Local History by Month December


From the Quincy Whig, December 9, 1846

Married--In Marion County, Missouri, November 30,
William Carlin of Quincy and Rebecca Gill.

Married--In Warsaw, Illinois, December 2,
Capt. E. W. Gould and Elizabeth A. Chipley, all of Warsaw.

Died--November 30 of croup, Julia, aged 2 years and 8 months--
Daughter of William A. and Maria H. Wood of Quincy.

From the Quincy Whig, December 16, 1846

Married--In Adams County, December 10th, H. Skirven and Elizabeth Haven,late of Kentucky.

Died--On Friday 11th last, Malvina Isabella, daughter of William M. and Amanda Scale,
aged 3 years, 1 month.

From the Quincy Whig, December 30, 1846

Married--In Nauvoo, December 17th, Luman Case of Tazewell County
and Marietta M. Westgate of Quincy.

Married--In Columbus, December 17th, John D. Bass and Sarah Herndon.

Died--At his residence in Oquawka, Illinois, on the 11th day of December,
Mr. Alexis Phelps, in the 46th year of his age.

From the Daily Quincy Herald, December 14, 1871

Death Of An Old Citizen--Patrick Kelly, of Liberty township, father of
Maurice Kelly, Representative in the Legislature, died on Saturday last of
paralysis. The deceased was one of the early settlers of this portion of
Illinois and was well known to all the old residents of this and adjoining
counties. He came to Adams county in 1838 where he resided until his death.
He was a good citizen, respected by all who knew him. He was an active
member of the Catholic church, honest and consistent in his daily life. Mr.
Kelly had been a subscriber to the Herald since 1845.

Matrimonial--A very pleasant event transpired last evening at the residence
of F. B. Walker, Esq., being none other than the marriage of John A.
Hauser, the princely steamboat clerk, to Miss Rena E. Wyett, a handsome
young lady of this city. This voyage of our friend John's was somewhat of a
surprise but his host of friends in Quincy are none the less enthusiastic
in prophecying that it will be a joyous and prosperous one. The Herald has
known John so well in every position he has filled and has had occaison to
regard him so highly, that it must be permitted in an especial manner to
congratulate him on this auspicious occaison. Hauser and lady departed for
New Orleans last night after receiving the congratulations from their
immediate friends.

From The Daily Quincy Herald, December 31, 1871

A poor woman who has just arrived from the old county wishes to ascertain
the whereabouts of her sister, named Josephine Kauffman, whose husband's
name is Henry Kauffman. Any one knowing the residence of Henry Kauffman
would confer a great favor by addressing Louisa Rost, care of J. H. Struck,
Oquawka, Ill.

From the Quincy Daily Herald, December 3, 1896

With a Broken Neck

An Adams County Boy Who Met With a Peculiar Accident

William H. Lewis, after a visit of two days with his uncle, Captain John
Lewis, left for home last night.
Mr. Lewis is a native of this county. He was born at Woodville on May 1,
1859. Five years ago, at Butte, Montana, he attended a picnic at which
target shooting was one of the features of amusement. A young lady to whom
he was engaged held a rifle while he prepared the target. Before he got out
of range she fired and the bullet, plowing through his neck, broke his
spinal column.
For months he lay between life and death but finally recovered sufficiently
to travel. He is partially paralyzed and will never again be well. But his
case stands alone in all medical and surgical records. Such injuries,
except in his case, has invariably proved fatal.
While here he was examined by Dr. Johnson and he pronounced the case little
short of miraculous. Mr. Lewis has been visiting friends in Knox County,

From the Quincy Daily Herald, December 7, 1896

Alfred Chatten Dead

The City Engineer's Brother and Assistant Passes Away

Alfred I. Chatten, died at 11 o'clock this forenoon, after being sick for a
week, of pneumonia. The death occurred at the family residence, 333 Sixth
Avenue South.
Deceased was employed as an assistant to his brother, Enoch K. Chatten,
city engineer and contracted the illness that resulted in his death while
on the public works. His wife survives and three children. The latter are
Rev. Ivans Chatten of Bevier, Mo., and Bert and Miss Ora of Quincy.
His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth, widow of B. L. Chatten, also survives. She
lives next door to her son's home - at 337 South Sixth Avenue South.
Deceased was a good husband, son and father and his death is a severe loss
to the family.

From the Quincy Daily Herald, December 16, 1896


Two Golden People United by Rev. H. A. Ott at Luther Memorial Church

At high noon to-day Rev. H.A. Ott, pastor of the Luther Memorial Church,
united in marriage Charles S. Wallace and Miss Irene McHatton, both of
Golden. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wallace, old citizens
and respected farmers residing near Golden. The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. McHatton, who live near Golden also. The marriage was
witnessed by Mrs. Cora McHatton, Miss Jennie Wallace, niece of the groom
and John McGinnis. The newly married couple will take up their residence on
a farm near Golden where they will be glad to see friends and receive their

From theQuincy Daily Herald, December 22, 1896

Wedded at St. Louis

Alexander Webb and Miss Lillie M. Sirely United in Marriage Yesterday

This morning's St. Louis papers contain the marriage license of Alexander
Webb of this city and Miss Lillie M. Sirely of Keokuk.
Mr. Webb is a lineman and has been a resident of St. Louis since the
cyclone last spring. He went down and scoured work repairing wires blown
down by the storm and finding steady employment, remained until a few days
ago when he visited his home folks. It is presumed he was accompanied back
by Miss Sirely and wedded yesterday. The two have been friends for several
years and have maintained correspondence.
It's all right. They are a worthy young couple and have lots of friends who
hope they will "live happily ever after."
The groom is a brother of E. Page Webb, of Webb and Journey, the north end


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