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Mrs. Maude (Randle) BENN, 83, lifelong resident of the Pottstown area died 30 Apr 1967 at St. Francis Hospital. She was born at Pottstown 14 Oct 1883, a d/o Joseph and Lydia E. Mitchell Randle, and was married to William Benn in Peoria 22 Apr 1908. He died here in 1913. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Leatha L. Kratzert of LaHabra, Calif., three sisters, Mrs. Florence Coulter of Arcadia, CA, Mrs. Jane Prill of Chicago and Mrs. Cora Clift of Peoria; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Wilton Mortuary.
Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


4 May 1949

Louise (Wolstenholm) BITNER d/o Jacob & Elizabeth Williams Wolstenholm was born in Kickapoo Twp. Peoria, Il 17 July 1892.

She married William E. Bitner 16 July 1927. He died 11 July 1948. Surviving are 3 sons, Russell, Elmer, & Ralph Marsh and 1 daughter Mrs. Gordon ( Betty L. Bitner) Cruise. She died at the home of her sister Alvina Doubet in Hanna City. She is 7 grandchildren.

Four brothers & 2 sisters proceeded her in death. Endsley Mortuary will handle arrangements and burial will be in Pottstown Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


14 July 2003

Betty L. (Bitner) CRUISE, 73, of 18121 W. Farmington Rd, Trivoli, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Farmington Country Manor. Born February 6, 1930 in Peoria,the d/o Emmitt & Louise Wolstenholm Bitner, she married Gordon Cruise. Survivors include 1 son Douglas (Mary) Cruise of Columbia, Mo.,1 daughter Mrs. Dale (Connie) Schultz of Trivoli; and 2 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by 4 brothers & 3 sisters. Burial at Smithville Cemetery rural Hanna City.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


J. Willard COXON, 81, of 220 Sand, Peoria, died 14 Sept 1975 at Belwood Nursing Home. Born in Peoria County 15 Jan 1894, he was a son of James T. and Eliza E. Miller Coxon. He married Argy Newell in Peoria on 16 July 1923 she died here 11 July 1974.

Mr. Coxon was a member of the first graduating class at Manual High School, Peoria.

Surviving are two brother, Glen and Raymond, and one sister, Mrs. Hazel Bornholdt, all of Peoria.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Garnet (Miller) FRENCH, 75 of 1520 S. Faraday died 4 Oct 1988 in Peoria. Born 23 Apr 1913 in Peoria a daughter of James J. and Cora E. Wolstenholm Miller. She married Charles R. “Dick” French 19 Apr 1941 at Kahoka, MO. Surviving are her husband and one daughter Mrs. James (Nancy) Tieman of Apache Junction, AZ; six grandchildren: two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Thelma Storry of Peoria. Her parents, one daughter Shirley, five brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Davison-Fulton Western Chapel, Peoria/Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Charles Richard FRENCH, 75 of 1520 S. Faraday died 27 Feb 1994 at his home. Born 2 May 1918 in Greenback, TN to George F. and Belle Rutledge French. He married Garnet E. Miller in Kahoka, MO. 19 Apr 1941. She preceded him in death 4 Oct 1988 in Peoria. Surviving are 1 daughter Mrs. James (Nancy) Tieman of Apache Jct., AZ; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Raymond (Janette) Parrott of Akron, Ohio. His parents, a daughter Shirley, a granddaughter, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Davison-Fulton Western Chapel, Peoria, Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Jacob HEUERMANN, 84 of 708 Hatterman, Bartonville, IL d) at Parkhill Nursing Home Chillicothe on 24 Apr 1988. b) 17 Mar 1904 in Limestone Twp., Peoria, IL to Claus & Isabelle "Belle" (BURDESS) HEUERMANN he md) Catherine M. FISCHER 1 June 1929 in Peoria. She survives also surviving are 2 sons Arthur of Darian, IL & Kenneth of Bartonville, 1 daughter Mrs. Doris (Robert) GANTS of Chillicothe, 2 sisters Mrs. Bertha (John) SCHWINN of Kirkland, WA, Mrs. Harriett (Robert) Hinterliter Key Largo, FL, 15 grandchildren & 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, 3 sisters, & 1 great grandson. Davis-Fulton/Lutheran Cemetery, Limestone Twp., Peoria, IL

(Taken from the Peoria Journal Star Tues. 4-26-1988 p. D-9)
Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Lucille I.(Miller) KIEFER, 79, of 2010 W. Ann St, Peoria died 9 Apr 1987 at Methodist Medical Center. She was born 18 Apr 1907 in Peoria to James J. and Cora Wolstenholm Miller, she married Robert F. Kiefer 6 July 1929 in Galesburg (Knox), Il. He survives. Also surviving is one daughter Mrs. Carter (Joyce) Clayton of Peoria; two sisters, Thelma Storry and Garnet French both of Peoria. Five brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. Davidson-Fulton Western Chapel/Parkview Cemetery

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Mrs. Minnie (Harken) LOOK, 80 of RR#3, Cameron Lane, d) 4 Mar 1962 at Mahoney Nursing Facility. She was b) in Frethshum, Ost-friesland, Germany 8 Sep 1881, D/O Menen & Octja Meiroth Harken. She md) Evert LOOK in 1897 in Limestone Twp., Peoria, IL. He d) 8 Apr 1932, Peoria, IL. Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Tena Grafelman and Carrie Campen both of Mapleton, six sons, Bonne, Menno, Everett all of Peoria, Warner of the Cameron Lane address, Enno & Heye both of Mapleton. 1 sister Mrs. Rena Johnson of Brimfield, IL, 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Stone Mortuary/St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bartonville, Peoria, IL

(taken from Peoria Journal Star Monday 3-5-1962)
Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Menno E. LOOK, 72 a resident of 2327 W. Barker for 47 yrs. He d) 7 Apr 1973 at St. Francis Hosp. Peoria, IL He was b) 16 May 1900 in Peoria County, S/O Evert & Minnie (Harken) LOOK. He md) Irene Jones 11 Nov 1925 in Peoria County, IL Surviving are 1son, E. Lewis Look of Peoria; 4 brothers, Bonnie & Evert, both of Peoria, Enno & Heye, both of Mapleton; 2 sisters Mrs. Tena Grafelman of Hanna City, Mrs. Carrie Campen of Mapleton, 3 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 brother. Wilton Mortuary/Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria, IL

(Taken from the Peoria Journal Star 8 Apr 1973 p. D-10)
Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Billy Leroy MILLER, 49, of 200 Park, Norwood Park, died at his home 24 Dec 1972. Born in Peoria County 26 Dec 1922, a son of Lester Leroy and Zula Combs Miller, he married Marjorie Burdette in Peoria 30 June 1945. Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. William (Nancy Kay) Modglin of Norwood Park; Mrs. Russell (Debra) Carrington, and Miss Heidi Jean Miller, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Oberheizer of Peoria; Mrs. James (Marilyn) Butts of Hanna City; his stepmother, Mrs. Mary Miller of Peoria; a half brother, Lester Leroy Miller Jr. of Washington; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His father died 13 Nov this year. Three sisters also preceded him in death. Davison Funeral Home/American Mausoleum

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Charles Freeman “Bing“ MILLER 63, of 2423 W. Howett St., died 24 Apr 1968 at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Born in Peoria 24 Feb 1905 the son of James J. and Cora Wolstenholm Miller, he was married to Vonna Wertz in Peoria 23 Apr 1925.

Surviving are his wife, one son Freeman J. Miller of Peoria; four sisters, Mrs. Harry (Hattie) Nicholas, Bushnell; Mrs. Robert (Lucille) Kiefer, , Mrs. Arthur (Thelma) Storry, and Mrs. Charles R. (Garnet) French all of Peoria; one brother, Roy Miller, also of Peoria and four grandchildren. Davison Funeral Home/Parkview Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Lester L. “Roy” MILLER, 73, of 1811 W. Butler, Peoria, died 13 Nov 1972 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born 2 Sept 1899 in Peoria, a son of James J. and Cora Wolstenholm Miller, he married Zula Combs in 1920 in Peoria. She died 26 Aug 1947. He married Mary J. Agatucci 28 April 1948 in Peoria who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Billy Miller of Norwood Park and Leroy Miller of Washington; two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Oberheizer of Peoria and Mrs. James (Marilyn) Butts of Hanna City. And, three stepsons, James Morris of Sunnyland, Anthony D. Morris of Peoria, and George Morris; three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Lucille) Kiefer, Mrs. Arthur (Thelma) Storry and Mrs. Chares R. (Garnet) French all of Peoria; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Wilton Mortuary/Lutheran Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Mary (Agatucci) MILLER, 86, formerly of Peoria died 22 July 2000 at Washington Christian Village. Born 17 Mar 1914 I Peoria to George and Nunzia Demarcco Agatucci, she married James Morris. He died in 1949. She married Lester Leroy Miller in 28 Apr 1948. He died in 1972. Two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are four sons, George Morris of California, Anthony Donald “Tony” Morris of Bloomington, Jim (and Lilly) Morris and Lee (and Marlene) Miller both of East Peoria; 13 grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren: and one brother, Anthony “Ag” Agatucci of East Peoria. Remmert Funeral Home of East :Peoria/St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Peoria.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Vonna R. (Wertz) MILLER, a resident of Belwood Nursing Home since March of this year, died there 25 Aug 1977.\=

She was born 30 Dec 1907 in Peoria to Frank and Margaret Blundell Wertz. She married Charles Freeman Miller 23 Apr 1925 in Peoria, he died 24 April 1968. Surviving are three granddaughters, Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Russo, Moline, Mrs. Roger (Mary K.) Boland, Morrison, and Mrs. Ronald (Gloria) Fletcher, Peoria; one grandson, Thomas Miller, Peoria; one great-grandchild; one sister, Miss Lois Wertz of Peoria. Davison Funeral Home/ Parkview Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Betty (Miller) OBERHEIZER, 70 of Tremont, Il died 15 Jan 2005 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born 20 Feb 1925, in Peoria to Lester L. and Zula Combs Miller, she married Lloyd Oberheizer on 26 Apr 1946 in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Randy (and Brenda) of Tremont; one daughter Sally (and Michael) Hunt of Tremont; one brother: Leroy (and Marlene)Miller of Peoria; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter: she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Davis Mortuary of Tremont/Mount Hope Cemetery, Tremont, Il.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Claire (Smith) MILLER, 74, of 2001 W. Barker died 25 May 1997 at OSF St. Francis, Peoria 25 May 1997. Born 7 April 1923 in Peoria to Raymond J and Ella Mae Spurck Smith, she married Freeman J. Miller 16 Aug 1945 in Peoria. He died 27 Dec 1972 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Richard ad David Miller, two brothers, and one sister. She is survived by one son, Thomas M. of Peoria; three daughters. Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Russo and Mary Kay Heinzel, both of Peoria and Gloria Fletcher of West Peoria; nine grandchildren and four brothers, Paul Smith of Newton, Mass, Gerald Smith of Loveland, Colo., and Edward Smith and Richard Smith both of Peoria. Wright & Salmon/St. Joseph's Cemetery, Peoria

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Miss Mary RANDLE 82, of Pottstown, RR2, Peoria, died at her home at 5 a.m. Sunday 29 March 1964. A lifelong resident, she lived at the current address 59 yrs. She was born13 Feb 1882 in Peoria County to Joseph & Lydia Mitchell Randle. Surviving are four sisters Mrs. Maude G. Benn, with whom she lived, Mrs. Cora Clift of Peoria, Mrs. Florence Coulter of Arcadia, Calif., and Mrs. Jane Prill of Chicago, and one brother, William Randle of Lewistown. Wilton Mortuary/Pottstown Cemetery.

Submitted: Nancy French Crosno


William RANDLE, 72, a retired coal miner and former resident of Pottstown died yesterday (7 Dec 1965) in Lewistown, Fulton, IL. Born 20 June 1890 In Pottstown, a s/o Joseph and Lydia Mitchell Randle, he married Beatrice Turner. She survives, together with two sons, Absolom of Pottstown, and Allis of Alta; one daughter, Mrs. Lydia Laird of Bryant; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Benn of Pottstown, Mrs. Florence Coulter and Mrs. Cora Clift, both of California. Henry Memorial Home of Lewistown.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Mrs. ROSA (Fischer) SINGER, 90 d) 6 Sep 1977 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Joliet, IL. She was b) 14 Jan 1887 in Peoria County to Magnus and Marguerite (Margaret) (HARKEN) FISCHER. Surviving are sons Corky & Fred W. Singer of Joliet, sisters Mrs. Catherine (Jacob) HEUERMANN and Mrs. Anna (Robert) WHITE of Peoria. A brother Otto Fischer also of Peoria and a brother Warren Fischer of Baltimore, MD. 10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert Singer, sons Emery, Albert, & Thomas M. She lived most of her life in Joliet. Haley Funeral Home/St. Patrick's Cemetery, Joliet, Will, IL

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


14 June 1975

Services for Mrs. Mildred (Miles) Waller STEAR, 86 of 2217 W. Herold will be at 1 pm Wed at Wilton’s. The Rev. Henry G. Hein will officiate. Interment will be at Springdale Cemetery. Mrs. Stear died at 9 pm Saturday in Washington Nursing Center where she was admitted June 5. She was born in Doniphan, Mo. Aug 12 1888 d/o Wm & Mary Ann Woolland Miles. She md. Phillip Waller Jan 31 1923 in Peoria. He died March 26, 1949 in Edwards. She then married Mr. Louis E. Stear in Nov 1966 in Peoria. The only children mentioned were Louis’s children.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


30 Nov 1955

Mrs. Lura Amelia (Wallace) STEAR, 62, of 207 Arthur Ave. w/o Louis Stear, died at 1:55 this morning at her home. She had resided there 32 years and in Peoria 61 yrs. Born in McCool, NE Oct 12, 1893. She was a d/o of Charles L. and Anna Alberts Wallace. She married Mr. Stear in Peoria Aug. 9, 1916. Surviving are her husband, a son Eldon Stear, a daughter Mrs. Dorothy Riddle, two sisters Mrs. Minnie Simpson and Miss Gertrude Wallace, a brother Chas. M. Wallace all of Peoria and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Wilton Mortuary with Rev. Robt. E. Austin of Howett St. Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Dr. Albert STEER, 83, of Springfield, IL formerly of Elmwood, IL died 21 Dec 1995 at Doctor's Hospital in Springfield. Born 18 Jan 1912 in Chatsworth to Elon and Maude C. Anderson Steer, he married Inez E. Smith. She preceded him in death. He later married Lucille M. Dodds. She also preceded him in death. Surviving are three sons, James E. of Burlington, Iowa, Donald N. of Arlington, Texas, and Dr. Steven A. of Springfield; one daughter, Mrs. Fredric R. (Ellen J.) Fiersten of Springfield; one brother, Jack A. of Elmwood; and 21 grandchildren. Bisch & Son Funeral Home/Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Arthur STORRY JR. 75, of 2008 W. Ann St. Peoria, died 24 Dec 1979 at Fondulac Nursing Center, East Peoria. Born in Chillicothe 28 Apr 1904, a son of Arthur and Maude Seward Storry Sr. he married Thelma Miller 6 May 1939 in Peoria. His wife survives along with several cousins. Davison-Fulton Peoria Chapel/Parkview Cemetery, Peoria

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Thelma C.(Miller) STORRY, 95, of Peoria passed away at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 at Belwood Nursing Home in Peoria County. She was born May 14, 1911, in Peoria to Joseph and Cora Wolstenholm Miller. She married Arthur B. Storry in 1037 in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1979 in Peoria. Ten brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews also preceded her in death. Thelma is survived by two nieces, Joyce (Carter) Clayton, Nancy French Crosno of Canton; and three nephews, Leroy Miller of Peoria, and Harry J. Nicholas and James L. Ashton, both of Bushnell. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, burial at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


3 Apr 2004

Kenneth L. TURNER s/o George Herbert & Edna Cora Stear Turner was born 5 Feb 1921 in Pottstown. He is survived by 2 brother Arthur (Carol) of Quincy, Wm (Patricia) of Peoria. 1 sister Jeanette (Harold) Mason. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Burial will be at Pottstown Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


19 March 1946

Mrs. Alice Ann (Vicary) WAITE, 86 i618 Kettelle Street, widow of Jacob Waite, a resident of Peoria 82 years, died at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday at her home. She was born Nov 8, 1859 in Darby, Pa., the d/o Henry & Elizabeth Lonsdale Vicary and married Mr. Waite Dec 25, 1877 in Peoria. He died Dec 27, 1904. Mrs. Waite had resided at the Kettelle Street address for47 years. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Redbird Camp No. 200, Royal neighbors of America. Surviving are two sons, Joseph Waite, Decatur, Il, Jacob Waite of Peoria, a daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Hagan, Peoria, two brothers George and William Vicary R.R. No. 2 Peoria: two sisters Mrs. Ella (Ellen-nfc) Wolstenholme also of R.R. No. 2 Peoria, and Mrs. Mary Defenbaugh, Peoria: and six grandchildren. A son, James H. Waite preceded his mother in death. Wilton/Limestone Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Mrs. Ida Wilcox Wolstenholm

8 Dec 1906 (date of death)


Mrs. Charles Wolstenholm, (Ida Wilcox WOLSTENHOLM: this added by NFC) who with her husband lived at Pottstown, was early this morning found dead in the kitchen of the home. The discovery was made by her little daughter who found her lying on the floor dressed in her night gown. Mr. Wolstenholm who is employed at Edwards Station, was absent at the time. The coroner was summoned and this afternoon is holding the inquest. Neighbors of the dead woman are at a loss to account for the death, particularly as there is no indication of the woman having been in bed. From their story it is learned that they were notified by the little child, who when she found her mother thought she was asleep and tried to waked her. Indications were that the dead woman had prepared to go to bed and that some time later had died from effects only the inquest may determine. Mr. Wolstenholm, it is said, owing to the distance from work, came home but seldom, thus leaving his wife and child alone the greater portion of the time. Relatives of the dead woman other than the husband and little daughter (Hazel name added by NFC) are Charles, a grown up son, and Mrs. Steele, of Peoria, a sister.

(Buried at Pottstown Cemetery; info added by NFC)

(Missing in this obit is another son William and daughters Mrs. Joseph (Laura Wolstenholm) Sleeth and Mrs. James J. (Cora Wolstenholm) Miller; info added by NFC)

The Peoria Journal Monday 10 Dec 1906 p. 3

Coroner's Jury Returns Verdict on Death of Mrs. Wolstenholm

Accute palpitation of the heart was the cause of death of Mrs. Ida Wolstenholm, the Pottstown woman who was found dead Saturday morning (8 Dec 1906) by her 3 year old daughter lying in her nightclothes on the floor of her kitchen at her home. An inquest was held at the home yesterday and after hearing the testimony of physicians who examined her body the above verdict was returned.

The Herald Transcript Monday 10 Dec 1906 p. 8

Coroner's Jury Looks Into Cause of Death of Mrs. Wolstenholm

Deputy Corner Elliott went to Pottstown yesterday morning and held an inquest over the remains of Mrs. Ida Wolstenholm who was found dead in her home early Saturday morning. Dr. Ulrich made an examinations of the bed and found that death evidently came from dilation of the heart. After hearing the testimony of the doctor and several of the neighbors the jury returned a verdict of the affect.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno


Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. Emmaline Booth (Death Notice)
Mrs. Emmaline Booth died at her home, four miles west of Glasford, at 11:30 o'clock Monday night following an illness of three weeks. Decedent was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Farmer and was born in Peoria county February 28, 1832. Her marriage was to James Booth and took place in Peoria on October 31, 1876. She is survived by her husband and four children, Nettie Booth, Pearl Booth, Leonard Booth and Eugene Booth. all at home, and one brother, Daniel Farmer, Pekin, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Craig, Glasford.
Memorial services are being held this afternoon (Thursday), at the residence. A memorial oration will be read by Clyde Cowser, the funeral director, of Pekin. Interment will be at Lancaster cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 9, 1922

Mrs. Emaline Booth
Emaline Farmer, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Farmer, was born February 28, 1852, in Peoria County, and departed this life after a lingering illness at her home near Glasford, March 6, 1922.
On October 31, 1876, she was united in marriage to James C. Booth. To this union were born five children. namely, Nettie, Leonard, Eugene and Pearl. One daughter, Bessie, preceded her in death live years ago.
She ]eaves to mourn their loss, besides her husband and four children, five grandchildren, one brother, Daniel Farmer, of Pekin, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Craig, of Glasford.
Memorial services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, and burial was at Lancaster Cemetery.
Mrs. Booth was a kind and loving wife and a devoted mother, and will he sadly missed by her many friends.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 16, 1922

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. E. R. Booth was suddenly called by Death
Mrs. Golda Booth, wife of Eugene Booth, a prominent young farmer living west of Glasford, was, called upon last Thursday to make the oft-repeated sacrifice of a mother for her child. Mrs. Booth died shortly after the birth of a baby girl. The baby is doing nicely.
The circumstances attending the death of the young mother are unusually sad. The physician who had been engaged failed to come, and they could not get another until it was too late to be of any help.
Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the Methodist Church in Glasford, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. J. Ackerman. Interment in Lancaster cemetery.
Golda May Fidler Booth was born June 17, 1891, in Banner township. She grew to womanhood in Banner, Ill. At the age of fourteen she united with the Presbyterian church in which she was en earnest worker.
On August 27, 1910, she was united in marriage to Eugene Booth, who :1 with four children survive: Donald D., aged 12 years; Dale D., aged 10 years; Dorothy Pearl, aged 4 years; and Golda Marie, aged 3 days. She also leaves her aged mother, Mrs. Amanda Fidler, and one sister, Miss Pearl Fidler, of Rutland, Ill.
Mrs. Booth was a good mother and respected by all who knew her. She leaves many friends in this vicinity who mourn her loss, and extend their sympathy to the stricken family.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 25, 1923

Contributed by Dick Parr
James C. Booth, 77, a resident of this vicinity for many years, died at 8 o'clock last Friday evening at the Proctor hospital, Peoria, where he underwent an operation five weeks ago. Mr. Booth was born in Virginia on November 17, 1849, and came to Peoria county when, quite young. He was married to Emeline Farmer at Peoria in October, 1876. She preceded him in death some years ago. They were the parents of seven children, four of whom survive, Miss Nettie, at home; Leonard and Eugene R., who live near Glasford, and Mrs. Glen Vandeventer, Canton. Mr. Booth was one of the sturdy pioneers of this section and up to within a year was actively engaged on his farm, four miles southwest of Glasford. He was highly respected in the community where he had lived so long and his death causes great regret.
Funeral service was held at the home Monday morning, and was largely attended. The service was simple, the sermon that was read at the funeral of his wife five years ago being read as the last rites for the husband, by C. P. Cowser„ the funeral director in charge. Appropriate songs were rendered by Mr. T. C. Brooks, Miss Sophie Riedelbauch and L. B. Williams, accompanied by Miss Bessie Craig.
The interment was in the Lancaster cemetery and the pallbearers were Delmar Hess, Daniel Williams, James Arnold, Lester Robbins, H. E. Fahnestock and John Hess.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 9, 1926

Contributed by Dick Parr

Bruce Borland
A memorial service for Bruce Ethan Borland, 40 at Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Peoria, who died Monday, Oct 25, 1999, was today at First United Methodist Church, 815 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. A local memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hanna City Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Drs. Ed Gray and Gene McAlister will officiate.
He died in a plane crash near Mina, SD.
Born Nov 4, 1958 in Peoria to Kenneth and Esther Borland, he married Kate Blessman on Sept. 10, 1983. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Daniel, Thomas, and Benjamin, all at home, one daughter, Elizabeth Borland at home; his parents of Peoria; four sisters, Linda (and David) Captain of Manito, and Connie (and Robert) Friedrich), Joyce (and Gerald) Easley and Becky (and Douglas) Klaus, all of Hanna City; one brother Mark (and Deb) of Elizabethtown, Tenn.; and 22 nieces and nephews.
One sister preceded him in death.
A 1976 graduate of Limestone Community High School in Bartonville, he received a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois in 1981.
He began a golf course design career by working for several firms in the Chicago area and started his own Chicago based firm in 1989.
He joined Nichlaus Design of North Palm Beach in 1990. He was the design associate on 10 Jack Nichlaus “Signature” golf courses, including the internationally acclaimed Colleton River Plantation in Hilton Head, S.C. He was the sole designer on two projects since 1990 and was a design associate on seven projects currently under construction or under design.
He served as chairman of the elders at Palm Beach Community Church in Palm Beach, Fla. He was also instrumental in plans to build a community theater church auditorium in Palm Beach Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Bruce E. Borland Building for Life Fund at Palm Beach Community Church, 3970 RCA Blvd., Suite 7009, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl, 33410, Memorial Fund for the benefit of the Bruce E. Borland Children, c/o First Union National Bank, 2000 PGA Blvd., Suite 2200, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. 33480, or Wycliff Bible Translators, c/o Mark and Deb Borland and Linda and David Captain, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Fl. 32862-8200.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il Oct 28, 1999

Contributed by Dick Parr
Alfred Hedley Bourn was born in Kent County England, Jan. 14, 1864, the youngest of five children of Henry and Emily Scvones Bourn. He came to the United States in 1882 at the age of eighteen and spent the remainder of his life in the vicinity Trivoli. He became naturalized as an American citizen at the age of 21. He returned to England to visit his family in 1900 and while there was married to Harriet Cockerel in the Isle of Wright on Feb. 1901. Returning to Peoria County they pur­chased a farm in Elmwood township. His wife passed away in June 1934. In 1938 he sold the farm and moved to the residence in Trivoli where he lived until his death which occured April 13, 1941 at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 29 days.
Surviving are five nieces and five nephews: Miss Edith and Norah Lacey, Mrs: Nellie Newnham, Wil­liam and Thomas Bourn of Eng­land, Mrs. Amy Simmons, Australia, Mrs. Marion Eagles and Ralph Lacey of Detroit, Mich., and Ernest Morby and Willian Bourn of Logan Township.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il April 24, 1941

Contributed by Dick Parr
Sister Buried at Norris
Mrs. Lena Bowen, sister of Mrs. Lester Scarcliff of Glasford, died at her, home in North Chicago, Monday, December 15, from a stroke of apoplexy. She was 21 years old.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, at Norris, conducted by Rev. Stanley Ward. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Lena Greer was a daughter of Chauncey and Irene Johnson Greer. Two years ago she was married in Norris to Richard Bowen, and Chicago had since been her home.
She is survived by her husband, her, parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Roy and Chauncey Greer; Norris; Floyd, James and Dewey Greer of Chicago; Mrs. Myrtle Sutton, Mapleton, and Mrs. Clara Scarcliff of Glasford.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 25, 1930

Contributed by Dick Parr
Earl Bowton passed away at his home on West Locust st., Canton, Friday, Aug. 13, 1937, after a three years illness. Mr. Bowton was born in Illinois Nov. 11, I883, a son of Henry and Lucinda Mills Bowton. The wife, who was Miss Daisy Dilts, and the mother survive and there are also the following children: Howard, Neva, and Garnet at home, Russell, Mrs. Gladys Reffett, Mrs. Elva Davis, of Canton. There are also three brothers and a sister: Lloyd, Cloyd, and Pete Bowton of Canton, and Mrs. Elijah Homan, Route 3, Canton.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 1:30 at Murphy funeral home and was largely attended and the flowers were many and beautiful. The Rev. Leslie Heuston, pastor of the Christian Church, officiated. Mrs. Oscar Benson and Mrs. Clyde Fouts sang and Mrs. Louise Andrews was at the organ.
Burial was at Brunswick beside his son who died in 1908.
Pallbearers were neighbors and friends and were Jack Bebee, C. W. Bauman, Oscar Cook, George Fickle, Allen Hargis, Ed Sexton.
We miss thee from our home dear father,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow over life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face:
We miss thy kind and loving hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee
We miss thee everywhere.
We miss you in the morning,
The days are long without you
And nothing seems just right;
But God does all things for the best
When he took you home to rest.
 Thank God for the promise we will meet you again.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. August 26, 1937

Contributed by Dick Parr
Mrs. Elizabeth Bowton of Orion Township Dead
Mrs. Elizabeth Cox Bowton, 84, who for nearly eighty years has been an honored resident of Orion township, died at 10:30 o'clock Friday night at her home.
It is believed she had spent more of her lifetime in this community than any other resident.
Mrs. Bowton was born in the township where she died, on Dec. 14, 1838, and was a daughter of David and Mary (Hand) Cox. When four years of age she went to Indiana with her parents where she continued to reside until the death of her mother, after which she returned to Orion township where she lived with her grandfather, Aaron Hand, who was one of the first settlers of this county.
On New Year's Day, 1851, she was united in Marriage to John Bowton, who died Dec. 22, 1910. Nine children were born to this union, four of whom are living. They are: Mrs. Olive A. Haggerty of Canton, Horatio and Algie Bowton of Orion township and Mrs. Lillian L. Johnson of Canton.
Ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren are living.
She had lived a devoted Christian life from youth to her demise, always lifting, her voice for God and the noble things of life. Even though an invalid for twelve years herself, she was kind and sympathetic to all with whom she came in contact.
Funeral services were held from the Red schoolhouse church in Orion township at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. N. W. Evans of the Christian church of Canton officiated.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 28, 1923

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Orion Township Man is Accidentally Shot
Horatio Bowton, 64 years old, was instantly killed at 6:15 Tuesday evening when a shotgun he was carrying discharged accidentally, when it caught on a gate over which he was climbing farm near the Red School house in Orion township.
Mr. Bowton, accompanied by his 10 year old son, Carl, and a small nephew and niece Bobby and Betty Lance, of East Peoria, were on their way to the pasture after the cows. The children climbed over the gate, but Mr. Bowton stopped to pull loose a piece of board which caught the gun and discharged it. The left side and top of his head were shattered.
The gun a 16 gauge shotgun, was still hanging on the gate Mrs. Bowton and Arthur Malmgren and Albert Busch, neighbors, arrived.
An inquest was held at the home Tuesday night, the jury consisting of Glenn Robbins, foreman, Walter Shaw, Ray Bohannon, William Settles, William Martin and Fred McMillan.
Mr. Bowton, a son of John and Elizabeth (Cox) Bowton, spent his entire life on the Orion township farm where he was born Feb. 18, 1873.
Surviving are his widow, the former Mary Purchase, to whom he was married on Dec.. 29, 1923; his son, Carl; one brother, A. E. Bowton, Route 5; and two sisters, Mrs. Olive Haggerty, Glasford, and Mrs. Lillie Johnson, Canton.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the residence, the Rev. A. L. Cain officiating. Burial will be it Brunswick cemetery.
Mr. Bowton was well known in Glasford, and was a director of the Glasford State Bank. The bank will be closed Friday afternoon during the funeral service.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il August 6, 1936

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Henry Echols received word Monday that his brother-in-law, John Bowton, of Sheldon, had died very suddenly at noon that day.
No further particulars were received. Mr. Bowton and family were here for the Fourth, and seemed in the best of health.
Mr. and Mrs. Echols had their car packed to start Tuesday on a trip to Michigan to visit their daughter. When Henry received the telegram he left his car at the depot and walked to the telephone office to notify the other relatives of Mr. Bowton's death. In the confusion he forgot about leaving the car at the depot, and when he came out of the telephone office and did not see the car he was certain it had been stolen. He at once called up the sheriff, chief of police and the insurance company's officer, and started a search for the missing car. He was greatly relieved when it was found at the depot.
Mr. and Mrs. Echols left Wednesday morning for Sheldon to attend the funeral of Mr. Bowton.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il July 10, 1924

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Mrs. Lucinda Isabell Bowton, a former resident of Orion township died Friday at her home near Canton.
Funeral services were held Monday at Murphy funeral home in Canton, conducted by Rev. C. J. Rediger, of the Gospel Tabernacle. Burial was in Brunswick cemetery. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Everett, Howard, James, Russell and Robert Bowton and Oscar Homan.
Born in Indiana in March, 1855, a daughter of Peter and Lucinda (Doughtrey) Mills, she was married March 15, 1877, to Henry Bowton, who died Dec .7, 1921. Children are: Peter, at home; Mrs. Grace Homan, route 2, Canton; and Floyd and Clyde, Canton; two children preceded her in death. There are 17 grandchildren and 17 great grand­children. Brothers are William Mills Mills Canton; Esrum and Peter Mills, of Glasford; and Hugh Mills, Trivoli.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il March 13, 1941

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William Bowton
The subject of this sketch was born in England, Aug. 2, 1819, and came with his parents to America when 12 years old.
They soon after moved onto a new farm in Miller township, Dearborn County, Ind., when the father died leaving a wife, four boys and one girl. William, then fourteen, being the oldest was called upon to face the real battles of life in taking the lead in sharing the burden of a family.
He was married to Miss Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Jan. 15, 1846. To this union 9 children were born 3 girls and 6 boys six of whom with the, mother survive him.
In 1854 he came from Indiana to Illinois and settled in Fulton county on the farm where he lived ever since.
Of the children, John T. was born In Ohio; Hugh K., Mary E., Nancy E., Cyntha, Charles E., Albert and Andrew, were born on the old homestead in Orion township.
Many years of faithful toil had made for himself a comfortable home.
Mr. Bowton had been suffering with the grippe and erysiplas but did not consider himself seriously ill. A physician was called just a week before the end came which was March 23, 1903. His age being 83 yrs, 5 mo. 21 days
Funeral services were held at Brunswick, Wednesday at 1 P.M. by Rev. Velander.
Burial in Brunswick cemetery.
Mr. Bowton was held in high esteem by all who know him as an honest, industrious, upright man and a loving husband and father.
Besides his widow he leaves six children, Mrs. Henry Echols of Glasford, Mrs. Mary Mohler of Orchard, Neb., Henry and Andrew of Orion township, Charles of Trivoli township, and John of Sheldon, Ill., besides a host of friends to mourn his loss.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 3, 1903

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William H. Bowton
William Henry Bowton, father of Mrs. Elijah Homan and brother of Andrew Bowton, both of this city, died at his home in Canton Wednes­day noon at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 5 days.
The deceased was a son of William and Rebecca (Kirkpatrick) Bowton and was born in Indiana on July 2, 1847. He was united in marriage with Miss Lucinda Mills at Canton March 15, 1877. Besides his wife and the daughter residing here, he leaves four sons, Peter, Earl, Floyd and Clyde, all of Canton. Besides Andrew he also leaves two brothers and two sisters as follows: Charles of Missouri, John of Sheldon, Ill., Mrs. Mary Moler of Nebraska and Mrs. Annie Echols of Glasford.-- Farmington Home Visitor.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 22, 1921

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Mrs. Mary J. Boyer, 82 years old, wife of John A. Boyer, R. R.2, Hanna City, and a lifelong resident of Kickapoo township, died at her home at 9:15 Sunday morning.
She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Doubet and was born in Kickapoo township July 25, 1853. She was married to Mr. Boyer Feb. 25, 1875.
Besides the husband, she is survived by three brothers, Peter, Nicholas, and Edward Doubet, all of Hanna City.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. I. S. Caldwell at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and at Cameron church, Farmington Road, at 2:30 o'clock. Burial was in Cameron Cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il September 19, 1935

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The community was very greatly shocked and grieved to hear of the sudden death of one of its oldest residents, Mr. D. H. Bradshaw, familiarly known as Uncle Hut, last Thursday at 10:00 P. M. Mr. Bradshaw retired at 9:45 in his usual good health and spirits and was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage almost as soon as he had lain down. Death was almost instant according to the attending physician Dr. Rohrabaugh. Mr. Bradshaw had been under the doctor's care for the past few months but had not been confined to his bed.
Mr. Bradshaw was a highly respected resident of Hanna City and to know him was to love him.
Friends of the community and the personnel of The Index, tender their sincere sympathy to the widow, Mrs. Martha Thrush Bradshaw and to the children and other relatives and friends..
David Hutson Bradshaw was born May 30, 1860 in Vermillion County, Ill.. and passed away at his home in Hanna City, June 2, 1932, at the age of 72 years, 3 days.
On December 1, 1878 he was united in marriage to Martha Jane Thrush and to this union five children were born, four of whom with their mother, survive him. One daughter, Mrs. Pearl Enright having passed away three years ago.
Most of his married life has been spent in Hanna City where he is known by all as Uncle Hut and was esteemed and loved by all with whom he was associated.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 9, 1932

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Theodore C. Bradshaw, a former Hanna City resident, died Monday at the Peoria County nursing home, at the age of 75 years.
Funeral services were held today (Thursday) and burial was in Cottonwood cemetery.
A son of Thomas Henry and Miecie Sill Bradshaw, Mr. Bradshaw was born at Catlin April 21, 1873.
Surviving are two sons, Lee Bradshaw of Joliet and Elmer Bradshaw of Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. Clara Cook of Decatur and ,Mrs. Nell Hubert of Macon, Mo; one brother, Edward Bradshaw of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Shone of Toulon and Mrs. Elizabeth LaMae of Brimfield, and eight grandchildren.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 4, 1948

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Clarence Ashford Branch, son of Richard and Bessie Brandt, was born Limestone township, Peoria County, August 9, 1913.
Passed away at the Proctor hospital, Peoria, Saturday, August 28, 1937, aged 24 years, 19 days.
He was one of a family of five children, of whom, one sister and one brother have preceded him in death.
Clarence's entire life was spent in the vicinity of Hanna City, and his cheery disposition and other attractive qualities, won for him many friends.
He had been ill for some time, but it was not realized until recently how serious his illness was and his death came as a shock to his family and friends.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brandt, two sisters, Mrs. Everett McAlister, residing near Peoria, and Miss Eleanor Brandt living with her parents, his aged grandfather, Ashford Johnson, a niece, Betty Lou McAlister, and a nephew, Kenneth Lee McAlister, also a number of other near relatives, besides his many friends who sorrow at his passing.
"I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile and. a wave of his hand, He has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair needs must be since he is there. And you, oh you, who the wildest yearn for the old time step and the glad return;
Think of him fareing on, as dear
In the love of THERE as the love of HERE.
Think of him still as the same, I say He is not dead. He is just away."
The funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Hanna City.
The remains were laid to rest in the Smithville Cemetery. Rev. Wade Smith conducting the services.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 2, 1937

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Uncle Thomas Branson Dead at Ninety-Seven January 5, 1911
One of Timber Township’s Earliest Settlers--History of His Life
 Thomas M. Branson, familiarly know as “Uncle Tommy,” one of Timber township’s first settlers, and the oldest resident in this part of the country, died New Year’s Day at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Luther Couch, of Hanna City, at the age of ninety-seven years and thirteen days.
 He had been sick several weeks, and was subject to fainting spells. On account of his age he was very weak, and death came to his relief Sunday afternoon at four o’clock.
 The funeral services were held at the house Tuesday morning at nine o’clock. Interment at the Kingston Cemetery,
 Mr. Branson leaves two daughters; Mrs. Luther Couch of Hanna City and Mrs. Thos. Couch of Evart, Mich.
 The following history of Mr. Branson’s life is taken from the “Old Settler’s History,” published in The Gazette of Mar 25, 1904, and is very interesting at this time.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il

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John Brazena, for many years a resident of Reed City, and overseer of the mining property there, died at his home Wednesday morning at 6:30, after a long illness.
Funeral will be held at the Methodist Church, In Glasford, Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock. Interment at Lancaster cemetery.
Mr. Brazena was 62 years old, and a prominent member of the local Odd Fellows lodge, which will officiate at the funeral services.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 5, 1920

John Brazena was born at Kingston Mines, Ill., March 20, 1868, and departed this life at his home in Reed City, Ill., February 4, 1920, at the age of 61 years, 10 months and 14 days.
He was united in marriage February 23, 1884, to Miss Linnie Fahnestock, who survives him, also three, children, Mrs. Mark Friess of Peoria, the Misses Cora and Myrtle Brazena of Chicago, and two grandchildren, John Eugene and Phyllis Irene Friess. One boy. Vernon Brazena, died infancy.
Mr. Brazena has lived in the vicinity of Kingston Mines and Reed City the greater part of his life and has acted as overseer of the property of the Reed City Coal Co. for about twenty-two years.
He became a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Pekin, Ill., about 1885, and transferred to Glasford, Ill., when Timber Lodge No.906 was organized, and was the first Noble Grand of that Lodge.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Glasford, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Chas. W. Wolfe, pastor of the Baptist Church. Interment at the Lancaster Cemetery. The Odd Fellows attended the service in body, and conducted their burial ceremony at the grave.
Mr. Brazena was a highly respected citizen, an honorable neighbor, and a great lover of his home and hearth side. He will be greatly missed in the community.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. February 12, 1920

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Mrs. Julia Brazena, well known resident of Kingston Mines, passed away at her home Sunday night at 10 o'clock, after an illness of several years.
A short funeral service was held at the home Wednesday morning at 9:15, and final rites at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Pekin, conducted by Father Vincent O'Brien. Interment was in Kingston Mines Cemetery.
Julia McCune, daughter of Patrick and Mary Stoney McCune, was born at Kingston Mines August 18, 1883. Her marriage to Frank Brazena took place at Canton on December 28, 1881. He died in 1916 and Mrs. Brazena leaves, one son, George: a grand daughter, Rosella Brazena, and two brothers, James and Thos. E. McCune, Sr., well known residents of Kingston Mines. A daughter, Mrs. Katherine McElwee, and her son Charles were killed in the cyclone that devastated Kingston Mines in 1902. Mrs. Brazena was a member of the Catholic church and was highly respected in the community where all her life had been spent.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il April 28, 1932

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Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 12:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Lloyd Meller. Interment was in Lancaster cemetery. The Odd Fellow order attended in a body and conducted their burial service at the grave.
Wm. Brees, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. H. P. Brees, was born near Glasford March 20, 1863, and departed this life at the home of his son, Roy, in Glasford, August 26, 1923, at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 6 days. On June 2, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Abby Laycock of Timber township to which union was born three girls and two boys.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife and five children: Mrs. E. A. Kelsa, New London, Ia., William, Jr., of Pekin; Roy, of Glasford; Mrs. Richard Bauman and Mrs. John Miener of Pekin; also four sisters and three brothers, seven grandchildren, -and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wm. Brees, who has been very low for some time with tuberculosis, died Sunday morning at the home of his son, Roy.
Mr. Brees spent several months at the Oak Knoll Sanitarium in Tazewell county, but the treatment did not seem to help him much, and the end came soon.
Mr. Brees was formerly employed as a miner at the Newsam Mine, and was a member of the U. M. W. A. and the I. O. O. F.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 30, 1923

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 George Brinegar, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doubet, Sr., died at his home in Peoria, Friday .morning at 1:30 of a heart attack, as he was only sick two days, and late Thursday evening felt real good. He was found dead by his wife Edna, when she went to arouse him at 4:30. They thought he had been dead about three hours.
George Brinegar, son of Wesley and Manry Brinegar was born July 2, 1885 in Kentucky and came to Illinois with his parents when about two years of age, and spent most of his life in and around Peoria. He was united in marriage July 6, 1927 to Edna Doubet of near Hanna City. He departed this life Friday, September 8, 1939, at 1:30 a. m.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, one sister, Mrs. Jane Berry of St.. David, Ill., and three a brothers, Peter of Detroit, Mich., John of Fremont, Nebr., Clayton of Peoria, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 Sunday from Wilton Mortuary. Burial was made in Cameron Cemetery, Limestone township.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. September 14, 1939

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Mrs. Mary J., wife of Dr. W. A. Brisendine died at the residence of S. J. Osborn in Peoria where they were making their home, Saturday July 26, 1902.
Her maiden name was Cole and she was born in Lyon, N.Y. June 10, 1849. Deceased was married to Dr. McTaggert who
used to practice medicine here and who died about the year 1890.
On Oct. 6, 1892 she was again married to Dr. W. A. Brisendine, who survives her. the ceremony being preformed in Chicago by Rev. Slack now of Mapleton.
Dr. & Mrs. Brisendine resided on their farm east of town until a few years ago when they sold it and bought property in Glasford.
About three months ago Mrs. Brisendine began to get very poorly and they went to Peoria and made their home for awhile with a Mr. Patterson, on Adams St. About 3 weeks ago they removed to 806 Glendale av. where they had made a contract with J. Osborn & wife to take care of them. She rapidly grew worse and on Saturday last the end came. We are not informed of the exact cause of death but cancer on the nose add paralysis are at least remote causes.
On Monday, 28, the remains were brought to Glasford and funeral services held at the M. Church of which deceased was member for the past 12 years, conducted by Rev. Slack and body laid to rest in Lancaster Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 1902

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Mrs. Minnie Brisendine, a former resident of Glasford, passed away Sunday, June 24, at 6 a.m., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. George Artz, 1135 S. Austin Blvd., Chicago.
Mrs. Brisendine was Minnie Bandy, daughter of W. B. and Mary Kennedy Bandy and she was born at Kingston Mines, July 26, 1866. She was married in Peoria to W. Brisendine, who survives her. She also leaves her mother, a daughter, Mrs. Artz., three sons, Ray, 211 Herman street, Pekin; Glenn, Beloit, Wis., and Clyde, San Diego, Cal., and two brothers, George Bandy, R. R. 3, Peoria, and Grant Bandy, Bartonville.
Mrs. Brisendine made her home in Pekin the past 30 years, except for a short residence in Glasford, while caring for her mother, now living here, also while keeping house for her son, Ray, and two grandsons. She was an earnest worker in church and Sunday School.
Funeral services for Mrs. Brisendine will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Kuecks funeral home, in Pekin. Burial be in Lakeside cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 28, 1934

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Nancy Alice Stewart, daughter of George and Eliza Stewart, was born February 23, 1853 in Timber township and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stella Hudson, April 16, 1930, aged 77 years, 1 month and 23 days.
On September 29, 1875 she was united in marriage with Wm. H. Brooks, who departed this life, May 3, 1922.
To Mr. and Mrs. Brooks were born six children, Steele E. having preceded her in death in 1922. Surviving are Alva, of Hanna City, Wilber, of Knobnoster, Mo., Willard, of Galesburg, Stella of Hanna City, Ada of Arlington, Cal. Also three sisters Mrs. Harriet Stewart, Hanna City, Mrs. Priscilla West, Hanna City, Miss Esther Stewart of Glasford. Nine grandchildren besides many relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Hanna City M. E. Church, Saturday, April 19, at 1:00 p. m. Interment was in Smithville Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. April 24, 1930

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Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Ollie (Parr) Brooks, wife of the late James A. Brooks, of Santa Cruz, Calif., on March 18,1938, aged 79 years. Mr. Brooks preceded her in death only a few months ago on Sept. 28, 1937.
Many will remember when Mr. and Mrs. Brooks lived in the Penn Ridge neighborhood, south of Trivoli.
She leaves one son; Chester of Santa Cruz and one daughter, Bessie Ramshaw, of Fresno, Cal., also her mother, now 98. Mrs. H. M. Parr of Urbana, Ill., two sisters; Mrs. Sarah Blandin, Peoria, and Miss Rosalie Parr, Urbana, and one brother, R. W Parr, Orlando, Florida.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 31, 1938

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Steele Brooks, farm hand, 39 years old met instant death when he shot himself through the head with a rifle at 4:30 o'clock Saturday morning, at the John Griggs farmhouse three miles east of Trivoli. Despondency was given as the cause of suicide. A sealed letter to his brother, Alva Brooks of Hanna City, showed the shooting to be premeditated. The letter did not give the cause, only informing his brother concerning his effects.
The bullet passed through both temples tearing a small hole in the wnidow shade. It is believed he placed the rifle against the foot of' the bed, pressing the barrel to his temple.
Dr. John Plummer, attending physician, believes the sudden change in temperature, together with the effects of a sun stroke several years ago, to he responsible for his death.
The coroner's jury returned a verdict of suicide.
Funeral services were held at Hanna City Monday.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 31, 1922

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T. C. Brooks, a life-long resident of Peoria County, and a respected citizen of Glasford, passed away Monday, June 16, 1930, after several weeks of sickness, due to leakage of the heart. The body was taken to the Wilkey mortuary and prepared for burial.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Glasford M. E. Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. W. Reynolds. The singing was by F. P. Riedelbauch and Morris Rader, accompanied by Mrs. W. H. Wilkey.
The church was packed to overflowing by the friends and neighbors of the deceased, many coming from the neighborhood where he formerly lived.
Interment was in the Union Cemetery.
Thomas Caruthers Brooks, son of Samuel Wallace and Priscilla Turbett Brooks, was born on the Brooks homestead north-west of Glasford, Peoria County, Illinois, September 5, 1855.
On Christmas eve, 1875, he was united in marriage to Sidney Anna Groninger. They lived on the home place until ten years ago, when they moved to Glasford.
Mr. Brooks has been janitor of the Glasford grade school for the past three years, and was a great friend of the children, often treating the whole school. Many of the children came to see him during his last illness.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife, and four children, Mrs. Eva Bourn, Trivoli, Russell Brooks, Peoria, Mrs. Nora Haney, Hanna City, and Wilson Brooks, Glasford. One child died infancy.
Mr. Brooks was the last of a family of five brothers. He was a quiet home loving man, and a good citizen, and will he missed by all.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. June 19, 1930

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Geo. W. Brown
George Washington Brown was born April 19, 1831, in Jefferson Co., Ohio. He was married in 1853 to Elisabeth Fuller, who died May 2, 1875. To this union were born four children, three of whom are living: Mrs. Mary Elson, Mrs. Rachael Clark and Mrs. Margaret Clearwater.
Mr. Brown married his second wife Feb. 24, 1881, to which union were born two daughters, Clara and Harriet Brown.
Mr. Brown served three years in the Civil War. He embraced his Savior a short time ago and fell asleep in Jesus. His death occurred Dec. 22nd, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 3days.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife, five children, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, three sisters Mrs. Kittie Shryock, Glasford, Mrs. Alice McLaughlin, Tecumseh, Neb., and two step daughters, Mrs. Wm Taylor and Mrs. Thos. Scarcliff, also a host of neighbors and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Smithville church Dec. 24th. conducted by Rev. J. W. Willstead. Interment in the Smithville cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 2, 1913

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Mrs. Jeanette Brown, age 85 years, a highly respected resident of Glasford passed away Tuesday morning, after only a few days illness. She had been enjoying her usual health until about a week ago, when she took a cold, but was not considered dangerously ill until a day or two before her death.
Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Methodist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. B. Wagner. Interment will be in the Smithville Cemetery. Wm. H. Wilkey, undertaker in charge.
Emily Jeanette Mills, daughter of Emily and James Mills was born in Washington Co., New York on December 1st, 1843. When about 4 years of age she moved with her parents to a farm near Harkers Corners, Peoria Co., Ill. She grew to womanhood there, and later moved to Nebraska where she was married to F. A. Bull Jul 4th., 1872. To this union one daughter Sarah Emily was born.
On February 24th, 1881 she was married to George W. Brown at Peoria, Illinois. To this union two daughters, Clara and Harriet were born. About forty years ago she was converted and united with the United Brethren Church at Copperas Crock Chapel. She later transferred her membership to the Glasford M. E. Church. She was present at church services as long as her health permitted.
The greater part of her life was spent near and in Glasford having moved to her late home in Glasford in 1913. She was preceded in death by her husband the late George W. Brown on December 22, 1912. She passed peacefully away on January 15, 1929 at 1:15 a. m. at the age of 85 years, 1 month, and 14 days.
She is survived by her three daughters, Mrs. Sarah E. Taylor and Miss Harriet Brown of Glasford and Mrs. Clara Hodson of Brimfield, and three step-daughters, Mrs. Mary Elson of Glasford, Mrs. Rachel Clark of Bladen, Nebraska, and Mrs. Margaret Clearwater of Sparland, also one brother, George A. Mills of Murdock, Nebraska, one foster grand-daughter, Mrs. Ray Lawson of Pekin and six step grand-children.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January, 1929

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Mrs. Jennie Tyler Brown wife of Wm. Brown, died in St. Francis hospital, January 12, 1937. Her husband Wm. Brown, passed away Christmas day at his home at Edelstein. Her brother Chas. Tyler of Glasford, was called to Peoria by her serious illness. Funeral services will he held Saturday from her late home, and burial at Blue Ridge. Mrs. Brown was 80 years old.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il January 14, 1937

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Mrs. Martin Brown Dead
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Martha Brown, which occurred March 4, at the home of her son in Spiro, Okla.
Mrs. Brown was the widow of Martin Brown, a former resident of Glasford.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il Mar 29, 1928

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Martin Brown, Civil War veteran and old resident of Glasford, who was taken to the Soldiers' Home in Quincy last Thursday, passed away just five days after entering the Home, on Tuesday morning.
The body was returned to Glasford Wednesday morning, accompanied by the widow, who had also entered the Home at the same time.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church this afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. C. Miller. Interment at Maple Ridge.
Chas. D. Looger Post of the Amer­ican Legion had charge of the serv­ices at the grave.
Martin Brown was born in Coshoc­ton County, Ohio, November 23, 1840 and died May 13, 1824 at the age of 83 years, 5 months, 30 days, leaving a wife and seven children, five girls and two boys, a host of grand children and great grandchildren and friends.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. May 15, 1924

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Mrs. Robert N. Brown
Mrs. Mary O. Brown, wife of Robert N. Brown, former resident of Lancaster, died at her home, 205 Linn St., Peoria, Sunday afternoon, following a long illness.
She was a daughter of J. I. and Mary A. Marlatt, and was born at Maple Ridge. Her family were among the early settlers of that community. She was married to Mr. Brown 36 years ago.
Mrs. Brown was very active in fraternal work, and was widely known in Peoria.
She is survived by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Horber of Peoria, and Mrs. Tinnie Laughlin of Madison, S. D., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Maple Ridge Church, conducted by Rev. E. L. Fernandes, pastor of the Arcadia Presbyterian church. Interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il January 21, 1936

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Russell Brown
Funeral services for Russell Berkley Brown, 29 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Brown, 6109 South Adams St. Bartonville, who died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Jul 22, following an extended illness, was held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday July 24 at the Wilton mortuary chapel, with the Rev. F. Alvin Park officiating. burial in the Maple Ridge Cemetery.
He was a resident of Bartonville the last 22 years and was an employee of the Keystone Steel and Wire Co., for more than 5 years until he became ill in June, 1936.
Son of Sherman and Lida Neuenschwander Brown, he was born in Mapleton, January 16, 1911. He attended the Bartonville grade school and graduated from Pekin High school.
Mr. Brown was a member of Temple Lodge No. 46, Masons; Peoria Chapter No. 7, Royal Arch Masons; Peoria Templar, and Peoria Consistory.
Surviving are his parents, a sister, Mrs. Gladys Keller of Peoria and a brother, Eugene G. Brown of Bartonville.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. July 25, 1940

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Chas. Tyler received word Christmas day of the death of his brother-in-law, Wm. Brown, of Speer.
Mr. Tyler was not able to attend the funeral, which was held Sunday afternoon, because of a sore foot, but Mrs. Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Syrock drove up for the service. Mrs. Shryock was a niece of Mrs. Brown.
William Sylvester Brown was born near London Mills, and was 82 years old at the time of his death. He had visited in Glasford many times and his friends here will regret to learn of his passing. He is survived by his wife and several sons and daughters.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 31, 1936

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Thursday morning, May, 21, at his home, occurred the death of Jacob Bruniga, surrounded by his family. Mr. Bruniga was born in Germany in 1827 and came to this country in 1851. He was married in 1861 to Caroline Fitchen who still survives. To this union was born fourteen children, two of which died in infancy, leaving twelve remaining, six boys and six girls, viz: John, Edward, George, William, Jacob, Rudolph, Minnie, Hannah, Etta, Jennie, Anna and Lana. These, with the mother are left to mourn the loss of husband and father.
Mr. Bruniga's last days on earth were happy ones and his last words were: "I am going home." He was 75 years and 10 months old, having lived the three score and ten allotted to man and more.
The funeral took place Saturday at 1 o'clock from his late residence to the Pleasant Grove church, conducted y Rev. Gibson, and interment in Pleasant Grove cemetery. The fun­eral was largely attended.
Thus the angel of death has reaped another loved one from our community.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 29, 1903

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Lena (Hiram) Bruniga, wife of Wm. Bruniga, who has been ailing for some time but not until a short ago was her condition thought to be serious. was taken to the Cottage hospital in Peoria for an operation, Thursday, December 19 and died at one o` clock Sunday morning December 22, 1907, aged forty two years.
The remains were brought to her home near Trivoli, Monday morning. After short services at the home the funeral services were held at the Pleasant Grove church, Tuesday, December 23 conducted by Rev. Dennison of Smithville and Rev. Oepkie of Limestone. Interment at Pleasant Grove cemetery. The floral designs were the most , profuse and beautiful..
Besides her husband she leaves four children, three sons and one daughter, father, mother, five sisters, two brothers and many other, relatives and friends to mourn their loss. All were present at the Funeral except the father, who was unable to be present.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 2, 1908

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Bruno R. Bruninga Dies at Home in Peoria
Bruno R. Bruninga, father of Harry Bruninga of Glasford, and former resident of Limestone township, passed away Sunday evening at 10:30 at his home, 720 W. Ayers avenue, Peoria. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Bruninga was a son of Rudolph and Jennie Gronewald Bruninga, and was born in Peoria, July 18, 1853.
His marriage to Miss Jane Seifkes, who survives, took place in February, 1876, in Limestone township, where they spent the greater part of their lives, engaged in farming. Mr. Bruninga retired lit 1920, and moved to Peoria. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
He leaves his widow, Mrs. Jane Bruninga; two sisters, Mrs. John Lindenbaum of Forest Hill, Ill., and Mrs. Flora Harms of Colfax, Ill,; and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Elizabeth Ekena, Brimfield; Rudolph H. Bruninga and Mrs. Anna Rosenbohm, Elmwood; Minor H. Bruninga, Macomb; Lewis E. and Paul G. Bruninga, Peoria; Elmer E. Bruninga, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. Grace Drake, Chicago; Harry H. Bruninga, Glasford. There are 24 grand­children and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Christ Lutheran Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. Schuelke. Interment, which will be in St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Limestone township, will not take place until Friday, as one son, Elmer, Pasadena, Calif., is expected to arrive today.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. January 17, 1935

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Caroline Fitchen Bruninga was born in Peoria County December 4, 1842. Passed away August 30, 1931, aged 88 years, 8 months and 26 days. She was the wife of Jacob Bruninga who passed away May 21, 1903.
Fourteen children were born to this union, two of which died in infancy; and three sons, George, Jacob, and Rudolph passed away a few years ago.
She is survived by three sons and six daughters; all of, which were at her bedside during her last hours. John, William and Edward of Peoria, Mrs. Minnie Miller of Peoria; Mrs. Hannah Doll of Glasford, Mrs. Jennie McMeen of Eden, Mrs. Etta Cowser of Glasford, Mrs. Anna Moul of Morton, and Miss Lana Bruninga at home.
Also surviving are two, brothers, Fred Archdale of Farmington and Alexander Archdale of Peoria, and one sister, Mrs. Amanda Wallace of Glendale, California. There are also 26 grand-children and 11 great grandchildren.
Two helping hands are folded
Two lips have lost their speech
Two eyes looked up to heaven
And then she went to sleep.
The funeral services were held at the late residence, 2l7 North Orange St., Peoria, Ill., Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock and at the Pleasant Grove church at 2 o'clock. Rev. Boyd L. Rudd of the Hale Memorial Methodist church conducting the services. Commitment in the Pleasant Grave Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 3, 1931

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Memorial services for George H. Bruninga, who died very suddenly Wednesday morning, August 4, were held Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the home, and at 2:00 from the Limestone Lutheran Church, Rev. Kuhlman officiating. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
The pastor read the following obituary sketch:
George Hinrichs Bruninga was born in Limestone Township, Dec. 3, 1885, and baptized Jan. 3 1886. When the boy was of the age of one year and three months his parents moved to Logan Township and here he was brought up by his parents in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. When of the proper age he was in­structed in the doctrine of our Lutheran Church and then confirmed by the Rev. G. Oepke on the 23rd of March, in the year of 1902. His confirmation memorial verse was Matt. 7, 21 which reads: "Not every one that saith unto me Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
When confirmed the deceased stayed at home with his parents, excepting two years when he lived with his brother, Schweer.
On Feb. 4, 1920, he was married to Miss Frieda Walters, and God has blessed; this union with two children, a boy and a girl, but the little boy was taken from his parents at the age of 2 years and 9 months on the 10th of May 1924. In 1919 the deceased lost his mother and in 1921 his brother Schweer passed away.
Being of comparatively good health our brother has not been sick very often. He was a faithful member of our church and was always ready to do for our church and for the extension of the Kingdom of God what he was able to do. Whatever befell him he took it as from the hands of God resting assured that his Heavenly Father meant well with him, and now he has been taken away from our midst, oh, so suddenly.
Wednesday morning, Aug. 4th, he commenced his daily work as usual complaining indeed about some pain in his chest but not thinking it to be of a serious nature. Yet when breakfast he all of a sudden grabbed his chest with his hands, leaned back on his chair, and his heart stood still God had called him from this life at 5:30 o'clock. His age is 40 years, 8 months. The blessed rest of the saints in heaven be his part.
Those who mourn at his casket are his bereaved widow and little daughter, his father and his two brothers, Lammert and Rudolph; his father-in-law, mother-in-law and many relatives and friends.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. August 12, 1926

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Mrs. Hannah Bruninga died at her home at Smithville Sunday morning, Aug. 13, 1911 of tuberculosis.
Mrs Bruninga was born June 21, 1880 and at the time of her death was 31 years, 1 month, 22 days of age.
She was married to Schweer Bruninga March 21, 1906. To this union two children were born.
Kind and loving hands administered to her every want all thru her illness and loving relatives and friends were only too glad to do all in their power to aid in any way. But that dread disease, consumption, that knows no cure held sway for many months and though everything was done for her that human aid could do God marked her for his own and called her to her heavenly home.
Mrs. Bruninga was of a kind and loving disposition and all through her sufferings put all her trust in "Him who doeth all things well."
She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, who is deeply touched by his great sorrow, one little daughter, a mother, five sisters and two brothers besides other relatives and scores of friends. To know her was to love her.
Services were conducted by Rev. Depke of Limestone Lutheran church after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery at the church in Limestone.
She has gone unto her Savior;
To that kingdom bright and fair;
dearest loved ones bear your affliction
You will meet your loved ones there.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 24, 1911

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Mrs. Jane Siefkes Bruninga mother of Harry Bruninga, of Glasford„ died Friday afternoon at the borne of her daughter, Mrs. Caleb Rosenbohm, of Elmwood. She was 78 years at, and had been a resident of Peoria county all her life.
Funeral services were held at Christ's Lutheran Church in Peoria Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Schukle. Internment was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Limestone township.
Mrs. Bruninga was born in Peoria county, July 27, 1858, the daughter of Meinhardt and Gretchen Cook Siefkes. She was married to Bruno R. Bruninga, who died in Peoria, Jan. 13, 1935.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Hanna Rosenbohm; Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ekena, of Brimfield; and Mrs. Grace F. Drake, Chicago; six sons, Rudolph H. Bruninga, Macomb; Lewis E. and Paul G. Bruninga, Peoria; Harry H. Bruninga, Glasford; Elmer C. Bruninga, Pasadena, Calif.; 25 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 3, 1937  

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Lammert E. Bruninga, 87, of 709 W. Garfield, Bartonville, died at 8:35 a.m. Monday, Nov 24, 2003, at ManorCare Health Services in Peoria.
He was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Mapleton to Claus J. and Grace K. Miller Bruninga.
Surviving are two brothers, John of Bartonville and Walter (and Wilma) of Peoria; and two sisters, Minnie Backer of Peoria and Mildred (and Wilbur) Busker of Bartonville.
He was preceded in death by one sister.
He was a World War 11 Army veteran.
He was a laborer at Keystone Steel and Wire Co. for 36 years, retiring in 1975.
He was an active member of Lei-sure Oaks Park.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bartonville, where he helped with its food pantry.
Services were Wednesday at his church. The Rev. Darby Lawrence officiated. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements were by Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.
Memorials may go to Nature Trail or his church's food pantry.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. November 2004

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Lewis E. Bruninga, 59, a brother of Harry Bruninga, of Glasford, died at 12:40 a. m,. Saturday, at the Proctor hospital, as a result of a fall at his home near the Peoria Airport, Thanksgiving night.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruninga had spent the day with their daughter, Mrs. Jane Noren and family of Pekin.
They had returned home, and while Mrs. Bruninga put the car away he carried in a large roaster filled with food. When she came in, she found him lying at the foot of the basement stairs, where he had hit the laundry stove and fractured his skull. He was taken to the Proctor hospital, where he passed away early Saturday morning.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Zion Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. H. C. Hafermann. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery in Limestone township.
Born in Limestone township July 24, 1888, he was a son of Bruno and Jennie Siefkas Bruninga, and had spent most of his life in this community. He married Miss Anna M. Sabens in Peoria Jan. 1, 1918.
Mr. Bruninga was a cattle buyer at the Peoria Union Stockyards. He was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Bartonville Post, American Legion. He also was a member of Zion Lutheran church and Joseph. Robbins lodge, No. 930, AF&AM.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Jane Noren, of Pekin; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Ekena of Brimfield, Mrs. Anna Rosenbohm. of Elmwood and; Mrs. Grace Drake of Park Ridge; five brothers, R. H. Bruninga of Elmwood, M. H. Bruninga, Bloomington, Paul Bru ninga, Rt. 1, Peoria, Harry Bruninga of Glasford and Elmer Bruninga of Pasadena, Cal., and one grandson, Richard Noren of Pekin.
Besides the daughter, they had one son Eugene Charles Bruninga, who was killed June 22, 1944, while serving in World War II in France. His body is expected to be returned to this country in a few weeks, and they had been making arrangements for his burial.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. December 4, 1947

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Mrs. Edward Schoon
Mrs. Katherine Mae Schoon, wife of Edward Schoon, died this morning at their home on the Vawter farm. In the Spring Lake Drainage District, at the age of 41 years. She had been ill for several weeks with pneumonia and rheumatism.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin, conducted by Rev. Iver M. Johnson of the First M. E. Church. Interment was at Washington, Ill., her former home.
Mrs. Schoon was Katherine Mae Hailey, daughter of William and Emily (Trowbridge) Hailey, and she was born March 1, 1886, at Concord, Morgan Co., Ill. Her marriage to Edward Schoon took place December 6, 1905, at Washington, Ill. He survives her, with two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Emily Bauer, who was married to Calvin Bauer a few days ago, and Mildred Clara at home. She also leaves four brothers, William Hailey, Mt. Sterling, Ill., Charles, Edward and George, Peoria Heights. The family lived at Glasford eight years before moving to Spring Lake last spring. Mrs. Schoon was a member of the Glasford M.E. Church and leaves many friends to mourn her death.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. Jan 5, 1927





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