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VIRGIL CAMP - b: 3 Jan 1888, Pike Co., Il.; d: 24 Jan 1978, Barry, Il.; bu: Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Rockport, Il.; fa: Orlando Camp; mo: Barbara Snyder. A resident of New Canton, Il. WWI Army vet. Survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ELMER FRANCIS CARREL - one of Griggsville's most esteemed young men, passed away Sunday afternoon after a short illness of pneumonia., following an attack of influenza. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carrel of Maysville, and was born at that place on February 1, 1889, being therefore, aged 29 years, 8 months, and 36 days at the time of his death. His boyhood days were spent at Maysville, and later he lived on a farm near this city. On December 4th, 1907, he was united in marriage to Cora McCallister, who survives him, as does one daughter, Marguerite, his father and mother, two brothers. Ray of Baylis and Frank of Maysville. For a number of years he had been a member of the Griggsville band, and was always to be relied upon at practice or when the band was filling engagements. He took much interest in Odd-fellowship, being a valued member of Pike lodge of this city, in which he held an office at- the time of his death. For some time Elmer had been in charge of the cafe conducted by the Shoemaker Co. and Mr. A. W. Butterfield, the manager, speaks in the highest terms of him as a faithful and reliable employee. As the quarantine would not permit of a public service, the I. O. O. F. conducted a short burial ceremony at the grave in Griggsville cemetery, a few members and the immediate family being present.
Source: The Independent Press (Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918 Submitted by Delaine Donaldson

AGNES (PORTER) CAUGHLAN - Pittsfield - Mrs. Agnes Caughlan 72, of Pittsfield, died at 5:45 am. Tuesday (29 Dec 1970) in Illinois Community Hospital here. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Bentley; one son, John A. of Webster Groves, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Richard McCue of Lincoln; two brothers, Marion Porter of Wheatland, Ind., Reese Porter of Holdenville, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. Eunice Brace of Hemet, Calif.; nine grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Agnes Caughlan, 71, of Pittsfield, who died Tuesday (Dec 29, 1970) at 5:45 a. m. in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. in the Plattner Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Joe t. Maynard will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery Mrs. Caughlan was born in Pike County, June 20, 1898, a daughter of John and Margaret Hall Porter. She was a member of the Christian Church. She was chairman of the County Red Cross sewing room during World War II. She was a member of the Sorosis and Priscilla Clubs and Forum. She married A. Bentley Caughlan in Newburg Township June 20, 1920. Surviving are the husband; a son, John of Webster Groves, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Jeanette) McCue of Lincoln; two brothers, Marion Porter of Wheatland, Ind., and Resse Porter of Holdenville, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Lee (Eunice) Brace of Hemet, Calif., nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister.
Contributed by Charles Caughlan

ANNA (LONG) CAUGHLAN - widow of the late Editor C. W. Caughlan, died about 10:35 Thursday morning at Illini Hospital, where she had been only about an hour earlier. She was 93 years of age last November, and had gradually grown more frail the past two years, but sas able to be up in her chair the day before her death. She suffered a stroke Wednesday night, and was partially paralyzed Thursday morning. She had been cared for by her daughter Ruth, who was assisted by Mrs. Roy Hubbard through the day while Roth was at work. Mrs. Hubbard was most solicitous and kind in caring for her, and Mrs. Caughlan was very fond of her. She had enjoyed a remarkable old age, and until the past two or three years, was active about her home, taking great pleasure in her flowers. In years gone by when she was able to care for them, she had perennials of all kinds to provide a blaze of color all summer long. In fact, Mother Caughlan seemed to be one of those people with a "Green Thumb" and could make flowers grow and flourish where many times others failed. The only complaint we ever heard her make in the past year of two was that she was no longer able to work outdoors. Mr. and Mrs. Caughlan were always very active in the affairs of the Methodist church, and many ministers and their families have shared the hospitality of their home. Her abiding faith seemed to give her a calm and gentle serenity that stayed with her at all times regardless of what misfortunes might have come her way. The death of Mr. Caughlan in 1933 was the first break in the family circle of parents and seven children. Surviving children are: John H. Caughlan, A.B. Caughlan, Mrs. Floyd (Mabel) Giger, Mrs. Orien (Mary) Dell, Ruth Caughlan and Fred Caughlan, all of this city, and Mrs. Louis (Helen) Anderson of Midland, Tex. There are 16 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Mrs. Caughlan was very fond of her grandchildren and made all of them had pieced coverlet. She started making them for her great grandchildren, but eventually gave it up when there were quite a few of them. She had derived much pleasure from Elizabeth and Mike, the children of her son Fred and Wife, who lived close by, and they were daily visitors in her home. Mrs. Caughlan was formerly Anna Long, the daughter of Henry and Elvina Baker Long. She was born at Payson Nov. 14, 1869. She met C. W. Caughlan when he came there as editor of the Plainville Times, and they were married and lived there a few years before coming to Pittsfield in 1894. She still held a interest in the Democrat-Times. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Walter Theobald. Members of their choir furnished the music. Pallbearers were six grandsons: Donald and Charles Giger, Lewis Dell, William Weaver, John A. Caughlan and Wesley Caughlan. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Wesley Caughlan, Mrs. Williams Weaver, Mrs.Winfred, Gleckler, Mrs. Richard McCue and Mrs. Elmer Webster. Burial was in West cemetery.
Contributed by Charles Caughlan

CHARLES WESLEY CAUGHLAN - was born in Fillmore, Andrew County, Missouri July 3 1860, the eldest son of Rev. J. W. Caughlan, a Methodist minister, and Nancy Jane Miller Caughlan. Before their baby was a year old the father was appointed to a mission in Colorado and with his wife and infant son joined an immigrant train and in a covered wagon crossed the plains, as the semi-arid country between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mts. was then called. A part of the way they were escorted by solders because tribes of hostile Indians. In the following spring when the father returned to Missouri to attend the session of the annual conference of his church, he decided to enlist in the service of this country as the civil war had broken out. His wife and son returned to Missouri in the old overland stages couch, the only public conveyance across the plains in those days. He received his education in the schools of Missouri of that time. In the spring of 1879 he began the publication of a small newspaper, the realization of a boyhood dream. He was connected with several small weeklies until the spring of 1884, when he went to Kansas City to seek employment of the newspapers there and related industries as a training for the future. There he met many who afterward became prominent in the field of journalism. In the spring of 1889 he came to Illinois and in connection with C. H. Chubbuck established the Plainville Observer. In the spring of 1895 he came to Pittsfield and with the late A. C. Bentley bought the Pike County Banner for C. I. Swan. The changed the name to Pike County Times., issuing the first number under their management April 10, 1895. This partnership continued until May, 1906, when Mr. Bentley died. Mr. Caughlan later bought the Times and has continued it since. His eldest sons joined him in the business in 1915 and they expect to continue its publication.
Contributed by Charles Caughlan

LODEMA ANNA (WALSTON) CHEEK - widow of Charles Cheek, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ina Goodin in Martinsburg township, November 20. 1943. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Walston and was born in Martinsburg township, September 20, 1863, and was 80 years and 2 months old. She had spent her entire life in Pleasant Hill and Martinsburg townships. Her husband died a few years ago. Surviving are one son, Otis Cheek, of Alton, Ill., Mrs. Rebecca Shields of Louisiana, Mo., Mrs. Ina Goodin of Pittsfield, and Mrs. Elva Crowder of Pleasant Hill. Funeral services were held in the Church of Christ at Martinsburg.
(she is buried at Burbridge Cemetery-kr) - Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MARY EFFIE (DUNAVEN) CHEEK - passed away at her home here, Wednesday morning at 12:20 o'clock. Mrs. Cheek complained of a headache at 6:00 Tuesday evening when Mr. Cheek was home for supper, and about an hour later when her daughter, Miss Juanita Cheek arrived home, she found her mother lying on the floor, suffering of paralysis, and she passed away at 12:20 Wednesday morning. Mrs. Cheek had been in usual health and her sudden passing was a shock to the people of Pleasant Hill. She was 54 years of age. Surviving are the husband, Otis Cheek, three sons, Harold, Lawrence and Charles Cheek, two daughters, Miss Elsie Doyle and Miss Juanita Cheek, two brothers, Loyd Dunaven of Roodhouse, and Ray Dunaven of Nebo, and two sisters, Miss Ruby Dunaven, Mrs. Marvin Harpole of Nebo. Mary Effie Cheek, daughter of Oswald and Anetta Dunaven was born at Stockland near Pleasant Hill on Sept. 18, 1888, and passed away at her home in Pleasant Hill, on December 9, 1942, at the age of 54 years, 2 months and 21 days. On December 16, 1907 she was united in marriage to Otis Cheek. To this union five chlldren were born. In early womanhood she united with the church at Stockland and later transferred her membership to the Methodist Church at Pleasant Hill. She lived a quiet and useful life. She was always a devoted wife and loving mother. One grandson preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing the devoted husband, three sons, Harold, Lawrence and Charley, and two daughters, Mrs. Emil Doil and Juanita all of Pleasant Hill; one little granddaughter, Charlene, three brothers, Clyde of Portland, Oregon, Loyd of Roodhouse and Ray of Nebo; two sisters, Ruby of Chicago and Mrs. Marvin Harpole of Nebo, besides other more distant relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Ernest Orrill, Guy Yokem, Harold Wall, Lewis Rodhouse, Leslie Reeves, J. L. Laugharn. Flower girls were: Eulovia Wombles, Marjory Franklin, Mary Jany Kehere, Kathryn Goodman, Ilean Dunaven, Irene Woodard, Jean Hubbard and Dell Thomas. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill, Friday afternoonn, December 11th with Rev. W. D. Foster in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

OTIS CHEEK - 61, a former employee of Meyer-Schmid Grocery Co., died Friday (Feb. 21, 1947) at 7:10 a.m., at his home in Pleasant Hill. He had been forced to retire from work at Meyer-Schmid a year ago because of ill health, and at that time had undergone surgical treatment. Following the operation he was taken to the home of a daughter in Pleasant Hill so she could care for him. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Doil and Miss Juanita Cheek, Pleasant Hill, and three sons, Harold, Bethalto; Lawrence, Rockport, and Charles, Pleasant Hill, and three grandchildren. Funeral rites will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church at Pleasant Hill. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill cemetery (Crescent Heights Cemetery). The body is at the home of his son, Charles, in Pleasant Hill.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

P. N. CHIASSON - 68, long time general practitioner in Pike county and resident at Pittsfield for the past 14 years, died Saturday night (May 12, 1956) at the Illini hospital here. Dr. Chiasson suffered an attack Saturday from which he never recovered. Death was due to coronary thrombosis. Dr. Chiasson was born Sept. 14, 1887 in Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Germain and Elsie Chiasson. He was a graduate of the Chicago Medical School. He was united in marriage at Bangor, Maine in 1916 and is survived by his wife, Ann and two sons, Marshall of Pittsfield and Robert B. of Tucson, Ariz, and one daughter, Mrs. Marie Moreno of San Francisco, Calif. Three brothers survive, Hubert, living in Wisconsin, John of Connecticut, and Arthur of Chicago and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Skaro of Pontiac, Mich. The deceased formerly practiced in Rockport and for 18 years at Griggsville before coming to Pittsfield in 1942. He was a member of the Illini hospital medical staff and enjoyed a large practice in Pike county. The body is at the Plattner Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 Tuesday morning in the Chapel. There will be Masonic rites both at the Chapel and the cemetery. Members of the Pike County Medical Society will serve as honorary pallbearers. Pittsfield West Cemetery
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

ALLIE CLENDENNY - who for the past ten years has been the Night 'Watchman at the International Shoe Factory in Jerseyville, died at his home 208 McBride Street, Monday, November 11th, at three forty - five a.m. He had been ill for the past week. The deceased was the son of the late James and Caroline Jones Clendenny, and was born in Mozier, Illinois, December 2, 1886. At the time of his death he was aged fifty-three years, elevin months and nine days. Mr. Clendenny is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lettie Clendenny; one son, James O. Clendenney of Jerseyville; one daughter, Mrs. Norma Ludwig of Jerseyville and one sister Mrs. J. O. Hanson of St. Louis. Services were held by the Jacoby Brothers Chapel Wednesday Nov. 13th at two p.m. the Rev. John A. Lampe pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiated and interment was in Oak grove Cemetery.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Harman House Obituaries

BLANCHE CLENDENNY - 77 Mozier, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville. Dec 1975 Surviving are her husband, Otis; a son, Robert of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Swearingen of Cottage Hills and Mrs. Joann Tepen of Carrollton; eigth grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleaant Hill with the Rev. Wayne Ward officiating.. Burial will be in Fox Creek Cemetery, near Mozier. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday before funeral time at the funeral home. The Fox Creek Cemetery Association has been named as a memorial.

CARY CLENDENNY - son of Jas. and Jane Kitson Clendenny was born July 14, 1866 in Pike county Missouri and died February 13, 1948 at his home in Mozier, having attained the age of 81 years, 6 months, and 29 days. He, with his parents capae,from Missouri to Illinois when he was 5 years old. remained at home assisting his parents with the usual farm work of those pioneer days and received his education in the Fox Creek district school. After growing to manhood Mr. Clendenny was united in marriage to Miss Celia Pontero, October 4, 1893. To this union 13 children were born namely Lawrence, Merle and Mrs. Tony Otwell of Pleasant Hill; Otis. Gilbert, Louie and Mrs. Aloys Schlieper of Mozier; Leo of Hamburg; Mrs. Raymond Daniels and Mrs. Clyde Capps of Alton, Ill. Also Edith, Harry and Franklin who preceded him in death. He also leaves to mourn his departure 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; four brothers: John of Hamburg; Amos of Belleview; Charles of Mozier and Logan of Jerseyville. Two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Thomas of Nebo and Mrs. Anna Ball of Belleview.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Harman House obituaries

MINERVA E. (DRAPER) CLONINGER - Funeral services for Mrs. Thomas H. (Minerva) Cloninger, who died at her home in Pearl July 20 at the age of 75, were conducted at the home by C. C. Hanks and interment was in Green Pond cemetery on the 23rd. Casket bearers were Murrel Franklin, Homer Hunnicutt, Albert Knox, Keith Cloninger, Thomas Crowder and David Garrison. Her maiden name was Minerva E. Draper, she being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Draper. She was born July 13, 1868, being the second child in a family of eight children, all of whom are now deceased. On July 19, 1885, she married Thomas H. Cloninger and to them were born six children, two of whom are deceased, one dying at the age of seven months and the other when a year old. Mr. Cloninger died Aug. 15, 1939. Mrs. Cloninger proclaimed the faith when a young woman and in later life placed her membership with the Church of Christ in Pearl....She was 7 days past 75 when death ended her suffering...June 20. She had been ill several weeks. She is survived by three sons, Harry of East Panther Creek in Calhoun, Ben of Pearly, and Homer of Muscatine, Iowa; one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Crowder of Rockport; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Co, Republican, Pittsfield, 4 Aug 1943]

LESLIE LEO CLONINGER - age 72, of Eddyville, KY died Monday, June 16th at Caldwell Medical Center ER. He was a retired equipment operator with Vulcan Materials. Survivors include his wife, Anita Barnes Cloninger, Eddyville, KY; two sons: Eric Conninger & wife, Libby, Corinth, MS and Steven Cloninger & wife, Jennifer, Murray, KY; one daughter, Paula Neal & husband, Steve, Kuttawa, KY; one sister, Daisy McEuen, Chattem, IL; six grandchildren: Clayton Yokem, Kara Neal, Ryan Cloninger, Kinsley Cloninger, Mason Cloninger, and Abbey Cloninger; one step grandson, Hunter Eaves; one great grandchild, Keaton Yokem and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Violet Turnbaugh Cloninger, one brother, Luther Cloninger, and five sisters, Lucile Stewart, Edith Daniels, Carrie Sidwell, Eileen Hardwick and Dolly Cloninger. Memorial services will be Thursday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Gilbertsville, KY. Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville, KY is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Bill Browning

SHERMAN COLLINS - Lifelong resident of Pike County, having been born near Pittsfield, August 23, 1864 and passed away at his home in Pleasant Hill, April 26, 1950, at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 3 days. After a long illness, part of which time was spent in Illini hospital, but the last weeks were spend in his home where everything loving hearts and kind hands could do was done. He was one of a family of eight children of John and Polly Ann Daniels Collins, all have preceded him in death except one sister, Eunice Couch of Nebo. In early manhood he gave his heart to the Saviour and united with the Church of Christ. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Minnie Neese and to this union was born two children, Mrs. Bertha Ator of Pleasant Hill, and Archie, superintendent of Nebo schools, one step-son, Vinza Hack for whom he cared and shared with as his own son, who preceded him in death. There are four grandchildren, Burdette Hack and Bernard Ator of Pleasant Hill; Carol and Michael Collins of Nebo. In addition to his loving companion and family he leaves to mourn his passing many nieces, nephews and other relatives and his many friends to whom he was known as "Uncle Sherman".
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - (he is buried in Crescent Heights Cemetery-kr)

FRANK COLVIN - Died Saturday, June 10, 1876, of consumption, at his home near Milton, Pike County, Illinois, Frank Colvin, aged 29 years, the oldest son of Daniel and Mary Colvin. I have been acquainted with the deceased for the last sixteen or eighteen years, and I have hardly met with a more worthy and exemplary young man than he was. He has devoted several years to teaching, and has been very highly esteemed as a teacher. During his last sickness he never murmured nor complained, but expressed an entire resignation to the will of God, and spoke of death as having no horror to him. His remains were buried on Sunday in the Milton Cemetery, followed by one of the largest processions of relatives and friends that I have ever witnessed. (written by "F.")
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Co. Democrat, 15 Jun 1876]

HAYES COLVIN - The death of Hayes Colvin occurred at the family home on Milton road last Sunday morning at 7:30 o'clock, after an illness of several days with pneumonia. Mr. Colvin was born in Hardin township, August 4, 1851, and was 67 years of age. He was the son of Isaac and Catherine Colvin. He received his education in a log school house with its primitive furniture of slab benches. He remained at home and helped his father on the farm until he was 23 years of age, and then started in business for himself by managing his father's farm until he was 26. On December 27, 1877, Mr. Colvin was united in marriage to Miss Susan J. Dinsmore, seven children being born of this union. Mr. Colvin and family moved from their farm in Hardin township to this city several years ago. He served one term as county treasure and has often been called upon to hold office of responsibility and trust. While living in Hardin township he served for a period of six years as school director. Previous to his election to that office he had also served a term of five years as highway commissioner. Later, he served a term as supervisor from Hardin township Colvin had always been prominent in politics and was a staunch democrat, acting frequently as a delegate in the old days county conventions. Mr. Colvin is survived by his wife and six children: George E. of Nebraska, Howard, who is serving in the U.S. army in France, Bessie, Edith and Florine of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Pearl Gerard, who lives south of this city. Funeral services were held at the family home yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. W. H. Cannon officiating. Interment was in the West cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Nebo Banner, 31 Oct 1918]

CLARENCE CONSTABLE - Funeral services for Clarence S. Constable, 59, of Barry were held Monday afternoon, June 15, at 2:00 o'clock from the Barry Assembly of God Church in charge of the Gill Funeral Home. The Rev. James Van Huss officiated, and Mrs. Tom Mills was organist. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery. Serving as casket-bearers were Herman Leeds, Hiram Constable, John Kelley, Edward Ellison, Edgar Lawber and Wayne Tittsworth. Mr. Constable died Friday, June 12, at 6:40 P. M. in Illini Hospital. He had been ill for the past two years and wm a retired farmer. He had spent all of his life in this community. Born at Hull April 9, 1911, he was the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Vanhynings Constable. On September 7, 1931, at New Canton, he was married to Edna Tittsworth. She survives. Also surviving are five sons. Alfred, Ronald and Charles, all of Barry, Harold of Quincy and Gary of Pittsfield; three daughters, Mrs. William (Patty) Smith of Barry, Mrs. Bob (Frieda) Predmore and Mrs. Carolyn Ruble, both of Pittsfield; throe brothers, Charles of New Canton, James of Pittsfield and Bud of Barry; five sisters. Mrs. Mildred Kelly, Mrs. Hazel Leeds and Mrs. Myrtle Shrewsberry, all of Barry. Mrs Helen Lawber of Quincy and Mrs. Mary Utterback of Macomb; and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother Floyd.
Contributed by Bill Leeds

ELIZABETH MAE (VANHYNING) CONSTABLE - passed away at her home near Beverly at seven o'clock Sunday evening, January 16. She had been in poor health for several years and on December 10 she was taken to St. Mary hospital In Quincy where she was a patient for eight days. She then remained in the home of her daughter in Quincy until January 7 when she was brought to her own home. Lizzie VanHyning, daughter of Henry and Maggie Bell Vanhyning. Was born in Pike County February 14, 1879. In 1888 she went to the home of John Reed where she lived until 1898 when she was married to Hiram Constable by Squire Allen of Hull. While at the Reed home she attended school and church at Pigeon Creek. Mr. nnd Mrs. Constable became the parents of ten children, all of whom survive, Mary Utterback and Mildred Kelley of Barry: Jim at home, Charles, Mrs. Hazel Leeds and Floyd of New Canton: Myrtle Shrewberry and Walter of Hannibal, Missouri: Clarence of El Dara and Helen Lawbers of Quincy. The family had always lived in the vicinity of Hull and New Canton before moving to Beverly four years ago. Mrs. Constable is survived by her husband, her children, twenty-three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, an aged aunt, Martha Doby of Mt. Sterling and a cousin. Ethel Martin, also of Mt Sterling. Funeral services will be held this (Wednesday) afternoon at two.
Contributed by Bill Leeds

FLOYD CONSTABLE - Floyd R. Constable, 61 year old resident of the Chapin community and night watchman at Illinois School for Deaf, died suddenly at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at Passavant hospital where he became a patient at 5:55 p.m. that evening. Mr. Constable was born in Pike county Jan. 2, 1902, son of Hiram and Elizabeth VanHyning Constable. He was married in Quincy, IL. July 24, 1922 to Miss Dora Ellison. She survives with the following children, Bobby at home; Fred of Peoria; Floyd of Concord and Mrs. Ruth Boyer of Chapin. There are six grandchildren. The following brothers and sisters survive, Jim of Pittsfield; Clarence, Barry; Waiter, Paris, Mo.; Charles of New Canton; Mrs. Mildred Kelly, Mrs. Myrtle Shrewsberry and Mrs. Hazel Leeds, all of Barry; Mrs. Helen Lawber, Quincy and Mrs. Mary Utterback, Bushnell. Mr. Constable was a member of the Assembly of God church at Meredosia. The largely attended funeral services were held at the Methodist church in New Canton at 2 p.m. Saturday with Rev. James Grady and Rev. Clarence Fletcher of New Canton, officiating. Organist was John Dudley accompanying Mrs. Charles Fremer who sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "Beautiful Garden of Prayer". Interment was in the Morey cemetery at New Canton. Gillham-Buchanan Funeral Home had charge. Pallbearers were Wilbur Abernathy, Dale Braner, Floyd Beckum, Norman Bartleheim and Julius Anderson.
Contributed by Bill Leeds

HIRAM CONSTABLE - Died - At his residence in Hannibal, Mo. Dec. 28, 1883, Mr. Hiram Constable, in the 74th year of his age. The subject of the above notice was born in Hardin County, West Virginia, March 4th, 1809 and emigrated to Missouri in 1856. In the death of Mr. Constable, the world has lost an honest, upright citizen. Like all other men, he had his faults, but many noble traits characterized his life. In him there was no deceit, he never betrayed a friend, nor maliciously despised an enemy, of which he had as few, perhaps, as any other man. None could justly charge him with injustice or fraud in the business transactions of life. If candor and truth required him to do so, he would "swear to his own hurt and change not." His death has cast a gloom over the community where he was so generally know and respected. We have known him the past few years as a business man - honorable and upright in all his dealings. He is gone, but not forgotten, and the bereaved family have our deepest sympathy. His death was not unexpected to many of his friends, as he has been in poor health for a long time. Every care that a loving family and kind friends could afford, was given him in his sickness, and the funeral obsequies, large as it was, was no empty pageant, but a last and heartfelt tribute to a departed friend. He was a most affectionate husband and a kind and tender hearted father. No one could be a more obedient and thoughtful of a husband than he was to his aged wife, who now stands near the banks of the booming river, with her lamp trimmed, waiting the boatman's call. His walk has been eminently that of a child. He cherished the doctrines of the Cross, and loved the Zion of his choice. His death was calm and triumphant: (By Clyde M. Merit) He said he wanted to live for the good of his family, which consisted of his wife and two sons - yet he felt ready to go. "That Christ was all and in all to him." We feel his absence. We mourn the loss of his company and counsel. We have laid away his body, with becoming ceremony, into the home appointed for all the living, verily do we all believe his spirit dwells in the presence of God, and of the sanctified throng around the throne in glory. Being a great reader, few men were better posted in the current news of the day and political history of the country than was Mr. Constable. Kind and sociable, honest and upright in all his intercourse and dealings with his neighbors and friends, he commanded the respect and confidence of all who knew him. May God, in his mercy, lead the two orphaned sons to a faithful imitation of the Christian life of their father, so full of the richness and virtues that make life a success and death a victory!
Contributed by Bill Leeds

ANN CORCORAN was born in Gurteen, Tipperary, Ireland, February 7, 1847, and passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Al. Driscoll, in Griggsville, March 29, 1918, aged 71 years, 1 month and 22 days. She was one of a family of eight children, all of whom preceded her in death, except Mrs.Margaret Driscoll of this place. She came to America with her mother, Mrs. M. Corcoran, when she was 14 years of age, and for many years kept house for her brother, Mike Corcoran, until his death 17 years ago. She then lived alone in her own home, but of late years has spent most of the time at the home of her sister, Mrs. Driscoll, where she was tenderly cared for as one of the immediate family. She was deeply devoted to her nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church of Pittsfield. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Driscoll; three nephews, D. R. Driscoll of Springfield; Martin Driscoll of Meredosia, and M. T. Driscoll of this place; five nieces, Mrs. J. J. Hartnett of Wichita, Kan.; Anna Driscoll, at home; and three nieces residing in Kansas City. Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 1, at 10 o'clock at St. Mary's church in Pittsfield, conducted by Rev. Fr. Curran, and the interment was in the Catholic cemetery.
Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) April 3, 1918 Transcribed and Submitted by Delaine Donaldson

JOSEPH EDWARD COSS - Hannibal MO Aug 11 (1935) - Joseph Edward Coss, a Civil war veteran of the Union army, died at 3:45 o'clock Saturday morning in his home on the New London road. Mr. Coss was born in Ross county, Ohio, March 15, 1846, a son of Edward and Anna Moore Coss. On October 22, 1864, he enlisted in Company F. 28th Illinois infantry under Captain Henry Hadsell and was discharged October 21, 1865. In 1870 Mr. Coss married Miss Sarah Ellen Hull of Woodland IL. He is survived by a daughter Miss Bessie E. Coss; a son, Orie F. Coss and three grandchildren. He was a member of the G.A.R. Funeral services will be held at Prince Avenue Baptist Church Oakwood at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. The Rev. William Calloway of Maywood will be in charge. Burial will be in Park Lawn cemetery at Barry Illinois.
Contributed by Candace Smith

MARY JEAN (GUTHRIE) COULTAS - Services for Mrs. Mary Jean Coultas, 46, of Pittsfield, who died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1974, at 6:15 p.m. in her home, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Roy Ferguson will officiate. Burial will be in West Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Sutter Funeral Home. Mrs. Coultas was born in Pleasant Hill April 26, 1927, a daughter of Wilbert and Della Seymour Guthrie. Mrs. Coultas and her husband operated a pet shop in Pittsfield. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She married Robert Coultas Nov. 17, 1945. Surviving are the husband; her parents of Powell, Wyo.; two sons, Harold R. and Steven L., both of Pittsfield, and three brothers, Arthur and Edward of Powell, Wyo. and Larry of Ventura, Calif.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

REUBEN COULTER - A telephone message early Saturday morning to Mrs. Lee Hulse of Barry, revealed the news of the death of her brother, Ruben Coulter, which occurred at ten minutes after two Saturday morning in Hamburg, Calhoun county, and due to the high water for several weeks Mrs. Hulse could not make the hazardous trip to Hamburg to see her brother, who had been ill for about seven years. A Barry undertaker was called and he made the drip down into Calhoun county as far as Baytown in his ambulance and from there on to Hamburn, a distance of seven miles, was made by motor boat. The boat was secured to the front porch at the Coulter residence and the body of Mr. Coulter was taken into the boat and down the river to Baytown where the ambulance was waiting, thence on to Barry. Mr. Coulter's wife had been operating the telephone exchange in Hamburg for several months, and during the recent flood the Illinois river has been from eighteen to twenty inches deep in the first floor of their dwelling, which also housed the telephone office and switchboard. It had been necessary to raise the switchboard up from the floor quite a distance to keep it out of the water. Mr. Coulter was born in Derry township thirty-five years ago and was a son of William and Nettie Coulter. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth, his mother having died when he and his sister, Olive, were quite young. His father has also been dead for many years. He was married to Ora Sidwell of El Dara and she with two children survive. The children are: Charles and Corrine. He also leaves a half-brother, Clarles Coulter of Pittsfield, and a number of half-sisters. The funeral services were held from the Barry Methodist church...Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. T. H. Ballarby, former El Dara pastor, assisted by Rev. C. W. Hamand of the Barry church. Burial was made in Park Lawn cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne [Barry Adage, Wed, 1 May 1929, p1]

ROBERT COULTER - Mr. and Mrs. John Coulter were in Hersman Sunday to attend the burial service of his cousin, Robert Coulter, who died in Peoria Wednesday morning at the age of 48 after an 11 week illness. Twilight funeral services were held in Peoria Saturday evening. Mr. Coulter was a son of George Coulter, who lives at Hersman. The family formerly lived in the Shaw neighborhood near Barry. Surviving are the father; the wife, formerly Pearl Mitchell; three brothers and two sisters, James of Louisville, Ky., George who lives near Carthage, Mrs. Gladys Quinn of Versailles, Mrs. Leslie McDaniel and Raymond of Mt. Sterling.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Co. Republican, Pittsfield, 21 Jul 1943]

CROWDER, Chester - Chester Crowder of Pleasant Hill Dies at Age 82 - Pittsfield - Chester C. Crowder, 82, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Illini hospital here. He was born in Pleasant Hill Aug. 14, 1886, son of Austin and Christina Guthrie Crowder. He married Addie Graham in 1906. She died in 1925. On Nov. 6, 1932 he married Lucille Wintjen at Pleasant Hill. She survives. Also surviving are five sons, Lyndle, Burdette and Floyd of Pleasant Hill; Paul of Louisiana, Missouri; and Arthur of Pittsfield; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Hilda) Smith of Rockport, Mrs. Paul (Gertrude) Phillips of Alton and Mrs. Logan (Neta) Connor of Keokuk, Iowa. There are 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A brother, Ivy Crowder of Monee, Illinois, and a half sister, Mrs. Nita Campbell of Pleasant Hill, survive. Mr. Crowder was a retired farmer and member of the Pentecostal church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ward Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Cecil Cox officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Jacksonville Journal, Jacksonville, Ill., Aug. 6, 1969 pg 3 - Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny

HALLIE CROWDER - wife of Guy Crowder, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., died Monday night at 11 o'clock in Blessing Hospital following an operation in which she submitted on Saturday. She was 29 years old. The remains were shipped to Pleasant Hill this afternoon. (Her maiden name was Henry)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson