Peoria County, Illinois  Genealogy Trails

 

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MRS. LIDA STOKES CUNNINGHAM

Lida Stokes, daughter of William C. and Fannie Stokes, was born in Glasford, April 29, 1890.  After completing her public school educations in the Glasford schools, she cared for her invalid mother, until her death, 25 years ago. She then went to Peoria and made her home with her, sister, Mrs. Chas. Addy.

For the past twelve years she has been employed as bookkeeper by the Peoria Creamery Co.

In July, 1930, she was united in marriage to Ross C. Cunningham, and they have made their home at 407 Russell street, Peoria.

Mrs. Cunningham has been afflicted with asthma for some time. About two weeks ago she took sick with pneumonia, and was taken to the St. Francis hospital, where every aid of medical science was employed for her relief, but she passed away Thursday. December 8, 1932, at the age of 42 years, 7 months and 9 days.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Wilton mortuary in Peoria, conducted by Rev. Geo. W. Chessman, pastor of the First Baptist Church,

Interment was at Maple Ridge Cemetery.

The pall bearers were J. I. Maple, E. C. Teeter, Ralph Cowser, Delbert Cowser, R. A. Addy and Howard Teeter. Mrs. Cunningham is survived by the husband, her father, one sister, Mrs. Arvilla Addy, of Peoria, three nephews, Lloyd and Lawrence Addy of Peoria, Russell Addy of Glasford, two aunts, Mrs. J. I. Maple of Glasford, Mrs. Dolly Hootman of Kingston Mines, one uncle, W. B. Brisendine, of Pekin, and a host of other relatives and friends, to mourn her untimely passing.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  December 15, 1932


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Nephew Dead in Canton

Frank Cumpston, 215 West Birch, Canton, died Tuesday afternoon at the St. Francis hospital Peoria, after an illness of ten years. Mr. Cumpston's wife is a niece of Mrs. Emma Wilson of Glasford.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon in Canton, conducted by Dr. F. E. Shult. Interment will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Mr. Cumpston was born Oct 29, 1870, in Pennsylvania, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cumpston. Thirty years ago he was united in marriage to Ella Wilson. Children living are William H. and Mrs. Viola Vanderschoor, both of  Canton. John and Otis Saunders, Chicago are stepchildren. There are four grandchildren. William H. Cumpston, Fairbury, is a brother.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 16, 1933
 


 

 

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After months of suffering, William Culton of Breeds is Released from Pain after a long illness

William Culton, a well known and popular young farmer, died at his home near Breeds at 7:15 o’clock Monday evening of last week after an illness of three years’ duration. His illness was caused by a tumor on the brain and with patience the sufferer awaited the end. For several months before death released him he lost his sight and hearing and a week ago his faculty of speech was also destroyed.

William Culton, son of Benjamin Culton and wife, was born in Fulton Co. on April 16, 1871 and grew to manhood here. A few years ago he was married and his wife and a 14 month old son survive him. He also has two brothers living.

The deceased was a member of Canton Woodman lodge and was buried Thursday with Woodman honors.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il 26 Oct 1900

 

 


 

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MRS. ALICE  CULTON

Mrs. Alice Culton, widow of Benjamin Culton, and for 78 years an honored resident of Fulton county passed away December 29 at her home in Monterey, following a  stroke several days previous. 

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Monterey M.P. Church, Rev. A. L. Cain officiating. Interment was in Orendorff cemetery.

Mrs. Culton was born in Hagerstown,  Md., Oct. 1, 1852, a daughter of Samuel and Eleanor Schenk. Mrs. Culton is survived by two sons, Samuel and Chauncey,  both of Fulton county, four grandchildren,  two brothers, Minor Schenk of Preston, Iowa, Gus Schenk, of Canton. and one sister, Miss Stella Schenk, of Canton. 

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. January 5, 1933

 


 

 

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Charles T. Riggen

Funeral services for Charles Riggen, 82, lifelong resident of Peoria and Stark counties, were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Elmore church, with Rev. Fred Reed, of Williamsfield, pastor of the church, in charge.  Mr. Riggen passed away at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home of his son, Earl Riggen, of the Stringtown vicinity.  He had always enjoyed good health until about four weeks before his death.

Pall bearers were E.C. Gingrich, Dewey Sloan, Murray Babcock, Leslie King, John Kelley and Bert Chaberlain.

Singers were Mrs. Ruth Sargent and Mrs. Helen McClellan, accompanied by Mrs. James Nelson, all of Williamsfield.

Interment was in Glendale cemetery at Elmore.

Charles Thomas Riggen, son of Thomas and Julia Ann Stargel Riggen was born October 11, 1861, in the vicinity of Elmore and passed away March 25, 1944, at the home of his son, Earl Riggen, of Stringtown, at the age of 82 years, five months, and 14 days.

He was married July 1, 1886, to Ida Luella Yelm at Kewanee and to this union were born nine children, all of whom survive but two.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. George Libby, of West Jersey; Mrs. Grover Laswell, of Elmore, and Mrs. James Johnson, of Chicago; four sons, Thomas, of Laura; Benjamin, of Princeville; Samuel, of Rock Falls; and Earl, of Stringtown. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Mrs. Riggen and two sons preceded him in death.

Mr. Riggen was the last of his family of nine brothers and sisters. 
 


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FATHER DIES IN FIRE
AT HOME IN PEORIA

Friends in this community were shocked to hear of the tragic death of Hiram Cruise of Peoria, father of Ward Cruise, Sr. of Hanna City which occurred at his home in Peoria Sunday morning when fire of undetermined origin gutted his home and his charred body was removed from the structure. An open verdict was rendered at the inquest which was held at the courthouse Tuesday. Death was due to suffocation. Hiram Cruise was born at Lewistown, Ill, Sept. 22, 1855 the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Cruise. He had married three times all wives preceding him in death. He leaves to mourn his death the following children: Mrs. Hattie Kent, Rachel Peragol, Estella Deitsch, Verna Prince, Flossie Whittington of Peoria, Pauline Vogelsang, East Peoria, Elva Crew, Chillicothe, Lula Conrey, Maquon, Della Bateman, Bloomington, Carrie Harvey, Chicago, Lillian Barnard, Mackinaw and three sons, Ward Sr., Hanna City, Ralph of Bloomington and Cecil of Peoria. One brother Richard of St. Edwards Nebraska, 55 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from Wilton Mortuary Tuesday at 1:30. Interment in Springdale Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 1, 1941
 

 


 

 

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MISS MARY ELVENA CREEK

Miss Mary Creek passed away Wednesday at the home of her brother, Wesley Creek, after a short illness of pneumonia.

She fell about three weeks ago and broke her hip, which probably complicated her last illness.

Mary Elvena Creek, born in Banner township, Jan, 5th, 1873, the daughter of Wm. and Minerva Creek, died at the home of her brother, Wesley Creek, Jan. 23, 1929.  Death was due to pneumonia.

She leaves to mourn her two brothers, Wesley and Leonard Creek, of Fulton County and one sister, Mrs. C. W. Rainey of Peoria, also four nieces and one nephew. Four brothers and one sister and her parents preceding her in death.

Funeral services will be held at the home of her brother Wesley Creek at 2:00 o'clock, on Friday afternoon, January 25. Burial still be in the family lot in the Wright Cemetery, undertaker Wm. H. Wilkey in charge.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  January 24, 1929
 


 

 

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JOSEPH CREEK

Joseph Creek, one  of  the most prominent citizens and retired farmers of Banner township, died at 12:30 Tuesday morning at the Graham hospital in Canton. News of the sudden demise of Mr. Creek was a shock to the community where he has lived his entire life. He was 65 years of age.

Mr. Creek was born December 17, 1858, in Banner township, a son of William and Minerva Wright Creek.  He was married October 11, 1882, to Edyth E. Fidler who survives. There is also one daughter surviving, Mrs. Samuel E. Caldwell, who resides in Canton, and four brothers and sisters, Mrs. Luella Rainey of Peoria, Miss Mary E. Creek of Orion township, Leonard P. Creek and Wesley Creek of Banner township.

The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodman and the Lancaster Lodge, A. F. & A. M. at Glasford. He was held in high esteem in the Banner vicinity.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at 2:30 from the Baptist church, Rev. Paul A. Shenk officiating. Burial will be in Orendorff cemetery.

The Canton Masonic lodge will hold Masonic burial rites at the church. Lancaster Lodge is being represented by Past Worshipful Master John Barron.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 7, 1924

 

 


 

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JOHN H. CRAMER

The community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mr. John H. Cramer last Sunday morning. He had been under the physician's care for about three weeks, but he was not confined to his bed. He arose as usual on Sunday morning, feeling better than he had the day before. After doing the chores, he spoke of a severe pain in one of his legs, and in a few moments he had passed away at the age of 65 years and 8 days. Thus we are once again forcibly reminded that "In the midst of life, we are in death.''

Mr. Cramer was a son of Henry and Margaretha Beunting Cramer, and was born in Esens, Germany on January 30, 1877. He came to America when he was four years old, and has lived in Peoria County ever since. On February 27, 1907 he was united in marriage to Miss Hiska Bruninga. She preceded him in death several years ago. One son, Henry, was born to this union.

Besides his son, he is survived by two brothers, Henry of Bartonville, Ill., and Hero of Brimfield township, one sister, Marie, also of Brimfield township, and several other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted at the Frank Endsley Funeral Home and the St. John's Lutheran Church on Wednesday afternoon, with interment in the St. John's Lutheran cemetery.

The Glaford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 12, 1942

 


 

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MRS. HISKE (HATTIE) CRAMER

When the word "Mrs. Hiske Cramer has passed away" was sent out, it came as a shock to the entire community, for even tho her health had not been good for quite some time, her sudden passing was rather unexpected. She felt quite well on Wednesday morning, assisting her daughter-in-law with the mending and the preparation of the noon-day meal. In the afternoon she decided to rest for a short while. It was during this rest that she passed to her eternal reward at 2:45 o'clock on January 27, 1937 at the age of 55 years, 11 months and 19 days.

Hiske Margarethe, the eldest daughter of John C. and Trientje (Ojemann) Heuermann was born in Limestone Township, on February 8, 1881. Five weeks later she was baptized in St. John's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Bangaeter. On March 29, 1896 she was confirmed in the above church by the Rev. H. Schneider, her Confirmation text being Romans 3, 28, a truth which she believed and lived.

On May 14, 1903, she was united in marriage with Mr. Gerd Cramer. This union was but of short duration for on February 13, 1904 her husband died, and just a month later her son, George was born. Thus she was a bride, a widow and a mother within the space of one year.

Mrs. Cramer did practical nursing after her husband's death up until about 10 years ago,when her health began to fail. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and give an encouraging word to cheer another along life's pathway. She was very active in the affairs of her church and the Ladies Aid, never shirking a single task.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her son, George, one grand-daughter, Helen, her mother Mrs. Trientje Heuermann, two brothers. Claus and George Heuermann, six sisters, Mrs. Henry Hartseil, Mrs. J. J. Molchin, Miss Minnie Heuermann, Mrs. Heye Peters, Mrs. George Baumann and Miss Adelheid Heuermann, all living in this vicinity, a large number of other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the home of her son at 448 Seibold St., Peoria at 1:00 p. m. Saturday and at 1:30 from the St. John's Lutheran Church. Here an overflow audiance gathered to pay their last respect to one whom all loved and respected. The services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev, O. Bosse, who preached on the 23rd Psalm, the text chosen by the deceased. Interment was made in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do fol­low them." Rev. 14, 13.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 14, 1937
  


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WILLIAM CRAIG

William Craig was born in New York, Michigan, February 3, 1864. At an early age he went to Nebraska where he later became a fireman on the railroad. He came to Illinois and was married to Elizabeth Farmer, January 21, 1896. He went into the poultry and egg business and later was employed at the Newsam Bros, Mine. On November 9, 1922 he suffered a stroke and on December 1. 1924 was removed to the Peoria State Hospital where his death occurred on September 3, 1927 at 4:40 p. m.  Surviving are his widow and one daughter, Bessie Craig of Glasford. Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller. The singers were Edw. Harwick, Mrs. Alva Wilson, Miss Annie Richmond, accompanist Mrs. Wm. Wilkey. Pallbearers were Wm. Hodson, Harry Griggs, Lloyd Owens, Ray Watson. Henry Clauson and Cecil Johnson. Interment was in Lancaster cemetery where the Glasford Local of the United Mine Workers of America held their burial service.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 8, 1927

 

 


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Mrs. Elizabeth Craig Dies

Mrs. Elizabeth Emily Craig, a life-time resident of Timber township, passed away at her home in Glasford, Tuesday night, at 9 o'clock, at the age of 79 years. She had been in poor health for some time but was able to get around until a week ago, when she fell and hurt her shoulder. Since then she has failed rapidly.

The body was taken to the Kuecks funeral home, in Pekin and will be returned Thursday evening to the home here, where funeral service. will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. M. Stocking, of the Glasford M. E. Church. Interment will be in Lancaster Cemetery.

Mrs. Craig was the daughter or Samuel and Rebekah Farmer, and was born on a farm east of Glasford, March 7, 1856.
She was married in 1897 to William Craig, who preceded her in death several years ago. To this union. one daughter, Bessie Romona, was born, who survives.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. July 4, 1935
 

 


 

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BROTHER-IN-LAW DIES
IN LEWISTOWN

Harvey Cozadd, husband of Mrs. Mollie Sonnemaker Cozadd, former Glasford resident, died at his home in Lewistown, Friday morning, July 22, 1938, after an illness of nine months.

Funeral services were held at Lewistown Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Robinson Ashly. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Cozadd was born March 13, 1872 in Waterford township, a son of  William and Jane (Kidd) Cozadd. He was married Feb. 26, 1896 to Mollie Sonnemaker, who survives. Children are: Mrs. Clyde Bishop and Mrs. Glen Frederick, Lewistown: Mrs. Grace Newburn, Cuba; Frank Cozadd, London Mills: Mrs. Betty Melos, Canton; Mrs. Agnes Mason, Bryant; and Mrs. Marie Hoppings,  Peoria, Jason and Charles Cozadd of near Lewistown are brothers.

Mr. Cozadd was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Gilbert Chamberlain of Glasford. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain went down to Lewistown for the funeral and stayed several days.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. July 28, 1938
 

 


 

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WM. J. COWSER, PROMINENT FARMER, DIES AT 83

William James Cowser, prominent farmer of Timber township for more than 50 year, died at 6:30 Sunday night, Nov. 30, 1941, at the age of 83 years. He had been sick only a few weeks and death came suddenly, padding away quietly in his sleep.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Kuecks Chapel in Pekin, Rev. Rudd, of the Grace Methodist church officiating.

Burial was at Maple Ridge Cemetery, where Lancaster Lodge No. 106, A. F. & A. M., of which the deceased was a member, held their burial service.

The pall bearers were John Moritz, Arthur Donahue, Ralph Goar, Bruce Powell, Charles Powell Thos. Cowser, Ralph Cowser and George Shryock.

Mr. Cowser was born in Timber township, August 18, 1858, the son of Thomas David and Eliza Ann Oneil Cowser.

He was married Nov. 18, 1891, to Margaret Jane Powell. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary two weeks ago, and Mr. Cowser was in fair health at that time.

Surviving are his widow; two sons, Clyde P. Cowser of Pekin, William Keith Cowser of Glasford, and one sister, Mrs. Jane Coultis, Glasford.

Mr. Cowser had been an honest, industrious, citizen and a good neighbor. The lavish display of floral pieces and the large number of friends attending the memorial service testified to the esteem in which he was held in the community where he had spent so many years.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  December 4, 1941

 


 

 

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WM. J. COWSER, PROMINENT FARMER, DIES AT 83

William James Cowser, prominent farmer of Timber township for more than 50 year, died at 6:30 Sunday night, Nov. 30, 1941, at the age of 83 years. He had been sick only a few weeks and death came suddenly, padding away quietly in his sleep.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Kuecks Chapel in Pekin, Rev. Rudd, of the Grace Methodist church officiating.

Burial was at Maple Ridge Cemetery, where Lancaster Lodge No. 106, A. F. & A. M., of which the deceased was a member, held their burial service.

The pall bearers were John Moritz, Arthur Donahue, Ralph Goar, Bruce Powell, Charles Powell Thos. Cowser, Ralph Cowser and George Shryock.

Mr. Cowser was born in Timber township, August 18, 1858, the son of Thomas David and Eliza Ann Oneil Cowser.

He was married Nov. 18, 1891, to Margaret Jane Powell. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary two weeks ago, and Mr. Cowser was in fair health at that time.

Surviving are his widow; two sons, Clyde P. Cowser of Pekin, William Keith Cowser of Glasford, and one sister, Mrs. Jane Coultis, Glasford.

Mr. Cowser had been an honest, industrious, citizen and a good neighbor. The lavish display of floral pieces and the large number of friends attending the memorial service testified to the esteem in which he was held in the community where he had spent so many years.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  December 4, 1941
 

 


 

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MRS. SARAH E. COWSER DIES, AGED EIGHTY-FOUR

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Cowser, a life-long resident of Hollis township, died at her home Monday morning, after a six weeks illness. She was 84 years old.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin, conducted by Rev. Harry A. Newcomb. Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Cowser was born in Hollis township on March 16, 1864, a daughter of William and Mary Ann Tapping Van Norman. She married David Judson Cowser in Hollis township on Aug. 31, 1893, and he preceded her in death May 11, 1939.

Surviving are three children, T. J. Cowser, Green Valley and Mrs. Eva Wheeler and Mrs. Jessie Horton, both of Glasford; a brother, Samuel P. Van Norman, and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Ess, both of Mapleton.

Grandchildren surviving include Dillard Cowser, Mrs. Wilbert Drake, Kenneth Wheeler, Mrs. Vada Boatman and Mrs. Ruth Zemke. Six great-grandchildren also survive.

Mrs. Cowser was a member of the LaMarsh Baptist church.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 27, 1941

 


 

 

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MRS. MYRTLE COWSER

Mrs. Myrtle Cowser, wife of Thos. C. Cowser, passed away at her home northeast of Glasford, Sunday morning, March 20, 1932, at 3:30 o'clock after a long and painful illness. She was 44 years old.

Myrtle Lillian Coultis, daughter of Oscar and Jane Coultis, was born May 1, 1837, on the home place, which has been her home ever since, and where all her married life was spent.

She united with the Copperas Creek U. B. Chapel in early girlhood, and has been a faithful, consistent member ever since.

Her marriage was to Thos. C. Cowser, who, with the parents, and one son, Harley, also a host of relatives and friends, survive her. One sister, May, preceded her in death 31 years ago.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. C. O. Myers, pastor of the Copperas Creek Chapel. Interment was in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

The pallbearers were John Fuller, Bert Maple, Thurman Scott, Oral Parr, Thos. Scarcliff and Leslie Colvin.

Mrs. Cowser was a women of highest Christian character, and a good neighbor. She was interested not only in her own church, but other churches in the community, and always ready to perform a service for a neighbor. The sorrowing family and parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  March 24, 1932
 


 

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Former Timber Resident

The following account of the death of James Cowser, a former resident of Timber township, is taken from the Oakley (Kan.) Graphic:

James Cowser was born in Payette county, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1831 and died at his home in Oakley, Kansas, August 6, 1914 aged 83 years, 3 months and 8 days.

He was one of a family of nine children, of which two brothers are living. When quite young his father emigrated to Ohio and then later to Illinois, locating in Timber township, Peoria Coun­ty, near the village of Glasford. Mr. Cowser went to Elmwood, Illinois in 1857, was married to Caroline Nixon December 6, 1859 and was a resident of that place until March, 15, when he came to Kansas, locating at Kenneth Sheridan county, near Hoxie, remaining there about two years and coming to Oakley in the fall of 1888.
 
Three sons were born to the family, William D., Frank E. and Edwin C.

Mr. Cowser is survived by his wife and one son, Wm. H. Cowser, of Columbus, Ohio.

He had been a consistant and faithful member of the M. E. church for more than a half century, and was a kind husband and loving father.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  August 20, 1914

 


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Jacob C. Cowser. An Old Settler Passed Away Aug. 19 Interment at  Lancaster Cemetery.
 

Jacob Clemer Cowser was born in Pennsylvania, Mar. 10, 1840. When about four rears of age his parents moved to Illinois and settled in Peoria Co., which has ever since been his home.

On May 2, 1867, he was married to Miss Alice Glasford, and to their union were born eight children, six of whom, with the mother, survive him. One boy died in infancy and one, John, at the age of 24 years. The remaining children are Mrs. Maggie Graham, Mrs. Anna Dudley, Mrs. Lottie Kingsley, Mrs. Alma Raeger, Ethel and Elsworth Cowser.

Mr. Cowser enlisted in Co. C, 4th Reg. Ill. Inft. on Aug. 8, 1861. Was discharged at Springfield on Oct. 11. 1884, and the following year, Apr.. 6, 1865, re-enlisted in Co. H, 18th Reg., and served another year being discharged Apr. 5, 1866, making 4 years, 2 months and 2 days actual service in the Union army.

Mr. Cower was engaged in farming in Timber township for a number of years and about 25 years ago moved to Glasford, where be resided until his death.

He was a member of the G. A. R. and for twenty years or more a member of Lancaster Lodge of Masons. Both orders attended the funeral in a body.

For several years Mr. Cowser had been in poor health, his affliction being consumption. Two years ago he was very bad and many thought be would not live through the winter, but with spring he got better and was able to get uptown and even able to do a little work. Last winter he began to grow worse and his visits up town ended. Gradually he grew weaker and was confined to the house, and then to the bed. The end came so gradual and sure that it was not unexpected, yet it is no less a blow to the sorrowing wife and children. He passed away Aug. 19, 1902, about 3 A. M, aged 62 years, 6 months, 9 days.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2 p. m. conducted by Rev. Slack of Mapleton.

The Grand Army bad charge of the funeral and with the Masons marched from the house to the church forming quite a long procession. The church was crowded and fully one hundred persons were on the outside.

The pallbearers were: John Meskimens, A. L. Fahnestock, W. V. Watson, Abraham Maple, C. N. Kuykendall and A. C. Doll.

The funeral procession to Lancaster cemetery included forty-six rigs all loaded beside many from the country went to the cemetery but did not come to town. Thus another old resident has passed away and all the community united in paying a last tribute of respect for the deceased and sympathy for the bereaved family.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 29, 1902  

 


 

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Obituary

Hazel Stella Cowser, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Cowser, died Monday morning, May 8th, after a sickness of more than two weeks with pneumonia. She was born May 10, 1910. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday morning at ten o'clock, conducted by Clyde Misner. Interment at Lancaster cemetery.

She leaves to mourn father, mother, brother and sister, Lloyd and Erma, and numerous relatives and friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 11, 1911
 


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FORMER GLASFORD BOY ELECTROCUTED AT KEYSTONE STEEL WIRE CO.

George Dewey Cowser, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Cowser, former Glasford residents, was electrocuted Tuesday at the Keystone Steel & Wire Co. plant l at Bartonville, where he was employed as an electrician.

At the inquest, Floyd Ramsey, another employee, testified that he found the body at 11:10 o'clock Tuesday morning seated on an iron frame near one of the large dynamos in the power plant. Ramsey said he noticed nothing wrong with Mr. Cowser, and was in the room ten minutes before he spoke to him, and receiving no reply, suspected something was wrong. Then he threw off the switch controlling the current, and summoned the inhalator squad of the Central Illinois Light Co. who worked over the victim for an hour without result.

Mr. Cowser was burned on the left side of the head, on the left arm and at the base of the left thumb. He clutched a rag in his left hand, and it is believed he was electrocuted while l trying to wipe some part of the machine which was a 280volt dynamo. It was his duty to take a reading of the temperature of the bearings of the machine every hour, but as he did not have the light which he used when reading the thermometer, it is thought more likely that he came in contact with the machine when using the rag as above mentioned.

The body was taken to the Kuceks funeral home in Pekin, and funeral services are being held this afternoon at the LaMarsh Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller of Farmington, a former pastor. Interment will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

George Dewey Cowser was born November 29, 1899, in Limestone township, the son of C. Allen and Ora Addy Cowser, who are now residents of Hollis township. He had been staying recently in Pekin.

He is survived  by his parents, a daughter,  Miss Marjorie Cowser, four brothers: Delbert, of Glasford, Marion, of  Phoenix, Ariz., Henry of Pekin, Donald, Peoria, Route 3; two, sisters, Mrs. Harry Gerdes, Pekin, and Miss Dorothy Cowser, at home. A brother, Cecil, was killed in the Corn Products disaster, and one sister, Ruth, preceded her brother in death.

Mr. Cowser was a World War veteran, and a member of Roy L. King Post of the American Legion, of Pekin, which conducted their burial service with full military honors at the grave.

Dewey had many friends in this community, and the news of his tragic death came as a great shock to them. The bereaved family has the sincere sympathy of all.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 26, 1933
 

Military Burial for Dewey Cowser

George Dewey Cowser, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Cowser, of Hollis township, who was electrocuted at the Keystone plant October 24, was buried Thursday afternoon at Maple Ridge cemetery, with military honors, paid by the Roy L. King Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which the deceased was a member.

The funeral service at the Maple Ridge church was conducted by Rev. Royer, pastor of the Copperas Creek U. B. church. The church was crowded with friends of the young man, who was well liked by everyone.

Walter Oltman delivered the V. F. W. ritual ceremony, and the deceased was accorded full military honors.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 26, 1933
 


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DAVID COWSER

Memorial services for David J. Cowser, who died Thursday, May 11, at his home near Maple Ridge, were held Saturday afternoon at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin, conducted by Rev. John Schlenker pastor of the Glasford Baptist church. His text was II Tim. 4:7-8.

Interment was at Maple Ridge Cemetery. The pall bearers were six Cowser brothers, cousins of the deceased: U. S., Edward, Allen, Albert, Thomas, and James Cowser.

There was a very large attendance at the service both at the funeral home and at the cemetery, attesting the high esteem in which the deceased was held in the community which he had lived so many years.

David Judson Cowser, son of Thomas and Eliza Ann Cowser, was born at his late residence in Timber Township, near Glasford, August 28, 1858, passed away May 11, 1939, at 9:30 a. m. He was married to Louise McQuown, in 1879, who preceded him in death. To this union two sons were born, Charles Cowser of Spencer, Iowa, and Thomas Cowser of Pekin.

His second marriage was with Sarah VanNorman in 1893, who survives him. To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Walter Wheeler and Mrs. Jessie Horton, both of Glasford. He has one brother, W. J. Cowser, and one sister, Mrs. Oscar Coultis, both of Glasford. Five grandchildren, Dillard Cowser of Pekin, Mrs. Bernice Drake of Green Valley, Mrs. Vada Boatman of Pekin, Kenneth Wheeler of Glasford, and Mrs. Ruth Zempke of Rock Well City, Iowa. Four great grandchildren, Dale and Betty Drake, and Rolland and Warren Cowser.

He has been an active member of the LaMarsh Baptist church for the past fifty years.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 18, 1939
 


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  FORMER GLASFORD YOUTH DIES IN SPENCER, IOWA

Chas. C. Cowser, son of D. J. Cowser, was born near Glasford, Dec. 17, 1883. Died suddenly at his home in Spencer, Iowa, Feb. 8, 1940 of an acute heart attack. He was a graduate of the Valparaiso, Ind., school of pharmacy and served his apprenticeship with Ehrlicher Bros. of Pekin.

For many years he operated his own drug store at Schaller, Iowa, but for the past several years has been associated with the Des Moines Drug Co.

He leaves his wife, one daughter Mrs. Ruth Zemke of Rockwell City, Ia., a brother, Thos. J. Cowser of Pekin, two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Horton and Mrs. Eva Wheeler of Glasford.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Cobb Funeral home. Interment was at Spencer.

Mr. T. J. Cowser, his sister, Mrs. Jessie Horton and cousin Keith Cowser attended the services in Iowa returning to their homes Tuesday.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 15, 1940

 


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AUNT CHARLOTTE COWSER DIES; FUNERAL TODAY

Mrs. Charlotte Cowser, affectionately known to nearly everyone in the community as "Aunt Charlotte" passed away at her home in Glasford, Tuesday evening, at the age of 86 years. She had been in failing health for several years.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. L .C. Meller, of Farmington, the former pastor, assisted by Rev. C. L. Smith of the Copperas Creek U. B. Church.

Six of Mrs. Cowser's sons will act as pall bearers. The same six sons acted as pall bearers for their father thirty years ago, which is a very unusual occurrance.

Interment will be in the Harkers Corners Cemetery, where the father was buried.

Mrs. Charlotte Tapping Cowser was born in Hollis township, Peoria County September 3, 1842 and passed away at her home in Glasford Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., aged 86 years, 7 months and 6 days.

She was the last of a family of ten children born to William and Mary Hawkins Tapping and had spent her entire life in Peoria County.

 She united with the LaMarsh Baptist Church at the age of sixteen, later transferring her membership to the Glasford church.

She was united in marriage to Henry M. Cowser on June 22, 1865, who passed away December 28, 1898.

They were the parents of eight children, seven sons and one daughter, all of whom survive together with 24 grand children and 11 great grand children, as follows: W. D. Cowser, Glasford; U. S. Cowser, Glasford; C. A. Cowser, Pekin; Mrs. Mary Fuller, Glasford; H. E. Cowser, Glasford; Albert R. Cowser, Farmington: Thos. Cowser, Glasford; and James C. Cowser, Farmington.

Mrs. Cowser had been a loving mother and a good neighbor, and respected and loved by all the many years she lived in this community. She was a regular attendant at both churches in Glasford as long as her health permitted.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 11, 1929 
 


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Cecil Cowser

The body of Cecil Cowser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Cowser of Hollis township, and one of the victims of the Pekin sugar house disaster, was in the Pekin morgue several days before it was finally identified, Saturday afternoon, by a piece of the clothing which was found with the body.

Funeral services were held at the LaMarsh Baptist church Monday morning, conducted by Rev. Lloyd Meller. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.

Byron Cecil Cowser was born in Glasford October 29, 1903. Died Thursday, January 3, 1924. He was the son of Allen and Ora Cowser and had eight brothers and sisters, They are Marion of Phoenix, Arizona; Mrs. Harry Gerdes of Pekin; George D. and Delbert A. of Bartonville; Ruth of Peoria; Henry, Donald and Dorothy at home. All his life has been spent in and around Glasford. He was a member of the Hollis Grange.

Cecil was a very likeable young man, and his sad and untimely death has cast a gloom over his many friends. The sympathy of the entire Community goes out to the bereaved family.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 17, 1924

 


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RICHARD M. COURTNEY

After having been in poor health for nine years, Richard M. Courtney, 69 years old, died Monday afternoon at his home near Canton.

Born August 20, 1864, in Banner township, a son of Richard and Jane (Price) Courtney, he was married on Nov. 12, 1893, at Banner to Alice Harp­er. Surviving children are Ray and George, at home; Mrs. Mable Callaway and Mrs. Opal Calloway, Manito; Mrs. Hallie Newborn, Farmington, and Mrs. Helen Windsor, St. David.

Brothers and sisters living are Wm., Jacksonville; Edward, Havana; Mrs. Maggie Shepherd and Mrs. Ida Beckstead, both of Banner.

Funeral services were held Wednes­day afternoon at Walnut Cemetery, near Banner, with Rev. A. Cain in charge

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 7, 1934 

 


 

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Lyle Courtney

Canton - Lyle Ulysses Courtney, 63, formerly of Canton, died at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov 9, 2004, at Sharon Elms Health Care Center in Peoria, where he was a resident.

He was born April 9, 1941, in Canton to Ulysses and Christine Kubicek Courtney.

Surviving are one brother, Vernon (and Beverly) of Canton; and two sisters, Ethlyn Nebergall of Canton and Lorraine (and Ronald) Rosenberg of Glencoe.

He served two years in the Army. He first worked as a ser­vice attendant and manager at Wareco Oil Co. He then worked as a construction maintenance technician for Mid-Century Tele­phone Co.

He was of the Christian faith.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at White Chapel Memory Gardens. The Rev Will Ferguson will officiate. There will be no visitation. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in Canton.

The Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Il. November 2004
 


 

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OLD SETTLER DEAD.

Mrs. Mary Coultis Passed Away, Aged 79 Years.
 

Mrs. Mary Coultis, one of Timber township's oldest settlers, died at her home last Friday at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 29 days.

Funeral services were held at the house at ten o'clock Sunday, conducted by Rev. Harry Blout, of Glasford. Interment at Kingston cemetery.

The following obituary was partly written by Mrs. Coultis herself sometime before her death.

Mary Vickers was born May 5, 1831, in Timber township, Peoria Co., Illinois.

She spent nearly all her life on the same farm where she was born, it being the same place her parents settled on when they were married in the year 1830.

She was united  in marriage to Henry Coultis June 26, 1849. To this union three children were born one dying in infancy. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Josephine Watson and Oscar Coultis, both of Glasford. Also one sister, Mrs. Joanna Jackson, eleven grand children and seven great grand children.

Her husband died Nov. 7, 1854.

She united with the Methodist church at Saylor School house in 1860 and afterwards at Glasford where she has been a faithful member until her death.

She always lived a very peaceful and quite life and by her death Timber township lost one of its oldest settlers.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 9, 1911  


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Lyda May Coultis

Daughter of Oscar and Eliza Jane Coultis  was born in Timber Township, Peoria County, Illinois August 1, 1882 and departed this life August 31, 1900. Aged 18 yrs. 1 month.

May was always a dutiful and  obedient daughter. She was one who was  loved and respected by all who knew her. Her pleasant face and smiles will be seen no more here in this low ground of sorrow where she suffered the afflictions of this life and finally death and passed away, her spirit going to the God who gave it. She means to mourn their loss a father and mother and one sister with  their many friends. Father, Mother and sister must plod on through life without her. The funeral sermon was preached from the Baptist Church at Maple Ridge by Rev. H. Essex assisted by Rev. Palmer the pastor. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by to await the Resurrection morn. The family have the sympathy of their many friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 14, 1900  

 


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THOS. B. COUCH

Thomas B. Couch, a former merchant  of Glasford, died December 23, 1926, at the Proctor hospital in Peoria, aged 71 years.

Funeral services were held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. D. E. Williams, of the First Presbyterian church.

Interment was at the Smithville in cemetery, where Rev. C. W. Gimbel of the Hanna City M. E. Church read the burial service.

Thomas B. Couch was the son of  Plumer and Clarice Brooks Couch, and was born in Limestone township, November 16. 1835. On March 21, 1879, he was married to Mary J. Branson, of Kingston Mines, by Rev. Geo. B. Slack. They lived on a farm near Harkers Corners, a number of years, coming to Glasford in 1896, where Mr. Couch engaged in the general merchandise business in the building  now occupied to Frank Clark's  restaurant.

Fifteen years later they moved to Evart, Mich. where Mr. Couch operated a hotel and general store. He was also in business in Northville, Mich., and lately was farming near Hartland.

Two weeks ago, Mr. Couch's health becoming so bad he was no longer able to do his work, they came to Peoria to stay with his daughter, Mrs. Samuel  Barron. He was failing rapidly, and died the next day after being taken to the hospital.

Mr. Couch is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Barron, of Peoria, Mrs. Anna Dage, of Highland Park, Mich., and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Van Patton, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Fannie Allen of Salem, Oreg. One daughter, Mrs. Katie Greenleaf, died while they were living at Hartland, just one year after her marriage. One son, John, a veteran of  the World War, met a tragic death at the hands of auto bandits in Peoria, a year ago at Thanksgiving time. The shock and grief caused by John's sad death no doubt has hastened the father's death.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 1926  
 


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MARY JANE COTTRELL DIES AT JOLIET, ILL

The many friends of Mrs. W. D. Cottrell were both surprised and grieved to hear of her sudden death at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Ruelle, of Joliet, where she had gone to visit before the holidays. Death was caused by pneumonia.

The remains were brought to G1asford Saturday evening. accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ruelle and LeRoy Foley, a son of Mrs. Ruelle, Mr. Ruelle had started a day before in order to get here in time to open up the house and have it in readiness, but the snow storm delayed the trains so that he arrived at the same time as the rest of the party.

The spacious home of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Fahnestock was opened to them, and the body of Mrs. Cottrell was taken there, and the rest of the family also stayed there over night.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor. Rev. H. R. Mueller. The remains were taken to Pekin for burial beside the husband in Lakeside Cemetery.

Mary Jane McCormick was horn in Indiana, October 5, 1855. She spent a considerable part of her childhood with her parents at the McCormick homestead, near Copperas Creek Chapel. now occupied by Chas. Sites.

Her marriage was to William David Cottrell of Pekin, and they made that city their home for many years. About 18 years, ago they moved to Lancaster, near Glasford, where Mr. Cottrell operated a small truck farm and followed his occupation as a painter and decorator. Five years ago they sold their property and moved to Joliet, where Mr. Cottrell died March 24, 1925. Mrs. Cottrell returned to Glasford after his death and bought a home.  Just before Christmas she went to Joliet to visit her daughter and was taken with the illness that terminated in her death, on January 14, 1927, at the age of 71 years, 3 months and 9 days.

She leaves to mourn her death, one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Ruelle, of Joliet, Ill., three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, also three sisters, Mrs. Fred Reuter of Chicago, Mrs. Emmo Feugerson and Mrs. Martha Snow, both of Los Angeles, Calif. and one brother, Thomas McCormick of Charlotte, South Carolina, besides a host of friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 20, 1927  
 


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Cottrell

Mabel M. Cottrell, the little daughter of  Mrs. Sadie Cottrell, of Kingston, died Friday, April 27, at the age  of two years and fourteen days. She was born April 14, 1909.

The funeral services were held Saturday, conducted by Rev. Harry Blout. She leaves to mourn her death, her mother and one sister Doris. The father, Frank Cottrell, has been dead one year and seven months.

She died la beauty-like a rose
  Blown from its parent stem;
She died in beauty-like a pearl
  Dropped from some diadem.
 She died in beauty-like a lay
  Along a moonlit lake.
She died in beauty-like the son
  Of birds amid the brake.
She died in beauty like the snow
  On flowers dissolved away;
She died in beauty-like a star
  Lest on the brow of day.
She died in beauty-like night's gems
  Set round the silver moon;
She lives in Glory-like the sun
  Amid the blue of June.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 4, 1911


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In Memory of David Cottrell

Joliet, Ill., March 29, 1925

Out in the silent, yet beautiful city of the dead rests all that was mortal of the late David Cottrell. He was born in Galesburg, Ill., Dec. 11, 1856, and departed this life on March 24, 1925 at 6:20 a. m. He was married in Pekin on May 15 to Miss Mary McCormick of Glasford forty-eight years ago. He resided  in Pekin until fourteen years ago last September when he moved to Glasford and lived there until September 1, 1924, when he moved to Joliet, where he resided at the time of his death.

Mr. Cottrell leaves to mourn their loss his widow and one daughter. A son preceded him in death thirty-six  years ago. He also leaves three grand-children, Mrs. Marie Fultner and Miss Pearl Ruelle of Joliet and LeRoy Foley, of Quincy, Ill., also four great grandchildren, Robert Fultner of Joliet, Donald, Marie and Dale Foley of Quincy.

Mr. Cottrell was the youngest of a family of six all of whom have preceded him in death, also his father and mother.
 

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 2, 1925  
 

 


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J. F. Cottingham

Fairbury
The funeral of Mr. J. F. Cottingham, who died after a long siege of sickness at his home south of town yesterday, occurred at the M. E. church today.  The pastor of the Evangelical church, known as Bulah church, nine miles southwest of town, preached the sermon and he was assisted by the Rev. N. J. Hubbard and others of this place. Deceased was 68 years old and has been living in the vicinity of Fairbury the past twenty one years, he moving here with his family from near Smithville, Peoria County, this state. He was the father of twelve children, ten of whom, with his wife survive him.

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Jeremiah Barclay Cottingham

DIED-Mr. J. B. Cottingham, on December 6th at 11 p. m, aged 69 years, 7 months. He was stricken with paralysis on the morning of the 1st, from which he never rallied, gradually growing weaker each day till death came. The vicinity loses an old settler and neighbor-a good, honest, moral man in his dealings with the public in busi­ness affairs; in politics, a staunch democrat of the good old times. He leaves a wife, one son and two daughters to mourn the loss of husband and father. The services were conducted by Rev. Moles. of Hanna City. Interment _______________.
 

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S. F. CORNELIUS

Spencer Finley Cornelius was born in Brown County, Ohio, January 1, 1860, died January 5. 1931, aged 71 years and 4 days.

A gentleman has died. One of nature's noblemen has passed to that bourn whence no traveler returns and his community stands aggrieved at its irreparable loss, Toll the bells. An honored citizen has passed away.

"Uncle Ben" as he was known to all, was a highly respected citizen, a man of the purest and most beautiful char­acter. His principles founded on truth and right made him a kind brother and a friend to all. He will be sadly missed by his family, and a host of neighbors and friends.

He was always ready to lend a helping hand to any one in trouble or sorrow and the poor had a noble friend in him.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Duffey in the United Presbyterian church of Tranquillity, which he had helped to build many years ago.

He was a brother of Mrs. F, A. Patton and Mrs. J. F. Fuller of this community, also of Mrs. Emma C. Jones of Fowler, Calif., two sisters having preceded him in death.

Folded the hands that have faithfully labored
Quietly clasped o'er the once troubled breast
Gone are the heartaches, the waiting is ended,
Peacefully, tranquilly, lying at rest.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 15, 1931
 
 


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MRS. THOMAS COREY

Sarah Elizabeth Corey, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary Jane Noble Tyler was born in Peoria County, June 22, 1854. She departed this life, January 12, 1931 at the age of 76 years, 6 months and 20 days.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Corey July 3, 1880. To this union were born seven children. The bereaved husband and six children survive her. She was baptized in the Breeds Christian church in 1893.

On July 3, 1930 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, Thomas Corey and the following children, Mrs. Bertha Leitner of Pekin, Mrs. Mary Johnson of Peoria, Mrs. Nellie Patterson of Pekin Mrs. Pearl Linn of Canton, also two sons, Howard and Ory Corey both of Peoria. There are eleven grand children and three great grand children. Three brothers and one sister: Mrs. Jennie Brown of Morton, Ebenezer Tyler of Peoria and Chas. Tyler of Glasford and William Tyler of Canton.

She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and sympathetic friend. She will be sadly missed in the community where she was known and loved by all.

Sometime at eve when the tide is low I shall slip my moorings and sail away With no response to the friendly hail in the purple hush of the twilight pale,
She is not dead
She has merely gone on a visit
To a land that is fair and bright.

The funeral service will be held from her late residence at Breeds Thursday, January 15, at 10:30 a. m. Interment at Brunswick Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  January 15, 1931 
 


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HERBERT A. CONREY
FORMER RESIDENT, DIES

Herbert A. Conrey, aged 61, died July 30 at his home in Maquon, following an illness of 11 years. He is survived by his widow, the former Luelle Cruise.

Funeral services were held last Thursday at the Patterson funeral home in Elmwood, Rev. H. E. Andrews of the Yates City Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery.

Mr. and  Mrs. Conrey were former residents of Hanna City, and she is a sister of Ward Cruise of  Hanna City.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  August 8, 1940  

 


 

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MRS. MARGARET CONDIT

Mrs. Margaret M. Condit, daughter of John and Caroline Tickner Lightbody, died Sunday evening, June 15 at  6:00 p. m. aged 68 years, 4 months.

She was a member of the Grace Presbyterian church of Peoria.

She was united in marriage in 1873 to Lee Hunt of Manito, who preceded her in death several years ago. To this, union two children were born, who with three grandchildren preceded her in death.

In 1918 she was united in marriage to H. F. Condit of Peoria, who with two sisters, Mrs. Martha Hobble, of Oregon City, Oregon and Mrs. Anna Clinton of New Haven, Conn., and one brother, Thomas Lightbody living in Oregon, survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 17 at 2:00 p. m. at the Cumerford Memorial Home, Peoria. The pastor of the Grace Presbyterian church officiating. Burial was in the Kingston Mines Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. July 19, 1928
 


 

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Sudden Death

Mrs. Sarah Colvin, wife of Wm. Colvin, aged 57y. 5m. 5d. died last Saturday morning from the effects of a paralytic stroke. Friday she was in her usual health and was assisting with the work of butchering in the afternoon when she began to complain of a pain in her head and as it continued to grow worse, she started for the house but had to be assisted in and continued to grow worse during the night until death came to her relief early Saturday morning. Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters at home. Ann, Ida, and Dell, two married, Mrs. Geo. McKinney, Mrs. Nick Worthington and we believe two dead. Funeral services were conducted at Maple Ridge church by Rev. G. B. Slack on Sunday and were well attended by a large congregation of relatives and friends. Interment in Maple Ridge cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 8, 1899

Obituary

The following obituary notice of Mrs. Colvin, account of whose death and funeral were given in last week’s paper was handed us too late for that issue: Sarah Elizabeth Deselms was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, June 27th 1842. When she was eight years of age she, with her parents, moved to Illinois located on a farm near Maple Ridge Church. In March 1862 she was united in marriage to Wm. Colvin. To them were born eight children, three of whom have preceded her to the house beyond the vale of tears. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, loved and respected by all who knew her. She died Dec 2, 1899 aged 57y. 5m. 5d. Cause of death paralytic stroke. She leaves a husband, five children, six sisters and one brother to mourn her loss.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 15, 1899  
 

 


JOHN V. COUCH

John Vincent Couch, son of Thos B. and Mary J. Couch, was born al Harkers Corners, August 24, 1892. Died November 27, 1925, aged 33 years, 3 months and 3 days.

He spent part of his boyhood days in Glasford, later moving to Michigan with his parents.

When the United States entered the World War, John volunteered, and on April 26, 1917, entered the U. S Marines, 17th Co., 5th Reg. He was in the second company to go across, and was in some of the hardest fighting.  He was seriously wounded at Belleu Woods and Soissons, and was in the hospital for several months, and was mustered out of the service June 15, 1918, He had four citations for bravery in action, including one French decoration.

After the close of the war John came to Peoria and took up vocational training in electrical work. under govern­ment supervision. At the time of his death he was employed in the electrical department of the Peoria Railway Co.

On February 16, 1921, John was united in marriage with Miss Florence Stewart, daughter of Mrs. Minnie Stewart, of Peoria, also former Glasford residents.

He is survived by his widow, his parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Barron of Peoria and Mrs. Annabelle Dage of Detroit.

John was also a member of Peoria Lodge No. 15, and funeral services were held at the Main street Temple, Monday afternoon, in charge of that body. Peoria Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, acted as escort.

Rev. D. E. Williamson, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, who had pronounced the marriage vows for John and his bride only four years ago, gave a wonderfully impressive discourse. A wealth of beautiful floral offerings testified to the respect in which the deceased was held.

The remains were laid to rest in Springdale cemetery, with military honors, conferred by the American Legion.

John was a member of the First Presbyterian church, and deeply interested in church work. He was a clear noble-minded young man, and a good citizen. He offered his life to his country, and was spared from that terrible conflict. It may be, as the minister said, that his life was no less given for his country, if his death will bring to the serious attention of the people the disregard for the safety and rights of others that is now prevalent among certain classes.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 3, 1925

 


 

 

 

 

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