James B. Sarff

1934, newspaper unknown, likely Chandlerville Times, Havana or Jacksonville papers

James Buchanan Sarff, son of Isaac and Sarah Russell Sarff, was born near Union City, Randolph County, Indiana, on April 2, 1856, and passed away suddenly at his home near Snicarte, February 26, 1934, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 23 days.

At an early age he came to Illinois with his parents and settled near Snicarte where he spent the remainder of his life.

He always followed the occupation of farming except fourteen years spent in conducting a general store in Snicarte.

At a meeting held by Rev. J.H. Daniel in the winter of 1875 he was converted and united with the Hopewell Baptist church in Snicarte and had lived a faithful member until his death.

On March 10, 1878, he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Butler who preceded him in death on Aug. 30, 1931. To this union 14 children were born, 5 dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn his passing, Willard and Plezz Sarff of Snicarte, Mrs. Jerome Butler of Havana, Mrs. Thomas Taylor, Mrs. Arthur Carpenter, Mrs. Pearl Burrell, Mrs. Bert Schaeffer, Mrs. John Ingram and Paul Sarff in or near Snicarte. Besides these he leaves to mourn his passing 19 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 11 great grand children and one brother Lewis Sarff of Snicarte and a host of other relatives and friends.

Grandsons were acting pall-bearers Burnel Taylor, Dalta Taylor, Virgil and Alger Carpenter, Loyal Butler and Floyd Schaeffer. Granddaughters and grandsons took care of the many beautiful floral offerings.

Funeral services were held at the Hopewell Baptist church in Snicarte Thursday, March 1, 1934, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. William Ray of Chandlerville officiating. Interment wa made in the Snicarte cemetery with Lintner Funeral Service in charge.

Contributed by Judy Ingram Schuur


Lowell Sarff

1981, newspaper unknown, likely Chandlerville Times, Havana or Jacksonville papers

Bath--Funeral service for Lowell B. Sarff, 84, of rural Bath, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home, Chandlerville. Rev. Jack Wright and Rev. Ray Beard will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery

Friends may call at the funeral home this afternoon and evening. Masonic rites will be conducted at 8 p.m.

Mr. Sarff died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 1981 in Mason District Hospital, Havana.

He was born July 7, 1896, in Mason County, a son of Lewis and Samantha Schoonover Sarff. He married Essie Kirchner Dec. 28, 1916, Havana.

Surviving are his wife; one son, W.S. "Dub" Sarff of Dawson; one daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Hibbs of Havana:one grandson and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Three brothers preceded him in death.

A retired farmer, Mr. Sarff had been a member of Lodge 724, AF&AM, at Chandlerville, since 1917, and also was a member of Chapter 544, Order of Eastern Star.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Lodge Hall or to Fairview Cemetery.

Contributed by Judy Ingram Schuur


Mary Ellen Butler Sarff

1931, newspaper unknown, likely Chandlerville Times, Havana or Jacksonville papers

Mrs. James Buchanan Sarff
Mary Ellen Butler Sarff, daughter of Bazzell and Mary Ann (Richards) Butler, was born in Calhoun County, Illinois November 14, 1858. She departed from this life on Sunday, August 30, 1931, at one-thirty a.m. at the age of 72 years 9 months and 16 days.

At an early age she came to Bath with her parents where she lived until about fifteen years of age, from there she moved to Lynchburg Township where she has since made her home.

In February 1875, she was converted in a meeting held by Elder Eby and Elder Coffee and united with the Hopewell Baptist church at Snicarte where she remained a faithful member until her death.

She was married on March 10, 1878 to James B. Sarff. To this union fourteen children were born. Five dying in infancy. Those who survive with their father are as follows: Willard and Plezz of Chicago; Mrs. Jerome Butler of Havana; Mrs. Thomas Taylor; Mrs. Arthur Carpenter; Mrs. Bert Schaeffer; Mrs. Pearl Burrell; Mrs. John Ingram and Paul A. Sarff in or near Snicarte. Besides these she leaves to mourn nineteen grandsons and eight granddaughters and five great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sleep on, dear mother,
Thy rest is sweet,
Asleep in Jesus,
From which none
Ever wakes to weep.

Funeral services were held at the Snicarte Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. Wm. Ray officiating. Interment was made in the Snicarte Cemetery.

Special music was furnished by Mrs. Wm. Blessman and Mrs. Elmer Butler, with Mrs. Ernest Ohest presiding at the piano.

Contributed by Judy Ingram Schuur


Paul Sarff

Mason County Democrat, Havana, Ill.--May 27, 1968

Paul Sarff, Retired Bath Farmer Dies
Paul A. Sarff, 77, rural Bath, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday in Mason District Hospital.

Born Jan. 26, 1891 in Lynchburg township, he was the son of James B. and Mary Ellen Butler Sarff. He married Velma Blessman at Havana on April 26, 1918 and she survives.

Mr. Sarff was a retired farmer in the Bath community and was formerly employed by the Agricultural Stabilization committee.

Surviving besides his wife, a daughter, JoAnn Niederer of Bath; three foster sons, Emery and Carroll of Springfield and Donald of Joliet; two sisters, Mrs. Sophronia Butler of Havana and Mrs. Esther Ingram, Pecatonica, ILL.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters and a foster daughter.

Mr. Sarff was a member of Hopewell Baptist church, at which place services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. William Boston officiated and burial was in Snicarte cemetery. He was also a member of Havana Post 138, American Legion and the Mason County Barracks, WWI Veterans. Military rites were conducted at the cemetery by member of the Legion Post.

Contributed by Judy Ingram Schuur

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