Obituaries (D)

Daily, Anna Demy, John
Daily, Elsy Derry, Almeda
Daily, Frederick Derry, Edmund
Daily, Julia Derry, Ethel
Daily, Mary Jane Derry, Maud
Daily, Michael Derry, Newton
Daley, Mrs. Merle Derry, Uriah
Danielson, Gillie Dewey, Ann
Danner, Harry DeWitt, Elizabeth
Danner, Olive DeWitt, Ruth
Danner, Richard Deushane, Rod
Danner, Rodney Dibert, M. C.
Danner, William Dickerson, Ned
Darcy, Catherine Dickson, Daisy
Dare, Joseph Ralph Dickson, U. W.
Dare, Polly Dillahay, John
Davidson, James Dilts, George
Davis, Enoch K. Dobbins, John C.
Davis, Enoch P. Dominski, Beulah
Davis, Ollivine Dominski, Robert
Davis, Leonard Donaldson, John
Davis, Sophia Dooley, Catherine
Davis, Stephen Dooley, John
Davis, Virginia Dooley, Nellie
Davis, Virginia T. Drake, Luther
Davis, William Dray, Samuel
Dean, Bonnie Dugger, Carrie
Dean, Floyd Duke, Mary
Dean, George Dunkle, Fannie
Dean, Inez Dunn, Gale
Dean, William Durling, Abram
DeMott, Jerry Dustman, Eliza
Demy, Henry Dustman, Mary
Demy, Dove Dykeman, Hiram
Demy, Jesse Dykeman, Raymond



Died, at her home in this city on Wednesday afternoon, Aug 19, 1896, Mrs. Elsy Daily, aged 39 years, 1 month and 10 days. Funeral will occur at the Baptist church on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Schlamann officiating. Interment at Oak Ridge.

Effie Davis was born at Utica, Ill., on July 9, 1857, and was the eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Davis. When one year old her parents moved to the country southeast of Farmington and remained in that section until Effie was 14 years old, then removing to Farmington. Mr. Davis was a Baptist preacher and acted as pastor of the Redd church for 21 years. He died about 19 years ago. Mrs. Davis passed away four years ago. On March 17, 1876, Miss Effie was married to Elsy Daily, and to them was born one child, a daughter, Now Mrs. Fred Heinson, who reside at the homestead. Mrs. Daily has four living sisters, Mrs. Sarah Clark of Southern, Illinois, Mrs. Anna George of Hendley, Nebraska, both being present at her death. Mrs. Addie Powell of Canton and Mrs. May Rockey of Peoria. All are expected to be present at the funeral. Two brothers, with the father and mother, preceded Mrs. Daily to the other world.

As everyone knows, Mrs. Daily was terrible sufferer, being reduced to mere skeleton before death came to relieve her, but she was happy in the suffering and would speak of communing with God and passed the hour away in prayer. Once she was thought dead and her head was laid gently on the pillow. No signs of life visible when shortly after she revived and told the family not to weep, she had come back to stay just a little longer as Jesus didn't have a crown ready. She passed quietly a?? some little time afterwards.

(Unknown newspaper, 1896, submitted by Linda T.)

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Miss Virginia Davis died Monday morning (1852 - Dec. 7, 1903) at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lyda McCann. The cause of her death was cancer. She was born in Bloomington in 1852 and came to this place when quite small. The funeral services were held at 11 o'clock in the church. Rev. Albertson of Peoria officiated. Interment at Walnut cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, 1903, submitted by Linda T.)

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William W. Danner, 83, Summum, Dies

William Warner Danner, 83, of Summum was found dead about noon Wednesday, Oct. 15, at his home.

He was born March 12, 1886 in Woodland Township, Fulton County, the son of Solomon and Mary Warner Danner. On May 28, 1905 he was married to Callie Shaffer. She died April 1, 1959. Mr. Danner was a retired farmer.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Aletha Brehm of Astoria and Mrs. Mary Keyes of East Peoria; four sons, Lester Danner of Havana, Ross Danner of Ipava, Chester Danner of Summum and Brayton Danner of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Two brothers, a sister and two half-sisters died previously.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a.m. at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Rev. Robert Winkler officiating. Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery.

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

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Harry W. Danner Dies This Morning

Harry W. Danner, 67, passed away early this morning at his home in Astoria. He had been in ill health for the past several years.

Mr. Danner was born on Dec. 17, 1895 in Astoria, a son of Jacob T. and Viola Hoke Danner. On May 1, 1915, he was united in marriage to Sue A. Siler, in Lewistown.

Survivors include the widow; six daughters, Mrs. Margaret Richardson and Mrs. Rose Davis of Astoria, Mrs. Shirley Bollinger, Mrs. Betty Frye and Mrs. Joan Parr of Vermont and Mrs. Sylvia Wise of Columbus, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, and one brother, Keith R. Danner of Astoria. One daughter preceded him in death.

Mr. Danner had lived most of his life around Astoria, except for 10 years when he lived in Missouri. He was a man that enjoyed his family and loved having them round him. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in the Astoria cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Memorial Home after 4 p.m. Friday and until the hour of services.

(Astoria Argus, Nov. 14, 1962, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Rodney Danner, 42, Dies In Iowa City

Funeral services for Rodney Gene Danner, 42, of Table Grove, were held Friday afternoon at 2:00 at the Vermont Christian Church. The Rev. Rae Van Etten officiated, and burial was in the Vermont Cemetery. Masonic services were held at the church by Astoria Lodge No. 100, and military services were held at the cemetery.

Mr. Danner died Tuesday night at Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, where he had been a patient two weeks. He had been ill with leukemia.

Mr. Danner was born at Astoria July 19, 1921, to Keith R. and Mary Carter Danner. He married Betty C. Horwedel on March 22, 1947 at Havana.

He was a World War II veteran and had been employed as a steamfitter 14 years. He was a member of the Astoria Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. The past three years he had resided in Table Grove.

Surviving are his parents of Astoria; his widow; one daughter, Christy Kay, 5, and five brothers and sisters, Ronald Danner and Mrs. Patty Heaton, of Ipava, Carter Danner, Misses Nancy and Kay Danner of Astoria. NOTE: Rodney died on Nov. 12, 1964

(Astoria Argus, 1964, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Mrs. Olive Danner Dies At Age 86

Mrs. Olive Mary Danner, 86, resident of Astoria for 36 years, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at her home here.

She was born Nov. 13, 1880, in Bureau County, the daughter of Arthur and Vorena White Aldrich. She was married to Frank Stucke, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 16, 1930, she was married to Orley B. Danner, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mildred Stucke of Long Beach, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Nina Stucke of Beardstown; and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Ranson of West Allis, Wis., and Mrs. Ruth Mayhall of Glendale, Calif.

One son, three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Mrs. Danner was a member of the Astoria Christian Church, Rebekah Lodge 53 of Vermont, and Royal Neighbors Lodge of Beardstown.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Shawgo Memorial Home with Rev. Joseph Gift officiating. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery.

Friends may call at Shawgo’s Memorial Home Wednesday afternoon and evening.


Beardstown City Cemetery, New Addition:

DANNER, Olive Mary - Nov. 13, 1880-Feb. 13, 1967
DANNER, Orley B. - Oct. 10, 1894-Feb. 22, 1981 - Pfc US Army WW I

(Astoria Argus, Feb. 1967, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Richard Danner Dies In Ipava

Richard C. Danner, 34, who died Thursday, was a lifetime resident of the area and had lived in Ipava two years.

Mr. Danner was found dead Thursday morning in the Cities Service gas station which he operated in Ipava, an apparent suicide. The doors were locked and Danner was found in a truck with the motor running inside the station.

Born March 12, 1927 in Table Grove, he was a son of Ralph H. and Zelma May (Danner) Danner. He was married Nov. 8, 1947 in Ipava to Hazel May Robertson who survives.

Also surviving are five children, Richard Allen, Donald N., Dixie Lynn, Martin Roy, and Zelma May Danner, all at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Danner of Table Grove, and two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Conner of Astoria and Mrs. Wanda Myers of Ipava, and his grandmother, Mrs. Belle Danner of Astoria.

He was preceded in death by a son, who died in infancy and a sister.

Mr. Danner was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the Ipava American Legion.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Ipava Christian church with Rev. Forrest Wise officiating. Burial ........... .

Note: He was buried in the Ipava Cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Oct. 12, 1961, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Funeral services for Mrs. Gillie May Danielson, 76, of near Plymouth were held Friday afternoon in the Dodworth-Piper Chapel in Macomb. Rev. Chalmers Runnel officiated, assisted by Rev. William Browning and burial was in Oakwood cemetery at Macomb.

Mrs. Danielson died Friday morning in her home after a year’s illness. She was born Aug. 16, 1878, at Canton to William G. and Martha Jane Epperson Williams. On Feb. 16, 1885 she married Robert F. [or R.] Danielson, who is deceased.

Surviving are two sons Carl Danielson and John W. Danielson of Plymouth, and four grandchildren. Two brothers, William and Francis Williams are deceased. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Scroll down to find Polly Dare's obit. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Jan McRevey)




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Died, Friday afternoon last, Mrs. Sophia Davis, relict of Richard Davis, aged 80 years. Funeral services were held in the Reformed church Sunday last. She had been a consistent member of that church for many years. With her husband she came here many years since from New Jersey. She was loved and esteemed by all. Leaves three daughters and four sons, and many relatives and friend, to mourn her loss. (Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 31, 1889, submitted by Regina Adam)

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Died, at his home in Deerfield Township, on Tuesday evening, January 3, Hiram DYKEMAN, at the age of sixty-nine years. (Canton Register, Thursday, January 12, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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James W. DAVIDSON, a well-known attorney of Monmouth, and a resident of the city since 1889, died on Monday, at the age of seventy-six years. (Canton Register, Thursday, May 30, 1889, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     Ned DICKERSON died Thursday morning at the family residence, 311 North Main St., Canton, Il. of appendicitis. The deceased was the son of Henry D. and Mary Dickerson and was born in Canton, Il. July 2, 1888.  The father is now in Colo. and it is not known when he can reach Canton. (Canton Daily Register, Canton, Il., Feb 28 1901, pg. 4, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     Mrs. Anna Daily died at the home of her son, Frank Daily, 729 East Olive St. [Canton] at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon following two weeks illness. She had suffered from a stroke. The decedent was born March 4, 1841 in Pennsylvania and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Monninger. Her father (typo should be husband) died Oct. 8, 1925. She was married to Frederick Daily 63 years ago. For 30 years the decedent has been a resident of Bryant and in recent years had lived with her children. Surviving children are Albert of Minnesota, Charles of Bryant, John of Galesburg, Victor of Washington, Frank of Canton, Louis of Aurora, Will of Peoria and Mrs. Letha Benson of Canton. There are 33 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Mrs. Jennie McMahon of Walla Walla, Washington, is a sister. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 o'clock from the Methodist Episcopal Church at Bryant and burial will be in the Bryant cemetery. (Canton Ledger, Canton, Il., Jun. 3, 1931, submitted by Debi Hoffman)

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     Frederick A. Daily, old Fulton Co., citizen, died at his home in Bryant at 1:30 o'clock this morning after several weeks of illness. Mr. Daily was a son of James and Catherine (Fouts) Daily and was born in Pennsylvania March 27, 1848. He was united in marriage to Ann Monninger at Babylon Sept. 26, 1867. She survives. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Arthur Benson, Canton; Albert Daily, Pernam, Minn.; Mr. V. Daily, Yakima, Wash.; Lewis Daily, Aurora; William Daily, Peoria; John Daily, Macomb; Frank Daily, Canton, Charles Daily, Bryant. There are 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. There is also one surviving brother John of Gentry, Kan. and three surviving sisters, Mrs. Caroline Hackett, Bryant; Mrs. Edward Hancock, Fairview, and Mrs. Anna Hackett of California. Mr. Daily resided in Illinois practically all his life and for the past 28 years had lived in Bryant where he was well known. Although he was past 79 years of age and his aged wife 84, his is the first death in their immediate family during nearly 60 years of marriage. Funeral services will be held at the Daily home in Bryant at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Interment will be in the Bryant cemetery. (Canton Ledger, Canton, Il., Oct. 8, 1925, submitted by Debi Hoffman)



     Time and place of the funeral of Frederick A. Daily, who died in Bryant yesterday, have been changed. The service will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and not on Saturday. Also the funeral will be held in the Bryant Methodist Episcopal Church instead of the family home. The Rev. A. H. Smith of Canton will officiate. (Canton Ledger, Canton, Il., Oct. 9, 1925, submitted by Debi Hoffman)

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Sudden Death

In Orion township, April 5, 1878, of inflammation of the lungs and bowels, Mr. Michael Daily, aged about 52 years.

Mr. Daily was born in Galway Co., Ireland in October, 1826, and came to the United States in 1849. In 1852 he came to Fulton county and settled in Canton. October 29, 1859 he was married to Miss Julia Carolin, sister of Bernard Carolin, of Canton. Mr. D. leaves a wife and four children in this country to mourn his loss, and one sister and one brother in Ireland, and two sisters in Mobile, Ala.

Funeral services were held in the Catholic church in Canton on Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Patrick Lyons. Remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery in this city.

Mr. Daily was an affectionate husband and father, a quiet and peaceable citizen, and was highly esteemed in this community.

(Fulton County Ledger, April 12, 1878, submitted by John Dooley)

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Sudden Death Of Mrs. Julia Daily

Long Time Resident Of City Passes Away After Only Ten Days' Illness

Had Just Recovered An Earlier Sickness

Bronchial Trouble Causes Death; Was Naive of Ireland - Here Fifty-Seven Years

Monday afternoon the grim reaper took another long-time resident of Canton, when Mrs. Julia (Carlin) Daily, widow of Michael Daily, died at 4:15 o'clock, at her home, 436 North Second avenue, after a residence of nearly 57 years in the city. (note: Carlin was originally spelled Carolan in Ireland)

Mrs. Daily was quite ill several weeks ago but was practically recovered until about four days ago when she suffered the attack which caused her death, and which was due to bronchial trouble

Was Born In Ireland

Julia Carlin was born in County Meath, Ireland, in October 1836 and came to America in 1850, landing at Jersey City, N.J., after a voyage of 14 weeks. She lived in jersey City for five years, coming to Illinois with the Coe family in 1855. They came directly to Canton, and the Coe family lived for many years in the old house at the southeast corner of Main and Ash streets.

For many years Miss Carlin was employed in the old hotel which stood on the present site of the Churchill House, and later was employed in the families of James Thompson, father of Lewis Thompson, and of John W. Ingersoll, until Nov. 29, 1859, when she was married to Michael Daily, in the house on East Spruce street now occupied by W. H Brant, there being no Catholic church in Canton at that time.

Few Years In Orion

All these long years Mrs. Daily was a resident of Canton, with the exception of seven years passed on a farm in Orion Towns\hip, where Mr. Daily's death occurred April 5, 1878. A son, Bernard, also died in Orion township, Aug. 21, 1881.

In June, 1882, Mrs. Daily returned to Canton and from that time until her death lived in the house at 436 North Second avenue. In the 56 years of her residence in Canton and vicinity she was never farther from home than by an occasional trip to Peoria.

Three Children Survive

Three children survive - Thomas F. Daily, Miss Mary J. Daily and Mrs. John Dooley, all of Canton. There are three grandchildren - Joseph, Leo and Clarence Dooley, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Dooley - and two great grandchildren, children of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dooley.

Mrs. Daily was the last of family of nine children. She was a woman highly esteemed in this city and country, and widely known for her kind offices in sickness, sorrow or affliction of any kind among her neighbors. She has a wide circle of friends throughout the community whose grief at her death is sincere and whose deep sympathy is with the relatives in their bereavement.

Funeral Thursday Morning

The funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Mary's church, and interment will be in the Catholic cemetery, in Greenwood.

The casket will be opened at the home from 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon until 9 o'clock Thursday morning.

Friends are requested to omit flowers.

(Canton Daily Register, January 9, 1912, submitted by John Dooley)

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Well Known Canton Woman Dies Today In Nursing Home

Miss Mary J. Daily, 83, a well known Canton resident, died early today in the Mahoney nursing Home in Peoria, where she had been a patient for several months. Prior to her illness of one year, she had made her home at 239 East Ash street. The last of her family, Miss Daily was a life time resident of this city.

She was born Oct. 2, 1872, near Canton. Two nephews, Clarence B. Dooley, 4320 Michigan, in St. Louis, MO. and Leo F. Dooley, 1229 North Institute street, in Colorado Springs, Colo. and a cousin, Mrs. Nellie Campbell, in Peoria, survive.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Murphy Memorial Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.
(note: burial was in St. Mary's cemetery)

(Canton Daily Register, May 27, 1957, submitted by John Dooley)


High Mass To Be Sung Wednesday For Miss Daily

A Requiem High Mass will be sung by the Rev. Father George Schramm at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning at funeral services in St. Mary's Catholic church for Miss Mary J. Daily who died Monday in the Mahoney Nursing Home in Peoria. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery.

Miss Daily, a life time resident of this city was born in Canton Oct. 2, 1872, a daughter of Michael and Julia (Carlin) Daily.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church and was an honorary member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 o'clock this evening at the Murphy Memorial home, where friends may call.

(Canton Daily Register, May 28, 1957, submitted by John Dooley)

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     Mrs. Merle Daley, 92 of 110 Lincoln Dr., Canton, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday at the Farmington Nursing Home.
     Born July 11, 1895, in Union Town to William D. and Rosa (Dikeman) McCoy, she married Charles N. Daley June 11, 1919, in Galesburg. He died Feb. 6, 1970.
     Survivors include a son, Ray W. Daley of Canton; two daughters, Mrs. Rose M. Rushford of Canton and Mrs. Barbara J. Meyers of Edina, Minn.; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, four great grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; a brother Dennis McCoy of Farmington and a sister Mrs. Jane Weaver of Canton. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
     She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Canton.
     Memorial services will be 1 P.M. Wednesday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Reverend James C. Emerson officiating. Private graveside services will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens. There will be no visitation. Oaks Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.
(Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, Il., Oct. 21, 1987, submitted by Debi Hoffman)

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Virginia Davis

GALESBURG - Virginia T. Davis, 84, of 480 Scotch Elm Lane died at 8:14 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

Born Jan. 27, 1919, in Avon to Robert and Margaret Burrage Trumpy, she married Edwin N. Davis on Jan. 1, 1938, in Avon. He died April 16, 1999.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Lafferty.

Surviving are two daughters, Melinda (and William) Ruttledge of St. Louis and Cynthia (and David) Leary of Fort Collins, Colo.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She attended Knox College.

She was a board member for the former Louise T. Harrington Home and a member of the St. Mary's Hospital Women's Board.

She played in numerous bridge clubs.

There will be a private family graveside service. There will be no visitation. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Public Library. (Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 16, 2003, submitted by Jenepher Homer)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Dewitt Passes Away

     Mrs. Elizabeth DeWITT, long an honored resident of Cuba, died at her home on South Third street Tuesday forenoon about 9:30 o'clock, after an illness of more than a year.
     Elizabeth WADDELL was born at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1846, died at Cuba, Ill, Mary 5, 1925.
     She moved to Illinois with her parents, John and Rebecca WADDELL at the age of two years, the family settling on the farm now owned by her granddaughter, Wilma TURNER, four miles southeast of Cuba. She has lived in Cuba for the past 40 years.
     She was married in 1867, to Wm. BISHOP and to this union five children were born, two dying in infancy. Mr. BISHOP died in 1873.
She was married to Richard DeWITT in 1877, and to this union five children were born, one dying infancy, Mrs. Cora TURNER in 1818 and Asher B. in 1920.
     The surviving children are Edward L. BISHOP, Mrs. Serena MURPHY, Mrs. Cordie B. READ, of Birmingham, Alabama, Mrs. Priscilla BRYANT, of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Grace MOORE. She is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mahala IRWIN and Mrs. Eva HAACKE, both of Cuba, also survives (sic).
     She was a member of the M. P. church.
     Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2:30 Thursday, with Rev. P. E. Mangers in charge and burial will be in Cuba cemetery. (Cuba Journal, May 7, 1925, Pg. 1, Col. 5-6, submitted by Carol Carmichael)

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John C. Dobbins, an early settler near Ipava, died on Tuesday, December 15, 1885, approximating his 84th year. Deceased had been a resident of Fulton county for about fifty years and was an exemplary member of the Presbyterian church from youth. He leaves a wife and a well-respected family of four grown up sons to mourn his death. The community in which he lived has lost one of its best citizens. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Dec. 17, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     John Donaldson passed away at his home in Delavan on Thursday after a long illness from heart trouble.
     Mr. Donaldson was for many years a resident of this city, and was a clerk, many years ago, in the old Phelps & Proctor store.
He was very popular with both old and young people, being of a genial, happy disposition, and was a faithful and zealous member of the Presbyterian church and to the fore in all the church's activities. Everybody knew John, and loved him, and deeply regretted his leaving Lewistown, and his many dear friends here were saddened to learn of his death.
     He was married to one of the city's charming young ladies, Miss Eva Leeper, daughter of the late Hugh Leeper, who passed on several years ago.
     After leaving the Phelps & Proctor store, John went into business with Arthur Turner here, afterward moving to Delavan, to Miss Burlingame of that city.
     The body was brought here Saturday morning and was interred in Oak Hill cemetery early in the afternoon, after a short service. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deana Paul)

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U. W. Dickson, one of the oldest citizens of Deerfield is seriously ill with gangreen of the left leg. He is 83 years old. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Sep. 13, 1895, submitted by Todd Walter)


U. W. Dickson, mention of whose illness has been made in past issues, died at his home south-west of here on Wednesday of last week, and was buried in the cemetery on the John Rose farm on Thursday, Sept. 12th. The funeral exercises were held at the house and were very brief, Rev. James officiating. The deceased was in his 83rd year, and leaves a wife and one son, J. M. Dickson. The deceased was one of our most respected citizens, a christian gentleman above reproach, and his death is a great loss to the community in which he lived. We have no further particulars of his life. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Sep. 20, 1895, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Daisy (Allen) Dickson

Mrs. Tom Dickson died at the family home near Sepo, on Thursday morning, Nov. 28, 1918, from influenza pneumonia, after an illness of but a few days.

Daisy Allen was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Allen, and was born Nov. 3, 1891, in Waterford Township, where she spent her entire life. She was united in marriage to Tom Dickson on February 16, 1908. To them were born five children, one of whom is dead. Those living are: Willard Glenn, Pauline, Eldora, and little Allen Ross. She also leaves three sisters-Mrs. Lawrence Ogden, of Bryant; Mrs. Sidney Fitch of this city, and Miss Pearl Allen, at home. She also leaves two brothers- Earl, of Liverpool township and James, at home.

There were short services held on Friday morning at the Waterford Cemetery, with burial there.

(Fulton County Democrat, Dec. 11, 1918, pg. 4, submitted by Debra Hill)

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George W. Dilts died in the insane asylum, Jacksonville, Saturday, March 8. His body arrived in this city [Cuba] Monday evening of this week, and the funeral took place in the M. P. Church on Tuesday at 1:30, p. m., sermon by Rev. L. S. Kidd and the funeral in charge of Cuba Masonic Lodge, of which the deceased was a member.

Mr. Dilts was born at Redington, N. J., Oct. 17, 1843. When quite young he came to Fulton County. His first wife was Susan Keller. To them were born four children, three of whom are now living, viz, Mrs. Minnie Hoffman, Mrs. Fannie Churchill and Mrs. Zoe Bowman. His first wife died December 7, 1889 and he was married to Miss Emma Wertman, who with two children, Frank and Eda, survives. him.

Mr. Dilts was an invalid and most of the tie, a great sufferer for nine years prior to his death from Locomotor Ataxia. For five years previous to his death he was blind. Six years ago his mind became deranged and he was taken to the asylum, from which he was discharged at the end of sixteen months partially restored. In the fall of 1900 his mental faculties gave way completely and he was again taken to the asylum, where he remained until his death.

George Dilts was a man of untiring industry, working early and late, in fact his disability was the result of hard work. For six years prior to his death he was a member of the M. P. Church and was always in attendance when it was possible. (unknown newspaper, Mar. 13, 1902, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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     Mrs. Mary Duke, widow of James Duke, died Friday night about 10:30 o'clock, of general debility, at the county house. Mrs. Duke has been an inmate of the county house for 8 years and her husband died there 5 years ago. They were originally from Young Hickory township. Her age was 67 years. The funeral took place at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. (unknown newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Kristen Dansby)

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Aged Citizen Dead

     Edward Derry was born in the State of Ohio, June 11, 1841, came with his parents to Illinois when two years of age. He died at his home near Union Chapel, Fulton county, Nov. 10, 1908 aged 76 years, 5 months and 9 days.
     He was converted to Christ and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Union Chapel when he was 25 years of age and remained a true and devoted member until death.
     Mr. Derry enlisted in the Union army during the late Civil War in 1862 and was mustered out in the spring of 1865.
     He was married to Mrs. Elmeda Littleton, Jan. 1, 1867. By this marriage he became the stepfather of McKendrie, Minnie and Rachel Littleton. Seven children were born to him and his beloved wife, namely Maria Brockley who died Feb. 7, 1884, Mrs. Fred Ferris, Mrs.   Emma Hopping, Mrs. Della Parks, Uriah, James and Newton are the surviving children.
     The wife still survives. She and the children have the sympathy of their many friends during the hours of bereavement.
     The funeral was held at Union chapel, Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Rev. G. H. Smith, the pastor of the family, conducted the funeral and Rev. O. M. Wilson, of the Astoria M. E. Church, preached the funeral sermon. Interment took place in the Union Chapel cemetery. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in the community. [The actual name was Edmund not Edward. He was the son of Solomon and Maria (Derry) Derry. His wife's name was Almeda Rogers Littleton.]
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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Funeral Thursday P.M. At The Christian Church Summum, Illinois

     Mrs. Newton Derry died suddenly at her home southeast of Summum Monday morning at about eight o'clock. Death was due to heart failure.
     Mrs. Derry had been in her usual health, according to reports. She was preparing to wash when she suffered a heart attack, expiring almost instantly.
     Miss Pearl Gould was born in Woodland township, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gould. She was married to Newton Derry, who survives, together with the following children: Benjamin, Mrs. Darlene Waggoner, Willis, Dorothy, Fern, Vernon, Otis, Bernard and Donald.
     Funeral services will be held at the Christian church, Summum, on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Wilson of Vermont. Burial in Summum cemetery.


     Ethel Pearl Gould, was born July 28, 1889 in Fulton County, Illinois, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gould.
     She was united in marriage to Newton B. Derry, Nov. 12, 1905. To this union were born nine children. She departed this life at her home in Woodland township March 21, 1932, aged 42 years, 8 months and 24 days.
     She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband and nine children namely: Bennie Derry, Mrs. Russel Waggoner and Willis Derry of Astoria, Dorothy, Fern, Vernon, Otis, Bernard and Donald, all at home. Three grandchildren, Richard, Jackie and Joan Derry, five sisters and one brother, Mrs. Edith Bankert, St. David, Mrs. Sarah Smith, Vermont, Mrs. Rosa Royal, Gillette, Wyoming, Mrs. Sylvia Nichols, Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. Mary Curless, Monroe City, Mo., Demsey Gould, Eaton, California, and a host of relatives and friends. She has been a loving wife and mother and a sympathizing friend who will be greatly missed by all who have know and loved her. (Note: Pearl was the daughter of Thomas and Christena Watkins Gould.)

(From the Astoria newspaper circa March 23, 1932, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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Newton Derry Of Astoria Dies:88 Kin Survive

     Astoria--Newton B. Derry, 83, of Astoria, died Thursday evening in Colbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville, after a long illness.
     He is survived by 88 relatives.
     A lifetime resident of the Astoria area, he was born Feb. 8, 1884 in Astoria, son of Edmond and Alma Rogers Derry. He was married in 1905 to Pearl Gould, who died in 1932. Sept. 15, 1943 he married Edith Beam Parr, and she survives.
     Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Darlene Waggoner and Mrs. Dorothy Brillhart, both of Astoria, Mrs. Fern Parr Conner of San Jose, Calif.; six sons, Ben Derry of Smithfield, Willis, Vernon and Donald, all of Astoria, Otis of Kansas City, Mo., and Bernard of East Peoria; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Nelda Herriford of Ipava, Mrs. Flossie Danner of Adair, and Mrs. Wanda Averill of New Berlin; two stepsons, Jack Parr of Vermont and Dean of San Jose, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. Two brothers and four sisters died earlier.
     He was a member of Summum Christian Church, where services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, the Rev. Danny Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Summum Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 this afternoon in Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria. (Note: Newton's mother's name of Almeda not Alma.)

(From the Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 02, 1967, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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Almeda Derry Obituary

     Almeda Rogers was born in Augusta, Maine, in the year A.D., 1840. Emigrated with her parents to Wisconsin and later to Illinois, settling near Ipava and has lived practically all her life in Fulton county.
     She was married May 10, 1857 to Aaron Littleton, three children being born to this union, McKendree, deceased, Minnie and Rachael, of Canton. Mr. Littleton died in the year 1863. Later, Mrs. Littleton again married, her second marriage occurring on January 1, 1870 to Edmond C. Derry. To this union was born seven children namely, Mariah Brockley, who died February 7, 1884; Mrs. Mary Ferris of Oklahoma, Uriah, of Canton, James T., of Astoria, Mrs. Emma Hopping, who died May 24, 1911; Mrs. Della Parks, of Rushville, Bernard N., of Summum.
     Mrs. Derry died at her home near Union Chapel, March 3, 1914 aged 73 years, 2 months and 20 days. She was converted in early life, joined the Christian church and later, with her husband, united with the Methodist church at Union Chapel, and remained a true and devoted Christian until death.
     Funeral services were held at the Union Chapel church Thursday, conducted by Rev. W. C. Harbert. Interment in the Union Chapel cemetery. (Note:Almeda was the daughter of Eli and Mary Manser Rogers and was born in Troy, ME 13 Dec 1843. She lived in Brown County, IL with her mother after her father died. Her mother remarried 22 February 1851 to James Bedwell of Ipava, IL.)

(From the Astoria Newspaper, March 11, 1914, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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     Uriah W. Derry, veteran moulder of the P & O Plow Works here, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Tracy of Farmington at 9:40 o'clock last night. He had been ill for six months and had not been able to be at his work here.
     He was born on Nov 4, 1874 on a farm five miles east of Astoria, the son of Edward and Alameda Derry. He was married to Miss Carrie Campbell on December 24, 1899. She preceded him in death on February 26, 1925, and he was married again, this time to Miss Ida Alexander on October 1, 1927.
     He is survived by his widow and four children by his former marriage. They are Marie Tracy of Farmington, Ernest Derry of Wisconsin, Mrs. Bernice Gay of Pekin and Kenneth of Canton. A daughter, Wynona Thelma, died in infancy. One grandchild, two brothers, James T. Derry of Panora, Ia, and Nute of Astoria, and three sisters, Mary Farris of Oklahoma, Della Parks of Springfield and Minnie Horner of Canton, also survive.
     Mr. Derry first became a moulder at the Canton shops in 1901 and had worked there continually until his illness.
Funeral services will be held at the Murphy Memorial home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Dan Crane of Victoria officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood. (Note:Uriah was the son of Edmond and Almeda Rogers Derry.)

(From the Canton Newspaper, August 7, 1929, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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Answers Call.

John C. Demy, an honored and highly respected citizen, passed away at his home on East Broadway Sunday at 4:50 p.m. after an illness covering a period of several weeks. Death was due to Bright's disease.

Funeral services were held at the church of Brethren Wednesday at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Elder S. G. Bucher. A more complete obituary will be given in next week's issue. (Astoria Argus, Mar. 18, 1914, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)


Mrs. Demy and children take this method of extending their heartfelt thanks to all friends for the manifestation of their love and sympathy during the sore affliction of husband and father; also especial gratitude to the neighbors for their help after his death, and a high appreciation of the ministerial services so well and appropriately delivered and the singing so well rendered, which was one of the highest delights of our father's beautiful life.

A number from this vicinity (Oak Grove) attended the funeral of Rev. John Demy held in Astoria Wednesday. (Astoria Argus, Mar. 25, 1914, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)


John C. Demy was born in the state of Pennsylvania September 7, 1832 and died at his home in Astoria, March 15, 1914. He was of German descent, his great-grandfather having come to America from Germany and settled in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, where Christian Demy, the father of John C., was born in 1798. In 1831 Christian Demy was married to Sarah Harverstick, who was also a native of Pennsylvania and to whom eleven children were born. Christian Demy died November 22, 1872 and his wife died January 16, 1878.

John C. Demy was reared in his native state and there learned the trade of a carpenter, which he followed until one year after his marriage. He then engaged in farming and followed this line of work until 1888 when he retired.

He was married to Mary Sellers at Lancaster, Penn., January 24, 1856, Rev. J. J. Strine officiating. To this union were born ten children: Mrs. Sarah Mohler, Naperville, Illinois, Mrs. Emma Landis, Burlington, Kansas; Mrs. Alice Kontz, Longmont, Colorado; Mrs. Ella McLaren, Farmington, and J. L., H. C., Miss Lizzie, Mrs. Amanda Burgard, Mrs. Dilly Blemler of Astoria and John S. who died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Demy have been members of the Church of the Brethren since 1861, when they were baptised in Hanover, Penn.

In 1871 they moved to Edgar County, Illinois. Two years later he was elected to the ministry. In 1877 they moved to Astoria, where they have since resided.

The deceased suffered with kidney trouble, neuritis and a sciatic condition. For nearly five months he bore his intense suffering patiently and with the aid of Christian assurance. His congenial presence will be sorely missed in the home and neighborhood. His sparkling eyes and pleasing smile has left an indelible impress upon the hearts of his children. Many will remember him as a frequent visitor of the sick and afflicted.

It was his privilege to have all of his family at his bedside a few weeks before he died where they united in family worship at which time he used II Timothy 2, as a lesson.

His last sermon was preached at the South Fulton House, Oct. 19, 1913; text I Cor. 13:3. Bro. Demy was a man of strong convictions of right for which he was always willing to sacrifice, if need be. The family alter has been kept burning all through his Christian life. He was a constant attendant at all religious services when it was possible for him to be there, where he will be greatly missed. For forty-one years he served in the ministry, filling the office conscientiously and to the best of his ability. He was a great reader of the Bible, delighting in the promises. Some months before death he selected the text to be used at his funeral Rev. 14:13.

Funeral Wednesday at the Astoria House, conducted by Elder S. G. Bucher, Interment in the South Fulton cemetery.

Buried at Dunkard Brethren Church Cemetery, Astoria, IL. (Astoria Argus, Apr. 1, 1914, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)


Mrs. Demy and children take this method of extending their heartfelt thanks to all friends for the manifestation of their love and sympathy during the sore affliction of husband and father; also especial gratitude to the neighbors for their help after his death, and a high appreciation of the ministerial services so well and appropriately delivered and the singing so well rendered, which was one of the highest delights of our father's beautiful life.

A number from this vicinity (Oak Grove) attended the funeral of Rev. John Demy held in Astoria Wednesday. (Astoria Argus, Mar. 25, 1914, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Jesse L. Demy a well known resident of near Bader died at the home of his son John Demy near Browning Friday, aged 82 years and 18 days. Mr. Demy was ill only a few days. His death was due to a heart attack.

Jesse L. Demy was born in Dauphin County, Pa., Oct. 4, 1861. He was the son of John and Mary Sellers Demy.

In 1871 he came to this country with his parents and lived most of his life in the Astoria-Browning communities. Several years the latter part of his life, he spent much of the time with his daughter in Urbana, until her decease in 1941. After this he returned to the Browning community and made his home with his son John.

On Nov. 16, 1884, he was married to Dove Lanty Geiman and to this union three children were born. One son died in infancy and the daughter, Mrs. Arta Hoover passed away August 27, 1941.

At the age of 34 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Church of the Brethren. He was baptized by Eld. Michael Flory in February or March 1896. He was much interested in the church and was faithful in attendance whenever possible . He was a faithful Christian unto the end.

He is survived by one son, John Demy of Browning; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Koutz of Long Mont, Col; Mrs. Amanda Burgard of Astoria; Mrs. Ella McLaren of Farmington and four grandchildren. One brother and four sisters preceeded him in death. They were Henry Demy, Sarah Mohler, Mrs. Charles Blemler, Mrs. Emma Landis, and Mary Elizabeth Demy.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Astoria Church of the Brethren by the pastor Lester E. Fike. Burial was made in South Fulton cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Mrs. Jesse L. Demy died Thursday of last week in the Burnham city hospital, Champaign, Ill., aged 75 years, 11 months and 17 days.

Dove Lanty Geiman was born April 29, 1863, the daughter of Joseph and Isabel Zentz Geiman.

On November 16, 1884, she married Jesse L. Demy and to this union three children were born, John Demy, Mrs. David Hoover, and one son who died in infancy.

Mrs. Demy lived her life at Bader, Ill., with the exception of the last three years when she lived with her daughter in Urbana. She joined the church Jan. 18, 1896 and witnessed for her Lord by serving Him faithfully unto death. Her service included almost 40 years of teaching in the Sunday school. Three sisters preceded her in death, one dying in infancy, Miss Ferby N. Geiman, Mrs. W. B. Jones, also a brother, C. C. Geiman.

Those surviving to mourn her loss are: her husband, J. L. Demy, one son John Demy, and one daughter, Mrs. David Hoover; four grandchildren, Dorothy Lee, Doris Louise, Franklin LeRoy and Virgil Gene Demy; also two brothers, J. Q. Geiman of near Browning, David H. Geiman of Astoria, and three sisters, Mrs. M. L. Kolp of near Browning and Misses Clara and Belle Geiman of Astoria.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Astoria Church of the Brethren, conducted by Rev. Merlin Garber, assisted by Rev. Lester E. Fike. Interment in South Fulton cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Mar. 22, 1939, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Henry C. Demy, 75, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ghlee Walters, in Beardstown. He was taken to his daughter's home several months ago when he became ill.

He was born July 17, 1865 in Pennsylvania, a son of John and Mary (Sellers) Demy. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Walters, Mrs. Thomas Harn and Mrs. George Ring, all of Beardstown. There are three grandchildren, Mrs. Don Armstrong, Peoria, and Robert and Margaret Anne Harn, Beardstown. A brother and sisters are J. C. Demy,
Champaign; Mrs. C. C. McLaren, Farmington, and Mrs. C. E. Blemler and Mrs. William Burgard, Astoria.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Horton Funeral Home by the Rev. Fred Thompson. Burial will be in Astoria cemetery. (Astoria Argus, May 14, 1940, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Veteran Dead

Samuel DRAY died Sun. Morn., at his home on E. Elm. St., Canton, IL. Lung Fever. He received injuries in the Civil War. A member of the 85th IL., Vol. Co. C. Mr. DRAY was b. Jan 4. 1841, and spent most of his life in Fairview, IL., moving to Canton, 8 yr’s ago. He leaves a wife and children- Frank, Elias, (can’t read the next line)_____ DRAY of Canton, IL., Mrs. Susan STRALET, of Norris, IL., and Mrs. Mary S. STOBAUGH of Canton. IL. He leaves a bro. Emanual DRAY of Havana, IL., Burial in Fairview, IL. [Coal Creek Lutheran Cemetery] Tues., PM. (
"Obituaries and Odd and Ends" Marion C. & Virginia O. Johnson. "The Canton Register" May 13, 1901. p.7 col. 1, Mon., submitted by Jan Foster)

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Enoch Kenneth Davis

Services for E. Kenneth Davis, 59, of 3307 E. Washington St., East Peoria, who died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at Methodist Hospital, where he was admitted June 7, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church of East Peoria. The Rev. Marshall Ervin will officiate, and burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery, East Peoria. Visitation will be in LeRoy Schmidt Memorial Chapel, East Peoria, 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and in the church one hour prior to services. A resident of East Peoria 37 years and of the current address 20 years, Mr. Davis was born in Bader Oct 21, 1909. He was a son of Enoch P. and Florence Simeral Davis, and married H. Louise Stivers in Schuyler County July 3, 1937. He had been employed at Caterpillar Tractor Co 34 years, working in plant protection the last 17 years, and was a member of United Plant Guards of America. He attended First United Methodist Church East Peoria. Surviving are his wife: three sons, Eldred P. Davis, with the Peace Corps in Monrovia, Liberia, Vernie L. Davis, with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, and Linden G. Davis, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Venters of Bader, Mrs. Sarah Crumley of Peoria and Mrs. Winona Bowen of Albuquerque, NM, and two brothers, Albert and Sheldon Davis, both of Beardstown. One sister and one brother preceded him in death. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Former Resident Dies Suddenly

Rev. E. P. Davis Passed Away Friday At His Home In Beardstown

     Enoch Parry Davis, the son of William and Sarah Davis, was born May 14, 1877, and departed this life suddenly Friday afternoon at his home in Beardstown, aged 66 years 6 months and 26 days. Death was due to a heart attack. He was the eighth eldest in a family of seven brothers and three sisters. Two brothers and two sisters together with his parents have preceded him to the Land of Spirit.
     His early life was spent on the old homestead, located southwest of Astoria in the Oak Grove community and just across the Schuyler County line near Bader, where he attended grade school. He was united in marriage December 6, 1896 to Florence Simeral, daughter of Allen and Elizabeth Gain Simeral, by the Rev. James Miller, at the home of the bride’s parents abut six miles west of Astoria.
To the union were born eight children, four sons and four daughters: Ralph Lee Davis of Peoria; Hazel Elizabeth Venters of Peoria, Albert Allen Davis of Beardstown, Sheldon William Davis of Burbank, California, Eula Edna Miller of West Chicago, Enoch Kenneth Davis of Peoria, Sarah Simeral Crumley of Rushville, Winona LaVere Bowen of Peoria. These with fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive. One great-grandson died in infancy. One sister, Mrs. Ellen Craig of Macomb, five brothers, J. Grant of Canton, John, Lemuel, and Fred of Astoria, and Charles of Adair are left with his loving and devoted wife to mourn his loss, besides a number of nephews, nieces, and hosts of friends.
     Out of a variety of experiences in which he engaged as farmer, salesman, postmaster, and minister, he developed the happy faculty of making many friends and a desire to make his life count for the most in the service of humanity. This, with a deep religious Christian experience fitted him for the Christian ministry which he actively entered in the spring of 1931 and in which service he engaged until this retirement in June of this year.
     Rev. Davis held postulates at Willows Grove near Blandsville, Rushville, Tiesa, El Dora, and New Salem Illinois.
     He served his Lord under the auspice of both United Brethren and Methodist faith, holding many revivals, preaching many funeral sermons, performing marriage ceremonies and receiving many souls into the kingdom, and has now entered into the joys of his Lord, courageous and unafraid, faithful to the end.
     Funeral Services were held at the Methodist Church in Astoria Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. G. Davis of Chicago, a nephew, Internment in the Oak Grove Cemetery southwest of Astoria. (Argus-Searchlight, Wed., Dec. 15, 1943, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Ollivine Davis

BEARDSTOWN - Ollivine V. Davis, 86, of 900 W. Sixth St., Apt. 4A, died at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Heritage Manor South. Born Aug. 31, 1913, in Beardstown to Harry and Margaret Ryan Foster, she married Albert "Al" Davis in 1943. He died Aug. 16, 1974. One brother and two sisters also preceded her in death. Surviving are one sister, Rozella Wessel of Beardstown; three nephews, six nieces; and several great-nieces and great­-nephews. She and her husband owned and operated Arrow Restaurant from 1945 to 1963. She also was a cook at Myers Nursing Home for many years. She was a past president of Business and Professional Women, Beardstown Emblem Club 474, and Virginia Country Club Women's Golf League. She was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church, where she once assisted the nuns in teaching catechism. She also was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at her church. A recitation of the rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Sager Funeral Home with family meeting friends after the rosary service until 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Beardstown Library. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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William Davis, an aged and well known resident of near Baders, died Saturday, Oct. 29. Mr. Davis was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, Sept. 22nd, 1833. In the year of 1854 he came to Astoria in which community he has since lived. He was married to Miss Sarah Sayers in the year 1863. To them were born eleven children, two sons and one daughter having preceded him to the spirit world. In 1889 he united with the United Brethren church and has been a true follower of Jesus.
     He has been a faithful and devoted husband and a loving and tender father. He leaves to mourn his loss, an aged companion, two daughters, six sons and friends unnumbered by the score. The funeral was held at Oak Grove church, officiated by Rev. Albright, assisted by Rev. Baer and Miller. The remains were laid to rest in the Oak Grove cemetery.

‘Tis God, who can tha lonely bless,
He can the sorrows heal,
Oh, take your wounded hearts to him,
To him, for strength appeal,
He will your soul give sweet relief,
For he is such a friend,
He’ll stop the wounded heart to cheer,
Oh, trust him to the end.

We desire to thank the many kind friends who so willingly assisted us in our recent sad affliction. Your kindness shall never be forgotten.-Mrs. Davis and Children. (Astoria Argus, Nov. 2, 1904, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Dibert, M. C.

M. C. Dibert, 91, Dies This Morning, Services Incomplete
M. C. Dibert, 91, of 85 West Vine street, died this morning in the Graham Hospital, where he was admitted on Feb. 24, following a fall in which he suffered a fractured left hip.
Born in Banner township on Feb. 5, 1862 a son of Jacob and Eliza (Ritchey) Dibert, he was married on Nov. 2 , 1886 in Canton to Elizabeth Jones, who survives. One niece, Mrs. C. Lee Martin, 214 West Pine Street also survives.
A retired farmer, he had lived in Canton since his retirement 32 years ago.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but will be announced by Sebree’s. It has been requested that flowers be omitted. Friends my call at Sebree’s after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, Mar. 3, 1953, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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The Ledger a short time since reported that Mrs. Fannie Dunkle, of Macon, Ill., daughter of M. K. Sweeney, of Lee township, this county, was very low from quick consumption. She died on Tuesday, September 20th, aged 22 years. This makes four deaths of near relatives of Mr. Sweeney within six weeks—mother, brother, grandchild and daughter. (Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 5, 1882, submitted by Bonnie Dagen)

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Sudden Death Of W. R. Dean, Prominent Farmer of Astoria Township, Died of Heart Trouble

     William Dean, who resided on a farm near Astoria, died suddenly on Friday morning [August 14, 1903] from heart trouble.  He was a son of Mrs. David Dean of this city, and news of his death came as a great shock to his family and many friends in the vicinity.
     On the day preceding his death Mr. Dean visited with his sister, Mrs. Joseph B. Rose in Canton, and when he retired appeared to be in his usual health.  In the early morning Mrs. Dean was awakened by heavy breathing of her husband and was unable to arouse him and before medical aid could be summoned he was dead.
     Mrs. David Dean of this city was notified by telephone of her son's death and in company with her daughter, Alice Dean, went to Astoria Friday morning to attend the funeral which was held on Sunday at 11 o'clock.
     The Astoria Search Light gives the following additional particulars of Mr. Dean's illness and sketch.
     Mr. Dean had been in failing heath for several months and had recently consulted a specialist in Chicago in regard  to his sickness, which was pronounced to be a calcifying of the valves and arteries of the heart, and members of' family were warned that his condition was indeed very serious.  Yet during the last few weeks there seemed to be a marked improvement in his condition and his friends had hopes that he might ultimately recover.
     The day before his death he was about attending to his affairs as usual, greeting his friends in his usual jovial happy manner, which was one of his characteristics.
     Deceased was born Feb. 14, 1866, in Oakland township, Schuyler county, Ill., and died Aug.. 14, 1903, aged 42 years and six months.  He 'was married to Miss Inez J. Wetzel Aug. 3, 1892, and is survived by his wife and two children, Bonnie and Floyd, five brothers, Geo.  H., of Table Grove, John D., Bert and Samuel of Rushville, and Lawrence of this vicinity, and two sisters, Miss Alice of Rushville, and Mrs. Joseph B. Rose of Canton, Ill., and his mother; father having been stricken in the same manner some months ago.
     In our feeble capacity to comprehend and to understand the decrees of Providence we cannot see why this useful man, this dearly loved husband and trusted friend and brother was taken away.  When we have entered into that haven of rest and no longer "see as thru a glass darkly, but face to face" and when "we no longer know in part, but know as we are known," we shall be able to see and understand why the ties of this happy family were so ruthlessly torn asunder and why this wife was made broken hearted and these dear children fatherless.
     Deceased was a member of the United Brethren church and while he was extensively engaged in farming and in the feeding of stock he found time to look to the interest of things eternal and was active in the work of the church and Sunday school, ever ready to lend hand in time of trouble.  Liberal in thought and deed, genial and kind, a man whose place it  will be hard to fill in this community.
     The esteem in which he was held by his fellow citizens was evidenced by the large concourse of people who assembled to do honor to his memory, as it was one of the largest funerals ever held in the vicinity of Astoria.
     The funeral services were conducted at the Oak Grove church, Revs. J. H. Davis and D. E. Baer officiating. The burial services were in charge of the M. W. A.  He was laid to rest in Oak Grove cemetery.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Mrs. Inez J. Dean, 92, Dies Here Friday; Rites Held In Astoria on Monday

  Mrs. Inez Josephine Dean, 92, of Astoria, died Friday afternoon at Snyders Nursing Home in Rushville. She had been in failing health for several years.
  Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Astoria. Burial was in Astoria cemetery. The Rev. H. L. Leu conducted the services.
  Mrs. Dean was born May 6, 1871, in Browning Township, Schuyler county, a daughter of John B. and Amanda E. Wetzel. She was a lifetime resident of the Astoria area. On Aug. 3. 1892, she was wed to William Robert Dean; he died Aug 14, 1908. She was a member of the Astoria EUB church for 80 years. She attended Maxwell Kennedy’s Normal school in Rushville in 1889 and 1890.
  She is survived by two daughters, Miss Bonnie Dean of Astoria and Mrs. Wilmina Ehrenberg of Granite Falls, Minn.; a son Floyd Dean of Astoria; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
(Unknown newspaper, Thursday, January 9, 1964, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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George Dean, 87, Of Table Grove, Died Monday In Galesburg Hospital.

  Funeral services for George Dean, 87, a native of Schuyler county, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Hukill Funeral Home in Table Grove, with burial in the Harris Cemetery in that city. He had been a resident of Table Grove for than 60 years.
  Mr. Dean, who had been in poor health for three years, died Monday morning at the Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, where he had been a patient the past month.
  He was born Dec. 6, 1863, in Schuyler County, near Rushville, a son of David and Catherine Montooth Dean. At the age of 24 years he moved to the Table Grove community, where he operated a farm. He was a member of the New Salem Christian church.
  He was married Nov. 2, 1884 to Sarah Stambaugh, who died in 1940. Surviving are three sons and a daughter, Clinton and Roy Dean of Adair, Guy Dean of Table Grove, and Mrs. Merna Haney of Galesburg; a sister, Mrs. Effie Rose of Muncie, and two brothers Lawrence and Herbert Dean of Rushville. Two children, Mrs. Estel Payne and Dale Dean, preceded him in death.
(Unknown newspaper, June 7, 1951, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Rites Held in Astoria for Floyd Dean, 80

  Floyd C. Dean, 80, of Astoria, died Thursday  at Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Funeral services for Mr. Dean were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with the Rev. R. Bruce Weiman officiating. Burial was in Astoria Cemetery.
  He was born Aug. 9, 1893, in Astoria, the son of William and Inez Wetzel Dean. He married Dorothy Marie Elgin, March 2, 1920 in Lewistown. She died Feb. 5, 1978 . He was a farmer.
  Mr. Dean is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Louise Mummert of Havana; two son, William and Elgin of Astoria; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Wilmina Ehrenberg of Granite Falls, Minnesota.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Miss Bonnie F. Dean, 68 Astoria Teacher, Dies

  Miss Bonnie Fern Dean, 68, who had taught 44 years in Astoria schools, died Monday night at Graham hospital in Canton.
  Miss Dean had taught second grade at Astoria grade school most of her teaching career. She began the term last fall but after a few months became ill and was unable to complete the year.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. today (Thursday) at the Evangelical united Brethren church in Astoria, the Rev. H. L. Leu officiating. Burial will be in Astoria cemetery.
  Miss Dean was born May 22, 1896, at Astoria, a daughter of William Robert and Inez Josephine Wetzel Dean. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Wilmina Ehrenberg of Granite Falls, Minn.; a brother, Floyd Dean of Astoria.
  She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren church, Pythian Sisters, Delta kappa Gamma, Illinois and National education Associations and DAR.
(Unknown newspaper, May 28, 1964, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Brief Illness Fatal To Mrs. John Dooley, 75

Friends in Canton were shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. Catherine A. Dooley, 75, [7:45 pm, January 5, 1938] well known resident of this city, at her home at 352 East Ash Street last evening. She had been ill for only ten days, suffering from complications. Her husband, John Dooley, has been quite ill for some time. Born in Canton, Sept. 3, 1862, a daughter of Michael and Julia (Carlin) Daily, she was married in Canton, June 25, 1884, to John Dooley. Children are Joseph M. Dooley, Davenport, Iowa; Leo F., Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Clarence B., St. Louis, Mo. A daughter, Nellie, died in 1909. Miss Mary J. Daily of Canton is a sister. There are eight grand children and four great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and of the Alter and Rosary society of the church. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock Saturday morning, the Rev. Father A. L. Necasek singing the requiem mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Friends may call at the Memorial Home until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, then at the residence. The rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tomorrow evening at the residence.  (Canton Daily Ledger, Jan. 5, 1938, submitted by John Dooley)

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Large Attendance At Rites For John Dooley

A large crowd attended funeral services for John Dooley [he died on July 7, 1939], well known Canton resident, this morning at St. Mary's Catholic church. The Rev. A. L. Necasek sang the requiem mass. Pallbearers were A. J. Neville, Frank Seery, William Bailey, J. S. Rowley, C. J. Scott and Neil Harrison. Burial was at St. Mary's cemetery. Mr. Dooley's death, according to a verdict returned by a coroner's jury Saturday afternoon, was attributed to a fracture of the right him, sustained in a fall at his home on June 29. Witnesses were Miss Mary Daily, a sister-in-law and Dr. H. C. Putman. Composing the coroner's jury were T. B. King, Harry Hawkins, Frank Darr. A. F,. Smith, George Snell and I. J. Smith. The inquest, held at the Murphy Memorial Home was conducted by Dr. Mark S. Nelson, coroner.  (Canton Daily Ledger, July 10, 1939, submitted by John Dooley)

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Death Claims Her Miss Nellie Dooley, Victim of Typhoid Fever,

Dies at Home of Parents, Shortly After Noon Hour.

Miss Nellie Dooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dooley, died at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon [December 3, 1909], at the home of her parents, 352 East Ash street. Death was due to typhoid fever and followed nearly three weeks of illness. The disease appeared in most serious form from the outset, and the patient's condition was critical throughout. Nellie Dooley was 15 years of age Oct. 10, last, and was a member of the freshman class of the Canton high school. She was the only daughter of the family and is survived by her parents and three brothers - Joseph, Leo and Clarence Dooley - all of whom reside in Canton. By her schoolmates and all who knew her she was much beloved. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of a host of friends in their bereavement. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. (note: Nellie is buried with her parents at St. Mary's Cemetery)  (Canton Daily Register, December 3, 1909, submitted by John Dooley)

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AVON--Funeral services for Luther L. Drake, 80, of Avon, were today at 3 p.m. at Corman Memorial Home at Avon. He died Saturday [Nov. 30, 1968].
     Rev. W. A. Breuning officiated, Mrs. Gertrude Hatfield was organist. Burial was at Avon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie, Terry and Carter Powell, Earl Johnson, Tony Francisovick and Bernard Repp.
     Mr. Drake was born April 10, 1888, in Fulton County. He was a retired carpenter and lived his entire life in the Avon area. On March 14, 1915, he married Eula Powell.
     She survives with two sons, Rex of Avon and Giles of near Cameron; a sister, Sister Marie Eulalia of Normandy, Mo.; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. [possible death date: Nov. 30, 1968]  (Galesburg Register, Dec. 1968, submitted by Richard Powell)

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The Grim Messenger Claims Another of Avon's Most Respected Citizens--Death of Mrs. Dustman

     Mrs. Eliza Dustman who had been in ill health for three months died Wednesday morning, April 26, [1893] at 6:15 o'clock.
     In January. she was very ill with catarrhal fever and it was feared then that death would come. She partially recovered but about three weeks ago, was again afflicted. Sickness was unknown to her until this time as her constitution was a remarkably strong one. Thus, her sufferings were especially painful, yet through it all she was cheerful and uncomplaining. She was conscious and talked with the family until the last moment.
     Eliza Berlin was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1814. Her ancestors came from Germany and it was from some of them that the city of Berlin derived its name. When only sixteen years of age, the family moved to Mahoney county, Ohio, where, June 6, 1833, she was married to Elias Dustman. In 1858, they came to Avon and she has lived there since. Mr. Dustman died April 9, 1856 and her daughter, Rebecca, in 1864. Of the four children born to them, three survive her--Mrs. Lizzie Mummey and Miss Mary Dustman of Avon, and John Dustman of Coldwater, Michigan. Owing to sickness in his own family, the son was unable to come.
     After the death of her husband, she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Mummey, until she purchased the residence on Woods street, where she lived continuously with her daughter Mary until now.
     She was a devoted mother, a kind neighbor and had a wide circle of friends. Her life was quiet yet full of kind acts. Her grandchildren ever found her a cheerful companion. She was universally known as "Grandma" Dustman. She was passionately fond of flowers and around and over the silent form, so sweetly sleeping the last sleep, many of her favorites were placed by loving friends. Though she had lived almost four-score years, it seemed that it was not yet time for her earthly life to end.
     The funeral services were held in the Universalist church, Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. Chaffee of Galesburg. By the side of her husband and daughter, in the Avon cemetery, the remains were laid to rest.
     Another pioneer is gone, and sorrow darkens another home, yet in Heaven there is joy over the reunion of father, mother, and daughter. (Probably Avon Sentinel, Apr. 1893, submitted by Richard Powell)

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End Came Peacefully Wednesday Evening While Sitting in Chair; Biographical Sketch

     Miss Mary Dustman, who has been ill with heart trouble for over a year, passed away very suddenly in her home on Woods street, about 5:00 o'clock Wednesday evening, July 3, 1935. Though she had suffered serious attacks with her heart, recently she seemed much better and could get about the house and also in the yard with her flowers. On Wednesday her nephew, Willis G. Mummey, who had been working in the garden, stopped at the house, talked with her and gave her a fresh drink of water. She was apparently all right and he left her to do his work at his own home. She had made plans for the next day and there was no sign of imminent danger. Later, Miss Grace Woods going to the house on an errand saw her sitting in her chair and thought her asleep. Returning later, she touched her to awaken her and found that she was dead. It is presumed that after her nephew left, she went into the house and sat down in her favorite chair and death came instantly.
     Mary A. Dustman, the daughter of Elias and Eliza Dustman, was born in Newcomerstown, Ohio, August 5, 1849. When she was four years of age she came with her parents, via water route, to Lee township where they lived for awhile as her father was a carpenter and had been sent for by his friends, the Sheeley family, to build some barns for them. Later they moved to Avon, so Mary Dustman had lived over eighty years in this community.
     She lived with and cared for her mother until the latter's death. She took charge of two boys, Franklin and Eddie Wade, and raised them as carefully and tenderly as if they were her own family. She sacrificed that they might be educated. Her vocation was dressmaking and many beautiful dresses and wedding trusseaus were fashioned by her skillful hands. For many years she has lived alone in her home on Woods street and as she grew older and times changed from handmade to ready-made garments, she devoted her leisure hours to gardening and caring for the flowers she so delighted in raising.
     She was a second mother to her sister Lizzie Mummey's children who in turn gave her their best services.
     She was one of the charter members of the Avon Universalist church, though later in life she became associated with the Christian Science church. She was faithful to the religion of doing good whatever way she could. Many unrecorded deeds of kindness, many words of uplifting cheer are remembered as her life history is recalled by those who knew her best. On last Decoration Day, it was her privilege to visit the cemetery where her niece placed under her direction, many bouquets that she had made for the graves of her early day friends. She loved Avon and its people.
     She was very grateful for every attention, large or small, that was given to her during her illness. With uncomplaining endurance, with philosophical judgment, she lived alone trying to be as little burden to others as was possible. She slipped quietly away from the home she so loved and where she had hoped to end her days. Granted was her wish that she might

"Meet life's sunset hand in hand
To leave behind an after glow.
In hearts, whose fires her loved had

     The funeral of Miss Dustman was held in the Clugsten Funeral home Friday afternoon at 8 o'clock. Donald Strickler of the Federated church with the very impressive thought conducted the memorial service for this esteemed life-long member of the community. The scripture reading was from the 14th Chapter of St. John. Quotations were based on the eternal goodness of God's love. Mrs. R. D. Keffer and Mrs. Walter Van Winkle sand "Rock of Ages" and "In the Garden". Miss Crissey was the pianist.
     Commitment was in the Avon cemetery and she was tenderly borne to her final resting-place by her nephews Willis, Liley, Edwin and Willis Mummey, Jr., John Lutz and Mr. A. Sundberg. (Probably Avon Sentinel, July 1935, submitted by Richard Powell)

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Killed In Trivoli Crash

Lt. Leonard Davis Of Canton One of Victims As Trainer 'Spins In'

Metamora Pilot Is Also Killed Instantly; Cause Undetermined

Two Air National Guards pilots, one from Canton, the other from Metamora, were killed instantly Wednesday evening when their single engine training plane crashed in a wooded area about two miles north of Trivoli.

The victims were Lt. Leonard H. Davis Jr., 21, of Canton, and Lt. George Phillip Turner, 24, of Metamora.

Their T-28 training plane dived into a clearing about one fourth of a mile west of a gravel road and the farm of Albert Geyer.

Lt. Davis is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Davis Sr.., who formerly resided on the old road from Canton to Cuba, but who now live near Yates City. Lt. Turner is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Turner of Virginia.

It was reported at the scene that the plane had successfully performed one steep left bank and was in the process of another when it went into a spin and crashed in a small clearing.

A second plane in the training flight recorded the location and flashed the signal to the tower of the Greater Peoria Airport, where the plane had taken off about an hour and one half previously.

The bodies were removed through rough, hilly country on a flat -bed wagon drawn by a tractor. Air Force personnel at the scene refused to permit photographers to take pictures.

The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m., but the bodies were not removed from the scene until shortly before 10 o'clock.

About 1,000 Feet

Lt. Col. Harold C. Norman, commanding officer of the 169th ANG Fighter Squadron, told The Canton Daily Ledger today that though the altitude of the plane before the crash is not known, it is believed it was flying at about 1,000 feet.

The plane belonged to the 169th Fighter Squadron and was one of the 30 being used during a training period before the squadron begins using F-86D jets, F-51 "Mustangs" were used by the squadron until recently.

Col. Norman said cause of the crash has not been determined and will not be announced until a thorough investigation has been completed.

Lt. Davis recently completed a six-month period of Air Force flight instruction and joined the Peoria fighter squadron only about a month ago. He also had been flying jet planes from a Springfield airport.

Lt. Turner served with the Air Force as a jet pilot prior to his discharge last August.

It has not been determined which pilot was flying the plane when it crashed.

One witness at the scene said the plane apparently "came straight down" as it landed in the clearing "without breaking a branch" from nearby trees.

Lt. Davis

Lt. Davis was born Feb. 14, 1936 in Canton, a son of Leonard S. and Letadel (Hendee) Davis, and was married in Canton on Oct.5, 1956, to Barbara Ann Kaler, who survives.

Also surviving are his parents near Yates City, three brothers, George L., Ralph D. , and David A. Davis all at home, and a sister, Mrs. Larry Routlage, also of Yates City.

He was a member of the Shields Chapel Evangelical United Brethren church.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the Methodist church by the pastor William Bennett. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour before the services.

Lt. Turner

Lt. Turner was born Nov.11, 1933, in Rushville, a son of Lyle and Emily (Snowden) Turner. His widow and three -year old daughter survive.

Others survivors include his parents, in Virginia; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Grace Turner, 128 West Chestnut street; paternal grandfather and step grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Snoden, 30 North Sixth Avenue; and an uncle Arlie Turner, in Cuba.

Lt. Turner re-entered Bradley University last fall as a junior, having attended the University before entering the Air Force.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Mar. 28, 1957, Page: D9, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Mrs. Carrie Dugger

Galesburg—Mrs. Carrie E[lnora]. Dugger, 85, of 1150 Pine St., died at 10:50 p.m. Friday {May 16th, 1969} in Cottage Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, with burial in Memorial Park. Visitation will be tomorrow night at the chapel.

Mrs. Dugger was born in London Mills, Oct. 1, 1883. She was married in Abingdon, Nov. 21, 1901, to John Samuel Dugger, who died in 1955.

Surviving are two sons, Chester of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. And Russel Dugger of Salem, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Cooley of Galesburg; a brother, Charles Cline of Scottsdale, Ariz.; six grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Dugger was a member f the Faith United Methodist Church.

(Unknown newspaper, May 1969, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Mrs. Darcy's Death

Mrs. Catherine Darcy, wife of James Darcy, died at 5 o'clock Friday morning, at her home, 405 South Second Avenue.

Mrs. Darcy has been a sufferer from stomach trouble for several years but had been confined to her bed only about four weeks previous to her death.

Catherine Mongoyan was born July 6, 1842, in County Clare, Ireland, and came to America with her parents when about seven years of age, settling in Lowell, Mass.

She was married in June, 1863, at Chicago, to James Darcy and resided at different periods in Gilman and Chenoa, coming to Canton about 28 years ago.

The husband and three daughters are living out of a family of nine children. They are Mrs. J. R. Maple of Quincy, and the Misses Jane and Margaret Darcy, of Canton.

(Canton Weekly Register, Nov. 10, 1904, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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CANTON -- Ruth E. Williams DeWitt, 75, of 1155 E. Ash died at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1995, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born July 4, 1920, in Spring Lake to Charlie and Greta Shaw Williams. Surviving are twin sons, Randy Ellis of Lewistown and Ralph Ellis of Litchfield; four daughters, Sharlee Stockman Utsinger of Nashville, Tenn., Billie Stockman Howarter, Jonita Lynch Daum and Joan Mathews, all of Canton; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother,.......

(Journal Star, Peoria Ill., September 13, 1995, submitted by Danni Hopkins) 

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Last Survivor of Those Who Came to Settle on This Prairie Seventy-five years Ago.


One Who Remembered City’s Infancy
--A Long and useful life’s Lamented Close.

Mrs. Ann M. Dewey, a resident of Canton for a longer period than any person now living, died at 6:20 o’clock Thursday evening, at her home, on East Locust street. Death was the result of an attack of paralysis, which occurred about eight weeks ago, and from which they aged lady was unable to rally.
Ann Maria Shinn was born in Harrison county, W. Va., Feb. 22, 1823. When about seven years of age she came with her parents to Canton, then a mere frontier hamlet of three houses those of Joel Wright, John Hanan and Isaiah Stillman. The Shinns first settled in a little log cabin south of the cemetery, owned by “Dickie” Johnson, and in the fall Mr. Shinn built a cabin on what is now North Main street. The family then consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Shinn and five children—Abraham, Job, Ann Maria, Edwin and Sarah (the last named became Mrs. R. W. Dewey, sr., two of the Dewey brothers marrying sisters).

Mrs. S. J. Blair, of Peoria, formerly Miss Martha Shinn, Mrs. Dewey’s youngest sister, is the only surviving member of this family. She was born in Canton.

Miss Ann Maria Shinn was married to Edwin Page Dewey, Sept. 1, 1842. they began housekeeping on the farm of Oliver Dewey, four miles north of Canton—Mr. Dewey giving his son, Edwin, a quarter section of land, on which he built a house, not far from the father’s home. About 1856 the family moved into town and lived in the house now occupied by C. A. Piper, on East Spruce street. From there they moved to East Chestnut street and 30 years ago they took up their residence in the present family home on East Locust street.
Mrs. Dewey was the mother of six children. Two of them, Harriet and Stephen, died in childhood. The others are living. The Misses Sarah and Lizzie live at the family home, Roswell W., jr., resides near Lebanon, Mo. Arthur lives in South Bend, Ind.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1892, and there were10 persons present at the anniversary celebration who were present at the wedding.
Mrs. Dewey’s mother, Mrs. Maria Shinn Crosthwaite, who had faced the rigors of the pioneer times, died in 1895, at a ripe old age, and Mrs. Dewey was called to mourn the loss of her husband, Edwin P. Dewey, Aug. 21, 1898.

Mrs. Dewey was an active and useful woman throughout her whole life, and in her earlier years was an efficient worker in the Methodist Episcopal church of Canton, of which she was a member from 1837. She was domestic in her tastes and a true homemaker in every sense of the term. She was bright and cheery in her conversation, interested in present day affairs, but with a very clear recollection of early times, and had a fund of anecdotes of incidents of pioneer times that were of wonderful interest. She saw Canton grow from a mere outpost of the vanguard of civilization to its present proud position as one of the best cities of central Illinois. She was a part of its life, and bore a woman’s part in the hardships and privations of those early citizens who laid deep and strong the foundation upon which later generations have builded so successfully.

Mrs. Dewey was Canton’s only resident who came here so long ago as 1830.

There is universal regret that her long and useful life has reached its close.

The funeral will be held at the house at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The Rev. R. A. Brown will officiate, and interment will be in Greenwood cemetery.

The funeral of Mrs. Ann M. Dewey was held at the family home, on East Locust street, at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. There was a large representation of the remaining old residents who had known and honored Mrs. Dewey since they were young together in the early days of Canton, and the affection and respect of a later generation likewise was well attested.
The Rev. R. A. Brown officiated and interment was in Greenwood cemetery.
The pallbearers were four in number, all nephews of the deceased lady. They were F. H. Dewey, A. W. Dewey, F. O. Dewey and E. H. Dewey.
Mrs. Mattie Blair, of Peoria, a sister of the deceased, and Mrs. Walter Hall and Charles Shinn, of Toulon, were in attendance.

(CANTON WEEKLY REGISTER, September 28, 1905, transcribed by Danni Hopkins) 

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