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Daniel Cain died Sunday (25 Dec 1920) in Champaign where he had been conducting an insurance office recently. He was survived by his widow who was the daughter of John Manning and a son and daughter. He was buried in Bloomington where the family lived at one time and a daughter is buried. [Montgomery County News, 28 Dec 1920, page 1, col 6 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mary Eliza Cain "Aunt Liza" died at her residence 2 Feb 1903. She was 62 years 11 months 23 days of age. She was survived by a husband and two sons and a daughter, Mrs Grant Battles of Ganoa, NE. [Montgomery County News, 6 Feb 1903, page 12, col 2, Nokomis - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Smith Cain age 72 died at the home of his son D B Cain in Nokomis on 20 Jan 1912. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. He came to Nokomis from near Columbus Ohio in 1862. He was a brick mason and plasterer. He is survived by a son, D B Crain of Nokomis; a daughter, Mrs. Grant Battles of Nebraska; a brother, James Cain of Jefferson City, MO; a sister, Mrs Rachel Sanders of Catoosa, OK. His wife died a number of years ago. [Montgomery County News, 26 Jan 1912, Pg 16, Nokomis - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for Mrs Bertha I Cannon, widow of Charles W Cannon, formerly of Litchfield will be Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Union Avenue Christian Church, Rev Harvey Quenette, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Lavone chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, of which she was a 50 year member will have a ritual after the service. Friends may call after 4 pm Wednesday at Gerlt funeral home.
Mrs Cannon, 96 last July 31 died Monday night at 7:10 o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs Clara Boosinger, with whom she had resided for the past nine years at Decatur. [d. 1963]
She was born at St Jacob, daughter of John and Mary Willoughby Lindly and married at Walshville on Jan 14, 1891. He died here in 1940.
Besides the daughter in Decatur, she leaves a son, Charles, Champaign, and two grand children. A sister, Mrs Emma Roach of Hillsboro, also survives. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. [The News Herald, Litchfield, IL, date unknown - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Charles Cannon of Litchfield for 43 years, an employee of the IL Central RR from 1895 until his retirement on Jan 1, 1938, died at his home Tuesday morning March 12 at 11:30…funeral at the Union Ave Christian Church…burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Litchfield. Pallbearers were Ernest Cooper, Ralph Green, Than Chamberlalin, A H Roberts, Charles LaPlant, and William Fansler…Out of town visitors were Mr and Mrs Roy Cannon of Coffeen, Mrs James Roach, Mr and Mrs Frank Green, Mr and Mrs Raymond Green, Mr and Mrs Floyd Beal, Mr and Mrs Jess Edwards and Ralph Edwards all of Hillsboro, Mr and Mrs T L Barlow of Walshville, Mr and Mrs Claude Lindly and son, Harvey of Chicago, Mr and Mrs George Lindly and son Junior of St Louis, Mr and Mrs L E Lindly of Butler, Mr and Mrs H H Willioughby of Staunton, Mr and Mrs Elza Green of Smithboro, Miss Irene Green and Mr and Mrs Ray Keeper of Hillsboro. Mr Cannon was born on a farm near Walshville on 22 Oct 1865. He was 74 years 4 month and 19 days at the time of his death. He was the s/o James and Sarah Jane Cannon. He married Miss Bertha Lindly d/o of John and Mary Willoughby Lindly on Jan 14, 1981. He is survived by a dau Clara w/o Rollin Boosinger of Decatur and a son, Clifford Cannon, a fireman in Clinton IL and a grandson Clifford Cannon Jr. [Montgomery County News, Hillsboro, IL 14 Mar 1940]

Cannon, Charles W
Charles W Cannon, aged 74, died Tuesday, buried at Elmwood Cemetery. Out of town relatives attending----
Mr and Mrs E R Boosinger, Decatur -- Mr and Mrs C C Cannon, Clinton -- Clifford Cannon, Clinton -- Roy Cannon, Coffeen -- Arthur Cannon, Alton -- Elsa Cannon, Walshville -- Mr and Mrs T L Barlow, Walshville -- Mr and Mrs L E Lindly, Walshville -- Otto Lindly, Walshville -- Mr and Mrs Geo Lindly, St Louis --
Mr and Mrs Jess Lindly, Herrin -- Mr and Mrs C H Lindly, Villa Park -- Harvey Lindly, Villa Park -- Mr and Mrs Jess Edwards, Hillsboro -- Mr James Roach -- Mr and Mrs Frank Green -- Mr and Mrs Floyd Beal -- Ralph Edwards -- Harold Edwards, Decatur -- Mr and Mrs Elza Green, Smithsboro -- Mr and Mrs Harry Lindly, Farmersville -- L L Lewey, Coffeen
News Herald, Litchfield IL, 15 Mar 1940 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Wm Carter's Funeral This Morning
Funeral services for the late William D Carter, well known farmer of Zanesville were conducted at nine o'clock this morning at a requeim high mass conducted by Rev P F Carroll at St Mary's church.
The services were largely attended by relatives and acquaintances of the family as well as several from a distance. The floral emblems were numerous and beautiful.
Casket bearers were M J Buscher, C A Sinclair, Chancy Spence, William C Goodin, M W Kniery, James Doran, G A Wand and a Mr Hennessy of St Louis, brother of Mrs Carter. The funeral party left overland immediately following the services for Calvary cemetery in St Louis where the remains were interred in the family lot at Calvary cemetery. Upon arriving in St Louis the casket was taken to the Mullens funeral home in order that a sister of the deceased, Sister Mary Vincent, formerly Miss Kathryn Carter, now of St John's hospital in St Louis might view the remains.
Accompanying the remains to St Louis were the widow, Mrs Lillian Carter, sons William and Daniel, daughters, Isabelle, Alice, Louise and Frances Olive, Mr and Mrs Detering, Mrs Anna Doyle, the casket bearers and A T Carroll and son, Harley Carroll. [Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, May 28, 1928 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Raymond Chapman
aged 9 years, 11 months and 2 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Chapman, died at the home of his parents, 1 3/4 miles north of this city, Wednesday, Feb. 22, near the hour of 10:20 a.m., from the effects of diptheria. He was taken sick some three weeks ago with above disease, but was thought to be past all danger. The funeral will be held at the family residence Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Interment will be made in Asbury Cemetery. Taken from the Raymond Independent, page 1 on Feb. 23, 1911. Donated by Sharon Buethner.

Veleda Wedekind Chapman
aged 54 years, 11 months and 6 days beloved wife of Albert Chapman, died at her home in Raymond, on Monday, June 17, 1929, at the hour of 10:45 o'clock p.m., her death bing [sp] due to heart trouble.
Veleda Wedekind was born on July 11, 1874, and was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wedekind, both deceased. On October 4, 1893, she was united in marriage to Mr. Albert Chapman of Raymond, and has spent almost all of her life in and near Raymond. To this union seven children were born, two of whom have preceded her in death; those surviving are Harry and Curtis, of Raymond; Earl of Granite City, IL, Keith and Mrs. Emma Rice of Chicago, IL., together with her husband and five grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Guy Mitts, of Mulberry Grove and Mrs. William Weingand, of Hillsboro. After her marriage she moved to the Chapman home about one and three-fourths miles north of Raymond and resided there until five years ago when, with her husband she moved to her late home in Raymond where she has continued to reside. The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, June 19th, at the hour of two o'clock, at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Raymond, the paster, Rev. Fred Kern, officiating. The remains were taken to Asbury cemetery for interment. Taken from the Raymond Independent dated Thursday, June 20, 1929 on page 1. Contributed by: Sharon Buethner.

Famersville, Oct. 9 – Funeral services for Howard Francis Clardy, who died Sunday from injuries received in an accident on Route 66 near Staunton early Monday morning, will be held at St. Mary’s church in Farmersville at 9 a.m. Friday, Msgr. T. M. Maloney officiating.  Interment will be in St. Martin’s cemetery.  [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, October 10, 1941]

A Land Mark Gone - Dr Jacob Clearwater, one of Litchfield's few remaining old timers died Wednesday evening Aug 14, age 75 years. He has been failing in health for several years and his death, while deplored, was not unexpected. Arrangements have not, as yet, been made for the funeral. He leaves an aged wife, a son, N Clearwater, and a daughter, Mrs. Susan Mundon. [Evening Monitor, Thursday Evening, 16 Aug 18895, Pg 4 Col 3 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Died - Clearwater - In this city, at 1:30 o'clock am on Thurs, the 15th inst. Miss Alcinda J Clearwater, daughter of Dr Jacob and Mrs. Elizabeth Clearwater, aged 23 years. [Litchfield Monitor, Saturday, 17 Aug 1878, Pg 4 Col 3 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

N Clearwater Struck, Killed by Ambulance - Napoleon Clearwater,76, retired merchant of Litchfield, was fatally injured Wednesday night by an ambulance of the Carroll and Son Undertaking Company, as he walked across State Street near the intersection of Third Street.
The ambulance was driven by Harley Carroll, older son of Mr. and Mrs. A T Carroll, who, with his brother, Lee, was in route to the funeral home with the car after returning a patient from St Francis Hospital to her home on North Monroe Street.
The ambulance was stopped in front of the Dr C W Grafton home almost immediately after striking the man and the two brothers placed him in the car and rushed him to St Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead on their arrival.
Harley Carroll stated the accident was unavoidable. The aged man seemed confused in crossing the street and walked directly in the path of the ambulance. For several months he has had rooms in the Winn home, 115 East Third Street, nearby the scene of the accident.
For many years, Mr Clearwater conducted a tinsmith business, located on North Madison Street, adjoining his home at the time. He was well known in the Litchfield community.
He is survived by two sons, Fred Clearwater of Litchfield and P J Clearwater who lives in Selsbee, TX. A number of grandchildren survive him.
An inquest was conducted… (the rest of the article gives details of the inquest) [Litchfield News Herald, Thursday, 31 may 1934, Pg 1 Col 1 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Died - Clearwater - On Saturday the 23rd inst, at noon of consumption, William Clearwater, son of Dr Jacob and Mrs Elizabeth Clearwater in the 23rd year of his age. The funeral services were begun at the M E church and concluded at Elmwood Cemetery on Monday the 25th inst under the charges of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr Clearwater was a resident of this city during the war and up to the time of his death and in 1861 being in his 18th year, he entered the army under the call of the President for "One Hondred(?) Days' Mens to relieve the Veterans from garrison duty in this patriotic service he contracted the disease that consigned him in early manhood to this last resting place. His end was peaceful and he sleeps well for he deserved well of his country and he shall ever live in the memory of his compatriots." [Litchfield Monitor, Thursday, 28 Jan 1869, Pg 5 Col 4 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

" A Former Railroader Dies
Edward W Clifford a former of the old LC&W railroad, who was well known in this city died last week in Springfield. He quit railroading several years ago and went into the oil business. . [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, 14 July 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Asa Cloud - Services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock in First Baptist church in Gillespie for Asa Edward Cloud of Mt Olive rural route one, Box 38, a World War II veteran, who died yesterday morning at 5 o'clock in St Francis Hospital. He was 55 years last Aug 8. Rev Ray Ditch will officiate and burial will be in Elm Lawn cemetery here. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 pm today and from 8:30 am until the hour of the service at the church tomorrow. [Unidentified Newspaper Clipping with a handwritten date of Aug 1976 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Edward Cloud Dies Suddenly After Supper
Gillespie, April 23 - Edward Cloud, 73, died of a heart attack Thursday evening at 6:45 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Isaphena Drummond, 1208 South Macoupin Street. [d. 21 AP 1932]
Mr. Cloud had not been well for some time but his death was unexpected and came as a shock to his relatives. He had eaten his supper as usual and walked out in the yard just before he was stricken.
He was widely known in the vicinity, having lived here for the past 52 years, coming from Moselle, MO. His wife, Prucella, preceded him in death six years ago. He also had one son, Alvin, dead. He was the last member of a family of six children. A sister, Mrs. Lyda Sawyer, of Staunton, died last February. Mr. Cloud leaves three children, Mrs. Drummond and William Cloud, of Gillespie, and James Cloud, of Milwaukee. Four grandchildren also survive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but services will probably be held Sunday afternoon, with Rev. Otto of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in the Gillespie Cemetery. [News Herald, 22 April 1932, Litchfield, IL - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Cloud, Edward - Unidentified News Paper Clipping - torn
Funeral services for Edward Cloud were conducted at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs James Drummond, Sunday, afternoon. Rev F F Otto of the Methodist church officiated. A trio, Mrs. John Temple, Mrs. John Russell, and Mrs. Otis Clickner sang hymns. The casket bearers were Ernest Wellner, James Davidson, Dave McChristie, John McCann, and James Lambie. Those from out of town were James Cloud, Milwaukee; Mrs Marjorie Ryan, Racine; Mr and Mrs Melvin ___es, Peoria; Mr and Mrs Elroy Or___ and daughter, Miss Grace, Col___ ___ville; Mrs Samuel Koslow, Hannibal MO; Mrs. Anna Sawyer and daughter, Laura, Tilton Conklin, and ___ ___olden, St Louis; Mr and Mrs Roy Reener, Litchfield; Mrs Mame _____ and daughter, Miss Elvora, _____; and two daughters of______

James A Cloud born on the 28th day of June (year not given) in Gillespie IL died 1 Mar 1962 at the veterans' hospital in Milwaukee WI. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Gillespie. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Edward Cloud. He was survived by his second wife, Mrs. Marjorie Ryan and his only child, Myron Reener by his first marriage. He was a veteran of WWI. [News Herald, 3 Mar 1962, Litchfield, IL]

Cloud: James A., March 1 [1962], age 75 years, residence 1718 N 22nd st, husband of Marge, father of Mrs. Ray Reener of Litchfield Ill, Mrs Robert Her, Treasure Island Fla; Donald and David Ryan of Milwaukee, brother of William Cloud, of Gillespie Ill; also survived by 19 grand children, 4 great-grandchildren, uncle of Lillian and Hugh Drummond of Gillespie Ill, in state at the Lake Shore Funeral Home, 106 W Silver Spring Dr., Mon., at 4 pm Member of American Legion Uptown Post 400 and Voiture 10 et 8 No. 85, will hold Legion services, Mon., at 8 pm [Unidentified Newspaper Clipping - probably Milwaukee WI]

Cloud, James A - [Unidentified Newspaper Clipping - probably Milwaukee WI]
American Legion memorial services for James A Cloud, 75, operator of a flower shop will be at 8 pm Monday at the Lake Shore funeral home, 106 W Silver Spring dr., Whitefish Bay. Mr. Cloud of 718 N 22nd st, died of cancer Thursday [d. 1 MR 1962] at the veterans' administration hospital at Wood. He and his wife, Marjorie, had operated the Corsage Flower Shop, 2205 W Wells st, the last 20 years. Mr Cloud was a charter member and past commander of the Uptown legion post No 400, and had been captain of the post firing squad since it was organized in 1942. He was a past president of the post's Past Commanders' club and a member of the 40 et 8 organization. He also belonged to the Eagles Club. A native of Gillespie, Ill, he came to Milwaukee about 45 years ago. Surviving, besides his wife, are a daughter, Mrs. Myron Reener of Litchfield, Ill, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. June Her, Treasure Island, Fla; two stepsons, Donald Ryan and David Ryan, both of Wauwatosa, and a brother, William, Gillespie. The body will be at the funeral home after 4 pm Monday, Gesu Catholic parish will hold a vigil there at 8:30 pm Monday. Funeral services and burial will be Wednesday in Gillespie.

James Cloud
- Requiem mass for James A. Cloud, former resident of Litchfield, will be Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock in SS, Simon & June church at Gillespie, Rev George E Hobbs, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery there. The rosary will be recited Thursday night in Gillespie Union funeral home. Mr. Cloud, 75 last June 28 and a native of Gillespie, died Thursday night [d. 1 MR 1962] in the Veterans hospital at Milwaukee, Wis., where he has resided for nearly 30 years. He was born in Gillespie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cloud, and came to Litchfield with the opening of the old radiator plant. He was a veteran of the first World War. An only daughter, Mrs. Roy Reener, resides at 1308 South Illinois avenue here. He also leaves seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His widow, Marjorie, also survives with two step-sons and a step daughter; Donald and David Ryan, both of Milwaukee, and a step daughter, Mrs. Ray Eher, Treasurer Island, Fla. [Unidentified Newspaper Clipping - probably Milwaukee WI]


William Edward Cloud of Gillespie d. 7 July 1963 in Litchfield at the age of 81. He was survived by his widow, Maude and a sister, Mrs. Wilma Robbins. Burial in Mayfield Cemetery, Carlinville. [News Herald, 8 July 1963, Monday, Litchfield, IL - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Worst Wreck In Traction History
Wreck occurred at 3:30, 2 ˝ miles north of Staunton
28 dead bodies were taken to Carlinville, 8 to Staunton, 26 injured
Known dead - Mrs. William Cloud of Benld IL
[NOTE: believe this is Hanna Falkerts who married William Cloud 11 Aug 1900 in Macoupin Co IL]
[Litchfield Daily Herald, 5 Oct 1910, Wednesday
- submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Ralph E Conley, 37, 4625-30th Ct., died early this morning at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wood WI, following a long illness.
Born in Litchfield, IL, Dec 29, 1916, son of Mr and Mrs Raymond Conley, he spent his early life there and came to Kenosha in 1929. In October 1940, he entered the National Guard 32nd Division and served until November 1945. Conley had been employed by the Simmons Company and for the past seven years as an electrician at Nash Motors. He was a member of the UAW-CIO Union Local 72 and the Ke-Nash-A Club.
In addition to his widow, the former Miss Ruth Williams, whom he married April 14, 1942, survivors are four suns and four daughters, Jerry, George, David, William, Patricia, Corana, Diana, Pamela, all of Kenosha; his mother and stepfather, Mr and Mrs Dominic Parise, Kenosha; and a stepbrother, Lawrence Parise, Great Lakes, IL. He was preceded in death by his father in 1948. [Kenosha News, (WI) Fri, Jul 2, 1954 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

The Connole Funeral
...Martin Connole, who died at St Francis hospital Wednesday evening were conducted this morning at St Mary's church...Mrs Connole died a short time ago...Interment was made in Holy Cross Cemetery
[Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, Illinois, Friday, November 27, 1914 - Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for Mrs Effie Lee Corlew of Litchfield will be conducted Saturday at 1:30 pm, in Meinschein Funeral Home by Rev Charles Turner of Edwardsville with burial in Cedar Ridge cemetery at Honey Bend.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am until time of services.
Mrs Corlew, 103 last September 19, died Thursday morning at 7:45 o'clock in Care Inn Convalescent Center, Litchfield. Born in Zanesville township, Montgomery county, a daughter of the late DeLeon and Caroline Everly Bennett, she cam to Litchfield in 1956 from the Raymond area. She had taught in the Pleasant Hill school, and was a charter member of the Zanesville Household Science Club and a member of Union Avenue Christian Church. Her husband, Fred Corlew, whom she married in 1902, died December 28, 1950. She is survived by a son, Morgan L Corlew of Edwardsville, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were two daughters, Mrs Lora Lee Herschelman and Mrs Doris Brown, three brothers, Jesse, Charles, and William Bennett, and four sisters, Mrs Bertha Painter, Mrs Mabel Allen, Mrs Etta Ring, and Mrs Rosella Leach. [Litchfield News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Jan 2-3, 1987 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Corlew, Eliza Jane Blair - S. Litchfield Lady Died Yesterday
Aunt Jane Corlew, widow of the late John Corlew, died yesterday [d. 26 Nov 1914] at the old homestead in South Litchfield township at the age of 85 years. Her late husband who died some twelve years ago was a veteran of the Black Hawk war. He settled in South Litchfield when it was but a broad prairie.
Mrs. Corlew was twice married, and is survived by one son of a former marriage, Thomas "Buck" Jett and the following children by her marriage to Corlew, Mrs. A. D. Simpson and Mrs. Roxie Lindley, of South Litchfield. The following children preceded her to the grave, Emery Corlew of Sorento; Mrs. Chas. Berry and Richard Corlew [note: should be John Martin "Dick"]. A number of grand children survive, among them Mrs. Roy Bost of this city. The funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 1 o'clock at the Hart church in South Litchfield by Rev. Grover Koen. Interment will be in the Hart cemetery. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Fri, Nov 27, 1914 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Eliza Jane Corlew, widow of John Corlew died Thurs at home in South Litchfield of pneumonia. [25 Nov 1914] She was 85 years 6 mos and 23 days. Mrs Corlew, sister of Morgan Blair, was born in East Fork Twp. She first married Wesley Jett. After his death, she married John Corlew. She was a skillful horse back rider and took part in riding contests at the old Montgomery County Fair frequently taking premiums.
She had six children - Alice wife of Douglas Simpson, Roxie wife of Eugene Lindly, Thomas W Jett, Richard [should be John Martin "Dick"] killed by a train about 1910, Emery who died about 1912, and Lucy wife of Charles Berry who died about 1911. Funeral was at Harts Church with Rev Grover Koen officiating. Burial in Harts Cemetery. [Montgomery County News, Tuesday, 1 Dec 1914, Page 1 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Miss Eliza Corlew died Friday, 23 March [1917] at the age of 62 years, 1 month and 21 days in Fondis Colorado. She was born 2 April 1854 in Hillsboro Twp to William H and Eliza Corlew. She had lived in Colorado 23 years. She is survived by four sisters, Lucy Corlew of Fondis, Mrs Mary Ault and Mrs Lottie Applegate of Hillsboro Twp, Mrs Nettie Kessinger of Ochelata OK. Burial in Clear Springs Cemetery. [Montgomery County News, Tues, 27 March 1917, page 4 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Emery R Corlew Is Dead At Sorento
Emery R. Corlew, a well-known resident and photographer of Sorento died at his home there Saturday, aged 44 years and six months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E V Headen at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon and interment was made at Sunnyside cemetery. Mr. Corlew leaves, besides his wife, three sons, his mother, and three sisters to mourn his departure. [The Greenville Advocate, 28 July 1910, Pg 3, Cl 2 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
[Note: Emery R Corlew and Sophia Rote had three sons - Jesse H., Arthur D., and Frederick K.]

Mrs Eva Corlew, Once Here, Dies In Colorado Springs
Services for Mrs Eva Corlew ....widow of J M (Dick) Corlew, will be there Friday afternoon.
Mrs Corlew, 77 last Feb 28 died Monday night in a Colorado Springs Hospital. She was a sister of Ralph Green Sr, of Litchfield rural Route three and a sister-in-law of Mrs Victoria Green, Mrs Elizabeth Green, and Mrs Erma Green, all of this city. Born at Walshville, a daughter of the late Henry Newton and Margaret C Long Green, she and her husband, who died here about 47 years ago, resided in South Litchfield for many years. Mrs Corlew moved to Colorado Springs in 1916 for her health. Besides the brother in Litchfield, another brother, Tom Green and a son, John Corlew, both of Colorado Springs and four grandchildren survive. Two children preceded her in death. Mrs Ralph Green Sr and Mrs Leon Green plan to attend the services. [Litchfield News Herald, with a handwritten date of Nov, 1956 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
[Note: Surviving sister-in-law, Erma Green, was the dau of L E Lindly and Roxanna I Corlew. She m. Frank Green in 1918]

Infant daughter of Mr and Mrs J M Corlew died in Gillett, Teller Co, CO, Fri 8 May 1903. Mr and Mrs Corlew moved to CO 2 yrs ago. [Montgomery Co News, Hillsboro, IL, 29 May 1903, pg 2 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

J Morgan Corlew, a former supervisor of North Litchfield Township and a retired farmer died at 12:50 this morning at his home in this city after an illness of only three hours duration. He had been in poor health for some time. He was born one half mile north of Walshville, March 20, 1852 and was a son of Phillip and Elizabeth Barlow Corlew. His father died in 1855 and his mother in 1859. He was left an orphan and went to live with an uncle and aunt, Mr and Mr Israel Fogleman, who sent him to school. On December 28, 1876, he was united in marriage to Susan E Roberts, a native of Honey Bend. After their marriage they moved to North Litchfield Township and later to Zanesville township and nine years ago they moved to this city and resided at 615 North Locust Street. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs Effie File, a teacher in the Butler schools; Fred and Willis, farmers of near Raymond; Dr J J, a dentist at Mt Vernon and Joseph H, a farmer of North Litchfield. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church at Honey Bend until that church desolved. ....Funeral services will the Honey Bend Baptist church. Burial will take place at Honey Bend...
[Prob. Litchfield Paper, Jun 1, 1926-typed copy rec'd from Jane Carlson - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

John Corlew died last Sunday afternoon 23 Oct 1904 at his home in South Litchfield Twp after a weeks illness. He was probably the oldest man in Montgomery County. Mr Corlew had resided in this county for 82 years coming here in the winter of 1822-3 with his father. He was born in Rockcastle Co KY in Jan 1813.
His first schoolteacher was Uncle Peter Long a pioneer Baptist preacher. Later he attended school in a house where Clear Springs Baptist Church now stands. He served in the Black hawk War in 1832. He bought 160 acres and established a home, where he lived until his death, in 1835. During the Mexican War 1846-7, he was in Company C 3rd IL Infantry. He was elected Sheriff in 1850 and served 4 years (2 terms).
He was frugal, thrifty and succeeded in acquiring a large body of land. It is said that at one time he owned 2000 acres which was most or all of South Litchfield Township. It is also said that he could walk 5 miles in a straight line and never step off his own land. He married Eliza J Jett, widow of Wesley Jett, in 1856. They had five children, Mrs Charles Berry, Mrs Douglas Simpson, Mrs Eugene Lindly, and Richard
[note: s/o John Martin "Dick"] Corlew, of Litchfield and Emery of Farmersville. He had a stepson, Thomas Jett.
He was a Democrat and an influential man. He was a man of strong convictions and inflexible honesty.
The funeral was to be Tuesday at 11:00 at Hart's Church with burial in Hart's Cemetery. [Montgomery County News, Friday, Oct 28, 1904, page 2 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

"Dick" Corlew Killed
J. M. Corlew was killed almost instantly by an Ill. Central train near Mt. Olive Thursday of last week [d. 15 OC 1908]. He was the son of John Corlew a pioneer resident of Montgomery County. Mr. Corlew and his wife and two children were living with his widowed mother on the Corlew homestead. Mr. Corlew had returned to Montgomery Co. to make his home after living in the West. He had recently sold some of his livestock in preparation for the winter months. His is also survived by a brother A. R. Corlew and 3 sisters Mrs. A. O. Simpson, Mrs. Jane Lindly, and Mrs. Charles Barry. [Montgomery News, Hillsboro, IL, 23 October 1908 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
[Note: The children of Dick Corlew were Eva V. and John M. His brother was Emery R. Corlew and his sisters were Mrs. A. D. Simpson (Alice), Mrs. Eugene Lindly (Roxanna), and Mrs. Charles Barry (Lucy).]

Julia Ann Rebecca Corlew who had been at St Francis Hospital since Aug. died Thursday [d. 20 OC 1915] of cancer of the stomach. She was the daughter of David Corlew a pioneer settler of South Litchfield. She was born in South Litchfield and was 65 years, 8 months, 7 days at the time of her death. She leaves a son Usel who lives on her farm near Walshville, two brothers Philip and Marion of South Litchfield, and three sisters Harriet L. Lay of Litchfield, Jane J. Rose of Mt. Vernon, and Amanda E Tefenbaugh of Olalla Ore. Burial in Harts cemetery. [Montgomery News, Tuesday, 26 Oct 1915 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Relatives in Litchfield have received word of the death of Marion Corlew aged about 77 of Springfield MO whose death occurred suddenly Saturday. Mr Corlew is a former resident of this city, but had been away from here for a member of years. He was unmarried. Two sisters survive, Mrs John Lay of south of town and Mrs R N Rose of Mt Vernon. He was a cousin of the late Morgan Corlew. Full details concerning his death were not obtainable today. The funeral services and burial will be in Springfield MO. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Walshville, IL. [Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, June 6, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Morgan Bennett Corlew, a mechanical engineer, died Thursday [May 11, 1995] at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon after a brief illness. He was 84 and had lived in Edwardsville.
Mr Corlew was the founder and president of M B Corlew & Associates Inc., a consulting engineering and land surveying firm in Edwardsville. After retiring in 1977, he continued to serve as chairman of the board until 1990. He was a past president of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. Mr Corlew was born in North Litchfield, IL. He served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. A funeral service will be at 11 am today at Pletcher Funeral Home, 627 St Louis St, Edwardsville. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Among the survivors are his wife, Mary Handlon Corlew; a son, Philip M Corlew of Edwardsville; a daughter, Mary Georgia Simpson of Granite City; and four grandchildren. [Post Dispatch, St. Louis MO, date unk - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Our Soldier Dead - Crabtree Cemetery - Philip Corlew, Co H 6th MO Infantry [Litchfield Monitor, Saturday, 23 May 1885 -submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Corlew, Philip and McElfresh, Stella - Engaged couple killed by train
Philip Corlew, age 23 and Stella McElfresh 22 were struck by an IL Central passenger train Friday morning at 12:35 [d. 01 JA 1915]. The couple was driving home from a New Years E Party at Waggoner in an enclosed one horse buggy. Philip was killed instantly and Stella was taken to Springfield by train but was dead upon arrival. Philip was the second son of Mr and Mrs Morgan Corlew and was a teacher near Raymond.
He is survived by his parents; a sister, Mrs Clinton Ash; three brothers, Fred of Litchfield, Joseph a teacher in Montgomery County, and John who is studying to be a dentist in Chicago. [Montgomery Co News, Hillsboro, IL, 5 Jan 1915, Tues - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
[Note: The News Herald, 2 Jan 1915, ran this story with some minor differences - ages Philip 21 & Stella 19 - d/o Jerome McElfresh - Philip taught at Ogle School - struck by the Diamond Special n of Shop Creek, 9 mi n of Litchfield - funeral Baptist Church at Honey Bend.]

Willis M Corlew, 83, Hillsboro resident since 1959 and a former prominent Raymond farmer, died at 1:20 pm Wednesday at St Luke's Hospital in St Louis where he had been a patient since Nov 23. Death was due to heart attack. Mr Corlew had been in failing health for several years and had undergone a leg amputation more than a year ago.
Funeral Friday - The remains are at the Hough funeral home in Raymond...burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend.
Mr Corlew was a son of the late J Morgan and Susan (Roberts) Corlew and was born near Litchfield on Feb 13, 1884... He was married twice. His first wife was Fannie Burnap and they were married on Feb 25, 1911. She died Aug 16, 1946. On Aug 1948, he was united in marriage with Mrs Carrie (McPeak) Denney at Girard and she survives... Insurance President - Mr Corlew was a director of the Montgomery Co Mutual Fire Insurance Co from 1920 to 1964 when he retired from the board. He served as supervisor of the Zanesville township several terms... At the time of his death he was a director of the First National Bank of Raymond.
Surviving are his widow, a son, Leon of Edwardsville, Two stepdaughters, Mrs Aileen Wilson of Morrisonville, and Mrs Lorene Hall of University City MO, a stepson, Loren Denney of Rock City Wyoming, four grandchildren, a brother, Dr John J Corlew of Mt Vernon, and a sister, Mrs Effie File of Litchfield, who is a patient at Rest Haven nursing home in Irving. A daughter, Rachel, three brothers, and a sister are deceased.
[Paper Unk - Date abt 6 Dec 1967 - Typed copy rec'd from Jane Carlson and submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for Robert L Crawford, 64, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 am Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev Elmer Fenton, pastor of the Plainview Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Ware's Grove Cemetery near Butler. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm Friday in the funeral home.
Mr Crawford died at 10:45 pm Wed, June 9, 2004, in St Francis Hospital. He was 64 years old on Mar 3.
He was currently employed as a professional truck driver with Buske Lines and had been with the company for several years. He also farmed part-time with Rundquist Farms and Jim Shepherd Farms. He was a member of Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was born in Butler, a son of Robert David and Lily Mae Arnold Crawford. He married Leeta Lucille Reener on Nov 23, 1962, in Gillespie; she survives. Surviving as [step] sons, Michael L Holden and wife Jeannie of Witt, Stephen L Holden of Litchfield; daughter, Sheila DeWitt and husband Dennis of Litchfield; sister, Pearletta Altevogt of Frederickstown MO; grandchildren, [step grand daughters] Michelle Reeves and husband Brett of Hillsboro, Gina Holden of Staunton, [grandchildren] Kelli and Wendi Shelton, Robbie DeWitt, all of Litchfield and two [step] great grandchildren, Nathaniel and Allison Reeves. Preceding him in death was a sister, Doris Wooden. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Thurs, 10 Jun 2004 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Grim Death - Death has entered our midst again and taken from us a citizen who was universally liked. In the death of Prof F W Crouch which occurred at the home of his father in Greenfield IL on Wednesday June 12th, we have lost and honored citizen. He came to Litchfield in 1880 from Carlinville. He was for several years superintendent of schools of Macoupin Co. He was a fine scholar and a friend to every effort towards higher education. He was proprietor of the drug store, No. 203 N State Street for several years, selling out his interest to Dr Blackburn last fall. His health has been failing the last few years and he spent his winters south in hopes of recovering his lost strength. About the middle of May he returned home from Citronelle Alabama and his friends knew that it was but a matter of a few weeks at least before he would be called from them. Frances Wayland Crouch was 43 years 5 months and 11 days at the time of his demise, having been born January 1, 1846. The funeral services were held under the auspices of St Omer Commandery, No 30 KT, of which he was a prominent member Friday afternoon June 14th. Prof Crouch leaves a father, two bothers, and three sisters to mourn the seemingly untimely death of a model son and brother. (husband of Eva L Clearwater) [Litchfield Monitor, Saturday, 15 June 1889, Pg 1 Col 5 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Word was received of the death of Aaron Crowder, 37 (colored) formerly of this city. He died Sunday night in Detroit of Mumps and was buried today. [Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday, April 26, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

William F LaForce received word this afternoon announcing the death of his sister, Mrs. N J Cummings this morning at her home in Detroit MI. The remains will be brought to this city for interment. The funeral service will be held from the first Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Mrs Cummings will be remembered as Miss Maytie LaForce formerly of this city. [Litchfield Daily Herald, Saturday, 3 Feb 1906, Pg 5 Col 2 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Cummings Laid to Rest - The funeral service over the remains of Mrs. J M Cummings who died in Detroit MI Saturday afternoon was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery Monday Afternoon. The funeral was held in the First Methodist Episcopal Church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev Jeffers officiating. The funeral party arrived over the Wabash at 7 o'clock Sunday night. The following were in the party J M Cummings and two children and Berry LaForce of Detroit MI, Mr and Mrs Mercer of Atwood IL, Mr and Mrs Gengerke and Arthur Monden and Mrs J W Bartholomew of Decatur. The deceased will be remembered as Miss Maytie LaForce of this city. She leaves a husband and two sisters to mourn their loss. [Litchfield Daily Herald, Tuesday, 6 Feb 1906, Pg 4 Col 2 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]



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