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The Logan County Democrat says, that at Waynesville, DeWitt county, a small boy, the son of Mr. Rankins, was bitten on the knee by a rattlesnake, when only a few paces from the door of their house. The boy was carried home immediately, and in a few minutes every joint in his body was stiffened, and life became extinct. [Illinois State Democrat, Aug. 29, 1860 - submitted by C. Horton]

REINHARDT, Melissa Jane (Michaels)

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Farmer City – Mrs. Melissa Jane Reinhardt, 74, died at 5 AM Saturday at Brokaw Hospital, Normal, after a short illness. Funeral services will be at 1 PM Monday at Weedman Church near Farmer City. The Rev. Walter Russell will officiate.

She was born December 15, 1862 in Logan County, the daughter of Gustavus and Elizabeth Barr Michaels. She was married December 9, 1885 to Charles Reinhardt who died in 1928. She was a member of the Weedman Church and lived in Piatt County since 1893. The following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Mary Rogers, Bowling Green, Missouri; Mrs. George Brown, Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Emelia Hoose, Waynesville; Mrs. Sarah Mangle, Lexington; John Michaels, Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. J.L. Grimes, east of Farmer City, and the two grandchildren, Charles and Lucille. (Source: The Pantagraph, 7 Mar 1937, pg 2)

RIGGS, Deborah

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Died at home in Farmer City Sunday, 7 May 1899, 7:10 a.m.Deborah Riggs, wife of Randolph Scott Riggs, 72 years, 8 months, 6 days. Funeral: residence, May 8. Burial: Greenleaf Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

ROGERS, Mrs. Jennie

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d. Clinton, Ill. 8/18/1871, a. 27 y. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

ROSS, Emily M

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CLINTON, January 1 – Funeral services for Mrs. R. H. Ross who died Saturday evening were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the late home, 316 North Jackson Ave. The Rev. Virgil Thompson, pastor of the first Methodist Church, officiated and burial was made in Woodlawn Cemetery. Emily Martha Rogers was born in Ohio, February 6, 1841, and came in the early 50s with her parents to Illinois. On December 15, 1868, she was married to Ralph Hill Ross who died 15 years ago. Five children were born to them, three of whom survive. Abby L. and Winfield of Clinton and Edward who resides in the southern part of the state. Mrs. Ross has been an active member of the Methodist Church all of her life until her last illness and was a prominent member of the McCorkle club, which is one of the oldest clubs in Clinton. She had served as secretary of this club for many years until her illness. [Source: The Pantagraph 1 Jan 1929, tr: Susan Rogers]


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WAYNESVILLE, January 1 – the funeral of John Roulston was held at the M. E. Church Saturday at 2 PM conducted by the Rev. R. L. Steed of San Jose, assisted by the Rev. B. D. Mallinson of Waynesville. Mr. Roulston had made his own funeral arrangements having selected the songs, the figures, pallbearers and ministers. Music was furnished by Mrs. Fred Marshall, Mrs. Fred Dix, Matthew Connell and Jay. And. Teal with Mrs. Arthur Swan at the piano. The songs were "The Old Rugged Cross", "Going down the Valley", "Saved by Grace" and "Asleep in Jesus". The pallbearers were Orvil Atteberry, John Laughery, George Laughery, Elmer Maddox, Louis Burwell and Robert Laughery. Wayne Lodge No. 172 had charge of services at the grave in Evergreen Cemetery. [The Pantagraph 1 Jan 1929, tr: Susan Rogers]

RUCKER, Harriet

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Died at home of her son, J. H. MC CORD, southwest of this city on Thursday, 16 September 1897, at 7:45 a.m., Harriet RUCKER, 87 years, 10 months, 9 days. Funeral: at late home, September 17. Burial: Camp Ground Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]