Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices



Mrs. Ballentyne

Mrs. Barney

John M. Barton

Clara Letitia (Dixon) Beam

Louis Beam

Emma (Alderman) Bell

Mary J. Bell

William Henry Bell

Anne Bevier

Elizabeth Mary (Frail) Bevier

George E. Bevier

Thomas Bevier

Mary Lu Retta (Imes) Bertholf

William Bishop

John Black

Bradner H. Blauvelt
Cora (Jarman) Blauvelt

Garrett A. Blauvelt

Mrs. Gary Blauvelt

Mrs. George Blauvelt

H. O. Blauvelt

Anna Lorena Boardman

Robert Boardman

Wilson Boggs

Alfred Bond

Ora Botham

Lem Bowyer

James Harrison Bray

Attie May (Martin) Brown

Benjamin Brewer

George H. Butler

Luella (Nichols) Butler

Mrs. Ballentyne
The Perry Advertiser (Perry, Iowa) November 3, 1899
Julius Ballentyne was called to Toulon, Illinois, the first of the week by the death of his sister-in-law.

Mrs. Barney
The Bradford Independent July 2, 1885
Mrs. Barney, mother of Mrs. J. G. Scott of this place, died here on Sunday, June 21. She was quite an aged lady, but seemed to be in usual health during the earlier part of the day. She died quietly while sitting in a chair. The funeral took place in Sheffield on the 28th.

John M. Barton

Stark County News Nov. 24, 1926

John M. BARTON, for many years a resident of the Toulon vicinity, died Thursday, November 18, 1926, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, following a long sickness. His brother, George BARTON of Toulon, who had been at his bedside for the past fortnight, remained for the funeral service, returning to Toulon on Monday morning.

The body was taken to the deceased's former home at Creston, Iowa, where services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and interment was in that city.

John M. BARTON was born August 27, 1850, at Toulon, Illinois, and died November 18, 1926, at Kansas City, Missouri, aged 76 years, 2 months and 21 days. His parents were Barnard and Sarah BARTON, who were residents of Toulon Township for many years.

On February 14, 1882, Mr. BARTON was united in marriage to Elizabeth DUNN. To this union three children were born: William, of Superior, Wisconsin; Harry L. of Los Angeles; and Henry, who passed away September 5, 1905, at the age of 21 years.

Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. BARTON lived in Stark County for several years, moving to Creston, Iowa, in 1895. They resided at Creston until 1916, when they moved to Kansas City, which has since been their home.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth BARTON; the two sons above mentioned; three brothers - Silas H. of Wyoming, Illinois, and George W. and Albert L., both of Toulon, Illinois; one sister, Miss Cordelia BARTON, of Toulon, Illinois, besides a host of friends.

Albert L. BARTON spent several weeks at the home of his brother some time before his death. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Clara Letitia (Dixon) Beam

May 10, 1975 Star Courier

Clara Beam Service Held

Mrs. Lewis (Clara) Beam 73, died Thursday, May 8, 1975 at the Abingdon, Illinois. She had been ill for a considerable length of time. Clara Letitia, daughter of LaRome J and Mary E. Dixon was born June 24, 1901 in Stark County. She married Lewis W. Beam, September 5, 1935 in Galesburg. He died October 27, 1957. She is survived by one son, Lewis W. Jr. of Abingdon; five step-grandchildren; a brother Glen Dixon of Toulon, five sisters, Mrs Pauline Frail of Toulon, Mrs Bessie Abrams of Wyoming, Mrs Lucille Eckley of Monmouth, Mrs. Ada Moore and Mrs Emma Myers of Kansas City, Mo. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Louis Beam

Stark County News

October 30, 1957

Sets Rites Thursday, Louis Beam, Aged 69; Interment at Toulon

Funeral Services for Louis Beam, 69, of Toulon, will be held at 1:30 Thursday afternoon at Kidd Funeral Home in this City. Mr. Beam suffered a stroke Thursday noon at his home and was taken to Kewanee Public hospital that day where he died at 11:15 Monday Morning. Visitation will be at funeral home tonight. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

William Lewis Beam was born February 20, 1888, in Kewanee and was a son of James Albert and Almyera Rhodes Beam. He had lived most of his lifetime in Stark County and Past several years had resided in Toulon.

He was married to Miss Clara Dixon, of Toulon, the ceremony taking place September 5, 1935, at Galesburg. She survives with son, William Lewis. Also surviving is a brother Joseph Beam, of Toulon, and several nephews and nieces.

Mr. Beam was a Member of First Methodist church in Kewanee and also was in service during World War I. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Emma (Alderman) Bell

After several weeks severe illness, Mrs. Emma May Bell, 68 years old, passed away at 1:40 o'clock Thursday afternoon at her late home in the village of Elmira. She had been confined to her home since the last week in March.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Kidd Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Taylor, pastor of Toulon Baptist church officiating.

Song service was given by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Lillian Buchanan, Mrs. Mabel Price, Charles Welch and Robert Fleming, with Mrs. Jessie Hyer accompanying at the organ. Selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Rock of Ages."

Body-bearers were Marion Linker, William M. Duncan, Herbert Murray, Earl Cpbb, J. L. W. Fuller, and Ray Jackson.

Interment was in French Grove.

Emma May Bell was born August 5, 1872 in Stark county, and passed away June 20, 1940 at her late home in Elmira at the age of 68 years, 10 months adn 15 days. She was a daugter of Michael and Joyce E. (Graves) Alderman.

Her marriage to William Henry Bell took place February 21, 1905, in Toulon, Rev. Joseph Jenkins, who was then pastor of Toulon Baptist church, performing the ceremony.

Surviving are five children, as follows: Mrs. Blanche McCall, of Peoria; Harry V. Cree, of LaFayette; Veffie Riggen, of Elmore; Madge Bown, of Brimfield, and Hazel Grace, or Elmira. Mr. Bell passed away Oct. 27, 1929.

She is survived by the following sisters and brother: Mrs. E.W. Jones, of Ontario, California; Charles Alderman, of Albion, Iowa; Mrs. Walter Finley, of Toulon; also a half0brother, Pressley Colwell, who lives in Missouri. She also leaves nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding her were one brother, who died in infancy, also two grandchildren. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary J. Bell

Stark County News

Aug. 9, 1878

Mary J. Bell, oldest daughter of Mathew Bell, of West Jersey, died last Sunday night. When nearly well from an attack of tyhpoid fever, paralysis set in, and disabled on one side. For several days she was unable to swallow anything. She seemed much better last Sunday, but died at about one o'clock at night. The remains were taken last Tuesday, to Elmira for burial, near the family's former place of residence. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary Lu Retta (Imes) Bertholf

The Iowa Recorder (Greene, Iowa), May 3, 1944

Mrs. W. Bertholf Died of Pneumonia Saturday at Dumont

Mrs. W. C. Bertholf of Dumont, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Johnson, after a short illness of pneumonia. Services were conducted Monday afternoon at a funeral home in Dumont with the Rev. Milton Charles in charge. The body was taken to Winterset Tuesday where services were conducted at the Ord church. Burial was in the Clark cemetery in Madison County.

Mary Lu Retta Imes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Imes, was born August 27, 1859 at Stark County, Illinois. She was married to Wesley C. Bertholf September 3, 1879, in Madison County.

Surviving are the daughter Mrs. Johnson; a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Cookus of Ottawa, Kansas; a brother, W. H. Imes of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Hickes of Ottawa, Kansas; a granddaughter, Marcella Johnson, and a grandson, Master Sergeant Edward Milton Johnson, stationed at Daniels field, Georgia.

William Henry Bell

Funeral services for William Henry Bell, who passed away Sunday morning at his home at French Grove, were held Tuesday afternoon at the home at French Grove. Rev. Herbert N. Blakeway, pastor of the Union church at Brimfield, was in charge.

The service of song was given by Mrs. Luella McClellan and Mrs. S. A. Kellogg.

William Henry Bell was born March 22, 1858, at Elmira, Illinois, and passed away at his home at French Grove Sunday, October 27, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 5 days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bell, early settlers of Elmira.

Matthew Bell came to Elmira from Canada and shortly after his arrival settled on a farm, taking an active part in the social and religious life of the town. William Bell lived on the farm in Elmira township with his parents until he was 18 years of age, when the family moved to West Jersey township, located 2 miles west of the present village of West Jersey. He was engaged in agriculture on the farm known as "the Bell farm" on Walnut Creek until after the death of his father.

He was married February 21, 1905, to Mrs. Emma Cree, of Toulon, moving in 1910 to French Grove, Peoria county, where he resided continuously since.

Three children were born to this union as follows: Mrs. Riggen, of Elmore, and Madge and Hazel at home. Besides his wife and the children named above, he is survived by a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Clyde Fleming of Fredonia, Kansas; one brother, Ed Bell, of San Francisco; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Blakewell of Galesburg, and Miss Belle Bell, of Toulon and four grandchildren.

Mr. Bell was a member of the I.O.O.F. organization for many years and the Odd Fellow symbolism was used by the minister at the funeral services.  - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Anna Bevier

Henry Republican, January 1, 1880

Died at Bradford, Dec. 27, of old age, Anne Bevier, 91.

Aunt Anna Beveir, aged 91 was found dead in her cottage on main street, where she was living alone. She has resided here 26 years. - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Elizabeth Mary (Frail) Bevier

December 5, 1923

Stark County News


Mrs. Elizabeth Bevier, a well known resident, of Kewanee and formerly of LaFayette, died at her home 417 North Tremont street in Kewanee at 3 o'clock Saturday morning, after an illness which extended over a period of many months. Elizabeth Mary Frail was born in Toulon, Illinois, November 22, 1851, and at the time of her death was 72 years, nine days of age. She married Abram N. Bevier, November 22, 1876, at her country home near Toulon. A son, William B. Bevier was born to this union, who resides in Kewanee. Mr. Bevier preceded her January 6, 1907.

The family moved to Kewanee from Lafayette 32 years ago. Two sisters, Mrs. Susan Jackson, of Wyoming, and Mrs. David Carstairs, of LaFayette, and a brother, Thomas Frail, of Toulon, survive.

Funeral services were held from the residence in Kewanee Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the body being brought to LaFayette for burial in the family lot in LaFayette Cemetery.. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

George E. Bevier

April 22, 1915

In Memorium

At the death of a grandfather and grandmother, the death of father and mother it has been our mournful duty and privilege to speak of some of the traits of character, some of the virtues which distinguished the deceased and now again are privileged to record the appreciation which we have held since his boyhood for George Earl Bevier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mordecai Bevier. In the fullness of manhood's powers, when early impressions were ripening into a rich heritage of pains fulfilled, with discretion, judgment and reason at its zenith, he is called away. A beloved wife, two bright, attractive children to bind him to finite joys, he is obliged to bid prospects of earth and time, wife, children and kindred a farewell while he shall take up the experiences of infinity.

The deceased was born on the old homestead just outside the corporate limits of Bradford, April 15, 1862. He had the good advantage of our public school system and through a long line of industrious, economical parentage he inherited the traits of honesty, labor and uprightness which is ever appreciated and recognized in a community. He learned the trade of carpentry and became a skillful mechanic and successful contractor and builder, and his work as in his life there was an element which stood for stability and honor as well as symmetry and beauty.

In 1903 he was united in marriage with Miss Cornelia Perry of Toulon. To them a daughter Adelaide, aged about 7 years, named for the paternal grandmother, and Perry about 5 years old, named for the maternal grandfather, were born. Selling out his material interests here they moved south some years ago in the hope that more mild, less changeable climate might be conductive to better health, but the decree the Creator made to Adam and Eve and through them to all humanity fell upon him, and now it is filling that here where life came, George E. Bevier should find its last resting place. - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Thomas Bevier

August 22, 1872

At Bradford, Stark county, Aug. 8, Thomas, aged 5 months, son of Mordecai and Adelaide Bevier. - Contributed by Nancy Piper

William Bishop

Wyoming Post-Herald News

October 24, 1917


Word has reached Wyoming that William Bishop, who at one time conducted the Confectionery Store, now owned by James McDonna, died in Chicago some time during the month of September. No particulars concerning his death are to be had. His Mother in England was first notified and it was not until she wrote here that news of his Death was recieved. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

John Black

BLACK--Died, at his home in Toulon, Illinois, Saturday, December 31, 1898, John Black, aged 72 years, 7 months and 11 days.

John Black, the subject of this sketch, was born in Gartbratten Place, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland, May 14, 1826.

He was brought up and educated, in the Christian sense, in the Episcopal church, that being the religious establishment of his native land. Early in life he was attracted to the Primitive Methodists, a sect which when starting resembled the Salvation Army of today. He was converted to God through the instrumentality of those devoted people, and it was not strange that he should identify himself with them and love their association. Indeed this indicates the religious side of his nature, not satisfied with the cold formalism of a faith purely ritualistic, he could easily open his heart to the simple Gospel of Christ, and find among these unordained teachers that for which his soul cried out.

He left his home in Ireland at the age of 25 years, having lived with his parents up to that time. He came alone to America, and directly to Toulon, arriving here about the year 1851, and this has been his home almost all of the interval that lies between. His mother dying when he was but a small child, he was brought up by a step-mother, for whom he possessed a very decided affection. Of the old family circle, all that are left, one brother and five sisters, still live in the mother land.

His early life in this country, like that of many others who were similarly circumstanced, was that of hardship and adventure. A hard-working toiler, he learned to husband resources, and care for the material means which a faithful Providence permitted to come into his hands.

He joined the Methodist Episcopal church under the ministery of Rev. Ransom, in 1856, and has ever been a faithful, earnest Christian man. He was a man who obeyed the scripture injunction, and did not 'think of himself more highly than he ought"; he was more apt than otherwise to discount himself, and wish he possessed a more complete experience. And yet those who knew the man best, realized the most that his Christian character was builded on the Rock.

Mr. Black was joined in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Mason, on October 7, 1863. To this real union of hearts there was born two children, Mattie and Randall, both of whom, with the mother survive the decease of husband and father, and sincerely mourn the loss that can never be repaired.

The funeral services were conducted from the house last Monday, at 1:30 p.m., being in charge of Rev. L. F. Cullom. The Masonic and I.O.O.F. lodges of Toulon, of which the deceased was a member, also took part in the ceremony.

A good and indulgent parent and husband, he has left the earth, but may be found in the home of the blest. He died on the morning of December 31, 1898, and rests from his labors. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Bradner H. Blauvelt

Stark County News, Wednesday August 10, 1960


Funeral services for Bradner H. Blauvelt, 88, of Toulon, were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Kidd Funeral Home. Mr. Blauvelt, who had been at the Public Convalescent home in this city for past few years, died early Sunday Morning at Kewanee Public Hospital where he had been taken a few hours previously by ambulance.

Rev. James S. Blair, Pastor of Elmira United Presbyterian church, officiated. Mrs. Helen Schmidt, organist, played two special numbers. "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden."

Pall Bears were Chester Buchanan, of Kewanee; Earl McLennan, Ray H. Jackson, Curtis Wilson and Murray Jackson, of Elmira and Russell Jarman, of Bishop Hill. Burial was in Pleasant Valley cemetery, east of Wyoming.

He was a son of Garrett A. and Emmor Peters Blauvelt and was born June 21, 1872, at Lawn Ridge. He was married October 6, 1896, in Wyoming to Cora Jarman, who preceded him in death. Mr. Blauvelt was a retired farmer and had made his home in Wyoming and Elmira communities before coming to Toulon to reside. He is survived by a daughter Jean, Mrs Ralph Girvin, of near Neponset; two sons, Roscoe and Howard, both of Kewanee, and a sister, Mrs Florence Bishop, of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by two grandsons, four great-grandchildren and several nieces. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by a daughter Laura, who died in infancy, his parents and a sister. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Cora (Jarman) Blauvelt

Stark County News, October 11, 1945


Wyoming-- Mrs. Cora Blauvelt, 74, died Monday at 4 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Girven, near Elmira. She has been in ill health two years.

The daughter of William and Elizabeth Jarman, and born April 10, 1871 on a farm seven miles east of Wyoming. She attended the Baughn School and the Wyoming High School, and moved to Wyoming with her Mother and brother, Fred, in 1888, after her father died. On October 6, 1896, she was united in marriage to Bradner H. Blauvelt.

To this Union were born four children, one of whom died in infancy, Rosco A. resides in Kewanee and Elenor Jean Girven of Neponset and Howard E. of Elmira. She also leaves her husband, Bradner Blauvelt, and two grandchildren. One sister also survives, Mrs. R.G. Phillip of Red Oak, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Gillespie Memorial Home in Wyoming. Rev. William Anderson will be in charge and burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Second Stark County News:


Funeral services for Mrs. B.H. Blauvelt, 73, who died at 4 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Girven, of near Neponset, were held at 2:30 this afternoon at the Gillespie Memorial home in Wyoming.

Rev. William Anderson, pastor of Elmira Federated church, was in charge of the services.

Interment was in Pleasant Valley cemetery, east of Wyoming.


Cora E. daughter of William and Elizabeth Treeby Jarman, was born April 10, 1871, near Camp Grove and was aged 73 years, 5 months and 28 days at the time of death.

She spent most of her life in the Wyoming Community.

She was married October 6, 1896, to Bradner H. Blauvelt. They moved to Elmira about six years ago.

Mrs. Blauvelt was a former member of Wyoming Methodist church, later transferring her membership to the Elmira Church.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Howard E., of Elmira, and Roscoe A. of Kewanee; and her daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Jean Girven, of Neponset. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. R. O. Phillips, of Red Oak, Iowa. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Garrett A. Blauvelt

Wyoming Post-Herald

Wednesday September 22, 1915

Another Soldier Gone -- G.A. Blauvelt Dies At His Home In Wyoming After Long Illness,

In Eightieth Year

How rapidly the ranks of the veterans of the Civil War are thinning is realized every time one answers the supreme roll call. Locally the last to do this was Garrett A. Blauvelt, who passed away at his home in this city on Monday September 20, 1915 in the Eightieth year of his age. Mr. Blauvelt was born at Blauvelt, New York on July 24, 1836. And had therefore reached the allotted span of a man's life. In early years he came to this State and engaged in the blacksmithing business at Camp Grove and Lawnridge. Soon after the outbreak of the Civil War the deceased answered the call of his country, and on the 18th of November 1861, he enlisted in Company H 11th Regular Illinois Calvary and was discharged December 21, 1863 at Camp Clear Creek. But realized the great need of his country, Mr Blauvelt was not content to return to civil life and consequently after a brief rest of a single month, reenlisted and served until he was honorably discharged on September 30th, 1865. His military career thus practically covering four years of the war. On January 14, 1869, Mr Blauvelt was married at Lawnridge to Miss Emma Peters, who entered into the heavenly rest six years ago come next December. To this union were born four children, all that who remain to mourn his loss. Their names are Cora ( Mrs.Willes Hanchett of Osceola), H. O. Blauvelt also of Osceola, B. H. Blauvelt and Flora(Mrs W. H. Bishop) Both of this city.

Mr. Blauvelt was a kind and loving Husband and Father and a quiet and self respecting citizen. Well respected by all who knew him.

The funeral service was held this afternoon at the congregational Church. The service being conducted by th Rev. William Moore, Pastor of the Church - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Gary Blauvelt

After a severe illness of several weeks of typhoid fever which was followed by a stroke of paralysis on Sunday morning. December 19, Mrs. Gary A. Blauvelt passed to the better land on December 21, 1909. She was a most estimable woman, and a devoted mother, and a kind friend and will be missed in the community as well as in her own home, where the vacancy can never be filled. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Congrgational church, conducted by the Rev. William Moore, and was largely attended by friends of the deceased and family. Besides her husband, she is survivied by four children; two sons, Hollis, of Elmira, and Bradner, of Wyoming, two daughters, Mrs. Hanchett, from near Camp Grove, and Mrs William Bishop of this city, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Mrs. George Blauvelt

Wyoming Newspaper

Mrs. W. L. Hanchett's, mother, Mrs. George Blauvelt, died at her home in Wyoming, after a three week illness and the funeral was held from the Congregational church Thuresday, December 23. Her many friends deeply sympathize with her in the loss of this dear one. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

H. O. Blauvelt

Stark County News

April 26, 1939


Funeral services for H. O. Blauvelt, 69, of Kewanee, for many years a resident of Stark County, were conducted last Wednesday afternoon at the Cavanaugh & Schueneman mortuary in Kewanee, Rev. S.C. Blumhagen, pastor of Osceola Baptist church, was in charge. Song service was given by Mrs. James Briggs and Mrs. Marvin Cinnamon, with Mrs. Ray Turnbull accompanying. Body-bearers were Don Tracy, Eli Failon, Robert Creasey, Herbert Ford, James Ford and James Briggs. Following the services, the body was taken to Wyoming for interment.


Mr. Blauvelt passed away in Moline hospital April 14 following a period of failing health. He was born near Lawn Ridge and his younger days were spent in that community and near Camp Grove, almost his entire life was spent in Stark County where he followed the occupation of farming. His marriage to Miss Nettie Wiley, of Elmwood, took place in 1891 and to this union was born one child who died in infancy. Mrs. Blauvelt preceded her husband in death January 7, 1927. Mr. Blauvelt had been making his home for some time with his brother-in-law, Willis Hanchett, of Kewanee. He leaves one brother, B.H. Blauvelt, of Wyoming, and one sister, Mrs. Flora Bishop, Of Phoenix, Arizona. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Anna Lorena Boardman

From the Stark County News

June 11, 1891

BOARDMAN--On Friday, June 5, 1891, at her home in Elmira, Ill., Miss Anna Lorena Boardman, daughter of Dr. E. R. Boardman, from cerebro spinal meningitis, after an illness of twenty days, aged 17 years, 1 month and 13 days.

Anna was a member of the Osceola Baptist church, and her life had been that of an earnest, active Christian. She met death with a calm resignation and said she did not fear to die. Her funeral on Monday, the 8th, was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. Wood Saunders, who took his text from Isaiah 64-6, " And We All do Fade as the Leaf."

The kind and unremitting assistance so freely rendered by the friends and neighbors will ever be gratefully remembered by the afflicted family. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Robert Boardman
Henry Republican, November 4, 1875
Died Near Bradford, Oct. 21, suddenly, Robert Boardman, aged 32.

Alfred Bond
The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, September 24, 1885
Wyoming - Alfred Bond, who has been sick but a few days, died Sunday and was buried Tuesday. He leaves a wife and two small children.

Wilson Boggs
Henry Republican, July 16, 1874
In Butler, Missouri, of consumption, Wilson Boggs, aged 31, son of E. Boggs of Penn township, Stark county, member of the 47th reg. Ill. Volunteers

Ora Botham
Died, at the home of her parents, in Bradford, August 11, Ora, only daughter of J. S. and Mrs. Botham, after a long illness, aged 19 years.August 20, 1919 (Reprinted August 16, 1939 Bradford Republican) -

John Lemuel Bowyer
Lem Bowyer's Sudden Death A Shock to This Community - Well Known
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon March 3, at 2:00 o'clock in the M. E. church at Bradford for John Lemuel Bowyer, who died suddenly from a heart attack at his home near hear Wednesday afternoon. An inquest was held Thursday morning at the Marsh Undertaking parlors by Coroner R. J. Teeter of Wyoming. It was found that death was caused by Coronary Thrombosis.
John Lemuel Bowyer was born January 8, 1882 near Logan, Kentucky. He was a son of William and Jane Bowyer, being the fifth child of a family of nine children. When as a child, his parents moved to Solon, Indiana, where he spent his youth. At the age of nineteen he came to Bloomington, Illinois at which place two years of his early life was spent. He then came to the vicinity of Bradford where he became engaged in farming.
On February 13, 1909 he was united in marriage to Emma Jane Bonset. To this union was born three children. On April 13, 1925 he united with the Methodist church at Camp Grove later transferring his membership to the M. E. church at Bradford, where he attended until the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, two sons, Gilbert and Chester who reside at home, one daughter, Mrs. Elting Pettegrew of near Bradford, oen grandson, Benny Pettegrew and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves four brothers, Joseph, William, Arthur and Robert and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Richey, Mrs. Lula Brentlinger and Mrs. Tillie King, all who reside in and around Solon, Indiana. His parents, one brother and one sister have preceded him in death. "Taken From the Bradford Republican, March 1933" - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Benjamin Brewer
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Died in Bradford, May 1st, Mrs. Benjamin Brewer. For many years in early times Mrs. Brewer and family were residents of Magnolia, Putnam County and for 30 years a resident of Milo.

James Harrison Bray
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885
It is with a feeling of unfeigned sorrow and sympathy for the bereaved, that we undertake to write a few lines commemorative of the life and record the death of J. H. Bray. James Harrison Bray was born in Showhegen, Maine, February 6, 1837, was united in marriage August 16, 1861 with Miss Helen Laws and died August 19, 1885. He leaves a deeply mourning wife and daughter, and a surviving circle of relatives and friends. His was a life to be emulated and his nature such as received deserved admiration. Always cheerful, always kind and pleasant, with never a harsh nor unkind word for a neighbor or acquaintance, it is a pity that more of his like are not known among us. Although a resident in Bradford but a short time comparatively, he could number as his friends all with whom he formed an acquaintance and will long be remembered for his good qualities of heart and kindly pleasing manners.

Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 27, 1885
The funeral of the late Mr. J. H. Bray, which occurred at Buda last Friday, was one of the largest seen in that place for a long time. The remains were accompanied from this place by the Bradford band and a large number of friends. On arriving at Buda they were met by the band of that place and also by the Neponset band, playing music appropriate to the solemn occasion. Rev. J. L. Matthews of the Baptist Church of Bradford, preached the funeral sermn, after which the remains were deposited in the beautiful Oakland cemetery, about two miles west of town.

Attie May (Martin) Brown

Friday, January 6, 1899

Stark County News

Attie May Brown was born to James and Mary Martin, May 9, 1862 in LaFayette, Illinois. She spent several years of her life as a teacher in the public schools.

Attie was eldest of a family of five children. Her only sister, Effie, died about twelve years ago. Her mother also passed on to the better inheritance some ten years ago.

She was received into the M.E. church February 1, 1891. Since that time she has been faithful to her Christ and to her church.

She was married to John B. Brown February 10, 1892.

She was an amiable woman, of universal favor and especially beloved by her intimate friends. Her presence will be greatly missed in all circles of society in which she was accustomed to move.

It is true of brother Brown that "his house is left unto him desolate" since his loving companion so hastily answered the summons from the lover of her soul to come up higher. In the haste with which she spirit went, she could not even say, "good bye." Her death, sudden as it was, doubtless was just as she would have had it, for she had spoken to her friends of how she dreaded a long approach of lingering illness as the way to the grave.

Her death occurred very suddenly Wednesday night, December 28. One hour before her death, while preparing to retire and in conversation with her husband, she instantly threw up her arms and gave a moan. Her husband seeing that something was wrong, sprang and caught her as she was falling. From this time she never regained consciousness. With but one brief hour of serious sickness, she passed from this to the better world, leaving three brothers, father, husband and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

In Memory -- Merry Rebekah Lodge, No. 130

Whereas, it has pleased our heavenly father to remove from our midst our sister, Attie M. Brown, be it

Resolved, that we submit to the great affliction that has so suddenly befallen us, yet, we in meekness say, "Thy will be done." and be it further

Resolved, that in this bereavement our lodge has lost a noble member, the afflicted husband, a loving wife, and that our hearts go out in

sorrow to this brother in this hour of trial, and that we, as a lodge, extend to him our heartfelt sympathy, and that we will ever revere the

memory of this sister, be it furthermore

Resolved, these those testimonials of our sorrow and respect be presented to our brother, and that a copy be spread upon our lodge

record, also a copy be sent to each of our county papers for publication.

Ella Atherton,

Edna McClenahan,

Ella F. Redfield

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

George H. Butler

Wednesday, November 4, 1908

Stark County News

George H. Butler was born near West Jersey, Illinois, August 4, 1854, and died in the Galesburg Hospital October 24, 1908. When he was six months old his parents moved to Galva, where his boyhood was spent. In early youth he entered a dry goods store as clerk. His efficiency gained the confidence of his employers and he was transferred to a branch store in LaFayette, where he became a favorite with both young and old.

On June 16, 1880, he was united in marriage to Luella M., only daughter of Dr. Nichols, so many years "family physician" to all LaFayette and surrounding country. The wedding took place in the little old parsonage, Rev. Main officiating. The bride and groom were attended by Wilbert R. Kelsey, of Galva, and Miss Amy I.E. Reed, of LaFayette. George took his bride to a pretty home in Galva, and life looked bright to both. In a short time he bought the business of D.J. Hurd, a pioneer merchant of LaFayette, and came here to live. His invalid father and a sister came with them, but within a few weeks the father left them for his heavenly home.

In 1881 a little daughter came, to linger just a week, when she was laid away to await her father's coming.

In the fall of 1882 the opportunities of the great West appealed to the young merchant, and the family moved to Stromburg, Nebraska, where the son, William, was born. Here they had a thriving business, but in a few years, the "West" still lured him on and he went to Colorado, where he bought a farm but still continued in a store. Here sleeps a third child. Later on they removed to Salt Lake City, which was their home for many years.

About five years ago Mr. Butler's health began to fail and physicians advised a change of climate. He wandered through the mountains along the Pacific Coast from Washington to Menella, near the borders of old Mexico. Here at Menella, they spent two years, living in a charming old mansion that was in Buchanan's administration the home of the U.S. officials. But health was not to be regained there, and over a year ago he returned to Illinois to consult physicians here.

An operation at the Kewanee Hospital so far restored his health that the family located in Twin Falls, Idaho, where he was connected with a successful real estate firm. With a return of his old trouble, he came again to Illinois the past summer, and underwent one successful operation in the Galesburg Hospital, but being only partial in character, another was known soon to be necessary. His unfailing cheerfulness, patience and dauntless courage was a marvel alike to friends, physicians and attendants. The end came suddenly but peacefully and the worn body was at rest.

When a young man, he united with the Baptist Church in Galva, and in his various wanderings he always gave to the support of the church work and was, whenever possible, a regular attendant upon church services.

His wife and son have lost a stay and counselor, his two sisters their one remaining brother.

The funeral service was held in the M.E. Church, Thursday, October 29, Rev. F. J. Giddings preaching a filling discourse. The Masonic fraternity, of which he became a member in 1877, gave their burial service at the grave. It seemed a heartfelt tribute to a departed friend and brother. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Luella (Nichols) Butler

Wednesday, May 19, 1926

Stark County News

Mrs. George Butler

The body of Mrs. Luella Butler was brought to LaFayette Sunday afternoon, and laid to rest in the family lot in LaFayette Cemetery.

Luella Nichols, daughter of Dr. J. H. and Louisa Nichols, was born near Connersville, Indiana, November 14, 1856, and died at her home in Twin Falls, Idaho, May 5, 1926, aged 69 years, 5 months, and 21 days. She was united in marriage to George Butler, of LaFayette, Illinois. To this union three children were born, one son, Will, surviving. Her husband and two infant children preceded her in death.

The body was accompanied by the son Will, and services were held from the M.E. Church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Menze. A mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Della Wade, Mrs. W. N. Nelson, Frank L. White, and W. N. Nelson, Sand "Jesus lover of my soul," and "There's a land that is fairer than day."

The casket bearers were A.H. White, John Fields, S.E. White, A.M. Janes, Lloyd White, and E.C. Janes.

Those from out of town who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Cochran, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Jack McMasters, Galva; Mr. and Mrs. W.Z. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Verne McConnell, Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Redfield, Toulon; Wallace Redfield, Kewanee, A.M. Janes, Evanston.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

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