Mrs. Elizabeth Kikendall, wife of Wm. Kikendall died at the family home in this city Monday. She had been and invalid for eleven years, during which time she was tenderly cared for by her aged husband and children, she bore her sufferings uncomplainingly and patiently awaited the end. Six weeks ago serious complications arose in her condition and both she and her friends realized that she could not recover. Elizabeth M. Jobe, was born near Jeffersonville, Indiana, February 15, 1818. Soon after her father, Daniel Jobe, moved to Shelbyville, Ky., where Elizabeth spent her childhood. When she was fifteen, her parents returned to Indiana taking up their residence in Morgan county. Elizabeth attended school in Jefferson county, living with a married sister. There she met W.B. Kikendall and they were married April 7th, 1839. In 1841 they moved to Kirksville, Ky., where both husband and wife professed religion and united with the M. E. church. In 1849 they came to this county settling near this city; later they became residents of Virginia where Mr. Kikendall has been a prosperous contractor and builder. Mrs. Kikendall was the mother of eight children all of whom survive her: John S., of Bartley, Neb., William H., of Aurora, Neb., Mary E. Conover, of Champaign, Ill., George W., Charles, Asa O., and Eliza Jane Clifford, of this city. She was the adopted mother of Martin Ackerman of Cambell, Neb. Thirty-six grand-children and four great grand-children also survive her. She never was known to complain. She grew seriously ill about six weeks ago. It is highly probably that this death the first in this large family, separate a husband and wife who have been married longer than any other couple in the county. The funeral occured Christmas day, at 1 p.m., from the residence, services being conducted at the residence by Rev. A. H. Reat. The interment followed at Walnut Ridge. All the children were present except the son John. The grandsons, Will Clifford, Ed Clifford and Walt Kikendall, and grandsons-in-laws, George Chambers, John Thompson and Jessie King, acted a pall bearers. [Virginia Gazette 12/27/1895]
Virginia. Jas. Clifford of this city
There died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mary Conover, in Champaign, one of Cass county pioneers, who when, in active business, cut a considerable figure in the early history of this county. This was W. B. D. Kikendall. Since the death of his aged wife, Mr. Kikendall has been much depressed in spirits and his physical health has been gradually underminded. He has spent most of his time since this sad event, in visiting among his children and had but recently gone to Champaign. Last week his daughter Mrs. Jas. Clifford and daughter-in-law Mrs. Asa Kikendall were summoned to his bedside and were with him when he passed away. The remains were brought to this city Thursday evening and taken to the residence of his son Asa. The funeral will take place from the residence, Friday at 2 p.m. Interment at Walnut Ridge. W. B. D. Kikendall was born in Madison, Jefferson county, Indiana, May 11, 1818. He went to Kentucky in the early forties and resided near and became well acquainted with Cassius M. Clay. He returned to Indiana, and afterwards located in Iowa. From there he came to Illinois in 1858, and settled in this city and has since made his home here. He was married April 7, 1839, to Elizabeth M. Job, who was his companion and helpmate for more than half a century. She died December 23, 1895. As a result of this union eight children were born all of whom survive. They are George, Charley, Asa, and Mrs. Jas. Clifford of this city; John, of Red Oak, Iowa; William, of Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Conover, of Champaign and Mrs. Jennie Bryant, of Petersburg. Deceased was a particularly well informed man, and was quite observant. He talked most interestingly of the long past and his recollections would make a most entertaining volume. He was actively engaged in building and contracting in this section of 20 years, and in the fifties hued out the sills and joist, from the Springer timber, and constructed the residence where Doctor Snyder now resides. He has contributed his full share to the upbuilding of our city. He was a most devoted husband, a kind father, a good citizen, and as before said, during his active business carreer, was an important factor in making the history of this city and county. [Gazette, Friday, 12/17/1897; Submitted by Jean Conover Blaney (gg granddaughter of W.B.D. and Elizabeth (Jobe) Kikendall)
Edith Hopper Kirchhoefer
Born: 2 July 1914 in Sun Prairie, WI
Died: 24 Jun 2000 in Virginia, IL
Buried: Chandlerville Cem.
Parents: Evan & Gladys Reynolds Hunter
Married: #1 28 Aug 1934 to Robert Eugene Hopper
Married: #2 27 Feb 1965 to C.G. "Kirk" Kirchhoefer
Children: Norma Jean, William, Donal
Bertha Mabel Kirchner, 83, of Beardstown, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, in Springfield's Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Cass County, the daughter of Joseph Thomas Caldwell and Mabel Brasel. She married Howard Francis Kirchner on June 20, 1934, at the St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown. He preceded her in death on June 17, 1977. She also was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Carl Caldwell, and a sister, Ollie Herron. She is survived by two daughters, Doris A. (husband Claude) Spradlin of Ashland and Mary Beth Gentle of Rushville; three grandsons; one great-grandson; two great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews; and one sister, Betty (husband Marshall) Dorsey of Beardstown. She attended Beardstown High School. She worked as a retail manager in Beardstown for 20 years. During her life, she loved to sew and was an avid seamstress, making wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and several dancing costumes. She also loved to fish and play cards. She belonged to numerous card clubs and was a charter member and past president of the Beardstown Emblem Club. Funeral services were held Monday, May 1, 2000, at the St. Alexius Catholic Church of Beardstown. Saying of the Rosary was held Sunday. The Emblem Club performed a memorial service. Burial was in the Beardstown City Catholic Cemetery. Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. [The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 3, 2000, page 17, column 4]
Ephraim B. Kirkham Jr.
BEARDSTOWN - Ephraim Benson Kirkham Jr., 80, of Beardstown died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home South in Beardstown. He was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Bainbridge Township, the son of Ephraim Benson Sr. and Irene Newingham Kirkham. He married Elizabeth Ann McWhorter in 1947 in Virginia. He was preceded in death by a son, Ephraim Benson Kirkham. Mr. Kirkham attended Center School in Bainbridge Township. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a welder for Fiatallis for more than 32 years. He was a member of Free Methodist Church in Rushville and Schuyler American Legion Post 4. Survivors: wife, Elizabeth Ann; two sons, Perry Dennis (wife, Susan) Kirkham of Beardstown and Terry Lynn (wife, Sarah) Kirkham of Meredosia; two daughters, Linda Diane (husband, Kirby) Jockisch and Fern Elizabeth (husband, Ron) Tribble, both of Beardstown; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Henry (wife, Katherine) Kirkham of Mossville, Edgar (wife, Joanne) Kirkham of Fort Myers, Fla., and John (wife, Ruth) Kirkham of Jacksonville; five sisters, Sarah (husband, Dale) Kruse of Beardstown, Glenna (husband, Bob) Little of Fort Myers, Zelda (husband, Harold) Bishop of Lockport, and Letha Dupoy and Vada (husband, Homer) Downs, both of Rushville; a half brother, Roy of Washington; and several nieces and nephews. Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Black Oak Church, south of Beardstown, the Rev. Robert Kirkham and the Rev. Irene DeSollar officiating. Burial: Black Oak Cemetery. Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling is in charge of arrangements. [State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, February 11, 2002, Page: 22]
Ernest A. Knous, 86, of Beardstown, died late Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence. He was born April 7, 1914, in Schuyler County, the son of Joshua and Fannie Miller Knous. He married Louella Bishop on Jan. 4, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo. She survives in Beardstown. Also surviving are two sons, William "Bill" Knous (wife Carol) and Joshua "Jim" Knous (wife Marcia) both of Beardstown; one daughter, Fannie Weishaar (husband Alfred) of Beardstown; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Dollie Briggs and Mary Edna Bishop, both of Beardstown, and Nettie Steele of Camp Point. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. He attended school in Pleasant View and Frederick. He was a member of the Frederick Christian Church. He faithfully served his country in World War II from 1942 until 1945 in the 29th Naval Construction Battalion. He was in the European Theater of Operations and received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal for his service in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He also was given a naval award, "Golden Dragon," in May of 1945 for crossing the International Date Line. He served in the Liberation of the Philippine Islands and received a Bronze Star and ribbon for his participation in the bombardment and invasion of the French coast between June 6, 1944, and June 25, 1944. He and his family were most delighted when on Nov. 10, 1997, Congressman William O. Lepenske honored Mr. Knous with the Normandy Jubilee Medal for participating in the invasion on the coast of France. He was a lifetime member of the Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 in Beardstown. He was formerly employed by the CB&Q Railroad in Beardstown, had worked in the coal mines in Schuyler County and Petersburg, and later was a member of the Carpenter's Local Union #904. Funeral services for Ernest A. Knous were held Tuesday, May 9, at the First Christian Church in Beardstown with Mike Courson officiating. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery. [The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page 4B, column 2]
Louella C. Knous, 78, of Beardstown, died early Saturday morning, May 13, 2000, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Sheldon's Grove, the daughter of James Ezekiel and Margaret Caroline Irvin Bishop. She married Ernest A. Knous on Jan. 4, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death, one week prior to her death, on May 6, 2000. Surviving are two sons, William "Bill" Knous (wife Carol) and Joshua "Jim" Knous (wife Marcia) both of Beardstown; one daughter, Fannie Weishaar (husband Alfred) of Beardstown; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Bishop (wife Zelda) of Lockport; and three sisters, Mary Jane Pate of Beardstown, Edna Kirkham of Rushville, and Joan Kirkham (husband Edgar) of Fort Meyers, Fla. She also was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Knous attended school in Frederick and was a member of the Frederick Christian Church. For 30 years Mrs. Knous was a cab driver for several cab companies in the Beardstown area as well as owning and operating a cab company in Petersburg from 1951 until 1952. She retired in 1981. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 16, at the First Christian Church in Beardstown with Mike Courson officiating. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of services. [The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page 4B, column 3]
GALESBURG - Josephine P. Knudsen, 83, of 903 Harrison St. died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 1992, at St. Mary Medical Center. Born Feb. 27, 1909, in Beardstown to Orlie V. and Ola Vance Parker, she married Edward Friend on Feb. 25, 1932, in Beardstown. He died in August 1942. She later married Kenneth L. Knudsen on Sept. 24, 1966, in Joliet. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Beatrice O. Friend of Homewood; one stepson, William Knudsen of Downers Grove; and four grandchildren. She was a graduate of the former Illinois Women's College. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Galesburg and its WELCA Miriam Guild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at her church. The Rev. Arnold Thoren will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Astoria Cemetery, Astoria. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Galesburg is in charge of arrangements. [Peoria Journal Star, June 26, 1992]
Born: 15 Dec 1881 Cass Co.
Died: 13 Apr 1955 Beardstown
Buried: Beardstown City Cem.
Parents: Theodore & Margaret Zimmer Krohe
Married: 24 Apr 1894 to Dorothy Amelia Werscheid
Children: Harold, Glenn, Lyndon, Dorothy Launer
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