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Mason City – Jay Mangle, 54, died in St. John's Hospital at Springfield at 1 PM Monday. He was taken ill last Wednesday and removed to the hospital Saturday morning. A blood transfusion Monday failed to stem the ravages on his system caused by a septic poisoning of the throat.

He was born at Farmer City November 14, 1880, the son of George and Sarah Mangle. He married Elizabeth Thorton. He was a member of Weaver camp, 191, modern Woodman, and the Mason City Odd Fellows Lodge. The funeral is to be at 2:30 PM Thursday at the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Paul Vincent officiating. Burial is to be in Mason City Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, one son, Arryl of Springfield, and one daughter, Mardelle of Mason City; a brother, Joseph, and a sister, Mrs. Kate Hefner, both of Lexington. (Source: the Pantagraph, 24 April 1934, page 2)



FUNDERAL OF CHILD. The funeral of the little son of Mr. and mrs. E. Marvell was held Saturday morning from the family residence in Waynesville [The Daily Review, 25 April 1908, pg 1]



Waynesville, December 12 – Harold Maxwell, former Waynesville boy, died early this morning in a hospital at Gary Indiana, from injuries sustained on last Tuesday when the automobile which he was driving skidded on an icy pavement and was struck by a train at Gary. He died without regaining consciousness. Harold Maxwell was born near Waynesville February 25, 1896 and grew to manhood here. His marriage was on September 27, 1915 to Miss Faye Buck. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell went to Herrin, where they resided until September of this year, when they went to Gary to make their home. Surviving are the widow and two sons. Harold R and Howard, at home; the mother, Mrs. Anna Maxwell of Waynesville; the father, of Alabama, and a brother, Orla, of Grand Bay Alabama. When the word of his injury was received here last Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoffman, uncle and aunt of Mr. Maxwell, his mother, Mrs. Anna Maxwell, and his father-in-law, Jay. E. Buck, went to Gary and will return to Waynesville Monday, accompanying the remains here for burial.[Source: The Pantagraph 13 Dec 1926, transcribed by Susan Rogers]


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Died of heart failure, at his home in this city, on Sunday, January 5,1896, David MERCER, aged 73 years, 5 months, 20 days. Funeral: at late residence, January 6. Burial: M. E. Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- transcribed by Linda Kingery.]

METZGER, Rachel F. (Cantrell)

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Clinton, Sept 7 -- Mrs. Rachel F. Metzger, one of Clinton's best known and most esteemed women, died at her home Thursday night. Paralysis was the cause of her death, she having been taken ill March 21. Rachel P. Cantrell was born in Ohio, December 5, 1838. Her parents moved to Waynesville in this county in 1844. She was married to William Metzger November 13, 1855. Two children were born to the union, Minnie B. and Harry M. Metzger, both of whom preceded their mother in death. Her husband died 15 years ago. The nearest relatives surviving are two nephews, George M. Cantrell, of Chicago, and Harry Cantrell of Waynesville. Funeral services will be held from the home Sunday afternoon at 8 o'clock in charge of Dr. C. Harmon Johnson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. [Source: The Pantagraph, 8 Sep 1923, page 2; Transcribed by Susan Rogers]


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The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Messick will be pained to learn of the death by spinal meningitis of their little daughter, Lois. She was a lovely child, a nd the grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The remains were laid to rest yesterday in the cemetery at Waynesville. [Source: The Pantagraph 30 Jan 1885, tr: Susan Rogers]

MICHAELS, Elizabeth (Barr)

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Elizabeth Michaels died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. S.O. McCullough, near Waynesville, Sept. 27th, aged 59 years, 1 mo. and 25 days. The funeral was held at the residence Friday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Rodgers, of Girard, assisted by Rev. W. D. Blaylock, after which the remains were interred in the Waynesville cemetery, followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Elizabeth Barr was born Aug 2d, 1834, was married to Gustavis Michaels Dec. 9th, 1852. To this union were born seven children, six daughters and one son, all of whom, with their aged father, three brothers and two sisters are left to mourn their loss, but what we all feel to be her eternal gain. She joined the Methodist church in her girlhood and although the last 36 years of her life has been that of continual suffering, yet through it her patience was unfailing. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

MICHAELS, Gustavus A

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Gustavus A. Michaels was born in the kingdom of Prussia, June 6th, 1822; died at Mt Tabor, Ill, June 26th, 1894, age seventy-two years and twenty days. He came to America in 1837 and settled in Illinois in 1847. He was married to Elizabeth Barr Dec 9th, 1852. To them were born 7 children, 6 daughters and 1 son, all of whom he leaves, with 1 brother and 2 sisters and a host of friends to mourn his death. Bro. Michaels joined the M.E. church in 1853. About the year 1865 he went with the class at Mt Zion into the organization of the ME church South, in which communion he lived until the day of his death. Bro. Michaels early days were not days of facility and modern invention. Although by industry and hard work he accumulated a goodly estate and the latter years of his life he spent patiently caring for an afflicted wife, which care was upon him for thirty years and while he was thus prevented the privilege of attending the house of worship, we feel that in his affliction patience possessed his soul. The funeral service was conducted by WD Blaylock, Jun 27th, after which he was in the Waynesville cemetery to await the trumpet call. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

MORROW, William

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(Soldier of 1812?) d. Clinton, Ill. May 5, 1875, a. 83 y's. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

MUIR, William

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Died at home in Farmer City, 5:30 a.m., Saturday, 25 November 1899, William MUIR, 58 years. Funeral: home, November 26, F. C. Lodge No. 710, A. F. & A. Masons. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]