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SEPTEMBER 27, 1949

Funeral services for Mrs. E. A. Graves were held at the Methodist Church this Thursday afternoon, with Rev. Burress officiating.  Burial in the cemetery at Hayfield.

Emma, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Fox, was born near Lancaster, Ohio, August 6, 1874.  She moved to Illinois with her parents when a small child and grew to womanhood there.

On October 19, 1893 she was united in marriage to Austin Graves.  To this union 5 children were born: Byron and Wilbur of Dodge Center, Everett, Faye, (Mrs. Aden Throndson) and Leatha (Mrs. Percy Janes) of Hayfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Graves, with their family, came to Hayfield, Minnesota in 1913 and for the past eleven years have been residents of Dodge Center.

from the Pleasanton Observer-Enterprise
Pleasanton, Kansas
1 May 1913

Another Linn County Pioneer Summoned to Final Reward.

J. D. Eby, since 1886, a most worthy citizen of Potosi township, died at his home in this place Saturday morning at 5:20 o’clock, from an attack of paralysis, which strickened him while milking the morning previous.  Funeral services were held at the late residence Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. McProud, after which the remains were conveyed to and tenderly laid to rest in the Pleasanton cemetery.

John Dorman Eby was born August 23, 1831, in Haucking county, Ohio.  While a small boy he removed with his parents to Stark county, Ill. where he grew to maturity.  At the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted in company K, 47th Illinois, serving a year and a half.  At the battle of Corinth he was wounded three times, which disabled him for further service, and he was discharged  December 24th, 1865.  He was married to Miss Susan Barby, of Peoria county, Ill.  To this union three children were born, two dying in infancy.

Soon after his marriage he moved to Peoria county, where he resided until 1886, when he came to Linn county, locating on a farm southwest of Pleasanton four miles, where he continued to reside until about three years ago, when he moved to Pleasanton.

Deceased leaves his life’s companion his only child, Mrs. Chas. Perry, of this city, and a host of friends to mourn his taking away.  The bereaved wife and daughter have the heartfelt sympathy of the people of this community who knew the sterling integrity and honorable live of “Uncle” John Eby.

Obituary of William Graves
Stark County News

Another worthy old settler has departed this life.  On Tuesday, June 16, 1908, at the home of his son Austin, at Stringtown, Illinois, William Graves died, having attained the age of 87 years, 6 months and 27 days.

Mr. Graves was born in North Carolina, November 20, 1820.  While in infancy he removed with his parents to Ohio.  He was united in marriage to Miss Ann Ratcliffe, November 20, 1842.  This union was blessed with four children, one of whom died in infancy.  The three surviving are S. S. Graves, of Beatrice, Nebraska; Mrs. N. M. Cox and Mrs. C. H. Cox, of Wyoming, Illinois.  The mother of these children died in January, 1856.

Mr. Graves was married in 1856 to Rebecca Stretch.  This union was blessed with four children, three sons and one daughter: Mrs. D. G. Evans, of Princeville; Thomas L., of Esmond, South Dakota; Oscar, of Princeville, and Austin, of Stringtown, Illinois.

All of the sons and daughters were present during the last illness and at the funeral of their father, except S. S. Graves, of Beatrice, Nebraska, who was detained by physical infirmity.

The deceased was one of the family of twelve children, nine brothers and three sisters, all of whom have preceded him except two sisters, Mrs. Perry Winn and Mrs. Michael Alderman, both of Toulon.

He came to Illinois in 1864 and located on a farm near Duncan, Stark county, where he lived until three years ago.  His companion for forty-nine years died in 1905, since which time he has been content to sojourn with his children, whom he greatly loved, and who were pleased to comfort him in his old age.

Mr. Graves was a man of strong constitution, which was never abused by evil habits.  He labored diligently and was a very successful farmer.  By the combination of industry, wisdom and economy he was able to give each of his seven children a farm of eighty acres.  He never became a member of any church organization, but was friendly to it.  He believed in the teachings of the Bible, read it, and advised his children to attend church service and Sunday school.  He was an affectionate brother, a kind and gracious father, a desirable neighbor and a worthy citizen.  He will be greatly missed by his two aged sisters, seven children and their companions, a number of grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted at Essex chapel, Thursday afternoon, by Rev. Joseph Jenkins, pastor of the Toulon Baptist church, who spoke comforting words and drew appropriate lessons from Jesus' words, "Our Father."  The body was laid to rest in the cemetery where lies his wife, Rebecca, five of his brothers and their wives.  The large congregation gathered at this busy season demonstrates the high esteem in which he was held.

March 2, 1938
Mrs. Oscar Graves is Laid to Rest Friday
 Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar Graves, 63 years old, well known resident of Princeville and mother of Mrs. Merle Kerns, of Toulon were conducted at 2pm Friday at Princeville Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lee H. Smith, pastor of the church was in charge. Interment was in Princeville cemetery.
 Mrs. Graves passed away at her home in the northwest part of Princeville early last Wednesday morning following an extended illness of nearly two years. For the past eight months she had been bedfast.
 Mrs. Graves was well known in the Princeville and Duncan communities where she spent her entire life. She had numerous friends in Toulon where she had visited frequently at the home of her daughter.
 Mrs. Viella D. Graves, the wife of Oscar Graves and the third of seven children of Alexander and Harriet Caskey Gingrich, was born July 30, 1874 at the Gingrich homestead in Duncan, Stark County, Illinois.
 Her life was spent in the vicinity of her birthplace. She received her education in the schools of Stark County, having attended Wyoming High School.
 On August 14, 1895, she was united in marriage to Oscar Graves by the Rev. C. M. Taylor, then pastor of the Princeville Presbyterian church, and later, Oct. 2, 1921 shortly after moving to town, she with Mr. Graves became an active member until illness prevented her attendance.
 Mr. and Mrs. Graves had lived on their farm near Princeville until about 19 years ago, when they moved to Princeville, which had since been their home and where her death came.
 Besides her husband, Mrs. Graves is survived by three children, Edna M., wife of Merle Kerns, Toulon; Leo who resides on the home farm near Princeville; and Evelyn D., wife of Berwyn Dell, also of Princeville. A devoted daughter, Florence E. passed away in 1929. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Harriet and Virginia Kerns, Leo Jr. and Martha Graves, and an infant son, Robert Gene, of Mr. and Mrs. Berwyn Dell, born February 21, just two days before his grandmother passed away.

Irma Evans Graves
Winterset, Iowa newspaper
29 June 1966
Contributed by Gerald Graves
Funeral Held for Mrs. Graves
Died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Winterset
Mrs. Marion Graves, a long-time resident of Madison county, died Monday at the Madison County Memorial hospital in Winterset. She was 84 years of age.
Funeral services for Mrs. Graves were held this Wednesday afternoon, June 29th from the First Methodist church in Winterset.
Irma Gertrude Graves was born July 30, 1881 in Peoria county, Illinois, the daughter of David Griffith Evans and Cynthia Jane Graves. She was married to Marion R. Graves on Dec. 19, 1906 at Princeville, Ill.
For the past 56 years she had made her home in Madison county. For many years she and her husband lived on a farm in Lincoln township, moving to Winterset in 1948.
She was a member of the Methodist church, Clover club, a charter member of the Women's Society of Christian Service, the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and Royal Neighbors of America.
Surviving, in addition to her husband are five children: Mrs. Aileen Lee of Clarendon, Ill., Mrs. Zella Edwards of Winterset, Harold Graves of Toulon, Ill., Miss Helen Graves of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert Graves of Winterset; and one sister, Miss Leila Evans of Peoria, Ill., and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Officiating at the funeral Wednesday was the Rev. Everett K. Burham and Rev. Lloyd Knouf. Burial was in the Winterset cemetery.

Jan., 1956, unknown Dodge co., MN newspaper
Eugene Graves, Retired Area Farmer, 85, Dies
Hayfield (Minnesota) -- Eugene Austin Graves, 85, retired Dodge Center and Hayfield Farm, died in St. Olaf Hospital at Austin Thursday after a three weeks' illness.
He was born Nov. 3, 1870, in Peoria, Ill., and married Emma Fox Oct. 19, 1894. The family moved to Dodge County in 1913 and farmed near Hayfield and Dodge Center for many years and later lived in Dodge Center. Mrs. Graves died in 1948, and Mr. Graves lived in Dodge Center until recently, when he came to Hayfield to reside with a son, Everett, west of here.
Other survivors are sons, Byron and Wilbur, Dodge Center, and daughters, Mrs. Percy Janes and Mrs. Aden Throndson of Hayfield, 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Dodge Center Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles Pavey with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield. Friends may call at the Hayfield Funeral Home until noon Sunday.

Contributed by Dick Parr

Roger Goetz
(Roger Arnold Goetz)
Roger Arnold, Only son of Alfred and Dorothy Plumer Goetz was born Aug. 2, 1938 and departed this life Sept. 7th at St. Francis hospital, being only 1 month and 5 days old. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents and grandparents, Mrs. Bertha Goetz, and Mr. and Mrs. John Plumer, also many aunts and uncles. Being such a short time with us yet we loved him and still
We cannot say, and will not say
That he is dead, he is just away,
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
It need must be since he lingers there,
And you, oh you, who the wildest yearn
For the old time step and the glad return.
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There, as the love of Here
Think of him still as the same, I say,
He is not dead he is just away.
Funeral services were held at the Cameron church, Limestone Twp. Thurs. at 2 p. m. by the Rev. M. L. Bischoff of St. Paul's Lutheran church, with interment in the adjoining Cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il September 15, 1938


Contributed by Dick Parr
"Two Old Residents Dead" Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il., February 26, 1904
Joseph Glasford
Last week we chronicled the fact that Joseph Glasford was among the sick. Little did we think we would this week write up his obituary notice.
A week previous to his death he was attending to his work as usual and frequently passed our office, A severe cold developed in to pneumonia, and several days before the end came, the doctor gave him up. His lungs were filling up and to weak to cough up the secretions. All that could be done was of no avail. Bro. Joe’s time had come, and the end came Sunday morning at 4 o’clock.
Joseph Glasford was born in Ohio, Feb. 5, 1839, died Feb. 21, 1904, aged 65 years and 16 days.
He came with his parents to Illinois when two years old and has lived in this vicinity ever since.
Mr. Glasford has been married three time, his first wife being Elizabeth Bateman. To this union were born two children, Albert and Ira. His second wife was Mrs. Sarah Hobble. In October 1883 he was married to Mrs. Caroline Smothers, who with his two sons mentioned above and two step sons mentioned above and two step sons, George and Frank Smothers, and two brothers, George and Jasper and two sisters, Mrs. Matilda Adams and Mrs. J. I. Marlatt survive him.
On March 3, 1865, he enlisted as a private in Co. K, 47th Ill., Vol. Inf., being honorably discharged from service Jan. 1, 1866.
The editor has known Mr. Glasford about six years, during which time he has been employed in teaming, house moving, etc, and we have always had a great regard for him. For the past several months he has been village lamp lighter.
At a revival held at the M. E. church in January 1903 by Miss Banning, Mr. Glasford was converted and joined the church, and those who knew him marveled at the change in his life, for truly there was a great change, and that Mr. Glasford died a Christian there con be no doubt by fair minded people.
The funeral was held at the M. E. church Feb. 22 attended by a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. Re. Jones, the evangelist, offered prayer. Rev, Oldham read scripture lesson. The sermon was preached by Rev. Bartram from Matt.7-20: “By their fruits ye shall know them.”
Interment was in the Kingston Cemetery.
The following was contributed by an Epworth Leaguer:
“This was true of Bro. Glasford for by his fruits we knew he was a good man, and an earnest man, and as earnest as he could possibly be in his Christian life, he was ever eager to learn the truth, much more so than some of our church members today. He drank in the truth of every sermon, be it ever so weak in delivery he got a blessing from it, and if he got a point that hit him he shouted amen. Many times he had wrested with the evil one, being tempted along some line or other, but hew would go and pray God Almighty to bless and deliver him and would come out victorious. “By their fruits ye shall know them” did we know he was a saved man? Sure. His year of living for God showed it, his old life of sin had been obliterated and wiped out; he was a new creature in Christ Jesus. His home became a paradise to him here below. He was always willing to do what he was asked to do for God’s cause and did it for the Glory of God. He talked and prayed in places some of us never spoke a word. He prayed once in a barber shop for men to give their hearts to God. We never have witnessed such a radical change in a man’s life as there was in Bro. Joe’s. He came in to that prayer meeting one afternoon and was persuaded to go forward and give his heart to God, and it was one of the most wonderful meetings we were ever at. He was saved by the blood of Jesus. He lived one year a happy Christian life and then went home to glory. We will miss his amen’s and prayers, his true ringing testimonies, but rejoice to know he is singing in the Glory world today. If no other soul had been saved during that revival, it was a grand success for that one soul that was saved and taken home to die no more. He especially loved some songs that the little choir used to sing. “The Fire Song”, “My Mother’s Bible”, “I Want to go there, don’t you?” These songs were sung with the spirit and understanding of Jesus. They went straight to the hearts of men. Those who sang at his funeral services were E. L. Fahnestock, chorister, Katie Wolgamott, Gillie Saylor, Mary Krisher, Lula Petty, A.C. Maple.”
Have spent all their lives around here.
Watched Glasford grow from nothing to what it is today.

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gillott
Victims of Riverboat Columbia Disaster
The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gillott were laid to rest side by side in the Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Funeral service's were held at the young couple's recently established home, conducted by Rev. C. W. Wolffe of Glasford.
George W. Gillott was born at Breeds Station, Sept. 17. 1886, and was 32 years, 10 months and 5 days old at the time of his death.
He was married March 28, 1916, to Miss Myrtle Hancock.
He is survived only by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gillott, of Kingston.
Mrs. Myrtle Gillott was born May, 4. 1881, at Groveland, and was 29 years, 2 months and 1 day old. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hancock, of Pekin, who survive her, also two sisters, Lena Hancock, Mrs. Roy Morgan, of Peoria and two brothers, Fay, of Peoria and Elmer of Camp Funton, Kans.
Elmer came home on a furlough on receipt of the news of the death of his sister, but could not reach Kingston in time for the funeral, ands it could not be delayed on account of the many funerals to be held in the afternoon.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il July 11, 1918

Princeville — Mrs. Grace C. Graves, 86, of Rural Route 1, a former elementary teacher in the Princeville and Duncan areas, died at 8:30 a.m. yesterday (June 1978) in the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bouton-Hammitt Funeral Home here. The Rev. Robert Spencer will officiate, and burial will be in Stringtown Cemetery, near Duncan.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in the funeral home.
She was born at Winona, Minn., October 6, 1891, a daughter of Oliver and Mary E. Caskey Gard. She married J. Elva Graves October 14, 1919, at Toulon.
Surviving are her husband; a son, Maurice of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and three grandsons.
A sister, a half sister and a half brother preceded her in death.
Mrs. Graves received her teaching certificate from Winona State Teacher’s College. Before coming to the Princeville area, she taught school at Dresbach, Minn.
She was a member of Princeville Presbyterian Church.

(Provided by Gerald Graves)

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. J. Gamble Called by Death
Resident of Moline for 46 Years Summoned; Active in Church Work.
Mrs. John Gamble, 82, died suddenly at 8 last night in her home, 1609 Eighth avenue. Although Mrs. Gamble had been under a physician's care for a year, she had not been confined to her bed and her death comes as a sad shock to her many friends in this community. Heart disease was the direct cause of her passing.
Mrs. Gamble, whose husband is a prominent member of R. H. Graham post, G. A. R. , had been a resident of Moline for forty-six years. She was a devoted member of the First Methodist church and also belonged to Moline chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Roxanna Ramay was a native of Ohio, born on Dec. 19, 1840. She and John Gamble were united in marriage on Jan. 17, 1866, in Louisa county, Io., and came to this state in 1874.
Surviving Mrs. Gamble are the widower, three children, Jay Gamble of Greenfield, O., Carrie Gamble of Moline and Mrs. Lydia Sherman of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, William Ramay of Des Moines; two sisters, Mrs. Lucy New and Mrs. Rebecca Story, of Indianola, Io., and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but it is thought the services will be held on Saturday.
Source Unknown

Contributed by Dick Parr
Sylvia Freeland
Victim of Riverboat Columbia Disaster

Mrs. Sylvia Freeland, wife of Wm. Freeland, was also laid to rest in the Kingston Cemetery. They have been living in Pekin, although lately residents of Kingston. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson, former residents of Glasford.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il May 11, 1918


Miss Vernis E. Evans, 78, of 105 S. W. Perry Avenue, Apt.. 314, died at 6:10 p.m., Wednesday at the Baker Nursing Home an hour and a half after being admitted.
Coming here from Princeville 52 years ago, she had lived at the Perry Avenue address for six years. Prior to her retirement, she was employed in the office of the National Duroc Assn. She attended the Methodist Church.

Born at Princeville June 2, 1884, she was a daughter of David and Cynthia (Graves) Evans.
Surviving are two sisters, Miss Leila Evans of Peoria and Mrs. Irma Graves of Winterset, Iowa; two nephews and three nieces. One brother and one sister preceded her in death.
Private services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gauss Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Johnson of First Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

(Provided by Gerald Graves)

Miss Leila Evans
Services for Miss Leila C. Evans, 81, of Marquette Apartments, Apt. 314, 105 SW Perry, retired secretary who died at 1:15 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital where she was admitted April 20, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Gauss Memorial Chapel.
The Rev. R. David Goodell will officiate and burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.
Friends may call at the memorial chapel half an hour before services.
Miss Evans was a secretary for Behm - Hagemann Wholesale Seed Co. for many years before her retirement. She was born in Princeville Aug. 10, 1889, a daughter of David G. and Cynthia J. Graves Evans. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Peoria Historical Society.
Surviving are two nephews, Harold Graves of Toulon and Robert Graves of Winterset, Iowa; and three nieces, Mrs. Aileen Lee of Clarendon Hills, Mrs. Zella Edwards of Winterset, Iowa, and Miss Helen Graves of Decatur, Ga. Three sisters and one brother preceded her in death.
note: Leila Evans died May 7, 1971.

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. Hiram Essex
(From London Mills Times)
Mrs. Rev. Hiram Essex passed away at her home New Years morning, giving this vicinity quite a shock. Rev. Virgil Essex, a son, had been living with her and had spent New Years Eve with friends at Knoxville, and upon his return at about 3 o’clock, found his mother had passed on to her last reward.
Sarah Watters Essex was born June 12, 1861 at Henderson, and departed this life January 1, 1933 at her home in London Mills. In 1877 she was married to Hiram Essex at Henderson. Early in their married life they became members of the United Brethren church in which she served faithfully as long as they lived.
She was an inspiration to her husband in his efforts as a minister of the gospel, always maintaining a deep interest in the affairs of the church at home and abroad. For her family and church she was ready and willing to give her all. Her life was free from selfish motives. Her mind was alert and through her reading kept abreast of the developments that were taking place around her.
The following children as well as many grandchildren, who survive her, will cherish rich memories of her life and adoration; Mrs. Floyd Fullmer, Mrs. Floyd Payne, Biram A. Essex and Virgil Essex, London Mills; Mrs. Margaret Ogle, Avon; Dr. Hiram Eli Essex, Rochester, Minn; George H. Essex, Knoxville, Lester E. Essex, Ellisville; and Dorance N. Essex, Concrete, Wash. She is also survived by one brother, Charles Watters, of Everett, Wash.
Funeral services were held in the U. B. church, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 4, at 2 o’clock, and were largely attended by her many friends. Rev. Milo Murphy of Adair, officiated, with Rev. J. H. Osborn, assisting. Reed Carson and daughter Naomi, sang “The Beautiful Land,” “I belong to the King,” and “Let Me Lean Harder on Thee,” and Mrs. Carson accompanied them at the piano. The Carsons were from Rio. The casket bearers were Everett Mayes, Howard Carpenter, Ralph Hatten, Charles Cook, Johnson Timmons and William Bell of Avon. Burial in East Midway Cemetery.
(Mrs. Essex was at one time a resident of Glasford, when Rev. Essex was the pastor of the Copperas Creek and White Chapel United Bretheren Churches, and the parsonage was located here. At a later date they occupied the parsonage at Copperas Creek Chapel. Many fiends here were saddened at the work of her passing, and quite a number attended the funeral service.)
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria Co., Il Jan 26, 1933

Contributed by Dick Parr
Rev. Hiram Essex
The funeral services of Rev. Hiram Essex, pastor of the Copperas Creek Chapel, were held at the church last Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. F. Kline, of Smithville U.B. church. A very large number were present to pay their last respects to one who had labored in their midst for many years, bringing joy and comfort to many hearts. The local lodge of Woodmen, of which the deceased was a member, was well represented.
The following obituary is taken from a proof kindly furnished us by the London Mills Times:
Rev. Hiram Essex was born at Henderson, Knox Co., Illinois, in 1855, where he remained during the early part of his life. At the age of twenty-eight he was converted and united with the United Brethren church of that place under the ministry of Rev. H. F. Kline, where he served as class leader and Sunday School Superintendent for four years when he felt that he was called to be a minister of the gospel, and he entered upon his labors as a pastor at the age of thirty-three.
His first charge was Astoria circuit, where he served one year. He was then called to the work at London Mills, serving three years. Twelve years later he was returned and this time served five years as pastor. He was appointed to the Glasford field, where he served five years, from which place he was sent to Baylis, Ill serving that people three years. He was returned to Glasford again for one year. In the fall of 1902 he was elected presiding elder of his district and remained in office for three years. He was pastor for the Fairview Center church for three years, from that field he was again called to Glasford, where he labored nearly three years, when the summons came and his labors ended.
In 1877 he was united in marriage by Rev. W.B. Shinn, to Miss Sarah Katherine Watters, of Henderson, who remained a faithful companion through all the trials which he had to meet. To this union seventeen children were born five of which preceded him to the spirit world: three infants, Seth Eugene age 8 and Monta Lula age 16 years. The following children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted and loving father, and to comfort their widowed mother: Dr. Clarence, Louisa Cullmer, Margaret Ogle, and Biram all of whom reside at London Mills; Angine Payne of Glasford, Ella Clinebell, who resides at Bartonville, Eli, George, Susie, Lester, Dorance and Virgil are still at home with their mother. There remains of his immediate family, two sisters and three brothers: Maria Willstead of Bryant, Ella Watters of Galesburg, and a twin brother Biram of Canton, Henry of Lincoln, Ne. and George of Clover Bar, Alberta, Canada and many grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
His illness began the early part of February, where he was taken to the Deaconess Hospital at Peoria. Though his condition was considered serious, he did not cease from the duties of his pastorate until about eight weeks ago, when his physical condition compelled him to remain in bed. His mind was not clouded at any time, and he enjoyed visiting with the many friends who called on him during his illness. Everything known to medical science was done to stay the ravages of the disease which was preying upon him, but death came in spite of all that loving hands could do, on the evening of July the twenty-sixth.
He fought a good fight, kept the faith and has gone to receive the crown which the righteous judge has promised to all those who endure until the end.
The funeral services were held in the United Brethren church at London Mills on Saturday afternoon, July 29th, Rev. kline of Smithville officiating, Rev. Shinn of Gilson, Rev. Todd of Monmouth, and Rev. Metsker of London Mills, assisting. Over 500 people were in attendance to pay their last respects to the deceased. The burial was made in the East Midway Cemetery.
The floral offering were many and beautiful. The singing was rendered by Mrs. Julia White, Miss Frances Swigert, Messrs. Wayne Wilkins and George Hutton. Mrs. Cleo Harlan presided at the organ.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il (Exact Date Unknown) 1917

Contributed by Dick Parr
Death Notice June 5, 1913 Glasford Gazette , Glasford, Peoria Co., Il
Avice Essex
The many friends of Rev. H. Essex and family will be sorry to hear of the death of little Avice, daughter of Dr. Clarence Essex, who died May 27th at the Proctor Hospital in Peoria, age 6 years, 10 months, 3 days. Funeral services were held at London Mills Wednesday, at 2 P.M. after which the remains were taken to the southern part of Illinois where interment took place

Princeville Telephone
March 10, 1932
Edward Smith Passes
Edward D. Smith, 83 years old, uncle of Mrs. Mary E. Hill of Princeville, passed away Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's home in Peoria. Mr. Smith had lived in Peoria for 40 years and at St. Joseph's home the past two years. He was born in Kickapoo township on November 12, 1848. He was a member of the Catholic church.
Funeral services were held at the Home chapel, at 9 o'clock this (Thursday) morning, and interment was in the Catholic cemetery at Kickapoo.
Mr. Smith is survived by a brother, William Smith of Chicago, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Dick Parr
Victims of Riverboat Columbia Disaster
Four members of the family of Charles Harbolt were laid to rest in one grave in the Maple Ridge Cemetery. Funeral services were held at the home just west of Kingston Mines, at 9:30 o'clock. The service was conducted by Rev. Mrs. Sharpe of the Copperas Creek U. B. Church, of which the mother was a member.
Iva May Parr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Parr, was born Oct. 26, 1886, near the Saylor School house. Her first marriage was to Arthur Seiwell, on Nov, 16, 1906. To this union two daughters were born, Mildred and Marie, who survive the mother.
She was married to Charles Harbolt, Feb. 4, 1914, at Mapleton. To this union, also, two daughters were born, both of whom perished with the mother. Mrs. Harbolt became a member of the Copperas Creek United Brethren Church in 1903, and remained a member until her death. She leaves her husband, two children, two-step children, father and mother, and three brothers, John Parr, of Peoria, Elmer Parr, of Hubley, Ill.; and Orin Parr, Ladoga. N. D., and many relatives of and friends who mourn her death. She was 32 years, 8 months and 9 days old.
Mildred Anne Harbolt was born near Birds Run, Ohio, June 1902, and was 16 years and one month of age at the time of her sad death. At the age of two years she was bereaved of the tender care of a loving mother and until about three years ago lived with an aged grandmother. Mildred had a kind, loving disposition, and was always ready to sacrifice herself for others. She is survived by her father, two brothers, Francis, who is at an army camp in North Carolina, and Jesse, at home, who is seriously ill with appendicitis, and two step sisters, Mildred and Marie Seiwell.
Grace Iva Harbolt was born in February 1915, and was 3 years and 5 months of age.
Mabel Irene Harbolt was born February 19, 1917, and was 18 months old.
 "There is a Reaper whose name is Death,
And with his sickle keen.
He reaps the bearded grain with breath,
And the flowers that grow between."
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il July 11, 1918

Contributed by Dick Parr

Richard Wilson Groninger
Lieut. Richard Wilson Groninger was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1834, one of large family of seventeen children.
Came to Illinois in the year 1855, where he was united in marriage to Catherine Elizabeth Notestine on April 27, 1858, by Rev. S. P. Snyder. They lived in wedded life fifty two years until death separated them by calling his wife on Feb. 21, 1910, at the age of 69 years.
To this union were born the following children: Sidney Anna, William Lincoln, LaBelle Louise, Allen Lewis, John Richard, Effie Ella, Herbert Leslie, Michael Odell, Euphemia Olive, Cloyd Ewing, of which the following died: William Lincoln, Aug. 27, 1862, age 1 year, seven months, 11 days; Euphemia Olive, Nov. 24, 1879, age 1 year, 8 days; Herbert Leslie, Aug. 11, 1898, age 25 years, 3 months, 21 days.
The following still live and reside as follows: Sidney Brooks, LaBelle Griggs, Allen Groninger, all of Glasford; John Groninger, Effie McDonald of Trivoli; Odell Groninger, Cloyd Groninger, of Peoria.
When Lincoln called for volunteers, Richard Groninger enlisted as Corporal of Co. I, 86th Ill. Vol. Inf., at Lancaster, Aug 1, 1862. Was promoted to Second Lieutenant Jan 22, 1863. Promoted to First Lieutenant Oct 13, 1863. Mustered out of the service with an honorary discharge, Jun. 6th, 1865. Died at his home in Trivoli, Ill., at 7 A. M. Sept. 7, 1913, age 78 years, 10 months, 9 days.
There lives to survive him seven children, fifteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19th, at the Penn Ridge church, conducted by Rev. H. Essex of London Mills. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Timber Post, G.A.R., officiating at he grave, and a very large number attended to pay their last respects to a respected neighbor and friend.”
Glasford Gazette, Glasford,Peoria County, Ill. September 25, 1913

Contributed by Dick Parr
The John Grewey Family
Victims of Riverboat Columbia Disaster
Of the four members of the family of John Grewey, only the father is left. The mother, Mrs. Jennie Catherine Grewey, the daughter Frances Rebecca, aged five years, and the son, Albert Henry, aged two months, were tenderly laid to rest in one grave.
Jennie Catherine Williams, daughter of John and Jennie Williams was born at Kingston Mines, May 23, 1894, and was 24 years, 1 month and 11 days old at the time of her death. She was married to John Grewey to which union a daughter, Francis Rebecca, was born May 5, 1913 and a son, Albert Henry, on May 2, 1918.
She is survived by her husband, one sister, Mrs. Minnie Tharp, of Kingston, and five brothers, Joe and Fred of Cuba, Walter of Glasford, Hubert, of Pekin, and Marshal, Kingston.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. May 11, 1918

Contributed by Dick Parr
Arthur C. Hobble, a former resident of Glasford, died March 25, 1947, at his home in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 67 years.
Mr. Hobble was born in Glasford Jan. 9, 1880, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hobble. His mother now Mrs. Flora Jane Weinberg now lives in Rushville.
He also leaves his who was Harriet Shaw, of St. Mary's, Ill.; a daughter, Eloise, an artist of El Paso; a daughter, Grace, a graduate nurse, of Chicago; a son, Harlan with the U. S, government, Hartford, Conn.; and a step-son, Robert Shay, of Pratt, Kansas also four sisters, Nina Mary Greenwood of Windsor, Connecticut, (now in Ft Myers, Florida, with her mother) Margaret Walton of Bethesda Md., Flora Bartholow of Champaign, and Elizabeth Kirtland of Oblong; and a brother, S. F Weinberg of Rushville.
The funeral services were held at St. Mary's, Ill.
Mr. Hobble graduated from the University of Illinois; college of engineering, in 1901, and was employed by the General Electric Co., at Schenectady, N. Y.
Later he went to India in the employ of the English government to enlarge several hydroelectric power plants. His position with the government included a lieutenancy in the English army.
After a post graduate course a the University of Illinois in 1910 he went to Mexico to build a large dam and power plant. He had many narrow escapes from high voltage lines, and on this job his brother, Sie, was killed.
During World War I Mr. Hobble went to Barcelona as chief engineer on a large hydroelectric development. He lived in Barcelona over 20 years, and in the recent civil war helped evacuate 10,000 Americans there. The communists confiscated his car, his company's $16,000,000 cash reserve, and 20 times they tried to kill him.
Mr. Hobble came home in '38 badly broken in health, and retired at his home in El Paso, but was called to Washington several times during the last war to consult with the Federal Power Commission.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 24, 1947

Contributed by Dick Parr
"Two Old Residents Dead" Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il., February 26, 1904
Nebat Hinkle
In 1826 Daniel J. Hinkle, wife and five children, John, Obediah, Daniel, Jr., Elizabeth, and Polly came from Ohio and settled for a short time in Peoria. Here the sixth child, Nebat, was born Oct. 26, 1826. In the following spring they moved to Timber township and settled on the N.W. ¼ of Section 21.
This was the first family in the township, and here, with no neighbors for miles around, amid deer, wolves, turkey and other wild game of the forest, the subject of our sketch spent his boyhood days.
The father was a large, muscular man, 6 feet tall, and a great hunter. Brought up with such surroundings, it was but natural that Mr. Hinkle should acquire a love for the country, and a few years ago when he was visiting his daughter, Mrs. B. P. Lee, who then lived in Chicago, the writer spent several days with the family there. Mr. Hinkle remarked that he had heard so much noise of the great city, the elevated road running past the house, that he was homesick to get back to Glasford, and while he could not work much, he could tinker around on the farm and be happy.
In 1848 he was married to Miss Margaret Shreffler, to which union two daughters were born, Mrs. B. P. Lee, and Mary, who died in infancy.
In 1853 he was again married to Miss Matilda Shade. To this union eleven children were born. Six are dead and five are living as follows: Mrs. Hanna Floglore, of Pontiac; Alfred Hinkle and Mrs. M. B. Wilson, of Chicago; B. B. Hinkle, of Canton; and Mrs. Margaret Scovil, of Peoria.
His son, B. B. Hinkle, and wife, lived on the home place for a number of years and kept house for his father. When Butler moved off the farm, his daughter, Mrs. B. P. Lee, and son Harry, took the farm and cared for Mr. Hinkle the remaining days of his life. He has been in failing health for some time, but we had hoped with the return of spring he would be able to come to town, as he seemed to enjoy coming in and talking to Col. Fahnestock of old times.
A short time ago dropsy set in and he continued to grow worse until the end came, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1904, about 1 o’clock a.m., aged 77 years, 3 months and 26 days. All his children were present at the funeral, which was held at the residence, Tuesday, conducted by Rev. W. L. Jones of Chicago, who is here holding meetings at the Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Oldham, the pastor. Singing was furnished by E. L. Fahnestock, A.C. Maple, Kate Wolgamott and May Maple of Glasford.
Mr. Hinkle was one of the early members of Lancaster Lodge, No.106, A. F. & A. M., which conducted the funeral services at the grave, past Grand Master G. M. Saylor officiating.
Mr. Hinkle leaves beside the children mentioned, one half sister, Mrs. Katie Jane Sanders, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The body was laid to rest in the Hinkle Cemetery, near Lancaster.
Have spent all their lives around here.
Watched Glasford grow from nothing to what it is today.

Princeville Telephone
March 10, 1932
Mrs. Helen Huber Passes
Dunlap friends of Mrs. Helena Huber of Peoria, formerly of Dunlap, were shocked to hear of her death, which occurred last Thursday evening, March 3, at the home of her sister in Peoria. Funeral services were held at the Boland mortuary in Peoria on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment took place in Prospect cemetery, Dunlap.
Mrs. Helen Huber, widow of the late Aquilla Huber, was born in Peoria, Illinois, December 6, 1866, and passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Prohmer, in Peoria, March 3, 1932. Most of her married life was spent in Dunlap, Illinois, with the exception of the past ten years, which were spent in Peoria.
She leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs. Henry Mauschbaugh and Mrs. G. A. Blake of Peoria, and Mrs. R. C. Lee of Sheffield; three sons, Charles of Aurora and Aquilla Jr. and John of Peoria; one grandson, Bernard Lee of Sheffield; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Prohmer and Mrs. George Westenberger, of Peoria; and one brother, Joseph Feinholz, of Peoria.
Mrs. Huber's health began to fail last November, but her condition was not considered serious until the Sunday morning before death, when she was stricken with a stroke of paralysis. Her children, brother and sisters were summoned to her bedside, and although all that loving hands and medical science could do was administered, it was to no avail, and she quietly sank to rest at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The end came very peacefully -- she was at peace with her God. She bore all with great gentleness -- her life work was ended and she was prepared to go.
"All true work is sacred," says one. "In all true work there is something of divineness." In harmony with that sentiment, Mrs. Huber lived and toiled. She was a diligent and faithful worker, and in that regard has left an example which others might profitably follow.
She was a great lover of her home and family. Her faithful devotion to her husband, the kind and loving care she bestowed upon him in his last illness, will be remembered by her family and friends as a beautiful example of patience and self-sacrifice.
While her death was a shock and her passing a great loss to her many friends, it is in the hearts of her children where she will be missed the most. Always thinking of their welfare, always seeking to help and comfort them in health and in sickness, these sons and daughters have a very beautiful memory of their dear, faithful mother of all these years.

from the Peoria Morning Star
December 11, 1944
Mrs. Millie Diehl
Dies at Home Here
Mrs. Millie R. Diehl, widow of (illegible) Charles Diehl, died at her home on 113 1/2 Fowler street, at (illegible) p.m. Sunday following a two-(illegible) illness. She had been failing in health for some months.
She was born Nov. 16, 1865, at Alton, (illegible), was the daughter of Joseph E. and Julia Bolejack. The family moved to Peoria in 1887 and Mrs. Diehl had lived here since that time. On June 10, 1889, she was married to Manson D. Kimsey, who died May 24, 1893. One daughter, Hazel Kimsey Lorenz, was born of this union.
She married Charles Diehl on March 26, 1894, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1934. Mrs. (illegible) is the last surviving member of the family.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Kimsey Lorenz of (illegible), Cal., Mrs. Mary E. (illegible) of Lakewood, O.; Mrs. Katherine Beard, Dearborn, Mich., and Mrs. Grace Dunham of Peoria; two sons, Joseph B. Diehl of Peoria, and Charles L. Diehl, Veteran's hospital, Danville, 10 grandchildren and (illegible) great-grandchildren. She was a member of George A. Wilson circle No. 49.
Funeral services will be announced later by Cumerford-Endsley funeral home.
(obituary contributed by Cliff)

Contributed by Dick Parr

Former Resident Dies
Thomas Mattocks, a former resident of Glasford, died at his home in Bartonville, Monday morning at 5:15 o'clock, at the age of 79 years.
Funeral services were held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. B. Wagner, pastor of the Bartonville M. E. church. Interment was in Lakeside cemetery
Mr. Mattocks was born in Peoria County, April 17, 1848, son of Henry and Katherine Mattocks. He was married to Miss Amy Sams at Galesburg 40 years ago where he has resided the greater part of his life.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Thomas Mattocks Jr., Pekin, Mrs. Myrtle Skaggs, Mrs. Minnie Mishler and Ilen Mattocks, all of Bartonville, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Smith of Missouri.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il August 22, 1929

Contributed by Dick Parr
Ellis Mathis, a life long resident of this vicinity, and one of Glasford's most public spirited citizens, passed away Tuesday evening at his home three miles north of Glasford. He was 83 years old, and had been seriously ill only about one week.
The body was taken to the Wilkey mortuary for preparation for burial.
Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at the Glasford M. E. Church, the pastor, Rev. E. W. Reynolds, officiating. Interment will be at Concord. cemetery, 14 miles north west of Glasford.
Mr. Mathis was born in Trivoli town­ship, the son of Martin and Rachel Mathis. His marriage was to Miss Kate Fahnestock, Apr. 24, 1873, who pre­ceded him in death five years ago, and is buried at Concord cemetery. They had no children, but Charlie Cunningham had made his home with them since boyhood.
Four nephews, Edgar and Ora Bird, and Floyd and Adrian Mathis are the surving relatives. Edgar has been staying with him the past year.
Mr. Mathis has been engaged in various lines of business in this com­munity. In his younger days he was a successful race horse trainer. When automobiles came into general use, he went to Detroit and took a course of instruction in tire repairing and vulcanizing. The trade papers gave him considerable publicity for being the oldest man to attend that school.
Mr. Mathis was always ready to take up new methods and improve­ments, that would make life more pleasant. When he bought his present homestead and moved there from Glas­ford about six years ago, he set out hundreds of fruit trees and other fruit and said if he didn't live to enjoy them, someone else would. When his home burned down two years ago, he built a house out of building tile that would not burn.
Mr. Mathis was a member and liberal supporter of the Glasford M. E. Church, and all public mevements a generous and congenial friend, and will be missed in the community.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il September 8, 1932

Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il August 20, 1908
Ezekiel Maben
The following account of the death of the late Ezekiel Maben of Hemingford, Nebraska, was taken from the Hemingford Journal:
Ezekiel Maben, long a resident of Box Butte County and a veteran of the Civil War, passes away. The subject of this sketch was born in Ireland in September, 1846, coming to this country with his parents while yet a child. The family settling in Farmington, Fulton county Ill., where he grew to manhood. He was married to Miss Veeman, of Glasford, Ill at Canton, that state March 1, 1877. To this union were born four sons, one, Charles, dying in infancy, The others John Ed­ward and Allie, growing to manhood and are residents here to comfort the widow and mother in this bereavement. Several years ago Mr. Maben was injured in coal mine being paralyzed from his hips down and for many weeks and months his life was despaired of. Recovering somewhat, he came to this county doing what few able bodied men could do making a comfortable home and surroundings. A few years since he sustained a slight injury to one of his hands, resulting in blood poisen and several operations had to be undergone. The final am­putation being at the shoulder. Then from an injury to one of his lower limbs blood poison again supervened manifest, and for months it has been realized that "Uncle Zeke" as he was familiarly known, could not long remain among us. The end coming peacefully at last Thursday, July 23, 1908.
Funeral services were held at the Congregational church at 3 p. m. Sunday July 26, and by his request made months ago. Rev. Charles H. Burleigh delivered the discourse. The church was filled to overflowing. There being as many standing out­
side the doors and windows as had seating inside. The funeral was delayed a day for the arrival of a brother and sister from the east, who reached here after the service had commenced. Though as far as the winter knows Mr. Maben was not a professing Christian in his conver­sations he expressed his belief in the principals of Christianity and in his last days requested our prayers and hoped that he might have the conso­lgeion of the gospel as he went out into the unknown future and who shall say that his desire was not granted.
After the services at the church the remains were taken in charge by his old comrades of the G.A.R. Mr. Maben being a veteran of the civil war having enlisted at the age of 18 and being mustered on the 4th day of February 1865, at Nashville, Tenn. when the united country no longer needed his service as a soldier for its preservation.
Over eighty vehicles helped to form the procession headed by the members of the Grand Army which conducted the remains to the ceme­tery far the last sad rites and he was laid to rest by the reverent hands of comrades following their solemn but beautiful burial ritual.
A host of friends join in sympathy for the aged mother the widow, sons and other relatives in. their great bereavement. .
The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Hannah Lampen of this place, also a brother of' Mrs. Rosa Olsen of near Breeds and of Wm. Maben of near Farmington, and has a host of warm friends among the older residents of this vicinity.

from the Princeville Telephone
March 3, 1932

Services Held Tuesday For Former Dunlap Resident
Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Knobloch, 77-year-old Peoria resident and former resident of the Dunlap community, who passed away at the home of her son, Albert E. Knobloch, in Peoria, last Saturday morning, were held on Tuesday morning, March 1, at 9 o'clock at St. Bernard's church, Peoria, with Rev. E. M. Farrell, assistant pastor, in charge. Interment was in the Springdale cemetery, Peoria.
Mrs. Knobloch was a native of Peoria county and a resident of Peoria for 37 years. She was born February 13, 1855. She married John Knobloch in Peoria in 1874. Her husband died in 1910.
   Surviving are: the son, Albert, of Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Nelius of Burlington, Iowa, and Mrs. Otilda Sperber, Washington, D.C.; 16 grandchildren, either great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Theresa Backes of Dunlap, Ill., Mrs. Tillie Williams, Peoria, Ill., Mrs. Bertha Sturms, Monica, Ill., and Mrs. Julia Winget, Spirit Lake, Iowa; and two brothers, John M. Ernst, Dunlap, Ill. and Robert M. Ernst, Winnebago, Minn.

from the Stark County News
Wednesday, August 7, 1929
contributed by Warren Throndson

Mrs. Kneer Passes; T. T. H. S. Graduate
Word was received in Toulon Friday of the untimely death of Mrs. Raymond Kneer, of Princeville, who was formerly Miss Florence Graves, a graduate of Toulon Township High School. Mrs. Kneer had been in poor health for some time past and her condition had gradually become worse until the end came Friday, August 2, 1929. At the time of her death she was aged 22 years, 3 months and 3 days.
Mrs. Kneer was well known in Toulon, having graduated from the Toulon Township High School with the class of 1926, and she has many friends here who mourn her passing.
Funeral services were held from the Princeville Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, with Rev. Acheson, of Princeton, former pastor of the church, in charge. Mrs. Harry Matthews and Mrs. Emily Bouton, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Myrtle Duggins, sang, "Asleep in Jesus" and "Sometime We'll Understand." The pall bearers were Jerry Stewart Raymond Green, Luther Mansfield, Orvis Hoag, Merle McGown and Armand Foster. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.
Toulon People Attend Funeral
A number of Toulon people went to Princeville Monday afternoon to attend the funeral services. Among those going were Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Strayer, Mrs. H. S. Slygh, Mrs. Ora Carico, Mrs. Earle Williams, Mrs. C. F. Addis, C. E. Griffith and daughter Lucy, Miss Jessie Fleming, Miss Cynthia Cox, Miss Grace Dunlap, Miss Betty Packer and MRs. Jack Benedict, the latter three being members of Mrs. Kneer's class.
Sketch of Life
The following is a brief sketch of her life:
Florence Elizabeth, daughter of Oscar and Viella Graves, was born near Princeville April 30, 1907. She attended school in the grade schools of Peoria county and Glendora, California, and attended Princeville High school three years, completing her course at Toulon Township High School with the class of 1926. The following year she attended Illinois State Normal University, at Normal, Illinois. She then taught at the Schiebel school, located west of Stark, in Stark county, and was just beginning her second year of teaching the school when she was forced to give up her work on account of failing health.
When a young girl she united with the Princeville Presbyterian church, and (-------) of Rev. Acheson. February 14 1929, she was married to Raymond Kneer, of Princeville, at Princeton with Rev. Acheson performing the ceremony. She was married but little more than five months, during which time she and Mr. Kneer made their home on a farm near Monica.
Mrs. Kneer took a great interest in her work in the school room and in the church and Sunday school and in the Christian Endeavor society. Through her long illness of more than a year, she was cheerful and hopeful, but all that medical science and love could do were of no avail, and she passed away at her parents' home in Princeville just before noon Friday, August 2. She leaves to mourn her passing a devoted husband, her parents, one brother, Leo Graves, of Princeville; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Kerns, of Toulon; and Miss Evelyn Graves, at home; besides a host of friends and other relatives.

July 2, 1966
Merle A. Kerns
Toulon -- Services for Merle Andrew Kerns, 67, Toulon, city councilman who died Saturday afternoon in Methodist Hospital in Peoria, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Kidd Funeral Home here. The Rev. Eugene Anderson of Toulon Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery. There will (be) no visitation.
Mr. Kerns was born Jan. 3, 1899, near Princeville, in Stark County, a son of Joshua and Almina Lair Kerns. He was married March 18, 1919, in Peoria to Edna Graves.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Harriett) King of Princeville and Mrs. William (Virginia) Hall of Peoria; five grandsons and one granddaughter.
He was a farmer most of his life, retiring in 1964 and was a member of Princeville Masonic Lodge. He served two terms as mayor of Toulon, was an alderman a number of years and was First Ward alderman at the time of his death.

Edna Kerns
Jan. 13, 1979
Princeville -- Services for Mrs. Edna M. Kerns, 82, formerly of Toulon and Princeville, who died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Benton-Hammill Funeral Home here.
The Rev. Robert Spencer will officiate, and burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home.
She was born in rural Princeville May 31, 1896, a daughter of Oscar and Viella Gingrich Graves. She married Merla A. Kerns March 18. 1918, in Peoria. He died in 1968.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Harriet) King of Princeville and Mrs. William (Virginia) Hall of Peoria; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Berwin (Evelyn) Dell, and one brother, Leo A., both of Princeville.
One sister preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made at the funeral home.

Ida (Yelm) Riggen
Funeral services for Mrs. Ida L. Riggen, 71, who passed away March 13 at her home in Elmwood, were held last Wednesday afternoon at Elmore ME church with Rev. Kneebone, of Williamsfield, officiating.
Music was furnished by Coe Brothers' quartet of Laura.
Body bearers were Ed Grohs, Ben Armstrong, Sam Blust, George Laronace, Clyde Collins and Fred Shaw, of Elmore.
Interment was in Elmore cemetery.
Decedent was a daughter of Anderson and Priscilla Aby Yelm and was born in Stark county March 2, 1867, being aged 71 years and 11 days at the time of her death. She was united in marriage to Charles Riggen July 1, 1874, and to this union were born nine children, two of whom are deceased.
Surviving are the husband and seven children, as follows: Mrs. George Libby, of West Jersey; Mrs. Grover Laswell, of Elmwood; Mrs. James Johnson, of Chicago; Thomas, of Laura; Benjamin, of Elmwood; Samuel E. of Altona, and Earl, of Wyoming. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Elvie Rice, or Williamsfield, and Mrs. Mary Norman, of Scott City, Kansas, and two brothers, Benjamin and William, of Elmore.

Shared by Lloyd Lawrence Sr.

Seth Monroe

Seth James Monroe, 86, lifelong resident of Peoria county, died ath 8:20 last night at his residence, 5833 S. Adams st., Bartonville, where he had lived for 40 years.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Stone's mortuary, Bartonville, with burial in Lutheran cemetery. The Rev. Theodore Kinne will officiate.

Friends may call at the mortuary Thursday afternoon and evening.

Born June 21, 1867, he was the son of James and Arminda Noel Monroe, and was married in Peoria in 1892 to Dillie Amsler, who died in 1949.

Mr. Monroe, a retired Coal Miner, had been employed at Ceco Steel & Wire Co., Bartonville, and more recently had worked for the Bartonville village board for two years, until his illness several months ago.

Surviving are two sons, Grant of Peoria, and Glenn of Bartonville; four daughters, Mrs. Ollie Johnson of Peoria, Mrs. Hazel Hand of Long Beach, Cal., Mrs. Edna Glaczenski of Peoria Heights, and Mrs. Ada Baures of Bartonville; a step-brother, William Shepherd of Manlius; a step-sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Hayslip of California; four grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Two sons preceded him in death.

Seth Monroe and Dillie Amsler

Contributed by Donna Jones

Sedosia Mielkey’s obituary in the Ottumwa Courier reads as follows:
 “Mrs. Sedosia MIELKEY, 84, died at 6:15 a.m. today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. H. WILSON of 2006 West Second Street.
 “The daughter of Thomas and Cynthia IMES, she was born May 15, 1867, in Bradford, Ill. Her marriage to John A. MIELKEY took place October 27, 1887, in Toulon, Illinois. She had been a resident of Ottumwa for the past 50 years.
 “Her husband preceded her in death November 6, 1948, also two sons, Lawrence and Earl, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth DAVIS.
 “Mrs. MIELKEY is survived by one daughter, Mrs. A.H. WILSON of Ottumwa, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Clara CHAMPION and Mrs. Mary LAUDENBERG, both of Bradford, Ill., and one brother, Walter IMES, of Kewanee, Ill.
 “Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Johnson funeral chapel in charge of the Rev. William G. BORST of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Ottumwa cemetery. The casket will be closed at the beginning of the service

Contributed by Donna Jones

John A. Mielkey’s obituary in the Ottumwa, Iowa, Courier November 6, 1948, reads as follows:
 “John A. MIELKEY, 85, died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. WILSON, 2006 West Second Street, at 12:40 a.m. today.
 “He was the son of John A. and Elizabeth MIELKEY, born in Peoria, Ill, March 4, 1863. He had been a resident of Ottumwa for the past 45 years.
 “He was married to Sedosia IMES, October 27, 1887. They observed their 61st anniversary October 27 of this year. His wife survives him.
 “Also surviving in addition to his wife and daughter are five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Two sons, Lawrence and Earl, preceded him in death.
 “Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday from the Johnson funeral chapel in charge of the Rev. W.R. KEESEY. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
 “Pallbearers will be Harold and Merle WILSON, Lloyd WORRELL and Cecil, John and Roland MIELKEY.”


Mervin Eldon Evans, son of David G. and Cynthia (Graves) Evans, was born February 23, 1886 on a farm near Princeville.
In 1910 the family moved to Peoria. He attended school in Princeville and later attended Bradley Polytechnic Institute. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
A tool designer and draftsman, he was employed by various firms in different parts of the United States. A few years ago he was employed for a time at the Rock Island Arsenal.
Two years ago he retired and returned to Peoria.

Princeville Telephone
March 10, 1932

Funeral services for Mrs. Roe Gentry of Cissna Park, Illinois were held at the Bullock funeral home in Princeville Thursday afternoon, March 3, at 2 o'clock. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.
Mazie Loella Dollison, daughter of William and Hannah Dollison, was born November 6, 1884, and passed away very suddenly March 1, 1932, at her home in Cissna Park, Illinois, at the age of 47 years, 3 months and 23 days.
She was united in marriage to R. E. Gentry on July 3, 1907, at Toulon, Illinois. To this union were born four sons and one daughter. One of the sons died in infancy.
She leaves to mourn her loss, the husband; three sons, Edward of Kanahwa, Iowa, and Dewain and Francis at home; and one daughter, Lucille Radsek of Woodriver, Illinois; one grandchild; two brothers, R. A. Dollison of Peoria, and Charles Dollison; and one sister, Mrs. T. C. Fox of Chillicothe, Illinois. One sister preceded her in death.
Mrs. Gentry was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Duncan, Illinois. She was also a member of the Eastern Star lodge, the Rebekah lodge and the Royal Neighbor lodge. She was a good wife and mother, gentle, kind, quiet and unobtrusive, and she will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends. Her death came as a great shock to all.

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks for the many expressions of kindness and acts of sympathy shown us in our recent bereavement in the death of our wife and mother.
--R. E. Gentry and Family

Princeville Telephone
March 10, 1932
Mrs. Roscoe Gallup Passes Away Monday
End Comes Suddenly For
Edelstein Lady at Home
of Relative in Peoria
Mrs. Roscoe Gallup, a resident of the Centerville community, one and one-half miles east of Edelstein, passed away Monday morning at the home of Mrs. L. N. Gallup, 2802 Main street, Peoria, at 2:30 o'clock, following an illness of only a few hours.
Mrs. Gallup had been in very poor health, suffering with high blood pressure and heart trouble, for the past five and one-half years, since the birth of her youngest child, and the family and friends were reconciled from that time to the inevitable, but, as time passed she seemed to show some improvement, and was able to take up many of her former activities a part of the time.
Sunday morning, the family drove to Peoria to spend the day with Mr. Gallup's mother, Mrs. L. N. Gallup, and his sister, Miss Viola Gallup. Marie, as she was known to her wide cricle of friends, decided to remain at the Gallup home for a longer visit, and seemed to be quite well and in splendid spirits when the husband and children started home.
Shortly after they left she became very ill and grew steadily worse, complaining of a numbness at the base of the brain. Mr. Gallup was notified of her condition during the evening, but not realizing the seriousness of her ailment, the family did not return to Peoria. Shortly after on one o'clock Monday morning, the family received a call to Mrs. Gallup's bedside, as she was much worse, but a second message before they could get ready to start brought the sad news that she had passed away.
When the sad news became known Monday morning, it was hard for friends and relatives to believe, and the entire community received it with expressions of regret and sympathy for the bereaved family to whom she was an ideal wife and mother.
Owing to the conditions of the roads to the Gallup farm home the body was left in Peoria until the memorial services which were held at the Congregational church in Edelstein on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Wm. E. Shaw, pastor of the First Methodist church in Peoria, in charge. Mrs. Gallup was laid to rest in the Gallup family lot in the beautiful Blue Ridge cemetery.
Mary Palmer Jones, daughter of Charles P. and Alice May Lewis Jones, was born in Kentucky, August 10, 1890. The greater part of her early life was spent at Dana, Illinois, where on January 25, 1912, she was united in marriage to Roscoe H. Gallup, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Loren N. Gallup, and came to the old Gallup homestead as a bride. This place had been her residence ever since.
Mrs. Gallup was a member of the Firsth Methodist church at Dana, Illinois, and did not transfer her membership, although she was a member of the Ladies' Aid society of the Edelstein Congregational church. Mrs. Gallup also was associate matron of the Speer chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
Mrs. Gallup is survived by her husband; two daughters, Irene and Dorothy; and two sons, Dwight who is a student in the Princeville high school, and little Dean, whom the eldest sister, Irene, has mothered almost from birth, owing to the mother's state of health, and who now will be his comfort. Mrs. Gallup is also survived by two brothers, Bert Jones of Sac City, Iowa, and Arch Jones of Pocahantas, Iowa, who attended the last sad rites; and numberous other relatives, and a host of sincere friends, who with the relatives, deeply mourn the passing of this good woman.











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