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Alhambra, Illinois, Newspaper Clippings

Madison County ILGenWeb Coordinator - Beverly Bauser




Source: Alton Telegraph, November 7, 1851
A correspondent at Alhambra, in the northeastern part of this county, informs us that the large prairie in that vicinity has been on fire for some days past, with a south wind blowing all the time, destroying a large amount of property consisting of hay and corn. Among the heaviest sufferers the names of Curtiss Blakeman, Esq., and Messrs. Donderman, A. C. Barth, and Alfred Keown are mentioned. It is reported that the fire extended northwardly into Montgomery County, causing great destruction there. In consequence of this calamity, the farmers in that region will be compelled to commence feeding their stock now, as every vestige of grass was destroyed. The perpetrator of this deed will be severely punished if discovered.


Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 16, 1853
The reader will please take notice and bear in mind that in the northeast part of Madison County, there is a town called Alhambra on the state road from Alton to Vandalia. It is one of the healthiest, most beautiful and desirable locations for a town that the eastern part of the county affords, and the country adjoining is not surpassed for farming, and is settling up very fast; consequently, those wishing to locate either in the country or town will do well to make an early investment while property is cheap; tradesmen and mechanics will find it a desirable location. Any or all property will be sold on terms that can but be satisfactory to the purchaser, if application be made soon, and the sooner the better bargain. Texas gold fever the cause. For further particulars, call on or address (postpaid) the undersigned, at Alhambra, Madison County, Illinois. Larkin C. Keown.


Source: The New York Times, New York, NY, July 19, 1903
Two boys averted a terrible wreck with the probable loss of dozens of lives by flagging the early morning express on the Illinois Central before it ran on the bridge across Silver Creek, which had been partially burned away, three miles north of here yesterday. The boys John and William Bilf, twelve and fourteen years old, respectively, who live on a farm near the creek, were on their way to a neighbor's when they saw smoke issuing from the bridge some little distance from them. About middle way out they discovered that forty feet of the structure had been burned away and the bridge was still in flames. They knew that the fast express would be along in a few minutes, and if it were allowed to run on the bridge it would surely go down in midstream, with great loss of life. It must be stopped, they both knew it, and they set about their important task. They had no flag, but that trifle was soon mended. John tore up his shirt and tied it to a staff. Then together they ran to the track to meet the train. About half a mile from the bridge they heard the oncoming train, so, taking their position in the middle of the track they began to wave the flag as the train came in view. The engineer was quick to perceive the signal and threw on the brakes stopping the train within a few yards of the bridge. The engineer, conductor, and many of the passengers thanked the boys for their heroism. The two boys are members of a family of thirteen children. It is supposed that the fire was caused by coals from the firepan of a passing engine.


Source: Ogdensburg, New York News, September 13, 1907
September 12, 1907 - Charles W. Hosto, a farmer living near Alhambra, walked into the office of Sheriff Jones here and surrendered himself, saying he had killed Charles Hesi, who lived on a farm adjoining his. Hosto's story was not believed at first, but was found to be true. Hosto was arrested on the charge of manslaughter and released on bond pending his preliminary hearing. The two men quarreled Monday. Hosto declared he cut Hesi with a pocket knife in self-defense. He put the man in a wagon and drove him home. Hesi died that night.

Source: Troy Weekly Call, October 19, 1907
Charles Hosto, the Alhambra township farmer charged with killing Charles Hesi, a neighbor, in a quarrel some weeks ago, was given a preliminary hearing before Justice Joseph Edmonds at Edwardsville last Saturday, and was acquitted of the charge. The dispute arose over a boundary line, and Hosto claimed he acted in self-defense. The attorneys for the defense asked that the charge be dismissed, which was done with the consent of States Attorney Gillham.


Source: Troy Weekly Call, September 14, 1907
Alhambra had two tragedies during the past week - a suicide and a murder. William Homan, a young farmer, crazed by drink, attempted to murder his wife and four children by standing them in a row and leveling a shotgun at them, but suddenly changed his mind and fired in the air, and shortly afterwards hung himself in his barn. The second tragedy was the killing of Charles Hesi by Charles Hosto in an altercation in which the former was stabbed. The men were neighbors and had been bitter enemies for a year over the drainage of a piece of land. Hosto gave himself up at Edwardsville and was released on a bond of $5,000, signed by T. E. Rinkle and Thomas Koch of Edwardsville.


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