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Nameoki, Illinois, Newspaper Clippings

Madison County ILGenWeb Coordinator - Beverly Bauser

 

EARLY HISTORY OF NAMEOKI

 

NAMEOKI - FATAL RAILROAD ACCIDENT
Source: Alton Weekly Courier, November 5, 1857
A passenger informs the Missouri Democrat that when the cars coming west reached a point one mile this side of Nameoki, about eleven o'clock on Tuesday, the engineer observed a man lying on the track at a short curve, and immediately reversed the engine and caused the brakes to be put down, but too late to prevent a fatal accident. The cars ran over the body which proved to be that of an Irishman, who is supposed to have laid himself down on that perilous spot while intoxicated. The fragments of a bottle, smelling of liquor, were discovered, mixed up with the terribly mutilated remains of the unfortunate man.

 

ENTIRE FAMILY MURDERED IN NAMEOKI
Source: Alton Telegraph, December 13, 1867
On Sunday night last, a German family, living at Nameoki, a station on the railroad about ten miles from Alton, were murdered in their sleep by some person or persons, who gained entrance into the house. The details, as near as we could obtain them, are as follows:

On Saturday, the father of the family, whose name we could not ascertain, went to St. Louis with a load of produce, for which he received a considerable sum of money. After making the sale, he returned home. On Sunday night, the house was entered by thieves, and the man, his wife, and one child (some reports say more than one child) were butchered in cold blood. The perpetrators then made their escape, after robbing the house.

It is supposed that the bloody deed was perpetrated by ruffians from St. Louis, who had seen the money paid the farmer and followed him home. We will give further particulars of this horrible affair as soon as we are able to obtain them.

Murderer Hung By a Mob
Source: Alton Telegraph, December 20, 1867
Our readers are familiar with the particulars of the late terrible murder of a German farmer at Kinder’s Switch in Madison County, and also with the fact that a man named Joseph Marshall had been arrested, charged with being one of the parties guilty of the crime. He was delivered to Constable Hymes, and placed in jail at Venice to await a preliminary examination. On Thursday night, however, we learn from the Missouri Democrat a crowd of citizens collected around the place of the murderer’s confinement, and he was taken away by force and hanged to a tree until dead. Marshall had been identified by several person in the vicinity of the scene of the murder as one of the two men who had been seen prowling about the neighborhood, and upon whom suspicion fastened as the perpetrators of the crime.

NOTES:
Nameoki Station, or Kinder’s Switch, was an area in Nameoki Township, now part of Granite City. The name of the family that was murdered is unknown, however some of the families living in the area in 1861 were Braden, Trish, Stallings, and Atkins.

 

NAMEOKI - WABASH TRAIN HELD UP BY FIFTEEN MASKED MEN
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1920
Fifteen masked men this morning held up Wabash passenger train number 6, two miles south of Nameoki, and secured $500 in cash and valuable jewelry from the passengers. The masked men had six automobiles waiting for them and after securing their loot dashed off. It is believed they came in the direction of Alton. According to information obtained today at Nameoki, the men first held up freight train 91 of the Wabash. The watches and money of the crew were taken, and the crew were forced to extinguish all lights on the train. This was at 4:10 a.m. It was shortly afterward that the fast passenger, number 6, one of the Wabash's finest trains on this division, came through Nameoki. The train was stopped and the passengers searched. According to reports about $500 in cash was taken from the passengers, in addition to jewelry and other valuables, the value of which was not learned.

 

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