Peoria County, Illinois  Genealogy Trails



All these folks are listed in the 1843 Chicago City Directory "Obituary" Section for Early Chicago Settlers and other well-known citizens 
"Directory of the city of Chicago, Illinois for 1843"  Chicago: Fergus Print. Co., 1896 -Kim T. 2007

Peoria Deaths: Ford, Thomas, lawyer, judge, and governor, died, Peoria, Ill., November 3, 1850, aged 50.

Obituary of Aaron R. French
Peoria Journal Star, September 19, 1998, Page: B5
Aaron French
PRINCEVILLE - Aaron R. French, 42, of 317 Edwards Road died at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 23, 1956, in Kewanee to Ray and Delores Piersall French.
Surviving are his mother, Delores Geater of Mineral; two brothers, Thomas of Edinburgh, Ind., and Frank of Mineral; three sisters, Lorraine 
Powell of Edinburgh, Ella Toland of Wyoming, Ill., and Kathleen French of Mineral; and 10 nieces and nephews.
His father and one brother preceded him in death.  He worked in retail marketing at Foster & Gallagher for four years. He was a member of Princeville Baptist Church.
Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m.Tuesday at Wyoming Funeral Home in Wyoming.
The Rev. Ted Butler will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in rural Wyoming.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to any charity.

Obituary of Robert G. Fulk
Peoria Journal Star, September 16, 1998, Page: B4
Robert Fulk
PEORIA - Robert G. Fulk, 68, of 2715 Woodbine Terrace died at 12:28 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Born April 15, 1930, in San Jose to Omar and Mary Keith Fulk, he married Ruth Priest on Jan. 10, 1959, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Karen Hayes of Peoria and Carol Wood of Downers Grove; one son, Mark of Peoria; two grandchildren;
four sisters, Margie Sullivan of Bartonville, Dorothy Farmer of Morton, Verla Hoffman of Spring Bay and Juanita Bailey of Creve Coeur; 
and one brother, Virgil Fulk of Lake George, Minn.
He worked for Laidlaw Wire Co. and later worked for Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Caterpillar Retirees Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. The Rev. Richard Horvath will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 
tonight at the mortuary, with a Scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Metamora.

From: Nancy Piper
Taken From the Henry Republican

April 13 1882
Death of W. H. Fleming
Notwithstanding the fact that it has been for some time anticipated, we are pained to announce the death of Will H. Fleming, which took place at the residence of his father, Rev. James Fleming, one mile west of Dunlap, Peoria county, at 2 o'clock p.m. on Monday, April 3.  William was born in Marshall Co., West Virginia, Sept. 11, 1856, and was consequently over 25 years of age at the time of his death.   He was a very exemplary young man, possessing excellent qualities of head and heart, and will be sadly missed in society, and in  the literary clubs and entertainments, in which he took a deep interest.  Will was a recent graduate of Washington academy,   at Cannonsburg, Pa., and was for some time an instructor in Latin in that institution.  He taught several terms in the Salem school house,  near his father's residence and was much thought of in that connection.  His death was occasioned by pulmonary consumption, of which  his brother Paul died a year ago last fall.  The death of this young and promising son and brother is a sad affliction to his family,   and we extend to them our most heartfelt sympathy, and know that in doing so we but reflect the feelings of this whole community.
The funeral took place on Tuesday -- Princeville Independent.

Obituary for Mary H. Hardy Foster
Eagle Publications, July 26, 2001
Submitted by: Sara Hemp
Mary H. Foster
Mary H. Foster, 86, Blandinsville, died at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001, at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg.
She was born May 9, 1915, in Peoria, to Marion Alva and Ella Sticklen  Hardy. She married Henry F. Foster Aug. 19, 1933, in Macomb.
He preceded  her in death March 13, 1974.
She is survived by two sons, Robert (Betty) Foster, Good Hope, and Jim (Donna) Foster, East Galesburg; two daughters, Bonnie (Harlin) 
Hickman, Galesburg, and Marietta (John) Farris, Cameron; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one great-granddaughter.
She owned the Pine Brooks Variety Store in Galesburg for several years. She also worked at the Burlington Ordinance Plant.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 23, 2001, at South Cemetery, rural Blandinsville.


Saturday, March 6, 1999, B4 [ch]
Peoria Journal Star

Name: Vicki L. FOX
City: Peoria
Age: 46
Death: 6:05 p.m., Wed. March 3, 1999, Proctor Hospital
Birth: July 28, 1952, Portland OR.
Father: Benjamin Fox
Mother: F. Eleanor McWilliams
Preceded in Death: Mother, 1 Brother
Survives: Father (Cortez Colo.),1 Brother (Cortez Colo), 2 nieces, 1 nephew
Funeral Home: Cumerford- Endsley- Diggle
Burial: Private

Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, August 30, 1998

Peoria- Loren R. FRAZEE Jr., 78, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, at Snyder Village in Metamora, where he had been a resident for the past two years. 
Born Jan. 5, 1920, in Bartonville to Loren R.Sr. and Dollie B. MOSS FRAZEE, he married Juanita M. STEINSEIFER on Feb. 24, 1941, in Missouri. 
He was a World War II Army Veteran.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. David Peter will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. 
Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. See orginal obit. for more information.

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; 
and one sister, Mrs. Thelma Storry of Peoria. One daughter Shirley Miller French, five brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.
Davison-Fulton Western Chapel, Peoria/Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.

Madlyn Frevert
March 28, 1997, Peoria Journal Star
HANNA CITY -- Madlyn J. "Dick" Frevert, 80, of 303 N. Carole died at 1 p.m.Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 11, 1916, 
in Hancock County to Lewis and Mildred Cunningham Cramer, she married Ernest Joseph Frevert on April 24, 1940, in Burlington, Iowa. 
He died Aug. 9,1993, in Hanna City. She also was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. Surviving are four sons, Bill of Hanna City, 
Don of Oshkosh, Wis., Bob of Butte, Mont.,and Toby of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.She attended Hanna City Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. Kerry A. Frantz will officiate. 
Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in rural Hanna City. Memorials may be made to the Hanna City Presbyterian Church Building Fund. 
[Donated by: Londie Benson © Sept. 2000.]

 Mrs. Mary Fisher
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary F. Fisher, 83, of 32? Widenham St., widow of Frank D. Fisher, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Boland mortuary and at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Rev. P.O. Culleton will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. 
[Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 13, 1951 - C. Horton -2007]

Mr. and Mrs. George Field

Following the passing of Mr. And Mrs. George Field in Chillicothe the friends were informed only a few days afterwards that a sister of Mrs. Field in Massachusetts had also been called to the life elysian. This is a rare coincidence of three of a family thus passing into the spiritual world within a few days of each other. 
[Henry News Republican, Henry, IL February 11, 1915- Nancy Piper 2009]

February 4, 1915

Laura Bass Field 
Laura Bass Field, daughter of George Bass and Laura Pool, was born Nov. 13, 1838 at Williamsport, Vt., and died at her home in Chillicothe, Ill, Feb. 1, 1915
Mrs. Field was left an orphan at the age of 8 years and was reared in the family of her uncle, Martin Bass, in Williamstown, Vt. The wife of this uncle having become an invalid, the care of the large family devolved upon Mrs. Field at a very early age. Notwithstanding this, she received a good education in the public schools of Vermont, and attended for a time Meiiden Academy in New Hampshire. In 1859, she came west and located in Dover, Ill., where a number of her mother’s people resided. She taught school in and near Dover until her marriage to Mr. George Field, Sept. 2, 1862. To this union were born two children, Maud Mary and Lora Bass, who died at the age of 11 years. After her marriage she and her husband returned to Leverett, Mass., Mr. Field’s native town, where they resided until their return to Dover, Ill., where they lived until 1885. Shortly after they had moved to Wyanet, Mrs. Field began the study of medicine and spent sometime at the Hahnemann Medical college, Chicago, after which she practiced medicine until 1898, when they moved to Chillicothe were they have since resided.
Mrs. Field was a woman of strong, rugged character and was the seventh in the line of direct descent from John Bass, who married Ruth Alden, daughter of John Alden and his wife Priscilla Mullins, who came to New England in the Mayflower. The Bass family have left their mark upon the history of New England, one of them having recently been governor of New Hampshire. Mrs. Field was one of strong religious convictions and in very early life united with the Congregational church of Williamsport, Vt., and has been a faithful church and Sunday school worker during her entire life. [Henry News Republican, Henry, IL February 11, 1915- Nancy Piper 2009]

Mrs. Eleanor Ferguson
January 4, 1877
Taken From the Henry Republican 
At Peoria, Dec. 31, of old age and infirmity, Eleanor, aged 83 years 1 month, 4 days, wife of the late Isaac Ferguson, and mother of Mr. Cicero Ferguson of this city.
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Isaac Ferguson
December 21, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican 
At Peoria, Dec. 18, of paralysis, Isaac Ferguson, aged 85 years, 11 months, and 18 days, father of Mr. Cicero Ferguson of this city. 
Isaac Ferguson of Peoria, father of Mr. Cicero Ferguson of this city, died on Monday of a paralytic stroke, at the great age of 85 years. He received the first one the Monday previous, which rendered him speechless and helpless. The aged wife has been bedridden for the past 10 years, and speechless for about two years and it was a sad sight indeed for the tow, both occupying the same couch, to be unable to speak to each other. The death of the venerable lady is expected at any moment. 

Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409] 

Thomas Henry FASH 79 years old, resident of Peoria all his life, died at the home of his daughter Elizabeth Ingersoll 1900 Seventh Ave., at 12:45 O’clock yesterday afternoon. 

The son of Henry and Lavina Miller Fash, he was born in Peoria, July 23, 1865. He Married Anna M. Schafer in Tazewell Co. Dec. 5, 1885. She died here Dec. 23, 1933. Mr. Fash had been a carpenter 35 years retiring two years ago. Surviving are two daughters Elizabeth Ingersoll and Laura Wolf both of Peoria; one brother Daniel A. Fash of Peoria; one sister Mrs. Addie L. Rookksby of Chicago, Ill.; one grandson Robert J. Willis of Peoria and one Great Granddaughter Betty Lois Willis of Peoria. One son Charles H. Fash, died March 19, 1927 and one daughter Addie Myrtle Fash died in infancy.

Funeral rites will be conducted by the Rev. O. L. Mullet at ten o’clock Wednesday morning at the Wilton Mortuary. Interment will be at the Fash cemetery. 
Friends may call at the mortuary after 4 p.m. tomorrow. 
Submitted by Wendy Stevens

Edgar FASH, Tuesday, October 17th, 1922, at 1:30 o’clock a.m., aged 35 years 11 months. 
Funeral services will be held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 oclock
Friends invited. Internment Fash Cemetery, Farmington Road. 
Submitted by Wendy Stevens

Fash, Charles Henry son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas H. Fash, at his late residence, 410 W. Ayers Avenue, Saturday March 19, at 5:30 o'clock a.m. 
Age 29 years, 6 months, 2 days. Fu­neral will be at the Mortuary chapel Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment in the Fash cemetery, Farmington road. 
Friends may call at the chapel after 3 o'clock Monday. 
Submitted by Wendy Stevens

Fash, Albert, Son of Mrs. Gottl Kohl, of Park Road, at St. Francis. Hospital, Wednesday. April 70th, 1927: at 1:45 o'clock p.m.  Age 20 years, 6 months, 12 days.
Funeral services at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment in Park View Memorial Park. 
Friends may call at the chapel Thursday afternoon and evening. 
Submitted by Wendy Stevens

Betty Friedan: Feminist icon dies - 
Peoria native and author of 'The Feminine Mystique' had turbulent times in her hometown, but never forgot her roots.

PEORIA - Betty Friedan, a valedictorian of Peoria High School whose book "The Feminine Mystique" helped launch the modern feminist movement, died on Saturday, her birthday. She was 85. Bettye Naomi Goldstein was born Feb. 4, 1921, at Proctor Hospital to Miriam and Harry Goldstein. She later dropped the "e" from her first name. 
"It used to embarrass me, even to admit that I came from Peoria," Friedan wrote in The New York Times in 1978. "It was a vaudeville joke, the epitome of the hick town. Peoria, Ill., population 100,000, more or less - the town where I was born and grew up, and knew I had to get out of. I never wanted to go home again, or so I always used to tell myself." 

Friedan's cousin, Emily Bazelon, said Friedan died about 2:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at her home in Washington, D.C. She had been suffering from cancer and congestive heart disease. 
Bazelon said Friedan had lapsed into unconsciousness Friday morning, but her three children thought she waved to them a couple of times before she died Saturday. 
"She opened her eyes a few times today," Bazelon said. "She didn't speak, but she did seem to focus on her son, Daniel." 
Friedan's death comes less than two months after the Dec. 10 death of Richard Pryor, another famous former Peorian. 
Friedan's father, who was born in Russia, came to Peoria in 1896 at age 15 and sold collar buttons from a street-corner stand. He parlayed that into Goldstein Jewelry Co. which sold gems, silver and china.  Friedan's mother, the daughter of immigrants from Hungary, was the society editor of the Journal Transcript but quit that job at her husband's insistence after they were married. She wasn't happy about it. 
"She was a wonderful bridge player, a very good hostess, she played a good game of golf; she did everything a woman was supposed to do," Friedan told the Journal Star in 1988. "But she certainly wasn't my role model." 
The family lived at 105 Farmington Road in an eight-room house near Bradley Park. When Friedan was a child, her parents had her and her two younger siblings tested at Bradley University. 
"I believe her IQ was so high that it was off the charts," said Friedan's brother, Harry Goldstein of Palm Springs, Calif. "She was the most brilliant person I've ever known in my life, and I've known a few."  She also had a temper. "I have the scars to prove it," said Goldstein. At 80, he still has a small scar on his forehead where she threw a glass at him about 70 years ago when he inadvertently walked in on her partially undressed. "I'm proud of that scar," Goldstein said. "I got her upset." 
Friedan attended Whittier Grade School and Peoria High, where she was one of six valedictorians of the class of 1938. She wrote a column for the school newspaper, edited a literary magazine and acted in school plays.
"In those days, I had no sense that women lacked power," Friedan said. "In my family, and in others, too, it sometimes seemed as if women had too much power. They certainly ran our lives, and they could make life hell for our fathers. It took a new consciousness to realize that women often took their own frustrations out in the covert power they used on their husbands and kids, that they had to dominate the family for lack of economic and political power in the outside world." 
One of her childhood friends was Robert Easton of Peoria, the first boy she ever kissed. 
"She wasn't afraid to disagree with anybody about anything," Easton said. 
The family was Jewish and belonged to Anshai Emeth, the Reform Jewish congregation where a small light was on last month in remembrance of the anniversary of the death of Friedan's father. 
The family was not observant and even celebrated Christmas. 
"We would go to temple on Yom Kippur eve and Rosh Hashanah eve, and that was about it," Goldstein said. 
The week before her confirmation at the temple, Friedan told the rabbi that she didn't believe in God. He told her to keep that secret until after the ceremony. 
But Friedan's family faced discrimination as Jews. They couldn't join the Peoria Country Club, and some prominent Christians wouldn't talk to Friedan's father after business hours. 
"There were maybe two or three Jewish boys or girls in my class and the same with Betty," Goldstein said. "Passive prejudice was always a part of society in those years." 
During her high school sophomore year, she was rejected for membership in a sorority because she was a Jew. 
"Either you were in or you were out," said Jackie Kellogg of Peoria, another childhood friend. "She was bitter about that. She couldn't understand why. Everybody just went along with it." 
The teenage Friedan would sit in a cemetery for hours, crying and writing poems. 
"Believe me, I would have rather been eating hamburgers at the burger place with the other boys and girls than reading poetry and looking at tombstones," Friedan later said. 
Friedan went to Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where her mother had wanted to go, and graduated summa cum laude in 1942. She and Peoria friend Harriet Vance Parkhurst shared an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village with two other Smith graduates, and Friedan worked as a reporter. 
She married Carl Friedan in 1947, and the 22-year marriage produced three children, Daniel, Jonathan and Emily. 
Friedan wrote "The Feminine Mystique" after she surveyed fellow Smith graduates in 1957 for the 15th reunion of her class and found widespread dissatisfaction with their roles as wives and mothers. 
"The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women," Friedan wrote. "It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the 20th century in the United States. Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night - she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question - 'Is this all?'" 
The ground-breaking book's first hardcover publication in 1963 was only a few thousand copies, but it went on to sell more than 3 million copies. 
Bazelon said the book is still relevant for women struggling today to make choices about raising children and working outside the home. 
"I think it's all too relevant," Bazelon said. "We wish the world had moved on more from the issues it raised than it has. There are lots of factors that prevent women from fulfilling their potential in the work force." The year of the book's publication was also that of Friedan's 25th high school reunion. She attended with her husband and children. No one would sit with them at the banquet. 
"She had a very hard time having her opinions respected in her hometown," said Esther Cohen of Peoria, who is related to Friedan by marriage. 
The book helped launch the modern feminist movement. Friedan served as the first president of the National Organization for Women and unsuccessfully campaigned for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, coming to Peoria in 1978 for a torchlight parade in support of the ERA. 
"We have learned to be more than ladies," Friedan said. "We are women who have learned to fight." 
Cohen said Friedan was sometimes ambivalent about the changes she had helped bring about. 
"She worried about how her grandchildren were being brought up," Cohen said. "She wasn't sure she should have sent all the women out into the work force." 
Friedan fell out of favor with some feminists who came after her for what they saw as her bourgeois attitudes. Her later writing included books on aging and the second stage of the women's movement. 
"She became a humanist in addition to being a feminist," Goldstein said. "She looked at the changing roles of each sex and tried to outline healthy paths for each." 
Friedan's niece, Laurie Goldstein, said Friedan was constantly approached by people whose lives she had changed. 
"It was like they rose up in response to the message underneath the book, which was about having equality in marriage and life," Goldstein said. "It was about being able to choose. She led many, many people out of the darkness. People would say, 'Betty you changed my life,' or 'You changed my mother's life' or 'You changed my aunt's life.'" 
Friedan never forgot her Peoria roots. When a Journal Star editor visited her Washington, D.C., home in 1999, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Peoria High School was on a shelf in her living room. Friedan returned to Peoria in 1996 to eulogize her lifelong friend, Harriet Parkhurst. 
"I think it was a great place for her to be from," Laurie Goldstein said. "She had many long-standing friends from there. She always had a place in her heart for Peoria. It inspired her to grow beyond the Peoria pond and to go out and have an impact." 
[Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - February 5, 2006- ch 2011] 

Death Notice for Nedra Haywood Easton
Rushville Times, October 29, 1964
Receives Word on Death Of Great Niece Friday
     Mrs. Esther Aten received word Friday that her great niece, Mrs. Nedra Haywood Easton, 38, of Peoria died at a hospital there Friday 
morning. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haywood of Peoria, former residents of Schuyler county. She leaves five children. The 
funeral services were Monday.
   Note: Mrs. Esther Aten is Esther Elizabeth Copes married to Oscar "Os" Wayne Aten of Ray, Oakland Township, Schuyler County, Illinois.  
If  you have more info on Nedra and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haywood, please contact Sara Hemp

Obituary of Gladys Marie Gossage Brown Eveland
Peoria Journal Star, August 1, 1992, Page: C8
Gladys Eveland
   PEORIA HEIGHTS - Gladys Marie Eveland, 84, of 416 E. Toledo St. died at 9:48 a.m. Friday, July 31, 1992, at her daughter's home in Bryant.
   Born Jan. 30, 1908, in rural Astoria to Fredrick L. and Mattie Mae Sorrells Gossage, she married Paul W. Eveland on Feb. 17, 1961, in Sparland.
   He survives, along with six sons, Carl Brown, Keith Brown and George Brown, all of Herman, Howard Brown of Peoria Heights, Max Brown of 
Bryant and Ivan Brown of Smithfield; two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Dorla) Kruzan of Bryant and Melva Johns of Avon; one brother, Otto Gossage of 
Huntsville; one sister, Susan Danner of Astoria; 34 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Two brothers and 
two sisters preceded her in death.
   Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Henry Memorial Home in Lewistown. The Rev. Art Knowles will officiate. Visitation will be from 
6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Waterford Cemetery in rural Lewistown.

 Obituary of Esther E. Everett - Peoria Journal Star, July 14, 1997, Page: D6 [Donated by the "Free of Free Genealogy"]
Esther Everett
   PEORIA - Esther E. Everett, 71, of 915 S. Helen St., Apt. 209, formerly of East Peoria, died at 12:03 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997, 
at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
   Born Nov. 22, 1925, in Washington, Ind., to John and Eileen Walters, she married Robert Andrew Everett on Feb. 3, 1945, in Sullivan, Ind. 
He died Nov. 16, 1989, in Peoria. One sister also preceded her in death.
   Surviving are eight sons, David, Arthur, Michael, Timothy and Terry, all of Peoria, Robert of Oregon state, Larry of Colorado and Delbert of 
Indiana; seven daughters, Mildred Guilliams of East Peoria, Alice Toland, Sherry Elizondo, Diane Alvarez and Karen Skinner, all of Peoria, 
Carol Hudson of Augusta, Ga., and Irma Harris of Indiana; one sister, Eva Walters of Sullivan, Ind.; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
   She was a member of Northside Church of the Nazarene in Peoria.
   A memorial service will be at 7 tonight at Remmert Funeral Home, East Peoria. The Rev. Ray Barker will officiate. Visitation will be one hour 
before services at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service.  Memorials may be made to Southside Manor in Peoria. 

The Peoria Star, Saturday, December 11, 1909


Passing of Herman J. EHLEN, a Veteran of the Civil War

Twenty of the Veterans of Bryner post No. 47, G. A. R., have answered the last roll call during the present year, and the latest being Herman J. Ehlen, who died yesterday at his home on the corner of Garfield and Windom streets on the West Bluff, within a few days of the seventy-second anniversary of his birth. 
Mr. Ehlen who was an old resident of this city, enlisted in Co. E,139th regiment of Illinois Volunteers, and served until the close of the war. 
For forty years he had been engaged in the hardware business at 608 South Adams street and during that time had made a speciality of the manufacture of elevator buckets.

Tomorrow afternoon the members of Bryner post will assemble in the lobby of the National hotel at 1 o'clock, and will proceed in a body to the German M. E. church on the corner of Fifth avenue and Monson street, where the funeral service will be held, and the burial service of the G.A. R. ritual will be observed at the grave.

Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar, see source 

Lucy Ewalt
September 26, 1996
Peoria Journal Star, P: D8
Former Trivoli resident Lucy Ewalt, 103, dies
Lucy E. Ewalt, 103, of 701 S. Main St., formerly of rural Trivoli, died at 4:32 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Farmington Country Manor. Born Aug. 25, 1893, in Hanna City to John I. and Martha Ellen Lafolette Cox, she married Albert B. Ewalt on Jan. 12, 1915, in Hanna City. He died Dec. 17, 1987. She also was preceded in death by one son, 1st Lt. Paul Ewalt, one daughter, Eleanor Ewalt, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters and one brother. Surviving are two sons, Bruce Ewalt of Bryant and Karl Ewalt of Canton; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Esther) Feger of Cuba and Mrs. John (Ruth) Essex of rural Elmwood; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild. She and her husband farmed in the Farmington, Trivoli and Hanna City area for many years. She was a former member of the Hanna City Rebekah Lodge and was the oldest member of Gold Star Mothers. She was a member of Farmington United Methodist Church. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington, where visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in North Limestone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

Donated by Londie Benson... ©Sept. 2000

Mrs. Julia Harding Earing
April 3, 1879 
At Peoria, March 30, of congestion of the stomach, Mrs. Julia Harding, aged 47 years 8 months, wife of David Earing, and youngest sister of Mrs. J. E. Powell of this city. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Mrs. Annie Eppy
January 21, 1875
Taken From the Henry Republican 
Died at Peoria, Jan. 15, Annie, aged 30 years, wife of Philip Eppy, conductor on the Bureau Valley railroad.
The wife of Philip Eppy, conductor on our railroad died in Peoria last week. She was a fine woman and dearly beloved. One child is left motherless. 
We mingle our grief with that of Mr. E. in this sad desolation of home. Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409] 

Name of Deceased: Gary Everwein
Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
Submitters Name: Desiree Rodcay

Obit: East Peoria - Gary L. Everwein, age 62, of East Peoria passed away at 7:46 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Danville VA Medical Center in Danville, Ill.
He was born Jan. 15, 1947, in Peoria to James E. and Maxine Peg France Everwein.
Gary was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a staff sergeant from 1966 until 1970.
He did auto body work, was part-owner of American Radiator Repair and last worked for Peoria Heights Plumbing.
Gary was a former member of the East Peoria Boat Club. He loved NASCAR races, the Chicago Cubs and fishing.
Gary is survived by his sons, James D. Everwein and Michael L. (Nancy) Everwein, both of Chickasha, Okla.; his grandchildren, Michael J. and Isabell;
his sister, Peggy M. Tjarks of Peoria; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with the Rev. Jack Thompson officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, with military honors being conducted by the U.S. Air Force.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Central Illinois Dream Factory, P.O. Box 1431, Pekin, IL 61554.

Margaret Cramer Downey
August 22, 1995
Peoria Journal Star, P.: D6
PEORIA -- Margaret R. Downey, 89, of 3303 Willow Knolls Road died at5:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 1995, at her daughter's home in Rye, N.Y. Born Jan. 12, 1906, in Peoria County to John M. and Mary Werber Cramer, she married Joseph P. Downey on July 17, 1937, in Peoria. He died in 1968. She also was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Surviving are one son, Patrick of Boston; one daughter, Mrs. David (Maureen) Hartman of Rye; four grandchildren; one brother, J. Rudolph Cramer of Sun City, Ariz.; and one sister, Mrs. John R. (Rena) Powers of Peoria. A state of Illinois employee for 21 years, she retired as a supervisor in the Department of Registration and Education in Springfield in 1971. She was a member of the Catholic Women's League. She also was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Verrier will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with a Scripture service at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Manor.

Donated By: Londie Benson

Mr. Thomas L. Davis

Henry News Republican, February 3, 1876 [Transcribed by: Nancy Piper, © ]

The death of Mr. Thomas L. Davis, took place at Peoria on Monday morning last, after a lingering illness of some two months from affection of the kidneys. The Transcript of Tuesday, contains a long obituary of our esteemed late fellow townman, which we substitute in place of one of our own. The funeral took place at Peoria yesterday afternoon, from St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal church, of which he was a member.
We copy The deceased was born in Wales, October 31, 1818. When he was but four years of age his father died, leaving four children for the mother to rear. They had the advantages of education afforded by the parish school. At a suitable age young Thomas was apprenticed to a cooper, where he learned the trade. After his apprenticeship was concluded, he continued to work at his trade until he was 22 years of age. Looking about him then for means of bettering his condition, he turned his eyes toward America. Arriving in this country he soon obtained employment at his trade and settled in the town of Waverly Ohio. He had been employed in the shop but a short time when he was made foreman.

In the town of Waverly he met Miss Nancy Bateman, whom he married in 1842. He remained in Waverly about five years after his marriage, when he removed to Peoria. This was in the month of June, 1847. Soon after his arrival, he entered into copartnership with a Mr. Scharenbergen, in the grocery and liquor trade. They had been in business together but a short time when Mr. J. R. Smith, a brother-in-law of the deceased, bought out the interest of Mr. Scharenberger. This change took place in the month of September 1847. On the 24th of September, in the same year, Mrs. Davis died. By his first wife there was born to Mr. Davis two children, one daughter, who died in infancy, and one son, Edmund L. Davis, who died in this place about six years since, after growing up to manhood.

Mr. Davis continued to carry on business with his brother-in-law, Mr. Smith, for about ten years until the building which they then occupied was burned down. They did quite an extensive business and their house on the corner of Water and Main streets, will be remembered by the old residents. It was known then as the old Stillman property, but has since been more familiarly known as the "Cropper Corner." After the fire, which destroyed their stock of groceries and liquors, the firm of Smith & Davis was dissolved. Mr. Davis then engaged for a short time in the coal trade. During all these years of his life spent in Peoria, he had embraced many opportunities to drive a good trade in real estate, and had accumulated quite a nice property. In the meantime he was married again, the 4th of march, 1854, to Miss Susan M. Colby of St. Louis, Mo. There were no children born of the second marriage.

In 1865 Mr. Davis assisted in organizing the First National bank of Henry, Ill. In October, 1865, he moved his family to Henry. For eight consecutive years he served as president of the bank. In the meantime he became connected with the banking house of Davis and Hogue, which was started here in the year 1868. In July, 1873, having severed his connection with the bank at Henry, he returned to Peoria. Since his return he has been actively engaged in the business of the banking house of Davis & Hogue.

Last year, finding his health failing, he was advised by his physicain to go to Europe. In May he embarked, accompanied by his wife and adopted daughter, Miss Lillian Davis. After traveling through the summer months they returned in September.The trip failed of the desired effect, and the deceased after his return suffered much, and was at length taken down with what proved his final illness.

Mr. Davis was always a straightforward and consistent republican. He was twice elected alderman for the fourth ward, one in 1852 and again in 1858. He was also elected school inspector and received the republican nomination at one time for mayor of the city.He was a member of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal church, and was connected with the Masonic order.

Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, April 3, 1960, Page D-8

Admiral D. DAVIS

PEORIA - Admiral D. (Dot) Davis, 66, a resident of 1108 W. Third Ave. for the last 12 years, died at his home at 1:25 p.m. Saturday. He had been ill for five years.
A Peoria resident nearly all of his life, he was born in Sparland on April 30, 1893. He was a son of Henry and Adeline DAVIS and married Henryetta RYAN in Peoria on Sept. 26, 1918. A former coal miner, he later was a car inspector for the Rock Island Railroad for 27 years, last working in July, 1957. He was an Army veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion Post at Lacon. He also was a member of the Peoria Aerie 265, FOE, and of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church here.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Eugene (Bobbie) GARDNER of Miami, Fla., one son, Vane Fordice of the home address, one stepson, Robert BAGGS of Lacon, one brother, Charles Davis of Sparland, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One daughter, four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Davison Funeral Home.

Tuesday, April 26, 1904, The Peoria Star ~ DIED
Transcribed by: Candi Horton


Mrs. Bridget DILLON, at 2:55 a.m., April 24, at St. Francis hospital. Funeral Wednesday at 9 o'clock from the family residence, 712 Johnson street, to St. Patrick's church. Friends invited.
April 28, 1904, Peoria Star:

Mrs. Bridget DILLON. The funeral of the late Mrs. Bridget Dillon, whose death occurred Monday, was held yesterday morning at St. Patrick's church, at 10 o'clock, Rev. Father Hayden officiating, and the interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.

Peoria Star, May 5th, 1934
Death Notices
Transcribed by: Candi Horton

- Mrs. Frances DECKER, widow of the William DECKER, of 801 Bigelow St., at Proctor Hospital, Thursday, May 3rd, 1934, at 1:30 p.m., aged 90 years, 3 months and 9 days. Mrs DECKER will be taking from the Gauss Mortuary Chapel to Girard, Ill., Friday noon, where services in her memory will be held at the First Christian Church, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.. Interment in Girard, Ill. cemetery.

Sunday, August 16, 1998
Peoria, IL
Journal Star, Page B4


CHILLICOTHE- Randy L. DAVIS, 40, died at 8:16 a.m. at Proctor Hosptial in Peoria. He was born Sept. 20, 1957, in Chateauroux, France, to Don and Donna NELSON DAVIS. He was a Navy veteran. He was member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chillicothe.
Cremation will be accorded following the services. Burial of ashes will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery. 
See orginal obit. for futher info.

Submitted by: Sara Hemp

Obituary of Richard "Dick" Lee Davis
Peoria Journal Star, October 28, 1992, Page: A11
Richard Davis
   Richard Lee "Dick" Davis, 69, of 1514 W. Callender for 36 years, died at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1992, at his home.
   Born Nov. 17, 1922, in Beardstown to Norman Lee and Linnie E. DeWitt  Davis, he married Marilyn J. Bour on Jan. 24, 1948, in Peoria. She survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Jim R., at home, John W. of Peoria and Jerold E. "Barney" of Richton Park; five daughters, 
Mrs. Craig (Janet L.) Sears of Decatur, Mrs. James (Joanne M.) Waechter of Morton, Judy A. Davis of Peoria, and Jill P. Davis and Mrs. Daniel (Jacki S.) Patten, 
both of East Peoria; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one sister, Betty Kirgan of Pekin. He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
   He was a former employee of the Corps of Engineers and the city of Peoria. He last was employed as a land surveyor with Associated 
Engineers for 22 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, St. Mark Parish Association, Peoria Versailles and the 
Schuyler County Historical Society. He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church. The Rev. Robert Schladen will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at 
Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with a Scripture service at 7:30. 
Visitation also will be 30 minutes before services at the church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.
   Memorials may be made to his church or the Saint Francis Medical Center Dialysis Unit. 

Mrs. Sarah E. Dowdall

  Funeral rites for Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Dowdall, 90 years old, and a pioneer resident of Chillicothe, were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Anderson funeral home with the Rev. W. Harvey Young of the Plymouth Congregational Church officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery.

  Mrs. Dowdall passed away Friday evening at her home on North Second street after an illness of two days. She was born June 15, 1854, near Princeville, the daughter of James and Helen Kinnah Thompson, the youngest of three children, of Scotch heritage. She was a resident of Chillicothe for the past 55 years and had lived in Peoria County all but 15 years of this time. She was married to John Wesley Dowdall of Hallock township, June 1, 1876 in Peoria, and to this union were born seven children, five of whom with the husband preceded her in death.

  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Henry Brown of Speer, Ill., Miss Effie Dowdall of this city, six grandchildren adn 12 great-grandchildrn; two grandsons, Clfford Wisenburg adn Leo Brown are serving in the Armed Forced and a number of nieces and nephews.

Submitted by: Michelle Gunawan

Miss Effie Dowdall

  CHILLICOTHE - Services for Miss Effie M. Dowdall, 69, of 1441 N. 2nd St., will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Robert Anderson Mortuary, the Rev. Joseph P. Clay officiating. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today, and members of Rebekah Lodge will conduct services at 8 p.m. 
Miss Dowdall died at her home Thursday evening. 
  Born Jan. 12, 1900 in Chillicothe, the daughter of John Wesley and Sarah Elizabeth Thompson Dowdall, she was the night telephone operator in Chillicothe for many years.
  Miss Dowdall was a member of the Congregational Church, the Pioneer Telephone Assn., and Rebecca Lodge.  Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Mary E. Brown of Edelstein; one niece and three nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Submitted by: Michelle Gunawan

Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, August 30, 1998

Peoria- Fred M. DANAGE Sr., 87, died at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, at Methodist Medical Center. Born Sept. 11, 1910 in Hulbert, Ark., to Parker and Lena BARNES DANAGE, he married Gladys HEAD on Oct. 12, 1937 in Cairo. She died March 5, 1997.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Missionary Bapist Church. The Rev. Deveraux Hubbard will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery. Simons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Illinois Chapter. See paper for more information

Gladys Davis
June 12, 1996, Peoria Journal Star
 Gladys M. Davis, 83, formerly of 5300 S. Cameron Lane, Mapleton, died at 8:40 a.m. Monday, June 10, 1996, at Bel-Wood Nursing Home. Born March 3, 1913, in Knox County to Solman and Minnie Cunningham Rogers, she married Earl Ryer on April 20, 1934, in Lewistown. He preceded her in death. She married Edward Davis on Feb. 6, 1951, in Lewistown. He died Aug. 17, 1958, in Danville. She also was preceded in death by one son, Richard Ryer, on Jan. 18, 1979, one brother and one sister. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Clay (Sally) Barnett of Mapleton; two grandsons, Scott E. Barnett of Mapleton and Rodney Everetts; and two granddaughters, Michelle Marie Barnett of Mapleton and Nanette Everetts. She was a self-employed private home health care provider in the Peoria area. She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church and attended Howett Street Christian Church, both in Peoria. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, where visitation will be two hours before services. The Rev. Dwight Winnett will officiate. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Donated by: Londie Benson ©

Ruth Dikeman
June 13, 1994, Peoria Journal Star, P.: D6
Ruth M. Jarman Dikeman, 83, of rural Yates City died at 6:18 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 1994, at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Born Feb. 20, 1911, near Elmwood to Henry Phelps and Mary Loring Bowers Jarman, she married Glenn Ryer Dikeman on June 16, 1934, near Elmwood. He died Aug. 10, 1980. One brother also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, William Glenn of Naperville; one daughter, Mary Ruth Webster of Elmwood; two brothers, Loring Phelps Jarman of Waterloo, Iowa, and John Bowers Jarman of Escondido, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. She attended the University of Illinois, where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and honorary Art Club. She later attended Western Illinois University in 1933. She was an art teacher in Yates City and Trivoli grade schools. She was a member of Elmwood Presbyterian Church, where she was primary superintendent for 12 years and a Sunday school teacher. She was founder and past president of the Elmwood Historical Society. She was a past member and president of Elmwood Women's Club and a past member of Elmwood Mother's Club, Yates City Eastern Star Lodge and Elmwood Home Extension and was past secretary of the 16th District Women's Clubs. She was a member of Farmington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Chapter AO of the PEO Sisterhood. She was a past member and charter member of Maple Lane Country Club in Elmwood. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Brooks McDaniel will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to her church, the Elmwood Historical Society or the American Heart Association.

Donated by: Londie Benson ©

The following obituary appeared in the Peoria Journal Star. 
Submitted by Granddaughter Nova M. Landes, Granddaughter
    Mrs. Nova W. Davis, 64, of 3221 N. Madison Ave., died Tuesday afternoon (January 5, 1960, in Methodist Hospital where she had been a patient since Dec. 26.  She had been in ill health for several years.
    Born in Vandalia, Ill., on March 13, 1895, she was a daughter of Henry and Jennie Radcliff Dively.  She married Ross Davis in Pekin in January, 1934.  He was a Peoria patrolman for 25 years and preceded her in death in 1957.
    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edmond (Dorothy I.) Landes of East Peoria; a son, James L. Hohenbary of Peoria; one brother Floyd Dively of North Pekin; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Dively Smith of Salem; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
    Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Davison Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Dan Demmin of Calvary Bible Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday.    

Peoria Star Sunday Mar 6, 1994

Mable E. Dargel, (nee Arons) 94, of the Christian Buehler Memorial Home died at 1 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 1994, at the home.

Born May 18, 1899, in Peoria to Eric and Maude Liston Arons, she married Raymond D. Dargel in 1917 in Eureka. He died Dec. 13, 1951. 
One son, Capt. Vernon Dargel; one grandson; two brothers; and two sisters also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Merle of Peoria; and three grandchildren. She was a member of Universalist Unitarian Church for 64 years. 
She was a former member of Order of Eastern Star in Peoria. 
Private services will be Tuesday at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Brown will officiate. There will be no visitation. 
Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

submitted 2009 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at the Wilton mortuary for Harley E. Deardurff, 52 years old, World War Vet and a resd. of Marshfield, who died yesterday at Springfield, IL. Dr. J. B. Rosemurgy will officiated. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.
He was born in Brook, Ind. July 3, 1889, the son of Henry and Mary Cole Deardurff. He married Miss. Irene Wiesehan of Peoria May 13, 1923. Besides the widow, he is survived by his mother, who reside in South Bent, Ind., and one sister Miss. Cora Deardurff also of South Bend. - Rest cut off.

Peoria Journal Transcript, Feb. 16, 1941 [ C. Horton - 2009]

Dr. George Davis 
November 13, 1873 
At Peoria, Nov. 9, of congestion of the brain, Dr. George Davis, aged 46 years, 6 months, 7 days, brother of Dr. Charles Davis of this city. 
Death of Dr. George Davis
We are pained to chronicle the death of Dr. George Davis, which took place about half-past four on Sunday afternoon, a his residence, 308 Perry street, Peoria. He spent the Sabbath in Henry, with his wife, five weeks ago, and though not particularly unwell was complaining some, and we believe had had what he called chills and fever. From that time, he declined, and though having careful nursing and the best of medical attention, in three weeks from the time he took his bed he passed away, at the last congestion of the brain setting in. The funeral took place from the New Jerusalem church at Peoria, at which there were a large attendance of sympathizing friends, Rev. B. Edmiston of this city preaching the sermon. 
Dr Davis lived with his brother in this city years ago, under whom he was a medical student, and for a time was a pupil at the Henry Seminary when that institution was in a flourishing condition. He commenced medical practice at Brimfield, Peoria county. He then moved to Ellisville, Fulton county, where he married Miss Emily Sheaff, by whom five children have made very interesting happy family, though only four are now living. After three years sojourn there they moved to Lacon, where they have resided about 15 years, securing a very good practice in homeopathy. Desiring a larger field, he went to Peoria 15 months ago, and had realized a very comfortable practice, which was steadily increasing. The doctor was a member of the New Church society in this city, and was a consistent, devoted Christian. He was highly esteemed a s a citizen, both for his culture, urbanity and upright life, and as a physician was careful, efficient and skillful. He leaves an estimable lady a widow, with four children, one only of whom is able to care for himself. The family will remain in Peoria, at least for the present. Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

George Divilbiss
April 20, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican 
In Kickapoo township, Peoria county, April 14, of paralysis, George Divilbiss, aged 68 years 11 months, 
father of John M. Divilbiss and brother of Jonas Divilbiss, both of Saratoga township. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

November 8, 1877 
Died At Peoria, Nov. 5, of consumption, Virginia H. Davis, aged 24 years, wife of Sumner R. Clarke, and daughter of Mr. Robert Davis of this city. 
[Henry Republican, Henry, IL submitted by: Nancy 2011]

Appeared 16 Oct 1957
Peoria Journal Star

F. W. Campbell

Frederick William Campbell, 83, of 234 Rock Island Ave., died Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. following a long illness. 
He had been in resident of Rock Island address since 1905 and of Peoria 65 years.

Born Dec. 6, 1873, in Lockport, Ill., he was a son of William and Emma Proctor Campbell.  He married Mary Nancy McGinnis who died in 1905. 
He then married Florence Bryte Mason in 1927 who died in 1950.

Mr. Campbell started working at the age of 17 for the Avery Farm Machinery Co. as assistant purchasingagent.  He retired in 1949.
He was a member of First Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, E. C. Campbell of Minneapolis, Minn., and Donald of Peoria; a daughter, Mrs. Grace Pease of Wadsworth, Ohio; five stepchildren, 
Miss. Ruth Mason at home, Mrs Russell Robbins of Peoria, Mrs. George C. Seay of Washington, Ill., Mrs. Ethel Dunham of Kentucky and Oakley Mason of Peoria; three half-sisters, Mrs. Aubrey Tallyn of Peoria, Mrs.Esther Turner of Carbondale and Miss Ruby Campbell of California; and a half-brother,
Delmar Campbell in Louisiana. Five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in the Cumerford-Endsley memorial home.

Burial will be in Springdale cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tomorrow at the memorial home.
Dr. A. R. McLaughlin of Union Congregational Church will officiate.
[Contributed 08 by: Ginger McGinnes Moore]

appeared 13 May 1980
Peoria Journal Star

Donald E. Campbell, 79, of 2225 E. Poplar Lane, Peoria Heights, died at 10:39 a.m. yesterday in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital.
He was a tile setter fro Peoria Stone & Marble Co. for many years, retiring in December of 1966.
He was a member or Madison Avenue United Methodist Church, past president of Fraternal Order of Eagles 265, and a member of Bricklayers, Masons& Plasterers International for more than 50 years.
Born July 6, 1901, in Peoria, he was a son of Fred and Nancy McGinnis Campbell. He married Mary Short June 16, 1923, in Peoria. 
She died Feb9, 1975 in Peoria.
Surviving is one sister, Grace Pease of Wadsworth, Ohio. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Jean Burbidge, and one brother.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Endsley & Son Funeral Home, 1125 Main, where visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.
Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
[Contributed 08 by: Ginger McGinnes Moore]

Name of Deceased: Donald Collin Clough
Newspaper: Pantagraph 
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Donald C. Clough, 84, of 700 N. Main, Eureka, died at 2:54 a.m. Wednesday (March 15, 2000) at Maple Lawn Health Care, Eureka. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today in the Assembly Room at Maple Lawn. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mason Funeral Home, Eureka, the Rev. Robert DeBolt officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Metamora. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and for one hour before the service Saturday, both at the funeral home. Mr. Clough was born Jan. 24, 1916, in Peoria, a son of Collin and Mary Ames Clough. 
He married Mildren M. Noe on July 30, 1938, in Burlington, Iowa. She died Sept. 29, 1985 in Peoria. Survivors include two sons, Collin Clough, Grand Rapids, Minn.; and Stephen (Paula) Clough, Metamora; three daughters, Kay Guth and Linda (Larry) Noll, both of Metamora; and Sue (Carl) Swanson, Mason, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Masters and Pat Walker, both of Peoria; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

COLBURN, Mrs. Mary A. (Wife of Dr. R. M. Colburn.) d. Peoria, Ill. Oct. 9, 1873, aged 56 years, 6 months, 8 days. 
Milo Custer; Central Illinois Obituaries, 1871 - 1880, 1912, Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier

Peoria Star Monday, Sept 21, 1936 p 12

Mrs. C. E. Claycomb

Mrs. Esther Marie Claycomb, (nee Poukey) wife of Clyde E. Claycomb, 507 South Seventh St., Chillicothe, died at 10:20 o’clock Sunday night at the age of 51 years. 
She was born October 10, 1884, in Minnesota, the daughter of Alfred and Anna Poukey, and was married in Peoria, June 18, 1912, to Mr. Claycomb. 
They had lived for the last six years in Chillicothe where Mr. Claycomb was employed as a railroad switchman. Mrs. Claycomb was a member of the Peoria switchman’s auxiliary.

Surviving besides the husband are five children, Ruth, Anna, Vesta, Irma and Dean Claycomb, all living at home, and one brother, Erick Arons of Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Wilton mortuary chapel. Burial will be in Springdale cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary Tuesday afternoon and night.


Last rites for Mrs. Esther Marie Claycomb, 51 years old, 307 South Seventh st., Chillicothe, will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon  at the Wilton mortuary chapel.
Burial will be in Springdale cemetery. 
Friends may call at the mortuary this afternoon and tonight. Mrs. Claycomb died Sunday night at her home.

submitted 2009 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

From the 1930 Peoria High School "Crest" Yearbook

In Memoriam:

It is with deep regret that we view the tragic death on June 28, 1929, of Mr. John Parkhill, one of Peoria High's best known and best loved instructors.  Coming to P.H.S. in 1924, he became a member of the Science and Mathematics departments.  He took keen interest in athletics, coaching the golf team, and setting an example of true sportsmanship for all with whom he came in contact.

He was interested in aviation, both civil and military, and had established an enviable reputation as an efficient and trustyworthy pilot.  The airplane crash which caused his death cut short a promising career.




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