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DEATH OF AGED NATIVE OF DEWITT. A.H. Lane Owned Five Hundred acres of Land Near Waynesville. Clinton, Ills., Jan 20. A.H. Lane, one of the oldest settlers of DeWitt county, died at his home in Clinton Thursday of pneumonia, aged 65 years. He recently moved here from a farm near Waynesville, where he owned about 500 acres of fine farming land. His father, Jesse h. Lane, settled in this county in 1830. Mr. Lane was twice married, first to Sarah Bayless, who died in 1847. Two children survive by this union. mrs. John Jeffrey of Missouri and Jesse H. Lane of Weldon. His second marriage was to Miss Jane Vinson, who survives with one son, Charles H. Lane, of Waynesville.[The Daily Review, 20 January 1905, pg 5]

LANE, Minerva (Cisco)


Mrs. Minerva Lane, 76, died Wednesday at Deaconess hospital in Lincoln where she had been a patient for two weeks.
The body was taken to the Pullen funeral home in Clinton.  Services will be at 2:30 pm Friday at the Waynesville Methodist Church with the Rev O.R. Spreckelmeyer officiating.  Burial will be in the Rock Creek cemetery.
Mrs. Lane was born Aug 28, 1866 near Waynesville, daughter of Ira and Sarah Scott Cisco.  She was married July 1, 1883 to Jesse H. Lane, who died in 1928.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Maxwell, Waynesville, Mrs. Abbie Gandy, Lincoln.  Two children died in infancy.  There are five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; a sister, Mrs. J. C. Taylor, Cuba, NY; a half-sister, Mrs. Frank Cisco, St Louis; two half-brothers, Bert Cisco, Oakland, CA and Arthur Cisco, St Louis.  Mrs. Lane spent her entire life in the Waynesville community.  She was a member of the Christian church. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

LEEPER, Mrs. Eleanor


d. Waynesville,Ill. Jan. 22, 1871, aged 73 years [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]



August 1941 – Clem Leigh, 59, a former Waynesville resident, died Monday morning at the Brokaw hospital in Normal after three months' illness from the effects of a fractured leg.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Beck funeral home in Bloomington and burial was in the East Lawn Memorial Park there.  Mr. Leigh was born December 3, 1882 at Mulberry Grove, the son of Perry and Rose Leigh, and came to Waynesville at the age of seven years.  He was married to Miss Ada Finfrock, of Waynesville, who survives with six sons and two daughters, Paul, of Bloomington; Jerald of Normal; Harold, of Anaheim, Calif.; Gordon, of Fullerton, Calif.; Howard, of Fort Riley, Kan., and Floyd, at home; Mrs. Arthur Boulton and Mrs. Joseph House, both of Bloomington.  There are also six grandchildren. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

LEWIS, Henry

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Died at home of daughter, 1 1/2 miles south of Farmer City, Tuesday, December 1, 1896, 10:35 p.m., Henry LEWIS, 97 years, 2 months, 13 days. Funeral: late home, December 3. Burial: Greenleaf Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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Died at his home in Holbrook, Nebraska, Tuesday morning, 9 January 1900, J. B. LEWIS, aged 76 years. Funeral: M.E. Church, January 11. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery at Leroy. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

LOWERY, Melvin

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CLINTON, January 1 – Word has been received here by Mrs. Ursula Davis, W. Jefferson St., of the death of her brother, Melvin Lowery, which occurred in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho last Thursday. Funeral services and burial were held there Sunday. Deceased was a former resident of Clinton, having been born here in 1850 the son of Melvin and Isabel Lowery. Aside from the sisters here, he leaves three funds, all of whom reside in the vicinity of Coeur d'Alene. [Source: The Pantagraph 1 Jan 1929, tr: Susan Rogers]