Peoria County, Illinois  Genealogy Trails



Contributed by Dick Parr
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Memorial Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday  at the Methodist church at Hanna City for Ralph Owen Dunn, 57, lifelong resident of Hanna City who died at noon Sunday in a local hospital after a short illness. Rev. T. W. Rippy officiated at the service. Burial was made in Cottonwood Cemetery. A son of Alfonso and Fannie Bradley Dunn he was born in Hanna City Sept. 17, 1884. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Della Greason of Peoria, three sons, Owen Dunn, Pottstown, William of Ironwood, Mich., and Robert of Hanna City. A brother Charles and several grandchildren.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il  Thursday 20 November 1941


Contributed by Dick Parr
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Sylvia Ann Goetze Dumke, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Goetze was born in Limestone township, Dec. 10, 1903 and passed away at the Proctor hospital at Peoria August 23, 1931, at 4:30 p. m. after a brief illness. In infancy she was baptized by Rev. F. B. Bess of St: Paul Lutheran Church of Peoria. Through her baptism she became a child of God. On March 30, 1919 at the age of sixteen years she was confirmed by Rev. S. J. Altpeter at the Bethel Lutheran Church of Bartonville. She maintained her membership at the Bethel Congregation until her death.

As a Christian she loved her church. She was serious upon the out look of life and was ever conscious that there was a loving Father in Heaven who watched over His children. She was always present at the Lord's table when it was possible for her to attend.

On October 19, 1929 she was joined in marriage to Harry Dumke of Chicago. To this union was born one son, Donald Albert.

Her death was a shock to all that knew her. Her paster, Rev. F. A. Parks chose as his sermon text the memory verse of her confirmation Psalm 37:5, "Commit thy way unto the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." He chose as his theme the words of Solomon "The silver cord has been loosed, but shall again be bound in heaven."

She leaves to mourn, her husband and son, father, mother, brothers and sisters and a large circle of friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday August 27, 1931

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MRS. W. T. DuMars

Friday afternoon October 16, at her home in Trivoli, Mrs. Nancy S. DuMars, wife of  Wm. T. DuMars died, aged 62 years, 1 month, 7 days. Funeral was held from late residence Sunday morning and interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Deceased's maiden name was Swartz and she was born in Dauphin County, Pa., August 19, 1846.

She was married there February 3, 1870, to W. T. DuMars and together they came to Peoria county, settled in Trivoli township, where they since lived.

Besides her husband there are three sons and two daughters surviving Harry E. in Corn Belt bank at Bloomington, John F. is practicing law in Oklahoma, and Irving lives at home.

The daughters are Mrs. Kirkman and  Ethel DuMars, both living in Trivoli.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday October 29, 1908


Contributed by Dick Parr
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Deaths Sadden Holiday Season

Silas Scott Duffield, aged 72 years, well known resident of Glasford, died Monday morning at 8:40, from an attack of acute indigestion.

The news of his death was a shock to relatives and friends, and has cast a gloom over the holiday season.

Mr. Duffield was in his usual health Christmas day and enjoyed the festivities of the occasion. Sunday morning he awoke feeling ill, and when Mrs. Duffield was awakened he was on the floor, unable to get up. Aid was called immediately, but Mr. Duffield continued to grow worse, and was unconscious the last few hours, passing away within about 24 hours of his first  attack

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, at the Methodist church. Interment at Lancaster Cemetery. The Eastern Star lodge, in which the deceased had held the office of Worthy Patron for many years, will hold their burial services at the church, and Lancaster Masonic lodge, of which the deceased was a prominent member for many years, will conduct their services at the grave.

Mr. Duffield was born at Glasford, February 20, 1854, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Duffield, pioneer residents of Peoria county. On February 24, 1877, he was married to Harriet Saylor Chambers. Had he lived until next February they would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Mr. Duffield is survived by his wife and the following children: Andrew J. Duffield, Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. Ray Washburn, Yoder, Wyo.; Clarence H. Duffield, Hopkins, Mo.; Henry L. Duffield, Glasford; and one step-daughter, Mrs. Grant Brown, Hopkins, Mo.; also one brother, Marion S. Duffield, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and one sister, Mrs. Minnie McFarland, Alma, Nebr..

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday December 30, 1926

Contributed by Dick Parr
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R. I. S. Duffield, widely known and esteemed farmer of Fulton county where he has lived for the past forty years, died at his home, January 22, 1932 at 4 a. m. at the age of 64 years, 7 months and 7 days, following an illness of several months.

Short funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev. R. W. Reynolds, of Glasford, for the benefit of the aged mother, 93 years old, who was unable to leave the House.

The body was then brought to the Glasford M. E. church by Undertaker Wm. H. Wilkey, having to be transferred from the home to the gravel road by wagon on account of the almost impassable roads.

A very impressive funeral sermon was preached here by Rev. Reynolds. The singing was by Mrs. Mabel McElhaney and Mrs. Fern Lightbody accompanied by Miss Pauline Bitner.

Interment was in the  Lancaster cemetery.

Robert Isaac Duffield was born June 15, 1867, is son of Henry G. Duffield, now deceased, and Anna J. Duffield, aged mother now living.

His father was a Civil War veteran, taking an active part in many battles along side of many other fellowmen of Glasford, Illinois.

He leaves to mourn his death his mother, who is 93 years of age, one brother, John W. Duffield of Glasford, one sister, Mrs. Mary A. Hess of Pekin„ Illinois. three nephews, Charles, Algie and Lloyd Hess, all of Pekin, two nieces, Grace Mather of Pekin, Jessie Parr of Glasford, also two great nieces Lois and Mary Alice Hess of Pekin.

Mr. Duffield was a man who always worked hard and tried to serve his fellowmen and community to the best  of his ability.

He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America Camp No. 2951 of Glasford, Illinois

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday January 28, 1932

Contributed by Dick Parr
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Word has been received from Chas. A. Duffield, of St. Petersburg. Fla., that his father, Marion S. Duffield, passed away July 23, 1932, after a brief illness. He had been working up until the time of his death. The body was buried at St. Petersburg for the present.

Mr. Duffield was formerly a prominent farmer and Chester White hog breeder, living on what is now the Voss farm north-east of Glasford.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday August 4, 1932

Contributed by Dick Parr
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John W. Duffield, retired farmer and well-known resident of Glasford, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1942, at 9:15 a, m., after a long illness. He was 81 years, 1  month and 17 days old.

The body was taken to the Howard Mortuary where friends may call.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Glasford Baptist-church, conducted by Rev. John Schlenker.

The body will lie in state from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the services.

Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, with Lancaster Masonic lodge in charge.
John W. Duffield, son of Henry and Anna Bateman Duffield was born in Hollis Township, July 9, 1861. He was united in marriage to Miss Martha Williams at Glasford  on April 4, 1895. To this union was born, one daughter, Jessie Anna.

"John" as he was known to his many friends, was a patient sufferer and was loved by all who knew him. Surviving are his widow, and his daughter, Mrs. Fred Johnson.  He also leaves a foster son, Ben Sathoff of Canton.

He was a member of  Lancaster Lodge, No.  l06 A. F. & A. M. He was, a good citizen and a good neighbor.

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

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Henry Alphis Duffield

Henry Alphis Duffield, son of Andrew J. Duffield and Malinda Jane Scott Duffield, was born on the 29th, April, 1861 at the old homestead east of Glasford, on section 22 Timber township.

Mr. Duffield was united in marriage to Reuhana Alders August, 1895. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Annie Riddle of Pekin and Joseph Duffield also of Pekin, who live to mourn his loss. Two brothers, Silas S. Duffield of Glasford and Marion S. Duffield of St. Petersburg, Florida, and one sister, Minnie McFarland, Alma, Nebraska. Three grand children and a host of friends.

Henry Alphis Duffield died March 6, 1926, aged 64 years, 10 months and 7 days.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Friday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller. Interment was in Lancaster cemetery.

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

Contributed by Dick Parr
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Henry Duffield was expecting to receive word Tuesday that his mother, Mrs. Harriet Duffield, was returning home from a visit in Missouri. Instead, he was shocked to receive a message that she had suddenly passed away.

She was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grant Brown, of Hopkins, Mo., at the time, and had been preparing to return home Wednesday. Instead the sorrowing children, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duffield, of Hopkins, Mo., whom she had also been visiting, accompanied the body home, arriving here Wednesday morning.

Two other children, Mrs. Ray Washburn, and Mr. Washburn of Yoder,  Wyo., and Andrew Duffield, of Lincoln, Nebr., also arrived here yesterday.

Mrs. Duffield was 74 years old, a member of the Methodist church and Eastern Star lodge, and a highly respected resident of this community. Her husband, Silas S. Duffield, died December 27, 1926.

Two brothers, Amos and George Saylor, and a sister, Mrs. Amy Fahnestock, also survive.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. L C. Meller. Interment will be at Lancaster Cemetery. The Eastern Star lodge will conduct their burial service at the grave.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday October 11, 1928



Harriet Saylor, daughter of George W, and Amy Saylor, was born near Glasford, September 4th, 1853.

Was married to John Chambers in 1870. Two children were born to this union: a son, George Robert, having died in infancy, a daughter, Fanny May, now Mrs. Grant Brown. Mr. Chambers died in October 1874.

She was again married to Silas Scott Duffield, February 21st. 1877.

Four children were born to this union three sons and one daughter, Andrew L., Cora A., Clarence H. and Henry L.

Mrs. Duffield spent most of life in or near Glasford, except two years they spent in Nebraska. She united with the Baptist church of Glasford , when she was sixteen years of age. A few years later she transferred her membership to the Methodist church  and has been a faithful member ever since. She was a member of Philippine Chapter. No. 413, Order of Eastern Star.

She departed this life October 8th, 1928, at Hopkins, Missouri, at the age of seventy-five years one month and four days.

She leaves to mourn her departure two daughters and three sons. Mrs. Fannie Brown, Hopkins, Mo., Andrew L., Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. Cora Washburn. Yoder, Wyoming: Clarence H., Hopkins. Missouri; and, Henry L. of  Glasford; two brothers: Amos and George Saylor. one sister, Mrs. Amy Fahnestock, all of Glasford; thirteen grand-children and two great grand-children, and a host of other relatives, and friends. The husband, mother. father, nine brothers and sisters have gone on before.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 11, at the Glasford M. E. church, conducted Rev. L. C. Meller of the Baptist church. Interment at the Lancaster cemetery.

The Eastern Star held their burial service at the cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday  October 18, 1928

Contributed by Dick Parr
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Notice was recently published in these column of the death of Chas. A. Duffield of St Petersburg,  Fla., on July 10, 1938. Mr. Duffield was a former Glasford boy. The following clipping from a St. Petersburg paper have just been received:

"Stricken with a sudden attack of acute indigestion, Charles A Duffield, 49, local insurance man and prominent civic leader and church worker, dropped dead at his home yesterday morning before members of his family could summon a physician.

"Mr. Duffield, a member of the Board of Directors-of the Crippled Children's Home, was Secretary and a former director of .the Civitan; Club.  He was local agent for the Aetna Life Insurance Company and maintained an office at 18 Fifth Street North.

"Coming here from Peoria, Ill., in October, 1924, he immediately entered the insurance business.

He was a member of St. Peters' Episcopal church where he took an active interest in  Sunday School work and taught the boys class. During many years Mr. Duffield took an active interest in all local Red Cross drives. He was a Thirty-second Degree Mason and a Shriner, being a member of the organizations in Peoria.

"Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hazel M. Duffield; and a daughter Miss Mary Lucile Duffield, both of 1035 Seventh Street North.

"Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at St. Peter's Episcopal church with Chaplain E. A. Edwards officiating. Arrangements are in charge of Baynards."

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Ill Thursday August 4, 1938


Contributed by Dick Parr
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Mrs. Anna Jane Duffield, a former resident of Orion township, passed away Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Hess, 1105 S. Third street, Pekin. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Duffield was born April 16, 1839, at Janesville, Ohio, the daughter of Isaac and Harriett Cobb Bateman.

She was married at Pekin September 12, 1860, to Henry G. Duffield, who preceded her in death. She was the last of a family of 11 children.

Mrs. Duffield is survived by one son, John W. Duffield, of Glasford, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Hess, Pekin.

She was a Member of the Glasford Baptist Church and the Eastern Star lodge of Glasford.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin, in charge of Rev. Younge.  Interment will be in Lancaster cemetery.

The Eastern Star order will attend the service at Pekin, and conduct their burial service at the cemetery.

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

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Mrs. Rhoda Dudley, a highly respected and life-long resident of Hollis township, passed away at her home Saturday, after a long illness.

Funeral services were held at the LaMarsh Baptist church. Monday morning, and interment was in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

Rhoda Maple Dudley, daughter of Abraham and Mary Maple was born in Hollis Township, January 19, 1860 and departed this life, November 19, 1932 at the age of 72 years.

At an early age, she united with the LaMarsh Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to George Dudley now deceased. To this union were born five children. Abraham and Lee at home, Carrie Polson of Pekin, Warren of Hollis township, and John who at died in infancy.

She also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Kate Spong, and Mrs. Margaret Wheeler of Peoria, Mrs. Rhua Farmer of Glasford, Mrs. Lucinda Dudley of Tuscarora, two brothers, Albert Maple, of Maple Ridge, and John Maple of Smithville. and a host of relatives and friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il  Thursday November ?, 1932

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George A. Dudley Dead


George A. Dudley, a prominent  farmer of  Maple Ridge, and well known here, died very suddenly last  Friday morning about 1:00 o'clock.

He had not been in the best of health of late, but was working as usual Thursday when he was overcome while pitching hay and failed to rally.

He was born at Mapleton, October. 13, 1858. His marriage to Miss Rhoda Maple took place September 9, 1878. The following children survive: Abram, Lee, Mrs. Carrie Polson, Warren, all of Mapleton. Four brothers, William, Albert, Charles and Zion, the latter a resident of Galesburg, survive.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Maple Ridge church, conducted by Rev. Poole of Pekin. Interment was in the cemetery adjoining.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday July 26, 1923

Contributed by Jean Griesan

Sarah Duce

        Miss Sarah Duce, 81 years old, resident of Proctor Endowment home for seven years, died there at midnight Wednesday after nearly three years of ill health.

        She was born in Washington, Ill., Nov. 13, 1857, daughter of Menka and Anna Duce, and was a member of the Evangelical church.  She had been a seamstress for many years, and entered Proctor home in March 1932.

        Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Minnie Becker, Mrs. Nellie Benbrooke and Mrs. H. J. Fuchs, all of Peoria.

        Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Proctor home, with interment in El Paso, Ill.

Peoria Star, Thursday, June 22, 1939



Oscar F. Dubuis
submitted by Pamela Villafuerte


Oscar F. DUBUIS, the Park Engineer, Passed Away Yesterday

At At 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, O.F. DUBUIS, the man who constructed Peoria's magnificent park and driveway system and brought it to its present perfection, closed his eyes in the sleep eternal and Peoria thereby loses one of its most talented citizens. Mr. DUBUIS was a remarkable man in his versatility. He was at once an artist, an architect, an engineer, a landscape gardener and a botanist, and was proficient in all. He had a remarkable faculty for developing the artistic possibilities of the grounds under his charge and arranging scenes of beauty, as Glen Oak, the Laura Bradley park, and the pleasure driveway will attest. When he came to Peoria twelve years ago the park board had just been organized and it had purchased the BIRKET property now known as Glen Oak park. Its hills and valleys at once appealed to his artistic faculties and he eventually made of it the beautiful domain which it now is. The small park in the lower end of the city next claimed his attention and in three years South park also became a thing of beauty. He then began work on the Laura Bradley park and there the exercise of his splendid capabilities was again demonstrated. His last work was the improvement of the pleasure driveway which runs from Averyville to Prospect Heights and it received the same artistic attention which had been bestowed on the other sections of the park system. The lily ponds, the waterfalls, the pergolas, the rustic bridges, towers, pavilions and all the improvements that beautify the park and driveway system came from his busy and artistic brain, and in Oscar F. DUBUIS Peoria had a remarkable man and one whose loss is irreparable. Oscar F. DUBUIS was born in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. His father was a professor of natural sciences and a teacher in the public school. The son graduated from the public schools and took a two years course at the Polytechnic Institute at Winterthur, Switzerland, and that was followed by a four years apprenticeship to an architect. In 1870 he came to the United States at the age of twenty-one and settled in Chicago, where he took a position as architect and first class draughtsman with W.L.B. Jenny, engineer of West park, where he remained until after the great fire of 1871, when for the want of funds the city discontinued the work. Later he was appointed superintendent of the West Chicago park system, where he remained until 1893, a term of twenty-one years. He was removed under the administration of Gov. ALTGELD for political reasons, but soon after became engineer in Lincoln park, where he remained one year. In 1895 his services were engaged by the park board of Peoria and he has lived here ever since. He was married in Chicago to Miss Fannie GIRARD, a native of California. His wife, four sons and two daughters survive him. The eldest son, John, is a resident of Los Angeles, Cal.; Ernest lives in this city, while Harry is conducting the business of a florist at Danville, Ill., and George is at Wilmington, Del., where he is studying illustrating. The two daughters are Mrs. Pearl OLSON of Wichita, Kan. and Miss Hattie DUBUIS who lives at home. Mr. DUBUIS returned last Saturday from Los Angeles, Cal., where he had spent some weeks with his son John. He was troubled with an affection of the heart and seemed to have been benefited by the trip. On coming home he took to his bed and at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon attempted to rise from it. The effort proved to be too much for him and he fell back and quietly passed away. His death occurred at his home, 100 Wisconsin avenue. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.

from the Peoria Star Newspaper, Tuesday 17 April 1906
**Note-Frances GERARD states her birth place as Greenpoint, Kings, NY on their marriage license and most census records.


OSCAR F. DUBUIS Funeral of the Engineer of the Park Board.Yesterday afternoon the members of the park board and citizens paid the last sad rites to Oscar F. DUBUIS, late engineer of the park board. There was a very large following, and the floral tributes were beautiful beyond description. Members of the park board attended in a body to manifest their respect; the employees of the park were present and filed past the coffin in the parlor of the residence and made their chief a last farewell. The beautiful Episcopalian burial service was read, followed by a song by a quartette, and then E.F. BALDWIN, on behalf of the park board and the citizens said: "Dearly Beloved: We are assembled here to pay the last tribute to our fallen comrade, and it is fitting that we should express our opinion of him in no unstinted praise, for we can truthfully say 'Here lies an honest man,' and we say it without reservation or limitation. In all of his service to the public no suspicion of graft or mismanagement or double-dealing marked his official career. He engaged in no political strife, he participated in no ring, he organized no faction; he devoted himself wholly to his work. He saw with rare artistic eye the glorius possibilities that lay before him, for he was not only a civil engineer and a landscape gardener, par excellence, but he had a poetic sense of the beautiful. When he came to Peoria and saw the hollow cutting into the bluff his designs were so original and colossal that he astonished and dismayed the official board that had employed him, but they soon saw that he was fully master of his profession. They had the good sense to allow him full sway, and the result justified their confidence; a confidence that he never abused and never overtaxed. It is to our dead comrade that Peoria owes our beautiful park system, where the little children can breathe the fresh air and wander at will; where the birds of heaven are protected and the fish of the streams find abiding places. He has stamped his character deep upon Peoria. He loved nature, not in her wild and wayward moods, where, in fierce wrath she crushes the work of man, crumbling his monuments, his edifices and his highways into shapeless fragments, but nature in her softer moods, garnished with flowers, bedecked with trees and glowing under the golden rays of the sun. The work that he did shall live after him, for it partook of his own honesty, as rugged as the peaks of his native Alps, and so we gather around his bier today, sorrowing for our loss, but rejoicing in the fact that he has left behind him monuments that shall endure as long as this city is occupied by civilization. With these feelings we lay him at rest in Springdale, in sight of his labors. And the birds shall sing his requiem and the trees shall unite their branches in loving amity over him, and the flowers shall breathe over the green turf that marks his grave their sweetest perfume, and the sun shall irradiate the spot with his loving caress, and he shall sleep forever and forever in eternal peace." SOURCE>Peoria Star, 21 April 1906)



Ernest Dubuis
contributed by Pamela Villafuerte


Death Notice
from the Peoria Star, Sunday, 7 Feb 1909, p. 20, Peoria, Illinois

DIED-DUBUIS-Ernest G., aged 30 years. Remains will lie in state at the Boland undertaking parlors till 1 o'clock today, Sunday. Funeral from St. Andrew's church at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Friends invited. Interment in Springdale cemetery.


from the Peoria Star, Saturday, 6 February 1909, page 12, Peoria, Illinois

ARTICLE: ERNEST DU BUIS A SUICIDE. Well Known Peorian Found Dead by Own Hand.
With a bullet wound in the head, and a revolver lying near, the body of Ernest G. DU BUIS, son of the late Oscar DU BUIS, was discovered at the lower end of Lake View park yesterday afternoon by two rivermen. Coroner ELLIOT who was summoned to the park by the men who made the discovery, stated that the unfortunate young man had been dead several days. The two men, Frank BUSH and H. BARTLETT, with two others, were coming from the river about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when they came upon the corpse and at once notified the coroner, who, on reaching the scene of the tragedy, ordered the body to be taken to the Boland undertaking establishment. The bullet that snuffed out the young man's life had entered just forward of the left ear, torn through the head and remained just under the skin in front of the right ear, causing instant death. Du BUIS had been rooming at the home of J.S. HINER, 1927 North Adams street, for the past two weeks. He had not been seen at the HINER home since Tuesday morning, at breakfast. At that time he complained of feeling badly. Friends say that he had been brooding over various troubles for some time and that his suicide was due to despondency. Ernest DU BUIS, who was about thirty years of age, was the son of Mrs. Fannie DU BUIS, 1503 North Perry avenue, and a brother of George DU BUIS, the young artist who had recently opened a studio here. His father, the late Oscar DU BUIS, laid out Glen Oak park. Two other brothers and two sisters are living. John DU BUIS of San Francisco, Harry DUBUIS of Danville, Ill., Miss Fannie DU BUIS, and Mrs. Frank OLSON. The inquest was held this morning. The first witness, Frank BUSH, stated that he, with three companions, was walking down through Lake View yesterday afternoon when they discovered the body, lying in the far end of the park. DU BUIS was lying on his back, fully dressed, his face covered with blood, and a revolver badly rusted, with one chamber discharged, lay at his left side close to his hand. Hubert BARTLETT, Roy COLLINS and Chas. SH?? (maybe SHED?), who were with BUSH at the time, fully coroborated the latter's testimony. The examination of Jacob HINER, who owns the hotel on North Adams street where DU BUIS was living, brought out the fact that DU BUIS had twice unsuccessfully endeavored to borrow a revolver from Gus GREEN, proprietor of a saloon on North Adams street and from a man named STUMM, telling them that he wanted to shoot rabbits at Lake View. George S. DU BUIS, artist, brother of the deceased, stated that while his brother had been worried over financial troubles, he knew of nothing serious enough to drive him to so desperate an act. Harry DU BUIS, another brother, made a similar statement. He also said that Ernest DUBUIS was left-handed, which accounted for the revolver being found at the left of the body. The jury brought in a verdict of suicide. The funeral will be held tomorrow or Monday.


Cemetery Record
(Springdale Cemetery Record card, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois)

VAULT: blank
LOCATION: Bluff Div.
LOT NO.: 2696
GRAVE NO.: blank
TIER NO.: blank
LOT OWNED BY: crossed off and Gun shot wound written in (Lot deeded to Fannie L. DUBUIS 17 April 1906



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

Death Releases Jacob Dringenberg from Suffering

We speak first of the earthly life of our departed friend and brother, Jacob Janssen Dringenberg was born on September 11, 1874 in the little village of Klofterdorf in the province of East Friesio in northern Germany. His parents were Siebert and Anna Dringenberg. The day of his baptism was Sept. 27, presumably in the same year. Very shortly after that, his mother was called out of this world. But from the normal manner in which the deceased-spent his boyhood, and the orderly way in which he received his schooling, it is evident that he lacked not the love and attention at home which can always do so much to make the years of childhood so precious. As a child born and raised within the Lutheran Church, he was in due time sent to religious instruction, and on April 14, 1889, was confirmed in the church at Arle and admitted into communicant membership.

When the deceased was about fifteen and one-half years old, he joined his brothers John and Edward in their voyage to the United States. The three young men soon came to Pekin and readily found employment in the neighboring settlements. For eight years the departed worked on the John Miller farm at Deer Creek. In 1901 he went to Iowa. On January 15, 1902, he was married to Lizzie A. Miller of Clarion in Wright County, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Everett, Anna, Elizabeth and Mae. In 1905 Mr. Dringenberg returned to Deer Creek, Illinois and the following year moved on a farm of his own in Orion Township, Fulton County, about seven miles north-west of Glasford. For twenty-three years the departed and his family lived and worked on that farm; and did their work well. We have seen the certificate granted the deceased in his boy hood by the school-authorities in Grossheide, Germany, and have noted the excellent grades recorded thereon. It is quite clear that as a boy already, he took his work seriously and applied himself to his tasks with a will. And today this community will gladly testify that in all his life our departed brother never lost the fine traits which marked him in his boyhood. Even after he and his wife had moved to the town of Glasford, ten years ago on September 4 this year, he spent most of his time doing concrete and carpenter work for his neighbors and whoever else needed work done well. Wherever he was known, he was well liked, for he was a friendly man, and honest and kind.

While the departed was living on his farm in Orion township, he and his family would attend the services conducted at Bird's Corners by former pastors of this parish. Since moving into Glasford, he identified himself with St. Peter's Lutheran Church and was received into full membership in the year 1931. The past several years the state of his health was not such that he could attend services regularly, but he was always mindful of the needs of his soul and appreciated the visits of his pastors. Our brother first suffered from ulcers of the stomach some twenty-six years ago. Nine years ago the illness returned, but again his good constitution and the grace of God let him recover. Last fall, however, it did become clear that his health was seriously threatened by a recurrence of his old-ailment, x-ray examinations, made this spring, revealed the presence of stomach-cancer in the advanced stages. He was bedfast since about the first of May. His suffering became more intense every day. He knew that the time of his departure was drawing close.

He set his house in order taking leave of  his friends as they came to call on him, and set his face toward eternity. His trust in his God and Savior enabled him to bear the ordeals of his last illness with remarkable patience and calmness. He was extremely attentive at the ministration of the Divine Word at his bedside, and the name of Jesus was dear to him. After a day of great distress, he quietly passed away in his sleep on Monday, June 12; at nearly half past one o'clock in the morning. The length of his earthly, pilgrimage was 64 years, 9 months and 21 days.

He is survived by his sorrowing widow, Lizzie  A. Dringenberg of Glasford, one son, Everett Dringenberg of Glasford, three daughters, Mrs. Anna Northrup of Trivoli ; Mrs. Elizabeth Jefford of Pekin, and Miss Mae Dringenberg, of Glasford; one brother, John Dringenberg of Galesburg, Kansas, five grand-children, three cousins, and some half-brothers and half-sisters in Germany. One brother and one grandchild preceded him in death.

The body was taken to the Howard mortuary, and prepared for burial, and later returned to the home.

Funeral services for our departed brother were held at the Dringenberg residence in Glasford on Wednesday, June 14, at 1:15 p. m., and at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at two o'clock. The large audience, which completely filled the church, bore mute testimony to the esteem in which the departed had been held in his life-time. Rev. J. .Hieronymus based the funeral sermon on John 17, 24. "Sweet Peace" and "Abide With Me" were sung by Helen Rice and Doris Heuerman. The body was born to its last earthly resting place in the parish cemetery by Harry Bruninga, Wm. Doll, Willis White, Charles Brow n, John Barron, and Oscar Slone, all friends and neighbors of the deceased. God rest his soul in peace and let Light Eternal shine upon him which is none other than Jesus Christ, the

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday  June 15, 1939

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Wilbur D. Downing, a resident of Peoria the past fourteen years, passed away at the Proctor hospital Friday, July 22, 1927 at 12:30 p. m., aged 31 years, 8 months and 20 days.

He was born at Smithville, November 2, 1889 the son of John and Hester Downing.

On June 11, 1913 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Meyer, at Hanna City. The deceased was employed at the post office for several years as cashier. He was a member of Columbia Lodge No. 2l, I.O.O. F.

Surviving are his widow and three children, Robert Deane, Margaret Florence and John Wilbur; his mother; Mrs. Hester Downing of Smithville; five sisters, Mrs. Burt Leahy of Sioux Falls, S. D.; Mrs. John Adams, Oneida; S. D.; Miss Myrtle Downing of Smithville, Mrs. E. N. Dennis, Peoria; Mrs. Margaret Crowe, Smithville; one brother, Robert Downing, Peoria.

Funeral services were held at the Wilton Mortuary Sunday at 2:00 p. in,, with the Rev. D. E. Williamson officiating. interment in Cameron cemetery. Columbia Lodge I. O. O. F. held services at the grave.

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Runion P. Downing, son of John and Margaret Downing, was born at Smithville, Ill., April 1, 1851 and passed away at Garden City, Kansas, November 26, 1931, aged 80 years, 7 months and 24 days.

On March 15, 1880 he and Mary Conrad were united in marriage.

He lived near Smithville for a great number of  years then he moved to Brighton, Iowa, then to Garden City, Kansas. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church.

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Dickenson, Kendall, Kans., and Mrs. Mary Dreem, Garden City. One son, Roy, preceded him in death

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday December 10, 1931


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Mrs. Lenora Downing

Mrs. Lenora Downing, wife of Robt. Downing of 3513 S. Adams street, Peoria passed away at Proctor hospital Monday morning, March 29 at 9:30 a.m. aged 44 years, 5 months and 14 days.

She was born on the Ball homestead near Bartonville in 1877. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Vance Valparaiso, Ind., and Rosalie. A son Theodore preceded her in death a few years ago. Her mother Mrs.Colona Ball, three sisters, Mrs. B. Ricketts, Mrs. Uhl Mangis and Mrs. Edgar Scheidel and three brothers, Sam, Colbert and Wesley.

Funeral at the home Thursday afternoon at 2.00 o'clock. Services at South Park Mission church at 2:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. Munns. Interment in Springdale cemetery.

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Edward D. Downing was born in Bartonville Feb. 13, 1906, and passed away at St. Francis hospital, Peoria, August 29, 1922, aged 16 years, 6 months, 16 days.

He had spent most of his life with his parents in Peoria County, where he received his education in the grammar and high school.

He had a sunshiny disposition, making him a favorite among his companions.

He had been employed with the Roszell Ice Cream Co. when he met with an accident which almost caused immediate death.

He leaves to mourn their loss his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Downing, one brother, Adrian, two sisters, Ianthea and Rosalie, besides a large number of other relatives and friends

Funeral services were held at the home 113 Nevada street, Peoria, Friday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. Munns and the remains were laid to rest in Springdale Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday April 19, 1934


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Dies of  Lockjaw
Death of Wm. Doubet Caused by Splinter in Hand.

Wm. H. Doubet of Hanna City died at midnight Saturday, after several days of agony caused by lockjaw, or blood poison.

Mr. Doubet ran a small splinter in the palm of his hand on Saturday, May 10th, while cleaning out the chicken house. On Monday he came down to help his father-in-law, Wm. Smith, who lives west of Glasford, put in his corn. His hand began to get sore, but home remedies were applied and nothing was thought about it. Wednesday he was feeling pretty bad and at noon his jaws set as in lockjaw. He could hardly talk, and could not make Mr. Smith, who is rather hard of hearing, understand what was the matter with him.

Mr. Doubet returned to his home near Hanna City that evening and when Dr. Gillette was called, he said there was no hopes of his recovery, although he worked with him until death.

Mr. Doubet was able to be up until a short time before his death, which occurred Saturday night.. The last day he suffered terrible agony. He was able to talk so he could be understood.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Cameron church, east of Hanna City. The deceased was 27 years, 11 months and 8 days of age. He was married about three years ago to Miss Mary Smith, and leaves a wife and a large number of relatives who are grief stricken over his untimely death.

Dr. Gillette cut his hand on a broken syringe while treating Mr. Doubet, and his arm became infected with blood poison. He went to the hospital for treatment at once and is recovering.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday May 22, 1913


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Walter Williams Doubet, 45, well known farmer of this community, where he had lived all his life, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, at his home near Hanna City, after an illness of about a year.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Anderson funeral home in Farmington. Burial was in Cameron cemetery.

Mr. Doubet was born in Peoria county, March 28, 1903, son of Joseph F. and Laura Booth Doubet. Twenty-five years ago he married Gertrude Rice, and she and seven sons and daughters survive. They are Roland, Laura, Belle, Viola, Evelyn, Lynn and Lyle, all at home; and Paul, of Hanna City. There are also four grandchildren. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. Mary Pollitt, Mrs. Laura Fleisher, and Mrs. Ada Bitner, of Farmington; Mrs. Estella Passmore, Harris Doubet and George Doubet, of Hanna City; and Jos. F. Doubet, of Pekin.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday October 7, 1948



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Peter Doubet,  Sr., 87, prominent retired farmer of Peoria county and a lifelong resident of this county, died at 3:50 a.m. Saturday at his residence, rural route 1, Hanna City, following an extended illness.

He was born in Kickapoo township, Peoria county, Ill., July 20, 1855, a son of  Joseph Doubet and Mary Marie. He  was united in marriage to Miss Margaret A. Hanlon at Kickapoo,  April 15, 1879. He had retired from active farming 23 years ago.

Mr. Doubet is survived by a large family, including. his wife; five sons: Peter, Jr., Clarence E., Lester and Arthur Doubet, all of Hanna City, and Robert L. Doubet of  Chicago; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Bentz of Hanna City; Mrs. Fred Cornelius of Peoria; and Mrs. Frank Johnson of St. Augustine, Ill. and by 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

He was deeply devoted to his wife and family, and his sole interest in life centered around his home and his family life. He was highly respected and admired by his many friends in and about Kickapoo, Rosefield and Logan townships especially.

Funeral services were held at the Gauss mortuary Monday at 2 p.m., and at the Cameron Presbyterian church at 2:30 p. m.

Rev. W. F. Hunter was in charge of the services. Mrs. Robt. McCluggage and Mrs. Elmer Karstetter sang "Rock of Ages" and "In the Garden" accompanied by Mrs. John Wise at piano. Pall bearers were Sam McCluggage, James Armstrong, Jimmie McCreight, Ira Monroe, Jesse Edwards, and Richard Williams. Burial was in the Cameron cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday  August 6, 1942


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Mrs. Margaret A. Doubet

Mrs. Margaret A. Doubet, widow of the late Peter Doubet, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Methodist hospital, at the age of 85 years.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p. m. at the Hanna City Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be in North Limestone cemetery.

Mrs. Doubet was born March 6, 1863, at Fairbury, a daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Sheahan Hanlon.  She married Mr. Doubet April 15, 1879, at Kickapoo.  He died at Hanna City Aug. 1, 1942.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Bentz, of Hanna City, with whom she had been living; Mrs. Mildred Cornelius, of Peoria, and Mrs. Bertha Johnson, St. Augustine, Ill., five sons, Peter, Clarence, Lester and Arthur, all of Hanna City, and Robert Doubet, Chicago; 29 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 21 great great grandchildren. A son and daughter are dead.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday August 19, 1948


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Widow of J.F. Doubet Dies soon After Husband

Mrs. Laura Doubet, widow of the late Frank Doubet, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Pollitt, Farmington Friday afternoon after a lengthy illness. Mr. and Mrs. Doubet operated a farm west of Smithville many years and their friends and neighbors extend sympathy to the family that survives.

Laura Margaret Booth Doubet, born Nov. 26, 1878, in Orange Prairie, Ill., and was married to Joseph F. Doubet on March 9, 1895.  To this union 11 children were born, three died in infancy. Mr. Doubet passed away March 23, 1947.

She leaves to mourn her loss,  four sons and four daughters, Mrs. Mary Pollitt, Mrs. Laura M. Fleisher, Mrs. Ada B. Bitner of Farmington, Mrs. Estilla Passmore, Walter. W. Doubet Jr., Harris Doubet and George Doubet of Hanna City and Joseph F. Doubet of Peoria. Also one sister, Mrs. Mary E. Swords of Peoria, and 31 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Hanna City Methodist church, Rev. T. W. Rippy officiating. Mrs. Emma Borland and Mrs. Pearl McClugage sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Sometime We'll Understand" assisted by Mrs. Cathleen Doubet at the piano. Her grandsons were palbearers. Burial was in North Limestone cemetery.

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-0 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 them, 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 Thursday September 4, 1947



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Johanna Bernadine Doubet, wife of  Edw. C. Doubet, passed away at her home two miles east of Hanna City, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1939, after a lingering illness. She was 57 years old.

Funeral services will be held. Friday at 1 p.m. at the residence, and 1:30 at St. John's Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. O. K. Bosse. Interment will be in Cameron cemetery.

Johanna Heuerman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heuerman, was born Sept 26, 1882, in Limestone township. She was married there November 21, 1901, to Edw. C. Doubet, Jr. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran church.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Ernest E. and Earl Charles, both of Hanna City, four sisters, Mrs. Ida. Fahey and Mrs. Minnie Tuttle, both of Trivoli, Mrs. Anna Hendricks and Mrs. Bertha Olson; two brothers, John and Schweer Heuermann, all of Peoria, and four grandchildren.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday November 16, 1939



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Joseph Francis Doubet, Sr. known as Frank Doubet, son of Joseph Doubet and Ida Dorenbus Doubet, was born October 23, 1875, in Logan Township. After a lingering illness he passed away Sunday afternoon, March 23, at 4:22 p. m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Pollitt, Farmington, at the age of 71 years, 5 months. He was married to Laura Margaret Booth March 9, 1895, in Hanna City. During their married life eleven children were born to them, three of them which passed away in infancy.

Left to mourn his death are his wife, Mrs. Laura Margaret Doubet and the following children: Mrs. Mary Pollitt, Farmington; Mrs. Estella Passmore, Hanna City;. Mrs. Laura Fleisher, Farmington; Walter Doubet Jr., Hanna City; Joseph Doubet, Peoria; Harris Doubet, Hanna City; Mrs. Ada Bitner, Farmington; George Doubet, Hanna City. And thirty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Five brothers and two sisters, Hannah Trompeter, Fred and Chester Doubet, of Peoria, Edd, Ralph and Walter Doubet of Hanna City, and Hattie Stevens, of Trivoli. Mrs. Grace Goetze preceded him in death.

Also a host of relatives and friends survive.

He was a life long resident of Peoria County, also a member of M. E. Church of Hanna City. He spent most of his life on a farm near Hanna City.

Funeral services were conducted from the Hanna City Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. T. W. Rippy, officiating. Mrs. Jack Borland and Irving Borland sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping", accompanied by Frank Couch at the piano. Pallbearers were his grandsons.

The large profusion of flowers spoke silently of the high esteem in which he was held in the community.

Burial was in North Limestone cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday  March 27, 1947



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Edward Doubet  Sr., prominent retired farmer, passed away at his home in Hanna City, Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10:20 a.m., at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 23 days.

He was born in Limestone Township, Peoria County, Sept. 18, 1876, the son of Mary Ann Marie and Joseph Doubet.  He is the last of (a) pioneer family of twelve children and has lived within three miles of his birthplace all his life.

He was united in marriage to Anna Mitchell, Aug. 26, 1895. To this union were born two children, Edna and Elmer; their mother passing on 37 years ago.

He married Alvina Wolstenholm March 18, 1925. He leaves his wife Alvina, one daughter Edna and one son Elmer and four grandchildren, to whom he was greatly devoted.

He retired from active farming seventeen years ago, moving to Hanna City, where he suffered a paralytic stroke, Sept. 13, 1939 which left him a semi-invalid until his death.

In silence he suffered,
With patience he bore
Till God called him home,
He suffers no more.
Weep not that his tails are over.
Weep not that his race is run.
God grant we may rest as calmly, when our work like his, is done.

Funeral services were conducted from his home, Saturday at 1:30 o'clock and at the North Limestone Church at 2 o'clock, Rev. Eugene McAllister officiating. Mrs. Emma Borland and Irving Borland sang; "Abide With Me" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" accompanied by Mrs. Russell Doubet at the organ. Pallbearers were all nephews, Walter, Chester, Arthur Lester, Eddie and Delbert Doubet. Burial was in North Limestone Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday September 18, 1947


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Mrs. Cynthia Edna Doubet was suddenly called from this life at eleven o'clock on Saturday morning, March 16, 1940. She was born in Kickapoo township on Nov. 5, 1872, the daughter of Charles N. and Elizabeth Brown Kingsley, and she lived to the age of 67 years, 4 months, and 17 days.

All of her life was spent in this community and her many friends are a testimony to the high esteem with which she was held. On Jan. 27, 1892 she became the wife of Charles. E. Doubet and to this union eight children were born. Her whole life was centered in the God she worshipped, and she dearly loved her family and home. She was a devoted wife and staunch friend. She was a member of the North Limestone Presbyterian church, and it was a source of great joy for her to worship there.

Mrs. Doubet is survived by her husband, Mr. Charles E. Doubet; her aged mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kingsley of the Buehler Home in Peoria; her children, Mrs. Edith McNaughton of Templeton, Iowa; Mrs. Edna Dieken of Trivoli, Ethel Doubet at home, Glen Doubet of Laura, Clifford Doubet of Hanna City, Ray Doubet of Williamsheld, Leo Doubet of Peoria and Harold Doubet of Elmwood.

There are three sisters: Mrs. George Bontz, Mrs. Ross Bruninga, Mrs. Will Hanck of Peoria, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and a host of friends who mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by her father, one sister, and four brothers.

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Services were held at the South Limestone Presbyterian Church on March 25, at 2:00 p.m. the Rev. H.J.King officiating. Interment was in the Cameron Cemetery.

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



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Mrs. Ada Christena Doubet, 78 years old, a resident of Peoria county for the past 70 years, died at her home, 106 Cooper street, at 4:45 o'clock Saturday afternoon. She was the widow of Joseph Doubet.

She was the daughter of John and Annie Dorembus, and was born in Ostfriesland, Germany, March 24, 1852. On the way to America her mother died at sea, and with her father she came direct to Peoria county, settling in Logan township, and later in Limestone township, where she resided for many years.

She was married to Joseph Doubet in Peoria on March 5, 1874. They lived on a farm in Limestone township until about 1911 when they went to Peoria making their home at the Cooper street address. Her husband died on June 8, 1924.

The following children survive: Mrs. Hannah Trompeter and Fred Doubet of Peoria ; Frank Doubet, Edward Doubet, Ralph Doubet, Walter Doubet, Hanna City;: Mrs. Hattie Stevens, Trivoli and Chester Doubet of Peoria. Thirty grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren also survive.

One brother, Bennett Dorembus of Peoria, and three sisters, Mrs. Christin Look, Peoria, Mrs. Hanna Ahrends, Hanna City, and Lena Atwood Jordon, Chicago, also survive.

Funeral services were held at the residence at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, at the Trinity Lutheran church, of which she was a member, at 2:00 o'clock. The Rev. Richard Brenner officiating. Interment was in the Cameron cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 29, 1931


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Raymond Dorrell Called By Death A Few Weeks After His Marriage

Three weeks ago today The Index took a great deal of pleasure announcing the marriage of Raymond Dorrell and Pearl Williams. Today it is with sorrow and regret that we must announce the untimely death of the groom. Raymond became ill on Tuesday night, Jan.10, developed pneumonia and died Monday evening at 9:35. Raymond made a brave, hard fight but the grim angel of death was not to be denied and God in his mysterious, yet wonderful way, railed him to rest. We extend to the bereft family and sorrowing friends our sincerest sympathy.

Dr. Robt. Plumer was the attending physician and must be commended for valient but vain efforts he made to save Raymond's life. Dr. Plumer used everything known to medical science but it was an uphill fight and necessarily a losing one.

Glenn Raymond Dorrell, only son of  Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Dorrell, of Hanna City, was born in Marceline, Mo., Sept. 15, 1906, and departed this life January 16, 1933, at the age of 26 years, 4 months and one day. He came to Illinois with his parents two years ago last November, and has been active among the young people of the community since.

December 24, 1932 he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Williams, Hanna City. The young couple were allowed only a few days of happiness together. They were making their home with his parents when he was stricken, Raymond was of a quiet disposition, home loving, well thought of by all who knew him. On Friday morning he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

He leaves to mourn their loss his sorrowing young wife and grief stricken parents, a sister, Mrs. Goldie Thorne of Marceline, Mo., and a grandmother, Mrs. Lizzie Dorrell of Marceline, Mo., A host of relatives and friends of the family, both in Hanna City and Marceline, Mo., unite in their sorrow and sympathy-Only God can understand this early departure. Let us all trust in Him.

Funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. A. Reeves, at the M. E. church Tuesday evening, Jan. 17. He used as a theme "This Urgency of Life." Remember now thy creator, in the days of thy youth. Ecc. 1:12 and Be ye also ready. Matt. 24:44.  Mrs. G. A. Brooks and Mrs. Harold Borland sang two most appropriate numbers, assisted at the piano by Mrs. John Wise.

The body was taken to Marceline, Mo., for interment. Final services were conducted from the Christian church at Marceline by Rev. Roy Munyon, Thursday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. interment was in the the Olive cemetery at Marceline.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Ill  Thursday January 19, 1933




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Prominent Logan Township Farmer Dies

Peter Dornberger passed away at his home south of Hanna City, Monday, October 5 at 10:00 a. m. after a lengthy heart illness.

He was born in Limestone township Sept. 14, 1874, the son of  Andrew and Fredalena Fuchs.

October 23, 1906 he and Sophia Shanklin were united in marriage in Tazewell County. They were the parents of three children, Merle S. and Mrs. Jeane Janssen of Glasford, and Jay V. of Hanna City, whom with their mother survive.

He also leaves five grandchildren, Virgil, Arlan and Myron Janssen, Kenneth Dornberger and Patricia Dornberger:

The surviving sisters are Mrs. Theresa Haller of Peoria; Mrs. Magdalena Maddox of Hanna City; Mrs. Rachel Reuter of Peoria; Mrs. Anna Van Kirk of New York; also surviving is one brother, Frank Dornberger of Peoria.

Mr. Dornberger's entire life was spent in Peoria County, where he was engaged in farming, until two years ago he was forced to give up when his health failed.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. T. W. Rippy of Hanna City Methodist church. The singers were Harvey Huey and Frank Couch accompanied by Mrs. Stewart Turbett.

Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery. Howard Service was in charge.  The pall bearers were R. T. Janssen, Andres Johnson, John Coon, Stewart Turbett, Roy Armfield and Henry Gerrietts.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday October 3, 1942



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James Dorethy Dies in Pekin Hospital

James Dorethy, 10 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Dorethy, who had been very ill in the Pekin hospital for several weeks, died Thursday, Nov. 20, pneumonia being the direct cause of death.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Glasford Methodist church conducted by the minister, Rev. H. C. Roberts, assisted by Rev. John Schlenker.

Singing was by Mrs. E. R. Lightbody and Morris Rader, accompanied by Miss Elizabeth Bruninga.

The church was filled with schoolmates and friends of the family, and the front of the chapel was filled with beautiful floral pieces.

Interment was in Kingston Cemetery. The pall bearers were all cousins: Kenneth Diffield, Lloyd, David and Arthur Dale Jefford.

James Russell Dorethy, son of Clyde and Irene Jefford Dorethy, was born in Glasford, Ill., Dec. 15, 1930. He departed this life Nov. 20, 1941, at.the age of 10 years, 11  months 5 days, after an illness of several weeks.

He was a sixth grade student of  the Glasford Grade School. Always ranking high in his classes.

James was a regular attendant of the Methodist Sunday School and became a member of the church on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941.

Besides his parents he leaves to mourn his loss one brother, Berwyn Jay, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dorethy, and a host of relatives and friends.

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Veva J. Dorenbus, wife of Edward E. Dorenbus, was born April 11, 1893 in Logan Township and passed away Feb. 7, 1948 at the age of 54 years, 9 months, 26 days. at Graham hospital, Canton, after an illness of 4 months.

She was the daughter of Henry and Rosa Brooks Karstetter who preceded her in death also one sister Mrs. Grace Hudson.

She was united in marriage to Edward E. Dorenbus Feb. 29, 1916. To this union were born two sons, Elmer Estes and Arlo Edward who passed away in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, four sisters and one brother, Emma Kroepel, Anna Doubet, Elmer Karstetter of Hanna City, Ruby Morby, Elmwood, and Ruth McBroom, Pontiac, Ill. Also several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Veva was a member of the Texas Ladies Aid, and a willing worker, and was interested in all neighborhood activities. She was a loyal wife and true friend.

Funeral services were conducted at the Texas Methodist church Monday afternoon, Rev. T. W. Rippy officiating. Harold Greenfield and Virginia Boyer sang "Sweet By and By" and "Does Jesus Care" assisted by Mabel Leger at the piano. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday February 12, 1948



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Bernard Dorenbus, 84, former Hanna City resident, was fatally injured in Peoria Monday evening, when his car struck the car driven by Lewis L. Webster, of Peoria.

Mr. Dorenbus was thrown out of his car and under the Webster car. He died a few hours later in the Proctor hospital, of a fractured skull. The accident occured at Fifth and Shipman streets.

Miss Harriett Kid, 525 1/2 So. Adams street, a passenger in the Dorenbus car, received lip and head cuts.

Mr. Dorenbus, a retired farmer, lived at 521 Third avenue. He was the father-in-law of Supervisor Enos McAlister of Hanna City.

Funeral services for Mr. Dorenbus were held Wednesday afternoon at the Limestone Presbyterian church.  Burial was in Cameron cemetry.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mayme McAlister, and one son, Edw. Dorenbus, both of Hanna City.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Ill Thursday May 22, 1941




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


Edward A. Donaldson passed away at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Donaldson in Logan Twp. (R.R. No. 1, Hanna City) Friday, Nov. 12 at 4:15 o'clock a. m., aged 66 years, 3 months. Services were conducted at the Smithville church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in Union Cemetery, Timber Twp.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Ill  Thursday November 18, 1937




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


No event in recent years has caused so much sadness in the community, as the deaths of the three Donaldson brothers, William, George and Charles, within forty-eight hours, at their homes near Smithville.

The brothers were born on the farm now occupied by Jake Bunger, in Timber township. The father having died when the boys were quite young, they with their mother and the younger brother, struggled through the hard ships of the early pioneer life. Years later they bought a farm near Smithville in Logan township, where they lived the remaining years of their lives. In earlier days the house burned down in the night, forcing them to walk to a neighbor's home, some distance away, in the snow at a 20 degree below zero temperature.

The four brothers farmed two adjoining farms, the two unmarried brothers living with the two married brothers and their families. They always worked together, and set an example of brotherly cooperation seldom seen.

Their honesty and integrity won for them lifetime friends in the community from which they will be sadly missed.

Charles Albert Donaldson passed away at his residence near Smithville, Wednesday, January 14, 1931, at 9:00 a. m., aged 63 years, 4 months and 19 days. His illness started with an ulcerated tooth, but flu-pneumonia was given as the cause of his death. He is survived by one brother, Edward A. Donaldson.

William Joseph Donaldson died at his residence near Smithville on Wednesday, January 14, 1931 at 4:00 o'clock p. m., aged 71 years, 5 months and 21 days. Death was caused by bronchial pneumonia. William J. Donaldson united with the United Presbyterian church, at Smithville in 1893, was elected and served for over 30 years as church treasurer, was elected and ordained elder June 7, 1905 serving in that capacity until his death. He was united in marriage to Annie E. Watson March 1, 1893.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, one son, Charles Walter Donaldson, one daughter, Bertha Eunice Donaldson, also one brother Edward A. Donaldson.

George Walter Donaldson died at his home near Smithville Friday, Jan. 16, 1931 at 8:15 a. m., aged 66 years, 11 months and 21 days. Mr. Donaldson was sick with the flu, but friends believe that the shock of the deaths of  his two brothers was really the cause of his death.

George Donaldson was united in marriage to Ida Hornbaker, October 18, 1893. He leaves to mourn their loss, a his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Fama J. West, one granddaughter, Helen M. West, also one brother  Edward A.

More than four hundred people attended the triple funeral services at the  Smithville United Presbyterian church of the three brothers on Saturday, January 17, 1931 at 10:30 a. m, No one had ever before witnessed anything so impressive in the history of the church.  Rev. McKnight conducted the services using as a text John 6:68. Messrs. John, Warren and Dean Stewart, William and Ray Buck of Peoria and Earl Parr were pallbearers. Harvey Huey, Frank Couch, Mrs. Anna Brooks, Miss Helen Wasson sang the Twenty-third Psalm, accompanied by Mrs. Eleanor Parr. All funeral arrangements, including flowers, were exactly alike.

Interment was in Union Cemetery on adjoining lots.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday March 12, 1931



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

Mrs. Annie Donaldson

Mrs. Annie Donaldson passed away at her home Saturday, March 29, 1947, at 8:30 p.m., aged 82 years, 1 month and 21 days.

She was married to William J. Donaldson, March 1, 1893, he having preceded her in death Jan. 14, 1931. She was a member of the Smithville United Presbyterian church.

She is survived by one daughter, Eunice Donaldson, Hanna City; one son, Charles W. Donaldson, Peoria; one sister, Mrs. Mary Norwood, Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, John M. Watson, Takoma Park, D.C.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. T. W. Rippy of Hanna City.

Burial was in Union Cemetery in Timber township.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday April 3, 1947



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

Mrs. Matthew Doll

Mrs. Sarah Ann Doll, wife of Matthew Doll, died at her home in Glasford Sunday morning, January 6, following a long period of sickness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller. Interment was in the Union Cemetery, where three of their children are buried. The pall bearers were grandsons, either by birth or marriage, and were Roy and Deane Davis, Lester and Earl Kimsey, Alfred Meninger and Ross Harris.

Mrs. Doll was the daughter of Michael and Susanna Coleman, and was horn in Stephenson County, Illinois, September 15, 1850. She was married to Matthew Doll August 19, 1868, at Peoria. They lived on a farm near Lancaster for a couple of years. He then bought a farm in Logan township, where they lived for 35 years. Nineteen years ago they built their present home in Glasford, and have lived here ever since.

Mrs. Doll is survived by her husband, and four children: William E. Doll, of Glasford, Mrs. Lizzie M. Davis of Peoria, Mrs. Rosa B. Kimsey of Glasford, Mrs. Ella Kimsey of Eden; also 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and one half brother, Joseph Leuth, of Pontiac.

Mrs. Doll united with the Evangelical  Lutheran church at the age of 15 years, and kept the faith unto the end. She was highly respected by everyone in the communities where she lived so many years.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday January 10, 1924



Contributed by Dick Parr
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Mrs. Peoria Jones Doll, wife of Byron C. Doll, passed away at her home at Lancaster, Monday morning, June 6, at 11:30 a.m., after an illness of fifteen years. She was 70 years, 7 months and 23 days old.

Memorial services were held at the home Wednesday, afternoon, conducted by Rev. Cromwell of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Peoria, of which the deceased was a member. Interment was in Lancaster cemetery.

Peoria Jones, daughter of Edward J. and Mary Ann Jones, was born at Trivoli, October 13, 1856. She was married to Byron C. Doll at Lancaster, where they lived a number of years, then in Kansas several years, later moving to Peoria, where they lived for 33 years. They moved back to Lancaster just four years ago to a day before Mrs. Doll's death

She was a devoted communicant of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and an earnest worker in the church while they lived in Peoria. She was also a member of Central City Chapter, No. 42, Order of Eastern Star, of Peoria.

Mrs. Doll is survived by her husband, Byron C. Doll, and adopted daughter, Daisy S. Doll, one sister, Mrs. Mary A. Doll, of Glasford, and several  nieces and nephew's.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il  Thursday June 9, 1927


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


A. C. Doll has received word that his brother, H. B. Doll, died last Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Hamilton, in California. Mr. Doll was 81 years old.

The remains will be brought to Glasford, arriving Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. Hamilton. Burial will be in Lancaster cemetery.

Before leaving Peoria in June, Mr. Doll expressed a wish to have his body cremated in case of his death, but it is not known whether his wish was granted, nor just when the funeral services will be held.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday November 1, 1923

H. B. Doll

Horatio B. Doll was born April 4, 1842, in St; Louis, Mo.  In December of 1843, with his father he came to old Lancaster, then the leading town of Timber township. He lived there until his marriage to Miss Sally McCullough, just before the Civil War.

On the opening of the war, at the age of 20 years, he enlisted in Co. E., 71st Ill. Vol. Inft., which was recruited for only three months service, which most people thought would see the war through. After being mustered out of the infantry he enlisted in Co. E., 17th.Ill., Cavalry, and served until the end of .the war.

Mr. Doll followed farming as an occupation until he moved to Peoria. He spent all his life in Peoria county, except four years in Colorado.

He was a charter member of Timber Post 432, G.A.R., later transferring his membership to Bryner Post, Peoria, of which he was commander for one year.  He was also a member of  the Masonic lodge and the Shrine.

In. May Mr. Doll went to Long Beach, Calif., to stay with his daughter; Mrs. Fanny Hamilton. His death occurred there October 26, at the age of 81 years.

Funeral services were held there, under the auspices of the Masonic order.

The remains were cremated there and the ashes brought back home for burial, by the daughter, Mrs. Fanny Hamilton. Interment was in the Lancaster cemetery on Tuesday, the service being conducted by Timber Post G.A.R., assisted by several members of the Peoria Post.

Mr. Doll is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hamilton, (one preceding him in death), four brothers, A. C. Doll, of Glasford,  B. C. Doll of Lancaster, Jake and Lincoln Doll of Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Laura Wilson of Evanston.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday November 8, 1923




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


As the toilers of another day slowly clothed themselves with rest and solitude, and the curtains of night-time were failing, another of our much-beloved and thought of friend reached the end of his radiant pilgrimage and quietly and peacefully his spirit took flight.

Ambrose C. Doll was born in Lancaster, Illinois March 30, 1844 and passed away at his home in Glasford, Illinois, May 8, 1933, at 9 p. m. Being at the time of his death 89 years, 1 month, 9 days old. Was the son of Jacob and Margaret Bailey Doll.

Mr. Doll lived his entire life in our community except for the period he spent in the Civil War. He followed the occupation of farming until retiring and moving into Glasford where he has lived and has endeared himself into the lives of both young and old, and been a highly thought of citizen for thirteen years.

On March 22, 1866 Mr. Doll was united in marriage with Mary A. Jones. And to this union were born six children, of which five are living:  Mrs. G. C. Platt and John Doll of Glasford, Mrs. J. G. Bohl and Mrs Mamie Pfeiffer of Peoria and Byron A. Doll of Los Angeles, California.

The relationship of his home measure a large share of his life. And the 67 years in which he and his companion shared the sunshine and the shadows with unfailing devotion and helpfulness, and the tender associations of the family might well provide the materials for another Whittier's "Snowbound" or a Burns "The Cotter's Saturday Night."

Mr. Doll lived over a remarkable period in the history of the nation and of the state, bearing the hardships of the early pioneer civilizaton and seeing the advancement of the present modern civilization. And in every crisis he left a testimony of sane thinking and commendable action. Though his experiences were not of the effervescing type, they were deep and sweet and modest, and he was ever ready to give a reason for the hope that was in him. Though of gentle temperament, he was strong to stand firm where conscience and truth demanded. His patience was beautiful to the end. And during my last visit just two days before death did come he said to me "We must take the bitter with the sweet," and thus his passing was wonderful in it's peace and beauty as the sunset fades behind the distant horizon.

When Mr. Doll was 16 years old he left home and entered the army of the North to play his part in settling the slavery problem which caused the great Civil War. Mr. Doll enjoyed chats with "the Boys" as they were called of the War and also the comradship of the Veterans of the late wars. And always looked forward to Memorial Day to see the parades and the flying of the colors he was so proud of.

Following his return from the war when he was 21 years of age he joined Lancaster Lodge, No. 106, A. F. & A. M. and for 67 years was a true Mason. And in 1932, the Masonic Lodge presented him with a Past Masters Emblem in honor of his 47 years of Masonry and being the oldest member of the local lodge.

In all his labors and endeavors he was ably assisted and encouraged by his devoted wife, who was with him at the end of his beautiful journey. And who with the five children, and three brothers, Byron C. Doll of Lancaster; Jacob and Lacon of Kansas, and a sister, Mrs. Laura Wilson of Evanston, Illinois, several nieces, nephews, five grandchildren and three great grand children, besides a community of friends and neighbors, mourn his passing into the land of Paradise- And may I say in personal tribute "Mr. Doll is pure Gold."

This life and its burdens are o'er,
Seemed heavier than he could bear;
And now they are lifted: But we do not know,
But that God has come into our fold.
God has taken him this very hour
And asked the easing of his load; and
In infinite compassion, has stooped down,
And taken it from him.
And so an angels voice said, "Come.''
Our sincere friend heard the call,
And left us one and all.
The call is sad
The wound can never be healed
But our friend's love and deeds,
Will always lie within our hearts concealed.
E. W. Reynolds

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday May 18, 1933




(Contributed by Gerald Graves)








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