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Henry Edward Washburn

Henry Edward Washburn, 78, of Marshall died Wednesday, Apr. 16, 1997, at 9:03 p.m., at the Danville VA Medical Center in Danville, Ill.
He was born June 20, 1918 in Marshall to Edd Washburn and Ecora (Highfill) Washburn. He married Ruth Sanders on June 30, 1938 in Terre Haute, Ind. and she preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 1985.
He was a sheet metal worker for R. H. Bishop at Champaign, Ill.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruby Goodwin of Danville, Ill.; one son, Larry Washburn of Princeton, Ind.; one brother, Ray Washburn of Marshall; one sister, Edna Light of Marshall; fourteen grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth; two daughters, Phyllis McDaniel and Sally Farris; one son, Eddie Washburn; five brothers, John, Fred, Harry, Foster and Arthur Washburn; a sister, Francis Hedden; and a daughter-in-law, Erma Rayhel Washburn.
He was a member of American Legion Post #90 and VFW Post #5975.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 19, at Pearce Funeral Home with Brother J. Roy Gill officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 18 and 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday Apr. 19.
Burial will be in th Marshall Cemetery with military graveside rites by VFW Post #597 and American Legion Post #90.
From the Terre Haute Tribune Star, December, 2001 - Submitted by: Larry Wells



Joseph Earl Washburn
Joseph Earl Washburn, 61, of Marshall died at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 1996, in the emergency room at Terre Haute Columbia Regional Hospital.
He was a retired truck driver.
He was born April 5, 1935, in Clark County, to Fred Arlando Washburn and Helen (Wells) Washburn.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Baker Washburn; his mother of Marshall; seven sons, Mike VanSant of Terre Haute, IN, Roger VanSant of Marshall, Joe Washburn Jr. of Marshall, James Randall Washburn of Germantown, MD, Donald Duane Washburn of Terre Haute, IN, Ben Earl Washburn of Boling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. and Mike Evard of Casey; eight daughters. Barbara Gayle White of Springfield, MO, Edith Fay Norman of Rockville, IN, Ula Kay Kennedy of Paris, Mary Lou Simmons of Montezuma, IN, Frances Melton of Charleston, Joyce Ann Warner of Oakland, IN, Debbie Michaels of Clinton, IN, and Eula Fay of Kentucky; two brothers, Fred Washburn of Marshall and Ben Washburn of Vermilion; four sisters, Edith Sanders of Georgia,...(rest is missing)
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Funeral services were p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, at Pearce Funeral Home, Brother Glenn Arbuckle officiating;
Burial was in the Marshall Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW #5975 and Clark Co. American Legion Post #90. [
From the Marshall Independent Choice - 23 Oct 1996]



Ann Eliza Watson
Ann Eliza Beadle was born in Clark County, Ind., June 13, 1829. She died January 19, 1913, aged 83 years, 5 month and 6 days. She was married to the late John F. Watson Oct 18 1846. To this union were born 12 children of whom 2 died in infancy. James Edman, son of the deceased died 8 years ago at the age of 49 years.
One brother, Wm. Beadle, 9 children, 22 grand children and 31 great-grand children survive her.
Mrs. Watson with her husband came to Clark County, Ill., from Clark County, Ind in 1853, when the country was new and the times were hard. With her family of small children she fought the battle of a pioneer. They settled in Dolson prairie when it was all wild grass and swamps and built themselves a home which they afterward sold and moved down into the neighborhood of Martinsville, where they lived until Mr. Watson died. Since then she had made her home with Mrs. Wildy and Mrs. Sanderson in Terre Haute, Ind.
Her children are Mrs. Sarah Wildy, Mrs Mary Sanderson and Mrs. Alice Pence of Terre Haute, John Watson of Casey, Robert Watson of Westfield, Mrs. Francis Pence of Tekemah, Nebr., Nevada Greenwell and T. J. Watson of Martinsville and Mrs. Josie Markin of Burnett, Ind.
Mrs. Watson became a member of the Christian church early in life and still lived in the faith until the last. She was a good neighbor and a kind and affectionate mother.
Oh where is our mother? She has gone but not forever. There will be one glorious dawn, when we meet to part no more on that
resurrection morn.
[1913, Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]



Charles T. Watson
Westville, Ill. - Charles T. Watson, 86, Westville, passed peacefully from this life at 8:15 p.m. Friday (Jan 29, 1988) at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Feb. 18, 1901 in Martinsville, Ill., the son of T. J. and Mary Elizabeth Fasig Watson.
On Dec. 26, 1933 in Casey, Ill, he married Mirella Birmont. She survives.
Also surviving: four daughters, Char Damilano of Westville, Phyllis Snider, Mary Evelyn Mockbee and Maureen Davis all of Danville; one brother Lee Watson of Lakeland, Calif.; two sisters, Mildred Kentner of Martinsville, Ill.; and Retta Staley of Tampa, Fla; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
He had been a salesman for Meadow Gold Dairy for 30 years, retiring in 1964.
He was an avid Cardinal fan and also loved hunting and gardening.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sunset Funeral Home; Officiating, David Kennedy.
Burial: Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Westville.
Visitation: 2 - 4 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m. today.
Memorials: To American Alzheimers Research Foundation.
[1988 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]



GERNUTH E. (REEDY) WATSON
In Memory of GERNUTH E. (REEDY) WATSON Born August 26, 1903
Passed Away December 10, 1940
Martinsville, Illinois
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Services at
Martinsville Church of God
1:00 pm , Thursday, December 12, 1940
Rev. Leon Finney, Officiating
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Final Resting Place
Ridge Lawn Cemetery
Lindsey Funeral Home
Casey, Illinois
[Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]


Glenn William Watson
Glenn William Watson, 81, 413 N. Ferrel Street, Martinsville, IL died Friday June 5, 1981, at 7:00 am.
He was born Nov. 7, 1899, the son of Thomas (Jack) and Mary E. (Fasig) Watson. He was retired from Sears Co, since 1962.
Surviving are: two sons, Wm. B. of LaPorte, Ind and H. Lee of Cocoa, Fla; two brothers, Charley of Westville, Ill. and Lee of Upland, Calif; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Kentner of St. Petersburg, Fla; Mrs Retta Staley of Tampa, Fla. and Mrs Hettie Miller of Casey; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, 1:00 pm at the Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, Illinois. Officiating: Rev. Ray Finney, with Final Resting Place - Rupp Cemetery
[June - 1981 - Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]


John Finch Watson
J. F. Watson, died Sunday evening after a long illness.
His funeral was held at the residence at 10:00 o'clock Tuesday. Rev J. H. Bernard officiating.
The remains were interred in the Rupp Cemetery.
All the children were present except a daughter living in Nebraska.
[From the Clark County Democrat - May 23, 1906 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]


Lee Harry Watson
Lee Harry Watson, 81, of Upland CA died November 28, 1990 at home. He was born in Martinsville Ill, and lived in Upland CA for 14 years. Mr. Watson was a self-employed farmer for 61 years. He was the son of Thomas (Jack) and Mary (Fasig) Watson of Martinsville, IL
He was a member of Rock of Faith Fellowship Church, Ontario. Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth; five daughers, Debbie Sharp of Fontana, Shirley Ann Parker of Crestview, FL, Donna Lee Shoop of Memphis, MO, Ina Joan Gerth of Branson, MO., and Janice Kay Tippett of Quincy, Ill; a stepdaughter, Lola I. Carpenter of Anaheim.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Friday at Rock of Faith Fellowship Church, 503 S. Cucamonga Ave., Ontario. Interment will be in Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO. Stone Pierce Bros. Mortuary is in charge of arrangements
[ca. 1990 - Submitted by: Mary Watson]


Mary E. Watson
Mrs. Mary E. Watson, 85 years, 8 months, was born in Bellair, Crawford County in 1870. At the age of five years she came to Martinsville to live with her Uncle Cy and Aunt Lou Fasig. Here she grew to womanhood.
At the age of 18 years she married Thomas J. Watson of Martinsville. In 1890 both were converted and baptized by Rev. D. H. Rupp and on May 10, 1891 they were married by Rev. Rupp.
To this union were born seven children: Mrs. Hetta Miller of Danville, Ill; Mrs. Ina Johnson of Martinsville; Mrs. Retta Staley of LaPorte, Ind. ; Mrs. Mildred Houpt of Danville, Ill.; Glenn Watson of LaPorte; Charles Watson of Westville, Ill; Lee Watson of Queen City, Missouri.
Three brothers, Charles Fasig, Edgar Fasig of Casey; Tom Fasig of Topeka, Kansas also survived, as do two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Pringle of Casper, Wyo., and Mrs. Cora Tharp of Norwalk, California.
Mrs. Watson also leaves 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.
"Rest for the many hands, Rest for the feverish brow, Rest for the weary feet, Rest from all labor now."
The Watson family wants to thank Lee and Joy Greenwell for their wonderful help. Also the flower bearers, who did so wonderfully. The Watson Family.
[Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]


Reedy Revere Watson
Reedy Revere Watson, son of Glen W. and Gernuth (Reedy) Watson born in Parker Township, Clark County, May 13th, 1925, died December 12, 1941, age 15 years. Reedy and Billy have made their home with Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Watson, their grandparents.
He leaves his father, Glen Watson, and two brothers, Billy Burton Watson and Hobart Lee Watson, and his grandparents, T. J. and Mary E. Watson, and a host of relatives and friends.
Reedy was a boy of wonderful character with fine intelligence. He never saw a stranger. He was a great lover of sports and enjoyed all programs over the radio. He was also a great lover of music and had a great talent for same. He played a guitar at different church services with other boys of his age. Reedy was converted at Willis Chapel at Brother Bradley's Revival and always enjoyed church services.
[Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]



Thomas J. Watson
Thomas J. Watson son of, and the last of twelve children, born November 1, 1869 to John Finch and Ann (Beadle) Watson and departed, this life on September 7, 1965 at the age of 95 years 9 months and 27 days.
Jack, as he was known to his many friends, was born and raised north of Martinsville and during his long life had made many friends. He was one who was loved and admired because of his willingness to help others in need.
On May 1891 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Fasig and to this union were born nine children, two dying in infancy.
For many years he and his good companion walked hand in hand down life's pathway until several years ago the companion was taken and he was left alone. But in the last years he and his daughter, Ina, have made their home together and in his illness he was tenderly cared for by her, until the summons came and the time which he had lived so many years was folded and he went to the House not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
In the early twenties he was converted at the Willis Chapel Church under the preaching of the late Rev. Barbour became an active member of he church and in his life time had assisted in 142 revival meetings, giving of his time and talent in the service of his Master.
He was Sunday School Superintendent of the Willis Chapel Church from 1920 1932 and other active civic roles included his tenure as road commissioner of Martinsville township or 16 years; a charter member of Farm Bureau; also the Federal Land Bank of MO; and a school director 6-1/2 years.
Seven children will miss their father, but they know that their loss is his eternal gain. Those left are: three sons, Charles, Glenn and Lee Watson, and four daughters, Hetta Miller, Ina Johns, Retta Staley and Mildred Kentner and 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Watson undoubtedly held the role as the longest continuous subscriber of the "Martinsville Planet", he has been on the subscription list and read the "Planet" since its inception in 1884.
Active pall bearers were: Bill Watson, Jack Houpt, Robert Houpt, Eric Damilano, Maurice Puzatkee, and Aubrey Gregg, all of whom were grandsons, with the exception of Mr. Watson's good friend, Mr. Gregg. Honorary pall bearers were Lee Kelley and Wayne Stephenson.
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Heavens gates were opened A gentle voice said, "Come" and father left his earthly house for his Eternal Home.
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[1965, Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]


William B. Watson
Mr. William B. Watson, 69 of 201 Maple Ave., LaPorte IN, died Tuesday evening, April 13, 1993, in a traffic accident on IN 2W between Holmesville Road and CR-900W.
He was born May 23, 1923 in Martinsville, Ill., to Glenn W. and Gernuth (Reedy) Watson, and had been a LaPorte resident since 1945, coming from Martinsville.
On February 15, in LaPorte, he married Alice E. Moeschl, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Renee Avery of LaPorte; one son, Thomas of Rockford, Mich. two grandchildren; one brother, H. Lee of Cocoa, FL, several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Reedy.
The funeral Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. John Witte officiating. Friends may call at Essling Funeral Home from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. and a tribute by the Lakeshore Chorus will be presented at 8 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until noon Friday. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Institute of Logopedics (Barbershoppers United Service Project).
[1993, Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]



Florence A. Weger
Florence A. Weger, 79, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, formerly of Marshall, died Saturday, October 12, 1996, in Albuquerque.
She was born January at Marshall, to Everett Ray and Danie (Ogle) Harper.
She was married to Donovan Ray Weger who preceded her in 1949.
Surviving are a son Michael Weger of Tahoe Vista, CA; son and daughter-in-law Jerome H. and Carmen Weger of Albuquerque, NM; three children, Liesha Weger of Albuquerque, NM, Donova Weger II of Austin, TX and Marie Weger of Austin, sister, Clara Mae Anacker of Marshall; two brothers, Ben and Don Harper, both of NM, and nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will conducted at 2:30 p.m. October 26, 1996, at... (rest is missing)
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 23 Oct 1996 - Submitted by Larry Wells]


Hershel Weir
HERSHEL WEIR, 94, Martinsville, died at 6;05 pm, Tuesday, 28 Feb 1989, in Effingham.
Burial in St. Pauls Cemetery in rural Martinsville.
Born 9 nov 1894, in Crawford County, son of Albert & Kathryn (Huckaba) Weir,
Married (1) 23 Feb 1916, Meda Conner, she died 8 Aug 1958, Married (2) 5 May 1959, Leona (Cown) Weir (Widow of his Brother).
He was preceeded in death by 5 brothers & 3 sisters. He was a farmer & carpenter.
[Submitted by Larry Wells]


Leona Weir
LEONA WEIR, 99, of Martinsville, died 7;45 am, Sunday, 14th April, 1991 at Heartland Manor, Casey, Illinois.
She was born 20 oct 1891, in Martinsville, daughter of Thomas & Mary (SMITH) Cown.
Married in 1911, Phillip Weir, he died 1957. She married in 1959, his brother, Hershel Weir, & he died 1989.
Survived by a son, Ernest Weir, of North Bergan, New Jersey, 2 grandchildren & 5 Great-grandchildren.
Member of Martinsville Bible Church.
Burial in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville.
[From the Terre Haute Tribune Star, December, 2001 -- Submitted by Larry Wells]



Charles Whitcomb Wells
C. W. 'Whit' Wells, 87, died on Wednesday, 15 Jan 1986 at 8:50 p.m. at Union Hospital. Mr Wells was born on November 18, 1898, the son of Charles and Jane (Sweet) Wells.
He was the owner-operator of the Wells Feed and Grain Company from 1927-1947; a Director of the Martinsville State Bank since 1934 and served as its Chairman of the Board for 47 years; a member of the Illinois Bankers Association 50 year club; Clark Lodge No. 603 and a 50 year member; Scottish Rites of Danville and a 50 year member; Clark County Circuit Clerk from 1932-1940; former board member of the Paris Community Hospital and the Clark County Housing Authority; and served terms as Martinsville Township Supervisor.
Mr Wells is survived by his wife, Roxanna; one brother, John Wells of Appleton, WI; two sisters, Florence Medsker and Mildred Lindsey of Martinsville.
He is preceeded in death by two brothers, Everett and Tony; two sisters, Elsie GALLATIN and Mary VEACH.
Visitation was at the Greenwell Funeral Home last Friday after 4 pm. The funeral was on Saturday, 18 Jan 1986 at 2 pm, with the Rev George Nika officiating.
Burial was in the Ridgelawn Cemetery
[Jan - 1986 - Submitted by Larry Wells]


Dorothy Grace Wells
WEST UNION, IL - Dorothy Grace Wells, 87 of West Union, Ill, died at 9:50 am Wednesday, March 17th, 2004, at Burnsides Nursing Home in Marshall, IL. She was born 2 Oct, 1916 in Hidalgo, Jasper County, to Crawford White Patrick and Minnie Dougherty Patrick.
She married Elmer Dean Daughhetee in 1933, that marriage ended in divorce. In 1946, She married Glenn Herman Wells. He preceded her in death on 3 Sep 1992. She was also preceded in death by two sons - Howard Dean Daughhetee and Elmer Eugene Daughhetee; one Step-son - Glendel Lee Wells; One Step-daughter - Peggy Ann Kirkham; and three brothers.
She is survived by two Step-brothers; Jesse (Judy) Cherry of Rockford, IL and Frank (Marty) Cherry of Danville, IL; One Step-son - Larry (Lea) Wells, of Marshall; One Daughter-in-law - Leona Wells of Calumet City, IL; Sixteen Grandchildren, several Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was a member of West Union Christian Church and a past member of West Union Chapter 776, Order of Eastern Star.
Services are at 10: am CST, Monday in Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union, with the Rev. Tom Cooperrider officiating. Visitation is 5 to 8 pm Sunday, and 7: am until services Sunday.
Burial will be in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, rural Martinsville
[18 March, 2004 - Submitted by Larry Wells]

Eva Ann Cown Wells
Martinsville, IL. Eva Ann Cown Wells, 98, of Martinsville, died 11:08 p.m. Wednesday (14 Jan 1986) in her home.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday in Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, with visitation after 4:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Willis Chapel Cemetery, rural Martinsville.
Mrs Wells was born in Clark County, daughter of Thomas and Mary Cown.
Surviving are her son; Glenn of West Union; daughters, Pearl Lunoris Toner and Nellie Smith, both of Martinsville; Minnie Weir of Ruskin, Fl. ; sister, Leona Weir of Martinsville; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.
One daughter, five brothers and one sister preceeded her in death.
From the Decatur Herald and Review - 16 Jan 1986 - Submitted by Larry Wells


Glendel Lee Wells Sr.
Martinsville, IL. Glendel Lee Wells Sr, 65, of Calumet City, and formerly of Martinsville, died Nov 19, 2001, in Calumet City, IL.
He was born Dec 9, 1935, in Martinsville to Glenn H. Wells and Myla Hammond Wells.
Survivors include his wife, Leona Jamrowski Wells; three sons, Glendel Lee Wells Jr., Dale Wells and William L. Wells; two daughters, Cheryl Hatfield and Casandra Casas; one brother, Larry; his stepmother, Dorothy Wells; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.
Services and burial were Nov 23, 2001 in Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union assisted with arrangments.
From the Terre Haute Tribune Star, December, 2001 - Submitted by Larry Wells


Glenn Herman Wells
WEST UNION, IL - Glenn Herman Wells, 77, of West Union, died at 3:15 am, Thursday, Sep 3, 1992 in Crawford County Convalescent Center at Robinson.
He was retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections at Joliet.
He was born 28 Jan 1915 in rural Lawrence County to James & Eva (COWN) Wells.
His first wife, Myla (HAMMOND) Wells, died in 1945.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (PATRICK) Wells, two sons; Glendel of Calumet City and Larry of Henderson, KY. One Daughter, Peggy KIRKHAM of Martinsville; Three sisters; Minnie WEIR of Westland, MI., and Pearl TONER & Nellie SMITH, both of Martinsville., 12 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.
He was a member of York Lodge 313 AF&AM and Order of Eastern Star 776.
Private graveside services are 2 pm, Sunday in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, south of Martinsville, with the Rev Jim Freeman officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 pm Saturday in the Prust-Horsch Funeral Chapel, with Masonic services at 8 pm.
[From the Terre Haute Tribune Star, Sept 1992 - Submitted by Larry Wells]


James Wells
James "Jim"
Wells, 88, of Martinsville passed away at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday in the Paris Community Hospital.
Mr. Wells, well-known in this area, was born in Clark County, January 3, 1887, the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Reasor Wells.
Survivors include a son, Glenn of West Union; three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Weir of Detroit, Mrs. Lunoris Toner, Martinsville and Mrs. Nellie Smith of Paris; 16 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will commence at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Greenwell Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Friday with the Rev. George Nika officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
[From the Martinsville Planet, 23 July 1975 - Submitted by Larry Wells]


Larry Allan Wells
Larry Allan Wells, 66, of Martinsville, IL passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 2010 at Burnsides Community Health Center, Marshall, IL. He was born December 24, 1943 in Livonia, MI, the son of Glenn Herman Wells and Myla Cecile Hammond Wells. On January 8, 1988 he married Lea K. Batson in Madisonville, KY.
Survivors include his wife, Lea Wells, of Martinsville, IL; son, Larry A. Wells, Jr. of CO; son, Maht Wells of Chicago, IL; son, Jarrett Wells and wife Andrea of Athens, IL; daughter, Sarah Wells of Martinsville, IL; daughter, Mary Anne Wells of Eureka, IL; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, James Wesley Wells, brother, Glendal and sister, Peggy Kirkham.
Mr. Wells worked as a self employed construction worker.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, IL with Rev. Mike Luke officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery south of Martinsville, IL. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Greenwell Funeral Home of Martinsville, IL is in charge of the arrangements.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Oct 2010 - Sub. by K. Torp. Rest in Peace Larry and thanks for all of your hard work on this site....]


Thomas White
Uncle Thomas White, an aged citizen of our village, was called away by Him who giveth life both here and hereafter, on last Thursday morning. [Had] he lived until the 20th of May he would have been 88 years old.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. Chittendon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Burnap, where he had for years made his home. Having passed through the greater part of the 19th century he was well posted in civil and political affairs. He remembered the war of 1812, and also more of the Blackhawk war.
[From the The Charleston Plain Dealer ... Saturday, April 14, 1888 - Submitted by K. Torp]


Martin Willard
Martin Willard, one of he oldest settlers of Southern Illinois, was called from a long life of labor to his reward, Feb. 14th at his home where he lived with his youngest son. He had been suffering with rheumatism and on Thursday morning preceding his death was taken with the grip, which soon proved fatal.
The subject of this sketch was born in Paoli, Orange Co., Ind., May 19, 1817, and when 18 months old was brought to the home in Melrose township by his parents, where he resided until his death. During the 80 years he resided in Clark Co., he was never farther from home than Chicago, to which place he drove an ox team in 1842, after salt, making the trip in three weeks.
He was raised by Quaker parents and to that faith he adhered until his death. He was never on a jury and never served as a witness in court. He lived a quiet, Christian life. He leaves three sons, five daughters and many friends to mourn his death. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Abraham Guyer at the Bailiff C. P. Church. F. P. W.
[23 February 1899, Clark County Herald - Submitted by: Cindy McCachern]

N. Willard
Frozen to Death
N. Willard of Melrose, Clark County, Illinois writes to the State Register under the date of March 5th as follows: “This day our citizens have witnessed one of the most awful scenes, perhaps, that has ever occurred in Illinois.  Mr. Charles Auld and Samuel M. Auld left Melrose on the evening of the 24th February last, somewhat intoxicated.  After getting their suppers at the house of a neighbor near a mile from town, they left for home about ten o’clock at night, a distance of three or four miles.  As it was common for them to “spree it” some days at a time, not much attention was paid to their absence until yesterday, March 4, their elder brother and a neighbor went i n search of them; and awful to tell, the brother found one of them dying dead in the prairie, not more than a mile from where they had supped nine days before.  I leave it to the reader to imagine the feelings of that brother.  The citizens were soon alarmed and the prairie was soon full in search of the other brother, but night coming on, they moved the corpse and retired.  At an early hour this morning the prairie seemed to be alive with men on horseback, in search of the other.  After riding until about 10 o’clock A.M. the writer of these lines accidently came upon him.  My God, what a sight!  He was laying flat on his back as though he had laid down to sleep, perfectly dead.  He has left a young and lovely wife with many friends to mourn his untimely death.  The other has left three helpless children without a parent to watch over their tender years.  We think this sufficient warning, both to venders and consumers.” [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 27, 1846; NP, Sub by FoFG]



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