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Infant Dies This Morning
Bernice Sage, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs George Sage of South Jefferson street died this morning a short time after birth. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 this afternoon in Elmwood cemetery. Rev R.J. Anderson conducted a short service at the grave.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Saturday, April 14, 1928 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Schmidts Lose Their Baby - An infant daughter born to Mr and Mrs Charles Schmidt of three
miles southeast of town shortly after three o'clock this afternoon, died shortly after birth at St Francis Hospital. Mrs Schmidt was formerly Miss Mary Flitz. Mr Schmidt is a half brother of Herman Caspers of South State Street. The body was taken to Carroll & Sons at await funeral arrangements.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Monday, July 11, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Schmidt Infant Interred
A short funeral service was conducted at 10 o'clock this morning at the Carroll & Son's chapel over the remains of Margareth Emma Schmidt infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Schmidt of south of town. Rev H A Leader conducted the services and interment took place in Crabtree Cemetery. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Tuesday, July 12, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Funeral services for Russell F Sellers of Litchfield rural route one, a retired farmer and electrician, will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Zion Lutheran church by Rev Myron C Maltz. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Gerlt-Meinschein funeral home Wednesday between 4 and 9 pm.
Mr Sellers, 68, last June 2, died Monday afternoon
[d. 18 JU 1979] at 1:25 o'clock in St Francis Hospital where he was admitted June 2 following a long illness. Born in Hillsboro, a son of the late A E and Lurena Linville Sellers, he married Miss Erma Flitz of Litchfield. They came to Litchfield from Hillsboro 33 years ago. Mr Sellers was a member of Zion Lutheran church, Montgomery County Genealogical Society, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Besides his widow, Erma, he is survived by a son, Merl and daughter-in-law, Joan, of Cincinnati, OH. He also leaves two brothers and five sisters, Lyman, Mrs Katie Hollrah, Mrs Effie Nelson, Mrs Mattie Meyer, all of Hillsboro. Ray of Wisconsin, Mrs Ollie Otter of Irving and Mrs Bertha Williams of Butler. Preceding him in death were a brother, Wilbur "Gus", and three sisters, Mrs Mabel Brown, Mrs Ethel Knagg, and Mrs Hester Fanger. [News Herald, Tuesday, 19 Jun 1979 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Sexton Died on Saturday
Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Sexton aged 83, widow of the late David Sexton died Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs W D Woodland after an illness of several months. The funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of her daughter Mrs Mike Houlihan, Rev Askew officiating. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery. The deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs Woodland, Mrs Houlihan and Thomas Sexton of this city and Mrs Michael Welsh of St Louis.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday, May 31, 1927 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mortuary Record: Sharp
Tillman Sharp, who died at his home on North Church street yesterday afternoon, was a pioneer resident of Morgan county and was well known both in this city and all over the north end of the county. He was born in what is know as the Shiloh neighborhood and grew to manhood there. For more than a half century he owned and operated a farm on the old Princeton road, east of Shiloh church. He was of a modest, retiring disposition and made friends of all with whom he came in contact. He retired from his farm about seven years ago and took up his residence on North Church street. He married (Sarah Ann Black) the eldest daughter of the late Samuel Black, one among the every earliest of our pioneers, who owned a large farm near Shiloh church and reared a large family, his surviving children being Mrs Sarah Sharp, John M Black, Samuel W Black, Miss Martha Black, Mrs Wm C Self and Mrs S T Mattox, all of this city. Deceased had been identified with the Methodist church for more than a half century and his Christianity extended over seven days in the week. In sunshine and storm, in prosperity and adversity, he never lost sight of the straight and narrow way that leads to that blessed home beyond the shining stars....during the 73 years of his long and useful career.
He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs George Stout, and three grandchildren, Edna, Ernest, and Pibbie Stout. The funeral will take place from Grace M E Church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
The casket will not be opened at the church. Those desiring to view the remains will please call at 9 am Wed and at the same hour on Thursday
[paper & date unknown, provided by Carol Greer - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Nettie Marshall of N Monroe St, received word last night of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs J E Sides at Granite City, wife of her brother, Mr and Mrs Marshall will go down tomorrow to attend the funeral.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, June 6, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Rev. J.C. Sills Dies at Coffeen
The Reverend John C. Sills, who for the past 47 years has been a member of the Central Illinois Ministerial Association, and for the past eight years a resident of Coffeen, died at his home there Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock following an illness that had lasted for over four years. The deceased was one of the oldest and most active ministers of this part of the state and up until four years ago he filled the pulpit in Coffeen. Since that time he has been active as a guest minister in many of the churches in and around Montgomery County.
Born at Cedarville - John C. Sills was born in Cedarville on August 28, 1853 and if he had lived for only 24 days more would have reached his 79th birthday. The deceased lived in Cedarville as a boy and attended schools of that community. In 1880, as a young man of 27, he entered the ministry and in 1885 he joined the Central Illinois Ministerial Association. Since that time, he has filled pastorates in many of the Free Methodist churches in this part of the state.
He served the Coffeen Free Methodist Church at two different times and both terms were extended, as he was liked so well by his congregation. Rev. Sills filled his last pastorate at Coffeen and after he became ill he retired and moved south of Coffeen, where he lived until his death.
Married at Green Valley - Rev. Sills was married to Miss Julia Murray in Green Valley and to this union four children were born, two surviving together with their mother. They are: John Sills of Vandalia and Eunice, the wife of Scott Toberman of near Coffeen. Two daughters, Mary and Mabel Sills preceded their father in death. He is also survived by five grandchildren and by some brothers and sisters whose names we were unable to learn.
Funeral Saturday - Funeral services will be held at the Coffeen Free Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with several ministers of this conference officiating. Burial will be made in the Coffeen Cemetery.
[Montgomery News, 4 Aug 1931 Page 1 Col 7 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Hattie Sims, aged 54 yrs, 6 mos, and 17 days, widow of the late James Sims died yesterday morning at the Good Samarathan Hospital in West Palm Beach FL following and operation for goiter. The body will arrive via IC Saturday morning at 10:36 and will be taken to the Carroll and Sons Undertaking Parlors. The funeral services will be conducted at Crabtree Cemetery by Rev j D Finan, pastor of the First Baptist church of Hillsboro.
The deceased was born near Raymond. She married to James be Sims, Oct 6, 1891. Seven years ago they went to Florida. The husband died in Sept 1916. She is survived by three children, James Russell, Riley Van, and Bernice Naomi and three brothers, Charles and Walter Duff of Hillsboro and John of West Palm Beach, Mrs Ellen Scott, stepmother, and Wm Watkins, stepbrother, both of Honey Bend, and Mrs Albert Wallis, half-sister of Barnett. The deceased is a cousin of Fred Duff of this city.
[Litchfield Daily Union, August 18, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sills Held at Coffeen
Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Sills, 94, of Coffeen community were held Saturday afternoon in the Free Methodist Church in Coffeen with the pastor, Rev. Darold Hill officiating. Interment was in Olive Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Sills died Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock in Hillsboro Hospital where she had been a patient since suffering a heart attach on Saturday, November 11 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Scott Toberman southwest of Donnellson. Mrs. Sills resided in her home three and a half miles southwest of Coffeen during the week when her son John of Vandalia stayed with his mother. Over the weekend she stayed with her daughter Mrs. Toberman.
She was born in Delavin, Illinois on June 9, 1867, the daughter of the late Peter and Mary Ellen Kenmann Murray and at her death was aged 94 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Her marriage to Rev. John C. Sills was on September 16, 1885 in Tazwell County and she resided in the Coffeen community almost all her lift. Rev. Sills was pastor of the Coffeen Free Methodist Church on two different occasions and was well known as a fine speaker, noted for his orations at graduation exercises in the community. He preceded her in death in 1932.
Surviving are the son, John C. Sills of Vandalia, daughter Eunice May, wife of Scott Toberman residing between Coffeen and Donnellson and six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Two daughters Mary and Mabel died when they were small.
Mrs. Sills was the last of a large family, several sisters and brothers having preceded her in death. She was greatly loved by all who knew her, was and outstanding Christian character, and had a host of friends.
[Hillsboro Journal, 20 Nov 1961 Pg 1 Col 7 & Pg 8 Cols 1 & 2 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Simpson, Montgomery Co Pioneer Dies
[d. 13 JA 1932]
Alice J Simpson age 73, widow of A D Simpson died 6 miles southeast of Litchfield. Daughter of pioneer settlers, John and Jane Corlew. She married A D Simpson in 1880. Only surviving child is Mrs W R Bost. One sister, Roxie Lindly, also survives. Member of Walshville Christian Church. Buried at Harts Cemetery.
[News Herald, Saturday, 13 Jan 1932, page 1]


Mrs. Flora Belle Smith, 80, of Litchfield, died at 9:30 o'clock Saturday night in the hospital there. The body is at the Bass funeral home where services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Howard Janssen will be officiate and interment will be in Oak grove cemetery.
She was a daughter of Albert and Emily (Haltermann) Hinkle and was born Dec. 13, 1889 in Anna, Ill. She spent most of her life in Hillsboro and had lived in Litchfield for the past 17 years.
She married Louis Earl Smith on Nov. 12, 1907 and he preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1950. Surviving are two daughters, Betty Jane, wife of John S. Trhlik of Saybrook, Ill. and Alberta, wife of Wilson Schubert of Garden Grove, Calif.; two sons, Lewis Earl Smith of Eldena, Ill. and George Earnest Smith of Litchfield with 20 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.
Also surving are two half-sisters, Mrs. Della Lucas of West Frankfort and Mrs. Bertha Mayberry of Jonesboro. She was preceded in death by four sons, Ralph, Victor, Frank and Virgil Guy in infancy. A half-sister Georgia also preceded her in death.
Date of death was Jan. 24, 1970
Submitted by Judy Smith Hook


Lewis Earl Smith; 63, of Witt, & lifelong resident of Montgomery County, died at Hillsboro Hospital at 5:15 o'clock Wednesday morning after an illness of several months.
Mr. Smith was born at Hillsboro December 25, 1886, the son of Francis and Betty Jane (Phillips) Smith. He was reared in the Hillsboro community, and on November 12, 1907 he married Miss Flora Hinkle, in a ceremony performed at Hillsboro. They resided in Hillsboro where for more than 30 years Mr. Smith was employed at the coal mine. The family later moved to Witt where they made their home at the time of Mr. Smith's death. In addition to his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by the following children; Victor, of Rock Falls, in this state; Frank and George Smith, both of Witt; Alberta, the wife of Wilson Schubert, of Susanville, Calif., Betty, the wife of John Tryhlik, of Witt and Lewis of Washington. There are 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two children, Virgil, and Ralph H. Smith, the latter losing his life in Germany during WW11. He was also preceded by two brothers, Victor and Ernest Smith, both of Hillsboro. The remains were removed to the Boss Funeral Home in Hillsboro.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m.. Sunday afternoon at the Boss funeral home with the Rev. G.E. Baldridge of Witt, Il. officiating. Burial will be made in Oak Grove Cemetery.
[Published by the Montgomery county news Hillsboro, Sept. 14, 1950. pg. 1. - Donated by Judy Smith Hook ]

Sam Spicer, Bachelor, Found Dead
Samuel Spicer, aged about 70, a farm laborer and a bachelor was found dead this morning at the home of Mr and Mrs Jas Fletcher at 602 Madison street. Mr Spicer came over from Butler Saturday and went to the ranged to stay until this morn Fletcher rooming house and ar ing (?lines out of order) He was apparently in good health and talked with ing (? lines out of order, again). He asked to be called at Mr and Mrs Fletcher last evening 6 o'clock this morning and made no response and Mr Fletcher thinking he was still asleep went on to work. Mrs Fletcher could not rouse him later so she called Victor Fletcher who pried open the door and found him dead. His body was still warm when found. The body was taken to Dood's Undertaking parlors where Coroner Boyd held an inquest. As far as could be learned Spicer worked on farms near Butler, Hillsboro, and Gillespie. He is believed to have relatives in Pike county.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, May 28, 1928 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Arthur Stauder, aged 34 of Witt died at St Francis Hospital last evening. She is survived by her husband. The body was taken to Dodds Undertaking Parlor and later to Witt
[Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield IL, Wed, Aug 10, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

John Stenzel aged 72-3-5, a retired farmer, died Sunday evening at his residence. The funeral service will be held at St Aloysius church on Tuesday morning. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. The deceased was born in Germany, May 9, 1855. He came to this county many years ago and was employed for a number of years as a miner. He also farmed near Butler. He is survived by his widow who was before her marriage, Mary Luddeman of Butler and one son, Francis J, who is at present in Rome studying for the priesthood and one brother, August of St Louis.
[Litchfield Daily Union, August 15, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Steward Boy Dies This Morning
Orval Steward, age 9 years, 4 months, and 16 days, son of Mr and Mrs Dave Steward died at St Francis hospital about 3:30 this morning of appendicitis for which he underwent an operation Wednesday night. The appendix was ruptured which caused his death. The body was taken to Carroll & Sons awaiting funeral arrangements. The parents and several brothers and sisters survive.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, May 11, 1928 Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Card of Thanks from Mrs Jennie Stockton & Sons for everyone who helped during the illness and death of our dear husband and father.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, Jun 30 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Frank Stouts Brother Is Dead
William A Stout, aged 64 years, a brother of Frank Stout of this city died at the King's Daughters Hospital at Greenville, MS on July 6. Death followed an illness of between 5 and 6 weeks and was due to mastoid tumor. He underwent three operations before his death. Decedent was born April 30 1863 near Edwardsville, son of Charles and Kathryn Nix-Stout. His parents moved to Litchfield soon after his birth and he spent the greater part of his life in this city, moving to Cleveland MS about 15 years ago. He is survived by his widow and several cousins besides his Litchfield relatives. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon and burial was made in the Cleveland cemetery. The deceased was a cousin of John Bederman and Mrs Parker of this city.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Sat., July 9, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Street, Alice Richardson -
[paper and date unknown - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Died at her home in Normal, on Wednesday, January 27 [1909?] at 6 o'clock am, Mrs J N Street, aged 50 years, 5 months, and 2 days. Alice Richardson, daughter of Larry and Naomi Rogers Richardson was born on Aug 25, 1858, at the old homestead two and a half miles southwest of Waggoner. She was the youngest child in a family of ten children and the idol of the household. Here she grew to womanhood and taught school for several years at this place and in Macoupin County. She was married to Jasper N Street on August 29, 1886, and to them were born two boys, twins, McKinley and Reed, who at the age of 17 years are left without a mover's love and care. Mrs Street and family always mad their home with her aged mother and bachelor brothers during vacations as her husband, Prof Street, was principal of schools for years at Raymond, Auburn, Vandalia, Kinmundy, and also Poplar Bluff, Mo. They resided in Litchfield one year and he was a candidate for county superintendent of schools on the Democratic ticket The last two years they have resided in Normal…She had been suffering from cancer of the breast for over a year and was operated upon last spring, but the trouble returned on both breasts and she was too weak for another operation…The body was brought to Waggoner Thursday, to the home of her brother Thomas Richardson, and on Friday at 12 o'clock the funeral was held at the Christian church…after which the funeral cortege drove through the blinding blizzard to Sulphur Springs cemetery where interment was made…Her death was the fourth in the family, as two brothers and one sister preceded her in death many years ago, and her father, too, was called home about fifteen years ago. Besides her husband and two sons, she leaves her aged mother 92 years old, two sisters, Eliza wife of Thomas Williamson, and Mary Belle wife of John Bowman of Bunker Hill, four brothers, Thomas, Felix, George and William Richardson…


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