Joseph Feldhake, Jr.,
Son of Joseph Feldhake, our hardware merchant, died at Jacksonville, Florida, last Saturday morning, of consumption. His approaching demise called his father to his bedside. Mr. Feldhake was about thirty years of age..
[The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, January 3, 1878 - Submitted by]

Wm. Dutton
We noticed in Altamont Telegraph the death of Wm. Dutton, of that place. Mr. Dutton was a resident of our city being engaged in the poultry trade here in the early days.
[The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, January 10, 1878 - Submitted by]

Willie Leith
Obituary: After a short illness of twenty-four hours, Willie, son of Leslie W. and Rebecca Leith, aged 3 years and 11 months died of membrane bronchial croup, at the residence of his grandfather, David J. Naughton, New Salem, Ohio, January 1st, 1878, being the second child they have lost within the past three months.
[The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, January 10, 1878 - Submitted by]

Emma S. Wright
Obituary: Mrs. Emma S. Wright, wife of W. H. Wright, died at her residence in this city last Sunday evening, after a brief but painful illness of quick consumption, in the 27th year of her age. Mrs. Wright is the third one of the family that has died of consumption during the past two years. Mrs. Wright leaves a husband and four small children to mourn her loss.
[The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, January 10, 1878 - Submitted by]

Mrs. S. B. Carleton
The funeral of Mrs. S. B. Carleton took place yesterday (Tuesday) morning from the Baptist Church. A large concourse of friends attested the esteem in which she was held, by attending the burial service. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, January 17, 1878
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James Girkey
Obituary: Near Watson, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1878, James Girkey, aged 39 years, 6 months. The cause of Mr. Gurkey's death was not fully known. He had been failing for about two years and had been severely ill at different times, but was taken sick the last time about three weeks ago, when it was apparent to all that life was to be no more enjoyed by one who loved it so well. He leaves a daughter and son, aged respectively twelve and seven years, a wife and three children having gone before... [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, January 31, 1878
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Mrs. Wm. Grogan
From Elliottstown: Mrs. Wm. Grogan died on the 28th., aged about forty-two years. She leaves a husband and three children, besides many friends, to mourn her loss. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, February 14, 1878
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Mrs. Humes
The full notice, given below, of Mrs. Humes' interment at Reading, Ohio, we take from the Cincinnati Enquirer. It will be remembered that she died at Watson some two weeks ago, at the advanced age of ninety-four, and her remains taken to Cincinnati, to be laid away at the old family site:
The remains of Mrs. Maria Humes were placed in the vault to day, her death occurring Friday last near Effingham, Ill., to which point she removed years ago. She was the wife of John Humes, a captain in the war of 1812, and her father, Abram Voorhees, settled in Cincinnati in 1797, and afterward purchased the site now occupied by the present town of Reading. The family originally came from Pennsylvania. The lady whose remains were entombed to day lived to the advanced age of ninety-four , and before her removal to Illinois she saw Cincinnati spring from a half-dozen shanties and a block-house to the magnificent proportions of to-day. Her husband died in 1830, his death hastened by his experiences as a soldier. But three children survive her, all of whom have passed the three score years falling to the usual lot of man. In every respect her life was the life of a Christian, and this fact was touchingly eluded to to-day by the pastor conducting the funeral services, Rev. Mr. Hutchinson.
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Wife of F. Klink,
The young wife of F. Klink, formerly Miss Martins, died last Friday, and was interred at the cemetery Sunday.[ The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, February 21, 1878 -
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Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins, wife of Herman A. Higgins and sister to W. L. and Col. J. J. Funkhouser, died in Hamilton county, Neb., last Thursday, whither she had gone only a few weeks ago on a visit. Her remains were brought to this county for interment. Mrs. Higgins was the daughter of one of Effingham county's oldest settlers, an amiable woman and her demise will leave a void in the social circle in which she moved not easily to be filled. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, February 28, 1878
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Mrs. Joseph Bell
From Elliottstown: On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the community was called to mourn the death of Mrs. Joseph Bell, aged about forty-three years...She leaves behind a husband and twelve children. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, March 7, 1878 -
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Mrs. Wood
Mrs. Wood, mother of Thomas and David Wood, of this place, died, on the 2nd of March, in Clay County. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, March 7, 1878
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Clara Flood
Little Clara, a two-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Flood of this city, died of brain fever Monday evening, after an illness of but a few hours. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, March 21, 1878
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Miss Sallie McPherson,
A telegram last Monday morning brought the intelligence of the death of Miss Sallie McPherson, at Washington, D.C., which occurred at that city Sunday evening, March 31, at six o'clock. Miss McPherson's death make the fourth that has occurred in the family from the same malady in two years... [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, April 4, 1878
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Mr. Jenaway
Shumway Items: Mr. Bernhard's millwright, Mr. Jenaway died last Friday, leaving matters in rather a rushed condition for the workmen. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, May 9, 1878
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Wm. Tinnea
Wm. Tinnea, who was struck with a club in the encounter with a Mr. Donaldson, which we noticed last week, has since died, the fracture of the skull proving fatal. It is also said that additional evidence has been gathered which will place a more malicious intent upon the deed. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, May 9, 1878
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Father Allsop
Father Allsop, whose illness we noticed last week, died at his son's residence on Friday. His remains were taken to Moccasin cemetery for interment. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, May 16, 1878
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Annie Kreke
Mrs. Annie Kreke, wife of Joseph Kreke, died at her residence in this city last Friday evening, after a long struggle with consumption. She was buried Sunday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery, where a large number of friends and acquaintances followed her remains. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, June 20, 1878 - Submitted by]

Mr. Green
Our Edgewood Letters: On the 3rd of July, a man by the name of Luther, stabbed and killed a man by the name of Green, at Mason, Illinois and the matter was investigated before Judge Broom of Mason and John McDonald, Esq., of this place, and after hearing all the evidence in the case they pronounced it a case of justifiable homicide. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, July 11, 1878
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William H. Blakeley
In Memoriam: Died-At his residence near Effingham, on Friday morning, July 5, 1878, Hon. William H. Blakeley, aged seventy years. Mr. Blakely was born in Columbia County, N.Y., October 16, 1808. His parents were from New England, and when he was four years of age they removed to Otsego county, in the same state, where they spent the remainder of their days, and where Mr. Blakeley grew to manhood.
In 1831 he came West, crossing the Alleghenies and journeying the entire distance on horseback. Effingham County had just been organized. There were but few settlements along the line of the National road, then being built by the general government. Young Blakeley was persuaded to stop and try his fortunes. He entered into business at Ewington, just established as the county seat, and for forty-four years was an active, upright and honored
citizen of the county...(a lengthy article continues in the original paper). [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, July 11, 1878
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B. B. Avery Child
Saw Dust from Watson: Considerable sickness is reported. B. B. Avery buried a child last week.[The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, August 15, 1878
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Harry Tyner
Mason Items: Little Harry, son of O.N. Tirta Tyner, died on the 9th after an illness of about two years.

Mr. Eilers
Elliottstown News. Mr. Eilers, an old German citizen of this township, died on Monday, Aug. 12th. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, August 22, 1878
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Miss Cynthia Cook
Miss Cynthia Cook, daughter to Mrs. Pitcher, died at her mother's residence Monday, of consumption, after a long illness and much suffering. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, August 22, 1878
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Mrs. Rachel McCann
Obituary: Died. August 18, 1878, at her residence three miles south of Effingham, Mrs. Rachel McCann, of consumption. Deceased was born in Alabama, April 16, 1818, moved to Illinois in 1829, and was married to H. H. McCann in 1838. (Article continues but is very difficult to read.) [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, August 29, 1878
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William Holzkom
Death of William Hoidakom (Holdzkom). (Article continues but is very difficult to read.) [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, August 29, 1878
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Mr. M. Probst,
Shumway Squibs: One of our citizens, Mr. M. Probst, died very suddenly last week Sunday. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, September 12, 1878
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John Jackson
Obituary. John Jackson was born January 21st, 1853, in Newark, Knox County, Mo., and died after a long and painful illness of phthisis pulmnalis at the residence of his step-father, Squire John McDonald, in Edgewood, Illinois on the morning of the eighth at 7 o'clock, aged 25 years, 7 months and 7 days...For several years deceased has been an employee of the O.& M.R.R. Co., as an engineer...obsequies which were conducted by the Rev. H. M. Campbell, at the Union church, at two o'clock in the afternoon of the ninth. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, September 19, 1878
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S. A. Newcomb
Death of S. A. Newcomb who died suddenly at Chicago last Thursday of inflammation of the prostate gland, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Middendorf... . Mr. and Mrs. Middendorf, of Chicago, and Mrs. Hoglan, of Dayton, Ohio attended the funeral of S. A. Newcomb last Saturday. Mrs. Middendorf and Mrs. Hoglan are sisters to the deceased. Rev. G. A. Pollock, of Mendota, Ill., preached the funeral sermon of Mr. Newcomb last Saturday. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, September 19, 1878
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Mrs. A. M. Miser
Mrs. A. M. Miser died very suddenly at the residence of Mr. Owen Scott, Monday morning. Her funeral yesterday morning was attended by a very large concourse of friends... [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, September 19, 1878
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Mrs. Elizabeth Britten
Elliottstown News: Mrs. Elizabeth Britten, wife of M. M. Britton, of Lucas Township, died last week. Mrs. Britten has been hopelessly ill for two or three years. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, September 19, 1878
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Miss Annie Linder
Watson Correspondence: Died, on 17th of September, at the residence of her widowed mother near this village, Miss Annie Linder was in the 21st year of her age. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, September 26, 1878
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Wm. Davis's Son
From Jackson Township: Died-a two year old child of Wm. Davis, Saturday. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 10, 1878
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Mr. Alexander Gregg's Child
Moccasin Items: A child belonging to Mr. Alexander Gregg died very suddenly last Thursday night. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 10, 1878
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Mrs. Paul Merrill
Mrs. Paul Merrill died at the residence of Wm. Blakely, Monday evening. Mrs. Morrill had been seriously ill for some time. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 10, 1878
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Deaths: Adie I.
Sloan, Gerhard Siemer, W. Holzkom, Florence Stetson, Frank Quatman, J. H. Niemeier. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 10, 1878 - Submitted by]

A. W. LeCrone's Daughter
Last week A. W. LeCrone was called to Bowling Green, Ky., by the sudden death of his oldest daughter. Mr. and Mrs. LeCrone started on the first train, arriving in time to attend the funeral. It was feared that yellow fever was the cause of the sudden death of the little girl, but a congestive chill took her away. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 17, 1878
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Bradbury [Child]
A three year old child of Mr. J. Bradbury died last Thursday morning. It was interred in the city cemetery. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 17, 1878
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Deaths: Jacob
Idleman, Geo. Dun, Martha E. Britton. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 17, 1878 - Submitted by]

Daniel Williamson
Obituary for Rev. Daniel Williamson: Daniel Williamson was born near Abingdon, Va., May 6, 1825. He immigrated to Indiana in 1853, where he received a liberal education. He joined the M.E. church when he was a small boy, and began to preach at the age of 17 years. In 1846 he joined the Southeast Indiana Conference, where he was an efficient pastor for seven years. In 1853 he came to Illinois and united with the Southern Illinois Conference, and continued to labor as a faithful servant of God until 1866, at which time he was superannuated at his own request, because of physical debility. When he closed his itinerant labors he settled on a tract of land ten miles East of Watson, Effingham county, where he managed to gather round him such means of subsistence as enable him to live comfortably. In 1852 he and Miss Mary J. Brown were united in marriage, near Gasport, Ind. To them were born three sons and three daughters, the second child is not; the Lord took her... [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 24, 1878
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John Stevenson's Child
Moccasin Items: A child belonging to John Stevenson, died very suddenly last Saturday night, at the residence of Mr. Ritters. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 24, 1878
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Melville, Caroline Ropecke, Hattie V. Schooley, D. Williamson, Delia G. Merrill Catherine E. Kinkle, Peter Thoele. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 24, 1878 - Submitted by]

Mr. Perkins' Child
A child of Mr. Perkins, an employee of the Vandalia railroad, was buried Sunday afternoon in the city cemetery. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, October 31, 1878
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James Larimer's Son
A boy of James Larimer, aged three years, died last Wednesday. The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 7, 1878
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Mrs. Freazener
Moccasin Days' Doings: Mrs. Freazener, mother-in-law of Wm. Ensign, died at the residence of Mr. Ensign last Tuesday, aged 72 years. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 14, 1878
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Johnny St. Clair
Little Johnny, son of Dr. St. Clair, died of croup last Sunday evening, and was interred in the old Moccasin cemetery Monday afternoon. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 14, 1878
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Mrs. Eliza Ballard
Mrs. Eliza Ballard, wife of Chapman Ballard, died last Thursday morning, at 10 o'clock, and was buried in the Blue Point cemetery on Friday afternoon. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 14, 1878
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Joab Yates
We learn that Joab Yates, an old resident of our county, near Altamont, died last week. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 14, 1878
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Mr. Robuck
Mason Bricks: Mr. Robuck was buried at Edgewood last Sunday. Undertake Tyner attended with his hearse. The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 21, 1878
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Frank Proulx
Frank Proulx, who has been lying hopelessly ill at his residence for several months past, and whose demise we prematurely mourned several weeks ago, died last Friday morning. He was buried Sunday noon in the city cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. The funeral cortege, consisting of fellow employees of the Vandalia shops...He leaves a life insurance policy of $3,000 and some encumbered property to his wife and children. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, November 28, 1878 - Submitted by]

Jacob Canull
Beecher City Notes: On Saturday last Jacob Canull, an old man in our township, died of lung fever. He was a good man and will be a loss to our community. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, December 5, 1878
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Mrs. Nanny Rochat
Mrs. Rochat nee Miss Nanny Grant, died at Altamont Tuesday of last week, her remains being interred there on Thanksgiving day. She died of consumption, leaving three children. Mrs. Rochat was formerly a resident of our city, and the intelligence of her death will come as a genuine shock to her coterie of friends here. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, December 5, 1878
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John Stevens
John Stevens of Cumberland County, brother to Miss Laura Stevens of this city, while felling timber last Thursday was accidentally killed by the falling of a decayed limb. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, December 19, 1878
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Mrs. McKenzie
An old lady, named McKenzie, who was visiting a daughter here, died suddenly Saturday morning. She also has relations living near Moccasin. Her remains were interred Sunday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, December 19, 1878
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Frank Bear
Mason Splinters: Frank Bear fell from his horse on Saturday the 14th of December and sustained internal injuries from which he died the following Tuesday. Deceased was 24 years of age, and lived three miles West of Edgewood, and leaves a wife and one child. Another victim to intemperance. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, December 26, 1878
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Mr. Kester
A Mr. Kester, a poor tenant from Watson Township, who was recently brought to Mercy hospital for care and treatment died there Sunday morning and was buried yesterday. He died of cancer of the stomach. [The Effingham Democrat, Thursday, December 26, 1878
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Elizabeth (McKinnon) Taylor Campbell
Elizabeth Campbell was born in Watson Township, Effingham County, IL August 16, 1849. She died in Funkhouser, this county, Feb 14, 1910, aged sixty-nine years, five months and twenty-nine days. She had lived in this county all her life except for three years spent in Southwest Texas. Mrs. Campbell was the daughter of William and Sarah (Loy) McKinnon, both of whom were pioneers of Effingham County. She was married in April 1858 to John Taylor, with whom she lived until his death on Aug. The 31st., 1866. Of this union one son G.F. Taylor survives. On Dec. 4, 1872, she was married to Marion F. Campbell whose death occurred only a short time ago, Nov. 30, 1909. Of this union three sons survive. Alonzo, Ernest and Guy, thus leaving four sons, who with the two daughters of her late husband, Ellen McKinnon and Annie Loy, to whom she was a mother since their early childhood, together with her two brothers, John T. And Joseph W. McKinnon, and one sister Mary H. Sharp and numerous other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

The deceased has been a loving wife, a devoted mother, and a constant and true friend to all. Her whole life has been devoted to service to others. All her life she cared for, labored for, directed and instructed her large family, teaching by precept the great truths of honor, virtue and Christianity. In early life she learned the greatest truth of the need of a personal savior. She was converted and joined the Methodist church at Loy Prairie and has lived a consistent member ever since. For many years her health has been failing. She like her late husband, suffered for many years with that dread disease, commonly called consumption. In hope of recovery they moved to Southwest Texas, where after three years residence, they returned to this county to pas the few remaining days with their children, relatives and friends. Among the family scenes where they had both spent the happy days of their childhood and where their children had been born and reared. She was laid to rest in the Loy Cemetery. (Taken from: Effingham Record, Feb. 1910
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Margaret Buzzard Clow
After an illness of several weeks duration, Mrs. Johnston Clow, a pioneer resident of this community, answered the final summons on Saturday morning, November 22, 1913. And thus closed the final chapter of an interesting, profitable, unselfish life, for Mother Clow spent her years in doing good, in exemplifying the teaching of her Lord and Savior.
Margaret J. Buzzard was born near Nashville, Holmes County, Ohio on the twentieth day of October 1835. She came with her mother and brothers and sisters to Illinois in 1840 and the family settled in Loudon Township, northwest of this city. The nearest trading point of any importance was Vandalia and in those days all live stock was marketed in St. Louis. There were three daughter and six sons in this family, and Aunt Margaret was the last of the nine to be called home. Her brother Ayers Buzzard, loved and respected throughout Fayette and Effingham County, died in August of 1909. On the eighth of September 1853 she was given in marriage to Johnston Clow, who survives. For over sixty years, Mr. And Mrs. Clow fought life’s battles together, ever finding comfort in each other. They began their journey in life when Effingham County and Fayette county were wild prairies and wooded districts. They lived to see their adopted country a land of developed farms, dotted with beautiful homes and well supplied with modern school and church houses. True hospitality reigned in their home and the neighbors and strangers were always welcome. Mrs. Clow’s death marks the passing of one of those noble pioneers, whose lives mean so much to present day civilization. Her life is indeed a rich inheritance for her loved ones. Nine children were born to this union, four sons and one daughter of whom are living, namely: Freeman Clow of Cisco, T.C. Clow of Altamont, George L. Clow of Champaign, Daniel H. Clow of Lintner, Mrs. Tennie Mouser of Altamont. Mrs. Clow was converted in 1853 and united with the Methodist Church. Her membership was entered at Crum’s chapel, forty years ago, at which time the present structure was erected. In addition to their contribution toward the new building, Mr. And Mrs. Clow served two hundred eighty-one meals to the builders. Some twenty years ago, Mr. And Mrs. Clow moved to Altamont in order that they might spend their remaining years in rest and quiet. Rev. R.O. Wilson, assisted by Rev. E.W. Barrett of Moccasin, conducted funeral services from the First M.E. Church on Monday afternoon. Burial took place at Crum’s chapel, following a brief service at the church where Mrs. Clow held her membership. (Taken from: Altamont News, Thursday, November 27, 1913.)

Daniel Cramer
Daniel Cramer was born on the twenty-fourth day of August 1854 at Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and departed this life near Moccasin at the home of his sister, Mrs. W.H. Guthrie on the fourteenth of January 1918. During his boyhood, he came with his father and brothers and sisters to Illinois, settling at Altamont in the year 1873. For the past ten or more years he had made his home at Cherokee, Iowa. In his early life, Mr. Cramer gave his hearth to God and he was wont to sing and enjoy the old hymns. He leaves to mourn his departure two sisters and one brother, namely: Mrs. Gutherie of Moccasin, Mrs. H.M. Alexander of Decatur, and W.T. Cramer of Elwell, Michigan. About six weeks ago he came to his sister’s home, being ill at the time. He gradually grew worse until he passed away without a struggle. Mr. Cramer was lovingly and tenderly cared for in this Christian home and nothing was left undone that would add to his comfort. Following funeral services from the Moccasin M.E. Church on Wednesday by Rev. Anderson, burial took place at the Church Cemetery. [Taken from: Altamont News, Jan. 23, 1918.
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Alfred Crowther was born in Manchester, England on the twenty-second day of September 1835 and departed this life at Indiahoma, Oklahoma on the seventh of January 1918. To this union six children were born, one daughter Florence dying in infancy.
Mr Crowther came with his parents to America when he was nineteen years of age. They located at Terre Haute, Indiana where Mr Crowther engaged in his trade of cabinetmaker. After a few years he moved to a farm in Clark County, Illinois and in 1882 himself and family bought a farm near Effingham County, Dexter, Illinois where they resided until all the children were married. In April 1904, Mr and Mrs. Crowther sold their farm and moved to Indiahoma, Oklahoma.
Mr Crowther was baptized in the Episcopal Church of England in infancy and he was reared in that faith. He was honest and upright in all his dealings. He was a soldier in the Civil War and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Mr. Crowther leaves to mourn his departure the devoted wife Agnes nee Rushwatt /Rushworth (?) and five children, namely: Mrs. W.H. Hulbert of Altamont, Mrs. C.E. Leitzell of Altamont, Alfred Crowther of Orosi, California, William Crowther of Orosi, California, Mrs. Agnes Parks of Indiahoma, Oklahoma. He also leaves sixteen grandchildren and two great grand children and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. church in Indiahoma on the eighth by the pastor of the church, following which burial took place in the Odd Fellow Cemetery. The Ladies Aid and friends gave beautiful floral offerings. The casket was covered with a large America Flag. (Altamont Illinois News, Jan. 16, 1918 -
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Hannah Wilson Campton was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, December 10, 1835. Departed this life Feb. 19, 1912, age 77 years, two months and nine days. She moved to Indiana in 1862, and was united in marriage to William Campton on the 25 day of March 1868. To this union were born nine children, eight living and one dead.
Those living are: George, Thomas, Frank, Orvil, William, Mrs. Orpha Poe, Mrs. Minnie Johnson and Mrs. Anna Bushue of Neoga, Illinois. Sixteen grandchildren, one brother, George Wilson, of Ohio, the husband and many friends are left to mourn their loss.
In all her afflictions she never murmured, showing by her resignation that she had perfect faith in God, that He would do all things for the best for those that love Him. On account of the sad affliction of her youngest child, she has for many years been deprived of church privileges which she enjoyed in earlier life.
The funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Tuesday at 11 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Willey. The remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Zion cemetery.
Card of Thanks:
To the kind friends and neighbors who so ably assisted us during the long illness and after the death of our dear mother, we recommend you to the god of Heaven, who alone can repay such debts of gratitude. William Campton and Children.
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Alexander Craver died at his residence two miles south east of Mason, Illinois, with la grippe, January 19, 1892 after a brief illness, at the age of: seventy-three years, nine months and twenty two days.
Uncle Alex as he was commonly known was born in Boone County, N.C., March 27th. 1819 and with his parents removed to Putman County, Indiana in the fall of 1837, at which place he was married to Miss Lydia Chadwick, March 14, 1844 and in November, 1852, he with his family emigrated to Effingham County, Illinois, locating in Mason Township, where he and his wife as frontiers settlers set to work to make life comfortable. They soon accumulated property and were in easy circumstances. His kind and industrious wife sharing with her husband the trials and hardships incident to frontier life.
To this twain was born five children as follows: Mrs. J. Anderson of Effingham, Mrs. M. Blunt, John Craver, and Mrs. J.H. Anderson and Mrs. Fisher of (?). Uncle Alex could well rejoice because of his unbroken family until December 4, 1876, at which time he lost his lifetime partner of his struggles. His children were all in manhood and womanhood. He was again married to Mrs. Sarah Ready on Aug. 26, 1877, whose excellent qualities tended to sweeten his old age. By his second marriage he became the stepfather of four children: John, Charley and Homer Ready, and Mrs. Annie Ahl, of Indiana. Unlike many second marriages his happiness continued. Although his afflictions were great he was always cheerful. However, on the 19th. inst. his suffering became more than he could bear and he peacefully closed his eyes and passed away. He had resided on the farm, where he died, for forty years and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He united with the Christian Church in 1863 and remained a member of that church until he was called from the church militant to the Church triumphant.
So closes a long useful life, one worthy of initiation. His widow and entire family have the sympathy of the community at large. His remains were interred at the Wright cemetery on the 28th. inst., surrounded by his many friends. Rev. Maloan delivered the funeral discourse. (Effingham Democrat, Jan 29, 1892 -
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Mrs. Gust Devantier, whose maiden name was Miss Ernestine Emilie Kratzner, died at the family home on Sunday evening, May 2, 1909.
Mrs. Devantier was born in Wisconsin in 1861 and moved with the family to Fayette County, IL. in 1866. In 1884, she was united in marriage to Ellis Greeley who preceded her to the Great Beyond in 1900. To this union were born four children, one having preceded her to the better land. Those being: Mrs. Wm. Gillespie, Miss Annie Greeley and Elmer Greeley survive.
In 1902, Mrs. Ellis Greeley was united in marriage to Gust Devantier. To this union one son, Walter C., was born. Mrs. Devantier leaves many relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
Funeral services were conducted from the Emmanuel Lutheran church at Altamont, IL., Tuesday afternoon, with interment in the church cemetery. (Effingham Democrat, May 14, 1909 -
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Mrs. Sarah A. Dunlap died at her home in the North part of the city, Thursday, March 16, 1916, at 2 o'clock p.m. after a lingering illness of several months, at the age of 68 years, eight months and 16 days. She was married to Jesse W. Dunlap on April 15, 1869. Seven children of this union survive her: Alice of Douglas County, IL, Florence of Colorado, Effie of San Diego, CA., Roscoe and John of Chicago, IL, Winnogene of Coronado, CA, who is the youngest of the family and Mae who has for some time resided in this city and taken care of her mother. She also leaves the following brothers and sisters: James and Jasper Greer of Moccasin Township of this county, Marie Parkhurst of Shelbyville, IL, and Eliza Parkhurst of Inez, N.D. and several grandchildren.
Her husband preceded her to the better land on February 10, 1910, and one daughter, Lydia, a very devoted Christian girl, died several years ago. Mrs. Dunlap had been a resident of our city for many years and had endeared herself to all who knew her by her kind and gentle nature. She was a good Christian mother and her children are all upright and honorable men and women.
The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm. Rev. H.G. Harrell had charge of the services. Interment was made in the Oak ridge Cemetery.
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Foster J. Davis, the oldest son of William C. and Ruth Davis, was born in Madison County, Illinois, October 12, 1846. Died January 26, 1918 at the age of 71 years, 3 months and 14 days.
At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Company D, 54th. Regt., Ill. Vol. Infantry. For three years and from Feb. 1863 until the close of the war was with his regiment on all its hard and trying marches ever bearing his hardships and privations with the utmost bravery.
In the spring of 1866 he was united in marriage to Adeline Russell, of Ohio. To this union were born two children, of whom only one survives him: Mrs. Hamlin Stroud, of Bement, Ill. His wife died in October 1869.
In February 1871 he again united in marriage to Lavina Gilmore, by whom he had five children, of whom only two survive him: William of Neoga, Ill. and Mrs. John Calhoon of Oxley, MO. The mother of these children departed this life may 1884.
On June 3rd, 1886, he was married the third time to Mrs. Emma A. Gossman, and to this union was born six children, of who two survive him, Curtis and Mrs. John Dobbins of Lucas Twp., Eff. Co., IL. Mr. Davis has been a resident of Effingham County since 1851, and until 1899 he made his home in Union township, since then having resided in Lucas Township and being retired from active life. Fraternally he was connected with the Masonic Order, having been for more than 50 years a member of that order. In Sept. 1916 he united with the E.E. Church at Mt. Zion, with Rev. E.W. Burk as pastor.
Besides his wife and five children he leaves to mourn his loss three brothers: Lewis of Decatur, IL, Thomas of Elliottstown, IL., and Andrew of near Mason, IL: three stepsons, Sylvester Poe, of Sherman, Ill., Henry and Albert of Lucas township; twenty six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral was held Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at Mt. Zion with Rev. O. Maxfield of Dieterich. Remains laid to rest in Mr. Zion Cemetery. (Eff. Republican, Jan 26, 1918 -
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Mrs. Mary Ellen Dunn died at the old home near Elliottstown, Ill. at 6:40 a.m. Friday, February 13th of Pneumonia.
Deceased was born in Bracken County, Kentucky, seventy-four years ago. Her maiden name was Merrill. She was married to Thomas Dunn in 1854, he having preceded her in death twenty-five years ago.
Four children survive her: William, Albert and Miss Edna Dunn of Elliottstown and Mrs. Lucy Harlan of Phoenix, Ariz. and one brother, A. Merrill of Kentucky.
She united with the Christian Church twenty-two years ago.
The family moved to this county in 1880 and has lived here since that time.
The funeral was held from the family residence Sunday at 11 o'clock. Rev. Barlow Higgins officiating. Burial was at the Gilmore cemetery. Thus we lost a loving mother, kind friend and a good neighbor.
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We desire to express our thanks to our neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and at the death of our beloved mother, Mary E. Dunn. We also thank Rev. Higgins for his kind words of sympathy in our hour of trouble. The children: Albert Dunn, William Dunn, and Mrs. J.O. Harlan and Edna Dunn. (Effingham Republican Feb 18, 1914 -
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John Louis Engle, a prominent resident of Shumway, Ill. passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 1916. He was born in St. Clair County, Ill. fifty-nine years ago. The family moved to this county when Mr. Engle was a mere land and he spent his boyhood days on a farm near Shumway.
At the age of sixteen he began learning the carpenter trade with Dieterich Brummerstedt, a contractor and builder at Shumway. Having learned his trade well, Mr. Engel began contracting building, which he continued to do for nine years. In 1899, he formed a partnership with his father under the firms name "Engel and Son" and this new firm bought the lumber business at Shumway from Frank Hoese. In 1902, Mr. Engel purchased his fathers interest. Mr. Engel added hardware and continued in this business until death. He was interested in the yards at Beecher city, Ill and Stewardson, Ill. and was also President of the Citizens State Bank of Shumway.
In November of 1885, Mr. Engel was married to Miss Ida Rath of Summit Township. Four children were born to this union, namely: Mrs. L.H. Phifer of Chicago, Miss Amy Engel, Walter Engel and Miss Martha Engel.
Mrs. Engel died in May 1903 and Mr. Engel was married to Mary Appelt of Moccasin Township in 1904. To this union one son was born: Clarence Engel. John held various offices of trust and was Supervisor from his township at the time of his death.
Following the funeral services from the Shumway Lutheran Church by Rev. Bergsteadt on Saturday, Jan 26, burial took place at the church cemetery. (Altamont News, Feb 6, 1918 -
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Fatal Accident: Woman killed: On Sunday during the terrible gale of wind, which lasted throughout the day as Mrs. Engelhart and her husband were driving along the road near Salt Creek, a few miles from the city, a portion of a large sycamore tree was blown down where they were passing and a limb striking Mrs. Engelhart on the head and other portions falling upon Mr. Englehart. The skull of Mrs. Engelhart was fractured in three places, and she died some ten hours afterwards. Mr. Englehard was also severely injured about the shoulders but will recover. (Effingham Democrat, Thursday Dec. 8, 1870 -
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Mrs. Amanda Devolve Eskew as born Sept 10, 1843, and quietly passed away, April 7, 1909 at the age of 65 years, 6 months and 27 days.
Deceased was married to Mr. Nathan Eskew on April 7, 1861 and departed this life on her forty-eighth wedding anniversary, her husband having preceded her some years ago.
Subject was the mother of seven children, and leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Eskew of Trap prairie, four sons: Noah and Allie, Elliotstown, Will, of Edgewood, Walter of Mt. Vernon, Ind. Who were present at the funeral to mourn their loss.
Rev. Higgins conducted funeral services. The remains were laid to rest in the Bethsaidia Cemetery. Aunt Amanda as she was called had many friends and will be greatly missed in our town and vicinity. (Dieterich Gazette, April 7, 1909 -
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After an illness of several weeks of la grippe, George H. Engbring died Sunday morning between one and two o'clock, at his residence in this city, in his 67th year.
George H. Engbring was born in the village of Epe, Prussia, April 27, 1825, where he was raised on a farm and followed farming there until 1847 when he came, via New Orleans to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he engaged in merchandising and kept a grocery and notion store for twelve years. In the fall of 1864 he came to Effingham and purchased property, and in 1867, established a general store at the corner of Third and Jefferson Streets where for many years he did a large business until he retired on a competency several years ago. On September 1, 1881, he became a partner in the firm of Eversman, Wood & Engbring, bankers, and his well known honest and stability of character have always been one of the great factors placing that institution in the commanding position it now occupies. Mr. Engbring served several years as a member of the city council and as supervisor of Douglas Township and was for many years a trustee of St. Anthony's church and hospital. He was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 2, 1856, to Catherine Bodker, of Cincinnati, who was born in Prussia and who was his schoolmate in the Fatherland. The deceased leaves a widow and five children, three sons and two daughters. Henry, a missionary of the Catholic Church in China; William, assistant cashier in the bank here: John and Anna, residents of the city, and Mary, who is a Sister of the order of Notre Dame, and is now in Makota, Minnesota.
The funeral took place from the Catholic Church Tuesday morning in the presence of a large concourse of mourning friends. (Effinghan Democrat, January 22, 1892 - -
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George T. Francis was born September 26, 1834, in Orange County, Indiana, and died April 28, 1911, in Effingham, Illinois, at the age of 76 years, 7 months and 2 days.
He was converted at the age of 19, and afterwards became a member, and also an organizer of the Methodist church then holding its meetings in what was known as Gloyd School House. In 1855 he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Sawyer. To this union were born six children, three boys and three girls. Three of them died in infancy, and together with the wife, who died twenty-eight years ago and daughter Louise, four years ago await him in the great beyond. He is survived by his two youngest children, Wesley of Summit Township, and Mr. J.C. Hutchings, of this city, with whom he made his home the last two years.
He is an old resident of Effingham County, having lived here over forty years. He was an honest, upright citizen, a noble, loving father and a grateful and patient sufferer. His beautiful character won him many warm friends, and his pleasure and appreciation rewarded all their services. (Effingham Democrat, May 5, 1911 -
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Funeral services over the remains of the late Mrs. Catherine Freepartner were held Saturday morning at 8:00 at St. Anthony's church, Rev. Father Lammert officiating. Interment at the Catholic cemetery.
Mrs. Freepartner was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1853. When only a child she came with her parents to Effingham County, where she has resided ever since. In 1876 she was married to Henry Freepartner, who preceded her to the Great Beyond.
She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Wollert, of Los Angeles, Calif., and seven sons, Frank, of this city: Henry, of San Antonio, Texas: Ben, of Chicago: William of Detroit: Lawrence, of Chicago: John of Seattle, Wash., and Theodore of Jefferson, Wis. (Effingham Republican, Sept 24, 1925 -
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Christine Siebert was born in Germany on the thirtieth day of July, 1830 and passed away on Saturday, May 4, 1912, aged seventy-five years, nine months and four days. In 1859, Miss Siebert was given in marriage to Gottfried Flatow who survives. Two daughters: Mrs. William Adermann and Mrs. Fred Bandelow Jr. survive.
The family came to America in 1884, settling in the Bethlehem community. Mrs. Flatow was a faithful member of the Lutheran church.
Her pastor Rev. F.W. Brockmann from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church conducted funeral services on Monday morning, after which burial took place at the church cemetery. Their many friends extend sympathy to the stricken family. (Altamont News, Thursday, May 9, 1912 -
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Died on Saturday night after a brief but painful illness, in her 39th year, Mrs. L. Fortney, wife of Samuel Fortney, Esq. Besides several small children, the deceased leaves an infant of but two weeks old. Her remains together with those of a two years old child, disinterred from the city cemetery, were buried on Tuesday in the Loy Cemetery. (Effingham Democrat, April 4, 1872 -
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A shadow of gloom fell over the community on Saturday morning when it was announced that Mrs. John Ferchow had passed away. Mrs. Ferchow had been in poor health for many months and the end was not unexpected. She was a noble woman, loved by all who knew her, and will be sadly missed in the home in the community.
Miss Emma Frankenstein was married to John Ferchow of this city on the sixth day of October 1904. To this union three children were born, namely: Walter age nine, Ella age seven and Norman age five. In addition to the sorrowing husband and children, Mrs. Ferchow leaves the aged mother; two sisters: Mrs. Lena Alt of Effingham and Mrs. Herman Schroeder of Thomasboro: and four brothers: Rev. Karl Frankenstein of North Tonawada, NY, Richard J. and W.F. of Effingham and Henry of Altamont, IL.
Mrs. Ferchow was a devoted member of the Lutheran Church from early girlhood. Although taken young in years, she lived nobly and well and the influence of her life will prove a rich heritage to her loved ones.
Owing to the illness of her pastor Rev.J. Hartmeister, funeral services that were held at the home yesterday afternoon, were conducted by Rev. Paul Roehrs of Effingham. Interment took place at the Church Cemetery. (Altamont News, Nov 2, 1918 -
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John Frankenstein, an old resident of this city, died last Saturday of heart disease, induced by lagrippe and injuries he received on the Vandalia Railroad some twelve years ago. About a year ago, as a debilitating result of the railroad injury he had something like the la grippe, from which he recovered sufficiently to partially resume his daily labor. About eight weeks ago, however, he was taken ill again, death resulting from heart failure. The funeral occurred Sunday from the Lutheran Church, the remains having been interred in the Lutheran cemetery. The deceased was an exemplary citizen and was beloved by a large circle of friends. Relatives and friends attended the funeral from Terre Haute, Altamont and Champaign.
He was born in Germany in 1839. In 1869 he came to see this country and remained four years. In 1873 he returned to Germany and brought his family over, having located in Effingham. He leaves a wife, Adeline, and seven children to mourn their loss, as follows: William, Lena, Richard, Charles, Henry, Louise and Emma. All reside here in Effingham except Lena who is married to William Alt and resides in Terre Haute. Charles is a student and is preparing himself for the ministry.
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We desire to this manner to thank our friends and neighbors who so kindly and tenderly assisted us during our recent sorrow. Mrs. Adaline Frankenstein and Family. (Effingham Democrat, Friday, Jan 7, 1898 -
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Once again the grim messenger of death entered our community and claimed our oldest and best loved. This time Cynthia Ann Gillespie answered the Master's call and passed from the battles of life to eternal rest. Cynthia Ann Gillespie, nee Wilson, was born on a farm in Bishop Township, Effingham County, Illinois, Nov 21, 1842, departed this life Feb. 9, 1908, after a brief illness of only a few days, aged 65 years, 2 months and 18 days. In early womanhood she was united in marriage to James B. Gillespie, a prominent farmer and pioneer of the county. The greater part of their married life was spent on the farm on which she died.
She leaves five sons, Clint, Frank, Alfred, Oliver and Samuel and one daughter, Ida, to know the sadness of a mother's loss. Her husband and two children preceded her to the better world. She also leaves three brothers, Andrew, Warren and Orlando Wilson, and two sisters, Mrs. Illinois Gillespie and Mrs. Kansas Sneling, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted at the house, owing to the inclement weather, by Rev. More of the Watson circuit. A large and sympathetic gathering of relatives and friends were present to see and pay their last tribute of respect to departed. After the services the remains were taken and laid to rest in the Loy Cemetery beside her husband and children. (Effingham Democrat, Feb. 14, 1908 -
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Joseph Gilmore, a former resident of this county, passed away Friday at his home in Spencer, Ind., of heart disease, age 84 years. His wife, five sons, survives him namely: William, of Evansville, Ind., Riley and Todd, of Stonington, Ill., John of Lafayette, Ind., and Louis, of Spencer, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs. Dora Perkins of Effingham, and Mrs. Ella Treadway, of Spencer, Ind.; one brother, John of Mason, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Blunt of Watson, Ill.; Mrs. Lucinda Robertson of Nebraska, and Mrs. Elizabeth Logue of Altamont, Illinois. Funeral services were held at Spencer, Indiana.
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Stella, the five-month-old daughter of C.W. Gammon, died Sunday morning. The funeral occurred at the family residence Monday afternoon at two o'clock. (Effingham Democrat, Sept. 11, 1896 -
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Mr. Frederick Grasshoff was born at Buffalo, NY on the twenty eighth of February 1846 and answered the final summons at the home of his daughter Mrs. C.A. Goers on the 11 day of February 1918. Having reached the age of seventy-one years, eleven months and eleven days.
Mr. Grasshoff came to Illinois with his parents, during the latter part of the sixties and soon after he came to this community. He was married to Miss Wilhelmina Will on the 28 of October 1875. To this union one son and two daughters were born, the son and one daughter surviving, namely: John Grasshoff of Indiana and Mrs. Goers of Altamont, IL. In addition to the two children, Mr. Grasshoff leaves two grandchildren, a brother Conrad Grasshoff, other near relatives and many friends to mourn his departure. Mrs. Grasshoff died in 1892.
Mr. Grasshoff grew up as a Lutheran, was confirmed in that faith, and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at the time of his death. Following the funeral service from St. Paul by the pastor Rev. Ziemer on last Wednesday afternoon, burial took place at the church cemetery. (Altamont News, Feb 20, 1919 -
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Samuel C. Griswold was born in Oneida County, NY, June 5, 1821: died March 5, 1902 at 9:15 a.m. aged 80 years. His early days were spent on a farm until he entered college. He was married June 20, 1847 to Miss Lavinna Foreman of Madison County, NY and moved shortly afterward to Wisconsin. After remaining there for some time he moved his family to St. Louis, MO, and from there to the place where he resided until his death. To them were born six children, three of whom are still living, three having preceded him to the better world. His last illness was very brief and his death was a great surprise. His son Frank, of St. Paul, Minn., came down to attend his funeral. He was a obliging neighbor and a law-abiding citizen. The bereaved family has the sympathy of a host of friends. (Effingham Democrat, March 14, 1902 -
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Eliza Elliott, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Collier) Elliott, was born June 9, 1854, in Martin County, Ind. Departed this life at St. Anthony's hospital in Effingham on Sunday morning April 20, 1919 at the age of 64 years 10 months and 11 days. All that willing hands and loving hearts could do, was done, but to no avail.
She came to Illinois in 1872, united with the Blue Point Baptist Church in young womanhood, and remained a consistent and faithful member until the end. She was married to Henry Grupe, her now beloved husband, on Nov 16, 1879. To this union three sons were born, Roy, Louis and Adam who are left to mourn a good mother, also five grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers and a host of relatives and friends. She was a devoted wife and a loving affectionate mother, always having the interests of her home and children and later the grand children on her heart. We think it beautiful that she was permitted to pass away and go to her Savior on a glorious Easter morning and that she can now hear Jesus saying, "As I live Ye shall live also." (Effingham Democrat, Thursday, May 1, 1919 - -
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Mary M. Blunt was born June 20, 1853, died at Elliottstown, IL., Nov. 27, 1909, at the age of 56 years, 5 months and 7 days. She was married to E.T. Green, June 24, 1868: was the mother of four children, three of which are living, the other having died in infancy. The three living are: Frank Green of Elliottstown, Viola Dye of Elliottstown and Ida Mullens of near Bible Grove, IL.
She leaves besides these, a host of friends to mourn their loss.
Deceased has been a member of the Methodist Protestant church for a period of twenty-five years.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Higgins after which the remains were laid to rest in the Gillmore cemetery. (Taken from Dieterich Gazette, Nov 27, 1909
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Newton W. Gibbons, farmer and stockman, was born in Winchester, Fiederick county, Virginia, May 2, 1833, son of Jacob and Mary A. (Pierce) Gibbons. He received his education in Clay and Vigo Counties, Indiana, and was a farmer in early life. He lived in his native state but three years, having removed with his father to Wayne County, Indiana, where they lived for the following sixteen years. Our subject came to this county in 1852, and entered 120 acres of Government land at $1.25 per acre. In 1857 he came here to live, and he rented a farm for two years, afterwards moving on to his own place and improving it. From time to time he added more land and finally accumulated 1500 acres. Mr. Gibbons was one of the incorporators of the Vandalia railroad. He was married in St. Francis township March 13th 1857, to Julie A. Rolph, daughter of James M. and Anna. M. (Jump) Rolph. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons have six children---Maria Isabel, Newton Edgar, Albert S., Percy, Earl and Pearl (Twins).
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Thomas Darsey Gibbons was born in Fredreick County, Virginia: , May 18, 1830. He removed to the State of Indiana with his parents when but a child, came to Illinois in 1855, and settled on the farm one mile west of Montrose, where he lived until four years ago when he moved into town.
He was married to Elizabeth Devenport, his bereaved widow, in Dublin, Indiana, Oct. 5, 1851. Of this union there were ten children.
The deceased was converted and joined the Methodist church in 1855, of which church he lived a devoted and consistent member till his death. He was conscious to the end, and departed this life at 5:00 on the evening of July 13, 1903, at the age of 73 years, one month, and twenty five days.
To mourn his loss he leaves beside his widow, three sons and three daughters, seventeen grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, numerous other relatives and a large number of friends. Two daughters married Methodist ministers, Jennie N. married Rev. W.A. Cross, of the Southern IL conference, and Augusta to Rev. S.E. Turner, of Oklahoma Conference. His six living children have families of their own, and all belong to the church and faith in which the father died. (Taken from: Effingham Democrat, Friday July 17, 1903 -
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Catherine Elizabeth Smith, better known as Grandma Goodwin, was born near Albany, New York, in 1827. She was married to Mr. Wands who died leaving her a widow with five children. Later she was married to Mr. Goodwin.
They came West in the early 70's settling near Dieterich, Illinois.
Later they moved to Lucas township where they continued to reside until the death of Mr. Goodwin.
Since then she has lived with her children and grandchildren. Died at the home of Wm. Wands, April 17, 1907. Aged 79 years 3 months and 17 days.
One by one the ranks are going and one by one the Master calls. (Taken from Dieterich Gazette, April 17, 1907 -
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At the advanced age of 76 years, John G. Gamble, who came to this county about 1841 from Licking County, Ohio, died at Jewett, Cumberland County, IL, where he had gone to be treated for a cancer, which had been praying him for several years. He had been there but a short time when he became suddenly worse, and last Saturday morning he yielded to the grim destroyer. His remains were brought here on Sunday evening and kept in charge of the Masonic Lodge, of which he had been a zealous member since 1845. He was buried last Monday at the Ewington cemetery, where a large concourse of friends and the fraternity gathered to pay him their last tribute and respect. Mr. Gamble leaves a wife and several children to mourn his departure. He was universally loved and respected for his genuine manliness and unblemished character. He serves as sheriff of Effingham County during one term commencing in 1854, and was filled many other minor official positions with fidelity and zeal. Resolution by the lodge will be published next week.
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The funeral of Mrs. R.H. Goslee, who died rather suddenly at her home in this city Saturday night, took place from the Methodist church Monday morning at 11 o'clock, a large concourse of friends and neighbors attending the obsequies as an evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held by all who knew her. The funeral was preached by Rev. Smith, and the interment was at the city cemetery. (Taken from: Effingham Democrat, Thursday, Jan 3, 1907 -
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Died Sept. 10, 1892, of paralysis, at the home of his son. Henry Gibson was born in North Carolina, 1819, aged 73 years, 6 months and 7 days. United with the M.E. church in his youth and was promoted as class leader, and lived a devoted Christian. Henry Gibson became irrational about 1855 and after this was taken to the insane asylum for 8 years and after that was under the care of his son and daughter in law until death.
Grandpa Gibon's enjoyment was in reading the Bible. At time he would give his son and daughter in law a great deal of trouble in the way of leaving them. At one time he got away and walked all the way back to his old home in North Carolina.
The funeral was preached at Mount Zion church by Rev. John E. Merry and I.M. Hole. The remains were laid to rest in the Mount Zion cemetery. He leaves a son and daughter in law and four grandchildren and a host of friends. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, Friday, Sept. 16, 1892. -
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The funeral of Mrs. Hattrup, whose death was mentioned last week, took place Saturday morning from the Catholic church and the remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of people, who attended the show the last act of respect due to the memory of one of our noblest pioneers. It is to such noble women as Grandma Hattrup that we of the present generations owe so much for the comforts that now surround us in our every day of life. Coming to the country when it was nothing but a wilderness she helped her husband and other pioneers to make the trackless forest and wild prairie blossom forth into the fertile fields of today. For a half century she watched the development of the community into one of the finest spots on earth and in it all she had her share. The hardships and privations of the pioneer were known to her and she well earned the respect in which she was held in the warning years of her life.
Marie Anna Beste was born on March 5, 1835, at Ottmarsbochott, Germany. In 1856 in company with her sister, Mrs. E. Sonnen, she came to this country and on February 11, 1858, she was married to J. Ferdinand Hattrup at this place. They commenced life together on a farm in St. Francis Township where she resided until after the death of her husband on October 6, 1890. To the union was born nine children, five of whom are alive as follows: Henry of Kansas, John of Washington, Hubert of Idaho, Ferdinand and Mrs. Jos. Niehaus, of this place. Besides the children she leaves a number of grandchildren and four sisters to mourn their loss. After leaving the farm she came to Teutopolis to reside and last September she went to the hospital at Effingham for treatment having been a sufferer from a paralytic stoke for five years. Last November she had another attack after which time she was unable to help herself and slowly grew worse until relieved by death last Wednesday noon. The remains were brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Niehaus, and the funeral was held from there Saturday.
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John Hotz was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, Feb. 8th, 1813. He died at his home in Moccasin Township, Effingham County, IL on Feb 9th., 1898, aged eighty five years and one day. Interment took place in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery on the 11th. inst. Rev. Shouse, of Moccasin, conducted the funeral services. The funeral was a large one. They came far and near to pay the last sad tribute and respect to Uncle John Hotz.
He came to the United States at the age of eighteen years, first settled in Pennsylvania. Thence he moved to Ohio, and in 1854, he, with his family, came to Illinois, and settled in the western part of Effingham county, now Moccasin Township. He was married to Luemda Craven, January 5, 1838.To this union was born seven children, two sons and five daughters. One son and four daughters have preceded father and mother to the great beyond. The wife and mother died March 11th, 1894. On September 26th, 1895, he married Elizabeth Griffith of Altamont.
He leaves a wife, a son, J.W. Hotz, of Altamont, and a daughter, wife of T.D. Force, of Fayette Couty, IL. It will be many years before his bright face, hearty hand clasp, a sweetness of sprit and purity of life, will fade from the memories of his loved ones and his many friends. He was known as Uncle Johnnie by all who knew him.
Uncle Johnnie was a life long Democrat. He has held different offices in the township and was specially honored with Assessor, and Justice of the Peace, for years, which he held with honor to himself and party. He was raised a Lutheran. At the age of 26, he and his wife was converted and joined the M.E. church, of which he remained a faithful member until God called him to the church triumphant.
On Wednesday evening he in his usual health, retired. After half an hour conversation with his wife he complained of being too warm. After rising and opening the door and securing a fan, he lay down again. His wife noticing he did not use the fan and did not answer when she spoke to him immediately arose and she saw him breathe his last.
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Leander Madison Hardin, son of Stephen and Mary Hardin, was born near Bible Grove, Clay County, Ill., July 30th., 1853, and died at his home in Mason, Ill., March 24th, 1918, aged 54 years, 7 months and 24 days. When about two years of age his parents moved to Mason, where he spent his boyhood, attended the public school and grew to manhood. His entire life was spent in and around the village. On February 3rd, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Elizabeth DeBolt. To this union were born one daughter, Mrs. Ora Strubinger, of St. Louis, and three sons, Earl Hardin, of Mojave, Cal., who with the mother survive him. The youngest son, John, having preceded his father in death some six years ago. The grandson, Frank, son of Earl Hardin, was taken into their home at the time of his mother's death, when only a baby boy and cared for as tenderly as an own son.
Mr. Hardin was a member of the Masonic Order since he was 21 years of age. During a meeting, held by the Elder W.T Gordon, of Effingham, in 1908, he united with the Christian church and was a faithful attendant at the services when his health would permit. For the last fifteen years he has been in poor health. The severe winter was very trying upon his weakened condition, and about the middle of January he was taken sick and gradually grew worse until the end came Sunday, March 24th just as the noon hour was passing. He was a quiet, unassuming man and one who attended to his own affairs, with a kind, patient and gentle nature, a great reader and a man who enjoyed his home life.
He leaves a wife, one daughter, two sons, two grandsons, one brother, P.B. Hardin, of Edgewood, two sisters, Mrs. Jane Kavanaugh and Mrs. Sarah Martin, of Mason, IL, besides other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
The funeral was held at the Christian church last Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.E. Burk, assisted by Eld., Wright Spurlin, of Edgewood. A large body of masons were in attendance, who were in charge of the services at the cemetery. (Taken from the Effingham Republican, April 4, 1918. -
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