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Submitted by Joan Pearson
Peoria Journal Star
(Date of death Nov. 29, 1977)

Cyrus Grover

ELMWOOD - Cyrus F. Grover, 83, of Elmwood died at 6:30 p.m. yesterday at Proctor Community Hospital, Peoria.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Patterson Funeral Home. The Rev. Orville Schroer will officiate, and burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 30, 1893, at Casey, a son of Thadeus and Minnie (Preston) Grover. He married Mitylene Robinson Nov. 9, 1913, at Allendale, Wabash Co., IL.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, John B. of Freeport and W. L. of Green Bay, Wis.; a brother, Medford of Bruceville, Ind.; and a sister, Ruby Barker of Levonie, Mich.

Two sons, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Mr. Grover lived in Elmwood the past 54 years. He owned and operated the Grover Produce Co. here.

He was a member of the Christian Church, Casey. He was a secretary of Modern Woodmen of America for 34 years and was a charter member of Elmwood Kiwanis Club.

Submitted by Joan Pearson
Peoria Journal Star

Mitylene Grover

ELMWOOD, IL. - Mitylene Grover, 88, of Elmwood died at 3:10 a.m. yesterday at Galena Park Home in Peoria Heights.

Born Sept. 10, 1895, in Timberline, she was a daughter of Harvey and Mary Brown Robinson. She married Cyrus Grover Nov. 9, 1913, in Allendale. He died Nov. 29, 1977.

Surviving are two sons, John Brown of Freeport and William Grover of New Franklin, Wis.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lyman Robinson of Allendale and one sister. Two sons, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

She lived in Elmwood since 1922. She was a member of the Elmwood Congregational Church and the King's Daughter of that church and Royal Neighbors of America.

Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Patterson Funeral Home. The Rev. Orvill Schroer will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance.

Submitted by Joan Pearson
Galesburg Register-Mail, Galesburg, IL.
Jan. 16, 1975

Richard Grover
Entered Into Eternal Rest, Tuesday, January 14, 1975

ELMWOOD - Richard F. Grover, 41, of Tempe, Ariz, a former Elmwood resident, died Tuesday in Arizona.

He was born here June 25, 1933, and married Hidreth Rector on July 12, 1952.

She survives with two sons, Kevin and Jay, both of Tempe, his parents, Cyrus and Mitylene Robinson Grover of Elmwood and two brothers, John and William, both of Freeport.

Mr. Grover attended Elmwood schools and was a member of Freeport Presbyterian Church. He moved to Tempe eight years ago.

Memorial service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Paterson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Submitted by Joan Pearson

Mrs. K. H. Kratzer

Rites for Mrs. Katherina Helina Kratzer, 75 years old, Oak Hill will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. C. McCoy, half mile east of Oak Hill. Buriel will be in Oak Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Kratzer died unexpectedly early yesterday morning at her daughter's home. A coroner's investigation revealed death was due to heart disease.

Mrs. Kratzer was born in Missouri December 11 1860. She was the widow of Phillip Kratzer.

Surviving are her daughter; two sons, Walter and Phillip Kratzer, Oak Hill, and a stepson, Elzie Kratzer, Beardstown, IL; two brothers, Casper and William Streider, Brimfield and 14 grandchildren.

Contributed by Dick Parr
Arthur Addy
Arthur Addy died Wednesday morning after a short illness of spinal meningitis. His sad death brings deepest grief to his young friends, and his parents have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.
Arthur Roscoe Addy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Addy, was born in Glasford, Ill., August 9 , 1905 and died Jan. 12, 1916, being 10 years, 5 months and 3 days of age.
He leaves to mourn at his death his father and mother, and two brothers, Elliott, seven years old, and Gale, 19 months old.
The funeral will be held at the house at 11:00 o'clock on Friday, Jan. 14th. Interment at Lancaster cemetery. Friends are invited. The house has been fumigated by the local health officer, Dr. Wells
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il January 13, 1916

Contributed by Dick Parr
Oscar S. Barber, son of David and Jane Barber, was born October 14, 1860 near Trivoli, Illinois.
He had been afflicted with heart trouble the last two years and passed away at Nevada, Iowa, April 23, 1833.
He has lived in Iowa for the past eighteen years.
He was married to Alice M. Frank, January 22, 1882. To this union was born two children, Mrs. Geo. Robinson of Lacona, Iowa, and Alice M. Barber of Hollandale, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his wife December 14, 1885.
He was married to Lucinda Whetsel January 13, 1890 and to this union one son was born, Lester Barber of Des Moines, Iowa, with whom he made his home. His wife Nov. 24, 1895.
He also leaves to mourn one sister, Mrs. Mary C. Stein of Indianola, Iowa, and four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted by Paster C. H. Miller, of Des Moines at the Orr's funeral home in Indianola.
Three beautiful duets were sung by Mrs. Zola Caviness and her sister Helen Lawyer.
Interment was in the Liberty Center Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 11, 1933

Contributed by Dick Parr
Prominent Physician Dies from Paralysis
Dr. Allen C. Barnes, for 36 years a practicing physician at Glasford, died early Monday morning, at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria, where he was taken Jane 30, following a paralytic stroke- He was nearly 69 years of age.
Two nieces, Mrs. E. T. Gathers, and Miss Mary Barnes, of Ashtabula, Q., came to Peoria when notified of their uncle's condition, and, were with_him at the time of his death, as was Mrs. Jennie Barnes, his divorced wife.
The remains were brought to Glasford Tuesday afternoon, where funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. J. Ackerman. Interment was at Lancaster cemetery.
Lancaster Lodge of Masons, of which the deceased was an honored member, had charge of the services at the grave. Past Worshipful Master John Barron delivered the funeral oration.
Allen C. Barnes was born in Pennsylvania, August 12, 1855. He came to Illinois while a young man, and worked on the prairie north of here, also taught school near Farmington several years.
Later he attended the Rush Medical School in Chicago, from which school he was graduated, and practiced in Glasford for the past 36 years.
Dr. Barnes was married to Miss Jennie M. Gates. In 1913 she secured a divorce. The past few years he had been making his home with G. C. Saylor. He leaves no children, but is survived by two, .brothers and two sisters in the East.
Dr: Barnes has been in failing health for several years. Last fall he had a slight stroke while on a hunting trip at the river. Since his second and recent stroke, paralysis of the right side was complete.
Last week Dr. C. U. Collins, the attending. physician, petitioned for, a conservator for Dr. Barnes. F. G. Luthy of the Merchants and Illinois Bank was appointed to look after his estate. Dr. Barnes owns a farm of 190 acres near Kingston Mines occupied by Claude Sheets.
In the death of Dr. Barnes this community loses one of its moist public spirited citizens. For more than a quarter of a century he ministered to the needs of the sick and afflicted, going in all kinds of weather, at all times of day or night. Even of late years when not really able to do so, he answered the calls when no other physician was available.
He was especially successful in the treatment of children, because they liked and obeyed him.
Dr. Barnes has also held many positions of trust and honor in fraternal organizations, and held the office of village president and trustee for many years.
Dr. Barnes will be missed in many homes where he has been the family physician for long years and his memory is respected by all.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. July 24, 1924

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. Agnes Barron a well known resident of Glasford, died it her home Monday morning about 7:30 after only a few days illness, aged 66 years, 11 months and 2 days.
She has been in very poor health for several years, suffering with heart trouble. But the immediate cause of her death was an attack of the flu.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon a the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. A. J. Ackerman.
The singing was furnished by Mrs. J. I. Maple and Mrs. L. C. Meller, accompanied by Mrs. Edw. Schoon.
The pallbearers were A. L. Groninger, G. C. Saylor, Otto McElhaney, J. C. Firth, Guy McCullough and Frank Hess.
Interment was at Lancaster cemetery. The Eastern Star, of which the deceased was a member, conducted their impressive burial ceremony al the grave.
Agnes Hootman, daughter of Sam Hootman and Lydia Fuller Hootman, was born February 24, 1868, on Abe Tichnor farm, east of Glasford.
She was married November 19, 1878, at Glasford, to John Barron, all of her life has been spent in Timber township, with the exception of what time he spent with her husband who was a. masonry contractor, and built the foundation for many large bridges in different parts of the country.
Mrs. Barron is survived by four children: Samuel Barron, of Peoria; Mrs. Kate Rader, John Barron, of Glasford; and Robert Barron, of Peoria, also the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Amanda Howard, Peoria,, Mrs. Emma Fahnestock, Peoria, Mrs. Rebecca Callaway, Glasford,: Jasper Hootman, Kingston Mines, Seth Hootman, Woodburn, Iowa, and' Mrs. Bathsheba Duffield, Nashville, Tenn.
One son, George, died in infancy. Mr. Barron passed away June 1, 1918.
Another son, Ralph, a soldier in the World War; died October 19, 1918, at Manchester, England, a victim of the flu. He was. buried at Stockport. Two years later the body was brought home,, and interred in the family lot at Lancaster cemetery October 20, 1920.
Mr. Barron had been in poor health for some time, and worry over Ralph, the youngest son, no doubt hastened his death.
Mrs. Barron had been in perfect health until the time of the two deaths in the family, after that she failed rapidly, and the last year or two has been practically an invalid. Indirectly, the war has really been the cause of three deaths in this one family.
Mrs., Barron has been for many rears a member of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors, and was at one time an active worker.
She was a good mother, a good neighbor, and her memory will linger long in the hearts of those who really knew her.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 19, 1925

Contributed by Dick Parr
James Barron
James Barron, the son of George and Katherine White Barron, was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on July 12, 1859. He was the eighth child of a family of ten children.
George Barron, his father, was a millwright contractor, engaged in they building and equipping of. flour and feed mills and threshing machines. At an early age James Barron served his apprentice ship on the contracts and in the workshop of his father. He became a skilled workman in wood.
In 1882 he united in marriage with Katherine Brownie, who preceded him into transition seven years ago. To this union were born eight children, seven of whom survive him: Mrs. Maggie Ihnes, Glasford; Mrs. Elizabeth Robbins, Los Angeles, Calif.; Chas. Barron, Glasford, Mrs. Jeanie Clausen, of Peoria; Mrs. Katherine Kastner, Tonica, Ill., James Barron, Hanna City; and Mrs. Marinda Boyer, Glasford. one child, a son;, Alexander, died while very young. James Barron is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Katherine Barron, Mugford. Bowesmont, N. D.
Together with his father, his wife and three children, he came to America in 1889. Since that time he has engaged in farming and carpenter work.
For more than two years he has suffered a complication of ailments incidental to men of advancing years.
Several months ago he suffered a hemorrhage of the brain which robbed him of his physical strength and mental faculties.
Since that time he has gradually grown worse until a few day's ago he suffered another hemorrhage which left him so weakened that he never recovered.
In. the eaily morning hours of Sunday, October 29, 1933 while asleep he passed into the great adventure, at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 17 days. His rational and thoughtful moments of his last days were memories of his youth in the land of the heather.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Glasford M. E. Church conducted by E. L. Fahnestock of Palmyra, a former Glasford boy, and friend of the family.
Singing was by Mrs. Mabel McElhaney, Mrs. Fern Lightbody, F. Riedelbauch and Morris Rader, accompanied by Mrs. Harry Bruninga.
Interment was in the Union cemetery where he was laid to rest by the side of his companion, and not far from the farm home where they had spent many years of their life.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il, November 2, 1933

Contributed by Dick Parr

Mrs. Katherine B. Barron, wife of James Barron, passed away Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, at her home three miles north-west of Glasford, after an illness of only one week. Death was caused by heart trouble and pneumonia.
Funeral services will be held at the house Thursday afternoon, at 1:00
'o clock, conducted by Rev. L. Fahnestock. of Chillicothe. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery.
Katherine Brownie, daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Davis) Brownie was born at Pictcople, Scotland, October 19, 1861. She was married to James Barron at Durno, June 1, 1883, and the couple came to this country soon after, and for many years have lived on the present home place.
Besides her husband, she leaves seven daughters and sons, Mrs. John Ihnes, Glasford ; Mrs. Lizzie Robbins, California; Mrs. Fred Clauson, Peoria; Charles Barron, Glasford; Mrs. Edw. Kastner, Trivoli; James Barron, Peoria; Mrs. John L. Boyer, Lewistown. She also leaves two ,sisters and one brother in Scotland and another sister, Mrs. Walter Callaway, Glasford. She was a member of the Established Church of Scotland and a fine Christian woman, whose death will be deplored in the community where she had resided for many years.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 11, 1926

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. Maude M. Barron, wife of Sam Barron, 314 Olive Street, Peoria, died at the St. Francis hospital, Friday night, January 8, 1937, at 10:30 o'clock. She was 56 years old.
Mrs. Barron had been in the hospital several weeks, under treatment. She was home over Christmas, and it was believed she was getting better. New Years day she had a relapse and returned to the hospital, after which her decline was rapid.
The body was brought to the Howard mortuary in Glasford, and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Glasford Baptist Church, of which the deceased was a member.
The service was conducted by Mrs. C. F. McNemar, minister of Unity Church, and president of Unity College, of Peoria.
Mrs. Barron was a graduate of Unity College, class of 1936, and Mrs. McNemar spoke very highly of her work there also of her character, and her personal charity work, which was more extensive than anyone realized, because, as Mrs. McNemar said, Mrs. Barron believed in the Bible admon­ition, "Let not your right hand know what your left hand doeth."
Two beautiful hymns were sung by Mrs. Nelson Schroeder and Mrs. Gus Dresck, of the Unity Church.
The casket was almost hidden by the bank of beautiful floral pieces which filled the front of the church.
Interment was in Lancaster Cemetery.
The pall bearers were Louis Saurs, Wm. Tockes, Wm. Wieland, Ora Jones, Wm. Leihenseder and Chas. Wallace, all members of the Peoria Sausage Co.
Mrs. Barron was horn December 31, 1880, near Harkers Corners, a daughter of Thomas B. and Mary Jane Couch.
She was married Aug. 14, 1900, at Glasford, to Samuel Barron, who is now secretary-treasurer of the Peoria Sausage Co. She is survived also by two children, Mrs. Marie Parshall, of Detroit, Mich., and George Barron, of St. Louis, Mo., and her mother, Mrs. Couch, who is now living with the only surviving sister, Mrs. Annabelle Dage of Detroit, and ten grandchildren.
Mrs. Barron was also a member o Electa Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, of Peoria, and the A. M. O. R. C. the Rosicrutian Order.
Mr. Barron has disposed of all his household goods and will leave tomorrow with his daughter, Mrs. Parshal, to make his home with her in Detroit. He will retain his interest in the Peoria Sausage Co.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il January 14, 1937

Contributed by Karen Seeman
from the Princeville Telephone
March 3, 1932
Mae Elizabeth Bashusen

Mae Elizabeth Bashusen, daughter of John and Emma Bashusen, was born on a farm near Alta, Ill., January 31, 1900, and passed to be with her Father in heaven at the home of her parents near Dunlap, Illinois, at 7:30 a.m., February 23, 1932, aged 32 years and 23 days.
Mae was in poor health most of her life, and for the past three years had been confined to her bed, but in this extremity she bore a ray of sunshine to those who attended her, and always alert of mind and showing a sharp intellect to the last.
She was extremely sensitive to the sacredness of life, expressing herself only a few weeks before her death that she was not afraid to die, but that there were so many things that she would like to accomplish. But God needed her in His heavenly home--He had a work for her to do there, and called her to Himself. On April 29, 1929, she confessed her faith in Christ and gave her heart to Him and became a member of the Dunlap Methodist church. She always radiated the love of the Great Master to everyone who came into her presence. She was faithful in her church attendance even before becoming a member, often walking the distance between her home and Dunlap that she might worship her Christ.
She died as she lived, in confident hope that Jesus had a place for her at His side. That her soul is with Him in glory, we have no doubt. Our loss has been heaven's gain.
She leaves to mourn her early demise, besides a devoted father and mother: two brothers, Wilbur and Charles; and a sister, Edna, all at home; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins, and a host of friends, who will miss her sunshine.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with Rev. J. N. Van Cleave officiating, assisted by Rev. Cecil Lockard of Girard. A quartette composed of Miss Mildred Miller, Mrs. Alice Campbell, Ethan Wilmot and Clarence Dunlap, sang, "Beautiful Isle," Saved by Grace," and "No Night There," with Mrs. Grace Davidson at the piano. Pallbearers were T. R. Jackson, Robert Missen, Wilbur Challacombe, Clarence Pullen, David Shaw and Albert Kuhn. Interment was in Prospect cemetery. The deceased made all of her funeral arrangements shortly before her death, which were carried out by the family.

Card of Thanks
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for the many kind deeds and expressions of sympathy shown us following the passing of our daughter and sister, Mae.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Bashusen and Family

Contributed by Dick Parr

Funeral services for N. L. Bateman, who passed away July 26, 1933, at the Pekin hospital, were held Saturday afternoon. July 29, at the house, in charge of Lancaster Lodge, No. 106, A. F. & A. M., of which the deceased had been secretary for many years.
Sam Barron of Peoria, Past Master of Lancaster Lodge, delivered the eulogy, to a large crowd of relatives and friends.
The Masonic services at Lancaster Cemetery were conducted by john Bar­ron, also a Past Master of Lancaster Lodge.
The pall hearers were Jos. Strickler, Chas. Brown, Sam Jefford, A. L. Groninger, R. A. Addy, Wm. Weers.
The funeral cortege was very large.
Mr. Bateman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jessie Bateman, his mother, Mrs. Mary Bateman, of Glasford, one brother. Lloyd, of Glasford, and one sister, Mrs. Reid Mitchell of Peoria.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 3, 1933

Contributed by Dick Parr
Benjamin Batton
Benjamin Batton, a former resident of this vicinity, passed away at his home in Pekin. Thursday , October 17, 1929, at the age of 78 years. He had been in poor health for some time.
Funeral services were held at the Kuecks Funeral Home, Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Denekas of the Reformed Church. interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery.
Benjamin Batton, son of Benjamin and Charity Channey Batton, was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1851. His mother died when he was two years old. When five years old, he moved with his father and brothers to Iowa, and at the age of 15 he moved to Illinois.
He was married to Ruth Shepard in, 1879, to which union six children were born.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, Will and Verne, of Pekin, and one sister, Mrs. M. E. Slone, of Glasford.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il October 24, 1929

Contributed by Dick Parr
Miss Lucinda Elkins Very Seriously Burned.
Friday last one of those awful accidents that are horrible to contemplate, when a human being meets death by flames, again occurred near Glasford. Mrs. Geo. Batton, formerly Flora Elkins, was fatally burned dying a few hours after. Her sister Miss Lucinda Elkins, who went to her rescue was also seriously burned and at present writing the outcome of her injuries is a question.
This makes the third fatal burning near Glasford within the past year. Mrs. Huffman an aged lady near Trivoli and a daughter of Aaron Rigby living a mile and a half east of town being the other two. Mrs. George Batton, a young woman 23 years of age, residing a few miles northwest of Glasford died at her home Friday night about 8 o'clock, from burns received in the afternoon.
Mrs. Batten was in the yard at work raking the leaves and had set fire to some of these and in some manner her dress caught fire, with a fatal result. While devouring to extinguish the flames which were rapidly burning the clothes of Mrs. Batten, her sister, Lucinda Elkins who was at her home, was also seriously burned.
After Mrs. Batton was burned she ran frantically to the field, across the road, where husband was at work, and sank exhausted from pain and exertion at his feet. He bore her to the house, where Dr. Plumer. of Trivoli, was called, and after rendering what aid was possible it was found that the flesh was too badly burned to permit of sustaining Mrs. Batton's life. She died in terrible pain within six hours after her dress caught fire from the burning rubbish.
Miss Flora Elkins was burn in Fulton Co., July 11, 1884 and was married to Geo. Batten in 1900.
She leaves beside her husband, two small children, Hazel age 3. Mabel 1, and three sisters; Mrs. Ida Fitzgerald of Lewistown, Mrs. Lavina Summer of West Canton and Miss Lucy Elkins, the latter being also badly burned.
Miss Elkins was in the hay mow when she heard her sister scream and tried to put the flames out but did not succeed. Mrs. Batton jumped into a large tub used for watering stock but there was no water in it. As she ran across the field to where her husband was, her blazing skirts set fire to the stubble. When near her husband she fell, and when he reached her all the her clothing was burned off. She was conscious however and talked to him. It was a sad affair and cast a gloom over the community.
The fire which was near the barn was communicated to a shed which was destroyed with a buggy, some machinery and grain.
The funeral occurred Sunday by Rev. Johns, of Trivoli and interment at the Todd cemetery.
A large attendance at the funeral attested the deep sympathy felt for the husband and little motherless girls.
The following notice was handed in for publication:
Flora Elkins was born, in Fulton county, July 11, l881, and died April 7, 1905, age 20 years, 8 months and 27 days.
She was united in marriage to George Batton, January 5, 1901. To this union were born two children. Hazel and Mable who with the husband and three sisters survive

Flora was a sweet and lovable woman and has hosts of friends who mourn her departure from this world and hold the deepest sympathy for the bereaved family.
Thus our Father calls another loved one to eternal rest, and the heart, though filled with anguish can but cry "He knoweth Best."
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 13, 1905
Follow Up
Almost Recovered
The many friends of Miss Lucy Elkins, who was so severely burned while fighting the flames that devoured her sister, Mrs. Batton, will be glad to know that she has almost recovered after five weeks of intense suffering. Lucy has had the prayers and sympathy of the entire community and the news of her recovery will be read with pleasure.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 18, 1905

Contributed by Dick Parr
John Harrison Baty, son of Samuel and Sarah Ross Baty was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, February 1833. and died November 11, 1924 at the age of 91 years, 9 months and 8 days.
He was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Petty, June 21, 1871. To this union eleven children were born, three of whom died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death eight years ago.
He is survived by the following sons and daughters; John and Harry Baty, Mrs. John Fitchen. Mrs. David Bitner, Mrs. Wm. Homan; Mrs. Fred Peters, and Miss Rose Baty, also 12 grandchildren
With the exception of a few years in Indiana, his entire life was spent in the vicinity of what is now Glasford, where he was well known as one of the early settlers.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the home of his son, Harry Baty. Interment at Lancaster cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 13, 1924

Contributed by Dick Parr
MRS. A. M. BATY DEAD; (Death Notice)
Mrs. Margaret Saylor Baty, wife of Andrew M. Baty, passed away at her home in Glasford at 1:20 this morning, aged 73 years. She had been in ill health for some time.
Mrs. Baty was the mother of Mary I. Baty, assistant principal of the Glen Oak School, Peoria.
Memorial services will he held at the Baptist Church Saturday morning, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. with Rev. A. C. Lillie in charge. Interment in Lancaster Cemetery.
Friends may call this evening at the Wilkey Mortuary, and at the home after tomorrow morning.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il September 22, 1932

MRS.A.M.BATY (Obituary)
Mrs. Margaret Saylor Baty, wife of Andrew M. Baty, passed away at her home in Glasford at 1:24 a.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 22, 1932, at the age of 73 years.
Mrs. Baty was the mother of Mary Baty, Assistant principal of the Glen Oak school in Peoria.
Mrs. Baty was removed to the Wilkey mortuary, where a host of friends called until Friday morning. She was then taken to her home until time of funeral services.
Memorial services were hell at the Glasford Baptist Church Saturday at 10:00 a. m with Rey. A. C. Lillie in charge. lnterment was in Lancaster cemetery.
The pall bearers were Lloyd Looger, Otto Lightbody, Keith McDonald, Hugh Northrup, James Meskimen and George Meskimen.
Appropriate selections were sung by Mrs. O. I. McElhaney and Mrs. Otis Baker.
Margaret Saylor. Baty was the daugh­ter of John and Mary Saylor, and was born in this vicinity, July 7, 1859, , and spent her entire life in and around Glasford. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and had been a faithful attendant until illness prevented.

Her marriage was to Andrew M. Baty, who with the daughter, Mary I. Baty of Peoria survives. One son, died at the age of seven years.
One sister, Mrs. Sarah Lightbody, also survives, and three nieces, Mrs. Henry Looger, Mrs. Frank Tindall and Mrs. Wm. Northrup, and one nephew, James Meskimen, Peoria, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Glasford Gazette, Glasord, Peoria County, Il September 29, 1932

Contributed by Dick Parr
Lewis H. Beal, son of Aaron and Harriett Beal. was born near Middle Grove, Ill., September 14, 1863; and passed away at his home in Trivoli, Ill., about 6 p. m. Wednesday, February 18, 1931. Aged 67 years, 5 months and 4 days. He was united in marriage to Margaret E. Moran, in Peoria, Ill., in 1886.
He spent most of his life near Middle Grove and Hanna City, Ill. He was a member of the Masonic Order at Fairview, Ill., for about 35 years. He was a good neighbor, kind and loving husband and father, and was highly respected by the entire community. He will be greatly missed among them.
Besides his wife he leaves the fol­lowing children: Edmund R., of Weiser, Idaho; Mrs. Zella Grimm of Fairview, Ill.; John E. of Denver, Colo.; Arthur L, of Alta, Mrs. Myrtle Ashbaugh of Dunlap. Ill.; Marshall of Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Hazel Stalter, Mrs. Esther Molchin, Mary and Virginia Beal of Tri­voli, Ill.

Another son. Harold, died in infancy. There are nine grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Ada Pratt, Peoria; Mrs. Alice Hoxworth of Rapatee, Ill.; and Mrs. Jennie Mae Skimmings, of Creston, Iowa, also survive him.
After a brief prayer at the home the funeral services were conducted in the Trivoli Methodist church by the pastor, Rev. R. A. Reeves, who used as his theme "The Fountains of Life." He was assisted in the service by Mrs. Ora Stein at the piano and Mrs. Ruby Higgs and Mrs. Mary Stewart, who sang, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" at the request of the family.
Interment was made at the Uniontown Cemetery near Middle Grove. Mr. Cowser, mortician of Farmington, in charge.
Passing out of the shadow,
Into a purer light;
Slipping behind the curtain
Getting a clearer light.
Laying aside a burden,
This weary mortal coil;
Done with the world's vexations;
Done with its tears and toil.
Tired of all earthly playthings;
Heartfelt and ready to sleep
Ready to bid our friends farewell,
Wondering why they weep,
Passing out of the shadow
into eternal day?
Why do we call this dying
"This sweet going away"

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. February 26, 1931

Contributed by Dick Parr
Henry Becanon Passed Away Nov. 12 - Funeral Here Friday.
In August last, H. F. Becanon, who was called here on account of his father's illness, left for his home in California taking his father with him to spend the winter. Today. he is on his way back to the old home to lay to rest in the Maple Ridge Cemetery by the side of his wife and children, all that is mortal of the father who passed away at a hospital, from a paralytic stroke, Nov. 12.
Henry Becanon was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, Oct. 15, 1831 and came to Illinois in 1837 with his parents who settled on the present site of Reed City. Most of our readers will remember a log building which stood on the hill side north of the store and has been used in late years as a stable. This was the original Becanon dwelling, built 31 years before the railroad was built or before Glasford came into existence. Here a family of children were raised, consisting of Henry, the subject of this sketch, William, who died in 1838 and whose grave was the first in Maple Ridge cemetery, Mrs. Henry Hornbaker, deceased, Mrs. Matildta Rieger, Mrs. B. W. Fuller, Mrs. H. J. Hootman, all of Glasford and Mrs. Polly Jones of Mapleton.
On April 27, 1857, Mr. Becanon was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Maple. To this union nine children were born, three of whom are dead, Judson, William H. and Charlotte. The six living are H. F. of Long Beach, Cal., Thomas of Glendale, Cal., Mrs. Sarah Palmer of Los Angeles, Cal., John A. of Englewood, S. D., Mrs. Clara Allen of Douglas, Alaska, Robert W. of Glasford.
Soon after their marriage he purchased the farm on Maple Ridge where the above family of children were raised. In early days he worked at the cooper trade.
Here the wife and mother died March, 29, 1886. Sarah kept house for her father until her marriage with Rev. Palmer, pastor of the Baptist church here and soon after Mr. Becanon sold the farm to John Scott and made his home with his children usually staying in Glasford during the summer and California during the winter.
Last summer he was very sick for some time but improved to such an extent that he was able to accompany his son Francis back to California in August and it was reported that he stood the trip well.
About the first of Nov. he went to the Hot Springs at Elsinor, Cal. to take treatment for rheumatism and was doing well according to the last report that Robert had from him, but he had a paralytic stroke and died very suddenly Thursday, Nov. 12, aged 77 years and 27 days, A telegram to Robt. from his brother Francis announces that he would start back with the body Monday and expects to reach here Friday morning Nov. 20, when funeral services will be held in the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. H. Blout, interment in Maple Ridge cemetery.
Living in Hollis and Timber townships for 71 years, Mr. Becanon has seen it developed from a wilderness to the fine cultivated farms of today and was one who helped in the development of the same and in his death the community has lost a valuable and upright citizen, one for whom all had the highest regard. In public life he never aspired for any office honors, yet was elected school director, which position he filled for seventeen years. Religiously he was a member of the Baptist church on the ridge and one of its strong supporters, spiritually as well as financially.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 11, 1908

Contributed by Dick Parr
J. I. Maple has received a letter from Mrs. J. S. Palmer, of Pasadena, Calif., telling of the death of her brother, H. F. Becanon, of Los Angeles.
Mr. Becanon fell from a ladder, where he was doing some carpenter work, January 17, and received injuries from which he died four hours later. He fell only seven or eight feet, but the post mortem showed seven broken ribs, fractured skull, and fractured pelvis. On account of his age, nearly 65 years, the bones were brittle and easily broken.
Mr. Becanon was buried at Long Beach. He was living with his fourth wife at the time of his death, and she is in poor health.
Mr. Becanon and Mr. Maple were boyhood chums, and many other relatives and friends in this community, will he sorry to hear of his death.
Mrs. Palmer says she has not been back to Illinois since they left 27 years ago. Mr. Palmer was in Glasford a short time a couple years ago. Their address is 1021, Rose Villa St., Pasadena, Calif.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 13, 1930

Contributed by Dick Parr
Robert Becanon Dies of Injuries from Fall
Body brought to Glasford, His Old Home, Wednesday for Burial.
Robert Becanon, of Peoria, who was injured by a fall at the Groveland Mine September 24, died Monday morning, October 2, at 9:30, at the. Proctor hospital in Peoria.
Mr. Becanon was manager of the Groveland Mine and was working on the tipple, when he fell 20 feet, receiving internal injuries. He was taken to the hospital at once. Later pneumonia set in, which was the immediate cause of his death.
The body was brought to Glasford, his old home, Wednesday morning, where services were held at the Methodist Church, at 10-o'clock. The sermon was delivered by Rev. E. L. Fahnestock, of Roanoke, also a former Glasford boy, and a boyhood friend of the deceased. Rev. Fahnestock delivered a splendid discourse, using the friendship of David and Jonathan as his theme. Interment was at Lancaster Cemetery where Timber Lodge of Odd Fellows had charge of the service.
Robert W. Becanon was born at Maple Ridge June 14, 1871.
He was married to Clara E. Shreffler Sept. 8, 1892.
To this union were born six children: Roscoe, Walter, Hazel, Jessie, Henry and John.
Only five survive, Roscoe having died twenty five years ago at the age of three years and eight months.
Besides his wife and five children, he leaves to mourn his death, three brothers and two sisters: Francis Beeman, Thomas Becanon and Mrs. Sarah Palmer all of Los Angeles, Calif., John Becanon of Leed, S. Dak., and Mrs. Clara Allen of Port Townsend, Washington.
Most of his life was spent in Glasford.
He was a member of the Timber Lodge No. 906. I. O. O. F.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 5, 1922

Contributed by Dick Parr
Word has been received of the death of Thomas B. Becanon age __, prominent resident of Van Nuys, Calif., at the Queen of Angels Hospital in that city. Death was caused by pneumonia.
 He had been a resident there for 19 years, and was an employee of the Department of Water and Power. Funeral services were held at Jones mortuary, conducted by East Gate Masonic Lodge, assisted by the Van Nuys Chapter of Royal Arch Masons.
Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mr. Becanon was a past master of East Gate Lodge, A. F. & A. M. and a past high priest of Royal Arch Masons.
He is survived by his widow, Eva L. Becanon; one sister, Mrs. Sarah A. Palmer, of Pasadena, and one brother, J. A. Becanon, of Leeds, So. Dak.
Mr. Becanon was a former resident of Glasford and visited here last year, the first time in many years.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Becanon, are buried in Maple Ridge Cemetery.
His uncle, William Becanon, who died Aug. 25, 1838, was the first person to be buried at Maple Ridge, on what was then the Abe Maple farm. Later Robert and Rebecca Becanon, parents of William and Henry, were buried on the same lot..
Last summer Thomas B. Becanon visited the Cemetery, and this year, just 100 years after the first burial, he made arrangements to have the lot put in perpetual care.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il August 25, 1938

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. Anna Beck
Miss Anna E. Meffler was born in Switzerland Oct. 25, 1829. She came to America and the state of Illinois in 1857. Soon after, the same year, at Pottstown; she married Jacob Beck. To this union, seven children were born, five of whom are still living, three boys and two girls.
Soon after their marriage Mr. And Mrs. Beck moved to their home in Hollis township, where all their children were born, and the father, Jacob Beck, died in the month of February, 1877.
Mrs. Anna E. Beck died Oct. 5, 1903, being 73 years, 11 months and 10 days old. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. B. Slack and the remains buried in Maple Ridge cemetery by the side of her husband on the afternoon of Oct 7, 1903.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 9, 1903

Contributed by Dick Parr
Elmer J. Beck, aged 49, died Tuesday afternoon at his home, 202 Archer avenue, Peoria, following an illness of three months.
A son of Edward and Josephine Beck, he was born at Peoria March 9, 1889. He was married to Miss Mabel Sprague, daughter of Nelson Sprague of Glasford, June 25, 1913.
For the past 24 years Mr. Beck has been employed by the National Refining Co .He was a member of the Masonic lodge and associated bodies.
Surviving are his parents and widow of Peoria; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Kuntz of Peoria, and brothers William Beck of Peoria, and George Beck of Mapleton.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 30, 1938

Contributed by Dick Parr
Emil Beck, 79 year old Mapleton blacksmith, died Monday night at the Methodist Hospital, as the result of a mower accident Monday afternoon.
Mr. Beck was cutting hay, and had stopped to clear the mower blade. The horses started forward. knocking Mr. Beck down in front of the blade, and before he could stop the team his leg was nearly severed. He lay helpless for some time before he was found and taken to the hospital, and lost a great deal of blood.
Mr. Beck was born August 10, 1858, in Hollis township, and had operated a blacksmith shop at Mapleton for many years.
He was married May 8, 1892, to Miss Jennie Cole, the well known music teacher, who preceded hint in death several years ago.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. John Scott, of Mapleton; two brothers, Charles of Mapleton and Edward of Peoria.
Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at the LaMarsh Baptist Church, with Rev. A. O. Ram­sey in charge. Burial will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. June 24, 1937

Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, June 30, 1927
Mrs. Louise S. Becker, daughter of Christopher and. Wilhelmine (Lorenz) Riedelbauch, departed this life Satur­day morning, June 23, 1927. The funeral was held at the home of her brother, Fred Riedelbauch, on Monday afternoon, June 26. Dr. Smith of the First Church Of Christ, Scientist, of Peoria conducted the service. Mr. Ahrens, soloist of Second Church of Christ, Scientist, of Peoria sang. The selections being Nos.197 and 154 of the Christian Scientist Hymnal.
Mrs. Becker passed the early years of her life in that part of this com­munity known as the Bethel neighborhood; for the greater part of her life her home has been in Chicago.
Mrs. Becker was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, known as The Mother Church of the Christian Scientist denomination.
Mrs. Becker was a woman of great earnestness of purpose, and the energy and thoroughness with which she carried out her undertakings were marked characteristics of her nature. She was devoted to the highest idealism, and the inspiration of her pure lofty character has left its impress on many, whose lives have been made brighter, more worthy and noble through her influence.
She was deeply loved and honored by those closely associated with her it her activities. To them the memory of her will be a refreshing fragrance.

Contributed by Jean Griesan
Peoria Star, Wednesday, May 4, 1938
John D. Tammen
John D. Tammen, 52 years old, 212 1/2 Reed avenue, blind pensioner, died Tuesday at his home after being brought home from St. Francis hospital yesterday noon. He was found dead at 6 p.m. An autopsy was to be held today.
Surviving are two brothers, Herman Tammen of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Joseph Tammen of Racine, Wis., besides a sister in Chicago.
The body was taken to the Wilton mortuary.

Veffie (Bell) Riggen
Veffie Bell was born at Brimfield, Illinois on Feb. 24, 1907. She was a graduate of Williamsfield high school and Macomb college, teaching school for five years after her graduation from teachers college.
She wsa married Dec. 4, 1926 at Galesburg to Samuel Ed Riggen. The couple lived in Rock Falls for a short time, moving to Ustick township where they farmed for 11 years. They had moved to the present farm, six miles southwest of Morrison on the Fenton slab, Jan. 3, 1951. She was a member of the Methodist church at French Grove, Ill.
Mrs. Riggen is survived by her husband; three sons, Charels, Moffet Field, Calif., William and Richard at home; one
daughter, Arlene, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Blanche McCall of Peoria, Mrs. Allen Bown of Princeville, and Mrs. Ray McCuen of Toulon.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Louella May, and a son, Howard Eugene; and her parents.

Contributed by Anna Richards
Source: THE PEORIA MORNING STAR, Monday Feb 20 1938

HEDLEY WAYCOTT, LANDSCAPE Artist Dies at 73 Years.
The Artistic Endeavor of City Revolved Around Him for Half Century.
Hedley Waycott, 218 Wisconsin Avenue, the artist best represented on the walls of Peoria homes, died at 6:15 a. m. Sunday in Methodist hospital after several years of illness. He was 73 years old.
Best known for his landscapes, many of which depict the Illinois scene in gorgeous color and with exquisite balance, the self-taught painter symbolized art in Peoria and his name had been connected with artistic endeavor here for 57 years. Not a family but is proud of the Hedley Waycott painting that adds distinction to some room. Probably no other individual had contributed so much as he to the growth of art-mindedness in this city.
Greatest achievements of the kindly artist was the hanging of his picture, "The Artistry of Snow," by the National Academy of Design several years ago. Painted from the window of his home studio, it showed a gnarled old cherry tree blanketed by falling snow.
Mr. Waycott had been in ill health for several years and had undergone two serious goiter operations some time ago. Somewhat recovered, he had had two other major operations within the last year or so and had spent considerable time in the hospital.
Born Feb. 9, 1865, in England, he had served an apprenticeship in London to a gold and silversmith, and in 1882 came with his family to Peoria to work at his trade.
The boy of 17, however, was laughed at by local jewelers when he applied for work as an expert goldsmith and so secured a position in Newkirk's Art Shop at 421 Main street, site of the Present Palace theatre. Later he became a Partner in the shop, and upon Mr. Newkirk's death he took over the business, operating it for 20 years as Waycott & Co.
He met his wife, the former Miss Louise Ann McFadden, also in the 400 block Main Street, where her father conducted a bakery shop. The couple was married May 10, 1887, marking their golden anniversary last spring. Unusually devoted and considerate of each other, they were spoken of by all their friends as one of the happiest married couples in the city.

In the back room of Mr. Waycott's art store there met a talented group of young Peoria men, who called themselves the Peoria Sketch club and went on regular sketching trips in the countryside near here. Among them were the late artist, Grant Wright, Carl Pehl and Charles Lambert, besides Mr. Waycott himself. Their exhibits were hung at the shop until later the public library provided exhibition space for their shows.

Following his business career, Mr. Waycott devoted himself to his art. With his wife he had traveled 37 states, always painting. His earlier still life work and pastels gave way entirely to landscapes in later years, and his canvases were hung in many exhibits.

He was a member of the American Federation of Arts and of the National Academy of Design and is listed in the American and European Blue Books of Artists, Over 800 of his pictures have been sold and are hung throughout this country and in Europe.
Even in his last illness Mr. Waycott continued to paint, working for a short while each morning. His last canvas, completed last week, is an early evening scene in blue tones, showing the reflection of the moon in tree-bordered water.
Notable among his works on public view here are the mantel paintings at the Y.W.C.A. and at Constance Memorial Hall, Bradley Women's dorminitory. He restored the murals in the Peoria public library three years ago. He was well known also, for the excellent picture framing he did, all his frames being designed especially for the pictures they held, and each a fine piece of craftmanship.

Surviving are his wife and a sister, Miss Belle Waycott, Of Proctor Endowment home. A daughter, Lucile, preceded her father in death. Services in his memory will be conducted at First Federated Church, Madison avenue at Jackson street, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. Arthur L. McLaughlin of Ames, la., formerly of First Congregational Church here.
Internment will be in the Springdale Cemetery.

Courtesy of Gerald Graves
published March 27, 1960
 Funeral services for Walter C. Graves, 69, were held Wednesday afternoon in the Bouton Memorial Home with Rev. Ralph Walters of the Presbyterian church in charge. Burial was in the Princeville cemetery.
 Mr. Graves, Princeville police magistrate for the last 20 years, passed away in the Methodist hospital in Peoria Sunday afternoon following a long illness. He had been a patient in the hospital since January 10.
 Born in Duncan April 26, 1891, he was a son of Elba and Miranda Moody Graves. He was married to Miss Sadie Fritz December 16, 1914. Mr. Graves was a lifelong resident of the Princeville area. He was a retired Caterpillar Tractor employee.
 Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Burnell (Martha) Brown of Peoria and Mrs. Merle (Mary) Belsley of Metamora; a son, Robert of LaGrange; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Tuttle of Castleton and Mrs. Stella Hohenberry of Yates City; five brothers, Milo of Princeville, Homer of Yates City, Ernest of Elmwood, Oliver of Des Moines, Iowa, and Archie of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and six grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by a son, Marvin, who was killed while serving as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force.

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

Wm. V. Williamson Dead; John Couch Killed by Bandits
Never have the people of Glasford been as deeply affected as by two sudden deaths which occurred in Peoria last week-that of W. W. Williamson, a brother-in-law of Mrs. A. L. Maple, of Glasford, from heart failure, and the murder of John V. Couch, a former Glasford boy and nephew of Mr. Williamson, by auto bandits.
Mr. Williamson, who was one of the most prominent Masons in Central Illinois, was found dead in his car at 7:30 o'clock Thanksgiving day morning. He had left his home at 314 Warner avenue to go to the Main street Masonic temple, of which he had charge. He had pulled in to the curb and shut off the motor, and his lifeless body was pitched forward over the wheel. Mr. Williamson evidently felt the impending heart attack.
Friday evening, Mrs. Minnie Stewart, 2606 Main street, a sister of Mrs. Williamson, daughter, Mrs. Florence Couch, and husband John, and Mrs. Lizzie Maple, of Glasford, another sister, and husband, A. L. Maple, were at the Williamson home, helping make arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Williamson.
Mrs. Stewart's car, a new Chandler coach, had been left in front of the house. Mr. and Mrs. Couch started home about 10:00 o'clock, leaving Mrs. Stewart to stay all night with her sister, when they discovered the car was gone.
G. M, McKibber, a friend of the family, offered to take them home in his car. As they were going to stop at the police station to report the theft of their car, Mr. Maple accompanied them.
After leaving the police station they went up Main street toward the Stewart home. As they passed a filling station at the corner of Main and Bourland, Mrs. Couch recognized their car just pulling up at the station. John and Mr. Maple at once jumped out and ran up to the stolen car, in which were three young fellows, probably 18 years of age. The driver saw them coming and started to pull out. Couch jumped on the running board on the right side, and Maple on the left. The car turned north on Bourland, and Mr. Maple being on the outside as it turned the corner, with nothing to hold on to, he was thrown off. John stayed on, and when the car reached the next corner a gun shot was heard. Mr. Maple had started to run after the car, and saw John fall to the street. Reynold Steinbauch living nearby, saw the car with a man on the running board, and saw a gun poked through the glass of the right rear window. It appeared to him that John grabbed the muzzle of the gun just as it was discharged. He pulled the gun, a repeating shot gun, out of the car as he fell.
When Mr. Maple reached John he asked where he was hit, and John put his hand on his right side, near the watch pocket. He asked if he could get up, and John said to let him lay there a few minutes. Those were the last words he spoke. He was carried into the house of Leroy Beers, 612 Russell street, and died before medical aid could he summoned. Mrs. Couch had been taken into the waiting room at the oil station, where she heard the shot which snuffed out the life of a brave man.
Already armed with a description of the stolen car, police were dispatched to all parts of the city, but the car was not seen until the next morning, it was found near the Kickapoo hill, on the Farmington road. One number had been clipped from each license plate. The glass was broken in the right rear window, also the back window.
Over Saturday and Sunday a round-up of nearly one hundred suspects were made by the police department. Mr. Maple has been at the station nearly every day since, trying to identify the murderers. But that is nearly impossible, as during the few minutes he was on the fleeing car he was occupied in trying to find the handle to the door, and did not have time to take notice of the occupants.
William V. Williamson, was born at Decatur, Ill., March 16, 1871. Died November 26, 1925, aged 54 years, 8 months and 10 days.
He was raised on a farm. His father died when he was 11 years old leaving him the oldest boy in a large family, and the responsibility of keeping the family together fell upon him. His mother passed away 12 years later.
Mr. Williamson came to Peoria when 20 years of age, and followed railroading for several years, later re­ceiving an appointment on the fire department, where he served until 1902.
Since that time his entire time was taken up with his Masonic duties, having charge of the Main street Masonic Temple. He was a member of Peoria Lodge No.15, and an honorary member of all other Masonic bodies meeting at the Temple, as well as the Eastern Star orders. Mr. Williamson was a 32nd degree Mason, of both the York and Scottish Rite branches, and probably knew more Masons by sight than any man in Central Illinois.
Mr. Williamson had also been a member of the Peoria board of education for 20 years, and the treasurer of that body for 17 years.
He was united in marriage October 5, 1892, to Miss Mary J. Cowser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Cowser of Glasford. He is survived by his widow, and one daughter, Mrs. Edith Gleich, and grandson, William, and two brothers, Fred of Sheldon, Ill., and Seth of Larwell, Ind.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the new Scottish Rite Cathedral, in charge of Peoria Lodge, No. 15. Every Masonic body in the city was represented. The religious services were conducted by Dr. W. E. Shaw of the First M. E. church. Singing was by the Peoria Consistory quartet.
Mr. Williamson was a man of many sterling qualities, who had held many positions of trust and honor with credit to himself and those he represented. He had a multitude of friends who felt is a privilege to call him "Billy," and the large Cathedral was far too small to hold the friends who came to pay their last respects to a departed brother.
The remains were laid to rest in Springdale cemetery.

John Vincent Couch, son of Thos B. and Mary J. Couch, was born al Harkers Corners, August 24, 1892. Died November 27, 1925, aged 33 years, 3 months and 3 days.
He spent part of his boyhood days in Glasford, later moving to Michigan with his parents.
When the United States entered the World War, John volunteered, and on April 26, 1917, entered the U. S Marines, 17th Co., 5th Reg. He was in the second company to go across, and was in some of the hardest fighting. He was seriously wounded at Belleu Woods and Soissons, and was in the hospital for several months, and was mustered out of the service June 15, 1918, He had four citations for bravery in action, including one French decoration.
After the close of the war John came to Peoria and took up vocational training in electrical work. under govern­ment supervision. At the time of his death he was employed in the electrical department of the Peoria Railway Co.
On February 16, 1921, John was united in marriage with Miss Florence Stewart, daughter of Mrs. Minnie Stewart, of Peoria, also former Glasford residents.
He is survived by his widow, his parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Barron of Peoria and Mrs. Annabelle Dage of Detroit.
John was also a member of Peoria Lodge No. 15, and funeral services were held at the Main street Temple, Monday afternoon, in charge of that body. Peoria Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, acted as escort.
Rev. D. E. Williamson, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, who had pronounced the marriage vows for John and his bride only four years ago, gave a wonderfully impressive discourse. A wealth of beautiful floral offerings testified to the respect in which the deceased was held.
The remains were laid to rest in Springdale cemetery, with military honors, conferred by the American Legion.
John was a member of the First Presbyterian church, and deeply interested in church work. He was a clear noble-minded young man, and a good citizen. He offered his life to his country, and was spared from that terrible conflict. It may be, as the minister said, that his life was no less given for his country, if his death will bring to the serious attention of the people the disregard for the safety and rights of others that is now prevalent among certain classes.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 3, 1925

William Henry Bell
Funeral services for William Henry Bell, who passed away Sunday morning at his home at French Grove, were held Tuesday afternoon at the home at French Grove. Rev. Herbert N. Blakeway, pastor of the Union church at Brimfield, was in charge.
The service of song was given by Mrs. Luella McClellan and Mrs. S. A. Kellogg.
William Henry Bell was born March 22, 1858, at Elmira, Illinois, and passed away at his home at French Grove Sunday, October 27, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 5 days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bell, early settlers of Elmira.
Matthew Bell caem to Elmira from Canada and shortly after his arrival settled on a farm, taking an active part in the social and religious life of the town. William Bell lived on the farm in Elmira township with his parents until he was 18 years of age, when the family moved to West Jersey township, located 2 miles west of the present village of West Jersey. He was engaged in agriculture on the farm known as "the Bell farm" on Walnut Creek until after the death of his father.
He was married February 21, 1905, to Mrs. Emma Cree, of Toulon, moving in 1910 to French Grove, Peoria county, where he resided continuously since.
Three children were born to this union as follows: Mrs. Riggen, of Elmore, and Madge and Hazel at home. Besides his wife and the children named above, he is survived by a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Clyde Fleming of Fredonia, Kansas; one brother, Ed Bell, of San Francisco; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Blakewell of Galesburg, and Miss Belle Bell, of Toulon and four grandchildren.
Mr. Bell was a member of the I.O.O.F. organization for many years and the Odd Fellow symbolism was used by the minister at the funeral services.

William Brattain
contributed by Betsey Browning
(note: William Brattain lived in Farmington, Van Buren, IA. Born 13 Oct 1810 in Indiana. md 28 Feb 1836 to Martha A. Croxil or Cropstill. Died 26 Feb 1889 in Jefferson Twp., Mahaska, Iowa.)
Oskoloosa Weekly Herald 1889
In writing this sketch, the object will be to present, not only an outline of MR. BRATTAIN, but "whence, what and where, "that will embrace his early boyhood days, circumstances connected with his early manhood, his wonderful ability to learn by both observation and books.
Mr. Brattain was born in the State of Indiana, October 13, 1810. Died, in Jefferson township, Mahaska county, Iowa, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter Mary, Mrs. Thomas Havener, of Bright's disease, after much
patient suffering, February 25, 1889, at the advanced age of 79 years. Mr. Brattain was married in Van Buren county, Iowa, to Miss Martha A. Croxil, in 1836. They had five children born to them-three boys and two
daughters, namely Humphrey, Lemuel and Charley. The daughters Mrs. Thomas Havener lives in this County; May, now Mrs. Dr. G.N. Beechler, lives in Oskaloosa. Mr. B.'s father moved from Indiana to Lake Peoria,
Illinois, about 1816, and settled on very near where the populous city of Peoria now stands. That was several years before the Indians were removed. At that time it was an Indian town and a French trading post. The Brattain family had no neighbors by Indians; their children no playmates but young Indians. They got acquainted, and from necessity, soon, began to learn to talk together. There being no war with the whites at that time, the Indians were very friendly to them. Mr. Brattain told the writer that their children soon became attached to their young neighbors, and they would unite in songs, children's plays, and the boys in running footraces and other
sports. Here he said, is where I first learned by experience, that I could run fast. The short races were from fifty to four hundred steps; said he smiling, "I have run all the distances named hundreds of times, and never run with an Indian but to beat him. Don't think me vain, Brother Ballinger; but I have never been outrun by any boy or man." We believed every word of it, knowing how strong and active he was for a man so slender. But, brother, we asked how about getting along friendly with those young Indians. "There was no trouble, never saw children get along better together, they would join in with us to learn our plays; and we with them, making our pleasures as mutual as possible." Mr. Brattain learned to speak the Indian dialect here so well, that he said he never saw an
Indian of any tribe, but that he could talk without difficulty; but he learned the art of hunting, and could as easily
beat them at that as he could outrun them. From Illinois the Brattain family moved to Iowa, then a territory, and occupied by Indians; and M. B., being well acquainted with the Indian tongue, soon made new acquaintances, got well acquainted with the celebrated Chiefs, Black Hawk, Keokuk, and the prophet Wabahespeck. He gave it as his opinion, that Black Hawk was the greatest Indian he ever saw, equal to any mentioned in the past history
of the country. In the interval between his boyhood days at Lake Peoria and his immigration to Iowa and for several years afterward, he was employed at different things. He made several trips down the Mississippi river to New Orleans, getting good wages for his services, a portion of which he put into books, for further educating himself, in order to be more useful to himself and others. He taught school for some time, the better to prepare himself for a law student, read law and was admitted to the bar, and practiced his profession for a year or two,
but was too reserved and diffident to be a lawyer. He told the writer that all through these years from a boy his mind had been more or less engaged in the study of religious subjects. He quit law and took up his old trade, having worked at the carpenter business at intervals before. There was not work enough to keep him employed
all the time; and every hour he had to spare, he put in reading the Bible until he read it through and through. From its teaching he came to the conclusion, that if God in infinite in wisdom, He must have clearly foreseen the results,
that would follow man's existence. A reasonable conclusion on the supposition that his existence would turn out to be a source of endless wretchedness. Mr. Brattain was a man who never arrived at a conclusion without first carefully considering the premises. If God created mankind for a good purpose, nothing but good will be the final result. If any portion of mankind should suffer endless chastisement it would be difficult to see how such could end in good; and there being no comparison between any man's transgressions and endless suffering, it is safe to assume that such punishment can not, under God's government be true. We must then, of course, interpret the
Scriptures to correspond and harmonize with infinite wisdom, love and good results Mercy would ask all that and even more. It was this kind of reasoning that made Mr. Brattain a believer in the final triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, heaven over hell. The Scriptures say, "For as much then, as the children are partaker of flesh and blood, he (Christ) likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him and that the power of death, that is the devil, and those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Then good cheer to the world. The devil, i.e., evil will be destroyed by Christ, and hell overthrown; all sighing and sorrow shall flee away, and tears shall be wiped from off all faces; "For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
With charity for all, and malice toward none, the writer has no object in this sketch, in alluding to the beliefs of others than to help all up to a higher doctrinal standpoint, and broader view of our holy religion. "Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."
In conclusion, Mr. Brattain was a great student, and had the law suited him would have made a great jurist. He
never got credit for this great ability. He wrote more than three thousand sermons, the greater part of which are left with his daughter, Mrs. Havener. Some 600 of them were never delivered. They would make thirty large volumes if printed and bound that would be a valuable addition to the world's knowledge of theology, by their advanced thoughts and deep scientific research.
At One P.M. on the day of the funeral the friends in the city, who had gathered at Dr. Beechler's joined the procession as it came from the country, and proceeded to Forest cemetery, where he was laid to rest beside his wife, whom he married over fifty years ago. Farewell, dear brother, thou hast gone the way of all the earth.

From the Galesburg Post or Register, 1928
Contributed by Michele Dawson

W. E. Burkhalter Personal Guard of Pres. Lincoln
William E. Burkhalter, veteran of the Civil War, personal guard of President Abraham Lincoln, and numbered among Peoria's old and honored citizens, died at an early hour this morning at the advanced age of 83 years. Death was occasioned by no specific ailment. For years the physical machine had run slower and slower with the encroachment of multiplying years and for a long time he had hardly left his home at 308 North Orange Street.
Mr. Burkhalter was born in Meadville, Pa. When the war of the rebellion broke out he was among those who first responded to the call of President Lincoln for troops and became a member of Company K, 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. While in the service he was selected as a person guard of the president, at the White House, for three years. He was a member of Bryner Post No. 67, G.A.R., and of the Masonic fraternity.
He came to Peoria thirty years ago and until his retirement from active service ten years ago, served on the United States Internal revenue force. His wife died in February, 1911.
He is survived by a daughter, Miss Claudia Elyda Burkhalter, well known in musical circles of Peoria, and by two sons, Wayne of Portland, Ore., and Ralph, of New York City. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Contributed by Dick Parr
John W. Wright Family
Victims of Riverboat Columbia Disaster
Four members of the family of John W. Wright, his wife and children, Mrs. Wm. Scott, and Jacob and Mr. Wright's sister Mrs. John Brown, were laid to rest in a large grave.
Mrs. Catherine M. Wright was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tharp, and was born at Kingston on May 20, 1881. She was married Jan. 1, 1898, to John W. Wright.
Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband, and one child, Charles William, aged 14, four brothers and three sisters, James, Charles and Logan Tharp, of Kingston Mines and Jake Tharp, of Glasford, Mrs. Emma Gent, Mrs. Margaret Gent, of Kingston Mines, and Mrs. Lemuel Bitner, of Glasford.
Mrs. Catherine Scott, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, was born Sept. 20, 1900, at Kingston. She was married May 18, 1918, to Wm. Scott, who is in the army, stationed at Fort Ben Harrison, near Indianapolis. The husband returned the day after the wreck, on a short furlough, not expecting to find his wife of only a few weeks cold in death.
John Jacob, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, was born Nov. 28, 1909 at Kingston Mines, and was 8 years old at the time of his death.
Mrs. John Brown was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wright and was born at Kingston Mines, March 17, 1889.
She was married June 6, 1918, to John Brown. She leaves to mourn her sad death, father and mother, who is in poor health. husband, one brother; John Wright, who also mourns the loss of three from his own family and four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Foley, Mrs. Polly Robinson, Mrs. Anna Beetler, and Mrs. Minnie Slater.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. May 11, 1918

Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 15, 1939
Karl Yaeger
Karl Yaeger of Peoria, .well known in this community died very suddenly at his home 717 Frye Ave., last Friday night, suffering only from a slight cold. He was 55 years old.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Gaus mortuary. Burial was in Lancaster cemetery.
Mr. Yaeger was born in Peoria, April 1, 1884, the son of Herman and Sarah Rusch Yaeger, and he died on his mother's 80th birthday.
Mr. Yaeger was a cousin of Lloyd Bateman of Glasford, but they were practically raised together, and were as near as brothers. He was a carpenter by trade.
Mr. Bateman was called to Peoria on Mr. Yeager’s death, and helped make the funeral arrangements.

Contributed by Dick Parr
John Stewart

On Thursday morning at 6 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. John Stewart, an old resident of this neighborhood. He was in his 79th year, and until the last three years of his life was very hearty for a man of his years. Mr. Stewart came from Ohio in 1845, and, has resided in this county ever since. Three brothers and one sister survive him. His oldest brother, William Stewart, resides in Eden and is in his 88th year. The funeral service will be held at his late residence, three miles south of Eden, at 1 p.m. on Friday.
Source Unknown - Marked January 30, 1896

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. G. B. Stewart

Mrs. S. Elizabeth Stewart, wife of G.B. Stewart, was born Sept. 19, 1860 and died Dec 13, 1935, aged 75 years, 2 months, and 24 days. She was a resident of Peoria Co., Ill., all her life having lived in Timber Township from the time of her marriage to Mr. Stewart Feb 25, 1886 to March 1893, the balance of the time on a farm in Logan Township, except for the last 13 years spent in Hanna City. She was the daughter of Robert L. and Margaret Smith. Mrs. Stewart is survived by her
husband, a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Parr; four grandchildren, Merle, Myrna, Lois and Ruth Parr; two sisters, Mrs. T. P. Patton and Mrs. M. E. Gardner of Halsey, Oregon, one brother, J. M. Smith of Peoria.
She was a faithful member of the United Presbyterian Church of Smithville, from early life. Had she lived until Feb 25, 1936, they could have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Memorial Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Smithville United Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Pastor, Rev. I. S. Caldwell, assisted by Rev. Wade Smith. The funeral was one of the largest in attendance ever held there, attesting to the high esteem in which Mrs. Stewart was held in the community where she spent so many years.
Interment was in the Smithville cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria
County, Il Dec 19, 1935

Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il March 22, 1928
Charles Frederic Stoltzman was born near Prussia, Germany, on Jane 28th, 1850, and when five years of age, together with his parents, three brothers and one sister, left their native land, and after a stormy voyage of ten weeks e in a small sailing vessel, landed in America, and settled in Sheboygan, Wis.
His father was an ardent Lutherall, and many times took a pastor's place in the pulpit. He reared his children in the same faith, for at the age of 15 Charles was confirmed and joined the Lutheran church. At 20 he and an older brother in search of work came to Pekin, Ill. While there he met and mar­ried Margaret Ripper, on February 20, 1876. They immediately settled on a farm near Tremont, and remained in or near that community until 1892, when he purchased a farm near Trivoli. He also conducted the grain and im­plement business here for some time, retiring and moving to his late home in 1902.
On February 20, 1926, Mr. and Mrs. Stoltzman celebrated their golden wed­ding ariniversary, little dreaming that their long companionship was so soon to end. For on October 22 last, his faith£ul helpmate passed on to her re­ward. This was a terrible shock for one of his years. Aside from minor ailment, he seemed about as usual until five weeks ago, when he was taken suddenly ill, and in a. weeks time was removed to a Peoria hospital, at his request, for an operation. He had every attention possible, but it was not so willed, for on. Saturday, at 1:00 p.m., he left his earthly friends to join his companion on the other side.
He was ever planning for the better­ment of his home and town, was loyal and faithful to his children, square,
honest and upright in all his dealings. His hope and aim in life was to rear his family in the same way. He leaves to mourn his departure, three children, Mrs. Maggie Baggs, Mrs. Dr. Plumer, and Wm. Stoltzman of Peoria. Also 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and one brother, William, of Topeka. A daughter, Cora, beside the wife, pre­ceeded him in death.
Yes, the old home is vacant now,
For, the loving parents are gone,
Bul the years we've spent together
Shall be cherished lor ever more,
Till we reach the missing loved ones
In our Father's mansion up above.
The funeral services were conducted at the Trivoli M. E. Church Monday afternoon, With Rev.Fahnestock of
Colchester. assisted by Rev. Hartley. Two of his favorite songs, "Jesus Lover of My Soul," and "Going. Down the Valley," were sweetly sung by Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Wood.

Contributed by Dick Parr
Obituary of Rebecca Ramay Story
Mrs. I. K. Story Dies March 14 of Pneumonia
Pioneer Woman Came to Iowa in Covered Wagon in 1845. Settled in Warren County in 1867
Mrs. I. K. Story, 91, among the last surviving wives of union soldiers in Warren county, died at their home, 701 West First avenue, last Saturday, March 14, at 1;30 o'clock, following a brief illness.
The funeral was held at the Overton Funeral home Monday, March 16, at 3 o'clock, the Rev. I. J. Brame, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Interment was in the family lot in the Indianola cemetery by the side of her husband, who passed away May 10, 1927.
When it became evident that her death was near her grandchildren were notified and all were present in her home a week ago with the exception of Joe Story who is in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Story was among the last survivors of the early pioneers who came to Iowa before it was admitted to the union. She was born in Green county, Ohio, October 20, 1844.
Accompanied by her parents, Mrs. Story who was Miss Rebecca Ramay, reached Iowa in 1845 when she was only one year of age. They were among a considerable group of immigrants from other states who braced the wilderness to seek out new homes in the prairie country and elsewhere in the middle west.
As did most of the early settlers in Iowa, Mrs. Story came in a covered wagon. They ferried across the Mississippi river at Burlington the day she was one year old.
They first settled in Louisa county where they lived for 22 years. During that time Mrs. Story had improved every possible advantage to secure an education, and as a girl she taught school in the rural schools of Louisa county.
In 1867 she came with her parents to Warren county, first settling in the old Lawrenceburg section in the Social Plains community.
A year later she was united in marriage to I. K. Story, then a young man who had served through the Civil war. The marriage took place on Nov. 24, 1868. They made their home in the Social Plains neighborhood until 1881 when they moved to Indianola where Mr. Story purchased a home at South E street and West Second avenue. They resided there until 1884 when he purchased the home at West Salem and South E street where their children grew to maturity. The present house was purchased in 1910.
While Mrs. Story had been less active in recent years she continued to take a deep interest in affairs and her mind was active and clear almost up to the last. She was highly esteemed and respected by the people of Indianola because of her interest in the community and in her family. She fell and sustained a broken hip in September, 1931, and had been forced to walk with canes ever since.
Until recent years Mrs. Story had been active in the work of the Women's Relief Corps. She had also been an active member in the James Whitcomb Riley club and the Baptist church.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. J. Hewitt and Mrs. W. W. Brewer of Indianola, and Miss Alice Story, librarian at Fort Dodge, and two sons, John R. story of Indianola, and W. H. Story of Des Moines. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive, and a sister, Mrs. Lucy New of Indianola.
Source Unknown

Contributed by Jean Griesan

Julius Swords
The funeral of Julius Swords, 29 years old, R. R. 1, Limestone township, coal miner, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Walton mortuary chapel with the Rev. Alexander B. Allison, Jr. of Westminster Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be Cameron cemetery, Limestone township.
The son of Albert and Alma Derges Swords, he was born in Peoria Oct. 10, 1908. He worked at Hilltop coal mine and was a member of Local No. 6483 (648?), United Mine Workers of America. Oct. 19, 1929, he married Nell Nette in Missouri.
Surviving are his wife and two children: Ralph K. and Gary Wyne Swords, and his father, Albert Swords. His mother died Feb. 23, 1938.
Peoria Star, Wednesday, May 4, 1938

Samuel E. Riggen
Samuel E. Riggen, 56, of near Albany and formerly of Fenton was killed Wednesday noon when his car struck a tree three quarters of a mile east of Cobb school north of Morrison.
Funeral services for Mr. Riggen will be held at the Reynolds funeral home Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and at the church at Elmore, Ill. at 4p.m. Burial will be in the Glendale cemetery there.
The deceased was born at Elmore March 12, 1898, the son of Charles and Ida Yelm Riggen. He was reared and educated in the Elmore vicinity and was married Dec. 6, 1926 to Veffie Bell. They moved to Fenton in 1951.
He was married the second time on Jan. 16, 1954 to Clara Quimby and they have resided at Route 1, Albany.
Mr. Riggen is survived by his wife; three sons Charles of Morrison, William and Richard at home; one daughter, Arlene at home; two brothers, Tom of Laura, and Earl Riggen of Toulon; a sister, Mrs. George Libby of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, a daughter Luella and a son Howard, three brothers, Benjamin, Willis and Charles Riggen; two sisters Mrs. James Johnson and Mrs. Grover Laswell.

Contributed by Dick Parr
A Sad Death (Death Notice)
Mrs. Albert Stein, of Trivoli, died Tuesday at 8 p. m., aged 27 years, leaving a husband a little daughter born the same day. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 10 o'clock. Interment will be at Trivoli.
Mrs. Stein was formerly Miss Ida Blandin, one of our popular school teachers, and her early death is a sad blow to her husband and relatives.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 4, 1908

Stein (Obituary)
Ida Beatrice Blandin was born Feb. 16, 1882 at Buttonville, Ontario, Canada and died at her home in Trivoli, Ill., June 2, 1908, aged 26 years, 4 months and 16 days.
She came to Illinois with her parents when quite young and lived at Harker's Corners' until. 1887. When 5 years old she with her mother and sister, Bertha, started on a Niagara Falls excursion to vis­it relatives in Canada and her mother was killed at Chatsworth, Ill.(Chatsworth Train Wreck), this leaving her to her father's tender care.
When about twelve years old she united with the M. E. church at Hanna City, Ill., and. has been a faithful worker every since that time. Since her marriage she has been a member of the church at Trivoli. No expense was spared to fit her for life and those pre­pared to live are always prepared to die.
Her friends were numbered by her acquaintances for all who knew her loved her for her kind and cheery disposition.
She taught school very success­fully for nearly seven years, being especially fond children.
Less than a year ago, on July 31, 1901, she was united in marriage to Albert N. Stein of Trivoli, Ill.
In her home life, as in all other places, she was of a happy and loving disposition and in no place will she be more missed.
Those left to mourn her loss are her husband, Albert Stein, and little daughter, Florence Ida, her father, A. J. Blandin and family, and sister Bertha Blandin.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 11, 1908


Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il October 19, 1935
Christopher Rynearson was born in Rosefield Township, Sept. 6, 1854 and passed away Oct. 8, 1935 at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria due to old age.
On July 4, 1887 he was united in marriage to Ella Nora Miller at Elmwood, Ill. To this union eight children were born. They were many years residents of Hanna City. He was a member of the U.M.W. of A. here. On Dec. 16, 1929 his wife passed away. Surviving him are six children: Mrs. Margaret Doubet, Oak Hill, Chas. Rynearson, Farmington, Mrs. Edna Robinson, Mrs. Mildred Noble, Mrs. Eva Kendall and Mrs. Viola Scott all of Peoria. Two sons, George and Otto, having passed away in childhood. He is also survived by several grandchildren. He was the last of a family of 16 children.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon from the Frank Ensley funeral home in Peoria and the Methodist church in Hanna City, the Rev. Munns of Peoria officiating. Interment was made in Cottonwood cemetery.


Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 28, 1934
Dr. T. R. Plumer, Trivoli Physician, and J. C. Ryan, Instructor, Killed in Plane Crash
John Carl Ryan
The body of John Carl Ryan was taken to the Cowser funeral home in Farmington, and later to his home at Yates City, where funeral services were held Tuesday.
Mr. Ryan is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan. He was born September 26, 1910, at Yates City. He was considered a good pilot and had had many hours of flying experience.
Mr. Ryan was employed several years ago on the Judge Clinch farm near Texas church.
Details of the crash are under Dr. T.R. Plumer.



Robert J. Graves
 Robert J. Graves, of La Grange, beloved husband of Catharine, father of Robert Jr., and William, son of Mrs. Sadie Graves of Princeville, Illinois, brother of Mrs. Martha Brown of Peoria and Mrs. Mary Belsley of Metamora. Resting at Hallowell and Hallowell and James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th Street, La Grange after 2 p.m. Sunday. Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 150 S. Ashland Avenue, La Grange, Interment Bronswood Cemetery, Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of La Grange. 352-6500
September 6, 1968, Illinois
(Provided by Gerald Graves)


Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il Jun 6, 1935
Mrs. Jennie Rosenherg, widow of H. Rosenherg, passed away at her home north of Glasford, Saturday evening, June 1, 1915 at 8:45, , after a lingering illness. She was 87 years old.
The body was brought to the Wilkey mortuary, and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, at the Timber Lutheran Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. M. Scherf. Rev. Scherf also rendered a solo.
Interment was in the Church cemetery.
The pallbearers were Henry Fisch­er, Carl Fischer, Geo. Fischer, Geo. Hammerich, Edw. Kroepel and Jas. Eichorn.
Jennie Fischer was born in Norden, Gcrmany, May 25, 1848, a daughter of John and Anna Granman Fischer.
Her marriage took place in German 60 years ago, and the family came to ­this country 15 years later, locating
near Glasford.
They were the parcnts of ten children, six of whom survive: .Johan H., Yates City; George H., Glasford; Mrs. Anna Henrich, Lilburn, Mo.; Mrs. Bena Cordes, Glasford; Henry, Glasford; John. D. Mapleton.



Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il February 11, 1937
Johann Heio Rosenberg was born on April 14, 1879, in Peoria. Illinois, the son of Heio Rosenberg and Jenny, nee Fischer. In early infancy he was bap­tized by the sainted Reverend Bess, of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Peoria. His boyhood was spent on a farm in this neighborhood on which his parents were then living. The deceased received his elementary education in the Todd's School near here, where he finished the eighth grade.
Since he was 21 years old, Johann Rosenberg has lived near Yates City, Illinois, where he was employed as a farm worker. For the last thirty years he has worked on the Norse Bros. farm.. The fact that ever since he started to work out, he had worked on but two farms, is a testimony of his faithfulness toward his employers and to his dependability in their service.
But perhaps before the deceased and his friends ever suspected, death beckoned him and cut short the days of his labors here on earth. Last week, while he was helping with the winter butchering, the departed accidentally slipped and fell into the prongs of a hayfork which punctured his lungs. On the 30th of January he was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg. An infection set in the wound, pneumonia followed and in spite of the care given, he was fighting a losing battle for his life. Death, as it must to all men, came to Johann Rosenberg a week ago last Monday at 8:30 in the morning.
Funeral services were conducted in St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Thursday, February 4th. Burial took place in Todd Cemetery. Pallbearers were Carl Fischer, George Fischer, Henry Fischer, Ed Kroepel, George Hammerich, and Jesse Eichorn.
Left to mourn his sudden death are two sisters of the deceased, Mrs. Reinhard Cordes of Glasford and Mrs. Anna Hinrichs of Lilton, Mo.; three brothers, George of Glasford, and Henry and John of Mapleton; a niece, Louise Frampton of Glasford and two nephews and six nieces in Lilton, Mo.
The deceased had attained the age of 57 years, 9 months, and 16 days. May Almighty God, the Lord over Life and Death, comfort those who now mourn the sudden departure of their brother and friend, with the true comfort of His Holy Word.



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