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Baby Dead

Ruth, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clinebell, died at the family home in Springfield, Sunday evening of meningitis. The baby was recovering from the mumps and was thought to be out of danger, and had been out of doors just the day before she died. She took sick Sunday morning and died that evening.

Howard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Clinebell of Glasford. George and Emerson Clinebell of Peoria attended the funeral which was held in Springfield Tuesday. The remainder of Howard's family were sick and unable to attend the funeral.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  March 25, 1926


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Norval Clinebell

Forest City - Norval George Clinebel1, 59, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Pekin, died Sunday, May 10, 1992, at his residence.

Born Feb. 7, 1933, in Kingston Mines to Emerson R. and Marie E. Voss Clinebell, he married Nancy McMahan on Jan. 25, 1959, in Kansas City, Mo.

Surviving are his parents, of Pekin; one daughter, Pam Rodine of Greeley, Colo.; two brothers, Eldon of Pekin and Virgil of Loveland, Colo.; three sisters, June Parr and Linda Lipsey, both of Pekin, and Carol Gorden of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Vicky, and one sister.

A Vietnam veteran, he served with the U.S. Air Force from January 1952 until retiring in October 1972. Cremation has been accorded, and graveside memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. There will be no visitation. Melcher Mortuary, in Mesa, is in charge of arrangements.

The Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Il. June 3, 1992


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Mrs. Clinebell Dead.  (Death Notice)

Mrs. Maria Clinebell, an old resident of Timber township for fifty-two years, died at her home two miles west of Glasford Thursday, March 31 at 2 p. m. after about  three weeks illness of general debility  and old  age, aged  77 years, 11 months, 13 days.

Deceased leaves three sons and three daughters. John, of Glasford, Wm. of Rock Island, Albert of Peoria, Mary of Canton, Mrs. Lizzie Stringer, and Mrs. Carrie Campbell of Peoria.

The funeral will be held at her late residence Saturday at 10 a. m. conducted by Rev. Oldham. Friends invited to attend.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 1, 1904

Mrs. Marie Clinebell.  (Obituary)

Mrs. Clinebell was born in Germany, Apr. 18, 1828. She was united in marriage to George Clinebell, Mar. 22, 1850, and soon after they started for America. The journey which was made by sail ship occupied thirty-two days.

They landed in New York, May 4, and came west stopping awhile at Bloomington, coming by way of Chicago. From Bloomington they came to Peoria by stage, there being no railroads in this section of the country.

From Peoria they moved to Canton and thence to Harkers Corners.

Mr. Clinebell was a cooper by trade and worked about a year in each the place mentioned above. He bought the place now owned by Daniel Shreffler and lived there about two years, moving to the present homestead in 1860.  Here Mr. Clinebell died Apr. 2, 1881, just twenty-three years to a day prior to Mrs. Clinebell's funeral.

To this union. were born eight children. One died in infancy and one at the age of four years. Those living are Wm., of Rock Island; John, of Glasford; Albert of Peoria, Mary of Canton, Mrs. Lizzie Springer and Mrs. Carrie Campbell both of Peoria. All of whom were present  at the funeral.

Mrs. Clinebell united with the Lutheran church when fourteen years old and was a consistent member until death. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and highly respected citizen and old settler and leaves many friends who will cherish a fond remembrance of her. Thus  another one of God's creatures has gone to wait the judgement day.

The funeral was held at her late home, Saturday Apr 2, at 10 a. m. conducted by the Oldham and the body laid to rest in Lancaster cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il., April 8, 1904
 
 


 

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Lyle Clinebell

Wyoming - Lyle R. Clinebell, 86, of Wyoming died at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Proc­tor Hospital in Peoria, of physical complications following a week of fighting the flu.

Born June 9, 1917, in Glasford to Ray Arthur and Elinor Agnes Essex Clinebell, he married Helen Kimmel on Sept. 17, 1939, in Peoria. She died March 2, 1999, in Toulon.  She also was preceded in death by three sons, James and John and one in infancy; and one sister.

Surviving are two sons, Gary of Wyoming and Richard of St. Louis; one sister, Rosemary Thomson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his stepmother, Emily Clinebell of Peoria; two grand-children; and two great grand­sons.

He completed the Caterpillar apprentice courses at Bradley University in 1938.

A mechanical engineer, he served in armament plants, in­cluding Emerson Electric, during World War II.

He also set-up and managed Aldrich Company from 1946 until returning to Caterpillar Inc. as a project engineer in the late 1960s.

He was a 50 year member of the Wyoming Lodge 479, &AM, and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria.

He was a member of the Wyoming Order of the Eastern Star. He also was a member of Wyoming Congregational United Church of Christ, where services will be at noon Saturday. The Rev. Pamela Smith will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery in Glasford. Wyoming Funeral Home is in charge of ar­rangements.

Memorials may be made to his church or the American Heart Association.

Peoria Journal Star December 19, 2003
 


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  JOHN WILLIAM CLINEBELL

Funeral services for the two months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Clinebell of Detroit, Mich., was held at two o'clock Sunday from the Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria and interment was in Lancaster Cemetery. The little child had cerebral meningitis. Lyle is a son of Ray Clinebell, a former Glasford resident.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 16, 1942


 

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JOHN CLINEBELL PASSES
AWAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS

John Clinebell, a life-long resident of Timber township, passed away Sunday morning at 3:15, at his home south of Glasford, after a long and painful illness.

Born December 15, 1858, in Timber township, he was the son of George and Maria Roth Clinebell.

Mr. Clinebell was married March 8, 1887, to Anna L. Peters, and the couple moved at once to the farm where Mr. Clinebell resided until his death. Mrs. Clinebell died March 7, 1929.

Surviving are eight children, Mrs. George E. Maple, Mapleton, Howard Clinebell, Springfield, Ray Clinebell, Wyoming, Miss Florence Clinebell, Springfield, George Clinebell, Danvers, Emerson Clinebell, Glasford, Mrs. L. E. Bontz, Mapleton, and Glen Clinebell of Chicago.

Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Campbell and Miss Mary Clinebell of Peoria and Mrs. Lizzie Stringer of Pekin; a brother, William Clinebell of Rock Island, and 14 grand-children.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the residence with the Rev Munns, pastor of Tyng Memorial church, Peo­ria, officiating.

Selections were sung by Mrs. Mabel McElhaney and Mrs. Otis Baker. The pall bearers were Charlie Lightbody, Russel Lightbody, Edw. Bandy, Jos. Clauson, John Doll, and M. H. Glasford, members of Timber Lodge, No. 906 I. O. O. F., of which the deceased was a member.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 10, 1934


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Mrs. Inez M. Clinebell.

Mrs. Inez M. Clinebell, 200 Center street, Peoria, died from the effects of grip early Monday morning, She had been ill little over a week. She was the wife of Albert Clinebell.

As Inez M. Leonard, she was born in Erie, Pa. August 3, 1868.  She came to Peoria county when 11 years old and lived in Glasford until twenty-three years ago when she came to Peoria with her husband. She is survived by the husband and two brothers, Charles Leonard, of Glasford and Frank B. Leonard of Peoria.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Wilton chapel, with interment in the Lutheran cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 6, 1916


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Clinebell

Harry, son of  Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Clinebell of Peoria, aged 9 yrs., 8 mo. 13 days died March 12 after a short illness of spinal meningitis and was buried in Springdale Cemetery.

Harry was a bright little boy and loved by all who knew him. His teacher, Miss Emma Adams, sister of Mrs. Rufus Johnston, contributed a beautiful floral bouquet. His Sunday school and others also gave, many flowers.

His grandmother, Mrs. Leonard and Uncles Charles, Louis and Frank and John Clinebell and wife, of Glasford attended the funeral. The sympathy of friends is extended to the mourning relatives.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 28, 1902
 


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Mrs. Ray A. Clinebell

No event of recent years has caused so much sadness in the community as the death of Mrs. Elinor Clinebell, wife of Ray A. Clinebell, which occurred at St. Mary's hospital, in Galesburg, last Friday evening.

Mrs. Clinebell had been in poor health for more than a year. About four weeks ago she was taken to the Galesburg hospital by her brother, Dr. C. R. Essex for treatment. She returned home, but becoming worse, went back to the hospital on June 15th.  She was not able to stand an operation until Wednesday of last week, when it was discovered that cancer of the intestines was the case of her illness.

Ray had been with his wife all the time, and the two children, Lela and Lyle were sent for Thursday. They were with their mother when she passed away Friday evening, about 8:30.

Undertaker Wm. H Wilkey went up to Galesburg that night and brought the body back to the undertaking parlor here, where it was prepared for burial.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 24th, at  the Baptist Church in Glasford, conducted by Rev. J. L. Allison of the Copperas Creek U. B. Church. The singing was by a ladies' quartet. composed of Mesdames T. C. Brooks, J. I. Maple, Alva Wilson, and J. L. Allison, accompanied by Mrs. F. R. Lightbody. The large crowd of relatives and friends overflowing the church, and the abundance of beautiful floral offerings, from relatives, friends, church, Sunday School and grade school, attested to the esteem in which the deceased was held by the community.

Interment was in Lancaster Cemetery. The pall hearers were, Jesse Nuhn, Oral Parr, Otto McElhaney, Joy Wilson, Lloyd Bateman and Daniel Sill.

Elinor Essex Clinebell, daughter of Rev. Hiram Essex and Sarah Watters Essex, was born February 8, 1895 at Glasford, Illinois, and departed this life June 22, 1928, aged 33 years, 4 months, and 14 days. She had not been in good health for more than a year. A crisis in her condition came, and she  was taken to the St. Mary's hospital at Galesburg, Illinois where everything  known to medical science was done to  restore her health, but without avail. She bore her suffering with fortitude and patience.

Most of her early life was spent at London Mills, and Glasford, Illinois. She received her education in the grade schools, and the London Mills High School. At the age of 13 she became a member of the United Brethern Church at London Mills, Illinois. She was always deeply interested in the work of the church as well as in every other good cause. Her whole life was devoted to the service of others, and the loss of her kindly spirit and sympathetic nature will be keenly felt by by her family and friends. It can in truth be said of her that she went about doing good.
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On May 12, 1915 she was united in marriage with Ray Arthur Clinebell at Glasford, Illinois. To this union were born two children, Lela Elinor, age, 12, and Lyle Ray, aged 11 years.  Her husband and children will cherish forever the memory of her life of deep
devotion to them.

Besides her family she leaves her mother, Mrs. Sarah Essex of London Mills, Ill., seven brothers, and four sisters: Dr. C .R. Essex of Galesburg, Mrs. Floyd Fullmer, Mrs. Guy Olge, and Mrs. Floyd Payne of London Mills,  Biram A. Essex of Bushnell, Dr. Hiram of Rochester, Minn., George of Good Hope, Ill., Mrs. Claude Davis of St. Augustine, Lester E. Essex of Ellisville, Dorance N Essex of Portland, Oregon, and Rev. Virgil C. Essex of Fisher, Illinois.  She will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends.

I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead. She is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
She has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there,
And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step and the glad return.
Think of her faring on. as dear
In the love of There, as the love #of Here,
Think of her still as the same, I say,
She is not dead-she is just away.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 28, 1928  
 


 

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Clinebell
 
Cecil May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Clinebell of Peoria, died last Saturday, aged 12 years, 11 months.

She had been suffering about five weeks from an abcess back of the ear and on Saturday just a week _____________.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 11, 1908
 


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MRS. JOHN CLINEBELL

Mrs. Anna L. Clinebell, wife of John  Clinebell, who was taken to the Proctor hospital in Peoria for treatment, contracted pneumonia, and passed away March 7, after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller, of Farmington.. Interment was at Lancaster cemetery.

The service was largely attended, testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased was held in the community.

Anna L. Peters Clinebell, daughter of Esther and Samuel Peters was born near Glasford, Peaoria County, Illinois, December 22, 1866. She attended the Bateman school and later taught there.

On March 8, 1887, she was married to John Clinebell. They moved at once to her late home near Glasford. To this union were born ten children. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband John Clinebell, and the following children Cora Maple and Eleanor Bontz of Mapleton, Florence and Howard of Springfield, Ray of Glasford, George of Danvers, Emerson of Peoria and Glenn of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She also leaves her mother, one sister, Florence  Gracey, St. Petersburg, Florida, two brothers, Lawrence of Lacon and James of Peoria, and twelve grandchildren, besides numerous other relatives and friends.

She united with the Baptist Church of Glasford  at the age of twelve years and remained a faithful servant of God, making her Christian character a factor for good throughout the community.

After a brief illness at home, she was taken to the Proctor Hospital, in Peoria where after all medical aid had failed, she passed away on March 7, 1924, at the age of 62 years, 2 months and 13 days.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 14, 1929
 


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ALBERT CLINEBELL

Albert Clinebell, who has been residing east of Glasford for several years, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 1932, at the Peoria State Hospital, alter a long illness. He was 63 years, 1 month and 8 days old.

Funeral services were held at the Wilton Chapel Wednesday afternoon, and interment in the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Mr. Clinebell is survived by his wife, one son, Willis, two brothers, John of Glasford and William of Rock Island, and three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Campbell, Peoria, Mrs. Lizzie Stringer, Pekin, and Miss Mary Clinebell, Peoria.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 1932
 


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LAWRENCE MURIEL CLEMMER

Lawrence Muriel Clemmer of 408 Argyle Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois, died May 11, 1932, of pneumonia at the West Suburban Hospital, Chicago, Ill.

Mr. Clemmer was born at Hanna City, Illinois, April 25, 1894, and resided in Hanna City during his boyhood. He went to Chicago in 1900 and at the time of his death was Assistant Manager of the G. A. Ackerman Printing and Paper Mills.

He was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Brandenburg of Chicago in 1915 who survives him. To this union two children were born, one, a daughter, Betty, aged 15, survives him.

Also left to mourn his passing besides a host of friends, is his mother, Mrs. Lucy Clemmer, and brother, James R. Clemmer of Elmwood, Ill., and a sister. Mrs. Cora Yinger of Chicago.

He was a charter member of Pillar Lodge No. 1132 A. F. & A. M., Chicago, Illinois.

Funeral services were held at Kampp's Funeral Home, 319 North Central Avenue, Chicago, May 13, under the auspices of Pillar Lodge who conducted the funeral with full Masonic honors.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 19, 1932


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MRS. KATE CLEMMER

Sympathy from friends and neighbors here is extended to the bereaved family of  Mrs. Kate Clemmer, who passed away last Sunday noon. Mrs. Clemmer suffered a stroke while shopping in Peoria just before Thanksgiving, from which she did not recover.

Kate Clemmer was born in Alexis, Ill., Aug. 11, 1868, the daughter of Delila Jane Scott and Abraham Flory. She was married to Samuel G. Clemmer at Keithburg, Ill., June 6, 1883. To this union, eight children were born, the husband and four children preceding her in death. She has been a resident of Hanna City for the past fifty years. In 1913 she joined the Oak Leaf Camp No. 5110, R. N. A., Hanna City and had been a very active member in that society.

Those who survive her are two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Parry and Mrs. Flossie Bradshaw, Hanna City, two sons, Fred Clemmer, Peoria, and William, Hanna City, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Mary Ray, Centerville, Iowa. She passed away at her home, Jan. 15 at the age of 71 years, 5 months, 4 days.

Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Clemmer at the Methodist church, Hanna City, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. F. Hunter officiating. Mrs. Robert  McClugage and Mrs. John Wise sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Sometime Somewhere" assisted by Mrs. Eleanor Parr at the piano. Pallbearers  were Wm. Bradshaw, Jas. Bradshaw, Roe Ford, Enos McAlister, Jack Howard and Mark Glasgow, with members of the Royal Neigh­bors honorary pallbearers.

Interment was made in Smithville Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. July 19, 1939
 


 

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. WALTER CLEFFORD

Funeral services for Mrs. Walter Clefford, who died Feb.26, 1941, at her home in Glasford, were held Saturday afternoon at the Glasford Methodist church. The service was conducted by the minister; Rev. Eugene E. Stauffer, assisted by Rev. John Schlenker of the Baptist church.

Several selections were sung by Misses Helen Rice and Doris Heuermann, accompanied by Mrs. Rice.

Burial was at Maple Ridge Cemetery. The pall bearers were Gilbert Maple, Theodore Clauson, Neil Bitner, Richard Scott, Lloyd  Looger and Glenn Tindall.

Eliza Homan was a daughter of Levi J. Homan and Eliza Nolan Homan, and was born in Limestone township, Feb. 25, 1881. She was married to Walter Clefford at Kingston Mines on Feb 17, 1901.

Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Miss Ozella Clefford, Mrs. Violet Azbell, and Mrs. Mar­jorie Maple, all of Glasford; two sons, Earl of Glasford and John, Kingston Mines; five sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Gallaway and Mrs. Abbie Clauson, both of Glasford, and Miss Alice Homan, Mrs. Vera Carpenter, and Mrs. Rose Moore, all of Peoria; two brothers, Richard, Glasford, , and John, Peoria; and six grand children.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 6, 1941


 

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FORMER GLASFORD GIRL
DIES IN PEORIA MONDAY

Miss Tillie Clauson Passes Away at the Methodist Hospital - Burial Here Wednesday

Miss Tillie Clauson,  formerly a resident­ of Glasford, died at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, Monday morning, at the age of 22 years. Death was caused by pneumonia, resulting from an attack of the flu.

The remains were brought to Glasford Wednesday morning, and funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. C. W. Wolfe, pastor of the Baptist Church.

Interment was at the Lancaster cemetery.

Tillie Clauson, youngest daughter of Nicholas and Sarah Clauson, was born at Glasford, March 26, 1897. Died at the Methodist hospital, in Peoria, Monday morning, Feb. 2. 1920, aged 22 years, 10 months and 6 days.

She lived with her parents and went to school in Glasford until about ten years of age. Her twin sister, Grace, died at the age of six years in this village. She was also preceded in death by her mother, who passed away eight years ago,  and by an older sister, Lillian.

She is survived by her father Nicholas Clauson, and by two brothers and one sister:  James Clauson, of  Canabau, Mo., Nicholas, Jr., of  Dover, N. H., and Mrs. Gertrude Holt, of Eden. Besides these she leaves many  loving friends and acquaintances.

Her last illness was very brief, only ten days, when she died of pneumonia Apparently with all of life before her, she was called away.

“As a child is called from play,
So the Father's voice called her away.
Come unto Me, inherit the Kingdom prepared
for you from the foun­dation of the world."

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  February 10, 1916
 
 


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NICHOLAS E. CLAUSON

Nicholas E. Clauson,. a resident of Peoria county, for many years, died at a local hospital in Peoria, March 10th 1926, aged 69 years 3 months and 1 day.

Mr. Clausen was born in Peoria county, December 9, 1856, the oldest son of Jane and Adam Clauson.

He was married to Sarah Fuller, April 6, 1880, who preceded him in death 15 years ago. To this union were born six children, three are living, James H. Clauson of Wichita, Kansas, N. E. Clauson of  Dover, New Hamp­shire, and Gertrude C. Holt of Peoria, Illinois. He leaves to mourn his passing besides the three children, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Glasford, Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller of the Baptist Church. Inter­ment was in the Lancaster cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 18, 1926

NICHOLAS CLAUSON, SR. BURIED HERE SATURDAY

The remains of Nicholas Clauson, Sr., a former resident of this vicinity, will be laid to rest at the Lancaster Cem­etery some time Saturday. The exact hour has not been decided at this writing, waiting word from a son, James, who is in the West. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Mel­ler of the Baptist church.

Mr. Clauson, who was 69 years old, died Wednesday night at the Peoria State Hospital. He has been suffering with nervous trouble and had gone there for treatment.

Mr. Clauson's daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Holt, of Peoria, was in Glas­ford this morning making arrange­ments for the funeral services.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 11, 1926
 
 


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MRS. EDW. CLAUSON

Mary Margaretha Wegner was born in Germany October 6, 1867, and passed away Wednesday, June 4, 1924, aged 66 years, 8 months and 29 days. She came to this country with her parents at the age of three years. Her mother died soon after. At the age of seventeen years she was confirmed at the Lutheran church in Peoria and soon after became a member of the Timber Lutheran Church near Glasford.

She was united in marriage to Edward Clauson May 1, 1886 at the Timber Lutheran church.

Mrs. Clauson's father preceded her in death nine years ago.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband and eight children: Fred, George, Frank, Henry and Amiel, Mrs. Jeanie Elson, Mrs. Edna Terrell, all of Glasford, and Mrs. Annie Robinson of Peoria. She also leaves one brother, Harry Wegner of Mt. Gilead. Ohio, and fifteen grandchildren.

After coming to this country Mrs. Clauson spent most of  her life near Glasford, where she leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 12, 1924

 


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Jordan Clauson

Retired farmer and lifelong resident of Timber township, passed away last Friday, July 17, 1936, at 4:40 p.m., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Clark, in Glasford. He was 77 years old.

The body was taken to the Howard Mortuary and funeral services were held Sunday morning at the G1asford Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. John Schlenker.

The singing was by Mrs. Mabel McElhaney and Mrs. Fern Lightbody, accompanied by Otis Baker.

Interment was in  Lancaster Cemetery

The pallbearers were all grandsons of the deceased: Archie Barron, Merlin Clauson, Clinton Saylor, Dean Shafer, John Harmon and Henry Lacock.

Mr. Clauson was born in Timber township, Peoria County, November 3, 1858, and was a son of Adam and Janie Clauson. His marriage to Eliza Petty took place December 16, 1880. She passed away November 24, 1934. They were the parents of twelve children, ten surviving: Mrs. Frank Clark, William, Peoria;  Mrs. Albert Shafer, Glasford, Mrs. Charles Barron, Mapleton; Mrs. Lewis Saylor, Pekin; Mrs. Rena Miller, Galesburg; Mrs. Irwin Sprague, California; Mrs. Albert  Nuhn, Trivoli; Charles and John at home. Mr. Clauson also leaves sixteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and four brothers, John, George and Edward of Glasford and Henry Clauson of Peoria, besides a host of friends to mourn his death.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  July 1936


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Brother Dead

Louis Colvin passed away at his residence, 1011 North Second street, Pekin, at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday morning after an illness of two weeks following a stroke of paralysis. He was born in Peoria county, November 9, 1873. He was the son of James and Emily Fuller Colvin. His marriage to Margaret H. Harrington took place at Hollis on January 1, 1896. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic church. and the United Mine Workers of America.

Besides his wife he is survived by four children: Louise, Francis, Paul and Della, and the following brothers and sisters: Isaac, Glasford, Ill.;  Samuel, Prairie View, Ark; Philbert, McPherson, Kan.; Mrs. Hanna Bohanan, Peoria; Mrs. Martha Bitner, of Farmington; Mrs. Bennie Harrington, Russelldale, Ark.; Mrs. Roy Bohanan, Paris, Ark.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  September 8, 1921
 


 

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ISAAC COLVIN

Colvin, a life-long resident of this community passed away at his home in Glasford Monday morning, after an illness of several months. He returned from the hospital about three weeks ago, where he had undergone a serious operation. The body was taken to the Wilkey mortuary.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Glasford Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. C. Lillie. The singers were Mrs. Lois Baker and Mrs. Jas. Parr, and accompanied by Miss Bessie Craig.

Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

Isaac Colvin was born June 1, 1871, near Glasford, Ill., the son of James and Emily Colvin. He spent his entire life in this community, and was well known, and respected by all who knew him.

On June 10, 1912, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Maude Harmon, of Chatham, Ill.

He passed away at his home on September 7, 1931, at 2:00 a. m., at the age of 60 years, 3 months and 6 days.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife, a step-son, John Harmon, three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Bohanan of Peoria, Mrs. Eva Haynes of Farmington, and Mrs. Bonnie Harrington, of Russelville, Ark., three brothers, Philbert, of Farmington, and Sam and Roy, of Paris, Ark.

Mr. Colvin was a member of Timber Lodge, No. 906, I. O. O. F, and of the United Mine Workers of America.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 17, 1931


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BONNIE LYNN COLVIN

Bonnie Lynn Colvin, daughter of Elmer and Georgia (Tindall) Colvin passed away at St. Francis hospital at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1942,  at the age of 2 months and l5 days.

She was born at Pekin hospital June 3, 1942. She leaves to mourn her loss her parents and a brother Billie Lee, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tindall, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Colvin, great grandparents, Mr. Will Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Burge and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Tindall, also two aunts, Mrs. Garnet Peters and Miss Pauline Colvin all of Glasford.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at 2  p. m. Thursday and burial in Maple Ridge cemetery. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

We had a little treasure once
She was our joy and pride
We loved her all, perhaps too well
For soon she slept and died.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 27, 1942


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WILFRED COLLINS DIES OF INJURIES

On Thursday evening; at St Francis Hospital, Wilfred E. Collins passed away after having been confined there since Sept. 22 last year when he was injured in a mine west of  Glasford.

Mr. Collins was caught by a fall of slate while working a room in the mine. In the accident, he suffered a double fracture of the vertebrae, with crushing chest wounds which broke three of his ribs and other body bruises.

At the time of the accident he was taken to the St. Francis hospital, and placed under the care of Doctor  George Borin who cared for him until he passed away. Other doctors were called in consultation several times, but the nature of his injuries were such that the lower part of his body was paralyzed, and vital organs would not function.

After death, his body was brought to the Howard Mortuary where at 1 p: m. Saturday after noon an inquest was conducted by the coroner. Dr. H. F. Diller and his Deputy Glenn Gumm. A jury; Sam Barron, foreman, D. A. Howard, Harrison McQuown, Manning Coats. Ralph Bitner and Harry Robbins after hearing the testimony of those at the scene of the accident and Doctor Borin, reached a verdict of accidental death. The testimony was that death was due to causes resulting directly  from the injuries sustained.

Obituary notice will be found in another column of this paper.

The Glasford Gazette. Glasford, Il. March 21, 1940
 

Memorial Services Held for Wilfred E. Collins

At Kingston Mines Methodist church at 10 o'clock, Tuesday, March 19, memorial services were held for Wilfred E. Collins, who died the evening of March 14, at St. Francis hospital.

The services were conducted by Rev. E. E. Stauffer; pastor, of the church. Sam and John Kingsley sang, accompanied by Mrs. Mrs. Marshall. Williams.

The pallbearers were Richard Hedge, Merle Rudd, Willard Kingsley, Morris Tharp, Abraham Oedewaldt, and Willard Hash.

Burial was in the Kingston Mines Cemetery.

Wilfred had been a patient in the hospital since Sept. 22, last year when he was injured in a mine accident.

Mr. Collins was born Sept. 4, 1910, in Kingston Mines, Ill., a son of John C. Collins and Hazel Kingsley Collins. He was united in marriage at Pekin, October 14, 1933 to Evelyn Brignall, who survives him.

He is also survived by his father, C. Collins, Glasford, and his mother, Mrs. Hazel Volswinkler, Kila, Mont. One brother, J. W, Collins, Fort Peck, Mont., and one sister, Mrs. Sadie Wallace, Chicago.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 21, 1940


Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette

LAWRENCE COLLINS
DIES AT HOSPITAL

Lawrence H. Collins of Kingston Mines was taken sick suddenly last Saturday, and taken to the Proctor hospital, where he died Sunday night.

Death was caused from poison from having his teeth pulled, and other complications.

The body was brought to the Howard mortuary in Glasford, and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Kingston Mines Methodist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. E. Stauffer.

Two selections were sung by John and Sam Kingsley and Mrs. Kate York, accompanied by Mrs. Marshal Williams..

Interment was in Kingston Mines Cemetery.

Lawrence H. Collins, son of John Thomas and Angeline (Pankey) Collins, was born February 28, 1883 at Kingston Mines and passed away July 30, 1939 at the Proctor hospital in Peoria at the age of 58 years, 5 months, and 2 days.

On April 1, 1912, Mr. Collins was united in marriage with Clara Counterman at Pekin, Illinois.

He has been a lifelong resident of Kingston Mines, and he has always followed coal mining as an occupation.

Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Ruth DeBoer of Pekin, and Leota, Cleo, and LaVon at home, and seven sons, Thomas, Jack, Harry, Paul, Bobby, William, and Melvin, all at home. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams of Kingston Mines and two brothers, Chas. W. and John C. Collins, both of Glasford, and two grandchildren of Pekin. Four children died in infancy.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 3, 1939


Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette
 

CHARLES W. COLLINS

Charles Wesley (Wes) Collins, a coal miner living near the Haggerty mine west of Glasford, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1940, at 10 p. m. at the Proctor hospital.

Mr. Collins was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon in the Howard ambulance, suffering with pneumonia, and lived only a few hours.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church at Kingston Mines, where the deceased lived most of his life. The services will be conducted by Rev. Eugene Stauffer. Interment will be in the Kingston Mines Cemetery.

Mr. Collins was born June 24, 1881, in Timber Township, the son of John T. and Angeline Pankey Collins.

He was married at Pekin in 1900 to Bessie Lee, who survives. He is also survived by two daughters,  Mrs. Flossie Cruse and Mrs. Lesta Potter, both of Peoria, one brother, John Collins, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, both of Kingston Mines.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 13, 1940


Contributed by Dick Parr
 

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MRS. ALICE MAE COLLINS

Memorial services for Mrs. Alice Mae Collins, wife of Frank Collins of Glasford, were held 1:30 Thursday afternoon at Wilton Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. R. Bauerle of  the First Nazerene church of Peoria. Her favorite hymns were sung by Mrs. John Swadinsky and friend of Peoria.

The chapel was filled with many beautiful floral offerings and attended by a large number of friends and relatives who came to pay their respects to one who was loved by all who knew her.

Alice Mae Scovil, daughter of Leroy E. and Mary Delaney Scovil was born one mile south of the Scovil School in Peoria County.  She was one of six children, three of whom have preceded her in death.

On December 18, 1902, she was united in marriage to Joseph Frank Collins of Hanna City. The greater part of her life was spent in or near this vicinity, moving to Glasford five years ago.

Surviving are her husband and four sons, Fred D. and LeRoy E. of Glasford; Wesley and Leslie of Peoria, nine grandchildren, two brothers, Edward of Los Angeles, California, Frank of Peoria and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Malhan of Farmington, also one aunt, Mrs. Clara Engel of Glasford.

Mrs. Collins was a dutiful wife and mother of high character and her worthy name will live in the hearts of the people who knew her best.

The Glasford Gazette. Glasford, Il. October 30, 1941


Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette

BROTHER OF MRS. MATHEW DOLL DEAD IN MINNESOTA

John Coleman, a brother of Mrs. Matthew Doll of Glasford died Thursday, November 2, at his home in St. James, Minn.

Mr. Coleman was nearly eighty years old. He was born in Mediria county, Ohio, December 8, 1842. He came to Illinois when a small boy, and lived in this county part of the time. He enlisted in the Union army February 4, 1864, and served one year and eight months. He was a brave and gallant soldier, serving under General Thomas in the Ninth Illinois Calvary. He took an active part in the hostilities, and had his horse shot from under him at one time.

After the war Mr. Coleman moved to Minnesota, in a covered wagon, while it was yet an unsettled prairie. At one time he was lost in a blizzard which raged for three days and nights.

Mr. Coleman was a faithful worker in the Methodist church. He is survived by his wife and five children, two brothers and one sister.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 23, 1922


Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette

MRS. MINNIE COLE

Mrs. Minnie Cole, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away last Friday, October 21, at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria. She had been in failing health for some time, but a fractured hip, received in a fall about six weeks ago, hastened her death.

Funeral services were held in her memory Sunday afternoon, at the Glasford M E. Church, conducted by Rev. E. L. Fahnestock, of Jacksonville, a nephew of the deceased. Interment was in Lancaster Cemetery, where in the quaint mellow glow of October sunshine a large host of relatives and friends paid their last respects to "Aunt Min."

Philippine Chapter, No .413, O. E. S. of which the deceased was a charter member, conducted their burial service at the grave, and the benediction was pronounced by Sam Barron, of Peoria.

Mary Alice Fahnestock Cole, daughter, of the late Colonel Allen L., and  Sarah E. Fahnestock was born in Lancaster, lll., November 12, 1850, and departed this life October 21, 1932, at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 9 days. She was married to John H. Cole of Glasford, Ill., who preceeded her in death a number of years ago. To this union was born one son, Allen Cole, now residing in Peoria. Three brothers, Lewis A., Frank L., and Alphonso A. also one sister, Iverine, and her father and mother preceeded her in death.

Mrs. Cole is also survived by two brothers, Charles E., of. Macomb and John A. of Peoria, one grandson, Everette Cole, one granddaughter, Florence and one great grandson, Everette Cole, Jr., all of Peoria.

She was a charter member of the Philippine Chapter. O. E. S., No. 413 of  Glasford, and from the date of the organization of the Charter, June 27th, 1898 until her retirement from the active duties of the order she was conductress of the Chapter. Mrs. Cole was also a member of tht Glasford Rebekah Lodge and the Women's Relief  Corps.

Until her last illness "Aunt Min" as she was so kindly and familiarly known, spent almost her entire life in Glasford and the sunshine of her character, her perpetual spirit of helpfulness and  sympathetic friendship deeply endeared her, not only to her immediate family  but to an ever widening circle of friends. Up to the close of her life,  despite her illness and advanced age, she maintained her usual keen mentality and active interest in the life of  the community and her family. In the words of the immortal Bryant "She went not to her grave as the gally slave, scourged to his dungeon, but sustained by an unfaltering trust, she wrapped the mantle of her couch about her and laid  down to pleasant dreams."

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  October 27, 1932


Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette

YOUNG SON DIES

Everett (Sonny) Cole, Jr., 7 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cole, 1117 West Virginia ave., Peoria, died Sunday afternoon at the Methodist hospital. Death was caused by scarlet fever and pneumonia.

The parents and one sister, Marilyn Kay, survive.

Everett is a nephew of the Trautsch brothers of Glasford, and a former Glasford boy. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Trautsch, Donald Suttie and Wm. H. Weers attended the funeral Tuesday.

Mrs. Al Cole, Peoria, mother of Everett, who has been very ill, is reported slowly improving.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  March 9, 1939


Contributed by Dick Parr

Cole

Emma DeGroff was born Jan. 6th, 1858, died April 25, 1903, aged 45 years 3 months and 19 days. She was married to Mr. Chas. Cole Dec 14, 1874. To this union five children were born, two daughters and three sons all of which together with her husband mourn  the loss of a mother and wife.

Mrs. Cole was reclaimed in the meetings recently held in Mapleton Miss Banning, corning to the a1tar alone remarking "I can't stay away any longer, it must be settled now.'' At her request the writer visited her the last day of her life on earth. She said she did not expect to get well; that it was all right with her and her Savior "I am not afraid to die." Mrs. Cole will be greatly missed in the community. She was ever ready and willing to help her neighbors, in sickness she was kind, sympathetic and willing to do all in her power to relieve the suffering. Mrs. Kate Baxtor the oldest of the family; who lives in Iowa did not get home until just a few hours before time for the funeral, which was very sad. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church in Mapleton conducted by the writer; the remains were buried in the Kingston Cemetery. After the burial service of the church at the grave the Miners rendered a very beautiful burial service also. (Rev.) Geo. B. Slack.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 8, 1903


Contributed by Dick Parr

ALLEN S. COLE

Allen S. Cole, son of John and Minnie Fahnestock Cole, was born at Glasford Oct. 23, 1875, and passed away at the St. Francis hospital Jan. 8, 1938, after several weeks illness.

He was married to Miss Anna Trautsch at Glasford and resided there until about twenty five years ago when the family moved to Peoria.  The last fourteen years he has lived at 112 Commonwealth Ave.  For several years he was manager of a Larkin Co. Store, where his kind and cheery personality won him a host of friends.

Besides his widow, Mrs. Anna Cole, he leaves to mourn his death, two sons, Harry and Everett, one daughter, Miss Florence Cole, two grandchildren, Everett Jr., and Marilyn, all of  Peoria, and a multitude of friends who will miss a kind and cheerful man.

Funeral services were conducted at 3:00 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Frank M. Endsley Funeral Home. Rev. Robert H. Clark, pastor of the Union Congregational church officiating.. Burial was in Parkview Cemetery.

Sleep, dear friend, and rest
Your suffering is o'er
God in His mercy knows best
He giveth you rest, ever more.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  January 13, 1938


Contributed by Dick Parr
 

William Elliot Cochrane

William Elliot Cochrane, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cochrane, was born May 22, 1903 in Trivoli, Township, Peoria County, Illinois, and passed away April 18, 1931 at the home of his parents in Trivoli, Ill., aged 27 years, 10 months and 4 days.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in November 1925 and was sent to San Antonio, Texas. While there he married Louise Rutter.

About two years ago he contracted tuberculosis which resulted in his death.

He returned to the home of his parents, July 19, 1930, where all that medical skill and loving hands could do proved unavailing. He left evidence of Christian faith, and had hopes of regaining health.

He leaves to mourn his departure besides his wife and parents, four sisters,  Mrs. Sadie Wise, Peoria; Mrs. Raymond Elliott, Canton; Mrs. Jessie Porterfield, Trivoli; Mrs. Anna Bowton, Canton, and one brother John Cochrane of  Trivoli.

Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity, says Channing. Let us take courage and comfort in the Lord and say "Thy will be done."

Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church in Trivoli Monday afternoon, April 20, conducted by Rev. R. A. Reeves, the pastor, who used as his theme "The Web of Life"  Job 7-6. Twp beautiful songs were sung by Mrs. Rowena Zook and Mrs. Ruby Higgs, assisted at the piano by Mrs. Ora Stein. Interment  was made in the Brunswick Cemetery. J C. Cowser of Farmington, Mortician in charge.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il April 23, 1931


Contributed by Dick Parr

MRS. MANNING COATS DIES  (Death notice)

Mrs. Nettie Oleva Coats, 61 years old, wife of Manning Coats, Glasford cement contractor, died at 1:25 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Pekin hospital, where she was taken last week.

She was born in Linton Mills, Ohio, April 24, 1873, a daughter of John and Ollie Fuller-Meskimen.

Surviving are the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Francis Chilen, Peo­ria; Mrs. Ferne Heren, Pekin; John, Hiram, Chester and Elroy Coats, all of Glasford; Mrs. Faye Hill, Glasford; one sister, Mrs. Sara Fuller, Elmwood.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the residence at Lancaster, north-west of Glasford. Burial will be in Lancaster, cemetery.

The body will be at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin until 8 a. m. Friday, after which time friends may call at the residence at Lancaster.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 13, 1934

 

MRS. MANNING COATS (Obituary)

Nettie Oleva, youngest of a family of fifteen children born to John and Ollie Fuller Meskimen, was born April 24, 1873, at Linton Mills, Ohio. She came to Illinois when a very small child and crossed the Illinois river at Pekin by ferry boat. The family settled in Timber Township which has since been her home.

She was married November 18, 1890 at Peoria to Manning Coats. Mrs. Coats has been ailing for almost a year and was taken to the Pekin hospital, September 4, where she passed away September 12 at 1:25 p.m.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband and seven children, Mrs. Frances Chilen, Peoria, Mrs. Fern Heren, Pekin, John, Hiram, Chester and Elroy Coats and Mrs. Faye Hill of Glasford; also twenty-four grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister, Mrs. Sarah Fuller of Elmwood and  numerous other relatives and friends.

She was baptized in the Methodist Episcopal faith when just a baby. She was a helpful neighbor, loving wife and wonderful mother. Always ready and willing to aid one less fortunate than herself. She will be sadly missed in the home by her loved ones.

Funeral services were held Friday at 1:30 at the residence by Rev. Denekes of the German Reformed Church of Pekin, and were largely attended showing the esteem in which the deceased was held. Interment was in Lancaster Cemetery.

The pallbearers were John Scarcliff, Allen Bitner, John Dehart, U. S. Cowser, John Doll, Chas. Geier.

"Beautiful Isle of Somewheer," "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," were sung by Mrs. Fern Lightbody, Mrs. Mable McElhaney and Morris Rader.

Crossing the Bar
Twilight and evening bell, and after that
 the dark!
And may there be no sadness of fate?
 well, when I embark.
For though from out our borne of
  Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
   A. Tennyson
 

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 20, 1934


Contributed by Dick Parr

Dennis Coats

Glasford -  Dennis Dean "Deke" Coats, 76, of Pekin, for­merly of Glasford, died at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at  his residence.

Born June 16, 1928, in Glasford to Hiram and Verna Asbell Coats, he married Charlotte Miller on Sept. 9, 1960. She died in 2001 in Pekin.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Parker of Peoria and Bobbi (and Jon) Ellsworth of Cuba; three step-sons, Bill (and Linda) Irving of Hanna City, Robert Irving of Mapleton and Gary (and Julie) Irving of Pekin; one stepdaughter, Linda Framp­ton of Pekin; one brothel Owen (and Barbara of Glasford; four sisters, Ila Tuttle of Glasford, Eu­nice Melsby of Mount Prospect, Margaret Morris of Springfield and Colleen Weese of Wash­ington; four grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several stepgreat grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Shirley Ball, four brothers and two sisters.

A Korean War Army veteran, he served as a sergeant with the
Division 3l'1 infantry Com­pany C. He was a member of the American Legion in Crew Coeur.

He was a self-employed mason for 19 years, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of Independent Order of Foresters Court 1078 and the Plasterers and Ma-sons International Association, both in Peoria.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Woolsey Funeral Home, Glasford Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Brian Rahn will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton, where military rites will be accorded by the Glasford American Legion.

Memorials may be made to his family in care of National City Bank of Canton.

Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Il.  January 2005


 

Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette
 

MRS. N. M. CLOSEN

Mrs. Mary E. Closen, aged 49, wife of  Nicholas M. Closen, rural route No. 3, Peoria, passed away Wednesday morn­ing at her home.

Funeral services will be held Satur­day morning at 9 o'clock at the St. Boniface church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Mrs. Closen had been a lifelong resident of Peoria county. She was born in Hollis township October 23, 1883, a daughter of Matt and Mary Backus. She was a member of the St. Boniface church.

Surviving are the husband, three sons, William and Nicholas Closen, rural route No. 3, and Edward Closen, Moline; a daughter. Miss Amelia Closen, rural route No. 3; four brothers, Nicholas and Joseph Backus, Bartonville, and Peter and Frank Backus, rural route No. 3, and a sister, Mrs. Annie Closen, rural route No. 8, Peoria.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  January 5, 1933


 

Contributed by Dick Parr
published here with the permission of the Glasford Gazette
 

FORMER GLASFORD SOLDIER
BROUGHT HOME FROM ISLAND BURIAL PLACE

Willis Eugene Clinebell was the son of Albert B. and Ella nee Beitz Clinebell, and was born October 21, 1922 in Peoria, Ill. He was baptized in the Trinity Lutheran church, Peoria on Nov. 19, 1922. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith on April 10, 1938 just 10 years ago, and was a member of the Trinity church all his life. He received his education from Harrison and  Greely elementary schools and from Woodruff High School, graduating in 1940. After his graduation he continued his education as an apprentice at the Caterpillar Tractor Co.

On Nov. 10, 1942 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and went into training at San Diego, Cal., until Aug. 1943. He was then sent to Fort Knox,  Ky., for special tank training for 3 months. Upon completion he was sent to Camp Elliott, Cal., from where he left for overseas on Dec. 3, 1943, landing at Guadalcanal. Cpl. Clinebell was a member of Company A, Third Tank Battalion of the 3rd Marine Div. He was a tank commander.

From Guadalcanal Corp. Clinebell's Co. was sent into the Battle of Guam, where he was wounded in July 1944. He was therefore stationed in Guam from July 1944 to Feb. 1945. Early in Feb. 1945, Corp. Clinebell and his comrades left Guam for the Battle of Iwo Jima, a lonely barren isle of volcanic origin in the far Pacific, a stepping-stone to Japan. He entered the battle on Feb. 20 and was killed on Feb. 26, 1945. He was buried temporarily on Iwo Jima, and later his body was sent home.

In memory of Corp. Clinebell's  death and sacrifice for his country and out of love for his and her church, Mrs. Clinebell has. furnished the beautiful Brides and Mother's Room in the narthex of the church. The name plate on the door reads: "In memory of Corp. Willis E. Clinebell, killed on Iwo  Jima, Feb. 26, 1945. By his mother."

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ella Clinebell. several aunts, and cousins. His father preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church at 1:30 p. m. on Saturday, April 10, 1948. Rev. Lorman M. Peterson officiated. Martin Deethardt sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Asleep in Jesus." H. L. Franzen was the organist. Christian burial with military honors took place at the Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.

Cpl. Willis Clinebell formerly lived with his parents on a farm east of Glasford. His father was a brother of the late John Clinebell who lived south of town.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 1948


 

 

 

 

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