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BELLE (BONNELL) FARWELL - died at her home in Terre Haute, Indiana, Saturday night, December 5th in Barry this (Wednesday) afternoon at two o'clock from the Hufnagel Funeral Home with Rev. J. Henry Cox officiating. Mrs. Farwell is the daughter of Henry and Amelia Bonnell of near Griggsville and was the last survivor of a family of eleven children. She was a sister of the late Mrs. Eugene Smith and Mrs. W. W. Watson of Barry. She was married to Hart F. Farwell of Astoria, Illinois who was a pioneer in the telephone business having organized the Bloomington, Illinois, Terre Haute, Indiana and many other exchanges in Illinois and Indiana. Mrs. Farwell was a member of the Methodist church in Terre Haute. She is survived by one son, Maro B. of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, a daughter, Miss Bonnie Farwell of Terre Haute and four grandchildren. One son, Hubert, died a few years ago. The son and daughter, and a friend, arrived in Barry Tuesday night for the funeral services and are at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Watson, Mrs. R. S. Cooke of Springfield also reached Barry Tuesday night. Internment will be in the family lot in Park Lawn cemetery here where her husband and three sisters are buried.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - (Barry Adage)

ETTA MAY (BROKAW) FAST - Pittsfield, IL -- Mrs. Etta Fast, 74, of Rockport, IL, died at Illini Hospital at 9:45 Monday morning. She lived with her son, Lloyd Fast of Rockport, IL. Among her survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Edna Hettich of Vincennes, IN and a son in California. She was born in Pike county, Illinois on July 1, 1881 and had lived all her life in the western part of the county. The body was taken to the Harman Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, IL. Further details are not obtainable here.
(She was a daughter of George Brokaw and Lucinda Demoin. She was buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Rockport, Pike, IL-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
(July 1, 1881 - Dec. 26, 1955) - The Jacksonville Daily Journal, Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL., Wed. Dec. 28, 1955, Page 12

GEORGE W. FAST - passed away Saturday morning, December 17, with heart trouble. He he not been well for years and after his wife had prepared breakfast, she went to his bedside to call him and found him dead. Dr. J. H. Welch was summoned and an inquest held. George Fast, son of Isaac and Narcissa Fast, was born in Martinsburg township, Nov. 1, 1857 and died at the age of 75 years, 1 month and 16 days. He was one of a family of ten children. He was first married to Catherine Sarah McCurdy in 1886 and to this union two sons were born, Claude R. of El Dara and Irwin of Kahlotus, WA. In 1907 he was married to Miss Etta May Brokaw and to this union three children were born, Lawrence of Rockport, Edna May of El Dara and Loyd of Rockport. George Fast lived his whole life in Pike County. He worked many years for Will Yokum and had many friends who regret his passing. He was a good honest man who always seemed to get much out of life. He was energetic and always tried to make the best of things in spite of his handicaps. He was crippled for many years. The funeral service was held at the Rockport Christian Church Sunday afternoon. In charge H. R. Brown of Pittsfield. Interment was in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery.
Source:[The Pike County Times, Pittsfield, Illinois Wednesday, December 21, 1932
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Obit originally sent to me from Paula Nance

SARAH (ATOR) FAST - 80, died Sunday, February 20, 1938 at the home of her son, William, at Summer Hill. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Summer Hill at 1:30 P.M. yesterday, the Rev. R. C. Calderwood of the Pittsfield M.E. Chruch officiating. Burial was in Summer Hill cemetery. Sarah Emily, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Baughman Ator, was born near Pleasant Hill on September 3, 1857. She was married Nov. 2, 1876 to William R. Fast, who passed away in 1932. Two children also preceded her in death. Mrs. Fast was a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church. Mrs. Fast is survived by 43 direct descendants, including 5 children, two daughters and three sons, Mrs. Otis Gray and Mrs. Nathan Baughman of New Canton, Mrs. Harvey Daniels of Millstock, Everett of Hull and William of Summer Hill; 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren. Also remaining are two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Winslow of Pleasant Hill and Mrs Lucy Griffeth of Arkansas, as well as several neices and nephews.
Contributed by Carmen Megehe

WILLIE FAST - well known farm worker of Summer Hill, took his life by hanging himself in an out-building at his home Friday afternoon. The act was discovered by his wife about 6 o'clock Friday evening when he failed to appear for supper and she went in search of him. She found his body hanging in an out-building, the door being locked, she called neighbors who broke it open. It was believed he had been dead about three hours. Coroner Roy Conboy conducted an inquest that night and a jury returned a verdict of suicide by hanging. Ill health was given as the reason. Willie Fast, was the son of William and Sarah Fast of the Rockport community who died several years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dena Fast; one daughter, Mrs. Lela Giberney of Mundelien, IL.; one grandson, Paul Shonhart; three sisters, Mrs. Otis Gray and Mrs. Nathan Baughman of New Canton, and Mrs. Ruth Daniels of Millstead, IL.; one brother, Everette Fast of East Hannibal. He is also survived by several neices and nephews, many other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Lena Henry home in Summer Hill with Rev. Homer Brown officiating. Burial was made in Black Oak Cemetery.
Contributed by Carmen Megehe

ALBERT J. FERGUSON - was born October 3rd, 1889 at Roodhouse, Ill., removed with his parents in his infancy to Griggsville, Ill., where he made his home until nine years ago, when he went to Idaho. After being in Idaho for six months, he removed to California, where he went into the real estate business, residing in Alameda, near San Francisco. He was one of the promoters of the project whereby the Ohio building was moved to San Francisco and used as a club house. Albert Ferguson was a graduate the Griggsville high school and of the Oakland Business college in Oakland, California. Since the age of fourteen, he been a member of the Congregatio church On December 7th, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army, and was sent to Kelly Field, San Antonio. He was made a sergeant in the supply company of a flying squadron. While there, he enjoyed a visit from his parents. Later, he entered the Officers Training School at Camp Hancock, Augusta. Ga. He was in the training camp ten months, and doubtless would soon have received his commission. He died November 21, 1918, of bronchial pneumonia, aged 29 years, 3 months and 18 days. He is survived by his parents. Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Ferguson; his brothers, Merritt Fer- guson of the Illinois Valley Bank of Griggsville, Ill., Glen; Ferguson of the U. S. N., his fiance, Miss King of Oakland, California. An upright, ambitious young man and a good soldier.
The following letter of sympathy was received from the camp where his death occurred:
U. S. Army, Camp Hancock, Ga.
I wish to extend to you and the members of your family my great regret and sympathy in your present bereavement. Your son's death was a great shock to myself and all the members of this company. In the short time he was on duty with this company he had already come to the attention of his officers as a model soldier and a young man with a very promising future. His work was of the highest grade, his obedience to duty was unquestioned. I have no hesitancy in affirming that, had he lived to finish this school he would have graduated with a high standing in his company. With renewed expression of my condolence and interests. I am, Very respectfully, AUGUST H. PRITZLAFF.U.S.A. Commanding Co.

The body arrived here from Camp Hancock, Ga., Sunday evening, accompanied by Private Wm. J. Kennedy, and was taken to the home of his parents, where it lay in state and Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, when funeral services were held at the Congregational church, Rev. Robert H Atchison of St. James' church officiating. Speaking from the text, "I have fought a good fight" (2 Tim. 4:7) he said: "The man who responds to the clarion call of his country in the time of her need demonstrates the highest type of manhood. The soldier enlisted in a righteous war is the highest type of man. Such a man was Albert Ferguson.. Industrious, and perseveringly ambitious, he was a useful citizen in time of peace. When the dark war cloud rolled across the nation's sky, obscuring for a time the sun of our fathers, he was one of the first to offer himself a living sacrifice in freedom's cause. He has the distinction of being one who early offered his services to our beloved country. Schooled in the lessons of patriot ism, his blood was fired with a desire to do his part to make the world safe for democracy. To him it was a worthy cause for which to live, but a worthier cause for which to die. Stricken down in his prime, he gave to the cause that he loved the last full measure of devotion. It was not his lot to die, as a soldier prefers on the field of battle, but the soldier who dies in the camp is in every sense just as heroic as the one who makes the supreme sacrifice amid the noise of conflict. In a measure he is more heroic tho not so spectacular as his comrade, for to meet death calmly as did our departed soldier, requires perhaps even a finer courage than that displayed in the war and the heat of the fight. The curtain has dropped on the last act of our comrade's life drama. He nobly played the part assigned him by the Master Dramatist. We regret that he could not have been with us longer, but we know that "He liveth long who liveth well." Today we placed a precious golden star upon the service flag in honor of our departed comrade, Albert Ferguson. The light from this star will be reflected in the faces of the coming generations, who will look upon it and say, "He was a soldier in the great war for free government, he lived nobly and died bravely. He emulated Him who climbed the steps of Calvary and gave Himself a ransom for many; like Him, he fought a good fight, and gave his life for us. The interment was in the city cemetery. The funeral cortege was escorted by the Griggsville company of Illinois Reserve Militia, who also furnished the pall bearers and buried him with full military honors under the beautiful flag of the United States.
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

CLAUDE FERGUSON - a bright interesting boy eight years old, the son of J. H. Ferguson, druggest of this place, died on the 11th inst. His remains were taken to Pleasant Hill for burial.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

ESTELLA FERGUSON - oldest child of Henry and Sophia Butler Ferguson, was born May 30, 1871, near Black Oak, and departed this life April 19, 1931 at her home in Pleasant Hill at the age of 59 years, 10 months and 19 days. Miss Stella received her common school education at Stockland; spent two years at State Normal University and one summer term at Valpariaso, Indiana. She began teaching at the age of 18 and continued in the profession until she took to her bed, save one year and she did all this teaching in Pike county except one term which she taught in Nevada. She was converted and united with the Baptist church in Shilo, Wayne County, Missouri, transferred her membership to the church in Pleasant Hill about 41 years ago, and continued in the faith until the end came. By her father dying, October 18, 1897, and her mother, September 2, 1899, the responsibility of the home and the care of her younger sister and brother was placed upon her, and she never faltered in the discharge of her duties. Her life was indeed a life of service and the fruits of her labors are surely exemplified in living monuments throughout this community. Not only was her teaching in our public schools a success, but the way she lived her every day life, she won and held many true friends. By her passing she leaves behind one sister, Eleanor, of Pleasant Hill and one brother, Herbert of Normal, Illinois, two nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
(She is buried at Wells Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Pike Co., IL)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MARY ( HITCH) FERGUSON - DIED, at her residence in Griggsville, Ills., Jan. 16, 1882, MARY ELLEN HITCH FERGUSON , aged 35 years, 5 mos. and 10 days. The subject of the above notice was born near Barry, Ill., August 6th, 1846. She was united in marriage to Wm. J. Ferguson, Nov. 30, 1871. She first united with the M. E. Church; afterwards transferred her church association to the Baptist church of this city. Mrs. Ferguson leaves two sweet little girls, Nellie and Fay. She had a large circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances. It is not necessary to say that she was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her life was remarkable for unswerving devotion to her husband and children; and while the dread disease, consumption, was preying upon her vitals, she knowing full well the end was rapidly approaching, had no desire for herself, but regrets by reason of leaving her husband and children. Alter nearly six months, of almost constant suffering, she left in the bright flush of Christian faith. Fideli certa merces. The funeral services were held at the family residence, yesterday at 2 clock, P. M., Rev. R. L. Olds officiating. The remains were followed to the city cemetery by a large concourse of relatives and friends.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson

GEORGE ARMOUR FIESTER - died in this city last Monday afternoon. His death being caused my paralysis. Although the end was expected daily for a week or more before his death it was none the less a shock to the relatives and friends who had hopes as we always do that something would yet cause a change for better. Although the paralytic stroke partially affected his brain, he regained use of it sometimes before death came, and recognized his family. His suffering during the week's illness was very severe. He was given every attention by physician, wife, sons and daughters as well as neighbors and friends, but death proved stronger than all combined. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the United Baptist Church, Rev. James Lewis afficiating, and the remains were taken to Griggsville, Illinois for internment. Mr. Fiester was one of the oldest settlers here and had, by thrift and economy, amassed a considerable estate. He leaves a large family, many many grandchildren and some great-grandchildren, all counted among our best citizens."
Transcribed by Christine Walters

JOHN A. FINK - son of Phillip and Martha Keeling Fink, was born near New Hope, Lincoln County MO August 8, 1861 and departed this life at Graham hospital, Keokuk IA Sunday Feb. 15, 1931, following an illness of 12 days. Mr. Fink spent the greater part of his life in the state of MO with the exception of about 25 years in TX. Feb. 3, 1883 he was married to Miss Celsta Hedges who survives him with four brothers, Charles of Hannibal; W.A. of Yokem TX; James of San Antonio and Elijah of Pittsfield; one sister Mrs. Agnes Dodge of Jacksonville and a number of nieces and nephews.
Transcribed by Christine Walters

ELIZA (KERR) FITCH - died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Hart, last Wednesday. She was an old and respected residence of this place. She was 80 years old at the time of her death. She leaves a large number of children and grandchildren and friends.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Daily Journal Thursday May 7, 1914 page 5

MARY ALMIRA (MILLER) FOSTER - daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Miller, was born at Pearl, IL Feb. 17, 1858, and departed this life at 5:40 p.m. Sunday Jan. 22, 1928, at her home in New Canton, IL, at the age of 69 years, 11 months and five days. At the age of 15 years she united with the Christian Church at Independence. He father was a clergyman in the same denomination and served several pastorates in Illinois. She was married to Henry Foster at Independence, June 9, 1878. To this union were born five children, two of whom survive her, William H. Foster of New Canton and Jesse E. Foster of Hannibal Mo. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mrs. Iva Masters and Charles William Foster of New Canton, and little Mary Anna Foster of Hannibal; two sisters, Mrs. Nan Brummell of Martinsburg and Mrs. Elizabeth Wagoner of Ponca City, Okla.; one brother George Miller of Isabel, Kan. She has been in poor health since an accident about four years ago and in the last year has failed rapidly. All through her illness she has been a patient and cheerful sufferer always enjoying the visits of her friends and family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, taking great comfort in her three grand-children. She will be sadly missed by her loved ones, her neighbors and friends.
Contributed by Mindy Doellman from the Pike County Republican, 22 January 1928

FOSTER, George Robert "Bob" - 83, of Pittsfield, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Barry Community Center. Bob was born on May 8, 1934 at Pittsfield to William Ray and Eva Lois Peer Foster. He married Melba Arlene Williams on October 17, 1953 in Pittsfield. Bob graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1952. After he and Melba were married, he worked as a farm hand. They later moved to Quincy where Bob began working for Gates Radio, later known as Harris Corporation, for almost 18 years. In 1975, they bought their family farm where he worked until his health would not allow him to farm any longer. After he began renting his farmland, Bob worked for FS in Kinderhook for several years. Bob loved to do woodworking, making many clocks and lamps, and remodeling his farm home. He enjoyed his farming and gardening. He also liked to travel, especially loved to go fly fishing in Colorado. Bob was of the Christian faith and a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Melba; sons James Ray (Carol) Foster of Pittsfield and Jon Robert (Nancy) Foster of West Melbourne, Florida; two daughters, Christina Arlene Butler of Boynton Beach, Florida and Irma Suzette Dark of Quincy; nine grandchildren, Chandra Foster, Joshua (Misako) Foster, Jeremy Foster, Brianne Foster, Wade Foster, Jared Butler, Devon Butler, Joel (Sandra) Peters, and Heather (Damion) Dodd; and eight great grandchildren, Kaito Foster, Kenji Foster, Sophie Hamilton, Sandy Peters, Joel Peters, Jr., Carson Dodd, Caleigh Dodd, and Ava Dodd; and a sister, Ruth Ann (Bill) Skirvin of Loveland, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Franklin Foster, and a sister in infancy, Mary Lois Foster. Memorials are suggested to the Episcopal Cemetery or to the American Parkinson Disease Association. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by RuthAnn Skirvin(Sister of deceased)

SARAH (McFARLAND) FOX - well known New Canton matron died at her home Sunday evening, January 27, 1946, following an illness of more than eight years. Sarah McFarland, daughter of Joseph and Mary Kelly McFarland, was born at New Canton, Illinois, July 22, 1876. After the death of her father, her mother was united in marriage to William F. White and the family moved to Barry, IL where she was educated in the public school and grew to young womanhood. On November 28, 1901, she was united in marriage to William Walter Fox of New Canton, IL and resided on a farm south of town until 1923 when they moved into New Canton. They became the parents of three children, Helen Lena, who died at the age of 8 months, and two sons, Walter, Jr. and Howard. Besides her husband and sons, she is survived by one grandson, Tommy Fox; one half-brother, G. L. White of Everett, Washington, and two aunts, Mrs. Nancy Blair of Barry and Mrs. Eliza Delahay of Jefferson City, Missouri. Mrs. Fox was a member of the Christian Church and the Eastern Star No 215. As long as her health permitted she took an active part in the civic and social affairs of her community and her hospitable and friendly disposition surrounded her with friends. Funeral services will be held in the Hufnagle Funeral Home this Wed. afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. W. E. Gustafson, pastor of the New Canton Methodist Church, in charge. Music will be by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hufnagel, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Alfs. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry, IL with Carson Wike, Carson Brown, Wilbert Wallace, Robert Hunter, Russell Gunlock, and George Robb acting as casket bearers.
Transcribed by Christine Walters

WALTER WILLIAM FOX - widely known New Canton, IL resident, passed away in Levering Hospital at Hannibal, MO Sunday afternoon, April 1, 1951, at 3:30. He had been in failing health for a long time and had been almost continuously hospitalized since last November. He was 71 years old. Mr. Fox was well-known over a wide area as a breeder of pure bred seed corn and as an exhibitor of prize winning corn and grain. He designed, installed and had charge of the Illinois Agriculture Exhibit at two World Fairs, San Francisco in 1915 and Philadelphia in 1926. His hobby during his later years was making pictures with grain for which he received wide acclaim and from which he derived much pleasure. In his earlier life he took an active part in all community movements. He helped organize and was an original member of the board of education of the New Canton Community High School. He assisted in the establishment of the Pike County Farm Bureau, served on its executive board and was treasurer for several years. He was a member of New Canton Lodge No. 821 A. F. & A. M. and had been united with the Christian Church for many years. He loved sports, especially baseball, and was instrumental in organizing Pike County's first "Little Six" league for which he served as director. He was a loyal fan and acted as scorekeeper for a long time. Mr. Fox was born in New Canton, March 22, 1880, the son of William W. and Rose Saxbury Fox. On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1902, he was united in marriage to Sarah McFarland at her home in Barry, IL. To this union were born three children, Helen Lena, who died in infancy; and Walter L. and Howard G., both of New Canton. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died January 27, 1946. Besides his two sons, he leaves a grandson, Pvt. Thomas H. Fox of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; a brother, Edwin Fox of Peoria, IL; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Strader of Carthage, IL and Mrs. Stella Wilson Hatton of Hannibal, MO; and six nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, April 5, at 2:30 from the Union Church at New Canton, with Rev. John Golden of Hannibal officiating. Masonic Lodge No. 821 will conduct rites. Mr. John Wheelan will sing, accompanied by Mrs. Robert Alfs. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery at Barry, IL. Serving as casket bearers will be brother Masons, Everett Gard, Everett Wallace, George Robb, William Koeller, R. M. Fesler and Charles Parks.
Transcribed by Christine Walters

ALFRED FRANKLIN - Services for Alfred Franklin, 85, of Nebo, who died Saturday, May 10, 1969, at 1:08 pm in Illini Community Hospital at Pittsfield, will be held Tuesday at 1 pm in the Nebo Christian Church. The Rev. Jerry Ezell will officiate. Burial will be in Nebo Cemetery. Mr. Franklin was born at Nebo, Aug. 26, 1883, a son of John and Esther Franklin. Surviving are a sister, Miss Julia Franklin of Barry. Four sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

>ED FRANKLIN - 47, son of S. G. and Minnie McConnell Franklin of Pittsfield , died at work at 10:05 Thursday, December 12, 1963 in Springfield . He was born Dec. 5, 1916 at Pleasant Hill and was graduated from the high school there. He was married May 21, 1939 in Troy , Mo. to Miss Marjorie Wombles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Wombles of New Canton. To this union was born one son, Gary Dee Franklin, a paratrooper who is stationed at Panama Canal . He arrived home Friday and will remain until Feb. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin had lived at 2409 State St. in Springfield for the past 10 years. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Ironworkers Union and was a foreman of the ironworkers at Chism Construction Company. He was a member of the Baptist church in Springfield . Mr. Franklin leaves his wife, his son, his parents, one brother, Roy Franklin of Nebo, and one sister, Geneva Vogel of Bowling Green, Mo. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 16, 1963 at the Methodist church in New Canton with the Rev. Smith of Springfield and the Rev. Fletcher of New Canton in charge. Casketbearers were Gard Fisher, William Gard, Harry Koeller, Baker Brown, Charles Cheek and Lester Deyhuff. Burial was in Shearer Cemetery .
** Ed Franklin, of Nebo, died in the Illini Hospital at Pittsfield, Monday, April 24, 1944. He entered the hospital for treatment for gall stones, Sunday. Mr. Franklin had spent most of his life in business in Nebo, and at the time of his death was operating a service station and garage in partnership with his sons. He was one of Nebo's most popular business men and was well known in South Pike and North Calhoun counties.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

EFFIE (STARK) FRANKLIN - Everyone in this community was shocked last Friday evening to learn of the death of Mrs. Effie Stark Franklin. Her body was found about 5:30 P.M. by her nephew Perry Walston, who lived with her, when he came from work. He had worked in the timber all afternoon and when he came in and did not find her, he, supposing she had gone to a neighbors, ate a lunch and then started out to milk. When he started toward the barn he could see her hanging in a shed, with her sun bonnet hanging on a door hasp. He then ran to the home of her brother, John, who lives near and summoned him to witness the tragedy. The doctor was called and Coroner Roy Conboy was summoned. A jury composed of Jas. Greenstreet, Harold Kindle, Harry Peck, Alonzo Zumwalt, Bert Chamberlain and J. D. Jackson, Foreman found she had come to her death by hanging by her own hand. She had laid a rail over the hole leading into the loft and thrown a halter rope over this and stepped from a box nearby. When found her feet were just barely off the ground. She left a note on the sewing machine giving instructions as to what undertaker she wanted, the dress to be buried in and stated she wished to be taken to the West Cemetery at Pittsfield for burial at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. These requests were carried out. Mrs. Franklin, 54 years of age and a life long resident of this community was held in high esteem by her friends, always quiet and unassuming. She leaves 3 brothers, John, Charles, William and nieces and nephews.
From Kathy Robinson's notes:
Effie Stark Franklin was born July 6, 1880 near Nebo, Pike county, Illinois and died May 10, 1935 in Pleasant Hill Township, Pike County, Illinois. She is buried at West Cemetery in Pittsfield. She was the wife of Herbert Franklin and her parents were John Squire Stark and Louise Jane Hamner.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas

ELIZA (SMITH) FRANKLIN - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smith, was born in Essex, England, August the 18, 1846. Departed this life Feb. 2nd 1924, at Nebo, Illinois after an illness of several months duration. She grew to womanhood in England, having spent her childhood days there where she received her education and early training that fitted her to be the good wife and mother she afterwards became. She came to America in the year 1871 in order to meet her prospective husband, their troth having been plighted in their native country. She was married to Robert Franklin at New Haven, Conn., on the 21th day of Nov. 1871 To this union six children were born namely, Albert, (died in infancy) William, Henry, Walter and Edward living at or near Nebo and Hurbert of Pearl, Ill, and 17 grand children all of whom survive her. In early married wife Mrs. Franklin traveled with her husband in pursuit of his profession in many Eastern cities and states, maintaining a pleasant home for him in the different cities to which his business interests called him, finally locating in Cleveland, Ohio where they established. In 1876 they decided to get on a farm, so they traded their home in Cleveland Ohio for an 80 acre tract of land in Spring Creek Tp., near Strout, Ill, and with their two children William and Henry moved to this neighborhood where they built their home, reared their family and remained there until their children had all grown to manhood and established homes of their own. In their later life they built them a home in Nebo, Ill. where they lived out the remainder of their lives. Mr. Franklin died March the 7, 1915 but she continued to keep up her home, managing in the same methodical way as she had done all her life. She was a devout Christian lady and a member of the Christian church at Nebo. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Franklin was one of those kind hearted, conscientious home loving kind of woman that was characteristic of the early settlers of this country, believing that the rearing of a good family educating them to do unto others as they wish to be done by and setting before them an example of an honest, moral, and Christian character, was the high ambition which every mother should attain. That she succeeded and the seed sown in the lives of her children has brought forth fruit abundantly was realized by her in her declining years. A good Citizen, a good neighbor, a good mother and a good friend has gone to meet her husband and receive the reward of the just. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. DeWitt Matsler. Nebo Chapter No. 208 O. E. S. attended in a body and had charge of the services at the Cemetery. Interment was in Hunter Cemetery.
Source: Dania Ward - Transcribed by Christine Walters

ELLEN FRANKLIN - 86, of Nebo, a retired registered nurse, died Tuesday, March 12, 1968 at 8:30 p. m. in Illini Hospital at Pittsfield. Services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Christian church with Jerry Ezell officiating. Burial was in the Nebo Cemetery. Miss Franklin was born near Nebo, Nov. 12, 1881, a daughter of John and Esther Franklin. She attended Nebo community schools and was a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at Iowa City until her retirement. She was a member of the Christian church. She never married. Surviving are a brother, Alfred Franklin, at home, and a sister, Miss Julia Franklin of the Barry nursing home. She was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

EMILY FRANKLIN - 90, of Nebo, died in Illini hospital in Pittsfield at 8:02 Tuesday night, Feb. 13, 1968. Miss Franklin was born at Nebo, Oct. 1, 1877, a daughter of John and Esther Hughes Franklin. She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are a brother, Alfred, of Nebo, and two sisters, Miss Ellen Franklin of Nebo and Julia of Barry. Funeral services will be held in the Christian Church at Nebo, Thursday afternoon and burial will be in Nebo Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ETHEL ELLEN (SMITH) FRANKLIN - 79, died in her home in Pleasant Hill, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19, 1963. She had lived in Pleasant Hill community most of her life. Mrs. Franklin was born in Pike county April 10, 1884, a daughter of Herschel and Bertha Ann Hughart Smith. She was a member of the Baptist church. Mrs. Franklin was married three times, first to Charles Armstrong on Sept. 15, 1901. In 1923 she was married to William Burke, and on Dec. 7, 1949, to Tracy Franklin. Surviving are the husband; four children, Mrs. Blanche Naumann and Mrs. Leota Streb of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Patricia Southers and Charles Armstrong of St. Louis; three sisters, Miss Helen Smith of East Alton, Mrs. Alice Davis of Fenton, Michigan, and Mrs. Dolly Reinhardt of East St. Louis; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Ward funeral chapel in Pleasant Hill, Monday afternoon at 2, with Bro. Francis Sheppard officiating. Burial was in Wells cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

EVERETT OLIVER FRANKLIN - 78, of Summer Hill, was pronounced dead on arrival at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield after he collapsed at his home of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Franklin was born in Pleasant Hill March 4, 1907, the son of William O. and Tabitha Jane Smith Franklin. He married Lucille E. Craigmiles Nov. 24, 1927, in Pittsfield. She survives. Mr. Franklin was a custodian at Pittsfield High School, retiring in 1971. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Also surviving are a son, Oliver J. of Quincy; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home by the Rev. Francis Sheppard. Burial was in Crescent heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association.
Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.

FANNIE (MARTIN) FRANKLIN - 85, of Nebo, died Thursday, May 6, 1971, at 8:15 a.m. in Illini community hospital in Pittsfield. Mrs. Franklin was born Sept. 19, 1885, at Nebo, a daughter of Peter and Jerusha Holford Martin. She was married to Edward Franklin July 26, 1905. He preceded her in death. She spent her whole life in Nebo. Surviving are six sons, Murrel of Powell, Wyo., Evans and Robert of Nebo, Denham of Alton, Neil of Jerseyville and Harris of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Ova (Edrah) Goltz of Alton; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 in the Christian Church at Nebo. Rev. Joe Maynard officiated. Burial was in Nebo cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

HENRY FRANKLIN - second son of Robert and Eliza Franklin, was born Mar. 13, 1875, in Cleveland, Ohio. When but a babe his parents moved to Strout, Ill., and for a while made their home in the house where he has resided ever since he was married. In the same community he grew to manhood, attending school in the Nebraska district. He was married to Verna Bunn, Jan. 23, 1900, and to them were born two sons, Owen of Woodriver, and Lynn, who has so faithfully carried the burdens of the farm home after his father's affliction.

After years of honest toll, Mr. Franklin became afflicted two years ago with an enlargement of the heart and after treatment from local physicians, went to the Mayo hospital at Rochester, Minn., last September. His brother Herbert accompanied him to that place. After a month's treatment he returned home, but gradually became weaker. On April 17, in company with his brothers, William and Herbert, he went to St. Louis, and was examined by Dr. Meisenbach. Sunday afternoon, he went to the home of his son in Woodriver. There he rapidly became worse and the son accompanied him on his return to Pearl the following Tuesday. Not being able to ride to his home, he stopped with his brother, Herbert, where he gradually grew weaker until last Thursday evening at 9:30, when he passed away at the age of 51 years, 1 month and 9 days.

The deceased is survived by his faithful wife, the two sons, Owen and Lynn; his daughter-in-law; a granddaughter, Evelyn Ruth, whom he dearly loved (though she will now know, because of her age, his love); four brothers, Herbert of Pearl, William, Walter and Edward of Nebo; their families, and many other relatives and friends. His father died March 7, 1915, and his mother Feb. 2, 1924.

He was a kind husband, a good father who by precept and example taught his sons the ways of morality and righteousness, and a worthy neighbor, ?? and respected for his many excellent qualities. He will be sadly missed by his brothers who ministered to him so lovingly and tenderly in his last illness; his family, who love him for his tender care and service to them; and by his many friends and neighbors, who always found him ready with a willing heart and hand to help them in time of need. But such a life does not end in death, - it lives on with a vitality of inspiration and a sweet memory in the lives of those who knew him best. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Nebo on Sunday, April 25, at 1:30 o'clock p.m., conducted by evangelist H. W. Cuppy of La Fontaine, Inc. Interment was in the family lot in the Hunter cemetery. There were many beautiful floral offerings attesting the esteem of his many neighbors and friends.
From Kathy Robinson's notes: Henry Franklin died April 22, 1926 and is buried in Hunter Cemetery, Nebo, Pike, Illinois.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

JOHN T. FRANKLIN - died at his late home, 414 East Pierce street Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, aged 79 years and one day. Death was due to paralysis. He had been in poor health for some time, but he had not been confined to his bed before death but two days. Funeral service ?? the house Saturday afternoon, commencing at 1:45; conducted by rev. Richard Crewes. Interment in the Stice cemetery, late Saturday afternoon. Deceased was bon in the state of Kentucky on Jan. 26, 1832. He moved in this state in 1864, settling in the north part of the county. He had resided in Macomb since 1902. Mr. Franklin was twice married. His first wife was Mary Nance. One child Sylvester, now of Wallace, Nebr., was born to this union. His second wife was America White, to whom he was married in Kentucky in the year 1861. Two children survive the last union. They are Perry Franklin of Freemont, Nebr., and Mrs. Warren Stice of White City, Kans. One brother, Marshall Franklin, of Kentucky, is the only surviving member of the elder Franklin family. The friends extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved.
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - obit from Cora Sackett, Pittsfield, Illinois

MARY M. (GILKEY) FRANKLIN - was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, Feb 15, 1832, died 2.5 miles west of Nebo Sept 11, 1906. after a lingering illness of some months. Deceased was 74 years, 6 months, 26 days of age. Was married to Richard Franklin, Feb 22, 1849 and came to Illinois soon afterward. She was the mother of 10 children; six of whom and the father had preceded her to the great beyond. Four sons, John, William, James and Marshall survive her. Her life was given early to Christ, and she has always lived a consistent Christian. She was first a member of the M.E. Church but after coming to Illinois, she united with the Christian Church and continued in that fellowship until death, being a member of Nebo Church. Her life was given to the important work of caring for her family and no one has ever done this work better. Besides the immediate family she leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Funeral Services were held Wed morning at the home, conducted by Eld. J.W. Pearson of the Christian Church, after which the remains were interred in the Venable cemetery. A large concourse of relatives and friends were present at the funeral.
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - Obit from Cora Sackett, Pittsfield, Illinois

MINNIE (McCONNELL) FRANKLIN - Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie M. Franklin, 80, of Pittsfield were held in the Ward Funeral chapel in Pleasant Hill at 2 Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Mrs. Franklin died in Illini hospital in Pittsfield, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1968 at 10 a.m. She was born in Pleasant Hill township July 29, 1888, a daughter of A. F. and Sarah Annie Hemphill McConnell. She was married to S. G. Franklin in Bowling Green, MO, Sept. 14, 1914. They lived in Pleasant Hill township until six years ago when they moved to Pittsfield. She had been in ill health for three years. Surviving are the husband; a son, Roy, of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Genevieve) Vogel of Bowling Green; two brothers, Mitchell McConnell of Pittsfield and Cecil McConnell of Troy, MO; a sister, Mrs. Alice Kelly of Pittsfield; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

OWEN FRANKLIN - 71, of rural Pearl, died Tuesday, December 23, 1975 at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. Surviving are his widow, the former Dulcie Chaplin; a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Wade of Jerseyville; two grandchildren; a sister, Miss Laura Franklin of Pearl and a brother, Walter Franklin of Jacksonville. Visitation was at the Hanks Funeral Home in Pearl. Services were conducted at the Green Pond Church on Friday, December 26, 1975, with Leo Norton officiating. Burial was in the Green Pond Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

PEARL G. (MAIN) FRANKLIN - 87, formerly of Nebo and Pittsfield died Friday, Aug. 11, 1972 at 2:30 a.m. in the Dirkson House Nursing Home in Springfield. She had lived in Springfield for the past 15 years and had spent the past six years at the home. Mrs. Franklin was born near Nebo Dec. 3, 1884, a daughter of John and Ellen Lord Main. She married Cleave S. Franklin. He died Aug. 6, 1949. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Loretta Stanton and Mrs. John (Louise) Bennett, both of Springfield. Services were held Sunday at 2:30 pm in Plattner Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial was in Pittsfield West Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ROBERT M. FRANKLIN - Services for Robert M. "Bob" Franklin of Nebo were held Saturday at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with the Rev. Ronnie Greenhagen officiating. Burial was in the Nebo cemetery. Mr. Franklin, 69, died May 17, 1979 at his home. He had been under a doctor's care. Born July 13, 1909 at Nebo, he was a son of Edward and Fannie Martin Franklin. He married Vivian I. Bunn July 20, 1935 at Carrollton. She survives. Also surviving are a son Kirk of Quincy; four brothers, Evans of Nebo, Denham of Alton, Neil of Jerseyville and Harris of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Mrs. Edrah Goltz of Alton, and two grand children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Murrell. Mr. Franklin owned and operated a Shell Station in Nebo for 48 years, retiring in November 1977. He was a member of the Nebo Church of Christ where he served as an elder, was a past director of the Nebo State Bank, past member of the Nebo Volunteer Fire Department, past treasurer of the Nebo Cemetery Association, had been Nebo village clerk and served on the school board. The family has suggested memorials to the Nebo Church of Christ.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

SYLVESTER G. FRANKLIN - 79, a former resident of Pleasant Hill, died in Pike county hospital in Louisiana, MO, Tuesday, August 8, 1972 at 8:40 a.m. Mr. Franklin was born in Pike County, Nov. 21, 1892, a son of James and Hattie Fielder Franklin. He married Minnie McConnell, Sept. 14, 1914 in Bowling Green, MO. She preceded him in death. He was a retired farmer and had spent most of his life at Pleasant Hill. For the past few years he had been with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Vogel in Bowling Green, MO. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge in Pleasant Hill. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Genevieve) Vogel of Bowling Green, MO; one son, Roy Franklin of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Ray Franklin of Notus, Idaho and Claude Franklin of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Ward Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Ronald Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

TABITHA (SMITH) FRANKLIN - died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Thomas in Pleasant Hill, Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 1950, at the age of 82. Tabitha Jane Franklin, daughter of William and Angeline Smith, was born in Nebo, on April 24, 1868. She was 82 years, 4 months, and 17 days of age. She was united in marriage to William Oliver Franklin on April 15, 1888, who died Dec. 6, 1939. To this union eight children were born: Mrs. Nora Freeman, Mrs. Clemmie Conner, Mrs. Gertrude Thomas and Mrs. Hallie Voshall, all of Pleasant Hill, and Everett Franklin of Pittsfield. Three children died in infancy. She became a member of the Christian Church at Nebo at 1909, during the first revival meeting held there by Rev. B. G. Reavis. Mrs. Franklin has made her home with Mrs. George Thomas for the past 13 years. During that time George and Gertie, with the help of the other children did all that loving hands could do for her comfort. She had spent her entire life in this community. She was a kind and understanding mother, never tiring, never complaining, as she followed life's highway with its happiness and its sorrows. Surviving are the five children, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Joe Maynard of Pittsfield. Flower girls were: Hallie Robinson, Wanda Lee Conner, Donna Jean Greenstreet, Lucille Hawkins, Eva Jane Voshall, Mildred Toumbs, Mrs. Marydelle Turnbaugh, Mrs. Harriett Booth, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thomas and Mrs. June Springer. Pallbearers were: Sonny Henderson, James Allen Robinson, Ralph Hawkins, Elba Schlieper, Claud Frankllin and Guy Bowman. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.

TRACY FRANKLIN - 70, of Pleasant Hill were held at 2 pm Monday at Ward Funeral Home there with Bro Francis Sheppard officiating. Burial was in Wells cemetery. Mr. Franklin died at 12:15 am Saturday Aug 15, 1970 in Illini hospital, Pittsfield , following a brief illness. He had spent most of his life in and around Pleasant Hill . Born Dec. 7, 1899 in Pike Co, Tracy Ernest Franklin was the son of Marshall and Hattie Harlow Franklin. In 1920 Mr. Franklin married Elsie Orden, who died, and he then married Ethel Smith Burke. She, too, preceded him in death. On May 6, 1968, he married Leda Alice Cates, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Keith Franklin of Alton and Marion Franklin of Chillicothe and Mrs. Evelyn Bizallion; also two sister, Mrs. Nellie Farran of Barry and Mrs. Cora Sackett of Pittsfield, and a brother, Forrest Franklin of Hardin. There are six stepchildren and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Christian church in Pleasant Hill .
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WILLIAM OLIVER FRANKLIN - son of Richard and Mary Gylkie Franklin, was born Oct. 4, 1863 in Pleasant Hill Township , and departed this life December 6, 1939 at the home of his daughter in Pleasant Hill , age 76 years, 2 months, 2 days. He was united in marriage to Tabitha Smith, April 5, 1888, and to this union eight children were born; Mrs. Nora Freeman, Mrs. Clemmie Conner, Mrs. Gertrude Thomas, and Everett Franklin all of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Hallie Voshall of Redland, Calif. Three other children died in infancy. In February 1909 Mr. Franklin became a member of the Nebo Christian church during the first revival meeting held there conducted by Rev. B. O. Reavis. Three years ago "Uncle" Bill suffered a stroke of paralysis, and has been an invalid, being tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. George Thomas and husband with whom he has made his home. All that loving hands could do for him was done to no avail."Uncle" Bill spent his entire life in this community as a farmer. He was a kind husband and father, a good citizen and neighbor. Mr. Franklin leaves to mourn him, his devoted wife, five children, sixteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, six nephews, three nieces, and a host of neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill , Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. N. Taylor. Pallbearers were Wm. Henry, Chester Freeman, Wayne Barton, Alvin Barton, Jack Greenstreet and Ernest Ewers. Flowers were cared for by Mildred Franklin, Harriet Freeman, Mildred Barton, Mary Dell Thomas, Mary Springer, Anna June Schlieper, Phillis Ann Yocum and June Thomas. Interment was in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill .
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CLAUD H. FREEMAN - 55, died in his home in Pleasant Hill at nine Sunday night, August 25, 1963. His death was sudden, and resulted only a short time after he suffered a heart attack. He was apparently in good health when stricken. Mr. Freeman was born at Pleasant Hill , April 18, 1908, a son of Stephen and Nora Franklin Freeman. He attended Pleasant Hill school. He was married to Irma Jennings in Bowling Green , MO , Sept. 29, 1928, and had lived his whole life in Pleasant Hill . For the past 18 years he had been employed at the Panhandle station at Pleasant Hill and was an engineer at the time of his death. Surviving are his widow; a son, J. C. Freeman of Pleasant Hill ; a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Booth of Nebo; his mother, Mrs. Nora Freeman, two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Voshall and Mrs. Donna Greenstreet of Pleasant Hill ; a brother, W. S. Freeman of Troy , Ill. , and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, August 28, at 2 in the Pleasant Hill Christian church of which he was a member, in charge of the Rev. W. E. Fleming. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
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HANNAH (COULTER) FREEMAN - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hornback was born this life May 2, 1868 near El Dara and departed this life Feb. 18, 1909 at her home age 40 years,9months and 16 days. On July 12 1886 she was united in marriage to John H. Freeman. To them were born two children, who with the father have precceded her to the promise land. She was married to William Coulter Oct 2, 1891. He died at their home near Pittsfield July 3, 1905. To this union three children were born, Reuben, Bessie and Olive. These with her father, mother, and four sisters and two brothers are left to mourn her loss.
Contributed by Karen Dietzman - Transcribed by Christine Walters

NORA BELLE (FRANKLIN) FREEMAN - 73, of Pleasant Hill, died in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Higbee Voshall at noon Thursday (December 24, 1964) . Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 in the Christian church, with the Rev. Robert Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery. Mrs. Freeman was born May 18, 1891, in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of William and Tobiatha Franklin. She was married to Stephen Freeman July 6, 1906. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Ruby Voshall and Mrs. James Greenstreet of Pleasant Hill; a son, William Scott Freeman of Troy; a brother, Everette Franklin of Pittsfield; three sisters, Mrs. Clemma Conner and Mrs. Gertrude Thomas of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Hallie Voshall of Pittsfield; seven grandchildren and (cuts off, couldn't find the rest).
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - Pike County Democrat-Times, December 30, 1964, Pittsfield Library

WILLIAM S. FREEMAN - one of the oldest citizens of Pleasant Hill township, passed away at the home of his son, Chester Freeman, Friday, April 24 at noon, after an illness of several weeks. He was first stricken by pneumonia, but complications developed which caused his death. He was born in Somerset, Kentucky, June 9, 1851 and would have reached his 85th birthday on June 9th. His parents came to Pike county when he was four months old and located at Martinsburg, later moving to Pleasant Hill township. Mr. Freeman was educated in the rural schools and became a teacher, following this profession for thirty years. Politically, he was a democrat and was always loyal to the democratic party and it's candidates, and was a -- until advanced age caused his retirement. He was elected assessor of Pleasant Hill and held the -- for thirty-one years. For years he served as secretary of the Modern Woodman Lodge at Pleasant Hill. He had also served several years as justice of the Peace at Pleasant Hill. He united with the Christian church at Martinsburg sixty-eight years ago, he later transferred his membership to the church at Pleasant Hill where he was a member at the time of his death. He was married to Harriet Barton, April 8, 1874. She passed away in 1928. After her death he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ben Barton and husband. Surviving are five children: Stephen and Chester Freeman, and Mrs. Flora Barton of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Francis Killebrew of Alton and Mrs. Alice Capps of Hannibal. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church at Pleasant Hill, Sunday afternoon at four o'clock, conducted by Rev. O. C. Bolman. (he is buried at Crescent Heights Cemetery-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

NATHAN FRENCH - one of the first settlers of this place, was buried here today. A native of sturdy New England, he will be remembered as one who, during the trying days before the war, took an active part in the movement against slavery. His sterling uprightness of life and his genial nature won the love and respect of all who knew him.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL., March 4, 1882

CHARLEY EDWARD FUDGE - well known farmer of the Pleasant Grove and Sunny Hill communities, died at 5:30 Friday morning at Illini Hospital where he had been a patient since November 22. He had been Ill several days preceding his death. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Plattner Chapel in charge of Rev. Dale Pitcher. Organ music was furnished by Mrs. Louis Stone. Burial was at Pleasant Grove cemetery, with the following serving as pallbearers, Ed Hillebrenner, John Browning, Forest Paxton, A.V. Chamberlain, Glen Wombles and Leon Smith. Flowers were cared for by Miss Nellie Fudge, Mrs. Marie Bown, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Dietrich, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hoos and Mrs. Ada Laird. Mr. Fudge was born Sept 2, 1884, son of J. Frank and Jane Pence Fudge. His father died in 1887 and his mother died in 1930. He was reared on the Fudge farm north of town, now occupied by his son Gerald and family. He was married to Ethel Hoos who survives, with one son Gerald, and a daughter, Mrs. Otis (Lucille) Haskins of the Time community. There are four grandchildren, Otis Alan Haskins, Curt, Roxy and Charlotte Fudge. He is also survived by one brother, Clarence, of this city. A brother, William preceded him in death a few years ago, and a brother died in infancy. Mr. Fudge was held in high regard by all who knew him, and neighbors and friends had often been the recipient of his thoughtfulness and kindness. During his last illness he begged to live, in order that he might care for his wife, which was typical of his attitude in always thinking of others before himself.
Submitted: Judy Mayfield - Pike County Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, Dec 15, 1954

CLARA M. (CORY) FUDGE - who has been in poor health for several years, died Sunday evening at Illini Hospital. Funeral services are being held this afternoon, Wednesday, at the Plattner Chapel in charge of Rev. Joe Maynard, with burial in Pleasant Grove cemetery. Mrs. Fudge was the former Clara Cory, daughter of Edwin J. and Mary Jane Foreman Cory, a pioneer family in this county. She was born Oct 24, 1875, in Fairmount township and is the last member of her family. She was married to Will Fudge of this community, Sept 5, 1895, and they celebrated thier golden wedding anniversary in 1945. They were the parents of four children, Anna Barkman of Kewanee and Frank of College Station, Texas, William and Jane who died in infancy. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Mrs. C.B. Blodgett of Silver Heights, Ill.; Charles Manning Barkman, Pasadena, Calif.; Richard Barkman, Urbana; Ruth Ann Rossaci, Milford, Mass., and William David Fudge, who is in the Air Force at Great Falls, Mont., and four great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Fudge lived in Kewanee from 1903 to 1920, returning here to live on the Fudge farm north of town until 1940 when they moved to town. Mr. Fudge died in March 1951 and after his death Mrs. Fudge sold her home and for awhile lived with her daughter in Kewanee, but grew homesick for Pittsfield, and the past few years has lived in the Couch Nursing Home. She fell Oct. 23 and broke her hip and has since been in critical condition. Mrs. Fudge was a member of the Methodist church in this city and was always in attendance at it's services as long as her health permitted. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary at Kewanee where she had maintained her membership. Mrs. Barkman is here for the funeral, but Frank could not come as he has recently had a severe heart attack. Her son-in-law, Marcus Barkman, could not come as well, he too was ill.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield: Pike County Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, Dec 10, 1958

CLARENCE FUDGE - well known retired farmer, died at Illini Hospital shortly after noon on Tuesday. He had suffered a stroke Friday night and a more severe one Monday. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at the Plattner Funeral Home and burial will be in the West Cemetery. Clarence was born on the Fudge farm north of Pittsfield on July 23, 1877, and was the son of Frank and Sarah Jane Pence Fudge. His father died when he was a small boy. He grew to manhood in that vicinity and was married to Grace Willsey. They lived for a number of years in the Little York neighborhood and were the parents of three children. Nellie and Marie Chappel who survive and one son, Kenneth who died during the flu epidemic when a boy. The family moved to Pittsfield around thirty years ago and Clarence worked for years with Lyndle King, looking after his farm interests for him. Clarence was a friend to everyone and was always jolly and had a cheerful word for everyone. He is survived by his two daughters, Nellie who teaches in the Pittsfield schools and Mrs. Marie Chappel of this city and one grandson, David Bown who is in the Marines and is stationed in San Diego, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, his son Kenneth and two brothers, Will and Charles.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield: Pike County Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, Oct 2, 1957

ETHEL CARRIE (HOOS) FUDGE - 87, of Pittsfield died Tuesday, May 21, 1974 at Illini Hospital, Pittsfield. Mrs. Fudge was born April 4, 1887, in Pike County, a daughter of George and Lena Kespohl Hoos. She married Charles Edward Fudge. He died Dec 10, 1954. Surviving are a son, Gerald Fudge of Pittsfield, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Fudge was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Haskins. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Plattner Chapel with the Rev. William Jones officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield - The Pike Press, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, May 29, 1974

GRACE (WILLSEY) FUDGE - passed away on Saturday. Mrs. Clarence A. Fudge, 60, passed away at her home on East Adams street Saturday. She had been ill more then two years, and was a hospital resident all during the month of February. Mrs. Fudge was Grace M. Willsey in girlhood, the daughter of W.R. and Judith Willsey, and was born at Pittsfield June 2, 1881. On March 11, 1903, she became the wife of Clarence A. Fudge, and they were parents of three children; Nellie F., at home, a teacher in the Pittsfield public schools; Kenneth, who died Jan. 2, 1919; and Marie C., wife of Allen Bown of Hannibal. One grandson, David Allen Bown of Hannibal, also survives. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Congregational Church of Pittsfield. Members of the Eastern Star and of her fidelis class of the congregational Sunday school attended her funeral in a body. The service was held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Eddy chapel. The Rev. Preston E. Horst and the Rev. Earl Page officiating. Miss Vida Nighbert sang "In the Garden" and "Abide With Me", accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Lee Capps. The beautiful flowers were cared for by Mary Barkley, Mary Clark, Maxine Morley, Mary Lou Suter, Nina Eagle, Regina Kastner and Edith Weinant. Casket bearers were Amos Robinson, Kenneth Weinant, Louis Reineke, Fred Koepping, George Beard and Harvey Reel. Interment was in the West Cemetery.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield - Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, June 11, 1941

JOSEPH FRANKLIN FUDGE - was born near Eaton, Preble Co., Ohio, September 14, 1839. He joined the Lutheran church about twenty years ago. He was married to Sarah Jane Pence December 20, 1867. Thier union was blessed with four children, of whom three are still living. He was a pleasant husband and father. He was for a few days greatly afflicted, yet calm and patient; and on August 3, 1887, he fell asleep in Jesus, at the age of 47 years, 10 months and 20 days. His remains were laid to rest in Pleasant Grove cemetery August 4.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield - Pike County Democrat, Pittsfield, IL., Thursday, August 11, 1887
Pittsfield Ill., August 4.-- J. F. FUDGE, a prominent farmer of Newburg Township, this county, died last night after a brief illness. Deceased was about 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and several children.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 5 1887

NELLIE F. FUDGE - Services for Miss Nellie F. Fudge of Pittsfield, retired Pittsfield and Griggsville elementary teacher were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Plattner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wallace Robinson officiating. Burial was in the Pittsfield West cemetery. Miss Fudge, 71, died Thursday, Jan 29, 1976 at Illini hospital, Pittsfield, where she had been a patient since Jan. 16. Born in April 1904 in Pike County, Miss Fudge was a daughter of Clarence Albert and Grace (Willsey) Fudge. She was a member of the First Christian church of Pittsfield. Miss Fudge was the last member of her family. The closest surviving relative is a nephew David Bown of Bloomington.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield - The Pike Press, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1976

SARAH JANE (PENCE) FUDGE - well-known Pike County resident passed away Monday evening after a lingering illness at the home of her son, Will Fudge, north of town. She was born September 19, 1846, in Eaton, Ohio, and was past 84 years of age. She is survived by three sons, William, Charles and Clarence Fudge, all of this vicinty of Pittsfield. Several grandchildren and other relatives are also left to mourn her loss. One son, Jesse, died in infancy. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon from the Pittsfield M.E. church. Rev. Lowell B. Hazzard will conduct the service. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove cemetery.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield - Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, IL., Wednesday, December 24, 1930

WILLIAM D. FUDGE - 82, retired farmer, who resided at 637 North Jackson, will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist church in Pittsfield. Rev. Gordon B. White officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Mr. Fudge was born on the old Fudge farm north of town March 2, 1869. On September 5, 1895 he was united in marriage to Clara Cory of Baylis, who survives him, as does one daughter, Mrs. M.G. Barkman of Kewanee, Ill.; one son, Dr. J.F. Fudge of College Station, Texas; two brothers, Charles and Clarence, both of Pittsfield; and five grandchildren. Mrs. Barbara Blodgett of Ottawa, Ill., C.M. Barkman of Sterling, Ill., Richard David Barkman in the Air Corps; Ruth Ann Fudge and William David Fudge. Mr. Fudge suffered a heart attack at eight o'clock Wednesday morning and although he had been ill for some time, his death came as a shock. He had gotten up and after eating breakfast was walking around. He tired of walking and was seated on the edge of the bed when the attacked occured.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield - Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, IL., Thursday, March 29, 1951

LLOYD FUHRMAN - 53, of Rockport, died Thursday morning, enroute to consult a doctor in Pittsfield . He was a bulldozer operator for the Sny Drainage district and had started to work when he became ill, and a neighbor was taking him to Pittsfield. Mr. Fuhrman was born at Cairo, Mo., Oct. 16, 1910, a son of James and Janice Hatton Fuhrman. He attended Cairo schools and was a member of the Christian Church. He was married to Eldra Mae Fitzpatrick at Hannibal, Mo., Dec. 30, 1928. She survives. Other survivors are: his mother, Mrs. Janice Brinkley of Quincy , two sons, Wallace of Louisiana, Mo. , and William at home; two brothers, Ledru of Rockport and Henry of Columbia, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Jim Burner of Quincy , and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.
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