Champaign County Herald
Champaign County Herald
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Description: Mr. & Mrs. Al Hampton celebrated the fifteenth anniversar.; There was a terrible accident at Savoy by which four men lost their lives. Death of Mrs. Coler. Mr. Henry Havens died. Mr. James C. Miller was killed. Other local news.

Date: December 1 1886

Newspaper published in: Urbana, Illinois

Source: Champaign Co. IL Genealogical Society Quarterly Volume 27 Issue 2 & Issue 3

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- W. K. Smith of this city has a good position in Indianapolis.

- Arthur Williams is learning the trade of boiler-maker in Peoria.

- Mrs. Rosa Bratchil, of Kansas City, is visiting her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Geo. Lee, near this city.

- Geo. Lindsey of he CH&W road mashed one of his finger's in making a coupling.

- Misses Carrie and Ida Corey, of Tipton Hill, New York, are visiting Mr. And Mrs. Corey, of this city.

- William Lindsey of Humboldt, Kansas, is visiting his parents and relatives.

- George Reimund, of Sullivan, came up Friday, to visit his mother.

- Miss Marcia M. Wood, of Indianapolis, who has been visiting her sister Mrs. J. A. Glover returned home Monday.

- There will be a social of the Presbyterian church at the residence of Mr. M. E. Monnett, Friday. It is expected that the new pastor Mr. Paradis will be present.

- Miss Mamie Sprouse, of Bronson, Kansas, has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Mattie Hawker and friends in Urbana. She has a position as telegraph operator in Bronson.

- G. W. Foster, of Monticello, for many years mail agent of the CH&W, died at his home last week, and was buried, Wednesday. He was formerly circuit clerk of Piatt county and was a citizen of high standing.

- Robert Wagner and wife who spent thanksgiving with relatives in this city, returned to their home in DeSoto, Missouri. Mr. Wagner is foreman of the car shops of the Iron Mountain Road.

- The commissions from Governor Oglesby have arrived for J. W. Langley; J. S. McCullough, County Clerk; Pharcellus E. Burke, sheriff; James W. Davidson, Treasurer; George R. Shawhan, Superintendent of schools. They are straight republicans, representative citizens and will compare favorably with any set of officers in the state.

- There is a plan on foot to change the present jury system, and at the next meeting of the legislature, there will be a bill presented providing for a jury commission and taking the whole thing out of the hands of the supervisors. The commission will be composed of judges from circuit courts, who shall draw the names and keep them in a strong box which will be kept well mixed. When the jurors are drawn at least three of the commission shall be present and certify to the fact. The grand jury shall be drawn by the petit jury, and the commission alone will be responsible for the class of men produced.

- Mr. & Mrs. Al Hampton celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage at their residence. They celebrate every 5th year...

- Mrs. Monnett will reorganize her music class at her residence on Race street.

- Miss Iva Caldwell celebrated the 11th birthday giving a party to about thirty of her friends.

- The Sidney Derrick has been purchased by Mont Robinson and daughter of Fairmount. The name of the paper will be changed to the By-Way.

-Miss Ada Gish and daughter of Lincoln, stopped on their way home to visit the former's sister, Miss Ida Hanes.

- Mrs. Amanda Crow, nee Allen, of St. Louis has been visiting.

- Mrs. E. I. Fisher, of Homer, spent several days with her sister, Mrs. N. H. Cohen.

- Mrs. Ida Griffin, with her children, of Crawfordsville, Ind., is visiting her mother, Mrs. A. J. Castor on Green street.

- Dr. Will Pickard and Charles Pickard, attorney, of Chicago, spent Sunday with their parents.

- Mrs. E. A. Shaw left for Emporia, Kansas to visit her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Gilchirst.

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Savoy Horror

There was a terrible accident at Savoy by which four men lost their lives. The coroner's jury have investigated the case and the result of their labors were given. An explanation of what a "wild" train is and the following people testified: Charles G. Evans, conductor of the train No. 22, the caboose which was struck was behind 3 ½ hours and had orders to pick up all loads they could find and there were two loads at Savoy to get. John Graney was the engineer, William Burling, was rear brakeman from Kinmundy Ill, he called the engineers attention to another train coming. He ran back to flag, but was too late to do any good. Evans' train was regular and had right of road for 12 hours under the rules. Wild trains get orders from station to station, usually running from starting point until they get on another train's time running the other way, then they must wait and find where train is. When a wild train is meeting regular trains, the regular train gets orders, but not about a wild train following them. The train that ran into us had no number. William Burling testified that while coupling cars saw the headlight of wild train 1/4 or 3/4 miles south. He ran with the red light to signal; he got about 10 or 12 car lengths back of caboose before the wild engine passed him. Did not know there was anybody in caboose as he passed it to signal wild; there was nobody in it when he left to go out and switch and he did not know that any passengers boarded the train at Savoy. Wild train was making reverse motion when it passed him. Engineer had seen his signal ½ mile back. He thought the wet rails prevented stopping quickly. Caboose and two cars on regular train were destroyed. Lawrence Wampler of Humboldt, head brakeman, corroborated Evans and Graney.

Z. J. Jenks, freight conductor, testified that he is 36 years old and a conductor on Illinois Central for 7 years. His engineer was James Neer, hind brakeman, Edward Saunders, and Elmer Sutton, front brakeman. The regular fireman was laid off at Centralia on account of sickness, didn't know name of substitute. Left Centralia at 7:30 a.m. with orders to run to Champaign in 7 hours and 30 minutes. Order was from J. C. Brankey, train master at Champaign. Order was at Neoga: "Run to Champaign, keeping out of way of regular trains." Regular trains means those being meet, does not include those ahead; supposed to know of those ahead of running schedule time. Passed 16, way freight, at Tolono. Didn't know of 22. Going about 15 to 18 miles an hour.

If known it was ahead would have been running at 10 miles. James A. Neer, John McDonald and Mr. Todd killed instantly; Mr. Albert Dunlap lived 35 or 40 minutes.

Others who testified were: J. C. Brankey, age 52, and is a train master; H. A. Ward, age 37, train dispatcher; George Granger, an old engineer; W. H. Alderson, night dispatcher; T. C. Borden, conductor; R. D. Davis, engineer; Smith Shudder, engineer, W. E. Handy, 25, operator; L. P. Filkin, fireman on wild.

The jury consisted of T. E. Matheny, foreman; A. M. Scott, M. E. Lasher, T. V. Coffman, W. E. Weeks and T. M. Berry. Verdict is long but the conclusion was that said collision was in part if not wholly caused by a grossly defective and inefficient management of the affairs of the railway company respecting the running of its trains - a condition of things of long standing and evincing a criminal indifference and neglect on the part of its officers and employees. No arrest of any person made but recommended that the findings and report together with the evidence be laid before the grand jury of Champaign county.

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- C. C. Shindel, former foreman of the Herald, is now working on a daily paper at Dallas, Texas.

- Mrs. Mattie Brown received a small pension from Uncle Sam last week. It came through the pension agency of H. M. Russell.

- A little late for Thanksgiving and rather early for Christmas; was the remark of G. W. Hubbard, when informed of the birth of a daughter, yesterday morning.

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Dust to Dust

- The funeral of James Neer, the Illinois Central engineer and that of Albert Dunlap, took place from the Armory in Champaign, Wednesday afternoon. Rev. M. W. Everhart, of Lincoln, preached the funeral sermon which was listened to by as large an audience as ever assembled in the Armory. Revs. W. D. Best and W. G. Pierce assisted in the services. The remains of Albert Dunlap were attended by the Knights of Honor, the pall bearers being members of the grain dealers association of this county, of which the deceased was president and an honorable member. A quintet of male voices rendered an anthem. The flowers which were placed on the caskets by loving hands were very appropriate. The funeral of Mr. Neer was under the auspices of the Urbana commandery No. 16, Knights Templar which, headed by the two hearses to the city of the dead. The remains of Mr. Todd were taken to Arcola on Wednesday for interment. The funeral of John McDonald, of this city, took place Thursday morning at ten o'clock from the family residence. Rev. Clinton Hostetler of near Arcola preached the sermon. The Urbana Lodge No. 157 A. F. And A. M., Urbana Commandery No. 16, Knights Templar, acting as escort. Mr. McDonald was born in Charleston, Indiana, July 1st, 1822. He removed from Mattoon to this city about eighteen years ago and engaged in the butcher business. For several years past he had been buying and shipping stock. He was a man of strong likes and when a friend, was a friend in every sense of the word. ... He raised a large family, his children all being married except one daughter, Mrs. Isaac W. Roe, Mrs. James and Joseph Oldham, well-known as among our best families, being daughters. His aged wife has the sympathy of every one in her affliction. Thomas McDonald, a brother of the deceased with his wife, of Charleston, P. C. McDonald of Princeton, son, and Dr. Rigney and family of Arthur, Mrs. Rigney being a daughter, were present at the funeral.

Albert Dunlap was nearly thirty-nine year of age. He was born in Cook County, Illinois, and had been a resident of this county since 1858. He leaves a wife and four children. He had been actively engaged in business for several years past, at the time of his death being grain dealer and general merchant at Savoy. For the past two years he had been assistant supervisor for Champaign township. He was president of the Grain Dealers' association of this county. In a recent interview on prices of grain he said to his brother: "I shall call a meeting to order an advance in the price of corn, because one could be made: I do not want to take a cent from the farmer when he is entitled to it." He was a member of the Methodist church and attended services on Sunday, little thinking it was his last. He leaves his family well provided for.

James Todd was nearly forty-nine years age, and was a native of Prince Edwards Island. He came to Arcola in 1863, where he was afterwards married. He leaves a wife and three children. He had been a member of the Baptist church since 1872. He had been living in Champaign for six years working at his trade as blacksmith. For the past year he had been working in Savoy, returning home at night. He leaves his family in limited circumstances.

James A. Neer was born in Ohio, and was a little over forty-seven years of age. He came to Champaign about twenty years ago. He had been in the employ of the Central since 1861 and was given an engine in 1863. He was married in 1868, and leaves a wife to survive him, his only child having died about twelve years ago. He was a Knight Templar and noted especially for industry and sobriety. In all those years of railroad life he had but one accident, being very careful and cautious, and that accident cost him his life.

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Death of Mrs. Coler

- A telegram received Saturday morning, from Col. Coler, announced the death of Mrs. C., an event not unlooked for during the past few weeks.

Cordelia Sim was born in Carroll county, Md., in 1827, and when three years of age emigrated with her parents, Joseph W. Sim, Sr., and Keturah (Mercer) Sim, to Knox county, Ohio, where she grew to womanhood. On August 9th, 1853, she was married at the paternal home to Col. Coler, and immediately made her home in Urbana. The family continued to reside here and at Champaign until 1872, when they moved to Brocklyn, N.Y., where she died, from the effects of wasting cancer. Although a great sufferer she remained conscious to the last moment, bidding each friend adieu in turn and then closing her eyes in death.

Mrs. Coler was from her early womanhood a member of the M.E. Church and was in the highest sense, a model christian woman, wife and mother. She leaves three sons and one daughter and her husband, as well as by her old neighbors and friends, she will be sincerely mourned.

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- John Gray will go to Charleston soon to accept a position with his uncle in a boot and shoe store. Ben Ocheltree says he will visit him soon as he expects to see his best girl there.

- "Grandpa" Allen., of Fairmount, who is visiting his aunt, Mrs. G. W. Yates, will start for Appleton, Mo., where he will spend the winter with his son and daughter, Elijah Allen and Mrs. M. E. Moore.


- Lewis Dannanhower has moved to town.

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Topics of the Times

- In Germany the feeling seems to be that war is near at hand.

- An attempt was made at Freeport, Ill., to wreck the Illinois Central passenger train from Dubuque.

- It is stated that an entire family of seven named Poe, thought to have been burned to death at their home in Knox County Kentucky, a month ago, were in reality murdered by a neighbor, who is now in jail.

- At Havensville, Kas., Rhodes Clements suddenly became insane, killed Samuel Gordon cut off his head and devoured his heart, lungs and liver. Clements is now in jail, a raving maniac.

- The corpse of Captain Smith of the Schooner Conway, was found on the beach near Montaque, Mich. There was no trace of $1,000 known to have been in his pockets before this death.

- The heavy cloth curtain which during the daytime covers the electric light lenses on the Bartholdt Statue caught fire and fell on the light woodwork of the staircase in the interior. It was only by hard work that the statue was saved from ruin. (This is the Statute of Liberty)

- An explosion took place Friday morning in the Conyngham mine, near Wilkesbarre Pa. It is known that forty-two men were severely injured. Twelve of the victims cannot recover. The scene at the mouth of the shaft, where the wives and relatives of the victims speedily gathered, was heartrending in the extreme.

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- Alma Haworth has been quite sick with typhoid fever, but is some better.


- The nuptials of Fred B. Hitchcock and Miss Mattie Titus...


- Arthur Woods, who has been in Hannibal, Missouri, for about four years, has returned home and looks as though southwest agrees with him.


- Mrs. Mattie Robbins went to her home near Richmond, Ind., to visit her mother.

- Mrs. D. J. Jones returned home from Rushville, Ind.

- Mr. Harding had a very serious fall last week while painting a school house east of Ogden, which resulted in breaking a rib, his shoulder blade and rupturing a lung cell, which caused him to become fearfully bloated. He is improving slowly.


- Mr. H. Richmond has gone to Hoopeston, to attend her sister who is reported dying.


- D. B. Fisher, of Minneapolis, arrived here Friday night, but was to late to see his father, D. A. Fisher, alive.

- H. C. Driskell ran a rusty nail in his right foot, when going out for coal Monday morning and has a very sore foot in consequence.

- D. A. Fisher died at 5:30 p.m. November 26th, of some complaint of the heart. His funeral took place from the residence Sunday at 11 o'clock and the body was interned at Mount Hope cemetery. His wife and family have the deepest sympathy of all here.


- Tom Warner is working as bridge carpenter, on the north end of the Wabash.

- Mrs. Lowry of Ft. Dodge Iowa was here visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Albright, recently.

- Dr. J. E. Lowry of Desmoines, Iowa has recently located at Osman, where he will answer calls day or night.

- Harry Sealls has indefinitely postponed learning telegraphy again and will enlarge your photos in crayon or India ink.


- Irvin Mantel left for Kansas City, Mo.

- David Latch, of Decatur, is the guest of T. R. Latch, this week.

- Wm. Black has 75 acres of corn to husk yet, and cannot find hands enough to keep all his teams busy.

- James Hubbard and family left for Decatur Tuesday, where they will keep a boarding house in the future.


- M. Jerome spent part of last week in Faribault, Minn.

- John Millikin, of Armstrong, visited his sisters, Mrs. Joseph Weir and Mrs. George S. Cross.

- Mrs. Dr. Knapp, of Channahon, Will County, Ill. who visited her son, R. W. Peckle, will return home this week.

-About 30 of the friends of S. P. Coon and wife dropped in Monday evening to leave several elegant presents as a reminder of the 25th anniversary of the married life.


- Mrs. Thos. Hauley has been dangerously ill.

- W. H. Rush spent Thanksgiving with his father at Rantoul.

- Richard Hamilton entertained his father and his sister and brother-in-law, all from Wellington, Iroquois county, Thanksgiving.

- George Dyer and family will return to Ohio in a few weeks. He offers his eighty acre farm 1 mile southwest of town for sale. Mr. Holmes talks of buying.

St. Joseph

- O. T. Jarrett has been down for the last week with rheumatism.

- The bridge at the Argo Ford will be completed today.

- Miss Stella Shuey who has been teaching music here for some time leaves today for her home in Westfield, Ill.

- The family of A. N. McCarty will soon return from Nebraska and occupy rooms in Esq. Gallion's apartment building on Lincoln street.


- Lenny Wade, of Champaign, came down with his cousin, Bird Hess, to eat turkey.

- Mrs. Brown, nee Evarts, accompanied her husband to Bloomington, Saturday, where they will remain till spring.

- Mrs. Anna Vance returned to Crawfordsville, last Wednesday, Joseph Wimmer, her brother, accompanying her as far as Danville.

- John Hickman moved to Claytonville, Iroquois County, last week, where he will take charge of a 160 acre farm which he purchased this fall.

- Mr. H. L. Beall, formerly of this vicinity, is now a clerk in a restaurant at 124 W. Main St., Danville.

- J. G. Lawrence has succeeded in getting the accrued pension of Milton Brewer, dec'd, for his widow. She expects her pension soon.

-Married at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. E. W. Brown and Miss Sabra Everett, Wednesday evening, Nov. 24.

- We should report the arrival of Thomas Curns, last week. Mr. Curns has been treated for sore eyes for the last year in New York city, during which time he sojourned along the shores of the states of Conn. and New Jersey. One of his eyes is well, the other but little better.

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Champaign Locals

- Mrs. E. H. Bacon was called to Lowell, Mass., last week by the serious illness of relatives.

- Mr. W. S. Maxwell of this city was appointed executor of the will of Jas. C. Miller and went to Minneapolis Saturday to settle up the latter's business interests there. At the time of his death, Mr. Miller was cashier at the German American National Bank of that city.

- Mr. T. J. Bunn, of Bloomington, has leased the works of the Twine and Bagging company and will begin to operate them in a few days. We understand that this is not a permanent arrangement but that Mr. Bunn has an amount of tow on hand which he wishes to make up into bagging.

- Mr. Henry Havens died last Thursday of typhoid fever after a long and very distressing sickness of several months. The children of the family have also been suffering with the same disease and are still very seriously ill. Mrs. Havens has not contracted the fever as yet but is completely prostrated by the death of her husband. Mr. Havens came to this city several years ago from Philo and has been employed the past two years by B. C. Beach & Co. as an assistant. He was a kind husband and father, a member of the Methodist church and highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral occurred Monday morning at half past ten o'clock at the Methodist church.

-Mr. James C. Miller of Minneapolis, was very suddenly killed last Thursday afternoon at St. Paul being run over by a passenger train while attempting to board it. The sad news was telegraph to this city by G. W. M. Pittman, Thursday night, and was a great blow to the community already shocked by the Savoy horror. Mr. Miller, in company with his friend, W. D. Rudy of Washington, had been seeing the sights of St. Paul, and after visiting the capital building and dining together, the two gentlemen started for the Minneapolis train. Arriving at the depot, they met their train just pulling out and in attempting to board the same, both jumped for the same platform and were thrown to the ground. Mr. Rudy fell away from the car but his unfortunate companion fell directly upon the rails and was run over and instantly killed. Mr. Miller was born in Hartford, PA., in 1850, and came to Champaign about 1868, where he resided until last July, being engaged most of the time in the banking business. He was a gentleman of marked business ability and had before him a career of usefulness and prominence in the financial word. His genial and warm hearted nature was appreciated by all who came in contact with him and his many friends testify to the fact that to know him was to respect and admire him. The Kaskaskia club, adopted the following resolutions, Saturday:...

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