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ROSA MATHES - New Hartford [Pike Co, IL], Jan. 30. 82 Another dear one called home. Miss Rosa, daughter of J. and L. Mathes, died at the residence of her father near New Hartford, Jan. 25, 1882, after an illness of many months, aged 19 years. She was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Christian church and bore all her sickness with patience. Her funeral was preached at the Christian church, New Hartford. Jan 26, 1882, and after the funeral services her remains were taken to the Prairie Mound Cemetery for burial.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Co. Dem. 9 Feb 1882]

WILLARD A. MATHES - The following item from the Hannibal Journal gives the death of W. A. Mathes, son of Mrs. Ella Slade of Quincy: - W. A. Mathes, bookkeeper for the firm of Mathes & Wingert, died at the Craft Hotel last night at 10 o'clock. He had suffered from consumption for about six years, but was seriously ill only during the last few weeks. Deceased was 26 years of age and was a devout member of the Christian Church. Rev. Levi Marshall will conduct the funeral services at the Craft Hotel this afternoon. The remains will be taken to Prairie Mound Cemetery, eight miles southwest of Pittsfield, Illinois, tomorrow morning for interment. Mr. Mathes was a nephew of G. D. Mathes, of the firm Mathes & Wingert. The following relatives were called here by his illness and death: Mrs. Ella Slade, his mother, of Quincy; Miss Eva Yeater, cousin, and William T. Mathes, an uncle, of West Hartford, Illinois.
(The Quincy Daily Journal, Quincy, IL, March 2, 1899)
Another obit, same person:
- The Quincy Morning Whig, Quincy, IL, Sunday, March 5, 1899, Page 3, - On Friday, in the peaceful, quiet "Prairie Mound" cemetery near New Hartford, Illinois, his childhood home, the remains of Willard A. Mathes were laid to rest. They were accompanied by his bosom friend, W. E. Morehead, his two uncles, W. T. and G. D. Mathes, Dr. J. W. Slade and wife, the latter the mother of the deceased, who had been in constant attendance at his bedside since Feb. 18th. His was a brief career, but in the 26 years of his life he had established a reputation for honesty, uprightness and integrity unsurpassed by many of more mature age, as had often been evidenced by his dealings with some of the most prominent business men of Quincy, his home, as well as at Hannibal, where he held the position of bookkeeper for the firm of Mathes and Wingert at the time of his death March 1. His noble qualities of mind and heart, his cheerful uncomplaining disposition, not withstanding his ill health for several years, won for him hosts of friends who would gladly have stayed the hand of the death angel and kept him with them longer, but He who doeth all things well decreed otherwise. He was identified with the Christian church here but services were conducted by Rev. Marshall at Hannibal, who touchingly referred to the fact that in his last hours his consideration and thoughts were for others, urging his friends to obey the Saviour, that they might say, with him, when the final summons comes, "My mission is finished and I am ready." Rev. Cannon, of Pittsfield, made appropriate remarks to many sorrowing friends who had assembled at the old home church to look on the face of their loved one, which, even in death, retained a cheerful, smiling expression.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

JOHN W. McCANN - The funeral of John W. McCann, well known steamboat engineer, who, while filling the position of town marshall at Milton Saturday night (October 3, 1901), fell a victim to a knife in the hands of Clyde Conrad, a 17 year old boy, son of Charles Conrad, took place yesterday at Blue River Cemetery. The deceased was about 50 years of age, and leaves a wife, a grown son and a little girl, about 12 years old. He had been a steamboat engineer on the Illinois River nearly all his life. McCann was trying to make Conrad go home, as he was required to do by the curfew law which prohibits boys under 18 being on the street after 8 pm, and had taken him home once, but Conrad returned, and the officer started for the calaboose with him when the boy's father turned up and engaged in words and a tussle with the officer. While they were thus engaged the son sprang forward and plunged a knife twice into the officer's back. Here it was that Wm. Callendar got mixed up in the affray by his preventing Henry Bauer, the president of the town board, from going to the assistance of the officer with a club. McCann received two ugly wounds, one in the back or shoulder and one in the side. The latter penetrated the lung and was the cause of his death, which occurred Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock after intense suffering. The deputy coroner, Patterson, summoned a jury, and after hearing the evidence they brought in a verdict in accord with the above facts and recommended that young Conrad be held for murder and Charles Conrad, the father, and Wm. Callendar as accessories. The two latter were accordingly taken into custody and brought to jail, where young Conrad is also confined. The father of young Conrad lives in Milton, but has no regular particular occupation and the son, it is claimed, has been mixed up in several scrapes before this one.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - (John W. McCann was born April 2, 1850 and died Oct. 1, 1901. He was married to Emma Lester. He is buried at Blue River Cemetery, Near Detroit, Pike County, Illinois.-kr)

MARTHA McCANN - died at her home in this place, Friday morning, after an illness of several weeks, due to senility, following grip. Mrs. McCann was past 77 years of age, and had for many years been a resident of this place, where she was much loved by all. Two sons, William and Joseph, reside in this place; three daughters, Mrs. Wm. Petty, of Meredosia, and Mrs. Wm. Howland of Ashland, and Mrs. Nancy Williams. All the children had been at her bedside for several weeks, tenderly caring for her. Three brothers, William, Frank and George McMullen, survive, besides twenty six grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. The funeral services took at the Christian church on Sunday afternoon, and were largely attended. These services were conducted by Elder T. J. Kellar, her pastor, and friend. The burial took place in the Samuel Taylor cemetery, beside her children and husband.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - From the Quincy, Illinois Library Historical Newspaper Achives

CYRUS ELMER McMULLEN - worked as a machinist at Gardner-Denver for 27 years, retiring in 1973. He also was a part-time carpenter. He was a member of Rockport Christian Church, St. John's Leisure Club, the Quarter Century Club at Garner-Denver and a 50 year member of the Gardner-Denver Credit Union. He also enjoyed gardening.
From Sandy Granite

JANE (BROKAW) McMULLEN - Rockport, Ill., July 30 - Mrs. Jane McMullen, aged 73, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.George Brokaw, near this place. She was the wife of the late John McMullen, who died July 1st. She leaves a number of children, grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The funeral services took place Sunday morning at the M. E. Church and were conducted by Rev. Jupin. The remains were laid in the family lot in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - From the Quincy, Illinois Library Historical Newspaper Archives

JOSEPH McMULLEN - His parents were Ulysses Grant Mcmullen and Laura A. Hall. Obituary: The body of Joe McMullin, 52, of Rockport Pike Co. Ill., who was drowned in the Mississippi River at Louisiana Mo., last Feb. 18, 1950 and which was sighted and later lost again at Clarksville dam last Monday was finally recovered from the river late yesterday. The body after being floated through the dam at Clarksville was lost when a heavy windstorm struck the river and roughened the water in the pool below the dam. The body meanwhile had been carried downstream to Calhoun County, where it was again sighted and brought to land. The body was taken to an undertaking establishment at Pleasant Hill. He was the son of Grant and Laura McMullen he was the grandson of John Jr. and Jane Elizabeth McMullen and of John and Nancy (Dodge) Hall all of Rockport Ill.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ROXIE ANN McMULLEN - 16, of Rockport, died Friday in St. Anthony hospital at Rock Island, where she had been staying with a sister, Betty. Her death was attributed to lobar pneumonia which developed following an attack of whooping cough. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Christian Church at Rockport in charge of the Rev. Homer Brown. Burial was in Taylor-Martin Cemetery. The girl was born at Rockport July 26, 1935. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Clara Bradley of Rockport; her father, Jess McMullin; three brothers, Kenneth of Quincy, Ronald of New London, Mo., and William, who is serving in the army, five sisters, Betty of Rock Island, Audrey of Rockford, Josephine of Quincy, Patricia of Hannibal, Mo., and Kay of Rockport; three half sisters, Carolyn, Marilyn and Beverly Bradley, of Rockport; and a half brother, Arthur Bradley of Rockport.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

JOHN McTUCKER - The friends of Mr. John McTucker of Barry, Ill., will regret to learn that he met with an untimely death on last Tuesday. When about to step on the cars at Kinderhook, his foot slipped and he fell beneath, the wheels severing his head from his body, and thus separated, his remains were conveyed to his bereaved family.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Whig, Saturday, November 6, 1849, page 4

JOHN McTUCKER - 63 years old, a prominent man living on his farm three-fourths of a mile east of Barry, died suddenly Thursday morning at 4:30 o'clock following a heart attack. Mr. McTucker's death came as a shock to his family and friends as on Wednesday afternoon he had been shopping in Barry. Mr. McTucker had always been a very active man and enjoyed good health all through his life until about two years ago, at which time he completely broke down following a stroke, and since that time he was compelled to give up his labor and actual management of the farm, which he released to his son John Weber McTucker. John McTucker, son of John and Mary Brown McTucker, was born on October 30th, 1866 on the farm east of Barry, which had been his home all his life. He was one of a family of eight children, five daughters and three sons, three of the daughters are still living, namely: Mrs. Effie Dodge, Dixon, Montana; Mrs. Eliza McDonald and Miss Frances McTucker, Butte, Montana On April 17th, 1887, Mr. McTucker was married to Miss Rena Peck and to this union five children were born: Faye, wife of C.E.Mason, Gladys, wife of Clifford McCarl, Miss Lois McTucker, John William, deceased, and John Weber McTucker, all residing in Barry. There are three grandchildren, Charles McCarl and Mary Beth and Anna Lee Mason. He was interested in all the things that go to make up the larger and better community. For a number of years he was vice president of the Barry State Bank, a member of the school board and at the time of his death was president of the Barry Cemetery Association Inc., of which he was also one of the incorporators. Mr. McTucker was a man of strong convictions and sterling principles, very attentive to business and always ready to assist his neighbors, friends and the needy. He was a man that gave much about and study to improved agriculture and was also interested in good live stock. The funeral services were held from the McTucker residence at 3:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon, March 16, with Rev. W.M. Hailey, a friend of the family, officiating, assisted by Rev. Clarence A. Hill, pastor of the Barry Christian Church. Interment was made in Park Lawn cemetery.
Contributed by Janet Hinch, Barry Adage, Wed, Mar 19, 1930

NATHANIAL McTUCKER - another employee of the street car company, died last evening under circumstances much similar to those which carried off Duncan Graham, another employee of the company a week ago. Both formerly worked on the cable route, both died from pneumonia after a brief illness, and both died at the Williard block. Nathahiel McTucker was 27 years old, He was recently married and leaves a wife and a five-months-old child. He was a member of Ivanhoe Lodge, K of P. He was well known to all running on the ore line since the cable line closed. The body will be shipped Wednesday to Barry, Pike County, Ill.
Anaconda Standard, 27 April 1898
The funeral of Natahniel McTucker will take place this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Bennett block East park street, whre the service will be conducted. The funeral train and cars attached will be at the disoposal of all friends and acquaintances who are respectfully invited to attend.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - Anaconda Standard, 26 April 1898, (born about 1871)

L. R. MEYER - age 48, passed away at his home in Hull Friday afternoon Dec. 22, 1950 at 1:40 o'clock. Heath resulted from a heart attack. Mr. Meyer was born November 7, 1902 in Kinderhook Twp., a son of Layo and Mabel Knodle Meyer. In 1925 he was married at Hull to Dorothy Shewhart, who survives. Mr. Meyer was a member of the Hull Methodist Church and Hull lodge, A.F. & A.M He was a well known Pike County farmer. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 26, 1950 at two o'clock from the Hull Methodist Church, with Rev. T. Wayne Biehl in charge. Mrs. Donald Weir and Mrs. Russell Snyder sang, accompanied by Mrs. Alice Kenady. Masonic rites were conducted at the church by Everett Lawrence of Quincy and George Johnson of Hull. Interment was in Kinderhook Cemetery. Serving as casketbearers were Jay Epperson, Charles Houseweart, Ralph Jennings, Dr. Hugh Espey, Albert Abney and Leroy Goehl. Surviving besides his wife, are his mother; five children, Howard, Robert, Lois, Gene and Bonnie, all of Hull; a sister Mrs. Ccil Weir of Barry; and four brothers Walter of Kinderhook and Rossell, William and Paul of Hull. He was preceded in death by his father, who passed away in 1946, and a brother Bernard, who died in 1937.
Barry Adage, Dec. 27, 1950

GENEVA RUTH MEYERS - only daughter of Geo. W. and Grace Meyers, born in Barry August 23, 1912, departed this life at the home of her parents in Hannibal, Mo., Saturday morning, February 13, 1915, at the age of 2 years, 5 months and 22 days. Though never free of ailment during her short life, little, [print very dim] the heavenly home. Besides her parents she is survived by her brother, Howard.
[unknown newspaper, Wed. 17 Feb 1915]
CARD OF THANKS:
- We desire to thank the friends and relatives who do kindly assisted in the sickness and death of our beloved daughter; also for the beautiful flowers. G. W. MYERS, Jr. and WIFE.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

LOYD MINK - 65, of Pittsfield, a former Pike County Treasurer and manager of Loyd's Hardware Store here, died Friday (May 7, 1976) at 6 a.m. in Illini Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Plattner Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Joe T. Maynard will officiate. Burial will be in West Cemetery. Mr. Mink was born in Pittsfield, Nor. 27,1910, a son of George and Pearl Spencer Mink. He was a member of Pittsfield Lodge AF &AM. He married Enid Donohoo. Surviving are the widow; the mother of Pittsfield; two sons, Spencer of Polda, Mo., and Phillip of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Merrie Jane Freed of Winters, Calif., and Mrs. Colleen Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, and a sister, Miss Hildred Mink of Pittsfield.
Contributed by Colleen Bettenhausen - Quincy Herald Whig, 8 May 1976

DAVID MIRFIELD - was born in Neisburough, England, May 17, 1825, and came to this country in May, 1849. He landed in New Orleans and came direct to this county, where he has since resided. he was married to Mary E. George, May 21, 1850, who died. Jan. 22,1860. He was married to his present wife, Caroline White, Feb. 24, 1861. His neighbors say of him that by steady, application to his trade and good management he acquired a comfortable fortune. His death occurred April 9, 1891, at 66 years of age. He leaves one son and three daughters and a widow to mourn his loss. One son and one daughter have preceded him into the eternal world
Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook

JOHN CORYDON MOON - president of the Landis Machine Co. and former carriage manufacturer, died early today of arterio-sclerosis at his home, Westmoreland place. Mr. Moon, who was 80 years old, had been ill since last August, when he suffered an attack while attending the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. Always in business forhimself, Mr. Moon started as a photographer at Barry Ill. He later bought and sold buggies there and operated a livery business. In 1882, with his brother, Joseph W. Moon, who later became an automobile manufacturer, he organized the Moon Bros. Carriage Co. for the wholesale manufacture of carriages. Mr. Moon, wo never owned any stock in the Moon Motor Car Co. continued the carriage business after his brother went into automobile manufacturing. The carriage concern was disolved about two years ago. At the time of his death, Mr. Moon was also president of the Mutual Wheel Co. of Moline, Ill. A concern formed by several carriage manufacturers. He was former president of the Moon-Hopkins Billing Machine Co., which was purchased by the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. in 1921, and moved to the Burroughs factory in Detroit. The Landis Co. makes shoe-repair machinery. Born in Brown County, Ohio, he was educated in Ohio public schools. He was married in 1880 to Miss Lelia M. Davis of Barry. She died in 1927. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Maude M. Lee, who resides at the Westmoreland address, and three sisters, Mrs. Alfred Moberly of St. Louis, Mrs. Thomas Coffman of Barry and mrs. Martha Matthews of Buford Ohio. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with interment in a family mausoleum in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Contributed by Corinne Palko

LEILA (DAVIS) MOON - 72, wife of John C. Moon, and former Barry woman, died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri, after a few days illness of pneumonia. Leila May Davis, daughter of Samuel and Clara Davis, was born May 1, 1854, and she grew to beautiful womanhood and on January 1, 1880, was united in marriage to J. C. Moon of Cincinnati, Ohio and to this union one daughter, Mrs. Maude Lee, was born. Mrs. Lee was her mother's constant companion for the past six years. In 1882 the family moved to St. Louis, where Mr. Moon engaged in business and where they have since resided.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge

ALONZO MURPHY - died Friday, oldest son of John W. Murphy. Born 8 May 1856 in Fayette Co. IN; married 1880 Agnes Gorton.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [excerpt from Barry Adage, Thurs 9 Jan 1896, p7, c3]

JOHN MURPHY - an old veteran, died last week Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Wakefield, in Pittsfield. He was an inmate of the Soldier's Home in Quincy until about three weeks ago. He was a member of Co. D., Ninety-ninth Ill. Vol. Inft. Deceased lived in Barry for many years with his daughter, whose husband was employed in The Adage office.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, Thur. 23 Feb 1905, p5] [John W. Murphy, widower of Lucretia L. (Stevens), died 13 Feb 1905.]

LUCRETIA (STEVENS) MURPHY - was born in Fayette county, Indiana, March 1, 1832, and died at home in Barry, Jan. 14, 1897. Her age at the time of her death was 64 years 10 months and 13 days. She was married to John W. Murphy Jan. 7, 1853, and moved to Pike county, Illinois, in 1859, and had been a resident of Barry since 1866. She was the mother of seven children, five of whom preceded her to the better world. She leaves a husband and two children--Mrs. Belle Wakefield and John Murphy--and three brothers and several grandchildren to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the family residence on Saturday, January 16th...by Rev. W. N. Rutledge, and the interment was in the Barry cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
[Barry Adage, Thurs, 21 Jan 1897]
[Marriage recorded 8 Jan 1852 in Fayette Co, IN. vgb]

RALPH MURPHY - Services Held Here for Ralph Murphy Former Barry Man. Mr. Ralph Murphy, 77, of Quincy, former Barry man, passed away suddenly Friday afternoon, September 5, 1958, at 2:30 o'clock in St. Mary Hospital. He had been a patient for only an hour after collapsing in a physician's office. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Born at Barry January 29, 1881, he was the son of Anges Gorton and Alonzo Murphy. He attended school at Barry and was never married. For a time, he was employed in Barry at Bartholomew Brothers Poultry House. He left Barry as a young man and worked for a time in Chicago, going to Quincy some forty years ago. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, September 7, at 2:00 o'clock from the Lock Funeral Home, in charge of Dr. Robert Byler. Mrs. Roy Holton provided instrumental music. Interment was in Park Lawn Cemetery. Serving as casket-bearers were A. G. Crump, Ralph Peterson, Raymond Newman, Arnold Davis, George Staggs and Ralph Hays. Surviving are a brother, Glenn Murphy of Kinderhook; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Huff of Forest Park and Mrs. Lula Newman of Barry; and one niece and a nephew. A sister, Blanche Murphy, preceded him in death.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, Wed. 10 Sep 1958]