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News From The Schuyler Citizen – 1860

The Schuyler Citizen

Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois

Died – John Gardner – at the residence of his step-father, Hugh Smith, eight miles north of Rushville on Monday the 18th inst., John Gardner, aged about 18 years.  “Little Jo Gardner” as we usually called him, was a remarkable character, when a little boy he injured his spine by falling from a ladder standing against the side of a house, and with which he was amusing himself.  He became a hunch back; but in proportion as his body became deformed did his mind become accelerated and ennobled.  When quite a boy he joined the M. E. Church and from the first and throughout was a bright exemplar of its principles – a practical, faithful Christian.  He was fully resigned to his melancholy condition, never repining, always cheerful and died saying he “rejoiced in the near prospect of soon resting from his life of pain and affliction in the arms of his blessed Savior”.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 20, 1860

Died – Mrs. John Philips – At four o’clock last Saturday afternoon (9th inst.,) the wife of Mr. John Phillips, living near Huntsville, hung herself.  We learn from a neighbor that she had recently exhibited signs of mental derangement, owing it was supposed to a late marriage in her family of which she disapproved.  A few days before her suicide she had requested her sister-in-law to ask her husband to kill her.  On Saturday morning she met with a person who was fully acquainted with the circumstances attending the recent suicide in the neighborhood, of Mrs. Marlowe, and obtained from him by close questioning every particular as to the manner of tying the rope, etc.  In the afternoon the family were all absent but a little son.  She made him go to the field to cut sprouts, and then went into the meat house in the yard and hung herself, following the plan of Mrs. Marlowe.  Her little son was the first to discover her.  A couple of daughters had just come in and with the aid of a man who was just then passing she was taken down, but life was quite extinct.  She was buried on the following day.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 27, 1860.

Died – John Bohrman – Our city has been the scene of another suicide.  John Bohrman, a German butcher, was found suspended by the neck in his stable loft, about nine o’clock yesterday morning.  He had evidently been hanging several hours when he was discovered.  An inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.  Beardstown Democrat, 19th inst., The Schuyler Citizen, June 27, 1860

Died – Thomas M. Martin – On Wednesday evening, July 4th, in the fortieth year of his age, from the effects of wounds received about his head and breast by the premature discharge of a cannon, Thomas M. Martin, son of the Rev. Thomas Martin, of Tennessee.  Mr. Martin came with his family to Rushville in December 1855, and during his residence here had won, by the uniform uprightness of his life, the confidence and esteem of our entire community.  He was a member of the M. E. Church, having joined when quite a youth and such had been the consistency of his Christian life with his profession, that when the Dread Messenger came in so unexpected a moment he did not find him unguarded, for so soon as he regained his speech he expressed his entire willingness to obey the summons.  During the few hours he survived his wounds he was calm and collected, and spoke much of the blissful abode he felt assured of being about to enter.  He expired peacefully and happily while being brought homeward.  He was also a prominent member both of the Good Templar and Masonic Fraternity of this place, and an officer in each.  Both of the Lodges here attended his funeral.  The Schuyler Citizen, July 11, 1860

Died – Mr. David C. Gillam – on Thursday at 12 midnight from the effect of wounds received in the head and breast at the same time with Mr. Martin, Mr. David C. Gillam (brother of B. C. Gillam) of this place, in the 29th year of his age.  Mr. Gillam is well known in this community, and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  From the moment he was struck his reason was gone, and though able to talk, up to the period of his death, his mind was wondering.  At the time of his death he was sexton of the Presbyterian Church.  It is a singular coincidence that Mr. Martin also was the sexton of the M. E. Church.  The bodies of both were conveyed to the M. E. Church, and an impressive funeral discourse preached by the Pastor Rev. W. D. Lemon, assisted by the Revs. John Scripps and S. E. Wishard.  A large concourse of sympathizing friends attended the burial.  The bereaved families have the warm sympathies of our entire community.  Mr. Gillam leaves a wife and three children.  Mr. Martin leaves a wife and six children.  The Schuyler Citizen, July 11, 1860.

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