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Hon. Frank Bridges - "Death of Senator Bridges - Eight Fruitless Ballots - Rather Personal"
springfield, Ills., March 21. - The Hon. Frank Bridges died Friday morning at his home near Carrollton. He was the Democratic Senator from the Jersey County District. He was a member of the lower house six years ago, and was elected Senator three years ago. He was about 50 years of age. His death has been expected for some time. Softening of the brain was the cause.
Senator Bridge's death will have the effect of again bottling up the election of a United States Senator. Mr. Bridges' successor will undoubtedly be a Democrat from Greene County.
In the joint session of the legistature Friday, eight ballots were taken, the Democrats only voting. Morrison received 98 votes on the first ballot and 91 on the last, his lowest vote being 89 on the seventh ballot. The other names put in the ballot box were, E. A. Stevenson, J. H. Ward, J. J Curran, J. C. Black, Carter Harrison, Gen. Palmer, Frank Lawler, and Thomas Merritt.
A local paper discharges the follwoing ambiguous hand-grenade: "It will be well for a certain large gentleman, with light blue eyes and red chin whiskers, to go slow and take notice that his attempt at bribing members of the legislature in the senatorial contest is known. There are no Republicans that are hnting him. He might in a contingency become a partner of Macklin, and certainly if he or any of his kind expect office such matters will get to a Republican senate as soon as his or their names will. Better hire a hack and go home"
[Source: The Rock Island Argus., March 21, 1885, Pg. 3] Transcribed by KP

Hon. Joey Cory, Sr., - died, Tuesday last. His funeral was attended on the 15th inst., from the Baptist Church in Jerseyville, and there was teh largest attendance ever witnessed in that place. The Rev. Dr. Bulkley, of Upper Alton, preached the sermon and was assisted by the Rev. John W. Phillips, of the Methodist Church and the Reverend Dr. King, of the First Presbyterian Church.
[Source: Chicago tribune., February 19, 1872, Page 4] Transcribed by KP

Death of Prominent Illinoisan - Jerseyville, Ills., Sept. 6 - Osville A. Snedeker, one of the most porminent citizens of Jersey County, died here Saturday evening after a prolonged illness. The deceased was a member of the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth general assemblies and a well-known politician. He was the author of one of the flag laws. He was a prominent Odd Fellows, Knight of Honor and Modern Woodman.
[Source: Rock Island Argus., September 07, 1897, Pg.1] Transcribed by KP

Death Notice of Thomas Cummings - We see the annoucement of the death of Thomas Cummings, Esq., of Jersey County. He was born in the Blockhouse at Columbia, Monroe County, Illinois, on the 2nd of March, 1799. He was one of the early settlers of Jersey County, about thirty-five years ago and having resided there ever since has sustained the character of one of her best citizens. As a mark of their esteem, he was chosen by the people to present them in the Legislature of 1846 and 1847
[Source: Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 9, Number 140, 3 December 1856 Death of Thomas Cummings] Transcribed by KP

Philaiider Forbes, an old and esteemed citizen of Jersey county, died at his resdints near Jerseyville, on Saturday last, at the advanced age of 87
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 11, Number 87, 4 October 1858] Transcribed by KP

Mr. Ross J. Dawson, of Jersey County, Illinois.Died: On board the steamboat, Avalanche, on the Illinois River, June 15,
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, 25 June 1849] Transcribed by KP

An Old Settler Gone - Maj. James Pruitt, one of the oldest citizens of Jersey County in this State, died at his residence near Jerseyville, on Tuesday of last week, at the advanced age of 87 years.
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 10, Number 31, 20 July 1857] Transcribed by KP

The death of Miss M. A. Warren, of Jersey County, a lady of considerable poetical ability, is announced. She died on the 31st. She was for many years a constant contributer of the old Alton Telegraph.
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 10, Number 127, 10 November 1857] Transcribed by KP

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