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From the Quincy Whig, May 12, 1847

DIED--In this city, on Wednesday, 5th inst.,
Mrs. Mary H. W. Coffin

DIED--On Thursday, the 29th ult., near this
city, Mr. William D. Chedwell, in the forty-sixth
year of his life.

From the Quincy Whig, May 19, 1847

MARRIED--In this county on the 12th inst., by the Rev. D. H. Holton, Mr. E. F. Fletcher and Miss Mary Jane McMurray, both of Adams County. A delicious slice of cake accompanied the above; we wish the parties a life of happiness.

From the Daily Quincy Herald, May 7, 1872

Why It Happened--If Antone Tofoldt had staid at home last Saturday night and had not gone to the levee and indulged in a few convivial glasses, he would not have got tired and troubled a policeman to pack him up the hill. And Antone learned yesterday morning that if he had not done these things he would have been richer by $7.20.

CARD OF THANKS--John B. Gill, father of John E. Gill who was drowned the other day, wishes to express his sincere thanks to the people of Mendon and the firemen of Union Fire Company No. 6, of Quincy, for their kindness in showing such respect to his son's death. He thanks all of them most sincerely for their attendance at his son's funeral.

From the Daily Quincy Herald, May 18, 1872

Boy Lost--A boy about four years of age, son of Leonard Havering, who lives on the corner of State and Seventh streets, wandered away from home yesterday and lost himself. Some one came across him on the streets, and being unable to get any information out of him, took him to the police station, where he was found by his parents in the afternoon.

From the Daily Quincy Herald, May 19, 1872

INSANE--Thomas J. Todd, a young man of twenty-two years of age, who lives about four miles north of Coatsburg was before the county court yesterday upon the application of his friends who allege that he has exhibited symptoms of mental derangement for the past four months, and violent a part of the time. The cause of his insanity is unknown. The jury found in their verdict that he is a fit person to be sent to the Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville.

From the Daily Quincy Herald, May 22, 1872

Family Re-Union--Thomas G. Hinchley, an old citizen of Adams county, celebrated his 80th birthday on the 13th inst., at the residence of R. W. Hinchley in Richfield, nearly 40 of his children, including grandchildren and great grandchildren, being present. His own children living are eight, grandchildren thirty and great grandchildren five, besides those connected by marriage with his family. His brother-in-law, T. F. S. Look, of Payson, aged 88 years, was also present. Mr. Hinchley and six of his children, the oldest of which is R. S. Hinchley, Esq., settled in Payson in the autumn of 1843.

From the Quincy Morning Whig, May 5, 1897

Wives Want Divorce
Two Suits For Legal Separation
Filed Yesterday
Mrs. Maggie Carey, of Plainville, commenced suit yesterday for divorce from her husband, James Carey, and if what she says is true she ought to have it. In her bill of complaint filed by L. H. Madison she says that they were married in Payson, March 4, 1894, but the very next month he violated his vows. She charged desertion, cruelty and infidelity. She says that he neglected her when she was sick and unable to wait upon herself and that in March 1895, one year after their marriage, he deserted her and has ever since refused to return. She also charges infidelity in Plainville in April 1894, and in Shelbina, Missouri, in May 1895, and names Vesta Wagy and Annie Howarton as co-respondents. She has not heard from him for two years and does not know where he is. She asks the custody of their two year old girl.

Another divorce case commenced yesterday is that of Lucy B. Pringle against James M. Pringle. She charges desertion and failure to support, and asks the custody of their little boy. They were married in October 1888, and lived together until October 1894. He is now in Butler, Pennsylvania.

From The Quincy Morning Whig, May 7, 1897

Two Old Residents
Death of Mrs. Anna K. Metz and Mrs. Nancy E. McAllister

Mrs. Anna K. Metz, one of the old residents of Quincy, died on Wednesday night at 11:15 o'clock. She was the wife of the late William Metz, a member of the well known drug firm of Sommer & Metz, of twenty odd years ago. Mrs. Metz was born in Wurtemberg, ermany, and was 74 years of age. She leaves one son and one daughter, Mr. George Metz and Mrs. L. E. Reichel.
The funeral will take place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reichel, 1200 Park Place this afternoon at  3 o'clock. Friends invited.

Mrs. Nancy E. McAllister, another old resident of Quincy, the wife of George H. McAllister, died at her home, 2014 Chestnut, at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. She was born in Fall Creek township and was one of the pioneer residents of Quincy. She was familiarly known as Aunt Nan and was universally loved for her broad charity and goodness of heart. Mrs. McAllister was the only living sister of Mrs. B. I. Chatten, and her death leaves Mrs. Chatten the only surviving member of a family of twelve. The funeral services will be held to-morrow morning at 9:30 o'clock. Private burial at a later hour.

From The Quincy Morning Whig, May 11, 1897

Walked Back From Ursa

The friends of Charlie Wisdom and Professor Roche, the hypnotist, had fun with them Sunday night and yesterday asking how the walking was from Ursa. They started to that town Sunday afternoon on a tandem, and within a mile of the place their chain broke and they had to walk all the way back. The distance is twelve miles, but they swear it is nearer forty. Roche can hypnotize people, but he couldn't hypnotize that chain, and there was nothing for it but to walk.

From The Quincy Daily Journal, May 10, 1897

Death of Mrs. E. R. Penny

Mrs. Augusta Penny, nee Winking, died yesterday morning at her home, 431 North Fourth street, at 2:45 o'clock, of consumption, after a lingering illness. She was born in this city November 11, 1868, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Winking, who with the following near relatives, survive; Her husband, Edward R.; four sisters, Mrs. Joseph Schwartz of this city, Mrs. E. Frawley of Kansas City, Miss Kate Winking of Keokuk and Mrs. Phil Roth of West Burlington, Iowa; and three brothers, Joseph, William and
John, of Keokuk. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

From The Quincy Daily Journal, May 11, 1897

A Bicycle Accident

Miss Blanche Lummis, a stenographer at the Quincy Showcase Works, while riding her wheel was run into by a bicyclist last evening while at Fifth and Maine, and her front wheel was smashed. Had she not dismounted quickly she would have been badly hurt. It is a great wonder that more accidents do not occur, as the reckless scorching on down-town streets is something fearful; and especially when no lanterns are carried. The police might be kept busy if they tried to arrest bicyclists who do not carry lanterns.

From The Quincy Daily Journal, May 12, 1897

Death At Golden

Golden, Ill., May 11--Mrs. Frank Hubner died yesterday morning at her home a few miles east of town of quick consumption. She leaves a husband and eight children and a large number of friends to mourn her loss. Her maiden name was Anna Gilbert of York Neck. She was a friend to everyone and was about 40 years of age. The funeral sermon will be preached at the German Church at Coatsburg this afternoon and the body will be laid to rest in Coatsburg Cemetery.

From The Quincy Daily Journal, May 24, 1897

Death's Record

Louis Schlepphorst, Mrs. F. Westerbeck and Mrs. John Fischer At Rest

At 11:25 o'clock Saturday night occurred the death of Mr. Louis E. Schlepphorst at his residence, 638 Washington street, at the age of 73 years, 5 months and 28 days. On the 25th of last December the deceased suffered a paralytic stroke and had been in bed ever since. He was born in Germany and came to this country, locating in Quincy, forty years ago, where he had resided ever since. Deceased was well-known and highly respected by all. He had been in the employ of the C B & Q for thirty-two years. He leaves three children, Mrs. Frank Witte, and John and Bernard Schlepphorst, all of this city. He was a member of the St. Boniface Society.

Mrs. Frederick Westerbeck, age 33 years and 9 months, died at 6:30 o'clock this morning of typhoid pneumonia after an illness of sixteen weeks, at her residence, 1618 State street. She was born and raised in this city and was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends who will deeply mourn her loss. She leaves three sons and a daughter, the oldest child being 14 years and the youngest 2 1/2 years. Her maiden name was 
Rosa Schrader and in January 1883 she was married to Mr. Westerbeck. Two brothers who live in Crescent, Iowa, and two sisters who live here survive her. Funeral notice later.

Mrs. Fischer, wife of John Fischer, the cooper, who resides at Tenth and Monroe streets died this morning. Deceased was about 30 years of age. She left no children. She died of cramps and was as well as usual last Saturday.

 

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