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Jesse Jennings and Robert Furnace
A Horrible accident occurred near Irving Tuesday evening
[d. 15 MR 1887] in which Robert Furnace and a man named Jennings were killed. From the meager report we are able to get, it seems that these men were crossing the New Line track in front of the limited express going west, when the team became frightened and refused to go, leaving the wagon with its occupants on the track, and were struck by the train running at a very high rate of speed, demolishing the wagon and killing both men instantly. [Morrisonville Times, 17 Mar 1887, pg 5]

Jennings, Jesse and Furnace, Robert
Tuesday evening, Robert Furnace and Jesse Jennings undertook to cross the track in front of the limited express, which passes through here at 5:53 [d. 15 MR 1887], at a crossing about a mile west of here, when the wagon was struck by the locomotive and entirely demolished. The men were instantly killed, each having a hole an inch in diameter pierced in the right temple besides being otherwise mangled. The train backed up to where some section hands were at work and notified them, when they brought the bodies to town and laid them out in the depot to await the arrival of the coroner and their friends. The former "empanneled" a jury on his arrival at 11 o'clock P.M., and after viewing the bodies postponed the inquest till Thursday, when the engineer and fireman of the train will be here. Furnace leaves a wife and four children and his remains were taken to Delhi this morning for interment. Jennings was a single man. 3-16-87 Ripley
[Litchfield Monitor, 19 March 1887, pg 1 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Jennings, Jesse and Furnace, Robert
Robert Furnace and Jesse Jennings were killed Tuesday
[d. 15 MR 1887] near Nokomis by the limited westbound train on the I and St Louis road. They were crossing the road in a wagon and were struck by the train. [Shelbyville Daily Union, 17 Mar 1887 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Oscar Johnson Dies From Heart Attack After Long Illness
Oscar Johnson, 57 died at his home near Raymond on Friday, June 1 [1951], at 1 p.m. from a heart attack, following an illness of ten years. His condition had been serious the past year. He was the son of Logan and Martha Funderburk Johnson of Staunton, born July 8, 1893, near Staunton. When he was less than one year old, his father died and his widowed mother and infant son returned to her parent's home. A few years later, his mother was married to Henry Reener of Staunton and he grew to manhood in the Reener home. On June 1, 1918, he was married to Miss Mary Louise Flint at Taylorville, IL. She survives with two daughters, Louis Eilene, now wife of Paul Goodwin of Taylorville; Joyce LaVonne, now wife of Robert Schwabe of Morrisonville, two grand children, Terry Paul and Larry Lynn Goodwin. Also surviving are a number of half brothers and half sisters including John B Johnson of Lincoln Nebraska; Mrs Maggie Werling of Taylorville.
Preceding him in death are his parents, one infant daughter, Doris June, four half brothers and one half sister. Mr Johnson was a farmer and stockman. He owned a high producing herd of Holstein cows until failing health forced him to sell them. He then devoted his time to farming and raising beef cattle.
He was a veteran of WW I, and served his country for eighteen months, part of this time was spent overseas in Battery #, 327th Field Artillery. Mr Johnson passed away on the 33rd anniversary of his marriage. He was a member of the Raymond Christian Church. Services were held Sunday afternoon, June 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hough funeral home in Raymond with Rev E E Fletcher, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in the Elmwood cemetery in Litchfield.....
[newspaper name and exact date unknown - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Winifred Johnson, Died Tuesday
Little Sufferer Passes Away After Few Days Illness, as a Great Favorite
While many proud fathers and mothers prepared their little ones for the entertainment Thursday evening and dreamed in their own hearts how nice they would appear on the stage, in another home a fond father and mother remained close to a little suffers bed and saw the spark of life in their little daughter die away to bloom in another world more beautiful than ours. These parents were Mr and Mrs J Scott Johnson of 1014 Kirk Street and the little daughter was their youngest child Winifred. She was taken ill a few days ago with appendicitis and an operation was performed, but the attending physicians found that peritonitis had set in and nothing could be done. She had one chance in a hundred. Since the operation every thing known to medical science was done to prolong her life but death claimed her as his own. She died at 5:30 pm.
Winifred was ten years old. She attend the Fifth Ward School was a bright pupil as well as being studious. Being the youngest of the family she was a great favorite not only with her parents but the rest of the family. Among her many little friends she was a favorite. She survived besides her parents by three sisters, Faye and Georgia and Mrs Lulu Travis and one brother, Edward of St Louis. The family has the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral will be held Thursday. The hour to be announced later.
[paper unknown, hand dated Nov 12, 1907 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Johnson, Winifred -

Numerous friends and relatives gathered at the Christian Church Thursday afternoon to pay their last respects to the late Winifred Johnson.
[d. NO 1907] Rev Johnson assisted by Rev Elam conducted the funeral services. The former preached the most beautiful sermon. He compared the life of the little child to a flower and likened her death to the plucking of the flower to bloom in heaven. One of the most beautiful sentiments of the funeral was the presence of Miss King and her pupils of the Fifth Ward who were class mates of the deceased. The church was well filled with people. Among those in attendance out of the city were Mr and Mrs S B Groves, Mr and Mrs C P Tucker and daughter Leah, Mr and Mrs J M Yowell, Mr and Mrs R W English, Mr and Mrs Virgil Dickerson, Mr and Mrs W T and C E Barnett and EJ and A L Groves, all of Barnett and surrounding neighborhood. Interment was made in Elmwood Cemetery [unknown paper and date - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Albert Jonas b. 8 Apr 1868, d. 5 Jul 1937 Litchfield
m. Lena Kruse #2 Lillie Pollard
children: Albert Jr, Virgil, Ella Marie and step-children: Minnie Kruse, New York City; Ben Kruse; Anna Harkey; Lena Kaskutas
buried: Crabtree Cemetery
[News Herald, 6 July 1937 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs. Jonas wife of Albert W. Jonas born 1 Oct. 1868 in Germany.
[News Herald, 30 Mar. 1916 Thur. - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services at the German Lutheran Church with burial in Elmwood Cemetery.
Surviving her husband, Albert W. Jonas and children: Mrs. Lena Kaskutas of Litchfield; Miss Anna Kruse of Litchfield; and Miss Minnie Kruse, an actress, of New York [d. 29 MR 1916]
[News Herald, 31 Mar. 1916 Fri. - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]


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