The remains of Nettie Maltby were brought here from Chicago and interred at Rose Hill cemetery last Sunday. Her mother and brother who live in Marion, Kansas, were present at the funeral. Her father was Nelson Maltby, who fell from a wagon and was killed in this city, about twelve years ago. She was married here some years back, to a man named McGuire, but they separated after living together a short time. We copy from the Chicago Daily News of July 29, an article detailing the circumstances surrounding her death, which her relatives say is inaccurate in one particular. While admitting that her death was the result of an overdose of morphine, they deny that it was taken with suicidal intent, and say the testimony of Mrs. Dunn warrants them in believing that the drug was taken simply to soothe the nerves and obtain needed rest. The article in The News reads as follows:
Mrs. W.C. Dunn, wife of a dentist practicing at 163 State street, and living at 300 Marshfield avenue, awakened at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning and found her husband dead by her side. Dr. Dunn had come home early the day before feeling ill, and had gone to sleep at 9 o'clock that evening, when she also retired. Yesterday morning the household awakened and discovered that Miss Emma (Nettie) Maltby, a young lady who had lived in the doctor's family for over a year and had been his assistant in his dental practice, and committed suicide in the night by taking morphine. An empty bottle which had contained the drug was found in her room.
Miss Maltby had been in Dunn's dental office about five years. She as a tall, good-looking girl of the brunette type, and was very skilful in dental work, conducting the business in Dr. Dunn's absence from his office, which had been almost continual for the last two months He had invented a heater for houses, and had just formed a company and got the enterprise under way at the time of his death. It was well known that he was a sufferer from heart disease.
Between Miss Maltby and her employer there seems to have been considerable affection. Dr. Dunn regularly escorted his assistant to and from the office, though he had abandoned all office hours himself. Yesterday Miss Maltby visited the office in the afternoon an remained about an hour. Her eyes were red and swollen from weeping, and she seemed deeply affected by her employer's death. The girl's suicide was a terrible shock to Mrs. Dunn, and, taken with her husband's death, has completely prostrated her. At the house it is said that Miss Maltby was scarcely rational all day yesterday, and that Dunn's death, added to the fact that she was herself ill, caused a fit of temporary insanity, during which she took the drug.
The idea of an unwarranted attachment for the doctor or of an undue intimacy between them is scouted. It is reported that the young woman left a letter to Mrs. Dunn explaining her action, but this is strongly denied. The coroner's verdict was that Dr. Dunn died of heart disease and that Miss Maltby died from the effects of morphine administered by herself with suicidal intent during a fit of temporary insanity. Miss Maltby is said to have relatives in Marion, Kan.
Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe
Petersburg Observer July 12, 1940
Mrs. Markwell Dies in Kansas at Eighty-Two
Mrs. Markwell was born November 28, 1857, near Petersburg the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Ennis. She lived with her parents and grew to womanhood in Menard County attending the public school near her home.
She was first married to Jacob McGary in Petersburg and to them one child was born, Mrs. Iona Cook of Ringham, Kansas. Mr. McGary died a few years later and several years afterward she was married to John A. Markwell, likewise of this city. To this union seven children were born. One son, Loyal died at the age of three years and one daughter Mrs. Roy Read, died on April 27, of this year. The surviving children are: Loren Markwell of Pratt, Kansas; Mrs. Edith Donoho, Kanardo, Kansas; Mahlon Markwell, Long Island, Kansas; Mrs. Cyrus Day of Ruleton, Kansas and Ralph Markwell of Kingham, Kansas. Mr. Markwell preceded her in death on March 31, 1917.
Mrs. Markwell with her husband and family left Petersburg in 1887 going to Kingham County, Kansas and settling in the Cleveland community. There several of their children were born and all grew up in that community. Following the death of Mrs. Markwell's husband she returned to Illinois where she spent several years taking care of her aged mother. Following Mrs. Ennis' death, she returned to Kingman where she lived with her children spending the greater part of the time at the home of Mrs. Donoho. Mrs. Markwell was always interested in her family and her friends and gave a great deal of time to the work of her church and her community. She is survived by the six children named above, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and three brother: I.S. Ennis and George Ennis of Petersburg, and Seba Ennis of Houston, Texas, besides a large number of more distant relatives and a great man friends.
Funeral services were held at the Gospel Hall at Kanardo, Kansas on July 1, conducted by Rev. John Walden and Rev. M.E. Markwell. This service was followed by a second served at the Cleveland Methodist church with Rev. Markwell in charge assisted by Rev. Pettit of Kingman. Burial was in Cleveland Cemetery.
Contributed by: Matthew
[This next obituary was unreadable for the fist three lines. Underneath in handwriting, it was written "Mary Dixon Matthew"]
Last Tuesday afternoon____________ the funeral of Mary (Dixon Matthew) Her death occurred at the home of ___ iam La Rue of this cty. She had been suffer ( mistake in newspaper) from consumption for some time and the ravages of this disease caused her death.
She was born in Clear Lake township, June 17, 1855 and died in Athens, Nov. 17th ,aged 52 years and 5 months.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anna Howard and Mrs. Goldie Johnson both of this city, two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held from the residence at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. F. E. Welton officiating. Interment in West Cemetery.
Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher
Sangamo Journal, March 12, 1853
Died - In Petersburgh, on Monday night last, D. McAtee, Esq., Sheriff of Menard county.
Newspaper Unknown - March 11, 1927
Mrs. Nancy McDougal, widow of the late J. H. McDougal died at her home in the city at noon, Tuesday, March 8, 1927, after an illness of several months.
Funeral services were held at the residence, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Ewing officiating.
Interment was made in the Indian Point cemetery.
[We were unable to secure a more complete obituary for this week. Editor]
Contributed by:Bertha Emmett
Springfield Sunday Journal (Springfield, IL) – Sunday, March 5, 1899
Found Dead In His Room
McKay died between the hours of 6 and 9 o’clock. He had been ill for several weeks but had told people about the hotel he was improving. He retired early Friday night. About 8 o’clock yesterday morning, Mr. Clark went to his room and rapped but received no response. He looked over the transom and saw the man lying on a lounge. He at once notified his wife and she unlocked the door. When they entered they found the guest was dead.
From all appearances, the man had arisen. His face had been washed and he was partly dressed. Mr. Clark notified Coroner Baer and Dr. L. C. Taylor. The latter expressed the opinion that his death was caused by heart trouble, following la grippe. Several bottles of medicine were found in the room but they were drugs he had been taking during his illness.
Coroner Baer yesterday afternoon held an inquest. The verdict found was:
Mr. McKay was raised near Salt Creek in Menard county. From 1859 to 1869 he resided in Auburn township this county. During the civil war, he was a member of the Fourteenth Illinois infantry, under General John M. Palmer. For a number of years he lived in Moweaqua and was a carpenter by occupation. He was a member of the G.A.R., the I.O.O.F. and the Knight of Honor. He is survived by a widow, several children, two sisters, Mrs. Golden of Petersburg and Mrs. Walter Humphrey of Moweaqua. He was a distant relative of J. Otis Humphrey of this city. Local lodge of Odd Fellows took charge of the remains. They were sent at 12:15 o’clock last night via the Illinois Central to Moweaqua, where the funeral will take place.
Contributed by: Kim Torp
Friday, May 6, 1896
Cyrus V. McKinsey, a former resident of Fancy Prairie, died on Thursday, died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 1896, at his home in Bloomington, aged 39 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was married at Fancy Prairie in 1882, to Sarah E. Langston. One child was born to them which died in infancy. He is survived by his wife, mother, eleven sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held at Fancy Prairie, his former home on Saturday, Feb. 29, Rev. J. T. May, of Irish Grove officiating. Burial in Fancy Creek cemetery.
Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher
Newspaper Unknown - March 24, 1935
The death of Mrs. Mike Mc Lavish occurred at the family residence in North Athens, Wednesday night about 11:30. Mrs. Mc Lavish had been in poor health for the past two or three years but has been confined to her bed just a few days. Death is said to have been caused from gall blader (sic) trouble. Obituary will appear next week.
Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett
Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1., 26 Mar. 1853, p. 47
McNeal, John, d. of typhoid fever on the 15th inst., at his residence in Petersburg, Menard Co., Ill. Was in his 47th year. Survived by wife, three children.
Contributed by Kim Torp
A Fatal Accident.
Deceased was s driver at the Hill Top coal shaft. The accident causing his death happened at about 11 o'clock while driving a load of cars down in the mine. The mule became frightened by falling slate then threw him under the cars, two of which passed over his body. Dr. Newcomer was called, but nothing could be done to save his life, and he only lived till about four o'clock.
Oscar was well-liked by all who knew him and his many friends were shocked at his sudden death.
He leaves a wife and one child about two years old to mourn his death.
Contributed by Matthew Ferricks
Newspaper Unknown - January 13, 1933
Joan Metz, Cantrall, seventeen months old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Metz of Cantrall died very suddenly of strangulation at her home Wednesday afternoon. The mother had left the house for a few seconds and returning found the child had strangled. A physician was called but the little one passed on before he arrived. It is thought that a peanut became lodged in the child's throat.
The child is survived by its parents, four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 9:00 o'clock, Friday morning and at Calvary cemetery, Springfield at 10:00 o'clock, Rev. Fr. Macauley of Athens, officiating.
Contributed by: Bertha Emmett
Mernard County Review, January 9, 1975
Athens woman's father dead
Mr. Meurer, a retired farmer, was born March 1, 1882 in Oregon, the son of Mr. And Mrs. John Meurer.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 6 at the Athens Hold Family Catholic Church with Rev. Peter Mascari officiating. Burial was in Hall Cemetery.
Mott and Henning funeral home of Athens was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher
Petersburg Observer, February 1913
JAMES MILES FALLS ASLEEP AT THE RIPE AGE OF NINETY YEARS PAST.
The funeral services were held at the First M.E. church in this city on Wednesday afternoon, February 12, 1913, Elder W.M. Groves officiating, assisted by Rev. J.N. Meaker. Interment at Oakland cemetery.
James Miles, the son of George U. and Jane (McCoy) Miles, was born in White county, Illinois, November 25, 1822, but came with his parents to Sangamon county when 3 years of age, and soon moved to Menard county where he continued to reside the remainder of his life, with the exception of a short residence in Logan county.
He was united in marriage with Miss Anna Smith on January 5, 1845. To this union were born four daughters and two sons, one daughter died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Mary Hurd, Mrs. Lizzie Wood, George U. and James Miles and Mrs. Kate Gray.
Mr. Miles was engaged in the mercantile business in Petersburg, for a few years when a young man, but the greater part of his life was spent on the farm, having resided on the Miles homestead where he died, since April 1856. His wife passed away on September 9, 1906, they having traveled life's pathway together for more than 61 years.
Mr. Miles united with the Methodist church in Petersburg about four years ago, and died in the blessed hope of eternal life.
He leaves to mourn his death three daughters, two sons, eight grand-children, five great-grand-children and a multitude of friends.
A sister of the decedent, Hannah Miles, married William Herndon, the law partner of the immortal Abraham Lincoln, with whom Mr. Miles was well acquainted and of whom he was a great admirer.
Mr. Miles enjoyed fairly good health almost to the last, his mental faculties being especially well preserved to within a few hours of his death. He was a man of strong convictions of right, of sterling integrity, abounding charity, greatly loved and universally respected.
Contributed by: John Feagans
The pale horseman, Death, who hath all seasons for his own, has this week summoned three more of Menard county's best and most respected citizens to "join the innumerable caravan."
HENRY H. MISSMAN,
"Mr. Henry H. Missman was born in Germany, in what was formerly the kingdom of Hanover, Provinz Osnabrueck, village Gehrde, on the 26th of April, 1826, and was therefore 55 years 4 months, and 9 days old at the time of his decease. He emigrated to this country in 1846; worked for a few years at his trade as a tailor, in New Orleans and St. Louis; and took up his abode in Petersburg in the year 1850. Since that time we saw him (1860) marry his beloved wife, and living among us as a merchant tailor, true, faithful, and honest in his dealings, patriotic and law abiding as a citizen of our community, and of our whole beloved country. We saw in him an excellent example as a true husband and father; as a true friend to his friends; and living a stainless Christian life in all these years. On Sunday night about one o'clock he left this world of trouble and sorrow, a beloved and highly respected wife, and six promising children, after he had regulated his worldly affairs, given his beloved ones a last farewell, and recommended his soul to his Lord and Savior, in the staunch hoe of a life in a better world where he would find awaiting him his three beloved ones whom the Lord God found wise to take to heaven before him, and where he will await the coming of his beloved ones still here. The mourning widow and children have the heart-felt condolence of the whole community in this the time of their great sorrow."
Contributed By: Jeanie Lowe
Newspaper Unknown - Sept. 26, 1930
Mrs. Belle Z. M'Kown passed away at her home in this city Monday afternoon, September 22, 1930 after a lingering illness at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 22 days.
She was a daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. Samuel G. Zinn and was born near Stillwell, Hancock county, Illinois, December 29, 1856. On October 6, 1881, she was united in marriage to Rev. Charles F. M'Kown of the Illinois conference. Her husband preceded her in death in April 1922. She was the last member of her family to pass beyond, two brothers and five sisters having preceded her in death.
She is survived by an only son, Roy Z. M'Kown and two grandchildren, Elizabeth J. and Ruth J. M'Kown, all of Springfield.
Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday afternoon, September 21, at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. T. Thomas of Springfield officiating, assisted by Rev. Paul J. DuBois of Athens.
Interment was made in the Hall cemetery.
Contributed by: Bertha Emmett
THE PETERSBURG DEMOCRAT Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, Friday, March 16, 1928. Volume LXIX, Number 3
SUMMONED AT 72
Dean of City's Merchants;
Samuel Montgomery, son of B.F. and M.A. Montgomery, was born on the farm, near Petersbury, Illinois, August 22, 1855, and passed from this life at his home in Petersburg on March 9, 1928, aged 72 years, 6 months and 17 days. He is survived by his devoted wife, two sons, six grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. E. C. Fisher of Chicago, besides the unnamed and unnumbered friends of a lifetime spent, almost without interval, in this community.
Farewell services were held Sunday afternoon, March 11, at the Central Presbyterian Church, his close friend and pastor, Thomas G. Melton, officiating. The members of the session, C. C. Frackleton, J. C. Handford, G. M. Buckley, H. E. Wilkins, Roy Zeigler and Will Taylor were pallbearers; the Presbyterian quartet, Miss Jessie Johnston, Mrs. Ernest Nelson, Messr. W. S. Antle and Arthur Johnston, sang, with Mrs. Lucy L. Flickinger at the organ; the flowers were cared for by the Misses Flora Walker, Susie Pillsburg, Clara Frackleton and Nelle Carver. Mr. Ed Wilson, who was Mr. Montgomery's own assistant in former years, directed all arrangements and interment was made in Oakland Cemetery.
It seemed divinely fittings that the last "coming in and going out" of the church he loved so well should be on a Sunday afternoon of mildness and sunshine, unusual to our northern March, as though even Nature's farewell was a benediction to a "good and faithful;" while the interior of the church, in the building and progress of which he sustained so generous a part, was never lovelier, its soft dimness beautifully brightened by the assembled profusion of floral offerings of affection and esteem, and one wondered to how many of the homes of the silent throng that filled the auditorium he had come in like hours of bereavement with his kindly sympathy and service.
The quartet sang the songs of his unwavering faith: "Rock of Ages" and "To the Old Rugged Cross I Will Ever Be True," but the closing number, "remember Now Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth," most beautifully fitted the beginning of his long discipleship for, as a child of eleven, he identified himself with the Presbyterian church and gave to it more than sixty years of constant, loyal service, both of self and substance. At the time of decease he had been a member of the session for over a quarter of a century and its clerk for twenty-two years.
A part of his education was obtained at the Petersburg Academy, a private institution, of which his father was trustee. In 1876 he entered Illinois College at Jacksonville and, although on account of severe illness at the beginning of the second year he was obliged to forego his ardent ambition to graduate, his sojourn there led indirectly to his life romance. An interesting episode was a mathematical contest in which he was the winner over a fellow student registered as W. J. Byran, commonly called "Bill." This led to a meeting with Byran's chum and twin in age (they celebrated the same birthday) named Ben Mershon. A few years later, renewing college friendship over in Fulton County, he visited the Mershon homestead and met Ben's sister Frances. Their romance culminated in marriage on Feb. 16, 1887, and of this union two sons were born, Ben Mershon and Charles Albin, both of whom, with their families, are residents of Petersburg and members of the Central Presbyterian church.
Soon after his marriage, Mr. Montgomery became a partner in the furniture store of his brother-in-law, Ed C. Fisher, giving his special attention to the department of undertaking, which he studied and practiced with the conscientious zeal which was, aside from his Christian kindliness of spirit, his most outstanding trait. The profession of undertaking has been called "the service of sorrow" and its gruesome and sometimes tragic features were most distasteful to him at the beginning, but when, after three days and nights of indecision, he accepted the position, neither heat nor cold nor inclement weather nor impassable roads nor the sleepless night for the space of forty years deterred from his responding to a call from the bereaved.
When Mr. Fisher changed his vocation, Mr. Montgomery assumed the entire business and, until his retirement on account of illness, he rated a leader among the successful merchants of Menard County and an unfailing influence towards civic progress and betterment. Always a promoter of good fellowship as important to community welfare, he was affiliated with the Old Fellows, Knights Templar and the Modern Woodmen of America.
To a casual acquaintance, Mr. Montgomery appeared a practical, methodical, conservative business man, but, on more than one occasion, a deep, underlying vein of sentiment expressed itself wit ha generous ardor that had far-reaching results. It was in May, 1890, that, pursuing his vocation, he discovered, beneath high tangled weeds in a neglected corner of the old Rutledge burying ground, the sunken grave of Ann Rutledge. He took a picture of it but was much disturbed about so poor a resting place for a friend of Abraham Lincoln. The sentiment took much control of his thoughts that, securing the consent of her relatives, he chose, at his own expense, the lovely spot on Oakland's hill, and, in the presence of her cousins, disinterred the remains and removed them to the new-made grave. He desired that the marker should come, if possible, from the vicinity of New Salem, the scene of the romance, and after diligent search of the banks of Rock Creek, he found the small boulder which rests at the foot of the grave, and his friend, Charles Richter, engraved the name that marks it. Let it recall the generous spirit of Samuel Montgomery that drew repeatedly on time, strength and purse when there was wrong to right or a burden which he could help bear.
Three times he submitted to the surgeon's knife in hope of regaining his health, the last operation occurring in 1925, but with indifferent results, although he continued business activities, with occasional intervals of rest through November, 1927; then after an acute heart attack attended with much suffering, he resigned himself to the inevitable and remained at home until the end came at daylight on March 9th, quietly, peacefully, as though a door into God's Other, Brighter Room has softly opened for the passage of the kindly, generous, Christian spirit, whose memory is a golden tablet of uprightness to his church and community and a priceless legacy to the loved ones who bear his name.
"And ever near us, the' unseen,
Petersburg Observer, dated May 2, 1947
T.J. MOODY DEAD
Mr. Moody was born in Missouri, but spent most of his life in this community. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Clara Buckholz of Palmyra; Mrs. Helen Buckholz of Brighton; Mrs. Ethel Hayes of Kampsville; Mrs. Leona Eckley of Brighton; three sons, D.L. Moody of Godfrey; Jesse Moody of Little Rock and Harold of Petersburg; his wife, Mrs. Grace Moody, and a number of grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday April 22 at Palmyra and burial was in the cemetery at Hettick.
Contributed by: John Feagans
unknown newspaper, 1926
Ira Moorhead died at his home here Thursday, February 18 at the age of almost seventy years. He was born July 31, 1856 near Williamsburg, Ohio, the son of William and Margaret Moorhead. In 1880 he came to Illinois, and since that time had spent his life in LaSalle and Menard counties. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Oscar Jones of Hamilton, Ohio, one brother, James Moorhead of Clear Lake, South Dakota, a number of nephews and nieces and a great many friends. Funeral services were held Friday, February 19 from the Satorius Funeral Home, Rev. T.G. Melton officiating and the remains were interred in Rose Hill cemetery.
Contributed by: Matthew
State Journal Register, Springfield Illinois 26 January 2000
SPRINGFIELD- Willetta "Willie" Mortimer, 78, of Springfield died Monday January 24, 2000 at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born June 21, 1921, the daughter of Rube Ottis and Anna L. Neff Yoakum. She married Edward Mortimer in 1943 in Big Bend, Texas; he preceded her in death in 1999.
Mrs. Mortimer had worked for Sears, Prestige Silverware and Family Record Plan. She was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Survivors: two sons, Edward A. (wife, Diane) Mortimer of Alton and Robert R. (wife Loretta) Burnette of Centralia; a daughter, Leticia "Tish"(husband, John) Cook of Dawson; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 1p.m. Thursday, Vancil Memorial Funeral Chapel, Dr. Reg Mills officiating. Burial: Roselawn memorial Park.
Of note: Willetta's father's name was Robert Ottis not Rube Ottis.***
Contributed By: Rajean Gallagher
Newspaper Unknown - March 23, 1931
AT HOME OF SON IN SPRINGFIELD
She was born in Spottsville, Kentucky where she continued to make her home a few years after her marriage to David Myers of Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 1, 1870.
The couple left Kentucky and came to Menard county, Illinois, living in various locations, finally moving to this city, where the family have since made their home.
To the union eleven children were born, six of whom survive.
Almost a coincidence occurred in the death of both Mr. And Mrs. Myers, his death occurring in an explosion of the old Number 2 mine on March 23, 1903, 34 years ago when a number of fellow workers came to a tragic end.
Deceased was a member of the Athens Methodist Episcopal church. She was a noble, true character and besides her near relatives, she will be greatly missed by her old friends and neighbors, for it is they who knew Mrs. Myers' kindly, christian qualities and they who can testify to her motherly devotion under all circumstances.
Funeral services were held at the local M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. W. W. Harding officiating. Interment was made in Hall cemetery.
Contributed by: Bertha Emmett