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

GAINES, Asa, d. Tremont, Ill. June 13, 1871, aged 67 years.

GANSCHOW, Mrs. J. F. d. Danvers, Ill. Oct. 29, 1880.

GARBER, Mrs. Jemima, (Wife of E. Garber.) d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 13, 1874, aged 39 years.

GARDNER , Henry A. b. South Lee, Berkshire County, Mass. m. Margaret, dau. of Richard P. Morgan, d. ( Bloomington, Ill.?) about July 27, 1875, aged about 58 years. Sons, Henry A. Gardner, Jr., George Gardner, and 3 others.

GARRETTSON, Mrs. Hannah F. d. at the res. of Lorin R. Case, Normal, Ill. July 7, 1876, aged 84 years.

GARRETTSON, Mrs. Mary A. Wife of Talbott Garrettson. d. near Ellsworth, Ill. March 16, 1878, aged 61 years.

GARRETSON, Talbott, b. Pa. Sept. 5, 1810, m. Mary A. Dysart, of Belmont County, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1836, d. Bloomington, Ill. April 13, 1880. (wife d. Bloomington, Ill. March 16, 1878.) ch. Mrs. Burgman, Mrs. George Wendling, Mrs. P. Wampler, Mrs. A. C. Sabin, Mrs. T. J. Donahue, Mrs M. Payne, Mrs. A. E. Kibe, Letitia Garretson, Wm. P. Garretson.

GARVEY, Mrs. Mary, d. Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 19, 1874, aged 82 years

GARWOOD, Mrs. Mary E. ( wife of Col. J. Garwood.) d. Clinton, Ill. Aug. 12, 1871, aged 23 years.

GASTMAN, Enoch A. -- b. West Friesland, Holland, July 5, 1801, m. first, Margaret Hiegans, New York, 1830, second, Ann Hitch, 1858, third, Lavinia Randalls, 18.., d. Hudson, Ill. July 18, 1875. ch. Enoch A. Gastman, Jr., George W. Gastman, Francis M. Gastman. [See also Duis' "Good Old Times" Page 657.]

GASTON, Calvin "Jake"
WAYNESVILLE - The Funeral Of Calvin "Jake" Gaston, 60, of Beardstown, a native of Waynesville, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Michael Peitzmeier will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, with full military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Gaston died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 4, 1989) at Culbertson Hospital, Rushville. He was born June 17, 1928, in Waynesville, a son of Robert V. "Toots" and Dolly M. Cisco Gaston. He married Jeanie Lisenbee Nov. 12, 1968, in Waynesville. She survives. Also surviving are his father, Lincoln; six sons, Calvin W., 908 S. East St.; William V., 905 W. Front St.; David L., 1713 W. Illinois St.; and Issac J., 507 W. Grove St., all of Bloomington; Halsey C., Heyworth; and Charles E., Springfield; two daughter St., Bloomington; four stepsons, Larry W. Surratt, Monmouth; Joe D. Surratt, Astoria; Richard D. Surratt, Beardstown; and George H. Surratt, Monroe, La.; two stepdaughters, Shirley Wittler, Camp Point, and Judy Young, Beardstown; one brother, Mannie, Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Wanda Morris, Freeport, and Lorine Letterle, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; and 17 stepgrandchildren. His mother, two daughters, one sister and one brother preceded him in death. Mr. Gaston was employed as welder for Bectol Mowers, Sibley. He was a member of Church of Christ, Beardstown, and was an Army veteran.
[January 6, 1989, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois]

GAULTER, William, d. Bloomington, Ill. July 20, 1878, aged 58 years.

GEACH, H. C. d. Gibson, Ill. May 2, 1875, aged about 22 years.

GIDEL -- FORMER DECATUR RESIDENT DIES: Mrs. Viola E. Gidel aged 73 years, former resident of Decatur, died Thursday morning in her home in Bloomington. From about 1874 until 1894 her home was in Decatur. Following the death of her husband, Charles C. Gidel, 30 years ago, she moved to Bloomington to make her home.
["Decatur Evening Herald" Saturday, November 03, 1928, Decatur, Illinois - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

GILDERSLEEVE, George W. d. ( of accidental gunshot,) near Hudson Ill Dec. 31, 1879.

GILDERSLEEVE, James T. b. Hempstead, Queens County, N. Y. April 10, 1803, settled at Hudson, Ill. 1836, m. secondly, Elizabeth S. Conkling, (sister of Dr. Henry Conkling,) Oct. ... 1847, d. Hudson, Ill. July 15, 1876. Son, C. T. Giidersleeve. [See Duis' "Good Old Times" Page 650.]

GILMORE, James, ( of Gibson, Ill.) d. Monticello, Ill, May ..., 1875. An old stockman; a relative of the Gilmores of near Towanda, Ill.

GIVEN, David, d. at his res. on Ten Mile road , 1 1-2 miles west of Paxton Ill. Aug. ..., 1871, aged 69 years.

GLEESON -- Harvey W. Gleeson, 68, of Lexington, a farmer, died at 6:15 p.m. Friday (Jan. 26, 1990) at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lexington, the Rev. Kent Umbarger officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington. Mr. Gleeson was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Colfax, a son of John and Amelia Lindenbaum Gleeson. He married Evelyn R. Douglas on Aug. 30, 1942, in Lawndale. She died Jan. 26, 1984. He married Shirley Williams on Feb. 1, 1986, in Lexington. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Paulette Feit, Normal; Annette Nevius, Rantoul; and Linette Brown, Lexington; two brothers, Ivan, Lexington, and Paul, Colfax; two sisters, Maxine Saucken, Saunemin, and Arlene Winterland, Lexington; a stepson, Jody Williams, Lexington; a stepdaughter, JerRi Williams, Lexington; and eight grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Gleeson farmed in the Lexington area for 48 years. He had farmed the FS Research Farm since its inception in 1954. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lexington. He also was a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau, the Lexington Kiwanis Club, and the Bloomington Elks Lodge. (The Pantagraph)

GLEESON -- Ivan LaVerne Gleeson, 89, of 329 Fairway Dr., Bloomington, died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 8, 2004) at his residence. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lexington, the Rev. Thomas Daly officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and for one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and to the Lexington Ambulance Service. Mr. Gleeson was born July 7, 1914, in Colfax, a son of John and Amelia "Meke" Lindenbaum Gleeson. He married Lela Vivian Kelley. She died June 12, 1973. He later married Annabelle Roberts Tallon. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Lloyd) McKinley, Gridley; and Jane (Charles) Johnson, Bloomington; one stepson, Larry Tallon, Orlando, Fla.; one brother, Paul Gleeson, Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Frank McKinley, Kelli Warren, Alicia Allen, Mark Johnson, Stacy Foley, Jill Anderson, Brittany Tallon and Cameron Tallon; and seven great-grandchildren. Other survivors are several nieces and nephews and three special caregiver angels, Barb Waddell, Mikki Dawn Scott and June Patterson. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harvey Gleeson and Alan Gleeson; and two sisters, Arlene Winterland and Maxine Sancken. Mr. Gleeson was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he had taught Sunday school and was an elder at the church. He enjoyed selling seed corn and beans. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother and uncle and special to many people. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor. (The Pantagraph)

GLIMPSE, Jonathan, [ Private, Capt. Henry Brenton's Company, Black Hawk War.] b. Preble County, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1811, moved to Wayre County Ind. 1818, m. Elizabeth, dau. of William Bay, [ 1812.] 1835, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1837, d. Bloomington, Ill. March 9, 1878. Left three ch. [See also Duis' "Good Old Times" Page 373. ]

GOODHEART, Mrs. Sarah Ann [Widow of William R. Goodheart.] d. at the res. of her son-in-law W. H. Rankin, near Farmer City, Ill. July 5, 1871 aged 80 years. [See also Duis' "Good Old Times" Page 182 ]

GORHAM, Isaac R. b. Westminster, Vt. Dec. 13, 1804, settled in Ill. 1857 d. Bloomington, Ill. March 8, 1873

GOURGERMAN, Conrad, d. Bloomington, Ill. Oct. 3, 1879, aged 73 years.

GOULD, Jane, d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 22, 1872, aged 68 y'rs, 7 mo's 3 d's.

GOURLEY, William, d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 5, 1871 , aged 41 years

GRAFTON, Mrs. Jane A. ( Formerly of Normal, Ill.) d. at the res. of her dau. Mrs. E. L. Campbell, Independence, Kans. Feb. 2, 1873, aged 58 yrs

GRAHAM, Mrs. Anna, d. at the res. of R. W. Savage. 307 West: North St. [Bloomington, Ill.?] May 13, 1877.

GRAHAM, Mrs. James, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1852, d. at her res. cor. Jackson & McLean Sts. Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 8, 1878, aged 64 years ch. James Graham, Mrs. Jeff. Burke.

GRAHAM -- Thomas C. Graham, 79, Bloomington, formerly of Armington, passed away at 12:24 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. A graveside service will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be in Oakview Cemetery, rural Armington. Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Armington Christian Church or Armington Rescue Squad. Thomas Clinton Graham was born June 9, 1929, in Prairie Creek Township in Logan County, the son of Henry Clinton and Mabel Israel Graham. He first married Mary Elizabeth Randall on Dec. 13, 1952. She preceded him in death. He later married Janet Ryann. She preceded him in death. He then married Judy Veselock Swick. She survives in Bloomington. Also surviving are his two sons, Randall (Michelle) Graham, Manito; and Bruce Graham, Armington; and one granddaughter, Mindy Graham, Atlanta. He was preceded in death by one sister. Mr. Graham served in the U.S. Army. He later drove a gas route for Turner Oil company for 31 years. He later became a rural mail carrier for Armington, Delavan, Pontiac and LeRoy. [The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

GRATON, Walter F. 16 October 1958 - Walter F. Graton, 68, died Saturday. Burial was in Gridley Cemetery. He was retired, but had been in the contracting business in Gridley for 18 years and prior to that had been manager of the Kent Lumber and Coal Company for 20 years.
[Yesteryears in Gridley - Gridley Village Times - 23 October 2008]

GREGORY, Edwin, d. 704 E. Olive St. Bloomington, Ill. Dec. 22, 1877, a 56 y.

GREEN, Mrs. Dr. accidentally killed by a fall from a buggy in Bloomington Ill. July 13, 1878, aged 34 years.

GREEN , Mrs. Maria, (Wife of Conrad Green,) d. Bloomington, Ill. Oct. 6, 1873, aged 72 years.

GREENMAN, John, d. at the res. of his sister Mrs. S. W. Noble, Bloomington, Ill. June 26, 1872.

GRIDLEY, Albert W.
Sad ending of a Batavia Citizen. Albert W. Gridley, of Batavia (Kane County, IL), Kills Himself in New Orleans. The Chicago Record gives the following account of the death of A. W. Gridley: Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 8. -- In a second hand store in Rampart Street, New Orleans, La., at 9 this morning, Albert W. Gridley, of Batavia, Ill., a former resident of Bloomington, committed suicide by blowing out his brains with a revolver at which he was looking, ostensibly with a view to purchase. He was aged 53 years and was born in Bloomington. He was the oldest son of Gen. Asah L. Gridley, a pioneer of Bloomington, for many years the most conspicuous figure in this section of the state, distinguished as a politician and orator, and who died fifteen years ago, leaving a fortune of $1,000,000 acquired in merchandising, land speculation and banking. When Gen. Gridley died he left his vast estate in trust to his widow and four children, viz: Mrs. Juliet Schoenrock, of Paris, France; Mrs. Mary Gridley Bell, of Bloomington; Albert W. Gridley, of Batavia and Edward B. Gridley, of Bloomington. All are or have been married, and all are childless except Albert, who leaves one son, Logan W., aged 12. The suicide was a handsome and accomplished man. He was highly educated and had spent his childhood in Paris, France, with his uncle, Dr. Evans, the noted American dentist. He had been quite dissipated for many years, but had of late desired to lead a temperate life and had taken the Keeley cure at Dwight. For about thirteen years he had lived upon his farm near Batavia. His remains were brought to Bloomington for interment; funeral services being held from the family residence, Monday at 10:30 a.m., and was largely attended; the widow, Mrs. A. W. Gridley, son Logan, Mr. C. L. Temple, and Mrs. W. A. Hyde, from Batavia, being present.

The following taken from the Bloomington Bulletin is very fitting and appropriate to the life just gone out:
The death of Albert W. Gridley points a lesson worthy the contemplation of every young man. Gifted with a superb constitution, fine mental attainments and unusual charm of person and manner, he would have been in line for a career of notable personal achievement, but for the curse of wealth. This sounds like mockery to the masses struggling for its attainment by exacting personal endeavor, but it would perhaps be impossible to cite a more striking example than Al. Gridley. As careless of health as of money, he burned out the candle without the candle casting a single ray on the pathway of human progress. A bright wit spent itself in convivial jokes, and a superb physique bent and broke under persistent disregard for natures laws. Now and then a young man developes who takes fortune and turns it into added wealth or achievements in other and more useful fields, but the son of a very rich father in most instances permits ambition to float away on the drowsy wings of security from possible wants and bright possibilities become vague memories. It has often been said that it is a part of the economy of nature that fortunes should come and go with passing generations and monarchial governments have combated this rule by laws of entailment, but it may never be abrogated by human power. The example here cited is considered with due reference to environment and knowledge of the fact that a fortune in Bloomington would be as a spray in the ocean in New York, but the influences, temptations and results are substantially unvarying. The obvious lesson is that the young man with brains and health is, with rare exceptions, infinitely better situated with reference to future contentment, usefulness and avenues for fame, when stern necessity commands earnest and constant endeavor. This kind of moralizing is as old as human thought, but has lost nothing of its truth nor wanted for examples. Young men who are putting in long hours at $8, $10, or $12 a week will call it an old Sunday school homily, and the flippant will designate in the vernacular pappy-guy talk, but if Al. Gridley were here today he would bear out the Bulletin in every assertion. Ambition once gone, is as elusive as the lost chord. That is why dipsomania cures have so many lapses.
[14 Nov. 1895, Batavia Herald, submitted by K. Torp]

GRIEASHAMMER, Alexander, d. Bloomington, Ill. Feb. 4, 1874, a. 57 years.

GROVER, James, ( Formerly of Bloomington, Ill.) d. St. Albans, Vt. Feb. 14, 1874, aged about 79 years.

GROVER, Mrs. Jane P. ( Wife of L. Grover,) d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 2, 1871.


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