DEATH OF MONTROSE CITIZEN...... James Fearington, an old resident of the county, aged 78 years, passed away Sunday at his home in Montrose after a lingering illness of dropsey. The deceased is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the home. Effingham Daily Record, 1 Oct 1923, page 1. [Contributed by Tari Parr who says "This obit is for James Lewis Fearington, father of Dollie B. Fearington Levitt, Walter's first wife"]

[b.11 Sept 1809 in Rockingham Co, VA; d.11 Jan. 1895 in Moccasin, Effingham Co, IL
< > = corrections inserted by transcriber
Pioneer Certificate by Illinois State Gen. Society]

The County News Section of Moccasin in the Effingham Newspaper, 18 Jan 1895

David Grubb died at the residence of his son, D.B. Grubb
<Daniel Butler Grubb> near Moccasin, on the 11th inst, and was interred in the Pleasant Grove cemetery on the 13th inst, aged 85 years and four months, Rev. Wells of Moccasin delivered the funeral discourse.

Deceased was born in Buckingham County, West Virginia
<correction: Rockingham Co, Virginia> 11 Sept 1809, moved with his parents to Ohio in 1819. He was married to <Sarah> Butler in 1833 <correction: 26 Apr 1832>; moved to Illinois with his family in 1841. His wife died in 1852. He then married Sarah Lathrop in 1853. He moved to Kansas in 1854, where his second wife died. He was married to Rebecca Cochran in 1857, and she died a year ago. Mr. Grubb belonged to the M.E. Church south and was a member of the Moccasin society and was a true and devoted christian. He was the father of eight - children of which five are living - David, D. B, Mary, Lucinda, Henry and Anderson. Besides the children & great- grandchildren and a host or relatives & friends to mourn his loss. He was well thought of by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed by the community.

<correction: not eight but nine children - baby Silas C. Grubb died as infant>
living 2) Mary (Grubb) Scoles
3) Daniel Butler & Salome (Owens) Grubb
4) Lucinda (Grubb) Hipshire
7) David Henry Grubb sp: Byra (Butt) Grubb
9) Anderson & Sarah J. (Tipsword) Grubb

dead: 1) Eliza (Grubb) Cozart
5) Jacob B Grubb b. 26 Nov 1848; d. 6 Dec 1868
6) Silas C. Grubb b. 20 Nov 1852; d. 17 Feb 1853
8) James I Grubb b. 2 Dec 1860; d. 1890

<note: David Grubb was buried next to child 9: Anderson Grubb at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, west of
Moccasin, IL while most of family buried at the first cemetery west of Moccasin, IL at the crossroads up from east side of Sec.20..>
Submitted by Marlene Olson,

On the 22nd day of February, 1894 there suddenly passed away one of the pioneers of the Illinois Conference. Rev. J. F. Hensley, who was born in Hickman County, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1825; was married to Miss Eleanor Rentfrow Jan. 1, 1845; came to Illinois and settled in Effingham County in March 1865; he professed religion and joined the M.E. Church, South, in early life in Tennessee and was one of the first to join in the organization of the M.E. Church, South in Illinois. He joined the church at Wright's School House in September, 1865; was soon after licensed to preach, and joined the conference, which meant little else than privation, trial and prosecution that he then preach a pure and unadulterated gospel; but he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible; going to the hardest circuits or missions without murmur or complaint, and although poor and at times hard pressed, he never grew despondent. His faith was strong and abiding. It was not his privilege to die at home surrounded by family and friends, for while conducting a protracted meeting at Shiloh, on the Xenia Circuit, he went to Flora in a wagon with Brother John Koons and on arriving in town the horses took fright, ran away and threw him out of the wagon and so hurt him that he died in a short time and before any of his family could reach him. He was a consistent, every-day Christian, and as a good life is the best index to the future we are confident that he now rests from his labors while his works do follow him, for many will rise up at the last day and call hime blessed who were converted through his instrumentality.

Brother Hensley was a good preacher, a kind and devoted husband, and affectionate father and a good man in every sense of the word. He served his generation well and is reaping the reward of the good. Funeral services were held in the M.E. Church at Xenia on Saturday and also at Ebenezer in Effingham County, where the body was taken for internment. At both places the crowded houses told of the respect in which he was held. And loving hands laid him down to rest until the Master's voice shall call him forth to sing the Master's song, where there shall no more death. He leaves a widow, four sons and three daughters, all grown to mourn their loss. May they also live as to form and unbroken family in Heaven. Written by J.W. Wescott, The "St. Louis Christian Advocate", April 4, 1894
[contributed by]

(granddaughter of Anthony Owens that he helped raise)
Young Woman of Beautiful Christian Character Succumbs, Following a Brief Illness - Funeral Services from the First M. E. Church ...... It is with deep regret that we chronicle the passing of one of the noble young women of the community; Mrs. Vance Hulbert, who answered the final call at the Hulbert home, northeat of Altamont, shortly after the noon hour on last Wednesday, 28th September. Although she had been in frail health for a number of years, she did not appear critically ill until the early part of the week. An attack of influenza was followed by pneumonia, which her weakened condition was unable to resist.
Mrs. Hulbert was Miss Allene Young, the only child of Allen and Lulu (Owens) Young. She was born at Pueblo, Colorado on 1 August 1902. Her mother passed away at Pueblo on 15 December 1902, and the baby daughter accompanied the father to Altamont, where funeral services were held for the mother, on 18th December 1902. It was decided that this lovely little girl should make her home with her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Owens, with whom were living at the time the two daughters, Mrs. Ama Young of Montrose and Miss Rena Owens, whose death occurred in 1907.  Charming in her ways, it was not long until Allene had won her way into the hearts of all who knew her. She was ever beautiful and refined and considerate, and these qualities made her a general favorite wherever she went. For the kindly ministrations that she had received from her grand parents she was always mindful, sacrificing and serving, especially during the last illness of her grand mother. She was one person who seemed always to have been identified with the church. It was a part of her daily life. When the family came to Altamont Allene entered our school system and graduated from the high school in 1922. Among the graduates was Vance Hulbert, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hulbert, a lad of the highest ideals. These two, through a friendship that ripened into a beautiful courtship, were married on 19 June 1926. That fall, they established their home at ElDorado, Arkansas, where Mr. Hulbert had charge of the department of manuel training in the ElDorado High School. Following the discontinuation of the manual training department, Mr. and Mrs. Hulbert returned to this community, Mr. Hulbert to continue his studies and Mrs. Hulbert to care for her grandparents.
Her passing at the age of thirty years, one month and twenty eight days marks the close of a brief span of years, and a life that was beautiful beyond compare. It is said that among the rare treasures of the world not one ranks highter than a charming, wholesome personality, and such was the life of Allene (Young) Hulbert. Though she lived briefly, she lived well -she lived beautifully. Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon from the First M.E. Church by Rev. O.B. Kinsey, retiring pastor, who was assisted by Dr. Ressho Robertson, the present pastor. Interment was at the Union Cemetery. To Mr. Hulbert and other members of the family we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
[The Altmont News, Wed, 5 Oct 1932; Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

South Bethlehem section of paper: By Miss Clara Wolf Among those who came from out of town to attend the funeral of Mrs. Vance Hulbert, on Friday, we note: Dr. and Mrs. A.R.Ransom of Olney, <Richland Co, IL>, Mrs. Florence Maewurm of Chicago, <Cook Co, IL>, Mrs. Florence Davis of Chicago, <Cook Co, IL >, Miss Ethel Clark of Chicago, <Cook Co, IL>, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Harwood of Charleston <Coles Co, IL> Mrs. Minnie Ensley & little son of Charleston <Coles Co, IL> - - ---

Dexter article by Mrs. J.K. Young: The entire community was shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. Vance Hulbert on last Wed. afternoon.

MRS. KATHERINE KLINE DIES AT 90 YEARS....A grand old lady passed away last evening after a long life of ninety years, two months, and twenty-six days. Mrs. Katherine Kline died at her sister's home, Ethel Phillips of Beecher City, at 5:30 p.m., yesterday evening of bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. Kline had been in poor health since last August, but up to the end, she was able to wait on herself. Her last words were this simple and beautiful thought "I'm going home to rest."
She lived a full life having been blessed with 147 descendants. These included fifty-four grandchildren, eighty-two great-grand children, and eleven great, great grandchildren. Of her nine children, those living at the time of her death were Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Grubaugh, Mrs. Florence Logue, both of Altamont, Mrs. Ethel Phillips of Beech City and two sons. Joe and Ray of this vicinity. Two other sons preceeded her in death. These were John E. and Charles W. Katherine (Owens) Kline was born at Liberty Center, Knox County, Ohio on 15 October 1848 to William and Elizabeth (Stahl) Owen and died 10 January 1939. Mrs. Kline lived most of her life in Effingham and Fayette counties, having come here by wagon as a small child. For some time she had been living at her sister's home in Beecher City. Only one half brother is now living. He is Willie Owens of Walnut Hill <Marion Co, IL> . Mrs. Kline was the youngest of the first set of children. One brother Frederick Owens died at Altamont on 25 December 1915.
Services will be conducted from the Woodrow A. Kull funeral at one o'clock tomorrow, Thursday, by the Rev. Fred C. Mery of the Methodist Church. Services will then be conducted from the Moccassin Church at 2 o'clock with burial in the Kramer Cemetery.
[The Altamont News, Wed, 11 Jan 1939, Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

Charles Levitt died at St. Anthony's Hospital Sunday afternoon at 1:15, after having been taken there three weeks before for treatment for complication of diseases. Mr. Levitt had been in failing health for the past two years and unable to work. He was seventy-nine years of age. He is survived by eleven children: Walter, of Chicago; Otis, of Peoria;, Mrs. Ray Heisler, Kansas City, Missouri; Roy, Will, Joe, Howard, Ray, Mrs. Tom Cody, Mrs. Herbert Trump and Mrs. Carl Alt, all of this city. He is also survived by two brothers, Will of Charleston and Tom of Newton, and two sisters of Champaign. His wife died fifteen years ago. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church with interment following at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
[Contributed by Tari Parr]

DEATH OF MRS. LEVITT....... Mrs. Emma Levitt nee Gilbert passed away Monday at 10:35 a.m. at the home of her daughter on Short Street, after an illness of several weeks of heart disease. The deceased was in her fifty-ninth year and is survived by her husband, Charles Levitt, seven sons, William, of Montrose, Walter, of Champaign, Roy, of St. Elmo, and Otis, Ray, Joseph and Howard, of this city; four daughters, Mrs. Carl Alt, and the Misses Nora, Eva, and Grace of this city; also four sisters, Mrs. Susie Provencil, of Kankakee, Mrs. Etta Bennet, of Charleston, Mrs. Amanda Brandenburg, Mt. Pleasant, Mo., and Mrs. Rose Ingram, of Montana, and two brothers, Oscar and Joseph Gilbert, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in this city, conducted by the paster, Rev. D. M. Durham, at 2:00 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery. Effingham Record, 12 Jul 1921, Page 1.
[Contributed by Tari Parr]

DIES AT AGE 77..... Walter Levitt, 77, of 515 St. Anthony avenue, retired employee of the Pennsyvlania railroad, died at 9:20 a.m. today in St. Anthony Memorial hospital, where he was taken a week ago, critically ill with pneumonia. He had suffered with a heart condition for three years. He was born in Coles county on May 15, 1885, son of Charles and Emma Gilbert Levitt. In 1904 he married the former Dollie Fearington, who died in 1920. The couple had five children, one dying in infancy. On June 11, 1957 he married the former Rose Roberts of Mattoon, who survives. Other survivors are one son, Jack, of Hayward, Calif., three daughters, Mrs. Clayton (Nellie) Ingram of Lerna, Mrs. Earl (Ruby) Lytle of Urbana and Mrs. George (Blanche) Berger of Petoskey, Mich.; one brother, Joe Levitt of Kankakee; three sisters, Mrs. Eva Wedeen of Toledo; Mrs. Grace Heisler of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Karl Alt of Effingham; six grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Mr. Levitt was a member of the Montrose lodge, AF and AM. The body is at the Johnson funeral home where friends may call. Services will be held in the funeral home with Rev. Frank Noel, Jr. of the Nazarene church, officiating. Burial in the Mullen cemetery, north of Montro
se. Other arrangements are incomplete. Effingham Daily News, 10 Dec 1962, page 1, col. 2. [Contributed by Tari Parr]

57, DIES AT HOSPITAL; SERVICES WEDNESDAY.........Roy E. Levitt, 57, of 251 South Fifth avenue, died Sunday evening at St. Mary hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Levitt was assistant manager of Great States theaters in Kankakee which managed the Majestic and Paramount theaters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Johnson funeral home in Effingham with burial in an Effingham cemetery. Mr. Levitt was born at Charleston on Sept. 9, 1892. He had been a resident of Kankakee for the last eight years. Prior to moving to Kankakee he was in the trucking business in Effingham for many years. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Harris; a daughter, Mrs. Fred Dust of Kankakee; two sons, Bernard of Effingham and Robert of Kankakee; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Alt and Mrs. Eva Wedeen, both of Effingham, and Mrs. Grace Heisler of Kansas City, Mo.; five brothers, Walter, Raymond and Howard, all of Effingham, Joseph of Chicago and Ottis of Peoria; and seven grandchildren. Kankakee Journal, 11 Dec 1950, page 13, col. 6 & 7.
[Contributed by Tari Parr]

FORMER RESIDENT DIES......Otis Levitt, 60, of Peoria, a former resident of Effingham, died suddenly of a heart attack in his home yesterday morning. Mr. Levitt had gone down to the basement where he suffered the attack. His wife, Eula, heard a crash and went to investigate. She found him lying on the basement floor. Mr. Levitt had complained of not feeling well when he got up yesterday morning. He had been in poor health, but had only the evening before mowed the grass and sowed grass seed at his home. Mr. Levitt was born and reared in Effingham and lived here for many years. He had been employed as a janitor at a Peoria school. Surviving are his wife, an adopted son, Wayne of Peoria; four brothers, Howard of Effingham, who is a patient in the Veteran's hospital, Marion, Ray and Walter, both of Effingham, and Joe of Decatur, and three sisters, Mrs. Flora Alt of Effingham, Mrs. Eva Wedeen of Effingham and Mrs. Grace Heisler of Kansas City, Mo. The body will be brought to Johnson funeral home Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home, with Rev. Edward Hoffman of the Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Oakridge cemetery. Effingham Daily News 12 Jul 1952 Page 1, Col. 5. [
Contributed by Tari Parr]

WAR VETERAN, DIES; RITES SATURDAY...... Howard Levitt, a veteran of World War I, died yesterday afternoon at Jefferson Barracks hospital, St. Louis, Mo., following an illness of two years duration.  Mr. Levitt, who resided at 1004 South Henrietta street, is survived by his wife Thelma and three children. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God, with Rev. J.O. Sarver, pastor, officiating. Friends may call at the Johnson funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Effingham Daily News, 4 Jun 1953, Page 1, Col. 3.
[Contributed by Tari Parr]

FUNERALS.... Military rites were held at 2 p.m. today for Howard (Pepper) Levitt, 50, of 1004 South Henrietta street. The service was held in the Church of God, with Rev. J. O. Sarver, pastor, officiating. Effingham American Legion post conducted the graveside service in Oakridge cemetery. Johnson funeral home was in charge. Effingham Daily News, 6 Jun 1953, Page 1, Col. 2.
[Contributed by Tari Parr who says: "This is my grandfather.... for some reason his 2nd wife neglected to include his 4 children from his previous marriage, one being my father. The children not mentioned are Betty Levitt Bush, Marvin Levitt, Dale Levitt and Emily Levitt.]

Mrs. Rebecca loveless, who had been ill for some time, died at Quincy on Sunday night. Funeral services are to be conducted this afternoon, at one thirty, from the First M.E. Church, following which interment will be at Union Cemetery. If we remember rightly, three sons and three daughters survive.
[The Altamont News, Wed,19 June 1929; Contributed by Marlene Olson,]

Pioneer Resident of This Community Answere Final Call --- Three Sons and Three Daughters Survive---Funeral Services Held on Wednesday

Rebecca Ann Owens was born in Knox County, Ohio on 16 March 1852. She was the second child of William and Rebecca Jane Owens. She came to Effingham County in the fall of 1855, settling with her parents in Moccasin Township, where she grew to young womanhood. She married Jesse Loveless on 21 September 1873. Mr. Loveless preceded his wife in death on 28 April 1913. Seven children were born to this marriage- one dying in infancy. The remaining six children are: Curtis B. Loveless of Decatur; Ora E. Loveless of Champaign; Jesse H. Loveless of Beecher City; Mrs. Nelle Stewart of Macon; William R. Loveless of Englewood, New Jersey, and Mrs. Mabel Syfert of Decatur. Her death is also mourned by three brothers, two half sister, eight grand children, other near relatives and a host of friends.

Mrs. Loveless resided in our midst for over seventy years and was a faithful member of the First M. E. Church throughout. She died at the Soldier' Home Hospital, Quincy, Illinois on 17 June 1929. And thus we note the passing of another of our old citizens. Mrs. Loveless was held in high esteem by all who knew her. Most of her life was spent in the Prairie Cottage neigborhood. Funeral services were heldl on last Wednesday afternoon from the First M. E. Church by Rev. C. E. Bovard, a former pastor. Mr. Loveless, we understand, became a member of the church during Rev. Bovard's pastorate
[Altamont News, Wed, 26 June 1929; Contributed by Marlene Olson,]

William Oliver, a resident of Altamont, passed away Saturday night at ten o'clock at the home of his son, Ezra Oliver, 2008 Moultrie Avenue, where he had been living the last six months. Death was due to general debility.
Short funeral services were conducted by Rev. Horace Batchelor this morning at eleven o'clock at the Oliver home here, and later at the Methodist Episcopal church in Altamont. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Altamont.
Mr. Oliver was born June 24, 1952 in Pennsylvania. He was a resident of Altamont many years.
He is survived by the following children: Ezra Oliver of Mattoon, James R. Oliver, of Decatur, Mrs. Ethel M. Nance and Mrs. Edna Highfill of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lela Gallup and Miss Norma Oliver of St. Louis, Mrs. Sylvia Walden of Paris and Howard Oliver of East St. Louis.
[Contributed by Marlene Olson,]

LIFE SKETCH OF ANTHONY OWENS .....Anthony Owens, son of William and Rebecca Jane Owens was born in Knox County, Ohio on 16 April 1850. He departed this life on Saturday evening, 23 of November 1935, at the family home in Altamont, having reached the ripe age of 85 years, 7 months and 8 days. He came from Ohio to Illinois with his parents when he was a mere lad. Here he learned the hardihood of pioneer life, neighborliness and worthy Christian living. For many years he was a faithful member of the First M.E. Church of this city.
He was married to Miss Margaret Isadore Kuffel on 7 February 1875. To this union seven daughters were born. Two died in infancy; three others also died. They were Mrs. Luella <Owens> Young in 1902; Mrs. Mabel <Owens>Young in 1904, and Miss Rena Owens in 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Owens also provided a home for two motherless grandchildren - Allene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Young, and Eugene, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Young. Mrs. Owens preceded her husband, on 30 October 1931, and Mrs. Allene Young Hulbert, the granddaughter, in September of 1932.

There remain to mourn Mr. Owen's departure two daughters-Mrs. Adella <Owens>King of Pasadena, California and Mrs. C.W. <Owens> Young of Montrose; two sisters - Mrs. Elizabeth<Owens> Cutter of Perryton, Texas and Mrs. Catherine <Owens> Kline of near Beecher City, and a brother, William Owens of Walnut Hill <Marion Co, IL>, and five grandchildren.  Mr. Owens will be sadly missed by his many neighbors and friends, as well as by his family.
[The Altamont News, Wed, 27 Nov. 1935, Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

Woman of Outstanding Worth Succumbs in Seventy Sixth Year -Funeral Services by Rev. O. B. Kinsey from First M. E. Church on Sunday....... Margaret Isadore Kuffel, daughter of the late Adam Poe and Mary Kramer Kuffel, was born at Congress, Ohio on 15 August 1856. When she was about ten years of age, she came with the family to this community, living for a short time on the Spyker place, northwest of Altamont, until the Kuffel home, in the Blue Mound neighborhood could be completed.
Her mother died when she was quite young, so this wonderful woman assumed the duties and responsibilities of her father's home. She married on 7 February 1875 to Mr. Anthony Owens, who survives. To his union seven daughters were born - two dying in infancy. The family lived at first in the Blue Mound neighborhood, and later on the Owens farm in the Cottage neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. Owens came to Altamont to their present home nineteen years ago. Mrs. Owens became identified with the Methodist Church when she was a girl of fifteen. Her family and her relatives and all her neighbors knew that she lived in full measure the teachings of her church. She was graciously kind and considerate, and ever thoughtful of those about her.
Three great sorrows came to the Owens home after it had been established for many years - the death of Mrs. Luella (Owens) Young on 15 December 1902, that of Mrs. Mabel (Owens) Young on 9 September <190?>, and Miss Rena's passing on 18 July 1906. Thus, there are left two daughters - Mrs. Della (Owens) King of Pasadena, California and Mrs. Ama (Owens) Young of Montrose. The two married daughters, who died left baby children - Mrs. Allene (Young) Hulbert, whose kindly ministrations and loving devotion have meant so much to her grand parents, and Eugene Young of Pueblo, Colorado, kind, loving, considerate grand son, who came for the last sad rites. These children were taken into the home of their grand parents, and reared under the fine Christian influence of that home. In addition to the heart broken husband and two daughters, Mrs. Owens leaves six grand children and two sisters - Mrs. Mary Ellen <Kuffel> Dyer of Abiline, Kansas and Mrs. Amos <Kuffel> Kent of Tuweep, Arizona. She was the sister of two well and favorably known men of the community - the late G.W. Kuffel and the late Daved Kuffel. Her passing on Friday forenoon makes her age seventy five years, two months and fifteen days.
As a personal tribute the editor wishes to state that Mrs. Owens, known for years as "Aunt Doze," was one of his rarest and best friends in a period of over a third of a century. She was high minded, appreciative, loyal, and, above all, devoted to the better things of life. It was good to come within her benign influence.
[The Altamont News, 30 Oct 1931 AND 4 Nov 1931; Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

Mr. Frederick Owens - Aged Citizen of this Community. Passed away on Last Thursday afternoon at three thirty - Funeral Service from the Home on Sunday.
Frederick Owens, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Owens, was born at Liberty Center, Knox Couty, Ohio, on 25 December 1846 and passed from this life on Thursday afternoon at three thirty o'clock. His age then was eighty one years, six months and twenty days. The family immigrated from Ohio when he was quite a young lad, making the trip by wagon.  He was united in marriage to Sarah (Adams) Morrison on 10 October 1869. After his marriage he spent the remainder of his life in the vicinity of Altamont. He is survived by his aged wife and the following children: Mrs. George U.<Owens> Grant of Altamont, John Owens of Montana, Marshall Owens of Mattoon and Loma Owens at home. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters. He was preceeded to the great beyond by five children and a step daughter Mrs. J. G. Ettinger of Taylorville, who passed away last November <1927>.
Funeral services were conducted from the family home on Sunday, afternoon at two by Rev. O.B. Kinsey of the First M.E. Church, after which the body was laid to rest in Union Cemetery <N. of Altamont, Mound twp, Effingham Co, IL >.
[The Altamont News, Wed, 1 Aug 1928; Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

The following people were among the out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral of Mr. Fred Owens on Sunday afternoon, Sunday, July 1928: Mr & Mrs. Marshall Owens & son of Mattoon, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Young & daughter, Lois of Montrose, Mr. & Mrs. John Leitzell of Mattoon, Mr. Grant Ettinger & daughter Mr. & Mrs. Fred Ettinger of Taylorville, George Grubb & family of near Centralia.
[The Altamont News, 25 July 1928; Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

Mr. John Owens, father of C.E. Owens of this city, died on Friday evening at the home of Mr. & Mrs.Frank Vail, near Shumway. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the Moccasin M.E. Church South, with interment at the church cemetery. We have been unable to secure a sketch of Mr. Owens for the current number.
[The Altamont News, 30 April 1930; Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

The Altamont News, 7 May 1930: John Owens was born near Altamont on 3 April 1857 and departed this life at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Vail on 25 April 1930, aged seventy three years and twenty two days. He was the son of William and Rebecca Owens. The brothers and sisters surviving him are: Mrs. Elizabeth Cutter, Perrington Texas; Mrs. Catherine Cline, Altamont; Anthony Owens, Altamont, and William Owens of Walnut Hill. Mr. Owens was married to Mary A Tipsword of Moccasin on 11 March 1880. She preceded him to the Great Beyond on 5 March 1907. Seven children came to bless this union. Those who survive him are: Mrs. Olive G. Lockart, Eolia, Missouri; Clarence E. Owens, Altamont; Mrs. Lilliam O. Vail, Shumway; Olen B. Owens, Bingham, Utah, and Mrs. Emma F. Adams of Effingham. The deceased children are: Emmett F. Owens and Otis A. Owens. Ten grand children and one great grand child also survive Mr. Owens. In young manhood he confessed Christ and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church South at Moccasin, which relationship he held until the close. His life was lived in a quiet and unassuming manner, yet faithful to the ideals of honesty and truth. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday afternoon last at the M.E. Church South at Moccasin by Rev. Leonard Hirtzel. Interment was made in the church cemetery. All the children were present for the funeral. [Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

Rebecca J. Owens, the second of four wives of Wm. M. Owens
The Altamont News, 20 Aug 1885, 5th page, Mrs. Wm. Owens, living about four miles north of Altamont, died on Tuesday with cancer of the breast, and was buried on Wednesday at the Moccasin Cemetery. Mrs. Owens suffered with the disease over a year. She was about 54 years. May she rest in peace. [
The Altamont News,3 Sept 1885; Contributed by Marlene Olson,]

In the News of the 20th inst. was a notice of the death of Mrs. Owens, which was not correct as to the age of the deceased. Our informant was mistaken. We give in full as sent in by the friends:
Mrs. Owens, living five and one-half miles north of Altamont, died on Wednesday, 19 Aug 1885. The funeral was preached the 20th at the Moccasin church, where she was buried, at the age of 62 years, 5 months, and 15 days. The deceased was born in Harrison County, Ohio was married in 1849, lived in Ohio until the year 1855, when they removed to Effingham County, ILL. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her departure. The disease was cancer of the breast. She suffered for more than a year.

William M. Owens Answers Final Summons - Funeral Services Held This Morning
William M. Owens was born in Wayne County, Ohio, 9 July 1819 and answered the final summons, Tuesday noon, 5 December 1909 at the ripe age of eighty nine years, five months and twenty four days. When only a child his parents died, leaving him to make his own way in the world. He was bound out and suffered all the hardship and injustice of the apprenticed boy of those days.
In October of 1840, Mr. Owens was united in marriage to Miss Catharine Stahl who died in 1848. To this union were born four children - Mrs. Elizabeth Cutter of Ochletree, Texas, Mrs. Salome Grubb of Johnsonville, Mrs. Catharine Cline of Beecher City and Frederick Owens of Altamont, all of whom are living. He moved to Illlinois in 1854, settling on the Loveless farm north-west of this city where he resided until moving to Altamont about twenty years ago. He was married to Rebecca Jane Grant in 1849. To this union were born five children- A. Owens, Mrs. Jesse <Owens> Loveless and John Owens of Altamont, Mrs. J.N.<Owens> Phifer of Stewardson, and William Owens of Walnut Hill, all of whom survive. Mrs. Owens died in 1885. In later years, Mr. Owens was married to Margaret Cocran, who survives. Funeral services were conducted from the First M.E. Church of which he was a member by Rev. Whillock. This for_ on after which interment took place at Union Cemetery, <North of Altamont, Effingham Co, IL>.
[The Altamont News, 7 January 1909, Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

WILLIAM OWENS, JR died 3 Sept 1943, Age 83 years 4 mo 14 days [Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

A LIFE SKETCH OF MRS. SARAH H. PHIFER......... Sarah E. Owens, daughter of William A. and Rebecca J. Owens, was born on 26 September 1854, in Knox County, Ohio, and died at Washington Park Hospital, Chicago, on Monday, January 24th, aged sixty six years, three months, twenty eight days. She was married to Dr. J.N. Phifer on 4 Aug 1872. To this union were born eight children, three of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Phifer leaves to mourn her departure the sorrowing husband and five children, namely, Miss Irene Phifer; Mrs. Florence E. Bond; Dr. Charles H. Phfer; Dr. Leroy H. Phifer; Frank M. Phifer, and three grand children, all of Chicago. Mrs. Phifer united with the Methodist Church when she was a girl. For a number of years her membership was held at Stewardson, where the family lived. Dr. and Mrs. Phifer moved from Stewardson to Chicago five years ago. Our readers remember that Dr. Phifer and family formerly lived at Shumway, which was the childhood home of all the children. Mrs. Phifer came to Effingham County with her parents in 1855. The trip was made from Ohio in a wagon. Funeral services were conducted in Chicago on Wednesday last by Rev. C.T. Pilch of Weldon, Mrs. Phifer's pastor at Stewardson. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Anthony Owens, a brother, and C. B. Loveless, a nephew, were in attendance at the funeral.
[The Altamont News, 2 Feb 1921; Submitted by Marlene Olson,]

Joseph Gregory "Greg" Cage, 72 yr, of Altamont, IL. Mr. Cage was a truck driver who worked for Strickland Transportation, Yellow Freight, and Consolidated Freightways. He was affliated with the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and had a deep love of music, particularly playing the guitar. Born 10 May 1932, in Hillsboro, he was the son of the late Joseph Jefferson and Grace Eula (Ogle) Cage. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Laverne (Schulz) Cage of Altamont; one son, Jeffry Paul (Trina) Cage of Brownstown; two daughters: Sue (Don) Sheafor of Vandalia and Sandy Falk of Edgewood; two sisters; Hazel Warnhoff of St. Louis and Lola Mae Michael of Festus; three brothers-in-law; Terry Marten of Olkahoma, Wayne Skaggs of Festus and Jim Evans of Missouri; two sisters-in-law; Ann Cage of Crystal City and Alta Cage of Arnold; eight grandchildren; Rachel Cage, Logan Cage, Addison Cage, Drew Sheafor, Daniel Sheafor, Jessica (fiance James Byers) Falk, Jacob Falk and Try Falk; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers: Claude Cage and James Cage; four sisters: Norma Eisenhower, Carol Marten, Eva Skaggs and Margie Evans; and three brothers-in-law; Lester Eisenhower, Fred Warhoff and Robert Michel.  Memorials may be made to the Immanual Luthern Church of Altamont parish hall building fund; to the Tuesday Night Bluegrass Music of Altamont Living Museum; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Kull Funeral Home in Altamont.
[Arnold-Imperial (Missouri) newspaper, 28 April 2005 -- submitted by Marlene Olson]

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. A.C. Towner from the Lamb Funeral home with burial in Mt.Hope cemetery,Sibley M.E. church officiated at the funeral. Mrs. Towner passed away Saturday afternoon at 3:35 p.m. at the Williams Nursing Home, Gibson City. She had been ill several years. The past six months she had been at the Nursing home. Mrs. Towner was born 28 June 1869 in Effingham. She was the daughter of William and Lucinda (Grubb) Hipsher. She was married to A.C.Towner 18 Oct 1888. She had lived in Sibley since her marriage. She is survived by five sons, Charles, Mound,Minn.; Ralph and Harlan, Chicago; Edward, Hialeah,Fla; and Floyd, Peoria. Four daughters, Mrs. Blanche Trimmer, Forrest; Mrs.Ethel Shuck, Chicago; Mrs. Leola Russel, Champaign; Mrs. Hazel Blum,Sibley. She is also survived by many grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death 14 months ago. A sister and two brothers also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Methodist church in Sibley

Ella (Crews) Sherman
Mrs. Sherman Dead. Wednesday , July 5, 1893 - Newton Press
From the Macomb Journal
Though not unexpected our community received that shock which death always brings, by word that a telegram had been received from Judge L.Y. Sherman at Montrose, this stating that his wife had died on the evening of Friday, June 16th, and that her funeral would take place Sunday forenoon and her burial there. George D. Tunnicliff, of the law firm of Sherman & Tunnicliff, and H.C. Agnew, of the firm of Agnew & Vose, went to the point named and attended the obsequies.
Deceased was born near Montrose, Effingham county, this state, in the year 1865 and was in her 29th year at the time of death. Her maiden name was Ella Crews. She grew to womanhood in that region, and two years and 20 days before her death was united in marriage with Lawrence Y. Sherman, the playmate of her youth, and to whom she plighted the first love of her young womanhood. After their marriage he brough her to this city, a stranger, where he, a stranger, had come 8 or 10 years before, and from the lower round in the professional had fought his way to a leadership at ?? bar, and gained the respect, esteem and admiration of all our citizens. Their lives here have been most happy and prosperous, the wife winning esteem of all she met, as did her husband. The first cloud on their happiness burst fiercely and unexpectedly upon the husband only about a month ago. Some two or three weeks previous to that, Mrs. S. began to fail. They thought it nothing more than a slight indisposition, a not uncommon lassitude that prevails with women with the coming of spring. But as the days went by she grew worse and finally gave up and said she was sick. In this condition a local physician was consulted, who gave it as his opinion that the lady's lungs were considerably affected. She was taken to Quincy where an expert in lung trouble was consulted. That physician gave Mr. S. the startling word that his wife was in the last stage of consumption - that one lung was entirely gone, the other badly affected, and that in his opinion she would not live 4 months. The sad news was not fully imparted to Mrs. S., but the almost distracted husband determined to investigate further. They went to Chicago, consulted with the physicians there, who gave similar opinions, only that she might live longer than four months, and advised travel. Meantime Mrs. Sherman daily grew weaker, and her friends noted with alarm the inroads of the disease in a single week. Then it was that the tired wife sighed for the home of her girlhood, and the husband quick to do anything to benefit her physically, or satisfy her mind, took her to Montrose, and the farm home of her sister a half mile distant from the station named. She was very much prostrated on arrival there, and friends who saw her leave in robust health two years before were shocked at the emaciated and tired form that came back. The scenes of her old home seemed for a time to renew her strength, and daily, up to her death, she took rides. Friday, day of her death, she in company with her husband, took a ride of seven miles. Arriving home, she walked unaided from the buggy to the house; sat at the table at dinner but did not eat much. Soon after noon she took quite ill, grew worse rapidly; but at six o'clock told her attendants it was time for her medicine. She took the bottle and s??? poured and the drug; took it and lay back upon the pillows that bolstered her up. The effort seemed to exhaust her, and as she lay there, gathering strength for the next effort, the silent reaper rode in; sorrow, suffering, pain and ??/ vanished, and ????? peac of life........ The merciless disease, quick consumption, that the physicians had given, but the seemingly short space of four months to do its work, had accomplished it in as many weeks. Sunday last, funeral services were held, after which the bride of two years was laid to rest in the quiet country burial ground, near where she saw the first light of earth, grew up and was wed. Mrs. Sherman leaves no children. In his great loss the heart-broken husband has the sympathy of our entire community. But at such an hour sympathy cannot cure.
[Wednesday , July 5, 1893 - Newton Press, Transcribed by K. Torp]

John Kluthe Dies Following Stroke at Irving Station
John Louis Kluthe, 67, of Irving died at 6:30 o'clock Tuesday evening at Hillsboro Hospital following a stroke about an hour earlier at the Texaco service station, which he operated at Irving. He had been in failing health for the past few months, but was able to be at his place of business most of the day on which he suffered the fatal seizure. Mr. Kluthe was born in Effingham county Nov. 20, 1886, a son of Frederick and Sophia (Kroeger) Kluthe. He lived in Christian County for a time, moving to Montgomery County in 1924 and to Irving in 1936. On Sept. 8, 1912 he married Lena Maria Mindrup of Nokomis Township, and she survives. Also surviving are the following children: Helen, wife of George Taylor and Leroy Kluthe, both of Litchfield; Ila Mae, wife of Ernest David, Dorine, wife of Harold Treat and Eleanor, wife of William Edson, all of Springfield; and M-Sgt. Fred Kluthe, who is stationed at Wichita Falls, Tex. There are eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also surviving are two brothers, Chris and William Kluthe, both of Dieterich, in Effingham County, and a sister, Mrs. Carrie McQuay, of Effingham. Three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Kluthe attended the Lutheran church of Irving. The remains were removed to the Bass funeral home at Hillsboro. Services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Lutheran church in Irving with the Rev. William J. Nye, of Harvel, as the efficient. Burial will be made in Hopewell cemetery near Irving.
["The Montgomery County News", August 18, 1954, Submitted by arnetia at]

After a lingering illness of several months: Mrs. Elizabeth Anders was called home Sunday morning. April 4, 1909 at the ripe age of eighty years, five months and twenty three days. She was born in Gaston County, North Carolina, October 12, 1828 and was the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Stroup.
In August of 1848, she was given in marriage to Peter Martin Anders, who answered the final summons, March 29, 1903. To this union were born eight children, three dying in infancy. The five surviving are Joseph of Delavan, James B. of this city, Mrs. Charles Rhodes of this city, Mrs. J.F. Jett of Carrollton, Kentucky and Martin L. of Delavan.
Seven years of her married life were spent in South Carolina when the family removed to Prairie County, Arkansas.
Mrs. Anders was raised in the English Lutheran church, becoming a member when a child. After coming to Illinois, she and Mr. Anders united with the M.E. church. She was a faithful and devoted member. Mrs. Anders was one of our noblest of women, and will be missed by a legion of friends.
The remains were laid to rest in the Union Cemetery, Altamont, IL. A number of beautiful floral offerings gave evidence of the high esteem in which Mrs. Anders was held. (There is a picture of her in the original paper).
[Altamont News, Thursday, April 8, 1909 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Elizabeth Beckman, nee Westendorf, died at the advanced age of 85 years at the home of her son, Henry Beckman at Bishop, after an illness of the flu.
Deceased came to this county with her parents when seven years of age. When she was 18 years old she married John Beckman Sr.. This union was blessed with ten children, seven boys and three girls. Those living are: Henry Beckman, living at the old home place, Philomena, wife of Henry Kenter of Teutopolis and Mary, wife of Frank Esker of Franklin, Watson Township, Effingham County, IL. The dead are: Dieterich, Gerhard of Angelus, Kansas, Bernerd, Joseph, Catherine, August and John B.. Besides these she leaves 28 grandchildren and about 30 great grandchildren.
Deceased was born June 23, 1835 and died Feb. 22, 1920. She was a member of Mother's Sodality of St. Aloy' Catholic Church, Bishop Twp., which attended the funeral in body, Feb. 24, Rev. Fr. Benedict Pfeifer, O.F.M. officiated. Considering the flu epidemic raging at Bishop the attendance at the funeral was quite numerous.
The old Westendorf settlers came from Amt. Leoningen in Oldenburg, Germany, and Mrs. Beckman was a sister of the late Henry and Gerhard Westendorf, well-known citizens of Bishop township, Effingham County, Ill. in their time.
[Teutopolis Press, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1920 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Mrs. Ida Beal, 76 years old Effingham resident, died at St. Anthony's Hospital on Wednesday, April 6 th. 1938. She had been a patient at the hospital for some time, and had lost her eyesight due to advanced age.
She was born in Linn County, Kansas, in 1862, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Boots. Her father, a Union Soldier in the Civil War at the time of her birth, never saw her, as he died in action about two weeks after she was born. Her mother, belonged to the Robertson family of Tennessee, being the daughter of Duke Robertson, son of a wealthy plantation owner, who eloped and came to Illinois with his bride, settling in Jackson Township in 1830. The Robertson family was one of the prominent early families of the period and an account of their adventures was given in Theodore Roosevelt's "Winning of the West."
Mrs. Beal was born in Kansas and at the age of sixteen came back to this county with her mother and stepfather, John Phillips.
In the year 1880 she was married in Altamont to Jacob Beal, of that place and spent most of the remainder of her life in this county. To this union was born nine children, two of whom died in infancy. One daughter, Nina, died twelve years ago at the age of twenty-four. The remaining children are: Mrs. Lewis Jones of Funkhouser, Ill.: C.A. Beal of Effingham, Ill., Mrs. Sam Mink of Assumption, Ill.; Mrs. Roscoe Holland of Mason, IL: Mrs. Ernest Schmohe of Funkhouser: Eugene Beal of Effingham, Il., Mrs. G.F. Taylor of Effingham was a half sister.
[Effingham County Illinois Review, Wednesday, April 13, 1938 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Another old settler of Effingham went to reap the rewards of another world when John Armstrong died near Altamont, IL on the 22nd. day of March last, at the age of 78 years. He was born in the state of Pennsylvania. At his majority he immigrated to Knox County, Ohio, and there married a Miss Rush, by whom he had two children, David and William Armstrong. He immigrated with his family to this county in the fall of 1843. The county was then new and sparsely settled. He located near old Freemanton on the land that he entered in January 1844. He opened up a farm on this land, built a house and lived the greater part of his time on this farm. He resided in Ewington for a time. In 1855 his wife died and on July 23, 1857, he again married a Mrs. Susan Fry, a widow, by whom he had three children, Pauline, Tolitha and Isable. His widow and five children still survive him. On August 28, 1861 he enlisted in Co. K, 35th. Ill. Vol. And was discharged Dec. 23, 1861, for disability. He was a type of the early settlers of this country, quiet and unassuming. He loved to hunt and often enjoyed this sport in his younger days. He loved to beat the base drum and many of the old settlers will remember his performance on the base drum. He was kind and hospitable to all, faithful to his old acquaintances. He became a Master Mason some time in 1855, and at one time belonged to Ewington Lodge, No. 149. He was an enthusiastic Mason and in those days was a constant attendant at the meetings of the lodge. He left a competency for his surviving widow and children _ a good farm near Altamont and old Freemanton. It is a singular fact that on examination of our county history, I could not find a word about John Armstrong, although he had lived in this county from 1843 to 1893-50 years Living on a farm nearly all that time. Still the historian of our county history did not become acquainted with John Armstrong. I remember his well during the period of sojourn in this county, but to get the data and facts I had to go to the records of our county and call on old settlers for facts and had to rely on what I remembered of the deceased. There ought to be some method to perpetuate the memory of our pioneers better than we have.
Respectfully, Benjamin F. Kagay.
[Effingham Democrat, Friday, May 19, 1893 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Mr. Anders, one of Altamont's pioneer citizens, died at his home south of town, Sunday afternoon. It was well known that Mr. Anders was in poor health, incident to his age, but few expected to learn of his death so suddenly. For years he was a prominent citizen of Altamont, IL., esteemed and respected. Not being able to follow his trade, carpentering, for a number of years, he sought the quietness of country life and moved just outside the city limits, where he resided till his death. He was an upright and honorable man, respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Peter M. Anders was born in Yorkville, York County, S.C. on the eleventh day of March 1821 and died March 29, 1903, aged 82 years, and 18 days. On the 19th day of August 1848, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Stroup, in Gaston County, North Carolina. To them were born eight children, three whom are deceased. The five surviving are: Josephas, of Middletown, Ill., and Mrs. Albertine Jett, of Carrollton, Ky., James B. of San Francisco, Cal., Mrs. Almarinda Rhodes of Altamont, and Martin L. of New Holland, Illinois. Two years of his married life were spent in South Carolina, remaining there four years. They went to Arkansas where they lived for ten years, thence to Illinois where he resided until his death. In the year of 1865 he professed his faith in the Lord and united with the M.E. church living a faithful and consistent life in this church until his death.
The funeral was held at the M.E. church Wednesday forenoon, conducted by Rev. J.B. Ravenscroft, after the remains were buried in the Union Cemetery, Altamont, IL.
[Altamont News, Thursday, April 3, 1903 - Submitted by arnetia at]

A well known resident of Mason, IL passed away last Friday.
F.L. Brockett, of Mason, died at home in that city last Friday, at the age of 52 years. Mr Brockett was one of the best-known residents of Mason, having been born and raised there, and was noted for his sterling integrity and scrupulous honesty.
For several years of the early part of his life he was on the farm, but was compelled to leave on account of rheumatism, from which he was a constant sufferer. He then engaged in merchandising, and owned a general store in Mason. He was married in 1868 to Leonora Weston, and they are the parents of three children, Maud, Belle and William, all of whom, together with the wife, survive him.
The deceased was the brother-in-law of T.J. Bowling, of this city. The funeral occurred Saturday, from the M.E. Church in Mason, IL.
[Effingham Democrat, Friday, July 30, 1897 -Submitted by arnetia at]

Dr. Louis Theodore Beemer was born April 12, 1822 near Hanover, Germany. He was a son of Mr. And Mrs. Charles Beemer and came with them to the United States when 12 years of age. At this early age he was such a good violinist that he was leader of an orchestra on the ship on which he came to this country. His parents first lived in Baltimore, MD for about two years, when they moved to Millersburg, OH. Here he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Miss Adeline Schwartz. He later became a Doctor and moved to Teutopolis, IL where he lived for several years. He next lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Minnesota, in all of which places he lived for several years. About twenty years ago he moved with his family to Effingham and made this city his home until his death, Thursday, Jan. 2, 1913. He had an extensive practice through Iowa and several Northern States, which he attended to every summer until two years ago. Dr. Beemer would have been 91 years old had he lived until his next birthday. He was a remarkable well-preserved man. His health was good up until a very short time before his death. The death of his grandson, Thomas J. Barnett, who was buried Dec. 26, 1912, was a great shock to him and in a week he was bedfast. On Jan. 1, 1913 he was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital and at 3:30 o'clock the following morning he passed to the great beyond. Funeral was held Sat. at 8:00 A.M. Jan. 4, from Sacred Heart Church. Rev. Father J.A.M. Wilson officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery beside his wife who preceded him to the grave eight years ago. He leaves the following children: Mrs. Caroline Barnett, Charles Beemer of this city, Mrs. Marie Grogg, of Bakersfield, California, Mrs. Jennie Rosenberg, of St. Louis, MO., Cornelius Beemer, of Kansas City, KS, Joseph Beemer, of Lawrenceville, IL., Mrs. Mildred Cooper and Thomas A. Beemer, of this city and Julius Beemer, of Red Lodge, Montana. [
Effingham Morning Record, Jan. 7, 1913 -Submitted by arnetia at]

Clemens Brumleve, who died at Teutopolis last week, and a short notice of which appeared in the Democrat, was born on May 31, 1817, in Langerich, Hanover, Germany. He was one of the first of German settlers at Teutopolis, and came there with and started the original colony. He was married in 1845 at Cincinnati, Ohio to Francis Grove, who died at Teutopolis, Jan. 18, 1892. Of this union eight children were born, one of whom died in infancy, and those surviving their father are as follows:
Father August Brumleve, Frank Brumleve and Philomena Rau, of Red Bud, IL.; John C., Joseph A., Alexander and Henry of Teutopolis. Three brothers are also living: Leo and Bernard of Louisville, KY., and Phillip, who lives in Germany. Mr. Brumleve belonged to that class of industrial German citizens who go far to do what is right, and never intentionally do any one a wrong.
He was one of the few surviving members of the original colony of Germans who migrated to this country years ago, and was widely known in the county.
[Effingham IL. Democrat: March 16, 1900 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Hosea Baron, another of the old settlers of Effingham County, died at the residence of his son Homer in this city Tuesday, of an affliction of the kidneys, aged almost 81 years. Deceased was born in Taphan, Maine, Feb. 11, 1811. In early life he graduated from the teacher's Seminary at Andover, Mass., and afterwards taught school in Richmond, VA., Hancock County, IN., Crawford County, IL., and in Ewington, IL.
On Dec. 6, 1836, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah M. Whitten at Andover, Mass., who has been his constant companion ever since. Forty years ago they came to Effingham County, IL where they have resided until his death.
Six children were born to them, two of who are living: Homer, and Mrs. Rice, now living in Vermont.
In early life Mr. Baron united with the Congregational Church but when he came West he united with the Presbyterian Church and was a member of that church at his death. The deceased was exemplary citizen and in his death Effingham County loses another one of its sturdy pioneer. The funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church, Wednesday..
Rev. McDonald delivering a touching funeral sermon.
[Effingham, IL Democrat, Jan. 29, 1892 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Taken from Effingham County School History Centennial 1918:
History of Bethsaida School, Section 23, Union Twp. Effingham County, IL. The origin of Bethsaida School can be traced back to the year of 1856. In that year, Hosea Barron taught the first term of school ever taught in that community. The building was a rudely built log house, and stood near the Shumard home in section 23, Union Township. The school was then known as the Shumard School. The Christian people held Church services in the same building.

Mrs. Frederick G. Burrow was born on March 19, 1862, at Warrenton, Indiana, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kruger. In 1864 her parents moved to Moccasin Township. On April 16, 1882, she was united in marriage to Christian Fredrick G. Burrow. This union was blessed with seven children: Henry, Pauline, Edwin, Dorothea, Adeline, Walter and Frieda. Of these Henry and Dorothea died in infancy.
Together with her husband and children morn twenty-three grandchildren and five great grandchildren, two brothers: Christ and Henry Kruger of Stewardson, IL and nieces and nephews. Having completed her eightieth year and having celebrated the Sixtieth Anniversary of her wedding, she was still able to move about in her home until six weeks ago, when she suffered a stroke. She concluded the life of a Christian wife and mother last Thursday afternoon. Funeral services in charge of the Kull Funeral Chapel, where held on Sunday afternoon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Rev. M.J. Naumann officiating.
[Altamont, IL. Newspaper, Oct. 15, 1912 - Submitted by arnetia at]

(There is a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Burrows at the top of this article in the original paper.)
Notes taken from marriage certificate: Frederick G. Burrow of Mound Twp., farmer, age 25, born buffalo, NY son of Fred Burrow and Dorothea Volkman, first marriage.
Married Julia Kruger of Moccasin Twp., age 20, born at LaPorte, IN daughter of Christopher Kruger Henrietta Sentfeld, first marriage.
Married at Blue Point Lutheran Church, Moccasin Township, Effingham County, IL. on 16 April 1882, by Dan Graef, Minister of God, witnesses were: John Stuemke and John Kruger.

Sister of Mrs. H.H. Brown of Altamont passes away after brief illness. Services held on Monday afternoon. Burial in Astoria Cemetery, Astoria, Illinois.
Friends were grieved to hear of the death of Mrs. H.W. Baker, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Green, on East main, Altamont at eight thirty on Saturday morning. She has been making her home with her daughter since the death of her husband, a short while ago.
Mrs. Baker had been in reasonably good health for one of her age and while she suffered occasionally from stomach trouble, her ailment was not considered of a very serious nature. After taking ill she was confined to her bed only two days when the summons came for her to depart from this life. The cause of death was pronounced by the attending physician as peritonitis.
Columbia A. Defebaugh was born in Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1840, and died on November 19, 1919, at the age of seventy-nine years, six months and sixteen days. In 1856 she was united in marriage to Louis Lee and to them four children were born: Lucy dying in infancy, Mrs. Alice Patterson and Mrs. Belle Dora Simmons deceased, and Charles Lee of this city. On June 11, 1868, at Freemanton, IL she became the wife of Henry C. Baker and to this union five children were born, all of whom survive. Namely: Mrs. Dan Burrell of Canton, John Baker of Jackson, Michigan, Von Baker of Knoxville, Mrs. George Green and Mrs. Frank Phipps of this city. Two brothers and one sister also survive her: Jacob Defebaugh of Dexter, William Defebaugh of Vernon, Colorado and Kathryn Brown of Altamont, IL. Two brothers, James and John Defebaugh, and one sister, Mrs. Patience Hout, preceded her in death.
Mrs Baker became a Christian early in life and spent many years in true and sincere service for her Master. Mr. Baker was buried on Oct. 5, 1919 and his faithful companion was left only a few weeks until she followed him to the better land, where they will meet in a happy union. Mrs. Baker was a devoted wife and mother and she reared her family in a truly Christian manner. Her beautiful character and sweet motherly influence will always be felt in the lives of her children and her memory will always rest as a soft benediction on all who have known and loved her.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Green on Monday afternoon. Rev. S.C. Williams pastor of M.E. Church, officiated. Interment was in Astoria Cemetery. (Supplied by: The Argus Search Light, Astoria, Fulton County, IL.)
[Altamont, IL News, 17 Dec. 1919 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Mrs. Barney Bruver, died at the family home in the East end of the village Sunday evening after an illness of only a few days. She had been ailing for some months but was only bedfast for two days having taken a cold, which developed into pneumonia. She was a good Christian woman, of a quite disposition but had a large circle of friends.
She had just moved here this spring with her husband from Effingham, but had lived here some years ago. Her youngest son has been an invalid for years and the care of him broke her health.
Elizabeth Ney was born on a farm south of Effingham, IL. She was 61 years of age on Oct. 8 of last year. She was first married to John Arning who died before the year was out. On May 10, 1869, she was married to Barney Bruver. To this union seven children were born: Ben, Katie, Mrs. Mary Ridgeway, Mrs. Anna Havickhorst, Henry, Frank and William. All are living except Katie. The greater part of her life was spent on a farm in this township. Friday of last week she took sick and Sunday evening she died.
Besides her husband and children she leaves several grandchildren and two sisters to mourn their loss. The funeral took place Tuesday morning from the Catholic Church.
[Teutopolis Press, Thursday, June 11, 1908 - Submitted by arnetia at]

County's oldest citizen, age 105, died on Dec. 24, 1931
Mrs. Mary Brahmstead, the oldest citizen in this city and county, and probably the oldest in Southern Illinois died Wednesday at 2 p.m. in her home on Center St., Effingham, IL where she had lived 65 years.The deceased had been an invalid for many years as a result of an injury from a fall. Death was the result of the ravages of old age, she being past 105 years old.
Deceased was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, Aug 20, 1825. She came to America in 1848. She resided in Chicago, IL for 17 years before coming to Effingham, IL. She lived to know that her family represented five generations. Only one child, a daughter Mrs. Minnie Simpson, survives her. Mrs. Simpson arrived her from Chicago, Wednesday evening. Six grandchildren, six great grand children, and three great great grandchildren survive the deceased. Her husband, Henry Brahmstead died about 45 years ago.
[Effingham Record, Jan 1, 1931 - Submitted by arnetia at]

Elizabeth Mary Hipsher Bishop, daughter of David and Rachel Hipsher, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, Apri 23rd, 1835, departed from this life April 21, 1898. She was married to John W. Bishop, Dec 8th. 1853.  To this union was born nine children.  Her husband and six children preceeded her to the better land.  Those surviving her are: Joseph, Anna and Emma.  She was converted and united with the M.E. Church 22 years ago under the pastorage of Rev A. Ransom, in which she has lived a consistent Christian life always a trusting in Jesus. [Dieterich Gazette:  Bishop Column, Apr 29, 1898; Submitters Name: Arnetia]

Resident of Watson Township Dies
Mrs. John Bahrns, nee Caroline Hill, one of our most highly respected citizens of our county, passed away at her home in Watson Township, Sunday evening at 6:00 pm, age 74 years. The deceased has been in failing health for some time, but was able to attend the Old Settlers' Reunion on Saturday, Sept 12th.. She has spent practically all her life in Effingham County, IL. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother and a true friend. She will not only be missed in her family circle but by those who knew her. Mrs Bahrns was the mother of eleven children, ten of whom are living, namely; Mrs William Wachtel, of Effingham; Fred and John of Jackson township; William of Danville, IL; Louis, of Jackson township; Mrs. Tillie Schultz, of Shumway; Frank, Henry and Chris, of Watson Township, and Mrs. Minnie Brown, of Detroit, MI. Besides the above named children the deceased is survived by her husband, twenty-one grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three brothers: John Hill, of this city, and Rudolph and Frank Hill, of Missouri; three sisters, Mrs. Adam Wagner, of Shumway; Mrs August Behrns, of St. Francis Township, and Mrs Frank Smith, of Missouri, numerous other relatives and a large circle of friends. Short funeral services were held at the home Wednesday Morning, after which at 10 o'clock the funeral cortege left the home for St. John's Lutheran Church in this city, where formal funeral services were held, conducted by Rev. Eberhart pastor of the Watson Townhip Lutheran Church. Interment in the Lutheran cemetery, west of the city. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mr and Mrs Orville Brown, of Detroit, Mich.; Mr and Mrs Wm. Bahrns, of Danville, Ill.; Mr and Mrs John Schulz, Mrs Minnie Wayne, Mr and Mrs John Schultz, Mrs Mame Wagner, Mr and Mrs Charles Schroeder, Mr and Mrs Louis Wagner, Mr and Mrs Geo. Wagner, and Mr and Mrs Henry Funk, of Shumway; Jacob Wendling and family, Mr and Mrs Fred Schultz, of Altamont; Mr and Mrs W.C. Bahrns and family, Mr and Mrs August Bahrns, William Bahrns and wife, Mr. and Mrs John Garbe and family and Henry Smith and family of Dieterich; Mr and Mrs George Diehl, Mr and Mrs Ed Wilkins and family, of Montrose; Mrs Hannah Wilkins and daughter, of Newton, and Miss Frena Smith of Charleston, IL. [Effingham Republican, Sept 7, 1925; Submitters Name: Arnetia]


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