Mrs. Amelia Rebecca (Springer) Iliff
Copied from The Washburn Leader, Feb. 10, 1916.
Amelia Springer, the subject of this sketch, was born in Marshall county, Illinois, March 8, 1842. Her early years were spent in and around Wenona and later in life she taught school in Wenona, Sparland, and Sandy. This occupation she followed for twelve years.She was married in Wenona, Ill., June 27, 1877, to John M. Iliff, but only four years of wedded life awaited her, for on Feb. 11, 1881, her husband died, leaving her a widow with one child, Eddie, who was born August 17. 1878, to fight the battle for life alone.
For a few years she made her home in Wenona, but the death angel came for her boy, snatching him away from her side December 16, 1885, aged but seven years.Bereft of husband and child she entered the home of her brother Melvin Springer in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to care for his motherless children. With this family she moved to Galesburg, Ill., then to Denver, Col., and at the time of her death was living at Pomona, Cal.Four years ago she had a stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered. The second stroke came the 30th and the angels came the 31st of January, 1916, and bore away this saint of God to her everlasting rest, aged 73 years, 10 months and 23 days.She leaves two sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Delia Kemp and Mrs. Helen Axline both of Wenona, Ill., Melvin Springer, of Pomona, Cal., and the Rev. Creighton Springer, a retired minister of the Central Illinois Conference, residing at North Yakima, Wash.Many nieces and nephews will mourn her loss and "Grandma," as she was familiarly called, will be sadly missed by those who experienced the loving smile and tender care of this truly noble woman.
Mrs. Iliff was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church;, uniting with it early in life. During her long membership she filled many important offices and few have discharged their duties as faithfully and as conscientiously as did she. Faithful in "least" she was also faithful in "much"-left alone, without the support of husband or child, she leaned hard on God and served him with her whole heart. Surely we can say of her, she was one of those who, having come up out of great tribulations, had washed her robes and home them white in the blood of the Lamb. The funeral service was held at the home of Mrs. Alice Iliff, Monday, Feb. 7, at 2 o'clock p.m., the Rev. Arthur J. Jolly, Ph.D., pastor of the Methodist church of Washburn, conducting. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. A quartet sang the songs she loved and the last rites were given in the Fort cemetery where she will sleep till the Trumpet Call shell awaken her to the Resurrection of the Just.
John M. Iliff
February 17, 1881 - LaRose
Died at his residence in Richland on the 11st inst., J. M. Iliff, after a long and painful illness.
March 3, 1881
Mr. John Iliff, who died in Richland township, Feb. 11, has lived in this county since 1831. He married three times, in 1849, to Carolina, daughter of S. P. Henthorn; in 1867 to Mrs. Sarah A. Grove, and in 1877 to Amelia Springer, who survives him. He leaves a considerable estate. He has been prominent in church and township matters, and was emphatically an honest man who will be missed in the community. He leaves a large family of children most of whom are married and comfortabley settled in life.
September 14, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican
Local Correspondence - Lacon
Mr. Iliff, who was so badly wounded on the night of the Lock riot, died on last Friday night. At the time he was shot he was a large and healthy man, weighing about 190 pounds, but in consequence of his extreme suffering, he became almost a skeleton and at his death weighed but 90 pounds.
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
January 19, 1871
Died in Richland township, Robert Iliff, aged 69 years
Clara Alice Illingworth
March 28, 1878
At Brighthouse, England, February 24, Clara Alice, aged 11 months, infant daughter of William and Alice Illingworth and granddaughter of the late Ezra Richmond of this city.
Infant Son Ingergrantz
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
October 20, 1870
At Wenona, Oct. 5, Henry J., infant son of J. A. Ingergrantz, aged 7 weeks.
Mrs. Mary Irwin
December 11, 1873
Died in Whitefield, Dec. 7, of old age, Mary aged 80 years, wife of John Irwin.
Mrs. Mary Irwin, perhaps the oldest inhabitant of Whitefield, died apparently with nothing but the infirmity of age on Sunday last. She had fell from her chair the week previously, and remained on the floor until her son came in half an hour after and lifted her up, but no direct harm from it was noticable. On the morning of the day of her death, she arose from her bed as usual, took a hearty breakfast, and set up most of the day. Towards night she lay down, and at nine o'clock "fell asleep." Her husband, two months younger, still lives, but is feeble and almost helpless. mrs. Irwin was the mother of Mrs. Henry Kirk, Mrs. Calvin Deihl and two other daughters and several sons. Mrs. Deihl was here visiting from Champaign county, and attended the funeral on Monday afternoon. It will not be long ere father Irwin will also follow the faithful wife.
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