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George Washington Ragland
Geo. W. Ragland Dies This Morning
George Washington Ragland, who resided with his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Dycus of 623 north 12th street, died at 8 a.m. today. Funeral services will be held at the Universalist church in Waltonville at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Clyde H. Todd of Mt. Vernon and burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. Mr. Ragland was born December 25, 1868, in Perry county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Ragland, Sr. He was a farmer and a member of the Modern Woodman lodge. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. W. Dycus, and one granddaughter, Mary Ann Dycus. His wife, the former Ora Norris, preceded him in death April 1, 1942. Mr. Ragland was the last member of a large family. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford



Gertrude Hayes Randall
Gertrude HAYES RANDALL, 92, of Mt. Vernon died 8:30 p.m. May 27, 2003, at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon. She was a homemaker, loving mom, foster parent and adored grandmother for many years. Mrs. RANDALL was born March 28, 1911, in Jefferson County. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. today at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Pastor Rodney MELLOT will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Mt. Vernon. Friends may call after noon today at Johnston Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. RANDALL is survived by two sons, Ray David HAYES and wife Kathleen of Mt. Vernon and Robert Dean HAYES and wife Mary of Indiana; one grandson, Richard HAYES and wife Heather; two granddaughters, Elisha HAYES and Courtney HAYES; great-grandson, Zachery; and daughter-in-law, Virginia HAYES of Florida. She was preceded in death by husbands Ralph HAYES and Donald RANDALL; and one son, Ronald Dee HAYES.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, Thurs 29 May 2003

Roy Rash
Roy Rash Of Mt. Vernon Died At Age 81
Roy Rash, 81, Mt. Vernon, died 4:54 a.m. Oct. 12, 1988, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. Mr. Rash was a retired from Reynolds Metal Co. in McCook. Mr. Rash was born Nov. 17, 1906, in Illinois, a son of Ira Everett and Ethel (Hines) Rash. Jan 16, 1932, he married Allie McLaughlin, who survives. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Johnston Funeral Home with the Rev. Leland Hale officiating. Burial will follow in IOOF cemetery in Woodlawn. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In addition to his wife, Mr. Rash is survived by two daughters, Johnetta Clontz and Judy Bates, both of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Bert Rash and Earl Rash, both of Mt. Vernon, Arthur Rash of Austin, Texas, and Virgil Rash of Philo; four sisters, Cora Johnson of Canyon Country, Calif., Helen Teal of Mt. Vernon, Verlene Wallace of Paducah, Ky., and Wilma Kowalski of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Rash was a member of Church of God in Bluford and Moose Lodge No. 755 in Mt Vernon. Mr. Rash was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, four sisters and two brothers.

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

Arthur Rector
Arthur Rector of Texico dies
Arthur Rector, 69, died Sunday afternoon at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was a retired farmer and lived at Texico. His funeral will be held at Union Chapel church, Tuesday at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Sam McCoy. Burial will be in Union Chapel cemetery. Mr. Rector was born June 6, 1878, the son of Lyle and Catherine (Minor) Rector. He was married to Miss Louise Lisenby in 1897. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Flossie Eller, Texico, Mrs. Bessie Taylor, Kell and Mrs. Ruby Whitson and Beulah McDaniel of Mount Vernon. Two sons, Everett and Harold are deceased. Also surviving are three brothers, Orley and Earl of Mount Vernon and Acy of Creal Spring. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. The body will be removed from the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix to the home of Mrs. Beulah McDaniel, 1008 Warren Avenue, Mount Vernon, to lie in state until the funeral.

Mt. Vernon Register News 24 November 1947
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard

Elva Florence (Whalen) Hand Rector
FLORENCE HAND RECTOR DIES AT AGE OF 78 YEARS
Mrs. Florence Elva Hand Rector died at 11:40 Sunday morning at her home, 1001 South Sixth Street. She was 78 years and ten days of age. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm at Myers Chapel. The Rev. Ace Summers will officiate and burial will be in Farnsworth Cemetery, in Wayne County. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 pm today. Mrs. Recdtor was born December 23, 1881 in Wayne county, the daughter of John and Mary (Maulding) Whalen. She was first married to Garfield Hand, who died in 1930. In 1949 she was married to Arley Rector who survives. Mrs. Rector was a member of the Bethel Tabernacle. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Leonard Hand of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Noma Pigg of Mt. Vernon, Pauline Gardner of Lima, Ohio, and Nadine Mayberry of Wildwood, IL; four brothers, Vern Whalen of Bluford, Roy Whalen of Rochelle, IL; Ed Whalen of Roxanna City, IL, and Robert Whalen of Wood RIver, IL; four sisters, Laura McClure of Flint, MI; Nora Jones of DeKalb, IL; Golda Guthrie of Peoria and Clara Loge of Mt. Vernon; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

2 Jan 1961 (Death Date)
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am grand-neice of the deceased

Children of John and Mary (Maulding) Whalen:

Laura Belle WHALEN (22 Oct 1877-11 Jan 1960)
Clara Delle WHALEN (25 Nov 1879-23 Aug 1962)
Elva Florence WHALEN (23 Dec 1882-2 Jan 1961)
Fred Eugene WHALEN (17 Mar 1884-5 Jan 1954)
Roy Elmer WHALEN (10 Jun 1886-23 Feb 1967)
Male infant WHALEN (10 Mar 1887-bef 1900)
Guy Earl WHALEN (27 Aug 1888-30 Nov 1926)
Roscoe Vern WHALEN (27 Mar 1890-1 Jan 1966)
Charles Edgar WHALEN (17 Mar 1892-6 Oct 1969)
Golda Jane WHALEN (22 Oct 1894-27 Oct 1972)
Robert Lee WHALEN (31 Oct 1896-29 Jan 1963)
Nora Myrtle WHALEN (2 Dec 1898-28 Jun 1960)


Louise Rector (nee Lisenby)
Mrs. Louise Rector, 91, of Texico, died at 3:15 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Union Chapel United Methodist church, east of Texico, with the Rev. Melvin Chambliss officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Osborne Funeral Home in Dix after 4 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Rector was born Nov. 17, 1882, the daughter of Taylor (NOTE: Matthew Taylor) and Martha Jane (Brookman) Lisenby. On August 30, 1897, she was married to Arthur Rector, who died in 1947. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Beulah Williams, of Texico, Mrs. Bessie Taylor, of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Ruby Whitson, of Mt. Olive; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Flossie Eller, two sons, two brothers, two sisters, a grandson and a great-grandchild.

16 August 1974, Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard

Hattie E. Reed
Hattie E. Reed Of Waltonville Dies At Age 89
Hattie E. Reed of Waltonville died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Good Samaritan Hospital, at the age of 89. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Fry Funeral Home with the Rev. Russsell Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie cemetery near Waltonville. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home, Where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Mrs. Reed was born in Hamilton county on August 6, 1879, the daughter of William Logan and Sophronia (Iatham) York. In 1898, in Mt. Vernon, she married Walter Reed, who preceded her in death in 1948. For 50 years she was a member of the Waltonville Methodist church. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America in Waltonville. Survivors include a son, Paul Reed of Roxanan; four grandsons; and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, two daughters, and two brothers.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Arthur Ray Reynolds
Arthur Reynolds Of Waltonville Dies At Age 37
Arthur Ray Reynolds of Waltonville died suddenly at 6:45 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 37. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville with the Rev. Tracy Dees officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home, where friends my call after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Reynolds was born December 28, 1930, in Jefferson county, the son of Samuel Ray and Bessie Ellen (Lennington) Reynolds. On June 3, 1967, he married Wanda Dent, who survives. Mr. Reynolds was employed at General Radiator and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents; two sons, Steve and Ronnie at home; and one daughter, Becky Reynolds of Mt. Vernon.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Donna M. Reynolds
Donna M. Reynolds, 66, of Metropolis died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at her home. She was born in Jefferson County on Nov. 9, 1941, the daughter of Plummer and Ina (Fowler) Payne. She married Jack Reynolds on Aug. 1, 1965, at her parents home in Ina, and he survives in Metropolis. Mrs. Reynolds is also survived by her step-mother, Helen Payne; two sons, Kevin Reynolds and wife Lee Ann of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Terry Reynolds and wife Carla of Metropolis; a granddaughter, Brittany; two brothers, Marvin Payne of Ina and Russell Payne and wife Martha of Ina; a sister-inlaw, Dolores Payne of Ina; a brother-in-law, Wayne Aldridge of Riverside; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Ann Aldridge; and a brother, Floyd Payne. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor David Deem officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church. The Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: July 21, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Larry Reynolds
Larry Reynolds, 57, Herrin, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2008.
He was born Aug. 4, 1950, in Mt. Vernon, to Wayne and Faye (Davis) Reynolds. Larry was a member and deacon at Herrin First Baptist Church. He also sang in the choir, played in the praise band, presented children's sermons, refereed Upward Soccer, and served in any other way needed. After graduating Mt. Vernon Township High , School in 1969, Larry studied piano tuning at Western Iowa Tech. He was employed as the Piano Technician at Southern Illinois University School of Music. He also had tuned pianos for churches, schools, and homes for the past 38 years. He loved to play bluegrass music with his banjo, but was also an accomplished musician on many other instruments. Larry was united in marriage to Judy Dale on Aug. 29, 1970 in Mt. Vernon. Larry is survived by loving wife, Judy Reynolds of Herrin; one son, Paul Reynolds and wife, Stephanie of Herrin; one daughter, Julie Patrick and husband Ryan, of Energy; four very special grandchildren Graham, Ella, and Ethan Reynolds of Herrin and Rylie Patrick of Energy; four brothers, William L. Reynolds and wife, Jeanne of Mt. Vernon, Bob Reynolds of Mt. Vernon, John Reynolds and wife, Peggy of Florissant, Mo., and Dan Reynolds of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Kathleen Taylor and husband, Gary of Fairfield, and Patsy Reynolds of St. Louis; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bruce and Candy Dale of Abilen, Kan., brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steven and Janice Kretzer of Denison, Texas. He also leaves many nIeces, nephews, and special friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Byford and Lucille Dale; and one son, Eric Dale Reynolds. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday at Meredith- Waddell Funeral Home, Herrin. Pastor Don Grammer will officiate. Interment will follow the funeral service and will be in Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Herrin First Baptist Church Property Fund or Upward Soccer Program. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Saturday - Sunday May 31 - June 1, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Larry Dean Flanigan -- Leslie Leroy Reynolds
Two Mt. Vernon men were killed in a automobile accident 1 mile west of Keenes IL
Leslie Leroy Reynolds age 20, Larry Dean Flanigan age 24.
Larry was the son of Cecil and Opal Arlene Flanigan of Rochelle IL formally of Mt.Vernon. He was survived by his wife Laura and a 17 month old son Larry II. His parents 1 sister Diana and Ronald White of Rochelle 4 brothers, Terry, Cecil [Butch], George, and Billy Flanigan all of Rochelle. He was proceeded in death of a brother Donald, age 18, died in a logging accident in 1965 while helping his dad clear tree's for the Rend Lake project near the Gun Creek access area .

December 1, 1972 Mt. Vernon Register News

Samuel Reynolds
Samuel Reynolds, 88, of Bonnie dies at 6:50 PM Thursday in Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville with the Rev. Marsh Harpole officiating. Buria will be in Abner Cemetery at Nason, Illinois. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home where friends may call after 4:00 P.M. Saturday. Mr. Reynolds was born Aug 17, 1878 in Jefferson County, the son of James and Laura Lurana (McBride) Reynolds. On Nov 7, 1906 he was married to Florence Vanatta who survives. He is also survived by two sons, Harvey Reynolds of Dodgeville, Wis. Roy Reynolds of Ina, five daughters, Mrs. James (Lena) Clarke and Mrs. Lee (Vona) Quinn, both of Mt Vernon, Mrs. William Balmer of St Louis, Mrs. Glen (Ferne) Beard of Bonnie and Betty Reynolds at home. 23 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceeded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: March 2, 1967
Submitted by: Jan "Rhynes" Pigge

Alvin Ray Reynolds
Alvin Ray Reynolds, 78, a former employee of the Mt. Vernon State Game Farm, died at 3:10 a.m. Sunday at Hickory Grove Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Reynolds, known as Ray by his many friends throughout Jefferson county, was one of the county's most active and loyal Republican workers for many years. For many years he operated a grocery store on College Avenue. For a long time Mr. Reynolds assisted in the state's quail-raising program at the game farm and became an expert in the care of game birds. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hughey-Pulley Funeral Home. The Rev. Everett Lemay will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Hughey-Pulley Funeral Home, where friends my call after 5:00 p.m. today. Mr. Reynolds was born September 3, 1892 in Jefferson county, the son of Alvis V. and Mary Ann (Taylor) Reynolds. He was a member of the Christian church. Survivors include six nieces, Mrs. Betty Newell of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Dorothy Isaacs of Roxana, Ill., Mrs. Mary Harmon of Roxana, Ill., Mrs. Fay Keef of Panama City, Fla., Mrs. Edith Gilbert of Panama city, Fla., and Mrs. Edith Farmer of Evansville, Ind., and three nephews, Charles Yearwood, Walter Yearwood and John Yearwood of Mt. Vernon.

DOD November 15, 1970
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Mary Ellen Capps * mecapps37@hotmail.com
Relationship : Great-Uncle


Ellen Reynolds
Ellen Reynolds, daughter of William and Francis Reynolds, was born in east Tenn., Dec. 4, 1847. Died March 14, 1912. Age sixty-four years, three months and ten days. She was one of twelve children, five boys and seven girls, five of whom survive her. She almost supported the family through the sixtys while her brothers helped to save the union. She was converted at the age of eighteen and united with the Methodist Church soon after and as lived the Christian life ever since. She was united in marriage to Mr. Orange Hamilton September 24 1896. They journey a long life road together almost sixteen years. God has called her to be with him where she can be with loved ones and to wait the coming of the rest of the family. "Our loss is her gain." Interment was made at the Hagle Cemetery north of Waltonville. The funeral was conducted by her Pastor Rev. Batson at the M. E. Church Friday at 10:30.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Mitzi L. Reynolds
Mitzi L. Reynolds, 61, of Mt. Vernon died 9:52 a.m. June 26, 1996, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
She was employed at Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory for several years in the binding deptartment. She was born August 30, 1934 in Jefferson County, a daughter of Loren and Juanita (Gower) Henry.
Graveside services will be 10 am Friday at Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Per request of Mrs. Reynolds no public visitation will be held and those attending the graveside services are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Friday Morning.
She is survived by two sons, David Fletcher of Mayfield, Kentucky and J.R. Reynolds and wife, LaRita of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Peggy Ward and husband Paul of Mt. Vernon and Cindy Pugh and husband Gary of Mt. Vernon; four grandsons, Shawn Pugh, Christopher Ward, Anthony Ward and Lyle Reynolds; her mother, Juanita Henry of Mt. Vernon; and brother Gary Henry and wife Joan of Plantation, Fla.
She was a member of the Pentecostal faith.
She was preceded in death by her father and one granddaughter.

6-27-1996, Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson * kiowana@siclink.com


Ernest L. Rhynes
Ernest L. Rhynes, 83 of Ina died Saturday Aug 18, 2001. He was born Sept 13, 1917 in Jefferson County, Son of Walter Lee and Nellie Martha Osborn Rhynes. He married Velma Lee Wells on Dec 20, 1941 and she survives. In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters Nancy Lynne Webb and husband Leslie of Sesser, Janice Elaine Pigge and husband David of Mt Vernon and Cheryl Denise Conner and husband Terry of Ina. Eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a special neice Wilma Gulley and husband Alan of Benton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Juastina Grahlherr, and one son James "Jimmy" Rhynes Mr Rhynes was known for his love of music, family and friends. He colaborated on a book of folk music with the late Bill Settlemire which is at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tn. A tape of his music is in the National Archives in New York City. He and friends represented the Heartland by performing country and folk music at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and he was a mentor to many aspiring musicians, young and old. He was a Member of Elk Prairie Christian Church for 75 years, where he served as an Elder. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at Ina Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Allen and Elder Larry Osborn officiating. Interment will be at Abner Cemetery in Nason. Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mt Vernon Register News
Date: 8/18/2001
Submitted by Jan Pigge
Relationship = Daughter


James Walter Rhynes
James "Jimmy" Walter Rhynes, age 11, died last Thursday afternoon, July 22, 1954 at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Mt Vernon, Il. Death resulted from Lukemia. James Walter was the son of Mr and Mrs Ernest Rhynes, residing west Of Ina In Elk Prairie Township. The body was taken to Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville and will be moved to the family home south of Nason at five o'clock this afternoon to lie in state until the funeral hour. Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters Nancy Lynne and Janice Elaine, both at home. His grandparents, Mr and Mrs Walter Rhynes of Ina and Mr and Mrs James Wells of West Frankfort, Il. Funeral services will be held at Elk Prairie Christian Church Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with the Reverend J.G. Parsons and the Reverend Grant Hawkins in charge. Burial will be in Abner Cemetery in Nason, Il.

Date: July 22, 1954
Submitted by Jan Pigge
Relationship = Sister


John Riley Rhynes
John Riley Rhynes, a good citizen of Ina, Died last Thursday June 16, 1955 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Mt Vernon, Il at the age of 76. He had been in failing health for several months and suffered a stroke just before his death. Mr Rhynes was born in Elk Prairie Township Sept 30, 1878 the son of Simeon and Minerva Ann (Shehorn) Rhynes. He was married to Edith Harmon at Benton June 17, 1907. Mr Rhynes was a member of Ina Freewill Baptist Church and the IOOF lodge. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Kenneth Harmon Rhynes of Bonnie and John Nelson Rhynes of Mt Vernon. Three daughters Mrs Vona Beckman of East Peoria, Mrs Ethel Skidmore and Mrs Letha Belle Beckman of Mt Vernon. Il. 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Thomas Oakley Rhynes and Walter Lee Rhynes of Ina. Funeral services were held at 2:30 PM Saturday at the Ina Free Will Baptist church conducted by the Rev. Marsh Harpole. Burial was at the Kirk Cemetery in Ina.

Date: June 16, 1955
Submitted by Jan Pigge

Simeon (Sims) Rhynes
Simeon (Sims) Rhynes, son of William and Elizabeth (Nancy) Harris Rhynes was born at Cumberland Tennessee April 20, 1844 died at his home in Elk Prairie, Jefferson County Il on March 27, 1929 at the age of 83 years nine months and 7 days. At age 14 he came to this county where he resided the remainder of his life. March 9, 1866 he was united in marriage with Margaret West. To this union were born ??? children only one of whom, William Rhynes, Liberty Road, Mt Vernon, survives. On Dec 14, 1878 he married Minerva Shehorn. Five children were born to this marriage, all of whom together with their mother survive. They are John Riley of Ina, Winfield Scott and Thomas Oakley who have always resided with their parents, Walter Lee residing near Nason, Il and Mrs Leta ( Aaron) Barker of Tamaroa. At an early age he became a member of the Presbyterian Church and lived a consistant faithful Christian throughout his life. Death came suddenly and without suffering as he sat in a chair at his home talking to one of his sons. He was very active for his age and although he had ceased some time ago to do the heavy work of the farm which required strong muscles, he continued to perform the lighter chores and odd jobs which must always be done on a general farm such as he and his sons owned. He had spent almost his entire life in the section where he died, and was one of the countys most reapected citizens. Burial was at Abner Cemetery, Nason, Il. Mr Rhynes is also survived by three brothers.

Submitted by Jan Pigge
Relationship = Great Grandaughter

William H. Rhynes
William H. Rhynes died at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon Sunday Afternoon. He was 79 years old. (Born 1869- Died 1948) Mr Rhynes had resided in Mt. Vernon during the past 50 years and was a foundry worker before his retirment a few years ago. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sims (Simeon) Rhynes and was born in this county (Jefferson). His wife, the former Samantha E. Robinson preceed him in death in September 1936. He made his home with Mr and Mrs Garold Dage in Mt Vernon. Mrs Dage grew up in the Rhynes home. Surviving are four brothers, Winfield Scott Rhynes, Thomas Oakley Rhynes, John Riley Rhynes and Walter Lee Rhynes. One sister Leta Barker of Barod Mi. Funeral was held at 1 PM Tuesday at Myers Chapel in Mt Vernon and burial was at Bethel Memorial Cemetery.

Submitted by Jan Pigge
Relationship = Great Niece

William H. Rhynes
William H. Rhynes was born at Cleveland, Bradley Co, Tenn on Feburary 15, 1846 and finished his life's journey at Madison Kansas on February 21, 1936 having reached the age of 90 years and 6 days. On August 27, 1874 he married Evaline (Dicy) Baker at Mount Vernon, Il. For 59 years they shared life's joys and sorrows, its successes and disappointments. Seven children blessed their home, six of whom, five sons and one daughter, survive him. One daughter and the companion preceeded him into the great beyond. He also leaves a number of grandchildren besides many other relatives and friends. The body was laid to rest beside that of his life companion in the Burlington Cemetery in Madison Kansas. His children were Elihu H (Pat) Rhynes B. 1877 Wife Bessie M Cora Rhynes Kelly B 1880 Allen B (Tim) B. 1886 William A. b 1882 James Luthur Rhyne b. 1895 m. Eva Thompson Leona Isabell Deceased Marvin Lee Ryan b 1903 d. 1981 M. Nila. He was the son of William Hamilton Rynes and Nancy Harris Rynes.

Submitted by Jan Pigge

Jewell L. Rich
Mt. Vernon Jewel L. Rich, 49, 1206 Main St., died at 3:35 a.m. May 31, 1986 at Crossroads Community Hospital. Mr. Rich was born June 9, 1936 in Jefferson County, the son of Orville and Juanita [Taylor] Rich. On Jan 25, 1955, at Mattoon IL , he married Audrey Bushong. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Hughey Funeral Home with Rev. James F. Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Survivors include two sons, Mark Rich and wife Shelly of Dix, and David Rich and wife Jeanette of Wilmington; three brothers, Robert Rich of Biloxi, Miss., James A. Rich of Las Vegas, Nev., and Larry Rich of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Mrs. Richard [Linda] Burwell of Mt. Vernon; five granddaughters, Jana, Julie, Lydia, Karen and Bekkah Rich; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Rich was a construction worker and a member of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elizabeth Rich.

1986 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco

Juanita Rich
Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita Lee Rich, 58, of 418 Jordan St. will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Hughey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glendall Davis officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cem. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. today. Mrs. Rich died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. Rich was born in Mt. Vernon on Dec. 6, 1918 the daughter of Oscar and Minne [Oliver] Taylor. She was married on April 8, 1934, in Mt. Vernon, to Orville J. Rich. He survives. She was a member of the General Baptist Church. In addition to her husband Orville, she is survived by four sons; Robert H. Rich of Gulfport, Miss., Jewel L. Rich of Mt. Vernon, James A. Rich of Gulfport, Miss. and Larry B. Rich of Benton, IL.; one daughter, Mrs. Linda Burwell, Mt. Vernon; and 11 grand children. She was preceeded in death by her parents, one daughter, one brother, and one sister.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco

Tempa O'Rea Rideout
Tempa O'Rea (Wright) Rideout, 54 of Mendon, Mass. and formerly of Framingham, Mass. died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital. A resident of Mendon, Mass. for the past two years, she had lived previously in Framingham, Mass. for 20 years.
She was born July 24, 1948 in Mt Vernon and raised in the Scheller and Sesser area. She was a 1966 graduate of Sesser High School, Sesser, Ill. She was employed for more than 10 years at Tommy's Taxi in Framingham, Mass. and also worked at A.C.Moore. Mrs Rideout was the wife of Edward M Rideout Jr. She was the daughter of the late Willard W Wright and Fanny M (Anthony)Wright.
A funeral service took place 10 a.m. June 7,2003 at Eugene J McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home in Framingham, Mass. Internment was in Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham, Mass.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Rideout leaves a son, Justin E Rideout of Mendon, Mass., two daughters, Blinda L Adams of Southborough, Mass, and Deborah A Rideout of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Kelley J Wright of Germany and Darrell W Wright of Tameroa, Ill.; one sister Kathy L (Wright) Boles of Edon, Ohio. She also leaves four grandchildren, Jessy Riviera, Amanda Luciano, Abigail Adams, and Gabrielle Adams; and many nieces and nephews. She served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was an active member of the James J McGrath Post 74 American Legion in Framingham, Mass where she was currently serving as post commander. She was also an avid bowler. She Will be missed.

Submitted by: Kathy L Boles (Wright) bobkatt@bright.net
Relationship : Sister

Winona Faye Rightnowar
Winona Faye (Isom) Rightnowar, age 83, of Waltonville, died 7:36 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at her home in Waltonville. Faye was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Waltonville, the daughter of Nelson and Inez (Green) Isom. She married Merle Q. Rightnowar on March 1, 1943, in DeRidder, La.; he preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 2008. Faye was a long time employee of the Security Bank and later Boatmans Bank, where she served as head teller and later as assistant cashier. She was of the Protestant faith. She and her husband enjoyed several activities such as golfing, fishing, boating and camping. Faye also enjoyed growing flowers and sewing. She was a long time member of VFW Post 9153 Ladies Auxiliary of Waltonville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, with Pastor Tanner Green officiating. Interment will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Faye is survived by one daughter, Jacque and husband Ray Gluss of Waltonville; one granddaughter, Tarra Gluss of Waltonville; and one greatgrandson, Ricky Chaput; two sisters, Evelyn and husband Bill Tolley of Mt. Vernon and Jean Ann Scroggins of Waltonville; one brother, Ralph Isom of Mt. Vernon; two brothers-in-law, Cyril Barton of Waltonville and Bill Rightnowar and wife Norma of Woodlawn; one sister-inlaw, Doris and husband Charlie Brown of Woodlawn; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Merle, parents, Nelson and Inez Isom; two brothers, Ulan Ray and Charles Dale Isom; two brothers-in-law, Harry Scroggins and Orval "Dude" Rightnowar and wife Idabel; one sisterin-law, Myreta Barton; mother and father-in-law, Adam and Minnie (Fairchild) Rightnowar; and great-great-nephew, Wayman Eastham.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Ottis Franklin Rightnowar
O. F. Rightnowar Dies Early Today
Ottis Franklin Rightnowar Of Mt. Vernon Died At Age 72
Ottis Franklin Rightnowar, of 1018 S. Tenth street, died at 2:00 a.m. today at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital. His age was 72 years, ten months and one day. Mr. Rightnowar, a lifetime resident of Jefferson county, was a farmer. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Myers Chapel. The Rev. Tracy Dees will officiate and burial will be in South Hickory Hill cemetery. The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call at any time after 10 a.m. Friday. Mr. Rightnowar was born April 8, 1877 in Jefferson county, the son of James and Mahala (Trout) Rightnowar. He was married to Lizzie Fagan who preceded him in death July 19, 1944. Mr. Rightnowar is survived by two sons, Hayden and Hursel R. of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Alta Wade of St. Louis, Mo.; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Bean and Mrs. Lunie Beckman of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Nancy Wilthong of Paragould, Ark., and Mrs. Annie Hodge of Waltonville; a brother, Ben Rightnowar of Taylorsville Ill.; and four grandchildren.

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

Ethel Rightnowar
Ethel Rightnowar Of Waltonville Dies At Age 74
Ethel Rightnowar, 74, died at her home near Waltonville Saturday at 5:15 a.m. of a heart attack. Funeral services were to be held this afternoon at two o'clock at the Fry Chapel in Waltonville with the Reverend Floyd Stabler officiating. Burial was to be in Knob Prairie Cemetery. Mrs. Rightnowar was born April 26, 1884, in Jefferson county, the daughter of Levi and Margaret (Cameron) Newell. In 1932 she married Sam Rightnowar, who survives. Survivors also include two sons, Russell Wilson of Route 5, Centralia, and Rex Wilson of Galesburg, and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, one brother, one sister, and several half brothers and half sisters.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Minnie Rightnowar
Mrs. Minnie Rightnowar Of Waltonville Dies
Mrs. Minnie Rightnowar, 63, of Waltonville, died at 4:00 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Long Prairie Christian church, of which she was a member, with the Rev. Russell Newell officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Saturday. At noon, Sunday, the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mrs. Rightnowar was born Mar. 14, 1917, in Mt. Vernon, she was married to Adam Rightnowar, who survives. She is also survived by three sons, Merle, Orval, and Bill Rightnowar, all of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Cyril Barton and Mrs. Charles Brown, both of near Waltonville; a brother, O. W. Fairchild of Waltonville; three sisters, Mrs. Edna Lowery of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Ruby Harris of Maroa, Ill., and Mrs. Mildred Roberts of Waltoville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Earl Riley
Earl Riley, 35, committed suicide about 5:30 yesterday afternoon by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun at his home a quarter mile west of Texico.
Though it was said he had been despondent for the past few days, no reason for suicide was given today. Coroner Dr. G.L. Taylor will conduct an inquest in his death at seven o'clock tonight.
Mr. Riley was well liked in his community and had many friends in Mt. Vernon. He was a successful candidate for constable in the Field Township election last Tuesday.
The shot entered his head from under the chin, ranging upward.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. A.?. Smith, will be held at the Pleasant Hill church Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the cemetery nearby.
He was the son of John and Mary Riley. He is survived by his father, two brothers and one sister, as follows: Lester, of Texico, Virgil and Jewel Shane of Bellwood, Ill.; and three half sisters, Mrs. Mary Hardyman of Homer, Ill., and Miss Mayme Riley and Mrs. Lola Osborn, Dix.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.

James W. Riley
James W. Riley, living on the county line north of Dix, died at his home to-day. He was one of the best known farmers in the northern part of the county. Mr. Riley had been ill for some time suffering with gall stones. He was thought to be improving, however, and his death was due to a sudden attack.
The funeral will be conducted on Saturday by Rev. A. L. Smith. Mr. Riley had been prominently connected with this church for many years. He is survived by a wife and seven children. He also leaves a brother, Andrew Riley, of this county, and a sister, Mrs. Louis McCormick, of Mt. Vernon.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.

John Riley
John Riley, 83, Dies in Homer
John Riley, 83, died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Hardyman, at 6 a. m. today following a lingering illness. The body will be taken to Dix for burial.

Funeral services for John Riley of Dix, who died at 6 a. m. Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Hardyman of Homer, Ill., will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. The Rev. A. L. Smith will officiate at the service and will be assisted by the Rev. Ross Partridge. Burial will take place at Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Mr. Riley was born in Jefferson county the son of Andrew and Ann (Welsh) Riley and spent his entire life here. At the time of his death he was 83 years old and had been a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist church for the past 50 years. He was first married to Maria Hawkins and later to Mary I. Puffer, both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by the following children: Mayme Riley of Centralia, Mrs. N. W. Osborn of Dix, Mrs. A.J. Hardyman of Homer, Ill., Mrs. Jewell Shane, Patrick Riley of Chicago and Lester Riley of Dix. Thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. Five children preceded him in death. Mr. Riley's parents migrated here from Ireland first settling in Vermont and later in Illinois. He is the last of a family of seven children. The body will be in state at the Osborn Funeral Home at Dix.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.


Mary Riley
Mrs. Mary Riley, wife of John Riley, died at 8:30 p. m. Saturday following a lingering illness of 18 years' duration. She was in her 73d year. She was a member of the Dix M. E. church, professing faith in Christ in early girlhood. In addition to her husband, she is survived by the following: three sons, Earl and Lester at home; Virgil of Bellwood; one daughter, Mrs. Jewel Shane; three step daughters, Mrs. N. W. Osborn and Mayme Riley of Dix and Mrs. Nancy Hardyman of Homer; and two brothers, John and Eddie Puffer of Centralia. Funeral services will be held at the Pleasant Hill Baptist church at 11 a. m. Tuesday with Rev. A. L. Smith of Dix in charge. Friends may call at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix at any time prior to the funeral hour.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.

Mayme Riley
Mayme Riley of Dix, a retired nurse, died at 8:00 o'clock last night at the Mt. Vernon Tuberculosis Sanitarium. She was 73 years, eight months and four days of age. For many years Miss Riley was a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist church, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Sunday. The Rev. Ross Partridge of Mt. Vernon will officiate and burial will follow in Pleasant Hill cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, where friends may call after 2:00 p. m. Saturday. Miss Riley was born June 14, 1886 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of John and Maria (Hawkins) Riley. She was never married. Surviving are two brothers, the Rev. Lester Riley of Texico and Pat Riley of Chicago, and three sisters, Mrs. Lola Osborn of Dix, Mrs. Mary Hardyman of Homer. Ill., and Mrs. Jewell Shane of Bellwood, Ill. Her parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.


Walter Riley
DIX — Walter Riley, 77, died here Saturday about 3:30 p.m. He was the son of Andrew and Samatha (McMeen) Riley and was born here March 20, 1878. A stock dealer, he resided in Rome Township of Jefferson county most of his llife. He was a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church. Mr. Riley is survived by his wife, Mrs. Allie Riley; a brother, Elmer of Dix: and by two sisters Mrs. Mattie Sledge and Mrs. Mary McMillian, both of Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Plesant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Ross Partridge, of Mt. Vernon. in charge. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home in Dix at anytime.

June 11, 1955 handwritten on clipping
[Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.]


Willie Riley
Funeral services for Willie Riley, 70, of Tujunga, Calif., former Oakley resident, were conducted Jan. 24 in Pasadena, Calif. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery at Altadena, Calif.
Mr. Riley died Jan. 21 in Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale, Calif. He was born Jan. 2, 1891, Dix, a son of George and Marinda Riley. He married Marjorie Veech April 16, 1913.
Mr. Riley, a farmer, lived most of his life near Oakley until 1950 when he retired and moved to California. He leaves his widow, two daughters, Virginia Riley, Glendale, and Mrs. Jeanette Schrader, La-Canada, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Bert Keel, Kell; one half-brother, two half sisters and one grand-child.

"1962" handwritten on clipping
[Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.]


Dr. James Wilson Robinson
Dr. J. W. Robinson Answers Summons to His Reward
Dr. James Wilson Robinson passed serenely into the Kingdom of Peace above at the Mt. Vernon hospital Sunday, March 24, at 4 a. m. after an illness of short duration. On Sunday, March 17, he made several professional calls and came home sick, and was stricken with a fatal disease from which he never rallied. He was the son of Isaac W. and Lavina Robinson, and was born in Long Prairie, on a farm near Woodlawn, Ill., May 17, 1874, and would have been 55 years old his birthday. He had lived in Jefferson county all his life, where he attended the public school in Williamsburg, and he spent two years at Carbondale. After going to college he taught several successful terms of school. Later he attended Barnes Medical College, from which he graduated April 6, 1897, with high honors, winning the French medal for surgery. He has been a successful physician in Waltonville for 32 years, where he practiced over a radius of many miles. He was married to Anna Elliston April 14, 1903. To this union two sons were born, Dr. Paul Robinson, a lieutenant in the U.S. army, now stationed at Denver, Colo.; and Ralph, a student in Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Robinson's greatest ambition was to see his two sons graduate from medical school. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mattie Affolter of Louisville, Colo.; an aged mother who deeply mourns his untimely going and a large number of relatives and friends. He served as president of the bank at Waltonville. Again the old mystery is forced upon us: Why in this time time of need is such a useful man removed from our midst in the prime of life? He was a man of noble character and noted for his honesty and to quote the words of his aged mother, "a better, more obedient and lovable son never lived." During the long illness of his father, the late I.W. Robinson, he was so attentive in administering to his wants that his life was prolonged by his untiring energy. His loving disposition and his kindness to others were of the highest type.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: Unknown
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Nellie Mae Roeder
Mrs. Nellie Mae Roeder of Route 2, Mt. Vernon, died at 8:47 this morning at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she had been a patient for one day. She was 77 years and 23 days of age.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Myers Chapel. The Rev. Sam McCoy will officiate and burial will be in New Shiloh Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Mrs. Roeder was born March 15, 1884 in Saline County, Ill., the daughter of William and Hannah Elizabeth (Spurlock) Dorris.
She was married to Charles E. Roeder, who preceded her in death October 6, 1952. Mrs. Roeder was a member of the Old Union Baptist church.
She is survived by five sons, Russell, Darrell, Virgil and Donnie, all of Mt. Vernon, and Lloyd of Decatur; four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Pigg, Mrs. Harold Rainey, Mrs. Imogene Grant and Mrs. Freda Brown, all of Mt. Vernon; one brother, C. S. Dorris of Mt. Vernon; one sister, Mrs. Clara Yearwood of Mt. Vernon; 31 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News April 8, 1961
Submitted by: Mary Ellen Capps


Ellen Mannen Rosenberger
Ellen Mannen Rosenberger, daughter of Josiah and Ellen Lee Mannen, was born near Waltonville, Illinois, on the 11th day of December, 1875, Ellen came naturally in the heritage of honesty, faithfulness, and a passionate love of family; all of these characteristics made her a noble citizen, a valued friend and a true helpmate to her husband and a wonderful mother to their children. On the Second day of August, 1899, she was united in marriage to John Rosenberger of Long Prairie community and for these past 44 years has lived in or near this neighborhood.

For a few years she was House Mother at the Boys School at St. Charles. Here her motherly instinct and personal love for all children was given a free rein, and Mother Rosenberger became an inspiration to many outside her own family, who today rise up and call her blessed. Having lost her health some time ago, she was finally taken to the hospital at Centralia on her 68th birthday, where she lingered but one week, when the spirit, submitted to, and obeyed the voice of God and winged its flight to the realms above while the body was left to its loved ones to bury out of sight in the narrow confines of its earthly house. She leaves behind to cherish all the fond memories, her husband and four children, two sons and two daughters, namely, Joe Rosenberger of Kankakee, Ill.; Stanley Rosenberger of Woodlawn, Ill.; Mrs. Fern Wisebecker of Woodlawn, Ill.; Mrs. Alma Sumuer Hails, Woodlawn, Ill. Five grand children together with two step grand children who love her, and whom she loved as her own. Harry Story, who was taken into the home was as a son and joins in grieving with the family. Four brothers, Hardy, Ray, Seburn and Josiah and one sister, Mrs. Anna Wayman Norris, and her step-mother, Mrs. Josiah Mannen of Waltonville, are left to carry on the traditions of this old pioneer family. Little Jerome and Mrs. Minnie Walker, brother and sister, preceded her a few years ago. Early in life she joined the Baptist church and later it was the pleasure of the writer to receive this fine lady into the fellowship of God's dear ones, when she joined the Methodist church while he was pastor of Long Prairie church. To all who mourn the passing of this loved one, let me speak to you, in the language of a poem, the author of which I do not know but it is the message we want:
God hath not promised, Skies always blue;
Flower-strewn pathways, All our lives through.
God hath not promised Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, Light for the way.
Grace for the trials, Help from above.
Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.

Funeral services Dec. 20, 1943 at West Salem by Rev. G.A. Phelps, Burial in West Salem cemetery.

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

Victor Julius Rosenberger
Victor Julius Rosenberger died Sunday, July 24, at two p. m. on the lawn of the home of the deceased in the presence of hundreds, the last rites were pronounced over the body of Victor J. Rosenberger, West Long Prairie. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Orville Hawkins, Mt. Vernon and by the Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 31, A. F. & A. M. A nephew, Emil P. Rosenberger, Montgomery City, MO., read the obituary and delivered a short eulogy.
The obituary as read, follows:
Victor Julius Rosenberger, son of Julius P. and Catherine Rosenberger (once Vincenz) was born May 5, 1836 in the town of Gruenstadt, Bavaria,and entered into rest at his home on West Long Prairie, Jefferson county, Illinois on July 21, 1921, at 4:10 p.m., having reached the age of 85 years, 2 months and 16 days. He is the last of the four Rosenberger brothers who migrated to this country from Germany between the years of 1848 and 1853. only one of his sisters survives him, Mrs. Matilda Nebel of High Hill, MO. According to the German customs of his days, Mr. Rosenberger learned a trade after his confirmation. He chose that of cabinet maker, which trade he followed for a short time in this country. In 1853, at the age of seventeen years, Victor and Eugene Rosenberger, brothers, left their native land to try their fortunes in a country whose opportunities were boundless. It is claimed that Victor Rosenberger was the first volunteer, who enlisted from Jefferson county, at the outbreak of the Civil War, going to Belleville to join a company that was being organized there and he served the full four years. These four years that he spent in defending the country of his adoption were the Red Letter Days of his life. He enjoyed nothing quite as much as relating his reminiscences of the Civil War, especially those connected with the boys of his company, the 22nd Illinois Infantry. On August 29, 1867, Victor J. Rosenberger was united in marriage to Mary Jane Robinson at her home on Knob Prairie, this county. The home <?> Mrs. Rosenberger was brought as a bride has been their home these fifty-four years and here the family of seven children, all of whom are good and representative citizens, were reared. These children are Mrs. Steve Campbell, of near Waltonville; Eugene and John, the sons and Mrs. Mary Lacey, all three of West Long Prairie; Mrs. John Sanders, of near Boyd; Mrs. C. E. Hampton of Kansas City, MO., and Miss Katie at home. A daughter, Annie Margaret, died in her infancy. Besides his widow and the seven children, Mr. Rosenberger is survived by twenty-six grand children, and three great grand children. Through church records in Germany the Rosenberger ancestry can be traced back as far as 1683, traditionally, it can be traced back as far as the Thirty Years' War. The mother of Mr. Rosenberger was a cousin of the German poet, Karl Gerok. Victor J. Rosenberger was one of the oldest Masons in Jefferson county, both in point of age and of long standing. On Feb. 18, 1879 he petitioned Mt. Vernon Lodge, No. 31, A. F. & A. M. for membership. April 5, 1879 he was initiated as an Enter Apprentice, on April 21st he passed to the degree of Fellow-craft and was raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason on Dec. 19, 1881. Mr. Rosenberger's health had been failing rapidly the past few months. On July 21, while very weak he started across the room, when he fell to the floor; he was helped to his bed and within a few moments, passed peacefully to the Great Beyond.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Linda K. Rostollan
Linda K. Rostollan Linda K. Rostollan, 56, of Mt. Vernon died 2:36 p.m. May 10, 2004, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Rostollan was born Oct. 4, 1947, in Mt. Vernon to James R. "Bob" and Imogene (Kirk) Campbell. She married Paul Rostollan April , 1971, in Mt. Vernon; he survives.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. The Revs. Gary Cline and Merritt Strickland will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Mt. Vernon. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Rostollan is survived by her husband, Paul Rostollan of Mt. Vernon; a son, Mark Rostollan of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Jennifer Mourey and husband Stanton of Fairfield; brothers Billy Joe Campbell and wife Trava of Mt. Vernon and Michael Campbell and wife Vicky of Bonnie; a sister, Patty Wickstrom and husband Dwayne of Mt. Vernon; her father-in-law, Walter Rostollan of Mt. Vernon; and several special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carolyn Sue Meloche; and a niece, Cheri Hill. Mrs. Rostollan attended Wayne City Church of God. Her faith in God was very strong; she loved going to church and was greatly saddened when she was not able to attend church due to her ailing health. She loved to sing and play the piano.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242- 3348 for obituary information at any time.

May 11, 2004
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Daisy Ruble
Daisy Ruble, 81, Dies At Home in Grand Prairie Mrs. Daisy Ruble, 81. died yesterday morning at her home south of Walnut Hill, in Grand Prairie Township. She recently suffered a fractured hip in a fall. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 2:00 pm at Little Grove Church, with the Rev. Maurice L. Paxton officiating. Friends my call at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eliza Loyd of Walnut Hill, after 6:00 pm today. Mrs. Ruble is survived by one son, Loyd of Detroit, Mich., and two daughters, Mrs. Marie Schwartz of Dana, Ill, and Mrs. Eliza Loyd of Walnut Hill.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News, April 21, 1955
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Theola Rush
Funeral services for Mrs. Theola Rush, 37, former Homer resident, were held Saturday in Donaho Prairie Chapel Church near Kell, and burial was in a cemetery there. She died at 8 a. m. Jan. 13 in Jefferson County Memorial Hospital at Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Rush was a beauty operator in Mt. Vernon. The daughter of Walter and Martha Donaho Kern of Kell, Mrs. Rush was the former Miss Theola Kern. She attended Homer schools and was married to Frank Rush of St. Joseph Jan. 31, 1935. She leaves her husband, her parents, a brother, Clarice Kern, Texico, and two sisters, Mrs. Amy Green, Kell, and Mrs. Eileen Masters, Texico.

[Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.]

Ada Russell
Ada Russell Dies at age 86
Mrs Ada Russell 86 of route 7 , a resident of the Heartside Nursing home, died at 12:05 a.m. at the nursing home.
Funeral services will be held at the Osborn Funeral home on Wednesday at 2:00 pm. Rev. Olen Weatherford will officiate and burial will be in Donoho Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Osborne Funeral home in Dix, where friends may call after 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Mrs Russell was born July 4th 1882 in Jefferson county , the daughter of Benjamin and Eliza Minor Nelson. On April 3, 1940 she married Earl Russell who survives.
Other survivors include, two step sons Careleton Russell of Mt Vernon and Raymond Russell of Rochelle; two step daughters, Mrs Maxine Sechrest of Verna Il and Mrsa Marion Schmitz of Dixon. ,one brother George Nelson of Decatur, one sister Mrs Doshia Adams of Quincy, five step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.
Mrs Russell was a member of Zion Methodist church.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: January 20, 1969
Submitted by Janice Staples

Vera Irene Russell
Vera Russell Of Bluford Died At Age 77
Vera Irene Russell, 77, Bluford, died 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 1989, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.
Mrs. Russell was born Aug 14, 1912, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Lewis and Annie (French) Williams. Dec 31, 1928, in Jefferson County, she married Raymond Ray Russell, who died March 26, 1968.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in East Hickory Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Russell is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Dean (Louise) Phelps of Opdyke, Mrs. Dorothy Tittle of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Clyde (Helen) Maxey of Salem and Mrs. Bert (Margie) Lappin of Woodlawn; three sons, Charles Russell and wife, Mildred, Donald Russell and wife, Charlotte, and George Russell and wife, Sue, all of Bluford; two sisters, Mrs. William (Burnett) Wells of Norwalk, Calif., and Mrs. Lorene Slate of Elsinore, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs.. Russell was a member of East Hickory Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one sister, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

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


Robert Maynor Russell
Robert Maynor Russell, age 88, formerly of Fairfield Road, Mt. Vernon died 12:30 p.m. March 19, 1997, at the Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. Bob was a retired welder and mechanic and was well known for his welding skill in the Southern Illinois oil fields as well as at the Mt. Vernon Car Mfg. Co. Mr. Russell was born June 10, 1908, at Woodlawn, a son of George and Nell (Maynor) Russell and was raised by Will and Nellie Stewart after his parents died at an early age. He married Lillian Brown on Sept. 22, 1933, in Mt. Vernon. Lillian survives and now resides at the Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. For many years prior to entering the Countryside Nursing Home, Bob and Lillie enjoyed cruising the country in their R.V. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Kenneth Holland officiating. Those attending the services should go directly to the chapel at the Memorial Gardens on Friday afternoon. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Bob was in the U.S. Navy enlisting as a A.S. USN 1 on Aug. 6, 1943 and receiving an honorable discharge.(line not legible) the U.S. Naval Repair Base in San Diego, Calif. (line not legible) Industrial Command at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Bob served as a volunteer fireman for many years and remembered well his experience in helping to fight the disastrous fire that destroyed the east side of the square many years ago. Bob was a member of Old Union Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Russell is survived by his wife, Lillie as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; a brother, Harold Russell, and a sister, Florence Carpenter. For more information you may call the Hughey Funeral Home at 242-3348.

Source Mt. Vernon newspaper, March 20, 1997
Submitted by: LaDonna Blevins * blevins69@comcast.net
Relationship = great uncle


John Cannon Ryan (Rhynes)
John Cannon Ryan died at the home of Mr and Mrs A.M. Ryan Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. He had a severe cold which developed into pneumonia and the attack was too severe for his system to stand. John Cannon Ryan was born in Bradley County in the eastern part of Tennessee on July 7, 1844. He was a son of William H. and Nancy Ryan and was one of six children, five boys and one girl. When eight years of age he came with his parents to Mt Vernon, Il. The journey was made in an ox wagon and the children had to walk most of the way because the wagon was loaded with the family goods. The mother died soon after their arrival in Illinois. After ten years the family removed to Neosho, Mo. They resided there until of the father two years later. He then returned to Mt. Vernon with a brother and resided with a family by the name of Dolby and although 21 years of age attended school for ten months. He was first married in 1867. One daughter now living in Kansas City, Ks was born to this union. The wife died after a year. In 1876 he married a Mrs (Nancy) Kinman.Children born to them, Thomas Arley, Arthur Merl, and Stella. They moved to Waynesville in 1903 and the year following moved to a farm east of Atlanta. Mrs Ryan died July 25, 1907 and was buried at Mt Vernon. He worked on farms for several years and then came to Atlanta. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Church's Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at the Atlanta Cemetery.

Submitted by Jan Pigge

John Cannon Ryan

Services for John Cannon Ryan 74, of Byng, Oklahoma are at 10 AM Friday at Criswell Chapel. The reverend Roger Arter will officiate. Burial follows ar Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma. Mr Ryan died Saturday Dec 6, 2008 At his home. He was born Aug 1, 1934 to Arthur Merl and Letha Snyder Ryan. Survivors are his wife Gidget Ryan 5 daughters LeAnn Ryan of Sarasota Fl Kelly Hughes North Carolina, Janice Ryan Pensacola Fl, Kim Herring, Lone Star Tx, and Angie Grooms, Gainsville Fla. A Stepson, Greg Cochran, two sisters Stella Rinehart, Lincoln Il and Goldie Ball Goodfield, Il and a brother Frank Thomas Ryan Tulsa Ok. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Sale. John Cannon was a Grandson of John Cannon Ryan(Rhynes) of Mt Vernon, Il and a Great Grandson of William Hamilton & Nancy Harris Rynes, one of Jefferson County's early pioneers in 1850-1860.

Date: December 6, 2008
Submitted by Jan Pigge

Robert Rynski
Robert “Bob” Rynski of Ashley departed this life 7 a.m. July 27, 2006, at his son’s residence in rural Ashley. He had attained the age of 71 years, 9 months and 15 days.
Mr. Rynski was born Oct. 12, 1934, in Jefferson County, a son of Louis and Theresa (Kabat) Rynski. He was united in marriage to Josephine (Kula) Rynski Nov. 5, 1966, in Radom; she survives his passing.
Mr. Rynski was employed by Casner Township as a road grader operator and he also worked as a butcher at Smolley’s Processing. He was a retired farmer and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Radom. He was an avid hunter and he enjoyed fishing, winemaking, gardening and mushroom hunting.
Mr. Rynski is survived by his wife, Josephine Rynski of Ashley; five children, Evelyn “Lynn” Fields and husband Brian and Diane Metcalf and husband Rob, all of Ashley, Jeanette Ferguson and husband Rodney of Centralia and Ted Rynski and John Rynski and wife Kendra, all of Ashley. He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren: Josh Wulff and wife Angelica, Matt and Brittany Fields, Christopher Wilson, Cole and Joey Metcalf, Jessica Ferguson and Ryleigh, Haleigh and Race Rynski; a brother, Ed Rynski and wife Virginia of Belleville; a sister, Dorothy Dalman of Okawville; a sister-in-law, Frances Smalley and husband Bill of Ashley; a brother-in-law, Raymond Kula of Ashley; and several nieces, nephews and other relations and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Rynski; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Catherine Kula.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Radom, with the Rev. Robert Zwelling officiating and interment in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Campagna Funeral Home in Ashley. The rosary will be recited 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, mass offerings or memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church or school and will be accepted at Campagna Funeral Home.
For further information, you may contact Campagna Funeral Home at 485-2311.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson



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