Obituaries (S)


Sampson, Dharld Smith, Clara
Sanders, Asa Smith, J. B.
Saunders, Bethel Smith, Miles
Saunders, Robert Smith, Shirley
Savill, Mrs. Will Snyder, infant
Schbert, Mrs. Julia Soper, Charles
Schleich, John Spangler, Ilene
Schmidt, Beulah Spangler, Milton
Schoonover, Annabelle Spencer, Sarah
Schoonover, Alva Lee (2nd obit) Sprague, Jesse
Seaton, Raymond Sprague, Lauren
Sellers, Levi Sprout, Betty
Senders, Keith Sprout, Clarence
Settles, Ruth Stafford, B. F.
Seward, Myron Stambaugh, Ada
Shake, E. Jeanne Stambaugh, Amos
Shane, John Stambaugh, Charles
Shaw, Mrs. E. M. Stambaugh, Fannie
Shawgo, Albert Stambaugh, Ralph
Shawgo, Earl Standard, Jessie
Shawgo, Lloyd Stearns, Lucretia
Shawgo, Perry Steinhauser, Alexander
Shawgo, Peter Steinhauser, Laura
Shawgo, Remus Stephens, Earnest
Shepley, infant Stewart, Douglas
Sherwood, James Stockham, John (picture)
Sherwood, Jill Stocks, Mary
Shinnifield, Joseph Stonemets, Clara
Shinnifield, Marietta Storey, Mrs. Belle
Shoop, Carl Stout, Charles
Siebert, Wilma Stout, Isaac
Silvernail, Jacob Stout, James E.
Simeral, Allen Stout, James H.
Simeral, Elizabeth Stout, Josiah
Simmons, Claude Stout, Mary
Simpson, Euphemia Strode, Alva
Singleton, Frank Strode, Emma Jane
Singleton, Milton Strode, William
Sinnett, Mrs. Indiana Stroman, Bruce
Sipe, Asa Stuckey, Grace
Sipe, Cora Stufflebeam, Floyd
Sipe, Lawrence Stufflebeam, Mahala
Sipe, Sylvia Suydam, Charles
Smith, Abe C. Swartz, Abram
Smith, Adaline Swedell, Almira
Smith, Anna Swedell, W. I.
Smith, Benjamin Swope, Frances


Vermont Resident Dies Suddenly Thursday

Levi Sellers of Vermont, and well known here, died Thursday morning while being rushed to a doctor's office. He was enroute home from the Mummert Seed Company in Astoria where he had been working, when he became ill and had stopped his car. Arthur McCarty, who was passing by, took Mr. Sellers to the office of Dr. George Czopiwsky. He was dead upon arrival. He had been in failing health for some time.

Born in Buena Vista, Schuyler county, Nov. 26, 1886, a son of Leroy and Mahala (Moore) Sellers he was married in Rushville in 1909 to Anna Cornman. They had two sons, who survive, Leo M. Sellers of Lamoille, Ill., and Ernest Dwight Sellers of Atchison, Kan.

He was married on April 24, 1918 to Frances Mitchell who survives.

Mr. Sellers was a member of the Baptist church.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Vermont, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Burial in Rushville cemetery.

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1954, submitted by Paula Lucas)

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Perry J. Shawgo, 79, retired employee of the International Harvester Company, died unexpectedly Wednesday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Seth Leeds, Canton, route 2 with whom he had made his home for the past several years.

He was mowing weeds around the barn buildings and shut off his tractor to rest under a tree and smoke his pipe when he fell dead. An inquiry will be conducted.
Born July 31, 1877 in Pleasant Township in Fulton County he was married on Feb. 14, 1900 to Martha Cozad who died on July 3, 1907. April 2, 1911 he married the former Grace Johnson and was married for the third time on Nov. 29, 1936 to the late Lulu LaDue in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 1948.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Leeds are one other daughter, Mrs. Madeline Burgess in Lewistown and a son, Erman Shawgo in Burlington, Iowa, five grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Four half-brothers, H. Orban Saunders in Adams, Ore.; Jesse D. Saunders, Bemidji, Minn.; Forrest D. Saunders, Minneapolis, Minn. and Carl I Saunders, Chicago City, Minn. also survive, one half-brother preceded him in death.

He was a member of the First Christian church of Canton and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge of Fiatt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2p.m. Saturday in the Murphy Memorial home where friends may call after 3 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Note: died July 24, 1957

(unknown newspaper, Mar. 1954, submitted by Diane Herd)

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P.E. Shawgo Formerly of Ipava Dies

Peter Ellsworth Shawgo, 78, a retired mail carrier, passed away Monday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fern Smith in Hanna City, following an illness of eight months duration.

Mr. Shawgo was born September 28, 1875 near Ipava, a son of Lester and Emaline Crick Shawgo. He married May 5, 1894 to Artha Weber, who passed away Jan. 27, 1941. They made their home in Ipava where their children grew to manhood and womanhood.

Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Nellie Beatty and Carl C Shawgo of Astoria, Dr. Clyde H. Shawgo of Pekin, Curtis W. Shawgo of Peoria and Mrs. Fern Smith of Hanna City; one sister, Mrs. Annie Lehman, Canton; twenty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Two daughters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were conducted from the Shawgo Memorial Chapel in Ipava Wednesday, March 10, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. E.E. Catlin officiating. Burial in the Ipava cemetery.

Note: died : March 8, 1954

(unknown newspaper, Mar. 1954, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Remus E. Shawgo

Remus Eldon Shawgo, 84, a retired farmer of Rt. 5, Canton, died at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the London Mills Nursing home, where he had been residing for six months. He had been in ill health three years.

He was born Sept. 1, 1878 in Lewistown, a son of Conrad and Mary (Beatty) Shawgo. On May 20, 1907, he was married in Burlington, Iowa, to Julia E. Freeland. She died in 1924.

He is survived by one son, William Dale Shawgo of Rt. 5, Canton, and a half brother, Bert Shawgo of Monmouth.

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

Mr. Shawgo was a member of the First Methodist Church at Wapello, Iowa.

Murphy Memorial Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Note: Julia E. Freeman died Aug. 29, 1924
Remus died: Feb 2, 1963

(unknown newspaper, Feb. 1963, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Albert Shawgo

Funeral services for Albert Shawgo, 84, of 923 S. 4th St., Monmouth, who died today at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Knoxville, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Turnbull Funeral Home, Monmouth. The Rev. Ellis Beeman, pastor of First Christian Church, Monmouth, will officiate. Burial will be in Monmouth Memorial Park cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home.

Mr. Shawgo was born Aug. 16, 1899, in Oquaka, a son of Conrad and Rachel Ishamel Shawgo.

He married Mary Skees. Most of their married life was spent in Monmouth, where he worked as a truck driver.

Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Lorraine Ricco and Mrs. Margarie Clark, both of Galesburg, and Mrs. Loreta Karp and Mrs. Betty Stokes, both of Barstow; six sons, Roland, George and David, all of Monmouth, James of Rock Island, and Raymond and Wayne, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; 29 grandchildren; and 35 great grandchildren.

Note: death date: Tuesday Oct 4, 1983

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1983, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Astoria - Earl Shawgo, 86, of Astoria died at 1:29 a.m. yesterday in Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Mr. Shawgo was a retired farmer.

Born Sept. 23, 1893, in Pleasant Township, Fulton County, he was a son of William and Lucinda Cooper Shawgo. He married Edna Ethel Weese Dec. 25, 1915. She died April 7, 1973.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Doris Parry of Vermont; five grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Lloyd and Raymond both of Astoria, and George of Canton; and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Groff of Galesburg.

Two brothers also preceded him in death. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria. Burial will be in Summum Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the memorial home.

Note: death Dec. 1, 1979

(unknown newspaper, Dec. 1979, submitted by Diane Herd)

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LLOYD SHAWGO - Astoria - Lloyd Shawgo, 86, of Astoria, died at 3:40 a.m. today at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Astoria Christian Church. Burial will be in Summum Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 P.m. Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. Mr. Shawgo was born Nov. 15, 1895, in Pleasant Twp., Fulton Co., the son of William and Lucinda Cooper Shawgo. He was a retired farmer and member of the Astoria Christian Church. He married Mettie P. Groff on Feb. 14, 1917. She died Sept. 9, 1976.

Surviving are three sons, Everette of Astoria, Dwayne and Paul, both of Lewistown;; three daughters, Mrs. Freida Endres of Fairview, Mrs. Faith Foster of Havana and Mrs. Barbara Gruber of Farmington; 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond of Astoria and George of Canton; and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Groff of Galesburg.

He was preceded in death by one son, three grandchildren, one great grandson and three brothers.

(unknown newspaper, 1982, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Carl A. Shoop 61, died yesterday afternoon at his home in Bushnell, following a heart attack. He had been subject to heart trouble. Funeral services will be held at 4:30 Friday afternoon at the Craycraft funeral home in Bushnell. The Rev. E. R. Ruklic will officiate, and burial will be in Bushnell cemetery.

He was born Dec. 15, 1887, in Fulton Co., a son of Davis and Sarah Robb Shoop, and was not married. For a number of years he had operated a bookstore in Bushnell, retiring several years ago. Several cousins survive. Among them is Miss Bessie Forbes, who kept house for him. Friends may call at the funeral home (Probably the Macomb 0r Bushnell newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Joyce Brewer)

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Jacob Silvernail Dead

An Old Resident of Fulton County--He Came Here in 1837.

Jacob Silvernail died at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning (December 12, 1899), at his home on the southwest corner of Third avenue and Walnut street.

Mr. Silvernail was in his eightieth year. He had been for a long time in poor health and for the past three years quite feeble. Death was due to kidney trouble and paralysis. He had a second paralytic stroke on Monday of last week.

Jacob Silvernail was born in the town of German, Chenango county, N. Y. Aug. 16, 1820. He came to Illinois in 1837 and for some years thereafter made his home with the late E. A. Breed, in Orion township. Subsequently he lived for many years on his farm at the extreme southeast corner of Canton township. Sixteen years ago he removed to the city.

He was married in April 1842, to Miss Alice Potter. They were the parents of two sons and seven daughters. One son--John--was killed in battle while serving as a Union soldier in the war of the rebellion. The other son died in infancy. Mrs. Silvernail and five of the daughters are living. The surviving daughters are Mrs. John Ryno, of Orion township; Mrs. S. M. Russum, of Fullerton, Neb.; Mrs. Joseph Chenoweth, of Colorado; Mrs. James Whitehill, of Iowa; and Mrs. John Elwell of Table Grove. One of the deceased daughters was the first wife of Frank Fouts of Banner township. The other died in infancy.

There are living six of Mr. Silvernail's eight brothers and sisters: Mrs. Cecil Savill, of Canton township; Mrs. P. S. Tarter, of Bernadotte township; Isaac and Joseph Silvernail, and Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Herrington, all residing in the state of New York.

Jacob Silvernail was a man greatly respected, and one whose most prominent trait of character was his regard for his word. It was always as good as a bond. He had been from early manhood a consistent member of the Baptist church.

The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, from the residence to Greenwood cemetery.

(Canton Daily Register, Dec. 12, 1899, submitted by David Newton)

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Asa Carl Sipe Dies

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon (February 22) at 2 o'clock in the Henry Memorial home for Asa Carl Sip with the Rev. Albert Stanley officiating.

Mrs. Albert Stanley will be the organist and burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.

Visitation will be in the Henry Memorial home after 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

Asa Carl Sipe, a retired miner, aged 73 years and a resident of Lewistown for the past 30 years, died this morning (February 20) at 6:40 o'clock in the Graham hospital. He had been in poor health for the last seven years.

Born in Putman township on March 4, 1889, he was a son to L. F. and Cora (Waddell) Sipe. In Macomb on November 17, 1910, he was united in marriage to Sylvia Vaughn and to this union ten children were born.

Surviving are the widow and the children; Howard Sipe, Mrs. Verna Colbert, Wayne Sipe and Mrs. Berneita Hadsall of this city; Mrs. Velma Noble of Wilmington; Melba and Delba Sipe, both of North Chicago; Mrs. Virginia Gibbs and Mrs. Erma Baum of Canton and Verle Sipe of Sheridan.

Other survivors are 21 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two sisters; Mrs. Myrtle Hilton and Mrs. Della Newton, both of Canton.

Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Mr. Sipe was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

(Fulton County Democrat, Feb. 2, 1963, submitted by David Newton)

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Cora (Waddell) Sipe was born October 31, 1862 near Cuba, Illinois and died Thursday April 30, 1908 at her home in Cuba aged 45 years, 5 months and 29 days. She was married to Lawrence Fillmore Sipe November 25, 1880. Eight children were born to this union, two dying in infancy. The living are Mrs. Dayton Hilton, Carl, Golda, Della, Earl and Raymond. She leaves besides a sorrowing husband and children, four sisters and a host of friends to mourn her.

She was converted 16 years ago and two years ago united with the Methodist Protestant church. She lived a faithful Christian woman and fell asleep in the arms of Jesus.

The funeral was held at the Methodist Protestant church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. Thomas Ringland assisted by Rev. Douglass. Interment in the Blackaby cemetery.

The following has been contributed by members of the family.

Dearest mother thou has left us Left us yes, forever,

But we hope to meet our loved one On that bright and happy shore

Children do not weep for mother She is sleeping sweetly now

Not a pain her bosom suffers Not a care is on her brow,

Husband left alone in sorrow Grieve not for your loving wife

You have lost, but by your losing She has gained eternal life.

(Cuba Journal, May 7, 1908, submitted by David Newton)

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Called by Death The Past Week

L. F. Sipe

Filmore Sipe, an old resident of Putman township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dayton Hilton, at Lewistown, late Wednesday night (January 25). He had been in poor health for some time.

Lawrence Filmore (sic) Sipe, son of Riley and Elizabeth (Pittman) Sipe, was born in Fulton county, Pa., Nov. 25, 1851 and came to Illinois when a young man, settling in Putman township where he spent the remained of his life.

On Nov. 26, 1881, he was married to Cora Waddell, who died 25 years ago. To this union eight children were born, two dying in infancy and one son Early, at the age of 12 years. He is survived by the following children; Mrs. Myrtle Hilton, Lewistown, Carl Sipe, Mrs. Golda Brooks and Raymond Sipe, Cuba; Mrs. Della Newton, Canton. twenty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

He had made his home with his son Raymond, for the past several years, but due to failing health, he had spent the past winter with his daughter, Mrs. Hilton, at Lewistown.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon (January 29) at the Methodist Protestant church, the pastor, the Rev. L. E. Hague, officiating. Singers were Mrs. Ruth Marshall, Miss Lucy Stevens, William Marshall and E. P. Evans. Miss Hazel Shryock was at the organ.

Pallbearers were Herchel _______, Clarence Stell, Rodner Herrick, Charles Rankin, John Brillhart and Guy Conley. Burial was in the Saunders cemetery.

Note--Lawrence Philmore Sipe is the correct spelling for his name. Filmore was a mispelling.

(Cuba Journal, Feb. 2, 1933, submitted by David Newton)

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Sylvia Sipe

An area resident all her life, Mrs. Sylvia Sipe, 76, of Lewistown, died unexpectedly at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in her home.

She was born Sept. 19, 1890, at Vermont the daughter of Mervin and Jane (Rakestraw). She was married at Macomb on November 17, 1910 to Carl Sipe who died Feb. 20, 1963. Mrs. Sipe was a member of Illinois Street Christian Church.

Surviving are two sons, Verle Sipe, Sheridan, and Wayne Sipe, Lewistown; seven daughters, Mrs. Velma Noble, Wilmington, Mrs. Verna Colbert, Lewistown, Misses Melba and Delba Sipe, both of North Chicago, Mrs. Virginia Gibbs and Mrs. Erma Baum, both of Canton, and Mrs. Bernita Hadsall, Lewistown; 21 grand children; 15 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Wilson Vaughn, Ottumwa, Ia., and Guy Vaughn, Lewistown.

She was preceded in death by one child and one sister.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (June 18) in the Henry Memorial Home with Rev. Albert Stanley, pastor of the Illinois Street Christian Church officiating. Organist was Mrs. Louise Stanley. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dean Smith, Frank Beaird, Jr., Charles Rowe, Jr., Merle Ford, John Hinds, and Albert Vaughn.

(Fulton County Democrat, June 21, 1967, submitted by David Newton)

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Died, March 8, Mrs. Indiana SINNETT, of Buckheart Township, aged 64 years.  Mrs. Sinnett came to Illinois when quite small with her parents, settling in Mason County, from near Williamsport, Indiana. She was married three times.  Her last husband, Ephraim Sinnett, survives her.  Mrs. Sinnett has been an invalid for over three years with cancer of the breast.  She was one of the oldest settlers and a member of the Christian church.  She leaves a loving husband and three children to mourn her loss.  She was laid to rest in the Liverpool Cemetery. (Canton Register, Thursday, March 20, 1890, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     Samuel RITCHEY was called to Astoria, Il. Tuesday evening by the serious illness of his sister - Mrs. Will SAVILL. She is not expected to live. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Oct 11, 1900, pg. 2, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     Mrs. Julia SCHBERT died Wednesday evening of pneumonia at the home of her son, George Schbert, at Dunfermline, Il. She leaves another son, Stephen Schbert. The funeral will be held in Canton, Il. at the Catholic Church and burial in the Cemetery in Canton, Il. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Aug 23, 1900, pg. 2, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Ruth “Faye” VanMiddlesworth Settles, 88, 755 N. 8th Canton, passed away on 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 at Graham hospital, Canton. Born in Orion Township, Il., April 18, 1917, to Joe and Sylvia (Bain) VanMiddlesworth, she married James William “Pee Wee” Settles on June 11, 1039 in Canton. He passed away on June 14, 1984. Surviving are two daughters, Dixie List of Canton and Karen Lighter of Pekin, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two grandsons. She traveled with her husband all over the world. She took her 5th grade students to the Rotary Travelogue every month. She served as a youth director at South Park United Methodist Church for 10 years and started the live Nativity scene which is still in operation today. She was awarded “Teacher of the Year.” Services will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be Friday Jan. 27th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Keith Jones will officiate. Burial will take place at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.  (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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     Frank SINGLETON is dead. He died Saturday morning of typhoid fever and pneumonia. He was born July (22?) 1859. He formed a partnership with M. H. Fellows in the meat trade. He leaves a wife to whom he was married, June 22, 1899. She was Mrs. Sue Donaldson prior to her marriage. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Aug 23, 1900, pg. 3, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Jesse Sprague, of Dumfermline commits suicide
Shot himself Friday evening


He Was a Brother-in-Law of Mayhew Hackett, of Canton, Who Took Strychnine Thursday Morning at Middle Grove-Had Threatened to End His Life-Verdict of Suicide While Suffering from Aberration of Mind

Jesse Sprague of Dumfermline, a brother-in-law of Mayhew Hackett of Canton, who committed suicide Thursday morning at Middle Grove, died at 10:20 o'clock Friday night from a wound inflicted by himself with a revolver at 7:10 that evening.

The cause of suicide was not unrequited love, as in the former suicide, but seems to have been domestic infelicity.

Sprague's wife was a sister of Hackett. Mr. and Mrs. Sprague, with their daughter, Viola, attended the funeral held at Bryant Friday afternoon. When friends and family left the cemetery, Jesse remained for an hour or more at the grave, and when he returned to the house of his father-in-law, B. F. Hackett, later in the afternoon, he suffered from a severe nervous fit. Before and after the funeral of his brother-in-law, he had remarked to several friends that "It was an easy way to go" - meaning that Mayhew had died as he wished to die.

When Sprague and his wife returned to St. David Friday evening, he purchased some fish of a peddler and had his wife cook them for their supper. While at the table he had another nervous spell and complained of his head which seemed to pain him considerably.

Dr. R. W. Bovee, of St. David, was summoned to attend him and he called at the Sprague residence at Dunfermline shortly afterwards, while en route to make a call in the country. When Dr. Bovee stepped into the room where Jesse was lying on a couch, the latter exclaimed; "Doctor, what are you here for?" Dr. Bovee, seeing the nervous condition of the man, prescribed some quieting medicine and left his patient crying and sobbing and exclaiming that he wanted "to go like `Pony' did," and being apparently in the deepest agony and grief.

Shortly after Dr. Bovee left the house and about 7:10 o'clock, Mrs. Sprague gave her husband one of the powders left by the physician. Soon after this he arose from the couch and walked into the bedroom. His wife asked him what he was looking for and he replied by asking her for the key to the bureau drawer, stating he wanted to get a handkerchief. The next sound that Mrs. Sprague was the shot fired by her husband. She rushed into the bedroom and found him in a reclining position in one corner of the room across their daughter's toy piano, and bleeding profusely from a bullet wound under his right eye. He was apparently unconscious and his right hand clasped a Harrington & Richardson 38-caliber revolver. The finger was working on the trigger convulsively, and the hammer, forced into a halfcocked position, would fall harmlessly on the exploded cartridge.

The neighbors, alarmed by the shot, rushed in and carried the dying man in to the sitting room. He recovered conscience soon afterward and said to those around him: "Let me die here."

Then he closed his eyes and apparently fell into a deep sleep, and did not recover consciousness again. When his wife saw that he would die, she escaped from the friends and ran out into the yard and would have attempted to kill herself, but William Bennett followed her out and by force took a razor from her hand and gave it to her sister, Mrs. Charles Harter, of this city, who had arrived there but a few minutes before after hearing of the attempted suicide while driving through St. David on en route from Bryant.

Dr. Bovee was summoned again, but before he could arrive from the country, Sprague was dead.

A coroners jury was at once impanelled. It consisted of John W. Graham, Joseph Daily, W. H. Webb, George Hindson, William Baxter and H. T. Raiplinger. The jury viewed the remains, and at 8 o'clock Saturday morning convened at the Whitebreast Fuel Company's office at Dunfermline to hear the evidence.
Miss Nellie Fulton was the first witness heard. She stated that she had been employed at Sprague's home about one month. Had heard him threaten to kill himself upon several occasions. He was nearly always in a despondent, morose condition. He quarreled with his wife. The revolver had been hidden by the wife under the bedroom carpet. News of the suicide of his brother-in-law Mayhew Hackett did not seems to worry him. After hearing of Mayhew's death he sat on the front porch and sang and hummed tunes.

Mrs. William Baxter testified that she was in the front room at the Sprague house when Jesse shot himself. Saw him get up and go into the bedroom and a few seconds later heard the report of shot and saw the flash. Was so badly frightened that she imagined she had been shot and ran from the house before she knew what had happened.

James Steel stated that he worked with the deceased, who was employed as a tracklayer in the Whitebreast Fuel company's mine. Had noticed that for the past three weeks Jesse was despondent and suffering from some trouble. Had asked him what caused his despondency, but go no satisfactory reply. Never had heard him threaten to commit suicide.

Will Bennett in his testimony stated that he was in the house when Jesse shot himself. Did not see him do it. Heard him ask for key to bureau drawers. Saw his wife run out into the yard, and heard her say she was going to kill herself. Followed her out and took the razor from her and gave it to her sister, Mrs. Harter.
John Sprague, the father of the deceased, was next heard. He said he saw his son last alive on last Sunday. Had noticed he appeared to be despondent, but did not hear him threaten to kill himself.

Mrs. Sprague was in a hysterical condition and was not asked any questions by Coroner Bovee or the jury.
The jury returned a verdict the deceased came to his death from a self inflicted revolver shot wound, while temporarily insane.

The deceased was an honest hard working man. He had no bad habits of any consequence, and seemed devoted to his young wife and their 6 year-old daughter, Viola. Frequent quarrels marred the happiness of the family and two weeks ago the husband, in a fit of jealous rage, left the house with the avowed purpose of never returning. The next morning he came home, and was seemingly satisfied to let matters rest as they were.

Jesse Sprague was born in September 1866, in Lafayette County, Ind. He came west to Banner township with his father, John Sprague, in 1881. On Christmas Day, 1892 he was married to Miss Laura Hackett, at Bryant. One child and a widow survive. Besides these, the father John Sprague, and the following brothers and sisters survive; Andrew Sprague and Mrs. Jacob Pettet, of St. David; Mrs. Ella Wilson of Liverpool township; Mrs. Z .A. Warfield, of Canton, and Albert DeMoss, of St. David, a half brother. The deceased had been a member of Olive Branch Lodge of Odd Fellows at Canton, but recently dropped his membership.

The funeral was held 10 o'clock Sunday morning from the residence. Interment was in Bryant Cemetery. (Canton Register, Canton, Il., Thursday, August 3, 1899, submitted by Debi Hoffman)

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R. A. Wheeler was called to Washington, Iowa, this week on account of the death of a sister, Mrs. E. M. Shaw. She will be remembered here by many of the older settlers, although it is forty years since they moved from here. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Mar. 26, 1909, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Charles T. Soper, 73, Succumbs at Banner

     Charles Theodore Soper, 73, life-time resident of Fulton county, died At his home in Banner Saturday night at 8:45 o’clock following an illness of two weeks of heart trouble.
     He was born Sept. 6, 1853, in Fulton county, a son of Samuel and Rebecca (Gass) Soper. He married Anna Elizabeth Shirck, who survives, on Jan. 27, 1876, in Peoria county. Five children were born to them, all living. They are: D. W. of Canton, Howard of Banner, Bertha Shultz of Murray, Ia., Ruth Dodson of Aurora and Milton Soper of Coshocton, Ohio, Lincoln Soper of this city, R. Jackson Soper of California, Mrs. Hattie Lightbody of Glasford and Mrs. Anna Lightbody of Detroit, Mich.; brothers and sisters surviving.
     He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Glasford.
     The funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Glasford on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock and burial will be in Lancaster cemetery.
     Friends may call at the home any time until 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.
     They are asked to omit flowers. (unknown newspaper and complete date, typed as printed in 1927 the year of his death, submitted by Harold E. Lightbody)

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Death Record of the Past Week

J. B. Smith, a Cuba druggist for more than fifty years, died suddenly at his home Tuesday night about eleven o'clock. He closed his store at 8 and soon after arriving home said to his wife that his arms were hurting him. He grew worse and Mrs. Smith called Dr. J. W. Welch, but he died before the doctor arrived. He had been in poor health for some time in the last few weeks had been under treatment at a Beardstown clinic.
     Jerry, as he was commonly known, was born April 3, 1873, in Canton, a son of Capt. A. B. and Tennessee (Hague) Smith. Captain Smith was elected sheriff when Jerry was about fourteen and the family moved to Lewistown, where he attended high school and worked in Hasson's drug store.
     His older brother being in the drug business in Cuba, he came here in 1891 to work for him and two years later he took over the business. He sold out about twenty years ago and for a short time was in business in Kansas City, but soon sold his store there and return to Cuba and bought his old place back.
     Forty-eight years ago on February 11, he married Miss Margaret Smith, at Lewistown, who with one son, Frank, of Atlanta Georgia, survives him. He was the last of his family.
     He was a member of the Cuba Masonic Lodge No. 534 and a charter member of Cuba Lodge No. 550, Knights of Pythias.
     No funeral arrangements will be made until Frank arrives. He was in Florida when called, but would take a plane for Atlanta and would fly from there to Chicago, getting here in a few hours.
(unknown newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Kristen Dansby)

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     Mrs. Clara Ellen Stonemets, wife of William A. Stonemets, died at 5 o'clock this morning at her home, 544 Dean court. Mrs. Stonemets was a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Kimball) Heckard. She was born Aug. 29, 70 years ago.
     She was married to William A. Stonemets at Smithfield in December, 1868. The family has resided in Canton 11 years.
     One daughter, Mrs. Nellie G. Barber of Terre Haute, Ind., is living.
     Two brothers and four sisters are living: P. P. Heckard of Canton, M. O. Heckard of Chicago, Mrs. Laura Overton of Smithfield, Mrs. Ida Waughtel and Mrs. Cora Howard, both of Canton, and Mrs. Cynthia Frizzell of Moline.
     The decedent was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Smithfield.
     The funeral will be held at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, at the Methodist Episcopal church. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

     Mrs. Clara E. Stonemets was a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Kimball) Heckard and was born Aug. 29, 1850, in Bernadotte township.
     She was married to William A. Stonemets in Smithfield in December, 1868. The family has resided in Canton for the past 11 years. One daughter, Mrs. Nellie G. Barber, lives in Terre Haute, Ind. Two brothers and four sisters are living: P. P. Heckard, Canton; Dr. M. O. Heckard, Chicago; Mrs. Laura Overton, Smithfield; Mrs. Cynthia Frizzelle, Moline; Mrs. Ida Waughtel and Mrs. Cora Howard, Canton.
     All the brothers and sisters were present at the funeral, held Monday afternoon, this being the first death in the family of seven children.
     Mrs. Barber had been in constant attendance at her mother's bedside with the husband and Mrs. Waughtel devoting their entire time to relieving her every want. Her last illness began in April, 1920. She has been confined to her bed since last June and during all these weary months of suffering she bore up heroically under an incurable affliction and was hopeful of recovery down to within a few hours of the end.
     The lilies, as they bloomed on her casket, were emblematic of her life. As one has said: "She lived for others." She was converted at a revival meeting held by the Rev. Wilber H. Clark in 1897 and united with the Methodist Episcopal church.
     "No farewells shall be uttered upon that golden shore, where friends while asundered shall meet to part no more. Before the blessed day spring the shadows that take their flight, we'll say a glad 'Good morning,' but never more 'Good night.'
     "Though earthly ties be broken they'll be united there. The flowers of God's transplanting shall bloom in beauty rare. Where his eternal garments are shining fair and bright, we'll say a glad 'Good morning,' but nevermore 'Good night.'
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deana Paul)

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     Mrs. Belle Storey, of 58 South Kellogg Street, who has been in the restaurant business here 17 years died suddenly at her home this morning at 3:15 o'clock from angina pectoris.
     Mrs. Storey was apparently in excellent health recently. Friday evening she seemed to be feeling well but shortly after midnight she was taken violently ill and death followed two hours later.
     She was born February 14, 1847, near Canton, residing in that community until 1900 when she came to this city to make her home. She was married to James Ballard in 1868 at Lewistown. Mr. Ballard died a number of years ago. She married again, this time to Roy L. Storey, the marriage taking place in August 1908. Mr. Storey died five years ago.
     Surviving are two sons, Martin Ballard and P. W. Ballard, both of Galesburg. There are four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Storey has owned and operated restaurants in Galesburg for 17 years. She was located on South Seminary St. for many years and recently at South Kellogg St.
     Funeral Services are to be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Horton, Hinchliff and Wilson Parlor with the Rev. Charles J. Brandy of the First Methodist Church in charge. Funeral will be made in Linwood Cemetery. (Galesburg Evening Mail, December 11, 1926, submitted by Karen Morlan)

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Biographical Sketch of Old Citizen Whose Death Cuba Mourn

    James M. Sherwood was born in Bernadotte township, Oct. 10, 1830, and at the time of his death, on Thursday, March 5, 1908, he was one of the oldest native-born residents of Fulton county. He was a son of Elmer and Margaret Sherwood, pioneer settlers of the county.
    Mr. Sherwood began to make his own way in the world when he was about 15 years of age and though a cripple and obliged to use crutches, by persistent effort and indomitable energy he succeeded where many men might have failed.
     Between the hours of labor, when he was learning the trade of a shoemaker, he succeeded in acquiring a fair education and later taught school in Putman township.
    About 1849 or 1850 he went to Springfield, where he continued to reside for about 15 years, employed most of the time in a wholesale boot and shoe store.
    Mr. Sherwood was twice married. His first wife was Miss Martha J. McKinney, to whom he was married in Springfield, Oct. 17, 1852. There were born to them three children; two of whom survive: Mrs. A. J. Heller of Little Rock, Ark., and John E. Sherwood, whose home is in Oklahoma. A daughter, Sarah Sherwood, is dead. His first wife died Oct. 25, 1859.
    In September, 1862, Mr. Sherwood married Miss Rhoda Gard of Springfield. The two children born to them are dead.
    While in Springfield Mr. Sherwood was intimately associated with many of the great men of his day. He assisted in the organization of the Republican party in the state in 1856, and knew personally Lincoln, Douglas, War Governor "Dick Yates", and many other prominent men of that time.
    About the close of the civil war Mr. Sherwood and his family returned to Cuba, where his remaining years were spent among old friends and the scenes of boyhood days.
    Mr. Sherwood was for many years a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and in his active years was a faithful worker in the Sunday school. By all who knew him he was held on high regard and general sorrow at his demise is mingled sympathy for the bereaved relatives.
    Unless Mr. Sherwood's son, John, is unable to arrive in time, the funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and conducted by the Rev. H. F. [last name is unreadable] 
 (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Carla Finley)

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Death of John S. Shane, Who Came to Illinois in 1835

Another pioneer has passed away. John S. Shane died at 11:20 o’clock Monday night at his home in Canton – 116 East Olive Street

Mr. Shane was in his 73rd year and had been for 64 years a resident of Illinois and for nearly as long a time a resident of Fulton county.

He was born in Virginia, June 12, 1826. At nine years of age he came to Illinois with the family of his father James Shane, who settled in Peoria county near Princeville. From a date but a few years later the subject of this sketch resided in Fulton county. He was married at Lewistown, Feb. 20, 1850, to Hannah F. Hazen, who died Aug. 3, 1890. From their marriage until her death they lived on a farm near Canton. Mr. Shane removed to the city the next spring. There were three children. A son died at the age of five years. The two daughters, Mrs. C. W. Robinson of Allensville, Moultrie county, Ill., and Miss Susan R. Shane of Canton were both at their father’s bedside in his last illness.

Of his father’s family of 12 children, Mr. Shane had been the only survivor since the death of his sister, Mr. H. V. Andrews, three years ago. He had been in broken health for the past year, suffering much from heart trouble, but death resulted from paralysis, by which he was stricken 20 days ago.

John Shane was a man whose integrity and uprightness of character made him respected by all who knew him. His memory will long be honored.

He had been for nearly 50 years a constant member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist Episcopal church. The rev. Thomas Doney officiated. Burial was in Greenwood. (Canton Weekly Register, Feb. 16, 1899, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Neal Schisler

     ASTORIA - Neal A. Schisler, 62, of 1224 W. Maple Ave. South, Springfield, formerly of Astoria, died at 12:10 p.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Born May 28, 1935, in Prairie City to Paul and Vera Hickle Schisler, he married Nelda Hunter on Dec. 23, 1956, in Astoria. She survives.
     Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Debra) Dickman of Meredosia and Mrs. David (Cindy) Casebeer of North Point, Ala.; one sister, Barbara Morey of Anna; his stepfather, Louis Ebbert of Rushville; two stepsisters, Shirley Crumley of Canton and Judy Jones of Rushville; and three grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death. He was a technical sergeant in the Air Force, serving from June 6, 1954, to July 1, 1974. He was a financial analyst for the state of Illinois Department of Insurance. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Trap Association.
     Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Marianna Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the memorial home. Burial will be in South Fulton Cemetery in Astoria. Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Morgan and Scott Counties, 1600 W. Walnut, P.O. Box 219, Jacksonville, IL 62651.
(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Wilma D. Siebert

     SPRINGFIELD - Wilma Delores Siebert, 67, of Springfield died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at her residence.
     She was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Springfield, the daughter of Frank and Helen Ralph Metzger. She married William Joseph Siebert in 1955.
     Mrs. Siebert, a lifelong resident of Springfield, was a pharmacy technician for Medical Arts Pharmacy, retiring after 30 years. She also was a member of St. James Church in Riverton.
     Survivors: husband, William; two sons, Phillip F. (wife, Karen) Siebert of Palatine and Michael J. (wife, Stacey) Siebert of Riverton; two daughters, Lori P. (husband, Chuck) Landgrebe and Denise "Boo" (husband, Mike) Miller, both of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Helen M. Wilkins and Lauretta (husband, Hal) Hildebrand, both of Springfield; several uncles and aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
     Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. James Church in Riverton, the Rev. Robert Becker, the Very Rev. John A. Renken, VG and the Very Rev. Kenneth C. Steffen officiating. Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery. Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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     Allen Simeral aged 69 years, 2 months, and 22 days, passed away Thursday morning at his farm home five miles west of Astoria. The cause of his death was heart failure attendant upon old age.
     Mr. Simeral came to Illinois from Ohio, at the age of 18 years. He taught school several years, and on Jan. 24th, 1860 was united in marriage with Elizabeth Gains. To them were born nine children, of whom seven, with the aged mother, survive to mourn the death of a kind father and true husband.
     In the year 1861 Mr. Simeral enlisted in the 2nd Illinois Cavalry and served his country in this relation for three years. He was a member of the Vermont G. A. R., and also a member of the Vermont Order, Knights of Pythias, of which lodge he was the first Chancellor Commander at that place. In 1867 he returned to Ohio, where he resided until 1890, when he came back to Illinois and located on the farm, where he resided at the time of his death.
     He was not a member of any church, but the whole object of his life was to encourage and make possible the happiness of others.
The funeral services were held Friday at Oak Grove church, Rev. D. E. Baer officiating. Interment was made in the Oak Grove cemetery.
(Astoria Argus, Mar. 30, 1905, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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One of Astoria’s Oldest Residents at End of Life

     Mrs. Elizabeth (Gains) Simeral, an aged and highly esteemed resident, died at her home in Astoria, Monday, aged 90 years, 11 months, and 19 days. Death was due to pneumonia from which she had been ill only twelve days.
     Mrs. Simeral was born in Rushville, Illinois. On January 24, 1860 she was united in marriage to Allen Simeral. In 1867 Mr. and Mrs. Simeral moved to Ohio where they resided until 1890 when they returned to Illinois, locating on a farm west of Astoria where they continued to reside until the death of Mr. Simeral in March, 1805. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Simeral moved to Astoria where she has since resided.
     To this union nine children were born, namely: George Simeral, of Ukiah, California; Mrs. N. W. Ashcraft, Ray; Allen Simeral, Adair; Mrs. E. P. Davis, Astoria; William Simeral, Turlock, California; Mrs. Clara Sharpe, at home. Deceased, Charles, Fred and Mary.
     Mrs. Simeral was a fine Christian woman. For many years she was a member of the United Brethren church.
     Funeral Services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock at the U. B. church, conducted by Rev. W. R. Seitzinger and assisted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
(Argus-Searchlight, Wed. Nov. 18, 1931, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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     L. P. [Lauren Post] Sprague, a resident of Fulton County for nearly 70 years, died at 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon [Oct. 14, 1905] at his home, in Banner Township.

     Death was due principally to old age, but came quite suddenly. Mr. Sprague having been about the house and able to eat his dinner as usual, on Saturday.

     Loren P. Sprague was born June 13, 1817, near Buffalo, N. Y., and came to Fulton County in 1837, settling in Canton, where he was first employed as a teamster by Deacon Jones.

     He was married in Lewistown, about 1840, to Miss Mary Jane Reid of Canton.

     After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Sprague lived for some time in Canton, removing from this city to a farm near Bryant. A few years later they returned to Canton. After a short residence in town they moved on a farm east of Canton and from there to another farm, near Monterey.

     In April, 1853, the family settled on the farm in Banner Township where Mr. Sprague continued to live until the time of his death.

     Mrs. Spragues's death occurred in 1895, and of a family of 10 children, six survive. They are E. C. Sprague, who lives west of Breeds; Nelson Sprague, residing on the homestead in Banner Township; L. S. Sprague whose home is southeast of Breeds; Mrs. Martha Wilcoxen, living six miles east of Lewistown; Mrs. Ellen Gibbons, whose home is at the county seat, and Mrs. Adaline Woods, who resides near LeGrand, Oregon. Two sons and two daughters are dead.

     Mr. Sprague was one of the men who first voted the Republican ticket in Banner Township, and he continued to the end of life a staunch supporter of the principles of that party.

     The funeral was held at the home at 10 o'clock Monday morning, the Rev. J. W. Johnson officiating, and internment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
(Unknown newspaper, Oct. 1905, submitted by Shirley Slover)

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At Ripe Old Age; Death of Charles S. Stout-in his Ninety-first Year-an Honored Citizen.

     Canton has lost another old and honored citizen. Charles Steward Stout has been gathered to his fathers and grief is expressed on every side. Old in years, for the snows of 90 winters rested upon his head, but young in heart, kindly, enterprising, compassionate, few men will leave behind more or sincerer mourners than he.
    New Jersey was the state of Mr. Stout's nativity. He was born March 26, 1812. His birthplace was Clover Hill, in the northeastern part of the state. It was in New Jersey that he married. His bride was Miss Mary Fisher of New Brunswick, whose death occurred in this city December 1898.
     In 1853, Mr. and Mrs. Stout and their family turned their faces to the west, bade farewell to the familiar scenes of their childhood and early lives, and journeyed to Illinois. They first settled at Fairview, but soon after removed to the rich bottomlands of Spring Lake township in Tazewell county and engaged in farming there. They made their home there until 1873, when they removed to Canton. Mr. Stout engaged in the milling business with the late Samuel Brearley, Sr.
     Mr. Stout was the father of 9 children, eight of whom survive him. They are Mrs. John (Anna) Polhemus and Isaac Stout of Fairview, Josiah Stout of Centralia, William H. H. Stout of DeWitt, Neb, Mrs. Garrett (Susan) Hageman of Seward, Neb., Joseph Stout of Shenandoah, Iowa, Mrs. Campbell (Mollie) Armstrong, and Miss Sophia Stout of Canton.
     Mr. Stout's last days were peaceful and without pain. He was ill but a sort time. His death came at 5 pm Saturday evening. The weight of years had robbed him of vitality; life held little that he cared for, and his thoughts turned to the life hereafter. He sank away and launched out upon the uncharted sea, fearlessly, with confidence and in the strong faith which has been his throughout life. The funeral was Monday afternoon.
(The Canton Ledger?, Dec. 22, 1910, submitted by Tony Kaney)

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Douglas Evan Stewart, son of Frank and Carrie M. Stewart, was born in Harris township May 11, 1902, fell asleep at his home two and one half miles southeast of New Philadelphia at 12:25 o'clock Friday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1909 at the age of 7 years 7 months and 13 days. His death resulted from diphtheria after an illness of about three weeks. He leaves to mourn his departure a father, mother, three brothers and one sister, viz: Leo V., Keith E. Paul and Floy., besides a number of near relative and schoolmates. The remains were laid to rest by the side of his brother in the Barker cemetery Saturday afternoon. In their deep affliction the bereaved family have the sympathy of their many friends. (unknown newspaper, Dec. 1909, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Death of Mrs. Mary Stout of This City

Mary Stout, the aged wife of the venerable Charles S. Stout, was relieved by death, at 11:30 Monday morning, of her intense suffering caused by heart disease, with which she had suffered for many years. The deceased had been confined to her bed for the past ten months, and of late her condition grew rapidly worse, death being expected at any hour.
     Mary Fisher was born in New Brunswick, N.J., Dec. 20, 1813 to James and Susan (Cloyd) Fisher. On the 14th day of August, while residing near Clover Hill, N.J., she was married to Charles S. Stout. In 1853 the Stouts came west and settled in Fairview, where they resided for about one year. Then the family removed to Springlake, Tazewell county, and resided there until 1873, when they removed to this city and have made Canton their home since that date.
    Beside the sorrowing husband, the deceased is survived by eight children; Mrs. John (Anna) Polhemus and Isaac Stout of Fairview, Josiah Stout of Centralia, Ill., William H. Stout of DeWitt, Neb., Joseph Stout of Valisca, Iowa, and Mesdames Susan Hageman, Mollie Armstrong and Miss Sophia Stout, all of Canton. Mrs. Stout, who had been a member of the Presbyterian Church since girlhood, always led a devout Christian life, and was loved by all for her excellent, womanly qualities.
     The funeral was held from her residence, 252 north Avenue A, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the Reverend Mathes officiating. Burial was at the Greenwood cemetery.
(The Fulton County Ledger, Dec. 20, 1898, submitted by Tony Kaney)

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Mr. Isaac Stout

     Mr. Isaac Stout of Fairview passed away from Bright's Disease last Thursday in Fairview.
     Mr. Stout was born to Mr. & Mrs. Charles and Mary Stout in New Brunswick, N. J. on Sep 1, 1846. He was one of a family of 9 children, of whom only 2 are still living; Mrs. Anna Polhemus of Fairview and Joseph Stout of Randolph, Iowa. Mr. Stout came to Illinois with his parents in 1853 and settled in Spring Lake, Tazewell county Ill. In 1871, he moved to Fairview and on Jan. 11, 1872, he married Miss Mary Berger of Fairview. To them were born 4 children, all of whom are still living; Fred F. Stout and Albert A. Stout of Fairview, Mrs. Nettie Willard of Canton, and Mrs. Josephine Clemings of Los Angeles, CA.
     Funeral services will be held at the family residence in Fairview tomorrow, with burial following at the Fairview Cemetery.
(The Canton Daily Ledger, March 23, 1919, submitted by Tony Kaney)

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Emma Jane Cushman Strode

Emma Jane Cushman was born to Nellie and William W. Cushman near Marietta, Illinois, June 16, 1862, and departed this life March 4th, 1915, after five weeks illness. At the age of nine years she moved with her parents to a farm near Bernadotte, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood.

On Oct. 21, 1883, she was united in marriage with Jesse J. Strode who survives her.

To this union were born six children, five of whom are living: Bertha Effland, Vada Brawn and Ida Barker of Table Grove, Curtis G. and Elva at home. Edmond departed this life April 6th 1898.

She is also survived by three brothers and one sister: Charles and Peter Chusman of St. Augustine, John of Alma, Nebr. and Mrs. Sarah Copelan of Bushnell. One brother, Geo. Cushman, three sisters, Clara Mendenhall, Ana Pertwood and Mrs. Robert, preceded her some years ago.

She was a loving wife and mother and devoted to her home and family. A kind and true friend whom all could turn to in times of need. For years she has been a member of the Rebecca Lodge of Table Grove. She had never united with any church, yet she was a firm believe in her Creator. She will be great missed by the people of the community.

A precious one from us is gone.
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home.
Which never can be filled.

(unknown newspaper, March 1915, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Death takes Myron Seward at Ipava Home Last Night.

July 27, Ipava, IL. Myron Seward, 75 died last night at his home on North Street, after having been ill for several months from complications and old age. (Mr. Seward was the son of William Exodus Seward and Elizabeth Anderson)

Surviving are his widow, Martha Barnes, and the following children: Perry, Elmer and Mrs. Carrie Mullen, Ipava, and Mrs. Nellie Berry, Lewistown.

Mr. Seward was a member of the Free Methodist Church.

He was a farmer most of his life, moving to Ipava several years ago.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. (The Canton Daily Ledger, ?, 1934, submitted by Georgia Ferry)

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In Canton, May 11, 1885, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Snyder, aged 4 days.
(The Fulton County Ledger, May 14, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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In Canton, October 26, 1885, infant of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Shepley.
(The Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 29, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Dr. Simmons, 65, Dies of Heart Attack

Fountain Green Native Enjoyed Long Career as Canton Physician


Dr. Claude J. Simmons, one of Canton's ranking civic leaders for many years and a native of Fountain Green, died suddenly of a heart attack in his home last Wednesday (22 Dec 1943) while apparently recovering from an attack of the flu.  The prominent practicing physician, whose death is deeply mourned by a sister here, Mrs. C. I. Campbell, and by many life-long LaHarpe friends, was 65 years old.
Dr. Simmons was at home with his wife and was walking to the bathroom when stricken. Mrs. Simmons immediately called his medical associates Dr. Mark Nelson and Dr. Maguire, who found him dead upon their arrival.
     Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon in the First Methodist church of Canton, Rev. V. W. Elson officiating.
     Though he had been practicing in Canton the past 22 years and been away from this community much longer, Dr. Simmons maintained a sincere interest in LaHarpe, its people and its progress, and in his passing this community has suffered an irreparable loss.
     Dr. Simmons was born at Fountain Green on November 5, 1878, a son of Sidney and Nancy Bond Simmons, and received his rudimentary education in the public schools there.  He taught school for a time in this vicinity, deciding then to prepare for a career in medicine, a field he pursued vigorously, serving a large practice and remaining open minded to the benefit of the advancement of science.      He had done post-graduate study on one or more occasions after completing his professional preparation and was constantly flexible to change in his conception of service as he believed it could best be rendered.
     He studied at the Illinois State Normal University and then entered Keokuk, Iowa Medical College, later graduating from the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago.  For a short time he practiced medicine at Norris and then moved to Canton, where he had been a leading physician for 22 years.
     In addition, Dr. Simmons was an unusual citizen.  He gave freely of valuable time [sic] to the Masons, Shrine, Elks and Modern Woodmen lodges, was a member of the Fulton County Medical Association and was secretary of the Republican Central Committee in Fulton County.  He was also a past president of the Rotary Club of Canton, the Board of Education and was a director of the Home and Loan Association in Canton. Dr. Simmons married Miss Martha Smith on November 27,1902, and she passed away in 1914.  He then was married to Miss Rachael Cattron in 1916, who with a son and daughter survives.
     The son is Dr. Gordon Simmons, a dentist in Canton and the daughter, Miss Margaret Ann Simmons, a teacher in the Canton public schools.  Also left to mourn his passing are two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Irving Campbell of LaHarpe and Mrs. Frank Wilson, and a brother, D. C. Simmons, of Peoria.
     Mrs. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hodges and Hugh Newell from this vicinity attended, helping to compose one of the largest throngs of persons ever to accord final homage to a citizen of Canton.  The church was filled to capacity with friends, many dignitaries, and the mourning family members received words of condolence from various governmental figures and prominent medical men.  Interment was made in Greenwood cemetery.
     Pallbearers were William Duffield, Congressman Robert B. Chipperfield, Dr. H. B. Shepard, Superintendent of Schools, Ben Kietzman, Wright Mosher, and George Churchill.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Benjamin Franklin Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Smith was born near Mt. Sterling, Ky. January 15, 1833 and died at his home southeast of New Philadelphia Monday December 23, at about 1 O'clock of dropsy and kidney trouble. Aged 79 years, 11 months and 8 days. Mr. Smith was left fatherless when only six months old, his father dying with cholera during the great epidemic of 1833. The mother with two small children moved to Clay County, Indiana where she was later married to William A. Stewart and then moving to Clark Co., Ill. living there a few years they returned to Indiana. The mother as again bereft of her companion and was left with five children. When 16 years of age, his mother came to Illinois and settled in McDonough County, where he has spent the most of his life with the exception of the past few years which has been spent in Fulton County, December 15, 1853 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Jane Rutledge and to this union one child was born, a daughter Armatelas who died when 9 years of age. The mother dying Mar 11, 1893.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Fairview, Ill., May 19, 1885

Died, Friday night, Charles S. Suydam, aged 63 years. Mr. Suydam has been a resident of Fairview many years. He was formerly a blacksmith; of late years he was elected Constable and was a very efficient officer. (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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In Canton, May 19, 1885, of pneumonia, Milton Singleton, aged 60 years. (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Almira Carrison, daughter of John and Lewzanna Holmes Carrison was born one mile east of Adair, Ill. August 6, 1856 and died at her home in Adair, Jan. 2, 1940 at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 27 days. She lived her entire life within 3 1/2 miles of Adair moving to town in 1913.

October 14, 1857 she was married to Frank L. Swedell who passed away March 22, 1935. To this union was born three children: Charles L. of Table Grove, William I. who died Oct. 30, 1930 and Prudence E. who died in infancy.

She leaves her son Charles, six grand children, Bernard Swedell of Ames, Iowa; Mrs. Helen Murphy and Margaret Swedell of Table Grove, Mrs. Wilma Hammond and Burdette Swedell of Adair and Cecil Swedell of Charleston.

(unknown newspaper, August 1956, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Sarah Spencer, 85, died yesterday afternoon at her residence at 704 East Washington Street. She had been in ill health several years. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dodworth - Piper chapel, the Rev. Leslie Whitcomb officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Spencer was the daughter of John and Louisianna Holmes Carrison and was born Nov. 4, 1865 near Adair. She had lived in Macomb 30 years, and she was a member of the Presbyterian church here, having transfered from the United Brethren church at Pilot Grove. On Nov. 19, 1889 she married Leonard Spencer deceased. A son and two daughters, Ernest J. Spencer and Mrs. John DeMoss of Adiar, rural route and Miss Ethel Spencer at home, survive. A brother, Ezra Carrison, two sisters, Elmyra and Emma Carson, and an infant son, Walter C. are deceased.

Friends may call at the residence until time of services.

(unknown newspaper, around 1950, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Team Runaway

A Small Boy Killed [Earnest Stephens]

A little before 5 o’clock Friday afternoon last Clinton Lane drove a span of horses hitched to a heavy wagon to Fred Wright’s planing mill and went into the mill, leaving the team standing on White Street, facing south. In a short time the team started off, going south one block to Walnut street, thence went one block to Main and north on Main, passing through the square on the west side on a run. At Wright’s corner a portion of Wright’s old store building was standing in the street, the men moving the building were at work and a number of men and children were standing near looking on. Several persons here tried to stop the team, but the horses turned to one side and got on the walk, running on the walk 75 or 100 feet and then turned short into the road again and kept on north under full run.

John Stephens and his son Alfred were helping to remove the old building. Earnest, little son of John Stephens, between 7 and 8 years old, was on the walk on the west side of the street, in front of Mr. N. S. Wright’s residence. When his brother Alfred saw the team running on the walk he picked Earnest up and tried to carry him out of the way of harm. But when the team left the walk Alfred was run into, and was struck by the front wheel of the wagon or the double-tree, as he thinks, and Earnest was knocked from his arms. The little boy fell in the way of the wheels, and the life crushed from his little body. His father picked him up and laid him on a counter which had been taken from the building and placed against the fence on the walk. The child breathed but a few times and died.

Esq. Stearns summoned a coroner’s jury at once, consisting of Hon. G. Barere foreman, John Baily, John W. Farnsworth, David W. Snyder, Charles Matthews and I. T. Atwater.

L. C. Coykendall, Alfred Stephens, and William Maxon testified substantially as related above about the accident. Maxon said the child uttered “Oh my!” as he was picked up, and that was all he said.

Dr. Sutton was there immediately after the accident and examined the body. Death was caused, he thinks, by internal injuries. Only lived a moment after he saw him. Thought the spine was injured. Dr. Downs also thought the spine was injured.

The inquest was adjourned to Saturday morning. At that time Cline Lane was examined as to whether or not his team was hitched. He said both horses were tied to the post at the mill by the lines; one horse was a colt, the other had runaway; thinks the lines slipped form the post, there was no ring or hole in post. He says he tied the two horses together with one line and threw the line over the post and thinks the line slipped off and the horses walked off and soon ran.

Inquest adjourned to afternoon. Before convening again, some of the jury went to the mill to see the position for themselves.

Sam’l Ray and Charles W. Smith testified when the team passed north on south Main street they thought the lines were on the dashboard, but were not certain.

J. A. Hill and B. F. Chambers were coming towards town and met the runaway team between Sam’l Wilson’s and Wm. Lawrences’s. Mr. Chambers got out and stopped the team. Mr. Hill said the lines were dragging under the wagon. They were not broken. Do not think the lines were tied to the hitch.

The jury made up a verdict the child came to its death in accordance with facts as stated above; that the “weight of evidence is that said team was not hitched or fastened to the hitching post or otherwise secured; and that if the said lane left his team unhitched, he was guilty of carelessness.”

The remains of the child, Earnest, were buried Saturday afternoon, a large number of sympathizing friends attending the funeral from the residence of the parents, near the old woolen mill.

The general opinion was that the team was left standing at the planing mill unhitched, and one object of the investigation was to learn whether any responsibility rested upon Mr. Lane on account of his team running away. Mr. Lane testified he hitched the team in the manner he states. The jury was of the opinion the team was not hitched. (Fulton County Ledger, June 18, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Mrs. Stufflebeam Dies; Was Long Ill

Funeral Services to Be held Tuesday Afternoon at M.E. Church

Mrs. Mahala Ellen Stufflebeam died this morning (March 13, 1926) at 2 o'clock at her home at 404 North First avenue following an illness of two years, which became critical about 11 days ago.

Mahala Ellen Clark was born in Liverpool township on Dec. 24, 1849, a daughter of Isaac Clark and Susan (Cook) Clark.  She lived on a farm with her parents until she was married to Francis M. Stufflebeam on Dec. 14, 1871.  the couple then moved to St. David where they lived until they came to Canton.  Mr. Stufflebeam died in 1920.

Mrs. Stufflebeam was the mother of seven children, five of whom are living.  they are: Zebediah and Miss Ellen of Canton, Marion of St. David, Mrs. S. E. Bennett of Stevenson, Mich., and Willard of Rockford.  Rachel and Mrs. Dessie Hawkins preceded their mother in death.

Besides the children living the following brothers and sisters survive: A. J. Clark, Astoria; John W. Clark, Farmer City; George of Peoria; Thomas of Mansfield; James of Canton; Mrs. Mary Ann Stufflebeam of Petersburg; Mrs. Olive Johnson of Eva, Okla., and Mrs. O. L. Lillie of Maples Mill.  One brother and one sister are dead.  Miss Ellen resided at the family home with her mother. 

Mrs. Stufflebeam was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Mt. Pleasant.  She was patient and kind even in her last illness when she suffered much pain.

The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Canton on Tuesday, March 16, at 2:30 o'clock.

Burial will be made in Greenwood cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Mar. 13, 1926, submitted by David Newton)

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Died, June 19, 1885, of paralysis caused by a gunshot wound, B. F. Stafford, aged nearly 44 years. He was a member of Company F, 94th Illinois Infantry, serving therein for his country 3 years, 4 months and 7 days. On account of his disease he died in indigent circumstances, and was about to be buried as a pauper in the potters' field, the grave having already been dug; but a few of the boys in blue, with a patriotic mind and the love of God in their heart, said No, he shall receive proper burial in the soldiers' lot; that he shall be buried not as a pauper, but as a defender of the union. This is right. Let us not forget each other, though the rising generations may. The funeral exercises were conducted at the residence , in the northwest part of the city, by Rev. Van Pelt, under the direction of Joe Hooker Post No. 69, G. A. R. Was buried Saturday morning last. Comrades, soon one and all will have to answer to the call of Him that knoweth and doeth all things. Then let us not be narrow-minded and with prejudice be blinded, but hold fast to that which hope brings. None of us are so large but that six feet of earth makes us all of one size.  (Fulton County Ledger, June 25, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Anthony, Kansas
Buelah Schmidt, 91, of Anthony, Kan., died at 10:30 a. m. October 23, in St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kansas.

She was born November 16, 1894, in Fiatt, the daughter of Robert and Fannie (Dilts) Churchill. She married Edward C. Schmidt, March 10, 1921, in Illinois. He preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1957.

Survivors include a son, Dean of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren; five great grandsons; two brothers, George Churchill of Colchester and Boyd Churchill of East Lansing; and one sister, Blanch McConnell of Robinson.

After retiring from farming in 1951, she moved to Wellington, Kansas. She moved back to Illinois to be near her brothers and sister and families after her husband's death. In 1977 she moved to San Antonio, Texas. In June of 1983 she moved to Cedar Crest Nursing Home to be near family and friends.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m./ Monday at Parsons-Williams Funeral home, M. Russell Jolly officiating.

Burial was in Freeport Cemetery, Kans.

Memorials may be made to Freeport (Kans.), Presbyterian Church. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Lifetime Resident Of Smithfield Dies in His Home Thursday

CUBA (Special) – Alva Ghlee Strode, 53, died in his home northeast of Smithfield, at 4 p.m. Thursday, following a six months illness. A lifetime resident of this community and engaged in farming, he was a member of the Smithfield Methodist church and the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Born July 30, 1905 at Smithfield, a son of James N. and Linnia Leann (Dorothy) Strode, he was married to Maida Newburn on Jan. 7, 1931 in Havana.

Survivors include the widow, two children, Mrs. Patsy Keime of Peoria and Robert Strode of Smithfield, two grandchildren, a brother, Glenn and a sister, Mrs. Frank Wilson, both of Smithfield. A daughter and a brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Smithfield Methodist church by the Rev. Dennis Landis, assisted by the Rev. Harriette Gitterman.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hukill Memorial chapel. Burial will be in Howard cemetery at Smithfield. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Adams)

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Mrs. Grace Stuckey, 81, dies Wednesday in Graham Hospital.

Mrs. Grace B. Stuckey, 81, of Canton, Route 2, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday [Feb. 24, 1960] in the Graham Hospital, where she had been admitted the day before.

A Fulton County resident all of her life, she was born in Fiatt, Joshua Township, on Feb. 2, 1879, a daughter of Leonard and Harriet (McBroom) Churchill. On Dec. 18, 1900, she was married to Fred Stuckey, who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1948.

Surviving are two sons, Andrew and Warren Stuckey, both of Canton Route 2; 21 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.

Two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Putman and Mrs. Mary Schrodt preceded her in death, along with 11 brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Stuckey was a member of the Fiatt Christian Church.

The Rev. Orville Wright, pastor of the Christian Church, will conduct funeral rites at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Murphy memorial home where friends may call after 3 p. m. Friday. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery. (unknown newspaper and date, provided by Nicki Fox and transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Death of Abram S. Swartz, Aged Ninety-six Years.

   Abram S. Swartz, an old and respected citizen, formerly of Banner township but more recently residing with his son-in-law, William H. Babcock, just east of the old fair ground, died of old age at 12:40 o'clock Wednesday morning.
   Mr. Swartz was born in April, 1804, and thus had nearly completed his ninety sixth year.
   He was an active and useful citizen in his day, and all who knew him will hold him in kindly remembrance.
   Funeral services are held at the Babcock residence at 11 o'clock Friday forenoon, the Rev. J. W. Johnson officiating. (Canton Register, March 8, 1900, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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W. I. Swedell

W. I. Swedell, well known and highly respected farmer of Adair, passed away at his home here Thursday morning, October 30th at nine o'clock, after an extended illness.
Two years ago at this time it was found he had a cancer of the lower bowel and went to the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago where he remained for several weeks and underwent several operations for its removal and for some times it was thought it had been successful and without a doubt did prolong his life but for the past few months he has been gradually failing and the past six weeks or more has failed more rapidly. Almost four weeks ago he wanted to return to this surgeon in Chicago with a hope that something could be done and he remained two weeks but as soon as he was able, was brought to his home. He was able to be up and about the house some almost every day until the past week, and just a week before his death he wanted to visit the farms and son Burdette took him to all of the places he was farming and he looked around and came home and has been failing since. He was taken much worse during the night and passed away this morning as stated. All that medical skill, professional nurses and kind relatives and friends could do, has been done for his comfort, but to no avail and he has answered the call.

William Ira, youngest son of Frank L. and Myra (Carrison) Swedell, was born on the Carrison homestead one mile east of Adair, March 23rd, 1880 and has lived most of his life in this county. Twelve years of young manhood days were spend on the farm now occupied by his brother, C.I. Swedell, southeast of Adair, in Fulton County and the remainder has been in and near Adair.

On August 1st, 1907 he was united in marriage to Stella B. Herdon who with a daughter, Mrs. K.R. Hammond, and two sons, Burdette and Cecil, survive and reside in the home. He is also survived by one grand-daughter, Patricia Hammond, of who he was very fond, and his aged parents and one brother, Chas. L. Swedell of southeast of Adair. One sister, Prudence, passed away in infancy. One infant, daughter also went before she knew the light of day, a few years ago. He also leaves to mourn his departure many other relatives and friends.

After their marriage they resided on his parents farm east of Adair until February 1911 when they removed to Adair which has since been their home.

In February 1896 he was converted and united with the Methodist church to which he has been a member since and has worked for its betterment, working diligently a few years ago when the old church was rebuilt into the nice new building which he enjoyed seeing completed.

"Will" as he was known to all in the vicinity, was a public spirited citizen and will be missed in many organizations of which he took an active part, always willing to give of his time and money to promote a movement for the betterment of the town and country near. He was especially active and interested in the annual Horse Show and enjoyed the last one perhaps more than any other.

NOTE: Balance of article was cut off.

(unknown newspaper, 1930, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Died: At the residence of his son Charles in Spring Lake, Tazewell county, on the 10th inst., Mr. Josiah Stout, aged 83 years. Burial was in the Canton City Cemetery with his late wife. New Brunswick, New Jersey papers, please copy. (Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 21, 1862, submitted by Tony Kaney)

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James Hull Shawgo, son of George and Julia Sharona Shawgo, was born June 18, 1850, in the State of Ohio. When a babe he came with his parents to Fulton County, Illinois. His father, who was a Baptist preacher, died when he was only a boy. On April 1, 1878, he was united in marriage to Miss Rhoda Adams in Mason County, Illinois, where they made their home. Mr. Shawgo was fond of singing and taught a singing school in his younger days. To this home were born eleven children, eight boys and three girls. Two boys and one girl died in infancy. On July 25, 1914, Mr. Shawgo suffered a great loss in the death of his wife. For the past several years he made his home with his oldest son, George. The past winter he had been in failing health and for the past ten days it was evident that the end was near.

About noon of May 26th he quietly passed away, lacking but twenty-two days of being 82 years of age. He was an honest, upright man, a good neighbor and a kind father. He is survived by six sons and two daughters. The children are: Geo. W; Bert; Claude of Mason City; Thomas of San Jose; Arthur of Peoria; Edward of Chandlerville; Mrs. Hazel Roof of Topeka, Illinois; Mrs. Bessie Osborn of Garden City, Missouri. He is also survived by three brothers: Isaac Shawgo of Peoria, Illinois; William of Summum, Fulton county, Illinois; and Andrew of Missouri. He also leaves 43 grandchildren. At the celebration of his 81st birthday last June there were 135 family relatives present. Thus the head of a great generation has passed to his reward in the death of Mr. Shawgo.

Funeral services were held from the residence of his son, George W.; six miles north of Mason City, Illlinois, on Sunday, May 29th at 2 p.m., in charge of Rev. L. P. Bear. Burial was made in Allen's Grove cemetery in charge of Edward Niederer Funeral Service.

(unknown newspaper, May 1932, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Funeral services for James Elsworth Shawgo, 91, Eugene, Ore, were held June 27, at Eugene. Mr. Shawgo was a Canton area resident until 1929.

Born on Nov. 9, 1877, he was the son of David and Jane (Curless) Shawgo. He married Grace Banner on Dec. 1, 1929. She survives.

Other survivors are: Two daughters, Mrs. Mamie Meely, Eugene, Oregon and Mrs. Erma Lagerblade, Springfield, Oreg; two sons, James Shawgo, Manteca, CA, and the Rev. Donald Shawgo, Biggs, CA; 12 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. [Note: death: June 24, 1968, Eugene OR.]

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1958, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Adaline Smith was born to Elias Chenoweth and Permelia Jane Ellis on October 4, 1864 at the Chenoweth farm 6 miles northeast of Table grove. Her father came from the east, her mother from Ohio. She was the fourth of seven children, of whom a sister and a brother survive her. She attended the North Hickory School and joined the Baptist church in that school.

She married on February 25, 1883 to George M. Smith. They had four children, the oldest of whom, Lilly Belle, died at the age of 15. From the time of her marriage, she lived at the farm home a half mile east of the Temple church. Since her husband's death 11 years ago, she has had the companionship of her son, John and his wife, Bertha. Mrs. Smith died February 14, aged 76 years.

Her passing is mourned by her two daughters, Mrs. Maude Derry of Panora, Iowa and Mrs. Nora Parsons of Canton and her son, John of Table Grove, by her sister, Martha Smith of Galesburg and her brother, Henry Chenoweth, of Table Grove; by four grandchildren, Bessie Harvey, Irvin and Claire of Panora. There are also three great grandchildren, Melvin, George and Janet Derry also of Panora, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held from the Temple Church at 2:30 pm Sunday, Rev. Wm. Richards officiating. Interment in Temple Cemetery.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Julie Terstriep)

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Amos Stambaugh Dies on July 4

Amos Robert Stambaugh, 64, 0f 635 South Second Ave., Canton, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 1974, at his home.

He was born April 9, 1910, in Astoria, a son of Harvey and Fanny Bowman Stambaugh. He was Married Nov. 16, 1929, in Lewistown to Hazel Brown, she survives.

Also surviving are two sons; Dwain D. and Gordon R. Stambaugh and a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy McWhorter, all of Canton; nine grandchildren and a great grandchild; two brothers, William Stambaugh of Vermont and Wilson Stambaugh of Astoria; a sister, Mrs. Lydia Cocklin of Conesville, Iowa, and a half sister, Mrs. Mae Cunningham of Vermont.

Mr. Stambaugh was a retired farmer.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Murphy Memorial Home in Canton with Rev. Stanley Geiselman officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memory Gardens.

(Astoria Argus-Searchlight, July, 1974, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Former Astoria, Bader resident Dies

Charles Stambaugh, 90, of Roseville, died at 5:45 Monday morning [Aug. 10, 1959] at Monmouth Hospital, where he was admitted Sunday. He had been in failing health two years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Corman Memorial Home in Roseville. Graveside services and burial will be at the Astoria cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Stambaugh was born July 12, 1869 in Schuyler County. He married Lavina Painter in 1893. She died in 1944. He had resided in the Bader and Astoria communities before moving to Roseville four years ago to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Roscoe Thomas.

Surviving in addition to the daughters, Mrs. Dewey Workman of Browning and Miss Mathilda Stambaugh of Rockford; five sons, Scott Stambaugh of Good Hope, Howard Stambaugh of Jacksonville, Harley Stambaugh of Rockford, David Stambaugh of Frederick and Michael of Perry; 49 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one brother, Alvin Stambaugh of Bader and numerous nieces and nephews.

(Astoria Argus-Searchlight, Aug. 12, 1959, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Fannie B. Stambaugh Dies At Age 86

Mrs. Fannie B. Stambaugh, 86, a life time resident of the Astoria Community, died Oct. 9, [1970] at Mason District Hospital in Havana, following a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 1, 1884 on the Woodland Fruit Farm at Astoria, a daughter of Rev. Cyrus and Leah Gibble Bucher. She became a member of the Woodland Church of the Brethren on Jan. 26, 1896 and has always attended services there; teaching a Sunday School Class most of the time.

She was married to Geo. H. Stambaugh on June 19, 1904 who preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1954. She leaves six daughters, Mrs. Verna Duke of Richmond, Ind., Mrs. Esther Kessler and Mrs. Mabel Bowman of Astoria, Mrs. Naomi Saffin of Rossford, Ohio, Mrs. Faith Blair of London, Ohio and Georgia Lee Page of Gibson City, one son, Mark Stambaugh of Shelbyville, Mo.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Clara Klinedinst of Astoria, and Mrs. Beula Kettering of Polk, Ohio.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Lam and Mrs. Annie Blickenstaff, both of Astoria, and one brother Ezra Bucher of Phoenix, Ariz. There are 34 grandchildren; 65 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren as well as a host of friends and neighbors who near and dear to her.

Preceding her in death were her husband, two sons, one daughter, two step great grandchildren, one step great great grandchild, three brothers and four {5} sisters.

..... at the Woodland Church of the Brethren on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 o’clock. Services were conducted by a grandson, Rev. Delbert Kettering, assisted by Rev. Robert Winkler and Rev. Clinton Kessler. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery. Musicians were Violet Wickert, organist and trio, Nedra Bollinger, Sharon Cameron and Kim Bollinger. Pall bearers were Karl Duke, John Pittman, David Bowman, Steve Glair, Charles Robert Stambaugh and Jay Pat Page.

A tribute to our mother
Who we all loved so dear
God took her home to Heaven
He needed her more than we did here.
Her life was full of sunshine
So busy all the time
Always so brave and helpful
And courage so sublime.
There is left a place so vacant
No one else can fill
But we will need to say
It must have been God’s will.

(Astoria Argus-Searchlight, Oct. 1970, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Mrs. Ada Stambaugh Dies In Kansas

Word was received by relatives in this area Saturday that Mrs. Ada Hartley Stambaugh had passed away on that day, March 11, at a Nursing Home in Wellington, Kansas, at the age of 83 years.

Mrs. Stambaugh, a former Astoria resident, was the daughter of Ely {Eli} and Matilda Hartley. She was married to Frank B. Stambaugh, who is deceased. Surviving are a daughter, two sisters, Lucy Van Antwerp of Knoxville and Mrs. Berta Pyle of Ozark, Mo., several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

(Astoria Argus, Mar. 11, 1958, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Ralph C. Stambaugh of Astoria Dies

Ralph Clayton Stambaugh, 81, of Astoria died Saturday July 1, at 1:18 p.m. in Mason District Hospital at Havana, where he had been a patient three weeks. Mr. Stambaugh was a retired teacher. He taught 30 years in elementary and high schools and was teaching in Astoria at the time of his retirement.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Kost Memorial Home in Vermont. The Rev. Elmer Dadismon officiated. Burial was in South Fulton Cemetery south of Astoria.

He was born in Woodland Township, Fulton County, June 30, 1886, to Michael and Sarah Bair Stambaugh. He married Catherine Rebecca Whereley at Browning Aug. 9, 1908. She survives with one son, Earl Clayton Stambaugh of Good Hope, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Maggie Walraven of Huron, S. D. Two brother and two sisters are deceased.

(Astoria Argus, Jul. 1, 1967, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Obituary of Betty Aline Ashwood Sprout

Canton - Betty A. Sprout, 66, of 420 W. Chestnut St. died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Aug. 13, 1933, in Roodhouse to Earl and Annabelle Fraley Ashwood, she married Clarence "Bud" Sprout on July 31, 1955, in Canton. He died Jan. 8, 1993.

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

Surviving are one son, Curtis of Canton; two daughters, Mrs. David (Jennifer) Sepich and Jane Sprout, both of Canton; five grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; two brothers, Robert Ashwood of Smithfield and Thomas Ashwood of Wee-MaTuk; and three sisters, Daisy Baxter of Wee-Ma-Tuk, Hazel Henderson of Smithfield and Linda Smith of Cuba.

She worked at Freeman Coal Co. for many years.

She attended Wesley United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. George Mercer will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

(Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 17, 1999, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Obituary of Clarence "Bud" L. Sprout

Canton - Clarence L. "Bud" Sprout, 64, of 420 W. Chestnut St. died at 2:56 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1993, in the emergency room of Graham Hospital.

Born April 2, 1928, in Canton to Orlo and Goldie Smith Sprout, he married Betty A. Ashwood on July 31, 1955, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are his stepmother, Zelma Thompson of Canton; one son, Curtis of Canton; two daughters, Jane Sprout and Mrs. David (Jennifer) Sepich, both of Canton; one sister, Mary Jane Sample of Mobile, Ala.; one half sister, Billy Lyons of Canton; three half brothers, Orlo Jr. of Illinois, Berry of Liverpool and Wilbert Thompson of Canton; and five grandchildren.

He was a truck driver for Canton Township for 11 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of Knights of Pythian of Lewistown.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. The Rev. Harold Barrick will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 10, 1993, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Obituary of Marietta Shinnifield

Marietta "Lois" Shinnifield, of 572 S. Sixth Ave. , Canton formerly of rural Lewistown, died at 10:24 a.m. Monday at St. Francis Medical Center.

She was born Oct.22, 1912, in Schuyler County, the daughter of Ned D. and Daisy (Robinson) Ashwood. She married Joseph F. Shinnefield Dec. 31, 1939, in Palmyra, Missouri. He died Dec. 10, 1980.

She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Survivors include four brothers, Earl Ashwood, of Smithfield, Loren Ashwood, of Ipava, Ivon Ashwood of Orofino, Idaho, and Kenneth Ashwood of Canton; and two sisters, Mrs. Loine Koelling and Mrs. Geneva Kaler, both of Canton.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Henry Memorial Home, the Rev. Tom Logsdon officiating.

Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Feb.25, 1985, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Obituary for Joseph Shinnefield

Joseph F. Shinnefield, 72, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Lewistown, was dead on arrival Dec. 10 at St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.

Born June 18, 1908, in Lewistown, he was a son of Elbert and Laura Cooper Shinnefield. He married Lois Ashwood Dec. 31, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo.

He had been a farmer in the area, retiring about three years ago.

Surviving are his wife, a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Moore of Peoria. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Services were Dec.16 at Henry Memorial home, Lewistown, the Rev. Peter Funch officiating.

Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Canton.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Heart Association.

(Canton Daily Ledger, unknown date, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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PRAIRIE CITY, IL - Ilene M. Spangler, 94, of Prairie City formerly of Fiatt, and Cuba, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2008 at Prairie City Nursing Home in Prairie City.

Born April 12, 1914 in Spencer, Indiana to Harvey and Clara (Hahn) Carpenter. She married Milton L. Spangler November 1, 1931 in Spencer, Indiana. He preceded her in death on September 12, 2007.

Surviving are two children, Linda "Kay" (Dean) Coulter of Fiatt, James (Deloris) of Hubbard, MI.; one brother, Rex (Della) Carpenter of Spencer, Indiana, one sister-in-law, Lillian Carpenter. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, and several great and great great grandchildren.

One infant son, Bobby Joe, one brother, Richard, and one grandchild, Michael Coulter, preceded her in death.

Ilene and her husband lived many years in Cuba and Hubbard MI, before moving back to Fiatt. When she was younger she worked many years for a peach orchard. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, sewing and crocheting. She was a member of the Fiatt Christian Church.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday at Fiatt Cemetery immediately following a visitation from 10-11 a.m at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Rev. Jim Menne will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Fiatt Christian Church.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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FIATT, IL - Milton L. Spangler 96, of Prairie City Health Care Center formerly of Fiatt died at 1 am Wednesday September 12, 2007 at the Health Care Center.

He was born April 9, 1911 in rural Spencer, IN to Charles and Mattie (Layman) Spangler. He married Ilene M. Carpenter on November 1, 1931 in Spencer, IN. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter Linda "Kay" (Dean) Coulter of Fiatt, one son James M. ( Delores) Spangler of Hubbard Lake, MI., seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant son Bobby Joe, three brothers, two sisters, and one grandson Michael Coulter.

Milton retired from TP&W Railroad where he worked as a section foreman.

He was a member of the Cuba Christian Church.

Graveside services will be held at Noon Saturday Rev. Jim Menne will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.

Memorials may be made to Fiatt Independent Church.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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FARMINGTON -- Bruce O. Stroman, 80, of 701 S. Main St., formerly of Fiatt, died at 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born July 5, 1921, in Fairview to Leslie and Mary Osman Stroman, he married Maxine Keefauver on Aug. 9, 1941, in Fairview. She died Dec. 22, 1988. He married Ida Carlson on March 11, 1990, in Edelstein. She died Nov. 27, 1999.

He also was preceded in death by one brother.

Surviving are two daughters, Ellen (and Loyd) Dodd of Fiatt and Willa (and Harold) Stroman Schnarr of Canton; and two grandsons.

A 50-year member and past commander of Fairview American Legion Post 644, he was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the China, Burma and India Theater.

He was a coal miner for Truax-Trauer Coal Co. and then for Midland Coal Co., retiring in 1983.

He was a member and past president of Cuba Lions Club and was a member of Canton Moose Lodge 784.

He was a charter member of the Fiatt Fire Department for 34 years, serving as chief for 17 years. He also served as the Joshua Township Clerk for three terms.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Edward Boussaard will officiate. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cass-Putman Rescue Squad.

(Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL) - Sunday, March 10, 2002, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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Laura Belle Steinhauser

Mrs. Laura Belle Steinhauser, 78, of 2417 S. Fifth St., died at 6 p.m. yesterday in St. Johns hospital. She is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Robert Kansy Sr., and Mrs. Clinton Flowers, both of the city; Mrs. E.W. Leach, Evanston; one son, Earl Steinhauser, city; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Hansen, Rankin; one brother Charles Barber, Bloomington; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Steinhauser was born March 28, 1878, at Lewistown, the daughter of Samuel and Etta Payne Barber. She had been a resident of Springfield most of her life and was married to Alexander Steinhauser, who preceded her in death in 1946. She has been in ill health for a number of years. The body was taken to the Staab funeral home where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery.

(Springfield Illinois State Journal, July 10, 1956, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Alexander Steinhauser

Steinhauser, Alexander - Of 1101 East Brown street, died at St. Johnʼs hospital at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec 12, 1945, aged 87. Survived by wife, Laura Belle; one son, Earl, city; three daughters. Mrs. Robert Kansey, city; Mrs. Ernest Leach, Chicago, and Minnie Marjorie Steinhauser, at home, and five grandchildren. Remains to Bisch Memorial home where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Rev. William W. Roth officiating. Burial in Oak Ridge cemetery. Remains viewed from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday and to time of services Friday.

(Springfield Illinois State Journal, Dec., 13, 1945, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Asa Sanders 

Asa Sanders died in this city last Saturday afternoon. That even closed a career that has seldom been equaled and perhaps never surpassed in the annals of the race. Asa will be remembered as a saloon keeper in Lewistown in the black municipal days of 1965, and about that time [May 28, 1866] was married to Mary Lewis, eldest daughter of John Lewis, for eight years probate judge of this county.

After Lewistown abolished saloons, Sanders entered the dry goods trade, and for several years had a good business at the stand now occupied by Howes & Linton. He finally became insolvent, and went to Marshaltown, where he kept a saloon for one or more years. By some means unknown to us he lost all of his money. Himself and his wife returned to Lewistown some seven or eight years ago. His losses preyed upon his mind, and he became insane. For days and weeks he wandered about our town, murmuring to all of his acquaintances, as he met them, "I've got millions of dollars...millions of dollars!" He grew worse, became unmanageable, and was finally judged insane. Major Waggoner took him to the Jacksonville asylum, but his wife followed, determined not to be separated from him. She fought like a tiger against him being handcuffed. Arrived at the asylum she would not be separated from him and the authorities were compelled to permit her to bring him home. She did so. A poor little house was rented, and there was but a handful of furniture to place in it. He was utterly imbecile and at times fierce and uncontrollable. At first Mrs. Sanders was given some sympathy and help. After a year or so, the county gave them some help but it was very trifling. During all of these long years there have been no change in Sanders; he was a poor helpless imbecile, as utterly unable to help himself or express his wants as an infant. Public sympathy and help faded away. That woman, with her horrible burden and sorrow, might as well in the midst of the Sahara, as far as human aid or sympathy was concerned. But she never wearied in her devotion to her husband; she never neglected him; day and night she has hovered over his couch, performing duties in his behalf before which the stoutest heart might quail. No tongue or pen could tell the horrors of those years to this poor woman.

And last Saturday, when death came to relieve her of this dreadful charge, what a joy supreme must have filled her lonely heart, that she had not grown weary and given up the battle! Devoted to the clay as she had been to the helpless maniac, her little all was gladly pledged to fit it royally for the burial. She demanded the best of funeral trappings that Undertaker Moore could furnish. She could go forth without a dollar, and gladly, if he was given a burial such as the rich and grand might have.

This incident is without any parallel within our knowledge. We have no doubt the woman was every hour actuated by a love for her husband that no trial, no suffering, could abate. She could any day have been relieved of her charge, but she rejected any allusions to asylums and poor houses as a saint would the temptations of the evil one. She grandly sacrificed all these years to him, and tranquility bore burdens of loneliness, privations, and hardships of a thousand kind, in unfaltering love for him, that would have crushed the body and soul of any other human being of whom we have known or read.
We think Mrs. Sanders has been honored with that amount of public consideration that constitutes debate. We think she has been debated. Well, we will not discuss that. The picture would not be complete if the woman had not borne a mountain of human contempt with her other woes. It is a marvelous and unparallel instance of a wife's devotion well worthy of a page in the history of the race.

Note: Asa Sanders was born on Dec. 6, 1840 and died on Nov. 11, 1882. Mary J. (Lewis) Sanders was born on Dec. 16, 1836 and died on Mar. 22, 1902. They were both buried in Lewistown's Oak Hill cemetery.

(Fulton County Ledger, Nov. 23, 1882, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Dies of Typhoid

Miles W. Smith, a well-known farmer and former elevator man of Cuba died very suddenly last Thursday evening of typhoid fever after an illness of less than one week.

Mr. Smith had not been feeling well for some time, but it was not until Tuesday night of last week that he called a doctor, who said at once that he was developing typhoid fever symptoms. He grew rapidly worse and died about forty-eight hours after the first visit of the physician.

Mr. Smith’s wife died about two months ago and since then he has been very depressed, worrying a great deal and he was in no condition to fight off an attack of fever, seemingly giving up from the first.
The deceased was born December 27, 1869 in the same neighborhood where he died, and with the exception of a short time spent in Cuba, has lived his life in the same neighborhood.

He farmed for many years and later bought a fine residence and the Scott elevator in Cuba and moved here. He ran the elevator business for a couple of years and then moved back to the farm.
His wife died early in June, having been taken to a Galesburg hospital for an operation.

There are eight children, the oldest being nearly twenty and the youngest about two. In addition to his children, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. S. E. Huff of Prairie City; and four brothers, George and James of Cuba; Cliff of Fiatt; and Cleveland in Montana; and one sister, Mrs. Elva Jones of Portland, Oregon.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Free Will Baptist Church west of Fiatt conducted by Rev. A. J. Christy of Canton, former pastor of Cuba M. P. Church.

He was a member of the Odd Fellow and Woodmen lodges of Cuba; and the former lodge had charge of the funeral, which was one of the largest in recent years around here, there being seventy-six automobiles in the funeral procession. Burial was in the Baughman Cemetery near Fiatt.

(Cuba Journal, Aug. 16, 1917, submitted by George Zane)

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