Fair Play; 1873 (Jan 9 – Dec 4)

Fair Play--Jan. 9, 1873


Died--At DeSoto on the 22nd ult, of typhoid pneumonia, Mr. Samuel C. Collier, of Fredericktown, aged about forty-eight years.


Mr. Collier was a native of Madison county, Missouri. In his death we have lost one of the brightest intellectual stars. On several occasions he was honored with important official positions, having represented the county in the Convention of 1861 and the Twenty-sixth General Assembly.

In every situation, in every relation of life he was the same pure, spotless, high-toned gentleman.

He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss. But in their present affliction they have the sympathy and best wishes of the whole community.

He was an honorable-member of the Masonic fraternity, and was buried with Masonic honors in the Methodist cemetery on Tuesday, December 24th, 1872.--Bee


Fair Play--Feb 13, 1873


Died--At Prairie DuRocher, Ill., on the 28th day of January, 1873, Mrs. Felicity Wall, daughter of Ambrose Ker, aged 22 years.

She left two children to mourn her death.


Fair Play--Feb 20, 1873


Died--February 13th, Louise Emily Roy, daughter of Ferdinand A. and Rosine L. Roy, age 13 years and 7 months.


Died--On Sunday, February 16, 1873, in Ste. Genevieve, Miss Eva Hay, in the 49th year of her age.


Fair Play--Mar. 6, 1873


Died--On the 27th ult., Mr. John Fitzcom, in the 47th year of his age.


Married--On the 18th ult., by Rev. John Daily, Mr. Moses LaRose, to Miss Josephine Morice. Friend Moses, we wish you the manna that your namesake had in the desert, and hope you will have many____.


Fair Play--Mar. 13, 1873


Died--At his residence in this city, on Tuesday morning, the 11th last, after an illness of five days, Mr. Michael Chenu, aged 56 years, 1 month and 11 days.

Mr. Chenu was born in Normandy, France in 1817, and moved to this country about 1839, and settled in Kaskaskia, Ills., where he engaged in the business of manufacturing tinware, with his brother. He remained there until 1844, when he moved to Sparta, Ill., at which place he done business for a few years, and then moved to this city, and engaged himself in business.  He was a good citizen and his loss will be felt by the community. He leaves a wife, but no children.


Fair Play--Mar. 20, 1873


Died--On Friday the 14th inst. Nr. Nicholas Munch, aged 68 years, 2 months and 13 days. “Tis pleasure to have a friend, But to lose one is painful.”

Although not unexpected, yet the numerous friends and community in general were surprised to hear of the death of this venerable old gentleman which occurred last Friday at ten o’clock in the forenoon.

Mr. Munch was born near the city of Tann, in Upper Alsace, from whence he emigrated to Boston in 1832. Not being pleased with the Quaker’s habits and ideas, he went to New Orleans where he remained up to 1841, at which time he came to Ste. Genevieve and engaged in business here. By good business management and industry he arrived at what is called “a well to do man”.

Since the death of his wife, which occurred about two years ago, he was rapidly declining in health until death ensued. Being true to his convictions, treating everybody alike, he acquired a large circle of friends who mourn his loss. Although born a Catholic, yet being an Odd Fellow and rejecting the new dogmas that agitate that church now, he was buried, not in the catholic but private cemetery belonging to the members of the former Odd Fellow lodge. The Ste. Genevieve Brass Band and a large concourse of people accompanied the remains to their last resting place. May he rest in peace.


Married--On the 4th inst., Mr. Solomon Solbarger, to Miss Sarah Williamson.


Fair Play--Mar. 27, 1873


Died--At New Offenburg, on the 17th, inst. Mr. John Grither, in the 36th year of his age. The deceased was one of the oldest and best citizens in the county.


Married--In Concord, Thursday, March 13th 1873, Mr. John Rosegrant to Miss Elizabeth Furgison.


Fair Play--April 17, 1873


Obituary--At his residence in this county, on the 10th inst., in the 69th year of his age. Mr. Jeremiah Robinson.  The deceased was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this county. He was a member of the legislature from this county in 1846 and 1847, in which capacity he served with much credit, procuring, among other legislation, the passage of the set incorporating the American Iron company. He was nominated a second time but declined to run. In politics he was a Democrat of Jeffersonian school, and was a warm personal friend and a warm supporter of Thos. H. Benton. The tears shed over his closing grave by all ages, sexes and conditions for miles around, attested the hold he had taken on the hearts of those who knew him. He leaves four daughters and two sons of whom J. B. Robinson, of Perryville is one, to mourn his loss. They have our sympathy.


Fair Play--May 1, 1873


Married--on the 29th ult., by the Rev. Father Weiss, Mr. Bernard Stimmle to Miss Mary Kieffer, all of this county.


Fair Play--May 15, 1873


A man by the name of Baldridge was drowned last Sunday, while crossing the bridge over what is known as the Thumb, below Allenville, in this county. It is rumored that he was knocked from the bridge by a person in his company. At latest accounts Squire Hinton was holding a post mortem examination of the body, with what result we have not learned.


A little negro pauper, in charge of Allen Taylor, fell on a hot stove, in a fit, and was frightfully burnt about the face. Mr. Taylor was sick in bed at the time and was barely able to crawl to him and remove his frying face from the stove. Dr. Frazer has been attending the little sufferer--Commerce Dispatch


Died--on the 25th day of April, Julia Primo, aged 23 years 9 months and 19 days.


Murder near Collinsville- George Burke, a colored man, has been living for the past ten years in Madison County, Ill, and was, until within a few years, very industrious. Three years ago Maria Bowman, also colored, was adopted into his family, and immediately Burke paid more than ordinary attention to her, which caused trouble between him and his wife. Maria continued to live in the family, however, and recently a colored man paid her visits. This excited the jealousy of Burke, and was the supposed cause of a most shocking murder, the particulars of which are as follows:


Last Saturday Burke went to Venice, returning about midnight in an intoxicated condition to his house, a cabin or hut on Henry Wair’s farm. eight miles east of Venice, and three miles west of Collinsville. From the circumstantial evidence, it appears that he entered the house and picked up a two edged ax and struck Maria as she lay in bed. She leaped out upon the floor and ran out of the house, yelling frantically. Burke, it is charged, pursued her, knocked her senseless, and then beheaded her, cut her right arm off and threw the body down into a racine, where it was discovered yesterday morning. The deceased was about fifty-five years of age. Squire Nelson, of Collinsville, held an inquest on the body yesterday noon, and the verdict was that she was murdered by Burke.


The accused escaped to St. Louis and has not yet been arrested--St. Louis Globe.


Fair Play--May 29, 1873


Serious Accident-On Saturday night lst, Michael Arnold, Esq., who lives in the vicinity of Quarrytown, was in this city, and stopping atMrs. Ringwalds. During the night he had a dream and dreamed that he was in a wagon and pursued by robbers, and to avoid being caught by them he attempted to jump from the wagon. But to his consternation, about this time, he suddenly woke up and found himself lying on the pavement in front of Mrs. Ringwalds, with his left hip and shoulder dislocated by the fall. In making the jump from the Wagon he had jumped out of the second story window down on a brick pavement. The Drs. Hertich were sent for immediately and they also called in Dr. Bernays and took the suffering man into the house in order to relieve his suffering as soon as possible. Upon observation it was discovered that the left hip and shoulder were dislocated; and a portion of the hip and shoulder bones were also broken.

The joints were reset and bones arranged properly and everything done for the sufferer that could be. Up to the present writing he is doing well. However, it will be some time before he gets over the effects of his dream.


Fair Play--June 26, 1873


Mr. P.A. Menard, son of Mrs. Menard of this city, who now resides in Fort Smith, Ark., met with  rather a serious accident, a short time since. It appears he was passing a store and noticed a piece of machienery which he tried to put in motion with his hands.  He succeeded, but while exerting his utmost power, with his head bent down, his left hand was drawn in between two revolving wheels and badly crushed before the motion of the machine could be arrested. Upon examination by a pysician it was found necessary to amputate the ring finger close from the socket, and also the first joint of the middle finger.


Fair Play--July 17, 1873


Painful Accident- On Wednesday the 2d inst., Mr. James O. Williams, of Hillsboro, started to Victoria for a load of lumber, and on arriving at the creek and finding it pretty high he attempted to get on one of the horses, from the wagon-tongue, the horses jumped and threw Mr. Williams against a wheel of the wagon, breaking his thigh bone up close to the joint. He was hauled home as soon as possible, and attended by Dr. Pipkin. He is a very large and heavy being hard to handle, which, with his age, will make against speedy recovery.  If the sympathy of the community will be of any service, we may expect his early recovery--Jefferson County Democrat.


Fair Play--July 31, 1873


Drowned--On the 18th last, Anton Krueger, a shoemaker of Ellis Grove, who had but recently located in that town, went to Kaskaskia Landing for the purpose of going to St. Louis on the Adam Jacobe, but arrived too late for that boat, and concluded that he would wait for the next steamer. While there he borrowed a skiff from Joseph Chene, proprietor of the landing, but being unable to manage the same, it drifted with him to the head of Burch Island. It seems that he then crossed the island, and again embarked in a skiff. Search was made for him, and his clothes found on the bank, and his body also recovered.  It is supposed that when attempting to enter the skiff, the same capsized, and he then pulled off his clothes and threw them up on the bank, as nothing but a shirt was found on his body. A coroner’s inquest was held and we understand that the coroner buried him in the sand without a coffin or a box. His friends, on learning this, had him exhumed and buried at Kaskaskia--Chester Tribune.


Fair Play--Sept. 4, 1873


Burglary--On Tuesday night of last week, three thieves attemped to force an entrance into the saloon of Joseph Bigler, of South Chester, Mo., opposite this city, by breaking the doorlocks. But as Mr. Bigler had not retired, and was in an adjoining room, he heard the noise, armed himself with a pistol and proceeded into the saloon, just as the burglars entered the front door, and fired one shot at them, when they made their escape. On Wednesday morning a man was found about one mile below the saloon, having been shot through the upper part of his breast and who was undoubtedly one of the party. He was removed into a house adjacent, and is expected to recover--Chester Tribune.


Fair Play--Nov. 20, 1873-


Married-November 11th, 1873, by Rev. A. Rucker, at the residence of the bride’s father, in Ste. Genevieve Co, Mo., Mr. Joseph Alekxander of St. Francois Co., Mo., to Miss Jennie Tusley, of Ste. Genevieve Co., Mo,


Fair Play--Dec. 4, 1873


On Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, twenty six years ago, Father Wiess was ordained as a priest.


Married-On the 26th of November, 1873, by Rev. Father Muelenbeck, Mr. Clevis Morice to Miss Augustine Drury.


Obituary--On Tuesday, December 23d, at  Nashville, Tenn, of typhoid fever, Henry Robert, son of Henry L. and Amanda B. Janis of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Aged 19 years and 8 months.

Henry R. Janis was born in the city of Ste. Genevieve, on the 15th day of April, 1851, and was 19 years and 8 months of age.  His parents were Henry L. Janis, son of Henry Janis, Esq., of Fredericktown, Mo., and Amanda B. Moore, daughter of Doctor Robert Moore of St. Francois county. At the early age of two years he lost his father, in December 18, 1856, since when he has lived with his mother and grand parents who were devotedly attached to him.  His mother subsequently married Col. Franklin McGee of Tracy City, Tenn. A short time before his death Robert went to  Nashville, Tenn., and engaged in business where he contracted the disease of which he died. A singular fatality seems to follow this malady, typhoid fever, whenever it attacked the members of this family. His uncle and his father were both victims of its fatal malignancy.

Both at Ste. Genevieve, where he resided, and at school the attachments of those, who were drawn to him by his innate goodness, were of lasting character. “To know him was to love him” and unlike the usually ephemoral nature of youthful friendship, his were sincere and endearing. The four pages of his young life were unsoiled with a single blot. Nurtured in the bosom of a pious family, he never wavered in his rectitude of his life. With pride we can point to the life of our death Robert as one beautiful with honor and without reproach. We shall sadly miss him, death has made a gap difficult to fill.

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