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PAYNE, George C.


a boy four miles south of Clinton, was accidentally shot and killed by Frank HENRY, an older boy. HENRY had forbidden the PAYNE boy to go with him hunting. As they separated the gun hammer struck a building and the gun was discharged, the load striking PAYNE in the back and abdomen. HENRY is a youth of thirteen years. [February 7, 1890, submitted by K. Torp]

PEIFER, Leona Mae (Ruble)


WAYNESVILLE - The Funeral Of Leona Mae "Sissy" Peifer, 70, of Waynesville will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The Rev. Alice Couch will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McReynolds-Herrmann Funeral Home, McLean, and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Mrs. Peifer died Sunday (Aug. 13, 1989) at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1918, in Waynesville, a daughter of Wesley and Jessie Upton Ruble. She married Raymond H. Peifer on Feb. 1, 1941, in Troy, Mo. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Ronald and Gary, both of Waynesville; one daughter, Marsha Runge, McLean; two brothers, Wesley "Shorty" Ruble Jr., McLean, and Robert Ruble, Waynesville; one sister, Helen Hicks, Heath, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers. Mrs. Peifer was a member of the former Christian Church of Waynesville and the Waynesville American Legion Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the Waynesville United Methodist Church.[Source: The Pantagraph, Transcribed by: Susan R. Rogers]

PRICE, William


William M. Price, former Dewitt County treasurer, died 15 minutes after suffering a heart attack at 8 a.m. Tuesday June 2, 1931, at the home of his half-brother, Leo Price, with whom he lived, two miles east of Waynesville. He had been in failing health more than a year. Mr. Price was born near Waynesville September 14, 1869, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Price, both now deceased. In his early life he was a school teacher and later became deputy county treasurer in which capacity he served foreight years, afterward serving as county treasurer from 1910 to 1914. He was a lifelong Democrat and had taken a very active part in the affairs of that party. He was a member of the A.F. and A.M., Odd Fellows, Elks and Eagles,and was a graduate of Waynesville academy and of a business college at Lexington, Ky. Billie, as he was known to his friends, was of a genial disposition and was a man who easily made a friend of everyone with whom he came in contact. He never married. He is survived by the half-brother, two sisters, Mrs. Myra Griffin, Rose Pine, La., and Mrs. Matthew Connell, Waynesville, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Rose Powell, of Atlanta; Mrs. Taunton Jeffries, of Canada, and Mrs. Cora Short, of Waynesville. Funeral services were held at the Waynesville Christian church at 2:30 p.m. Friday in charge of Rev. H.S. Mavity.Burial was in Evergreen cemetery at Waynesville, with Masonic services at the grave. Submitted by Ruth Price. *Note*: William M. Price death date June 2, 1931 was not in the original obituary but was handwritten at the top by a relative and I confirmed this date on the Illinois State Wide Death Index (1916-1950) Data Base.

PRICE, William Leslie

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Waynesville Man Killed in Action. Clinton, Sept. 18, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Price of Waynesville were notified Thursday by the war department that their son, William Leslie, 23, had been killed in the li ne of duty. He was a gunner's mate, third class, in the Fifth division of the U. S. Navy. He was born in Waynesville Mar 22, 1919 and graduated from the Waynesville High school in 1938. He enlisted in the navy two years ago and has been in an aircraft carrier all that time. He leaves his parents, three brothers, Frederick, who is in Foreign Service in the navy; Jack and Gene, at home, and three sisters, Frances of Bloomington and Polly Anna and Barbara at home. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Saturday, September 19, 1942, pg. 2]


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Lived 100 Years. John Powers, late of Pilot Knob, died Wednesday. 10 January 1906 at the home of his son Esley, at Midland City, Illinois. He moved with family from Ohio many, years ago. to a farm near Pilot Knob.Mrs. Powers died in October 1889. The past ten years he has been living among his children. Only family member residing in Indiana is daughter Mary, now Mrs. John C. Davis of Ramsey, Harrison County. He was born in Pittsburg, PA on 25 September 1805, the oldest of six children, was left an orphan when quite young. He was father of eight, all living but George who died in 1900. Burial in Mt. Clemens Cemetery, Illinois. [Crawford County Democrat. Thursday, 18 January 1906 - submitted by K. Torp]


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Clinton, Feb 14—Mrs. Fern Pullen, wife of W. N. Pullen, local undertaker, died in the Decatur and Macon County hospital at 6 o'clock Saturday morning following an operation performed there a week ago. The body was brought to Clinton where it is now at the Pullen mortuary. She was about 45 years old and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Dix of Waynesville. Surviving are the husband, one daughter, Dixie, a student in the Clinton Community High School, and one brother, Fred Dix, of Waynesville. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Sunday, February 15, 1931, pg.10]