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"T" Obituaries of Montgomery County, IL

"A sad accident befell a miner at the coal shaft on Thursday. A car of coal had been raised to the mouth of the pit and while running it off the cage a lump of coal fell from it down the shaft. Four miners had just stepped on the cage at the bottom to come up, and on hearing the alarm from above three of them stepped out of danger. The fourth one, Mr. Taylor, was too late to reach a place of safety, and the mass of coal struck him on the head, breaking his skull. He lingered unconscious until the following afternoon, when he died.
Mr. Taylor was from Alton and was esteemed by the coal company one of their best men. He leaves a wife and several children."
[Litchfield Union Monitor - Wednesday, 5 May 1875, Page 5 Col 1 - Home Items - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs. Leeta Taylor Dies, Services Tomorrow
Mrs. Leeta Taylor, 50, wife of William Taylor residing east of Litchfield died at 5:25 pm yesterday [d. 25 DE 1940] in St. Francis Hospital following a two week illness. Mrs. Taylor a native of Litchfield was born April 3, 1890 a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard Parnell. She first married James Cloud of Gillespie and a daughter Myron Reener survives. She later married William Law of Litchfield. They had six sons Alfred of Litchfield; Rolly and George at home; Roscoe, Ivan, and Eugene of Saginaw Mich. surviving. She also leaves her mother Mrs. Parnell of Litchfield, a sister Leota of Detroit, and five brothers Martin, Patrick, Gilbert, Rexford of Litchfield and David of Memphis. Services will be at 2:00 in the Gerlt Funeral Home with Rev. John E. Foster pastor of the Union Avenue Christian Church officiating. Burial in Crabtree Cemetery.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 26 Dec. 1940 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

One of Litchfields Pioneer Ladies Died Last Night

She Had Been In Poor Health for Some Time
Mrs Mary Jane Taylor who resided on Monroe street departed this life, Monday at 9:50 pm aged eighty-four years, five months and eleven days. She had been in poor health for the past year and had been bedfast two weeks with a complication of diseases attending her advanced age.
Mrs Taylor was born in Jersey county, Illinois and was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Kirkwood. At the age of seven she with her parents came to Montgomery county, Ill, where she grew to womanhood on a farm near Walshville. On January 2, 1861, she was united in marriage to Geo D Taylor who preceded her in death three years ago. To this union eight children were born, four boys and four girls. Of this number four ar living and four died in infancy. Those living are Mrs Albert Tiffin, Walshville, IL, Mrs Margaret Barcroft, Litchfield, Ill, John Taylor, Litchfield, Ill, and W D Taylor, St Louis, MO. She leaves to mourn her loss nine grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and one nephew, Mr C H Woodland, Chicago, and one niece, Mrs Della Owens, Los Angeles, Cal.
Mrs Taylor had been an active member of the Christian church for fifty-four years. She united with the Christian chruch in this city when the meetings were held in the K of P hall when C D Purlee was the pastor. She had been an active member of the Woman's Missionary Society for 32 years was a member of the Ladies Aid was one of its best quilters, and was a member of the Loyal Berean class. Mrs Taylor passed her three score years and ten years in doing good deeds and saying kind, helpful words to those around her and altho she has left us, her ambitions and desires for God's kingdom will live on in the lives of her children.
Grandma lived life. She loved nature in all its beauty, her home, her children and her church, as a result she was loved by all who knew her and we fell assured her benediction will be, "Well done thou good and faithful servant enter thou into the joys of thy life." Funeral services will be conducted 2:30 pm Wednesday at the Christian church, Rev Askew officiating, burial at Elmwood cemetery.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday, May 31, 1927 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Card of Thanks - from Mrs Margaret Barcroft, Mrs Hattie Taylor, Jno H Taylor, W D Taylor - during death of our mother, Mrs George Taylor

Funeral Mass for Mrs Betty Jean Thomas of 304 W Route 66, Mt Olive, formerly of Litchfield, will be offered Friday at 10 am in Holy Trinity Church by Father James Sheahan, with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery.... Mrs Thomas, 57 last Dec 25, died Thursday at 7:53 pm in Wood River Twp Hospital.
Born in Litchfield, a daughter of Ira E and Jane Reener Wilson, she attended school here and graduated from Litchfield High School. She married Donald J Thomas, May 14, 1955 in Holy Trinity Church, Mt Olive. She was employed as a lab technician at Olin Corp, East Alton, and was a member of the Western Club there and Holy Trinity Church, Mt Olive. Besides her husband, Donald, she is survived by two sons and two daughters, Donald of Troy, David, Cindy Dobrinich, and Jo Marie Yancik all of Mt olive with four grand children. She also leaves one brother, Ira Wilson Jr of Oregon and two sisters, Mary Espero of Mt Olive, and Shirley Jarman of Litchfield. Preceding her in death were three sisters, Evelyn Brightwell, Beulah Branford, and Dorothy Pintar.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, May 21, 1992 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs Thompson Died Today At Sorento
Esther L Thompson aged 79 died at 9:35 this morning at the home of her son Ruben L King near Sorento. [Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, July 8, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Thompson Funeral Sunday - Funeral services for the late Mrs Esther L Thompson, mother of A R Thompson whose death occurred at Sorento Friday morning will be held at the Baptist church in this city at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Rev R J Anderson will officiate and interment will take place in Asbury cemetery near Raymond. [Litchfield Daily Union, Sat., July 9, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Card of Thanks

We desire to thank the kind friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted us at the time of the death of our mother, Mrs E. L. Thompson -- John W King, Reuben L King, J Otto King, A Ray Thompson
[Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Tuesday, July 12, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Former Old Settler of Nokomis Dead
J.M. Tooley, aged 81 years, who for 50 years was a prominent painter and decorator, residing in Nokomis died Wednesday, May 25th, at the home of his daughter in Mattoon.
The deceased leaves his aged widow, two daughters, and a son residing in Mattoon, and a son Clyde Tooley, living at Nokomis.
The remains will be brought to Nokomis for burial on Friday afternoon.
[Montgomery Co News, Friday, 27 May 1921, Page 1 Col 5 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Nokomis - Mr. Tooley, an old resident of Nokomis died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. May Lloyd at Mattoon last Wednesday [
Litchfield News Herald, Wednesday, 1 June 1921, Page 5 Col 3 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Gone To Rest - Mrs. Nema Truitt
Mrs. Nema E Truitt, wife of Lawrence Truitt, pioneer Hillsboro auto dealer, died this morning at 9:35 o'clock in Hillsboro hospital where she had been a patient since Feb 15. She was 57 last July 14.
Daughter of the late John E and Elizabeth Musgrave Walcher, she was born in Irving Twp. And graduated from old Irving high school.
Besides the husband she leaves a daughter, Norma wife of Robert Pulliam, Springfield; a grand daughter, Elizabeth Ann, also of Springfield; and a brother, Shirley Walcher, El Paso, Tex. A brother, Michael Walcher preceded her in death.
Services will be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Bass funeral home at Hillsboro with the Rev. Hugh Paton of Quincy officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
[Litchfield News herald, 24 Feb 1962 Pg 6 Col 8 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]


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