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
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