Stark County Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices

George Hall

Mrs. Martha Hall

Arthur Ross Hanchett

Charles Frank Hanchett

George W. Hanchett

Mary (Newton) Hanchett

Cecil F. Harrod

Dora M. (Simmerman) Hess
Louisa Starr Himes

Ephraim Holton

Cornelius Huffman

George Hall

Henry Republican , July 13, 1876

Died Near Castleton, Stark county, July 9, of dropsy of the heart, George Hall, aged 38 years, brother of Abijah B. and Gilbert Hall of this city (Henry). - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Mrs. Martha Hall

Henry Republican , February 13, 1873

Died Near Bradford, Feb. 1, of old age, Mrs. Martha Hall, aged 90 years.- Contributed by Nancy Piper

Arthur Ross Hanchett

Bureau County Republican, Princeton, IL, April 20, 1950

"Funeral services for Arthur Ross HANCHETT, 64, of 721 North Chestnut street, were held Wednesday afternoon in the Leet Memorial Methodist church, Bradford. Burial was in Wyoming cemetery. "Mr. HANCHETT died of a heart attack Sunday afternoon in his home. A painting contractor, he had lived in Princeton for several years, moving here from Bradford, where he was born and reared.

"He was born October 12, 1885, near Bradford, son of George W. and Mary (NEWTON) HANCHETT. He married Florence GREEN on Sept. 24, 1927.

"Mr. HANCHETT leaves his wife, a son, John, who is stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., three sisters, Mrs. Ethel TUMBLESON and Mrs. Edna WEBBER, both of Bradford, and Mrs. Alice LEADLEY, Wyoming; three brothers, Frank, Bradford; Roy and Orville, both of Peoria."

Stark County News , April 26, 1950

"Rev. Austin A. RODGERS, of Bradford, was in charge of the services. Burial was in Wyoming cemetery."

Bradford Republican , April 19, 1950

"'Whispering Hope' and 'Face to Face' will be sung by Mrs. Orval CROOKS and Mrs. John DUNLAP, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. John HOWES.

"Pallbearers will be Ray NEWTON, of Henry; George CHRISTIANSON, of Wyanet; Ralph CHAPMAN, William MAPLE, Theodore FUERTGES, and James MAUPIN." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Charles Frank Hanchett

Kewanee Star-Courrier

"Bradford - Charles Frank HANCHETT, 74, died at his home in Bradford suddenly Thursday morning. It was his birthday. He was born Feb. 2, 1887, in Modena in Stark County, the son of George and Mary (NEWTON) HANCHETT.

"March 22, 1909, he married Ora Arlene MANNING at Toulon.

"Survivors include his wife, six children, Emmerson, Kewanee; Everett, Bradford; Mrs. Lucille TUCKER, Kewanee; Gerald, Kewanee; Mrs. Lucille TUCKER, Kewanee; and Mrs. Geraldine DIXSON, Mokena, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roy, East Peoria, and Orville, Peoria; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel TUMBLESON and Mrs. Edna WEBBER, both of Bradford; and Mrs. Alice LEADLEY, Wyoming.

"He was preceded in death by two sons, Arlie and Vernon, a brother, Ross, and two sisters, Beulah and Loretta.

"Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Dunlap Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Friday." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

George W. Hanchett

Stark County News, Toulon, Illinois, April 7, 1909

"George W. HANCHETT died at his home in Bradford last Saturday morning, at the age of 46 years. He lived in this vicinity several years, and is well and favorably known here.

"He is survived by his wife and four sons. The funeral was held in Bradford Tuesday at 10 a.m., and the body was brought to Wyoming Cemetery for interment.

"He has been in very poor health for several months, and has traveled and done everything to regain his health, but to no avail. He was a member of Molly Stark Camp M.W.A. of Wyoming, which conducted the service at the grave."

The Bradford Republican April 7, 1909, went into greater detail on his obituary, as follows:

"A death that has been imminent for some time and yet having come has cast a deep gloom of sorrow over the family and every acquaintance is that of George W. HANCHETT, who passed away at about six o'clock Saturday morning. His sickness has been of long duration, treatment, under which he was constantly, failing to alleviate his distress or restore wonted health or strength. Throughout this siege of illness, Mr. HANCHETT was the personification of patience, bearing his heavy burden of affliction with a fortitude that was marked and beautiful. Many are the friends who have watched the fatal inroads the disease was making and noted the rapid decline of its victim. He was never without hope for an ultimate recovery and steadfastly pursued prescribed remedies and treatments.

"The family has resided in Bradford the past year and have found environments that have made them feel everyone was a sympathetic friend.

"Mr. HANCHETT was born September 15, 1862, the son of Lyman and Hulda HANCHETT, and was a native of this county, and continued his residence in it nearly his entire lifetime, the country between Wyoming and eastern boundary line being his home section. On December 24, 1883, he took for a helpmeet Miss Mary NEWTON. To them a family of nine children was born - A. Ross, Charles Frank, Ralph Leroy, Mary Ethel, Beulah, Alice, Edna, Orval, Retta.

"Mr. HANCHETT was one of a family of ten children, and survived by his mother, and five sisters and four brothers. The mother resides at Elmwood. The sisters and brothers are: Mrs. Alice STEIG, Canova, South Dakota; Mrs. Lucy BAKER, Elmwood, Illinois; Mrs. Frances GARWOOD and Charles HANCHETT, Oberlin, Kansas; Mrs. Mary HAYES, Heath, Iowa; Mrs. Mattie CROAK of Oklahoma; Dennis HANCHETT of Washington County, Kansas; Henry MORTIMER, Hermiston, Oregon; Willis HANCHETT, south of this place.

"The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved on this occasion. May their sorrow find assuagement that will be to them a comfort, lasting and deep. The wife will miss a tender and kind husband, the children an indulgent father, the community a citizen who was ever mindful of the rights of others.

"The funeral service was from the M.E. church yesterday morning at 11 o'clock and burial was made in the cemetery at Wyoming." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary (Newton) Hanchett

Bradford Republican, March 4, 1942

Mrs. Mary HANCHETT, a resident of this community for over three quarters of a century, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Palmer WEBBER early Monday morning. Mrs. HANCHETT had been in ill health for the past several months, and was being cared for in the WEBBER home during this time. Her death was unexpected and was a shock to her family.

Mary (NEWTON) HANCHETT was the daughter of the late Benjamin A. and Susan (DUNN) NEWTON and was born near Modena, Stark county, Illinois, on Jan. 25, 1865, being at the time of her death 77 years of age. On Dec. 24, 1882, she was united in marriage to George W. HANCHETT and to this union nine children were born, two preceding the mother in death as did the husband and father in 1909.

Left to mourn her death are seven children, Ross HANCHETT, Frank HANCHETT, Mrs. Bert TUMBLESON and Mrs. Ralph WEBBER, Bradford; Roy and Orville HANCHETT, Peoria; and Mrs. Oscar LEADLEY, Wyoming. In addition to these, she is mourned by one sister, Mrs. Lora HARRIS of this place, besides a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Methodist church at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. A.E. COLE, pastor, being in charge. Burial will be in the family lot in Wyoming." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Cecil F. Harrod

From the Stark County News , Feb. 26, 1908

Obituary of Cecil F. Harrod

Cecil F. Harrod, the 10-year-old daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Max Harrod, of Essex township, died Monday morning of pneumonia. Funeral services will be held from the house this afternoon at one o'clock, in charge of Rev. Jenkins. The body will be brought to Toulon and from here taken to Independence, Iowa, for burial. The family have been getting ready to move to Independence for some time past. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Dora M. (Simmerman) Hess

Jefferson Bee, The (Jefferson, Iowa) December 9, 1952
Dora Hess Rites Held At Cooper

Funeral services for Dora M. Hess, 82, were held from the Methodist church in Cooper December 5 with the Rev. Fred Rowley in charge, assisted by the Rev. Thomas J. Reese of the Baptist church in Jefferson.

Mrs. Audrey Williams accompanied by Mrs. Shirley Winey, sand "Abide With Me' and "Sometime We'll Understand."
Casket bearers were Ivan Knodel, Floyd Monthei, Orrie Gilmore, Harry Lawton, Cornelius Johnson and Dewey Schilling. Interment was in the Franklin township cemetery.

Dora M. Hess, daughter of Andrew and Susan Simmerman, was born in Stark County, Illinois on September 29, 1870 and passed away at Herndon, Iowa on December 3, 1952 at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 4 days.

On March 12, 1891 she was united in marriage to Henry Irvin Hess and to this union 6 children were born, 2 daughters and 4 sons. For a few years after their marriage they lived in Illinois. Then they moved to Greene County and later to Guthrie County and for the past 8 years she has made her home in Herndon.

She was a member of the Cooper Methodist Church and taught Sunday school there as long as she was able.

Preceding her is death are her husband, Henry Irvin who passed away in June, 1947 and 3 sons.

She leaves to mourn one son, Wilford of Miami Oklahoma; 2 daughters, Mrs. Viola M. Lee of Dixon, Illinois and Mrs. Vera Foster of Herndon, Iowa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Quincy Graves of Wyoming, Ill., and Mrs. Daisy Tibbale of Panora; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Louisa Starr Himes

Chronicle Telegram, The (Elyria, Ohio) May 10, 1939

Died in Illinois
Litchfield - Word was received in Litchfield of the death of Mrs. Louisa Starr Himes at her home in Toulon, Illinois on Saturday, April 29. Mrs. Himes was 93 years old April 20. Death was due to the infirmities of age.
She was the third daughter of Avery and Harriet Starr, early settlers of this community and the last member of the A. M. Starr family of six daughters and one son. The late Miss Lillie Starr, who died April 3rd, was her sister.
Mrs. Himes leaves two sons and a daughter. Her husband and several children preceded her in death many years ago. Mrs. Flora Donaldson who has been in Litchfield the past 15 months is a niece of Mrs. Himes.

Ephraim Holton

Henry Republican, January 8, 1880

Died At Shebboleth, Kan., Dec. 20, of lung fever, Ephraim Holton, a resident of Wyoming and Stark county for 25 years - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Cornelius Huffman

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, May 27, 1915

A striking character in the early settlement of this section was Cornelius Huffman, who came here in an early day from New York state. When a young man he taught school in the Coleman district in Whitefield township, now the Niblock district. The Senior Editor of The Republican was a pupil in the school in 1850 and 1851. Mr. Huffman afterward married and settled in Saratoga township, where he raised to man and womanhood a family of one son and four daughters, all of whom are living. While a resident of Saratoga township he held offices of trust for many years. Some 15 years ago he removed to Bradford, where he was universally esteemed for his honest, upright character. In Bradford he and his aged wife celebrated their golden wedding day some years ago. On Monday morning of this week Mr. Huffman complained of a pain in his side and before a physician who was immediately summoned could arrive his life had gone out. For many years he had been a devoted member of the M. E. church and his final services, conducted from his place of public worship, were held on Wednesday. His aged life's companion, children, grandchildren and all who ever knew him, mourn the passing of a "just man made perfect."

Mr. Huffman was born in Allegheny county, N. Y., March 30, 1828. In 1846, his father and family came to Illinois and settled in Indiantown, Bureau county. After a couple of years they came to Henry and bought what became the Daniel Blood farm. Here in Henry on Sept. 17, 1856, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah A. conover, whose parents came here in 1852 from New Jersey. They moved to Saratga township in 1862, where they remained (. end of copied article)

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