Alfred Catton

The Stark County News, Stark Co., IL, Wednesday, October 20, 1926
Submitted by Barbara Miroslaw 


Death of Alfred Catton

Alfred Catton, for many years a resident of the West Jersey community and who for years past has operated the Catton coal mine, died suddenly at the office of the mine, Friday afternoon before the physician who had been hastily summoned could reach his side. Mrs. Catton died several years ago, and Mr. Catton is survived by three brothers who homes are nearby: Carl C., Francis and C. F. Catton, and a brother, George, whose home is in Wayne City; also by two sisters, Mrs. Ezra Williams, of Toulon and Mrs. Wiley Plankael, of LaFayette. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist Episcopal church in West Jersey.


The Stark County News, Stark Co., IL, Wednesday, October 20, 1926
Submitted by Barbara Miroslaw

Alfred Catton Suddenly Called By Death; Aged 63 Years

Funeral services for Alfred E. Catton, respected citizen of West Jersey township, were conducted Monday afternoon at the West Jersey Methodist Episcopal church, Reverend R. A. Reeves, of Colchester, formerly of West Jersey, conducted the services and was assisted by Reverend Thomas Spencer, the present pastor.

Three appropriate songs were sung by Miss Mildred Bodine and Dale Bodine, assisted at the piano by Mrs. Margaret Bodine. The selections were "The City Four Square," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." and "Does Jesus Care?"

The impressive service of the Modern Woodmen was conducted at the grave.

The body bearers were Frank Bryan, Jeff Beamer, Ward Hotchkiss, B. A. Fox, M. W. Orwig, Leslie Swank.

Among those from a distance who attended the services were Al Bentley, Roger Bentley, Frank Bentley and Burt Bentley, all of Pontiac; M. M. Scott, of Gilman, and George Catton, of Wayne City.

Sketch of Life

The following life sketch was read at the services:

Alfred E. Catton was born October 10, 1863 in Jubilee township, Peoria county, Illinois and departed this life October 15, 1926 at his home on the old homestead in West Jersey township, Stark county, Illinois at the age of 53 years and 5 days.

December 31, 1889 he was united in marriage to Carrie Josephine Snedeker, of Stark county, Illinois, she having preceded him in death on June 25, 1908. To this union were born two children, Melva A. Wilson and John Vern, of Edelstein, Illinois.

His wife, father, mother and three brothers have preceded him to the Great Beyond. He leaves to mourn his death two children, four grandchildren, four brothers, Fred, Francis, and Carl, of West Jersey and George of Wayne City, and two sisters, Alice Plankael of Lafayette, and Grave M. Williams, of Toulon also many relatives, close friends, and neighbors.

His life was always a very busy and useful one. His life work was farming and operating a coal mine. Many people will also recall when he used to run a meat wagon thru the country where he made many friends and acquaintances. All close relatives and neighbors knew him as always willing to render assistance to them in any need. He was always of a jovial disposition, seeing only the bright side of all dark clouds and rough paths in his life's journey. He has been a worthy and honorable citizen and those that knew him best loved him most.


Brimfield News, Brimfield, IL (Peoria Co.), Thursday, October 21, 1926
Submitted by Barbara Miroslaw

Alfred Catton, farmer and owner of the Catton coal mine at West Jersey, about 15 miles northwest of Brimfield died suddenly last Friday about noon, and before the arrival of his physician who had been summoned. Mr. Catton was about 65 years old and had spent a short time in Brimfield where he operated a meat market a number of years ago. His wife passed away a number of years ago. One son and daughter survive him. For a number of years his cousin, Mrs. Emma Pemble, has been his housekeeper on the farm, and only a few weeks ago she was stricken with paralysis, and under the care of a nurse is slowly recovering at their home. Mr. Catton was a son of the late John Catton and a cousin of the Catton boys at Brimfield. 

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