Obituaries (B)

Babcock, Amos Beaird, Benjamin Bollinger, Sam
Babcock, Charles Beaird, Bertha Bordwine, Alva Edwin
Babcock, Delmar Beal, Aaron Bordwine, Virginia
Babcock, Jane Beam, Clarence Bowcott, Clint
Babcock, Lucy Swartz Beam, Mrs. Elizabeth Boyd, Margaret
Babcock, Mary Beam, Matilda Branchfield, Alice
Babcock, Roy Beason, Alan Branchfield, Elmer
Babcock, William Beatty, Amos Brearley, E. C.
Babcock, William A. Beckstead, Harry Brewer, Jonas
Babcock, William H. Beebe, Helen Brisco, Joseph
Bache, Mrs. Beer, baby Brock, Melinda
Baker, Joseph Beer, Nancy Bronson, Edith
Baldwin, Pollie Bell, Joseph Bronson, Mrs. Elizabeth
Ball, Hazel Bellville, Buena Brooks, Charles
Ball, Janet Benedetto, John Brooks, Clyde
Ball, Norma Bennett, Ann Brooks, Golda
Bandle, Sarah Bennett, Sylvia Brooks, John
Barber, Charles Bergquist, David Brown, Amelia
Barber, Ernest Bergquist, Frederick Brown, Dora
Barber, Julia Bergquist, Harry Brown, Elizabeth
Barber, Juliett Bergquist, Samuel Brown, George (2nd obit)
Barclay, John Bergquist, Vernelia Brown, George W.
Barker, C. E. Berkshire, Bessie Brown, Ira
Barker, Elizabeth Berry, Henry Brown, Jane
Barker, George Berry, infant Brown, Margery
Barker, Harriet Berry, James Brown, Mrs. May
Barker, Margaret Berry, James J. Brown, Ralph
Barnes, Alec Berry, Nellie Brown, Solemma
Barnes, Harriet Berry, Ruth Brown, Taylor
Barnes, Henry Betts, Alta Brown, William
Barnes, Mrs. Samuel Betts, George Bryan, George
Barnes, Martin Betts, George Jr. Bryan, infant
Barnes, Robert Blackwell, Joan Bryan, Mrs. Mary
Barnes, Samuel Blagdon, Jessie Bryan, Mrs. Susan
Barnes, Zena Blair, Blanche Bryant, W. M.
Barney, Joseph Blazer, Ora Buckman, J. P.
Barr, Michael Blemler, Anna Buffum, Olan
Bartholomew, Arthur Blemler, Daniel Bundesen, Anna
Bartlett, James Blemler, Harry Burrows, Ida
Bates, Joel Blemler, Lenora Buskirk, Alice
Bath, Catherine Blemler, Mary Butler, Effie
Bath, Jack Blout, Katherine Butler, Frances
Baughman, A. O. Bohl, Sarah Bybee, Cecil
Baughman, Mary Booth, Dale Bybee, Charles E.
Baughman, Nancy Boland, W. Bybee, Charles L.
Baughman, Peter Bollinger, Charles H. Bybee, Clarence
Baughman, Samuel Bollinger, Charles L. Bybee, Debie
Baughman, Walter Bollinger, Harvey Bybee, Thomas
Bauman, Oliver Bollinger, Michael Bybee, Vern



Mrs. Bache, many years ago a resident of Canton , died at Wellsboro , PA. , a few days since. Mrs. Bache was the wife of A. L. Davison, a lawyer, who was of the firm of Kellogg and Davison, this city. She was divorced from Mr. Davison, went back to Pennsylvania , where she married a man named Bache. She visited in Canton last summer. Was a half-sister of Stephen Thorp.  (Fulton County Ledger, Jul 23, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Juliett Payne Barber

Mrs. Samuel Barber, for many a resident of Bloomington, died at the home of her son, Ernest Barber, in Pontiac, yesterday following a stroke of paralysis some time ago. Julia Payne Barber was born February 19, 1857. She was united in marriage to Samuel Barber, to whom were born five children: Mrs. Belle Steinhauser, of Springfield; Mrs. Claus Hanson, of Gibson City; Charles Barber, of Bloomington; Ernest Barber, of Pontiac and Earl Barber, of San Pedro, Calif., all whom survive. Also two sisters, Mrs. J.C. Goforth, of Bloomington and Mrs. Belle Hampton, of Monmouth; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral service will be held at the Baptist church at Fairbury Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and burial will be made in Graceland cemetery. (Pontiac Daily Ledger, Oct. 2, 1924, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Charles J. Barber

The funeral of Charles J. Barber, 75, of 411 N. Fifer St., who was found dead at his home Saturday night, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Stamper Memorial Home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. He was born April 23, 1882, in Canton, a son of Sam and Ette Barber. He married Dollie Hobson, Nov. 3, 1906, in St. Louis. Surviving are three sons, Ralph, East Peoria; Sam, Chicago; Eugene, La Grange; one daughter, Mrs. Robert Swearingen, 830 W. Elm St., one sister, Mrs. Ruth Hansen, Rankin; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons and two brothers.

(Bloomington Pantagraph, Aug. 5, 1957, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Ernest Barber

Ernest R. Barber, 57, former Pontiac resident, died of a heart attack at his home in Fairbury Sunday. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today in Fairbury, with burial in Graceland cemetery. Mr. barber was born July 19, 1888, at Lewistown. In 1908 he was married at Bloomington to Stella Burns, who preceded him in death Jan. 22, 1935. Eight years ago he was married to Mrs. Mary Snell, of Joplin, Mo., who survives with the following children: Ernest Barber Jr., and Mrs. Stella Zucker, Ottawa; George Barber, Quincy; Sgt. Louis, discharged yesterday from the Army; Cpl. William, on Luzon; Mrs. Helen McDonald, Pontiac. A stepson, John Snell, of Fairbury, also survives. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald, in infancy.

(Pontiac Daily Ledger, Dec. 26, 1945, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Mrs. Samuel [Julia] Barber

Passed Away Wednesday Morning, Funeral Friday at Fairbury. Mrs. Samuel Barber, for many years a resident of Bloomington, died at the home of her son Ernest Barber, in Pontiac yesterday following a stroke of paralysis suffered some time ago. Julia Payne Barber was born February 18, 1857. She was united in marriage to Samuel Barber, to whom were born five children; Mrs. Belle Steinhauser, of Springfield; Mrs. Claus Hanson, of Gibson City; Charles Barber, of Bloomington; Ernest Barber, of Pontiac, and Earl Barber, of San Pedro, Calif., all of whom survive. Also two sisters, Mrs. J.C. Goforth, of Bloomington and Mrs. Belle Hampton, of Monmouth; 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral services will be held at the Baptist Church at Fairbury Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and burial will be made in Graceland cemetery.

(Pontiac Daily Ledger, Oct. 2, 1924, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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(unknown newspaper, March, 1925, submitted by Bill Adams)

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Elizabeth Mary Barker, an aged and high respected citizen of the Epworth neighborhood, died Jun 11th at the home of her nephew, Smith Westlake east of Adair, with whom she resided, after an illness of about eight months.

Elizabeth Mary Thomson, daughter of Mathew and Elizabeth Thomson was born, January 28, 1836 in the Shenandoah valley, Virginia, and emigrated with her parents to Fulton County, Ill. when three years of age where she has since resided. She was united in marriage, January 25, 1880 to John W. Barker, who died several years ago.

She united with the Methodist church when quite young and remained true to that faith ever after, living a true christian life and during her long illness was ever patient and gentle in her waiting for the end.

She was one of the pioneers of Fulton county and endured many hardships that belonged to the lives of those who have helped bring this country to its present state of cultivation. She has many relatives and friends who will remember with kindness one whom they loved.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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From failing healthy extending over a considerable period of time and from a briefer severe sickness from which he had not the vitality to rally, George Rutledge Barker one of the oldest continuous residents of Farmers Twp, Fulton Co., Ill. passed away Thursday, June 17, 1909 at his home about three miles north and one mile west of Table Grove, Ill., at the age of 70 years 9 months and 24 days.

The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Barker's church Rev. Rigney of Adair officiating. The burial services were in charge of the I.O.O.F. and Woodman lodges of Table Grove, Ill. of which orders Mr. Barker was a member. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in the township, relatives and friends gathering from far and near to pay the last tribute of respect.

George Rutledge Barker was born in Farmers twp, Fulton Co, Ill August 23, 1838. His father was John Barker the first settler of Farmers township and from the beginning the Barkers have taken a prominent and honorable part in the affairs of the township the subject of this sketch being no exception. As rarely happens at his age, he passed away at the place of his birth hence his life was an open book to the people of the entire township and beyond its borders and during his long life no deed of his leaves a bitter memory or unkind thought in the heart of a single fellowman. That of itself is the highest tribute to his worth and sterling character.

Jan 16, 1862 he was married to Margaret C. Frizzell, daughter of Johnsy and Catherine (Lindsay) Frizzell, and to them eleven children were born, Luella (Maiden) and Ezra Lee, at home Lewis F. and Lucy Millard of McDonough Co., Ill.; Mrs. Carrie M. Stewart of New Philadelphia, Ill; Edith Margaret wife of Perry Justice McKingil of Farmers twp., Florene wife of Charles Ira Carrison of Washington, Iowa. Four children preceded their father to the better world. Roy C who died Dec. 24, 1887 aged 2 yrs 10 mos 13 days, Emily C. Rinker wife of Romeo Rinker, April 28, 1897 and two who died in infancy. His life one of devotion to his family for whom he literally carried out a farm, an ample living and no small competence, not the least of which is the heritage of a good name. All this was shared in by his devoted wife, who survives him.
Mr. Barker was a member of no church, but contributed to their maintenance and to the support of every other cause. His life was a practical application of the Golden Rule and on this principle he won the respect and esteem of a wide acquaintance among his fellow men. In political convictions he was a democrat but never offensively partisan and was long prominent in the councils of his party and never neglected the duty of voting if able to get to the polls. In official positions in the township, he discharged the duties of his office with fidelity to the public good. His three score and ten years were full of honor and his memory is cherished by all who knew him.

He carried $3,000 life insurance in the Modern Woodman of American and $2,000 in the Bankers Life of Des Moines.

(unknown newspaper, Jun. 1909, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Samuel Baughman, a son of Daniel and Sarah (Barker) Baughman, was born in Fulton County, Feb 12, 1842 and died at his home in Rosdale, Kansas, Oct. 13,, aged 83 years, after a sickness of ten months. He grew to manhood on his father's farm four miles north of Table Grove. In August 1862, he enlisted in the Union army and served as private and later as corporal in the 103rd Infantry, Co. F. participating in many battles of the Civil War, was with Sherman on his march to the sea. On June 21, 1865 he was honorably discharged at Louisville and returned to his father's home. Sept. 10, 1868, he was married to Mary Jane Carlin of Table Grove and to this union was born four children: William Perry of Tonkawa, Okla; Mrs. Zella Moon of Rosedale, Kan.; Mrs. Bisie Minner, deceased and Mrs. Golden Spencer, Kansas city , MO. He is also survived by one brother, Joseph Baughman of Table Grove.

Funeral services were held at Macomb, Oct 16, and interment was in a cemetery they by the side of his wife who died in 1905.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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     Mrs. Margaret Barker was born August 31, 1840, at Wellsburg, West Virginia, and passed away at her last home in Farmers township, Fulton County, Illinois, on August 18, 1926, aged 85 years, 11 months, and 18 days.
     When she was 12 years of age she came west with her parents to Ohio where they lived one year. Moving at the end of that time to Illinois and settled in Fulton County where she has since resided.
     She was one of Illinois' pioneers and began life when the country was new and thinly settled and being of a sturdy class of people contributed much toward the advancement of the neighborhood in which she lived for over 72 years and ever proved herself one of the worthy citizens as well as a true mother of Israel. The world does not now realize the full value of the life of such people, for they built the homes, established the churches and schools and laid the foundation upon which the present generation dwells.
     The cemetery in which the body now rests bears the family name. Before the church known as the Barker or (Epworth) church four miles east of Adair was built the neighbors gathered for worship in the school house where a class was formed and where Mrs. Barker became a member. When the church was built she took a leading part in the building and sustained it and was ever devoted to the cause of Christ having become a Christian when a young girl she has been a most worthy support to the highest ideals. Only Heaven has a just record of her many good deeds.
     On January 15, 1862 she was united in marriage to George R. Barker and together they shared life's joys and sorrows until he passed away on June 17, 1909. To this union there were born 11 children, of this number three died in infancy. Those remaining are: Louella Barker, Table Grove, who lived in the parental home and tenderly cared for her mother during her declining years; Mrs. Carrie Stewart, Wichita, Kansas; Locy? Barker, Lewistown, Ill.; Mrs. Edith McKinzey, Marietta, Ill.; Mrs. Florence Carrison, Table Grove; Ezra Barker, Anthony, New Mexico; Frank Barker, Cuba; Mrs. Emily Rinker, who died in 1897. There are two brothers, Joshua Frizzelle, of Walla Walla, Wash., and George Frizzelle of Illinois, one brother and one sister are deceased.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Henry A. Barnes, 81, of Bushnell died last night at the St. Francis Hospital following an illness of several months.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Craycraft Funeral Home in Bushnell. The Rev. Michael VanRaes will officiate, and burial will be in Bushnell cemetery.

Mrs. Barnes was born April 11, 1877 in Farmers Township, Fulton County, to Samuel and Deann Carrison Barnes.

He was married Dec. 25, 1905 to Bessie Lewis Blazer. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Miss Zolene Barnes, at home, four brothers, Harvey and Frank, Vermont; Myron, Birchdale, Minn.; and Isaac, Ipava. Also surviving are three neices and two nephews. A sister is deceased.

Friends may call at the funeral home. [Died April 13, 1958]

(Unknown newspaper, April 1958, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Word has been received by relatives and friends here that C. E. Barker a former resident of the Barker neighborhood east of Adair had died at his late home in Effingham, Kansas, and was buried there last Saturday.

Mr. Barker will be remember by many of our older residents , as he grew to manhood here, he with his family to Kansas about thirty-eight years ago where they have since resided.

He was a brother to the late George Barker of the Barker neighborhood, near what is known as the Barker church and cemetery which was named for their father.

Mr. Barker was one of the first readers of The Beacon and has continued to be a faithful subscriber throughout the years of the life of the paper, which with his many other friends extend heartfelt sympathy to the family at this time.

 (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Harriet Bossort Barker

Mrs. Harriet Barker, wife of C.E. Barker, died Friday, Jun 26, at her home 8 miles northeast of Table Grove, at the age of 43 years, 9 months and 2 days. Death followed a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Epworth Church 3 1/2 miles north of Table Grove. Rev. F. S. Nichols officiating. Interment in the Barker cemetery.

Mrs. Barker's maiden name was Harriet Bossort, daughter of Jacob and Mariann Bossort. She was born in Farmers Township in 1864 and resided until her death within a few miles of her birthplace. She was united in marriage to Edward Barker Oct 10, 1883. To this union were born ten children, Elmer, Joseph Ira, Lucy Mariam, Jacob Clyde, Roscoe Dwight, James Albert, Rosella May, Ellen and twin infants. Six children and her husband survive her.

Mrs. Barker had been ailing for some time, but her weak condition was not realized until a few days before her death. She possessed a kind and loving disposition, always ready to help the poor and needy. She labored for the betterment of her home and family and we unite in sympathy for the broker hearted loved ones.

Now the mother and wife is gone and the house is broker: no sadder thought can come from the heart. But the loved ones she left behind will ever speak of her as a loving mother, a devoted wife and good neighbor.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Samuel Barnes, an aged and very highly respected citizen, passed away at her home about six miles east of Adair after an extended illness of diabetes. She was taken very much worse only a few days before her death, but her suffering was very severe until she lapsed into unconsciousness about two days before the end came and she passed peacefully to her reward.
     Diana Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Carrison, was born in the vicinity in which she died September 12, 1853 and passed away July 23, 1921 at the age of 57 years, 10 months and 11 days.
     In the year of 1873 she was united in marriage to Samuel Barnes: and to them were born five sons  and one daughter, all of whom are living, this being the first death to visit their family in their long married life.
     The children are Harvey and Henry of Table Grove neighborhood; Frank of Washington, Iowa; Miss Jennie at home; Myron of Minnesota and Isaac of Washington, lowa. She is also survived by several grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Carl Westlake of near Table Grove and Mrs. Lawson Rutledge of Alberta, Canada.
     Mrs. Barnes was a kind neighbor and friend, who was ever ready to help any who in anyway needed assistance in sickness or death. She was a home loving woman and it is with a loving remembrance that this family can bid farewell to their mother, wife and sister, whose hands were ever ready to minister to them and although failing health had deprived her of going about much for some time, she will be missed by her neighbors and friends.
     Funeral services were held at the Temple Church and interment was at Temple Cemetery.
(Submitted by James Covel, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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(unknown newspaper, 1960, submitted by Bill Adams)

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Samuel Barnes passed away at his home east of Adair in the Shinns neighborhood November 22 following a severe paralytic stroke. He had been afficted for some time following a stroke, but for the past two weeks had been in a serious condition.
     Samuel Franklin Barnes passed away at his home six miles north of Table Grove, IL. He was born in Virginia Feb. 25, 1849 and passed away Nov. 22, 1922 aged 73 years, 8 months and 27 days. He was united in marriage April 10, 1873 to Dianna Garrison who preceded him in death - she passed away July 23, 1921.
     To this union were born six children - H. R. Barnes, Henry Barnes of near Table Grove: Frank Barnes of Washington, la.; Myron Barnes of Birchdale, Minn; Isaac Barnes of near Ipava and Miss Jennie Barnes at home. Mr. Barnes was a kind husband, father and friend and will be greatly missed by the home circle and the vicinity in which he had lived so many years.
     Funeral services were held at the Temple Church conducted by Rev. Williams, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Ipava. Interment in the Temple Cemetery.
(Submitted by James Covel, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Alec Barnes - Samuel Barnes received a dispatch from Oklahoma last week stating that his uncle Alec Barnes had died. Mr. Barnes was about 84 years old. (no dates here - probably 20s) (Submitted by James Covel, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Aged Lady Dies

     Mrs. Harriet Barnes passed away at her home about ? miles east of Adair Sunday evening, April 18 at 10 o'clock, death came from natural causes due to old age.
     Harriet McDougan Barnes was born near Blumery furnace, Hampshire Co., West Va. and passed away at her late home April 18, 1920 at the advanced age of 84 years. She was united in marriage to Isaac Barnes in 1846 who passed away March 14, 1890.  There were born to them four children, Samuel F. Barnes and J. Park Barnes living on the home place, Florence Carrison who died Feb. 1892 and Emma who died in infancy.
     Mr. and Mrs. Barnes came to Ill. in March 1834 and landed in Havana, later moving to the home where they both died and where they have resided since 1866.  Besides the two sons, she is survived by 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  She had no relatives except some nieces and nephews in the east.  She was a sister to Joseph McDougan, who taught school for several years at the Shinn school and to mysteriously disappeared as will be remembered by many older residents.  Mrs. Barnes was of a quiet nature, but to know her was to love and respect her.  She was a kind and loving wife and mother and a highly respected neighbor and will be greatly missed in the community, where she has so long resided and especially will she be missed by her son Park, with whom she lived alone since the death of her husband.
     Funeral services were held at the Temple church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Ross of Vermont.  Interment in the Temple cemetery.
(Submitted by James Covel, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Cuba, Ill., July 8, 1885

Sunday afternoon, while bathing in a pond near Hill's coal shaft, north of town, James Bartlett, a boy about 13 years old, was drowned. The funeral services took place from the M. P. Church Monday at 2 o'clock p. m., Rev. Mayall preaching the sermon.
(Fulton County Ledger, July 9, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Well-Known Table Grove Cattleman Dies In Home

     Table Grove, March 27--(Special)--Arthur Bartholomew, well-known Table Grove farmer and cattle breeder, died in his home on the edge of Table Grove early yesterday morning following several years illness.
     He was born in the home in which he died Nov. 27, 1867. He was a son of John and Adelaide (Walker) Bartholomew. He was first married April 2, 1896 to Charlotte Porter, who preceded him in death Dec. 19, 1927. He remarried in October, 1930, to Bernice Baker, who died in April, 1947.
     Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Camblon of Brooklyn, N. Y., a brother, Milton of Jewel, Kan., and a granddaughter, Mrs. Carol Flick, of Brooklyn, N. Y.
     He was a member of the county Cattleman's Association, the Table Grove Community church and the Table Grove IOOF.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. M. E. Burke in the Community church. The body will be cremated and private rites will be held in the Table Grove cemetery.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deana Paul)

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Mrs. Jacob Bath Sr., aged 82 years 7 months and 7 days died Monday morning about 3:45 oclock at the home of her youngest son, Dr. Thomas Bath, in Bloomington. She has been in very poor health for many months and Christmas day she suffered a stroke of paralysis. Wednesday she had another stroke and it was seen that the end was near. Friday J. H. Bath went to his mothers Bedside, but her son Amazon(sic), was himself seriously ill at his home in this city and was unable to go.

Catherine Roland Phillips was born in Wales, May 25, 1834. In 1856 she married Jacob Bath and in 1859 they came to America, living three years in Canton after which they came to Cuba where they ever made their home. Mr. Bath was engaged in mining for some time and they were also in the hotel business. Mr. Bath died April 19, 1904.

Five children were born to them of whom four are living, three sons and one daughter; one son died in infancy. The surviving children are: J. H. Bath, Amazon(sic?) Bath and Mrs. Alfred D. Morgan, of Cuba and vicinity and Dr. Thos. Bath, of Bloomington.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the home of J. H. Bath in Cuba, conducted by Rev. Alden J. Green, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church, with music by the choir of the same church, and burial was beside her husband in the family plot in Cuba cemetery. (Cuba Journal, Jan. 4, 1917, pg. 1, submitted by Debra Hill)

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     Nancy Adeline Baughman, daughter of William and Eliza Stewart was born January 20, 1842 near Bazil, Indiana; and departed this life Monday night December 20, [1915] at eleven o'clock after six years of affliction caused by paralysis. Aged seventy-three years and eleven months.
     In 1842 the family moved to Clark County, Illinois, living there about six months when the father died. The family then returned to Indiana where their forefathers and kindred settled when they left their homes in Montgomery County, Kentucky in search of new homes in the pioneer days of Indiana. 1849 the widowed mother with her three small children and two of her sons born by a former marriage reached out upon the flood-tide of migration which bore them to Schuyler County, Illinois, where they again ? the rigors of pioneer life. After living in that county for two years they moved to McDonough Co. where they lived for several years, then moved to Fulton County where she grew to womanhood and was married and for over fifty years she lived in the Baughman homestead four miles and a half north of Table Grove.
     She was united in marriage to Joseph B. Baughman and for almost ?-eight years they traveled life's way together midst its joys and sorrows, and its smiles and tears. This union was blessed with then children: W. Robert of White Lake, S.D.; Mrs. Susan E. Behtol, Max, Nebr; Sarah M. Johnson, Cambridge, Nebr; B Franklin of near the old homestead; Mary F, deceased; Mrs. Lucy T. Muncy, Marietta, Ill; Daniel W. of Clive, Alberta; Henry W. of Brush, Colo. ; Mrs. Stella B. Wetzel, Adair, Adair Ill; Dolla L. at home.
     She was a member of the Christian church having united with the New Philadelphia church and was formerly one of its charter membership to the Christian at Table Grove. She became a Christian about 60 years ago under the ministry of Elder John W. Hopkins, and was always been a firm believer in ?primitive christianity. In the home she tried to instill into the hearts and lives of her children the principles of truth, honesty and uprightness and of the family life and relationship little need be said, for those who knew her best loved her most, and in the years hence may the memory of her endless devotion make her children better men, and better women and her ?concepts be their guiding star.
     She had no fear of death only its pains an agony, but before the end she calmly and sweetly fell asleep; an during her entire illness she never murmured nor complained, being directly reconciled and submissive to God's will.
     She had remarked many times: When I pass away I do not care to see my casket lavishingly covered and bedecked with flowers, but give the flowers to the living, and scatter along the pathway of humanity that they may help to cheer and bless other lives".
     Besides the aged husband and the immediate family she is survived by one brother Jacob P. Stewart of Wyanconda, MO. and twenty grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who remain to cherish her memory.
     The funeral services were held at the Barker church at two o'clock Thursday afternoon December 23 by Elder D. E. Hughes of Monmouth.
the music was furnished by William ?

(unknown newspaper, Dec. 1915, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Died Walter P Baughman died at the home of R. H. Wheeler in Canton, Illinois Friday July 9, 1886 of consumption, aged 37 years 11 months 27 days. A resident of Canton, Illinois over 30 years having moved here from his native township (Cass) in 1855 he married in 1878 and his wife survives him.

Note: Walter P Baughman married Sadie W. Stokie April 24, 1878 Also spelled Sadie W. Stokoe.

(Canton Register, July, 15, 1886, pg. 2, col. 6, submitted by David Stokoe)

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FAIRVIEW - Oliver Leroy Bauman, 62, of 75 East St. died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, at his residence.

Born March 13, 1940, in Fairview to Charles Willard and Iva Lee Robinson Bauman, he married Clarsice M. Trone on Oct. 5, 1958, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert Sr. (and Melissa) and Charles, both of Fairview; three daughters, Rebecca (and Garry) Swibold and Lee Ann Bauman, both of Fairview, and Lisa (and Robert) Laird of Dudley, N.C.; two brothers, Willard (and Sheryl) of Canton and Lionel (and Sharon) of Peoria; one sister, Phyliss Shearer of Denver; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, one brother, one sister and one half-sister.

He was a meat cutter in the Peoria area for several years and worked as a wholesale grocery meat director for Loda Poultry Co. in Loda.

He owned and operated Butcher Block Meats and Grocery.

He was a member of Frank N. Nichol 1170 Masonic Lodge, AF&AM, in Creve Coeur and the AASR Valley of Quincy Consistory.

He was an avid stock car racer at the Peoria and Spoon River speedways.

He was a member of Marquette Heights Baptist Church in Marquette Heights.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. Tom Cox, Don Smith and Garry Gunther will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery in Fiatt.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Foundation.

(Peoria Journal Star, March 9, 2003, Page B6, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Canton lost one of its oldest residents yesterday afternoon with the death at 1 o'clock of Mrs. Jane Brown, 94 who died at her home 656 East Elm St., where she had lived for the past 60 years. Death was attributed to complications arising from old age. She was ill two weeks.

The last of a family of 12 children, Mrs. Brown also out lived her husband and their 5 children. She is survived by a grandson, Harry of California, and by several nephews and a niece in Farmington.

On July 22, 1880, she was among those who heard Fulton County's first pipe organ dedicated in the Congregational Church. Mrs. Brown joined the Baptist church 60 years ago, was a member of the Dorcas class, and attended services regularly until 5 years ago.

Mrs. Brown was the third of 12 children, was born March 14, 1839 in Yorkshire, England. Her mother, the youngest in a family of 16 children, was Miss Anne Elizabeth Herd, before her marriage to James Stokoe.

Trip on the Canal Boat

In the fall of 1852, Mr. and Mrs. Stokoe, their daughter Jane and six younger brothers and sisters sailed from South Eaton, England, to New York City. Their sailing vessel made the crossing in 21 days, a record at that time. Arriving in New York in October, the family later went to Chicago and boarded a canal boat for Peoria. At Peoria, a covered wagon and horses were purchased for the laborious overland journey to Farmington, the home of Mr. Stokoe's sister and brother-in-law.

On June 24, 1864, in Farmington, the marriage of Jane Stokoe and James W. Brown was solemnized. In the following February the couple came to Canton. For several years Mr. Brown was employed at the P&O shop, then only a small structure covering part of one block. He died in 1874, leaving her with 5 children.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Murphy Memorial Home, with the Dr. E. A. Gilmore in charge. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Murphy's.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Sept. 2, 1933, submitted by David Stokoe)

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CANTON--Harry K. Beckstead, 88, of 223 N. Fourth Ave, died at 4:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton.

Born June 18, 1916, in Buckheart Township to Ira and Elizabeth P. Barklay Beckstead, he married Mary L. Evans in Lewiston. She died in 1989.
He was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Gary (and Sharon) of Pekin and harry (and Mary) of Clarksville, Ark.; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A World War II Army veteran, he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a member of American legion Post 16, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1984 and AMVets 16, all in Canton.

He worked for the A&P store in Canton for 44 years, retiring in 1975. He also built homes on the side during that time.

He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Canton. He was a member of Elks Lodge 626 and Moose Lodge 784, both in Canton. He also was a 50-year member of Lancaster Masonic Lodge 106, AF&AM in Glasford.

Masonic services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, followed by military rites. Masonic lodge members will officiate. Cremation will be accorded, and burial will be at a later date in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.

Memorials may be made to his VFW post.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Buena V. Bellville, the daughter of Jacob N. and Mary Bellville, was born at Prairie City, Ill., on November 11, 1868, and spent her early years in that community.
She was married to Charles Henry Trumpy in about the year 1891, and had made her home in Avon for the past forty years. He passed away in 1929.

Throughout the years of her active life, 'Mom' Trumpy was energetic, friendly and showed a keen interest in the youth of the community. She enjoyed generally good health, but was taken seriously ill Monday evening, and passed away very suddenly at the home of her son, Robert, at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning, November 28, 1944, at the age of 78 years and 17 days.

She is survived by her two sons, Carter and Robert Trumpy, both of Avon; by one brother, John Bellville, of Butte, Montana; by a sister, Mrs. Clara Larkins of Sedalia, MO., and by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her family, her neighbors and her many friends in the community.

Funeral services were held from the Brand Funeral Home, November 30, at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. L. J. Tuck officiating. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. R. C. Kreider, Mrs. L. C. Quigle and Mrs. G. A. Merrill. Those who served as pallbearers were Ralph Kreider, Jesse Lemon, Louis Quigle, Al Sondberg, George McFarland and L. F. Lillie.

Interment was made in the Avon Cemetery. (Avon Sentinel, Dec. 7, 1944, submitted by Jenepher Homer)

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Glasford-Dale Eugene Booth, 90, of Peoria, formerly of Glasford, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, in the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center emergency room in Peoria.
     Born May 23, 1913, in Canton to Eugene R. and Goldie Fidler Booth, he married Ruby Whitford on Sept. 5, 1936, in Peoria. She survives.
     Also surviving are five daughters, Patricia (and Max) Melton of Kilgore, Texas, Sharon Searla of Glasford, Janet (and Charles) Naylor of Mapleton, Judi (and Ron) Jones of Princeville and Deborah (and Randy) Gallinger of Trivoli; two sons, Rodger (and Norma) and Eugene (and Carol), both of Glasford; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, James (and Alice) of Canton; and one sister, Dorothy Hebb of Canton.
     He was preceded in death by one son, Robert (Rodger's twin); one great-grandson; two sisters; and two brothers.
     A World War II Army Air Forces veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post 35. He was of the Baptist faith.
     Services will be at noon Monday at Woolsey Funeral Home in Glasford, where visitation will be two hours before services. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery. Memorials may be made to any charity. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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     W. M. Bryant, a veteran of the Civil War, died Thursday morning at the "Home for Old Soldiers" in Quincy, Illinois, at the age of 68 years. His body was returned to Ipava, his former home. His body was taken to the home of James Bryant where the funeral was held on Wednesday P.M. at 2 o'clock. [He died March 2, 1909.]
     W. M. Bryant was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1841. At the age of 25 years, he was united in marriage to Mary Roach of Mendota, Illinois. To them was born 12 children, six sons and six daughters. Two of the children, a boy and a girl, died in infancy. The surviving children who survive are: Ada Snowden of Industry, Illiinois, Charles Bryant of Kansas, Rebecca Mendenhall of Ipava, William Bryant of St. Joe, Missouri, Victoria McQueen of Milton, Oregon, Francis Spencer of Walla Walla, Washington, and James Bryant of Ipava.
     W. M. Bryant volunteered his services for his country during the Civil War. He served three years in Company B of the 67th, also in the 151st regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry. While in the service he served as 4th and 2nd sergeant.
     Several members of the Knights of Pythias of which James Bryant is a member acted as escort as the body was being taken from the depot to the home of James Bryant. Members of the G.A.R. acted as pallbearers at the funeral.
     The services were conducted by Rev. J. F. Leigh of the Methodist Church. Burial was in the Ipava, Illinois, cemetery.
     Old soldiers are dropping off one by one, but their memory shall always linger. As the immortal Lincoln at Gettysburg said, "men may forget what we say here, but they can never forget what we did here."
(Unknown newspaper, March 1909, submitted by Robert Boyack)

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Clarence Beam of Bushnell Dies

    Clarence C. Beam, 79, of Bushnell, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 1975, at 2:45 p.m. at the Colchester Nursing Home.
Mr. Beam was born on April 13, 1896 in Fulton County, the son of Henry and Ollie Clark Beam. He married Mildred Linn in 1920 in Baltimore, Md.
    He lived in Bushnell for 13 years, was a veteran of WWI and a retired employee of the Borden Co.
Surviving are three sons, Clarence Jr., Robert, and Frank, all of Baltimore; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Ross, also of Baltimore; sixteen grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Cordia Davis, Bushnell; Mrs. Edith Derry and Mrs. Florine Johnson, both of Astoria; and one brother, Ralph of Manchester, Md.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one half sister.
    Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell with Rev. Ernie James officiating. Burial was in the Union Chapel Cemetery at Astoria. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Beam Dies

Passed Away Friday morning at Her Home on West Olive Street

     Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Beam passed away at 8:30 o'clock Friday morning at her home, 326 West Olive Street, following several years of illness. She fell and broke a hip last April and since then has been a helpless invalid.
     Mary E. Bricker was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bricker and was born in Franklin County, Pa., Nov. 24, 1841. While she was yet a small child, her parents moved to Ohio, and in a year or two came on to Illinois, settling northwest of Canton.
     She was united in marriage to J. C. Beam, Jan. 16, 1861. Since her marriage she had made Canton her home. Mr. Beam died March 28, 1912. She is survived by two sons, George M. Beam of Canton and J. C. Beam of Atlanta, Ga. One daughter, Mrs. Laura Huls, died in 1911, and a son, William O., died in Sioux City, Ia., in 1913.
     She is also survived by two brothers and a sister: Frank Bricker of Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Sarah Taylor of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and John Bricker of Carrollton, O. There is one surviving half-sister, Lillian Bricker, of Carrollton, O. There are four surviving grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
     The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
(The Peoria Star, Peoria, Illinois, Saturday, September 25, 1920, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Former Astoria Resident Dies Near Adair, Sunday--Dave BERGQUIST, 67, who resided on the J. A. BARNHART farm three and one-half miles northeast of Adair, died at 12:30 Sunday afternoon at his home. He had been ill of pneumonia two days and had been in failing health for some time because of heart trouble.
     He was born at Ipava in 1885, a son of S. A. and Vernelia BERGQUIST, and was married December 20, 1909 to Bessie WORKMAN of Astoria. They had no children. The widow and several brothers and sisters survive. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Horton home, Astoria. Burial in Astoria cemetery. (Astoria Argus Searchlight?, unknown date, Astoria, Illinois, submitted by Tammie Orr Brown)

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With Three Companions the 14 year old lad visits Beardstown and is Killed on returning home.


     One of the most terrible and sorely distressing accidents that has occurred in Astoria in recent years took place at the C. B.& Q. depot in this city on Sunday morning of this week when a fast moving through freight train ran over and killed Frederick Nicholas BERGQUIST, the 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. BERGQUIST, who reside about three miles east of Astoria.
     From the evidence produced at the coroner's inquest it was found that in company with three neighbor boys of about his age Fred BERGQUIST had boarded a freight train at Astoria and "bummed" his way to Vermont. From there, by the same means, the boys had made their way to Beardstown Saturday evening.
At that place the youthful country lads, had visited a saloon, some of the company buying whiskey and beer which was sold to them without questions being asked.
     Near the hour of midnight the quartette boarded a through freight train at Beardstown to again "bum" their way to Astoria.
     The through train on which they were riding was due in Astoria at 12:37 a.m., and passed through on time, going at a high rate of speed. Evidently in attempting to leave the train Fred BERGQUIST fell beneath the wheels and his bright young life was summarily crushed out.
     Immediately after the train passed through Myron McCLELLAND found the mangled, bruised and bleeding body of the boy laying on the railroad track between the rails. His left leg was crushed off at the hip, his right severed at the knee, his hips crushed, his face cut and fearfully bruised, the body having been rolled in the grime and dirt beneath the train and cruel iron wheels until it presented a most gruesome sight, his features scarcely recognizable by his chums or near relative.
     Doctors BOTTORF and PRICE were at once summoned and responded quickly. They found the boy in a dying condition, his life fast ebbing away. The terrible shock was more than the human body could withstand. Knowing this the doctors did all they could to make him comfortable while the fleeting spirit remained in the wrecked and broken house of clay. He lived over four hours until 5 a.m. of Sunday, when the soul took its flight to the realms of the unknown beyond.
     The body of the young man was taken to the undertaking parlors of J. B. HARRIS, where it was prepared for burial and later taken to the home of the boy's parents east of town.
     Frederick Nicholas BERGQUIST was born November 4, 1889 and died March 27, 1904 aged 14 years, 4 months, and 23 days. He leaves a father, mother, a brother, and six sisters who are grief-stricken by his untimely demise. In their sorrow and deep affliction they have the sympathy of the whole community.
The funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church in this city on Tuesday afternoon of this week at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. W. KEEFER, pastor of the church, officiating.
     Sad indeed is the death of this young man. He is cut down in the very bloom of youth, when life seemed most bright and promising. Lured from a quiet, peaceful home he seeks the adventure of boarding a thunderous, swiftly gliding railroad train at the dead hour of midnight and is soon unceremoniously hurled into the blackness of an awful death.
     Such is the dreadful fate of Fred BERGQUIST who for the first time experienced such an adventure. Dozens and dozens of boys and men in and about Astoria have for years past been courting such a fate by jumping off and on such trains and their lives have only been spared at times by merest chance. His sealed doom should stand out as a warning to all young men and boys practicing this habit. Parents and officials should use every effort to stop this practice. The laws are ample and should be enforced.


     On Monday afternoon Esquire D. W. HORNER, of this city, impaneled a jury of the following gentlemen to investigate the death of Frederick N. BERGQUEST: A. E. SCOTT, foreman; W. S. COOPER, Jacob DARLING, Abram HORTON, D. B. DANNER, John LITTLEJOHN.
     After examining the body at the family residence east of town the jury examined the following witnesses:

Testified substantially as follows: On Saturday night about a quarter of one o’clock was called by Myron McCLELLAND. Was told that a man was killed or injured at the depot. Called DR. PRICE and together went to depot. Found body of a young man at depot on platform. Both legs were cut off, one at hip and the other at knee, the former hanging by shreds of flesh. Found out on temple. Found pulse very low. Removed body to freight room and then to ladies’ waiting room. Condition was such that he could not recover. Remained with him until three o’clock administering one fourth grain of morphine to ease pain. The shock of accident killed him as there was not sufficient loss of blood to do so. Endeavored to smell liquor, but found no trace on his breath.

Arrived with Dr. BOTTORF and found case as stated by the doctor. He was unconscious and did not regain consciousness or speak. Smelled no liquor upon him. Remained until 3 o’clock a.m., doing what we could to comfort him.

Was at light-plant when train went through going north. Saw three parties on top of train. After train passed through saw body on track. Went for doctor BOTTORF. When returned found body had been removed from track to platform. It was about half past 12 a.m., that train went through. France boy had been drinking. Saw one person get off of train at lumber yard.

Was at desk. Train No. 77 due at 12:37. Went through on time. McCLELLAND called him said that man was killed. At first thought was joking. Sent message to Beardstown that he would flag next freight. Body was afterwards removed to platform. Then to depot.

Live east of town 2 miles. Saw BERGQUIST on flat car coming from Beardstown. I got off back next to caboose. Did not see Fred until after I had gone back and saw him on platform. Got off at elevator. Fred BERGQUIST and Charley Van NESS were on car when I got off. We were on a flat car loaded with cedar poles. The other boy was Claud RHODES. Went to Vermont from Astoria and got on freight. Went from there to Beardstown on 10 o’clock freight. Did not drink. Went in saloon. Then to restaurant. Got beer in saloon. One of the boys paid for it-one of the boys, Van NESS or RHODES. Saw VanNESS have liquor first. I am 17 years old.

Know Fred BERGQUEST. Last saw him when train was near station south of town. Four of us together in Beardstown. Got off train coming back below town. Went home by way of the little railroad east of town. Went to saloon across R. R. track at Beardstown. VanNESS bought bottle of whiskey and bottle of beer. I drank part of glass of beer as did also VanNESS. FRANCE did not drink beer. Went to Vermont from Astoria. Boarded freight train there for Astoria. Train did not stop at Astoria. We intended to stop at Astoria, but train went on through to Beardstown. I am 15 years old. Didn’t pay way on train. When cross questioned by Attorney BUTCHER he said: VanNESS drank whiskey on train. I bought beer. Paid for it. Bought it off old looking man with white whiskers. Bought four glasses of beer. Van NESS drank one. I drank one. Other boys did not drink. Bartender asked no questions. Called for what he wanted and got it.

Acquainted with Fred BERGQUIST. Was with him Saturday night. Went to Vermont. Then to Beardstown. Intended to stop at Astoria. Train did not stop at town. Went to Beardstown. Went into saloon across from railroad track. Claud RHODES bought glass of beer. Bought bottle of beer and bottle of whiskey. Me and Claud drank beer. Drank none of whiskey. All of us were on flat car. All on at bend below town. Got off at upper lumber yard. Saw Fred on railroad track, in middle of track. Legs were cut off. Went on and came up town and went on home. Did not report it. I am about 16 years old. Old man tending bar across R. R. had whiskers. One of boys called for whiskey—Claud RHODES. He bought whiskey first. Then I bought pint of whiskey. Bought bottle of beer. Me and Fred and Guy on same end of car. Me and Claud and Guy tasted liquor on train. Got into Astoria at about 12:30.

We, the jury impaneled to inquire into the death of Frederick BERGUIST, after due inquiry find that he came to his death at Astoria, Ill., on Sunday, March 27, 1904, by falling from a passing train at 12:37 a.m. of said day, and consider that the railway company is not in any way to blame or responsible for the death of same.

A. E. SCOTT, Foreman
(Astoria Argus Searchlight, March 31, 1904, Astoria, Illinois, submitted by Tammie Orr Brown)

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LEESBURG--Mr. and Mrs. BERGQUIST buried their little son Harry last Thursday [Feb. 20, 1900]. To all, the angel of death is an unwelcome guest, yet he is nor respector of persons. But what is life? All the life we know is mixed with death and images of woe. (Astoria Argus Searchlight, unknown date, Astoria, Illinois, submitted by Tammie Orr Brown)

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Astoria, March 20--(Special)--
     Samuel BERGQUIST, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home here at 8:20 o'clock Friday night at the age of 81 years. He had been ill more than a year with a complication of diseases.
     Mr. BERGUIST was born in Sweden. At the age of four years he was brought by his family to America. When sight of land on this side, his mother died. She was buried in New York.
     He was married to Vermillia TROTTER, who with the following children survive: David of Galesburg, Mrs. Charles CLEER of Peoria, Mrs. Guy THOMAS of Havana and Mrs. Glen RING of Muskegon, Michigan.
Mr. BERGQUIST served throughout the Civil War with the union forces. A military funeral will be held, probably tomorrow but the exact hour was not decided pending word from the son. (Astoria Argus Searchlight, Mar. 20, 1926, Astoria, Illinois, submitted by Tammie Orr Brown)

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     Mrs. Samuel BERGQUIST Passed Away at Home of Daughter in Peoria-- Mrs. Vernelia BERGQUIST died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jennie CLEER in Peoria. Death was due to heart ailment. She was aged 85 years, 2 months and 12 days.
     Mrs. BERGQUIST, the daughter of David and Elizabeth TROTTER, was born Oct. 5, 1855 in Havana. She was united in marriage to Samuel BERGQUIST, March 6, 1878 at Havana. He passed away March 19, 1926.
     Mrs. BERGQUIST is survived by the following children: Mrs. Jennie CLEER of Peoria, David BERGQUIST, Adair, Mrs. Estella THOMAS, Astoria, and Mrs. Dorothy RING, Havana.
     Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church, Astoria, conducted by Rev. E. E. CATLIN, the pastor. Burial in Astoria cemetery. (Astoria Argus Searchlight, Dec. 17, 1943, Astoria, Illinois, submitted by Tammie Orr Brown)

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     A. O. [Abraham O.] BAUGHMAN died Wed. eve. at the family residence, 319 North 2nd. Ave. Canton, Il. Heart trouble. A. O. Baughman was born near Cuba, Il. Oct. 16, 1832, the son of Abraham & Hannah Baughman. He came to Canton as a young man and clerked for John G. Graham, until he went into business for himself in partnership with Edward Walter; this was in 1854 and they conducted a general store on the North side of the square. His next venture was with his brother - Henry Baughman with whom he engaged in the shoe business on the East side of the square in 1864. He gave up the retail business in 1871 to go on the road for a New York shoe house and traveled for them for 20 years. He was married Apr. 15, 1858 to Miss Mary CAPPS, who survives him. He also leaves a daughter - Mrs. (Daisy Rhea) U. G. Orendorff and a brother - John Baughman of Smithfield, Il. A daughter and a son - Ida and Charles died in childhood. (Canton Daily Register, Canton, Il., Feb 28 1901, pg. 4, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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From the Astoria Fair Play, 14th

Suicide: About 3 o’clock last Saturday afternoon, Mr. Joseph Bell, of this city, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head with a double-barrel shot-gun loaded with slugs. For some time past he had been suffering with the softening of the brain and was unable to work and much of the time laboring under serious derangement. Saturday afternoon, the boys being away at work and the girl had gone to a neighbor’s house for a bucket of water, leaving the old gentleman alone, he locked the doors, let down the blinds and executed the horrible deed above stated. When the girl returned and found the doors bolted she at once suspicioned trouble within and called the assistance of neighbors. The door was forced open and the lifeless body of the unfortunate man found lying on the bed in a pool of blood, with the top of his skull literally blown off and the gun lying by his side, one chamber discharged and the hammer of the other set. Justice R. F. McLaren summoned a jury, who rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts. Mr. Bell was born in Durham County, England, in 1827, came to America in 1863 and to Astoria in 1881. The deceased had been engaged in the coal mines here for about four years. He was a widower, and had two daughters, one, a girl about 17 years of age, kept house for him and two sons, who also worked in the mines. Funeral took place Sunday afternoon at half-past 2 o’clock, from the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Long conducted the service.
(Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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     Mr. and Mrs. W. A. BEER's baby died Saturday and was buried on Sunday.

     Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Schafer attended the funeral of the little babe of W. J. BEER and wife at Coal Creek Zion Lutheran Church on Monday. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Oct 4 1900, pg. 11, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Fairview, Ill., May 19, 1885

Died, yesterday, Mrs. Nancy Beer, wife of Mr. Charles Beer, aged about 65 years. Yesterday morning Mrs. Beer was as well as usual and went into the garden to plant some seeds. About 11:30 o’clock she was found lying on her face, with the hoe partially under her, having fallen forward, no doubt, while stooping to plant some seeds. Life was extinct, or only a slight pulsation felt by those who carried her into the house. She undoubtedly died from apoplexy. In Mrs. Beer’s death is left a vacancy that cannot be filled. Perhaps no woman in the neighborhood had more friends. She was loved and respected by all. The large attendance at her funeral today testified to the many friends who mourn her loss. Mr. Beer had the sympathy of this community in his sad bereavement.
(Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Obituary for John Benedetto

CHANDLERVILLE - John Benedetto, 86, of Chandlerville, formerly of St. David, died at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Havana Health Care in Havana, Ill.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1921, in Norris, Ill., to Chris and Theresa Jennie (Nizzia) Benedetto. He first married Velma Skender in 1947. She preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 1976. He then married Patricia (Koelling) Howard on March 9, 1980, in St. David. She survives.

Also surviving are eight children, Mark (Edie) Benedetto of Lewistown, Lori Boston, Don (Judy) Howard of Cuba, Randy Howard of Canton, Melanie "Missey" (Pete) Belless of Lewistown, Clay (Bette) Howard of Canton, Jay Howard of Winchester and Brenda Howard of Canton; 14 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.

One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

John worked as an engineer at International Harvester Company in Canton for 37 1/2 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the St. David United Methodist Church. He was a WWII Navy veteran and a member of the Cuba American Legion.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial with military honors will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.

Memorials may be made to the Havana Health Care.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 21, 2008, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Mrs. Susan Bryan, wife of George Bryan, died suddenly at their residence, near the C. B. and Q. Depot at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon of heart disease, aged 62 years. Deceased had been moving around a few moments before she fell from her chair and expired before assistance could be called, no one being present but her husband. This is the third member of this worthy family that has died during the summer and they have the sympathy of the community in which they reside. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Dec. 17, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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A terrible accident happened last week Wednesday a few miles north of Providence Chapel between here and Farmington. They were making hay and J. P. Buckman, a young man 19 years of age, was on the load. Either by accident or purposely he slid down the load to the ground, and in doing so was impaled on a handle of a fork which was sticking in the ground, the handle entering the rectum a distance of eighteen inches. The young man withdrew the fork without assistance and walked a distance of a quarter of a mile to the house. He suffered no pain at first, inflammation soon set in and he died Friday in terrible agony. The funeral was held Saturday at the Providence Chapel. Rev. J. F. James of this place preaching the discourse. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, July 21, 1893, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Funeral of Joseph Barney

     The funeral of Joseph Barney [he died Nov. 18, 1918] was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, 123? West Elm Street. The service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. George B. McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which Mr. Barney had been many years an honored member. There were present, besides relatives and nearest friends, representatives of the Civil War veterans and of the grocers of the city. All the grocery stores were closed from 2 o'clock to 3, as a mark of respect to the memory of Canton's oldest merchant in that line of business.
     Notably beautiful floral offerings were sent by the grocers and by the friends of Walter B. Barney, son of the decedent, in the P. and O. offices.
     Burial was in the family lot in Greenwood cemetery.
(Unknown newspaper, Nov. ?, 1918, submitted by Roy Girard)

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Robert Barnes

     Graveside services for Robert I. (Ike) Barnes, 88, who died Feb. 26 at the Colchester Nursing Home, were held March 1 at Ipava Cemetery with Rev. Gary Hardesty officiating.
     He is a former Ipava resident. He was born June 21, 1892 at Table Grove, a son of Samuel and Diana (Carrison) Barnes. He married Zena C. Codling in 1919. She died March 8, 1974.
    He was a retired carpenter and a World War I veteran. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and four brothers.
(Fulton County Democrat, March 4, 1981, page 4, submitted by Jim Covel)

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Mrs. Zena C. Barnes, 81, of Macomb, formerly of Ipava, died yesterday. Services 1 p.m. Monday at Shawgo Memorial Home. Visitation tomorrow afternoon and evening. (Journal Star, evening edition, March 9, 1974, B-8, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     Died at his residence in Buckheart township, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 4, 1877, of Pleuro-Pneumonia and old age, Mr. Thomas
T. Bybee, aged 79 years and 14 days.
     Mr. Bybee, was born in Clark county, Kentucky, Sept 20 1798. Married Rachel Hagans, by whom he had two children, David and James. Married his second wife in Estell County, Kentucky, Debby Willcoxen, sister of the late Capt. Elijah Willcoxen. By her he had two children, Lavina and Polly Ann, the former the first wife of W. H. Smith Esq. of Banner Township.
     Mr. Bybee came to Fulton County, Illinois, in the fall of 1829, and camped on the bluff in Liverpool township, near where the road runs down to Jacob Maus. The next spring he settled on the south end of the premises on which he has since lived, and where he died. On the 8th day of April 1872, his second wife died and in August 1873 he married Miss Matilda Smith of Virginia, a half sister of W. H. Smith (William) Esq,. who with two children David and Polly Ann survive him. Mr. Bybee commenced the world a poor man; but managed, by industry and economy, to amass a handsome property, supposed to be worth nearly $200,000.00. And for a number of years many persons in financial difficulty or those desirous of securing loans have gone to Mr. Bybee to obtain his aid. He was taken a few weeks since with diarrhea, which weakened him very much.
     He then took cold, which settled in Pleuro-pneumonia. He partially overcame this; but from his feeble condition from disease and old age, he was not able to rally and died on the day above named.
     And thus has another of the prominent men of Fulton County (Illinois) gone from among us. One by one they are taken by Death, he is no respecter of persons or condition in life. (Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 12, 1877, submitted by Karen Morlan)

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     BYBEE- In Buckheart, April 8th Mrs. Debie Bybee, wife of Thomas T. Bybee, aged 71 years 9 Days and 12 hours.
     Deceased was born March 30, 1801 in the state of North Carolina, and was married to Thomas T. Bybee about the year 1826 , in the state of Kentucky. In company with her husband she moved to Fulton County Illinois about 1830, and settled on the farm on which she died, where she continued to live until her death. She was known and respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. (Fulton County Ledger, April 19, 1872, page 2, submitted by Karen Morlan)

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     In Canton, Thursday, Jan 29, 1891, Mr. Peter Bauman, aged 77 years 8 months and 2 days. Funeral Services were held at the family residence corner of Cole and Fourth Streets, Sunday afternoon, February 1, at 2:30 PM. Professor Hierenymons of Eureka College, who was called here for that purpose, conducted the services. Peter Bauman was the son of Eli A. Bauman, and was born in Cumberland Co. Pa,  May 27, 1813. His father brought his family to Illinois in 1838 and settled in Buckheart township, this county. In 1839 Peter Bauman married Mary Ann, daughter of the late Thomas T. Bybee who survives him. Twelve children were born to them, several of whom have died. Among the living are Mrs. H. Homer, Mrs. Debbie McGehee, Mrs. M. A. Rogers, Mrs. Charles Cline and Elmer, all of this city. A few years since the family moved from Buckheart to a fine property at the east end of Union Street and a year or two since moved into the city and occupied a property corner of Cole and Fourth Streets. (Fulton County Ledger, Thursday, Febraury 5, 1891, page 5, submitted by Karen Morlan)

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We are under obligations to the Press Clipping Bureau for a half column-article from the Chicago Times-Herald of February 26th, announcing the death of Col. Amos C. Babcock which occurred at the Palmer House in that city on the evening of the 25th. Deceased was born at Penn Yan, Jan. 20, 1828. At the age of 18 he went west and settled in Canton, Ill., starting in business as a general merchant. Not until 1881 did Colonel Babcock make Chicago his home. About that time he became a member of a contracting firm which undertook the construction of the Texas capitol building at Austin. The building was begun in 1881 and was completed in seven years at a cost of $3,000,000. Under the terms of the contract the company received a grant of 3,050,000 acres of land in payment for the building of the capitol. The Capitol Freehold and Land Investment company was organized in England and $7,000,000 raised on the property. With this money the capitol was erected and a fence 1000 miles long was built around the company's property. Colonel Babcock is survived by a widow and six children. (Penn Yan NY Democrat, March 10, 1899, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Charles A. Babcock, South Bend, Indiana, died at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon in his residence, according to a message received here by his family. The cause of death was not mentioned in the telegram. He was born near Monterey, February 24, 1879, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Babcock. He married Olive Weaver in 1901 at Pekin and she is still living, as are three children: Lyle, who is the proprietor of the Babcock Job Printery; Miss Hazel Babcock, and Raymond Babcock, all of Canton.

Surviving sisters are Mrs. W. H. Johnston, Mrs. Bertha Shrader, and Mrs. Henry B. Evans, all of Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Murphy Memorial Home, the Rev. A. Garland Hinkle officiating. The body will arrive here sometime tomorrow and friends may see it at the Murphy Memorial Home.
(Canton Illinois newspaper, April 10, 1930, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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   Relatives received word here shortly after midnight last night of the death of Delmar R. Babcock, aged 29, at St. Luke's hospital at Davenport, Iowa.  He formerly lived in Canton.
   Death was due to tuberculosis of the spine, with which he had been confined to his bed for four years.
   The body will be brought here for burial.
   Mr. Babcock was born in Fulton county in December 1897, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Babcock, who are now dead.  He is survived by his twin brother Roy, whose whereabouts is unknown, a brother Harry of Peoria, a sister Mrs. Sadie Johansen of Davenport, and a half sister Jennie of Chicago.
   Delmar went to school here, later working at the Charles Sargent grocery store.  He left here some eight years ago, going to California and later to Davenport, where he was a student in the Palmer school of chiropractic when taken ill.
   Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Babcock of Canton were his uncle and aunt and Hazel, Raymond and Lyle Babcock were cousins.
   Mr. Babcock was a member of the Masonic lodge.
   He also was a member of the Moose lodge, holding his membership at Los Angeles.
   Funeral services will be held at the Fisher funeral home here at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon.  Burial will be in Greenwood.

NOTE:  Delmar R. Babcock was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Babcock.  Mr. and Mrs. William H. Babcock were his grandparents.  He is buried in Bethel/Turner Cemetery not Greenwood Cemetery, as stated in the above obituary. (Canton Daily Ledger, May 11, 1927, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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   Mrs. Jane Babcock died Tuesday afternoon, at the home of her son, William H. Babcock, south of the old fair grounds.  She was 88 years of age.
   Mrs. Babcock was a native of New York state and had lived in Fulton county for 32 years, residing near Monterey for some time.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon, at the home of her son.  Rev. J. W. Johnson officiating.

NOTE:  Jane Wicks Babcock was the first wife of Amos Babcock, father of William H. Babcock. (Canton Ledger, Sep. 3, 1903, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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   Services for Dr. Roy E. Babcock, 69, of Fruita will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Stark's Chapel.  The Rev. Frank Brown will officiate.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
   Dr. Babcock died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Park, apparently following a heart attack.
   He had been a resident of Fruita for four months, coming from Littleton where he lived for 25 years.  A retired chiropractor, he had served two years as mayor of Littleton.  He was a past president of Rotary Club, had been active in Red Cross work, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
   He served with American Expeditionary Forces for two years during World War I.  He was a sergeant in the Army.
   Born Dec. 15, 1897, at Canton, Ill., he grew up and was educated there.  He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic School at Davenport, Iowa.
   He married Lucille A. Carpenter in Idaho Springs on Aug. 15, 1963.  She survives.
   Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Dyer of West Covina, Calif. and Mrs. Sue Nelson of Jerome, Idaho; a sister, Mrs. Sadie Johannsen of Davenport; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.  (Grand Junction, Co. Daily Sentinel, Oct. 12, 1967, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)



Color Sergeant Roy Babcock, a former soldier in old company M and after a member of the 108th Engineer Train, has received a citation for gallantry in action. The occurence [sic] took place Oct. 3, 1918 at Forges, France.

Lieutenant Thompson, commander of the 108th engineer, tells of the incident, for which Babcock was recommended for the distinguished service medal, but received only a citation.

" I had given orders that no truck pass over the hill behind which we were sheltered and out of view of the enemy. There was a regular hell on the other side of that hill. Big shells were raining down between us and the front. The orders were that no man should venture over the hill except with direct orders from major or myself.

"It became necessary that a truck be sent up to the front lines. Babcock understood the perilous trip. He was accompanied by a helper, Thiere of Chicago. They started over the hill and down the road where a number of trucks had been abandoned or blown to pieces. They reached a point where it was impossible to move ahead or turn around. For six hours Babcock stayed down there with his truck, a target for the Germans. He sent Thiere on up to the front. He was the only man to stay by his truck and bring it out.

"Those other trucks down there were not deserted by the 108th engineers; you bet not: our boys went through with whatever they undertook. It was throught [sic] this incident that Babcock was promoted to regimental color sergeant." (Probably from a Canton, IL newspaper - Sometime after June 8, 1919, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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WILLIAM BABCOCK Sudden Death of One of the Oldest and Most Prominent of Canton Citizens.

MAN OF PUBLIC SPIRIT Was on the Staff of Richard Yates, the Old War Governor--Biographical Sketch

In the death of William Babcock, which occurred at his home on West Chestnut street at 7:30 o'clock Thursday morning, Canton loses one of her pioneers, and a citizen prominent in her history. While he had been in poor health all winter, and was suffering from Bright's disease, he had been confined to his bed only during the past week. The family had no apprehension of immediate danger, and his death came as a great shock. He became unconscious Wednesday and with the exception of a brief interval remained so to the end. William Babcock was the son of William and Mary Babcock, and was born in Penn Yan, Yates county, N. Y. July 15, 1823. His father died when the subject of the sketch was 14 years old, leaving him a fortune, and his uncle, Captain Amos Babcock, was made his guardian, with whom he lived during his minority. In the year 1844 he came to Canton, with his uncle, and became a clerk in his store, afterwards entering into partnership. Later he retired from this, and devoted himself to buying and selling real estate. He owned a great deal of land in this section. In later years, he retired from active business life. February 29, 1851, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Kinsey, who survives to mourn his loss. Their marriage was solemnized in the historical old Congregational church on West Elm street, so recently torn down. Five children were born to them, all of whom survive--William Babcock, jr., of New York; Charles Amos and John Babcock, both of this city; Mrs. Reuben Robie, of Bath, N. Y., and Mrs. W. H. Binnian, of Peoria--who arrived Thursday morning. Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Babcock occupied a house that stood on the site of the Wright school. After this they moved to the old brick homestead on West Locust street, which still stands. From there they moved to the large brick house on College square, which is now absorbed by the plow works. For 30 years the family lived there, and the house was the center of unbounded hospitality. Mr. Babcock, in his more active years, was foremost in public enterprise. Whatever was to be of real benefit he favored, whether it cost him $5 or a thousand. His horse and buggy was at the service of any one who needed it. His carriage was always sent to funerals, in those days when carriages were not so plenty. He was one of the leading spirits who made the old Fulton county fair such a prominent and successful institution. In looking out for the condition of the roads, especially the roads used by the farmers, and in all matters of public interest, he concerned himself. Canton owes a great deal to such pioneer spirits as William Babcock. During the was he served on the staff of Governor Yates, and he was the person friend of many prominent men throughout the state. He was a man possessed of many fine qualities. He was open-hearted and generous and ready to lend a hand where there was need. The funeral will be held at the residence Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Henry Mills officiating. (Canton Daily Register, April 16, 1903, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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William A. Babcock Dies Suddenly Yesterday at His Home

After wringing the head off a chicken for the family Thanksgiving dinner, William A. Babcock was stricken with apoplexy and died in a short time yesterday. He went to the barn lot at 9 a.m. and had killed the chicken and was on his way to the house when he fell in a heap by the porch, his wife finding him in unconsciousness, she having become alarmed by his long absence. He regained consciousness for a few moments after taken into the house, but died at 2:45 o’clock. Mr. Babcock had a severe case of influenza but was practically recovered and had done some work. He was uptown the day before and was in his usual jovial spirits.

Mr. Babcock was a son of William H. and Lucy Babcock, and was born in Missouri, July 7, 1867. His father died last March and his mother a number of years ago. The family came to this county when he was quite young and Mr. Babcock resided on a farm near here until nine years ago, since which time he did some carpenter work, and was employed on the Interurban as motorman and was in charge for a time for the substation at Bryant.

Mr. Babcock was twice married. His first wife, who died in 1899, was Mary E. Benson. They were married March 15, 1888, and to their union were born five children: Harry E. Peoria: Mrs. G. L. Mooney, Davenport; Roy, of the 108th engineer supply train, France; Delmar, at home, and Clarence, who died December 3, 1896. The second wife was Sophia B. Fouts and they were married October 10, 1900. Two children were born to them: John H., who died in infancy, and Jane B., who, with her mother, survives.

There also survive one brother, Charles A., Canton, and three sisters: Mrs. W. H. Johnston, Los Angeles; Mrs. Henry Evans, California, and Mrs. J. G. Shrader, Albany, Oregon. Mrs. Charles Martin, another sister, is deceased.
(Canton Illinois newspaper, November 29, 1918, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Soldier Who Saw Fighting at Many Points in the South Has Succumbed.

W. H. Babcock [William H. Babcock], civil war veteran, 83 years of age, passed away Sunday morning at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Johnston, 2135 Broadway. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. He leaves five children: Mrs. W. H. Johnston, of Fort Wayne; W. A. and Charles Babcock of Canton, Ill; Mrs. H. B. Evans, San Luis Obispo, Cal., and Mrs. Bertha Shrader, of Portland, Ore. There are twenty-seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mr. Babcock was born in the town of Benton, Yates county, N. Y., January 18, 1835. He served in the war of the rebellion, as a private and sharpshooter in company H. 60th Ohio volunteer infantry, until taken seriously ill and sent home.

He was in the battle of Spottsylvania and saw General Sedgewick fall. His first battle was in May, 1864, the battle of the wilderness, trying to take Richmond, fighting two days, leaving the third night and marching two days up through the old field of Chansorville, then through Fredericksburg, then to Spotsylvania. His company crossed the Rapadian river on a pontoon bridge. He was attached to the second brigade, third division of the ninth army corps, under command of General Burnside, comprising four divisions. He was in General Grant’s army and came nearly to being captured at the battle of Cold Harbor and at North Anna Penn; also at South Anna and at Bethsada church, where his company captured twenty pieces of artillery. Wilcox, from Detroit, was in command of his third division. Mr. Babcock was also in the army of the Potomac, and had seen them shoot the cannon without unlimbering.

Mr. Babcock was in the grand review at Washington on May 23 and 24, 1865, and was on detail in Old Capitol prison the day Lincoln’s conspirators were hung.

Mr. Babcock had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. W H. Johnston, at 2135 Broadway for the past six yeas and enjoyed very much the summer outing at their cottage at Lake James.

Funeral services Tuesday afternoon from the residence of Mrs. Johnston. The remains will be taken to the Klaehn & Melching chapel and Wednesday morning will be shipped to Canton, Ill. [Note: This obituary is from an unknown newspaper in Fort Wayne, IN and appeared in the paper on Monday, 4 Mar 1918. William H. Babcock was the husband of Lucy Isabel Swartz Babcock (she having died 21 Apr 1907 in Pacific Grove, CA). They lived and raised their family in Fulton County from 1871 to 1904....submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague]

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Mrs William A. Babcock, of Banner Township,
Very Badly Hurt.

Mrs. William A Babcock, residing on what is known as the old Herr farm in Banner Township, south and east of Canton, sustained serious, but not dangerous injury Friday forenoon in a runaway accident. Both bones of her left leg were broken just below the knee. The flesh was torn in such a manner as to leave a gaping wound, extending to the bone, on the under side of the knee, and nearly six inches in length.

Shortly before 11 o’clock in the forenoon, Mr. Babcock and his wife and their 20-month-old twin boys, with Miss Maud Goge, a young woman employed by Mrs. Babcock, were coming to Canton, in a democrat wagon. Half a mile south of the county poorhouse, the approach from behind them of a horse and buggy driven by F. A. Cobleigh, who was accompanied by L. B. Fransworth, caused Mr. Babcock’s horses to take fright, although the buggy was not approaching at a reckless or a very rapid speed. A rein broke, and Mr. Babcock tried to turn the team into the hedge at the east side of the road, just below the residence of Samuel Westerfield, jr., whose place adjoins the county farm on the south. The roadside ditch and the foot high bank beyond it tilted the vehicle so that all were thrown out. Mr. Babcock went over and through the dashboard, falling at the heels of one of the horses, but was unhurt. The babies received no injury, excepting that the face of one was slightly scratched, Miss Goge escaped unharmed. But one of Mrs. Babcock’s limbs was caught between the front axle and the spring of the wagon. She was dragged several yards before the limb was freed. A few slight bruises were received, and the ugly compound fracture already described was sustained.

The injured lady was carried into the Westerfield house, and from the county house Mr. Cobleigh and Mr. Farnsworth telephoned to Canton for a surgeon—first attempting to catch Dr. Shallenberger, the Babcocks’ family physician, and in his absence calling Dr. Hays. On arriving and ascertaining the character of the injury Dr. Hays desired assistance and Dr. Shallenger, who had returned by this time from a country visit, was summoned by a second telephone message, and drove down at once, arriving about 11:30 o’clock, when the two surgeons reduced the fracture and made the patient as comfortable as was possible. In the afternoon Dr. Shallenberger went down again with an ambulance and stretcher to take her to her home, a mile and a half distant.

The runaway horses were stopped near Jasper Palmer’s, two miles north and east of the scene of the accident. The democrat was badly damaged. A baby buggy, in the back part of the wagon, was thrown out in turning east at the crossroads just above the county farm.

NOTE: I have corrected Mrs. William A. Babcock’s name. The article listed her as Mrs. William H. Babcock, Jr. William H. Babcock did not have a son named after him. His son was named William A. Babcock. The accident and resulting injury to Mrs. William A. Babcock took place on Friday, October 29, 1899. The twin babies were my Grandfather, Roy E. Babcock and his brother Delmar R. Babcock. (Article taken from the Canton Weekly Register, Thursday October 5, 1899, Page 3 Column 1, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)



Injuries of Mrs. Babcock of Banner Township Cause her Death.

Mrs. Mary E. Babcock, wife of William A. Babcock, of Banner township, died at 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, in consequence of the injuries and shock received in the runaway accident of last Friday, an account of which was published in that evening’s paper.

Mrs. Babcock was 31 years of age. Her maiden name was Benson. She was married to Mr. Babcock in 1888. They have four children. The youngest are twins, 19 or 20 months of age. A little son was accidentally killed a few years ago by falling from a wagon.

The funeral services will be held at the Babcock residence, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. (Canton Weekly Register, Thursday October 5, 1899, Page 2 Column 6, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Mrs. Lucy Babcock, wife of William H. Babcock, formerly a resident of Canton and Banner Townships died at her home in Pacific Grove, Calif., Sunday April 21, after about a year of illness. Letters announcing her death and that the remains will be brought to Canton, arriving probably on Friday, were received by Canton relatives Saturday.

Lucy I. Swartz was born in Buffalo, N. Y. Feb. 16, 1839, and was there married to William H. Babcock about 50 years ago. Immediately following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Babcock came to Fulton county, residing first for about a year on the Amos Babcock farm, near Monterey, after which they moved to a farm near Bushnell, where they remained several years. Then they went to Painsville, O., and while there Mr. Babcock enlisted and served in the civil war for a couple of years. After the war they returned to Fulton county, settling on a farm near Monterey, and later moving to a location south of the old fair ground, near Canton. They went to California about three years ago.

Mrs. Babcock is survived by her husband, four daughters, and two sons. These are William and Charles Babcock of Canton; Mrs. Henry Evans, residing in California, and who was with her mother in her last illness; Mrs. Jefferson Shrader, who lives in Oregon; Mrs. W. H. Johnson, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Charles Martin, of Champaign. Three daughters are dead.

Other near relatives are three brothers and one sister. Thomas L. Swartz, of Kewanee; John W. Swartz, of Peoria; O. H. P. Swartz, of Rochester, N. Y. and Mrs. Viola R. Crandall, of Canton.
(Canton Daily Register, Monday, April 29, 1907, page 8, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Table Grove, IL July 26, 1941

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Permelia Beaird will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Smithfield United Brethren church, the Rev. Charles Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Howard cemetery near Smithfield.

Mrs. Beaird was born in Table Grove, April 23, 1903, a daughter of William and Dollie (Swise) Chenoweth. On October 15, 1927 she was married to Walter Beaird, who survives, together with a duaghter, Norma Jean, 12. Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. William H. Chenoweth of Canton and the following brothers and sisters: Arthur Chenoweth and Mrs. Della Boyer of Canton, Mrs. Lola Rauch of Smithfield; Harry Chenoweth of Sciota and Elzie and John Chenwoeth of Table Grove. Dwight Chenoweth of Peoria. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Julie Terstriep)

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Obituary for Aaron Beal

Jan. 5, 1894—At his residence near Middle Grove, Tuesday Jan. 2, 1894, Aaron Beal aged 76 years died. Funeral was held Wednesday at 1 o’clock from the Free Will Baptist church at Middle Grove and remains were buried at Uniontown cemetery. Rev. F. W. Hullinger conducted the funeral.

Aaron Beale was born at Millernersville, Guernsey county, Ohio Sept. 17, 1818. He came to Ill. about 1850. In 1852 he was married to Mrs. Harriet Russel of Middle Grove where he has since resided. Five children blessed their union, Ida, Alice, Clara, Oscar and Lewis.

The wife and three children survive him. The children living are Mrs. G. W. Pratt of Peoria, Mrs. J. C. Hoxworth of Rapatee and Lewis of Middle Grove. Of his family there are living a brother in Ohio, a sister in Indiana and a sister in Iowa." (Farmington Bugle, Jan. 5, 1894, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Funeral services Held Yesterday for Mrs. Alta (Shaw) Betts

The Rev. Harriette M. Gittermann, conducted funeral services Thursday afternoon in the Banner Methodist Church for Mrs. Alta M. Betts, wife of Dr. George S. Betts, who died Monday in Graham Hospital.

Miss Hazel Irwin, soloist, was accompanied by Mrs. Mary McKinley.

Pallbearers were Robert Harper, Dewey J. Fidler, Richard Smith, Chauncey Hays, Frederick Ellis and William Betts. Flower bearers were Annabel Stockman, Alta Benner and Amy Harwick.

Services were largely attended and included many floral offerings. (Canton Ledger, Dec. 8, 1950, submitted by Dawn Stewart)

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Dr. George S. Betts, Well-Known Banner MD, Dies Yesterday

Dr. George S. Betts, well-known Banner physician, collapsed and died about 9:30 am Sunday as he was treating a patient. Death was presumably caused by a heart attack.

He was born Oct. 20, 1869, in Grant County, Wis., a son of George S. and Isabella (Prior) Betts, and was married Nov. 17, 1898, in Lewistown, to Alta M. Shaw, who preceded him in death Dec. 4, 1950.

Surviving are four sisters, Miss Clara Betts, Mrs. Arthur Johnson, and Mrs. Floyd Lingenfelter, Canton, and Mrs. Joseph Neumann, Miami Beach, Fla.; and one brother, Dr. William H. Betts, of Havana.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Abbie J. and two brothers, John E. and Fred J. Betts.

He attended schools in Banner township and graduated from Canton Commercial College in 1890. After completing a course in Valparaiso University in Indiana, he received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska in 1898.

Dr. Betts began his medical practice in Banner in 1898 and maintained an auxiliary office in Glasford for several years. He did post-graduate study in Chicago and St. Louis,

During his years of practice, Dr. Betts delivered more than 5,000 babies. His record was four babies in one day when his only transportation was a horse and buggy.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Fulton County Medical Society, and a member of the Graham Hospital staff.

A veteran of WWI, he was also a member of the Canton American Legion, the Glasford Masonic Lodge, and the Consistoryand Shriners of Peoria.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Banner Methodist church. Friends may call at the Murphy Memorial Home until noon Tuesday. The casket will be open in the church one hour before services.

Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, Apr. 28, 1952, submitted by Dawn Stewart)


Funeral services held Tuesday for Dr. George S. Betts Jr.

Funeral services for Dr. George S. Betts, who died Sunday morning in his home in Banner, were conducted in teh Banner Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. Louis L. Meade, pastor.

Francis McPheeters, soloist, was accompanied by Mrs. Francis McPheeters.

Members of the medical profession, the Glasford Masonic Lodge, and the Canton American Legion Post attended the services in a group.

Masonic rites were exemplified by members of the Glasford lodge, John Barron, worhipful master; Everett Taylor, chaplain; and Russell Workman, secretary.

Oscar Dean Milleson was commander of the Legion burial squad. Color guard and bearers were Eugene Jones, Othel Burt, Thomas Lacey, and Anthony Ferarri. Members of the rifle squad were Americo Fassiotto, Rex. Leslie, Clayton Hand, Donald Cook, Edward Pschirrer, and Raymond Nelson. Bugler was Richard Werry, echo bugler, Leron Hill.

The American Flag was removed from the casket and folded by Hirschle Irons and Clyde Jacobus who presented it to a brother, Dr. William H. Betts, of Havana.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. E. P. Coleman, Dr. P. D. Reinertsen, John Ellis, James Ellis, Charles Ellis, Keith Fuller, Ervill Pryor, and William Betts.

Pallbearers were Delbert Fidler, Kenneth Fuller, Raymond Harper, Richard Smith, Dewey Fidler, and Fred Ellis.

Burial was in Walnut Cemetery near Banner. (Canton Daily Ledger, Apr. 30, 1952, submitted by Dawn Stewart)

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Mrs. Jessie Rutledge Blagdon, daughter of Robert and Rachel Rutledge, was born April 18, 1885 in Farmers township, Fulton Co., Illinois and grew to womanhood in that and the surrounding vicinity. January 6th, 1904 she was united in marriage to Arthur Blagdon. They resided in Illinois except a few years residence in Iowa than returned to Illinois, their present home near Checkrow, from where she was taken to Macomb to Holmes hospital, Saturday forenoon and passed away from this life, March 12, 1927, shortly after arriving at the hospital leaving a babe and eight children at the home and one married daughter, names: Mrs. Gladys Pickle of Prairie City, Ill, Bernice, Leland, Cloid, Robert, Hellen, Ilene and Irene, twins, and Harold at home and the infant daughter. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons and 6 daughters and a little granddaughter, also her aged parents of New Philadelphia, 6 brothers and one sister, namely: Perry and Grover of New Philadelphia, George of Good Hope, Ira of Piper City, Claud of Adair and Roy of Beardstown, and twin sister, Mrs. Bessie Howard of Marietta, one sister, Mrs. Louella Hoyle, deceased and a host of relatives and friends that will miss her kindly smile and greeting. When such dark shadows overwhelms us we are want to ask why we are called to pass through such great grief. Then we are reminded our heavenly father knows best. She was of a kind and loving disposition, loving and caring for her home and family who will miss her care and guidance. The deepest sympathy is extended the heart broken companion and motherless children and relative these dark hours of deep sorrow. Rev. Dutton preached the funeral sermon. Burial at Point Pleasant cemetery.

(unknown newspaper, March 1927, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Answers Call

Mrs. Mary A. Blemler Demy passed away at 3:30 Sunday at her home one and one half miles southwest of Astoria. The cause of death was kidney trouble and other complications from which she has been a long patient sufferer. She was aged 44 years, 7 months and 8 days.

The deceased was born in Astoria, May 11, 1871. She was married Nov. 30, 1890, to H. C. Demy and to them were born three children, Mrs. Wilma Harn of Beardstown, Mrs. Helen Walters of Table Grove and Anna M. at home, who with the father survive to mourn the loss of a tender, loving and true wife and mother.

Besides her family she leaves an aged mother, Mrs. Anna E. Blemler and two brothers, C. E. and J. H. Blemler both of Astoria and a host of friends.

Since the day she took sick, nothing in medical skill or otherwise was spared to restore her health.

The sympathy of the community goes out to the husband and family.

The funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. C. T. Pilch. Interment in Astoria cemetery.
(Astoria Argus, unknown date, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Mrs. Anna Blemler
An Aged Resident Answers Call.

Mrs. Anna E. Blemler, an old and highly respected resident of Astoria, died at the home of her son Harry Blemler, Friday morning, following a paralytic stroke which she suffered a week previous.

Mrs. Blemler had been suffering from poor health for some time, but her condition was not considered critical until she was stricken.

The deceased was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1849, her maiden name being Anna E. Myers. She came to Illinois about forty-two years ago and has since resided in Astoria.

On Oct. 10, 1869 the deceased was united in marriage to Daniel Blemler, who passed to the great beyond on May 30, 1914. Six children were born to this union, two sons survive, Charles E. and Harry Blemler, both residents of Astoria. Besides her two sons, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ida Schaefer of Carlisle, Pa., one brother, Freely Myers, Harrisburg, Pa., and seven grandchildren.

She was a member of the Church of the Brethren and was one of those old fashioned, home-loving women, who devoted her entire life to her family. She lived a faithful Christian life to the end.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 o'clock P.M. at the residence of her son Harry, conducted by Rev. A. L. Sellers of Vermont. Interment in the Astoria Cemetery.
(Astoria Argus, unknown date, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Daniel Blemler was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1848 and died May 31, 1914 at the Bartonville Hospital, this state, aged 65 years, 10 months and 27 days.

On Nov. 25, 1869 he was united in marriage to Anna E. Myers, also of Cumberland County, PA. To this union were born six children. Of these, three have passed to the spirit world, two having died in infancy. About two years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Blemler moved from Pennsylvania and located in Astoria, where they have made their home since.

Mr. Blemler leaves a widow, Mrs. Anna Blemler, and also three children: Mrs. Mary Amelia Demy, Charles Edward Blemler, and Joseph Henry Blemler, all living in and near Astoria and well known in the community. He also leaves one brother, William Blemler, living at Billsburg (Dillsburg), PA.

Funeral services were held at the home of his son, Charles Blemler, in Astoria, on Tuesday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m. Interment in the Astoria cemetery. Services were conducted by Eld. J. M. Moore, of Chicago.
(Astoria Argus, June 3, 1914, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Harry Blemler was born Dec. 12, 1883 in Astoria, a son of Daniel and Anna Blemler. He was aged 64 years, 8 months and 17 days. He was married to Lenora Bloomfield Dec. 25, 1909. She preceded him in death several years ago.

Surviving are four sons: Harold Blemler, Vermont; Carroll and Eldon Blemler, both of Peoria, John Blemler, in the U. S. Army in Japan; also one brother, Charles Blemler of Astoria.

Funeral services were held yesterday at the Leighty funeral home in Vermont, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson of Astoria. Burial in the Vermont cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Sep. 1, 1948, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Mrs. Lenora Blemler of Vermont died at a Jacksonville hospital Tuesday morning. She had been an invalid for several years.

Mrs. Blemler was born March 1, 1885, near Astoria, the daughter of [Lot and Ronna??] Eley Bloomfield and was married to Harry Blemler of Vermont, who survives, together with four sons, Harold of Vermont, Carroll of Havana, Elden with the army in Iceland, and John with the army at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Also three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Cooper of Astoria; Mrs. James Stephens of Woodland; Mrs. Frank Shar, near Bluff City; two brothers, A. D. Bloomfield of Ashland, and Otis Bloomfield, address unknown.

The Blemler family resided in Astoria for several years before going to Vermont.

Funeral services will be held in the Vermont Funeral Home Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in the Vermont cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Jan. 20, 1943, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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KILLED AND WOUNDED.- We have information from the 103rd Illinois that G. R. Call and W. Boland were killed, and Finley Cruzan and John Virgil were wounded in the engagement of the 28th, near Atlanta, Ga. ----Lewistown Union (Fulton County Ledger, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1864, submitted by Debbie Hill)

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A Long Life

That of Mrs. Ann Bennett, Who Died on Saturday Morning-Past Four Score

Mrs. Ann Bennett died at 8:25 o’clock Saturday morning at the home of her son-in-law, J. F. Jones, 425 South First Avenue.  Death was due principally to old age.  Mrs. Bennett had been in feeble health for a long time, and since November, 1903, had been confined to her bed.

Mrs. Bennett was born July 4, 1823, in Southern Wales, and was there married to William Bennett about the year 1845.  In 1851 the family emigrated to America, settling first in Pennsylvania, and later coming to Illinois.  In this state they lived for several years in Bloomington, and Mr. Bennett died about 30 years ago at Danville. 

In 1876 Mrs. Bennett came to Fulton County and for 10 years made her home with her son, Nicholas Bennett, near Bryant.  About 18 years ago she came to Canton and from that time lived with Mr. And Mrs. Jones.

Nicholas Bennett died about three years ago and Mrs. Jones is the nearest living relative of the deceased [line missing, bad spot in microfilm] C. Jacobs-lives in Evanston, and for the past two weeks has been at the bed side of her foster mother.

The funeral service will be conducted at the house at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, by the Rev. J. S. Patterson, of Kewanee, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. (Canton Daily Register, April 30, 1904, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Services Held Friday For Charles Bollinger

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. Edwin Rodabaugh in the Astoria Church of the Brethren Fiday afternoon for Charles H. Bollinger, who died Tuesday (Sept. 29, 1959) afternoon after being injured in a cave-in at the D. & D. Mine near Rushville.

Pallbearers included Glenn Bollinger, Ross Wilson, Clifford McCombs, Eberett McWhorter, Arthur Reeder, and Oniley Farwell.

(Astoria Argus, Sep. 1959, submitted by Sherry McCullough)



Sudden Death Follows Coal Mine Accident

Charles H. Bollinger, 47, passed away yesterday afternoon at Culbertson hospital following an accident at the D. & D. Coal Mine, Rushville.

Born August 25, 1912, in Astoria, a son of Arch and Bertha Mae (Harris) Bollinger, he was married to Frances Carroll June 15, 1944, who survives.

Other survivors include two step-daughters, Mrs. Violet Frank and Mrs. Frank Petterman, both of Rushville, two brothers, Dorman of Bushnell, Otis of Beard, Texas, and one sister, Mrs. Eunice Danner, of Astoria.

Mr. Bollinger was preceded in death by two brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Astoria Church of the Brethren. Rev. D. Edwin Rodabaugh will officiate, and burial will be in the Astoria cemetery.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Thursday until noon Friday at the Shawgo Memorial Home, then after 1 p.m. at the church Friday.

(Astoria Argus, Sep. 1959, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Two Killed In Accident

Two persons were killed and one was hospitalized following a head-on collision involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck early Monday morning on Illinois 100, 2-1/2 miles east of Frederick.

Dead at the scene of the accident were the riders of the motorcycle, Robert Knous, 30, of Beardstown and Michael Bollinger, 23, of Browning.

An occupant in the pick-up truck, Donald S. Pratt, Jr., 26, of Beardstown, was listed in satisfactory condition at Culbertson Memorial Hospital at 10 a.m. Monday.

The accident is still under investigation by Macomb state police. Both vehicles were destroyed by fire, the state police said, and it is not known which of the two men killed was the driver of the motorcycle or whether Pratt was the only occupant of the truck.

The pick-up truck was eastbound on the highway and the motorcycle was westbound when the head-on collision occurred. All occupants were thrown from their vehicles, state police said.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Central Christian Church in Browning for Michael Bollinger, 23, of rural Browning. Burial will follow in Browning Cemetery.

Born Feb. 16, 1954 in Beardstown, he was the son of Richard Wayne and Dora J. Young Bollinger.

He graduated from Rushville High School and attended the United Electronics College in Louisville, Ky. He was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad.

Survivors include his parents of Browning; two brothers, Wendell and Rich, of Beardstown; two sisters, Mrs. Bruce (Anita) Mercer of Vermont and Melanie Bollinger of Browning; paternal grandparents Herschel and Mildred Bollinger of Browning; maternal grandfather Joseph T. Young of Morris, OK.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial for Charles Robert Knous were held in Beardstown.

He was born June 7, 1947, a son of Charles Edward and Verna Bernice Lyles Knous. A lifetime resident of Beardstown, he attended Beardstown schools and was a mason by trade.

He married Candace Marie Ransom Dec. 27, 1966 at Beardstown.

He was a member of Moose Lodge and VFW.

Survivors include his parents, wife and four children, Annette, 9; Robbie, 6; Nickie, 5; and Chad, 2, and one sister, Bernice Mathis, of Beardstown.

One sister preceded him in death.

(Astoria Argus, Aug. 1, 1977, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Charles L. Bollinger

MURDOCK - Charles L. Bollinger, 86, died of a heart attack at his home here Wednesday. Born Aug. 26, 1877, at Pittsburgh, Pa., he moved to the Murdock community in 1885 and had lived here since. He married Edith Belle Warrell May 16, 1906, at Murdock. He had extensive farm holdings in this area.

Member: Murdock Methodist Church.

Survivors: The widow; daughter, Mrs. Freda Sowers, Murdock; brother, Albert, and sister, Mrs. Mary Moorhouse, both of Cheney; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the church; Revs. Harold Cooper and R. A. Potter. Burial: Murdock Cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, June 18, 1964, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Harvey Bollinger Dies At Age 72

Harvey Bollinger, 72 of The Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, formerly of the Bushnell area, died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 1977, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was born Aug. 21, 1905, in Astoria, the son of Ivan and Almeda Parks Bollinger.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Alma McKahan of Bushnell, Mrs. Marie Huls of Milan and Mrs. Mayme Thrush of Astoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Chapel in Bushnell with Rev. Ruby Whitten officiating. Burial was in the Bushnell Cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Oct. 1977, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Jonas Brewer, 80, Dies Tuesday In Galesburg Hospital

Cuba-- Jonas Brewer, 80, of Cuba, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Cottage Hospital at Galesburg after a one year illness. A Cuba resident at the Johnson Rest Home in St. David before entering the hospital.
     A son of William and Ella (Morgan) Brewer, he was born April 16, 1880 in Putman township. He never married.
     Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Frances Roberts and Mrs. Mary Scalf, both of Bryant and one nephew, Arthur Larson of Canton. Two sisters preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Hukill Funeral Chapel, where friends may call. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1961, page 2, submitted by Judi Gilker)

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Mrs. Lon Brock Dies

     Melinda David was born Feb. 28, 1858 and died Nov. 9, 1924, aged 66 years. On Feb. 20, 1879, she was united in marriage to Alonzo F. Brock who with six of the seven children born to them survives. The children are Daniel D., William W., Laurn?, Miner W., Glenn, Mrs. Lela Stoops and Miss Mabel, all of Ipava. One child, Jessie, died Aug. 17, 1880, aged four months. Mrs. Brock is also survived by six grandchildren. R. W. and F. M. David of Ipava are brothers.
     Funeral services will be held today at the home at 2:30 o’clock.  (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Aged Woman Called By Death

Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, (Elizabeth Jane Casteel) an aged and long time resident of Fulton county, died at 2 o'clock this afternoon, at the home of her son, Charles Brown, eight miles southeast of Canton, following a prolonged illness, due chiefly to the infirmities of advanced age. She was eighty-four years of age and a woman well known and highly esteemed.

The husband is dead and the following children survive: Charles and John Brown, eight miles southeast of Canton; Joseph, near Marietta; Mrs. Minnie Shaw and Mrs. Delia Clark, near Lewistown; Mrs. Sara Ball, Maple, Ill.; Mrs. Clara Shallenbarger, Topeka, Ill.; Mrs. Cora Harper, near Fiatt.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Dec. 27, 1916, submitted by David Newton)

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Mrs. John W. Brooks

Mrs. Golda Belle Brooks, wife of John W. Brooks, died December 23, at 1:40 p.m. at her home north of town following an illness of several months.

Born in Putman township November 16, 1890 a daughter of Filmore and Cora (Waddell) Sipe. She was married in Cuba February 4, 1911 to John Wesley Brooks who survives.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Alberta Bishop, Rte. 5 Canton, a son, Ronald Brooks, of Cuba, 3 grandchildren, one brother, Carl Sipe, of Lewistown and two sisters, Mrs. Della Newton and Mrs. Myrtle Hilton, both of Canton. Two brothers preceded her in death. She had lived in the Blackaby neighborhood until moving to the farm north of Cuba 14 years ago. She was a member of the Cuba Methodist church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 26, at 2:00 o'clock p.m., in the Taylor Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Paul DuBois. Singers were Mrs. Harriett Bishop and Mrs. Gertrude Grove accompanied by Mrs. Velma Hukill.

Pall bearers were Earl Newton, Harold Churchill, Howard Sipe, James Brooks, Lee Brooks, Lyle Mosher.

Burial was in Shields Chapel cemetery.

(Cuba Journal, December 31, 1953 submitted by David Newton)

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To Conduct Services Sunday In Cuba For John W. Brooks

CUBA (Special)--Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon (November 3) by the Rev. James R. Mcallister, pastor of the Methodist church, at the Hukill Funeral Chapel for John Wesley Brooks, who died Thursday morning (October 31) in the Graham hospital at Canton. Mr. Brooks, a farmer and well-known resident of this area his entire life, had been ill for six months. Burial will be in Shields Chapel cemetery.

Born Jan. 24, 1885 in Buckheart township, a son of Jacob and Lavina (Downing) Brooks, he was married in Cuba on Feb. 4, 1911 to Golda Bell Sipes who preceded him in death in 1953.

Surviving are a son, Ronald Lewis Brooks, Lewistown, route 1, and a daughter, Mrs. Alberta Bishop, Canton, route 5, three grandchildren, and four brothers, Charles, in Dunfermline, Glenn and George in Lewistown, Elmer, Marietta and two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Brons, in Norris and Mrs. Alice Smith, in Bryant. Two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Brooks was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in the Bishop Neighborhood.

Friends may call at the Hukill Funeral Chapel.

(Canton Daily Ledger, November 1, 1957, submitted by David Newton)

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Entered into Rest

     James Joseph Berry, son of Thomas and Nellora Berry was born at the Berry homestead in McDonough County, Ill. July 6, 1856. The second of a family of six children he lived practically his whole life on this farm, moving to Table Grove in 1893. Here he resided until 1922 with the exception of about three years, during which he lived in Decatur, Ill.
     He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Campbell of Foster Point neighborhood Feb. 7, 1878. To this union were born four children, William, who died in infancy August 26, '79, Archie Table Grove, Alice, who passed away Jan. 9, 1912 and Henry who died February 11, 1927. His companion passed on to her reward July 20, 1919.
     On Oct. 17, 1922 he was married to Mrs. Emma Campbell of Vermont, Ill., and took up his residence in that place, where he resided until his death. His occupation was that of a farmer, devoting a great deal of his attention to buying, selling, and raising stock. While living in Table Grove he engaged in other kinds of business. But upon going to Vermont lived a retired life aside from looking after his farm interests.
     When a young man he professed conversion and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church of Foster Point, later transferring his membership to Table Grove Presbyterian church and again transferring his membership to the Vermont Methodist church upon his moving there. He was faithful in attendance to the services of the church wherever he lived, holding official relations in each one. He was President of the Official Board of Vermont Methodist church at the time of his death. He was a strong believer in God and his faith in his Lord and Master was firm to the end. He was very fond of young people and children who in turn loved him.
     He was also a member of the I. O. O. F. of Table Grove and true to its principles. As a man, he was of a genial nature, having a pleasant word for every one and liberal in his gifts to those in need.
     As a citizen he was always interested in the affairs of the Community and a strong supporter of the activities of the Public School. He was however of a very modest, unassuming disposition, never wanting to be prominent but better satisfied when holding an humble position in the interests of church and community.
     ...decline in health. No very marked change took place until last February when he experienced a great deal of pain. He always looked on the bright side and expected to soon recover. Still getting worse, however, he underwent a thorough examination at the Collins Clinic, Peoria, where his trouble was found to be arthritis of the spine. Returning home he was obliged to take his bed and steadily declined, growing weaker until death came to his relief on Friday morning, Nov. 24, 1933 at 11 o'clock. His age was 77 years, ? months and 18 days. He suffered greatly but bore his pain with fortitude.
     He leaves to mourn his passing his companion, one son Archie, one sister, Mrs. Clara (John L.) Powell of Pasadena, Calif., 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, besides the large group of friends who will sadly miss him. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church, Vermont, Illinois, Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. M. D. Tremaine officiating. Interment in the Harris cemetery. The Funeral Rite of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows were held by the Table Grove and Vermont lodges at the grave. (unknown newspaper, Nov. 1933, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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     Banner Twp; died Wed at his home. Death was due to bladder trouble from which Mr. Betts suffered for several years.

     George Seymour Betts was born 2 Mar 1841 in Mercer County PA. When about 12 years of age he removed with his parents to Wisconsin and in the fall of 1861 came to Illinois settling in Banner Township. Here in the spring of 1862 he married Miss Isobel Prior and about a year later they returned to Wisconsin residing there two years after which they returned to Fulton County, settling on Duck Island. They resided there two years and later on the W. H. Smith farm in Banner Township until 11 years ago when Mr. Betts purchased the farm where his death occurred.     

     Mrs. Betts died in 1886 leaving 5 children-of these 4 are living: John Betts - Dunfermline; George S Jr. - Banner Twp; Fred L. - Peoria and William H. - Des Moines IA; one daughter is dead. In 1889 Mr. Betts married Miss Annie Hughes and she with 4 children also survive. The children are: Lucy, Elizabeth, Clara and Wealthy - all reside at the parental home. Two brothers of Mr. Betts: John & Lewis Betts are residents of Omaha NE; three sisters are living; one brother and two sisters are dead. The funeral will be held Friday at Utica Church and interment will be in Walnut Cemetery. (Canton Register, Feb. 15, 1906, submitted by Dawn Stewart)

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Helen Beebe

     Helen B. Beebe, 73, of 66 N. Eighth Ave., Canton, died at 4:32 p.m. Tuesday in the emergency room at Graham Hospital.
     Born Sept. 12, 1913, in Canton to Herman and Mary (Bybee) Wolf, she married Joseph H. Beebe Sept. 2, 1933, in Macomb. He survives.
     Other survivors include six daughters, Doris Powell of Fairview, and Betty Hebb, Maxine Rilea, Judy Eddy, Alta Lingenfelter, and Peggy Jett, all of Canton; a son, Ray Beebe of Indwell, N. Y.; two stepsons, Don Beebe and Cal Beebe, both of British Columbia, Canada; 27 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren preceded her in death.
     She was a Stanley Home Products dealer 30 years, and was a member of the East Side Nazarene Church and the AARP.
     Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, the Rev. Robert Hale officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the memorial home, and burial will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens.
     Memorials may be made to her church. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Alice L. Branchfield, 98, formerly of 129 S. Second Ave., died at 9:43 a.m. Sunday in the Farmington Nurshing Home where she was a resident.

Born May 12, 1884, in Banner Township, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Alsbury) Burge. She married Nelson Branchfield March 11, 1900, in Canton. He died in August 1966.

Two sons, three brothers and three sisters also died earlier.

Surviving are five sons, Elmer and Cecil Branchfield, both of Canton, Russell Branchfield of San mateo, Calif., Threll Branchfield of Wittenberg, Wis., and Delbert Branchfield of Peoria Heights; three daughters, Irene Stauffer of Canton, Mildred McCallum of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mary heath of the state of Washington; 24 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Branchfield will be a 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Murphyu-Sedgwick Memorial Home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Tuesday evening at the memorial home.

Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens.

(Canton Daily Ledger, 1983, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Elmer I. Shorty Branchfield, 85, of Box 4, died at 6:18 p.m. Saturday at Graham Hospital (AUG 2, 1986).

He was born Jan. 2, 1901, in Canton, the son of Nelson and Alice (Burge) Branchield. He married Bessie Parsons July 25, 1922, in Lewistown. She died July 29, 1979. He later married Opal Boonivar Bates Oct. 17, 1980, in Canton. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Gordon of St. Louis, Mo., and David of Fountain Town, Ind., one stepdaughter, Mrs. Lynne Hadsall of Havana; 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three brothers, Cecil of Canton, Delbert of Peoria Heights and Threll of Whittenberg, Wis.; and three sisters, Mrs. Irene Stauffer of Canton, Mrs. Mildred McCallum of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Mary Heath of Washington State.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc., in 1967. He was a charter member of the Assembly of God Church in Canton.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Murphy Sedgwick Memorial Home, the Rev. Kenneth Wallace officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home.

Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Assembly of God Church.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Aug. 1986, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Captain E. C. Brearley, son of Mr. Samuel Brearley of this city, died in Bellevue, Idaho, of consumption, May 12, 1885. His remains reached here at 10 o’clock yesterday morning and were taken to the family residence, from thence to Greenwood Cemetery, where they were temporarily interred. We understand it is the intention to transfer the body to the old home in New Jersey, where other members of the family were buried. Captain Brearley some years ago resided in Pekin and was for a time a prominent Republican politician. (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Vern Bybee

     Vern L. Bybee, 48, of St. David, died at 11:07 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room at Graham Hospital.
He was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Bryant, the son of Cecil H. and Velma (Hubbs) Bybee. He married Linda McCombs May 10, 1960, in Canton. She survives.
     Other survivors include three sons, Ricky of St. David, and Randy and Rusty, both at home; two grandchildren; and one brother, Roger Bybee of Scottsdale, Ariz.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     He attended the St. David Church of the Nazarene. He served in the United States Air Force.
     Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Highbridge Cemetery, Dunfermline, the Rev. Mark Knowles officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Charles Bybee

     Charles Edward Bybee, 54, of 1036 South Sixth Ave., died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday in Graham Hospital.
     He was born April 16, 1917, in St. David, to Charles and Jessie (Skinner) Bybee. On April 16, 1954, he was married to Gladys Jackson in Peoria.
     She survives, along with two sons, Clarence Christensen of Canton and Ralph Christensen of Canton Route 1; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Cecil Bybee of St. David, Clarence Bybee of Canton, and Carroll Bybee of Poplar Bluffs, Mo.; and one sister, Mrs. Franklin (Audrey) Newton of Canton. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Cecil Bybee

ST. DAVID- Cecil H. Bybee, 65, of St. David died at 2:50 p.m. yesterday in Graham Hospital, Canton.
He was born in Fulton County on July 2, 1910, a son of Charles and Jessie Skinner Bybee. He married Velma Hubbs Dec. 23, 1937, in Palmyra, Mo.
     Surviving are his wife; two sons, Rodger and Vern, both of St. David; five grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence of Canton and Carroll of Coal Strip, Mont.; and one sister, Mrs. Franklin (Audrey) Newton of Farmington.
     Two brothers preceded him in death.
     Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaks Memorial Chapel. The Rev. S. J. Curry will officiate, and burial will be at High Bridge Cemetery, Dunfermline.
     Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the memorial chapel where Masonic services will be at 7.
Mr. Bybee was employed by the Midwestern division of Truax Traer Consol Coal Co. 40 years, retiring in 1973.
He was a member of UMW Local 7110, District 12; Morning Star Lodge 734, AF&AM, Canton; and Peoria Consistory, Scottish Rite. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Charles L. Bybee

CANTON- Charles Lonzo Bybee, 78, a retired employee of the Little Sister Coal Co., died at 5 a.m. Friday in the home of a daughter. He had been in ill health for 10 months.
     A lifetime Canton resident, he was a member of Local 7315, United Mine Workers of America.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Murphy Memorial Home by the Rev. C. L. Finley, pastor of the Shields Chapel EUB Church. Burial will be in Highbridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today.
Mr. Bybee was born in Orion Township Dec. 18, 1881, a son of David and Florence Langley Bybee. He was married Dec. 9, 1908, in Lewistown to Jessie Mae Skinner who died July 2, 1946.
     Survivors include four sons, Cecil Bybee of St. David, Edward and Clarence of Canton and Carroll of Piedmont, Mo.; and a daughter, Mrs. Audrey Newton, Canton RR 1. in whose home he died. Six grandchildren, and a brother, David Bybee, of Racine, Wis., also survive. A son, Clyde Bybee, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Clarence Bybee

Clarence L. Bybee, 59, of 1046 S. Fifth Ave., was dead on arrival at Graham Hospital at 3:20 p. m. Monday.

He was born July 31, 1921, in Fulton County, a son of Charles and Jessie (Skinner) Bybee. He married Theda Lewis Dec. 1, 1945, in Lubbock, Texas.

She survives, along with one son, Terry, at home; one brother, Carroll of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and one sister, Mrs. Franklin (Audrey) Newton of rural Canton.

Mr. Bybee had been employed at the Midwestern Division of Consolidated Coal Co. at Norris for 39 years, and was a member of the United Mine Workers Local 7110, District 12.

He also was a member of Lodge 104, AF & AM at Lewistown and the Peoria Consistory. He was a veteran of War World II.

Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday in Oaks Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Dean T. Wright officiating. Masonic rites will be conducted after the service. Burial will be in High Bridge Cemetery at Dunfermline.

Friends may call at the memorial chapel for one hour before services.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Fund. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper, Mon. Sep. 8, 1980)

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Mrs. May Brown

CANTON- Mrs. May L. Brown, 80, of 250 N. 11th Abe., died Thursday morning at her home.

She was born April 6, 1185 in Fulton County, a daughter of Charles and Ruth Harmison Wright. She was married to William H. Brown Jan. 7, 1908, in Canton. He died June 27, 1963.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ross Gordon of Midland, Mich., three sons, William H. Jr. of Decatur, Robert L. of Macomb and Captain Howard C. Brown in London, England; 13 grandchildren and four great grand children.

A daughter, a brother and a sister preceded her in death.

She was a lifelong resident of Canton and a member of the First Congregational Church.

Funeral plans are pending at Murphy Memorial Home.

(Submitted by Charlie McDaniel, unknown newspaper and date)

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     Lewistown--------July 18, James S. Berry, 46, laborer, was found dead in bed at his home, 521 West Avenue B., at 5:30 o'clock this morning. He had been dead for several hours.
     At a coroner's inquest, held today, a verdict of death from natural causes was returned by the jury. Besides his wife, formerly Nellie Seward, he leaves seven children, two brothers and three sisters.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock Thursday forenoon and burial will be in Wright's cemetery. The Rev. M. F. Swisher will officiate. (Submitted by Georgia Ferry, Canton Daily Ledger, July 18, 1922)

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     Funeral services will be conducted at 3 o'clock, Tuesday in the Zimmerman and Henry Memorial Home by the Rev. David Lehr, for Mrs. Nellie Berry, a lifetime resident of the Lewistown community, who died early Saturday evening in the Graham Hospital. She had been in failing health for several months.
     Born March 21, 1882 in Bernadotte township, she was a daughter of Myron and Martha (Barnes) Seward.
     She was married on July 18, 1898 to James F. Berry. He preceded her in Death.
     Surviving are six children, Elzie Berry, Mrs. Ollidean Benns, and Mrs. Lena Miller all of Lewistown. Mrs. Mamie Botts, Decatur, Mrs. Edith Ford, Smithfield, and Mrs. Ilene Groff, Colchester, 21 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Carrie Mullen, Ipava, and two brothers, Elmer and Perry Seward, both of Ipava. One son and four daughters preceded her in death.
     Burial will be in Wright cemetery.
     Friends may call at the memorial home. (Submitted by Georgia Ferry, Canton Daily Ledger, June 20, 1955)

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Table Grove Woman Dies Last Evening In Macomb Hospital

     Mrs. Pollie Belle Baldwin, Table Grove, died last evening in Macomb Marietta Phelts hospital, where she had been a patient for the past several weeks. She had been in ill health for two and one-half years.
     Born in Bath in 1880, a daughter of Andy and Lucy (Sexton) Butler, she was married in Lewistown, May 5, 1897 to Art Baldwin, who survives.
     Other survivors are a son, Everett Baldwin of Jacksonville, and a daughter, Mrs, Henry Lafary of near Table Grove, three half-brothers, Verle Haist, of Adair, Forrest Haist of Table Grove, and Aubrey Haist of Beardstown; two half-sisters, Mrs. Verna Keller of Long Beach, Calif. and Mrs. Meryl Derry of Washington.
     She was a member of the Universalist Church.
     Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but will be announced by the Hukill funeral home in Table Grove, where friends may call. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Marietta Woman Is Called By Death

     Mrs. Mary Catherine Bryan died [February 26, 1915] at her home southwest of Marietta Friday morning at 9:15, aged 73 years, 6 months and 8 days. Deceased was united in marriage with George W. Bryan, (deceased, Oct. 7, 1913) Feb. 28, 1862. Eleven children blessed this union, namely: Ahaz, deceased; William of Adair, Ill.; Myrtle Gilliland of Adair, Ill.; George, near new Philadelphia; Ivy Haffner and Newton Bryan, near the home place; Andy Bryan near Bushnell; Lily, deceased; Leonard Bryan and Lena Hunnicutt on the home place. She leaves besides these children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, three brother, Christopher Wetzel of Adair; William Wetzel of Harveyville, Kans., and G. L. Wetzel, New Philadelphia, one sister, Sarah Sinnett, near Bardolph and a host of relatives and friends.
     "Aunt" Mary, as she was familiary called, was born in Virginia and came to Illinois with her parents, George and Sarah Wetzel, in her girlhood and has since made her home in Fulton and McDonough counties. She was a noble Christian mother, a charter member of Point Pleasant U. B. church from which place her funeral was held Sunday, February 28 at 1:30 o'clock.
     Note: missing is son, James M. Bryan.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Another Called Home, Geo. Bryan Sr.

     From Adair Weekly Beacon:  George Wetzel Bryan, Sr. died at his home Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1913, after a short illness of ten days. The funeral was held at the Point Pleasant church Thursday, Oct. 9, 1913. Rev. Amos Rigney conducting the services. Burial in the Point Pleasant cemetery.
     He was born in Augusta County, Virginia July 12, 1836, being 77 years, 2 months and 25 days of age at time of his death.
     He came to Illinois in the fall of 1854, stopping at Astoria, Fulton County, until spring. Then worked on a farm near Industry for two years. Then came to Harris township Fulton County where he farmed with his uncle J. H. Lutz for six years. Then moved to McDonough County where he rented a farm for five years. Then bought a farm in Harris Township east of the Point Pleasant church where he lived for ten years. Then he moved to his present home, one mile west of the church, where he has lived for 36 years.
     He was united in marriage with Mary C. Wetzel Feb. 28, 1862, who survives him. To this union were born eleven children: Ahaz, deceased; William S. of Adair, Ill.; Myrtle M. Gilliland of Adair, Ill.; James M., Burlington, Iowa; Geo. W., Iva {Ivy} Haffner, and John Newton of New Philadelphia, Ill.; Andrew L. of Bushnell, Ill.; Lily D., deceased; Lena S. Hunnicutt and Lenard S., both at home.
     Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death 19 grandchildren, one brother, Andrew L. Bryan, Vermont, Ill., and two half brothers and three half sisters, namely, Balser Swisher, Faragut, Iowa, J. N. Swisher, Bushnell, Ill.; Margaret Lutz of Astoria, Arbelin Randolph of Good Hope, Elizabeth Decker, Bardolph, Ill,; many other relatives and a host of friends.
     Having a devoted Christian mother he was brought up with religious instructions and at the age of sixteen embraced religion at State Hill, Virginia. Soon after he came to Illinois at the age of 23 he joined the Point Pleasant class known then as the Wetzel class which was organized Sept. 15, 1855. In 1871 he was elected class leader, ever since he has been a quarterly conference official. At his death he was leader and trustee. This office he has filled ever since the building of the church. He was treasurer of the cemetery association.
    His desires and prayers were for the upbuilding of God's cause.
     Oh how he will be missed as an advisor in church work and fellowship.
     But our loss is his eternal gain …
      Note: His parents were Ahaz Lair Bryan and Priscilla Lutz.  His mother later married John Swisher.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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In Canton, October 22, 1885, infant child of George L. Bryan, of brain fever, aged 7 months and 10 days. In March last year Mr. Bryan's wife died.  (The Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 29, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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From Astoria Argus, 17th

Died, Monday, June 10, 1885, Mrs. Margaret Boyd, aged 76 years. She was born in the State of North Carolina in 1809. She was united in marriage with John Boyd in 1831, and emigrated to the state of Illinois in 1835 and settled in Rushville, Schuyler County, after which they moved to Astoria in 1840, where they have since resided. She made a profession of religion at the age of twenty-five years, and has lived a consistent Christian from that time until his death.
(The Fulton County Ledger, June 25, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Death in Cuba, Ill.

A seven months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Berry died of lung fever, Saturday morning and was buried in Cuba Cemetery the same evening, Rev. Eckley officiating. (The Fulton County Ledger, July 16, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Death Notice

Mrs. Elizabeth Harrison Bronson, a resident of Canton, Ill. died at 7:45 p. m. Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph M. Dooley, 121 East Fifteenth street, Davenport, Iowa, following an illness of three months.

Mrs. Bronson was born in England on Dec. 16, 1859, and came to America, direct to Canton, Ill., 72 years ago, where she had since resided. Mrs. Bronson came to Davenport three months ago to visit at the home of her daughter. Her husband preceded her in death many years ago.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Joseph M. Dooley of Davenport, one son, Ralph H. Bronson of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Andre Reeves of Canton, Ill., Mrs. Thomas Abney of Rockford, Ill., and Miss Margaret Harrison of Canton, Ill.; one brother Thomas Harrison of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Mrs. W. T. Caffrey, Miss Josephine Dooley and Joseph Dooley Jr., all of Davenport and two great grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Halligan Funeral Home and will be sent to Canton, Ill. this evening where funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Sebree mortuary. Burial will be in the Greenwood cemetery, Canton. (Davenport Daily Times, 12-28-1934, submitted by John Dooley)

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C. E. Brooks Dies Suddenly at home of His Daughter

Charles E. Brooks, an aged and well known citizen, died suddenly Friday at the home of his daughter Mrs. David H.
Lind in Woodland Township, aged 75 years,11 months and 23 days. On April 27th of this year, Mr. Brooks suffered a paralytic stroke and since that time has been almost helpless.

In the year 1875 Mr. Brooks was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Scott, who departed this life on January 12, 1910.To this union 10 children were born.

In the year 1912 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Nancy Chesley, who preceded in him in death August 25,1929.

Early in life, Mr. Brooks united with the Old German Baptist church faith he kept till death. Mr. Brooks was born near Hagerstown, Maryland June 27, 1854.In the year of 1892 he with his family came to Illinois where he has since resided. He leaves to mourn his death eight children namely: Mrs. David Lind, Mrs. H. B. Danner, Mrs. Albert Rockwell of Astoria, Mrs. Will Shepherd of Roseville, Mrs. L.C. Matson, Kingfisher, Okla. William Brooks, Mason City, Edward B. Brooks, Liberty, ILL, Albert Brooks, Cerro Gordo, IL. Also 16 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren, three brothers, Jacob, William and Charles and two sisters Mary and Elizabeth.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:oo o'clock in the Woodland Church, conducted by Rev. J.D. Miller and assisted by Elder Chris Gruber. Burial in the cemetery nearby.

(Argus Searchlight, June 25, 1930, submitted by Christy Kienast)

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Young Life Ended

Death of Miss Edith Bronson After Short Illness of Pneumonia.

Was Born In Canton

Widely Acquainted, Highly Esteemed

Untimely Death Lamented-Funeral Arrangements

Miss Edith Bronson died at 8 o'clock Thursday morning, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Lizzie Bronson, on Van Winkle hill after about 10 days of illness of pneumonia.

Edith Bronson was born at Breeds March 26, 1878, but lived in Canton nearly all her life, attending the local schools and growing up with the other young people of the community. After leaving school she learned the dressmaker's art and later engaged in this business, continuing therein until the time of her death.

The surviving near relatives are the mother, Mrs. Lizzie Bronson, and one brother and one sister - Ralph Bronson and Mrs. J.M. Dooley, both of Canton. One sister died in infancy.

Miss Bronson was a young lady highly esteemed by all who know her and greatly beloved by her close friends, and her sudden and untimely death, coming in the midst of perfect health and activity, is a shock to all her friends, and the sympathy of all is extended the bereaved relatives.

The funeral will be held at the family home at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Interment will be in Greenwood cemetery.

(Canton Daily Register, Oct. 1, 1908, submitted by John Dooley)

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Mrs. W.A. [Effie Jane] Butler

Brief mention was made in the Herald last week of the death of Mrs. W. H. Butler, wife of the superintendent of Table Grove schools until compelled to resign a short time ago by Mrs. Butler's fatal illness. A friend of the family at Clayton sends the following sketch and tribute:
The news of the departure from this life of Mrs. William A. Butler was received with unusual sadness by her large circle of friends; friends she had made by her genial manners and noble christian character.

Calmly and serenely she had lived her short life, and calmly and serenely she awaited the summon which was expected for some weeks.

The funeral services were held at Clayton in the Grace M.E. church on Friday afternoon, March 22.

Distant friends, and those nearer who had stood helplessly awaiting the summons which would come tried by the medium of flowers to give expression to the love in their hearts for the departed and endeavored to make known the sympathy felt for the bereaved family. Nor were these the only flowers, for weeks before the eyes closed which loved to gaze on these silent messengers of affection her room was a bower of beauty of carnations, roses, lillies and orange blossoms from far and near.

The church was filled with friends and neighbors who had watched this young life from its beginning to this, shall it be said, too early end.

The Rev. Dundas, pastor of the church, feelingly and tenderly spoke a message of comfort to the sorrowing and dwelt on the many christian graces which had brought this loved one to where it could be said:
"But when the sun, in all his state, Illumed the eastern skies, She passed through Glory's morning gate, and walked in Paradise".
The choir selections were sweet and appropriate as they gently sang of the hope to meet beyond in the beautiful home.

The pastor of the Presbyterian church at Table Grove, Ill., at which place Mr. Butler was principal of the public schools, the Rev. Elmer J. Bouher, was present, bringing as he said in his remarks words of sympathy and comfort from the school, churches and the many friends in Table Grove who could not be present.

The Fidelity Chapter O.E.S. closed the services with their beautiful burial ceremony, doing this for the Chapter at Modale, Iowa, where Mrs. Butler held her membership.
Lying on her silken couch, as pure and white as the lillies surrounding her, the face of the dead was shut from mortal sight, and the flower covered casket was borne to the South Side cemetery and when she had passed it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.

The following obituary was read:
Effie Jane, daughter of Theodore and Ellen Kesting was born two miles east of Clayton Ill, May 19, 1885 and died March 20, 1912 at the home place, aged 26 years, 10 months and 1 day.

On August 12, 1903, she was united in marriage with William A. Butler to whom was born one child, Mildred Faye. She leaves besides her husband and daughter, her parents and one brother to cherish her memory.

(unknown newspaper, March 1912, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Cuba, Ill. Feb 19 - (Special) - Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Jones funeral home, Colchester, for Mrs. Alice Buskirk, Colchester, who died Monday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Josting, Cuba.

Born Jan. 18, 1871 in Steadman, MO., she is survived by her husband Oscar Buskirk; seven children, Elmer Tharp,Astoria; Alvin Tharp, Canton; Mrs. Josting; Mrs. William Steele, Moline; Mrs. Arthur Murphy, Cuba; Leslie Tharp, and Mrs. Bert Baker, Macomb; two sisters, Anna Dobbs, Rushville, and Emma Vanderlu, Fulton, MO; one brother, Samuel Perr, Fulton, Mo; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Burial will be in Macomb.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Olan Lee, son of Willard and Nola Westlake Buffum, was born in Marietta, Ill, Dec. 30, 1924, and passed away at the home of his parents on January 5, 1925, aged 7 days.

Short funeral services were held at the home and the little body was interred in the Marietta cemetery.

Although this little life was short the home is saddened by the death and as a rose bud permitted to stay long enough that fragrance of love was left for the parents then went on a perfect flower to bloom in a better world.

Mr. and Mrs. Buffum wish to thank the members of the Epworth Sunday School for the beautiful floral offering sent by them for all kindnesses.

(unknown newspaper, Jan. 1925, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Ida J. Burrows Funeral Sunday

Mrs. Ida J. Burrows, 82, passed away Thursday evening at her home on West Ave. H.

She had been in failing health for the past two years and death resulted from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Ida Jeanette Barnes was born February 28, 1867, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (DeArmond) Barnes.

On November 6, 1889, she was united in marriage to Joseph Burrows, who survives, with three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Cameron, Mrs. Jessie Barnes, and Mrs. O??? Hoyle all of Lewistown.

There are four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She is the last member of a family of six children, three sisters, and two brothers having preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, at 1:00, at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Otis Bowman, assisted by Rev. Thomas Parkinson.

Burial will be in Oak Hill.

The body is in the Fisk Funeral Home in Ipava, and will be returned Sunday at 10:00 a.m. where friends may call.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Adams)

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Katherine Helle Blout

Canton—Jan, 14—Mrs. Katherine Blout, 73, of Ellisville, died at 6:10 p. m. Sunday at the Graham hospital, where she had been a patient since Jan. 11.

She was born in Cass township, Fulton county, July 17, 1877, a daughter of Fred and Katherine Helle. She was married to Fred Blout, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons Harry L. of Berwyn and Floyd of Ellisville; a daughter, Miss Amy of Chicago; three sisters Mrs. Bertha Bolon and Mrs. Dena Keuhn, both of Smithville and Mrs. Carrie Walters of Frederick.

The body was taken to the Taylor memorial chapel in Cuba. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

(unknown newspaper, Jan. 14, 1951, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Died at his home one mile south west of Farmington, Sept 21, 1906, Joseph Brisco, aged 88 years. He was a highly respected citizen of Fulton Co. In 1842 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Stratton who departed this life 45 years ago. There was 5 children born to this union, one daughter and three sons all of whom reside at the paternal home and devoted their time and attention to their aged parent in his declining days. The funeral was held at the home Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Interment in Farmington Cemetery. Those who attended from the neighborhood were: Wm. F. Kimzey, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stratton and Mrs. Jane Richardson

(Glasford Gazette, 1906, submitted by Linda T.)

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Mrs. . Matilda Beam died Saturday morning about 1:30 o’clock after a short illness at her home on South Broadway. Mrs. Beam had not been in good health for several months but her illness only dated back to the previous Tuesday.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Ayersman, was born near Ellisville on April 25, 1845, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ayersman, pioneer residents of that vicinity.

On March 21, 1866 she married John Beam, who died several years ago while they lived near Smithfield. The following children survive: A. W. Beam of Cuba; Mrs. N. T. Beers of Canton; Jesse Beam of Smithfield; Mrs. Mary Myers of St. Augustine; Mrs. Della Huffman of Smithfield; and Mrs. Mart Totten of Bushnell. There are two sisters, Mrs. Ella Chester of New York, and Mrs. Martha Sharpe of Oklahoma.

Mrs. Beam had lived at Smithfield until a few weeks ago when she purchased the old Murphy residence on South Broadway, adjoining the home of her son, Will, and had just got settled in her new home.
The funeral was held Monday at the Wiley Church north of Smithfield, conducted by Rev. J. P. Peterson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Smithfield, and burial was in the nearby cemetery.

(Cuba Journal, Aug. 23, 1917, submitted by George Zane)

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Banner Headline:

Norma Jeanie Ball, 73, of Williamsville, Il., formerly of Banner, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Bement, Il. on January 23, 1936, the daughter of Charles and Eva Varner, she married James E. Ball on February 23, 1975 in Canton. He survives along with seven children, Ben Dugan, Margaret E. Dugan, and Steve (Linda) Dugan all of Lewistown, Eva (Terry) Sturgill of New Palestine, In., Pam (Bob) Hunnicutt of Lyle, Tn., and Cheryl (Don) Dillenburg and Jesse Ball both of Springfield; fifteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Dennis Dugan, and one grandchild. She enjoyed horseback riding, knitting, quilting, her family, and her special friends, Tequila and Pepper. There will be a funeral service on Sunday, February 8th at 3:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with a two hour prior visitation. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Cremation will be accorded after services. memorials may be made to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins) 

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Virginia D. Bordwine

Virginia D. Bordwine, 87, 10220 W. Lamplighter, Hanna City, IL. died Saturday January 28, 2006 at 9:45 pm at her residence. She was born May 20, 1918 in Canton to Charles and Felicia (Bennett) O’Bryant. She married Alva A. Bordwine Sr. on Oct. 23, 1935 in Keokuk, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 19, 1991. Also preceding her in death are her parents, one son, Ron Bordwine, one brother, two sisters and one granddaughter Nicole Schafer Surviving are one son Ed (Margaret) of Bryant, two daughters; Linda (Gary) Spyres of Decatur and Felicia (Jeffery) Schafer of Hanna City, 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1great great-grandchild and one brother, John (Jackie) O’Bryant of Texas. She was a bridal consultant at Edward’s in Canton, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Bryant United Methodist Church, The Eastern Star of Lewistown, Bryant PTA, Jobes Daughter’s of Lewistown and a Fulton County Election Judge. Services will be at 11:00 am Thursday, February 2nd at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home; the Rev. David Burnham will officiate. Burial will be at Maryville Cemetery in Bryant. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Wednesday, February 1st at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to her church or the South Shores United Methodist Church, Decatur, IL.

Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins) 

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Alva Edwin Bordwine

Bryant Headline:

Alva Edwin “Ed” Bordwine Jr., 69, 104 N. Howarth St. Bryant, IL. passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 9:35 pm at his residence. Born in Canton, July 6, 1937, to Alva and Virginia (O’Bryant) Bordwine Sr., he married Margaret Hurley June 7, 1959 at the Bryant Methodist Church. She survives along with two daughters, Leslie (Greg) Webb of rural Astoria and Lisa (Monte) Harris of Canton; four grandchildren, Megan Harris of Canton, Samuel, Joshua and Caleb Webb all of rural Astoria and two sisters, Linda (Gary) Spyres of Decatur and Felicia (Jeff) Schafer of Hanna City. Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Ronald Bordwine. He worked at International Harvester in Canton for 28 years and owned and operated an antique shop “Days Gone By” in Lewistown for 10 years. Ed played slow-pitch ball in Canton and loved hunting, fishing and hunting for mushrooms. He served two terms as Mayor of Bryant. He was a member of the Bryant Methodist Church and United Auto Workers. There will be a visitation on Saturday, March 17th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where a service in his remembrance will follow at 7:00 pm. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made to the Buckheart Fire & Rescue or Graham Hospital Hospice.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins) 

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PEORIA--Hazel B. Ball, 87, of Peoria died at 5:58 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at OSF St. Clare Home in Peoria Heights.

Born Nov. 22, 1917, in Dakota City, Neb., to Albert and Beulah Sarff Siltman, she married Lloyd R. Ball on Dec. 25, 1937. He died April 23, 1979, in Havana.

She also was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Surviving are one son, Richard (and Billie) of Peoria; two daughters, Judith (and Stephen) Heintz of West Peoria and Ruth (and Mark) Kenney of Peoria; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Larraine Nall of Havana.

She worked in the domestics department at Szolds department stores for many years.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria and its Naomi Circle.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Clay Macaulay will officiate. Interment will be in Walnut Cemetery in Banner.
Memorials may be made to OSF St. Clare Home.

(Journal Star, Peoria Ill., Unknown date, submitted by Danni Hopkins) 

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Death Comes After Brief illness to Aged Joseph Baker, Near Bryant


Rallies, but Relapse Soon Follows
--Ninety-two Years of Age—
Came Here in 1835.

Joseph Baker, one of the most aged residents of Fulton county, died at 5:30 o’clock Friday evening, at his home, two miles east of Bryant, after a week’s illness.
Mr. Baker was over 92 years of age and his death was due principally to a general breaking down in constitution, culminating on Friday afternoon, Nov. 3, in an attack of heart trouble, while the aged gentleman was taking one of his customary strolls about his farm.
His condition was not discovered until his unusually long absence was noted by Mr. and Mrs. William Taft, who reside on the farm, and with whom Mr. Baker made his home, and when search was made he was found unconscious in the woods near the house.
That evening he rallied slightly, and for a few days appeared to be gaining strength, but a relapse came Thursday.
It was his habit to take long walks over the farm and about the neighborhood, and until the time he was stricken he was able to be about and perform some of the work around the house. While he was over 90 years of age, he had suffered very little illness.
Joseph Baker was born in Sycamore township, Hamilton county, O., Sept. 15, 1813, and was the son of Jacob and Iodana (Sipes) Baker, who were early settlers in both Ohio and Indiana. He was one of a family of nine children, none of whom are now living. His father was of German birth, but his mother was a native of Pennsylvania.
About 1821 Mr. Baker removed with his parents, to Indiana, where he lived until 1835, when he came to Illinois and to Fulton county, in company with the late Frederick Fisher and family.
Mr. Baker located first in Canton and engaged in carpentering for about six years. Later he operated a threshing outfit for about eight years. In 1851 he moved on a farm in Buckheart township, which continued to be his home until the time of his death.
Mr. Baker was married Oct. 22, 1859. His wife was a daughter of Eli A. Bauman. Her death occurred June 16, 1872. There were no children.
Two nieces of the deceased gentleman reside in Illinois. They are Mrs. Ida Goodin, who lives near Shields chapel, Fulton county, and Mrs. Mary Hayes, whose home is in Stark county. Several other relatives reside in Indiana.

[Joseph’s wife was Nancy A. Baughman. Il. Marriage records shows their date of marriage as Oct. 21, 1860. She was first married to Samuel Miller.]

(CANTON WEEKLY REGISTER, Nov. 16, 1905, transcribed by Danni Hopkins)

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