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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.


ULLRICH, FRANCIS H. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 2, 1886
Dr. Francis H. Ullrich, long a resident of Alton, and highly esteemed, died Tuesday after a long and painful illness, at the age of 59 years. He was born at Stettam on the Oder, Germany. He was a medical graduate, a druggist by profession, and was engaged in the drug business when seized with his fatal illness. He was for a time U. S. Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue, but resigned the office some months ago. He left a widow, Mrs. Dorothea Ullrich; a son, Mr. Henry Ullrich; and a daughter, Mrs. John Beneze, to mourn his death. The funeral will take place from the family residence on Washington Street, under the auspices of Prospect Lodge No. 4, I.O.M.A., and Germania Lodge No. 299, I.O.O.F., of both of which orders deceased was a member.


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.


ULRICH, UNKNOWN WIFE OF CHRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 7, 1899
Mrs. Chris Ulrich died last night at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she had been taken to have an operation performed for cancer. Mrs. Ulrich was 58 years of age, and highly respected by a large circle of acquaintances. Beside her husband, who is weighmaster at the city hall scales, Mrs. Ulrich leaves one son, William C. Ulrich. The funeral services will be tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home on Belle Street, near Third.


UMBARGER, GERTRUDE/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 15, 1880
Gertrude, the infant child of Mr. W. A. Umbarger, telegraph night operator at the Chicago & Alton freight depot, died this morning at Mrs. Fowler’s boarding house, at the age of seven months, of cholera infantum. The sympathies of our citizens will be extended to the bereaved parents, especially as they are comparative strangers in our midst. The remains will be taken this evening to Caseyville for interment.


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
Alton 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, Missouri. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Grace Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


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/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 6, 1853
For sometime past, a coffin has been lying exposed on an island in the river near Madison, Illinois. It contains the body of someone who died on board of a steamboat, perhaps, and was buried so carelessly that the few inches of sand which covered it was washed away by the river, leaving the coffin exposed. This morning, Captain Lamothe of the Altona, while on his way down, observed the coffin. He instantly landed his boat, went ashore with his hands, selected a proper spot of ground, and buried the body and the coffin in the right manner. This gentleman is deserving of much credit for the act.


UNKNOWN BOY/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 30, 1849
An inquest was held yesterday late noon by S. W. Robbins, Esq., acting Coroner of this county, over the body of a young lad, found in the Mississippi River, near the mouth of Shields’ Branch, about one mile below Alton, when the jury returned a verdict of which the following is the substance: That the deceased was about 15 years of age; had on a satinet roundabout, blue cassinet pantaloons, with patches upon the knees, a check shirt, brogans and woolen hose; and had cause of his death by drowning. His right shoulder was broken, and he had some pretty severe bruises upon his forehead, but whether the result of accident or violence, the jury could not determine. It was supposed that the body had been in the water five or six weeks before it was discovered.


UNKNOWN, BOY FROM MARINE/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 10, 1872
A German boy near Marine, in Madison County, picked up a double-barreled shotgun and jammed the butt of it on the ground, remarking that he didn’t believe it was loaded. He was sadly mistaken, however, as the jarring discharged both barrels, sending two charges of turkey shot through his head, killing him instantly.


UNKNOWN, CHARLEY/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 21, 1881
Foul Play Suspected
A man was found dead in Coppinger & Biggins stone quarry, a short distance above the water works, last Thursday, by the men who work near the place. He was lying prone on his back, just at the foot of the perpendicular ledge of rock, which at that point is from 50 to 75 feet high. At first sight, it was supposed that the man had fallen down the precipice, but an investigation of the body showed that it was not crushed and lacerated as must have been the case had he fallen such a distance. Coroner Youree arrived, and after impaneling a jury, proceeded to hold an inquest. An examination of the body revealed that three or four deep wounds were inflicted on the back of the head with some blunt weapon, the skull being badly fractured. There were also some slight bruises on the body, but the wounds on the head were sufficient to cause death. Deceased was about 30 or 35 years old, brown hair and mustache. Nothing was found on his person. He was clothed in a check shirt, jeans pants, and heavy shoes. The body was wet and covered with mud, showing that it had laid out in the rain storm the latter part of the night.

George Souerwine testified to the jury that he saw deceased somewhat “full” at the Empire House last night at 9 o’clock, and that he asked for liquor, but was refused.

Charles Sethman testified that he had known deceased for the past eight or ten days, and had worked with him near the Bush place in the Bottom, and that he came here with him at 2:35 yesterday. His name was Charley _______. Did not know his surname. He was a Norwegian. Saw him alive at the Empire House, he was under the influence of liquor. He left him apparently asleep on the sidewalk at that place. Did not know that he had any money, except a little change.

Hugo Thau, a boarder at the Empire House, saw the deceased last night. He was intoxicated, and at one time was under the lamp on the sidewalk, counting a roll of paper money, also some silver. He boasted before a considerable crowd of having plenty of money.

Eli Stone, clerk at the Empire House, testified that deceased was there last night in a drunken state, and somewhat noisy. Asked for whisky, but was refused. Saw him last on the sidewalk nodding. No suspicious characters were about him.

The verdict was that deceased came to his death through violence at the hands of some party unknown. Judging from the evidence and the circumstances surrounding this case, it was “murder most foul” for the purpose of robbery, with no clue to the perpetrators of the foul act. Such was the violence of the storm that not a track nor a drop of blood remained near the corpse, or anywhere in the vicinity, to afford a trace of the murderers. It may always remain a mystery, yet often in such cases, “murder will out,” and we hope it may be so in this instance.

Later – The preliminary examination of Ed Haff, charged with complicity in the murder of the unknown Norwegian, Charley, took place Saturday afternoon. Deputy Sheriff Rudershausen certainly deserves credit for the skillful and able manner in which he worked up the case, especially as the murdered man was friendless and unknown, and no reward offered for the apprehension of those engaged in the “deep damnation of his taking off.” A strong array of circumstantial evidence let to the arrest of the accused, who is a young man of 17 or 18 years of age. He was seen with the murdered man at a late hour the night of July 13, the last time the stranger was seen alive. The prisoner, Haff, was observed about 4 o’clock the morning of July 14, coming down the levee past the water works, his clothing muddy and bespattered, and was seen going to his home on State Street soon afterwards, entering the back way. It was shown he had in his possession a handful of money that day, a suspicious circumstance in itself, as he had no visible means of support. Mr. Thomas looked out at a window of Stumpf’s house about 4 o’clock Thursday morning, and saw Ed Haff go home, entering by the back way from William Street, and the alley north of Hart’s livery stable. He was muddy to the knees.

After the evidence of the witnesses for the people, attorney for the defense moved the discharge of the prisoner on the ground that there was no evidence to hold. After consultation, however, the justices said they would hear further evidence before deciding the case. Mrs. Haff testified she gave her son a $5 dollar bill the morning of the 14th, with instructions to go to St. Louis and redeem some articles left in pawn there several months ago by her daughter, since deceased. She stated her son missed the train, did not go to St. Louis, got the bill changed, spent part of the money, and when he came home at 2 o’clock, returned $4.60 or $4.70 of the amount, having spent the remainder. Mrs. Haff testified her son acted as watchman on a boat or barge some distance above the water works. John Haff testified that his son, the accused, was watching on a barge near Armstrong’s lime kilns from 12:30 until daylight Thursday morning, the 14th.

At the close of the evidence, the court adjourned. The trial resulted in the accused being committed to jail for trial at the next term of the circuit court. A mittimus was issued, signed by both Justices, and with this, Deputy Sheriff Rudershausen took the prisoner to the Edwardsville jail.

Source: Alton Telegraph, August 4, 1881
The re-hearing of the case of Ed Hall, charged with murder, was held before Judge Watts in the city courtroom Wednesday. The evidence was about the same as that at the preliminary examination. After hearing the case, which took the most of the forenoon, Judge Watts decided to admit the prisoner to bail in the sum of $3,500. He was taken back to jail at the county seat, not being able to procure a bail bond.

The Trail of Ed Haff
Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 6, 1882
Ed Haff was found guilty, and sentenced to 14 years in the penitentiary.


UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 16, 1853
Yesterday morning, Coroner Robbins held an inquest over the dead body of an infant child, found floating in a pond in Hunter’s Addition to Alton. No marks of violence were found upon the body, though there was reason to suppose it had come to its death by foul means, and had been in the water a number of days. The jury rendered verdict accordingly.


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 Telegraph, March 6, 1868
Infant Found in Box Near Alton City Cemetery
Late on Saturday afternoon, the assistant superintendent of the Alton City Cemetery found, near the south entrance of the enclosure, a box containing the body of a male infant, apparently stillborn. The child was neatly clothed. The box in which the body was placed was a common starch box. The person, or persons, who deposited it in the cemetery gained an entrance by forcing some panels off the gate. The child was probably thus secretly placed in the cemetery for two reasons – first, in order to conceal a crime, and second, to secure for the remains a decent interment. The whole affair is involved in mystery.

Justice Quarton, as soon as the circumstance was reported to him, impaneled a jury, who held an inquest over the remains, and returned the following verdict:

“We, the jury, summoned by J. Quarton, Justice of the Peace, to hold an inquest on the body of an infant male child, found in the cemetery at Alton, after a full investigation of the circumstances, and from all facts adduced, after a post mortem examination by Dr. Guelich, believe that the child was stillborn, and its mother or parents are unknown to this jury. Signed Joseph Gottleib, Foreman.


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 INFANT BOY/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 17, 1868
The body of a newborn infant was found yesterday in a ravine on Cherry Street, near Third. A jury, summoned by Esquire Middleton to hold an inquest over the body, returned the following verdict:

“We, the jury, summoned by Thomas Middleton, Justice of the Peace, to hold an inquest over the body of a male infant found dead in a water ravine near Third, on Cherry Street, in the city of Alton, do find that, in our opinion, the said infant was born alive and thrown into the ravine by some person unknown to the jury. Signed, P. F. Regan, Foreman.

Circumstances pointed to Catharine Steve, a young girl about twenty years of age, as the probable mother of the child, and she was arrested last evening on suspicion of having committed the murder. She was examined this morning before Justice Middleton, and committed for trial at the next term of court. The accused in an orphan girl, and was brought up in this city. Her step-father committed suicide about four years ago by shooting himself.


UNKNOWN, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 28, 1883
Two strangers sought a lodging place under a freight train near the Chicago & Alton roundhouse. About midnight, the train was moved, when one of the men named Riley got out safely, but had his foot crushed. The other unfortunate man was caught under the cars, and had his head and shoulder so badly crushed, that he died instantly. Nothing was found on the body by which the man could be identified, but Riley said that he was a Dane named John -------. He was five feet, eight inches high, light complexion, light side whiskers. The remains were buried by undertaker Hoffman.


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, April 21, 1848
There was recently found one half mile north of the Piasa Creek, on the Alton and Jerseyville Road, near the residence of Mr. Mundle, the remains of a man, consisting of a skull bone, and other principal bones of the body, together with numerous fragments of clothing, shoes, etc. From appearance, the above bones have been some three or four years on the spot where they were discovered. No mark of violence was discovered on the skull, or any other part of the remains, and as no resident of the neighborhood is known to have disappeared, it is supposed that the deceased came to his end by the sudden visitation of Providence, and was probably a stranger in the country.

There was also found, three years since, near the same place, a bundle of clothing, with some articles, bearing a close resemblance to those lately found with the bones. Those who feel any interest in the matter can obtain further information concerning the clothing found by calling on Mr. Mundle. I should be pleased to have you give this incident a place in your paper, for the benefit of whom it may concern. Signed by E. Vanhorne, of Jerseyville.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 6, 1849
Murdered Near the Wood River
We learn that an inquest was held on Wednesday evening last, by William Gill, Esq., coroner of this county, over the body of a German, residing on the Wood River, who had died suddenly on the preceding day, when it appeared in evidence that the deceased, whose name we have been unable to ascertain, was, on Monday afternoon, riding with another German named John Schwagler, in a wagon belonging to the latter; that a dispute arose between them, that Schwagler struck the deceased twice with a heavy stick, the second blow knocking him entirely out of the wagon; …….. [unreadable] …..home, and was conveyed the remainder of the distance by another teamster; that he died the day following, and was buried on Wednesday; and that public suspicion being excited, he was disinterred in the afternoon, when his skull was found badly fractured. In view of these facts, the jury returned for verdict that the deceased had come to his death in consequence of one or more blows received from John Schwagler. The latter was thereupon arrested, and after the examination before I. B. Randle, Esq., was yesterday morning committed to the county jail to await his trial for the crime of murder. We are unable to state the age or occupation of the deceased, but understand that he has left a wife and two or more children to deplore his tragical end.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 25, 1849
An unknown German man, said to be of irregular habits, died after a few hours’ illness from cholera.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 25, 1849
An inquest was held on Sunday evening last by S. W. Roberts, Esq., acting Coroner of Madison County, over the body of an unknown man, found by some boys floating in the river, opposite Mr. Corey’s pork house in Alton; when the jury returned for verdict, that he had come to his death by drowning. He was a large man, about 80o years old; had on blue pantaloons, red flannel shirt, and coarse boots; and appeared to have been some days in the water. It is thought that he was a steamboat hand, but nothing was found about his person to indicate either his name, or his place of residence.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 8, 1849
An inmate of the Alton State Penitentiary died on Tuesday forenoon, about six hours from the commencement of an attack of cholera.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 15, 1849
The cholera has carried off only one single victim in Alton since our last publication. The deceased was a German, whose name we are unacquainted with, and who had been in ill health days before the disease set in.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 29, 1849
A stranger, who died on Monday morning after a short attack of cholera.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 29, 1849
Death occurred of a stranger, just arrived from St. Louis, who was attacked by cholera on Thursday evening, and died on Friday morning.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 6, 1849
An inquest was held on the 3d inst., by S. W. Robbins, Esq., Acting Coroner, on the body of a man found in the woods near the sawmill of Mr. L. P. Wells on the Wood River, and the jury found “that the deceased came to his death by hanging himself by the neck to a tree, with his suspenders; and believe that in this way he committed suicide.” There was found on the body of the deceased $13 in money, and a note, made payable to Cap. W. Thompson, for $47.00, and signed by H. M. Gourman.


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 Telegraph, June 27, 1851
S. W. Robbins, Esq., coroner, held an inquest on the body of a man found in the water in Hunter’s Addition on Wednesday last. The deceased had on a brown frock coat, white cotton and check shirts, mixed cottonade pants, white socks, and kip shoes, supposed to be about 40 years of age, and to have come to his death by accidental drowning. The jury rendered their verdict in accordance with the above. There was no means of ascertaining his identity.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 24, 1851
An inquest was held yesterday morning by S. W. Robbins, Esq., Coroner, upon the body of an unknown man who was found near a pile of brick on the corner of Second [Broadway] and Piasa Streets, about one o’clock on Tuesday evening. Deceased was an Englishman, about fifty years of age, and was dressed in a blue blanket coast, black vest, striped cotton pants, white shirt, palm leaf hat, and shoes. No marks of violence were found. He is supposed to have been working on a farm near this city. The jury reported these facts, and that he came to his death from some cause unknown to them.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 7, 1851
An old man, aged about fifty years, name unknown, met his death very suddenly in Alton yesterday. He has been seen about here for some weeks, apparently in ill health, and while sitting on a goods box near the corner of Second [Broadway] and State Streets yesterday afternoon, suddenly fell forward head first upon the pavement. Upon being taken up, it was discovered that life was extinct. It is said that intemperance was the cause.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 16, 1852
An inquest was held by Coroner Robbins on Saturday upon the body of a man found dead in the engine house, but no means of ascertaining his identify were discovered. He was dressed in a blue cloth overcoat, light felt hat, gray pants, and coarse shoes, and supposed to be about 25 years of age.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 27, 1852
A German, name not ascertained, a deck passenger on the Lucy Bertram, while sitting upon the guards conversing with his brother, accidentally lost his balance, fell into the river and was drowned last night, notwithstanding the boat was lying at the levee, and the poor fellow was within thirty feet of the shore! Had proper efforts been made, he could, in our opinion, have been saved, and the officers of the boat are deserving of the severest censure for their inhumanity.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, May 4, 1853
An inquest was held yesterday morning by S. W. Robbins, Esq., Coroner of Madison County, upon the body of an unknown man, found in the river near Captain Godfrey’s sawmill, a short distance above Alton, when the jury, after examination, returned a verdict of “death by accidental drowning.” The deceased, whose name could not be ascertained, is supposed to be about thirty years of age. He had on a pair of dark cassinette pantaloons, a line check shirt, a blue flannel or knit jacket, a brass pinchback watch, and seventy-five cents in cash. His remains were decently interred.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 10, 1852
Coroner Robbins was yesterday called upon to hold an inquest on the body of an unknown man, found two miles above Alton near Hop Hollow. Nothing but bones remained, the corpse having evidently lain in the spot where found for some time. A cap and cotton pants were found, but no shoes, stockings, or other apparel. No clue to name or circumstances of death were ascertained.


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 Telegraph, November 24, 1865
A stranger stopped at the Piasa House last night, and took lodgings. Some time after he retired, the inmates of the house were aroused by his groaning, and soon afterwards he breathed his last. An inquest was held upon the body, but without any explanation of the manner or cause of his death, more than it was supposed that he died from some disease. Sometime after the inquest was held and adjourned, a bottle of poison was found under the bed where he died, and it is now supposed that he committed suicide by poison. He was buried by the Coroner.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 18, 1866
Jonathan Quorton, Esq., acting coroner of Madison County, held an inquest on the 10th instant, on the body of a man found lodged on the island just above the city. He had evidently been in the water some ten days or two weeks, and decomposition had made much progress. The jury was unable to make any decision as to how he came to his death, further than that he was supposed to have been drowned. He had on a stripped flannel shirt, two pair of common blue pants, and a soldier’s blouse with a coarse pair of brogans. There were no papers or any other clue discovered which would furnish the slightest evidence as to his name or place of residence.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 28, 1866
We understand that a man was killed last evening by a railroad train near Venice. He was brought to Alton this morning, but we have been unable to learn his name or any other particulars connected with the sad affair.

P. S. Since the above was written, we have learned that the deceased was a section boss on the Terre Haute & Alton Railroad, and it is supposed he was intoxicated, from the fact that he was lying across the road. A bottle was also found in his pocket.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 20, 1867
A German employed on a farm at Monticello [Godfrey] was killed yesterday by having his leg crushed in a threshing machine. He lingered for some time after receiving the injury. Dr. Haskell of Alton was summoned to dress his wounds, but he died before the doctor’s arrival. We could not ascertain his name.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 27, 1868
A sad accident occurred at Moro, two or three days since, by which an Irishman lost his life. It seems that he was engaged in removing his family and household goods into a new house, and while riding on top of a wagon load of furniture, a sudden holt caused him to lose his balance, and he fell to the ground – both wheels of the wagon passing over his head, killing him instantly. Our informant was unable to give us the name of the deceased.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 11, 1868
We mentioned Thursday that a man had been found dead near Salem Church, but gave no particulars. The following facts were developed at the Coroner’s inquest: The body was found on a private roadway on the farm of S. P. Gillham, three quarters of a mile from Salem Church. The man was found lying on his face. He had sandy hair, beard, and mustache, and was five feet eight inches high. He had the scar of a gunshot wound on his right leg, two inches above the ankle. The position of the body seemed to indicate that death was caused by the man’s falling upon his face from exhaustion, and then dying from suffocation. A carpet sack was lying near him. The following effects were found on his person – a letter from Jackson, Michigan addressed to “Elbridge Atwood, Springfield, Illinois,” apparently written by a sister of the person to whom it was addressed; a pocket Bible; the photograph of a lady; an envelope; and a card to “Chester Atwood, Randolph County, Missouri.” Also, a soldier’s discharge paper, with the name of John G. Franklin. The description on the discharge paper corresponded with that of the corpse.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 9, 1871
Justice Quarton held an inquest on Tuesday, on the remains of an unknown man found floating in the river, opposite the city, in an eddy near the sandbar. The body was found by some boys who towed it over to this side of the river, near the foot of Henry Street. The body was in a terrible state of decay, so that any identification was utterly impossible. It must have been in the water two or three months, at least. The deceased was dressed in a suit of dark grey satinet, pants and coat alike, and blue overalls. He had on two woolen shirts, as if prepared for cold weather. Nothing was found in his pockets but a fine comb. The body was in such a terrible state of corruption, that it was found impossible to remove it, and it was accordingly buried on the sandbar and the spot marked by a headstone.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 15, 1872
A dead man, we learn, was found in the field of Doctor Irish near Nameoki, one day last week. He appeared to have been killed by a gunshot wound in his forehead. He was a young man, well dressed, and unknown. The only things found on his person except his clothing being a few shot and some gun wads in his pocket.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 3, 1873
Drowns in Mississippi
Friday morning some men living over the river, while crossing over in a skiff to this shore, nearly opposite Clifton, found the body of a man floating in the water. They secured it, brought it to shore, and then came down here to notify the Coroner. The body was that of a man about thirty years old; had dark hair and whiskers, and a German cast of countenance. He was well dressed. The body had evidently been in the water only a few hours. The same men who found the body also state that last evening, when the steamer Davenport went up the river, she suddenly stopped a short distance above where the body was found, lowered a skiff, which was rowed some distance in the wake of the boat. After making a short search, the skiff returned and the steamer proceeded. The men also state that they distinctly heard the cry, “man overboard.” It is supposed that the body of the man found this morning is that of a passenger on the Davenport, who fell from the boat at the place indicated.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 28, 1875
From Collinsville – On last Friday evening, while the conductor of a freight train was making a “running switch” just above the depot, at this place, he missed his footing and falling under the train was instantly killed.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 5, 1875
Killed by Train in Godfrey
A fatal accident occurred on yesterday morning at a private crossing of the Rockford, rock Island, and St. Louis Railroad, on the farm of Mr. John Kinkaid. A young man, apparently about 19 years of age, was discovered lying upon the crossing by the employees of a construction train, which was moving southward at the rate of about twelve miles an hour, and though every effort was made to rouse him from his position, and also to stop the train, all was unavailing, and he was crushed beneath the ponderous train, and instantly expired. There was nothing about his person to indicate his name. He was about five feet, eight inches high, light complexion, brown, curly hair, dressed in blue woolen pants and coat, two woolen undershirts, with a strap buckled around him, coarse brugans, and low crowned, black felt hat. An inquest was held by J. B. Turner, Justice of the Peace of Godfrey, and a verdict was rendered by the jury exonerating the employees of the railroad from all blame in the matter. The body was placed in a coffin, furnished by the railroad company, by Mr. Joseph Howell of Brighton, and taken to that place for interment.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 18, 1875
From Upper Alton – About ten o’clock this morning, Mr. James M. Kendle, a farmer living near the mouth of the Wood River, called upon Amos E. Benbow, Justice of the Peace, at his schoolhouse about a mile above his house, desiring his services to hold an inquest upon the body of a man found on the bank of the Mississippi, just above the mouth of the creek. Esquire Benbow immediately dismissed his school, and hastened to the spot where a jury, of which Mr. J. G. Adams was foreman, was sworn, and the following facts were elicited from the evidence.

Early this morning a party of flatboat men landed on the point at the mouth of the Wood River, and looking around for driftwood, found this body, which had doubtless been lying on the bank for several days, and called Mr. Kendle, but finding there would be no profit to themselves in the matter, they cast off and pulled away down the river.

The body is that of a man, apparently about 45 years of age and 160 pounds. He seemed to have had dark hair and beard, but the hair is now loose from the skin. In his pockets were found $2.95 in currency, two small keys, two checks of the Northern Line Packet Company, numbers 2,768 and 2,617, and a memorandum book, the entries in which are illegible. He was well dressed and appears to have been a man of intelligence and refinement. The body was buried near the point, and awaits identification, which seems certain through the medium of the baggage checks.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 6, 1877
A body was found yesterday afternoon, near the ice house below Alton, by Peter Percival. The body had been in the water several days. The remains were tolerably well-dressed, and appeared to be those of a man of middle age. City Marshal Volbracht went down with a skiff this morning, brought the body to our levee, and telegraphed for the Coroner. Dr. Youree, the Coroner, arrived in the city, and after impaneling a jury, held an inquest. An empty purse was found on the person of the deceased, but nothing by which he could be identified. A verdict of accidental drowning was returned, as no wounds or bruises of a serious nature could be discovered.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 19, 1878
A fisherman named John Applegate found the body of a man floating in the river early yesterday morning, about a mile and a half above the landing. Coroner Youree was notified, and arrived in Alton last night on the 9 o’clock train. A jury was impaneled, with Deputy Sheriff Bannon as foreman, and after proceeding to the place where the body was found, an inquest was held. The remains appeared to be those of a man about 35 years old. He was clothed, with the exception of a coat, and his hat was found lying on the bank nearby. Nothing was found by which he could be identified. A verdict of accidental drowning was returned. The Coroner and jury returned to Alton at 1 o’clock this morning. The remains were taken in charge, after the inquest, by William Bruden, undertaker.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 15, 1880
William Smith, Sunday, found the body of an unknown man in the river near the ice house below Alton, the remains having apparently been in the water several days. Coroner Youree was notified, and after impaneling a jury with Mr. John Mather as foreman, proceeded to Hull’s farm in Wood River Township, near where the body was found, and proceeded to hold an inquest. The only witness examined was Mr. Smith, who discovered the remains, and nothing was elicited as to the identity of the man or the circumstances under which he came to his death. He appeared to be about 45 years old, and had a sandy mustache, with dark hair, but partially bald, about 5 feet 8 inches high, of heavy build, with the first and second fingers of the left hand missing. He was dressed in a dark cassinet coast and grey jeans pants. A verdict of death from drowning was rendered.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 15, 1880
Coroner Youree held an inquest Saturday on an unknown floater, found in the river below Alton, opposite Edwardsville Crossing [Hartford area]. The subject of the inquest was a man about five feet in height, with a smooth face, except red mustache. He was well dressed, wearing a nice breast pin, and did not appear like a laboring man.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 20, 1880
From Troy – A passenger on the Vandalia Express from St. Louis was killed last Sunday night at Troy, by walking deliberately off the platform while the train was in motion. It is thought that he either intended to commit suicide, or was walking in his sleep.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 7, 1880
Killed by Freight Train
Coroner Youree arrived on the train Tuesday morning, and proceeded to impanel a jury for the purpose of holding an inquest over the remains of the unknown man who died at the Sisters Hospital from injuries received on the Chicago & Alton Railroad near Venice yesterday. P. H. Downey, the engineer of the freight train, testified that when two miles north of Venice yesterday morning, he saw a man a quarter of a mile ahead, walking near the track. In a few minutes, the fireman, J. H. Kelly, gave him the alarm seeing the man on the track 30 feet ahead, when he applied the air brake and opened the throttle, but could not stop in time. When the train was stopped, the man was found on the pilot, unconscious, with his skull fractured. He was brought to the hospital where he died soon afterwards. He was apparently about 50 years old, with prominent features and an intelligent cast of countenance; was dressed in ordinary apparel. The jury found a verdict in accordance with the above statement, and exonerated the engineer and fireman from all blame. The remain were enclosed in a neat coffin, and take charge of by Bauer & Hoffman, undertakers, and buried in the Catholic Cemetery on State Street.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 4, 1881
A man whose name we have not learned, a carpenter at Boals & Co.’s Tile Factory, was killed a few hundred yards below Alton Junction [East Alton] by the Lightning Express from St. Louis, at 11 o’clock Saturday night. Deceased attempted to cross the track a short distance ahead of the train, and was struck by the cow catcher, carried some distance, and then thrown off the track. His head was badly cut and bruised, a shoulder, arm, and leg broken, a number of terrible wounds being inflicted. Coroner Youree came up on a morning train yesterday, held an inquest, and a verdict was returned in accordance with the facts above stated.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 18, 1881
Gruesome Find – Headless Corpse
August 11, at 6:45, the engineer on the Accommodation Train, when 1 ¼ miles this side of the Springfield Junction, saw the headless body of a man lying on the side of the track. The train was stopped, and the man was found to be dead, killed by some passing train. His clothes were all torn off, one foot cut off, and his head was found some 100 feet from his body. A handkerchief with three lemons and a bottle of whiskey were in close proximity to the head. Conductor Shaver had the body laid out on one side of the track, left a man to guard it, and notified the proper authorities.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 23, 1883
Murdered Near Mitchell
The body of an unknown man was found Saturday on the Wabash track at Mitchell. He had evidently been murdered. The head had been cut off, and a dirk was found sticking in the body. The case is a mysterious one, and causes much excitement in the vicinity.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 11, 1886
Found near Edwardsville Crossing [Hartford area]
Sunday morning a party of St. Louis hunters found the dead body of a man sitting under a tree in the woods on the Gillham place, near Edwardsville Crossing. The remains were those of a man, about 40 years of age, quite well dressed. On the body was found a small sum of money, a silver watch, gold chain, and some jewelry. The face had been recently partly shaven, leaving a mustache and chin whiskers. The features were discolored, and the supposition was that the remains had lain where found for two or three days. There was nothing to indicate foul play. Coroner Melling was notified, held an inquest, and returned a verdict in accordance with the above account.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 19, 1887
From Mitchell, IL, July 16 – The body of an unknown man, about 35 years of age, was found lying beside the Chicago and Alton railroad track, two and one-quarter mile north of Mitchell, this afternoon. It is supposed he fell between the cars of a freight train on that road, while stealing a ride. He was about 5 feet 10 inches in height, had a heavy dark mustache, wore a large white hat, white shirt, jeans pants, and new shoes. The body was badly mutilated, and no means of identification were found.


UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 6, 1887
From Mitchell, August 5 – About a mile north of Mitchell, the Chicago & Alton passenger train struck and killed an unknown man, a tramp, this morning. The engineer claims that the man deliberately stepped in front of the engine as though intending suicide. There were but 2 cents in his pockets. This makes the fourth inquest held here in less than three weeks. The trains killed two, one was drowned, and one shot.


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
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 MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 3, 1912
The unidentified body of a man was picked up at Clifton Terrace yesterday morning. The head was completely crushed off, and the clothing contained nothing to aid in identifying him. Coroner Streeper took charge, and found only 60 cents and a corn cob pipe in the pockets. From pieces of pipe found near the body, it was supposed the man was riding underneath a car, and that he was holding onto a point of the air brake system, and that the pipes broke, allowing him to fall to the ground, or that in his desperate efforts to save himself he caught hold of the pipes and brought them away with him.


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 PRISONERS/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 11, 1851
The cholera made its first appearance in Alton about the middle of May, since which time there have been thirty-eight deaths reported by that disease, more than half of which were of strangers. We have kept our readers faithfully advised every week of the progress of this dread malady since its appearance among us, and shall continue so to do, as long as occasion requires. The whole number of deaths by cholera in the Penitentiary was but 16, and no new cases have occurred for two or three weeks.


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.


UNKNOWN, WALTER/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 18, 1871
A colored deck hand named Walter, on the Rob Roy, was drowned last Saturday, a little below Alton. He fell between the boat and a barge she was towing, so that it was impossible to rescue him. He leaves a wife and family and other relatives in Louisiana.


UNKNOWN WOMAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 9, 1852
We learn that a woman, a native of Germany, died of hydrophobia [rabies], on Fourth Street, near the Piasa House, yesterday about noon. She received the wound which caused her death sometime in October last, but did not experience any bad effect therefrom until Monday morning last, when she was seized with the terrible disease which terminated her existence.


UNKNOWN WOMAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1873
An unknown woman was run over and killed on Friday by a train on the T. W. & W. R. R., between Edwardsville and Venice.


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.


UNTERBRINK, MARY/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 31, 1881
Mrs. Mary, wife of Mr. Casper Unterbrink, died this morning at the age of 31 years, 6 months, and 5 days. She was sick almost a year with consumption. Mrs. Unterbrink was a most estimable lady, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her death. The funeral will take place from the German Lutheran Church on Henry Street, Sunday afternoon.


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.


UPDYKE, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 2, 1885
From Edwardsville – Another old citizen has passed away. Mrs. Updyke, mother of Mrs. Robert Friday, died Saturday morning last. The funeral took place Sunday, and the remains were deposited in Woodlawn Cemetery.


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, EDWARD "EDDIE"/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 12, 1882
Little Eddie, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Uzzell of Bethalto, died on Thursday morning, January 5, of typhoid fever, aged 8 years. The funeral took place from the family residence. Eddie was a bright little fellow, and will be greatly missed by his playmates. Many friends sympathize with the bereaved family in their sad affliction.


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.


School Teacher; Principal;
Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, April 16, 1930
John Ulysses Uzzell was born March 13, 1866, in Greenville, Bond County, Illinois. He was the son of George Carr Uzzell (1833-1907) and Mary Jane Bilyeu Uzzell (1838-1914). He married Malinda Louise Neuhaus in 1888, and they had three children: Mabel Uzzell (1890-1950); Walter John Uzzell (1891-1905); and Robert Kinney Uzzell (1898-1965).

His long teaching career began at the Luman School near Bethalto. He also was teacher and principal of the Humboldt School in Alton, until his election as County Superintendent of Schools in Madison County.

Mr. Uzzell suffered an illness which extended over a period of more than eight years. He died April 15, 1930, at the age of 64, and was buried in the Fosterburg Cemetery in Fosterburg.


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, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 2, 1882
From Bethalto - An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Uzzell died this morning, aged nine months. The funeral will take place tomorrow. The mother of this dear little one is lying very sick at this writing. The sympathy of many friends is with the bereaved family.


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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