From the Quincy Whig, January 6, 1847

Murder–A most brutal murder was perpetrated at Lima in this county, on New Year’s Day. The names of the parties were Joshua Vance and Jackson Harness. The affair occurred at a grocery.

Death of Mr. Hendry

It is our painful duty to record the death of the Hon. William Hendry, a representative in the lower House of the Legislature, from the county of Adams. He died on Tuesday night after a short illness.

From the Quincy Whig, January 27, 1847

MARRIED–In this city, Thursday evening last, by the Rev. Foot, Mr. Robert Macomb to Miss Ann Elizabeth Crane, all of this city. We were present at the ceremonial and of course got our share of the sweet things. Mr. Foot does the matter up in short meter and we assure our bachelor friends that it is no killing matter, this entering the new state. If they do not believe it, let them try the experiment. We wish Mac and his bride all the pleasures anticipated and may they amidst the cares and vexations of life never have occasion to regret the step they have taken.

$100 Reward

Will be given for the apprehension of Alonzo Pate and delivery of him to either of us living in Adams County, Illinois, or to the Jailor in Quincy. He is a fugitive from justice, we having been his bail during the pendency of his case in the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, he having been convicted of forgery and sentenced to the Penitentiary for nine years. He escaped from us on the night of the 22nd inst., and went off without hat or shoes; he is about 5 feet 10 inches high; of fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes, sharp visage and a sly look, walks or sits rather humped with his head downward, speaks mild; his right hand has been broken causing a scar on the back of his hand; aged about 26 years. He had on when he left a gray box coat and brown jean pantaloons, all pretty well worn, he is a Kentuckian by birth.

Signed: Adam Taylor, Wm. Leachman, John Denson, Jas. M. Crawford

From the Quincy Herald, January 6, 1872

Police Matters–The first session of the Police Court in 1872 was held yesterday morning for the benefit of an old chronic drunk who is continually thrusting himself upon the police and three demoralized demireps. George Wolcott opened the calendar for the new year by pleading guilty to a big drunk. He was found at night on the levee and proved to be the drunkest specimen that has been coaxed up the hill for months. Wolcott promised to go across the river, get work and send the money home to his family. The Court thought he had better go.

Mollie Chambers pleaded guilty to being the “boss” of a house of prostitution and was fined $15.00 and costs. Hattie Brown and Nellie Monts admitted that they were inmates of the Chambers house and paid $6.00 and costs, each.

From The Herald, January 9, 1872

Death of an Old Citizen–Henry Tansman, Sr. an old and highly esteemed citizen of Quincy, died at his residence, corner of Eighth and State streets yesterday morning. The deceased was in his sixty-seventh year and had been a resident of this city for more than twenty years. He was well known to many of our readers who will deeply deplore his death. He was an honorable, upright, true man and a good citizen whose loss will be felt by the community. By his industry he had accumulated a handsome competence. The funeral will take place at his late residence at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

From The Herald, January 11, 1872

Matrimonial–The most interesting matrimonial event that ever agitated society in the town of Clayton, transpired Monday evening, being the marriage of C. W. Edmonds of Payson to Miss Jennie Roe. The Rev. H. Wilson officiated, the ceremony occurring at the residence of the bride’s parents. A large number of the friends of the interested parties were present and profuse in congratulations and good wishes. After the ceremony the party enjoyed the wedding feast, which was all that appetite could desire. The bridal pair left on the evening train for the east accompanied by many “best wishes” for their happiness.

From The Herald, January 28, 1872

DIED–Alexander Petry, a well-known boot maker on the north side of the square, died on Friday afternoon of a disease of the heart after an illness of five weeks. The deceased was a native of France and has resided in this city for several years and had an extensive acquaintance. The funeral service will take place this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

From The Herald, January 30, 1872

Married–Lewis Eisenstein, of Old 76, well known to many of our readers, was married on Sunday to Miss Katherine Burklin at the residence of the bride’s mother, corner of Seventh and Ohio, by the Rev. Kuhlen Helder. The event was enjoyed by many friends of the interested parties and was in all respects a joyous affair. We tender Lewis and his bride our best wishes.

From the Quincy Morning Whig, January 1, 1897


More Decrees of Divorce Signed by Judge Bonney

Judge Bonney yesterday signed a decree awarding Mrs. Lucy Crubaugh separate maintenance from her husband and giving her alimony of $60.00 a year. He also gave a New Year’s present in the shape of decrees of divorce to the following: Samuel Hamilton from Lucy Hamilton; Sarah E. Williams from Wesley R. Williams; Augusta Schaefer from John Schaefer

INQUEST ON A BABE–Coroner Hazelwood held an inquest yesterday on the 9-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dewitt of 1518 Lind street. The babe had been sick for a week or so but they thought it was nothing serious and doctored it themselves without calling in a physician. The father drives the stage between here and Beverly and shortly after he had left home yesterday morning the little one died. The coroner’s jury found that death resulted from catarrhal pneumonia.

From The Quincy Morning Whig, January 3, 1897


A couple of painful accidents on New Year’s Day

George Fesler, a young man, of Golden has cause to remember New Year’s. He was celebrating the day by shooting off a shotgun. He had fired off a number of charges and wanting to make a bigger noise he put in an extra heavy charge. The gun exploded and blew off his left hand.

A painful accident happened near Coatsburg New Year’s Day by which a man named Jansen had one eye destroyed and his brother was shot in the arm. They were sawing timber on the farm of Mr. Fred Tieken when a crowd of boys came along shooting quail. They raised a covey of birds and not noticing that the men were directly in range one of the boys blazed away with both barrels of a double barreled shotgun. He missed the birds but one of the shots struck Mr. Jansen in the eye, penetrating the eyeball and destroying the sight entirely. Several shots struck the other brother on the arm but did not hurt him much. The carelessness of the boys was criminal and they ought to be prosecuted for hunting quail out of season and then be made to pay heavy damages to Mr. Jansen for putting out his eye.

From The Quincy Morning Whig, January 6, 1897

Death of Mrs. Bernheimer

A Former Well-known and Highly Respected Resident of this City

Mrs. E. J. Bernheimer, a former well-known resident of Quincy, died at the home of her son in Kansas City on Sunday of a complication of disorders incident to advanced age. Mrs. Bernheimer had been in failing health for some months and three weeks ago her daughter, Mrs. I. H. Lesem, of this city was summoned to her bedside and remained with her until the end came.

For nearly twenty years Mrs. Bernheimer was a resident of Quincy and many friends in this city will most sincerely mourn her death. Active in charitable work, ever ready to assist the needy, a kind neighbor and a helpful friend, her long life had been devoted to good works. Six years ago she went to Kansas City with her sons who are now the leading dry goods merchants of that city. She leaved three sons and three daughters, Gustave, Isadore and Jerome Bernheimer of Kansas City, Mrs. Lesem of this city, Mrs. M. Shoenberg of St. Louis and Mrs. Lee Shiff of Kansas City. Mr. I. H. Lesem and his daughter, Beatrice, left for Kansas City Sunday to attend the funeral.

From The Quincy Morning Whig, January 7, 1897

Death of John Stoll

Mr. John Stoll died yesterday morning at 7:30 o’clock at his home, 303 South Fourth street.

Deceased was born in Philadelphia on July 30, 1829, and came to Quincy in 1857. He married Miss Martha M. Kimball on December 16, 1863, and she and two children–Herbert M. Stoll of Denver and Helen C. Stoll of this city–are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Mr. Stoll was a member of Park Lodge and his family will receive a $2,000 benefit, The funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

From the Palatine Enterprise [Palatine IL] January 1, 1915

Quincy – Mrs. Amelia Frohme, the oldest woman in Quincy, celebrated the ninety-seventh anniversay of her birth. She was born in Hanover, Germany, and came to America in 1846. Last spring she cast her first vote at a public election.