Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices



Salathiel Maple

Anna L. McNulta

Arnold Macklin

Marshall Mahany

Timothy Mahoney

Effie Martin

James Martin

Joseph B. McCord

Mrs. Louisa T. McKenzie

Mary (Fowler) McKenzie

Mrs. Barbara McLennan

Sarah (Bennett) McLennan

Mary (Miller) McVey

Barnhard Meeham

John A. Mielkey

Sedosia (Imes) Mielkey

James H. Miller
Eliza M. (Newton) Moffitt

Norton E. Moffitt

Rev. Father Moore

Edgar C. Morrison

Kate (Armstrong) Moyle

Mrs. Hannah Munson

Hattie Mutchmore

 Salathiel Maple
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 27, 1885
Died on Friday evening, August 21, 1885, Salathiel Maple, aged forty years, nine months and four days. We were personally and intimately acquainted with the deceased for many years and knew him to be a quiet, modest, honest, upright citizen. For years he has been a hopeless sufferer from consumption, and at last succumbed to his fate. He leaves a widow and several children, parents and brothers and sisters to mourn the departure of a kind husband, a loving parent, a dutiful son and affectionate brother.

Joseph B. McCord

March 13, 1873

Joseph McCord died at a brother’s residence in Toulon, on the 5th inst. The body was taken to Granville for burial. "Putnam County News" - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

From the Stark County News, March 21, 1873


In behalf of my brother, Joseph B. N. McCord, who has so recently gone to his rest, I would thank those friends who manifested so much interest in him during his sickness and showed him so many tokens of kindness. He keenly appreciated them all, and though he was among strangers, yet he felt that he was among friends.

He often spoke of the kindness of the members of the church, and others, who came to see him, and talk with him, and seek to minister to his wants. But he especially felt as if he owed a debt of gratitude to his brethren of the Order of Odd Fellows, who so long and patiently watched with him during his sickness. If he had recovered he would loved to have formed a more intimate acquaintance with those whom he had learned to regard with more than a usual interest.

It may be interesting to some to know something of his history. He was born in Bethel, Bond County, Ill. Sept. 26, 1828, and hence was 44 years, 5 months, and 9 days old, when he died March 5, 1873.

He was born into the Kingdom of Christ when he was about 15 years old, and joined the Presbyterian Church, and was a member of that body in good standing when he died. When the civil war broke out, he was among the first to enlist and help put down the rebellion, and was among the last to be mustered out. Twice in his life he suffered the reverses of fortune, and lost nearly all his earthly possessions, but he took it as a warning from his Heavenly Father not to get his affections of things of earth. He has often said to me that he began to be too worldly; and had no doubt but his temporal losses had been a means of grace to him to lead him to recognize more distinctly the hand on which he was dependent.

He was a dutiful son and a loving brother; generous to the point of self sacrificing. His loss will be the most keenly felt in the immediate home circle of his friends. His sickness was probably occasioned by a sunstroke, which he received last summer, from which he did not entirely recover, when he was taken down with the intermittent fever and congestion to the stomach. The last four months of his life he suffered greatly, but patiently and submissively.

All through the latter part of his sickness he did not expect to recover, and felt ready and willing to go, if it was the Lord's will. For some reasons he preferred to live. He felt that he had not accomplished in life what he had intended, and what he had expected to accomplish; but if it was the Lord's will he was ready to lay down his work now; and his friends have no doubt but he is at rest with his Savior.

B. L. McCord - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Louisa T. McKenzie

Died at Galesburg, Ill., Thursday, July 26th, Mrs. Louisa T. McKenzie, wife of James A. McKenzie, aged nearly 46 years. Mrs. McKenzie was the daughter of William and Mary Thomas, and her death leaves Mrs. Thomas childless. She was born in Wyoming in 1842, and her life until her marriage was spent in Wyoming and Toulon, where she is still held in tender remembrance by the many friends of her school days. Her marriage to Mr. McKenzie occured in Oct. 1865, since which time she has resided in Galesburg. She had been in feeble health for several years, but her sufferings for the last year from yellow atrophy of the liver, were intense, and were borne with heroic patience. Through all the dreary months she was nursed by her daughter Kate, with a loving tenderness beautiful to see. The funeral services were held in Galesburg and her remains were taken to the family burial ground at Wyoming, where three generations of Thomases and Butlers are laid to rest. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary (Fowler) McKenzie

McKenzie--Died, at Riverside, California, December 26, 1868, Mary Fowler McKenzie, aged 50 years and 9 months.

Mary Fowler, daughter of Brady and Rebecca Fowler, was born in Stark county, Illinois, March 27, 1848. In 1886, together with her father she removed from the old home in Elmira township, where she was born, to Toulon, and made this village her home until November, 1892, when she was joined in marriage to John C. McKenzie. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

For some time past her health has been very poor, and during the summer and autumn she conceived the idea of spending the winter amid the flowers of California, and thus escape the rigors of a winter in this frozen climate. In pursuance of this purpose, while yet the month of December was young, she left her happy home and those who so dearly loved her, and started on her long journey toward the setting sun. Word was received from her once while on her way, and this was so reassuring that the friends at home, who were so afraid her strength would not hold out, concluded their fears were groundless. During the remainder of the trip, she evidently contracted a heavy cold, and on her arrival at Riverside she was very miserable. Her illness soon developed into typhoid-pneumonia, which on the morning of the 26th day of December, terminated her life.

She found health, the boon she sought, not among the pleasant landscapes of earth, but amid the unwaning brightness of that blessed land where the inhabitants never say "I am sick."

The first telegram, received on Sunday night, indicating the serious nature of the dear patient's disease, left but a faint glimmer of hope; there was the painful tension of mind, then the agony of suspense, and then as Monday passed toward the shadows, there came the news that Mrs. McKenzie's spirit had been released from its frail investure and had gone to be with God.

Then there was a hush upon the home where she had so recently moved, the house became the abode of death, and the deepest sorrow mantled every cheek. The wife and mother had been profoundly loved, and now that she was gone they could only wait until the precious dust returned, that they might bear it with reverent hands and lay it to rest.

"In God's acre, where the angels sing their "Sleep, O, Sleep."

Mrs. McKenzie was a woman of noble purpose and high resolve. Her character was built upon the Rock, and hence was firm and irreproachable. Gentle and sunny, yet constant as the sunshine, it was little wonder that those who knew her best should love her most.

She completely won the sons and daughters of her husband's household, so that their love for her was as real for her as that of the flowers for the morning. They gladly went at her bidding and came at her call. Of these children, when she entered the home as its domestic head, there were seven, all of whom save one, remain on earth to sincerely mourn the loss of the mother. Kittie having entered the other life a little less than a year ago, is spared the pain of this bereavement.

Besides the husband and the above mentioned children, Mrs. McKenzie leaves three brothers and three sisters, who are deeply saddened at her sudden removal from time to eternity.

The funeral services were conducted from the house on Sunday, at 1 o'clock p.m.; Rev. L. F. Cullom having charge of the services.

These friends may take comfort in the thought so beautifully voiced by the poet:

There is no death: An angel form

Walks o'er our earth with noiseless read:

He bears our best-loved, things away,

And then we call them "dead."

He leaves our hearts all desolate.

He plucks our fairest, sweetest flowers:

Transplanted into bliss, they sow

Adorn immortal bowers. ---C.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Barbara McLennan

Unknown Source, January 1899

By the death of Mrs. Barbara McLennan, which took place at Kewanee, Illinois, on Sunday, January 15, Stark county loses one of its oldest settlers.

Miss Barbara McKenzie was born in the parish of Loch Carron, Rosshire, Scotland, on the 18th of May, 1817. She was married to John McLennan at Loch Carron, February 18, 1834. Eleven children were born to them, six of whom died before her. Those remaining are Mesdames Buchanan, Finlay, Matheson, Finlayson and McLean. With her husband and oldest child she came to American, arriving here October 18, 1838. For five years they had lived in Putnam county, and then moved to Stark, settling in Elmira township. September 20, 1872, her husband died. She remained on the old homestead with her children for some time, finally moving to Kewanee, where after a brief illness she died in the 82nd year of her age. She professed faith in Christ as her Saviour early in life and was a Presbyterian by conviction, though for a time she united with the Baptist church in Putnam county, there being no other church near.

The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church in Elmira and were conducted by Revs. Clarke and Drew. The body was laid to rest in the Elmira cemetery, a large number of old friends following the remains to their last resting place.

Thus the old landmarks are being removed one by one. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Sarah (Bennett) McLennan

Mount Pleasant News, The (Mount Pleasant, Iowa) March 28, 1947
Sarah B. McLennan of La Porte City Dies

La Porte City, IA. - Mrs. Sarah Bennett McLennan, 86, died at Christie convalescent home in Cedar Falls Friday of old age and complications. She was born Mar. 20, 1861 in Stark County, Illinois; daughter of Amos and Hannah Bennett.

She was married to John D. McLennan in 1886. They lived in Illinois until 1912 when they came to Black Hawk county. They farmed until the death of Mr. McLennan in 1927.

Mrs. McLennan came to LA Porte City in 1938. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Roy Hackett, Cedar Falls and Mrs. Edith Morris, Brandon; four grandchildren.

Anna L. McNulta

June 11, 1874

Died at Bradford, Stark county, June 1, Miss Anna L., aged 22, daughter of James and Catherine McNulta.

Mary (Miller) McVey

The Humeston New Era (Humeston, Iowa) July 28, 1920
Mrs. Mary McVey

Mary Miller McVey, the daughter of John and Safira Miller, was born in Stark County Illinois, Feb. 10th, 1838 and died at her home in Humeston, Iowa, July 21st, 1920, making her age at the time of her death 82 years, 5 months and 11 days.

When but a child she came with her parents from Illinois to Van Buren County, Iowa, remaining with them there five or six years; they then moved to Wapello County and in 1855 they came to Decatur County, settling near Franklin Church near Leon.

She was married to Henry McVey in Leon Dec. 1st, 1859, living with him on their farm six miles south of Humeston until the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 5, 1882. To this union there were eight children born, three of whom died in infancy. The names of the living children are as follows: J. W. of Kismet, Kansas; B. N. of Haviland, Kansas; Nellie May Quayle of Weldon, Iowa; J. M. of Humeston, Iowa and L. F. of Garden Grove; the two oldest boys not being able to be present at this service.

For eighteen years after the death of her husband Mrs. McVey lived on the farm, caring for her family and also the needs of an aged mother, assuming the responsibilities of both father and mother for the family.
In 1898 she moved from the farm to Humeston where she has lived since that time.

In an obituary notice found in her Bible by one of her grandchildren, she says she was converted and joined the M.E. Church at Leon, Iowa in 1865 and has been a consistent member since that time. Sister McVey came to this country about sixty-one years ago. In those days they went to Ottumwa to mill and to make any little purchases. There was then no such place as Humeston and no railroad nearer than Ottumwa.

She leaves four sons, one daughter, and two brothers, Wm. Miller of Hutchinson, Kansas, who was present for the funeral and H. S. of Los Angeles, California, besides these she leaves eighteen grandchildren and a host of loved and sorrowing friends.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. S. Young, pastor of the M.E. Church and the interment was in the Lewisburg cemetery.

Arnold Macklin
Stark County News, Toulon Ill., March 31, 1859
A young man by the name of Arnold Macklin, about twenty years of age, a son of W. W. Macklin, Esq., of Boyd's Grove, Bureau county, in this state, while engaged in playing base with a number of his associates, a few days since, ruptured a blood vessel which caused immediate death.

Marshall Mahany

From the Stark County News June 15, 1893

Death of Marshall Mahany

MAHANY--Marshall Mahany was born in Toulon June 21, 1845. Died at Manitou Springs, Colorado, of consumption, June 7, 1893.

It was indeed a sad trip that Will Mahany took last week. He left here Wednesday morning of last week for Manitou Springs, Colorado, in response to a telegram from a physician that his father, Marshall Mahany, was rapidly sinking and could not live. He had passed away when Will arrived. It was his special request that he be buried there, and it was done.

Marsh Mahany, as he was familiarly called, had many friends in Stark county, where he has lived from early childhood and to them it was a great shock to hear of his death, for although very poorly when he left for Colorado some two months ago, he was said to be slowly gaining. He leaves two sons, Will and Frank, and two brothers, John and J.V.B. Marhany, to mourn his sad demise. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Timothy Mahoney

May 25, 1882

Timothy Mahoney died at his home near Bradford on Sunday last, after a long illness. He was one of the first settlers in Henry. The farm he died on he purchased of Benjamin Eldridge in 1858. He was a very industrious and successful farmer, and amassed quite an estate. A wife and six children are bereft of a very excellent husband and father. The funeral at Camp Grove cemetery was the largest ever known in Stark county, the procession being over 1 1/4 miles in length. Rev. Father Monohan of Bradford conducted the funeral ceremonies. "Henry Republican, submitted by Nancy Piper"

Effie Martin

Thursday, June 3, 1886

Stark County (Illinois) News, pg. 8

DIED -- Sunday afternoon, May 30, after a long sickness Effie Martin, aged 22 years, 1 month, 25 days. Surrounded by the beauties of springtime, with its songs of birds, blooming flowers and green meadows, with life everywhere unfolding; she was called from these fresh attractions of earth to look upon the never fading beauties of the world that is beyond. Called in the spring time of life, when that life wore its greatest charm. We expect frost, decay, and death, as winter nears; so too as old age creeps on, with whitening loeks, etc.; furrowed brow, we look for his messenger; but he comes in all seasons and to the young as well as the old. Effie was a kind hearted, industrious girl; owing to her mother being an invalid most of the household duties fell to her there she nobly discharged, but now she has gone where cares and troubles are unknown. She was conscious until the last, in her dying hour gave them words of comfort. She looked with a bright hope thro the shadow of death and trustingly entered its folds, knowing that she was about to enter on that higher life. Monday afternoon the funeral took place in the M.E. church, Rev. Cockran conducted the services through it was not generally known the house was well filled, the floral offerings were beautiful, various pillows, ladders, wreathes and baskets were placed around the casket. A large procession followed the remains to their last resting place.

Tenderly they laid her to rest neath the sodAngels looked lovingly down;But the fair spirit has flown to its God Gone to receive a bright crown. In the fair fields of the blessed to roam,Singing with angels so fair. Dwelling with Christ in his beautiful home All its bright splendor to share. Why should we linger to weep round the tomb; Sorrow shall vex her no more; Never a shadow of trouble or gloom

Reaches yon heavenly shore There with the glorified spirits to reign Free from all sorrow, sickness and pain, Resting in heavenly love." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

James Martin

Wednesday, January 11, 1911

Stark County (Illinois) News, pg. 4

James Martin was born in England October 22, 1833, and peacefully fell asleep at his home in LaFayette, Ill., January 5, 1911. Thus at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 14 days, the promise of God's word to the good man is fulfilled in his departure. "Thou shall come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in its season."

When he was six years old Mr. Martin came to Canada with his parents, both of whom died shortly afterward. He then went to live with Mr. and Mrs. John Sloan, with whom he continued to make his home until he became of age.

He came to LaFayette, Ill., in the fall of 1854, where he has since resided.

On January 1, 1861, he was married to Miss Mary Nichols. To them, five children were born -- two girls and three boys, Hattie B., Effie May, William Z., Edward G., and Robert J.

The wife and mother died January 19, 1889. One daughter, Effie, had gone before her on May 30, 1886, and the other, Mrs. Hattie Brown, followed December 28, 1898.

Mr. Martin was married to Miss Fannie Baggs on the 2nd day of May, 1895. she and the three sons survive him. He also has two sisters living, Mrs. Meadows, of Grover, S.D., and Mrs. Whitmore of Mitchell, Canada.

In 1858 Mr. Martin united with the LaFayette Methodist Church under the ministry of Rev. Amos Morey. More than fifty years he has remained faithful, finding opportunity for active service in the choir and in other ways until failing health compelled his absence from the services of the church. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Barnhard Meeham

Bradford, January 1, 1880

Barnhard Meeham, aged 54 died on the 15th of dropsy. He was highly esteemed. He leaves a widow and seven children. - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

John A. Mielkey

Ottuma (Iowa) Courier

Nov. 6, 1948

John A. MIELKEY, 85, died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. WILSON, 2006 West Second Street, at 12:40 a.m. today. He was the son of John A. and Elizabeth MIELKEY, born in Peoria, Ill, March 4, 1863. He had been a resident of Ottumwa for the past 45 years.

He was married to Sedosia IMES, October 27, 1887. They observed their 61st anniversary October 27 of this year. His wife survives him. Also surviving in addition to his wife and daughter are five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Two sons, Lawrence and Earl, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday from the Johnson funeral chapel in charge of the Rev. W.R. KEESEY. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Harold and Merle WILSON, Lloyd WORRELL and Cecil, John and Roland MIELKEY. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Sedosia (Imes) Mielkey

Ottumwa (Iowa) Courier

Mrs. Sedosia MIELKEY, 84, died at 6:15 a.m. today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. H. WILSON of 2006 West Second Street.

The daughter of Thomas and Cynthia IMES, she was born May 15, 1867, in Bradford, Ill. Her marriage to John A. MIELKEY took place October 27, 1887, in Toulon, Illinois. She had been a resident of Ottumwa for the past 50 years.

Her husband preceded her in death November 6, 1948, also two sons, Lawrence and Earl, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth DAVIS.

Mrs. MIELKEY is survived by one daughter, Mrs. A.H. WILSON of Ottumwa, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Clara CHAMPION and Mrs. Mary LAUDENBERG, both of Bradford, Ill., and one brother, Walter IMES, of Kewanee, Ill.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Johnson funeral chapel in charge of the Rev. William G. BORST of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Ottumwa cemetery. The casket will be closed at the beginning of the service - Contributed by Karen Seeman

James H. Miller

Colorado Spring Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

June 29, 1890

Mr. James H. Miller of Toulon, Ill., speaker of the house of representatives of Illinois, died very suddenly at nine o’clock Friday night at the Ruxton hotel. Mr. Miller came to Manitou last Tuesday, accompanied by his son for the benefit of his health, which was very poor. Upon retiring for the night he was taken with severe hemorrhages. Col. H. F. Vallette, an intimate friend of the deceased was with him when he died. His body was taken east by his son last evening.

Eliza M. (Newton) Moffitt

"Mrs. Eliza M. (NEWTON) MOFFITT was born in Stark county, Ill., August 22, 1861, and died April 21st, 1918, being in her fifty-eighth year.

"Mrs. MOFFITT was married to Washington MOFFITT in February 1895, and resided in Castleton for a short period, when her husband died. For a time she made her home with her sister. Afterward she erected the house in Modena, near her childhood home, where she has since resided. For a time she followed dressmaking, but three years ago she was employed by Mr. ARGANBRIGHT as manager of the Modena store. This position she filled with credit, building up a large and lucrative trade, and enjoyed the friendship and confidence not only of her employer, but a large and growing number of customers.

"Mrs. MOFFITT united with the M.P. church of Snareville in her young womanhood, under the ministrations of Rev. J.L. SCOTT, and has been a faithful, consistent Christian ever since, ever ready to give her time and means toward helping forward the cause to which she had dedicated her life. She was a member of the Ladies' Aid society of Snareville, and of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society, and while not always able to attend their meetings on account of the press of business matters, yet she was always with them in spirit, and she will be greatly missed by this noble band of Christian workers. Yes, 'Kit' will be missed by the church, by the Sunday school, by the Christian organizations of which she was a member, by her brothers and sisters and relatives, to all of whom she was greatly attached, and by a host of friends and acquaintances. But while we will miss her bodily presence, we can still have her with us in the beautiful life she lived, in the good deeds she has done, in the example of loyal friendship she has given us and in many other ways. Her influence for good may still live.

"She leaves three brothers and two sisters to mourn her untimely loss, vis: Frank NEWTON of Jefferson, Ia.; Fred of Eldred, Ill.; Elbert of Snareville; Mrs. Loa HARRIS, of Bradford, Ill.; and Mary HANCHETT, of Castleton; also a large number of nephews and nieces.

"Funeral services were held at the Snareville church this afternoon at three o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Mr. LEWIS of the M.P. church. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Norton E. Moffitt

April 5, 1928

Norton E. Moffitt, Past 87, Died At Bradford Home

Funeral Services Held at Henry M. E. Church

Infirmities and general weakness due to a multiciplicity of years terminated in death on Monday, March 26, 1928, when Norton Edgar Moffitt passed to his fathers at the home of his son, Allen Moffitt, near Bradford, at the advanced age of 87 years and 10 months. Mr. Moffitt formerly resided in henry and with his wife, who passed away in this city, occupied a home on Green street. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt were excellent people, kind friends and neighbors and had the love and esteem of a host of acquaintances.

Norton Edgar Moffitt, the subject of our sketch, was born in Chillicothe, Illinois, May 26, 1840, his parents being Hugh and Jane (Laughlin) Moffitt. His childhood was spent in and near Chillicothe, where he received his early education.

In 1860, he with his parents, became residents of Marshall county, moving to the Moffitt farm near Whitefield. He attended school at Lombard, and at the age of 21 entered the Eastman National Business college at Poughkeepsie, New York, from which he graduated May 2, 1865. Eight years of his life were spent in Fort Scott, Kansas, eight years near Kingman, Kansas, and ten years, as mentioned above, being spent in Henry.

On March 28, 1878, Mr. Moffitt was united in marriage with Elizabeth Funston, and to their union four children were born - Allen E. Moffitt of Bradford; Fannie M., wife of J. Finley of Chillicothe; Cora B., wife of Thomas Seelye, of Alama, Texas, and Hugh Moffitt of Henry; there was also twelve grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

The wife and mother passed to the Great Beyond Jan. 19, 1922, since which time the aged husband has made his home among his children. The deceased was the fifth child of a family of eight children, all of whom have preceded him in death with the exception of the youngest sister, Mrs. Jane Graves of Portland Oregan. The deceased brothers and sisters are Mariah Ramsey, John, Allen and Snowden Moffitt, Lydia and Ruth.

Thus closes the final chapter of a nobel manhood, a kind husband and father; and his children will honor his memory. The funeral services were held from the Methodist church last Thursday afternoon, Rev. Ivins Chatten officiating. Rev. and Mrs. Dusenberry had charge of the singing. Interment in Henry Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Tremain, W.R. Brokaw, Simeon Doyle, J.O. Hill, Geo. Pace and Henry Mattison.

Rev. Father Moore

May 16, 1878

Rev. Father Moore, a Catholic priest, died suddenly at Bradford on May 4th. An inquest was held, and the verdict was that heart disease was the probable cause. He was a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, and was about 40 years of age. He had been ordained a priest about 15 years and came to America shortly after his ordination. He was appointed in charge of the churches at Princeville, Bradford and Toulon, by Bishop Spaulding, about the middle of August last. Father Moore was an exemplary man and his death will be sadly felt by the Catholic church. - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Edgar C. Morrison

January 6, 1935

E. C. Morrison, Coach Bradford High School Passed Away Sunday

Edgar C. Morrison, athletic coach of the Bradford Township high school, passed away at Lakeview hospital, Danville, Illinois, Sunday morning after an illness of ten days with spinal meningitis. The news of his death cast a deep sorrow over the entire community, as he was greatly admired and respected, not only by the students of the high school and faculty, but by everyone who knew him.

Mr. Morrison left Bradford the Sunday before Christmas in company with his wife and little son to spend the holidays with his wife's folks in Danville.  Previous to his departing from Bradford, Mr. Morris suffered an attack of the flu and was confined to his room for several days.  However, as he left for Danville he was feeling greatly improved and was jovial and in happy spirits as he anticipated the joyful days ahead of him.  After a few days in Danville he was taken with a severe sinus trouble from which the spinal meningitis developed.  He was taken to the hospital where he soon lapsed into a coma condition from which he never recovered.  Everything that human hands could do was done, but all proved of no avail, and he quietly passed away Sunday morning.

Mr. Morrison came to Bradford at the opening of the school term in 1930, coming here from the University of Illinois, where he completed his course just a few months previous.  He left the University one  year to coach in the Indianola high school, but again returned to the University the following year to finish his course.  In addition to being athletic director of the school here, he also had charge of the manual training department.

In athletics he was far more successful than the average high school coach and the record he made in athletics here will ever live in the history of the school. His name extended to all parts of Illinois and even to distant states.  His love for the boys under him and the care he took of their welfare and activities will ever be one of the fondest memories of teh students of Bradford high school.

Edgar C. Morrison was born on a farm near Peotone, Illinois, on Dec. 8, 1904, an died at Danville, Illinois on Jan. 6, 1935, aged 30 years and 28 days.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Morrison, the mother being deceased.  He attended th public school at Peotone and graduated from that institution.  Later he attended the University of Illinois, where he completed his course.  On May 14, 1929, he was married to Miss Catherine Baum of Indianola, Illinois.  To this union, one son, Jackie was born.

He leaved to mourn his death, his heart-broken wife, one son Jackie, aged 4, his father, David Morrison at Peotone, Ill.; a brother, Elmer of Monee, Ill.; step-mother and following half brothers and sister, residing at Peotone: Windell, DAvid, Warren and Mary Elizabeth.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Dickson funeral home in Danville at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Stanley Ward, pastor of the M. E. church of this place, in charge.  Burial was in the Woodlawn cemetery at Indianola.

The deceased was a member of the Masonic order at Peotone, the Modern Woodman lodge and the Peotone Methodist church.

Kate (Armstrong) Moyle

Stark County News, June 11, 1891

Mrs. Kate Moyle

We copy the following obituary from the Baryard (Iowa) Bugle:

Mrs. Kate Moyle was born in Toulon, Stark county, Illinois, on the 9th day of October, A.D. 1858, and departed this life at her home in Willow township, Greene county, Iowa, on the 23rd day of May, A.D. 1891, aged 32 years, 7 months and 14 days. She was the only daughter of Capt. James G. and Rebecca Armstrong, and was much beloved by her parents and brothers. When she was four years old her father enlisted in the 112 Ill. Infantry and served as Captain of Co. F after the death of Capt. Wright, of said Company, until the close of the war. In 1879, she removed from Illinois with her parents to Willow township, Greene county, Iowa, where they remained until after her father and two brothers were killed by lightning, which sad event occurred in 1883, after which she and her mother, who survives her death, moved to Bayard and remained there until her marriage with Robert Moyle. Afterward she and her husband and mother returned to Willow township where they continued to reside happily together up to the day of her death. She united with the M. E. church while living in Bayard, and never severed her connection with the Bayard society.

She leaves behind an aged and devoted mother, a beloved husband and three lovely children to mourn her early departure from this life. Her funeral was held at the Center school house in Willow township, and was attended by a multitude of friends and neighbors, after which she was buried in Willow township's beautiful cemetery by the side of her lamented father and brothers, who had preceded her to the spiritual world to await her coming. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Hannah Munson

Stark County News , June 15, 1893

Death of Mrs. Peter Munson

Mrs. Hannah Munson died Wednesday afternoon, June 7, 1893, at 2 o'clock, at her home in Toulon, after a lingering illness. She was born January 14, 1839, in Vanger, Sweden. She was married to Peter Munson at Westerna, Sweden, July 15, 1859. To them were born seven children; four now living--Peter, Mortimer, Mary and Frank Munson.

Mr. and Mrs. Munson located at Galva, the first of July, 1871, shortly afterwards moving to LaFayette and from there to Toulon. They have been residents of Toulon for nearly twenty years. While in Sweden, Mrs. Munson was a communicant of the Lutheran church. In the month of April she was taken into the fellowship of the M. E. church at Toulon. She was fully resigned to the will of the Lord. The funeral was held from the M. E. church Friday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., and the remains laid to rest in the Toulon cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Hattie Mutchmore
Died of consumption in Orleans, Furnass County, Nebraska, on Sunday, August 23, 1885, Miss Hattie Mutchmore, daughter of A. M. Mutchmore, of this place. Hattie was a child when the family came to Bradford, and here received her education. She was a pleasant child, a dutiful daughter, and estimable young lady, and we believe that she died as she lived, enjoying the respect, love and admiration of all who were favored with her acquaintance. After receiving her education she taught a few terms of school, giving the best of satisfaction; but her health failing, she went West, in hopes that the dryer air might be beneficial, but to no avail. Hattie Mutchmore was born March 8, 1863, and was therefore in the 23rd year of her age; jus fairly entered on the voyage of life, which may lead through sunny days over peaceful waters; but which in her experience was but as a pleasant drifting down the channel, undisturbed by storms or billow, until the eventide brought an eternal peaceful joy.


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