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Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912



CALDER , Mrs. Mary E. daughter of Mrs. Obadiah Arnold, d. Atlanta , Ill March 15, 1871, aged 31 years.

CALDWELL, Miss Emma, daughter of R. M. Caldwell, d. Bloomington, Ill. Aug 8, 1880, aged 21 years.

CAMERON, John E.
Bloomington, Ill - John E. Cameron, 8, and horse killed by lightning. [The day book. (Chicago, Ill.), 10 July 1912; sub. by KT]


CAMPBELL, Miss Sarah, daughter of James Campbell, d. near Farmer City. Ill. May 4, 1875.

CANNON, Mark, (Formerly of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Farmer City, Ill. May , 1877

CANTRALL, Mrs. Lora A. wife of W.J. Cantrall, and daughter of Mrs. L. J. Bentley. d. Emporia, Kans. Feb. 15, 1871. aged 34 years, 9 months .

CARLE, Charles R. d. Bloomington, Ill. April 4, 1874.

CARLISLE, Mrs. Belle, daughter of M. Johnson, and wife of Thomas Carlisle d. Streator, Ill. April 30, 1879, aged 25 years.

CARLOCK, Dillard H. (Oldest son of John G. Carlock of McLean County, Ill.) d. at the res. of Dr. Starkey, in Waynesville, Ill. Oct. 21, 1874, aged 23 years.

CARMODY, Alice M Grimes
Alice M. Carmody, 85, of Mennonite Long Term Care, formerly of 1106 E. Washington St., Bloomington and Towanda, died at 2:50 a.m. yesterday (Feb. 17, 1991) at Mennonite. Her funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, the Rev. John J. Dietzen officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Merna. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. She was born July 12, 1905, in Bloomington, a daughter of James and Catherine Kelly Grimes. She married Clarence E. Carmody Sept. 16, 1926, in Merna. He died Aug. 15, 1969. Surviving are two sons, Robert E., Towanda, and David F., 2807 Wellington Way, Bloomington; one brother, Bernard T., 111 Rust Road, Bloomington; one sister, Estella Larkin, Towanda; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and one great-grandson. A graduate of St. Joseph Academy of Bloomington, Mrs. Carmody received her teaching certificate from Illinois State Normal University. She taught in rural McLean County schools and farmed with her husband near Towanda until 1971. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, its Altar and Rosary Society, St. Joseph Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and was a former member of St. Patrick Church of Merna, where she taught CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) for over 30 years. She also helped found the Medical Mission Society of St. Patrick Parish. (The Pantagraph)

CARSON, George M.
Mrs. T. A. Scroggin received word on Wednesday of the death of Geo. M. Carson which occurred in his home in Bellflower on that day following a lingering illness. Decedent who was 61 years of age, was cashier of the Bellflower Exchange Bank for 25 years, retiring about 10 years ago because of this health. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church in Bellflower at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon Jan 15, conducted by Rev. J. C. Berry. Burial will be made in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Mrs. Carson, who before her marriage was Miss Sadie Martin, is the niece of Mrs. Johanna Weisenberger and a cousin of Mrs. Scroggin and Mrs. Theresa Weidenbacher.
[original source unknown, submitted by: Foxie Hagerty]

CARTO, Hilma Wilson
BLOOMINGTON - Hilma Wilson Carto, 93, Westminster Village, Bloomington, died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. A celebration of Hilma's life will be at 3 p.m Friday at Westminster Village. A services at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo., and burial at the Moberly City Cemetery are pending. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Hilma was born Sept. 8, 1915, daughter of William Archer and Anna Johnson Wilson in Moberly, Mo. She attended schools there and worked for the Western Union company starting in the 1940s. She was a trailblazer for women in that organization, assuming roles traditionally reserved for men at the time. She lived and worked in many places including Texas, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Missouri. She retired from Western Union in 1976. She moved to Kansas City in the mid-'60s and lived there until moving to Bloomington in 2003 to be closer to her nephew, Tom Mellor, and his family. Hilma is survived by her sister, Laura Mellor, Billings, Mont.., sister-in-law Jeanette Wilson, St. Louis, Mo.; many nieces and nephews; and a broad family of friends across the country. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Rose Henneberry; her brother, William A. (Woody) Wilson, Jr.; and an infant brother, Jordan Wilson. Our world is a little bit lonelier place now. Hilma, we'd give anything just to hear you say one more time, "God bless you, Honey."
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

CARVER, George W. (Of Meredosia, Ill. ) d. Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 20, 1874, aged 24 years.

CASE, Frank, d. Bloomington, Ill. March 20, 1877, aged 33 years. (A cousin of M. A. Gillette)

CASE, Lorin R. d. Normal, Ill. Oct. 4. 1878.

CASEY, Dr. Edward, (Formerly of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Jerseyville, Ill. March 22, 1874.

CASSEL, Hon. J. J. b. Woodford County, Ill. 1841, d. El Paso, Ill. Nov. 13, 1880, aged 39 years.

CASTLE, Miss Millie d. at the res. of R. E. Andrews, Maroa, Ill. Nov. 18, l877, aged 17 years.

CAVARLY, Hon. A. W. b. Connecticut, Sept. 15, 1793, d. Ottawa, Ill. Oct. 25 1876. Grand-daughter, Miss Fannie Cavarly.

CHACE, Edward, d. Esmen, Livingston County, Ill. April 11, 1875, aged 63 years.

CHARLSON, Dorothy B Farner
LEXINGTON - The funeral of Dorothy B. Charlson, 89, of 207 W. North St., Lexington, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington. The Rev. Dennis Pritchard will officiate. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. She died at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 28, 1998) at her residence. Memorials may be made to Lexington Ambulance Association. Mrs. Charlson was born March 1, 1909, at Lexington, the daughter of William and Emma Wiles Farner. She married Albert O. Charlson on Nov. 6, 1941, at Lexington. He died Sept. 24, 1979. Survivors include one daughter, Louise Charlson, Peoria; and one son, Ron (Carol) Charlson, Lexington. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Belinda Charlson, David (Tamie) Charlson and Angel Charlson. One son, Donald Charlson; two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. She was a member of Church of Christ Uniting, Lexington; the Birthday Club; and Women's Society of Christian Service.
(The Pantagraph)

CHENEY, Miss Emma A. dau. of Hon. Wm. Haines and Mary J. ( Orendorff ) Cheney, d. Saybrook, Ill. April 18, 1877, aged 21 years.

CHENEY, Patrick, (Of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1877. [ a. n. s. ] Left one son.

CHENEY, Hon. Wm. Haines, (Son of Jonathan Cheney) b. Champaign County Ohio, 1822, m. 1st, Mary J. Orendorff, 2nd, Caroline Brown, d. Saybrook, Ill. Aug. 22, 1878. Left 9 children.

CLARK, D. Byron, (Son of William Clark.) d. Bloomington, Ill. April 4, 1874 , aged 21 years.

CLARK, E. G. b. Grafton, Mass. d. McLean, Ill. Oct. 4, 1877, aged 67 years.

CLARK, Edward Payson -- We have received news of the death of Edward Payson Clark, formerly a teacher and law student in this city. He enlisted in the 6th Michigan regiment in September, 1861, and spent the winter in Baltimore with his regiment. In March he went to Ship Island; was at the capture of New Orleans, and was wounded at Vicksburg, from the effects of which he died July 15, 1862 at New Orleans. he was known here as an exemplary young man possessing many moral excellences of the highest quality. He was only 29 years old, but old enough to leave his name among the record of patriots. [August 6, 1862, Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.), submitted by Foxie Hagerty]

CLARK, Mrs. Margaret, d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 3, 1874, aged 90 years.

CLARK, Mrs. Mary Ann, (Wife of Charles G. Clark.) d. (Bloomington, Ill. ?) about April 16, 1879.

CLARY, Mrs. Mattie J. (Formerly Viney ; wife of J. M. Clary.) d. at the res. of her brother D. B. Viney, Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 8, 1878, aged 33 years.

CLAYTON, Thomas, d. Atlanta, Ill. May 4, 1875, aged 65 years

CLEMENTS, Anna
BLOOMINGTON - Mrs. Anna Clements, 56 of 410 West Olive, Bloomington, Il. died at 9 a.m. Sunday at Peoria State Hospital according to word received in Bloomington. Mrs. Clements had been ill for about six weeks. She is survived by one son, W. G. Smith, Joliet, and a brother living near Eureka. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the P.W. Coleman funeral chapel in charge of Will Shelper.
[The Daily Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.), submitted by Jean Hohimer]

COE, Prof. Charles R. b. Waterville, Oneida County, N. Y. 1825, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1856, d. Bloomington, Ill. May 14, 1875.

COFFEY, Hon. Bailey H. (Formerly of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Coffeysburg, Mo . Aug. 23, 1879.

COLBURN, Mrs. Mary A. (Wife of Dr. R. M. Colburn.) d. Peoria, Ill. Oct. 9, 1873, aged 56 years, 6 months, 8 days.

COLMAN, Mrs. Octavia M. (Wife of O. M. Colman) d. Normal, Ill. March 11, 1873.

COLMAN , R. D. d. at the res. of his mother, near Leroy, Ill. Aug. 2, 1874 .

COLVIN, Silas, m. Sarah Robinson, Muskingum County, Ohio, Nov. ... 1847, settled in Randolph Twp. McLean County, Ill. 1852, d. Bloomington, Ill. March ... 1876, aged 50 years. (Left widow and 5 children.)

CONGLETON, Mrs. Mattie A. (Wife of T. R, Congleton.) d. Bloomington, Ill. July 31, 1875, aged 27 years, 9 months, 21 days.

CONKLING, Mrs. Eliza S. (Wife of Dr. Henry Conkling.) d. Bloomington. Ill. Oct. 17, 1873, aged 46 years.

CONNERS, Mrs. Johanna M. ( Wife of Patrick Conners. ) d. at her res. corner Jefferson and Evans Streets, Bloomington, Ill. March 5, 1878.

COPE, Charles, ("One of Empires oldest citizens") d. Leroy, Ill. Sept. ... 1879.

CORMAN, Archie L. d. Bloomington, Ill. May 18, 1875, aged 35 years.

CORMAN, Hardin, b. Jessamine County, Ky. 1802; m. at Bloomington, Ill. June 5. 1854, d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 7, 1879. Left widow and 6 ch.

CORWIN, David, d. Pekin, Ill. March 3, 1875, aged 74 years.

COURTNEY, Hiram C. d. Bloomington, Ill. about Jan. 26, 1880. [a. n. s.}

COX, Mrs. E. M. d. Bloomington, Ill. Oct. 23, 1876, aged 65 years, 4 months 20 days.

CRAIG, Robert, Jr.
LeROY - Robert Lee Craig Jr., 69, LeRoy, passed away Monday (Dec. 8, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. A committal service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington. East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. He was born Jan. 11, 1939, in LeRoy, son of Robert Lee and LaVerne Opal Gaultney Craig. He is survived by his two sisters, Myra J. Craig, Thomasboro, and Glenna R. (David) Dodd, DeWitt; two brothers, Leonard J. (Patsy) Craig, Bloomington, and John D. Craig, LeRoy. He is also survived by nine nieces and nephews and 24 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He worked for Labors Union local 362 for 48 years, retiring at the age of 65.
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

CRANE, Mrs. Emma, ( Wife of Joseph H. Crane.) d. . 18... [W. P.]

CRAWFORD, John, d. at his res. 2 miles east of Bement, Ill. Sept. 24, 1872. aged 42 years.

CRIGHTON, Miss Clara S. (Daughter of James Crighton) d. 1312 W. Chestnut Street, Bloomington, Ill. July 27, 1874, aged 20 years.

CRIGLER, Mrs. Belle L. (Wife of Dr. Julius W. Crigler, and daughter of Dr. James Ballard of Saybrook, Ill.) m. Dec. 2, 1875; d. Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 21, 1879.

CRIST, Dr. David L. (Son of William and M ... . Crist. ) b. Perry County, Ohio, May 11, 1817; m. 1st. Elsie A. Cool, Thornville, Ohio, 2nd Margaret Harris, also in Ohio. Settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1853; d. Bloomington, Ill. March 18, 1875 . Bro's , Dr. D. O. Crist, Dr. I. W. Crist, Rev. P. A. Crist Ch. Dr. Howard C. Crist, Mrs. Dr. C. J. Gill, Ella A. Crist.

CRIST, Dr. D. L. -- D. L. Crist, at Bloomington, March 18, of nervous prostration, D. L. Crist, M.D., aged 58 years, brother of Rev. P. A. Crist of this city. [Date: March 25, 1875; Paper: Henry Republican; Transcribed & Contributed by: Nancy Piper]


CRIST, Dr. I. W. (Physician) b. Perry County, Ohio, March 26, 1827; settled at Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 1855; m. Sarah E. Lewis, May, 7, 1857, d. at his res. East Chestnut Street, Bloomington, Ill. April 2, 1880. Ch. Adah, Mary, Martha.

CROMWELL, Dr. William, b. near Hagerstown, Maryland, 1812; settled in Pekin, Ill 1830, in Bloomington, Ill. 1850; m. Miss Enos, (Sister of Mrs. Asahel Gridley.) d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 9, 1874.

CROSE, William, (Son of Philip Crose I. ) b. Pickaway County, Ohio, Sept. 12 1814; m. Eliza Ann Busick, Pickaway County, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1833 ; settled at Randolphs Grove, McLean County, Ill. 1827; d. near Towanda, Ill. Jul; 14, 1880. Ch. William Crose, Jr. Mrs. Emma Turnipseed, George Crose, Mrs. Sarah J. Wisner, Philip Crose, 2. [See Duis "Good Old Times " Page 722.]

CRUMBAUGH, Daniel, b. Frederick County, Maryland, Dec. 7, 1791; Private in Captain Barnums Company, Kentucky Volunteers, War of 1812; m. 1st, Susan Winters, 1816; 2nd, Martha M. Robinson, 1825. Settled at Buckles Grove, McLean County, Ill. March 1830; d. near Leroy, Ill. May 19, 1874 Ch. by 1st wife; Wm. H. Crumbaugh, John J, Crumbaugh, Mrs Anna M. Wiley, ch. by 2nd m. Mrs. Sarah E. Craig, Mrs. Mary C. Cope, Leonard A. Crumbaugh, Daniel T. Crumbaugh, Emily E. Crumbaugh, Francis M. Crumbaugh, Mrs. Martha C. Bartlett, Mrs. Nancy T. McConnel, Mrs. Sinah G. Bartlett.

CRUMBAUGH, Henry [Mexican War Veteran, Ky] b. Frederick County Md. April 26, 1789, m. Sarah Baldock, 1820, Settled in McLean County Ill. 1830 near Leroy, Ill. Oct. , 1877 [5 ch. surv.]

CULLAR, Mrs. Nancy, (wife of Michael Cullar,) d. Bloomington, Ill., May 2 1876, aged 59 years.

CUNNINGHAM, Mrs. Mary, (Wife of Patrick Cunningham,) d Decatur, Ill., April 5, 1875, aged 32 years.


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