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SAMPSON, Julius M.


d. at res. of his son-in-law, Jason Hand, nr. Waynesville, Ill. 3/14/1871, a. abt. 56 y. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]



Died – On Thursday the 16th Sept., in Waynesville, De Witt county, after an illness of 48 hours, Tench T. Sampson. He has left a wife and three small children to mourn their irreparable loss. Death enters and there is no defense – his time there is none can tell. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – October 8, 1841 --Submitted by: Jim Dezotell]



Waynesville resident dies at hospital. Edward Schmidt, 79, widely known resident of Waynesville, died Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital where he had been a patient for about a week. Mr. Smit was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Wapella. The funeral will be held there at 9:30 AM Tuesday and burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bloomington. [The Pantagraph 2 May 1932, tr: Susan Rogers]

SCOGIN, Charles S


Charles S. Scogin, 111 South Elizabeth Street, well known Clinton resident, died in the John Warner hospital Saturday morning. Leakage of the heart was the cause of his demise. He had been ill for several years. The boy was removed to Pullen's chapel. He was the third son of J.K. and Martha Scogin and was born near Wapella Jan 1, 1872, where he lived with his parents till manhood. He was married to Birdie Wilson, Dec 27, 1899 and to this union were born two children, Lee Scogin, 21, and Rachel May Scogin, both at home. Besides his wife and two children, he leaves to mourn his loss six brother, George T, Perry A, Sylvester, John, J.B., Winnie E, one sister, Mrs. Odell Adams of Lane. Most of his lie was spent on the farm where he proved himself a successful farmer. For two years, he had been employed as a baggage man at the Illinois Central depot. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Grove Community church on Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. M.G. Linton of Clinton. [The Pantagraph 13 Oct 1924, tr: Susan Rogers]

SCOTT, Laura

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Miss Laura Scott, 19 years old, daughter of T. F. Scott, and popular young lady of Wapella, died at the home of her brother, Harry Scott in Clinton at five o'clock Sunday morning from complication of diseases due to infected tonsils.  She had been ill two weeks.
She was born near Wapella June 20, 1904.  She is a graduate of the Community high school at Wapella Class of '22 and had just finished her freshmen year at the Wesleyan university.  Her mother preceded her in death twelve years ago.  Besides her father she is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Harry Scott of Clinton; Mrs. Ewald S. Diemer of Pontiac; Mrs. Arthur Fraser, Mrs. Joy Ives, Mrs. Lawrence Leggett, John and Percy Scott, all of Wapella.
Funeral services will be held from the home 3 miles west of Wapella at 2 pm Tuesday afternoon.  Interment will be made at Rock Creek cemetery.  She was a member of Christian Church. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

SCOTT, Sarah

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Mrs. Sarah Scott one of the oldest residents of the county, died at 5:00 Tuesday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Despain, six miles northwest of Wapella, death resulting from debilities incident to age.  Mrs. Scott lacked but a few days of being 89 years old.  She was born near Springfield and was married to Andrew Scott about 1838.  They resided in Pike County until about 1850, when they came to DeWitt County which had since been her home.  Her husband and four children are dead.
She is survived by two sons, two daughters, twenty-three grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren. Elizabeth Riggs, of Wapella, is a sister.  Her children are Charles, who resides on the old home place; Douglas, of McMinnville, Ore, Mrs. Nancy Despain, with who she resided, and Mrs. Martha Cisco, in that neighborhood.  She united with the Christian church when eighteen years old and had since been a constant member of that faith.
The funeral was held from the Rock Creek Christian church Thursday at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. O.P. Wright of Mechanicsburg.  [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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AGED WAYNESVILLE CITIZEN EXIRES. Clinton, April 28. E.D. Sessions, one of the oldest residents of Waynesville, died in his home there Tuesday. He was born March 4, 1831, in Vermont and in 1837 the family moved to Champaign county, Ohio. After eleven years, they came to Dewitt county and localed at Clinton. Since 1854, Mr. Sessions had lived near Waynesville. He was a civil war veteran. FORMER POSTMASTER. He married Feb 25, 1865, to Miss Sarah Rigdon. He served Waynesville township with several political offices and in 1898 received the appointment of President McKinley as postmaster which he held until 1910, when he resigned because of poor health. He was prominently identified with the Odd Fellows and the G.A.R. He leaves his aged wife and one daughter Mrs. Hulda Mason of Waynesville. Two children by a former marriage, E.P. Sessions of Granfield, Okla., and Mrs. Emma Willis of Spokane, Wash, also survive. [ The Daily Review, 28 April 1915, pg 12]

SHAFFER, George W.

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Died at Waynesville—Word was received last night of the sudden death at Waynesville of Mr. George W. Shaffer, formerly of this city. He has a brother, Mr. William Shaffer, living here. Mr. Shaffer formerly owned the sand bed farm west of the city, but moved to Waynesville twelve years ago. [The Pantagraph, 22 Dec 1894, Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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Waynesville – Ralph Sprague, 83, of 2191 N. Main St., Decatur, a native of DeWitt County and a retired salesman, died at 5:50 AM Thursday at Decatur Memorial Hospital. His funeral will be at 11:30 AM Saturday at Dawson and Wikoff Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM today at the funeral home. He was born in DeWitt County, January 13, 1894, the son of Jeff and Mattie Ellington Sprague. He married Cora Irene Vinson at Waynesville, October 10, 1919. She died February 3, 1966. Surviving are two brothers, Carter, Wapella, and Carl, Beason. Mr. Sprague was a salesman for HNC auto supply, Decatur, until he retired. He was an Army veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Waynesville Masonic Lodge and Central Christian Church, Decatur. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church for the American Cancer Society. (Source: The Pantagraph, 2 December 1977, page 39)


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MANY YEARS TOWN'S DOCTOR. Dr. E.W. Starkey Died at Springs Where He Went for His Health. Clinton. March 19. Dr. E. W. Starkey of Waynesville died at Eureka Springs, Ark., Thursday night. The body will be brought to Waynesville and the funeral will be from his home there, probably Sunday. He was 47 years old. Death was due to anemia. He has been ill two years. For twenty-five years Dr. Starkey was a doctor in Waynesville. Last autumn he went to Chicago for his health, remaining there in a hospital until a month ago, when he went to Arkansas on the same mission. The widow survives. She was fomerly Miss Ida Marvel. Two children, Johnson and Lida Starkey, live in Waynesville. Dr. Starkey was a member of the Christian church. [The Daily Review, 19 March 1909, page 1]


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Died Jasper, Minnesota, Monday evening 16 Aug 1897, Will H. STORTS. Funeral: August 18. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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Clinton – Mrs. Mattie Helen Sprague, 87, lifelong resident of DeWitt County, died Saturday night in the home of her son, Harry Sprague in Clinton. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday at the Hall's bill Christian Church. The Rev. E. S. Barnett will officiate and entombment will be in the mausoleum in Memorial Park.

She was born in Barnett Township, the daughter of Isaac and Lucy Layton Ellington. She married William Jefferson Sprague December 25, 1880, who is deceased. Surviving are Carter H., Wapella; Harry, Clinton; Frank Washington, Illinois; Ralph, Decatur; and Carl, Waynesville. There are 11 grandchildren eight great-grandchildren living she was a member of the Hallsville Christian Church. (Source: The Pantagraph, 3 May 1943, pg 3)

SWANSON, Martha Ellen (Davis)

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Clinton – Martha Ellen Swanson, 75, of 216 North Elm St., died at 2:40 PM yesterday (August 17, 1983) at Dr. John Warner Hospital. Her funeral will be at 11 AM Saturday at Pullen-B00s Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

She was born July 24, 1908, at Kenney, a daughter of Andrew J and Ida Mae Winebrinner Davis. She married Walter "Skinny" Vinson March 23, 1928, at Waynesville. He died in 1963. She married Sven Swanson March 12, 1971, at Bloomington. He survives. Also surviving are four sons, Walter E. "Pete" Vinson Junior. And Vernon Vinson, both of Clinton; Frank Vinson, Pana; and Douglas M Vinson, Wapella; a daughter, Patricia Brockman, Clinton; a brother, Franklin Davis, Hot Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Bertha Kellems, Atlanta; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Swanson was a member of Kenney Christian Church. Memorials may be made to Dr. John Warner Hospital. (Source: The Pantagraph, 18 August 1983, page 39)