Obituaries/Death Notices

Frank L. Fahnestock DuMar Fisher Marijane Fogg
William Fairburn Edward Fisher Chalmer Forney
Susan Farden Flavel Fisher Clyde Forney
Alice Farnum H. L. Fisher Ira Forney
Charles Farnum Marian Fisher James Forney
Emma Farnum Matilda Fisher Jesse Forney
Giles Farnum Maudie Fisher Miriam Forney
James Farnum Paul Fisher Neva Forney
Laura Farnum Sarah Fisher Susan Forney
Lucia Farr Simon Fisher Ada Foster
Bernice Farris Susan Fisher Freddie Foster
William Farry Bert Fitton Hattie Foster
Edgar Fash George W. Fitton Henry Foster
Allen Fast Geraldine Fitton John W. Foster
E. N. Fast George Fitton Joseph Foster
Emmett Fast Jimmie Fitton Sr. James Foster
Gertrude Fast Jimmie Fitton Mary Jane Foster
Harriet Fast Mabel Fitton Nathaniel Foster
Ida Fast Mildred Fitton William Francis
Jacob Fast Roberta Fitton G. O. Friedrich
Mrs. P. W. Fay Willis Fitton Elizabeth Freiling
Amy Feeser John Flagler Mary Frey
Newton Feeser Mary Flagler Wallace Friedberg
Alice Ferguson John Sinclair Fletcher Frank Fritz
Emeline (Hyde) Ferguson Olive Fletcher Jacob Frye
Margaret Finch Charles Fogg Mary Furstoss
Mary Jane Finley-Malcolm Helena Fogg Anna Fussner
James Finnegan Kenneth Fogg George Fussner



Mrs. Susan Farden died at Northampton, Wednesday night at 7:30 after an illness of some duration. [Note: Susan was the daughter of David and Fanny Leonard and was married to Ralph Farden. Their children were James, David, Wesley, Letitia, Rachel, Minerva, Daniel, Charles, and Grace. Susan died on Feb. 13, 1901 at the age of 80 years. She is buried in the Root (aka North Hampton) Cemetery.]

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Gaile Thomas, submitted by George Zane)

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Mrs. Farnum, Club Woman, Died Aged 77

Mrs. Alice M. Farnum 77, 337 Parkside Dr., widow of Dr. Charles G. Farnum, former prominent physician here, died at 2:10 this morning at Methodist hospital.

Mrs. Farnum was active in work of St. Paul's Episcopal church of which she was a member and also held membership in Pi Beta Phi sorority, Pan Hellenic, and the As You Like It club. She graduated from Knox college in Galesburg.

Mrs. Farnum was born in Waverly, IA, June 6, 1875, a daughter of James and Josephine Holt Brotherton. She married Dr. Farnum in Waverly.

Surviving are one son, Dr. Charles G. Farnum Jr., and four grandchildren of Peoria and a sister Miss Cora Brotherton of Waverly. A sister Mae is dead. Dr. Farnum died in April 1952.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Gordon E. Gillett at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Springdale cemetery. Friends may call at Gauss mortuary from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. (Peoria newspaper – she died May 19, 1953, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Dr. C. G. Farnum Services Monday
Physician, Surgeon Half Century

Funeral services for Dr. Charles G. Farnum, 337 Parkside Drive, prominent Peoria physician and surgeon and member of the medical profession for half a century who died at 2:15 a.m. Friday at Methodist hospital, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal church.

The Rev. Gordon Gillett will officiate and burial will be in Springdale cemetery. Friends may call at the Gauss mortuary from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dr. Charles G. Farnum, Sr., fund at Methodist hospital.

Dr. Farnum, who came to Peoria 41 years ago, had taken an active part in medical, civic and club circles throughout the years and was widely known and esteemed.

Elmwood Native

Born at Elmwood, he was a son of George and Amelia Hannam Farnum, and married Alice Brotherton at Waverly, IA.

He earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees at Knox college in Galesburg and his medical degree at Rush Medical college in Chicago. He served as an intern and later as a resident physician at Presbyterian hospital in Chicago. He also studied at Vienna, Austria. Dr. Farnum retired from active practice in 1951 because of ill health. (Peoria newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Mrs. Emma V. Farnum 

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma V. Farnum who passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Pacey in Joliet were held at the Methodist Church here Tuesday afternoon March 28 with the pastor, Rev. Thomas Spencer in charge.  Beautiful City", In the Garden", Abide with Me" were sung by Mrs. Orville Tucker and Mrs. H. O. Cady.  Interment was in the Brimfield cemetery.

Casket bearers were Joe Ellis, C. G. Strieder, L. E. McKown, John Caldwell, H. A. Blundy and J. A. Clark.

The following biography was read at the services.

Emma Virginia Shane, second oldest child of Susan and Hiram Shane, pioneer residents of this community was born October 17, 1842, on the Shane homestead, three miles north east of Brimfield in Jubilee township.  Her death occurred at Joliet, Illinois, March 26, 1933 at the age of 90 years, 5 months, and 9 days.  She received her education at the Shane school and completed her work at the old Brimfield Academy. 

When she was eighteen years old her father died, leaving a large family of children and for several years she helped her mother in the support of her brothers and sisters, only one of whom, Lula B. Shane of Brimfield, survives.

In the year 1866 she was married to Giles H. Farnum at Brimfield, who passes away twenty four years ago.  For two years they resided at Oneida, Illinois; the rest of her life has been lived at Brimfield, except the last three years, which she has spent with her daughter at Joliet, Illinois. 

At the age of fifteen years she was converted at special meetings held at the Shane school house, and joined the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she has remained a faithful member for seventy five years.

She leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs. Nettie Silloway of Melstone, Montana, Mrs. Lois Marshall of Pequot, Minnesota, who are unable to be present, and Mrs. Besse Pacey of Joliet.  Also there are five grandchildren: Lloyd Silloway of Miles City, Montana; Farnum W. Marshall of Pequot, Minnesota and Thomas Jr., Miriam, and Paul Pacey of Joliet, her sister-in-law, Mrs. Amelia Farnum of Elmwood and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Giles Huntley Farnum - Obituary

Giles Huntley Farnum was born in Chester, Vermont, March 31, 1845 and died at his home in Brimfield, Illinois December 17, 1908, his death resulting from apoplexy.      

Mr. Farnum came with his parents to this state in April, 1854, he being then nine years of age.  They settled on a farm a few miles west of Brimfir two years on the farm they moved to Brimfield where he lived until he was married to Emma V. Shane, November 20, 1866.

To this union was born three daughters, Mrs. Janette Silloway and Mrs. Lois Marshall now of Cando, N. Dakota, and Bessie Farnum residing at home.

After their marriage they moved to Oneida, Illinois, where they lived for two and years, where he and his oldest brother were in business together.  On account returned to a farm a few miles north of Brimfield and continued farming for a number of years.  He then went into the harness business in Brimfield, continuing in that until about a year and a half ago, when he gave up active business on account of his health.  He made two trips to Cando, N. Dakota, and was greatly benefitted by the climate, and it was with considerable reluctance he decided on the date to start home, arriving in Brimfield only six days before his death.

He was converted in 1871, during meetings held by the pastor, Rev. Milton Haney, in the M. E. Church in Brimfield and has been a consistent Christian ever since.  He was very conscientious in all business dealings.  He would not under any consideration do anything that was not open and straight forward.

He leaves to mourn his loss, besides his wife and three daughters above mentioned, one grandson, Lloyd Farnum Silloway, of Cando, N. Dakota, one brother James of Pasadena, California, also the daughter of James, Ms. Hunter Brink, of  Los Angeles, California.  His brother Georges of Elmwood, Illinois died a number of years ago, but leaves one son, Dr. C. G. Farnum, of Brimfield and a daughter Mrs. Grace Price of Omaha, Nebraska. 

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the M. E. Church, and were very largely attended by relatives, friends and neighbors.  Prayer was offered by Rev. Richard Pacey, the scripture lesson was read by Rev. Vincent Aten, of Tremont.  Rev. Aten then spoke feelingly of his early acquaintance with the deceased, they being boyhood friends together.  Rev. R. Pacey spoke of his religious character. Rev. C. T. Cady spoke of his influence over me, and Rev. M. P. Lackland spoke of his church relations.

Mrs. Addison Pacey, Miss Olive Herriott, Mr. Will Harding and Dr. A. J. Hawkes sang Abide with me", Lead kindly light" and "Nearer my God to thee". Beautiful floral tributes from the Standard Bearers, the Sunday School class, the Epworth League and the Ladies Aid society covered the casket.  The pall bearers were Ira Catton, J. H. Phares, E. B. McClellan, W. E. Cady, John Caldwell and Addison Pacey.

The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Brimfield cemetery. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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James F. Farnum

Death of an Aged and Respected Citizen. Lived Here Since 1854.

Rev. James F. Farnum Sr., was born in Bennington Co., Vt., Feb. 6, 1811. When he was sixteen years of age he went to Windsor Co., Vermont where he worked on a farm for five years for Mr. Ezekiel Davis, and afterwards marrying his daughter, Laura. The fruit of this union was four children, two of whom survive viz: James of Nickerson, Kansas, and Giles of Brimfield.

In 1854 he came to Peoria Co., Ill., and engaged in farming for a few years. In 1857 he engaged in the mercantile business in which he continued till the close of the war. He then engaged in the buggy and livery business which he prosecuted successfully for a number of years. It is thus seen that Father Farnum had an active and varied business career. His wife died July 22, 1892. Concerning his religious life much might be recorded. He was very clearly converted when a lad ten years old, in a little prayer meeting in his native town, along with another boy, who became a successful minister of the gospel. In his early manhood Father Farnum was licensed to preach. The first text from which he preached being Rev. 3-18. “I counsel thee to buy of me gold, tried in the fire, and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed etc.” A hymn he used on that occasion contained the stanza:

The love of Christ doth me constrain,
To seek the wandering souls of men
With cries, entreaties, tears to save,
And snatch them from a briny grave.

Which revealed the passion of his soul for the salvation of men. For some years he was employed as a supply on circuits, in which he was successful in turning many to the Lord. After coming west he did not engage in the pastoral work; but rendered much assistance to pastors in revival services. He was never so happy as when sinners were being converted to God. He was a man of mighty faith and prayer. He was very skillful in leading penitents to a personal surrender to Christ. Having been converted to God in his early youth, he had great faith in the conversion of children, and in the revival last winter he helped many of the little ones to come to Christ. The class and prayer meetings were an especial delight to him. It was in these services especially that his soul and was set on fire by divine love, and he often shouted aloud the praises of God, thus literally carrying out the Divine injunction, Cry out and shout thou inhabitants of Zion; for great is the Holy one of Israel in the midst of thee." Father Farnum was loyal to his pastor whoever he was. He was most appreciative to the gospel message, and often gave encouragement to those who ministered in holy things. He gave liberally of his means for the support of the gospel and the benevolent enterprises of the church.

The last public service he attended was the farewell service May 6. His strength rapidly failed until the end, which came peacefully on Sabbath, May 20, at 12:30 o'clock p.m. Servant of God, well done. Thy glorious warfare past, the battles fought, the victory won, and thou art crowned at last. The funeral services were help at the Presbyterian church on Tuesday, May 22, 1900 by Rev. J. E. Mercer, assisted by Revs. Cox and Aten. The pall bearers were H. O. Cady, C. L. Bolt, Chas. Hayes, John Kingdon, John W. Rusk, and Robert Murdock, and the interment was in the Brimfield cemetery. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Laura Davis Farnum

Laura Davis was born September 9, 1809 in Chester, Windsor County, Vermont. Died in Brimfield July 22, 1892. Aged 82 years, 10 months 13 days. She was married to James Farnum January 6, 1836. Converted in 1842 at the home alter. Came to Brimfield with her husband in 1854 in which place she has continued to reside to the time of her death. Four children were born to her, two of whom, a son and a daughter are not, for God hath taken them. She leaves a husband and two sons, who though mourning her departure are comforted with the many tender and sacred memories that linger, of her whom they called wife and mother. She has been identified with the M. E. church of this place during the entire time of her residence here. She lived a quiet, unobtrusive but a devoted and consistent Christian life. We laid her away in the Brimfield cemetery, feeling that she had entered into the rest that remaineth to the people of God. (Brimfield News, July 28, 1892, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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At Peoria, May 5, 1888, of old age, etc., Lucia Field Farr, aged 83 years. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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FASH-- Edgar, Tuesday, October 17th, 1922, at 1:30 o'clock a.m. Aged 35 years, 11 months.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilton Chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment in Fash cemetery, Farmington Road.

(Unknown newspaper, October 1922, submitted by Wendy Stevens)

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Death of Mrs. P. W. Fay

     Word was received last night of the death of the wife of P. W. Fay, formerly of this city. Mr. Fay has been a resident for the past three years of Louisville, Ky., his wife has been sick some time and a few weeks ago he sent her to Philadelphia, Pa., and put her under treatment with an eminent physician of that place when she died Thursday night. The remains will be taken to Salem, Ill., the home of her childhood, where they will be interred Monday. Mr. Fay has many warm friends in this city who will sympathize with him deeply. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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In Memoriam

The stern, relentless death angel has invaded our midst once more and taken from a peaceful home its fairest flower. Miss Alice Ferguson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eligah Ferguson, was suddenly taken with acute dysentery Sunday morning, Aug. 23d, for which no remedy seemed to avail. She grew steadily worse, and died at 2 o'clock p.m. on the 29th. She had nearly completed her 16th year, just in the bloom of young womanhood, the pet and flower of the household, a favorite of all her associates. Her death is a blow which sends a shudder of dismay through the entire community. A concourse of relatives, friends and neighbors attended the funeral which was held at the west Hallock Church on Monday, expressing by their presence and tears the sympathy they felt for the bereaved family. The services were conducted by Rev. G. L. Reed, who preached a very feeling sermon from the text "The flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it. Isa. 40-7." The pulpit and casket were strewn with boquets of white flowers among which was one, "Our pet" wrought in white flowers upon an evergreen ground, typical of the crushed flower lying amidst their fragrant sweetness. The remains were laid to rest in the Mooney cemetery.

Among the relatives present were Mrs. Sarah Young, from Pontiac, Mrs. Eliza Mathews from Peoria and James Ferguson from Princeville. The memory of the heavenly virtues evinced in her life and death gave assurance of a happy suture state and afford soothing consolation to our stricken hearts, as oil upon the troubled waters. "Thy will be done."

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Gaile Thomas, submitted by George Zane)

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Peoria, Illinois, May 3 - (AP) Mrs. Mary Jane Malcolm, 93**, who has 117 living descendants, died Monday.

The widow of Andrew H Malcolm, a civil war veteran, buried in Leavenworth, Kansas. Mrs. Jane Malcolm came here from Cherokee, Kansas, six weeks ago to stay with her son Fremont.

She was born in Morgan County, Missouri, April 5, 1849 incorrect year (** 1857 per headstone and 1930 Census)

(Sedalia Democrat, May 3, 1949, submitted by Pamela Selberg-Dries-Lewis)

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Edward F. Fisher

Edward Freeman Fisher, son of H. L. Fisher and brother of Paul and Harry Fisher, died at the Proctor hospital Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Three years ago Mr. Fisher sustained a paralytic stroke while in a hotel at Grand Island, Neb. and this caused his death. For the past year or more he had been practically helpless.

The paralytic stroke which resulted in Mr. Fisher's death came while he was representing the Detroit Stove company. He had just entered his room when he was overtaken by the attack and sank to the floor. he managed to take the telephone receiver from the wall, but was unable to do more than lay all night face down on the floor in his hotel before he was discovered and removed to a hospital. He was brought back to Peoria and for a time appeared to get better. A couple of years ago he opened a cigar stand in the rotunda of the court house and for a time appeared to improve, but soon began to grow worse and some months ago was sent to the Proctor hospital. A year ago he suffered a recurrence of the stroke and for the past few months had seizure after seizure.

The deceased had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances and was very popular. He was born in Brimfield May 29, 1875 and was therefore thirty nine years of age. He is survived by his aged father, H. L. Fisher; four brothers, Paul, Harry, Al and Sam Fisher, and one sister, Mrs. Kittie Hunt. All live in this city save Sam who resides at Louisville, Kentucky. All were present at t he funeral. A peculiar coincidence lies in the fact that the funeral will be held on the 78th birthday of his father.

The Fisher family lived at Brimfield for years, and came to Peoria some years ago and engaged in the buggy and bicycle business, which is yet conducted by Harry Fisher and H. L. Fisher. Paul Fisher has contract for transporting the government mails in Peoria and was a deputy sheriff for four years. Al is engaged in the blacksmith business in the city and Sam is in the tobacco business in Louisville. - Peoria Star, Aug. 10th.

The funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the M. E. church in Brimfield, the sermon being preached by the Rev. R. Pacey, an old friend of the family. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot at Brimfield.

All of the members of the family were present at the service and the following relatives and friends from a distance, Rev. and Mrs. Alfred Aten, of Hillsdale, Dr. and Mrs. A. L. Corcoran, Mr. Reeder, Mrs. Fred Kneer and Mr. Heid, all of Peoria.

The family desire to sincerely thank the many friends at the old home here for their kindness and assistance in their time of sorrow.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 3, 1914, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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H. L. Fisher

H. L. Fisher, an old and highly respected citizen of Brimfield, died in Peoria yesterday morning at two-thirty o'clock, from infirmities due to his advanced age. He had been in failing health for some time past.

The funeral service will be held in Brimfield at two o'clock on Friday, September 26, at the M. E. church. The sermon will be preached by former pastor and friend, Rev. D. S. McCown of Knoxville. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Sep. 25, 1919, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)


H. L. Fisher Passes Away

Was A Citizen of This County For Seventy Nine Years

Harvey L. Fisher, a resident of Peoria county for seventy-nine years and one of its best known and most highly respected residents, died at the Proctor Home, Spring street and Glendale avenue, at 2:30 o'clock this morning. The ailments incident to his advanced age - 83 years, caused his death. A short time before he died he said to his son Harry Fisher, the tire dealer, "Harry, I am almost run down."

Mr. Fisher was born at Falmouth, Mass., August 11, 1836. He came to Peoria when he was about 4 years old with his parents, and his father, Captain Louden Fisher, went at once, overland to Brimfield, where he took up a farm at government prices, and the family lived and grew up on that farm. At that time there were no roads save a few state trails and they were little better than none, and no fences. The trip across Orange prairie was like an adventure into unknown territory.

Mr. Fisher was married when he was 23 years old, in 1859, to Miss Susannah Snyder, of Brimfield. To this union there were born six children, all of whom survive but one, Edward Fisher who died five years ago.

The survivors are Paul Fisher, former deputy sheriff; Harry Fisher, in the auto tire business at Knoxville and Main streets; Albert, who is in business in Peoria; and Sam Fisher, in business in Louisville, Ky. One daughter, Miss Katherine Fisher, of Peoria, also survives.

Mr. Fisher was remarkably well posted on current topics and was a wide reader. He had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances and hundreds of intimate friends will deplore his passing. In all the years he lived in Peoria county - nearly ninety, he became as well acquainted as any man in the county.

His wife died some years ago. Decedent had lived in Peoria for some years and was for some time engaged in business with his sons in this city. His ancestors came to America in an early day from France. - Peoria Star, Sept. 24.

The funeral service was held at the M. E. church in Brimfield on Friday afternoon, the sermon being preached by his old friend and former pastor, Rev. D. S. McCown, of Knoxville.

The music was furnished by Mrs. H. O. Cady, Mrs. Addison Pacey, W. W. Harding, Rev. A. A. Waters, with Mrs. A. A. Waters, accompanist.

The pall bearers were his four sons, P. W. Fisher, Harry, Albert and Sam Fisher, his grand son Earl Fisher, and friend, Dr. A. L. Corcoran.

The interment was in Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1919, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Matilda W. Fisher

Matilda W. Blanchard was born at Brunswick, Ill., on January 19, 1843, the daughter of Ira and Voadieca Hathaway Blanchard who later moved to Brimfield where the family was reared.

She was married here to Simeon L. Fisher and the home established here near Brimfield where their two sons Elton and Ellsworth were born. Later the family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa.

On April 4, 1931, after a short illness of three days duration, Mrs. Fisher passed away at her home in Ottumwa. Funeral services were held in that city and she was buried there beside her husband and son, Elton.

Surviving her are one son, E. E. Fisher of Wichita, Kansas, [ ] grandchildren and [ ] great grandchildren.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Apr. 16, 1931, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Sarah A. Clark was born at Oswego, N. Y., November 6, 1836. At an early age she came to this vicinity where she resided with her parents until 1853, when she united in marriage with James L. Fisher, and has since made her home in Brimfield.

On February 2, 1911, at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 26 days, Mrs. Fisher was called to her heavenly home. Very sudden, indeed, did the Death Angel come and rob the home of wife and mother. No warning was given of her approaching death, until the message came, "Mother died last night, come."

At the age of 16 years she was converted at a camp meeting held by Mrs. Palmer, in New York City. Her christian faith was beautiful to see, and her patience will ever be remembered with reverence by the family. Of a quiet and unassuming disposition, it is in the home where "Mother" will oh so greatly be missed. With trials most too great to bear her cheerfulness was marvelous and her trust in her heavenly Father sustained her through all. Whenever her health permitted, it was her greatest pleasure to attend service in the house of God. A good neighbor, a loving wife and mother has gone to her eternal rest to await the coming of loved ones who will miss her, Oh so much.

The funeral service was said at the M. E. church Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. E. J. Sellard assisted by Rev. R. Pacey, and with heavy and loving hearts she was laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery. An aged husband and seven children are left to mourn. All were present at the funeral service except one daughter, Minnie, whose health did not permit her to attend.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Feb. 9, 1911, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Bernice Farris, 81, of 1217 Poplar St., Lake In The Hill, formerly of Peoria, died at 11:37 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1991, at her home.

Born July 3, 1910, in Lincoln to Alonzo J. and Carrie P. McWilliams Trent, she married Amos R. Farris on Sept. 15, 1925. He died Jan. 8, 1965, in Peoria. Two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Loren E. of Peoria; two daughters, Betty Reed of Tennessee and Evelyn Williams of Lake In The Hill; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marion "Irvin" Trent and Guy Trent, both of East Peoria; and four sisters, Willadean Cady of East Peoria and Jean Pudney, Etta Randlet and Lola Cady, all of Peoria.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Peoria, the Rev. Mark Henninger officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Peoria. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.

(Peoria Journal Star, Thursday, Nov. 14, 1991, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Everybody's Business

Simeon L. Fisher, an old time Brimfield resident, and a brother of H. L. Fisher and James L. Fisher, passed away at his home in Ottumwa, Iowa, Sunday, July 2. He had been in poor health for some time past. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Matilda Blanchard, and two sons, Everett and Elsworth. For many years he has resided in Ottumwa.

S. L. Fisher was born at Falmouth, Barnstable county, Mass., May 26, 1833, while his father, Captain Louden Fisher was away at sea on a three years cruise. His father was made captain of a whaling vessel at 19 and was captain for 29 years, sailing from New Bedford across Buzzard's Bay. When S. L. Fisher was seven years of age his father decided to quit the sea and emigrated with his family to the state of Illinois. This trip was made by water via the Erie canal and great lakes to Chicago. When they landed at Chicago it was nothing but a fort and a cluster of log cabins located in a mud hole on the shore of Lake Michigan. The trip was made to Peoria county in a wagon drawn by an ox team. The country was in a primeval state at this time, the forests were full of wild game and the Indians were still there. Father Fisher secured a tract of land and raised his family near Brimfield, Ill. On Sept. 18, 1860, he was united in marriage with Miss Matilda W. Blanchard, who still survives. To this union two sons were born,

E. E. Fisher, who is in business at Wichita, Kansas, and I. E. Fisher of Ottumwa, Iowa. In the spring of 1881 the two sons located in Ottumwa, and to be near them, their father and mother removed from Brimfield to Ottumwa the next year, and have lived there continuously since. His death occurred at his home July 2.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, July 27, 1916, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Susana Agusta Snyder was born in Boonville, Cooper Co., Mo. Feb. 15, 1841. She came to Brimfield in her childhood, where she spent the remainder of her life. Her early school days were associated with the old time Methodist Seminary which was formerly located here. She was of an unusually bright and intellectual turn, making marked success along the line of her studies, and when her school days were past she did not cease her intellectual pursuits, but in revery and thoughtful meditation she passed many an hour in fruitful contemplation of love, life and friendships, bonds of time, vicissitudes and eternal destiny, and as a result she has left as a memorial dear to her friends a manuscript volume of essays and poems, breathing forth sweetness of thought and emotion, the character of which may be best expressed in words of her own, taken from a poem entitled "Lines to a critic."

These thoughts that here you see,
Are but the swellings of my heart;
Yearnings of what I fain will be,
Bubblings of what I am in part.

Here I have breathed the prayer that filled my breast,
And left impress of a hope.
That clothed my soul with rest -
And bore my fainting spirit up.

Here are the wishes for the bride,
The dirge for the dead,
The breathings of the soul's full tide;
What I have thought but never said.

Here are the joys I've wished for those
Whose life had just begun,
Here thoughts of some whose had closed -
For whom the crown is won.

Here vows to those of love is said
With whom I share each joy or pain
Gladly with whom the path is trod
Till we one Heaven shall rein.

Oft I have felt a thrilling power
In some sweet time of solitude,
And known the holy hour,
That brought my soul this mood.

And many a weary day
When care hung o'er my heart
These tides have borne them all away
And helped me do my part.

Early religious impressions took possession of her mind and at the age of 12 she was converted and joined the M. E. church of this place, with which she has ever since been identified as a faithful, earnest christian worker. She has manifested strong faith, deep piety and a consistent christian character. She was a woman of warm sympathies, of tender affections and of broad charity; characteristics which gathered to her a host of friends and bound them to her in a life long devotion. She was married to Harvey L. Fisher in Brimfield, Ill. Sept. 29, 1859. There were born to them seven children, all of whom live to mourn a departed mother's loss. Of her it may be said, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, yet sad is the spirit, that they may rest from their labors." Among her early writings is a poem entitled, "When I shall die," that is so appropriate to this hour that by request we print it.

In that hour when I shall die
Shall triumph rest upon my brow?
A vision of that land illume my eye
That fails to reach me now?

O shall I go in living faith
To claim the promised rest ­
To loose the binding chains of earth
And lean upon my Savior's breast?

O could I know that I shall fall Asleep in sweetest, calmest peace;
That o'er my soul shall be no pall
But a sure, a kind release.

From all the ills and cares of life
I thenceforth shall be free,
O Savior in that hour of strife,
Thou wilt my all sufficient be.

May Death impress a heavenly smile
Upon my cold and icy lips,
That those who gaze upon a while
May say, how sweet she rests.

To the many dear friends who tendered their assistance and sympathy in this, our sad time of bereavement, we shall always remember with the kindest of feelings. God bless you all.

H. L. Fisher and Family

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1901, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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DuMar Fisher, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Fisher, was born Nov. 27, 1901 and died at the home in Brimfield August 31, 1902, at 4:30 a.m. With tenderest care was the little life watched and loved. One more jewel is added to the diadem of God.

The funeral service was held at the residence Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. J. O. Slyter officiating, and the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

This lovely bud, so young, so fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower,
In Paradise would bloom.
Ere sin could harm on sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care,
The opening bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there.

Card of Thanks

We desire to extend out heartfelt thanks for the many kind acts and sympathy so generously extended by neighbors and friends during the time of our late bereavement.

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Fisher

(Brimfield News, Sep. 4, 1902, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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At Peoria, June 7, 1888, of peritonitis, Flavel Baxter Fisher, aged 17 years. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 14, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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FISHER-Monday morning, Oct. 19, at the residence of James Monroe, in Limestone township, Marian Fisher, daughter of Mrs. E. V. Fisher, 1 year and 3 days. Funeral at 2 p. m. Tuesday from the residence of James Monroe.  (Peoria Journal, Monday, October 19, 1896, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Friends here at his old home were shocked by the news of the death of Paul Fisher Friday afternoon, February 23 at the Methodist hospital in Peoria where he had been receiving treatment for a head injury suffered about a month ago in a fall on the ice.

Mr. Fisher was born in Brimfield December 14, 1863, the son of H. W. and Susanna A. Snyder Fisher. He had lived in Peoria the greater part of his life. At the time of his death he was associated with his brother Harry in the automobile accessory business. He married Eva Fisher of Brimfield and three children were born to this union. Earl, who preceded him in death, Florence (Mrs. Albert Carroll) of Louisville, Ky., and Ross of Peoria. Three grandchildren, Geraldine Fisher of Peoria; Mrs. Shirley Carroll Boyle of Louisville; and Mrs. Betty Brusius of Wichita, Kansas; five great grandchildren, three brothers, Harry and Al of Peoria; and Sam of Los Angeles, and one sister, Mrs. W. B. Pitt of Los Angeles also survive.

Funeral services were held in Peoria Monday afternoon and burial was in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 29, 1940, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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George W. Fitton

Peoria Journal Star Sat. Apr. 29, 1961

Services for George W. Fitton, 89, of 343 Dempsey Street, Creve Coeur, who died at 12:15 a.m. Friday at a Methodist Hospital where he had been a patient since March 24, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Wilton Mortuary. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

A resident of the Peoria area all his life, Mr. Fitton lived at the Creve Coeur address for the last four years. He was born in Peoria Dec. 15, 1880, a son of William F. and Clara Leversidge Fitton, and married Martha Lick at Aztec, N. M., Oct. 15, 1915. A coal truck driver in earlier years, he later worked as a watchman at Peoria Casket Co. before retiring 12 years ago.

Surviving are his wife; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Frieda Archdale of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Neidheardt of Peoria and Mrs. Stella M. Julian of Creve Coeur; two grandchildren; three great-granchildren; eight nephews and one niece. One sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

(Peoria Journal Star, Apr. 29, 1961, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Bert Fitton

PEORIA -- Bert R. Fitton, 72, of Irvington, Va., formerly of Peoria, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1995, at his home.

He was born Nov. 24, 1922, in Peoria to B. C. and Salome Reed Fitton.

Surviving are his wife, Althea Marie; two sons, Rick of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Robert of Decorah, Iowa; two daughters, Mary Linden of Denver and Susie Kinkead of Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren; one sister, Betty Altorfer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother.

He was a resident of Irvington for the last 10 years. He began his career with Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria in 1947. He subsequently joined Altorfer Machinery Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a Caterpillar dealership, where he served as a vice president until he retired.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of Sigma Chi.

He served as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

A life member of Historic Christ Church, he was a member of the board of directors and participated in the research department.

He was an elder and treasurer of Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Weems, Va., where memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. Currie Funeral Home Inc. in Kilmarnock, Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Historic Christ Church or Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Jimmie Fitton

WASHINGTON -- Services for Jimmie M. Fitton, 38, who was killed in a car pickup truck crash on Galena Road Wednesday morning (May 23, 1990) will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Remmert Funeral Home, East Peoria.

Bishop Darrel Davis will officiate and burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery, East Peoria. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A resident of 111 Massachusetts in Washington, he was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at the scene of the accident, which also killed Bonita Ray, 57, of 412 Sunset Drive, East Peoria.

Fitton was born March 16, 1952, in Peoria to Jimmie W. and Renalda Pasley Fitton. His father preceded him in death.

Surviving are his mother and grandmother, Opal Pearl Pasley, both of Washington; a son, Timothy, at home; two stepsons, Shawn Cargill of Morton and Brian Medlin of Washington; and a stepdaughter, Melissa Wright of Washington.

Also surviving are two sisters, Patricia McGowan of Pontiac and Janet VanLaningham of Washington.

He had worked as a machinist at the Mossville plant for Caterpillar Inc., for the past 14 years. He was a veteran of the Air Force.

He was a member of Izaac Walton League, Musicians Union Local 26, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Memorials may be made to the Tim Fitton Educational Fund in care of Construction Equipment Federal Credit Union.

(unknown newspaper, May ??, 1990, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Memorial Obituary

Jimmie Fitton

WASHINGTON -- Jimmie W. Fitton, 58, of 413 Wagner Dr. died at 11:14 p.m. Monday in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at LeRoy Schmidt Memorial Chapel, East Peoria. The Rev. Bertram Betteridge will officiate, and burial will be in Swan Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the memorial chapel where Masonic rites will be at 8:30.

He was born in La Plata, N. M., Feb. 23, 1918, a son of Edward and Anna Geese Fitton. He married Renalda Pasley Dec. 22, 1943, in Kahoka, Mo.

Mr. Fitton was an air force veteran of World War II and was an employee of Hiram Walker and Sons Inc. the last 30 years.

He was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Peoria; Temple Lodge 46, AF&AM; Peoria Consistory, Scottish Rite Bodies; and East Peoria American Legion Post 983.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Jimmy of Washington; and two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Bondi of Secor and Mrs. Janet Van Laningham of Creve Coeur.

Also surviving are five brothers, Alfred of Peoria, Edward of Canton, William of Decatur, Delmar of Chicago and George of East Peoria; one sister, Miss Mildred of Washington; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Fitton was preceded in death by one sister.

(The Journal Star, Jan. 19 1977, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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George Fitton

George Fitton, 58, of 206 Twin Oaks Court, East Peoria, died at 7:17 p.m. Wednesday in St. Francis Medical Center, where he was admitted May 29.

He was a plasterer and a member of Plasterers and Cement Workers Union 12 of Peoria. He also was a member of Morton Lodge, 352, AF&AM; and a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict.

Born Sept. 22, 1925, in Durango, Colo., to Edward and Anna Geese Fitton, he married Lavonia Harris June 1, 1957, in Peoria.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Steven of East Peoria; four brothers, Alfred of Peoria, Edward of Canton, Bill of Decatur and Delmar of Chicago; and one sister, Miss Mildred Fitton of Washington. One brother preceded him in death.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today in Perry Memorial Home, Morton. Carl Menold will officiate. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Care Hospice, St. Francis Medical Center.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Edward Fitton

CUBA -- Edward A. Fitton, 81, of rural Cuba (Wee-Ma-Tuk) died at 10:22 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 6, 1991) at the Graham Hospital emergency room.

Born Aug. 28, 1909, in Peoria to Edward and Anna Giese Fitton, he married Mabel E. Rich Jan. 14, 1932, at Dolores, Colo. She died Oct. 9, 1977. He then married Geraldine Brush March 24, 1979, in Peoria Heights. She survives.

Also surviving are six sons, Walter L. Fitton of Peoria, Allen E. Fitton of Largo, Fla., Dale Bressler of Summum, Delbert Bressler of Macomb, Robert Bressler of Tulsa, Oka., and Willard Jeffries of Upper Marlborough, Md.; one daughter, Dorothy Farren of East Moline; 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; three brothers, Delmer of Chicago, Alfred of Peoria and William of Decatur; and one sister, Mildred Fitton of Sunnyland. Two brothers also preceded him in death.

He was an inspector at Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, retiring in 1972 and was a self-employed watch repairman for many years. He was a member of the Peoria Heights Congregational United Church of Christ, the Canton Moose Lodge, Canton Elk's Lodge 626 and the Caterpillar Retirees Club.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at his church. The Rev. Allen Dempsey will officiate, and burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.

Memorials may be made to his church. (Peoria Journal Star, unknown date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Mabel Fitton

CUBA -- Mrs. Mabel E. Fitton, 69, of RR 2, Cuba, died at 12:25 p.m. yesterday in Graham Hospital, Canton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. The Rev. Herbert Beouy will officiate, and burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 tonight at the memorial home.

She was born in Cadillac, Mich., Dec. 24, 1907, a daughter of Walter and Sadie Covey Rich. She married Edward Fitton on June 14, 1932, at Dolores, Colo.

Surviving are her husband; five sons, Dale E. Bressler of Astoria, Allen Fitton of Canton, Delbert E. Bressler of Macomb, Robert W. Bressler of St. David and Walter L. Fitton of Peoria; and one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy E. Farren of East Moline.

Also surviving are four brothers, Arthur of Salida, Colo., Charles Allen of Holland, Mich., Wallace of Canton and Eugene of Cuba; two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Love of La Junta, Colo., and Mrs. Wava Stuckman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 21 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. (Peoria Journal Star, ? 1976, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Geraldine Fitton

CANTON -- Geraldine M. Jeffries Fitton, 73, of 630 Dean Court, formerly of Peoria Heights, died at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 1994, at Graham Hospital.

Born Feb. 10, 1921, in Oshkosh, Wis., to Willard and Edna Witzig Brush, she married Elmer Jeffries in Peoria. He died in 1977. She later married Edward Fitton on March 24, 1979, in Peoria Heights. He died Jan. 6, 1991.

Surviving are one son, Willard "Bill" of Upper Marlboro, Md.; one brother, Raymond Brush of Greencastle, Ind.; one sister, Verna Franklin of Plainfield, Ind.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Peoria Heights Congregational Church. She was a member of Ladies of the Moose Lodge and the Senior Citizens Club, both in Canton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at her church. The Rev. Roger Wentz will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria. (Peoria Journal Star, unknown date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Mildred Fitton

WEST PEORIA-- Mildred "Millie" M. Fitton, 90, of St. Joseph's Home died at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2004.

She was born Aug. 1, 1913 in Peoria to Edward and Anna Giese Fitton.

Surviving are eight nieces and nephews, including Walter Fitton of Peoria, who cared for her.

She was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.

She worked at Hiram Walker & Sons distillery for 40 years, retiring in September 1995.

She also was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Home chapel with visitation 30 minutes before. Chaplain Frank Valente will officiate. Burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Wright and Salmon Mortuary in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Home or Methodist Hospice.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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PEORIA - Roberta T. Fitton, 87, formerly of 329 W. Ridgemont Road, died at 7:58 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at J.C. Proctor Endowment Home.

Born July 4, 1915, in Peoria to Robert and Pearl Voorhess Tippett, she married Willis B. Fitton on July 30, 1938, in Peoria. He died Nov. 27, 1994, in Peoria.

Surviving are two daughters, Gail (and Richard) Kruse of Peoria and Karen (and Thomas) Caverly of Spring Lake Heights, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was a retired office manager for Fitton and Fitton Insurance Agency.

She attended Bradley University in 1934 and transferred to Knox College, where she earned a bachelor's of arts degree in psychology and sociology in 1937. She later did post graduate work at Bradley. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Knox College and Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club.

She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter FQ and the Mothers Guild.

She was a member of First Federated Church and its Mothers Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. Dr. Robert Gillogly will officiate.

Private interment services will be at Springdale Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wilton Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to her church or Methodist Hospice.

(Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 14, 2002, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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PEORIA - Willis B. Fitton, 80, of 329 W. Ridgemont Road died at 5:44 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 1994, in Methodist Medical Center.

Born Oct. 1, 1914, in Peoria to Bertron and Salome Reed Fitton, he married Roberta Tippett on July 30, 1938, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard H. (Gail F.) Kruse of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Karen F. Jewell of Spring Lake Heights, N.J.; seven grandchildren; one brother, Bertron R. of Irvington, Va.; and one sister, Mrs. Edward J. (Betty) Altorfer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He owned an insurance agency, Fitton and Fitton in Peoria, from 1937 until he retired in 1979. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. Dr. Randall Saxon will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to his church, Bradley University or the Methodist Medical Center Foundation.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 29, 1994, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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 Obituary of John W. Flagler (Note: died and buried in Howard, Kansas)

After a long siege of poor health and an illness of several weeks, John W. Flagler of Howard died Wednesday, June 5, 1907 age 67 years, 10 months, 11 days.

His youngest son, Robert, was in the far west and telegraphed that he wished to attend the funeral so the services were not held until Tuesday, June 11th. The following short sketch of the deceased was read by Rev. Searcey at the beginning of his remarks: John W. Flagler was born in Peoria Co., Ill. July 24, 1839. Died at Howard, Kansas June 5, 1907. Mr. Flagler was married September 4, 1859 to Mary J. Shane. Moved to Kansas from Illinois in May 1871, since which time he has resided in this state.

The deceased was the father of nine children, six of whom are still living.

John W. Flagler enlisted as a private July 31, 1862 in Co. H 86th Illinois Volunteers. He was discharged April 24, 1863 on account of a gun shot wound in the right hand which resulted in the loss of several fingers. He was an honored member of the local G. A .R. under whose auspices the burial service was conducted.

We can only add to the above that John W. Flagler was a good man, an honorable citizen, a faithful husband, a loving indulgent father, a good neighbor and a loyal friend. He had lived in this county for more than thirty six years and had the respect and good will of every man who knew him. He took very little active part in public affairs but was a quiet, law abiding citizen, respecting the opinions a views of others and while having radical views on all matters, he was kind a considerate and a man of peace.

The funeral was attended by a large number of his neighbors, friends and comrades, about forty members of the G. A. R. participating in the services at the grave. The mourning family have the sympathy of many friends.  (Howard, Kansas Courant newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Donna Carkenord)

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Pioneer resident in two states passes away.

Mary Jane Shane was born at Brimfield, Illinois on January 5, 1841 and passed away at Howard, Kansas on June 15, 1924 aged 83 years, five months and ten days. In 1859 she was united in marriage to J. W. Flagler. To this union were born nine children. Isabell F., Pearl V. and Ella May preceded their mother in death. Six remain to mourn her passing: John Vanderbilt Flagler of Severy, Kansas; Lewis H. Flagler of Flagstaff, Arizona; Charles W. Flagler of Joplin, Missouri; George M. Flagler of Howard, Kansas; Minnie J. of Long Beach, California and Robert H. Flagler of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Mr. Flagler passed to the Great Beyond on June 15, 1907.

They came to Kansas in November, 1870 and located on a claim southwest of Howard. Later they moved to Howard and since that time Mrs. Flagler has continued to make this her home.

The funeral services were held at the home in Howard last Friday June 20, at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Elder S. F. Butler of the Christian Church. Interment was in Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Card of Thanks. We desire to publicly express our sincere thanks to all friends and neighbors for the kindness shown to our mother and to us during her sickness and also after her death. Their kindness will always be remembered with grateful hearts.........Children of Mrs. Mary J. Flagler.

In the passing of Mrs. John Flagler, this community loses another one of its real pioneers...only a few of the old original first settlers still remain. Almost fifty-four years ago she came to this county before the first house of this city was built or the town even thought of, and almost ten years before the railroad came to us. Only a few scattering settlers had preceded the coming of the Flagler family and nearly all of them are now gone. This writer first met Mrs. Flagler more that forty-five years ago. She was then in the prime of life and an unusually goodlooking woman, friendly and cheerful with always a pleasant greeting. She grew old retaining her good looks and to a wonderful degree her cheerful nature, though many sorrows and disappointments came to her. During the last five or six years we only saw her a few times but she was always cordially friendly and always had something cheerful to say.
Mrs. Flagler was a good woman and we will always honor her memory. (Howard, Kansas Courant newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Donna Carkenord)

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Death of John Sinclair Fletcher

J. S. Fletcher was born at Pentridge, England, Aug 1, 1822 and died at Trivoli, Ill March 25, 1908.  When a boy of 17 he joined the Wesleyans, afterward the Methodist Church and remained a member nearly 70 years.  He lived in Trivoli since 1860.  He is survived by two brothers and one sister, who live in England and four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Greenhalgh of Litchfield, Nebraska, Mrs. Hannah Thompson, Miss Olive Fletcher and Mrs. Mary Courtney of Trivoli.  Funeral was held in the M E Church Friday afternoon March 27, with burial at Trivoli Cemetery.  (Elmwood Gazette, April 2, 1908, Page 4, submitted by Ginger Engler)

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Olive Ann Fletcher was born in England, Oct 20, 1852 and came with her parents to America when four years of age.  They settled in Peoria Co, Ill. where she lived until a few years ago when she moved to Okla.  She is survived by two sisters, one of Elmwood, Illinois and the other in Chico, California.  Her father, mother, three sisters and two brothers preceeded her through deaths valley.  She was a member of the Methodist Church and had been since childhood.  She passed from this life Jan. 13, 1925 at the home of her nephew Vernon McIntire of Helena. (Helena Star, Jan. 22, 1925, submitted by Ginger Engler)

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Marijane Farmer Fogg

Chillicothe - Marijane Fogg, 87, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Chillicothe, died at 2:06 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in Ft. Myers, FL. She was born Dec. 6, 1919 in Chillicothe to James and Marian Farmer Dooley. She was raised by Roy and Marnie Farmer in Chillicothe. She married Kenneth Fogg on Oct 28, 1939 in Chillicothe. He preceded her in death on Sept 13, 2000. Surviving are one son, Joseph Fogg of Chillicothe; and four daughters, Margo McCoy of Peoria; Patricia Maloy of Princeton, Mary Giugler of Sparland and Kathryn Arnold of Ft. Myers, FL. She was also preceded in death by one great-grandchild and two sisters. She was a charter member of the Needlecraft Club and a charter member of the Indianhead Boat Club, both of Chillicothe. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe. Burial will be in the Chillicothe City Cemetery.

(Peoria Journal Star, June 16, 2007, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Kenneth F. Fogg

Chillicothe - Kenneth F. Fogg, 81, of 18507 N. Krause Road died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000 at his home. Born Nov. 22, 1918, in Chillicothe to Joseph and Lena Foster Fogg, he married Marijane Farmer on Oct 28, 1939 in Chillicothe. She survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. William (Margo) McCoy of Peoria, Mrs. Terry (Patricia) Maloy of Princeton, Mrs. Larry (Mary) Guigler of Sparland and Mrs. Kevin (Kathey) Arnold of Fort Myers, FL; one son, Joseph (and Susan) of Chillicothe; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one great-grandchild, two sisters and one brother. A lifelong farmer in the Chillicothe area, he was a member of Peoria County Farm Bureau. He was a charter member of Indianhead boat club and a member of the Peoria Casting club and Kickapoo Sportsmens Club. He was a lifelong member of Knights of Columbus Spalding Council 427. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery.

On 28 Oct 1939 when Kenneth was 20, he married Marijane FARMER, in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL. Born on 6 Dec 1919 in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL. Marijane died in Fort Myers, FL on 13 Jun 2007; she was 87. Buried in Chillicothe City Cemetery.

(Peoria Journal Star, September 13, 2000, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Helena Agnes "Lena" Foster Fogg

Chillicothe - Lena A. Fogg, 96, of 912 N. Fifth St. died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 1992 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born June 16, 1895 in Medina Township, Peoria County, to Nathaniel and Mary Jane Mooney Foster, she married Joseph L. Fogg on Oct. 7, 1915, in Chillicothe. He died on April 30, 1950. She also was preceded in death by two daughters, one son, three brothers and five sisters. She is survived by one son, Kenneth of Chillicothe; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She and her husband farmed in the Chillicothe area until retiring. She was a member of the Needle Craft Club in rural Chillicothe. She also was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Chillicothe and its Alter and Rosary Society. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at her church. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery.

On 7 Oct 1915 when Helena Agnes "Lena" was 20, she married Joseph Fogg, in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL. Born in 1893. Joseph died in Peoria County, IL on 30 Apr 1950; he was 57.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb 2, 1992, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Ira Dale Forney

Ira Dale, son of Chalmer D. and Neva Irene Forney, was born June 29, 1912, and died September 27, 1919, aged 7 years, 2 months 28 days.

The cause of his death was an unusual disease for a child being acute diabetes. He was at school Wednesday preceding his death and after coming home helped with the chores in his usual happy way, but during the night was smitten with the fatal malady that so speedily terminated in his death. Everything possible was done for him that skilled physicians, a trained nurse and devoted parents and relatives could do, but all to no avail.

Dale, with his sister Miriam was baptised in the M. E. church at Brimfield, June 9, 1918, his baptism admitting him to membership on probation in the church. Dale was a good boy, ready to help his parents at a word or suggestion, and what is rather unusual for a boy of his age had learned the value of good manners. His "please" and "thank you" will remain a gracious memory to his parents through all the years to come.

He leaves a sister Miriam Irene, 3 years old besides his bereaved parents, relatives and friends.

We not ever be able to understand why this precious young life with its promising outlook should be cut short, but with confidence we await the blessed immortality of the better world to solve the mysteries of this strange world where we now live.

The sympathies of the entire community go out to these sorely bereaved parents. May God's blessing be on them.

The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at the M. E. church, the sermon being preached by the pastor, Rev. A. A. Waters.

The music was furnished by Mrs. H. 0. Cady, Mrs. Addison Pacey, H. B. Bowman and W. W. Harding, with Mrs. S. H. Nelkirk, accompanist.

The pallbearers were Chalmer Catton, John Forney, Clarence Catton and Holland Griggs.

The large church was filled with relatives and friends many of whom came long distances to pay this last mark of respect to the memory of their little friend. The body was tenderly laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery.

The floral offerings were many and beautiful. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1919, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Brimfield - Funeral services for Chalmer D. Forney, 76, a retired farmer and carpenter, who died in his residence Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Schreiner Funeral Home. The Rev. Kenneth Stuckey will officiate. Burial will be in Brimfield cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the funeral home.

He was born Jan, 28, 1887, in Brimfield Township, the son of Ephraim and Ella Shane Forney. He was married to Neva Irene Catton, who died Nov. 26, 1947. He then married Susan Sollenberger Camp Oct. 3, 1951 in Brimfield.

Surviving are his widow, two step-children; Harold Camp of Lincoln and Mrs. Orville Smith of East Peoria; and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, a brother and sister.

He was a member of Modern Woodmen.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Union Church Building Fund.

(Unknown newspaper, 1963, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mr. James H. Forney was born July 29, 1825, at Hanobel, York Co., Pennsylvania. In accordance with the customs of the Lutheran Evangelical church, he underwent the necessary religious instruction, received the rite of confirmation, and was admitted a member of that church on March 17th 1845, when about 20 years of age.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Anne Allewelt, also of Hanobel, March 28, 1848, and about four years afterwards they came westward to this State and located in the immediate neighborhood, and throughout the lengthened period of forty years he has been esteemed a reputable and worthy citizen.

Nine children were born to him, two of whom are deceased, while seven others survive today to mourn with their widowed mother the sad loss they have sustained. He died on Monday last, May 23rd, aged 66 years, 9 months and 24 days, breathing out his spirit to God who gave it, after a long period of intense suffering which was born with much patience and resignation. The funeral service was held at the Congregational church, at which there was a large attendance, and the remains were interred in the Cemetery west of town. [Brimfield cemetery]

(Brimfield News, May 26, 1892, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Jesse Y. Forney, an old resident of Kickapoo township, died at his home a mile and a half east of the village of Kickapoo last Thursday. He was nearly 78 years of age, and had been a resident of this county nearly fifty years. He leaves a wife and three married children, two daughters and one son.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 1, 1900, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Susan Forney

BRIMFIELD - Susan E. Forney, 90, on Lincoln, formerly of Brimfield, Ill., passed away at Christian Village in Lincoln on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 5:05 a.m.

Mrs. Forney was cremated. A graveside service with burial of cremains will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield, Ill.

Mrs. Forney was a retired bank teller from Brimfield Bank.

She was born on April 4, 1915, the daughter of George and Mary Porter Sollenberger at Brimfield, Ill. She married Chalmer Forney in Brimfield.

He preceded her in death in 1963.

She is survived by one son, Harold (Phyllis) Camp of Lincoln; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was the last one of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Geraldine Olsen, eight brothers and two sisters.

She was a member of Union Church, United Church of Christ in Brimfield, Ill. She was an active volunteer at Mesa Public Library in Mesa, Ariz.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Miriam Irene Forney

Miriam Irene Forney died Thursday morning, January 22nd, 1925, in the Proctor Hospital, Peoria. She was taken from her home to the hospital for treatment for a serious infection which proved to be blood poisoning. Every attention which skill and affection could provide was given her. But her affliction was so severe that the wisest of medical advisors could not overcome it. And after almost three weeks of intense suffering she passed away. Her death is the second such sad event which has come into her parents' home. A brother, Dale, who was a few years her senior, died in September, 1919.

Miriam was the daughter of Chalmer and Mrs. Neva Forney. She was born on the 22nd of August, 1916. She was 8 years and 3 months of age. She had given her the privilege of only a few years of life, but she had found many interests to occupy her time and attention, and she lived eagerly and very happily. Her father and her mother were her boon companions. And the visits to the home of her grandfather and grandmother, though frequently made, always held for her the charm that marked them as unusual events.

She was a tall and slender girl, and full of vitality and energy. She loved to be out of doors. And much of here time at home was spent in the open with her pets. Her pony and her dog were particularly favored playmates. It is especially grievous to reflect that a slight injury inflicted accidentally by one of her pets led finally to her death. She trusted them, and they gave every evidence of affection for her. But one of those strange circumstances which cannot be explained, and against which there is no defense, befell her and took from her the precious gift of life.

She was in the fourth grade at school, and will be greatly missed by her teacher and her school mates, as by her other friends. To her father and mother, her grandparents, and to the others of her relatives to whom she had come to represent so much of the meaning of life is extended the sympathy and sincere regard of all who knew her.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M. E. church, the sermon being preached by Rev. W. Harvey Young, pastor of the Union Church of Brimfield. The large auditorium was filled to overflowing with sorrowing relatives and friends.

The pall bearers were Clarence Catton, Harold Meehan, Frank Blundy, Lee McCoy, Orville Tucker and Dale Meehan.

The music was furnished by Mrs. H. O. Cady, Miss Marie Harding, Hugh Bowman, H. C. Cady, with Mrs. H. C. Cady, accompanist.

The body was tenderly laid to rest in the family lot in Brimfield cemetery.


We desire to extend our heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors for their help and sympathy in the hour of deepest sorrow that has come to our home; and also for the beautiful flowers. Also we would especially mention the little friends who with letters and cards sought to cheer our dear one while at the hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Forney

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Jan. 29, 1925, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Chalmer Forney

Neva Irene, daughter of Ira C. and Catherine Callister Catton, was born near Brimfield June 3rd, 1891. Here she grew to womanhood, attending rural school and then high school in Brimfield.

Her father, mother and brother Dale preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage with Chalmer Forney November 23rd, 1910 and to this union two children were born, Ira Dale and Miriam Irene, both deceased. Her entire life has been lived near and in Brimfield. When a young girl she united with the Methodist church here and remained a devoted, faithful member, being a member of the official board, and the Woman's Society of Christian Service, where she will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Forney took an active part in the life of this community, an interest maintained throughout her life - always a valued member of various organizations having been chairman of the Red Cross Chapter here for seventeen years. Among her many interests in life was her love of traveling and she and her husband toured many states visiting places of interest.

She had been in failing health for some time and was taken to the Methodist hospital for observation and treatment, but all that medical skill could do was of no avail and she peacefully passed away Wednesday night November 26th, 1947.

Surviving are the devoted husband, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

There comes a time for all of us
When we must say goodbye
But faith and hope and love and trust
Can never, never die:
Although the curtain falls at last
Is that a cause to grieve?
The future's fairer than the past
If only we believe
And trust in God's eternal care -
So when the Master calls
Let's say that life is still more fair -
Although the curtain falls.

Memorial services were held in the Methodist church November 29 at 2 p.m. conducted by the Reverend W. S. Wright. Two hymns "In The
Garden" and "The Garden of God" were sung by Rudolph Savage with Mildred Pacey accompanying.

Casket bearers were Charles Hayes, Clarence W. Catton, Orville Tucker, Robert Bragg, Reed Blundy and Ralph Carson.

Coming from out of town for the funeral were Lee Forney and family of Chatworth; Hilda Barnes of Delavan; Vera Grant of Bradford; Zeke
Dilworth and daughter, Mrs. Warren and son from Champaign.


I wish to thank the friends, neighbors and relatives for their kind sympathy in my bereavement.

Chalmer D. Forney

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Dec. 4, 1947, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Ada Foster, daughter of Wesley and Catherine (Carr) Nickerson, was born in Albany Co., NY, November 30, 1857 and passed away at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Dewey Smith of Lawn Ridge, Illinois June 29, 1943 at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 29 days.

She was united in marriage to William Foster of Coeymans, New York on December 1, 1872 and to this union four children were born namely Mrs. Ida Knable, Peoria, Mrs. Grace Coyle, Lawn Ridge, Mrs. Emma Gaumer, Peoria Heights and Roy Foster, Princeville.

In January of 1875 she came to Illinois with her husband, little daughter and parents and settled at Lawn Ridge where she spent most of her life.

At an early age she united with the Congregational church and although unable to attend services in her later life, she remained true to the Christian faith.

Mr. Foster passed away suddenly on June 2, 1920 and the following January she went to live with her granddaughter, Mrs. Dewey Smith and family. Five years later she moved to the home of her son, Roy Foster, near Princeville, where she has lived ever since. Her time was spent visiting among her children and brother, William Nickerson and daughter, Beulah of Speer. While visiting at the home of her grand- daughter last Saturday she was stricken with a heart attack from which she never
recovered and passed quietly away at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.

She leaves to mourn her departure besides her four children, one brother, William Nickerson and his daughter Beulah of Speer; 13 grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, Sandra Kay Sabroff of Madison, Wisconsin besides a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hotaling, 87 years old of Aurora, Illinois and a twin, who passed away in infancy.

She was honored with three grandsons and four great grandsons in the armed forces namely Harold Foster, Wendell McGonagle and Dewey W. Smith in the Navy, LeRoy and Ralph Gaumer, Lester McGonagle and Robert Dean Aman in the Army.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lawn Ridge Congregational Church conduced by Rev Lee H. Smith of Princeville and assisted by Rev. Wiegal of Peoria, pastor of the Lawn Ridge church. Richard Martin of Peoria accompanied by Mrs. Estella Manock of LaPrairie at the piano sang two of her favorite songs, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "In the Garden".

Her casket bearers were six grand sons-in-law: Willie Scheeler, Dewey Smith, Herman Witzig, Clyde Aman, Clarence Southerland and Glen Rhoades. She was laid to rest in the Lawn Ridge cemetery beside her husband. Relatives from a distance attending the services were Miss Zoe Clark, Mrs. Clara Clark and daughter, Edith, Mrs. Tom Clark and Mrs. Sadie Fairbanks of Aurora, Ill.

(Princeville, Peoria Co., Illinois paper July 1943, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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Freddie H. Foster, only son of Chas. H. and Jessie L. Foster, died at the home of his grandfather, Webster Huey, Jan. 24th, 1898, of bronchitis, aged 4 years 11 months and 14 days. He was a bright, manly little boy, of a cheerful and happy disposition, and during his short life made many friends who will greatly miss his smiling face and cheerful words of greeting. His illness was of short duration. The family have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement. The funeral services were held at the residence on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 25, and were conducted by Rev. B. Y. George, of Elmwood, assisted by Rev. J. W. Denning, of Brimfield. (Brimfield News, Thursday, January 27, 1898, transcribed by Laurie Huey, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Elmwood, Oct 25 James Edgar Foster, 64, a retired farmer, who has been residing at 803 Warren street in Galesburg, died unexpectedly of a heard attack at 8:30 a. m. Monday at his farm north of Elmwood.

He was born a son of James and Dora Bowman and was born in Brimfield township Aug. 7, 1884. He married Miss Fannie Corney Jan. 23. 1924.

Surviving are his wife; two brothers, William of Arbod, Colo., and Marion Foster of Oak Hill.

He lived in Brimfield and Elmwood townships all of his life, except for the last two years in Galesburg. He resided on his farm north of Elmwood 40 years.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p. m. Wednesday at the Patterson funeral home in Elmwood. The Rev. Mr. Schroeder will officiate and burial will be in the Elmwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Patterson funeral home. (Unknown newspaper, Oct. 25, 1940, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Joseph Edward Foster

Chillicothe - Joseph E. Foster, 62, of 18703 Krause Road died at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 1992 at Methodist Medical Center. Born April 7, 1920, in Chillicothe to John and Hattie Cleveland Foster, he married Marcia Clayton on May 30, 1957, in Chillicothe. She died March 10, 1990. He married Patricia O'Brien in 1992 in Chillicothe. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Paul of Chillicothe and Mark of Laura; two daughters, Ann Huebner of Chicago and Amy Smith of Washington; one brother, Hank of Chillicothe; two sisters, Marie Coon and Thelma Jarmen both of Chillicothe, and seven grandchildren. One daughter, Elizabeth, died in 1958. One sister also preceded him in death. he was a farmer all of his life in the Chillicothe area. He was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Chillicothe and served on the church council. He was a member of the National Corn Growers Association, once receiving its Farmer of the Year award.

(Peoria Journal Star, November 17, 1992, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Henry Foster

Henry J. Foster, 81, of 3006 Rome West Road died at 9:35 am Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born Oct. 20, 1919, in Chillicothe to John and Hattie Cleveland Foster, he married Merry Carroll Justice on Jan 16, 1941, in Chillicothe. She survives. Also surviving are five sons, Mike (and Carol) of Peoria, Jim (and Vickie) of Morton, Steve (and Cathy) of East Peoria, Tom (and Janet) of Chillicothe and Tim (and Elizabeth) of Fon du Lac, WI; one daughter, Teresa (and Larry) Painter of Sparland; two sisters, Marie Coon and Thelma Jarman, both of Chillicothe; 15 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one granddaughter. He farmed in the Chillicothe area all his life. He served as sexton of St. Joseph Cemetery in rural Chillicothe. He was a life member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Cursillo in Peoria. He was a member of the Peoria Casting Club in Chillicothe. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in rural Chillicothe.

On 16 Jan 1941 when Henry John was 21, he married Merry Carol JUSTICE, daughter of Herbert JUSTICE & Nell BREWER, in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL. Born on 24 Dec 1923 in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, May 2001, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Hattie Mae Cleveland Foster

Services for Mrs. John (Hattie) Foster, 79, of Chillicothe, who died Tuesday will be at 10:30 am tomorrow in St. Edwards Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mooney Cemetery, Rome. Born Jan 18, 1897 in Peoria, she was a daughter of Henry M. and Sophia Jones Cleveland. She married John Foster Nov 12, 1918 in Chillicothe. Surviving are two sons, Henry and Joseph, and two daughters, Mrs. Stanely (Thelma) Jarmand and Mrs. Carl (Marie) Coon, all of Chillicothe, two sisters, Mrs. Ed (Eva) Pennington of Chillicothe and Mrs. Charles (Nellie) Klapper of Peoria; two brothers, Henry Cleveland of Peoria and Richard of Richmond, VA; 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, a grand daughter and two brothers. Mrs. Foster was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, its Sodality and the Needle Craft Club.

(The Journal Star, Peoria, Il, May 27, 1976, submitted by Ann McClary)

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John Walter Foster
Services for John Walter foster, 76, of 306 N. 6th St., who died Saturday in Methodist Hospital after an illness of two years, will be tomorrow at 9:30 am in St. Edwards Catholic Church, Chillicothe. Burial will be in the Mooney Cemetery. Mr. Foster was born May 5, 1891 in Chillicothe, a son of Nathaniel and Mary Jane Mooney foster. He married Hattie Cleveland Nov 12, 1918. Surviving are his widow, two sons, Henry and Joseph and three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Marie) Coon, Mrs. Stanley (Velma) Jarman and Mrs. Donald (Harriett) Rankin, all of Chillicothe; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Lena Fogg of Chillicothe, Miss Trella and Miss Mabel Foster, both of Peoria. Mr. Foster retired from farming in 1957. he was a member of St. Edwards Church.

On 12 Nov 1918 when John Walter was 27, he married Hattie Mae CLEVELAND, in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL. Born on 18 Jan 1897 in Peoria, Peoria, IL. Hattie Mae died in Chillicothe, Peoria, IL on 25 May 1976; she was 79. Buried in Mooney Cemetery.

(Journal Star, Peoria, IL June 6, 1967, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mrs. Nathaniel Foster Passes On

Funeral services were held from the St. Edwards church Monday morning at nine-thirty oclock for Mrs. Nathaniel Foster, who passed away at her home in Medina township, Friday, August 2, at the age of 75 years, 1 month and 8 days. Mary Jane Mooney, daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Mooney was born in Medina township, Peoria County, June 23, 1854. She was united in marriage to Nathaniel Foster, July 22, 1880, to which union was born nine children, two dying in infancy and Cora in 1918. The deceased woman leaves to mourn her departure her husband, two sons and four daughters, namely: Frank of California, John of Chillicothe, Mrs. Ira E. Gill (Ida), Mrs. Jos. Fogg (Lena) and Trella and Mabel at home. One brother John A. Mooney also survives.

(Chillicothe Bulletin August 9, 1929, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Nathaniel N. Foster Answers Final Call

Nathaniel Foster well known retired farmer of Peoria county passed away last Thursday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ira Gill. He was 78 years old and had been in ill health for the past year. Cerebral hemorrhage was the direct cause of his death. Deceased was born in New York City, December 11, 1853, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Foster. At the age of 13 he came to Peoria County and was one of the first residents of the Mooney settlement, southwest of Chillicothe. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Mooney, in 1877. She preceded him in death August 2, 1929. Since her passing he had made his home with his children. Mr. Foster leaves to mourn his departure, two sons, Frank of San Pedro, California, John of Chillicothe and four daughters; Mrs. Ira Gill and Mrs. Joseph Fogg also of this city, Trella and Mabel of Peoria, together with nineteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Deceased had been identified with the agricultural life of this vicinity for over 50 years. Funeral services were conducted from the Joseph Fogg home west of Chillicothe, Saturday morning and later at St. Edwards church of this city. Rev. M. J. Spalding officiated and interment was in the Mooney cemetery beside the deceased wife.

On 22 Jul 1880 when Nathaniel was 25, he married Mary Jane MOONEY, daughter of Walter MOONEY & Elizabeth BAGGS, in Peoria County, IL. Born on 23 Jun 1854 in Peoria County, IL. Mary Jane died in Medina, Peoria, IL on 2 Aug 1929; she was 75. Buried in Mooney Cemetery.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, July 28, 1933, submitted by Ann McClary)

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At Peoria, April 5, 1888, of acute peritonitis Elizabeth Freiling, aged 65 years and 6 months.

(Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1888, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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Western Man a Suicide in Boston

Boston, January 26—William E. Francis of Peoria, Ill., a well-known liquor dealer, took cyanide of potassium and died at the Hotel Rexford to-night. He left letters to his wife and father, who live in Peoria.

(New York Times, Jan. 27, 1900, pg. 9, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 10th Jacob Frye, an old and respected citizen of this city, engaged in the cattle business, was shot and almost instantly killed today in Court-house-square by his daughter's husband, Luther B. McKinney. The cause was a divorce suit which is pending against McKinney, who is a man of violent temper.

(New York Times, Feb. 11, 1880, pg. 2, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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Mary Furstoss

Funeral services for Mary Patricia Furstoss, 5-week-old daughter of Ralph and Helen Carney Furstoss, 321 North Underhill street, who died at St. Francis hospital at 2 p. m. Monday, will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, will be held at 3 p. m. today at the Boland mortuary chapel. The Very Rev. T. J. Jordan will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Friends will be received at Boland's after noon today.

The child was born here March 20, 1946. Besides her parents, she leaves one brother, James Allen Furstoss, and one sister, Judith Ann Furstoss, both of Peoria. (Peoria Star, April 30, 1946, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Anna Fussner

Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Joseph's church for Mrs. Anna Fussner, who died Friday afternoon, May 21 at her home here.

Mrs. Fussner was born January 6, 1848 at Vienna, Austria and came to this country at an early age.

She was the widow of Adam Fussner who preceded her in death a number of years ago.

Seven children survive--Charles, who resided with his mother, Theodore and Peter of Elmwood; Mrs. Elizabeth Page of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Madeleine Woodson of Peoria; William of Brimfield and Fred of Laura.

Interment was in Calvary cemetery. Pall bearers were Paul Fussner, Joe Fussner, Edward Fussner, Lucas Fussner, Archie Floyd and Joe Fussner.

(Brimfield News, May 27, 1937, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

George Fussner

George Fussner, aged twenty two years, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Fussner, and residing with his parents at their home in Jubilee township, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 1908, after a brief illness, from pneumonia.

(Brimfield News, February 13, 1908, submitted by Sandy Louden, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Edward Eilers

HANNA CITY-Edward "Buzz" Eilers, 79, of 11223 W. Farmington Road died at 11:46 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
    Born Aug. 1, 1919, in Bartonville to Ben and Garnet Stoker Eilers, he married Arline M. Hawton on May 27, 1967, in Peoria. She survives.
    Also surviving are one son, David of Mapleton; two stepsons, Donas Kirk of Peoria Heights and Aaron Kirk of Peoria; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by one sister. He was the owner of Eilers Auto Body for 35 years, retiring in 1979. He also was a farmer in the Hanna City area.
    He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Forces veteran.
    He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Illinois Angus Association. He was a lifetime member of Temple Lodge 46, AF&AM in Peoria.
    He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bartonville.
    Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. The Rev. Kenneth Tegtmeier will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and one hour before services, both at the chapel. Burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
    Memorials may be made at his church or the Logan-Trivoli Fire and Rescue Squad. (Peoria newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Mary Hamilton Frey, nee Cooling, of Plainfield, age 81, died Monday February 17, 1997 after a lingering illness at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

She was born January 18, 1916 in Princeville, IL. Survived by her children, Edwin R. Hamilton of Plainfield, Sally L. (Charles) Brooks of South Beloit, WI, Penny (William) Werner of Fond du Lac, WI, Jerry (JoAnne) Hamilton of College Park, MD, Thomas E. (Sue) Hamilton of Joliet, and Roger A. (Debbie) Hamilton of Buckley, WA; thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sisters, Ethel (Ralph) Snook of Plainfield, and Maybelle Cooling of Joliet.

Preceded in death by her husbands, Edwin R. Hamilton (1960) and Delbert Frey (1989); and four sisters and two brothers.

She was a lifelong resident of Plainfield.

She was born of English immigrant parents.

She was the sixth of nine children of Walter and Sarah Cooling.

Visitation Friday February 21, 1997 at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home, Plainfield, from 2-7 pm. A funeral service will be conducted by her children immediately following visitation at 7:00 pm. Memorials to the Joliet Area Community Hospice, 335 W. Jefferson St., Joliet IL 60435, would be appreciated.

Interment will be private.

(Herald News, Feb. 19, 1997, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. R. J. Fisher died last evening after a short illness from pulmonary trouble. The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church, of which she was a member, at 10 a.m. Friday, October 16.

(Brimfield News, Oct. 15, 1896, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)



Maudie Belle Pemble was born in Brimfield, Ill., May 14, 1877 and has made her home in this community the greater part of her life. She was

united in marriage to Richard J. Fisher of Brimfield, Aug. 11, 1896. For some time before her marriage her health was somewhat enfeebled and

since that time she failed rapidly. Having been attacked with that fatal disease consumption, her constitution rapidly gave way and she passed from

her newly made home in Brimfield to her heavenly home on Wednesday evening, Oct. 14 at half past six o'clock.

She was converted under the labors of Rev. D. B. Johnson nearly four years ago and at once united with the Methodist Episcopal church of

Brimfield, and has been a true follower of her master until He said to her, "It is enough, come up to here." At the time of her death she was 19 years

and five months old. She leaves a beloved companion, a father and mother, two sisters and four brothers to mourn her loss, and yet not as those who

have no hope.

The funeral services were held in the Methodist church at 10 o'clock on Friday morning and were conducted by Rev. Denning, assisted by Rev. Cox

of the Baptist church. The large number of neighbors and friends attending the funeral attest their high appreciation of the beautiful life that had

passed away. Among those in attendance were the Principal and members of the High School, who attended in a body. Well may we say of her,

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yea saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."


I desire to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors for the timely aid and sympathy extended during the illness and death of my

wife. Their many acts of kindness will ever be remembered with feelings of the deepest gratitude.

R. J. Fisher

(Brimfield News, Oct. 22, 1896, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Relatives of Mrs. Elizabeth Eisenmenger received the sad news of her death which occurred Saturday evening at St. Marys Hospital, Columbus, Nebraska. Her brother, John Schelkopf, her sister Mrs. Anna McDonough and nephew Lee Schelkopf of Monica left Monday morning to attend the funeral service.

(Brimfield News, June 28, 1934, submitted by Jackie Hensley, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Last Rites For James Finnegan Are Held Saturday

Funeral services for James H. Finnegan, 70, of 106 S. Madison Ave., a prominent Peoria realtor who died at 3:15 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in St. Francis hospital were at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Wilton Mortuary and at 9 in St. Marys Cathedral.

Msgr. Murray V. Haas officiated and burial was in Springdale cemetery.

Owner of the J. H. Finnegan Realty Co., he had been a real estate dealer for 40 years and had occupied the same office in the First National Bank Building for 34 years. He served a member of the Peoria county board of review for five years and was a former president of the Illinois Association of Real Estate Boards. He served three terms as president of the Peoria board of realtors and was a member of the University Club and the Peoria Association of Commerce.

Born in Brimfield, he was a son of Frank and Margaret Winne Finnegan and married Helen Paul in Brimfield in 1924. She died in 1953. He attended Knox college and was a graduate of the University of Illinois. A Navy veteran of World War I, he was a member of Peoria Post 2, American Legion.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Donald Fuller of Peoria; and two brothers, William Finnegan and Winne Finnegan, both of Brimfield. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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William Farry

William Farry, 88, of 322 N. Perry Ave., died at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital.

Mr. Harry, a former farmer, retired 35 years ago. Born at Brimfield Nov. 11, 1868, he was the son of Michael and Dorothea Farry, and was never married. He was a member of the St. Marys Cathedral.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Finnegan of Peoria; one brother, Edward Farry of Yakima, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Wright & Salmon Mortuary.

Funeral services for William Farry, 88, of 322 N. Perry Ave., who died Friday at St. Francis hospital, will be held at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Wright & Salmon mortuary and at 9 at St. Marys Cathedral. Msgr. Murray Hass will officiate and burial will be in Calvary cemetery, Brimfield.

Friends may call at the mortuary after 2 p.m. today and there will be a recitation of the Rosary at 8:30 tonight.

(Unknown newspaper, July 1955, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Hold Rites Tuesday For Frank C. Fritz, 63; Been Ill Five Years

Funeral services for Frank C. Fritz, 63, farmer of near Wyoming, were held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at Cox Memorial home in Wyoming.

Mr. Fritz, who has been ill the past five years, died Sunday morning is a Peoria hospital.

Rev. Geiselman, pastor of Wyoming Methodist church, officiated.

Wayne Steward, accompanied by Mrs. W. J. Teel, sang: Does Jesus Care?

Body bearers were Edward Best, Raymond Gillan, Dean Shipley, Walter Reismeyer, Elgin Mahle and Isaac Keeley.

Burial was in Swan Lake cemetery near Peoria.

Frank Christian, son of Charles and Mary Sleinman Fritz, was born March 29, 1894, near Princeville.

He had farmed most of his lifetime in Peoria and Stark counties.

He was married July 23, 1936, to Miss Donna Streitmatter, of Princeville who survives with a daughter, Donna Lou Fritz, at home. Also surviving is a son by a former marriage, Walter Fritz of Peoria; a brother and two sisters, Charles Fritz of Toulon and Mrs. Bertha Dickenson and Mrs. Rose Oertley, both of Princeville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

(Unknown newspaper, 1959, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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