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Rev. Minnie Sanders, Georgetown Minister, Passes Away at Home
Maybe it was because she always remembered your name.
Born in the backwoods of West Virginia, left motherless at two and lacking formal education after the age of 15, Minnie seemed indeed an unlikely prospect for doing great work for the Master, However, when she was converted, she knew that she had to preach.
She had come to Georgetown in 1911 to care for a sister who was ill. She stayed on here and married Lawrence Hollingsworth. Now she was a married woman, not very well educated and she would attempt to preach in an age when women preachers were looked down on and considered fanatics. Three years later, when she presented herself to the authorities at Presbytery and asked for license to preach, a man in the congregation audibly sniffed: "Ain't that pitiful?"
Minnie was called a short time later to West York, Illinois to preach one sermon in the absence of the regular minister. She was to be the recipient of a "free-will" offering which turned out to be fifty cents. When the services were over, a church member took her in his buggy to the station to catch a train back to Georgetown. The good Deacon never inquired about her financial state and the fare home was $2.00. Minnie had only .50 cents. She walked back and forth on the platform in the dark balmy Sunday night and wondered what to do. Finally, as she heard the whistle, she decided that she'd ask the conductor to take her as far as the 50 cents would let her ride and she'd walk the track the rest of the way home.
As the train steamed to a stop, she heard a man come whistling around the corner of the station. "Minnie," he said, "I have some tithe money that I got to thinking maybe you could use," and he pressed $2.00 into her hand.
When she arrived at home the night was deep and the chill air had settled down--but she was locked out. Women preachers were frowned upon--and home was no exception. Two hounddogs were members of the family, so Minnie aroused them and took them to the wood shed where she lay down between the two of them for warmth and slept until morning. Not allowed to have light on after a certain time of the evening, she spent many hours by the window reading her Bible by moonlight.
It wasn't long until people found that this odd woman-preacher would go anywhere at anytime to help people (a cup of cold water). More and more she was called upon to officiate at funerals. She passed the 5000 mark in funerals some time ago. Of weddings, she lost track after 3500.
Once, in a deep February snow, the grave-digger had cleared only a small place in the snow around the burial site, with a tiny space at the head of the casket for the preacher to stand. A pall-bearer, who didn't like women preachers and who had been fortifying himself for sometime with alcohold, guided the others of his party to swing the casket around in such a manner as to knock Minnie over backward into the mound of snow.
Such indignities hurt but never swerved her from her purpose of serving mankind, whom she considered essentially good. Called upon once to preside at the funeral of a young girl suicide, she was much criticized by members of the girl's faith who would not permit the girl to be buried in their cemetery because of the questionable circumstances of her death. Bearing the outside of criticism with courtly dignity, Minnie walked up the steps of her own church to be met by a woman member who demanded "What are you going to preach about "that" girl?" Stung by this Phariseeical judgement, Minnie replied: "I will neither preach her to high Heaven nor consign her to the lower regions. She is in the hand of God. I'll just preach to sinners like you!" Whereupon she took her text from Jesus' own words "Neither do I condemn thee--go thou, and sin no more!"
Reflecting the love that she preached about, Minnie recognized neither social classes nor color lines. Many times she was called upon to preach in the local churches which are comprised totally of Negro people. Despite the fact that she was reared south of the Mason-Dixon, she fellowshipped with all Christian people regardless of their race or color.
There was always a depth to her sermons which were flavored with homespun but deadly accurate observations. "A Christian," she would say, "just can't run with the hounds." Or, refusing at any point to rest on her laurels she would exclaim: "You wash your face today and again tomorrow." Her sermons were apt to be unorthodox but pithy. She preached a funeral service using the example of Elijah's miracle in making the ax float and then stood behind the pulpit of her own church and left an indelible memory with her listeners on the subject of "More than Much," the story of the Widow's Mite. After this she was "as empty as an old tin bucket which has been turned over and drained dry."
"For them that honor me I will honour." (I Sam. 2:30).
In spite of the indignities and troubles, life was not all difficult. Widowed in 1942, Minnie was married again, this time to Russell Sanders in 1947. In 1961 she received a gold plaque from the Alumni Association of Georgetown High School for "Distinguished service to the community." This plaque has occupied an honored place in her living-room from the day she received it.
So universally loved was she taht whil in Carle Clinic a nurse was one day moved to ask "Why would an old woman like that receive so many baskets of mail?" That mail came from people like the young man who had, 4 years before, called her from a tavern to tell her that he was going to take his life. Hastily calling a friend to take her to the place (she could not drive an automobile) she found the young man and after talking to him for a long time, he committed himself to psychiatric treatment and today he lives happily--free from such mental compulsions as self-destruction.
In spite of the honors, Minnie never lost her humility. A short time ago, the local funeral director who has worked with her countless times, asked her in jest: "Do you think you've done any good in this world, Minnie?" She answered in all seriousness, "Just a smatterin', Raymon, "Just a smatterin."
The secret of her all-encompassing personality was locked in one word--"Love".
When she announced to her church that she would have to have surgery for a malignant condition, she called her people around the altar and prayed a prayer of commital to the will of God. She then asked for the recitation of this poem which summed up her philosophy of life and gave her last instructions to her people:

Survivors are her husband, Russell Sanders; three step-daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Patten of New Port Richey, Fla.; Mrs. Mary Jane Bishop of Kansas, Ill., and Mrs. Hazel Hegedus of Westville, Ill.; a half-sister, Mrs. Edna Lewis of Indianaola; three half-brothers, Fred James of Daniels, W. Va., Preston James of Robson, W. Va., and Leonard James of Liberty, W. Va.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Two sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Stanton Lawyer of Charleston officiating assisted by the Rev. Roy McMahon of Potomac. Ministers of Foster Presbytery served as honorary pall-bearers. Interment was in the Forest Park Cemetery, Georgetown, with the Houghton Funeral H

Robert L. McCrory, 49, 513 W. Lincoln, Hoopeston, died Thursday, July 30, at 9:42 a.m. at Lake View Memorial Hospital, Danville, where he had been a patient since June 1. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Hoopeston with Rev. Harry Elwood officiating. Full military services were conducted by the Buddy Egnew V.F. W. Post 4826. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 23, 1920 near West York, Ill., the son of Harris and Zelpha Clements McCrory. He married Frances Brown, Oct. 8, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Suzanne) Lawson, Mrs. Barbara Kilgro, Alice Marie and one son Bobby at home; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Crabtree, West Union, Mrs. Velda Griffith, Hutsonville, Mrs. Myrtle Beabout, Robinson, Mrs. Doris Dolson, Charleston; two brothers, Chancey, Clay City, Jim, Robinson; and four granddaughters.

He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Chruch of West York; North Fork Conservation Club; Moose Lodge No. 1227; American Legion No. 384; and Buddy Egnew V. F. W. Post No. 4826. He was also a veteran of W. W. II serving from Sept. 5, 1942 to Nov. 25, 1945. He was employed by the American Can Company for 28 years and was supervisor of engineering.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Card of Thanks ..... The family of Robert L. McCrory wishes to express their thanks for prayers, floral offerings, cards and words of comfort during the illness and death of their loved one.

Charles E. Swinford, 92, of Terre Haute died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He was a retired factory worker at Quaker Maid. He was born July 1, 1909, in Danville, Ill., to Andrew Swinford and Ada Woodrum Swinford. Survivors include his wife, [name omitted]; one stepson, [name omitted] and his wife; four step-grandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a member of Maplewood Christian Church, William Penn Lodge 7 Free & Accepted Masons and Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute. Services are noon Saturday in Roselawn Funeral Home. Burial is in Roselawn Memorial Park, with graveside military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972. Visitation is 9 a.m. until services Saturday.

Clara B. Gillis

Mrs. Clara B. Gillis died in Danville, Ill., as the result of taking poison when confronted with the allegation she had two husbands living. The police assert that although Mrs. Gillis was only 28 years old, she had had five husbands, three of whom she had divorced. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL, Friday, Jan. 23, 1914 - submitted by K. Torp]

Mrs. Thomas Edwards

Mrs. Thomas Edwards died last Friday near Armstrong, and was buried at 11:00 a.m., Sunday. Her death was caused by Rheumatism and paralysis [she was 50 years old]. [From the Danville Daily News Jan. 17, 1893 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

Thomas Edwards

On yesterday morning Uncle Thomas Edwards, living south of Armstrong, drove down to the Free Methodist Church, 10 miles this side of Danville, to preach, and when he had announced his text, he stepped off the rostrum and dropped dead. The remains were brought to this place last night and today the body was prepared for burial at Copeland and Sons establishment. Mr. Edwards was over 60 years old. He had resided in this vicinity for over 30 years; was a prominent member of the M.E. church, and an ex-pastor for a number of years, and was an honorabl4e, upright Christian man. The remains were taken to his old home this afternoon, and the interment will be in the Armstrong cemetery tomorrow, conducted by Rev. Mitchell of East Lynn. His wife died 5 years ago. He leaves behind him 3 sons and 3 daughters- 2 sons living here; one daughter in Missouri, one at Homer, Ill., one in the south part of the State, and one in Tennessee. [From the Danville Daily News October 6, 1898 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

George Cadle

Homer, Ill, Jan. 12 - George Cadle died Sunday at 4:00 p.m., of the Grip; 84 years old, and was buried in the G.A.R. cemetery Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. [From the Danville Daily News January 14, 1892 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

Mrs. John Colewell

Mrs. John Colewell, died Saturday evening at 8:00 of the Grippe [Grip] at the age of 64. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church at 1:00 p.m. and interment in the G.A.R. cemetery, Rev. Balch officiating. [From the Danville Daily News January 14, 1892 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

Mrs. Parker Shepard

Mrs. Parker Shepard died Saturday morning at 4:00 of cancer, after an illness of 2 years. Funeral was held in the Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. and interment in G.A.R. cemetery, Rev. Balch officiating. [From the Danville Daily News January 14, 1892 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

Child of James Morrison

James Morrison's 3 year old boy died of brain fever on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. [From the Danville Daily News January 14, 1892 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

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 the 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 the 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. [Source: Bradford Republican, Bradford, IL - Transcribed by N. Piper]

Child of John Heither

John Heither's 3 year old boy, while his mother was at her work outdoors, got to playing in the fire and his clothes caught fire and burnt him so that he died 2 days later. The child's screams brought its' mother, but the clothing was all burned off it. [From the Danville Daily News January 14, 1892 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

Hurst Child

A child belonging to the family of the late Mr. Hurst died Monday night. It will be buried at the Methodist Church south of here. [From the Danville Daily News January 14, 1892 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]

Mayme Lena (Robb) Kelley

DECATUR - Mayme Lena (Robb) Kelley, 91, of Decatur, IL, died Wednesday, January 3, 2006, at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M., Sunday, January 7, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 8, at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior to service time. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL.  Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Mayme was born November 14, 1915, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Chester Earl and Lillian Mae (Demlo) Robb. She married Paul E. Kelley in 1942 in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death. Mayme worked part time as an Income Tax Consultant. She was a wonderful wife and mother and enjoyed crafts and doing hand craftwork. She also loved to travel. She is survived by her daughter Sheila Norene Schilling and husband Fred; sons Paul Eugene Kelley, Jr. and wife Nan, Kerry Alan Kelley and Kevin Jon Kelley, all of Decatur, IL; 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; sister Darlene Jones of Nampa, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, daughter Bonnie, sister Helen, and brother Wayne. Obituary written by family members.
Published in the Decatur Herald & Review on 1/5/2007.

(Contributed by Sheila Shilling) 

Clarence Messinger

Clarence Messinger Dies In Fall at Illinois Home
Mrs. H. C Wilson received word last Tuesday morning that her brother. Clarence Messinger, 63, had died Monday night from injuries sustained in a fall down basement stain at his home in Danville, Illinois. She and Lewis Messinger, who also is a brother, attended the funeral at Danville Wednesday afternoon. The decedent was once a resident of Monon.
[The Monon News Feb. 7 1941 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Daniel G. Neal

D. G. Neal, Oakwood, Dies
Oakwood--(CNS)--Daniel Grant (Toby) Neal, 83, lifelong resident of Vermilion County and retired blacksmith, died at 12:55 a. m., Tuesday at his home in Oakwood.

Mr. Neal was born Aug. 17, 1863, at Conkeytown near Muncie, Ill., son of the late William Neal.

He is survived by his wife, Lucretia; four daughters, Mrs. Viola Young, Central Park; Mrs. Goldie Jacobs, Oakwood; Mrs. Mary Webber and Mrs. Edith Sanders; five sons, William and Frank Neal, Milwaukee; Daniel, Danville; Alfred, and James, and 23 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. (Sub. by K. Torp)

Lucretia Neal

Mrs. Neal Dies at Home
Mrs. Lucretia Neal, a native of Grape Creek, died at her home, 129-1/2 E. Main Str., Wednesday afternoon (July 28,1954) at the age of 80.

Born Dec. 12, 1873, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Collins. Her husband, Daniel (Tobe) Neal, died in 1947.

Most of her life was spent in Oakwood. She moved to Danville about two years ago.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Viola Young and Mrs. Goldie Jacobs, both of Danville, and Mrs. Mary Kelley and Mrs. Edith Sanders, both of Milwaukee; five sons, William, Frank, Alfred and James, all of Milwaukee, and Grant of Danville; 27 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

The body is at the Johnson Funeral Home where services are slated for 2 p. m. Saturday. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery, north of Fithian. (Sub. by K. Torp)

Mrs. Choice Thomas

Danville Daily News, December 22, 1886
Died on Friday night, Dec. 17th, Mrs. Choice Thomas, wife of Thomas Thomas, who resides three miles northwest of Catlin. Mrs. Thomas was born in England, and at the age of two years, with her parents, went to Wales.

Arriving at maturity she married Mr. Thomas, who with his brother John came to this country in 1852. A year later they sent for their wives. The brothers labored in the coal fields of Pennsylvania and Ohio until 1860, when they came to this county, purchasing land adjoining each other, where they still reside, each running a coal mine.

Mrs. Thomas leaves a family of six children, four boys and two girls, two of which are not married. She was proverbial for her kindness to the suffering and her relief to the poor. She was known throughout the neighborhood as "Aunt Choice," and of her it would [oft be] said, "None knew her but to love her."

A funeral service was held at the residence on Sunday at 11 o'clock by the Rev. S. Hodges, after which she was laid "at rest" in the Pate cemetery. (Sub. by K. Torp)

Amos Kirkhart

Amos Kirkhart Dies In Hospital
Pioneer Reisdent of Vermilion County Succumbs At Kankakee.

Twice pronounced dead during the great influenza epidemic, grieving over the death of his children, who died one day after another in October, 1918, Amos Wesley Kirkhart whose mind gave way under the strain two years ago; passed away at the state hospital at Kankakee late Wednesday (June 13, 1923).

The body reached Danville at 3:07 o'clock Thurdsay afternoon and will be taken by Berhalter, the undertaker to the late home, two miles northeast of Georgetown, where at the present time three members of the Kirkhart famly are bedfast.

Mr. Kirkhart had been failing for several weeks and the news of his death did not cause surprise. (Sub. by K. Torp)

Mary Hanna Kirkhart

Mrs. Kirkhart Dies at 92

Mrs. Mary Hanna Kirkhart, 92, a life resident of Vermilion County died Saturday (October 18, 1947 ) morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ella Culp, Catlin.

Mrs. Kirkhart, who had lived in Catlin most of her life, was the widow of Amos W Kirkhart. She was born near Potomac Mar. 5, 1855, a daughter of Frank and Mary Doney Elliott. She was a member of the Catlin Methodist Church.

Surviving are the daughter at whose home she died; two sons, John Kirkhart, Greenville, Mo., and Roy Kirkhart, Bloomfield, Ind.; a half-brother, John Elliott, Danville; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 11 children.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p. m. Monday at the Catlin Methodist Church with the Rev. Clarence G. Hall officiating. Burial will be in Pate Cemetery with the Berhalter Funeral Home in charge. The body will be returned to the Culp residence Saturday evening. (Sub. by K. Torp)

Jesse Doney

Jesse Doney Obituary - Danville, IL Daily News March 24, 1899
One of the Early Settlers Expires Suddenly at Daughter's Home.

Jesse Doney Sr. died suddenly yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock a the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maggie Bennett, two miles northeast of Fairmount. The demise was unexpected and caused much sorrow to be expressed by his large circle of acquaintances.

He was born on Oct. 31, 1816 in Washington County, Pennsylvania and removing to Vermilion county in 1855, he settled on the farm where his death occurred. In 1864 he removed to Fairmount where he since made his house. Before removing to this county he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Dale in Danville, Hendrickson county, Indiana. She departed this life in August 1880.

Five children are left to mourn the death of this worthy sire: Michael C of Arkansas, Lysander of Urbana, Jesse Jr. of Fairmount, Lincoln of this city, and Mrs. Maggie Bennett residing two miles northeast of Fairmount. Mr. Doney was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. He held the position of county commissioner before there was a township organization. He also held the office of justice of the peace. He had been a life-long Republican. Mr. Doney was an upright citizen and was very highly respected.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. It is believed that the services will be held on Wednesday. (Sub. by K. Torp)

Sarah Henderson Wheeler

Death of Grandma Wheeler.
At 6:30 Saturday morning (Aug. 11, 1892) occurred the death of one of Danville's pioneer residents and most respected women. Mrs. Sarah Wheeler, better known to the old citizens of Danville, as Grandma Wheeler, died at her residence, the little log house on North Vermilion street near the Fairgrounds where she had lived for 27 years.
She had been sick for 3 months altho her advanced age was the real cause of her death, she having reached very near to 90 years of age. She was born in Madison Co, Ind. in 1802. Her name was Sarah Henderson. At 12 years of age she went to Ky, but after some years returned to Crawfordsville where she was united in marriage to Levi Wheeler and removed to Blount township this county and afterward, coming to Danville where she had lived for 42 years.
Grandma Wheeler was well known by the older citizens of Danville having in earlier years lived in the families of the Tinchers, Forbes, Palmer and Mrs. W.I. Moore, nursing & taking care of their little ones who have since grown to manhood and womanhood in our midst and have married and have families of their own. She was a quiet unassuming Christian women beloved by all who knew her. ---- She had born to her 12 children, 3 of them are living, two of them Mrs. Mary Gregg and Mrs. Ann Huffman were with her when she died. The one, Mrs. Marie Claycomb is living in Missouri.
The funeral services took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence the Rev. W.R. Andereck of the Baptist church officiating after which the remains were buried in Springhill cemetery.
(Note - the original clipping is from the Danville Daily News, Aug. 13, 1892. Transcribed by K. Torp)

Nancy E. Huffman

Mrs. Nancy E. Huffman, wife of William D. Huffman, retired, died suddenly of heart disease at the home 1120 N. Jackson St., at mid-night Monday night. ----- Mrs. Huffman had on other occasions suffered with heart trouble. During the evening and early part of the night she had gone about her usual duties though when she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Backman 1118 N. Jackson St. for a few minutes during the evening she complained of a shortness of breath. Mrs. BAckman was awoked at 11:30 --- and hurried to the house --- and summoned Dr. S.W. Jones but Mrs. Huffman died just before his arrival.

Mrs. Huffman, whose maiden name was Wheeler, was born in Crawfordsville, Ind., and though most of her life was spent in Vermilion co., and for many years she and her husband had lived in Danville. She was one of the oldest members of the First Baptist church.

Besides thehusband, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grand-children survive. The children are Mrs. Susan Rebecca Kinney of State Line, Ind.; Sarah Ellen Fitzhorn and Mrs. Docia Bachman, both of Danville; Mrs. Harriett Maria Carney of Chicago.
[Obit not dated; source: "Family records from old Bibles and other family written records" Illinois: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1952. Transcribed by K. Torp]

William D. Huffman

Huffman Funeral
Funeral services for William D. Huffman, pioneer lumberman and one of Danville's oldest and most respected citizens, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late home 1120 N. Jackson St. where the aged man passed away last Thursday evening Dec. 6, 1917, following a long illness. Dr. E.L. Krumreig, past of the First Baptist church and Rev. T.F. Shouse of the Methodist church will have charge of hte services and the burial will be in Springhill cemetery.
William D. Huffman was born July 29, 1832 in Muskingum County, Ohio and died at his home in Danville, Dec. 6, 1917, at the age of 85 years, 5 mo. and 7 days. The deceased received the common school education obtainable in the days of his youth and at the age of 14 became a canal boat driver, an occupation he followed for 7 years. When 22 years of age, he came to Illinois and settled in Chicago where he was employed for a year. He then came to Vermilion County and settled in Blount township, where he engaged in cattle business.
Mr. Huffman was married shortly after his arrival in this county to Miss Nancy Ellen Wheeler, daughter of a pioneer and for a year following, they resided in vicinity of Snyder Corner.
Mr. Huffman was father of seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. The sons preceded him in death several years. The daughters are Rebecca Kinney, wife of Isaac Kinney, near State Line, Ind.; Mrs. Sarah Fitchborn, widow residing in Danville. Mrs. Henrietta (Harriet), widow of Chicago and Mrs. Docia Bachman, wife of Charles Bachman. Besides the daughters, he is survived by 7 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a half-sister, Mrs. Julia Smith of Elmo, MO.
Mr. Huffman was a veteran of the Civil War, serving for three years as a member of the old 125th Illinois Vol. Inf., under the gallant Danville officer, Col. Harmon, who fell in battle. At the close of the war, he returned to Vermilion County and settled in Danville which had since been his home
In early life he united with the Baptist church at Union Corner, then known as Vermilion church. His wife was also a member of this church and when they removed to Danville, they transferred their membership to First Baptist of this city. The deceased was baptized 63 years ago by Elder Ruel Dodson, on of Ver. Co. earliest ministers and a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln.
[Obit not dated; source: "Family records from old Bibles and other family written records" Illinois: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1952. Transcribed by K. Torp]

John Houf

At the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Nierendorf, Danville, Illinois, John Houf, aged 73. Funeral today 2.30 p.m. from Birren & Co.s undertaking parlors. No. 171 East Chicago Avenus then to Graceland. [Inter Ocean 03/03/1895 - submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

George W. Brewer

Danville, Ill. Sep. 24- George W. Brewer, a well-known citizen of Danville, died of consumption this morning, aged five years. [Chicago Herald 9/29/1891 - submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

John Sidell

Danville, Ill., Feb. 1 - The funeral of John Sidell occured in this city at noon today under the direction of the Masonic fraternity. The deceased was an historic character. He was born in Washington County, Maryland, June 27, 1816. His father died when he was 8 years old, and he remained in his native county until he was 19 years old, working by the month on a farm. For the first month he received $1.50, and not being satisfied, in 1838 he came to Greene county, Ohio, which place he reached with but $10. amd a limited supply of clothes. he was soon engaged to work on a farm for $12. a month, and as soon as he saved money he came West on horseback, passing through Illinois into Iowa. Not finding a location at the time, he returned to Ohio, this time taking a contract to cut cord-wood for 33 1/3 cents per cord, this being the hardest work he ever undertook. This was his starting point of success, for from that time on he became a dealer in stock, and since he came to this county, in 1860, has been one of the largest stock dealers in the county. the deceased owned a beautiful farm of some 3,000 acres, on both sides od the Little Vermillion. He had added to this about 6,000 acres more. In 1873 he sold off a portion of his land, realizing there from $115,000. The town and village of Sidell are both named after him. Mr. sidell was a Whig member of the Illinois Legisture during the sixties and was esteemed very highly for his sound, practical sense. [Inter Ocean 2/02/1889 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson of Danville, Ill., was seriously, perhaps fatally, stabbed Tuesday night by his brother-in-law, James King, who was also injured in the quarrel. [Inter Ocean 8/02/1888 - submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Hank Foetner

Hank Foetner, a Danville, Ill. saloonist, was waylaid Tuesday night by unknown persons and beaten with probably fatal effect. No robbery was committed. [Inter Ocean 10/18/1888 - submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

John Myers

MYERS, John, ( Formerly of Vermilion County, Ill.) d. Bismark, N. D. Jan. 6, 1878, aged 71 years.
[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

Jane Noble

Mrs. Jane Noble, (Mother of Richard Noble, Mother-in-law of Vance Custer,) d. Danville, Ill. 12/.../1875, aged 66 years.
[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

R.G. Selby

R. G. Selby, (Son of J. F. Selby, of 902 S. McLean St. Bloomington, Ill.) d. Hoopeston, Ill. 8/28/1876, aged 23 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

John Z Selsor

John Selsor

John Z Selsor died at his residence one and one half miles west of Collison, Nov 17th of paralysis, aged seventy-three years. This chronicles the death of one of Pilot Townships best men. He was born in Ohio and married Margaret Thompson, with whom he migrated to this county forty eight years ago. He bought six hundred acres of land of Mr. John Knight, and was considered the wealthiest man in the community in those early days. His wife died in 1866 leaving him a widower for seven years; he then married Margaret Cannon who survives him. He has lived at his present home twenty years and made a large circle of friends who loved and respected him for his goodness and purity of character.

Margaret Thomas Selsor

Thirteen years ago he was struck by lightning: two men were with him. One Mr. Finch was instantly killed; himself and Mr Finch’s hired man receiving a severe shock. He has held office of trust and at the time of his death was Highway commissioner. He leaves a wife and five children. The funeral was held at the house by his old friend Rev. Michael Oakwood. He was buried in Knights branch cemetery followed by a large circle of relatives and neighbors.

[Danville News Nov 23 1894 - submitted by selsorhd@mac.com]

Francis Whitcomb

Francis Whitcomb, b. Grafton, N. H. 1/28/1786, m. Jane, dau. of William & Effie (Winebriner) Evans, in Vermilion Co. Ill. settled in McLean County in 1849, died Old Town Twp. McLean County on 1/16/1872.
Children were Jeremiah Whitcomb, & 8 others. (See Hist. McLean Co. Ill. 1879, P. 1007.)
[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

Harold Smith Mason

Harold Smith Mason, 60, of Oakwood, was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:30 am Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1970) at Carie (?) Hospital in Urbana. He had been in failing health for two years.
Born Oct. 1, 1910, in Oakwood, he was the son of Jacob and Emma Makemson Mason. He married Maxine Armstrong May 19, 1932, in Clovis, N.M. Mr. Mason had resided most of his life in the Oakwood Community. He also had resided in Chicago and Champaign-Urbana. Mr. Mason was an accountant, a member of Western Star Lodge 230 of Champaign, a member of the Champaign Commandery, the Danville Scottish Rite.
He was preceded in death by two sisters. Service will be at 2:30 pm Friday at the Johnson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, north of Oakwood.
[Submitted by Ann Baughman]

Mary J. Brewer

Five weeks of illness proved fatal Friday afternoon Nov. 8, 1935 to Mrs. Mary J. Brewer, 82. She died at 2:30 pm at the St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Mrs. Brewer, widow of Richard B. Brewer, was born Dec. 19, 1853, near Oakwood, daughter of Darius and Nancy Makemson. She had been a resident of Danville 49 years.
Surviving are the following sons: Harry, Santa Monica, Ca.; George, Fresno, Ca.; Ernest and Clarence, Danville; Claude, Bismarck. A daughter, Mrs. Rosco Parker of Danville, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Mason of Oakwood also survive, in addition to 12 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren. Two son, Charles and William, preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be at 2 pm Sunday at Lincoln M.E. Church, of which she was a member. The Rev. W. E. Kennan will officiate. Burial in Pleasant Grove, near Oakwood.
[Submitted by Ann Baughman]

James F. Makemson

James F. Makemson, 71, of Oakwood, Route 1, died 6:15 pm Wedsnesday (Feb. 14, 1979) at his residence in Gray's Siding. Death was attributed to natural causes.
Makemson was a former miner in the area for 29 years. He later did general contracting work for several years. In 1969, he retired from Continental Filling Corp. where he had worked for a time.
He was a member of the Cedar Grove Nazarene Church. His hobbies were gardening and livestock.
Born May 27, 1907, in Blount twp., he was son of Ross and Minnie Bloomfield Makemson. He married Rosie Hunt in Danville, Aug. 24, 1925. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, James Makemson Jr. and Raymond Makemson, both of Danville, and Wilbur Makemson of Williamsport, Ind; two daughters, Mrs. John (Helen) Fletcher of Danville and Mrs. Herbert (Rose Anna) Black of Fairmount; three half-brothers, Roy and Glenn Makemson, both of Danville, and Jake Makemson of Danville, Al.; five sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Viola) West of Oakwood; Mrs. Ruby Jinkins of Danville, Al.; Mrs. Elmer (Helen) Nabors of Tilton, Mrs. Leona Lovett and Mrs. Mary Freed, both of Danville; 14 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.
A brother and two daughters preceded him in death.
Services will be 1:30 pm Saturday at Barrick & Son Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
[Submitted by Ann Baughman]

Mrs. Louis V. Petry

Funeral services for Mrs. Louis V. Petry will be conducted a: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Wood funeral home, with the Rev. Vern W. Butler, Park Forest, officiating.  Burial will Be at Floral Hill cemetery.  Visitation will be from 7:30 p.m. To 8:30 p.m. Tonight at the Funeral home.
Mrs. Petry died Monday morning at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 20, 1897, she was the daughter of Charles A. And Mary (Thompson) Allen.  On April 4, 1919, she married Louis Petry, who survives.  She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist church.
Surviving are the husband, three daughter, Mrs. Galen Seller, Breen Way, Wis., Mrs. Keith McHenry, Jr. Park Forest; Mrs. Robert W. Gibson, Winter Park, Fla. And nine Grandchildren.  Two brothers are deceased.
C. H. Tuesday, October 31, 1967
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Louis Petry

Funeral for Louis Petry
Graveside services were held Monday at Floral Hill Cemetery for Louis Petry, who died
June 9, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Vicar Robert W. Gibson of St. James Episcopal
Church of the Guatemala City., and son-in-law of the deceased officiated.
Pallbearers were George Petry, Larry Petry, Elmer Erickson, Ed Trego, Lou Seller,
Robert Petry, John McHenry and Bill McHenry, Wood Funeral Home was in Charge of
The arrangements.
C.H. June 14, 1977
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Lewis Milton Thompson

M. Thompson Funeral

The funeral of the late L. M. Thompson last Friday morning was largely attended by friends Of the family and men and women who had been associated with Mr. Thompson for years and who Expressed in that way the respect in which he had been held for the general public.  Mr. Lugg Officiated and paid a graceful tribute to the many good qualities of the deceased and said the Comforting words that assure eternal life in the world to come to those who lived the Christian life in this world.   The pallbearers were the five sons-in-law and one son of Mr. Thompson.  The funeral party went to Danville on the noon train and Interment took place In Springhill.  A quartet composed of Mr. And Mrs. P. M. Warner, Mrs. F. M. Mason and J. W. Mckown rendered two hymns and a trio of grandsons, Lawrence and John Allen and Lewis Green sang Lead Kindly Light.   Rev. K. Lugg pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church conducted the service.  The following obituary was read.

Lewis Milton Thompson, son of Jane and Esher Payne Thompson was born in Dearborn County, Ind., May 31, 1829, and died in Rossville, Ill. April 2, 1913.  When a small child his parents moved To Vermilion County near Catlin, Ill., where his early life was spent.  On August 17, 1848 Mr. Thompson was married to Judith Ann Burroughs and came to the old homestead east of Rossville Where they lived until 1873.  The remainder of his life was spent in Rossville.  The wife and Mother died March 4, 1890.  Mr. Thompson was the father of six children all of whom survive Him are present.

On June 18, 1891, Mr. Thompson was married to Mrs. Belle Rales, who survives him and who has Tenderly cared for him in his declining years.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Harriet McElroy of Decatur.

The following additional facts are also of interest:  The names of the children are Viola, Wife of Prof. W. H. Chamberlain of Chicago, Mary wife of Hon. Charles A. Allen of Hoopeston, Judge John G. Thompson of Danville, Esther wife of Alonza P. Green of Attica, Ind., Lena wife of Arch E. Ray of Madison, Wis., and Hattie wife of James Morrow of Danville.

In addition to these Mr. Thompson gave fatherly training and council in C. I. (Roy) and J. F. (Woodie) Bales.  The former lives in Danville and attended the funeral but the latter whose home is in Spring Butte, N. Dakota was prevented by reason of long distance.

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Viola Chamberlain

Early Resident of Rossville Dies in Chicago
A former Rossville resident,
Mrs. Viola Chamberlain, 83, died in Woodlawn hospital, Chicago, Wednesday March 8, 1939. Mrs. Chamberlain had been a resident of Chicago since 1850 and was the widow of William H. Chamberlain who died about 17 years ago.

She was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. I. M. Thompson, pioneer residents of Vermilion County, and was born in Rossville, November 18, 1855. Her husband was a prominent Educator and in the 80 s was principal of the Catlin and later the Rossville High school. Following their marriage in 1888 Mr. And Mrs. Chamberlain moved to Joliet where he was Superintendent of the school. In 1890 they moved to Chicago where he continued his work in schools. A daughter, Minnie Chamberlain lives in Chicago. Two sisters, Mrs. Lena Bay, Attica, Ind., and Mrs. Harriett Morrow, Chicago also survive.

Funeral services were held in Chicago Friday morning and the body brought to Danville for interment in Springhill Cemetery. Short services were held at the grave at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Chamberlain was a school girl friend of Mrs. Margaret A. Mann.
Rossville Press  10-April 1913 - Submitted to Genealogy Trails by a Friend of Free Genealogy


Beloved husband of Ann and father of Warren, brother of Irene McGlin of New London, Wis.. Services Thursday evening at 7:30 at the chapel, 3415 N. Clark St.. Funeral at 1 p.m. at Hoopeston, IL. [Chicago Tribune, April 2, 1942 - Submitted By A Friend of Free Genealogy]

Lester W. Rife

Soldier Dies of Pneumonia
Danville, Il, Nov. 28.
Lester W. Rife, a former Hoosier and a member of Battery A, 149th Field Artillery is dead in a hospital in France of pneumonia, according to a message recvied by his mother, Mrs. George Rife of Vermillion Heights, a suburb. He was born in ---n, Ind., 21 years age and came here when 6 years old. He had seen service along the Mexican border when the battery was a member of the Illinois state Guard three years ago.

Margaret E. Brady

Margaret E. Brady, 92, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2010. She was born in rural Newman, Illinois, where she graduated from Newman High School and then Lakeview Nursing School in Danville, Illinois. Margaret worked in Tyler, Texas, during the war at a hospital near the Army base. Married Glen R. Brady, December 23, 1946, and together they spent 63 years traveling about the country rock-hunting, genealogy searches in cemeteries and courthouses and activities with the order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution. Margaret is survived by her husband, Glen, of Tucson; two daughters, Rita (Sam) Barcus of Newman, IL, and Rose Ann (David) Bittel of Tucson; one son, Ray (Sally) Brady of Herndon, VA. Also surviving are six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister. Burial at Albin Cemetery in Newman, IL. Donations may be made in Margaret's name to Casa de la Luz Hospice or Daughters of the American Revolution.
Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona, Sunday, June 6, 2010
Contributed by Sheila Hughes, Tucson, Arizona


Oliver Anderson and a young man named Peerman were killed at the Middlefork coal mines near Danville, Ill., by an explosion.
[Jan 2, 1892, Lorain County Reporter [Lorain, OH] - submitted by Linda Dietz]

Rachel Diana Cullison Haines

Rachael Diana Cullison was born April 3, 1850 in Coshocton, Coshocton County, Ohio. October 4, 1870 she was married to D A Haines at Marysville, Vermillion County Illinois by U B minister, J. W. Cooper. They lived one year in Montgomery County, Indiana, then moved to Illinois where they remained until 1888 when they moved to Hiatsville Kansas. In 1892 they moved to Kimball, Neosho County, Kansas where they lived eleven years before coming to Moline where she died July 11, 1910. There were no children born to this family but they raised her husband's nephew Everett Haines and in the goodness of her heart she was always a mother to him.
Mrs Haines was of a deeply religious nature and early made a profession of faith and united with the M D Church with which she remained identified except when she joined the U B church while living at Kimball Kansas because it was more convenient to attend. The funeral was held at the M E church in Moline July 13 and the remains were laid to rest in the Moline cemetery. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in their loss.
[Unknown newspaper, c. July 1910 -- Submitted by Kyle Condon]

Zacariah Watson

Zackariah Watson passed away on April, 28, from a ruptured apendex
His wife, Ann Rutledge Watson, servives with 3 of his children, Frank ,Charles and Anna. He is buried in Michel Cemetery.in Oakwood
[Unknown newspaper, died 4/28/1895 - Submitted By: B. Watson]

Ellen Cope-James

ELLEN LOUISE COPE-JAMES - 47, of Danville, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Provena United Samaritan Medical Center, Danville. Ms. Cope-James was born Sept. 3, 1960 in Danville, the daughter of Charles and Joyce (Jackson) Cope, Sr.
Survivors include two daughters, Natasha Cope of Oakwood, and Katrina Cope, of Tilton; her mother, of Danville; five sisters, Christine Smith, of Rock Falls, Brenda (Les) Shaffer, of Dixon, and Darla (Leon) Stockwill, Alice (Paul) Sollars and Francine Rayl, all of Danville; a brother, Charles Clayton Jr.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father.
Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Danville. Arrangements were completed by Pape Funeral Home, Danville.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL, December 18, 2007 - Tuesday, pg A2 - Sub. by Melva L. Taylor ]

Charles Young

Charles Young, pardoned from Joliet prison ten days ago, died on the way home yesterday. His parents reside at Danville, Ill.
[Wisconsin State Journal September 17, 1889 - Sub. by K.T.]

Frank Hollowey

At Bismarck, Ill., yesterday, Frank Hollowey, a young farmer, who was married last Sunday, committed suicide by shooting himself in the temple. Temporary insanity is thought to have been the cause. [Wisconsin State Journal September 17, 1889 - Sub. by K.T.]

John Johnson
John Johnson, 86 years old, a highly regarded citizen and pioneer settler of Blount Township, died at his home, seven miles north of the city, about 5 o'clock yesterday noon, June 30, 1910. He is survived by one daughter and five sons, Mrs. Everett VanVickle, Charles, of this city, and John, James, Joseph, and Edward, all living near their father's home. His wife and two sons, Alex and Isaac preceding him in death He was born in 1824.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Union Church in that neighborhood, instead of at the house as was first intended. Rev. Cosat will conduct the services and burial will occur in the Johnson Cemetery. [The Danville Press - Democrat, 1 July 1910 - Submitted By: Carol Johnson Hicks]

Isaac Johnson
Carelessness Alone Caused Fatal Accident
No one was to blame for the death of Isaac Johnson but himself. At least this is the verdict of the coroner's jury which sat on the case yesterday afternoon.
Johnson jumped off a moving C. & E. I. passenger train at Rossville Sunday afternoon and was so badly injured that he died not many hours after having been removed to Lakeview hospital. Witnesses testified yesterday that Johnson and his brother and other persons from Rossville and Hoopeston were together in the smoker of the train, and that they frequently drank from a jug containing whiskey. All were more or less under the influence of liquor and the evidence showed that Johnson's befuddled condition was responsible for the accident that cost him his life. Johnson got off the train at Rossville where it had stopped for perhaps three minutes for the purpose of discharging and taking on passengers. It was noticed that he was carrying the jug of liquor as he walked back and forth on the depot platform. Finally Johnson got on the train again and after it had started and was under considerable headway jumped off the second time. He was dragged some distance, and when his hold on the railing gave way he was precipitated between the depot platform and the wheel of the train. Both arms and one leg were horribly mangled and he sustained numerous bruises about the head and body.
Johnson was the father-in-law of Albert Husselbee, a respected citizen who lives at 723 Sheridan street.
Yesterday the body was removed from Turner, Learnard & Son's morgue, 112 North Vermilion street, to Mr. Husselbee's home. Funeral services will be held from the house today at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Cosat. Burial will be in Johnson cemetery, seven miles northwest of Danville.
[Daily Democrat, Wednesday, April 10, 1907, Submitted By: Carol Johnson Hicks]

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson died Sunday at his home, seven miles northwest of Danville. He had been ill many months with consumption. He was 40 years of age and leaves by his death his parents, six brothers and a sister. The funeral services were held yesterday morn and many sorrowing friends attended to show their respect and the sorrow his death brought to his community. [Danville, IL News, May 19, 1903 - Submitted By: Carol Johnson Hicks]

Mary Mararet Johnson Van Vickle
Mrs. Margaret J. Van Vickle Passes Away
Mrs. Mary Margaret Johnson Van Vickle, wife of Everett Van Vickle, residing on rural route two, seven miles northwest of Danville, passed away at the family residence at 6 o'clock last evening following a long illness.
Funeral services are to be held Thursday afternoon at the Union Corners church at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Johnson cemetery.
Mrs. Van Vickle was born in Illinois Aug. 23, 1861 and was 61 years of age and known to residents of that neighborhood as "Aunt Mary". She was born and raised in the neighborhood in which she died and is survived by six sons. They are Charley, Bart and Mac, all of Iowa, Coy, Ray and Jewell who reside near the old home place. She leaves to mourn her besides her six sons, three brothers. They are James, Joseph and Edward Johnson, all of this county. Another brother, Charles Johnson preceded her in death just three months ago. There are also a host of grandchildren and friends [Danville Commercial-News, Danville, IL, 1922 - Submitted By: Carol Johnson Hicks]

James H. Johnson
Retired Newell Farmer is Dead
James H. Johnson, 70, Dies at Home of Son, Delbert, in Danville.
Janes Henry Johnson, 70, retired farmer from West Newell, died at 2 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his son, Delbert Johnson, 732 South street. He had been at his son's home three months.
He was born Sept. 26, 1863, in Blount Township and had spent his entire life in this county. He was a former member of Old Union church in Blount Township. He was the son of John and Susanne Goodner Johnson. Besides the widow, Mrs. Laura Ann Johnson, he is survived by two sons and one daughter: Delbert Johnson, city; Wilbur Johnson, Kingman, Ind., and Mrs. Nellie Prather, Danville route 3. Two brothers are also living; Joseph Johnson, city; and Edward Johnson, Danville, route 3.
The body was removed to the Edmund & Dickson funeral home and Monday afternoon was taken to the Samuel R. Prather home, Danville route 3, in Blount township, where the funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Interment will be in Johnson cemetery. [Danville, IL Commercial-News, Dec. 5, 1933 - Submitted By: Carol Johnson Hicks]

Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson was born in Blount Twounship, Jan. 3, 1866 and died May 15, 1922, at his old hom place which he erected when a young man. He had resided in Blount Township and in Danville most of his life except the seven years when he removed to Indianapolis. He returned two years ago, purchasing the store and home which he had erected more than 20 years ago. He was stricken with his last illness there, being removed to Lakeview hospital where he passed awy.
He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Etta Houser. To this union there were born five children: Mrs. Blanche Mack, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Vallie Tohey, of LaFayette, Ind.; Mrs. Roy Dood of Danville, and Leslie and Bayles Johnson of this city. There are also three brothers and one sister, all residents of Danville.
Funeral services were held at the Union church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was in the Johnson cemetery. The pall bearers were all nephews.
["Danville Commercial-News", May 18, 1922 - Submitted By Carol Johnson Hicks]

Joseph E. Johnson
J.E.Johnson Dies At 80
Joseph E. Johnson,80, of 601 Pixley St., died Friday morning (June 9, 1950) at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was a retired grocer of Johnsonville and a lifelong resident of the Danville area.
He was born Dec. 5, 1869 in Blount Twounship, son of John and Susan Goodner Johnson. Survivors include two sons, George D. and Willie Johnson, both of Danville, two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Elmore, Covington, and Mrs. Lulu Moulton, Danville, and nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and one sister.
The body is at the Barrick & Sons Funeral Home where it will remain for services at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A minister has not yet been chosen. Burial will be in Johnson Cemetey, land for which was donated by Mr. Johnsons' father. ["Danville Commercial-News", June 1950 - Submitted by Carol Johnson Hicks]

Edward Johnson
A retired farmer, Edward Johnson, 69, died at 6 p.m. Monday in Marion, Ind., where he had been visiting the past three months with his daughter, Mrs. Cecil Guerin.
Mr Johnson was born and reared in Blount Township, northwest of this city. Born Sept. 12, 1873, he was a son of John and Susan Goodner Johnson. His wife, Alice Johnson, preceded him in death.
Surviving besides the daughter at Marion are a son, Raymond Johnson, and a brother, Joseph Johnson, both of Danville, and several grandchildren.
The body has been brought here to Johnson Funeral Home where services will be held at a time to be announced. Interment will be in Johnson Cemetery. [Danville Commercial-News July 28, 1943 - Submitted by Carol Johnson Hicks]

Mrs. Daley
Mrs. W.W. Daley, formerly of Fleming county (KY) died a few days ago at her home at Hoopeston, Ill.
[Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Ky.), July 02, 1904]

Jessie Carman
Mrs. Jessie Carman, 80, died suddenly Monday in the residence of her sister, Mrs. Minnie Messer of RD 2, Dundee, with whom she had lived the past four years. Mrs. Carman was apparently the victim of a heart attack.
Mrs. Carman was born near Dundee and had resided for many years in Cessna Park, Ill., before returning to this vicinity. Her husband, the late Louis Carman, died in December, 1942.
In addition to Mrs. Messer, Mrs. Carman is survived by another sister, Mrs. Carrie Nydegger of Strasburg.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Des Voignes Funeral Home in Mt. Eaton. The Rev. W.P. Michel, pastor of the Beach City Methodist church will officiate. The body will be taken to Milford, Ill., where an additional service will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m .at the Jameson funeral home. The Rev. Pearl Hasselbring, pastor of the Milford Nazarene church will officiate. Interment will be made in the Hoopeston cemetery, Hoopeston, Ill.
Friends may call at the Des Voignes funeral home this evening from 7 to 9. [The Evening Independent, Massillon, OH, 9 Feb 1954 - Sub. by Karen K.]

Rufus Woods Gillette
Class of 1872 - RUFUS WOODS GILLETTE. Physician. d. 20 Jan., 1910, Danville, Ill.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]


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