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CAMPBELL, Mrs. William


CLINTON, May 2. Mrs. William Campbell, a native of Dewitt county, died in her home in Weldon at 10 o'clock Monday night. She had been ill for some time with complication of diseases. A daughter of William and Elizabeth Jackson, she was born in Dewitt county 32 years ago. This county had always been her home. She was married to William Campbell and to them were born two sons, Roy Campbell and Lloyd Campbell both living near Weldon. In addition to her husband and two sons, she leaves two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Hannah Dillavou, of New London, IA; Mrs. Martha Arthur, of Lane; Henry and Isiah Jackson, both of Clinton. Funeral services will be conducted in the methodist church in Weldon at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in Weldon cemetery.[The Decatur Herald, 2 May 1928, pg 12]



In DeWitt county, on the 11th of August last, Mr. Joshua Cantrill, aged 63, highly respect citizen of that county [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, October 23, 1840 -- submitted by Jim Dezotell

CARLOCK, Dillard H.


(Oldest son of John G. Carlock of McLean County, Ill.) d. at the res. of Dr. Starkey, in Waynesville, Ill. Oct. 21, 1874, aged 23 years [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]



Fatal Accident -- A well-digger named Thomas CARROLL, while walling up the well of Dr. DYE, in this place on Tuesday morning last, was overpowered by some inflammable gas, and before any assistance could be rendered he was lifeless...The unfortunate man leaves a young wife and one child to deplore his loss. [DeWitt Courier, 29 Oct 1856 -- TT-- tr by Linda Kingery]

CASE, John F.

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Died Jacksonville, IL, Sunday, December 15, 1901 at 5:40 p.m., John F. CASE, aged 57 years, 2 months, 13 days.Funeral: M. E. Church, December 18. Lemon Post No. 211, G. A. R. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source:Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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ATLANTA — Mary Z. Chaudoin, 91, Atlanta, passed away Sunday (Nov. 3, 2013) at Christian Village Nursing Home, Lincoln. The funeral for Mrs. Chaudoin will be at 11 a.m Thursday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, with the Rev. Rob Roy officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery. Mary Z. Chaudoin was born Nov. 13, 1921, in Paynesville, Ky., the daughter of William and Ella Mae Hardesty Graham. She married Melvin Francis Chaudoin on Sept. 14, 1941. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2001. Surviving are her daughters, Connie (Kenneth) Timm, Atlanta, and Vickie (Paul) Loercher, McLean; one daughter-in-law, Shirley Ritchhart, Lincoln; one brother, Ralph Graham, Hopedale; one sister, Donna De Hoff, Texas; seven grandchildren, Craig (Jamie) Chaudoin, Chad (Brita) Chaudoin, Robert (Angie) Timm, Amy Timm, Corey Loercher, Eric (Julie) Loercher and Justin Loercher; and nine great-grandchildren, Dylan and Morgan Chaudoin; Maddy and Kenzie Timm; and Oliver, Eden, Jaden, Rylee and Avery Loercher. She was preceded in death by one son, Gary Chaudoin; one sister, Ruth Adams; and two brothers, Monroe and Charles Graham. Mary was a member of Atlanta United Methodist Church and Atlanta Women's Club. Mary's family thanks the staff at Christian Village for the wonderful care given to her. Memorials may be made to Atlanta United Methodist Church or Christian Village of Lincoln. [Source: The Pantagraph, 5 Nov 2013; Transcribed by: Susan R. Rogers]


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CLINTON — Jack E. Chick, 77, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 7:03 p.m. on December 25, 2013 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Ill. A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, January 2 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Calvert's, J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Clinton, Eagles Lodge, Clinton, or Disabled Veterans. Jack was born on August 16, 1936 in Clinton, son of Paul Chick and Iola Westray. He married Doris Ann Young on July 12, 1958 in Clinton. She passed away on December 20, 2009. Survivors include two sons Jack (Demi) Chick, Jr., Davenport, Iowa, and Kelly (Dana Coon) Chick, Argenta, Ill.; brother Ron Chick, Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His parents and one brother Larry, in infancy, preceded him in death. Jack was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and graduated from Western Illinois University, Macomb. He was a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. Jack was a family man; he loved and cherished spending time with them. HE was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. [Source: Clinton Journal]


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On Thursday, August 21 [1919] at 8 a.m., Amos Cisco was called from his labors here to those of a better land. He had been in failing health for almost a year and about nine weeks before his death he was taken to his bed and from that time was never able to be up. His ailment was cancer of the stomach. Amos Cisco was born in Jackson County, Tennessee, June 5, 1835, and was 84 years, 2 months and 16 days old at the time of his death. In 1837, he came with his parents to DeWitt County, Illinois and settled on a farm 5 miles east or Waynesville and has lived near Waynesville ever since except about two years spent in Missouri. On October 5, 1855 he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Lane of Dewitt County, and to this union were born 13 children, of who 6 died in infancy. Mary J. Garr died in 1895, Emma F. Spencer d ied in 1901. The surviving children are Mrs. Wm. Ackerson, of Waynesville; Albert W. Cisco, of Waynesville; Mrs. T.F. Strange, of Clinton; Francis M. Cisco, of Atlanta; and Mrs. Clarence A. Naugle of Chestnut. Besides his five children he leaves his aged wife, 34 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, and one brother, Ira Cisco, of Waynesville. Mr Cisco was a member of the Christian Church and has been a teacher of the gostpel for nearly thirty-five years. Funeral services were held at the Rock Creek church Friday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Huff, of Williamsville officiating. Interment was made in the Rock Creek Cemetery [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

CISCO, Dorothy

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WAYNESVILLE – The funeral of Dorothy Cisco, 74, of Waynesville will be 11 a.m. Monday at Herington-Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Roger Cheatham will officiate.  Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery, Waynesville. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Cisco died at 7:40 p.m. Thursday (Oct 25, 1990) at McLean County Nursing Home, 901 N. Main St., Normal. She was born Jan 3, 1916, at Waynesville, a daughter of Amos and Essie Naugle Garr.  She married John Cisco Dec 24, 1935, at Waynesville.  He survives. Other survivors include four sons, Larry, 1002 Howard St., Normal; Kenneth, 1205 Crescent Lane, Normal; and Jerry and Richard, both of Waynesville; two daughters, Bonnie Myers, Marion, Ohio, and Nancy Bailey, Bullard, Texas; two brothers, Harold Garr and Junior Garr, both of Waynesville; two sisters, Betty Webb and Geraldine Williams, both of Clinton; and 14 grandchildren. One brother and one granddaughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Cisco was a member of the Waynesville Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the Waynesville Christian Church Library.[Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

CISCO, Emily M. (West)

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WAYNESVILLE – Emily M. Cisco, 70, of Waynesville, died Tuesday, March 23, 1993 at Dr John Warner Hospital, Clinton. Mrs. Cisco was born October 11, 1923, in Manchester, Tenn., the daughter of Lee and Clarice Belle (Buckaloo) West. She married Woodrow cisco on Jan 31, 1942, in Rossville, GA. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Victor Cisco of Waynesville and Roy Cisco of Bloomington; one daughter, Stella McCowan of Waynesville; one sister, Alma Mahan of Manchester; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one sister and one brother. Mrs. Cisco was a member of Waynesville Christian Church. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Herington-Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. David Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville. Visitation will be one hour before service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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Waynesville, Feb 23 – (Special) – Ira Cisco passed away at 2 a.m. Thursday following several months illness with diabetes. He was the son of William and Sarah Cisco and was born Jan 24, 1845, at Rock Creek. He was married to Mary Jane Scott in 1865, and she died in 1876. Three children were born to them: Mrs. J. H. Lane and George Cisco, of near Waynesville, and Mrs. J.C. Taylor, of Cuba, NY. He was again married in 1880 to Mary McCoin, who with five children survives: Mrs. Bert Troxel and Mrs. Frank Cisco, of Atlanta; Bert Cisco, Jefferson, IA; Arthur, of Dixon and Elisha Cisco, of Waynesville. He also leaves twenty-two grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Mr. Cisco was a member of the Christian church. The funeral arrangements will be made later.[Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

CISCO, Lena (Nichols)

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The Daily Review, (Decatur, Illinois), June 26, 1907, Page 7. Mrs. George Cisco is Dead. Wapella, June 25--Mrs. Lena Cisco, wife of George Cisco, died Monday morning of tuberculosis at her home, four miles west of Wapella. She was about 30 years old. Besides her husband, who leaves one son, 10 years old.The funeral will be conducted at the Rock Creek Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the services being in charge of Rev Mr. Smith of Waynesville. The interment will be in the cemetery near the church. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

CISCO, Martha A (Scott)

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Martha A. Cisco passed away at the home of her son, Scott Cisco, northwest of Wapella, Friday morning at 7:15 o'clock after an illness since December, 1925.  Her death was caused from old age and complication of diseases. Martha A. Scott was born March 17, 1849, near Wapella, where she had resided her entire life. She was the daughter of Andrew and Sarah Arthington Scott, being the second child of a family of eight who have all preceded her in death, except one sister.  Mrs. Nancy despains of Clinton.  The deceased was united in Marriage December 31, 1865, to Francis M. Cisco. To this union the following children were born:  Jenny Cisco, Deceased; CE Cisco, Clinton; Scott Cisco, Wapella; Mary Laiser, Wapella, and Harry Cisco, Deceased. Besides the one sister and three children who mourn her death, are twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and the entire community of her residence as she was always a friend and adviser to all. The deceased had been a member of the Rock Creek Christian church since early childhood. Funeral services will be held at Rock Creek church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm.Internment will be made at Rock Creek cemetery. Grandsons will act as pallbearers. Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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Died at his home in this city Friday, April 13, 1900, at 11:30 a.m., Ora H. CLEARWATER, aged 20 years, 9 months,25 days. Funeral: M. E. Church, April 15. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

COBB, Mrs. Nancy

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FUNERAL SERVICE SATURDAY Mrs Nancy Cobb Died Thursday Afternoon In John Warner Hospital Funeral services for the late Mrs Nancy Cobb will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the new church at Lane. Burial will be made in Rose Cemetery. Mrs Nancy Cobb, an aged lady of Dewitt county, died Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the John Warner hospital after an illness of several months. She had been in the hospital for treatment since December 24, 1917, and her advanced age of 77 years was against her in her fight for recovery. Mrs Cobb was the widow of the late Whitfield Cobb who died in December, 1904, and she had been a resident of this county in Creek township for the past forty years. She had become one of the well known citizens of the community and of Dewitt county. There are surviving the following children of Mrs Cobb: Samuel Cobb of Harp township; Archie Cobb of Dewitt; Adolph Cobb of Jenkins Switch; Mrs Covey of Dewitt; Mrs John Jimmerson of Dewitt and Elmer Cobb of Storm Lake, Iowa, formerly of Clinton. Mrs Cobb was a member of the Christian church of Lane in which she worked for many years. She was a kind and a loving mother and a true friend among those who knew her. The remains were taken yesterday to Oakman Chapel to await the funeral arrangements. contributed by Shayne Pugh


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WELDON – funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Kaufman will be held at 2 pm Sunday at the United Brethren Church, Shiloh, of which she was a member. The Rev. F.E. Blimline, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Weldon Cemetery. Mrs. Kaufman suffered a paralytic stroke Wednesday and died Friday at her farm home where she lived for about 50 years. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nichols Munch, she was born near Petersburg, July 18, 1860. She was married to Charles Coffman, who died several years ago. Two sons, Frank and William, both died in in 1935. Surviving children are her twin daughters, Mrs. Edna Oleson, Argenta, and Mrs. Etta Gray, Weldon. There are also four grandchildren. [Source: The Panatagraph, 5 Dec 1937 tr - Susan Rogers]


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Mrs. Connell's Funeral Monday At Waynesville Waynesville - Mrs. Mary Catherine Connell, 90, a native and lifetime resident of Waynesville, died Saturday March 21, 1964 at Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Iowa. She had been hospitalized 21 months with a fractured hip. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at the Waynesville Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Buck of Atlanta officiating. Burial was in Evergreen cemetery. She was born Feb. 25, 1874 at Waynesville a daughter of James and Barthena Williams Price. She was married Sept.13, 1899 to Matthew Connell at Waynesville. Since his death Dec. 9, 1949 she had spent the winter months with her daughter, Mrs. Imogene Harney in Clinton, Iowa. Other survivors are a son Ralph P. Connell of Detroit, Mich., one step sister, Mrs. Rose Barnett of Atlanta; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one sister, one brother, two half brothers and four step sisters. She was an active member of the Christian Church since childhood, and was active in Waynesville Woman?s club and civic work while her health permitted. Quiram Funeral Home of Atlanta, had charge funeral arrangements. [Submitted by Ruth Price. *Note*: Mrs. Mary Catherine Connell death date March 21, 1964 was not in the original obituary but was handwritten at the top of the obituary by a relative and I confirmed the death year on her tombstone.]


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Died, at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. M. H. KNIGHT, on Wednesday, March 30, 1898, at 11:10 o'clock, Durl H.,infant son of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. CONRAD, aged 1 year & 14 days. Funeral: home of Mrs. KNIGHT, March 31. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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Died at home, Farmer City, Thursday, March 3, 1898, 2:30 a.m., John W. COOPER, 56 years, 10 months, 14 days. Funeral:Christian Church, March 4. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

COX, Melissa G.

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Died at home of her daughter, Mrs. R. C. SMITH, in Farmer City, Friday, Jan. 13, 1899, 12:30 a.m., Mrs. Melissa G. COX, wife of LaFayette COX, aged 74 years, 8 months, & 20 days. Funeral: residence on Blue Ridge, January 15. Burial: Blue Ridge Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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Died at her home in this city Sunday, January 9, 1898, at 4:30 a.m., Mary J. CRAWFORD, aged 78 years, 3 months,7 days. Funeral: M. E. Church, Jan. 11. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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WAYNESVILLE – Ashley Cunningham, 48, brother of John Cunningham of Waynesville, died at 9 a.m. Friday at his home in Lakeview, Iowa after two years illness with heart disease. He had visited in the vicinity on numerous occasions. Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Finger Jr. attended the funeral Saturday. [Source: The Pantagraph, 5 Dec 1937 -- tr by Susan Rogers.]

CURTIS, William H.

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Expired unexpectedly Saturday while working in timber near Waynesville. WAYNESVILLE, January 7. William H Curtis, who has for the past five years been a resident of Waynesville, died very suddenly at that place shortly before noon Saturday. He, with two other men, was engaged in chopping wood in a timber about a mile west of Waynesville. Shortly before noon while the men prepared their dinner, they said Curtis to a tile close by for some water. When he did not return, the two men went in search of him and found him lying on the ground near the tile dead. Death was sudden, being caused from heart trouble. He was carried to the home of David organ, a distant relative, where a physician and the corner from Logan County was summoned to hold an inquest over his body. Mr. Curtis was about 51 years of age, and had resided in Waynesville about five years with WH Wikle and family. He came to that place from the southern part of the state. He was a single man and aside from Mr. Organ of near Waynesville, who is a distant relative, no other relatives survive, except one sister living in Nebraska. [Source: The Panatagraph, 8 Jan 1917 tr - Susan Rogers]