Obituaries (C)

Cadwallader, W. O. Churchill, George Combs, "Uncle Bobby"
Call, G. R. Churchill, Harriet Combs, William
Cameron, Enos Allen Churchill, Jasper Combes, Fern S.
Cameron, Louisa Churchill, Leonard Comingore, Mary Ann
Cameron, Mary Jane Churchill, Leonard F. Conelly, George
Cannon, John Churchill, Mary Connell, dau.
Cannon, John Wesley Churchill, Orpha Conner, John
Capps, Elijah Churchill, Ross Conner, John J.
Capps, Rebecca Clanin, Clara Conner, Sarah Elizabeth
Carithers, Cintilda Clark, Cordelia Cook, William
Carithers, Samuel Clark, Dora Cooper, Grace
Carolan, Bernard Clark, Mary Cooper, Spencer
Carolan, Mary Clark, Vernon Cooper, William
Carrison, Albert Clary, Mrs. Corwin, Bernice
Carrison, Elizabeth Cleer, Eliza Coulson, J.
Carrison, Florine Clemens, Fanny Counselman, Mary E.
Carrison, George Clemens, Homer Courtney, Helen
Carrison, John Cline, Abram Courtney, Walter
Carrison, Roy Cline, Ethel Cowman, Cynthia
Case, infant Cline, Lyle Cowman, General L.
Cebuhar, Madeline Clowers, Erma Cox, Goldie
Chambers, Alta Cluney, John Cox, Nelson
Chambers, Fannie Cluts, Amy Cramblett, Frank
Chambers, Ilene Cluts, Benjamin Creek, John
Chambers, Trent Cluts, Charles Crider, Jacob
Chaney, Virgil Cluts, George Crider, Magdalena
Chapin, Mina Cluts, Grover Crumley, John
Chenoweth, Angeline Cluts, James Crumley, Lizzie
Chenoweth, Clifford Cluts, Jasper Crumley, Paul
Chenoweth, Earl Coakley, George Crumley, Ralph
Chenoweth, Elias Cole, A. B. Crumley, Veda
Chenoweth, Gertrude (2nd obit) Cole, Samuel Crumley, Wayne
Chenoweth, John Coleman, Ezra Culton, Sarah
Chenoweth, Wayne Coleman, Robert Cummings, C. H.
Chenoweth, William Combs, Andy Curtis, Billy
Childs, Jane Combs, C. A. Curtis, Edna
Churchill, Alexander Combs, Elizabeth Custer, Eleanor
Churchill, B. Leone Combs, J. M. Custer, Hannah
Churchill, Caroline Combs, John Custer, Henry
Churchill, Fannie Combs, Mary Custer, P. Y.


Death Of An Old Citizen Of Canton At His Home On Main Street Saturday Forenoon

Soldier Of Civil War

Helped Organize Fire Company Near Forth Years Ago, And Was Captain

Bernard Carolan, a resident of Canton for nearly 40 years, died at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, at this home, 371 South Main street, after a brief illness.

Mr. Carolan was taken ill Wednesday, with an attack of cholera morbus, which was followed by a rapid decline of his physical system, to retard which all efforts proved futile.

Bernard Carolan was born Nov. 2, 1836 in Meath County, Ireland, and came to America in 1852, landing in Newark N.J., where he remained several years, being employed at his trade of cabinet maker.

When the civil war broke out Mr. Carolan enlisted, in 1861, in Company C, Second New Jersey volunteer infantry, and served until the close of the war. He participated in many of the great engagements of the war, and his record as a soldier and patriot is of the brightest.

After the war Mr. Carolan was in the government service for about six months as a bridge constructor, and in 1867 he came to Canton, where was his home from that time. In the next year he secured employment in the plow factory, and with the exception of a few months, continued there until the evening before he died, at which time he was the oldest employee in the factory.

Mr. Carolan was married Nov. 22, 1868, to Miss Mary J. Finin, of Canton and in the same year was chosen captain of the city's volunteer fire company, which he had been chiefly instrumental in organizing.

Mrs. Carolan and five daughters survive. A son died in infancy, and another daughter, - Mrs.; Theresa Reid - passed away in 1895.

The living children are Mrs. C. W. Kirkman, Mrs. A. Reisch, of Canton; Mrs. Catherine Augustine, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. W. A. Campbell and Miss Elizabeth Carolan of Peoria. There are four grandchildren.

Mrs. Julia Daily, residing on North Second avenue, Canton is a sister of the deceased.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed, further than that Joe Hooker post, of which Mr. Carolan was a member, will have charge, and the ceremonies will be held in St. Mary's church. (Canton Daily Register, August 25, 1906, submitted by John Dooley)

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Mrs. Mary Carolan, 81, Here Since 1848, Dies

Mrs. Mary Josephine Carolan, 81, for many years a resident of Canton, died at the home of her daughter, 371 South Main street yesterday evening following a lingering Illness. She was born in County Roscommon, Costherea, Ireland on Feb. 22, 1847, but she came with her parents to America and to Canton when she was but a child. John and Bridget Finin, her parents settled in Canton in 1848 and the family has long been well known here.

On November 10, 1868, she was married to Bernard Carolan, who preceded her In death. Four children, Mrs. Rena M. Kirkman of Canton, Mrs. Nellie Campbell of Peoria, Mrs. Elizabeth Flannigan of Peoria and Mrs. Agnes Casper of Bloomington and survived by four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic church.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning, the hour to be announced later. Burial will be made at St. Mary's Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Register, November 9, 1928, submitted by John Dooley)

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Was for Eighty Years a Resident of Fulton County Family
Came Here in 1824.

John Cannon, one of Fulton county’s oldest residents, died at his home in Smithfield Friday evening after a prolonged illness.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Smithfield, at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, conducted by the Rev. N. M. Douglas.

John Cannon was born in Sangamon county March 31, 1824, and came with his parents to that section of Fulton county now known as Cass township, when about six weeks old. His parents, Benjamin and Nancy Cannon, were natives of Kentucky, and were among the earliest settlers in Illinois.

The Cannons lived the first year after they came to this county in a small log dwelling just south of the present village of Smithfield, but the next year they moved down near the line between Cass and Bernadotte townships, occupying the property now known as the “old Fate farm.”

When the family first settled in the county the Indians often visited them in their cabin home, and in speaking of this time not long before his death, Mr. Cannon said: “Our nearest neighbors except the Tottens were wild beasts and wild men.” The Indians, however, were always friendly and none of the family were molested by them.

On July 4, 1846, John Cannon enlisted in Company K, Fourth Illinois volunteer infantry and was engaged in the fights at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo and other important battles of the Mexican war.
In June 1847 he was mustered out of the service and returned home, where on Dec. 15, of the same year he was married to Miss Jane Sherwood. Five children were born to them, three of whom are living, namely: Charles Cannon, who resides on the old home farm near Bernadotte; Mrs. Amanda Howe, of Smithfield and Mrs. Telitha Warfield, whose home is near Seville. Those dead are Emma Jane and John Cannon.

In 1849 Mr. Cannon accompanied a company of gold seekers to California, where he remained for two years, returning to Bernadotte and there remaining until about six years ago when he removed to Smithfield, where Mrs. Cannon died in April, 1898.

(Canton Weekly Register, October 6, 1904, transcribed by Claire Crandell and submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Carrison, aged 86 years, departed this life March 12, 1909, at her home near the Shinn school house in Farmers township. Funeral services were held at Barker's church Monday at 11 a.m., Rev. John Hughes officiating interment in the Barker cemetery.

Mrs. Carrison was a sister of the late Thomas Berry of Table Grove and the last survivor of the family. She was born in March, 1823, in Bershire, England. With her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Berry, she immigrated to Sinco, Canada, and after seven years resident there they came to Bernadotte, Fulton County, Ill. The following spring they moved to a farm west of Table Grove. In June 1842, she was united in marriage to Robert Carrison and to them were born eight children, three sons and five daughters, respectively Albert, Edwin and George Carrison, Ellen Walters, Diana Barnes, Emma Cook, Harriet Westlake and Gennettie Rutledge. Her husband Edwin and Emma Cook preceded her to the better land.

Mrs. Carrison was among the early settlers of this county; bore its hardships, performed its duties with fidelity; was a faithful wife and good mother. She was loyal to all good principles, was upright in character and loved and respected by all who knew her

(unknown newspaper, March 1909, submitted by Diane Herd)

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John Carrison

The death of this aged and pioneer citizen, mentioned last week, occurred Tuesday, May 28, 1907, at his home one mile east and one-half north of Adair. He was 83 years, 4 months and 26 days of age.

The funeral was held at 2 o'clock p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Pilot Grove church, a large concourse of neighbors assembling to pay the last tribute of respect to their friend. Rev. A. Rigney of Adair was the officiating clergyman and preached a good sermon and the funeral director was H. E. Robinson of Table Grove. The pall-bearers were Timothy Miner, J. Edd Miner, Perry McDonald , Wm Nebergall, George Fenton and Jacob Snyder, and among those attending the funeral were Emory Lownes, John Miner, Sr., and Jacob Grim, pioneers who have known Mr. Carrison since an early day in the history of the settlement of this section of country.

John Carrison was born in Windham, Norfolk, England, Jan. 2, 1824. He came to this country with his parents in 1835 and settled in Pittsburg, Penn., where they resided only six months. They then came to Table Grove, Ill., and lived on the farm now owned by A. Bartholomew. He resided at Table Grove about 16 years, then went to Iowa, but soon returned and settled on the farm in New Salem Twp., McDonough county where he spent the remained of his long life.

John Carrison was united in marriage to Lousiana Holmes June 12, 1851, and to them were born seven children, three of whom died in infancy. He leaves an aged wife, one son, Ezra Carrison, and three daughters, Mrs. Almira Swedell, Mrs. Sarah Spencer and Emma Carrison; also one sister, Mrs. Daniel Walters of Table Grove. He was a successful farmer and left comparatively large possessions to his heirs. About two years ago he and his were were baptized in the Christian faith.

(unknown newspaper, May 1907, submitted by Diane Herd)

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George Carrison, a resident of Canton for the past 16 years, died at his home, 61 South Fifth Avenue, at 10:15 o'clock Sunday ______.

Mr. Carrison was 61 years of age. He was born in Hampshire, England, on March 19, 1864 and was a son of George and Rebecca Carrison.

He was married to Emma Emmert at Lewistown on Aug. 3, 1889. Children living are Mrs. Perry Anderson, Mrs. Cyrus Christenson and Ezra Carrison, all of Canton and Florine Carrison of South Bend, Ind. and Mrs. Harry Stein of Peoria.

Mrs. Jacob Huggman of Eheart, Minn, is a sister.

The decendent previously lived at Table Grove before moving to Canton.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the late residence, 62 South Fifth avenue and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Note: dates were hard to read.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Roy A Carrison, 78, Dies at Iowa Hospital

Roy A Carrison, 78, of 724 E. Jackson St. died at 6:05 a.m. [Feb. 9, 1962] today at University Hospital in Iowa City. He had been ill two weeks. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chugston Funeral Home. The Rev. John F. Burhorn will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Carrison was born Dec. 8, 1883 near Adair, a son of Ezra and Olive Miner Carrison. He had been a farmer and resided at Adair before moving to Macomb in 1924. He was a member of the Macomb Presbyterian Church.

On June 14, 1906 he married at Bushnell to Bernice Allen, who survives with a son, Don Carrison of Santa Ana, Calif., a daughter, Mrs. Doris Sellars of Phoenix, Ariz., four grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Bernice McGrew of Macomb.

Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 Sunday evening at the funeral home.

(unknown newspaper, Feb. 1962, submitted by Diane Herd)

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From the Avon Sentinel, 14th

Died, Tuesday morning, the little infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Case, aged fifteen days.
(Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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    Ilene Plate Chambers was born Sept. 6, 1900 at Astoria, Ill., and passed away on Dec. 24, 1928 at the St. Frances hospital, Macomb, Ill., at the age of 28 years, 3 months and 18 days. Her death was caused by influenza, from which she had been suffering for the past two weeks. Her suffering was intense, and although everything within human power was done to bring relief, she was unable to withstand the ravage of this dreadful disease.
    On April 22, 1920 she was united in marriage to Clyde Chamber, who survives her. Aside from the husband her going is mourned by the following relatives, the father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Plate of Astoria and five brothers and sisters, Verne of Adair, Don of Havana, Fred of Macomb, Mrs. Beulah Fordyce of Table Grove and Miss Luzetta Plate of Astoria.
    Mrs. Chambers was converted in November, 1926 and became a member of the Summum Christian church, She was like a ray of sunshine to all who know her and she will be greatly missed by a host of friends.
    Funeral services were held at the Hainline Memorial Chapel in Macomb, Thursday, Rev. M. A. McCone, officiating.
(Unknown newspaper, Jan. 1929, submitted by Deana Paul)

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Trent A. Chambers Dies; Set services

Trent Aaron Chambers, 2, of Ipava died at 5 p.m. Sunday at his home. He had been in poor health since birth.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ipava Christian Church. The Rev. Steve Frantum will officiate and burial will be in the Ipava Cemetery. Friends may call at Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava between 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday.

He was born on Sept. 5, 1972, in Canton, a son of Lee and Merry Koelling Chambers who survive.

Other survivors include two sisters, Tammy and Tonya, both at home; one brother, Troy, at home; and a half sister, Vickie of Smithfield; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Loine Koelling of Canton; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Chambers of Smithfield. His maternal grandfather preceded him in death.

(The Daily Journal, Macomb, Illinois, unknown date, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Died, at her home, two and one half miles southwest of town, on Monday, May 18th, Mrs. Mina Chapin, wife of Marsh Chapin, aged 33 years. Mina Marshall was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of R. P. Marshall, who died some two years since. Her parents removed to Illinois while Mina was yet very small and soon after their arrival her mother died. Being but seven years old she was provided with a home and raised to young womanhood by Mrs. Daniel Smith. In 1875, she was married to Marsh Chapin.  (Fulton County Ledger, May 28, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Elias B. Chenoweth

Elias Chenoweth was born in Washington County, Indiana on the 21st of June, 1835. He was the son of William and Martha (Jones) Chenoweth and the oldest of eight children. He came, with his parents to Illinois in 1837 and located on the farm known as the Rinker farm, and later his parents moved to the old Chenoweth homestead where he grew to manhood.

He was married to Permelia Jane Ellis Oct 30, 1850. To them were born seven children, two of whom, Mary Ellis and Elias Milton are deceased. Mrs. Emma Walters, James Henry, Mrs. G. M. (Adeline) Smith, Mrs. C. M. (Martha) Smith and William H, all living near Table Grove, Illinois except Mrs. C. M. Smith who resides in Galesburg, remain to love and cherish his precious memory. Besides several grandchildren, he also leaves two brothers, E. M. and M. A. who live near Table Grove.

Mrs. Chenoweth, his wife, was called home March 23, 1911.

He professed religion and with his wife joined the Presbyterian church at Table Grove several years ago.

Elias Chenoweth was a man of wide usefulness. He was successful in his business enterprise. He was a friend indeed to all. He was a busy man. He is one of many of these old pioneers to whom much credit must be given for the wonderful progress that has been made in the past fifty years. Although one of the earliest settlers around Bernadotte, having seen the woods cleaned and the farms born out of the forest and cultivated with the pioneer implements and living in the humble cabins of these early settlers -- he rejoiced in the great improvements in his day. Almost to the very closing year of his life, he used the latest implements and machinery on his farms and in his business. He loved and enjoyed his beautiful home, which was on of the largest and most modern in Table Grove.

As a citizen he stood for what he believed to be right and for the good of all the people, giving of his means and labor for many public enterprises. He was one of the pillars of this progressive community which is a perpetual monument to him and his co-workers.

The last years of his life were passed in Table Grove where he made many friends among the younger generation to add to the host of his older friends. He lived many years, but his beautiful character would not let him grow old. In these years he publicly confessed Christ and gave his life and of his means to the church which he loved -- thus closes a life "full of years" and usefulness.

A large company of sympathizing friends attended the funeral services, which were held at Temple Church 1:00 pm Wednesday, February 3. Rev. Elmer J. Ouher? of Virginia, Illinois officiating. Interment was in Temple Cemetery."

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Julie Terstriep)

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Obituary: William Harrison Chenoweth, son of Elias and Permelia Jane (Ellis) Chenoweth, was born July 18, 1870 and died at the home of his birth, Sept 1, 1926 at the age of 56 years having lived all of his life on the place of his birth with the exception of a few years.

He was married June 9, 1897 to Dollie Swise of Bernadotte township. To this union were born 9 children: Elzie of Table Grove, Arthur of Ipava, Della Huffman of Bryant, Dwight of Canton, Bertha, John, Harry and Lola, at home, one daughter dying in infancy.

Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death 5 grandchildren, three sisters and one brother: Martha Smith of Galesburg, Emma Walters of Abingdon, Addie Smith and Henry Chenoweth of Table Grove.

His father, mother and one sister and one brother proceeded him in death.

Mr. Chenoweth was a great lover of home and his first thoughts were of his wife and children. He was honest and upright in all his dealings with his neighbors and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 pm. from the Temple Church and interment was in the cemetery nearby.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Julie Terstriep)

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Mrs. CLARY died at her home a mile and a half east of Summum, Tuesday night at 10 o'clock.  The funeral will take place today at 10:30 a.m. The deceased was about 68 years old. (The Astoria Argus, Thursday, September 3, 1891, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Murder of John Cluney

The murder of young John W. Cluney is still the theme of interest in this vicinity, and since the second inquest, which was held on the disinterred remains on Friday last, there remains no possible doubt but that the man came to his death from violence, as the skull was found cracked and clotted blood underneath the brain. We presume the Ledger is already informed of the fact that Samuel Brown, who lives just south of this city, and who confessed having struck Cluney while in the altercation at his house on Saturday night, previous to the finding of the dying man on Sunday morning, was immediately placed under arrest upon hearing the results of the coroner’s inquest, and is now out on $5,000 bail. The hired man, we are informed, was also placed under bonds; but of this we are not positive, not hearing it from a reliable source. The feeling here is one of extreme pity for Brown, as it is well known or believed that he did not intentionally injure the intoxicated man. However, the man should have received proper attention and not been permitted to die alone in the open field with no one to lend a helping hand. If Brown knew that man was hurt, as he could not well help knowing, why did he not procure medical aid and do what lay in his power to repair the injury done? The supposition is that the man lay unconscious on or near the spot where he was knocked down for several hours, as he did not reach the house, only a half mile beyond, until 4 o’clock the next morning. To-day Samuel Brown had a preliminary hearing before Justice Staton. About the same evidence as has been heretofore made public was brought out. Cluney stopped at Brown’s house and asked for a horse to ride home. He was refused, and, by some means, got into a fight with Harn, the hired man. Brown came out to quell the disturbance. Seeing Cluney have the hired man down, he picked up a fence paling and struck Cluney over the head. Cluney lay there several hours, then, getting up, passed on, until finally overcome, he fell by the way and died. Brown was placed under $5,000 bonds to await the coming circuit court term. Capt. Phelps, John A. Gray and T. A. Boyd went on his bonds. (Fulton County Ledger, June 11, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Fern S. Combes. The funeral for Fern S. Combes, 98, a resident of Holiday Resort, will be at 10 a.m. in Charter Funerals-Emporia Chapel. The Rev. Chad Poland of First Congregational Church will conduct the service. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery, west of Emporia. The family will meet friends at 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
    Memorial contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home, 501 W. Sixth Ave., Emporia, KS 66801.
    Mrs. Combes, a homemaker, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at the Holiday Resort.
    The daughter of Edd and Anna Mohr Strode, she was born March 2, 1906, in Cuba, Ill. on Aug. 23, 1922. He died in 1976.
    She grew up as a member of the United Brethren Church.
    She is survived by two daughters, Nelda Swan of Emporia and Lois Barton of Ulysses; two sons, Ray Combes Jr. of Olpe and Harlan Combes of Wheatridge, Colo.; a sister, Elizabeth Doyle of Litchfield, Ariz.; 20 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
    Three brother, six sisters, two grandsons and one great-grand-daughter died earlier. [Note: Fern Combes was the daughter of Edd Veloren & Anna Sophia (Mohr) Strode. Anna Sophia was the daughter of John Jacob Mohr by his first marriage to Sarah Catherine Klinger. He later married Nancy Jane (Strode) Barnes.]
 (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by William Adams)

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J. COULSON, a section hand on the Central Iowa R. R. was struck and killed by a passenger train near Farmington while trying to get a handcar off the track. (The Astoria Argus, Thursday, September 3, 1891, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     Albert Carrison, son of Robert and Elizabeth Berry Carrison, was born near Table Grove, Illinois, January 1, 1845, and departed this life January 23, 1929, at 5:00 a. m. at his home five miles north of Table Grove. He was united in marriage to Florence Virginia Barnes in February, 1876.  To this union were born five children.  Charles, of Washington, Iowa, and Mrs. Blanche B. Lutz, living at the same home place. Mrs. Carrison died in February, 1899, a daughter and two sons died in infancy.  He leaves six grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Diana Barnes and Mrs. Harriet Westlake, of Table Grove, and Genettie? Rutledge in Alberta, Canada.  Two sisters and two brothers are deceased,  Mrs. Emma Cook and Mrs. Ellen Walters, George Carrison who died at the age of 20? years, and Edwin aged 6 years.
  The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Ross, of Vermont, at 2:00 p. m. Sunday. Interment was made in the Barker cemetery.  The pallbearers were Harvey and Isaac Barnes, Harry and Fred Carrison, Marion and Oscar Walters, Arthur and Archie Imel.
(Submitted by James Covel, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Lewistown, Illinois, December 05

     Mrs. Grace Cooper of Liverpool township died at the Graham Hospital, Canton at 4 o'clock yesterday evening, following an operation for appendicitis. Grace Scalf was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Scalf and was born in Liverpool township July 17, 1891. She was united in marriage October 09, 1919, to Spencer Cooper, who survives her. She is also survived by the following children: Gerald (Morse), Bernadine, Imogene, and infant, Ethel Mae Cooper, less than a week old. There are four surviving brothers, William, Harley, Esta and Ross Scalf, all of Liverpool township. The body was brought to the Zimmerman undertaking parlors here yesterday and this morning was removed to the home of her parents in Liverpool township. Funeral services will be held in the Mount Pleasant Church, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Reverend Mr. Sullivan of Bryant officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, Illinois, December 5, 1923, submitted by Judy Heffren/Wickert)

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     William Henry Cooper, son of William and Lucretia Burkett Cooper, was born August 25, 1857 in Liverpool township and departed this life March 08, 1928, at the Spencer Sanitarium in Canton at the age of 71 years, six months and 11 days. He was married to Frances Jones, December 03, 1885. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, Artha, Spencer, Willis, Georgia, Clifford and Katherine. He was preceded in death a number of years ago by his wife and two of the children, Artha and Katherine. A number of years ago he united with the Mt. Pleasant M. E. Church. Since then he had lived a consistent, Christian life, earnestly desiring the salvation of others. He will long be remembered for his faithfulness in attending church services, even in the last few months, when his health would hardly permit him to make the trip. He leaves to mourn his loss. four sisters, Mrs. Ezra Quigley, Mrs. William Bordner, and Mrs. George Staton of Lewistown, and Mrs. Oscar Bordner of Burlington, Washington, and four surviving children, Mrs. Katherine Weaver and Mrs. Georgia Eveland of Canton, Willis and Spencer of Lewistown, also 12 grandchildren and other relatives. The funeral services were held from the Mt. Pleasant Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Reverend Robinson Ashby. There was an immense congregation present. Interment was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. (Fulton County Democrat, March 08, 1929, submitted by Judy Heffren/Wickert)

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OBITUARY: Spencer Wiley Cooper----LEWISTOWN

     Spencer W. Cooper, 74, a retired farmer, died at 8:15 a.m. today in Graham Hospital at Canton, following an illness of one month. Mr. Cooper had lived in the Lewistown area all of his life. He was born September 14, 1889, in Waterford Township, a son of William and Frances (Jones) Cooper. On October 09, 1919, he was married to Grace (Scalf) Morris. She died December 04, 1923. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Bernadine Heffren and Mrs. Ethel Illman, both of Canton and Imogene Shaw of St. David, a step-son Gerald Morris of Gold Beach, Oregon, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Survivors also include a brother, Willis Cooper of Lewistown and sister, Mrs. Georgia Wells of Canton. Two sisters preceded him in death. Henry Memorial Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. His burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, page 3, Canton, Illinois, October 23, 1963, submitted by Judy Heffren/Wickert)

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William Combs died at his home northeast of London at midnight Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1900, after a long and painful illness.

The funeral services will be held in the M. E. church in London, Friday, Jan 5, at 2 p.m., Rev. J. J. Hunter officiating. Burial will take place at Midway.

Wm. Combs was born in Highland Co., Ohio in April 1825. He came to Illinois with his father, Robt. Combs, in 1835. In 1852 he went to Oregon, where he married the first time. His wife only lived a short time and left no children. In 1868 he returned to Illinois and has lived in this vicinity ever since. He was married to Miss Sarah Timmons in 1874, and she survives him. He also leaves three brothers: James of Oregon: C. A. of Kansas: and John of this vicinity. Two brothers and four sisters have proceeded him to the other world. They are: Mary Shreves who died near here something like forty years ago; Elizabeth Hughbanks who died near here about thirty-five years ago; Martha Timmons, died twenty-one years ago; Doc Combs, died in Kansas sixteen years ago; and Andrew Combs who died a week or two ago in Kansas City.

Deceased has been for some time a member of the M. E. church of this place. He was an industrious, earnest man, a good neighbor, a kind husband. A good man has gone to his reward. The stricken wife has the sympathy of the entire community. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Jan. 5, 1900, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Mary Jane Cameron, aged 73 years, died at her home near Bryant Tuesday at 4:30 a. m. Death resulting from complications. She was born July 9, 1849, in Iowa, and was married Feb. 7, 1885, to John J. Cameron, who is now dead. One child was born, Pearl Cameron, who survives. Mrs. Cameron was a member of the Christian church. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p. m. from the Christian church. The body will be taken to Weaver, Iowa, for burial. (Peoria Transcript, Feb. 15, 1923, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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George W. Conelly, a resident of the vicinity of Canton and Macomb for many years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Stone of Fairview, at 2 oʼclock this morning. His death came after a lingering illness of more than one year. He was born on May 14, 1851, near Maples Mill, Ill., the son of George W. and Hannah (Harris) Conelly. He was married to Miss Harriet L. Worley on Dec. 4, 1873. She preceded him in death in 1892 and he was again married to Miss Irene Tathill (They wrote the wrong name, itʼs Satchel). Besides his widow, the following children survive: Mrs. A. J. Stone of near Fairview; Mrs. Thomas E. Moore, northwest of Canton, A. H. Conelly of Moline, and G. C. Conelly of Detroit. One daughter, Mrs. Nellie Chaddock, preceded him in death eight years ago and three children died in infancy. One brother L. H. Conelly of Green Castle, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Rachael U. Bagley of Hiteman, Ia., 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, also survive. Funeral services will be held at the Murphy Memorial home here on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 3:30 p. m. The Rev. Paul Shenk of Canton will officiate and burial will be Greenwood cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, Aug. 29, 1929, submitted by Clinton Payne)

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In Orion Township, June 22, 1885, of consumption, Sarah, wife of John J. Culton, aged 61 years. (Fulton County Ledger, June 25, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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     The remains of Henry Custer, who died Monday at Kansas City, Kan., will arrive in Canton at 10:35 o'clock Wednesday morning.
     Mr. Custer was born on the old homestead in November, 1861. His mother, the first wife of P. Y. Custer, died in 1887. Henry was twice married, and two children were born, who survived their parents. They are Will, who lived with his father, and Charles Bayard, who is the adopted son of a Mr. Howard of Maquon. One stepson, Frank Simms, lives with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Rodgers, of the city. His father, P. Y. Custer, survives him, and there are two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Thornborrow and Mrs. J. P. Miller, and three brothers: Emanuel, of Farmington township; Jacob of Schuyler, Nebraska, and Peter, of Pearl, Pike County, Illinois.

     The funeral will be held Thursday. Mr. Custer was at one time a member of the Jefferson Lodge, I. O. O. F. (Canton Daily Register, unknown date, submitted by Julie Riise)

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     Died, in this city, May 19, 1887, from heart disease, or congestion of the vitals, after attack of a few hours, Hannah B. Custer, wife of P. Y. Custer, aged 69 years, 7 months and 23 days.
     The deceased was born in Montgomery County, Pa., and 1817. She was married in September, 1841. In 1857, with her husband and family, she came to this State, and has ever since resided in or near Canton. She was the daughter of Jacob K. Albright and sister of Dr. J. B. E. Albright, of Foreston, Illinois. She was the mother of 8 children--5 sons and 3 daughters--all living, grown and married, except a son and a daughter who passed before their mother over the River of Death. Her eldest son, Emanuel, and wife reside near Farmington, Ill.; her eldest daughter, Emma, is the wife of Joseph Thornborrow, and resides on the old homestead near Canton; J. A. Custer and wife reside near Washington, Iowa; David Horace died in 1872 in the twenty-second year of his age; P. A. Custer and wife reside in Toulon, Ill.; Catharine is the wife of James P. Miller, and resides northwest of Canton; and the youngest, William H. Custer, is at present in Portland Oregon. Her living posterity consists of 8 children, 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
     Grandmother Custer was in the enjoyment of her usual health up to the time of the fatal attack of the disease. She attended brother Henry Wolf's funeral on Monday and died on the Thursday following. Her younger brother and eldest sister died last year--the former in September and the latter in December; so she was the last of the family--a family of unusual activity, vigor and industry. She was in her youth a confirmed a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Conrad Miller, of Swamp Hanover, Pa. and was a member of the Church of her choice up to the time of her death -- a period of more than fifty years... Her Husband.
(Canton Daily Register, unknown date, submitted by Julie Riise)

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Long life is Ended

P. Y. Custer, nearly 87, Sleeping the Last Sleep -- Death Wednesday.

     Peter Y. Custer, a resident of Fulton County for nearly half a century, died at 6:20 o'clock Wednesday morning, at his home, 519 East Locust Street, after an illness of about four weeks of kidney trouble.
     Mr. Custer was born July 31, 1818 at Limerick, Montgomery County, Pa., and was married there September 21, 1841, to Miss Hannah B. Benner?. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Custer resided in different parts of Pennsylvania until 1857 when they came to Illinois and settled in Fulton County on a farm four miles northwest of Canton and from that time until their deaths were residents of Canton and vicinity, moving to the city 21 years ago.
      Mrs. Custer died May 19, 1887, and in September, 1888, Mr. Custer married Mrs. Eleanor Webb, whose death occurred three years ago.
     Out of a family of 8 children, all by the first marriage, 5 are living. They are Emanuel A. Custer, of Farmington ; Jacob H., of Norfolk, Nebraska; Peter A., of Manchester, Ill.; and Mesdames Joseph Thornborrow and James P. Miller, of Canton.
     Two sons and one daughter are dead: David H. died in 1872, William Henry in 1898, and Rosa Belle in infancy.
     All of Mr. Custer's brothers and sisters are dead and all like himself reached an advanced age. There are 30 grandchildren and an equal number of great grandchildren.

     Funeral arrangements away upon answers to telegrams.
(Canton Daily Register, unknown date, submitted by Julie Riise)

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Death Angel's Visit

Mrs. P. Y. Custer Has Entered upon the Great Mystery -- Died at 9:15 p.m. Thursday

Funeral on Saturday

     After years of illness and suffering born with a Christian fortitude in cheerfulness, Mrs. P. Y. Custer died Thursday evening at 9:15, at her home, 519 East Locust Street. The visit of the death angel was not unexpected, as for days she has been growing weaker and it was apparent that the end was very near. Death comes to her as a release from pain and the burden of life is cast aside without regret and with no fear for the future. Her life has been an example of true womanliness. She was of a deeply religious nature and gladly, trustfully, she entered upon the great mystery.
     Mrs. Custer maiden name was Eleanor Johnson. She was born August 26, 1829, not far from Albany, New York. In the Empire State she passed her girlhood and arriving at woman's estate was married in 1850 to Edward Walters. After a few years of happiness he died, and she was again married, in 1863, to W. A. Webb, coming west and taking up her home in Canton, where she has since resided. Mr. Webb died in the city in 1887, and a year later she became the wife of P. Y. Custer, who, with one daughter, Mrs. Peter Straley, survives. Her only other near relative is in this vicinity is Mrs. Jacob Wright, of Orion Township.
     When a girl she became a member of the Baptist Church in Greenwich, New York, and upon coming west at once affiliated with the congregation here. Until multiplying years and bodily infirmities prevented, she was an active and zealous worker.
     Her death will be most sincerely mourned by hundreds in Canton and vicinity.
     The funeral will take place from her late home at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Edwin Hobbs, assisted by the Rev. Henry Mills, officiating.
(Canton Daily Register, unknown date, submitted by Julie Riise)

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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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Mrs. Jane Childs

Mrs. Jane Childs died at her home in Oakland, Cal., on Monday, Jan. 30, 1899, after an illness of one week, of acute bronchitis, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 1 day.

Jane Hall was born Sept. 20, 1811, near Nashville, Tenn. When she was five years old the family moved to Franklin county, Ill, and in June 1830, to Fulton county.

She was married to Dr. N. B. Childs in 1831, and moved to her home in Canton in December of that year. She has resided here until Dec. 24, 1878, removing with her family at that time to Oakland Cal. She never gave up her home in Canton, visiting it many times, and always expecting to return to it. Her last visit was made in July, 1893.

She was the mother of six children: John and Lucy Jane, who died at the ages of 11 and 2 years; Caroline Hoblitt, who died at the age of 23; George Childs, of Fulton county, Ill., and Henry O. and William A. Childs, of Oakland, Cal. Seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren survive her. There are also two sisters, Mrs. Shane Roberts of Seward, Neb., and Mrs. Anna Thurman, of Fulton County, Ill., to mourn her loss.

Funeral services were held at her late residence of Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2 o’clock p.m. Her remains were embalmed and placed in a vault in Mountain View cemetery to await removed to the family plot in Canton. (Canton Weekly Register, Feb. 16, 1899, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Madeline Cebuhar

CANTON - Madeline I. Cebuhar, 76, of 785 N. Seventh Ave. died at 11:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Graham Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1925, in Beardstown to Samuel and Maude Goodin Wright, she married Tony Cebuhar on June 28, 1947, in Canton. He died Sept. 28, 1989. She also was preceded in death by one son, Steve; one daughter, Christina Cebuhar; and one brother. Surviving are two sons, Pat (and Susan) of Cuba and Jim (and Shelly) of Elmwood; one brother, Sam Wright of Canton; two sisters, Ruth White and Ruby Lehnhausen, both of Canton; and one grandson. She had worked at Camp Ellis and Canton Manufacturing. She also had been a cafeteria worker for Canton School District 66. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canton. A funeral Mass will be at 9 am. Monday at her church. The Rev. Arthur Meyer will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Oaks-­Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Hold Funeral Today For John Crumley, 72

     John Crumley, 72, of Rushville, died shortly after noon Monday in Culbertson Memorial hospital.
     Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Free Methodist Church with the Rev. S. Lindh Young officiating and burial will be in Rushville cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Worthington funeral home.
     He is survived by his wife, Etta; five sons, Ralph of Canton; Kenneth, Paul, Herbert and John Jr., all of Rushville; two brothers, Homer of Peck, Kansas, and Frank of Topeka, Kansas.
(Rushville Times, April 2, 1959, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Kenneth Crumley

CANTON - Kenneth Crumley, 77, of 815 S. First Ave. died at 3:10 p.m. Saturday at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
Born April 12, 1909, in Schuyler County to John and Lizzy Ashwood Crumley, he married Sara Davis Sept. 23, 1929, in Schuyler County. She survives.
     Other survivors include three sons, Wayne A. of Canton, Phillip K. of East Peoria and John of Indianap­olis; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Hamblin of Middletown, Iowa, and Mrs. Hazel Leedy of Neosho Falls, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-­grandchildren; and two step-grand­children; and four brothers, Ralph of Monmouth, Paul of Washington, Her­bert of Rushville and John of Beards­town. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.
     He was a farmer and retired from Peoria Blacktop in 1973.
     Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Free Methodist Church in Canton, the Rev. Kevin VanTine officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Mrs. John H. Crumley

     Lizzie Belle Ashwood, daughter of John and Rose Ashwood, was born near Ray, December 29, 1879 and departed this life March 5, 1952 at her home in Rushville.
     She was united in marriage to John H. Crumley December 25, 1902 at Ray, and to this union nine children were born, seven sons and two daughters. Two sons and the two daughters preceded her in death.
     She leaves to mourn her death her husband and five sons, Ralph, of Canton, Kenneth of Neosho Falls, Kansas, Paul Herbert and John Jr. of Rushville, also 18 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Three brothers, Harry Ashwood of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Ned and John of Astoria, also survive.
     Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
     She was converted at the age of 16 and united with the Free Methodist church in Ray at the time of the organization of the church there, thus becoming a charter member of that society. She later united with the Church of the Nazarene, and was a faithful member attending regularly all the services while she was able.
     Mrs. Crumley Was ill for almost a year having suffered from a stroke in March 1951and another in August of the same year, thus leaving her helpless.
     Her mind was clear to the last; she remembered all the birthdays of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, sending each of them a card. She was indeed a patient sufferer, never complaining, but always cheerful and happy in her Lord.
Services were held Sunday at the Free Methodist, church with the Rev. C. H. Coates officiating. Burial was in Rushville cemetery.
(Rushville Times, March 3, 1952, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Services Held For Paul Crumley

     Services for Paul E. Crumley, 77, of Spring Creek Road, who died early Wednesday at Proctor Community Hospital, were held Friday morning, Aug. 31,1998, in Remmert Funeral Home, East Peoria. Graveside services were Friday afternoon in Rushville City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
     Mr. Crumley was a farmer in the Rushville area until 1959. He was born Dec. 30, 1910 at Ray, Schuyler County, the son of John and Lizzie Ashwood Crumley. He married Veda Bunch on May 28, 1930 at Winchester. Surviving are the widow; two children, Gene Crumley of East Peoria and Mrs. John (Margaret) Shaver of Macomb; three brothers, Ralph of Monmouth, Herbert of Rushville and John of Beardstown; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. He farmed in the Rushville area until 1959, when he moved to Arizona, where he worked in the copper mines until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Glen Oak Christian Church of Peoria.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Ralph Crumley

MONMOUTH - Ralph Isaac Crumley, 91, of Rural Free Delivery 4, Monmouth, died at 11:56 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 10, 1995) at Community Memorial Hospital of Monmouth. Born Oct. 30, 1903, at Ray, Ill., the son of John Herbert and Lizzie Belle (Ashwood) Crumley, he married Sarah Myrtle Dodds on Dec. 9, 1928, in Rushville. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Clyde R. Crumley of Morton; two daughters, Kathryn Rosa of Canton and Mildred Gooch of Knoxville, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Herbert Crumley of Rushville. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Bruce Howerter; four brothers; and two sisters. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Messer Cemetery near Pleasantview, Ill., the Rev. Doug Habegger officiating. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth. No family visitation hours are planned. A memorial fund is to be established at a later date. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Sara Crumley

     CANTON - Sara S. Crumley, 84, of 815 S. First Ave. died at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
     Born Jan. 7, 1912, in Schuyler County to Enoch and Florence Simeral Davis, she married Kenneth Crumley on Sept. 23, 1929, in Schuyler County. He died Jan. 31, 1987. She also was preceded in death by three grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.
     Surviving are three sons, Wayne A. of Canton, Philip K. of East Peoria and John E. of Indianapolis; two daughters, Mary Hamblin of    Lancaster, Mo., and Hazel Leedy of Neosho Falls, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Winona Bowen of Albuquerque, N.M.
     She was a member of Free Methodist Church in Canton, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. John Hubbs will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. Burial will be in Green­wood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.
(Canton Daily Ledger, Sep. 5, 1996, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Veda Crumley

RUSHVILLE - Veda Crumley, 88, of 320 S. Monroe St. died at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 1998, at her residence. Born Nov. 29, 1909, near Manchester to Bernard William and Mary Ann Whewell Bunch, she married Paul E. Crumley on May 28, 1930, in Winchester. He died Aug. 31, 1988. She married Herbert F. Crumley on March 20, 1990, in Taylor, Mo. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Gene of East Peoria; one daughter, Mrs. John (Margaret) Shaver of Macomb; one stepson, Allen of Sevierville, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Aubrey (Dorothy) Bucher of Camp Point and Mrs. Beverly (Melba) Johnson of Rushville; five grandchildren; eight step-­grandchildren; 11 step-great-­grandchildren; and three step-­great-great-grand children. Two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of Glen Oak Christian Church in Peor­ia. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Worthington Fu­neral Home. The Rev. Dr. Paul Isom will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, 1115 E. Republic St., Peoria, Ill. 61603, or to Cass/Schuyler Hospice, 331 S. Main St., Virginia, Ill. 62691. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Wayne Crumley

     Wayne A. Crumley, 68, of 1135 South Avenue C, Canton, died at 3:29 p.m. Friday (April 4, 2003) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
     Born October 26, 1934 in Kellerville, the son of Kenneth and Sara S. (Davis) Crumley, he married Shirley Ebbert on June 6, 1953 in Rushville. She survives.
     Other survivors include one son, Jason (Andrea) Crumley of Canton; three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Sherry) McCoy of Canton, Mrs. Phillip (Karen) Siebert of Palatine and Mrs. Michael (Tammy) Brown of Farmington; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchil­dren; two brothers, Phillip (Joy) Crumley of East Peoria and John (Betty) Crumley of Indianapolis, Ind.; and two sisters, Mary Hamblin of Lancaster, Mo. and Mrs. Jay (Hazel) Leedy of Neosho Falls, Kansas.
     He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jeannie Crumley.
     He was of the Protestant faith.
     He owned and operated Crumley Apartment with his wife for 32 years. He worked 37 years with Caterpillar in Peoria as a machine repairman, retiring in 1993.
     He was a member of the Canton Masonic Lodge and the UAW Local 974.
     Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Murphy­-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, the Rev. Jay Curry officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
     Memorials may be made to Spoon River Hospice of Graham Hospital.
(Canton Daily Ledger, April 7, 2003, submitted by Scottie McCoy)


A Thank You to the Friends and Family of Wayne Crumley

     On April 4, 2003 a Golden Heart stopped beating, that of Wayne Albert Crumley. After a hard weekend of grief many came together to mourn our loss and comfort us in our sorrow. For this we are truly grateful. In our time of need we learned how much our; husband, father, and grandfather meant, not just to us, but to the many others who came to comfort us in our time of need at his passing.
Wayne was a man with a giant heart who never thought twice about giving help to those in need. He worked hard for everything he achieved in life, and found his enjoyment in the work that he did. Whether providing for his family while working at Caterpillar, until his retirement, or maintaining his properties for Crumley Apartments. Wayne always worked hard. Even in his spare time he never stopped working, there were plenty of trees to fall and fires to burn. He was a great man that we looked up to, and strove to be more like.
We would like to thank those who helped us, and comforted us though the services, which were a great tribute to the life of a truly great man. The family would like to thank Reverend Jay Curry, who also comforted us in the loss of Wayne's daughter Jeannie, who performed an endearing, and much appreciated service to which we are truly grateful for. We would also like to thank the gentleman who served as pallbearers on Wayne's behalf. We are also very grateful to all who were present at the services and the prayers given on our behalf.
The Crumley family would like to thank all of those who came to us in our time of need, family and friends alike, and helped us honor a truly wonderful man whose largest attribute was his enormous heart. May he be appreciated in Heaven as he was here on Earth.
(Canton Daily Ledger, July 10, 2003, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Billy Curtis

     RUSHVILLE - Billy Gene Curtis, 56, of Decatur, formerly of Rushville, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 1996, at his home.
He was born May 10, 1940, in Rushville to Gene and Lucille Curtis.
     Surviving are his mother of Rushville; one son, Clayton of Decatur; one sister, Sharon Curry of Rushville; and several nieces.
He was a teacher at Lakeview High School in Decatur and later taught at Decatur Vocational Center until 1994.
     Cremation will be accorded. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Brintlinger Funeral Home, Decatur.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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     Fanny Jeannette Clemens, daughter of Wilmer W. and Lydia A. Clemens was born in Farmers Township Dec. 22, 1892, and died at her home one? and one-half miles northwest of Ipava Sunday., March 29, 1908, age 15 years, 3 months and 7 days.
     She was taken ill at school ? week ago last Friday while taking a final examination for a common school diploma. She continued coming to school until Tuesday afternoon when she returned home too sick to continue her studies. Her illness developed into pneumonia and human ? seemed impossible., the end coming Sunday eve at 8:15. She was a faithful worker in the public school and had no enemies. During her life she has been an earnest worker in the Sunday school, always ready to perform her duties. She leaves to mourn her early departure a father and mother, two brothers and two sisters, viz: Samuel, Esther, Ady and Christine, besides a number of near relatives, many friends and school mates.
     The funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. ?owrie, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Dobbins cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Mrs. Rebecca Capps

     Mrs. Rebecca Capps, wife of Elijah A. Capps, died at her home in Canton at nine o’clock Monday evening.

     Mrs. Capps’ age was ninety five years, seven months and nine days. Her death was due to the weight of years rather than any specific ailment. Since 1838 herself and the aged husband who survives her had been residents of Fulton County – living until 1860 on a farm in Buckheart Township, and since then in Canton.
     The maiden name of Mrs. Capps was Rebecca Walter. She was a native of Virginia, but her family early emigrated to Ohio from the Old Dominion, as did her husband’s from North Carolina, and her marriage took place in Highland County, Ohio, in 1823. The venerable couple had thus lived together more than three score years – or longer than any save a very small portion of the human race are privileged to dwell in this world. They had long been the oldest couple in the county, and perhaps the oldest in the state – Mr. Capps’ age being only about one year less than that of his wife.
     She was a truly good woman, whom all her acquaintances deeply esteemed. For very many years a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, she lived a consistent, beautiful Christian life.
     One son and three daughters are living – James C. Capps, of Maquon, and Mrs. A. O. Baughman, Mrs. C. J. Main and Mrs. Emory, of this city.
     Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock. The Rev. Dr. J. W. Haney, Mrs. Capps former pastor, came from Kewanee to preach the sermon.
(Canton Weekly Register, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1890, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Elijah Capps

     The death of Elijah Capps occurred Sunday morning at 8 o’clock, at his home on West Locust street. Mr. Capps was probably the oldest person in Canton. He would have been ninety-five years of age in January had he lived.
     Elijah A. Capps was born in Randolph county, North Carolina, in 1897. Mr. Capps came to Fulton County in 1838 and resided in Buckheart township until 1860, when he came to Canton. He was married in 1823 to Rebecca Walter. Mrs. Capps died about one year ago. Mr. Capps has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for about seventy-eight years.
     Mr. Capps was the father of seven children, five of whom survive him. The children are James C. Capps, Maquon; Sarah J. Emry, Canton; Elizabeth Smith, Bushnell; Mary E. Baughman and Maria A. Main of Canton. The above mentioned children survive their father, but Lettice Hulit and Martha A. Capps, preceded their father to the grave.
     The cause of the death of Mr. Capps is supposed to have been the grippe and also the effects of a fall which he received about a week ago.
     The deceased was a most kind and generous man and a staunch believer in the future great destiny of this Republic. The latter fact was evinced by an occurrence when he disposed of his magnificent farm in Buckheart township during the early part of the late war. The United States Government had begun issuing greenbacks. Many people were dubious about accepting them in payment, but Mr. Capps expressed a willingness to accept in payment for his farm that which the government said was legal tender, “for this Republic,” said he, “promises nothing which it will not perform.” Mr. Capps was a familiar figure in Canton for thirty years and was personally known and beloved by nearly every resident in the city, besides by all the older inhabitants of the county.
     The funeral of the late Elijah Capps took place at the Methodist Episcopal church Tuesday at 2 o’clock p. m. The Rev. E. S. [apparently I missed copying the last two sentences from the film]
(Canton Weekly Register, Thursday, Dec. 24, 1891, submitted by Todd Walter)

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     Samuel Carithers was born in Fulton county, Illinois, 1 January 1844 and departed this life 21 April 1911, at 9:25 p.m., aged 67 years, 3 months and 20 days. He resided on the farm with his parents until 1879, when he was married to Miss Katherine Bryan, after which they came to Nebraska, locating at different points, finally coming to their present home in 1890. To this union was born one daughter, Clara Hadley, who passed to the heavenly home in August 1910. Besides a heartbroken wife, there remains to mourn his departure two brothers, one sister and three nephews, residing at Table Grove, Illinois, of those present at the funeral were one brother, one sister and one nephew. Mr. Carithers was a respected neighbor, a kind and loving husband and father.
     He was papering his home in Trumbull so he could move from the farm and enjoy life in his older days and had spent the afternoon before his death making such plans and seemed to be in pretty good health, but on retiring for the night complained to his wife of being short of breath and within a few minutes his life had gone.
     Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Reverend J. M. Darby. The male quartette consisting of Chester Munn, Lloyd O'Donnell, Harry and Ed Gueck, sang several appropriate selections. The pall bearers were M. Pressler, Frank Lawson, John Rhodes, John Kline, C. E. Gossard and J. R. Roggy. Interment was made at Greenwood cemetery.
     He is buried with Kate C. born 9 February 1851 and died 5 November 1929. (Adams County Democrat, April 28, 1911, pg. 10, submitted by Pat Thomas)

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Mrs. Florine Carrison, 72, of 165 North Eleventh avenue, a resident of Canton since May1950, died early this morning in the Sherwood Nursing home were she had made her home for the last several months. She had been ill one year.

Prior to moving to Canton Mrs, Carrison had lived in Table Grove.

Born April 21, 1885 in Farmers township, a daughter of George and Margaret (Frizzel) Barker, she was married in Bushnell on March 7, 1906 to Charles Carrison who preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1950.

Surviving are seven children, Mrs. Opal Shaw, 683 Baxter court, Robert L. Carrison, Fergus Falls, Minn; Mrs. Letha Krider, Peoria, Cloyd Carrison and Mrs. Wilma Pool, Table Grove; Clifford Carrison, Rockford and Harold in Metamora; 25 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Ezra Barker in Cassville, Mo; and a sister, Mrs. Edith McKinzey, in New Philadelphia. Four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Carrison was a member of the Methodist church in Washington, Iowa.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Murphy Memorial home by the Rev. William W. Bennett, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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London Mills

"Uncle Bobby" Combs, mention of whose serious illness was made in these columns recently, died at the "old Combs place" Sunday morning, of old age and general debility. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at Midway on Monday morning, the Rev. Boatman officiating. "Uncle Bobby" , as he was familiarly called, was probably the oldest settler in North Fulton and was one of the men who pitched their tents among the trees and wild grasses that waved in the breezes for hundreds of years undisturbed, and helped subdue the wilderness and convert it into what we now behold. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who pioneered Fulton County which can never be repaid. (Canton Weekly Register, Thursday, Jan. 27, 1887, submitted by Todd Walter)

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London Mills

J. N. Combs (sic, J. M.), who has been sick for some time, died at his home southeast of town, Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock. The funeral was held Sunday at 2 o'clock at the Mount Pleasant church. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery, the Rev. H. Essex of this place officiating. Mr. Combs leaves a widow, Mrs. Mary (Cowman) Combs, two daughters, Mrs. Ellery Mills and Mrs. Wilbur Hummel, and four sons, Milton, Henry, Elmer and Bruce, and a number of Grandchildren, all of the immediate relatives living here. He had a large number of friends who, with the relatives, greatly mourn his demise. (Canton Weekly Register, Thursday, Feb. 24, 1910, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Daughter of Former Ipava Couple Drowns With Husband, 2 Children



     Ipava, March 16.---(Special)---A former Fulton county woman, her husband and two children were drowned in the flood caused by the bursting of the St. Francis dam at Newhall, Calif., according to a telegram received here Thursday noon.
     The woman was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Connell, who left here eight years ago to make their home in California. The telegram said the bodies of the husband and wife had been recovered but those of the two children were still missing.
     Mrs. Fred Connell, mother of one of the victims, will be remembered as Miss Nellie Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Green, now dead. Mrs. Ollie Walters of Canton and Mrs. Callie Barker of Lewistown are sisters and Lewis and John Green of Table Grove are brothers of Mrs. Connell, and Mrs. Reece David of Ipava is an aunt of Mr. Connell.
      Tidings of the deaths brings the calamity and its terrible toll closer to this community.

     Santa Pauls , Calif., March 16---???---With the known death toll standing at 206, several sets of investigators dug into the available evidence today in an effort to unearth the cause of the St. Francis dam disaster.
      Although two coroner's juries found yesterday that the victims came to their deaths by drowning as the result of the breaking of the dam, they did not attempt to fix the blame. From two official investigating sources however came reports that the foundation upon which the great structure was built was faulty.

Find Foundation Weak.

     The report of state Engineer Edward Hyatt, jr., that "had the dam had a sufficiently strong foundation, this great tragedy never would have happened," was echoed in a report by Ventura County Engineer Charles Petit.
      And on the heels on those reports, Governor C. C. Young telephoned B. B. Meek, head of the department of public works at Sacramento, to select a group of competent engineers to examine the dam.
     A federal slant was given to another investigation of the disaster when Elwood Mead, director of the United States reclamation service agreed to head a board of engineers to be selected from the membership of the American Society for Civil Engineers.

Surface All Searched.

     Forces of iron and steel, steam shovels and tractors, today came to the aid of men in searching the runaway waters for the bodies of its victims.
     The call for machines came yesterday from weary workers who declared they believed all the bodies of the surface of the flood area had been found.
     The last report showed the bodies of 206 of the dead recovered, and the number of missing persons as 196, a total of 402 as the possible death toll. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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J. M. Churchill Found Dead Yesterday Noon by His Son

J. M. Churchill, for several years a resident of Elgin [Oregon] and veteran of the Civil War, was found dead in his chicken house shortly after noon yesterday by his son Charley. All that forenoon deceased had been choreing around the home and was in his usual good health and spirits. Assisted by his son he moved back a load of hay during the forenoon. At 12:00 his son started for his home a few blocks away for his dinner, promising before his departure to return immediately and assist his father in sawing wood.

When the deceased did not appear in his own home for dinner his wife went into the barnyard to look for him. He was not to be seen, but she presumed he had called on some of the neighbors for a few minutes and returned to the house. At 1:00 o'clock the son returned and he went out to the barn thinking perhaps he might be choreing around. Still no trace found. Soon tracks were seen in the snow leading to the hen house and a visit there disclosed the old man's death. He had apparently gone there with a fork to clean the building and dropped dead while at work. Deceased had always been a man of jovial disposition and was vigorous for one of his age. The funeral services will be conducted in the First Baptist Church, Friday at 10:30 A. M., under the auspices of Nathan Baker Post, G. A. R.

Jasper M. Churchill was born in Illinois, September 16, 1843, died in Elgin, Oregon, December 15, 1915 and was therefore 72 years, 2 months and 29 days old at the time of his demise.

In February, 1865, deceased enlisted in Company B, 151st Illinois Infantry Volunteers and served until January 24, 1866, at which time he was mustered out.

Deceased was united in marriage to Miss Emma A. Stephens, January 6, 1867. To this union eight children were born six of whom survive. The Mother died January 19, 1890.

In 1890 deceased was married to Mrs. Garner, who with the six children remains to mourn his loss. The surviving children are: Charlotta, Emma, Almina, Martha M., Charley and William N.
(Elgin, Oregon newspaper, December 1915, submitted by Judy Churchill)


MORE NOTES FROM JUDY CHURCHILL: Jasper's middle name is many times made into an "M". However, his middle name was "Noel". He did have a nephew, son of Edmund Beckley Churchill, named Jasper Marion Churchill.

Jasper Noel Churchill was born in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois on September 16, 1843. Jasper was listed in the 1850 as age 7 and 1860 census age 16, living in Fulton County during those dates. The 1880 Census shows Jasper a grown man age 37 and married, living in Independence, Montgomery Co., Kansas. He was the father of Charlotte age 12, Charlie age 7, Alwina age 5, William age 1. His brother Edmond, age 24 was living with him at this time. In 1910 the census report shows that Jasper was living in the northeastern corner of Oregon in the town of Elgin, Union County, Oregon, age 65 years and had a 2nd wife, Permelia (Debo).

Jasper and Emma Stephens were married on January 6, 1867 in Fulton Co., Illinois. Emma was the daughter of Nicholas and Caroline [Hews] Stephens. They did not get married until after Jasper had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After Emma died, Jasper married Permelia Debo Garner, widow of Vincent Tunstall Garner Jr. Jasper died on December 15, 1915 in Elgin and is buried at the Elgin Pioneer Cemetery, Elgin, Union County, Oregon.

Jasper and his brother Willis enlisted as Private's in the Union Army on February 7, 1865. Their residence was listed as Putnam. They served with the 151st Illinois Infantry, Co. B. They mustered out on January 24, 1866 in Columbus, Georgia. The Union Army, Vol. 3, states that the 151st Infantry was organized at Quincy, Illinois and was composed of companies from various parts of the State, under the commands of Col. French B. Woodall, Col. Herman W. Snow, and Major Silas Battey. They fought on February 8, 1865 at Bushness, Illinois. On March 1865, the company marched to Murfreesboro and proceeded by rail to Chattanooga, where it reported to Major General James B. Steedman who ordered the regiment to report to Colonel Sickles at Dalton, Georgia. The regiment arrived in Dalton, Georgia on March 23rd and was occupied in drilling, picket and guard duty and scouting until May, when it was ordered to Resaca, Georgia. After a few days in Resaca, Georgia they were ordered to Calhoun and then to Kingston, Georgia, where the regiment arrived on May 12, 1865. On July 28, 1865 the regiment was ordered to Columbus, Georgia where it arrived July 31, 1865 and was mustered out there on January 25, 1866. After that it was ordered to Springfield, Illinois where it received final pay and discharge February 8, 1866. According to the Civil War Pension Index No. 1179, Jasper M. Churchill filed for and received a pension. His widow, Permelia, received his pension after his death.

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     Prominent young man succumbs to pneumonia after brief illness. The community in common with the country has been smitten with the influenza epidemic for the past few weeks. This disease coupled with pneumonia has removed by death a number of people from our midst. One of the victim of the malady was Homer Clemens, who passed away last Tuesday night, Nov. 5, 1918 at his home northeast of Table Grove.
     He was born near Table Grove on February 4, 1894 and was 24 years, 8 months and 1 day. Homer had been having the influenza for several days, but when stricken with pneumonia he did not seem to possess the reserve force to withstand the ravages of the disease. The deceased had been entitled to exemption from conditions of the eyes, but several times during the past year had offered his services in various branches of the services, but had failed in his attempts for he chose to go to the service of his country has his brother George, (somewhere in France.) had done. He has now paid the Supreme Sacrifice. Homer Clemens was an exceptional young man. Few men are his equal and none his superior in those fundamental elements of stalwart manhood. He was patient, gentle, kind and loving and was universally loved. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and was a teacher in the Sunday school of a large class of boys. He never made loud professions of his faith, but his daily life was an eloquent testimony to his abiding faith and unsullied character. In passing he leaves his mother, a brother, Geo. and three sisters, Mrs. Alta Rinker, Mrs. Martha Rinker and Miss Mildred, one half-brother, Carl Clemens and two half-sisters, Mrs. Jessie Atkinson and Mrs. Reet Beaty and many friends. He has left his home rich in pleasant memories, rather than numbed in sorrow. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. N. Dalenburg of Ipava officiating. Mrs. F. M. Bonham, Mrs. Harry Foster, Mrs. James Berry and Mr. U.S. Collins sang, "Face to Face", Calling to Me and What a Friend we have in Jesus. The pall-bearers were his four cousins, Guy, Lee, Adda, and Barton Campbell. The gathering of friends, the profuse number of floral offerings and the long funeral cortege gave evidence of the love, esteem and remembered. He is not gone, he is just away, awaiting loved ones. Burial was made in the Harris cemetery.

(unknown newspaper, Nov.1918, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Rev. C. H. Cummings

     Members of the Ipava Christian church have learned of the death of Rev. C. H. Cummings, which occurred in St. Louis recently.
Rev. Cummings was a former pastor of the Ipava Christian church, and had a great many friends here.
     He left Ipava and went to Springfield, later going to St. Louis.
     Mrs. B. E. Fleming and Mrs. Bessie Doss heard over the radio, the account of his death about 5 o’clock the evening he died.
(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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     This revered pioneer lady, at the family homestead just east of Table Grove, passed to immortal rest at 12:15 o'clock Saturday morning, December 24, 1904, at the age of 91 years and 17 days. Although suffering in flesh for the last eight years of her life, her strong intellect remained almost unimpaired to the end.
     Funeral services were held at the Christian church Monday afternoon, the 26 inst., at 2:00 o'clock, Elder G. W. Ross of Vermont officiating. The choir sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and other grand old hymns that time cannot obliterate until all nations forget God. The floral tributes were beautiful and emblematical of the pure spirit of the departed. Interment was in the family lot in the Table Grove cemetery.
     Dec. the 7th, 1813, Cintilda Hughes was born near Flemingsburg, Kentucky. She moved with her parents in the year 1823 to Greencastle, Ind., and from there came to Illinois in 1827, at which time the unrest of the Indians foreboded the historic Black Hawk war, of which event deceased ever retained a vivid and highly interesting memory. In 1835 she was united in marriage to William Carithers and to this union were born eight children, five of whom survive her, namely: Robert, residing on the homestead; Mrs. Mary Hipsley, of Table Grove; Samuel, of Omaha, Neb., Johnson, residing on a farm near Table Grove, and William D., of Los Angeles, Cal.
     William Carithers, her husband, died February 14, 1851, when the youngest child was but an infant, 5 months old. She realized to the fullest extent the responsibility of rearing a large family of children and met the responsibility with pioneer fortitude. She provided a home in keeping with pioneer times and around its fireside taught and reared her children, how well is attested by their success in life...
She united with the Christian faith in 1852 and for over half a century has lived a life wholly consistent with her profession. Hers was a life in which deeds not words are the "hallmarks" of a well spent life.
     For the past eight years she has been an invalid and the loving father of her children has done all in his power to ease and make pleasant her declining years. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Ethel Cline

FARMINGTON—Services for Mrs. Ethel L. Cline, 84, of 269 S. Cone St., who died at 5:15 a.m. yesterday in the Canton Nursing Center, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Anderson Funeral Home.

The Rev. Dennis I. Hahn will officiate and burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 9 tonight at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 16, 1891, in Joshua Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Aaron and Mary Brokaw Voorhees. She married William C. Cline June 16, 1917, in Eureka. He died in June, 1951.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Margaret Wake of Aurora, Mrs. Maxine Hartley of Moline, Mrs. Beverly Connor and Mrs. Mary Louise McMaster, both of Farmington; one son, Giles “Chick” of Jacksonville, Fla.; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Negley of Canton.

One daughter, four brothers, and one sister preceded her in death.

She was a member of Farmington Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church Organ Fund.
(Peoria Journal Star, Fe. 18, 1975, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Death of A. B. Cole.

     The remains of A. B. Cole, a former resident of this city, who some months ago took up his abode at Dallas, Texas, passed through here on Friday last. There is a mystery connected with his death which may never be solved. It seems that on Monday evening of last week he left his residence in good health to go out into the city to transact some business, telling his wife he would be back about half-past 9 o’clock. He did not come back according to promise, and Mrs. Cole saw no more of him until he was brought home a horribly mangled corpse. He was found on the railroad track in an out of the way place, dead. Mrs. Cole accompanied the remains of her husband, which were being taken to his old home in Whiteside county for burial, and we have heard that she gave it as her opinion that her husband was first murdered and then thrown upon the railroad track to cover up the crime.—Macomb By-Stander.
     Mr. Cole was well known to many citizens of west Fulton, as he formerly lived at Prairie City and at Macomb, and as a lawyer frequently attended the Fulton terms of circuit court.
(Fulton County Ledger, Nov. 16, 1882, submitted by Bonnie Dagen)

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    In Ottawa, Kansas, at 2:30 o’clock Friday morning, Nov. 10, 1882, of consumption, Mrs. Bernice Corwin, wife of Mr. E. H. Corwin, aged 38 years, 7 months and 20 days.
    Bernice Coykendall was the daughter of Cyrus and Catharine Coykendall, and was born in Canton in March 1844. In June, 1879, she married E. H. Corwin, formerly of Joshua township, this county. After their marriage they lived a portion of the time in Canton, were several years in Bushnell, and the past few years have lived in Ottawa, Kansas, where Mr. Corwin is engaged in the picture business. Mrs. Corwin has been in failing health for about three years, but was not considered dangerous until January last, when consumption was fully developed, and since that time she has gradually failed, and died as above stated. About three weeks since her parents went to Ottawa, to remain with their daughter until death claimed her, Mrs. Corwin’s remains were brought to Canton for burial, arriving here Saturday evening. Funeral Sunday afternoon. Services were held at Mr. Coykendall’s residence, Dr. Whiting officiating. There was a large attendance, “Berney” having been a favorite with all who were acquainted with her.
    When a child, under the ministration of Elder Miner, Berney united with the Baptist church in this city, and at her death was a member of the Baptist church at Ottawa. She was a consistent Christian, and was ready and willing to leave this world, confident of a happy future.
    She leaves a devoted husband and two children, a son and daughter, aged 11 and 7 years, besides her aged parents and two brothers, to mourn her loss.
(Fulton County Ledger, Nov. 16, 1882, submitted by Bonnie Dagen)

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Mary L. Clark

     Died, at her home in Lewistown, Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, Miss Mary L. Clark, aged 28 years, 10 months and 14 days. Funeral at the residence of parents, Mr. And Mrs. T. B. Clark on North Main street, Friday at 1 p. m., Rev. C. H. Williamson officiating. Friends invited. Interment at Oak Hill cemetery.
     Miss Clark was born on the old homestead north of town and resided there until over a year ago when her parents removed to Lewistown. About a year ago her health began to fail. Appearance of consumption impelled a change of climate. With her mother she went to Eureka Springs, Ark. And from there to Colorado. Her health no preceptibly improved they returned about two weeks ago. The deceased was a bright, lovable young woman. All that love could suggest and wealth could provide was done to give her health but to no success. She is mourned by many friends and acquaintances. Note: Born: January 1, 1871; died November 1899; daughter of Thomas B. and Eliza Jane Wetzel Clark
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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In Lewistown, Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 1885, of consumption, Miss Alta Chambers, aged about 17 years, Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Oscar Bredwell, of this city [Canton], and lived in Canton for some time.
(Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 29, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Died: In Canton, May 24, 1885, of congestion of the brain, Mr. Ezra P. Coleman, aged 67 years. Mr. Coleman was taken ill about two weeks before he died with a congestive chill and afterwards was partially paralyzed. He was unconscious from the 21st until his death. Funeral services were held at the house Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Whiting officiating. The remains were followed to the cemetery by one of the largest processions ever seen in Canton, the carriages numbering about seventy. Mr. Coleman was a son of John Coleman, one of the pioneers of Canton, and was born in New Jersey, in 1818, thus being 67 years of age when he died. His father came to Illinois with his family in 1826. Ezra Coleman married Sarah Beer, who came from Virginia. Seven children were born to them, four sons and three daughters, all living. This wife died and Mr. Coleman married again, but his second marriage proved unpleasant and the two separated, since which time, Mr. Coleman lived with his unmarried children on his fine farm at the north edge of the city of Canton. He was a quiet, unassuming man and general respected. (Fulton County Ledger, May 28, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Died, near Peru, Ind., Thursday morning, May 21st, of cancer of the heard, Abram. D. Cline, age 68 years, 1 month and 4 days. Buried May 22, 1885. He was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, April 17th, 1817, and for the last thirty years has resided on his farm in Indiana. He has been a consistent Christian for over thirty years. He leaves a wife and son and daughter both married, also two sisters, who survive him, Mrs. Mary E. Messler of Cuba, Ill., and Mrs. D. G. Havermale, of Canton, Ill. The esteem and respect shown by a large funeral procession was sufficient to show he was held high as a friend and neighbor in the community in which he had lived for so many years. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. W. H. Alldoffer, of the M. B. Church, from Eccleasiastics 5, 1: “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death, than the day of one’s birth.” (Fulton County Ledger, May 28, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Obituary of Fannie Blanche Churchill

Mrs. Fannie Blanche Churchill, wife of Robert I. Churchill, passed away at her home [Feb. 20, 1942] two and one-half miles southwest of Fiatt, Friday evening following a lingering illness of three years duration.

She was a daughter of George and Susan (Keller) Dilts, was born in Henry, Ill., May 4, 1868. One of three children, two having preceded her in death. One half sister, Mrs. Edith Payne of Rock Island and a half brother, Frank Dilts of Galesburg survive.

She was married to Robert I. Churchill on October 31, 1889. To this union nine children were born, one son passed away in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Florence Dewitt in 1924. Surviving besides her husband are the following children: George l. of Ipava; Ross R. of St. Augustine, Mrs. Buelah Schmidt, Freeport, Kan.; Mrs. Blanche McConnell, Robinson; Boyd R. of East Lansing, Mich.; Robert N. and Mrs. Jane Pilcher of the local vicinity. Ten grandchildren and one great grandchild survive.

While she has had her days of grief and sadness, the worries and perplexities of life, she has borne it with Christian fortitude, having long been a member of the Baptist Church. We watched her suffer, day by day, It caused us bitter grief. To see her slowly pine away And could not give relief. Her weary hours and days of pain, Her troubled nights are passed, And in our aching hearts we know She has found sweet peace at last. God saw that she was suffering And the hills were hard to climb Then he closed her eyes and whispered, Peace Be Thine. (unknown newspaper, Feb. 1942, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Following Long Illness Leonard H. Churchill Passes Away. Leonard H. Churchill died at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon [1909] after a long illness. Two years ago last November, Mr. Churchill suffered a stroke of paralysis, which left him an invalid. For the past seven months he has been worse, his condition, being very low since December. Saturday evening he was taken much worse and suffered until death came to relieve him.

The deceased was born April 28, 1820, near Boonesville, Oneida County, N. Y., a son of Charles V. [B] and Elizabeth Churchill.

Mr. Churchill and Miss Harriet McBroon were married December. 4, 1859. She was born in this county April 19, 1821. To this union 14 children were born. Those living are--Mrs. Mina Jones, Cuba; Charles H. (Hereford, Tex.); Alexander H., John B., Robert I., Frank and Daniel W. all of Joshua Township; Jerry L. of Cuba; Mrs. Lon Ash of Canton and Mrs.. Fred Stuckey of near Fairview. Four children are dead. There are 36 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Churchill were both members of the Christian Church.

Mr. Churchill started out in life as a farmhand at $14 a month. He came to this county in the early '30's, settling in Putman Township. By hard labor he became one of the large landowners of that township and was rated a first-class farmer. Four years ago he gave up farming and move to town. He was held in high esteem by his neighbors.

The funeral arrangements are not yet complete. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Alexander H. Churchill, better know to his relatives and neighbors as "Doc" passed away last Thursday night at his home in Cuba after a several week illness from gangrene and complications. He had lived most of his life four miles north of Cuba on a farm, where he had been in partnership with his brother, the late John B. Churchill, who died a year ago. Following his brother's death he moved to Cuba where he lived until his death.

Deceased was born in Fulton, Fulton County, October 22, 1858, a son of Leonard H. and Harried (McBroom) Churchill, who spent the last years of their lives in Cuba, their home being the big house north of the Ford garage.

The following brothers and sisters survive: Robert I. Churchill, Frank Churchill, and Mrs. Grace Stuckey, Fiatt; Daniel of Cuba; Charles of Amarillo, Texas; Jerry, of Herman, Minnesota; and Mrs. Doll Ash of Watsetka. Mrs. Almina Jones, a sister, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Fiatt Christian Church, conducted by Rev. Robinson Ashby of Lewistown. Burial was in the Fiatt Cemetery. (unknown newspaper, Jan. 6, 1936, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Cuba, October 20 (Special)
Mrs. Mary Churchill, Dies at Cuba Home

Mrs. Mary Churchill, 74, died at her home at 10 p.m. last night of pneumonia following an operation. She was the widow of the late John Churchill, prominent Cuba farmer. She was a life-long resident of this vicinity.

Mrs. Churchill was born May 22, 1869, in Cass Township, two miles west of Cuba, a daughter of Martin and Eliza (Frost) Manion. Dec. 29, 1887, at Cuba she married Mr. Churchill.

Surviving are six children: Mrs. Gladys Jacobus, Charles M. and Ernest of Cuba, and Mrs. Nellie Deakin, Arthur and Fred of Fiatt: two sisters, Mrs. Will Evans and Mrs. Orville Huff both of Cuba; two brothers, James and Charles Manion, both of Cuba; 22 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Mrs. Churchill was a member of the Cuba Christian Church where the funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Thursday. The Rev. C. F. Dunham of Barry, Ill, will officiate with the Rev. C. D. Clason of Cuba, assisting. Burial will be in the Baughman Cemetery, two miles west of Fiatt. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Mrs. Caroline Louise Churchill, 77, died at her home, northwest of Cuba, Saturday.

She was born in Joshua Twp., on Jan. 26, 1880, a daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Swalley) Stuckey. She was married January 12, 1899, in Lewistown to Daniel Webster Churchill, who preceded her in death i 1949.

Surviving are one son, Leonard, at home; four grandchildren; five great grand children and one brother, Lewis Stuckey of Canton, R. 2. One daughter, three brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Mrs. Churchill had lived in the Cuba vicinity for 57 years and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 P. M. Tuesday at the Hukill Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Howard Griffin, officiating. Mrs. Arleta McWhorter sang, accompanied by Mrs. Cliff Wilson.

Pall bearers were Robert Churchill, Ross Jones, Frank Stuckey, Charles Churchill, Andrew Stuckey and Clarence Quick.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. (unknown newspaper, Jan. 9, 1957, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Leonard Franklin Churchill died at his home, one mile west of Fiatt, at seven a. m. Monday morning, being in poor health for several years

Born in Buckheart Township March 25th, 1876, a son of Leonard H. and Harriet (McBroom) Churchill, he was married February 15, 1921 to Alta Guernsey, who survives.

Survivors other than his widow are three brothers, Daniel, of Cuba R. 2.; Jerry, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Robert I., of Fiatt; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Stuckey, R. 2, Canton; Mrs. Lon Ash, Urbana; three brothers and one sister preceeded him in death and a number of nephews and nieces survive. (Rest of obit unreadable.) (unknown newspaper, October 3, 1949, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Mrs. Jerry Churchill died suddenly Friday [March 3, 1933] at her home at Herman, Minnesota. The family formerly resided here. The body was brought here from Minnesota by rail to Canton and thence by motor hearse to the home of her father, Frank Heller. Mr. Churchill accompanied the body while four sons and two daughters came through by auto.

Orpha (Heller) Churchill a daughter of Franklin and Sarah (Hasty) Heller, was born on a farm near Cuba, January 1, 1872. She grew up in this vicinity and was graduated from Cuba High School with the class of 1889 and for several years thereafter was engaged in teaching school at Cuba and Fiatt. On February 28, 1893, she married Jerry L. Churchill, who with nine children survives her. Until about twenty years ago they lived in Cuba, when they moved to North Dakota where they lived one year, moving from there over into Minnesota, where they have since lived, most of the time at Herman, but for a few years in Minneapolis.

The children are Leland, Raymond, Stanley, Howard, John, Margaret, Frances, Franklin and Jessie, all living at Herman. One daughter, Dorothy, died in infancy. She is also survived by her father, Frank Heller, Cuba and two sisters, Mrs. L. L. Watson, Junction City, Ore., and Mrs. R. S. Brown, Denver, Colo. C. F. Heller of Cuba is a brother.

The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. G. H. Bond in charge. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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George Churchill

GOOD HOPE--George L. Churchill, 97, of rural Good Hope, died at 12:30 a. m. Wednesday [23 Dec 1987] at the Colchester Nursing Center.

He was born July 31, 1890, north of Cuba, the son of Robert and Fannie (Dilts) Churchill. He married Blanche Leone Locke on December 25, 1912. She died December 18, 1979

Survivors include three sons: Wayne of Shorewood, Max of Muscatine, Iowa and Robert of Dickson, Tenn., six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother Boyd, of east Lansing Mich., and one sister Mrs. Herman (Blanche) McConnell of Robinson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

A retired Farmer, he lived in Fulton County before moving to Good Hope in 1975.

Graveside services will be at 1 p. m. Monday in Fiatt Cemetery, with Dan Rebman officiating. There will be no visitation.

Sargeant-Worthington Funeral Home of Macomb is in charge of arrangements. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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CUBA--Mrs. B. Leone Churchill, 88, of Good Hope, formerly of Cuba, died at 1:48 p. m. Tuesday in McDonough District Hospital at Macomb.

She was born Dec. 12, 1891, near Ellisville, a daughter of William D. and Flora (Beer) Locke. She married George Leonard Churchill at her home near Ellisville on Dec. 25, 1912.

He survives, along with three sons, Wayne of Joliet, Max of Muscatine, Iowa, and Robert of Dickson, Tenn.; three grandchildren; one brother, Wilbur Locke of Fairview and one sister, Mrs. Frank (Gertrude) Wheat of Fairview.

One brother preceded her in death.

Mrs. Churchill had lived in Fulton County most of her life, and has several relatives in Canton, Ellisville, and Fiatt areas. She was a former teacher in Fulton County schools.

Services will be at 10 a. m. Friday in the Sargent Funeral Home at Macomb, with Rev. Louie Zuck officiating. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery.

Friends may call after 8 a. m., Thursday at the funeral home, where they will be met by the family from 6 to 8 p. m. Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Abingdon--Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Ross A. Churchill, 77, who was found dead Sunday afternoon [November 1969] in his home in Abingdon. He had been under a doctor's care.

Born August 7, 1892 in Fiatt, he was married January 21, 1914, near Fairview to Onie Ehresman. She died Nov. 21, 1966.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. William (Dorothy) Dawdy of near Galesburg; three brothers, George Churchill of Blandensville, Boyd Churchill of East Lansing, Mich., and Robert Churchill of Lewistown; and three sisters, Mrs. Beulah Schmidt of Canton, Mrs. Blanche McConnell of Robinson, and Mrs. June Pilcher of Cuba. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Churchill, a retired farmer, lived in Abingdon 45 years and was a member of the Abingdon Christian Church and its men's Sunday school class.

Services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Abingdon Christian Church with burial in the Abingdon Cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight at the Larson Funeral Home, Abingdon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Abingdon Christian Church Building Fund. (unknown newspaper, November 1969, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Mrs. L. H. Churchill Dead.

Mrs. L. H. Churchill, an old and respected resident of this city and one of the oldest of the native born residents of Fulton County, died last Friday afternoon [27 Jan 1912] about 1:30 o'clock at the family residence two blocks northwest of the square. About a year ago Mrs. Churchill had a stroke of paralysis and last Thursday she had another one, which proved fatal.

Mrs. Churchill, whose maiden name was Harriet McBroom, was born near Canton, April 19, 1833 and on December 4, 1849, was married to Leonard H. Churchill, a native of Oneida County, New York. They settled on a farm between Cuba and Fiatt and made their home there until eight years ago when they moved to Cuba. Mr. Churchill died March 28, 1909. Fourteen children were born to them, ten of whom are living. They are: Mrs. Mina Jones, Chas., Hereford, Texas; A. H., J. B.; R. I., Frank, D. W. and Jerry of Cuba and Fiatt vicinity; Mrs. Lon Ash, Canton; Mrs. Grace Stucky, Fairview.

The funeral services were held at the Christian Church in this city Monday noon, conducted Rev. Hughes, of Monmouth, former pastor of the Christian Church here, who conducted the funeral of Mr. Churchill. Both Mr. Churchill and Mrs. Churchill were members of the Christian (Disciples) Church having joined about twenty-five years ago. Funeral was largely attended as Mrs. Churchill was one of the oldest and best known residents of this part of the county and there was a large outpouring of old friends and neighbors to pay their last respects to one whom they had known and loved during life. Interment was in Fiatt Cemetery beside the body of her husband. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Obituary of John Creek

(Canton Register, Nov. 10, 1899, submitted by Shirley Slover)

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CANTON ILL., (Special) - Mrs. Dora Clark, widow of J. J. Clark died at noon Thursday [April 28, 1937] in Detroit Mich.
She has been ailing since 1935 and bedfast the last 8 weeks with heart disease.

She was born January 19, 1867 near Summum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Carter. She was married in January 1886 to Lawrence Shawgo who died in 1908. She was married in 1913 J. J. Clark who died in 1927. He formerly worked at Neumann's clothiers.

Children living were Mrs. Nettie Weiging, Mrs. Bessie O'Brien Wilson, and James Shawgo, all of Detroit; Mrs. Neil Poppenhager, Astoria; Charles Shawgo of Summum and Mrs. Edna Zettles of Canton.
Bernard O'Brien of Canton is a grandson and there are 8 other grandsons and eight granddaughters. Mrs. Helen Carter Mummert is a sister.

The funeral will be held in the Christian church at Summum and burial will be there.

She was a member of the W.R. C. Dickerman circle and Royal Neighbors lodge.

(Unknown newspaper, April 1937, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Cordelia Clark Dies

Cordelia Brown Clark passed away at her home on Monday morning at 1:35 o'clock, after an illness of only a few days, at the age of 73 years. (December 5, 1938)

Cordelia Brown was born in Banner township April 14, 1865, the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Castile) Brown. She was was married to John Downing, now deceased. Children of this union were Mrs. Elizabeth Fouts, Faye Burgess, Truman Downing, all of Lewistown; Grace Burgess, deceased; and Lincoln Downing, Washington, D.C.

She was later married to William Clark, who survives with the following children of this marriage: Fred Clark, Thomas Clark, and Ruth Freeman, all of Lewistown.

There are 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren living, as are three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Minnie Shaw, Abingdon; Mrs. Pearl Shallanberger, Topeka, Illinois; Mrs. Louise Ball, Canton; John Brown and Charles Brown, Canton.

The funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon (December 8) at 2 o'clock at the Zimmerman and Henry chapel, conducted by the Rev. Otis Bowman, with burial in the Bethel cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Dec. 6, 1938, submitted by David Newton)

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Benjamin F. Cluts

Another chair will be vacant at the reunion of Fulton County Civil War veterans next fall, Benjamin F. Cluts, one of Cuba's last two old soldiers, having passed to his reward Tuesday (December 4, 1928) at 12:30 p.m. at his home, on North Sixth street. He was 83 years old last April, and had been ill since early last fall.

Mr. Cluts was born in Knox county, Ohio, a son of Joseph and Eva Cluts on April 9, 1845 and came to Fulton county when nine years of age.

On December 16, 1866, he married Mary Downs who passed away November 18, 1893. Six children were born to them, Dr. Abraham Cluts, Prairie City; Oliver Cluts, Cuba; Ida, now Mr. Chas. Engle, of Cuba; Charity, now Mrs. R. G. Carter, Decatur; Edmond Cluts, Moline; and Lena who died in 1922.

He was married the second time time to Miss Mary Ellen Dayhoff, of Fayette county, December 9, 1894 who survives him. He had four brothers and four sisters, but only one, Mrs. Isaac Newton, of near Canton, is living.

Mr. Cluts was a veteran of the Civil War and served in Co. K 7th Ill. Vol. Cav. In recent years he has taken a lively interest in the Fulton County Soldiers reunion each fall. After the war he engaged in farming and at the time of his death owned a fine farm 2 1/2 miles north-east of town.

The funeral services will be held at the residence Thursday (December 60 at 11:00 o'clock, and burial will be at the Saunders cemetery, four miles east of town.

(Cuba Journal, Dec. 5, 1928, submitted by David Newton)

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To Conduct Funeral Rites Tuesday For James W. Cluts

The Rev. A. G. Hinkle will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Murphy Memorial home, for James W. Cluts, who died Sunday in the Hooper Rest Home after an illness of three months.

Burial will be in Shields Chapel cemetery. The family has asked that flowers be omitted.

A son of William and Amy (Tatum) Cluts, he was born Sept. 29, 1870 in Fulton county. On February 23, 1897, he married Mae Johnson who preceded him in death.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, seven brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are two brothers, Dr. J. D. Cluts, 446 South First avenue, and Charles Cluts, Canton, route 6.

Mr. Cluts was a member of the First Presbyterian church. He had been a member of the Galveston Texas, Odd Fellows lodge for 55 years.

(Canton Daily Ledger, June 22, 1953, submitted by David Newton)

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G. W. Cluts Taken By Death

George W. Cluts, a resident of Buckheart township, died last evening (March 21) at his home.

Born June 5, 1858 in Canton township, he was a son of William H. and Amy (Tatum) Cluts. Surviving are five brothers and one sister, Dr. J. D. and J. H. Cluts, both of Canton; James Cluts, San Antonio, Texas; Charles and Grover Cluts, Buckheart township; and Mrs. Eva Swager, VanNuys, Calif.

He had lived all his life in Fulton county.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Shields Chapel church by the Rev. Sarah D. Bowman. burial will be in Shields Chapel cemetery.

Friends may call at Sebree's until 2 p.m. Monday.

(Canton Daily Ledger, March 22, 1941, submitted by David Newton)

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J. H. Cluts Dies At Hospital Here

Operated Canton Tire And Vulcanizing Company For 27 Years

Jasper Henry Cluts, 70, former Canton business man, died at the Graham hospital Saturday afternoon (January 15) after being in poor health for some time. For 27 years he operated the Canton Tire and Vulcanizing company at 37 South First avenue, leaving the business Oct. 1 because of his health. He was taken to the hospital earlier in the day.

Before entering the tire and vulcanizing business, Mr. Cluts was top boss for the Simmons Coal company for many years. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the South Park Methodist church. The family residence is at 653 North First avenue.

Mr. Cluts was born Feb. 8, 1873, in Buckheart township, a son of William Henry and Amy (Tatum) Cluts. In Putman township, Sept 18, 1901, he was married to Luna Etta Phelps, who survives.

Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Alpaugh of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Clyde Cramer of San Diego, Calif,; a sister, Mrs. Eva Swigert of Sinni, Calif.; and four brothers, Dr. J. D. Cluts of Canton, Charles T. Cluts of Canton Route 6, Grover C. Cluts of Canton Route 1 and James W. Cluts of San Antonio, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Park Methodist church with the Rev. D. E. Melton in charge. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at Sebree's until 1 p.m. Wednesday. the casket will be open one hour before services at the church.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Jan. 17, 1944, submitted by David Newton)

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Mrs. Amy Cluts Enters Into Rest: Long A Sufferer

Mrs. Amy Cluts, widow of Henry Cluts, died at the Graham hospital at 3:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 18) following a long illness from carcenoma (sic).

Amy Tatum was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John (Matthew) Tatum, pioneer residents of Buckheart township and was born near Shields chapel in that township, March 29, 1840. All her life has been spent in that vicinity and in Canton.

She was united in marriage 67 years ago to Henry Cluts. To this union 13 children were born, seven of whom survive, as follows: George Cluts, J. H. Cluts, Charles T. Cluts, J. D. Cluts and Grover C. Cluts of Canton, J. W. Cluts of Keithsburg and Mrs. Eva L. Swager of Los Angeles, Calif.

Mrs. Cluts was for many years a member of the United Brethren church at Shields chapel and was quite active in church work until failing health compelled her to give up her church activities.

She was a woman held in very high esteem by all who knew her and her death, even at a ripe old age, had cast a pall of gloom over the community in which she was so long an active member.

Funeral services will be held at the Shields chapel tomorrow afternoon a 2 o'clock and interment will be in the adjacent cemetery.

(Canton Daily Register, Mar. 19, 1925, submitted by David Newton)

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Grover C. Cluts Dies In Hospital; Funeral Wednesday

Grover C. Cluts, Canton route 1 died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday (June 17) in the Graham Hospital where he had been a patient since May 28. His health had been failing for six years.

Born Feb. 5, 1885 in Buckheart township, a son of William and Amy (Tatum) Cluts, he was married in Cuba on June 10, 1906 to Valley Wilcoxen who survives.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Helen Ione Saunders, and a granddaughter, Anna Jeanette Saunders, Lewistown; three brothers, Dr. J.D. Cluts and James Cluts, Canton, and Charles Cluts, Canton route 6. An infant daughter, Ina Jeanette, and three sisters preceded him in death.

He was a lifetime resident in the Shields Chapel community and a lifetime member of the Shields Chapel Evangelical United Brethren church were he took an active part, being teacher of the Young People's class and a trustee for 20 years. He was a member of canton lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Scottish Rite Valley, of Peoria, and the Mohammed Temple Shrine, of Peoria, and the Fulton county Scottish Rite Club. He had been a farmer and a coal miner holding membership in the U.M.W.A.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in Shields Chapel church. The casket will be open at the church one hour preceding the service. Friends may call at the Murphy memorial home until noon Wednesday.

Burial will be in Shields Chapel cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, June 18, 1951, submitted by David Newton)

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Charles T. Cluts

CUBA--Charles T. Cluts, 87 died at 9 p.m. Wednesday (May 24) in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gaylord Reneau at Cuba. He had been in failing health three months.

Mr. Cluts formerly framed in the Shields Chapel neighborhood 63 years and attended Shields Chapel Church.

Born in Buckheart Township, April 1, 1880, he was a son of William Henry and Amy (Tatum) Cluts. On Sept. 28, 1904 he was married at Cuba to Florence Clark. She died Oct. 30, 1964.

In addition to Mrs. Reneau, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Everett (Ruth) Bybee, Canton; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were one grandchild, two great-grandchildren, three sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hukill Funeral Chapel by Rev. John Ewing, Nazarene pastor in Peoria. Burial will be in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 4 p.m. Friday.

(Canton Daily Ledger, May 25, 1967, submitted by David Newton)

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Mrs. Mary A Comingore of Summum answers call - funeral Wednesday.

Mary A. Shawgo, a highly respected and aged resident of Summum died at her home in that city Monday Sept. 6, She was a christian lady, a good mother and neighbor. Her place in the community will be hard to fill, and her loss will long be felt.

The deceased was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1840 and departed this life Sept. 6, 1915, aged 74 years, 11 months, and 5 days. She was united in marriage to David B. Comingore April 22, 1860. To this union were born six children. Two of them - David S and Mary Isabel have preceded her to the better world. Geo. W., Sarah Elizabeth, James H., and Francis M. are left to mourn her loss. She is survived by her seven brothers - Lester, Israel, C.R., David, J.H., J.B. and A.J. Shawgo, while her four sisters - Susan, Lucy Ann, Elizabeth, and Margaret Jane have already departed this life.
The funeral was conducted from the Christian church by the Christian minister, Elder W.H. Bell, Wednesday, September 8th. Deceased was buried in the Summum cemetery.
(Unknown newspaper, Sept. 1915, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Funeral service for Mrs. Eliza Jane Shawgo Cleer were conducted yesterday at the Mound Chapel Christian church near Havana, with burial in Laurel Hill cemetery.
Flower girls, all granddaughters, were: Nellie Hamilton, Phyllis Cleer, Lola Robets, Gladys Troop and Lois Cleer. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Irl Cleer, Earl D. Shipp, Willis Strode, Paul Cleer, Ernest Cleer, and Irvin Morrison. Note: Death date: May 27, 1939

(Unknown newspaper, 1939, submitted by Diane Herd)



Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Jane Cleer, 81, who died Saturday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lome Morrison, 444 North Avenue B, following an illness of a few months, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Mound Chapel church west of Havana. Burial will be in Laurel Hill cemetery in Havana.
Mrs. Cleer, a daughter of Henry and Catherine (Shaw) Shawgo, was born Nov 6, 1857 near Summum. She was married June 24, 1875 to George M. Cleer, who preceded her in death. to this union were born 12 children, the following six of whom are living: Charles O., Peoria; Mrs. Katherine McCartney, Montrovia, Ca.; Mrs. Lulu Dean, Milo, Mo; Grover C. and Mrs. Ruth Strode, Peoria; and Mrs. Morrison, Canton. There are 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Her parents, brothers and sisters all preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Mound Chapel Christian church.

Friends may call at the Zimmerman and Henry Funeral home in Lewistown.

(Unknown newspaper, 1939, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Canton - Cuba, IL - Helen Courtney, 83 of 613 S. 6th Apt B, formerly of 114 Longwood, Canton died at 8:35 pm on Thursday July 12, 2007 at the Graham Hospital.
She was born July 27, 1923 in Fiatt, Ill. to Arthur and Esther Churchill McKean. She married Harry Courtney Jr. he preceded her in death on January 5, 1969. She later married William Howerter and he preceded her in death on February 4, 1982. She was also preceded in death by one son Donald Courtney and her daughter-in-law Alice Kay Moore.

Survivors include three grandchildren, Kimberly (Justin) Courtney Richey of Mesa AZ, Brian (Irene) Courtney of Queen Creek, AZ, Lee-Carroll (Jason) Moore Engle of Chandler AZ , and six great-grandchildren, Briggs, Cambrea, and Courtney Richey, Maverick and Miranda Courtney, and Jagger Engle.

Also survived by one sister Eleanor Mills of Cuba and one brother Edward Churchill of Ipava.

She was preceded in death by two brothers. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a volunteer at Graham hospital, worked at Spoon College in the Cafeteria, and was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Service will be held on Tuesday at 3:00 pm at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with visitation one-hour prior. Rev. Mary Babcock will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service with burial of ashes at a later date at the White Chapel Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Lyle Cline Obituary

Francisco, California.

He entered the hospital, July 19, 1926 for an operation for cinas {sic} infection, contracted while in swimming at Crystal Lake, California. The infection had such a hold that it rapidly spread to the brain causing the formation of brain abscess from which he passed away, August 28, aged 23 years, 7 months and 28 days.

He attended the Christian Sunday School and church at London Mills and united with said church during the time Bro. Smith of Eureka was pastor.

Chief dispatcher of the S. P. Ry. Said “Lyle was one of the cleanest young men he had ever met.”

He leaves to mourn his early death his parents, one brother, four sisters, besides other relatives and many friends.

Among those who were here to attend the funeral were: Rev. J. F. Smith of Eureka, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Phillippi and son Alfred, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Dugger and sons Malvin and Hurlen, Miss Pauline Owens, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dugger, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Richardson and son of Galesburg. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Phillippi and daughter of Kewanee. Leslie Weaver of Denver, Colo. Mrs. Rosa Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reihm of Macomb and Martin Weaver of Galesburg.

(Unknown newspaper, probably London Mills, unknown date, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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John J. Conner, 94, of 252 North Ave. A, died at 10:45 a.m. Monday in Graham Hospital.

He was born Nov. 22, 1881, in Waterford Township son of Thomas and Laura Kruzan Conner. He married Nellie Mae Nunn, Feb. 6, 1908 in Havana. She died December 1957. He was a retired farmer.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Maisie) Blake, Canton; Mrs. John Galambos, Indiana Harbor, Ind.; two sons, Floyd Conner Beloit, Wis.; Robert Conner, Canton; seven grandchildren; and one brother Charles Conner Lewistown. One grandchild, one brother and one sister died earlier.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. The Rev. S. J. Curry will officiate and burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Jan. 27, 1976, submitted by Debra Hill)

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CONNER-- At the residence of Finley Kruzan, 3 miles south of Lewistown, on Thursday Dec. 18, 1873 of dropsy.

Mrs. Elizabeth Conner aged 26 years.

(Note: Sarah Elizabeth would have be 24 years of age in 1873, not 26)

(The Fulton County Ledger, Jan. 2, 1874, submitted by Debra Hill)

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The sad event of the week was the sudden death of Mr. Andy Combs, at his home at Kansas City on Sunday morning the 24th, while at the breakfast table with his family he fell to the floor suddenly grasping once for breath and was dead without a word. The remains were brought to the Prairie City Cemetery for interment on Tuesday. Mr. Combs and his wife formerly Hattie Combs is were married in this community many years ago. Mrs. Combs is a sister of Mrs. Albert Lewis of Baldwin, Mr. Walter Clark of Ottawa and Mr. Samuel Clark of Kansas City. The deceased let besides the wife a family consisting of one daughter and three sons. The E. D. Baker Post took charge of the funeral services using the beautiful ceremony of the G. A. R. Mr. Combs was a member of Co A. 47 Ill. Regiment.

(Baldwin Ledger (Baldwin, Kansas) Friday Dec 29, 1899, submitted by Jane Edson)

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A Good Man Gone

C. A. Combs died of paralysis at his home in the city at six o'clock. Wednesday morning, aged 68 years, six months and 20 days. He was suddenly stricken with paralysis over a week previous to his death and never afterward gained sufficient consciousness to speak, though everything was done that medical skill could devise.

C. A. Combs was born in Highland county, Ohio June 12, 1832. Was married to Lizzie Cover February 25, 1867, and moved to Kansas soon after their marriage. He has lived in Crawford county since that time, except one year when he lived in Franklin County. He enlisted in the eighty third Illinois Infantry and served his country three years until the close of the war. He was converted and joined the church in early life and lived a faithful Christian life.

The funeral was preached in the M.E. church Thursday afternoon at 2:30, by Rev. C. B. Sears of Cherokee assisted by Rev. J. W. Snapp. This was a very solemn occasion for it was the convening of the people to pay their last respects to a good, noble-hearted Christian man, citizen, friend and neighbor. He was revered and esteemed by all who knew him and his friends can be numbered by the score. The church was crowded and intense silence reigned throughout the entire sermon and there were many people left the church with moistened cheeks because of the remembrance of some kind word of deed the deceased had ministered personally to them. He was ever kind and obliging and ready to sympathize and assist a person in trouble.

The remains were interred in the new cemetery north of this city.

His form will be seen no more but his memory will ever be revered. His wife, one brother, John Combs, of London Mills, Illinois and one son Claude survive him.

He told us on the streets a few hours before he was stricken down that the thought of the future state was not a dread to him, that it was appointed unto all once to die. He also said that he wished to die, when his time should come, with the same abiding hope, faith and joy of the future that J.E. Eldredge did who departed this life a few weeks ago.

We believe that his wishes were granted and that when he closed his eyes in death here his spirit joined the heavenly throng on that bright shore to receive the reward that awaits all who love and serve the Lord.

Girard Press 1/10/1901

Combs-In Walnut, Jan. 2d, 1901, of paralysis, C. A. Combs, aged 68 years, 6 months, and 20 days.

(Walnut Advance (Walnut, Crawford Co., Kansas) Jan 4, 1901, submitted by Jane Edson)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Combs, highly respected and greatly beloved pioneer resident of Walnut, passed to her reward at noon Tuesday, April 11th, 1933, following an illness of over a week. A long life of service and devotion has ended and her friends mourn her passing. She died at her home in Walnut, where she had lived for nearly sixty years, at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 14 days.

Jane Elizabeth Cover, daughter of Samuel and Charlotte Cover, was born at Cashtown, Pennsylvania, November 27, 1846.

In her childhood, her parents moved their family to Illinois. She grew to young womanhood there. She prepared for teaching and taught near Galesburg, Illinois.

She was united in marriage to Carey A. Combs, February 25, 1867. One child, a son, born to them died in infancy. An adopted son, Claude Combs, died in 1905. Mr. Combs passed away in 1901 in Walnut.

Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Combs came to Kansas locating in Labette County, where they remained for awhile, and later homesteading a farm three miles east of Walnut. Mrs. Combs taught her first school in Kansas in a little log cabin built on their farm. She was also the first teacher of Maple Grove school.

Her social service is a part of the history of the town. Throughout those trying pioneer days her helping hand was always ready to life the burdens of the sick and distressed.

Mr. and Mrs. Combs moved to Walnut soon after it was surveyed and the town had its beginning. Mrs. Combs, at the time of her death was the oldest citizen living in Walnut in the point of years of residence here. No one in town was more greatly revered than Mrs. Combs. She was reared in the faith of her parents who were members of the Lutheran church. When the Methodist Society was organized near Walnut she was received into membership by Rev. Laird in 1869 and ten years later this church was chartered in 1879.

A church building was erected in 1881 and there Mrs. Combs attended services for fifty-one years. She was privileged to see the erection of another new church on the same site and to attend services there for a time. Hers was a wonderful and beautiful Christian life. Her influence was all for good and her prayers and kind words have helped many. The singular beauty and sincerity of her life as she lived it was recognized and felt by all who knew her. She held to the principals for right and with calm steadfastness and unswerving faith pressed on, ever toward that shining goal, the goal, the reward that comes to all who live and died in faith. Her good works shall live on after her and her memory shall be ever green.

Those who survive of the immediate family circle are one sister Mrs. J. N. Nelson of Alexis Ill., a sister-in-law Mrs. Frances Cover of Walnut, ten nieces and seven nephews. Though the family circle seems small the circle of friends is one of the larges tin this community.

Funeral services were held Thursday after, April 13, at the Methodist church, conducted by pastor, Rev. Nickel. Interment was in Glenwood cemetery.

Pall bearers were Leland Cover, James Wilson, Dorsey Welty, Henry Bell, Alfred Eaton and Charlie Clark.

Some day the silver cord will break,
And I no more as now shall sing;
But, O the joy when I shall wake
Within the palace of the King!
Someday, till then I'll watch and wait,
My lamp all trimmed and burning bright
That when my Savior open's the gate,
My soul to him shall take its flight.

(Walnut Eagle (Walnut, Crawford Co., Kansas) April 14, 1933, submitted by Jane Edson)

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Heat, Complications Cost Life of John Conner, 82

John Conner, 712 East Maple street, died at 3:10 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, after having been ill during the past week. Although death was attributed to complications, Mr. Conner is regarded as a victim of the heat wave.

His death was the third attributed to the heat this summer in the county.

Mr. Conner was 82 years old, and had lived in Canton for 20 years.

Born March 12, 1852, in Waterford township, he was a son of John and Clarice (Paul) Conner.

His first wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Kruzan, is no longer living. On Oct.18, 1891, he was married again, to Celinda Laird. Monroe Conner, Canton, is a son. There are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Charles Conner, Boulder, Colo., is a brother. A sister, Mrs. Jane Miller, lives in Havana.

Mr. Conner was a member of the Fiatt Christian church, where funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, with the Rev. Robinson Ashby in charge.

Burial will be in the Fiatt cemetery. Friends may call at Murphys.

(The Canton Daily Ledger, Aug. 13, 1934, submitted by Debra Hill)

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Obituary for Edna Curtis

Feb. 2, 1894—"Last Saturday evening J. H. Hunter of this place received news of the death at Mexico, Mo. of Edna, the 15 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Curtis of diphtheria. Mrs. Curtis is a daughter of Mr. Hunter."

(Farmington Bugle, Feb. 2, 1894, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Died—Three miles west of Lewistown, Dec. 26, Mrs. Magdalena Crider, Sr., in the 89th year of her age. Jacob Nagley officiated at the funeral Deceased was born in Bedford County, Pa. In her childhood she moved Breckenridge County, VA. where she married Jacob Crider, Jan. 4th, 1813. They moved to Fulton County, Illinois in 1853 where they have since resided. They lived as man and wife for nearly sixty-three years. Her maiden name was Wagner. Note: Maiden name Waggoner

(Canton Fulton County Ledger, January 12, 1877, submitted by Rose Marie Bantz)

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Our old friend, Jacob Krider/Crider, died last Thursday, aged 92 years. He was soldier of the War of 1812, a lifelong Democrat, and in other particulars also a noble old man.

(Canton Fulton County Ledger, August 9, 1978, submitted by Rose Marie Bantz)

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Goldie May Cox, the seven week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Cox, of East Chestnut Street, dies Tuesday morning, of pneumonia. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery, Tuesday afternoon. (Fulton County Ledger, Apr. 30, 1908, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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EAST PEORIA--Walter D. Courtney, 56, of 101 N. Norwood Place, East Peoria, died at 5:20 p.m. Sunday (Aug 9, 1993) in Canton.

Born May 27, 1937, in Canton, the son of Walter H. and Winifred A. (Werry) Courtney, he married Evelyn Christianson on July 6, 1957, in New London, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include his stepfather and mother, Dallas and Winifred A. Launius of East Peoria; his father and stepmother, Walter H. and Mary K. Courtney of Nampa, Idaho; two sons, Roy Courtney of Banner and David Courtney of East Peoria; three daughters, Linda Waller of Peoria, Evelyn Mauschbaugh of East Peoria and Rebekah Kelly of Peoria Heights; nine grandchildren; and his grandmother, Mary E. Courtney of Nampa, Idaho.

One son, John D. Courtney, preceded him in death.

He was a maintenance electrician at Caterpillar Tractor for 29 years in building LL in East Peoria. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 974.

He served eight years in the U.S. Airforce where he was a jet mechanic during peacetime.

He held a commercial pilots license and was an instructor. He was certified to fly sea planes and twin-engine planes. He had more than 2,000 hours flying time and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and was flying a plane he had built.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Oaks-Hines funeral Home, the Rev. Glenn Whiddon officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery in Banner.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Central Illinois Chapter.

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

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