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G. F. CADWELL - passed at his home in Griggsville at 3 a. m., away last Friday, December 2. Mr. Cadwell's death was not unexpected, as he had been ill many weeks. For the past two months he had been confined to his bed, and gradually growing weaker until in the bright early morning his spirit left its earthly tenement. Mr. Cadwell was born in Griggsville, Ill., August 27, 1862, being a son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Cadwell, and was one of five children. His entire life with the exception of a few years spent in New Salem was lived` in Griggsville and vicinity. He was married in 1884 to Miss Katie Harper, who preceded him in death October 2, 1929. To this union three children were born, Homer passing away in 1908 and Earl in 1931; Miss Beulah, surviving lives at home. On January 30, 1932, he was married to Miss Anna Driscoll, and it is doubtful if there are many homes anywhere where truer devotion exists that did among these three, Mr. and Mrs. Cadwell and Beulah. He was united with the Methodist church in early manhood. For years he had been a trustee and was one of its most active members. Mr. Cadwell began working in the apple orchards at the age of twelve, and at the time of his death was one of the largest and most successful orchardists in this part of the state. He was assisted in business by his nephew and namesake, George Cadwell, who will sadly miss his adviser and counselor. As a citizen Mr. Cadwell was respected by all who knew him; an upright, honorable business man, he was always ready with his personal influence and money to aid in any and all enterprises for the public good. His business associates were many. One of the numerous messages received since his death speaks for itself: "We fully share your loss in the passing of Mr. Cadwell, who we considered a true friend and for whom we had the utmost regard. We feel that one could not know him without admiring his ability, integrity and high character." His death is a loss to the community as well as to his family. He is survived by his widow, his daughter Miss Beulah, two sisters, Mrs. Carrie McClay of Hillview and Mrs. 0llie Northup of Griggsville: also grandsons, Elmo, Homer, Arthur, William, Paul and Lyndel Cadwell. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m., Monday, December 5, at the residence, in charge of Rev. J. K. Putt, vicar of the Episcopal church. The pall-bearers were all men from the Cadwell orchards, men of whom Mr. Cadwell was especially fond. Interment was in Griggsville cemetery.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson Independent Press(Griggsville) December 7, 1932

HOMER E. CADWELL - The death of Homer E. Cadwell about 11 o'clock Saturday night cast a gloom over the entire community. He had been ill with typhoid fever for about ten days, but his death was unexpected by his relatives and friends, and they were not prepared for the announcenent of the passing of this young life. Homer was born in Naples, Ill., November 2, 1891, and was therefore aged 16 years, 7 months and 25 days. He grew to young manhood in this city, attending the public schools and was a member of the Methodist church and Sunday school, having professed conversion during the meeting conducted by Rev. M. M. Culpepper a year ago last February. He was possessed of a free open heart, and was popular with and well liked by both old and young. Homer was honored by his schoolmates for his ever kind and jovial disposition, and to them his death is a severe blow. Death is sad at all times, but it is especially so when a young person such as this one is taken away, just in the bloom of youth when the future looked so bright and when he was already beginning to share the labors and commercial interests of the home. Homer is survived by his heart-broken parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Cadwell, one brother, Earl, and one sister, Miss Beulah, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Family residence today at 3 o'clock, Rev. C. H. Davis officiating, and the interment was in the city cemetery.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson

DAVID CALLIS - died March 14th, (1848) of winter fever, after an illness of 5 days, at his late residence, near Perry, in this county. Mr. Callis was born in Lunenberg county, Va., September 20th, 1792, where he continued to live till 1812, when war was declared with Great Britain. In his 20th year, and at the first call upon his native state, he enlisted for the defense of his country with fidelity under all the perils and privations peculiar to the soldier of that sanguinary struggle. His services were rendered in the Northern Division of the Army, and besides various other engagements, he was at the storming of York in Upper Canada, the taking of Fort George, the battles of Chippewa and Bridgewater, and in the siege of Fort Erie, where he received an injury from the falling of a log, which killed two of his comrades on the spot, from which he never recovered, and in consequence of which he received a place on the pension list. In 1829, he emigrated to Illinois, and settled on the farm where he finished his earthly career. Mr. Callis was a good citizen, an industrious farmer, a faithful friend, an honest man, a kind husband, an affectionate father, and a consistent Christian. He died as he had lived, in peace with God and man. He has left an aged widow, three children, and a numerous circle of friends to mourn their loss. Peace to his memory.
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Ben Ray CAPPS - son of Franklin Powell and Ada Williams Capps was born in Pike County, Illinois, July 7, 1904 and departed this life near Greeley, Colorado, July 18, 1951. Brought up in a Christian home he early accepted the Savior and became a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church. As a young man he went west and worked for 18 years at the D. R. Whitaker ranch near Cheyenne, Wyoming. While there he became a member of Chugwater Lodge No. 23 A. F. and A. M. , of which he was master for 1945. On June 23, 1946 he was married to Miss Ruth Lynch of Pittsfield, Illinois, who survives him. They lived for a time in Wyoming, and at Loveland, Colorado before moving to Greeley, Colorado where they established their home. There they found Christian fellowship and he became a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. His faith grew stronger with adversity and through his long illness he rested completely in God's will, so was ready to go when his Lord called him to his heavenly home. Truly we sorrow not as those who have no hope for we shall see him in that bright morning. Surviving besides the widow are his stepmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Capps who lived in his home, four brothers: Owen of Louisiana, Missouri; Russell of Summer Hill, Ill; Carl of Nebo, Ill., and Wiliam of Alton, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Cuma Lane of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Lena McElfresh of Pittsfield, Ill.; Mrs. Kathleen Kindle of Nebo, Ill. a step-sister, Mrs. Vera Ator and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Pleasant Hill, Illinois, Sunday at 2:30 pm with burial in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge conducted graveside services.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ELIZABETH A. (GUTHRIE) CAPPS - 97, of Pittsfield, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1970 at 11:40 p.m. in Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. Mrs. Capps was born July 21, 1872 in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of Henry and Sarah Windmiller Guthrie. She married George Lynch who died Nov. 5, 1918. Later she married Frank Capps who died June 7, 1946. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield. Suvivors are a daughter, Miss Ruth Lynch of Pittsfield; a son, Lester Lynch of Cottonwood, Arizona, four step-sons, Russell Capps of Pittsfield; Owen Capps of Oklahoma, Carl Capps of Mozier, and William Capps of East Alton; three step daugthers, Mrs. Cuma Lane of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Lena McElfresh of Nebo, and Mrs. Karl Kindle of Jacksonville; a brother, Frank Guthrie of Pittsfield and a sister, Mrs. Grace Kennedy of Pleasant Hill; 14 step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in the Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield with the Rev. Frank Claybourne officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

HENRY NEWTON CAPPS - for the past six years a resident of Jacksonville, died Saturday night at the home of his son, C. H. Capps in Jacksonville. (Hand written on article: March 14, 1931.) Henry Newton Capps, son of Andrew and Winifred Wilson Capps was born on November 12, 1841 in Putnam county, Indiana, near Greecastle. He is survived by one daughter, Winifred Capps of Mariposa, Cal.; five sons, John of Louisiana, Mo., Arthur, of Pleasant Hill; Albert of San leandro, Cal., W. H. of Modesto, Cal; and C. H. of Jacksonville. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Lucy Hillman of near Pittsfield and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Laura Capps of Pleasant Hill. He also leaves twenty nine grandchildren and thirty two great grandchildren. His wife, Sallie A. Capps passed away on November 14, 1928. Two sons also preceded him in death.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

LEE CAPPS - 72, Pike county judge since 1930, died today in Illini Hospital, Pittsfield. Capps, who had been hospitalized two weeks, was appointed to the bench by the late Governor Louis Emerson to fill the unexpired term of Judge Mark Bradburn, who died in office. He subsequently was elected to the post. Capps, a Republican, was active in civic affairs and had served as Pittsfield postmaster and city attorney. He is survived by his widow, Jena; (should be Lena-kr) a half-sister, Mrs. Mabel Hodgson, and a half brother, Paul Keller, both of Rockport.
(He was the biological son of Thomas Jefferson Keller and Elizabeth Lyons. He was adopted by Winslow Capps and Josephine Moore. He was buried at West Cemetery, Pittsfield, IL-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Jacksonville Daily Journal, Jacksonville, Illinois, Thursday, June 19, 1952, Page 14

NANCY CATHERINE (ATOR) CAPPS - died at her home at Black Oak, April 24, 1936 at the age of 76 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was a daughter of Samuel Ator and had spent her entire life in Martinsburg Township. Her husband, Rev. B. F. Capps died several years ago and since his death she had lived on a farm near Black Oak school house. She leaves two sons, Frank of Pleasant Hill and Lester of Los Angeles, Calif. and four daughters, Mrs. Lulu Macy of Washington, Mrs. Rena Mullin of Calif, Mrs. Elma Godwin and Mrs. Ople Barton of Pleasant Hill. She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. William Fast of Summer Hill, Mrs. James Griffith of Carlisle, Arkansas and Mrs. John S. Windsor of this city. The funeral was held in the Black Oak Baptist Church, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. W. Lowe and burial was in the Black Oak Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ALICE L. (BLAIR) CHAPMAN - The community was pained on Saturday morning to learn by telegram of the death of Mrs. Alice Blair Chapman in the hospital in Telluride, Colorado, where she had gone earlier in the week with her husband, both of whom were victims of influenza. Mrs. Chapman's mother, Mrs. Nancy Blair, had been called on Thursday, and got as far as Denver, Colorado, when she learned of her daughter's death. At the time of this writing Mr. Chapman is still in the hospital in critical condition. Mrs. Blair, with the remains, is expected to arrive in Barry the last of the week. Funeral arrangements will be made after her arrival.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Adage Newspaper - Barry, IL - October 30, 1918

AMELIA HANNAH (SHAW) CHAPMAN - The death of Mrs. Amelia Chapman, widow of the late C. P. Chapman occurred on Sunday in this city. Her daughter, Mrs. M. D. King, died several months ago. The funeral was held this afternoon. Mrs. Chapman's husband established the flouring mills in this city and was a prominent citizen.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1912, Page 10

CHARLES D. CHAPMAN - 78, of 400 Dixon Ave., Rock Falls, passed away at 2:50 a.m. today (16 Mar 1952) in the Home Hospital where he had been a patient for the past four days. Funeral rites will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Harry E. Shiffer of the Rock Falls Christian Church. The burial will take place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. The body rests at the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after Wednesday noon. Mr. Chapman was born Dec. 22, 1875 in Pike County, Illinois, the son of David and Alice Brown Chapman. He was employed for a number of years by the Geyer Mfg. Co. Mr. Chapman was a charter member of the Moose Lodge of Sterling and member of the Modern Woodmen of America. His wife, Anna, preceded Mr. Chapman in death March 30, 1953. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth W. of Sterling, and Charles H. of Rock Falls; two brothers, John Chapman of Sterling and Louis Chapman of Rock Falls; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, March 16, 1952 - Tuesday, pg 2

CLYDE CHAPMAN - former Pike county resident, died Saturday at his home in Kansas City, Mo. The funeral was held this (Wednesday), afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Chapman, of Valley City, in charge of the Rev. Mr. Cutlip, pastor of the Winchester Methodist church. Surviving are his parents; his wife, Mrs. Edna Chapman of Griggsville; two sons, Fay Chapman of Perry and Richard Chapman of Griggsville; one grand-son, Leslie Melvin Chapman of Perry; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Bartholomew of Naples, Mrs. Mabel Harris of Decatur and Mrs. Minnie Goebel of Harvey; and two brothers, John Chapman of Mt. Sterling and Burson Chapman of Valley City.
Transcribed and submitted by Delaine Donaldson from an undated clipping in an old scrapbook containing obituaries from Pike County.

MADISON CHAPMAN - Died at his home in Newburg township, March 10, 1899, Madison Chapman, aged 83 years, 9 months and 27 days. His remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sunday, March 12, the services being conducted by Rev. Balch. Mr. Chapman was born in South Carolina, May 17, 1815. He came to Illinois in 1835 and settled in Newburg township, where he resided at the time of his death. On March 27, 1849, he was married to Harried[t] Stagg, who was born in Ohio, December 6, 1824, and came with her parents to Pike county in 1838. To Mr. and Mrs. Chapman were born ten children, six of whom are living, R. N. and L. A. Chapman, of Newburg township, and Ed., living in Washington state. The daughters, Miss Eva, living with her mother, Mrs. Fred Baldwin, of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Will Stone, of Pittsfield. Mr. Chapman was a very popular man, having been elected several times to offices of importance and trust. He served as highway commissioner and township assessor, and was justice of the peace for over thirty years. In his domestic relations he was kind and affectionate, fully enjoying the comforts of his peaceful and happy home. The 27th of this month would have been their fiftieth anniversary, which they intended to celebrate. The family and friends looked forward to this event with much pleasure, and were greatly shocked at his sudden and unexpected death. He was a member of the M. E. Church at Pleasant Grove and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves behind him and excellent character, and Christian example, worthy of imitation, for he possessed that combination of excellent qualities, which made his life one of honesty and uprightness. The current of his life seemed to be one continual flow of peace and joy and love. The influence of such a life cannot be measured. In his death, his family, the church, and neighborhood, have sustained a great loss. We, as a church, will miss his good counsel and kind and loving voice, telling of that “Sweet Peace” the wonderful gift of "God's Love" His memory will be deeply cherished by all who knew him. Grief is resting heavily upon the bereft wife and children, but may they put their trust in God, and receive comfort and hope, in this season of bereavement, from the light which beams down upon them from that heavenly world to which their loved one has gone.
Contributed by Nancy Shaner

AMY (MOORE) CLARE - 98, died at her home in Pleasant Hill at 1 a.m., Monday morning, after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Clare was born in Lincoln County, Missouri, May 30, 1854, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore, who arrived in Pleasant Hill in 1861. They came by boat to Clarksville, Mo., during a flood in the Mississippi Valley, and proceeded by boat to Pleasant Hill, landing at a point on the old bluff road near the present A. W. Barton home, 3 blocks west of the present business section. The business section of Pleasant Hill was located on the hill when the Moore family arrived and Mr. Moore operated a blacksmith and wagon making shop on the hill for many years. She was married to S. H. Clare, who operated a drug store in Pleasant Hill for 50 years. Mr. Clare passed away in October 1922. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a charter member of the Pleasant Hill Chapter of the Eastern Star Lodge. Mrs. Clare had lived through a fast changing world. She seen the Alton Railroad put through Pleasant Hill, and the coming of the automobiles, airplanes, radio and television. She saw the highways improved from almost impassable trails to the present form of concrete roads. As time passed she watched the village business section move from the hill and relocate on it's present site. Mrs. Clare had been active around her home until recent months, and maintained an interest in the affairs of the community. Surviving are two children, a son, Bliss M. Clare and daughter, Miss Mable Clare, both at home, and who have taken care of her in her declining years. Funeral services will be held in the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Wednesday afternoon at 2, with the Rev Joe Maynard of Pittsfield in charge. Interment will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

BLISS M. CLARE - 81, of Pleasant Hill, died in Illini Community hospital in Pittsfield at 2 Saturday afternoon, July 18, 1964. He had been in failing health for three years. Mr. Clare was born in Pleasant Hill, March 9, 1883, a son of S. H. and Amy J. Moore Clare. He attended Pleasant Hill elementary school and high school in Normal, Ill. In the early years of his life he was employed in the drug store owned by his father in Pleasant Hill. He held a position in Nugent department store in St. Louis, and was a conductor on the St. Louis street car line and the suburban lines. He moved to California in 1911, and for several years held positions with the Stone-Webster and Edison companies. He returned to Pleasant Hill in 1928. Mr. Clare was a well known musician and toured the 48 states as a baritone horn player with many shows, including King Bros., Al G. Barnes, Cole Bros., Hunt Bros., Clyde Beatty and Hagen & Wallace. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pleasant Hill. He was married to Mrs. Alice Ray of Butler, Mo., who preceded him in death. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Mabel Clare of Pleasant Hill. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Pleasant Hill, Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial was in the Crescent Heights cemetery at Pleasant Hill.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

CLARENCE ALBERT CLARK - 79, formerly a resident of Pleasant Hill, died in a nursing home in Louisiana, Mo., Tuesday night, Dec. 15, 1964. Mr. Clark was born in Missouri, March 11, 1885, a son of Nelson and Lear Clark. His family moved to Illinois when he was a small child. He spent the early years of his adult life farming and later owned and operated a dray line in Pleasant Hill. He was married to Jo Ann Galloway in August, 1908. He went to Kansas City in 1936, where he was employed by the Santa Fe railroad where he remained until he retired. He was a member of the Baptist church at Black Oak. Surviving are two sons, Nelson of Pleasant Hill and Howard of Los Angeles, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Garrison of West Covina, Calif., Mrs. Bessie Thomas of Centralia, Mo., and Mrs. Louise Guthrie of Tucson, Arizona, and a brother, John Clark of Pleasant Hill. Funeral services will be held in Ward funeral chapel in Pleasant Hill, Friday afternoon at 2 with Rev. Robert G. Poor officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

DAVID FRANKLIN CLARK - News was received here Friday of afternoon of the death in a hospital a Jacksonville of Mr. D. F. Clark, prominent and respected citizen of this community, after an illness of several months. Deceased was a pleasant and agreeable gentleman whom it was a pleasure to meet, and possessed those peculiar qualifications which made him one of the best salesmen who ever took the road for any firm. He was devoted to his family and ever considerate of their wishes and welfare. The nervous strain of his active life brought on a sudden break-down in his health, which he was unable to overcome, and hastened his death. Undertaker L. W. Parker went to Jacksonville and brought the remains to this city, and later to the home of his son Edgar, northwest of town. David Franklin Clark, born at Louisville, Ky., August 15, 1850, and passed away July 7, 1922, at the age of 71 years, 10 months and 18 days leaving a wife and three children to mourn his death. He was united in holy matrimony to Celia Jones Hatch of GriggsviIle on August 1, 1881. To this union were born three sons, Kenneth, Curtis and Edgar. After leaving Kentucky, his early days were spent in St. Louis, Mo. where he was associated with the Samuel Cupples Company of that city, and to whom he gave his entire services for fifty years. He was a man widely known not only around Griggsville but throughout Canada and the Great Northwest, where he has had his headquarters for a number of years. His friends were legion. His kindness of heart and generous disposition were too well known to need more than a passing comment. His home and family were his all. Our God is just. His will be done. Funeral services were held at the home of his son, Edgar Clark, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Meyers. Interment was in the Griggsville cemetery, in charge of the A. F. & A. M. lodge of which he was a member.
Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook

HARRIET (MATHES) CLARK - died last night at the residence of her son L.D. Clark, one mile south of this place, after a protracted illness with dropsy and disease of the heart. Deceased was born in Edgefield District, South Carolina. Her maiden name was Harriet Mathes. At the age of 15 she removed with an uncle and his family to Illinois; the family settled in Pike county in this state and she remained a member of the family until 1846 when she was married to her husband, who survives her. She leaves two sons to mourn her death, her second son having died in March 1875.
Contributed by Mindy Doellman from the Barry Adage, 25 February 1881

J. ORA CLARK - 69, of 3004 E. Broadway, Alton, died at 6:20 a.m. today (March 6, 1971) at St. Joseph's Hospital. He had lived in the Alton-Wood River area since 1927, and for 34 years, was a checker in the lubrication and compounding department at Shell Oil Co. until his retirement in 1962. He was born in Pearl, Oct. 29, 1901. His first wife, the former Ethel Calendar, preceded him in death in 1929. Surviving are his widow, the former Catherine Young, whom he married Sept. 20, 1941; and a son, Charles H. of East Alton. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Clark was a member of the Pearl Church of Christ and the International Order of Operating Engineers 525 in Wood River. Visitation will begin after 4 p.m. Monday at the Smith Funeral Home in Alton, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The body will be moved to the C. C. Hanks funeral Home in Pearl, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, and burial will follow in the Green Pond Cemetery in Pearl.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

JOHN N. CLARK - 78, was found dead in his bed at the home of Mrs. H.W. Pitzer in Louisiana, Mo., Monday morning. Mr. Clark failed to answer when called for breakfast and Mr. Pitzer entered the room and found him dead, having passed away sometime during the night. Death was caused by heart trouble. Mr. Clark had been under the care of a physician for the past ten days. He was employed as a clerk at the Wahl hotel, which position he had held for several years. Mr. Clark had spent most of his life in Pike County, Illinois. He was one of Pike county's best school teachers, and had held the office of County Superintendent of Schools of Pike county for several terms. The remains were taken to Nebo Monday afternoon, where the funeral service was held. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. L. M. Smith of Rockport, Mrs. J. M. Witty of Nebo, Mrs. L. A. Roberts of Nebo, and Mrs. Ethel Harden of Los Angeles, California.
From a Feb. 1930 Pleasant Hill newspaper (He was a son of George Washington Clark & Litty Gilleland. He was married to Emma F. Grimes. Burial was in Mason Cemetery, near Nebo, Pike county, Illinois-kr)

LEAR (FAST) CLARK - daughter of Isaac and Narcissus Fast, was born Sept. 28th 1859, died August 17th 1934 at the age of 74 years, 10 months, and 19 days. In 1879, she was married to Nelson Clark and to the were born ten children, Ross Capps, Charle, Clarence, Clifford, John and Isaac, and four others who died in infancy. In early youth she united with the Baptist church at Black Oak afterwards transferring her membership to the Churchh of Christ at Pleasant Hill, under the preaching of Elder Rhoady, continuing in this faith through the remainder of her life. Aunt Lear, as she was familiarly called was a loving wife and mother, a faithful friend and the best of neighbors. Besides the children named above she leaves 21 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. William Hartsock of this place, Mrs. Laura Hart of Puenta, California and one brother, Mr. Martin Fast of David City, Nebraska, besides numerous other relatives to carry on the great labor of living, loving and serving; and the memory of her will always linger in the hearts of those who are left behind.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

WILLIAM MARSHALL CLARK - 65, a farmer of rural Pearl died Monday morning (Sept. 20, 1971) at Schmitt Memorial hospital in Beardstown. He was born March 2, 1906 in Glasgow, Scott County, Illinois, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clark. He married Viola Bell. His wife survives with a son, Gary, a student at Monmouth College. These sisters and a brother survive; Mrs. Ada Kisper and Mrs. Lena Rebman, both of Beardstown; Mrs. Helen Smith of Springfield; and Leonard Clark of Beardstown. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hanks Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Rowlett officiating. Interment will be in Green Pond cemetery. The remains are at the funeral home where friends may call after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

CHARLES H. COCKILL - Died, in Perry, Ill., on Monday, Oct 24, 1892, Charles H. Cockill, who was born in Schuylkill county, Penn., Noy 29, 1857. The deceased spent nearly his whole life in Perry, Ill., where he was uni vernally known and widely loved. His was a large, cheery nature, boisterous, fun-loving, full of odd speeches and kindly extravagances and jest, but, with the strength of a giant, he had the tenderness of a child, and was honest to the core, true as steel, pure as gold tried in the fire and without a single stain on his life. He was devoted to wife and children, mother and sisters. His enjoyments were in his own pleasant home with his fine stock and in his own business. At an early age he succeeded to the management of a large store, and in which he was successful beyond expectation, attaining the confidence and respect of his customers, and well sustained and well deserved credit with the wholesale trade, and his bankers. His sickness of many months duration was borne with uncomplaining fortitude, and its malignity not known or suspected by his friends or himself. To a friend who rallied him upon his constant reply that he was better, "you will get better till you die," he answered, "there are enough worse things than dying." And to the same friend who spoke of his of affection and sorrow for him an hour before his death he said: "I'll be all right soon." God grant that he is all right! His death has left us benumbed and stupefied. The writer of this unconsciously seeks to lay certain heavy burdens from his own shoulders upon the broad, strong back of his dear friend as if he were yet alive. He was very greatly loved, he is very sadly missed. Our tears are falling every day. Hail brother, and farewell!
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

ANNA M. COFFMAN - This community was shocked and pained on Friday afternoon of last week to learn that Mrs. Anna M. Coffman, wife of Dr. N. B. Coffman was dead. For a few weeks prior to her demise, the lady had been ill with heart trouble, and this was the immediate cause of her death. Her husband was at her side when the final summons came, and the respected lady passed to the great unknown as one sinking into sleep. And when the Death Angel placed his seal upon her brow, an expression of peace came over the countenance of her who had been racked with pain for the weeks before, and in death she lay as one in sweet repose. Mrs. Coffman was a native Healdsburger. Thirty-seven years before her death, she came into the world, and her childhood days were spent here. She grew to womanhood in her native city, beloved by all who came in contact with her. On November 3d, 1885, she was united in marriage to Dr. N. B. Coffman, and three children Henry Wilson, Mary Gertrude and Roy Nelson (now dead) blessed the union. Deceased was a consistent Christian, being a member of the Presbyterian church of this city. With her husband and family, she lived at the home of her aged father, H. M. Wilson, whose died only eleven months before, and though not physically a strong woman, she did only as a daughter can do, all that lay in her power to smooth the cares away from the good old man's declining years, for he is now nearly eighty-three years old. And in her anxiety to see that whatever of comfort could be put in his way, the dutiful daughter undoubtedly did more than she should have done, considering tier strength. And now of the Wilson family, the aged father alone remains. On December 9th, 1886, Ed Wilson died, aged thirty-four years, and about eleven months ago, Mrs. A. S. Wilson passed away. In their deep bereavement, the husband, father and little children have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Sunday the remains were laid to rest in peaceful Oak Mound Cemetery. Rev. Messnger conducted the services at the house, and the burial ceremonies of the Order of Eastern Star, of which organization Mrs. Coffman was an honored member, were also given.
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

CLARA (MOON) COFFMAN - Barry was saddened Tuesday by the death of one of its most beloved matrons, Mrs. Clara M. Coffman, who passed away at her home at the noon hour. Mrs. Coffman had been in failing health for over two years and confined to her bed for many months, but she bore her suffering patiently and was happiest when her friends and family gathered at her bedside. She was a faithful worker in the Christian Church in Barrry, giving much time and thought to its welfare. During World War I, Mrs. Coffman was a leader in the Red Cross activities here and was also very active in the United Charities of Barry. Clara M. Moon, daughter of Alva and Delilah Sewell Moo, was born April 21, 1863 near Buford, Highland County, Ohio. She graduated from the Buford schools and taught music in that community. She was also organist in the Methodist Church there. She was married to Thoams C. Coffman on December 28, 1892 at Buford and they became the parents of three children, Roberts Marie, wife of L.C. Strubinger of Jacksonville, Illinois, Gladys Florence, wife of E.b. Knight of Knoxville, Tennessee and Clarence Moon Coffman of Barry. Mr. Coffman preceded her in death February 13, 1938. In 1899 the Coffman family moved to Barry where they have since resided and taken a prominent part in the city's business and social life. Mrs. Coffman is survived by her three children; five grandchildren, Ann and Linda Sue Coffman; two and Corr Corrine E. Knight and Carol Clara Mae Strubinger, Keith C. sisters, Mrs. Martha E. ?? of Buford, Ohio and Mrs. A.F. Moberly of Normandy, Missouri and many nieces and nephews. Six brothers and two sisters have preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock from the residence with Rev. Lee Anthony officiating. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Contributed by Melinda Jane Finkle

THOMAS C. COFFMAN - 73, widely known orchardist, died at his home here Sunday morning, Feb. 13, at about 4 a.m. Mr. Coffman had een ill for almost six months and 10 days ago suffered a stroke which caused his death. For many years, Mr. Coffman has managed the Moon orchards in this community, and in this position became well known to horticulturists and fruit buyers in the Illinois and Missouri territory. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the family home on East Pratt street with Rev. Russell T. Booker, pastor of the Christian church in Pittsfield, officiating. The Misses Maude and Hazel Clark and Mrs. Fred J. Hufnagel sang. Burial was made in Park Lawn Cemetry. Casket bearers were Charles Stearns, Clayton Hanner, Harry McIntire, Hugh Weddington, Calvin Reeves and Harvey Inman, all employes of Mr. Coffman in the orchards which he supervised. Flowers were in charge of Miss Virginia vail and Miss Esther McVay. Persons from out of town attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Moberley and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Moberly of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Johnson of Pittsfield, and Mr. and Mrs. George Barber of Hannibal. Thomas Clarence, the son of Thomas and Mary (Florence0 Coffman was born Aug. 2, 1864 in Buford Ohio. He grew to young manhood at Buford and taught school there for several years. In 1890 he went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to work for his cousin who operated a buggy factory. December 28, 1892, he was married to Miss Clara M. Moon at Buford. They lived at Council Bluffs for several years and then moved to Joplin MO; where their two daughters, Roberta Marie, wife of Loraine C. Strubinger of Jacksonville and Gladys Florence, wife of E.B. Knight of Columbia MO, where born. They then moved to Barry, where Mr. Coffman has since made his hom and where the only son, Clarence, was born. Mr. Coffman spent almost 40 years supervising orchards owned and controlled by the late J.C. Moon and himself during which time he employed and had business dealings with many men, acquiring an enviable record for honesty and fair dealing. Full of energy and always interested in his work, he was active in the management of his orchard interests up until he suffered his first attack last summer. Surviving besides his widow, two daughters and son, are three grandchildren, Clara May Strubinger, and Keith C. and Corrine E. Knight; one brother O.O. Coffman of Cincinnati Ohio, who spent four months at the Coffman home in Barry last fall and two nephews, Harry Lyons of Eagle Rock Iowa and Arthur Lyons of Omaha Neb. sons of a deceased sister, Mrs. orissa Lyons. Mr Coffman had been a member of the First Christian church in Barry for many years.
Contributed by Melinda Jane Finkle

DAN WESLEY CONNER - 81, of Hannibal, Mo., died Friday, May 15, 1970 at 9:25 a.m. in Levering hospital in Hannibal. Mr. Conner was born near Nebo, Nov. 6, 1888, a son of John and Mary Guthrie Conner. He married Alza Blacketer in New Canton, Aug. 29, 1917. He was a member of the Re-organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Surviving are the widow; a son, Edmon of Orange, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Gene (Virginia) Palfreeman of Cisne, Ill.; a brother, Jim Conner of Clarksville, Mo.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Union church in New Canton with the Rev. Tilford Phillips officiating. Burial was in Shearer cemetery near New Canton.
Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.

JOHN WASHINGTON CONNER - was born in Pike County, Illinois, May 30, 1852. Was married in 1885 to Mrs. Mary Ellen Doman Guthrie, of Pike County, Illinois. To them were born three boys: Dan Conner of Kinderhook, Jim Conner of Clarksville, and Bob Conner of Pleasant Hill, all living. He was united with the Church of Christ in 1924, being a true Christian through life. He departed this life June 15, 1931, being 79 years and 16 days of age. Those left to mourn his death are his wife, Mrs. Mary Ellen Conner, his three children, Dan, Jim, and Bob, his three step-children, Clara Kemery and Eva Roan of Louisiana, and Arthur Doman, of Kansas, thirty-four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Card of Thanks -- We wish to thank our many neighbors and friends for their sympathy shown during the illness and death of our dear husband and father. Especially do we thank those who furnished cars and the beautiful floral offerings, also the singers and the minister for his comforting words. -- From Mrs. John Conner and family
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas (From Fannie Buchanan's Scrapbook)

ROBERT ROY CONNER - 78, of Pleasant Hill died at 2:55 a.m. Friday, December 12, 1969 in the Pike County hospital at Louisiana, Mo. following an illness of several years duration. He had been hospitalized for two weeks. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ward Funeral home, Pleasant Hill, with Rev Russell Price officiating. Interment was n Crescent Heights cemetery, Pleasant Hill. Mr. Conner was a retired employee of King Milling Co. of Pittsfield. Born at Pleasant Hill Feb 18, 1891 Robert Roy was the son of John W. and Mary E. Guthrie Conner. He was married at Bowling Green, Mo. Aug. 29, 1914 to Clemma b. Franklin, who survives with four sons and three daughters. They are: Logan E. Conner of Keokuk, Ia; Arthur W and Truman J Conner, both of Pleasant Hill; Fred L. Conner of Jacksonville; Mrs. Opal Henderson of Clarksville, Mo; Mrs. Hallie Robinson of Waukegan and Mrs. Wanda Johnson of Leavenworth, Kans. There are 28 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers; Dan Conner of Hannibal, Mo; and Jim Conner of Clarksville, Mo.
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - From Pike Press, December 17, 1969, Pittsfield Library

ARTEMESIA CATHERINE (HOBBS) COOPER - aged 87 years, passed away Wednesday noon in her home where she lived with her son, George Cooper. Her husband, Marion Cooper, died about 14 years ago. One daughter, Mrs. George Milby, of Perry, and several sons living in the west survive. A granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Zimmerman, of Norfolk, Neb., arrived a few hours before Mrs. Cooper's death. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mahala Bradbury, aged ?? years, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Wilson in Perry. The funeral of Mrs. Cooper will be held this afternoon from the Christian Church, Rev. Waltmire of the M.E. Church officiating. Interment in the Dorsey Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal, Friday, March 21, 1919
** (She was Artemesia Katherine Hobbs Cooper, daughter of Nicholas Hobbs & Elizabeth B. Young and wife of Francis Marion Cooper. Although her obit says she was buried at Dorsey Cemetery, there isn't a tombstone for her there-kr)

ASA DOUGLAS COOPER - He served in the Black Hawk War. He was a son of George Washington Cooper and Elizabeth Douglass. He married Eleanor Goodin on April 30, 1835 in Martinsburg Township, Pike County, Illinois. Asa D. Cooper, was born in Kentucky and was a son of George W. Cooper, who removed from Tennessee to Kentucky and afterward to Illinois, settling in Pike county. He took up his abode here at a very early day, probably about 1832. It was in this county that Asa D. Cooper was married to Miss Eleanor Gooden, whose birth occurred in Saline county, Missouri, and who was a daughter of Robert Gooden, one of the early settlers of Pike county, who removed from Tennessee to Missouri and afterward to Illinois. Following his marriage Asa Cooper located on a farm in Martinsburg township, opening up a new tract of land. Later he sold that property and developed another farm, whereon he reared his family and spent his last years, his death occurring December 29, 1858. His wife passed away March 29, 1854.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

JACOB MILTON COOPER - It was with a feeling of profound sorrow that the people of Lohrville learned on Tuesday morning tht our fellow townsman J. M. Cooper had passed from this life an an early hour that morning. Mr. Cooper came here from Harcourt about 18 months ago and engaged in the harness business and since him coming among us had made many warm friends among our people. He was of quiet retiring nature and gave his entire attention to his business. A little over a week ago he began complaining of a severe cold and on Wednesday of last week took to his bed and called a physician. Pheumonia developed and he gradually grew worse until the end came on Tuesday morning in spite of all that medical skill and tender loving care could do to relieve his suffering. On Sunday his condition had become so alarming that it was decided best to send for his sons who reside in North Dakota and messages informing them of his condition were sent. The sons started on the first available train, but before they reached the bedside he had passed to the great beyond. Jacob Milton Cooper was born in Pittsfield, Pike County IL on Sept. 5, 1850 and died in Lohrville Iowa January 25, 1915. aged 64 years, 4 months and 20 days. At the age of 15 years he enlisted in the U.S. regular army when he served in Indian campaigns in North Dakota and Montana until 1868. After leaving the regular army he located at Fort Dodge Iowa, where he learned the trade of harness maker and where on September 24, 1873 he was united in marriage with Josie Celia Underwood. Two sons were born to this union - Duncan M. of Beach ND and Frank D. of Dickinson ND. In addition to the two sons there survive his widow, one sister Mrs. M.E. Sewell of Sac City and two brothers, Frank J. of Patoka IL and William E. of Sac City. After his marriage he removed to Nebraska and later to Illinois and returned to Iowa about eleven years ago and again settled in Webster County, engaging in business first at Stratford and later at Harcourt, coming to this place in the summer of 1913. In his early manhood he affiliated with the A.F. & A.M. and the R.A.M. in each of which he was a member in good standing at the time of his death retaining his membership in the former at Startford and the latter at Oneide IL. He was also a member of the Lohrville Chapter O.E.S. and M.W.A. He was also a member of the M.E. church at Wataga IL. The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon from the family home on Oak street and was conducted by Rev. J.H. Mahaffy of the Presbyterian church under the auspices of the Lohrville Masonic Lodge assisted by several members from the Startford Lodge. The out of town attendants were his two sons from ND, Mrs. M.E. Swewll, sister from Sac City and Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Schaffner of Ft. Dodge, Mrs. Schaffner being a sister to Cooper.
Contributed by Jim Cooper from the Beach Advance, Golden Valley Co., ND, 5 February 1915

JAMES MILLER COOPER - One of Pittsfield's oldest residents, died at 1 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Robinson, He had been in failing health for several months. Mr. Cooper was 91 years of age last October 26. He was the son of Asa D. Cooper, who married Eleanor Goodin, early day residents of Pike county who settled in Martinsburg township. His parents both died when he was quite young, and he was reared in the home of his brother, John. He was eleven years of age at the time the Civil War started and vividly recalled events of that period. Mr. Cooper enjoyed a remarkable old age, and was in very good health until recent months. He walked down town daily and during the summer spent many happy hours visiting with friends in the court house park. He was an ardent democrat, and was always faithful to his party. Mr. Cooper owned a farm south of town, but in recent years had lived with his only daughter, Mrs. Amos Robinson and family. Mr. Cooper was always pleasant and agreeable and we shall miss his cheery greeting in our daily trips around the square. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 pm at the Plattner Chapel in charge of Rev. Homer Brown. Interment will be in Goodin Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

JOHN H. COOPER - was a native son of Pike county, having been born in Pittsfield, Oct. 10, 1836?, being the son of Asa D. Cooper and Eleanor Goodin, of this county. He was married in Martinsburg township, February 1, 1857, to Miss Mary M. Moomaw, a native of Ohio, a daughter of Rev. Jacob Moomaw, a German Baptist minister, who came to Pike county from Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Cooper were born four children; George D., Mare E., wife of Wesley Walston; William Hardin, and Charles H. He and his wife adopted a little girl eight years of age, reared and educated her, and she is now the wife of Frank Goodin. Benton Johnson, when only a boy, also became a member of their family and was reared to manhood. He is now a carpenter in Pittsfield. They also reared James Cooper, a younger brother of the deceased. At the time of their marriage, Mr. Cooper and his good wife had little of this worlds goods and experienced many hardships and privations, but they worked and were frugal and became most prosperous and throughout the whole countryside no family was more honored and of more value to the community as citizens, church workers and neighbors. The memory that such pioneers leave behind is monument enough for any man. Mr. Cooper served the county as township collector, road supervisor and school director, but never aspired to public honors. Mr. Coopers aged wife preceded him to the better land but nine months."
(Pike County Democrat, Oct 14, 1914) - The funeral services of Mr. John H. Cooper, whose death was mentioned in the DEMOCRAT last week, took place Friday at 11 o'clock a. m. Mr. Coopers death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wesley Walston, but the funeral services were held at Mr. Coopers old home in Martinsburg township, Rev. McLaughlin, of Perry, officiated and the interment was at the Goodin cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

LAURA V. COOPER - was born at Fayette, Missouri, March 26, 1869. She was united in Marriage to Irvin D. Webster on October 14, 1903. Mr. Webster preceded her in death in Feb. 1926. Mrs. Webster had resided in Springfield since 1943, making her home with her daughter, Miss Annie Laura who is a teacher in the Springfield public schools. She was a member of the First Methodist church of Springfield and a fifty year member of Ione Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Pleasant Hill. Surviving in addition to her daughter, Annie Laura, are two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Railsback and Miss Nannie B. Cooper of Fayette, Missouri, one step-son, Walter E. Webster of Chicago, and several step-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Ward Funeral Chapel in Pleasant Hill on Monday afternoon with Dr. A. Ray Grummon officiating. Burial was in the Wells cemetery. Out-of-town people who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Riley of Springfield; Miss Nannie B. Cooper and Miss Nannie Mae Miller of Fayette, Mo.; Mrs. Laura Gould of Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Strubinger, Mrs. D. M. Gover, Miss Lorena Senter, Mrs. Kate Nicholas, Dr. and Mrs. A. Ray Grummon of Springfield; Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Miller of St. Louis and Miss Ivah Moore of Griggsville.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

MARY S. (McALLISTER) COOPER - wife of Cyrus L. Cooper, and daughter of Yarrow and Rachel Jones McCallister, who for the last five years has been suffering from high blood pressure, kidney trouble and other complaints, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Rebecca M. Jester, in Griggsville, Saturday, Oct. 11, 1930. at 12:30 p. m. She was born in Newburg town­ship in the Bethel neighborhood, February 17, 1855. and lived to be 75 years, 7 months and 24 days old. On October 30, 1871, she united in marriage with Cyrus L. Cooper. The following children were born to this union: Mrs. Louis Graves of Pittsfield, Walter Cooper of Decatur, Braxton Cooper, address unknown, Arthur Cooper of Springfield, Mrs. W. A. Martin of Beardstown, gnd Moody Cooper who died in 1922. Her husband died ten years ago. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, two sisters, one brother, and one half-brother. Mrs. Rebecca M. Jester and Mrs. Wm. Hall of Griggsville, James McAllister of Orland, Calif., and Edwin McAllister of Griggsville. The first forty-six years of her life she lived in the Griggsville and Pittsfield communities, then for three years with her daughter in Beardstown and for the last two years with her sister here. In middle life she united with the Baptist church in Pittsfield. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30, from the N. L. Eddy Funeral Home in Pittsfield, with interment in Oakwood cemetery there, Rev. O. F. Jones of the Griggsville M. E. church, officiating.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson from The Independent Press, Griggsville, October 15, 1930

JAMES COUPLAND - Friends and relatives in Pike county received word April 11 of the death of James Fred Coupland of 3211 S.W. 12h Ave. Portland, OR. He was a victim of leukemia. Mr. Coupland, a son of Maxwell and Lillian Coupland was born Nov. 11, 1895 near Perry. He married Ruth Turner Wetzel in 1950. She survives, along with two stepdaughters, Mrs. Donald Six of Portland and Mrs. James Logan of Griggsville. Also surviving are his cousin Maisie Wetzel of Portland. Memorial services were held April14 in the chapel of the First Methodist church in Portland with interment in Williamette Natl. Cemetery.
Unknown Contributor

MRS. DANIEL COVER - On Friday last, at about the hour of 7 p. m., Mrs. Daniel Cover, Sr. departed this life, having been ill but a short time, probably an hour, with heart affection it is supposed. The deceased was born in Clermont county, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1817, an was married. to Mr. Cover Jan. 1837. She joined the M. E. church Jan. 9, '43, and up to the time of her sudden death lived an unsullied Christian life, dying with the full assurance of a blessed immortality They removed to this city in 185 and raised their family of four son and two daughters to become honest and honorable men and women. The funeral was held at the M., Sunday, May 8th, at 10:3 a. in., in the presence of an in mense throng of sympathizing relatives and friends. The text for the sad occasion was the words of comfort, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them," preached by the writer. A good Christian woman has gone; let us be prepared to meet her in glory.
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

CHARLES COWDEN - Died, at his home in New Salem, Ill., Friday, Jan. 22, 1892, Mr. Charles Cowden, at the venerable age of 81 years, 8 months, and 26 days. The funeral services took place Sabbath, Jan. 24, in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Cooper. A large and sympathizing audience was present. Mr. Cowden removed from Huntington county, Pennsylvania, to Illinois in 1857, and first settled in Pittsfield. After living there a few years, he removed to New Salem, where he lived until the day of his death. He was twice married and was the father of seven children, of whom all but two daughters have preceded him to the spirit land. Mr. Cowden was a very industrious, honest, and self-reliant man, a kind friend and neighbor, and a loving husband and father. (M. M. C.)
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

EVA HANNAH (PLATTNER) CRANE - 78, passed away at the Illini Community Hospital here, Saturday morning. She had been in failing health for several years and following the death of her only daughter, Mrs. Florine Kelly, just six months ago, she had grown gradually worse. She had been in the hospital several days. After the death of her daughter she had one to Detroit, Mich, to be with her only son, Russell Crane and wife and had returned home about six weeks ago. Eva Plattner was born August 10, 1869, in Pittsfield, the only daughter of Andrew and Martha Steers Plattner. One son was born in that family, Roy D. Plattner, who is the only living member of the family. Eva Plattner was graduated from the Pittsfield schools and very soon thereafter married Dr. Francis Crane. Their first home was in Pleasant Hill, where Dr. Crane established his first practice and where their first child, the daughter, Florine was born. Dr. Crane's health became a matter of concern while at Pleasant Hill and he was advised to go to a sunny climate. He chose Hawaii where his health improved but it was decided not advisable to go so far from home and he located in Pittsfield, where he was very successful, until his health again broke and he passed away in 1906. Mrs. Crane and the children continued to live on in the home here. Early in girlhood, Mrs. Crane became a member of the Christian church and was active in church work until her health prevented. She was a member of the Pittsfield chapter O.E.S. However, her main interest was in her home relationships and she was devoted to her daughter and son and their families. During the years she and her daughter and son-in-law, Ray Kelly, made their homes together she often spoke of the affectionate care she received from Ray. Besides her son, Russell and wife, she is survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Rupp and family and grandson, Robert Kelly, also son-in-law, Ray Kelly, and brother, Roy D. Plattner. Funeral services, John Sutter by courtesy directing, were held at the Plattner chapel, Monday afternoon at 2:30; Rev. Claud Cummins officiating. Prof. Joe Shastid played organ music. The casket bearers were Lee Newman, Ernest Moreland, Arthur Foreman, Ben Niebur, Frank Troutner, and C. A. Barber. Burial was in the West Cemetery on the Plattner lot beside her parents, husband and daughter.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

TILLIE CRANE - 45, died last night from injuries and burns sustained earlier in the day when an oil stove exploded in the kitchen of her home. Mrs. Evelyn Plymouth is suffering from severe burns which she received when she attempted to rescue Mrs. Crane.
The Decatur Evening Herald 18 April 1931 (Matilda was the wife of Dave Crane and daughter of Frederick & Wilhelmina (Kraigmaine) Kespohl)

FELIX M. CRAWFORD - was the son of Samuel and Janet Crawford, unto whom were born fourteen children, ten of whom are still living, six sons an four daughters, the oldest in his 72d year and the youngest in his 50th. Deceased was born near Kane Creek P. O., Lincoln county Tenn., May 3rd, 1826. He was married to Martha Melear, Jan. 11, 1848, in Lincoln Co., Tenn., who departed this life, Sept. 13, 1869. They had ten children, six of whom survive them, four sons and two daughters He was again married to Susan Ogden, in 1874, who still survives him. Deceased removed, with his father's family from Lincoln county, Tenn., in the fall of 1836 to Scott Co., Ill., and from there to Pike county in 1849, where he has resided ever since. He united with the Presbyterian church at Exeter, Scott county, in 1844, and ever after continued a member of that church, the Presbyterian and Methodist churches at Perry and the Congregational church at Pittsfield until his death. He was always a consistent Christian, and all who knew him believed him to be an earnest and zealous follower of his Savior and a true Christian, one who encouraged others to live a higher and better life, a Christian life. He was whole souled, open hearted, genial, loving and true. He will be sadly missed, not only by his widow, who has lost a husband kind, loving and ever watchful; his children, who have lost a father kind, loving and indulgent; his brothers and sisters, who have lost a brother whom they loved and trusted, but all who knew him had learned to love him, and have lost a faithful friend. Especially was he a favorite with the young peo­ple; all called him "Uncle Mac." He was always with them a genial friend and companion; always met them with a kind word and loving look. All will miss him, all will mourn him, but not without hope. We know that he is not dead, but sleepeth, to rise to a better and happier life; and if we only follow the teachings and commands of the Savior as he did we shall soon meet him again in a "Happier place."
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

CORA BELLE (RHODES) CROSSMAN - Services for Mrs. Cora Belle Crossman, 92, of Nebo, who died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1970 at noon in a Beardstown nursing home, were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Nebo Baptist Church. The Rev. Howard Duer officiated with burial in the Nebo Cemetery. Mrs. Crossman was born in Milton, Feb. 22, 1878, a daughter of William and Lydia Hudson Rhodes. She was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church. She was married to Charles O. Crossman in 1893. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Edward of Nebo; a daughter, Mrs. William (Beryl) Sprenger of Coatsburg; a brother, Guy of Pearl; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Ottwell of Pearl, Mrs. Bessie McCann of Nebo and Mrs. May Conner of Alton; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

SARAH JANE (SCRANTON) CROSSMAN - widow of Carnel C. Crossman, was born January 27, 1852 in Pike county, Illinois, where she spent her entire life. She died at her home in Nebo May 20, 1933 at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 27 days. She was united in marriage on June 25, 1871 who preceeded her in death in 1905. To this union were born seven children: Charles, of Detroit, Ill., Marilla, wife of Geo. W. smith of Abingdon, Ill., Wm. David, Elmer L., and Virgil A., of Nebo who survive, Rachael Louisa died in 1905 and Ethel, wife of James Hobbs passed away in 1927. Mrs. Crossman and her husband were converted in early life and were baptized by Elder frank Lewis becoming members of Nebo Baptist church where they remained as faithful members until called hense by death. There are 28 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren who survive besides three half sisters, and one half brother, namely: Melvina Martin of Pleasant Hill, Zadie Grimes of Chestnut, Ill., Delia Shive, of Pleasant Hill and Elza E. Scranton of Hill City, Kansas.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.)
Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas

WALTER B. CROSSMAN - son of William D. and Lula Crossman, was born October 17, 1907. He departed this life August 20, 1932, at the age of 24 years, 10 months and 3 days, following an appendix operation at Elizabeth Hospital, Bellville, Ill. Walter grew to manhood in Nebo and finished his grammar and high school education in this place. He was converted to the religion of his Lord at the age of 14 years and was ever ready to testify to his knowledge that Jesus was his Savior. At the age of 20 Walter went to Macomb to attend Western Illinois State College where he graduated three years later. He was employed to teach in Marissa high school the same year. Here he met his companion, Miss Laura Mae Beggs, and they were united in marriage August 2, 1931. They went to live in Woodriver where he was employed as teacher and principal of Brushy Grove Grade school for the year 31-32. He was re-employed again this year. He was very interested and active in both school and church work. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, August 22, at 2:30, in the Marissa Methodist church, where he was a member. It was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Cummins, who also performed his marriage ceremony in the same church. The pallbearers and flower girls were young men and women who were his students when he taught at Marissa. He leaves to mourn his loss a dear wife, a father, a mother, four sisters, Mrs. Nettie Ransom of Wood River, Mrs. Edith Weinant of Pittsfield, Julia and Ruth at home, two brothers, Everett who has attended Chicago Evangelistic Institute the past three years, Elmer at home, an aged grandmother, Mrs. Sarah J. Crossman, and a host of other relatives and friends who will greatly miss him. Interment was made in Marissa cemetery.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

C. FRANK CROWDER - prominent farmer was found dead in his bed at his home southeast of Pleasant Hill early Thursday morning by his daughter in law, Mrs. Mat Crowder. Mr. Crowder had been in usual health and had spent all day Wednesday working at the Baptist parsonage and Baptist church. He returned home and ate supper. Wednesday night he suffered an attack of indigestion but had apparently recovered. His son, Harold went to his father's room and called him for breakfast. Mr. Crowder appeared to be sleeping and Harold left the room. After breakfast Mrs. Crowder, his daughter-in-law went to the room and found Mr. Crowder dead. He is thought to have been dead about 6 hours. Charles Francis Crowder, son of Austin and Christine Guthrie Crowder was born near Sideview School in Spring Creek Township, Pike County, Illinois, January 16, 1877. He was the eldest of six children born to that union. On august 26, 1894 he was married to Alma Gant of Nebo, Illinois, and to this union four children were born, Uva, wife of Ralph Hemphill of Hartford, Illinois, Cleda, wife of Wilmer Smith of Pittsfield, Illinois, Thelma, wife of Truman Reeves of Pleasant Hill, Illinois, and a son, Harold Crowder of Pleasant Hill. The mother preceded him in death on November 20, 1929. Mr. Crowder became a member of the Baptist Church at Nebo, Illinois in 1903 and remained a member of that church until he united with the Baptist Church at Pleasant Hill in 1918. He was a deacon in his church for thirty-one years. He served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Sny Island Levee Drainage District for twenty-three years and was a member at his death. He was for one term supervisor of Pleasant Hill township and also served one term as president of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Pleasant Hill. He also served as director of his local school for many terms. On August 3, 1935 he was married to Lou Garner of Pleasant Hill. She preceded him in death on August 24, 1948. He departed this life at the home of his son, Harold, on September 14, 1950 at the age of 73 years, 7 months, and 28 days. He leaves to mourn their loss, his four children, two brothers, Chester of Pleasant Hill and Ivy of Monee, Illinois, one half brother, James of Springfield, Mo., and two half sisters, Minnie, wife of Clay Hoaglin of Pleasant Hill. One brother and one sister died in infancy. His brother, Fred, died April 3, 1947. Glea Tilley, a half sister and Paul Crowder preceded him in death. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, three having preceded him in death. Also surviving are six great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He was an honest, sincere business man and a successful farmer. He will be greatly missed by every one. Funeral services were held in Pleasant Hill, Sunday afternoon at 2:00, with Rev. F. R. Sawyer in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

GOLDIE (STARKS) CURLIS - 80, formerly of Barry, passed away early Sunday morning, April 26, 1959, in a nursing home at Independence, Kansas, where she had been a resident for several weeks. She had been in ill health for a number of years. Born in Kansas January 8, 1879, she was the daughter of Williamson and Cora Peterson Starks. The family came to the Barry vicinity when Mrs. Curlis was a small child. She attended rural schools in this area and was a member of the Barry Christian Church. On December 23, 1910, she was married to Wesley Curlis. They moved to Kansas soon after World War I. Mr. Curlis died in 1925. Funeral services for Mrs. Curlis were held Tuesday...April 28, at Sycamore. Graveside services will be held at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry...April 30...Surviving are a son, Frank Curlis of Sycamore; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Parrack, and a brother, Ben Starks, both of Barry.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 29 Apr 1959]

WESLEY LEASE CURLIS - A telegram was received in this city Friday morning of last week announcing the death of Wesley L. Curlis in Sycamore, Kansas, on December 31, 1925. The death of this well known man came as a bolt from a clear sky, as friends here did not know that he was in poor health. Mr. Curlis, it is said, had been ailing to some extent with heart disease for some weeks, but his condition was not considered grave. December 26, Mrs. David Parrack, a sister of Mrs. Curlis, left immediately for Kansas upon receipt of the telegram and accompanied Mrs. Curlis and her sons back to Illinois with the remains. Wesley Lease Curlis, son of Asher and Barbara Elizabeth Curlis, was born in Batavia, Ohio, March 29, 1877. He was married to Goldie Florence, December 23, 1910, and to this union two sons were born, George David and Frank Wesley, who with his wife and one stepson, Russell Florence, whom he loved as a son, are left to mourn the loss of a loving father and husband. He also leaves two brothers, George C. Curlis, of Liberty, Kansas and David P. Curlis of Cherry Vale, Kansas, besides a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Mr. Curlis was a member of the Illinois National Guards for 7 years and when they were called for service in the World War he refused to be exempted, although married and the father of two little sons, but went across with the 33rd Division to fight for his country, and remained there until after the close of the war. During his time in France he was in several engagements and one time was under shell fire for forty-two days. He was discharged from Camp Grant, Illinois, May 20, 1919. After peace was declared he returned to Barry and with his family, he shortly afterward moved to Montgomery county, Kansas, his boyhood home, where until his death he was engaged in farming and also a rural mail carrier out of Sycamore, Kansas. When he lived in Barry he carried the mail on one of the rural routes. The remains were brought to Barry for burial and the funeral services were conducted from the First Christian church Monday afternoon, January 4, 1926 at 2:30p.m., in charge of the pastor, Rev. F.B. Elmore, and interment was made in Park Lawn cemetery. A firing squad composed of Joye G. Gieker, Raymond I. Gieker, Alvin Lundy, Everett Lawson, Dr. W. W. Kuntz, Loraine Strubinger, Harold Fitch, Wm. Carbaugh, Elbert Bowers, Mercy Hays and Farold Ewing, his superior comrades accorded this departure with a militery burial.
Contributed by David Bethard