Peoria County, Illinois
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Obituaries and Death Notices


John Sams, who resided on a farm northwest of Glasford, died at the Proctor hospital in Peoria, Friday afternoon at 12:10 o'clock. He was a son of Amon and Rebecca Fiskus-Sams and was born in Posey county, Indiana, in 1852, and had been a resident of Illinois for the past 69 years. He never married and leaves to survive him the following brothers and sisters: Amon Sams, Pekin;, Nathan Sams, Iola. Kans.; Mrs. Lizzie Fordyce. Table Grove, Ill,; and Mrs. Louisa Laughlin, Missouri. The body was taken to the Notl funeral home in Pekin where funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was at Lakeside cemetery.
Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. Jul 26, 1927
Contributed by Dick Parr


Lizzie Belle Shepard Hayslip


Hayslip, Elizabeth Belle, 515 N. Hamilton, Pomona, passed away Oct. 7, 1962.  Beloved mother of Bernice M. Pease and Elizabeth Jefferis, Mabel G. Erman, James R., John W., and Andrew T. Hayslip.  Also survived by 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  Funeral services Tues. 1:00 p.m. at the Sky Church, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whitter. [Contributed by Lloyd Lawrence Sr.]

Ada Schoon
Ada Schoon was a native of Oestfriesland, Germany, where he was born Mar 17 1827 and died at his home in Washington April 17, 1916. In 1856 in Germany Mr. Schoon married Catherine Johnson. Soon afterwards they came to this country and settled first in Peoria. They then moved to Tazewell Co. where they engaged in farming for 25 years. Then they moved to Woodford Co. and farmed for 25 years. After that time they moved to Washington and retired from the activities of life. Mrs. Schoon died Oct 1909. Eight children were born to this union, three of whom preceded their parents in death. Those living are John Schoon of this city, Mrs. Mary Wissel of Nebraska, Johnson Schoon of Roanoke, Mrs. Anna Hussong of Cullom, George Schoon of Culton, Edward Schoon of Gilman, He is survived by 25 grandchildren and 23 great grand children. [Source Unknown, Contributed by Dick Parr]


Joseph Schelkopf of Near Monica Heart Attack Victim
Joseph Schelkopf, 63-year-old prominent farmer of the community southwest of Monica, died very suddenly early Wednesday morning, March 9, the victim of a heart attack. Mr. Schelkopf was in the act of getting out of bed after awakening when he was fatally stricken. He had appeared in his usual health the day before, and was seen on the streets of Princeville in the afternoon. Mr. Schelkopf had been afflicted with heart trouble for a number of years, it is understood.
Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Brimfield tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock, and burial will take place in Calvary cemetery.
Mr. Schelkopf is survived by his widow, and two sons, Leo and Francis, both at home. He is also survived by a brother, John Schelkopf, of Brimfield, and two sisters of Nebraska, besides numerous other relatives and a host of friends who sincerely mourn his untimely passing. [Princeville Telephone, March 10, 1932 ]



Ida Stein
A Sad Death (Death Notice)
Mrs. Albert Stein, of Trivoli, died Tuesday at 8 p. m., aged 27 years, leaving a husband a little daughter born the same day. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 10 o'clock. Interment will be at Trivoli.  Mrs. Stein was formerly Miss Ida Blandin, one of our popular school teachers, and her early death is a sad blow to her husband and relatives.  [Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 4, 1908]
Ida Stein
Ida Beatrice Blandin was born Feb. 16, 1882 at Buttonville, Ontario, Canada and died at her home in Trivoli, Ill., June 2, 1908, aged 26 years, 4 months and 16 days.
She came to Illinois with her parents when quite young and lived at Harker's Corners' until. 1887. When 5 years old she with her mother and sister, Bertha, started on a Niagara Falls excursion to vis­it relatives in Canada and her mother was killed at Chatsworth, Ill.(Chatsworth Train Wreck), this leaving her to her father's tender care.
When about twelve years old she united with the M. E. church at Hanna City, Ill., and. has been a faithful worker every since that time. Since her marriage she has been a member of the church at Trivoli. No expense was spared to fit her for life and those pre­pared to live are always prepared to die.
Her friends were numbered by her acquaintances for all who knew her loved her for her kind and cheery disposition.
She taught school very success­fully for nearly seven years, being especially fond children.
Less than a year ago, on July 31, 1901, she was united in marriage to Albert N. Stein of Trivoli, Ill.
In her home life, as in all other places, she was of a happy and loving disposition and in no place will she be more missed.
Those left to mourn her loss are her husband, Albert Stein, and little daughter, Florence Ida, her father, A. J. Blandin and family, and sister Bertha Blandin.
[Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il June 11, 1908; Contributed by Dick Parr]

John Hill
Frozen to Death
The morning of the day on which the melancholy accident related in the following communication occurred was mild and rainy.  In the evening the wind gradually were round to the west and by dark, blew a hurricane.  The cold, not intense, was piercing:
To the Editor of the Register
Dear Sir: - A distressing accident has just happened in this neighborhood, which, if you think proper, you can make public through your valuable paper.  John and James Hill, two middle aged men, brothers and residents of Princeville, in this county, went to Northampton on Friday last, (12th inst.) on business.  They left the latter place about 3 o’clock P.M. for home, as it supposed, lost their way.  James, it appears, had occasion to get off the sleigh to recover his hat, which the high wind had carried away.  By the time he had done this the horses ran out of sight; he however reached home yesterday afternoon, very much exhausted and severely frost bitten. Their friends and neighbors immediately turned out in search of the other brother, whom they found sitting on the sleigh, a stiffened and lifeless corpse.  It is said that the deceased has left a numerous family to mourn his melancholy fate. However painful to the personal friends of the deceased, I cannot omit to mention that whiskey may have been the principal cause of this untimely death, as it is known that they supplied themselves with a jug full of the liquid poison before they started and were subsequently seen in an intoxicated state when on their way home.  We hope that this distressing circumstance will operate as a warning to others of the danger incidental to a use of intoxicating liquors, more especially when exposes to the winter’s blast on our wide prairie.  Yours truly, R. S. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois,  January 26, 1844 Contributed by NP]

Margaret Everwein
Woman a Victim of Drink
Peoria IL - October 10-- Mrs. Margaret Everwein, a resident of Bartonville and a woman of considerable property, was found dead in bed Tuesday morning. She was 60 years of age and weighed 215 pounds. The testimony before the coroner showed that she had been in a state of intoxication nearly all the time for the last year, and that for a month she had not been sober. A verdict of death from excessive alcoholism was returned. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot, October 10,1895, page 2, Contributed by Desiree Burrell Rodcay]

H. Ohl
Fatal Accident
While Mr. H. Ohl of Pekin was riding home from this City, last Wednesday, in company with Mr. Link, also of Pekin, he was thrown from the carriage about three miles from here and received so severe a fracture of the skull that he died the following day.  Mr. Ohl is a brother of Mr. Ohl the baker at the corner of Washington and Fayette street. – Peoria Transcript [Stark County News, Toulon Ill., November 12, 1859; Sub. by NP]

Benj. G. Roges
Benj. G. Roges, who resides near Jubilee College, in Peoria county, recently while in Peoria, received such a kick in the breast from a horse in the street, that he died in less than an hour. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 15, 1846.  Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Alva Reynolds
Died at Peoria, May 29, of dropsy of the heart, Alva, 8, son of Charles W. and Kate Reynolds and grandson of W. C. Reynolds of this city. [Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883]
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Reynolds are absent today, called to Peoria to attend the funeral of their grandson, a son of C. W. Reynolds, formerly of Henry. The little fellow has been sick for some time. The stricken parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the friends here in their bereavement. [Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883]

Ella Holbridge
Peoria - Ella Holbridge, inmate of State Insane Asylum since 1902, escaped and walked into embers of ruins of factory fire.  Burned to death.

Christiana Walker Boal
Death of Mrs. Dr. Boal -- We learn from the Peoria Transcript that Mrs. Christiana Walker Boal, the wife of Dr. Robert Boal, formerly of Lacon, died at Peoria early last Friday morning. For the last two years she had been confined to her home, an invalid, and her death was not unexpected. She was suddenly taken worse Thursday evening and her physician was called.  He remained with her until morning when she breathed her last, death being caused by nervous exhaustion.  The deceased was the daughter of James and Elizabeth St. Clair, and was born in Philadelphia, April 30, 1810.  When she was quite young her parents moved in Cincinnati, afterwards to Montgomery , Hamilton County, in the same state, and then to Reading Ohio, where she was married May 31, 1831 to Dr. Boal, who had been admitted to the practice of medicine three years previously.  The continued making Reading this home until 1836, when they removed to Lacon in this state.  In 1865 they moved to Peoria and have since resided there.  Mrs. Boal was a lady of excellent qualities, who made fri ends on all sides. Possessed of brilliant conversational powers and gifted with a happy disposition, she was a cherished friend and a general favorite. Possessed of brilliant conversational powers and gifted with a happy disposition, she was a cherished friend and general favorite.  She was also gifted with high literary talent, which was made manifest by many graceful contributions to the press. For years her contributions were to be seen in the Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post, the Delphia Saturday Evening Post, the Ladies Friend, Graham’s Magazine and local papers. While her husband was a member of the state senate, she wrote a series of letters for the Chicago Tribune under the title, "Springfield as seen by a Lady." These attracted wide attention and for a long time their authorship was kept a secret. Many of her original letters were copied into English periodicals as well as translated into a number of German, French and other foreign magazines.  Mrs. Boal was the mother of three children who survive her – Charles T., of the wholesale store of Saxon, Cribben & Co., Chicago; James St. Clair, assistant prosecuting attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Clara B., widow of the late Colonel Greenbury L. Fort of Lacon.  The deceased was next to the youngest of five sisters, all of whom are now dead except the eldest, Elizabeth, who is now at the residence of Dr. Boal and over 80 years of age. [The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 21, 1883]

William Hadley
William Hadley died last week at Peoria in the 54th year of his age. His ailment was dropsy.  He was the only brother of James M. Hadley, the carpet dealer in whose store he had been employed.[The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883]



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