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UBERT, CHARLES/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1840
Died, at his residence in this city [Alton], on Tuesday the 17th inst., in the thirty-first year of his age, Charles Ubert, Esq. Mr. Ubert was a native of the department of Amsberg, Province of Westphalia, in the kingdom of Prussia, from whence he emigrated to the United States about six years ago. In the year 1835 he settled in Alton, and commenced business as a grocer on a very limited capital, but uniting to a clear and discerning mind, habits of economy and industry, he soon, by strict integrity and punctuality in all his business relations, acquired an extensive confidence and credit. Although young, no business man possessed more entirely the esteem and confidence of all, and had it been the will of the Almighty to have prolonged his useful life, no one possessed fairer prospects of acquiring extensive wealth and a high reputation. In his social disposition, he was generous and accommodating, always cheerful, and ever ready to confer a kindness. He was an intelligent and instructive companion - his strong sense, enriched by the treasures of German literature, in social intercourse, rendered him extremely interesting. An uncommonly large procession, accompanied by the Mayor and Common Council of the city, of which body he was a member, attended his remains to their silent resting place. We never witnessed, on any similar occasion, a more striking manifestation of respect for the memory of the dead, or of sympathy for his bereaved widow and children.

 

UFERT, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 24, 1900
Alton Athlete Succumbs to Injuries
Fred Ufert died Tuesday evening at 4:45 o'clock at the family home, __6 East Third Street, after three years of helplessness and pain from injuries he sustained by falling from parallel bars upon which he was exercising at Gill's Hall. Fred Ufert was then one of the best young athletes in the city, 22 years of age and one of the best liked young men in the East End. He was a member of some of the best baseball clubs, and in the gymnasium he was the leader in performing daring feats. One evening while exercising on the parallel bars, his hand slipped and he fell heavily to the floor, the force of his fall being increased by the motion of his body in the feat which he was performing. He was hurled against the floor and lay there helpless. For months he hung between life and death, during which time he was patient in his suffering and courageously underwent all his pain and all manner of treatments in the hope that he might regain health. It was found that his spinal column was shattered near the neck, and that the pieces of bone had penetrated the cord. Nothing could be done for him, and at last all hope was abandoned. The past few months he suffered great pain, and his condition was most distressing to his family. Death afforded him and his relatives a happy relief when it ended all his sufferings last night. Fred Ufert was the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Ufert, and was 25 years of age. He leaves a large family of brothers and sisters. [Burial was in Alton City Cemetery]

 

UHL, CLEMENCE/Source: The Edwardsville Intelligencer, June 18, 1901 - Submitted by Robert C. Snyder
Deaths Doings - Clemence Uhl died Friday at the advanced age of 72 years. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the interment was at the Mitchell Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Uhl had been blind for eleven years, and had been confined to his bed for the past two and a half years. He lives a wife and five children, three boys and two girls.

 

UHLE, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 12, 1918
After an illness of only a few days with influenza, Frank Uhle of 2209 Mills avenue died Tuesday morning at his home, aged 43. The end came at 7 o'clock in the morning. It was not believed he could be seriously ill until yesterday, when he took a sudden change for the worse and the end came quickly. Mr. Uhle was formerly a glassblower, but of late had been working for the Standard Oil Co. at Wood River. He had been at his usual place of work on Saturday and was seriously ill only two days. Mr. Uhle is survived by his wife, two brothers, Joseph and Henry, and three sisters, Mrs. George Vieth of Alton, Mrs. Charles Schwartzly and Mrs. J. B. Huber of Nokomis. Burial will be Thursday in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

 

UHLE, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 15, 1916
Friend To Little Children
A friend of the little folks has gone away to the land where he will be with more little folks to make them and himself happy. Henry Uhle Sr. died this morning at 4 o'clock at the home of his son, Frank Uhle of 2209 Mills avenue, with whom he has lived for the past five years. The deceased, who was more familiarly known as "Grandpa" Uhle, has been ill for the past eighteen years with complications of diseases. Mr. Uhle was born on July 6, 1846 at Torchhiem, Baden, Germany. In 1883 he came to America and went at once to Brighton, Ill. where he worked for several years for the Chicago and Alton Railroad. After five years in Brighton he came to Alton where he worked as a section hand. In recent years he has been trimming trees and doing other work about the city, being a particular friend of small children whom he met on going around the city doing his work. The little friends of his were always sure of being given a piece of candy or some other small "goody" upon meeting him, as his pockets were always filled with something dear to the heart of a child. The aged man is survived by six children, Frank, Joe, Mrs. G. Veith and Mrs. Charles Schwartzle of Alton; Mrs. John Huber of Nokomis and Henry Uhle Jr. of Halner, Utah. The funeral arrangements were not completed at a late hour this afternoon. [November 18, 1916: Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery]

 

UHRMANN, EDWARD J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 23, 1909
Civil War Soldier Dies
Edward J. Uhrmann, aged 80, a resident of Alton many years, died at his home on Shelly street at ___ o'clock this afternoon from old age and maladies due to his years. He was a soldier in the Civil War. Mr. Uhrmann filled the post of watchman in one of the Alton banks for many years. He leaves two daughters. The time of the funeral is not set.

 

ULMERICH, J. ADAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 29, 1914
Janitor of Turner Hall
J. Adam Ulmerich, aged 72, was found dead in bed at his home, 705 East Third street, Tuesday morning when his wife went to call him for breakfast. Mr. Ulmerich has been ill for some time and his family have been warned by the attending physician that his death was liable to take place at any time, but his death comes as a surprise and a shock to his many friends in the city. He was up and about his home Monday, and seemed much improved. A present he received from a relative in New York seemed to cheer him considerable. He ate well Monday and went to bed in the best of spirits. Mr. Ulmerich had lived in Alton for forty years. He came to the United States from Germany when he was twenty-two years of age, and for ten years made his home in Belleville. Later, he moved to Alton where he had lived since, and raised his family. He is survived by his wife, two sons, John and Adam, and one daughter, Mrs. William Penrose, and one adopted daughter, Miss Elsie Nehls. Mr. Ulmerich is without doubt one of the best known men in the eastern part of the city where he had lived since coming to Alton. For twenty-six years he was the janitor of Turner Hall, and up until very recently he was always in attendance there. Recently, on account of his ill health, his wife had been helping him somewhat with the work at the hall. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the home on East Third street to the City Cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.

 

ULRICH, CHRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 1, 1913
Member of the Alton Police Force
Chris Ulrich, member of the Alton Police force, died at 1:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his stepson, William Ulrich, 728 East Fifth street, after being disabled a week by paralysis. He was stricken last Monday morning, after rising for the day, and just as he was about to sit down at the breakfast table. He had been helpless ever since he was stricken, and the last two days was speechless and could swallow nothing. He was in his 64th year, and had lived in Alton about forty-two years. He learned the trade of maker of mouth harps in the Hohner factory in Germany, and came to America to take a place in a melodeon factory, but never secured a job at his trade, as the factory failed. He abandoned his trade and devoted himself to other lines of livelihood. He leaves no children, but a number of relatives residing in Alton and vicinity. He was a member of Western Star Lodge I. O. O. F. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of William Ulrich.

 

ULRICH, GERTRUDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 26, 1904
Mrs. Gertrude Ulrich, wife of Chris Ulrich, died at noon today at the family home after a four weeks illness. Mrs. Ulrich's condition had been considered dangerous from the beginning, and after much suffering she was relieved by death. She was 25 years old. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. from the family home on Ridge street.

 

UNDERHILL, ROBERT S./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 19, 1837
Falls Into Cellar During Alton House Fire
(In an article regarding the fire at the Alton House) We much regret to add that Mr. Underhill, one of Messrs. Godfrey & Gilman's Clerks, who was sleeping in an upper room in the warehouse of these gentlemen, on hearing the cry of fire, sprang out of bed in order to ascertain the cause; and missing his way, fell through an open scuttle into the cellar, breaking one of his thighs, and otherwise sustaining much injury. As he was alone in the building, his situation was not discovered until after the conflagration was over; consequently he must have suffered intensely before he obtained any relief. P. S. We regret to state that Mr. Underhill died this morning about half past 3 o'clock.

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

 

UNGER, ANNIE ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 21, 1912
Wife of Louis Unger
Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Unger, wife of Louis Unger, died at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning from paralysis at the family home, 625 east Twelfth street. She was stricken with paralysis Monday evening about 5 o'clock while finishing her task of preparing supper for her family. She was in the dining room when she fell to the floor unconscious and did not regain consciousness again. Mrs. Unger had lived in Alton since 1859. She was a native of St. Louis, and came to Alton as the bride of Louis Unger and had lived here ever since. She was a member of a large family, and six sisters survive her: Mrs. Flora Wild of St. Louis, Miss Mary Marks of Edwardsville, Mrs. Katherine Johnson, Mrs. Thomas Hawkins, Mrs. Peter Hawkins, Mrs. Charles Campbell, of Alton. She leaves also, beside her husband, one daughter, Miss Anna Unger and two sons, Albert and Louis Unger of Alton. Mrs. Unger had been failing in health for five years. She suffered a paralytic stroke of a light character at that time and had not been in the best of health since then. Her age, 72 years, made her condition of health worse and although her death was very sudden, it was not a surprise to the members of her family who had been fearing that the mother's end might come at any time. Ever since girlhood, Mrs. Unger had been a member of the German Methodist church, was a faithful, devout church member, a good mother and a kind friend. One of the pretty features of her life was the affection in which she was held by the members of her whole family. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the German Methodist church and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

 

UNGER, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 30, 1920
Blacksmith
Louis Unger, in his 87th year, a resident of Alton nearly sixty years, died Thursday evening at 6:45 o'clock at his home, 625 East Twelfth street from old age. He had been in bad health for a long time and on Thanksgiving Day took his last meal with his family. The next day he was unable to be up and around and he continued to decline from that time. Mr. Unger was born in Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany. He came to America with his parents when ten years old, and for a while lived in St. Louis. He came to Alton in 1861 and continued to live here the remainder of his life. He learned the trade of blacksmithing and horseshoeing and for a while was in partnership with George Luft. In 1886 he began business for himself in a little shop on Broadway, next to No. 2 hose house, and there he did horseshoeing until he was 70 years of age, when he retired. Mr. Unger was a man of a kindly disposition, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a good husband and father in his family. Mrs. Unger died seven years ago. He was a devoted member of Grace Methodist Church, and for years served the church in an official capacity. He leaves three children, Miss Anna Unger and Messrs. Charles and Albert Unger; also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Nagel of Victor, Iowa, and Mrs. Caroline Brosi of Canton, Mo. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Grace Methodist Church.

 

UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 5, 1841
Skeleton Found Near Scarritt's Prairie
From Upper Alton, May 31, 1841. A few days since, a part of a human skeleton was found on the south border of Scarritt's Prairie [Godfrey], about twenty rods west of the road leading from Alton to Monticello. The covering of earth was so slight over the remains, that the bones of the arm projected through it, which led to the discovery. I was present, and assisted in disinterring the remains. The body had evidently been put into a hemp, coffee, or salt-sack, the mouth of which was tied with a piece of vanilla bed cord, which portion was much less decayed than the other portions of the sack. A piece of patched coarse domestic, probably part of a shirt, also a piece of twilled cotton cloth, which was the only cloth found. The flesh, tendons, and cartilages were principally, but not entirely, separated from the bones. The extent of the hole for the reception of the body was distinctly found, the depth of which was about sixteen inches. The bones of the head and of the forearms and hand were not found. Signed by Dr. B. F. Long.

 

UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 6, 1864
An inquest was held this morning by W. G. Pinckard, Esq., upon the body of an infant found dead near the gate of a residence upon one of the streets leading to Middletown. The verdict of the jury was that the child came to its death by foul means. The child was evidently murdered and placed there to mislead and conceal the crime. Steps should be taken to ferret out the guilty parties, and have them brought to justice.

 

UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1903
Infant Found in Highland Park
The decomposed body of an infant was found this afternoon by boys playing in Highland Park near the site of the old car barns. The body was apparently that of a week old infant, and was put in a starch box. The persons who put the body where it was found, under a pile of locust brush in a hollow near Washington school, had not the decency to throw some earth on it. The body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to ascertain whether it was that of a white or black child.

 

UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 22, 1916
Infant Found in Ridge Street Dump
The body of an infant evidently a few days old was found yesterday morning on the Ridge street dump by an amateur fisherman. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner John Berner.

 

UNKNOWN MANSource: Alton Telegraph, April 3, 1841
Unknown Man Died Violently - Buried At the Foot of the Bluffs
An inquest was held on the 28th inst. by I. B. Randle, Esq., upon the body of a white man found opposite Smeltzer's ferry in the Mississippi River. The jury, upon an examination of the body, returned a verdict that the deceased had come to his death by violence. From his appearance, he must have been in the water a great length of time. His ears, eyes and nose were entirely gone, and the greater portion of his hair. His throat was cut on the left side, the jugular vein being entirely severed, evidently by a sharp knife or instrument of some kind, and his shirt collar was also cut, apparently by the same instrument. There was nothing upon his person by which his name could be ascertained. He had on blue homemade jeans pantaloons, white cotton drawers and shirt, a frock coat of blue summer cloth, and a long woolen comforter around his neck. He was decently interred at the foot of the bluff near where he was found.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 3, 1842
Unknown Man Found
Upper Alton, Aug. 31, 1842. George T. M. Davis Esq.:
Sir - Yesterday evening I was called upon to hold an inquest on the body of a man, found dead by the side of the road leading from Alton to Edwardsville, near the lake on the west side of the farm of the late Chrisley Stout. His appearance would indicate a man of 35 or 40 years, about five feet nine inches in height, sandy complexion, stout make, some distance between the two upper front teeth, dressed in a mixed summer-cloth frock coat, nearly new, worsted vest (figured), blue jeans pants, coarse cotton shirt, and red flannel under shirt, white woolen socks, kip brogans, black fur hat (much worn); in his pocket, a small leather wallet, and seven machines for cutting screw taps, and three dies for cutting screws. He had stayed at Milton the night previous, and appeared somewhat deranged; said he had been on a spree at St. Louis, and that he was a blacksmith; and that he lived, or had worked, near Salem on the Vandalia road. No papers found by which his name could be ascertained. By inserting the above in the Telegraph, you might confer a favor on the family and friends of the deceased. Signed, George Smith, Justice of the Peace.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 17, 1842
Man Found in Cabin Near Buck Inn
On Monday evening last, the body of a man was found in a cabin near the Buck Inn, about two miles from this city [Alton], on the Carrolton road. Upon examination, it was discovered that his death was caused by the cutting of the main arteries of both arms. He was apparently a man about 40 years of age, well clad, and had a small bundle containing a pair of broadcloth pantaloons, a ladies shawl, and a bottle of whisky. The cabin has, for several weeks, been untenanted. A person passing by observed that the window was barricaded with rails, and the door closed; this led him to examine into the cause of these precautions. From the frozen state of the body, it had probably lain there several days. This undoubted act of suicide appears to have been committed with much deliberation. From the condition in which the body was found, he must have taken off his coat, turned up the sleeves of his shirt, and cut the arteries; then turned back his sleeves, put on his coat, buttoned it up, put the razor in his bosom, and placed himself in the usual position for the shroud. He was probably an Irishman, having several of O'Connel's speeches in his pockets, and from some marks upon him, is supposed to have been a sailor in the English Navy. His name was cut from his linen in two places. The initials T. W. M. C. were pricked upon his arm. A coroner's inquest has been held - verdict, suicide.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 10, 1844
Man Found on Sunflower Island
The body of an unknown man was discovered lodged at the head of the island opposite this city, on Tuesday morning last. Nothing was found on the person of the deceased by which his identity could be ascertained, but from appearances he was supposed to be the engineer of the steamer "Bee," who accidentally fell overboard about three weeks since and was drowned.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 7, 1847
Man Found in Mississippi
On Monday morning last, an inquest was held by William G. Pinckard, Esq., on the corpse of a man found lodged in some driftwood near the middle of the Mississippi River, opposite the eastern boundary of this city [Alton]. He appeared to have been three or four weeks in the water, and was probably a steamboat hand, but his name or place of residence could not be ascertained. A small sum of money was found in his pockets. He had on a dark colored overcoat, checked shirt, and coarse brogans, and supposed to be about thirty years old.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 16, 1847
Man Found in Mississippi
A coroner's inquest was held in this city [Alton] on Tuesday morning last, over the body of a man found in the river, a few feet from the wharf; but nothing was discovered from which his name or place of residence could be inferred. He was dressed in light summer clothing, and supposed to have fallen overboard from the steamboat Lehigh, on the preceding Saturday. His remains were decently interred in the City Cemetery.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 24, 1847
Man Found Below Shields' Branch
An inquest was held on Friday last by Frederick Weed, Esq. Coroner of this county, over the body of a man found about three quarters of a mile below Shields' Branch, on the cut road leading from the Edwardsville road to the river, but such was the condition of the remains which had been nearly devoured by the swine, that it was found impracticable to discover either the name of the individual, the place of his residence, or how he had come by his death. All that could be ascertained was that the deceased had red hair, and from the size of the bones, was apparently a small man. Near the body were found a fur cap with a black ribbon, a pair of domestic pantaloons, and a shirt of the same material, a pair of coarse homemade shoes, and a pair of socks. Subsequently to the inquest, a snuff-colored coat with black silk buttons, having a small silk handkerchief with white spots in one of the pockets, has been discovered at a short distance from the body, but nothing by which the person could be identified. It is supposed that the unfortunate man must have been dead about two months.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 24, 1850
German Found in Mississippi
An inquest was held by Major William Gill, Coroner of Madison County, on Saturday last, upon the body of a German, found in the Mississippi River, a short distance above the town of Clifton. The verdict of the jury was that the man came to his death by drowning, and that he had been in the water about five days. He was supposed to have been a boatman. Had on blue cloth pants, red flannel shirt, and light-colored roundabout. There was found about his person, two dollars and forty cents in silver, a snuff box, a razor, and a pair of scissors.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 24, 1850
Man Found in the Wood River Near Milton Bridge
Another inquest was also held on the body of a man found in the Wood River, a short distance below Milton bridge, about two o’clock on Sunday evening last. The jury found that this man came to his death by the voluntary discharge of the contents of a double-barreled pistol into his head, which passed in at the right side just above the ear. The deceased had a bundle of papers written in the German tongue, among which was one stating that God had given him his life, and had also made known to him that he should commit suicide. The other papers appear to be principally transcripts from the Bible. The deceased had on a black worsted frock coat – in one of his pockets was found a pint flash containing liquor – pantaloons of grey casinet, a white shirt, and heavy brogan shoes. He was about five feet, seven inches high, fair complexion, sandy beard, auburn hair, broad full face. He was supposed to be thirty-five years of age. A double-barreled pistol was found near him, with a broken cap on each tube, and both barrels empty. A bundle of clothes was also found on a log near the deceased. It was supposed he had been dead about thirty-six hours.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, October 21, 1858
(Died possibly during the Lincoln-Douglas debates)
Esq. Middleton yesterday afternoon held an inquest upon the body of a man found floating in the river. He was about five and a half feet high, twenty-five years old, and was dressed in a blue shirt and overalls. Nothing was found to identify him. He had the appearance of a steamboat hand. The jury rendered a verdict of accidental drowning.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 21, 1861
Man Found in Mississippi at Clifton
Dr. G. T. Allen, Coroner for Madison County, held an inquest over the body of a man found drowned in the Mississippi River, on the 18th instant, at Clifton, about four miles above Alton – name unknown. The jury elicited the following facts: Height about five feet and ten inches; weight about 100 pounds; hair black, no whiskers; dark complexion; had on blue drilling shirt; dark Kentucky Jonas pants; kip brogan shoes; and cotton socks.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 9, 1862
Soldier Drowns in Mississippi
Justice Middleton was called upon yesterday to hold an inquest for a body found in the river below Alton. The jury decided that the deceased came to his death by drowning in the Mississippi. There was found on the body a military overcoat, blue pants and undercoat. There was found on his person a small silver watch and four dollars and fourteen cents in money; also a note of hand drawn to favor of A. M. Beese, but the name of the _____ had been torn off. His haversack was marked Company I, Michigan Regiment. It will be remembered that some two weeks since, we noticed the fact that one of the soldiers of the 14th Regiment of Michigan Volunteers, when they were just on the point of leaving this port, onboard the steamer David Tatum, one of the men fell overboard and was drowned. The individual upon whom the inquest was held yesterday is evidently the one who was drowned at that time.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 1, 1862
Body Found at Clifton
William G. Pinckard, Esq., acting Coroner, held an inquest upon the body of an unknown man at Clifton, four or five miles above Alton, on the 25th last. The corpse was very much decayed, and the only facts elicited in the case was that he probably came to his death by drowning, as there were no marks of violence on his person. He was of ordinary size, dressed in linen pants, coarse cotton shirt and heavy boots. Supposed to have been a hand on some steamboat. No papers were found or anything to indicate his name.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 4, 1863
William G. Pinckard, Esq., acting coroner of Madison County, held an inquest on the 25th of November at Hop Hollow, a few miles above Alton, upon the body of a small man, name unknown. The corpse was very much decayed. He was clothed in a fine black satinet pair of pants, check shirt, with a white undershirt, coarse shoes, and yarn socks. He had in his pocket $14.25 in United States bills.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 6, 1864
A laborer in the quarry near the roundhouse on the Chicago railroad was killed yesterday by the derrick falling upon him. We did not learn his name.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 20, 1897
Man Found Near Edwardsville Crossing
Coroner Bailey held an inquest yesterday on the body of the man who was taken sick near Edwardsville Crossing Saturday morning, and who died after being in the hospital but an hour. There was nothing in the unfortunate's clothes to identify him, but he is thought to have been a man who worked in the vicinity of the Crossing for some time. No one knew his name. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes, and the body was interred in Milton cemetery by order of Supervisor Loehr.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1901
Man Found In Mississippi River
The body of a floater, a negro, was found in the Mississippi river at the foot of Ridge street, Sunday afternoon by two boys who were playing in that vicinity. The discovery was reported to Deputy Coroner Streeper, and he proceeded to hold an inquest. The body was apparently that of a laboring man, and was dressed in overalls. One side of the face was badly mashed, and it is believed the man fell overboard from the Spread Eagle at the Alton wharf several months ago. The body of a roustabout lost then was not found, and it is supposed it lodged under the wharf boat until dislodged recently by the current.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 9, 1901
Body of Negro Found Floating at Hop Hollow With Crushed Skull
The body of a negro was found floating in the river at Hop Hollow last night by George Dick, a laborer employed by Joseph Golike, loading a stone barge. Deputy Coroner Streeper, who held the inquest last evening, thinks the man may have been murdered, as the right side of his head was crushed in and the appearance of the fracture indicated that it was caused by a blow from a heavy club. There were no papers on the body to identify it. coroner Streeper says he thinks the man was a deckhand on a steamboat, and that he was murdered and thrown in the river. The body was dressed in a dark suit of clothes and was that of a man weighing about 160 pounds, and 5 feet 8 inches in height. Mr. Streeper took charge of the body and had it buried today. He having no friends, it is probably the death of the man will not be investigated, and his murderer will probably not be discovered.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 27, 1901
Tramp Commits Suicide by Stepping in Front of C. & A. Train
A poor old man, a tramp without a home, deliberately killed himself this noon by stepping in the way of the C. & A. Prairie State Express near the glassworks. The old man was apparently about 65 years of age, and his clothes and condition indicated he was a tramp. No one knew him and it is probably he left no one to mourn. His head was split open and his body mangled under the wheels of the engine. Engineer Germain said after the accident that a case of suicide was clear. The tramp was standing beside the track watching the on-coming train and was looking straight in the face of the engineer. Germain saw him standing there and expected him to step away. When the train was six feet away the old man deliberately stepped on the track and was instantly killed. He had lost one leg and was using a wooden stump to assist him in walking. Coroner Streeper was notified and he had the body removed from the railroad track to his undertaking establishment. The inquest was held this afternoon at the undertaking establishment of Deputy Coroner Streeper. A verdict of death from suicide was found. No marks were found on the man to identify him. He arrived in Alton last evening, and was seen in the vicinity of Second and Washington streets, where he slept last night. He seemed to be deeply depressed, and was then in a pitiable condition from heat and suffering.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1901
Mysterious Suicide Found Near Brick Plant in North Alton
The dead body of a man in an advanced state of decomposition, indicating that death occurred six weeks ago, was found yesterday afternoon in a dense growth of timber and underbrush on the Youngblood estate, near the North Alton brick plant. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified and is trying to discover who the stranger suicide is. The body was leaning against an old sycamore tree, and was apparently that of a man about 55 years of age. Decomposition had advanced so far that the features would be unrecognizable, and ordinary means of identification can not be used. Beside the man's right hand was a 38 caliber revolver, one chamber empty. In his pockets were a gold watch, Standard Watch Company make, case number 81,624, number of works 1,672.549. A memorandum book sold at Pittsfield, Ill. was found in the pocket, also some little trinkets and a small amount of money. The coroner's jury found a verdict of suicide. The body was clothed in a brown checked suit, and the appearance of the clothes indicated that the man had been well-to-do. The place where the body was found is out of the way and would not have been visited, only the man who found the body was attracted there by the stench arising from the body. Deputy Coroner Streeper has telegraphed to the makers of the watch to trace it up and discover if possible to whom it was sold.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1901
Well-Dressed Stranger Killed by Big Four Train
Deputy Coroner Streeper has a question to solve that is an interesting one. A body of a young man, apparently about 30 years old, was found Tuesday night by the Big Four tracks, less than two miles from East Alton. The body was well dressed and was attired in a neat suit of new clothes. The cut of the clothes is the latest. The body is mangled almost beyond identification, but the appearance is that the young man was fine looking. It is supposed that he fell from a passenger train on the Big Four upon which he was a passenger, but this is not certainly known. The body was discovered by the engineer of a freight train passing south on the Big Four about 9 o'clock. The discovery was reported at East Alton, and Deputy Coroner Streeper took charge of the body. It is being held in the Streeper undertaking establishment in Upper Alton for identification. An inquest was held this morning, and a verdict was found that the young man came to his death by accident. Not a paper was found on the body by which it could be identified, and there were no marks to indicate that the young man's death was accomplished by foul means. The face is smooth shaven and the general appearance is that of a well-groomed person of affluent circumstances. It is hoped that something will be learned from the passengers or crew of the Big Four passenger train, if the young man was a passenger on the train. The description of the body as taken by Deputy Coroner Streeper is as follows: Height: 5 feet, 9 inches; light brown hair and blue eyes; smooth shaven face, covered with smallpox marks. On the body was a black overcoat, gray chevlot coat and vest, dark blue flannel shirt, dark check trousers, blue ribbed fleece-lined underwear, gray socks. The clothes are good and in the pockets were found $4. A hat sold by J. L. Wright at Des Moines, Iowa was found beside the body. It has been learned that the dead man had been staying around East Alton for a few days and was with a companion. Both men had been drinking heavily and stayed at the Herman hotel the night previous to the one when the stranger met his death. He was not drinking Tuesday night, and how he came to be killed is not known. One theory is that he attempted to climb a train on the grade where he was killed, and missing his footing he fell under the wheels.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 16, 1901
Deputy Coroner Streeper has made a discovery that may disclose a motive in the killing of the stranger found on the Big Four tracks near East Alton, November 26. It is now supposed that the man was murdered and placed on the Big Four tracks to conceal the evidences of a crime. On the body of the man was found no other mark than that on the back of the head of the corpse, where a heavy blow may have been dealt with a coupling pin. Deputy Coroner Streeper has held the body for identification, and this fact has led to the finding of $74.20 that might have been buried with the body but for developments after it had been embalmed. Within the sleeve of the undershirt on the corpse was found a packet containing $70. The money was sewed securely into the inner part of the shirt where it would escape any but a most thorough searcher. With the stranger, before his death, was a dapper looking young man who was drinking at the East Alton saloons with the man afterward found dead. For several days the couple stayed at East Alton, and the man now at Streeper's undertaking establishment is known to have paid all the bills for hotel expenses and for drinks. He seemed to have plenty of money and told people who drank with him that he was taking his last spree. He said that he was in the habit of going on periodical drinking sprees and that he had left home to avoid disgracing his family. When he was over the spree, he intended to return home. Since the night the body was found, no trace of the well dressed young man who accompanied the unidentified stranger has been found. Deputy Coroner Streeper has authorized the following description of the dead man to facilitate the discovery of his identity: "Height 5 feet 6 inches; weight about 150 pounds; sandy hair; smooth shaven; two teeth missing on right side of upper jaw close to front; small pox pits all over his face and forehead, deeper on forehead than on face; blue flannel shirt with pockets on each side; dark gray cheviot coat and vest; dark blue striped pants with green thread on inside of vest pocket bearing label of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Hair Clothing Co.; bears inscription on label with ink (E. G. Larson), dark blue Kersey overcoat with welt seams, raw edge and black velvet collar, black satin lining, one inside pocket on facing; black derby hat, size 7 1/8, bought at J. L. Wright's, Des Moines, Ia.; pair black dongola No. 7 shoes, hole cut in right shoe account of sore toe; black string tie; kid mits; blue ribbed fleece-lined underwear. The man appears to be about 30 years of age. Linen is marked, 'R. Y.'"

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1903
Man Found on Railroad Tracks
Friday morning at daylight the dead body of a man was found by switchmen, lying on the tracks in the Chicago and Alton yards at Seventh and Piasa streets. There had been some box cars standing in the yards all night, and at 4 o'clock this morning the switch engine was hitched to the cars and they were taken away. It is supposed the unfortunate man had crawled under the cars to get out of the rain and had fallen asleep leaning over on the rail. His body was badly mangled and there was nothing about his clothing that would lead to his identity. He had the appearance of being about 30 years old. Deputy Coroner Streeper took charge of the body and removed it to his undertaking establishment in Upper Alton, and will hold an inquest this evening. There was nothing in the pockets of the man that would lead to his identity. He had a package of smoking tobacco and a book of cigarette papers in his pockets, and a slip of paper that was supposed to be a time check of some company for whom he had worked. The name of the first partner of the firm was torn off and all that remained was "& Fell." The man had been loafing around Alton for three days, the police say, but nobody learned his name. He is said to have told a saloon keeper that he was from Kansas City.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1904
Rats Devour Suicide's Body
The unidentified body of a man, which rats had devoured until it would be almost unrecognizable if known, was found hanging in a barn on George Beer's place near Oldenburg, Monday morning. Deputy Coroner Streeper brought the body to Upper Alton last night and is holding it a short time. The man had apparently been dead since December 23, as he was seen about Oldenburg on that day and was drinking. He said then he had no money and begged for a drink. The clothing on the body was good and the appearance of the man would indicate that he had been in good circumstances. The hanging was done with a light rope which the suicide adjusted to a beam overhead and then tied about his neck as he stood on the floor. Then he left himself down by bending his legs at the knees and there he hung until he slowly strangled to death. Rats had eaten about the face, limbs and body of the man until the sight was disgusting. Deceased was about five feet ten inches, about sixty years old, wore a striped suit, had sandy gray chin whiskers and hair. Not a scrap of paper was in the pockets of the clothing except a piece of newspaper which bore a likeness of Governor Yates. The barn where the suicide occurred is in an unfrequented spot far from the Beer's home and is a tumbled structure. It happened yesterday that the barn was visited and the discovery of the body was made.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1904
Man Killed by Train
A tramp was run down and instantly killed by the Big Four plug train this morning, Engineer Quiggles and Conductor Charles Miller. The man was lying near a fire he had built at the C. and A. crossing over the Big Four track west of East Alton. Engineer Quiggles said that the man must have left his fire behind the embankment and walked directly down the hill to the Big Four track just in time to be struck by the Big Four train. He was not seen although a sharp lookout was being kept, and it was not known the man was struck until his body, rolling under the train, broke the air pipe and set the brakes on the train, stopping it immediately. The body was horribly mangled and was picked up later and taken to East Alton, where Deputy Coroner C. N. Streeper held an inquest. Not a scrap of paper was found on the person of the dead man. The shoes the man wore appeared not to have been off his feet for months, and he was a typical tramp.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1904
Mangled Body of Unknown Man Found Lying Beside Railroad Track
The body of an unknown man was found lying beside the Big Four track about one mile east of East Alton Wednesday morning. It is supposed that the man either fell or was thrown from a train during the night and was dragged a distance of half a mile before the wheels released the fragments of the body and it lay beside the track. Parts of the body were found strewed a half mile up and down the track, and the head has not been found. There is nothing upon the fragments of clothing to indicate whose the body was. The section hands were obliged to pick up the fragments with shovels and load them on a hand car to be taken to the East Alton depot. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified of the finding of the body. The clothing upon the remains, while torn to shreds, seemed to indicate that the man was not a common tramp. The shoes were a good quality of hunting boots and the one hand found did not appear to be that of an idler. The theory has been advanced that the man may have been thrown from a train some time during the night and had lain there a long time when the body was found Wednesday morning.

 

UNKNOWN MAN "DOG"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 9, 1904
DECKHAND DROWNS
A negro roustabout [deckhand] on the Spread Eagle, name unknown, who was on the steamer's list as "Dog," the only name by which he was known, fell off the boat about 2 o'clock Tuesday morning while the Spread Eagle was making a landing at the Alton wharf. An effort was being made to raise the stage plank, and four men were detailed to hold the end of the plank while the rope was passed around the winch for raising it. The men let the plank slip and it fell, bounding from the deck into the river, and with it went the unknown negro. In the excitement the man drowned. He must have been knocked unconscious by the blow from the stage, which struck him in the stomach, as he made no effort to get hold of the stage when it fell into the river, by which he might have saved his life. No effort was made to recover the body after it disappeared.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 30, 1904
Unidentified Burglar Buried
Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer buried the unidentified burglar, killed Thursday morning in Yager Park by Nicholas Schwegel. Many people viewed the body in the city building, and some thought that he was a former Alton man, but no one appeared to identify the body positively. The body was buried in Milton cemetery this afternoon. Mr. Samuel Ryan of State street viewed the body of the dead man Friday afternoon, and said he was almost positive it is that of his half-brother, Frank Jiles [Giles?], who left here about a year ago. Mr. Ryan says the only point that causes doubt in his mind is the absence of teeth in the front of his mouth, but that his half-brother might have lost his teeth. Otherwise the dead man bears a remarkable resemblance to Jiles. Mr. Ryan will try to communicate with Jiles' wife.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1906
Man Found in Shed Behind Saloon
An old man, unidentified, died yesterday afternoon in a shed back of the saloon at Edwardsville Crossing, formerly conducted by Joe Cooper. The old man had been staying around the place four or five hours before his body was found lifeless in the shed. There was nothing by which to identify him. Coroner Streeper was summoned to hold an inquest, and he took the body to Upper Alton. The man was dressed as a laborer. The jury impaneled by the coroner found a verdict of death from exposure and drink.

 

UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 27, 1908
Man Killed At Benbow City
Coroner C. N. Streeper this afternoon buried in Milton cemetery the remains of an unidentified man who was killed at Benbow City by one of the railroads a few weeks ago, and who had in his possession an Eagle lodge pin. Coroner Streeper said that he had kept the body for the length of time in an effort to identify him. The lodge pin was of no aid in the identification because the number of the local lodge to which the man belonged was not on the pin. The body was well preserved in spite of the several weeks that it had been kept.

 

UNKNOWN PERSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 25, 1904
Skeleton Found in Piasa Creek
Henry Heitzman found the skeleton of a man or woman, which is impossible to know, lying in the Piasa creek near the bridge where the Jerseyville road crosses Piasa creek near the division line of Madison and Jersey counties, northwest of Godfrey, Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock. There was not over three pounds of flesh left on the bones. Dogs had devoured the flesh, and if there was any clothing on the body at the time of death they had dragged it away, and there was nothing to indicate to the casual observer whether the body was that of a white or a black man or woman. The only part of the body upon which any flesh remained was one hand and the heel of one foot. The bones had been chewed by the dogs and carried away in part. The findings of the body caused a sensation in the vicinity where it occurred. Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer was summoned to hold an inquest, and late Monday night he impaneled a jury. Standing in a drizzling rain, the coroner administered the oath to the jury in a cornfield beside the remains of the body, and after the jury had found a verdict that the body was that of an unknown person of unknown sex who came to death in manner unknown to the jury, the body was buried near where it was found. Deputy Coroner Bauer says that the body must have been dead at least four months. It is possible the person was in Piasa creek trying to cross it when the creek was high, and had removed his clothing; that the body may have been carried down the creek a long distance to the place where it was found. The absence of any fragment of clothing on the bones seems to indicate this. Mr. Bauer says the formation of the skull is that of a negro, but it might be that of a white man; that one way the remaining hand looks like a woman's, and in another way it resembles a man's hand. Farmers living in the vicinity say that three weeks ago a crazy man appeared in the neighborhood, poorly dressed and acting in an insane manner. He disappeared, and it is supposed that the remains found are those of the stranger lunatic.

 

UNKNOWN, SOLDIER/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 30, 1862
We understand that on yesterday, a sick soldier in the military hospital in this city, in a state of mental derangement, jumped out of the third story of the building, and was so seriously injured that he died during the night. We have not learned his name or former place of residence.

 

UNTERBRINK, LUCILLE MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 2, 1922
Dies Following Surgery
Miss Lucille Margaret Unterbrink, 28, died Wednesday night at 10:20 o'clock at the Missouri Baptist Sanitarium in St. Louis following a surgical operation for the relief of a throat affliction trouble, which had been troubling her for some time. She was taken to the hospital a week ago to receive treatments, preparatory to undergoing the operation, which was performed Tuesday morning. Surgical pneumonia developed, and her condition became serious immediately. The members of her family were summoned, and remained with her until death came. Miss Unterbrink had been ill for several months. A young woman interested in athletics and other young women's activities, she fought valiantly to ward off her affliction. Though it had been thought for some time that Miss Unterbrink would not recover, she displayed the greatest courage and fortitude in the face of a fatal malady. She was a member of the 1916 June graduating class of the Alton High School, and was the first of her class to die. After her graduation from high school she became a secretary in the offices of the Western Cartridge Co., and later in the offices of the Duncan Foundry and Machine Co. She became interested in Y. W. C. A. work, and was one of the association's most ardent workers. She was a leader in athletic classes and a willing helper in all other activities. It has been said of Miss Unterbrink that she was never too occupied to help. Whenever her services were requested, she responded willingly and gave of her best efforts for the association. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Club of the Y. W. C. A. She was an active member of the Congregational church, and taught a class in the Sunday school. When she became ill some months ago, Miss Unterbrink refused to give up her work. She insisted upon doing her share and often more than her share of the work connected with the young women's organization. Miss Unterbrink was a young woman of charming disposition and her unfailing good nature and willingness to be of service to others made for her countless friends who are grieved by her death. Besides her many friends, Miss Unterbrink leaves to mourn her death, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Unterbrink, one sister, Miss Helen Gertrude Unterbrink. Two grandmothers, Mrs. Sophia Meyer of east Broadway, and Mrs. Margaret Unterbrink of east Fourth street. The body was removed to the family home at 648 east Fourth street, from St. Louis this afternoon. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. C. E. Smith of the Congregational church officiating. The interment will be in the City cemetery. It has not been decided where the funeral will be held from.

 

UNVERZAGHT, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1900
Fosterburg News - William Unverzaght, who lived with his mother about one mile north of town, died Sunday after an illness with lung fever. He was 37 years of age and unmarried. He was a prominent member of the German M. E. church, a faithful attendant. He owned a farm about two miles from his mother's home, upon which he had built a very nice residence, but had not been occupied by him. Funeral services took place at the M. E. church on Tuesday.

 

UPCRAFT, EMMA (nee INVEEN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 15, 1920
Alton Woman Dies at Post in Mission Work in China
Mrs. Emma Inveen Upcraft, a missionary in China, died yesterday from cancer, according to a dispatch received through the General Board of Promotions of the Northern Baptist convention at New York. Mrs. Upcraft was a native of Alton and a daughter of Mrs. Inveen, who still resides on Henry street next to the Evangelical Church. In 1879 she went to China and she was married after years of service there to Charles Upcraft. The couple continued their missionary work together for a while, and then they began working independently. Beside her mother she leaves one sister, Mrs. A. E. Bassett of Los Angeles, Calif. The mother, who resides in Alton, is far advanced in years and for a number of years has been practically disabled as the result of a fall she had in her home. Capt. Inveen, the father of Mrs. Upcraft, died many years ago. Mrs. Upcraft was known to many Alton people, notwithstanding her long period of service in China. She had made several trips back home and those who had opportunity to hear her speak enjoyed her appearances before audiences during her furloughs from duty. She was a talented speaker and she was a great drawing card wherever her name was announced for a talk on mission work in China. Rev. M. W. Twing contributed the following: The morning paper reports that a cablegram was received at New York from Chenut, China, announcing the death of Mrs. Emma Inveen Upcraft at that place on December 14. Cancer was given as the cause of her death. This news will bring regret and sadness to the many friends of Mrs. Upcraft here in Alton who were associated with her in her early life and who have known of her work as a missionary in China since 1879. She was born in Alton about sixty-two years ago and graduated from the public schools after which she taught for a number of years. She became a member of the First Baptist Church and was recognized as a leader in Christian work among the young people. She was possessed of a bright, strong mind which she dedicated fully to the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth. Her labors in various fields in China, in teaching and in evangelistic work, were very useful. She was stationed at different times at Ningpo. Yachow, Suifu, Yunnan and Chentu. She was married December 1, 1896, to Rev. William M. Upcraft, who died at Yunnan a few years ago. Mrs. Upcraft had a rare and sympathetic understanding of the Chinese character and a remarkable grasp of things Chinese. Her visits to Alton were always occasions, not only of reviving old acquaintances, but also of enkindling fresh enthusiasm for the great work to which she had devoted her life. Mrs. Upcraft is survived by her sister, Mrs. A. E. Bassett, of Los Angeles, Calif., and her stepmother, Mrs. Mary Inveen of Henry street. Her niece, Miss Beulah E. Bassett, formerly of Alton, for several years stationed at Suifu, West China, has recently been assigned to a position in Chentu and probably arrived at that place just before her aunt's death.

 

UTT, GARRETT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1917
Garrett Utt, aged 84, died this morning at 1:10 o'clock at his home, 229 West Twelfth street, after a long period of disability due to weakness of old age. Mr. Utt had been a resident of Alton for many years. He was born in Alton February 5, 1833, but soon afterwards with his parents left Alton. He returned here just as he was coming into young manhood and he spent almost all of the remainder of his life in Alton. He was twice married. He leaves his wife and six children, two of them, Mrs. Sophronia Mareing of Alton, and Sidney Utt of Wichita, Kan., by the former marriage, and Thomas Utt of St. Louis, Louis of Webster, Fla., August M. Utt of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Lena Timmons of Alton by the last marriage. Mr. Utt leaves 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the First Baptist church in which Mr. Utt held membership, and burial will be in the City Cemetery.

 

UTT, UNKNOWN CHILD OF C. E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 13, 1903
The 6 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Utt died last night from an attack of whooping cough. The baby had been ill for three weeks, but it appeared to be better yesterday. This morning when the mother awoke, she found the child dead in bed. The father was at his work in the lead plant at the time of the child's death. Interment in Shipman.

 

UZZELL, GEORGE C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 21, 1907
Born in St. Jacob, Madison County in 1833, Man Dies After Sun Stroke
George Carr Uzzell, father of County Superintendent John C. Uzzell, died at his home in Bethalto at 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. He was aged 74 years. Mr. Uzzell was surrounded by the members of his family at the time of his death. Two months ago Mr. Uzzell was sun struck, and laid in the hot sun for several hours before he was found. He never rallied from this illness, the end coming yesterday afternoon. The deceased leaves a wife several years his junior, and six children, three daughters and three sons as follows: Mrs. J. E. Kelsey and Mrs. Florence Day, both of Bethalto; Mrs. T. C. Preuitt of Canyon City, Colorado; and John U. Uzzell, County Superintendent of Schools, residing at Alton; Charles A. of Granite City; and Albert W. of Staunton, Illinois. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Bethalto Methodist Church. The death of Mr. Uzzell removes one of the pioneer residents of Madison county. He had lived here for almost three quarters of a century, and his father came here almost a century ago, having removed to St. Jacob after the battle of New Orleans in January 1815, where he fought under Andy Jackson. For the past twelve years Mr. Uzzell has been retired, living a quiet life in Bethalto. Up to that time he had been active as a farmer, and during his life held many positions of trust in the township in which he lived.

 

UZZELL, MALINDA LOUISE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 20, 1919
Mrs. John U. Uzzell, a former resident of Alton and a wife of a former county superintendent of schools, died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday at her old home in Foster township where she had been living for some time. Mrs. Uzzell was well known in Alton, her husband having for a few years served as principal of Humboldt school, prior to his taking the office of county superintendent of schools. Mrs. Emma Uzzell, of Alton, was summoned to Fosterburg yesterday by news of the serious illness of her sister-in-law. Mrs. Uzzell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Neuhaus. She is survived by her aged parents, several sisters, and one son, Robert, and a daughter, Mabel. Mrs. Uzzell was 50 years of age, and death was due to uraemic poisoning. Her maiden name was Malinda Louise Uzzell [should be Neuhaus?].

 

UZZELL, MARY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 21, 1914
Widow of George C. Uzzell
Mrs. Mary J. Uzzell, widow of George C. Uzzell, died at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Kelsey, at Fifteenth and Henry streets, after a twenty-four hour illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Uzzell was taken ill about four years ago, and while she regained much of her strength, she was never completely well since then. She had been a resident of Alton about six years, moving here soon after the death of her husband, who died at the family home at Bethalto. She was born in Bond County, and lived there until 1866, when she moved to Madison County and settled down at Bethalto. There she stayed until after her husband died. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Kelsey of Alton; Mrs. Larkin C. Prewitt of Canon City, Colo; Mrs. Florence L. Day of East Alton; and three sons, John U. of Alton; Charles A. of Granite City; and Albert W. Uzzell of Staunton. Mrs. Prewitt is on her way to Alton, expecting to reach here in time to see her mother alive. Mrs. Uzzell was 75 years old last August. She had been suffering from general debility, and had been growing weaker steadily when the attack of pneumonia came just 24 hours before she died. Mrs. Uzzell was a deeply religious woman, and she held a membership in the Methodist Church for many years. She was highly esteemed in the community where she lived many years, and when she came to Alton she made many friends here. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning. There will be short services at the Kelsey home at 8:30 o'clock, and the cortege will leave there at ____ o'clock for the Methodist Church at Bethalto, where services will be conducted by Rev. W. T. Cline of Alton and Rev. J. J. Armitage of Bethalto. Burial will be in the Bethalto Cemetery beside the body of her husband.

 

UZZELL, WALTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1905
Walter Uzzell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Uzzell of 609 east Fourth street, died at St. Joseph's hospital at 1:30 o'clock Friday morning after a short illness with appendicitis. The boy was taken ill a few days ago at school and was sent home, where medical examination showed him to be suffering from a very advanced case of appendicitis. An operation was performed on the boy Wednesday at the hospital and the conditions were found to be very bad, inflammation having advanced until the child's life was in a desperate condition. He was 13 years of age, and a bright, intelligent lad, and his death is a sad shock to the members of his family and his many friends. He is a son of Principal John U. Uzzell of Humboldt school. The funeral services will take place at the family home on Fourth street, Sunday morning at ten o'clock. Rev. M. H. Ewers and Rev. S. D McKenny officiating. The body will be taken to Fosterburg for interment. Services at Fosterburg will be at the Baptist church. The body will lie in state all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Friends desiring, can view the body on those days.

 

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