Clay County


Flora Daily Record 02 Sep 1920

William CAMPBELL was born 03 Jul 1878 and was murdered 01 Sep 1920 in Songer Township, Clay Co., IL by his wife Amy Louiza DYER. The articles give details of the horrendous murder and the conviction of his wife. Amy had apparently become jealous of William CAMPBELL and the wife of her son William George Franklin KLAR (from a previous marriage) whose name was Sarah Evelyn KERBY, though the source of the jealousy was unfounded. From the article we also learn that William CAMPBELL served in the Spanish-American War.

Contributed 09 Jan 2008 by Deborah Richardville Gentit

Simmons in the News

The Southern Illinois Record, Flora

1913 Mar 13 Orchardville - Joe Simmons and wife, formerly of this vicinity, but recently of Sedalia, Mo., are visiting the latter's sister, Mrs. Wm. Sharar.
1914 Jul 02 County Line - Some men from Flora moved last Monday into an old house on H. Kitley's place. They are keeping bach and making ties for Charles Simmons'.
1914 Jul 11 County Line - Charles Simmons has moved his saw mill to R. L. Pemberton's place. He bought 40 acres of timber land from Tracy Pettijohn at $50 per acre and is now sawing the timber into lumber.
1914 Dec 10 County Line - Earl Keith bought 40 acres of land from Charles Simmons paying $1700. He has several men at work cutting the timber.
1917 Jul 05 We Must Win the War … E. C. Simmons
1917 Aug 30 Herschel Simmons was arrested last Saturday night in Flora and fined $10 and costs, the whole amounting to $17.50, for running his car on the city's streets without head-lights.
1919 Sep 11 Rev. D. Simmons, of Odin, has moved to Xenia to fill the place made vacant by Rev. Earl Phillips, who has been transferred to Marion, Ill. We regret to lose Bro. Phillips, but trust that he will like his new place. We extend a hearty welcome to Bro. Simmons and feel sure he will like us.

The Flora Journal-Record

1920 Jan 22 Kenner - Herschel Simmons and wife and baby of Cisne, visited Mrs. Simmon;s mother, Mrs. Jones, Monday.
1920 Jan 29 Brought Here for Burial. Mrs. Sarah Jane Wheeler, wife of the late Esquire Thomas Wheeler, passed away at the home of her nephew, F. H. Logan in Greensburg, Ind., last Sunday of cerebral hemorrhage, age 77 years, 9 months and 23 days. Mr. Wheeler died at his home in this city about ten years ago. The remains were brought to Flora Sunday afternoon, accompanied by her nephew, Mr. Logan and a brother, Richard Simmons of Muncie, Ind. Sunday afternoon and the interment occurred in the family lot in Elmwood cemetery.
1920 Feb 19 A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Simmons Monday. Mrs. Simmons has been very sick with pneumonia but is reported some better.
1920 Mar 04 Rinard - Rev. Simmons, pastor of Willow Branch church, attended the Centenary meeting at the M. E. church Sunday evening and made a fine talk.
1920 Apr 08 Kenner - Mrs. Herschel Simmons of Cisne, spent Easter with her mother, Mrs. Jones.
1920 Apr 15 Township Elections - … Elmer Simmons, constable
1920 Jun 10 Kenner - Mrs. Simmons is quite sick with the measles.
1920 Jun 17 Kenner - Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Jones, Reuben Koons, and Chas Windle and family motored to Cisne Sunday and spent the day with Herscel Simmons and wife.
1920 Jul 08 Kenner - We are glad to report Virgil and Floyd Simmons better. They have been quite sick with thyphoid fever.
1920 Sep 02 Kenner - Rev. W. D. Simmons has been returned to the Xenia charge for the coming year.
1920 Nov 04 Kenner - Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Simmons spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Jones.
1920 Nov 18 Mrs. M. E. Jones and son, Reuben, visited Mrs. Herschell Simmons Sunday.
1920 Dec 16 Kenner - Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Simmons and son, Floyd, spent Sunday with A. H. Woomer's.
1921 Jun 02 Isom Simmons of Cisne was called to Flora Sunday by the accident sustained by his son Berlin Sunday evening, who had his arm broken in pole vaulting.
1921 Sep 01 Rev. D. W. Simmons, who has been on the Southern Methodist charge at Xenia for the past two years, has moved to DeSoto, and Rev. Sikes will fill the vacancy caused by his removal.
1922 May 11 Delinquent Tax List for 1921 … Songer Lands … Clara Simmons
1922 May 18 H.S. Commencement - Class Roll … Berlin Simmons
1923 Mar 28 Kenner - Mrs. Herschel Simmons and children of Cisne, are visiting her mother, Mrs. M. E. Jones.
1923 Nov 22 Kenner - Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Simmons and children visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Jones.
1923 Dec 06 Birthday Anniversary - A birthday surprise after preaching services at Bloom Sunday. The families of A. E. Williams of Flora, and C. E. Lewis of Stanford, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Snell of Flora, went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. McLaughlin unannounced to the father. Mrs. McLaughlin and her daughters, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Lewis had prepared a good dinner of which all enjoyed to the fullest extent. Mrs. Geo. Simmons of Quincy, remembered her father with a fine cake and other presents as well as the other daughters. All had a good time.
1925 Oct 15 South Clay City - Mr. and Mrs. Hunt Edens went to Carlyle last Friday and spent the day with their son-in-law and daughter, Rev. and Mrs. W. D. Simmons. The Simmons recently moved there from Kinmundy.
1926 Jan 14 South Clay City - Rev. and Mrs. Will Simmons of Carlyle, spent New Year's day with Mr. and Mrs. Hunt Edens and listened in on the radio.
1926 Feb 11 Kenner - S. J. Koontz and L. L. Koontz spent Sunday with Herschel Simmons of Cisne, who has been very low with pneumonia. The two children, Delbert and Edna Simmons, returned with them for a visit with their aunt, Mrs. L. L. Koontz.
1926 Mar 18 The Background for a Happy Home. No other think contributes so much to the influence of your home as the wall paper. … Simmons Store, Cisne, Illinois
1926 May 6 Florena - Relatives from Teutopolis, Isom Simmons and children of Cisne, and Dewey McGrew's were Sunday visitors at Tony Myers;. C. A. Lusk's called in the evening.
1926 May 13 Delinquent Tax List … Clara Simmons
1926 Jul 15 Personal Mention - Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Simmons of Lawrenceville, spent last Sunday with the pastor and family of the Christian Church, and attended Sunday School and morning service here.
1926 Oct 14 Marriage Licenses … Dick VanHeest, Harvey, 29 & Myrtle Simmons, Salem, 19
1926 Dec 16 Florena - Mr. and Mrs. Tony Myers attended the funeral of their brother-in-law, Isom Simmons, of near Cisno, Sunday.
1926 Dec 30 Greendale - Alva Simmons and wife and daughters, Frieda and Opal, of Iuka, spent Christmas with Luthur Howe and daughter Jewell.

Contributed 2021 Jan 22 by Norma Hass, extracted from Flora Public Library's Digital Newspaper Collection

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