George McClellan Batterton, son of Enoch Batterton and Huberta Clark Batterton, was born in Rock Creek precinct, Menard County, Illinois, March 24, 1863, and died in Springfield, December 17, 1919, aged 55 years 8 months and 28 days.
The deceased was unmarried and is survived by three brothers, J. C. of Springfield; E. C. of Los Angeles, Cal.; M. M. of Kingfisher, Okla.; and one sister, Mrs. E. G. Garrett, of Athens.
With the exception of a few years spent in the west, the deceased lived the greater part of his life in and near the community in which he was born, being loath to leave the friends and scenes of his early childhood days.
He was of a quiet unassuming disposition, forming few friendships but faithful and true to the last, to those to whom he became attached. A great lover of music and fond of jokes, George Batterton will be greatly missed by all his associates.
Funeral services were held in Rock Creek last Thursday, Rev. G. A. Wilson officiating.
Contributed by Matthew Ferricks
Newspaper Unknown - August 1936
MRS. MURRAY BATTERTON DIES IN CONNECTICUT
Mrs. Batterton received her education in the schools of Menard County and attended Normal at Bushnell and Charleston.
She taught school previous to her marriage, and after her children were grown, having spent the past nine years of her life as primary teacher at the local grade school, where besides teaching, she was always doing some motherly act for the little tots who came under her supervision. These little men and women as Mrs. Batterton sometimes called them had learned to regard her as a necessary fixture in their young lives. Most every evening at the close of school hours, she could be seen standing in the doorway, waving good bye to the children just before they disappeared from sight.
Deceased was married to Murray F. Batterton, August 16, 1893 in the Struble home on Rock Creek. After marriage, the couple resided for several years on a farm in the same neighborhood.
To this union five children were born; two sons and three daughters, all of whom survive.
Mrs. Batterton united with the Christian Church at Petersburg in her youth and has always lived a consistent Christian life. She was a member of the teaching staff of the local Christian Church. She thoroughly taught and practiced her religion.
Besides being a teacher it has been said of Mrs. Batterton that she was an educator as well. She was well posted and could discuss matters of importance along various lines.
She was of a cheerful, lovable disposition; always seeing the good points about every one who came under her observation.
With the exception of three years spent in Macoupin County, she spent her entire life in Menard County, within a radius of ten miles.
Mrs. Batterton resigned as teacher of the primary grade last Christmas because of failing health and left for the East where she consulted eminent specialists. After taking treatment since last January she felt very much improved and in June took a month's pleasure trip with members of her family through the eastern states which she very much enjoyed.
She had been removed to the hospital but one week when the grim reaper called and ended a very busy career.
Surviving her besides the husband are the five children; Struble of Seattle, Washington; Richard of Denver, Colorado; Harriett and Barbara of New Haven, Connecticut; and Mrs. Adeline Shock of Winterhaven, Florida.
Funeral services were held from the local Christian Church at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Donald J. Finley assisted by Rev. Cronkhite of the Petersburg Christian Church officiating. Interment was made in Hall cemetery.
Contributed by:Bertha Emmett