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Excerpts from the Oquawka Spectator - Misc. Dates
Dates of Oquawka Spectator abstracts.
Jan 14, 1852

A man by the name of RICHARD CORDELL was missing from Boonesville, MO some two years ago, and was supposed to have been murdered. The remans were discovered a few days ago in a hollow tree. The tree was felled, and his remains were identified by the teeth. The hollow was about ten feet in length.

20 Oct 1863

DIED - on the 8th ___, Mrs. PHEBE SMITH, wfe of Mrs. DEXTER C. SMITH, aged 43 years. Mrs. S. was born n Barthlomew county, Indiana, and with her parents, settled in a very early period of the history of this state on Henderson river. She was the daughter of the late Judge PENCE, who erected what was called Fort Pence for the protection of his family and neighbors during the Black Hawk war. At the age of eighteen, haveing lost her parents and beng the oldest daughter of the family, the responsibility of acting the part of a mother to her younger brothers and sisters fell upon her. And so faithfully did she perform her duties in the position that those for whom she thus cared, will ever hold her in grateful rememberance. She experienced religion in 1846 and was married and settled in Henry County, Iowa in 1848 where she died after five months illness of consumption. An affectionate husband, three children, and many dear relatives and friends are left to mourn her departure, for she was one who ever had a kind word for the mourner, and a willing hand to help the sick and suffering. She was one, whose loss the circle of her acquaintances very deeply. But those who loved her do not mourn as those without hope. "For a season we must part, Still together joined in heart, Soon we'll come thy bliss to share, Endless bliss shall -----"

Jan 4, 1866


11 Apr 1906

DEATHS: JOHN SMITH died early this morning, April 11, 1906, after a short illness from erysipelas, aged a little over 84 years. Mr. Smith was born in Gottenberg, Sweden, March 5, 1822. He came to America in 1851 and became one of Oquawka's early settlers, having made his home here about 50 years ago. Three years ago he went to Chicago to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. ANNA BENNAUER, but life n the city was distasteful to him and no one could have been more glad to het back to the old home and spend his last days here. Mr. Smith was the father of six children, two of whom died in infancy. The funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Bennauer, conducted by Rev. A.F. WITTENBERGER.

27 Feb 1907

DEATHS - THOMAS C. SMITH died at his home in Oquawka, Feb. 21, 1907, after a long illness, aged 77 years, 8 months, and 20 days. Mr. Smith was born in Lebanon, O, June 1, 1829. He came west to Illinois in 1851, spent some time in Chicago, and then came to Oquawka, which has been his home ever since excepting for a short period spent in California. He was united in marriage to Miss CORDELIEA FRANCES RICHARDS, Dec 31st, 1857. To them two children were born, Arthur and Effie A., the son only surviving and now in Moab, Utah, who with the widow and one grandchild constitute all of the near relatives. Mr. Smith was widely known over the county for he was in the hotel business here for over thirty years and all who had dealings with him knew him to honest and straight in his business transactions. Mr. Smith had been in failing health for years and the end came after much suffering. Funeral services were conducted from the residence Saturday afternoon by Rev. J.C. CRAINE.

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