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The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 29, 1849
Contributed by Nancy Piper

We copy the subjoined obituary notice from the Peoria Register of yesterday.
Died at San Francisco, California, on the 26th September last, Col. Wm. L. May, aged 60 years.
The deceased left this city last spring for California, with a view of bettering his fortune and improving his health. Scarcely had he arrived at his destination, ere he was stricken down by the fell destroyer, death. Col. May had long been a prominent citizen of Illinois and was a member of Congress from the Springfield district for two terms.



The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 26, 1849
Contrbuted by Nancy Piper

William Mitchell, Esq., Secretary of the Illinois and Mississippi Telegraph Company died at Peoria on the 13th inst. He was one of the best citizens of that place. He has held the office of county commissioners’ clerk for several years and at the time of his death was Secretary of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Illinois. He was an Englishman by birth.


The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 29, 1849
Contributed by Nancy Piper
Died at the Peoria House, on Saturday morning, the 22d inst., of erysipelas, Capt. Ralph Woodruff, of Ottawa, aged about 45 years.
The deceased was one of the party who had started for California, notice of which was given in the Daily Champion a few days since; but in consequence of a fall which he received while carrying a trunk, it caused the location of the disease in his arm, which hastily termianted his eventful life. Although a stranger among us, to the friends of the deceased, who were distant, we would say he had every care and attention that could be given him. Every want was supplied and although he was in much pain, nothing was wanting from our worthy hosts to alleviate his sufferings.
Mr. W. had been one of the earliest settlers of Ottawa, and no man in the county was more widely known. He had started from this place some two weeks ago in company with a brother and brother-in-law for California, but was arrested in his journey, as above indicated, to depart for that other world, from which no traveller returns. Scarcely had his friends here heard of his disease, when one of his children, a daughter, Emma, aged about four years, died and now another of his children, an older daughter, is laying at the point of death. We sincerely sympathize with the bereaved and afflicted widow, in this her day of sore trial.



Mr. John Johnson, Sr., died at the residence of his son near Chillicothe, April 3d, 1883, at the age of 85 years, 5 months, after an illness of 3 months of dropsy and Bright’s disease. Was born in Kentucky, Nov. 5, 1797. His parents moved to Switzerland Co., Ind., in 1799, where he grew to manhood. In 1823 he was united in marriage to Miss Sinah Mounts, and in 1831 they moved to Illinois, arriving in Peoria, Oct. 7th same year. While in Indiana he served four years as lieut. Colonel of the 44th regiment Indiana state militia; also served 8 years as deputy sheriff of same county. Since living in Illinois he has filled almost every office in township government, was justice of the peace 29 years in the township of Kickapoo, where he resided over 40 years. He was a Baptist in faith and a democrat in politics. He is the father of 10 children, four of whom survive him, three sons and one daughter; William living in St. Joseph, Mo., Marion living in Nebraska, John living near Chillicothe and Mrs. Eli Albertson of Henry, Ill. His life companion died Oct. 7th, 1873. He was a man honored and respected by all who knew him.  [The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, April 12, 1883.  Contributed by Nancy Piper]

From the Memorial Leaflet

Contributed by Sue Blankenship and Candi Horton




Born: September 3, 1933, Peoria, IL

Died: March 31, 2000, Tucson, AZ

Memorial Mass: Monday, April 3, 2000, Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Tucson, AZ

Interment: East Lawn Palms Cemetery, Tucson, AZ

Peoria Journal-Transcript, Peoria, Illinois, Sunday, November 26, 1939
Contributed by Arnie Breitenbach


Order autopsy in the death of a man, 51, Joseph Crosley, 1535 South Adam Street, collapsed at his home at 5:05 p.m. last night and died in a Gaussam ambulance en route to St. Frances hospital. Dr. Harold F. Diller, Peoria county coroner, announced last night that an autopsy would be conducted today. It is believed Mr. Crosley was a victim of heart disease. Mr. Crosley was born in Burlington May 20, 1888. He was a World War veteran and had recently been employed in W.P.A. work. (In 1911 he was working as an ice cream manufacture). His only survivor is a sister, Sister Orlando, Aurora, Illinois and one son, William, Burlington. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery.

Peoria Herald Transcript
Sunday, March 14, 1909, page 3
Contributed by 42dbstone(at)


    Joseph Voegele, one of the best known men in this part of the state and proprietor of the Morton House, died last night in Morton, Ill., following an illness of only a few days.  Mr. Voegele leaves a wife, one son, brother and sister.
    According to arrangements a funeral train over the Illinois Traction system has been chartered and the remains will be brought to Peoria Tuesday morning.  Funeral services will take place in St Joseph's church, Rev. Father Quinn officiating, Interment will be made in Peoria."

Peoria Herald-Telegraph

Sunday, May 30, 1926 [section 2, page 11]
Contributed by 42dbstone(at)


Morton, May 31-(Special)-Karl E. Vogele, 29, the largest man in Tazewel[l] county and perhaps central Illinois, was found dead in bed about 5 o'clock Saturday morning.  He had been in ill health for about six months and had been confined to his bed for some time. A member of the family visited his room at 12 o'clock Friday night and found him resting easily, returning at 5 o'clock in the morning to find that he had expired since the last visit.
     Karl E. Vogele was born in Peoria, April 8, 1897, and was the only living child of Joseph and Elizabeth Vogele.  His father preceded him in death about 15 years ago.  The mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kreamer, survives.  The family moved to Morton when Karl was 4 years old [1901], and he has since lived here.  For years he has been known throughout the county as central Illinois' largest man, having at one time weighed 505 pounds.
     The body was taken to Boland undertaking establishment at Peoria and funeral services will be held at the Boland chapel at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. H.G. Witte[?] former pastor of St. John's Lutheran church of Peoria will officiate.
     Burial will be at St. Joseph cemetery at Peoria.

Death notice in Peoria Herald Transcript of May 29, 1926 (page 3) reads as follows:

Voegele-Karl, May 29, 1926, at 5 a.m. at the residence in Morton, IL; age 29 years, funeral from  Boland Mortuary,  Tuesday at   2 p.m. Friends invited, Interment in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Peoria (IL) Journal Star

Dec. 3, 1940

Contributed by 42dbstone(at)




August Voegele, Cigar Maker, Is Taken By Death

    Msgr. Frederick Gahlman, pastor of St. Joseph's parish, will officiate at services for August Voegele, 60, former cigar maker, who died at 10:20 p.m. Monday at the residence, 114 Butler street following a lengthy illness.
     Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the residence and at St. Joseph church. Burial will be in St. Joseph 's cemetery.  Friends may call at the residence after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
      Born  July 13,1880, in Ettenheim, Germany, he came to this country 40 years ago.  He was married here to Louise Kohler in 1906.  He was a member of St. Joseph's church and the Modern Woodmen of America.  Mr. Voegele retired five years ago.
      Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Roselynd Stone, Mrs. Louise Hageman and Miss Marcella Voegele, and a son, Joseph former coach at Spalding Institute, all at home; a sister, Lena, in Germany; five brothers, Hugo, Peoria. Frank, Carl, Do Adolph, Emile, all of Germany."


Peoria (IL) Transcript
April 25, 1924
Contributed by 42dbstone(at)




    After a lingering illness of a year's duration. Mrs. Serphine Knebel Kohler, wife of Martin Kohler, passed away at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Louisa Kohler Voegele, 114 Butler street,at 6:30 o'clock Saturday morning.
     Mrs. Kohler was born in Baden, Germany, November 16, 1943, coming to this country in the year 1872, coming direct to Peoria, this city has been her home ever since.
     Mrs. Kohler was held in high esteem by all who know her for her many high traits of character.  She was a woman for her home and family, and her passing causes general regret.  She is survived by her husband and only daughter mentioned above.
     The funeral services will be held in Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the residence of her daughter and 9 o'clock from St. Joseph church, and the interment will be in St Josephs cemetery."
Also on April 25 was death notice:
     Kohler-Mrs Serphine Knebel, wife of Martin Kohler, died April 24th, 1915 [their date], at 6:30 a.m., at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Louisa Kohler Voegele, 114 Butler street; aged 71 years, 5 months and 8 days.
     Funeral from the above address Monday at 8:30 a.m., thence to St. Joseph's church. Friends invited. Interment in St. Joseph's cemetery."


Peoria Journal Star, Thursday, December 6, 1951

Peoria, Illinois

Contributed by Ginger




    Mrs. Louise Marie Burchett, 59, of 609 N. River Front, widow of Jack Burchett, died at 2:30 this morning at her home.  Mrs. Burchett lived in Peoria 40 years and at her present residence 15 years.

    Born Aug. 1, 1892, in Keokuk, Ia., she was a daughter of Henry J. and Christena Biehl Berndt*.  She married Mr. Burchett in Jacksonvile [sic] Aug. 1, 1907.  He died in 1942.

    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Stella Gleason, and a son, Henry Burchett, both of Peoria; her mother, Mrs. Christena Allen of Peoria Heights; a brother, Henry Berndt of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Augusta Lewis, Springfield, and seven grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilton mortuary.  Interment will be in Springdale cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary Friday afternoon and evening.


* note from submitter, mother's name was Elizabeth "Christine" Behl-Berndt-Allen, who lived in Peoria with her husband Eli Y. ("Lee") Allen.  She married Lee after her first husband Henry Berndt died.


Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Tuesday, September 21, 1869

Contributed by Jim Dezotell

John Dredge, an old and well-known citizen of Peoria, died suddenly at his residence on Saturday morning, of congestion of the stomach. He was a man noted for his business energy, and respected by all who knew him.

Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, September 1, 1869
Contributed by Jim Dezotell


An Irishman named Patrick Rowan fell dead on the steamer City of Pekin, Sunday morning, while she was lying at Peoria. He was employed as a deck hand, and had just rolled a barrel of salt into the boat, when he fell forward upon his face. His home is in St. Louis, and has a mother living in Alton.



Judge William Hale, an old citizen of Peoria, and first Mayor of that town, died at his residence there on Friday last, aged 76 years.  He was greatly esteemed by his neighbors as a man of universal intelligence and integrity.

[Stark County News, Toulon Ill., December 3, 1859, contributed by Nancy Piper]



Died at Chicago, March 26, Benjamin F. Tichenor, 34, of the Wabash R. R. ticket department (See Chicago letter.) Interment at Peoria, by special train on Wabash R. R. on Wednesday, 28th inst.

[The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883, contributed by Nancy Piper]



Died near Chillicothe, April 2, 1883, of dropsy and old age, Mr. John Johnson, 86, father of Mrs. Eli Albertson of this city.

[The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883, contributed by Nancy Piper]

Contributed by his daughter, RoseAnn Linsley


Jose Jesus Huerta, age 91, of California, formerly of Peoria, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Western Medical Center in California.

Jose was born on July 12, 1923 in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, Mexico to Pascual and Manuela (Hernandez) Huerta. He married Natalie Caroline Sierra on May 11, 1946. She preceded him in death in May of 2004. Also preceding him in death are his parents, his siblings Connie McDowell, Sister Pascualita, Pascual Huerta Jr., Theresa Huerta and one daughter-in-law, Anita Huerta.

Surviving are his children, Jose Jesus Huerta, Jr. of Huntington, IN, Ramon (Patricia) Huerta of Peoria, IL, RoseAnn (Scott) Linsley of Mission Viejo, CA, Dolores (Greg) Bartlett of St. Peters, MO and Esperanza Huerta of Yuma, AZ; 21 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Conrad Huerta of Cozad, NE, Salvador Huerta of Gering, NE, Phillip Huerta of Roswell, NM, Cora Lucius of Gering, NE, Rita Garcia of Versailles, MO, Mary Blanchard of Wray, CO, Patrick Huerta of Zollikofer, Switzerland.

Jose served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1951. He then worked as a Press Operator for Caterpillar for 30 years before he retired. He loved to tinker, observe nature and enjoy the company of his beloved Chihuahua, Pepito.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Peoria with visitation beginning at 9am. Father Terry Cassidy will be officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Peoria. Arrangements were handled through Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria.

Class of 1833 - JACOB GALE. Born, Feb. 22, 1814, Salisbury, N.H. Son of Benjamin and Achsah (Bailey) Gale. Mr. Gale went to Peoria, Ill., in 1834, the year following his graduation, and studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1837. He was active in practice until 1844, when he was appointed clerk of the circuit court. He served in that capacity for twelve years, and was made circuit judge in 1856. This office he resigned the following year. Judge Gale never resumed the practice of law after his resignation. He served two terms as mayor of Peoria, and was for many years superintendent of public schools. He was eight years secretary of the Peoria Gas Lighting Co. Judge Gale was deeply interested in historical and scientific subjects, and was prominent in several societies devoted to these interests.
Died, Oct. 20, 1900, Peoria, Ill.
Married, June 7, 1838, Caroline P., daughter of Dr. Peter Bartlett, Peoria, Ill., who died in 1871. Two sons. [Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1900-1901, Hanover, N.H. - Trans. by K. Mohler]

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond, VA

Feb. 03, 1922


Lynchburg, Va., Feb. 2 – Word has been received here of the death January 30, at Peoria, Ill., of Thomas D. Patterson, who was a native of Appomattox County and who had many relatives in that county and in Lynchburg. He went West in early life and was for many years engaged in the express business. His wife and four children survive. Mr. Patterson was a brother of Mrs. L. O. Booker, of Lynchburg.

Class of 1862 – JOHN SANBORN STEVENS. B. 16 Sept., 1838, Bath, N.H. Lawyer. D. 4 Mar., 1912, Peoria, Ill.

Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1911-1912, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Class of 1878 – FRANK WADLEIGH GOVE. B. 2 Jan., 1854, Boston, Mass. Business. Prof. Math., Colo. State Univ., 1878-79. D. 28 Sept., 1910, Peoria, Ill.

Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Class of 1896 – EDMUND FREDERIC RIESZ. Born, Dec. 14, 1875, Peoria, Ill. He came to Dartmouth from the Peoria High School. Since his graduation from college he had been engaged in teaching. His first work was in the schools of his native city. Late he taught in a military academy at Lexington, Mo. For the past few years he had been teaching in San Antonio Academy, San Antonio, Texas. During the summer of 1901 he determined to discontinue teaching and take up electrical engineering, for which he appeared to have particular aptitude. He made arrangements to work at Webbwood, Canada, and in the latter part of June he went there to begin his labors. July 7, Riesz, with two other men, started to cross the river which runs through the place, for the purpose of examining some curious clay formations on the opposite bank. While attempting to pass from an eddy into the main current of the river, the canoe was capsized and Riesz lost his life.

Died, July 7, 1901, from drowning, at Webbwood, Canada.


Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.





Extracted from the Peoria Journal Star

Aug. 26, 1963
Original newspaper from the Sid Eslinger Collection


Age: 48

Residence: 506 W. Hanssler Pl.

Death: "Yesterday" at her home.

Birth: April 3, 1915 (Peoria)

Parents: Elmer S. & Minnie E. (Oren) Schofield

Marriage: Alvin C. Demmin (May 11, 1935, Peoria)

Church Affiliation: Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church

Survivors: Husband; daughter Mardell (Mrs. Rox) Bucklin (Peoria); son Gary A. (Peoria); mother Mrs. Minnie Schofield Siddle (Peoria); grandson.

Preceded in death by: father, brother

Funeral: Wednesday, Davison Funeral Chapel

Burial: Swan Lake Memory Gardens




Extracted from the Peoria Journal Star

Aug. 26, 1963

Original newspaper from the Sid Eslinger Collection


Age: 69

Residence: 804 W. Maywood Ave.

Death: Saturday afternoon

Funeral: Tuesday, Wilton Mortuary

Burial: Parkview Cemetery





Extracted from the Peoria Journal Star

Aug. 26, 1963

Original newspaper from the Sid Eslinger Collection


Age: 52

Residence: River Forest

Death: Sunday afternoon (River Forest)

Survivors: wife Marie Knepp Bell; daughter Cynthia; son Daniel; sister Mrs. Virginia Summers (Los Angeles, CA)

Funeral: Tuesday, Drechsler Funeral Home (Oak Park).  Masonic rites in peoria on Tuesday by Peoria Lodge 263, AF&AM. 

Burial: Springdale Cemetery





Extracted from the Peoria Journal Star

Aug. 26, 1963

Original newspaper from the Sid Eslinger Collection


Age: 62

Residence: 141 Pierson St., East Peoria

Death: Saturday (Methodist Hospital, Peoria)

Birth: July 1, 1901 (Belleville)

Parents: Phillip Fabre & Elizabeth Breucher

Marriage: 1) Hazel De Cota (d. previous to him) and 2) Helen R. Culley (m. May 18, 1958)

Occupations: Goodwill Industries manager (Peoria), Caterpillar Tractor Co.  Retired four years previous to death due to poor health.

Church Affiliation: First Methodist Church (East Peoria)

Organizations: Hilton Lodge AF&AM; Peoria Scottish Rite; Cloverleaf Chapter, OES.

Survivors: wife, son Louis G. Fabre Jr. (Bethany, OK); stepson Dr. William J. Culley (Versailles, IN); stepdaughter Patricia Culley (at home); brothers Rev. Otto Fabre (Bolens, NE) and Arthur Fabre (Northridge, CA); sisters Anna Fabre, Hilda Fabre, Mrs. Alvin Mueller (St. Louis, MO) and Mrs. Theo Wolff (Waynesville, MO); unnamed granddaughter.

Interment: Body willed to Cook County Graduate School of Medicine.

Memorial Service: First Methodist Church (East Peoria), Tuesday.





Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
Date: 01/14/2009


Obit: Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Deceased Name: Donald Tunis

Age: 57

Residence: 483 Big Red Court, Sparland, IL

Death: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 (OSF in Peoria)

Birth: March 2, 1951 (Peoria, IL)

Parents: Dennis and Eleanor (Schlink) Tunis

Spouse: Rebecca J. Kearney (m. Oct. 11, 1991, Sparland)

Preceded in death by: Jim Tunis (brother), Calvin Tunis (son)
Occupation: Caterpillar Inc. (32 years).  Also partner of Redeemed Metal Crafters LLC (Sparland)

Military: Illinois Air National Guard, pilot.

Hobbies: travel, motorcycles, children and grandchildren.

Church affiliation: Grace Bible Fellowship Church (Lacon)

Memorial service: Saturday, Jan. 17, Weber-Hurd Funeral Home (Chillicothe)


[Survivors deliberately omitted for privacy reasons]



William J. Coutts

Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
29 Jun 2005
Contributed by Denise Parsons

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - June 19, 2005
Spring Valley - William J. Coutts, 60, of 838 W. Dakota St. died at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2005, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Oct. 27, 1944, in Spring Valley to James and Marie DeSerf Coutts, he married Rebecca Miller on June 27, 1970, in Spring Valley. She survives. Also surviving are his parents of Spring Valley; one son, William Jr. "Bill" (and Julie) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one sister, Cynthia (and Thomas) Vallero of Spring Valley; one brother, James (and Diane) of Oregon, Ill.; and one grandson.
A member of Spring Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was a Vietnam War Navy veteran, serving as a radio operator on the U.S.S. Waller from 1965 to 1969. He was an assembler at Caterpillar Inc. in Aurora.
He coached Spring Valley Little League for 19 years.
Services will be at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday at Barto Funeral Home, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Spring Valley. The Rev. Paul Meismer will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with a prayer service at
7:30 p.m.
Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park.

Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
Date: 09/17/1993
Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy



Age: 68

Residence: Manchester, TN (formerly of Peoria)

Death: Thursday, September 16, 1993 (Medical Center of Manchester)

Birth: September 06, 1925 (Coffee Co., TN)

Parents: Lee & Minnie Reed Simmons

Spouse: Mary Lena Jones
Occupation: Order Clerk for Caterpillar, Inc. (Peoria, IL)
Military: WWII Navy

Funeral: "Saturday" at Manchester Funeral Home.
Burial: Hurricane Cemetery, rural Coffee co., TN



October 18 – Dr. Edgar Allen Hall, former physician of this city, died in Glasford.

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, January 1, 1925 - Sub. by Nancy Piper



Peoria Journal Star, August 26, 2001

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 66

Death: Friday, August 24, 2001 (Proctor Hospital)

Birth: Feb. 18, 1935, Chicago

Parents: James L. Sr. & Minnie E. Hoffonhofer Broderick

Marriage: Marie Y. Shkwarek (November 01, 1971) (Chicago, IL)

Military: Marine Reserves (Korean War)

Education: University of Illinois (B.S. in Art and Liberal Science)

Occupation: Owner of Broderick Appraisal Service (real estate appraisals)

Organizations: Proctor Hospitla's Hole-in-the-Throat Club, Sigma Phil Epsilon fraternity





Peoria Journal Star

October 07, 2003

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 81

Residence: 806 W. Chalon Place

Death: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003

Birth: July 17, 1922, Rubens, Idaho

Parents: Valentine & Helen Curless Ruckman

Marriage: Homer Keller, Sept. 10, 1941, Moscow, Idaho

Education: University of Idaho

Organizations: Peoria Children's Home; Crittenton Home; YWCA; Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Park District recreation committee; Amateur Musical Board; Girl Scouts; Peoria Junior League; PEO Sisterhood; Peoria Beautiful; Lakeview Museum; Peoria County Bar Wives; Wildlife Prairie Park Gift Shop; Country Store, Peoria Park Board

Funeral: "Friday"

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg




Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 12, 2003

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 87

Death: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, Anacortes, Washington

Birth: Dec. 18, 1915, Peoria

Parents: Roy & Bess Keller

Occupation: Librarian, retired from Detroit Public Library (early 1980s)

Education: Bradley University (1937), B.S. Library Science

Organizations: North Peoria Women's Club; Monday Club




Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 2, 2005

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 93

Residence: Port Charlotte, Florida; formerly of Peoria

Death: Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at Deep Creek Rehab and Nursing Center, Punta Gorda, Florida

Birth: Feb. 11, 1911, Peoria

Parents: Edwin & Helen Blaze Keller

Marriage: Viola Springer (she d. 2003)

Funeral: "Today", Apostolic Christian Church, Sarasota, Florida

Burial: Palms Memorial Park, Sarasota.



Peoria Journal Star

Oct. 20, 2006

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 95

Death: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Birth: April 30, 1911, Columbus, Ohio

Parents: Stanley & Sadie Laughman Hamilton

Marriage: Lowell E. Keller, Dec. 16, 1945 at Columbus, Ohio

Military: worked for U.S. Army during WWII

Occupation: Bookkeeper, Kroger Company

Organizations: University United Methodist Church; Proctor Hospital Service League; Peoria Women's Nine Hole Golf League

Interests: Sewing, crafts, photography, swimming, gardening

Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, Wilton Mortuary

Burial: private




Peoria Journal Star

May 16, 1998

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 84

Residence: Lutheran Home, formerly 2806 N. Dechman

Death: May 14, 1998

Birth: May 16, 1913 at Kewanee

Parents: Frank and Bessie Eby Williams

Marriage: Grace Schindler, Jan. 24, 1942 in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Occupation: Caterpillar, Inc. (38 1/2 years), retired 1974

Military: World War II Army veteran

Organizations: Caterpillar Retirees; Temple Lodge 46, AF & AM; Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church

Funeral: "Monday" at Wilton Mortuary

Burial: Swan Lake Memory Gardens




Peoria Journal Star

Nov. 12, 2000

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 78

Residence: 2535 Lake Bend Terrace, Carrollton, Texas

Death: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000

Birth: Jan. 10, 1922, Peoria

Parents: Toy O. & Verneice White Williams

Marriage: 1) Lillian Ammerman, Feb. 10, 1945, San Angelo, Texas (she d. Sep. 13, 1974 in Peoria)  2) Lois Sutton, March 26, 1977, Peoria.

Military: World War II Army Air Forces veteran

Memorial services: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, Carrollton, Texas

Burial of ashes: Hilltop Park Cemetery, Carrollton.  Metro-Crest Funeral Home.





Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 9, 2006

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 77

Residence: Phoenix, AZ (formerly Peoria)

Death: Saturday, Dec. 25, 2005

Birth: Oct. 29, 1927, New Ross, Ind.

Parents: Earl & Nellie Hadley Williams

Marriage: Rosemary Woody, Dec. 23, 1950, Thorntown, Indiana

Military: World War II Army veteran

Occupation: parts management (Caterpillar, Inc.) 35 years, retired 1985

Education: Bachelor's degree in education, Purdue University, 1950

Memorial Service: Jan. 15, Messinger Mortuaries, Scottsdale




Peoria Journal Star

Jan. 9, 2011

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 82

Death: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, Proctor Hospital

Birth: July 25, 2918, Poseyville, Indianda

Parents: Dale & Beatrice (Davis) Grigsby

Education: Poseyville High School, 1946

Military: Marines, Sgt. in Army, Korean War 1950-1952.

Occupation: Continental Emsco (20 years), Carver Lumber Co. (22 years)

Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, Werry Funeral Home, Poseyville, Indiana

Burial: Poseyville Cemetery.




Peoria Journal Star

July 20, 2006

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 57

Residence: Peoria, IL

Death: July 19, 2006, Proctor Hospital

Birth: April 19, 1949, Peoria

Parents: Frederick & Juanita JoAnne Short Grigsby

Funeral: Saturday, July 22, 2006, Deiters Funeral Home, East Peoria.

Burial: Fondulac Cemetery, East Peoria



Peoria Journal Star

October 20, 2005

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 44

Residence: Peoria

Death: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005

Birth: Oct. 31, 1960, Evansville, Indiana

Parents: Robert J. & Mary Sue Grigsby

Education: Richwoods High School, Western Illinois University

Funeral: Poseyville, Indiana, at a later date, Werry Funeral Home






Peoria Journal Star, May 26, 1998

Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Birth: Feb. 1, 1920, Peoria

Parents: John & Pansy Phillips Grigsby

Marriage: Dorothy Toomer, May 20, 1944, Lewistown.

Funeral: "Wednesday" at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton

Burial: White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton




Peoria Journal Star

June 08, 2012

Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Age: 48

Death: June 6, 2012

Birth: Dec. 12, 1963, Dyersburg, Tennessee

Parents: Bob J. & Linda R. McGuire Burdin

Marriage: Michael Bland, July 8, 2012, Peoria

Funeral: June 10, 2012, Wilton Mortuary





Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 14, 1968

From the collection of Sid Eslinger, contributed by Cade Helmick


Funeral: "Friday", Wright & Salmon Mortuary & Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church

Burial: St. Joseph's Cemetery

Death: "Monday"

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Meyher

Marriage: Matyas Koos, Feb. 15, 1919 at Peoria (he d. Oct. 21, 1952 in Peoria)

Organizations: Sacred Heart Church, St. Joseph's Sodality




Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 12, 1968

from the Sid Eslinger Collection, contributed by Cade Helmick


Age: 87

Death: "Today", St. Francis Hospital

Birth: June 22, 1880 at Kickapoo

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. John Koerner

Occupation: music teacher

Organizations: St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church

Funeral: "Wednesday", Wright & Salmon Mortuary/St. Mary's Church

Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery




Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 14, 1968

From the Sid Eslinger Collection, submitted by Cade Helmick


Age: 84

Occupation: former Peoria tavern owner

Death: "Today", Fireside Nursing Center

Other: lived in Peoria 50 years

Birth: Jan. 1, 1884, Homore, Greece

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Nickolas Kaparos

Marriage: Helen Motley, Peoria (she d. March 17, 1963)

Organizations: All Saints Greek Orthodox Church

Funeral: "Friday", Wilton Mortuary

Burial: Springfield Cemetery




Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 6, 1968

From the collection of Sid Eslinger, submitted by Cade Helmick


Age: 65

Death: Tavares, Florida

Occupation: retired Caterpillar Tractor Co. supervisor

Birth: near Gridley, April 15, 1902

Parents: Alex & Emma Adam Helbling

Marriage: Irene A. Dare, Peoria, May 23, 1920

Organizations: Epworth Methodist Church; Temple Lodge 46, AF & AM; Peoria Consistory, Scottish Rite, and Mohammed Temple, Shrine.




Peoria Journal Star, August 29, 1979

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 43

Death: "Yesterday" at St. Francis Hospital

Occupation: Photographer, Caterpillar Tractor Company (25 years)

Military: two years in Army

Organizations: St. Philomena Catholic Church

Birth: March 21, 1936, Peoria

Parents: Edward M. & Eleanor Melcher Svymbersky

Funeral: "Tomorrow", Wright & Salmon Mortuary/St. Philomena Church

Burial: Resurrection Cemetery




Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 24, 1979

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 87

Death: "Last Saturday", Danville Veterans Administration Hospital

Residence: Cairo (60 years), then to Peoria with his nieces

Military: WWI veteran

Birth: Thompson Bend, Missouri, Feb. 8, 1892

Parents: Rutherford & Callie Black

Funeral: "Tomorrow", Simons Mortuary

Burial: Springdale Cemetery




Peoria Journal Star, February 3, 1980

From the collection of Sid Eslinger, submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 69

Residence: 4207 North Grandview Drive

Death: "Yesterday", Proctor Community Hospital

Other: grandson of Frederick L. Block, founder of Block & Kuhl Company.

Birth: June 10, 1910, Peoria

Parents: Carl C. & Jeannette Avery Powers Block

Marriage: Gertrude I. Slack, June 9, 1935, Peoria

Education: Lawrenceville prep school; University of Illinois

Occupation: Block & Kuhl (1932-1943) (1945-1959)

Military: Navy, 1943

Funeral: "Tomorrow" at First Federated Church (Wilton Mortuary)

Burial: Springdale Cemetery




Peoria Journal Star, July 18, 1962

From the collection of Sid Eslinger, Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 46

Occupation: grade school teacher at Peoria (Calvin Coolidge & Irving Schools)

Birth: Feb. 12, 1916

Parents: August J. & Marian C. Gardner Schertz

Education: Illinois State Normal University; Northwestern University (Master's degree)

Organizations: First Federated Church

Marriage: Harold W. Carlson, Aug. 24, 1946, Tiskilwa, IL

Funeral: "Friday" at First Federated Church (Wilton Mortuary)

Burial: Mount Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa



Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 26, 1961

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 38

Birth: Oct. 29, 1923, Yorkville, IL

Parents: Montgomery & Florence Swain Tillitson.

Marriage: Addison A. McLintock, Dec. 28, 1943, Houston, Texas

Organizations: First Federated Church of Peoria

Funeral: Mittendorf Funeral Home, Champaign, "Tuesday"

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana, IL




Peoria Journal Star, February 24, 1960

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 69

Residence: Proctor Home (since Jan. 1960), previously at 1224 N. Frink St.

Death: "Today", Proctor Home.

Birth: Aug. 21, 1890, New Milford, OH

Parents: Charles R. & Mary L. Heald Bingham

Marriage: 1) Thomas J. Bice, Sept. 1, 1909 at Moline, IL (he d. Jan. 12, 1945 in Peoria); 2) Clarence Spence, Oct. 22, 1946, Peoria.


Funeral: "Saturday", Wilton Mortuary.

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Moline, IL




Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 6, 1960

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 44

Residence: Edinburg, Ohio (former Peorian until 1945)

Cause of death: apparent heart attack

Funeral: "Friday", Wood Funeral Home, Ravenna.

Burial: Edinburg Cemetery

Birth: Paxton, April 26, 1916

Education: Bradley University

Marriage: Robert Thomas Bice (Peoria)





Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 5, 1963

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 67

Residence: 3612 N. Woodbine Ter., Peoria

Death: "Tuesday", St. Francis Hospital

Occupation: Sears store in Peoria, 20 years.  Retired two years prior to death, and worked at Olson Realty Co.

Organizations: First Federated Church of Peoria; Orlando Crowther Post 16, American Legion (Canton)

Military: WWI Vet

Funeral: "Thursday", Murphy Memorial Home, Canton.

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery

Birth: Sept. 10, 1896, Winchester (Scott Co.), IL

Parents: John & Sadie Langsford English

Marriage: Leah Zimmerman, Aug. 16, 1916, St. Louis, MO.




Peoria Journal Star

October 19, 1961

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Residence: 72 Olive Street, Galesburg

Death: "Thursday" at Cottage Hospital

Funeral" Monday, Hinchliff and Pearson Funeral Chapel.

Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery

Birth: near Kirkwood

Marriage: George E. Springer, Nov. 10, 1908 at Enid, Oklahoma

Other: taught school in Kirkwood and Monmouth before marriage.

Organizations: First Methodist Church, WSCS, Barraca Berean Sunday School Class




Peoria Journal Star, May 27, 1960

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 71

Residence: 4615 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights

Death: "Wednesday"

Funeral: "Today", Wilton Mortuary

Burial: Swan Lake Cemetery

Other: resident of Peoria area for 45 years

Birth: White County, Illinois, Aug. 7, 1888

Parents: Theodore & Anna Phelps Millspaugh

Marriage: Alfred Hufford at Mt. Vernon, Indiana on May 24, 1906




Peoria Journal Star, May 27, 1960

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 88

Death: "Thursday"

Birth: Elmwood, Sep. 5, 1871

Parents: Ike & Mary Jane England

Occupation: City of Peoria (15+ years)

Funeral: "Saturday", Endsley & Son Funeral Home

Burial: Springdale Cemetery



Peoria Journal Star, May 27, 1960

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 71

Residence: Speer, IL

Death: "Thursday" at St. Francis Hospital

Funeral: Cox Memorial Home, Wyoming, IL




Peoria Journal Star, May 27, 1960

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 81

Residence: St. Joseh's Home

Death: "Thursday"

Birth: New Orleans, LA; Aug. 29, 1878

Funeral: "Saturday", St. Joseph's Home Chapel

Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Kickapoo, IL



Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 17, 1961

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


age: 62

Resident: 2814 W. Seibold St.

Funeral: Stone Mortuary (Bartonville)

Occupation: attendant at Peoria State Hospital (11 years)

Cause of death: hanging



Peoria Journal Star, May 9, 1962

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 52

Residence: 912 W. Butler St.

Death: "Monday"

Funeral: "Thursday" at Boland Mortuary & St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery

Occupation: head plumber at Peoria State Hospital (14 years), owner/operator of liquor store



Peoria Journal Star, July 16, 1956

Submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 84

Marriage: Henry J. Johnson (he d. 1948), at Edholm, NE on Sept. 10, 1895.

Death: "Monday" at Methodist Hospital

Other: early years in Wisconsin; pioneer teacher of Wisconsin and Nebraska.  After her marriage they moved to Freeport (husband was president of the Freeport Gas Machine Company, Inc.)

Organizations: First Presbyterian Church (Freeport), Women's Club (Freeport)



Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, May 20, 1962

From the Sid Eslinger Collection, transcribed and submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 66

Address: 908 Northcrest Ave., Peoria

Occupation: Lockwood Manufacturing Com. (Cincinnati, Ohio) for 28 years

Birth: Oct. 28, 1895

Parents: Thomas F. & Mary Ellen White Lawler

Marriage: Mae Hall (of Decatur, IL), Jan. 21, 1920.

Education: St. Bernard's grade school; Spalding Institute

Other: played semi-pro ball, pro football at Peoria Social Athletic Club; St. Philomena's Catholic Church; Mt. Hawley Country Club

Military Service: 308th Field Signal Battalion, discharged 1918. 

Funeral: "Tuesday", Wright and Salmon Mortuary & St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery


Louis G. (Lucky) Kramer


Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, May 20, 1962, From the Sid Eslinger Collection.  Transcribed and submitted by Steve Slaughter


Cause of death: heart attack

Death: "Friday"

Age: 37

Residence: 1530 W. Kettelle St.

Occupation: Letter Carrier from East Peoria Post Office (12 years)

Birth: Peoria, Aug. 22, 1924

Parents: Henry & Alta Fountaine Kramer

Marriage: Dorthy Graham, July 22, 1947 in Peoria

Military: WWII army veteran

Funeral: "Monday", Schmidt Funeral Parlors (East Peoria)

Burial: Parkview Cemetery


Bennard R. Johnson


Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 2, 1959

From the Sid Eslinger Collection, transcribed and submitted by Steve Slaughter


Age: 75

Residence: 2631 N. Springdale Av.

Occupation: retired salesman for Chris Hoerr & Son, retired in 1956 after 46 years

Funeral: St. Paul's Espicopal Church

Death: "Thursday", Proctor Hospital

Birth: Aug. 13, 1884, Peoria

Parents: Harry & Cheda Bruninga Johnson

Marriage: Lenora A. George, April 7, 1920 at Springfield, IL

Organizations: St. Paul's Church; Peoria Lodge 15, AF & AM; Peoria Consistory, Scottish Rite Bodies; Mohammed Temple, Shrine and Peoria Council 112, United Commercial Travelers of America

Burial: Swan Lake Memory Gardens



Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
Date: 06/26/2012
Submitted by a FoFG


Age: 90

Death: Thursday, June 21, 2012 (at her home)

Birth: Gilman, IL, March 28, 1822

Parents: Allen & Pearl (Cox) Skinner

Education: Teaching certificate, Blackburn College; BA elementary ed, Rockford College.

Occupation: Teacher.  First job was in n. Boone co, one room schoolhouse; then 2nd grade at Poplar Grove Elementary until her retirement in 1988.

Civic: Hunter Methodist Church Board; Hunter United Methodist Women; Secret Sisters; Sunshine Club; HEA; Illinois Retired Teachers Association; Eastern Star; Livingston Cemetery Board; election judge; Manchester Planning Commission; volunteer at Belvidere Historical Museum.

Preceded in death by: parents, sister Marion Kessler.

[Survivor information omitted for privacy.]


Peoria Transcript, Tuesday, May 16, 1871
Contributed by Dennis DeVault



In Galesburg, Sunday, May 14, of chronic gastritis, HANNAH E., wife of George W. Devault in the 38th year of her life. Funeral on Wednesday, (unreadable) , at two o'clock at the home of Wm. P. Truesdale on Madison st. in this city. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

[Note from contributor: Hannah was the second wife of George DeVault; married in 1853.  She was the daughter of Hollis Allen.  Buried in Springdale Cemetery]

Peoria Transcript, 1876 (unknown month and day)
Contributed by Dennis DeVault


In this city, Saturday morning, April 29th, after an illness of nineteen wks, MR. GEORGE W. DeVAULT, aged 54 years. The deceased was one of the old settlers of the city, coming here from  Pennsylvania in the year 1845. He was for a number of years connected with the Truesdale Planing Mill, and lately was engaged in the sale of sewing machines. He maintained a good position in left, and was highly respecter by a large circle of friends. His funeral took place yesterday from his residence on Fayette street, the service being conducted by the Rev. Mr. Morgan of the First Methodist Church, of  which the deceased was a member.

[Note from contributor: Buried in Springdale Cemetery]


The Quincy Daily Journal, Sep. 9, 1912, Page 3

courtesy of Debbie Gibson



Louis Brackensick of Bartonville, Ill., died there Sunday morning, the cause of his death being as yet unknown. He had been a resident of Quincy up till about five years ago, when he was sent to Bartonville. His death occurred at the age of 52 years. On receiving word of the death August Stormer and W. H. Brackensick, a brother of the dead man, left for that city. His body will be brought here for burial and is expected to arrive tonight. He is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. Anna Brackensick; four brothers, August, John, Frank and William; one half-brother, Oscar Brackensick, and one sister, Mrs. Ernest Rottman, all of Quincy. His body will be brought to August Stormer's undertaking establishment.

From the Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 01, 2004
Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Birth: Nov. 05, 1916 (Peoria, IL)
Parents: Karl & Katharine Graf Hess
Marriage: Benjamin C. Dieckman, Nov. 4, 1956 (he d. Oct. 06, 1993)

Death: Sat., Jul 31, 2004 (Heartland Health Care Center)
[survivor information omitted for privacy]



From the Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 7, 1993
Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Birth: Feb. 29, 1912 (Sample, Kentucky)
Parents: Herman & Bessie Bell Dieckman
Spouse: Sophie Hess (m. Nov. 4, 1956)

Age: 81
Residence: 100 W. Jefferson
Death: Wed., Oct. 06. 1993 (McDonough District Hospital)
[survivor information omitted for privacy]



Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
Date: 09/27/2011
Contributed by A Friend of Free Genealogy

Birth: in Peoria, IL
Parents: Richard  Nina Louise Houghman Whitman
Death: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
Funeral: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Relocated from Peoria to South Carolina
[survivor information omitted for privacy]

Priscilla Aby

 Priscilla E. Aby was born in Ohio July 1, 1833. At the age of nine years she moved with her parents to Peoria county, Illinois, where she has since made her home. In August,1854,she was married to Anderson C Yelm. To this union were born 14 children, five of whom preceded her in death. About two years ago Mrs. Yelm suffered from a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered. On Sunday April 13, she was again stricken and was removed to St. Francis hospital at Galesburg,where she died at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, April 22. Her body was brought to her old home at Elmore.

Appropriate funeral services were conducted in the Elmore Methodist church of which she was a member.

She is survived by five daughters: Mrs M. A. Patty, of West Jersey; Mrs Mary Norman, of Scott City, Kansas; Mrs Hattie Patty, of Kewanee, Illinois; Mrs Addie Rice,of Victoria, Ilinois; Mrs Ida Riggen, of Laura, Illinois; and four sons: Jonas E. of LaFayette;  Benjamin, William, and Charles A. of Elmore;  one sister, Mrs. Mary Mills, of Maccmb,IIlinois; one brother, John A. Aby, of Harper City, Kansas. Besides these there remain 62 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn her departure.

At the time of her death Mrs Yelm was 85 years,9 months and 22 days old. She was laid to rest in Elmore cemetery, the Rev J. A. Decker, pastor of West Jersey and Elmore churches, officiating.


Contributed by Dick Parr

Mrs. Arvilla Addy

Mrs. Arvilla Addy was born in Hollis Township, Peoria County, December 4, 1879, and passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 7, 1940.

She was the daughter of  William C. and Sarah Brisendine Stokes. On October 5, 1898 she was united in marriage to Charles B. Addy. To this union were born three sons; Lloyd E., Russell A., and Lawrence O. all of Glasford.

Mr. Addy preceded her in death April 4, 1933. A sister, Lida, who was very close to Mrs. Addy  also preceded her eight years ago December 8.

Remaining to mourn the loss are the three sons and three grand children, Dean, Robert and Patricia Addy, one aunt, Mrs. J. L. Maple of Glasford and one uncle, W. B. Brisendine of Pekin.

Mrs. Addy's death came after major operation at the Methodist hospital in Peoria. For months she bravely struggled to recover, but at last God called and she answered  "I am ready." She waved us good bye and passed on to that home where no sorrow or pain ever come and to meet the loved ones who have gone before, there to receive her well earned reward. She will be sadly missed by her many  friends and neighbors. Her life has been example of unfailing patience and self sacrifice for others asking nothing for herself.

Memories of her many deeds of kindness will remain with us. We will not say she is dead, she is just away.
Funeral services were held Tues­day at the Glasford Baptist church conducted by the pastor, Rev. John Schlenker. Mrs. Ferri Lightbody and Mrs. Marybellle Blessing sang with Mrs. Lois Baker at the piano.

Pallbearers were Jack Firth, Chas. Brown; Wm. Weers, Geo. Bandy, Elmer Lightbody and Arthur Heltzel. Interment was in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  December 12, 1940

Contributed by Dick Parr


Clarence Ashford Brandt, 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

Contributed by Dick Parr

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

Contributed by Dick Parr

John W. Wright Family

Victims of Riverboat Columbia Disaster

Four members of the family of  John W. Wright, his wife and children, Mrs. Wm. Scott, and Jacob and Mr. Wright's sister Mrs. John Brown, were laid to rest in a large grave.

Mrs. Catherine M. Wright was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tharp, and was born at Kingston on May 20, 1881. She was married Jan. 1, 1898, to John W. Wright.

Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband, and one child, Charles William, aged 14, four brothers and three sisters, James, Charles and Logan Tharp, of Kingston Mines and Jake Tharp, of Glasford, Mrs. Emma Gent, Mrs. Margaret Gent, of Kingston Mines, and Mrs. Lemuel Bitner, of Glasford.

Mrs. Catherine Scott, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, was born Sept. 20, 1900, at Kingston. She was married May 18, 1918, to Wm. Scott, who is in the army, stationed at Fort Ben Harrison, near Indianapolis. The husband returned the day after the wreck, on a short furlough, not expecting to find his wife of only a few weeks cold in death.

John Jacob, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, was born Nov. 28, 1909 at Kingston Mines, and was 8 years old at the time of his death.

Mrs. John Brown was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wright and was born at Kingston Mines, March 17, 1889.

She was married June 6, 1918, to John Brown. She leaves to mourn her sad death, father and mother, who is in poor health. husband, one brother; John Wright, who also mourns the loss of three from his own family and four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Foley, Mrs. Polly Robinson, Mrs. Anna Beetler, and Mrs. Minnie Slater.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il. May 11, 1918


Contributed by Dick Parr


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

Contributed by Dick Parr

Ollie Calhoun

Ollie, infant daughter of Smith and Lydia Calhoun, died July 21. On 22 at 2 o’clock p.m. The funeral services were conducted in the M. E. Church, Mapleton. The little body was laid to rest in the Maple Ridge Cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. July 26, 1901

Contributed by Dick Parr


Miss Malvena Slack, daughter of  Rev. Geo. B. Slack, was born at Knowlton  Mills, Warren County, New Jersey. October 13, 1854. Was married to Wm. E. Nichol July 3, 1873. To this union three children were born, one of which is still living.

They came to Illinois in August 1879 and 1ived in Kingston  Mines a few years then moved to Washington, Illinois and from there they moved to Stromsburgh, Nebraska,  where her husband died Feb. 5, 1899. She moved to St. Louis in the spring of 1904 and in June 1907 moved to Kansas City, Mo., where she was married to Walter E. Casleton, July 8, 1907, who with her son, Bert Nichol of Denver, Colo. survive her. She died Feb. 19, 1908 at Kansas City aged 53 years 4 Month's and 6 days. Interment in the cemetery at Washington, Ill. by the side of her children. Funeral services were conducted at the homeof Mr. and Mrs. Frank Geason of Washington.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  March 5, 1908

Contributed by Dick Parr


Mrs. Alice Elizabeth Chambers, widow of William Franklin Chambers, former Glasford resident, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1935, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Theodore Kasiens, 234 Ayers Ave., Peoria, where she had lived lived the past five years. She was 75 years old.

Private funeral services were held Friday morning at the residence, conducted by Rev. Hubert L. Barnett, pastor of West Bluff Christian church. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Williamsfield, Ky., June 4, 1860, the daughter of James and Rebecca William Coats. She was married to John B. German at Lewistown, Ill., February 26, 1878. He died at Canton, Ill., July 10, 1915. Her second marriage was to Mr. Chambers March 26, 1922. He died October 22, 1927, at Glasford, when he was caught in the cave-in of a sewer ditch. Mrs. Chambers is survived only by the one daughter.
She spent the greater part of her life in the vicinity of Lewistown and Glasford.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. August 29, 1935

Contributed by Dick Parr

Former Resident Dies in New Mexico

Mrs. Geo. Hess has received word of the death of Clarence Chellew, of Albuquerque, N.M., former resident of Glasford.

Mr. Chellew was born in Glasford Jan. 12, 1872; was the eldest son of Joseph and Florence Ladd Chellew. He was married to Etta Glasford, to whom were born three sons, Chester of Albuquerque, N.M., Ernest of Torrance, Calif., and Howard of Peoria, He left Glasford moving to Peoria where he run a grocery store on the corner of Fayette and Knoxville for a number of years.

About twenty years ago the moved to New Mexico.

He died Thursday, November 28 at 6 a.m. and was buried in Albuquerque. He leaves two brothers, Walter of Buffalo, N.Y., now in Los Angeles and Arthur of New York City, and one sister Lettie of Peoria, and two grandchildren, Jean and Martha of Albuquerque.

Mrs. Chellew died 2 years ago.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il  December 5, 1940

Contributed by Dick Parr


Mrs. Eliza Clauson, daughter of  Joseph and Nancy Petty, was born March 17, 1860, near Glasford, and lived on the same homestead at the time of her death. She passed away November 24, 1934, at 9:30 a. m., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Nuhn, of Trivoli.

At the age of 16 years she united with the Baptist Church. On December 16, 1880, she was united in marriage to Jordan Clausen. To this union was born 12 children, as follows: Mrs. Frank Clark, Glasford; Wm, Clauson, Peoria; Mrs. Albert Shafer, Glasford; Mrs. Charles Barron, Mapleton; Mrs. Lewis Saylor, Pekin; Mrs. Rena Miller, Galesburg; Mrs. Irwin .Sprague, California; Mrs. Albert Nuhn, Trivoli; Charles and John Clauson, Glasford, Two children died in infancy.

There are also surviving, the husband, 16 grandchildren and 7 great grand children, one sister, Mrs. George Clauson, of Glasford, one brother, William Petty of Portland, Oregon, one half brother, James Petty of Elmwood, and a host of relatives and friends, who are left to mourn the loss of a loving wife and a dear mother.

Dearest mother, how we'll miss you,
And your loss we deeply mourn,
But in heaven we hope to meet you
When our toils on earth are done.

Mrs. Clauson was brought to the Wilkey mortuary in Glasford.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev, M. Scherf pastor of the Timber Lutheran Church. Appropriate selections were sung by Mrs. Mabel McEhaney and Mrs. Fern Lightbody, accompanied by Mrs, Anna Wikey.

Interment was in Lancaster Cemetery. The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, Archie Barron, Clinton Saylor, Merlin Clauson, Dean Shafer, Clyde Burbank, and Henry Lacock

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. November 29, 1934

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


Mrs. Anna L. Clinebell, wife of John Clinebell, who was taken to the Proctor hospital in Peoria for treatment, contracted pneumonia, and passed away March 7, after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller, of Farmington.. Interment was at Lancaster cemetery.

The service was largely attended, testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased was held in the community.

Anna L. Peters Clinebell, daughter of Esther and Samuel Peters was born near Glasford, Peaoria County, Illinois, December 22, 1866. She attended the Bateman school and later taught there.

On March 8, 1887, she was married to John Clinebell. They moved at once to her late home near Glasford. To this union were born ten children. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband John Clinebell, and the following children Cora Maple and Eleanor Bontz of Mapleton, Florence and Howard of Springfield, Ray of Glasford, George of Danvers, Emerson of Peoria and Glenn of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She also leaves her mother, one sister, Florence Gracey, St. Petersburg, Florida, two brothers, Lawrence of Lacon and James of Peoria, and twelve grandchildren, besides numerous other relatives and friends.

She united with the Baptist Church of Glasford at the age of twelve years and remained a faithful servant of God, making her Christian character a factor for good throughout the community.

After a brief illness at home, she was taken to the Proctor Hospital, in Peoria where after all medical aid had failed, she passed away on March 7, 1924, at the age of 62 years, 2 months and 13 days.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. March 14, 1929

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


Chalmer Darr, son of Edmond and Melissa Hunter Darr, was born in Jersey county, August 1, 1902, and died January 26, 1935 near Jerseyville.  He is survived by his wife, Alvina Brandt Darr, one daughter, Marcella, and one son Chalmer LeRoy; four brothers, Charles Wesley of Mena, Arkansas, Richard of Alton, Chester of Piasa and Herbert of Jerseyville; three sisters, Mrs. Ada Ayers of Alton, Mrs. Lottie Bean of Kane and Mrs. Cora Bloomer of Jerseyville. Also three of his cousins survive him, Mrs. Ella Means, Mrs. Nettie Ryan, and Mrs. Effie Herring. His parents and a twin sister, Mrs. Margaret Smith preceded him in death. Margaret, his twin sister, having died on February 5, 1934.

Chalmer spent all of his life in Jersey county and attended Jersey county rural schools. Following the death of his mother when he was a boy, he went to live with Mr. and Mrs. John Watson east of Jerseyville, and spent all of his youth with them.  He was an industrious and hardworking boy and man and was loved and respected by his fellow-workers.

He attended Sunday School and church at the Paradise Baptist church near his home.

In addition to his family he leaves to mourn his death a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Chalmer Darr, will be remembered as Alvina Brandt daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wert Brandt.

Among those attending the services at the Gubser funeral home at Jerseyville were Mrs. Frank Keyler and son John Arthur, Mrs. Richard Brandt and son, Clarence, and daughter, Mrs. Vera McAlister, of Hanna City; Mr and Mrs. William Pillman, Mrs. Dorothy Brandt Masters and son Junior of Peoria.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday January 31, 1935

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


A. C. Doll has received word that his brother, H. B. Doll, died last Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Hamilton, in California. Mr. Doll was 81 years old.

The remains will be brought to Glasford, arriving Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. Hamilton. Burial will be in Lancaster cemetery.

Before leaving Peoria in June, Mr. Doll expressed a wish to have his body cremated in case of his death, but it is not known whether his wish was granted, nor just when the funeral services will be held.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il Thursday November 1, 1923

H. B. Doll

Horatio B. Doll was born April 4, 1842, in St; Louis, Mo.  In December of 1843, with his father he came to old Lancaster, then the leading town of Timber township. He lived there until his marriage to Miss Sally McCullough, just before the Civil War.

On the opening of the war, at the age of 20 years, he enlisted in Co. E., 71st Ill. Vol. Inft., which was recruited for only three months service, which most people thought would see the war through. After being mustered out of the infantry he enlisted in Co. E., 17th.Ill., Cavalry, and served until the end of .the war.

Mr. Doll followed farming as an occupation until he moved to Peoria. He spent all his life in Peoria county, except four years in Colorado.

He was a charter member of Timber Post 432, G.A.R., later transferring his membership to Bryner Post, Peoria, of which he was commander for one year.  He was also a member of  the Masonic lodge and the Shrine.

In. May Mr. Doll went to Long Beach, Calif., to stay with his daughter; Mrs. Fanny Hamilton. His death occurred there October 26, at the age of 81 years.

Funeral services were held there, under the auspices of the Masonic order.

The remains were cremated there and the ashes brought back home for burial, by the daughter, Mrs. Fanny Hamilton. Interment was in the Lancaster cemetery on Tuesday, the service being conducted by Timber Post G.A.R., assisted by several members of the Peoria Post.

Mr. Doll is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hamilton, (one preceding him in death), four brothers, A. C. Doll, of Glasford,  B. C. Doll of Lancaster, Jake and Lincoln Doll of Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Laura Wilson of Evanston.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. Thursday November 8, 1923

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


Mrs. Hester VanArsdale Dombaugh, 71 years old, widow of the late Joseph Dombaugh, died at 8:25 o'clock Thursday, April 12, 1934, at her residence in Hanna City, following a short illness. Mrs. Dombaugh  was in perfect health until she suffered a fall at her home about a week ago. Her death carne suddenly. She had made her home for the past 14 years in Hanna City.

Mrs. Dombaugh has born in Rosefield township, Peoria comity, Il., on September 25, 1862, the daughter of James and Katherine Boswell VanArsdale. She was united in marriage to Mr. Dombaugh in Galesburg. Ill, in 1909.  He preceded her in death in January 1916.

Mrs. Dombaugh was not a member of any society but she often attended the Methodist church. Her enjoyment and work in life was that of making a fine home for her husband and herself, and friends did not visit the Dombaugh home, but what they felt the hospitality and Christian spirit therein.

She is survived by two brothers, R. Frank VanArsdale, Galesburg, III.; and Garrett VanArsdale, Hastings, Neb.

Services for Mrs. Dombaugh were held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the chapel of the Gauss mortuary.

Pall bearers were Paul Gardner, John, Irvin and Will Blackman, Ethan and Clarence Parr.

Those attending memorial services from out of town were a brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Frank VanArsdale, Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Yount of Urbana, Mrs.Sadie Howard, Springfield, Paul Gardner, Forrest, Ill., nieces of her late husband were Miss Elva Walliker, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fox and daughter of Monica, Mrs. Addie Coats and son, Robert and wife of Jubilee, Mrs. Frank Hensler of Galesburg. A host of other friends of Peoria and vicinity. Interment at Cottonwood cemetery.

The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Thursday April 19, 1934

Contributed by Dick Parr

Mrs. Minerva Bandy Dead  (Death Notice)

Mrs. Minerva 'Nerva' Bandy, lifelong resident of Glasford, died Monday at midnight at the home of her niece, Mrs. Emma Kennedy of Peoria, where she had been visiting the past two weeks.
Mrs. Bandy was taken suddenly ill with double pneumonia Saturday eve­ning and her condition was at once serious.

The body will be brought home Thursday morning and funeral services will be held at her home in Glasford, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Inter­ment will be in Lancaster Cemetery.

Mrs. Bandy was born in Glasford, August 4, 1852. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Sarah Fahnestock, St. Louis, Mo; two grandchildren, Mrs. Edwin Laux, Bushnell, Ill., Mr, Harold Rathbun, Long Beach, Calif.. and two great grandchildren, Evelyn Laux, Bushnell, and Roberta Rathbun of Long Beach, Calif

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  September 19, 1929

Mrs. Minerva Bandy Petty (Obituary)

Mrs. Mineva 'Nerva'  Bandy Petty was born August 9th,1852 near Gasford, Illinois and departed this life, September 15, 1929 at the home of her niece, Mrs. Emma Kennedy in Peoria, Illinois. She was preeeded in death by her hushand and two daughters and leaves to mourn  her loss one sister, bars. Sarah Fabnestock of St. Louis, Mo. a granddaughter; Mrs. Edwin Laux of Bushnell; a grandson; Harold Rathbun of Long Beach„Calif.; and two great grand­daughters, Evelyn Nadine.Laux and Roberta Joan Rathbun, also several nieces and nephews and a host of friends by whom she will be sadly  missed. Mrs. Petty was a member of  the Womens Relief Corps of Glasford. She was 77 years, 1 week and.l day old at the time of her passing.

Funeral services were held at the residence in Glasford. Friday afternoon, September 20, conducted by Rev. E. L.Fahnestock of Colchester. Two hymns were sung by Mrs. Fern Lightbody and Morris Rader. There were many beautiful and elaborate floral tributes.

Interment was in  the Lancaster Cemetery. The Women's Relief Corps, of which the deceased was a member, conducted their burial services at the grave.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  September 26, 1929

Unknown, undated newspaper


     LeRoy Reed of Chillicothe, a farm hand employed on the Arthur E. Cox farm southwest of Duncan, died about noon Monday, June 29, of heat prostration.  He had been plowing corn, and after he had been overcome with the heat he was immediately carried to the house and a Princeville physician was called, but he died within a short time.  The heat was intense in the sun on Monday, and the man was 72 years old.  This is the first death reported in Stark county this year from the heat, although others have suffered from sun strokes, and many have found it advisable to do their work during the early morning and in the evening.

     Mr. Reed had been employed on the farm this summer, and was a cousin of Lafe Reed of Mossville, who formerly lived in the Duncan communithy.  He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Calkins, of Peoria, and also a son in the same city.

     Immediately after his death relatives were notified, and his body was taken to Chillicothe by a nephew, where it was prepared for burial.

Contributed by Dick Parr

Mrs. John Schoon

Mrs. Louise Schoon, wife of the late John Schoon, former Glasford residents died Tuesday afternoon at eh home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Tjaden, of Washington. She was 73 years old and had been ill for a long time.

Mrs. Schoon was a daughter of Vincent and Theresa Miller, and was born on a farm near Peoria, Jan 14, 1861. She was married to John Schoon more than 50 years ago.

She is survived by the following children: Walter of Lewistown, Eberhard Schoon of Peoria, Mrs. Minnie Keil of Chenoa, Mrs. Clara Owen of Hanna City, Edward Schoon of Manito, Mrs. Lulu Robbins of Chillicothe and Mrs. Adie Tjaben of Washington. There are 21 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren who mourn her passing. Two brothers and one sister, Robert Miller, Spring Lake, and Stephen Miller, this city, and Mrs. Bertha Losch, Peoria are also survivors.

Funeral services were held today (Thursday) at the Evangelical church in Washington, and interment was in Glendale Cemetery, at Washington.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il  Jul 20, 1934








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