Clark County Illinois
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Eliza Ellen Orndroff
Mrs. Eliza Ellen Orndorff, wife of Newt Orndorff, died Monday morning of childbirth, aged about 43 years. She leaves six living children. The funeral services were held at Long Point chapel, Tuesday afternoon, Rev Gilbert conducting, with interment in nearby cemetery.
[from the scrapbook of his brother George W. Orndorff. Transcribed by Sharon Barhydt, Great granddaughter of George W. Orndorff
Footnote: According to the 1920 census, they lived on Delaware Ave. in Casey. Her birth date was about 1878 also. It must have been taken just before her death.]



Thomas L. Orndorff
1839-1901
The death of T. L. Orndorff, of Marshall (small part of obituary missing) one of the county’s best known residents. His death followed a decline in health that began several months ago and which was slow at first but rapid in his last weeks, the final dissolution occurring on the morning of September 27, 1901.
Thomas L., son of Phineas and Catherine (Jennings) Orndorff, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio on March 24, 1839 and was thus aged 65 years, 6 months, and 3 days. When Thomas was fifteen years of age his father moved his family from Ohio to Illinois and settled on a farm in Wabash Township in this county. Our subject attended the public schools and then took a higher course of instruction in the schools at Zanesville, Ohio. He prepared himself for the profession of teaching and this he followed successfully for a number of years, devoting his vacations to farming interests. Thus was he occupied until 1874 when he moved to Marshall and began the study of law in the office of James C. Robinson. He was admitted to the bar in 1877.
At the December election 1876 Mr. Orndorff was elected state’s attorney. He was re-elected in 1880, in 1888 and in 1892, filling the office with signal ability for sixteen years. The office is one that is difficult to fill and retain the friendship of the public and the fact that he was elected four times is an index to the great confidence the general public had in his integrity and ability.
Mr. Orndorff volunteered in the Union army in the time of the Civil War and was mustered into service as First Lieutenant of Company G, 152nd Illinois Infantry, which commission he held until mustered out of the service at Memphis, Tenn., in September of 1865.
He was twice married. His first marriage was to Miss Sarah A. Pitman in January of 1858. She died in 1864. Three daughters were the fruits of this marriage and all preceded the father in death.
On October 1, 1868, Mr. Orndorff wedded Miss Elizabeth Fishback who survives him. Of this union three children were born of whom Thomas A. and Miss Pearl are living. Mr. Orndorff was much devoted to his family and his home, and he passed much of his time with them when not engaged in his profession and official duties.
Mr. Orndorff was a man of large heart and liberal purse, and the many good deeds he did in life will long live after him. In him the afflicted always found a sympathizer and the needy a friend, indeed.
The funeral services were conducted at the residence Thursday afternoon by Rev. A. W. Mills of Casey. The Masonic order, of which he had long been an honored member, had charge of the burial. The funeral was attended by a large number of people, persons from all parts of the county being present.
[Thomas L. Orndorff obituary, States Attorney 1876-1884 and 1888-1896 from Clark County, IL from the scrapbook of his brother George W. Orndorff. Transcribed by Sharon Barhydt, Great granddaughter of George W. Orndorff]


Jas. Orsborn
Jas. Orsborn, an old and respected citizen of this community, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wes Dawson, in Cumberland, Sunday morning, aged about 81 years. Death was due to old age. The funeral services were held at Restitution church and interment was in the nearby cemetery.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]




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