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John R. Newton
     John R. Newton died at the Altenheim at 11:30 o'clock yesterday morning, following an illness of some time. He came here from Carthage, on February 4, 1913, where he had been staying with a married daughter, and entered the Old People's Home immediately upon his arrival here. His wife died seven years ago.
     Mr. Newton was apparently in average health until he received a stroke of cerebral hemorrhage last Thursday, after which he grew gradually weaker until death claimed him. He was 87 years old at the time of demise.
     One married son and a grandson in Carthage, and a daughter in Fort Madison, Ia., survive. There are also a brother, and a nephew, near Pontoosuc, Ill. The son will accompany the remains to Carthage, where the funeral and burial will take place.

[Source: Quincy Daily Journal, Mar. 29, 1915 - Transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Sarah Jane (McCune) Nichols
PASSING OF MRS. NICHOLS PROMINENT WOMAN OF URSA ANSWERS FINAL CALL YESTERDAY EVENING-BURIAL THURSDAY.
     Mrs. Sarah J. Nichols, wife of John P. Nichols, a prominent and wealthy farmer living in Ursa township, passed away at the family home last evening about 7 o'clock, death coming as the result of a stroke of paralysis which she sustained about two years ago, on Mon 8, 1909. She had been a helpless invalid ever since and for the last week had been failing rapidly, until death came to her release.
     Mrs. Nichols was born Sarah J. McCune, in Nicholas county, KY, coming to Adams county with her parents when a child of 3 years. She was married on March 15, 1855, to John P. Nichols, also a native of Kentucky, and to this union was born four daughters, who are as follows Mrs. W. G. Herndon, Mendon, Mo: Mrs. M. I. Thompson of this city; Mrs. J. T. Denson of Minonk, Ill, and Miss Ella at home.
     The funeral services will occur Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the Christian church in Ursa, of which denomination Mrs. Nichols had been a member since 1854. Interment will be made in New Providence cemetery, north of Ursa.

[transcribed by Scott Markley - Source: The Quincy Daily Journal, Feb. 27, 1911, Pg. 7, Debbie Gibson's GrgrAunt, Scotty's GrgrgrAunt]
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Mrs. Katherine Nodler
     Katherine Nodler of Gilmer township, died at 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, following an illness of two days, of senility. She had lived for 60 years in Gilmer, and was one of the most esteemed residents of that vicinity.
     Decedent was born in Ettenheim, Baden, Germany, on February 25, 1827, and was 88 years old when death claimed her. She was the daughter of Barbara and Joseph Benz, and was married to Karl Nodler, who preceded her in death 30 years ago. She was a member of St. Joseph's church in Gilmer, and a member of the Ladies Society of that parish for the past 48 years.
     She leaves to mourn her death, three sons, Theodore, of Farber, Mo., George, of Kansas City, and Joseph of Rhyolite, Nev. Three daughters, Miss Sophia, Mrs. Bernard Osterendorf, of Taylor, Mo., and Mrs. Roman Ohnemus, at whose home she died. There are also 23 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

[Taken from the Quincy Daily Journal, Mar. 29, 1915, Transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Mary O'Brien
     Mrs. Mary O'Brien, widow of the late Jerry O'Brien, died last evening about 5:20 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Schwab, 1201 North Fifth street. Mrs. O'Brien had been in poor health for several years and her condition grew worse about eighteen months ago. Dropsy was the cause of death.
     Mrs. O'Brien, when a little girl, came to America with her mother and sister and settled in Quincy. Her mother and sister died many years ago. She was born in County, Kerry, Ireland, and at death was not sure of her age, but she was about 60 years old. Since the death of her husband she has been making her home with her daughter. Mrs. O'Brien was married twice, the first time to Michael Bumster. One son, Robert, detective in the local police department, and a daughter, Mrs. Schwab, survive. Mrs. O'Brien, belonged to St. Rose of Lima church and at death was one of the oldest members of the congregation. She was a regular attendant at church until eighteen months ago.
     Mrs. O'Brien was a true Christian woman, greatly devoted to her home and church and a kind and loving mother. Despite her affliction, she appeared cheerful at all times and was ready for death when the final summons came. She was greatly beloved by a large circle of friends and her death is deplored by all who knew her. The funeral will be held from the home of her daughter Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock. Final services will be held at St. Rose church. Burial will be made in St. Peter's cemetery. The police department will be represented at both services.

[Taken from the Quincy Daily Journal, August 47, 1912, Transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Rubie Oitker
    Rubie Oitker, 70, of Overland, Mo., formerly of 630 Adams, died Thursday afternoon at 5 in County Hospital at St. Louis. Funeral services and burial will be here.
     Mr. Oitker was born in Richfield Township July 3, 1889. His marriage to Pearl Bowman took place here June 23, 1910. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Kingston Lodge No. 266, A.F. & A.M. Mr. Oitker was a gravel checker for the Adams County Highway Department before he retired. He moved to Overland six years ago.
     Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Edwin A. (Leona) Morgan of Overland and Mrs. Clarence (Dorothy Ruth) Upschulte of Quincy, and four grandchildren, Edwin A. and Donna Lee Morgan of Overland and Ruby Jean and Bernard Louis Upschulte of Quincy.
     Services for Rubie Oitker were held Sunday afternoon at 2 in Daugherty Memorial with the Rev. David Kinnard officiating. Mrs. C.B. Potter was at the organ. Masonic services were conducted by Kingston lodge No. 266, A.F. & A.M., with Russell A. Waters as master, Ray Rhoades as chaplain and William Nations as secretary. Pallbearers were Ben Thompson, John Pyles, Emmett Lierly, Russell Waters, William Nations and Glen Gray.
[Source: From the Alma Kistner Hofmeister collection. - Submitted by Ella Tittsworth]
(Note: Death certificate says that burial is at Quincy Memorial Cemetery, Quincy, IL)

Margaret E. Parker
She Died at Her Home in California Yesterday.
    The telegraph wires brought the sad news last night of the death of Mrs. John W. Parker, which occurred yesterday at her home in Diamond Springs, Cala. Mrs. Parker was well known to Quincy, having lived here for a number of years. She spent the last winter here with her son, F. A. Parker, and daughter, Mrs. H. M. McMein, returning to her California home in March
    Mrs. Parker was born in Marietta, O., Sept. 3, 1833, and was in the 62d year of her age. She came to Illinois with her parents in 1837 and located in Schuyler county, her father, the late E. Dimmick, founding and naming the town of Pleasant View. She came to Quincy in 1871, and was a resident of this city until 1887, when she removed to California. She was a member of the Vermont Street M. E. church here, and always lived a consistent Christian life. Always thoguhtful and self-sacrificing, her greatest pleasure was in ministering to the comfort and happiness of others, and all who knew her loved her. She leaves a husband and four children - Frank A. Parker and Mrs. H. M. McMein, of this city, and W. O. Parker and B. R. Parker, of California. The remains will be nrought here for burial.
    Rushville papers please copy.
[Source: Quincy Morning Whig, Aug. 23, 1895 - Transcribed by Debbie Gibson]


Carolyn J. Parks
     Carolyn J. Parks, 63, of 626 Pawn Ave., died at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 14, 2000) in Blessing Hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Barry, a daughter of Carl and Geraldine Schultz Barnes. On Aug. 17, 1958, she married John Parks in Barry. He survives. Mrs. Parks was a 1954 graduate of Barry High School and a 1957 Western Illinois University graduate. She taught at Jefferson School from 1957 to 1959. She was employed by the Yarn Barn from 1981 to 1988 and at Inmans Frames and Gallery from 1988 until her death. Mrs. Parks was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church and Dolphine Fellowship. Survivors in addition to her husband include her children, Michael J. Parks and his wife, Melinda, of Lenexa, Kan., Joyce A Kingsolver and her husband, James, of Kansas City, Mo., and Julie D. Sanders and her husband, John, of Peoria; four grandchildren, Andrew C. and Meghan M. Parks of Quincy, and Lindsey A. and Bryce C. Kingsolver of Kansas City; two brothers, Robert Barnes and his wife, Marilyn, of Barry, and Don Barnes and his wife, Kate, of Brush, Colo.; a sister, Betty Lou Grider and her husband, Robert, of Rushville; and her mother-in-law, Florence E. Parks of Quincy. Mrs. Parks was preceded in death by her parents. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Vermont Street United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Alberts and the Rev. Robert Swickard. Burial will be in Quincy Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Vermont Street United Methodist Church Women's Society.
[Submitted by Ella Tittsworth from The Quincy Herald Whig]


Susan C. Parrish
     SUSAN C. (SCHWARTZ) PARRISH, 87, of Rural Hull, died at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 5, 1980) in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hannibal MO, where she had been a patient for 30 days. Mrs. Parrish was born June 15, 1893 in Adams County, a daughter of Frank and Caroline (Kill) Schwartz. She married L. B. Parrish, Aug. 24, 1912. He died May 23, 1965. She was a member of the Hannibal Catholic Church.
     Surviving are two sons, Robert Parrish ofHull and William of rural Hull; a brother Frank Schwartz of Yuba City CA; two sisters, Mrs. Freda Martin of Richmond CA and Mrs. Anna Spalding of Yuba City; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Schwartz Funeral Home in Hannibal, conducted by the Rev. Edwin Schmidt. Burial will be in Grand View Burial Park.

[Transcribed by Christine Walters from the Virginia Hart Collection]


Frank J. Peterschmidt
Frank J. Peterschmidt died in his home, 1630 North Twenty Fourth street, at 2:40 o'clock this morning of a complication of diseases due to neuritis. He had been ailing for the last month, but was bedfast only three days. Mrs. Catherine Mary Peterschmidt, his wife died July 5--less than one month ago. Mr. Peterschmidt was born in Quincy sixty years ago, and resided here all his lifetime. He was last employed as a foreman at the Reliable Incubator works, which position he held for twelve years. He was a devoted member of the St. Francis Catholic church. He, however, received his early education at St. Mary's parochial school, Seventh and Adams Streets, later becoming a member of St. Francis' parish. Three children, Miss Francis, ALphonse and Lawrence, all at home, are left to mourn his death. Funeral notice is given elsewhere in the Herald.
[Taken from the Quincy Herald, August 4, 1919, Transcribed by Mindy]

Maj. Charles Petri
THE LAST OF EARTH
The Remains of the Late Maj. Charles Petri Laid to Rest.
CHARLES PETRI
     The funeral of the late Maj. Charles Petri took place from the residence of his son on North Eighth Street yesterday afternoon. They were largely attended, JohnWood post, Grand Army of the Republic, of which the deceased was a member, being present in a body. The Rev. Mr. Byerly, pastor of the Vermont Street M. E. Church and chaplain of the post, conducted the exercise.
     Charles Petri was born July 27, 1826, in the city of Brunswick, Germany, and I November 11, 1887, at the St. Joseph, Mo., after a lingering illness of six months. He studied engineering and architecture at Munich. After traveling through Germany, France and England, he emigrated to this country in 1849, and landed at Philadelphia. His intention was to go to the West, which then commenced near Pittsburgh, and become a farmer. He settled in Breckenridge County, Ky., but not succeeding, removed to Adams County, Ill., in 1853, and got a situation as civil engineer on the survey and construction of the Northern Cross railway running from Quincy to Galesburg, now part of the C. B. & Q. railway. On the completion of the road he settled in Quincy in 1856, and became assistant to Mr. B. I. Chatten, then city engineer. In 1850 he was employed a similar engineer in the construction of the Quincy and Toledo railroad now part of the Wabash. He was elected city engineer in the spring of 1859, and was reelected in 1860 and 1861. At the outbreak of the war nearly the entire company of the Quincy jagers enlisted in the service and the captain declining to enlist, Mr. Petri, first lieutenant of the company, was elected captain. This company became H, of the sixteenth Illinois volunteers and were sworn into the service May 24, 1861. The regiment did duty along the line of the H. & St. Joe Railroad most of the year and were ordered to new Madrid early in 1862. It afterward formed part of the Army of the Cumberland, taking part in the Atlantic campaign and in Sherman's march to the sea. Capt. Petri was promoted major August 6, 1862, and was detailed as topographical engineer, serving as such until June 21, 1865; when he was mustered out of the service at savanna, Ga., January 31 he received his commission as lieutenant colonel. In June, 1865, he bought The Quincy Tribune and published the same until December 1866, when he sold out to T. M. Roger & Co. having been elected county surveyor shortly before. In the same year he began the publication of the Erz Druide, a monthly, in the interest of the Druids, of which he was editor and publisher till 1880. He was also connected with The Westliche Presse, a short-lived German paper that was published in 1874. From 1869 to 1872 he was engaged in making the preliminary surveys and locating the route of the Q. M. & P. Railroad. In 1873 he made the necessary surveys for the Western Illinois Bridge Company for a wagon and railroad bridge across a river at Quincy and also made plans for the erection of the bridge which were accepted and submitted to a bridge building company who estimated the cost at $650,000, but owing to the financial pressure the whole project fell through. In 1876 he accepted a position on the H. & St. Joe Railroad as assistant engineer; he was promoted to resident engineer at Hannibal and win the general offices were removed to St. Joe, he was appointed assistant chief engineer, which position he held at the time of his death. He moved his family to St. Joseph's in 1886, having kept his residence in Quincy up to that time.
     He was a member of the United Ancient Order of Druids in which he held many high offices, being grand secretary of the state of Illinois for a number of years, also M. N.G. A. one year. He was also a member of Adams Lodge No. (3?)65 I. O. O. F. and of John Wood Post G. A. R.
     Mr. Petri was married three times and leaves surviving him his wife and three children: Thomas R. Petri, of Quincy; Mrs. H. L. Simpson, of Wichita, Kan., and Miss Rose Petri, of St. Joseph; also by step-children: Mrs. F. H. Allen and D. W. Petri, a St. Joseph; T. C. Petri, G. S. Petri and Mrs. E. M. Allen, of Nashville, Tenn.
[Source: The Quincy Daily Whig-November 15, 1887-page 8, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Clarence Powers
     Maywood, Mo., Sept. 18, - Clarence Powers, 42, of Maywood, died suddenly Monday morning i Central Community hospital at Chicago, where he was visiting a brother.
     Mr. Powers was born May 29, 1920, at Las Vegas, N. M., the son of Mahlon and Naomi Huss Powers. He worked as a truck driver and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the navy as a ship's cook, first class.
     Surviving are two daughters, Betty Jean Powers of Oberlin, Kas., and Naomi Jean of East St. Louis, Ill.; and his step-father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Powers of Quincy; five brothers, Lewis of Long Beach, Cal., Gene of Taylor, John of Springfield, Ill., Leslie of Maywood and Robert of Chicago, and a sister, Mrs. Carol Liming of Hannibal.
     Funeral services and burial will take place in Quincy.

[Taken from The Quincy Herald Whig, Sept. 18, 1962, submitted by Kayla Markley and transcribed by Debbie Gibson]
Quincy National Cemetery Listing

Melinda Prettyman
WAS A PIONEER OF CAMP POINT
MRS. MELINDA PRETTYMAN,
AGED 81, DIED YESTERDAY
LEAVES A SISTER IN QUINCY
    Mrs. Melinda Prettyman, widow of the late Isaac Prettyman, died at her home in Camp Point yesterday morning. She has been in feeble health for some time and her death was not unexpected. She was in her 82nd year. Mrs. Prettyman had lived in Camp Point nearly fifty years. She leaves three daughters: Mrs. John H. Childs and Mrs. James C. Davis, of Oklahoma, and Mrs. Alice Childs, of Camp Point
     Mrs. M. F. Riley, of Quincy, is a sister.

[Source:The Quincy Daily Journal,Thursday, December 16, 1909,Transcribed by Debbie Gibson]
Evergreen Cemetery, Sec. 4, Row 2
Isaac d.July 22, 1892 71 yrs, 7m, 18d, "Father"
Malinda N. d. Dec. 16, 1909, 81yrs, 11m, 10d, "Mother"

[Source: Cemeteries of Adams County, Vol. V]

Janice L. Pritchard
Jan. 14, 1931—July 25,2012
     CLAYTON, lL. — Janice L. Pritchard, 81, of Clayton, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2012) in the Timber Point Healthcare Center in Camp Point.
     Born Jan. 14, 1931, in Walsenburg, Colo., Janice was a daughter of Claudius and Leah DeWitt Hart. She grew up on a ranch in Colorado. She married Herbert Pritchard on Oct 18, 1947, in Clayton, N.M. He survives. Janice served in many capacities throughout her life.
     She was employed by the Veterans Administration in Denver for several years. She had worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, served as a census bureau worker for several United States censuses and also served as a paramedic.
     Janice owned and operated Pritchard Insurance Agency in Clayton for 10 years. She was a devoted homemaker all her life, taking numerous foster children into her home. Janice volunteered with RSVP, ACER, and Blessing Hospice. She was a member of the Clayton Library Board, Adams County Housing Authority Board and the Clayton American Legion Auxilary, and a former member of the Clayton Lioness Club. Mrs. Pritchard was a devoted member of Glory Worship Centerin Clayton.
     In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Michael Pritchard (Linda) of Timewell and John Pritchard of Clayton; a granddaughter. Brandy Pritchard and her fiance, Matt Williams of Quincy; a brother, Claude Hart (Heidi) of El Paso, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Ann Holland (Bill) of Sun City West, Ariz., and Judy Dyer (Bob); a brother-in-law, Sam Giamarvo (Connie); and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; a son, Robert "Bobby" Glenn; a sister, Roberta Dutton; and a sister-in-law. Birdie Belding. SERVICES: 3 p.m. Sunday in the Glory Worship Center, Clayton, conducted by the Rev. Terry Cain. Burial will be in Becam Cemetery, Pea Ridge.

[Source:The Quincy Herald Whig, from July 28 to July 30, 2012 Contributed by Christine Walters]


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