DROWNED IN A CREEK
Milford, Ill., April 1 – Grant Adsit, his wife and his 2 year old child and a young daughter of Elmore Thorne, attempted to cross Sugar creek ford, four miles northwest of here yesterday and three of the party were drowned. Mrs. Adsit being the only one escaping. Searching parties have been exploring the creek, but no bodies have been recovered. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, April 2, 1890, page 2)
Watseka--Wesley Pearl Alcorn, 64, formerly of Watseka , died Saturday, Feb. 3, 1996 at Livonia, Mich. Private family services will be held Tuesday at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, with the Rev. Joseph Hughs officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Dell Cemetery. There will be no visitation. He was born April 2, 1931 in Watseka, the son of Melvin and Rena Boomgarden Alcorn. Surviving are two sons, Brian of Livonia, and Terry of Detroit Mich; Two step-daughters of Michigan, his mother, Rena Alcorn of Watseka; several Grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin of Watseka and Jerry of Bourbonnais, Three sisters, Lola Arnold and Carol DeLahr of Watseka and Judith Crouch of Milford; and Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, wife, Betty and one grandchild. [Submitted by Lucy D. Briscoe/Green]
Mary A. Alfred
Died at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Helen E. Wright, in Watseka, on Saturday, June 9th, 1883, Mrs. Mary A. Alfred, in the 60th year of her age. Mrs. Alfred was born in Windham, N.Y., where she lived until she grew to womanhood. She was married in New York City to Samuel Hoyt of Connecticut, with whom she removed to Boston, where he died. After a few years she came west with her deceased husband’s family, and located in Henry, Marshall County, Ill., where she afterward married David Alfred. A few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Alfred removed to Chatsw orth, where they resided until recently. About two years ago she was seized with a cancer and has been a severe but patient sufferer ever since. Yet through all her afflictions she never lost her reason, and her mind was unimpaired until the last moment of her life, and while dying spoke of it as placidly as if she were going on a pleasant journey. Death had no terror for her and she passed away in the peaceful and happy hope of a brighter life beyond this world of sorrow and suffering. For 20 years she was a faithful adherent of the New Church (Swedenborgian) and a consistent and devout receiver of its doctrines. Her disposition was quiet and gentle, humble in her tastes and habits, display and worldly vanity were repugnant to her. She was a great lover of books and flowers and her happiest moments (if we accept her love for children) were spent in their company. She leaves in our midst a husband and only daughter to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the house, Rev. Homer McVey of Chatsworth officiating. The remains were interred at Oak Ridge cemetery on the same lot where repose the remains of her son-in-law, the late Judge M. B. Wright. [The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 21, 1883]
Arshall Adams was born October 11, 1867, the sixth child of a family of nine, to Matilda Marcotte and Francis Adams, and died at his home east of Clifton at 8:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 1940, at the age of 73, after a lingering illness. At an early age he knew what it was to labor. When still very young he was hired with little or no remuneration to drive the horse on the binder, plow, or thresher, check corn by hand and hand feed horse powered threshing outfits. Later he engaged in farming, the winter months being devoted to horse shoeing, being employed by the late Basil Coulombe at Clifton, his work in this line being excelled by none. In his spare moments he acted as barber in the village of L'Erable. His pleasing personality won for him many friendships which have lasted through the years. At the age of 23 he was united in marriage to Mary Lucille LaMotte. To this union six children were born. One daughter, Pearl Clementine, died at the age of two years. Surviving, to mourn his loss, are his beloved wife, Mary, one son Alvin B. Adams of Clifton, four daughters, Clara and Mrs. Augusta Miller of Clifton, Mrs. Irene Blanchette, of Kankakee, and Mrs. Emma Gravelle, Plainview, Texas; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, two brothers, Frank of Kankakee, and Arthur of Clifton; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Patnaude, of West Duluth, Minn., Mrs. Matilda Gagnon, St. Anne, Ill., and Mrs. Amelia Bradley of Bradley.
A brother Frank and sister Amelia are gravely ill at this time.
For many years, Arshall had been totally deaf, an affliction which had kept him from active participation in worldly affairs or enjoyment of any kind. He felt this keenly but never uttered a word of complaint. Rather he found added comfort in tilling the soil and enjoyed to the fullest the companionship of his wife and family.
He was a devout Catholic. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at 10 o'clock from St. John the Baptist Church, L'Erable, with Rev. J.J. Kerrins officiating.
Pall bearers were Armand Rossaint, Alex Rabideau, Ezra Savoie, Gilbert Demierre, Eugene Marcotte and Emile Trudeau.
Attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. Eugene Lamotte and family, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bradley, Madelyn Bradley, Frank Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Jas. Winters, Marjorie and James of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Arleigh LaMotte of Lowell, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Robert LaMotte of Momence, Mrs. Minnie Maurits, Irene and Earl, of Donovan. Mrs. Wm. Molloy and son Vernon, of Milford, Mr. and Mrs. Martin O'Brien, of Aurora, Mrs. Jennie Bernice Bossong, of Hinsdale, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Allison, Howard Bradley and Jos. Biamont, of Bradley, Wm. Trudeau, Claude and Viateur, of Bourbonnais, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Loiselle, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pouder, Leo Scanlon, Dr. C.A. Dionne, Mrs. Mary Marcotte and son Thos., of Kankakee, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hamende and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brault, of Chebanse. [The Clifton Advocate, Illinois, Thursday, January 9, 1941; Contributed by Jan Wagoner]
Watseka (CNS) -- Mrs. Frieda B. Callahan Albright, 80 of Winter Haven, Fla. formerly of Watseka, died Monday , July 24, 1972 at the Winter haven hospital. Born May 13, 1892, at Milford, She was the daughter of Dale and Leota Thomas Callahan. She was married May 30, 1937 at Quincy to Lester Graeme Albright who survives. Mrs . Albright, who had attended Illinois State University at Normal, taught in the Iroquois County School system for 30 years. She retired in 1954 and then moved to Winter Haven. She was a member of the Milford Christian Church and a 50 year member of Golden Chapter 56, Order of the Eastern Star, Milford. Also surviving are two brothers, Darleigh S. Callahan of Watseka and Clifford C. Callahan of Milford; two nieces, two great-nieces an two great nephews all of California. Services were at 2 P.M. Wednesday at the Ottlaughlin funeral home in Winter Haven. The body is being brought to the DeValk Funeral Home in Watseka, where services will be at 2 P.M. Friday . The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford. [Submitted by Lucy D. Briscoe/Green]
News was received here last week of the death of Charles Amerman who was born near here and lived here for several years. Charlie had many friends here who incerely regret his untimely end. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday, December 27, 1893; Sub. by dmcneeley]
A. Thomas Andrews
Died, at his residence in Watseka, on last Sunday evening, of consumption, A.T. Andrews in the 52d year of his age. The announcement of the death of Thomas Andrews comes not unexpected. For the last five years he has been incapacitated for work, and for the last two years he has been a constant sufferer. Three weeks ago he took to his bed and during the still quiet hours of last Sunday night his spirit took its flight. Mr. Andrews was born in Washington county, Ohio, March 28, 1842. He was the youngest of a family of nine, all of whom are living except one sister. When only 19 years old he enlisted in the Union army. He served faithfuly for 2 years and 7 months , being forced to return home on account of sickness. He fought in the battles of Bull Run and the Wilderness and other engagements. His body carried to the grave the leaden bullet he received in one of these charges. He was married in Monticello, Ind., in 1868. Through all his sickness and troubles his wife has stood faithfully and bravely by his side. To her the community extends its heartfelt sympathy today. The burial services at the house, conducted by Rev. Light, were most comforting and tender. Interment was at Oak Hill Tuesday afternoon. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday December 6, 189; Sub. by dmcneeley]
Mrs. Aldia Arseneau Dies At Hospital After Brief Illness
Mrs. Aldia Arseneau, 47 of 642 South Evergreen Avenue died at St. Mary Hospital at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Patrick Church with the Rev. Eugene Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Senesac funeral home today and until the time of services. Mrs. Arseneau was born Jan. 22, 1903 at Beaverville and was married Feb. 11, 1924 to Daquin Arseneau. ………(can't read…) The couple has resided in Kankakee for the last 14 years. She is survived by her husband, Daquin; two sons, Ronald and Farrel, both of Kankakee; her mother, Mrs. Mary Dionne of Beaverville; a brother, Sylvanus Dionne of Beaverville; three sisters, Mrs. Phillip LaFond, Mrs. Hilaire LaFond and Mrs. Ansel Arseneau, all of Beaverville and one granddaughter. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, December 1950 - submitted by Jan Wagoner]
Death Claims Edward Arseneau Of Kankakee
A lifelong residence of the Kankakee area, Edward D. Arseneau, 89, of 627 S. Poplar, died this morning at a nursing home after a long illness. He had retired from Kroehler Mfg. Co. after 49 years. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is to be at Clancy Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Thursday and until the services.
Mr. Arseneau was a member of the St. Patrick Holy Name Society, was a 50-year member of the Elks Club, belonged to St. Viateur Council 745 of the Knights of Columbus and Bishop McNamara Fourth Degree Assembly. He was born Aug. 11, 188? In Flint, Mich. His wife is deceased. He is survived by a sister Mrs. Florence Boughman, Kankakee, nieces and nephews. A liturgy service will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at ????? funeral home. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, December 1971]
Services Set Thursday
George F. Arseneau Sr., 73, 229 E. Marsile St., a lifelong resident of Bourbonnais died at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Hospital. He had been ill for a short time.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Arseneau, he was born Dec. 8, 1898 at Bourbonnais. a baker, he had been associated with the Arseneau Bakery, Bourbonnais and for many years was employed as a baker at a local hospital. He retired in 1965. Survivors include his wife, the former Pauline Beaudette; daughters, Mrs. Richard Lergner and Mrs. Arthur Sittigbotr of Bourbonnais, Mrs. Kenneth Donar of San Diego, Calif.; sons, George Arseneau Jr. and William Arseneau both of Kankakee, Robert Arseneau of manteno and Richard Arseneau of Lewiston, Main; a sister, Mrs. Harvey Savoie of Kankakee; brothers, Willard and Edward both of Bourbonnais, Anthony and Joubert both of Kankakee, Joseph of Bradley and Roy Arseneau of St. Petersburg, Fla. and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Maternity BVM Catholic Church. Burial will be in maternity cemetery. Visitation at the Senesac Funeral Home will be from 2 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, Tuesday, February 8, 1972]
A retired employee of the Jaffe Drug Store, Helen Arseneau, 72, died at 1:45 a.m. today, at a Kankakee nursing home. Mrs. Arseneau of 160 n. Blaine Ave., Bradley, had been ill for three months. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Clancy Funeral Home. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 2 p.m. Thursday and until time of the services. She was born April 5, 1905, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Mr. and Mrs. John Parker. Before her retirement she was employed by Jaffe drug for 20 years. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Arseneau, to whom she was married March 8, 1953, at St. Patrick's Catholic church; a daughter Marilyn Coffman of Bradley; stepsons Ronnie Arseneau of Bourbonnais and Farrell Arseneau of Kankakee; brothers Kenneth and Floyd, both of Kankakee; a sister, Edith Dean of Kankakee; two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, February 1978]
Joseph Arseneau, WWII vet
Joseph Arthur Arseneau, 89, of Bradley, died Friday (May 31, 2002) at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tues-day at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bradley. His son, the Rev. Vern Arseneau, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Arseneau was born Dec. 14, 1912 in Bourbonnais, the son of George Sr. and Eleanor Joubert Arseneau.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bernice Granger, whom he married Jan. 21, 1939, in St. George, of Bradley; one daughter, Marie Tanner of Santa Clarita, Calif.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Rev. Vernon Arseneau of St. Mary's Parish in West Chicago, Gene and Frances Arseneau of Bradley, Ronald and Beth Arseneau of Arlington, Texas; six grandchildren, Ron Tanner and Jeff Tanner, both of California, Paul Arseneau of Phoenix, Ariz., Sarah David and Mary Beth Arseneau of Arlington, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Desci and Brianna Tanner, both of California, Clayton Arseneau of Phoenix, Ariz.; four step grandchildren, Sharon Ferriaolo of Kissimmee, Fla., Marie Yarno of Bradley, Dennis Nowman of St. Augustine, Fla., Pauline Morris of Kankakee; 11 step great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Dorothy Granger, and Lucille Granger, both of Bradley, and many nieces and nephews. One step grandchild, Ace Nowman Jr.; three sisters, Evelyn Roy, Jeanne Savoie, Edna Arseneau; and seven brothers, George Jr., Roy, Willard, Edward, Anthony, Albert and Joubert Arseneau, are deceased.
Mr. Arseneau was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Bradley American Legion, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bradley, and a member of the Holy Name Society. (Pd.) [The Daily Journal, Kankakee, June 02, 2002]
Mrs. Arseneau, 69, Dies; Funeral Services Friday
Mrs. Monique Arseneau, 69, of 157 S. Fifth Ave., died at 10:30 a.m. today in St. Mary's Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Senesac Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Thursday and until the hour of service.
Mrs. Arseneau was born May 4, 1886 in Beaverville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Octave Cote. She was a resident of the Beaverville area for 59 years and moved to Kankakee 10 years ago. Surviving are her husband, Camille; brothers, August Cote of St. Anne and Odella Cote of Davenport, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Helen Bushey of St. Anne. The family requests that flowers be omitted. [Kankakee Daily Journal, October 17, 1955]
Mose J. Arseneau Sr.
Kankakee Businessman Mose J. Arseneau Dies
Mose J. Arseneau Sr., 73, RR 7, a Kankakee businessman for many years, died at 6 a.m. today at St. Mary's Hospital following a short illness. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Valerie Arseneau, he was born Feb. 23, 1899 in Beaverville and was a lifelong resident of this area. From 1932 to 1957 Mr. Arseneau owned and operated the Kankakee Motor Coach Co. A real-estate developer, he established and developed the Skyline subdivision. He had served as president and as a trustee of the Kankakee Township Fire Department and was one of the founders of the Exline Sportman's Club. An active member of the Kankakee Loyal Order of the Moose 802, he was the oldest living past governor of the local lodge. His first wife, the former Viola Bovie, died Nov. 24, 1956. Survivors include his wife the former Lucille Wolfe, whom he married Nov. 25, 1957; son Mose Jr. of Kankakee and William of Fr. Wayne, Ind.; daughters Mrs. Yvonne LeClaire of Kankakee, Mrs. Robert Christiansen of Tucson, Ariz, Mrs. Phyllis Martin of St. Anne and Mrs. Angelina Nourie of Bourbonnais; brothers Clayton and Dacquin both of Kankakee, Lomar of Steger and Dellis of Carlisle, Ark.; sisters Mrs. Evelyn Pilott of Martintown; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation at the Senesac Funeral Home will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Kankakee Daily Journal, April 6, 1972]
T. Daquin Arseneau
T. Daquin Arseneau, 77 642 S. Evergreen Ave., died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fontableu Nursing Center following a three-year illness. He was born March 8, 1902, in Beaverville to Mr. and Mrs. Valerie Arseneau. He was married Feb. 11, 1924, at St. Mary's Church, Beaverville, to the former Aldia Dionne. She died in November 1950. He was married in March 1952 to the former Helen Kirchman. She died in 1978. Mr. Arseneau was a bus driver in Kankakee for 30 years. Surviving are two sons, Ronald Arseneau of Bourbonnais and Farrell S. "Red" Arseneau of Kankakee; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Marilyn Coffman of Bradley; three brothers, Lomer of Calumet City, Clayton of Kankakee and Dellis of Carlisle, Ark., and three sisters, Evelyn Pilotte of Martinton, Lila Regnier of Florida and Phyllis Martin of Bradley. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maternity BMV Church. Visitation at the Clancy Funeral Home will be from 2 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. [Kankakee Daily Journal, July 25, 1979]
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