Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 John Fruit Fagan

Hattie E. Fast

Judd Burton Ferguson

Emma E. (Phenix) Fink

Maude Foglesong

Mrs. Judith Ford

Bradford S. Foster

Hattie (Jones) Foster

Mary A. (Johns) Boggs Foster

T. S. Foster

George Fowler

Barnabas Frail

Mrs. Barney Frail

Catherine Frail

Charles Samuel Frail

Florence (Bishop) Frail

Jesse Hue Frail

John Frail

Samuel Frail

Thomas Francis Frail

Ursula (Jackson) Frail

Elizabeth Ada (Dunn) Francis

Levi Fulk

Mrs. Rachel Madaris Fulk


John Fruit Fagan

Illinois State Journal, Springfield, December 15, 1929

FAGAN - John F. FAGAN, 1225 Monumental Ave., died 8:50 o'clock last night at the residence, age 86 years. Survived by wife, Sadie J., a son, Herbert F. FAGAN, Yermo, Calif., two daughters, Mrs. Mae BICKES and Grace C. FAGAN of this city. Decedent was a member of Elliott Ave. Baptist Church. Remains to Ellinger and Kunze Funeral Home. Funeral announcement later.

In the ISJ the next day, J.F. FAGAN was identified as Commander, Stephenson Post, Grand Army of the Republic. Funeral services December 27 at 2:30 p.m. at residence, conducted by the Rev. John W. MERRILL, with GAR conducting special services. Burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Hattie E. Fast
Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Montana) March 2, 1959
Services Today for Polson Woman
Polson - Funeral services for Miss Hattie E. Fast, 84, long-time resident of Polson who died at her home in Polson, will be held at the Retz Chapel in Polson at 2 p.m. today, with the Rev. Paul Ashbrook of the First Methodist Church officiating. Eastern Star rites will also be held at the Chapel.
Miss Fast was born Feb. 10, 1875 in Stark County, Ill., and came to the Polson area in 1911. She was a past matron of Mystic Chapter No. 53 O.E.S. here and a member of the Theresa Past Matrons Club.
During her early days here she was employed at the Polson Post Office, at the City Library and by the Davis Mercantile Company. In the twenties she qualified for the position and became post mistress for a number of years.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Alice Blethroad of Polson; a brother, H. B. Fast of Oregon and a number of nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery here under the direction of the Retz Mortuary.

Emma E. (Phenix) Fink
The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, October 15th, 1885
It is always with feelings of sadness that we take up the pen to chronicle the death of any with whom we were acquainted, and it is still more sad to chronicle the death of those who are young and who should be in the enjoyment of perfect health. We are called upon this week to record the sudden demise of one of Bradford's most estimable ladies, Emma E., wife of L. L. Fink, daughter of Abram and Ester Phenix, which occurred on the 12th inst., after a short illness. Deceased was born in this county December 6, 1864, thus making her not quite 21 years of age. In 1883 she was united in marriage to Mr. Fink, to whom a daughter was born which is now about fifteen months old. She was admitted into membership of the M.E. Church Society about one year ago. Besides her husband and relatives, she leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted from the M. E. church, Rev. J. E. Wsson officiating, assisted by Rev. Matthews, after which the remains were interred in the Bradford cemetery. The bereaved husband and relatives have the sympathy of the whole community in their said bereavement.

Judd Burton Ferguson

Unknown Source, June 1912

Judd Burton Ferguson, son of Robert and Lydia Ferguson, was born at Altona, IL, 28 AUG 1867. His mother died when he was but ten years of age and the father a few years later, leaving him to the care of an elder sister, and she has most faithfully fulfilled that trust. His early life was spent in Altona, later he lived in Iowa and Colorado and the past fifteen years has made his home in this city with his sister, Mrs. J.W. Smith, where he died 10 JUN 1912, aged 44 years, nine months, and 13 days. He had been in ill health for several months but his last sickness was of about four week's duration, being caused by valvular heart trouble. He was one of a family of eight children, the surviving members being Mrs. Ida Emery and Mrs. J.W. Smith of this city, Arch V. Ferguson of Manito, and Mrs. M.C. Sparr of Roseville, IL.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Maude Foglesong

Stark County News, Feb. 26, 1908

Obituary of Maude Foglesong

A telegram came Monday announcing the sudden death of Maude Foglesong at Wahoo, Neb., where with her mother, Mrs. Edna Foglesong, she had been visiting for the last three weeks. They left Nebraska with the body yesterday morning for Toulon, and it is expeted to arrive here on the passenger from the west this morning. The body will be taken to the home of Michael Flynn, where it will rest until Thursday, when the funeral services will be held from the Congregational church. The hour for the services had not been set at the time of going to press.

Miss Foglesong was born in Toulon about 19 years ago, and spent nearly her entire life in our city. She was a graduate of the Toulon high school.

For the last six months, she has had employemnt as saleslady in Bond Bros. store at Kewanee, but visited in Toulon for a short time before her departure for Nebraska.

For several years past she had been in declining health, but few thot the end to be so near, and the news of her death came as a shock to her many friends here. Her elder sister died about two years ago.

Her father, George Foglesong, and her grandfather, Henry Foglesong, left last night for Rock Island to meet the mother on her sad journey home to bury her child.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Judith Ford

October 10, 1904, Illinois State Journal

Died at 8 o'clock Saturday evening October 8, 1904, at her home eight miles north of Springfield, of tuberculosis, Mrs. Judith L. FORD, wife of T.C. FORD, aged 43 years, 8 months and 2 days.

The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning and will be conducted by Rev. J.B. ROGERS, pastor of the South Seventh Street Baptist Church."

- Contributed by Karen Seeman


Bradford S. Foster

Henry Republican, April 25, 1878

At Bradford, Stark county, April 13, Bradford S. Foster, aged 69 years.

Local Items - In the death of Bradford S. Foster, at Bradford on Saturday week, one of the pioneers of that section has passed away. He was eccentric in his way, but widely respected. He was buried with Masonic honors. - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Hattie (Jones) Foster

Henry Republican, March 19, 1874

Died at Bradford, March 4, Hattie, wife of W. B. Foster, and daughter of E. S. and Emily Jones of La Prairie. - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Mary A. (Johns) Boggs Foster

Stark County News , Sep. 12, 1888

Mrs. Mary Foster

Mrs. Mary A. Foster, who died at her home in LaFayette, Illinois, Aug. 9th, 1888, was born at New Castle, O., October 8, 1818. Her maiden name was Mary A. Johns. She was married to Absolem Boggs, October 12th, 1837, with whom she lived as a faithful wife and mother until his death, in 1862. They were blest with a large family of children, two of whom died in infancy; the other children are: Elijah Boggs, for many years a resident of Galva; William Boggs, a resident of Nebraska; David J. Boggs, who served in the 6th Ill. Va., during the civil war, died at the age of 38 years, and was buried in the Galva cemetery Jan. 16th, 1879; Hattie E. Simmons, now living in Nebraska; Mary C. Camp, whose home is in Kansas; Thomas C. Boggs, foreman in the foundry at Havana, Ills., Pauline S. Ives, a resident of Kansas; and George K. Boggs, who for many years has been in the employ of the R.I. & P.R.R., and is now their agent at LaFayette.

To all these children Mrs. Foster was a faithful, exemplary, and devoted mother, as everybody who knew her knows. Mr. and Mrs. Boggs, with their family, moved from Ohio in Oct. 1856, and settled in Wisconsin. In 1857 they moved to Wyoming, Stark co., Ills. In the Spring of 1858 they moved to a farm in Victoria Tp., Knox Co., where they lived until 1882, when they moved to Galva. This has been considered the home of the family ever since.

Very early in life Mrs. Foster made a profession of faith in Christ, and united with the Methodist Church, with which her parents were also connected. Mrs. Boggs was brought up a Presbyterian, and after her marriage she connected herself with the Presbyterian Church, with her husband. She united with the Congregational Church in Galva, March, 1865. For several years past she lived much of the time in LaFayette; when she was in Galva, as long as her health permitted, she was a faithful attendant of all the meetings of the Church, and was an interested and active worker in all good things.

Mr. Boggs died in Sept. 1862, and for seven years Mrs. Boggs managed her affairs and looked after the interests of her family with that ability which distinguished her. In 1869 she was married to Mr. John Foster, who has since been her companion in the joys and struggles of life, and through her sickness of three years previous to her death has been her everyday companion and attendant; every thing that could be done by her children to make her comfortable during her sickness has been done. She was a faithful mother to them and they were kind to her; it was a great happiness to her that George could live at home and be her companion, and minister to her wants day by day.

She will be greatly missed by them all, as she has been and will be by the Church of which she was such an active member.

Her sickness was of a nature that affected her mind; this, of necessity, cut her off from the interests and companionship of active life; during her last year her mind was at times less influenced by the disease. When her pastor had the last visit with her at LaFayette last Spring, her mind was perfectly clear, and she talked much about the work of the Church and enquired especially as to the older members with whom she was familiar. She had an unwavering faith in Christ, and evidenced a ripeness for heaven, the attainment of which is worth more than all other things.

The old temperance workers in Galva and LaFayette will not soon forget the sympathy and help they received from Mrs. Foster; she was always on hand when any good work was to be done.

Her life was such in the sphere in which she was called to work, that she may receive the commendation of the Master: "Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thee into the joy of the Lord."

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

T. S. Foster

Henry Republican,  August 30, 1877

Died at Bradford, Aug. 13, of quick consumption, T. S. Foster, an old and respected citizen.- Contributed by Nancy Piper

George Fowler

Stark County News, June 17, 1881

Mr. George Fowler died last Wednesday, at Mr. William Mason's where he had been living this summer. His illness was not of long duration. In the 53rd year of his age. - Contributed by Karen Seeman


Barnabas Frail

Barnabas Frail--Died at his home in Goshen Township at 8 a.m., March 31, 1893, at the advanced age of over eighty years, that old respected citizen, Barnabas Frail.

"Uncle Barny," as he was familiarly known, was one of the great mass of Europeans, who stood as long as endurable the slights of their home governments, and when they could stand it no longer left homes, kindred, friends, to find an asylum where the poor as well as the rich could live in peace, and turned forever from home to make for themselves a living in the "land of the free" America. When he arrived at New York in company of his Brother, Hugh, he was about nineteen years old. Young as he was he was ready to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow, and responded to the call for workmen on the public works. He drifted hither and thither as men were wanted until in the course of time he made himself near Wilksbarre, Penn. where he married Jane Fairchilds, and in about two years he brought his wife and oldest boy, James, who died November 6, 1891, with him to make a home for himself in the far west. Landing in Wyoming, Stark County, in 1835, he settled one mile south of that place, being one of the first settlers of that vicinity. After a little time he moved to Knox County where he stayed a short time, then moved to Goshen Township landing on what is now known as the C.B. Miner Place. In 1850 he bought the quarter section on which he afterward lived, and here he died.

He was a native of Donegal, Ireland, and always loved to hear of the prosperity of his native green isle. He was the father of ten children, four boys and six girls, three of whom have gone on before. His wife died in 1882. He was buried from the home March 23, Father Heaney preaching the funeral sermon. He was buried in the cemetery near Lafayette. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Barney Frail

unknown newspaper

Mrs. Barney Frail died at her home in Goshen Township last Saturday. The funeral services on Monday were conducted by Father Moynihan. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Catherine Frail

Stark County News

Dec. 15, 1896

MISS CATHERINE FRAIL Died, December 9, 1896, at the residence of John Jackson, in West Jersey Township, Miss Catherine Frail in the 51st year of her age. "Kate," as she was familiarly called, lived her whole life among us, being born in Goshen and living there until disease made her incapable of caring for herself, when she was taken to her sister's where she died. She was the daughter of Barnabas and Jane (Fairchild) Frail. The family has been known in Stark County for nearly 60 years. Being naturally rugged, upon her devolved the care of her parents in their declining years, caring for them until their death and never entering the state of matrimony she lived the rest of her life alone, her sisters and brothers all being married and having families of their own. She occupied the old homestead, where this family so long resided, until a very few months before her death. The funeral was conducted from Mr Jackson's, Rev. Reynolds pronouncing the eulogy. The interment was in the family lot in the Lafayette cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Charles Samuel Frail


Toulon-Charles Samuel Frail, 59, of Toulon, died at 5:15 p.m. Friday in his home. He had been in failing health for several months.

Mr. Frail was the son of Thomas and Ursula A. Jackson Frail. He was born here June 30, 1886. He was married to Gladys Pauline Dixon, who survives, in Toulon, on June 30, 1918. They have always lived in and near Toulon. He was a farmer and later a day laborer.

Surviving with the wife are two daughters, Darlene, Mrs. Richard Ingle, of Knoxville, and Mabel, Mrs Harry Fritch of Toulon; four sons, Cpl. Donald, with armed forces, en route home, Merwyn, of Toulon, Marion and Merle, Both at home; two grandchildren; one sister, Mrs Charles Watson, of Kewanee.

Funeral service arrangements will be annonced by Kidd funeral home here. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Florence (Bishop) Frail

Kewanee Star Courier


Wyoming, August 24.----Funeral services for Mrs. Florence Frail, 23, will be held at 2 p.m. CST today at the Cox Memorial home in Wyoming.

Mrs. Frail died early Monday of polio on the way from public hospital in Kewanee to St Francis hospital in Peoria. She had entered the Kewanee hospital early Sunday.

She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bishop of Wyoming August 28, 1926 in Elmira Township. She attended schools in Elmira and Wyoming and was married to Merwyn Frail December 1, 1944.

Besides her husband, survivors are two daughters, Linda Kae and Donna Rae; her parents; one brother, Robert, with the armed services in Korea; three sisters, Shirley, Patricia, and Lula, and her grandmother, Mrs. Flora Bishop of Phoenix, Arizona. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery.

Peoria Journal Star


Peoria--Mrs. Florence Bishop Frail, 23, Wyoming, died Monday morning of poliomyelitis.

Coroner Chauncey Wood, Peoria County, said this morning a post mortem examination disclosed she died of respiratory paralysis.

Mrs. Frail was on arrival at St. Francis hospital, Peoria, at 10:25 a.m. Monday. She was taken there from Kewanee Public hospital in an ambulance with two Kewanee Firemen, Emil VanBrandehem and Don Hepner, who administered oxygen.

The of Merwyn Frail and the mother of two children, Mrs. Frail entered the Kewanee hospital Sunday morning. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bishop.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Cox Memorial home, Wyoming. Funeral services will be Held at 2 p.m. Thursday (CST) at Cox Memorial Hone, Wyoming. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Frail was born August 28, 1926, in Elmira township. She attended schools there and at Wyoming and was Married December 1, 1944.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Linda Kae and Donna Rae; her parents; a brother, Robert, who is with the armed forces in Korea; three sisters, Shirley, Patricia and Lula, and her grandmother, Mrs. Flora Bishop, Phoenix, Arizona.

James Frail

Stark County News

Nov. 6, 1891

James Frail - At his home in Goshen township, Friday, Novemebr 6, 1891, James Frail, aged 66 years, 4 months and 27 days. James Frail was born June 9, 1835, at Wilkesbarre, Pa. He came to Stark County with his parents when but six months old, and settled south of Wyoming. One year later they moved to their present home in Goshen township, where they have lived ever since. Mr. Frail was married to Bridget McGuire and to them one child was born. Mrs. Frail and the child died years ago. He had been a sufferer for years with asthma, and when the grip took hold of him he was unable to withstand the drain on his already enfeebled constitution, and finally, on Friday, had to give up the struggle. He had been a consistent member of the Catholic church, and died in full communion with that faith. The funeral services were conducted Monday morning according to the rites of the Catholic church by Henry Nowlan, and the body laid to rest in the Lafayette Cemetery by the side of the wife and child who had preceded him to the other shore.

Card Of Thanks. The undersigned relatives of James Frail, deceased, hereby wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the kind friends and neighbors who assisted them through the sickness, and showed their sympathy with them at the death of their son and brother; also to those who responded so liberally to the request of a few white flowers." Barnabas Frail, Thomas Frail and Family, John Frail and Family, Mr. and Mrs. A Bevier and Family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Jackson and Family, Catherine Frail, Margaret Frail, Mrs John Graves and Family - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Jesse Hue Frail

Stark County News July 26, 1939


Following an illness of about a month's duration, Jesse H. Frail, 57, prominent Goshen township farmer residing south of LaFayette, died at 6:45 Thuresday evening in Kewanee Public hospital. He had been a patient in the hospital for three weeks.

Funeral services were conducted at 3:30 Sunday afternoon at Kidd Funeral Home. Rev. F.D. Menze, of Buda, formerly pastor of LaFayette M.E. church, conducted the services. Song service was given by a male quartet composed of Dwain Wallace, L.J. Mawbey, H.W. Walker, with Miss Irene Nowlan accompanying at the organ. Selections were "In the Garden" and "Going Down the Valley."

Body-bearers were Bert Sweat, LeRoy Lindstrom, Sam Jones, William Meaker, Howard McCabe and Floyd White. Intermnet was in the Toulon Cemetery.


Among those from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Winans and family, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dittmar, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Titlow, Mrs. Arthur Huber, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schweigen, Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Bevier, Mrs. Sarah Forrester, Mr and Mrs Alvin Rice, all of Kewanee; Mrs Margaret Carstairs of Normal; Mrs. Henry Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Brown, of Altona; Franz Hawkinson and daughters of Galva.


Jesse Hue Frail, son of Thomas and Ursula (Jackson) Frail was born August 15, 1882 on a farm southwest of Toulon in Goshen Township and passed away July 20, 1939, at Kewanee Public Hospital at the age of 56 years, 11 months, and five days.

His education was received in Lawndale school, west of Toulon, and he later attended Toulon High School.

His marriage to Miss Maye L. Parrish, of Toulon, daughter of the late William H. Parrish, took place March 2, 1910. To this union was born one son, Miles D., who now lives in Omaha.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by one brother, Sam Frail, of Toulon, and one sister, Mrs. Nellie Watson, of Kewanee.

Mr. and Mrs. Frail lived on a farm one and one-half miles southwest of Toulon for a period of 15 years, this farm now being owned by Glenn Wallar, of St. Louis. They later purchased a farm adjoining the village of LaFayette on the south where they were living at the time of his death.



John Frail

Stark County News

February 1907


John Frail was born near Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois, October 31, 1837, and died in LaFayette, Illinois, February 22, 1907, at age of 69 years, 3 months and 22 days. He was of a family of ten children; four boys and six girls. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him to death. He was married to Miss Jane Elizabeth Bevier February 13, 1868. Their union was blessed with one daughter and two sons. He settled in LaFayette in 1870, and having been born in this county, is numbered with the old settlers of this community.

Mr. Frail was brought up in the Catholic faith, having been baptized in the Catholic church at Toulon. He was an industrious man, and in his choice of work did not look for an easy job, but for a place where he could work and make an honest and honorable record in life. He was a lover of his family and his home, and it was there he found his greatest joy and comfort. He made many friends, and, as a janitor of the school house, he won the respect and love of the children. He was a man of honor and integrity.

Mr. Frail took suddenly ill at the school house while on duty as janitor, January 8. During his sickness kind hands and loving and faithful hearts did all that could be done for his comfort. Even the children of the community were solicitous for his comfort and recovery. He was a faithful companion, a loving father, a kind and considerate neighbor and a true friend. Friday, February 22, at 12 o'clock, his spirit quietly and peacefully answered the call to the summoning angel.

The following remain to mourn their loss, but to cherish him in their memory: Mrs. Frail, the sorrowing wife and companion, one daughter---Mrs. Anna Miner, of LaFayette; two sons--Frank E., of near Altona, and James Eddis at home; one brother; Thomas F. Frail, of near Toulon; and four sisters--Mrs. Susan Jackson, of West Jersey township; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bevier, of Kewanee; Mrs. Sarah Graves, of Burlington Junction, Missouri; Mrs. Margaret Carstairs, of LaFayette, besides other relatives and many friends.

The funeral services were held from the M.E. church, Monday, at 11:00 a.m. and were largely attended by neighbors, relatives, and friends. Rev. F.E. Shult conducted the services and preached a good sermon. He spoke in feeling terms of the life of the one who has gone from our midst leaving behind such a blessed memory of faithfulness and duty well done, Music was furnished by the Methodist church choir, and three beautiful songs were sung: "one Sweetly Solemn Thought," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Beautiful Beckoning Hands."

The gifts of flowers were many and beautiful designs were presented by the sons, daughters, nephews and neices, the young men's class in the M.E. Sunday school, Misses Crystal and Hazel Mallery, Mr. and Mrs. David Carstairs, Mrs A. Bevier and son, Billie Bevier and wife and a potted hyacinth from Mrs. Shelby Dexter.

Those who officiated as pall bearers were Joshua Grant, William Cadwell, S.V. Gorham, Charlie Howell, A.D. Eltzroth and Thomas Hoadley.

He has gone where we cannot see him

Or speak to him any more;

He has gone where we cannot hear him

Across to the afient shore,

Across with the mystic boatman

Who waits by the river side;

He bore hime away to eternal day.

O'er the darkly rolling tide.

It is true that on earth we miss him,

And wish he might with us stay;

But we know the all-wise giver

Has given and taken away.

He has only gone before us,

And in heaven awaits us there;

Where the day is always fair.

So now, dear companion and father, we bid thee

One sad farewell-one long adieu;

But in your home so lone and dreary

A vacant chairstill stand for you.


We cannot express by feeble words our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the people who so faithfully by their kindly ministrations, comforting words and sympathetic expressions of the heart in the saddest, sorrowing hours of our lives. For song, prayers, for flowers, for all things done, our hearts in thankfulness go out.

Mrs. J.E. Frail, Mrs. Anna Miner, Frank Frail, James Eddis Frail - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Samuel Frail


Funeral services for Samuel Frail, 59, who has been a resident of this city for a number of years. Funeral services were held this afternoon at Kidd Funeral Home. He passed away at his home in Toulon, Friday evening after an illness of several months.

Rev. P. Henry Lotz, Minister of the Toulon Methodist Church, of the service.

Charles Samuel, son of Thomas Francis and Ursula (Jackson) Frail was born in Toulon, June 30, 1886, died last night at his home in Toulon, at the age of 59 years, five days.

He was married June 30, 1918 to Gladys Pauline Dixon, She survives with the following children. Mrs. Darlene Ingle, of Onieda; Majel Fritch, of Toulon; Donald Frail, wh has been in the Armed Forces over seas and is now enroute home; Merwyn Frail of Toulon; and Marion and Merle Frail still at home.

Also surviving are two grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Charles Watson, of Kewanee. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Thomas Francis Frail

Stark County News, March 23, 1927


Following an illness lasting several months, Thomas Frail died at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, March 18, at his home two and 1/2 miles southwest of Toulon. Some time ago, Mr. Frail sustained a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered.

Funeral services were held at the Toulon Congregational Church at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. William B. Steele, officiating. The rites were to have been held at the late home, southwest of town, but the condition of the roads and the weather made it necessary to hold them in the church.

The song service was given by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. E.H. Lloyd, Mrs. George Brace, Harry W. Lloyd, and George S. Walker, with Miss Irene Nowlan accompanying the singers at the organ. The selections were "Home of the Soul," "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and "Rock of Ages."

The bodybearers were Messrs. Craig Headley, William Bowyer, George Walker, William Parrish, E. H. Lloyd and Martin Nell. Interment was in Toulon Cemetery.


Thomas Francis Frail, son of Barnabas and Jane Frail, was born in Stark County, July 2, 1848, and departed this life March 18, 1927, aged 78 years, 9 months, and 16 days. He was born on the farm home known as the Henry Nowlan farm, now owned by Theodore Titlow. When at the age of three years, he moved with his parents to the old home on which he has lived for 75 years.

February 9, 1880, he was united in marriage to Ursula Jackson. To this union were born three children, Jesse, now residing a quarter of a mile from the old home; Sam, living in Toulon; and Nellie E., now Mrs. Charles Watson, also living near Toulon. He also has a sister, Mrs David Carstairs, of Tacoma, Washington, six sisters and three brothers having preceded him in death. He is also survived by his wife, seven grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives. One little grandson passed away five years ago.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and a friend to everyone whom he knew. For a year past he had been in poor health, having suffered a stroke a year ago from which he never recovered. The last three months he was confined to his room. On Monday, preceding his death, he was taken worse and remained in a serious condition until Friday noon at 2 o'clock when he quietly passed away. All that loving hands could do was done and even though his life was prolonged by a faithful doctor in whom he put his faith and trust, the relief thus afforded was only temporay.

Mr. Frail will be greatly missed by all who knew him - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Ursula (Jackson) Frail

Stark County News, March 2, 1932


Mrs. Ursula Frail, for many years a resident of the community southwest of Toulon, passed away at 3 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Watson, north of Kewanee. She had been in failing health for two weeks following a paralytic stroke.

Funeral services were held at the Watson home at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, followed by public services at the Congregational church in Toulon. Rev. D.J. Geach, pastor of Toulon M.E. church was in charge.

The song service was given by Mrs. S.D. Fell, Mrs. George Brace, LJ Mawbey and H.W. Walker and the selections were "The Old Rugged Cross," "We're Going Down the Valley" and "Some Day we'll Understand." Miss Irene Nowlan accompanied the singers at the organ.

Body-bearers were Jerry DeGotte, Ellis Weathers, Loren Costenson, Harold Costenson, Avery Braden, and Lowell Morrison, all of Kewanee. Interment was in Toulon Cemetery.


Ursula Jackson, daughter of John and Pauline Mahany Jackson, was born in Toulon, October 6, 1865, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs Charles Watson, north of Kewanee, February 25, 1932. She was aged 66 years, 4 months, and 19 days.

She was united in marriage in Toulon to Thomas Frail February 9 1880. Mr. Frail preceded her in death March 18, 1927. Mr. and Mrs. Frail spent their entire married life on the farm southwest of Toulon now occupied by Oscar L. Hagy. Four years ago , Mrs Frail began making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Watson.

Mrs. Frail is survived by three children, Jesse, of Lafayette; Sam, of Toulon; and Mrs. Nellie Watson, of Kewanee. She is also survived by ten grandchildren. The deceased was one of a family of five children. One brother William A. Jackson, late of Toulon, preceded her in death. Those survivng are John M. Jackson, of Toulon; Mrs Frank Laird, of Bradshaw, Nebraska; and Mrs. Belle Carlisle, of Omaha, Nebraska. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Elizabeth Ada (Dunn) Francis

Note: Winnie Mae WEBER of Mitchell County, Kansas, copied a newspaper clipping belonging to Franklin and Ada FRANCIS' grandson, Ermal FRANCIS, of Wilson, Kansas, that contained Ada's obituary:

Elizabeth Ada DUNN was born February 23, 1856, in Stark County, Illinois, where she spent her childhood and was married August 5th, 1872, to F.B.W. FRANCIS, who survives her. To this union were born eight children, the first two of whom, James Steven and Letecia, died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Lillian McCAN of Filer, Idaho, William of Hunter, Joe of Hunter, and Oliver, who lives at home. Besides these, there is one sister, Mrs. Frances ROBERTS, and four brothers, Uriah, Wallace, Orlando and James DUNN, all of Illinois, still living to mourn her death.

In 1873 Mrs. FRANCIS accompanied her husband and family to Decatur County, Iowa, where they lived a year and then, in 1874, the family came to Kansas, settling first in Smith county and then came to Lincoln county in 1874, where they have remained, with the exception of the year 1896, which was spent in Oklahoma, and 1908, spent in Texas where Mrs. FRANCIS had her first serious illness. She was brought back to her home in Lincoln county as soon as she was able but her health was so undermined that she had never spent a well day since.

In spite of her partially helpless condition she was cheerful and ever striving to lighten the burdens of those who have so tenderly cared for her these years.

The FRANCIS family is well known throughout the vicinity in which they live and has the sincerest sympathy of the whole community in their hour of bereavement.

Mrs. FRANCIS was 61 years, 1 month and 27 days old at the time of her death, Friday, April 20, 1917.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Ash Vale Schoolhouse and the remains were laid to rest in Ash Vale Cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman


Levi Fulk

Henry Republican, Henry, IL June 17, 1915

Miscellaneous Henry News

Levi Fulk, born in Ohio, Oct. 24, 1824, coming to Illinois in an early day, passed away at his home northwest of Bradford on Wednesday, June 16, aged 91 years. He was a large, muscular man of wonderful vitality, a good neighbor, honest citizen and consistent friend. F. M. Fulk of west of Putnam is a son of the deceased.

Mrs. Rachel Madaris Fulk

November 3, 1899

Rachel Madaris Fulk
was born in Shelby county, Ohio October 25, 1826. and died at her home near Bradford, November 3d, 1899 aged seventythree years and 9 days. On November 10, 1844 , she was united in marriage to Levi Fulk in brown county ohio and they with their little family removed from there to Illinois in the fall of 1850 and settled in what was then and is yet termed the Hunter settlement in the south part of Bureau county. They lived there 2 years and then removed to Osceola township this county in the vicinity of where she and her family have lived for more than forty years. In her early life she was classed among the Methodist Episcopals and held to this belief through life. She was a kind wife, mother and neighbor ever ready to minister to the wants of those in distress. To Mr. and Mrs. Fulk were born 10 children- 6 daughters and 4 sons--8 of whom with the aged father are left to mourn the death of one who has been to them all that a wife and mother could be . [Contributed by Larry]

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