Died: March 5th. 1900, of complication of diseases, Mrs. Mary Jane Hatcher, wife of Joshua Hatcher, and was interred in the Ewington Cemetery, March 7th. Funeral services were held at Forest Chapel. Rev. Bird, of Effingham, pronouncing the last sad rites. Quite a large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to the last resting place. By her death there is taken away a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a highly respected citizen. The deceased was born in Belmont County, Ohio, June 13, 1934, being 65 years, 8 months, and 22 days old. She was united in marriage to Joshua Hatcher, Nov. 1, 1855, and came to this county in 1864, where she lived until her death. To them were born eight children, six girls and two boys of whom four survive her, three girls and one boy. Frank and Jeannie Keathing and Mrs. Henry Nevels, of this county, and Mrs. Branson White, of Anna, Illinois. She was a devoted member of the M.E. Church of which she has been a faithful member for the last ten years. (Taken from: Effingham Democrat, March 16, 1900.
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After a lingering sickness with maladies brought on by his old age, Col. John Hill died Saturday night. He was an old soldier and was widely acquainted in G.A.R. circles. Mr. Hill had spent the greater part of his life in this county. He was seventy-six years old. The remains were taken to Funkhouser where the interment was made in the cemetery near that place. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, May 14, 1909
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We note the passing of another pioneer of Effigham County in the person of Lewis J. Hankins, who answered the final summons at the family home in Summit on Sunday at the ripe age of eighty-three years and three days. Rev. Robert Phillips conducted the funeral services from the Blue Point Baptist Church on Tuesday after which burial took place at the church cemetery.
Mr. Hankins was born at Vandalia, this state, on the first of January 1831. When a small lad, he moved with his parents to Ewington, west of Effingham, and a few years later to the Hankins homestead in Summit.
He was married to Miss Sarah M. Kelly, September 7, 1854. To this union were born eleven children, five boys and six girls. The wife and ten children survive. James K. Hankins, the eldest child, died in November of 1899.
The living children are: Alfred and William Hankins, Mrs. Adele Toothaker, Mrs. Mary Bernhardt, Mrs. Martha Grupe, Douglas Hankins, Mrs. Agnes Spraker, Mrs. Nettie Reinhardt, Charles Hankins and Mrs. Lola Webb.
Forty-four years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Hankins united with the United Brethren Church, and their lives have always been in keeping with the true principles of Christianity. (Taken from the Altamont News, Thursday January 8, 1914.
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Ruth Ann nee Rigney was born near Paoli, Orange County, Indiana on December 17, 1823. She was married in her native place, to Joseph Roberts, September 1, 1842. They continued to reside in the same place until Mr. Robert's death, Jan. 1, 1850. There were four children born of this marriage, one of which died young. Of the others, two are still living, Edward A. Roberts and Mary E., now the wife of Mr. Charles Butler, of this city. The other, Catherine E., married Mr. J.E. Ryman and died, leaving two children of whom only one, Major C.E. Ryman, survives. She left six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Upon Mr. Roberts death, the family moved to a farm near Terre Haute, Indiana, where in 1866, Mrs. Roberts was married to Sanford A. Hayworth, with whom she lived at Prairieton, Indiana, until his death in 1874. Not long after this she came to Effingham County and kept house for a while with her grandson, Major Ryman, and later lived with her daughter, Mrs. Butler, in whose home she received the tenderest care from the children and grandchildren. After a lingering illness caused by a slight paralytic stroke, she fell sweetly asleep on March 15, 1904, in her 81st. year. Mrs. Hayworth was a devout Christian, being a worthy member of the Presbyterian Church of this city at the time of her death. Her remains were taken to Terre Haute for burial in the family lot in the Hull Cemetery, a few miles from that city. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, March 18, 1904.
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Died: At her home in Irving, Montgomery County, Illinois of consumption, Mrs. Ella Hinkle, nee Hobbs, at the age of 24 years, 9 months and 3 days.
Mrs. Hinkle was born in Patriot, Indiana, Oct. 26, 1856, and at the age of ten years came to Mason, Illinois, where she remained until she was married, April 21st., 1871, to Mr. Daniel Hinkle, one of our most honorable, upright and industrious young men. She remained near mason until September 1880, when she with her husband moved to Irving, Montgomery County, Ill. In September last, in a very feeble state of health, she came home to visit her parents, while at home the death of her beloved brother, had only the effect to hasten her to her own home. On April first she returned to her home at Irving, where she received the most tender care from her husband and friends and a few days previous to her death her parents and sister were summoned to her bed side and watched over her day and night until July the nineteenth when she passed away. Mrs. Hinkle was the mother of three bright little boys of whom two survive, aged eight and ten years, and are not under the care of their grandparents. Mrs. Hinkle was a lady highly respected by all who knew her and was a tender wife and mother, one whose vacant chair can never be filled. The funeral sermon by Rev. Hammel was preached at the residence and her remains interred in the Irving cemetery, surrounded by her relatives and a host of sympathizing friends.
Mr. A. and Mrs. Carry Hobbs returned home almost heart broken, but expressing their gratefulness to the people of Irving for their kindness during such sore afflictions. Mr. Hinkle has the sympathy of many friends. Written by: I.S. Reed. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, July 27, 1881.)

A Terrible Accident:
The numerous friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Henry Heiken of Holyrood, Kansas were shocked to learn that she met her death Wednesday evening in an automobile accident. The scene of the tragedy was on the Loraine Road several miles southwest of Elisworth, KS, near the Martin Hochman farm. Mr & Mrs. Heiken, their daughter, Miss Hannah Heiken and Mrs. Mary Sprinffield and the latter's young daughter, were in Willsworth, yesterday afternoon shopping. They started home about sun down and just before reaching the bridge that spans turkey Creek, Mr. Heiken drove his moon car to one side to pass a wagon in front of him, and in doing so drove too near the edge of the road. There is a steep embankment there and the car skidded over the side and turned over. It made one complete turn, and then a half turn. After making the half turn the car struck a tree and dropped back. All the party were clear of the car except Mr. Heiken, and as it dropped back the running board fell upon her head and pinned her to the ground. Death was probably instantaneous. Help was immediately secured and it was first necessary to chop down the tree against which the car lodged before the unfortunate woman would be extricated. Not one of the others were injured.
The deceased was born in LaPorte County, Indiana, February 4, 1850. Her maiden name was Pauline Gust. She was married February 3, 1880, in Effingham County, Illinois to Henry Heiken and came to Ellsworth County, eight days after and has resided here ever since, first on a farm and in recent years in Holyrood. She is survived by her husband, one son, Herman, of Rice County, seven daughters, Mrs. Wm. Besthorn, Mrs. James Burke, Mrs. Fred Wahhoff, Mrs. Matt Kahler,, Mrs. Mary Springfield, Miss Clara Heiken and Miss Hannah Heiken all of this county. Three brothers: Charles Gust of Dieterich, Illinois, Henry of Colorado, and William of this county, four sisters, Mrs. H.M. Fritcher, Mrs. John Siefken and Mrs. G.H. Schmidt, of Dieterich, Illinois and Mrs. Charles Lockwood of Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Heiken was a woman universally loved and respected. She reared a large family of children and brought them all up to be a credit to them selves and their parents. She always did her duty as she saw it. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Evangelical Church at Holyrood and a faithful consistent Christian.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home in Holyrood, conducted by Rev. Becker of Ellinwood, and interment in the Holyrood Cemetery. (Holyrood Kansas Reporter.) (Taken from the Dieterich Special Gazette, Sept. 14, 1917.
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In a clipping from the Alturas Press, Alturas, California, is recorded the death of Mrs. Ann Horath who passed away at her home in Lake City, California, after an illness of several months, April 21st. 1923. Mrs. Robert Miller of this city is a granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Horath who many years ago were residents of this city. Following is the obituary in the fore going publications.
Anna Katherine Strieff, who was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Strieff, was born October 2, 1857 in Effingham County. She was married to Nicholas Horath, June 24, 1868. Ten children were born to them of whom only one is living. Her husband died in the East over two years ago. Her brother, E.P. Strieff made a trip to Illinois two years ago and brought his sister and her son back with him to make their home here. Mrs. Horath leaves to mourn her departure, several grandchildren in the East and one half sister, Mrs. Hattie Sweeney, two brothers, one son, Grover, who was with her to the end. We will miss this good woman from our midst, which so greatly enjoyed her new home and made many friends during her brief stay with us. (Taken from the Effingham Record, Thursday, May 24, 1923.
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The shooting of William Howe:
Another Murder Case on the docket. On last Friday Mr. William Howe was shot by Frank Nichols, the wound terminating fatally on Tuesday evening.
Our citizens have been considerably excited in regards to this tragedy, and all kinds of stories have obtained circulation in regard to it. We have found it almost impossible to get at the truth. One report has it that Nichols had been in the habit of going into Mr. Brand's restaurant, (Mr. B., is a blind man), ordering refreshments, and then refusing to pay for them. Mr. Howe, who was a neighbor of Brand's having been informed of this, and being a man of generous impulses, rebuked Nichols, and told him if it was repeated he would punish him. This was the ostensible provocation: and last Friday, the two having met in the street, after passing a few words, Nichols drew a pistol and fired, the ball perforating the bowels of Howe, and inflicting a fatal wound. This is one version.
After is that the parties had been previously quarreling: that Howe, who was physically greatly superior to Nichols, had been punishing him, and the pistol shot was a subsequent event.
As the case will undergo a preliminary judicial investigation, in the present confused state the reports we do not feel disposed to comment on it.
Nichols and his brother (who is charged with being an accessory), were both arrested, and are now confined in jail.
Mr. Howe suffered intense agony until Tuesday evening when death relived him. Though he was a man possessed of tremendous physical abilities he was regarded as a quiet and law abiding citizen and much sympathy has been expressed for him and his family through out the entire community.
The Funeral of the late murdered William Howe took place yesterday afternoon in the Catholic Church, and was largely attended by all classes of citizens. The deceased being a member of the Fire Company, that associated attended in full force and uniform. The service were conducted by the Rev. Pa. Francis, O.F., and opened with chanting the Miserere emir Deus, with masterly organ accompaniment by Mr. T. Gueiheus; after which Pa. Francis ascended the altar and preached a very able and afflicting sermon. After the conclusion of the sermon that was listened to throughout by the crowded audience with the strictest attention the ceremonies were concluded. The corpse was conveyed to the cemetery and consigned to its final resting place.
+++A post mortem examination on the body of the late W. Howe disclosed the fact that the ball had entered and ruptured the bowels, which proves conclusively that, under no circumstances, could the deceased have possibly recovered, and that the would inflicted by the shot was the sole and immediate cause of his death. [
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Mary Etta Kline was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, September 4, 1828 and answered her final summons on Sunday, May 3, 1912, at the ripe age of eighty-three years, five months and one day. In early childhood she moved wither parents to Ohio, where in 1845 she was given in marriage to her now bereaved husband Phillip Hott. Six children were born to this union, five of whom are living. One daughter preceded the mother to the great beyond. The surviving children are: David Hott of Loogootee, Mrs. Nancy Kistler of Brownstown, Mrs. Carrie Poorman of Altamont, and Jennie Kelly of Shumway and Mrs. J.G. Smith of Boulder, Colorado.
A few years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hott moved from Ohio to Indiana. In 1866, they came to this state and settled near Loogootee where they resided on their farm until 1904 when they moved to Altamont.
Mrs. Hott united with the Lutheran Church while young and in later years placed her membership with the Reformed Church. Her church was next to her God and she was always found doing his will. During the last few years of her life she was unable to attend church services but she remained faithful unto the end.
Mrs. Hott was a devoted wife and mother and her life was spent in serving others.
Funeral services were conducted from the residence on Monday afternoon by Rev. F.D. Rademacher, pastor of the German Methodist Church after which the form was gently laid to rest in Union Cemetery. The bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of the entire community. (Taken from the Altamont News, Thursday, May 9, 1912.
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Phillip Hott was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Oct. 7, 1822 and answered the final summons at the family home in this city on last Wednesday, December 23, 1912, having reached the ripe age of ninety years, two months and eighteen days.
When about ten years of age he moved with his parents to Ohio. In 1845, he was married to Miss Mary Kline, who passed away, last summer. Six children were born to this union, five of whom are living, one daughter having preceded her parents. The surviving children follow: David Hott of Altamont, who has cared for the father since the mother's death. Mrs. Nancy Kistler of Brownstown, Mrs. Carrie Poorman of Altamont, Mrs. Jennie Kelly of Shumway and Mrs. Alllie Smith of Boulder, Colorado.
A few years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hott moved from Ohio to Indiana. In 1866, they came to Illinois and settled near Loogootee in Fayette County where they resided on their farm until 1904, at which time they moved to Altamont.
Mr. Hott united with the Reformed Church while young and has remained faithful to his church and his God. During the last few years, he was unable to attend services on account of his advanced age. Funeral services were conducted from the German Methodist Church by the pastor Rev. F.D. Rademacher on Thursday, after which interment took place at the Union Cemetery. (Taken from the Altamont News, Thursday, January 2, 1913.
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It is with extreme regret that we announce the sudden departure of Mrs. Fred Heidbreder of the Blue Point community. She was called home, Monday morning after a brief illness at the early age of twenty-one years eleven months, seventeen days. In addition to the heart broken husband, Mrs. Heidbreder leaves a dear little daughter Wilma, 4 years old, and her father, together with other relatives and many friends to mourn her departure.
Lydia Wascher was born on the fifth of October 1891. Her mother, who was a daughter of Mrs. John Oldenburg Sr., has been dead for a number of years. Her father W.C. Wascher lives at Champaign.
Miss Washer was married to Fred Heidbreder one of the splendid men of the Blue Point community on the 20 of August 1911. They resided on the farm where Fred had grown to manhood and their home life was ideal from every viewpoint. The entire community joins with us in extending our deepest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives. Mrs. Heidbreder was an loving wife and mother and her life was a benediction to all who knew her.
Rev. Daniel Graef from the Blue Point Lutheran church conducted funeral services, yesterday forenoon, in the presence of a large congregation. Burial took place at the church cemetery. (Taken from Altamont News, Thursday, Sept. 25, 1913.
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His many friends will be pained to learn of the death of James E. Hollis, who passed away at the family home in Beecher City on Monday evening. For many years he lived at Altamont and was loved and honored by a large circle of friends.
James E. Hollis was born in Kent County, Delaware on the sixteenth day of August 1832. He came with his parents to this county in the fall of 1845. At sixteen, he was converted at a camp meeting and joined the Methodist Church. His life was ever in keeping with the teachings of his Master.
He was married to Miss Sarah E. Siddens, January 10, 1855. To this union, six children were born, three dying in infancy. Henry passed away in January 1910. Mrs. H. Hollis and Mrs. B.F. Granger, both of Janesville, Wisconsin, survive. Mr. Hollis' first wife preceded him to the Great Beyond, twenty years ago. He was again married in March of 1905, his second wife being Mrs. Malissa Devore, who survives. Two sisters and a brother reside in Kansas.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church at Mason, yesterday, by Rev. C.E. Bovard, after which the form was gently laid to rest in the Mason Cemetery. Mr. Hollis's pilgrimage was eighty years, six months and twenty four days. (Taken from the Altamont News, Thursday, March 13, 1913.
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William Heischmidt, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Heischmidt of this city, was born on the twelfth day of September, 1904 and departed this life on Wednesday, June 4, 1913, aged eight years, eight months and twenty two days. In addition to the sorrowing parents, Willie leaves to mourn his departure one sister, Miss Mary of Quincy and three brothers. (The rest of this obit was continued on another page of this paper.) (Taken from Altamont News, Thursday, June 12, 1913.
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Mrs. Christiana Hughes, born near Harrisburg, PA. July 10, 1838, and died at her daughter's, Mrs. Anna Phillips, June 4, 1916, being 77 years 10 months 24 days of age.
She was one of nine children of whom survive, two brothers in and near Beecher City, Illinois, and one sister Mrs. Mary Dunaway of Beecher City, one sister Mrs. Margarette Doty of Joplin, MO., and a brother, William Rudy of Carthage, MO., who is lying at the point of death.
She was married in 1854 to Lewis Hughes who proceeds her many years, having died January 19, 1878. To them were born nine children, two sons, Wm. and Lewis, and two daughters Norah and Sarah and an infant daughter having gone on before.
Four daughters, Mrs. Meda Stead, Kingman, KS., Mrs. Lura Ginger, Taylorville, IL., and Mrs. Anna Phillips and Mrs. Emma Thompson of Cowden, Il., survive her.
She leaves 27 grandchildren 28 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
When she was 15 she with her parents came to Illinois, where she lived most all her life. Living the last part with her daughter, Mrs. Emma Thompson, Cowden, IL., only being 16 months of this time with her daughter in Kansas, and the last two months with Mrs. Anna Phillips near Cowden where she passed away in peace Sunday.
An invalid for about 30 years, a constant example of patience, a loving mother, sister and grandmother, she has finished her course, run her race, and gone to her award.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Cowden, by the pastor, J.A. Clemens, Monday 2:00 p.m. and her "Earthly Tabernacle" was laid to rest in the Neal Cemetery. (Taken from the Beecher City Journal, June 15, 1916
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Mrs. Joseph Hatke died at the home of her son, Joseph, last Friday after an illness of several weeks duration of lung fever. She was about 80 years of age at the time of her death and had a large circle of friends. She was a good Christian lady and will be greatly missed in the community.
The deceased was born in Germany and after the death of her parents she came to this country with her brother, going to Cincinnati to live. Her maiden name was Terhaar. At Cincinnati she was married to Henry Wesling and to this union two children were born, Mrs. George Busse and Mrs. Clem Wendt. After the death of her first husband she was united in marriage to Mr. Hatke and to this union one son was born, Joseph. Besides she was the stepmother to six children of Mr. Hatke's. After her marriage to Mr. Hatke she moved with him to this place, settling north of town. Her husband died about three years ago. She has made her home for years with her son on the old home place.
The funeral took place Monday morning from the Catholic Church, interment being in t he Catholic Cemetery. (Taken from the Teutopolis Press, Thursday, Feb. 13, 1908.)

Mrs. Louisa Jacobs, nee Madden, age 78 years, passed away at her home near Bethsaida, last Wednesday afternoon, May 27th. The deceased had been ill for many months with a complication of diseases.
Funeral services were held Friday morning at 11 o'clock from the Bethsaida Christian Church. Interment was made in the Bethsaida cemetery.
The deceased is survived by the following children: five daughters, Mrs. Della Evans, and Mrs. Eva Kincaid of this city; Mrs. Cora VanDyke of Hord: Mrs. Vera Davis and Mrs. Ruth VanDyke, Bethsaida: and three sons, Lon of Bethsaida; Alvin of Olney: and Vernon, of Dieterich. She is survived by twenty grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. (Taken from Dieterich Gazette, Thursday, June 4, 1931.)

Last Sunday afternoon the entire community was greatly astonished to hear of the sudden and certainly fatal sickness of Levi Jacobs. He had been in his usual health until about 2 p.m., Sunday, when from a stroke of apoplexy, he fell down a flight of stairs. Dr. LeCrone was summoned and at once said that there was no hope for him, his left side being completely paralyzed. He lingered until Tuesday evening, when, at about seven o'clock he passed away. Mr. Jacobs was born in Brown County, Ohio, June 20, 1807, and was in his 75th. year. He was married to Mary L. Baty in 1828. They had lived together until his death, a little over 54 years, and had ten children, four of whom still live. They are as follows: George W. Jacobs: Mrs. Henry Tookey, of Edgewood, Mrs. Winnings and Mrs. Samuel Bolinger. He moved to this county in 1849 and has lived here ever since. By industry and hard labor in his younger days he accumulated considerable property. He was ever willing to contribute his money to the relief of the poor and unfortunate. His funeral took place from his late residence yesterday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Rev. R.H. Manier conducted the services. A large circle of friends and acquaintances assembled to pay the last sad tribute to the deceased. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, March 23, 1882.
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Dr. J.S. Jones, who has been a practicing physician for fifty years and a resident of Cowden, the past 18 years, died at his home on Sunday, May 8, 1904 at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 26 days. He was born in Harrison County, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1827 and came to Moccasin Twp., Effingham County in 1865.
Elizabeth Johnson to whom he was married to on Oct 10, 1850, died in 1874 leaving him with five children, two having died in infancy. He was united in marriage to Christena Piper May 4, 1875 and to this union one child, little Cliff, who only lived three years, was born. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Harry, of Shawnee Oklahoma, four daughters: Mrs. Robert Cox of Chicago: Mrs. Florida Leechner, of Oklahoma: Mrs. Annie McKinney of Halford, Kansas: Mrs. Hattie Watson, of Clinton, Mo., fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild, Little Lucille Carder, of Litchfield.
He contracted the small pox in March but the immediate cause of dissolution was in general breaking up of the system with his strength not being sufficient for him to rally.
Burial took place at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Effingham County, IL on May 10, 1904.
(Taken from the Effingham Democrat May 8, 1904
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Inez Lucella Osteen, daughter of Calvin and Mary Osteen, was born in Effingham County, May 29, 1874, departed this life, July 3, 1933, aged 59 years, 1 month and 4 days. She was married to John W. Jinks in January 1895. Seven children blessed this union: Mrs. Beulah Tibbs, Orville Jinks, Velma Evans, all of Mason, IL; Mrs. Opal Kinney of Tuscola; Orren Jinks, from near Edgewood, and Russel Jinks, at home; also one son, Alva, who died in infancy; eleven grandchildren (one dying in infancy); two great grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers living. Three sisters, also father and mother preceded her in death. She has been a member of the Christian Church for several years. Through a lingering and treacherous illness her faith in God sustained her, looking to him she would confide her readiness to meet Him. Her only sorrow was in leaving her loved ones behind.
Funeral services of Mrs. Jinks were conducted by Elder Spurlin, assisted by Rev. Leyerle, of Mason; accompanied by the quartet, Ralph Mills, Wit Paugh, Edna Mills and Mary B. Paugh. Mrs. Marjory Siddens, pianist. Mr. Gerbel, undertaker. Interment in Edgewood cemetery. (Taken from the Effingham Republican, Thursday, July 13, 1933
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Louis Joergens was born May 27, 1836 at Corbeck, Germany, died at the home of his son, G.A. Joergens, of Winterrowd, Ill., March 10, 1925, at 12:45 p.m. age 88 years 9 months and 10 days, after an illness of only a few days of pneumonia.
The deceased was a man who was honored and loved by all who knew him. He was one of Effingham county Pioneer citizens and was a veteran of the Civil War.
Mr. Joergens emigrated from Germany when he was 16 years old. He spent the greater part of his life in Effingham County. In 1862 he was united in marriage to Miss Kenth, of St. Clair County. To this happy union twelve children were born, six boys and six girls. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Joergens lived for a short time in St. Clair County, after which they move to the city of Effingham, where they lived until 1876. From here they moved to a farm in Lucas township, where they resided until 1915, after which they moved to Dieterich, IL., where they lived a few years. After the death of his wife, who preceded him to the Great Beyond on Feb. 5th., 1920, Mr. Joergens moved back to Lucas township, where he has been making his home with his sons. Two sons and two daughters also preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his loss four sons, namely: Gust, Henry, Louis, and William all of Effingham county: Mrs. Katie Nadler, of Marmouth, S.D.: Mrs. Emma Nadler of Clay County, and Mrs. Amelia Berbaum, of Champaign County.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. Schmidt, pastor of the Lutheran church in Lucas Township of which the deceased was a devout member. The remains were laid to rest in the church cemetery, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.
Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Amelia Berbaum and son and daughter of Homer, Ill.; Adam Engle of Shumway and Martha and Hulda Joergens, of Kankakee, IL. (Taken from the Effingham Republican March 17, 1925
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Thomas S. LOY
Thomas S. Loy, a Civil War veteran and pioneer citizen of the county passed away Monday afternoon at St. Anthony's hospital, where he has been receiving treatment the past week. Comrade Loy was past 86 years old.
For many years he was school treasurer of Watson Township and also Justice of Peace. He also served as tax collector of the township. The past few years of his life he has been a resident of this city. His wife died about 12 years ago.
The deceased is survived by three sons, Charles of Oklahoma, George and Alonzo of Watson Township; four daughters, Mrs. Alice Gillespie of Watson Township, Mrs. Millie Avery of Missouri, Mrs. Callie Leavitt of Mulberry Grove and Mrs. Carrie McKinnon of this city. Also surviving are thirty-seven grandchildren and forty-seven great grandchildren besides numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. at Loy chapel, conducted by Rev. V.C. white, pastor of the Baptist Church of this city. Burial followed at Loy Cemetery. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat 1923)
Thomas S. Loy was born: Jan. 29, 1837 and served in the Corp. Co. 1, 71st. Ill. Infantry.
Wife: Harriet E. born Nov. 11, 1840 and died May 3, 1910. Both buried in Loy Cemetery. (Taken from the Cemetery Records
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H.L. Lacy passed away at his home at: 552 Locusts Ave., in Detroit, Michigan on January 1, 1916, after an illness of short of two years. Surviving him are a widow, two sons, Harry E. and Guy D. and two grandchildren. He was born on September the 20th. 1857, and was the eldest son of the late J.H. Lacy and M.E. Lacy of Effingham, Illinois. Internment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit on January 4th.
Deceased was well known by the older residents of this city, where he was born and raised, and spent the greater part of his life in our midst. He was kind hearted, good natured and of a cheerful disposition. His many friends in this city will be sorry to hear of his death. The deceased leaves two brothers: William of this city and Charles of Terre Haute, Indiana to mourn their loss. (Taken from the Effingham Republican, Jan. 27, 1916
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Died Monday Night - Funeral takes place Wednesday 2:00 p.m.
Mrs. Mary E. Lacy, whose critical illness we noted in Monday's daily, died at St. Anthony's Hospital Monday night at 10:30 o'clock. Her death was expected and hence its prolongation was simply a tearful watching of the sorrowful event. Her two sons, Will and Charles, were at her bedside in the last hour. The remaining son Isaiah, who lives in Detroit, came for the funeral. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. The deceased was 69 years of age and was one of the pioneers of the county, and has been prominent in Effingham's Social and Religious circles for almost half a century. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, Friday May 13, 1904
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Mother of Mrs. E.H. Stettbacher of this city answers final call - Funeral services at Edgewood on Friday.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lieb was born August 13, 1850, in Altoona, Pennsylvania and died at Edgewood, Illinois on Thursday, November 20, 1913, aged sixty-three years, three months and seven days.
She came with her parents to Edgewood in 1857, locating on a farm in West Township. She married to Gottlieb Lieb, October 21, 1867. In 1871 they moved to Nebraska. They were pioneers of that state and experienced many hardships. In 1885, they returned to Illinois and resided on a farm in West Township until Mr. Lieb's death, which occurred on the fifteenth of February 1907. Mrs. Lieb then moved to Edgewood.
She united with the Evangelical Church when fourteen years of age. In 1891, she transferred her membership to the Christian Church in Edgewood and remained a faithful Christian until the end. Her life was beautiful and grand, a benediction to her friends and loved ones. The home where in she once moved is desolate, but the sweetness and purity of her life will linger in the hearts of all who knew her.
She is survived by three children; Fred R. Lieb of West Township, Mrs. Ella C. Stettbacher of Altamont and Mrs. Mae R. Lewis of Moline and four grand children, one brother, one sister and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon from the Christian church at Edgewood, after which burial took place in the Edgewood cemetery. (Taken from the Altamont News, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1913
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Mrs. Elizabeth Ludwig, born Wenthe, died at her home in Freeport, Illinois last week. Funeral was held in Freeport Friday.
She is survived by her husband, three sons and one daughter besides her mother, Mrs. C.H. Wenthe of this city, three sisters, Mrs. William Wente and Mrs. Ernest Wente, also of this city, and Mrs. Anna Kohnert, of Watson Township; also four brothers, W.J. and F.C. of Effingham, and J.C. and W.H. Wenthe of Watson Township.
Those attending the funeral were: Mrs. C.H. Wenthe: Mrs. Ernest Wente, Mrs. Anna Kohnert, Mrs. William Wente and daughter, Lydia and W.J. Wenthe. (Taken from the Effingham Republican, Thursday 5 April 1922
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Mrs. Mary Loy, an aged lady died at the hospital Wednesday, who was born two years after George Washington was President of the United States. She is the widow of the late John H. Loy, and she leaves a large circle of friends in the county. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1799 and had lived in this county over thirty years. She married Mr. Loy in 1868. For over 50 years she had been a member of the M.E. Church. The interment too place yesterday at Loy Chapel. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, Jan 15, 1892.
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Mrs. Mary Lobmeyer, aged 74 years, of Teutopolis Township, residing three miles Southeast of Teutopolis, died Wednesday morning of la grippe. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, Friday Jan 22, 1892.
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Mrs. Mary Jane Loy, nee Sprinkle passed away Friday afternoon at her home in Watson at the advanced age of 93 years, 5 months, and 5 days. The deceased as the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sprinkle and came to this country with her parents when about twelve years old and has continued to reside in the Watson vicinity ever since.
She came form a family of nine children, six boys and three girls, three of whom are now living, namely, Michael Sprinkle and Mrs. Martha Cronk of Watson and Mrs. Carrie Funkhouser of Chicago.
The deceased was married in 1843 to James E. Loy. To this union nine children were born of which four are living, namely: H.D. Loy and Mrs. Etta Weston of Watson, Mrs. Martha Kincaid of La Junta, Colorado, and Mrs. Ella Munday of this city.
Besides the above the deceased is survived by 23 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends.
Her husband preceded her in death twenty years ago.
Aunt Jane as she was familiarly called by her numerous friends was a devout Christian, having been converted when she was a girl and for almost eighty years continued steadfast in the Christian faith.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the M.E. Church in Watson conducted by the pastor Rev. Irvin Smith assisted by Revs. J.E. Shafer of this city and John Buchholz of Mason.
Those attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Loy, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Reinhardt, Mrs. Ella Munday and daughter Miss Beulah and grandson, Ted Jaycox, comrades B.F. Bradley and L.T. Davis, Mrs. And Mrs. H.L. Field, Mr. and Mrs. John Linder, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Sprinkle, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Homes, Rev. J.E. Shafer, S.L. James, Mrs. John Kavanaugh, Mrs. Pinkley, Mrs. Bert Berg, Mrs. May Nash, Mrs. Ophelia Matthews, Steve Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hays and daughter, James Crews, A.B. Sprinkle and Miss Ora Sprinkle. (Taken from the Effingham Democrat, Jan. 23, 1923
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John Wesley Lowder was born near Mason, Illinois, July 10, 1849 and died Feb. 4, 1932, aged 82 years, 6 months and 24 days. His entire life has been spent in Mason Township. He was the eldest son of Gideon and Eliza Lowder who were early pioneer settlers of sterling qualities in Effingham County. He was married to Miss Adelaine Wright, Dec. 6, 1874. To them were given three children: Oscar of Chicago, Mrs. Alma Foreman of Mason and one son Everett departed this life in early manhood. One sister and one brother: Barbara Bingham of New York City and George Lowder of Edmond, Oklahoma survive him. Two years ago last November death again visited this home taking the companion and mother, leaving the print of sorrow in the hearts of father, brother and sister. As a tired pilgrim who weary plods his homeward way so has he bravely struggled to face life alone with the help of a daughter's loving administrations. His love for home was intense nor did he wish to leave the vacant place. He was a member of the Christian Church at East Union. Burial was in the Wright Cemetery. (Taken form the Effingham Review, Wed. Feb. 17, 1932.
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Aaron J. Lowder passed away Monday after 6:00 at his home in Mason Township after an illness of about six weeks of complications of diseases. He was 77 years, 5 months and 19 days old at the time of death. He was born in Mason Township where he lived all his life. He was married to Miss Zellie Turner fifty years ago last Friday and they went to housekeeping on the place where they now live.
His wife and three sons survive the deceased: John of Effingham, Walter of Decatur, and Owen of Mason Township. Also one sister Barbara of New York and brothers, John Lowder of Mason and George Lowder of Oklahoma and several grandchildren and a host of relatives. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Christian Church in Mason, with burial in the Wright Cemetery. (Taken from the Effingham Daily News, Dec. 22 & 23, 1930.
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Martin W. Hoeny
Martin W. Hoeny, associate editor of the Effingham Democrat, died at his father's residence, in the city of Effingham, on the 8th ultimo. His disease was consumption. (Newton Weekly Press, May 5, 1871 -
submitted by K. Torp)

Justin Stuart Mey, 19, Altamont
Posted: Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006 - 06:36:37 pm CDT
Justin Stuart Mey, 19, of Altamont, died at 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, in rural Altamont as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont, with the Rev. Geoffrey Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Altamont, with military rites. Visitation was held on Monday. Mr. Mey was born on Nov. 6, 1986, in Effingham, the son of Joe Cripe (stepfather) and Christina Mey Cripe. He was a Spc. with Unit 476 Replacement Company Army Reserves in Centralia. He was employed at On the Rox in Altamont. Mr. Mey is survived by his parents, Joe and Christina Cripe of Altamont; sister, Danielle Higgs of Altamont; step-brother, Billy Cripe of Altamont; step-sister, Jennifer Boehm, Mt. Vernon; grandparents, Rollin and Pat Duckwitz of St. Elmo; step-grandparents, Gary and Sue Mey of Vandalia; aunts, Cindy (Mey) Austin of Altamont and Sarah Mey of Vandalia; step-aunt, Trina Scott of Tuscola; uncles, Gary Mey of St. Elmo and Brian Mey of Vandalia; and step-uncle, Rollin Duckwitz Jr. of Tuscola.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]

Laura A. Lacey, age 84, of Effingham and formerly of Farina, died Sunday, October 1st, at Lakeland Health Care Center in Effingham. She was a homemaker. Burial will be private. The Rankin Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Barbara Cavaliere of St. Elmo, Sandy Sinkule of Janesville, Wisconsin and Sherry Weiss of Madison, Wisconsin.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]

Randy Jay “Clyde” Manley, 34, of Altamont died at 4:08 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Springhill Cemetery, rural Beecher City, with Adam Watson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]

March 24, 1881
At Effingham, March 19, of bilious pneumonia, Robert Dawson, 76, a former merchant of Henry.
The subject of this sketch was born in Allegheny county, Penn., Mary 15, 1805, Served an apprenticeship as carpenter, but abandoned it and entered mercantile pursuits in Canton, Ohio, and afterward in Massilon, where he went down in the financial crash of 1837. In 1829 he married Miss Nancy Baker, which marriage brought seven children. In 1839 he removed to Mount Sterling, Brown county, Illinois, where he again engaged in merchandizing, and buying and milling wheat, and buying and packing pork and beef. In 1844, he was sent to the legislature from that county, an honor he never again claimed. He was, as he said, too honest to be a legislator.
In 1852 he removed to Henry, where he done a large business for a few years, but circumstances compelled him to close up, and he became very much reduced in circumstances. Here his wife died in 1852, and in 1855 he again married Mrs. Mary R. Mitchell of Albany, N. Y., who survives him. He left Henry in 1863 or 4, and found a home in Polo, Ills.
During the war political feeling ran high and indiscreet language made it unpleasant to remain there longer, and he again found a home in Effingham county, Ills. Here he commenced a business career seldom, if ever, equaled by men at his age. With a capital of only $1100, he engaged in the lumber business, and in 16 years, commencing when he was 60 years old, a fortune that most men do not accumulate in a life time. It is estimated that he made $35,000 to $40,000 during that time. His life was as untiring as the sun, and no sort of weather preventing his attending to his duties. He died as he lived an uncompromising democrat, and during his last illness could not resist his life-long habit of giving "the enemy" a poke in the ribs.
He was a kind and patient husband, and his love for his children never faltered or wavered. He lived and toiled for them, denying himself many or all comforts for their sakes. He wanted them always near him, and struggled and located them in business so as to be within reach. He lived long enough to bury four of his seven children.
The body arrived at Henry on Monday morning, in charge of his son and daughter, Mr. Arthur Dawson and Mrs. Charles Hess. It came almost unheralded, for the telegram of Saturday sent to F. S. Potter, Esq., the son-in-law, did not arrive until after the cortege, and one sent from Chillicothe, while the train lay at the depot, reached him but a few moments before the train appeared. At four o'clock the body was taken from the depot by several carriages containing friends and citizens, which repaired to the new cemetery, where, after brief religious exercises conducted by Rev. J. S. Glendenning, the body was lowered into its final resting place beside the ashes of the wife, buried in 1852, and a daughter (Mrs. Potter) and grandchildren.
[March 24, 1881, The Henry Republican - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Rosetta Lucinda Smith Redding Schaub
From a sacred document written by '"Mother" which was placed in the writer's hands requesting her to write and read the following obituary and verse:

Rosetta Smith was born four miles north of Mason June 29, 1859, and died June 29, 1933, age 74 years. She was the daughter of Martha and Wesley Smith; granddaughter of Mary Judge Broom, of Mason, Ill. She united with the Baptist Church at Wabash in 1877. In later years uniting with the M. E. Church at Prairie View, Ill, her membership remaining there until her death. She was married to W. F. Redding March 16th, 1879. To this union nine children were born, namely: Charlie, of Charleston; Ed, of Weldon; Rube, Fred and Mrs. Lula Roberts, of Decatur; Mrs. Nellie Shumaker and Vernie Redding, of Mason; two, Verda and Roy, dying in infancy; also two brothers and three sisters, as follows: Mrs. Luella Bandalow, of Beecher City; Mrs. Nellie Fadden, of Portland, Oregon, and Ed Smith, of Piggott, Ark.; Wm. Smith,, of Villa Grove, and John Smith, of Vandalia; 23 grandchildren and 7 great - grandchildren and a host of friends and other relatives are left to mourn. The husband and father passed away May 29, 1893, leaving a heavy load of eight small children to be cared for, the youngest then only 3 months of age. Through almost 20 years of widowhood her own statement tells of many troubles, many disappointments, many mistakes, but did the best she could, and clung to her Blessed Savior. The time worn bible she loved proves this statement, speaking plainer than words of her love for her Heavenly Father. Those who knew her best will recall the struggle of pioneer motherhood. Taxed beyond her strength to give food, clothing and shelter to her brood, working as men work, yet fulfilling a mother's duty too, duty spurred her on into midnight hours. Yet, with all her burdens she was never alone, else they would have been lain down in despair.
She was married again to Mr. John Schaub at St. Elmo, January 13, 1913, who passed away July 27, 1927.
[Jun 1933 (unknown newspaper) Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Harley F. Light
H F Light Succumbs After Long Illness
Harley F (Franklin) Light, who has been in poor health the past year or more and in a serious condition the past few months, passed away about 8:30 a.m. Monday at his trailer home near the junction of routes 33 and 128. Mr. Light operated a garage in this city several years before leasing the garage west of this city that he recently sold to Arthur Wood. Harley was born in Loudon township about 4 1/2 miles west of this city July 18, 1900 and had attained the age of 52 years and 3 days at the time of his death. His entire life was spent in this community. Surviving are his wife, Alice, his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Light of this city; five children: Lt Ray Jean Light of Camp Cooke, California; Lt Roy Dean Light of Decatur; Mrs. Rosella Jamison of St Joseph, Illinois; Ronella and Larry Lee, who reside with their mother, Mrs. Alma Light, in this city; five grandchildren; two step-daughters; one step-granddaughter, three sisters ...(the rest of the news clipping is cut off)
[Beecher City, Effingham, 21 Jul 1952, Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Harley F Light, Beecher City, Dies After Long Illness
Harley F Light, 52, of Beecher City died at 8:30 a.m. yesterday at his home there following a long illness. He was born July 18, 1900, in Fayette county. Mr. Light was married to Allie Koehler, who with the following children, survive: Ray Jean, stationed in California with the armed services; Roy Dean, Decatur; Mrs. Rosella Jamison, Champaign; and Ronella and Larry Lee at home. Surviving also are three sisters: Mrs. Edna Barr of Beecher City, Mrs. Sadie Hudson of Decatur, and Mrs. Jessie Bennett of Springfield, and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Beecher City Christian church with Rev Carl Gibson officiating. The day and hour have not been set, pending word from the son in service. The body is at the Cook funeral home where it will remain until the hour of services. [
Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Thornton Light
Thornton Light Dead
Thornton Light, an aged and respected citizen of this city passed away early Friday morning after an illness of several months caused from a complication of diseases.
Obituary -- Thornton Light was born in Shelby County, Ill March 14, 1848 and departed this life at his home in Beecher City on Oct 10, 1924, aged 75 yrs. 7 mo. and 10 days. On Dec. 23, 1871 he was united in marriage to Henrietta Hubbartt, who preceded him in death Apr 9, 1923. To this union were born 5 children; Granville Light of Morrisonville; Iona Troutman, who passed away in 1922; Bert Light of Beecher, City; Elizabeth Sarver of Herrick and Hettie Ellison of Decatur. Several years ago he united with the Christian Church at Holliday and later transferred his membership to Beecher City. He leaves to mourn his departure 5 children, several grandchildren, and a bust of friends. He was known and respected by the entire community having spent the greater part of his life in and near Beecher City. Funeral Services were conducted at the Christian Church in Beecher City at 2:00 P. M. Oct. 11 by Rev. A. E Kretzer. Interment was made in the Beecher City Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper, 10 Oct 1924 - Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Herman F.W. Bandelow
Herman Fredrick Wilhelm Bandelow, son of Gottfried and Wilhelmina nee Dobblin Bandelow, was born September 13, 1863, and passed away Jan. 28, being 85 years, four months and 15 days of age. He was baptized by Pastor P. Zeumer on Dec. 13 1863, and on March 25, 1877 was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran church by Pastor Wangerin. On August 13, 1893, he was united in marriage to Selma Plank and to this union four children were born, two of them dying in early infancy. Mr. Bandelow lived his entire life in the Bethlehem community, on a farm in West township. He was a life-long and faithful member of the Bethlehem church. He was the only member of the Bandelow family remaining, his wife, brothers and sisters preceding him in death. He is survived by his daughters, Ida and Hetwig, at home, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 30, from the Kull Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. and from the Bethlehem Lutheran church at 11 o'clock, the Rev. W. L. Stellwagen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of W. A. Kull morticians. -
[Unknown newspaper, Jan 1949, Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

John Frederick Redding
Fred (John Frederick) Redding, 66, Dies
Fred Redding, 66, died at home in Decatur, Thursday morning. He was a retired roofer. He was a son of William and Rosetta Smith Redding, and born December 27, 1883, in Mason. Mr. Redding was married to Gladys Jones in Effingham in 1909. Surviving are his wife and children: Mrs. Irene Matheny, Pec; Raymond Redding, Henderson, NC; Kenneth W. Redding, Los Angeles, Calif.; Frederick Redding, Decatur; sisters Mrs. Nellie Shumaker, Mason; Miss Verna Redding, Mason, and Mrs. Lulu Anderson, Decatur. A brother, Roy Redding of Decatur, and grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted in Decatur, Saturday afternoon. Burial was in the Mulberry Grove cemetery. The deceased is a nephew of Mrs. R (Rudolph) Bandalow of this city.
[Beecher City Journal, Dec 1949 - Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Edgar C. Smith
Brother Dies in Arkansas
Mrs. R (Rudolph) Bandalow received word Tuesday that her brother, Edgar C Smith, 68, had passed away at his home in Piggott, Ark. The deceased left this county about 47 years ago and his brothers and sisters only heard from him occasionally. His brother John of Vandalia and a sister from Oregon (Nellie [Smith] Wehrly) decided to visit him last week, but when they called his home his wife informed them that he had passed away a few weeks previous.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter.
[Beecher City Journal, 1944 - Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Fannie A. Smith
Mrs. John D Smith Dies at Home in Bear Grove Township
Mrs. Fannie Alma Smith, 68, wife of John D Smith, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at her home in Bear Grove Township. Daughter of Lewis Anderson and Kate Hicks, she was born May 2, 1878 and had been a lifelong resident of her late home community. She and Mr. Smith were married August 28, 1895 at Altamont. They observed their golden wedding anniversary in August 1945. They had seven children, six of whom survive. They are: Jesse E Smith, Mrs. Mable Cleary, Harold E Smith, and J Forrest Smith of Alton, and Oscar O Smith of Urbana.
In addition to the husband and children, she leaves brothers, Jesse L Anderson and Wilburn Anderson, Decatur; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives. She was active in the work of the Methodist church for many years. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Hunter Funeral Home by M B VanLeer, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was made in Fairlawn cemetery.
(Unknown newspaper, c. March 1946 - Submitted by Barbara Aehlert)

William A. Smith
William A Smith, 82, of Villa Grove, formerly of Mason, died at 8 a.m. Thursday in Mercy hospital at Urbana. Funeral services were held at Villa Grove, Saturday, with burial in the cemetery at Mason, Saturday afternoon. Mr. Smith was a brother of Mrs. R (Rudolph) Bandalow of this city.
[27 Dec 1956, Unknown newspaper - Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Nellie Shumaker
Mrs. Nellie Shumaker Dies At Home In Mason
Mason - Mrs. Nellie E Shumaker, 88, widow of a former Mason mail carrier and well-known farmer, was found dead early today at her home. She had been under a physician's care for some time. Mrs. Shumaker was the widow of Raymond A Shumaker who had been a rural carrier out of Mason prior to his retirement. He preceded her in death in January, 1964. Born near Mason on May 19, 1885, Mrs. Shumaker was a daughter of the late William and Rosetta Redding. She and Mr. Shumaker were married in October 1905 and celebrated their golden wedding in 1955. A daughter, Mrs. Mildred Like, preceded her in death also. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Ready and Mrs. Thelma S Martin, Effingham Daily News bookkeeper, both of Mason; a son, Warden A Shumaker of Centralia; 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Lulu Robertson of Decatur. Mrs. Shumaker was a member of the Methodist Church at Mason, of the Royal Neighbors of America, Domestic Science club and other local organizations. The body is at Burke funeral home. Arrangements are incomplete.
[Beecher City newspaper, c. 1973 - Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

Louise Bandelow
Last Thursday morning, January 15th, Mrs. Louise Pauline Grasshoff Bandelow was called upon to wade the river of death, a murky, repulsive stream, its waters so repugnant to human nature. But she had little regard of it, because she had her eye fixed on yonder shore, where she saw laughing glades and blissful fields. She knew once through this river and all will be well. Thus she entered the valley of the shadow of death with Christ at her side, leaning upon the staff and the rod of his Gospel. She has exchanged her earthly home with the heavenly one. She has departed from relatives and friends in this world, and has gone to her dearest Brother and Friend at the right hand of God. She has been led to the place of eternal refreshment, to the living waters of everlasting life.
Mrs. Bandelow saw the light of day at Buffalo, New York on April 2, 1870. She was the only daughter of Conrad Grasshoff and his wedded wife Louise Kassubi Grasshoff. In infancy already the Good Shepherd called her into his fold by having her baptized in his name. She was brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. At the age of five years she followed her parents to Illinois. They established their new home near Altamont.
On April 6, 1884 she pledged allegiance to the Lutheran faith. Rev. Goessurin confirmed her. On November 21, 1889 she was united in marriage to John F. Bandelow. Rev. Held of Bethlehem performed the ceremony. This union was blessed with two children, Mr. Conrad Bandelow and Mrs. Adeline Bandelow Ehocles. Mrs. Bandelow leaves to mourn her departure her husband, her aged mother, two children, and two grand children. Her father preceded her in death, on August 8, 1925. She attained the age of sixty years, nine months, and thirteen days. For the last four years Mrs. Bandelow was a sorely afflicted sufferer. During this time, however, she was tenderly cared for and nursed by her children and relatives. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday afternoon by the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her body was laid to rest in the congregation's cemetery.
Second obituary
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Bandelow has become a house of desolation. Twice during the course of this year the angel of death has visited them and severed members from the family tree.
At the beginning of this year, Mr. John Bandelow bid farewell for this span of life. And last week it pleased Almighty God to summon out of this vale of tears to the eternal rest in the mansions above the soul of Grandmother Grasshoff. She gave up the ghost Sept,. 5, and her mortal remains were committed to the chamber of the grave in the Lutheran cemetery last Thursday afternoon after appropriate services had been conducted at the church by Rev. M. O. Burkhardt.
Mrs. Louise Pauline Grasshoff, daughter of John and Christina Kering Cassubi, was born in Buffalo N.Y. July 3 1849. There she was in her infancy received into the covenant of God's grace by the solemn rite of holy baptism through grace and the ministration of Rev. Wm. Garban, who also confirmed her in the Lutheran faith at St. Andrew's Church March 29, 1832. Pastor Garban also performed the marriage ceremony when Mother Grasshoff was united in wedlock to John Jacob Conrad Grasshoff May, 27, 1869. This union was blessed with one daughter, Mrs. John Bandelow, who preceded her mother to the realms of glory, January 15, 1933. The family came to Altamont in 1876. The husband died August 8, 1932. For the last seven years Mrs. Grasshoff made her home with her grandchild Mr. Conrad Bandelow. And a real home it was that she there found with him and his good wife. Blessed are the aged and infirm who are so highly esteemed and so tenderly nursed, as was Mother Grasshoff by them and her granddaughter, Mrs. Adeline Bandelow Rhodes. Besides these grandchildren she leaves to mourn her departure one sister, Mrs.Tena Launen of Buffalo, N. Y. and three great-grandchildren, Conrad Jr., Paul; and Nelson Bandelow. She attained an age of 84 years, two months and two days.
[Unknown newspaper, Submitted by Barbara Aehlert]

John William Whitehurst
DECATUR--John William Whitehurst, 91, of Decatur died 6:40 p.m. Saturday (March 6, 2004) in Fair Havens Christian Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Dawson & Wikoff Colonial Chapel North with visitation one hour before services. Burial will be in Dieterich Village Cemetery. Memorials: Northwest Christian Church or Fair Havens Christian Home. Mr. Whitehurst was born Oct. 8, 1912, in Lis, the son of James William and Ethel Jones Whitehurst. He was retired from Mueller Co. and was a member of Northwest Christian Church. He married Juanita Birch in 1933. She preceded him in death in 1998. Surviving are his sons, Thomas William Whitehurst and wife Kathy of Bensenville; Larry D. Whitehurst and wife Marilyn of Decatur; sisters, Neva Pickens of St. Elmo; Doris Dunn and husband Warren of Mahomet; grandchildren, Angela Udelhofen and husband John of Elmhurst; Scott William Whitehurst and wife Deb of Minnetonka, Minn., and Chad, Africa; Lance Whitehurst and wife Carolyn of Cincinnati, Ohio; John Thomas Whitehurst and wife Cindy of Burnsville, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Joshua Udelhofen, Abby Udelhofen, Rachael Whitehurst, Hanna Whitehurst, Leah Whitehurst, Jeffery Whitehurst and Sarah Whitehurst. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Jimmy; two brothers; and two sisters.
[Published in the Decatur Herald & Review on 3/8/2004 - Submitted by Angel Prieur-Capmajo]

Lovie Dickerson
Mrs. John Dickerson
Mrs. Lovie Jane Dickerson, nee Whitehurst, passed away at the family home in Newton, Tuesday evening, following an extended illness from the infirmities of age. She was 88 years, 2 months and 10 days old at the time of her death. Mrs. Dickerson was twice married--to Henry Lesser of near Lis, and following his death to John Dickerson, who survives her. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Lola Birch of this city; three grand-children, Raymond H. Knepper, Mrs. Ross (Nellie) Klier and Madison Knepper, all of Newton vicinity; great grand-children; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Grace M. E. church, Thursday morning, Rev. E. Grey Wininger officiating. Interment was in Riverside cemetery.
[The Newton Press, March, 1933 - Submitted by Angel Prieur-Capmajo]

William M. Whitehurst
William M. Whitehurst passed away 27 June 1931 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ora Allen in Newton. Death was due to dropsy. Mr. Whitehurst, a son of Jehue and Lodicia Witherhurst, was born on a farm west of Newton on October 4, 1854, and was 76 yrs, 9 mos and 24 days old at the time of his death.
He was united into marriage to Miss Clara Ward on 24 Dec. 1873. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom nine survived, namely Mrs. Jasper (Ann) Benefield and Jehue Whitehurst of Vernon, Mrs. Julius (Effie) Cordary, Mrs. Ora (Myrtle) Allen and Mrs. Edgar (Ora) Foltz of Newton, Mrs. Harry (Maude) Eckart, John and William Whitehurst of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Mrs. Ira (Zola) Knight of Danville. Two daughters, Mrs. Liby Martin and Mrs. Elizabeth Zolts and Mrs. Whitehurst preceded him in death.
He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. John W. (Lova) Dickerson of Newton and Mrs. James (Elizabeth) Cox of Preston, Kansas, one brother Levi Whitehurst of Lis, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the First Christian Church of Newton. Internment was in the Riverside Cemetery.
[1920 Jasper County, Wade Township, Household # 28, Ora Z. Allen, head of household: William Whitehurst, 64, father-in-law, widower, occupation-carpenter. -
[Submitted by Angel Prieur-Capmajo]]

BROWNSTOWN — Ida Lucille Rhodes, 83, of Brownstown, a baker and cook at Stuckey’s Carriage Inn, Altamont, for more than 20 years, died at 1:36 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fairview United Methodist Church, Avena Township. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Avena Township. Memorials may be made to Kessel Funeral Home. [
April 21, 2010, Effingham Daily News - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

William Lee "Bill" Myers, 67, of St. Elmo died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at 1:40 p.m. at his residence. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Effingham. Memorials may be made to the Myers family or Fayette County Health Department Hospice. Online condolences may be made at Bill was born June 12, 1941, in St. Elmo, the son of William W. and Minnie (Naylar) Haslett-Myers. He was a retired school bus edriver for St. Elmo School District. He also owned and operated Bill's Used Furniture in downtown St. Elmo for 15 years. He enjoyed attending auctions, hunting for bargains and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Assembly of God church. He married Joan Edwards Aug. 1, 1962, in St. Elmo. He is survived by his wife, Joan; four daughters, Deborah Trivitt, Claudia (husband, Steve) Edwards and Jill (husband, Tim) Mason, all of St. Elmo, and Billie (husband, Chuck) Enlow of Brownstown; daughter-in-law, Amy Myers of Teutopolis; two brothers, Marion Haslett of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Alfred Haslett of Salem; three sisters, Ida (the late Truman) Rhodes of Brownstown, Lina (husband, Abe) Scoles and Sue Riley, both of St. Elmo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two sons, infant Erick in 1970 and Joe in 2003; his brother, Herbert Haslett; and sister, Darlene Roach.
[Published in the Effinhgam Daily News from 10/29/2008 - 10/30/2008 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

Paul Brown, a farmer near Effingham, Illinois, hanged himself with strips of hickory bark to a tree within one hundred yards of his house.
(July 11, 1883 Allen County Democrat, Lima Ohio Submitted by S. Williams)

Lee Henry McCain.
L.H. McCain Dies
Retired I.C. Conductor
L.H. McCain, 75, well-known resident, who lived at 1006 Richland Avenue, and a retired I.C. railroad conductor, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Anthony Memorial hospital, following a three months illness.
Mr. McCain retired in 1953 after 42 years with the Illinois Central Railroad. He was a conductor on the Effingham-Indianapolis run. He and his family moved to Palestine when Mr. McCain had the Mattoon - Palestine run. In 1953, he and his wife moved back to Effingham and Mr. McCain became employed with the Coats Bros Implement Co.
He was born July 18, 1885 in Blue Point, son of Clayton P. and Ida Gregg McCain. In 1909 he married the former Clara E. Angel, and on September 1, 1959, the couple observed their golden wedding anniversary. He attended the Effingham public schools and also a Baptist seminary, Ewing college, Ewing, Ill. after which he was ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1908.Only a short span of his life was spent in this work however, and he served as minister in several neighboring churches.
Surviving are his wife; five sons, Ward and Bob of Hazel Crest; Henry of Willow Springs; Keith of Harvey and Wendell of Mt. Olive; three daughters Mrs. Victor (Esther) Garbe of Mattoon, Mrs. Allen (Edna) Coatney of Bloomington, Ind., and Mrs. Dallas ( Ruth) Coats of Effingham, two brothers, Byron of Watson and Delbert of Shumway, two sisters, Mrs Herb Flannagan of Bement and Mrs. William Angel of Effingham;30 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
His parents, one brother and two sons, a twin brother of Mrs. Coats and twin brother of Bob McCain of Hazel Crest, preceded him in death.
The body is at the Johnson funeral home where friends may call after noon Thursday. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Baptist church with Rev. John Snawder officiating. Burial in Oakridge cemetery.
[Effingham Daily News?, unknown date - submitted by Janet Burkhart]

Clara Elizabeth Angel McCain.
Mrs. L. H. McCain Dies In Indiana
Mrs. L. H. McCain of Bloomington, Ind., died at 8:30 a.m. today in the Bloomington hospital of a heart attack.
She was the mother of Mrs. Dallas Coats and sister of Ellis Angel.
Mrs. McCain was born Oct. 29, 1884. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons.
She is survived by daughters, Esther Garby, Mattoon; Edna Coatney, Bloomington, Ind., and Ruth Coats, Effingham, sons, Ward and Robert of Hazelcrest; Henry of Willow Spring, Keith of Harvey, and Wendell of Mt. Olive; and a brother. Ellis Angel, Effingham.
The body is being returned to Johnson funeral home. Further arrangements are incomplete.
[Effingham Daily News?, unknown date - submitted by Janet Burkhart]

Clara Elizabeth McCain, eldest child of Henry H. and Louisa Finch Angel was born Oct 29,1884, in Wolf Creek, Kentucky, and departed this life August 17, 1967. At 14 years of age she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Bethel Baptist Church, Palestine, Illinois. In 1909, while attending Ewing Baptist College she met and married Lee H. McCain , a ministerial student at Ewing College. She moved her Church membership that year to First Baptist Church, Effingham and remained through the years loyal to her Church and to her Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband in January, 1961,and by two sons. Surviving are sons, Ward and Robert of Hazel Crest, Henry of Willow Springs, Keith of Harvey and Wendell of Mt. Olive; daughters, Mrs Esther Garbe, Mattoon, and Mrs Ruth Coats, Effingham, and Mrs Edna Coatney of Bloomington, Ind. Also surviving are one brother, Ellis Angel of Effingham, thirty grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Clayton Perry McCain
Clayton Perry McCain, son of Oliver Perry and Grace McCain, was born in Hanover, Indiana, December 27, 1851; died October 17th, 1934, age 80 years 9 months 20 days.
His father and mother were of pioneer Scotch-Irish ancestory. His father was a brick and stone mason by trade. He migrated with his family from southern Indiana toward Chicago in about 1858. Because of the impossibilities of the Illinois prairie they never reached their destination. They lived for a short time near the place where the town of Loda, Illinois now is. Moved again, southward this time and settled in Effingham about 1861 and a few years later moved to Ewington where they established a homestead. Ewington at that time was the county seat of Effingham County. In this vicinity and environment Clayton McCain grew to manhood.
In 1884 he was married to Ida Gregg who preceded him in death about 4 years ago. They lived and raised their family on a farm three miles west of Effingham. To this union were born six children, five now living, one dead.
L.H. McCain of Effingham, B.B. of Effingham, Chester who died when seven years old, Mrs. Charles Flenniken of Bement, Illinois, Mrs. Wm. Angel of Altamont, Ill., Delbert McCain of Beecher City, Illinois.
About 23 years ago Mr.and Mrs. McCain sold their home in Summit township and bought a home in Lakeworth, Florida where they remained about two years. So far away from their associates and former environments they did not like it, sold out and came back to Illinois purchasing a little home in the town of Beecher City, Illinois, where he was janitor of the Public School for 17 years. It was there that he became 'Daddy' McCain to his many friends who came to know him there. Many beautiful friendships were formed through these years. He loved and was loved by everyone with whom he came in contact and these kind associations were as a benediction o'er his reclining years.
Early in life he gave his life to Christ and united with the Baptist Church. His church membership being recorded upon the pages of the Effingham Baptist Church and the Blue Point Baptist Church respectfully. Blue Point was his preference. He was at all times and in every respect a Missionary Baptist,gave of his time and influence to this work, although in no way demonstrative; he proved by his sincerity and devotion to be a staunch supporter of the cause of Christ. His hope of immortality became a vision, that has now became real.
CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our thanks for the kindness shown us during the illness and death of C.P. McCain. The McCain children and relatives.
[Effingham Daily News?, unknown date - submitted by Janet Burkhart]

Clayton P. McCain, aged 81, a life-long resident of Effiingham county, died at St. Anthony's Hospital Thursday, October 17, at 1:30 a.m.
The body was taken to the Cook Undertaking Parlors at Beecher City to be prepared for burial and will remain there during the day, Thursday, in order that friends may call. He had resided in that village for 17 years and during that time was janitor of the public school. The body will be brought Thursday evening to the home of his son, L.H. McCain, 420 Merchant street, where friends may call until time for the funeral.
Funeral services will be held at the local Baptist Church at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Elder Leonard Hirtzel, assisted by the pastor, Eld. O.W. Howell. Interment will be made in Blue Point cemetery.
[Effingham Daily News?, unknown date - submitted by Janet Burkhart]

Harold Jonathan McCain
Harold Jonathan McCain was born January 14, 1917, and died October 8, 1928, aged eleven years, nine months, and twenty-four days. He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, three sisters and five brothers, a host of relatives and friends. About a year ago Harold accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized into the fellowship of the Effingham Baptist church. On January 14, 1917 there was born to Mr. and Mrs. L.H. McCain twin babies involving the necessity of names. To the little daughter was given the name of Ruth and it was recalled that Ruth was that daughter whose love for her Israelite mother-in-law, Naomi, and her faith in Jehovah's righteousness, and she said, " Entreat me not to leave thee or to return from following after thee;for whither thou goest I will go and where thou lodgest I will lodge, thy people shall be my people and thy God my God." Such has been the wonderful love of Ruth. To the man-child was given the name of Harold Jonathan. Harold is a derivation of another word meaning" a new day", "good tidings", " morning", brightest day", and the "bugle note of music". We did not think of it then but as it developed in his life it took on a military call, a call to new duty - new service. The name, Jonathan was directly from that noble Prince of the House of Saul and to us it meant brotherhood, love of men, chivalry. Like the love of Jonathan for David, was his always recognizing the annointed of the Lord. Fair play was his motto; unique as were those of Jonathan in expressing himself in his boyhood friends. If the arrow goes beyond the target, beware; if it falls short of the distance all is safe. Jonathan;'s arrow fell short. He gave up the Kingship to God's anointed but remained a prince until the end, adding to his princehood, friendship and universal brother hood. So was Harold Jonathan our son and brother. His arrow fell short of the mark but he remains the same to us and greater because of God's annointing. We sorrow now but soon we hope that all our grief will be changed to pleasant memories of him who God has permitted to live among us for a short a time. May he point out to us "a new day", of greater brotherhood as he awaits us in that eternal city where God has taken him. L.H. McCain and family.
We desire to thank our many friends for their kind, sincere sympathy and beautiful floral offerings and help in our hour of grief for our dear son and brother. L.H. McCain and Family

[Effingham Daily Record, October12, 1928 - submitted by Janet Burkhart]

Dallas R. Coats
EFFINGHAM - Dallas R. Coats, 87, of Effingham went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2002 at 1:47 a..m. at his home. Visitation will be on Friday, October 25, 2002 from 4-8 p.m. at Johnson's Funeral Home, Effingham, Il and one hour prior to funeral at Effingham First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made in Dallas' name to First Baptist Church or Effingham Lions Club. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2002 at First Baptist Church, Effingham. Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham. Mr. Coats was born September 30, 1915 in Hurst, Missouri, the son of James "Denny" and Gertrude Mae (Watson)Coats. He married Ruth Jeanette McCain in 1936. She preceded him in death on June 8, 1975. He married Dorothy Stewart in August 1977. He was the co-owner of Coats Bros. Sawmill and Allis-Chalmers Machinery for 37 years. He was an employee of Fedders, Daugherty/Sullivan Implement, Unit 40 school bus driver, and Stevens True Value, Effingham. He was a member of Effingham First Baptist Church. He was ordained a deacon in 1942 and selected Deacon Emeritus in 1998. He way active in all facets of the life of First Baptist Church. Also an Honorary Member of the Women's Missionary Union. He was a member of the Effingham Lions Club for over 40 years, 17 of which he was treasurer. He held many other offices and chaired committees within the club. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Janet (Bill) Burkhart of Glen Rose, Texas, Marilyn Coats of Garland, Texas; and son Phil (Melissa) Coats of Effingham, step-children Mel (Cindy) Stewart of Shumway; Chuck (Teresa) Stewart of Mattoon; and "special daughter Linda (Kurt) Mette of Effingham; seven grandsons, Mark (Brenda) Burkhart of Wilmington, Delaware, Greg (Jan) Burkhart of Amarillo, Texas; Rob ( Carole) Burkhart of Dallas, Texas, SPC Dallas A.D. Coats of Fort Riley, Kansas, AIC Phillip S.J. Coats of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Paul R.R.Coats, Effingham, Matt Mette of Effingham; step-granddaughter Amanda Stewart of Chicago, granddaughters; Penny (Eric) Norrel of Darien,IL, Jessica McLean of Springfield,IL, Emily Mette of Effingham; four great-grandchildren, Brittney, Ian, Paige and Dallas T. Burkhart of Wilmington, Delaware; also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

Ruth J. Coats
Mrs. Dallas (Ruth Jeanette) Coats, 58, of 1214 West Fayette avenue, died at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in St. Anthony Memorial hospital. Mrs. Coats was active in the First Baptist church of Effingham and had served for four years as secretary of the United Fund in Effingham. She was born on Jan. 14, 1918 (correction from submitter: January 14, 1917) in Crawford county, the daughter of Lee H. and Elizabeth Angel McCain. She married Dallas Coats on Sept. 12, 1936 in Effingham. Mrs. Coats leaves her husband Dallas of Effingham,one son, Philip of Effingham and daughters, Mrs. Janet Burkhart and Miss Marilyn Coats, both of Dallas, Tex. She is also survived by sisters, Mrs. Esther Garbe of Mattoon and Mrs. Edna Coatney of Bloomington, Ind; brothers, Ward McCain and Robert McCain both of Hazel Crest; Henry McCain of Willow Springs; Keith McCain of Harvey, Wendell McCain of Mt. Olive and three grandchildren. The funeral for Mrs. Coats will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist church in Effingham with Rev. Garth Pybas officiating and burial will be in Oakridge cemetery in Effingham. Friends may call at the Johnson funeral home from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
[Effingham Daily News... date unknown - Submitted by Janet Burkhart]


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