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VAHLE, FRANCES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 18, 1904
Frances Vahle, aged 7, an inmate of the Cathedral orphanage, died Sunday from measles and pneumonia. The child's body will be taken to Jerseyville tomorrow for burial.


VALARIOUS, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 30, 1902
North Alton News - Joseph Valarious, the young man killed in the stamping works at Granite City the other night by a flywheel, was a relative of the Elfgens of this place, and the funeral at Belletrees yesterday was attended by B. F. Elfgen and others from here.


VALENTINE, CYRUS B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1901
Civil War Soldier
Died, in this city, Wednesday at 4:30 a.m., Cyrus B. Valentine, aged 70 years and 5 months. Mr. Valentine was born March 17, 1831 in Lyons, N. Y., and came to Cleveland, Ohio, where he resided until his enlistment in the Federal Army in 1861, where he served the entire period of the Civil War, being in active service nearly the entire time. Immediately after the war he came to Alton and was engaged in farming near Upper Alton for a number of years. At the time of his death he resided with his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Kellenberger, on Common Street. He leaves in addition to this daughter and her children, one sister, Mrs. L. Vallean, as the only immediate relatives. The funeral will take place Thursday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m., from his home to Upper Alton Cemetery. The Grand Army will participate.


VALENTINE, MARY ANN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1904
Don't Mourn For Me
According to the dying request of Mrs. Mary Valentine, there must be no ostentatious show of grief at her funeral Thursday morning. Before her death Tuesday afternoon she exacted from her children a promise that there would be no crepe on the door of the home after he death, that her children would wear no emblems of mourning, and that the pallbearers wear, instead of gloves and crepe armbands simply a white carnation in the lapel of their coats. Mrs. Valentine died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. She did not believe in ostentation in grief, and she believed her death was a happy release from an illness which had held her bedfast and in suffering for many months. She was a good mother, revered by her children, and because of that love she bore them and they reciprocated, she thought that they ought not to grieve over her departure for her own sake. Mrs. Mary Anna Valentine was 57 years of age. She was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, the daughter of Evans Johnson, who was an old slave owner and today live in the same house in which he was born and in which the family were born for a century back. One of her father's old slaves still lives in the family of the father across the river. Mrs. Valentine was twice married, her name by the first marriage being Ward. Her last husband, Frederick Valentine, died recently, an old soldier who never recovered from his Civil War experiences. Mrs. Valentine leaves five children, Miss Jeannette Ward and Mrs. Katherine McNair of Chicago, by her first marriage, and Clementine Valentine, Walter and Amelia by her second marriage. The funeral services will be Thursday morning from the family home, 924 Tremont street, at 9:30 o'clock and will be conducted in private by Rev. J. H. J. Rice.


VALIA, JULIUS/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 10, 1873
Died on September 27, at the residence of Jacob Spies, Esq., near Marine, Julius, only son of Charles and Louisa C. Valia; aged 6 months and 10 days.


VANATA, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 4, 1877
From Fosterburg, March 26, 1877 – Mrs. John Vanata, aged nearly 80 years, died at this place on March 16, 1877. She emigrated to this county from Butler County, Ohio, in 1832, with her husband and family, and I understand has seldom been outside of the township since.


VANCE, ANDREW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 14, 1903
The remains of Andrew Vance, the aged houseboat resident whose death was caused by exposure, was buried yesterday from St. Joseph's hospital. The son, who is also at the hospital, is yet quite ill.


VAN BUSKIRK, LUCAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1901
Oldest Engineer on the Chicago and Alton Railroad Fatally Injured
Lucas Van Buskirk, probably the oldest engineer on the Chicago & Alton railroad, was run over this morning by the yard engine of the Bluff Line, No. 32, Engineer Spreen and Fireman Rodgers. When Van Buskirk rolled out from under the engine after it had passed over his body, he suffered injuries from which he died one hour and a half later, at 10:45 a.m. He was picked up tenderly by the railroad men who gathered around his body as it lay between the rails, and was carried to the Bluff Line Depot, where he was placed in an ambulance and taken to his home on Market street. Themen, who saw the accident, say that Van Buskirk stepped on the Bluff Line tracks while the switch engine was backing west near the point where the pumping station of the Alton is situated. Van Buskirk had been running the pump there and was going across the tracks to the depot for a few minutes. A Big Four engine on the next track distracted his attention, and before he heard the Bluff Line engine he was struck by the tender and rolled over and over underneath. The ashpit of the engine is about seven inches from the ground, and he was crushed between this and the ties. The crew did not know of the accident until Dan Sullivan, who was on the pilot foot-board, saw the body rolled out at his feet. He signaled Engineer Spreen and stopped the engine. The victim of the engine was able to talk, but was in great pain. Nearly all the bones in his body were broken, and it seemed that he would hardly live until he could be taken home. Lucas Van Buskirk had been in the employ of the Alton forty years, and in his younger days was a daring engineer. A few years ago old age incapacitated him for road work, and it was decided that he must retire to a position of round house foreman. He served at Venice and Alton, and at last was given the position of crossing watchman at Third and Piasa streets. When the pumping station was built on the river front, he was given the position of engineer there. Mr. Van Buskirk was born in New York and was 75 years of age. He had worked on the Chicago & Alton since the road was started. He leaves his wife and three children: L. Van Buskird Jr. of Venice, Addie Van Buskirk of Alton, and Mrs. Ella Ward of Water Valley, Mississippi. The time of the funeral is not set, but burial will be at Lousiana, Missouri. Coroner Streeper will hold an inquest this evening.


VAN DEEN, MARY ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1906
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth VanDeen, who was 80 years of age last December 7, died this afternoon at the old Ladies Home from old age. She had been a member of the Methodist church for over sixty years, and she will be buried from the old church at Winchester, where she held her membership. Mrs. VanDeen had been making her home at the Old Ladies Home for about six years. Her illness began about six weeks ago. She suffered no pain, but was taken with a progressive weakness which continued until death came. She leaves one son-in-law, Frank Flanders of Upper Alton, and three grandsons, Thomas and Frank Flanders and the Rev. Charles Flanders.


VAN CLEVE, MABEL/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 24, 1864
Died at Alton, June 21, 1864, of dysentery, Mabel, daughter of J. W. and Fanny R. Van Cleve, aged 1 years, 11 months, and 1 day.


VAN CLEVE, REVEREND DR./Source: St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat, Thursday, December 16, 1875
The Alton Telegraph of Tuesday thus chronicles the particulars of the funeral of Rev. Dr. Van Cleve: The funeral of this distinguished divine took place yesterday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal Church, as per previous announcement. There was a large attendance on the occasion both from this city and from abroad, called together by feelings of sorrow at the loss of one so eminent in the councils of his denomination, and a desire to do honor to his memory. A large number of clergymen from neighboring towns and cities were present, among whom were Rev. Messrs. Scarritt, of Brighton; Phillips, of Lebanon; English, of Piasa; Grant, of East St. Louis; Thompson, of Jerseyville; Gibson, of Brighton; Sly, of Upper Alton; Fahs, of Kane, and Dr. Fry, of St. Louis, editor of the Christian Advocate. All of these divines, with Rev. Mr. Morrison, of this city, took part in the impressive services at the church or the cemetery. No regular sermon was delivered, but in lieu thereof were several brief addresses by the clergymen present on the life and character of the deceased, and embodying warm tributes of respect and affection. The pallbearers were Rev. Messrs. Scarritt, Phillips, English, Grant, Fry and Thompson


VANDEVER, NANCY and children: GERTRUDE, BESSIE, EARL AND WANDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Sept. 28, 1911 Mother and Four Children Burned to Death in Home
Mrs. Virgil Vandever, three daughters, and one son, were burned to death at Mitchell about 5 o'clock this morning, when their home burned following the explosion of a can of coal oil, with which the husband and father was starting fire to cook breakfast. The mother and four of her children were burned to death as they were penned in the house. One step-son of Vandever and one son escaped. The family lived in the section house at Mitchell. The father was employed by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad. The home consisted of four rooms, the upstairs part being the living rooms, and it was reached by a flight of stairs. The father attempted to throw the coal oil can out when it caught fire, and in so doing found the screen locked. Then he threw the oil can down the stairs, and it landed on the stairway where the flaming oil spread over the stairs and set fire to the building. Penned in the house, there was no escape for the family. Mrs. Vandever could not rouse her children in time to make their escape. The father, with one son and his stepson, who was a son of Mrs. Vandever, succeeded in leaping out of the window, barely saving their own lives, when they found they could not get through the raging furnace that was burning on the stairway. It was several minutes before the situation dawned upon the people of Mitchell, but they rushed to the scene to save the lives of the inmates, who by that time had been overpowered by smoke and heat and were in no condition to do anything for themselves. The section house was completely destroyed. The story told by Vandever, the father, was that he had attempted starting the fire, and thinking it was not burning, he went back with the coal oil can to put on more oil. Then the explosion occurred, and Vandever says he was unable to throw the oil can out of the window, as there was a screen in the window, locked on the outside. Mrs. Vandever heard her husband, and she ran to see what was the trouble. He shouted to her to go rouse the children as the house was afire, and she ran back into the room where the children were asleep. Vandever said he never saw her again. Vandever, surrounded by flames, leaped out the window to save his life, and he jumped through the window. In falling, he straddled a wire cable and injured himself, which disabled him so he was able to do nothing more. Arthur Langford, aged 19, jumped out of the same window. It is supposed that Mrs. Vandever did succeed in dropping out of the window her seven year old child, Thuri, who was found outside the house and badly burned. She is burned about the arms, face and breast, and one ear is almost off. The father and Langford are badly burned too, but it is supposed that all of the injured ones will recover. The victims of the fire are Mrs. Nancy Vandever, aged 36, the mother; Gertrude, aged 13; Bessie, aged 10; Earl, aged 6; Wanda, aged 3. Wanda Vandever owned a little poodle dog, which is said to have escaped in some way from the house. After the fire, a big crowd gathered and began searching the ruins for the bodies of the victims. Before 10 o'clock all the bodies had been recovered. The Frisco railroad sent an engine down to the fire and furnished the water to be thrown on the timbers to cool them off, so a search could be prosecuted. The bodies taken from the ruins were charred almost beyond recognition. Coroner Streeper was notified and he went to Mitchell to take charge of the bodies of the victims. The bodies were removed from the ruins and taken to a nearby building to be held until the coroner could take charge. After the fire, a body was found, and it was in doubt as to whether it was that of the smallest child, or that of a dog, and after careful inspection the body was identified as that of the baby. The dog afterward turned up safe. Mr. Vandever says that he thinks his wife threw their child out of the window and saved his life. The child does not remember how it happened. Then when Mrs. Vandever had done that part, she probably fainted from smoke and over exertion and she collapsed, and the other children probably were burned to death in their beds. The father and stepson slept in one bedroom, and Bessie and Gertrude in another, while the mother with the other children was in the third room. The father, on noticing the danger, called his stepson, while the mother went to rouse the others. The family came from English, Indiana, and had lived at Mitchell about nine months. Mr. Vandever was section boss for the Big Four until a week ago, when he took a position with the C. & E. I.


VANHOOSER, SINA KEOWN/Source: Troy Call, October 13, 1922 - Submitted by Linda Peters
Widow of William VanHooser Sr.
Mrs. Sina VanHooser, widow of the late Wm. VanHooser Sr., passed away at her home at 4:25 o'clock Monday morning after an illness due to stomach trouble and complications extending over a period of fifteen months. Her age was 66 years, 9 months and 9 days. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the residence to the Baptist church. Rev. M. F. Gilbert conducted the funeral service and interment was in the Evangelical Friedens cemetery. Deceased, whose maiden name was Keown, was born December 29, 1862, and was a daughter of William and Elizabeth Keown, old settlers in the vicinity of New Douglas. She was married 43 years to Wm VanHooser and seven children were born to them, four of whom died in infancy and a daughter, Myrtle, at the age of 17 years. The two survivors are a daughter and son who are Mrs. Mary Tillison of Wellston, Mo. and Wm. VanHooser of this city. The husband and father died in Florida in 1917 and is buried in Oak Hill cemetery at Arcadia. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. VanHooser resided in Edwardsville one year, and then came to Troy where they remained until 1908, going to Worden. The following year they moved to Florida, where they remained until the death of Mr. VanHooser in ??? after which Mrs. VanHooser and son returned to Troy. Mrs. VanHooser was a member of the Baptist church and a devoted mother who will be greatly missed, and whose passing is mourned most by those who knew her best. [Also on same page:] Among those from out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. Sina VanHooser here Wednesday afternoon were: Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Olive and son of Mulberry Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Olive; Mrs. Nancy VanHooser; Mr. and Mrs. John VanHooser; and Arthur Bishop, of Alhambra; and Charles Tillison of Wellston, Mo.

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


 VANPRETER, CHARLES A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, July 24, 1912
Carpenter Who Help Buld Madison Hotel Became Owner Of It
Charles A. Vanpreter, in his 58th year, died very unexpectedly Tuesday night about 10:45 o'clock at his residence, 443 East Fourth street, from heart trouble. No one but his wife was with him when death occurred, and even Mrs. Vanpreter did not suspect there was anything seriously wrong with her husband until she noticed that he was dying and after a very brief interval he was dead. His daughter, Mrs. Robert Goff, was at Chautauqua, and a message was sent there for the daughter to hasten home. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Levis brought the couple to Alton in their automobile, and arrived at 2 o'clock. Mr. Vanpreter had been a sufferer for 26 years. He was formerly a carpenter and was permanently injured by a fall. His back was so injured that he was never again able to walk and was forced to use crutches. His business ability was remarkable. He had a good wife who was possessed of extraordinary business ability, and in her he found a helper who laid the foundation of a fortune which would have been creditable to any able bodied couple to have amassed in 26 years. Some time ago considerable comment was given to the fact that Mr. Vanpreter, who worked as a carpenter on the Madison hotel building, a year ago bought the property he had helped build and paid cash for it, over $30,000. Beside that he owned a big store building, a heavy stock of goods and other real estate and personal property, showing what an advance his fortunes had taken in less than thirty years through the efforts of himself and his wife. When Mr. Vanpreter was rendered helpless 26 years ago his wife engaged in business on a very small scale, but she gradually and rapidly extended it until she had started a store at Second and Ridge which she and her husband conducted until eleven years ago. They then bought the uptown business building and opened a big store there where fortune still favored them, and they continued to prosper. The couple had the active assistance of their two children, Bert Vanpreter and Miss Rose, now Mrs. Robert Goff. Some time ago Mr. Vanpreter decided to retire from business and he transferred the business to his two children, although he continued to exercise a certain degree of supervision over the place. There was probably not a day in his life that his body was not racked with pains from his injured spine. Those who knew with what bodily pains he contended, and how he longed to be active as he once was, remember how much of the time he was cheery and happy, and marvel that he was able to do what he did. Mr. Vanpreter was able to be in the store yesterday morning. At noon he complained of feeling ill, and stayed home, but no serious thought was given to that as it was his practice to remain at home at times when his ills made it imperative. Dr. Shaff was summoned at 4 o'clock and the doctor felt no apprehensions that there would be any serious results. Mrs. Vanpreter was shocked a few seconds before he died to detect indications of sudden and speedy dissolution and before she could call help it was all over. The funeral will be Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.


VANPRETER, FELIX/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1917
Dies From Injuries in Runaway Accident
Felix VanPreter, aged 59, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Thursday evening from injuries he sustained in a runaway a week ago in Upper Alton. Friends and relatives of Mr. VanPreter were surprised at the fatal turn of the case, as they supposed he was getting along all right and would recover. He was hurt when, in a runaway, his team threw a wagon in which he was riding against a tree in front of the Capt. Worden place in Upper Alton. Mr. VanPreter was thrown out and sustained a facture of an ankle and internal injuries. He was taken to the hospital, where it was supposed by his relatives he was doing well. Mr. VanPreter was born east of Alton at the old home place where his family still live. He was formerly a painting contractor in Alton and was known for his absolute honesty in his work, and his services were much sought. He discontinued the contracting business and engaged in truck farming on the old home place. Not long ago he tore down the old house and rebuilt it, using the old material. Relatives explained today that the fatal runaway was caused by a boy jumping on the back end of the wagon to which Mr. VanPreter's team was attached. When the boy jumped on the rearend of the wagon this caused the frontend gate to fall out on the horses and started them on a wild run. The horses brought the wagon up against a tree in their wild dash and he was thrown to the ground and hurt. He was known as a man of the gentlest manner, and he had a very large number of friends. He had, when a painter, a large number of patrons who would not allow anyone else to do their work but Felix VanPreter, because of the excellent satisfaction he always gave. Mr. VanPreter leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Augustine Head and Mrs. George Niederkorn, and one son, Earl. He leaves also one sister, Mrs. Mary Altendorf, and two brothers, John B. and Thomas L. VanPreter. The late C. A. VanPreter was a brother also. The funeral of Mr. VanPreter will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from St. Patrick's Church. The body has been taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Head, on Benbow avenue. The family this afternoon requested that friends omit flowers.


VANPRETER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 18, 1902
John, the 3 years old son of Felix Vanpreter, died this morning after a short illness of cholera infantum, at the family home near East Alton. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m., and services will be conducted in St. Patrick's church in this city.


VANPRETER, MARGARET H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 13, 1907
Mrs. Margaret H. Vanpreter died Friday shortly after noon at her home east of Upper Alton, after a long and intensely painful illness from stomach and liver troubles. She was born in Jefferson county, Mo., at Hillsboro, in 1831, and was the widow of Judge Thomas Vanpreter, a prominent lawyer and judge of that circuit, and she was the mother of well known Altonians. She fell while playing with a grandchild and broke one of her hips, but despite her age recovered from the accident after a time. She has lived on her farm between East Alton and Upper Alton for more than 40 years, and was known by her neighbors and acquaintances as a great hearted, charitable woman, a good Christian, a fine mother and a splendid neighbor. Her children, Charles A., Felix, John and Thomas Vanpreter, and Mrs. John Altendorf of Janesville, Wis., and Miss J. Vanpreter, were with her when the end came, as were Mrs. Charles A. Vanpreter, her daughter-in-law and her two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Fulcher of DeSoto, Mo., and Mrs. Kate Cook of Pontiac, Ill. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


VANSANT, MELISSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1914
Upper Alton Women Had Traveled from California to Illinois to Vote For the First Time
Mrs. Melissa VanSant, in her 86th year, died Sunday noon at her home, 2027 Main street in Upper Alton, from heart trouble and old age. She had been sick for two years and seriously sick for six months. She had been visiting her daughter in Los Angeles, Cal., and when Illinois women were given a vote, she determined to come back to her home to cast her ballot. She made the long trip from Los Angeles to Alton, and got here in time to participate in the election last April. She was delighted that she had been given the opportunity for which she had waited and believed in for many years. She was soon afterward taken ill, and her case had been a very serious one for some time. Her daughter in California started here last week to attend her mother, but was forced by illness to return home after making the start. Mrs. VanSant was a daughter of John Sallee, and was born at Montgomery City, Mo. in 1829. She came to Alton with her parents in 1841. She was twice married, first to Francis W. Parker, and next to James VanSant, both times in Alton. Her first husband died fifty years ago, and five years later she remarried. She leaves two sons, Washington Parker of Elgin, Ill., and F. W. Parker, a Chicago attorney. She leaves also two daughters, Mrs. Clara Ritchie, at whose home she died, and Mrs. Ireland of Los Angeles. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. W. I. Terhune conducting the services. Burial will be in City Cemetery.


VAN STICK, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 27, 1900
Charles Van Stick died at St. Joseph's hospital yesterday afternoon and was buried this afternoon. Van Stick went to the hospital eight weeks ago and was well dressed and apparently not a tramp. Nothing is known of him at the hospital, as he said nothing of his people.


VAN WAGENEN, HUBERT G./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 3, 1844
Died, at Upper Alton, on the 30th ult., of consumption, Hubert G. Van Wagenen, late merchant of this city and formerly of the city of New York, aged 30 years. He has left a wife and four children, who are now in New York, to deplore his loss.


VATTEROTT, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1912
Jacob Vatterott, aged 55, died this afternoon at 3:40 o'clock at his residence, 1107 East Fifth street, from blood poisoning due to handling weeds while his hands were in a cracked condition. Mr. Vatterott was working at the Glass Works and his work as blower had caused the skin on his hands to become cracked. While they were in this condition, he went out in the yard at his home and began tidying up the place, gathering up and destroying weeds which had been killed by the frost. The breaks in the skin of his hands became infected, and blood poisoning set in which forced him to discontinue work last Thursday. He continued to grow worse, and for the past forty-eight hours before he died he was unconscious. He was born in Alton and lived here all his life. He was highly regarded as a citizen, was a steady, industrious, sober man. He leaves his wife and one daughter, Miss Minnie Vatterott.


VAUGHN, DENNIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, October 15, 1891
Dennis Vaughn, an aged and highly respected gentleman, for many years a resident of Wann, died Monday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital, aged 75 years. The funeral occurred yester - morning at 8:30 o'clock from St. Patrick's church, Rev. Father Fallon officiating.


VAUGHN, FANNIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 5, 1874
Miss Fannie Vaughn, daughter of C. G. Vaughn, and one of Edwardsville’s most highly esteemed young ladies, died last Saturday at 5 o’clock p.m. of typhoid pneumonia, after two weeks’ illness. She was in the prime of life, being aged but twenty-one years, and her death has created a void in this community which will not soon be filled. Her funeral took place at 3 o’clock last Sunday afternoon from the Baptist Church in Edwardsville, and was very largely attended. Rev. E. M. West, who had known the deceased from her infancy, delivered a very touching tribute to her many virtues on the occasion.


VAUGHN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 16, 1910
Starved Self to Death
John Vaughn, the 76 year old man who was taken to the St. Joseph's hospital last Friday, died last night after having gone for many days without food or medicine, despite the efforts of physicians and hospital nurses to aid him. Vaughn was suffering from an incurable disease and could not have recovered anyway, but would have lived longer had he not resolved to die by starvation. Vaughn had in his time been well to do, and claimed through his aid of others he was reduced to poverty and forgotten. At one time $3,500 was stolen from him, soon after his wife divorced him and the old man was gradually reduced until he lost every thing, and believed he was friendless in the world. When taken to the hospital by Supervisor Faulstich, he stated he wanted to die and that he intended to starve himself to death, and this resolution he clung to until the end came. Undertaker Streeper has taken charge of the remains and will give the old gentleman a good burial. Mr. Vaughn was known as a kindly generous man, and was the victim of persons who took advantage of him from time to time. He leaves three children, Ed Vaughn, Mrs. John Stolp of Alton, and Mrs. Walter Seago of St. Louis. The funeral of Mr. Vaughn will be held Thursday afternoon at the home of his son, Ed Vaughn, Revs. Bradley and McKenny will officiate. The remains will be taken to Rockbridge for burial.


VAUGHN, JOSHUA AND SUSANNAH/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 30, 1863
Died on Sunday, October 4, 1863, on the Sand Ridge in the American Bottom, after a brief but painful illness, Susannah, wife of Joshua Vaughn, aged 49 years and 10 months.

Died at his residence on the 10th of October following, Mr. Joshua Vaughn, aged 54 years and 28 days. This, in the short space of twelve days, have passed, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn, after living so long life in Madison County, Illinois, within three miles of where they were born and raised. They leave five children and a large circle of friends and relations to mourn their loss.


VAUGHN, JOSHUA F./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 22, 1842
Died, in the American Bottom, in this county, on the 26th September last, of congestive fever, after an illness of about four days, which he bore with Christian fortitude, Mr. Joshua F. Vaughn, aged 25 years, 11 months, and 18 days; leaving an aged mother to mourn the loss of an affectionate and dutiful son; and his numerous acquaintances, the loss of a highly respectable and useful member of society.


VAUGHN, THAD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1918
Soldier Killed in France
Edward Vaughn received a telegram Friday afternoon from the War Department announcing that his son, Thad Vaughn, had been killed in France on the 30th of September. No other word had been received by the father up to that time. The dead soldier was a member of the 138th, enlisting in Alton when Company B was stationed here. After a lengthy stay on this side he was shipped to the other side, and for some time past has been in the midst of the fight. He was scouting when he met his death. Vaughn is the son of Edward Vaughn, a gardener, and was a well known messenger boy before entering the service of his country. His mother is dead, but he is survived by two brothers.


VEACH, LOUISA A. (nee STOWE)/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 30, 1886
Mrs. Louisa A. Veach, nee Stowe, died Friday of heart and lung ailment, at the age of 69 years. Mrs. Veach had been in feeble health for the past year, was taken with a severe sickness a week ago, and after alternations of hope and fear among her friends, caused by the changes in her condition, the disease proved fatal at the time mentioned. She was born in Kentucky, came to Illinois in about 1822, and was married to Harvey Veach in 1838. She was kind, benevolent, amiable, unassuming, long a member of the Baptist Church and faithful to every Christian requirement. She left, besides her husband, three sisters: Mrs. Lufkin of Knoxville, Illinois; Mrs. Spear of Bloomington; and Mrs. Gill of Alton. The funeral took place Saturday from the family residence on Alby Street. Among those paying the last tribute of respect were Hon. Nathan Cole of St. Louis, and Colonel J. R. Miles of Macoupin County.


VEECH/VEECK, EDWARD JULIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 13, 1918
Edward Julius, the nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Veech of 826 Hawley avenue, died last night at 9:45 o'clock from influenza, taking ill with the disease last Friday. The little boy had been sickly since birth, and the dreaded disease was too much for his frail constitution. The little fellow was a bright and lovable child and his death is a great shock to the family. He was born on the second of July. The entire family, consisting of mother, father, grandmother and two other children, are ill, all but the father being influenza victims. The mother was up and around today, but was in no fit condition to be attending to matters pertaining to the funeral arrangement. The grandmother is Mrs. Lottie Veech, and the grandchildren are Albert and Alvena. [Note: last name was also spelled Veeck.]


VEECK, LOTTIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1918
Mrs. Lottie Veeck, wife of Frederick Veeck, died this morning at 20 minutes past 2 o'clock at the home of her son, Julius Veech [sic], of 826 Hawley avenue. Mrs. Veeck was a sister of the late Charles A. Schlueter, who died recently. Mrs. Veeck was born in Germany, but came to America at an early age, settling in Alton about twenty-five years ago. She was 71 years of age on the last day of last April, and up until her last illness she was a very active woman. During the past few months the family of Julius Veeck was stricken with the influenza, the aged mother being one of the victims. Pneumonia followed the influenza attack, and Mrs. Veeck was unable to stand the dreaded disease. Five weeks ago today Mr. and Mrs. Julius Veeck buried a little son, Edward, who was an influenza victim. Mrs. Veeck is survived by her husband, one son, Julius Veeck, her daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. She also leaves one brother, Rev. Henry Schlueter, of Baltimore, Md. The funeral arrangements are not completed but will be held most probably on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


VEITH, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1918
Louis Veith, for the past two years as watchman in the government slough, died last evening at St. Joseph's Hospital after a short illness. He was known around town, having been a requent visitor in town. His body was shipped out today to his old home in Keokuk, Iowa.


VERNARDOS, INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 31, 1907
The funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Venardos was held this morning from the home in Oak street, and was attended by many friends and relatives of the afflicted parents. Burial was in City Cemetery beneath a coverlet of flowers, the offerings of sympathizing friends.


VERMILLION, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1921
Dies From Accident in Paper Mill - Caught Between Two Revolving Rolls
Fred Vermillion, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Vermillion of Humbert street, died at St. Joseph's Hospital this morning from injuries he sustained a week ago today in the plant of the Alton Boxboard and Paper Company. The young man, in his eighteenth year, was employed in the plant and was working around the paper drying machine. The machine includes a number of rolls which are heated by steam to a temperature that will dry the wet paper pulp. Vermillion, in some way that is not fully explained, slipped while working over two rolls, which were revolving toward each other. His right foot went between the two rolls, which were about 8 1/2 inches apart, and his whole leg slipped in. He dropped astride one revolving roll with the two rolls continually dragging him downward. While he was seated astride the roll he suffered fearful injuries at the base of his body, including a fracture of his pelvis and internal injuries due to the grinding action of the roller revolving against his body. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where at first it was believed he had not been seriously hurt as the injuries were not apparent from external observation. The next day it was recognized that he was worse hurt than at first thought. His death followed a week of intense suffering. This was the first fatal accident in seven years at the plant of the Alton Boxboard and Paper Company. In the plant every precaution is taken against accidents and the result of it has been that though a big crew has been worked there the plant went a seven-year period without a man being fatally hurt. He was employed at the Box Board Paper Co., and last Tuesday met with a serious accident while at work which proved fatal. Besides his parents he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Fish of St. Louis, Mrs. Bertha Yother of Denning, Ark., and Mrs. Louise Smith of Alton. Two brothers, Arthur and Raymond Vermillion, both of Alton. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


VERMILLION, MILFORD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1904
Milford, the 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vermillion, died Sunday from diphtheria at the home on State street, between Fourth and Fifth. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, and was private.


VERMILLION, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 14, 1884
From Bethalto – We are in receipt of a card this morning announcing the death of Mrs. Thomas Vermillion of Upper Alton. Mrs. Vermillion formerly lived in Bethalto, and her numerous friends will be pained to hear of her sad demise.


VERMILLION, UNKNOWN CHILD/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, December 20, 1882
From Bethalto – A little child, two years old, of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Vermillion, died last Wednesday evening. The remains were taken to Witt Friday morning for interment.


VEST, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1916
Victim of Burns Dies at Hospital
William Vest, aged 38, of Wood River, formerly a baseball player on several Alton teams, died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock in St. Joseph's Hospital, as the result of burns sustained in a still "flash" at one of the Standard Oil refinery stills four weeks ago. Vest was badly burned about the arms and face and chest. The flesh on the upper part of one of his arms was burned to the bone. He was getting much better, and last Thursday was sitting up. His wife made daily trips to Alton to see him, but on Friday he was so delirious that he could not be seen by anyone except the nurses. On Saturday his condition was much worse and hope for his recovery was given up. Vest was a large man, weighing about 225 pounds. He was formerly an Alton street car conductor, and he was at one time an organizer of the Moose lodges. He was recognized as a good ball player and sided Alton teams in winning many games. He lived on Whitelaw avenue in Wood River. The body was not brought home, but was taken to the home of his mother on Feldwisch avenue, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


VETALIA, PHIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 2, 1917
Foreigner Mysteriously Murdered - No Clue Left
A deep mystery surrounds the murder of Phil Vetalia, an Italian. Vetalia was shot three times at the corner of Ninth and Piasa streets Thursday evening. Switchmen were working on the top of box cars nearby, and a gang of boys were playing on the corner at Ninth and Piasa streets, but the assailant made his getaway leaving not a single clue behind him. The police have been unable as yet to find anyone who can even give a description of the man who might have committed the crime. A switchman on the southbound C. & A. freight train reported to the police last evening that he had seen two men standing on the track but paid no attention. When his back was turned the shots were fired. Although some of the people were only a half a block away when the shots were fired, the man was dead when they got to him. He had been shot three times. Once through the eye, again through the abdomen, and once through the groin. Boys playing on the corner reported that the man who did the shooting escaped through Duncan's Foundry yard. Further than this they could not tell. The stories they told the police were very conflicting. Vetalia was identified last evening as one of a gang of foreigners who had been employed on the C. & A. section in Upper Alton. Passenger Agent T. R. Whray of the C. & A. railroad told last evening how his waiting to take a later train out of Alton had cost his life. During the afternoon he appeared at the C. & A. ticket office with about $19 on him. After purchasing a ticket to Springfield, he asked about the time for the trains. Whray advised him to take the 6 o'clock train, as that would get him there at a good time at night. Vetalia decided, however, to wait until the 9:58 train and it cost him his life. The police were unable to get the name of the foreigner last evening. He had some receipted bills from the Cartwright store in Upper Alton, but the name was not plain. This morning Alva Ranker, section foreman on the C. & A., gave the name of Vetalia to the police. Mr. Ranker stated that he had two brothers in Detroit, Mich. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner Wm. Bauer last evening. He will notify the relatives if it is possible to find them.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1917
The police have been unable to find any new clue to the murderer of Phil Vetalia. Several men were held as witnesses for the inquest last evening, but nothing new developed there. One of the men, a brakeman, testified that he was a very short distance from Vetalia at the time the shots were fired, but it was so dark that he could give no description of the man who committed the act. He says that the man who did the shooting was smaller than Vetalia. The police arrested a friend of Vetalia and held him on suspicion for the coroner's jury, but nothing against him developed and he was allowed to go free.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 6, 1917
It is believed in some quarters that Philip Vetalia, the Italian who was murdered at Ninth and Piasa streets last week, was the victim of a vendetta. He was buried yesterday, his brother having declared he would have nothing to do with him. The brother was notified that Philip was dead, and the message came back to Deputy Coroner Bauer to do with the body as he pleased. Mr. Bauer has been informed that Vetalia had admitted that he feared some vengeance being visited on him as he was wanted in Italy for killing a man. The suspicion is growing that the friends or relatives of the victim of Vetalia in Italy followed Vetalia to this country, hunted him up and executed the vengeance that is often visited in cases of a vendetta.


VICHE, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 15, 1908
Found Dead on Railroad Tracks
Mr. and Mrs. William Richards of Glen Arm, Illinois came to Upper Alton yesterday and viewed the remains of the man who was found dead at Wood River between the Big Four tracks and the C. & A. tracks, and identified the body as that of Mrs. Richards' brother, George Viche. They said that he was 27 years of age and that they had not seen him for over two years, although they heard from him a month ago and learned that he was either at Granite City or Alton. They do not know what he was doing in this vicinity, but supposed that he had been looking for work. They went away, promising to return and let Mr. Streeper know whether they wanted the body shipped home or buried here. The identification was accomplished through a letter in the pocket of the dead man. Operator Harry Cole of East Alton said that he heard five shots fired down the Big Four and C. & A. tracks toward Wood River on the same night that the man, believed to be Richards but who has proved to be George Viche, was killed, and suspected that he might have been shot and then thrown on the track. Coroner Streeper does not believe this known. There were a few cents in change on his body, and had he been met with foul play or by robbery this surely would have been taken. The position of the body made is appear that he had been struck by the train, knocked down and partly ground up under the wheels.


VICKES, J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1918
J. Vickes died suddenly this morning at the Alton State Hospital from what is reported to have been a stroke of apoplexy. Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer was notified and will hold an inquest this afternoon. Vickes formerly lived at Madison, Ill.


Died February 26, 1849
Pioneers of Olive Township
Isham Vincent was the son of Peter Vincent. His mother’s name is unknown. The family lived in Granville County, North Carolina. Peter Vincent served in the French and Indian War, and died between 1791-1800.

Isham married Martha Smart c. 1805 in North Carolina. She was the daughter of Laban Smart and Susannah Simmons. In about 1806, Isham and his family moved to Kentucky, where they remained until 1817, when they moved to Madison County, Illinois. He first stopped in Troy, where he taught one of the early schools. After 3 years, he moved to Olive Township, and settled on Section 36, on the Hillsboro and St. Louis wagon road. He erected a cabin, where he kept a barrel of whiskey for travelers. Vincent kept a horse mill for a number of years, and made a good quantity of flour. He also served a Justice of the Peace. Vincent was a “hard-shell Baptist,” and for years religious meetings were conducted in his home. He died in his home on February 26, 1849. Two weeks later, his wife, Martha, passed away (March 8, 1849). They, and other members of their family, were buried in the Vincent Cemetery on Mriscin Road, north of Alhambra, which was established by the Vincent family.

The Vincent family were:
Elizabeth “Betsey” Vincent – born in Kentucky, July 31, 1807, and died in Madison County, September 3, 1839. She married Peter Long on October 9, 1823.

Lemuel B. Vincent - born in Kentucky, November 30, 1809, and died at the age of 19, August 11, 1829, in Madison County. He is buried in the Vincent Cemetery.

Mary (Polly) Ann Vincent – born in Kentucky, February 27, 1812, and died February 27, 1846. She was married to John White Keown, and then Nicholas Bartlett. She is buried in the Vincent Cemetery.

Henry S. Vincent – born in Kentucky on September 5, 1814, and died May 8, 1837 in Madison County. He is buried in the Vincent Cemetery.

Barbara Allen Vincent – born in Alhambra, Madison County, Illinois, June 4, 1818, and died in Alhambra, Madison County, April 6, 1902. She married William Wriley Pearce. She is buried in the Vincent Cemetery.

Martha Smart Vincent – born in Madison County, March 23, 1821, and died in 1907. She married Isaac Wriley Pearce, and then William Eaves.

Susannah W. Vincent – born in Madison County, July 11, 1823, and died April 1, 1829. She is buried in the Vincent Cemetery.

Edwin Vincent – born in 1825 in Madison County, and died in 1825. He was the first to be buried in the Vincent Cemetery.


VINCENT, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 15, 1883
Mr. Joseph Vincent, an estimable colored citizen, for almost 40 years a resident of Alton, died Friday morning at the age of 65 years. He left four daughters and one son to mourn his death.


VINSON, JESSE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 7, 1904
North Alton News - Considerable excitement prevailed here yesterday evening when it was discovered that the surviving members of the Vinson family, living on the branch, had deserted their home, clothing, furniture and had departed for unknown parts sometime during Sunday night. The family was afflicted with smallpox, and Jesse died from that disease Saturday. They came from Jersey County originally, and are supposed to have returned there, abandoning all their belongings in the hope of getting away from the disease which is said to have been of the malignant type. The family lived in Godfrey township, and it was the duty of the officers there to look after the matter.


VIOLET, ROSA MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 6, 1903
Upper Alton News - Mrs. Rosa May Violet died yesterday afternoon at her home on South Main street after suffering about six months with tuberculosis. Her husband survives her, also one sister, Mrs. Thomas Rodie. Mrs. Violet was born in Philadelphia in 1876. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, and the body will be taken to Brighton, her former home, for interment.


VISSERING, JAMES P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 30, 1919
Aged Stockman Dies From Injuries in Auto Crash
James P. Vissering, in his 74th year, retired stockraiser, died at 9 o'clock this morning at his home, 2930 College avenue, after being bedfast four months. Mr. Vissering was hurt four months ago when an automobile ran into a horse he was riding. The aged man, an expert horseman, was hurled from his seat in the saddle and thrown against a curbstone, and the horse was knocked over and fell on top of him, crushing him. He sustained injuries to his hip and back from which he never recovered. His advanced age contributed to his bad condition, and though he was able to get up and around on crutches and went out in an automobile, he failed to regain his strength and a decline set in. Mr. Vissering was a man of progressive ideas, a great believer in taking the initiative, and was a pioneer in the mail order system of selling registered live stock. He was a specialist in raising Angus cattle and Poland China hogs, and his reputation as a breeder of both kinds of stock brought him a widespread business through the mails, the purchasers not even seeing their purchases until delivered. At the age of 19 years he came here from Germany, where he was born in Otsfriesland, September 27, 1845. He entered Shurtleff College soon after coming to Alton, as he discovered that handicapped as he was by a defective hand, he would have to depend upon his brains to make a living. In Shurtleff he worked hard to get an education, going without any luxuries and even doing with few necessities, but he won out. He engaged in various lines of work until he went to farming at his old home place on the Grafton road in 1878, where he remained until 1911. He retired from farming then, but continued his activities as a mail order stock dealer. Mr. Vissering was a great lover of fine horses, and he always kept a fine saddle horse for his personal use. He was one of the most graceful of riders and he presented an appearance that would attract attention. It was his love for horseback riding that ended in the accident, April 12, that caused his death. After his retirement from his farm he moved to Upper Alton where he made his home up to the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and two children, Harry of Chicago, and Mrs. George K. Worden of Upper Alton. It was his wish that he be entombed in the Grandview Mausoleum, and his wish will be respected. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home.


VITKEFSKY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1919
The funeral of Miss Mary Vitkefsky, who was instantly killed when struck by a Chicago and Alton passenger train at noon Saturday, was this morning from St. Patrick's church, where Requiem Mass was celebrated, and interment was in Greenwood cemetery. Miss Vitkefsky was struck by the train near South Wood River while going from work at the International Tannery. She was about to cross the track when the pilot of the engine struck her. She was thrown against a pole near the track and her body badly mangled. Her father, also an employee of the tannery, saw the accident. An inquest into the death of the girl will be conducted this evening by Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer.


VITT, MARGUERITE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 3, 1922
Mrs. Marguerite Vitt, wife of Thomas Vitt, died at the family home on Bluff street yesterday morning at 2:30 o'clock after a long illness. She had been an invalid many months and the past few months had been confined to her bed. A month ago it was recognized that her case was an exceedingly grave one, and that the end would not be long deferred. Patiently she bore the most intense suffering and in her lucid moments in the days when she knew she was dying, she was always cheerful and thoughtful for others. Even before her family admitted to themselves that there could be only a fatal termination of the illness, Mrs. Vitt referred to her approaching "recovery" as she tactfully expressed it in her full consciousness, that she was not to get well. Mrs. Vitt was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. McGinnis. Her death is the first break in that family circle. She was born in Alton and lived here most of her life. She graduated from the Eastern Illinois Normal school, and also took a course at Chicago University. She taught in the Alton public schools and also in the Edwardsville schools prior to her marriage to Thomas Vitt. After her marriage she lived in Danville for a short period, returning to Alton to make her home here. Mrs. Vitt is survived by her husband and three children, William, Marguerite and Grace. The youngest child is less than ten months old. The second child, namesake of the mother, is ill at the home of the grandparents, on State street. She leaves also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McGinnis, two brothers and three sisters, John F. Jr., and William McGinnis, Mrs. John O'Connell, Mrs. Walter Flable, Miss Grace McGinnis and Sister Clotilde, a member of the Ursuline order. Mrs. Vitt was a woman of strong personality, was most efficient as a teacher and possessed a disposition that won for her the love and respect of all who knew her. She was a good mother to the little family who have suffered the calamity of losing the wife and mother. The funeral will be held at nine o'clock tomorrow morning from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


VOELKEL, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1920
Louis Voelkel was found dead this morning at the Alton State Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past year and one half. He was an employee of the Stanard mill for approximately 12 years. Before coming to Alton he made his home in Bunker Hill. Louis had reached the age of twenty-seven years. He is survived by one aunt, Mrs. Gotlieb Steinbrook of Bunker Hill. Funeral arrangements have not be made.


VOELLNER, ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 25, 1914
Young Man Falls From Balloon Into River And Drowns - Mother Charges Balloonist
Thomas Cowan or Cohn, the aeronaut who was responsible for Robert Voellner, aged 19, losing his life as the result of making a balloon ascension which ended in his falling in the river and being drowned, was arrested early Sunday morning on a warrant sworn out before Justice G. B. Pfeiffer, charging him with allowing a minor to engage in a hazardous act without consent of his legal guardians. When taken into custody Sunday morning by Deputy Sheriff Fitzgerald, Cowan, or Cohn, made frantic attempts to get out. He had no money, and could give no bond. He attempted to interest Alton people in going bail for him, but none of the local Moose would take the chances of having to pay any penalty that might be in store for the balloonist. It was therefore impossible for an ascension to be made Sunday afternoon. The ascension was barred by another reason. Capt. W. D. Fluent, indignant over the treatment and abuse heaped on him by members of the carnival company, refused to surrender the parachute until a gasoline bill for $2.40 was paid. The bill was not paid and the parachute remained at the Fluent dock all day Sunday. The parachute is a damaging bit of evidence should there be any prosecution of Cowan. Witnesses who found the parachute will swear that the trigger used for releasing the parachute from the balloon was so jammed that the more the balloonist would pull it, the tighter it would be. The warrant for Cowan's arrest was issued on complaint of the stepfather of Robert Voellner, Leonard Nottebrock. The boy's mother accompanied her husband, to whom she was married a week ago, about the time that the boy left home and joined the carnival company. Cowan was taken before Justice Pfeiffer at noon today, pleaded guilty to a charge made against him and was fined $25 and costs, which was paid. Cowan was faced by the mother of the boy and his stepfather. Nottebrook seemed very indignant at Cowan and he refused to shake hands with Cowan when the latter approached and tried to express his sympathy. Cowan told the court that the boy had insisted upon making the ascension, and he claimed he believed the boy was over 21 and his mother was willing. He claimed he didn't know the boy's name until after the fatal termination of the ascension. Mrs. Nottebrock intimated after the trial that she was dissatisfied. She claimed that her son had a gold watch, and Cowan denied any knowledge of it. Mrs. Nottebrock said that she was sure the boy had a watch and that he would not have taken it in a balloon ascension. The family blamed the carnival management for not taking precautions to insure the boy having a chance for his life, and said they had evidence that the parachute was defective. Mrs. Nottebrook exhibited a photograph of her son, which she said was a good one. This picture was identified by the balloonist as a picture of the boy he had sent on the ride to his death. The balloonist claimed that the boy was merely a partner of his. This claim was made to evade any claim for damages which the mother might make, it was believed, as it would be claimed the lad was not in the employ of the carnival company. The carnival company left this morning for Jacksonville.


VOGEL, EMIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1906
Emil Vogel, aged 42, died Sunday noon at the home of his brother-in-law, Julius Nichols, on Holman street, after a long illness with Bright's disease. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Nichols home.


VOGEL, MORRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 16, 1909
Morris Vogel, aged eighty-four years, died Monday night at the home of his son-in-law, Charles Graff, 822 East Second Street, after an illness of seven weeks. While attending services at St. Mary's church several weeks ago Sunday, he was stricken with paralysis and while he partially recovered, he had no chance to get well since that time. He was a resident of Godfrey for almost sixty years and was known to almost everyone in that township. About four years ago he moved to Alton with his wife, whose health was bad. She died three years ago. He is survived by four daughters and a son, Miss Rose Vogel and Mrs. William Wheyers of Alton, Mrs. Philip Walters of Godfrey, Mrs. Annie Willing of Los Angeles, Cal., and Frank Vogel of Palmyra. A daughter-in-law, the widow of his son William also resides in Palmyra with her children. The funeral will be held Thursday morning from St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.


VOGELPOHL, CAROLINE HUMMERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1910
Sold Candies in Upper Alton for 40 Years
Mrs. Caroline Hummert Vogelpohl, aged 70, died Thursday morning at her home in Upper Alton, from the effects of cerebral hemorrhages. She had conducted a candy store in Upper Alton forty years, and for many years her place of business was the one visited by the children when they had nickels and pennies to spend. She had been in bad health about three months, and she sold her confectionery at the corner of College and Washington avenues in Upper Alton, and had gone into retirement. She was born April 10, 1840, in Germany. At the age of 7 she came to America with her parents, who settled at Fosterburg. She moved to Brighton, then to Upper Alton, where she married F. L. Vagelpohl, a baker, who died in 1884. She had several paralytic strokes. Mrs. Vogelpohl was about her home as usual this morning, when she was taken with severe bleeding of the nose, and when the bleeding stopped, death followed. She leaves seven children: Charles, Milton, Edward and Lenus Vogelpohl of Upper Alton; Emil of Hardin; George of Alton; and Miss Lillie Vogelpohl of Upper Alton. The time of the funeral is not set.


VOGELPOHL, FRIEDRICH LUDWIG/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 26, 1884
Upper Alton News - Died, in this place on Sunday morning, Friedrich L. Vogelpohl. Deceased was born in Hanover in 1820. Was for 20 years a sailor, came to Washington County, Illinois to visit relatives, and from there to this place where he has resided for over 15 years. He was married in 1864, and leaves 7 children, the oldest 19, youngest 3 years of age. Funeral took place yesterday (Monday) at 2 p.m. from the family residence, and was largely attended. The business places of this town were closed from 2 till 3:30 yesterday on account of Mr. Vogelpohl's death.


VOGT, FERDINAND/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, December 29, 1887
Frozen to Death
From Edwardsville – Ferdinand Vogt, aged 41, a cigar manufacturer, was frozen to death last night on Second Street, about fifty yards from his boarding house. He was found this morning about 7 o’clock. At the coroner’s inquest, which was held this evening, it was shown that Mr. Vogt had visited several saloons during the evening, and about 19:30 bid his friends goodbye and started for Ed Machis’, where he boarded. While walking along Second Street, he slipped off the sidewalk and falling, struck his head near the temple, on an old iron barrel hoop that was imbedded, edge up, in the frozen ground, cutting a long gash in his skull. This blow rendered him insensible, and while in that condition he froze to death. Deceased was unmarried, but had several step-brothers and sisters living here. He leaves some little property.


VOGT, PETER/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 8, 1881
A German named John Saeger, from Morrisonville, returning from a western tour of observation, accompanied by a companion named Peter Vogt, was taken sick on the road and died Monday, between Alton and Portage des Sioux. Mr. Augustine Head was going to his residence, about six miles from Alton, and when a quarter of a mile this side of his residence, saw the form of a man lying under a tree. He found the man was dead and cold. The turnout used by the two men, Saeger and Vogt, a wagon and two dark-colored mules, was left at Wyss boarding house in Hunterstown, and yet remains there. By what means Vogt arrived at the place where his dead body was found remains a mystery. It may be that the fatigue of travel, exposure, and the almost unexampled heat of the weather caused the death of both of the traveling companions.

The body of Saeger was brought to Alton yesterday evening, and was taken to the tool house at the cemetery by Bauer & Hoffmann, undertakers, under the direction of the Odd Fellows, deceased being a member of that order. The funeral took place Tuesday, and the remains will be buried in the Odd Fellows lot at the Alton City Cemetery.


VOHWINKLE, OTTO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, March 27, 1899
Crazed with Bad Whisky, Otto Vohwinkle, of East Alton, Stabs Himself Twelve Times
Otto Vohwinkle, of East Alton, while crazed with delirium tremens, committed suicide Sunday night at 8 o'clock by stabbing himself in the breast with a dull pocket knife. He had been on a protracted spree and had not breathed a sober breath since last December, so his associates say, and for several days he had been raving crazy. He had frequently said he would kill himself, and his friends who were attending him took the precaution of taking from him all weapons that might be used for suicidal purpose. Vohwinkle was determined to end his life, and while left alone, he managed to procure a pocket knife, with a 2 1/2 inch blade, and with it he effectually ended his troubles. J. H. Devanney, who had been looking after Vohwinkle all day, left the crazy man alone for a short time before 8 o'clock Sunday night. When he returned he found his late charge lying on the bed with twelve knife wounds in his breast, over and around the heart, and the knife laying beside the body, covered with blood. Vohwinkle had lived at East Alton about twelve years. He came from Germany and worked hard until last summer, when he received notice that had been left a small fortune in Germany. He went back home and returned when he had received part of it. On December 2, $704 was sent him from Germany, and December 19 he placed $450 of it in the National bank. The remainder he spent for whisky, and then he began drawing his money from the bank. Within one month he drew all his money from the bank, and during all that time he was continuously drunk. When his money gave out he said he would kill himself, but made no attempts until the fatal one. He was 45 years of age and had no relatives in this country. Coroner Bailey held an inquest and turned the body over to Undertaker Bater, who will have it buried at public expense.


VOISILIST, STEF/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1911
Bystander Fatally Wounded by Cheap Revolver
Stef Voisilist, an Italian, died at St. Joseph's hospital at 3 o'clock this morning from a wound in the abdomen inflicted by Andrew Salee, in a little house near the Federal Lead works work, Saturday evening. According to the stories told by the men, the shooting was accidental. They were practicing with a cheap revolver at their home and were shooting at a barrel head. Volsilist had been shooting and could not hit the barrel head, and then Salee claimed that it was his turn to take a shot. The revolver shot so crooked that the bullet struck Volsilist, who was standing close by, the ball entering his abdomen and making a fatal wound. A dying statement was made by Voisilist at the hospital exonerating Salee of any blame. Other witnesses gave similar statements. The wounded man made a statement before he died, which was interpreted by N. S. Wittles, saying that Salee was free from any blame in the matter, and it was purely accidental. The two had been friends for many years, and the dying man was sure that the shot was not fired on purpose. As a last request embodied in the statement, he asked that Salee donate seventy dollars toward his funeral expenses if he died, and in case he got well, to assist in the paying of the doctors bills. Salee agreed to this. The statement was made out in writing and was sworn to before police magistrate William Ash.


VOLBRACHT, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 18, 1883
Joseph Volbracht, recently a member of the police force, died suddenly Saturday evening at D. Aswege’s boarding house, corner of Second [Broadway] and Spring Streets, at the age of 45 years. About 5 o’clock, he complained of feeling unwell, and went upstairs to his room. An hour and a half afterwards, someone went to call him and found that he was dead, having passed away, apparently, without a struggle. Dr. Davis was notified and attended immediately, but found life extinct, death being caused by a stroke of apoplexy. Coroner Youree was telegraphed for, came up, but did not think necessary to hold an official inquiry. The funeral took place today from the residence of Mr. F. Volbracht, deceased’s brother.


VOLZ, EDITH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 28, 1908
Miss Edith Volz, a teacher in the public schools, aged 20 last March, died Thursday at 3:20 o'clock a.m. at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Henry Loarts, on North street. She had gone there from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Volz of Franklin street, in the belief that the change might be beneficial to her. Miss Volz had been suffering from a complication of diseases arising from a complete nervous prostration. One year ago when she graduated in the Alton high schools, she was a picture of perfect health and one of the most beautiful girls in her class. She had made a good record in her school work, and she had qualified for appointment as a teacher in the public schools. At the January meeting of the board of education she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the eighth grade of Lincoln school. She was not in the best of health at the time she accepted the appointment, but nothing serious was apprehended and she undertook the difficult task of teaching in the eighth grade. Miss Volz made a good teacher, and her conscientiousness and determination to succeed, in the face of failing health, contributed to her breakdown. She became a victim of nervous prostration after she had taught school several months, and at last was obliged to give up her work. It was regretted exceedingly by the board of education, as she was an efficient teacher and gave excellent satisfaction. Her death has been expected for the past week, although for three or four days she had been showing signs of being somewhat improved. Her death is a sad blow to her parents, who have lost in her their only child. Miss Volz was much admired for her personal beauty and her loveable traits of character. Among the teachers who had so recently been her instructors and still more recently her associates in the work of instructing, her death is the cause of deep grief. Members of her family do not believe that her attack was wholly due to her work as a school teacher, although her devotion to her work probably did cause the final collapse. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the home of Henry Loarts, 1408 North street.


VOLZ, ELIZA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1910
Mrs. Eliza Volz, a resident of Alton for the past 53 years, died Tuesday afternoon at her home, 1217 east Fourth street, after an illness of two months. She was born in Germany and was 76 years of age. Her husband was in the cypress hauling business here for many years before his death. Four children survive Mrs. Volz, all residents of Alton: Mrs. Fecht, August, John, and Leonard Volz. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home where services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.


VOLZ, GUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1915
Two of the bodies of the ill-fated victims of the powder works explosion yesterday will be shipped away, and the other three buried in this vicinity....The funeral of Gus Volz will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John DeSilvey, at the Tile Works hotel. Services will be held afterwards at the M. E. church, and the burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. DeSilvey said today that Volz was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and took the name of Miller at times, by which he was known by many of his friends. He married Miss Esther DeSilvey three years ago, and leaves his wife and one child, who will remain at the DeSilvey home.


VON BINZER, CARL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1903
Carl, the one year old son of Major and Mrs. Max Von Binzer, died Saturday night at St. Joseph's hospital from cholera infantum. The members of the family were passing through Alton on the way to Chicago when two of the children became ill, Friday morning, and were removed to the hospital. The child's body will be buried at Davenport, Iowa. Major Von Binzer was formerly commandant of the Western Military Academy and subsequently went to the Bleese Military Academy at Macon, Mo.


VON BINZER, FREDERICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 8, 1903
Frederick Von Binzer, son of Major and Mrs. Max Von Binzer, died in St. Joseph's Hospital Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock after an illness of two weeks. The child is the second of the family to die in the last two weeks. Major and Mrs. Von Binzer were passing through Alton on their way from St. Louis to the north, during the time when passengers were being transferred by the railroads here. While the family were spending the night at the Madison hotel, the two children became very ill and were moved to the hospital. A few days later the youngest child died and was taken to Davenport, Iowa for burial. The oldest child continued in a doubtful condition until the last few days when it began to grow worse. Death was due to summer complaint. The parents, accompanied by the mother of Mrs. Von Binzer, will depart this evening for Davenport where the funeral will be held.


VON FALTENBERG, L./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 23, 1887
From Fosterburg – Mr. L. Von Faltenberg died at the residence of his mother-in-law last Friday, the 18th. He leaves a wife and one child, besides a large number of friends to mourn his death. The remains were taken to Short’s Cemetery for burial. He was 36 years of age.


VONNAHMEN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1922
Dies on Site of House In Which He Was Born, 64 Years Ago
John Vonnahmen, aged 64, died Saturday night at his home at Wood Station, on the same site on which he was born. He had been ailing for three or four months, but was only seriously ill for the past week. He was married on the ninth of June, 1885, to Mary Huebener of Brighton. His wife died ten years ago. He farmed all his life and was one of the best known residents of the Wood Station neighborhood. He was a successful and prosperous farmer, operating a large farm. He is survived by three sons, Lawrence, Anthony and John, and one daughter, Minnie, all of Wood Station. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Frank Banger of Edwardsville, Mrs. Ann Mahler of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Frank Wolf of Upper Alton, and a brother, Frank Wolf, of Wood Station. He also leaves three grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday at ten o'clock from St. Mary's church. Interment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.


VONNEMANN, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 31, 1910
Henry Vonnemann, aged 54, died Friday morning at 11 o'clock at his home in Foster township after an illness of two months from asthma and heart trouble. Mr. Vonnemann was born and raised in Foster township and lived there all his life. He is survived by his wife and seven children, four sons - John, William, Joseph and Henry, and three daughters - Kate, Rose and Mary. He leaves also three brothers, John Vonnemann, Joseph and Frank Wolf, and four sisters, Mrs. Alexander Wegener, Mrs. Anna Mueller, Mrs. Rose Bange and Mrs. Emma Sturgeon. The funeral will be held Monday morning from St. Mary's church at Alton, at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.


VONSTEIN, ANN CHRISTY/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 19, 1880
Mrs. Ann C. Vonstein, an estimable lady who had resided in Alton almost forty-three years, died Tuesday evening after an illness lasting a little more than a week. She was in the 81st year of her age. She was born at Darmstadt, Germany in March 1800, and came to this country in 1837.


VOORHES, CALEB M./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 3, 1852
Died on Monday evening, the 16th inst., at the residence of R. Debow, Esq., Upper Alton, of typhoid fever, Caleb M. Voorhes of St. Louis, and formerly of Bound Brook, New Jersey; aged 29 years.


VOSS, JEANETTE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 19, 1916
Mrs. Jeanette Voss, aged 91, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma Eden, of 1036 Union street, at noon today after an illness of some duration. Mrs. Voss has been a resident of Alton for the last 23 years, coming here from her old home in Germany. She is survived by two sons, Theodore and Julius of Alton; and two daughters, Mrs. Emma Eden of Alton and Thresa of Germany. The funeral services will be conducted at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the German Evangelical Church to the City cemetery. The services will be conducted at the church by Rev. E. L. Mueller.


VOTTEROTT, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 31, 1901
Louis, the 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Voterott, died this morning at 7 o'clock at the family home on Fifth street, after an illness from scarlet fever. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Voterott has been singularly unfortunate and in their affliction the family will have the sympathy of the entire community. Six out of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Voterott have died, and five of these have succumbed to contagious diseases and private funerals have been held.


VOUNBERGEN [VonBergen?], SOPHIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1904
Mrs. Sophia Vounbergen, a sister of Mr. Charles Schleuter, wife of Andrew Vounbergen, died at her home in Fosterburg Tuesday at 2 p.m. from pulmonary troubles, aged 54 years 6 months. She leaves four sons and four daughters, her husband, two brothers and a sister. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. from Fosterburg.


VOYLES, STELLA BOWEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 10, 1909
Mrs. Stella Bowen Voyles, wife of Robert Voyles, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bowen of Melville, died at her home in Marine last night after a long illness. She had been very ill at her father's home, and when it became apparent she could not last much longer, she was taken back to her own home to die. She was 27 years of age and leaves beside her husband, four children. The body was taken today to the home of the parents at Melville.


VUKOVIC/LUKOVIC, LUKA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1920
Shot Nine Times and Killed by Prohibition Enforcement Officer
Luka Vukovic, 37 years old, of 1327 G Street, Madison, was shot nine times and killed by S. Glenn Young, a prohibition enforcement officer, when Vukovic resisted a raid on his home Saturday night. Young, with Walter Cowgill and E. J. Tieney of the Granite City police force, had learned that Vukovic was making liquor and storing it in the home of his cousin, Mike Sever, 1325 G street. At this address they found a still and a quantity of liquor, which they confiscated, and then proceeded next door. Peeping through a rear window, the officers saw Vukovic drinking some liquor out of a milk bottle, and knocked on the door demanding admission. Eliciting no response, the raiders went to the front door, which they broke in when the occupant refused to open it. They found Lukovic in bed. A trap door was discovered leading to the cellar, where a 20 gallon keg, nearly filled with raisin whisky, was found. Young commanded Lukovic to remain in sight while the officers carried the whisky upstairs. Lukovic stood in the doorway a moment, and then disappeared, to return with a revolver he pointed at the policeman and pulled the trigger. The weapon failed to go off, and Young emptied his revolver at Lukovic, who ran to the rear of the porch. Gowgill followed him, but was knocked down by a blow on the head. Young took up the pursuit and fired three shots from a second revolver, at which Lukovic fell dead. All nine bullets had entered his body, two in the chest, one in the neck, wrist, right shoulder, each hip, left temple, abdomen, and right leg. A jury called by Coroner Joseph Krill returned a verdict of justifiable homicide. Vukovic will be buried in St. Mark's Cemetery, Granite City, Monday afternoon. [name was spelled with a "V" and an "L"]


VULLIET, LOUISA/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 23, 1883
Last Thursday afternoon, Miss Louisa Vulliet of Highland, daughter of Rev. L. Vulliet, took a shotgun from the house, went out into the orchard, and shot herself through the breast. The deed was not discovered until the next morning. No motive for the rash act is known.


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