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Pekin Daily Times, Wednesday, November 23, 1932

Caroline Hampton, widow of William Hampton, a well-known and highly esteemed resident of this community died at 11:25 o’clock this morning at her home, 411 Margaret street where she had resided for the past 38 years. She had been ill for three months and for some time past her condition had been critical.

She was born in Alsace, Lorraine, France, September 10, 1860 and was a daughter of Louis and Sophia Schwartz Lichtenberger. She came to America and to this state with her parents when she was ten years old. Her marriage which was to William Hampton took place in Mackinaw in 1878. Her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Edward Hall, and a brother, Peter Lichtenberger, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hampton was a member of Grace M. E. church and of the Missionary society of the church. She was a good Christian woman, a kindly soul, who has done much to alleviate the sorrows of others and to aid and cheer those in trouble or distress. Her many kind and charitable acts will long be remembered and those near and dear to her will keenly feel her loss.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. John Becker, Mrs. Fred York, Sr., Mrs. John Belmfohr, and Mrs. Fred Gebhardt, Pekin; and Mrs. Emil Berg, Chicago; two sons, William Hampton, Deer Creek and Louis Hampton, Perkin, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Joe Wade, Mrs. Anna Edmund, Mrs. Christina Masso and Christ Lichtenberger, Pekin, and Nicholas Lichtenberger, Peoria.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at Grace M. E. church at 2 o’clock. Rev. C. F. W. Smith, pastor of the church will officiate and burial will be in Lakeside cemetery.


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Pekin Daily Times, Monday, December 24, 1928

William Hampton Aged Resident of Pekin Died Today

William Hampton, for many years a resident of Pekin and one of the community’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, died last night at 5:30 o’clock at his home, 413 Margaret street. He had been confirmed to his bed for 17 days and his condition had been critical for the past week.

He was a son of William and Louise Lackland-Hampton and was born in Missouri, August 1, 1844. He had lived in Pekin for many years and had resided at his present address on Margaret street for 33 years. His marriage to Miss Caroline Lichtenberg took place in Mackinaw, August 17, 1878.

Mr. Hampton was a carpenter by occupation and he is an honorary member of the Carpenters Union of this city. He was for 23 years a member of the Pekin fire department. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance in this city and throughout the county and he was highly esteemed as a man and citizen.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: Homer Hampton, Paxton, Kansas; Frank Hampton, Tremont; Mrs. Emma Kunce, Shelbina, Mo.; Mrs. John Becker, Mrs. Fred York, Mrs. J.F. Belmfohr, Mrs. Fred Gebhardt, William Hampton, Jr., Pekin; Mrs. Gertrude Hall, Chicago; Louis Hampton, Pekin. One daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, died 14 years ago.

Funeral services will be held at the Kuecks funeral home Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Rev. Brown of Grace M. E. church will conduct the services and burial will be in Lakeside cemetery. [Editors note: Mr. Hampton was actually buried in Tennessee Point Cemetery] Friends wishing to see Mr. Hampton may call at the residence up to 11 o’clock Wednesday morning.


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Pekin Times 28 January 2009

Richard "Dick" L. Hardy, 89, of Pekin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Pekin Hospital.

He was born Oct. 25, 1919, in Hannibal Mo., to Ira A. and Nonie E. Bibb Hardy. He married Helen Stockus on June 11, 1944, in Roodhouse.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years; three sons, Robert (Jo Ann) Hardy of Fort Worth, Texas, Terry Hardy of Pekin and Frank (Eva) Hardy of Marquette Heights; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

His brother preceded him in death.

He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Hardy worked as a machinist at Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years.

He was a member of American Legion Post 373 in Roodhouse for 53 years, and a trustee of United Auto Workers Local 974 for 13 years.


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H. E. Hill Dies; Rites Are Friday

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Harold E. Hill, 64, of 1324 S. 12th street, a retired laborer, died at 7:45 a.m. today, June 11, 1975, in Pekin hospital.  He had been in ill health seven years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Abts Mortuary.

Rev. John P. Deane will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery.

Friends may call at Abts’ from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday.

Bon Oct. 10, 1910, at Pekin, he was a son of John and Phoebe Stoker Hill.  His marriage to Mamie Piro occurred at Peoria in 1931.

Mr. Hill, who retired in June of 1968, was a member of Laborers’ Local 231.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Robert of Spokane, Wash., James of Chicago, and Gary of Astoria, Ore.; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Mary Ann) Schever of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Allen (Carol) Martin of Pekin; two sisters, Mrs. William (Eloise) Baer and Mrs. Lawrence (Cecile) Weyhrich, both of Pekin; one brother, Jack Hill of Mt. Sterling; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.


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John Hill, 72, Long Time Pekin Resident, Expires


John Hill, 73, long time resident of Pekin, died in the Pekin hospital at 4:55 o’clock this morning.  Several months ago he suffered a severe fall, but had recovered sufficiently to resume his occupation as a salesman.  He had a relapse a few days ago, however, and was taken to the hospital, where he continued to decline until his death this morning. [1943]

Mr. Hill was born at Mapleton, Peoria county, Aug. 7, 1870.  His parents, John and Susannah Harris Hill, were natives of England and came to this county nearly a century ago.  They were the first settlers at Bartonville, and made their home there for many years.  Mr. Hill married Phoebe Stoker in Peoria, Aug. 29, 1895.  She died in 1931 and the husband several years later married Cora Bush in Pekin.

Surviving daughters and sons of the first marriage are Mrs. Cecil Weyhrich, Pekin; Orrin A. , Amboy; Harold, Pekin; Mrs. Eloise Baer, Pekin, and John M., Farmington.  One son, Edward, died in early boyhood.  Thirteen sisters and brothers preceded him in death and one sister, Mrs. George Herman, Peoria, survives.  He also leaves 10 grandchildren.

The deceased was engaged in the saloon business in Pekin for 38 years and always conducted it in a manner that was within the law.  Jack, as his acquaintances knew him leaves many friends.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.  Friends may call at the Preston and Jackson funeral home until time of services.


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The Democrat-Message May 24, 1989

Prominent businessman dies

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John ‘Jack” M. Hill, 74, longtime Mt. Sterling businessman, died at his home in Mt. Sterling Thursday, May 18.

Hill was a farm equipment dealer at Mt. Sterling Implement for 40 years before his retirement.  His sons Dave and Mark continue to operate the business.

Hill was a past president of the Mt. Sterling Optimist Club, served on the executive council of the Saukenauk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, and served during World War II in the U. S. Navy.

His wife, Alberta Orr Hill, was formerly principal at North Grade School in Mt. Sterling.  She survives.

A complete obituary for Jack Hill may be found on page 25.


John M. Hill

John (Jack) M. Hill, 74, of Mt. Sterling died at 1 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 1989, at his home.  He was a farm equipment dealer at Mt. Sterling Implement Company for 40 years before his retirement.  He was also a past employee of Caterpillar Company.

Born in Pekin October 24, 1914, he was a son of John and Phoebe Stoker Hill.

He attended Pekin High School and was a member of Presbyterian Church of Christ, where he served as an elder and trustee.  He was past president of Mt. Sterling Optimist Club, and served on the executive council of the Saukenauk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.  He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Little.

On July 3, 1949, he married Alberta Orr in Fairmont Church in Pike County.  She survives.

Also surviving are his sons, John M. Hill of Camp Point, John Mark Hill and David Orr Hill of Mt. Sterling; a sister, Mrs. Eloise Baer of Pekin; 10 granddaughters; and one grandson.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, 1989 at the Presbyterian Church of Christ with the Rev. Ralph Adamson and the Rev. Keith Delap officiating.

Mrs. Wilma Behymer was organist. Keith Bradbury sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Flowers were arranged by Alberta Dunn and Edna Henry.

Honorary casketbearers were Eugene Nichols, Raymond Myers, Raymond Bullard, Kenneth Sallee, Cletus Koch and Lyndell Carpenter.

Casketbearers were Allen Martin, John Hill, Richard Emerson, Mike Orr, Keith Bradbury and Wayne Bauch.

Burial was in the McCord Cemetery at Perry.

Military services were conducted at the graveside by the American Legion Post # 1040 of Perry.

Memorial contributions were to the Presbyterian church of Christ. Hufnagel Funeral Home was in charge of the services.


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Mamie Hill

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Mamie M. Hill, 74, of 1324 S. 12th St., died at f:49 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 1986, in Pekin Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the ST. Joseph Catholic Church. The pastoral team will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Abts Mortuary.

Born May 29, 1911, at Pekin, she was the daughter of Giacomo and Cosima Sonsone Piro. She married Harold E. Hill March 11, 1931, at Pekin. He died June 11, 1975.

Surviving are three sons, Robert E. Hill of Spokane, Wash, James R. Hill of Chicago, and Gary L. Hill of Gearhart, Ore: two daughters, Mary Ann Schwer of St. Louis, Mo., and Carole Martin of Pekin: 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Tony Piro of Pekin; two sisters, Lorraine “Lottie” Meskimen of Pekin and Jennie Bluejacket of Greybull , Wyo.

One granddaughter, two sisters, and three brothers preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.


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From an unidentified, undated newspaper clipping

Katherine Hill

PEKIN—Katherine E. “Kate” Hill, 86, of 2501 Allentown Road died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1995, at Hallmark House Nursing Center.

She was born May 31, 1909, in Pekin to Joseph and Rosa Givando.

Surviving are two sons, John Albert “Sonny” Hill and Gerald Edmund Hill, both of Pekin; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Kay R. ) Cook of Pekin; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jo Ann Neylon of Pekin.  She was preceded in death by one son, Orrin Wayne Hill, and one great-granddaughter.

She worked at CPC International for 28 years, retiring May 1, 1972.  She was a member of the Italian American Club.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at her church.  The Rev. Gerald Verdun will officiate.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Abts Mortuary, with a Christian wake service at 8 p.m.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph School.

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From an unidentified, undated newspaper clipping

 Orrin Hill

PEKIN—Orrin A. Hill, 56, a railroad fireman of 112 4th St., South Pekin, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday in Pekin Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Pekin Oct. 30, 1906, the son of John and Phoebe Stoker Hill.  He married Audrey Montgomery in Havana Nov. 1, 1947.

He was a fireman for the Chicago and North Western Railroad.  He was a member of the Congregational Church in South Pekin and the Brotherhood of Firemen and Engineers.

Surviving besides his widow are two sons, John Hill of Pekin and Gerald Hill of North Pekin; a daughter, Mrs. Kay Cook of Pekin; three stepsons, A. L. Montgomery of South Pekin, William Monroe of Peoria and Paul Winchester of Pensacola, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Charlissa Stephens of Minot, S.D., Mrs. Vivian Batterton of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Betty Bond of Emden; 23 grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Hill of Pekin and Jack Hill of Mt. Sterling; and two sisters, Mrs. Cecile Weyhrich and Mrs. Eloise Baer of Pekin.  As son and a brother preceded him in death.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kuecks Funeral Home where visitation will be after 7 p.m. today.  Officiating will be Rev. Hubert Entwisle.  Burial will be in the Woodrow Cemetery at South Pekin.

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From an unidentified newspaper clipping, hand dated June 1, 1931



Found in Basement With Jet Open


Mrs. Phoebe Hill, wife of Jack Hill, 350 South Fourth street, died of gas fumes about 10:30 o’clock this morning.

A meter reader went to the home to read the meter this morning and upon entering the basement smelled fumes of gas.  He investigated and found the limp body of a woman lying on the floor.  He gave the alarm and summoned men from the Central Illinois Light company who rushed to the home with a pulmotor, and a physician was also called.  However, efforts to revive her were without avail.

Coroner A. E. Allen was notified and will conduct an inquest.

Phoebe Stoker, her maiden name, was born in England, May 15, 1877, the daughter of Edward and Mary Proud-Stoker.  She came to the United States 50 years ago, locating in Bartonville where she married John Hill of that place, August 29, 1895.

Surviving are the husband and five children: Mrs. Cecil Weyrich, Sand Prairie township; Orrin, Eloise, John and Harold Hill, all of Pekin; also four brothers and one sister, all residents of Bartonville: Edward, William, Thomas and Herbert Stoker, and Mrs. Ellen Schindler.

She was taken to the Noel Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements.


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