DeWitt County Genealogy Trails

Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles
At Clinton the other day, Jesse Houseman, while intoxicated, attempted to board a moving train, fell, and his right arm was cut off. [The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, July 5, 1893, submitted by K. Torp
The large tile works of J.K. DICK, at Waynesville, DeWitt county, were burned a few nights ago. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. Loss, $5,000; insurance, $2,500 The Newton Press, Jasper Co., IL April 18, 1888, submitted by K. Torp]
[November 11,1936] One of the worst tragedies that has occurred in Central Illinois for years took place at Clinton Tuesday morning at 11:25 o'clock.  The victims were Waynesville men, R.L. Edwards, George Cisco, his son, Orville Cisco and half-brother, Elisha Cisco.

The men had been to Decatur to get some repairs for a combine and were on their way home. Orville Cisco was driving their car and witnesses state that he drove onto the Illinois Central Railroad track five blocks from the station in Clinton and their automobile was struck by the fast moving Illinois Central Green Diamond passenger train.  Those who saw the accident also state that the flasher signal at the crossing was working and both bell and whistle on the approaching train were sounded. The automobile was demolished and the bodies were thrown clear of the wreckage.  Mr. Edwards body was taken to the Pullen Funeral Home and and the others were taken to the Reeser Funeral Home. Coroner Lyle Crum took charge of the case and inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock. A verdict of accidental death was returned by the jury.

George Cisco resided on a farm six miles southwest of Waynesville.  He was born near Wapella, IL, January 18, 1868, a son of Mr and Mrs. Ira Cisco.  He was first married to Miss Lena Nichols.  One son, Orville, was born to them.  After her death, he was again married to Alice Ellis, who with one son, Dallas Cisco, of Wapella, survive.  Also surviving is his step-mother, Mrs. Mary Cisco, of East St Louis; two sisters, Mrs. Minerva Lane, of Waynesville, and Mrs. Hattie Taylor, of New York City; two half sisters, Mrs. Jennie Troxel, of Atlanta, and Mrs. Lizzie Cisco, of East St. Louis; two half brothers, Arthur, of East St Louis, and Bert, of Boone, IA.

Elisha Cisco, half brother of George, resided two miles east of Waynesville.  He was a son of Mr and Mrs. Ira Cisco and was born in Tennessee, August 31, 1888.  He was married to Clara Baker twenty four  years ago.  She survives with three daughters, Mrs. Mary Thorpe, of Wapella, Doris and Mildred at home; his mother, Mrs. Mary Cisco, of East St Louis; two sisters, Mrs. Troxel and Mrs. Cisco; two brothers, Arthur and Bert; two half sisters, Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Taylor.

Orville Cisco, son of George, was born near Wapella, July 5, 1897.  He was married to Miss Edith Vinson, Dec 18 1917.  She survives with two daughters, Maxine and Mavis, and one son, George, all at home, a step-mother, Mrs. George Cisco; one half brother, Dallas Cisco, of Wapella.

Robert L. Edwards was born at Martinsville, VA, November 17, 1872.  He was married to Miss Mossie Sampson, November 17, 1909.  She with the following children survive:  Mrs. Virginia Brosamer, of near Beason; Robert, Duane, Gordon, Victor Lee and Johnnie, all at home; two brothers, James Edwards, of Springfield, IL and V.W. Edwards, of Bassett, VA. Mr. Edwards had been prominent in the civic life of Waynesville, having been Mayor from 1921 to 1931.  After being out one term, he was again elected in 1935.  He had also been a member of the grade school board for several terms.

The tragedy was a great shock to the community and cast a pall of sorrow over it as nothing else has done for years.  The wide acquaintanceship and relationship of the unfortunate parties brought sadness into the homes of many in the Waynesville community. [Transcribed by Susan Rogers]
Miss Maud Calhoun of Clinton is spending Sunday with her parents on North Franklin Street [The Decatur Daily Dispatch, 16 Nov 1889, pg 3]
Clinton, Ill., Nov. 13---Charles Dickerson returned Friday from a prolonged sojourn in Fort Dodge, Iowa. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Beck, of Lincoln, Neb., were in Clinton visiting with Commissioner Moore this week. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Mr. George Steuble returned this week from a visit of two months in New York and Philadelphia. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Father Edward Kniery came home from Champaign this week to visit his sick father. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Colonel Peter Wallace and wife, who have been known here as the managers of the Magill House, have purchased a home in Chicago. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
The Woman's Relief Corps of Clinton are working zealously to provide for the poor and disabled soldiers who may fall within their jurisdiction. They are preparing to give a public benefit entertainment. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Dr. W.F. Calhoun, ex-Speaker of the Illinois House and one of Clinton's former citizens, was here visiting old neighbors this week. The Doctor now publishes the Decatur Republican. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
The town of DeWitt had a disastrous fire Wednesday morning. Four stores and the post office were burned. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Dr. G. Frank Lydston, of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago, addressed the Medical Society here on Tuesday of this week. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Mrs. J.H. Wall, County President of the W.C.T.U., started to Boston Tuesday as a State delegate to the National convention of the great order. She will remain in New York some time before returning. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]
Bridegroom Stabs Rival to Death--DeWitt Men in Fatal Quarrel Over Woman Clinton, April 24—Elmer Dagley, 51, of Waynesville, a veteran of World War II who only recently returned from the veterans hospital at Dwight, was stabbed to death at 6:45 p.m. on a street in Waynesville by James Pate, 57, an Illinois Central machinist, of Clinton. Pate is being held in the DeWitt county jail here where he was taken following the stabbing by Sheriff Claude Barrett.

Officers and witnesses to the stabbing said that Dagley, accompanied by several companions, drove to the home of Pate's bride, Mrs. Kate Sapp Pate, who was married to Pate at Clinton Saturday. Pate and his bride had just returned to Waynesville where they had planned to reside. Dagley got out of his car and he and Pate became involved in a quarrel over Mrs. Pate, who authorities said had "formerly gone with Dagley." The two men became engaged in a fist fight and authorities said when Dagley seemed to be getting the better of the fight, Pate suddenly drew a knife and stabbed Dagley five times. Pate slashed Dagley in the chest, across the abdomen and twice on his right leg. The right leg wound severed the femoral artery, according to Dr. J. E. Marvel of Waynesville, who was called to the scene and pronounced Dagley dead. Dagley bled to death from the leg wound.

No charges had been placed against Pate late tonight. He was being questioned by the sheriff, State's Attorney A. J. Rudsill and Coroner John Herington. Pate and Mrs. Sapp were married at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Pate home, 720 E Washington Street. Attendants were Jack Sapp, of Waynesville, son of the bride, and Mrs. Helen Ross, of Elmhurst, daughter of Pate. Dagley, a former resident of Clinton, is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lydia Dagley, of Peoria, also formerly of Clinton; one sister, Miss Leona Dagley, and one brother, Charles Dagley, both of Texas.Coroner Herington will conduct an inquest later. Remains of Dagley were taken to the Pullen & Boos funeral home in Clinton. [SOURCE: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Monday, April 25, 1949, pg 1.]
More Farmers Move. Among the changes by farmers in Waynesville township this week are: Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson from a farm south to a arm northeast of Waynesville vacated by Irwin Spellbring; C. M. Westerfield to the farm north east of Waynesville; Walter Horn and family moved to a farm near Lincoln, and John Thomas moved to the farm vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Horn. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Ellington have moved to Waynesville, and Charles Campbell and family are moving to the farm vacated by the Ellingtons. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Thursday, March 3, 1932, Pg. 7]
Seeks Divorce. Ira T. Fitzgerald, Clinton, has filed suit for divorce from Hulda Fitzgerald on grounds of desertion. It will be heard at the May term of the circuit court. The defendant filed a divorce suit last term, which was dismissed February 22. The plaintiff is a locomotive fireman on the Illinois Central out of Clinton. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Thursday, March 3, 1932, Pg. 7]
$1,000 Fire. Damage estimated at $1,000 was caused by fire at the Oscar Houghan home between Wapella and Heyworth early this morning. The blaze started on the roof and was discovered by a passing motorist. The loss is covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is unknown. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Thursday, March 3, 1932, Pg. 7]
Dr. and Mrs. Owen Nowlin, Farmer City, are the parents of a girl born yesterday in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Thursday, March 3, 1932, Pg. 7]
Find Physician's Death Accidental. Was shot while Cleaning Gun Jury Says. Lincoln, July 11—A coroner's jury Thursday afternoon returned a verdict that Dr. Titus S. Lapp, 39, Waynesville physician and surgeon, came to his death from the accidental discharge of a shot gun while cleaning the gun in his home at Waynesville last Sunday afternoon. Doctor Lapp died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Deaconess hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Adkins and Mr. and Mrs. J. R. martin of Waynesville neighbors of the Lapp family, and Mrs. Lapp. Mrs. Lapp testified that some time ago, she had asked Doctor Lapp if he had cleaned his shot gun after the hunting season and that he told her no and that he would do it some day. She said Doctor Lapp had not been despondent. Coroner E. C. Goff conducted the inquest and members of the jury were: William Charlton, George Knollenberg, Sr., Joseph Young, William Warrick, Hobart Lathbury and John Denning. Doctor Lapp, formerly a member of the staff of the Fulton, Mo., state hospital, was found lying wounded in the bathroom of his Waynesville home Sunday afternoon, shot gun at his side. Mrs. Lapp, a graduate nurse, was downstairs at the time and made the discovery after she heard a shot fired. The body of Doctor Lap was taken from the Goff funeral home Thursday afternoon to the Melvin funeral home at Sterling, Ill for funeral and burial. Decedent was born Feb. 25, 1901 at Roseland, Neb. Surviving are the widow, a daughter, Cynthia, his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. D. G. Lapp of Roseland, Neb.; five brothers and one sister, Paul and Mahlon C. Lapp, Rochelle, Ill., Leon Lapp, Hopedale, Ill., Truman and James Lapp, Sterling, and Mrs. Velma Hostettler of India. The Rev. Mr. Lapp is a Mennonite church bishop in Nebraska. Doctor Lap, after resigning his position at the Missouri state hospital, began practice at Clinton and last April moved to Waynesville. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Friday, July 12, 1940, pg. 5]
RODGERS - WHALEY OUT-OF-TOWN COUPLE TAKE VOWS HERE Miss Pearl Elnora Whaley, McLeansboro, and James H. Rodgers of Farmer City were united in marriage this morning with Justice of the Peace J. J. Reynolds reading the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Whaley of McLeansboro and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Rodgers of Farmer City. Witnesses to the wedding were Florence Warren and Walter Fulton. The bridegroom is employed as clerk in Farmer City, where the young couple will reside. [Urbana Daily Courier, 25 March 1933]