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DARE, James, born 11-05-1830, Philadelpha, Pennsylvania, died 15-07-1907. James Dare, 77, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 11, 1830, died near Grafton on July 15, 1907. He was the son of James & Rebecca (Richey) Dare and was the third of a family of 11 children, 3 sisters and 8 brothers. Those remaining are Oliver Dare of this place (j ville-grafton?) and Mrs. Sallie D. Barnett and Levi Dare of Bridgeton, New Jersey. At an early age the family moved to Bridgetown, New Jersey, then to Greene County Illinois. In 1858, they bought a farm in Calhoun County, 1 mile from Deer Plain Ferry. While living there he married Mrs. Mary D. Pruitt, November 22, 1865. She died December 22, 1866. In 1873 he moved to Jersey County. He was brought up a Christian, joined the Baptist Church and later the Methodist church. Uncle Jim s life has always been exemplified by kindness and usefulness. The hungry never left his door unfed, nor the wayfarer unsheltered. Though not blessed with a family of his own, he loved and the cared for children. Those who have been of his immediate household are the four children of his brother George Dare, Mary, widow of G. a Hull, of Edgar, Nebraska, Henry J. Dare of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Rebecca, wife of F. M. Lynn, of Otterville and George Dare Jr. who died at age 11. Besides these are his step-daughter, Charity Appler, who has had a home with him since the death of her mother, and Frank Bowers whom he reared from babyhood. Funeral by Rev. W. H. Calvert in Plainview church. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DAVIS. Died 30-11-1984. Lawrence Everett Davis, 75, of Roberts St., Jerseyville, was born in Calhoun County, December 7, 1908. Funeral services were held at First Assembly of God Church on December 4, with Rev. Wayne Pendledton and Rev. Louis Estes officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville was in charge of arrangements. Mr Davis was the son of the late Alec & Sara Myrtle (Poore) Davis. He was a tool grinder at a drilling tool manufacturer. He married Thelma (Span) Davis June 19, 1928 and she died March 16, 1983. He died November 30, 1983, at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. He is survived by 2 sons, Lawrence E. Davis Jr., Riverton, WY and Rodney L. Davis, Newport News, VA; 3 daughters, Myrtle Pyatt of Freeburg, Delores Anderson of Smith Grove, Kentucky and Bette Flatt of Jerseyville; 3 brothers, Virgil Davis of Detroit, Illinois, George Kendall of Quincy, and John Farnsworth of Sheridan, WY; 2 sisters, Ida Anderson, El Monte, California and Jesse Mae Scott, Pittsfield; 17 grandchildren and 29 g-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and 1 sister. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

Richard L. DeLong -- A native of Hamburg and a resident of Pittsfield, he died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at Lane Regional Medical Center in Louisiana. He was 76 years old and a retired clock and antique repair owner. He is survived by his wife, Glenda DeLong; three daughters, Karen DeLong Twohig and husband, Andrew, Penny Blanchard and husband, Larry and Margie Lazenby; two sons, Gregory DeLong and wife, Dorothy and Louis DeLong; a sister, Patricia Danzer and husband, Ron; a brother, James DeLong and wife Rebecca; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. There will be a memorial service at the Pittsfield United Methodist church Nov. 28 with interment following in Hamburg IL [The Advocate, November 10, 2009 - Submitted by Billie Browning]

DEPPER. Died 20-11-1959. Buried Valhalla cemetery. Edward Pearl Depper, 65 years, 7 months, 21 days, died November 20. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville, November 23. The Grafton resident was born in Calhoun County, March 25, 1894, a son of the late Henry J. & Caroline (Volkert) Depper. Until his health failed he had followed the carpentry trade. Surviving are his wife, Lucy Depper; 1 daughter, Mrs. Orville Hoelscher of Godfrey; 3 sons, Edward R. Depper of Fieldon, Richard Depper of Utica, Michigan, and James Depper of Red Bud; 3 sisters, Mrs. Max Zimmerman of Grafton, Mrs. George Grizzle of Jerseyville, and Mrs. Wilbur Williams of Rockbridge, 10 grandchildren and 5 g-grandchildren. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DEPPER. Died 20-09-1982. Fred A. Depper, 80, died September 20, at St. Joseph hospital in Alton. The retired farmer was born February 8, 1902 in Calhoun County, a son of John & Othelia (Quailes) Depper. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Patrick church in Grafton. His survivors are 1 daughter; 2 step daughters; 1 brother, Edward Depper of Jerseyville and 1 sister, minnie E. Wise, Bethalto. His wife, Mary Luellen (Anderson) Depper, died October 6, 1960. His parents and 2 brothers also preceded him in death. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DEPPER. Died 19-12-1928. John F. Depper, 64, died December 19. Funeral was held in Grafton, Rev. C. J. Struebing officiating. Burial was in Hartford cemetery. He was born in Brussels, Calhoun County, on June 16, 1864, son of John F. & Lena Depper. He married Ophelia (Qualls) Depper May 24, 1897. He leaves 3 sons, Fred A, of Machens, Missouri, and John W. and Edward M. of Grafton; 1 daughter, Mrs. Minnie Wise of Fidelity; 1 step son, John W. Schultz, 4 brothers, Henry of Dow, William and Martin of Golden Eagle, and Fred of West Frankfort, IL; and 4 grandchildren. He had lived in Calhoun County until 1919 when he moved to Grafton. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DESHERLIA. Died 04-09-1976. Charles Cube Desherlia, 79, of Grafton died September 4 at Alton Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were from Jacoby Funeral Home, Grafton. Rev. Robert Kimber officiated and burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park. He had retired as a policeman from the Grafton Police Dept. He was born July 4, 1897 in Calhoun County, a son of Stephen & Anna (Besaw) Desherlia. A WWI veteran, he was a member of Whalen Hill Post American Legion, Grafton. Surviving are his widow, Katherine (Blaney) Desherlia; 2 daughters, Mrs. Allison (Harriet) Crisp of Greenville, NC and Mrs. William (Dorothy) Rich of New Liberia, LA; 2 son, James H. of Jerseyville and Morse Desherlia of Alton; 19 grandchildren; 7 g-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Adam Deshserlia and Elmer Desherlia of Jerseyville and Stephen of Peoria. Graveside services were in charge of Grafton American Legion. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DEVENING. Died 23-11-1989. Elsie Winona Devening, 64, died November 23, 1989, at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville. Born in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of the late Willis Braid & Mary E. (Ibuchanan) Blackorby. She married Paul Devening, October 1, 1941, in Elsberry, Missouri. He died November 19, 1979. Surviving are 1 son, Gary Devening of Jerseyville; 2 daughters, Ferne Audrey Ridenour of Godfrey and Rose Mary Oglesby of Fieldon; 6 grandchildren; 1 brother, Leon Blackorby of Jerseyville and 2 sisters, Minnie Long and Leona Blackorby. Visitation was from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were held at Fieldon United Church of Christ with Rev. Jean Erb officiating. Burial was in Fieldon cemetery. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DEVENING. Died 1914. Frederick Devening, 84, died at his home northwest of Fieldon. Rev. Wilson conducted services with burial in Gunterman cemetery. He was born at Essen, Germany, April 10, 1834. He landed in New Orleans in 1853,then went to Burlington, IA. From there he went to Silver Creek in Calhoun County, then to Greene County and then to Jersey County in 1871. He married Mary R. (Thurston) Devening on September 28, 1861. They were parents of 9 children - 7 boys & 2 girls. He leaves his widow, 6 children and 16 g-grandchildren. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DEVERGER. Died 09-08-1981. Daisy Mae Deverger, 84, of Fieldon died at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital, St. Louis. She was born in Calhoun County January 6, 1897, a daughter of the late William & Ellen Margaret (Moffett) Gray. Mrs Deverger was a member of Hardin Eastern Star Chapter 990, Presbyterian Church and Hardin VFW Aux. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. Daniel Johnson of Hardin officiated and burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. Survivors are 2 sons, Howard and Judson of Fieldon; 1 Daughter, Eva Tucker of Fieldon; 9 grandchildren; 8 g-grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren and 1 foster granddaughter. Her husband, whom she married November 7, 1915, died September 17, 1974. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DEVERGER. Died 17-09-1974. Howard Deverger, Sr., 79 years, 11 months, 25 days, died September 17, at Jersey Community hospital. Mr Deverger was a retired farmer. He was born September 22, 1894 in Calhoun County the son of the late Frederick & Eva (Ingle) Deverger. Surviving are his wife, Daisy (Gray) Deverger, 2 sons, Howard Jr., and Judson Deverger of Fieldon; 1 daughter, Mrs. Eva Tucker of Avondale, CO; 9 grandchildren; 5 g-grandchildren; 5 sisters, Mrs. Opal Davis, Mrs. Pearl Keith, and Mrs. Emma Monroe, all of California, Mrs. Ed (Rose) Dinga of AZ and Mrs. Mildred Lee of Miss. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, 1 grandsons and 3 sisters. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. James O. Jarrell officiated (sept 20) and burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. Masonic rites were held. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DIERKING Fred Dierking Rites
Hardin - Fred Dierking, 76, who was born in Calhoun and lived nearly all his life there, died suddenly at his home in Nebo Saturday evening. Two children survive by his first marriage to Emma Harlow who died several years ago. He is also survived by his present wife, the former Velma Foster, and four children. Funeral services were conducted at the Pearl Church of Christ Monday afternoon by the minister, Lowell E. Manchester. Burial was in Summit Grove Cemetery near Kampsville. [Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois) 22 Jun 1954, Tue. page 11 - Submitted by Cherly Clendenny]

DIERKING. Died 30-07-1973. Iva lorena Dierking, 80, of Jerseyville, died July 30 at Jersey Community hospital. Funeral rites were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. Everett Chambers officiated and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. She was born January 27, 1893 in Calhoun Co. Her husband Harrison Dierking, preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 daughters, Miss Bonavier Diering and Mrs. Ramond (Lotus) Tapen of Carrollton; 2 sons, Nolan of Grafton and Merle of Chillicothe; 12 grandchildren; 7 g-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Mrs. Otto Wilson of Jerseyville. Her husband, 1 son, Forrest, 1 granddaughter and 1 g-granddaughter preceded her in death. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DOUGHERTY. Died 10-01-1953. Catherine Dougherty, 71 years, 9 months, 6 days, of Otter Creek Township, widow of Daniel Dougherty, died January 10 at Alton Memorial Hospital. She had been in ill health for some time and a patient for 3 weeks. She was born in Calhoun County April 4, 1881. She had been a resident of Jersey County for many years. She is survived by 1 son, Robert Dougherty of the Grafton vicinity; 1 daughter, Mrs. Leola Cantrell of Grafton; 1 granddaughter; 1 brother, John Arnold of Golden Eagle and 1 sister, Mrs. Marie Halwe of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visitation was from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were from Otterville Baptist Church January 12. Rev. Ernest Harden of St. Louis, pastor of the church officiated and interment was in Scenic Hill at Grafton. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DOUGLAS. John Hodgen douglas, 23 years, 17 days, died April 19, at the home of Judge O. P. Powell. The eldest son of Dr. James R. & Maria E. Douglas, of Batchtown, Illinois, the deceased was a student of Jacksonville Business College. He was visiting James Powel, his room mate, when he was taken with a chill on Sat. After great suffering died of cerebro-spinal meningitis. His remains were taken to his home in Calhoun County for interment. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DOUGLASS, Dr. James Robert - was born near Bowling Green, Mo. December 29, 1830. He died at his home at Batchtown Dec. 11, 1902; aged 71 years, 11 months and 21 days. He received his early education at subscription schools and began the study of medicine at the age of 22 in the office of Dr. B. F. Todd, father of Dr. O. C. Todd. He went from Bowling Green to St. Louis where he attended a course of lectures at the University of Missouri in 1854. He was with Dr. John T. Hodgen, the noted surgeon, who at that time was located at Pittsfield, Ill. He afterwards returned to the University and graduated with the Class of 1855. Upon receiving his diploma he located near the present site of Batchtown, where he practiced his profession for one year. He moved to Rockport, Pike County, Ill. where he remained three months, when he moved to New Harmony, Pike County, Mo. In 1857, he returned to Calhoun County with his wife and located where he had begun the practice of medicine two years previous. March 12, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Maria E. Carr whose grandfather was the owner of Bear (?) [page torn]. This noted estate was in the (?) Dominion and was first settled by (?) Zarr of England, who on coming to America obtained a grant to large tracts of land in Virginia. Dr. Douglass was a descendant of John Thompson, an Englishman, who settled in Maryland in early colonial times and owned a tract of land that included the present site of Washington City. At the same time, a brother of Mr. Thompson settled in Vermont and founded a lineage from which the Hon. Stephen A. Douglass of Illinois descended. Very few from the humble vocations and walks of life could lay claim to a more honorable ancestry. After his return to Calhoun in 1857, he purchased three acres of land. He was popular and successful in the practice of medicine for about thirty years. he then answered calls to all parts of this and adjacent counties as a consulting physician. Many anxious souls have watched and waited for the arrival of Dr. Douglass. Five children were born to Dr. Douglass and his wife. Two daughters died in infancy; the elder son, John Hodgen, died in April, 1881 at the age of twenty-three. B. T. Douglass and Mrs. Adams, wife of Dr. Adams of St. Louis are the only survivors of the family, the mother having departed this life in August, 1896. Dr. Douglass retired from the practice of medicine about twelve years ago. Since then, he has lived in the enjoyment of plenty and good health to the time of his last illness. He was conservative in politics and religion, prompt and honorable in business transactions, loyal to his convictions. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral services were conducted by Dr. Gay, Pastor of the Methodist Church, at the Douglass home December 13, 1902. The remains were laid to rest in the family burial lot in the Wilson Cemetery. The large crowd that witnessed the funeral and burial best attests the high esteem to which Dr. Douglass was held by those who knew him. A FRIEND.

[(Unknown Calhoun County newspaper; 1900)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.

DRAPER. Died 13-03-1976. Miss Utha B. Draper, 68, of Jerseyville, retired editor of the Democrat News, died March 13, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She was born December 30, 1907 in Calhoun County, a daughter of James R. & Carrie B. (Jennings) Drainer. She had retired in July 1972 after 43 years working on the democrat news. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was formerly secretary of the Jersey Community Hospital Board. She is survived by 1 brother, Allen Draper, Jerseyville; 1 sister, Mrs. Tallulah Laclede, Dallas, Texas; and 1 nephew, Dr. David Robinson of Texas. Funeral was held March 16, at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. Everett Chambers officiated and interment was in Oak Grove cemetery. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DROEGE. Died 01-1983. William Henry Droege, 78, died at St. Mary Health Center in Clayton, Missouri. Born in Meppen, he was the son of Henry & Anna (Hoemmen) Droege. He married Mary (Tepen) Droege in Calhoun County, November 1926, and she survives. Also surviving are 7 daughters, Mildred Schulte, Pauline Eschbach and Gerry Schleeper, all of Golden Eagle, Bertha Ybarra of East St. Louis, Martha Stelbrink of Kampsville, Rosemary Sagez of Hardin and Joan Bonner of Meppen; 3 sons, Aloys of Meppen, Patrick of S. Roxana and Wilfred of St. Louis; 44 grandchildren; 15 g-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Marie Hanneken of St. Charles, Missouri and Angeline Siemer of Meppen; 4 brothers, Edward, Elmer, and Frank Jr. of Meppen and Leo of Golden Eagle. Visitation was held at Hanks Funeral Home, Brussels. K of C recited rosary. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic church, Meppen by Rev. Louis Schlangen. Burial was in St. Joseph cemetery. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DRURY. Died 16-02-1988. Charles A. Drury II, 87, formerly of Calhoun County, died February 16, at Jersey Community hospital. A retired farmer, he was born in Sangamon County, son of the late Charles A. & Mary Lou (Henderson) Drury I. his first wife, Louise (Biship) Drury, died July 8, 1956. On October 9, 1963, he married Sadie (Fiedler), in Jerseyville and she survives. Also surviving are 1 son, Charles A. Drury III of Stover, Missouri; 1 Stepson, Russell Jennings of Fraser, CO; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Elbert Drury of San Diego, California, and Thomas Drury of Versailles, Missouri; and 2 sisters, Marie Royer of Virden and Lucille Lafevere of Cal. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Visitation and service were held at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. James Pepper officiated and burial was in Oak Grove. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

DUNHAM. Died 16-08-1988. John J. Dunham, 92, died August 16, 1988, at Calhoun Care Center in Hardin. He was a retired farmer and US Army WWI veteran. Born in Jersey County, he was the son of the late William & Frances (Keith) Dunham. Nieces and nephews survive. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Nettie Ford and Cora Flynn; and 3 brothers, Charles, William and Elroy Dunham. Visitation and services were from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Burial was in Lax cemetery, near Jerseyville. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

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