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Obituaries and Death Notices

Floyd J. Abel
Floyd J. Abel, 73, Victoria, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born June 4, 1928 in Fosston, Minn., the son of John and Bertha Bennett Abel. He married Janice Gilson on Feb. 5, 1955 in Galesburg. She died Aug. 5, 1986.
Surviving are one daughter, Debra Richards, Oneida; two sons, Mark (Donna) Abel, Galesburg, and Scott (Theresa) Abel, Oneida; four sisters, Betty (Gene) Howard, Galesburg, Dorothea (Dale) Bonney, Gilson, Darlene (LaVern) Thurman, Abingdon, and Marlene (Royal) Moore, London Mills; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, an infant sister and twin grandchildren.
He was an Army veteran, serving in Korea from 1949-52. He owned and operated Floyd's Market in Victoria for 21 years, retiring in 1990.
He was a member of Little John Conservation Club and Victoria American Legion Post 726.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, with the Rev. Marty Briney officiating.
Burial was in Victoria Cemetery where military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 726.
[Eagle Publications, February 14, 2002 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Susan Allen

Mrs. Susan Allen, the oldest colored resident of the city and widow of the late John R. Allen, died at the family home, 1412 Mulberry, Sunday morning after a long illness. Susan Elizabeth Cannon was the only daughter of Jonas and Clarissa Richardson Cannon born in Galesburg, May 26, 1859. She was educated for missionary work at the United Presbyterian church and the Monmouth academy. She was the grand-daughter of Thomas and Susan Richardson who came from Warren county, Ky. with nine children by way of the underground railroad and settled in this city in early times. They were cared for by the Ferris family. Thomas and Susan Richardson were the parents of the late Mrs. Ella Arnold.
Susan married John R. Allen in Galesburg over 56 years ago. He died in 1933. They had 20 children. Seven survive - Mrs. Ethel Dawson of Rock Island; Alfonso L. Allen of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. Eva Solomon; Mrs. Mary Houta Fleming, Mrs. Susan Rogers and Miss Bertha Green Allen, both of Galesburg. She had five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her grandmother was the main organizer of the Allen chapel A. M. E. in which she contributed and was christened at an early age. She served as the trustee, steward and president of the Women's Progressive League as well as the Autumn Leaf Missionary Society. For the past four years, Mrs. Allen was the chairman of the colored people for the Lake Storey Illinois Association. She was also a member of the Colored Women's Club, ie. the central district of colored women. She was a staunch Republican and a fluent speaker for her race as a whole. She took pride in assisting professor J. H. Atwood at Knox College in gathering data for the colored history of the county which was for the anniversary of the college. Funeral services is on Wednesday afternoon at the A. M. E. church. Order of the Eastern Star is in charge.
(Galesburg's newspaper, May 12, 1935, contributed by Janet Durst)

Charles August Anderson
Charles August Anderson, oldest son of Martin and Johanna Anderson, was born in Sweden June 23, 1861 and died at his home, 1406 Spruce Place, Minneapolis, March 6, 1922.
He was united in marriage to Harrietta Ray in Roseville, Ill., Nov. 4, 1883 and to this union two sons were born, Howard F. and Harold B. Anderson.
He later moved his family to Galesburg where they resided until 15 years ago. In all of his business and social enterprises he formed a wide acquaintance and with his kind and lovable nature, he won for himself a host of friends. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his wife and two sons, his aged father, two sisters, Selma Warble and Nellie Anderson and two brothers, Elmer E. and William M. Anderson and one grandson. His mother and sister passed away before him.
(Galesburg's Evening Mail, March 13, 1922, contributed by Janet Durst)

Clara J. Arnett
Galesburg IL - Clara J. Arnett, 64, of Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of 1339 W. North St., died at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 05, 1993, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Born February 13, 1929, in Galesburg to Phillip and Abbie Sthwarter Smallwood, she married David C. Arnett Sr. on December 31, 1947, in Galesburg. He died March 05, 1992. Two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, David C. Jr. of Minneapolis and Raymond of Milwaukee; four daughters, De Vora Arnett of Galesburg, Mrs. Isacc (Lois) Jones and Gloria Arnett, both of Des Moines, and Roberta Arnett of Minneapolis; one brother, Earl Smallwood of Chicago; two sisters, Odessa Smith and Elizabeth Kapazira, both of Galesburg; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was a nurse at the former Galesburg State Research Hospital and later worked at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg for 25 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Galesburg, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. L.G. Trammell will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Hinchliff-Pearson- West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. [
10/07/1993, Peoria Journal Star - DR - Sub by FoFG]

Henry Barr
Henry Barr, an old time resident of Matherville, died at the Galesburg hospital Sunday.  Mr. Barr went there several months ago for treatment but never regained his health.  He is survived by his widow and one daughter.  The funeral was held Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest at Henderson, Ill.  Mr. Barr was 56 years old.
 [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), October 16, 1913, Page 9]

Clare and Geneva Bennett
A Double Bereavement
Two Deaths in Bennett Family at Williamsfield Within Four Days
Within four days past, the family of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bennett has been robbed of two of it's members by death. On Thursday, Clare, the youngest child, aged 2 years and 7 months, died of congestion of the lungs. The funeral was set for yesterday, but about four hours before the hour appointed for the services a second child, Geneva, aged 7 years, passed away, death coming from systemic poison produced by an extremely severe attack of tonsillitis. A double funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock and the two little ones will be interred in the same grave in the Glendale cemetery at Elmore. They were both bright lovable children, loved by the whole community, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have the sympathy of the entire community.
(Galesburg's Weekly Mail, Jan. 14, 1904, submitted by Todd Walter)

Mrs. Sallie Benson
Sallie J. Bradford was born near Zanesville, Ohio, June 2d, 1818. She with her parents, came to Knox County, Ill, in early childhood. On Jan 05, 1837, she was united in marriage to Robert C. Benson, who preceded her in death Feb 21, 1894. She was reared and lived in the faith of the Congregational church. Her father, Charles Bradford being the first Sunday School Superintendent in Persifer township. At the time of her marriage she was the only girl in the township old enough to wed.
In 1838, she with her husband, settled on the Benson homestead where she spent the whole of her married life. The first horse they lived in had not one nail used in constructing and the chimney was a hallow sycamore tree daubed with mud. She took her washing down to the reek and a flat stone served the purpose of a washboard. She is the last of the early settlers on the Knoxville road.
It has been the writer’s privilege to hear his grandmother tell about the hospitality of this couple in the early days when their latch string was always out to the travelers, as they journeyed between their distant homes and friends. No one was ever refused food or lodging and the fame of Aunt Sallie, as when was always known, as an entertainer was known far and wide.
Her husband was the first justice of Persifer and many knotty legal battles have been decided in this primitive home. Many of the most prominent lawyers of the day have practiced before him.
After her husband’s death, she, with her son, John, lived on the home place for four or five years, after which she resided with their youngest daughter, Mrs. Wm Breece for five years, going from there to the home of her oldest daughter, Mrs. Ann Netcher, near Hamilton, Missouri, where she died Aug 01, 1908, aged 90 years and 2 months. She is survived by four children, two sons and two daughters, Harmin K, of Mooresville, MO; John F. of Ely, Nevada, Mrs. Geo. Netcher of Hamilton, MO, and Mrs. William Breece, of Dahinda, IL. Thirteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Three children have gone before her. Harvey, Charles and Eliza, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Her body was brought to from Hamilton, MO., to Knoxville, ILL, where funeral services were held in Huggins’s undertaking chapel conducted by Rev. R. T. Ballew. Who spoke very impressively from the 9th Psalm.
The singing was by Mr. and Mrs. Hinchcliff of Galesburg, who sand beautifully three selections.
The remains were laid to rest in the Knoxville Cemetery beside her husband. Another land mark and pioneer has gone to her reward. The Pallbearers were F. H. McElwain, Samuel Sutherland, John McBeth, C. W. Harmison, Albert Bruce and J. R. Young.
The above picture of five generations was taken at a family reunion where nearly all of her descendants were present.
[unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1908 - Sub by Foxie Hagerty]

Mrs. Clay J. Bolder
Funeral services for Mrs. Clay J. Bolder, 294 South Henderson street, who passed away Saturday morning, were held from the Second Baptist church this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. There was a very large attendance at the funeral regardless of the inclement weather, as Mrs. Bolder was well known in the organization, having served as choir director for several years. Burial was made in the Linwood cemetery.
(Galesburg's Weekly Mail, April 10, 1922, contributed by Janet Durst)

Two sons of the Rev. Henry J. Brace of Knox county, Ill., one aged 15 and the other 12, were drowned on the 9th inst., in attempting to cross Spoon river on a raft.  They pushed out until their poles were too short to reach bottom, when they were taken by the current and in leaving the raft and attempting to swim to shore they were drowned.
 [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 27, 1846 - Sub. by N. Piper]

Robert Brittingham
GALESBURG — Robert W. Brittingham, 61, of 2453 Carol Drive died at 6:35 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, at Galesburg Terrace.
Born Feb. 16, 1937, in Galesburg to Raymond and Irene Courson Brittingham, he married Mary Ann Downard on June 23, 1963, in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Larry of Mason City and Robert of Galesburg; three daughters, Laura Cleary of Mason City and Pam Nelson and Julie Brittingham, both Galesburg; one sister, Mabel Anderson of Joliet; and nine grandchildren.
He was a laborer for Hansen Lumber Co. in Galesburg.
He served in the Air Force for four years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hinchliff-PearsonWest Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. Darlene Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the chapel. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery, where military rites will conducted by American Legion Post 285.
[Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 4, 1998 - Sub. by Candi Horton]

Peter Brown
Peter Brown is quite bad off at this writing, with the chances against him. He is 88 (sic) years old, and a veteran of Civil War. (Galesburg's Republican Register, Thurs., Apr. 2, 1914 submitted by Todd Walter)

Rapatee, Ill., April 8. - The telephone informed us on Saturday morning that Uncle Peter Brown had died on Friday night at his home northeast of Rapatee. This removes one who has lived in Maquon township for over four score years, he was brought here an infant and was in his 84th year. He married Martha Thurman who died nine years since. There remains living four children, Elias of Nebraska, Gilvey of Peoria, Mrs. Sylva Bridgewater, of Rapatee, and Irven of Middlegrove, grandchildren and great grand-children.
Peter was a veteran of the civil war. The funeral was held at the home on Monday morning and the interment in the Walter Cemetery west of Maquon.
(Galesburg's Republican Register, Wed., Apr. 8, 1914 submitted by Todd Walter)

Walter Bull
Walter Bull of Maquon, one of the pioneers of the county, died early Tuesday morning, at the advanced age of nearly 88 years.
[Knox County Republican, Wednesday, January 19, 1881]

Stewart McLung Butt
Stewart was found murdered in a cornfield near Dry Run Hollow on the Peoria Rd, on Saturday evening. Mr. Johnson, who owns the cornfield, noticed a team of horses standing near the fence. Supposing that some one was stealing his corn, he got into the wagon with the intention of driving it to his house. He then discovered blood on the wagon and went back to where the wagon stood. There found a quantity of blood which he traced into the field, until he came to the body. The deed had been done by stabbing with a knife in the neck. Stewart had been to Peoria with wheat and was returning home. Money appears to have been the object of the murderer. Quite a few years later a man on his death bed confessed to the murder. [Stewart McLung Butt was murdered 5 Oct 1850, Peoria. ] (Knoxville Journal Oct 8, 1850 & Peoria Democratic Press Oct 9, 1950 - contributed by DeLories Vaughn)

A.N. Carpenter
A.N. Carpenter, the landscape architect of Galesburg and the father of Mrs. William Clendenin, died in Galesburg July 18 at the age of 79 years.  He was a resident of Galesburg for the past 50 years and has been a very active business man.  Among the many parks that he has planned, Prospect Park of Moline is one of them.  He laid out the walks and the general plan of the park.  
[Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, Ill.) July 21, 1906, Page 2]

Sarah A. Catterton
Mrs. Sarah A. Organ Catterton was born near Vincennes, Indiana, Sept 28, 1830 died at her home in Elba Township, Oct 17, 1903, aged 78 years, 10 days. She was left an orphan at age 15. Joined the M. E. Church at age 16. Married Feb 18, 1849 James R. Catterton. Soon after the marriage she united with the Christian Church which she remained until death. Came to Knox County in 1854. Her husband died four years ago. Member of Eureka Womens Board of Missions, Christian Educational Association. She went to Eureka to make her home with daughter, Mary, in June, 1903, but on account of her failing health it was her desire to return home to die. Funeral service was held from the home Sunday afternoon, Oct 18., Rev. J. T. Killip of Maquon officiated. Interment in family cemetery on the Catterton farm.
[Galesburg Paper, October 21, 1903 - Sub. by Todd Walter]

G. B. Cherrington

Gardner B. Cherrington, who lived at 109 Walnut street, died at 12:15 this morning in his home, after a long illness. He was born April 29, 1858. Funeral rites will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday from Maxey chapel northeast of Knoxville, with burial in Westfall Cemetery. Friends may call at the home, 109 Walnut street, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. (Register Mail, Thursday, May 17, 1934, submitted by Mike Osler) [Note: Gardner married Mary Jane Milroy on 10/14/1885 according to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]

Mary J. Cherrington
Mrs. Mary Jane (Milroy) Cherrington, 90, died at 9 a.m. today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pearl King, 442 S. Chambers St.. She had been ill for several years and bedfast for eight months.
She was born at Victoria Feb. 14, 1864, and lived all her life in Knox County, residing in Galesburg for 20 years. She was married to Gardner B. Cherrington in Galesburg Oct. 14, 1885, and he died in 1934. She was a member of the First Church of God.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Eva Stevens and Mrs. Pearl King, both of Galesburg, and Mrs. Alice Slagle of Maquon; Three sons, Irvin C., Forrest E. and G. Glenn all of Galesburg; a brother, John Milroy of Lexington, Neb.; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Klinck Chapel in Knoxville, where friends may call Wednesday afternoon and evening, by the Rev. Henry Stamm. Burial will be in Westfall Cemetery, Copley Township.
(Register Mail, Thursday, May 17, 1934, submitted by Mike Osler)

Mrs. Christianson
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Christianson will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at the Horton and Foley undertaking establishment. The Rev. Mr. Youngdahl of Knoxville will be in charge.
(Galesburg's Evening Mail, March 13, 1922, contributed by Janet Durst)

Lucinda Hatch Clark
The beloved wife of Mr. T. L. Clark of this city was born at Eaton, Madison County, N.Y., and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hatch. She came to this city in 1856, several years after her marriage to Mr. Clark, and Galesburg has since been her home.
Some time ago she went with her husband to the home of her sister [Sally (Hatch) Fitch] at Oakwood, Indiana and received at the hands of her nephew, Mr. Lemuel S. Fitch, and his wife, the best of care. All efforts to save, however, proved unavailing, and this sincere and good Christian woman died there Monday morning [Jan. 26, 1886]. Of her own family, there survive her sisters, Mrs. Fitch of Oakwood, Ind., and a brother, Mr. Daniel Hatch of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Mary Smitzer of Oneida, N.Y. Mr. Ed Leach, of this city, is her nephew.
The late Mrs. Clark belonged to a family remarkable for its longevity. Mrs. Clark was 79 years of age at the time of her death. Her sisters, Mrs. S. Fitch and Mrs. Mary Smitzer are 81 and 83 years old, respectively, while her brother Daniel is at least 76 years of age. Mrs. Clark’s mother lived to be 99 years old.
(Unknown newspaper, Jan. ?, 1886, contributed by Doug Clark)

Earl Combs

Earl Combs, 67, of Maquon, died Thursday at 10:40 a.m. in St. Mary's Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days.
He was born near London Mills March 3, 1887, had resided in Maquon for 12 years and retired from farming two years ago. He was married in Galesburg June 10, 1919, to Emma M. Tasker, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Nellie V. Owen and Mrs. Alice F. Owen, of Maquon; a son Howard M. Combs of Maquon; three sisters, Mrs. Verda Vermillion of Hermon, Mrs. Tressa Sampson of Sheridan, Wyo., and Mrs. Mary Langford of Abingdon, and five grandchildren. His parents and a brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Klinck Chapel at Knoxville. The Rev. Ira Moats will officiate and burial will be in the Maquon Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel this evening.
(Galesburg's Register Mail, Nov. 1954, submitted by Todd Walter)

Ernest Crawford
Funeral Services Held for Veteran Power Co. Worker
Funeral services for Ernest Crawford, 72, of 885 West Berrien street, who died at 1:30 o'clock last Thursday afternoon at St. Mary's hospital, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Horton, Hinchcliff and Wilson Funeral home in charge of the Rev. W. T. Green. Burial was in the Linwood cemetery.
Mr. Crawford was born in Palmyra, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1868, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Crawford. He was educated in Palmyra and there married Matilda Mitchell on July 22, 1891. The family moved here in 1893, and for the past 37 years Mr. Crawford was employed at the Illinois Iowa Power company gas works. He belonged to the Second Baptist church.
Surviving are his wife and three children.
(The Illinois Star, Thursday, March 21, 1940, contributed by Janet Durst)

John W. Curry
Abingdon, Ill. Nov. 7 -- The funeral rites of
John W. Curry were held from the Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. L. Connolly. The music was furnished by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Fred Ehrenhart, Jr., Mrs. J. M. Shipplett, Carl Johnson and W. H. Palmer, with Miss Florence Irene Young at the organ. The beautiful floral offerings were in charge of Mrs. Grant Alderfer and Mrs. W. H. Palmer. The casket bearers were Ora Kelley, J. E. Hamilton, Albert Maginnis, W. G. Dunlap, Leo Fitch, Fred Copeland. Interment was in the Abingdon cemetery. The members of Post 58 G. A. R. and the Ladies' Circle of the G. A. R. attended the services in a body.
John Wilson Curry, son of James and Hannah Armstrong Curry, born in Huntington county, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1841, and departed this life on November 3, 1927, aged 86 years, 30 days. He was the third in a family of six children, of which four were boys and two girls. All have preceded him in death except one brother, William A. Curry, now living at Leon, Iowa. (Those deceased are Thomas A., Agnes, Rachell Curry Upp, Joseph Reed Curry of Gentry Co, MO.)
There were also two half sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Martha Ellen Knowles, is now living in Los Angeles, California and Mrs. Sam Curry, (Mary Ann) who lived at Woodland Decatur Co IA.
(unknown newspaper, Nov. ?, 1927, contributed by Gayle from Kansas

Melissa Curry
Mrs. Melissa Curry Dies at Quincy Home
Mrs. Melissa Curry passed away at 8:35 last night in the hospital at the Soldiers' Home in Quincy. Mrs. Curry, a resident of the Home for several months, recently fractured her hip in a fall. The accident on account of her age -- she was 98 years old -- caused complications which resulted in her death. Her husband and only son preceded her in death. She leaves several grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Congregational church, in charge of the Rev. H.R. Jay. Interment will be in the Abingdon cemetery. Friends may call at the Huggins Funeral home any time prior to the services.
(unknown newspaper and date, contributed by Gayle from Kansas)
[Note: Melissa was born Oct. 18, 1846 in OH (the daughter of Henry and Rebecca Stroup, married John Wilson Curry Apr. 30, 1868 and died Feb. 7, 1940 in IL. Her only child was James Leslie Curry.]

J. Leslie Curry
Curry Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon
Abingdon, Ill., March 20 - The funeral rites for J. Leslie Curry were held from the Congregational church at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Frank J. Brown officiating.
Music was furnished by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. J. M. Shiplett, Mrs. C. S. Bartlett, Carl J. Johnson and William H. Palmer, with Miss Florence Irene Young at the organ. They sang "My Jesus As Thou Wilt, " "Nearer My Father's Home" and "Jesus is Mine."
The profusion of beautiful floral offerings were in charge of Mesdames W. H. Palmer, Henry Stephans, Grant Alderfer, E. D. Blair, W. J. Robinson and G. A. Hickman. The casket bearers were: W. G. Rork, Glenn Dunlap, A. L. Swigert,, W. G. Dunlap, Fred Ehrenhart Sr., G. T. Tuttle. Interment was in the Abingdon cemetery. The members of the A. F. & A.M., I. O. O. F. and Rebekah lodges attended the service in a body.

Sketch of His Life
James Leslie Curry, only child of John and Malissa Stroop Curry, was born in Rainsboro, Highland county, Ohio, July 20 1878, and departed this life on March 18, 1929, after a short illness of pneumonia. He received his education in the Rainsboro schools. Later he engaged in carpenter work under the capable instruction of his father. On November 4, 1896, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Holmes, who preceded him in death on June 12, 1906. To this union were born two children, Elizabeth, who died in infancy, and Rubie Curry Famulener of this city. In the year 1901 the family came to Abingdon, where he has since made his home with the exception of five years spent in the south.
On October 28, 1908, he was united in marriage to Ella Webb of Good Hope, Ill., and to this union were born two children, Mrs. Mildred Curry Daily of Bushnell and Mary Curry, at home. There remain to mourn his death, besides the widow and daughters, his aged mother, Mrs. Malissa Curry of this city and three grandchildren, Flavia Joyce Daily of Bushnell, Marian Jean and Norma Beth Famulener of Abingdon. His father preceded him in death November 3, 1927.
In the year 1907 he united with the Congregational church of this city of which he has since been a faithful member.
He was a member of the Masonic, the Odd Fellow and the Rebekah lodges whose fellowships he enjoyed very much.
His quiet and unassuming manner won for him a host of friends whose love for him has been proved by the great number who have called to aid and to extend their sympathy during his illness and death.

[further down the page] Many Attend Rites From Out-of-Town
Those attending the funeral services of J. Leslie Curry from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. Cad Fisher, Prairie City; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hamilton, Good Hope; Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Webb and son Harry of Scotia, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. J. L Webb and family, Mrs. J. E. Weber, Mrs. Mc... (sorry I don't have the rest of the article).
(Galesburg's Daily Register Mail, Wednesday, Mar. 20, 1929, pg. 15, contributed by Gayle from Kansas)

Deliah Drenkel
(Not full obit)
Mrs. Deliah Drenkel died April 5 at the home of her son, Harry Drenkel, of Los Angeles, California, after a few days illness. The remains arrived here Tuesday noon, accompanied by her three sons, Harry, Daniel and Edwin. The burial was in the family lot in Oneida cemetery where the remains of her husband, D. K. Drenkel are interred, who died April 15, 1879. Mrs. Drenkel was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, 1822. Subsequently while staying in Philadelphia, Pa., was married to D.K. Drenkel of that place in year 1852. In the year 1858 they came to this state, Illinois, where they lived most of the time. Mrs. Drenkel went to California last September to spend the winter with her son. The following relatives are left to mourn her loss; One daughter, Mrs. L. M. Nash, of this place, and three sons, George Drenkel of Dickerson, Dakota; D. R. Drenkel of Aspen, Colorado and Harry Drenkel of Los Angeles, and E. D. Drenkel of Oneida.
(Galesburg Weekly Mail, April 12, 1900, submitted by Todd Walter)

Martha Everest
Mrs. Martha Everest, widow of the late F. P. Everest, died recently in the State of New York. Her remains were cremated at Troy. They will soon be sent here for interment beside her husband in Hope cemetery. Old residents of Galesburg and vicinity will vividly recollect Mr. and Mrs. Everest. Mr. Everest was for many years in the employ of John B. Colton, and at the time of his death was with the O. T. Johnson Co. Mrs. Everest leaves her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Stevens, of Chicago, and two sons - Albert S. Everest, cashier for L. Shaughnessy & Sons, and Ralph S. Everest, cashier for S. Bolton's Sons, Latingburg (?), N.Y.
(Galesburg Weekly Republican Register, February 4, 1899, submitted by Todd Walter)

John Dean
John Dean, the whole whose life has been spent in Knox county and who conducted boarding house at No. 60 Simmons street, died shortly after 2 o’clock this morning from complications resulting from a severe attack of Malarial fever.  Mr. Dean on Wednesday evening Sept. 12, was taken with a severe chill.  The next morning he felt better and was up for a while.  That day was his birthday, he being 63 years old.  He was obliged to go back to bed and did not leave it again until last Saturday, when he was up for a while.  At 9 o’clock Sunday morning there was another change for the worse.  He was conscious to the moment of death.  There were with him when he passed away his faithful wife, the daughters, Mrs. Frank Elser, Mrs. Harry Boyer and George Hicks, a niece, Mrs Samuel Rankin, and a friend Mrs. John Brown.  Two sons, Oliver Dean of Des Moines Iowa, and Eliza Dean of Clarinda Iowa, arrived later.  Mr. Dean had an extensive acquaintances in the county and was well thought of.  He was the son of Samuel and Julia Ann Dean, two of the early pioneers of the county, and was born on the farm place near Rio, Sept. 13, 1837.  He grew up in that neighborhood and learned farming.  He was married December 16, 1858 to Miss Lucinda Pittman.  They resided on the farm a number of years.  They moved to Galesburg 12 years ago.  The first boarding house they conducted was on main street near the power house.  Nine years ago they took their present  place and it has been a popular home for the many who have from time to time stopped there.  Mr. Dean of late years was injured severely twice.  The first occasion was a hard fall from a load of ice.  He alighted on his head and shoulders and the injury proved of permanent nature, causing him much pain.  The second case was caused by him jumping from a load of caol when the team was running away.   Mr. Dean was a member of the Baptist church of  Rio.  Personally he was pleasant and accommodating.  He lived an honest life and held in respect.  Beside the wife and children already name Mr. Dean leaves a sister, Mrs. Gibson of Shenandoah, Iowa, and his brother Jasper Dean of Northern Iowa, Joseph Dean of Broken Bow, Neb., Newton Dean of Rio and Marion Dean of Blanchard, Iowa.  Mrs. Wm. Epperson is a cousin.  The funeral services will be held at 10:30 o’clock Thursday morning at the residence.  The burial will be in Linwood cemetery. [source: "Custer Co. Republican", Nov. 15, 1900; MB, Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. S. G. Dean
WATAGA - The funeral services of Mrs. S. G. Dean were held in the M. E. church Saturday at 10 a.m., December 31, Rev. Mr. Smith, assisted by Rev. Mr. Bedford, officiated. Mrs. Dean was 83 years of age a resident of Sparta township for forty one years, beloved by her neighbors. Her remains were placed in the Wataga cemetery.
(Galesburg Weekly Republican Register, January 7, 1899, submitted by Todd Walter)

J. T. Edge
DIED - On Friday, July 22d, at 3 a.m., J. T. Edge, aged 22 years, the youngest son of Samuel Edge at the residence of his father a few miles east of Knoxville.
(Knox County Republican, Wednesday, August 4, 1858, submitted by Todd Walter)

James B. Elliot
Word reached this point from Lacon last Saturday, containing the sad intelligence of the accidental death of James B. Elliot. He was working on a steam pile driver and had ascended the ladder to fix some of the gearing that was disarranged and was descending the ladder, when by some unexplained means he lost his hold, exclaimed "look out", and fell to the platform below, his fellow workmen rushed to him to find life extinct. The body was prepared for burial and forwarded to this point Monday and was buried from the M. E. Church Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. Besides his mother and one brother who are called to mourn, there is another, a most worthy and
estimable young lady of this city, who was bound to him by ties which in a few weeks would have been welded together for life. The sympathy of the entire community is with the mother, brother, and heart-broken betrothed in their affliction.
(Galesburg's Republican Register, October 13, 1883, submitted by Todd Walter)

Daniel Farrell
When Daniel Farrell passed away at 1:20 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Dec 12 1907, at his home on North Cedar Street, Galesburg, Illinois, lost one of its oldest and most respected businessmen and citizen who was active until the last and to the end maintained his interest and concern for the city. On Monday, Dec. 2 1907, Mr. Farrell who was senior member of the firm of Farrell and Mears, was at the store and appeared in his customed kindly humor. But he had been failing gradually for some time although he did not allow this fact to interfere with his attending to business matters. He was confined to his home but one week and his illness was due to his advanced age and a complication of uraemfla. He retained consciousness nearly to the end and showed remarkable vitality. At his bedside were his daughter Miss Jennie, and his sons, Will and George, who rendered him every attention during his illness. He received the last sacraments at the hand of the Rev. Father Valfre and it greatly comforted him. His death was peaceful and painless.
Mr. Farrell was born in the city of Kilkenny, of the county of the same name, Ireland, in October 1824, and he was in his eighty-forth year when he died. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Farrell. In his youth he served an apprenticeship as a tailor and acquired that skill for which he was so well known here. When twenty-one years of age, he came to New York City where he lived for three years. In 1848 he moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he was united in marriage to Miss Bridget Murphy. They came west in the early fifties and first settled in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to Galesburg during the administration of the Hon. Henry Sanderson, the first mayor of the city, and Mr. Farrell was thus here at the time of the celebrated Lincoln-Douglas debate, the facts regarding which he well remembered.
He was first employed here as a cutter by Mr. Henry Mayer. Subsequently he was in the employee of Jacobi Brothers and Mack. Afterward for fourteen years he worked for J. H. Gordon another of the early merchants of this city. In 1880 he formed the partnership with R. H. Mears and since that time the firm has been conducting the gents clothing and merchant tailors establishment on Main Street. As a businessman Mr. Farrell possessed the confidence and esteem of the community his knowledge and experience found good play in the firm. He was known as an upright and square man in his dealings, and his genial manner and warm heartiness made him friends at every turn. In the trade that he learned in his youth he was accurate and painstaking. Until the last illness he contributed to the business Interests of the city and thus all of his life was busy and useful.
In his personal appearance Mr. Farrell was always neat and tasty and careful while in address he was gentlemanly. He was naturally of cheerful disposition and had a good word for all. He was a consistent member of Corpus Christi Church and always interested in its welfare.
Mrs. Farrell died in 1879. To this union ten children were born of whom four are still living, Will, Miss Jennie, Robert of San Francisco and George. Of those deceased those best remembered here are Daniel Farrell, Jr. who became a prosperous businessman of Omaha and Mary. One brother William Farrell of Valejo, California survives. Mr. Farrell was married a second time in 1880 to Mary Dornan who died January 13, 1889. The funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Monday in Corpus Christi Church.
(Galesburg newspaper, December 14?, 1907, contributed by Tim Morrissey)

Bernard L. Fey
Bernard L. "Butch" Fey, 82, of Abingdon, died at 10:35 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Astoria, to Charles W. and Helen (Stoffer) Fey. He married Catherine E. "Eileen" Burke on July 4, 1953, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death Aug. 25, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard "Burl" Fey and his wife Betty; two sisters, Marjorie Hull and her husband David and Louise Metcalf and her husband Walt; and one brother-in-law, Roy Atkins. Butch is survived by his five children, Diana (and Steve) Herriott of Sidney, Rebecca (and Dave) Dimmick of Murrayville, David (and Vernonica) Fey of Quincy, James Fey of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Nancy (and Mike) Voiland of Garner, N.C.,; his seven grandchildren, Kristina Herriott of Fort Bliss, Texas, Matthew (and Samantha) Herriott of O'Fallon, Daniel Herriott of Normal, Samuel Dimmick of Fort Riley, Kan., and Emma, Chandler and Harrison Fey, all of Quincy; his stepgranddaughter; Doria Voiland of New York; his brother, Robert (and Carol) Fey of Mount Prospect; his sister, Eileen Atkins of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Dottie Chick of Avon. He graduated from Abingdon High School in 1946. He served in the Army from Aug. 12, 1953, to June 3, 1955, and was stationed at Arlington, Va. He later served in the Illinois National Guard for 3 1/2 years. He owned and operated Fey's Processing Service in Abingdon for 40 years. He was member and past secretary of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge 185. He was a past volunteer fireman for the Abingdon Fire Protection District. He was a member of the Avon United Methodist Church. Butch raised cattle and sheep for many years. He was a supporter of 4-H and paid for the pictures taken of the children and their animals that were shown at the Abingdon Fall Festival and Avon Fat Steer Show. He was a member of the Hi-Lo Saturday lunch bunch. He was known for his smile, his laugh, his ability to talk with anyone and for his habitual lateness (or for being the last one to arrive in the "church pew"). Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m Saturday at the Avon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Trish Chapman will officiate. Burial will follow at the Abingdon Cemetery with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post 381. Visitation will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

John Flynn - at North Creek, Persifer township died Friday, Nov. 19, 1880, aged 64 years, 12 days. Funeral at Mound Church, Saturday. Rev. F. J. Dunn officiated. He left a wife, four sons, three daughters. He was well known as a temperance worker in the county. (Galesburg's Republican, November ?, 1880, contributed by Mike Osler)

Isaac Folger
April 18, 1924 – Isaac Folger, father of Mrs. George Pople, died in Henderson.
[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, January 1, 1925 - sub by N. Piper]

Mrs. Robert Folger
Mrs. Robert Folger of Henderson passed away at Sapulpa, Okla. Saturday morning at 8:40 o'clock following a short illness. Mrs. Folger had been visiting the whole of the winter at that place. Her body was brought back to this city this afternoon at 4:20 o'clock and will be taken to Mrs. Folger's former home in Henderson where funeral services will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the United Brethren church of that place. Burial will be made in Henderson.
(Galesburg's Evening Mail, March 13, 1922, contributed by Janet Durst)

Joseph E. Foster
With the passing of Joseph Evans Foster at the home of his nephew, D.I. Foster on last Monday morning. The last old soldier has gone from our midst. Joseph, the fourth son and sixth child of Thomas and Eliza Foster was born in Broad Top Township, Bedford Co., Pa., April 14th, 1840, died in Rapatee, Ill., at 11 o'clock a.m. Monday, April 9, 1917, aged 76 years, 11 months and 25 days. He grew to manhood on the Broad Top mountains, and at the age of 22, 1862 he enlisted in Co. C 33 Reg. Pa. Vol. and served his country faithfully. After which he joined a band of coal prospectors under the late Wm. Foster Sr., working in Bedford, Huntington Clarion and Venango counties. Just 51years ago last April 1866 he arrived at what is now Rapatee, and has lived here ever since, though making brief visits east and west. In 1870, he married Miss Harriet Foster, daughter of J.M. Foster Sr., it was truly a love match and while she died the next year 1871, he never married again. Some time after this he was converted and joined the M.E. church of which he remained a faithful member to the end, serving it in many capacities, and was Superintendent of the Sunday School for some 18 years, being loved by every child that attended it. He has resided in Rapatee about ? years, and since 1903, he has lived by himself just south of the church. He was much attached to his home and while crippled with rheumatism and almost blind he refused to be moved until his last illness which was of only 3 days duration. His mind was clear until Sunday afternoon and he told us all was well with his soul. The funeral occurred Wednesday from Rapatee church, in which he always took such an interest being chairman of the original building committee. Rev. A.P. Rolen preached the sermon and the body was laid to rest beside his wife in Bennington Cemetery, where he had a nice monument erected in June 1916. The pallbearers were Phillip Fullmer, J.C. Hoxworth, Tobias Woods, J.F. Morse, T.M. Morse and G.P. Dikeman. Of a family of sixteen children, but three are living, Mrs. Louisa Edwards of Seward, Neb., Mrs. Susan J. Blair of somewhere in Pa., and his youngest brother, Samson P. Foster of Kearney, Pa.
The writer was in the coal business with him 1883 to 1885. He was a good true man.
[Galesburg Evening Mail, April 11, 1917 - Sub. by Todd Walter]

Mary H. Foster
Mary H. Foster, 86, Blandinsville, died at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001, at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg.
She was born May 9, 1915, in Peoria, to Marion Alva and Ella Sticklen Hardy. She married Henry F. Foster Aug. 19, 1933, in Macomb. He preceded her in death March 13, 1974.
She is survived by two sons, Robert (Betty) Foster, Good Hope, and Jim (Donna) Foster, East Galesburg; two daughters, Bonnie (Harlin) Hickman, Galesburg, and Marietta (John) Farris, Cameron; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one great-granddaughter. She owned the Pine Brooks Variety Store in Galesburg for several years. She also worked at the Burlington Ordinance Plant.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 23, 2001, at South Cemetery, rural Blandinsville.
[Eagle Publications, July 26, 2001, Contributed by Sara Hemp]

[young son of]
Wm. Frome
WATAGA - The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. From (Frome?), of Oneida, was interred in the Wataga cemetery last Tuesday. His death was the result of an accident which occured while he was riding with his father one day last week. The team became frightened and ran away, throwing both father and son out of the wagon. The father was uninjured. The community extend their sympathy to the family in their affliction.
(Galesburg Weekly Mail, October 31, 1901, submitted by Todd Walter)

___ Garrison
Riley Garrison of Upham (ND) received the news that his brother had been killed at Galesburg, Ill., in an automobile accident. [The Ward County Independent. (Minot, Ward County, N.D.), 28 Dec. 1916.]

John Putnam Gulliver

CLASS OF 1845, D.D., LL.D.
Son of Dea. John Gulliver and Sarah Putnam; born in Boston, May 12, 1819; graduated at Phillips Academy, Andover, 1836, and at Yale College, 1840; was principal of Randolph (Mass.) Academy, 1840-42; studied in this Seminary, 1842-43; in Yale Divinity School, 1843-44, returning here for the senior year, 1844-45, and continuing his studies as resident licentiate, 1845-46; licensed to preach by the Andover Association, meeting with Rev. John L. Taylor at Andover, April 7, 1845. He supplied the Main Street (afterwards the Broadway) Church in Norwich, Conn., 1845-46; and was ordained as its pastor October 1, 1846, remaining there until 1865; was pastor of the New England Church, Chicago, Ill., 1865-68; president of Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., 1868-72; pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton, N.Y., 1872-78. From 1878 to the time of his death he filled the newly endowed Stone professorship of the Relations of Christianity to the Secular Sciences. Although obliged by failing health to relinquish active work in this department in 1890, he devoted himself to the preparation of a volume in the field of his special studies and kept his place as one of the Seminary preachers.
He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Iowa College in 1867, and that of Doctor of Laws from Iowa State University in 1869. When resident in Connecticut he was a Fellow of Yale College and was instrumental in the founding of the Norwich Free Academy. His address at the dedication of the Slater Memorial Hall of that institution was published, as well as his inaugural addresses at Galesburg and Andover and several occasional sermons. In early years he was a leading editorial contributor to the Independent, and was prominent in the proceedings of the National Congregational Council of 1865 in Boston.
In a published sketch of Professor Gulliver, Dr. C.F.P. Bancroft, of Andover (Class of 1867), wrote: “There was a strong element of the reformer in his temperament. The antislavery discussions in his academy days kindled his whole soul, and in the more serious and momentous struggle which resulted in the Civil War and emancipation he took a prominent part. Without civil or military appointment he threw himself into the great strife, and used all his powers of argument and eloquence in the maintenance of national unity and the triumph of liberty.”
Rev. Prof. J.M. Hoppin, D.D. (Class of 1845), writes: “Professor Gulliver was my classmate both in Yale College and Andover Seminary. He was impulsive, bold, and positive, and yet was a truly humble man, desirous above all things to do the will of his divine Master. He was one of the strongest men intellectually of our class and one of our best scholars, but was influenced by his heart as well as his head. He was a born metaphysician, and showed this in the Seminary, delighting to try the edge of his mind on the toughest questions in theology. This did not hurt his style, which was remarkably clear and simple, resting on facts as well as logic. The educational work he did in Connecticut still stands, proving his sagacity and liberality of view. He was a noble man and true believer.”
Dr. Gulliver was married, September 8, 1845, to Frances Woodbury Curtis, of Torringford, Conn., daughter of Dea. Elizur Curtis and Amanda Steele, and sister of Rev. Lucius Curtis, of the Class of 1845. She died March 9, 1892. Two children died in childhood. Two sons and two daughters survive – William C. Gulliver, Yale, 1870, counselor at law in New York; Francis Gulliver, of Andover; Miss Julia Gulliver, professor of philosophy in Rockford (Ill.) College; and Miss Mary Gulliver, instructor in art at the Mary A. Burnham School, Northampton, Mass.
Dr. Gulliver died at Andover, (MA) of pneumonia, January 25, 1894, in his seventy-fifth year.  [Source: Necrology … Andover Theological Seminary (1828 – 1865) transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Dr. C. J. Hirst
It is with feelings of unfeigned sorrow we announce the death of Dr. C. J. Hirst, who departed this life at Galesburg, Ill., on Sunday, the 1st inst.  He had but lately left his home in Altoona, Penna., for a wider field of labor in the growing West; yet, alas, how true we often find it, that “man proposes but God disposes.” His new home had been to him little else than a bed of sickness and of suffering, terminating only in death.  He leaves a most inestimable widow to mourn his early end.  We cannot but sympathize with her in this great loss and pray that the good God who promises to be a husband to the widow, will be ve ry near to her in this her time of need.  In his private and professional career, Dr. Hirst had won the esteem of all by his manly deportment and earnest efforts in behalf of morality and religion.  [The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Cambria County Pa.  September 8, 1859]

George H. Holeman

George H. Holeman, age 75, of 601 North Jefferson Street, Abingdon, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born February 6, 1924 in Bushnell, Illinois, the son of Hilbert Henry and Florence Case Holeman. He married Katherine P. Pratt March 1955 in New York City, New York. He married Lucille A. Franklin Day on July 20, 1970 at Galesburg, Illinois. She survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Paula Kay Holeman Edwards, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; one grandson, Austin Edwards; two step sons, Dick Day and Bill Day both of Abingdon; 8 step-grandchildren; 18 step-great grandchildren; 2 step great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one step great-granddaughter.
He graduated from Avon Public Schools.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He was a career US Navy person serving 23 years active duty, retiring in 1964, and 7 years in the Navy reserve. He also worked for Butler Manufacturing Company in Galesburg for 29 years retiring in 1986.
He was a past member of Masonic Lodge Adelphi #63 in New Haven, Conn. He was a member of Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381 in Abingdon; member of Fleet Reserve Association, US Navy; United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC and National Rifle Association.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Abingdon Cemetery with Rev. Raymond McLaren and Mrs. Eleanor Landon officiating. Military rites were conducted by the American Legion Post #381. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, Abingdon, was in charge of the arrangements.
[Eagle Publications, July 1, 1999]

Joseph Bassett Holland
Born, July 10, 1833, Fayetteville, Vt. Son of Samuel and Mary (Phillips) Holland. He prepared for college at Munson Academy, and during his course at Dartmouth many honors were awarded him. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity. On his graduation from Dartmouth, in 1858, he was Commencement Orator. Amherst College, for some special work, gave him the degree of A.M. honoris causa. From 1858 to 1861 Dr. Holland was principal of the famous Westfield Academy, at Westfield, Mass. He then took up medical studies and was graduated from Dartmouth Medical College in 1866, receiving first prize for the best examination in medicine and surgery and first prize for the best surgical thesis. He next went to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and was graduated there in 1867. He was president of the Hampden County, Mass., Teachers' Association during 1858-61; demonstrator of microscopical and pathological anatomy at Dartmouth, 1865-66; special student at Harvard and demonstrator in chemistry, 1867-68. Since 1868 Dr. Holland had been in business as wholesale publisher and bookseller at New York, Chicago, and Galesburg, and this occupation was one congenial to his talents. He was editor of Bradley's Atlas of the World, the largest and most complete published, and a work which reflected the highest credit on his painstaking care and patience. Dr. Holland was associated with G.P. Putnam & Sons, and D. Appleton & Co., of New York, and later with W. Wood & Co., of that city. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and he was the first American elected to membership in the British Economic Association. Andrew Carnegie was the second. Dr. Holland was at one time vice-president of the New England Society of Agriculture. He also enlisted for service in the Civil War.
Dr. Holland went to Galesburg in 1870; there he occupied a large field of usefulness. He was an accomplished linguist. He delivered many lectures descriptive of his travels. The ailment from which he died was atrophy of the muscles, brought on by walking too much after an attack of pneumonia, before he had gained his strength.
Died, February, 1902, at Galesburg, Ill.
Married, 1872, Mary May, who with two sons survives him.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Michael L. Houlihan
Michael L. Houlihan, engineer C.B.& Q., died at Galesburg.  Injured here Christmas eve by thugs.
[The Day Book (Chicago, Ill.), January 08, 1914]

Margaret Housel
A Woman Prominent in Temperance Work – Member of the D. A. R. - Burial at Mendon.
Mrs. Mary Edwards of this city, the county president of the W. C. T. U., is in receipt of a telegram informing her of the death at the Cottage hospital in Galesburg of Mrs. William H. Housel of Galesburg, formerly of Camp Point and Mendon, the latter place being her family home. Death came to this good woman at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, after an illness of several months' standing, her trouble being gall stones. Yet at the last her death was unexpected, her friends, although they realized her serious condition, not thinking of a fatal termination, at least so soon.
Mrs. Housel spent the winter in Alexandria, Va., with her step-son, Oscar L. Housel. On her return to her home in Galesburg, she was taken ill, and ten days ago was removed to the Cottage hospital, where death came yesterday.
Mrs. Housel was prominently identified with the cause of the W. C.T. U., in which she had been for years an indefatigable worker. She was practically the founder of the union in Adams county, of which she was a charter member, and in which she held many offices. She became its president in the second year of its existence, and after holding office in the county organization, she was placed at the head of the district organization, and was from that time continually in an official position of responsibility. At the time of her death she was superintendent of the press department in the state of Illinois, in which she did splendid work, bringing it up to a degree of perfection which placed it ahead of any other state in the temperance work. She was recognized as a woman of rare executive ability , and was a skilled parliamentarian.
Sketch of Her Life
Mrs. Housel was born Margaret Bean, Mendon being her native town. She was twice married, her first husband being Vincent Francis of Camp Point, which was then her home for several years, or until the death of Mr. Francis. Her husband was in deep sympathy with her work, and to them must be given the credit of organizing the temperance workers in Camp Point.
A few years following the death of Mr. Francis, his widow was united in marriage to W. H. Housel of Galesburg, who survives her.
In Galesburg Mrs. Housel continued her work, and the Galesburg union benefited materially from her labors in the cause. It was during her residence in Galesburg, and just prior to her trip to Virginia, that she took for a time the place of the state president of the W. C. T. U., during that official's absence.
Mrs. Housel was a devout member of the Methodist church, and in that, too, was an active worker. Her residence in Galesburg extended over a period of thirteen years. She was also a charter member of the first chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution founded in this city, and retained her membership in this chapter until her death. Mrs. T. Dewey Woodruff of the Dorothy Quincy chapter received a telegram announcing the death of Mrs. Housel, and the local chapter will take suitable cognizance, and will be represented at the funeral, which will take place at Mendon tomorrow morning, the remains to be sent from Galesburg at the conclusion of a brief funeral service, which will be held at the undertaker's chapel of Horton & Foley, at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. The body lies in state in this chapel from 2 to 4 o'clock this afternoon.
Mrs. Housel is survived by her aged husband; two step-children, Oscar L. of Alexandria, Va., and Miss Ethel Housel, of Mexico City, Mexico. Then there are two sisters, Mrs. Benson, of Mendon, and Mrs. Pearson, of Denver, Colo. Fred Clarke of Camp Point is a nephew. There are a number of relatives of lesser kin.
The funeral will no doubt be a large and imposing one, owing to the prominence of Mrs. Housel, and her many activities in which she will be sadly missed.
[The Quincy Daily Journal, Apr 10, 1912, Page 6 - Sub. by Debbie Gibson]

John Irving Housh
     John Irving Housh died at his home in Gilson Tuesday afternoon about 4 o'clock from the effects of a kick from a horse which had started to run away. One of the team, which Mr. Housh was in the habit of driving, had a mean streak and in attempting to break the animal of this Mr. Housh lost his life. Monday morning he came to Gilson from his farm two miles south and unhitched his team. One of his horses broke loose and ran out to the farm. When Mr. Housh came in Tuesday morning about 10:30 o'clock, the horse tried the same trick, but Mr. Housh caught him before he had gone far. The animal, however, ran across the tracks in front of the depot. Mr. Housh tied a strap, fastening the horse's head to one foot together in such a way the animal could not run and then undertook to drive the animal home. To do this he took a board and struck the horse across the back. The horse gave a vicious kick, his heels grazing Mr. Housh's right arm, in which a deep gash was cut and coming squarely against the lower ribs, three or four of which were broken and driven into the abdomen.
Mr. Housh sank to the ground. Mrs. Housh was standing near her home in sight of the occurence. She saw the horse kick, but did not see it strike her husband. He called to her and she hurried to his aid. Partially supported by Mrs. Housh and partially walking, the unfortunate man reached his home, where medical aid soon came to him. An anesthetic was administered as he seemed to be in terrible pain. This however quieted him and he passed away peacefully without coming out from the effects of the medicine administered.
     Speaking of the horse, one of the men in Gilson who knew it well, told the reporter for the Republican-Register that evening that it was a thoroughbred, full of life and spirit. He said it was not particularly vicious and the cause of the accident was thought by him to have been the use of the board by Mr. Housh.
     Mr. Housh was one of the prominent men in the east end of the county and by his death a great loss is inflicted upon the people of that community. He was a successful farmer. For forty six or forty seven years he has been residing in this county, most of the time on his farms south of Gilson. About six years ago he moved into Gilson and has been enjoying the fruits of his busy life. He was an industrious man and had thereby accumulated some property. One of those who knew Mr. Housh well, said that he was a strait, moral man, of powerful influence in his community and one of whom too high words could not be spoke. He several times served his neighbors as road commissioner. Mr. Housh was about 65 years old.
     Mr. Housh was married about forty years ago to Vina Booth, who with two children survives him. Oscar, a son, resides at home; Mrs. Yoho lives in Oklahoma Territory. He has three brothers - James Housh, Nebraska; Jacob Housh, Abingdon; and David Housh, Colorado.
[Galesburg Republican Register, July 2, 1898]

Harriet Fuller Hunt
Former Resident Dead In Chicago
Mrs Harriet Fuller Hunt Had Been An Invalid For Some Years----Well Known In Galesburg Where The Family Are Pioneers Funeral Services Conducted.
Word has just been received in this city of the death of Mrs. Harriet Fuller Hunt which occurred at the residence of her daughter Mrs. J. D. Hullinger, 9318 Longwood Avenue, Chicago. Mrs. Hunt was the widow of the later Oliver Hunt and resided for many years at 434 North Kellogg street. Her death recalls the tragic accident which her husband, in company with Mr. Wood, met his death several years ago by drowning.
Mrs. Hunt was born in Vernon, Connecticut 76 years ago. Her illness was of long standing and during the last two years she had not left the room.
Attending the funeral was her son, O. F. Hunt, of Crab Orchard, Nebraska, and another daughter, Mrs. W. E. Davis of High River. Alberta, Canada but formerly of North Prairie Street, Galesburg,
[Galesburg Weekly Mail, July 30, 1908 - Sub. by FoFG]


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