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Lela Mae Bailey
Lela Mae Bailey, 78, of Bonnie died 7 a.m. Dec. 4, 2004, at Jeffersonian Care Center in Mt. Vernon. She was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Bonnie to John F. and Edna Mae (Clinton) Beard. On June 7, 1954, she married Paul D. Bailey in Mt. Vernon; he survives. She was an owner and antique dealer with Bonnie Trading Post in Bonnie. Services were set for 1 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home with burial to follow in Kirk Cemetery in Ina. The Rev. Melvin Martin will officiate. Visitation was 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Survivors include her husband, Paul D. Bailey of Bonnie; son Ray Loss and wife Sue of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren Laura Lemons and husband Roger of Mt. Vernon and Karen Robinson and husband Bob of Mt. Vernon; five step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; and brother Bobby Wayne Beard and wife Elizabeth of Mt. Vernon. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Junior Beard, Ronald Dean Beard and Donald Foster Beard; and sisters LaVerne Alexander and Margie Dagg. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 618-242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

12/8/2004
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson



Thelma Arline Bailey
Thelma Arline Bailey, 95, of Mt. Vernon, died at 4:10 a.m. Nov. 23, 2004 at Jeffersonian Care Center. She was born to Ollie G. (Bumpus) and William O. Blacklidge in a log cabin on the farm of her grandfather, Robert Marion Bumpus in Jefferson County on June 9, 1909. The family moved to Mt. Vernon soon after. She attended the new Horace Mann School and graduated there. She married Virgil T. Bailey on Dec. 25, 1935 in Mt. Vernon. He died Oct. 4, 1994. She graduated from Brown Business College and worked for Pollock Lumber Co. and International Shoe Co. for several years as a bookkeeper. She continued to work for the people that bought Pollock Lumber Co. until she retired at age 90. She was also associated with her husband in the operation of Virgil T. Bailey, Inc. Graveside funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood Cemetery. Those attending this service are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Sunday. Mr. Randy Sells will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home. She is survived by three sons, J. Paul Bailey and wife, Patricia, Mt. Vernon, Daniel G. Bailey and wife, Dennie, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Roger Kent Bailey and friend Melva Haley, Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Beverly VanBebber and husband, Donald, Portland, Ore., Judith Gray and husband, Edmond, New Paltz, N.Y.; grand children Caesar, Roger Keith, Michelle, Jeniffer, Danny, Jr., Terry, Nathan and Anthony, as well as 17 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, John David Bailey, one granddaughter, Raynelle Hayes, one grandson, Troy Bailey, and one sister, Ruth Harlow. Mrs. Bailey was a member of Central Christian Church and Royal Neighbors.

11/26/2004
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Genevieve Bakel
Genevieve Bakel, 90, of Mt. Vernon died 5:30 p.m. March 4, 2005, at Fieser Nursing Home in Fenton, Mo. She was a retired seamstress from Glassmans Department Store and also did alterations privately. Mrs. Bakel was born Oct. 14, 1914, in Franklin County to Wilford A. and Laura (Harter) Sherwood. She first married Cletus Ripplinger April 23, 1947; he died in June of 1952. She then married Roy J. Bakel Oct. 5, 1963, in Mt. Vernon; he died April 25, 2001. Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Von Deeke will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. Mrs. Bakel is survived by two sons, David Ripplinger and wife Carol of Elk River, Minn., and Dan Ripplinger and wife Sara Sue “Suzi” of High Ridge, Mo.; two grandsons, Ethan Ripplinger of Elk River, Minn., and Michael Lewis and wife Eunice of Cathedral City, Calif; and a great-granddaughter, Ambry Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and three brothers. Mrs. Bakel was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Ladies Sodality at St. Mary’s Church and the American Quilter’s Society. She taught quilting at Rend Lake. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further information.

3/8/2005
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Fred R. Baker Jr
Fred R. Baker Jr, 68, Champaign, died May 13, 2005, in the Hospital European de Paris in Paris, France. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Knob Prairie Cemetery, Waltonville. The Rev. Merle Fullerton will officiate. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign. Mr. Baker was born Sept. 9, 1936, in Waltonville, a son of Fred and Erma Wells Baker Sr. He married Jean Gamache on Dec. 7, 1957, in Chicago. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Baker of Indianapolis, Ind., and Beth Baker of Mahomet; one son, Mark Baker of Champaign; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, David Baker of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Daniel Baker of Mt. Vernon. He was preceded in death by one sister. Mr. Baker was a member of the Champaign Urbana Federation of Musicians, the Medicare 7, 8 or 9, the Parkland Jazz Band and the University of Illinois Alumni Association. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-58. He was employed at Kraft Foods in Champaign for 35 years. After his retirement in 1996, he played locally and toured with the Guy Lombardo Band.

5/20/2005
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Minnie Isabelle McLaughlin Baldridge
MINNIE BALDRIDGE DIES IN CALIFORNIA: Mrs. Minnie Baldridge, 55, of Santa Barbara, CA., died Monday, February 12 in Lompoc, California. She was born January 8, 1896, near Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth Ames McLaughlin and resided here until June 1940. when she moved to Santa Barbara to make her home. She was married to Arthur Baldridge, who preceded her in death. Also dead are her father, mother and two brothers, Albert Anderson and Hezekiah (Kiah) McLaughlin. Surviving are two sons, George, a divinity student at Wilmore, Ky.., and Lee of Santa Barbara, CA. Her funeral and burial were in Arroyo Grande, California.

Source: Lompoc Record
Date: 1951
Submitted by: Geraldine Hughes Brown
Relationship: Great Aunt

Freda K. Ballard
Freda K. Ballard, 93, of Mt. Vernon died 12:45 p.m. May 28, 2005, at her residence in Mt. Vernon. She was born May 27, 1912, in Woodlawn to Fred and Kate (Spangler) Schmidt. On June 15, 1963, she married Gale R. Ballard in Ladue, Mo., and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2002. Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. today at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Mt. Vernon, with interment to follow. Survivors include a son, Trent Ballard and wife Darlene of Mt. Vernon; daughters Donna Stewart and husband Leon of Morton and Connie Myers and husband David of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren David Ballard of Carbondale, Gary and wife Debby Ballard of Estes Park, Colo., Julie and husband Larry Lowery of Bluford, Cassie Stewart of Tampa, Fla., Nathan Stewart of Morton, Jayma Barbian and husband Bruce of Mt. Vernon, Nick Meyers and wife Tracy of High Ridge, Mo., and Shay Johnson and husband Dan of St. Peters, Mo.; five grandchildren; and very special friend Ann Schmidt of Pheonix, Ariz. Preceding her in death were her parents and husband. Freda was a school teacher for 44 years and will be missed by many former students. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon and the Wesleyan Service Women. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 618-242-3348 for further information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 6-1-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Vivian I. Ballard
Vivian I. Ballard, 81, of Mt. Vernon died 2:30 a.m. Sept. 2, 2001, at her home. She was employed by the State of Illinois Department of Children & Family Services until her retirement. Mrs. Ballard was born June 13, 1920, in Jefferson County to Joseph D. and Vesta (Dees) Wilson. She married Melvin E. Ballard on Sept. 11, 1937, in Mayfield, Ky.; he survives. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home. The Rev. Clifford Hicks will officiate. Burial will be at South Hickory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ballard is survived by one son, Roger Ballard and wife Darlene of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, "T.J." Tawanna Hayes and friend Stanley Higginson of McLeansboro; six grandchildren, LeeAnn West and husband Dwight of Mt. Vernon, Keyma Fitzjerrells and friend Mike Finney of Mt. Vernon, Tanya Sheeler and husband Keith of Mt. Vernon, Faron Ballard and wife Crystal of Mt. Vernon, Jodi Evans and husband Jerald of Radom, and Chanda Koch and husband Jay of Mt. Vernon; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Glenn H. "Mutt" Wilson and wife Geraldine of Mt. Vernon, Byford Wilson and wife Millie of Mt. Vernon, and Bill Wilson and wife Jessie "Pug" of Walnut Hill; one sister, Faye Wells of Bonnie; brother-in-law Gale Ballard and wife Freda; sister-in-law Harriett Wilson of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ballard was a member of Bakerville Freewill Baptist Church. She was active in many area saddle clubs for many years. She was very proud of her family and enjoyed each of their accomplishments. She was a compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a loving sister and aunt. Mrs. Ballard was most happy at all types of horse-related events and especially trail riding and camping.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ronnie Lynn Ballard; two brothers, Gale Wilson and Lowell Wilson; brother-in-law Everett Wells; and sister-in-law Alma Bauman.  Hughey Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Herschel Barringer
Hershel D. BARRINGER, 76, of Mt. Vernon, IL died at 8:45 a.m. December 29,2000, at Jeffersonian Care Center in Mt. Vernon. He worked at Consolidated Coal for 15 years and for General Radiator for 18 years.
Mr. Barringer was born December 8, 1924 in Goreville, IL to Issa and Bertha (Tripp) Barringer. He married Lillie (Kelton) Barringer she survives. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Raymond Capps will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 5 p.m. tonight at the Johnston Funeral Home.
In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Deana Hale and husband Dennis of Mt. Vernon, Nancy Ortega and husband Mike of Varna, Wendy Whittington of Mt. Vernon; a son Larry Barringer of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren, Becky Tyler and husband Jeff of Smyrna, TN, Brian Barringer of Henry, Jerry Hale of Mt. Vernon, and Daryl Price of Mt. Vernon; two great grandchildren; Joshua and Jacob Barringer of Henry.
Mr. Barringer was a member of the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 and the Mt. Vernon V.F.W. post 1376. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two sisters.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Saturday/Sunday December 30-31, 2000
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Ulyssus Samuel Barton
Dies At Age 83 At Waltonville
Ulyssus Samuel Barton, a retired farmer, died at 2:30 a.m. today at his home north of Waltonville. He was 83 years of age. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lone Prairie Christian Church. The Rev. Mr. Weatherford of Dahlgren will conduct the services, and burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. The body will be taken from the Fry Funeral Home to the family home north of Waltonville at 2 p.m. Wednesday where it will lie in state until the funeral hour.
Mr. Barton was born January 7, 1873, in Warren county, Ky. He was married July 11, 1905, in Carmi to Zadie Wilder, who survives. He was a member of the Little Wabash Primitive Baptist Church. Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Norbert of Marissa and Cyril of Waltonville; two daughters, Mrs. Nola Lenington of Bluford and Mrs. Florence Edwards of Flint, Mich.; ten grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Augusta M. Barva
Mrs. Augusta M. Barva, 97, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., died in St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia, Ill., March 8, 1995.  Born at Mt. Carmel, Ill., Sept. 18, 1897, she was a daughter of the late Hubert and Sarah Bowman Cline. She was married to William Barva on Oct. 30, 1915 in Randolph County (AR).  Mr. Barva died Feb. 3, 1949. Three brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon and was once employed as a stitcher at Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory. Funeral was Saturday, March 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Father Bert Iffert officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, under direction of Hughey Funeral Home of Mt. Vernon. She is survived by four daughters, Iris May and Pauline Sefried of Mt. Vernon, Josephine Ruble of Maynard (AR) and Donna Abert of Highland, Ill.; a son, William Barva of Alamogorda, N. M.; a brother, Harold Cline of Maynard; 26 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. -- [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, March 16, 1995; submitted by Freda Roberts.]


Lillian Mary Barva
Dies at Age 62; Funeral Friday
Miss Lillian Mary Barva died at her home, 1113 south 21st street, at 4:30 o'clock this morning. In failing health since last July, Miss Barva had observed her 62nd birthday last Saturday, January 2.
She was born in Jefferson County January 2, 1892, the daughter of Louis B. and Julia [Rosselot] Barva, who preceeded her in death. She attended Jefferson county schools and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church here.
The body will lie in state at the Pulley Funeral Home where friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home Thursday evening at 7 o'clock.
Funeral service will be held from St. Mary's Church Fridaymorning, with the Reverend James P. Burke conducting the funeral mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Surviving are a brother, Leo Barva of Mundelein, Ill. and five sisters, Miss Myrtle Barva; Mrs. Margaret Melton; Mrs. Ruth Urich; and Mrs. Aline Wicks, all of Mt.Vernon, and Mrs. Agnes Miner of Cambria, Iowa.
Four brothers preceeded her in death.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, January 1954
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco
Relationship: great niece



Myrtle Barva
Myrtle Barva, 91, 109 N. 15th St., and late of Nature Trail Nursing Home, died at 7:35 p.m. Sunday at the nursing home.
She was born June 21, 1894, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Louis and Julie [Rosselott] Barva.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Melvin Vandeloo officiating. Burial will be in St.Mary's Cemetery.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hughey Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Survivors indlude four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Ulrich and Mrs. Margaret Melton of Mt.Vernon. Mrs. Agnes Minor of Cambria, Iowa. And, Mrs. Aline Wicks of Mt.Vernon; one brother, Leo Barva of Plantation, Fla. and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceeded in death by her parents, four brothers, William, Paul, Louis, and Manuel Barva; and one sister, Lillian Barva.
She was retired from the Mt.Vernon Shoe Factory after working there 30 years.
She was a member of the St.Mary's Catholic Church of of the Ladies Sodality.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, Jan 26, 1986
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco

Ray Bass
Nephew of Mt. V Resident Dies
Mrs. S. T. Jolly of 307 Casey Avenue has been notified of the death of her nephew, Ray Bass, 59, of Decatur, late Monday. He was a director and official of the Staley Manufacturing Company. Mr. and Mrs. Jolly and their son, Carl, will attend the funeral in Decatur Thursday at 1:30 pm.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 9 March 1955
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Alfred Arthur Bean
Alfred Arthur "Mugs" Bean, 91, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2008, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born in Jefferson County on Dec. 13, 1916, a son of Franklin Edward and America Angeline (Rightnowar) Bean. He married Ella Louise Anderson on Feb. 2, 1945, in Clovis, N. M., and she preceded him in death on March 30, 2004.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Mr. Michael Sheets officiating. Interment will follow at West Salem Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Members of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mugs is survived by a son, Edward Earl Bean and wife Beth of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters, Betsy Way and husband Ruel of Bartlett, Tenn., Linda McKinney and husband Gary of East Peoria, Mary Ann Morris and husband Virgil of Mt. Vernon; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Smith, Krista Way, Melissa Camaione, Christopher McKinney, Brianna Bean, Kristin Bean, Perry Morris, Jeanine Richardson and Melinda Kuntz; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents; his wife; four brothers, Albert W., Veachel W., Stanton and Gleason Bean; his sister, Clarice Taylor; and one granddaughter, Valerie Morris, preceded him in death.
Mugs served in the Pacific Theater of Operations with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, worked for 38 years at Bean Standard Service (the last eight years as owner) prior to retirement, was a member of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1376, Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4, was awarded Senior Saint in 2003 and was a member of Meadowbrook Christian Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhomel969.com for further information and to send condolences.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: March 11, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


America (Mary) Evangeline Bean
Funeral Services Set Saturday For America Bean
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Myers Chapel for America (Mary) Evangeline Bean, 84, Rt. 2, Waltonville. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Bean died at 2:20 a.m. today in Jefferson Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for the past two months.
She was born March 7, 1884, in Jefferson county, the daughter of James and Mahala Troutt Rightnowar. She was married to Frank Bean on Aug 1, 1901.
Mrs. Bean who was a member of the Long Prairie Church of Christ, is survived by her husband; five sons, Stanton, Veachel and Alfred of Raxana; one daughter, Clarice Taylor of Waltonville; a sister, Nancy Wilthong of Paragould, Ark.; 13 grandchildren.
Friends may call at Myers Chapel after 4 p.m. Friday.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Frank Bean
Frank Bean, 87, of Waltonville, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday in Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He was a farmer anda former member of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Chapel with the Rev. James Piercy officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens. The body will lie in state at the Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 5:30 p.m. today. Mr. Bean was born August 14, 1881, in Jefferson County the son of William A. and Sarah (Dees) Bean. On August 1, 1901, in Jefferson county, he was married to America Evangline Rightnowar who died in September 1968. Survivors include five sons, Stanton, Veachel and Alfred, all of Mt. Vernon, Gleason of Knights Town, Ind., and Albert of Roxanan, Ill., one daughter, Clarice Taylor of Waltonville; one sister, Mrs. Fern Wells of Scheller; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the long Prairie Church of Christ.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Mona M. (Humphrey) Bean
Mona M. Bean, 97, a former Benton resident, died Aug, 25, 1999, at Northgate Nursing Home in Florissant, Mo. She was born Dec. 16, 1901, in Jefferson County to Noah Calvin and Stella (Lisenby) Humphrey. On April 3, 1921, she married Walter Leonard Bean, who died Oct. 30, 1983. Services will be at noon Friday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Phillip Ingle officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Survivors include Mrs. Bean's daughter, Jackie Hayes of Florissant, Mo.; two grandsons, Bret Hayes and wife Sonya of Florissant and Bruce Hayes and wife Clarita of St. Charles, Mo.; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Vermadell Travis of Peoria, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Bean was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton and Campground Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Leota Mick; and a son-in-law, Bob Hayes. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Benton and will be accepted at the funeral home.

DOD: 25 Aug 1999
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard

Donald F. Beard Sr.
Donald F. Beard Sr., 64, of Dix died 11:37 p.m. Nov. 20, 2004, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born April 30, 1940, in Ina, a son of John Foster and Edna (Clinton) Beard Sr. Mr. Beard was of the Southern Baptist faith. Before he became disabled, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Beard is survived by a daughter, Donna DeKalb and husband Faron of Centralia; a son, Donald F. "Donny" Beard Jr. and girlfriend Krystin Oliver of Benton; a sister, Lela Mae Bailey of Mt. Vernon; and a brother, Bobby Wayne Beard Sr. of Mt. Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Donella Beard; two brothers, John Beard Jr. and Ronald Beard; and two sisters, Laverne Alexander and Margie Dagg. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Burial will be in Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Tuesday at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. For those who wish, memorials in Mr. Beard’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time. For more information you may contact Johnston Funeral Home at 242-0604

11/24/2004
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Erie Beckham
Erie Beckham, 101, of Jeffersonian Nursing Home, formerly of 1215 Jones St., died 7:50 p.m. Aug. 16, 1990, at Jeffersonian Nursing Home. Mrs. Beckham was employed at the Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory for several years. She was born Jan. 16, 1889, in Jefferson County, a daughter of S. H. and Mary Emmaline (Strain) Wilson. In 1907 in Jefferson County, she married Joe Beckham, who died in 1953. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Grant Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in South Hickory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Beckham is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Denham of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Mrs. Opal Wells and Mrs. Mildred Kries, both of San Diego; five grandchildren, Betty Jean Brown, JoEllen Campbell, Donald Denham, Neva Holdstein and Sandra Kissner; nine great-grandchildren; six great-greatgrandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. Mrs. Beckham was a member of South Hickory Hill Christian Church. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: August 16, 1990
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Howard N. Beckham
Howard N. Beckham, 91, of Mt. Vernon, died 8:15 a.m. Oct 24, 1997, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. Mr. Beckham was retired from the State of Illinois as a grounds foreman at the Tinley Park Hospital and was also a farmer. Born Oct. 10, 1906, in Witt, in Montgomery County, he was a son of Odes Beckham and Nancy Elizabeth (Hays) Beckham. He married Lela M. Donelson Berdon on Feb. 28, 1959, in Manteno and she survives. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home with J. Howard Kraps officiating. Burial will be in South Hickory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home. Mr. Beckham is survived by his wife Lela M. Beckham of Mt. Vernon, stepson Doyle Berdon and wife Fay of Afton, Wyo., stepdaughters Doris Berden of Sun Rise Beach, Mo., and Rosalee Jameson and husband Wayne of Wilmington, eight stepgrandchildren, eight great-stepgrand- children and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold Beckham; and stepdaughter Lora Lucille Berdon. For further information you may call Hughey Funeral Home at 242-3348.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Oct. 25, 1997
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans


Pearl D. Beckham
Pearl D. Beckham, 79, of Bonnie died 3:50 p.m. Dec. 8, 2004, at her daughter’s home in Waltonville. She was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Bluford, a daughter of John Orville and Dena (McDaniel) Donoho. She married Uhlan D. Beckham Aug. 23, 1947, in Mt. Vernon; he survives in Bonnie. Mrs. Beckham is also survived by a daughter, Paula S. Gentry and husband Ed of Waltonville; a brother, Lee Donoho of Bluford; a sister, Louise Neff and husband Ruthven of Bluford; two grandsons, Dr. Kevin W. Pierce and wife Chris of Springfield, Mo., and the Rev. Jason D. Pierce and wife Ginger of Woodriver; a granddaughter, Bethany Johnson and husband Chad of Christopher; and seven great-grandchildren, Katrina, Dustin, Taylor, Kyle, Lindsey, Ryan and Lexi. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Melvin Donoho; and a grandson, Ryan Pierce. She was a bookkeeper for the Mammoth Department Store for may years and then worked at Stage Department Store. She had attended Bakerville Freewill Baptist Church. Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, with the Rev. Russell Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow at South Hickory Hill Cemetery in rural Jefferson County. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Newell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, where you may call 246-0100 for further information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 12-11-2004
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Frederick C. Beckman
Frederick C. Beckman Died At Age 81
Frederick C. Beckman, aged 81 years, 11 months and 10 days, died yesterday at 6:30 a.m. He is survived by a wife. Burial was had today at Hickory Hill, McClellan township, and the services were conducted by the Rev. J. B. Foster.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

James Beckman
Dies at Age 37
James H. Beckman died at 6:00 p.m. yesterday at his home on state route 148, three miles southwest of Mt. Vernon. His age was 37 years, five months, and three days. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at South Hickory Hill church. The Rev. Marsh Harpole and the Rev. Leonard Stevenson will conduct the services and burial will be in the nearby cemetery. The body will remain at the family home, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mr. Beckman is survived by his wife, Leatha Belle, two sons, Charles and Keith, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Beckman of Bonnie; three brothers, Howard of McLeansboro and Virgil and Johnny of Bonnie; and three sisters, Mrs. Herman Wilson of Bonnie, Mrs. Inez Engram of Herrin and Miss June Beckman of Bonnie.

*Note James Homer Beckman died June 15, 1948
Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: June 1948
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Joe V. Beckman
Joe V. Beckman Of Route 1 Dies At Age 69 Years
Joe V. Beckman of RFD 1, Mt. Vernon, died at 1:15 a.m. today at Jefferson Memorial Hospital at the age of 69 years, seven months, and eight days. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at South Hickory Hill church, with Rev. Eugene Fox officiating. Burial will in the adjoining cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. today. Mr. Beckman was born June 15, 1892, on Jefferson county, the son of Frederick and Mary (Sigwerth) Beckman. On July 22, 1911, in this city, he was married to Lucy Wells, who survives. He is also survived by a son, Merritt Beckman of this city; four daughters, Goldene Coble, Vereta Beckman, Evalena Beckman and Ramona Beckman, all of this city; a nephew, Hubert Bitner, who made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Beckman; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A son, Calvin, preceded him in death.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

James Keith Beckman
James Beckman Of Mt. Vernon Died At Age 22
James Keith Beckman, 22, 724 S. 23 St., was dead on arrival at 3:32 a.m. Nov. 14, 1986, at Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr. Beckman was born Jan. 13, 1964, in Beech Grove, Ind., the son of James Keith and Judy Kay (Jackson) Beckman, who survive. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Melvin Vandeloo and Monsignor James P. Burke officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home. Burke will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In addition to his parents, who live in Opdyke, survivors include on sister Julie Beckman of Houston; one grandmother, Mrs. Rosemary Jackson of Mt. Vernon; one great-grandmother, Mrs. Rose Shipman of Mt. Vernon; and several aunts and uncles. Mr. Beckman was formerly employed in the meat department at Country Fair. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by grandparents David Jackson and James and Letha Belle Beckman.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Nov. 14, 1986
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans


Lucy M. Beckman
Lucy Beckman Of Mt. Vernon Died At Age 80
Mrs. Lucy M. Beckman, 80, of Route 1 died at 4:15 p.m. yesterday at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the South Hickory Hill Christian church of which she was a member, with the Rev. Grant Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Friends may call at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville, where the body will lie in state after 6 p.m. today. Mrs. Beckman was born in Jefferson county May 27, 1890, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Spotts) Wells. She was married July 22, 1911, to Joe V. Beckman, who preceded her death in 1962. Surviving relatives include one son, Merritt at home; four daughters, Mrs. Glodine Goble of Mt. Vernon, Miss Vereta Beckman, and Miss Evalena Beckman, and Miss Ramona Beckman, all at home; two grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. A nephew, Hubert Bitner, resided at the home of his aunt. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, three brothers, and five sisters.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Handwritten date in margin - April 4, 1971
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Marie Opal Beckman
Marie Opal Beckman Of Elk Prairie Died At Age 6
Marie Opal Beckman, aged six year, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Beckman, in Elk Prairie, this morning. The funeral services will be held Saturday morning and the remains interred at Hickory Hill.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Vona A. Beckman
Vona Beckman Of Bartonville Died At Age 82
Vona A. Beckman, 82, of 5728 W. Colt Drive, Bartonville, died at 1 a..m. Saturday, June 29, 1991, at Methodist Medical Center. Born Aug. 23, 1908, in Jefferson County to John R. and Edith E. Harmon Rhymes, she married Ervie H. Beckman on Feb. 27, 1929, in Benton. He died on Feb. 12, 1975. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Doris K. Ford, three sisters, two brothers and one grandson. She is survived by three sons, William R. of Elmwood, and Stanley R. and Maurice H., both of Salem; three daughters, Mary L. Vaughn and Betty A. Vaughn, both of Bartonville, and Beverly J. Rauthenberg of East Peoria; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Artesia, Calif., chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Schmidt-Haller Funeral Parlors in East Peoria, with the Rev. Gaylord Buss officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral parlors. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: June 29, 1991
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Veretta M. Beckman
Veretta M. Beckman, 76, Route 1, Mt. Vernon, died 5:20 a.m. April 16, 1993, at Crossroads Community Hospital. Miss Beckman was a retired seamstress from Lyngai Garment Factory in Sesser. She was born July 3, 1916, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Joe V. and Lucy M. (Wells) Beckman. Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home with Grant Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow at South Hickory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home. Miss Beckman is survived by three sisters, Evalena Beckman, Ramona Beckman and Glodene Goble, all of Mt. Vernon; two nieces, Rosella Mooney of Mt. Vernon and JoAnn Abrams of Ina; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Miss Beckman was a member of South Hickory Hill Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Calvin Beckman and Merritt Beckman. Memorials may be made to South Hickory Hill Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

April 16, 1993
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Thelma Beck
Thelma Souers Beck, 94, of Mt. Vernon died at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at her home. She was born on August 18, 1909, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Harry and Theodicia (McMeen) Patton. She married Gordon Souers on Nov. 16, 1939, in Mt. Vernon and he preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1966. She married John F. Beck on April 1, 1974, in Mt. Vernon and he preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 1985. She is survived by four nephews, Harry Patton and wife Patty of Bloomfield, Ind., Glen Arthur Patton and wife Margaret of Nashua, N.H., Jerry Roney and wife Margo of Mossy Rock, Wash., and Steve Roney and wife Susan of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; two nieces, Linda Boring of Atlanta, Ga., and Sharon Doman and husband of Rifle, Colo,; and several great-nephews and great-nieces. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William Glen Patton and Gleason George Patton; and a sister, Helena Roney. Thelma was a homemaker and a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Everett Lemay officiating. Interment will be at Mr. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves

Ida Helen Benard
Ida Helen Benard, 88, of Mt. Vernon and formerly of Iuka died 7:55 a.m. April 11, 2005, at Doctor’s Health and Rehabilitation in Salem. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Benard was born March 5, 1917, in Iuka to Kelly Newton and Jessie (Billings) Finn. She married Lloyd Turner; he preceded her in death. She later married Lester Benard in Mt. Vernon; he survives. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem. Burial will follow in Romine Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem. Mrs. Benard is survived by her husband, Lester Benard of Mt. Vernon; a son, Jim Turner of Iuka; a daughter, Helen Marie Miles of Glen Carbon; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim Finn of Iuka. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; a daughter, Linda Sue Turner; three brothers, George, Albert and Louis Finn; and two sisters, Mary Finn and Florence Wyatt. Mrs. Benard was a member of Bell Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. For more information, you may contact Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home at 548-3308.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 4-14-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Drew Anthony Bennett
Drew Anthony Bennett, 12, of Route 2, Xenia died at 11:08 a.m. Feb. 3, 2005 at Children’s/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. He was born May 16, 1992 in Mt. Vernon to Bryan W. and Judy K. (Jones) Bennett of Xenia. He was a 7th grade student at Wayne City Grade School where he was involved with the 7th and 8th grade Olympiad Team, Pep Club, National Junior Beta Club and was on the basketball, baseball and track teams. He was a High Honor students. J.A.K.E.S. of National Wild Turkey Federation and the Fellowship of Christian Sportsman. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7, 2005 at Orchardville Community Church, Orchardville. Bro. Tracy Bennett, Bro. Cliff Clark and Bro. Mark Shell will officiate. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Xenia. Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Natasha Bennett, at home; special friend, Serena Schuhart, Xenia; maternal grandmother, Nancy Lane, Wayne City; paternal grandparents, Richard and Diane Bennett, Xenia; paternal great grandparents, Andrew and Shelia Mayo, Rinard, Laura Bennett, Xenia; paternal great-great-grandmother, Alberta Pennington, Fairfield as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mandy Kaye. He was a member of Trinity General Baptist Church where he was a member of the Youth Group, Fairfield. Memorial may be made to the family. Drew was a Gift of Life donor. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hosselton Funeral Home, Cisne.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2-5-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


John Herbert Bennett
John Herbert Bennett, 63, of Mt. Vernon and formerly of Belleville died 8:01 p.m. Jan. 21, 2005, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Bennett was born June 11, 1941, in Bloomington to Herbert and Jennifer (Auckland) Bennett. He graduated from Salem High School in 1959. He worked in the engineering department at Scott Air Force Base until retirement in 1996. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He was a Methodist. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Bennett of Mt. Vernon, and a sister, Patricia Brangle and husband John of St. Louis. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oddfellows Cemetery of McLeansboro, with the Rev. Rachel Stockle officiating. Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon is in charge of arrangements, where you may call 246-0100 for further information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 1-26-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Margaret A. Benson
Margaret A. Benson, 75, of Mt. Vernon died 6:45 p.m. Jan. 7, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Jefferson County to Emery and Opal (Hayes) Huston. She first married George C. Trotter on May 13, 1947, and he died April 2, 1967. She then married Owen Benson in December 1978 in Norris City and he died Feb. 6, 1998. She was a nurses aid at the Hamilton County hospital for 22 years. Services are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lighthouse Baptist Church located one mile east of Mt. Vernon-Outland Airport on Illinois 15 East. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Rev. Frank Huston will officiate. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Lighthouse Baptist Church. Survivors include sons Jerry Trotter and wife Wilma of Mt. Vernon and Calvin Trotter and wife Tina of Mt. Vernon; daughters Marsha Absalom of Salem and Vickie Moore and husband Brad of Dahlgren; brothers Richard Huston and wife Betty of Mt. Vernon, Everett Huston and wife Merlene of Mt. Vernon, Rev. Frank Huston and wife Anita of Mt. Vernon and Jerry Ray Huston and wife Carolyn of Florida; sisters Barbara Poole and husband Stanley of Mt. Vernon and Nellie Petty and husband Lyndell of Florida; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sister Flora Ellen Trotter and husband Henry Trotter and grandson Chase Delaney. Mrs. Benson was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church where she was very active and loved very much and served as a member of the Home Community Education.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 1-11-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Harve Benthall
Dies at Hospital; Funeral Sunday
Harve C. Benthall, a resident of Waltonville, died at the Mt. Vernon Hospital at one o'clock this afternoon. He had been a patient there for the past three weeks. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Waltonville M.E. church. Burial will be made in the Dryden cemetery. The body will remain at the home until the funeral hour. Mr. Benthall was born in Jefferson county on Jan. 15, 1865, and his age was 70 years and 11 months. He was a son of the late William H. and Sarah Wilson Benthall. He spent many years engaged in farming and was industrious and successful throughout his active life. He had been retired since 1918. He was united in marriage with Eva Smith in ? and she survives as well as one daughter, two brothers, and four sisters. The daughter is Mrs. Alice L. Black of Waltonville. The brothers are Dave Benthall of Du Quoin. The James Benthall of Scheller and sisters are Mrs. Julia Hill of Peoria, Mrs. Cora Sulcer, Rachel Robinson and Martha Davis, all of Waltonville.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

John Beppler
Beppler, John b. Feb. 9, 1856, Schultz,Germany; died Dec. 15, 1938 at home in Mt. Vernon, Il. Came to USA in 1880 to McLeansboro, Il.; has resided in Mt. Vernon since 1906. Leaves widow, Christina; 4 sons John G., William, Herman Jr., and Henry W. Beppler all of Mt. Vernon; 3 daughters Mrs. Hanna Deitz & Mrs. Christina Harlow, & Veta Driskell of Detroit, Michigan.

Source: McLeansboro Times Leader
Date: Dec 22 1938
Submitted by Nanette Riley
Relationship: Great Great Granddaughter

Philbert Newton Beppler Sr.
Rev. Philbert Beppler Sr., 69, of 1416 S. 13th. St., died at 9:15 A.M. Monday at his home. He was a retired cement mason,Mr. Beppler was born in Jefferson Co. on March 01, 1910, the son of John and Stella [White] Beppler. He was married to Renolda Rice on April 30, 1932 in Mt. Vernon and she survives. He was a minister and evangelist for 26 yrs., and was a member of the Evangelist Messenger's Association, and the MIA. Funeral services will be held at Hughey-Pulley Funeral Home with the Rev. Everett Lewis and the Rev. Gary Karch officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 6 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Besides his wife Renolda, Mr. Beppler is survived by 5 sons Luther [Sonny] Beppler, Philbert Beppler Jr., Frank Beppler, and Jack Beppler, all of Mt. Vernon, and Robert Rice of Springfield; 5 daughters, Dorothy Thompson, Carolyn Borowiak, Glenda Walden,and Peggy Beppler all of Mt. Vernon, and Pat Johnson of Ina; 49 grandchildren,17 great grandchildren. One brother Luther G. Beppler; 3 half brothers, Harrison White of Centralia, Isaac white of Springfield, and Andrew White of Parma Heights, Ohio; and 2 half sisters, Ruth nichols of Opdyke, and Rachel Bright, of Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one half brother, and 3 grandchildren.

Source: Mt.Vernon Register News
Date: 1979
Submitted by Nanette Riley
Relationship: Granddaughter

Arlin Henry Berger
Arlin Henry Berger, 84, of Mt. Vernon died 1:50 p.m. Sept. 1, 2004, at Mt. Vernon Care Center in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Berger was born Aug. 2, 1920. He married Virginia N. Berger; she died May 17, 2002. Private family funeral services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City. Mr. Berger is survived by daughters Cindy Villareal and husband Kevin of Mt. Vernon, Nancy Heck and husband Bob of Nason and Rosemary of Clanton, Okla.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother and a sister. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 9-4-2004
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Paul Charles Bertsch
Paul Charles Bertsch, 94, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 5:27 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2008, at his home. He was born in Jefferson County on Sunday, Aug. 31, 1913, a son of Charles and Catherine (Rostollan) Bertsch. He married Nellie Rockett on May 11, 1936, in Mt. Vernon, and she preceded him in death on July 16, 2001. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Father Daniel Jurek officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Paul is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ann Green and husband Walter of Texico; six grandchildren, Tammy Donoho and husband Darrell of Texico, Brent Green and wife Michelle of Washington, Ill., Bradley Green and wife DeAnn of Texico, Brian Green and wife Ramona of Texico, Teresa Knight and husband Keith of Texico, and Bruce Green and wife Gina of Texico; 18 grandchildren, Sara Harris and husband Matthew of Texico, Gina Hildreth and husband Bryan of Centralia, Loren and Trevor Underwood of Washington, Ill., Zachrey, Taryn, Mariah, Bryce and Madalyn, Nathaniel, Daniel, Samual and Denea Green, Blake and Megan Green, Kabra, Kelton and Kaylyn Knight, all of Texico; and brother-in-law, Ralph Bill Rockett of Mt. Vernon. His parents; his sister, Cecilia Bertsch; his brother, Lawrence Bertsch; and his cousin, Walter Rostollan preceded him in death. Paul worked at the International Shoe Company in Mt. Vernon for 45 years and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon. For those who wish, memorials may. be given to the St. Mary's School or to Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhomel969.com for further information and to send condolences.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Dominic E. “Skeets” Betlejewski
Dominic E. “Skeets” Betlejewski, 89, of Scheller died 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1915, in rural Scheller to Peter and Rose (Czerniejewski) Betlejewski. He married Frances (Kerry) Betlejewski April 22, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo. He was retired from W-G Motors, where he was an automotive technician for many years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church of Du Bois. Survivors include his wife, Frances; five daughters, Norma Richardson and husband Steve of Scheller, Xenia Restoff and husband Raymond of Scheller, Judy Spotanski and husband Charles of Maryville, Rita Wyciskalla and husband George of Scheller and Donna Lamke and husband Roger of Scheller; a brother, Stanley Betlejewski of Sullivan, Mo.; two sisters, Emelia Klingler and Hedwig Kowalski, both of Scheller; three sisters-in-law, Marie Frisch, Alice Pyszka and Dorothy Kerry; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Holly Noel Blue. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Charles Church in Du Bois, with Monsignor Melvin Vandeloo and the Rev. Bert Iffert officiating. Burial will follow at St. Barbara’s Cemetery in Scheller. Graveside military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 141 of Mt. Vernon. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, with the rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. For those wishing, memorials may be made to VNA TIP Hospice of Centralia or St. Barbara’s Cemetery and will be accepted at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, where you may call 279-7272 for more information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 1-31-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Anne R. Beveridge
Anne R. Beveridge, 18, Mt. Vernon, died 4:15 a.m. Jan. 14, 1994, at her home. She was a 1993 graduate of Mt. Vernon Township High School and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She was born July 20, 1975, in Mt. Vernon, a daughter of David M. and Sheila R. (Millburg) Beveridge.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Melvin Vandeloo officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home. Biblical wake services will be held at 8 p.m. today by Father Vandeloo.
Survivors include her parents of Mt. Vernon; a brother Brian Beveridge of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; sisters Christine A. Beveridge of St. Louis and Amanda L. Beveridge of Mt. Vernon; grandparents Joseph and Loretta Beveridge of Springfield and Robert and Mary Millburg of Girard; several uncles and aunts, including Joe and Mary Beveridge of Mt. Vernon; and several cousins, including Aaron, Melissa and Jason Beveridge.
She was preceded in death by her great grandparents.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves

Chloe Bevis
Ruby Chloe Bevis, 78, of Mt. Vernon died 7:45 a.m. Feb. 23, 2002 at her home in Mt. Vernon. She was a homemaker and manager of the fabric department at Wal-Mart for several years. Mrs. Bevis was born Mar.5,1923 in Jefferson Co., to Joseph Houston & Sarah Ruby (Duncan) Fowler. She married Kenneth W. Bevis Dec. 19, 1938 in Mt. Vernon. He survives.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by 3 sons, Larry Bevis & wife, Cathy (Kinison), of Fairfield; Mike Bevis & wife, Kyle(Lipps), of Mt. Vernon and Brad Bevis and wife, Lynne (Slack) of Edwardsville: 4 daughters, Diane & husband, Wayne Wilson of Ashley; Helen & husband, Wayne Mooney, of Dix; Patty & husband, Thad Heckman of Carbondale; and Brenda Ferguson of Dix. 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; 3 brothers: Sammy Fowler & wife, Loveta of Neoga; Danny Fowler & wife, Gladys of Ina; and Paul Fowler & wife, Darlene of Talkeetna, Alaska; 3 sisters: Dorothy Webb of Ewing;
Lois Glatz & Husband, Ted of Peoria; Nellie Adams & husband, Melvin, of Imperial, Mo. Several nieces & nephews.
She was a member of the Jefferson Co. Historical Society She was also a member of the Plus Ultra Sunday School class at Central Christian Church. She was an avid sports fan and was very active in various school activities with her chidlren & grandchildren. Chloe was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Bevis was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers:, Harry, Cleo, Clyde and Jake Fowler; 2 sisters, Ina Payne and Loretta Murphy.
The funeral will be at Central Christian Church with burial at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens.
["Mt. Vernon Register News", Feb 25, 2002 - Sub. By Diane Wilson]


Kenneth Wayne Bevis
Kenneth Wayne Bevis, 90, of Mt. Vernon, died Jan. 28, 2010 at the Residential Living Center in Mt. Vernon. He was born Jun 23, 1919 in Jefferson Co., to Paul and Dana (Smith) Bevis. He married Ruby Chloe Fowler on 12-19-1938 in Jefferson Co.
He has 7 surviving children: Larry (Cathy Kinison) Bevis, Diane (Wayne E. Wilson), Helen (Wayne) Mooney, Mike (Kyle Lipps) Bevis, Patty (Thad) Heckman, Brenda (Charlie) Wimberly, and Brad (Lynne Slack) Bevis.
Also surviving are 1 sister, June Spencer, of Fairfield, 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 10 great-great granchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a great-granddaughter and two grandsons-in-law.
He was a 50-year member of Central Christian Church. He served as a deacon and elder. He truly enjoyed singing gospel music in his early years and sang with a gospel quartet. He worked as a druggist for 50 years, most of the years being at South Side Drug Store. He and his wife were Modern Woodmen Representatives for 20 years.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Johnston Fun. Home in Mt. Vernon with Mr. J. Howard Kraps officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Kenneth received the benefits of the Shriners' generosity as a child, without which he may never have walked. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, any donations to the Shriner's Children's Hospital would be appreciated. [Mt. Vernon Register News, Jan 30, 2010 - Sub. by Diane Wilson]


Dana Bevis
Dana Bevis, 95, of Mt. Vernon died 3:30 a.m. April 28, 1996, at Nature Trail Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bevis was born May 22, 1900, in Jefferson Co., daughter of A.K. and Anna (Jenkins) Smith. On Oct. 2, 1918, in Jefferson Co., she married Paul P. Bevis, who died 11-2-1991.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Oakwood Cemetery with Randy Sells officiating. Those attending services are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at Johnston Fun. Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Bevis is survived by one son, Kenneth & wife Chloe of Mt. Vernon, one daughter, June and husband, Melvin Spencer, of Fairfield, 8 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.
She was a member of New Hope Free Will Bapt. Church.
Mrs. Bevis was preceded in death by her husband, 2 brothers (Orville and Harry Smith) and 4 sisters (Ruby Jeffers, Maize Hester, Magdalene Swope and Louise Akins.) [Mt. Vernon Register News, April 1996 - Sub. By: Diane Wilson, grand dau.]


Paul P. Bevis
Paul P. Bevis, 94, Mt. Vernon, died 5:31 p.m. Nov 2, 1991 at his home. Mr. Bevis was a retired farmer and coal miner.
He was born Sept 8, 1897 in Jefferson Co., a son of Princeton and Delia (Peavler) Bevis. On Oct 2, 1918 he married Dana Smith, who survives.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Johnston Fun. Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Greg Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cem. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Bevis is survived by one son, Kenneth (Chloe) Bevis of Mt. Vernon and one daughter, June (Melvin) Spencer of Fairfield, 8 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.
Mr. Bevis was a member of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Ina.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
[Mt. Vernon Register News, Nov 1991 - Sub. By: Diane Wilson, Granddau.]


Clyde J. Bickley
Clyde J. Bickley, 90, of Scandinavia, Wis., died June 25, 2005, at Riverside Medical in Waupaca.
Mr. Bickley was born Dec. 14, 1914, in Mt. Vernon, a son of the late Samuel W. and Nellie (Jessee) Bickley. He married Edna (Osborn) Bickley June 21, 1940, in Mt. Vernon; she survives.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Iola United Methodist Church. Stanley Bickley and the Rev. Raymond Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in the town of Iola, Wis.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Voie Funeral Home in Iola, Wis.
Mr. Bickley is survived by his wife, Edna of Scandinavia, Wis.; a daughter, Carolyn (Leroy) Borth of Iola, Wis.; two sons, Stanley (Joann) Bickley of Santa Maria, Calif., and Philip (Helen) Bickley of Wausau; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Bickley had been a dairy farmer, owning a farm in Mosinee from 1957 until 1968, when he and his wife moved to Scandinavia, Wis. Prior to that, he had been a maintenance engineer for Mt. Vernon High School for 10 years. While in Mt. Vernon, he was a 4-H leader and a member of the school board for many years. He was an Army World War II veteran.
A memorial has been established to the Iola United Methodist Church.
For more information, you may contact Voie Funeral Home, P.O. Box 216, Iola, WI 54945 at (715) 445-2560.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 7-1-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Ralph W. Bierman
Ralph W. Bierman, 86, of Woodlawn died 1:20 p.m. July 18, 2005, at Casey Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was a pork producer and farmer. He retired in 1982.
Mr. Bierman was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Clinton County to William and Ella (Reath) Bierman. He married Frieda (Harvey) Bierman Sept. 26, 1941, in Clayton, Mo.; she survives.
Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mt. Catherine Cemetery in rural Jefferson County. The Rev. Melvin Larson will officiate. There will be a military flag presentation by American Legion Post 141.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Bierman is survived by his wife, Frieda Bierman of Woodlawn; a daughter, Lou Campbell and husband Alvin of Woodlawn; a grandson, J.B. Crawford of Seattle, Wash.; a brother, Clyde Bierman of Centralia; two sisters, Mary Beckmeyer of Centralia and Florence Roberts of Walnut Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bernice Mifflin and Bertha McCarry.
Mr. Bierman was a veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Waltonville and Calumet Christian Church in Centralia.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 7-20-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Hiram Bigelow
Judge Hiram Bigelow, for many years on the bench in the 14th judicial circuit and for six years a judge of the Appellate Court, with headquarters at Mount Vernon, died in Kewanee.  He was 76 years old.  [Chicago Eagle.(Chicago, Ill.), July 27, 1907, Page 9; Sub by KT]


Ira Mae Bigley
Ira Mae Bigley, 67, Bluford died 12:55 p.m. July 8, 1989, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.
Mrs. Bigley was a cook at Nature Trail Nursing Home until her health failed.
Mrs. Bigley was born March 5, 1922, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Willie and Clara Erma (Carter) Ellis. Jan. 15, 1941, in St. Louis, she married Thomas "Tom" Bigley, who survives.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bluford Funeral Home with the Rev. Olen Weatherford officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bigley is survived by eight sons, Billy Earl Bigley of Joliet, Ronnie Bigley of Bluford, Kenneth Bigley and wife, Linda of Bluford, Richard Bigley and wife, Sharon, of Dahlgren, Sgt. Rodney Bigley and wife Susie of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Steven Bigley and wife Janet, of Mt. Vernon, Stanley Bigley and wife Charlene, of Mt. Vernon and Michael Bigley of Bluford and one daughter Mrs. Curtis (Neta) Stuber of Mt. Vernon; four brothers Verle Ellis of Caulfield, Mo., Clyde Ellis of Bluford and Franklin P. Ellis and Bobby Joe Ellis, both of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Annabelle Beckham and Imogene Bigley both of Mt. Vernon, and Louise Sinclair of Dix; 21 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bigley was a member of Zion Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.
[Unknown newspaper; c. July 1989 - Contributed by George Lowery, transcribed by Ruth Lowery Price]



Richard Irvin Birkner
Richard "Dick" Irvin Birkner, 88, of Mt. Vernon died 1:05 a.m. Feb. 8, 2005, at Jeffersonian Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
He first worked at the stove foundry, then at Auto Lite Co. and then at Midwest Homes in Effingham. At the time of his retirement, he was employed in the maintenance department of Mt. Vernon Township High School.
Mr. Birkner was born Dec. 5, 1916, in Marsland, Neb., to John Charles and Anna Marie Freida (Grommet) Birkner. He married Dorothy Natalie (Watson) Birkner March 23, 1946, in Mt. Vernon; she died Oct. 22, 1987.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Josepha Lecke will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Birkner is survived by brothers Clarence Birkner of Dix, Oliver Birkner and wife Salenia of Mt. Vernon and Warren Birkner of Mt. Vernon; a sister-in-law, Edna Lucille Birkner of Dawsonville, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, Henry, George, Oscar and Lloyd; and two sisters, Rose Kelley and Frances Lovesee.
Mr. Birkner was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the medic unit. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Mt. Vernon Veterans of Foreign Wars.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2-10-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


James L. Black
McClellan Twp. Farmer, Is Dead
James L. Black, a McClellan township farmer, died at 8:00 a.m. Sunday at his home on RFD 2, Waltonville. He was 75 years and 25 days of age. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Long Prairie Christian Church. The Rev. Given Blakeley will officiate and burial will be in Black cemetery. The body was removed from Myers Chapel to the family home, where friends may call at any time. Mr. Black was born December 28, 1879 in McClellan township, the son of John Robert and Martha Isabelle (McRight) Black. He was a lifetime resident of this county. On December 26, 1912 he was married, at Chester, Ill., to Cecil Emily Newell, who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mae Ola Stewart of Mountain Grove, MO,; one brother, Samuel Black of Waltonville; one sister, Mrs. Emily Brown of Waltonville; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by one son, James Douglas, who died in 1921.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

James E. Blank
James E. Blank, 53, of Creal Springs and formerly of Bend, Ore., died Oct. 21, 2004, at his home. He was formerly employed by Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Marion. Mr. Blank was born March 16, 1951, in Chicago Heights to Earl W. and Yolanda (Montella) Blank. Graveside interment services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. Elder Ralph Rockett will officiate. Mr. Blank is survived by a sister, Joyce Norris and husband Joe of Waltonville. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Blank; and his mother, Yolanda Blank. Memorials may be made to Knob Prairie Cemetery and may be mailed to Newell Funeral Home, 505 E. Main St., Waltonville, IL 62894. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, where you may call 279-7272 for more information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 10-21-2004
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Justean Bleeks
Justean Bleeks, 96, of Purvis, Miss., died Nov. 4, 2004, at her residence. She was born Oct. 3, 1908, in Ina and grew up in Mt. Vernon. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She served two years in the Peace Corps at Montsemot, British Colony. She was a teacher of art for 40 years. She was a member of Purvis United Methodist Church. Ms. Bleeks was preceded in death by her parents, George and Minnie Bleeks; two brothers, Jack and Harry Bleeks; and two sisters, Bonna Bleeks Barnes and Imogene Bleeks.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Coaltown Cemetery in Purvis, Miss. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home, 205 Bay St., Hattiesburg, MS 39401 is in charge of arrangements, where you may call (601) 582-1571 for more information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 11-04-2004
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Oleta Page Blozis
Oleta Page Blozis, 93, of Mt. Vernon died 3:25 p.m. March 5, 2003. She worked as a waitress for several years at area restaurants. Mrs. Blozis was born May 14, 1909, in Ina to William L. and Ora Mae (Farmer) Roberson. She married O.C. Page July 18, 1949; he died March 6, 1980. On Aug. 22, 1986, she married William J. Blozis; he died Feb. 10 1991. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Ed Sprinkle will officiate. Burial will be at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Blozis is survived by one son, Michael Page of Mt. Vernon; four step-daughters, Gail Bonham, Patty Brady, and Nancy Rush, all of California, and Dolores Lucas of Mt. Vernon; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; 27 great-nieces and nephews; 37 great-great-nieces and nephews; two sisters, Wanda Lee Young of De Soto, MO., and Willivene Meador Shelton of Mt. Vernon; and a brother, Bill Roberson of Mt. Vernon. She attended the Faith Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Blozis was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; four sisters, Veneta Roberson, Ella Fae Roberson, Greta Witzel and Mary Bradford; a brother, William Frost Roberson; three brother-in-laws, Floyd Bradford, Charles Meador and Charles Witzel; and a special sister-in-law, Helen Roberson. Johnston Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements

Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL

Alsey Brown
On the afternoon of June 8, 1911, the late Vetra Dees Wells, then a young girl, was busily engaged in the endless chores that seemed never to be done around the remote rural households of that day, when a dark cloud came up. Although it did not completely hide the sun it emitted several bright, siziling flashes of lightning, each followed by a loud clap of rumbling thunder. The Lee Dees family were living on what was then called the Tate Place. It was located west and south of the McClellan Townhouse, and about a quarter mile from the East Muddy Creek, as Big Muddy river was called in those days. That afternoon, Lee, accompanied by his son Herman, Son-In-Law Joe Wilson; and neighbor Alsey Brown, had gone fishing, using the method called "Hogging". This was done by setting a seine around a clump of brush, a leg, or a patch of weeds, and hemming the rough fish such as carp and buffalo, that lay around such submerged objects, against the seine and catching them with the hands. Some men were so good at this that they did not even need the seine, but could catch the fish with their bare hands as they lay napping alongside a log. Some of the fish would weigh as much as 20 pounds. Although this was a highly productive form of fishing and usually was followed by a big fish fry, it was considered a low form of fishing by some people. Tunder and lightning caused Vetra to glance apprehensively toward the place in the creek where she knew her father and the others would be. She was looking almost directly into the sun which blurred her vision, but thought she could see someone running toward the house. When next she looked the person was much more nearer and still running. She could tell by now that he was a grown man who seemed to be dressed in white from the waist up and had on dark trousers below. She called out that there was someone running up from the creek with a white shirt on. Electrified the rest of the family dashed outside in time to see her father running toward them, bare from the waist up, and shouting that Alsey had been struck by lightning. The fishermen had been moving up the creek to a new set and had just arrived at a barbed wire water-gap when the cloud came up. Alsey was in the act of climbing over the wire when the bolt of lightning struck, and he tumbled from the fence and sank into the water. No one else was injured and they all hurried to his aid. When he was dragged ashore it was obvious that he was citically injured, if not dead, and thus it was that Lee hurried to the house to get a team so he could be transported to a Doctor, while Herman and Joe gave such aid as they were able. By the time Lee returned with the wagon it was apparent that Alsey was beyond the help of any earthly power, so the women were sent on ahead to break the news to his wife and family while Lee and the boys came along more slowly bearing the body. He was taken to his home about an eighth of a mile north and a quarter mile east of the Tate Place. (He lived on the north side of the road, west of McClellan Town House where the John Phelps family lived for so long.) Only wealthy people were embalmed in those days, so Alsey was "Layed out" at home where the neighbors came and "sat up" with him, that night. He was buried the next afternoon. Alsey and Betty (Bean) Brown and three children, Howard, Alta, and Velma. The morning of the day he was killed he had gone across the flat bridge over the creek and west across the bottoms past the Jim Roberts and Jake Masters homes into the west side of Long Prairie, where he bought a wagon bed load of stock pea seed, planning to start breaking ground and sowing the peas the next day. The day after the funeral Uncle Doug Wells contacted a group of the neighbors and they all met at the plot of land where Alsey had planned to sow the peas. Ten people showed up with teams and plows. Nine walking plows and one two bottom gang plow pulled by four horses and belonging to Erie Ford, but driven by Paul Masters. After about two thirds of the land had been plowed, Uncle Doug put some of the men to harrowing and others to sowing. Eight year old Howard Brown, (Alsey's only son) drove the wagon load of peas around the field keeping everyone supplied with seed, and by night the ten acre field was plowed, harrowed, and seeded. For many years thereafter people were admonished to stay away from the creek when there was any danger of lightning. Young boys who went swimming and stayed throughout a thunder shower were apt to get their hide tanned when they got home. And for many years the death of Alsey Brown became a point in time and other things were discussed as being either before or after Alsey was killed.
(From interview with Vetra Dees Wells and Albert (RED HORSE) Roberts, pub. in "The Prairie Historian", September 1973, Volume 2, Number 3 - Submitted By: Abby Newell )



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