Finding Ancestors wherever their trails led with Genealogy Trails History Group

Illinois Genealogy Trails

 Jefferson County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices


Eliza Campbell
Eliza Campbell Rites Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Malinda Campbell will be held Saturday at 2:00 p. m. at the Horse Prairie Missionary Baptist church at Sesser. The Rev. Riley Burton of Whittington will conduct the services and burial will be in Horse Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home at Waltonville, where friends may call after 2:00 p. m. today. Mrs. Campbell, 88, died from a heart attack Wednesday at the home of her son, David Campbell, RFD, Bonnie. She was the widow of Stephen A. Campbell. Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Horse Prairie Missionary Baptist church of Sesser. She is survived by four sons, David of Bonnie, Fred of West Frankfort, Frank of Sesser and Emil of Birmingham, Ala,; our daughters, Mrs. Selma Boswell of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Edna Norris of Bethalto, Mrs. Mary Lance of Waltonville and Mrs. Pauline Judd of Alton, 22 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, one brother, Eugene Roenberger of Mt. Vernon, one sister, Mrs. Ed Hampton of La Russell, MO.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

William D. Campbell
William D. CAMPBELL, 80-year-old Spring Garden township farmer, died at 10 a.m. today at the home of his son, Willard, at 704 South 19th street. He was born October 13, 1871, the son of John G. and Martha (THURMON) CAMPBELL. He married Alice B. (GIFFORD) CAMPBELL, who died in 1943. He belonged to the Spring Garden Community Church and was a life-long resident of Jefferson county. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Relatives surviving are two sons, Willard C. CAMPBELL of Mt. Vernon and Trellie D. CAMPBELL of Ina; one grandchild, and one great grandchild.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, 6 Aug 1952
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Guy Capps
Guy CAPPS, 89, of Mt. Vernon died 2:55 a.m. Aug. 25, 1996, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. He was a retired printer at L.S. Wood Printing Co. Mr. CAPPS was born June 4, 1907, in Franklin County, a son of George W. and Emma (PAGE) CAPSS(sic). Dec. 24, 1931, in Jefferson County, he married Myrna G. PAGE, who died Sept. 26, 1977. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Gene AUXIER officiating. Those attending the graveside services are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday morning. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home. Mr. CAPPS is survived by a son, James E. CAPPS and wife Mary Ellen of Mt. Vernon; grandsons, David CAPPS and wife Wendi of Mt. Vernon and Michael CAPPS and wife Donna of Swansea; three grandchildren; sisters, Pearl CASEY of Dahlgren and Zella PAYNE of Dahlgren; and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. Mr. CAPPS was preceded in death by his parents, wife, seven brothers and two sisters.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, Mon 26 Aug 1996
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

George Washington Capps
George Washington Capps, son of Harvey and Sallie Capps of Franklin Co., IL., was born Oct. 27, 1868, died Feb. 19, 1939, at the age of 70 yrs., 2 mo. & 22 days. George was married to Emma Jane Page on May 17, 1892. To this union was born twelve children, four of them preceding him in death, leaving Alonzo Capps of Ewing, IL., Marion Capps of Belle Rive, IL., Eulah Stubblefield of Dahlgren, IL., Levi Capps, Guy Capps, Pearl Casey & Fred Capps, all of Belle Rive, IL., Zella Payne of Dahlgren, IL.; also one sister Allice Drew of Belle Rive, IL., and twelve grandchildren, and many friends and other relatives to sympathize with the family. George professed religion many years ago, and he & his wife joined the U. B. Church at Oak Hill, and during his sickness stated he was ready to die.

Submitted by: Mary Ellen Capps

Myrna G. Capps
Myrna G. Capps, 64, of 626 S. 24th St., died at 12:25 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. Capps was born in Jefferson County on April 4, 1913, the daughter of Birchel E. and Ruby (Fisher) Page. She was married on Dec. 24, 1931, in Jefferson County, to Guy A. Capps, who survives. Mrs. Capps worked for several years at the Mt. Vernon Garment Co. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Hughey Funeral Home, the Rev. James L. Feaman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to her husband, Guy A. Capps, Mrs. Capps is survived by her father, Rev. Birchel E. Page, Mt. Vernon; a son, James E. Capps, Mt. Vernon; two grandsons, David and Mike Capps; and three sisters, Mrs. Herbert E. (Eva) Page, Mt. Vernon, Mrs. William (Ruth) Lankford, Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Orville (Beatrice) Kent, Mt. Vernon. She was preceded in death by a brother, Leon, and her mother, Ruby Page.

Mt. Vernon Register News September 26, 1977
Submitted by: Mary Ellen Capps

Franklin Curtis Sanders-Carlile
Franklin Curtis Sanders-Carlile, stillborn infant, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born in Mt. Vernon Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, a son of Jason Daniel Carlile and Victoria Danielle Sanders. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. David G. Mays officiating. Interment will follow. Franklin is survived by his parents, Jason Carlile and Victoria Sanders of Mt. Vernon; four sisters, Kaitlyn Joann, Makayla Danielle, Brittany Nicole and Haley Remie Carlile, all of Mt. Vernon; paternal grandmother, Joann Carlile of Mt. Vernon; maternal grandmother, Pauline Sanders of Granite City; maternal great-grandfather, Eugene Koehler of Granite City; four aunts, Janet Hefner of Mt. Vernon, Melinda Jennings of Granite City, Christel Markle and husband Christopher of Granite City and Nicole Sanders' and fiance Manny Hernandez of Granite City; two uncles, Steven Carlile, Jr. and wife Cathy of Woodlawn and Matthew Carlile and wife Stephanie of Mt. Vernon; and several cousins. His maternal grandfather, Franklin Sanders; his paternal grandfather, Steven Carlile, Sr.; and one uncle, Jimmy Sanders preceded him in death. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Aug. 07, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Ida Carpenter
Ida Carpenter, 94, Las Vegas, Nev., died at 4 pm, July 22, 1986, in Las Vegas. She was a former resident of the Boyd and Dix areas. Mrs. Carpenter was born Aug, 20, 1891, in Boyd, the daughter of Henry and Susie (Fiser) Piercy. On July 20, 1912, in Mt. Vernon, she married Oscar Carpenter, who preceded her in death March 30, 1968. The funeral will be 1:30 pm Saturday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Bruce Hough of Dix officiating. Burial will follow in Boyd Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6pm Friday. Mrs. Carpenter is survived by one son. Everett Carpenter and his wife Bee of Las Vegas; five sisters, Lille Marlow of Odin, Ada Harvey of Dix, May Harvey of Aurora and Fay Poorman and Nellie Sheldon of Woodlawn; two grandchildren. Judy Wood and Betty Hill both of Los Angles and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Carpenter attended the Boyd School. She was a member of Boyd Christian Church. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Carpenter was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Willie, Nathan Bryan, Charley and Walter Piercy and two sisters, Lennie Carpenter and Margaret Wegmann.

Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

John H. Carpenter
John H. Carpenter, 60, of Dix, died at 12:05 a.m. today. Mr. Carpenter was a farmer. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal Church of Boyd, with the Rev. Ora Stone officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery. The body will remain at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, where friends may call at any time after 6:00 p.m. today. Mr. Carpenter was the son of Victor and Bertha (Collier) Carpenter. He was married January 22, 1914 to Lena Piercy, who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, James of Dix, four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Meadows of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Viola Tinsley, Mrs. Nora Simmons and Mrs. Evelyn Wray, all of Dix; three brothers, Oscar of Dix, Earl of Centralia and Andy of Iowa; four sisters,Mrs. Ollie Ragan of Benton, Mrs. Emma Connaway of Centralia, Mrs. Ruth Copple of Central City, and Mrs. Minnie Balmer of Steelville, Ill,; and 13 grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves Grand Daughter of the deceased

Lena H. Carpenter
Mrs. Lena H. Carpenter, 75 of Dix, died at 10:00 pm Sunday at Good Samaratian Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday at the Boyd Pentecostal Church of which she was a member, with the Rev. Louis Robinett and the Rev. Leroy Piercy offciation, Burial will be in the Boyd Pentecostal Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, where friends may call after 6:00pm, Tuesday. Mrs. Carpenter was born December 7, 1894, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Henry and Susie (Fiser) Piercy. On January 23, 1913, she was married to John H. Carpenter, who died in 1950. Survivors include on son, James Carpenter of Batabia, four daughters, Ethel Meadows of Mt. Vernon, Viola Tinsley and Nora Simmons both of Dix and Evelyn Wray of Bluford; one brother, Walter Piercy of Mt. Vernon; seven sisters, Ada Harvey and Lille Marlow of Dix, Faye Poorman, Margaret Wegmann, Ida Carpenter, Nellie Germann all of Woodlawn, and May Harvey of Ceneva, Illinois, a grandson, Edward Tate of Dix, who was reared in her home; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Wanda Lee Carpenter
Wanda Lee Carpenter, 77, of Mt. Vernon died at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Carpenter was born on Jan. 23, 1926, in Mt. Vernon, daughter of Bartholomy and Jewell (Dodson) Mullinax. She married James Franklin Carpenter on Nov. 12, 1951, and he preceded her in death on March 12, 1985. Mrs. Carpenter is survived by a daughter, Judy Emmons and husband Clarence Jr. of Elburn; a sister, Grace Schmitt and husband David of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren, James Emmons of Baraboo, Wis., Scott Emmons and wife Michele of Hinckley and Julie Thomas and husband Lonnie of Aurora; four great grandchildren, Levi Emmons of Baraboo, Wis., Jennifer Emmons of Hinckley, Tyler Thomas and Owen Thomas both of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Carpenter was preceded in death by her parents; a son Larry Lee Newton; three brothers, Delvin Mullinax, Everett Millinax and Richard Mullinax; and two sisters, Violet Scarber and Mildred Bradshaw. Mrs. Carpenter was a homemaker and member of Casey Avenue Baptist Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Palmer officiating. Interment will follow at Boyd Cemetery in rural Jefferson County. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves

Marie Philp Carson
Marie Philp Carson Of Waltonville dies
Mrs. Marie Philp Carson of Waltonville, descendant of a pioneer county family who was State Historian of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution, died Tuesday afternoon at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was 70 years, six months and 12 days of age. For several years Mrs. Carson was a teacher in the schools of Jefferson county. During a busy lifetime Mrs. Carson was a loyal worker in community-betterment and church and social activities. Active in the D.A.R. for many years, she was given a high honor in 1949 when she was elected State D.A.R. Historian, at the state annual meeting in Chicago. Over the years she served Joel Pace Chapter, D.A.R., as Regent and Historian. She also acted as Seventh Division Director and served as State Chairman of Conservation and Red Cross Committee. Along with her D.A.R. work, Mrs. Carson was an active member of the Mt. Vernon Garden Club, the Round Table Study Club, the Federated Woman's Club, and the Southern Illinois Historical Society. She was an active member of the Waltonville Methodist church and the Women's Society of the church. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, the Society of Daughters of Colonial Dames, the Society of Daughters of Colonial Wars, the Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, and the Patriots and Founders of America. Mrs. Carson was born July 9, 1896, in Jefferson county, the daughter of Walter and Linnie (Gilbert) Philp. On August 18, 1920, she was married to John P. Carson, who survives. She was a graduate of Mt. Vernon Township high school and Southern Illinois University. Besides her husband, she is survived by an aunt, Mrs. Curtis Williams of Mt. Vernon, and four nieces and nephews, Gene Philp, Mrs. Elizabeth Prior, Mary Susan Philp and James Philp. Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Philp Carson, of Waltonville, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Waltonville Methodist church, of which she was a member. The Rev. Bobby Logan will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. At noon Friday the body will be taken to the church, to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mrs. Carson, 70, was a past State Historian of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include her husband, John P. Carson.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Pauline Carr
Pauline CARR died July 5, 2003, in Mt. Vernon just three weeks before her 89th birthday. Family and friends will gather at noon Thursday, July 10 at Felty Funeral Home, 410 Oak St. in Carrier Mills for visitation, lunch and a memorial service. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Palestine Social Brethren Cemetery south of Carrier Mills.
Ms. CARR was born Mada Pauline HANCOCK, the first of 11 children of Arvel and Ethel HICKS HANCOCK, on July 25, 1914. She grew up in northern Pope County and Harrisburg. On July 3, 1931, she married Homer Clyde ANTHIS, son of William Ace ANTHIS and Minnie Belle TAYLOR ANTHIS. He died Jan. 6, 1977. The ANTHISEs had three children, Betty Lou, Billy Dean and Bobby Gene.
During the early years of World War II, they lived in Kansas and the Texas Panhandle while working for Shell Oil Company. In 1944 they settled in Mt. Vernon, where they joined Logan Street Baptist Church and their children graduated from high school. Betty married Randall Lee JENKINS in 1950, Bill married Patricia Jane HARMON in 1956 and Bob married Margaret Byrd MALLARD in 1961. Pauline ANTHIS married James H. CARR Dec. 6, 1975; he is now deceased.
Until failing health, she was active in both the Sunday school and WMU at the church and for several years participated in their deaf ministry. Before retirement, she had worked as a housekeeper for Myers Funeral Service and various shops, as a caretaker for her grandchildren and at the International Shoe Company in Mt. Vernon. Ms. CARR's family and friends held priority in her life. She had just recently become the great-great grandmother of Ryleigh Elisabeth MELVIN and marveled that she had lived long enough to have a five-generation family. Most of her closest friends preceded her in death, as did some of her family. Granddaughter Debra Lynn ANTHIS died Jan. 14, 1958; grandson Gary Dean ANTHIS died Oct. 5, 1991; and a son, Bill D. ANTHIS, died Jan. 12, 1992.
Surviving are her son Bob G. ANTHIS and wife Margaret of Dana Point, Calif.; grandson David Michael ANTHIS and wife Nancy with great-grandsons Sean and Luke of San Clemente, Calif.; and a granddaughter, Debra Kay ANTHIS RINGER of Hilo, Hawaii. Surviving family members in Mt. Vernon and the surrounding area are daughter Betty ANTHIS JENKINS and husband Randall Lee and grandchildren Renee DeAyn JENKINS, Randall Keith JENKINS GORDON and husband Kenneth, Richard CareyJENKINS and wife Tamera, Michael Glenn ANTHIS and wife Ann, Barbara Kay HUNTMAN and companion Kevin ELLIS, David Lee ANTHIS and Roger Wayne ANTHIS and wife Malinda. Great-grandchildren in this area who survive are Tony JENKINS and wife Kimberly; Nathan and Mitchell JENKINS; Philip, Ben and Rachel GORDON; Amy, Brooke and Matthew JENKINS; Shane and Jared ANTHIS; Bobby Dean ANTHIS; Erica and R. J. HUNTMAN; Derek, Shannon and Allison ANTHIS; and Brandon, Bradley and Jacob ANTHIS. Stepdaughters surviving are Betty Jean CARR PHILLIPS of Robbinsville, N.C. and Shirley Mae CARR GOWLER of Effingham. Surviving step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Vickie PHILLIPS WILSON and Mandy WILSON ROOP and Beth and Mike WILSON; Jeff PHILLIPS and Jeremy, Jamie, Jenny and Josh PHILLIPS; Greg PHILLIPS; James GOWLER; and Leslie GOWLER ENDEBROCK and Miles ENDEBROCK. Five surviving sisters are Vivian BAILEY of Evansville, Ind., Mary GRATHLER and Edna DIEFENBACH of Carrier Mills, Evelyn WASSON of New Lenox, Lavern SMITH of Galatia, and a niece who was reared as a sister, Judy FERRINGER CARVER of Pelham, Ala. Former sisters-in-law are Eva HANCOCK of Carrier Mills and Ivas OLIVER of Equality. Deceased siblings were Cecil, Glenn, Verdon and Bertis HANCOCK and Siba HANCOCK FERRINGER DECLUE. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, Tues 8 July 2003
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

William Mackey Casey
William M. Casey died at his home in Centralia shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, aged 72 years. He was, next to Clinton M. Casey, the oldest of four brothers and his death is the first that takes place of the four. Deceased was born at the parental home, four miles north of the city, on the place now owned by Sylvanus Foster and lived there until a young man. When about 30 years of age he went to Washington county and lived there ten or twelve years, removing thence to Centralia and has made his home in that city. He was never a strong man and for several years has been an invalid. The immediate cause of his death is believed to have been diabetes, from which he has been a sufferer for years. Yesterday morning Mr. Abraham Casey of Larned, Kan. who was visiting relatives in this place, received a telephone message from Centralia that his brother's condition was most critical and requesting him to come at once to his bedside. He left on Air Line train yesterday, and in a message from him later in the day informed the relatives here that there was but little hope of the invalid's recovery. The deceased leaves a wife and son, Dempsey Casey of Centralia, and three brothers, Clinton M. Casey of Pleasant Grove; Abraham M. Casey of Larned, Kan., and W. Barg Casey of this city. The latter, with other relatives from here, will attend the funeral at Centralia tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock.

Source Mt. Vernon Register News, Date March 8, 1898
Submitted by: Bob Sander-Cederlof * bobsc5 @
Relationship = GG-Grandfather

Norma Evelyn Cassel
Norma Evelyn Cassel, 86, of Mt. Vernon, and recently of Cocoa, Fla., passed away at 7:10 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2008 at the Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida. She was born in in Harrisburg on August 23, 1921, a daughter of Richard M. and Cora J. Carpenter Ratliff. She married Dr. William Cassel and he preceded her in death.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Jonathan Schnautz officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Norma is survived by a son William R. Cassel and wife Gloria of Port St. John, Florida, daughters, Vida Price and husband Jack of Girard, and Barbara S. Gillespie of Titusville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Michael Price, Brandy Wamsley, Laura Gillespie, Leah Gillespie Richard Cassel and Karen Lenck, and two great grandchildren, Benjamin Wamsley and Elijah Lenck. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Norma was a life-long nurse, having worked at Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She graduated Mt. Vernon Township High School and Washington University School of Nursing. She served as a volunteer with the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary. Osborn Funeral Home in Dix is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences and obituary information can be found at

Source: Mount Vernon Register News, August 4, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Marie Jane Caswell
Mrs. Marie Jane Caswell was born in Allegheny, Pa., December 29, 1825, and she departed this life in Mt. Vernon, August 7, 1916; aged 90 years, 7 months and 8 days. Her maiden name being Risher. She was converted at 14 years of age and united with the Presbyterian church, but later she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and so continued until her death. Her marriage to Mr. George Caswell occurred April 28, 1853. They resided for a time in Penn., later in Ohio, then in Niles Michigan, and from thence to Chicago, Illinois, where she continued to reside until three years ago at which time she came to Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and has found a home with her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Jacobs.
Mr. Caswell, the husband of the deceased, departed this life 27 years ago, but she has had the attention and sympathy of her devoted children during this long widowhood. Nine children were born to this union, 4 sons and 5 daughters, two dying in infancy. Two of the sons David and Jay Caswell met death from accident about two years ago.
The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. M. E. Edwards, Chicago, Mrs. S.B. Jacobs, Mt. Vernon, Mr. Thomas ___? Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mrs. N.I. Atkin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The members of the family present at the funeral from a distance are Mrs. N.I. Atkins, of Chicago and Mrs. D.W. Caswell, Chicago.
Her life from childhood to the hour of death was
one of faithfulness and loyalty to her Savior, whom _____ (page torn) Thee" -- "Lead, Kindly LIght" -- What a legacy to her loved ones. A mother whose life and example was one of intense loyalty to Christ Jesus.
She leaves to mourn her departure her children, 25 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.
The funeral services were from the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Jacobs, 400 North 7th St., Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Tuesday afternoon at 3 p. m., August 9, 1916. Dr. William T. Cline, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church officiating. The interment took place in the city cemetery.

[Unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1916.
Transcribed by K. Torp from a clipping submitted by Aaron Sparks, who adds: "the "Mrs S. B Jacobs" is referring to her daughter Alvaretta Jacobs (nee Caswell) who married a Sterling Jacobs who both lived in Mount Vernon, Ill for many years afterwards"]

Carrie Irvin Chase
Mrs Carrie Chase, of Wayne City, widow of Perry T. Chase died yesterday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. A former resident of Mt. Vernon, she was 76 years of age at the time of death. She was born in Jefferson County February 23, 1881, the daughter of Wilford and Julia {Hughes} Irvin. On November 26, 1902, she was married to Mr. Chase, who died in 1947. Mrs. Chase was a member of the First Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon. Funeral services are to be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Richardson Chapel in Wayne City, conducted by the Rev. Everett LeMay and Dr. C. L. Peterson. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon. The body will lie in state at the Richardson Chapel after 2 p.m. today. She is survived by two sons, Walter and Kermit K. Chase of Wayne City; one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Bonham of Fountainbleau, France; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Lou Browning and Mrs. Mattie Browning of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Harriet Irvin of Lawrenceville. One son, Howard, and two brothers are dead.
08 Oct 1957 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family @
Relationship : 2nd cousin 3 times removed

Perry T. Chase
Perry T. Chase, 70, retired farmer, former resident of Mt. Vernon and one of the founders of the First National Bank of Wayne City, died at 7:45 a.m. yesterday at his home in Wayne City. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at combs Chapel in Wayne City. Dr. C.I. Peterson will conduct the funeral and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. The body will lie in state at Combs Chapel. Mr. Chase was born at Belle Rive, Ill. on July 21, 1876, the son of Elias H. and Elzirng(sp?) (Black) Chase. He attended Playworth College in Fairfield, Ill., and on Nov. 26, 1903 he was married to Miss Carrie Irvin of Belle Rive. His wife survives. Mr. Chase was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Wayne City in 1913 and served as president of the Institution for a number of years. He left his farm home in 1920 and moved to Mt. Vernon where he made his residence until returning tot he farm in September, 1932. Besides his wife, Mr. Chase is survived by two sons, K. Kermit Chase, of Wayne City and Walter Chase, of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Frank and Hibbie Chase, both of Belle Rive; a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Bonham, of Scott Field, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Maxwell, Chicago, Mrs. Rea Barber, Galatia, Ill., and Mrs. Cora Cox of Huntington, W. Va. He is also survived by two grandchildren. A son and a daughter both preceded him in death.
19 May 1947 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family @
Relationship : Husband of the 2nd cousin 3 times removed

Mary E. Cheek
Mary E.(McNew) Cheek, 73, of Champaign, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Illini Heritage Nursing Home in Champaign. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lux Memorial Chapel in Rantoul. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dix. Mary was born on Nov. 18, 1934, in Drivers, Ill., to John and Eula (Garrison) McCoy Brown. She was married to Milburn "Gene" McNew for 18 years, now deceased, and Russell Cheek for 35 years. He survives. She is survived by seven children, Kathy Trotter and husband Thomas of Champaign, Mary McNew of Ivesdale, Dennis McNew and wife Toni of Tolono, Mark McNew of Tolono, Pam Brewer and husband Bill of Mahomet, Gene McNew and wife Theresa of Mahomet, and Eric McNew of Champaign; three stepchildren, Kim Cruce and husband Ken of Petersburg, Steve Cheek and wife Sandy of St. Joseph, and Shannon Cheek and spouse Kim of Mahomet; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by a son, William McGinty; a stepson, Ronnie Cheek; and her parents. Mary was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Bement, where she sang in the choir. She loved to cook and go camping. She volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program in Bement and Monticello. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Saturday-Sunday, July 26-27, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Martha Jane Close
Mrs. John Close Dies at Age 89
Mrs. Martha Jane Close, widow of John Close, died at 5:15 a.m., today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Morgan, 701 south 18th street. Her age was 89 years, 10 months and 13 days. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Combs Funeral Home in Wayne City and burial will be in Thomason cemetery. The body will remain at Myers Chapel until 2:p.m. Thursday, then will be taken to Combs Chapel in Wayne City. Mrs. Close was born October 1, 1856 in Missouri, the daughter of Charles R. and Nancy (Carlyle) Ellis. On February 25, 1875 she was married to John Close, who preceded her in death on March 22, 1926. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star of Wayne City. The Eastern Star will give their services at the chapel at Wayne City. Mrs. Close was a member of the Methodist church. She is survived by two sons, Robert of Fairfield and Charley of Loda, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Ida Morgan and Mrs. Owen Herbert of Mt. Vernon; two brothers J. T. Ellis of Bentonville, Arkansas and F. M. Ellis of Weatherford, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Anna Chandler, Van Nuys, California; 15 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and three great- great grandchildren. Note: b Oct 1 1856 d Aug 14 1946

Mt. Vernon Register News August 14, 1946
Submitted by: Albert Wayne Morgan
Relationship : Great Grandmother

Adam D "Blair" Cluck
Adam Cluck, Mt. Vernon, grocer, died at 1:40pm, yesterday -his 79th birthday - at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lena Webb of 701 Herbert Street. Mr. Cluck operated a grocery store at Fifth and Bell streets. Funeral services will be held at 2:30pm Tuesday at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. E. D. Moor officiating, and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will remain at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lena Webb, until 10:30am Tuesday, then will be taken to Myers Chapel. Mr. Cluck was born June 27, 1869 in Hamilton county, the son of Ed and Katherine (Green) Cluck. He had been a resident of Mt. Vernon for the past 50 years. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. John Griffin, Mrs. James Webb and Mrs. William Gilbert of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Frank Porter of Golden Gate, Ill.; two sons, William Cluck of East St. Louis and Willis Cluck of Anderson, Ind.; a sister Mrs. Amy Robinson of Anderson, Ind.; 33 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

June, 1948
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ron Gilbert * ron_gilbert64 @
Relationship: maternal great-grandson

Oscar Cole
Oscar Cole, operator - leverman at the C&EI Railroad Tower here, died suddenly from a heart attack yesterday evening at four o'clock at his home in Ewing. Mr. Cole, 59 had been employed with the railroad for the past 35 years and for several years was an operator at the local tower. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2;00 pm at Franklin school near Ewing and burial will be in Williams Chapel cemetery. The services will be held at the school due to the fact that the church in that area was destroyed by fire. The body will remain at the family home until the funeral hour. Mr. Cole was born in Ewing son of John Cole and Eliza Taylor Cole. He is survived by his wife, Flora, two sons, Vernon and Gordon Dean, one daughter, Mareta; four brothers, Rev Edgar Cole and Leland Cole of Mt. Vernon, Orville Cole of Ewing,Obert Cole of Murphysboro and two sisters Mrs Laura Manis and Mrs Mary Butler.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: June 20, 1951
Submitted by Janice Staples

Harold Conder
Harold Conder of Decatur, a former resident of Mt. Vernon was killed in an automobile accident there early Sunday morning, relatives here learned today. He was 36 years old. Mr. Conder formerly was a switchman for the former W. C. & W. railroad, leaving here 10 years ago to move to Decatur. He is survived by the widow, who before her marriage was Flora Yearwood, and three children, Dortha, Helen and Fay, all at home; one brother, Clyde Conder of East St. Louis; and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Morrison, Decatur, and Myra Conder of Chester. Funeral services will be held in Decatur at nine o'clock Tuesday morning, following which the body will be brought to Mt. Vernon and short services will be held at the East Salem church at two o'clock. Interment will be made in the cemetery at that church.

DOD: 20 Jan 1935
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard
relationship = 2C-1R

Norma Conner
Norma 'Tiny" Conner, 78, of Ina, died Monday morning, June 2, 2008, at her home. She was born in Ina on Oct. 28, 1929, the daughter of Henry Gilmore and Hazel Marzetta (Webber) Dunbar. She married Richard Conner on May 5, 1945, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2001. Mrs. Conner was a member of the Ina Missionary Baptist Church. She was supervisor of Spring Garden Township for many years. Mrs. Conner is survived by three daughters, JoAnn Joy and husband Ron of Ina, Nonna "Sissy" Henning and husband Kim of Effingham and Becky Spenner and husband Joel of Mooresville, N.C.; grandchildren, Barry Joy and wife Lisa of Mt. Vernon, Kris Ding and husband Walter of Champaign, Beth Lundius and husband Greg of Ina, Andy Spenner and wife Shana of Mooresville, N.C., Ben Henning and wife Anna of O'Fallon, Ill., Adam Spenner of Mooresville, N.C., Lauren Spenner of Mooresville, N.C., and Lindsay Spenner of Mooresville, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Naomi Still, Becca Fox, Conner Lundius, Hannah Lundius, Gunner Lundius, Alex Joy, Tyler Adams, Caitlin Joy, Grant Garrett, Jordyn Spenner, Emily Spenner and twin great-grandsons due in September;, two great-great- grandsons, Noam and Cyrus, and a great-great-grandson due in August; brothers and sisters, Laura Hoffman of Hoopeston, Mary Ruth Hammonds of Ina, June Ward of Ina, Robert Dunbar and wife Norma of Ina and Darrell Dunbar and wife Diane of Christopher; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Conner was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Marjorie Bellamy; brother, Burton Dunbar; and by three infant brothers, Ronald, Donald and Billie. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Dale Burzynski officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home in Ina.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Ruby Conner
Ruby Conner Of Bonnie Died At Age 79
Ruby Conner, 79, Bonnie, died 1 a.m. Oct. 24, 1990, at Jeffersonian Nursing Home. Mrs. Conner was born Aug. 21, 1911, Pope County, a daughter of John Q. and Easter Emaline (Bradley) Bates. She married Paul C. Conner, who died Sept. 20, 1984. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Revs. Clarence Porter and C. J. Ketterman officiating. Burial will follow in Abner Cemetery in Nason. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Conner is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Phyllis) Kash and Mrs. Sandra Costley, both of Bonnie; one brother, George S. Bates of Benton; four sisters, Retta Knolls of Sun City, Ariz., Mary Gulley of Benton, Reva Allen of Bonnie, and Ruth Kupfer of Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Conner was a member of Nason Free Will Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Oct. 24, 1990
Submitted by: Cindy Ford and Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Melvin E. Connaway
Melvin E. "Connie" Connaway of Farmington passed away on Aug. 22, 2008, at Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center, at the age of 81 years. He was a salesman for Cook Paint and Varnish Co. for 29 years before retiring in 1980. He was born on Nov. 3, 1926, in Mt. Vernon, the son of the late Omar and Becia (Hanley) Connaway. Mr. Connaway served his country in the U. S. Naval Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Helion Lodge NO.1 F & A.M., Huntsville, Ala., and The Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois and Moolah Shrine Center of St. Louis. He was an Ambassador of Moolah Shrine Center and served as a Potentates Aide to several Potentates. He was a life member and past president of Kansas City, Mo., Shrine Club, a Director Emeritus of E.C.M.O., and a member of Farmington Elk's Lodge 1765. He is survived by many good friends and neighbors in the Farmington area. At Mr. Connaway's request there will be no services. His remains will be laid to rest with his parents in Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Aug. 27, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Eliza Cook
Mrs. Eliza Cook, better known as "Aunt Sis" died at her home a half mile north of Ina about 1 p.m. Sunday after several weeks illness. Her maiden name was Clinton, she being the daughter of W.B. and Rebecca Clinton, old time residents of this community. Mrs. Cook was born a short distance northwest of Ina November 10, 1859 and was 82 years, three months and 12 days of age. She was married to John Cook in 1873. He died twelve years ago, and one daughter Mrs. Vinna Williams died 22 years ago. She is survived by the following children: Nubern Cook, Mrs. Nona Newell and Ray Cook, all of Ina, and Mrs. Alta Hayse of Salem. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; one brother, J.B. Clinton of Ina, and one sister, Mrs. Lee Book of Mt. Vernon. She has been a member of the Ina C.P. Church for over 40 years. Funeral was held at the Ina C.P. Church at 2 p.m. Monday with services in charge Rev. W.R. Burton of Whittington. Burial followed at Kirk cemetery.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Fern Hayes Cook
Mt. V. Woman Dies After Long Illness
Mrs. Fern Hayes Cook of 305 South 11th street died at 10:25pm yesterday at Good Samaritan hospital after a long illness. She was born June 26, 1905 the daughter of Hiram and Wilda (Fults) Hayes and was married 17 years ago February 2nd to Ray Cook. Surviving are a daughter Cuma Cook, her mother, four brothers, Green, Ira, and Marion of Mt. Vernon, and Vernie, four sisters Mrs. Belle Phelps, Mrs. Bessie Coriell of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Clara Alexander of Belleville, Mrs. Nell Wilson of Jacksonville. Funeral services will be held from the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, Friday at 2pm and interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. The body will remain at the Osborn Funeral Home.

Source Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson
Date 2-20-1945

John Cook
John COOK, one of the good citizens of this community, died about 5:30 Wednesday morning. Mr. Cook was 75 years old and is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters as follows: Nubern Cook, Ray Cook and Mrs. N.N. Newell, residing here, and Mrs. Wesley Hayse of Salem. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, two sisters Harriet Wilson, Elvira Oliver, and one brother George Cook. Mr. Cook was born and reared here and spent his entire life in this community. He has always been robust and healthy, never calling for the services of a physician until his present illness. His illness was due to an attack of influenza from which he suffered a relapse a few days ago. Mr. Cook was a good neighbor, kind hearted and generous, He always had a kind word for his friends, and was always ready to forgive an enemy. Mr. Cook resided on his little farm just north of Ina and was a familiar figure on our streets, where he loved to meet and chat with his friends and was always ready to encourage them in every worthy undertaking and symathize with those in trouble. He was a great friend of the children of the community and they respected and loved him. This kind hearted friend and neighbor will be greatly missed by the entire community. The funeral was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

Mt. Vernon Register News April 14, 1932
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Nona Jane Ferguson Cook
Nona Jane Ferguson Cook, 87, of Bonnie, died Wednesday afternoon in Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born March 18, 1893, in Bonnie to Ed and Mary Jane (Wilson) Locher. She was married in 1920 to Ezra Ferguson, who preceded her in death in 1953, she was married to Silas Neubern Cook, who also preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Pearl Merritt of Viburnum, Mo., and Loretta Hertenstein of Bonnie; 11 step-children; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, three sisters, a son, two daughters and a step-daughter. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday from the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina, with the Rev. Bertram Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Black Cemetery near Waltonville. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Nov. 5, 1980
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Silas Nubern Cook
Silas Nubern COOK, of Ina died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday at the Hickory Grove Manor Nursing Home at the age of 91. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ina Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth Pickens officiating. Burial will be in Kirk cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Funeral Home, where friends may call after 4 p.m. today. Mr. Cook was born in Illinois on Nov. 22, 1878, the son of John and Eliza (Clinton) Cook. Survivors include his wife, Nona Cook of Bonnie; three sons, Milliage of Ina, Leo and Sylvan, both of Aurora; a step son Ray Riggs of Windsor; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Settle of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Lena Book of Ina; two step daughters, Mrs. Loretta Hertenstein of Bonnie and Mrs. Pearl Boothby of Farmington, Mo.; a brother, Ray Cook of Ina; a sister, Nona Newell of Ina 20 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Silas Millage Cook
Millage "Bud" Cook, 85, of Ina, died 10:38 a.m. Dec. 31, 1998 at Crossroads Community Hospital in the emergency room. He worked for Turco Manufacturing Co. On May 13, 1913, he was born to Silas Nubern and Ada Pauline (Long) Cook in Jefferson County. He married Sarah (Page) Cook on Dec. 30, 1939, in Morganfield, Ky. She preceded him in death on April 21, 1987. Services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina. Brother David Shores will officiate. Burial will be at Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation is after 5 p.m. Monday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina. Survivors include one son, Gary Cook and wife Mary of Ewing; four daughters, Linda Wilson of Mt. Vernon, Judy Clark and husband Eddie of Channahon, Barbara Mifflin and husband Roger of Mt. Vernon, Kathy Diez and husband Kenny of Ina; 12 grandchildren; 12 great greatgrandchildren; one brother, Leo Cook of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Edna Settle of Ina and Lena Mae Book and husband Orval of Ina; sister-in-law Sula Kash of Ina; and special friend Ethel Nihells of Ina. He was a protestant and precinct committeeman of Spring Garden Township for more than 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter, two brothers and two great-grandchildren.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

James Norman Copple
James Norman "Jim" Copple, 44, 3103 Lime Ave., died at 10p.m. at his home. He was born Oct. 8, 1940, in Centralia, the son of Raymond I. and Nellie (Williams) Copple. On Nov. 30, 1973, in Mt. Vernon, he married Debra Jo "Debbie" Hutchison, who survives. Mr. Copple graduated from Centralia High School in 1958 and also graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon. He then became a teacher and taught science and physical education and coached basketball and track at Campground Grade School, Rome Grade School, Old Union School and Woodlawn Grade School, all in the Mt. Vernon area. In 1972 he went to work for the Illinois Secretary of State's office and later was associated with the Equitable Life Insurance Co. He returned to teaching in 1975 and was a teacher and coach at the Woodlawn Grade School until becoming an employee of the Vern-Wood Press as a lithographer. He held that position until his health failed. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Julie Beth Copple at home; one son, James Andrew Copple at home; his parents Raymond and Nellie Copple of Walnut Hill; two brothers, Allen Copple of Mt. Vernon and Rodney Copple of San Manuel, California; one grandmother Elsie Williams of Irvington; this mother and father-in-law Harold and Thelma Hutchison of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Church of Christ with J. Howard Kraps officiating. Burial will follow in the Little Grove Cemetery near Walnut Hill. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Sunday and until 11 a.m. Monday at the Hughey Funeral Home and from noon until the funeral hour at the church. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Good Samaritan Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home. Mr. Copple was a member of Little Grove Christian Church.

Submitted by: Ida Reeves

Nellie Copple
Nellie Copple, 89, of Walnut Hill, died at 1:20 p.m. Feb. 3, 2006 at White Oak Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was a homemaker. She was born at Walnut Hill on April 11, 1916 to Elsie (Dodson) and Duff Williams. She married Raymond Copple on June 3, 1939 in Kentucky. He died July 21, 1998. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Bruce Hough will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Burial will be at Little Grove Cemetery. Survivors include two sons, Allen Copple and wife Sherie of Walnut Hill and Rodney Copple of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Tim Copple of Tucson, Bret Copple and wife Cynthia of Montana, Christina Padilla and husband Patrick of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Kevin Copple and wife Debbie of Florida, Brian Copple and wife Shari of Woodlawn, Angie Harris and husband Jeff of Tamaroa, Julie Green and husband Bill of Chicago, and Jamie Copple of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Lorene Moore of Hoyleton; and 14 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jim Copple; a sister, Louise Periman; and a brother, Eugene Williams. Nellie Copple attended Centralia High School. She belonged to the Lively Hood Sewing Club, was a member of Little Grove Christian Church and was well known for being a pie maker.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/4/06
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Clarence Coriell
Dies at age 64; Rites Saturday
Clarence E. Coriell died at 5:30 pm at his home, 700 Park Avenue. He was 64 years, three months and 16 days. Mr. Coriell was filter plant operator for the Illinois Cities Water Co. here for the past 35 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Osborn Funeral Home, where friends my call after 2:00 pm Friday. Mr. Coriell was born September 13, 1890, in Green Valley, Ill, the son of Archibald and Henrietta Coriell. He was a member of the Park Ave Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Bessie, and a daughter, Lucille Turner of Elgin, Ill. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 12-30-1954
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Bennie Corsere

Bennie Corsere, 66, of Edwardsville, formerly of Mt. Vernon, died at 4:30 P.M. September18, 1999, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. Corsere was a truck driver for 30 years out of the Consolidated Freightways terminal in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Mt. Vernon to Vito and Minnie [Ancona] Corsere. Graveside services will be held 1 P.M. Wednesday at the Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Everett Lemay officiating. Those attending the graveside services on Wednesday afternoon are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home. Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Schaefer and husband Michael of Prairietown; two grandchildren, Courtney Lynn Schaefer and Katelyn Danielle Schaefer; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Corsere wan an Army veteran who enlisted July 2, 1953 and was discharged June 1, 1955. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union Local 600. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Andy and Tony Corsere; one sister Josephine Baril. Memorials may be made to the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville athletic department and will be accepted at the funeral home. Family and friends may call Hughey Funeral Home at 242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Source Register News Sept. 18, 1999
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco *
Relationship = Friend

William A. Cowger
Death of One of Mt. Vernon’s Most Highly Respected and Useful Citizens Is Deeply Deplored, and Universal Regret Expressed.
William A. Cowger died last night at 11:25 at the family home, 206 North Seventh street, after an illness of a little more than a week. Mr. Cowger was stricken with influenza Saturday, January 31, and pneumonia developed, death following as stated above. Mr. Cowger is survived by his wife and three sisters as follows: Mrs. Allen Britton, Step Rock, Ark.; Mrs. Cora Bullock, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mrs. Malinda Baugh, Mt. Vernon. One adopted son, William Cowger, survives. Mr. Cowger was in his sixtieth year. He was born in Jefferson County, and his entire life has been spent in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county. Mr. Cowger was perhaps the best known contractor in Jefferson county, and was prominent in building and like circles thirty-two years. He has left many monuments to his ability in this line, in substantial business blocks, public buildings, beautiful cottages and palatial homes in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county. He was in demand as a contractor, and one of the busiest men in Mt. Vernon. He did as much to advance the material interests of Mt. Vernon as any man in his day. No man stood higher in the construction world than Mr. Cowger, and it was impossible for him to accept all the business that was brought to him. He had a mind for detail as well as for large enterprises, and in the midst of his building and general construction work, he neglected none of the smaller interests that went with them, or any of the matters ___sted (entrusted) to his care. (Beginning of paragraph missing) judicious management to carry on many large operation at one time. Mr. Cowger will be seriously missed because of the things he wrought in aiding Mr. Vernon materially through a long and honorable business career. No death in Mt. Vernon has called forth more expressions of deep regret than has that of William A. Cowger. From business men, professional men, the church, the fraternal world, the humblest, the highest, people from all walks of life join in tribute to his worth as a community builder, citizen, a neighbor – a man. All deeply deplore his passing in the prime of his usefulness and vigor. His word was implicitly relied on at all time. His word was accepted as his bond. A man of probity and honor, he has left his impress on his day and time. Unassuming in manner and bearing, friendly and social in disposition, he made and retained life-long friends. Public spirited, loyal to his town and county, he gave liberally to promote all enterprises for moral, religions, industrial and commercial upbuilding of both. Quitely, unobstrusively he did his part his part, without display, without hope or desire to advance his own interests or to add to his reputation, or bring glory or honor to himself. He was a deeply religious man, and his life was an open book. He lived each day to itself, a complete record of accomplishment as far as one day can be complete, and one day linked with another made a chain which comprise an honorable, a useful, a well spent life. He was an active member of the First Baptist church and will be missed for the practical good he did. He lived his religion in his daily life, manifest by square and honorable dealing, a pure life, and a life replete with good works. Mr. Cowger was identified with all branches of the Masonic order, Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 31, A. F. & A. M., H. W. Hubbard Chapter, No 160, R.A.M. and Patton Commandery No 69, Knights Templar, and served as master of the local lodge. He was a member of the Court of Honor. In the fraternal world as in the business and religious world, he did his part fully, and was held in the highest respect and esteem by the orders with which he was affiliated. Mr. Cowger had a long and honorable connection with the Royal Loan & Building company, of Mt. Vernon, being one of the organizers of that institution. As a director in the association he did much to promote its advancement and growth, and thus aided materially in building up Mt. Vernon, providing homes for people and helping to solve the problems that confront the man of family, or the man who desires the profitable investment that loan and building associations insure. Mr. Cowger was born Nov. 7, 1860, and his age was 59 years, 3 months and 2 days. January 8, 1880, he was united in marriage with Miss Mollie Frank, at Palhatton, Ark., who survives him. Their married life lacked a month of continuing forty years. The funeral hour has not been definitely set, but it is understood it will be 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the First Baptist church.

Submitted by Gwendolyn S. Smith - Transcribed by L. Rodriguez

J. P. Crooker

News of Death of Former Well Known Citizen and Old Veteran Received Here Today

A telegram was received today from O.C. Smith in charge of the Old Soldier's Home at Quincy announcing that Major J. P. Crooker of Mt. Vernon, had died there last night. This message stated that the body would arrive in Mt. Vernon at 11.20 this evening and that the funeral would be held Saturday afternoon. The message requested that the local G.A. R. post be informed of the major's death. Major Crooker was for many years active in Masonic affairs.

Jacob Page Crooker, Maj.
Union Army
July 3, 1841 - June 13, 1928
Taken in 1865

Company I, 12 Tenn Cavalry
Rank - Induction: 1 Lieutenant
Rank - Discharge: Captain
Allegiance: Union

He held many Masonic offices in the different orders in Mt. Vernon and was considered at one time as one of the leading authorities of the state in some branches of the Masonic work. He was especially active for many years in the work of the R.A.M. and the commandery.

In the former order he was as well versed in some phases of the Masonic ritual that his services were in great demand not only in the local chapter, but throughout the state. Major Crooker in his day was one of the best know traveling men in Southern Illinois: in fact his acquaintance covered much of the state of Illinois. He represented large shoe houses in his day, and was a familiar figure in Mt. Vernon in the many years he lived here.

He was very outspoken in his views, was a man of strong prejudices and of pronounced likes and dislikes. As a traveling salesman he was very successful, and will be remembered by thousands of people in Southern Illinois. He was one of the best-known veterans of the Civil War in this area and in his active life took great interest in everything pertaining to the Grand Army of the Welfare of old soldiers and their dependents. He had a distinguished war record and loved to recall incidents of the days of his active life as a soldier. Major Crooker often told of his capture of the late Senator Joe C. Blackburn, a prominent Confederate leader. The capture was a matter of much importance and Major Crooker was considerable fame as a result. General Blackburn following the achieved great prominence in his native state, Kentucky, serving many years as congressman, and as United States senator. Senator Blackburn was of the fire eating type, the type common in the old south.
Source: Funeral Card and Obituary
Submitted by: Deanna Higgs * dwnstil @

Will A. Crooker
Will A. Crooker, only son of Major and Mrs. J. P. Crooker, died at the family home at 208 East North Street 10:30 last Saturday night aged 33 years, 2 months and 10 days. Deceased was born at Huntsville, Ala., July 13, 1866. He was married June 3rd 1890 to Miss Etta See, of Alma, IL., who with two daughters, Irene and Agnes, aged respectively eight and six years, were at his bedside at the time of his death.
Mr. Crooker had been in ill health for a long time and had been confined to his bed for several weeks. The funeral services were hold at his late home at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. J. F. Harmon, pastor of the first M.C. church, oficiating. The interment was at Oakwood cemetery.
The sympathy of the community is extended to the family in the bereavement which had befallen them.

*NOTE* Will A. 's correct name was William Alanson Crooker

Source Mt. Vernon Weekly Register
Submitted by: Deanna Higgs *
Date Sept. 27, 1899

Ada Bell Carpenter Crosnoe
Mrs. Ada Belle Crosnoe, died at 12:40 a.m. at her home at 1009 Vaught St. at the age of 72. Funeral services held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Myers Chapel with R.B. Guthrie officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The body will remain at Myers funeral chapel where friends may call at any time after 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Mrs. Crosnoe was born Sept. 15 1880 in Dix, the daughter of Isaac and Laura Elliot Carpenter. She had been a resident of Mt. Vernon for 53 years. She was married to J.W. Crosnoe, who survives. Mrs. Crosnoe was a memeber of the Dix Methodist Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J.F. Brooks of Mt. Vernon, a foster son Robert C. Crosnoe, a sister, Mrs. O.G. Berry of Decatur, IL, a brother Walter Carpenter of Belleflower, CA, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A son, Golden C. Crosnoe, preceded her in death.

Relationship Great grandmother
Submitted By: Janean Ray

J.W. Crosnow
J.W. Crosnow, 84 Retired Cafe Operator, Dies.
J.W. Crosnow, who operated a restaurant on South Tenth St. at the L. & N. railroad intersection for many years, dies at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 20th) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. Floyd Brooks, 415 S. 15th St. Mr. Crosnow, who was 84 years, 3 months and 26 days of age, operated a restaurant from 1907 until his retirement. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel. The Rev. Robert Freytag will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call any time after 4:00 p.m. today. Mr. Crosnow, a lifetime resident of Jefferson county, was born April 26, 1874 in McClellan township, the son of Martin and Charlotte (Morgan) Crosnoe. He was married December 4, 1896 to Ada Bell Carpenter, who preceded him in death January 7, 1950. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Modern Woodmen of America. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. Floyd Brooks of this city; one son, Robert C. Crosnoe of this city; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. One son preceded him in death.

Aug. 22, 1959
Relationship Great granddaughter
Source Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by Cherie Sheaffer

Margaret Cruzen
Mrs. Margaret Katherine Cruzen, 84, Route 2 Mt. Vernon, died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daisy LeNeave, Mt. Vernon. The daughter of James and Mary Copple Newbole, she was married to William E. Cruzen, who died in 1929. She was a member of the Christ Gospel Mission, Mt. Vernon. Five daughters and one son survive. They are Mrs. Lettie Booth, Mrs. Daisy LeNeave, and Mrs. Mary Weatherford, all of Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Verna McConnaughay, Davidsburg, Mich.; Mrs. Ida Warren. Los Angeles, Calif., and Bertha Cruzen, Mt. Vernon.
Other survivors include 28 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Osborne Funeral Home, Dix. by Rev. Gene Auxier. Burial will be in Little Grove cemetery.

Submitted by Paul Anderson
Transcribed by K. Torp

Nancy Cunningham
Former Nursing Home Owner Dies; Rites Thursday
Mrs. Nancy Cunningham of 1917 Casey died at 5:15 p.m. Monday while en route to Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 73 years, eight months, and one day old. She was the former owner and operator of the Cunningham Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Pulley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. A. B. Clodfelder officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens. The body will lie in state at the Pulley Funeral Home where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Cunningham was born Dec. 20, 1893, at Macedonia, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Knappier) Rutter. On Sept. 1, 1910, she was married to Howard Cunningham, who survives. She is also survived by three sons, Delbert Howard Cunningham of Anna, James Arthur Cunningham of Lockport, and John Maxey Cunningham of Elkville, Ill.; three daughters, Mrs. Elliott Rich of LaPorte, Ind., Mrs. Lois McCowen and Mrs. Marjorie Rice, both of this city; a brother, Edmond Rutter of Lake Worth, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Chambliss of Bonnie and Mrs. Allie Summers of Benton; 26 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Cunningham was a member of Wesley Methodist church.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Genealogy Trails History Group

©Genealogy Trails
©2010 and prior, Cindy Ford (all rights reserved)