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The following information and pictures were shared by Albert Morgan and Sharon Pilkington.

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Names linked to the CLOSE family are


John Close sr
John Close

1. John CLOSE.

 John married Mary GRAHAM. Born in Ireland.
in 1848 from Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 They had the following children:

 i.  John (1855-1926)

ii.  Robert. Born in 1844.
Robert died in killed siege of Vicksburg, Miss. Civil War on 2 Sep 1863, he was 19. Military Service: killed in the Civil War siege of Vicksburg age 19.

Read Roberts letters.


2. John Close jr

  • Born on 28 Feb 1855 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Died in Wayne City, Wayne Co. Il. on 22 Mar 1926, age 71.
  •  Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.
  • Occupation: rural mail carrier Rt. 1 July 1 1903 first asst. to Postmaster Wayne City Illinois.
  • Death cert. #: 0960046 Wayne City, Wayne Co. Il.


They had the following children:
Ida -- Mary -- Charles R. -- Kate --
Robert -- Meada O. -- Rosa Lee - James M.

Martha Ellis Close

On 25 Feb 1875 when John was 19, he married Martha Jane ELLIS, daughter of Charles Rawling ELLIS (1832-1885) & Nancy CARLISLE (1840-1885), in Johnsonville, Wayne Co., IL.

  • Born on 1 Oct 1856 in Newton Co. Mo.
  • Died in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co. Il. on 14 Aug 1946, aged 89
  • Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.


i.    Ida

Ida married Albert F. MORGAN

  • Born on 8 Apr 1885 in Jefferson Co. Illinois.
  • Died on 4 Sep 1943, he was 58.
  • son of George W. MORGAN (1857-) & Ellen Kitturie TERRY (1868-1908).
  • Children: Juliet (1908-1998), Euil (1910-1988) and Alma Geraldine

 Pictured Albert, Ida, Juliet, & Euil Morgan

Picture courtesy of Al Morgan

Ida Close

Born on 11 Sep 1889 in Wayne Co., Illinois.

Died in Hickory Grove Nursing Home, Mt. Vernon, Illinois on 8 Oct 1974, she was 85.

Buried in Oakwood Cemetery,. Education: first President Parent Teacher Association. Religion: member First United Methodist Church.

ii.   Mary

Mary first married Will STRAUD

Will & Mary CLOSE Straud
Picture courtesy of Al Morgan

They had one child:
Zeta Myrtle - Born in 1895. 

 On 14 Oct 1904 when Mary was 27, she married #2 William HALE

Mary Close

Born on 31 Dec 1876 in Wayne Co., IL
Died on 14 Oct 1906, she was 29.
Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co.

iii.  Charles R.
On 24 Feb 1904 when Charles R. was 22, he married
Erlie Louise SMITH, daughter of William Harrison SMITH (1840-1923) & Hannah Anne HARSHBAGER (1849-1928).

  • Born on 16 Apr 1883 in Four Mile Twp., Wayne County, IL
  • Died in Elgin Kane County Il. in 1962, she was 78.
  • Buried in Olive Branch Cemetery, Wayne Co. Il.
  • Obituary of Erlie

Charles R. & Erlie SMITH Close
Picture courtesy of Al Morgan

They had
Dessie -- Alma -- Edna -- William -- Muriel

Born on 23 Apr 1881.
Died in Loda, Illinois on 2 Jan 1953, age 71.
Buried in Olive Branch Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.


iv.  Kate   b. 6 Jun 1886; d. 6 Jan 1901, aged 14.
Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

v.   Robert Wayne

Robert Wayne CLOSE.

   On 12 Dec 1902 when Robert Wayne was 23, he married Carrie ALLEN GRAHAM

  •    Born on 5 Feb 1877.
  •    Died on 11 Nov 1952, she was 75.
  •    Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

They had children:
Alberta -- Fern -- Veda -- Stella -- Infant son --
Nolan -- Homer -- Robert Wayne

Robert Wayne:

on 14 Mar 1879 in Orchardville, IL

Died in Wayne City, Wayne Co. on 10 Jan 1947, age 67.

Buried in Thomason Cemetery
Death cert. #: 0004286 Orel Twp., Wayne Co. Il.

vi.    Meada O.

Meada O. Close, aged 17
Picture courtesy of Al Morgan

b. 25 Aug 1892;
d. 28 Jan 1910, aged 17.
Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

vii.  Rosa Lee

On 8 Jul 1919 when Rosa Lee was 23, she married Owen D. HERBERT, son of George W. HERBERT (1865-1945) & Emma GRACE (1870-1937), in Fairfield, Wayne Co., Illinois.

  • Born on 5 Aug 1896 in Dahlgren, Illinois.
  • Died in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on 11 Mar 1985, he was 88.
  • Buried 14 Mar 1985 in Oakwood Cemetery, Jefferson Co., IL.
  • Occupation: 30 year Railroad Postal Clerk.
  • Religion: member Central Church of Christ.
  • Military Service: WWI 2nd Lieutenant horse-drawn artillery; King City Barracks #162;American Legion Post 141.
  • Obituary 

They had the following children:

John Robert "Bob" -- Owen D. "Bud"

b. 7 Jun 1896 in Wayne City, Wayne Co., Illinois.
d. 29 Nov 1983 Mt. Vernon, IL, age 87.

Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Jefferson Co., IL.

viii.  James M.

b. 1 Jul 1883; d. 9 Nov 1884
Buried in Orchardville, Illinois Cemetery.



5. Charles R. CLOSE
They had the following children:

Married Dec 12, 1927 to Arlo Johnson Linder son of Jobie Sylvester and Nancy Jane BOYD Linder

Born Feb 17, 1906

Died Oct 16, 1970 Paxton Illinois

Buried Glen Cemetery, Paxton Illinois OBIT


Dessie CLOSE and Arlo Linder
donated by Sharon Pilkington

ii.                  Alma Blanch

Born on 30 Oct 1911.

Died in Wayne Co., Illinois on 9 Jun 1983, she was 71.

On 27 Oct 1930 when Alma Blanch was 18, she married

 Alfred Frederick CORK13, son of William Berryman CORK (1874-1932) & Clara Mae ELLINGWOOD, in Covington, Fountain Co. Indiana.

Born on 19 May 1910 in Kent Twp., Warren Co. Indiana.

Died in Kankakee, Il. on 2 Aug 1989, he was 79.

Picture of Alfred & Blanch CLOSE Cork (Left)
donated by Sharon Pilkington

   iii.  Edna

On 19 Jun 1930
Edna married Robert William CORK son of William Berryman CORK (1874-1932) & Clara Mae ELLINGWOOD, in St. Louis Mo.

  • Born on 25 Mar 1906 in Williamsport, Indiana.
  • Died in Elgin, Kane Co., Il. on 5 Apr 1983, age 77.

They had the following children:

Burlen -- Delmar -- Versial -- Omer -- Ray --     Jean
Karen married (Stephens) -- Diana (married Hamn)

Children of Edna Close & Robert Cork

Back left to right
Delmar, Omer, Ray, Burlon, Versial

Jean Schwing, Diana Hale, Karen Stephens
Picture donated by Sharon Pilkington

iv. William O.
(Died as Infant).

William O. died in 1905. Buried in Olive Branch Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

v. Muriel
(Died as Infant).

Muriel died in 1907. Buried in Olive Branch Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

5. Children of Edna Close & Robert Cork  

Jean CLOSE Schwing

  • Born July 1, 1926 
  • Died Mar 3, 1990
  • Buried Glen Cemetery Paxton Illinois


Married Louis “Bud” Schwing son of Louis Edward & Rosa Schwing

  • Born Apr 13, 1923 Lawrenceburg Indiana
  • Died June 21, 1983 Mercy Hospital, Urbana


Picture and Obits donated by Sharon Pilkington


6. Children of Robert Wayne CLOSE and Carrie Allen Graham

They had the following children:

i.   Alberta.
on 21 Jul 1907 in Wayne Co., Illinois.
 Married Lycurgus Whitlock
Died in Highland, Illinois on 22 Sep 1992, she was 85.

Lycurgus Whitlock
Apr 1, 1898 Fairfield, Wayne Co. Il. S/o Joseph & Ida Mae COVINGTON Whitlock
Died Jan 1982 St. John’s Hospital, Highland Illinois    SS# 332- 14- 4901
Buried St. John’s Cemetery, Collinsville, Il.

ii.                   Fern
            Died in 1972.
            Buried Maple Hill Cemetery, Fairfield, Illinois
            On 4 Jun 1968 Fern married Liberty DIXON
            Born on 30 Mar 1902. Liberty
            Died in Fairfield, Wayne Co., Illinois Dec 1981, he was 78.
            Buried Maple Hill Cemetery, Fairfield Illinois


 iii.        Veda. Veda married Scott.

 iv.        Stella. Born on 6 May 1905. Stella died on 26 Mar 1911, she was 5. Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

 v.         infant son. Born in 1914. infant son died in 1914. Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

 vi.        Nolan. Born on 12 Sep 1903. Nolan died on 4 Mar 1911, he was 7. Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

 vii.       Homer. Born in 1909. Homer died in 1915, he was 6. Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois.

 viii.      Robert Wayne8,1. Born in 1917. Robert Wayne died in Orel Township, Wayne Co., IL on 10 Oct 1918, he was 1. Buried in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois. Death cert. #: Death Cert# 0055251 Orel Twp., Wayne Co., IL. 

7. Rosa Lee CLOSE.

Children of Rosa Lee Close and Owen D. Herbert

i.          John Robert "Bob"
ii.         Owen D. "Bud"


Fourth Generation


8. Euil Wayne MORGAN.9,15,1

  • Born on 19 Mar 1910 in Wayne City, Wayne Co., Illinois.
  • Died in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on 23 Dec 1988, he was 78.
  • Occupation: former editor The Echo; School teacher Lincoln School Mt. Vernon.
  • Education: Graduate Mt. Vernon Twp. High School 1928 graduate University of Illinois 1932.

Shower -- Marriage 1 -- Marriage 2 News Items

 On 10 Aug 1935 when Euil Wayne was 25, he married Shirley Jean CATES daughter of Hester, in Marion, Kentucky. Occupation: employed Dahlgren Post Office. Education: Graduated Opdyke Community High School. 

They had one child:
Albert Wayne


Juliet Ellen Close

  • Born on 13 Jan 1908 in Wayne Co., Illinois.
  • Died in Bloomington, Illinois on 17 Dec 1998, she was 90.
  • Occupation: teacher Ashley Twp. High School.
  • Education: grad. Mt. Vernon Twp. High School; Southern Illinois Teachers College at Carbondale.


On 10 Aug 1935 when Juliet Ellen was 27, she married P. Kendall FUGATE, son of J. C. FUGATE, in Marion, Kentucky.

Occupation: divisional assistant, Engineering Dept. Illinois Commercial Telephone Co. Murphysboro IL.

Education: Grad Cairo High School; University of Illinois Urbana.


Alma Geraldine. Born on 24 Nov 1916 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Alma Geraldine married MAYFIELD


Charles R. Close, Dies at Paxton (Champaign Urban Courier sent to me by Sharon Pilkington ).

 "Charles R. Close, 72, of Paxton, Wall Township, Northwest of here, died 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in Paxton Community Hospital, where he was admitted a short time earlier. He had been suffering from a heart ailment for several months. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in olive Branch Baptist church, Wayne city, with the Rev. Harold Mayberry officiating. Burial will be in the olive Branch Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday night and until 5 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral home, Paxton. Mr. Close had been born April 23, 1881, in Wayne County, son of John and Martha ELLIS Close. He lived in Wayne County 25 years before moving to Melvin. Later he moved to the Paxton community where he had lived the last 17 years. Mr. Close was married to Miss Erlie SMITH in February 1904, in Wayne County. He was a member of the Olive branch Church. He leaves his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Jack Linder, Paxton; Mrs. Alfred Cork Rankin; and Mrs. Robert Cork. Elgin;15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Rosie Herbert and Mrs. Ida Morgan, both of Mt. Vernon.".


Robert Close, 67, Wayne City, Dies (Wayne County Record sent to me by Sharon Pilkington).

"Funeral service for Robert Close who died last Friday at 6:10 p.m. where held at two Sunday from the Combs Chapel in Wayne City, by Rev L. E. Louisignont. Burial was in the Thomason Cemetery. Mr. Close 67, a retired farmer died at his home in Wayne city after a long illness. His retirement last fall was caused by poor health. He was born in Orchardville the son of john & Martha Jane ELLIS Close. He was married to Carrie Allen December 12, 1902. Mr. Close was a member of the Richland Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Carrie, three daughters, Mrs. Alberta Whitlock, St. Joseph, Il. and Fern and Vada at home; one brother Charles R. of Loda; two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Herbert and Mrs. Ida Morgan, both of Mt. Vernon and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and five children.".



Blanche A. Cork, 72, dies at Gibson City. (unknown paper sent to me by Sharon Pilkington).  "Blanche A. Cork, 72, rural Paxton, died 3:15 p. m. Thursday, June 9, 1983, at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She had been in failing health for several years. funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ford Baier Funeral Home, the Rev. Harold Bodeen officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Cork was born Oct. 30, 1911 in Wayne City Ill. a daughter of Charles and Early SMITH Close. She married Alfred E. Cork Oct 27, 1930, in Covington, Indiana. Surviving are her husband, three sons, Fay Cork, Belvidere, Il. Alfred Cork Jr., rural Loda, and Darwin Cork, rural Thawville, 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Edna Cork, Elgin, Il. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers in infancy and one sister. Mrs. cork moved to Melvin from Wayne City as a teenager and attended Melvin schools. She also lived several years in Elgin area and lived in the Paxton Melvin communities 25 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.                                                                        

Blanche A. Cork Rites

Funeral services for Blanche A. Cork who died June 9, 1983, were conducted Sunday afternoon at Ford Baier Funeral Home Paxton, the Rev. Harold Q. Bodeen officiating. Burial was in the Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Pallbearers were Randy Cork, Darian Cork, Larry Schwing, Verisal Cork, Ronnie Cork and Roy Linder. Organist was Linda Kellerhals.".


Arlo J. Linder, 64, Dies at Home. "Arlo Jackson Linder, 64, of Rt. 1 Paxton, died at 1 a.m. Friday, Oct 16, 1970 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct 18, at Brown-Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Howie officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday Oct 17. Mr. Linder was born February 17, 1909 in Sims the son of Jobie and Nancy Jane BOYD Linder. His childhood was spent in Sims and he attended schools in Sims, Wayne City and Fairfield. He married Dessie Close December 12, 1927 in Fairfield. They resided in St. Louis following their marriage before coming to Paxton where he farmed. Survivors include his wife Dessie, two daughters, Mrs. John Ryberg, Paxton: Mrs. John Kelly, Johnsonville; two sons, Roy Linder, Onarga; and Dave Linder, Loda: eight grandchildren, four brothers, William and Henry Sims; Harve, Dundee and Louis Chenoe; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Baker, Sims; and Mrs. L. A. Dallas, Garrett. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.


Arlo J. Linder Succumbs

Arlo Jackson Linder, 64, of Paxton died Friday at his home. He was born at Sims Feb 17, 1906, the son of Jobie Sylvester and Nancy Jane BOYD Linder.

Married in 1927

He was married in Fairfield Dec 12, 1927 to Dessie Close. Funeral services were held Sunday at Paxton, with burial in the Glen Cemetery there.

The survivors

Surviving are his widow; two sons, Roy of Onarga and David of Loda; two daughters, Mrs. John Ryberg, of Paxton, and Mrs. John Kelley of Johnsonville; four brothers, William and Henry, both of Sims; Harv of Dundee; and Louis of Chenoe; and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Baker, of Sims; and Mrs. L. A. Dallas of Garrett.".


LIBERTY DIXON, 79, DIES (unknown paper sent to me by Sharon Pilkington).

 "A man who is a rather familiar figure on main street in Fairfield, Liberty Dixon, 79, was found dead at his home at 508 laurel Street at 10 o'clock Sunday morning. Rev. Berlin Scarbrough stopped by the Dixon home to take the elderly man to church, but he did not answer the door. Police were called and broke down the door, they found Mr. Dixon lying on the living room floor, dead.


Coroner Bob Johnson said examinations indicated death resulted from natural causes some hours earlier. Mr. Dixon lived alone. Rather late in life on June 4, 1966 he was married to Fern Close. She died in 1972. Mr. Dixon was born in Wayne County, March 30, 1902, the son of John and Mary DAVIS Dixon. He spent much of his life as a --------Laborer.

Rites Tuesday

Funeral services will be held at Johnson's Funeral Home, at 2? p.m. Tuesday with rev. Berlin Scarbrough in charge. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is after 6 p.m. Monday (tonight)

The only known survivors are three cousins, Mrs. Mobart Gray. and Larry Davis, of Fairfield and Mrs. Russell Talbert of Wayne City.".


Lycurgus Whitlock, Native of Fairfield, 83 Dies (unknown paper sent to me by Sharon Pilkington).

"Lycurgus P. Whitlock, 83 of Alhambra, Il. a native of Fairfield, died at 6:07 a. m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Mr. Whitlock was the brother of Mrs. Mary Gregory, of Fairfield. He was a retired farmer.

Services Friday

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's United Church of Christ in Collinsville, with Rev. Donald Sabbert to officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Collinsville. Mr. Whitlock was born in Fairfield Apr. 1, 1898, the son of the late Joseph and Ida Mae COVINGTON Whitlock. He was married to Alberta CLOSE. Mr. Whitlock also worked as a custodian for St. John's Church in Collinsville.

The Survivors

Surviving are his widow, Alberta; five daughters, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Otis, of Villa Grove; Mrs. Vernie (Doris) Oliver, of Decatur; Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Fresen, of Collinsville; Mrs. Wayne (Jessie) Castegnaro, of Highland; and Mrs. Ed (Cara) Suchman, of Columbus O.;  one sister Mrs. Mary Gregory, of Fairfield; 15 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.".


3. Wayne County Press, March 25, 1875.

Mr. John Close married Miss Margaret Ellis

4. unknown, March 26, 1926.


John Close son of John and Mary Close, was born February 28, 1855 in Philadelphia, Pa. of Irish parentage. Died March 22, 1926 age 71 years and 24 days. He came to Illinois with his parents at the age of ten years where he grew to manhood, where he was united in marriage to Martha Jane Ellis, Feb. 25th 1875. He taught school a number of years in the north part of this county. He and his wife located at Wayne City, Ill. 1883, where he pursued the occupation of farming for several years. He was appointed a rural mail carrier on route no. 1 from Wayne City, July 1st 1903, and served in that capacity for 15 years, resigning on account of ill health. Later he accepted a position as an assistant to the Post Master at Wayne City office, retaining that place till death, having served under three different Post Masters. He was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity having been a Master Mason about 46 years. There were eight children born to this union, namely; Mary Hale who died October 14, 1906, Robert of Fairfield, Ill. Charles of Wayne City, James, who died in his infancy, Kate, who died Jan. 16th 1901, Ida Morgan of Mt. Vernon, Ill. Meada who died Jan. 28th 1910 and Rosa Herbert of Mt. Vernon, IL., who was unable to be present on account of illness. He leaves his wife, four children, fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a grand daughter Mrs. O. P. Green of Wayne City whom he raised. He had one brother and six sisters. Only one sister survives, Mrs. Martha Huddleson of Hiawatha, Kans. His brother Robert was killed in the siege of Vicksbburg, Miss. in the Civil War, at the age of nineteen years. Besides his relatives, he leaves a host of friends to mourn their loss. He never affiliated with any denominational church but has been heard to express his vies and his faith to reach that Spiritual Building, that house not made with hand, eternal in the heavens. Funeral services were held in the Wayne City M. E. church Tuesday afternoon March 23. The Masons Lodge had charge of the services, and Chas. L. Wood assisted Rev. Earl C. Phillips. Burial at Thomason Cemetery.                                                                3-26

5. unknown, abt. Aug 14, 1946.


Mrs. Martha Jane Close, widow of John Close, died at 5:15 a. m. today in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Morgan, 701 South 18th Street. Her age was 89 years 10 months 13 days. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Combs Chapel in Wayne City. Mrs. Close was born October 1 1856 in Missouri, the daughter of Charles R. and Nancy (Carlyle) Ellis. On February 25, 1875 she was married to John Close, who preceded her in death on March 22, 1926. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Oreder of Eastern Star of Wayne City. Mrs. Close was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Robert of Fairfield and Charley of Loda, Ill.; two daughters Mrs. Ida Morgan and Mrs. Owen Herbert of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, J. T. Ellis of Bentonville, Arkansas and F. M. Ellis of Weatherford, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Anna Chandler, Van Nuys, California; 15 grandchildren, 33great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.


6. March 5, 1925.


Mr. and Mrs. John Close of Wayne City, celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary, Wednesday February the 25. Mr. Close was born of Irish parent in Philadelphia , Pa., February 28, 1855, and is seventy years old. Mrs. Close who prior to marriage was Martha Ellis, was born October 1, 1856 and is 68 years old. They were married at Johnsonville, Ill., February 25th 1875. They have four children as follows: Mrs. A. F. Morgan and Mrs. O. D. Herbert of Mt. Vernon, Robert Close of Fairfield and Chas. Close of Wayne City. Four children are dead. They have fourteen grandchildren, one of whom they raised, and three great grandchildren. Mr. Close is assistant postmaster at Wayne City and has been a Mason for forty-nine years. They were presented with a radio.


9. unknown, abt Aug 5, 1974.


Mrs. Ida Morgan, 84, of 705 S. 18th St., died at 9:25 a.m. Monday (Aug. 5, 1974) at Hickory Grove Manor. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Meyers Chapel, with the Dr. Clyde Funkhouser and Rev. Russell Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 6 p.m. today. Mrs. Morgan was born in Wayne County  on September 11, 1899, the daughter of John and Martha (Ellis) Close. She married to Albert L. Morgan, who died on September 4, 1943. Mrs. Morgan was apast Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and a past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine. She was the first president of the Parent Teacher Association at Horace Mann School, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, Euil W. Morgan, of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Juliet Fugate and Mrs. Geraldine Mayfield, both of Bloomington; a sister, Mrs. Rose Herbert of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


10. unknown, after August 10, 1935.


Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Morgan of 701 South 18th Street, announce the marriage of their daughter Juliet Ellen, to P. Kendall Fugate of Murphysboro, Illinois, which occurred August 10, at Marion, Ky. The young couple were accompanied by the bride's brother and sister-in-law, who married on the same date. Rev. R. H. Wade, pastor of the Marion, Ky., First M. E. Church performed the ceremony. Mrs. Fugate is a graduate of the Mt. Vernon Township High School and of the Southern Illinois Teachers College at Carbondale. She was formerly a teacher in Mt. Vernon City Schools. At present she is a member of the faculty of Ashley Township High School. Mr. Fugate is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fugate of Carbondale. He is a graduate of Cairo High School and of the University of Illinois at Urbana. He is employed as a divisional assistant in the engineering department of the Illinois Commercial Telephone Co., at Murphysboro.


12. unknown.


Mrs. Erlie Close, 79, of Elgin, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital in that city. She is a former resident of Wayne City. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Chapel in Wayne City. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Richardson Chapel where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Close was born April 16, 1883, in Wayne County, the daughter of William H. and Annie (Harshbarger) Smith. She was married to Charles Close, who preceded her in death in 1953. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Robert Cork of Elgin, Mrs. Alfred Cork of St. Charles and Mrs. Jack Linder of Paxton; a sister, Mrs. Esty Myers of Humbolt, Il. 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Mrs. Close was a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.


Mrs. Charles Close (Elgin) (Elgin Daily Courier sent to me by Sharon Pilkington).

"Mrs. Charles (Effie L.) Close 79, of 53 Second St. died Wednesday afternoon in St. Joseph Hospital following a short illness. She was born April 16, 1883 in Four Mile township, Wayne County, Illinois and had lived in Elgin for eight years. She was a member of the olive branch baptisit Church in Four mile Township. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1953. Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Robert (Edna) Cork of Elgin, Mrs. Jack (Dessie) Linder of Paxton and Mrs. Alfred (Blanche) Cork of St. Charles; a sister Mrs. Esty Myers of Humbolt; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Freinds may call at Bergan Memorial Chapel from 6 to 10 p. m.  today. The body will be taken to the Richardson funeral Home in Wayne City for visitation Friday night.. Services will be at 2 Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the olive Branch cemetery.".


14. unknown, after March 11, 1985.


Owen D. Herbert, 88, 2809 Cherry Street, died at 10:35 a.m. Monday at his home. Mr. Herbert was born in Dahlgren on August 5, 1896, the son of George W. and Emma (Grace) Herbert. On July 8, 1919 in Fairfield he married Rose L. Close who preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1983. He was a railway postal clerk for 30 years. He was a World War I veteran where he was a second lieutenant in the horse-drawn artillery. He was a member of the King City Barracks No. 162 of World War I Veterans and a member of the American Legion Post 141. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ where he served as an elder for several years. He was also past Master of the Mt. Vernon  Masonic Lodge No. 31 AF&AM and past worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 233. He is survived by two sons John Robert "Bob" Herbert and Owen D "Bud" Herbert Jr. both of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren, Nancy Herbert, Debbie Ann York and Del Herbert; seven great grandchildren; one great great grandson; one sister, Una L. Williamson of West Harison, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parent, two brothers, Dr. George Herbert and Exra Herbert, and one sister, Geneva Kuenz. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home with J. Howard Kraps officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.


15. unknown, after August 10, 1935.


The marriage of Euli Morgan of this city and Miss Shirley Jean Cates of Dahlgren was solemnized Saturday, August 10th at six p.m., in Marion, Ky. the Rev. R. H. Wade of the Marion Methodist Church was the officiating minister. Mr. Morgan is the son to Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Morgan of this city. He graduated from the Mt. Vernon township high school in 1928 and from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1932. He is now teaching in Mt. Vernon city schools. Mrs. Morgan is the daughter of Mrs. Hester Cates. She graduated from Opdyke Community High School, and has been employed in the post office at Dahlgren.



A surprise miscellaneous shower was given Monday evening in honor of Mrs. Euil Morgan, formerly Miss Shirley Cates of Dahlgren. Two contest were conducted  by Mrs. R. L. Martin and both were won by Mrs. Nana Goin. Fifty one were present and Mrs. Morgan received many useful gifts. Ice cream and cake were served at the close of the evening.


16. Dahlgren Echo, August 16, 1935 front page.


Euil Morgan, Shirley Cates Married Saturday Evening In Marion, Kentucky

Euil Morgan of Mt. Vernon, and Miss Shirley Cates of Dahlgren, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. last Saturday at Marion Ky. They were accompanied by the groom's sister and friend. Mrs. Morgan is the daughter of Mrs. Hester Cates of Dahlgren. She is a graduate of Dahlgren and Opdyke High School and for the past four years has been employed at the local Post Office. Mr. Morgan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Morgan of Mt. Vernon. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree of B. S J. and a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. He is a former editor of the ECHO. After the ceremony, the young couple visited Evansville, returning here for a short stay while their new home in Mt. Vernon is being prepared. Mr. Morgan is employed as a teacher at the Lincoln School in Mt. Vernon in which system he has worked since 1932.


Louis E. Schwing (The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Il. June 23, 1983 sent by Sharon Pilkington). "PAXTON - Louis Edward "Bud" Schwing Jr. 60, a tool and Die maker for Switchcraft Inc. died at 7 p.m. Tuesday (June 21, 1983) at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, where he had been a patient for two days. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Larry Manship officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Schwing was born April 13, 1923, at lawrenceberg, Ind. a son of Louis Edward and Rosa Schwing. he married Jean M. Close in 1943 in Elgin. She survives. Also surviving are his mother in Lawrenceburg, two sons, Louis Edward "Bomber" Schwing III, Fisher, and Larry James Schwing rural Paxton; tow daughters, Sharon Pilkington and Jackie Howe, both of Paxton, five sisters and 11 grandchildren.".


Jean Schwing (The Pantagraph Bloomington, Illinois March 4, 1990 Sent to me by Sharon Pilkington). "LODA - Jean Schwing, 63, of rural Loda died at 10:18 a.m. yesterday (March 3, 1990) at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ford_Baier Funeral home, Paxton, the Revs. Larry Manship and David Burnette officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. She was born July 1, 1926, in Wayne City, a daughter of Robert and Edna CLOSE Cork. She married Louis "Bud" Schwing, Sept. 25, 1943, in Elgin. He died June 21, 1983. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Pilkington, Paxton, and Jackie Howe, Watseka; two sons, Louis, Fisher and Larry, Paxton; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Burlan, Delmar, Verisal, Omer and Ray Cork, all of the Chicago areas; and two sisters, Karen Stephens, Campbell, Ala., and Diana Hamn, Kirkland. She was preceded in death by her parents. A housewife, Mrs. Schwing attended country schools. Memorials may be made to the heart Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.".


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