Anvilla Wheeler
Springfield, Il. Newspaper: 1914

 

MRS. WHEELER, 70 YEARS OLD, DEAD

Well Known Resident of City Expires at Her Residence.

Decedent Was Mother of Postmaster L. E. Wheeler, and Widow of Jacob Wheeler -- Funeral To Be Held Tomorrow.

WHEELER--Died, at 9:10 a.m., February 8, 1914, at the family residence, 153 North Walnut Street, Anvilla Wheeler, widow of the late Jacob Wheeler, aged 70 years, 7 months and 28 days.
      The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence, Rev. W. J. Johnson, pastor of First Congregational church, officiating.  Interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery.
      Mrs. Wheeler was born June 11, 1843, at Havana, IL.  She was one of six children and was the daughter of *Orin and Rosina Foster*.  Her parents came from Herkermer (sic) County, N.Y., and were among the first settlers at Havana, taking up the land by entry papers that was later Quiver Beach.
      Mrs. Wheeler was reared in Havana, spending her girlhood days at that place and on June 26, 1862, became a wartime bride marrying Captain Jacob Wheeler of Havana, while he was at home on a furlough and in lieu of a wedding trip went to the front with her husband staying in the south until after the battle of Shiloh in which Captain Wheeler took part. Mrs. Wheeler's experiences at that time as related were most harrowing and unusual but she bravely stayed near her husband until the movements of the armies of the south and noth (sic) made it necessary for her to return to her home in the north and await the return of her husband.
      Captain Wheeler remained in the army for many months following his marriage and following the war returned to Havana, where they lived until 1881, when Captain Wheeler moved to Springfield upon receiving the appointment of United States marshal.  Captain Wheeler died December 25, 1891, and Mrs. Wheeler continued her residence in this city until the time of her death.
      Mrs. Wheeler was a quiet woman who lived devotedly for her family but was also a woman of capacity and for many years following her husband's death, managed successfully the Wheeler Ice company founded by her husband.  It was however because of her charming domestic qualities that those who knew her best esteemed and reverenced her.  She was a life long member of the Congregational church and for many years a member of the First Congregational church of this city.
      Surviving Mrs. Wheeler are one son, Postmaster Loren Wheeler; five daughters, Mrs. T. P. Bradford of this city; Mrs. G. Walter Murray of Chicago; Nora, Amy and Eva Wheeler at home; two brothers, J. R. Foster, of Plainsville, Kan., and George Foster of Quincy; two half brothers, Anson Lowe of Boyleston, Wash., and Rufus Lowe of Havana.  Also two grandchildren, Isabelle Bradford and Waldo Leigh Wheeler, both of this city.

Contributed by: KAREN FOSTER MONTGOMERY

 


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