Corda Even

Unknown newspaper, Nov. 1938
Submitted by Mike McMullen 


Corda Emmeline Even, daughter of Ananias and Mary Timmons was born in the old Timmons homestead a few miles southwest of Wyoming, Illinois, Dec. 29, 1873 and passed away Monday afternoon, Nov. 14, 1938, in a hospital at Oskaloosa, Iowa. At the time of her passing she was aged 64 years, 10 months and 16 days.

Her early education was received in the rural school near the home, and later she attended Wyoming high school.

Her marriage to William Even occurred April 3, 1895, and to this union two children were born, both of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Mary Helen Murray of Peoria and Harold Even of Chillicothe.

Following their marriage, the home was made in Lawn Ridge for a period of seven years. Mr. Evens conducting a business enterprise in that village. In 1902, the family moved to Speer, at the time the village was founded, and Mr. Even opened a hardware business.

For a period of 13 years, the home was maintained in Speer, where the death of Mr. Even took place on September 21, 1915. Mr. Even was one of the founders of Speer.

Mrs. Even continued in the hardware business about fifteen years following the death of her husband. After disposing of her holdings in Speer, she moved to the Timmons southwest of Wyoming, where she spent the summer months, but during the winters she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Murray in Peoria.

The subject of this sketch joined the Speer Congregational church soon after her marriage and during the remainder of her life she continued to be very active in church affairs. She was president of the Ladies’ Aid society for a period of 18 years. The church was erected during her tenure in office in the society and the group was active in raising funds to carry on construction work.

She was a member and active worker in the Speer chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She served as worthy matron several terms and in addition held many other offices and trusts in that lodge. She was a tireless and faithful worker in organization and the work was very dear to her heart.

For the past several years her health has been failing and for almost a year she has been a patient in a hospital at Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was a patient sufferer and she was always turned her face to the bright side of life. Her sunny and cheerful disposition combined with the trait of giving rather than receiving, will long be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Besides her two children, Mrs. Even is survived by five grandchildren; two brother, William E. Timmons and Thomas A. Timmons, both of Wyoming and one sister, Jessie, now the wife of R. O. Green, Henry, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one grandchild, her parents and on sister, Effie, wife of Sol Cox of Wyoming.

A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered at the Speer Congregational church Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to the memory of Mrs. Even. Two selections were rendered by Mrs. C. W. Wilmot and daughter, Mrs. Robert Ballon, of Dunlap. The numbers were “In the Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Mrs. Myrtle Dudgins of Dunlap presided at the piano. Comforting words were spoken by Rev. B. G. Carpenter of Peoria. Burial was in Wyoming cemetery, and the following served as pallbearers: O. G. McCraw, C. W. Armstrong, H. C. Merrill, James Burnett, Arthur Graves and L. W. Cox.


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