about six square miles with 120 manmade mounds in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and functions. Scientists believe it was settled around 600AD. The inhabitants left no written records beyond symbols on pottery, shells, copper, wood, and stone. The mounds were named after the Cahokia tribe, an Illiniwek people living in the area when the first French explorers arrived in the 17th century. This was long after Cahokia was abandoned by its original inhabitants. Monks Mound, located in Madison County, is the largest structure in Cahokia. The mound was named after the La Trappe monks, who resided there for a short time around 1809. In 1864, Thomas Ramey, a member of the Illinois General Assembly, purchased Monks Mound from Mr. Page, who lived in St. Louis. Ramey farmed the land at the base of the mound. Ramey employed coal miners from Collinsville, and ran a short tunnel into the mound. He permitted one or two excavations in the mounds south of Monks Mound, but as a whole, he was against excavations. During the 1890s, Ramey lobbied the State for Cahokia’s preservation. His efforts were thwarted by a Chicago legislator, who remarked that “his district needed parts for live people, and the guys in the mound are all dead.” Finally, in 1925, the State of Illinois purchased from the Ramey family 144.4 acres, including Monks Mound, for $52,100. Cahokia Mounds State Park (part of which is in St. Clair County and part in Madison County, was then created. Some of the excavations throughout the years at the base of the Monks Mound yielded a tomb or burial place, with the dust of nearly twenty human skeletons and about a hundred vessels of pottery in almost perfect condition. The pottery, some resembling vases and long-necked water bottles, resembled the ancient vessels of the Nile, painted in a bright red pigment with some of the same symbols as used by the sun-worshipers in Egypt, and very similar to symbols on vessels taken by Schliemann from buried Mycenae and Troy. Other Cahokia relics include stone implements of agriculture such as hoes, spades, and shovels.


RAMMES, MARIA M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 17, 1922
Mrs. Maria Rammes, wife of Henry Rammes, well known residents of Fosterburg, died last evening about 6 o'clock at the home place, which is located a quarter of a mile north of Fosterburg. The news of the death of Mrs. Rammes came as a great surprise to the residents of that locality, although she had been a sufferer from asthma a large part of the time for several years. Mrs. Rammes had been under the care of a physician several weeks ago, and she had improved to such an extent that she was really better than she had been in a long time, and she and members of her family were rejoicing because of her improvement. She was up and about her home, attending to her usual duties. Sunday she complained of feeling bad and her physician was called from Alton and visited her. She improved at once, and her condition was believed to be about the same as she had been during the majority of the time, and on Monday morning she lapsed into unconsciousness and never rallied, the end coming about 6 o'clock in the evening. When Mrs. Rammes became unconscious, word was sent out to her relatives and friends, and several of them arrived at the home just a short time before the end came. Mrs. Rammes was 66 years old the day before Christmas, December 24. Her maiden name was Maria Ashlock, and she was a daughter of the late Captain Richard Ashlock, one of the old timers of Fosterburg. He was a prominent man in that neighborhood during the Civil War. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Rammes was the Ashlock homestead, and she was born there and lived on the farm all her life. Her death occurred on the home place where she was born. Mrs. Rammes leaves, beside her husband, two sisters and two daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Frank E. Culp of the Fosterburg-Bethalto neighborhood, and Mrs. Ollie Reeker of Upper Alton. The two sisters are Mrs. Milinda Voiles and Mrs. Mary Foster, the latter being a resident of Kansas. Mrs. Rammes was a large woman who carried a great deal of flesh, and the years she suffered from asthma are believed to have weakened her heart. Her death resulted from heart failure, which was brought on by an attack of asthma. She was a member of the Baptist church and had been an earnest worker in the church during the time her health permitted her to do so. She was a most highly esteemed woman in her neighborhood where she had spent her lifetime. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Baptist church in Fosterburg, and an effort was being made today to get word to Rev. Fredrick Webber, the former pastor of the church, of Mrs. Rammes' death. He will conduct the services Thursday at the church.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1922
The funeral of Mrs. Henry Rammes was held this afternoon at one o'clock from the Memorial House in Fosterburg, thence to the Fosterburg cemetery where the body was laid to rest.


RAMSAY, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1907
Frank Ramsay, the man struck by a Chicago and Alton train at the foot of Ridge street Friday afternoon, died at 7 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital. His death leaves his little son without anyone here to take care of him. An effort will be made to induce his mother, in St. Louis, to take the boy too, as she has his brother, her other son. Deputy Coroner Keiser was unable to get any word from Ramsey's wife in St. Louis. He will probably bury the body tomorrow and will hold an inquest Monday night.


RANDLE, EDMUND/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 31, 1848
Died on the 20th inst., at the residence of his brother in Scarritt's Prairie [Godfrey], Edmund Randle, aged 56 years; leaving a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.


RANDLE, F. A./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 25, 1851
Died in Upper Alton on the 11th inst., of flux, F. A. Randle, son of Rev. I. B. and Mary E. Randle, aged 8 years and 15 days. He was one of our most attentive and faithful Sabbath School scholars. “suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.


Judge Irwin Blackman RandleRANDLE, IRWIN BLACKMAN (JUDGE)/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, October 5, 1893
Preacher; Justice of the Peace; Attorney; Business Man
At 2 o'clock a.m., Friday [September 29], the venerable Irwin B. Randle, one of Alton's most highly esteemed citizens, passed tranquilly away, aged 82 years and 7 months. For the past ten weeks he has been a patient sufferer. During this time, he found rest only in an invalid's chair, day and night. The news of his death was received by Altonians with deepest sorrow. His sickness has been watched by them in hopes of a rally. Mr. Randle was a man worthy of the highest esteem. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Madison County, and has held numerous positions of responsible trust. His many sterling qualities won for him the friendship of all who knew him. Out of eight children, three sons and two daughters survive him. The children are Messrs. F. A. Randle of Joliet; Irwin B. Randle Jr. of Upper Alton; and Charles H. Randle of Chicago (1854-1917); Mary Randle Drummond, wife of John N. Drummond of Alton (1839-1911); F. A. Randle (1843-1851); Bethia H. Randle Drummond, wife of James Thomas Drummond (1844-1885); and Martha J. Randle Kerr, wife of James Wilson Kerr of Alton (1854-1917).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


RANDALL, JOHN F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 12, 1909
Civil War Veteran
John F. Randall died Sunday morning at 4 o'clock at his home, 930 Henry street, from pneumonia, after an illness of three days. He would have been 70 years old Tuesday, April 13. Mr. Randall's death was very unexpected. He came home from St. Louis the middle of last week, suffering from a severe pain in his back, which later developed into pneumonia. One week ago last Friday Mrs. Randall departed for Mystic, Conn., to attend her mother, who was very ill, and she arrived there too late to see her mother alive. She was destined to experience a similar bereavement in her Alton home before her return. When Mr. Randall's case began to be very bad, a message was sent to Mrs. Randall to hasten her return to Alton, and she arrived Sunday afternoon, twelve hours after her husband had died. Mr. Randall was not believed to be dangerously ill as he had suffered severe attacks of illness several times in recent years and had recovered. It was not until Saturday that his daughters began to be alarmed over his condition. For ten years he had suffered from hemorrhages of the throat, brought on whenever he would over exert himself, and it was the fear of his family that one of those attacks would prove fatal. Sunday morning, shortly before death, he seemed better, and recognized his daughters, immediately afterward dropping off into sleep and passing from that to death in a few minutes. Mr. Randall was born at Mystic, Conn., April 13, 1839. He would have been a member of the Yale graduating class of 1864, but in his junior year there he gave up his studies and enlisted in the 21st Connecticut Volunteers and served throughout the Civil War. He was mustered out with the commission of a first lieutenant. He was a member of Ransom post, G. A. R., and of the Loyal Legion, an army officers organization. He was a member of the firm of Martin Collins, engaged in the insurance business in St. Louis for thirty-five years. Recently Mr. Collins died. He was married March 15, 1870 to Elizabeth F. Stark. He came to Alton in 1882. During his residence in Alton Mr. Randall was a member of the board of education several terms, was superintendent of the First Baptist Sunday school, a deacon in the Baptist church, and was ever identified with the church work. He was a man of culture, a quiet, good citizen, and an earnest Christian. He leaves beside his wife, two daughters, Misses Adelia and Julia Randall, also a brother, Charles A. Randall of Maxton, Ari., and a sister, Mrs. Adelia M. Noyes of Mystic, Conn. The funeral of Mr. Randall will be held tomorrow afternoon, his seventieth birthday, at 2 o'clock from the family residence. Rev. M. W. Twing will conduct the services, assisted by Rev. L. A. Abbott, D. D. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 13, 1909
The funeral of John F. Randall was held this afternoon from the family home, 930 Henry street, at 3 o'clock. There was a large attendance of friends of Mr. Randall, and of those who had been co-workers in the church, in business, and who had also been his daily companions in the rides to St. Louis on the suburban trains. In his long years of service in the Baptist church, Mr. Randall had been earnest and sincere and devoted to his work. He had many friends among the commuters who enjoyed his companionship, and in his business he had made many friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing and Rev. L. A. Abbott, both of whom had worked many years in the cause of the First Baptist church, with Mr. Randall. At the funeral services in the home, a solo was sung by Mrs. Hilton of Marissa. A quartet sang several hymns. At the grave the quartet sang a "Christian's Goodnight." The pallbearers were T. G. Harkins, H. F. Roach of St. Louis; George T. Davis, E. M. Bowman, George M. Ryrie, R. M. Forbes, C. M. Yager, E. M. Caldwell. A delegation of thirteen members of Ransom post, G. A. R., of St. Louis, attended the funeral of Mr. Randall, and in connection with Alton post conducted funeral services at the grave, according to the ritual of the order. Mr. Randall was buried with his little red, white and blue rosette of the Legion of Honor, of which he was very proud.


RANDLE, CHARLES H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 24, 1917
Son of Rev. Irwin Blackman Randle
Charles H. Randle, aged 63, died in Chicago Sunday morning, and his body will be buried there tomorrow afternoon. Mr. Randle’s death will be a surprise to many Alton friends, who knew him during his earlier years when he was a resident of Alton. He was a son of Rev. Irwin Blackman Randle of Alton, for many years one of the city’s most prominent and highly esteemed citizens. He is the last of his family, as his brother, Fielding Randle, and his two sisters, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Drummond (wife of John N. Drummond) and Mrs. Martha J. Randle Kerr (wife of J. W. Kerr), are dead.

Mr. Randle was a very successful business man, and had wide business interests. He was a frequent visitor in Alton, and whenever he came back to his old home, he was sure to receive a warm welcome. He had a happy faculty of being friendly with all he met, and the children of his old friends were just as firm friends as their parents had been. At one time he had an interest in the Drummond-Randle Tobacco Co. at Alton, afterward merged with the Drummond Tobacco Co. of St. Louis. Mr. Randle leaves a daughter, Miss Forrester Randle, and two sons, Hanson and Guy Randle.

Charles H. Randle was the husband of a daughter of Nathaniel Hanson of Alton, who founded the Alton Agricultural Works on Broadway in Alton.


RANDLE, LUCIA MARIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 1, 1836
Died - In Upper Alton, on the 31st ult., Mrs. Lucia Maria, consort [wife] of Dr. P. M. Randle, and daughter of Enoc Long, Esq., In the 20th year of her age.


RANDLE, NANCY/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 19, 1852
Died on the 7th inst., at Edwardsville, Nancy, wife of Alexander Randle, and daughter of Richard Sappington, in her 16th year.


RANDLE, THOMAS MARION (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 30, 1874
Veteran of the War of 1812; Illinois Ranger; Minister
From Edwardsville:
Thomas Randle, who died at Upper Alton last Saturday, at the age of 88 years, was a pensioner and a soldier in the service of the United States during the war with Great Britain in 1812-15. He was a member of Captain Moore's company of Illinois Rangers, and assisted in building Fort Russell, which was located near this place [Edwardsville]. He was on duty at Portage des Sioux during the treaty in 1814. His remains were brought to this city [Edwardsville] for interment, and his funeral took place from the M. E. church last Sunday afternoon. One by one the old pioneers are leaving us, and soon there will be none to tell their story. At several other places Old Settlers' Societies have been organized, and meet once a year. It has been suggested that such an organization be formed in this county, and we renew the suggestion.

Thomas Randle was the son of Isham (or Isam) Randolph Randle and Frances Jackson Randle. Isham Randle was born May 28, 1758 in Brunswick County, Virginia, and was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. Isham died September 25, 1838 in Madison County, and is buried in the Nix-Judy Pioneer Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Frances Jackson Randle was a relative of President Andrew Jackson. Their children were: Thomas Marion Randle; Peter J. Randle; Josias Randle; William Henry Newton Randle; and Sarah Randle Allen.

Thomas was born November 9, 1786 in Montgomery County, North Carolina. He married Sarah Washington in about 1812 in Montgomery County, North Carolina. Thomas was a Methodist minister, and was a charter member of St. John’s Methodist Church in Edwardsville. His uncle, Josiah Randle II, was the first county clerk in Madison County, serving from 1818-1924.

Thomas died July 25, 1874, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville. The Randle’s were prominent early settlers of Madison County.


RANDLE, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 1, 1836
Died - In Upper Alton, on the 25th ult., infant daughter of Doctor P. M. Randle.


RANKEN, G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1900
Bethalto News - G. Ranken, aged 88, was stricken with paralysis last Saturday and died Sunday. He was born in Rebsholt, Germany, and came to this vicinity when 30 years old. He was a brickmason by trade, but of late years had been a farmer. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fedderson, pastor of the Lutheran church, of which Mr. Ranken was a member. Two sons and three daughters survive him. Mr. Ranken had made his home with Mr. John Burns the last two years.


RANKIN, HENRY V. and THOMAS G./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 8, 1873
Died on July 3 at Lake Village, Arkansas, Thomas G., aged 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days; also on same date, Henry V., aged 8 months and 13 days – both sons of Thomas V. and Virginia F. Rankin of Alton.


RANSOM, ANN (nee MASON)/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 28, 1840
Died, on the 10th inst., at the residence of her father, Captain John Mason, living near Monticello (Godfrey), Madison County, Illinois, Mrs. Ann Ransom, wife of Mr. Hiram Ransom, aged about 32 years. About a year and a half previous to her death, Mrs. R. experienced religion. Near the close of life, being interrogated by a friend as to her religious prospects and enjoyments, she replied that her desire to recover on account of her family was very great; but she had no fear of death, and could say the will of the Lord be done. In her death, Mrr. R. and his two motherless children have met with an irreparable loss, and the cause of Christ a decided and substantial friend.


RANSOM, VAN NESS/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, October 21, 1858
Died at Monticello [Godfrey] on the evening of Sunday, the 17th inst., Mr. Van Ness Ransom, aged 40 years.


RAPHIER, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1910
Tom Jones, a negro, whose right name was Thomas Raphier, died at St. Joseph's hospital Tuesday night from tuberculosis. Jones was engaged at the occupation of bootblack for many years and was about 38 years of age. He had been ill several months.


RATHGEB, LEO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1910
Alton Boy Loses Life in Quicksand
Frank Elsen this afternoon received a message from St. Charles that his nephew, Leo Rathgeb, 12 years old, was drowned Sunday afternoon while fishing in a lake or morass at St. Charles. The body has not been recovered, and Mr. Elsen left for the place this afternoon. The drowned boy is a son of Mrs. Christine Rathgeb, widow of the late M. Rathgeb and Leo went to St. Charles section about ten days ago to visit an uncle. Elsen's information is to the effect that the lad stepped off a log on a spot covered with green scum, which he mistook for grass. The water and quicksand beneath the scum soon engulfed him. The boy was with Tony and Joseph Rathgeb, his uncles. They cautioned him not to go swimming when they left him for a few minutes. Soon after they heard his cry for help, and when Joe Rathgeb tried to save him he too became caught in quicksand and was barely rescued. The drowning occurred at 3 p.m. Sunday.


RATHGEB, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1903
Michael Rathgeb, aged 77 years, died Friday afternoon at his home on the Vandalia road after a long illness from the debility of old age. Mr. Rathgeb came to Alton thirteen years ago. He was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, and lived there until he emigrated to Alton, where some of his sons were living. He leaves a family consisting of his widow and eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Rathgeb made their home on the Vandalia road with three of their unmarried sons. Two of their sons are living in Germany, the remaining ones, Eugene, Michael, Adolph, Joseph and Anton Rathgeb, and Mrs. Sophia Huber, being residents of Alton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock and services will be conducted in St. Mary's church.


RATHGEB, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 18, 1906
Michael Rathgeb, a saloonkeeper doing business at Second and Spring streets, died Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock after an illness from lung troubles. He had lived in Alton many years and was formerly engaged in the tailoring business. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.


RATHGEB, THERESA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 7, 1911
Mrs. Theresa Rathgeb of St. Charles, aged 75, a former resident of Alton, died at her home last evening. She will be brought to Alton tomorrow morning and will be taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fabian Huber on Garden street, from where she will be buried Saturday at 10 o'clock. Mrs. Rathgeb was born in Germany and came to Alton when she was a small girl. She lived here up to a few years ago, when she moved to a farm on the outskirts of St. Charles.


RAUTENBERG, MATHILDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1902
Mrs. Mathilde Rautenberg died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Floss, after an illness that attacked her while she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Floss, after an illness that attacked her while she was visiting her daughter. Mrs. Rautenberg made her home at Des Moines, Iowa, but had been spending the winter here. She had frequently visited here, having been a sister of the late Dr. Guelich. She was 70 years of age. She leaves six children, Mrs. A. L. Floss, Mrs. George Aultman of Des Moines, Mrs. Minna Reeder and Theo R. Rautenberg of Syracuse, N. Y., Guido Rautenberg of St. Louis, and Miss Frieda Rautenberg of Alton. The funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Floss, 404 Bluff street. Services will be conducted by Rev. Gebauer of the Unitarian church. The funeral party will leave Tuesday morning for Syracuse, N. Y., where burial will take place.


RAVENSCROFT, WILLIAM E. (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1903
Rev. William E. Ravenscroft of Edwardsville died at Owensboro, Kentucky on Friday, where he had been visiting his daughter, aged 70 years. He was a well known Methodist clergyman and had presiding elder of the Alton district for a number of years.


RAWSON, ELLEN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 27, 1874
Died at Troy, August 15, 1874, Miss Ellen Rawson; aged 25 years, 11 months, and 27 days.


RAWSON, JENNIE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 19, 1897
Miss Jennie Rawson died last night at 12:15 o'clock at her home at Troy. She had been a teacher of the schools for eighteen years among her charges being rooms at Troy and Bethalto. She was 38 years old and leaves surviving her mother, and a brother, Sam W., of Collinsville. She was known to many here, and her death is sincerely regretted by them.


RAWSON, SLYVANIE E./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 4, 1879
Died in Troy, Illinois, on Monday, August 26, 1879, Slyvanie E. Rawson; aged 30 years, 11 months, and 18 days. Burial was in the Troy City Cemetery.


RAWSON, WILLIAM/Source: Troy Star, March 28, 1895
The funeral of William Rawson, a former resident of this city, occurred here Tuesday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. Mr. Rawson and wife and one child arrived here from their native land about 1872. Shortly after their arrival here, the death of their child occurred. Mr. Rawson followed his trade, that of plasterer, for about 5 years, when he and his family removed to Highland, where he has been a resident since. His death occurred at the latter place on Sunday, March 24, 1895. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, which body conducted the ceremony. He leaves a wife and four children: two boys and two girls; also three brothers, Sam and Andrew of St. Louis; and James, of whom nothing has been heard for years, and the supposition is that he is dead. A host of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.


RAY, EMILY/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 10, 1883
The funeral of Mrs. Emily Ray, beloved wife of Mr. W. R. Ray of Alton Junction [East Alton] took place from the residence of her uncle, Mr. J. P. Owens, of Fort Russell, Saturday afternoon, and was very largely attended. The remains were interred at the old burying ground, two miles south of Bethalto.


RAY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1899
John Ray of East Alton was killed Friday afternoon by being thrown from the top of a moving freight car on the C. P. & St. L. near Litchfield. Until a few years ago, Ray was a brakeman on the Big Four, and was employed in the Alton and East Alton yards. He left the Big Four to work for the C. P. & St. L., and worked there continuously until the time of his death. He was about 35 years of age, and leaves a wife, formerly Miss Paddock, and two children at his home in East Alton. Mrs. Ray was summoned to his bedside after the accident. His body will be taken to East Alton for interment.


RAY, MABEL/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 24, 1887
From Brushy Grove – Mr. and Mrs. William Ray were called to mourn the loss of their infant daughter, Mabel, who died very suddenly on March 15. The funeral on Tuesday afternoon was largely attended by neighbors and friends.


RAYMOND, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1918
The funeral of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Raymond will be held Sunday afternoon at the family home on Harrison street.


RAYMOND, VICTOR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 27, 1905
Victor Raymond, aged 34, died Saturday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Goudie, 415 east Sixth street, after a long illness from pulmonary tuberculosis. He has been staying in Colorado for the benefit of his health, but his condition became so bad he returned to Alton to be with his two sisters, Mrs. Goudie and Mrs. Louis Arrington. He was unmarried. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the family home, and burial will be in City cemetery.


READ, H. L. “TINNIE”/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 26, 1873
God in His Providence has seen fit to remove by death Miss H. L. Read, who for four years was an honored member of the Alpha Zeta Society, respected and beloved by all who knew her for her gentle demeanor and studious habits, her sterling Christian character, and true womanly virtues. In short – her exemplary life, so illustrative of noble qualities of both mind and heart.


READ, WILLIAM T. B./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 25, 1851
Died on the 15th inst., William T. B., only child of W. T. B. and Adeilue Read, aged 10 months and 11 days.


READER, POLANDERS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 7, 1908
Nothing serves to emphasize the cosmopolitan nature of Alton's population more forcibly than the funeral Tuesday morning of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reader, Polanders, whose little one died suddenly Sunday at the home in East End place. In the old country from which they came, the custom is to follow the dead body to its last resting place on foot, chanting prayers as they march along, and that custom was followed in Alton today by the Italian and Pollock neighbors and friends of the bereaved parents. The body of the boy in a coffin was placed in a buggy driven by undertaker Keiser, and the mourners, women and children, followed after on foot, first to St. Mary's church and afterwards to St. Joseph's cemetery, where burial was made. The strange procession and the loud yraping [sic] and sound of lamentations attracted considerable attention. Services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Meckel.


READER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 28, 1917
Killed By Train On Way To Funeral
Two were killed and one seriously injured when the southbound C. and A. train this morning at 9:30 o'clock struck an automobile near Miles Station. The dead are Harvey Cardiff, aged 30, and Mrs. James Reader, aged 62. Mrs. Cardiff was not killed but is badly hurt. The party were on their way to attend the burial of Mrs. Frank Hupp, who died in Alton and was taken to Piasa for burial. The persons in the auto were old neighbors and friends of Mrs. Hupp, and were of a large number of people who were on the way to attend the services. Other people in the vicinity of the place, where the accident occurred, did not know of it until they had gone five miles further. Mrs. Reader was a guest of the Cardiffs during the trip to the burial of their old friend. At the crossing, a half mile from Miles station, the southbound passenger train struck the automobile, destroying it and hurling two of the occupants to death. The Cardiff family had just recently moved to the place where they lived, and the accident occurred about a mile from their home. The dead were taken to their homes, and Mrs. Cardiff was given surgical attention.


READING, THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 24, 1873
Mr. Thomas Reading, a respected citizen of Upper Alton, died on Sunday night with smallpox, at the pest hospital, and was buried yesterday. Reading contracted the disease in St. Louis while engaged there as a teamster. He leaves a wife and five children.


REAGAN, PATRICK F./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 16, 1878
Patrick F. Reagan, who died at his residence in Alton Monday night, after a lingering illness, was buried from the Cathedral Wednesday p.m. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of his fellow citizens, besides a number of residents of St. Louis. Deceased had long lived in Alton, and held several offices both here and in St. Louis. He was a native of Ireland, but came to this country while young.


REAGEN, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1917
The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Reagen was held this morning from St. Patrick's Church, where a requiem mass was said by Rev. Bernard Manning. Deceased had lived in Alton more than 60 years and many of her neighbors and acquaintances attention the obsequies. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery, beneath a coverlet of flowers, the offerings of friends. The pallbearers were S. Bernes, Charles Hammelmann, John Watsker, Jerry Callaghan, Henry Uhle and John Boyce.


REAL, GEORGIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 9, 1884
From Upper Alton – Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Real have suffered a sad bereavement in the dath of their oldest child, Georgie, a bright little girl of three years. She has been sick some time with a malarial fever, culminating in a brain affection which proved fatal. The funeral took place in the Baptist Church.


REAMEN, UNKNOWN WIFE OF ANDREW/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 26, 1899
Mrs. Andrew Reamen died this morning at 11 o'clock at her home on East Third Street from the effects of the grippe. Mrs. Reamen was 69 years of age and had been a resident of Alton for years. Besides her husband, she leaves five children: Mrs. L. Arrington, Mrs. Thomas Goudie, George and Victor Reamen of Alton, and Andrew J. Reamen of Cameron, Texas. The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed.


REAVES, ANNA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 1, 1877
Mrs. Anna Reaves, wife of Willis R. Reaves, a farmer living three miles north of Alhambra, died at their residence on February 19, in the 63rd year of her age. She was a good wife, mother, and neighbor, highly esteemed by all who knew her, and has left a husband and several children to mourn their loss.


REAVES, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 1, 1902
Suicide by Morphine
Nearly ninety hours after he took a fatal dose of morphine, George Reaves, an employee at the Charles Seibold livery stable, died Sunday morning at his home on Fifth and Easton streets. Reaves took a fatal dose of morphine last Wednesday evening, and the doctors are unable to account for the fact that he lingered so long before he died. Wednesday afternoon he drove a carriage for a funeral in Upper Alton, and on his return to the livery stable he informed Charles Seibold that he believed he would die in a few days, and he made known what teams and carriages he desired for use at his funeral. He told other people that he believed he would die, and he selected the undertaker and made other preparations for his end. Then he went home and took the morphine. Reaves had been a sufferer from a cancer which had given him great pain, and he had been using morphine to give him ease. He was 55 years of age and leaves his wife and a stepson. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest Sunday afternoon and took charge of the body, and it was buried Monday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. L. M. Waterman.


REAVES, WESLEY/source: McHenry Plaindealer, May 28, 1903
Son of Tobias and Nancy Reaves
The funeral of Wesley Reaves, an old resident of Madison County, occurred at the family home in New Douglas. His death occurred while visiting his son in Kansas City. He was 76 years of age, and leaves a widow and nine children.


REBSTOCK, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1910
Murdered - Infant Found in Clump of Weeds
Coroner Streeper held an inquest at Granite City today over the body of an infant found in a clump of weeds December 13. The jury fixed the responsibility for the death of the child upon the mother, Annie Rebstock, aged 21, and the grandmother, Mrs. William Rebstock, aged 43. Both women were held to the grand jury today without bail for infanticide. The child was born November 23. The girl charges that her mother strangled the child to death and threw it in the weeds, and the mother charges that her daughter did it. As the jury could not decide which was responsible, both were held and both seem to have had guilty knowledge, if not for the act of murder. The father of the child was William Whitlock, Coroner Streeper says. This is the second case of the kind in Granite City recently, but the mystery of the first has not been unraveled.


RECH, LOUISA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1904
North Alton News - Mrs. Louisa Rech died Monday night at her home in the southern part of the village after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Fred, who is old, partially blind and very poor, and she has, it is said, a brother in Alton. Deceased was for many years janitress of the public school building in School Lane, but lost the position some time ago. She lost her eyesight and was an applicant before the county board for the pension for the blind for which the last Illinois legislature made statutory provisions in each county. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon probably.


RECHER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1900
Mrs. Elizabeth Recher died Sunday noon at the family home, 811 East Third street, after a long illness, aged 55 years. Mrs. Recher's condition has been a pitiable one for several years, since she was stricken with paralysis. Unable to move herself, she lay helplessly paralyzed. When her son died recently, she was unable to go to see him and his death was a sad blow to her. She was a woman well liked by her friends, and there are many to sympathize with the family in their affliction. The funeral will be Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's church.


RECHER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1900
The funeral services of John Recher held this morning at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's church. Interment was at St. Joseph's cemetery.


RECK, ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1922
President of Reck Brewery Dies
Anton Reck, head of the Anton Reck Brewery, died yesterday at 2:30 p.m. at his home at 227 East Fifteenth Street [now Blair Avenue], following an illness of three months. He was 80 years old. Mr. Reck was born in Hund, Germany, on February 5, 1842. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Reck. He came to America in 1865 and located first at Newark, New Jersey. In 1867 he moved to St. Louis and inaugurated the business career which eventually brought him to Alton. He became affiliated with several breweries at different times in St. Louis, and finally became general manager of the Schilling and Schneider Brewery. This brewery was absorbed in 1889 by an English syndicate.

In 1890 Mr. Reck decided to enter business, and after visiting several cities for a suitable location, purchased the Alton Brewery here, and removed with his family to this city. The experience gained in his St. Louis connections stood Mr. Reck in good stead, and this, combined with his business ability, enabled him to successfully conduct the local enterprise. He worked diligently for the success of his business, and it was not long until his product became well-known in that trade. Mr. Reck was married in 1877 to Miss Augusta Woeckel in St. Louis. Four children survive - Louise, Bertha, Amelia and Herman. He also leaves a brother, who lives in Germany. Mrs. Reck died nine years ago.

Mr. Reck was a man of winning personality and genial disposition, who made friends rapidly. In his business career here, he built up a reputation for sagacity and honest dealing. His friends were many and his death will be the cause for sorrow to those who knew him. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. tomorrow, at the home by the Rev. H. M. Chittenden, former rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Interment will be in the Alton City Cemetery.

In 1890, Anton Reck purchased the Alton Brewery, located at 215 E. 15th Street (now Blair Avenue in Alton), from John Jehle for $75,000. He moved his family to a home on the hill just above the brewery. Reck installed an ice plant in the brewery in March 1894, and in November of that year, a disaster was narrowly averted when a fire broke out. Business began booming, and in 1908, an artesian well was dug at the brewery, where more than 200 gallons a minute could be drawn. Later that year a $30,000 addition was erected. In 1909, a $5,000 addition was made to the bottling department, and the business was incorporated as the Anton Reck Brewing Company, with Anton Reck as president; his son, Herman as vice-president and general manager; and daughter Bertha as secretary and bookkeeper. In June 1913, another $30,000 expansion was begun, as orders were exceeding capacity. The cellars were enlarged, as well as the wash room and ice plant.

At the beginning of 1918, World War I began to decrease the business of the brewery. To comply with a Presidential order, brewers were compelled to cut the alcohol content and use malted barley in their product. Weeks later they were prohibited from buying barley or other grains for making beer, and supplies were soon exhausted. In November 1918, a wartime order ceased the manufacturing of beer. On March 3, 1919, Anton Reck announced it was ceasing operation, except for the ice plant. Later in March of 1919, Reck announced he would begin making 2.75% alcohol beer, but this was never put into action. In July 1919, the brewery completely shut down, including the ice plant. In 1920 Prohibition became law, and in 1922 Anton Reck passed away before Prohibition was repealed.

Herman and Bertha Reck continued to live in the house overlooking the brewery. Herman went into the insurance business, and later sold radios and refrigerators. In 1932, Bertha Reck, despondent over an illness, committed suicide by driving her car in front of a train.

In 1939, 60 tons of brewing equipment, which had not been used for over twenty years, were dismantled and sold for $700 as scrap. Herman Reck estimated that they had cost around $50,000 new. In 1940, Herman Reck married and moved elsewhere in town. The abandoned Reck Brewery was remodeled in 1940 for quarters for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In May 1945 the Reck home was sold to the Owl’s Club, and the former brewery buildings were torn down. Herman died in 1952.


RECK, UNKNOWN WIFE OF ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1913
Wife of Anton Reck
The funeral of Mrs. Anton Reck was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home on Fifteenth street, Rev. E. L. Mueller of the German Evangelical church officiating. There was a large attendance of friends of the family at the funeral, and many who had been good friends of Mrs. Reck assembled to pay their last mark of respect to the deceased. There were many rich floral offerings. The pallbearers were Mr. Fenerbacher of St. Louis, Messrs. G. A. Joesting, A. Neerman, August Luer, S. H. Wyss and John Jehle. Burial was in City cemetery.


REDEKER, ELLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1921
Mrs. Ella Redeker, wife of Julius Redecker, of 721 Royal street, died this afternoon at 2:15 at St. Joseph's Hospital where she was taken for treatment seven weeks ago. She has been ill for over eighteen months. She was 61 years of age. Mrs. Redecker was born in Lebanon, Ill., and for some time resided at Marine, Ill. She came to Alton 23 years ago. She leaves her husband, Julius Redecker; two sons, Fred and William Noblitt, and two grandchildren, Celestine and Helen Noblitt. Her maiden name was Geers. She was a prominent lodge woman and at the time of her death was Secretary of the Mystic Workers. She was well known and her long illness has been watched with interest by her many friends. No funeral arrangement were completed this afternoon, but will be announced Thursday.


REDMAN, ANDREW/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 13, 1850
We regret to learn that a lad named Andrew Redman, who was employed in hauling dirt upon the railroad in the large carts used for that purpose, by some cause stumbled and fell upon the track one day last week, and the loaded car passed over his body, breaking one of his legs in three places, and otherwise injuring him so that he died in a few days. Too much care cannot be observed by those engaged in that occupation, as the sharp iron wheels will break a limb very quickly.


REDMAN, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 9, 1909
Edward, the 3 1/2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Redman, died last night at the home on Vandalia road. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the home, and the body will be taken to Wanda for burial.


REDMAN, SUSAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1917
Miss Susan Redman died at the home of her brother, George Redman, at 1135 Harrison street, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock after being ill for some time. The funeral was held at 1 o'clock this afternoon from the home on Harrison street to the Wanda Cemetery. The services were conducted at the home by Rev. A. C. Geyer.


REDMON, EVERETT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 14, 1921
Everett Redmon, residing at 1512 Maupin avenue in this city, died Friday in a St. Louis hospital where he was undergoing treatment. Deceased had been ailing for about ten months prior to his death. He was 44 years of age and is survived by his wife and one daughter, Louise. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ford of this city and Mrs. Park of St. Louis; also two brothers, James Redmon of this city and Luther Redmon of St. Louis. The remains will be brought to this city for burial and the funeral is to take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the A. M. E. church on Fourth street. Interment will be in the City Cemetery.


REDMOND, ANN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1906
Mrs. Ann Redmond, an old resident of Alton, died Sunday morning at her home, 330 west Twelfth street, after a long illness. She was well known among the older residents and leaves many friends who will regret to hear of her death. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Ella Redmond. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 9:30 from the Cathedral.


REDMOND, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1918
Former Alton Business Man Dies at Medora
Fred Redmond, a native of North Alton, died yesterday at his home in Medora, after a short illness with influenza. His relatives, practically all of whom live in Alton, was not aware of his illness until a few hours before his death. He was a son of the late John Redmond, who for half a century, almost, conducted a harness shop at the corner of State and Short streets. Fred conducted the shop for a time after his father's death, then conducted a shop in North Alton until moving to Medora. He was engaged in the harness business in that town also. He is survived by his wife and two sons. George has been in the service and Eldon is at home. His mother, Mrs. Barbara Redmond, is living in the old homestead at North Alton, and five sisters and one brother survive. The sisters are Mrs. J. G. Melling, Mrs. Samuel Tingley, Mrs. T. A. Miller, Mrs. William E. Miller, and Mrs. Norman Challacombe. The brother is George Redmond of Wood River. It is likely the body will be brought to Alton and that burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.


REDMOND, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 22, 1909
Sleeping On Railroad Tracks - Killed By Train
John Redmond, a life long resident of Alton, who has been staying at the Myrtle House, was instantly killed Sunday night by the Chicago & Alton Capital City Flyer near the foot of Walnut street. With two other men, one of whom was Walter Ferris of 931 Tremont street, he lay down in the railroad yards to go to sleep. Redmond laid across the track and the two other men were lying between the track and the siding. The two other men escaped injury, but Redmond's head was cut off and he was otherwise mangled. Engineer George Webb reported that he saw two men lying beside the track and one of them proved to be Ferris, who identified Remond and said he could not remember who the third man was. The third man left and so far his identity has not been ascertained. Coroner Streeper impaneled a jury last evening and will hear Ferris statement tomorrow evening. Engineer Webb will also be here to testify. Redmond was 30(?) years of age and was a nephew of Miss Lettie Coleman. The funeral will be held from the Myrtle House Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial will be in the City Cemetery.


REDMOND, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 2, 1917
Proprietor of Harness Shop
William Redmond, a well known Alton business man, proprietor of a harness shop for more than thirty years, died Thursday evening at 7 o'clock at his home, 356 Bluff street. Mr. Redmond had been in ill health for several years. He had been in rapid decline for several months and confined to his home most of that time. Since last Sunday he had been unconscious, and his death had been looked for at any time. He was 59 years of age last March 31. He was born in St. Louis, but was brought to Alton when a small child by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Redmond, and all the remainder of his life he spent here. About thirty years ago, after he had completed his trade as harness maker under his father, he set himself up in business in Alton, and the business continued until a few days ago when his family, knowing that Mr. Redmond's death was very near, suspended it. The closing of the store was the passing of the Redmond family from the harness making business in Alton. Thirty-nine years ago Mr. Redmond was married in Alton. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Fred Rust; Mrs. John Simon; Mrs. Arthur Degrand; Miss Iva Redmond; William and Fred Redmond. His aged mother still lives in the North Side. He leaves also two brothers, Fred and George Redmond, and five sisters, Mrs. J. G. Melling; Mrs. Samuel Tingley; Mrs. Norman Challacombe; Mrs. Thomas Miller; and Mrs. Will Miller. Mr. Redmond was known for his kindly disposition and he had a very large number of friends. He was an expert harness maker, and in the face of the passing of the horse with the increase in the number of automobiles, he continued to hold a good trade until ill health made it impossible for him to work any longer. During his long illness his condition has been watched with much interest by friends and relatives.


REED, ANDERSON/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 6, 1871 (review of 1870)
Mob Kills Man In Police Custody
On February 22, 1870, Anderson Reed, a colored man charged with murder, was forcibly taken from Constable Lammert by a mob, between Venice and Edwardsville, and killed by being riddled with bullets.


REED, BETSY/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 12, 1842
Died, in this city [Alton], on Friday the 4th inst., after a short but severe illness, Mrs. Betsy Reed, consort of Capt. A. Reed, of the steamboat Eagle, aged about 25 years, leaving a disconsolate husband and two young children to deplore her loss.


REED, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 17, 1900
George Reed of 827 East Second street died at 12:50 p.m. today after an illness of one week of inflammation of the bowels. He was 30 years old. His wife survives him. Funeral will be on Saturday at 9 a.m. from St. Patrick's church.


REED, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 25, 1873
Daniel Simms, a colored farmhand in the employ of Isaac Harkleroad, Esq., of Collinsville, shot, and it is believed fatally wounded, another colored man named John Reed, last Monday, April 14.


REED, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1916
Just as Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reed were starting out of Union Station at 2:15 o'clock today, a telegram came to Robert Morrow telling him that Margaret Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reed, had died at Kissimmee, Fla.....Miss Reed, who was 16 years of age, had been a victim of asthma. Her father took her to Florida about six weeks ago for the benefit of her health, and when Mr. Reed returned he left his daughter with her uncle, hoping the climatic change might be beneficial. She was apparently improving and it was a surprise to the parents when the message came saying that their daughter was in a bad way, and to go at once to Kissimmee, Fla. With very little time for preparation, the parents made departure. Then, after their train was moving out of St. Louis, came the message telling of the death of the girl.....Margaret Reed was a charming young girl. She had a host of friends and was the center of the affections of her family. The news of her sudden illness and death caused great surprise in Alton. Late this afternoon word was gotten to Mr. and Mrs. Reed at East St. Louis, telling them of the death of Miss Margaret, and the bereaved parents are returning to Alton to await the arrival of their daughter's body.


REED, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 19, 1903
William Reed, aged 72, died this morning at 4 o'clock after a long illness at his home, 553 east Third street. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He leaves no family but his wife.


REEDER, MARANDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1910
Mrs. Maranda Reeder, widow of William W. Reeder, died Monday evening at 5 o'clock at the Reeder homestead on Washington avenue. Her death had been expected all day yesterday. Mrs. Reeder had been seriously ill only a short time. She became confined to her bed about a week ago, and from that time she began to sink, and she continued to decline until death came last evening. She was in her 85th year, and had lived in Upper Alton over fifty years. Mrs. Reeder was born in Virginia and went to Tennessee when very young, where she lived a long time. She came to Upper Alton with her husband from Tennessee, and the couple lived here until death claimed both of them. Mr. Reeder preceded his wife to the grave eleven months. Three children survive the couple, Edward and James Reeder, and Mrs. Margaret Murray, all of Upper Alton, and nine grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and Rev. M. B. Baker, pastor of the Methodist church, of which deceased was a member, will conduct the service.


REES, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1903
Edward Rees, for many years a resident of North Alton on the coal branch, died Wednesday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Evans, in Yager Park. He was a widower, and about 60 years of age. Several weeks ago he was removed from North Alton to the home of his brother-in-law, where he died. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon.


REESE, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 11, 1915
Mrs. Emma Reese, for years afflicted with blindness, died at the Old Ladies Home Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock, aged 77. She had been an inmate of the home for 17 years. First she had an operation performed on her eyes to restore her sight, but it was of no use, and after that she went to the Old Ladies Home. For years she had made her home with the family of the late R. T. Largent in Alton. She had no relatives so far as known to those who were the best acquainted with her. She will be buried in City Cemetery in the lot belonging to the Largent family. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the home, and services will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Burrows.


REEVES, ORLAND/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 13, 1910
Drowned While Swimming
Orland Reeves, aged 17, was drowned Sunday afternoon at the foot of Walnut street while swimming there with a party of boys. The lads were close to the Walnut street sewer, and a party of women approached. The boys were partly clothed, but they desired to get out of view of the women, and they moved off toward a point in the willows further out. Although Reeves could swim, he got into too deep water, and while there he took a cramp. He sank before the eyes of his companions, who did not have time to help him. The body was recovered in the outlet of the Walnut street sewer, about two hours after the drowning. The body was taken in charge by Coroner Streeper, who will hold an inquest tomorrow morning. Reeves was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reeves of 212 Cherry street.


REHER, HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 18, 1877
Died in Alton on Wednesday, January 17, 1877, of asthma, Henry Reher, a native of Prussia; aged 39 years.


REHER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 19, 1901
Mrs. Mary Reher, aged 66, died at her home in Upper Alton this morning after a short illness. She was the widow of William Reher, formerly a well known business man of Upper Alton. She leaves five children, all of mature years. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. G. W. Waggoner.


REHER, RUDOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 14, 1903
Rudolph Reher, aged 25 years, died last night at the home of his brother, William Reher, after an illness with tuberculosis. He is a well known and highly esteemed young man and has lived in Upper Alton all his life. He underwent an operation in St. Louis a year ago for the disease from which he was suffering, and was much improved afterward, but he was taken ill again a couple of months ago and his death resulted. Deceased leaves one brother and two sisters, his mother having died about two years ago.


REID, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 21, 1841
Died, at Troy, Madison County, Illinois, on the 17th August, Mr. John Reid, aged about 40 years, formerly of Botetourt County, Virginia.


REIDENBARK, HI/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 2, 1915
The funeral of Hi Reidenbark was held this afternoon from the Jacoby undertaking chapel. Reidenbark had a wife and two children from whom he was separated about fifteen years. They came to Alton, identified the body and then went back home, making no arrangements for the funeral as they said they had no money to pay for it. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. Reidenbark was killed by a Big Four engine last week.


REIGART, JANE/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 5, 1841
Died, on Tuesday night last, the 1st inst., Mrs. Jane Reigart, wife of Mr. Christian K. Reigart of this city [Alton]. She was a devoted wife, an affectionate and faithful mother, a kind and benevolent neighbor, and one of the most exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her loss to her sorrowing husband, and large family of motherless little children, is irreparable; and the community in general will long mourn the unexpected departure from among them at one of their most valued members. Though the summons of the grim messenger of death was sudden, she was not found unprepared for his coming. She died as she had for years previously lived, reposing confidently upon the promises and mercy of her Savior, and with an unfailing assurance that a blessed immortality beyond the skies awaited her.


[see also Reilly]

REILLEY, MARY D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1903
Miss Mary D. Reilley died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Hastings, at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Miss Reilley's death was caused from nervousness from which she suffered many years. She was born in St. Louis and was 75 years old and was an old resident of Upper Alton. The only immediate relatives she leaves is her sister, Mrs. Hastings, with whom she has made her home while in Upper Alton. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and services will be conducted at the Hastings home on Liberty street. According to Miss Reilley's special request the funeral will be private. Interment in the family burying ground at Paddock's Grove Cemetery at Liberty Prairie.


REILLEY, PHILIP/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 29, 1918
The funeral of Phillip Reilley, aged 48, was held from the Cathedral to the Greenwood Cemetery Monday morning. Reilley died at the home of his sister, Mrs. William Jackson of the Grafton road, Saturday evening. He was ill but one day. Reilley was born in Alton and has lived here all of his life. He was employed at the Jackson nursery. He is survived by a brother, James Reilley, and two .... [unreadable].


REILLY, BARNARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1902
Barnard Reilly, generally known as Barney, a well known Alton Glass blower, was killed at Kansas City yesterday, and a message announcing his death was received by his wife last evening. Reilly left Alton several months ago, going first to Litchfield and afterwards to Kansas City, to follow his trade of glassblowing. His wife and children live in the East End place. The news of the death of the husband and father came as a cruel shock to his family. The Alton glass blowers union took charge of the funeral arrangements and sent instructions for the shipment of the body to Alton for burial. The body will arrive Saturday morning and the funeral will probably be Sunday afternoon.


REILLY, FLORENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 18, 1907
East Alton Girl Commits Suicide Over Love Affair
Miss Florence Reilly, aged 18, a daughter of Edward Reilly of East Alton, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon by drinking carbolic acid at her home. The girl had been under a mental strain for some time, it is said, because of unrequited love, the object of her affection being a man who could not reciprocate and she told members of her family that she would not bother them much longer. She found a bottle of carbolic acid her brother, Will Reilly, was using, and she drank about one ounce of it. After taking the poison she went into the room where her mother was, and Mrs. Reilly noticing the strange look in her daughter's face inquired what was the trouble. The girl would not say, but the next instant she collapsed in her mother's arms. Dr. Pence was summoned but could do nothing for her, and she died in about fifteen minutes after swallowing the poison. Coroner Streeper held an inquest over the girl's body Wednesday evening and a verdict of death from suicide was found. The funeral of Miss Reilly will be held from the East Alton Baptist church at noon Friday, and burial will be at Moro.


REILLY, HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 15, 1871
Our citizens will regret to learn that at about eight o’clock last evening, Mr. Henry Reilly, a resident of Upper Alton, and who was well known as agent of the East St. Louis Transfer Company, while endeavoring to step from the ferryboat to the dock on the East St. Louis side, fell between the boats and was drowned. His body was not recovered. Mr. Reilly is well known in this city, and held the position of ticket agent for the Alton & Chicago Railroad for some time, before accepting the position of Transfer Agent, and leaves a host of friends here to lament his death. A reward of $100 is offered for the recovery of the body.


REILLY, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 7, 1899
Joseph Reilly And Hattie E. Watson Murdered By James P. Bellenger
Insanely jealous of a woman who feared but did not love him, James P. Bellenger fatally shot and wounded the woman, Mrs. Hattie E. Watson, and her lover, Joseph Reilly, Wednesday night about 8:30 o'clock. The shooting occurred in the living apartments of Hattie Watson over the Alton Novelty Company's place on Second Street [Broadway]. Bellenger claims to have done the shooting in self-defense. The scene of the tragedy was a small porch upon which a back window opened, and from which a flight of stairs led to the ground. The Watson woman was entertaining Reilly, and on account of the heat, they were sitting outside to keep cool. Reilly had taken off his shoes and coat. While the two were sitting there, Bellenger quietly went up the stairs, through the house, and looking out the back window, saw the couple. His footsteps were heard by Reilly and Mrs. Watson as he left, and a few minutes later he was heard returning. Bellenger had gone to his store, armed himself with his revolver and returned. When they heard him coming back, Reilly and Mrs. Watson made a desperate struggle to close the window and shutters leading out on the porch. Bellenger attempted to prevent the closing of the shutters, and a terrific struggle between the two men ensued. Both were physical giants, and the battle for life was a fierce one. Bellenger says he was struck over the eye, and bears the mark there to show for it. At that, he says, he drew his revolver and began firing. Reilly was struck twice in the breast, above and below the heart. Mrs. Watson was struck once in the abdomen, but it is thought Bellenger's intention was not to kill her, and that she stepped in his way to save her lover. The four shots fired drew a big crowd almost instantly, and the police were obliged to lock up the house. When the first assistance arrived, Mrs. Watson was found sitting up and supporting the head of her dying lover. Reilly was taken to St. Joseph's hospital and died as he was being carried into the place. Mrs. Watson was first cared for at her home, but was removed to the hospital by order of the attending physicians. Joseph Reilly was 36 years of age. He was the son of James Reilly, who was buried Tuesday. He had lived in Alton all his life and was engaged in the transfer business. He leaves a mother and six brothers and sisters - Ed. Reilly, James Reilly, Mrs. Mary Sweeney, Mrs. Mary Gaffney, Mrs. E. Coyne, and Miss Annie Reilly. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. Services will be held in St. Patrick's church. After the shooting, Bellenger fled and the police were searching the country for him. He went to the home of his attorney, L. D. Yager, and by his advice surrendered himself to the police at about 10 o'clock. He was locked up in jail protesting bitterly against such indignity to a man of his own prominence in the city. By advice of his attorney, he declined to say anything of the killing, merely stating he had acted in self-defense. At St. Joseph's Hospital, Dr. Taphorn made an examination of Mrs. Watson and pronounced her wound not necessarily fatal. Chief of Police Volbracht and Mayor Young took Mrs. Watson's statement last night, which she signed. The story she told of the shooting is substantially as given above. She said also that since she entered the employ of Bellenger two years ago, he has repeatedly made advances to her on matrimonial subjects. Bellenger was deeply in love with her, and it is said it was on her account he secured the divorce from his wife, Lillian Bellenger, on Tuesday in the City Court. When the divorce was granted, Bellenger renewed his advances and urged her to accept him as a husband. Mrs. Watson says she feared him so she did not dare to become his wife and she put him off. He was returning last night to again renew his pleadings to her when the shooting occurred. When he found Reilly a more favored suitor than himself, his hot southern passion made him furious and he determined to kill his rival. She says she does not believe her death was part of Bellenger's design. Coroner Bailey impaneled a jury this morning and help an inquest in the police station. The taking of evidence was slow work. States Attorney Staats represented the State, and Yager and Brenholt represented Bellenger. The first witness examined was Officer Welch, who was one of the first to arrive on the scene of the shooting. He testified as to the character of Reilly, which he said was good so far as he knew. He stated the circumstances attending the finding of Reilly and Mrs. Watson which were according to what has been told. Mayor Young, who took Mrs. Watson's statement after the shooting, was the second witness. He told that Mrs. Watson said the shooting was preceded by a fierce fight. Bellenger was on the porch outside and Reilly was with her in the dining room. The fight started, she said, when Bellenger attempted to open the shutters which they had closed when he came up the back steps. During the fight Reilly struck Bellenger a fearful blow on the eye and the shooting began. Mrs. Watson's statement was taken this afternoon to verify obscure points in the first one. The statement is as follows: "We were in the room close to the window. Bellenger was outside on the porch. Reilly and myself had both gotten out on the porch before the shooting occurred. Reilly was helping me to keep Bellenger out. Mr. Bellenger said he would kill me before Joe should have me. He said this one month ago. Joe struck at Bellenger before he shot. This and my statement last night is my last, and I do not believe I will get well. My statements given are the truck. Hattie Watson."

C. Orrick Bishop, the eminent criminal lawyer of St. Louis, who is reputed to be one of the best posted men in the profession and the superior of Gov. C. P. Johnson, has accepted the offer of the Reilly family and will assist in the prosecution of James P. Bellenger for the murder of Joseph Reilly. Mr. Bishop was in Alton today conferring with members of the Reilly family with reference to the case. He visited the place where the killing occurred, and found that the scene of the tragedy was much altered since Bellenger killed Joseph Reilly and Hattie Watson. The porch which surmounted the stairway and upon which the shooting occurred has been torn down, and there remains not a vestige of it. Chief of Police Volbracht had photographs taken of the interior of the room facing the porch, and also of the porch at the time of the killing. Senator Brenholt has been retained by the brothers of Bellenger to defend him, and they will not spare money in trying to save the life of the accused murderer. The Reilly family is equally determined to bring Bellenger to punishment, and will not spare money to carry out their purpose.

Hattie Watson Is Dead
Alton Evening Telegraph, September 8, 1899
Hattie Watson, the woman who caused the fearful jealousy of J. P. Bellenger, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock, after enduring fearful agony. She became much worse during the afternoon, and did not rally from the shock of her fearful experience. As long as she was conscious, she continued to heap fearful imprecations upon the head of the murderer of herself and Reilly, and her last efforts were used in making the final statement which she hoped would hang him. She was fully conscious her end was near, and talked of it freely when her last statement was taken. Bellenger has retained as his attorneys to conduct his defense, Senator J. J. Brenholt and L. D. Yager. He realizes he has a desperate fight to make for his life. He has a brother, W. C. Bellenger, of Gadsden, Alabama, who is reputed to be very wealthy, and to whom he has appealed for assistance. His brother wired back last night that he could not come on account of illness, but Senator Brenholt sent another dispatch this morning asking him to come at once at both victims of his brother's pistol are dead, and his presence here is imperative. Bellenger was taken to the county jail by Deputy Sheriff Batterton last night, where he will await the action of the grand jury of the Circuit Court, which meets the third Monday in October. Relatives of the dead woman arrived here this morning and are looking after the arrangements for the funeral. Mrs. Watson had money in the bank, and Undertaker Bauer was instructed by her sisters to spare no expense. The body will be shipped to Raymond, Illinois this evening. Coroner Bailey was to have held an inquest this afternoon, but was called to Nameoki and did not return until late. When Bellenger was locked up in jail, his nerve forsook him as a full realization of his awful deed dawned on his mind. Every effort will be made to secure for him a trial at a date as early as possible to determine his fate. He has turned over his business to M. Wilkinson, his landlord, who will dispose of the stock to protect himself from loss on money due.

Bellenger in the County Jail
Alton Evening Telegraph, September 16, 1899
The Edwardsville Intelligencer says that J. P. Bellenger, the Alton murderer, was photographed Tuesday by request of Attorney Yager. It was for the purpose of showing the discoloration on the left side of the face near the nose. This, it is thought, will establish the fact that Reilly struck Bellenger. After being "shot," the murderer was hurried back to his cell. The Edwardsville Republican relates this amusing incident: "The prisoners in the jail treated Bellenger to what they call a 'kangeroo' or mock trial on his entry. 'Skippy' Clark, a well-known Alton character, officiated as judge, taking special delight in acting in that capacity on account of a grudge held against Bellenger. 'Skippy' claims he bought $50 worth of furniture from Bellenger and after it was all paid but one dollar, the latter took the stuff from him. He fined Bellenger $2.50, but as he could not produce $1.50, reduced the judgment to $1 cash, which was spent for a supply of tobacco for the boys."

Wife of J. P. Bellenger Visits Jail
Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1899
Mrs. Lillian Bellenger, the divorced wife of J. P. Bellenger, visited him in the county jail yesterday. She says Bellenger thinks his chances for being released are good, and the only remorse he has it caused by his thoughts of the injustice he did her in securing the divorce. Mrs. Bellenger says she has not been living in St. Louis, but has been with her people in the South, and will go from here to Bonne Terre, Missouri. Bellenger is very anxious to have her assistance in defending his case and is making an effort to have her promise to remarry him in case he escapes without punishment.

The Bellenger Case
Alton Evening Telegraph, November 10, 1899
It has been stated that the attorneys for the defense of J. P. Bellenger were in Edwardsville yesterday arranging for his trial in the county court, and that Mr. Bellenger's relatives would not help him. Persons charged with murder are tried only in the circuit court, instead of the county court. Mr. Bellenger's relatives will give him all the assistance in their power. The day for the trial has not been set, as the prisoner has not yet been arraigned. These statements are made by authority of Mr. Bellenger's counsel. Indeed, none of the persons indicted by the last report of the Grand Jury, including Bellenger and Yahncke, have been arraigned in court.

James P. Bellenger Dies in Prison
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1911
Colonel James H. Bellenger died in the penitentiary at Chester Wednesday night [March 8, 1911]. Bellenger was serving an indeterminate sentence for killing Hattie Watson, and still hanging over him was an indictment for the murder of Joseph Reilly in Alton at the same time. The killing happened September 6, 1899, in Alton. Bellenger was jealous of the attention showed the Watson woman by Reilly, and one night he killed both of them. He was indicted for murder, and Col. Brenholt, who defended him, says he had the hardest fight of his life to save him from hanging and get him a penal sentence. Bellenger's hair whitened and he became physically broken in prison. Recently his mind failed, and he was an inmate of the prison hospital all the time. He has no relatives who will do anything for him, so far as known. Col. Brenholt said today that at the trial of Bellenger, all his family forsook him and refused to contribute toward a fund for his defense. He is believed to have a son living at Gadsen, Alabama, and Col. Brenholt wired Warden Smith of the penitentiary to send word there. Until word is received from the son, if he is found, the body will be held. No attempt was ever made to get Bellenger out on parole, as the old charge of killing Joseph Reilly was still hanging over him. Bellenger conducted a time payment house in Alton up to the time of the double killing. Bellenger had been prominent in politics in Alton.

Bellenger's Will
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 20, 1911
The death of James P. Bellenger, in the penitentiary at Chester, was followed Monday by the filing of the will of Bellenger in the Probate Court this morning, for record. The provisions of Bellenger's will are interesting. The woman he killed was known as Hattie Watson, but it is evident her real name was Pitchford, as in the will Bellenger left her all his estate, with the exception of $2 he devised between his wife and his son. The will was written on a letter head of Bellenger's furniture business in Alton, and was signed by him in due form. It was signed up and dated August 7th, 1889, and about six weeks later Bellenger found it desirable to shoot and kill the woman to whom he had left his property. Whatever he had was spent in conducting his defense, so there will be no estate for anyone to have litigation over.

The location of the shooting was in the apartment above the Alton Novelty Mfg. Company, which was located on the north side of West Broadway, between State & Piasa Streets. Hattie Watson died the next day, September 8, 1899. She was buried in Raymond, Illinois where she had family. Joseph Reilly was buried in the Greenwood (St. Patrick's) Cemetery in Godfrey Township.

Bellenger was taken to the Madison County jail in Edwardsville. In the jail, the other prisoners held a "kangaroo," or mock court. In the mock court, Bellenger was fined $1 cash, which was spent on a supply of tobacco for the prisoners. Bellenger's former wife visited him in the jail, and indicated she would remarry him if he was found innocent.

Bellenger was tried for the murder of Hattie Watson and Joseph Reilly separately. For the murder of Hattie Watson, he was convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to an indeterminate term, and was taken to the Chester, IL penitentiary. During the trial he addressed the court, and stated he had advised Reilly and Mrs. Watson to get married, and that the shooting was as much a surprise and mystery to him as it had been to the people of Alton.

For the murder of Joseph Reilly, he was convicted of murder, but I could not find the sentencing.

On March 8, 1911, Colonel James H. Bellenger died in the penitentiary at Chester, Illinois. Colonel Brenholt, his attorney, stated he had the hardest fight of his life to save Bellenger from hanging. Bellenger's hair turned white while in prison, and he became physically broken. His mind failed him, and he was an inmate of the prison hospital most of the time. After the trials, Bellenger's family (some of whom were wealthy) all abandoned him. It was believed he had a son living in Alabama, but he was not to be found. Bellenger had conducted a "time payment house" in Alton at the time of the murders, had been prominent in politics in Alton, and had owned a furniture store in Alton. He may have been buried in the penitentiary cemetery in Chester, Illinois.

At the filing of the will for James Bellenger, it was discovered that he had left Hattie Watson all of his estate, except for $2 to be divided between his former wife and son. He listed Hattie Watson's name as Hattie Pitchford, and it was signed and dated August 7, 1899, about six weeks before he killed her. ~Bev Bauser


REILLY, MAMIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 24, 1913
Mrs. Mamie Reilly, wife of James J. Reilly, janitor of the Standard Oil refinery office at Wood River, died at 6 o'clock this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital where she was taken for an operation. The operation was performed by five surgeons, several days ago, for the removal of a tumor, but did no good. For a time she seemed to be getting better, but her condition took a turn for the worse yesterday. Mrs. Reilly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts of Alton, and leaves her husband, one child, Miss Mario Frasier, aged 9, her parents, and one brother, Edward Roberts of Alton. Mrs. Reilly was married twice, her first husband having been killed six years ago in a railroad accident near Springfield when a freight train crashed into a caboose in which he was sitting. His name was Ed Frasier. Two years later she met Mr. Reilly and married him, after which the couple moved to Wood River where Mr. and Mrs. Reilly have been conducting a high class boarding house where the office employees of the Standard Oil refinery eat their meals daily. The funeral will probably be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home in Wood River to St. Patrick's church. The burial is in Greenwood Cemetery.


REILLY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1901
Mrs. Mary Reilly, widow of James Reilly, died last evening at 7 o'clock after a long illness at her home, 321 Walnut street. She had been an invalid for three years, but was not taken seriously ill until last Sunday. She was born in Evandale, Ireland, and was 68 years of age. She came to Alton with her husband a few years after her marriage, and at the time of her death had been in Alton over 40 years. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. John Sweeney, Mrs. John Gaffney of St. Louis; Mrs. Edward Coyne of East St. Louis; and Miss Annie Reilly of Alton;; also two sons, Messrs. Edward and James Reilly. The funeral will take place Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, and services will be held in St. Patrick's church.


REILLY, MICHAEL/Source: Syracuse, New York Post Standard, Saturday, August 6, 1904
Alton Father, Daughter And 6 Playmates Drown In Mississippi
While bathing in the Mississippi river tonight, Michael Riley, his daughter and six of the latter's little girl friends were drowned. One child was rescued. Riley lived near the river in the southern part of the city and was accustomed to bathe on the beach in front of his home after his return from work. Tonight his little daughter begged to go with him. and Riley took her and seven of her girl friends to the beach with him. When they entered the water, Riley bade the children join hands and they all waded Into the river and walked along a sandbar which stretches out into the stream at that point. They had gone some distance from the shore, when suddenly the whole party disappeared beneath the water, having in the darkness stepped from the sandbar, into the deep channel. The children struggled and screamed, fighting desperately to reach the sandbar, where the water was only a foot or so in depth. Riley who is said to have been a good swimmer. Is thought to have been made helpless by the girls clinging to him and hampering his efforts to save them. The only one in the party to regain the sandbar was Mary Timiny, 8 years old. The child is unable to tell how she saved herself. Riley was 32 years old, and the ages of the children drowned ranged from 8 to 14 years. Four of the bodies have been recovered.

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

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 8, 1904
Three Double Funerals and One Single Funeral - Sad Sequel of Last Friday's Tragedy in the Mississippi
Three double funerals and one single was the sad sequel Monday of the tragedy of last Friday, by which Michael Reilly and seven little girls lost their lives in the Mississippi River. Owing to the large number of funerals, taken in connection with other funerals set for Monday morning, it was necessary for the undertakers to hold a conference to make arrangements for the use of hearses. The final arrangements made were for the funeral of Michael Reilly to be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church; the funeral of Bessie and Marie Brumm to be held at 3:30 from the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brumm on Brown street; the funeral of Lucia and Eliza Pates to be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. Pates on Garden street; and the funeral of Alice Synar and Ruth Marshal from the Upper Alton Methodist church at 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon. There was little the officiating clergymen and the eulogists of the departed ones could say. Under the circumstances words were useless to express the depth of the grief of the friends of the families and the surviving relatives. Rev. Walter H. Bradley, pastor of the Upper Alton Presbyterian church, expressed the general sentiment that there was little to be said and that human minds could not comprehend the workings of Providence in the taking of the children and a man whose life was so full of good features as that of the victims of the accident. In life, Reilly had loved the children, and in death he was not parted from them, which was probably as he would have wished it had the choice been given him, under the circumstances. In the Upper Alton Presbyterian church, Dr. Bradley preached a special sermon to his congregation, referring to the casualty, on the text "Let not your hearts be troubled." At the Upper Alton Methodist church a committee consisting of R. L. Lowry, Mrs. Lathy Waggoner and Miss Effie Stalder was appointed to draw up suitable resolutions for the Synar and Marshall girls, who attended church there. The funeral of Lucia and Eliza Pates was in private, and was attended only by relatives, neighbors and a few very intimate friends. The services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church of Alton. Lucia Pates was a communicant of St. Paul's church, and both children attended services there. The floral offerings sent by sympathetic friends of the little girls and of the family were rich and numerous. Rev. Mr. Chittenden read the Episcopal burial service for the dead in the home, and addressed remarks to the surviving parents and members of the family for their comfort in their hour of affliction. The pallbearers for the Pates children were boys, six for Lucia and four for Eliza. They were: Lucias Cassitt, Middleton Levis, Henry Rodgers, Henry McPike, Edison Herb, Warren Levis and Wallace Dudley. The following young men carried little Eliza's casket: Roland Dudley, Minor Watson, Henry Schwartzbeck, Harry Levis, Harry Herb, and Willie McPike. Burial was in the Alton [City] Cemetery, where the two little bodies were laid away side by side beneath mounds of beautiful flowers.

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

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 8, 1904
Elizabeth Reilly Still Missing
All day Sunday and until a late hour at night the fruitless search was continued for the body of the missing Elizabeth Reilly. It was desired to hold the funeral of the girl at the same time as that of her father, Monday morning, and for that reason the efforts of the searchers were redoubled. The force of men hunting for the body all day Sunday was increased fourfold. The sandbar was covered with boats of all descriptions. Men worked incessantly without any thought of reward, their one determination being to find the body of the missing girl. The naval militia crew went down the river in their cutter, taking with them their Hotchkiss gun from which charges were fired at frequent intervals in the hope that the body would be started to the surface. All the expedients reputed to be helpful in such cases were adopted, but all were of no avail. The searchers found a piece of lace which Mrs. Reilly, the mother, identified as having been part of the under-clothing of her daughter, but the body was not near the snag from which the lace was taken. Interest in the missing girl has increased as the time passes, and the one question on everyone's mouth is one of inquiry as to whether the Reilly girl had been found. A reward of $25 has been offered by Branch No. 2, G. B. B. A., for the recovery of the body of Elizabeth Reilly.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 9, 1904
Search for Elizabeth Reilly Continues
Interest in the search for the body of Elizabeth Reilly, who was drowned Friday evening, has not abated. In response to the call issued by Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer Monday, a large party of men went down to the sandbar Tuesday morning to assist in the search for the body of the girl. The whole bar is being gone over again carefully. A report that the body had been found at St. Louis was investigated and proved groundless. Another report was received that men on a down-river steamer had seen the body of a girl floating below Herculaneum, attired in a bathing suit. Large quantities of dynamite are being exploded at the bar this afternoon, and it is hoped thus to displace the body and cause it to come to the surface. $25 reward will be paid by the members of Branch No. 2, G. B. B. A., to any person recovering the body of Elizabeth Reilly from the river. John Hurley, President

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1904
Human Chain was Fruitless
The search for the body of Elizabeth Reilly proved fruitless Tuesday. A human chain was formed and swept over the entire sandbar in the neighborhood where Friday evening's tragedy occurred, but there was no result. Dynamiting was resumed Tuesday afternoon, and great volumes of sand and water were thrown high in the air, the concussion was terrific, but still the body did not appear. Men kept at their task without losing hope, but now it is believed the body has moved on down the river. Four skiff loads of men started Tuesday morning to row to St. Louis and to search along the way, but they could find nothing of the body. Mrs. Reilly, the mother, is almost distracted over the failure of the searching parties to find her daughter, and this fact has caused the friends and sympathizers of the family to work harder. Dynamiting was resumed again Wednesday morning, but it is believed that the body will not be found on the sandbar.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 12, 1904
Back to Scene of Drowning - Searching for Elizabeth Reilly
One week ago this evening Elizabeth Reilly was drowned, and the waters of the Mississippi still refuse to give her up. There is no let-up to the search, however, and no thought of abandoning it. Those who went down the river in skiffs made a thorough hunt on both sides of the stream as far as St. Louis without discovering the body, and efforts to locate the body somewhere near the scene of the tragedy have been redoubled. "There is," said one of the searchers this morning, "a large piece of territory in the 'pocket' near where the drowning occurred - fully a ten acre area, and there are many ledges and deep holes in this area. It has been impossible to make thorough search of all these places, but I believe the body is in some one of these holes, and the only thing to do is to keep hunting until fortune or chance directs to the right spot." Scores of people are hunting daily for the missing girl, and while some are working under pay or for the reward offered, the big majority are working for humanity's sake - for the sake of the dead and beloved father and for the sake of the mother and brothers who are left behind. Dynamite is still being used, and strong hopes are entertained that if everything else fails that the body will come to the surface on the ninth day - Saturday night or Sunday.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 13, 1904
Body Expected to Rise Tonight
This being the ninth day since the drowning of Michael Reilly and little charges, a close all-night vigil will be kept, it is said, in the vicinity of the accident, as it is thought probably the body of Elizabeth Reilly will come to the surface either tonight or Sunday morning. The increased reward attracted a greater number of searchers than ever Saturday, and unless the body has been taken away down the river it doesn't look possible that it will remain hidden much longer.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 15, 1904
Still Hoping to Find Elizabeth
The body of Elizabeth Reilly, who was drowned August 5, did not rise from the watery depths Sunday as was hoped, but the search will be continued. The water has been cold ever since the tragedy, unusually cold at nights, and this it is said by those qualified to know will have a tendency to keep the body down much longer than of the weather and water were hot.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 16, 1904
Clairvoyant Tries to Find Girl's Lost Body
A woman living in East End place, claiming to be a clairvoyant, and who says she can find the body of Elizabeth Reilly or get no pay for her services, accompanied two men in a skiff for a trip down the river Tuesday morning. The woman said on Monday that she could locate the body, and told Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer she was sure the body was being kept hidden away by men who were trying to get a higher reward for it. She said that the body was being concealed some place under a boat, and described some details which made some of the men who are working for the reward think there was something in her claim. Accordingly, two of the men took the clairvoyant and another woman for the trip down the river in a skiff, and he agreed to find the body for them.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 17, 1904
Clairvoyant Unsuccessful
The searchers for the body of Elizabeth Reilly returned on the Spread Eagle Tuesday evening from a down-river trip with a clairvoyant without anything having been accomplished. The clairvoyant who had volunteered to find the body or make no charge, and who was employed by two of the searchers for the body, was just as much at loss as anyone else, and notwithstanding her alleged powers of seeing through mysteries, she could do nothing. She didn't show the men any place where the body could be hidden, as she said it was, nor could she give a suggestion about the hiding place. River men now think that the body long ago floated away in the darkness and got far down the river. Instances are told of the body of a drowned man who fell in the river at Alton being found at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and another Alton victim of drowning floated from Alton to Cairo before being picked up.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 20, 1904
Clairvoyant Tries Again
The female clairvoyant, who made an attempt early in the week to discover the body of Elizabeth Reilly through the use of her occult powers, started down the river again Saturday morning in a boat to make another attempt. Two men and the woman's husband went with her in a skiff. The men are not skeptical of the woman's ability to find the body, and she says she has great confidence in her ability. Capt. E. H. Webb was engaged to go down the river about noon to bring the searchers home, as the woman was sure that by noon she would have discovered the body or failed.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 7, 1904
Mrs. Michael Reilly Moving to St. Louis
Mrs. Michael Reilly is moving her household goods to St. Louis where she and her sons will make their home. Emmett and Archer Reilly went to Springfield last evening to spend a few days with friends. They will return here on Monday and then they and their mother will go to St. Louis to reside.


REILLY, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 13, 1913
Thomas Reilly, the third Benbow City councilman to died within the past few months, died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at St. Joseph's Hospital where he had been taken from Benbow City the night before, supposed to be suffering with malaria. He was unconscious when brought to the hospital, and did not regain consciousness before he died. Reilly was 49, and leaves his wife and three children in the western part of St. Louis county, it is said, although he had not lived with them for many years. He drove for the Jordan lumber yard, and has done odd jobs around Benbow City and Wood River for the past two years. No arrangement has so far been made for his funeral.


REINDORF, BERTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1906
Wife of Clergyman Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances
Coroner Streeper was notified this morning of the death of Mrs. Bertha Reindorf in St. Joseph's hospital at Highland, Ill. under suspicious circumstances. The woman was the wife of a German Evangelical clergyman who was formerly a Catholic priest but who renounced the Catholic religion, married and became a German Evangelical minister. The circumstances attending the death of the woman indicate that she died from poisoning. She lived at Hoopedale in Bond county, near Greenville. After taking ill, she was put on a train and hurried to Highland to be put in the hospital there in the hope of saving her life, but the malady from which she was suffering proved fatal in a short time. Coroner Streeper was consulted by his deputy at Highland, Albert Koch. The inquest was held this afternoon.


REINHARDT, ANNA MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1921
Anna Marie Reinhardt, aged 25 years, passed away this morning at the family home at 2301 College avenue after a lingering illness. She is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antone Reinhardt and is survived by one brother, Adolph Reinhardt. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.


REININGER, CLARA MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 14, 1921
Mrs. Clara May Reininger, wife of Frank Reininger, died at her home on the Grafton road very suddenly this morning from a malady that had been causing her trouble for a long time. Mrs. Reininger leaves one daughter, Mae Barton, and one son, Edward L. Maupin.


REININGER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 16, 1912
Joseph Reininger, aged 28, died late this afternoon at his home in Upper Alton after a brief illness from pneumonia. He was a very skillful glassblower, and one of the best liked young men in Upper Alton.


REININGER, VALENTINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1917
Expert Craftsman - Man Who Blew Record Breaking Bottle for World's Fair Passes Away
Valentine Reininger, one of the best known of the old time glassblowers of Alton, died this morning at 5:30 o'clock at his residence on Washington avenue in Upper Alton. Mr. Reininger was 72 years and 8 months old. He came to Alton 27 years ago from Millville, New Jersey, to take a place at the glassblowing trade in the Alton glassworks. He was one of the most skillful of the men who ever worked at the glass trade anywhere. It was because of his wonderful ability to handle glass that the Alton plant went to a good deal of trouble to get him to come here. After he worked in the Alton plant a couple of years, he moved his family from Milville to this city, and they located on Brown street in Upper Alton. After coming to Alton Mr. Reininger never worked any place else, and he wound up his career in the glass blowing business in Alton, retiring from work twelve years ago. For several years he has been in poor health, but after suffering a severe attack he would recover, his wonderful nerve and vitality winning out each time. His fatal illness lasted nine days and he died on the tenth day. It was a week ago Tuesday that the last attack of his old standing trouble made its appearance and took the aged retired glassblower to his bed. From the first it was known that this was the worst attack he had ever suffered, and members of the family had little hope for his recovery from the day he became ill. He suffered intensely until death came this morning early, and ended his suffering. Mr. Reininger leaves his widow and five children - two sons, Joseph and William, having died from pneumonia during the last four years. The death of the two young men very close together was a very hard blow to the father. The children who survive are: Mrs. Walter Bardell of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. James Ray of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. William C. Stork, Frank C. Reininger of Upper Alton; and Mrs. Edward Mahr of Godfrey. The funeral will be held Saturday morning from St. Patrick's Church. Valentine Reininger made the biggest bottle ever blown. He made big ware in the glass trade for many years and on numerous occasions he had broken the record for blowing big bottles when something extra was demanded in the glass business. At the time of the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Mr. Reininger was asked to make some big ware for exhibition purposes as the company desired to place some of their products on exhibit at the fair. It was at that time that he made the biggest bottle ever blow. The bottle that broke the record held 84 gallons and stood higher than a good sized man. It was the bottle that broke the world's record, and it was seen at the fair by many thousands. Mr. Reininger retired from the glass trade soon after he made the World's Fair bottle, and he has not worked any since. He was the owner of some valuable pieces of property on Washington avenue at the time of his death.


REININGER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 9, 1914
The death of William Reininger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Reininger of Upper Alton, Thursday evening at 8:15 o'clock, marks the third in a series of deaths of sons of this couple in the twenty-fourth year of age. Three of the boys have failed to reach their twenty-fourth birthday after passing the twenty-third. In each case the son sickened and died. Albert was the first one. He came here before the family did from Milville, N. J. Then Joseph died not long ago. Two weeks ago Will Reininger was taken ill with typhoid fever, and in the light of past occurrences in the family there was considerable anxiety as to the outcome of his illness, which was recognized as a serious case. Naturally the family, having lost two sons prior to the twenty-fourth birthday, were somewhat worried over the latest illness of a son in the fatal year, and their forebodings were justified. Mr. Reininger was a glassworker, following the trade of his father who was known as one of the most expert glassblowers in Alton, cunning workmanship being considered. Beside the parents, the deceased is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Walter Bardell of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. James Ray of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. W. C. Stork; and Mrs. Ed Maher of Alton; and one brother, Frank Reininger. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


REINWALD, LOUISA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 13, 1879
Died in Alton, March 11, 1879, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. W. L. Klunk, on Prospect Street, of congestion of the lungs, Mrs. Louisa Reinwald, aged 73 years.


REIS, VICTORIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 3, 1903
After a long and painful illness, Mrs. Victoria Reis, a resident of Alton for more than forty years, passed away Sunday afternoon at her home, aged 81. She had been a sufferer from cancer. Mrs. Reis leaves a family of six children, John Reis, Mrs. John Luly of St. Louis, Mrs. Conrad Schreiber, Charles Graf, Philip Graf and Jacob Reis. The last is in the Philippines where he went as a soldier and engaged in business after the end of his term of enlistment. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock and services will be held in St. Mary's church.


REIT, SISTER SOPHIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1914 [note: last name could be Reif?]
Sister Sophie Reit of the Nazareth Home died this morning. Previous to last evening Sister Sophie was up and around and was well with the exception of feebleness occasioned by her great age, she being in her seventy-fifth year. Last evening about seven o'clock Sister Sophie was stricken with apoplexy, and throughout the night remained unconscious. She did not rally at all and died at eight ten this morning. The deceased was born April 27th, 1838 in Freiburg, Baden. She entered the Convent of the Precious Blood Sisters at Gutwell, Baden, at an early age. After having passed the state examination in German and French, she was active for a number of years as teacher in Europe. In 1873 she came to America with the Precious Blood Sisters, whose Mother House is located in Ruma, Ill. For 23 years she taught in various places, here in America, having meanwhile learned English. After 23 years spent here, she went back to Rome where she met Mother Pauline, who had been appointed Mother Provincial at Baujaluka, Bosnia. Seven years ago Mother Pauline came to America in company with six other nuns, Sister Sophie being among the number, and founded the Nazareth Home. The religious community lost in Sister Sophie a valuable member.  The funeral will take place from the chapel of the Nazareth Home on Central Avenue Monday morning at nine o'clock. The burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery.


REITER, UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 14, 1878
A gentleman named Reiter met with an accident Wednesday, which resulted in his death about 11 o’clock Friday. He received a kick in the abdomen from a horse while on Belle Street, but thought so little of the injury at the time that he did not consult a physician. Thursday he was seized with agonizing pain and called for assistance. Several medical men were summoned, but all efforts were in vain. It was found that some of his intestines were ruptured, and his death occurred at the hour named. He leaves a wife and family.


REMPKE, GEORGE/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 11, 1872
Stabbed to Death by Brother-In-Law
A terrible stabbing affair took place Saturday morning on Third Street, between Langdon and Henry Streets, the particulars of which are as follows:

For some time past, a domestic feud has existed between George Rempke, living at the place above named, and Matthias [or Anton] Belz of Brighton, the husband of a sister of Rempke’s wife. The cause of feud is not fully understood by outsiders, but it has culminated in a fearful manner. Rempke is a water-hauler, and on Sunday morning, about 6 o’clock, went out of the house towards his stable to feed his horse. Just before he got to the barn door, Belz, who, it seems, had been lying in wait for him, sprang out from behind an outbuilding and attacked him with a corn knife, inflicting several terrible wounds upon his person. Rempke then turned and ran towards the house, Belz following him and overtaking him at the door, where he slashed Rempke’s face and head horribly, the knife penetrating the skull. Belz then turned and ran towards the river, followed by one or two neighbors who witnessed the affair from their houses, and ran to the rescue, but none of them could overtake the would-be murderer.

The officers were, however, immediately notified, and started in pursuit, while Dr. Guelich was summoned to attend the wounded man. Rempke was able, before his wounds were dressed, to tell who the assailant was, but gave no other information. His wife and some of the neighbors saw and recognized Belz. Officers Challacombe, Sauvage, and McKissock made a thorough search for the assailant, and after satisfying themselves that he was not in the vicinity, the last two started for Brighton, where they found that Belz had arrived shortly before them, and had disappeared, no one knew where. Up to the present time, he has not been found. He is a German, and is described as about 5ft 8 inches high, heavily built, and wore a suit of grey working clothes. Rempke is well known in town. He is also a German, and about forty years of age. He has a wife and five or six young children. This afternoon he was lying in a very precarious condition, and his recovery is extremely doubtful.

Source: Alton Telegraph, October 18, 1872
Mr. George Rempke of Alton, who was so brutally stabbed on October 6 by Anton Pelz of Brighton, died yesterday afternoon from the effect of his injuries. The murderer is still at large, and as no reward has been offered for his arrest, no effort is being made by the officers in that direction.


RENFRO, ARMINDA C. (nee HARNSBERGER)/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 1, 1893
Mrs. Arminda C. Renfro, wife of W. P. Renfro of Troy, died yesterday morning at 5:30 o'clock. The funeral took place today. She was born in Old Ripley, Bond county in 1852. She married W. P. Renfro and moved to this county nine years ago. She leaves surviving her husband, one son and one daughter; also, her mother, Mrs. C. E. Cheney of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one sister, Virginia Renfro, wife of A. T. Renfro of Wayne county; one brother, John Harnsberger, and a half brother D. W. Cheney of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.


RENFRO, CYRUS W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 21, 1904
Cyrus W. Renfro, aged 68, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home, 819 East Fifth street Sunday afternoon after a long illness from pulmonary troubles. He had lived in Alton many years and was a member of Alton post G. A. R., under whose auspices the funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. Mr. Renfro leaves, besides his wife, four children: Mrs. Mattie Cummings of Litchfield, and Messrs. A. E., Scott and Frank Renfro of Alton. Mr. Renfro lived in Troy in this county before his removal to Alton.


RENFRO, LETICIA “LETTY” (nee WEST)/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 17, 1882
Mrs. Letty Renfro of Troy died last week, having attained the ripe old age of 82 years. She was the wife of the Rev. Jesse Renfro, who still survives her at the age of nearly 85 years.

Letty Renfro was born June 12, 1800, in North Carolina. She was married to Jesse Renfro, September 4, 1817, and was the mother of thirteen children – five sons and eight daughters. Three sons and two daughters are still living. She professed religion in 1827, and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She has always been esteemed a regular and consistent member. She was a devoted wife, a faithful and kind mother, and a good neighbor. She was a very quiet and agreeable companion. She always showed great love and affection for her children and grandchildren, and loved to see them around her and talk with them and give them good advice. She had been considered for many years an invalid, had many very serious spells of sickness, which she bore with patience and Christian resignation. Her last sickness was congestion of the liver. She expressed the opinion that this would be her last sickness. As death appeared, she was calm and resigned, her suffering was but for a few days. She was taken down March 6, and died Thursday, March 9, 1882, at nine o’clock p.m. Her age was 81 years, 8 months, and seven days. She leaves behind her to mourn her loss her dearly devoted companion, with whom she lived in peace and comfort for nearly three score years and ten. She also leaves her dear children to mourn and weep, her many grand and great-grandchildren, her neighbors and her many friends. She lived to celebrate the fiftieth year of married life, and also held her diamond wedding with a large number of friends, and all her living children, and many of her grand and great-grandchildren. The celebration was a most pleasant and enjoyable meeting. She lived after the diamond wedding anniversary nearly five years, making her married life nearly sixty-five years. Burial was in the Gilead Cemetery in Troy.


RENFROW, UNKNOWN WIFE OF SCOTT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 11, 1904
Mrs. Scott Renfrow, aged 18, died Sunday night at 8 o'clock after a brief illness at the home, 1016 East Third street. Mrs. Renfrow is survived by her husband and one child, only a few weeks old. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the family home on East Third street.


RENSEN, CHARLOTTE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 30, 1915
Mrs. Charlotte Rensen, aged 78, died at her home on East Sixteenth street at 2 o'clock this morning following a protracted illness. Mrs. Rensen has been confined to her home since Thanksgiving Day, and her condition has been growing worse daily, so that the end has been expected for some time. Mrs. Rensen was born in England and was brought to the United States when a small child. She has lived in Alton for the past twenty-three years. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Rensen; one daughter, Mrs. Ed Brandeweide; and one son, William Rensen. The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The funeral services are to be conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing.


RETHERT, T. (newspaper headline listed first initial as R.)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 12, 1919
Mysterious Death in Rooming House
Mystery surrounds the death of T. Rethert, white, in the colored rooming house conducted by Rosie Elliot on Piasa street. The police report shows that he died about two o'clock this morning. The cause of his death is not known. Other roomers in the house did not know that his condition was serious until he was dead. According to the story told this morning at the home of Rosie Elliot, Rethert often came to the house to call for Archie Johnson, who rooms there. Last night about ten o'clock he came to the house and asked for Johnson saying he was ill. Johnson was not at home but he was called home from his work in Wood River to look after the man. Johnson said this morning that by the time he arrived Rethert seemed improved. "I gave him my bed, and went to sleep on the floor near him," Johnson said. "I was awakened about two o'clock in the morning by his struggles and he died before I had a chance to call the doctor." The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner William Bauer. There is no mark on the body, and nothing that would indicate the cause of his death. According to Johnson, Rethert has worked in Alton for the past twenty years. He has labored and has often been foreman of the laboring gangs. He was unmarried, and at present was working for the Standard Oil Co. in Wood River. Johnson said he believed Rethert was about 45 years of age.


REUSS, HENRY (newspaper also spelled the name RUESS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1909
Henry Reuss, a shoemaker, aged 53, was fatally injured Sunday morning by being struck by a Chicago & Alton train at Illinois Avenue in East End place. He was walking along the track when the train hit him. Reuss was thrown a short distance, and his skull was fractured. He was taken to St. Joseph's hospital where he died shortly after arriving there. Reuss was engaged in shoe repairing and conducted a small store. He has a family consisting of his wife and several children. Coroner Streeper took charge of the body. A son of Ruess, Frank Reuss, was injured several weeks ago and lost a finger in an accident in an Alton factory where he was employed.


REUTER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 19, 1886
Mr. William Reuter, who resided near Alton Junction [East Alton], was instantly killed Saturday evening by an unfortunate accident. He was engaged in hauling a load of corn from his own place to that of a neighbor, when one of the wheels of the wagon ran into a hole, and he was precipitated forward and fell between the horses and the vehicle. His cries for assistance were heard, and when the spot to which the frightened horses had run was reached, Mr. Reuter was found to be dead, his neck being broken by the fall. Coroner Melling was notified, held an inquest, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above account.

Mr. Reuter was a brother-in-law of Mr. H. C. G. Moritz of Alton. Mr. Moritz and family attended the funeral, which took place from the family residence on the Wood River. Deceased left a wife and two sons to mourn his death.

Mr. Reuter was born December 18, 1823, and was about 62-63 years of age. He was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


REXFORD, NORMAN GERTRUDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1913
Norman Gertrude, the 10 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rexford, died last night and will be buried at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from St. Mary's church.


REYLAND, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 11, 1908
Mrs. Margaret Reyland, aged 85, died this morning at 6:15 o'clock at the home of her son, Peter Reyland, on Henry street, of injuries she sustained in a fall two weeks ago. Mrs. Reyland was born in Brandenburg, Luxemburg, Germany. She married Michael Reyland in Germany and came to this country with him. He died fifteen years ago. There are six children living, three sons and three daughters - Peter and Nicholas of Alton; John of Waco, Texas, who will attend the funeral; and Mrs. Katie Connor of Brandenberg, Germany. Mrs. Barbara Herz of Glennonville, Missouri, and another daughter in Gereling Luxemburg, Germany. A brother, John Fauigenburg in Bethalto. Mrs. Reyland was a member of St. Mary's church parish.


REYLAND, PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 15, 1918
One of Alton's Oldest Business Men Dies From Blood Poisoning
Peter Reyland, aged 67, died at midnight Monday night at his home at 816 Henry street, after a short illness. Mr. Reyland sustained an abrasion on one of his hands ten days ago while working for Hartman and Company of East Broadway. He was taking some empty barrels for cider out of the cellar and bruised his hand. He paid no attention to the matter until Tuesday, when the swelling became quite painful. Thursday, while walking on the street, he fell, presumably from the effects of the infection in his hand, and bruised the other hand and hip. These too began to show signs of infection, but Mr. Reyland declined to have an operation performed. Yesterday afternoon Mr. Reyland was compelled to take to his bed and at midnight passed away. Mr. Reyland was married in 1877. He leaves a widow, two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Corrigan of Alton and Mrs. Freda Mahr of Bremerton, Wash.; and three sons, Peter Reyland of Alton, Alphonse Reyland, who is with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and William Reyland, who is in a training camp at Bremerton, Wash. A brother, Nicholas Reyland, lives in St. Louis, and two sisters are living in Germany. Mr. Reyland was one of the oldest and best known business men in Alton. For 36 years he conducted a store at Ninth and Henry streets. For several years he has been associated with Hartman and Company. Mr. Reyland was a member of St. Boniface Branch of the Western Catholic Union. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, pending the receipt of word from the children as to their ability to attend.


REYLAND, UNKNOWN WIFE OF PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1909
Wife of Peter Reyland - Alton Businessman
The funeral of Mrs. Peter Reyland was held this morning from St. Mary's church, where a requiem high mass was said by Rev. Joseph Meckel and assistants. The church was filled with friends and neighbors of the deceased, and the cortege that followed to St. Joseph's cemetery where interment was made was a long one. Many floral offerings were made. The pallbearers were: J. J. Hammond, Nic Wolf, Henry Beiser, John Schmidt, George Geoken and Lawrence Fahrig.


REYNOLDS, DOW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1902 Body Severed By Train
Dow Reynolds, aged 16, son of Hardy Reynolds, was killed about 5 o'clock Friday evening by being run over by a freight train which was crossing the Alton bridge. The boy had boarded the train and was evidently trying to make his way home. The train, instead of coming up the levee, turned on the "Y" at the approach to the bridge to cross the river. The boy had been standing on the bumpers between two freight cars, and as the train passed the platform at the Langdon street station, he attempted to swing out and jump on the platform. He was seen by Conductor J. E. Williams suspended by his hands from two handholders, one on the end of each car, between which he was swinging perilously. Just before the train reached Williams, the conductor saw the boy lose his hold and fall between the cars to the rail, and the heavy train passed over him, severing his body at the waist. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest and a verdict of accidental death was found, and the railroad company was exonerated. The Reynolds family live in the top story of the old St. Charles hotel building on State street. The boy was the main support of the family, being employed at the glassworks. The funeral services were conducted this afternoon by Rev. S. D. McKenny of the Cherry street Baptist church, from the family home.


REYNOLDS, ISABEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 12, 1911
After several months illness, Mrs. Isabel Reynolds, 76(?) years of age, widow of James A. Reynolds, ...... the Missouri Baptist Sanitarium in St. Louis yesterday morning of infirmity. Funeral services were from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John R. Beale, Granite City, at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. D. L. Temple, retired pastor of the Cuba, Mo. Presbyterian church officiated. Burial was in Godfrey Cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds is survived by five sons, Rev. John Reynolds of Effingham, Ill., Robert W. and George W. T. Reynolds of East St. Louis; Albert M. and Joseph C. Reynolds of Central Missouri; and three daughters, Mrs. Emma R. Smith of Venice; Mrs. Effie Marr of Godfrey, Ill.; and Mrs. John Beale of Granite City.


REYNOLDS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 29, 1912
James Reynolds, aged 73, died this morning at his home on Second street next to No. 2 hose house. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


REYNOLDS, MARIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 7, 1846
Died after a short but severe illness on Thursday, Feb. 19th, at her residence in Marine prairie, Saline Precinct, Mrs. Maria, consort of Reuben Reynolds, Esq., aged 43 years. It is with feelings of the deepest melancholy and poignant grief that we are called upon to announce the sudden departure of our much respected and beloved friend, Mrs. Reynolds. In the prime of life, surrounded by circumstances the most favorable, performing an active part in the sphere of usefulness, a nurse to the sick and afflicted, a friend to the poor and destitute, in the enjoyment of general health with a heart ever overflowing with the "milk of human kindness" to all, the delight of her relations and friends, in whose affections she had obtained a hold never to be obliterated, we would fain have hoped that she might have been spared. But alas "Death loves a shining mark," and our friend, our sister is no more. Could the sighs and tears and prayers of a deeply afflicted and agonizing circle of relatives and neighbors have prevented thy flight, departed spirit! Thou hadst still been here. But thou art gone! Why should we murmur? We humbly trust that what joys, is an irreparable loss, is to them indelible gain, that thou hast but changed the dull scenes of suffering mortality, for the inexpressible glories of eternal bliss. Mrs. Reynolds removed to this state from Stratford, Connecticut with her parents, Nathan and Rebecca Thorp, in the year 1822; shortly after which she became the affectionate wife of our much esteemed friend, R. Reynolds, Esq. Thrice had she been called by the grim monster, Death, to follow her tender offspring to the tomb, and it was while endeavoring to soften the bed of affection, upon which her beloved companion had been prostrated, and calm the raging fever which threatened his dissolution, that she received the summons to depart. The disease settled upon her brain, she was deprived of her senses successively, one after the other, and to many of us the news of her death preceded that of her disease. By her demise, a husband has been bereaved of an affectionate wife, two interesting children of a tender and devoted mother, a numerous circle of relatives and friends of their brightest star. The neighborhood has sustained an irreparable loss, for it can be said of her with truth that none knew her but to love her. "Truly in the midst of life we are in death." And how loudly does this affliction call upon us who survive. "Be ye also ready, for in an hour when ye think not, the Son of man cometh."


REYNOLDS, SAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1916
Sam Reynolds, aged 46, colored, died at his home, 616 Ridge street, suddenly yesterday morning. He had been ailing for about a week, but his condition was not considered serious. He is survived by a wife. The body will be shipped to Vincent, Ind.


REYNOLDS, SOPHIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 20, 1865
In the family of B. L. Mason, deceased on the 11th of January 1865, at the residence of Mrs. N. Thorpe in Highland, her mother Mrs. Sophia Reynolds, aged 80 Years, 11 months, and 13 days. She was the wife of James Reynolds, Esq. They were married in Augusta, Kentucky in the year 1802, and emigrated to Illinois in the year 1822. In the year 1854 he died, and she survived him nine years. She was a kind and affectionate wife, a faithful mother, and a kind and charitable friend to all around her. Her motto was the golden rule “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” She died believing she would be rewarded in Heaven. [Note: A granddaughter of James & Sophia Reynolds, Mary Thorp (daughter of Nancy P. Reynolds Thorp) married a member of the Burton L. Mason family.]


Rhoads (see also Rhoades, Rhodes)

RHOADS, JOHNSON BARNEY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 26, 1922
Struck by Car
Johnson Barney Rhoads, a carpenter who came to Alton about a week ago to work at his trade, was fatally injured, dying Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital from the effects of the injuries he sustained Friday evening when he was hit by a Ford car at Yager Park. Rhoads is the victim of unknown persons who were driving a Ford car on the state road and, it is said, sent their car off the road and on to the walk beside the road where Rhoades happened to be. The car hit him with great violence, breaking ribs on both sides of his body. The ribs were forced into his lungs, and death was due to a form of pneumonia caused by the lacerations in the lungs produced by the broken ribs. Rhoads was boarding with Mrs. Rosie Laird in Sering Place. After the accident, he was able to tell where he belonged and the car which hit him was used to haul him to his boarding place. The two men in the car assisted him to the house and turned him over to the woman who had been his boarding mistress. They left no names and there was neither license tag nor light on the Ford which had so cruelly crushed the man. On Saturday it became evident that Rhoads was in a bad condition and he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. There he lingered until Sunday morning, when death resulted from pneumonia. Rhoads was 45 years of age. So far as known he had two brothers and one sister. Deputy Coroner Streeper is being assisted in his search for information as to the identity of the drivers of the Ford car which was the cause of the death of Rhoads. It is said that the man was an Odd Fellow, and that the members of that order are assisting in the hunt for information. The deputy coroner said today that the identity of the car would be established.


RHOADS, NANCY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 19, 1917
Wife of Well Known Baptist Minister Dies at Family Home
Mrs. Nancy J. Rhoads, wife of Rev. William M. Rhoads, died this afternoon at 1:50 o'clock at the family home, 2616 Walnut street. Mrs. Rhoads was 67 years old on the 24th day of January. She had long been a sufferer from asthma and bronchial trouble, and at times in her life she had been very ill. During the last two weeks she suffered a severe attack, and for several days it was known her case was serious. She was in a critical condition all the earlier part of the day until death relieved her sufferings shortly after noon. Mrs. Rhoads leaves her husband, Rev. William M. Rhoads, one son, June M. Rhoads, and one daughter, Miss Lulu Rhoads. The son is in Oklahoma, where he has been spending the winter. Word was sent to him this afternoon announcing the death of his mother. Mrs. Rhoads was born in Jersey County and had spent her life in the country north of here and in Alton. The family had lived in Upper Alton about twenty-five years. Funeral arrangements have not been made. The death of Mrs. Rhoads was a sad surprise to her many friends who did not realize that her case was of such a grave character. She had long been a sufferer, and it was generally believed that she would rally from this attack of the malady that had caused her years of suffering. She was very highly esteemed in the neighborhood where she lived. She had a very wide acquaintance through the work that was carried on for many years, in a religious way, by herself and her husband. Among her neighbors she was beloved and to her family her death is a sad shock.


RHOADS, UNKNOWN CHILD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 15, 1900
The four months old child of Mr. and Mrs. George Rhoads died at the family home in East End Place today. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m.


RHOADS, VIOLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 27, 1921
Miss Viola Rhoads, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rhoads, died this morning at 4 o'clock at the family home on Watalee avenue in the east end. She was 18 years of age, last Saturday. Her death followed a short illness with pneumonia. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home, and Rev. S. D. Kenny will probably have charge of the services.


RHOADS, WILLIAM M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 19, 1920
Local Minister and former Trustee of Shurtleff College Dies on Third Anniversary of Wife's Death
Rev. William M. Rhoads died this morning at his residence in Upper Alton, following a stroke of paralysis, aged 74. It was on the third anniversary of the death of his wife, whose passing the aged clergyman had mourned deeply. He had been in bad health for some time, but there was no indication that the end was near. Thursday he received word of the death of his brother, Robert Rhoads, at Madelia, Minn., the brother having been both blind and totally deaf for a quarter of a century. With emotions mixed, grateful that the end of his unfortunate brother had come and that his troubles were over, and with heart filled with sadness on the eve of the anniversary of the death of his wife, the aged minister had no thought that his own death would follow so soon that of his brother. This morning, shortly after he had eaten his breakfast, Rev. Rhoads was stricken with paralysis and died soon afterward. It was just the way his brother had died. Members of the family say that on the evening before his death he was in a contemplative mood and was giving members of his family messages which he wanted delivered to friends of his who had been interested in the news of the death of his brother. Rev. Rhoads was a man of a kindly, loveable disposition. He was forever considering the welfare and comfort of others. Kindly, dignified, courteous always, and a sincere believer in the cause in which he had spent his life, that of giving his best efforts to the cause of salvation of souls, the aged minister will be sincerely mourned by thousands. He was the supply pastor for many years in churches in Macoupin, Green and Jersey counties, and he had given service to Alton churches, too. He was supply pastor of the Cherry Street Baptist Church while Rev. Samuel D. McKenny was in the Y. M. C. A. service overseas. He had married hundreds of couples, had buried many hundreds of persons more, and was constantly subject to call in many hundreds of homes when there was any need for the services of a clergyman. Many of the little churches he served were without a pastor much of the time. He would conduct great spiritual revival meetings and the number of his baptisms runs into the thousands. The death of Rev. Rhoads came as he had wished. He was injured last summer by an automobile which struck him at the crossing of Broadway and Piasa street. He never fully recovered. Arterial hardening had been causing him much inconvenience too. A few days before his death he was conversing with an old friend to whom he said that if he was never to get any better, he would prefer that he would be stricken with paralysis and avoid a long period of weakening down. That was exactly the way the end came. He was born at what is now Medora, then Rhoads Point, about a mile and a half from the present village. He would have been 75 years of age April 15. Fifty-one years ago he was ordained as a Baptist minister, but had been preaching a few years before that. Recently he said that he had seen upward of 2,000 people, of which he had kept count, profess conversion in meetings he had conducted. Of the men who attended his ordination, Rev. T. N. Marsh is the only one still alive. His last preaching service was two weeks ago last Sunday, when he filled the pulpit of the Elm Street Presbyterian Church. The week before, he had conducted a funeral service at Rockbridge over an old friend. Mr. Rhoads is survived by his two children, three grandchildren, also two brothers, P. B. Rhoads of Minneapolis; B. F. Rhoads of Madelia Minn.; Miss Elizabeth Rhoads of Madelia; Mrs. Laura McDonald of the Pacific Coast; and Mrs. Margaret Willson of Point Rock. N. Y. For twenty-nine years he was a trustee of Shurtleff College and was the last of the "old guard" of trustees of that institution, remaining in service. He was a member of Franklin Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and was also a Knight Templar. The burial service at the Rockbridge Cemetery will be under Masonic auspices. The funeral services at the home will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The body will be taken to Rockbridge Monday morning and services will be held there in the Baptist Church at 10:30 o'clock. According to a request of Rev. Mr. Rhoads there will be no funeral sermon. He had told Rev. Henry Dixon, an old friend, that when he died he wanted a spontaneous symposium of remarks by preachers with whom he had been associated in the work of religion for so long. It is expected there will be a large attendance at this service, and that clergymen for miles around will attend.


RHOADES, SARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 22, 1903
Sara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rhoades, died last night at the family home in East End Place, after a short illness, aged one year. Death was due to whooping cough. The funeral was held this afternoon.


RHOADES, TILLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1911
Mrs. Tillie Rhoades, wife of George Rhoades, died at the family home in Priest's addition, Thursday evening at 6 o'clock, aged 25. She had been ill a long time with stomach troubles. She leaves her husband and two children. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. from the home, Rev. S. D. McKenney officiating.


RHODES, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 11, 1904
George, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodes, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock and was buried from the home in East End place this afternoon.


RICE, ELIJAH HARMON/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 20, 1872
Died on September 17, at Silver Leaf cottage near Godfrey, Elijah Harmon, only child of William H. and Mary Rice, and grandson of E. Frost, aged 6 months and 29 days.


RICE, ELIZA JANE/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 16, 1849
Died in Six Mile Prairie, Madison County, on the 17th February, 1849, after a very painful illness of only five days, Mrs. Eliza Jane Rice, consort of Mr. George S. Rice, and daughter of Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Nancy Varner, in the 25th year of her age. The deceased was an ardently member of the M. E. Church, and in all the relations of wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, peculiarly amiable, her early fall is sincerely regretted by all who knew her. Two days after the mother, her infant son, aged 7 days.


RICE, FRANCIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1909
The funeral of Mrs. Francis Rice, an aged colored woman, was delayed two hours this morning until the money could be raised to pay half the livery bill. Money was in hand last night to pay the bill, but this morning it was no longer in evidence, and what became of it is a matter of dispute. When the time for the funeral arrived, the livery man insisted upon the promise being kept, that the cost would be paid half down and half later on. There was nothing to pay with and there was no funeral in prospect. The time set for the funeral was 9 a.m., but it had to be postponed until 11 a.m. when someone gave security. The woman was a great-grandmother, and none of her children are living here.


RICE, HENRY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 28, 1907
The funeral of Henry J. Rice was held this afternoon from the home of his mother in the Turner addition, North Alton, and was attended by a very large number of friends of deceased. Many lovely floral offerings were also made, and the McPike paper mills were closed down as a mark of respect for the dead man who had long been a trusted and respected foreman there. Services were conducted by Rev. Ernest Mueller of the German Evangelical church and burial was in City Cemetery.


RICE, JULIAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 3, 1905
The funeral of Julian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rice, was held this morning at 10 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church, Rev. H. M. Chittenden officiating. Burial was in City Cemetery. There was a large attendance at the funeral, and many beautiful floral offerings. The pallbearers were six brothers, Edgar, William, Percy, Eugene, Godfrey and Oscar Rice.


RICE, MARY A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1900
Mrs. Mary A. Rice, wife of Thomas A. Rice, dropped dead at 9 o'clock this morning at her home on Brown street in Upper Alton, without any warning illness. She was a sufferer with asthma and throat trouble for many years, but her illness was not considered as necessarily dangerous and not much attention was given to it. Her heart had probably weakened under the strain of her asthmatic troubles, and this morning it ceased to act. She had been sitting with her daughter and little son eating breakfast and finished at about 9 o'clock. She rose to walk across the room and fell in the floor, dying almost instantly. At the time of her death, her three daughters were with her and they summoned Dr. E. C. Lemen, but it was too late, for she was dead when the doctor arrived. Her death is attributed to sudden failure of her heart to act. Mrs. Rice's death is a sad shock to the community in which she lives and especially to her family. Mr. Rice is a traveling salesman and is far from home, but a message to him summoning him home has been sent, and he will probably be here tomorrow. The oldest son, John Rice, is also traveling and is now on his way home from Iowa. Mrs. Rice was a prominent lady of Upper Alton and was connected with well known families in the village and in the south. She seldom was away from home, her life being given entirely to the management of her home and children, and what is the loss of such a woman cannot be told. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


RICE, MARY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 13, 1901
Mrs. Mary J. Rice, one of the best known residents of Godfrey township, died at her home yesterday after a lingering illness. Mrs. Rice a few months ago underwent a surgical operation at St. Joseph's hospital in this city, which for a time it was hoped would be an aid in restoring her health. Mrs. Rice was for many years a correspondent of the Telegraph at Godfrey, and she proved herself a faithful chronicler of events. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon from the family home.


RICE, ROSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 21, 1902
The funeral of Mrs. Rosa Rice, wife of Percy Rice, was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and services were conducted in the family home on Bluff street. There were many friends of the young woman and of the bereaved husband at the funeral, and the attendance was large. Services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden of St. Paul's Episcopal church and Rev. M. W. Twing of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the City Cemetery. The pallbearers were Edgar Rice, T. Rice, A. Maxheimer, George Maxheimer, Fred Heskett and Dick Busse.


RICE, ROSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 31, 1910
Mrs. Rosa Rice, wife of Harry Rice, aged 29, died Sunday from heart failure. Three weeks before she had given birth to a child. Mrs. Rice was a weak woman, having spinal trouble. She leaves her husband and two little children. The funeral will be held from the home, 1421 Monroe street to SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.


RICE, SUSANNAH B./Source: Alton Telegraph, November 15, 1850
Died on October 21, 1850, in the hope of a glorious immortality, Mrs. Susannah B. Rice, daughter of Phlerius Gillham. Sister Rice was born in Illinois, March 5, 1822. She professed religion and joined the M. E. Church at a camp meeting held at Old Ebenezer. She was married to George S. Rice, Esq., September 4, 1840. Sister Rice was a kind stepmother, an all affectionate wife, and a consistent Christian. While suffering in body, she had great peace of mind. Her religion shined bright to all her conduct while in health, much more so in affliction. In conversation with her a few days before her death, she was so happy that she praised God aloud. Sister Rice has gone where death can never follow her. She has joined many friends who went before her in that happy world. And may those who still remain prepare to meet her where parting shall be no more. Signed W. Travis.


RICE, UNKNOWN INFANT OF HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 24, 1903
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rice died last night at home on Belle street. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.


RICH, CARRIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 7, 1918
Miss Carrie Rich, for many years a highly efficient teacher in Alton High School, died Friday night at Washington, Ill., at the home of her brother, and was buried there Monday. Word of her death was sent to Rev. C. C. Smith, pastor of the Congregational Church at Alton, by a nephew of Miss Rich, who wrote in behalf of his aunt, Miss Mary Rich. The letter said that Miss Rich was taken down the day after Christmas with what appeared to be a cold, but which developed into pneumonia. The death of Miss Rich will be the cause of profound regret in Alton. She was one of the best known women in Alton. Until her retirement from teaching, Miss Rich had held a post in Alton High School for close to thirty years. She was the possessor of a life certificate from the state and was one of the few in Madison County to hold such a certificate. She began teaching in Alton High School when the High School was in Rooms 1 and 2 at Lincoln School. She taught there for a number of years, then when the new High School was built, she went over there and continued her work. Miss Rich began teaching in the Alton schools in 1836 [sic - should be 1886], and she retired two years ago, making almost thirty years of service to the cause of education in the one school. She was known as a very efficient teacher, and her giving up of school work in Alton was regretted by the other members of the faculty and by the Board of Education. She was drawing a pension as a teacher under the Illinois law. Her sister, Miss Mary Rich, had been in poor health for some time. She had given up her work as teacher some time before Miss Carrie Rich decided to discontinue her work. After ceasing to teach, the two sisters moved to Washington, Ill., to be with their brother. In Alton, the two sisters had been inseparable, had lived together, and were deeply interested in each other. Miss Rich was a devoted member of the Congregational Church. She was a woman of high intellectual attainment, was possessed of a gracious disposition, and she had a very large number of friends.


RICHARDS, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 8, 1906
Mrs. Elizabeth Richards died at her home on Washington street at 11:30 o'clock last night after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Richards was 40 years of age and has been a resident of Alton for several years. Her son, R. H. Higgins, manager of the Collinsville lead plant, was with her at the time of her death, and a daughter, Mrs. R. T. Rutter of Centralia, arrived today. The remains will be shipped to Georgetown, Ohio, this evening. A short funeral service was held at the home at 5 o'clock by Rev. S. D. McKenney.


RICHARDS, EUGENE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 2, 1902
Drowned in Alton Slough
Eugene, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Richards of Madison street, was drowned in Alton slough on Labor Day. The Richards family, with some other families, went across the river on the ferryboat to spend the day fishing, and all the picnicers were enjoying the day. The party was near the point where the old road crosses the slough from McPike's Island to the main shore. The road is submerged slightly, and Eugene was wading on the roadway and fishing in the lower sine where the water is very deep. The boy became over-balanced and fell backward from the road, plunging into the deep water on the lower side where the current had washed a hole about twenty feet deep. His father and mother saw him fall but could do nothing to save him because of the distance they were from the place at the time. The body was recovered an hour after it had disappeared and was brought up from the hole by W. D. Fluent, who used a line carrying hooks to drag for the body. The body was brought home on the ferryboat, accompanied by all the members of the party and was taken to the Richards home. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. from the home of the parents, Madison street near State.


RICHARDS, HOMER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1911
Commits Suicide by Drowning In Wolf's Pond at Leclaire
Homer Richards, aged 21, a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Richards, formerly of Alton, committed suicide at Edwardsville Wednesday evening by drowning himself in a pond known as Wolf's pond at Leclaire. The young man had been sick for seven years and unable to do much work. Despondency over ill health is the reason given. He left two notes, one telling where his body could be found. The family were going to the High school commencement exercises at Edwardsville last night, and Homer at first intended to go. However, after the remainder of the family had left, the young man changed his clothes, putting on an old suit, and going about a mile from his home, drowned himself. The body was found late the same night, according to the directions found in the notes. The father of the young man is connected with the Alton Plumbing & Heating Co., and formerly lived on Madison avenue in Alton. While the family were in Alton, a little son was drowned across the river, and he is buried in City cemetery. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home in Edwardsville.


RICHARDS, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 25, 1908
Death by Drowning
Joseph Richards, aged 20, a young man employed at the glass works, who boarded at the McCarthy boarding house on East Second street, was drowned Tuesday at Mobile island. Richards, being out of work, went down to Mobile Island to stay with Willow Ben, and last Tuesday he was missing. Willow Ben, supposing that he had come to Alton where his brother, Robert Richards lives, came up here to make report but could find no trace of him in Alton. His hat and shoes were found on the river bank and the conclusion was then reached that he was drowned. When the report came to Alton that the young man was missing, his brother organized a searching party and went down the river to drag the river for the body. They expected that by today the body would be floating, unless it was held down by brush or had been buried in the sand, and the members of the party were very hopeful of success. Richards came here from Georgetown, Ohio. He has no relatives in Alton but his brother, and his parents are dead. The body was recovered this noon, and Coroner Streeper was notified. He went down to bring the body back to Alton. Owing to the distance from the home of the St. Charles county coroner, the body will probably be brought here before an inquest is held and the coroner of St. Charles county will be asked to authorize Coroner Streeper to hold the inquest.


RICHARDS, JULIA E. (nee RACINE)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 25, 1877
From Bethalto – Death has again visited our village. This time it is our painful duty to report the death of Mrs. Julia Richards, wife of Mr. Lucian Richards, which took place this morning, about two o’clock. She was taken sick last Friday with a severe attack of typhoid-pneumonia, and died as state above, leaving a husband and a child, not quite one year old, and a large circle of friends. She was married in March 1875, and to be taken away from those so near and dear to her so early in life, being in her 21st year, seems to be an unjust judgment. As a wife and mother, she was loving and kind, always striving to make those around her happy. At the present writing, it is not known where the funeral will take place from. [Burial was in the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bethalto, Illinois.]


RICHARDS, THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 1, 1885
Mr. W. W. Arnold informs us of the sudden death of Mr. Thomas Richards, a resident of Alton Junction [East Alton], which took place Tuesday night. Deceased was sixty years of age, and an employee of the tile works. He was a single man, and resided with his brother. He got up from his bed about 12 o’clock to get a drink of water, and soon after was heard to fall over heavily against the stove. The noise aroused the family, who came to his assistance, but life was extinct when they reached him. The cause of death was pronounced to be heart disease.


RICHARDS, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1922
Father Dies With Child in His Arms - Sacrifices His Life to Save His Son From Train
Thomas R. Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richards, of 2429 Sanford Avenue, was killed last night in a crossing accident at the foot of Main Street by a Chicago & Alton train. Richards, when he realized that it was impossible to avoid a crash at the crossing, thought only of his two children with him in the automobile. With him also was his brother, James, aged 18, who leaped in time to escape injury. According to the story told by James Richards, the father tried to save his two little boys, Harold and Charles Edward, the latter 5 and the former 3 years of age. When the father noticed the nearness of the train he exclaimed, "Oh, my children," and seizing the younger by the arm he tossed him to the ground in a place of safety and gathered the other child in his arms and tried to leap from the car, but was too late. Instead he was hurled from the car by the impact to the pilot of the locomotive, and there he was found after the train had been stopped, his son still held in his arms, and the child comparatively unhurt. The father was dying, having given his own life to shield that of his offspring. The child the father had in his arms sustained an arm fracture and a shoulder break, but was otherwise unhurt. It was taken to the hospital. The child thrown to the ground escaped with very slight injuries.

Bystanders said that the automobile, a Dodge, was carried a long distance by the train after the crash and was destroyed. The train was traveling at high speed when the wreck occurred. James Richards said that his brother, who was employed at the Schuessler Foundry, had been called back to the foundry, had been called back tonight to get a key that he should have had with him. He took his brother James and the two little boys with him. They were on their way back home and were nearing the C. & A. track on the lane leading out from the foundry to the state road. Traveling ahead of them was a Ford car which had slackened its speed to make the ascent of the grade at the crossing and this forced the car carrying the Richards party to slow down also. This fact undoubtedly cost the life of Richards as, had he been going normal speed, he would have gone over in safety. The Ford car got over the track all right, and Richards drove up on the track, noticing the close approach of the train when it was too late. Then followed the tragic sacrifice of the life of the father to save the lives of the two babies. He was careless of his own safety in his desperate efforts to put his little ones out of harm's way, according to the brother, who was riding in the seat behind.

The brother is under the impression that Thomas, after throwing out the first child, must have leaped with the second squarely onto the pilot of the fast approaching train. The victim of the tragedy was 28 years of age and had been married eight years. Beside his wife, he leaves four children, the eldest 7 years old, Francis; and the youngest six months old. Mr. Richards had been living with his parents of late, and his wife had been living in their own home. Members of the family are recalling that a year ago the two brothers in the accident last night were in a dangerous experience. They had been canoeing and the canoe overturned. James Richards, the survivor of the tragedy last night, was drowning, and his brother, Thomas, went to his rescue and saved his life.

Thomas Allen Richards was born in Alton on February 22, 1894. His wife was the former Elizabeth Marie McLain. Richards was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


RICHARDSON, DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1914
David Richardson, the blacksmith, died Monday night after a long illness with erysipelas. For several days Richardson has been confined in his room on Ninth street near Henry, since his rejection at St. Joseph's hospital on account of the nature of the disease. Richardson is possessed of some means, and while being alone in the world could not be regarded as a dependent, and a private nurse was selected to take care of him in his room. Mr. Richardson is single, but has a brother, William Richardson, and a sister of McAlester, Ok., who came to Alton on receipt of word of his serious illness, and were with him at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chappee, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Mann, and William Richardson are here on account of Mr. Richardson's death, two being sisters and one a brother. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Bauer undertaking establishment, and burial will be in City Cemetery.


RICHARDSON, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 15, 1903
Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson, widow of Thomas Richardson, died Saturday night at her home on Seventh street after a long illness brought on by old age. She was a resident of Alton fifty years, and was well known. All her children, William R.; Mrs. J. B. Mann of McAlester; L. T.; and Mrs. Joseph B. Chappee of Roodhouse; and DAvid Richardson of Alton; were at her bedside when the end came. Mrs. Richardson was born in St. Monia's, Fifeshire, Scotland, and was 81 years of age. She died Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and services were conducted at the family home by Rev. J. H. J. Rice. Burial was in City Cemetery. The pallbearers were Nik Seibold, J. W. Beall, William Flynn, H. O. Tonsor, Henry Meyer and H. William Baner.


RICHARDSON, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1902
Frank Richardson, aged 61, died this morning at 10 o'clock at his home, 536 East Seventh street, after a short illness. Mr. Richardson was the well known piano tuner and music teacher, and was the father of Mr. B. C. Richardson, assistant principal of the Alton High school. Two weeks ago he was taken ill with a severe cold that resembled the grip, and last week the malady settled in his ear. He suffered great pain from the trouble in his ear, and two days ago congestion of the brain set in. His condition was pronounced hopeless yesterday, and this morning he passed away. He leaves his widow and one son, Mr. B. C. Richardson. He was well known in Alton and during the time he has lived in this city he made many friends. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock from the family home.


RICHARDSON, JOHN R./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 25, 1917
John R. Richardson, aged 46, died at his home on McClure avenue this morning at 8 o'clock after an illness with pneumonia. He was a long time resident of Alton. Mr. Richardson was born near Moro, but when a young man came to Alton and worked for the Illinois Glass Co. for years. He leaves his wife and four children. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


RICHARDSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 26, 1918
Samuel Richardson, aged 32, died this morning at his home, 1816 Market street, after a long illness. Previous to his illness Richardson was employed at the Bauer Barber shop. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


RICHARDSON, SUSAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 30, 1846
Died on Thursday morning last, of a pulmonary complaint of long standing, Miss Susan Richardson, late of Londonderry, Vermont; aged about 28.

Source: Alton Telegraph, June 13, 1846
Died in Alton on the 28th May, Miss Susan Richardson, aged 29 years. "And I heard a voice in Heaven saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." The deceased was early the subject of serious impressions, and at the age of 18 became a member of the Baptist Church at Londonderry, Vermont, her native place. In the spring of 1834, she came to reside at Alton with the hope that a change of climate might alleviate a severe asthmatic affection, from which she had suffered from a child. This hope was in a good degree realized, but in February last her health was again prostrated by a severe attack of pleurisy, from the effects of which she never recovered. The disease changed its form, and she became the victim of a lingering and painful decline, which terminated to her death. During the earlier part of her sickness, she manifested much anxiety to recover, or to regain at least sufficient strength to return to the East. There was her home - her parents and the companions of her youth, and it was hard for her to think of dying before she had looked once more upon the faces of those she most loved. She did not, however, tho' far away from home and kindred, lack the sympathy and kindest services of friends. No attention or care was wanting that could tend to alleviate her sufferings, or minister to her comfort. But her chief source of comfort was in the Christian's hope. This grew stronger and stronger, and more and more precious, the nearer she approached toward the grave. The anxiety and occasional doubts and fears that had harassed her during the former part of her sickness gradually left her, and she emerged, before her departure, into the sunlight of perfect peace. Death lost its sting, and the grave its victory. Her end was emphatically peace. She suffered in yielding up her spirit, no agonizing struggle, and apparently no pain, but calmly and a sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.


RICHARDSON, UNKNOWN "GRANDMA"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1916
The death of "Grandma" Richardson, which occurred Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Monaghan of 411 Market street, disclosed the fact of her being a member of a family remarkable for longevity. At the time of her death, Mrs. Richardson was 86 years of age and she is survived by six brothers, all residents of Taylorville. One of the surviving brothers is older than Mrs. Richardson, while the other five are younger. The brothers are Charles, Roni, Thoomas, John, William and Richard Oscland. Occasionally one hears of a family remarkable for having two or three members reaching an advanced age, but rarely has it ever been known when a family of seven reached such an advanced age as did the Oscland brothers and sister. The funeral of Mrs. Richardson will be held Friday morning from the Monaghan residence on Market street, Rev. M. W. Twing officiating. Burial will be in Short cemetery. Besides her two children, Mrs. Monaghan and John Richardson, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren are left to mourn her loss.


RICHARDSON, WALTER BYRON/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 16, 1849
Died in Alton on the 13th inst., Walter Byron, only son of Mr. George W. and Mrs. Eliza Richardson; aged 4 years.


RICHARDSON, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 26, 1904
William Richardson, who has lived in the vicinity of Moro since 1852, died at his home yesterday after an illness with pneumonia. He was well known throughout the county and generally respected. He was the father of the late James Richardson of Alton, and of Mrs. John Monaghan also of this city. Another son, John Richardson of Moro also survives. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon. [Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery]


RICHEY, FELIX/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 28, 1914
Felix Richey, aged 30 years, died this morning at 2 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank Dashley, 1025 Easton street, after a sickness caused by pneumonia. He was a native of Jersey County, and the family moved here about 16 years ago. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Matilda Richey of East Fourteenth street; three brothers, Albert, Ernest and Oscar; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Dashley and Mrs. George Delp. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning from the Cathedral and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


RICHEY, STEPHEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 9, 1909
Stephen Richey, in his sixtieth year, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at his home, 1287 Easton street, after a long illness from Brights disease. He was born May 21, 1849, near Fieldon, Jersey County, Illinois. Mr. Richey worked at the Illinois glass works the past few years and was well known and liked. He leaves his wife and six children, Felix, Albert, Ernst and Oscar, all living at the family home, Mrs. George Delp of Alton, and Mrs. Frank Dashley of South Dakota. Mrs. Dashley arrived several weeks ago to attend her father. He leaves also a brother, Jonathan Richey of Alton, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Smith of Hardin, Illinois. The funeral will be from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Thursday morning, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


RICHIE, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 23, 1904
The funeral of Harry Richie took place Saturday morning from the Cathedral, where services were conducted by Rev. George Hensey. There was a very large attendance at the funeral, and many beautiful floral offerings. He leaves a wife - a bride of five months, and his parents and brothers and sisters.


RICHMOND, EVA (nee WEISS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 7, 1920
Mrs. Eva Richmond died Friday night at 10 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lee Turner of 1642 Main street. Mrs. Richmond, who was the widow of William Richmond, who died in 1908, celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of her birthday on February 5, the day before her death. Mrs. Richmond has been a sufferer from rheumatism for many years but was able to be up and around. She was taken ill with an attack of heart trouble Friday night and death resulted twenty minutes later. She was born and raised in Brighton, coming to Alton as a bride in 1888 to reside. Since her marriage she has made her home in this city. Her maiden name was Eva Weiss. Mrs. Richmond is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lee Turner, and one grandchild. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Emma Kolk of Alton, and Mrs. Robert Paddock of Benld, and two brothers, John Weiss of Romona, Kansas, and William Weiss of Brighton. She was an active member of the Washington Avenue Methodist church and Rev. Frederick Sielzeriede of the church will have charge of the funeral services. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the family home. Interment will be in City cemetery.


RICHMOND, HARRIET A. (nee ANTHONY)/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 29, 1886
Mrs. Harriet A. Anthony, wife of Volney Paddock Richmond, died Wednesday at the family residence in Fort Russell Township, after a week’s illness of typhoid pneumonia. Her age was 67 years. She was a native of Sherburne Valley, Vermont, and came West about 1840, settling at Washington, Tazewell County. In 1858, she was married to Mr. Richmond, and her home has since been in this county. For many years past she had been in feeble health. The funeral takes place from the family residence in Fort Russell Township, Friday afternoon.


RICHMOND, HORACE EDWARD/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 30, 1872
Died at Upper Alton on August 22, Horace Edward, son of Dr. A. and Anna C. Richmond; aged 9 months and 2 days.


RICHMOND, ISAAC/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 12, 1873
Died in Alton on September 8, Isaac, son of Agnes and Milnor Richmond; aged 15 months and 24 days.


RICHMOND, ISAAC J./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 9, 1878
Our citizens were pained to learn this morning of the death, very unexpected to a great many, of Isaac J. Richmond, an old resident, and a man who had acquired a large circle of attached friends during the time he has lived in Alton, a period of more than thirty-four years. It is supposed that the cause of his death was internal hernia. The sad event occurred at 12 o’clock last night.

Mr. Richmond was born in Philadelphia, July 1, 1817. He married Miss Ann E. Milnor, February 17, 1840, and came to Alton on April 25, 1844. He was engaged in business in Alton for many years, was Inspector of the Port of Alton until the office was abolished, held the office of United States Assistant Assessor for the Twelfth Collection District for several years, was appointed Postmaster of Alton upon the resignation of Mr. J. G. Lamb in 1875, which office he held at his death. He was made a Master Mason December 15, 1849, and had been a worthy member of the order until the day of his death. Mr. Richmond united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at an early age, and has been a consistent and efficient member and officer of that communion during his entire residence in Alton, and his death will be deeply felt by his brethren in the church, with whom he has labored so long. He was a prominent and hearty supporter of the temperance cause, and gave aid and encouragement to it and all other virtues by an exemplary life. He leaves a widow and three sons – seven children having preceded him to the future world, the last of whom, an only daughter, died only a few weeks since.


RICHMOND, JOHN CHANEY/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 27, 1862
Died on June 24th, John Chaney, youngest son of J. J. and Ann Eliza Richmond, aged two years and nine months.


RICHMOND, THEODORE/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 26, 1852
Died on Tuesday the 16th inst., Theodore, son of I. J. and A. E. Richmond, aged 13 months.


RICHMOND, VOLNEY PADDOCK/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 17, 1901
Old Time Settler
Volney Paddock Richmond, one of Madison County’s oldest residents, died at his home at Paddock’s Grove [south of Moro] on Monday, January 14, in his 83rd year. Of all the old residents of the county, Mr. Richmond was probably the best known. A short biography, written by Mr. Richmond two years ago, is below:

“On the earnest solicitation of friend Cousley, I have written a short history of a rather long life, the first of it passed when Illinois had few inhabitants, and I have grown older with the growth of our good State, and witnessed many changes.

I was born in Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, on April 25, 1818, and left there in September following, and spent the next winter in St. Louis, coming with my mother [Jane Paddock Richmond; who later married Gershom Flagg] and grandfather [Gaius Paddock], to Fort Russell Township, Madison County, Illinois, in March 1819. My first recollections were the frequent passing of emigrants to the northern parts of Illinois, and many companies of Indians going to and from St. Louis. I have seen and remember well Blackhawk, Keokuk the Prophet, and one who used to call himself ‘Silversmith.’ One time, my grandfather persuaded the Indians to give us a ‘harvest dance.’ There were about a hundred bucks and squaws engaged. At another time, a war dance, where only braves were engaged.

When in my sixth year, I went to Springfield to school, and on the way passed four cabins, all in a distance of seventy miles. That was the beginning of my school education. I had about two years of school work in log cabins and schoolhouses, scattering along from six to seventeen years of age. I completed my education, a part of the time with Elijah P. Lovejoy, which I have always considered the poorest part of my education. I like and think John Brown a much better man in every respect than Elijah P. Lovejoy, and more deserving of a monument to liberty.

I was born a farmer, but my people made a mistake and sent me, when seventeen years old, to St. Louis, to make a poor merchant of me. In about four years’ time in selling goods and covering another’s debts, I found myself about $3,000 in debt and nothing to pay it with, and went to work on the farm again in opposition to all advices of kindred, and for fifty cents per day, in the Fall of 1844, I made a trip up in what was then called the ‘Military tract’ between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, in search of what would make me a farm, and spent three weeks in travel and came home thinking Madison County was good enough for me, and bought the land on which is now my home, within four miles of where my people first made their home in Illinois, and of the sixteen members of the family who came from Vermont, only two are now living. What I may have done for the good of the community amounts to but little, but as you call for a biography of my life, I suppose some mention should be made.

My first public work was getting up and being made postmaster of Paddock’s Grove post office in May 1838, when just past my 20th birthday. I began very leisurely getting up the necessary petition, when one morning, when the thermometer was several degrees below zero, I learned that an older man was at work for another place. The snow was about a foot deep, but I started out with my petition and tramped through the snow, got the required number of names, and next morning started on foot (too cold to ride) for Edwardsville, and got the postmaster to endorse and forward my paper to Postmaster General Amos Kendall. Isaac Prickett, then postmaster at Edwardsville, was one of my first friends there, and seemed to care for me, and when it came to giving my bond as postmaster, I thought it would be correct to call on an old friend, who was just old enough. When all was completed, Mr. Prickett said to me, ‘My young friend, when you want anyone to go your security, always ask an old man, for it is not probably he will ever ask you to return the favor, and a young may.’ It was good and useful advice, which I remembered and made use of.

I have held several minor offices – county and township – but never asked anyone to vote for me. Under the county system, I was road supervisor two or three times, was deputy assessor in 1857, census enumerator in 1890, and town clerk for Fort Russell ten years, and filled a vacancy, and had health permitted would probably have continued longer. I was secretary of the Illinois Wool Growers Association several years, director and secretary of the Madison County Agricultural and Mechanical Association, a school director, and a Master Mason. I have done considerable work for Sunday schools, and for the temperance cause. I worked hard in 1840 for ‘Tippecanoe’ and gave my first vote for President to W. H. Harrison and for Whig and Republican principles straight along. I have been for many years a member of the Presbyterian Church, and since 1857, a Master Mason.

My best work for the county was working up the ‘Old Settlers Union of Madison County.’ It was hard, and met with opposition from all the county papers. I saw where others failed, making the residence in the county too short a time, the result was that many young men sought to make themselves popular, and took the business out of the hands of the ‘old settlers.’ I called for those who remembered the deep snow of 1830, and after three calls through the papers, got about a dozen together, and we worked up the organization. When I meet so many old friends, I cannot but feel proud of my work.

In 1847, I married Victoria E. West, daughter of Emanuel J. West. She passed away from me in 1856, leaving me with five children, two of whom soon followed her. My oldest died in her twentieth year. I was married the second time in 1858 to Harriet A. Anthony from Vermont. She died in 1886.

If I were to write all I have passed through, nothing of any great importance, and all the changes in the face of the country and agricultural methods and machinery, the old-time Telegraph would have to print many numbers to hold it. By the way, when the first paper was started in Alton, which afterwards became the Alton Telegraph, I went through prairie and woods, Upper Alton and Bozzatown, which were all woods then, and a few houses (one of them a part of the St. Joseph’s Hospital now) to pay the subscription price, and have been a reader of that paper most of the time since. I have passed outside of Fort Russell Township, all of the time I have considered it my home.”
Respectfully yours,
V. P. Richmond

At the age of twenty-nine years, Volney was married to Miss Victoria West. They had five children, two of whom were Edward West Richmond and Isabel G. Richmond. They settled in section ten of Fort Russell Township, near Hwy. 140 and 159, just south of his Grandfather Paddock’s land at Moro Road and Hwy. 159, and built up a prosperous farm. After the death of his first wife, he married Harriet Anthony, a native of Vermont.

Richmond had in his possession the old compass that was used by the government surveyor in this part of the State, and also a pouch and powder horn, picked up on the Revolutionary War battlefield of Bunker Hill. It was made of moose hide, sewn together with buckskin strings. The buttons used for closing the pouch were cut from rawhide. Inside the pouch were two bullets, one of which was British lead, extracted from the body of the soldier who wore it. The horn was engraved with the name of Jonathan Lawrence.

Volney Richmond was the first postmaster (1838) of Libertyville in Fort Russell Township. The post office was located on the premises of Gaius Paddock, known as Paddock’s Grove. He also kept a small stock of goods, combining this business with that of the postmaster.


RICHTER, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 5, 1916
Mrs. Annie Richter, wife of Henry Richter of 1227 east Fifth street, died Monday afternoon at the family home after an illness of many months with cancer. Mrs. Richter was a well known resident of the part of the city where she died. She was 65 years of age and a resident of Alton for many years. Beside her husband, she leaves two sons, Henry and William; one daughter, Mrs. William Buesher; and two brothers, Henry and William Vahle. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the home, and services will be conducted by the German Evangelical pastor, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier.


RICKEY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 17, 1902
Mary Rickey, aged 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rickey, died yesterday at the family home on Alby street after an illness with whooping cough. A child in this family died the preceding Sunday from the same disease. The funeral was held today, and the body was sent to Plainview for interment.


RIDDER, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 14, 1909
The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Ridder, who died Sunday, was held this morning from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Tarrant officiating. Mrs. Ridder was an old resident of Alton and had lived here since she was a young woman. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery.


RIDEN, EDWARD/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 2, 1887
Drowned in Mississippi
A colored boy named Edward Riden, about 17 years old, was drowned at noon today in the river, under the following circumstances. The deceased, in company with Bud Wilson, John Johnson, James Creals, John Turner, and David Searls, were in a skiff near the sawmill. Another colored boy named Henry Parks, who was on shore, threw three rocks at the occupants of the skiff, causing them to dodge and partially upset the boat, so that it began to sink. The boys were thrown into the water. Riden was unable to swim, became greatly frightened, seemed to lose all presence of mind, sprang away from the skiff and almost immediately sank. Some of the others clung to the skiff until rescued, while one or two made the shore, which was only about thirty feet distant. The body of the drowned lad was recovered in about an hour, and removed to the Clarksville Packet warehouse. The telephone was called into requisition, in order to notify Coroner Melling, who went to Mitchell on official business this morning. The drowned lad was a stepson of Ben Briscoe, who lives near the corner of Fourth and State Streets.


RIEFFER, JENNIE (nee CAMPBELL)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 5, 1903
Mrs. Adam Rieffer died at her home in East Alton Sunday afternoon. Jennie McDowell Campbell, daughter of John A. and Mary A. Campbell, was born November 1869 at St. Charles, Mo., married to Adam Rieffer, July 28, 1889. Five children were born to them: Maggie A.; Eva May; Ray James; Verrion C.; Lloyd C.; two of whom are dead. Early in life she was converted and united with the First Baptist church in Alton. The funeral services will be held at the family home tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock.


RIEFGRABER, MADELINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1918
The residents of East Alton were saddened this morning when they learned that Mrs. Madeline Riefgraber, wife of Hugo Riefgraber, had died after an illness of one week with the Spanish influenza. From the first her illness was known to be serious, but her death was a shock, nevertheless. Mrs. Riefgraber is the only daughter of William Irby of East Alton, and was married seven years ago to Riefgarber. The couple have no children. She is survived by her husband, father, and one brother, Harry. Her mother died in East Alton less than two years ago.


RIEGLER, HARRIET (nee HERB)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1943
Daughter of Alton Mayor and Illinois Senator, Charles August Herb
Harriet Herb Riegler passed away on June 2, 1943. She lived in Santa Monica, California. Harriet was the daughter of former Alton Mayor and Illinois Senator Charles August Herb. She was born and reared in Alton. The Herb family were long distinguished in public service in Alton. Her father conducted a general store at Washington Avenue and Bozza Street for many years, served in the Alton City Council, was Alton Mayor, and represented his district in the Illinois State Senate. Surviving Harriet Riegler were two sisters, Marie Herb Finkell and Mrs. George Hershman, both of Los Angeles, California; and two brothers, Charles F. Herb of New York; and Harrison “Harry” B. Herb, a Captain in the Army Air Corps at Salt Lake City, Utah. Harriet was buried in the Woodlawn Mausoleum at Santa Monica, California.


RIEHL, MATHILDE H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1910
Wife of Emil A. Riehl - Well-Known Horticulturist
Mrs. Mathilde H. Riehl, wife of Emil A. Riehl, the well known horticulturist, died at the family home, Evergreen Heights, at 10 o'clock Friday evening. She was the mother of nine children, and her death is the first break in the family circle, the married life of the couple having been remarkably free from sorrow due to deaths. She was born in Germany, September 12, 1841. Mrs. Riehl came to America 56 years ago, and forty-five years ago she was married in St. Louis and went as a bride to her home, that is known as Evergreen Heights. She had much to do with the making of the place what it is, and was deeply interested in her home and her family. She never affiliated with any church, although she was a devoted Christian. Her home being distant from all churches it was difficult for her to attend services any place. Her health began to fail many years ago, and about six years ago she became unable to walk, from a slow paralysis. The last of ______ _______ sinking steadily and her death was expected by her family. She leaves three sons, F. C. Riehl of Tacoma, Wash., E. H. and Walter Riehl, and six daughters, Mrs. Helen M. Lennan of Covallis, Wash; Mrs. Alice Starr of Olympia, Oregon; Mrs. Annie Thompson, a missionary at Songdo, Korea; and Misses Julia, Emma and Amelia Riehl, who live at home. Mrs. Riehl's children who live at a distance will be unable to attend her funeral, which will be held Sunday morning from the home, Evergreen Heights.


RIGGIN, MYRA M./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 6, 1874
Died at Troy on Sunday, July 26, 1874, Myra M., wife of Theodore A. Riggin; aged 26 years.


RIGGIN, SARAH “MARY” (nee PIPER)/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 5, 1887
Pioneer of Madison County
Mrs. Mary Riggin of Troy died Saturday, July 30, aged 73 years. She was one of the pioneers of this county. [Note: Sarah was born March 7, 1813, and was the wife of Alford Riggin. She was buried in the Troy City Cemetery.]


RIGGS, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1900
John Riggs of Godfrey died Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock after an illness of four weeks from la grippe and lung fever. Mr. Riggs was born in Putnam county, N. Y., June 25, 1820. He came to Godfrey in 1856, where he has since resided. He was one of the oldest residents of Godfrey, and was highly respected for his virtues and kindly disposition. During his entire residence in Godfrey he was a member of the Congregational church there, an earnest worker, and always present at the services when possible. He was a good man and full of faith, and proved by his work his profession. Up to the time of his death he was the oldest living member in the church. Nine children survive him, all of whom are alive. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Congregational church at Godfrey.


RIGGS, RAYMOND/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 18, 1922
13 Year Old Boy Crushed to Death While in Chicago
Raymond Riggs, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Riggs of Wood River, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon in Chicago, where with his parents, he was enjoying a vacation. According to a brief message received at the Riggs' Drug Store in Wood River this morning, the boy was riding in a machine, seated on the lap of an uncle. As the machine was traveling along, it went over a bump and [the] jar knocked the child out and threw it in the path of a truck. The truck passed over the body, killing the boy. Mr. and Mrs. Riggs and Raymond, an only child, went to Chicago to visit a couple of weeks ago and planned to return home last Wednesday. However, at the pleading of the little boy to extend their vacation, Mr. and Mrs. Riggs decided to remain over until the last of the week. Little Raymond was a bright and studious lad, and was much beloved by friends of the family and of the patrons to the Ratz and Riggs Drug Store in Wood River. The news of the death of the child was the cause of much sadness in Wood River this morning. A message received later in the day stated that the body will not be brought to Wood River, but that the funeral would take place in Chicago Monday afternoon.


RILEY, ANDERSON/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 14, 1884
Former Slave Died at Rocky Fork, Godfrey
Anderson Riley, an old colored man, formerly a slave, died Thursday at his home at Rocky Fork, at the age, according to his own statement, of 111 years. He had for a long time been only able to move around slowly in a stooping posture. Tuesday, he went out into his cornfield, and as he did not return when expected, a search was instituted, but in vain until Wednesday, when he was found lying on the ground, helpless and speechless. He was removed by kind hands to his house, where he, yesterday, passed quietly from earth. The old veteran came to this section after the war, having become a free man through President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. He often stated that he had formerly worked for Thomas Jefferson, and hence, no doubt was a Virginian. He was possessed of many curious and unique household utensils, relics of a former age. He left a widow much younger than himself.

The 1880 census has him born around 1790, and his wife around 1818. The 1870 census has him born in 1820 in Virginia, and his wife born about 1825 in Missouri. He was possibly buried in the Rocky Fork Cemetery in Godfrey Township.


RILEY, BARNEY/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 3, 1882
Mr. Barney Riley, for many years a resident of Alton, brother-in-law of Mr. Thomas Biggins, died Saturday morning at the residence of his sister, Mrs. O’Neil, corner of Seventh and George Streets, at the age of 62 years. He lost his wife by death a few months ago, and leaves no family. The funeral took place from the Cathedral with a large attendance.


RILEY, EUNICE/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 13, 1877
Mrs. Eunice Riley, an old resident of Alton, who came here in 1832, died yesterday morning at her residence in Alton, after a protracted illness. She was the widow of the late Captain Calvin Riley, who died in 1853. She was an estimable lady, and one of the oldest members of the Presbyterian Church. She was a native of Middletown, Connecticut, and was born in 1801 [Find A Grave states she was born in 1799]. Five children Survive her, viz: Catherine Riley Barry, wife of Amasa Stetson Barry of Alton; Rebecca Riley Drennan, wife of Mr. J. P. Drennan of Roodhouse; Mrs. Amelia Curtis of Worcester, Massachusetts; Mr. Josiah Riley of Nevada; and Mr. William M. Riley of New York City.


RILEY, JOHANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 10, 1910
Mrs. Johanna Riley, aged 57, died this morning at her home, 916 Main street, after an illness with rheumatism. She was a native of county Kerry, Ireland. Mrs. Riley leaves three sons and three daughters, Theresa, Rose, Nellie, James, Thomas and Stephen. Her husband died seven years ago. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


RILEY, KATE A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 23, 1906
Mrs. K. A. Riley died at noon Thursday at the home of her sister, Mrs. B. M. French, 205 Walnut street, her demise being caused by old age infirmaties. She was 82 years old and leaves no immediate family. The body will be taken to Kirkwood, Mo., Saturday morning for burial.


RILEY, MATHILDA E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1921
Mrs. Mathilda E. Riley, wife of Dr. C. M. Riley of 2329 Central avenue, died Sunday afternoon at the family home. Mrs. Riley, who was about 73 years of age, has been ill for the past two years, and since last September her condition has been serious. Dr. and Mrs. Riley came to Alton 22 years ago and purchased a home on Central avenue. Dr. Riley was a former college professor but recently he retired. Besides her husband, Mrs. Riley leaves one sister, Mrs. L. E. Minton. The funeral will be held from the residence at 1 o'clock Tuesday.


RILEY, THOMAS/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 26, 1882
Coroner Youree held an inquest over the remains of a man named Thomas Riley of St. Louis, a member of the Protective Benevolent Bricklayers’ Association, who was killed by a train on the I. & St. Louis Road near Nameoki yesterday morning. A verdict of accidental death was rendered. The unfortunate man was accompanied by a dog, and strange to say, the faithful animal stayed by his master and was also killed by the cars.


RILEY, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 17, 1880
Mr. Riley, section foreman at Alton Junction [East Alton], was struck and run over by a section of a train Monday, and injured so severely that he died soon after. Deceased was a resident of Mattoon, and a member of a Lodge of Odd Fellows. His remains were forwarded to his home in Mattoon.


RILEY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 10, 1864
Yesterday afternoon, two small boys, Lewis Lawler and William Riley, were drowned in the river. Several boys were with them out on the edge of the sandbar, and it seems that the two little fellows went too far and stepped off a bluff bank out of their depth, and drowned before assistance could be rendered them. They were aged respectively 12 and 15 years.


RINGERING, ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1904
Anton Ringering, aged 66, died very suddenly Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock in the jewelry store of Joseph Bauer on East Second street, from the effect of an injury he sustained last summer. An aneurism of the artery on the left side of the shoulder, one of the largest in the body, broke, and Mr. Ringering lived only a few minutes. Last summer he was standing on a ladder, and becoming overbalanced he started to fall but caught himself. The strain produced by his effort to save himself caused the weakening of the wall of the big artery, and Dr. L. M. Bowman, who was attending Mr. Ringering, warned him that death might result very suddenly at almost any time. Friday afternoon, with his wife, Mr. Ringering had been in Alton on business and had made a social call on Joseph Bauer, who is an intimate friend of the family. Later he returned to the store in company with Mrs. Ringering and told Mr. Bauer that he felt sick. While Mr. Bauer was starting to give him some attention, Mr. Ringering fell to the floor with a hemorrhage from the mouth and nose and was dead in a short time. Mr. Ringering was 66 years of age and had lived east of Alton near Wood river for forty years. He was the father of ten children, and besides his children and wife, leaves two brothers, Albert, whose place adjoined his, and Ernst, who lives at Poag. His home was one of the most hospitable in the American Bottoms, and the latch string always hung outside, with a place at the table and a bed for anyone who desired to accept of the hospitality. He accumulated considerable wealth and was financially one of the most substantial farmers living near Alton. The funeral will be held Monday from the family home, Rev. Theodore Oberhellman officiating, and burial will be in City Cemetery. Mr. Ringering made his will Thursday evening and expected to submit to a surgical operation Wednesday in a St. Louis hospital.


RINGERING, LUCY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 24, 1920
Scarlet Fever Claims Second in Ringering Family
Lucy, the three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ringering, died at noon today from scarlet fever. This was the second death from the disease in the family, and there were five members, including the father, who were down with the disease. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, and will be private. Interment in City Cemetery.


RINGERING, WILBUR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 11, 1920
 Third Victim in One Family to Succumb to Fatal Complications Following Scarlet Fever
Wilbur Ringering, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ringering, residing near Wood River, died at 5 o'clock this morning from complications following an attack of scarlet fever. The child was thought to be recuperating from the disease, but after his attack it was feared he would lose his sight and hearing, however these fears were dispelled when his condition seemed better. Complications set in and a relapse followed resulting in his death today, which marks the demise of the third child in the Ringering family dying after an attack of scarlet fever. There are three other children in the family, however none have been affected with the disease, but at the present time the father, Albert Ringering, is in a serious condition from the same plague. The boy will be buried this afternoon, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier officiating at the funeral services, to be at 1 o'clock.


RINKER, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1914
Mrs. Catherine Rinker, 76, widow of Henry Rinker, died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of her son, John Rinker, in Bunker Hill. Her death came on the 9th day of illness from double pneumonia. She was the widow of Henry Rinker, who died in Foster township in 1883. Mrs. Rinker was born in Wittenberg, Germany on the 2nd day of October, 1837. She came to this country at the age of 7 years, and located in Foster township where she lived all her life up to 12 years ago, when she retired from work and went to Bunker Hill to make her home with her son. The family is an old time and well known one around Fosterburg. The deceased lady leaves six children as follows: Mrs. Jacob Hunt of East Alton; Mrs. C. E. Holyman, St. Louis; John Rinker, Bunker Hill; Miss Mollie Rinker, Bunker Hill; Edmund Rinker, Upper Alton; and Henry Rinker of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Saturday morning. A brief service will be held at the home after which the funeral party will leave over land for Fosterburg, where the funeral will be held at the Methodist Church, and the body will be buried there in the cemetery beside that of her husband, who preceded her to the grave thirty years.


RIPPE, H. H./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 14, 1887
Mr. H. H. Rippe, for over 30 years a resident of Alton, a native of Germany, died last evening at the Sisters’ Hospital, where he had gone for treatment of a complication of diseases. He was almost 60 years of age, and for many years was a leading cigar manufacturer in Alton. He left two sons.


RITCHEY, MINERVA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 20, 1911
Mrs. Minerva Ritchey, aged thirty-two years, wife of Maude Ritchie, a smelter at the Federal Lead works, died at the home of her father, Simon Prough, at 100 east Second street, at three o'clock this morning after an illness of about a year's duration with tuberculosis. Mrs. Ritchie leaves besides her husband and father, a daughter, Miss Maggie Smith. The remains will be shipped to Kane, Ill., tomorrow morning, where internment will take place tomorrow afternoon from the Christian church. Mr. Prough with his daughter moved to Alton from Kane last February.


RITTER, AMELIA L./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 25, 1882
Mrs. Amelia, widow of the late Henry A. Ritter, died this afternoon at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. R. W. Stevens, at the age of 68 years and 12 days. Her death was caused by cancer in the face, from which she had suffered so much for almost two years. Death was considered a merciful release. Deceased bore the anguish that at times racked her frame, with true Christian fortitude and submissiveness. She was long a faithful, consistent member of the Methodist Church. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. R. W. Stevens; three sons, Rev. A. Ritter of Butler, Mr. Henry Ritter of Alton, and Mr. J. F. Ritter of Parkersburg, West Virginia; besides many other relatives and attached friends to mourn her death. Mrs. Ritter was born April 13, 1814, at Oborrodem, Hanover, Germany, came to this country almost 50 years ago, and had been a resident of Alton over 18 years.


RITTER, AUG./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 1, 1877
From Bethalto – Aug. Ritter of Moro died at 3 o’clock this afternoon. He was sick but two or three days.


RITTER, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1909
Commits Suicide by Drinking Carbolic Acid
Charles Ritter, aged 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ritter of 409 Ridge street, committed suicide this noon by drinking a half pint of carbolic acid. He sought the river end of the embankment at the Alton bridge approach. Sitting down underneath the railroad track leading on to the bridge, he swallowed the fiery drink and fell over dying. He made a very complete job, drinking all of the acid except a little he spilled on the ground, and a very small amount he left in the bottle. The cause of the suicide is not known. Men working in the glassworks with him said he had not been working steady, and that he frequently complained of being sick. They said he would lay off from his work frequently before the day was done, and that he did not have a steady job. This noon Harry Schreiber, who knew him, met him walking down Ridge street and spoke to him. Later, Ritter bought the bottle of carbolic acid at the Wyss drug store, and about 11:30 he was seen by Lein Boren, fireman on the bridge train, walking briskly along the bridge approach toward the bridge. That was the last seen of him alive. Shortly after one o'clock, some boys noticed the body lying stretched out under the track and reporting it to Len Whetzel, who investigated and found the man was dead. The fact was reported to relatives of Ritter, and they took charge of the body. Ritter belonged to a large family living on Ridge street, and he has brothers and sisters who are highly respected.


RITTER, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 4, 1918
Charles Ritter of Wood River, aged 84 years, died yesterday and was buried this afternoon in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Ritter was a Hungarian.


RITTER, FREDRICK W./Source: Alton Telegraph, November 27, 1868
On Saturday morning last, a terrible accident occurred in Hunterstown, by which a man named Fredrick W. Ritter lost his life. We mentioned the occurrence on Saturday, and the full particulars are as follows:

The unfortunate man was standing within a foot or two of the Terre Haute Railroad track near Bozza’s corner, watching the departure of a train on the Chicago Road, the tracks of which run near and parallel to that of the former road. While he was in this position, a train was backed up on the Terre Haute Road, and Mr. Ritter, being very deaf, did not hear its approach, and the advancing train struck him a terrible blow on the head, breaking his skull. Bystanders who saw his danger shouted to him, but he did not hear the warning. The injured man lived but a short time after the accident. An inquest was held on the remains by J. Quarton, Esq., Coroner of Madison County, and a verdict was rendered by the jury, of which H. C. Sweetser, Esq., was foreman, in accordance with the above facts.

Mr. Ritter resided in Hunterstown, and was about fifty years of age. He was a baker by trade. His family are left in destitute circumstances by his sudden and terrible death.


 RITTER, HENRY/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 1, 1870
Founder of Edwardsville Brewery
It is our painful duty to record the death of one of our oldest citizens. Mr. Ritter, at the time of his death, was making preparations for building seven or eight frame cottages on Hillsboro Street, besides the three now nearly completed. Mr. Ritter was very eccentric in his habits, and his disposition was such as not to gather about him many personal or warm friends, but in his business relations, he was scrupulously exact and straightforward. He was always building in some shape or other, and has done more in that line for the advancement of the town of Edwardsville than any other living man. His death is to be much regretted on that account. His funeral took place on Tuesday. The Turners, of which order Mr. Ritter was a member, followed him to the grave in full regalia.

Henry Ritter was born in Germany on May 18, 1817. He and his family were among the first of a large, foreign-born population to arrive in Illinois, initially settling in St. Clair County in 1844. Sometime after 1850, the Ritters moved from St. Clair County to Edwardsville, where Mr. Ritter engaged in several endeavors – a coal mine, brewery, and building cottages. He opened the first coal mine in the vicinity. His miners, knowing what price coal commanded in those days, went on strike for higher wages. Ritter granted them immediately. Two hours later a second strike was announced, and a higher price was demanded and allowed. In the afternoon of the same day, the miners made a third strike, demanding ten or twelve cents per bushel. Mr. Ritter went to the mine shaft to deliver this message: “The hoisting apparatus of these mines will be removed within fifteen minutes; and all miners remaining in the pit longer than fifteen minutes must provide their own means of getting up and out.” This settled the matter, and no further strikes occurred.

Henry Ritter and his brothers established the Edwardsville Brewery, circa 1858. The brewery was in a three-story brick building, located at the end of North Main Street. Nearby was the Ritter brick home, later occupied by the Klingel family, and even later used for the Klingel House Tea Room. Some report that the home was constructed in 1864 for the Klingel family, but the Ritter addition was recorded in 1859. The brewery was sold to Louis Klingel in 1866, which included the brewery and the brick house. Both Ritter and Klingel died in 1870. The brick home still stands, and is located on Highway 159 near Phillepena Street (named for Henry’s wife, Philippena Gabelmann Ritter), and is now occupied by the Gori Julian Law Firm.

Henry married Philippena Gabelmann (1815-1890), and they had four children: Henry Ritter (1844-1921); Eva Ritter Goodrich (1851-1930); Martha Ritter Baker (1853-1941); and Emma Ritter Sutter (1858-1918).

The Ritter home was located in the north end of Edwardsville, in what was referred to as Lower Town. This area was populated mostly by German settlers, and was referred to as “Hexebuckel,” meaning Witch’s Humpback or Witch’s Back. Ritter is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville.


RITTER, HENRY A./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 16, 1875
Died in Alton on September 15, of typhoid fever, Henry A. Ritter; aged 73 years.


RITTER, HENRY JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 8, 1921
Wealthy Land Owner
Henry Ritter, well known in Alton, and making his home at Liberty Prairie, died at midnight Thursday, after an illness extending over a period of about three years, with gangrene responsible in part for his death. The deceased was 77 years of age, and resided in or near Edwardsville for some 70 years. He was the son of Henry Ritter, who was the discoverer of coal near Edwardsville over a half century ago, and later became a coal operator accumulating considerable wealth, and who died a number of years ago. The late Mr. Ritter had retired from active life some time ago and spent the greater part of his time looking after his extensive holdings. Henry Ritter is survived by his wife and one daughter. The funeral will be held at Edwardsville on Monday.


RITTER, JULIA AMELIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 12, 1877
Died this morning, Julia Amelia, infant daughter of Henry and Margaret E. Ritter; aged 2 months and 21 days. The funeral will take place from the family residence on Ninth Street.


RITTER, NELLIE/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, June 13, 1884
Accidently Shot by Husband
Edwardsville, Ill., June 12 - A terrible accident happened here this morning at about 11 o'clock, resulting in the death of Mrs. Nellie Ritter, wife of ex-City Attorney Herman Ritter. It seems that Mr. Ritter was cleaning a breech loading gun under the impression that it was not loaded. Suddenly the piece was accidentally discharged, the entire contents of the shell entering his wife's left breast, killing her instantly. The frantic screams of the husband attracted the neighbors, and though medical aid was on hand promptly, it was not needed, as the poor woman died almost instantly, the heart and vitals being riddled with the shot. Mrs. Ritter was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Friday, old residents of this city, and they, together with the husband and other relatives, are almost distracted over her tragic and untimely death. The accident has sorrowed the hearts of our whole community, as Mrs. Ritter was known and loved by all.


RITTER, WILLIAM J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 26, 1922
William J. Ritter, aged 80, died last night at 7 o'clock at his home, 614 East Third street. Ritter has been in poor health for a number of years and for five years was blind and bedfast. His fatal illness began one week ago. Ritter was born in St. Louis on November 7, 1841. After residing in St. Louis for some time, he came to Illinois, and 20 years ago moved to Alton from Bunker Hill. He was well known throughout the city. He has been a very patient sufferer, bearing his blindness and ill health with much fortitude. He was an excellent husband and father, a kind neighbor and friend. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five daughters. The sons are William and Leonard Ritter of Alton, and the daughters, Mrs. Oscar Kellar, Mrs. William Meyer and Mrs. John Berner Jr., of Alton; Mrs. William Lewis of Belleville and Mrs. James McKelvey of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from St. Mary's church, Requiem Mass to be sung by Rev. J. J. Meckel. Interment in the City cemetery.


RIXON, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 3, 1900
Mrs. Jane Rixon, widow of the late James Rixon, died this afternoon at the family home in Upper Alton after a short illness. She was stricken with paralysis a few days ago, and since then her condition had been precarious. She passed away without regaining consciousness. Mrs. Rixon would have been 66 years of age November 24, and was a resident of Madison county, in the vicinity of Upper Alton, since 1855. She was married in England in 1855, and then came to America. After living a short time in Macoupin county, Mrs. Rixon and her husband came to Upper Alton. Mrs. Rixon was a devout member of the Upper Alton Presbyterian church thirty years. She was well known in Alton, having conducted a vegetable stand here many years. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be held at the Upper Alton Presbyterian church.


ROACH, DAVID/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 24, 1848
Died on the 10th ult., at Lamb's Point in this county, after a short illness of only 35 hours, Mr. David Roach, in the 63rd year of his age.


ROACH, FRANCIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 2, 1845
Born in 1739
Died on the 9th ult., at the residence of his son, at Lamb's Point, ten miles northeast of Edwardsville, Mr. Francis Roach, aged 106 years. Mr. Roach was a native of Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was born in the month of April, 1739. Being an orphan boy, he was bound to a master who removed with him to the state of North Carolina in early life, where he married. In the year 1770, he emigrated to the state of Kentucky, where he spent the first six years in a fort at Dougherty's Station near Danville, Mercer County, and after residing at several other parts of that state, moved in 1806 to Illinois and settled in this county, where he resided till his death. Mr. Roach was a man below the middling stature, of a swarthy complexion, gray eyes, and of active bodily faculties, which he retained to a remarkable degree till the time of his last illness - was naturally of a cheerful disposition - rather weakly the first thirty-one years, which probably taught him how to be prudent in the managing of his health, having enjoyed, uniformly, with the exception of two or three attacks of the fever and ague, good health during that period. He was always an "early riser," day rarely dawned before he was out of bed, "winter or summer." Mr. Roach was always a temperate man, using enlent spirits only in the shape of "morning bitters," as was the custom in his day, ate meat generally at every meal, never liked nor drank coffee, but tea occasionally for the last ten years, and totally disused ardent spirits for the same period. He became a professor of religion and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 1787, in which he remained a devout member the balance of his life. Mr. Roach had drawn a pension since 1832, having served one campaign in North Carolina, between the years 1778 and 1779, and two other campaigns into the Indian country in the present state of Ohio, in one of which he helped to cut up and destroy their corn at "Old Chillicothe of the Little Miami," now known by the name of Old Town, three miles from Xenia, and at Piqua on the Big Miami. After he was one hundred years old, his eyesight became so dim that he could with difficulty discern one person from another, being guided more by their voice then otherwise. He never had the benefit of an education, and consequently had not as much need for spectacles as the peruser of books. Mr. Roach was a hatter by trade, but most of his labor was spent on the farm, which never ceased as long as his eyesight served him. The writer of this has seen him cutting cornstalks in the field with a hoe after he became a centenarian.


ROACH, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 15, 1844
Penitentiary Guard Dies
On Thursday morning last, an inquest was held by H. S. Summers, Esq., coroner of this county, over the body of a man discovered floating down the river, close to the wharf. It appeared in evidence that the name of the deceased was John Roach, that he had been for some time past employed as a guard at the Penitentiary, and that he was last seen alive about daylight on Monday morning, walking outside of the prison wall, and seemingly somewhat indisposed. As his head was very much cut and his neck dislocated, the jury arrived at the conclusion that he had come to his death either by falling or jumping off the high bluff just above the Penitentiary, upon the rocks on the river bank, and rendered a verdict accordingly, after which his remains were decently interred. The deceased was an Englishman, and about 24 years of age.


ROACH, MARTHA/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 31, 1853
Died in Ridge Prairie, March 21, after a long illness, Martha, consort of James Roach, Esq., in the 24th year of her age. She has left an affectionate husband, two little children, and many relatives to mourn her loss. They mourn not as though death was an eternal sleep. For the last ten years, she had adorned her Christian profession. Though called so early in life, she died in the triumph of faith, and in the full assurance of a blessed immortality.


ROBBINS, FREDERICK W./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 23, 1852
Died in Alton on the 14th inst., Frederick W., son of S. W. Robbins, Esq.


ROBBINS, MARTHA ELIZA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 12, 1852
Died on the 25th ult., at Edwardsville, of erysipelas, Martha Eliza, second and only daughter of Rufus P. and Jane H. Robbins, aged 30 days.


ROBBINS, RUFUS PUTNAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 4, 1911
Bandmaster Dies in Cairo, Illinois
R. P. Robbins, who many years ago was a director in an Alton band, and who often visited Alton in later years, died Sunday night at his home in Cairo. He was 88 years old, and was a grandson of General Rufus Putnam. He has lived in Cairo since 1862. One son and three daughters survive him, one of the latter being Mrs. Russell, wife of State Treasurer Andrew Russell of Jacksonville. Between sixty and seventy years ago, Mr. Robbins resided in Edwardsville and was the organizer and leader of a famous band of those days. He also directed the musicians in the Alton and Bunker Hill bands.


ROBBINS, SOPHIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 17, 1849
Died on the 13th inst., in Alton, Sophia, infant daughter of Mr. S. W. and Mrs. A_____ [unreadable] Robbins.


ROBBINS, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 28, 1884
Coroner Youree held an inquest Monday night at Troy, on the body of a woman named Mrs. E. L. Robbins, wife of a traveling photographer, who committed suicide that afternoon by throwing herself into a well. She had first attempted to make away with herself by gashing her throat in two or three places with a knife, but her heart failed, apparently, and the wounds were not deep enough.


ROBERTS, EDWARD F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 28, 1914
Edward F. Roberts, aged 35 years, son of John Roberts, died at 4 o'clock this morning at his home on West Ninth street. The funeral will be held from Lock's tomorrow, thence to the Cathedral where Father Tarrent will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Funeral at 9 o'clock.


ROBERTS, FANNIE (nee BULKLEY)/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 30, 1885
The funeral services of Mrs. Fannie Bulkley Roberts, at the house of her father, Rev. Dr. Bulkley, Sunday afternoon, were attended by a large company of friends, filling the rooms adjacent to the one containing the family, and surrounding the house. The two literary societies of the College attended en masse, each having about forty members in line. In addition were many friends from Alton and the country. The services at the house were quite short, consisting of prayer and brief remarks by President Kendrick and Professor Clarke of the college, and the singing by the family of several hymns, as they have for years been accustomed to do on Sabbath afternoons and other occasions of family gatherings. The dear and silent form was tenderly borne out from her youthful home by her husband and three brothers-in-law, Dr. C. B. Roberts, Dr. L. English, and J. J. Pitts, Esq., and followed to the cemetery by a large procession of co-mourners; was by the same hands laid away and covered with fragrant flowers and branches of evergreen, over which they carefully placed the earth as though they were laying their dear one in a bed of down for a brief rest, instead of an eternal repose in a bed of clay. Dr. Bulkley thanked the assembled friends and spoke briefly of their hope for the departed as bright and cloudless as the day they were enjoying. It was a touching service, a family service throughout.


ROBERTS, FANNIE ATWOOD/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 6, 1849
Died in Alton on the 30th ult., Fannie Atwood, infant daughter of Mr. John L. Roberts, aged 8(?) months.


ROBERTS, ILAS FLAVEL (D.D. AND M.D.)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 29, 1901
Dr. Ilas Favel Roberts died at East Alton Saturday afternoon at the home of his niece, Mrs. S. G. Cooper. He was 84 years of age and was one of the most remarkable men ever known in this section of the country. Notwithstanding his great age, he pursued the life of a nomad and seemed unable to content himself unless he was traveling. Roberts had been making visits at East Alton occasionally the last three years. He seldom rode on trains, as his means would not permit it. When he received his quarterly pension allowance from the government, he would set out on a journey and traveled in the most economical mode. It is said that he had made the trip overland to California at least a dozen times, walking all the way. He had crossed the Atlantic ocean at least fifteen times. One week ago Sunday he arrived at East Alton after a journey on foot from California, and he was on the way to Indianapolis. He was taken ill and suffered a physical collapse.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1901
The body of Dr. Ilas Flavel Roberts, the old nomad who died at East Alton at the home of S. G. Cooper Saturday, was buried this morning at 10 o'clock at Milton Cemetery. The old man was a Seventh Day Adventist Preacher. Services were conducted at the Cooper home by Rev. Josiah Abel of the Granite City Methodist church. Roberts is said to have had relatives in the east who are well off, but they decline to assume the responsibility of burying the old man.


ROBERTS, LEROY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 18, 1922
Thirteen Year Old Boy Falls 60 Feet to Ground - Had Climbed Steel Tower
Tragedy shifted yesterday from one home to another, one home first being prostrated with grief, then lifted to heights of ??. In the other home, where compassion was being felt for the folks in the first one, the tragic pall suddenly dropped as if lifted from the other. Little LeRoy Roberts, 13 year old son of Richard Roberts of 626 East Fifth street, was instantly killed by connecting up with a high tension wire on the steel tower of the power transmission line, at the foot of Central avenue. He fell about 60 feet to the ground, flaming as he fell, and parts of his body were burned to a crisp. At first it was thought the boy was Evanal Collins of 448 East Broadway, son of Mrs. Georgia Collins. When the lad fell, someone thought he was the Collins boy, and sent word to the mother. The Collins boy was not at home, but had been a short time before the accident, and the mother hurried to the scene of the tragedy. There, she was not permitted to look at the body, owing to its condition, and she, accepting the story as correct, believed it was her son. She went back home, weeping and mourning her boy. Fifteen minutes later, into the house walked the son, alive and well. He had heard on the street he was dead, and he hastened home to cheer his mourning parent. His sister, Mary, fainted when she saw her brother walk in alive. Then Deputy Coroner Streeper told that the identification was false, got busy on the telephone. He spread the tidings all over the city that the boy had not been identified and sought information as to any boy who had failed to return home to supper. The Roberts family had such a boy and investigation revealed he was the victim of the tragedy. According to men who saw the boy fall from a distance, there were two of them who had climbed to the first deck wires, about 60 feet from the ground. One of the boys must have touched one of the wires carrying about 16,000 volts. There was a sudden flash of fire, and the boy was seen to plunge to the ground. The other lad did not fall. He climbed down the tower, and reaching the ground he fled as fast as he could go. Efforts were made last night and this morning to ascertain who he was. When the flash came which killed the boy, set fire to his clothing and hurled him to the ground, the short circuiting of the high tension current caused trouble at the power house, so workmen there reported. Mrs. F. A. Voorhees was sitting in the office at the H. Winters planing mill, and she saw the boy fall from the tower in flames. She it was who reported another boy being there with him. It was learned today that the boy who was with the Roberts boy at the time of the accident was Evanal Collins, the boy who was reported killed. He did not make this known until today. The funeral of the Roberts boy will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


ROBERTS, MARY E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 26, 1914
Mrs. Mary E. Roberts, wife of John F. Roberts, died at 3:35 o'clock Monday morning after a two weeks illness with pneumonia at the family home, 100 west Ninth street. Mrs. Roberts death followed a very painful illness. She was the last of her family, and hers was the third in a series of deaths within her family circle within the last three months. Her daughter died last October, and her only sister died in December. She leaves her husband, who is crossing watchman for the C. & A. at Third street, and one son, Edward Roberts. She leaves also one grandchild. Mrs. Roberts was born at Warsaw, Ill., March 2, 1857. She came to Alton when a young girl, was married here thirty-eight years ago next May, and had spent most of her life in Alton. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral and burial will be in City Cemetery, where he daughter was buried.


ROBERTS, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 6, 1886
Died on Friday, April 30, William Roberts, aged 19 years, 11 months, and 26 days; eldest son of Captain William Roberts Sr. of Venice, Illinois.


ROBERTSON, LYDIA ANN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 30, 1878
Died near Godfrey, May 26, 1878, Mrs. Lydia Ann Robertson, aged 30 years and 20 days.


ROBERTSON, PETER B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 8, 1910
Well Known Paving Contractor Dies - Paved Roads in Rock Spring Park
Peter Robertson, the well known paving contractor, is dead. The end came very unexpectedly after a brief illness, Friday evening about 9:45 o'clock. Mr. Robertson went to the state fair Thursday and returned that evening. He rose Friday morning, apparently in his usual robust health, and after milking his cow he ate breakfast. Soon thereafter he complained of feeling ill, and a doctor was summoned. During the afternoon he took a sudden turn for the worse, and the doctors told him when he inquired that he had slight chance for recovery. Mr. Robertson then arranged all his business affairs and prepared for death. The attending surgeons say that Mr. Robertson must have been suffering for a long time with an intestinal ulcer in the appendix. It was supposed the ulcer broke and the resultant perforation of the bowel caused his death. Two years ago he had an attack of typhoid fever, which may have left him in bad condition. Mr. Robertson was born in the vicinity of Pittsburg, Pa., September 7, 1865, and was just past 45 years of age. He came to Alton when a child with his parents. His aged mother, Mrs. Isabelle McPhillips of the North Side, is living, and beside her he leaves two half sisters, Mrs. George Rain and Mrs. Henry Stuart, and one half-brother, E. J. McPhillips. He leaves in his immediate family, his wife, two daughters, and a son, Pearl, Frances and Alex Robertson. Mr. Robertson laid more street paving than any other man in the vicinity of Alton. It was estimated today by David Ryan, his partner, that he had done $150,000 worth of street work in the Altons since their partnership was formed. All the contracts were taken in Mr. Robertson's name. He was a very successful contractor, and during his career as such in Alton he did good work. He had the reputation for being a rapid workman, and executed his contracts in the shortest possible time. In this way he crowded much work into the four years he was in partnership with David Ryan. At the time of his death he was engaged on the contract of building the roads system in Rock Spring park, and was nearing completion. He was known as a hard working man, strictly honest, and in every way reliable. He was quiet, but had many good friends, and every one respected him. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, 1002 Stanton street, Rev. W. H. Bradley officiating.


ROBERTSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1908
Samuel Robertson, aged 19, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson, in Upper Alton, of typhoid pneumonia, with which he has been ill eighteen days. Mr. Robertson showed a remarkable tenacity in clinging to life as he had been dying for the last seven days, but his strong constitution kept him alive and it even appeared to give him a chance for recovery. Mr. Robertson has a host of friends and was well liked by everyone who knew him. He leaves his father and mother, two brothers, James and Harry, and four sisters, Mrs. Beneke, Mrs. Joseph ]Kohler, Mrs. William Everts and Mrs. James McManus, all of Upper Alton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. [see Samuel Robertson, December 21, 1908)


ROBERTSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 21, 1908
In connection with the funeral of Samuel Robertson (see December 17, 1908), it is recalled that on June 14, 1889, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson, Samuel Robertson [yes, same name] was killed by a train while on his way between the glassworks and his home. S. H. Cossaboon at that time was working with the boy and he was invited to conduct the funeral services. On the following November 17th, another son was born in the family, and he was named Samuel for the boy who was killed. This was the son whose funeral was held Sunday, and Rev. Cossaboon was asked to conduct the funeral services over the second Samuel Robertson.


ROBIDOU, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 23, 1906
Civil War Veteran
Charles Robidou, a member of one of Alton's old families, died at midnight Wednesday at his home on west Seventh street after a long illness from Bright's disease. He was about 73 years of age and spent most of his life in Alton and immediate vicinity. He was a lieutenant in the federal army during the war and saw considerable service on the battlefields of the South. He is survived by four brothers, Mark, David and John Robidou of St. Louis; Joseph of Whitehall; and one sister, Mrs. Julia Wood of Milwaukee, Wis. Alfred DeGRand of the firm of Luft & DeGrand is a nephew. His wife died several months ago, and there were no children. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.


ROBIDOU, EMILY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 4, 1909
Widow of Paul Robidou - Blacksmith
Mrs. Emily Robidou, widow of Paul Robidou, died Saturday morning at 7 o'clock at the home of her nephew, Alfred DeGrand, 516 Summit street, after an illness of nine weeks from the effects of injuries she sustained by falling. Her hip was fractured and she failed to rally from the effects of the hurt. Mrs. Robidou was 77 years of age and had lived in Alton over fifty years. Her husband, Paul Robidou, who conducted a blacksmith shop in Alton for many years, died five years ago. She had been living with her nephew as she left no children. She is survived by a brother, John D. Mayville, of Windsor, Canada, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Morse of Bay City, Michigan. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


ROBIDOU, EMMA STARR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 5, 1901
A telegram from Anna, Ill., to Mr. Charles Robidou announced that his wife, Mrs. Emma Starr Robidou, died in the asylum at that place this morning. Mrs. Robidou was taken to the asylum three months ago. Her husband was not aware of her severe illness and was much surprised when he learned of her death. Mrs. Robidou was born in Alton about sixty-two years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist church here, and as long as her condition permitted, was a regular attendant of the church. She is survived by her husband only, leaving no children. Mrs. Robidou was a daughter of the late Thomas Starr, formerly a prominent business man here. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral, as Mr. Robidou does not know when the body will be shipped to this city.


ROBIDOU, LAURENT/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 26, 1885
Mr. Laurent Robidou, an old, respected citizen, died Saturday evening, March 21, of typhoid fever, at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 16 days. He was born in Monroe, Michigan, and came to St. Louis in 1827, making most of the trip by means of a rowboat. He next went to Galena, where he engaged in lead mining. He was a soldier in the Black Hawk War, and had many stirring adventures while sojourning in the West in the early days. He removed to Canada during the rebellion in that country in 1837, was married there and came to Alton in 1861, where he resided until his death. He left a widow, six sons, and two daughters.


ROBIDOU, PAUL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1905
Well Known Blacksmith
Tuesday evening at his home, 618 west Seventh street, Mr. Paul Robidou, a well known and generally respected citizen of Alton, died after an illness of several weeks duration, the start of which was an attack of grip. He was born in St. Louis in 1828, but moved to Alton in 1861, and since that time has resided in this city. Nearly all of the time he conducted a blacksmith and horse-shoeing shop on west Fourth street, retiring only a few years ago. His widow survives him, as does also a brother, Charles, of this city, and Mark of St. Louis, both of whom were with him when the end came. Mr. Robidou was a most genial man and was never at a loss to say some happy thing or utter a good word for any person under discussion. He was charitable, honest and industrious - a good man in all respects. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 from the Cathedral.


ROBIDOU, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 15, 1878
Mr. John H. Stillwell, yardmaster of the Chicago & Alton Railroad, received a telegram about ten o’clock Friday night, conveying the painful intelligence that Mr. William Robidou, an estimable young man of Alton, a brakeman on the railroad, had met with an accident that has proved fatal. It appears that while in the discharge of his duty, he fell from the train at Stroud’s Station on the Louisiana branch of the road, and was run over by several cars and shockingly injured. His legs were crushed in several places, and he received some terrible bodily injuries.


ROBINSON, ANNE E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1917
Mrs. Anne E. Robinson, wife of A. R. Robinson, died at 7:20 o'clock Friday evening at her home, 716 Euclid place, after a long illness with heart trouble. Mrs. Robinson had been improving, but on Thursday she took another backset and hope of her recovery was very slight during the day. Mrs. Robinson was taken ill before Christmas and had been bedfast ever since. During part of the time of her illness her husband was very sick also, and there was a time when his recovery was a matter of grave doubt and there was much anxiety over this condition. He regained his strength, however, and has been able to be downtown again. Mrs. Robinson was a daughter of Dr. E. C. Eliet, of Bunker Hill, coming of a family that was famous in the state of Illinois. She was a close relative of Charles R. Eliet, who made fame for himself during the Civil War by her services to the government. She was born in Bunker Hill and lived there a number of years. Her only sister, Mrs. E. M. Dorsey, is a resident of Alton and it was because of her sister being here that Mr. and Mrs. Robinson came to Alton to make their home. The couple have a very large number of friends, and there are many who regret exceedingly the passing of Mrs. Robinson and sympathize deeply with her husband in his affliction. Mrs. Robinson was 64 years of age. Mrs. Robinson, after her marriage to Mr. Robinson, moved to Kansas City where the couple lived many years, then moved to St. Louis and ten years ago they came to Alton to make their home in this city. Friends are requested to omit flowers. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home. Rev. E. L. Gibson officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery at Bunker Hill, Monday.


ROBINSON, AMASA REED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1918
Amasa Reed Robinson, aged 68, died Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock at his home, 716 Euclid Place, from paralysis, following a brief illness with the grippe. It was not generally known that Mr. Robinson was in a serious condition. He had been stricken with the grippe on Thursday and on Saturday he found it necessary to take to his bed. He seemed no worse than he had been Tuesday, but about 20 minutes before the end came he was stricken with paralysis and he passed away quickly. While grippe may be the reason that medical men assign for the death of Mr. Robinson, his friends, and they are counted by the hundreds, know that there was quite another. He had mourned for his wife, who died a year ago last March, and though his outward appearance did not indicate the burden he was carrying on his heart, those who knew him closely knew that he could not refrain from talking of the loss he had suffered in the passing of his wife. At the time she died he had been very ill too, and it was uncertain which of the devoted couple would die first. Many of their friends had hoped that there would be no parting and that they would pass away together. Mr. Robinson, however, rallied, and his partner in life passed away. He had not been in robust health for years, and since Mrs. Robinson died he had been declining appreciably. Relatives were summoned to attend Mr. Robinson Tuesday evening by word that he had been taken much worse, and he died a few minutes later. Mr. Robinson was a widely known traveling salesman. For years he lived in St. Louis, and about a dozen years ago came to Alton to make his home. He was one of the very best known men in Alton. When home, he was almost constantly in the company of Mrs. Robinson. There was no man in Alton of his years who had any more friends among the younger set of men, his cheerful, happy disposition making his society much in demand. To those who were sick Mr. Robinson was ever kind. It was his practice to seek out his sick friends and take them out for drives in pretty weather. It was his wish that his body be cremated, and it was also his wish that there be no flowers at his funeral. The services will be held Thursday morning at 10:15 o'clock at his home, and in the afternoon the body will be cremated in St. Louis. Mr. Robinson was born in Ohio. He was married in 1880. He leaves two ______ers, George and William Robinson. When it became generally known in Alton that Mr. Robinson was dead, there were general expressions of regret. He was known as a man of sunny disposition, and a persistent maker of friends. When he made a friend he kept that friend and there will be hundreds in Alton who will miss his cheery smile and his pleasant greetings. The opinion was general that life held no more charms for Mr. Robinson after the death of his wife, and that he was glad to go.


ROBINSON, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 21, 1841
Died, at Silver Creek in Madison County, on the 31st July, Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, widow of the late William Robinson, deceased.


ROBINSON, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1851
Died on Wednesday morning, the 5th inst., at the residence of Mr. A. Lamb, Madison County, Illinois, Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, aged 74 years, 2 months, and 4 days. For many years she was an acceptable member of the Baptist Church, and was respected and esteemed by all who knew her, as a devoted Christian and useful neighbor. She has left a large circle of friends and relations who mourn her loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope.


ROBINSON, FANNIE A./Source: Alton Telegraph, December 31, 1874
Died on Thursday, December 17, 1874, Fannie A., daughter of Joseph G. and Mary Robinson; aged 15 years, 11 months, and 21 days.


ROBINSON, HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 24, 1880
From Edwardsville – Mr. Henry Robinson of Hamel Township died last Thursday at the residence of S. Morehead, his brother-in-law. The deceased was an unmarried man, highly esteemed by all who knew him.


ROBINSON, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1901
Henry Robinson, one of the best known of the oldest residents of Alton, died this morning at his home, 438 East Fourteenth street, after a painful illness with erysipelas. He was 83 years of age and was one of the oldest residents of Alton. He was a voter in 1840, and when the Tippecanoe clubs were organized in Alton in 1888, Mr. Robinson was one of the members, having voted for William Henry Harrison in 1840, and he voted for his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, in 1888 and 1892. He was a devout member of the First Baptist church and was janitor there many years, where his services were most faithfully given. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his death will cause regret in the heart of many friends who had learned to admire the true worth in him. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be held at the late home of Mr. Robinson on Fourteenth street.


ROBINSON, ISABEL J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 6, 1904
Mrs. Isabel J. Robinson, widow of S. B. Robinson, aged 60, died Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock at her home after a long illness. She had been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Robinson leaves two daughters, Mrs. H. A. Bryan and Miss Margaret Robinson, and one sister, Mrs. Quick of Bunker Hill. She was a member of a well known family of Liberty Prairie.

[Note: see Isabelle H. Robinson shown below. Probably the same person.]


ROBINSON, ISABELLE H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 10, 1904
Moro News - Mrs. Isabelle H. Robinson, widow of the late Sidney Robinson, died at her home, Liberty Prairie, Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. after a long illness. The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the residence at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Safford officiating.


ROBINSON, JOHN S. (LIEUTENANT)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 13, 1865
Civil War Soldier; Adjutant of the Brigade
We regret to announce the death of this gallant and able young man. He was raised in this city [Alton], and was among the first who responded to the call of the country when the war broke out, and has been active in the service ever since. At the terrible battle which took place at Allatoona [Georgia] some months since, where our troops displayed such unprecedented bravery and skill, and a mere handful of them foiled [Confederate Lt. General John Bell] Hood’s entire army, he fell wounded through the lungs. It was hoped for some time that he would recover, but we were informed this morning that contrary to these hopeful expectations, he had died, and that his corpse is hourly expected to arrive in our city. We have been requested to say that on the arrival of his remains in the city, suitable funeral services will take place. His aged parents have the heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement of our entire community, and it is hoped they may receive abundantly of that support and strength which the Christian religion alone can impart.

Funeral of Lieutenant John S. Robinson
Source: Alton Telegraph, January 20, 1865
There was a very large concourse of citizens and soldiers attending the funeral services of this young and lamented officer, yesterday morning at the Baptist Church. The house was filled to its utmost capacity, and many were unable to find admittance. Colonel Richard Rowett of the Seventh Regiment was present on the occasion, having come from his home in Carlinville, where he is slowly recovering from a wound received in the Allatoona fight. The Rev. Mr. Jameson, the pastor of the church, conducted the services on the occasion in a very fitting and appropriate manner. After the services were concluded, the many friends of the deceased were permitted to take a last look upon his remains. His features were remarkably well preserved considering the number of days that had elapsed since his death. The military then took possession of his corpse. A suitable number of Lieutenants being detailed to act as pallbearers, the procession moving toward the cemetery, headed by a band of music. Lieutenant Robinson volunteered in the 7th Illinois Regiment while it was employed in Alton as a guard for the military prison in 1861, and again re-enlisted as a veteran. He early rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and was soon made the Adjutants of the Regiment, which position he filled with credit to himself and to the great satisfaction of the regiment. But for some time previous to his receiving his fatal wound, he had been acting Adjutant of the Brigade, of which Colonel Rowett was in command. To give some idea of the terrible fighting which the 7th Regiment was engaged when he fell, it is only necessary for us to state that one man out of every two of that regiment was either killed or taken prisoner at Allatoona. The remainder of the men are now with Sherman at Savannah. We are requested, in behalf of the family and friends, to return thanks to Lieutenant Colonel Kuhn for the military escort and band furnished on the occasion. [Note: Lieutenant Robinson is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.]


ROBINSON, JOSEPH G. JR./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 26, 1877
From Edwardsville – Joseph G. Robinson Jr., a nine-year-old son of Captain J. G. Robinson, died last week. His funeral took place on Sunday.


ROBINSON, LETITIA A./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 18, 1879
Died Wednesday, September 10, at Liberty Prairie, Mrs. Letitia A. Robinson, aged 69 years, 9 months, and 15 days.


ROBINSON, MARTHA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 29, 1850
Died in Edwardsville on the 14th inst., Mrs. Martha Robinson, aged about 40(?).


ROBINSON, SIDNEY Z./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 15, 1893
Sidney Z. Robinson died at his home in Liberty Prairie, at 4:15 o'clock p.m. Sunday [Feb. 12], after a lingering illness. The funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon by Rev. James Lafferty, of this city, assisted by Rev. Allison Hunter of Liberty Prairie. The pallbearers were: John Hays, C. E. Arbuthnot, C. M. Belk, W. W. Head, Andrew Patterson and D. C. Scheer. Among relatives who attended the funeral were: B. W. Trabue and C. E. Edwards of Dorchester; O. C. Denny and wife of Sorento; C. A. Quick and wife of Bunker Hill; and Thomas W. Springer of Edwardsville. Deceased was born May 19, 1834, at the home in which he died. He was 58 years, 8 months and 23 days old. In early manhood he entered Shurtleff College, Upper Alton. He afterwards went to Plattville, Wis., and engaged in business. In August 1862, he enlisted in the service of his country, being mustered in as orderly sergeant of Company D., 117 Ill. Vol. He served three years, and was mustered out August 9, 1865. He returned home, and on December 12th, 1866 was married to Miss Isabel Harlan of Bunker Hill. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Anna and Margaret, to mourn the loss of a kind father and loving husband. He was one of five sons of the late W. S. B. Robinson, only two of whom survive, W. J., a twin brother to the deceased, who resides in Kansas City, Mo., and Joseph A., who lives at Baldwin, Kansas. For a number of years he has been ruling elder in the Presbyterian church of this city. He was a member of Edwardsville Post No. 461, G.A.R.


ROBINSON, UNKNOWN WIFE OF WILLIAM J./Source: Alton Telegraph, November 15, 1850
Killed in Accident
We learn that as Mr. William J. Robinson, accompanied by his wife and three children, were returning home in a two-horse wagon on Sunday evening last, the horses started, and by some means jerked the reins out of his hands. He then endeavored to jump out and stop the horses, but in so doing was run over by the wagon and seriously hurt. Shortly afterwards, the wagon was overturned, and Mrs. Robinson was thrown out with such force as to cause her death the next morning. Two of the children were also severely injured. Mr. Robinson lives about fives miles northeast of Alton in Ridge Prairie. Mrs. Robinson was the daughter of Mr. Henry Morrison of Ridge Prairie, and her loss will be deeply deplored by her numerous friends and relatives.


ROBINSON, WILEY F./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 23, 1883
Murdered in Worden
From Edwardsville – Two of the men concerned in the murder of Wiley F. Robinson at Worden have been arrested and are in jail here. Ed Walker (a son of Aaron Walker, deceased), the ruffian who it is said fired the fatal shot, has not been arrested, but it is confidently believed that his hiding place will be disclosed soon. Let us say nothing of murders committed in Texas and elsewhere until the percentage of like deeds committed nearer home is reduced.

The circumstances of the affair are these: A party of five men from Staunton came to Mr. Robinson’s place and raised a disturbance. Being remonstrated with, they attacked Mr. Robinson, and one of them, named Walker, shot him with a pistol. The ruffians fled, and three of them are still at large, but two of them have been captured and were brought into Edwardsville. The whole population of Worden and vicinity is out in pursuit of the remaining murderers, and they are reported surrounded, and their capture only a question of time. The names of the men arrested are George and William Ryan.


ROBINSON, WILLIAM C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1911
Fatally Injured by Train
William C. Robinson, aged 55, was fatally injured Friday evening by being hit by a train on the Chicago & Alton track at Canal Station. His home was at Federal, where he and his wife conducted a boarding house. Robinson was able to speak but a few words after being picked up. He said he was dying, and asked for his wife, and afterward spoke her name, "Emily," several times, but was unable to tell where to find her or where he lived. Robinson fell into the hands of two good Samaritans by the name of A. O. DeMoulin and J. W. Derrington, who did not know him, but nevertheless beneath their mud bespattered clothes there beat hearts that were in sympathetic tune with the unfortunate. They said that they are employed on the Cahokia diversion canal, working for Robinson & Co., the contractors. Someone reported to them that a man's screams of pain had been heard at the railroad, and they went over at once and found the man mangled and bleeding to death. They did what they could for him, had him moved to East Alton, and then brought him to Alton on the Big Four [railroad]. They took charge of what money the man had, $4.60, also an insurance policy and a bank book, and aided in locating the man's wife. Mrs. Robinson could not be found until her husband had died. It is said that Robinson was of a nervous disposition. During the afternoon he bought some medicine at Paul Bros. drug store, and it was through this that the man's wife was found. Robinson's left leg was cut off and he was otherwise badly broken and bruised. Robinson's wife says that her husband is 43 years of age and that he leaves his wife and three children. She says she could not understand why he went to the place where he was killed. Robbery was suspected at first, but as Robinson had almost all the money he had drawn for wages, this theory was not accepted.


ROBINSON, WILLIAM S. B./Source: Alton Telegraph, April 30, 1885
From Bethalto – Another old landmark gone. Passed away from this life on the morning of April 26, William S. B. Robinson of Liberty Prairie; aged 75 years. Mr. Robinson was born in North Carolina, and came to this county with his father’s family about the year 1815, and settled in Edwardsville Township near the north line. When beginning life for himself, he came to Fort Russell Township and improved the farm on which he resided (excepting two years) to the time of his death. Early in life he united with the Presbyterian Church, in which he remained a consistent member and a true Christian. He was at the head and beginning of Sunday Schools at home, and continued his work as long as he felt himself to be useful. Many of the younger citizens will remember his earnest, and continued work during their lives. As a neighbor, and in all business transactions, no one was ever more kind and honorable. He leaves three sons, and they can claim no higher merit than that they are the sons of the community’s friend, William S. B. Robinson. The funeral took place Tuesday morning from the family residence, and was very largely attended. The remains were taken to the Upper Alton Cemetery for burial.

William S. B. Robinson was born August 10, 1810, in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He was the son of Joseph Robinson (1775-1841) and Jane White Robinson (1778-1834. William married in 1830 to Letitia White (1810-1879). They bought 160 acres on the Alton-Greenville Road, now Route 140, six miles north of Edwardsville. The sons of William and Lettitia were: Lewis (born about 1832); Joseph A. (born about 1834); William and Sidney, twins (born in 1836); and John (born 1838).


ROBSON, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 7, 1875
From Melville, December 31, 1874 – We regret to announce the death of our good neighbor and citizen, Mr. John Robson, who after a protracted illness of more than a year, died of consumption on Monday, December 28, 1874. The funeral rites were administered by the Rev. M. Chase, and Greenwood Lodge I.O.O.F., of which Lodge the deceased was a member. The deceased leaves a widow and sister, also a host of friends to lament his loss.


ROCHESTER, WALTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1918
Killed in Battle in France (World War I)
Mrs. Mary Rochester of 1319 East Fourth street received a telegram telling her that her husband, Walter Rochester, aged 23, had been killed in France August 12. The young man went from Staunton, Ill., October 3, 1917. He left his wife, who has a child five years old. Mrs. Rochester came to Alton after her husband went away and she procured work here, trying to do her part while her husband was fighting in the army. He leaves his parents, three brothers, and one sister.


ROCKWOOD, G. B./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 9, 1846
Died in Alton on the 3d instant, Mr. G. B. Rockwood, formerly of New York, about 30 years of age.


RODEMEYER, BERTHA (nee SCHWAB)/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 18, 1878
Wife of William Rodemeyer
This estimable lady died last evening of congestion of the brain, so unexpectedly that the event was a great shock to her relatives and friends. She had been ailing to some extent for five or six weeks, was taken suddenly worse at 5 o’clock, and expired about six. Her maiden name was Schwab. She was 31 years of age, and leaves three young children. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning from the family residence west of State Street, near Mr. Peter Wise’s residence.


RODEMEYER, CHARLES JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 24, 1914
Former Wagon and Buggy Manufacturer In Alton
Charles Rodemeyer, aged 69, died at 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening at his home, 431 Alby Street, after an illness of two years. He had been bedfast since the first of this year, and his end was expected several times during the period that he was unable to be out of bed. Mr. Rodemeyer is survived by his wife and two children, Miss Arnot Rodemeyer and Charles Rodemeyer. He was for many years engaged in manufacturing enterprises in Alton. He conducted a wagon and buggy shop on Third street between Market and Piasa streets. The funeral will be strictly private Saturday noon, it was said today by Mrs. Rodemeyer, and the service in the family home will be conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, an old time friend of Mr. Rodemeyer. The body will be taken to St. Louis to be cremated at 12:50 noon.


RODEMEYER, CHARLES SR./Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, July 11, 1878
Owner of Rodemeyer Wagon and Buggy Factory Dies
Mr. Charles Rodemeyer, one of our oldest and most esteemed manufacturers, died at his residence in this city, Thursday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, after a painful illness of seventeen weeks. He was born in the province of Pfaltz on the Rhine, in Bavaria, in 1812, came to this country while young, and first settled in Pennsylvania and engaged in coal mining. He married Miss Miller in St. Louis in 1838, and came immediately to this city [Alton] and took charge of the mechanical department of the Alton Penitentiary, which position he held for twenty-two years. He then embarked in the carriage and wagon manufacturing business, which industry he conducted on a large scale until his last sickness.

Deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church, and had established an enviable reputation in this community as an honest, upright, straight-forward business man, one whose word was good as his bond. His manufacturing enterprise, for many years, was of great advantage to the prosperity of the city, and his death is a public loss and will be much deplored not only by his business associates, but by the community at large. He leaves a widow and six children - four daughters (two or which are Mary Rodemeyer Miller, wife of Daniel Miller; and Matilda Rodemeyer Schiess) and two sons (Charles Jr. and William), all adults, and all married except two, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn the loss sustained in his death.

Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 8, 1878
A vast concourse turned out yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mr. Charles Rodemeyer, one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens. The funeral took place at the family residence, west of State Street in Sempletown, concluding at the cemetery, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Wilken of the Lutheran Church, of which denomination deceased was a member. He also belonged to the Odd Fellows, and the Order turned out in force in regalia, making an imposing part of the very large procession. Gossrau's band in full uniform led the procession and performed slow music at intervals during the march and after arriving at the cemetery. The pallbearers, members of the Odd Fellows' Lodge, were Messrs. George Formhals, J. H. Raible, George Meissel, John M. Tonsor, John Roe, and F. H. Ullrich.

Charles Rodemeyer was born in 1812 in Germany. He came to America when young, and first settled in Pennsylvania, engaging in the coal mining business. He traveled to St. Louis, married, and then settled in Alton with his new bride in 1838. He worked in the "mechanical department" at the State Penitentiary for about 22 years, and then he, along with his brother, William, opened a carriage factory in about 1860 at the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets [where the Grand Theater was later located]. His son, Charles Jr. also worked in the business. Charles Sr. died in July 1878. The funeral was held from the Rodemeyer home, west of State Street. Charles belonged to the Odd Fellows. Gossrau’s Band, in full uniform, led the funeral procession to the cemetery. The pallbearers were George Formhals, J. H. Raible, George Meissel, John M. Tonsor, John Roe, and F. H. Ulrich.

Charles Rodemeyer Jr., his son, took over the business with his uncle, William Rodemeyer. In August of 1880, William left the business and Charles Jr. continued with his partner John Karel. In 1897, Charles Jr. sold the business to Karel, who continued making carriages. The building was sold to George Kirsch, who converted part of the building to make "artificial ice." The Kirsch Building, as it was later called, housed a small theater (named successively by different owners the Electric, Victory, Habit, and Crescent Theater). The Grand Theater was constructed on this site in 1920, and still stands.

Charles Rodemeyer Jr., who was born in February 1850 in Alton, moved to St. Louis, Missouri after selling the business. He and his wife, Emma Arnot Rodemeyer, lived there until his death in April 1914. Emma then moved to Chicago to live with her daughter, Arnot Rodemeyer. Emma died in 1951.


RODEMEYER, MARY/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 20, 1885
Widow of Charles Rodemeyer Sr.
Mrs. Mary Rodemeyer, widow of the late Charles Rodemeyer Sr., died Sunday morning after an illness of eight months, caused by the debility incident to old age, being 74 years, 6 months, 15 days old. Deceased was an estimable lady, highly respected and venerated by all who knew her. She was born in Germany, but had lived in Alton about 50 years. She left five children: Mrs. Rosina Rodemeyer Raith, wife of Charles Raith of Benton City, Missouri; Mrs. Matilda Rodemeyer Schiess, wife of B. Schiess; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rodemeyer Miller, wife of Daniel Miller; Mrs. Louisa Rodemeyer [Roenicke]; and Mr. Charles Rodemeyer Jr. of Alton. Another son, William Rodemeyer, died in 1882.

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Rodemeyer took place Tuesday afternoon from the family homestead on State Street. A profusion of rarely beautiful flowers in various devices, gave testimony to the respect and affection of thoughtful friends.


RODEMEYER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 11, 1882
Son of Charles Rodemeyer Sr.
This morning, Mr. William Rodemeyer, son of the late Charles Rodemeyer, was seized by a fit of apoplexy at his residence on State Street, and expired in about 10 minutes. He was preparing to leave home for his place of business when the seizure took place. He immediately fell prostrate with the exclamation, “Oh God, Oh God!” Those who were present asked him if they should raise him to a sofa, but he declined the proffered assistance, and breathed his last where he fell. It was a heart-rending scene, the stricken mother lamenting over her dying son, two little girls weeping for their father. Dr. Guelich was summoned and arrived at the place as soon as possible, but the vital spark had fled and human skill could avail nothing. Deceased, in addition to a widowed mother and two little girls, leaves four sisters – Mrs. B. Kirsch, Mrs. D. Miller, a married sister in Kansas, an unmarried sister, and a brother, Mr. Charles Rodemeyer. He was a member of Irwin Lodge F. and A. M., and was insured in a Masonic Association for $1,200. He complained yesterday of feeling unwell, with a sense of oppression in his chest, but nothing serious was anticipated until too late to attempt any remedial measures.

Mr. Rodemeyer had lately embarked in the manufacture of wheeled vehicles, at the corner of Fourth and State Streets, having formerly been in partnership with his brother as successors to their father at the Great Western Carriage and Wagon Factory. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon from the family residence.

William Rodemeyer was the son of Charles Rodemeyer Sr., owner of the Great Western Carriage and Wagon Factory at the southwest corner of Third and Market, where the Grand Theater now stands. Charles Sr. was born in Bavaria in 1812, and came to America when quite young. He settled first in Pennsylvania and engaged in coal mining. In 1838, he married Miss Miller, and came immediately to Alton, where he took charge of the mechanical department of the Alton Penitentiary. He held this position for twenty-two years. He then embarked in the carriage and wagon manufacturing business with his brother, William Rodemeyer, which he built into a large, prosperous business. Charles died in July 1878, and left behind a widow, four daughters, and two sons (Charles Jr. and William). After the death of Charles Sr., his two sons, Charles Jr. and William (named after his uncle) continued in the business with their uncle, William. William left the business in August 1880, and the sons of Charles Sr. continued in the business with John Karel, a partner of William. At some point the business was sold to John Karel, and Charles Rodemeyer Jr. moved to St. Louis. In March 1882, William opened his own carriage and wagon factory at State and Fourth Streets. William passed away suddenly August 11, 1882. William’s wife, Bertha Schwab Rodemeyer, died in July 1878 at the age of 31. She left behind three young children. Charles Rodemeyer Jr. later moved back to Alton and lived on Alby Street. He died in April 1914, and was survived by his wife and two children, Miss Arnot Rodemeyer and Charles Rodemeyer III.


RODGER, JANE G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 13, 1908
The funeral of Mrs. Jane G. Rodger was held from her late home in the Northside Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. A large number of old time friends attended. Services were conducted by REv. W. H. Bradley. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery, Upper Alton. The pallbearers were Alex Rodger, James Rodger, John Rodger, J. H. Baumann, Frank Stalder and Elmer Rodger, sons, son-in-law and the last a grandson of the deceased.


Colonel Andrew Fuller RodgersRODGERS, ANDREW FULLER (COLONEL)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1922
Mexican-American War and Civil War Soldier
The adventuresome career of one of Madison County's most picturesque pioneers came to an end when Colonel Andrew Fuller Rodgers, veteran of two wars and prominent in civic life in Alton, died this morning at 7:20 o'clock at his home on College Avenue, after an illness of about two weeks. His death was due to a physical breakdown from old age. He would have been 95 years of age next October 13. Colonel Rodger's life was one singularly full of stirring adventure. It was a life remarkable for a connecting up of the past with the present. The fact that he was fortunate enough to live to an old age, blessed with bodily and mental vigor, interested in all that went on about him, made it possible for Colonel Rodgers to connect threads that were broken off in his early life, and he found the ends later on. Numerous incidents can be related of the strange linking together of old-time events of his younger day experiences he had in his later years. His breakdown was recognized as the probably beginning of the end. The fact that he was content to remain in bed was the most discouraging fact about this old soldier and adventurer, who had never in his long life confessed his inability to combat physical weakness. That he was not going to rally was a foregone conclusion when he showed no inclination to be up and about. Up to the time he broke down two weeks ago, about the only sign of failure was the loss of his eyesight. That had taken effect a few years ago, but beside that he was in good condition. The aged wife, from whom he had been separated but a few times since he married her back when both were young, is prostrated. She has been anticipating such an end as came this morning to her aged partner in life, but the crisis found her unprepared, and she has since been confined to her bed. Colonel Rodgers did not know that his last brother, Reynold Rodgers, was buried the afternoon before his own end came. He was not told of the death of his brother.

That type of American immortalized in song, story and history, he blazed the trail of progress, participated as a leader in the great movements of his time. Resourceful, energetic, enterprising, courageous, upright, his experiences included service in two wars - in one of which he was a prisoner for more than a year - participation in the gold rush of 1849, shipwreck with 250 others on an island in the Pacific, and service in the Illinois State Legislature. No task was too great, no duty too tedious for this man, who was a living example of that American of which the world is so envious, and unable to completely fathom. Of indomitable will, he accomplished what he set out to do. Nothing seemed impossible to him, no situation too trying. Whatever the circumstances, however great the chances against him, Colonel Rodgers did that which always seemed right, and did it well.

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

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

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

Colonel Rodgers was a leader in civic affairs. His energy and ability were in demand when a public movement was projected. In politics, he was a staunch Democrat, and in his earlier years was devoted to Stephen A. Douglas. He was frequently a delegate to district and state conventions, and in 1870 was elected to the state legislature. He was prominent in Masonic circles, and was the oldest Knight Templar in the city. He was made a Mason in Upper Alton in 1852. Following his retirement from the army, Colonel Rodgers lived on his estate near Upper Alton. Colonel Rodgers was one of Alton's most picturesque characters. Many anecdotes are told of him. One of them is that he attached a small bell to his fishing pole when fishing, so that he might be warned when fish were biting. Mr. Rodgers' surviving children are John B., Catherine, William, Sarah H., and Henry F. Colonel Rodgers engaged in two wars, and lived during four of the nation's six important wars. A veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars, he lived during the Spanish-American and Great War [WWI]. After having fought in two, he had sons and grandsons in the other two. Colonel Rodgers' death was the first in his own immediate family, all his children and grandchildren being alive. On the other hand, he was the last of his father's children, the funeral of his brother taking place the day before his death. Describing the meeting with the girl he saved in the shipwreck in the Pacific, in "Reminiscences," as prepared from Colonel Rodgers' story by a daughter, the Colonel said:

"A few years ago (the Reminiscences were collected in 1910), the Rev. Henry Watson Minzer of St. Louis read an account of a gathering of the few remaining Mexican soldiers in Alton. Later, when here, he asked to be taken to see them, as he wished to know if they remembered his father who was at Buena Vista with the same regiment. I happened to be chosen. At college and in the Mexican War I knew his father well, and immediately asked if it was true that he had married Ella Watson. Strange to say, the answer was 'Yes,' and I could scarcely realize that before me stood the son of the beautiful young girl I last saw during the wreck of the 'Independence.' Several months later, when Mrs. Ella Watson Mizner was visiting her son, they stopped at Alton, and although after a lapse of 55 years, we were immediately taken back to our last meeting on the burning 'Independence.'" The reminiscences of Colonel Rodgers are concluded with: ‘With all the children away, we are alone again, just as we started our journey together, 50 years ago.’”

Colonel Andrew F. Rodgers was the son of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers & Permelia M. (Jackson) Rodgers. One of his brothers, Edward Rodgers, founded the Alton Brick Company, which was located at Homer Adams Parkway and Alby Street. Edward Rodgers purchased land east of Upper Alton, and later sold it to the State for the purpose of erecting the Alton State Hospital. Colonel Andrew F. Rodgers lived on College Avenue, near present-day Rodgers Avenue, which is named after this family. Colonel Rodgers is buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


RODGERS, E. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 6, 1871
On May 8, 1870, Dr. E. Rodgers of Upper Alton committed suicide by drowning in the Wood River, while delirious from fever.


Eben RodgersRODGERS, EBEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1959
Former President of Alton Brick Company
Eben Rodgers, member of a distinguished Alton family and one of the city's outstanding men, died at 7 a.m. today in a St. Louis Hospital. Mr. Rodgers, former president of Alton Brick Co., was 85 years old. He had been in failing health for several years and was a patient in the St. Louis hospital for 20 months. Mr. Rodgers' public service in Alton embraced many fields. He served as president of the Alton Board of Trade, a body that was the forerunner of the present Association of Commerce. He served as president of the Alton Board of Education; as president of Piasa Bird Council, Boy Scouts; as president of the board of Monticello College; as president of Alton Park Commission. Mr. Rodgers was a member of the board and of the executive committee of Alton Memorial Hospital, and was a director of the Better Business Bureau of St. Louis. He was a member of First Unitarian Church of Alton, and served the church as president. In industry, Mr. Rodgers achieved notable success. He took a position in 1892, at the age of 19, with Alton Brick Co., which was founded by his father, the late Edward Rodgers. The brick company grew into an important industry, and Eben Rodgers guided it after his father's death. Eben Rodgers became a leader in the brick industry. He was elected president of the National Brick Manufacturers Association in 1937, and in 1941 was named as "No. 1 Man" of the Structural Clay Products Institute. He also was president of American Facer Brick Assn. in 1914, and was president of Structural Clay Products Assn. from 1937 to 1941. He also was a member of American Ceramics Society. "Alton Brick" became widely known as first-class product. The company expanded and erected a plant near St. Louis. Mr. Rodgers' association with the company extended from 1892 until 1955, when it was sold to Cincinnati interests. The career of Eben Rodgers was marked by devotion to his city and to its institutions. In the field of business, social service, education, church he gave of his talent, his time, and his money. He lent his intelligent leadership to projects that were calculated to benefit the community to which he was so loyal. It was recalled that Mr. Rodgers, out of his own pocket, made up a part of a deficit in park funds traceable to another member of the commission, after the latter's death. Mr. Rodgers was wholly without responsibility, but because he was chairman of the park body during part of the time the shortage took place, he gave of his own money so Alton would escape any financial loss. Mr. Rodgers was born in Upper Alton, August 12, 1873, a son of the late Edward and Ella Hewit Rodgers. He attended the Alton schools and Bingham Military Academy in North Carolina, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first wife, the former Miss Annette Schweppe, to whom he was married in 1900, died July 6, 1938. On July 18, 1942 he was married to Miss Tilton Wead, who survives him. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Preston Levis, Toledo, Ohio; and a son, Eben Rodgers Jr. of San Francisco; a sister, Mrs. Mather Pfeiffenberger Sr., Alton; and a brother, E. Hewit Rodgers, El Paso, Texas; four grandchildren: Mrs. Harriet Levis Belknap, Waco, Texas; Mrs. Annette Levis Minns, Marion, Indiana; John Preston Levis Jr., Toledo, Ohio; and Jane Rodgers, San Francisco, California; and seven great-grandchildren. The body is at Morrow-Quinn Mortuary, pending funeral arrangements.


Reverend Ebenezer RodgersRODGERS, EBENEZER (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 12, 1883
Died April 25, 1854
Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers was a young man of Welsh parentage but English birth, whose missionary promptings had led him to America some five years before, since when he had been laboring successfully in Kentucky for several months, and some four years previous had organized a Baptist church in Capt. Jackson's neighborhood, of which he was pastor at this time. In 1834 Mr. and Mrs. [Permelia] Rodgers moved to Upper Alton. For one year Mr. Rodgers was joint pastor of the Alton and Upper Alton Baptist churches, and afterwards for two years he gave his time exclusively to the church in Upper Alton. Upon leaving the pastorate, he devoted himself to missionary and associational work throughout the State, and was probably the most active and efficient minister in the denomination in all this section. His efforts for the advancement of Christianity and education were untiring, and much of the success attained in these directions is due to his labors. In April 1854, Father Rodgers died at his home in Upper Alton at the age of 66 years.

Reverend Ebenezer Rodgers, from the time he was a child, felt the call to go into the ministry. After his education, and the completion of his studies in London, he felt it necessary to visit America. Arriving in the Fall of 1818, he became the welcomed guest of Benjamin Edwards of Kentucky. Edwards’ three sons subsequently migrated to Illinois – Ninian Edwards (who became the Governor of Illinois), Cyrus Edwards (soldier, and served in the Illinois Legislature), and Dr. Benjamin F. Edwards. A friendship formed between these gentlemen and Ebenezer Rodgers, and Rodgers was persuaded to visit the Territory of Missouri before returning to England. He agreed to accompany Cyrus Edwards, with his new wife and a sister, to Howard County, Missouri. Rodgers found the “whole country almost entirely destitute of preachers,” and soon began his circuit ride, traveling from settlement to settlement, preaching in rude log cabins. He became ordained as a pastor, and established a church at Chariton, 175 miles West of St. Louis. He was financially supported partly from teaching school, and partly from cultivating the soil. He organized about 50 churches.

On August 28, 1823, Rodgers was united in marriage with Permelia, daughter of Deacon John and Susan Jackson of Howard County Missouri [Boone’s Lick area]. She was years younger than Ebenezer, but was devotedly attached to her husband, and always wore a cheerful air.

In 1832, Rodgers visited England, his native home, and preached there. Many of his ancestors were now deceased, and his youngest brother was also dead. He returned to America, and visited Alton in May 1834. There he received a call to pastor the Baptist churches in Alton and Upper Alton. The Baptist Church in Upper Alton was organized on April 25, 1830, by Rev. John M. Peck, the first Principal at Shurtleff College. During Rodger’s pastorate in Upper Alton (1834-1838), a large stone church was erected in 1836. In 1852, a nephew from England came to visit Rodgers. Traveling up the Mississippi from Alton, he inquired of several passengers if they knew him. They replied, “Oh yes, I do. Everyone knows Father Rodgers. He is revered as a saint.” Shortly before the nephew left Alton, he wrote that Rodgers took him to the cemetery, and asked him to look at a marble monument. To the nephew’s surprise, it was in memory of himself, and fully inscribed, with the exception of the date of his death. Rodgers told his nephew that soon the body of his poor uncle will soon lie there. In less than two years, the nephew was mourning his death. Rodgers died May 25, 1854, and is buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery, along with his wife, Permelia.

The children of Rev. Ebenezer and Permelia Rodgers were:
Sarah Ann Rodgers Badley (1826-1899; wife of William Badley)
Colonel Andrew Fuller Rodgers (1827-1922; veteran of the Mexican-American and Civil War)
Dr. John Milton Rodgers (1829-1856; physician in Mississippi)
William L. Rodgers (1831-1851; Shurtleff College student)
Edward Rodgers (1839-1920; founder of the Alton, IL Brick Company)
Reynold Rodgers (1843-1922; Treasurer of El Paso Brick Co.)
Henry P. Rodgers (1844-1905; Civil War veteran; business man in Marianna, Arkansas)
Susan Permelia Rodgers Lemen (1847-1899; wife of Dr. Edward Clarke Lemen of Upper Alton, IL)


RODGERS, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 26, 1920
Founder of Alton Brick Co.; Farmer; Upper Alton Businessman; Son of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers
Edward Rodgers, in his eighty-second year, died in his room at the Illini Hotel today from old age. Since Sunday night he had been unconscious. His death had been expected for some time. His strength had been failing for years, but he had an indomitable will that kept him up. Last summer he insisted on making a trip to Alaska. He started with Mrs. Rodgers, and they got to Vancouver, B. C., where they were forced to delay on account of difficulty in getting passage on a steamer, and there Mr. Rodgers was stricken. It was not believed at first that he would be able to get back home, and most men would not have survived the trip, but he did. He wanted to come back to Alton, and after further delay the trip was begun and he arrived here safely. He was never able to be out any more after his return. His condition became weaker and weaker day by day, and this morning he passed out peacefully.

In the passing of Edward Rodgers, there went a man who had all his life been deeply engaged in successful business. He was the founder of the Alton Brick Company. During the 28 years of its existence, up to the time of his death, he remained its president. He was also president of the El Paso Brick Company, and was interested in the Fernholtz Brick Machine Company. Though he has been known in recent years to have been heavily interested in the manufacture of brick, it is interesting as a fact that Mr. Rodgers did not engage in the manufacturing business until he was 54 years of age. He had been a farmer, and he farmed on the place which was sold to the State as part of the Alton State Hospital. He was a highly successful farmer too, and not only was he able to make satisfactory sales of his own products, but he was engaged for a long time in marketing the products of the other farmers in his neighborhood. He was filled with business ability and his judgment was relied upon by all the farmers who lived in his vicinity.

In 1871 he built the homestead that was afterward sold to the State of Illinois. He built it for his fiance, who was Miss Ella Hewitt, and the next year the couple were married. There they lived until just before the property was sold to the State.

Mr. Rodgers was born in Madison County, August 18, 1839, and lived in the county all his life. His birthplace was in Upper Alton, and at no time in his long life counted any other place as his home. He was a great traveler and frequently made long trips. In the later years of his life he spent his winters in El Paso, a city he had seen grow to fine proportions from a group of adobe houses. In his birthplace he had great interest. He always wanted to see the city improve go ahead, and pay more attention to beautifying itself. He could always be counted on for a liberal subscription to any cause for the public good. One of the latest benefactions in his life was the providing of a handsome gateway and brick wall for Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery, where he had planned to be laid away when his end came. He paid for the work that was done there and it will be a fine monument to his memory. Even when he was weakening rapidly in the last week of his life, he was interested in planning to do things of a similar character. His family say that he never allowed them to know he realized his end was near. He was planning, he told them, to go to El Paso for the winter, even up to the last, though the family knew that he must understand that the end was very near.

Mr. Rodgers is described by one who knew him well as a man who was always sure of himself. He knew what he wanted to do, and he had unbounded confidence in his ability to make a successful conclusion of any enterprise he started. His enthusiasm carried others along with him, and his energy seemed to be tireless and inexhaustible. Illustrative of his clearness of head, even in his old age, he insisted on driving his automobile, and one night last spring, when he got into a jam and a street car struck his auto, he calmly laughed at the evidences of anxiety on the part of others around and he extricated his car from the jam and drove away chuckling over the thought that others considered him unable to drive the car. His mind remained keen and perfect to the time he became unconscious and sank into his last sleep.

Mr. Rodgers comes of a family that has been very prominent in Madison County. He leaves two brothers - Colonel Andrew Fuller Rodgers, who is 93, and Rynold Rodgers, who is 78 and lives at El Paso, but has been here attending his dying brother. Mr. Rodgers also leaves his wife and three children - Eben of Alton; Hewitt of El Paso, Texas; and Mrs. Mather Pfeiffenberger of Alton. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the home of Eben Rodgers, 531 Summit Street, and burial will be in Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery, the place he had helped by liberal gifts to make beautiful.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 28, 1920
The funeral of Edward Rodgers was held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the home of his son, Eben Rodgers, where funeral services were conducted by President George M. Potter of Shurtleff college, the selection of the officiating clergyman being made because of the interest of Mr. Rodgers in the college during his lifetime. There was a large attendance of friends, relatives and old business associates of Mr. Rodgers at the funeral. The floral offerings from friends and organizations in which Mr. Rodgers was interested were numerous and unusually fine. The pallbearers were William, John, F_____, and Clark Rodgers, all nephews of the deceased, and Edward Watson and Harry Meyers. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The Alton Paving and Fire Brick Company, founded by Edward Rodgers, was located on Alby Street, north of Roberts’ Ford. The site was chosen because of a ledge of yellow clay and shale that is ideal for making brick. Although Edward Rodgers began the company in 1854, it was not incorporated until 1892. Many of Alton’s streets were paved with bricks from this company. The Chicago & Alton Railroad ran along the property, which allowed for the shipping of the bricks. The plant had a steam whistle which was audible for miles. Each morning, except Sunday, it was sounded at six o’clock, and again at seven o’clock to signal the start of work. It blew again at lunchtime, and at six in the evening to signal the end of the work day. Edward’s son, Eben Rodgers, became President of the Company after his death. The brick company ceased operations in about 1964. Later, the property became the Alton landfill, which has since been closed. 


RODGERS, ELMER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 14, 1916
Elmer Rodgers, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rodgers, died at 1:40 a.m. at the home of his parents after an illness of several months with tuberculosis, aged 27 years and 6 months. Three months ago, accompanied by his mother, he went to Denver in the hope of recovery, but the trip did not prove beneficial. He returned home three weeks ago, and has been in a very serious condition since that time. Elmer Rodgers was a young man of exceptional qualities counting as his friends, all who knew him. He was a member of the Cherry street Baptist church, where he has held several offices. He has been employed at the office of the Illinois Glass Co. for a number of years, giving up his position when his health failed. He leaves his father and mother, one sister, Miss Leila Rodgers, one brother, James Rodgers, and a large number of relatives to mourn his early death. One very sad feature of his death is that he was soon to be married to Miss Carrie Grissom, to whom his death is a great sorrow. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the family home, No. 1716 Alby street. Rev. S. D. McKenny and Rev. M. W. Twing will officiate. Burial will be in the City cemetery.


RODGERS, HENRY P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 30, 1905
Civil War Soldier, Brother of Colonel Andrew F. Rodgers
Mr. Henry P. Rodgers died today at 1:38 o'clock at the family home on Garden street in Upper Alton. Mr. Rodgers was one of the best known old residents in Southern Illinois, and had been in a bad state of health for six months. He gave up his business duties last winter on account of his health, and went to San Antonio, Texas, where he spent the winter in the hope of regaining his health. He returned to Upper Alton in the spring, and has been confined to his bed ever since. Mr. Rodger's illness was from liver trouble and dropsy. Henry P. Rodgers was born in Upper Alton in 1844, and spent his young manhood there, being a scholar in Shurtleff college for several years. After leaving school he went to Bolivar, Tennessee, where he engaged in business for a number of years. Later he was married to Miss Jennie Upshaw of Mariana, Arkansas, and he then went to that place and started in business. Thirteen years ago his wife died, and Mr. Rodgers returned to Upper Alton and lived a short time. He later returned to Marianna, where he was married to his second wife, Mrs. Jennie Watson. He moved his family to Upper Alton after this marriage, and has resided here since, he being kept in Marianna a large part of the time attending to his cotton farm at that place composed of 6,000 acres. Mr. Rodgers was 61 years of age and was a soldier of the Civil War. He leaves three brothers, Edward and Col. A. F. Rodgers of Upper Alton, and Mr. Rinhold Rodgers of Marianna, Arkansas, one daughter and one son by his first wife, Mr. Henry Rodgers, of Marianna, Arkansas, and Mrs. Dr. Williams of that place; his step-children are Mrs. R. E. Bassett of Chicago, and Messrs, Edward, Roe and Minor Watson of Upper Alton, and one son by his last wife, Clary Lemen Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers was an active business man all his life, and he leaves a large number of men who have been associated with him in his business at different times. He was known and liked by a large circle of acquaintances, and all who ever had dealings with him were his friends. The funeral services will take place tomorrow at the family home, and the body will be taken to Marianna, Arkansas, the funeral party leaving tomorrow evening.


RODGERS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 26, 1902
James Rodgers died Friday at 5:45 p.m. from heart failure from feebleness of old age. He was as well as usual yesterday morning, but towards evening he began to sink and before his children from Alton could reach his bedside, life had passed away. He was 74 years of age and a native of Scotland. He had lived in North Alton fifty years and was highly respected by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and six children. His oldest son, Alex Rodgers, lives in Decatur; Mrs. J. H. Baumann, James and John Rodgers live in Alton; and Misses Agnes and Leah live with their mother in North Alton. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home in North Alton to Oakwood cemetery.


Permelia RodgersRODGERS, PERMELIA [nee JACKSON]/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 29 & April 12, 1883
Wife of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers
Mrs. Permelia, widow of the late Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers, the well-known pioneer Baptist preacher, died Wednesday morning, March 28, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Lemen, in Upper Alton, after a week’s illness of pneumonia, at the age of 77 years, 7 months. Deceased was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, removed to Missouri in 1818, where she married her late husband in 1823, and in 1833 to Upper Alton, where she resided until her death, a period of 50 years. She was among the last of the original members of the Baptist Church of Upper Alton, a faithful, consistent Christian, loved and respected by all. Her death will be a great affliction to her relatives, friends, and acquaintances, and a loss to the whole community to whom she had become endeared by a lifetime of usefulness and devotion to others. Among the old settlers, her associates in pioneer times, the news of her death will be received with sincere sorrow. Mrs. Rodgers leaves six children: Mrs. S. A. Badley; Colonel Andrew Fuller Rodgers; Edward Rodgers; Rynold Rodgers; Mrs. Susan P. Lemen, all of Upper Alton; and Hon. H. P. Rodgers of Mariana, Arkansas, besides other relatives and friends to mourn her death. The funeral took place from the Upper Alton Baptist Church.

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

Source: Alton Telegraph, April 12, 1883
Mrs. Permelia Rodgers, whose residence in Upper Alton, for nearly half a century, has won her the respect and esteem of all who have been honored with her acquaintance, passed to her rest on Wednesday, March 28, at the age of 77 years and 7 months. While to those who knew her best, no word of praise for her many virtues is needed.

Mrs. Rodgers was born at Shelbyville, Kentucky, on August 13, 1805, the daughter of Captain John and Susan (Slaton) Jackson. Her father, John Jackson, was a farmer. A few years later he entered the War of 1812, where he commanded a company of Kentucky volunteers. Returning from military life, Captain Jackson resumed his former pursuits in Tennessee, whence in 1818, he removed to Howard County, Missouri, located near the present town of Fayette. He died September 17, 1849, and is buried in the Jackson Cemetery in Howard County, Missouri.

On August 28, 1823, she was married to Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers, a young man of Welsh parentage but English birth, whose missionary promptings had led him to America some five years before, since when he had been laboring successfully in Kentucky for several months, and some four years previous had organized a Baptist Church in Captain Jackson’s neighborhood, of which he was pastor at this time.

In 1834, Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers moved to Upper Alton. For one year, Mr. Rodgers was joint pastor of the Alton and Upper Alton Baptist Churches, and afterwards for two years he gave his time exclusively to the church in Upper Alton. Upon leaving the pastorate, he devoted himself to missionary and associational work throughout the State, and was probably the most active and efficient minister in the denomination in all this section. His efforts for the advancement of Christianity and education were untiring, and much of the success attained in these directions is due to his labors. In April 1864, Father Rodgers died at his home in Upper Alton at the age of 66 years.

For several years after her husband’s death, Mrs. Rodgers lived at the old homestead till the marriage or removal of all her children, since when she has made her home with one and another of her children, they sharing the pleasure of caring for her and having her with them. Latterly, she has been with her younger daughter, Mrs. E. C. Lemen, at whose house she took the leave of the sorrowing friends who had gathered at the news of the approach of the dark messenger.

To Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers, there were born ten children, six of whom survive them: Mrs. Sarah Ann Rodgers Badley; Colonel Andrew Fuller Rodgers; and Edward Rodgers, who live near town; Rynold Rodgers; Hon. Henry Preston Rodgers of Marietta Arkansas; and Mrs. Susan Permelia Rodgers Lemen, wife of Edward Clark Lemen of Upper Alton. A son, Dr. John Milton Rodgers, died in 1856.

From a large family of brothers and sisters, there remain but one, Milton Jackson, who lives on the old place near Fayette, Missouri, himself now bending beneath the burden of 76 winters.

The remains of Mother Rodgers were tenderly borne to their last resting place on Friday last by her four sons, Fuller, Edward, Rynold, and Henry, her son-in-law Dr. E. C. Lemen; three grandsons, John Rodgers, Henry Seiter, and Henry Hart Jr.; Joseph Burton, an old neighbor and valued friend; and Zephaniah Lowe, the first man to greet Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers when they came to Upper Alton, and probably the only one now living among their earliest acquaintances here. The funeral services were held in the Baptist Church, and were conducted by Rev. Dr. Bulkley, a warm personal friend and former protégé of Father Rodgers, Rev. D. T. Morrill, late pastor of the church, and Rev. Dr. Kendrick, President of Shurtleff College.


RODGERS, REYNOLD or RYNOLD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 16, 1922
Only Surviving Brother of Col. A. F. Rodgers
Reynold Rodgers, aged 79, died this morning at 8 o'clock at El Paso, Tex., after undergoing a surgical operation in a hospital there. He was the only member of the family of Rodgers surviving, except Col. A. F. Rodgers, who is confined to his bed at his home on College avenue by a serious illness. Reynold Rodgers was the treasurer of the El Paso Brick Co. For many years he was connected with the Alton Brick Co., and was employed in the company's office. He left Alton to take the position with the El Paso Brick Co. He was born on the Rodgers farm, east of Alton, now the site of the Alton State Hospital. He never married. He was here for the last time at the time of the last sickness and just preceding the death of his brother, Edward Rodgers. He had been sick only a few days. He had sustained a rupture of the gall bladder and underwent an operation for its relief last Friday. His death followed the operation three days. The body will be brought to Alton for burial and will be accompanied home by his nephew, Hewitt Rodgers. It is expected they will arrive here by Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The body will be taken to the home of his niece, Mrs. D. A. Wyckoff, and the funeral services will be from there. The time of the funeral will be announced later. Mr. Rodgers was a quiet unobtrusive man, and not so well known in Alton as other members of the family. Much of the time he made his home with his sister, Mrs. E. C. Lemen, and after her death he made his home with his niece, Mrs. Wyckoff. He leaves many relatives, friends and acquaintances here. The death of his only brother is being kept from Col. Rodgers, who is believed to be not strong enough to withstand the shock such information might cause him.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 18, 1922
The body of Reynold Rodgers, who died at El Paso, Texas, is expected to reach Alton at 9:40 a.m. tomorrow. Funeral services will be at three o'clock at the home of Mrs. D. A. Wyckoff in Washington avenue, and interment in the Upper Alton cemetery.


RODGERS, UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 15, 1849
Mr. Rodgers of Upper Alton departed this life on Sunday morning from an short attack of cholera. Cases of derangement of the stomach and bowels, more or less severe, are now quite commond, but they generally yield readily to medical treatment.


RODGERS, WILLIAM L./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 22, 1851
Son of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers
Died at Upper Alton on the 12th instant, William L. Rodgers, aged 20 years. The deceased was a son of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers, who, with his family, removed from Missouri to this place in 1834, and who is extensively known both in Missouri and in this State, as a laborious and efficient minister of the gospel. From early childhood, William was distinguished for mildness of disposition, enterprising character, and unhesitating obedience to his parents. He was to them an object of tender affection and of high expectations, which “grew with his growth and strengthened with his strength.” Instructed by them and in the Sabbath School in his relations to God and his duty to love and obey Him, he was restrained from yielding to many temptations which beset the path of childhood and youth. On several occasions, his attention was arrested by Divine truth to a serious consideration of his condition as a sinner accountable to the righteous Judge of all. During the last winter, after a deliberate and earnest examination of the subject, he became convinced of the necessity of a personal interest in the atonement of Christ, was hopefully converted to God, and united with the Baptist church, of which he remained a consistent member until his death.

In early life, he manifested a thirst for learning, which, encouraged by his fond parents, led him to enter upon a thorough course of education. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Sophomore class in Shurtleff College. His application and progress, his elevated aims and flattering prospects, all indicated future eminence in literature and science. Of a social, cheerful temperament, he won the esteem and respect of many associates and friends. During his last long and painful illness, which he bore with Christian patience, he gradually gave up, with meek submission to the Divine will, all his cherished plans and hopes and prospects of life, calmly trusting his immortal interests in the hands of his precious Saviour. A few hours before his decease, he called all the family around him, gave each the parting hand, and bade them an affectionate farewell, exulting in the anticipation of soon being at his “glorious home” with the family of the redeemed above. “Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord.” Signed by L. P., Upper Alton, August 18, 1851.


ROEDER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1907
The funeral of William Roeder was held this afternoon from the home in Illinois avenue, and services were conducted by the Salvation Army officers, Capt. McDavie in charge. Burial was in City Cemetery.


ROES, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 25, 1883
Found in Well
From Edwardsville - Occasionally every community is shocked by some awful occurrence, and it fell to the lot of our citizens yesterday afternoon to be shocked and horrified most terribly. A colored man attempted to draw water from the well in front of Springer’s carriage shop, and the bucket refusing to sink readily, he looked down and discovered the remains of a man, who subsequently proved to be John Roes. The deceased was about forty years of age, was a wagon making by trade, and formerly lived in Prairie City in this county, where he had a family, but his wife, who now lives in Worden, obtained a divorce from him, and for upwards of a year he lived here and worked in the wagon shop of Henry Sommerlad, on Main Street. His last work, however, was in the shop of Joe Levora on St. Louis Street. He had been missing about ten days, but as he sometimes went on what some people seem to think is a harmless drunken spree, but little or no attention was paid to his absence. The coroner’s verdict was suicide by drowning.


ROESCH, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 6, 1917
Aged, Retired Druggist Killed by Car
Charles Roesch, nearly 82 years of age, was fatally injured Tuesday morning just before 10 o'clock by an interurban car near the baseball park in the east end of the city. He died soon after being taken to the hospital. The fatal injuries were on his head and chest. Mr. Roesch, it was said by spectators, was attempting to go across the interurban track ahead of the approaching car. He had been troubled for a long time with the weakness of advancing age, and he had much difficulty in getting around. He insisted upon walking about the city, seeing his friends, and it was while so engaged he was struck by the interurban. He seemed dazed, and his mind did not act quick enough to admit of his making a successful move out of the way of the oncoming car. The aged man was brought uptown on the interurban, and moved from it to the hospital where he died soon afterward. Charles Roesch conducted a drugstore in Alton for twenty years or more. He was born in Germany in 1835. He came to America in 1853 and in 1863 he enlisted for three years in the Union Army. He was wounded in battle. After the war he came to Alton in 1865, and the remainder of his life he passed in this vicinity. He leaves a wife and three daughters, Mrs. C. W. Koenig and Miss Bertha Roesch of Webster Park, Mo., and Mrs. H. J. Christoe of Alton. The body will be taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Christoe, and the funeral will probably be from there Thursday afternoon.


ROESSEL, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 17, 1905
Fatal Accident to Aged Farmer
John Roessel, an aged farmer living near Moro, was almost instantly killed, and Mr. and Mrs. Adam Roessel, his son and daughter-in-law, were badly hurt in a runaway Sunday afternoon, which occurred about three miles east of Moro. The party were on their way home from attending the St. John German Evangelical church on the Springfield road near Moro. While going down a long steep hill there was an accident to the harness, which permitted the carriage to run down on the spirited team of horses and they took fright and ran away. The horses dashed down the steep hill to a bend in the road at the bottom, where they were unable to turn and dashed into a rail fence, throwing the three occupants of the wagon to the ground. Mr. Roessel, the father, living only a few minutes after being carried to his home nearby. The accident occurred as the party was almost at their home. The son and his wife are thought to be in good condition for recovery. Mr. Roessel had lived in the vicinity of Moro many years and was a well to do and highly respected farmer. He was over 75 years of age. He leaves two children, Adam Roessel and Mrs. Louis Hencke.


ROGAN, PAT J./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 23, 1885
Mr. Pat J. Rogan, an old resident, employee at the Hapgood Plow Works, died quite suddenly Saturday, not far from his residence on Second Street [Broadway], between Spring and Vine Streets, while on his way to work. He had arrived at the south side of Second Street, when he was seized with a hemorrhage from the lungs, staggered, and would have fallen, had he not been supported by a companion, James Gibbons. Death ensued in a few minutes. Deceased was about 40 years of age, and had been long afflicted with a pulmonary complaint, but had not been confined to his house. He left a widow and four children to mourn his death.


ROGERS, ALICE JULIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1905
The funeral of Mrs. Alice Julia Rogers was held Tuesday afternoon from St. Patrick's church, where services were conducted by Rev. P. J. O'Reilly. There was a large attendance of friends at the funeral, and many floral offerings were made.


ROGERS, ALMA MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 26, 1914
Alma Marie, the twelve year old daughter of Mrs. Mary Rogers, died at the family home, Twelfth and Alby streets, this morning after an illness with Bright's disease. She leaves only her mother. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the home, and services, which will be only at City Cemetery, will be conducted by Rev. M. W. T______.


ROGERS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1917
Body of Colored Man Found Near Wood River Crossing - Killed by Train
The body of a negro was found near Wood River last night by the crew of a northbound freight train. The body was seen on the track by the engineer and he stopped his train before running over it. The unidentified negro was killed by being run over by a C. P. & St. L. freight train earlier in the evening. The crew of the train that went through Alton at 8 o'clock last evening sent down word from Lockhaven that they found parts of a man's clothing on the wheels and tracks of the train, and they asked that the Alton police make an investigation. This was done, but the police found no trace of the body. The negro is apparently about 25 years of age. It is believed that he might have been hit while making the crossing and then ran over by the train. The crew knew nothing of the accident. The body was identified today by Mrs. Hattie Bell as that of James Rogers of Alton. The inquest was held at a late hour this afternoon.


ROHAN, DANIEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 24, 1919
Daniel Rohan, aged 71 years, a long time resident of Alton, died Saturday after an illness with a combination of diseases. He is survived by one daughter and two sons, his wife having preceded him to the grave. The funeral was held this morning from the Cathedral, where a requiem mass was said in the presence of many friends of the deceased and of the family, by Rev. Fr. Costello. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery, and short services were conducted at the graveside by Father Costello.


ROHLAND, CHARLES B. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 29, 1910
Dean of Alton Dentists, Foremost in His Professions, Dies
Dr. Charles B. Rohland, the Dean of Alton dentists, and one of the foremost men of the profession in Illinois, died at his residence, 1217 State street, Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, after a long illness. Death was due to heart trouble resulting from kidney disease. It had been expected for several days. Dr. Rohland, about three months ago, concluded it was time for him to take life easier, and he decided to get an assistant in his office and leave the burden of his work on him. Since then he has been very little at his office on Third street. He was taken much worse a few days ago, and since then his family were much alarmed. His case became desperate Tuesday afternoon, and Tuesday night the attending physician gave up all hope of prolonging his life beyond a few hours. He was born at Lebanon, Pa., March 24, 1845. He was educated in the public school there, and also went through Union Seminary at New Berlin, Pennsylvania. Afterward he taught in the seminary. Later he studied at Dickinson college, Carlisle, Pa., and there was given his degrees of bachelor of arts and master of arts, and graduated with the second honors of his class. President Soper, head of Ohio University, was the Valedictorian of the class. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Dental college and was given his degree of doctor of dental surgery there. Dr. Rohland came to Alton in 1869 and opened an office for the practice of his profession. From that time he has been identified among the greatest dentists of the state of Illinois, and in Alton he was looked up to by all who practice the profession. He believed in organization among dentists, and he was active in his efforts to form and maintain societies. He was the founder and first president of the Southern Illinois Dental society, and had filled the offices of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Illinois State Dental society. He was a life member and a member of the executive board of that society. He was a member of the Dental Protective Association, and was often representative from Illinois to the American Dental Association and various international meetings of members of the profession. During the term of Governor Fifer, he was a member of the state examining board, being selected by the Illinois society. Dr. Rohland was a man of cultured mind and considerable literary attainment. A number of years ago he surprised many Alton people by composing a little farce, which was given in Temple theater, and in which he took a leading part. There was a beauty in his literary compositions as well as in his musical works. He was a skillful musician, and could play a cello or organ. He was always faithful to his profession and worked hard, as he had a big practice. He had attended to the dental needs of Alton people, many of them from childhood to middle life. He found time, however, to contribute to dental papers, and he also was the author of articles and notes in the Dental Encyclopedia. His opinion on professional subjects was given great weight by men eminent in the profession. As a man, he was courteous, refined and elegant. He was devoid of ostentation, made warm personal friends, and had not an enemy on earth. Among men practicing the profession, he was very highly regarded and he might be termed the highest exponent of profession ethics. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cora D. Rohland, and his daughter, Miss Constance Rohland. He has no other immediate relatives. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church, also of Belvidere commandery, Knights Templar. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church. Friends are requested to omit flowers.


ROHRKASTE, GOTTLEIB/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 5, 1885
From Edwardsville – Gottleib Rohrkaste, a citizen of this place for more than a quarter of a century, died at his residence on Main Street, February 26; aged 53 years. The funeral took place last Friday afternoon.


ROLIER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF OTTO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 22, 1915
The funeral of Mrs. Otto Rolier was held this morning from the family home on Gold street to St. Patrick's Church, where a Requiem Mass was sung by Rev. F. B. Kehoe at 10 o'clock. The funeral was the largest seen in Alton for some time, and gave evidence of the love her many friends had for the deceased. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, where the newly made grave was covered with a blanket of beautiful flowers.


ROLLER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 18, 1910
Mrs. Mary Roller, only daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Maxwell, died Thursday morning at her home, 119 east Ninth street, after an illness with cancer of the stomach. She was a sister of Chief of Police John Maxwell, and beside her aged mother and her brother, she leaves one daughter. Mrs. Roller had lived with her mother almost all her life. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home on Ninth street.


ROLOFF, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 29, 1893
Mr. John Roloff, veteran of the late war and a resident of Upper Alton for the past 36 years, died Thursday morning at 11 o'clock of lung complications. Mr. Roloff was widely known and greatly respected for his many sterling qualities of mind and heart. A native of Germany and a plasterer by trade, he had actively followed his chosen vocation until about a year ago, when failing health compelled him to desist. Besides his widow, he leaves two sons, John and William, and four daughters, Mrs. McIntosh and Mrs. Henry Hesnauer, of Upper Alton. Mrs. Eaton Barnard of St. Louis and an unmarried daughter, Annie, who resides at home. He was about 64 years of age and leaves numerous friends to mourn his death. He will be buried Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Masonic honors. This sad bereavement follows swift upon the terrible Wann disaster, of which Mr. Roloff's son, George, was a victim.


ROLOFF, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 12, 1917
Killed in Auto Accident - Collides With Train
John Roloff, aged (65 or 55 ... hard to read), was instantly killed, and Daniel Haller escaped unscratched when an automobile in which they were riding collided with a Chicago and Alton train at the Ninth and Piasa street crossing Saturday evening at 7:20 o'clock. The automobile in which they were riding caught fire and was destroyed after the collision. According to a statement made by M. Haller, who is a building contractor and for whom Roloff worked, he was taking Roloff out State street to see a man on business. Crossing down at Ninth street, Haller shut off the engine as he passed Market street going west, and was coasting down the Ninth street grade. He said he heard no warning signals of any kind, neither the engine whistle or the bell nor the ringing of the electric crossing bell. Just as he came to the east line of Piasa street where the banks and buildings no longer shut off his view of the track north of the crossing, he saw the train running down grade and just upon him. He tried to stop the automobile but did not have time. The auto struck the engine just behind the pony trucks and was carried on down the track about 100 feet. Roloff was sitting on the right hand side of the front seat beside Haller, who was driving the car. Being on the right hand side, Roloff received all the force of the shock of the collision, and his skull was crushed and his left arm was mutilated. He died instantly. Haller was so confused by the accident that he did not know whether Roloff was still in the car when it broke away from the engine, or had been thrown out to one side. One witness at the coroner's inquest testified that he helped lift Roloff out of the wreckage of the burning car. Haller was still in the car when it became detached from the engine and he climbed out unhurt. Bystanders who witnessed the accident hurried to pick up the body of Roloff and conveyed it to the sidewalk. The fire department was called to put out the burning car, but it was of no use. The engineer and fireman testified at the inquest yesterday that the whistle was sounded, the locomotive bell was ringing, and that the automatic bell at the crossing was ringing. Haller testified that the crossing bell was ringing ten minutes after the accident, or as long as the train stayed in the circuit. It is a remarkable fact that the death of Mr. Roloff is the third accidental fatality in his family. One brother, George, was burned to death in the Wann oil explosion, and another brother, William, was killed in an accident at the Luer Packing Co. plant. John Roloff leaves his wife, two daughters and three sons. He had been working as a carpenter helper under Haller at Wood River. He was a member of a large family well known in Alton. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, Main and Brown streets.


ROLOFF, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 6, 1871
On January 14, 1870, Mrs. John Roloff of Upper Alton was burned to death by the explosion of a coal oil lamp.


ROLOFF, W. J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1918
W. J. Roloff, son of the late William Roloff and Mrs. Henrietta Roloff, died this noon at 11:35 at St. Joseph's Hospital where he was operated upon two weeks ago for an infection of the ear. The little fellow was 9 years and 10 months of age. His mother conducts a confectionery store on Washington Avenue.


ROLOFF, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 7, 1908
Instantly Killed by Fall - Scaffold Breaks
William Roloff, aged 32, was instantly killed just before noon Thursday by falling in the engine room of the Luer Packing Company, where he was at work doing some whitewashing. Roloff's death was probably due to the breaking of a plank on which he was standing, just over the engine which operate the ice machine. He was struck on the back of the head by the crank of the engine, and he was thrown under the engine. His neck was broken and his skull was crushed. The machinery was stopped and the unfortunate man was taken out from underneath the engine, but nothing could be done for him. It is supposed that he did not breathe after he fell on the engine. It is said that no one was watching at the time the accident occurred, and it is not known exactly how it happened. The appearance of the plank, however, indicates that the breaking plank was the cause of Roloff's fall. The deceased leaves his wife and one child at the family home in Upper Alton. He was a brother of George Roloff, who was one of the victims of the Wann oil disaster many years ago. His father, John Roloff, died shortly after the death of George, and it was said that grief over his son's death brought on the malady that caused the father's death. The body of Roloff was taken to the undertaking establishment of Deputy Coroner Keiser shortly after the accident occurred.


ROLOFF, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 6, 1871 (review of 1870)
On January 14, 1870, Mrs. John Roloff, of Upper Alton, was burned to death by the explosion of a coal oil lamp.


ROMAN, FRANCIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 7, 1862
Died in Alton on Tuesday, the 4th inst., Mr. Francis Roman, an old citizen of Alton.


RONSHAUSEN, JOHN C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 23, 1904
John C. Ronshausen, who for many years was in the boot and shoe making business in Alton, but who for several years has resided in North Alton, died this morning after an illness with pneumonia. He was 66 years of age and leaves a wife and six children: Henry, Fred, and Charles Ronshausen; Mrs. Elizabeth Drisdall of St. Louis; and Mrs. Valentine Baudendistel Jr.; and Mrs. Andrew Mayford of North Alton. Two brothers, Charles and J. P., live in Chicago, and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Weidner, lives in St. Louis. Deceased was a member of the German benevolent organization, the Harugari, and of the A. O. U. W. and the Frohsinn Singing Society. He was a kind hearted, charitable man, and would go any distance in any kind of weather, night or day, to visit or do some service for a sick friend or neighbor. Funeral arrangements are not complete.


RONSHAUSEN, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 10, 1916
Mrs. Katherine Ronshausen, aged 69, widow of the late John C. Ronshausen, died early this morning following an illness of three weeks with pneumonia. She had been a resident of Illinois for the past sixty years. She came to this country from Germany when she was two years of age and has lived since in the State of Illinois. She has been in a serious condition for several days, and her death had been expected at any time. She leaves six children, Mrs. Lena Baudendistel and Charles Ronshausen of Alton; Henry and Fred Ronshausen of St. Louis; Mrs. Andrew Mayford of Milwaukee; and Mrs. Reinfelt of Memphis, Tenn. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Evangelical Church.


ROOD, DAVID H./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 26, 1885
From Godfrey – Mr. David H. Rood died at his residence near Godfrey, March 22; aged 73. Mr. Rood came to this place from Vermont in 1837. He was married to Susanna Huntington in 1845, who died ten years ago. He leaves four children and many friends to mourn his loss. He was a sincere, earnest Christian, a kind hearted and scrupulously honest man. He lived at peace with all men, and sweet will his memory ever be to all who knew him. His funeral took place Sunday afternoon. The pallbearers were Messrs. W. F. Waggoner, Charles H. Bartlett, Z. Brown, John Kingcade, H. Waggoner, and William Young.


ROOD, HORACE/Source: Chicago Press and Tribune, June 14, 1860
Guard Killed at Alton Prison
Horace Rood, formerly a guard in the State Prison at Alton, was kicked to death on Sunday morning last by a horse which he was leading to water.


ROOD, SUSANNA (nee HUNTINGTON)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 28, 1875
Mrs. David H. Rood of Godfrey, whose serious illness we noted last week, died on Friday night, and her funeral took place on Saturday.


Augustine Kilburn RootROOT, AUGUSTINE KILBURN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1906
Self-Made Business Man, Banker, Founder of Roots Opera House
Augustine K. Root, who had been ill for 18 months at his residence, 1511 State Street [near the Alton Public School Stadium], died Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock. During the last 18 months of his invalidism, he was bedfast and was almost helpless, requiring the constant attention of members of his family. His death was expected to occur at any time as he had been sinking slowly and only a very strong vitality kept him alive so long.

Mr. Root lived in Alton fifty-seven years, and for many years he was very prominent in the business world of Alton, also in St. Louis. He was the owner of extensive real estate holdings in Alton and elsewhere, and was prominent in financial circles, being connected with many banks and other business institutions. He was a native of Montague, Massachusetts, and was born December 8, 1829. He came to Alton when 20 years of age, and he lived in the city continuously. He was engaged in business here for many years with the firm of Root & Platt. In St. Louis he was connected with the firm of John E. Hayner & Co., Paddock & Hawley, and the Sligo Iron Store. He was vice-president of the St. Louis National Bank from 1889 to 1892, he was connected with the State National Bank of St. Louis, and a director of the Alton Savings Bank.

During the more than half century that Mr. Root lived in Alton he was regarded as one of Alton's most prominent and progressive citizens. He was a good business man and very aggressive in carrying out his business transactions. Mr. Root leaves besides his wife, four children, George E. Root, Miss Lillian Root, Ralph Root and Mrs. A. C. Mills. Mr. Root was a self-made man, having started with nothing and accumulated an estate that is very valuable. Mr. Root used to relate that he left his old home in Vermont at the age of 20, having made his own trunk, and took a hide to the tannery to have it prepared to serve as a trunk cover. When he came to Alton he had no money, having borrowed $40 to make the trip, and he had great difficulty in getting the trunk. He worked most of his life in the hardware business, and by hard work and strict economy he managed to get a good start in life. He became connected with the firm of Root & Platt in 1857, and built the building on Third Street now occupied by Sutter & Dreisoerner [just to the west of The Riverbender building], also the Mercantile building long known as Root's Opera House on Belle Street. This place was long the only place of amusement in Alton, except the city hall, before the erection of Temple Theater. He built the house which he occupied as a residence the remainder of his life, over 38 years ago. He was married in Alton. A son of Mr. Root, Ralph, who was at Wichita Falls, Texas, was intending to leave for Alton this morning to make a visit at his home, but received a telegram last night apprising him of his father's death, and that he must come prepared to attend the funeral of his parent. Mrs. Mills will probably not come to the funeral. Rev. George Gebauer, who is at Cambridge, Massachusetts, will come home to conduct the funeral services. The funeral will be private and will be held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the residence.

Augustine Root was the son of Elihu Root, a native of Massachusetts. Elihu moved to Craftsbury, Vermont, where he purchased a farm and lived out the remainder of his life. Augustine was educated in Vermont, and came West in September 1849, settling in Alton. He began his career as clerk in the store of Arba Nelson, and later for the Topping Brothers. He than founded a business with Anson B. Platt - Root & Platt on Third Street. During the Civil War, he was engaged in the sale of cattle to the government. At the death of Mr. Platt in 1872, their business was closed, and he engaged in the agricultural implement business in St. Louis. He then became associated with John E. Hayner until the firm was dissolved in 1884. Mr. Root was also President of the Alton Roller Mill. In 1865, he married Miss Harriet E. Eaton, daughter of Captain Nathaniel Johnson Eaton. Together they reared five children.

Augustine Root founded the Root Opera House in 1882. The opera house was located in his Mercantile Building at 323 Belle Street (the building was constructed in the 1850s). Root converted the second and third story of the building to an opera house with a semi-circular gallery in "approved theatre style." This opera house was the second entertainment spot in Alton - the first being at the old City Hall. The opera house was the social center of Alton, where parties, plays, dances, and political rallies were frequently held. It was managed by John Mather, a cousin of the Pfeiffenberger brothers.

The building later housed the Goulding Jewelry Store, George Loart's Grocery Store, the Naval Militia Armory, and the Commercial Club. Mac’s Time Out Lounge now occupies the property. In March 1951, the Thrifty Drug Store, owners of the building, removed the third floor and modernized the building. Currently located on this property is Mac’s Time Out Lounge.


ROOT, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1908
Mrs. Elizabeth Root, widow of Thomas Root, died Friday morning at her home in Fosterburg township after a year's illness from old age. Mrs. Root was born in Wood River township and lived there until her marriage over fifty years ago when she went with her husband to Fosterburg and passed the remainder of her life there. She was a member of the Christian church. Mrs. Root leaves three sons, James with whom she lived, John of Coffeen, and Francis of Dorchester. She leaves also two daughters, Mrs. Edward Voumard of Fosterburg and Mrs. Evert Meeden of Brighton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home of her son, James Root, and services will be conducted by Rev. Austermann of the Brighton Methodist church.


ROOT, HELEN DUDLEY/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 15, 1873
Died on August 8 in Alton, Helen Dudley, daughter of Augustine K. and Hattie E. Root; aged 11 months.


ROOT, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 31, 1871
Died on the 18th inst., at the residence of his brother, Thomas Root, on the wood River, Madison County, Mr. John Root; aged 62 years, 9 months, and 17 days. He was a native of Swineshead, near Boston, Lincolnshire, England.


ROOT, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 27, 1901
Thomas Root died at his home in Foster township this morning at 7:30 o'clock after a week's illness caused by a fall and the infirmities of old age. A week ago Thursday, Sept. 19, Mr. Root got up early in the morning and fell just after getting out of bed. The shock was too great for his feeble constitution, and he never recovered. The last two days he was unconscious. Thomas Root was a native of Lincolnshire, near Boston, England, where he was born Oct. 31st, 1816, being almost 85 years of age. He came to America in May 1837, and to Alton in August of the same year. He worked in Alton for some time, and became a subscriber to the Telegraph soon after his arrival, and continued to the day of his death. He also worked in Quincy and in St. Louis. He went to Foster township and began farming where he afterwards resided. He married Elizabeth Bevill 43 years ago. Of this union six children were born, five of whom still survive, viz: John T., Francis T., James I., Mrs. Hannah Voumard and Mrs. Margaret Meden. His wife also survives him. Mr. Root was one of those sturdy emigrants who came to Illinois many years ago, and who had so much to do with building up the country. He was scrupulously honest, an economical and industrious farmer, a good and kind husband and father. In his passing away, one of the old landmarks disappears whose demise is regretted by all. His many pleasant calls at this office are kindly remembered and his interesting talks about the early times were always eagerly listened to. His favorite newspaper, the Telegraph, was never forgotten, and the old gentleman used to say that whatever household matters were necessary to curtail, he could not get along without the Telegraph. The funeral will take place from Ingersoll school house in Foster township on Sunday at 2 p.m. [Burial was in Ingersoll Cemetery]


ROOT, WILLIAM EATON/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 15, 1880
Another household is in mourning, and sad hearts grieve for the loved and lost, even though it was “only a little child.” William Eaton, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Root, died Monday morning, aged five months. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their many friends. The funeral took place at 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the family residence on State Street.


ROOT, WILLIAM HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 22, 1862
Died on the Wood River, Madison County, Illinois, August 6th, William Henry, the youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Root, aged 1 year, 8 months and 2 days.


ROPER, JOHN S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 22, 1920
Prominent Citizen and Quarry Operator Dies - Civil War Veteran
John S. Roper, in his seventy-ninth year, died at 10 o'clock Tuesday evening at his residence, Fourth and George Streets, following an attack which prostrated him less than a week before his death. Mr. Roper had not been in the best of health for some time, advancing years having caused him to fail somewhat in strength. However, he was able to be up and around until the day he was stricken with what appeared to be a paralytic stroke. He was able to recognize his family and make known his wants. He was very low all of Monday and Tuesday, and the end was expected. Mr. Roper was born in Ligonier, Pa., January 10, 1842. He went to Springfield, Ill., _t Olive in about 1856. During the Civil War he served as a commissary clerk in the army, most of the time with Gen. Thomas in Kentucky and Tennessee. He witnessed the battle of Missionary Ridge and was with Gen. Sherman's army in the "March to the Sea." After the war he settled at Elsah, Ill., and on November 2, 1867 he married Adelaide T. Benner, at the residence of his sister, the late Mrs. Charlotte A. Pickard, the ceremony taking place in the room next adjoining that in which he died. He moved to Alton in 1872 and in 1881 into the house which has since been the family residence. Since early in the 70s he was secretary of the Grafton Quarry Co., and until recently he maintained an office in St. Louis. For many years he was superintendent of the Unitarian Sunday school. He served as a member of the city council and was for many years deeply interested in municipal affairs. He was known as a public spirited citizen, a good friend and neighbor and he had a large circle of friends, both among young and old, who deeply regret his passing. Mr. Roper is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jessie A. Roper, his son, Denny W. Roper of Chicago, and one brother, Joseph D. Roper of Springfield. The funeral services tomorrow afternoon will be private. Friends are requested to omit flowers.


ROPER, WALTER JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1912
The funeral of Walter Roper Jr. was held this afternoon from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roper Sr., 3029 Alby street, where services were conducted in the presence of a very large gathering of friends and sympathizing neighbors. Floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful, and burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The pallbearers were former schoolmates and life-long companions of deceased and many high school and McKinley school pupils attended the obsequies.


ROSA, JOE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 18, 1918
Joe Rosa, two months old son of Madison Rosa, died yesterday at the family home, 103 Missouri avenue, and was buried in the City Cemetery today.


ROSE, BENJAMIN SR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1916
Confederate Soldier, Officer of the Law
"Old Ben Rose" is dead. For many years he served as an officer of the law, and he personified the tenderer, more merciful side of justice. He had one of the kindest hearts that ever beat under the badge of authority. It was a well-known fact that Old Ben Rose could be relied upon when he was forced to evict anybody from a house, when he was constable, he was very considerate. It was equally well known that when anyone came before Ben Rose when he sat in judgment as magistrate or justice, that the penalty was sure to be light. The absolute rule in his court was $3 and costs. So far as he was concerned, there was no other penalty for ordinary offenses. Sometimes those who thought that heavier penalties ought to be imposed were disgusted with Ben's penalties, but Ben could not be moved. He always had sympathy for the fellow who was being tried and he was inclined to practice the rule of mercy rather than exact the fullest measure of eye for eye and tooth for tooth. Soft voiced, gentle mannered, Ben Rose for years used the hand of velvet in his discharge of duties of officer of the law where he would have to inflict penalties or enforce claims for other people who applied to him for redress.

Ben Rose was born in Virginia and was in his 78th year. He came to Alton forty-five years ago from Louisiana, Missouri, where he had worked in a tobacco factory, and he started to work in the Drummond factory in Alton. He was a highly paid man in the days when tobacco workers were the princes among Alton laboring men, considering their income. He did not leave Alton when the tobacco factory moved, but remained here and made a living as a constable, later as a justice of the peace, then as police magistrate and for the remainder of his life as justice of the peace. It is related that when a culprit would come before Ben he would ask, "Have you an attorney?" and when the usual assurance was given that he had none, Ben would say, "Well, I'll be your lawyer and look after your interest," and protest as much as they might, lawyers on the other side could do nothing to shake Ben in his view that it was his duty to help protect those who were handicapped by lack of legal counsel in his court.

Ben Rose leaves his wife, Mary Rose, and eleven children, six daughters and five sons. They are Mrs. John Holl; Mrs. Richard Strong; Mrs. Charles Hale; Mrs. Clarence Weeks; Mrs. August Hoppman; Mrs. Minnie Allen; Harry, Homer, Benjamin Jr., Albert and Sherman Rose; the last named being a son by a former marriage and his whereabouts is unknown. He leaves eight grandchildren and one sister. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Order, and was a soldier in the Confederate Army. His illness began three years ago and he had done little in an official way. For ten days he had been ill with pneumonia and this caused his death at 2 o'clock this morning. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, Rev. Arthur Goodger officiating.

Benjamin Rose was buried in the Alton City Cemetery. His son, Homer, enlisted in the army during WWI, and was severely gassed. From that time on his health was frail, and he died in 1935.


ROSE, FRANCES J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 25, 1902
Frances J. Rose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rose, died this morning after a three week's illness, aged 8 years and two weeks. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and services will be conducted at the family home, 714 Langdon street.


ROSE, MYRTLE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1912
Myrtle Rose, aged 14, a pupil of the Upper Alton school, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Alice Rose, this morning after a lingering illness. She leaves three brothers and two sisters. The body will be shipped to Golconda on Monday morning for burial.


ROSE, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 12, 1883
Mrs. Rose, a native of Saxony, grandmother of Mrs. Louis Brueggemann, died Monday, aged 80 years, at her residence, Third Street, between Henry and Ridge. The funeral took place from the German Lutheran Church.


ROSEBERRY, ANDRREW/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 17, 1865
Died in Middle Alton on the 14th inst., Mr. Andrew Roseberry, aged 80 years, 6 months and 21 days.


ROSENBERGER, ANDREW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1914
Andrew Rosenberger, in his ninety-fourth year, was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning at his home, 930 Staunton street. His death must have come as he slept, and was peaceful and unexpected. Mr. Rosenberger had been in perfect health. He was known for his physical strength, his activity, and energy. He continued working almost up to the very end of his life. The aged man was a familiar figure on the streets of Alton. He would never consent to give up going downtown, driving his wagon about, and hauling loads on his wagon. He could see no use in a man quitting work as long as he felt perfectly well and able to do things. He had no idea that his end was fast approaching, as except for a slight illness which began a month ago, the aged man had always been strong and well. He was the oldest member of the German Evangelical church, having affiliated there since the church was organized. Mr. Rosenberger was a native of Marjosz, Hessen, Germany, and was born on Christmas day, 1820. He came to America in 1838 and arrived at Richmond, Va. on the Fourth of July of that year. There, he with other young Germans who had come to America, took service with some Virginia planters who needed strong young men to help them with their work. It had taken two months for him to cross the Atlantic Ocean. As overseer, he with his father, stayed on the plantation 3 years. They started west in wagons in 1840 and stopping at various places, they arrived in Alton in 1844, having spent some time at Nashville, Tenn. After coming to Alton, Mr. Rosenberger bought two teams and began hauling rock and lumber. In 1847 he bought the house in which he died from a man named Brodt, who had built it many years before. The timbers are solid oak, with the exception of a floor in one of the rooms, no important repairs have been made since the house was bought. Mr. Rosenberger was of the opinion that the place is over a hundred years old. It is one of the oldest houses still used in Alton. When Mr. Rosenberger first bought the house, there was only one other in the vicinity, that belonging to the father of George Alt. Mr. Rosenberger cared for a cow and horse of his own up to the last. He made his home with his daughters, Misses Amelia, Elizabeth, and Dora Rosenberger, and his son, Andrew Rosenberger, at 930 Staunton street. His other children are Mrs. John Lampert, Mrs. John Stupprich, and Louis Rosenberger of Macoupin. Two children are dead. He has twenty-four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. During his long life Mr. Rosenberger was an abstainer from the use of tobacco and he attributed his good health and strength to the fact that he had refrained from vices.


ROSENTHAL, JACOB/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 10, 1868
Man Falls from Bluffs at Alton
This morning a gentleman named Jacob Rosenthal, a brother-in-law of Mr. Simon Mooney, met with an accident which will probably cost him his life. It seems that he was in rather feeble health, and was out taking a walk upon the bluffs. When near the residence of Mr. S. R. Dolbee, he sat down on the very verge of the bluffs overlooking the stone quarry. After remaining there a few moments, he rose to his feet, and becoming dizzy, it is thought, lost his balance and fell into the quarry below – a distance of over a hundred feet. Both of his legs were broken by the fall, and he was otherwise so badly injured that it is not thought possible that he can survive. Some laborers saw him fall, and assistance being procured, he was taken to the residence of Mr. E. C. Calm, where the best medical care and attendance were provided.

Source: Alton Telegraph, April 24, 1868
Mr. Jacob Rosenthall, the gentleman who fell from the bluffs a few days since, died last night about ten o’clock. The immediate cause of his death was lockjaw, induced by a concussion of the brain, received in his terrible fall.

Source: Alton Telegraph, May 1, 1868
Died in Alton, April 22, 1868, at 1:30 a.m., at the residence of Mr. J. C. Calm, Esq., Mr. Jacob Rosenthal, aged 30 years and 6 months. The deceased was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, but had resided for about twelve years in the State of Illinois, for the most part in Galva, Henry County. His amiable nature, kind disposition, and consistent, upright conduct endeared him to all who had the good fortune to make his acquaintance. They entertained a deep affection for him, and his early death has caused a profound feeling of sadness to settle upon them. They already feel the sorrowful blank in the social circle caused by his death, while the poor and distressed, to whose assistance his sympathizing nature ever called him, will deeply feel the loss of his charitable disposition and aid. His remains were conveyed to the Union Depot this morning, attended by his friends and relatives and the Masonic Lodges of the city, enroute for St. Louis, where the interment is to take place.


ROSENTHAL, THEODORE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1919
The funeral of Theodore Rosenthal was yesterday morning. Services were conducted at the home at 813 State street by Rev. E. L. Gibson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. The body was taken to St. Louis and interment was in Valhalla Cemetery there, the service being under the ritual of the Modern Woodmen of America, and conducted by Frank Fisher. The pall bearers, all members of the Woodmen lodge, who accompanied the remains to St. Louis, were: Maurice Hoffmann, Ross McPherson, Thomas Hunt, C. E. Wright, M. Jenkins and Thomas Rowan.


ROSINE, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1914
Louis Rosine, a tailor, employed for many years at the Joesting Company place, died at St. Joseph's Hospital after a three years illness from pernicious anemia. He was a member of the tailors' union, and as he had no relatives in this country, that organization will see to his burial.


ROSS, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 12, 1913
Pleasant Buggy Ride Ends in Tragedy
Mrs. Anna Ross, aged 32, wife of John S. Ross, was fatally injured Saturday night, dying Sunday morning at 7 o'clock, from being thrown from a buggy in a runaway. Her husband and her son, Howard, were thrown out too, but they escaped serious injury. Mrs. Ross' death was due to a fracture of her skull at the base of the brain.

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

Anna Ross was born in 1880, and was consequently 32 years of age at the time of her death. She was married to John S. Ross, and they had a son, Howard. John Ross came to Alton in 1900 to work at the Western Cartridge Plant in East Alton as a skilled machinist. He invented a number of machines over the period of years he worked at the Western, and was held in high esteem. After the death of his wife, Anna, he remarried in 1914 to Miss Vivian Sewell of Upper Alton, and they moved to College Avenue. John and Vivian had two children – John Ross Jr. and Virginia Ross. John Ross Sr. died in August 1938. Both John and Anna are buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


ROSS, CHARLES/ Source: Alton Telegraph, February 5, 1864
Yesterday afternoon, as the Alton & Terre Haute passenger train was starting out, a man by the name of Charles Ross, living at the junction of the Alton & Terre Haute Railroad, came running down the embankment just below the Alton House, with a view of getting on the train, and without ever stopping his speed, seized hold of the front railing of the hindmost car, but owing to his own velocity and the motion of the cars, he was unable to hold on and fell, first against the forward trucks, and then directly onto the track. While in this position, the wheels passed over his breast, killing him almost instantly. The train at the time had not got under headway, and was able to check up very soon, but not in time to prevent the fatal catastrophe. We understand that the deceased has left a dependent family to deplore his sad fate. W. G. Pinckard, Esq., acting for the Coroner of Madison County, impaneled a jury who held an inquest on the following verdict: “We find that the deceased came to his death by being run over by the cars, when attempting to get on the train while it was in motion, and that no blame is attached to the Engineer or Conductor of the railroad train. Signed by R. W. English, Foreman. January 28, 1864.


ROSS, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 11, 1921
Frank W. Ross, aged 80, died this morning at his home, 1825 Evergreen Avenue in Upper Alton, from old age. Mr. Ross was a retired farmer. He had lived in the Delhi neighborhood for many years and he gave up farming fourteen years ago and moved to Alton where he has lived ever since. He began to show the effects of advancing age last July when he complained of suffering from neuralgic pains of the heart and he had been in a bad way most of the time since then. He leaves his wife, three daughters and one son, Mrs. Emma Craig, Mrs. Fred Breitweiser, Mrs. Dixon Mundle and Edward Ross. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home and services will be conducted by Rev. O. W. Heggemeier of the Evangelical church. Burial will be in the Marston cemetery on the Jerseyville road, about ten miles out of Alton. Mr. Ross was highly respected in Alton where he had passed the declining years of his life. He was a highly esteemed man in the neighborhood where he spent the greater part of his life near Delhi.


ROSS, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 24, 1884
A man named John Ross of Edwardsville Junction [Hartford], met with a shocking death on Friday night, being run over and cut to pieces by a train near Kinder [Granite City area], a station on the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad, just north of Venice. He was intoxicated, lay down on the track and went to sleep, and was run over by the outgoing New York Express. The remains were taken to Edwardsville Junction for burial.


ROSS, WEBB/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, January 26, 1893
Engineer of train at Wann disaster
The funeral of Webb Ross, the veteran engineer who was burned to death in the wreck of the Big Four limited at Alton Junction Saturday morning, took place in Mattoon, Illinois yesterday from the Methodist church. Mr. Ross was 62 years old, second oldest engineer on the Big Four road and an active member of the Methodist church. Nothing but words of praise can be said of him by all who knew him. Hale and hearty he was one of the most trusted engineers of the road. The church was crowded with friends from far and near and the occasion was a sad one. Members of the Brotherhood of Engineers acted as pallbearers among, then, being Patrick Vaughn, the oldest engineer on the road. The people turned out in one accord and fairly enveloped the casket of their fellow citizen with flowers. An enormous funeral procession followed the remains to the cemetery. Among the number was Mr. George W. Cutter of this city [Alton], one of the oldest engineer's on the C. & A. [Railroad].


ROSSON, JOSEPH B./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 19, 1881
Joseph B. Rosson, the young barber who committed suicide in St. Louis Tuesday, was a native of Bethalto. He left the following letter addressed to his employer, Mr. George Muller: “Please telegraph to my uncle, Jasper Starkey, who lives at Bethalto, Illinois, Madison County, stating what has happened, and also to my mother, Mrs. E. A. Rosen, who lives at Farmersville, Texas, Collins County. I would state the reason for my committing this terrible act upon myself, but it would not make the matter any better. I now leave my kindest regards to everybody, hoping you may all have a happy life to live. I now bid you all farewell until we meet at the judgment bar. Yours respectfully, J. B. Rosson.”

Rosson was a former resident of Bethalto, and moved with his parents to Texas. He then moved to St. Louis and engaged in barbering. The body of the deceased was brought to Bethalto, and interred at the “old graveyard, two miles south of town.” [Possibly Vaughn Hill Cemetery or the Montgomery Cemetery.]


ROST, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1905
Henry Rost died at his home at 915 Hapton street at 9 o'clock this morning, after a lingering illness from consumption. The deceased was 43 years of age, was a glassblower, and has been a resident of Alton many years. A wife and seven children, and also three brothers survive him. The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann of the German Evangelical church officiating.


George RothROTH, GEORGE/May 30, 1911
Prominent Highland Resident
George Roth, one of Highland’s most prosperous and influential citizens, was born in Germany on March 30, 1845. At an early age, he was brought to America by his parents, both of whom died in the summer of 1849. His father was a poor shoemaker, and left no means for the support of his three sons. The children were taken into the homes of strangers, and endured many hardships. The oldest, John, later resided in Marysville, California. The youngest, Joseph, lived at Spring Bluff, Missouri.

George was sent to live with a farmer, who cruelly abused the orphaned lad. Because George would not eat bacon, the farmer tied him to a beehive, telling him that he would have to stay there until he would eat bacon. Out of fear, when the bees came near, he tried to brush them away and upset the hive, causing them to surround him. So severely did they sting him, that for many days he was blind.

At the age of six, George went to live with John Buchter of Highland, who proved to be a kind benefactor, allowing him to go to school and giving him as good advantages as possible. He learned the blacksmith’s trade, at which he was working when the Civil War broke out. During the last year of the war, he enlisted in the 149th Illinois Infantry, and served one year. After being discharged, he worked at his trade for twelve months, and then spent a couple of years in Colorado and Kansas, but returned to Highland in 1869, and embarked in the hardware and machinery business. He continued this trade until 1890, when he sold the business.

George Roth was one of the original stockholders and founders of the Milk Condensing Company in Highland. During the dark days of its existence, many of the stockholders wanted to abandoned the enterprise, but George refused, insisting they must make it a success. This was ultimately done, and as he was the largest stockholder, it proved very remunerative. He sold his interest in the Spring of 1893. George also invented and patented a number of labor-saving machines that were widely used in the factory.

George was one of the original stockholders of the Highland Bank, and became a Director. He was the principal stockholder in the Highland Milling Company and the Highland Dairy Association. In addition, he was a stockholder in the Highland Brick & Tile Works, and held large amounts of real estate in town and surrounding farmlands.

In 1872, George married Miss Emma Amalia Kuhnen, daughter of Christian Kuhnen, one of the pioneers of Highland. They had three sons and five daughters: Ada Lena Roth Montenyohl, Ella Mary Roth Schott, Adaline P. Roth Suppiger, Laura Erma Roth Burroughs, Florence H. Roth Goforth, Erwin George Roth, Walter Reuben Roth, and J. G. Carlyle Roth.

George Roth died on about May 30, 1911. His wife, Emma, died on about November 29, 1911. Both are buried in the Highland Cemetery.


ROTH, UNKNOWN/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, January 18, 1893
Mrs. Wenzel Roth, of Ft. Russell Township, died yesterday morning of old age and bronchial troubles. She was in her 72nd year. She was an old resident of the county. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon. She leaves one son and one daughter, Louis Roth and Mrs. Adam Fuhrman.


ROTSCH, AMELIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 2, 1913
Two Die From Auto Accident
Two are dead and two men are held to the grand jury in connection with the automobile accident of Monday afternoon near Second and Cherry streets. Miss Amelia Rotsch died at the home of William Penning in Upper Alton Monday night at 10:10 p.m., and Maurice Meehan died Thursday morning at 3 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital. The death of Miss Rotsch was unexpected. She was not believed to be seriously injured. Not a mark that was given in the wreck was on her person, the only bruise being due to a fall on a table after she had been carried into the office of the Sweetser Lumber Co. She had not even been thrown from the car when the wreck occurred, and was lifted from the tonneau where she had slipped down in a faint after the collision. It was supposed she was suffering from nervous shock and would recover in a few days. Surgeons had pronounced her case not to be of a serious nature. Monday night she collapsed about a half hour before her death occurred, and her mother, who had been with her all day, had gone to the family home in Bethalto. Her death was a great surprise to everyone. Miss Rotsch was 25 years old, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rotsch of Bethalto. She had taught at the Brushy Grove school and had been transferred to the East Alton school where she was teaching. The theory of Miss Rotsch's death is that when the collision occurred, one of the men in the Granite City car was hurled at her and struck her on the breast and head, as one of the men was lifted out of the Clark car where he was hanging after the accident. Maurice Meehan's death occurred Thursday morning at 3 o'clock. He had regained consciousness only a few minutes during Wednesday, but at the time he was conscious he began to show certain indications of dissolution, and the surgeons gave it out that he could not last 24 hours. He continued to sink steadily. His wife attended him constantly from the time of the wreck. Meehan was 43 years of age and leaves his wife. He had conducted a saloon in the city of Madison, Ill.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1913
Miss Amelia Rotsch, one of the two victims of Monday's auto accident at Second and Cherry streets, was laid away today in the pretty pink silk gown which she made for a birthday celebration postponed from Christmas until New Year's eve. She also wore a ring which was presented to her as a Christmas present a year ago by the pupils of the East Alton school in token of their appreciation for her faithful services. The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock at the Bethalto Presbyterian church, the Rev. E. L. Gibson of Alton officiating. The pallbearers were selected from her school friends at Bethalto by her fianc�, Samuel Pressey, assistant foreman at the Western Union Cartridge plant at East Alton.


ROTSCH, FRANK/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 15, 1883
The funeral of Mr. Frank Rotsch, a farmer of the American Bottom, of whose sad death by drowning we have given an account, took place on Saturday afternoon. The remains were buried in the Alton Cemetery.


ROTSCH, MARIE (nee SCHMIDT)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1912
Mrs. Reinhold Rotsch, aged 64 years, died last evening at 5 o'clock at her home on Washington street from cancer of the face, after having suffered from the malady for the past year. She was born in Independence, Mo., and was before her marriage Miss Marie Schmidt. She came to Alton when about 6 years old and has lived in this vicinity ever since. The family into which she married is an old Wood River township one, and she resided in that township for several years with her husband. She leaves eight children: Mrs. Tuetkin of Fidelity, and Mrs. Ahe, Cora, Gustave, Frank, Herbert, Frances, and Robert Rotsch of Alton. Her mother, Mrs. Marie Schmidt, and three brothers, Charles, William and Jacob Schmidt, also survive. A stepson, William Rotsch, lives in Collinsville, and there are fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Gustave Rotsch, the well known police officer, gave up his position five weeks ago in order that he could devote all of his time to caring for his mother. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the German Evangelical church, and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery Upper Alton. Her husband died two weeks ago after a short illness. Both were well known and respected throughout the county.


ROTSCH, REINHOLD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 10, 1912
Reinhold Rotsch, aged 77, died at his home on Washington avenue in Alton at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after an illness of a week. He had been a sufferer from asthma for a long time, and a week ago the trouble was complicated with a bad cold which disabled him. He was not regarded as being in a serious condition, and no alarm was felt about him. His wife, who has been a sufferer for a long time with a cancer on her face, and is in a very bad condition, has been expected to die at any time, and her death has even been reported. The wife is in such a state that she would not realize her husband's death, and so she has not been told of it. Tuesday afternoon, while Mr. Rotsch was being helped to his chair, he was suddenly stricken and he died a few minutes afterward. He is survived by his wife and nine children, William, Gus, Frank, Herbert, Robert, Mrs. Mamie Tuetken, Mrs. Julia Ahe(?), Misses Frances and Cora Rotsch. He leaves also two brothers, Adolph of Carthage, Mo., and Charles of Bethalto; and two sisters, Mrs. John Dressler of Melville, and Mrs. M. Moll of Alton. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday from the Washington Street Methodist church.


ROUTLEDGE, MARY ANN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 13, 1882
Mrs. Mary Ann Routledge, long a citizen of Alton, died last evening in the sixty-eighth year of her age. She leaves a husband, Mr. Edward Routledge, two children, and many friends to mourn her death. Deceased had resided here almost 40 years. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning from the family residence on Belle Street, between Ninth and Tenth.


ROUTLEDGE, WILLIAM H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 31, 1903
The funeral of William H. Routledge was held this morning at 10 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church. Services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden, and burial was in City Cemetery. There was a large attendance of friends and relatives of Mr. Routledge. The members of the orders, Modern Americans and the Mystic Workers, attended the funeral as a mark of respect to their deceased brother.


ROWAN, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 9, 1914
The funeral of Mrs. Ann Rowan was held this morning at 10 o'clock from the home of her son, Thomas Rowan, on Mechanic street. Rev. M. W. Twing conducted the funeral services. The pallbearers were grandsons Charles and H. J. Rowan, L. H. Howe, J. Lemon, Thomas H. Williams, Thomas Miller. Mrs. F. B. Browning and Mrs. Havey Wells sang several duets. All the children were present, including Mrs. C. L. Kolb of Newton, Kas.; Mrs. Harry Isaac of Rosedale, Kas.; Mrs. T. J. Williams of Sparks, Nev.; Mrs. H. E. Bay of Venice. Burial was in City Cemetery.


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


ROWE, ANNA/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 3, 1882
Mrs. Anna, wife of Mr. John Rowe, died yesterday at the age of 49 years from nervous prostration and blood poisoning, caused by injuries received from a fall on the ice on the pavement near the corner of Second and Market Streets, January 14, by which accident the base of her spine was fractured. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her death, which proved a release from long continued suffering and anguish. Mrs. Rowe was a native of Bedfordshire, England, and had resided in Alton since 1856. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


ROWE, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, June 24, 1882
Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, widow of Mr. John Rowe, for many years a prominent business man of Alton, died last night at North Alton in the 77th year of her age, after a lingering illness, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. C. W. Colby. Deceased was a most estimable lady, and besides many relatives, friends, and acquaintances to mourn her death, leaves four children – Mrs. Miller of San Francisco, California; Mrs. C. W. Colby of North Alton; Mr. William Rowe of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Mr. James Rowe of Palmyra, Illinois. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon.


ROWE, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 22, 1886
Drowned in the Mississippi River
From the Daily of Wednesday – This morning, Master Joseph Rowe, accompanied by his cousin, Master Croesen and Masters Davis and Phillips, hired a skiff and pulled over to McPike Island, immediately opposite Alton, where they landed, disrobed, and went into the river to bathe. While wading about in the water, Joseph Rowe suddenly stepped off a reef and got into deep water, where he sank and drowned, after coming to the surface three times, as the eye witnesses say. None of the boys could swim, so nothing could be done to save the victim. The survivors, taking the crowned boy’s clothing, immediately pulled over to Alton and reported the sad occurrence to the father, Mr. John Rowe, who is employed at Stanard’s Mill. Mr. Rowe, with Messrs. Kamp, Coleman, Dorsett, Tiser, and some others, proceeded immediately in boats to the scene of the accident, and commenced dragging for the body, but up to two o’clock this afternoon, the search was unavailing.

The deceased was a bright, intelligent, popular boy, about fourteen years old, and his early death must be a terrible blow to his relatives, who will have the sympathy of all in their affliction. All of the boys, with the deceased, were about the same age as himself, and the danger of such young persons bathing in the river unless accompanied by some good swimmer, older than themselves, is very great, as the yearly deaths from drowning testify. Indeed, scarcely a summer passes without one or more fine boys being drowned in the river here. The search for the body was conducted with seines and grappling irons, and many willing hands aided in the work. The sad death of young Rowe has cast a gloom over his boyish companions by whom he was much liked.

Shortly before 3 o’clock, George Munro, southward, and Anderson succeeded in grappling the body of the boy, which was at once brought to this side of the river and taken by the stricken father to his residence on Third Street, between Market and Alby. Coroner Melling held an inquest on the remains, and a verdict was returned in accordance with the facts of the case as above stated.


ROWLEY, BELLE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1906
Child Killed by Falling Bar Fixture
Belle Rowley, the 4 years old daughter of John Rowley, living in the upstairs of the building at Second and Ridge streets over Putze's saloon, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon by being crushed under a bar which had been taken from Putze's saloon almost two weeks ago and which was standing in the back yard which served as an access to the living apartments of the Rowley home. The bar has a narrow base and widened at the top, and the top was of heavy wood, making the piece of furniture top-heavy and very unsteady when not strongly braced. A loose board was lying at the base of the bar and was struck by the older sister, dislodged the bar and caused it to topple over. Belle was running behind and was caught beneath the heavy piece of furniture. Her head was pinned down to the brick pavement by the heavy top of the bar, and she was killed instantly. The father, hearing the screams of his little daughter, Lulu, ran down and found his daughter Belle, pinioned to the pavement by the bar. He lifted the heavy weight and bore the body of his little girl, bleeding from frightful wounds, to the apartments upstairs. The mother, who gave birth to a child the night before, was overcome by the shock of seeing the bleeding form of her little daughter carried into the room to her. Physicians were called at once, but the child was dead. Her skull was crushed and the doctor said that death was instant. Deputy Coroner Keiser was summoned and will hold an inquest tomorrow. The funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Cherry Street Baptist church, where services were conducted by Rev. S. D. McKenney, and the inquest will be held Tuesday evening, a jury being impaneled to view the body by Deputy Coroner Keiser this morning. The condition of Mrs. Rowley, mother of the victim, is reported greatly improved today.


ROWLEY, JOHN A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 26, 1907
Man Collapses Upon Hearing Immoral Charges Against His Daughter
John A. Rowley, whose home was in the alley between Second and Third streets, Cherry and Walnut, died this morning from typhoid fever. The wife says that her husband's death was due to grief over the arrest of his 16 year old daughter, Katie Rowley, who was sent to the county jail Saturday after being given a hearing on a charge of having very bad morals. Mrs. Rowley said that her husband was so shocked on being informed of his daughter's wickedness, that he collapsed. Dr. J. N. Shaff, who visited him several times, says that death was due to typhoid fever. The man had been in ill health for some time, and had what is known as the walking typhoid fever. The family are very poor. One year ago a little child was killed by being crushed under a saloon bar which fell in the back yard at the saloon of Louis Putze. Rowley was 42 years of age and leaves beside his wife some small children. The funeral will be held tomorrow.


RUBLE, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 20, 1881
Mrs. Elizabeth Ruble, an esteemed resident of Alton, died October 15 of paralysis, aged 81 years. She was one of the oldest members of the Presbyterian Church. She had lived in Alton since 1837. Her funeral took place last Sunday afternoon from the residence of Mr. John Batterton, North Alton.


RUCKER, RANSOM/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, February 9, 1893
Ransom Rucker, aged 72 years, died Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Mr. Rucker is the father of George Rucker, who died a short time ago from injuries received in the oil explosion.


RUCKMAN, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1910
Fatally Crushed Under Wagon Loaded With Wheat
George Ruckman, the 16 year old son of S. C. Ruckman of West Alton, Mo., was fatally injured Sunday afternoon by being run over by a wagon loaded with wheat. The boy was driving the wagon, and the reins becoming tangled up where wheated was to be loaded in the car, he attempted to get out and straighten out the reins. In so doing, he fell down in front of the front wheel of the wagon, and before the horses could be stopped both back and front wheels had run completely over his body at the waist. He was taken home, and Dr. G. Taphorn of Alton was summoned to attend him. Dr. Taphorn found that the boy's kidneys had been ruptured. He died two hours afterward.


RUCKMAN, LEROY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1919
Worried Over Debts Man Slashes His Throat
Worry over debts and money due on a Liberty Bond, which he thought he would never be able to pay, and the fear of being sent to prison, are thought to have been the cause of Leroy Ruckman taking his own life this morning. Ruckman slashed his throat with a razor at 10:30 this morning, and died a half an hour later before a physician reached him. He lived on Fourteenth street. Ruckman was 33 years old and married. His wife, who is at the home of Mrs. Arthur Thomas, 401 East Fourteenth street, said today that her husband had been worrying for some time over debts he owed and the money due on the Liberty Bond. He often expressed the fear of being sent to prison, she said. He frequently grew very discouraged, Mrs. Ruckman said, and was heard to say, "I haven't a friend in the world." Mrs. Ruckman said she believed her husband was greatly in debt, and to many people, though he seldom told her of his affairs. Ruckman was an oiler at the plant of the Sparks Milling Co., and worked last night. He complained this morning, his wife said, of being tired. The family had prepared to move, and Ruckman had loaded several sacks of coal. Ruckman leaves his widow, Mrs. Carrie Ruckman, and two children, James, four years old, and Bertha May, 14 months old. She came here from St. Charles, Mo. Ruckman was born at Hardin and has been living in Alton about 25 years. He leaves a brother who resides .. The body was taken in charge by Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer, who ...... [unreadable] Ruckman lived in a house he purchased from Yager on the building and loan plan. He had been unable to meet the payments and grew discouraged. Yager took the house back from him some time ago, and yesterday suggested that Ruckman move from the house, which, Yager said, was in dangerous condition and liable to collapse at any time. Mr. Yager planned to make repairs. Ruckman refused to move, even when Yager offered to find another house for him and stand part of the expense of moving, saying his stay longer would be at his own risk. Preparations for moving had been completed this morning, Mrs. Ruckman said, before her husband ended his life.


RUDERSHAUSEN, FREDERICK (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 17, 1893
Co-Owner of Rudershausen-Sonntag Insurance and Real Estate in Alton
Captain Frederick Rudershausen, one of Alton’s best-known citizens, died Tuesday at his home on Eighth Street. On June 13, he met with a severe fall from the stone wall on the south side of his home, and received severe internal injuries. There were hopes of his ultimate recovery, but they gradually lessened as time passed by, and he did not rally. Dropsy set in, and he suffered intensely until the end came last night.

Captain Rudershausen was born in Siefersheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, June 30, 1843. He came to this country when quite young with two brothers, Messrs. Edward and John Rudershausen of New York City, and Mrs. Louisa Neinhaus of Alton. In 1861, he entered the army as a volunteer in St. Louis, and served until the close of the war when he located in Alton. A wife (Catherine ‘Kate’ Haas Rudershausen) and five children, Mrs. George E. Dahlstrom, Mr. Frederick Rudershausen Jr., and Misses Julia, Minnie, and Nellie Rudershausen survive him. The funeral will take place from the home. Erwin Lodge No. 315, A.F. and A.M., of which he was a member, will attend in a body. The Turners will also attend the funeral, Captain Rudershausen having been one of the oldest members. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]

The children were: Frederick Rudershausen (1865-1938); Julia Rudershausen Powell (1867-1955), Louisa Barbara Rudershausen Dahlstrom (1870-1952), Minnie Lillian Rudershausen Ulrich (1880-1953); and Hugo Ruderhausen (1874-1875).


RUDERSHAUSEN, HAYES/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 3, 1878
Son of Captain Frederick Rudershausen
Hayes, son of Captain F. Rudershausen, died in his second year, last evening. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon, at the family residence on Ninth Street, near Langdon. Although an intense sufferer during the greater portion of his short life, little Hayes endeared himself to his parents, and his death will leave a vacancy in the household that only those who have had the same sad experience can know. Captain and Mrs. Rudershausen have the sympathy of their many friends and acquaintances.


RUDD, ALFRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 11, 1919
Soldier Dies From Tuberculosis
Alfred Rudd, aged 33, one of the men who was sent into the army from Alton, died at Mt. St. Rose Sanitarium in St. Louis at 4 o'clock this morning from tuberculosis. He was sent home disabled and given his discharge because of the malady from which he suffered. The body will be brought to Alton tomorrow and the funeral will be Friday morning from the home of his sister, Mrs. Joshua Craig, to the Cathedral. An infant child of Rudd died June 13, and the father came home eight days after the burial of the babe, and had been sick ever since.


RUDD, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 3, 1907
James Rudd, a well known Alton character, died Saturday night at his home in Ninth street after a long illness caused by old age maladies. He was 76 years of age and is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Joshua Craig and Alfred Rudd of Alton, and Franklin Rudd who is somewhere in Canada. The funeral was held today and burial was in City cemetery. A sister of Rudd, Mrs. Amelia Farrell, is dangerously ill at the Woman's Home, and it was through the solicitude of his sister that Rudd professed conversion to the Episcopal faith before his death. The funeral services were held this afternoon, Rev. H. M. Chittenden officiating.


RUDDY, DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 4, 1918
David Ruddy, better known as "Shorty" Long, aged 59, died last night at ten minutes after one, after a short illness of one week brought on by a severe attack of asthma last Monday. Several years ago Ruddy was very ill with asthma and it was thought that recovery was impossible but he pulled through. Monday he was taken ill but his condition was not thought to be serious until Saturday when pneumonia developed. "Shorty" Long was one of the best known men in the city of Alton, being in business for the past 34 years. He was born and raised in Alton where he has a large host of friends who will regret to learn of his death. His father died when he was quite young, and his mother remarried. After his mother's re-marriage he was called "Shorty" Long among his intimate friends. He was married and is survived by his wife and two daughters, Irene and LaVern, besides a large number of other relatives. He was the son-in-law of Mrs. Carolne Yeake_. He was a member of St. Patrick's church, and of the Western Catholic Union and Holy Name Society of that church. He was a prominent Eagle and took an active interest in the business and social affairs of the organization. Besides his immediate family he leaves six sisters and two brothers. Sisters are: Sister M. Catherine of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Chicago; Mrs. John Steinmetz, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Jerry Kennedy; Mrs. James Hanlon; Mrs. George Marsh of Alton; and Mrs. W. Hill of Chicago. He also leaves two brothers, John Long of Edwardsville and James Long of Pana. Mrs. W. C. Clark, Mrs. William Weisback, Miss Caroline Yeakel and John Yeakel are sisters and brother of Mrs. Ruddy. Nearly three years ago Ruddy sold his place of business on East Broadway on account of ill health, and went to work for the Western Cartridge Company. He was greatly interested in the successful outcome of the war and was happy in doing his all in the making of ammunition. He felt better last Monday evening and talked of going to work Tuesday but was unable to do so. The funeral will be held Wednesday, but the time has not been set. The body is at the family home at _28 East Fifth street, where death occurred. Mrs. Caroline Yeakel and Miss Yeakel are at the Ruddy home. Following the death of Mr. Ruddy, Miss Yeakel took a nervous chill and has been very ill since that time.


RUDERSHAUSEN, HUGO/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 13, 1875
Died in Alton on May 8, of inflammation of the brain, Hugo, infant son of F. and Kate Rudershausen; aged 10 months.


RUE, HARRY F. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1904
22 Year Old Alton Dentist Dies of Brain Tumor
Death came Monday morning at St. Joseph's hospital to relieve the long suffering of Dr. Harry F. Rue, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. rue, of Grove street. The young man passed away peacefully, having had the full knowledge for a week that he could not recover. Several weeks ago surgeons pronounced his case a hopeless one. He was suffering from a malignant tumor which started its growth at the base of his brain and developed rapidly. Just after the young man had completed his course of study in dentistry, had opened an office with his brother in the Spaulding building for the practice of his chosen profession, his health broke down. The sudden collapse of his health was ascribed to nervous prostration brought on by too close application to his studies. He had graduated among those who received honorable mention in the dental college, and his rank was very high. For several months he suffered the most excruciating tortures from the mysterious malady which baffled the physicians. Finally, the tumor began to develop and produced paralysis from the waist down, also causing him great inconvenience in swallowing and breathing. The worst symptoms of the disease had passed when death came, and the end was a peaceful one. Dr. Rue was 22 years old last April, and had lived most of his life in Alton and vicinity. He was a bright, cheerful lad, and had shown great adeptness in the dental profession. His death comes as a sad bereavement to his family and to his many friends in Alton. [Burial was in City Cemetery]


RUE, ORRIN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 6, 1885
Little Orrin, aged 10 months, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rue of Godfrey, died Monday night, August 3, at the home of his grandfather, Dr. A. D. Bull. The funeral took place at the church at Godfrey Wednesday morning.


RUEBSAM, GOTTHARD/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 2, 1885
Civil War Veteran
Mr. Gotthard Ruebsam, many years a resident of Alton, and well known to most of our citizens from his connection with the firm of Leyser Bros., died last night after an illness of two months, at the age of 47 years. His death took place at the residence of Mr. J. Leyser of North Alton. He was quiet, somewhat reserved in his manners, and greatly esteemed by all his friends. He left a widow and five children. Mr. Ruebsam was a soldier in the Union army, and was severely wounded in one of the great battles in Tennessee, and suffered from the injury until his death.


RUECKGAUER, BARBARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1903
The funeral of Mrs. Barbara Rueckgauer took place this afternoon from the Evangelical church, where services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Theo. Oberhellman to the City cemetery, where the body was laid to rest. Very many friends of the deceased and of the family attended the obsequies and many beautiful floral offerings were made by them.


RUEDIN, CATHERINE (nee LONG)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1913
Mrs. Catherine Ruedin, wife of Martin Ruedin, died Thursday night at her home on the Grafton road from pneumonia. A few days ago she was in St. Louis suffering from what was believed to be a heavy cold. She was brought home in an automobile Monday, and later pneumonia developed. Her death was expected all day yesterday, and occurred at 9:35 o'clock Thursday night. She leaves beside her husband, four children, Henry and Everett, and Miss Bertha Ruedin and Mrs. Harry Coleman. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home to Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. W. T. Cline and Rev. S. D. McKenny will have charge of the funeral.

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


RUEGGER, ADOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 19, 1907
Former County Treasurer Kills Self
Adolph Ruegger, a well known resident of Edwardsville and formerly county treasurer, killed himself this morning at his home in Edwardsville. Ruegger was a well known figure around the county seat for many years. He was a member of Belvidere Commandery, Knights Templar, of Alton.


RUMMERFIELD, ARTHUR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 17, 1910
Arthur Rummerfield, aged 77, died at his home on Jefferson avenue Sunday morning at 1 o'clock, from loss of blood. He ruptured a blood vessel in his lungs and was taken down at 8 o'clock Saturday evening, dying five hours later. Mr. Rummerfield had worked all day Saturday, and after the close of his day's labor he went home and complained of feeling poorly. He had lived in Alton many years. Mr. Rummerfield leaves his wife, three sons and three daughters, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His children are William, Perry and Harry Rummerfield; Mrs. Amelia Riester, Mrs. Estella O'Hare, and Martha Foreman. The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the home, and burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Rev. H. M. Chittenden officiated.


RUMMERFIELD, CHARLES A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 5, 1901
Charles A., the three years and a half old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Rummerfield, died at the family home on Jefferson avenue this morning of troubles induced by the heat. The funeral will be at 9:30 Tuesday morning, and interment will be at Melville.


RUMMERFIELD, [HIRAM] PERRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 11, 1916
Dies After Falling Off Roof
Perry Rummerfield, who fell from the roof of a house owned by Mrs. White on Bellevue avenue Tuesday afternoon, died at his home, 1213 Norton street this morning at 10:40 o'clock, without regaining consciousness. Mr. Rummerfield's death was considered almost a certainty after his fall, as the attending surgeon declared that he believed the injured man had a very slight chance to live. Mr. Rummerfield was 42 years of age. Mr. Rummerfield was a former resident of Elsah. He moved to Alton about 25 years ago. He was a member of Fleur de Lys Lodge K. of P., and also of Mt. Hood Tent, Knights of the Maccabbees at Portland, Oregon, and of the Alton carpenters union. He leaves his wife, Carrie Rummerfield, his mother, three sisters: Mrs. William Reister, Mrs. Ed O'Hare, Mrs. Samuel Foreman, and two brothers, William and Harry Rummerfield. He was a man of excellent character, a kind husband and was beloved in his family. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


RUMSEY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1903
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Zene Rumsey was darkened Wednesday evening by the death of their 6 year old daughter, Mary, from paralysis, resulting from scarlet fever. The funeral was held this afternoon in private from the family home on Ninth street.


RUNDELL, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1922
Crushed Under Train
Frank Rundell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rundell, was killed yesterday afternoon on the Big Four tracks near the plant of the Equitable Powder Co. by the train due to arrive at East Alton at 4:20 p.m. Rundell's home was at 522 Shelly street. He had been married two years, and is survived by his wife. Members of the family said that he had been out of work for a few days, and that he was searching for a job with the construction gang building an electric circuit from East Alton to Bethalto. He was formerly a lineman and wanted to take up his old work. He inquired of the men in the gang about the chances of getting a job, and was directed down the track to where the foreman was to inquire of him. That walk down the track proved fatal to him as he was overtaken by the Big Four passenger train and run down. Evidently he did not hear the approaching train in time to get off the track in safety. In addition to the wife and parents, the deceased leaves four sisters, Mrs. Harry Raymond, Earl Coatney, Clara and Millicent Rundell, and four brothers, Walter, Harry, John and Carl Rundell.


RUNDELL, HENRY POST/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 4, 1880
Upper Alton Tailor, Constable, Coroner, and Sheriff
Mr. H. P. Rundell was born near the present site of Catskill, New York, July 17, 1795, and when he was quite a child, the family removed to Oxford, and soon after to Homer in the same State. At the latter place, he learned the tailor’s trade, and in the Fall of 1818, started for the West, stopping over the winter at Olean Point, whence he took passage on a pine raft for the mouth of the Ohio River. Thence the company of travelers proceeded on board a keel boat for St. Louis, where they landed in June 1819. The “future great” [St. Louis] was then but a little French village, protected from Indian depredations by stone forts, and containing but two brick houses, one of which was the gubernatorial mansion of Governor Clark.

In the Fall of 1821, Mr. Rundell came to Upper Alton, and entered the employ of William Welch, tailor. The departure of his employer from town left an opening for Mr. Rundell to open a shop of his own. In 1822, he married Catherine Delaplaine, the eldest daughter of Samuel Delaplaine. His wife died in 1877. At the time Mr. Rundell first came to Upper Alton, it was far from the peaceful village it is now, its reputation being that of a rough place, where the stocks and whip were used as punishment for crime. Still, it was a larger town than our city was then.

Mr. Rundell was an eyewitness of the Lovejoy riot in Alton in 1837, and in his capacity as constable, exerted himself to keep peace.

In 1827, Mr. Rundell visited the Galena lead mines, and returned after a few years successful work there, and farmed 5 years on Scarritt’s Prairie [Godfrey], when he moved back to Upper Alton, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. Rundell held the office of Constable for 10 years, was elected Coroner and served as Sheriff of Madison County for over a year to fill the unexpired term of John Adams.

Mr. Rundell was made a Master Mason in Olive Branch Lodge No. 5, Upper Alton, August 6, 1822. The hall stood near the present residence of Mr. M. A. Lowe, south of town. Mr. Rundell served as Tyler of Franklin Lodge No. 25, A. F. & A. M. for thirty years, more or less, and still held the office at the time of his death. He was a Mason for 58 years.

The children of Henry and Catherine Rundell were Dewitt Clinton Rundell (1823-1823); Mary Jane Rundell (1825-?); Horace Melville Rundell (1841-1923); and Robert Green Rundell (1844-1844). Henry Rundell was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery.


RUNDLE, HARRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 11, 1883
From Edwardsville – Harry Rundle died yesterday. He was a well-known citizen of Edwardsville, having lived here for several years. He will be missed by a large number of friends.


RUNDLE, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1907
Death From Ptomaine Poisoning
Thomas Rundle died at his home on Ridge street this morning before 6 o'clock from a blood clot in his heart resulting from ptomaine poisoning. Dr. H. R. Lemen was called to attend him Sunday evening at his home. Rundle had been working in the Frisco yards at Mitchell and had been living on commissary stuff, chiefly. It is supposed that some of the food he ate Sunday was poisoned and shortly after he returned home he was taken very ill with all the symptoms of heart trouble. He was attended by members of his family at the time of his death. He was 57 years of age.


RUNZI, ELIZABETH B. (nee CARTER)/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, September 27, 1887
Wife of Bartholomew Runzi
Death has again invaded the ranks of the old residents of Alton, and taken therefrom an esteemed and valued member. Mrs. Bartholomew Runzi died this morning after a protracted illness, in the 62nd year of her age, leaving a large family and many warm friends to grieve for her loss.

Mrs. Runzi’s maiden name was Elizabeth B. Carter. She was a native of Yorkshire, England, born February 24, 1826. She came to this country in her youth, settling in Alton, where she was married to Mr. Runzi in 1846, and has resided here ever since. She was one of the oldest members of the Baptist Church, was prominent in charitable and benevolent enterprise, and lived a life full of good works and of devotion to the best interests of her family. She was a lover of nature, and took great interest in the cultivation of fruits and flowers, and her contributions to the displays of the Alton Horticultural Society, of which she was a member, were always admired. She was a good and true woman, whose honored and worthy example will long be remembered and treasured by those she has left behind. Her husband and five children survive her, a daughter and son having preceded her to the grave. Her children are: Mrs. Emma Curdie, wife of John Curdie; Misses Sarah E. and Fannie; and Messrs. John R. and Joseph C. Runzi. The funeral takes place from the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon.


RUPPRECHT, ALBERT CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1918
Soldier Killed in Action
Notice has been received by Mrs. Mamie Brakenhoff of Nokomis, that her brother, Albert Charles Rupprecht, had been killed in action October 7 in France. The notice from the Adjutant General was the first news the family had of the death of the young man. The soldier lived in Alton all of his life, until he was drafted and sent to Camp Taylor last February. From there he was sent to Camp Sevier in a few days, and in May he was sent to France. He was in Co. H, 119th Infantry. He was twenty-eight years of age. The family lived at 3007 Alby street for many years. He leaves two brothers, John of Alton; and William F. of Co. D, 333rd Infantry, now in France; and one sister, Mrs. Mamie Brakenhoff of Nokomis.


RUPPRECHT, FRED J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1913
The funeral of Fred J. Rupprecht will be from his late residence, 3007 Alby street, at 2 o'clock Sunday, April 20, Rev. G. L. Clark officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.


RUPPRECHT, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1904
12 Year Old Newsboy Killed by C. & A. Train
Harry Rupprecht, the 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rupprecht, living on upper Alby street, was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon by being struck by the second section of the Chicago and Alton Prairie State Express, about 5 o'clock. The boy was on his way downtown from his home to carry papers, he being an agent for the Sentinel-Democrat and the St. Louis Star. He was running along the railway track, going down the street, and when passing the C. & A. roundhouse the train was coming around the curve and hit him. The boy probably did not hear the approach of the train. He was struck squarely in the back, the worst injury being inflicted to the back of his head and the base of his spine. The boy was picked up by the trainmen and carried down on the train to the depot. He was afterward moved to Seibold's livery stable office, where surgical attention was given him, and from there to St. Joseph's hospital. His skull was fractured and his spine bruised. The injuries proved fatal Tuesday night about 9 o'clock. Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer has impaneled a jury to hold an inquest when he can get hold of the members of the train crew.


RUPPRECHT, MAGGIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, March 6, 1899
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rupprecht on Alby street has been bereaved by the death of their two years old daughter, Maggie Rupprecht. Death was due to spinal meningitis. The funeral was at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the family home and services were conducted by Rev. William Hackman.


RUPPRECHT, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1921
Alton Soldier Killed In France
Word was received today that the body of William Rupprecht would be sent to Alton for burial. He was killed overseas while performing a volunteer mission. His parents are dead and the other members of his family have departed from Alton. A sister residing at Nokomis has been notified of the shipment of the body here and has asked undertaker William Bauer to receive and hold it until members of the family can arrive.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1921
Funeral services for William Rupprecht, a former Alton soldier, who was killed in France, will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the German Evangelical church with Rev. Heggemeier officiating. Alton post of the American Legion will have charge of the services and the Legionnaires are asked to assemble at City Hall Square at two o'clock Sunday afternoon to accompany the remains from the Bauer Undertaking establishment to the church, and following the services, from the church to the City cemetery where interment will be made. The Legion firing squad composed of the same members who served in previous funerals will serve at the Rupprecht funeral on Sunday, and all members of the Legion are urged to turn out for this funeral. Pallbearers will be selected from among the soldiers who served in the same company with the deceased.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1921
Funeral services over the remains of William Rupprecht, a former Alton boy who met his death while serving with the American Expeditionary forces overseas, were held here Sunday afternoon under the direction of Alton post American Legion. The Legionnaires congregated in City hall square and accompanied the remains from the Bauer undertaking establishment to the Evangelical church where Rev. Heggemeier conducted a funeral service in the presence of many friends of the deceased. The funeral procession then went to the City Cemetery, where Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger, commander of Alton post American Legion, carried out the Legion burial ritual with the assistance of a firing squad. Pallbearers were chosen from among friends of the deceased who served with him overseas. They were: Warren Ash, Jack Kinney, Tom Dugan, May Campbell, Elza McCann. Legionnaires in the funeral procession were commenting today upon respect shown the Flag when the cortege was enroute to the church Sunday afternoon, and thence to the cemetery. It was observed that on one street where a large number of men were passed, only one individual removed his hat at the passing of the colors.


RUSSELL, ALFRED H./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 3, 1881
It is with great regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death of Mr. Alfred H. Russell, which sad event took place at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, after an illness of several months, of consumption. It was only last June that the youngest son of the family, Frank G. Russell, was laid to rest, the victim of the same disease, and now the oldest son, long the pride and stay of a widowed mother, is called away, leaving sad hearts and stricken lives behind. Mr. Russell was taken sick last Fall, having contacted a severe cold, and before danger was apprehended, the fatal disease developed, and under the influence of the protracted cold weather, made such rapid progress that medical skill and the most tender and loving care were powerless to more than alleviate his suffering.

Deceased was of an amiable and affectionate disposition, devoted to the welfare of his relatives. His many estimable qualities and genial manners made him a favorite with a large circle of friends, who sincerely mourn his early death. He was a native of St. Louis, born in 1849, but the greater part of his life was spent in Alton. Although a mere youth, he volunteered for the defense of his country, and did good service as a cavalry soldier in the latter part of the [Civil] war. His death is a great grief to his relatives and friends, and excites the profound sympathy of the community for the sorely afflicted mother, brothers, and sisters who survive him. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at the family residence, and the remains will be taken to St. Louis for interment. [Burial was in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.]


RUSSELL, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 5, 1901
Mrs. Annie Russell, aged 60, died Wednesday night at St. Joseph's hospital of dropsy. Mrs. Russell lived alone in a little house on the coal branch, and refused to leave her home when urged to do so by persons willing to help her. She was taken to the hospital about ten days ago. The funeral will be Friday afternoon from the hospital to the City Cemetery.


RUSSELL, BIRDIE HUGHES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 5, 1918
The body of Mrs. Birdie Russell, a negro woman, was shipped to St. Louis today to be identified there as the body of the woman who slew a negro woman in St. Louis a month or so ago. After the Russell woman had shot another negro woman five times and had killed her, she was arrested and held, but managed in some way to give bond and was released. She came to Alton to make her home the balance of her life, as she was known to be in bad health. Her illness was probably one of the reasons why she was released at the time. Monday afternoon she had just been lifted from her bed while a change of bedding was being made, and an old friend was calling to see her. She suddenly collapsed and in a few minutes was dead. Owing to the fact that she had given bond it was considered necessary to satisfy the St. Louis authorities that she had died, so the body was shipped to St. Louis this morning for identification there, in order to release her suretise on the bond. She was about 30 years old.


RUSSELL, FRANK G./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, June 29, 1880
Mr. Frank G. Russell died at his mother's residence on State street at 2:40 o'clock this morning, of consumption, after a lingering illness of over two years. Deceased was a most worthy and estimable young man, a favorite with all who knew him, and warmly beloved by the relatives and intimate friends who were best acquainted with his high character and many noble and generous qualities. During his long illness he was watched over and cared for by his relations with the most assiduous care and devotion, and every means that human skill could apply, or tender affection suggest to arrest the progress of his disease was employed, but the most that could be done for the sufferer was to smooth his pathway to the grave. Something over a year ago he spent the winter in San Antonio, but the genial climate, which has helped so many invalids, brought no healing to him, and he returned only to linger out days of pain and nights of waking. He bore all his sufferings with patience and fortitude4, and peacefully awaited the inevitable end. His widowed mother, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of all their neighbors and friends in this affliction. Mr. Russell was a native of Alton, where he spent his brief life. For several years he was a compositor in this office, always faithful, prompt and efficient. The funeral will take place from the family residence at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. The remains will be taken to St. Louis for interment in Bellefontaine cemetery.


RUSSELL, FRANK G./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 1, 1880
Mr. Frank G. Russell died at his mother’s residence on State Street at 2:40 o’clock this morning, of consumption, after a lingering illness of over two years. Deceased was a most worthy and estimable young man, a favorite with all who knew him, and warmly beloved by the relatives and intimate friends who were best acquainted with his high character and many noble and generous qualities. During his long illness, he was watched over and cared for by his relations with the most assiduous care and devotion, and every means that human skill could apply, or tender affection suggest to arrest the progress of his disease was employed, but the most that could be done for the sufferer was to smooth his pathway to the grave. Something over a year ago, he spent the winter in San Antonio, but the genial climate which has helped so many invalids brought no healing to him, and he returned only to linger out days of pain and nights of waking. He bore all his sufferings with patience and fortitude, and peacefully awaited the inevitable end. His widowed mother, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of all their neighbors and friends in this affliction. Mr. Russell was a native of Alton, where he spent his brief life. For several years he was a compositor in this office, always faithful, prompt, and efficient. The funeral took place at the family residence on State Street. The remains were taken by train to St. Louis, for interment in the family burying ground at Bellefontaine Cemetery. He was 23 years and 6 months of age.


RUSSELL, HATTIE/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 30, 1882
Miss Hattie Russell, a lovely and amiable young lady, daughter of Mrs. A. N. Russell, died this morning after a lingering illness, aged 22 years, 1 month, and 20 days. Gifted with rare personal attractions and many engaging qualities of mind and heart, she was the pride of her relatives and the favorite of a large circle of friends. Cut off in the early bloom of womanhood, when life spread out before her with all its most pleasant anticipations, her death is one of the saddest events we have ever been called upon to record. The tender sympathy of all will go out to the widowed mother and the stricken brothers and sister in their unspeakable sorrow. For the third time, within a brief period, has the grim messenger of death darkened their home. The remains will be taken to St. Louis next Saturday for interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery, by the side of the father and brothers gone before. Funeral services will be held at the family residence on State Street before the departure for St. Louis.


RUSSELL, J. A. and W. H./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 25, 1851
Died in Upper Alton of cholera, July 17, Mr. J. A. Russell, aged 18; and W. H. Russell, aged 12 years. These amiable youths, being two out of three orphan boys, the remnant of a once happy family, had been pursuing their studies here during two years past, aided by the kindness of their uncle, Major William Russell of St. Louis. Cut down in a few short hours, both carried on the same hearse, and buried in the same grave, followed by no kindred, save their remaining orphan brother. Where shall we find a more relentless instance of the “Destroyer’s work.” They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in death they were not divided. The elder, although exposed to all those temptations by which the fatherless are so often corrupted, was noted for integrity, sobriety, discretion, and all the virtues which make youth estimable. In addition to this, he was untiring in his watchfulness over his younger brothers, whom Providence had committed to his guardianship, and the cares of his last hour were for the survivor. Of the younger, we may emphatically say “none knew him but to love him.” For in a long and intimate acquaintance, we never saw any indications of ruffled temper or abatement of good will toward his playmates. With humble faith, we leave them in the care of the “Father of the fatherless,” whose promise is “When thy father and thy mother forsake thee, then the Lord will take thee up.”


RUSSELL, J. E. JR. "BERT"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 4, 1918
Young Soldier Dies in Training - Influenza the Cause
J. E. Russell Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Russell, died at Stamford, Conn., Thursday, from influenza, after a brief illness. The message telling of the reassuring replies from his superior of great surprise to his relatives in Alton. They had known of his illness, but in response to messages they had sent making inquiry they had received very reassuring replies from his superior officers which allayed somewhat the anxiety the family felt. The message giving information of his death said that the fatal illness was influenza, followed by pneumonia. "Bert" Russell, was born in Alton and had lived in Alton all his life. He was a fine specimen of young manhood, physically, and he was one of the most highly esteemed young men in Alton. He was a graduate of Alton High School, and he had, for some time, been employed as an assistant to the head chemist at the plant of the Federal Lead Co. He was making good in his chosen profession of chemist when he was called to the colors. At first his employers filed an industrial claim for him, but he at last made arrangements for a successor on his job and he then reported himself ready to go into service. He was sent away to training camp, and for some time he had been on duty at Stamford, Conn., in a position where his scientific training made him peculiarly valuable to the government. A remarkable coincidence is that just the day he died, and less than 24 hours before the death message was received, the parents received the life insurance policy which he had taken out on his life, and coming as it did at a time when the parents were anxious over their son's welfare, it did not tend to allay apprehension. "Bert" was 22 years old and left Alton May 29, 1918 with the contingent for Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss. The body will be brought to Alton for burial, but owing to the nature of the malady from which he died, it may not be possible to hold a public funeral.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1918
A telegram was received by J. E. Russell today from Ira Oetrli, former instructor in Alton High School, that he would arrive in Alton Sunday night with the body of Bert Russell, from Stamford, Conn. Oetril and Russell were both engaged in chemical work at the arsenal at Stamford. After being sent to Camp Shelby they were transferred to the arsenal at Edenwood, and thence to Stamford, and had been together all the time. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home at 1004 Alby Street, and will be private. Interment will be in the Upper Alton Cemetery.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 7, 1918
A large crowd of friends and relatives assembled at Union Station Sunday night to meet the 10 o'clock Chicago and Alton train, which brought in the body of J. E. Russell Jr., who died at Stamford, Conn., where he was stationed. The telegram received last week notifying the family of Bert's death bore the tidings that the young soldier died of Spanish influenza. When the body arrived it was accompanied by Ira Oertli, who told the father, J. E. Russell, that there was a message inside the box telling that the young man died from pneumonia, and not influenza. The friends went to the Lock undertaking parlors where the notice was read which confirmed Oertli's verbal announcement. The body was taken upstairs and prepared, and the friends invited to view the remains. No change was made as to a private funeral arrangement, and they were carried out as planned this afternoon from the home on Alby street, attended by the members of the immediate family only. Services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Geyer of the First Methodist Church. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery under a heavy blanket of flowers. Rev. Geyer also conducted services at the grave side.


RUSSELL, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1911
James Russell, a member of a former well known colored family in Alton, died in St. Louis, and the body was brought to Alton today for burial in the City Cemetery.


RUSSELL, NELLIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 15, 1883
From Bethalto – Little Nellie, infant daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Russell, died Monday morning at 7 o’clock, aged one year and eight months. The funeral took place this afternoon from the family residence on Railroad Street. The remains were deposited in the Moro Cemetery. The stricken parents deeply feel the sore affliction that has befallen them, and in their sorrow have the sincere sympathy of every feeling heart.


RUSSELL, REUBEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 7, 1902
School Boy Commits Suicide
Reuben Russell, son of Joel Russell of 1049 Union street, drank carbolic acid Friday evening at the family home because he had been reproved for misconduct at school. The boy had a fight with a schoolmate, and when his mother punished him for fighting, the boy went home and finding a bottle of carbolic acid, drank the contents and died shortly afterward. He was 11 years old. The boy had been attending Lovejoy school on Union street. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified and held an inquest this morning, and the jury found a verdict of suicide, and that the boy committed the deed because he had been reproved for fighting.


RUSSELL, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 3, 1885
Mrs. A. N. Russell died this morning of heart disease at the family residence on State Street; aged 59 years. She had long been in feeble health, but her last illness was but of a few days’ duration. She was a native of Kingston, Canada, where she was born in 1826. She married there, and shortly after removed with her husband to St. Louis. In 1854, they removed to Alton, which has since been the home of the family. In 1864, her husband died, and she was left with a family of six children. All these reached adult years, but within a short period she has followed two noble sons and two lovely daughters to the cemetery. Her terrible and accumulated sorrows had probably more to do with her death than actual physical illness. She leaves two sons, Charles and George, the sole survivors of a once numerous and happy family.

Mrs. Russell was a lady of most estimable character, a devoted mother, a warm friend, and a kind neighbor. The many friends who have sympathized with her in her many afflictions, and admired the patience and resignation with which they were borne, will deeply feel her loss, and yet they can but feel that the rest and peace she has found are to her a happy transition. The funeral took place Wednesday from the family residence. The remains were taken on the train to St. Louis for burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery.


RUSSELL, WILLIS L. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 5, 1919
Dr. Willis L. Russell, aged 46, died at his home, Third and Piasa streets, today, after an illness of more than two years. He was bedfast since last May. His death was due to tuberculosis. Ten years ago Dr. Russell came to Alton and established himself in the practice of the dental profession in the Snyder building at Third and Piasa. He leaves his wife and one daughter, Charlotte. The body will be taken to Cairo for burial, and Mrs. Russell plans to take her daughter there to make their home.


RUST, JAMES W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 20, 1922
James W. Rust, aged 33, died this morning at 11:30 o'clock at his home, 1506 Clawson street, after an illness of four months. Mr. Rust had been near death a long time. All hope of his recovery was abandoned some time ago and then he began to show signs of improvement and again hopes were held that he would get well. His attending physician expressed the belief that it was only the strong will power of the man that tided him over at one period when he was in the worst condition. The number of friends Mr. Rust had manifested in his long illness by the large number of visitors who called or inquired for him, manifesting a deep interest in his condition. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and the encampment, also the Rebekahs, and also of the First Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the First Presbyterian church, Rev. Edward L. Gibson, officiating. The body will be taken to Perry, Ill., for burial, Tuesday morning. Mr. Rust leaves his wife and one daughter, Harriet, aged 9. He was employed at the plant of the Illinois Glass Company at the time he was taken sick. The struggle of Mr. Rust to conquer the malady which had attacked him attracted much attention. Conflicting reports as to his condition were abroad, and in all cases they were justified, as when he seemed the worst he would take a sudden turn for the better and it appeared that he might have a chance to get well. It was these changes in his condition that attracted so much attention.


RUTHERFORD, FRIEND SMITH (COLONEL)/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 24, 1864
The Funeral of Col. Friend Smith Rutherford took place from the family residence in Middletown yesterday afternoon. The 17th Illinois Cavalry, Colonel Beveridge commanding, escorted the remains to the cemetery, where they were deposited with military honors due his rank and eminent services. The funeral was a large and imposing one, and the solemn and mournful music appropriate to the occasion, discoursed by Murphy’s Silver Cornet Band, added greatly to the impressiveness of the occasion.

Source: Alton Telegraph, July 1, 1864
According to previous notice, the Rev. Dr. Taylor preached the funeral sermon of Colonel Friend S. Rutherford, last evening in the Presbyterian Church, to a large and attentive audience. It was one of Mr. Taylor’s very best efforts. He met the great issues now before the country, and discussed them in a fearless and masterly manner, and proved very conclusively that the war was not one of our seeking, but was forced upon us in such a way as it could not be declined by us without dishonor and national suicide. And that although the sacrifices called for were great, still it was the duty and highest privilege of a patriotic people cheerfully to make all that was required for the purpose of maintaining the life of the nation.

He contended that there was no way of ever again securing a permanent peace, except by subduing the rebels. To submit to a compromise was to consent to the death of the nation. He concluded his discourse by giving a brief, but very satisfactory biographical sketch of Colonel Rutherford’s life, which, if it can be procured, we shall transfer to our columns at some future time.

We have heard some of our citizens speak in the highest terms of this discourse, and expressing a desire that it might be published, but whether any steps have been taken to accomplish the object, we are not at present advised.

Acknowledgements from the Rutherford Family
Source: Alton Telegraph, July 1, 1864
In behalf of the family and relatives of the late Colonel Friend S. Rutherford, we tender their most grateful acknowledgements to the neighbors and friends who were so unremitting in their attentions and kindness to him during his late protracted illness, and to officers and men of the 17th Illinois Cavalry, who officiated in the ceremonies of his burial; and also to “Murphy’s Silver cornet Band” for their promptness in complying with the request of friends to grace the escort with their presence and solemn and impressive strains of music.

There are a few whose assiduous kindness especially endeared them to the deceased, and whose names were often on his faltering tongue in his last hours, accompanied with expressions of deep obligation, gratitude and prayers for their prosperity. We are not at liberty to name them here, but can assure them that the gratitude felt by the dead will long be cherished by the living relations, who were the witnesses of their generosity.

Source: Alton Telegraph, July 1, 1864
We learn by a private dispatch just received from Washington, under date of today, that the Senate of the United States confirmed Colonel F. S. Rutherford yesterday as Brigadier-General of Volunteers, in accordance with the nomination made by the President and mentioned by us some days since. This is a deserved tribute to the worth and bravery of our departed friend, and although too late to benefit him personally, still it will be a source of great satisfaction to his family and his many warm, personal friends in this vicinity, to know that the sacrifices and services which he has rendered to his country are appreciated by the authorities at Washington.

Headquarters, 97th Illinois Volunteers
New Orleans, July 5, 1864
Source: Alton Telegraph, July 22, 1864
At a meeting of the commissioned officers of the 97th Illinois Volunteers, held this evening, Captain J. G. Buchanan was called to the chair, and Lieutenant J. K. Frierson appointed Secretary. The President stated that the object of the meeting was for the purpose of passing resolutions in regard to the decease of Colonel Friend S. Rutherford, late commander of the regiment. A committee of three was appointed by the chair, consisting of Major Victor Vifquain, Captain F. T. Lewis, and Lieutenant J. B. Frierson, to draft resolutions. The committee so appointed presented the following, which were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God in His Divine Providence to remove from us by death, our late commander, Colonel Friend S. Rutherford; therefore be it

Revolved, That in his death, our country has lost one of its most able, patriotic, devoted, and zealous officers, and society one of its best members.

Resolved, That dying from disease contracted while in the line of his duty, he sacrificed his life as truly, and as bravely for his country as though he had fallen on the field of battle.

Resolved, That only those so intimately associated with Colonel Rutherford, as we who have been under his command, can duly appreciate his kindness of heart, his care for his men, his true patriotism and spirit of self-sacrifice, and his undaunted bravery, and as officers of the 97th, we can but express in this feeble manner our sense of the greatness of our loss.

Revolved, That we tender our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to his bereaved widow and children, and relatives in this their great bereavement, and trust that the recollection of the glorious cause in which the husband, father, and friend has fallen, and that the sympathies of all patriots may in some slight degree serve to alleviate the bitterness of their anguish.

Revolved, That in respect to his memory, we wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the family of the late Colonel F. S. Rutherford, and that a copy also be forwarded for publication in the Alton, Illinois papers, and in the papers in the city of Troy, New York, also in the New Orleans Times, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis Democrat.

Signed, Major Victor Vifquain, 97th Illinois.
Captain F. T. Lewis, 97th Illinois.
Lieutenant J. R. Frierson, 97th Illinois.

Colonel Rutherford was born in Schenectady, New York, in the year 1820. In early youth he was noted for a love of learning, and for a quick invention and a mechanical turn of mind, which led him early to the study of Philosophy and the practice of philosophical experiments. As he grew older, his tastes became more directed towards intellectual pursuits, and he finally decided upon the study of law. He pursued his legal studies at Troy, New York, where he took a good rank among his fellow pupils, but by over study, his eyes became so weak that he was forced to desist from study, and to betake to a more active life. For a change, he engaged in planting telegraph lines, as an agent for the American Telegraph Company, and in this capacity came South, and traveled over much of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. There he met a great deal of opposition, but by his energy and carefulness, succeeded against it all. His health having become restored, he removed to Alton, Illinois, and entered upon the practice of his profession in which he at once took a good rank. He early took a decided and prominent part in politics, and connected himself with the Democratic Party, but rather with the free-soil wing of it. Becoming convinced of the pernicious designs of Southern politicians and of the efficeness of both the great parties of the country, he was one of the first to break his party allegiance, and to proclaim the necessity for the formation of the Republican Party. In the contest that followed in 1856, he took a very prominent part, and to his efforts is perhaps due the triumphs of that party in his section of the State. Thus, he was prepared when this wicked Rebellion broke out to enter heart and soul into the contest for our country. When the 97th Regiment was raised in 1862, he was elected Colonel, and continued as commander until his death.

In the march through Kentucky and in the first attack upon Vicksburg in the battle of Arkansas Post, through the long and terrible winter at Young’s Point, in the march to Grand Gulf, on the battlefield of Magnoira Hills, Champion Hills, and Black River Bridge, he led the Regiment, but the long march to Vicksburg overcame him, and he was obliged to yield the command to Colonel Louis D. Martin during the whole siege of Vicksburg and vicinity as his health continually failed, he was forced to apply for a leave of absence, and was at home dangerously sick until the last of November 1863, when he rejoined the Regiment to all appearance, well. But as the warm season advanced, his old disease (chronic diarrhea) returned, and it was evident to all his friends that if he wished to save his life, he ought to leave for the North. But he was unwilling so to do, and did continually strive against his disease until forced by weakness to leave. Alas, too late, for he never rallied, and died upon the 20th of June.

Colonel Rutherford was a person of more than ordinary abilities, a stateman of far-reaching views, with his every instinct upon the side of Freedom. An eloquent orator, a warm friend, a good officer, a noble man - and standing by his grave, we look to see them and not to any defect, he may have had, not to any persons, feelings of pique or otherwise, and only feel our loss and mourn our commander and friend.


RUTHERFORD, LETITIA V. (nee SLOSS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 20, 1910
Wife of Colonel Friend S. Rutherford
Mrs. Letitia V. Rutherford, a resident of Alton since 1858, died at 7:15 o'clock Wednesday morning, at her home, 431 east Ninth street, after an illness of two weeks. Her death was due to a breaking down of her system from old age, and had been expected for almost a week. She was taken ill two weeks before her death with what was believed to be a slight ailment, and she never was able to be around again. Up to the evening before her death she was conscious, her mind was undimmed, and while she knew for several days she was dying, she was glad and ready to go and was happy with the members of her family around her. Up to the time she lost consciousness finally, the evening before her death, she conversed about current events, seemed to be still as deeply interested in her friends and her family as ever, and was not in the least perturbed by the certainty of her near dissolution. Mrs. Rutherford had always maintained her youthful interest in the young people. Her family and friends said she would never grow old in spirit, because she loved children so well, and this prediction was borne out to the last. She had a sweet simplicity of soul that would not countenance any display, her family and her friends were her little world, and she was never so happy as when, surrounded by many of her descendants, she lay on her dying bed. She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church and had held membership in the First Presbyterian church of Alton since she came to this city. Her father was Rev. James Sloss, a Presbyterian minister. She was born in Florence, Ala., and would have been 79 years of age June 13. She was married on her 18th birthday to Friend S. Rutherford, at her home, and she was separated from him by death in June 1864. Her husband was the colonel of the 97th Illinois volunteers, and he was taken sick after a long campaign in the neighborhood of Vicksburg, and at New Orleans. His wife went south and brought him home, and soon thereafter she was left with a large family of children, by her husband's death. She always maintained her home circle, made it the center for the other home circles that grew from her own, and was imbued with the spirit of hospitality that made her home a delightful place to be. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. W. C. Johnston of St. Louis; Miss Mary Rutherford; Mrs. John F. McGinnis; Mrs. William Russell of Alton; and one son, F. S. Rutherford of St. Louis. She leaves also an adopted daughter, her niece, Miss Grace Sloss. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Sloss of Memphis, Tenn., and Robert Sloss. She leaves thirty-six of grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. In 1852 Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford and their 13 months' old daughter, Anna, later Mrs. J. A. Cousley, now deceased, removed to Edwardsville, where Mr. Rutherford began the practice of his profession, the law. The family resided in Edwardsville until 1858, until Mr. Rutherford received an appointment as one of the officials of the Illinois State Penitentiary, then at Alton. Their residence was continued here until the present time. Mrs. Rutherford's brother, Joseph Sloss, is the only survivor of the persons who participated in the original Lincoln-Douglas debate. Prior to the arrival of the principal speakers it was planned that speeches would be made by local talent. Her husband, F. S. Rutherford, and her brother, Joseph Sloss, both attorneys, were the speakers selected to represent the two parties, the brother being on the Douglas side and her husband on the Lincoln side. Later both enlisted in armies, the one to fight for the Union, the other for the Confederacy. Later her brother was elected as representative in the United States congress, and was later appointed U. S. Marshall for the North District of Alabama of the Federal Court, by President Grant. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and services will be held in the First Presbyterian church by Rev. A. O. Lane. Burial will be in City Cemetery.


RUTHERFORD, MARY J./Source: Alton Telegraph, January 23, 1874
Dies From Injuries From Fire
A sad accident took place Monday evening at the residence of Mr. G. Paddock. A colored servant girl named Mary J. Rutherford, lit a lamp in the kitchen with a piece of paper, and then threw the burning paper on the floor, where she thought it was extinguished, but instead of that, it set fire to her skirts, and in a moment she was enveloped in flames. In her terror, she ran upstairs into Mrs. Paddock’s room, when that lady threw a bed blanket around her, drenched her with water, and finally extinguished the flames, but not until the girl had been so terribly burned from the waist downward, that her life is despaired of. Mrs. Paddock also had her hands badly burned in endeavoring to aid the suffering girl. The courage and presence of mind displayed by Mrs. Paddock, in the emergency, are highly praised by her friends. Had it not been for her, the disaster would have been much worse, as the girl, as she ran, set fire to everything with which she came in contact. {Mary J. Rutherford died February 4, 1874, and is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.]


RUTHERFORD, UNKNOWN SON OF COLONEL FRIEND S./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 30, 1863
We regret to state that a son of Colonel Friend S. Rutherford, residing in Middle Alton, was thrown from a wagon on Tuesday, and so severely injured that he died during the night. We understand that an uncle of the child, who lives in the country, had been at the house of Colonel Rutherford, and being about to return home, he hitched up his horses to a small wagon, and placing the boy and his sister in it, drove outside of the gate, but there remembering something which he had forgot, he left the wagon and children a moment, when the horses made a sudden start, and soon striking a tree, smashed the wagon to pieces, and threw the children out. The boy was killed as stated above, while the little girl entirely escaped injury. We deeply sympathize with the worthy parents in this afflictive dispensation of Providence. And what adds to the pain and grief of the afflicted mother, is the fact that Colonel Rutherford is absent in Washington City, but as he has been telegraphed to it, is to be hoped he will soon be at home.

A Mistake Corrected
Allow me, Mr. Editor, to state that you were misinformed in respect to some of the circumstances attending the accident which resulted in the death of Colonel Rutherford’s little boy. Although it was Mr. Sloss’ team which ran away, he was not in charge of it at the time, but was in the house waiting for Colonel Rutherford’s man to harness and drive it round to the door. The hired man drove it out of the stable yard, put the lines in the hands of the children in the wagon, and went back to shut they gate. Then the horses started and ran with the fatal results already made known to your readers. Signed “R.”


RUTHERFORD, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 2, 1880
A terrible and fatal accident occurred Wednesday night at Venice, Illinois, whereby Mr. William Rutherford, well known as a conductor on the Chicago & Alton Railroad, lost his life. He was standing at the depot when a train of the I. & St. Louis pulled in, and through some unknown circumstance – probably a slip on the snow – he fell under the wheels, which passed over his body and crushed the life out of him almost instantly.


RUTLEDGE, ANDREW J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1910
Andrew J. Rutledge, aged 80, father of Mrs. Fulk, died at the home of his daughter in the North Side, Saturday night, from paralysis. The funeral was held Monday afternoon and burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Upper Alton. It was just one week to the day from the time of the funeral of the husband of Mrs. Fulk, who was killed in a railroad accident at the foot of Ridge street. Mr. Rutledge had been ill a long time.


RUTLEDGE, IRETTA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1906
Iretta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Rutledge, died last night at the family home on Fourth street between Market and Piasa streets, after two years illness with paralysis. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning. The child was 3 years old. Deputy Coroner Keiser held an inquest, and a verdict of death from paralysis was found.


RUTLEDGE, MARIE ENO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 16, 1922
Mrs. Marie Eno Rutledge, wife of Walton Rutledge, died this morning at 8 o'clock at the family home, Fourth and Market streets, from the effects of pneumonia. She had been suffering from the disease nearly a month. With her at the time of her illness, for most of the time, were all the members of her family. Her aged husband, Walton Rutledge, who has been suffering from arterial hardening, is in a very bad condition, and the death of his wife has added to the gravity of his case. Mrs. Rutledge was married in Alton nearly sixty five years ago. She was only 15 years of age when she was married in Alton, and the observance of the sixtieth anniversary about four and a half years ago, was a big event with the family. They were looking forward to the sixty-fifth anniversary, which would have fallen the 4th of next December, and planned to make it a notable occasion, as there are few couples who live to celebrate that anniversary. Mrs. Rutledge was born in Boston, England, March 27, 1842, passing her eightieth birthday last March. She came to America with her parents when very young, going first to Winona, Minn., and afterward coming to Alton at the age of 10. She was married at Edwardsville, December 4, 1857. Since girlhood, she had been a member of the First Baptist church and her religious interests centered there. In her home she was a good mother and wife, and in her closing hours her devoted family of children were around her. She leaves her aged husband, Walton Rutledge, and six children, William A. of St. Louis, Elmer E. of Alton, Ella S. of Alton, John J. of Urbana, Mrs. Zeb Lapelle and Herbert Rutledge of Washington, D. C.


RUTLEDGE, WALTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1922
Former Alderman, City Engineer, State & County Mine Inspector and County Engineer
Walton Rutledge, one of the best known residents of Alton, and for many years prominent in public life, died this morning at his home on Fourth and Market streets, after a long period of physical disability. His death follows closely that of his wife, and at the time of her death Mr. Rutledge, who had suffered a collapse, did not realize that his partner of nearly 65 years of married life had passed over. His death was not unexpected, and was a happy release from suffering. He was born in Haswell, Durham county, England, April 18, 1836, and came to the United States when he was nineteen years of age. Mr. Rutledge was in his early days a coal miner in the old mines on the coal branch, at North Alton, and it was there he acquired the experience which fitted him for valuable public service to the state in the years to come, in various capacities, all of them connected with the mining industry. He served as county mine inspector for several years and he also held the position of county surveyor of Madison county, for twelve years. For five years he was city engineer of the city of Alton and he rendered capable service in that time. Two years he served as a member of the Alton city council. For more than thirty years Mr. Rutledge served the state of Illinois in the capacity of a state mine inspector. He was retained in the service under one governor after another, and he did not give up his state work until old age made it necessary for him to do so. During the Civil War he served in two regiments, first in the 132nd and next in the 144th, in both instances being a first lieutenant. He had a prominent part in the framing and passing of the mining laws of Illinois which formed the basis of mining legislation in other states. He was an honorary member of the Mine Inspectors Institute of America, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. For many years he had been a member of the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Piasa lodge at Alton, and he was also a member of Belvidere commandery, Knights Templar. He was the first president of the board of trustees of the village of North Alton, now a part of Alton. Mr. Rutledge was a good musician, and was especially skillful in playing the violin. Old timers recall that in the olden days there would seldom be a social gathering in the North Side that would be without some musical background furnished by Walton Rutledge. He was a kindly, courteous, friendly man, and he was known as a good citizen, an upright man in every particular, and he was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. The children surviving are William A. Rutledge of St. Louis, E. E. Rutledge and Miss Ella Rutledge of Alton, J. J. Rutledge of Urbana, Ill., Mrs. Zeb Lapelle and Herbert W. Rutledge of Washington, D. C. The funeral of Walton Rutledge will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the home. The distant members of the family are expected to be here.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1922
The funeral of Walton Rutledge was held this morning at 9:30 o'clock from his late residence, Fourth and Market streets. There was a good attendance of old friends and relatives at the services, which were conducted by Rev. D. T. McGill of the College Avenue Baptist Church. The burial service in the City Cemetery was under the auspices of the Masonic order. Mr. Rutledge having held membership many years in Piasa lodge. The Knights Templar furnished an escort of honor for the deceased. There were many floral offerings from those who had know Mr. Rutledge in his long career in public life. The pallbearers were J. W. Beall, George T. Davis, J. D. Broome, P. B. Cousley, H. T. McCrea, J. T. McClure.


William RutledgeRUTLEDGE, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 2, 1886
Civil War Veteran
Mr. William Rutledge, a well-known business man, died Wednesday morning at his residence on Belle Street, of quick consumption, in the 43rd year of his age. He was a native of Shinkcliffe Cloliery, County of Durham, England, born December 6, 1843. He emigrated to this country with his father’s family in 1855, arriving in Alton May 10, where he has since made his home. His occupation was clerking until seven years ago, when he went into business for himself. He has filled several local offices, and at the time of his death was Clerk of Alton Township. He served in the army during the war, and was a member of the G.A.R. He also belonged to the A.O.U.W. He was married seven years ago to Miss Hannah Burton, who with three young children, survives him. He also leaves a father, mother, five sisters, and other relatives. Mr. Rutledge was highly esteemed by many friends who greatly deplore his death.

William Rutledge was a Union soldier with the 10th Illinois Infantry, Company D.


RUTLEDGE, WILLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 16, 1905
The funeral of Willie Rutledge, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rutledge, who died from the effects of burns he sustained one week before, was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of Walton Rutledge on Market street. Services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing. At the funeral announcement was made of the death of the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rutledge, from diphtheria, at Baltimore, Maryland, on the same day and at the same hour as the death of a son of William Rutledge. The announcement at the funeral was the first information Mr. and Mrs. William Rutledge had received of the affliction that befell Mr. and Mrs. John Rutledge. The pallbearers for Willie Rutledge were five little friends of the boy, Arthur Krone, Randolph Richardson, Grover Casper, Joseph Klein, and Marion Richardson. Burial was in City Cemetery.


RYAN, ALICE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 5, 1920
Mrs. Alice Ryan, a resident of North Alton for more than sixty years, died last night after a lingering illness caused by old age infirmities, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ignatius Walter, on Elm street. Mrs. Ryan would have been 80 years old March 17 next, and most of her life was spent in Alton. She was a kindly, charitable woman, and made and retained friends because of her lovable characteristics, and her death will be regretted by all who knew her. She is survived by three sons and four daughters, and all the children but one, who lives in Oregon, were with her before she passed away, peacefully as if sleeping. The children are John T. Ryan and Mrs. Ignatius Walter of Alton; Mrs. Charles Lyle of Malavoh, Oregan; Mrs. W. H. Staley of Sioux City, Iowa; Miss Katherine Ryan of St. Louis; James Ryan of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Thomas Ryan of Wichita Falls, Texas. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


RYAN, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1900
Mrs. Annie Ryan, wife of John Ryan, died this morning at the family home at Sixth and Walnut streets. She was 40 years of age and had been ill only a short time. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be at the home.


RYAN, BRIDGET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1907
The funeral of Mrs. Bridget Ryan was held this morning from the Cathedral, and was attended by a large number of friends of the family. Services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Fennessey and burial was in Greenwood cemetery. The pallbearers were Joseph and Thomas Broderick, David Walsh, James Kirwin, Fred Havens and James Hagen.


RYAN, CORNELIUS (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 19, 1885
Captain Cornelius Ryan, one of our old, well-known citizens, died last Monday, March 16, quite suddenly and unexpectedly. He had been failing for some time, but was able to be about until Saturday night, when he was seized by an attack that soon proved fatal, at the age of 66 years, 4 months. His condition was not thought to be dangerous until but a few minutes before he breathed his last, causing the blow to fall more heavily on his afflicted family. The immediate cause of death was congestion of the brain.

Captain Ryan was a native of Ireland, but came to this country when quite young, landing first in Canada. He became a resident of Alton about 40 years ago, and for several years was engaged in steamboating on the Mississippi, Missouri, and the Illinois Rivers. He commanded the steamers Leodora, Metamora, Gypsey, and Dunleith. He was a man of large and varied experience. For years he was engaged with his brother, the late Daniel Ryan, in the hardware trade on Second Street [Broadway], but for some time has not been in any active business occupation. He leaves a widow and ten children. [Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.]


RYAN, DANIEL/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 20, 1863
Mr. Daniel Ryan, a well-known hardware merchant of Alton, died last night at his residence on State Street.


RYAN, DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 3, 1917
One of Alton's Most Progressive Builders
David Ryan, aged 78, died at 4:30 o'clock Friday morning at his home, 318 Prospect street, after a long illness from a cancerous trouble in his jaw and throat. The funeral will be held Monday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral at 9 o'clock, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In the passing of Mr. Ryan, Alton loses one of her most progressive citizens, a builder of the city, and a man whose work had done much for the improvement of the city. He had laid more miles of street paving and sewers in the city of Alton than any other man, and he was the first Alton man who did a job of street paving in this city. He was awarded the second paving contract ever given out in Alton, and until old age forced him to retire, he was a bidder on all jobs of public improvements. He was also a builder of homes in the city and among the real estate possessions included in his valuable estate are some of the nicest houses in the city that are rented. He had great confidence in Alton realty as an investment, and what money he made he quickly put into houses. He would buy old houses, enlarge and remodel them, and turn them into handsome places in which first class families lived. He had done much to set the example in building of homes in Alton. David Ryan was a man of great native shrewdness. He was born in Ireland and came to the United States when a young man. More than fifty years ago he came to Alton. He was known for his great energy and his constructive ability. When they were starting a building and loan association in Alton the first time, he was a member of it and he stayed with the Piasa until a month ago, when approaching death caused him to get out of the directorate. It is said that when the first street paving job was done he was a constant watcher of operations. He learned how it was done, put in a bid for the next job, and he made money out of contracting. Prior to that he had been a contractor in house building, his trade being that of carpenter. He conducted the Alton house at Second and George streets, and while there he sat as a member of the City Council for several terms. He was always deeply interested in politics. He began failing in health a few years ago. The first indication of that was when he no longer felt able to appear as a bidder for public work. He had for years dominated the paving contracting in Alton by "sharpening his pencil," as he expressed it, in his figuring on a job. He was more often the low bidder than not. In later years he had taken in other men as his partner, on various jobs. Mr. Ryan is survived by his wife, to whom he was married over forty-nine years ago. He leaves also six children: Miss Mary, who resided with her parents; Fr. Dennis Ryan of Granite City; Mrs. Theresa Beiser; Mrs. Agnes Meyer; Sister Felicitas; and David Ryan. He leaves also seven grandchildren and three brothers, the latter in Ireland. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul's branch of the Western Catholic Union. It is recalled of Mr. Ryan, illustrative of his retentive memory, that when he was a boy he worked on a Catholic Church in Ireland. When Fr. O'Mullane, who came here to the Cathedral, was talking with Mr. Ryan, he told him that there was a window broken in the church, a very fine art glass window, and that there was no record of the place where the glass was made, and there was some delay being experienced in getting the window replaced. Mr. Ryan told the young priest that he could give the information. He said that the glass was made at a certain place in Munich, and he gave the firm's name. Fr. O'Mullane sent word back to Ireland, and the glass was ordered from the firm that had made the original window many years before. It is planned to have the funeral services conducted by a son, Fr. Dennis Ryan, and two nephews of Mrs. Ryan, Fr. Patrick Bresnahan of Tallahassee, Fla., and Fr. D. L. Scully of Granite City. Fr. Tarrent will be master of ceremonies and Rev. E. L. Spaulding, V. G., will preach the funeral sermon.


RYAN, EFFIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 20, 1919
Mrs. Effie Ryan, wife of Frank Ryan, died at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Ryan was operated upon at the hospital Thursday last, but failed to recover. She was born and raised in Wanda, and has many friends in the vicinity who will regret to learn of her death. She was married in 1896, and is survived by her husband and one son, Clarence Ryan, aged 22 years. She also leaves one brother, A. L. Dolbow, and one half-brother, Harry Oliver, who resides in the West. Mrs. Ryan was a member of the Methodist Church and was a very active worker. She was also a member of the Court of Honor. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.


RYAN, JOHN D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1909
John D. Ryan, in his 71st year, died Thursday evening at his home, 1735 Market street, after a long illness from cancer. He was known generally at Captain Ryan, and for many years he was on the Alton police force, filling the positions of night captain and also patrolman. Everyone in Alton knew Capt. John Ryan in the days when he was active. He served on the police force fifteen years. He leaves one brother, David Ryan of this city, and three brothers in Ireland, Martin, Dennis and James. He leaves also five children, Dennis Ryan of St. Mary's, Kansas, John Ryan of the Illinois Glass Company, Mrs. James O'Brien of St. Louis, Misses Bridget and Nellie Ryan of Alton. Capt. Ryan had been an invalid for several years and was unable to get around much. He had been dangerously ill for several months. He was a good provider, a kind father, and an agreeable neighbor. Word was received this morning from Dennis Ryan of St. Mary's, Kansas stating that he would arrive Saturday morning to attend the funeral. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


RYAN, JOHN T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1910
John T. Ryan, superintendent of the packing department at the glass works, died very unexpectedly Tuesday morning, five minutes after midnight, at his residence, 410 Belleview avenue. Cancer of the throat and mouth was the cause of his death. He had been a sufferer for a long time from the disease, and had made several trips to Chicago to be operated upon by specialists in the line of cancer surgery. He was able to do very little work after he was taken by the latest form of the disease. All day Monday Mr. Ryan was able to be up and around his place and he seemed much better than he had been. About 10 o'clock Monday night he became worse and he sank rapidly for over two hours before the end came peacefully. The death of Mr. Ryan is a sad event in his large circle of friends. He was _7 years of age. Recently his father died from the same disease that caused the son's end. At the glass works he was considered a very valuable man. On several occasions he was taken to wage conferences to assist in settling wage scales. He discharged the duties of his position there with great satisfaction to his employers. He leaves his wife and seven children. Mr. Ryan had been married 14 years. He was a well doing industrious young man, and had a nice home he bought a few years ago. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


RYAN, JOHN T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 6, 1922
John T. Ryan, aged 45 years, a life long resident of North Alton, passed away Monday morning at 15 minutes to eight o'clock after a lingering sickness that began two years ago. Everything that could be done or tried to give him relief was done by his family, but all was in vain. Specialists were able to afford only temporary relief and for several months he has been bedfast, and death came to him as a relief. He was a fine young man, genial and charitable in word and deed, and his friends are limited only by the number of those acquainted with him. There will be genuine regret in all parts of the city to learn the outcome of his long, brave fight against disease. He is survived by his wife, two brothers, Tom and John of Texas and Oklahoma respectively, and four sisters, Miss Kate of St. Louis, Mrs. Ignatius Walter of North Alton, Mrs. Lizzie Staley of Iowa and Mrs. Charles Lyle of Oregon. He also leaves a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ada Roller, who with her husband lives at the Ryan home, and two stepsons, Raymond and Will Leonard, both of here. Funeral arrangements have not been made, awaiting the arrival of the brothers and the Iowa sister. Mrs. Lyle will hardly be able to come from Oregon to attend the obsequies.


RYAN, LEILA L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1904
Mrs. Leila L. Ryan died this afternoon, aged 41 years, at her residence on Staunton street. She was the widow of the late William H. Ryan, who died last spring. Two children survive her, and three brothers: Thomas and Peter Hawkins of Alton, Clement L. Hawkins of Golden, Adams County, Ill., Mrs. Mary E. Fites of Farmington, Tennessee, and Mrs. Mary B. Callahan of Fairweather, Adams County, Illinois.


RYAN, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 28, 1905
Mrs. Margaret Ryan, widow of the late Daniel Ryan, died Thursday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock at her home, 1731 Alby street, after four month's illness superinduced by old age. Mrs. Ryan came to Alton about 63 years ago and has resided here since. Her husband and children all preceded her to the grave, and for some time a niece, Miss Mary Mulcahy of Brighton, has been living with and taking care of her. Deceased leaves many friends but few relatives. A brother, Daniel Mulcahy in Brighton, and a sister, Catharine in East St. Louis. Mrs. Ryan was born just 90 years ago last month in Waterford, Ireland. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.


RYAN, MARY/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 11, 1872
Died on October 1 in Alton, Mary, daughter of David and Margaret Ryan; aged 1 year and 10 days.


RYAN, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 30, 1918
Only relatives attended the funeral of Miss Mary Ryan, which was held this morning from the home on Prospect street to the Cathedral. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery under a heavy blanket of flowers. Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral by Rev. Dennis Ryan of Granite City, a brother of the deceased. Rev. Scully was Deacon and Rev. M. Tarrant was subdeacon. During the services at the church Miss Mary Maguire sang a solo. Music was also furnished by the Cathedral choir, of which Miss Ryan was a member. Professor Rene L. Becker presided at the organ. On account of the quarantine [influenza epidemic], the services, although solemn, were shortened as much as possible. Rev. M. Costello was master of ceremonies. Rev. M. O'Mullane of Michaels, Ill., Rev. E. L. Douglas of Kampsville, Rev. Scully, cousin of the deceased, of Granite City, Rev. S. Scheuwecker and Rev. J. J. Brune of St. Mary's Church were in the sanctuary. The pallbearers were Joseph Sharkey, Rudolph Meyers, Dennis Noonen, Michael Fitzgerald, Henry Kopp and James Mahoney.


RYAN, THOMAS/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 16, 1887
Mr. Thomas Ryan, who fell from a third story window last Sunday night, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital today.


RYAN, THOMAS/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, May 31, 1892
Mr. Thomas Ryan, a well known resident of this city living on Market street, died today about one o'clock under the following circumstances. Mr. Ryan had been working on the Bluff Line, and last Friday evening as he was returning from work, when near Mr. Deterding's store, corner of Second and Market streets, he had a slight stroke of paralysis. Some friends who were with him aided him in getting home, and he recovered so much as to be able to walk around the house. Today, about noon, he went into the cellar of his residence, and while there received another stroke which caused his death. His wife found him in the cellar and immediately sent for Dr. Haskell, but Mr. Ryan was past human help before the Doctor arrived. Deceased is a brother of Messrs. John and David Ryan. He leaves no family but his wife, his children having died a number of years ago. He was about 50 years of age and had lived in Alton since 1866.


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

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 8, 1901
Ryburn's Murderer in County Jail
Thomas Johnson [also spelled Johnston], the confessed murdered of James Ryburn of Bloomington, was lodged in the Alton jail Sunday night by Chief of Police Volbracht, Mayor Young, and C. W. Watkins, who went to St. Louis after him. Chief Desmond cautioned the officers to be very careful of Johnson, as he believed him to be a dangerous character. Johnson confessed to having served penitentiary terms in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and a reform school sentence at Pittsfield, Mass., when he was 16 years old. His Wisconsin name, he says, was Maloney. He is 24 years of age and a large, well built young man, 5 feet, 10 1/4 inches in height. He brutally laughs as he tells of the killing and seems to feel little regret except, as he said, it was a bad hole he was in and that if he could have foreseen what was coming he might not have committed the murder. He says he did not intend to kill Ryburn, but acted in self-defense. He claims to have played a game of cards with Ryburn by moonlight in the car, and that in a quarrel over the game Ryburn kicked him in the stomach. He says he picked up the iron rod he stumbled over in the car and struck Ryburn on the head one blow. The story of the murderer is obviously untrue, as the car was closed with the exception of a narrow opening at one side, and the moonlight could not have illuminated the car to furnish light for a card game. Ryburn did not know how to play cards, Mr. Watkins says. On striking his victim, Johnston says, Ryburn began groaning and he covered him up with straw after taking his watch and money. He came to Alton, took breakfast at the Model restaurant, and from here he crossed the river, walking to West Alton, and took the Burlington train to St. Louis. There he disposed of the watch and traded his clothes, which resulted in his arrest. In the police station this morning Johnston told the story of his life and the tragedy without the least semblance of a feeling of remorse. He says he believed Ryburn intended to kill him and that he struck his man only once, although the dead man's head was pounded to a jelly. He says robbery was not his motive, or he would have taken all the money in Ryburn's pocket, and that the reason for his seeming fearlessness in coming to Alton and then going to St. Louis to pawn the watch was because he did not believe he hurt the man. He said he ran away from his home in Paintsville, Ky., when he was nine years old and joined a circus. When he was 16 he was sentenced to the reform school at Pittsfield, Mass., for larceny, and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the heavy artillery, battery D of the Fourth regiment. He was discharged three years later, and then went to Wisconsin where he was caught stealing and served a year at LaCrosse for larceny. Then he went to Kansas City and has since been traveling over the country, plying his profession of thief. He went from Kansas City to East St. Louis, arriving at the latter place July 4, when he met Ryburn. In speaking of the card game in the box car, Johnston says: "At East Alton we entered a box car to play cards first for small nails and then for money. Ryburn lost $3 in bills to me and he accused me of cheating after he staked his watch against the money and lost it too. He snatched the money and I picked up the watch, after which Ryburn kicked me in the stomach, and I said I would fix him for that. I was in an ugly mood after he kicked me, and when I saw him reach back as though to draw a revolver, I struck him a blow on the head and he fell to the floor 'hollering.' I covered him with straw and left the car, taking the watch. I came to Alton, took breakfast at the Model restaurant and went to St. Louis." He says no one was with him. The prisoner refuses to give the name of his people and admits he has not given his true name. He says his people are poor and cannot help him, and that he is willing to take the consequences. He was held to the Circuit Court grand jury without bail, and was taken to Edwardsville this morning.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 7, 1901
Cold Blooded Murderer Real Name is Chris Stockstile
The cold blooded murderer of James Ryburn, who said his name was Thomas Johnson, and who admitted having served penitentiary sentences under various aliases, has been identified. His identity was established through a letter he wrote to his brother at Springfield, Mo., asking him to assist him in getting out of the trouble. Johnson's name is Chris Stockstile. He seems to have been in trouble many times, and to have made many calls on his brother for assistance in clearing himself. Since his incarceration in the county jail, he wrote a letter to his brother at Springfield, Mo., and the Sheriff read it, according to the custom in the county jail. Stockstile told his brother that he was in serious trouble, and that he needs assistance. He said that unless he had a good lawyer he would likely lose his head. He told the brother he could not write everything in a letter, as the letters were read, but that he would like to see him and urged the brother to come at once. It is not believed the brother will help the murderer, as the tone of his letter indicates that the prisoner has been in trouble frequently and has made other appeals for aid. The brother at Springfield is supposed to be a well-to-do farmer. When John Ryburn, brother of the murdered man, visited Stockstile in the county jail, the prisoner reached out his hand to shake hands. Ryburn had been introduced under a fictitious name and Stockstile did not know that he was a brother of his victim. Ryburn refused to make the murderer's hand, but talked to him of the murder.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 21, 1902
Thomas Johnson Pleads Guilty of the Murder of James Ryburn
After three days efforts to get a jury in the case of Thomas Johnson, charged with the murder of James Ryburn last July at East Alton, Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of murder. Thomas Williamson, one of the defendant's attorneys, offered a strong plea for mercy for his client, and Mr. Gillham, the other attorney for the defense, followed Mr. Williamson in a similar strain. State's Attorney Brown demanded justice upon the atrocious murderer, who no doubt stole upon his victim beating the life out of him while he was asleep. Mr. Brown demanded that Johnson suffer the extreme penalty of the law, and asked the court to sentence Johnson to be hanged until he was dead. Judge Harizell announced his decision, premising that he had no doubt as to the guilt of Johnson, but there were some circumstances that were not sufficiently evident that would warrant him, instead of fixing the extreme penalty, of sending the prisoner to the penitentiary for life, which he did. The prisoner had shown no interest in the proceedings in court up to the point where the judge gave judgment, and when the sentence was given - life imprisonment - he looked up and smiled. The members of the family of the murdered man, who were present, were not satisfied with the judgment of the court, they naturally felt that the brutal murderer of their brother demanded the severest punishment, and in this feeling the general public strongly sympathizes. James Ryburn was found unconscious in a box car at East Alton one morning early in last July. When an examination was made, it was found that his skull had been crushed in by some heavy instrument in five different places, any one of which, the doctors said, was sufficient to cause death. A coupling pin was found to have been the instrument used in beating Ryburn. Johnson was arrested in St. Louis and was found to be in possession of Ryburn's watch, and confessed that he killed the man. He afterwards withdrew his confession made to the officers, but a confession made to a Telegraph reported was probably instrumental in deciding his attorneys to persuade Johnson to plead guilty. Johnson had shown not the least emotion until yesterday. He said this morning he had been unable to sleep for a few nights and was much worried over his situation. It is said that the jury's verdict would probably have been for the death penalty, if the case had gone to the jury. Sheriff Hotz will take Johnson to the Chester penitentiary Tuesday morning, where he will begin serving his life sentence. When asked by the court if he had anything to say before being sentenced, Johnson said, "I have nothing to say, except that I thank the court for its mercy."

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1902
Attorneys attending the trial of Thomas Johnson, the confessed murderer of James Ryburn of Bloomington, say that they never before saw such an impassive, self-controlled criminal as Johnson. Not a feature of his face betrayed an emotion; his face was as expressionless as that of a statue as he sat before the court while the jury was being selected. His immobile countenance concealed emotions that were well nigh wearing his life out from anxiety. As the plea of guilty was entered by Johnson, he was asked if he understood the nature of the plea he was making, and he replied that he did, fully. "And you still plead guilty," the Judge asked. "Yes sir, I do," he replied. Then the Judge proceeding, expressed the belief that Johnson was guilty of cold-blooded murder, but after a few minutes of talk he said that it could not be proven satisfactorily that robbery was the motive. At this time it seemed from Judge Hartzell's remarks that he was about to sentence Johnson to the gallows, and the prisoner felt it. A physician in court called attention to the fact that close scrutiny of the prisoner's face showed not a muscle move, not a nerve twitch, and the only indication that the face was not that of a graven image was a sudden paleness and then the violent beating of the carotid artery in his neck, showing the excitement under which he was laboring and which was being repressed. When Judge Hartzell pronounced the penitentiary sentence, the drawn muscles of the face relaxed into a smile, and the prisoner sank but said nothing. Not until he was congratulated by his attorneys did he make a move, so great had been the strain, and even then he had remarkable self control. When asked by the court if he had anything to say before being sentenced, he replied, "I have nothing to say, Judge, except that I thank you for your mercy." Johnson says that he will never let his relatives know his predicament and he will go to the penitentiary to be forever dead to them. So great has been the mental strain on the prisoner and his dread of hanging, that he has passed many sleepless nights and has lost his appetite. The night before he pleaded guilty, he said he had not slept one minute.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 11, 1902
The murdered, who was sent up from Madison county and was shot down by penitentiary guards while attempting to escape from the Chester institution last week, an account of which has been published, turns out to have been James L. Johnston. He killed James Ryburn in a box car at East Alton, and after being incarcerated in the county jail, led a desperate attempt to escape in which seventeen prisoners figured. Last week he succeeded in almost getting away, and was shot in the legs and lower parts of the body by the guards and severely injured. He will recover.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1904
Murdered by Thomas Johnson in Box Car at East Alton
Thomas Johnson, the cold-blooded murderer of James Ryburn, of Bloomington, who is serving a life sentence in the penitentiary for killing Ryburn in a box car at East Alton, may now pay the extreme penalty for gratifying his passion for murder. Johnson's appearance when in Madison County jail and in the courtroom frequently called forth the expression that he was the worst man who ever lived. His cast of countenance would indicate a conscienceless body, who could murder without any remorse. A fellow prisoner whom he assaulted with a knife without any cause in the penitentiary has died, and Johnson will be hung for his offense. Johnson's guards say that he would frequently look at them with the most malignant hatred on his countenance and cursing them saying that he would kill them the first chance he had. Shortly after his confinement in the penitentiary he tried to escape and was shot in the arm by a guard. When charged with Ryburn's murder, Johnson was wearing his victim's coat and coolly admitted the killing, but set up self-defense as a plea. When tried, he pleaded guilty to murder. It was generally believed that Johnson had committed murders before and he had spent most of his life in prison.


RYDER, ANN ELIZA (nee PETTIT)/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 6, 1879
Widow of Captain Simeon Ryder
Mrs. Ann Eliza Ryder, widow of the late Captain Simeon Ryder, died very suddenly of heart disease, sitting in her chair at her home in Alton, Sunday, at 10 p.m. Mrs. Ryder was an old resident, having lived here since 1836. She was a native of Hempstead, New York, and was about eighty-four years old. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Godfrey; a son, Mr. S. Ryder; and a stepdaughter, Mrs. H. B. Bowman; besides others to mourn her sudden death. The funeral took place at her late residence on Second Street [Broadway], at 2 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, with a large attendance of mourning relatives and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. M. Chase, Rector of the Episcopal Church, of which deceased was a member. The bearers were Messrs. John E. Hayner, H. C. Sweetser, J. Quarton, H. Stanford, George S. Roper, and J. W. Ash. [Mrs. Ryder was buried in the Alton City Cemetery. Her husband, Captain Simeon Ryder, was a sea captain from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, who came to Alton in 1834. He was principal in the building of the Alton & Terre Haute Railroad, and was president of the Alton Marine & Fire Insurance Company, and a director in Illinois Mutual.]


RYDER, NELSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1921
Several Alton people went to Edwardsville yesterday to attend the funeral services of Nelson Ryder, attorney. Burial was at Marine. Mr. Ryder had some good friends in Alton who regretted to hear of his death. A memorial service for him is set for October 20 in the Circuit court. At the services yesterday Rev. Thos. Dyke officiated.


Captain Simeon RyderRYDER, SIMEON (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 30, 1877
Businessman; Founder of Alton & Terre Haute RXR and Alton & Sangamon RXR
During the past year, death has claimed an unusually large number of the pioneer settlers of Madison County – the men who found the country a primeval forest, and left it a smiling garden – and now we are called upon to record the death of Captain Simeon Ryder, one of the oldest and most prominent of our citizens. For several months his health had been failing, owing to the debility of old age. A few days ago, he became seriously ill, and at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday morning [August 28, 1877], quietly passed away, aged 82 years.

Captain Ryder was distinguished for wonderful energy, enterprise, business tact, and an unconquerable determination that never rested short of success. His life was an eventful one, and during the most active part of his career, closely identified with the growth and progress of Southern Illinois.

Captain Ryder was born in Chatham (Cape Cod), Massachusetts in the year 1795, his life thus dating back into the past century. Like so many of the residents of Cape Cod, he adopted a sea-faring life, and at the age of fourteen or fifteen, went to sea. When about 21 years of age, he rose to the command of a vessel, and was thenceforward, for many years, engaged in commerce with various foreign countries, leading an adventurous and eventful life. After being engaged in this business over twenty years, he gave up the sea, and engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City. But the great West was then the Mecca of attraction for enterprising men, and Captain Ryder followed the tide, locating in Alton in the year 1834. Here he again engaged successfully in the mercantile business for a number of years. Always having the prosperity and progress of Alton at heart, he early conceived the project of making Alton the center of the railway system of the State, which was projected on an extensive scale more than thirty years ago. He was the originator and finisher of the Alton and Terre Haute Railroad, and to his untiring energy, business skill, and liberality, was due the building of this road, in opposition to the Brough Road (now the Vandalia) from Terre Haute to St. Louis. Captain Ryder was President of the Road from 1851 to 1858, and subsequently a member of its directory. He was mainly instrumental in laying out and founding the towns of Litchfield, tower Hill, Nokomis, Irving, and Windsor, which have since become important stations on the line of the road. The importance of this road, in opening and developing the southern part of the State, cannot be overestimated, and its successful inauguration would have crowned the life work of any man. But the Captain was not satisfied with this single scheme, but was, at the same time, deeply interested in the progress of the Alton and Sangamon Railroad (now the Chicago and Alton), of which he was also the originator. It will thus be seen that for many years, Captain Ryder was the leading man in promoting the commercial enterprises of Alton. He was ambitious for the growth and progress of Alton, and although his early labors in this respect have not been crowned with the success he perhaps dreamed of, still it is a patent fact that Alton is mainly indebted to Captain Ryder for her railroad system and the present prosperity and importance of the place. For the past fifteen years, perhaps, he has not been engaged in active business, other than the care of his private affairs.

Captain Ryder was a man of strong convictions, and was upright and honorable in all his transactions. He took a deep interest, not only in national politics, but also in the local affairs of the community. In the later years of his life, he was a great reader, and was thoroughly posted on current events the world over. With him has passed away one of the old pioneers of Alton, who united the present to the past – one who has left a strong impress on the development of the State.

Captain Ryder was twice married. His first wife was Miss Nickerson of Chatham, Massachusetts, who died about 1830. His second wife was Miss Ann Eliza Pettit of Long Island, New York, who survives him. He was the father-in-law of Mr. H. B. Bowman, and the uncle of the Messrs. Topping brothers.

Captain Simeon Ryder is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


RYDER, SIMEON W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 31, 1916
Son of Captain Simeon Ryder
Died in St. Louis, July 31, 1916, Simeon W. Ryder, aged 80 years. The remains will be brought to Alton for interment.


RYDER, UNKNOWN (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 16, 1853
The funeral of Captain Riley, whose remains arrived here yesterday morning, will take place this afternoon at 3 o’clock from the residence of Mr. A. S. Barry on State Street.


RYRIE, DANIEL D./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 5, 1877
Alton Business Man; Cashier of First National Bank
The news of the death of Mr. Daniel D. Ryrie, on July 3, 1877, Cashier of the First National Bank, and one of Alton’s oldest and most respected citizens, caused much surprise and sincere sorrow to this community when it was announced this morning. It was known that he had been confined to his home for the past few days by illness, but not until within a day or two had it become known that his case was serious. He was first taken with a bilious attack, followed by great nervous prostration, under which he sank and died last night, about one o’clock. Thus has passed away one of those noble and true-hearted men, whose life and example are the pillars of society. A man a pure character, of perfect integrity, modest and unassuming, and trusted by his fellow men implicitly.

Ryrie was gifted with rare business qualities, and filled various positions of trust and confidence in the commercial world, but was best known in the position he occupied at his death – that of Cashier of the First National Bank. Yet his ambition was not to acquire wealth, but to live a life of usefulness to his fellow men. His benevolence, though known only to the recipients, was extended and far-reaching. In the cause of education, he ever took a deep interest. For many years he served as a member of the Board of Education, and the present efficiency and prosperity of the Alton Public Schools is due, in no small degree, to his enlightened and disinterested efforts for their welfare. Since his early manhood, Mr. Ryrie had taken great interest in the success of Shurtleff College, of which institution he had been a trustee for twenty-five or thirty years, and his advice and council were ever highly valued. His services to the college, through a long series of years, were of the highest importance.

Mr. Ryrie was a native of Wick, Highland, Scotland, born July 2, 1825, and emigrated to Alton with his parents when about twelve years old, since which time, a period of forty years, he has resided here. He entered mercantile life at an early age, and became a wholesale grocer, in company with his brother, John Ryrie [and later operated by George Ryrie, John’s son]. Subsequently, he became connected with the Chicago & Alton Railroad, then with the Alton Mutual Insurance and Savings Company, and finally with the First National Bank.

Mr. Ryrie served several terms as Alderman from his ward, but he was averse to holding public office, and declined many positions his fellow citizens desired to confer upon him.

Mr. Ryrie married Miss Jane Adams, sister of the later Captain D. C. Adams, who died some two years ago. She was a lady of great worth and amiability, tenderly loved by her husband. Her death was a shock from which he never fully recovered. The only surviving children of this marriage are James M. and John A., both now of adult years.

In religious belief, Mr. Ryrie was a Baptist, and had been a valued and consistent member of that denomination since his early youth. The death of such a man leaves a void in the community that can never be filled. He will be missed in the house of God, in the counsels of the friends of education, in business circles, and in the affairs of the community where he ever discharged faithfully the duties of a conscientious citizen. To his relatives and friends, his death comes with a keenness of personal bereavement such as words can poorly portray. He had just completed his fifty second year, yesterday having been his birthday. The funeral will take place at 2 o’clock on Thursday afternoon from the Baptist Church. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]

By Rev. T. G. Field, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Alton
Source: Alton Telegraph, July 12, 1877
I see him now, a slender and sprightly boy of nine years, in the ship with his brothers, sisters, and parents, bound for the port of New York. Mr. Ryrie was born July 3, 1825, at Wick, county of Caithness, in almost the extreme northeast corner of Scotland. After arriving in this country, his family remained in New York between two and three years, and then came to Alton. Beside his schooling in New York, he was taught for awhile in Alton by his brother, William, now at rest. In early manhood, he entered upon business life, but with a taste for study shown by his library and constant reading.

First as a mere youth of fifteen or sixteen, as an accountant with Mr. Nicholson Sr., and then with Mr. Buchanan in St. Louis. Then entering into business with various early merchants of Alton, then with his brother in business. He then engaged in insurance with banking privileges, and finally, by his own energy and skill, and that of the band of thrifty and able men collected about him, he settled into the office which he held until his death. And you, business men, who were associated with him, are best judges of his ability and force as a banker and business man. As he rose in business, he became prominent as a citizen. Full of public spirit and kindness, people flocked to him for counsel and help. In saying this, I only repeat a widely-spoken testimony which will be repeated in days to come. His heart and hand were busy in the interest of the public schools, as he labored there not only that his own, but other children might share in the blessing of sound learning, and be fitted to fill well and happily their places as citizens and as parents.

We see him now on the street, now at his table in the bank, now at his home, now in your houses, now in the house of God, varied, and ever the same. He was like a fine chronometer watch – the motion was quick, but was well balanced, and nicely regulated, so that it was known to be trusty and nothing else.

So, unassumingly as in life, quietly and unexpectedly he has gone from us. Probably he did not look for death. He was anxious that others should not be distressed with any thought of serious sickness. His own self-forgetfulness misleading him. But he was not unready.


RYRIE, GEORGE MAGNUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 10, 1915
Founder of Ryrie Wholesale Grocery in Alton
George M. Ryrie, aged 50, died at 4:30 o'clock this morning at his residence, 1308 Henry Street, after an illness of about seven weeks. His death was due to typhoid fever, the final diagnosis of the malady was declared to be. For a long time, the malady puzzled the attending physician and specialists who were called in to attend him. Mr. Ryrie, about seven weeks ago, went to St. Joseph's Hospital to undergo an operation for a rupture, which had long troubled him. He was in good condition and was feeling so well he decided to have the long-standing trouble attended to. He underwent the surgical operation in good shape, but afterward there developed an insidious sickness that could not be defined. He suffered from a fever after a while, and his condition continued to grow worse and worse. He was removed to his home, and there grew a general alarm over his condition. Recently he had shown signs of being better, and members of his family were filled with confidence that he would recover. They had ceased almost entirely to be alarmed over his condition, when yesterday he was taken with a chill and he continued to grow worse. The doctors had decided finally that the malady was typhoid fever, and the chill was due to a perforation of the peritoneum. The announcement of his death this morning was a great surprise all over Alton.

Mr. Ryrie was a native of Alton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ryrie. He leaves his wife and two children, Miss Helen Claire and John Alexander “Jack” Ryrie. The son had been attending Brown University at Providence, Rhode Island, and he was summoned home to be with his father when the illness began to be alarming. He had not finished his school year, but his presence here was deemed necessary.

The business which Mr. Ryrie founded, George M. Ryrie & Co., wholesale grocers, was built up by him until it had become a large enterprise in the city of Alton, with a wide reputation, and it did an enormous trade. It was the outgrowth of the grocery store conducted by John A. Ryrie for many years. When a young man, George M. Ryrie engaged in the wholesale line of the grocery business, and he made it prosper from the start. He was a man of the highest character. His word was never questioned and he was never known to drive a mean bargain, though a business man of high quality, and a man of the best of judgment. He possessed a great number of personal admirers who knew him for a high-class man and had utmost confidence in whatever he would say. It is doubtful that Mr. Ryrie had an enemy in the world. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

His death is a sad loss to the members of his father's family, who had always regarded him as the head of the family since the father's death. He was their counselor and advisor. Mr. Ryrie leaves one brother, Herbert, and six sisters: Misses Effie and Rue Ryrie; Mrs. A. M. Scott; Mrs. Jessie Cross; Mrs. Irene Hutchinson; and Mrs. Harriet Swain. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from his late home, and services will be conducted by Rev. M. Jameson. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

George Magnus Ryrie was born November 11, 1864, and was the son of John Alexander and Elizabeth (Stanton) Ryrie. They were natives of Wick, Scotland, and immigrated to America, arriving in Alton in 1837, a few weeks before the assassination of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. John and his brother Daniel founded a prosperous grocery store in Alton in 1850.

George Ryrie founded a wholesale grocery business as an outgrowth of the grocery store founded by his father, John Ryrie, and uncle, Daniel Ryrie. The business was prosperous and grew. George died in June 1915, and was buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Sophia (Hopkins) Ryrie, who was born in Alton in 1867, and who was a granddaughter of Cyrus Edwards, brother of Ninian Edwards, Territorial Governor of Illinois. Her father was George Hopkins, a wholesale druggist in Alton. Sophia Ryrie died in October 1963, at the age of 95. Also surviving George Ryrie was one brother, Herbert Ryrie; and six sisters, listed above; and two children, Helen Clair Ryrie and John “Jack” Alexander Ryrie.


RYRIE, HELLEN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 10, 1849
Died on the 1st inst., in Alton, Mrs. Hellen, consort of the late Mr. Magnus Ryrie, in the 64th(?) year of her age.


RYRIE, JOHN ADAMS/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 2, 1880
Died in Alton, August 28, of typhoid malarial fever, John Adams Ryrie, son of the late Daniel D. Ryrie, aged 24 years and 4 months.


RYRIE, J. MAGNUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 20, 1913
Retired Businessman Dies - Built Many Alton Roads
J. Magnus Ryrie, aged 61, retired manufacturer, died suddenly at his residence Friday evening, 424 East Fourth street, from apoplexy. His death was unexpected. He had not been in good health for a number of years, and had been complaining of pains in his shoulder as if of rheumatism. Physicians say it was merely an indication of arterial hardening, and that this was what caused his death. A blood vessel on his brain, which had been weakened, gave away, and Mr. Ryrie's death from cerebral hemorrhage resulted. He had been spending the evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George S. Milnor, next door. On returning home a little after 10 o'clock, he had retired to bed and was suddenly stricken. Mrs. Ryrie procured help, and Dr. Taphorn, a neighbor, was hastily summoned. He reached Mr. Ryrie before his death. Mr. Ryrie passed away without any suffering. Mr. Ryrie was a native of Alton and lived here all his life. He was a son of D. D. Ryrie, who was one of the founders and the first cashier of the First National Bank of Alton. Mr. Ryrie engaged in business in the box making firm of Allen & Ryrie, and for many years he was one of the owners of a very prosperous saw mill and box manufacturing plant, which stood near the site of the present Alton Water Co. pumping station. After the transfer of the Alton Box Factory to St. Louis, Mr. Ryrie continued in business for a while in the firm and then he retired, disposing of his interest. Mr. Ryrie was a very successful business man, and was rated as one of Alton's very wealthy citizens. In recent years he had given much attention to the upbuilding of Alton. He was deeply interested in the work of the Alton Board of Trade. As a member of the Good Roads Committee of that organization, he had been very active. It was due to the advice of Mr. Ryrie and his very active efforts in that behalf, the project of improving the country roads about Alton was taken up. He made long tours in his automobile, gathering information, and when he went he would take with him other men whose influence he felt was necessary to show to them the benefit of road improvement in other places. He advocated making the best of what we have in the way of roads, until there is opportunity and means of doing better. He was one of the advocates of the Alton Way, and helped much in putting that project through. He was an officer of several of the good roads associations organized in this vicinity, and through personal effort, personal contributions, and personal influence, he accomplished much. He had direct charge of the work of dragging the country roads about Alton, and supervised the expenditure of the fund raised for that purpose. He was engaged in the work of raising another fund for next season. The death of Mr. Ryrie removes one of Alton most interested and most useful citizens. He was a gentleman who never forgot to fulfill his obligations to his fellowman, and he will be remembered with the greatest kindness by many who have good reason to remember him. Mr. Ryrie is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. George S. Milnor and Miss Mary Adams Ryrie. It is an interesting fact that Mr. Ryrie died in the place where his grandfather, Magnus Ryrie, built a home in the earliest days of Alton, and where Daniel D. Ryrie was born, and where Mr. Ryrie was born. It is the old homestead of the family, and Mr. Ryrie had never lived any place else. A friend, in speaking of him today, said that a few weeks ago he had a talk with Mr. Ryrie in which the remark was made by Mr. Ryrie that everything he had attempted to do in the year that was nearing an end had turned out just a she had hoped for, and the one thing that remained was to accomplish getting the Alton Way recognized by the county board in deciding where the first state aid road in the county would be built. He succeeded too. It may be added that friends believe that Mr. Ryrie's end was just as he would have wished. Without warning with no trouble to others or himself. The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Arthur Goodger and Rev. M. W. Twing officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.


RYRIE, JOHN A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 27, 1902
Co-Owner of Ryrie Wholesale Grocery
At 10:30 o'clock Sunday night, John A. Ryrie passed away after a lingering illness in the 76th of his age. Mr. Ryrie has, for more than one year, been confined to his home from the effects of paralysis, and has constantly grown feebler. During his illness he has been a most patient sufferer, waiting the call that would relieve him from weakness and permit him to enjoy the presence of his Master whom he had so long served faithfully and well here. John A. Ryrie was born June 9th, 1827, in Wick, Scotland. He came to America, arriving in New York in 1835, and moved to Alton in 1837, a few weeks before the assassination of Elijah P. Lovejoy. He has lived in Alton since that date, making him one of the oldest, in point of residence, among Alton business men. There are probably two men in Alton now who are his senior - Charles Phinney and Edward Levis Sr. When a boy, Mr. Ryrie clerked for W. A. Holton & Co., druggists. At the age of 18 he engaged in the book business, and later was a member of the firm of Metcalf & Ryrie, booksellers. In 1850, in connection with his brother, the late Daniel D. Ryrie, he established the grocery business in which he continued until last year. In early life Mr. Ryrie had a narrow escape from death. He was a passenger on the steamer Kate Kearney, then running between Alton and St. Louis. The boilers of the boat exploded in the afternoon while lying at the St. Louis levee, just before it started for this city. Mr. Ryrie was blown into the river, but was able to get to land without damage. Many others were killed or badly scalded with steam. In 1854 he married Elizabeth Stanton, a union that proved a happy one until its ending at the death of his wife in 1891. Nine children, seven daughters and two sons, survive him, viz: Mrs. A. M. Scott, Mrs. Charles Koch, Mrs. F. J. Williams, Mrs. L. A. Welton, Misses Effie, Rachel and Harriet Ryrie; and George M. and D. A. Ryrie. One sister, Mrs. Jane Hood, also survives him. To these relatives he leaves a fragrant name - that of a good father, a kind brother, a merchant whose honesty and high character were never questioned, and whose word was accepted wherever known. In early life he became a Christian, and his walk, conservation and all his acts adorned the holy name he bore so long. Of a meek and quiet spirit, firm in the right, faithful in every undertaking, he was an example not only to his large family of children, but also to the entire city. Such men are rare indeed, and their lives should make a deep impression upon the community in which they live and when their life's work is done. Any community must be enriched from a life like John A. Ryrie's spent in its midst. The funeral will take place at 10:30 o'clock a.m. on Wednesday, October 29, from his late residence on Sixth street. [Ryrie is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.]


RYRIE, MAGNUS/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1846
Died in Alton, on Sabbath morning last, Mr. Magnus Ryrie, aged 62 years. Mr. Ryrie was a native of Scotland, where he lived until the year 1835, when, with his family, he came to America. They resided in the city of New York about two years, and then removed to Alton, from which place he was never afterwards absent a single day. He was a bright Christian, an affectionate husband, a kind father, and devoted friend. To know him was to love him. No man was more different in business, or constant and single in all his duties. The Bible was his polar star. He long since made a public profession of religion, and manifested it in his life and conversation. For the last five years he was a strong pillar in the Baptist Church in this place. He was one we could most desire should live, yet one we would be most willing should die. He was emphatically a good man. In death (as in life) he was apparently in the enjoyment of perfect peace.


RYRIE, MARY JANE (nee MATHER)/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 18, 1875
Died in Alton on March 15, 1875, Mrs. Mary J., wife of Mr. Daniel D. Ryrie; aged 47 years. She was born in Edwardsville, December 14, 1827, and was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


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