First Issue: April 1 , 1881
From the Pierce City Empire “of yesterday”: we learn from the Cassville papers that on Monday of last week, J.M. Bayless daughter, grave (who was killed on Thursday) he was struck by lightening, as was also his pup that was in the grave with him and received a severe shock that the hadn’t got over the effects of this morning.
The Hartville Home-Talk gives a long account of the killing of Robert Peters by Bart Huckaby at that place on the evening of the 16th. Both of the men bore suspicious characters and were classed among the list of worthless tramps. the murderer is reported still at large.
See notice of reward for one Taylor Underwood, who killed the marshal of Greenfield and shot his assistance, wounding him in the shoulder, last Monday. Ad was for the killing of J.D. McElrath, City Marshal of Greenfield on June 20, 1881, while the marshal was attempting Underwood’s arrest for horse stealing. Underwood is about 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, weights about 175 lbs., dark brown hair, slightly tinged with gray, heavy sandy mustache, dark blue eyes, shows teeth when smiling.
From the Cassville Democrat—Thursday evening last Jack Waldon and Bob Clark got into a difficulty in the harvest field of Waldon, when the latter gave Clark two severe stabs in the abdomen and side of the chest, the latter penetrating the right lung. Clark is in precarious condition.
Luella, a little daughter of Mrs. Anna Jones, died last Monday. The funeral took place on the following day from the residence of Mr. H.M. Heckart on west Walnut street.
From the Ozark Republican of yesterday—On Sunday last Fred, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Munger , aged about 10 years, who lives eight miles east of here, met with a sad and painful accident by falling from a horse and breaking one of his arms. the broken arm was property set by Dr. J.M. Hornbeak as soon as possible, but mortification set in. Dr. Tefft, of Springfield, was summoned, and the arm amputated the next evening. Accounts from the unfortunate boy Tuesday noon were the effect that he could not live longer than 12 or 15 hours. The accident occurred at the house of the boy’s grandmother.
July 1, 1881
From the Osceola Sun: Frank Hilbreck, aged 18, was drowned in the Osage river near Schell City on Sunday of last week. The body was recovered. He was in the river bathing.
At the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. B.F. Jones nine miles northwest of the city, about 5 o’clock last Sunday evening, while passing out of the door, Mr. C.C. Parrish was stuck by lightning and instantly killed. No one else about the premises was hurt.
Died, at her home 8 miles northwest of the city, last Sunday, June 26, Mrs. Matilda Jones, aged 74 years. Deceased was born at Abingdon, Washington county, Virginia, whence she came to this county with her husband in the year 1836, where she resided up to the time of her death. Among the numerous friends and relatives both here and elsewhere, who will cherish her memory is her eldest son, Col. F.S. Jones, who is well known throughout the Southwest.
Charley McIntosh, a 17-year-old son of Chas. A. McIntosh in Wright county, on Monday of last week accidentally shot himself with a revolver he was carrying contrary to the commands of his parents. He died in a few minutes afterwards.
July 7, 1881
From the Lamar Republican—A sad piece of news came to us Wednesday, in substance the drowning of a little boy about a mile and a half from Lamar. The boy had gone into the field, with his father who was plowing. He fell into a vacant well. He was fished out as soon as possible, but the vital spark had fled.
R.B. Haydon last Tuesday started to his home some six miles southeast of town, carrying a jug or the ardent, and when almost there he “fell by the wayside,” where he was found dead. an inquest was held by Esq. J.H. Duncan, and the jury rendered a verdict of “death from the excessive use of strong drink.”
About 11 o’clock last Friday night Frank Craft, James Butler and William Underwood, three men charged with horse stealing, were taken from the jail at Greenfield by a body of masked men hanged up to trees till dead. In order to get into the jail, Sheriff Whiteside was overpowered and when the crowd unlocked the door and marched the prisoners out to their awful doom. The lunching was undoubtedly incited by the dastardly murder of Marshal McElrath, the man Taylor Underwood who committed the atrocious deed being an associate of the ill-fated men who were thus summarily disposed of.
July 22, 1881
Michael Barratt, the section hand who was injured near the new depot on Thursday evening, last week, died early last Saturday morning. Another fearful warning against the folly of jumping on moving trains.
The Tragedy at Ash Grove. At the public meeting in the place last Saturday, another row occurred between John, George and Pascal Tucker and John C. Sewell, which resulted in the death of the latter named party. It appears that some time in last April the Tuckers got into a difficulty with a crippled cousin of Sewell’s, when the latter took his cousin’s part, but the Tuckers overpowered them and they retreated. In this fracas the Tuckers shot at them, but no one was hurt.
Last Saturday the Tuckers renewed the quarrel, but finding that Sewell had to many friends to back him, they went to the store of Thomas Leathers and armed themselves with pistol and catching Sewell alone on the outskirts of the crowd struck him over the eye with a club. Sewell jumped back and Tucker again made at him with his club, when Sewell drew his revolver and either fired or attempted to fire, but something was wrong with his pistol...when the Tucker’s rushed him firing five shots, two of which took effect in Sewell’s head, either of which would have killed him. He lived only about two hours. The Tuckers immediately fled and evaded capture.
John, George and Pascal Tucker are aged respectively 38, 35, and 22 years, and are noted for getting into nearly all the rows that take place in Ash Grove. The two oldest are married and they live two and a half miles southwest of the Grove. Sewell was about 21 years old, had a good reputation and was well connected. He lived on the Whittenburg prairie. In the inquest held, the jury found that John Calvin Sewell came to his death by as pistol shot, it being fired from the hands of Pascal Tucker.
August 12, 1881
Taylor Underwood, who murdered J.D. McElrath at Greenfield some weeks ago, was decoyed into a barber’s chair at Carthage last Friday evening and captured. He now occupies the iron cage in the Greene county jail.
The county court of Vernon county has offered a reward of $100 for the capture of Baker, who killed Bennett at Sheldon, not long since.
P.P. Crow, a young man, aged 18 years, committed suicide a few days since by hanging himself in his father’s barn at Sheldon, Vernon county. The rash act is supposed to have been prompted by physical ailments, he having been afflicted with paralysis and fits for a number of years.
From the Rich Hill Gazette—Mr. Hugh Swift of Butler was run over by the cars at Kansas City and killed a few days ago.
From the Stockton Journal—John A. Phelps, who murdered Elijah Keaton last April in Marshfield, Saline county, was sentenced last week to be hung on Friday, September 16. Mr. Phelps was at one time a resident of this county and now has relatives living here.
Resolution of Respect for Dr. J.A. Nattrass, member of the dental profession, an able and conscientious member. A copy is to be sent to Misses Jennie and Mamie Nattrass.
August 26, 1881
The Pierce City Empire says that during the storm Thursday evening of last week, Henry Weige, late of Illinois, while standing on the porch of Mr. Williners on Spring River Prairie, was struck by lightning and instantly killed. He was unmarried and his friends have been telegraphed for. Also during the same storm, two daughters of Mr. Weeker, living near the German church were killed by lightning.
From the Carthage Patriot—James Cooke was killed in a Lone Elm mine on Thursday. Some timbers fell on him.
Wednesday night Mr. Nathan Wheeler, living in the northwest part of town, took a large quantity of morphine, with the evident intention of committing suicide, which succeeded only too well, as the physicians who were summoned did all they could to save him, without avail, and he breathed his last yesterday about noon. Mr. Smith, the colored coroner, held inquest over the remains in the afternoon. No cause is given for the rash act. Mr. W. lived in a house adjoining the one occupied by the late Mr. Vaughan, the unfortunate man whose death by accident is noted elsewhere.
Through the courtesy of Sheriff J.A. Patterson, we give the entire list of prisoners now under his charge in the county jail: M.J. and Thos. Daugherty, charged with killing a man named Preston Christian county; Taylor Underwood , George Jones, who killed Rice Williams with a rock, some 80 miles southeast of the city a short time ago; Edward Holmes, charged with assault with intent to kill Mr. Fay at North Springfield first of last week; George Young , col. grand larceny; Tom Wallace, col., larceny and burglary; John Hanley, trying to obtain money unlawfully from Mr. John Keet; T.M. Lingo, counterfeiting; Wm. McClelland, J.W. Bradford, John S. Bradford, Thos. Varner, G.W. Admire, J.W. Bell , T.M. Cavness, L.J. White and Gus Sullivan all charged with illicitly distilling whiskey in Texas county; J.C. White selling tobacco without paying a tax in Pulaski county.
Over in the northwest part of the city last Saturday, Mr. John Vaughan accidentally shot himself while placing his pistol in the hip pocket, from the effects of which he died on Sunday evening.
September 2, 1881
The county court of Phelps has offered a reward of $80 for the arrest of George Bohanan, who is wanted for the murder of William Light. He is 21 years old, 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, dark hair and complexion, a little stoop-shouldered, gray or hazel eyes and down countenance.
From the Ozark Leader—Mr. Lewis Payne, living in the edge of Greene county, was taken down with a stroke of paralysis last Friday, and at last accounts he was in a very critical condition. He is a brother to Abe Payne.
The late term of Stone county circuit court at Galena closed last Saturday. The only criminal case of any importance was that of the State vs. J.J. Payton , charged with the killing Henry Williams with a hoe while working the public road August 20, 1880. The state was ably represented by F.S. Hefferman,Esq., and Gideon and Gideon, Jas. R. Vaughan and B.F. Yocum conducted the defense. A verdict of manslaughter in the second degree was rendered by the jury, and penalty assessed at three years in the penitentiary, which was commuted by the court to two years.
Died yesterday morning, Willie, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. V.C. Smith. His remains were buried in Maple Park Cemetery.
September 9, 1881
From the Neosho Times: Jack Phillips, a colored boy about 11 years old, son of Uncle Bill Phillip , went hunting yesterday near his father’s house on Hickory Creek. Standing his gun on the ground he leaned o the muzzle to rest. By some means the gun was fired off, lodging the whole load in Jack’s body, under the right arm. He was taken home, where he soon died. Jack was good boy; we deeply regret this sad accident.
Died at her home in Highland, Arkansas, August 31, Mrs. Judith R. Porter, aged 76 years, 11 months, and 26 days. Deceased was the relict of Wm. C. Porter and mother Messrs. W.G. and Felix R. Porter of this city. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Nashville, Tennessee, newspapers, please copy.
Old Settler’s Reunion: Officers: John Y. Fulbright, Wm. McAdams, Z.M. Rountree, J.W.D.L.F Mack. Speeches made by Z.M. Rountree, General C.B. Holland, Judge M.J. Rountree , Capt. D.C. Dade, M.V. Ingram, Sam’l Odell, and J.W.D.L.F. Mack. The names of old settlers who have died in Greene county since the preceding annual meeting were reported as follows: Thomas Weaver, Mrs. Sallie Moss, Mrs. Nathan Cox, Lewis Payne, Martin Ingram, R.A.M. Rose, Andrew Thompson, and J.J. Weaver.
J.K. Boruss , mayor of Granby, offers a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot and killed Mrs. M.C. Reed, near that place last Saturday afternoon September 10. Mrs. R., together with her husband an children, was passing along the road in a wagon when some unknown person fired the shot that did its deadly work. Why it was done appears a mystery.
September 23, 1881
The Neosho Times says two boys were arrested for the shooting of Mrs. M.C. Reed on the 10th inst. Reports conflicted about the boys’ statements; one story is that one of the lads fired at a bird, not knowing that the wagon was in the same direction from him and another story is that the shot was aimed at the wagon on a banter from one of the boys that the other could not hit the wagon. The first story doubtless is true. No Granby lad would want [to] only fire at a moving covered wagon, not knowing whether it carried people.
Death of President Garfield announced.
September 30, 1881
Died at his residence in this city, September 26, Mr. J.B. Townsend. The funeral ceremonies took place this morning at the Calvary Presbyterian Church of which Mr. Townsend was a consistent and useful member.
Died at Austin, Texas, September 25, Mr. Orlando Booth. His remains were brought to this city yesterday and interred this morning.
Died at the family residence on Boonville street, in this city, September 25, Mrs. Mary E. Herr, wife of Charles H. Herr, Sr. Deceased was born in the province of Osnebrueck, kingdom of Hanover, Germany April 21, 1820. After coming to this country, she was married to Mr. Heer in St. Charles county, this state, January 6, 1848, afterwards residing at Waterloo, Ill. until April 18, 1871, at which time the family moved to this city. Mrs. Heer was a lady of many rare qualities and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends who sincerely mourn her loss. Her remains were interred Tuesday morning the Catholic Cemetery. Requiescant in pace.
October 5, 1881
At Washington, D.C. last Tuesday, the grand jury returned a bill of indictment against for the murder of President Garfield. Guitteau’s brother-in-law, Geo. Scoville,will act as his attorney during the trial.
From the Stockton Stalwart—A sad calamity befell the family of W.M. Kissinger of Cedar Township first of the week. While three of his children were returning from their grandfather’s afoot, they were prostrated by lightning, the oldest aged about 14, being killed.
The trial of M.J. and T.B. Daugherty, for the killing of a man named Preston at a B.G. celebration at Sparta, Christian county July 3, 1880, terminated in the circuit court at Ozark last Saturday. The verdict rendered by the jury was guilty of manslaughter in the third degree, and penalty assessed at three months imprisonment in the county jail and a fine of $100. The State was well represented by Messrs. Boyd & Vaughan and J.M. Patterson of this city, and Messrs Pollard and Harrington of Ozark; and the defense was conducted by Messrs. Simmons Hubbard and O.H. Travers of this city and Gideon & Gideon of Ozark, to whose able management of the case the defendants owe much for the light penalty they have received. By the way, a pretty good joke is told on one of the Springfield attorneys who figured prominently in the trial. A lady on the witness stand was asked if the aforesaid attorney had not been talking to her about the case, when she answered, “No, but he said I had the sweetest, prettiest baby he ever saw.”
Died at his home near Cave Spring last Sunday, Mr. G.W. Gorsuch, an old and highly respected citizen of Cass Township.
Died at the family residence in this city last Monday, Mrs. Sarah Young, wife of Jos. A. Young.
October 21, 1881
Elmer Kimber, a ten-year-old son of J.H. Kimber at Greenfield, was kicked on the head by a mule not long since, which resulted in his death on Tuesday of last week.
Mrs. Dr. Harper of Clinton, Henry county, is temporarily confined in jail, as her surprising development of insanity—cutting her 7-year old step-son’s throat fatally, shooting at her mother, and attempting poison suicide—makes her insecure shelter unsafe for others.
From the Herald, Dallas county, Texas, October 6—Died near Allen, Texas, on October 1st inst., Mrs. N.J. Coker, wife of William H. Coker, aged 38 years.
Deceased was formerly a resident of this city, and would have soon claimed here her home again. She was only waiting to recruit her health, when the hands of death took her from this world of sin and sorrow, Her illness, though brief, was severe in the extreme, yet no murmur or complaint escaped her lips. Her gentle, quiet spirit shed light over and upon all. She was born and educated in Springfield, Missouri. It was there she was married to Mr. Coker. Her remains were interred by the side of loved ones at Bethany cemetery, near her late residence.
On Monday of last week a miner named Jas. Stack was instantly killed by the discharge of a blast at one of the Rich Hill coal mines.
Near his home in Cedar county while attempting to evade arrest for the crime of murder committed in Arkansas about a year ago, John M. Gragg was shot by officials and mortally wounded.
John’s Mills, October 26—Mr. Josiah Swinney near Bois D’Arc died this morning. His remains were interred this evening at Johns’ Chapel.
From the Buffalo Register: Lawson Elliott, who was indicted by the Polk county grand jury for the murder of his uncle, George Steele, a year or two ago, was tried at Bolivar last week. The verdict was murder in the second degree and fixed his punishment as ten years in the penitentiary.
From the Neosho Criterion: On Tuesday night the north bound train on the Sedalia division of the M.K.& T. railroad met with a serious accident at the bridge over the Osage, north of Schell City. The locomotive and tender broke through the bridge, carrying the engineer along, who was drowned, the fireman and engineer’s son saving their lives by jumping. As a result the trains have been more irregular that usual, if such a thing is possible.
From the Cassville Democrat: George Hubbert and Mollie, his wife, came up last Monday to get Dr. Hubbert’s motherless children, all of whom they took with them, to care of as their own, when they returned to Neosho.
The little 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Goddard died yesterday afternoon.
Died at the family residence on West Walnut street last Saturday night, John Lee, 9-year-old son of Dr. Z. Van Hoose . His remains were interred at Maple Park Cemetery.
Died last Sunday, Whitfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hubbard, aged 14 years. His remains were buried Monday at Hazelwood Cemetery.
Hon. John C. Ferguson, who has been afflicted for some time with pulmonary disease, died at his home in Osceola on the 15th inst.
Wm. H. Martin, under sentence of death of the murder of his uncle, Geo. Miser, was again recaptured last Friday night, by Sheriff Goodall and posse, and is once more caged in the jail at Lebanon.
Died at the family residence in this city last Tuesday morning, Miss Mollie Bracken.
A wagon maker named Daniel Murray attempted suicide by the use of Morphine at Ash Grove Tuesday, but was saved by the timely services of Dr. Swinney. The cause of the act is said to b excessive indulgence in strong drink.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. H. Lacy died yesterday. The mother, we are sorry to learn, is dangerously ill with typhoid fever.
November 25, 1881
Last Saturday afternoon, Thos. S. McDearmon, the Republican Marshal of Boonville, shot and killed A.B. Thornton, editor of a G.B. paper at that place. The affair grew out of an article severely reflecting on some of the official acts of the former, which were published in the latter’s paper. McDearmon gave himself up to the proper authorities.
Notes from Wright county: Some five weeks ago, Mrs. John Bresler of Wood Township, during an absence of her husband from home, noticed some imprisoned fattening hogs endeavoring to regain their liberty by knocking rails off their pen, which she endeavored to prevent by replacing and securing them. While thus engaged, an end of the rail struck her violently in her breast as to soon compel her to take to her bed, when she lingered in great pain until last Thursday, when she died.
From the Lamar Progress: Last night George McCaslin went home in a state of intoxication and upset a pot of boiling coffee, the contents pouring over the infant child, about 6 months old. Dr. Spreece was called and did all he could to alleviate the little one’s sufferings. At this hour, the child is not expected to live.
From the Bolivar Herald: Last Saturday Ike Hadlock, a young colored man living near Fairplay, in company with two other young colored men of the vicinity, named Brown, went to Stockton and got drunk. They were joined by several other Stockton negroes, and the party attempted to indulge in that popular pastime called “taking the town.” They went through the street firing pistols, intimidating citizens and raising a disturbance. The sheriff summoned the posse and repaired to the scene. The negroes resisted arrest, firing upon the officers. Ike was shot and killed, just after he made an attempt to kill one of the posse members. The Brown negroes were arrested and heavily fined. Ike was a troublesome negro and had a hard reputation.
Died last Tuesday, Mrs. Anna A. Lacy, wife of Jas. H. Lacy. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. James Bailey, Supt. of the Cotton Mills.
Died on the 22nd inst., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O’Bryant, south of Brookline, Woodson Howard, aged nearly 80 years. Mr. Howard was one of the county’s oldest settlers, having come her in the year 1840.
Some three miles from Billings, on Wednesday evening of last week, the wife of Mr. John Piskuler, a Polander, was gored in the body by an ox, from the effects of which she died last Friday. Her child born immediately after the frightful occurrence, at last accounted was reported living and doing quite well.
December 2, 1881
From the Extra—A young man recently from Tennessee, who has been in the employ of Jake Perryman, near Ash Grove, ate a hearty dinner last Saturday and immediately went upstairs to bed. About 3 o’clock he was found to be dead. The cause is supposed heart disease.
The verdict of the coroner’s jury in the case of the killing of A.B. Thornton by the Republican marshal at Boonville, was that he came to his death “by violence and felony’ and that “Thomas H.B. McDearmon is the principal perpetrator of said felony.
From the Galena Times—Old man Rucker of Christian county, father of the Rucker boys sent to the Penitentiary for burglary, stuck a nail in his foot one day last week and died of lock-jaw.
From the Ozark Republican of yesterday—On the 16th of last month two brothers named Valentine and Hiram Mercer, killed J.D. Ensloe and dangerously wounded R.D.R. Topliff, the former marshal and the latter deputy marshal of David county, Iowa. Supposing they would come to this county (where they have a brother living) a sheriff from Iowa called upon Sheriff Woody for assistance. A posse was formed and started for the hills on Wood’s fork. Two of the men secreted themselves at the home of Mrs. Jane Gideon and the other two stationed themselves at the homes of neighbors. About 8 o’clock Tuesday morning, the two brothers came to the Gideon home for some one to go hunting with them and handed a rifle to a son of Mrs. Gideon. When the posse appeared and ordered them to surrender, Hiram Mercer snapped his gun at one of the posse members, but it failed to go off. Some eight of ten shots were fired in quick succession. Hiram fell dead about 30 yards from the house. Valentine was shot in the arm but made gained a hill half a mile distant and then shot himself through the head with a revolver. Their bodies were brought to Ozark yesterday and viewed by scores of people.
The sheriff and party are entitled to great credit for the energy displayed and the determination that Christian county shall not become a rendezvous for fugitives from justice.
At his home in North Springfield on Thursday of last week, Mr. E.J. Jackson, a painter, suddenly dropped dead. Supposed to have been the result of heart disease.
The bodies of two men killed near Eau de Vie a few days ago were shipped to Iowa via the K.C. Ft. S & R road yesterday morning. We understand that the captors will get a reward of $1200 for their trouble.
A fatal accident occurred last Monday in Taney county. ‘Squire Stephenson and his son were out in the woods hunting, and while going down a hill the son fell, causing the discharge of the gun, the ball entering the back of the father’s head, from he died in a few hours.
Col. J.C. Caynor died at his home in this city early yesterday morning. His remains will be interred, the Masons participating in the funeral ceremonies, this afternoon. Deceased was one of the old settlers of the county, having moved here many years ago. He was born in Virginia, December 25, 1823.
December 16, 1881
From the Golden City Herald of December 6—Yesterday Caswell and Carter haled Wood Havens and asked him if he did not want a drink. Haven hesitated a little, when Carter spoke and said it was good, that he had drunk all but what was left. Havens then took a swallow and drove to the depot, where he was taken sick. Dr. Lowrance was called and did all medical skill could devise, but Havens breathed his last in the course of 4 hours. He leaves a wife and a young baby only a few days old.
Hon. F.T. Frazier died at his home near Ash Grove at 6 o’clock this morning. His remains will be interred with Masonic honor at Ash Grove tomorrow.
From the Ozark Republican—Mr. W.H. Williams and family, consisting of his wife and two sons, while moving from Jasper to Taney county, camped at the Spout Spring last Monday evening, situated about 4½ miles west of this place. Someone informed the two boys that a wild turkey or two had crossed the road but a short time previous. James Williams, aged about 17 started in the direction with a double-barreled shot gun. He heard a “turkey-call” and mistaking it for a turkey fired and instantly killed Mr. J.W. Johnson, a highly respected citizen.
The boy saw the mistake he had made, ran back to the camp and during the night told his brother what he had done, and they both agreed to keep the matter a secret.
Mr. Johnson, not returning home at dark, his family became uneasy. A party was made up which searched the woods and came upon the lifeless form. He had his turkey call near his lips in one hand a gun in the other. The shot him about the center of the back, the boy Williams being about 90 yards from the deceased.
The Williams family was halted at this pace and in the afternoon James explained all about the said affair. The inquest jury exonerated the boy.
The following is the verdict of the coroner’s jury published in the Extra: We, the jury find that the deceased, William White, came to his death at North Springfield, December 9th, 1881, by being run over by a train on the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad by the culpable negligence of the employees of said company and that said cars were running at a great speed that warranted by law in the limited of a town” Mr. White was an elderly man and lived at Joplin. He was here on a visit to his son-in-law Mr. E. Davenport.
The trial of Taylor Underwood at Lamar, came to a close on Thursday of last week. It took the jury just one hour and a half to formulate their verdict of “Guilty of murder in the first degree, as charged in the indictment.”
From the Osceola Sun: Mr. Thomas Cary retired to slumber on last Thursday night in health and good spirits, awoke at 4 a.m. unwell and at 5:30 was a lifeless corpse. Mr. Cary was one of our best citizens and leaves a large family and many friends to mourn his loss.
The funeral of Hon. Frank T. Frazier, near Ash Grove last Saturday was well attended. The deceased was born in Tennessee in 1803, and emigrated to this country in 1835. He has filled many responsible positions of trust, in the year 1858 being elected to the state senate from this district, and was a consisted member of the Masonic Fraternity.
Died at the family residence five miles east of the city, last Tuesday morning, Mrs. Judge Joseph T. Morton. Her remains were interred yesterday. Deceased was born in Madison county, Kentucky, February 15, 1806, and emigrated to this county in the year 1837.
December 30, 1881
From the Mt. Vernon Chieftain—The 10th inst., Dolly, a six-month old daughter of D.J. Bigbee, living hear Forest Home, had the high chair in which she was sitting turned over, throwing her into the fire. Before she could be taken out she was burned so badly that she died last Friday and was buried in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery Saturday afternoon.