Peoria County, Illinois  Genealogy Trails



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


Funeral services for Mrs. John DeGroff, who died at her home in Mapleton, March 25, 1931, were held Friday afternoon, at the Mapleton M. E. Church. conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller, of Farmington. Interment was in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

Martha Silzel, daughter of Jacob and Martha Silzel, was born at Lancaster, Peoria Co., Illinois, July 21, 1852. Her marriage to John DeGroff took place at Cuba, Ill., May 20, 1869.

Besides the husband she leaves two sons. Clarence and Charles of Mapleton; a daughter Mrs. Bertha Buchele. Peoria; three grandchildren Maurice J. Evans, Springield, Helen and Phyllis DeGroff of Mapleton; also one brother, Pierce Silzel, of Oakdale, Wash.

Mrs. DeGroff was a member of the Methodist church and many; friends will mourn the passing of this good  woman.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 2, 1931



Mrs. Martha S. DeGroff, 79 years old wife of  John DeGroff, died at 8:25 o'clock Wednesday morning at the family residence in Mapleton. The funeral will he held at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Methodist church in Mapleton. Burial will be in Kingston Mines cemetery.
She was born at Lancaster, Ill, July 24, 1852, a daughter of Jacob and Martha Silzel. She married John DeGroff at Cuba. Ill., May 22, 1869. She leaves her husband and the following sons and daughters: Clarence and Charles, Mapleton; Mrs. Bertha Buchele, Peoria; a brother, Pierre Silzel of Oakdale, Wash.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 26, 1931


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

John DeGroff, Last Mapleton Civil War Veteran, is Dead

John DeGroff, of Mapleton, last Civil War Veteran of that vicinity died at his home Friday, May 28,1939, at the  age 91 years. Death was caused by a heart ailment.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon, conducted Rev. Francisco of Pekin. Burial was in Kingston Mines Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Frank, William and Thos. Ast1e,  Everett Haynes, of Mapleton, E. R. Lightbody and L R. McCoy, of Glasford, all members of Chas. D. Looger Post of the American Legion. The Post also provided a color guard and firing squad, and a large number of  Legionnaires were in attendance, also a representative of  the  Joseph Hooker, Post, G. A.R, of Canton, of which the deceased was a member, and representatives of other Canton patriotic organizations.

Mr. DeGroff, was born in Saratoga county, New York, on ,Oct. 20, 1847, a son of Joseph and Kathryn (Hause) DeGroff, he was married to Martha Silzel at Cuba, Ill., on May 22, 1870.

In 1879 he moved to Mapleton with his family, and worked as a blacksmith. He retired from active work in 1908.

Mr. DeGroff enlisted in the army on Jan. 25, 1864, at the age of 16, serving as private in Company D, 103rd Illinois Infantry. He fought in the battles of Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain, and was with General Sherman on his March to the Sea.

Each October for the past several years, Mr. DeGroff was honored at a birthday dinner arranged by Canton chapter, Daughters of Union Veterans.

Surviving are a son, Clarence, Pittsburgh, Pa., and a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Buchele, Mapleton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife and four children preceded him in death.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday June 1, 1939


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

Chas. DeGroff, Mapleton, Dies from the heat

Charles DeGroff, 46 year old Mapleton section worker on the Toledo, Peoria and Western  railroad, died at 4:30 o'clockWednesday afternoon at his home in Mapleton where he was taken after being stricken by the heat.

He was born in Reed City, Ill., October 10, 1890. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Fuller and Miss Phyllis DeGroff of Canton, Ill.; a brother, Clarence, Pittsburgh, and a sister Bertha Buehler, Mapleton. His father, John DeGroff, Mapleton, also survives.

The body was taken to Kuecks funeral home in Pekin pending funeral arrangements.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m., at the Mapleton Church, and burial will be in the Kingston Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday July 16, 1936


Contributed by Donna Jones

April 4, 1923
Bradford, Illinois, Republican

Louisa HARMON was born near Bradford, Illinois, December 11, 1842, and passed away at her home in Chillicothe March 21, 1923, at the age of 81 years. She was the daughter of John and Margaret HARMON, who passed on some years ago.

She was married to Daniel DALRYMPLE in 1862, but he died in 1871. She was the mother of 8 children, 3 preceding her in death. She was married to Daniel DEAN March 18, 1919, who with the children, two brothers and one sister mourn her departure. There are 32 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and her sister, Mrs. E. WATSON of Chicago. The brothers are Horea HARMON, Fairmont, Nebr., and John HARMON, Bradford, Illinois. The children are Oscar DALRYMPLE of Peoria, Mrs. B.E. SANNER of Oak Park, Illinois, Mrs. May HAPPER of Los Angeles, Calif., Wesley DALRYMPLE and Mrs. Lucy WOODWORTH of Chillicothe. She united with the Methodist church at Pleasant Grove in early childhood.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon by Rev. L.L. PEARCE. Burial was in the city cemetery. — Chillicothe Bulletin.”


Contributed by Dick Parr

James Warren Deal

James Warren Deal was born in Jackson Co., Ohio, July 25, 1862. Came to Illinois in 1878, and was married to Miss Marilda Brown July 4, 1888. To their union was born eleven children, six of whom are living.

Mr. Deal received injuries some time ago, by falling over a barrel, from the effects of which he never recovered. He died at his home on Washington street, Peoria, Tuesday, at the age of 41 years. The remains were brought to Glasford Thursday on the morning passenger, accompanied by a large number of relatives, and the funeral was held at the M. E. church at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Thos. Bartram.  Interment in the Lancaster Cemetery.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  September 1903


Contributed by Dick Parr


Mrs. Cyntha Marilda Deal died at her home near Kingston Mines, Wednesday, August 22, 1931, at the age of  62 years, 2 months and 13 days. She was born June 9, 1872, in Coshocton County, Ohio.

Her marriage was to James Warren Deal, who passed away Sept. 3, 1903.

Mrs. Deal is survived by the following children : Mrs. Bessie Vipond, Peoria; Mrs. Lizzie Rudd, Kingston Mines; Ervin Deal of Pekin; Mrs. Edna Einsporn, Peoria; Ernest Deal, Glasford; Mrs. Della Gohde, Kingston Mines; James Warren Deal; also nine grandchildren and the following  brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Miller, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Mrs. Adah Shryock, Glasford; Joseph Brown, Freemont, Iowa; George Brown, Lewistown, Ill.; Mrs. Dorothy Bitner, Kingston Mines, Ill.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. W. Reynolds. Interment was in Lancaster Cemetery.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il.  August 30, 1934


Contributed by Dick Parr


Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Huey were called to Elmwood Saturday to attend the funeral of her grandmother; Mrs. Alma Dawson who died last Thursday as the result of burns.

Mrs. Dawson, who was 76 years, old, was house keeper for Thomas May, near Oak Hill. Her clothing caught fire from a spark from the cook stove, while getting dinner, and she was burned over practically all her body. She died the same night.

Mrs. Dawson had been a member of the Oak Hill Methodist Church for many years.

She is survived by one son Jasper Dawson, Oak Hill, three daughters, Mrs. Addie Cox of' Peoria, Mrs. Howard LaFollette of Wyoming, Ill., and Miss, Edith Dawson of Peoria, also 20 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il   December 8, 1938


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

Mrs. Susie Essex Davis

Mrs. Susie Essex Davis, a former Glasford girl, died very suddenly last Friday evening, July 19, 1929, at her home near Abingdon.

She was entertaining friends, and suddenly exclaimed that she felt very queer. She sat down, and passed away  in a few moments. Heart trouble was the cause of her death.

Susie Essex was born in July 1898, at Baylis, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Hiram Essex. Rev. Essex was pastor of the Copperas Creek Chapel for many years, and Miss Essex was one of the most popular members of the younger set.

She was married in 1921 to Claude Davis, and they have made their home near Abingdon.

She is survived by the husband, one son, Donald Lee, aged 4, her mother, Mrs. Essex, and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Abingdon. Friends from here who were present said it was one of the largest funerals they ever attended.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il July 25, 1929


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


Maryette Davis died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. F. Taylor at 405 N.W. 1st Ave., Galva, Ill., at one p. m. Saturday, February 23rd, 1924, after a lingering illness of several months.

She was born near Abingdon, Ill., Oct. 1st 1846, but spent the greater part of her life in Peoria county. She was married to John W. Davis December 15th 1864, who preceded her in death February 26, 1919.

Born to this union were seven children who all preceded her in death except three daughters, Fannie Taylor of Galva, Ill., where she spent the last five years of her life. Julia L. Spickard of  Christopher, Ill., and Della Cox of Warsaw, Ill. Also two brothers, Seth Thompson of Pekin, Ill., and Charles Thompson of Peoria, Ill.

There are also 14 grand children and 21 great grand children left to mourn her loss.

Funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter, Fannie Taylor, by Rev. C. W. F. Smith of Galva, Ill. Interment will be in the Smithville cemetery at Smithville, Ill.

Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. E. Spickard, Mrs. Orlie Burkitt and daughter, Mary Helen of Christopher, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Cox, Warsaw Ill., Mrs. Blanche Hoover and Miss Nell Davis, Dixon, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Seth D. Thompson and daughter Marie, of Pekin, Ill., and Mrs. J. W Dixon, Galesburg, Ill.

A quartet composed of Mrs. Hugh Baird, Mrs. Kathryn Mink, Mrs. C. F Smith and Miss Minell Hicks, sang "Rock of Ages" and Abide With Me.

The body bearers were: W. A. Pierce, W. F. Barlow, Ed Kewley, Lee Hurlbert, LeRoy Miller and G. A. TeaGarden.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday February 28, 1924

Contributed by Dick Parr

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  February 25, 1926

M. L. Davis, Civil War Veteran, Dead,  Burial to be Friday

Mr. M. L. Davis, veteran of the Civil War, and one of the incorporators of Glasford, passed away Tuesday night at 10:45 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Anna Hickey of St. Charles.

Word was received by the Gazette yesterday from Mrs. Hickey, with whom Mr. Davis had been staying with the last six months, while Mrs. Davis was staying in Chicago.

Mr. Davis, who was 85 years old, had been ill for several weeks with pneumonia. His other daughter, Mrs. Mary Ramsay, of Canton, had gone to St. Charles to help care for him.

The body was brought to Canton Thursday, and Memorial services will be held at the Banner church Friday afternoon at 2:oo o’clock. Interment will be in the Banner Cemetery.

The old family homestead is located not far from Banner.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife; also two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Mary Ramsay of Canton; Mrs. Anna Hickey of St. Charles; Joseph Davis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Delmer L. of Hollywood, Calif., all of whom are children of Mr. Davis and his first wife, who was formerly Nancy McCann.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  April 29, 1926


The following sketch of Mr. M. L. Davis, former prominent citizen of Glasford. and one of. the incorporators of the village, was delayed in publica­tion because the writer was unable to see any of the family at the time of Mr. Davis' death, due to the im­passable roads.

Martin L.. Davis, son of Mary Downing and John Davis, was born October 24, 1841 at West Wheeling, Bel­mont County, Ohio. The family came to Illinois in the early fifties, stopping in Bloomington for a short time, and later coming to Peoria county where Mr. Davis spent the greater part of his life.

He enlisted as a volunteer in Co. C, 47th Illinois and went out with the "Boys of '61" to save Old Glory. He was always glad and proud that he had done his part in that great war.

He was a charter member of  Timber Post G.A.R. He came to Glasford in 1881 and was always very loyal to the
town. He passed away February 22, 1926 aged 94 (84) years,3 months and 29 days, after an illness of several weeks with pneumonia, at the home of his daughter, in St. Charles, Ill, where he was visiting. He is the last of a family of ten children.

Interment was in Utica cemetery, at Banner, with military honors the American Legion, who acted for the Old Veterans who were unable to pay him that honor.

Captain Board (his captain) wrote of him that he was an honest man and a brave soldier, that he was clerk of his Company for two years and that he fought in every battle that his com­pany engaged in. To show his appre­ciation of his services, Captain Broad presented Mr. Davis with his gold watch that he had worn thru the war. It was said he was the best drill master in his Company. He is survived by his wife and four children, by a former marriage, also three half sisters.

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


Word was received last week of the sudden death of Joseph A. Davis, a former Glasford resident, at his home in Denver, Colo.

A letter since received from Mrs. Davis says he passed away at 10 a. m. Nov. 10, while sitting in his favorite chair looking at some photographs. He had a picture of his boyhood home in Glasford in his hand just before he died. A doctor and ambulance was quickly summoned, but death was instant.

Mr. Davis had a heart attack five years ago, and since then it was known that the end might come at any time.

Joseph Alexander Davis, son of Martin L. and Nancy McCann Davis, was born Aug. 11, 1871, at Banner, Fulton County, Illinois. The family moved to Glasford, where he and his father were engaged in the grain and livestock business, and later he took the business.

His marriage was to Miss Hulda M. Owens to which union three sons were born.  The family moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1919, and twelve years later moved to Denver, where the deceased has since made his home.

He passed away Nov. 10, 1938, aged 67 years, 2 months and 29 days. Funeral services were held Nov. 12, and burial was in Denver.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hulda M. Davis, 3339 Raleigh st., Denver, Colo., two sons, Ralph Maurell Davis, at home, and Roland Joseph Davis, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two grandchildren, Joseph Lee and Ralph Hampton Davis, of Monroe City,  Mo.; one brother, Dr. D. L. Davis, of Los Angeles, Calif., and two sisters, Mary Ramsey, of Banner, Ill., and Anna Hickey, of Oklahoma City, Okla. One son, Russell Owen Davis, died in the service at Camp Grant, Oct. 1, 1918, .and was buried at Glasford.

Ralph Davis, who is general manager of the American Coal & Ice Co., in Denver, published a notice in a Denver paper, which was a sincere tribute to his father and an unique notice to his customers, showing the confidence he had in his competitors, because they must have had the same confidence in him. It read:

"My Father, Joseph Davis, the most wonderful man in the world, had been taken from me. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Sat. Nov. 12.

Customers who need coal before Monday may phone my good business neighbors, Citizens Coal Co., Gallup 7619 or National Fuel Co., KE 2171."

Mr. Davis was a splendid bass singer, and used to sing on many public occasions when living in Glasford. He was a public spirited man, and always worked for the best interests of the community when in business here.

Mr. Davis was still interested in the old home town, and read the home paper regularly and wrote to the editor frequently. Many old friends here were saddened to hear of his death.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday September 24, 1938

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


John D. Davis, well known resident of Glasford for many years passed away Tuesday morning at 5:30 at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, where he had been the past three weeks, following a second operation. He was 71 years, 7 months and 25 days old.

The body was brought to the Howard mortuary, and funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 24, at 2:00 o'clock at the Glasford Baptist church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p, m. Rev. John Schlenker will officiate.

Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery. The pall bearers will be Will Fuller, Harrison McQuown, Geo. Elson, Gilbert Chamberlain, F. P. Riedelhauch and Henry Gerrietts.

Mr. Davis was born April 22, 1871 in Hollis township. He was engaged in farming for many years, and later as a stationary fireman. He retired in 1939.

Mr. Davis was married Aug. 2, 1891 to Hannah Clark who preceded him in death Sept:18, 1931.

He is survived by one son, Gerald, two granddaughters, Mrs. Lydia Wolfe and Miss Opal Davis, and three great grandchildren, and one. brother, Henry Davis.

Mr. Davis was a public spirited citizen and a good neighbor, who will be missed by a host of friends.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday December 24, 1942


Contributed by Jean Griesan

The Rev. J. L. Davis

        The Rev. Joseph L. Davis, brother of Sister Mary Borgia of the Sisters of St. Joseph here, died Wednesday in St. Louis.  He was regent of the St. Louis University school of commerce and finance.

Peoria Star, Thursday, June 22, 1939



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


Mrs. Hannah M. Davis, wife of John D. Davis, passed away at her house here Friday afternoon, at 2 p.m. after a long illness. She had a bad fall a week previous, thought to have been caused by a light stroke. She never recovered front the effects of this.

The body was taken to the Wilkey mortuary and prepared for burial.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Glasford M. E. Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. W. Reynolds. The singers were Mrs. Mabel McElhaney and Mrs. Fern Lightbody, accompanied by Miss Pauline Bitner.

The church could not hold the many friends and former neighbors who came to pay their last respects to a loved and respected friend.

Interment was in the Lancaster Cemetery. The pall bearers were G. C. Saylor, Uley Malmgren, Walter Beecham, Wm. Bitner, Harvey Ashen and Elim Wagner.

Our community has been saddened by the mysteriousness of death. And quietly, yet so swiftly, the great Christ has come upon us and taken away one of His own.

We must bow to His will and think of her in the lines of poet, James Whitcome Riley:
"She's Away"
You cannot, you must not say
That she is dead, she's just away.
With. a cherry 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.
So think her faring on as dear,
In the love of there, as the love of here;
Think of her still to the same I say,
She is not dead, "she's just away."

After several years of intense suffering, borne with patient fortitude the spirit of Hanna M. Davis found a sweet repose in the dreamless sleep that awaits the dreary traveler at the end of Life's journey.

Hannah M. Davis, daughter of John Q. and Ellen Clark, was born on June 23, 1866, at Glasford,and departed this life September 18, 1931, at 2:00 p.m. at her home in Glasford,  at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 27 days.

Miss Clark was united in marriage on August 21, 1891, to John D. Davis. To this union were born two children, Gerald J., who lives on the home place, and Flossie, who died in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, John D. and son Gerald, and wife Nora, two grand daughters. Lydia E. and Opal Ellen, besides three brothers, Charles, Andrew and Frank Clark, all living near Glasford. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

She joined the United Brethern church at Copperas Creek Chapel early in girlhood.  She was a member of the Womens Relief Corps for many years.

In the harvest season of the year the Reaper came and called home this dear wife, mother and friend. How rich her life, blest as she was with family, home and friends. To these throughout the ears she gave utmost devotion, gladly and unselfishly; always doing good for all.

How the Master must have rejoiced over the abundance of the harvest when He bade her spirit "Come." And though she is away, of her we may say "To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die."

Fold her, Oh Father! Thine arms, And let her henceforth be
A messenger of love between Our human heart and Thee.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il September 24, 1931


Contributed by Dick Parr


Adrian N. Davis passed away at his home in Duluth, Minnesota, October 13, 1931, following an illness of several months. He was born. in 1870 at Glasford, Illinois, where he lived until going to Duluth in 1898, where since made his home.

He was with the F. A. Patrick Co. over thirty years, and was a member of the Artillery Band for several years.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Lawrence, Richard and William of  Duluth, and three daughters, Evelyn of Duluth, and Mrs. J. J. Leber and Mrs. M. E. Semands of Galveston, Texas, also a sister, Mrs. I. N. Chellew of Chicago, and a brother, O. D. Davis of Cromwell, Minnesota.

Mr. .Davis was a son of the late Wm. Davis, who, with his brother, M. L. Davis, were pioneer business men of Glasford, operating the first lumber mill and grain business.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il   November 5, 1931



From the Princeville Telephone
March 10, 1932



Funeral Services Held at Local Methodist Church Wednesday Afternoon


     Thomas Darby, aged Princeville resident, passed away at his home on Cottage Grove avenue Sunday night following a slow decline in health for several years.  Funeral services were held from the Princeville Methodist Episcopal church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. J. F. Bliss officiating.  Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

     Thomas, son of Britton and Nancy Darby, was born in Vinton county, Ohio, November 17, 1845, and passed away at his home in Princeville, Illinois, March 6, 1932, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 24 days.

     He was united in marriage to Margaret Jane McGregor on August 26, 1868.  To this union were born nine children.

     He leaves to mourn his passing, four daughters: Mrs. Lucy Gelvin of Toulon, Ill., Mrs. Ida Springer of Duncan, Ill., Mrs. Jennie White of Newton, Iowa, and Clara Alford of Lowell, Arkansas; and two sons, Britton Darby of Newton, Iowa, and Pearl Darby of Duncan, Ill.  He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

     His wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Della Burgess of Perry, Iowa, and Mrs. Nadene Fox of Duncan, Ill, and one son, Jessie Darby of Princeville, Ill., preceded him in death.

     Mr. Darby came to this state when a young man and lived in this and the surrounding communities ever since.  For many years he followed the occupation of farming, and upon retiring from active work about 20 years ago, moved to Princeville, where he had since resided.

     Mr. Darby was a highly respected citizen of this village and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.  His death is deeply regretted by the entire populace.


Contributed by Donna Jones

Wesley DALRYMPLE’s obituary in the April 10, 1942, Chillicothe Bulletin reads:

 “Death claimed Wesley DALRYMPLE, 71 years old, Sunday night at 11:45 in a Peoria hospital following an illness of two months duration.

 “Prior to retirement, the deceased was a coal miner and farmer in and near this city. He was born August 19, 1870, in Claude county, Kansas, the son of David Wesley and Louisa (HARMON) DALRYMPLE. His wife died August 19, 1934.

 “Surviving are two sons, Joseph DALRYMPLE, who is in the United States army and Melvin DALRYMPLE of this city; one daughter, Ethel, of Chillicothe and a sister, Mrs. Bertha SAUNER, Wyoming.

 “Last rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Anderson Funeral home with the Rev. W. Harvey YOUNG officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery.”


Contributed by Donna Jones

obituary in the Peoria Journal Star:

 “Oscar H. DALRYMPLE, 64 years old, resident of Peoria for 22 years, passed away suddenly at 5:10 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home, 603 Sixth street.

 “The son of David and Louisa DALRYMPLE, he was born at Bradford, Ill., July 7, 1870. On June 15, 1913, he married Mrs. Lucinda DALRYMPLE, widow of his brother, Hosea DALRYMPLE.

 “Surviving besides his wife are four step-children, Rose and Edward DALRYMPLE, Peoria; Mrs. Inez HOITE, East Peoria, and Mrs. Trella HARMON, Davenport, Iowa; a brother, Wesley DALRYMPLE, Chillicothe; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha SANNER, Wyoming, Ill., and Mrs. Mae HOPPER, Los Angeles, Cal.

 “Memorial services will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the Wilton mortuary chapel. Interment will be in the Chillicothe cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 3 o’clock Wednesday.”

Contributed by Donna Jones

A death notice for Nora Maxine DALRYMPLE in the Journal Star indicated she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar DALRYMPLE. She died in Peoria August 29, 1920, at the age of  5 years, 9 months and 18 days, indicating a birthday of December 11, 1914, death certificate number 0031789, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health Death Index 1917-1944.


Contributed by Donna Jones

Lucinda’s full name, dates and parents were found in her obituary in the Peoria Journal Star, though it did show a different marriage year for herself and Oscar.

“Mrs. Lucinda Belle DALRYMPLE, 69, 408 Sanford street, a resident of Peoria for the last 29 years, died at her home at 9:45 a.m. today.

“A daughter of Asa and Ellen ELLIOTT, she was born at Lacon, Feb. 5, 1873. She married Oscar DALRYMPLE at Peoria in June 1914. Mr. DALRYMPLE preceded her in death here Jan. 7, 1935. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

“Surviving are a son, Edward DALRYMPLE, a daughter, Mrs. Trella HARMON, Davenport, Iowa; a brother, John ELLIOTT, McNabb; two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia PHILLIPS of Peoria, and Mrs. Byrle CHASE of Peoria; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“Funeral announcements will be made later by the Wilton mortuary.”

The next day, the Journal Star reported:

“Funeral services for Mrs. Lucinda Belle DALRYMPLE, 69, of 408 Sanford street, who died at her home Wednesday morning,, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wilton mortuary. Burial will be in Chillicothe cemetery. Mrs. DALRYMPLE had lived in Peoria for the last 20 years and was the widow of Oscar DALRYMPLE. Friends may call at the mortuary after noon today.

“The Rev. R.E. BAUERLE will officiate.”

Contributed by Donna Jones

Caroline DALRYMPLE's obituary in the August 24, 1934, Chillicothe Bulletin reads:

 "Mrs. Caroline (HONOR) DALRYMPLE, wife of Wesley DALRYMPLE, passed away at her home north of Chillicothe, Sunday, August 19, at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 14 days.

 "Deceased was born at Glocester, England, January 5, 1877, the daughter of Robert and Sarah CREW.

 "On January 5, 1895, she was united in marriage to Wesley DALRYMPLE, to which union were born two children, Ethel and Melvin, both at home.

 "She leaves to mourn her passing, the husband and children, seven grandsons, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

 "Funeral services were conducted from the Chillicothe Methodist church, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. A.H. NOTHDURFT officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery."

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


Harry R. Dilts was the son of James and Emma Ross Dilts and was born in Cuba, Ill., June 29, 1879. Departed this life December 29, 1920, at the age of 40 years, 6 months, at the St. Francis hospital, just two weeks to the day he was taken there.

He was injured in the coal mine six years ago and had never recovered. He suffered continually but bore it all patiently.

Mr. Dilts was united in marriage to Miss Margerette Fuller June 29, 1902, and to this union was born one daughter, Mary.

He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and daughter, mother, Mrs. Emma Dilts of Farmington, two brothers and five sisters: Mrs. Thomas Jefford and Mrs. Richard Homan of Glasford, Ill., Mrs. Earl Bowton of Canton, Ill., Bessie Picton of Farmington, Ill., Nellie, at home, George of Peoria and Earnest at home. The father and two brothers preceeded him in death.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

He was of a kind and loving disposition and will be sadly missed by his relatives, friends and in the community in which he lived.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon in Farmington at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Crapp at 2:30 o'clock. Burial was in the Oak Ridge cemetery.

Your loving eyes closed slowly
Your tender lips shut tight
An angel touched you lightly
And led you into the gates of light.
And now our home is saddened
And there is no one to cheer
And how our hearts are aching,
 For our brother we loved so dear.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday January 4, 1921



Contributed by Dick Parr
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George Dilts, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dilts, died at the Peoria State hospital where he had worked, for six years. He was born at Cuba. Ill., Sept. 18, l887. The funeral services were held at the home in Farmington on March 23 conducted by Rev. L. C. Heller, pastor of the Baptist church at Farmington. Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Those left to mourn their loss are five sisters and one brother. They are Myrtle Jefford of Farmington, May Homan of Glasford, Daisy Bowton of Canton, Nellie Dilts of Chicago, Bessie Picton of Peoria and Ernest of Farmington. He also leaves two daughters, Emma of Grinell, Iowa and Helen of Moline. His wife, father, mother and four brothers have preceded him in death.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday April 2, 1931




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Mrs. Emma (Ross) Dilts, was born in Newark, Ohio on October 1, 1858 and passed away at her home in Farmington at 7:30 a. m. March 2, 1931. She had been sick for a year with cancer and suffered terribly but bore it all patiently.

She was baptized fifty-two years ago and lived a true Christian life. She belonged to the Baptist Church, and Ladies Aid Society and was always ready to help when she was able.

She was united in marriage to James Dilts at Cuba, Ill., May 11, 1878. The husband and three sons, Harry, Lewis and Roy preceded her in death.

She will be missed by her children and a wide circle of friends. The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church on March 4 and was largely attended. The three request songs were sung. They were "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "The Old Rugged Cross,"  "The Golden Bells Ring Out for You and Me,"

She leaves to mourn their loss the following sons and daughters, Mrs. Thos. Jefford of Farmington, Richard Homan of Glasford, Mrs. Daisy Bowton of Canton, George Dilts of Peoria, Nellie of Chicago, Mrs. Bessie Picton of Peoria, Ernest Dilts of Farmington. Also twenty grand children and seven great grandchildren.

The pall bearers were the grandchildren they were Merle Homan, Russell, Howard and Everett Bowton, W. M. Snodgrass and Raymond Pettow.

Your loving eyes closed slowly
Your tender lips shut tight
An angel touched you lightly
And now our home is saddened
And there is no one to cheer
And how our hearts are aching
For our mother we loved so dear.

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



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Goldia A. Dillon

Died at the home of her parents, Mr, and Mrs. Thos Fryman Jr., Tuesday, June 17, 1902 aged 17yrs 9m.

Deceased had been sick almost a year with lung trouble. Funeral was held at Maple Ridge Thursday at.11 o'clock by Rev. Velander.

Thus another rose is plucked just as it was budding; another bright young life is ended just when entering womanhood, proving the bible assertion, " The good die young."

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday June 20, 1902


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Mary Ann Dieken

Mary Ann. Dieken, daughter of David and Mary Davis, was born on a farm near Bartonville on August 4, 1861. Her girlhood days were spent in the Community In which she was born.  In her twenty-third year the was united in marriage to Heye Dieken. The first ten years of their marriage was spent in Limestone township. In 1891 they moved to a farm in the Pleasant Grove community near Eden. After completing a number of years on the farm, they retired to Eden, where they have resided for the past ten years.

In early youth she united with the Methodist church. She was a faithful member and an ardent worker in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association.

On March 29, 1928 at the age of 66 years, after several months of patient suffering, she passed into the Great Beyond. In her last conscious moments; her request was "Lord, take me home."

She has been a faithful wife and devoted mother.

Those surviving her are the husband Heye Dieken, Eden, and five children, Mrs. Minnie Richardson, Hanna City; Mrs. Adaline Quinn, Trivoli; George Dieken, Eden, Mrs. Delitha Anderson and Otto Dieken who reside at home. There are four grandchildren, Dean Quinn, Charles and Merril Dieken and Jene Anderson. Also one grand daughter, Mary Caroline Anderson, who died in infancy. One brother, D. J. Davis of Bremerton, Washington. Other relatives and a host of friends.

We cannot say and we do not say She is dead; she is just away
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand She has wondered into an unknown land.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday April 5, 1928

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Heye Dieken, aged 84, passed away at his home in Eden Wednesday, March 27, 1940, at 6:25 p.m., following a brief illness. At his bedside were all of his children.

Mr. Dieken was born in Germany, May 14, 1856, and came to this country when a young man. He settled in Limestone township and was there united in marriage in 1884 to Mary Ann Davis of Bartonville.  .

About 40 years ago Mr. Dieken moved to Logan township, where he engaged in farming until retiring a few years ago, since which time he has made his home in Eden. Mrs. Dieken preceded him in death 12 years ago.

Mr. Dieken is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Richardson, Hanna City, Mrs. Adeline Quin, Trivoli, Mrs. Delitha Anderson, Eden, two sons, George of Pleasant Grove neighborhood, and Otto of Peoria; also one brother, Jibbo Dieken, of Peoria and one sister, Mrs. Harm Eckena, Metamora, and four grandchildren.

Mr. Dieken was a member of St. John's Lutheran church of Limestone township.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, at 1:30, at the residence in Eden, and at 2:00 at the Hanna .......................Missing...........

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday March 28, 1940



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Jacob John DeWeerth was born Dec. 31, 1832, in Norden, then in the Kingdom Hanover, Germany. In the year 1852, he emigrated with his parents to the United States and came to live in Peoria. He was married to Miss Ada Marie Reis in 1862. After some years he bought a farm in Timber township which remained his home until he died, May 18, 1922.

Last fall he celebrated the 59th anniversary of his marriage. His marriage was blessed with nine children, two of which died when small. A little over two years ago he is supposed to have had a light paralytic stroke, which caused him to fall down in the garden and hurt his right hip, but he recovered again until about three weeks ago his vital strength begun to fail rapidly. Yet he was up and even could go out of doors. Not quite one week he was confined to his bed. The children who all live near-by owe a great deal to their aged father because mother was not able to do very much. Without any suffering he lay unconscious for several days becoming weaker gradually until he passed away about six o'clock in the evening of May 18th. His pastor came to see him regular and the night before he could unite in prayer with all of his children but one and some of the grandchildren.

Besides his aged widow almost 82 years old, he leaves seven children: Mrs. A. E. Roelf of Birds Corners, C. F. DeWeerth, Bartonville, Elias DeWeerth, Penn Ridge, Mrs. G. E. Rice, Harkers Corners. Will and Jake DeWeerth of the home place and Henry DeWeerth of Green Valley; twenty grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren two brothers, Claus and Henry of Peoria.

His entire age was 89 years, 4 months and 18 days.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday May 25, 1922



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Mrs. Ida DeWeerth, an aged resident of this community, passed away Tuesday morning at 5:00 o'clock, at the home of her son, Wm. DeWeerth.

Mrs. DeWeerth was born in Germany, December 28, 1841.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at the German Lutheran church of Timber township, in charge of Undertaker Wm. H. Wilkey. Interment will be in the German Lutheran Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 21, 1928



The departed Mrs. Ida Marie DeWeerth nee Rice, was born on the 28th of December, 1840, in Plaggenburg, Ostfriesland, Germany. There she was also baptized. As a child of eleven she came to this country with her parents. The family settled at first in Peoria, Illinois.

On October 26, 1862, she was married to Jacob John DeWeerth, by Rev. Neumann of the Limestone Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with 9 children of whom 7 are still living, while a boy, Cornelius, and a daughter, Ellen, have died.

Mrs. DeWeerth lived with her family in this vicinity about 65 years. On December 24, 1889 she was confirmed by Rev. Groth, a former minister of Timber Lutheran church. Her husband, Jacob John DeWeerth, died on the 18th of May, 1922, and was interred in Timber Lutheran cemetery. From that time on she stayed mostly with her children, Jacob and William DeWeerth and her daughter, Mrs. Grace Rice. Her health failed in the last few years on account of old age. Last Sunday she suddenly took ill, her old troubles, heart trouble and asthma renewed their attacks and possibly a touch of pneumonia set in and thus her life ended on June 19, about a quarter to 5 o'clock in the morning. On Monday morning she took the Lord's Supper for the last time with a rare Christian devotion and thus prepared herself for the walk through the dark valley of death.

The departed belonged to the sturdy race of pioneers, who worked hard for their families. She was a faithful wife to her husband and a devoted mother. She is mourned by her seven children Mrs. S. F. Roelfs, Birds Corners; Frank DeWeerth, Elias DeWeerth of Penn Ridge; Mrs. Grace Rice of Mapleton; William DeWeerth, Glasford, Jacob DeWeerth, Glasford; Henry DeWeerth, Green Valley; also 21 grandchildren and 30 great grand-children. She reached the age of 87 years, 5 months and 22 days.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 21, 1928, at the Timber Lutheran Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. M. Scherf.  Interment was in the Lutheran Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday  June 29, 1928



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Elias DeWeerth, a well known and highly respected resident of Penn Ridge, passed away at his home Thursday, Dec. 7, 1939, at the age of 70 years, 8 months and one day.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Penn Ridge church, conducted by Rev. Ivan O. Miller, a former pastor, assisted by Rev. W. N. King, the present pastor.

The church and basement were filled to overflowing with friends and relatives come to honor a good neighbor and citizen. Undertaker Howard had installed amplifyers in the basement and outside, so all could hear the services distinctly.

Burial was in St. John's Cemetery in Limestone township. The pall bearers were all nephews of the deceased.

Elias DeWeerth was born in Timber township, April 6, 1869. He was baptized in infancy, later attending confirmation school at the St. Peter's Lutheran church, Glasford and was confirmed March 30, 1892 by the late Rev. Groth and remained a member of that church.

He resided with his parents until March 1, 1899 when he was united in marriage to Bertha L. Weber, they settled at Harker's Corners, later moving to Iowa. After three years in Iowa they purchased their farm near Penn Ridge which has been their home for the past 29 years.

This marriage was blessed with seven children, one son preceding him in death in infancy. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Mrs. Bertha L. DeWeerth, four sons and two daughters, J. J. DeWeerth of Peoria, L. H. DeWeerth and Mrs. Arthur Fitzgerald of Bartonville, William E. DeWeerth of Bradford, Carl and Evelyn at home; seven grandchildren; four brothers, Frank DeWeerth of Bartonville, William DeWeerth of Peoria, J. J. DeWeerth of Glasford, Henry DeWeerth of Green Valley; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Rice and Mrs. Elizabeth Roelfs, both who preceded him in death three years ago, also a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. DeWeerth enjoyed his life in good health until four years ago when his health began to fail him. With good medical aid gained strength, but 9 months ago his condition grew more serious again with medical aid he seemed on the road to recovery until two weeks ago his condition grew more serious, and death occurred last Thursday.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday December 14, 1939


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Donald William DeWeerth, only child of William E. DeWeerth and his wife Reaka, nee Behrends, was born on November 9, 1934. On December 16th of the same year, he was brought to the Lord in Holy Baptism. His grandmothers, Mrs. Elias DeWeerth and Mrs. John Behrends, assumed sponsorship for him. Graciously our Heavenly Father received him then as His child and an heir of the blessedness of His Kingdom, even as He in His Grace has now called him out of this world again. The child grew up to the joy of his parents and their many friends; he was a bright and active youngster. Yet the wisdom of God has ordered that this child should early join the host of young children who are gathered around the great white throne, praising God in their own way, and awaiting those who here on earth loved them so tenderly. The week before last, an abscess formed near the child's spine which caused him considerable pain. On Thursday of the same week his anxious parents took him to the Methodist hospital, Peoria. At first there seemed to be reason to hope for a recovery. However, during the night from Friday to Saturday the infection became more prominent, and his condition grew steadily worse. All day Saturday he became visibly weaker, and later lost consciousness. During the next night he was placed into an oxygen tent. But though doctors and nurses did all that was in their power to halt the course of the blood-poisoning which had set in, the young life slowly ebbed away.. On Sunday, August 22nd, at half past nine o'clock in the morning, Donald breathed his last, and his young soul took its flight heavenward to Jesus, the gentle shepherd of tender youth.

Donald reached the age of two years, nine months, and thirteen days. He is survived by his sorrow-stricken parents, William and Reaka DeWeerth; by his grandparents, Mr, and Mrs. Elias DeWeerth, and Mr. and Mrs. John Behrends; by a great-grandfather, Mr. Henry Behrends; by a great-grandmother, Mrs. Lambert Weber; by three uncles and two aunts on his father's side: Mr. J. J. DeWeerth, Mr. Lambert DeWeerth, Mr. Carl DeWeerth, Mrs. Arthur Fitzgerald, and Miss Evelyn DeWeerth; by two uncles and three aunts on his mother's side: Mr. Henry Behrends, Mr. Lester Behrends, Mrs. Elmer Reinholtz. Ms. James Burt, and Miss Anna Behrends, and by the following eight cousins : Orval DeWeerth, Raymond DeWeerth, Allen .DeWeerth, Alvin DeWeerth, Marjorie DeWeerth, Eugene Reinholtz, Edward Reinholtz. and Arthur Reinholtz.

Funeral services for this deceased child were held on Wednesday, August 25, and were conducted by the Rev. John Hieronymus, the pastor of St. Peter's parish, to which the child belonged. The prayer-service was held in the house of the parents at 1:15 p. m., followed at 2 o'clock by the service of the Church for the Dead, in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, in Timber Township. During the services, the Misses Doris Heuerman and Helen Rice sang two duets, "When Children, Young and Tender, Their Infant Souls Surrender," and "Asleep in Jesus;" and Mrs. J. Hieronymus sang, "All Will Be Well." Rev. Hieronymus preached the funeral sermon, using as his text the words from 2 Kings 4.26: "Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well."

Burial took place in St: John's Lutheran Cemetery, of Limestone Township, where the child was laid to rest in the burial lot of his grand parents. Pallbearers were four young friends of the deceased, Ben Riekena, Donald Weber, Lester Behrends, and Orval DeWeerth, the latter two being his cousins. The undertaker was Don Howard of Glasford, who in his quiet, efficient way rendered valuable services that were appreciated by all.

O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday September 2, 1937


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Cornelius Frank DeWeerth was born in Limestone Township, Peoria County, on October 25th, 1866.  He was the second-oldest of the eight children of Jacob J. and Ida Reiss DeWeerth. He was baptized in St. John's Lutheran Church of  Limestone Township on November, 25th, 1866. When the family moved to Timber Township, they attended the services in  St Peter's Lutheran Church, where the deceased received much of his religious instruction, and on March 30, 1892, was received into communicant membership through the rite of confirmation. After working for some time as a farm hand in this community, Mr. DeWeerth was married to Eliza Landwehr of Logan Township on March 4, 1891. Seven children were born to this union of whom all but one son survive their father. For twenty-six years the deceased farmed in Logan and Timber Townships, and near Morton, Illinois. He retired from farming in 1917 and moved to Bartonville and was since then employed Keystone Steel and Wire Company.   Mrs. DeWeerth passed away on April 30, 1931. Since then a daughter, Mrs. Anna Badger, has been keeping house for her father. Last. winter Mr. DeWeerth became very seriously ill, and several  times was at the point of death.

Yet  by the help of God he recovered from two serious operations sufficiently to be able to return to his job late this summer. It was a shock to his family when they discovered him lying unconscious in his bed last Sunday morning. He never regained consciousness, and passed away at ten minutes past nine o'clock in the morning of Sunday, August 18th. He attained the age of 73 years, 9 months and 23 days.

Mr. DeWeerth was preceded in death by a son who departed this life early in childhood, and by his beloved wife who had been his helpmeet for forty years. He is survived by six daughters: Mrs. Grace Behrends and Ida Behrends, Route 3, Peoria; Mrs. Katie Pitzer, Bartonville, Mrs. Ella Harms, Toluca, Mrs. Anna Badger and Mrs. Bertha Pitzer of Bartonville.

He also leaves three brothers, Henry DeWeerth of Green Valley, and Jacob and William DeWeerth of Glasford and 24 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, one uncle, and over twenty cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. DeWeerth were conducted on Tuesday August 20, by Rev. J. Heironymus, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. The prayer-service was held at 1:30 at the residence at 107 Hill Avenue, Bartonville. Services at the church were conducted at 2:30. The text of  the funeral sermon was Isaiah 43, 1-3. The hymns,
"Nearer My God To Thee," and "Let Me Go From This Turmoil Here Below" were sung by Miss Doris Heuerman, accompanied by Miss Helen Rice. Friends and relatives from far and near more than filled the church during services. Burial took place in the parish cemetery where Mr. DeWeerth was laid to rest at the side of his wife. The pall bearers were six grandsons of the deceased: Alfred Harms, Alva Pitzer, Edward and Wilbur Behrends and  Carl Behrends.

May God rest his soul in peace, and let Light Eternal shine upon him.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday August 22, 1940


Remains Brought Here from Peoria, in Automobile Hearse Tuesday



Service Conducted at Presbyterian Church ~ Many Old Friends Pay Last Respects


 A large crowd of old friends and neighbors gathered at the Presbyterian church Tuesday of this week to pay their respects to the memory of David Evans.  The remains were brought from Peoria in an automobile hearse.  Dr. W. E. Shaw, pastor of the First Methodist church of Peoria, preached the sermon and conducted the service assisted by Rev. Stanley Ward.  Miss Helen Snook played the organ and the following persons sang:  Fern Parents, Mrs. Leroy Wear, A.A. Dart, Dr. A. J. Hawkes.  Interment was in the local cemetery.

 David Griffith Evans was born near Kickapoo, Radnor township, Peoria county, Illinois, February 26, 1857.  He was one of a family of four sons.  One of his brothers died about five years ago.  When Mr. Evans was a young man he moved to the vicinity of Princeville and engaged in farming and stock raising.  On February 25, 1879 he was married to Cynthia Graves.  Six years ago he retired and moved to Peoria, where his death took place June 11, 1916, after an illness of about a week.  His age was 59 years 8 months and 15 days.

 Mr. Evans was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having his membership at one time here in Princeville.  He was a loving husband and father, a kind neighbor, an upright man in business and a useful citizen.

 He is survived by his wife, one son, four daughters, four grandchildren and two brothers.


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Sarah E. Fuller was born in Peoria County, Illinois, February 18, 1855, died at her home in Ottumwa, Iowa, May 22, 1930, aged 75 years, 3 months and 4 days. On October 3, 1875 she was married to Elijah DeSelms and to this union five children were born. Three of whom survive, Walter of Eddysville, Iowa, Cora Brooks of Ottumwa and Veryla of Rose Hill, Iowa. Two half-brothers, John Fuller of Glasford, Ill., Albert Fuller of Cedar, Iowa, two half-sisters, Charlotte Sierks of Broken Bow, Nebr., Minnie Hinkle of Pekin, Ill. There are eight grandchildren. Mrs. Deselms has been a widow since Sept. 2, 1921.

Thirty years ago Mr. and Mrs. DeSelms united with the Baptist Church at Highland, Iowa and five years ago she united with the First Baptist Church, Ottumwa, Iowa by letter being a faithful and consistent member there until her passing, being in prayer meeting and church every week.

Her funeral was held there on Sunday, May 25, 1930 by the pastor, Mr. Meyers. The text 121 Psalm was chosen by her granddaughter, Virginia Brooks. Burial was at Fremont, Iowa beside her husband.

This obituary was sent in by Debbie Potter, niece of Mrs. Sarah Ellen Deselms, the last of ten children born to Alex and Hanna Fuller. Grandfather Fuller was father of twenty children, ten born to first wife, Hanna Coggle, six to second wife, Maria Maple, and four to third wife, Melissa Ramey.  If there is any larger family born in Hollis township, Peoria, Co. please let us hear who they are.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday June 19, 1930


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E.(Elijah) J. DeSelm

Mr. E. J. DeSelm passed away at his home at Ottumwa, Iowa, last Friday forenoon. While he had been in poor health for several years his death was entirely unexpected and was a severe blow to his many relatives and friends. He and Mrs. DeSelm had spent the past week here he visiting his sisters and other relatives and friends, returning home last Thursday. Friday morning he did his necessary work and feeling very tired said he would take his daily sleep from which he never woke. Mrs. DeSelm went upstairs to wake him for dinner only to find him cold in death.

He leaves to mourn his death a devoted wife, three sons, Bert, Walter, and Virgil, and one daughter, Mrs. Cora Brooks, eight grandchildren and five sisters: Mesdames George Norwood, Lamar, Mo.; Ruby Hootman, G1asford; Joseph Fuller, Mapleton; J. A. Schwartz, Pekin.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Kelley, a very close friend of the deceased, conducting the service. An Ottumwa male quartet did the singing. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Rev. Kelly introduced a Baptist minister, who conducted the services at the grave. The pall bearers were six of his nephews, namely, Len Fuller, Carl Fuller, Arthur Fuller, Elijah Fuller, Albert Ward and Wm. Hofstetter. He was laid to rest in the beautiful Fremont cemetery.

Those attending the funeral from here were; Mesdames G. W. Hobble, E. T. Tohulka, John Potter, J. A. Swartz, and Messrs. Len Fuller, John Fuller and Arthur Fuller.

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

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Bert DeSelm

Bert DeSelm was born in Peoria Co., Ill., March 4, 1878, and met his death in an automobile accident near Washington, Iowa, October 16, 1921.  Aged 43 years, 7 months and 12 days. He came to Fremont, Iowa, with his parents in February 1898. He was united in marriage with Miss Daisy Umbaugh, January 7, 1903, and is survived by his wife, mother, Mrs. Sarah DeSelm, two brothers Walter of  Eddyville, Vergia of Cedar, and one sister Mrs. Cora Brooks, of Ottumwa. One sister died in infancy and his father, E. J. DeSelm preceding him in death six weeks.  He numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He was a devoted husband and a loving son and brother. He was converted during the Billy Sunday revival meetings and united with the First Baptist church of Ottumwa. Later he united with the Highland Baptist church. The remains were brought to Hedrick from Washington and the funeral was held at the Baptist church October 19, at 2:30 P. M. Interment was made in the Brooks Cemetery

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday November 24, 1921


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Funeral services for Mrs. George Deppermann, who died at her home May 26, 1949, were held Saturday at the Glasford Baptist church, conducted by Rev. John Schlenker. Singers were Mrs. Fern Lightbody and Marybelle Blessing, accompanied by Mrs. Rosie Whittaker.

Burial was at Lancaster cemetery, in charge of Howard's Service. The pall bearers were Wm. Nannen, Merle Hornbaker, Chester Fitzgerald, Harmon Pickett, Fred Krause and Chas. Sill.

Alma Slone was born June 22, 1900, a daughter of Oscar and Minnie Sonnemaker Slone. She married George Deppermann Sept. 9, 1919, and has been a lifelong resident of Timber township. She is survived by her husband, four sons, Roy of Forest City, Dale of Glasford, Don of Trivoli, Ralph, and one daughter, Wanda, both at home.

She also leaves three sisters Mrs. Carl Fischer, Mrs. Millie Stephany and Mrs. Lolita Bewley of Glasford, and three brothers, Clarence Slone of Canton, Clyde of Trivoli and Ralph of Long Beach, Calif., also three granddaughters.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday  June 2, 1949







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