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Eugene Rabideau
Eugene Rabideau, son of Eugene and Mary
(Remillard) Rabideau, was born on a farm on the Iroquois River near L'Erable February 18, 1869, and died at his home east of Clifton, Friday, Mch. 11, aged 69 years. He grew up on the farm where he was born, receiving a limited education at the nearby school and doing his share of the farm work as required, and there was plenty of it to do when he was a boy. At the age of six months he and his parents moved to Nebraska, where they remained until he reached the age of sixteen, when they moved to a farm near L'Erable. He was married to Josephine Dutour in 1905. To them were born two daughters, Marie, now Mrs. Clouse, of Gilman; Emily, now Mrs. Christensen, of Kankakee; and one son, Isaac Rabideau, at home. For some years he was a sufferer from diabetes and unable to take an active part in farming operations, which have been carried on by his son. About a year ago, as a result of his disease, he had a part of one foot amputated. The disease made such progress that he had to take to his bed about the first of the present month. His death came rather unexpectedly, as his condition was not regarded as being very serious, at least not such as to threaten early death. Besides the widow and children mentioned he is survived by six brothers: Alex and Peter, of Clifton; Lee, of Ashkum; Calix, of Gilman; Paul, of Kankakee, and Emile, of Herscher; three sisters: Natalie, Mrs. Ducat, of Clifton, Ellen, Mrs. Louis Rabideau, Clifton, and Delima, Mrs. Gave Rider, Crescent City; one grandson, Stanley Kenny, of Gilman; and a large number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at L'Erabe Monday forenoon from St. John's church, Fr. Kerrins officiating, and burial was in the L'Erable cemetery. He was borne to his last resting place by former neighbors Emile Mathy, Emile Cnudde, John Simoneau, Gilbert Demierre, Philip Blain, and Peter Miller. [The Clifton Advocate, Illinois, Thursday, March 17, 1938]

George A. Raboin Dies in Peoria

George A.
Raboin died in St. Francis hospital, Peoria, Thursday afternoon, January 29, 1942, at the age of 72 years, 4 months and 11 days. He had been in the hospital since Monday following a heart attack. Funeral services were held Saturday and interment was made in a Peoria cemetery. Mr. Raboin, son of Antoine T. and Adelaide Collette Raboin, was born in Iroquois County September 18, 1869. Member of a family that included eight sons and four daughters, he is survived by three sisters and one brother Mrs. (Harriet) Shurtleff, Chicago; Mrs. (Eunice) Barnett, Oxford, Kansas; Archie A. Raboin, Chatsworth; Mrs. (Mabel) Abilgaard. His elder brother John died October 4, 1939. He is survived by his widow, Rosa (Springer) Raboin whom he married in Peoria April 1, 1907. There are two stepdaughters, both living in Peoria. For the past 29 years he has conducted a barbershop, most of the time in the Union depot in Peoria. [The Clifton Advocate, Illinois, Thursday, February 5, 1942; Submitted by Jan Wagoner]

Cora Rader
Mrs. Elmer Rader age 83, Funeral services 2pm Saturday at Barker Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Roy William, pastor of Milford Christian Church. Died 9am Wednesday in Iroquois County Hospital where she has been a patient 4 weeks. She was born March 6, 1886, in Danville, daughter of John and Dora Cosat Poulter. She married John Beaver September 20, 1903. He died in 1948. She married Elmer Rader on April 12, 1951. He died 1960. [Monday 12-1-1969 Iroquois County Times]

Arborilla Alan Ray
Mrs. Arborilla Alan Ray, wife of George Ray, died at the residence of Harry Shown yesterday morning, of typhoid pneumonia.  She was born in Missouri, but was reared in Springfirld, Ill.  She was married at Jacksonville about three years ago, and moved to this city last June a year ago.  She leaves two small children.  She was a kind and patient wife and mother.  The funeral services will occur this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M.E. church. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday, November 8, 1893, Sub. by dmcneeley]

Mary Reinhard
Mrs. Reinhard, Watseka, dies; rites are set
Mrs. Mary Reinhard, 80, of 118 South Eighth street, Watseka, died at noon yesterday at the Haven of Rest Nursing Home in Beaverville, following a lingering illness.
Mrs. Reinhard was born March 10, 1890, at Shelbyville. She lived most of her lifetime in the Martinton area. She was the daughter of Henry and Melissa Betz Marxmiller.
She married Ralph Reinhard at Hettinger, N.D. in September, 1909. He died July 25, 1955.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Emma Morrissette of Watseka; a son, William Reinhard of Clifton; six grandchildren; eight great -grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. George Lunde of Pittwood. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and a grandchild.
Mrs. Reinhard was a member of the Martinton Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Centennial Christian Church, Watseka, Jimmy Kruse officiating. Burial will be in Iroquois Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
[Iroquois County Times, Thurs. 3 Sep 1970 - Submitted by: Deanna McNeeley (great granddaughter)

Ralph Reinhard, Martinton, Dies; Funeral Thursday

Ralph Wesley Reinhard, 68, died Monday at 10 p.m. in his farm home west of Martinton following a heart attack.
Mr. Reinhard had been in ill health for several years. He was born Mach 7, 1887 in Martinton the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip L. Reinhard.
Mr. Reinhard married the former Mary M. Marxmiller on Oct. 26, 1909 in Hettinger, N. D.
Surviving are the widow, a daughter, Mrs Emma Morrissette, Martinton; a son, William A., Clifton; six grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Amanda Walker, Hampshire, and Mrs. Irene Lunde, Watseka, and a brother, Roy Reinhard, Fair Oaks, Ind.
He spent his entire life with the exception of three years in North Dakota, in the Martinton and Pittwood communities. He had been employed as a freight agent at Watseka for several years.
For the last 36 years, he resided on what formerly was known as the Miller farm, now owned by Dr. R.D. Short, Watseka. He was a member of the Martinton Church of Christ and had been a member of the Masons.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Martinton Church of Christ; Bruce Parmenter, minister, officiated. Masonic funeral rites were held at the grave. Burial was under direction of Segur Funeral Home
[W.R. July 28, 1955 Thursday - Submitted by Deanna McNeeley]

Daniel Riner

Died, at the home of his son-in-law, R.R. Skeels, four miles southwest of Burr Oak, on May 5, 1885, Daniel Riner, aged 88 years, 6 months, and 26 days. Father Riner was born in Berkley County, Virginia, October 19, 1796. He married December 31, 1826 to Miss Mary Starry. In 1829 he moved from Virginia to Indiana where he resided until 1850, when he moved to Illinois. There on November 8, 1862, his wife died. On May 11, 1863 he was married to Miss Rhoda Starry, who died May 11, 1867. In the spring of 1883, he came to Kansas, and lived here with his children until his death. He leaves five children. William Riner, Mrs. Jesse Drake, Mrs. Cyrus Pangborn, Mrs. R.R. Skeels, of Burr Oak, and Mrs. William (sic--Benjamin) Clayton of Yates Center, Kansas; four children having preceded him to the better land. He embraced religion in early life, ever true to his convictions, possessed of practical business sagacity and unbending integrity, performing all his duties with promptness, efficiency, and faithfulness. As long as his health permitted, he was regular in his attendance at church and always a liberal supporter of the Gospel and every good enterprise. To his family he was devoted, doing all he could to promote their happiness, not only in this life, but in the next. His funeral took place at the M.E. Church in this place on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. and was largely attended. On Thursday morning relatives started with his remains for Onarga, Illinois where they will be laid to rest beside his wife. (Obituary from Burr Oak, Kansas newspaper; Submitted by Jeanne Bedwell)

Hannah Riner

Riner was born at Winchester, Virginia, December 16, 1828. Died at Burr Oak, Kansas, February 11, 1899; aged 70 years, 1 month, and 26 days. Was married to Jesse Drake, in Warren County, Indiana, January 24, 1847. Removed with her husband to Iroquois County, Illinois in 1850 where she resided until 1888 when she removed with her husband to Burr Oak, Kansas. She united with the U.B. church in 1856 to which she belonged until her removal to Kansas, when she joined the M.E. church at Burr Oak. Her husband and one brother, William Riner, together with six sons and daughters survive to mourn her loss, one son, Henry R. Drake having preceded her to the better land at Onarga, Illinois, on December 28, 1876. The living sons and daughters are Mrs. B.F. Duncan, Daniel J. Drake, Mrs. Sarah E. Coyner and Mrs. Emma E. Coyner of Burr Oak. Mrs. S.S. Porter of Springdale, Arkansas, and Frank M. Drake of Mankato, Kansas. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.C.Walker at the M.E. church, Feb. 13, assisted by Elder Truman of the Christian church. The text chosen was the 4th verse of the 21st chapter of Revelation. By her death her husband has lost a boon companion of 52 years. The sons and daughters a kind, watchful, solicitousand loving mother and the community a kind neighbor and friend. (Burr Oak Herald (Burr Oak, KS) February 16, 1899; Submitted by Jeanne Bedwell)

Roseanna Riner

Riner was born in Covington, Warren County, Indiana, Feb. 7th, 1834. Died in Burr Oak, Kansas, Nov. 10 th, 1893, aged 59 years, 9 months and 3 days. She moved with her parents to Iroquois County, Illinois in 1850. She was married to C.S. Pangborn Aug. 19th, 1852. In the autumn of this year, she was converted, and united with the M. E. church, remaining a faithful member of the same until death. In March of 1882 she came with her family to Burr Oak, Kansas where she has lived until the present time. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive her. Frank E. Pangborn, of Malden, Ill., Mrs. Fred Norton, of Grant's Pass, Oregon, Mrs. W.E. Noyes, Mrs. W. M. Heaston, Melvin Pangborn, and Quincy Pangborn, of Burr Oak, Kansas. Her son Jesse died in March 1872. Her husband, one brother and one sister, Mr. Wm. Riner and Mrs. Hannah Drake are still living, and they with a large circle of other relatives and friends, sincerely mourn her death. Though severely afflicted, she was always patient and cheerful and seemed never sop happy as when her family and friends were gathered around her fireside. She was usually unable to attend the services of the church, but her well-worn bible was her constant companion and her faith in its promise was steadfast and comforting. The funeral services were beautiful and impressive. The sermon was preached by Rev. H.B. Breed, an old friend of the family.  A happy home has been broken up, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the children and to the husband who has so long, and so tenderly, cared for his companion in her helplessness.
"Let us be patient! these severe afflictions Not from the ground arise But oftentimes celestial benedictions Assume this dark disguise There is no Death! What seems so is transition This life of mortal breath, Is but a suburb of the life Elysian, Whose portal we all Death."  (Burr Oak Herald, (Burr Oak, KS) November 16, 1893; Submitted by Jeanne Bedwell)

William Riner
Riner was born in Warren county, Indiana, September 25, 1840, died at his home in Burr Oak, Kansas, December 19, 1907, aged 67 years, 2 months, and 24 days. He was the son of Daniel and Mary (Starry) Riner and when ten years of age he removed with them to Iroquois county, Illinois, where he lived on a farm until the breaking out of the Civil war. On November 20th 1861 he offered his services to his country and enlisted in Company M 9th Illinois cavalry. With his regiment he participated in many hard fought battles and experienced the hardships incident to the army in the time of war. He was mustered out of the service on March 13th, 1865 and returned to his home in Illinois. He was married December 13th 1867 to Miss Jennie Lewis. In 1881 they moved to Jewell county settling in Burr Oak township, which has been their home for more than thirty-six years. In the early days Mr. Riner went through all the hardships common to the pioneers, but having faith in the country and being energetic and industrious, by patience and perseverance he acquired a competency which supported him when he was no longer able to engage in active pursuits. He had a pleasant and attractive home in Burr Oak to which he retired, still owing a valuable farm in the southwest part of the township where he first settled. Mr. Riner was one of a family of nine children, all of whom have now passed away, Mr. Riner being the last survivor. His death was due to paralysis from which he had suffered for more than twenty years. He united with the M.E. church at this place in 1873 and has remained a consistent Christian during all these years. He was a man of genial disposition, gentle and kind-hearted, never complaining because of his affliction and always greeting his friends with a pleasant word and a cheery smile. He leaves a devoted wife, many relatives and innumerable friends to mourn his departure. The funeral was held at the M.E. church last Friday afternoon at two o'clock and was conducted by Revs. W.A. VanGundy and J. M. Willis, the music for the occasion being furnished by Mrs. A. W. Mann, Mrs. R.W. Johnston, Mr. M. C. Berkeley, and Dr. W. L. McCormick with Mrs. M. C. Berkeley at the organ. After the funeral a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives followed the body to its resting place in the beautiful Oak cemetery. The Herald joins the bereaved relatives in sympathyon account of the grief that has come upon them. [Burr Oak Herald (Burr Oak, Kansas) December 26, 1907; Submitted by Jeanne Bedwell)

Charlotte McMeen Robinson

Charlotte McMeen Robinson
was born at Belfast, Ireland, August 12, 1817. She was married to Thomas Robinson at Porter Down, Ireland, in 1838. There was born to them nine children, six girls and three boys. They with their first child came to Lockport, New York in 1841, and in 1846 to the vicinity of Elgin, Ill. In 1855 they moved to Iroquois County while the country was new, their nearest neighbor being five miles distant. Their eldest son enlisted in the Civil War in 1862, where he died. In 1873 her husband died, after which most of her time was spent with her daughters, until the Master called for her October 2nd, 1903, at the age of 86 years, one month and twenty-one days there being two daughters and one son to survive her. She became a member of the Presbyterian Church when a child and always lived in the fear of the Lord. She was a kind and loving mother, and was ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, and leaves many kind memories with those who knew her. Her last request was "Master take me, and the Master's reply was "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord". ["LEADER AND REVIEW", Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois, October 8, 1903. - Submitted by Judy Robinson Nelson who says this is for my Dad's Grandmother. She and her husband purchased land in Iroquois County in 1856. Judy Robinson Nelson]

Marjorie Rothgeb

Rothgeb Child Dies After Desperate Illness
The death of the little daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Warren
Rothgeb, Marjorie, nearly three years old, Saturday afternoon, had been the occasion of much sympathy from the entire community. For weeks the little girl had struggled in an apparently hopeless struggle with pneumonia and spinal meningitis. The child was beginning to gain strength and the parents had begun to hope, when the weakened body failed to rally through a slight relapse Saturday afternoon. It was an unusual case and the family has been sorely afflicted, two other members having been seriously ill during the past weeks. A nurse, who was caring for the child, was also taken sick during her attendance. The little girl's funeral was held yesterday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. Cooke in the presence of many sorrowing friends and relatives. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, sister and brother and many other relatives. [The Milford Herald Thursday Afternoon, January 20, 1916 front page]

Roush [Infant]

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Roush, of Crescent City, died Wednesday night.  The funeral services were held in the Congregational church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Mrs. Roush is the daughter of G.B. George of this city. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday, May 4, 1892; Sub. by dmcneeley]

Harry Rush
Rites for Native of Milford Conducted Here Yesterday

Funeral rites for Harry
Rush, 74, a native of the Milford community, were held at 2 P.M. yesterday, Wednesday , at the Barker Funeral home with the Rev. Walter Teasdale of Watseka officiating. In recent failing health , he has been a patient in an out of town hospital where he died Saturday night, Oct. 22, 1960. Burial will be in the Maple Grave Cemetery. Mrs. Paul Osborn was organist at the service and accompanied Warren Callahan who sang two hymns, "Abide with me" and "Beyond the Sunset." Pallbearers were George, Dale and Victor Rush, Louis and Larry Frerichs and
Frame. Floral tributes were in charge of Mrs. Louis Frerichs, Mrs. Jerry Sloan, Mrs. Victor Rush and Mrs. Dale Rush.
Rush was born in Milford on December 24, 1885, the son of Martin J. and Minnie Mate Rush. His marriage April 5, 1917 was with Ruby Callahan , who survives. Also surviving are: one son, Lt. Col. Roger S. Rush of the Pentagon, six grandchildren; an two sisters, Mrs. Laura Sloan of Milford and Mrs. Geneva Smith of Ohio, Il. One brother , Charles Rush preceded him in death. [Submitted by Lucy D. Briscoe/Green]


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