Hiram Lee, a brother of the late Milton Lee, of Rossville, died recently, having starved himself to death. He had been an invalid for give years a great part of the time unable to move. His brother left an insurance policy of $5000 in his favor, and he reveived notice that back pension to the amount of $2700 had been allowd him. The sudden wealth turned his head and he refused to eat, dying in a short time. The pension check was returned to the government unsigned. [Source: The Watseka Republican, (Watseka, Iroquois Co. ILL.), Wednesday, March 9, 1892; sub. by dmcneeley]
Robert Leverena of Danville, Ill., was drowned while trying to rescue the body of Edward Cassidy, who had drowned while bathing in the Vermillion river. [The Pioneer express.(Pembina, Dakota [N.D.]), September 07, 1900]
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]
Henry Marshall was born in Fermaugh Co., Ireland, in the year 1800 and died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Boyden, March 27th, 1892. In the year 1872 he came from Ireland to Illinois and settled in Logan county. In 1877 he came to Iroquois county and has resided since then in the townships of Lovejoy and Prairie Green. Four years ago the wife of more than fifty years companionship went to the spirit world. Since then Mr. Marshall has lived with his children. He was the father of seven children the grandfather of thirty-three and the great grandfather of nine. From childhood he has been a member of the United Protestant Episcopal church of England and Ireland. Funeral was held at the Christian church in Prairie Green township. Remains were laid in Hoopeston Cemetery, Rev. R.L. Vivian officiating. Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, (Iroquois Co. ILL.), Wednesday, April 6, 1892. [The Watseka Republican, 6 April 1892; Sub. by dmcneeley]
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]
Robert L. McCrory
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. [contributed by Cindy McCachern]
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 BZ]
Jeremiah Moran, a well-known mining expert, was crushed to death at Danville between the mine roof and a car which ran off the track. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, (Iroquois county., ILL.), March 23, 1892; Sub. by: dmcneeley]
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]
Died – In Danville, Ill. on the 24th ult. Mrs. Cynthia, consort of J. H. Murphy, Esq., aged 28 years. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, April 10, 1840]
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]
Daniel G. Neal
D. G. Neal, Oakwood, Dies
Oakwood--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.T.)
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 KT)
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]
Asa Partlow, a prominent business man of Danville, died yestetday of heart disease. Mr. Partlow, in 1872, organized the People's Building and Loan Association, the first institution of its kind in Danville. [The Indianapolis Journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]), 30 April 1892]
A Swede by the name of Peterson was run over and instantly killed, near the depot in Danville, on Saturday evening last. The train was switching, and he accidentally stepped on the wrong track. He head was severed from the body. He was a sober, industrious man. [Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, September 1, 1869; JD, Sub by FoFG]
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 - Submitted to Genealogy Trails by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
Mrs. Louis V. Petry
PETRY SERVICES TO BE WEDNESDAY
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; Submitted to Genealogy Trails by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
[Died in Danville on 5 May 1894. He was born in Philadelphia 27 May 1829]
LAST OF EARTH
Funeral Services Over the Remains of Dr. Alexander Pollock
The large auditorium of the First Presbyterian church was filled to its greatest capacity yesterday afternoon a the last sad rites over the remains of Dr. Alexander Pollock; and that large gathering alone gave evidence of the esteem in which this man had always been regarded by his fellow citizens and warm friends. Before the casket, as it was borne down the aisle, walked Mayor Sloan and the members of the city council of which body Dr. Pollock was formerly an honored member.
The casket was almost hidden with the great number of beautiful floral offerings, and besides those on its lid, many pieces were borne by the pall bearers. With Prof. Stoddard at the organ, the quartet composed of Messrs. Charles Smith, C. L. Kelley, A. R. Samuel, and E. X. Leseure, beautifully rendered "Rock of Ages," "Thy Will be Done," and "Home of the Soul."
Rev. S. H. Whitlock, of Kimber M. E. church, opened the services by reading a passage of scripture, after which he offered prayer. Rev. W. E. Andereck, of the First Baptist church, who, in the absence of Rev. W. E. Parsons, the pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiated, took for his text Job 14:14: "If a man die, shall he live again?" The discourse was a most eloquent and touching one, and during the time in which it was delivered, there was hardly a dry eye in the room. The minister spoke of the resurrection of Christ as the real heart of Christianity. When the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb, the hope of his disciples perished. His tragic death was a well known and tragic fact, and the broken seal, and other silent witnesses of his resurrection remain unchanged today. The story of the visit of the women to the tomb, and the subsequent appearances of Christ were related. That resurrection of Christ was thereafter their key note in their work, for then they knew. And his resurrection assures us of our own, and when God rolled away the stone from His tomb, sp he will rend the gates that hide our dead. The speaker said that he felt any words of eulogy he might give would be far too weak to express his true feelings. He spoke of Dr. Pollock’s unifying work in behalf of temperance and the good of society of our city. For over thirty-two years he has been with you, and many have said to me, "we do not know what we will do without him." Morally and religiously he has given us a beautiful example, and I do not doubt but he has heard the words of his master, "well done."
Rev. Whitlock then spoke a few words concerning his relations with this man, and of the great personal loss sustained by all. The remains were then borne to Springhill cemetery, followed by a long line of friends and neighbors. The following were pall bearers, Chauncey Lewis, A. A. McDonald, W. J. Calhoun, C. M. Swallow, Park T. Martin, P. J. Walker, A. C. Daniel, and W. A. Payton.
No one who knew him feels the least restraint in saying that Dr. Pollock was a good man; yes, a noble, a modest, a pure, a charitable, a sympathetic, gentle, helpful man. For twenty odd years the writer has known him most intimately and can say with hundreds of others, "very lovely thou was unto me, my brother." He had severe trials and heavy crosses, but he bore them heroically and never failed of hope, never was too heavily burdened to aid and cheer others. No wonder so many of the large audience wept as Bros. Adereck and Whitlock spoke so tenderly of him. Whatever be the reward of the true, the beautiful and the good in life to which his manly soul has passed, that will be the reward of Dr. Pollock to whom in sorrow we say farewell, but not forever.
Although it was pretty generally known that Dr. Alexander Pollock had been confined to his home, 305 West Seminary Street, for several days, by rheumatism, the news of his death, Saturday morning at 8:15 o’clock, was a shock to the whole community. The Doctor himself did not regard his sickness as serious. And Saturday morning made the remark to the members of his family that he felt much better than at any time since his illness. He ate a hearty breakfast at an early hour, and soon afterward prescribed for a patient who called. A few minutes later he was seized with a fainting spell and was removed from the chair to his bed. He was conscious and assured the loved ones about him that there was no occasion for alarm – it was only exhaustion. The words had scarcely passed his lips when he died. There was no movement of a muscle or the least indication of pain. The Doctor passed away as if falling into a peaceful slumber.
During a residence of many years in Danville, Dr. Pollock did not make an enemy. He was one of the kindest hearted of men and was never so happy as when "going about and doing good." "If any man in Danville was ever universally loved by the people, that man was Dr. Pollock," remarked an old citizen, Saturday. All classes liked him and all will miss him.
Dr. Pollock was born in Philadelphia, May 27 1829, and is of Scotch-Irish lineage and lived here since the fall of 1860. His youth was spent in his birthplace, which he left for the west in 1852, locating in Springfield, Ill., where he taught school for a short time. He studied medicine under Dr. R. E. Adams and in the year 1860 was graduated in St. Louis from the Homeopathic Medical college of Missouri. He shortly thereafter located in Danville. In 1862, he enlisted in company C, 125th Illinois Infantry, as first lieutenant and served until 1864, when he resigned his commission and returned to this state to practice medicine. He practiced at Decatur for about nine months and then removed to Danville, where he had since made his home. In Decatur, he married Miss Sarah Wood, who bore him two children, Charles, who now resides in Decatur, and Mrs. Will Purcell of Urbana. He afterward married Mrs. John Culbertson (NOTE: this should be Wilkinson), nee Miss Davis, a sister of the late Judge O. L. Davis, who survives him. By this union, there were three children, Oliver D., Miss Lucy, and Scott. Mrs. R. W. Gillett is a step-daughter of the deceased.
Dr. Pollock was a member of the Wabash Valley Homeopathic Medical College society and a member of the First Presbyterian church. [probably the Danville Daily News. It would have been the week of May 7, 1894 - Submitted by Daniel Allen]
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred QUAST, residing at the Junction, was buried Saturday afternoon. Services were held at the German Lutheran Church. [Danville Daily News, 26 May 1885]
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.
Rev. Minnie Sanders
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 a poem which summed up her philosophy of life and gave her last instructions to her people: [poem omitted]
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 [From the Georgetown Newspaper, Tuesday, February 16, 1965; contributed by Cindy McCachern]
The little son of Calvin Selby, of Fairmount, is dying in great agony from blood poisoning caused by killing potato-bugs with his bare fingers. He had slight cuts on his hands, and the poison from the insect mixing with the blood caused the body to swell up until almost twice its natural size. [The Indianapolis Journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]), 22 June 1888; Sub by KT]
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 and Margaret 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org]
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]
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 BZ]
Charles E. Swinford
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. [Star Tribune, Terre Haute IN, Sept. 28, 2001; Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Carol Kessner]
T.B. Tennery, a well known citizen of Hoopeston, died last Monday. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday April 6, 1892; Sub. by dmcneeley]
Mrs. Choice Thomas
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. (Danville Daily News, December 22, 1886; Sub. by KT)
Lewis Milton Thompson
L.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. [Submitted to Genealogy Trails by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
Mary Margaret 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]
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]
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.T.)
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]
Coal Miner Killed by Train.
Danville: Samuel White was struck by a Wabash engine and received injuries which resulted in his death a few minutes later. White was a coal miner. [The Mattoon Commercial (Mattoon, IL) 24 May 1906]
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.]