Cass Co. IL Obituaries

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John ANDERSON

John Louis Anderson was born in 1860 in Arenzville, Cass county, Illinois and died July 3 at 11:00 o'clock in Proctor hospital, Peoria, Ill.

He was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Brittain of Pittsfield, Pike county, Illinois and to them were born six children, namely: George Frederick of Daw City, Oklahoma, Lottie B., near Arenzville, William, Clarence and John David, of Beardstown, Freeman of Hammond, Ind., Cordelia M., of Peoria, Ill. With these he leaves his wife, Mrs. Eliza Anderson of Peoria and a number of grandchildren to mourn his loss.

He had made Virginia his home for many years.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Friday afternoon in the M.E. church at Virginia, the Rev. Max B. Wiles officiating. Member of the Odd Fellows lodge acted as pallbearers.

The Republican Gazette - Virginia, Cass Co, IL - Friday, July 13, 1923

Submitted by: Pat Hageman


Lorna "Allene" Reiley Becker

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 29, 2003, Page: 11

Beardstown - Lorna "Allene" Becker, 86, of Beardstown died Monday, July 28, 2003, at her home.

She was born July 7, 1917, in Browning, the daughter of James Whitcomb and Vera Hollenback Reiley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton O. Becker in 1969 and a daughter, Holly Swanson.

Mrs. Becker graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles in 1934 and earned a degree as a licensed vocational nurse in Los Altos, Calif. She was a charge nurse at a nursing home in California for 10 years. She later co-owned and operated Second Hand Rose in Beardstown.

Survivors: two daughters, Kathleen (husband, Allan) Allar of Beardstown and Barbara Kidder Fox of Rochester, Ind.; a son, Hayes B. Becker of Macomb; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Orrin Reiley of Buellton, Calif.; and two sisters, Metta (husband, Harold "Bud") Landes of Beardstown and Jeanette Haig of Magnolia.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial: Browning Cemetery.

Peoria Journal Star, July 29, 2003, Page: B04

Lorna Becker

Beardstown - Lorna ''Allene'' Becker, 86, of Beardstown died Monday, July 28, 2003, at her residence.

Born July 7, 1917, in Browning to James Whitcomb and Vera Hollenback Reiley, she married Milton O. Becker. He died in 1969.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen (and Allan) Allar of Beardstown and Barbara Kidder Fox of Rochester, Ind.; one son, Hayes of Macomb; one brother, Orrin Reiley of Buellton, Calif.; two sisters, Metta (and Harold ''Bud'') Landes of Beardstown and Jeanette Haig of Magnolia; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Holly Swanson; and six brothers.

She was a licensed vocational nurse and worked at a California nursing home for 10 years. In 1979, she returned to Illinois, where she and her sister Metta owned and operated Second Hand Rose antique shop in Beardstown.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sager Funeral Home, where family will receive friends two hours before. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery in Browning.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.


Mary Margaret (Aten) Brown

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, August 3, 1999, Page: 10

Beardstown - Mary M. Brown, 76, of Beardstown died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Beardstown, the daughter of Walter Wayne "Joe" and Cora Hierman Aten. She married Robert LeRoy Brown in 1942 in Palmyra; he died in 1986.

Mrs. Brown was a 1941 graduate of Beardstown High School. She was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown and the Altar Society. She volunteered many hours for Christian Love in Action in Beardstown.

She owned and operated a beauty shop in her home for over 25 years, retiring in 1975. Survivors: three sons, Bob (wife, Ruth Ann) Brown of Beardstown, Joe Brown of Key Largo, Fla., and Patrick Brown of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Cindy (husband, Butch) Hobrock of Beardstown; four grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Services: Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Alexius Catholic Church, Beardstown, the Rev. Eugene Weitzel officiating. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.

Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by: Sara Hemp


Name of Deceased: Walter Wayne Aten

County Name: Cass   State: IL
Newspaper: Rushville Times
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: W.  W. Aten Died at Beardstown
Walter Wayne Aten, C. B. and Q. engineer, and one of Beardstown's highly 
esteemed citizens, died at Schmitt Memorial hospital Saturday evening, Sept 30th 
[1933]. The deceased submitted to a surgical operation on Thursday.  Pneumonia 
developed, and altho everything was done for his relief he succumbed Saturday 
evening at the age of 43 years 2 months and 23 days. The decedent was born at 
Summum, Illinois, on July 7th, 1890, the son of Cornelius and Margaret Aten.  
While not quite a year of age he, with his parents, moved to Browning, where he 
grew to manhood and where he received his education. In 1911 he entered the 
service of the Burlington railroad as a fireman, working his way to the position of 
engineer, which position he held at the time of his death.  His 
service with the Burlington had been continuous with the exception of two years 
when he served as a member of the Engineer Corps of the United States army in 
France, during the World war. Following the signing of the armistice, Mr. Aten 
continued in France with the Engineering Corps until August when he was 
honorably discharged and returned to his home. He was united in marriage to Miss 
Cora Hierman, of Browning, on Oct. 7th, 1919, and she, with one daughter, Mary 
Margaret, survives his {him}.  Other survivors are Ward {Henry Ward} and Chester 
Aten and Mrs. Jennie Lancaster, of Browning; Mrs. Mabel Hollingsworth and Mrs. 
Edith Goebel, of Beardstown; Mrs. Callie {Carrie} Walters, of Newark, O. {Ohio}, 
and Alta Frankford and T. R. Aten, of Grimes, Okla., all brothers and sisters of 
the deceased. Mr. Aten was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and 
Engineers, the American Legion and was a member of the Masonic order.  He had also 
been a member of the Odd Fellows for many years. He was a man held 
in the highest esteem by his fellow workers, and was a good friend and neighbor 
and his death is deeply felt thruout the community in which he lived. Funeral 
services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church in 
Browning, Rev. ?? Roosa officiating.  Interment was in the Browning cemetery.

Former Browning Man Dies In Beardstown
Walter Wayne Aten, 44, Beardstown, and a former resident of Browning died 
Saturday in the Schmitt Memorial hospital following an operation for 
appendicitis on Thursday. Mr. Aten has been an engineer on the C. B. & Q. 
railroad for the past 25 years and was well known throughout this section.  He 
is survived by his wife, one daughter Mary Margaret, and the following brothers 
and sisters: Ward and Chester Aten of Browning, T. R. Aten, Grimes, Oklahoma; 
Mrs. C. A. Lancaster, Browning; Mrs. G. P. Hollingsworth, Beardstown; Mrs. Edith 
Gobel, Beardstown; Mrs. Alta Frankford, Grimes, Okla.; and Mrs. Callie Walters of Newark, Ohio. 
Note: Both found in a scrapbook in 
Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after 
her death.  "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan 
Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries 
of family and friends.  These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and 
Schuyler Counties.  These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may 
be more."

W. W. Aten Died at Beardstown
Walter Wayne Aten, a C. B. Q. engineer, died at Schmitt Memorial Hospital 
Saturday September 30, at the age of 43 years, 2 months and 23 days. The 
decedent was born at Summum on July 7, 1890, the son of Cornelius and Margaret 
Aten.  While not quite a year of age, he with his parents moved to Browning 
where he grew to manhood. He was with the U. S. Army during World War in France. 
He married Cora Hierman of Browning October 7, 1919, and she with one daughter, 
Mary Margaret, survive him.  Other survivors are: Ward {Henry Ward} and Chester Aten 
and Mrs. Jennie Lancaster of Browning; 
Mrs. Mabel Hollingsworth and Mrs. Edith Gobel of Beardstown; Mrs. Callie 
{Carrie} Walters of Newark, Ohio; Alta Frankford and T. R. Aten of Grimes, 
Oklahoma, all brothers and sisters of the deceased. Funeral services were held 
Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the M. E. Church in Browning, Rev. John Rossa 
officiating.  Interment in Browning Cemetery.

Robert Leroy Brown

Obituary of Robert LeRoy Brown

died: May 19, 1986

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 21, 1986, Page: 22

Beardstown - Memorial services for Robert L. Brown of Beardstown will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Alexius Catholic Church.

Mr. Brown died at 7:45 a.m. Monday at the residence of his son, Robert W., Beardstown.

Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.

Note: Robert, b. April 12, 1923, married July 12, 1942 Mary Margaret Aten, b. August 2, 1923, d. August 92, 1999, both buried Beardstown City Cemetery (New Addition), Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois


Martha L. Workman Sawyer Koepp Burnett

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 23, 2001, Page: 45

Princeville - Martha L. Burnett, 62, of Princeville died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born June 4, 1939, in Beardstown, the daughter of Dewey and Eva Stambaugh Workman. She married Curt Dean Koepp; he preceded her in death in 1972.

Mrs. Burnett attended Browning schools. She was a member of Set Free Church in Washington.

Survivors: four sons, Jim Sawyer of Rockford, Robert Koepp of Oakrun, Kurt Koepp of Farmington and Harlan Koepp of Elmwood; four daughters, Barb Crenshaw of Bader, Darla Moses of Pekin, Rhonda Moore of Williamsville and Sharon Koepp of Princeville; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lyle Workman of Cuba and Max Workman of Princeville; and four sisters, Audrey Rining of Frederick, Linda Eddington of Ipava, Bonnie McPhail of Quincy and Betty Scego of Roodhouse.

Graveside services: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sheldon's Grove Cemetery near Browning.

Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.

Peoria Journal Star, September 23, 2001, Page: B06

Martha Burnett

Princeville - Martha L. Burnett, 62, of Princeville died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born June 4, 1939, in Beardstown to Dewey and Eva Stambaugh Workman, she married Curt Dean Koepp. He died in 1972.

She also was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Surviving are four sons, Jim Sawyer of Rockford, Robert Koepp of Oak Run, Kurt Koepp of Farmington and Harlan Koepp of Elmwood; four daughters, Barb Crenshaw of Bader, Darla Moses of Pekin, Rhonda Moore of Williamsville and Sharon Koepp of Princeville; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lyle Workman of Cuba and Max Workman of Princeville; and four sisters, Audrey Rining of Frederick, Linda Eddington of Ipava, Bonnie McPhail of Quincy and Betty Scego of Roodhouse.

She was a member of Set Free Church in Washington.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sheldon's Grove Cemetery near Browning. Family will meet with friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown.


Chris Bradman

Rushville Times, February 22, 1912

  Chris Bradman, a former resident of this place, but for a number of years a resident of Beardstown, passed away last Thursday evening. His sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of many friends.


John Caldwell (Coldwell)

April 8, 1927

John Caldwell was born in Cass County, Illinois, January 21st, 1864 and died in his home at Cass Siding, not far from the place of his birth, on Sunday morning march 27, 1927.

Between these two dates is written the record of a clean upright life, precious to many 
friends and replete with the qualities that help to purify Earth and enrich Heaven.

John Caldwell was the second son of Charles and Catherine Heaton Caldwell. His father died before John had reached his majority, leaving a widow and seven children, some of them mere babes. The eldest son was an invalid for many years so this second son bravely and manfully tried in every way possible to take his father's place, assisting his mother in rearing and caring for his younger brothers and sisters - kind, considerate, protective, he was ever to them "Guide, philosopher and friend."

In early manhood Mr., Caldwell was converted and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He continued all his life a faithful follower of "The Master." Though quiet and retiring in his nature he was honest and straight forward. His life was an open book and there were no blots to mar its fair pages.

For the last 33 years Mr. Caldwell has had charge of the grain elevator at Cass Siding and was universally honored and respected. Nature had given him many reserves, but they were the reserves of courtesy, good will, fidelity to honor and integrity.

On September 12th, 1895 Mr. Caldwell was united in marriage to Miss Kate M. Nix of Ashland, Ill. Their union measured up to Biblical standards for more than thirty years as they happily traveled life's uneven road sharing equally trials and triumphs, joys and sorrows.

One daughter, Mazo, came to brighten their home and in later years a son-in-law Elmer F. Timian seemed to completely fill the place of a long wished for son. The arrival in due time of a little granddaughter, Eleanor Gayle Timian made the family circle beautifully complete.

A little more than a fortnight ago, on March 11th, 1827, the wife and mother passed away, Her death came as a stunning blow to her dear ones. Thought bearing up bravely, as was his habit in the face of trouble, it was evident that the husband and father found it very hard to "carry on" without his loved companion.

Weakened physically, he seemed unable to rally from the shock. Loved ones hoped that time and occupation, with God's help, might eventually bring success from the sorrow and loss- but a congenital heart weakness suddenly developed and on the morning of March 27th, just as the Sunday School bells were ringing throughout the land his brave spirit calmly passed though the "Valley of the Shadow" and entered that last still harbor of peace where loved ones were waiting to welcome him.

Besides is wife, father and mother, Mr. Caldwell was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, the latter having passed on in recent years. He is survived by his trio of loved ones, his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer F. Timian and their little 
daughter Eleanor Gayle, of LaGrange, Ill. One brother, Charles Edward Caldwell of Virginia, two sisters, Mrs. Duncan Reid of Pana and Mrs. Homer Coleman of Beardstown, besides a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends, by all of whom he was sincerely loved and respected.

His death is a distinct loss to the county and community in which he spent his entire life.


Katherine Caldwell

Caldwell, Mrs. Kate - Of Virginia died at 7:15 p.m., Friday march 11, 1927, at St. John's hospital, at the age of 53 years, 2 months, 24 days. Survived by by husband, John Caldwell; one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Timian, Virginia; one granddaughter, Eleanor Gayle Timian; father John I. Nix, Ashland; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Epperly, Springfield; Mrs. E.P. young, Houston, Tex.; Miss Grace Nix, New York City; two brothers, Edward Nix, Virginia; Newton Nix Jacksonville. remains to Bisch & Son Funeral Home. Announcement of funeral later.


Rosemary Carriger

Rosemary M. Carriger, 59, of Beardstown, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 27, 1941, in Beardstown, the daughter of Agnus Robbins. Mrs. Carriger was a homemaker and had also worked as a nurse's aide for several years.

She always enjoyed collecting owls, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Chance Huff of Jacksonville; three grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia Robbins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in the Beardstown City Cemetery. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to her grandchildren's education fund.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, page 13, column 4


Arthur H. Carls

BEARDSTOWN IL - Cass Co IL

The Quincy Herald-Whig Thursday February 14, 1946 Pg 3
Transcribed by Christine Walters

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon in the Schaefer funeral home in Mercedosia for Arthur H. Carls, 62, prominent farmer who died Tuesday in his home near Concord. Surviving are his widow formerly Grace Burrus, and three sisters, Mrs. H.H. Huss of this city, Mrs. Lena Streuter of Arenzville and Mrs. Grace Barnett of Orlando FL.


Kathleen (Frank) Conner

Obituary of Kathleen Frank Conner

Died: March 4, 1995

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 6, 1995, Page: 16

Beardstown - Kathleen Conner, 78, of Beardstown died Saturday at St. Luke's Long Term Care Facility, Beardstown.

Survivors: a daughter, Mrs. John (Alta) Aten of Beardstown; a son, William L. Conner Jr. of Milan; five grandchildren; a sister, Erma Deacon of Beardstown and a brother, William "Tob" Frank of Beardstown.

Memorial services are pending. 
Cline Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements. 

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 8, 1995, Page: 14

Beardstown - Kathleen Conner, 78, of Beardstown died Saturday at St. Lukes Long Term Care Facility in Beardstown.

Survivors: a daughter, Mrs. John (Alta) Aten of Beardstown; a son, William L. Conner Jr. of Milan; five grandchildren; a sister, Erma Deacon of Beardstown; and a brother, William "Tob" Frank of Beardstown.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. Saturday, Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown.

Note: She born May 20, 1916, married to William "Bub" L. Conner I, born December 20, 1904, died June 04, 1980 and both are buried Beardstown City Cemetery (New Addition), Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois.

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 


Amelia "Pebbles" Grace Icenogle COPE

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 5, 2001, Page: 40 

Amelia G. Cope Clayton - Amelia Grace "Pebbles" Cope, 53, of Clayton, formerly of Beardstown and Cordova, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at her home.   

She was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Beardstown, the daughter of Herbert Sylvester and Annabelle Amelia Baldwin Icenogle.   

She was preceded in death by a son, Scott Allen Emberton. Mrs. Cope attended Beardstown schools. Survivors: mother, Annabelle Smith; a son, Jason Keith Ruyle of Springfield; a daughter, Janet J. Emberton of Clayton; six grandchildren; two brothers, Randall Keith Cromwell of Beardstown and Jerry Rohn of Peoria; two sisters, Alice DeFawn Brown of Cordova and Teresa Kay Walker of Lafayette, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.   

Memorial services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, First Southern Baptist Church of Beardstown, the Rev. Floyd Terry officiating.   Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements. 

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 


Floyd Crafton

Floyd Crafton, 71, of 917 Oak St. died at 10:50 P.M. Tuesday at his home. He was ill several months

Services will be at 1:30 P.M. tomorrow at Cline Funeral Home. The Rev. Howard D. Stevens will officiate and burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

He was born in Beardstown Nov. 4, 1906, as son of Lee and Jessie Gossage Crafton. He married Etta Rutledge Nov. 14, 1936, at Virginia.

Surviving are his wife; one sister, Mrs Leila Pendergraf of Pekin; and several nieces. A stepbrother preceded him in death

Mr. Crafton was a retired printer for the Beardstown Illinoisan Star and was a custodian at the Beardstown Bowl for the past 10 years. We was a 28 year member of the Royal Order of Moose, Lodge 709.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church building fund.

Pekin Daily Times  Feb 7, 1978

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak   Transcription by: Roger Whitaker


Lee Crafton

Lee Crafton. Aged 60, Dies (b. Dec 25, 1878)

Was retired Burlington Worker

Lee R. Crafton, a resident of this city for 30 years and a retired Burlington railroad employee, died in Schmitt Memorial Hospital at 10:30 last night. He had been a hospital patient for a week. His death was attributed to heart trouble and dropsy.

The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon

The decedent was born at Bath, Illinois and was sixty years of age. His home in this city was at 900 Dey street. Mr. Crafton was retired by the Burlington in 1931 after having worked as a company painter for 26 years.

Surviving are his widow, Jessie, three children, Lester of Pekin, Floyd of this city and Mrs. Lela Pendergraft, also of this city. Also surviving are four brothers, Tot of Bath, Charles of Pekin, Sam of West Liberty, Iowa and Bud of Canton.

Illinoisan Star Oct. 25, 1939

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak   Transcription by: Roger Whitaker


Minnie Pherigo Crafton

Pekin Times

Relative of Area Residents

  Chandlerville - Mrs. Minnie Crafton, 68, of Chandlerville, relative of several TIMES area residents, died at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, May 26, 1974, in Memorial Hospital at Springfield.  She had been a patient there 12 days.

  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home.  Rev. Andrew Everly will officiate and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

  Friends may call this afternoon and evening at the funeral home.

  A daughter of James and Rosetta Watkins Pherigo, she was born Jan. 2, 1906, in Cass Co.  She married Raymond Crafton May 2, 1925, at Saidora.  He preceded her in death in 1973.

  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Rosemary) Naylor of Carpentersville and Mrs. Gerald (Kathryn) Watkins of Chandlerville; seven sisters, Mrs. Wilmer (Marie) Nall of Pekin, Mrs. Paul (Mary Ann) Kuhlman of Havana, Mrs. Noah (Katie) Johnson, Mrs. Johnny (Ella) Johnson, Mrs. Paul (Maudena) Atterberry, Mrs. John (Berniece) Griffie and Mrs. Eddie (Iona) Garner, all of Chandlerville.

  Also surviving are four brothers, Eugene Pherigo of Chandlerville, Ernest of Havana, and James and Clifford Pherigo, both of Pekin, nine grandchildren and several neices and nephews.

  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, a sister and two brothers.

    Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak


Raymond Crafton  I & II

Obituary of Raymond Crafton I and Raymond Crafton II

Pekin paper

Father, Son Die; Kin of Pekinites

  Raymond Crafton, Sr., 79, and his son, Raymond Duane Crafton, Jr., 33, both of rural Chandlerville, relatives of several Pekin residents, died Monday and Friday respectively.  Mr. Crafton, Sr., was a brother-in-law and Mr. Crafton, Jr., a nephew of Mrs. Wilmer Nall and Clifford and James Pherigo, all of Pekin.

  Funeral services for Raymond Crafton, Jr., who died Friday night, June 1, 1973, in Springfield Memorial Hospital at Springfield, where he had been a patient two days, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home at Chandlerville.

  Rev. Barton McClard officiated.  Burial was in Fairview cemetery near Chandlerville.

  Funeral services for Raymond Crafton, Sr., who died at 11:57 a.m., Monday, June 4, 1973, in Schmitt Memorial Hospital at Beardstown, where he had been a patient four days, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home.

  Rev. Barton McClard again will officiate.  Burial also will be in Fairview cemetery.

  Friends may call Wednesday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.

  Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak


Orveda Davis

Orveda Charlotte Davis, 85, Of Mt. Sterling, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling.

Mrs. Davis was born on Feb. 5, 1915, in Lebanon, Mo., the daughter of Frank Janes and Caroline Frances Yates. She married Everett F. Davis on Aug. 18, 1933, in Camdenton, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Lester Jackson Janes.

Mrs. Davis is survived by one sister, Alberta Powers of Richland, Mo., a sister-in-law, Erma Janes of Meredosia; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a housewife. She was an avid Bingo player, traveler and gardener. She enjoyed canning food for her family friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were Friday, April 7, at the Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery.

The family has requested memorials be made to the activity department of Heritage Manor in Mt. Sterling.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, April 12, 2000, page 15, column 5


Richard "Dick" Lee Davis

Peoria Journal Star, October 28, 1992, Page: A11

Richard Davis

Richard Lee "Dick" Davis, 69, of 1514 W. Callender for 36 years, died at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1992, at his home.

Born Nov. 17, 1922, in Beardstown to Norman Lee and Linnie E. DeWitt Davis, he married Marilyn J. Bour on Jan. 24, 1948, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Jim R., at home, John W. of Peoria and Jerold E. "Barney" of Richton Park; five daughters, Mrs. Craig (Janet L.) Sears of Decatur, Mrs. James (Joanne M.) Waechter of Morton, Judy A. Davis of Peoria, and Jill P. Davis and Mrs. Daniel (Jacki S.) Patten, both of East Peoria; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one sister, Betty Kirgan of Pekin. He was preceded in death by an infant brother.

He was a former employee of the Corps of Engineers and the city of Peoria. He last was employed as a land surveyor with Associated Engineers for 22 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, St. Mark Parish Association, Peoria Versailles and the Schuyler County Historical Society. He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church. The Rev. Robert Schladen will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with a Scripture service at 7:30. Visitation also will be 30 minutes before services at the church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to his church or the Saint Francis Medical Center Dialysis Unit.


Obituary of Henry C. Demy

Astoria Argus, May 14, 1940

Henry C. Demy, 75, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ghlee Walters, in Beardstown. He was taken to his daughter's home several months ago when he became ill.

He was born July 17, 1865 in Pennsylvania, a son of John and Mary (Sellers) Demy. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Walters, Mrs. Thomas Harn and Mrs. George Ring, all of Beardstown. There are three grandchildren, Mrs. Don Armstrong, Peoria, and Robert and Margaret Anne Harn, Beardstown. A brother and sisters are J. C. Demy, Champaign; Mrs. C. C. McLaren, Farmington, and Mrs. C. E. Blemler and Mrs. William Burgard, Astoria.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Horton Funeral Home by the Rev. Fred Thompson. Burial will be in Astoria cemetery.

submitted by LouAnn Cameron

 


Rozella (Hunt) DEVLIN

DEATH OF A YOUNG WIFE

Mrs. Charles Devlin died at Her Late Home, on West Ninth St., Sunday, August 29.

The people of this place were startled Sunday afternoon to learn of the sad and sudden death of Mrs. Charles Devlin, which occurred at her late residence on Nonth between State and Washington streets, at 12:45 on that day, Sunday, August 20th.

Deceased was in usual condition of health during the early part of Saturday evening and with her mother, Mrs. James Hunt, had visited the picture shows and before going home she ate an ice cream soda. Upon reaching home she ate lunch and almost, immediately became very sick, and she steadily grew worse until her death occurred as above stated.

Miss Rosella Hunt was born in East St. Louis, Ill., June 20th, 1884, but during the greater part of her life has resided in Beardstown. She was a graduate of the Beardstown High school, having completed the course with the class of 1902. She took special instructions in music at Jacksonville and other places and many times has entertained the people of Beardstown at different public gatherings with voice and piano selections.

During the month of June, just four years ago, she was united in marriage with Charles Devlin, now proprietor of the cigar manufactory on State street. For some time they have resided on Ninth between Wahington and Lafayette streets and it was there her death occurred.

Besides the husband and the mother, her death is mourned by seven brothers and three sisters.

The entire community extends sympathy to the bereaved husband and the grief stricken mother and brothers and sisters.

MORNING ENTERPRISE - Beardstown, IL - Tue., Aug 22, 1911

Submitted by:Pat Hageman


Samuel DODDS

Obituary of Samuel E. Dodds

died: December 12, 1987

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 13, 1987, Page: 41 Samuel E. Dodds Virginia - Samuel E. Dodds, 70, of Virginia, formerly of Schuyler County, died at 9:55 a.m. Saturday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roby Funeral Chapel, Rushville. Burial will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia. Surviving are his wife, Freida Mallicoat Dodds; one stepson, Robert Lehmkuhl of Creve Coeur; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sarah Crumley of Monmouth and Ruth Price of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and one brother, William C. of Canton.

Dolson, Rev. James H., b. Livingston Co., Ky., 19 Dec. 1817; licensed 1847; 1848, Waverly Circuit, Illinois Conference, replacing Hardin Wallace; 1849, appointed Carlyle Circuit; 1851, ordained Deacon to Williamsbury Circuit; 1852, appointed to Sullivan Circuit, where he d. 19 Dec. 1852.--Virginia, Cass Co., Ill. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1., 5 Mar. 1853, p. 35)


Mrs. Ida Duchardt

Beardstown, Ill., Jan. 30 Mrs. Ida May Duchardt, for thirty-eight years a resident here, who moved away five years ago, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Blank, at Daytona Beach Fla., January 26. Funeral Services were held Thursday afternoon at Daytona.

Prior to her marriage here to Louis Duchardt, she was Ida Scott. She was born in Virginia and was 63 years old. Surviving are two children, R. R. Duchardt of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Elmer Blank of Daytona Beach.

Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Saturday, Jan. 30, 1932 transcribed by Debbie Gibson]


Daniel DUPES

Daniel Dupes was born near Bluff Springs May 2, 1855 and grew to manhood in the same community. He died at his home July 5, 1923 aged 68 years, 2 months and 3 days. On March 1897 he was married to Rosa Fielder (Fiedler) who preceded him in death on March 13, 1898. He was married again to Marie Fielder (Fiedler) April 28, 1910 who lives to mourn his death. Also four brothers, Christian, Valentine, and George of this vicinity, and David of Kansas and three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Schuetten of Oklahoma, Mrs. Lewis Collins of near Petersburg and Miss Kate Dupes of this vicinity.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran church, Bluff Springs, pastor R.B. Garten, D.D. officiating and were largely attended.

Burial at the Jokisch cemetery.

The Republican Gazette - Virginia, Cass Co, IL - Friday, July 13, 1923

Submitted by: Pat Hageman


Mary (FIEDLER) DUPES

Mrs. Mary (Fiedler) Dupes, 81, died at 4:30 am at Boyd's Nursing Home where she had resided since Jan 4, 1962 when she moved here from her home near Bluff Springs.

She was a resident of in or near Bluff Springs all her life until she became ill Dec 25, 1961.

She was born Mar 4, 1882 near Bluff Spring, the daughter of Valentine & Wilhelmina Dour Fiedler.

She was married to Daniel Dupes, who preceded her in death on July 5, 1924. Also preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Clark & Mrs. Rosa Dupes; and a brother, Henry.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Cora Webster of Beardstown and one brother, John, of near Bluff Springs.

The Cline Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm Saturday at the Lutheran Church at Bluff Springs, the Rev. Buss officiating. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7:30 til 9 pm, Friday, with burial in the Beardstown City Cemetery.

Written and submitted by Pat Hageman


Rosa (FIEDLER) DUPES

Mrs. Daniel Dupes, of Bluff Springs, aged 18 yrs, died Sunday, March 13, 1898. Funeral services will took place from the residence of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Valentine Fiedler, near Bluff Springs, this morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in the Jockisch Cemetery.

Beardstown newspaper - 1898


JAMES E. DYER

Daily Illinois Star - March 31, 1933 - JAMES E. DYER DIES AT HOME OF HIS SON JOSEPH IN VIRGINIA - James E. Dyer, resident of Cass county most of his life, died in Virginia at the home of his son Joe Dyer last night at the age of 74 years, 11 months and 2 days of age, following an attack of pneumonia. The body was brought to this city and taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial.

The deceased was born in Tennessee and has resided in or near Beardstown the greater part of his life.

His wife died five years ago and since that time he has made his home with his children.
He is survived by the following children: Joe Dyer, Virginia, Ill.: W.E. Dyer, San Augustine, Texas; Mrs. Vern Walters, Chicago; Geo. Dyer, Mrs. Carl Rodekamp and Mrs. Rudolph James, all of Beardstown.

Daily Illinois Star April 1, 1933 - James E. Dyer - Funeral services for James E. Dyer will be held from the Cline Funeral Home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Hendrickson in charge. Interment will be made in the City Cemetery.

Cemetery location - Block 104 - Dyer, James E. - 1858-1933


Byron Oliver Edwards

Byron Oliver Edwards was born N. 22, 1903, child of Joseph and Martha Hinchee Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Conover Edwards, children, Beth Lacy, Amy Marr, and Joseph Edwards of Virginia, Jacqueline Jo Edwards Jackson of Elkhart, Indiana. Many grandchildren of Cass co, and Elkhart, Indiana. He was a farmer.

Joseph Edwin Edwards 

Joseph Edwin Edwards was born l-3-1877, child of John Edwards coming from Shropshire, England and Ruth Sharpe Edwards of Birmingham, England. He was a farmer, survived by his wife, Martha Hinchee Edwards, two daughters, Mrs. Harold Baker, and Mrs. C Fortenberry off Miss, three sons, Byron, and Dwight of Virginia, Gene of Peoria, two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Baker of Tallula and Mrs. Fred Vettings of Arvada, Colorado, and Harry Edwards of Ashland. Burial in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.


Martha Hinchee Edwards 

Mrs. Martha Edwards widow of JE Edwards died 1966. She was a child of James Monroe Hinche and Mary Ellen Clark.She was born in 1878 in Cass Co. Survivors are Mrs. H. Baker, Mrs. E Fortenberry of Miss, three sons, Byron, and Dwight of Virginia and Gene of Peoria, ll grandchildren and many g g grandchildren. Burial in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.


Scott Allen Emberton 

Obituary of Scott Allen Emberton

died: April 22, 1992

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 24, 1992, Page: 34

Scott A. Emberton

  Beardstown - Scott Alan Emberton, 24, of Beardstown died at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

  Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beardstown Church of the Nazarene, with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery.

  Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.

  Surviving are his father, Joe Emberton of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and mother, Amelia Cope of Cordova; grandmother, Annabele Smith of Beardstown; great-grandfather, Roy Baldwin of Beardstown; one brother, Jason Ruyle of South Carolina; one sister, Janet Emberton of Clayton; and two half-brothers, Eddie and Britain Emberton, both of Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 

Josephine Everhart

Josephine "Josie" Everhart, 76, of Astoria, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

She was born June 11, 1923, in Beardstown, the daughter of Joseph and Mamie May (Anderson) Everhart.

She is survived by one sister, Fern Everhart of Astoria, and one brother, Joseph Everhart, address unknown. She was preceded in death by two siblings. She was a homemaker.

Graveside services were Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Astoria Cemetery with Rev. Clifford Parry officiating. Burial was in the Astoria Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Astoria Township Cemetery Association.

Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of service.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May17, 2000, page 4B, column 1


Isabelle FETTINGER

Mrs. Isabelle Fettinger widow of J.L. Fettinger died at her home, 306 Glendale Avenue, Peoria, Ill., July 5th, age 63 years, 4 months, and 2 days. Mrs. Fettinger with her family lived many years near Virginia, Ill., moving to Peoria 15 years ago. Her husband preceded her in death in 1915, also one son John E. Fettinger in 1917. She leaves to mourn her death, three daughters, Mrs. T.M. Stockwell, Mrs. H.O. Cable and Miss Pansy Fettinger, four grandchildren, Marvin, Mildred, Bernice and Kenneth Stockwell, one sister, Mrs. Laura Loer of Beardstown, two nieces, Mrs. Millie Weber of Beardstown and Mrs. Marie Bethard of South Bend, Ind.

The Republican Gazette - Virginia, Cass Co, IL - Friday, July 13, 1923

Submitted by: Pat Hageman


Minnie (DOUR) FIEDLER

Mrs. Valentine Fiedler, 78 years old, a widely known resident of Cass Co. died at 6:30 this morning after a lingering illness. The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home and funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Bluff Springs Lutheran Church. A short service will be in charge of the Rev. K.B. Keuman and burial will be in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilhelmina Orophina Christina Fiedler was born in Meeklinburg, Germany, May 16, 1860, the daughter of Louis & Lousia Dour, with whom she came to this country as a young girl. Her age at the time of her death was 78 yrs, 7 mos, & 28 days. The family settled near Beardstown when the decedent was 8 years of age, and Mrs. Fiedler spent all of her life in this vicinity. She was confirmed into the Lutheran Church at Arenzville and later transferred her membership to the St. John's Lutheran Church at Bluff Springs.

She married March 2, 1877 to Valentine Fiedler, and the couple resided on the same farm southeast of Bluff Springs until Mr. Fiedler died three years ago. Mrs. Fiedler then moved to Bluff Springs.

Mr. & Mrs. Fiedler were the parents of six children. Surviving are Mrs. Minnie Clark of Verden, OK; Mrs. Cora Webster of this city; Mrs. Mary Dupes of Bluff Springs; and Henry and John Fiedler of near Bluff Springs. One daughter, Rosa, preceded her mother in death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; the daughter; a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Stock, a brother, Louis Dour; a half-brother, William Schroeder; and a half-sister, Sophia Sweatman.

Rites Are Conducted For Mrs. Valentine Fiedler

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the St. John's Church at Bluff Springs for Mrs. Valentine Fiedler, 78 years old, who came here from Germany as a girl of 8, and who died Friday. Short services were conducted at the funeral home at 2:00 o'clock.

The Rev. K.B. Neuman was in charge of the funeral and burial was made at the City Cemetery. Hazel Reichert, Lorraine Reichert, Oscar Reichert, and Carl Schnepper sang "I Need Thee Every Hour", "Peace", and "Abide With Me". Mrs. Oscar Reichert was the accompanist.

Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Ben Schnakey, Mrs. Lester Yates. Miss Louise Stock, and Miss Eloise Sweatman. Pallbearers were John Dour, George Dour, Arthur Stock, Louis Stock Louis Dour & William Schroeder.

Mrs. Fiedler was the mother of Mrs. Harold Webster of this city.

Illinoian Star - Jan 13, 1939


Valentine FIEDLER

Valentine Fiedler Passes Away

Valentine Fiedler, 84 years old, died at his home 2 1/2 miles SE of Bluff Springs last evening after a lingering illness.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Bluff Spring Lutheran Church. The Rev. K.B. Neuman will be in charge.

He was born in Beardstown on June 20, 1851 and resided here until 1864 when he, with his parents, moved to the farm on which he lived the remainder of his life.

He was married March 2, 1877 to Wilhelmina Dour. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Minnie Clark of Verden, OK, Mrs. Cora Webster of this city, Mrs. Mary Dupes at home, and Henry and John Fiedler. One daughter, Rose, preceded him in death.

He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Lutheran Church from his 13th year.

The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial.

Illinoian Star - Jan 10, 1936


VIOLA FIEDLER

Mrs. Viola E. Fiedler, 361 South Columbia avenue, Springfield, and well known here, died at 8:30 am yesterday at Springfield hospital following a short illness.

Mrs. Fiedler, daughter of John Philip and Sarah Lydia Hackman Jokisch was born Dec. 11, 1837, at Bluff Springs. She moved to Springfield in 1924. She was a member of the Douglas Avenue Methodist church in Springfield.

Surviving are her husband, Charles A.; two sons. Verne O. Fiedler, of Springfield; Charles Farrell Fiedler, Chicago, Chicago; a daughter, Dorothy Tafflinger, Chicago; one brother, Oswell Jokisch, and three sisters, Mrs. William Thompson, Mrs. Oscar Chambers and Mrs. Roy Seaman, all of Bluff Springs; a number of nieces and nephews.

The body was removed at 10 a.m. today from the Thomas C. Smith Sons funeral home to the residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Douglas Avenue Methodist church in Springfield. Rev. Leland Lawrence will officiate and burial will be in Diamond Grove cemetery, Jacksonville, Ill.

The casket will not be opened at the church. Friends may call at the home in Springfield tomorrow or Monday morning.

Illinoian Star - Sat., Nov. 21, 1942


Anna M. (NIEMANN) FINLEY

FUNERAL OF MRS. FINLEY

Former Resident of Beardstown, Whose Death Occurred in Peoria, Buried Here Monday, Aug. 21.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Robert Finley, whose death occurred in Peoria, as reported in these columns Sunday, August 20, took place here Monday, August 21.

The services were held at the residence of John Knippenberg on South Washington street at 3 o'clock and from the Fourth Street Lutheran church at 3:30 pm. Rev P.C. Croll conducted the ceremonies. Interment was made in the City cemetery.

There was a large attendance at the funeral. Deceased had many relatives and friends in Beardstown and was highly respected by all who knew her.

Mrs. Anna M. Finley nee Niemann, wife of Robert Finley of Peoria, Ill., was the daughter of Frederick and Christiana Niemann. She was born in Bearstown, December 22, A.D., 1853, and reisded in this city the greater part of her life.

About ten years ago she moved from Beardstown to make her home in Peoria. It was in that city that about two years ago she became the wife of Robert Finley. And it was in that city that her death occurred as above stated. She was 52 years, 7 months and 28 days old when called to obey the last summons.

She leaves, surviving her, a husband, a mother, one sister, Mrs. John Knippenberg, one daughter, Mrs. Albert Hagener, two brothers, Henry Niemann and William Niemann, two grandchildren, little Annabel and Vera Hagener, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hagener.

MORNING ENTERPRISE - Beardstown, IL - Tue., Aug 22, 1911


Elizabeth Brothers Swope Fulk

The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, Tuesday July 23, 1935; front page column 7.

Mrs. Fulk, 93, Dies In Home, Here Today, Mother of 9 Children, 6 of Whom Survive, Succumbs After Illness.

Mrs. Elizabeth Fulk, 93, died at 4:30 o'clock this morning at her home at 1105 Monroe Street following an illness of a month.  The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

  The deceased who passed her 93rd birthday the first of this month was born in Hanover {York County}, Pennsylvania.  She came to Astoria {Fulton County}, Illinois of the age of 13 years.  While residing at Astoria, she was married to Levi Fulk and hey made their home near Astoria until 40 years ago when they moved to Beardstown to the residence at 1105 Monroe Street which had since been her home.  Her husband preceded her a number of years ago.

Nine Children -   Nine children were born to this union, three of whom preceded her: R. F. Fulk, D. E. Fulk and John G. Fulk.  The following children surviving are: C. M. Fulk, Littleton {Schuyler County}, Illinois; Rolla Fulk, Lee, Summit County, Missouri; Mrs. M. R. {Nora Mae} Roudebush near Rushville {Rushville Township, Schuyler County, Illinois}; Mrs. Anna Sellers, Independence, Missouri; Mrs. {Minnie Florence} Sam Blimling {Blemling}, Jacksonville, Illinois and Mrs. Nell Hess Roy of Los Angeles, California.  She is survived by 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.   Two brothers survive, John Swope of  this city {Beardstown, Illinois} and R. J. Swope of Berkley, California, while 12 brothers and sisters proceeded her.  They were Ed, Dallas, Walter, Jacob, Kathryn, Jane, Maria and five who passed away quite young.

  The deceased was a faithful member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ in this city {Beardstown, Illinois}.

Obituary courtesy of Sara Hemp


Levi "Jerry" Fulk

1895, Funeral Notice

Levi Fulk

  Died, Friday morning, May 10, at 2 o'clock; aged 73 years, 3 months and 29 days.  Funeral services will be held at the residence, corner Eleventh and Monroe Streets, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment Oak Grove Cemetery {Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois}. 

Beardstown Illinoisan, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois; May 14, 1895; page 1 column 5; at bottom.

 Levi Fulk, a resident on Monroe Street, between Eleventh and Twelfth, died on Friday last at the age of

seventy-three years.  He had been failing for some time, but not bedfast until the past few days.

Obituary courtesy of Sara Hemp


Leonard Gossage

Pekin - Leonard Gossage, 75, of 309 Sheridan Road died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday at Pekin Memorial Hospital. 

Born Sept 23, 1910, in Beardstown to William F. and Emma A. Davis Gossage, he married Betty J. Mahan July 2, 1945 in Eureka.

He was employed in the research department of Caterpillar Tractor C0., where he worked 37 years before retiring in 1967.

He was a member of Empire Lodge 126, AF&AM; Scottish Rite bodies, Valley of Peoria; and Mohammed Temple, Shrine.

Surviving are his wife; one sister, Mrs. Frances Elliott of Washington; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home, where Masonic services will be at 8 p.m. Services will be there at 3 p.m. Friday with burial at Lakeside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shrine Hospitals for Crippled Children.

Pekin Daily Times. Exact date unknown.

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak   Transcription by: Roger Whitaker


Margaret Henderson Greenman

died: April 6, 1987

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 7, 1987, Page: 14

Margaret Greenman

Beardstown - Margaret Greenman, 82, of Beardstown died at 9 a.m. Monday in Florida.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Beardstown. Burial will be in Bader Cemetery.

Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are one brother, Lyle Henderson of Pompeno Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Imogene Haffner of Dayton, Ohio and Lois Huffman of Mason City.


Susannah (Lischy) HAGEMAN

Mrs. Susan Hageman, widow of Isaac Hageman, deceased, died at the home place in the Monroe neighborhood, Saturday last at 6 o'clock p.m. The funeral took place Monday, from the German M.E. Church, south of Bluff Springs, the service being conducted by Rev. J.E. Roach, of this city, and was largely attended by relatives and friends, by whom the deceased was held in high esteem. The remains were interred at the cemetery adjoining the church.

Mrs. Hageman was born in 1813 in the York Co., PA, and married at the age of 24 years to Isaac Hageman, who died some 10 years ago. They came to this county in an early day and settled in Monroe precinct. Deceased was the mother of eight children, only three of whom, namely, Amanda, Sarah, and Adam, were living at home at the time of the death of Mrs. Hageman, the balance of the children having established homes of their own. Deceased was a member at the time of her death. She led a most exemplary life and has hosts of friends who mourn her loss.

Virginia Gazette - Sep 1883


MRS. MARY HEATON
(Died Nov. 30th, 1895.)

Dear wife in death's silence you're sleeping,
While I in my desolate grief,
Above your cold beauty am weeping
For love's sweet communion so brief.

So brief it sees now in my sadness
Since, standing beside me so fair.
You gave yourself to me in gladness,
We dreamed not of sorrow or care.

Yet long years have passed since that day love,
Together we have both grown old;
May we meet in Heaven I pray love,
And walk through the streets paved with gold.

Your hands are so cold dearest mother,
The dear little hands, white as snow,
The hands which have done what no other
Can do for your children we know.

We'll live here so well, that forever
With all we so tenderly love,
Where death our fond hearts cannot sever,
We'll dwell in the City above.
-ALH

Saturday morning there passed from life, one of those good old souls who has been the cherished companion of a fond and loving husband, for over a half century; the much beloved mother of a large family of children whom she had seen grow to maturity, married and themselves surrounded by children of their own. A woman loved by all who knew her intimately and held in highest esteem for her many sterling good qualities of heart and head. by all with whom she came in contact. A good wife, a loving mother and a kind neighbor and faithful friend, such as Mrs. John Heaton, whose 75 years of life closed so suddenly on last Saturday morning. Mrs. Heaton has been for some years subject to "sinking spells," doubtless the result of a faulty action of the heart. She has heretofore recovered from these attacks apparently suffering no serious consequences. But with each recurring attack her aged husband that those of her children here at home realized the danger thereof, especially to one of her advanced age. And so it is that it was one of these attacks, that resulted in her death, whole surrounded by  members of her family, some one of whom had been   --cutoff text--

-- Rev. Father Meskell and an address by Rev. Father Crows of Jacksonville. Interment followed at Walnut Ridge. Notwithstanding the very inclement weather, a large concourse of friends were present with the family to pay this last tribute of respect to the departed. Many beautiful floral offerings were laid upon the casket by family and friends. Mrs.. Heaton was born in the Tower of London, February 29th, 1820, she being the daughter of Major James Fullerton a native of England, who was in command of the tower at that time. She was married to John Heaton at Bolton, Lancashire England, November 2, 1840. Her aged husband and the following named children survive her: Noble, John, James, William and Charley, all now residents of the state of Washington; Mrs. Kate Caldwell, Mrs. R. Lancaster, Mrs. Ed. Savage, Mrs. R.H. Payne all of this county and Thomas of Jacksonville. She has 32 living grand children and five great grand children.


William B Hinchee 

William B Hinchee b l-l-1790 in Cecil Co. Md.died 29 March 1848 in Newmansville, Il. His father was Maurice Hinchee, b 1769 in Donegal, Ireland. M Polly Stalcup in Md.He married Margaret Barley in rockingham Co. Virginia.She was a daughter of James Barley and Sarah Wiseman.Ten children survive.


Helen Hierman

Helen Hierman, 78, of Beardstown, died early Tuesday morning, Feb. 1, 2000, at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born June 29, 1921, in rural Schuyler County near Rushville, the daughter of Laurence Wesley and Edna Leota Agans Nell. She married Robert L. Hierman on June 12, 1941, in Rushville. He survives in Beardstown.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert I. Hierman (wife Dixie) of Mapleton and Terry Joe Hierman (wife Jody) of Littleton, Colo.; one daughter, Georgia Ann Passini (husband Charles) of Trivoli; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene (wife Betty) of Canton and James E. (wife Mildred) of Rushville; one sister, Hilma Rakestraw of Cuba; one half-brother, Samuel Roger Phillips of Canton; and one half-sister, Catherine Sue Phillips of Rushville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jimina Shaw.

Mrs. Hierman graduated from Rushville High School in 1939. She was formerly a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville, past president of the Jacksonville Woman's Club and a past president of the PTA in Tremont. Many years ago she and her husband owned and operated Hierman's Cafe in Rushville and later she co-owned and operated the Dairy Maid, also in Rushville. Mrs. Hierman was a member of the Explorer's Bible Study in Beardstown. While she loved to weave rugs and placemats, Mrs. Hierman was especially fond of working with her family genealogy and spending time with her family and friends.

Funeral services for Helen Hierman were Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Paul Welles of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton officiating. Burial was in the Browning Cemetery.

Memorials have been suggested to Cass County Hospice.

- The Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 2


H. Blair Honeyman

Eagle Publications, December 21, 2000

H. Blair Honeyman, 59, Knoxville, died at 4:26 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2000 in OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

He was born June 28, 1941, in Silvis, the son of Horace Eugene and Mary Lucinda Bear Honeyman.

He married Beverly Mary Irene Eiker on Oct. 21, 1962, in Knoxville.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Douglas Honeyman, Knoxville, and Eugene Honeyman, Beardstown; one daughter, Valerie Zaugg, Boonville, Mo.; four brothers, Eugene Honeyman, in Florida; Bruce Honeyman, Ogallala, Neb., Harlan Honeyman, Henderson, and Rudy Honeyman, Abingdon, and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

He attended barber college in East Moline.

He owned and operated a barber shop in Galesburg and also worked at Butler Manufacturing Co., where he was a foreman.

He was an Air Force Veteran.

He was of Methodist faith. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 66, Knoxville; Moline Consistory; Steelworkers Union Local 2629, and the American Trap Shooters Association. He was also a member of the former Knoxville Kiwanis Club and was a volunteer at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville with Rev. David G. Hultberg officiating

Burial was in the Knoxville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Cottage Hospital Auxiliary.


Jesse H. Hughes

From the Elk County Citizen, Kansas, February 25, 1903

OBITUARY

Jesse H. Hughes was born March 19, 1859 in Cass county, Illinois. When 8 years of age he went with his parents to Madison county, Iowa. While there, at the age of 10 he was converted to Christianity. He next moved to Ottawa, Kansas and from there to Elk county. He united with the M. E. church at Moline. On April 10, 1883, he was married to Mary A. Colgrove of Elk county. In 1892 they moved to Douglas county, Oregon, returning to Howard in 1900. Mr. Hughes was an honest industrious man and highly respected by all. His sufferings were terrible and lasted several months, and his death which occurred early Tuesday morning was expected. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Richardson.

Submitted by L. Morgan


Karen Sue Workman Hymes

Eagle Publications, April 1, 2003

Karen Sue Hymes, 50, Beardstown, died Sunday afternoon, March 23, 2003, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Rushville due to a motorcycle accident.

She was born on April 16, 1952, in Beardstown, the daughter of Daretta L. Taylor Bingham and the late Herschel J. Workman.

She was preceded in death her father and maternal grandparents, Garrett and Alice Taylor and paternal grandparents, Dewey and Evie Workman.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Jack Bingham, Beardstown; one son, Rob Hymes, Beardstown, 2 sisters, Kathy (Bob) Collison, Macomb and Kay (Dave) Utter, Beardstown; her companion, John Andris, Beardstown; 3 stepbrothers, Dennis (Chris) Coil, Downer's Grover, Don (Tammy) Coil, Omaha, Neb., and John Bingham, Naperville; 3 nieces, Missy and Kaylee Utter, Beardstown and Carly Collison, Macomb; several aunts and uncles.

A graduate of Beardstown High School in 1970 and she was a member of the Beardstown Fall Fun Festival Committee, Chaplain of IL River of A.B.A.T.E., Schuyler/McDonough County Storm Chasers, Schuyler County Emergency Disaster Agency, and 4th Street First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Beardstown. Karen enjoyed riding motorcycles, fitness, bicycling, dancing, target shooting, swimming, and cooking, especially her homemade noodles.

Hymes handled various fitness programs and had worked as a receptionist for Beardstown Park District, Washington School and McDonough County Clerks office.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2003, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown. A memorial service for the cremated remains will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March, 27,2003, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Beardstown.

She will rest in peace next to her father at the Beardstown City Cemetery with Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been suggested to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beardstown Park District, or IL Chapter of A.B


John William Jackson 

Vital Information:
name:
John William Jackson [1,2]; John W. Jackson Sr. [3]
father: John Tillman Jackson [2,3]
mother: Effie May Anthony [2,3]
born: June 7, 1924 in Oak Grove, Odessa, Bates City, Missouri [2,3]
spouse: Dorothy Jane Osborn, m. October 24, 1947 [1,2,3] in Beardstown,Illinois [2,3] at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage [3]
children: John William, Rosa Lee, Janis Lynn and Anita Kay Jackson [2]
died: Tuesday evening [3], May 11, 1999 at his home in Beardstown, Illinois [2,3]

buried: Friday, May 14, 1999 in the Beardstown City Cemetery [2,3]

Other Information:
military:
U.S. Army [2,3] Feb. 12, 1943 to Feb. 15, 1946 [3]
education: graduate [3] of Oak Grove High School, Missouri [2,3]
occupation: farmer, railroader [2],
1952 - 1988, bridge gang forman for Burlington-Northern
residence: 112 Edwards Street, Beardstown, Illinois [2]
cause of death: complications following heart surgery [2]

References:
1. Hazel Osborn Looker, Data Sheet for Harry Edmund Osborn, Jessie Fern Croxton and children.
2. Hazel Osborn Looker, Data Sheet for John William Jackson, Dorothy Jane Osborn and children.
3. Hazel Osborn Looker, photocopy of obituaries of John W. Jackson Sr.

Obituary:

John W. Jackson Sr., 74, of Beardstown, died Tuesday evening May 11, 1999 at his residence.

He was born June 7, 1924, in Bates City, Mo., the son of John T. and Effie Mae Anthony Jackson. He married Dorothy Osborn on October 24, 1947, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage in Beardstown, and she survives.

He is also survived by one son, John W. Jr. (wife Jenny) of Liberty; three daughters, Mrs. Jim (Rosa Lee) Miller and Anita Kay, both of Beardstown, and Janis Lynn of Springfield; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Pearl Savage and Wanda Savage, both of Beardstown, Geraldine Osborn of Napoleon, Mo. and Edna Belle Moss of Springfield. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Mr. Jackson graduated from Oak Grove (Missouri) High School in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army on Feb. 12, 1943, and served in World War II in the Philippines and the occupation of Japan. He received a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star and a Good Conduct medal and was honorably discharged on Feb. 15, 1946. He was a life member of the Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post No. 1239 in Beardstown. He was employed by Burlington-Northern Railroad as a Bridge Gang Foreman from 1952 until his retirement in 1988 and he also farmed in the Cass County area.

Graveside Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Beardstown City Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Friday at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Memorials are suggested to the Cass County Visiting Nurses.

Graveside funeral services for John W. Jackson Sr. were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 14, 1999, at the Beardstown City Cemetery. Vocalists Marsha Lehmkuhl and Jo Lehmkuhl sang "Peace in the Valley". Pallbearers were Mike ..oker, J.T. Savage, George Savage, Maurice W. Lehmkuhl, Ted Mallicoar, Pete Warden, Leo Savage and Lonnie Savage. The eulogy was given by Dana Stevens and Wyatt Sager. Military services were conducted by Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post No. 1239 in Beardstown with Dick Ballance, Charlie Petri, Frank DeLoche, George Bell, Roy ..ore, Gillie Collison and Randy ..omwell, color guard; Ken ..rtney, Leo Carlock, George ..cy, Rich Vincent, Mike Genseal, ..ig Stevens and Les Farwell (Legion Post No. 605), rifle squad; ... McCombs, body guard; Dale Lovekamp, squad leader; and ..tor Smith, Lanny Smith, Dana Stevens, Russell Southwell and ..e Lovekamp, officers. "Taps" was played by Robert Pherigoer.Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of the arrangements.


Obituary of Charles "Bud" L. Jarrett I

died: December 22, 1996

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 27, 1996, Page: 12

Charles L. Jarrett

BEARDSTOWN - Charles L. "Bud" Jarrett, 82, of Beardstown died Tuesday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Survivors: wife, Joyce Jarrett of Ashland; two daughters, Rita Jarrett and Brenda Hernandez, both of Beardstown; six sons, Robert, Terry, Randy and Charles Jarrett Jr., all of Beardstown, Rick Hopping of Oxville and Marvin Rogers of Havana; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services: 3 p.m. Sunday, Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home, Virginia. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia.


Obituary of Joyce A. Hopping Jarrett

Peoria Journal Star, February 2, 2004, Page: B4

Joyce Jarrett

BEARDSTOWN - Joyce A. Jarrett, 61, of Beardstown died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Heritage Manor South.

Born May 6, 1942, in Macomb to Perry Lee and Ruth May Petticoat {Pedigo} Hopping, she married Charles Jarrett in Macomb. He died in 1996.

She also was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Surviving are five sons, Rick (and Teresa) Hopping of Bluffs, Marvin Rogers of Pekin, and Terry Jarrett, Randy (and Bobbie) Jarrett and Charles (and Amanda) Jarrett, all of Beardstown; two daughters, Rita (and Mike) Casey of Beardstown and Brenda (and Carlos) Hernandez of Bolingbrook; one stepson, Robert Sr. (and Delores) Jarrett of Beardstown; two brothers, her twin Jerry (and Mary) Hopping of Atterberry and Jim Hopping of Springfield; and one sister Mary (and Harry) McFetridge of Prairie City; and 16 grandchildren.

She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Beardstown.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Sager Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.

 


'Mike' Jockisch

Lewis Charles "Mike" Jockisch, 90, of Beardstown, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at the Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

He was born Dec. 15, 1908, in Cass County, the son of Christ H. and Myria Catherine Shields Jockisch. Mr. Jockisch married Miss Verna Jeanice Moeller on May 2, 1944, in Beardstown. She preceded him in death on May 14, 1985. He had several brothers and sisters who all preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, David C. (wife Katy) Jockisch of Beardstown and Jack (wife Lucy) Jockisch; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a life long farmer in Cass County. He attended the Black Oak Church and loved to fox hunt when he was a young man.

The family has requested. that memorials be made to the Black Oak Cemetery and the Heritage Manor South Activity Fund in lieu of flowers.

Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown was in charge of the arrangements. Funeral services were conducted at the funeral home on Friday, Oct. 1, 1999. with burial immediately following in the family lot of the Black Oak Cemetery.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, page 15, column 1


Mrs. W. B. Kikendall

Virginia Gazette 12/27/1895 Obituaries

Mrs. W. B. Kikendall

 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.  

 

W.B.D. Kikendall

Virginia. Jas. Clifford of this city Gazette
Friday, 12/17/1897
 
  Mortuary
W.B.D. Kikendall

  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.

 Transcibed and submitted by Jean Conover Blaney (gg granddaughter of W.B.D. and Elizabeth (Jobe) Kikendall)


Bertha Kirchner

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.

Memorials may be made to the Beardstown Emblem Club or the St. Alexius Catholic Church.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 3, 2000, page 17, column 4


Obituary of Ephraim Benson Kirkham II

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, February 11, 2002, Page: 22

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.


Ernest Knous

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.

Memorials have been suggested to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or the Frederick Christian Church Building Fund.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page 4B, column 2


Louella Knous

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.

Memorials have been suggested to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or the Frederick Christian Church Building Fund.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page 4B, column 3


Captain Reuben Lancaster

Civil War Youngster dies in Virginia
Denver Post

Virginia, Illinois., Jan 10, 1917. - Captain Reuben Lancaster, the youngest commissioned officer in the Union army during the Civil War, fell dead at his home here of heart trouble. He had a brilliant war record as captain of Company B, Kentucky cavalry.


Patricia J. Landrith

Patricia J. Landrith, 65, of Macomb, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at the Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb.

She was born May 10, 1934, in Beardstown, the daughter of the late Roy W. and Mildred C. (Trotter) McMurl. She married Russell Landrith. He preceded her in death.

A nurse's aide, she worked at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb and at various health care facilities in Jacksonville and Springfield. She was a member of the Tabernacle of God Church in Colchester.

Surviving are two sons, David (wife, Julie) of Dallas, Texas, and Dewayne (wife, Tammy) of Macomb; two daughters, Debbie Sue Clair of San Jose and Donna Boyd of Beardstown; six grandchildren; three brothers, Roy McMurl (wife, Ruby) of Kansas, Rev. John McMurl (wife, Joan A.) of Colchester, and Rev. Glen McMurl (wife, Darlene) of Jacksonville; and one sister, Cleon D. Crow of Pompano Beach, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Dale Wayne Landrith.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Donald Sutton officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow in the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, April 12, 2000, page 15, column 6


Launer, Mary Alice

Obit: Mary Alice Launer, 72, of Beardstown, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

She was born Dec. 26, 1939, in Beardstown the daughter of William and Leona McLin Summey. She married Cleon E. Launer on April 5, 1959, in Beardstown, and he preceded her in death June 29, 2008.

Surviving are two brothers, Ron (wife, Jackie) Summey of Beardstown and Jack (wife, Mary) Summey of San Antonio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two children, Laura and Cleon Launer; and five brothers.

Mary graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1957. She worked for the State of Illinois as a computer programmer and later she worked in the Beardstown City Clerk's office. Mary was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. She enjoyed taking trips to the riverboat and traveling with her husband on his motorcycle or in his airplane.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be at the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL   Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth


Tina A Lawson


Date: June 30, 1996

Submitters Name: Janice Johnson

Obit: Tina A. Lawson
1968 - 1996
Beardstown, Ill.
Tina Lynn Lawson, 28, of Beardstown died Sunday morning (June 30, 1996) in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Miss Lawson was born, May 2, 1968, in Hannibal, Mo., a daughter of Ralph C. and Sharon K. Kirk Lawson.
Miss Lawson was a 1988 graduate of Beardstown High School.
Survivors include the parents of rural Beardstown; a sister, Mrs Bobby L. (Rebecca) Saylor of Beardstown; maternal grandmother, Marjorie Kirk of rural Mount Sterling; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Barbara Lawson of Arenzville; and maternal great- grandparents, Mary McIntire and Lloyd Lawber, both of Pittsfield, and Ilene Daniels of Arenzvile. Miss Lawson was preceded in death by maternal Grandfather, W.J. Kirk Sr; and maternal Grandparents , Henry McIntire, Goldie Kirk and Reeson Daniels.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in Benville Cemetery in Brown county.
Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday with the family meeting friends after 6 p.m.


Buck Lewis

Buck Lewis, 75, of Beardstown, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000 at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

He was born May 16, 1924, in Virginia. the son of the late Richard Charles Lewis and the late Nellie Belle Embree Lewis. He married Dollie Gabbert in Palmyra, Mo., on March 15, 1943.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas R. Lewis. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sharon Lewis and Susan (husband Dave) Gerdes, both of Beardstown; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He served in the United States Army/Air Force during W.W. II. Lewis was self-employed for several years at the Lewis Disposal until his retirement in 1992. During retirement, he enjoyed listening to country music, visiting flea markets, boat riding, playing pool, playing and visiting with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing.

He was a member of the Beardstown Moose and American Legion.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at the Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery with military honors being performed by the Beardstown VFW Post 1239. Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

- The Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 4


Obituary of Clyde Logsdon

born 1918; died: 1931

unknown paper

Tetanus (lockjaw) which resulted after he had stepped on a rusty nail a week ago Tuesday, proved fatal Monday night to Clyde Logsdon, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Logsdon, 617 West Main street, ? p.m. in the Passavant hospital in Jacksonville. The lad died following several days of suffering from the ailment. He had stepped on the nail last Tuesday while working on a boat, the rusty point penetrating his light tennis shoes and making only a small hole in the bottom of his right foot. The youth was not taken to a doctor until Thursday, it being thought he was not seriously hurt, when Dr. Charles was called to administer the Tetanus serum. When no relief was obtained the boy was sent to the hospital in Jacksonville, where the continued observance and treatment of several surgeons failed to save his life.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10:30 from the local Christian church with Rev. Schwab of Mt. Sterling in charge. Interment was made in the City Cemetery. The lad is survived by his parents, two brothers, Ray and Elmer and one sister, Faye, all of Beardstown. He was 12 years, 8 months and 8 days of age at the time of his death.

Note: He is buried with parents and other relatives in the Beardstown City Cemetery.


Obituary of Francis "Frank" Logsdon

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 6, 1994, Page: 25

Francis Logsdon

BEARDSTOWN - Francis "Frank" Logsdon, 66, of Beardstown died Tuesday morning at his residence.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Beardstown City Cemetery.

Cline Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; stepdaughter, Susan Shaw of Beardstown; three brothers, Herschel Logsdon, Tom Logsdon and Dave Logsdon, all of Beardstown; three sisters, Mary Hiles of Galesburg and Patricia Davidsmeyer and Reah Logsdon, both of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews. 


Obituary of James Lee Logsdon

State Journal-Register, May 11, 1991, Page: 37

James Lee Logsdon

BEARDSTOWN - James Lee Logsdon, 31, of Beardstown died Thursday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Beardstown City Cemetery. Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, Ginny; two step-sons, C. J. and Cole; his parents, Francis and Mary Logsdon; and one sister, Susie Shaw, all of Beardstown. 


Obituary of John C. Logsdon

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, February 19, 1990, Page: 24

John C. Logsdon

BEARDSTOWN - John C. Logsdon, 48, of Beardstown died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday at his residence.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; two sons, Troy and Todd, both of Beardstown; one grandson; and several brothers and sisters including Francis Logsdon of Beardstown. 


Obituary of Mary Evelyn Wishon Logsdon

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 19, 2004, Page: 26

Mary E. Logsdon

BEARDSTOWN - Mary Evelyn Logsdon, 80, of Beardstown died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at Heritage Manor South.

She was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Beardstown, the daughter of Leroy Wishon and Eva Mae Eastham Wishon. She married Francis Lee Logsdon in 1951 in Beardstown; he preceded her in death. A son, James Lee Logsdon, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Logsdon attended Beardstown High School. She was a homemaker and worked at the Wells LaMont Glove Factory. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Beardstown.

Survivors: two daughters, Susan Lee Shaw of Beardstown and Linda (husband, Dale) Zeisler of Rushville; and a nephew.

Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Beardstown City Cemetery.

Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements. 


John Robert Lowe

John Robert Lowe, 47, of Beardstown, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born July 18, 1952, in Jacksonville, the son of Virginia Bettis and stepson of Dick Harz.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Jeremy Lowe.

He is survived by a son, Jason Lowe of Beardstown; a daughter, Carrie Lowe of Peoria Heights; and a sister, Judy Lowe-Surratt of Jacksonville.

He was a 1972 graduate of Triopia High School. He worked the past six years tending bar for the Central Tavern.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday March 8, 2000, at the Beardstown City Cemetery with Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown in charge of the arrangements.

- The Rushville Times, March 8, 2000, page 15, column 6


Magee, Ann, in her 50th year, d. I May 1853 at her residence at Middle Creek, Cass Co., Ill. She was the wife of George Magee; the daughter of John and Ann McClure, of Chester Co., Pa. ((Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1., 3 June 1853, p. 87)


Nadyne Mann

Nadyne Patricia Kessling Mann, 83, was born April 9, 1916, in Beardstown and died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Culbertson Extended Care Unit of Rushville. She was the daughter of Ralph Frederick and Alma Mary O'Hara Kessling.

She married Bartlett John Mann on Sept. 9, 1944, at Long Beach, Calif. He died Feb. 9, 1988, at Melbourne, Fla., and his cremains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Mrs. Mann also was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving is a sister, Shirley (husband Robert L) Goff of Beardstown; one niece; one nephew; and numerous cousins.

A memorial mass was held at St. Alexius Catholic Church on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999. The Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of the arrangements.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, page 15, column 3


Matthew Meyer

Graveside services for Matthew Robert Meyer, 17, of Beardstown, who was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at the scene of an automobile accident, were held Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Beardstown. The Rev. Richard Bremer officiated. Sager Funeral Home was in charge of services.

He died from injuries sustained in a single-car accident on Illinois Route 125 near Virginia.

He was born Dec. 29, 1981, in Jacksonville to Michael "Wally" and Melissa "Missy" Dodds Meyer.

Surviving are his parents of Beardstown; paternal grandmother, Virginia Meyer of Beardstown; maternal grandparents, Juanita and Gary Noe of Beardstown and Gerald Dodds of Frederick; maternal greatgrandparents, William and Rosalee Armel of Quincy; one brother, Jason of Beardstown; and one sister, Paige Meyer, at home.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather and paternal great-grandparents.

He was a senior at Beardstown High School, where he was active in Future Farmers of America and pitched for the baseball team. He farmed with his father and Butch Hobrock Farms of Beardstown. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Beardstown, where he was confirmed.

Memorials may be made to the Beardstown United Way or the Beardstown Baseball Association.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, page 9A, column 5


Pauline Sutherd Meyer

died: December 28, 1985

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 29, 1985, Page: 52

  BEARDSTOWN - Pauline Meyer, 74, of Beardstown died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beardstown Hospital.

  Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sager-Northcutt Funeral Home, Beardstown, and burial will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia.

  Surviving are three sons, Bob of Beardstown, Dale of Rushville and Ronnie of Browning; three daughters, Gloria Jean Roegge of Beardstown, Royna Stambaugh of Frederick and Marilyn Brown of Chicago; one brother, Russell Sutherd of Tallula; two sisters, Elizabeth Reed of Ashland and Christine Homer of Beardstown; 29 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren


Obituary of Debra K. Horney Minor

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 12, 2002, Page: 36

Debra K. Minor

VIRGINIA - Debra K. Minor, 46, of Virginia died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at St. John's Hospital.

She was born Nov. 4, 1955, in White Hall, the daughter of David F. and Myrtle Mercer Horney. She married Jerry Minor in 1976 in White Hall.

Mrs. Minor was employed at Pactiv in Jacksonville for 23 years. She also worked part time at Huck's Convenience Store and was a former waitress at Sambo's, both in Jacksonville.

She was a member of the Virginia Jaycees and attended Harvest Temple United Pentecostal Church in Jacksonville.

Survivors: husband, Jerry; two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel Minor, both of Virginia; a son, J.T. Minor Jr. of Virginia; a stepson, James T. Minor of Glasgow, Ky.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; parents, David and Myrtle Horney of Jacksonville; three sisters, Carol (husband, Steve) McNealy and Janet (husband, Warren) Smith, both of Jacksonville, and Becky Jones of San Jose, Calif.; three brothers, David F. "Fred" (wife, Susie) Horney III of Hollywood, Fla., Dan Horney of Springfield and Mike (wife, Lisa) Horney of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia.


George W. Newingham

Beardstown, Ill., July 23 Funeral services for George W. Newingham, 88, who died here Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ruben Johnson, 310 Wall, will be held today in Roodhouse. Burial will be in Fernwood cemetery, Roodhouse.

Mr. Newingham had lived here the past 40 years. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Charles Colclasure of Beardstown and Mrs. E. J. Scott of Galesburg; two sons, W. L. Newingham of Beardstown and Hiram of Galesburg; two brothers, Elijah and Harry of Roodhouse; one sister, Mrs. Joe Coats of Roodhouse; 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

[Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Sunday, July 23, 1950 transcribed by Debbie Gibson]


NICHOLSON, John S.

PROMINENT CITIZEN HAS PASSED AWAY

Was One Of The Oldest Newspaper Editors In The State After an illness of five days, J.S. Nicholson, postmaster and editor of the Illinoian-Star, answered the final summons at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning. He had been ailing for some months past but succeeded in battling successfully the ravages of disease until last Friday when he gave up and went to the home of his son, E.E. Nicholson, at 915 Washington street where he became bedfast. His illness began with Grippe, but quickly developed into bronchial pneumonia and he steadily grew weaker, and at last gave up the unequal fight. He remained conscious to the end and was surrounded by the members of his family when he died he spoke to the nurse and gave the request that the song "A Charge I Have Kept" be sung at his funeral He so lived his life that when called upon to lay down his earthly cares he could enter into the home prepared by his Master. The deceased was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, February 19, 1832, and was aged 79 years 2 months. With his parents he left Liverpool on the anniversary of Queen Victoria's marriage in 1841, and like so many emigrants had a slow passage to New Orleans, thence up the Mississippi river settling after a journey of eleven weeks, at Jacksonville. In 1850 the family settled on unimproved land near Beardstown. Later the father and mother moved to Rome, Peoria county, Ill., where they died a few years later within ten days one of the other. Mr. Nicholson began his career in Beardstown as office boy on the paper which afterwards he became proprietor. He later embarked in business in Mt. Sterling where he successfully edited a newspaper until fire brought ruin and he returned to Beardstown in 1877 he assumed control of the Illinoian, a semi-weekly. He continued in charge of this paper until 1890 when a consolidation was formed with Cad Allard owner of the daily and weekly Star and the paper then became the Illinoian-Star. This partnership continued until 1901, when he sold out and later formed a partnership with F.M. Fulks and the firm continued as Nicholson & Fulks until 1903 when E.E. Nicholson purchased Mr. Fulks interest and the firm became Nicholson and Nicholson. He was a republican in politics and worked faithfully for the advancement of the party's interests, being many times honored as state delagate, state central committeeman. Some seven years ago he was appointed postmaster, which position he held at the time of his death.

He was a man high educational attainment and took his finishing course at McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill, completing his studies in 1850. In connection with his newspaper work he for some years conducted a business college. Early in his life he confessed his faith in Christ and conscientiously followed his teachings to the end. He was one of the first members of the Methodist church and always took an active part in church work, having seen the congre-gation frow from a mere handful to its present enrollment. He was one of the prime movers in the construction of the present edifice and actied on the building committee. For many years he served as superintendent of the Sunday school, and at the time of his death was a member of the Board of Trustees of the church.

He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Jemima Dunn Harris to whom he was united in 1860. To this union were born four children, all of whom died in infancy except C.B. Nicholson who is a resident of St. Louis. The death of Mrs. Jemima Nicholson occurred in 1873. His second marriage was with Miss Eliza Jane Buck in December 1875. To this union was born one child E.E. Nicholson of this city. The second wife preceeded him in death in 1900.

Deceased was quiet of manner and disposition and a home loving man when the pleasure of one was his. He was identified with many of the progressive movements in the city and since its organization has been president of the Mutual Loan and Savings association and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank since its incorporation.

Besides his sons, C.B. Nicholson of St. Louis and E.E. of this city he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Cole of Cullison, Kans., Mrs. Mary Weedman of St. Louis, and two brothers, Thomas of Oklahoma and Chas. H. of near Peoria. The funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Friday after-noon at the M.E. church. Interment at Oak Grove cemetery.

Evening Enterprise - April 20, 1911


Mary L. langdon Niestradt

Rushville Times, July 12, 2000, page 13, column 4

  Mary L. Niestradt, 92, of Beardstown, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

  She was born Feb. 12, 1908, in Beardstown, to William and Elizabeth Tucker Langdon. She married Richard G. Niestradt on Feb. 6, 1932, in the Beardstown parsonage.

  Mrs. Niestradt is survived by two sisters, Ana Louise (husband Pat) McLain of Beardstown and Doris (husband Harold - deceased) Andre of Springfield; two sisters-in-law, Vera Langdon of Galesburg and Rose Mary Langdon of Beardstown; and 22 nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980, both parents, a daughter, Kay Ann (husband Jim) Dick, three grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.

  She was a graduate of Beardstown High School and a homemaker in the Arenzville area. She was a member of the St. Alexius Catholic Church of Beardstown, Beardstown Senior Citizens Bread of Love and Home Extension.

  Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 5, at St. Alexius Catholic Church of Beardstown, with burial in the Beardstown City Cemetery. Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of arrangements.

  Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler Hospice or St. Alexius Catholic Church.


Casper F. Noeker

Casper F Noeker Dead, was one of the oldest business men of Virginia.  Casper F. Noeker died Friday Nov. 7,  19l3 at home.He was born in Westphalia, Germany Oct 9, 1830.  He began his long business career in Virginia in 1874.  He succeeded in building up a substantial jewelry and watch making business which he conducted up to a few weeks before death. He married Mary e. Goodwin in this city in 1874.She survives with two sons, Clarence H. and Charles G.  He was a member of the Methodist church.  Two children, Frank and Anna preceeded him in death. 
Virginia Gazette 19l3.


Mary Elizabeth Noeker

Mary Elizabeth Noeker, widow of Casper Franklin noeker, died May 5, 1922.  She was born July 4, 1844 in Schuhler Co. Illinois to Thomas and Mary Byrnes goodwin.  She leaves two sons, Clarence H. Noeker of Virginia, and Charles G. Noeker of Whitehall.  Two grandchildren, Hildreth and Clarice Noeker of Virginia.  She was an active member of the Virginia Methodist Church.  
Virginia Gazette, May 5, 1922.


J.S. Nicholson

PROMINENT CITIZEN HAS PASSED AWAY 

Was One Of The Oldest Newspaper Editors In The State 

After an illness of five days, J. S. Nicholson, postmaster and editor of the Illinoian-Star, answered the final summons at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning.  He had been ailing for some months past but succeeded in battling successfully the ravages of disease until last Friday when he gave up and went to the home of his son, E. E. Nicholson, at 915 Washington street where he became bedfast.   

His illness began with Grippe, but quickly developed into bronchial pneumonia and he steadily grew weaker, and at last gave up the unequal fight.  He remained conscious to the end and was surrounded by the members of his family when he died he spoke to the nurse and gave the request that the song "A Charge I Have Kept" be sung at his funeral  He so lived his life that when called upon to lay down his earthly cares he could enter into the home prepared by his Master. 

The deceased was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, February 19, 1832, and was aged 79 years2 months.  With his parents he left Liverpool on the anniversary of Queen Victoria's marriage in 1841, and like so many emigrants had a slow passage to New Orleans, thence up the Mississippi river settling after a journey of eleven weeks, at Jacksonville.  In 1850 the family settled on unimproved land near Beardstown.  Later the father and mother moved to Rome, Peoria county, Ill., where they died a few years later within ten days one of the other.  Mr. Nicholson began his career in Beardstown as office boy on the paper which afterwards he became proprietor.  He later embarked in business in Mt. Sterling where he successfully edited a newspaper until fire brought ruin and he returned to Beardstown in 1877 he assumed control of the Illinoian, a semi-weekly.  He continued in charge of this paper until 1890 when a

consolidation was formed with Cad Allard owner of the daily and weekly Star and the paper then became the Illinoian-Star.  This partnership continued until 1901, when he sold out and later formed a partnership with F.M. Fulks and the firm continued as Nicholson & Fulks until 1903 when E.E. Nicholson purchased Mr. Fulks interest and the firm became Nicholson and Nicholson.  He was a republican in politics and worked faithfully for the advancement of the party's interests, being many times honored as state delegate, state central committeeman.  Some seven years ago he was appointed postmaster, which position he held at the time of his death. 

He was a man high educational attainment and took his finishing course at McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill, completing his studies in 1850.  In connection with his newspaper work he for some years conducted a business college.  Early in his life he confessed his faith in Christ and conscientiously followed his teachings to the end.  He was one of the first members of the Methodist church and always took an active part in church work, having seen the congregation frow from a mere handful to its present enrollment.  He was one of the prime movers in the construction of the present edifice and acted on the building committee.  For many years he served as superintendent of the Sunday school, and at the time of his death was a member of the Board of Trustees of the church. 

He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Jemima Dunn Harris to whom he was united in 1860.  To this union were born four children, all of whom died in infancy except C.B. Nicholson who is a resident of St. Louis.  The death of Mrs. Jemima Nicholson occurred in 1873.  His second marriage was with Miss Eliza Jane Buck in December 1875.  To this union was born one child E. E. Nicholson of this city.  The second wife preceded him in death in 1900. 

Deceased was quiet of manner and disposition and a home loving man when the pleasure of one was his.  He was identified with many of the progressive movements in the city and since its organization has been president of the Mutual Loan and Savings association and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank since its incorporation. 

Besides his sons, C.B. Nicholson of St. Louis and E.E. of this city he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Cole of Cullison, Kans., Mrs. Mary Weedman of St. Louis, and two brothers, Thomas of Oklahoma and Chas. H. of near Peoria.
 

The funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the M.E. church.  Interment at Oak Grove cemetery. 

Beardstown's "Evening Enterprise" - April 20, 1911


James Henry Norris

The Illinoian-Star, Beardstown, December 3 1936

FUNERAL TO BE SATURDAY FOR CASS MAN

James Henry Norris, 79 of Virginia, Dies Exactly One Year After Death Of Wife

  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 for James Henry Norris, 79, who died at his home in Virginia yesterday.  For many years he had been a constable in Cass county.  His wife, the former Martha Turner, died December 2, 1935, exactly one year before the death of Mr. Norris.

  Mr. Norris was the son of Robert Henry and Mary Ellen Pike Norris.  He was born August 26, 1857, in Browning {Brown?} county and has resided all his life in this state.  Mr. and Mrs. Norris were married in Ashland, September 14, 1879.

  Surviving children include Mrs. Eleanor Avery, Beardstown; Mrs. Mary Ane Wakeman, Ashland; J. L. Norris, Francesville, Ind.  A granddaughter, Mrs. Hattie E. Henry, has lived at the home and cared for the deceased.  Brothers and sisters who survive are Wil-Mary Jane Wakeman, Ashland; J. Norris, Petersburg; Mrs. Mary Belle Walters and Mrs. Anna Sherrin, Virginia.

  submitted by: Tammie Brown


Dorothy "Do Rae" Rae Baujan O'Hara

Rushville Times, August 16, 2000, page 11, column 5

Dorothy O'Hara

  Dorothy Rae Baujan O'Hara, 72, a longtime resident of Beardstown, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000.

  Do Rae was born in Beardstown on Feb. 10, 1928 the daughter of Raymond Baujan and Dorothy Gardner Baujan.  She was married to James Earl O'Hara on Oct. 2, 1948, at St. Alexius Catholic Church of Beardstown.  She was proceeded in death by both of her parents and her husband.

  Do Rae is survived by her three children: Kevin (wife Kate) O'Hara of Portage, Wisc., Molly (husband Ben) Beck of Redlands, Calif., and Patty (husband David) Walker of Jacksonville; one sister, Mrs. Mary Beth Mauterer of Decatur; one brother, Bob Baujan of Beech Mountain, N.C., and six grandchildren.

  She was a graduate of Belleville High School and attended Millikin University.  She was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown.

  Memorial services were held Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown with Father Eugene Weitzel celebrating the Mass.  Graveside service followed at the Beardstown City Cemetery.  Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  Memorials may be sent to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.


Alice (WEBSTER) PENDERGRAFT

Mrs. Fred (Alice) Pendergraft died at her home, 716 West 6th Street, Nov. 22, 1918 at 3 o'clock after a weeks illness of influenza. She was the widow of Fred Pendergraft who died Feb. 6, 1917.

Alice Pendergraft was born Dec. 7, 1878 in Arenzville Twp, the daughter of William and Celia (Measels) Webster. She is survived by her father of Virginia; five children: Kenneth, Ray, Russell, Floyd and Hyla; and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Laura McDaniels of Virginia, Mrs. Ray Matthews, Oliver and Harold Webster of Beardstown, and Clayton and Andrew Webster of Virginia.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the home of Oliver Webster, 919 Beard Street, conducted by Rev. Fulks of the Latter Day Saints Church. Interment will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery. Fred I. Cline is in charge of arrangements.

Composed and submitted by: Pat Hageman 


Julius Frayer Pendergraft

Died at his home in Beardstown at 1115 Wall Street October 2nd at 10:15 p.m.

Deceased was born in Knoxville, Tenn. June 15, 1843 and was married to Miss Hester Malloyr, Nov, 2, 1865. He is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters, Sanford, Harry Everett, JOhn and Guy, Mrs, Della Daily and Mrs. Mary E. Cornell. The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Chapel today where it was prepared for burial.

Funeral services will be held at the LDS church in the city at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 4th. Interment in City Cemetery.

Illinoian Star Oct. 3, 1921

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak   Transcription by: Roger Whitaker


Lela Pendergraft

Pekin daily times

 Lela Pendergraft, 94, of Pekin passed away at 5:33 am Thursday, Feb 2, 2006, at her daughter's residence.

She was born on Dec 16, 1911 at Beardstown, Il to Lee and Jessie Ann GOSSAGE CRAFTON; she married Roy Pendergraft July 2, 1930 in Havana, Il, he proceeded her in death on may 31, 1951.

One daughter, Barbara Morgenthaler, one granddaughter, Tracey Morgenthaler, one grandson, Michael Singleton; one brother, Floyd Crafton and one half-brother Lester Crafton also proceeded her in death.

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak


ROY PENDERGRAFT

May 31, 1951 Pekin times
ROY PENDERGRAFT
Mr. Pendergraft was born April 25, 1901, in Beardstown, Il, the son of Samuel William and Harriet TUCKER Pendergraft. His marriage to Lela CRAFTON took place at Havana, Il on July 2, 1930. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Charlene and Barbara Pendergraft of Pekin, Il, a brother John Pendergraft, Burlington Iowa, Earl, address not listed, and a sister, Mrs Alta BARTELL, Washington, DC. A painter by trade, he had been employed by A.H Seelye, Peoria contractor. He was a member of the Christian church, the painter's union and a veteran of world war 1.

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak


Sam Pendergraft

Death Claims Painter, Sam Pendergraft

Well Known Local Man Dies at age of 70 years.

Samuel Pendergraft, 70, veteran painter and paper hanger of this city, died at 10:30 this morning in Schmitt Memorial Hospital here. He had been ill only a short time.

Pneumonia was the cause of his death.

The body was taken to the Simpson Home for services to be prepared for burial.

Funeral services will be held at 10 O'clock Friday morning from the Simpson Funeral Home.

Born in Cooperstown, Illinois on August 4, 1866, the son of Mr and Mrs. Julius Pendergraft, the decedent came to this city in 1898. He and his family lived and the corner of Ninth and Marsh street for many years.

Surviving are 4 children: Earl and John of Chicago and Roy of this city; His brothers and sisters, John of this city, Guy of Jacksonville, Mrs. Thomas Daily of this city and Mrs. Mary Cornell of Washington, Kansas. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and his brother Harry.

His wife died October 19, 1932 and two brothers, Everett and Fred also preceded him in death.

Contributed by Donna: (Singleton) Yavorshak   Transcription by: Roger Whitaker


Ward C. Petefish

ASHLAND - Ward C. Petefish, 84, of rural Ashland died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born June 7, 1923, in Literberry, the son of Jesse L. and Jean Caldwell Petefish. He married Marcella Pauline Hinman on Feb. 2, 1945, in Ashland and she preceded in death on Dec. 25, 1981.

He is survived by a daughter, Doris J. Gregory (husband, Keith) of Ashland; four sons, J. Alan Petefish (wife, Vicky) of Festus, Mo., Donald J. Petefish (wife, Jennifer) of Ashland, Ronald R. Petefish (wife, Debra) of Ashland and Bradley E. Petefish of Ashland; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard L. Petefish Sr. (wife, Sharon) of Champaign; two sisters, Lois Yancy (husband, Albert) of Springfield and Mary Lou Newell (husband, Bob) of St. Louis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Allen (surviving husband, Raymond of Springfield); and a niece.

Mr. Petefish was a 1940 graduate of Ashland High School and a grain and livestock farmer in the Ashland area. He was a member of Berea Christian Church where he served as Deacon Emeritus. He formerly served on the Ashland School Board and as a 4-H leader for many years. He enjoyed fishing and watching his family participate in local sporting events, but his greatest joy came from spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2008, at Berea Christian Church, south of Prentice, with burial in Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2008, at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland, where the family will meet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Berea Christian Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.buchanancody.com .

Published in The State Journal-Register on 4/4/2008.


OBITUARY - Brenda Ransom

Brenda D. Ransom, 46, of Beardstown died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Ransom was born on March 12, 1953, in Beardstown, the daughter of Otis Raymond "Skeet" and Clara G. Swan-Ransom.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Candace Ransom-Knous.

She is survived by a brother, Michael (wife Kathy) Ransom of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; four sisters, Melissa Ransom of Beardstown, Jennie (husband Terry) Shinall of Beardstown, Dee (husband Charlie) Coffey of Rushville, and Karen Cox of Ripley; four nieces; three nephews; five great-nephews; and two great-nieces.

Ms. Ransom was a 1972 graduate of Beardstown High School and she attended Lincoln Land Community College with business as her course of study. She later became the coordinator of the Cass County Board Assistance Center (formerly known as JTPA). She was an active member in numerous organizations including Cass County Democratic Party, Emblem Club, and alderwoman and a precinct committee member for the city of Beardstown. She was a board member of Cass County Mental Health and Cass County Council of Aging.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 13, at the St. Alexius Catholic Church of Beardstown. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery. Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, March 15, 2000, page 15, column 4


Anna "Marie" Marie Demy Ring

died: May 7, 1977

unknown paper, May 1977

Anna Marie Ring, 75 417 1/2 Monroe Street died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday at Beardstown Hospital.

Born in Astoria, she attended Astoria schools. She attended the United Methodist Church. She married George Ring, a former mayor, on April 20, 1920 in Lewistown. He died in 1962.

Survivors include a sister Helen Walters, 1220 Adams Street and two nieces Maxine White of Peoria and Margaret Ann Murray of Macomb.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. today at Beardstown City Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Armbrust officiating. Northcutt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

The Courier, Jacksonville, IL, May 8, 1977

Anna Marie Ring, 75, 417 1/2 Monroe, Beardstown died Saturday morning in Beardstown hospital. She was a retired clerk at Walker's IGA in Beardstown.

Mrs. Ring was born in Astoria April 20, 1902, daughter of Henry C. and Mamie Blemler Demy. She married George Ring, and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Helen Walters, Beardstown, and two nieces, Maxine White, Peoria and Margaret Ann Murray, Macomb.

Mrs. Ring was a member of First Methodist church at Beardstown.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Beardstown City cemetery, Rev. Wayne Armbrust officiating. Visitation will be at Northcutt Funeral home in Beardstown 6 to 9 tonight.

Her funerary card lists as pallbearers: Bill Cowan, Bud Hackman, Clarence Elliott, Robert Buck, Everett Hale, and Jack Reller.


George E. Ring

died: January 8, 1962

State Journal, Springfield, IL, January 10, 1962

Funeral services will be held at the Northcutt Funeral Home here at 2:30 p.m. today for George E. Ring, 65, former city official, who died Monday morning in his home of a gunshot wound, thought to have been self-inflicted. He had been despondent, members of the family said, over an illness of months duration. Announcement has not been made as to the time of an inquest.

Mr. Ring was mayor here from 1945 to 1953 and previously had been third ward alderman. He was a barber by profession and operated a shop here with Ghlee Walters for many years.

He was born in Vermont June 9, 1896 and was the last of his family. His only survivor is his wife, Marie. 

Beardstown, Illinois, January 8, 1962

George E. Ring, 65, Former May, Dies of Gunshop Wound.

George E. Ring, former mayor of Beardstown, was found dead in his home this morning with a shotgun wound in his head. Time of his death was set at 9:10 a.m.

The body was found by Mrs. Alma Grant of 417 Monroe St., who said she heard a shot from a room of the adjoining Ring residence in the two-family duplex at 417 1/2 Monroe St.

Mrs. Grant said she found the body lying across a bed with a .12 gauge shotgun nearby. One shot had been fired from the gun and one shot was still in the gun. Ring was alone. His wife had left earlier for Walker's IGA store where she is employed.

Cass County Sheriff Howard [missing], Police Chief Dic Har[missing] and Officer Ray Taylor investigated. {missing} Ring had been despondent for some time. Deputy Coroner Paul Harrison was notified. The body was removed to the Northcutt Funeral Home. An inquest would be scheduled.

George Ring served two full terms as mayor of Beardstown 1945-53 after eight years of experience as alderman of the third ward. He was first elected to city office in May 1937, and served as alderman during the administration of Fred I. Cline, later succeeding Cline as mayor.

Ring's administration was marked with considerable street improvements, as he used motor fuel tax funds for initial paving of a number of side streets.

His terms as mayor were plagued with costly repairs of the wagon bridge which was knocked out of commission on numerous occasions by barges and towboats hitting the protective piling of the bridge and even hitting the bridge itself. [missing] that many persons complained pilots had declared a private war on Beardstown's old draw-span bridge.

Ring was the first mayor to acknowledge the bridge's days were numbered and cooperated with state authorities in plans for a new toll-free bridge across the Illinois River at Beardstown.

Twenty-five cent tolls had financed many previous city projects here and enabled Ring to purchase new steel bleachers at the Recreation Park.

Ring worked for more flood protection for Beardstown, having served as alderman through the "dry flood" of 1943. He made many trips to Washington, D. C. to secure authorization of a higher and stronger seawall here.

The new bridge was dedicated in September, 1955, two years after he had retired as mayor. Construction work is now progressing on final phases of the additional flood protection.

Ring was a barber who was in partnership with Ghlee Walters in the barber shop adjoining the Central Hotel for many years. He later established a shop in his home at 417 1/2 Monroe Street.

Funeral to be Wednesday

The body was removed to the Northcutt Funeral home where funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

George Ring was born June 9, 1896 at Vermont.

He married Marie Demy April 20, 1920 at Lewistown. They moved to Beardstown in 1926 and continued to reside here.

He was president of the Barbers' Union here, a member of Beardstown Elks Club and a member of the Rose Chapel Methodist Church at Astoria.

He was the last of his family, and is survived by his widow, Marie.


Roberts, Catherine Elizabeth 

May 31, 1924 - Daily Illinoian-Star
Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Roberts, died at her home, 1211 E. 9th St, Friday, May 30 at 9:30 p.m. after a stroke of paralysis of Tuesday evening, aged 73 years 8 months and 19 days.
She was the mother of nine children, fine having preceded her in death, those surviving are four sons, C.A. Roberts of Hammond, IN, Tillman T. Roberts of Honolulu, Hawaii, H.D. and Luther L. Roberts of Beardstown. John Roberts, husband preceded her in death16 years ago. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist Church, Rev. G.L. Losh officiating. Interment in City Cemetery in the family lot.


Roberts, John

February, 1907 - Illinoian Star
The funeral of John Roberts was held at the First M.E. church Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of M.W.A. Rev. Thorton Clark officiated. Interment was made in the City Cemetery.


Edith May Tidwell Rodgers

Obituary of Edith May Tidwell Rodgers 

Peoria Journal Star, February 21, 1992, 

Canton - Edith May Rodgers, 89, of Canton, formerly of Beardstown, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1992, at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. 

Born April 4, 1902, in Bon Aqua, Tenn., to Moses Allan and Mary Adaline Yates Tidwell, she married William W. Rodgers on Jan. 18, 1920, in Bon Aqua. 

He survives along with three daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Allene) Bacon of Washington, Mrs. Clifford (Edna) Roudebush of Canton, and Mrs. Larry (Ruby) Upp of Richardson, Texas; two brothers, Alvin Tidwell and Elton Tidwell, both of Lyles, Tenn.; one sister, Mrs. Floyd (Eunice) Donegan of Dickson, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. One infant daughter, three brothers, and two sisters preceded her in death. 

She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Beardstown, where she taught Sunday school for 42 years. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. 

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 


William W. Rodgers

  Obituary of William W. Rodgers Peoria Journal Star, December 27, 1993, Page: C5 William Rodgers Canton - William W. Rodgers, 94, of Heartland Health Care Center died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1993, at the center. Born Feb. 2, 1899, in Fulton, Tenn., to Tom and Susy Hambrick Rodgers, he married Edith Tidwell on Jan. 18, 1920, in Hickman County, Tenn. She died Feb. 20, 1992. One infant daughter, six brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Allene) Bacon of Washington, Mrs. Cliff (Edna) Roudebush of Canton and Mrs. Larry (Ruby) Upp of Richardson, Texas; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He worked for CB&Q Railroad for 43 years, retiring in 1965. He also worked at Walkers IGA Grocery Store in Beardstown. In October 1990, he began a clock business in his home. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Beardstown. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cline Funeral Home in Beardstown. The Rev. Charles Barnes will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 


Nathan Ryan.

Nathan Ryan, 21, of rural Rushville, and formerly of Beardstown, died Sunday morning, Jan. 23, 2000, at his residence.

He was born April 17, 1978, in Beardstown, the son of James Ryan and Val Perry Brewer.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Val and Clint Brewer of Beardstown; his father and stepmother, Jim and Mary Ryan of Springfield; his maternal grandfather, Verlin Perry of Beardstown; stepgrandparents, Tom and Mary Ellen Brewer of Beardstown and Evelyn Anderson of Beardstown; two sisters, Jennifer Ward (husband Harold) of Rushville and Becky Spears (husband John) of Beardstown; one stepbrother, Jeremy McClure of Beardstown; one stepsister, Jennifer McClure of Beardstown; three nephews; one niece; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Verna Perry, his paternal grandparents, Mike and Betty Ryan, and his paternal great-grandparents, Carl and Edna Cloninger.

Nathan graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1996. He was employed with Dusty Farms of Rushville and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Rushville. He especially enjoyed farming with his family and he truly loved his niece and nephews.

Funeral services for Nathan Ryan will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown with Rev. Gary Sproat officiating. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of services. Mr. Ryan will lie in state one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Oetgen Cemetery near Beardstown.

- The Rushville Times, Jan. 26, 2000, page 13, column 2


CHARLES SCHERRER

Charles "Boots" Scherrer who was employed at the Glenn ice and Fuel plant a number of years, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jack Smith(?) in Lewistown. He was 69 years, 4 months and 20 days of age.

The body was brought to Cline's funeral home where the rosary will be at 7:30 o'clock tonight. The Rev. Fr. James Ahern will officiate.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at St. Alexius Catholic Church where mass will be recited by the Rev. Fr. Ahern.

Charles Scherrer was born June 2, 1880 in this city, a son of Charles and Carrie Fiedler Scherrer.

He was united in marriage to Cora Turner on February 11, 1908 at East St. Louis.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: ? Sherrer Smith of Lewistown and Joseph C. Scherrer of Beardstown.

He also leaves a step-daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Turner Herron of Beardstown, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, five brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren.

Illinoian Star, Oct. 24, 1949, p. 1


Obituary for Mary L Miller Sears

Eagle Publications, December 2, 1999

Mary L. Sears

Mary L. Sears, 67, of Bluffs, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, in Springfield Memorial Hospital at Springfield.

She was born Jan. 4, 1932, at Beardstown to Oscar David and Louise Williams Miller.

She married Carroll D. Sears on Dec. 11, 1952, at Jacksonville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1995.

Survivors include son Kelly (Gwen) Sears of Macomb; daughter Rita (Michael) Williams of Bluffs; mother, Louise Miller Landes of Jacksonville; grandchildren Sam and Megan Williams of Bluffs and Callie and Austin Sears of Macomb; sisters Ruth Shelton and Joann Landes, both of Jacksonville.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister, brother Albert Miller and sister Alma Bergschneider.

She was a member of Oxville United Methodist Church, but attended the Bluffs United Methodist Church since her husband's death. She was a supporter of the Bluffs Athletic Boosters.

Mrs. Sears and her husband owned and operated Sears Lumber Company in Bluffs for 43 years.

Services were Nov. 28 in Mackey Daws Funeral Home at Bluffs with the Rev. John Eisfelder officiating.

Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery near Bluffs.

Memorials can be made to the Meredosia Rescue Squad, Oxville United Methodist Church or Bluffs United Methodist Church.


John William Self

The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, May 29, 1931

JOHN WILLIAM SELF DIES LAST NIGHT FOLLOWING STROKE

  John William Self, 59, who suffered a paralytic stroke early Thursday morning, died at his home east of this city on the Star Lane at 4:00 o'clock last night.

  The deceased was born in Brown county and has resided near this city for the past eighteen years. He is survived by his wife and five sons and one daughter.

  Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from Independence Hall in Schuyler county at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. B. P. Archer officiating.

  Interment will be made in the Gillette cemetery.


Obituary of Lloyd Silsby

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 15, 1987, Page: 80

Lloyd Silsby

JACKSONVILLE - Lloyd Silsby, 75, of Jacksonville died at 12:38 p.m. Friday at the Passavant Area Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne of Beardstown and Lloyd of Auburn; one daughter, Anna Hollenback of Lancaster, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Catherine Taylor Siltman

died: October 4, 1994

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, October 5, 1994, Page: 16

VIRGINIA - Catherine Siltman, 75, of rural Virginia died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center.

Survivors: husband, Wilson "Ped"; son, James Siltman of Springfield; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; three brothers, John Taylor of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Earl Taylor of Virginia and Carroll Taylor of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia. Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home, Chandlerville, is in charge of arrangements.


Wilson "Ped" Siltman

died: April 25, 1998

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 26, 1998, Page: 19

VIRGINIA - Wilson "Ped" Siltman, 79, of Virginia died Saturday at Memorial Medical Center.

Survivors: a son, Jim Siltman of Springfield; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Ivan Siltman of Hobart, Tazmania; two sisters, Ernestine Siltman and Illa Lee Helensmith, both of Matanza Beach; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church, Virginia. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia.

Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of arrangements.

Note: He was born June 22, 1918 Chandlerville, Mason County, Illinois, the daughter of John Louis Siltman and Nettie Marie Toland. Brother, Woodrow B. is his twin and died May 12, 1993 Mason District Hospital, Havana, Mason County, Illinois. He married Catherine Taylor, died October 4, 1994.


Leonard "Don" Donovan Sloan

Obituary of Leonard "Don" Donovan Sloan

died: September 04, 1985

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 5, 1985, Page: 29

  BEARDSTOWN - Don Sloan, of Beardstown died at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday at Beardstown Hospital.

  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sager-Northcutt Funeral Home, Beardstown.

  Remains were cremated.

  Surviving are his wife, Nancy; mother, Mrs. Evelyn Sloan Bartlow of Rushville; two daughters, Debra Rhoads of Charleston and Cynthia Elliott of Beardstown; two sons, Steven and Mike Sloan, both of Beardstown; and four granddaughters.

  Note: Leonard "Don" Donovan Sloan born November 12, 1929 Schuyler County, IL, the son of Leonard Moore Sloan and Evelyn E. Long.


Nancy "Nan" Tutt Sloan

Obituary of Nancy "Nan" Tutt Sloan

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 5, 2006, Page: 40

  BEARDSTOWN - Nancy "Nan" Sloan, 75, of Beardstown died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

  She was born July 12, 1931, in Rushville, the daughter of Henry and Elsie Krosher Tutt. She married Don Sloan in 1951; he died in 1985.

  Mrs. Sloan graduated from Rushville High School in 1949. She retired as a teacher's aide with Beardstown School District in 1997 after 15 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Beardstown, Beardstown Jaycees and Jayshes, Beardstown Lions Club and Beardstown Emblem Club 474, where she served as president for two years. She delivered meals for Bread of Love and was named Beardstown's Citizen of the Year in 1993.

  Survivors: two daughters, Debbie (husband, Ted) Rhoades and Cindy Elliott, both of Winchester; two sons, Steve (wife, Stacy) and Mike (wife, Denise) Sloan, both of Beardstown; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Bob (wife, Peggy) Tutt of Austin, Texas; and sister, Margie (husband, Don) Aten of Rushville.

  Cremation will be accorded following services.

  Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, Beardstown. Burial: 10 a.m. Saturday, Rushville City Cemetery.

  Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Annabelle A. Baldwin Icenogle Cromwell SMITH

 State Journal-Register, January 15, 2004, Page: 30

 Annabelle A. Smith 

Beardstown - Annabelle A. Smith, 76, of Beardstown died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at Heritage Manor East Nursing Home in Beardstown. 

She was born Feb. 18, 1927, in Hagener Township, the daughter of Roy E. and Alice Emerick Baldwin. She married Herb Icenogle in 1946; he preceded her in death. She married George Cromwell in 1949; he preceded her in death. 

She married Charles "Orville" Smith in 1956; he preceded her in death. 

Two daughters, Janet Icenogle and Amelia Cope, also preceded her in death.

Survivors: a son, Randall Cromwell of Beardstown; a daughter, Alice (husband, Robert) Brown of Hillsdale; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven brothers, Leo Baldwin of Jacksonville, Robert Baldwin of El Cajon, Calif., Kenneth Baldwin of Clayton, William, Richard and Kenneth Asbury, all of Green Forest, Ark., and John Honeycutt of Rogers, Ark.; four sisters, Iva Lee Simpson and Ethel Gardner, both of Green Forest, Wanda Irvin of Hillsboro and Shirley Schinnebarger of Walnut Shade, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. 

Services: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Beardstown's Church of the Nazarene. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery. Goodwin Funeral in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 


Smith, Corrine

Obit: Florence Corrine Smith, 94, of Virginia, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at the Walker Nursing Home in Virginia.

She was born March 19, 1917, in Piladelphia, Ill., the daughter of Edward and Catherine Thompson Logan. She married Virgil Revis and he preceded her in death in 1979, and she later married Fred Smith, and he preceded her in death in 1998.

She is survived by special family friends, Marilyn McLin and Greg Noe, both of Wilmington; several stepchildren; several stepgrandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Elmer, George, Ray and William; and nine sisters, Ida, Daisy, Iva, Rose, Lena Mary Frances, Evelyn, Laura and Kathryn.

Mrs. Smith was employed as a waitress for 40 years at the Rossi's Restaurant and Briggs Restaurant, both in Virginia. She was a member of Chandlerville Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia, with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. There will be no visitation.

Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL  Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth


Dora SMITH

Miss Dora Smith died at 3 o'clock Thursday morning at the family home in this city after eight weeks confinement from anaemia (sic). Miss Smith's death was not unexpected, as she had been in an extremely critical condition for two weeks. Mis Smith had conducted a millinery store on the west side of the square for the last twenty-five years.

Miss Smith was born in the state of Kansas, moving to Virginia with her parents when only three years old. She attended the public schools of the city and was a member of the Presbyterian church. Her father, one sister, Mrs. Laura L. Leonard and one brother, William, preceded her in death.

Miss Smith is survived by the mother, Mrs. Ellen Smith; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Chittick, Springfield, and Mrs. Frank Brown, Roanoke, Ill. and five brothers, George W., Summerville, N.J., Benjamin, Tallula, Ill., and Arthur, Earl and Joseph Smith all of this city. Every member of the immediate family was at the bedside when the end came.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, followed by interment in the Walnut Ridge cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Max B. Wiles.

Mis Smith attracted no little favorable comment by her marked business ability. Her close confinement to her place of business is believed to have weakened her condition. One of her greatest assets was her pleasing personality.

The Republican Gazette - Virginia, Cass Co, IL - Friday, July 13, 1923

Submitted by: Pat Hageman


Obituary of Donald Clem Sours

Peoria Journal Star, September 4, 1997, Page: D7

Donald Sours

Pekin - Donald Clem Sours, 79, of 1406 N. 11th St. died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1997, at Pekin Hospital.

Born Nov. 14, 1917, in Beardstown to George Clem and Maude Gorsage Sours, he married A. Eileen Beale on April 15, 1939, in Edina, Mo. She died Sept. 6, 1966, in Pekin. Two brothers also preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, D. Larry of Pekin; one sister, Dorothy Becker of Mesa, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Pekin Elks Lodge 1271 and Pekin Moose Lodge 916. A member of United Auto Workers Local 974 in East Peoria, he worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 37 years, retiring in 1973 from the East Peoria plant as a truck driver.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Dr. R. David Goodell will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Central Illinois Dream Factory, P.O. Box 1431, Pekin, Ill. 61555-1431, or to the American Lung Association of Central Illinois, 922 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, Ill. 61606.


George B. Stewart

The Illinoian Star, June 1 1931

G. S. STEWART DIES AS CAR IS DERAILED

Harvey Brown of Frederick Also Badly Injured When Light Motor Car is Derailed.

  George B. Stewart, veteran roadmaster for the C.B.&Q. railroad and a resident of this city since 1911, was fatally injured, and Harvey Brown, assistant roadmaster of Frederick, painfully hurt yesterday morning at 9:30 when the light "speeder" motor car on which they were making an inspection of the new "Q" line between Frederick and Vermont, was derailed. The two men were thrown outs the ties, Stewart sustaining a fractured skull from which he died an hour later on the way to the Rushville hospital.

  Brown, who sustained serious injuries about the face and skull, walked a quarter of a mile down the track to flag freight train No. (?), which was being handled by Engineer H. (?). Young of this city. Young used a company block ceinphens(?)o notify Supt. A. D. Haist here of the accident and within ten minutes after the occurrence doctors and an ambulance were on the way to the scene.

  As the accident occurred 13 miles north of Frederick on the new Frederick line, and therefore nearer to Vermont than Beardstown, Supt. Haist notified Dr. Baxter of Vermont, who hurried by car to the scene, and Dr. Schweer of this city Cline's ambulance was also called and Dr. Bacon, a Macomb surgeon was notified. Although doctors arrived on the scene before Mr. Stewart died, he passed away before he could be rushed to a hospital.

  Brown was taken to the Culbertson hospital in Rushville where he was reported in a critical condition all day yesterday. Reports from the hospital this morning, however, indicated that he had improved slightly. His injuries included an injured skull, a large gash over the right eye and a badly cut nose and face.

  Mr. Stewart and Mr. Brown were making their regular inspection trip over the Frederick new line, when the accident occurred. According to Mr. Haist, who immediately made an inspection, no reason for the derailment had been determined. The track, he said, is perfectly straight and in good condition.

  George Stewart was in the employ of the C.B.& Q. railroad for 31 years during which time he contracted many friendships all along the line of the Beardstown division from this city to Rio. He has been a resident of this city since 1911 when he came here from St. Joe, Mo. He lived at 400 East Third street and was well known throughout this city.

  The body of Mr. Stewart was first taken to Vermont where it was held by orders of Fulton county coroner, but was brought to this city at 7 o'clock last night to be prepared for burial at the Cline Undertaking Parlors here.

  The coroner's inquest was held in Vermont yesterday afternoon under Deputy Coroner Dr. Cherry. The result was no {not} known here today.

  This afternoon the remains were removed to the late home, 400 East Third, from where funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Archer, pastor of the local M. E. church in charge. The body will be taken Wednesday morning on train No. 51 to Charlton, Iowa, where interment will be made.

  The decedent is survived by his widow, one son, Atty. Maurice Stewart of St. Louis and one brother, John of Yates City, Kans. He was born Feb. 22, 1879 at Millferd, Mo. and was employed by the "Q" for 42 years.


Mrs Lucy A Stribling

Jan 12 1896 Daily Inter Ocean
Mrs Lucy A Stribling
Virginia Illinois, Jan 11 Special Telegram
Mrs Lucy A Stribling one of Cass County's early and prominent citizen, died this morning aged 83 years.  She was born in Catherine NY came to this section in 1829 and has lived here since that date.


Herbert C. Stoltz

Eagle Publications, November 15, 2001

Herbert Stoltz

Herbert C. Stoltz, 84, of Beardstown, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

Born March 7, 1917, in Aledo to Carl and Edyth Greer Stoltz, he married Frances Saunders on March 27, 1937, in Aledo. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, James of Colona, Dick of Andalusia and Terry of Upper Saddle Creek, N.J.; one daughter, Maureen Cress, Avon; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Clara Brown of Aledo and Marjorie Lamberton of Sheridan, Ore.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District for 30 years before retiring.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at New Boston Cemetery in New Boston.

Sager Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


John "Jack" Howard Swope

Died: September 25, 1940 

The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, September 25, 1940

John Swope Dies at 89; Passed Away After a Short Illness   Only three days after celebrating his 89th birthday anniversary in his home at 809 East Sixth street, John (Jack) Swope, widely known local man and for many years an employee of Schultz, Baujan and Company, died at 5 o'clock this morning after having suffered a paralytic stroke yesterday.

  Mr. Swope, in fairly good health at the time, observed his birthday anniversary Sunday.

  The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial.  Funeral services will be at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the funeral home.  The Rev. Bateman will be in charge.

  Born in Pennsylvania

  Born September 22, 1851 in Georgetown, Penn., Mr. Swope came to Illinois in 1883 {1863?}. During his first year {1883?} as a resident here he was employed by the Burlington railroad company, and thereafter he was employed in a store at Sixth and Monroe streets until he took a position with J. Baujan and Company in 1886.  Later he continued as an employee of Schultz, Baujan and company.  He retired three years ago.

  Survive are two sons, Frank and Otto of this city; four grandchildren, Miss Edith Swope of Roddhouse, Mrs. Lorraine Johnson of Brookly, N. Y., Frank, Jr. and Duane Swope of Marshalltown, Iowa.  He is also survived by a brother {James"Riley" Riley (R J) Swope}, who is 87 years of age and who resides in California, and a great-grandson, Jerry Johnson of Brooklyn, New York.

  Mr. Swope was preceded in death by his wife, who died in 1935, his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Fulks {Fulk} who died in 1933, and a son, Fred, who died about 10 years ago. 

The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, September 1940  Swope Rites Are Conducted; Services Held at Cline Funeral Home   Funeral services were conducted at the Cline Funeral Home at 2:30 yesterday afternoon for John Swope, 89 years old, who died in his home Wednesday morning.   The Rev. Mr. Bateman was in charge of the service.   Pallbears were: William Applegate, Jr., C. C. Cardwell, Turner Antrobus, Randolph Laughary, Jack Howard, Jake Buck.   Flowers were in charge of Mrs. Jack Howard, Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Mosier and Mrs. Verna Cardwell.   Ardella Benson, Stelvetta Benson and Vera Lee Benson sang, "Last Mile of the Way," and "No Tears in Heaven."   Burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery.

Obituary courtesy of Sara Hemp


Obituary of Ada E. Wilker Taylor

Peoria Journal Star, June 10, 1992, Page: D6

Ada Taylor

Sugar Grove - Ada E. Taylor, 98, of Sugar Grove died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 1992, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

Born Feb. 9, 1894, in Cass County to Henry and Emma Ivemeyer Wilker, she married Michael H. Taylor on Oct. 13, 1914, in Bainbridge Township. He died April 23, 1953.

One son, Carl Wayne Taylor, one infant daughter, Emma Ellen Taylor, one sister and one grandson also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Paul of Rushville and Elmer H. of San Francisco; seven grandchildren; one step granddaughter; nine great-grandchildren; and one step great-granddaughter.

She taught school in Woodstock and Bainbridge townships.

She was a member of Fourth Street Lutheran Church in Beardstown, Women's Society of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church and Rushville Women's Federation. She was a charter member of Woodstock Home Extension.

She was bicentennial queen of Schuyler County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville. The Rev. William Hesseldenz will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial will be in Persinger Cemetery in rural Rushville.

Memorials may be made to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church or the John Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Rushville High School.


Mrs. Paeg Taylor

BEARDSTOWN IL - Cass Co IL

The Quincy Herald-Whig Thursday February 14, 1946 Pg 3
Transcribed by Christine Walters

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Paeg Taylor 38, who died Tuesday of a stroke in the hospital here. The Rev. W.W. Wohlfarth was in charge. Surviving are her husband, a local grocer, and three daughters, Edna Mae, Norma Jean and Sally Ann.


James C. TEGG

James C. Tegg, son of James C. and Mary F. Tegg, was born May 3, 1848 and died July 5, 1923, age 75 years, two months and two days. He is survived by one son, Harry Tegg, of Chicago, Ill. His wife, Josephine Tegg proceeded him in death by two months and sixteen days. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home, the Rev. Max B. Collins and Mrs. Ericson sang, accompanied by Miss Florence MeGee.

The Republican Gazette - Virginia, Cass Co, IL - Friday, July 13, 1923

Submitted by: Pat Hageman


Theivagt, Fay Brockman

Obituary of Fay Brockman Theivagt

Peoria Journal Star, April 20, 2002, Page: B04

  BEARDSTOWN - Fay Theivagt, 76, of 1101 Dey Street died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at her residence.

  Born Sept. 17, 1925, in Louisville, Ky., to Blaine and Ruby Martin Dorris Brockman, she married Sherwood L. Theivagt on June 16, 1950, in Beardstown. He survives.

  Also surviving are three sons, Joseph (and Julie), Mark (and Linda) and Matthew, all of Beardstown; two daughters, Cindy (and Mike) Cain of Bluff Springs and Glenna (and Rex) Olson of Perry; seven grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.    She was a homemaker.

  Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Beardstown City Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Couchenour will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Sager Funeral Home.

  Memorials may be made to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice.


Theivagt, Joe

Peoria Journal Star, October 27, 2002, Page: B07

Joe Theivagt

  BEARDSTOWN - Joe Theivagt, 51, of Beardstown died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

  Born March 27, 1951, in Beardstown to Sherwood L. and Fay Brockman Theivagt, he married Julie Wedeking on July 29, 1977, in Beardstown. She survives in Beardstown.

  Also surviving are his father of Beardstown; one daughter, Megan Theivagt of Beardstown; one son, Clint of Beardstown; two brothers, Mark (and Linda) and Matthew, both of Beardstown; and two sisters, Cindy (and Mike) Cain of Bluff Springs and Glenna (and Rex) Olson of Perry.

  He was preceded in death by his mother.

  He had been an engineer for Burlington-Northern Railroad since 1970.

  He was a member of Cass Lodge 23 AF&AM.

  Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Beardstown City Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Couchenour will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 today at Sager Funeral Home.

  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Ducks Unlimited.


Thixton, Frank

July 13, 1926 - Illinoian Star
Frank Thixton a former resident of Cass County passed away yesterday morning at 4:45 in the home of his neice, Mrs. Louis Diebolt, of near Rushville, following an illiness of four years duration. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon, July 14 at two o'clock in the home of B. T. Burns at 606 W. 3rd St, this city. The services will beh in charge of Rev. C.S. Boyd and interment will be in the family lot in the City Cemetery.


Obituary of Betty Jane Hollenback Thomas

died: April 13, 1998

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 15, 1998, Page: 11

Betty J. Thomas

Beardstown - Betty J. Thomas, 56, died Monday at St. John's Hospital.

Survivors: husband, Richard; a son, Brian Thomas of Beardstown; two daughters, Lisa and Heather Thomas, both of Beardstown; mother, Dorothy Hollenback of Rushville; and a brother, Bob Hollenback of Coal Valley.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.

Note: Betty is the daughter of Russell Floyd Hollenback and Dorothy Hering.


Robert B. Thompson

R.B. Thompson Sudden Heart Attack Victim

Funeral Tomorrow for 77 Year-Old Life Long Cass County Man; Prominent

Daily Illinoian Star December 23, 1935 

Robert B. Thompson, life long resident of Cass county and widely known throughout this community died shortly after 7 o'clock Saturday night of a sudden heart attack. The 77 year old former C.B. & Q. railroad worker was stricken while seated in a chair in the Garman and Shupe's Recreational parlor here, and died almost instantly.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon from the residence and at 2 o'clock from the St. John's Lutheran Church of which he was a member. The Rev. Edwin Sommer will be in charge of the services.

Coroner Charles H. Gersmeyer will conduct an inquest into the death tonight.

The decedent was born near Virginia March 1, 1852, but resided for many years in Beardstown. He was employed with the C.B.& Q railroad company during a greater part of this time. He had made his home with his daughter Mrs. Roe Wallace here for the past many months.

Mrs. Thompson passed away 3 years ago. Three children also preceded him in death. Surviving are 9 children: Mrs. Henry Eisberg of Salisbury, Mo. John Thompson of Belleville, Ill. Elmer and Miss Berneice Thompson of Peoria; Mrs. Roe Wallace; Mrs. William Hering, Mrs. George Wessel, Mrs. Albert Schaeffer and Earl Thompson all of this city. (Beardstown) A number of grand children also survive, with a brother, Albert (Thompson) of Springfield.

The body was taken to the Simpson Home for services to be prepared for burial.


Garret M. TOBIN

TOBIN FUNERAL TODAY

The funeral of the late Garret M. Tobin, who died at his late residence, 603 East Main street, Tuesday afternoon, will be held this Thursday morning, at 10 o'clock from St. Alexius' church. The interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery.

Many friends called at the house Tuesday and Wednesday to view the remains and express their sympathy.

MORNING ENTERPRISE - Thursday, July 25, 1912

Submitted by: Pat Hageman


Obituary for Frances Lillie M Trone (nee Wilson)

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, Illinois) May 23, 1988
Beardstown - Frances Lillie M Trone, 81, of Beardstown died Saturday at her residence. Services wil be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in Ridgeville Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, Lloyd; two sons, Guy of Beardstown and Lloyd H. of Meredosia; one daughter, Virginia Lee Weaver of Panama City, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dovie Dennis of Beardstown. (submitted by Ida Maack Recu)


Obituary of  Loren Earl Trone

died: July 30, 1973

Astoria Argus - In ink and crossed out July 30, 1973

Loren E. Trone Died Suddenly

Loren Earl Trone, 70, of Astoria, died at 5 p.m. Monday evening in Culbertson Hospital in Rushville.

He was born March 10, 1903 in Cass County, a son of Corley and Ella Moose Trone. On March 21, 1921, he was married in Lewistown to Mary Etta Leonard, who survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Lorene Sullivan of Galesburg, Mrs. Freida Kettering of Monmouth and Mrs. Marifrances Ralston of Beardstown; one son, Charles W. Trone of Rushville; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Velma Cowart of Rock Island and Mrs. Donna Carter of Silvis.

He was preceded in death by one grandson.

Mr. Trone was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Astoria Church of the Brethren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Shawgo Memorial Home with Collis Trone officiating. Burial will be in the Astoria Cemetery.

Friends may call at Shawgo Memorial Home Wednesday afternoon and evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund in lieu of flowers.


Obituary of Mydonna F. Sheppard Turner

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 7, 1997, Page: 18

Mydonna F. Turner

VIRGINIA - Mydonna F. Turner, 51, of Virginia died Monday at her home.

Survivors: husband, Walter H.; two daughters, Mrs. Leo (Anita) Herzberger and Mrs. Mike (Lisa) Horney, both of Virginia; six grandchildren; a brother, Charles Sheppard of Blanchester, Ohio; a sister, Shirley Klingbeil of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home, Virginia. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia.


Obituary of Walter H. Turner

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 3, 2002, Page: 7

Walter H. Turner

VIRGINIA - Walter H. Turner, 75, of Virginia, formerly of Waverly, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., from injuries sustained on a fishing trip.

He was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Auburn, the son of Herman and Myrtle Cooney Turner. He married Mydonna F. Sheppard in 1968 in Beardstown; she preceded him in death in 1997. Also preceding him in death was an infant son, Walter H. Turner Jr.

Mr. Turner was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a staff sergeant and retiring in 1975 after 30 years. He later worked for Oscar Mayer in Beardstown, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 431 and VFW Post 4866 in Waverly.

Survivors: two daughters, Lisa (husband, Mike) Horney and Anita (husband, Leo) Herzberger, both of Virginia; six grandchildren; three brothers, Clifford Turner of Loami, and Earl "Chesty" and Herman E. Turner, both of Waverly; three sisters, Bernice Lyons, Virginia Dodge and Dorothy Handy, all of Waverly; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia.

 


Phineas Underwood, Jr.

Last Monday, Phineas Underwood was struck by a train and died a short time later. He was 85 years old. Three children survive, Rachel Anderson of here, Susan Cowan, who resides on the homestead, and Thomas Underwood, of Missouri. He was a Mason for 60 years and a member of the Methodist E. Church. He buried in Powell Cemetery.

Virginia Gazette, June 4, 1884


Death of Phineas Underwood

         Last Monday evening our city was startled by the intelligence that Phineas Underwood, an old and respected citizen of this county had been struck by the train on the Wabash railroad.  On hearing of the accident a GAZETTE reporter went out to the Wabash depot, and succeeded in gathering the following particulars:  It appears that Mr. Underwood had left his farm, some six or seven miles northeast of town, late in the afternoon on his way to his daughter's, Mrs. Rachel Anderson, of this city.  Arriving at Anderson, a small station within two miles of this city, he sat down on the railroad track and waited the coming of the 7 o'clock passenger to bear him the rest of his journey.  As is the usual habit of all passengers, he stepped to one side of the track and flagged the train by a wave of his hand.  Just as the engine approached him greatly slackened up, but not sufficient to come to a stop, Mr. Underwood returned to the track and was in the act of picking up his cane or some other article which he might have dropped while waiting, when he was struck on the left side of the head, fracturing the skull and knocking him senseless, from which time he was unconscious of all surroundings, not being able to speak or recognize any of his family.  In this condition he was put aboard the train and brought to the depot, and from there conveyed to the residence of his daughter above mentioned.  Drs. Hubbard and Colladay were immediately summoned, and did all in their power to ease their sufferer's pains, but to no avail, and at 8:30 his soul passed on to another and better world.  Mr. Underwood was in his 85th year, and for many years resident of this county.  He was a man well spoken of by his neighbors and fellowmen, as a sober, industrious and law abiding citizen, whose courteous friendship will be greatly missed by many.  Deceased was the father of three surviving children, Mrs. Rachel Anderson of this city, Mrs. Susan Cowan, who now resides upon the homestead, and Thos. Underwood, of Missouri, who have the heart-felt sympathy of the community.

         Mr. Underwood was a member in good standing of the Masonic Order for sixty years; he was also a faithful and devoted Christian for fifty years, and at the time of his death an honored member of the M.E. Church.

      Funeral services were held at the residence of his daughter, in this city, on Thursday, after which the remains were interred in the Biddlecome grave yard, followed to their resting place by a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Thanks to Janice Maurer Erickson for supplying the above obituary


John H. WAGNER

John H. Wagner died at the family home near Monroe Friday, July 6th, 1923 at 3:45 p.m., after a long illness of twenty months. During all these months he bore his suffering with patience and cheerfulness, altho at times his suffering seemed more than he could bear. Everything was done that medical skill and kindness could do but he gradually grew worse until death came to relieve his suffering.

His last request was to see all of his children and his wish was granted as they were all at his bedside and he was conscious till the last and talked with them all and knew them every one.

He was a kind husband and a loving father and well respected by all who knew him.

In early boyhood he united with the German M.E. church. He later united with the new Monore M.E. church soon after it was built. He was a regular attendant as long as his health permitted. The deceased was born at Beardstown, Ill., Aug. 15, 1850 and died July 6th, 1923, aged 72 years, 10 months and 21 days.

He was a son of George and Mary (Doerr) Wagner. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Dieterich Feb. 27, 1877. To this union were born thirteen children. Those surviving are his wife and the following children: Mrs. John Witcher, Canton, Ill., Mrs. Harry Daniels, Springfield, Ill., Mrs. M.O. Perine, Chandlerville, Ill., Mrs. Jerry Lynn, Ashland, Ill., Mrs. Chas. O. Custer, Sterling, Ill., Mrs. Ed. Frank of Beardstown, Ill., Elmer Wagner of near Monrot, John Wagner of Beardstown, Edward, Geroge and Florence at home. Two died in infancy.

He is survived by fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, five brothers and four sisters, namely: Theodore, George, Amel, Harry and Edward Wagner; Mrs. Elizabeth Schaad, Mrs. Rosa Hackman, Mrs. Lydia Cole, Mrs. Anna Guinther. Also a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted at his late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. J.R. Chevurant assisted by Rev. Wm. Beaver. The four sons and two brothers were pall bearers.

The Republican Gazette - Virginia, Cass Co, IL - Friday, July 13, 1923


Sarah N. (FIEDLER) WALLACE

Mrs. Sarah N. Wallace, 76, native of Beardstown, who was affectionately known about town as "Grandma" Wallace, died at 4:30 o'clock June 12, 1945, following a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held at the Simpson Funeral Home at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon with burial at the Beardstown City cemetery.

The body was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. B.G. Echerd, 1116 Lafayette Street, this afternoon.

Sarah N. Wallace, daughter of Henry and Louisa Marie (Roehr)Fiedler, was born in Beardstown April 16, 1869. She was married On November 24th, 1887 to Nathan G. Wallace, who preceded her in death on March 3rd, 1929.

Mrs. Wallace was employed at the Park Hotel for 14 years and was affectionately known by all as "Grandma" Wallace.

She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran church and also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Echerd, and one son, Earl W. Wallace of this city. One brother, William H. Fiedler, of Beardstown also survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Franklin, who died in infancy, and three sisters and two brothers.


Obituary of John B. Walton

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 1, 1990, Page: 26

John B. Walton, 91, of Petersburg, formerly of Virginia and Ashland, died at 4 a.m. Friday at Menard Convalescent Center in Petersburg.

He was born Nov. 12, 1899, in Cass County, the son of Frank and Emma Needham Walton. He married Mae Freel in 1918 in Ashland, and she preceded him in death in 1942. Also preceding him in death were two daughters, Margaret Walton and Mary Jane Potter; five brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are one son, Eugene of Springfield; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth "Libby" Jones of Ashland; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home, Ashland. Interment will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia.


Obituary of John George Walton

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 8, 1988, Page: 13

John G. Walton

VIRGINIA - John George Walton, 75, of rural Comstock, Wis., formerly of Cass County, died Sunday in Eau Claire, Wis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home, Virginia. Burial will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth M.; two sons, Steve of Higbee, Mo., and David of Turtle Lake, Wis.; four daughters, Barbara Davis of Leesburg, Fla., Kathleen Fruit of Des Moines, Iowa, Christine Broten of Dallas, Wis., and Wendy Moritz of Lynchburg, Va.; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one brother, Russell of Springfield.


Mr. Watkins Father Dead 

Mr W. l. Watkins, manager of the Bunn Wholesale house here, was called to Ashland this morning on account of the death of his father, a pioneer of that place who suffered from a stroke of paralysis. Mr L E McCurdy will be in charge during Mr Watkins absence.

[Litchfield Daily Union, (Montgomery County, IL) Thursday, May 3, 1928 submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]


Ina Weaver

Ina Elizabeth (Lewis) Weaver, 102, of Beardstown, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at Heritage Manor South.

She was born Aug. 17, 1897, in Jasper County, Ingraham, Illinois. She was the daughter of Enoch and Ella (Stanley) Lewis. She married John A. Weaver of Edgewood on May 4, 1919.

She was received into the Adventist Fellowship on Sept. 16, 1967, at Noble. Mr. and Mr. Weaver moved to Beardstown on April 27, 1979 from Salem.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Mary Ellen Alderson, a son, William Lewis Weaver, two sons-in-law, Roland Alderson and James W. Pigg; a daughter-in-law, Kathryne Weaver; a great-grandson, Cody Alderson; three sisters and one brother.

She is survived by one daughter, Eva Ruth Pigg of Beardstown; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor South Activity Fund.

Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; Oct. 13, 1999, at the Farina Chapel Cemetery of Farina. Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown is in charge of the arrangements.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, page 9A, column 5


Genseal, Grace (Wedeking)

Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL

Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth

Obit: Grace Genseal, 91, of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born March 31, 1920, in Concord, the daughter of Louis and Tillie Koch Wedeking. She married Joseph Genseal on April 7, 1950, and he preceded her in death Dec. 10, 2002. Grace is survived by one daughter, Kim (husband, Bob) Dawdy of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Jody (husband, Jeff) Haskell of White Hall and Craig (fiancee, Natalie) Dawdy of Quincy; and three great-grandchildren, Molly, Marisa and Jacob Haskell. Mrs. Genseal enjoyed cross stitching, bingo and watching baseball. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Beardstown. The family will then meet friends for a memorial gathering at 12 p.m. on Saturday at the Jacksonville Moose Lodge. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.


Whitaker, Walter William

Walter Whitaker, a native of Cass County, who had been living in Milwaukee, Wis., passed away at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Administration hospital in Milwaukee.

He was born in Virginia, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Whitaker. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Carl Radtke of St. Louis: one son, James Whitaker, living in California, and three grandchildren.

Also surviving are three brothers, Raymond Whitaker of Pekin, Ralph of Manchester, and Henry of California: and two sisters, Mrs. Bell Hunter and Mrs. Elizabeth McCluskey of Florida.

Graveside rites will be held at Walnut Ridge cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, the Reverend Rusby Slinkard officiating. The Massie Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

-The Virginia Gazette, Friday February 2, 1968


White, Berlyn

Obituary of Berlyn "Berl" Hugh White

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 21, 2002, Page: 18

Berlyn H. White

  BEARDSTOWN - Berlyn H. White, 89, of Beardstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

  He was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Beardstown, the son of Mark and Della Robertson White. He married Lois Treadway in 1943 in Spokane, Wash.

  Mr. White was a 1934 graduate of Beardstown High School. He retired from the Beardstown Post Office, where he served as a letter carrier for 34 years. After retirement he was employed at Huss' Men's Wear in Beardstown for several years. He also worked as an apprentice pharmacist at Doyle's Rexall Drug Store in Beardstown and was employed at Long's Pharmacy in Jacksonville and Montgomery Ward in Beardstown. Mr. White was a member of First United Methodist Church in Beardstown and the United Methodist Men within the church. He also was a member of the Beardstown American Legion and an Army Air Force veteran, serving in the medical corps in Spokane during World War II.

  Survivors: wife, Lois; a daughter, Jill (husband John) Moore of Champaign; and a granddaughter.

  Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church, Beardstown, the Rev. Sue Bailey officiating. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.   Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


White,  Elizabeth E.

Obituary of Esther "Lib Elizabeth" Elizabeth White

Peoria Journal Star, November 7, 1999, Page: B5

Elizabeth White

  BEARDSTOWN - Elizabeth E. White, 91, of 214 1/2 West Fourth St. died early Saturday morning, Nov. 6, 1999, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

  She was born Oct. 21, 1908, in Beardstown to Mark and Della Robertson White.

  She was preceded in death by three sisters, Genevieve White, Ione Rohn and Norma Bates; and two brothers, Joel and Carlyle White.

  Surviving are one brother, Berlyn (Lois) White of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.

  She graduated from Beardstown High School in 1927. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Beardstown.

  She worked at Central Illinois Public Service in Springfield for several years. She then served for 27 years as the admission/payroll clerk for Schmidt Memorial Hospital until her retirement when the hospital closed.

  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sager Funeral Home. The Rev. Sue Bailey will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery.

  Memorials will be made to the "Good Samaritan Fund" at her church or the American Heart Association.


Wilson, Josephine

Obit: Josephine Wilson, 86, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

She was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Virginia, the daughter of William Arthur and Helen Vanita Dunbar Keltner. She married Harold Wilson on Sept. 25, 1941, in Palmyra, Mo., and he preceded her in death on July 13, 1980.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Rob) Mills of Jacksonville; two sisters, Darlene (husband, Bob) Muirhead of Battle Creek, Mich., and Shirley Balmer of Lincoln Park, Mich.; two grandchildren, Gina (husband, Donny) Stone and Stacy Hughes, both of Jacksonville; and two great-grandchildren, Callie Hughes and Evan Lomelino. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Jo Wilson; brothers, Billy and Harry Keltner; and sisters, Roberta McDowell, Mary Rumble and Hazel Keltner.

Josephine was a supervisor at Bound to Stay Bound, retiring in 1990 after 30 years of service. She enjoyed bird watching, especially cardinals, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL   Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth


Lula Wright

Lula Catherine "Mick" Wright, 99, of Beardstown, died the evening of Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Heritage Manor South.

She was born Dec. 18, 1899, in Beardstown, to the late William J. and Martha Ellen Sheppard Lamb. She married Ernest E. Wright on Nov. 30, 1928. He preceded her in death on May 19, 1975.

She is survived by one niece, Janice (husband John) Burns of Cheyenne, Wy., and three nephews, Carlyle (wife Wilma) Lamb of Frederick, Dale (wife Susan) Lamb of Beardstown, and Gale (wife Sue) Lamb, also of Beardstown. Also preceding Mrs. Wright in death were five brothers and five sisters.

Mrs. Wright worked for several years at Beardstown Laundry and dry cleaners, was an avid sports fan and loved fishing and crocheting. She was of the Methodist faith.

Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, in the Beardstown City Cemetery with Rev. Sue Bailey officiating. Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of services.

Memorials are suggested to the the donor's choice or Beardstown Jr./Sr. High School Sports Department.

- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, page 11A, column 1





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