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Contributed by Joan Pearson
Moses S. Beecher
Moses S. Beecher died at 6 o’clock yesterday morning at his home, 1307 Main street. He was born in New Haven, Conn., December 1, 1831, and removed to this city in 1856. He later moved to Kansas to engage in the cattle business, returning to Peoria in 1886, and operating a lumber yard on South Adams street for many years.

He was a member of Peoria lodge, A.F. and A.M. He is survived by two daughters, miss Mary Beecher and Miss Edith Beecher, of this city, and one son, Cornelius R. Beecher, of Superior, Wis.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.


Contributed by Joan Pearson
Caspar Strieder
Caspar Strieder was born in Frohn husen, C.B. Germany in the Grand Dukedom of Hesse, Dec. 3, 1829 and died at his home in Brimfield, Illinois, March 14, 1914, age 84 years, 3 months and 10 days. But according to the 1880 Census for Jubilee Twp., Peoria, IL., he was 57 years of age at the time of the Census and Elizabeth, who was also born in Germany was 52.

He was united in marriage in the year 1853 to Miss Elizabeth Balzer. To this union six children were born. Those living to mour his loss are Mrs. Philip Kratzer of Oak Hill; Caspar G. Strieder and Will J. Strieder of Brimfield. Ten grandchildren and one great grand child also survive. His wife preceded him Feb 5, 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Strieder sailed from their native land for America in March 1860 and arrived at New Orleans July 4. They settled in Jefferson Co., Missouri, where they lived for six years, and then moved to Illinois, settling in Rosefield township, and remaining in this vicinity until their death.

The funeral service was held on Monday Morning, conducted by Rev. Jass of Peoria at the Lutheran church in Jubilee. Interment in the Lutheran cemetery.


Contributed by Dick Parr
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 20, 1903
Mrs. J. R. Bell

At the home of Mrs. Hale near London Mills, Sunday, Nov. 15, death came to relieve the violent suffering of Mrs. Emily Bell who for the past month has been dangerously ill with consumption of the bowels.
All that medical aid and good nursing could do was of no avail. Mrs. Bell's life had been a glorious one and she has been called to her reward.
Emily Gordon was born at Green Castle, Ind., in 1836. Was married to John R. Bell in 1853. To this union eleven children were born, seven of whom, with their father, survive to mourn the loss of a loving mother and wife, as follows: G. J. Galesburg, Mrs. M. Bird, Council Bluffs, Ia., Wm. and Milton and Mrs. Hale, London Mills. Mrs. W. D. Cowser, Mrs. I. V. Kelly, Glasford, all of whom were with her until the end.
Mrs. Bell came to Illinois with her husband soon after their marriage and for some time resided near Bird's Corners. They then moved to Herman. Two years ago she gave up housekeeping on account of poor health and came to live with her daughter, Mrs. Kelly. Since that time she has seldom been able to leave her room. About' two months ago she desired to visit her children at London Mills. During this visit her suffering ceased.
Mrs. Bell was a noble Christian woman, a member of the Baptist church for the last thirty years. Her character was irreproachable, all who knew her can tell of some kind act of benevolence which the departed one has bestowed.
The remains were brought to Crams, Tuesday, and interred at Brunswick cemetery.


Contributed by Dick Parr
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 11, 1941
A. O. Beckwith Dies, Funeral Here Friday
A. O. Beckwith, former well known resident of this vicinity, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 1941, a 1:00 a. m. at the home of his son Ernest, 310 Chicago street, Peoria.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Glasford Methodist church, conducted by Rev. H. W. C. Roberts. The body will in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m.
Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.
Adelbert O. Beckwith was born in Broom Co., New York, Sept. 2, 1858 and departed from this life Dec. 10, 1941 at the age of 85 years, 3 months, 8 days. He was the son of John and Sarah Beckwith. He married Nancy Jackson Dec. 27, 1883 and to this union were born four children, three survive: Earl and Mrs. Edna Arnold of Camden, Ark., and Ernest of Peoria. One son died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death Nov. 16, 1921. There are also twelve grand chil­dren and a host of friends. When be was eighteen years old he came to Illinois and worked near Glasford, where he spent the greater part of his life, only about ten years that he lived in Camden, Ark.
He was engaged in farming but retired in later years and made his home with his son Ernest in Peoria. He was in good health until about two weeks ago when he was taken sick from which he never recovered.


Contributed by Dick Parr
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 21, 1911
 Marie Beckwith
Mrs. Earl Beckwith of Peoria died last Friday after a very short illness with pneumonia. The funeral services were held at the home Monday. Interment at the German Lutheran Cemetery.
Marie Martha Clauson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clauson, was born Feb. 5, 1888, in Timber township. Soon after birth on the 26th day of February, she was baptized and made a child of God and an heir of eternal salvation. Her childhood days were spent with her parents on their farm. After having received necessary instruction she was confirmed in her church, at the age of sixteen years.
On April 15, 1906 she was united in marriage to Earl Beckwith. This union was blessed with two children. The boy, Earl, died in infancy.
About ten days ago Mrs. Beckwith took sick with pneumonia. Contrary to all expectation, her physical condition suddenly became very serious and she departed this life last Friday afternoon, Dec. 14th, at half past two.
She is survived by the husband, one daughter, Mabel, about three years old, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clauson, two brothers, Nick and Reinhart, one sister, Lena, also her grandmother. She was 23 years, 9 months and 6 days of age.


Contributed by Dick Parr
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 17, 1921
MRS. A. O. BECKWITH DIED LAST NIGHT - FUNERAL WILL BE HELD FRIDAY

Mrs. Nancy M. Beckwith, wife of A. O. Beckwith died at 10:20 Wednesday night at her home north-east of Glasford. She bas been in failing health for some time, and was taken to the hospital recently for treat­ment, but improvement was of no avail, and she grew steadily worse until death released her from her suffering.
Funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church in Glasford, Friday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. E. Woods. Interment will be in Lancaster cemetery.
Nancy Maria, daughter of Stephen H. and Joanna. E. Jackson, was born in Timber township on December 2, 1861. and departed this life November 16, 1221, at the age of 59 years, l1 months and 14 days.
At the age of twenty-two she was united in marriage Adelbert O. Beckwith on Cortland County, N. Y., on December 27. 1883.
She is survived by the husband and three children, one child having died in infancy: John Earl of Peoria, Ernest A. of Bartonville, and Mrs Edward Arnold of Camden, Ark. She is also survived by the aged mother, one brother, William I. .Jackson of Farmington, and three sisters, Mrs.Delia Northrup and Mrs. Florence Scarcliff of Glasford, and Mrs. Ida E. Peters of Lacon, also ten grandchildren.
She was a member of the Apostolic faith, and a consistent Christian until the time of her death.
Mrs. Beckwith lived all her life in or near Glasford, with this exception on nine years spent in Arkansas. She was a good wife, mother and neighbor, and will he missed by everyone who knew her.


Contributed by Dick Parr
GLASFORD GIRL SHOOTS SELF AT BROTHER'S HOME
(Death Notice)
Miss Wilma Beecham, 20 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beecham, shot herself through the heart about noon today, at the home of her brother, Merle Beecham.
Merle and wife were going to Peoria this morning, and took their two children out of his parent's home, west of Glasford, and asked his sister, Wilma, to take care of them, which she willingly agreed to do.
Later in the morning she told her mother she was coming to town to see her sister, Miss Zelma, teacher at the Glasford grade school. She walked to town and evidently went to the home of her brother, Merle, and looked through all the dresser drawers, looking for a gun.
Just before noon she came to the home of her uncle, Clarence Beecham, and said she wanted to go upstairs and look at the rooms they had been remodeling. In a few minutes Mrs. Beecham went to call Wilma to dinner, but Tony Vlohovich, who was working in the front yard, said she had gone out the front door.
About 12:30 Merle and his wife returned from Peoria, and found Wilma lying on the floor of their second floor bedroom, with a bullet through her heart. She probably died instantly. A .32 caliber revolver was lying nearby.
Clarence and his brother, William, had revolvers just alike, and William's is missing from the store, but it is believed Wilma found the gun she used, at Clarence's house.
The coroner has been out, but has not set the hour for the inquest. No funeral arrangements have been made.
Miss Beecham was a very popular girl, and her unaccountable action is a shock to her many friends. The family has the sincere sympathy of the entire community.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il October 28, 1937


Contributed by Dick Parr

A. H. BEECHER
A. H. Beecher, an old and long time .resident of Logan township, passed away December 9 at the age of 93 years, and seven days at the home of his daughter in Texarkana, Arkansas.
He leaves to mourn their loss three children, eleven grand children and sixteen great grand children.
Mr. Beecher was a well known and respected citizen of Peoria county. He was born December 2, 1835 in New Haven, Conn. At the age of 23 , he came to Delaware county, Ohio, and was united in marriage to Mrs. Sallie Blackman. They moved to Peoria county in the year of 1864, where they resided on a farm. His wife preceded him in death 17 years ago.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 20, 1928


Contributed by Dick Parr
EDWARD W. BEHRENDS
Funeral services for Edward W. Behrends, a lifelong resident of Peoria Co., who died at his home at 101 Ayers Ave., Peoria, early Monday morning, were held at 1 p. m. Wednesday in the Wilton Mortuary Chapel and at 1:30 o'clock in the St. John's Lutheran Church. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Mr. Behrends, the son of John E. and Amelia Obermeier Behrends, was born in Limestone Twp., on May 28, 1858. He was baptized in infancy and in April of 1876 he renewed his baptismal vow through the solemn rite of Confirmation by the Rev. E. Bangaeter.
On May 2, 1878 he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Arends. To this union eight children were born, all of whom survive. For several years he engaged in farming in Limestone Twp. Later he moved to a farm near Hanna City. In 1910 he retired and moved to Hanna City, and about 17 years ago he took up residence in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife, his children, Mrs. Amelia VanDettuin of Glasford; Mrs. Sena Rickena, Mrs. Hannah Heuermann, Mrs. Anna Landwehr, Mrs. Edna Railsback, all of Peoria; Edward A. Behrends of Hanna City; John Behrends of Chicago, and Ben H. Behrends of St. Paul, Minn.; 21 grandchildren,, eight grand-children; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie McElfresh of Hanna City and Mrs. John Clauson of Glasford; and a brother, Henry Behrends of Limestone Twp.
For the past few years Mr. Behrends had been in failing health, yet he was able to be up and around. On October 24 of this year he became ill and he grew steadily weaker until death relieved him at 1:10 o’clock on Monday morning at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 14 days. Our Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones. May the deceased rest in peace.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 15, 1938


Contributed by Dick Parr
EMIL BEHRENDS DIES
OF HEART ATTACK
Emil H. Behrends, well known farmer, died Wednesday morning at 11:15, at his home near Harkers Corners, from a heart attack
He was a night watchman at the Crescent Coal mines, and had worked the night before. Shortly after returning home and eating his morning meal, he had a sudden heart attack which resulted in his death.
The body was brought to the Howard mortuary, where an autopsy was performed by Dr. W. C Kinser, at the direction of Coroner H. F. Diller.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec 13, at 1 p.m.. at the. Howard mortuary in Glasford, for the family only, and public services at 2 p. m. at the Timber Lutheran Church, Rev. John Hieronymus officiating. Burial in St. Peter's Lutheran. cemetery.
Emil H. Behrends was born April 11, 1885, in Peoria County, the son of John and Insa Backer Behrends.
He was married April 19, 1911, to Grace DeWeerth. He was engaged in farming, and also worked part time at the mine.
Mr. Behrends is survived by his widow, two sons and six daughters: Edward,. of Mapleton; Mrs. Elsie Pedze, Mapleton; Wilbur Behrends, Fort .Francis, Wyoming; Mrs. Dorothy Flohr, Benson, Mrs.Pauline Backer, Roanoke; Misses Aneetta, Eleanor and Mildred Behrends at home, also two brothers, Harry, of Peoria, Route 3, and Mrs. Etta Friday, Peoria.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 11, 1941


Contributed by Dick Parr
HENRY BEHRENDS DIES AT METHODIST HOSPITAL
Henry H. Behrends, a long-time resident of Limestone township, died Friday evening, Dec. 6th, at the Methodist hospital, at the age of 84 years.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, at the Wilton funeral home in Peoria, conducted by Rev. Albert Heidman, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Behrends was born March 18, 1862, in Limestone township, a son of John and Amelia Obermeier Behrends.
He was marred April 30, 1885, in Peoria, to Reaka Weers.
Mr. Behrends was a farmer, and moved to Glasford after retiring twenty years ago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reaka, Aug. 26, 1932 and two sons Wm. and Henry.
Surviving are two sons, John E. Behrends, Peoria.. and Edward E. Behrends, Limestone township; two daughters, Mrs. Amelia Heuermann, Limestone township, and Mrs. Zena M. Peters of-Oak Hill; sister, Mrs. Yetta Clauson, Glasford; one sister-in-law Mrs. John Weers, Glasford, a brother-in-law, Herman Koopmann of Peoria ; 34 an grandchildren and 31 Great grandchildren. He had been a resident of Peoria County all his life.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 12, 1946


Contributed by Dick Parr
MRS. HARRY BEHRENDS
Mrs. Reka T. Behrends, wife of Henry H. Behrends, passed away at her home in Glasford last Friday evening at 8:30, at the age of 68 years.
The body was taken Sunday to the home of her son, Edward, Limestone township. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Limestone township. Rev. H. Bergstaedt officiating. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.
Mrs. Behrends was born in Germany, the daughter of William and Geske Weers. She was married to Henry H. Behrends April 30, 1885 in Peoria. After many years residence in Limestone township, they bought a house and moved to Glasford two years ago.
Surviving are her husband; two sons, John Behrends, Hanna City and Edward Behrends, Limestone township; two daughters, Mrs. Amelia Heuermann, Peoria, and Mrs. Gesena Peters, Oak Hill; two sisters, Mary Koppman, Peoria, and Anna Weers, Glasford; 28 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 8, 1932


Contributed by Dick Parr
ALFRED H. BEIMFOHR
Alfred H. Beimfohr, prominent Peoria County farmer, and stock it raiser passed away Friday morning, Oct. 18, 1940, at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, following an illness of several months. He was 67 years old.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin, conducted by Rev. R. E. Buford, of the Pekin First Methodist church. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery. Members of the Pekin Masonic lodge conducted the rites at the grave.
The funeral was a very large one, hundreds of friends coming from. Hollis township, where he had lived for a number of years, and from Tazewell county, his former home.
Mr. Beimfohr was born in Pekin, Aug. 26, 1873, the son of Casper H. Beimfohr and Louise Frentrup. He married Olive L. Dougherty in Springfield, Ore., March 8, 1900. Mr., Beimfohr was a member of the Methodist church, Pekin lodge A. F. and A. M. No 26, and Eastern Star.

Surviving are the widow and a daughter, Helen, at home; a brother E. W. Beimfohr, Evanston; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Nierstheimer, Davenport, Iowa, and Miss Ida Beimfohr, Pekin; and one grandchild.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il October 24, 1940


Contributed by Dick Parr
MRS. MARY LOUISE BEIMFOHR
Mrs. Louise Beimfohr passed away at 6:45 Sunday evening at her home, 903 Henrietta st., Pekin, aged 82 years. She had been ailing for more than two years with the infirmities that come with advancing age.
Mrs. Beimfohr was Louise Frentrup, daughter of Henry and Marie, (Duisdieker) Frentrup, and was born at Enger, Prussia, Germany, February 15, 1849. The family came to the United States 78 years ago and her marriage to Casper H. Beimfohr took place in Pekin. He died January 15, 1924. They were the parents of seven children; Mrs. Ella Zipprich, Hollis, now deceased; O. H., New York City; A. H. Mapleton; Ida, Pekin; E. W., Evanston; Mrs. Adolph Nierstheimer, Jr. Pekin township; Clara, Pekin. She also leaves three sisters, Anna Wieburg and Miss Marp Frentrup, Pekin, and Mrs. Otis M. Tomlinson, Munice, Ind.; seven grandchildren and two great-grand­children, Mrs. Beimfohr was a member of Grace M. E.. church and her kindly manner and charitable disposition endeared her to many friends, who will feel her death as a personal loss.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Kuecks funeral home, the Rev. C. F. W. Smith of the Grace Methodist church conducting the service, and interment was in Lakeside cemetery.
The Glasford Gazettte, Glasford, Il. April 2, 1931


Contributed by Dick Parr
Father Dies in Peoria
Mrs. Chas. A. Duffield and daughter, Lucile, of St. Petersburg. Fla., were called to Peoria last Thursday by the illness of her father, Wm. A. Berger, who passed away Friday morning.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Cumerford Funeral Home, and interment was in Park View Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Smith, Mrs. A. Scott and Mrs. Thurman Scott of Glasford attended the services.
Mrs. Berger expects to sell her home in Peoria and go to Florida to live.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 22, 1926


Contributed by Dick Parr

FRANK E. BIRD
Frank E. Bird, agent for the M. & St. L. Ry., at Trivoli for many years, and a highly respected citizen of this village, passed away at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, Sunday, October 31, 1937.
he had been in poor health of some time and kept growing weaker and it was just this past week that he gave up and was bedfast. Mr. Bird was rushed to the hospital but lived a short while after reaching there.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Texas M. E. Church, north of Trivoli; conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. F. Hunter. Two appropriate selections were sung by Mrs. Will Harding and Mrs. John Moody, accompanied by Miss Mildred Greenfield.
Interment was in the adjoining cemetery, where officers of the Masonic lodge of Abingdon, of which the deceased was a member, conducted their burial service.
Frank E. Bird was born in Clarkville, Ohio, June 12, 1861, the second child of J. H. and Amanda T. Bird and passed away October 31, 1937 at 1:55 at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria, at the age of 76. On December 12, 1907 he was united in marriage to Roania Bagg Harding who preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother C. E. Bird of Lincoln, Nebr., three step-children, Mrs. Geo. Pattee, of Pocahontas, Iowa, Mrs. Nellie Groninger and Frank Harding, both of California, also several nieces and nephews.
In 1866 he moved with his parents to Illinois and settled on a farm near Hermon. In 1868 he moved to Abingdon where he resided until 1903 when he moved to Trivoli where he made his home until his death.
Mr. Bird was employed by the M. & St. L. Ry., for many years and for several years has been on their retired list.
He was clerk of the Trivoli Camp of Modern Woodmen for many years. He had also been a correspondent for 25 or 30 years, and never missed an issue except on account of illness.
Mr. Bird was a member of the Texas M. E. Church and also of the Masonic Order.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 4, 1937


Contributed by Dick Parr
MRS. F. E. BIRD
Mrs. Roania Bird, wife of F. E. Bird, Trivoli correspondent of The Index, passed away at her home in Trivoli, Saturday, February 15, 1936 at 9. p.m.
.
Her husband, daughter, Mrs. O. M. Groninger, of Arcadia, Calif., and son, F. R. Harding, of Pomona, Calif., were at her bedside when she passed away. Mrs. Bird was born Dec. 19, 1856, in Richwoods Township, moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Bagg, to Elmwood Township, where she lived until her marriage to Mr. R. G. Harding. They moved to Trivoli, where she has since lived. She was married to Mr. F. E. Bird, Dec. 12. 1906, who survives her. She also leaves two daughters and one son by her former marriage: Mrs. Rose Pattee of Pocahontas, Iowa, Mrs. Nellie Groninger, Arcadia, Calif., F. R. Harding, Pomona, Calif., two sisters, Mrs. Rosina Holt of Eden, Mrs. Belle Caton, Pasadena, Calif., and one brother, C. O. Bagg of Trivoli; also four grand children, two great grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces, besides a host of friends and neighbors to mourn her passing.
The funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, with short services: at the home, and regular services at the Texas Church, where she held her membership for over 77 years. She was an active member of the Texas Ladies Aid, the Trivoli, Royal Neighbors, and the Farmington Eastern Star, which had charge of the service at the church. Rev. Wade Smith was the officiating minister and preached the funeral sermon. The singing was by Mesdames Wm. Harding and Nellie Moody. The pall bearers were nephews of Mrs. Bird: Clarence Ramshaw, Glen Bagg, Orville Moody, Jud Harding, L. Y. Bird and Charles Holt. Interment was in Texas Cemetery.
Relatives from out of town attending the funeral of Mrs. Bird were Miss Lavona Bird of Chicago, Annabelle, L. Y. Bird of Abingdon, Gerald Huffman, Mrs. May Turvill, Clare Bagg and Charles Holt of Peoria.
The Glasford Gazettte, Glasford, Il. February 20, 1936


Contributed by Dick Parr
CHARLES A. BITNER
Charles Bitner, well known farmer living about two miles west of Lancaster, passed away early Christmas morning, after a short illness of pneumonia. He suffered a slight stroke some time ago, followed by a heavier one just recently, which was followed by pneumonia.
 Funeral services were held at the home. Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev, L. C. Meller of Glasford. Interment was in the Lancaster Cemetery. A large crowd gathered to pay their last respects to a respected neighbor.
Charles Alonso Bitner was born June the 22, 1869 in Timber township and departed this life December 25, 1926, aged 57 years, 6 months and 3 days.

He was united in marriage to Mary Dorothy Brown, June 24, 1892. To this union was born 10 children, 2 of whom preceded him in death, Lottie May and Anna Marie. He Leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Mary Dorothy Bitner and the following children: Mrs. Nora Davis and Mrs. Lydia Clauson of Glasford, Mrs., Della Lightbody of Peoria, Glen, Orlo, Russell, Archie and Dolph at home, six grand children, two brothers, Allen Bitner of Glasford and David Bitner, Peoria, one sister, Mrs. Orline Thompson of Canton and a host of relatives and friends.
He was beloved by all who knew him, a faithful husband, a most devoted father, and a neighbor long to be remembered, who will be sadly missed in the community where he had spent all of his life.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 30, 1926


Contributed by Dick Parr
CLARENCE BITNER
Clarence Bitner was born in Timber Township, Aug. 11, 1891. Died Sept. 13th at 10:15 a. m. Aged 26 years, 1 month and 2days.
His parents, Allen and Mary Bitner reside on their farm near Glasford, where Clarence remained at home most of the time helping his father, until about two years ago when he moved to Glasford.
In 1914 he was united in marriage to Miss Della Blanche Tindall. To them was born one son, Neal Bruce, who is about seventeen months of age.
Clarence was a very industrious boy, and his one delight in life was to get a home of his own, to which end he had already his house built, and the same just being newly furnished the day he was taken sick. It seemed as though he built his house to die in rather than to live in.
Clarence was becoming a renowned thresher, having helped his father with the machine from boyhood, and after growing to manhood became a partner with his brothers in the firm known as Bitner Bros. His last labor was done upon the threshing field where he so loved to work.
During the winter months he worked for Newsam Bros. as fireman.
Aug. 26 he was stricken to his bed with typhoid fever. The fever had a death grip on him from the very beginning, but Clarence bore all his suffering with patience, never giving up even when death overtook him.
He leaves to mourn his untimely death; his wife Della; little son, Neal Bruce; parents, Allen and Mary Bitner; brothers, Earl of Glasford and Herschel of Kingston Mines; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
The deceased was a member of "The n Independent Order of Odd Fellows," "United Mine Workers of America," and "The Northwestern Mutual Life lnsurance Co."
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at his new home, Rev. Harry Blout, a former pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. The I. O. O. F had charge of the services at the Lancaster cemetery, where the interment was held.
A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom has recalled
The boon his love had given.
And through the body slumbers there
 The soul is safe in heaven.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 20, 1917


Contributed by Dick Parr

FUNERAL RITES FOR DOLPH BITNER
At 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church in Kingston Mines, funeral services conducted by the Rev. John Schlenker, were held for Dolph Bitner 22 years old who passed away at the home of his brother Archie following an illness of two years.
The body was removed to the Howard Mortuary, and later was taken back to the home of Archie Bitner, Kingston Mines.
Born on a farm in Orion Township, Fulton County, on March 1, 1918, as the son of the late Charles and Dorothy (Brown) Bitner.
He is survived by two sisters and four brothers: Mrs. Nora Davis of Glasford; Mrs. Frank Clauson of Trivoli; Glen of Canton, and Arlo, Russell and Archie of Kingston Mines.
Miss Opal Williams, John and Sam Kingsley sang at the services, accompanied by Mrs. Marshall Williams.
The pallbearers were James Hancock, Charles Hancock, Thos. Fletcher, Art Hootman, Richard Hedge and Pat McCune.
Burial was in Lancaster cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 25, 1940


Contributed by Dick Parr
FRANK BITNER
Frank Bitner, son of Daniel and Catherine Bitner, was born in Peoria, July 5, 1893, and died Feb. 23, 1921, at Grand Island, Nebr., of acute scarlet fever, aged 28 years, 7 months, 18 days, He was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Berry of Broken Bow, Nebr., in November, 1916.
The deceased leaves besides his wife, two children, Roscoe and Leona, aged 3 and 1 years; six brothers, John and Daniel, Jr., of Colorado; Hiram, Lemon, William and Elmer, of Glasford; one sister, Mrs. Sophia Rosbottom, of Vero, Florida. The father, mother and one sister, Nellie, are deceased.
The news of his death came as a shock to his relatives here, being ill only five days. On account of the contagious disease no one except the wife and children were allowed to attend the funeral making it unusually sad.
The wife and children will be under quarantine for twenty-one days.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 3, 1921


Contributed by Dick Parr
HIRAM BITNER
Hiram Bitner of Glasford, familiarly known to everyone in this community as "Hike," passed away at Peoria, Tuesday, November 13, 1934, at 5 :50 p.m., after an illness of two weeks, caused by a paralytic stroke. He was 61 years old. 1
Mr. Bitner was a son of Daniel and Katherine Bitner, and was born near Glasford, in 1872. He was united in marriage to Mary Murphy, who preceded him in death 32 years ago.
He is survived by one son, Roy, of Portland, Ore., five brothers, John, of Denver, Colo., Dan, Boise, Idaho, Lem, Elmer and William, of Glasford, and one sister. Mrs. Sophia Rosbottom, of Florida.
His parents and one brother, Frank, and one sister, Nellie, preceded him in death.
The body was brought to the Wilkey mortuary in Glasford, and funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at the Kingston Mines M. E. Church, conducted by. Dr. A. M. Stocking, of Glasford. Interment will be in Kingston Mines Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 15, 1934


Contributed by Dick Parr
Lottie Kay Bitner
Oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bitner, died at her home near White Chapel, Saturday Aug. 29, 1908.
She was born Nov. 26, 1893 and at the time of her death was 14 years, 9 months, 3 days old. She had been in failing health for some time but her condition was not considered immediately serious until it developed into quick consumption.
Last March she received a bad wound on her foot from a gate fall­ng on it. This wound never healed and it seemed to poison her entire system and at last developed quick consumption which ended the young life after entense suffering.
It is sad indeed to see one so young and fair just entering into womanhood called away and her parents and three sisters and one brother have the sympathy of their many friends and acquaintances.
Funeral services were held at the house, Monday, Aug. 31, conducted by Rev. F. W. Engle.
Interment was at Lancaster cemetery. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 3, 1908


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MRS. MARTHA BITNER
Martha Colvin, daughter of James and Emily Colvin was born April 13, 1867, near Glasford in Timber town­ship, Peoria County, Illinois, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lee Sandall near Maquon, Ill., on November 24, 1930, at the age of 63 years, 7 months and 12 days.
She was a member of a family of ten children, Lewis, Will, and Ella having preceeded in death.
She grew to womanhood in the com­munity where she was born, and received her education in the common schools of that vicinity. After the death of her father in her early youth, she went to live with her grandparents. From their home she was married to Samuel Bitner of Glasford on August 2, 1882.
To this union were born eight children, all of whom survive, except a baby girl who passed away in infancy, and Philbert whose life was suddenly taken in Washington, D. C., just two years ago today.

Mr. and Mrs. Bitner have always lived in this section of Illinois with the exception of 13 years spent in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Her husband's health failed four years ago, and they had to give up their home but she has carried on as a practical nurse and housekeeper. Her spirit of motherhood, her sweet dis­position, her smiling friendliness, and her strength of character have won for her a large place in the hearts of all those whose lives she has touched.
For the past two years she has kept the home of Charles VanArsdale, and there and in the whole community she made a distinct place for herself; and it was there that she was stricken while in the line of duty and her passing came three weeks later. Through the last days she has been a patient sufferer, radiating the same spirit of strength that has marked her through the years.
“The greatest battles that ever were fought
Shall I telI you how and when
On the maps of the world you will find them not
They were fought by the mothers of men.”
She leaves to mourn her passing, her sorrowing husband and children; Chas. and Mrs. Blanche McAlister of Tri­voli, Everet of Peoria, Howard, of California, Mrs. Mabel Sandall of Maquon and Ray of Eden, and twenty eight grandchildren. Her brothers and sisters, Isaac of Glasford; Philbert of Farmington, Sam of Arkansas, Hannah of Peoria, Mrs. Eva Haynes of Farm­ington, Mrs. Bonnie Harrington of Michigan and Roy Bohannan of Arkansas. Besides a host of relatives and friends.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 4, 1930


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Death Results from Heart Failure While the Husband is Away from Home
Mrs. Allen Bitner was found dead in bed Monday when Mr. Bitner returned home from Peoria about 4.00,p.m. Her sudden death has been a great shock to her relatives and many friends.
Mrs. Bitner has been in poor health for some time suffering with heart trouble. Sunday she was better and spent the day with her son, Earl, and family.
Mr. Bitner, who is a farmer living northwest of Glasford, also does truck hauling for other farmers. Monday he had a load of stock to haul to Peoria. He got up about 4:00 a.m. and prepared to start to town. Mrs. Bitner said she was feeling better, and told Mr. Bitner to leave the milk cows in the barn lot and she would milk when she got up.
Mr. Bitner was detained by other matters and did not get home until about 4:00 p. m. When he drove up he saw the cows in the barn lot and supposed Mrs. Bitner had got them up for the evening milking.
Chas. Bitner was waiting to see Allen, and said there was no one at home. Mr. Bitner began to be alarmed then, and finding the doors all locked, broke in one, to find his wife cold in death.
Mrs. Bitner was lying in bed just as he had left her, and had passed away without a struggle, evidently early in the morning.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church this morning, Thursday, at 11:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. W. Ackerman. The Rebekah lodge, of which the deceased was a prominent member held their burial service at the church, on account of the inclement weather.
Interment was in Lancaster cemetery.
Mrs. Bitner was Mary Shultz, daughter of Harmon and Jennie (Wolgamot) Shultz and was born in Ohio September 27, 1867. They were the parents of three sons, one dying some years ago, and Earl and Hershel surviving, She also leaves her aged father, Harmon Shultz, of Glasford, one sister, Mrs. Edward Bandy.of Glasford, and three brothers, Frank Shultz, of Missouri; Walter, of Murray, Iowa, and Bert, of Creston, Iowa.
Mrs. Bitner was a member of the Royal Neighbors. Rebekahs and Women's Relief Corps, and was highly esteemed in the community.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 18, 1923


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MRS. MARY DOROTHY BITNER
Mary Dorothy Bitner, widow of Charles Bitner, who suffered a paralytic stroke from which she never gained consciousness, passed away Saturday, August 12, 1939, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Clauson. Her age was 69 years, 3 months and 21 days.
Mrs. Bitner, the daughter of Martin and Margaret Brown, was born in the state of Ohio, on April 21, 1870. On June 24, 1892 she was united in marriage to Charles L. Bitner, who preceded her in death.
To this union were born ten children, three of whom preceded her in death, Lottie Bitner, Anna Marie Bitner and Della Lightbody.
She leaves to mourn her departure the following children: Mrs. Gerald Davis of Glasford, Mrs. Frank Clauson of Trivoli, Glen of Canton, and Orlo, Russell, Archie and Dolph of Kingston Mines; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Shryock of Glasford and Mrs. John Miller of Oskaloosa, Iowa; two brothers, George Brown of Lewistown, and Joseph Brown of Fremont, Iowa; fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild; and a host of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Bitner was a good woman, and a lovely neighbor. In days before roads were graveled or paved doctors would often arrive to their patients only to find Mother Bitner cuddling a sweet new-born babe that came into this world through her brave efforts. Many young men and women are living today because of her kindly acts which assisted in their arrival.
Services for Mrs. Bitner were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at her home in Kingston Mines and at 2:30 at the Glasford Baptist church. Mrs. Ray Blessing and Miss Hermeoni Peters, accompanied by Mrs. Lois Baker, sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "The Old Rugged Cross." Rev. Schlenker officiated. The text used I Corinthians, 15th chapter, _________________________.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 17, 1939


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EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD GLASFORD YOUTH DIES
AT PEORIA HOSPITAL (Death Notice)
Merle Bitner, only son of Mr. and. Mrs. Elmer Bitner, passed away at 3:42 this morning (Thursday) at the Methodist hospital in Peoria. He was 18 years old.
Merle was taken to the hospital Tuesday, suffering with symptoms of appendicitis. He grew suddenly worse last night and passed away this morning.
He is survived by his parents, one sister, Mrs. Marie DeTrempe, also his grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca Lightbody.
The body was brought to the Howard mortuary, this morning, and will he taken to the farm home, east of. Glasford. Friday forenoon.
Funeral services will he held Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock, at the Glasford Baptist church. Interment will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family in their bereavement over the untimely death of their son and brother.
Mr. Bitner has been quite ill recently.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il May 5, 1938

MERLE RAYMOND BITNER (Obituary)
Funeral services for Merle Bitner, who passed away Thursday May 5, 1938, at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, were held Sunday afternoon at the Glasford Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller of Sparland, a former pastor of this church. He was assisted by Rev. John Schlenker, the present pastor.
Two selections were sung by Mrs. Mabel McElhaney and Miss Hermeoni Peters, accompanied by Mrs. Lois Baker.
The service was attended by a large crowd of friends and neighbors, and the floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful. The flower girls were: Ilene Bateman, Mae Dringenberg, Etta Tift, and Opal Davis.
Interment was in Maple Ridge Cem­etery in charge of Undertaker Howard.
The pall bearers were Ralph Johns, Billy Sprague, Keith Reimer, Dale Clark, Walter Beecham, Jr., John Peters, Jr., Francis Haney, and Rus­sell Hinderliter,
Merle Raymond Bitner, son of Elmer and Mina Lighthody Bitner, was born Nov, 16, 1919, at Kingston Mines. He has spent all his life in this community, and worked with his father. on the farm, and in the coal mine part of the time.
He is survived by his parents and one sister Mrs. Lavern DeTrempe, his grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca Lighthody, a large number of other relatives, and a host of friends among the young folks.
The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the entire community.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il May 12, 1938


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SAMUEL S. BITNER
Samuel Sylvester Bitner, son of Samuel and Mary Wolgamott Bitner, was born March 4, 1863 near Glasford in Timber Township, Peoria County, Illinois, and departed this life at Tri­vo1i, Ill., on April 10, 1931 at me age of 68 years, 1 month and 6 days.
He was the youngest of four sons, all deceased. His father was killed in the Civil War, in the battle of Kenesaw Mt. After the death of his father he went to live with his grandparents, after whose death he spent several years in the Soldiers Orphan home at Normal. Ill.
He was married to Martha Colvin on August 2, 1883. She having preceded him in death some five months ago.
To this union were born eight children all of whom survive, except a baby girl who passed away in infancy, and Philbert whose life was suddenly taken in Washington, D. C., some two years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Bitner have always lived in this section of Illinois with the exception of 13 years spent in Pittsburg, Kansas.
He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of the Farmington Camp.
He leaves to mourn his passing the following children, Charles F. of Tri­voli, Emmet of Peoria, Howard of California, Mrs. Blanche McAlister of Trivoli, Mrs. Mabel Sandall of Maquon, and Ray of Middle Grove, also 27 great grandchildren, besides a host of rel­atives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Smithville Presby­terian church, and interment in Smith­ville Cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il April 16, 1931


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SYLVIA BITNER
Sylvia Irene Bitner as born in Kickapoo township, Peoria County, May 29, 1910, departed this life, Nov. 16, 1931, aged 21 years, 5 months and 20 days, at the home of her father in Trivoli. She was the third child of C. F. Bitner and Nora Cox Bitner. Her mother preceding her in death several years.
She leaves to mourn her death, her father, step mother, nine brothers and two sisters and grandmother, Mrs. Martha Cox of Farmington and host of relatives and friends.
Her early life was spent in Hanna City, Ill. She was held in high esteem by the pupils of Hanna City school and previous to her fatal illness was a regular attendant at the M. E. Church.
Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church in Hanna City by the pastor, Rev. R. A. Reeves, assisted by Mrs. John Wise and Miss Pearl Williams, who sang two beautiful songs, Frank Couch assisted at the piano. A large number of friends and neighbors attended, which shows the high esteem in which she and the family were held.
Interment was at Smithville.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il November 26, 1931


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Obituary
Miss Cora Black was born in Peoria Co., Ill., Sept, 13th, 1853. Died May 13, 1905, being 51 yrs, 8 mo, old. She was educated at the academy of the "Sacred Heart" of Peoria. Being of a pleasant disposition and having a happy greeting for all she secured many friends, She became a Christian and united with the Baptist church when quite young, and was devoted to its work as long as her physical strength lasted. Dr. Simon's of the First Baptist church of Peoria preached the funeral sermon. The text "She hath done what she could" is found in St. Mark 5-8.. This text was used for each of her sisters, Mrs. J. L. Brown of Peoria and Mrs. J. Calder of Ohio.
A strange incident, each service preached at a different place by different preaches, yet all chose the same text. She was patient as only a Christian could be during her last illness which lasted six months. She leaves to mourn her loss her father, G. R. Black: three brothers, Chas. F., Judson H. and Lincoln J. and many friends.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 18, 1905


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G. R. Black, Noted Old Settler, Dead in Ninety-eighth Year
Gain Robinson Black, aged nearly 98 years, a resident of Hollis township for about 77 years, and perhaps the oldest man in Peoria county died Friday morning at 2:45 o'clock at his home, death being due to general decline incident to old age. He was taken ill about four weeks ago and since then was confined to his bed; but up to that time he had been physically active and mentally alert and bade fair to achieve his desire of living to celebrate his 100th birthday anniversary.
His advanced years, however were not his sole claim to distinction. His life was an active and useful one and he left his impress, upon his township as well as other parts of the county. His active years were given over largely to building and joining and general carpenter work, but for the greater part of his residence in Illinois he was also engaged in farming and stock raising., He also served his community in public life and for 40 years was, justice of the peace. Politically he was. a staunch. Republican. For 16 or 18 years he was a guager in the internal revenue service in Peoria.
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Mr. Black was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, May 23, 1823, and came to Hollis township in 1844. Here he followed the trade of carpentry for twenty years and for many years he was also the partner of T. J. McGrew, Tomas Neill and D. C. Halcomb in the stock business. In his building activities he was for a time closely associated with the late John Procter of Peoria and they worked together in the development of this neighborhood when Peoria was little more than a scattered collection of primitive buildings. In 1859 he purchased 230 acres in Hollis township, which he developed into one of the finest and best equipped properties in the county.
On Jan. 25, 1849, he was married to Susan Matilda Powell, whose death occurred Jan. 17, 1892. Seven children were born to this union, of whom the following three survive: Charles F. Black, Peoria; Judson H. Black, Hollis township; Lincoln J. Black, Bell Center, Ohio. One son and three daughters preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Maple Ridge Baptist church, of which he had been a member nearly 70 years, and interment was in the Maple Ridge cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joseph C. Hazen of the First Baptist church, Peoria.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 31, 1921


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MRS. CATHERINE BLANDIN
Mrs. Catherine Blandin, widow of Franklin A. Blandin, 86 years old, a resident of Peoria county for more than 70 years, died at the home of her daughter. Mrs. John Turbett in Hanna City Wednesday morning, February 3, 1932. Mrs. Blandin went to her daughter's home from her home in Harker's Corners, Tuesday.
She was born in Newcomerstown, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Fuller, and came to Peoria county 76 years ago. She married Franklin A. Blandin, January 26, 1871, who preceded her in death in 1926.
She is a very well known resident of the county and was held in the highest esteem by all her friends.
Surviving her are the following children: Charles, Peoria; George A., of Mapleton; Mrs. John Turbett, Hanna City; and Miss Sabra Blandin, Harkers Corners, with whom she lived.
Funeral services will be held Friday from the house at 2 o'clock with Rev. A. C. Lillie of Glasford officiating. Burial will be in the Harkers Corners Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 4, 1932


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CHAS. W. BLANDIN
Charles W. Blandin, 63 years old, lifelong resident of Peoria county and former resident of Harkers Corners, died at his home, 115 South University St., Peoria, at 3:21 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
He was the son of Frank and Catherine Blandin, and was born at Harkers Corners, February 13, 1872. He was married to Miss Jennie Tapping Oct. 30, 1901.
Besides the widow, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Jordan of St. Louis; two sons, Lester O. and Richard F. Blandin of Peoria; a brother, George Blandin of Harkers Corners, and two sisters, Miss Sabra Blandin of Harkers Corners and Mrs. John Turbett of Hanna City.
Funeral services will be held at the Wilton Mortuary chapel at a time to be announced later.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 21, 1935


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Father of Mrs. G. J. Blandin
Mrs. G. J. Blandin, Harkers Corners received a dispatch on Friday last informing her of the sudden and serious illness of her aged father at Toronto, Canada. She left at five o'clock that evening to be at his bedside but found on reaching her destination that death had preceded her, as her father died Friday afternoon. The funeral took place Sunday P. M. conducted by the Masonic Order and was largely attended. Another sad feature of the trip was an accident which befell Miss Nellie Alger, a favorite niece of Mrs. Blandin's. She is an experienced nurse in one of the large hospitals at New York City and was called home to attend the funeral of her grandfather. Soon after arriving she was taken ill with blood poison in one finger and on Monday morning was taken to the hospital to have her right arm amputated at the shoulder. This is the only hope of saving her life and even that way fail. The relatives here are anxiously awaiting further news.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 24, 1903


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F. A. Blandin
Franklin Alanson Blandin, 89 years old, a respected pioneer resident of Harkers' Corners, died at 12:40 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, after an illness of two weeks, due to the infirmities of old age. He was a son of Alanson and Mary Pratt Blandin and was born at Deerfield, Mass., October 14, 1839. His marriage to Katherine Fuller took place at Glasford in 1871. He leaves his widow and six children, Charles W. Blandin, Peoria ; George W. Blandin, Mapleton; Ruth Turbett, Hanna City: Sabra Blandin, Mapleton; Maude Blandin, Mapleton. and Grace McDonald, Glasford.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller of Glasford.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 23, 1926

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FRANKLIN A. BLANDIN
Franklin Alanson Blandin, son of Alanson and Sarah Pratt Blandin, was born October 14, 1839, in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
He came: with his parents to Illinois when about 16 years old and resided in Peoria County until the time of his death October 22, 1926.
He was married to Catherine Fuller January 26, 1871. To this union eight children were born, two of whom preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and six children. ,Charles W., Peoria, George A., Mapleton, Ruth Turbett Hanna City, Grace McDonald, Peoria and Sabra Blandin in Mapleton, also ten grand children and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. I. C. Meller of Glasford. Interment was in the Harkers Corners Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 30, 1926


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GEORGE A. BLANDIN
Funeral services for George A. Blandin, well known farmer of Harkers Corners, who died suddenly March 23, 1942, were held Saturday afternoon at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin. Rev. William Arms officiated. Ross Anderson was the soloist.
Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery. The pallbearers were Archie McDonald, Russell Cowser, Earl Parr, Dan Rice, Ted Allgaier and Clarence Parr.
Mr. Blandin was born Aug. 13, 1873, in the home where he spent all his life. He was a son of Franklin and Catherine Fuller Blandin.
He was married 1903 to Katie B. Polison, at Lincoln. Mrs. Blandin died in 1938.
Mr. Blandin had followed the occupation of farming all his life, and had made many friends in the community where he had lived so many years.
Surviving are three sons, Frank L., Peoria, Clarence A., Mapleton, and Glen, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Verniece Bridgeman, Bartonville; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Tur­bett, Hanna City, and Miss Sabra Blandin, Harkers Corner, and four grandchildren.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 3, 1942


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Blandin
Ralph Blandin was born at Harkers Corners, Jan. 20, 1878, and departed this life Jan.13, 1912, at St. Joseph, Mo. Death was caused by heart failure.
He was a graduate in Pharmacy at Valparaiso, Ind., class of 1903, and has since been engaged in his profession at Logan, Ia., Perkins, Okla. Redlands, Calif., Peoria, Ill., and St. Joseph, Mo.
He united with the Christian church at Perkins, Okla., Jan. 1, 1909.
He was a beloved son and brother, and his genial nature and kind heartedness made many friends wherever he went.
He leaves to mourn his death his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Blandin, four sisters, Misses Sabra and Maud Blandin, Mrs. Ruth Turbett, Mrs. Grace McDonald, and two brothers, Charles and George.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the old home at Harkers Corners. The deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Peoria, which had charge of the funeral services. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Clyde, Misner of Glasford and singing furnished by the Anthem Club. Interment in the Harkens Corners cemetery.
The funeral was largely attended.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 18, 1912


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JOSEPH A. BLEDSOE
Joseph A. Bledsoe was born near Glasford, Ill., Sept. 15, 1868, died at Wisconsin Veterans Home, Wisconsin, January 20, 1937. Aged 68 years. 4 months, and 5 days.
He served in the Spanish American War as sergeant and was discharged on account of gun shot wound in the right foot.
In 1900 he was rural mail carrier from Eden, Ill., serving families in Logan, Rosefield and Elmwood townships. Later was transferred to Hanna City.
In March 1901 he was married to Abbie Calkins. They resided in Peoria county until 1911, when they moved to Missouri, returning to Hanna City in 1915. In.1917 they moved to Rock Island, where he obtained work at the Rock Island Arsenal.
He received a commission as Second Lieutenant in June, 1918. Served until December, 1918, when he was dis­charged.
He returned to Rock Island living there until 1926 when he entered the Soldiers Home at Quincy. In I928 he went to Milwaukee, Wis., from there to, the Wisconsin Veterans Home in June, 1929.
He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, two sons, one daughter, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter, one brother, one sister, several nephews and nieces.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il January 28, 1937


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Mrs. George Blessing
Mrs. Hazel (Snell) Blessing, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Snell,. was born in Hanna City March , 20, 1982 and passed away at the Methodist hospital Sunday, August 18, 1935, at 11:45 o'clock a.m., aged 43 years, 4 months and 25 days.
The early part of her life was lived in Hanna City. On Dec. 7, 1908, she was united in marriage to George Blessing, also of Hanna City, who with their son, Berwyn survive her. For many years the family resided here later moving to Peoria and about a year ago located on a small farm near Trivoli, which was their home at the time of her death. Her sudden passing came as a shock to her survivors and friend's who had good hopes for her recovery, and the sympathy from her associates are extended to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her son Berwyn and wife of Peoria, her mother, Mrs. Wm. Snell, Hanna City, three sisters, Daisy Stenstrom, Carrie Hitchcock and Mary Atkins all of Peoria and one brother, Wm. Snell of Hanna City.
Memorial services were conduct from the Mortuary Chapel in Peoria Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Bischover, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal church officiating.
She was laid to rest in Parkview Cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il August 22, 1935


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JOHN BOHANAN
John Bohanan passed away at his home, west of Glasford. Sunday morn­ing. February 11, 1928, at the age of 81 years and two days.
The remains were brought to the Wilkey Undertaking Parlor in Glasford, and funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller. Interment was at Lancaster cemetery.
John Bohanan was born February 9, 1847. He was married in 1869 to Sarah Ann McCormick. to this union were born nine children, one dying in infancy, and Adrian in 1913.
Surviving are four children. Grant, of Chicago, Mrs. Lenna Lockhart. of Marshalltown, Iowa, and William and Ray of Glasford.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il February 16, 1928


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Mrs. Sarah Bohanan (Death Notice)
Mrs. Sarah Bohanan died at her home near Scovil Corners, Monday evening about 10:30 o'clock, aged 60 years, 5 months and 21 days. She had been an invalid for several years.
Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church in Glasford, Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Hiram Essex. Interment at Lancaster cemetery.
Miss Sarah McCormick was born in Kentucky, July 26, 1855. She was married at Glasford Jan. 2, 1870, to John Bohanan, who with three children, Frank of Chicago, Will and Ray at home survives, also five brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mary Cottrell, Glasford; Mrs. Jos. Ruter, Chicago; Mrs. Martha Snow, Chicago; Emma and Thomas McCormick. Mrs. Bohanan was a member of the Christian Union Church, and highly esteemed by all who knew her.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 20, 1916

Mrs. Sarah Bohanan (Obituary)
Sarah Ann McCormick was born at Back Creek, Ind., 1853, and was united in marriage Jan. 2, 1871, to John Bohanan. Passed away at her home west of Glasford, Monday morning, January 17th, at 10:31 o'clock, after an illness of 14 months.
Mrs. Bohanan was the mother of ten children, of whom the following are living: Eugene William, Jessie Ray, Ulysses Grant, Linnie, whose whereabouts are unknown. Also three grandsons, Boyd, Herold and Merrien Bohanan, and two granddaughters, Toma and Cleo Bohanan, and four sisters and one brother, Thos. McCormick, of Charlesville, In., Mrs. David Cottrell, Glasford, Mrs. Reuter, West Pullman, Mrs. Fergeuson. Spokane, Wash., and Mrs. Snow, Blue Island, Ill., are left to mourn her death.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can he filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon his love had given,
And tho the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 3, 1916


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Young Mother is Called by Death
After lying at death's door for nearly two weeks, and then improving enough to encourage family and friends in the hope of her recovery, Mrs. Lola Bohanan passed away at 1:20 Wednesday morning.
A fine baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bohanan September 14, and is doing well. The death of the young mother has cast a shadow over the whole community.
Mrs. Bohanan was employed at the Glasford Bakery before her death, where she enjoyed a wide acquaintance. She was also prominent in Church and Sunday School work universally liked, and many friends are saddened at her untimely death.
Services in memory of Mrs. Bohanan are being held at the Baptist Church this afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. L. C. Meller.
Interment was in the Kingston Cemetery.
Mrs. Lola Mae Baker Bohanan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Baker, was born at Kingston Mines, December 18, 1917, and died at her home in Glasford, 1:20 a. m,, October 7, 1925, at the age of 18 yrs., 10 mo., and 20 days.
All her life was spent in this community.
At the age of fourteen she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and became a member of the Baptist Church. From that time on she was a conscientious, faithful worker in the church.
December 1924 she was united in marriage to Harold Bohanan, to which union one baby boy was born, Robert M. Bohanan.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, her mother by fifteen years, and her father by twelve years.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and baby, one brother Johnsie and one sister Kate both of Kingston Mines, one grandmother, five uncles, four aunts, several cousins and other relatives and a host of friends.
Her loving memory will be greatly cherished.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 8, 1925


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WILLIAM E. BOHANAN DIES
Wm. E. Bohanan, well known resident of Timber township, passed away Wednesday morning at 7:1,5 at the St. Francis hospital, after a lingering illness of more than three years. He had been in the hospital for five days.
The body was brought to the How­ard mortuary in Glasford, and funeral services will be held Saturday, May 15, at 2 p. m., at the Glasford Baptist Church. Interment will be in Lancaster cemetery.
William Edward Bohanan, son of John and Sarah Bohanan, was born at Kingston Mines, Sept. 16, 1889.
He was united in marriage to Miss Jessie DeFord, Nov. 23, 1927, to which union five children were born.
Most of his life was spent on the home place west of Glasford.
Mr. Bohanan is survived by his wife and the five children, two brothers, Ray of Glasford, Grant of Chicago, also two nieces and three nephews.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 13, 1937


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Mrs. Frank Bohlander
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bohlander, wife of Frank Bohlander, of Pekin, died at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria, March 27. She had been in the hospital, critically ill, for five weeks.
Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pekin, Saturday morning, conducted by Father Healey. Interment in Lakeside cemetery.
Mrs. Bohlander was born in Tazewell county, June 16, 1872. She was married to Frank Bohlander, August 11, 1891. They lived in the Theo. Lightbody tenant house for a time while Mr. Bohlander was employed in the mine at Kingston.
Surviving are her husband and the following children; William and Louis Bohlander, Pekin; Mrs. Louise Bushman, Tremont; Harry, Richard, Minnie, Sarah and Merle Bohlander, all of Pekin, and a brother, William McLaughlin of Peoria, and three grand-children.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. April 4, 1929


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Bomholt
William Bomholt was born in Germany in 1876. After coming to America he was married to Miss Clara Shepard, sister of Wm. Shepard, the blacksmith, on August 14, 1901. A short time ago he had an attack, of appendicitis and on Thursday of last week was operated upon and died the next day from the effects. The funeral was held Sunday and burial took place at Springdale Cemetery.
Deceased was a member of the Workmen's Sick and Death Benefit Fund which order had charge of the funeral. He was a member of the Bartonville Co-operative Coal Co.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 23, 1907


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MARINE HERO BROUGHT
HOME FOR BURIAL

Memorial services for Pvt. Burl C. Bontz, 22, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Bontz, 109 Hatterman Ave., Bartonville, were held Wednesday afternoon, March 3, at 1:00 p. m. at Wilton Chapel. Burial at Maple Ridge cemetery.
The body arrived in Peoria Tuesday morning with a Marine escort. The services were conducted by Rev. Glen C. Rambo, Pastor of Tyng Memorial Church of which Pvt. Bontz was a member. The Military rites were conducted by the Marine Corps Reserve. The pallbearers were all Marine comrades of Pvt. Bontz.
Pvt. Bontz was born June 6, 1921 at Hanna City, the son of Pearl Wheeler and Conrad Bontz. In Jan. 1924, he moved with his parents and sister to Bartonville where he resided until time of his enlistment in the Marines. Pvt. Bontz attended the Bartonville and Oak Grove grade schools and also Manual Training High School where he graduated in 1939. While at Manual, he played the clarinet with the Manual Band.
Pvt. Bontz enlisted in the U. S M. C. Aug. 6. 1942 and was in the Third Division, 12th Marines. He trained at San Diego, Niland, and Oceanside, Cal. Pvt. Bontz trained less than six months, and Jan. 29,1943 was sent to the. South Pacific without ever receiving a furlough. He served in New Zealand, Guadacanal and took part in the invasion of Bougranville as machine gunner, Nov. 1, 1943. Nov 16, 1943 while on duty at night was badly wounded by a 500 lb. bomb which fell only 5 feet from him. Even though badly wounded he was conscious and thought only of others. He pleaded with the medical corpsmen who came to his rescue to. let him lie there until the raid was over lest they be hurt helping him. And after being carried through the jungle and mud to safety, he thanked the corpsman who carried him before allowing the doctor to care for his wounds. His captain and his buddies who told these things to his parents also told of his bravery and courage all the way through. They said his was an important job, but he was always volunteering for over and above duty. Pvt. Bontz was taken to the Guadacanal Naval Hospital, where he passed away Nov. 23, 1943.
The chaplain from the hospital wrote of his special interest in this particular patient, as he said Pvt. Bontz's sincerity of religion was an edifying example to the entire ward. The chaplain later visited the Bontz family.
Surviving are: his parents, an only sister, Mrs. George Polson, a niece, Valorie Jean Polson, and grandmother, Mrs. James Wheeler, all of Hatterman Ave., Bartonville.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 11, 1948


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Conrad Bontz
Conrad Bontz, who was well known by many of the Gazette readers and for many years a resident of Limestone township, passed away at Fort Bayard, New Mexico, on Friday morning, March 24, 1916, where he was taken a month ago to benefit his health; which has been very poorly for several months, and had the utmost skill and care of physicians and nurses, but to no avail.
He was born in Limestone township on February 5th 1867, and was the youngest son of Peter and Mary Bontz. He spent his boyhood days on the old homestead now occupied by his brother Peter, and at the age of eighteen years he began teaching school end taught for number of years, but wishing to better his education he attended college at Valparaiso, Indiana, graduating from there at the age of twenty-five in 1892 with high honors.
In 1892 on Dec. 21st, he was united in marriage with Miss Katie Spengler, daughter of Peter and Catherine Spengler, of Hollis. To this union was born one son Conrad, and two daughters, Mildred and Ethel. Soon after his marriage he departed for California where he has made his home ever since.
He took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in the year 1900. He practiced law for some time and taught night school, becoming engaged in a position of the branch of the war department in San Francisco, which he worked at up till several months of his death, also teaching night school in Palo Alto, where he resided.
Mr. Bontz was very prominent in social and educational affairs and shall be greatly missed. At the time of his death he was 49 years, 1 month and 19 days old. His remains were laid to rest in Palo Alto.
He was an honest and upright citizen and a man of great energy and ambition and public spirit, was a kind and loving father and husband, and held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a firm believer in the uplift of the church and in all events he was a true Christian and his presence will be greatly missed.
Besides his sorrowing family, he is survived by his three brothers, W. P. Bontz, of Logan, Peter Bontz of Limestone and L. E. Bontz of Sacramento, California, two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Look of Limestone, and Mrs. Mary Neumiller of Peoria.
It is hard to part with one so loved, but hope offers a sweet consolation that eternal rest and the angel's home,
The deepest sympathy of a host of friends is extended to the bereaved wife and children.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il April 13, 1916


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Eleanor Bontz
BARTONVILLE -- Eleanor G. Bontz, 90, of rural Bartonville died at 6:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at Pekin Manor in Pekin.
Born Nov. 5, 1906, near Glasford to John and Anna Peters Clinebell, she married Louis E. Bontz on Sept. 4, 1926, in St. Louis. He died June 30, 1923, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are two sons, Clayton and Leland, both of Bartonville; one daughter, Mrs. Gail E. (Sandra) Ford of Bar­tonville; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and one brother, Glenn L. Clinebell of Mahomet.
She taught school and farmed near Bartonville with her husband. She was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau for 50 years.
She attended Bradley Uni­versity and graduated from Illi­nois State Normal University.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev. Jerry Saw­yer will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight, and 30 minutes before services, both at the mortuary. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Il. November 1996


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MRS. MINNIE BONTZ
Mrs. Minnie Bontz, 80 years old, widow of William P. Bontz,. and a lifelong resident of Peoria County, died at 3:10 p. m. Wednesday, April 9, at her farm home in Logan township, R. R. 1, Glasford, where she had resided for the last 46 years.
Born in Hollis township, Peoria county, Feb. 24, 1867. Mrs. Bontz was a daughter of Peter and Katherine Junker Spangler. She married William Bontz in Hollis township Dec. 23, 1886, and he preceded her in death at the family residence Dec. 11, 1939. She was a member of the Penn Ridge Lutheran church. Mrs. Bontz was a kind loving mother, who provided every necessity and pleasure possible for her family. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary Dec. 23, 1936.
Surviving are six sons. Clarence Bontz, Ervin S. Bontz, Ralph E. Bontz, and Russell W. Bontz, all of R.R. 1, Glasford, Leroy E. Bontz, of Trivoli and Harold K. Bontz. R.R. 1, Peoria, three daughters, Gertrude M. Weber, R. R. 1, Glasford, Mary M. Turbett and Viola E. Tuttle both of Hanna City; five grandchildren, Kenneth Turbett and Merlin Turbett, Eula Mae Parr all of Hanna City, Wilda Weber of Arkansas City, Kans., William Weber of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two great grandchildren, Terry and Ronald Weber of Vicksburg, Miss.; three sisters, Mrs. Lena Helfenstein and Mrs. Tracy Harmmerick both of and Mrs. Elmira Wurster of East Peoria. Two sons, two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 Friday afternoon from the residence and at 2:00 from the Penn Ridge church. The Rev. Ernest Ewald, pastor of the Rager Park Lutheran church of Chicago officiated. Rev. Ewald was formerly pastor of the Penn Ridge church.
Mrs. Elmer Karstetter and Mrs. Robert McClugage accompanied by Mrs. John Wise of Hanna City sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Going Down the Valley, One by One."
Many beautiful sprays, set pieces and baskets of flowers were mute testimony of the love of relatives, friends and neighbors .
The pallbearers were nephews of Mrs. Bontz, Louis and Conrad Bontz, William Helfenstien, Raymond, Chester, Chester and Earl Wurster, burial was in the Penn Ridge cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 24, 1947


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PETER BONTZ (Obituary)
Peter Bontz, son of Peter Bontz and Mary Kauffman Bontz, was born in Limestone township, Peoria County on the 8th day of February 1860.
In early infancy he was baptized and brought up in Lutheran faith, and through their blessed sacrament he was
made a child of God.
On May 23,,1889, he was united in holy matrimony to Susan Spangler, daughter of Peter and Katherine Junker Spangler by Rev. Bess, His wife preceded him in death two years ago, January 12, 1934.
He leaves to mourn his loss five children, Mrs. Myrtle Monroe, Hanna City, Mrs. Katherine Hicks, Miss Evelyn Bontz, Peoria, Conrad Bontz, Bartonville, and Louis Bontz of Mapleton, two brothers, William P. Bontz, Glasford, Lewey Bontz, Oakland, California, one sister, Mrs. Mary Neumiller of Peorea and eleven grandchildren besideds a number of distant relatives, many warm friends remain to mourn his departure.
One sister, Mrs, Margaret Look and one brother, Conrad Bontz preceded him in death.
The deceased lived entire life in Limestone township, farmed the old Bontz homestead until 10 years ago and he and his wife retired to live in Bartonville. After her death two years ago, he went to live with his daughter, Katherine.

He was an honest and upright citizen and a man of great energy and ambition. He was a kind and loving husband and father and held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a man of very a jovial nature, his ambition was to bring happiness and gladness to others.
On Sunday morning, January 26 he a went to the doctor, to have his blood pressure taken, which has been troubling him for almost two years. He at that time ask the doctor to examine his arm and tell him what those two red spots were that hurt him. The doctor said it was nothing serious. It kept getting worse and on Sunday nite the doctor was called but did not pronounce it blood poisoing until Monday, which later developed into streptococic infection.
On Thursday noon 12:25 he passed away into the Great Beyond.
His exact age was 75 years, 11 months and 22 days.
May he rest in peace.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 o'clock Saturday morning. from the Wilton Mortuary Chapel: Rev. F. Alvin Parks, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church officiated.
Mr. Luthy of Peoria sang two beautiful hymns "Old Rugged Cross" and "Nearer, My God to Thee."
There was a beautiful floral tribute and the large attendance at the service gave evidence of the deep sympathy and respect in the great loss of the family.
The pallbearers were nephews of Mr.Bontz: Clarence and Leroy Bontz; Raymond and Earl Wurster, Henry Look and William Helfenstein.
Burial in Springdale Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 20, 1936


PETER BONTZ (Obituary)
Peter Bontz, aged 75 years, former Limestone township farmer, died last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Hicks, 720 Ravine Ave., Peoria. Mr. Bontz' death was the result of a streptococcic infection, which developed after he scratched his arm last week, it was determined after an investigation by Coroner William B. Elliott.
The son of Peter and Mary Bontz, he was born February 8, 1860, in Limestone township, and had lived in Peoria county his entire lifetime. His marriage took place May 23, 1889, to Miss Susan Spangler, who died Jan. 12, 1934, in Bartonville. He had operated a farm in Limestone township until two years ago, when he went to Peoria to live with his daughter.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ira F. Monroe, Hanna City, and Mrs. Hicks and Miss Evelyn S. Bontz, Peoria; two sons, Conrad P. Bontz, Bartonville and Louis C. Bontz, Mapleton; two brothers, William P. Bontz, Trivoli, and Lewey E. Bontz, Oakland, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Neumiller, Peoria and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Wilton funeral home, conducted by Rev. F. Alvin Park of the Bethel Lutheran Church of Bartonville. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Date Unknown


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RUSSELL BONTZ (Death Notice)
Russell Bontz, 43, well known Glasford farmer who has been in St. Francis hospital since March 23, died there Monday morning April 3.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Penn Ridge Lutheran Church, of which he was a member.
Burial was in the Church cemetery.
Son of W. P. and Minnie Spangler Bontz, he was born in Logan township, living all his life in this community, following the occupation of farming.
Surviving are three sisters Mrs. Gertrude M. Weber, Glasford; Mrs. Mary Turbett and Mrs. Viola Turbett, both of Hanna City; five brothers, Clarence, Ervin and Ralph Bontz, all of Glasford; Leroy Bontz, Trivoli and Harold Bontz, Peoria; seven nephews and four nieces. Two brothers, Earl and Walter, are dead.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 6, 1950


RUSSELL W. BONTZ (Obituary)
Russell William Bontz, son of Wm. and Minnie Spangler Bontz died at the St. Francis hospital Monday, April 3 at 12:10 a. m. after a lingering illness.
He was born in Logan Township, Peoria County Jan. 18, 1907 and spent his entire life on the farm which was his home at the time of his death. For twenty years he engaged in farming, retiring last summer on account of illness. He was a graduate of Trivoli High School and never married. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith.
He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Weber, who cared for him in most of his illness, Mrs. Mary Turbett and Mrs. Viola Turbett both of Hanna City, five brothers, Clarence, Ervin and Ralph Bontz of Glasford, LeRoy of Trivoli and Harold of Peoria. Two brothers Earl and Walter preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at Penn Ridge church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Rippy of Hanna City and Wiltons had charge of the casket. Mrs. Adella Beven and Don Parr sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "The Old Rugged Cross" with Mrs. Parr at the piano. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Pall bearers were Raymond and d Chester Wurster, William Helfenstein, Louis Bontz, Henry Look and Harry Neumiller.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 13, 1950


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SUSAN SPANGLER BONTZ
Susan Spangler Bontz, daughter of Peter Spangler and Kathryn Junker Spangler, was born in Hollis township Peoria county on the 26th day of June 1868. In early infancy she was baptized in the name of the triune God by the Reverend Lipp of Pekin, Illinois, and through this blessed sacrament she was made a child of God and an heir to His heavenly kingdom. On May 23rd, 1889, she was united in holy matrimony to Peter Bontz, by Rev. Bess and this union was blessed with five children who survive their mother, they are: Mrs. Myrtle Monroe of Hanna City, Conrad, Lewis, Mrs. Charles Hicks and Evelyn, all of Bartonville. Eleven grand children also mourn her loss. She leaves to mourn five sisters, they are: Mrs. Minnie Bontz of Glasford, Mrs. Katie Bontz, of San Francisco, California, Mrs. Lena Helfenstein and Mrs. Tracy Hammerich of Pekin, and Mrs. Elmira Wurster of East Peoria, and one brother, Peter Spangler of Los Angeles, California. Besides a number of distant relatives, many warm friends remain to mourn her departure.
The deceased lived the greater part of her life in Limestone township, and a number of years ago she and her husband retired to live in Bartonville. For many years she was in poor health. She received the tender and loving care of those in her home, and the best medical aid possible, but no noteworthy gain in health could be made. She bore her suffering and burdens with heroic patience. On Friday morning, 4:15 o'clock, January 12, 1934 she passed on into the Great Beyond. Her exact age was 67 years, 6 months, and 14 days.
May she rest in peace.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 o'clock Monday morning from the Wilton Mortuary chapel. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in Wilton Chapel, it showing the esteem in which the deceased was held by many old friends The Rev. B. T. Munns, pastor of Tyng Memorial Church, and the Rev F. Alvin Park, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church, officiated.
Mr. Ewers of Peoria sang two beautiful hymns, "Old Rugged Cross" and "Goodnight-"
Many beautiful sprays and set pieces of carnations and roses, sprays of different lilies, and baskets of same flowers were mute testimony of the love of relatives, friends and neighbors.
The pallbearers were nephews of Mrs. Bontz, Clarence and Leroy Bontz, William Helfenstein, Walter Hammerich, Harry and Raymond Wurster, Burial was in Springdale Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 26, 1934

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MRS. PETER BONTZ
Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Bontz, 65 years old, wife of Peter Bontz, who died Friday, January 12, 1934 at her home in Limestone township, were held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Wilton Mortuary chapel.
The Rev. E. T. Munns, pastor of Tyng Memorial church, and the Rev. F. Alvin Park, pastor of Bethel Lutheran church officiated. Burial was in Springdale cemetery.
Mrs. Bontz was born in Hollis township, June 26, 1868, a daughter of Peter and Catherine Spangler. She married Mr. Bontz May 23, 1889.
Surviving are the husband, three daughters, Evelyn Bontz and Mrs. Charles E. Hicks, Bartonville, and Mrs. Ida Monroe, Hanna, City; two sons, Conrad Bontz, Bartonville, and Louie E. Bontz, Limestone township; a brother, Peter Spangler; five sisters, Mrs. Geo. Wurster, East Peoria; Mrs. Chris. Hammerick and Mrs. Fred Halffenstein, Pekin, Mrs. Katie Bontz, San Francisco, and Mrs. Bontz, Glasford, and 11 grandchildren.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 18, 1934


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Bontz
Little Walter Willis Bontz, son Of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Bontz, was called to his heavenly home Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, at six o' clock, being ill only since Monday morning. He was born April 24, 1940, and was eight years, four months and twenty-nine days old. In infancy he was consecrated to God in holy baptism by Rev. Oepke of the Lutheran church at Lime stone.
His patience, both in health and affliction, was marked. He was a very affectionate child and because of his loving and obedient disposition he was loved by all who knew him.
He leaves a father and mother, five brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss.
After a brief service at the house the funeral was conducted at the Pennsylvania Ridge church Friday afternoon, by Rev. P. J. Tau, pastor. The pall bearers were Arthur Opie, Walter Frank, Clarence and Ray Hurst, Joe Gibbons and Geo. Hammerick,
Lead by his teacher, his schoolmates marched in the church preceding the casket and sang the first hymn. Additional music was furnished by a quartet from the German Lutheran church of Peoria Two hymns were sung at the grove and after the benediction was pronounced, the schoolmates marched around the grave and dropped flowers on the coffin.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 8, 1908


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William P. Bontz (Death Notice)
William P. Bontz , a life-long resident of Peoria County, died at his residence in Trivoli township, Monday morning, Dec. 11, 1939, at 8:45, at the age of 81 years.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at Penn Ridge church, conducted by Rev. Ivan Q. Miller. Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery.
William Bontz, son of Peter and Mary Kauffman Bontz, was born in Limestone township, Oct. 23, 1858. He was married Dec. 23, 1886, to Miss Minnie Spangler, of Hollis township.
Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Weber, and Miss Violet Bontz, Glasford, and Mrs. Mary M. Turbett, Hanna City; six sons, Clarence P., Leroy E., Ervin S., Ralph E., Russell K., all of Glasford, and. Harold K., of Trivoli; one brother, L. E. Bontz, San Francisco, Cal.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Neumiller, of Peoria, and four grandchildren.
Mr. Bontz was a retired farmer, and had served eleven years as road commissioner of Logan township.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 14, 1939

William P. Bontz (Obituary)
Wm. P. Bontz, son of Peter and Mary Kauffman Bontz, was born in Limestone Township, Peoria County, October 23, 1858.
December 23, 1886, he was united in marriage to Minnie M. Spangler, at her home in Hollis Township, to this union 11 children were given.
Mr. Bontz was a kind loving husband, and father who provided every necessity and pleasure possible for his family.
He was an influential citizen and good neighbor. He served as Road Commissioner of Logan Township for 11 years. He served on the School Board for Pennsylvania Ridge School for 22 years when he was succeeded by his son, Ervin, who has now served for 18 years under the advice and supervision of his father.
Mr. Bontz's occupation was farming and while in later years his health did not permit his activity, his counsel and advice was much accepted and appreciated by his sons.
He and his good wife celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary December 23, 1936, when about 150 guests congratulated them in their home.
He was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith and has supported the Penn Ridge church.
He went to his final reward, Monday morning at 8:45, Dec. 11, 1939, having been with us 81 years, 1 month, and 18 days. A unique instance, his mother having passed to her reward Dec. 1I, 1911, just 28 years ago.
He is survived by his loving wife and 9 children: Mrs. Gertrude Weber, Mrs. Beatty Turbett, Clarence, Leroy, Ervin, Ralph, Russell, Harold, and Viola; all residing in Logan Township. Also one brother, L. E. Bontz of San Francisco, California; one sister, Mrs. Mary Neumiller of Peoria, and four grandchildren, and a host of friends. His two sons, Earl and Walter having preceeded him in death.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the residence and at 2:00 o'clock from the Penn Ridge church. The Rev. Ivan O. Miller, pastor of the Redeemer LutheranRidge church, officiated..
Mrs. John Wise and Mrs.Robt. McClugage accompanied by Mrs. Eleanor Parr of Hanna City sang two beautiful hymns, "Old Rugged Cross," and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Also , Mrs. Ivan O. Miller of Aurora sang "In the Garden," a favorite of the deceased.
Many beautiful sprays, set pieces and baskets of flowers were mute testimony of the love of relatives, friends and neighbors. The pallbearers were nephews of Mr. Bontz, Harry Neumiller, Louis and Conrad Bontz, Henry, Frank and Louis Look. Burial was in the Penn Ridge Cemetery.

When I look on the .face of this father so dear
As he lies on his soft downy bed,
Surrounded by flowers and sorrowing friends,
It's only his body that's dead.
When we look at his records, and the work that he did,
All finished and folded away.
There was nothing to do but pass on and receive
The reward for which we all pray.
When we look to Heaven we'll see a new star, for our joys
God gave him that window for age,
He stands watching and waiting with two boys
For us when we're through at the end of the day.
His soul has returned to the Giver of Life,
His body in dust will repose.
___________________.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 21, 1939

 


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Katherine Johnson Schoon
Katherine Alma Schoon, resident of this city, died Tuesday at 6:50, at the home of her son John Schoon, 77 years old. She attended the German Lutheran Church, burial in Glendale. Katherine Alma Johnson Schoon was born 7 sep 1832 in Oestfriesland. She married 12 Jun 1857 to Ada Schoon. They came to this country the same year and located in Washington, Il for 22 years. They moved to Woodford Co., where they resided for 25 years. About 5 years ago they returned to the City of Washington. 9 children were born to this couple. Besides her husband 6 children survive; John Schoon of Washington, Johnson Schoon of Washburn, Edward Schoon of Onarga, George Schoon of Cullom, Mrs. Anna Weisk, Floyd, Ia.; Mrs. Lewis Hussong, Cullom and 26 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
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Father dies at Washington
John Schoon, a retired farmer of Washington, Ill. died at his home Monday afternoon, after a lingering illness of anemia/ He was 70 years old, and had lived in that vicinity nearly all his life.
Mr. Schoon was born in Germany on April 2, 1856, the son of Ada and Katherine Schoon, and came to America with his parents when a boy and settled at Holland’s Grove, near Washington. He has always been a prominent church man and neighbor.
Mr. Schoon is survived by his widow, four daughters; Mrs. Minnie Keil, Chenoa, Mrs. Lulu Robbins, Glasford, Mrs. Addie Tjaden, Mapleton, and Mrs.Clara Owens, Low Point, also three sons, Walter, Edward and Eberhard of Glasford.
Funeral services were held at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Pastor Rev. Buecher, assisted by Rev. Stauffer of Low Point, as an old friend of the family. Singing was by a male quartet. Burial was at Glendale Cemetery.
All the Glasford relatives attended the funeral services, also a number of friends from here.
Mrs. Schoon will be brought to Glasford this evening to spend some time with her children here.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il Aug 19, 1926

 

 


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Hans Schoon
Washington Il., Jan. 19- Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at Habecker funeral home for Hans Schoon who died here Monday from a stroke suffered two days previously.
Dr. L.J. Powell officiated at the services. Burial was in Washburn.
Mr. Schoon was born in this county Oct 6, 1862, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Ed Schoon. His entire life was spent in the vicinity of Washington. He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran church.
He was married Dec 10, 1886, to Miss Elizabeth Harbers who survives with the following children: Mrs. Anna Raines, Shabbona Grove, Il; Mrs. Nora Parson, DeKalb, Il; and Fred Schoon, Roanoke, Il; 14 grand children, one sister Mrs. Anna Hussong, Cullom, Il, and one brother George. In Indiana.
Pekin Daily Times, Pekin, Tazewell County,Il Jan 19, 1939

 

 

 

 

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