Photograph, Fair Grounds, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, circa 1912 (some Logans included)

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Photograph and labeling courtesy of Sharon Pursell Wright. Our thanks to Sharon so these folks — and this photograph — aren’t lost to time. If anyone has additional information to help fill in the blanks, it would be greatly appreciated.

Top row:

  1. Scott Miller (son)
  2. John Miller (father)
  3. Fannie Miller (mother)
  4. Charlie Miller (son)
  5. James W. Logan (Civil War veteran)
  6. James Wayland “Wale” Logan (father)
  7. Edna Lou Logan (mother)
  8. Verna Logan (daughter) (married, first, Choisser; second, Van Horn; third, Setzkorn)
  9. labeled Choisser Van Horn [assume this is Rex Choisser?]
  10.  ?
  11. ?
  12. [Second row] Josie Taylor (father)
  13. Pauline Taylor (daughter)
  14. ?
  15. Dora Taylor (mother)
  16. Ethie Morton (mother)
  17. Essie Morton (daughter)
  18. John Morton (father)
  19. Mrs. John Keene Morton
  20. Mary Tipton
  21. Joshua Tipton
  22. Asa Hill
  23. Mary (Hill) Pursell
  24. Benjamin Hill
  25. [Third row] ?
  26. Gladys Miller (died young)
  27. Edith Taylor (daughter) md. Dempsey Keene
  28. ?
  29. Edgar Pursell
  30. Arthur Pursell
  31. Rewey Pursell
  32. Leonard Pursell
  33. Albert Pursell
  34. Phillip Ray Pursell
  35. Ira Pursell
  36. George Pursell
  37. Harry Pursell
  38. [bottom row] Carrie Miller (daughter of John and Fannie)
  39. Bill Miller (son of John and Fannie)
  40. Floyd Davis
  41. Mother Davis
  42. Father Davis
  43. Cecil (Kuhnert) Pursell
  44. Wilma Pursell
  45. Viola (Kuhnert/Keene) Pursell
  46. Elmer Pursell
  47. Lena (Birkner) Pursell
  48. Bessie Pursell
  49. Grayell Pursell
  50. Myrna Pursell
  51. Roy Arkell Pursell
  52. Blanche Pursell
  53. Pluma (Jones) Pursell
  54. Velma Pursell
  55. Henrietta (Jones) Pursell


Cora Gregory Logan, Perry County, Illinois, 1873-1940

Cora Gregory, daughter of James Gregory and Jane McCluny Gregory, was born 30 March 1873 in Perry County, Illinois. She married Enoch F. Logan 9 April 1894. Enoch Franklin Logan was the son of William Logan, in turn the son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan, and Matilda Thaxton Logan. Enoch’s two previous wives both died.

Cora and Enoch Logan had one child, Naomi Logan, born either 31 August or 1 September 1907 in Perry County, Illinois (conflicting sources).

After Enoch’s death in 1924, Cora married (second) Andrew Jackson “A.J.” “Jack” Logan, son of James W. Logan and Eveline Wilson Logan, in 1928. Cora Gregory Logan died 8 January 1940 in Perry County, Illinois. She and Enoch are buried at Brown Cemetery.

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Photograph furnished by Tim Riead

Photograph: Flooded Kaolin clay open pit mine, Mountain Glen, Union County, Illinois

Kaolin clay, once especially prized for its glaze on pottery, was mined near Mountain Glen in Union County, Illinois. A small railroad depot, Kaolin Station, served the mine and vicinity. During World War I, several hundred men worked the pit. Later, when the demand for Kaolin clay dried up and the work stopped, the pit gradually filled with water. Today, it’s a small county park.

Alice Logan, daughter of James W. Logan and Eveline Wilson Logan, married (second) John William Evans. John Evans was one of the hundreds drawn to the mine for work. The 1910 Union County, Illinois, census lists him as “Miner, Kaolin Mine.”

Mining is, of course, a “boom and bust” economy. When the Kaolin mine closed, Mountain Glen, Alto Pass, and other communities drastically shrank in population. Most of the miners and their families moved on to other, fresh diggings. Today, Alto Pass remains an especially scenic site.

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Obituary: “Mrs. A.J. Logan” — Martha Elizabeth Norton Lamer Logan, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, 1860-1927

Martha Elizabeth Norton Lamer married A.J. Logan 23 December 1897 in Cobden, Union County, Illinois. A.J. Logan — Andrew Jackson Logan — son of James W. Logan and Eveline Wilson Logan, was born 19 July 1868 and died 24 March 1944 in Pinckneyville, IL.

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Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10th, at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. E.H. Zipprodt, assisted by Rev. I.E. Lee, of Herrin. Burial in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Obituary shared by James W. “Bob” Logan

Tombstone: Alice Jane Logan (Fears) Evans and John William Evans, Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Union County, Illinois

Alice Logan, daughter of James W. Logan and Eveline Wilson Logan, was born 24 December 1860 in Franklin County, Illinois. She married (first) Benjamin F. Fears 8 February 1878 in Franklin County, Illinois. Benjamin F. Fears died sometime between 1887 and 1895.

Alice married (second) John W. Evans 22 September 1895 in Union County, Illinois. John William Evans died 22 September 1924 in Jackson County, Illinois. Alice died 25 May 1956 in Union County, Illinois. (Her tombstone has 1955; her obituary 1956.) Alice and John are buried at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Union County, Illinois.

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