Peoria County, Illinois  Genealogy Trails



Obituary of Harold V. Christner
Peoria Journal Star, November 25, 1992, Page: C5
Harold Christner
BARTONVILLE - Harold V. Christner, 78, formerly of Bartonville, died at 11:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 1992, at St. Mary's Hospital in Quincy.
Born Oct. 7, 1914, in Brown County to Frank and Margaret Ferguson Christner, he married Linnie Mae Shaver on Oct. 4, 1947, in Peoria. 
She  died Sept. 15, 1992, in Peoria.
Surviving are three brothers, Gerald of Mount Sterling, Charles of  DeKalb and Lozelle "Bud" of Carlock; five sisters, Ann Moklar and Mary 
White, both of Mount Sterling, Dorothy Zander of Camp Point, Marjorie Bowman of Bartonville and Norma Rahn of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a mechanic at Peoria Hydramatic Co. for more than 20 years before retiring.
A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8662 and the Eagles Lodge, both in Peoria.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before the services. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Submitted by: Sara Hemp- 2007

Obituary of Katherine ''Lucy'' Lucille Scott Cox
Peoria Journal Star, October 6, 2001, Page: B04
Katherine Cox
 PEORIA - Katherine Lucille ''Lucy'' Cox, 90, of Carthage, Mo., formerly of Peoria, died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Mo.
 Born Oct. 24, 1910, in Littleton to Fred John and Eva Pearl Horney Scott, she married Cornelius M. Cox on Jan. 31, 1942, in Peoria. He died Dec. 23, 1997, in Peoria.
 She also was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.   Surviving are seven nieces, and two nephews.
 She was an accountant for Herschel Manufacturing Co. for 28 years, retiring in 1963.    She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the church choir.
   Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at North Limestone Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Peoria County. 
The Rev. Dr. John Stanley will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Wilton Mortuary.   Memorials may be made to her church.
Submitted by: Sara Hemp- 2007

Obituary of Rose M. Croxton Peacock Crooks
Peoria Journal Star, January 28, 1998, Page: D6
Rose Crooks
PEKIN - Rose M. Crooks, 68, of 1001 Catherine, formerly of Peoria, died at 8:02 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Aug. 5, 1929, in Schuyler County to William and Annabelle Campbell Croxton, she married William Peacock. 
She later married Fred Crooks on Sept. 23, 1967, in Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Jones of Peoria and Bonnie Crooks of Pekin, with whom she made her home; seven sons, James of  Dunlap,
William "Lee" Peacock and Glen Peacock, both of Glasford, Rick Peacock of Bartonville, Troy Peacock of Newburg, Mo., Tom Peacock of 
Mountain Home, Ark., and Dale Peacock of Moreno Valley, Calif.; 47 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Roberta Marquis of 
Rushville and Juanita Peacock of Creve Coeur; and one brother, James Croxton of Peoria. She was preceded in death by one son, Teal Sprinkle, and three great-grandchildren.
She worked for Hav-A-Tampa in Fort Myers, Fla., for 15 years, retiring in 1988. Prior to that she worked as a nurse's aide at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rushville City Cemetery in Rushville. The Rev. John Salzman will officiate. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria.    Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Obituary of James "Jim" Henry Croxton
Peoria Journal Star, December 16, 2005, Page: B4
James Croxton
PEORIA - James H. "Jim" Croxton, age 72, of Peoria passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at 9:18 a.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Dec. 3, 1933, in Schuyler County, Ill., to William Cotton and Annabell (Campbell) Croxton, he married Janet Gossage on June 23, 1956, in Rushville. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lori (and Mike) Carroll of Peoria and Kymm (and John) Carroll of Peoria; and two sons, Gregg (and Melody) 
Croxton of Phoenix, Ariz., and Christopher (and Lori) Croxton of Peoria. Also surviving are a sister, Roberta (and Robert) Marquis of Rushville, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Valerie Freeman; and two sisters.
Jim worked as a machinist at Caterpillar Inc. for 33 years, retiring in 1985. For the next 10 years, he worked at Catholic Social Services.
He was a well-known country musician in the Peoria area since 1966. He was also an avid bowler and golfer.
Services will be Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at 12 noon at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Rev. Bill Williams will officiate. 
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Obituary of Nola C. Connor Cadwalader - Peoria Journal Star, July 13, 1994, Page: D6 [S. H.- 2007]
Nola Cadwalader
PEORIA - Nola C. Cadwalader, 94, of 2203 N. Linn St. died at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 1994, at Galena Park Home in Peoria Heights.
Born March 18, 1900, in McDonough County to James and Effie Toland Connor, she married Garrett Cadwalader on March 18, 1922. 
He died Dec. 8, 1969, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by one son and three  brothers.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.    She worked in the laundry at the Pere Marquette Hotel, retiring in 1965. 
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Swan Lake Memory 
Gardens in Peoria. The Rev. Dave Hamilton will officiate. There will be no visitation. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, August 2, 1998, Peoria Jounal Star, p. B4

Shirley Ann CALHOUN 
PEORIA- Shirley Ann CALHOUN, 58, died at Lindenwood Healthcare Center, where she was a resident. Born April 23, 1940, in Pontic to Benjamin and Florence BELL LANGDOC, she married Marvian CALHOUN in 1957 in Peoria. Two infant sons and one brother preceeded her in death.
She was a life member of the Salvation Army, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the League of Mercy Group and the Home League.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army Citadel, where visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Capt. Larry Manzella will officiate. 
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Cumerford- Endsley- Diggle Fuernal Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Information on survivors, have been omitted.

Peoria Morning Star, Feb. 21, 1944

Earl Callahan
Earl W. Callahan, life-long resident of Peoria died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Irene BAKER of Cloverdale at 4:40 p.m. Sunday at the age of 62. Son of Thomas and Hortense SCHNEBLIN CALLAHAN, he was born in Peoria, Sept. 11, 1881. He had been a bartender at Miles tavern for the last five years, but had not had worked since last November. 
For the last three months he lived at Cloverdale, Peoria, Route 5.He leaves two sister, Mrs. Mary HOFFMASTER of Loami; Mrs. Irene BAKER of Cloverdale and a brother Raymon
of of Washington State.Funeral services will be held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel.

Peoria Heights Gazette, January 16, 2004 ,pg.14

Ruth CARR-
Peoria Heights- Ruth Catherine CARR, 85, of Rose garden Care Center in Peoria Heights, formerly of E. Lake St., died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Proctor Hospital.
She was born Aug. 8, 1918 in Marion, Ind., the daughter of Earl and Anna WAGGONER CARR.
One brother, Louis Carr, of Peoria, survives. She was employed as a secretary by the Peoria County Board until she retired in 1986.
Cremation was accorded. There were no services or visitation. Burial of ashes will be in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Marion, Ind., at a later date.

Sunday, August 2, 1998, Peoria Journal Star, p. B4

PEORIA- Ruth E. CAULKINS, 91, formerly of Peoria, Prescott, Ariz., and Chetek, Wis., died Tuesday July 28, 1998, at Capri Nursing Home in Phoenix, 
where she was a resident.
Born Nov. 17, 1906, in Peoria to John W. and Sarah H. DAVISON REYNOLDS, she married the Rev. William F.CAULKINS. 
He preceded her in death, as did one son, L. Thad, in 1984.
Surviving are two daughters, on of Prescott and one of Lake Clark, Alaska; 12 grandchildren; and several great- grandchildren. 
She worked with her husband in his ministry in Methodist faith. 
She also taught piano and organ lessons. 
Graveside services were Friday at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott. Arizon-Ruffer - Wakelin Funeral Home in Prescott was in charge of Arrangements.

March 6, 1919, Thursday, Peoria Journal Star

Clifford H. CLEVELAND, 66, a painter formerly of Peoria died this morning at St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, following an attack of blood poison. 
He is survived by his wife widow and two children and two sisters, Rina Cleveland and Mrs. Clara Sutherland, of Frye Avenue.
Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon and burial will be at the Derman Cemetery near Groveland.

Myra Dell Conn
October 07, 1996, Peoria Journal Star
Myra Dell Conn, 88, of 1211 Conn Road died Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 5, 1908, in Peoria to Frank H. and Laura Ingersoll Cramer, she married Walter Eli Conn Sr. on Sept. 6, 1930, in Peoria. He died Feb. 24, 1988, in Peoria. One brother also preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Carol Ann Conn and Mrs. Robert (Mary Beth) Wageman, both of Hanna City; one son, Walter Jr. of Toulon; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. A graduate of the Peoria-Normal School of Teaching, she taught kindergarten and elementary school before her marriage. She was a member of Mount Olive Missionary Church in Peoria, where she taught Sunday school and worked in the church nursery. She was a former member of Peoria County Home Extension. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home in Peoria. The Rev. Ray Harrison will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight and 30 minutes before services, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Trivoli. 
Donated by: Londie Benson © Sept. 2000.

Peoria Journal Transcript, Thursday, July 15, 1943, Page 12 - Transcribed by: Candi Horton

R.R. COULTER - Funeral services for Robert R. Coulter, 47, years old, of 1342 Garden St., Peoria grocer, who died yesterday morning at his home will be held Saturday at the Frank M. Endsley funeral home and Sunday afternoon at the Hersman Presbyterian church near Mt. Sterling, IL. Interment will be in the Hersman cemetery. 
Friends may call at the Funeral Home tomorrow evening and Saturday.

R. Wayne Cox
January 09, 1993, Peoria Journal Star
R. Wayne Cox, 64, of Springfield, formerly of Peoria, died at 9:38 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1993, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Born Dec. 12, 1928, in Wenona to Charles R.and Esta Carter Cox, he married Mary E. Cramer on April 4, 1970. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Stephen L. of San Angelo, Texas; and several cousins. One son, Wayne, and one infant sister preceded him in death. He was an Army Air Corps veteran. He studied music and voice at Bradley U. and later attended Missouri Business College, where he became active with Midwest Broadcast Systems in Chillicothe, Mo. He worked at WBLN in Bloomington and was general manager of WINI in Murphysboro and KCFI in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was news director at WICS in Springfield. In 1972, he began working in real estate in Springfield. For the past 10 years, he was a distributor for Watkins Products in Springfield. He was a member of American Legion Post 32 in Springfield. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. Services will be at noon Monday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev. Harry A. Pierjok will officiate. Visitation will be two hours before services at the mortuary. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Kickapoo. Memorials may be made to Memorial Medical Center Foundation for Cancer Research. Donated by: Londie Benson © Sept. 2000.

Submitted by ; Nancy French Crosno
J. WILLARD COXON, 81, of 220 Sand, Peoria, died 14 Sept 1975 at Belwood Nursing Home. Born in Peoria County 15 Jan 1894, 
he was a son of James T. and Eliza E. Miller Coxon. He married Argy Newell in Peoria on 16 July 1923 she died here 11 July 1974.
Mr. Coxon was a member of the first graduating class at Manual High School, Peoria. 
Surviving are two brother, Glen and Raymond, and one sister, Mrs. Hazel Bornholdt, all of Peoria.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno- 14 July 2003 

Betty L. (Bitner) CRUISE, 73, of 18121 W. Farmington Rd, Trivoli, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Farmington Country Manor. Born February 6, 1930 in Peoria, 
the d/o Emmitt & Louise Wolstenholme Bitner, she married Gordon Cruise. Survivors include 1 son Douglas (Mary) Cruise of Columbia, Mo., 
1 daugher Mrs. Dale (Connie) Schultz of Trivoli; and 2 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by 4 brothers & 3 sisters. Burial at Smithville Cemetery rural Hanna City.

Obituary of Roger Curless I - Peoria Journal Star, March 19, 2004, Page: B4
Roger Curless Sr.
   Peoria - Roger Curless Sr., 66, of Springfield, formerly of Peoria, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Sangamon Care Center in Springfield.
   Born May 3, 1937, in Peoria to Dewey and Josephine Schafer Curless, he married Phyllis Schwinn Rose. She died March 28, 2003.
   He also was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
   Surviving are one son, Roger Jr. (and Christine) of Springfield; two stepsons, Robert Rose and Gary (and Rhonda) Rose, both of Peoria; one 
daughter, Cynthia (and Ken) Hiles of Peoria; two sisters, Dorothy Clanin of Peoria and Charlotte Burke of Plano, Texas; 
one brother, Charles of Glen Mills, Pa.; and five grandchildren.
   He had been a truck driver for the Journal Star.
   There will be no services. Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements. [Submitted by: Sara Hemp- 2007]

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - September 25, 1985 [ch]
Paul M. Callaway of Peoria died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday at his residence. 

Mr. Callaway was born in Christian County, the son of James Clarence and Mary Ellen McWard Callaway. He married Margaret Lindgren of Rhinelander, Wis., in 1932.He was preceded in death by a son, William L. Callaway.  He was a graduate of Taylorville High School and the University of Illinois, and he attended Harvard Law School. 
Mr. Callaway owned and operated Callaway Business Machines in Peoria. 
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; two sons, Dr. James P. Callaway of Peoria and Frederick A. Callaway of Indianapolis, Ind.; one daughter, June E. Branson of Clearwater, Fla.; 
one sister, June E. Callaway of Pawnee; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 
Family services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Salmon and Wright Funeral Home, Peoria, with the Rev. Kenneth Yocum officiating. Burial will be in the Springdale Cemetery at Peoria.

Carol Cramer
August 11, 1992,  Peoria Journal Star
Carol L. Cramer, 65, of 607 W. North St. died at 3:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 1992, at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Born Feb. 10, 1927, in Monmouth to Malcolm and Anna Hazel Baer Johnson, she married Edward T. Cramer on Dec. 26, 1948, in Berwick. He died July 21, 1963. One son, Scott, and one sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Kim of Kirksville, Mo.; one daughter, Christine Cramer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Mary Bond of Abingdon; and two grandchildren. A graduate of Western Illinois University Teachers College, she taught school in Abingdon for 32 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Berwick Baptist Church and Illinois Educators Association. She bowled in the Abbe-Ettes Monday Night League. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Larson Funeral Home in Abingdon. The Rev. George Terry will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Berwick Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Abingdon Ambulance Service or Abingdon Public Schools Foundation. 
Donated By: Londie Benson

Charles Cramer
October 14, 1997, Peoria Journal Star
Charles N. "Chuck" Cramer, 72, of 202 S. West St. died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at his home. Born March 13, 1925, in DeLong to Harry and Edna Burnett Cramer, he married Alice Dalene Gates on May 26, 1945, in Knoxville. She died March 15, 1988. One sister also preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. George (Cheryl) Cummings, and two sons, Larry and Robert, all of Knoxville; three sisters, Lucille Dunn of Abingdon, Mrs. Don (Shirley) Blust of Knoxville and Mrs. Raymond (Gwen) King of Shelbyville; three brothers, Wendell of Knoxville, Marvin of St. Augustine and Harry Jr. of DeLong;15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was a farmer and a member of Knox County Farm Bureau. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home. The Rev. George Terry will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to East Galesburg Community Church or Orange Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Gilson.

Enoch Cramer
December 05, 1995, Peoria Journal Star
 Enoch M. Cramer, 54, of 131 W. Bluff St. died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 1995, at his residence. He was born March 2, 1941, in Morrison, Mo., to Floyd and Elsie Stock Cramer. Surviving are two brothers, Harvey of Lynn, Mo., and Paul of Morrison; four sisters, Verda Singleton of Washington, Irma Eickermann of Jefferson City, Mo., Betty Eickermann of Gasconade, Mo., and Joyce Ruck of Cedar Hill, Mo. He was a laborer at Caterpillar Inc. for 25 years. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday at Ferguson Cemetery in Chamois, Mo. There will be no visitation. Schmidt-Haller Funeral Parlors is in charge of arrangements. 
Donated By: Londie Benson

John Cramer
April 06, 1992, Peoria Journal Star, P.: C7
John I. "Jack" Cramer, 79, of 124 Homewood was pronounced dead at 6:13 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 1992, in the emergency room at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born Nov. 22, 1912, in rural Greenview to Emil Franz and Bertha Sofia Diers Cramer. He is survived by two brothers, Frank J. of Peoria and Emil F. of Lacon; one sister, Mrs. Lee (Clara Margaret) Biggs of Greenview; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother. He worked for 35 years at Caterpillar Inc. of East Peoria, retiring as Building inspector in 1976. He was a member of UAW Local 974 and the Caterpillar Retirees Club. He attended the First Assembly of God Church, 4120 Brandywine Drive, Peoria. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church, 4120 Brandywine Drive, Peoria, the Rev. Steven Chitty officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, 4120 Brandywine Drive, Peoria. Donated By: Londie Benson

John Cramer
August 07, 1997
 Peoria Journal Star
John Edward Cramer, 79, of rural Greenview, the father of a Mapleton man, died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at his home. Born July 27, 1918, in Greenview to John G. and Margaret Albrecht Cramer, he married Helen Behrens on June 27, 1943. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Gary of Mapleton; one daughter, Diane Cramer Vail of Gulfport, Fla.; one brother, Robert of Normal; one sister, Eileen Dodd of Marquette, Mich.; and five grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. 
Donated By: Londie Benson

Margaret Cramer
January 09, 1993
Peoria Journal Star, P: C9
PEKIN -- Margaret May Cramer, 91, of Pekin Manor, formerly of 1006 Cambridge, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1993, at Pekin Hospital. Born Jan. 14, 1901, in Vandalia to Frank and Elizabeth Burris Jones, she married Marion Randal Cramer on Sept. 6, 1922, in Rock Island. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Richard Wayne of Pekin; one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Charlesa) Higgins of Decatur, Ala.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five half sisters, Mrs. Frank (Goldie) Janovetz of Peoria, Mrs. Al (Veda) Arnold of Aurora, Dorothy Forbes of Bradford, and Alva Livengood and Ruth Ann Helmig, both of Pekin; and one stepbrother, Jim Mills of Pana. She was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and several half brothers and half sisters. She and her husband owned and operated Cramer's Market in Pekin from 1938 to 1957. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. The Rev. Michael McLeod will officiate. 
There will be no visitation. Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church. 
Donated By: Londie Benson

Richard Cramer
March 14, 1996, Peoria Journal Star
Richard C. Cramer, 63, of 1907 N. Christ Church Road died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 1996, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born March 16, 1932, in Peoria to John W. and Helen M. Schafer Cramer, he married Barbara A. Bour on Oct. 19, 1957

Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL ) April 15, 1874 pg. 5 [C. Horton -2009]

Peoria, IL- April 14- 
The Chalmers mystery has at last been solved. The body of Miss Kate CHALMERS, who in aberration of the mind, escaped from her attendendants [sic] near a month ago, and has been vainly searched forever since, was found to-day buried in the sand at the brink of the lake, near Truesdale's Mill. The river was very high at the time she drowned herself and falling left the covered with sand, which the rain of last night partly washed away, leaving one shoulder exposed. The body was somewhat decomposed and the features almost beyond recognition. The lady and her family were highly respected in this city and the discovery is a great relief to friends in their uncertainty of her fate. The coroner's jury returned a verdict and the deceased drowned herself laboring under aberration of the mind. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the Second Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Virginia H. (Davis) Clarke -November 8, 1877 
At Peoria, Nov. 5, of consumption, Virginia H. Davis, aged 24 years, wife of Sumner R. Clarke, and daughter of Mr. Robert Davis of this city. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Thomas Culter
May 4, 1876 - Taken from the Henry Republican 
At Peoria, April 28 of paralysis, Thomas Culter, aged 77 years, father of Hard Culter of this city. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Peoria, ILL., Millard M. Cousins, 62, old-time pony express rider and later circus performer, is dead.
[The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) December 24, 1912 - Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]

Sandra Kay Cotton, 4 month old daughter of Wilbert and Wilma Cotton, 209 Millman st., died at St. Francis Hospital at 1:50 a.m. today.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Wilton Mortuary.
[Peoria Star, Aug. 21, 1943, transcribed by C. Horton - 2011]

Bro. James Bannister, whose passing came March 5, 1912, at Peoria, Illinois, enjoyed the unusual distinction of being the first Mason in the city of Peoria to be honored with the Thirty-third Degree. At the time of his decease he had reached the advanced age of eighty- four years, when a stroke of paralysis, being the  second affliction of the kind, terminated his earthly career.

He was born in Manchester, England, from whence he migrated to the United States when he was 23 years of age. His good wife, Mrs. Hamiah Bannister, to  whom he was married over sixty years ago, together with a son, Mr. Henry Bannister of Peoria, Illinois, and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Perkins and Miss Alice Bannister of Durando, Colorado, survive.

Brother Bannister was a Charter Member of the Peoria Board of Trade, and a life long merchant in. the grain trade of that city, with business activities covering a period of over half of a century of time.

He was widely known, most highly esteemed, and sincerely mourned. His mortal body found its last resting place in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, March 7, 1912.
Source: Proceedings of the Supreme Council, by Scottish Rite (Masonic Order),1912 pg. 313 - Candi H. 2009 

Died at Peoria, Nov. 27, Rebecca, 74, wife of Jonathan Brasfield, and mother of Mrs. Thomas Coan of this city.

We learn from Mr. Thomas Coan of the death of Mrs. Brasfield, the wife of Jonathan Brasfield, which took place at their residence at Peoria on Monday afternoon. She had been ill for six weeks, suffering from prostration and old age. The funeral will take place today (Thursday) and the body taken to a cemetery in Radnor township near Dunlap at the old family burying ground. Mrs. Brasfield was the mother of a large family, several of the children living in this county, Mrs. Thomas Coan in this city, Thomas Brasfield in Whitefield and J. S. Brasfield, the coroner in Sparland. She was an estimable woman, a dear good mother in Israel, and will be revered by a large circle of old timed friends.
Henry Republican, Henry, IL November 30, 1882 - Nancy Piper 2010 

BENTON, Mrs. Abbie A. (Peel), beloved wife of Dr. C. T. H. benton at their residence, 210 Tripp Ave., Oct. 17 (1922) at 5:15 p.m. aged 59years, 9 months and 8 days. 
Funeral services will be held at Gauss Chapel Friday at 2:30 p.m.. Friends invited. interment in Springdale Cemetery. 
submitted by Wendy transcribed by Candi 2010- paper not listed 

At Peoria, May 9, 1888, May 9, 1888, of old age, Mrs. Henrietta BEARD, age 75 years 9 months and 7 days 
Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Aug. 30, 1888 submitted by Bailey- 2008

Robert Immel
   Robert H. “Bob” Immel, 81, of Table Grove, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
   He was born July 15, 1918, in Peoria, the son of Lester Pete and Rita (Kerker) Immel.
   He married Maxine Leonard on Sept. 25, 1939, in Burlington, Iowa. She survives.
   Also surviving are three daughters, Toby Curley of Table Grove, Mrs. Robert (Shirley) Nelson of Table Grove, and Mrs. Leonard (Kathleen) Wass 
of Oswego; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren; one brother,
John (wife, Marian) Immel of Peoria; and one sister, Jean Jones of LaFayette, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Lester Immel, and one granddaughter.

   He was a member of Macomb VFW Post 1921 and Table Grove American Legion Post 413.
   He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 32 years in Oswego and Peoria, retiring in 1973.  He then farmed a 40 acre farm near Table Grove.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.

   Services were Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava with Rev. Damien Spikereit officiating.
   Burial was in Ipava Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Table Grove American Legion Post 413.
   Memorials may be made to Table Grove American Legion Post 413.

The Rushville Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page 4B, column 4
Submitted by: Sara Hemp

John Merkle

The following death notices / obit which occured in the Peoria papers when Johann "John" MERKLE died on 30 Mar 1887. The ones in this e-mail are in English. I also have some in German which I assume appeared in either Peoria or back in Germany (one has Peoria listed as the place of the event, so that one may have appeared in Germany). None of the clippings included the actual date they appeared in the paper, nor the name of the paper they appeared in. I will try to decipher the German type and type the ones in German in another e-mail.  Hope this helps someone!

Brenda Hébert, Aberdeen, WA

John MERKLE, the well-known stone-cutter, mention of whose illness was made yesterday, died last evening of erysipelas. The deceased was an old citizen and came to Peoria thirty years ago from the great duchy of Wurtemberg[sic], Germany, where he was born in 1831. He engaged in business immediately on his arrival here, and has worked at the same stand on Bridge street, between Washington and Adams, ever since. He was a man of estimable character, well-known and well-liked, and a popular member of St. Joseph's Benevolent society. He leaves a wife and four children.

MERKLE -- Wednesday, March 30, at 10 p.m., at the residence, No. 112 West Jefferson st., John Merkle, aged 55 years, 2 months and 29 days. Funeral from the above residence Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Friends of the family invited.

Death of John Merkle at His Residence
Last Evening.

Another of Peoria's esteemed citizens has crossed that bourne from which no traveler returns. Once more are we called upon to chronicle the untimely death of the husband and father; a family circle broken; a good citizen gone. John MERKLE died at his residence, 112 West Jefferson street, at ten o'clock last night, after a lingering illness. He had been ailing since New Year's, but was able to be up and around until about five weeks ago, when he was taken down with typhoid-pneumonia. Later erysipelas developed which hastened the end. He suffered greatly toward the last and was in an unconscious state when he died.

Deceased was born in Wuerttemburg, Germany, December 31, 1831, making his age 55 years, 2 months, and 29 days. In 1854 he came to America and located in Pennsylvania, where after a year's residence he removed to Peoria. He went into the marble business and in the year 1856 was married to Miss Caroline Welte, sister of Fred. Welte, the South Adams street grocer. The un! ion was blessed with six children, two of whom died in infancy, and four, three boys and one girl, all grown, with the wife, survive him.

He was one of the five charter members of the St. Joseph Benevolent society organized in 1856, and is the first of the five to pass into the great beyond. This organization is at present the strongest German society in the city. He was successful in his business which he conducted here for thirty years and had accumulated considerable property, added to which might be mentioned three life insurance policiesd. He was a man of strict integrity and much thought of by all who knew him. All his children live in Peoria and the entire family was with him when he died. The time of the funeral is not yet set and will be given in a later issue.

Lena A. Richardson

ORION – funeral services for Lena A. Richardson, 85, of Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley, formerly of Moline and Orion, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kirk-Huggins & Esterdahl Chapel, Orion, 
with the Rev. John Lekander of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orion, officiating.  Burial will be in Western Cemetery, Orion. Visitation will be noon to service time Tuesday.

Mrs. Richardson died Thursday at Oak Glen. 
The former Lena Zabel was born in Limean [sic: Lyman] Township, Ford County, Ill. She married George W. Richardson in 1918 in Peoria. 
She and her husband owned and operated a clothing store in Orion from 1936 to 1942. She later worked at Johnson Bakery, Moline. 
She was a member of Moline Senior Citizens. 
Survivors include a son, Rolland Richardson, of Pekin [just south of Peoria]; five grand-children, and 10 great-grandchildren.

[Moline’s The Daily Dispatch of Saturday Dec. 8, 1984:]
[Lena [Zabel] Richardson shows in the SSI as born on 12 June 1899 and died in December of 1984 in Coal Valley, Rock Island, Illinois. ]
submitted by: John Hutchins

George Washington Richardson of 1415 SE 42nd Place died Wednesday at Alachua General Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Phelps City, Mo., he came here from Moline, Ill., 28 years ago. He was a retired worker at the University of Florida sewage treatment plant. 
He was a member of the Musicians Guild and the Masonic Lodge No. 535 F&AM in Orion, Ill.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie “Betty” Cooey Richardson of Gainesville; a daughter, Patricia R. Hull of Gainesville; three sons, Rolland Richardson of Pekin, Ill., George W. Richardson Jr. of Tallahassee
and Frank Wiese of Gainesville; a sister, Bertha Bauer of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

George, a son of Jessie Florence Colton and James B.('Bert') Richardson, born 22 Feb 1897 in Phelps City, [Atchison Co.,] MO and died Wednesday, 24 October 1979. 
He died in Gainesville, Florida with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Perry, Florida from the First Methodist Church. 
His obituary and death notice were in the Thursday, 25 October 1979 issue of the Gainesville Sun, on page 17A.

submitted by: John Hutchins

Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL, 1998, Page B4

PEORIA- Dale SHAFFER, 73, of Tyler, Texas, since 1978, formerly of Peoria, died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Born Jan. 20, 1925, in Peoria to Joseph Robert and Ilene YEAKEL SHAFFER, he married Alice Jean WEST.
She preceded him death along with three brothers and one sister. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a Mason. 
There will be no service. Cremation has been accorded by Hawthorn Funeral Home in Cathage Texas.

Peoria-Journal 1950 - Clarence Taylor Obituary - Donated by: Peggy Taylor Carey 
Funeral services for Clarence E. Taylor, 50, of 211 Grant st., Beverly Manor, employed as a truck driver for Myers Contracting Corp.,Salem, Ind, who died unexpectedly Monday, Dec 4, 1950, in Greencastle, Ind., of an apparent heart attack, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wilton mortuary. Friends may call at the mortuary this afternoon and evening. 
 Son of John H. and Mary M. Hale Taylor, he was born July 7, 1900,and married Geneva Emma Essex in Peoria Jan 5, 1924 (Jun is correct).He was a member of Peoria area No.265, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Teamsters and Chauffers union. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret June Carey of Hampton, VA; a sister Mrs. Minnie Griggs, Peoria; one brother, William of East Peoria, and two grandsons. A daughter is dead.

Death of JOHN W. TANNER - Submitted by Marvel B. Delahaye

This is the child of C. Joseph  and Susan Gosney Tanner (Marriage Document ), it appears that Joseph came to IL ca 1851-2, he served in the 77th IL Reg. during the Civil War and apprently moved to Cherokee County KS ca 1871.  I have the newspapers articles for both Susan and Joseph's deaths, would you want them for your archieves?   John was born 13 May 1858 in Brimfield, Peoria IL   Just in case you could use the account of John's Accident/Death, it was as follows I have added info in parentheses for clarity:

Columbus Courier, July 6, 1876
During the display of fireworks on the evening of the Fourth, a sky rocket was accidentally discharged into the crowd, surrounding the stand, which struck a boy in the face, crushing in the left cheek bone and making a frightful wound, and one that if he should live and get well, will disfigure him for life. The boy is about sixteen years old and is the son of JOSEPH TANNER, living about six miles northeast of this city. Medical attendance was given by all our physicians immediately, but at the present writing, twenty-four hours later, he is still unconscious and fears are entertained that he will not recover. No blame is attached to any one for this accident, sad as may possibly be its termination, but what we would say, is, that, in general, the display of fire works are always attended with more or less danger. Several instances have come under our observation similar to this accident, where persons have been seriously injured by sky-rockets, and would it not be as well to spend our money for other things for amusements that are attended with no danger. We are informed that Mr. TANNER is the father of nine children, of which this boy is his only son and help on the farm. Every effort will be made by the authorities for the cure of the boy until he gets well.

Columbus Courier,  Thursday, July 13, 1876

It is with pain that we announce the death of JOHN TANNER, the young man that was wounded by the skyrocket on the evening of the Fourth, in this city. He remained apparently unconcious(sic) from the time he was wounded until he died, on Tuesday last (Jul. 11) about four o’clock. This sad occurance(sic) is deeply deplored by all and it is to be hoped that in the future, greater care will be given to guard against accidents of this kind.

Mr. (Joseph) TANNER, the father of the young man, is a man with a large family and very poor circumstances. All expenses attending the case, medical attendance and funeral, will be furnished by the city. Mr. Tanner and family, has the heart-felt sympathies of the people in this community, in this their hour of bereavement.  (Susan Gosney Tanner was John's mother)


Wife of the Prominant Boot and Shoe Merchant - LIVED HERE OVER FORTY YEARS 
Leaves a Family of Grown Children - Funeral to Be Held Saturday Afternoon 
Mrs. Frances T. Thielbar, wife of Henry Thielbar, of the Thielbar Shoe company, and one of the oldest residents of this city, died yesterday morning at 8:15 o'clock from the effects of an operation for a tumor. 

News of her death caused universal sadness among the large circle of friends and acquaintances who have known her and the family for years. Mrs. Thielbar was taken to the Cottage Hospital a week ago when the operation was performed, but in spite of skilled and careful attention her life passed out. A A family of grown up children and the husband remain to mourn her loss and have the sincerest sympathy of the large circle of friends.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon on 2 o'clock from the First M. E. Church, corner of sixth avenue and Franklin street, where the deceased has been a member for years. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for nearly forty years.

Biographical - Mrs. Thielbar's maiden name was Frances T. Bruaninga, and she was born in Germany. Mrs. Thielbar being, therefore 62 years old at the time of her death. In 1851 she came to America with her parents and settled in Peoria. In February 1855, she was united in marriage with Henry Thielbar, who came to the city a year pervious. Mr. Thielbar has seen forty years of business life in Peoria, and is an old settler and one of the first merchants of the city. The members of the family are: Minnie,Margaret J., Frederick J., of Chicago; Lydia A., Henry W., and Ida E., widow of Albert A. Thielbar. 
Mrs. Thielbar was a good woman and universally loved. She was a faithful wife and devoted mother, and her loss will be keenly felt.  Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

OLD RESIDENT GONE - Death Yesterday Morning of Henry Thielbar 
LONG AND USEFUL LIFE ENDED - Identified With the Business Interest of Peoria for More Than Forty Years- Survived His Wife buy Seven Weeks

A business career in Peoria extending through forty years closed yesterday morning with the life of Henry THIELBAR who died at the family residence 212 Seventh avenue at 9:10 o'clock.
The deceased was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, May 10, 1831 and at the age of ten years came to the United States wih his parents who settled on a farm in Dearborn County, Indiana. They subsequently moved to Cincinnati where Mr. Thielbar learned the shoemaker's trade and after engaging in business in Indiana for a few years came to Peoria in 1853 and has been identified with its commercial interests ever since. In 1855 he was married to Miss Frances BRUNINGA who died only seven weeks ago. They had eleven children, of whom five are still living---Minnie, Margaret, Lydia, Fred J., of Chicago, and Henry W. Thielbar of this city.
Mr. Thielbar had been an invalid for the past five years and for the past two years was unable to attend to business with his old activity. His complaint finally developed pneumonia and yesterday morning he passed away. In his death the First Methodist church loses one of its oldest members, he having been connected with it for over forty years. He was also a member of Fort Clark Lodge, I. O.O. F. and of Friendship Encampment, A. O. U. W. Of the Thielbar family who came to the United States with their parents in 1841 all are now dead with the exception of Mrs. William Schroeder of this city.   Henry Thielbar was a man who was generally esteemed in this city and by all classes of its citizens. His business career of forty years was characterized by an integrity, industry and honesty of purpose that merited confidence and received it. His entire life was clear and blameless and although his declining years were clouded with physical infirmities he bore himself with christian fortitude and when the end came it came in peace. The funeral will take place from the family residence 212 Seventh avenue on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be in charge of the Odd Fellows, whom through all his long illness extended him the fraternal sympathy and attention for which the order is justly famed. 
Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

The Peoria Journal, Monday, April 7, 1952 - Mrs. Thielbar dies at 75

Mrs. Caroline Thielbar, 75, of 419 Hudson Avenue, died at 9:45 AM Monday at St. Francis Hospital, where she had been a patient three days after being in failing health for sometime. Born in Washington, Nov. 25, 1876, and had resided in Peoria since 1920. She was a member of Glen Oak Christian Church, Central City Chapter, OES,and Queen Christina Court, Order of Amaranth. 
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Clara Barnhart of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs. Florence Geick, Mrs. Helen Short and Miss Grace Thielbar, all of Peoria and Mrs. Elsie Anderson of Detroit, Michigan; two sons, Robert Thielbar and Luther Thielbar, both of Peoria; 13 grandchildren;13 great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Emma Gertle of Morton, Mrs.Mary Staudenmaier of Washintgon and Mrs. Reake Thielbar of Muskegon Heights, Michigan and three brothers, Louis Rider of Washington, August Rider and George Rider of Eureka.
Funeral services will be announced by Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home.Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Thielbar, will be held at 1 pm Thursday in Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home, with the Rev. G. L.Messenger, Jr. of Glen Oak Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial home Wednesday evening.

Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

A. THIELBAR, 75, Taken by Death - Contractor Here for 23 Years - Peoria Paper, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1941

August Fred THIELBAR, 75 years old, 419 Hudson Avenue, a carpenter and contractor of the city for more than 23 years, died at 6:55 p.m. last night at St. Francis Hospital following an illness of several weeks.
He was born in Washington, Illinois, September 23, 1866. He is the son of John Frederick and Sophia Elizabeth WITTENBERG THIELBAR and was married to Miss Caroline RUETER in Washington, February 22, 1894. She survives.
Mr. Thielbar was a member of Glen Oak Christian Church of Peoria and the Masonic Lodge of Washington.
Surviving besides the widow are four daughters, Mrs. Clara Barnhart, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs. Elsie Anderson, Detroit, Mrs. Florence Geick and the Misses Grace and Helen Thielbar, all of Peoria and two sons, Robert W. and Luther H. Thielbar, both of Peoria.
The body was removed to the Gauss Mortuary. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery. The services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Gauss Mortuary chapel. Friends may call at the mortuary after 3 o'clock this afternoon.   Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar


Peoria Star Newspaper, Wednesday, Nov. 13,1907 [CH]
- Thomas H. TALLYN, died Tuesday at 10:40 a.m., at his home in Peoria Heights, IL., aged 28 years. Funeral from residence, Friday, November 15, at 10 a.m..

The Peoria Star, Monday, Oct. 29, 1928 - Transcribed by: Candi Horton / Peoria County, IL Genealogy Trails

Patrick F. TRACY- Patrick F. TRACY died at his late residence, 300 S. Underhill Street, Sunday., October 28, at 5:45 a.m. 
Funeral Services at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 3 O'clock. Friends invited.
Interment in Springdale cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel after 4 o'clock Monday.

Peoria Morning Star, Monday , Oct. 8, 1945 pg. 15 - Transcribed by: Candi Horton / Peoria County, IL Genealogy Trails

Joseph Mason THORN- Formerly of Peoria at Branson, Illinois, Sunday Oct. 7. Memorial Services at the Cumerford- Endsley Memorial Home.
Interment in Springdale.

Peoria Morning Star, Feb. 8, 1944- Transcribed by: Candi Horton / Peoria County, IL Genealogy Trails
Mrs. TURNIPSEED- Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Turnipseed, 64, of 718 Hamilton Blvd., wife of William O. Turnipseed,
died Wednesday morning in St. Francis hospital will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cumerford-Endsley memorial home. 
The Rev. William Atkinson Young of First Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be in the cemetery at Lexington.
Friends may call at the memorial home this evening.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno 

3 Apr 2004 - 
Kenneth L. TURNER s/o George Herbert & Edna Cora Stear Turner was born 5 Feb 1921 in Pottstown. He is survived by 2 brother Arthur (Carol) of Quincy, Wm (Patricia) of Peoria. 1 sister Jeanette (Harold) Mason. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Burial will be at Pottstown Cemetery.

Mildred Thurman
June 19, 1993 - Peoria Journal Star, P- B8
FARMINGTON -- Mildred Marie Thurman, 77, of 409 E. Court St. died at 11:05 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 1993, at Farmington Country Manor. Born Aug. 30, 1915, in Douglas to John and Laura Foose Groniger, she married Illif Thurman on Dec. 28, 1935, in Peoria. He died Aug. 20, 1985. Surviving are one son, Clifford of rural Fairview; one daughter, Mrs. John (Betty) Fegan of Park Forest; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was a member of Farmington United Methodist Church, its Women's Fellowship, Farmington Rebekah Lodge 155 and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington. The Rev. Mark K. Schleeter will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Rebekah services at 7:30. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Farmington Rescue Squad. Donated by Londie Benson... ©Sept. 2008


Thompson, George Donald Patriarch of the Thompson family of Minneapolis, MN and Peoria, Illinois succumbed at age 93 on Friday, April 27th, 2007. 
Born July 10th, 1913 in Peoria, George was one of two children to Adrian Leardo Thompson and Stella Marie (Murphy) Thompson. 
George's younger sister, Evelyn K. (Thompson) Davidson Sparks preceded him in death on April 1, 1999. 
George was a 10th generation American descended from one of the oldest families in America. His ancestry dates back to the original 1614 Dutch Colonists of New York City, 
6 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock and includes grandparents who fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, the Civil War and WWI. 
George attended Franklin and Webster elementary schools in Peoria, IL where he sang at a city wide concert to the accompaniment of John Phillip Sousa's Band.
A graduate of Manual High School in Peoria, George lettered in football, participated in the Glee Club and became leader of the cheerleading squad. 
Even while in elementary school George found himself working at assorted jobs including the Peoria Star Journal where he cut and stacked the newspapers he needed and then sold them for 3 cents per paper, 5 cents for an Extra Edition. He later served at the Star as a proof reader. 
Additionally, he worked at Moskins Clothing, drove trucks, dug graves and trimmed grass at Memorial Cemetery, delivered Desotos for Isch Brother and Hackshaw as well as setting the picking 
record at Schoff's apple orchard of 146 bushels in one day. 
In the early 1930's George moved to Minneapolis, MN where he met and married Frances Mary Rzeszutek on July 10, 1939 who later died on June 16th, 1996. 
In Minneapolis, George worked for Direct Service Gas, Northern Pump, Lansing Button Company and finished his career selling cars at Wynn Stephens Buick. 
He had an interim fling running his own business "Southwest Hardware Store". 
George is survived by his 3 children, Arthene "Cookie" Rae (Thompson) Brecht and her husband Dwayne Elwood Brecht of Richfield, MN, Thomas Norton Thompson
and his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (Heard) Thompson of McHenry, IL and Terry Gene Thompson and his wife Jill Ann (Cronemiller) Thompson of Denver, Colorado; 
"Cookie's" children, Tracey (Brecht) Bishop, Melissa (Brecht) Nivala and Edwin Brecht; Tommy's children, Thomas, Michelle, Erik and Nicole Thompson; 
Terry and Jill's children, John and David Thompson; his niece and nephew, Marge Pacyna, Wayne Davidson and 5 great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held for George Thompson on Saturday, May 5th, 5:00 PM at: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100 
Published in the Star Tribune from 4/29/2007 - 4/30/2007 - Terry Thompson


William Henry THIELBAR
Services Held Sunday For William Henry THIELBAR
William Henry THIELBAR, son of Frederick and Sophia WITTENBURG THIELBAR, was born Aug. 8, 1851, at Prattsburg, Ripley Co. Indiana, the fourth
in a family of 12 children. He departed this life on Nov. 14, 1940, at the age of 89 years, three months and six days. At the age of 14 years, he, with his parents, came by covered wagon to Illinois, settling on a farm near Washington, Illinois, where the deceased grew to young manhood. On Jan. 17, 1875, he was united in marriage with Wilhelmina LOHMEYER at Washington, Illinois.To this union were born nine children, namely, Mrs. Emma Scharp, Mrs. Elizabeth Shaffer, George Thielbar, Frederick Thielbar, William A. Thielbar, John Thielbar, Sophia Thielbar, Mrs.Pauline Kruse and Mrs. Viola Ely. He has been preceded in death by his
wife and the following children: Mrs. Emma Scharp, George and John Thielbar. In March of 1914, he moved to Henry, Illinois, where he has since resided.In his early boyhood he became a member of the Lutheran Church and throughout his life believed in the goodness of God and the life everlasting.
Death came very suddenly, following an illness of three days and was a shock to his children, twenty grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, one brother, August Thielbar of Peoria, Ill., numerous nieces and nephews, who centered all their family gatherings about him, and to whom no gathering was complete without his presence. To these and his hosts of distant relatives and friends, he will be sorely missed..
Funeral services were conducted from the home, west of Henry, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, with the Rev. Walter T. Ward, pastor of the Henry Methodist Church, bringing the message of comfort. Three hymns, "Rock of Ages," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "In the Garden," were beautifully rendered by Mrs. T. A. Baker and Mrs. C. O. Pogemiller, accompanied by Mrs. Charles Bourdette. The pall bearers were his six grandsons, Howard and George Thielbar,Raymond and Vernon Thielbar, Merlin Kruse and Nate Scharp.
Relatives from a distance attending the services were: Mrs. Elizabeth Thielbar and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Thielbar, Mr. and Mrs. Edw.Kruse and son, Merlin, Mr. and Mrs. Don Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Dengel,Mr. and Mrs. Geoge Eppy and family, George and Carrie Hartley, and Richard of Oak Hill, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. William Scharp, Mr. and Mrs. August Thielbar and family,Mr. and Mrs. George Thielbar and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Thielbar, Mr.and Mrs. Edw. Sick, Loyd Ely, Mrs. Joe Ely, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thompson, John Ehlen of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shaffer and daughter, Helen, Mr. and Mrs. Nate Scharp, Mrs. Ray Kamm and three children, Mr.and Mrs.John King, Mrs. Henry Ganzhorn, of Washington, Illinois.Raymond Smith of Wilmette, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. John Lou and family of Tampico, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thielbar, Washburn, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. R. Ropp of Washington, Illinois and John Ely of Princeville, Ill.
Funeral arrangements were in charge of A. C. Lindbloom, and interment was in the Henry City Cemetery.
[Peoria Newspaper, 11/18/1940 - Submitted by Connie Hardy]

Death of Samuel H. Tart
The telegraph informs us of the death of Samuel H. Tart, one of the best known of the old citizens of Peoria. He was born near, Portsmouth, VA., May 2, 1805. In 1827 he wedded Francis Drury. They lived happily togeather until 1870, when she died. One of the fruits of this union was Mrs. Col. Chase H. Deane. In 1834 Mr. Tart came to this section and lived in Tazewell County for nine years. Then he removed to Peoria and has lived here until the past two years. After Col. Deane sold the Ingersoll he went with the family to Chicago; where he was living at the time of his death. With the exception of two years that Mr. Tart spend in CA, his active life was passed in Peoria. He held many positions of trust. He was alderman for two years, city treasurer one year, city collector two years and toll collector at the bridge for nineteen years, commencing in 1854. He was a carpenter by trade and worked at it a long time. He early joined the Methodist church and lived a consistent Christian life. A thorough democrat, he was without prejudice and without guile. ... He caught cold a few days ago and pneumonia set in. At first little thought of it but he had reached such an advanced age that medicine was futile. He died peacefully and quietly. His remains will be broght to the city and buried in Springdale Cemetery, on Sunday next. 
[Peoria Journal, Thursday, July 19, 1883; transcribed by C. Horton 2011]


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