Obituaries (T-Z)

Talbott, Lovina Voorhees, Donald Wilkinson, Jeannie
Talbott, Mrs. Ollie Voorhees, Harold Wilkinson, Zelpha
Talbott, Mrs. Ollie (Evans) Voorhees, John Williams, Amos
Talbott, Willis Voorhees, Mary Williams, Cordelia
Tallant, Naoma Wages, Amos B. Williams, Della
Tanner, Mary Wages, Bertha Williams, Francis
Tanquary, William Wages, Henry Williams, Grace
Tasker, Charles Wages, Jacob Williams, Greenbury
Tasker, Ellen Yeomans Wages, Margaret Williams, Isaac
Tasker, "Grandma" Walker, Martha Williams, Isaac
Taylor, Grant Elmer Walling, Mrs. Mary Williams, James
Taylor, Julia Walter, Sarah Williams, John
Taylor, Mary Walters, Celia Williams, Laveta
Tharp, Amy Walters, Effie Williams, Leona
Theyse, Carol Walters, Emma Williams, Martha Jane
Thomas, Estella Walters, John Williams, Martin
Thompson, Barak Walters, Joseph Williams, Merritt
Thompson, Shirley Walters, Mary Wilson, Ann
Thomson, Lucinda Walters, Mary Wilson, Ben
Thurman, James Walters, Peter Wilson, David
Thrasher, Delores Walters, Samuel Wilson, Dean
Thum, Carrie Walters, Samuel Wilson, Mrs. Martha
Thum, Frank Walters, Sylvia Wilson, Robert
Thum, John Walton, Lucille Winans, Aaron
Thum, Ray Ward, William Winkler, Anton
Tippey, Eileen Watson, Elizabeth Winkler, Caroline
Toler, Dr. W. T. Watson, Marian Winkler, John
Toncray, Dale Waughtel, Doyle Wolford, Gertrude
Thrue, William Mrs. Weese, John J. Wooddell, Emma
Trumpy, Carter Weese, Nancy Wooddell, Stuart
Trumpy, Charles Weese, Pattison Woods, Bessie
Trumpy, Robert Weese, Rebecca Woods, John
Trumpy, Vera Welch, Gayella Woods, Susanna
Turner, Betty Welker, Harley Woollett, infant
Turner, Sophronia Welker, Pearl Wooster, Michael
Tuthill, Harry Westlake, Fred Wrestler, Henry
Tyrer, Estella Westlake, Harriett Wright, Charles
Ulm, Mrs. William Westlake, Saphronia Wright, Frederick
Umphryes, Grover Wetzel, Amanda Wright, Edna
Urbonas, Peter Wetzel, Christopher Wright, Edward
VanArsdale, Peter Wetzel, George Wright, John
Vance, Eli Wetzel, Priscilla Wright, Phoebe
Vance, Donna Wetzel, Sarah Wright, Reason
Vance, Harriet Wetzel, Sarah Wyckoff, S. S.
VanFossen, Mrs. Wheeler, Amanda Yerbic, Margaret
VanMiddlesworth, James Wheeler, Myron Young, Adam
VanMiddlesworth, Woodrow Wheeler, Twila Young, Marion
Van Order, Mary Ann White, Alfred Young, Minnie
Vaughn, Verle White, Arthur Yurkovich, Daniel
Vice, Richard White, Howard Zaborac, Verna
Vigna, Anthony Whitney, John Zessin, Eleanor
Viora, Joe Wickert, Martha Zorn, Eula
Voorhees, Aaron Wilcoxen, Becky Zink, Rebecca
Voorhees, Clarence Wilhour, George Zuchowski, Edmund


    Mrs. John Talbott, Summum, Aged 52 Died Wednesday

    Mrs. Ollie M. Clark, daughter of Wesley and Edith Clark was born March 1st, 1879 and departed this life at her home in Summum, Wednesday at 5:10 P.M.
    She was united in Marriage to Henry Beam, February 21, 1894. To this union was born five children, namely: Alma, who preceded her mother in death, Clarence, of Baltimore, Maryland, Mrs. Ralph Parr, Mrs. Lyle Davis and Ralph, all of Summum.
    After the death of her first husband she was united in marriage to John Talbott, February 26, 1910. To them were born two daughters, Florine and Pauline at home. She also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Wm. Plate of Astoria, Mrs. Harvey Beam of Seneca, South Dakota, Emmor Clark of Yale, Iowa, William Clark of Wisconsin, also nine grandchildren.
    Mrs. Talbott's illness was but of short duration, but the dreadful disease pneumonia, developed and death relieved her of her days of suffering. Miss Cozart, a trained nurse, cared for her. All that loving hands could do was done to restore her to her health, but God doeth all things well.
    Funeral services were held Friday at 11: o'clock at Union Chapel, conducted by Rev. Howard Hamilton. Burial in Union Chapel Cemetery.
[note:her father's name is usually given as George W. or G. W. Clark. Sisters were Sarah Jenette "Nettie" Plate and Elizabeth "Belle" Beam. Married daughters were Edith Matilda Parr and Corda Davis.]

(The Argus Searchlight, March 16, 1927, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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Death of Mrs. Ollie Talbott

Mrs. Ollie Talbott, wife of Willis Talbott of Chicago, passed away in Oak Park hospital, on Wednesday morning, May 19, of cancer, having been in the hospital for the past month.

The body arrived in Lewistown Friday evening and was taken to the Zimmerman undertaking parlors.

Mrs. Talbott was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Evans, both deceased. She was united in marriage to Willis Talbott, who with four children survives. The children are as follows: Mrs. Mildred Anderson of Oak Park; Mrs. Florence Geise of Chicago; Richard and Willis Jr. of Chicago, there is also one sister, Mrs. Robert Nahm of this city, and two brothers., Henry Evans of Coyote, Calif. and Roy Evans of San Francisco.

Lewistown was Mrs. Talbott's home until about 23 years ago when the family move to Chicago. She was a sweet girl and had many friends here.

A short funeral service was held at the grave Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Walter Kline, and interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
(Note: Roy was not Ollie's brother; he was her nephew)

(The Fulton County Democrat, May 26, 1926, submitted by Debra Hill)

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Death of Willis N. Talbott

Willis N. Talbott of Chicago, formerly of Lewistown , Passed away in Chicago on Thursday, May 10, following an illness of one year. He was born in Lewistown on April 1, 1873, and was a son of the late Dr. David D. and Amelia (Walker) Talbott, and grew to manhood here.

He was twice married, his first wife being Ollie Evans, and the second wife was Anna Miles. There were four children by his first marriage, as follows; Mrs. Mildred Anderson, Chicago; Mrs Florence Van Alstine, California; Richard Talbott, Villa Park, and Willis N Talbott, Honolulu, Hawaii. There are six grandchildren.
Mr. Talbott and resided in Chicago for 45 years, and was a retired business man. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Funeral services wee held on Monday afternoon at the Zimmerman an Henry Chapel, with the Rev. Norman Stockett of Peoria officiating, and burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

(The Fulton County Democrat, May 16, 1945, submitted by Debra Hill)

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Mrs. Lovina Talbott Pneumonia Victim
Funeral Sunday

Mrs. Lovina Talbott died Friday at her home in this city, aged 82 years, 5 months and 3 days. Death was due to pneumonia. The aged lady was ill less than a week.

Mrs. Talbott was born in York county, Pennsylvania, Sept. 24, 1848, the daughter of David and Elizabeth Moose. In 1857 the Moose family came with the wave of westward immigrants down the Ohio and Illinois rivers to Sharps Landing.

In 1866 (sic) she was united in marriage to Nicholas Beam, who preceded her in death. To this union three children were born, Henry, deceased, Mike of Astoria and Carrie Derry of Vermont.

On June 14, 1878 she married William T. Talbott of Browning, Ill. Six children, Mrs. Flora Stafford of Vermont, Mrs. Ira Vance, Mrs. Cordia Bollinger, Carl and George of Astoria and John of Summum, survive. Estelle and Inas dying in infancy. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Lease, ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and a host of friends. Mrs. Upton Beck, Mrs. Mike Stambaugh, sisters, Jacob Moose, Samuel O. Moose, brothers, are deceased.

Mrs. Talbott was an industrious, kind and loving mother. She was never too busy to lend a helping hand to friends and a soothing one to children.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the U. B. Church, conducted by Rev. W. H. Day, Interment in Astoria cemetery.

(Note: She was also called Melvina. She married Nicholas Beam on 26 Feb 1871 in Fulton Co.)

(The Argus Searchlight, March 4, 1931, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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Died in Bernadotte, of consumption, after an illness of several months, Mrs. Julia Taylor aged about 52 years. Deceased was the daughter of Enoch Wilmarth and came to Bernadotte I 1865. She was a hard working woman, loved and respected by all who knew her. Rev. Fasker conducted the funeral ceremonies. (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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DIED. In Bernadotte township, in the 65th year of his age, Barak Thompson, of derangement of the stomach and liver. (p. 2 col. 5) (Canton Weekly Register, December 5, 1873, submitted by Bonnie Dagen)

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     Dr. W. T. Toler died at Astoria, Friday morning last. He had been sick a long time, and his death was not unexpected. He was a prominent citizen and a noted physician of that portion of the county.
     Thursday morning, 6th inst., on our way to Springfield, we met M. K. Sweeney, of Lee township, this county, who was on his way to Macon, Ill., to see his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Dunkel, who was reported very low from quick consumption. He informed us that during the month of August three of his relatives had died, and he feared his daughter would not be alive when he arrived at Macon.
     August 6, 1882, Mrs. Mary M. Sweeney, widow of Montgomery Sweeney, and mother of M. K. Sweeney, died at Red Wing, Minn., of old age, aged 87 years. Mrs. Sweeny formerly lived, with her husband, in Lee township, this county.
     Also, Aug. 31, 1882, at Macon, Ill, infant child of Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Dunkel, aged 4 months, grand-daughter of M. R. Sweeney.
In Buckheart township, Sept. 8. 1882, infant child of Henry and Sarah Knight.
     At Bryant, Sept. 6, ’82, Mrs. Hannah Raud, of dysentery, aged 72 years, 8 months, and 6 days.
     B. F. Eyerly has just returned from Chicago, and is now opening the finest stock of dress goods, notions, trimmings, gloves, hosiery, laces, cloaks, dolmans, &c., that has even been brought to the city. Full advertisement next week. (Fulton County Ledger, Sep. 14, 1882, submitted by Bonnie Dagen)

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After a period of ill health covering two years, the last ten months of which were of a serious nature, C. H. Trumpy passed quietly away at his home in Avon, at 8:00 o'clock Sunday evening, June 23, 1929, at the age of 60 years and 7 months. The end came suddenly and quite unexpectedly. Mr. Trumpy had been able to walk up town every day and on Sunday morning was out in the yard for a time. On returning to the house he fell in a faint. He was assisted to his bed upstairs and twelve hours later death came as a welcome release from intense suffering. His ailment was cancer of the stomach.

Charles Henry Trumpy, youngest son of Henry and Mahala (Cunningham) Trumpy, was born in Prairie City, on November 23, 1868, where he lived and grew to manhood. For twelve years he was associated with his father in the bakery and restaurant business there.

On May 11, 1892, he was united in marriage to Miss Buena Bellville of Prairie City. Two sons were born to this union, Carter and Robert, both of whom reside in Avon. Twenty-five years ago the family came to Avon where for sixteen years, with the help of his efficient wife he conducted a restaurant and won for themselves an enviable reputation in the culinary art. Nine years ago Mr. Trumpy retired from business and since that time he has assisted his sons in their dry goods and clothing store.

Besides his devoted wife and sons, Mr. Trumpy is survived by for grandchildren, Virginia, Shirley, Dorothy and Bobbie Trumpy, two sisters, Mrs. Sophia Seeley and Mrs. Martha Burden of Macomb, two brothers, Fred Trumpy of Havana and George Trumpy of Galesburg.

In Mr. Trumpy's younger days he was an ardent baseball fan and for four years pitched league ball for Omaha, Nebraska, and continued his interest in professional baseball up to the end.

Mr. Trumpy was devoted to his home and family. The grandchildren always appealed to Grandpa Trumpy. He ever loved and humored them. He spread sunshine to the child heart and now that he is gone sweet memories will linger in their hearts. As a neighbor he was kind and accommodating and will be greatly missed in this community.
Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday, June 25, at 2:30 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. Wm. J. Arms, pastor of the Federated church. The subject of his sermon was, "Man goeth forth to his work and to his labor until the evening. And then what?"

At the close of the services the remains were laid to rest in the Avon cemetery. The pallbearers were J. L. Carroll, Dr. J. S. Gordon, A. W. Ray, M. R. Hunter, Jess Lemon and C. S. Crissey.

As a mark of respect and in recognition of his long business career in Avon, the business houses closed during the funeral hour.

The following relatives and friends from out of town were in attendance at the funeral: Fred Trumpy, Havana; George F. Trumpy, Galesburg; Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Barnes and Beverly, Mrs. Martha Burden and Mrs. Sophia Seeley, of Macomb; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Breeding, of Jacksonville; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Glendening of Des Moines, Iowa; Misses Margaret and Jessie Glendening and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Heston, of Monmouth; Mr. and Mrs. Don McClelland and son, Donald of Macomb; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Belleville, Gyles and Jeanette, Mr. and Mrs. Hulbert Wilson of Prairie City; Mrs. Clara Larkin of Sedalia, Mo.; Albert Raymond and Bertha Gould, of Galesburg; Mrs. Ed Steffen and Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Trumpy of Havana; J. D. Haworth, of Springfield; Mrs. C. A. Swords and Mrs. Mary Dingle of Peoria. (Avon Sentinel, June 27, 1929, submitted by Jenepher Homer)

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John Whitney was born in Stowe , Mass. , September 13, 1810 , and died this morning (July 16), at 7:30 o’clock . His early years were spent in his native state and the state of Maine, up to 1839, when he came west, settling first at Peoria for about a year, from whence he moved to Lewistown. In the latter place he was engaged in merchandising and staging for a number of years. He was married October 31, 1844 , to Eliza Jane, the third daughter of the late Cannah Jones of Fulton County . He removed from Lewistown to his farm in Joshua township, Fulton County , in the spring of 1848, where he resided until his removal to Henry in the year 1858. Mr. Whitney experienced religion, as he recently informed the writer, in a grove on his farm soon after removing to the same, and was received into the Christian church and baptized by Elder peter Stipp, the father of Judge Stipp, of Princeton , Ill. About two years since he joined the Presbyterian church, and heard every sermon preached by his faithful pastor, the lamented Thompson, during his pastorate of about a year and a half. Mr. Whitney’s life has been one of a quiet, unassuming manner, and he has ever been known and appreciated as a man of high moral principle and strict integrity. He leaves a wife and five children, having buried a son and daughter. The funeral service will take place at the family residence tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 3 o’clock , and will be conducted by the pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. George B. Black. (Fulton County Ledger, July 23, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Rev. Cecil will preach the funeral of Mrs. Martha WILSON, at Stephenson Chapel, next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. It will be remembered that Mrs. Wilson died May 1(9?), 1891. (The Astoria Argus, Thursday, September 10, 1891, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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John Hughbanks received a telegram from Charlton, Iowa, stating that his uncle, David WILSON, died there last Saturday.  Mr. Wilson was an early settler in Fulton County. (Canton Register, Thursday, March 20, 1890, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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     In this city, on the 4th inst., of old age and consumption, S. S. Wyckoff, aged 70 years and nine months. Mr. Wyckoff was a well known citizen of Canton. He came to this county from New Jersey in 1837, first settling in Fairview. In 1846 he removed to Canton, and in 1847 married Mrs. Ann Clingenpeel, a widowed daughter of Judge Hipple. Mr. Wyckoff was deputy postmaster in Canton from 1847 to 1852-while Judge Hipple and Joel Wright were postmasters. He was also justice of the peace two terms. From 1862 to 1870 he was proprietor of the post office news depot. He was in quite feeble health for two years before his death. (Canton Register, December 11, 1874, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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MRS. ESTELLA A. THOMAS of Astoria died Tuesday December 9, 1980 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. Born August 24, 1894 Woodland twp the daughter of Samuel and Vernelia (TROTTER) BERGQUIST. She was married to Guy THOMAS at Lewistown October 13, 1919. He died February 14, 1933. Burial in the Summum cemetery. Funeral services were held Friday morning with Rev. Ray ARTRIP officiating. (Astoria Argus , Dec. 10, 1980, Astoria, Illinois, submitted by Tammie Orr Brown)

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     Victor Hazlett and wife of Cordova, Neb. and William Tharp of Exeter, Neb. who attended the funeral of Mrs. Amy Tharp at Fairview, Il. last week returned home on Saturday. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Aug 23, 1900, pg. 11, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. William Ulm Taken By Death

Mrs. William Ulm, who resided south of London Mills, died Thursday night at the Methodist hospital in Peoria. Death was attributed to spinal meningitis with which she was taken ill Monday.
     Mrs. Ulm was born March 20, 1893 near Fairview, a daughter of Aaron R. and Mary (Brokaw) Voorhees. She was married Sept. 23, 1914, at her parent’s home south of Fairview to William Ulm, who survives, together with the following children: Lawrence Middle Grove, and Dorothy, Marshall Dwayne, Frances, Bernard, Paul, Ella May and Marilyn, all at home. Brothers and sisters are: C. S. Voorhees, Fairview; R. R. Voorhees of near Fairview, Mrs. Ethel Cline of Farmington, and Mrs. Dorothy Negley, rural route, Canton. One brother, Harold B., died in an army camp during the World War.
     Miss Dorothy Ulm is teacher of the second grade in the Harris school.
     She was a member of the London Mills Methodist Church. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Methodist Church in London Mills. Rev. R. W. Van Alstyne officiating. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Canton, Ill., Sept. 6 (Special)—James K. Van Middlesworth, 83, years old, a pioneer of Fulton county, committed suicide shortly after 8 o’clock this morning at his home near the West Walnut street limits.

The body of the aged resident was found by his wife, suspended by a rope from a peg on the interior of the barn. His feet were only a short distance from the ground, indicating that death was due to strangulation.


It is believed that ill health prompted him to commit the act. He suffered a paralytic stroke some time ago and had been in poor health since that time.

According to his wife, Mr. Van Middlesworth arose shortly before 8 o’clock and went to the barn to do some work. When he did not return in a few minutes she started a search for him and found his lifeless body hanging on the side of the barn.

It is believed that the aged man stood on a small stool and fastened the rope on the peg, after which he kicked the stool away, leaving him suspended with his feet a few inches from the ground.


He was born in Canton, April 6, 1845, the son of Cornelius and Jane Addis Van Middlesworth. On July 2, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Edna Williams in Banner. He had always been a resident of Canton and was well known throughout the county.

Surviving are the widow and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Rossie Ritchie, Peoria; Mrs. Charles Woodcock, Canton; Mrs. Amos Fidler, Orion township; Mrs. Esta Fast, Orion township; Charles and Edward VanMiddlesworth, Canton, and Joe VanMiddlesworth, Orion township. One sister, Mrs. Mary Newmars, of Hastings, Neb. Also survives.

An inquest will be conducted by Coroner L. R. Chapin.

Funeral services will be held Su7nday afternoon at a place and time to be announced later. Burial will be in Greenwood. (Unknown paper, Sep. 6, 1928, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Woodrow L. (Woody) VanMiddlesworth, 71, of 458 S. Fifth Ave., died at 12:45 a.m. today at Graham Hospital Emergency Room.

Born Sept. 25, 1917, the son of James Edward and Nancy Ann (Wages) Van-Middlesworth, he married Nellie Zigmont on April 6, 1940, in Canton. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, Dennis of Canton; one daughter, Sally Romine of Canton; four grandchildren; one broth4er, Esta VanMiddlesworth of Canton; and one daughter [this should be sister] Carrie Ruey of Canton. Two brothers and two sist4ers preceded him in death.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. He was owner/operator of Ed’s Liquors in Canton from 1955 to 1974.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, with the rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Rick Pilger officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Staff Sgt. Donald L. Voorhees, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Voorhees of Fairview, has been missing in action since May 8 on a mission over Germany. A radio operator and gunner on a Flying Fortress, he had been in service Feb. 11, 1942, when he was inducted at Camp Grant in the air corps. He attended radio school at Scott Field, gunnery school at Harlingen, Texas, after which he entered aviation cadet training and took preflight work at San Antonio, primary training at Pine Bluff, Ark., and basic flying at Coffeyville, Kan.
     After that he was returned to radio work and completed his combat training at Walla Walla, Wash., and Avon Park, Fla., and was sent overseas late in January, 1944, being stationed in England. A few weeks ago he was awarded the air medal for meritorious courage and gallantry in action.
     He was employed in the I. H. C. office here before his induction. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Aaron R. Voorhees, Prominent Farmer, Dies Suddenly at Home Near Fairview.


Wife and Seven Children Are Left; Several Sisters and Brothers

After only about 36 hours of illness Aaron R. Voorhees, a prominent Joshua township farmer, died at 7:30 o’clock Tuesday evening, at his home two miles and a half southeast of Fairview.

Death was due to congestion of the stomach, by which Mr. Voorhees was attacked about noon Monday. His condition became rapidly worse, notwithstanding strenuous efforts by his physicians to give him relief.

Son of Pioneer Settler.

Mr. Voorhees was born April 12, 1854, in Joshua township, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Voorhees, pioneer settlers in that township. With the exception of about 12 years of residence in Fairview, he lived all of his live in the neighboring township and 44 years on the farm on which he died.

He was married Dec. 28, 1881, to Miss Mary A. Brokaw, daughter of S. S. Brokaw, now a resident of Canton. Mrs. Voorhees survives, and of a family on nine children seven are living. They are Clarence Voorhees of Fairview, Raymond R. Voorhees, living in Joshua township, near the homestead, and Harold, Everett and the Misses Dorothy, Ethel and Aura Voorhees, at home. Two children died in infancy.

Other near relatives surviving are three brothers and two sisters—C. P. Voorhees, residing in California; John R. Voorhees and Mrs. John W. Davis of Canton. Rynear S. Voorhees of Seaton and Mrs. Mary Brokaw of Bloomington.

Held in High Esteem.

For 36 years Aaron Voorhees was a member of the Fairview Reformed church and for several terms one of its officers. By all who knew him in his home community and elsewhere throughout the county he was held in high esteem, and there is general regret at his sudden death.

The funeral services will be held at the Reformed church in Fairview, at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The pastor, the Rev. Mr. Winter, will officiate, and interment will be in the Reformed church cemetery.

(From an unidentified, undated newspaper clipping, date of death was May 14, 1912, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Prominent Canton and Fairview Resident to Be Buried Thursday

Mrs. Mary Voorhees, for the past six years a well known resident of Canton and for 38 years previous a resident on the old Voorhees homestead, one of the most prominent homes in the vicinity of Fairview, succumbed to a lingering illness at 8:30 o’clock this morning caused by heart trouble.

Although death was not expected just at this time, Mrs. Voorhees had been in ill health for more than two years and had often been confined to her bed at her home, 206 Martin avenue. She was 67 years old.

Mrs. Voorhees was born July 17, 1860, a daughter of S. S. and Louisa (Beam) Brokaw. She came of a family of six, three of whom survive her. On Dec. 28, 1881, she was married to Aaron R. Voorhees, who passed away May 14, 1912.

Mrs. Voorhees was a loving mother of a large family and she had many friends who will mourn her death both in Canton and the Fairview vicinity. She joined the Dutch Reformed church of Fairview at an early age and later changed her membership to the Presbyterian church of Canton. She was also a member of the Rebekah lodge of Canton.

Her surviving children are: C. S. Voorhees, E. G. Voorhees and R. H. Voorhees of Fairview, Mrs. W. C. Cline of Farmington, Mrs. W. A. Ulm of London Mills, Mrs. C. R. Negley of Canton. Another son, Harold B. Voorhees died in Camp Hancock in 1918 in Georgia and two children died in infancy.

She is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. A. H. Walmsley and Mrs. M. R. Axford, both of Chicago and J. P. Brokaw of Rock Island.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Fairview in the Dutch Reformed Church. The Rev. L. H. Knight of this city will be the officiating minister.

Friends may see Mrs. Voorhees at the home 206 Martin Avenue any time before __ o’clock on Thursday.

(From an unidentified, undated newspaper clipping, date of death was Nov. 29, 1927, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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     Clarence S. Voorhees, prominent Fairview business man who had a wide acquaintance in Fulton county, died at the Graham hospital early last evening following an illness of several weeks.
     A native of Fairview where he was born May 22, 1864, a son of Aaron R. and Mary A. (Brokaw) Voorhees, he had spent his entire lifetime in that vicinity. For many years he had operated a furniture and undertaking business in Fairview and had been actively engaged in the business up to the time of his last illness.
     He was married to Miss Lelia Van Arsdale, who survives. In addition he is survived by four sons, Lieut. D. Voorhees, stationed in an army camp at Ft. Lewis, Wash., Fredric Voorhees, Rushville; Gordon Voorhees, Springfield, and Eugene Voorhees, at home; two brothers, Raymond and Everett Voorhees, Fairview; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Cline, Farmington, and Mrs. Dorothy Negley, Canton.
     Mr. Voorhees was a member of the Fairview Reformed church and held membership in the Fairview Masonic Lodge.
     Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Friends may call at eh family residence in Fairview. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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     The sad word was received in Fairview, Friday night of the death of Private Harold B. Voorhees at Camp Hancock, Ga., Friday afternoon, of pneumonia, following Spanish influenza.
     His mother, upon receipt of word of his serious condition, had left Friday for his bedside, but did not get there in time.
     Harold, a young farmer lad, 23 years of age, was well and favorably known. He was a son of the late Aaron Voorhees and a grandson of   Mrs. Brokaw, now residing in Canton. He was sent to Camp Grant from Canton on Sept. 5, and was there but a short time when transferred to the Georgia camp.
     He was the first Fairview boy to be a victim of the Spanish influenza.
     The body arrived in Fairview Wednesday morning and he funeral is being held this afternoon at the Reformed church, at 3 o’clock, the Rev. J. C. Winter, officiating. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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     The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Woollett which was born on Friday died on Saturday and was buried in the Ellisville Cemetery on Sunday. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Aug 23, 1900, pg. 11, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Sons and other nearby in futile effort to save life of aged man. FLAMES SWEEP 80 ACRE FIELD----Henry Lafayette Wrestler, 74 year old Kerton township farmer, was burned to death, yesterday when sparks from the exhaust pipe of a baler set fire to a straw stack while he and his son, Grover C. Wrestler, two grandsons, and a neighbor, Lafayette Mahan were baling straw on the Charles Welch farm in Isabel township. The right side of the son's face was badly burned as he attempted to rescue his father. Efforts to rescue the aged man, a cripple since childhood, were futile, because of the rapid spread of the flames. Grover Wrestler told a Ledger reporter, the body burned to a crisp, portions of the arms and legs burned away, lay in the charred field for several hours before being removed to a Havana mortuary---It was some time after the start of the fire before Dr. R. H. Maguire, deputy coroner, was notified. In describing the scene, Grover Wrestler said: "We started to bale about 30 bales of straw and had finished 22 of them when I looked up to see flames shooting along the stubble under the baler. He never had a chance, for almost instantly, it was enveloped in a mass of flames---an---although---Mr. Mahan and myself made every possible effort to reach him, rescue was impossible. He was penned in and before we could move the baler, was covered with the flaming straw. The flames spread rapidly, destroying the baler and sweeping over the 80-acre field, tinder dry as a result of the recent hot weather and lack of rain, almost before the men and boys were able to flee to safety. BOY IS HERO---The hero of the farm tragedy was 11 year old Robert Wrestler, grandson of the fire victim; who, in testifying at an inquest conducted at the Poetizing Mortuary in Havana last evening, told how he grabbed a can containing gasoline and carried it from the blazing machine. Rushing back, he called to his grandfather, telling him to climb over the machine. The lad then made an effort to start the engine of a tractor attached to the baler so that it could be moved, but was forced to abandon the plan as the flames spread toward him. The coroner's jury, after hearing the details of the starting of the fire, efforts to rescue, the aged man, and viewing the body: returned a verdict, declaring death due to third degree burns, accidentally sustained. Mr. Wrestler was born in Kerton Township, July 09, 1862, and had spent his entire life in the community, where he was known as an industrious and efficient farm operator. Funeral Services were held this morning at the Pfetzing Mortuary. (Unknown newspaper, August 1, 1936, submitted by Judy Heffren/Wickert)

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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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While we have no material at hand for an obituary of Charles Tasker who departed this life at his home two and a half miles north of Rapatee on last Sunday morning. Yet we would like to say a word of tribute to this worthy man who was an esteemed friend of your scribe for more than thirty years.

While his early manhood was spent in England, the best half of his life was spent right here, where he had accumulated over a hundred acres of Illinois land. We would like to credit him with three things: He was strictly honest, always faithful and we never heard him relate a lewd story in the 32 years we knew him. When his father died in England, he brought his mother over and made a home for her for years, and when old age weakened both her body and mind, Charley gave her his time and care. A few years since Charley married Mrs. Mary E. Holloway, whom survives him. Of his immediate family there lives in this country two brothers, Rev. William Tasker of Uniontown, and George J. Tasker of Rapatee and two sisters, Mrs. Anne McClain of Farmington and Mrs. Agnes Parkinson of Maquon and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral was held in Maquon church, burial beside his mother in the Maquon cemetery, on last Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 1. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Feb. 2, 1916, submitted by Todd Walter)

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The death of Grandma Tasker north of town last week ended the life of a very useful woman who had almost reached her 84th year. Her husband died in England in 1892. At one time she had seven children in this locality. One returned to England and Mrs. D.C. McHenry of Maquon died about a year ago. There still reside in America five children, Rev. Wm. Tasker of Uniontown, Charles and George of Rapatee and two sisters (sic, daughters), Mrs. Annie McClain of Farmington and Mrs. Agnes Parkinson of Maquon. The funeral was held in the Maquon M. E. church on Thursday, Sept. 20, 1906, conducted by Rev. J. T. Killip of Cisna Park, Ill. Interment in Simkins cemetery. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Sep. 28, 1906, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Very sad indeed is the death of Mrs. Geo. Tasker on the Burson farm over toward the Knox county line. She leaves a husband and five small children. her death occurred Tuesday morning, and we will look for an obituary with our next Rapatee letter. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Mar. 26, 1909, submitted by Todd Walter)



Perhaps not in years, if ever, have our people been face to face with such a sad death as that of Mrs. Tasker, which occurred just south of Rapatee on March 23, 1909. She was sick less than three weeks, and was a great sufferer most of that time. She leaves five little children, the youngest less than three weeks old.

Ellen Nellie Yeomans was born at Limpsfield, Surry county, England, November 29, 1872, hence at her time of death was aged 36 years, 3 months and 24 days. Jan 17, 1899 she was married to James George Tasker at Peter's church, Limpsfield, England and came to Rapatee two months afterwards, and has lived here ever since. Five children were born to this couple all of whom are living. They are named Emma May, Florence Alice, Nellie Mildred, James George and Grace Ellen. Besides the husband two brothers, George and James Yeomans live at Rapatee, one sister, Mrs. John Stewart, lives at Babylon, Ill. Her parents and three brothers and one sister live in England, on all of whom the loss falls heavily.

She was confirmed in the Episcopal church when she was 16 years old, to which she has been a faithful member. Mrs. Tasker was a loved member of Round Top Rebekah Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Rapatee, who had charge of the funeral. About 50 members of Fairview, London Mills, Maquon and Rapatee Odd Fellow lodges attended the funeral, which was held in Rapatee church at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 25. Interment was in Uniontown cemetery.

(List of Singers and Pallbearers)

Mrs. Tasker was a kind, gentle woman, who loved her home, and it was there she was at her best, and it is sad indeed to think of such a mother being taken from her children. Her neighbors all loved her, and much sympathy is felt for the husband and children. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Apr. 2, 1909, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Grant Elmer Taylor died of consumption at his residence in London Mills, at about 3 a. m., Thursday, Feb. 22, 1900. The funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:30 a. m., in the Christian church, Elder Ennefer officiating, and burial will take place in the Foster cemetery east of Fairview.

Grant Elmer Taylor was born to George and Elizabeth Taylor at their farm near Farmington, Oct. 4, 1866. He was married to Alice Palmerton, who, with their three small children, survive him. Beside his own immediate family he leaves: a father, Geo. W. Taylor of this place; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Sherman of near here, and Mrs. Ellen Cowley of St. Joseph, Mo.; and one brother, J. C. Taylor of Middlegrove; he also leaves two half brothers Geo. L. and Frank, and a half sister, Pearl W.

Deceased had been in poor health for several years, but his present illness only dated back to last fall. He moved here from Canton early in the winter and took to his bed soon after.

The bereaved family has the sympathy of the community.
(London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Feb. 23, 1900, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Mrs. Mary Taylor passed away at her home, northeast of the city, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, after an illness of some six months.

Mary Shaw was born in this state on Sept. 23, 1859, and was a daughter of Elias and Sophia Jones Shaw. She was united in marriage with John Taylor, now deceased. There are seven children surviving as follows: Mrs. Nellie Weldy and Mrs. Ruth Stockham, Lewistown; Don Taylor, Bartonville; John T. Taylor, Mrs. T. Bordner, Lewistown; Mrs. Marie Landia, Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; Mrs. Dale Fayhee, Lewistown. Mrs. Flora Butler of this city is a sister.

(Submitted by Peggy Carey, unknown newspaper and date)

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James Thurman, son of Edward and Mariah Thurman, was born in Fulton Co., Ill, Aug. 15, 1846, and died at his home in Abingdon, April 5th, 1914, age, 67 years, 8 months.

He was one of a family of thirteen children. He was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Jane Cowman of Fulton County, Sept. 29, 1865. To this happy union thirteen children were born; Mrs. Alice Thurman and John L. of Hermon; Carry A. of Galesburg; Lafayette of Cameron; Mrs. Kate Alters of Abingdon; Maude M. Cole of Kirkwood; Mrs. Jennie E. Palmer of Galesburg; Mrs. Bessie E. Morse of Abingdon; Mrs. Daisy Mitchel of Avon.

Four daughters; Lillie May, Blanche D., Lovey M., and Mrs. Olive Bell chance preceded him to the better world.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and nine children, and a little orphan granddaughter, Sylvia Chance, who has since the death of her mother lived with them; also 51 grand children and 16 great grand children. Also two brothers, Stephen Thurman of Kansas, and Will Thurman of Oregon, and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Rmoine(?) of Oklahoma, beside a host of friends and relatives.

The first twenty-five years of his married life was spent in Fulton County near London Mills where he was engaged in farming and there it was he was united with the M. E. church about 20 years ago. He and his family moved to Knox county where he bought and lived on a farm 5 miles west of London Mills, and where he made many friends who will miss his cheery smile and jovial words. Five years ago he bought his residence in Abingdon and retired from active labor. But poor health has been his portion since residing in his home in Abingdon. Through all his sickness he has been thoughtful of others and bore his suffering with a brave spirit and a cheerful way that has marked his entire life. The end came peacefully and he passed away surrounded by his loving wife and children. The funeral services were in the Abingdon M. E. church Tuesday at 2 o'clock. The burial was in Abingdon cemetery. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, Apr. 16, 1914, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Another cold-blooded murder has been added to the annals of Fulton county. This time it occurred at St. David, and was the result of a quarrel over a woman. On Tuesday evening "Ap" Forgay (colored) shot and killed Ben Wilson (also colored). It was a brutal deed. The murderer escaped. (London Times, London Mills, Illinois, May 7, 1897, submitted by Todd Walter)

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     Mrs. Mary J. Walling died Tuesday night at the residence of her sister, Mrs. William Murphy, 412 S. First Ave., Canton, Illinois. Age 88 years. Born in Virginia of German parentage, she first located in Highland County, Ohio, with her parents, then a few years later to Fulton County, Illinois. She carried a recollection of the cyclone of 1835 in which a number of people were killed and the roof blown from the house in which she lived. Her brother, David Grim, still a resident of Canton, was sleeping in an upstairs room at the time of the storm. He was lifted in his feather bed, carried a short distance in the air and finally deposited in a big box on the porch, feather bed and all, without a scratch.
     She was twice married, the first time to Bryant L. Cook. They were the parents of one child, Mrs. James Kemper, of Canton. She was next married to Lewis Walling, whom she also survived. They had one son Peter Walling, who now resides in Massachusetts. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Susanna Murphy, Canton, Illinois, and Mrs. Lavina Marshall, Cherryvale, Kansas, and a brother, David Grim of Canton. There are also two half-brothers C. G. and J. J. Grim and a half-sister, Mrs. David Beeson. (Canton Register, August 27, 1900, submitted by Roy Girard)

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Jacob Wages, 90, War Veteran, Dies

Canton, Ill., May 5 -- Jacob Wages, aged Civil War veteran, passed away yesterday at his home in Banner after an illness of several weeks due to the infirmities of old age.

Mr. Wages was a lifelong resident of the Banner vicinity. He was born there are March 19th, 1840, one of a family of 12 children born to Ephraim and Nancy Buckenham Wages, who came by covered wagon from Maryland in 1835.

On August 4, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, 183rd infantry, and was honorably discharged February 7, 1865, after he had been wounded in the left ankle in the battle at Missionary Ridge. He was of a company of 32 men that went into that battle and all but 16 were wounded and killed.

On the day he was 25 years of age he was married to Victoria Courtney of Banner. She died several years ago. There survive the following children: Mrs. Hattie Bybee, Glasford; Mrs. Daniel Williams, Banner; Mrs. John Brown, Banner; Mrs. Snowden Hughes, Canton; Fred Wages, Peoria; Marshall Wages, Canton; and George Wages, at home. There are also 32 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at Monterey with burial in the Orendorff cemetery.


Funeral of Jacob Wages

The Monterey church was filled yesterday afternoon with relatives and friends who gathered to attend funeral services for Jacob Wages, aged Civil War veteran, who died Sunday afternoon at his home in Banner. The Rev. Paul A Shenk officiated and Mesdames P. A. Shenk and John Orendorff sang. Burial was in the Orendorff cemetery.


Veteran of Civil War Died Sunday

Jacob Wages, 90, Passed Away at Home in Banner Township

     Jacob Wages, one of the county's few surviving veterans of the Civil War, died at 1:50 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his home on Route 7, Banner township. He observed his 90th birthday March 29th, his advanced age causing him to weaken rapidly since he became ill last year.
     The direct cause of his death was endocarditis and myocarditis, heart trouble, but he enjoyed remarkably good health until he suffered the first of several bad sick spells last October. He has been bedfast for the past eleven weeks, during which time he was often at the point of death.

Last of Family

     Mr. Wages was last of a pioneer family of 12, and was himself the father of 12 children, 4 of whom preceded him in death. In addition to the 8 surviving children there are 32 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren living, a total of 75 living descendants.
     He has been cared for during his illness by Mr. and Mrs. James Wages, his son and daughter-in-law. George, another son, also made his home with his father.
     During the Civil War, Mr. Wages enlisted and was sworn into the state army on August 4th, 1862. He was a member of the company S, 103rd infantry, and trained in Peoria until November of the year of his enlistment. He was been sworn into the U.S. Army and went to Memphis, Tennessee.
     From Memphis, the branch of the army with which he was connected started on a 600-mile march to Chattanooga, Tenn., crossing the Tennessee River, November 24, 1863. In a company of 32 men, he entered the disastrous Battle of Missionary Ridge, only half of the men escaped unscathed. Mr. Wages was wounded in the left ankle. He received his honorable discharge on February 7, 1865, following which he engaged in farming.

Frequent Visitor Here

     Active in recent years despite his advanced age, Mr. Wages was a frequent visitor and a familiar figure in Canton. He delighted in recalling the days when he used to go out in the territory surrounding his home to kill deer and turkey and other wild game.
     Because of the system of tuition schools existing at that time, his parents were unable to provide him with a thorough education and his schooling ended at an early age.
     Mr. Wages took great interest in following the scientific progress made since the Civil War and was particularly fond of listening to a radio installed for him in recent years.

Born 1840

     He was born March 29th, 1840, a son of Ephraim and Nancy (Buckingham) Wages. On his 25th birthday anniversary, he was married to Victoria Courtney in Banner township. She died March 8, 1923.
     Two of their 12 children died in infancy and 2 other daughters, Rosie Ball and Nancy Van Middlesworth, died 11 years ago. Children living are: George at home; Marshall, Canton; Mrs. Minnie Williams, Banner; Mrs. Maggie Brown, Banner; Mrs. Hattie Bybee, Peoria county; Mrs. Daisy Hughes, Canton; James, at home, and Fred, Peoria.
     He was a member of the G. A. R.
     Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the moderate Church with the Rev. Paul A. Shenk officiating. Friends may see the body at his home at any time.  (Canton Daily Register, unknown date, submitted by Roy Girard)

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Frederick Wright, Retired Woodwork Shop Owner, Dies

     Frederick Fremont Wright, 89, 551 Peoria Avenue, died at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Proctor Hospital.
     Born November 5, 1856, at Canton, he was a son of John Martin and Catharine Hart Wright and married Ola Torrence in Green County, Indiana, February 25, 1895. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary March 4.
     Mr. Wright had been a resident of Peoria for 28 years, retiring 12 years ago from the operation of his West Bluff wood shop for auto body work, which he had taken up as successor to his earlier craft of wagon and carriage making. He was a member of the Union Congregational Church.
     Surviving are his wife; one son, William Chester Wright of Washington D.C.; one niece, Mrs. William H. Brown of Canton, and one nephew, Orville Wright of Astoria.
     Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the residence with the Rev. A. R. McLaughlin of Union Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery at Canton. Friends may call at the residence after 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Clugsten funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
(unknown newspaper & unknown date, submitted by Charlie McDaniel)

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Harley Welker, Former Shop Operator, Dies

Astoria--Harley Welker, 87, of Astoria, a former machine shop operator, died at 3:25 a.m. yesterday at Mason District Hospital in Havana.
     Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Shawgo Memorial Home here. Mr. Collis Trone officiate, and burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
     Friends may call at the memorial home this afternoon and evening.
     He was born in Woodland Township June 2, 1884, a son of George and Alice Farwell Welker. He married Pearl Punneo Nov. 30, 1905.
Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Opal Wolfe of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Mrs. Evelyn Rahmeyer of Toulon, Mrs. Doris Derry and Mrs. Loralee Head, both of Astoria; three sons, Willard of Mossville, Max and Gale, both of Astoria: 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by two infant sons, a grandchild, two brothers and two sisters. (From the Peoria Journal Star, circa December 23, 1971, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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Pearl Welker

Astoria--Mrs. Pearl Welker, 86, a lifelong Astoria resident, died at 7:35 a.m. yesterday in Astoria Care Center.
     She was born on Nov. 14, 1887, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, a daughter of Charles and Effie Stever Punneo. She married Harley Welker on Nov. 30, 1905. He died on Dec 22, 1971.
     Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Opal Wolfe of Peoria, Mrs. Evelyn Rahmeyer of Toulon, and Mrs. Doris Derry and Mrs. Loralee Head, both of Astoria; two sons, Max and Gale, both of Astoria: 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
     Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Shawgo Memorial Home, with Collis Trone officiating.
     Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
     She was a member of the United Methodist Church. (Peoria Journal Star, circa November 24,1973, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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Harriett Carrison Westlake, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Berry Carrison was born in Farmers township near Table Grove January 17, 1861 and passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Foster in Bardolph May 19, 1944. She was united in marriage to Carl M. Westlake, December 25, 1882, who preceded her in death March 9, 1943. Deceased was one of seven children, there being two sons and five daughters, all of whom preceded her in death.

Mr. and Mrs. Westlake resided on a farm in the Shinn school district for a number of years, until their health became so impaired that Mr. and Mrs. Foster moved them into their home July 1, 1942 where they received tender care from the Fosters.

There were no children born to this marriage but they opened their home to Frank Foster when he was six years of age which was a welcome home for him for a number of years.

Deceased is survived by a number of nephews and nieces and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted from the Clemens Funeral Home Sunday at 2:30, Rev. H. A. Bahr officiating. Burial in Miner cemetery.

(unknown newspaper, May 1944, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Father of Canton Woman Dies Tuesday in Bushnell Home

     Bushnell, March 16-Harry Lee Tuthill, who died here at his home at 8:30 o’clock last evening, was a former resident of Ipava where he was born March 18, 1872, a son of Earl and Mary (McCaughey) Tuthill, deceased.
     Funeral services will be held in the Kugler and Combs Funeral home here at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon and burial will be in Ipava cemetery.
      Besides the widow two daughters are living. They are Mrs. Russell Klinedinst, Industry, and Mrs. Buena McCoy, Canton. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Funeral Held Tuesday for Grover C. Umphryes, 72, Who Takes own Life (July 9, 1961)

     Grover Cleveland Umphryes, 72, lifelong resident of Schuyler county, died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday of a self-inflicted 22 caliber rifle bullet at his home on South Sherman St. in Rushville. His body was found by his wife. He was a farm laborer but had been in ill health and hospitalized several times during the past months.
     An inquest was held at 1 p.m. Sunday by Schuyler county coroner, Dr. V. M. Corman at the Roby funeral chapel. The verdict was suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound due to despondency over continued poor health. The jurors were: Wayne Quillen, Jack Moore, Franklyn Young, Wayne Young, Lloyd Schisler and LaVerne Estes.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Roby funeral chapel, the Rev. Maurice Carner officiating. Burial was in the Good Hope cemetery.
     Mr. Umphryes was born in Browning Township August 24, 1888 the son of George and Margaret Kalebaugh Umphryes. He was married to Minnie Thompson in Rushville, December 24, 1910.
     Survivors besides the wife are seven sons, Orval, Everett and Dawson of Rushville, Lee of Bluff City, Grover Junior and Maurice of Griffith, Ind., and Burton of Ripley; four daughters, Mrs. Helen Davis of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mrs. Ellen Irwin of Chicago Heights, Mrs. Irene Brubeck of Pekin and Mrs. Patricia Laviolette of Griffith, Ind.; 34 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, one brother, Ephriam Umphryes of Macomb and one sister, Mrs. Nora Cummings of Artesia, Calif. A son, Arthur, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Obituary for Minnie May ASHWOOD YOUNG

    Minnie May Ashwood, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Ashwood, was born April 4th 1877, and died September 3, 1923, aged forty-six years and five months. She was the eldest in a family of four children. Her father and one sister, Hattie Montooth, have precede her in death. Her school days were spent in the public schools of Ray, ILL., near which place she lived until two years ago, when, when with her family moved to Rushville.
    On the 8th of February 1898 she was united in marriage to Joseph Young. To this union was born one daughter, Leona.
    When a young girl Minnie was converted and united with the Methodist church at Ray where she was a member at the time of her death. During her life she manifested the desires of an earnest Christian. She loved the Methodist church and it's deepest spiritual and practical principles. She has long been a defender in a vigorous manner of the thorough going principles of righteousness long taught and held sacred by that church.
    She was much concerned with religious subjects and very diligent in her Master's service. For years she was a teacher in the Sunday School  and was a very regular attendant at the services of the church.
    Mrs. Young has been in poor health for some time. About a year ago it became apparent that her trouble might be serious. From then on she became worse and it was found that she was suffering disease the cause and cure of which has not been discovered. At times her suffering was intense and in our loss we can be comforted in knowing she is at least in rest. She was tenderly cared for by her husband and daughter and by her mother who left her home to be a tower of strength and comfort in the home of her daughter.
    There remains to mourn the untimely death of this estimable woman, her loving husband, their only child, Leona, her mother, her brother Herschel Glenn Ashwood of near Adair, Ill., and her sister Mrs. Nora Ritchey of near Rushville, besides many other sorrowing friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon Sept 5th , at the First M. E. Church, Rev. J. C. Brown officiating. Interment in the Rushville cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Leukemia claims life of Cantonite

     Funeral services for Mrs. Jeannie Crumley Wilkinson, 20, of 259 West Tamarack St., will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home.
     The Rev. S. Jay Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home.
     Mrs. Wilkinson died at 1:25 p.m. Saturday at Graham Hospital.
     She had been ill since last summer, when she was hospitalized for five weeks in Peoria after doctors discovered that she was suffering from leukemia.
     Upon her arrival home, she was greeted last August with a "welcome home" party of friends and relatives.
      Last fall, doctors told her that the disease was in remission, which meant that the cancer cells were no longer growing.
     Mrs. Wilkinson was born Feb. 3, 1956, in Rushville, a daughter of Wayne and Shirley Ebbert Crumley. She married Dana Wilkinson May 10, 1975, in Canton. He survives.
     Also surviving are her parents of Canton; a son, Jason Wayne, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Sherry McCoy, Miss Karen and Miss Tammy, all of Canton; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crumley of Canton, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ebbert of rural Astoria, and Mrs. Helen Davis of Canton.
     Mrs. Wilkinson was a member of the Canton First Baptist Church. She was a 1973 graduate of Canton Senior High School. She attended Mid-State College in Peoria and had been employed in data processing.
     Memorials may be made in her name at the church. (Canton Daily Ledger, Aug. 9, 1976, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Mrs. Emma Wooddell Here 18 years, dies

     Mrs. Emma May Wooddell, prominent resident of Canton for the past 18 years, died at 3:45 o'clock this morning at the Graham hospital. She had been ill for several weeks and on Monday underwent an operaton.
     Mrs. Wooddell was born Jan 23, 1869, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milburn Swearingen, both of whom are now dead. She was married in 1888 to Stuart Wooddell, who died Nov. 21, 1926. After marriage she and Mr. Wooddell lived several years at Staunton, VA, later moving to near Cuba, and for the past 18 years the family home had been in Canton.
     The following children survive: Elgin of Cuba, Marvin of St. Louis, Mrs. Phillip Burgert of Canton, Byrum, Paul, Hugh, and Frances at home. A daughter Letha is dead,
     One brother Wilson Swearingen lives in Waterford township and five sisters also survive: Mrs. Silas Garber of Glendale, Ariz., Mrs. Howard Hunt of Denver, Mrs. William Phillips of Joshua township, and Mrs. Atta Wilson of Canton.
     Mrs. Wooddell was prominent in social and religious circles, being a member of the United Brethren church, the Rebbeka Lodge and the Orendorff circle. (Canton Daily Ledger, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1927, submitted by Judi Gilker)

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Stuart I. Wooddell, 71, Died of Heart Trouble

     Stuart I. Wooddell, 71 years of age died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Phillip Burgert, this morning at 1:20 o'clock following an illness of two weeks of heart trouble.
     He has been in Canton only a few months with his daughter, having lived previous to that time with other children.
Stuart I. Wooddell was born in Staunton, VA, on Dec. 28, 1855, a son of William Wooddell.
     He was married to Emma Swearingen and to this union ten children were born eight of whom survive. They are Elgin Bruce Wooddell of Putman township, Marvin and Paul of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Phillip Burgert, Mrs. Cecil Shryock, Byron , Hugh and Frances of Canton. One daughter, Mrs. Letha Mills died in 1925 and another daughter, Lois died in childhood,
     John Wooddell of Pekin and Clark Wooddell of Milwaukee are brothers and Mrs. Sam Jones of Adair, Mrs. R. G. HARRIS of Cuba and Mrs. W. D. Clark of Putman township are sisters.
     Funeral arrangements have not been made. The casket will be opened at the home at 303 North Seventh avenue, until the funeral hour.
     Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, Monday, Nov. 22, 1926, submitted by Judi Gilker)

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Obituary for John Woods

Death of John Woods, of Liverpool Township, Tuesday Morning - was Pioneer of County [ note: 20 Oct 1903 was a Tuesday - checked by JK Gause]

The death of John M Woods, for 45 years a resident of Fulton county, was announced Tuesday morning. The cause of demise was cancer.

The deceased was born in Boston, Mass, Feb 14, 1819, and emigrated to the western country while yet a young man. For 45 years he had been a resident of Fulton county. During all these years he had commanded the respect of his fellow men, and was prosperous in his farming operations.

Oct 7, 1849, he was married to Susannah Meyers, in Lewistown township, at the home of A. Littlejohn, and of their nine children six survive - two daughters and one son having died. William, residing near Canton, James, who removed to Oregon several years ago, and Frank, Walter, Charles and Ralph, who all live in the neighborhood of the homestead, are left with the mother, now 75 years of age.

A member of the Methodist Episcopal church, Uncle John Woods made a consistent effort to abide its teachings and followed the precepts of unquestioned religion. He never participated in the struggles for political honors, and was not a member of any benevolent or secret organization.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 oclock from the Mt. Pleasant church, the Rev. J. F. Deremiah, of Lewistown, officiating.

(Lewistown Evening Record, Oct. 20, 1903, submitted by Jerry Gause)

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Mrs. Eula Zorn Dies

Mrs. Eula Zorn, 56 of Astoria, died early Tuesday at her home in Astoria following a lengthy illness.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday at the Shawgo Funeral home in Astoria with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery near Astoria.
(Vermont Union, pg. 1, col. 3, Thursday, Jan. 3, 1963, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Mrs. Sarah Walter

     Mrs. Sarah R. Walter, widow of Dr. James R. Walter, died at the residence of her son-in-law (the old family residence on south Main street), D. W. Walker, Saturday morning. Mrs. Walter was attacked with paralysis and died almost instantly. This was the third attack within three years.
     Mrs. Walter was aged 81 years and 11 months. She was born in Winchester, Va., was married in Ohio to Dr. James R. Walter, and came with her family to Canton, Illinois, in about 1842. The Doctor died early in 1854, leaving the widow, three sons, and one daughter. One of these sons has since died. Two sons, James and Richardson, live in Kansas, and the daughter is the wife of D. W. Walker, of this city.
     Mrs. Walter had for many years been a member of the congregational church and died in the full faith of the gospel. Funeral services Sunday afternoon, Rev. H. Mills officiating.
(Fulton County Ledger, Jan. 21, 1886, submitted by Todd Walter)

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Mrs. Martha Walker

     Mrs. Martha E. Walker, one of Canton’s oldest residence, died at her home, 419 North First avenue, at 11:15 o’clock this forenoon, following a weeks illness from pneumonia.
     Mrs. Walker was a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James W. (sic, James R.) Walter, pioneer settlers in Canton, and was born in Hillsboro, Ohio, March 7, 1834. Dr. Walter came to Canton in 1836, the year following the great storm here, and spent the remainder of his life in this city.
     Martha Walter was united in marriage to D. W. Walker, May 18, 1858. Mr. Walker died Feb. 13, 1900. She is survived by the following children: Miss Lillian Walker, Miss Helen F. Walker and Mrs. Frank H. Dewey of Canton, and Fred D. Walker, well known band director, of Arkansas City, Kan. There are five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
      Mrs. Walker had been a resident of Canton since 1836, more than 89 years. When a child she united with the Congregational church and lived a devoted member the remainder of her life.
     Arrangements for the funeral lave not yet been completed.
(Canton Daily Register, Mar. 23, 1925, submitted by Todd Walter)

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H. Wages In Answer to Maker's Call

Pioneer Banner Region Man Dies in 91st Year of Life

Henry Wages, pioneer of Fulton County and only survivor of the storm of 1835 which almost destroyed Canton, has passed into the great beyond. The end came at 10 o'clock last night at the family home in Banner township, where he had been a resident for 82 years. The venerable old man would have passed the ninety-second milestone August 30th.

The passing of Henry Wages to "that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death" is just another closing of a chapter in Fulton county history. Truly, he had been sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust and had approached the grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. He had so lived in service to his countryman, his flag and his God, that when the summons came to join that innumerable caravan, he could respond without hesitancy.

Knew The Indians.

When this pioneer came to Fulton county, Indians still roamed the wooded sections and hundreds inhabited the vicinity around Liverpool and the Illinois river. Wild turkeys, ducks and prairie chickens were to be found in abundance. With the coming of the white man, however, the aborigines disappeared in a few years, leaving the white man's newly found paradise all to himself.

Born in Ohio.

Wages was born near Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, August, 30, 1831. He came to Illinois in 1835, with his parents, traveling with a three-horse team and was six weeks on the road. He crossed the Illinois river at Peoria or Pekin. From there he came to Utica and later to Canton, settling one mile north of Canton on a place known as the Coleman settlement in a log cabin. This was a few months before the great storm of 1835, which took the roof off the house occupied by the Wages family. This veteran resident lived there six years.

Lived at Monterey.

His next pilgrimage was to Monterey in Banner township, where he has lived alone. Wages was the first to cast a vote in Banner. He has always voted the democratic ticket. He also claimed the distinction of being the oldest voter.

He was the son of Ephraim and Nancy Buckingham Wages. He married in [Jun. 30] 1857, his first wife, Nancy [should be Mary Jane Courtney], dying in 1858. His second marriage was to Mary Breese [should be Hinze]. He married a third time to Mary J. Bybee [nee Brinegar] in 1865 [should be Feb. 23, 1864]. She died in 1881. Still a fourth marriage was solemnized in [Jan. 30] 1882, to Nancy Hughes, who survives.

Surviving him are: one son, John Wages, at home, by his first wife; [James Estie] Esta, also at home, by his fourth wife. He also leaves a brother, Jacob Wages, Banner township, who is the last of the family of 12 children. Besides these, the following grandchildren survive: John, of Canton, Lewis, Frank, and Roy Leo, at home in Banner. Two daughters are dead.

The deceased was a member of the Methodist Protestant church of Monterey.

Funeral Tomorrow.

Obsequies will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 from the residence in Banner township. Rev. Nicholson officiating. Interment will be in the Bybee cemetery. [Henry Wages died July 18, 1923] (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Roy Girard)

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(Fulton County Ledger, May 13, 1886, submitted by Roy Girard)

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Mrs. Phoebe Wright Passes to her Death

Mrs. Phoebe Wright died at 6 o’clock last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Martin, three miles northwest of this city, after a long illness with a complication of ailments. She had been in ill health for years.

Mrs. Wright was born May 12, 1940, near Fiatt, and was a daughter of Rev. John R. Jones and Emily Sells Jones. She was married to Reason Wright 59 years ago. He died about 26 years ago. There survive the following children: Mrs. Gertrude Harter, Canton; Mrs. Lizzie Martin, Canton; Wiley Wright, Canton; Millie May, Humes [sic], Mo., Effie Shiflett, Afton, Ia.; Charles W. Wright, Canton, and Alta Rohrer, Joshua township. One son is dead.

There survive those brother and sisters: Mrs. Frank Harter, Canton; Mrs. Sarah Standard, Canton; James Jones, Canton; Arthur Jones, Wichita; Charles Jones, Butler, Mo. Two brothers and one sister are dead. There also survive 29 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Canton Ledger, November 11, 1918, p. 4, submitted by Sandy Broda)

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John L. Wright Dies Early Today From Lung Tuberculosis

John McLellan Wright of the Fiatt neighborhood died at 1 o’clock this morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Gertrude Harter, 23 West Walnut street, after about a month of illness of pulmonary tuberculosis, during which time he had been at his sister’s home.

He was born near Fiatt April 13, 1863, and was a son of Reson and Phoebe Wright. The father is dead; the mother’s home is near Fiatt. He was unmarried, and besides his mother there survive seven sisters and brothers. They are Elizabeth Martin, northwest of Canton, Wiley Wright and Mrs. Gertrude Harter of Canton; Mrs. Mille May of Hume, Mo.; Mrs. Effie Shiflett of Afton, Ia., Chas. Wright, northwest of Canton, Mrs. Alta Rohrer, northwest of Canton.

Funeral arrangements await word from the relatives at a distance. (Canton Daily Ledger, Jan. 21, 1915, p. 1, submitted by Sandy Broda)

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Reason Wright

"Died at Fiatt Station, Monday, February 5, 1883, of measles, Reason Wright. Funeral Services at his late residence, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. F. Havermale."  (Fulton County Ledger, Thursday, Feb. 8, 1883, submitted by Sandy Broda)

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Bertha M. Wages

     Bertha M. Wages, 82, of 15 N. First Ave., died at her home.
     She was born Feb. 23, 1901, in Fulton County, the daughter of James and Lola (Clark) Skinner. She married John Wages in 1918. He preceded her in death as did one son, one brother and three sisters.
     Surviving are her son John W. of Riverside, Calif.; her daughter Verna Champ of Curryville, Mo.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. (Submitted by James Newton, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Mary Brown Walters

Mrs. Mary Walters died at the home of her niece Mrs. Henry Burchett two and one half miles northeast of Adair at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning Oct. 24 with cancer of the stomach, after an illness of several weeks. Although apparently in good health until a few weeks ago, this dreaded disease was doing its work quietly, but for some time her suffering has been very severe, until death came as above stated.
Mary, daughter of Ahijah and Matilda Brown was born in Fulton county, Oct. 11, 1853 died Oct. 24, 1916 aged 63 years and 13 days. She was married to A. J. Walters July 1, 1876 who died Nov. 11, 1898.

Deceases has lived most of her life in and near Table Gove where she has a large circle of friends, who with her aged father, and the following brothers and sisters are today mourning the loss of one they loved. Elija, Abingdon, IL., Frank, Bushnedd, W. T. Elk River, MN. Isaac, Table Grove, IL. R. T. Peoria, Miss Ella, Table Grove and Mrs. Rhoda Smith, Collins, Iowa.

Many years ago Mrs. Walters converted and was a firm believer of the Baptist faith and that the one who scatters flowers in the pathway of their fellow men, who lights the dark places of life with sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness is following in the footsteps of their master. He hand was never weary, her step never failed in ministering unto, caring for, or waiting upon those who were in any way dependent upon her. Her cheerful, beautiful, helpful life will long linger as a fragrant memory to her many friends.
Funeral services were held at the Temple church near her old home at 11o'clock Thursday conducted by Rev. J. ? Kerr of Adair. Interment in the Temple cemetery. (Submitted by Georgia Ferry, unknown newspaper and publication date)

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Samuel K. Walters of Vermont died Sunday morning at the Park View Nursing Home in Beardstown following an illness of ten months duration.

He was born March 26, 1865 in Harrisburg, Pa., a son of John and Dortha [Kwanner] Walters, and was married to Miss Mary Burrows Nov. 15, 1891 in Astoria. She preceded him in death 1 Nov 1937.

Mr. Walters had been a member of the Vermont Christian church 42 years and for several years served as deacon and elder. He was a carpenter by trade.

Surviving are four children: Ghlee Walters, Beardstown; Mrs. Arah Berresford, Vermont; Mrs. Ruth Wherley, Table Grove; Mrs. Helen Hughes, Astoria; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two half-brothers, William Walters, Astoria, Sol Walters, Browning, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Sullivan of Astoria.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending word from Mrs. Hughes, who has been in California.

(Astoria Argus, Oct. 22, 1947, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Mrs. Mary Walters, 74, a resident of Vermont for 42 years, died suddenly Monday morning at her home of a heart attack.

Born in McDonough county, March 20, 1863, a daughter of Samuel and Sarah [Argo] Burrows, she was married Nov. 15, 1891 to Samuel Walters, who survives. Children are: Ghlee Walters, Beardstown; Mrs. Loren Berresford, Vermont; Mrs. Ralph Wherley, Peoria; and Mrs. Arch Hughes, Summum.

Misses Charlotte Price and Marilyn Wherley are granddaughters.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Christian church by the Rev. Fred Wilson. Burial in Vermont cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Nov. 3, 1937, submitted by LouAnn Cameron)

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Miss Tyrer Passes Away At Nursing Home.

Miss Estella Tyrer of Astoria, who was being cared for at the Augusta Nursing Home, passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, at 2:45 o'clock. Funeral services were held at Astoria, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Howard of Stillwell were with Miss Tyrer when she passed away. Mrs. Howard was a niece of Miss Tyrer. (Augusta Eagle newspaper, Sep 4, 1947, submitted by Janet Howard)

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After several weeks of patient suffering, Miss Saphronia Westlake passed away at the home of her brother M.A. Westlake, in the Hickory Grove neighborhood where she had been for a few weeks.

Miss Saphronia Westlake was the daughter of James and Thressa Thomson Westlake and was born in Farmers township, Fulton County on the old home place three miles east of Adair, July 24, 1863, and passed away at the home of her brother Milton Westlake of Hickory Grove, Monday morning, December 22, 1924 at 5:30, aged 61 years, 4 months and 8 days.

During the summer she was afflicted with severe sick spells and steadily failed in health until a few weeks ago she was taken to the hospital in Macomb for treatment and it was found that she was suffering with cancer of the stomach and was beyond the help of human skill. For a time she seemed better and was able to be taken to the home of her brother, where she was tenderly cared for until she passed away.

Miss Westlake spent the most of her life at the old home place and cared for her aged father in his declining years. After his death she moved to Adair, where she resided for the past two years. She was of cheerful and sunny temperament and loved her little home so dearly and enjoyed home life and always looked well to the ways of her own household. She loved nature, flowers and music and during the summer her garden was a place of beautiful flowers. Her life had its sunshine and its shadows and tears and from her may we learn the lesson of resignation, contentment and good cheer.

When a girl she united with the United Brethren church at Pilot Grove during the ministry of Rev. H. C. Kline and when she moved to Adair, she transferred her membership to the Adair United Brethren church. She was a faithful member of the church. She was not only faithful to the church, but just as faithful in believing that it was her duty as a Christian to do the will of her master at all times. She was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need, both in acts of kindness and in words. Before coming to Adair she was a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school at Epworth Chapel and was one of the first organists and served in that capacity for several years.

(unknown newspaper, Dec. 1924, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Entered into Rest

     Mrs. Martha J. Wickert, wife of Conrad Wickert, died at her home four and one-half miles south of Ipava on February 6, 1934, at the age of 35 years, one month, and eleven days.
     Martha Jane Horwedel was the daughter of August and Sarah Blocker Horwedel, and was born at Vermont, Illinois. When she was but ten days old her mother passed away, and it was in the home of her mother’s sister Mrs. Kate Caltreider, she was given a mother’s love and care and reared to womanhood.
     December 29, 1885, she was united in marriage to Conrad Wickert, who, with their six children, survives. Their children are Mrs. Sadie Long, Mrs. Lillie Hawkins, Mrs. Alice Lalicker, Lewis Wickert, Arthur Wickert, and Florence at home. She is also survived by ten grand children, a brother Jacob Horwedel of Vermont; two half brothers, Frank and Elmer Horwedel, and a half-sister, Mrs. Anna Miller of Vermont.
     On November 19, 1885, she united with the Church of the Brethren and lived a Christian life until the end. About three weeks ago she was anointed.
     Mrs. Wickert was a devoted companion, a kind and loving mother. Her life was one of cheerful service to family and friends. She had been in failing health for some time, but bore her suffering with patience, and had been bedfast for more than six weeks when she quietly passed away at eight o’clock on Tuesday morning of last week.
     Funeral services were held at the Woodland Church of the Brethren, on Thursday afternoon at two o’clock, Rev. Max Hartsough of Astoria officiating. Pall bearers were Messrs. Will Warner, Emery Schoonover, Will Sowers, Dan Johnson, Lee Clanin and Harry Fleming; and flower girls were Mrs. Fred Wickert, Mrs. Bruce Long, Misses Hazel Weber and Mildred Crick.
Interment was at the Woodland cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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In Banner township, Nov. 16, 1882, of typhoid fever, Della, daughter of Albert and Nancy Williams, aged 10 years. (Fulton County Ledger, Nov. 16, 1882, submitted by Bonnie Dagen)

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Francis M. Williams, 80, Dies Today; Funeral  Monday

     Francis Marion Williams, 80, died early this morning in his farm home on rout 3, where he had been in failing health for some time.
Born Nov. 21, 1879, in Banner township, a son of W. G. and Martha Jane (Apperson) Williams, he was married to Mary Bell Ruey on Nov. 28, 1889. She died April 26, 1944. He was then married Dec. 6, 1945, to Mrs. Mary Hipple in Hot Springs, Ark., who survives.
Children living are Mrs. Alpha Williams, route 5; Mrs. Sarah Jane Monn, Canton, and Henry G. Williams, route 3, Nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren are living.
     Stepchildren are Harry Hippke and Mrs. Helen Barclay, both of Canton; Mrs. Lucille Hughes and Raymond Hipple, route 3, and Robert Hipple, Fort Myer, Fla.
     Mrs. Gillie Donaldson, Plymouth, is a sister. A brother preceded him in death.
His entire lifetime had been spent in this area where he was engaged in farming. He was a member of the Monterey Methodist church and the Men's Sunday School class.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon in the Monterey church. The Rev. H. W. Byrne will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens. The casket will be open an hour at the church preceding the service.
     Friends may call at the Murphy Memorial home. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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     "Aunt" Ann Wilson, 82 years of age, is our oldest citizen, coming to Table Grove in 1852 and settling in a log cabin where D. B. Carithers' residence now stands. At that time she was a blushing bride, her maiden name was Ann Abernathy. Her husband ran a blacksmith shop just a block south of their home. "Aunt" Ann was born in 1832, the year her folks came to Illinois from Indiana. 82 years of age, she is as spry as the proverbial cricket, keen of memory, and enjoys a good joke better than anyone the writer can recollect. Her memory is full of the great times of the pioneer days, and it is a pleasure to listen to the many incidents she can relate in her witty manner. Many are the progresses she has watched come forward, proud of them all, and as her physical health is hale and hearty (she has a good a garden as there is in town, tended to by herself) she will watch many more. We all join in the heartiest of wishes for a long and happy life of our oldest citizen, "Aunt" Ann Wilson.
     Mrs. Joseph Mayall passed away Friday night, June 28, at the age of 85 years, 13 days at the home of her son, Wilburn? Mayall. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home of her son, conducted by the minister of the Christian church of Astoria, Rev. W. T. Nichols. Burial took place in Ipava. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deana Paul)

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     Funeral services for Robert Wilson, Sr., were held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the Anderson Funeral Home in charge of Farmington Lodge No. 192 A. F.& A. M., with Rev. Alexander Lewis of the Farmington Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery with Neil Thompson, John Russell, Nick Connell, Thomas Neill, James Eagleson and Phillip Collins as pall bearers.
Robert Wilson was born in Fauldhouse, Scotland, December 20, 1875, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Brown) Wilson. Growing to young manhood in the city of his birth and attending the schools there, he was united in marriage on December 28, 1900 with Mary Campbell, also a resident of Fauldhouse. Their first four years together were spent in Fauldhouse, until February 1904 they came to the United States. They went to Erie, Colorado where they lived until March 1905, when they came to Farmington. With the exception of five years in Canton, Farmington has remained their home ever since.
     They were the parents of six children, one son dying in infancy. Surviving children are: Robert Wilson, Jr., of Detroit, Michigan; Thomas C. Wilson of Farmington; Mrs. Elizabeth Brown of Heartwell, Nebraska; John Wilson and David Wilson of Farmington. There are two sisters, Mrs. Ora Morse of Hanna City and Miss Jessie Wilson of Scotland and four brothers, Mark Wilson of Detroit, Michigan; Thomas Wilson of Farmington; and John and William Wilson of Scotland. There is one granddaughter and several nephews and nieces.
     Mr. Wilson was a life member of St. Johns Crofthead Masonic Lodge No. 374 of Fauldhouse, Scotland, the Loyal Order of Moose of Farmington, the Peoria Consistory, was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the United Mine Workers. Early in life he joined the Presbyterian Church in his home land and retained his membership in that church throughout his life.
     Working in the mines of Farmington and the neighboring community, Mr. Wilson enjoyed the confidence and respect of his fellow workers. His integrity secured for him the counsel and advice for his associates in many hours of gravity. It was particularly in his home life where his undying devotion to his loved ones has left an impress that will remain with his wife and their children the remainder of their days.
     At about eleven o’clock Saturday evening as Mr. Wilson was crossing the street at the corner of East Fort and Gold Streets on his way home, a car driven by Merrill Turner of Canton struck him and threw him to the pavement. Mr. Turner stopped his car at once and called Dr. E. K. Dimmitt who administered first aid and ordered Mr. Wilson taken to the Graham hospital at Canon in the Anderson ambulance. [Note: this is a partial obituary] (unknown newspaper, week of Dec. 4, 1938, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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     Mrs. Rebecca Zink, an aged and respected resident of Canton and Fulton county for many years, died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the home of her son, Thomas Zink, 325 West Spruce street. Death was due to dropsy and followed several months of ill health.
    She was born in Virginia Aug. 22, 1836 and came to Illinois in her youth. Her husband is dead, and also several children. One son, George, lives in Havana, and a daughter also resides there. Two unmarried sons are living, and there is a daughter in Minnesota, Mrs. David Miller of Canton is a sister.
     Funeral services will be held at the home of Thos. Zink at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, and the body will be taken to Lewistown for interment. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deana Paul)

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D. Dean Wilson, Fulton County Judge, dies at 43

FARMINGTON—D. Dean Wilson, associate circuit judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit, died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday at Graham Hospital, Canton. He was 43.

He was a Fulton County assistant state’s attorney when chosen, in March, to fill the unexpired term by a vote of circuit judges in the 9th Circuit, a court region encompassing Fulton, McDonough, Hancock, Henderson, Warren and Knox counties. The circuit has nine full circuit judges and seven associate judges.

A resident of 428 Idlewhile Drive, Farmington, he was a Farmington native and a 1961 graduate of Farmington East High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1965, and his law degree from the University of Illinois Law School in 1972. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Prior to receiving his law degree, Wilson served for 1 years as an assistant juvenile probation officer for the 9th Judicial District.

After receiving his degree in law, he entered private practice in Farmington in November 1972, and practiced from 37 E. Fort St. He had served as assistant public defender and assistant states attorney for Fulton County, as Farmington city attorney for eight years and as the attorney for Farmington Township.

Wilson accepted the position of assistant state’s attorney for Fulton County again in February 1985, under State’s Attorney Joan Scott who also applied for the associate judge position.

He was a member of the Illinois Judges Association, Fulton County Bar Association, serving as former president; Illinois State Bar Association, YMCA, where he served as a former board member; and U.S. Tennis Association.

Born March 28, 1943, in Canton, to David C. and Mary Louise Cline Wilson, he married Winnie Weaver March 2, 1973, in Canton.

Surviving are his wife, and one son, Tim, both at home; his mother and stepfather, Mary L. and Clarence McMaster of Farmington; and two brothers, William T. of Hurst, Texas, and James R. of Macomb. He was preceded in death by his father.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday. Phil Mears will deliver a prayer and Judge Albert Scott will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Judge D.D. Wilson Law Scholarship Fund, in care of the Bank of Farmington. The fund has been established by the Farmington East High School Class of 1961. (Unknown newspaper, 25th or 26th, 1986, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Christopher Wetzel was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1813, and moved to Augusta, Virginia, in his boyhood; was married to Miss Sarah Cook, February 17, 1835. Nine children were the fruit of this union, one of whom died in infancy.  The remaining eight joined with their father in sorrow at the death of mother and wife in January 1889, almost six years ago.  Father Wetzel moved to Fulton County, Illinois, in 1836, when the country was sparsely settled, and endured the hard ships of pioneer life; but by hard labor and good management he was successful in securing a good home for himself and made liberal provision for each of his children.  The deceased was reared in the Lutheran church living a careful moral life until 1861, when he was converted and joined the church of the United Brethren in Christ, beginning at this time the active work of a Christian life.  He manifested an interest in the success of the church, and was a liberal supporter of the same.  His money has helped in the erection of several houses of worship; the one in which his funeral services were held received valuable aid from his hand.  In his family government Father Wetzel was firm, but kind; and ever after his conversion he was faithful in the observance of family worship, this being the last act of his life.  While kneeling in his home on the evening of October 4th, 1894, offering his petition to God, he was taken up with his petition at the ripe old age of eighty-one years, two months and twenty one days.  Four sons and four daughters are left to mourn the loss of a loving father, but in their deepest grief there is great comfort in the thought that it is not far from the family altar to the throne of God.
     On Saturday p. m., a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled at the family residence on Main Street and followed the remains to Oak Grove Chapel where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. E. Baer, assisted by Rev. J. B. Miller.
The body was interred in Oak Grove cemetery by the side of the remains of Mother Wetzel to await together the resurrection call. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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     Sarah [Sneider] Wetzel, wife of Christopher Wetzel, died January 29, 1889, aged 75 years, 3 months, and 14 days.  She was married to Christopher Wetzel, February 17, 1835.  She was one of the old settlers near Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois.  She was the mother of nine children, four sons and five daughters, one while an infant preceded her to the heavenly home.  She leaves a husband and eight children, most of whom are good citizens and worthy members of the United Brethren Church.  For nearly fifty years Brother and Sister Wetzel journeyed through life together, but she has gone home a few days ahead to wait till he comes. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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     Priscilla Ellen Wetzel, daughter of Christopher and Sarah Cook Wetzel, passed away in Astoria, Wednesday morning, July 8th, [1930].  She was born in Augusta County, Virginia, April 27, 1837 and, at the time she fell asleep, was 93 years, 2 months and 11 days of age.  She was the second of a family of nine children, two of whom survive her, Mrs. Margaret A. Dial of Rock Island and Henry L. Wetzel of Lewistown.  Those having preceded him in death were: George H. Wetzel, John B. Wetzel, David Taylor Wetzel, Eliza Jane Clark, Sarah Catherine Lutz and an infant sister.
     When a child Miss Wetzel came with her parents from Virginia to Fulton County, Ill., where her father became a successful and a well known farmer and land owner.  In 1892 she with her father moved to the home in Astoria where she passed away.
     She made her profession of faith in the United Brethren church at Pleasant Ridge when a young woman, and retained her membership there to the end.  Her long Christian life was one of sweet contentment and devotion to those she loved.  Her Bible was her solace and guide at all times.
     Funeral services were held at the U. B. church, Astoria, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, conducted by Rev. W. R. Seitzinger.  Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
     The family of Priscilla E. Wetzel wishes to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy tendered during her illness.
     Among those from out of town attending the funeral were:  Henry L. Wetzel, Miss Maude Wetzel, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shields, Carolton Clark, Toler Wetzel, Mrs. John Bearce, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Bearce, Mrs. Oliver P. Davis, Herschel Davis and two sons and Henry Riley of Lewistown; Mrs. Lillian Dial Arthur and  Miss Marie Arthur, Rock Island, J. B. C. Lutz, Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Leclare H. Amrine, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Dean and Miss Dorothy Dean, Rushville, Mr. and Mrs. Levie McFadden, Macomb, Christopher Clark and Mrs. Robert Chesterman, Larned, Kan., Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Amrine, Mrs. Chan L. Amrine, Mrs. Anna Bankert, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Corbitt, Vermont, Mrs. Louie Jeffries, Mr. and Mrs. Ot Haffner, Mr. and Mrs. Newton Bryan, New Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. George Leighty and Mrs. William Battin, Adair.  (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Funeral Notice of Amanda Elizabeth Bryan Wetzel

Born August 18, 1844 Died February 2, 1921 Aged 76 Years, 5 Months and 17 Days
Funeral services will be held at the U. B. church, Friday, February 4, 1921, at 1:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Ella Niswonger, assisted by Rev. J. E. Fry. [Note: she was the wife of John Baltzer Wetzel] (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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George Wetzel, after a lingering illness of six weeks from lung trouble and infirmities of old age, sank to rest at 12:50P.M., the 17th day of March, 1888. Deceased was born in the city of Carlisle, Pennsylvania Nov. 12, 1808. His father, George Wetzel died when the subject of this sketch was about five years old. His mother was left with three small children, he being the oldest. His mother was married the second time when he was about eight years old to Batlzer Lutz, of Augusta county, Virginia, to which state they then moved. At the age of eighteen he began and served an apprenticeship at the carpenter trade. He was married to Miss Sarah Nebergall, of Augusta County, Virginia April 21, 1828. They were raised under the Reformed and Lutheran churches respectively, and both professed faith in Christ, in 1834 and united with the United Brethren church in 1846, living faithful and consistent Christians until death. They moved to Fulton County in the spring of 1846, settling near Vermont where they resided for about 18 months, when they removed to the vicinity of Table Grove, living there for six years, moving from there to Harris township, near New Philadelphia, where they secured a home of their own where they have since lived, until death ended their earthly pilgrimage. This venerable couple walked side by side for over 57 years, sharing their joys and sorrows together, until the 14th of November, 1885 when Mother Wetzel was called home. They having raised a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, the oldest 57 and the youngest 35 years of age, named respectively John N., Christopher, George W., William H., Ahaz B., Mary C. ( Bryan), Daniel W., Sarah M. (Sennett), Granville L., and Eliza J., (Hunnicutt). All of whom are living in a radius of 12 miles of the old homestead, and visited their father during his last illness, and were present at his funeral except William H., who lives in Kansas. Two are living in Fulton and seven in McDonough County. The deceased lived to see his posterity number 62 grandchildren, 47 of whom are still living, and 24 great grandchildren 20 of whom are living. Since coming to this state he has made farming his occupation, this being the occupation of all his sons and sons-in-law also. He bore his suffering through his long illness with great patience, saying that he was only waiting for the end when he could go home to rest. The funeral was held at 11a.m., the 19th at Point Pleasant Church. The discourse was held by Rev. A. Rigney assisted by Rev. H. Cline, after which the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery by the side of his wife who had so recently preceded him. Not withstanding the deep and almost incessant rain of the day, the church was well filled with sorrowing relatives and friends. Uncle George's bright cultured intellect and unswerving character together with his fine sense of humor in all of his relations with his fellowmen and his large hearted benevolence combined to command the respect and esteem of all who knew him, so that it can be truthfully said that of friends he had many, and enemies few or none. His home has ever been noted for its generous hospitality and sunshine where both friends and stranger always received a cordial welcome. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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MOTHER WETSEL: Mother Wetsel has gone to rest. Sarah, wife of George Wetsel, died November 14th, 1885, after a lingering illness of five weeks, aged seventy-five years, seven months and two days. She was born in Augusta County, Virginia, and at the age of
eighteen years was united in marriage to George Wetsel. She professed faith in Christ in the year 1823, united with the United Brethren church in 1846, of which she remained a faithful member until death. She was a loving companion, an affectionate mother and a kind and obliging neighbor, beloved by all who knew her. They moved to Fulton county, Illinois, in the spring of 1845, settling near Vermont, where they lived about eighteen months when they removed to the vicinity of Table Grove, residing there six years, and moving from there to Harris Township, near New Philadelphia, where they have since lived. She and her husband have walked side by side for over fifty-seven years, sharing their joys and sorrows together, having raised a family of seven sons and three daughters, the oldest 50 and the youngest 33 years of age, all of whom with the husband and father survive her and were at her bedside during her last illness. All are
endeavoring to live Christian lives, and reside within a radius of 12 miles of the old homestead--except one who resides in Kansas. The venerable couple lived to see their posterity number 62 grandchildren, 47 of whom are living, and 16 great grandchildren, 14 living. May they make an unbroken family in heaven. H. F. Kline (Bushnell Record, November 27, 1885, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)

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Myron, son of Charles and Catherine (Caplinger) Wheeler was born April 18, 1848 near Lewiston, Ill., and died Jan. 30, 1932.

He was the youngest of four children, one of whom survives, a sister, Mrs. Catherine Ervin, of Bushnell.

Mr. Wheeler was united in marriage to Amanda Anderson, March 11, 1873, and to this union was born seven children, three having preceded him in death. The widow, three daughters, and one son, Mrs. Alta Chambers, Mrs. Hattie Miller, Mrs. Addie Brooks and Ralph Wheeler survive, also several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Ipava with the Rev. C W Martin of Smithfield officiating. (Cuba Journal, Feb. 11, 1932, submitted by Kandi Stark-Reeder)

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Rites for Ipava Woman Tomorrow

Ipava, Ill: March 11--(Special) Mrs. Amanda Wheeler last survivor of a family of 12 children born to pioneers of this section, died Saturday at the home of her son, Ralph, Prairie City.

Born July 12, 1854, in Bernadotte township, a daughter of Robert and Nancy (Morgan) Anderson, she was married 61 years ago to Myron Wheeler, who died Jan. 30, 1932.

Children living are Ralph, Prairie City; Mrs. Addie Brooks, Smithfield, and Mrs. Hattie Miller, Ipava. One daughter, Mrs. Alta Chambers, died July 6, 1934, and four other children preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Presbyterian church, the Rev. G .D. Heuver officiating. Burial will be in Ipava cemetery. (Canton Daily Ledger, March 1935, submitted by Kandi Stark-Reeder)

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Died, of heart disease, at the residence of his sister, at this place, on Friday last, Mr. Aaron Winans, aged 57 years.  He leaves two brothers, one sister and three children. (Vermont Chronical, March 26, 1886, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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John Winkler, A Citizen Of This Community Seventy Years

     After several days of semi-consciousness, John WINKLER, Sr., "Uncle Johnny" as he was know to everybody -- Cuba's oldest citizen, passed away at his home in the east part of town on North Eighth street, about 9:00 o'clock Sunday morning. He had been in failing health for more than a year, but not until since Christmas had he been confined to his bed. He was always glad to see his friends and when the editor of the Journal went to his home a few months ago to take a photograph from which the cut used here was made, he greeted him with his usual cherry "Hello Shim." On his last birthday, although he was unable to leave his bed, he entertained his two sons, John and Herman, and his friend Harry Long at dinner.
     John WINKLER was born in Meckelnburgh (sic), Germany, Jan. 17 1827. In 1853 he came to the United States and after spending a short time in New York City, decided to come west. He made the trip by way of the Ohio, Mississippi, and Illinois rivers to Peoria, where he spent a year. He then came to Fulton county and after working two years as a farm hand purchased a farm three miles south of Cuba, later increasing his holdings to several hundred acres. Wheat and clover were his specialties and a former neighbor states if anybody had a stand of either, Uncle Johnny did.
     On 23 Mar 1856 he was united in marriage to Caroline MATAUS, also of Mecklenburg, Germany, who had come to this county in 1854 and they lived together until Sept. 29, 1896, when Mrs. WINKLER died. To them were born nine children; five died before reaching the age of one year and one daughter died at the age of fourteen. Three sons to manhood and two of them are living. They are John, Jr. living south of town and Herman of Cuba. Another son, Anton, died at Fruitdale, Alabama, about twenty years ago, leaving three children, now all grown and married.
     In 1899 Mr. WINKLER married a second time his wife being Mrs. Kate HOWERTER, or Smithfield, who survives him.
There are three granddaughters, Mrs. Lee GRAY, of Cuba, Mrs. Gilman ANDERSON, of Chicago and Mrs. Pauline RIVERS of Birmingham, Alabama, and two grandsons, Lyle WINKLER of Theodore, Ala, and Howard WINKLER , of Mobile. There are nine great grandchildren.
Mr. WINKLER too great interest in Sunday school work and for more than 30 years taught a men's Bible class in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Sunday School, and later, when he moved to Cuba in 1892, he became teacher of the men's class in the Methodist Protestant Sunday teaching there for more than 25 years.
     The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, at the Methodist Protestant church, conducted by Rev. H. D. Jones, of Macomb, pastor of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church, assisted by Pastor Smith of the M. P. church. The funeral was delayed to allow the Alabama relatives time to get here. (Cuba Journal, Feb. 21, 1924, Pg. 1, col. 4,  submitted by Carol Carmichael)

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     Our people were greatly shocked last Thursday evening to learn that a telegram had been received that Anton WINKLER had died at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He had been sick only few days and on the morning of the day he died was able to be out in the dooryard. His disease was chills and fever which suddenly changed to congestion of the brain terminating quickly in death. The next day the body was prepared and the wife and two children started with it for this place. They reached Peoria Sunday evening, but as nothing but freight was coming out from there that evening, the body was left there over night in charge of his brothers, John and Herman, and Mrs. WINKLER, the two children and George MURPHY, who had met her near Decatur, came on to Cuba. The next day the body was brought here and the funeral took place at two o'clock in the M. P. Church, conducted by Rev. A. J. Christy, assisted by Revs. Clark and Douglas.
     Anton WINKLER was born Feb. 17, 1866; was married to Miss Cordie BISHOP Dec. 31, 1891, to them were born two children; he joined the Baptist church in 1890; they moved to Alabama nearly a year ago.
     Anton WINKLER was a man of genial disposition, generous, with a kind work for all, especially his aged father and mother, and devotedly attached to his wife and little ones, making provisions for their necessities by two life insurance policies. Besides his own relatives many acquaintances are made sad by his death. (Cuba Journal, Aug. 6, 1896, Pg. 1, Col. 2,  submitted by Carol Carmichael)

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CAROLINE WINKLER. -- Mrs. John WINKLER was born in Mackenburg Germany in the year 1826, came to Illinois in 1854. Her maiden name was MATAUS. She was married to John WINKLER at Peoria, Ill., March 23, 1856 which whom shed live (sic) 40 years and six months. They moved from Peoria to Fulton county. Here she united with the Pleasant Grove Baptist church and was baptized Sept. 5, 1863, of which she was a faithful member for 32 years. From their farm and home they moved to Cuba and here she united with the Methodist Protestant church and lived an exemplary christian life until her death which occurred Sept. 29, 1896. Unto them were born nine children, only two of whom are living, namely, John and Herman. She was a great sufferer for some time, but amidst it all she manifested great patience, being ready to go to her happy home to meet the loved one gone before and to be forever at rest. She died in the full assurance of faith in her Redeemer as being able to keep that she had committed unto him against that day.
     The funeral was held in the Methodist Protestant church, sermon by pastor. Text, Numbers 33:10. A. J. Christy. (Cuba Journal, Oct. 1, 1896, Pg. 1, col. 4,  submitted by Carol Carmichael)

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Ipava, Illinois, May 26, 1885

Died, in Ipava, May 25, after a protracted illness, mother Van Fossen, aged about 68 years. We have not been able to learn the biography and history of this case.

(Fulton County Ledger, May 28, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

[NOTE: The woman Mother Vanfossen was Julia Ann Nevin-Vanfossen. Her date of death was 25 May 1885.

She married William Wesley Vanfossen. William Wesley Vanfossen was the son of Henry Vanfossen and Margaret D. Asbell. Margaret D. Asbell was born about 1793 and died 1870 in Ohio. Margaret D. Asbell was a sister to my line William Azbell Sr. born 1792 and died in Pleasant Twp., Fulton Co. Illinois on 04 Sep 1852 and is buried by his wife Sarah Southers-Azbell in Howard Cemetery, Pleasant Twp. Fulton County, IL.

Also buried in Howard Cemetery is Jane Asbell-Vanfossen who was a sister to William Azbell Sr. and Margaret D. Asbell-Vanfossen. Jane Asbell-Vanfossen married Jacob Vanfossen who was a brother to Henry Vanfossen who Margaret D. Asbell married. Also is Howard Cemetery is a child Maria J. Vanfossen born 14 Nov 1844 in Ohio and died 25 Apr 1857 in Fulton County, Illinois. Maria J. Vanfossen's parents were Samuel Vanfossen and Harriett Caroline Howell who were married 03 Jun 1843 in Belmont County, Ohio and they both died in Kansas and Harriett Caroline Howell-Vanfossen died in Osage County, Kansas.

Samuel Vanfossen's parents were Jacob Vanfossen and Jane Asbell-Vanfossen.

Submitted by Bruce Morgan]

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Mr. George Wilhour died suddenly Tuesday forenoon. He was engaged in moving his stock to the room he intended to occupy, and while standing behind the counter, staggered, fell and expired almost instantly. He has, for some time past, begun suffering from heart disease, and under medical treatment. (Fulton County Ledger, July 9, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Zelpha Wilkinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Wilkinson, died Saturday morning last, at their home near Storm Lake, Iowa, of Scarlet Fever, aged 6 years. The child was a grand-daughter of Mr. Joseph B. Negley, of this city. Their only other child, a boy, was sick from the same disease, but has recovered. (Fulton County Ledger, May 28, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Isaac Williams died at the residence of T. A. Baldwin, in Abingdon, May 20, 1885, aged 82 years. In 1839 he moved to Fulton County and has resided in ever Illinois since. (Fulton County Ledger, June 4, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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From Farmington Home Visitor, 19th

Mrs. William Thrue, whose serious illness we mentioned last week, died at her home north town yesterday morning at 4 o'clock , of anemia, after an illness of eight weeks. (Fulton County Ledger, June 25, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Fairview, Ill., July 15, 1885

Died, Monday morning, Mr. Peter B. Van Arsdale, in his 73d year. Funeral services in the Reformed church to-day, Rev. Bumstead officiating. Mr. Van Arsdale had been an invalid for four years--confined to the house most of the time. He came to this county 45 or 50 years since, being one of the oldest settlers here.. About four years ago MR. Van Arsdale had a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. A few days since he was found lying on his porch, where he had fallen because of inability to control his limbs. He was the father-in-law of A. J. and Thomas Shepley, and also father of the first wife of Abram Voorhees. (Fulton County Ledger, July 16, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Obituary: Death of an Infant

William Ward, infant son of W. N. and Lydia B. Foster, was born March 8, 1910 and died at their home Thursday, marc 24, 1910, aged 2 weeks and 2 days. Rev. F. S. Nichols conducted funeral services at the house Friday afternoon, March 25. Interment at Miner's cemetery. The little one was a grandson of Wm. G. Walters.

(unknown newspaper, March 1910, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Gertrude Elizabeth Wolford, eldest daughter of John D. and Cora Wolford, was born in London Mills, Ill June 2, 1894, and died at the home of her parents on Tuesday, May 28th, 1907, aged 12 years, 11 months and 26 days.

Her death was due to scarlet fever, and her illness had been of brief duration. She was taken sick on the Thursday before her death. All that medical skill and tender love could devise was done, but to no avail and she slipped away from the grasp of those who would have kept her here. On account of the quarantime no funeral service could be held, only a prayer at the house.

The remains were taken to Lyons cemetery for burial. Gertrude was a bright and lovable girl, and had a large circle of friends who mourn deeply her early departure. She united with the Methodist church three years ago, and although young in years was faithful and true to her profession. The parents desire to return thanks to the friends who sent the beautiful floral offerings and showed their sympathy by other acts of kindness. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sue Laimans)

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Mrs. Martha Jane Williams, 76, wife of William G. Williams, died at the family residence, 729 Grant Place at 9:15 o’clock today after an illness of four years. Mrs. Williams was a member of the M. P. Church and had been a resident of Canton for 16 years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Francis M. Williams of Canton, a daughter Mrs. Tillie Danielson of Macomb, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a brother, Frank Williams and a sister, Mrs. Lucy Miller, both of Canton, She was born at Springfield, Ill., Dec. 12, 1848.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at Monterey church. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

{Martha Jane and William Gee divorced and then remarried. Frank is her brother-in-law. Her parents are Francis Apperson and Nancy Rogers.}

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Canton, Ill., Feb. 7. (Special) The eldest of six generations, James Williams, 90 years old, died at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon at his home in Banner. He had been ill four weeks.

Surviving are two sons, W. F. Williams and John W. Williams, both of Canton rural route; two daughters, Mrs. May Lowden, of Lewistown, and Mrs. Effie Burge, of Banner, a brother, Warren Williams, rural route No. 7, Canton, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Counterman, of Ottumwa, Iowa and Mrs. James Van Middlesworth, of Canton.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and on great-great-great-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home with Rev. A. L. Cain officiating. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery.  (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)


Canton, Ill., (Special)—A record of six living ge4nerations was broken when James Williams, 90 years old, of Banner, died Monday afternoon, Surviving are four children, 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandson. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock this afternoon. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)


     James Williams, eldest of six generations, and a lifelong resident of Banner township, died late yesterday afternoon at his home in Banner following a four weeks illness of complications. Had Mr. Williams lived until Friday, he would have been 91 years old.

     Born in Banner township, Feb. 11, 1847, a son of William and Amanda (Guilliams) Williams, he was married May 8, 1864, to Jemima Tate, who died in November, 1933. Children are: W. F. and John Williams, rout 7, Canton; Mrs. Mary Lowder, rout 3, Lewistown and Mrs. Effie Burge, Banner. Warren Williams route 7, Canton, is a brother, and Mrs. James Van Middlesworth, Canton, and Mrs. Elizabeth Counterman, Ottumwa, Iowa, sisters. There are 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild.

     Mr. Williams had spent most of his life engaged at farming, from which he retired some time ago.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Banner church by the Rev. A. L. Cain. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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CANTON, ILL., OCT. 23, (Special)—Apparently, dozing away to sleep while driving, Merritt Williams,  40, farmer of near Farmington was killed this morning at 12:30 o’clock when his car went over a bridge and dropped 20 feet into a ravine below, near the Country club.

  Williams was found by Harry Saunders, manager of the country club, who heard the crash. He was dead when found and Saunders called the Sebree undertaking parlors.


  State Patrol Officer Ben Ha___r and Deputy Sheriff Robert Knott investigating the accident, said it appeared the car first left the road on the right and was whipped across the paving when the driver awakened. The car crashed into a bridge abutment and then hurtled over into a ditch, apparently rolling over several times. It appeared the car had been going fast. Williams was pinned underneath and his chest was badly crushed.

  Williams had been to Canton to visit his sister, Mrs. Eunice Spencer, 651 North Avenue B, where he frequently made his home. He left there rather late and said he was going to shuck corn today on a farm near Farmington where he is employed.


  Mr. Williams was a private in Company L, 326th Infantry, during the World War. He was born in Banner June 3, 1888, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Mary P___ Williams. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Eunice Spencer and Mrs. Anna Sprague, and two brothers, Oscar and Jesse, of Bartonville.

  An inquest will be held this afternoon. There will be a military funeral.  (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Mrs. Grace Olive Williams, 60, died last night at her home in Banner township following a brief illness. Death was attributed to a complication of the diseases.

Born I Schuyler county, Mo., near Downing, Sept. 27, 1877, a daughte4r of John W. and Maria (Grindle) Shaw, she was married Aug. 31, 1889 to Warren Williams, who survives. Children are: Oral, Geraldine and Estel, all at home; Burl, Banner, and Daniel, Pekin. Robert Williams, Banner, and Jasper, Peoria, are step-sons. Her father is still living. There are five grandchildren.

Brothers and sisters are: Len Shaw, Rock Island, Mrs. Great Williams and Drew Shaw, both of Banner; Sheldon Shaw, Harrisburg, Ore.; and Mrs. Kate Mckinley, Newport, Ore.

She was one of the oldest members of Banner camp, No. 4572 Royal Neighbors of America. She had been associated with that organization for 31 years.

Funeral services will be conducted a 2 o’clock Sunday at the Banner church. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery. Friends may call at the residence.

(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Amos A. Williams, 73, route 7, a resident of this vicinity throughout his life, died of heart disease yesterday afternoon in the Graham hospital, after having been ill six months.

Born July 22, 1862, in Banner township, a son of William and Amanda (Guilliams) Williams, he was married Dec. 25, 1881 in Lewistown, to Cordelia Burge, who survives.

Children living are Fred, Canton; Samuel W., Lewistown, route 3, and Mrs. Mary Courtney, Albert Williams and Mrs. Katherine Harding route 7. Surviving brothers and sisters are James, Banner; John W., and Warren, route 7; Mrs. Hannah E. Counterman, a resident of Iowa, and Mrs. James Van Middlesworth, Canton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in the Banner church, the Rev. J. W. Edge officiating. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery. Friends may call at the residence. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)


Funeral services for Amos A. Williams were held yesterday afternoon in the Banner church, the Rev. J. W. Edge officiating. The Raker twins sang, with Miss Edna Edge playing accompaniments. A large crowd attended and there were many floral offerings.

Pallbearers, grandsons, were Walter Courtney, Carl, Clarence, Lloyd, Floyd and Leslie Williams. Burial was in Walnut cemetery.

(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Funeral services for Mrs. Cordelia Williams, a former Cantonian, who died in Nampa, Idaho, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery.

Born in Banner township on June 17, 1865 a daughter of Charles and Mary (Alsberry) Burge, she was married on Dec. 28, 1881 in Lewistown to Amos A. Williams, who preceded her in death in 1936. Two children also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Courtney, Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs. Katherine Harding, Lewistown; two sons, Samuel Williams, Glasford, and Albert Williams, Canton, Route 3; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Burge, Banner and Samuel F. Burge, Glasford, and a sister, Mrs. Irene Branchfield, Canton.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Friends may call at Murphy Memorial Home.


Last rites for Mrs. Cordelia Williams, who died Tuesday, were conducted Saturday in the First Church of the Nazarene by Rev. J. W. Brown, of Oregon, a former pastor of the church, the Rev. W. E. Crossman, present pastor and the Rev. Tony Jayne, pastor of the Free Methodist church in Lewistown. Burial was in Walnut cemetery.

Mrs. J. W. Brown was the accompanist for Mrs. Dewey Stufflebeam and Mrs. John Cox, who sang. Pallbearers were Amos, Carl and Cecil Williams, Edward and Ronald Rice and Harold Harding. Many friends and relatives attended and there were many floral offerings.

(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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John Marshall Williams, 72, a lifelong resident of Banner township, died yesterday at his home near Banner. He had been ill during the past year.

Born in Banner township, Oct. 18, 1868, a son of James and Jemima (Tate) Williams, he was married Feb. 26, 1893 to Emma Vion, who survives. Children are: Miss Georgia, at home, and Charles of Canton. There are ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. W. F. Williams route #, Canton, is a brother, and Miss Mary Louder, Bryant, and Mrs. Effie Burge, Banner, are sisters.

Mr. Williams, for ten years, served as a patrolman for the state highway department. He was also engaged in farming for many years.,

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at …don’t have the rest…

(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Mrs. Bessie Lowder Woods of Peoria died last evening at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Lowder, near Lewistown, after a several months’ illness. She had been living with her mother for the past seven months.

Born May 17, 1892, in Fulton county, a daughter of John and Mary (Williams) Lowder, she was married in 1910 to Claude Woods, who died in March, 1935. Children living are Harry Woods, Peoria, and Mrs. Rall Poggemiller, Burlington, Iowa.

Brothers and sisters surviving are Amos, Jack and Robert, Lewistown; Jesse, Peoria, Warren, Banner, Mrs. Charles Baster, Peoria; and Mrs. Frank Woods and Mrs. John Woods, Canton.

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Banner church by the Rev. A. L. Cain. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery.

Friends may call at the home of her mother.

(Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Scroll down to find William Tanquary's obit.

 (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Jan McRevey)


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The data concerning this highly respected lady was not given to the Herald last week and is indebted to the Fulton Democrat for the following:

Celia Ann Yocum was born Feb. 25, 1846 and died Feb 27, 1907, aged 61 years and 2 days. She was married to Isaac Walters in 1866. They have lived many years in Farmers twp where she died. Her husband, 5 sons and two daughters survive her. The children are John Walters of Pekin, Samuel and Peter of Marietta, Mrs. Ida Beard of Bernadotte twp and William Charles and Mrs. Nancy Rutledge of Farmers twp. Mrs. Walters united with the Christian church at the age of 16 and was faithful to death.

She was a devoted wife and mother, always kind and helpful to her neighbors in time of need. Funeral services were held by her former pastor, Rev. Robinson Asby at the temple.

(Herald ?, March 1907, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Bushnell (Special)- Samuel E. (Sam) Walters, 79, of Bushnell died early today in St. Francis Hospital, Macomb, following nine years of ill health.

Born near Marietta on April 24, 1878, he was a son of Isaac N. and Celia Ann (Yocum) Walters. He was first married to Ella Murphy, who preceded him in death, and then to Mary Frances Schoonover in 1912 in Keokuk, Iowa.

Survivors include the window, four children, Mrs. Letha Mosher, Canton; Mrs. Olivine Rogers, Bushnell; Emmett Walters, Marietta; and Clarence Walters, Marietta; three step-children, Elmer Howerter, Alaska; Mrs. Lenor Arnold, Bushnell; and Ollie Paul, Canton; 23 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.
He had been a member of the Bushnell IOOF lodge and had lived here for 13 years. He formerly was a rural mail carrier near Marietta.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon i the Martin Funeral home by the Rev. W.W. Marzahn. Burial will be in the Mound cemetery near Bushnell.

Members of the family will greet friends at the funeral home from 7:30 to 9 o'clock Saturday evening.

(Note: date of death: Oct. 4, 1957)

(Bushnell Special, Oct. 1957, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Adam R. Young was born in Lewisburg, Union county, Penn., July 1835, died Oct 25,1879 at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 22 days. He was educated in such common schools as the country then afforded. It is not known in what year he came west but during the 50's he worked at his trade of carpenter in Peoria and Galesburg, assisting in the building of Knox college at the latter places.

On December 30, 1858 he was married to Sarah Jane Portlock, daughter of Dr. J.S. Portlock and a sister of the late W.P. Portlock. She died Sept 5, 1879 at the age of 36 years, 9 months and 11 days, leaving no children. Mr. Young's subsequent marriage proved an unhappy one, he lived alone much of the time during the latter years of his life. He joined the Ft. Clark I.O.O.F. lodge in Peoria, May 28, 1858 but subsequently dropped his membership. He was reinstated by the Table Grove lodge about ten years prior to his admission to the Old Folks Home in May 1912.

He resided in Table Grove for many years and worked at his trade until enfeebled by partial paralysis and advancing years. Having left little in the way of wordly goods, his lodge at his request secured his admission the the Home at Mattoon. AS a man he kept himself well informed on current events and was a reader of much good literature, having files of magazines dating back half a century or more. He had the faults and virtues common to the sons of men.

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1879, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Services for Fred Lee Westlake, 69, of 2812 W. Wyoming, Peoria, Ill; a retired Caterpillar Tractor Co., employee will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Endaley and Son. Hines Funeral Home in Bartonville, Illinois.

The Rev. John Bagley of Memorial Baptist church will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Masonic rites will be there at 8.

Mr. Westlake died at 10:20 a.m. yesterday (Aug. 26, 1976 at Methodist Medical Center (Peoria) where he was admitted Aug. 17, 1970.

A machine operator at Caterpillar for over 35 years, he retired Feb. 1, 1972.

He was born North west of Table Grove, Fulton Co., Ill. Jan 14, 1907 a son of John Smith and Rhoda Pearl (Chenoweth) Westlake and married Mazo Helen Rutledge at Mount Pleasant, Iowa May 9, 1934. He was a navy veteran of World War II and a member of Illinois Lodge 263 AF & AM.

Surviving are his wife, one (adopted ) son Robert of Morton, Ill, four brothers, Bernard Ross, of Peoria Heights, Ill; James Edward of East Peoria, Ill; Glen Owen of Browning, Ill; and Carl Everett of Collinville, Ill; three sisters, Mrs. Nola Irene Buff from Pontiac, Ill; Mrs. Charles (Cora Ellen) Alberssen of East Peoria and Mrs. Vera May Sullivan of Peoria, Ill; and two grandchildren.

(unknown newspaper, Aug. 1976, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Lucinda Laws Thomson

Mrs. Lucinda Thomson, a long time and highly respected resident of Farmers township, passed away last Wednesday evening at her home one mile west of Epworth church, aged 74 yrs, 10 mos, 17 das. Funeral services were held at Epworth church, Friday, conducted by Rev. Paul Garvin of Colchester; interment in Miner's cemetery.
As a mother, friend and neighbor, Mrs. Thomson was one of this world's noble women and was loved by those who came within the sphere of her benign friendship and influence.

Lucinda Laws, was born April 5th, 1838, in Linckin Co., Ohio. She was united in marriage to James D. Feagans in 1853. To this union was born two children, Mrs. Mary Weaver of Prairie City and James Feagan of Monmouth, Ill. Her husband, Mr. Feagan, departed this life in 1855, after which she emigrated with her brother and sister to Fulton county, Illinois in 1857. She was again married to Chas. L. Thomson, Sept 30, 1859. Mr. Thomson died in 1891. To this union was born ten children, three of whom, Emzie, John and Evaline are deceased; Warren of Memphis, Mo; William, Samuel, Effie, Abner and Emeline of Table Grove; Ella of Albert, Canada; 42 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn her departure. She united with the Methodist church at an early age and lived a devoted christian until death was only a transition to a more perfect state.

Farewell dear mother sweet rest
Weary with years and worn with pain
Farewell, till to some happy place
We shall behold thy face again
Tis ours to ....our years
and tender memories of thee keep
Thine in the Lord to rest for so
He giveth his beloved sleep

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Marion Blanch Young, aged 58, died at 10:55 o'clock last night at her home, 452 East Chestnut street. She had been ill a month from complications.

Miss Young was a daughter of John and Frances Blanch Young, and born in Glouchestershire, England Jan 11, 1865. Thirty-five years ago she came to the United States and located in Illinois. She had been a resident of this city for 20 years.

S. J. Young of St. David is a brother and Mrs. Florence E. Middlekauff and Ethel Young, both of Canton, are sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 o'clock from the late residence and burial will be in Cuba.

The decedent was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal church.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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April 15, 1940

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Walters, who died Friday at the home of her son, R. C. Walters, in Texas, will be conducted at 2:30 pm at the Clemens Funeral Home by the Rev. F. A. Bellote. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery.

Mrs. Walters, a daughter of Elias and Permelia (Ellis) Chenoweth, was born March 1, 1860 on the old Chenoweth homestead, northeast of here, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Elza (Elzie) Chenoweth. Mrs. Walters who had been living in Abingdon with a son, Earl, for the past 15 years, went to Victoria, Texas in November to spend the winter with her other son.

In addition to the two sons, she is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Martha Smith of Galesburg and Mrs. Adaline Smith of Table Grove, and a brother, J. Henry Chenoweth of Table Grove.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Julie Terstriep)

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John R. Voorhees Found Dead in Office; Strychnine Fatal Dose.


NOTE to wife tells worries over business


Had Been Missing from Home All Night; an Investigation Reveals Corpse behind Locked Doors


"Canton, Illinois, February __ 1916.

Dear Florence:

I am so very nervous. I saw those parties. Nothing for me. I am so discouraged. Down hearted. I can not worry you longer telling my troubles. It's driving me crazy and I would rather be dead than for to go crazy and you have me to care for. I cannot stand it any longer.

"May God bless us all.



Lying stiff and stark on the floor of his office, room 4, Reichert building, 49 N. Main St., John R. Voorhees of 256 W. Pine St., dealer in real estate and insurance was found this morning about 7:30 o'clock. The letter above, written to his wife on his business stationery, and found upon the open desk, mutely told the story of unsuccessful business and discouragement.

Carefully placed against the back of the open desk was leaning a small envelope bearing the business card of Gustine & Son, while in bold black letters was the word "POISON." Written on the envelope was "Strychnine Crystal."

Calmly Awaits Death

Mr. Voorhees was lying rigid. His feet were toward his desk, but a few inches from his accustomed seat. His desk chair was pushed back and was to the right of where he lay. The small green cushion that made more comfortable the seat of the chair was beneath his head -- carefully placed -- and the dead man was flat upon his back. The arms were drawn up and the fists tightly clenched. The eyes were open, and so was the mouth.

Hanging on a hook was his overcoat and hat. The coat to the suit he wore had been removed and he was fully and neatly attired with the exception of his coat. He wore clean linen and was cleanly shaven. The interior of the office was in good order and so was the arrangement of his desk.

On the desk was an apple out of which had been cut a large piece and it looked as if a small bite had been taken also. It may have been that the poison had been taken with the apple to lessen the exceedingly bitter taste of the strychnine.

Night's Vigil in Vain

The discovery of the corpse of the suicide was the climax of a night's vigil on the part of the wife and an investigation early this morning. To be absent from dinner was nothing unusual for Mr. Voorhees. His business had often taken him out of the city to various points throughout the county, and absences from meals caused no alarm. He failed to be home for supper and Mrs. Voorhees surmised he was out of the city. The evening waned and she came up town and to the office, but it was securely locked and silence reigned, she little dreaming that her husband lay dead behind the locked door, scarcely 3 feet away from where she stood when trying the knob. Failure to gain entrance led her to become more convinced that he was out of the city, and she came to the conclusion that he would be home on the midnight train. She waited for him far into the night, but it brought no reward.

Absence Is Solved

With the dawn of morning Mrs. Voorhees summoned John W. Davis of 232 North Ave B., brother-in-law of Mr. Voorhees, and he started to investigate. Going to the office building, he found O. B. Peterson, watchmaker of the Reichert store, who had just arrived, and together they proceeded up stairs to the office. It was still securely fastened and they were unable to force an entrance. Procuring a short ladder, Mr. Peterson, (unreadable) through the dusty transom, and discerned the prone form of the dead man.

Mills Crawls in

Dr. P. S. Scholes was summoned, likewise Chief of Police Mills. A few others were present, including a representative of the Register. H. E. Anderson, also an employee of the Reichert store, secured a cold chisel and forced the transom and crawled over the door. He was unable to open the door as the key was not in the lock, and he crawled back the way he entered. Chief Mills ordered the frosted glass in the door smashed and Anderson did so with the chisel, Chief Mills assisting in pulling out the pieces from the sash. Through the aperture thus created Chief Mills crawled and took the keys from the dead man's pocket. He found one that opened the lock in the door and those present filed in.

How long Mr. Voorhees had been dead Dr. Scholes was unable to determine. It might have been three hours or 10 hours or longer for rigor mortis had set in. Blood had settled at the base of the head and the flesh was dark blue around his ears and the back of his face and head.

Noise Heard in the Office

Mr. Voorhees was seen passing through the hall about 1: 30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Between 2 and 3 o'clock T. L. Greer was in the store of Mr. Reichert and they were sitting near the rear of the store and almost directly under the office of Mr. Voorhees on the floor above (illegible) heard above and Mr. Greer remarked. "I wonder what's going on up in Johnny's room." Silence followed and the general conversation proceeded.

On the slate which hangs outside the door was written "In the City," which indicated that Mr. Voorhees had been in Canton the entire day.

Note to Brother

A casual look over the desk of Mr. Voorhees also disclosed a sheet of letter paper, on which was written:

"Canton, Illinois., February 15, 1916.

Dear brother: All able to be around. I am so very nervous. I hate but cannot help it."

The letter was not signed.

The brother for whom the letter was intended is Rynear Voorhees of Seton, and it confirmed the state of mind which Mr. Voorhees was in when he wrote the letter to his wife and swallowed the deadly dose.

Was Well Known

Mr. Voorhees was well-known in Canton, where he had resided for about 30 years. He was born in Fairview, January 22, 1858, and came from the farm to Canton. His wife was Miss Florence Cole of Canton and they had been married about 25 years. They had no children, and besides the brother in Seton, two sisters, Mrs. William Brokaw and Mrs. John W. Davis of Canton, survive.

Mr. Voorhees had been in business for himself in Lewiston, and also in Canton. For a long time he was employed in the Lynch store in Canton. For the past few years he had been engaged in the real estate business, and also represented a life insurance company.

Fraternally, he was a member of Morning Star Lodge, Masons, Canton; the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America.

The body was conveyed to the Fisher morgue and Coroner D. S. Ray of Cuba notified.

Poison for "Rats"

The strychnine which Mr. Voorhees took to end his life was purchased at the drugstore of H. B. Gustine & Son the forenoon of February 7, about 10 o'clock, as shown on the record of the "poison book" of Gustine & Sons store. The order was filled by H. B. Gustine, and he remembers the incident well.

To a representative of the Register, Mr. Gustine said that Mr. Voorhees came into the store, as he often did, and ask for strychnine. He stated he wanted to kill some rats. Mr. Justin recommended a rat and roach exterminator for the purpose but Mr. Voorhees replied that he had tried it and that it was not satisfactory. He said he preferred the strychnine and Mr. Justin sold in $.10 worth, which weighed about 15 grains. Mr. Justin said he had a perfect right to sell the poison and never for a moment suspected that Mr. Voorhees had any other use for the deadly stuff than what he had stated.

As in similar instances, Mr. Voorhees signed the book and the register was shown to the Register reporter who called.

The envelope was taken to the Justin store from the office of Mr. Voorhees after he was found and the strychnine remaining in the envelope was reweighed. It showed that about four grains were missing, indicating that that was the amount taken by Mr. Voorhees.

Talked of Business Deal

Mr. Gustine also imparted the information that at the time Mr. Voorhees stepped to the telephone and called up some one and talked about business matters. Mr. Gustine further said Mr. Voorhees spoke of a $2,000 deal he had in the course of negotiation.

Verdict of the Jury

The inquest was called at 11 o'clock this morning with the following jurors: R. E. Woods, Foreman; (unintelligible) Blackaby, R. M. Burnham, (rest of the article is missing)

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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The Death Record

Sylvia Miller Walters

Mrs. Joseph Walters, after a prolonged sickness, died at 9:30 o’clock last Friday night at her home in Table Grove, aged 53 years, 8 months, and 7 days. Funeral services were held at the Universalist Church Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, Reverend John Hughes preaching to a large concourse of relatives and friends of the family.

Sylvia Miller, her maiden name, was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana February 18, 1848. When quite young she emigrated with her parents to Boone County, Iowa where her father died. From there she roved with her mother to Table Grove and 35 years ago the first day of April she married Joseph Walters. To them were born eleven children, four of whom died within a short space of time a few years ago of typhoid fever. The seven children surviving are: Mrs. Clara Seeley of Griswold, Iowa; Mrs. Alice Branson of Ipava; Eugen of Trenton, Nebraska; John of Butte, Montana. Nellie, Ada, and Elvin at home.

A few years ago Mrs. Walters joined the Universalist Church and lived a consistent Christian life. A true wife, a loving mother, a good neighbor, she was esteemed and respected by all who knew her. Mrs. Walters was a member of the Court in which she had a life policy of $2000.


Hall of Laurel Hill Court No. 305

WHEREAS, God in His infinite wisdom has been pleased to call to Himself our esteemed sister, Silvia Walters, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that we extend to the husband and family our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement and commend them to Him who gives strength and comfort to the sorrowing.
RESOLVED, that as a just tribute of respect, we drape our Chapter for thirty days and those resolutions be inscribed upon the Records of the Court, published in the local press and a copy be sent to the bereaved family and to “The Court of Honor” our official paper for publication.

Julia Bedwell
Julia M. Seward
J.J. Berry

(Unknown newspaper, aft Oct. 25, 1901, submitted by Lynn Bogard)

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Joseph Walters

[October 23, 1843 - July 24, 1908 born in Table Grove, Illinois, died in Lincoln, Nebraska]

Joseph Walters, who left Table Grove a few years ago and had been living in Lincoln, Nebraska, died in that city July 24 as a result of a stroke of paralysis. The Lincoln Evening News gives the following particulars:

“Joseph Walters, 65 years old, died last night as the result of a stroke of paralysis, at the home of a friend, Mr. Green, 104 West Seventh Place, In University Place. Mr. Walters was a veteran of the Civil War, and during the last six months had been employed as a watchman at the Post Office building.

He was widowed with seven children, but had been living alone until last Sunday when he went to live at the friend’s home, where he could have proper attention, where he was when death came. The body will be sent to Table Grove, Illinois, his former home for burial, where the funeral service will be held. The G. A. R. of which Mr. Walters was a member, will conduct a ritual service at the undertaking rooms of Castle, Roper and Mathews, at 12:30 o’clock tomorrow. There will be a G. A. R. escort from University Place tomorrow.”

The body of Mr. Walters arrived at Table Grove Sunday noon and the casket was at once taken to the Universalist Church, where many called to look for the last time upon the face of their departed friend. At 2:30 the G. A. R. Post and a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled at the church to hear the splendid funeral oration delivered by Rev. Kate Hughes. At the conclusion of this service the remains were conveyed to the village [Table Grove] cemetery and consigned to their final abode, the beautiful ritualistic burial ceremony of the Grand Army of the Republic being performed by the officers and comrades of the George N. Kerr Post, assisted by the commander of Astoria Post, W. T. Foster.

Handsome floral offerings were made at Lincoln, by the G. A. R. Post and by the Western Newspaper Union of that city, of which Elvin Walters, son of the deceased is an employee. Other beautiful offerings were made at Table Grove.

Joseph Walters was born near Table Grove October 23, 1843 and was 64 years, nine months, and one day of age at the time of his death. He was married to Sylvia Miller April 1, 1866. To them were born eleven children, four of whom receded their father to the spirit world. The seven surviving ones are, Eugene of Trenton, Nebraska, John of Butte, Montana (when last hear from), Clara Seeley, Nellie Bassett, and Elvin of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Adah Cox of Table Grove. The wife and mother died October 23, 1901.

At the age of 18 he obeyed the call to defend his country and enlisted in the Union Army, joining the 61st Illinois Infantry, March 21, 1862. He was in the battle of Shiloh, siege of Vicksburg and many other sanguinary conflicts. He served his time and re-enlisted as a veteran, receiving his final and honorable discharge September 25, 1865 at Camp Butler near Springfield, having served his country faithfully and well for about 3 years and 6 months. He united with the Universalist church at Table Grove in 1898 and was a steadfast adherent of that faith. Most of his life was spent in this vicinity and in Table Grove. Tolerant in his religious and political views, generous and sociable by nature and was genial and companionable man, and the writer reckoned and enjoyed him as a good friend. He had some of the faults common to all, and many of the virtues, among which was loyalty to his country and friends.

His children extend their heartfelt thanks to the members of the G. A. R. Posts at Lincoln and Table Grove and to other friends for their help and sympathy.

(Unknown newspaper, aft July 24, 1908, submitted by Lynn Bogard)

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Peter Walters

Died, on Monday, January 20, 1890, at his residence in this township, three and one-half miles northeast of this place, Mr. Peter Walters, better known as Uncle Peter Walters. Mr. Walters was one of the earliest settlers of this township, being contemporary with Mr. John Barker, Daniel Webster, and others, who settled here prior to 1830, when the country was a wilderness and the hunting grounds of Indians. It is related that his mother in those early days had an encounter with a squaw. The squaw with a number of other Indians, stopped at the home of Mr. Walters and requested that the old lady give her some meat, which she at first refused to do but later concluded she would as the squaw got very angry. Mrs. Walters started to go up-stairs on the ladder used in those primitive days for steps and the squaw followed her. Just as she put her head in the upper room, Mrs. Walters struck her over the head with a loose board knocking her down to the floor below, which seemed to please the other Indians. This so enraged the squaw that when Mrs. Walters came down with the meat, she made at her with a knife when Mrs. Walters seized the knife, drew it across her throat just making the blood flow, then picked up the squaw and threw her out of doors, the other Indians enjoying the fun.

Mr. Walters has lived continuously on the farm where he first settled and retained until the death, characteristic of the old settlers. He was a life long Democrat and had been a reader of the Ledger ever since it was issued. The old gentleman was very firm in his likes and dislikes and one of the most hospitable of men. To illustrate his firmness it is said that he vowed not to cut his hair after Lincoln was elected until a Democratic president was elected; and we have been informed that he actually did not have it cut until Cleveland was elected. Mr. Walters was a member of the Baptist church organized in 1835 and known by the Farmers Townships church. Reverend Cohagen delivered the funeral sermon. From the best information we can gain Mr. Walters came here from Tennessee and was in the neighborhood of 80 years old. Uncle Peter was universally respected and was strictly honest. He leaves a wife and three or four grown children.

(Table Grove newspaper?, 1890, submitted by Lynn Bogard)

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CANTON, IL - Becky J. Wilcoxen, 59, of Canton, died at 3:02 a.m. Sunday February 1, 2009 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, IL.

She was born in Vincennes, Ind. On November 4, 1949 to James and Sara (Biddle) Hankins.

She married Thomas M. Wilcoxen in Canton on September 23, 1967. He preceded her in death on September 5, 2002.

Surviving are two daughters Lisa (Lyle) Dry of Canton and Amy (Frank) Fowler of Buckley, three grandchildren Sarah, Lindsay and Samuel, three sisters Marvalee Westerfield of Paxton, Carol (Larry) Fitch of Canton and Beth (Keith) Powell of Canton.

She was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Ann Trigg.

She was a member of Covenant Community Church in Canton. She was a waitress for many years at the Canton Country Club.

Becky dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be at Fiatt Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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CUBA, IL - Laveta R. Williams, 78, of 12513 W. Farmington Road in Hanna City and formerly of Cuba, passed away at 8:02 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2008, at her home.

She was born April 14, 1930, in Cuba, the daughter of George and Ethel Mae (Hageman) Owens.

Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Williams and Marsha Williams, both of Hanna City; one son, Randy (Barbara) Williams of Surprise, Ariz.; one granddaughter, Sara Williams; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Ellia; two brothers, James (Ila) Owens of Canton and Richard Owens of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by one son, Gary R. Williams, who died on Oct. 20, 1970; two brothers; and three sisters.

She greatly adored her granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

She was loved and will be greatly missed.

Laveta had worked several years as a self-employed beautician, and had also worked as a CAN at Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba.

She had attended the Cuba United Methodist Church and was a Gold Star Mother of the Cuba American Legion Auxiliary.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba, where visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The Rev. Amy Wharton will officiate, and burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

(Peoria Journal Star, 7/28/2008, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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ELLISVILLE - Anthony John "Teno" Vigna, 94, of rural Ellisville died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit in Canton.

He was born on June 24, 1913, in Fiatt, Ill., to Theodoro and Maria (Forneris) Vigna. He married Maxine Burgard on June 24, 1957, in the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa.

She survives, as does their son, John (Crystal) Vigna; three grandchildren, Justin, Brittany and Christopher Vigna, all of rural Ellisville; and two sisters, Rose Centers and Dorothy Powell, both of Canton. Several nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces also survive.

Preceding Teno in death were his parents and two sisters, Mary Flynn and Augusta Ehresman McCann.

As a youngster, Anthony joined Fiatt Independent Christian Church. He attended Fiatt Grade School. In 1924, the family moved to a farm west of Fiatt in the Midway area. He attended the Roberts School, where he was later a director.

In addition to farming, he worked at Midway Garage as a young man. During this time, he was a talented baseball pitcher for area teams.

Anthony was drafted into the Army during World War II. He attended David Rankin School in St. Louis and graduated. He was stationed in Puerto Rico.

Anthony was a farmer all his life and was one of the originators of the Spoon River Levee Project Number 1. For many years, he sold and serviced chainsaws.

He was formerly a member of the Ellisville Odd Fellows. He was a member of the AARP and the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cuba Veteran's Memorial.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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CANTON, IL - Shirley A. Thompson, 75, of 12986 E. Il. Hwy 9, Canton, IL. died on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton.

Born August 27, 1930 in Canton to Harry and Dorothy (Baker) McClure, she married Kenneth L. Thompson on July 12, 1952 in Donaldson, Iowa. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Debra K. Danner of Canton, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one son, Kenneth Thompson Jr.

She taught baton lessons during High School in Canton. She was an avid Canton Little Giants, University of Illinois, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. She was a member of HEA (Home Extension Association).

Services will be Saturday, Nov. 26th at 10 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Mike Henson officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 25th from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery, Fiatt, IL. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church or Canton Little Giants.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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CANTON, IL - Dale Toncray, 91, of Canton passed away at 7:28 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Fairview Township, the son of Ross and Florence (Hall) Toncray. He married Louise Mahr on Oct. 31, 1941, at Bryant Christian Church.

She survives, along with two daughters, Marlene (Ronnie) Thompson of Canton and Donna (Terry) Wignall of Mapleton; three grandchildren, Jill Thompson of Pekin, Scott Wignall of West Peoria and Jennifer Engel of Green Bay, Wis.; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard (Bonnie) Toncray of Kilbourne; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one grandson, Brad Thompson; and two brothers, Robert and Ralph.

Dale was a retired farmer and member of the Locust Lane United Methodist Church.

He was a former member of the Spoon River Valley School Board, a former trustee of the Fiatt Cemetery Association and a former church trustee.

He was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran serving from 1941 to 1945 during World War II as a flight instructor on B-17 and B-29 bombers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, with the Revs. Camill Hempstead and Stacy Tomich officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery in Fiatt.

Memorials may be made to his church.

(Peoria Journal Star, 11/13/2008, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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Death of Infant

The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Vaughn who came into this world March 3, 1935, died last Thursday, March 7. The little child had been named Verle Galen. The funeral was held at the home east of Ipava, conducted by Miss Chloe Rauch. Burial in Ipava Cemetery.

(Argus Search Light, Mar. 13, 1935, pg. 3, submitted by Debra Hill)

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Isaac Greenbury Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, was born in Indiana, Apr. 11, 1841. When four years of age his parents came to Illinois and settled in Banner township. here young Greenbury grew to manhood and on Mar, 10, 1867 was married to Martha A. Davis. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom are now living as follow:

Charlie E of Washington; Americus A. of Ind., Mrs. John Addis, Norris, Ill., Theodore G, Orion tp., Clement C., Clifford A., and Miss Dulcie, who lives at home.

Mr. Williams was engaged in running mills and machinery of various kinds nearly all his life. He was well known and had a large circle of friends.

Account of his sudden death which occurred Aug. 7, was given in the last weeks paper. Age 60 yrs, 4 mos, 6 das. The funeral was held at Banner by Rev. Albertsen, and was said to be the largest funeral ever held in Banner. Interment in Orendorff Cemetery.

(Note: Birth: Apr. 11, 1844 Death: Aug. 11, 1904)

(Unknown newspaper, 1904, submitted by Linda T.)

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Greenbury Williams, A Prominent Citizen of Banner Dropped Dead

The uncertainty of life has been clearly illustrated. Yesterday evening the writer saw Mr. Greenbury Williams in M. F. Brown's store at Breeds. Mrs. Williams had been to Norris and Mr. Williams had come to the train to meet her. They returned home and were getting ready to go to Monterey to go to an ice cream supper at the church. Mr. Williams was shaving when without any previous warning he dropped, gasped a few times and was dead.

Mr. Williams was well and favorably known and his sudden and untimely death came as a shock to his many friends. The news reached us this morning too late to secure a more extended notice for today's paper. More will be given next Tuesday.

(Note: Birth: Apr. 11, 1844 Death: Aug. 11, 1904 )

(Unknown newspaper, 1904, submitted by Linda T.)

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Mrs. Mary C. Tanner, a resident of Canton since 1854, died very suddenly at 9 o'clock Wednesday evening, at her home, 250 North Second Avenue, from heart trouble. Mrs. Tanner was apprently as well as usual when she went upstairs to retire, but soon after reaching her bedroom she fell over and died in a few minutes. She had been troubled with her heart for some time.

Mrs. Tanner was born in Clear Springs, Maryland, April 23, 1830, and was married in that city to John R. Tanner. In 1854 Mr. and Mrs. Tanner and their six-month old son, Eugene Tanner, came to Canton overland, and this city has since been her home. Mr. Tanner died in 1875, and the son Eugene is also dead. Three sons and one daughter are living--James, Abe and Fred Tanner and Mrs. D. U. Barrick, all of Canton. Four sisters and one brother survive. They are: Misses Jane and Maggie Sosey, who made their home with Mrs. Tanner; Mrs. Samuel Mallory, of Canton; Mrs. James G. Head, of Mexico, Mo.; and John Sosey, of Fairview.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. (Fulton County Ledger, Apr. 30, 1908, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Dead in South

Friends of Joe Viora, a former well-known resident of Cuba, but for several years a resident of Norwood, La., received word Friday that he was dead at his southern home. For many years Joe Viora was the leader of the Italian colony here, always acting as interpreter between his people and English-speaking people. He was an expert in vine culture and many a fine grape arbor here was given its start by being trimmed up by Joe. Mrs. George Whitworth, who moved to New Gilchrist a few days ago, is a step-daughter.

(Cuba Journal, Aug. 2, 1917, submitted by George Zane)

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