"D" Obituaries of Montgomery County, IL
Died - At the home of her daughter, Mrs T R Coffey, in the village of Irving at 12:30 am today, Mrs Betsie Davidson. She had been ailing some time and the end was not unexpected. The funeral was held at the ME Church at three this evening and the remains laid to rest in the Irving Cemetery. Mrs Davidson leaves three daughters: Mrs D W Burton and Mrs T R Coffey, both of Irving, and Mrs Jos Knight who lives in Missouri, to mourn the loss of a mother [paper and date unknown - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs George Detamore Died Last Night at Her Home
Funeral Services Will Be held at the Family Residence
Mrs Emma Grace Detamore, age 55 years, 1 month, and 5 days, wife of George Detamore, one of the substantial and highly esteemed ladies of this city died at 7:40 last night at the residence, 308 E Columbia Street, after an illness of two years during which time she underwent two operations…Burial Elmwood Cemeter.
Emma Grace Miller, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs W J Miller, born March 17, 1872 at Walshville married 26 years ago to George Detamore of this city. Member of the English Lutheran Church. Survived by her husband and three children, Ethel and Harold of Detroit MI and George of Litchfield; two sisters, Mrs A H Reese, Litchfield, and Mrs Chris Weigner, Granite Citiy; and one brother, George F Miller of Granite City. [Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, April 25, 1927 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Mrs. Lora May Doll of Litchfield will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in the Meinchein funeral home by Rev. Charles Turner, pastor of the Union Avenue Christian church with burial at Hart cemetery. Friends may call after 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.
Mrs. Doll, 88 last May 22, died Wednesday afternoon [d. 21 JA 1981] at 3:45 o'clock in St. Francis hospital where she was admitted from Turtle Creek Convalescent Centre January 18. Born in South Litchfield township, a daughter of the late Charles and Lucy Corlew Barry, she married Wyndham Mead Priddle, April 12, 1916. He died Oct. 4, 1936. On January 12, 1941, she married Otto Joseph Doll. He died August 1, 1962. Mrs. Doll was a member of the Union Avenue Christian church. She had worked for Paul's Ice Cream and the Ariston restaurant and was a cleaning woman for various attorney's offices downtown. She is survived by a stepson, Lewis Doll of California, several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were several brothers and sisters including Mrs. Mary Livingston of LaRussell, MO, and Mrs. Susie Minnis of Oaklawn in September 1971. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Thursday, January 22, 1981 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Sister Perpetua, daughter of Mr and Mrs Finton Doolin of this city died at 2 o'clock this afternoon at St John's sanitarium at Riverton. Sister Perpetua was before she took her religious vows as a Franciscan Nun, Kathryn Doolin. She nursed in Effingham, St. Johns. She will be buried Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock at the St John's Chapel. Dean Carroll will celebrate the mass. Burial will be in the Sister's Cemetery. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Monday, July 11, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Will Attend Sister Perpetua's Funeral
Mr and Mrs Finton Doolin and sons, Frances and Ryan, Mr and Mrs Harold Ryan and family, Mr and Mrs John Gorman and daughter Mary, Mr and Mrs Louis Harmon, and Mrs Lena Baker of this city and Mr and Mrs Leslie Doolin and family of Gillespie will attend the funeral of the late Sister Perpetua at St Johns Sanitarium at Riverton tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock. Dean P F Carroll will conduct the services. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Tuesday, July 12, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Oscar Doyle, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Doyle, of near Raymond, died at his home Sunday morning. There are indications of suicide but members of the Doyle family and friends of the young man seem to think that his death was accidental. Death was caused by an over-dose of strychnine. The verdict of the coroner's jury was to the effect that death was due to strychnine poisoning and adds: "from the evidence, we are unable to determine whether from suicidal intent or to relieve pain."
The case will always remain a mystery to the family as well as the friends of the young man. His mother has been at the verge of death for several days and he seemed to be greatly worried about her condition, but at the time of his death the mother was slightly better than she had been for the few days before that time.
On Saturday afternoon he fell out of the loft at the barn and struck his back on the manger, causing a painful injury. The nurses who had been taking care of Mrs Doyle had frequently bathed the injured place with alcohol. Miss Bessie Grant, a nurse, testified that at 3 o'clock of that morning he was resting well when she left him sleeping on the bed. She was awaked later by the other nurse and found the young man in convulsions. She runned him and found that it did no good, gave him a morphine hypodermic and in five minutes he commenced vomiting. He became conscious and when asked if he had taken anything replied that he had taken quinine and strychnine but did not know how much. He passed away shortly afterwards without giving a reason for taking the poison. The medicine has been used for several days to relieve the pain of Mrs Doyle and it is possible that he took some of it with the intention of getting relief from his pain.
C W McGill, the hired man at the Doyle home, and Thomas Doyle, the father, testified that the young man had seemed to be feeling well and in the best of spirits that morning before he was found almost dying on his bead. He had helped milk and later assisted his father in removing snow from the porches. Just before going to his room he had written a letter to a young lady in Hillsboro and the letter was opened and read at the coroner's inquest. It did not show any signs of despondency or that he was unbalanced in the least as the epistle was simply a friends note. The jury was composed of CM Berrie, George W Mitts, Roman Herman, Albert Traylor, C W McGill, and Henry Gilbert.
The funeral was held in Raymond, Tuesday, at the Presbyterian Church and the services were attended by a large circle of friends of the young man. Oscar was twenty years old and leaves his parents and a younger brother. [paper and date unknown - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Aged Macoupin County Woman Passes Away
Sarah J. Drennan Dies Suddenly at Hornsby Christmas Day [d. 25 DE 1919]
Hornsby, Dec 26 -- Hornsby lost one of its oldest and best loved citizens Christmas morning in the death of Mrs. Sarah Jane Drennan. Mrs. Drennan was one of the old settlers of Macoupin County. She was born June 11, 1842 near Alton and came with her parents, William and Hannah Allcutt Lancaster to Macoupin County while still a small child and settled on a farm one mile east of Hornsby. On Feb. 14, 1861, she married Calvin Drennan who survives her.
When Christmas Eve arrived Mrs. Drennan who was feeling no worse than usual, was anxious to go to the church. She was persuaded to stay at home, however, about 9 o'clock became suddenly worse. A message was dispatched for her nieces and nephews and in a few hours she passed away. Mrs. Drennan was a devoted Christian and a member of the Baptist church from girlhood. Although she was never blessed with a child of her own, she raised three from infancy, Horace Drennan, Drucilla (Botkin) Hardin, and Mabel Hardin besides giving a home to 14 others. Mrs. Drennan was an aunt to the Mercer brothers who conduct a grocery store on South Jackson Street, Litchfield. The funeral will be held at the Hornsby Baptist Church Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in Kinder Cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. O.W. Shields of Girard. [Litchfield News Herald, Friday, 26 Dec 1919, Pg 1 (Special to the News Herald) - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
A Zanesville Veteran Dead - Special to the Herald - Zanesville IL, Nov 17
Marshall Driskell, age 83, said to be the oldest resident in the township, died at noon today. No arrangements have been made for the funeral but it will probably be held at Pleasant Hill Church Friday and interment in Bethel Cemetery. The deceased leaves two sons, James and John and three daughters, Mrs Robert Allen of this township, Mrs. George Martin, Litchfield, and Miss Kate Driskell. [Litchfield Dairy Herald, PG 1, 17 Nov 1909 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]