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



DALTON, Mrs. Martha, d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 28, l880. [a. n. s.] Left one dau. (b. 1863,) and one son (b. 1868.)

DALTON, Harley F.
Birth:  October 15, 1911 (LeRoy, IL)
Parents: Francis M. & Hattie E. (Prather) Dalton
Marriage: Esther K. Rittel (Sept. 27, 1933, Highmore, SD).  Four children.
Death:  Feb. 7, 1991 (McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD)
Age:  79 yrs 3 mos 22 ds
Funeral: Feb. 11, 1991 (Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore)
Education:  Holabird,SD
Occupation: Farmer, worked for Preston Kelley, Millard Kiel, operated Korn Krib, carpenter
Locations: from Illinois to South Dakota (abt 1918)
Preceded in death by: parents, three brothers, one sister
[From the memorial leaflet, Contributed by Jacque McDonnell - Survivor information omitted for privacy]

DANIELS, Mrs. Eunice, (Wife of Arthur T. Daniels,) d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 20, 1874. [a. n. s.]

DAVIS, Dorsey, (Father of Mrs. S. P. Cooper,) d. at his res. on South Lee St. Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 17, 1873, aged 62 years.

DAVIS, Mrs. Sarah, (nee Walker; wife of Hon. David Davis of Bloomington, Ill.) b. Lenox, Mass, Sept. 4, 1814, d. Stockbridge, Mass. Nov. 9, 1879. ch. Geo. P. Davis, Mrs. Sarah Lillard, Bloomington, Ill. (See Biography, Vol. II, McLean County Historical Society Collections, P. 626.)

DAVISON, Mrs. Millie, (wife of Alsinus Davison,) d. at the res. of P. Y Stewart, 213 East Jefferson St. Bloomington, Ill., March 8, 1871. [a.n.s.]

DAWSON, Thomas, d. at the res. of his bro. .... Dawson, 406 Albert St. Bloomington, Ill. Jan 1, 1878, aged 44 years. Buried in Bloomington Cem.

DECKER, Mrs. Catherine A. (wife of John W. Decker,) d. Weston, Ill. Dec. 11, 1879, aged 79 years. Left husband and 4 ch.

DENICK, Valentine, d. Farmer City, Ill. Aug. 15, 1871. [a.n.s.]

DENMAN, William, b. Springfield, N. J. Dec. 7, 1807, m. Ruth Munn, Oct. 21, 1829, Settled in Ill. 1842, d. El Paso, Ill. Nov. 25, 1879, ch. T. A. Denman, Mrs. A. Barfoot, William C. Denman.

DENNING, Mrs. Carrie, wife of Rev. B. W. Denning, M. E., son of S. B. Denning of Normal, Ill. m. 1868. d. of accidental burns at Council Grove, Kan. July 18, 1880. [a.n.s.]

DEMENT, George T. d. Lexington, Ill. June 12, 1879, aged 63 years. ch. Richmond Dement, George Dement, Mrs. Clara Framblin, Ada Dement, Amy Dement.

DEPEW, Joel, d. at his res. in Bloomington, Ill. March 4, 1872, aged 59 years, 7 months.

DEVINE, Mrs. Mary, (wife of Thomas Devine,) d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 25, 1875. [a.n.s.]

DICK, Mrs. Anna M. (wife of Gen. George F. Dick,) d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 30, 1878, aged 48 years.

DIDLAKE, Edmund H. b. Ky. April 27, 1798, Settled in Bloomington, Ill. 1851 m. ...., d. at the res. of Dr. Charles R. Parke, Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 28, 1875, ch. Mrs. Dr. Charles R. Parke, Mrs. Robert P. Smith, Mrs. Dr. Lackey, John T. Didlake, Dr. Matthew Didlake, & 3 other sons.

DIGGS, B. F. Formerly of Bloomington, Ill. b. Indiana, 1827, d. Lawrence Kans. Jan. 16, 1880. Left 3 ch.

DILLON, William, b. Clinton County, Ohio, 1802, settled near Tremont, Ill. (with his father) 1824. d. Normal, Ill. Oct 23, 1873. (A half-brother of Ellis Dillon and an uncle of Levi and Isaiah Dillon.) ch. ... Dillon, Mrs. William Shurtleff.

DIXON, John Jr. d. at the res. of E. Dixon, in White Oak Grove, McLean County, Ill. May 2, 1873, aged 62 years.

DOBSON, Joseph, d. Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 7, 1878, aged 45 years.


DODD, Albert
Distressing Occurrence
The following letter brings most melancholy intelligence. Mr. Dodd, whose untimely end it announces, was a young man of fair attainments, and was much esteemed by all who knew him. Most deeply can we sympathize with his bereaved relatives:
Pontiac, June 11th, 1844
Gents: I have most melancholy intelligence to communicate. On our return from the Ottawa convention, Albert Dodd, of the McLean delegation, was drowned, in attempting to cross the Mackinaw on Saturday last. His body was recovered and taken to Bloomington on Sunday. Miller barely escaped with his life. He went to the bottom twice. Gen. Covell had not gone in, having stopped on the bank to fix something about his saddle. In haste, yours truly, D. S. Ebersol.
[The Ottawa free trader., June 14, 1844]

Randolph’s Grove, July 11, 1844
Messrs. Editors – Please have the kindness to publish the following notice. Extremely painful as the sad calamity is, we are nevertheless desirous that the circumstances attending it should be known:
On Saturday last, the 8th day of June, Gen. M. L. Covell, Col. Miller and Albert Dodd, Esq., of Bloomington, McLean county were returning home from the Ottawa convention. On arriving at the Mackinaw river, which was much swollen, they attempted to cross the stream on horseback, when the latter named gentleman was precipitated from his horse and unfortunately drowned.
Mr. Dodd had passed to near the middle of the stream before the accident occurred; Col. Miller’s horse had swam some distance, and about the same moment that Mr. Dodd was plunged into the current, the Col. was also unhorsed. Gen. Covell’s horse was in deep water at the time, but not yet swimming. Col. Miller was but a few feet below, and in advance of the Gen. Mr. Dodd was also belwo and in advance about 40 feet distant; both gentlemen were in imminent danger and required assistance. Gen. Covell instantly dismounted in water breast high, to give encouragement and such assistance as lay in his power, at the same time requesting Mr. Dodd to seize the tail of his horse and not be alarmed; his attention for the moment was directed to Col. Miller, the nearest apparent sufferer. Fortunately, however, the plunge under water created only momentary alarm in the Col., and with swimming a short distance he gained a foothold, and was thus rescued from a watery grave. Mr. Dodd, however, made but a momentary and ineffectual effort to swim, then raising his head imploringly he sank to rise no more, and at about the same moment of time that the Col. was out of danger.
Immediately after Mr. Dodd’s disappearance, Gen. Covell hastened to the nearest settlement and procured assistance to search for the body, and although the utmost exertions were made by our citizens, it was not recovered until next morning. It was then conveyed to Bloomington, and on Monday every remark of respect was paid to the deceased by our citizens, almost the entire population joining in procession, and after an appropriate discourse by the Rev. Mr. Grubbs, the mortal remains of Albert Dodd was conveyed to the tomb. He was a native of Connecticut, and but a stranger amongst us, but was highly esteemed by all who knew him. On the day of his decease, unknown to him and perhaps unexpected, he received the nomination from a respectable convention of this county, as the democratic candidate for the house of representatives.
I remain, dear sirs, Your most obedient servant, John Moore
[Source: The Ottawa free trader., June 28, 1844 - NP - Sub by FoFG]


DODGE, C. E. Formerly of Bloomington, Ill. d. Kansas City, Mo. April 17, 1875. [a.n.s.]

DODGE, David S. d. at the res. of his son John R. Dodge, Normal, Ill. Nov. 7, 1872, aged 88 years.

DOLE, Edward P. d. Bloomington, Ill., July 24, 1875, aged 45 years.

DOLLOFF, Mrs. S. T. (nee Sarah Jane Israel) b. Lancaster, Ohio. July 7, 1838, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1846, d. Bloomington, Ill. July 17, 1876.

DOOLEY, Dr. E. d. Pleasant Hill (or Selma), McLean County, Ill. May 23, 1871. [a.n.s.] Left wife and 3 ch. surviving.

DORAN, Mrs. James, d. near Ellsworth, Ill. Sept. ... 1877. [a.n.s.]

DUDLEY, "Col." Ambrose, (Soldier of 1812) d. Paxton, Ill. May 1, 1875. aged 86 years.

DUDLEY, Dr. George W. d. Patton Twp. Ford County, Ill. May 7, 1871, aged 29 years.

DUKE, Miss Anna, b. Lafayette County, Mo. d. Bloomington, Ill. July 11, 1880, aged 20 years.

DUNCAN, Wm. R. b. Clark County, Ky. Dec. 15, 1818, m. 1st Nannie A. Readman, Sept. 10, 1833, 2nd Mary (Chorn) Quisenberry, 18..., 3rd Sarah A. Bean, Nov. 24, 1864. d. at the res. of his son-in-law, Joseph Chorn, Normal, Ill. Sept. 29, 1876. Left 7 ch. surviving.

DUNHAM, Mrs. Charlotte, (wife of Josiah Dunham.) d. at the res. of her dau. at 410 E. Walnut St. Bloomington, Ill. May 9, 1872, aged 58 years.

DUNHAM, Mrs. Clarissa, (mother of Mrs. Geo. A. Tryner) d. Bloomington, Ill. (?) Feb. 15, 1877, aged 84 years.

DUNTON, David, (Co. ..., 12th Ill. Vol. Inf. also Co. ..., 62nd Ill. Vol. Inf. Civil War) d. Chenoa, Ill. Sept. 19, 1878, aged 34 years. Left widow and one child surviving.

DURFLINGER, Grace Louise "Peg" Nice
COLFAX - The funeral of Grace Louise "Peg" Durflinger, 81, of Heritage Manor, Colfax, formerly of Cooksville, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cooksville Union Church. The Rev. Dan Jassman will officiate. Burial will be in Blue Mound Cemetery, Cooksville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax. She died at 4:55 a.m. Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Heritage Manor, Colfax. Memorials may be made to Eastern McLean County Ambulance Association or Cooksville Union Church. She was born Dec. 8, 1921, at LeRoy, a daughter of William Earl and Grace Sutton Nice. She married Gleason Donald "Red" Durflinger on Oct. 4, 1945, at Bloomington. He died July 6, 1977. Survivors include a son, Donald (Janice) Durflinger, Arrowsmith; three daughters, Kay (George) Vincent, Valdosta, Ga.; Nancy (Jim) Kiper, Colfax; and Judy (Wesley) Shelander, Rockdale, Texas; a brother, Richard (Winnie) Nice, Towanda; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Sheete, Bloomington; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Maurice Nice. Mrs. Durflinger was a homemaker and had worked for State Farm Insurance and for Mennonite Hospital. She was a graduate of Cooksville High School and a member of Cooksville Union Church. She was a 63-year member of Davis-Kerber American Legion Auxiliary Post 652 in Colfax, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Colfax NTO Club. She loved to crochet, and she loved music and hearing her daughters play music. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren. (The Pantagraph)
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DURHAM, [Mrs.?] d. Bloomington, Ill. Feb. 19, 1875, aged 57 years.

DYSON, Mrs. Dr. D. S. d. Bloomington, Ill. May 6, 1875. [a.n.s.] Left husband and one son.


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