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Memorial Card
Herbert Ralson
b. 14 Feb 1889 in Owensboro, KY
d. 29 May 1969 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
services conducted from: Dixon & Johnson Chapel on Sunday, 1 June 1969 on 1 p.m.
minister: Rev Charles Crowley
concluding service: Richland Cemetery
service conducted by: Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]



Newspaper memorial

James Ralston
In loving memory of JAMES RALSTON, who passed away 9 March 1989.
God saw that he was getting tired, and the cure was not to be; So He put His arms around him and whispered, "Come with me." With tearful eyes we watched him suffer and saw him fade away; Although we love him dearly, we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating hard work hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove He only takes the best.
Sadly missed by the Family
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


Memorial Card
Mrs. Mary Viola (Reeves) Ralston
b. 15 June 1892 in Wayne County, IL
d. 15 April 1969 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services held: Nale's Funeral Home on Thursday, 17 April 1969 at 2 p.m.
conducted by : Rev. Glen Thomason
concluding Service: Richland Cemetery

Mrs. Mary Viola Ralston
Mrs. Mary Viola Ralson, 76 yr, of 501 1/2 Laurel, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. She was rushed to the hospital in a Nale ambulance. Mrs. Ralson had been under a doctor's care for a heart condition for several years and her death has been attributed to a heart attack.
Funeral services were conducted from Nale's Funeral Home Thursday afternoon (today) with Rev. Glen Thomason officiating. Interment was in Richland cemetery south of Boyleston, Wayne Co, IL. Mrs. Ralston spent most of her life in the Fairfield- Boyleston area. She was born in Wayne County 15 June 1892, the daughter of Georg and Julia Reeves Lloyd. She was married to Claud Ralston, who preceded her in death.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Eleanor Ramsey
DIED, On one day last week, of small pox, at her residence in Mt. Erie, Mrs. Eleanor Ramsey, in the 71st year of her age. [War Democrat, March 17, 1864]


David R. Rankins
"Died. In this county on the 23d ult., David R., infant son of Henry Rankins, aged 1 year and 10 months."
[The Fairfield Independent Press, September 3, 1853 - Submitted by a FOFG]

Jonathan Rankins
Died in this place on the 29th inst. Mr. Jonathan Rankins, aged about 40 years. [Prairie Pioneer, March 29, 1859]



Charles E. Ray
Charles E. Ray who was prominent in farming and stock raising, living two miles northwest of Cisne, passed away at the Olney Sanitarium July 2, 1943 at the age of 77 years, two months and twenty-eight days. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Cisne July 9, 1942 at 2:30 p.m. by Eld John Walser of Allendale who is pastor of the church. Interment in the Cisne cemetery. Charles E. Ray, son of William and Cynthia Ray was born April 7, 1866 at Blue Point and later with his parents moved to the farm two miles northwest of Cisne, where he grew to manhood and lived the remaining years of his life. He was united in marriage with Lois May Cisne in the month of August 1893. To this union two sons and one daughter was born; Chester and Lura of Flora and Cecil of Cisne. He confessed his faith in Christ and united with the Christian Church at Cisne in 1894, where he remained in full fellowship on through life and has served the Church as Deacon for several years. His parents and companion, also four brothers and two sisters, Major Edward William, Alpheus, Laura A. and Mary O. have preceded him in death. His first companion departed this life September 21, 1904. Later he was united in marriage with Olive Hay Towns November 7, 1906. No children were born to this union. He has been in poor health for some months; he was taken last March to Barnes Hospital at St. Louis, where he was treated for three weeks; he then returned home where he remained until the 17th of June when he was taken to the Olney Sanitarium.
[Wayne Co., Press, July 1943 - Submitted by Peg Jones]


Ollie Belle Ray
Ollie Belle Ray, daughter of G.W. and Lydia Spalding was born in the state of Ohio September 10, 1863. When about 2 years old she with her parents moved to Wayne County, Illinois and settled on a farm 1 ¼ miles west of Cisne, where she grew to young womanhood and her parents remained on this farm until their passing. She was united in marriage with Edward M. Ray December 21, 1884. To this union two sons and one daughter was born; Luther at home, Charles of Rantoul, Ill., and Mrs. Alta Malzohn of Royalton, Ill. In early life he was converted and united with the Methodist church at Cisne, where she retained her membership until her passing. She was a woman of a friendly disposition and loved by all who knew her. She was a faithful companion, a loving mother and kind neighbor. Her husband, three brothers, and two sisters preceded her in death. She has been in fair health until the 9th of this month when she became very ill. All was done for her that loving hands could, but not able to restore her back to health and on Friday, April 13, 1945 she passed peacefully away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Linnie Squires in Cisne. She leaves to mourn her passing, one sister, Mrs. Linnie Squires, the three children, two brothers, D.G. Spalding of Cisne, and Harper Spalding of Kansas City, Kansas; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service was conducted at the Methodist church at Cisne April 15, 1945, at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Homer R, Herrin. Interment in the Cisne cemetery.
[Submitted by Peg Jones, April 1945] 


Memorial Card
Frank Richard Read
b. 16 Nov 1916 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 3 Jan 1959 in Fairfield, IL
Nale's Funeral Home on Tuesday, 6 Jan. 1959 at 2 p.m.
officiating: Rev. Joe Wallace
assisted by: Kenneth E. Brooks
concluding service at: Bovee Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


Nellie Read
Mrs. Nellie Read dies from Injuries
Crushed between truck and shed at home south of Boyleston Wednesday Night.
Mrs. Nellie Read, 46 yr, Route 1, Fairfield, died at Memorial hospital at 7:20 Monday morning (today) from injuries suffered in an accident at her home south of Boyleston early Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Read, widow of the late Frank Read and a daughter-in-law of the Charles Reads, South West -Seventh Street, sustained crushing injuries when caught between a shed corn crib and a truck driven by her 18 year old son, Howard. Taken to the hospital following the accident, Mrs. Read underwent two major operations, one for removal of a ruptured spleen and one Sunday morning for trachea (breathing) operation. She suffered internal bleeding, crushed pelvic and broken ribs.
The son was backing the truck, loaded with corn, back toward the shed crib, and did not know that his mother was standing by the shed until he heard her scream. Funeral services will be at Nale's Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial at Bovee Cemetery.
Coroner McNeill will hold an inquest. Mrs. Read and family had lived on the Hal Morlan place south of Boyleston 20 years. She was a native of the Barnhill vicinity, and born 8 June 1916, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Young. Mrs. Read was a member of the New Hope General Baptist church and also attended Richland church, near her home. She was married to Frank Read with three children born to this union. Her husband died in 1959, and she was also preceded in death by her father. Surviving are her three children, Herschel, 21 yrs, in school at Lexington, KY; Howard, 18 yrs, and Marjorie, 15 yrs, at home; her mother, Mrs. Clyde Young, of Barnhill; and four brothers, Vernon and Carl Young, of Fairfield; Marion Young, of Clay City; and Delbert Young of Barnhill.

RULE READ DEATH WAS ''ACCIDENTAL''
Son Tells Coroner's Jury of Death Of His Mother In Farm Accident
A coroner's jury ruled Mrs. Frank Read, Route 1, Fairfield, died an " accidental death" following the inquest held here Monday night. Coroner Robert McNeill presented only one witness, Mrs. Read's 18-year-old son, Howard, who was driving the truck which crushed his mother. Mrs. Read died at Memorial hospital Monday morning, five days after the accident at their farm home south of Boyleston.
The son testified that he had brought his truckload of corn to the elevator here Wednesday evening but had to return home with it after finding the elevator closed. Arriving back at the farm barn lot, he asked his mother to open a door to the corn crib. The son believed his mother had done this task and had gotten out of the way. He started backing the truck and then heard her scream. He jumped from the truck to find her pinned between it and the crib. He pulled the truck away and mother fell limp to the ground. Summoning his sister, Marjorie, the two put their mother in the family auto and rushed her to memorial hospital.
Howard, the son, told the jury that the truck's rear view mirror was broken and that he had not been able to see his mother directly back of the truck. Members of the jury were George McDannel, foreman, Allen Baumann, Ed Williams, Mike French, Jere Borders and Marshall McGehee. The inquest was held at Nale's Funeral Home.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Mrs. Reck
Mrs. Reck, an old and feeble-minded inmate of the county house, died on Sunday evening. [Wayne County Press, February 4, 1875]


John M. Reed
DIED. - October 5th, 1867], John M. Reed Esqr., of consumption. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, October 10, 1867]


Mrs. Reeves
. . .last Wednesday by the death of E. Reeves wife.  On Tuesday night she gave birth to a pair of twins, and died in eighteen hours afterward for lack of medical aid. [Wayne County Press, May 7, 1874]


Ella Maxine Reichert
An 86 year old resident of Enfield Rehab and Healthcare Center, Ella Maxine Reichert, died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18th 2005 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
Survivors include three sons, Robert Harrington of McLeansboro, William E. Harrington of Washington and Russell E. Harrington of Watseka; a sister, Lela Milington of Magnecit, OH; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ella Maxine Reichert will be 12 noon Wednesday, December 21, at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Middle Creek Cemetery at Dahlgren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. til noon on Wednesday at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  [
Wayne County Press, Thursday August 12 1965 - Donated by Vickey Woodard]



Noah Renfro
Noah Renfro, son of Amos and Jane Renfro was born near Barnhill, August 29, 1839 and departed this life May 26, 1932 aged 92 years 8 months, 27 days. He spent his entire life in this community. He was united in marriage about 1858 to Emily Woolen. To this union one child was born, Joseph, who still survives. His companion passed away in 1860. He was again united in marriage to Malissa Fowler and to this union 7 children were born, four preceded him in death and the three surviving are Mrs. Jane Wagoner of Bethany, Ill.; Mrs. Flora Chapman of Fairfield, Ill.; and Mrs. Harriett Carter of Barnhill with whom he made his home, his companion having passed away in 1895. He leaves to mourn their loss four children, thirteen grandchildren, 35 great grand-children and a host of relatives and friends.
He professed faith in Christ in early life, and later was united with Barnhill Missionary Baptist church as a charter member of the church. He was of strong Christian character which has built an influence for good which will reach far into the future. He was a deacon of the church for 50 years or more, always performing his duty in a way that was a credit to the church. He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor and held in high esteem by all who knew him.
[Newspaper and Date unknown - Donated by Lawrence Wantland]

Edward Rider
Fatal accident.-On Friday last, Edward, son of Mr. Sylvester Rider of Flora, met with a fatal accident while en route to this place….at four o'clock on Saturday afternoon he quietly passed away……..the deceased was about eighteen years of age……the burial took place on Sunday afternoon at the Buckeye burial grounds……. [Wayne County Press, October 30, 1868]


Jennie Beattie Robertson
Mrs. Jennie Beattie Robertson, daughter of M. J and Ellie Beattie was born Dec 8, 1885 and departed this life at her home in Sims, Nov 16, 1921, aged 26 years, 11 months and 8 days.  She was married to Leonard Robertson, Jan 21, 1911 and to this union four children were born, three girls and one boy.
Jennie was a loving wife and a good mother and neighbor and will be sadly missed in the home and community.  She professed faith in Christ when a girl of sixteen years and united with the Mount Olive M.E. Church and remained faithful until death.  She leaves to mourn a father, mother, one sister and one brother, a broken hearted husband and four little children and as she ad to go we are glad she was ready.  Funeral services were conducted at the home in Sims, by Rev. F. H. Cisna of Fairfield, assisted by Rev. Shehorn, and burial at Pin Oak.  A large crowd and the beautiful floral offerings show the high esteem in which she was held. 
 [Donated by Marylea Gazette]


Mrs. Wilson Robins
Died, of consumption, December 8th, 1875, sister Robins, wife of Wilson Robins, aged 37 years... [Wayne County Press, December 23, 1875]


A. J. Robinson
Died. At the residence of his Uncle, Mr. B. C. Jones, three miles west of Fairfield, at midnight, on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 1869, A. J. Robinson, aged thirty years, eleven months, and five days. [Wayne County Press, January 29, 1869]


Emily Robinson
Emily A. ROBINSON, widowed; born Hamilton County, Ohio; died 23 Dec 1909, Wayne City, Illinois, aged 80 years, 8 months; buried Thomason Cemetery, Wayne County.
(Register of Deaths, Wayne Co., Illinois, County Courthouse, Book 2, Pg. 236. Submitted by Marsha Johnson)


John Robinson
Intelligence has been received here of the death of John Robinson, which occurred on the 4th inst, at his home in Wayne City, Illinois. Mr. Robinson was the oldest son of the late Wm. Robinson, and for many years a highly respected citizen of this town. He filled many places of honor and trust, and at the time of his removal west, was a Ruling Elder in the 1st Presbyterian church of Washington.  ["Cambridge Jeffersonian" (Oh) 11/20/1884 -  Sub. by FoFG]
John ROBINSON, died at his home in Wayne City, Nov. 4th, 1884, of paralysis.
Mr. Robinson was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1819. United with the Presbyterian church when about twenty years of age, in Washington, Ohio, ...
Removed from Ohio to Illinois in 1865, arriving in Olney April 14th, the day Pesident Lincoln was assassinated. Then removed in a couple of years since to where Wayne City now stands.
He was married; first to Mary R. FRAME, who died leaving five children: Alfred R., Addah Z., (now Mrs. SCHELL), Clinton O., and Jennie O. The last two have since died; the others are all now living in the vicinity of Wayne City. His present wife [Emily A. Moore Baker] still survives him, together with a daughter, Lula L. ROBINSON....
(Wayne County Press, Nov. 20, 1884. Submitted by Marsha Johnson)

Leila A. Robinson
DIED. - December 11th, 1870, near Middleton this county, Leila A. Robinson, aged 2 years, 6 months and 21 days. [Wayne County Press, December 29, 1870]


Charles Winnings Rodecker
Dr. Rodecker and wife have met with the misfortune of losing their little boy, Charles Winnings, aged eighteen months. He died with pseudo Membranous Croup . . . [Wayne County Press, April 8, 1875]


Palestine Rodgers
Died, May 27th, 1875, Palestine Rodgers. Bro. Rodgers was in his forty-sixth year. He was born in Kentucky - went to Indiana at the age of four years, and in 1853 came to Illinois and settled four miles north west of Mt. Erie, where he spent the remainder of his life . . .  [Wayne County Press, June 24, 1875]


Minnie May Rogers
DIED, Wednesday March 3rd, 1875, Minnie May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Rogers, of Long Prairie. Little Minnie was 3 months and 28 days old ... [Wayne County Press, March 11, 1875]


Robert Rogers
At West Keechi, nine miles south of Jackson, west Texas, Robert Rogers, a young man, suicided by shooting himself through the head with a Henry rifle. The deceased was the son of a practicing physician at Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois, and had been but a short time a resident of Texas. He was proud and despondent, and left a note to his father saying he could not expect to be anybody any more, and as he could not find happiness he determined to leave the world.
[The Daily Constitution (Atlanta, Ga) 8 Nov 1878 - Sub. by FoFG]


Samuel E. Rossiter
Samuel E., son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Rossiter, died at their home three miles south of Fairfield, on Tuesday, Sept. 28th, aged four years, eleven months and two days.  The body was buried at Pleasant Grove the following day . . . [Wayne County Press, October 7, 1875]


Rouch
Enterprise -- A child of Mr. A. Rouch [* Roush *], near Cisne, was buried here in the Boone graveyard, last Monday…
[Wayne County Record, Thursday, February 4, 1897, Submitted by Becca Hamblin]

Note from Submitter: Her name is Cora Roush, daughter of Martha J. and Arthur M. Roush. She is buried at Laird cemetery (which I guess at one time was locally referred to as Boone graveyard).
Cora Roush
Birth: Mar. 30, 1896
Death: Jan. 31, 1897
Inscription: dau. of A.M. and M.J. Roush
Cora's parents Arthur M. and Martha J. Roush are also buried at Laird



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