Obituaries/Death Notices

Mary Lou Gates Ray Gelling Evelyn Goetz
Wayne Galbreath William Gelling Samuel Gordon
Daisy Gallup Rev. Ambrose German John Gramlich
Isabella Gallup Catherine German Anna Grant
John Gallup Joseph German Florence Grant
Loren Gallup John Getty Maud Grant
Mary Gallup Mrs. Michael Ghert Ulysses Grant
Mary Hannah Gallup Alfred Gibbons Vera Grant
Daniel Galvin Thomas Gibbons William Grant
Benjamin Gates Jessie Giffin Oscar Graves
Margaret Gates Charlotte Gilbertt Viella Graves
Mary Lou Gates Harry Giles Edward Gray
Lillian Gauss Catherine Gill Harvey Green
William Gauss Mary Gill Ralph Green
Laura Gauzer Joseph Gilles Anna Greinminger
John Geitner Charles Gillett Herman Griggs
Mary Geitner Ursula Gillfilan Lois Grubb
Juretta Gelling Frederick Gladfelter Walter Grypp
Minnie Gelling Carl Goetz  



Funeral services for Mrs. Isabella Burns Gallup, widow of John S. Gallup, who passed away Saturday January 11, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.C. McMullen, 235 Alice Avenue, at the age of 72 years, three months and four days, were held Monday afternoon at Webster Mortuary chapel Chillicothe, Ill. At 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Robert H. Clark, pastor of Peoria Unity Congregational church was in charge of the services.

She was the daughter of George and Angus Burns and was born in Hallock Township, October 4,1857. Her early life was spent at Blue Ridge, Ill., where she united with the Methodist church at an early age. She was united in marriage to John S. Gallup on September 23, 1881 who preceded her in death, November 22, 1926.

To know Mrs. Gallup was to love her and her life was a beautiful example of unselfishness, sincerity and patience. Throughout her long illness, she never wavered in her faith and bore her suffering with fortitude which was unexcelled.

She leaves to morn her loss, one son Roy Gallup, Chillicothe: one daughter Mabel; mentioned above, a son-in-law, William Atchison; six grandchildren; four sisters, Miss Jennie Burns, Bartonville, Mrs. T.L. Reed, Chillicothe, Mrs. Justin Odell, Galesburg, Mrs. Earl Stephen, Redwood City Calif., and two brothers, Adam Burns of Detroit, Mich., and William Burns of Chillicothe, Ill.

Interment will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ill.

 (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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The Reaper Death.

For the third time entered the home of Frank Gallup and left it more bereft than ever. On Tuesday last the loved wife and mother passed away, and has joined the two ??? that preceeded her to the grave but a short time ago. Mrs. [Daisy E.] Gallup had many friends in Chillicothe to mourn her untimely death. Possessed of a kind and amiable disposition she had a large circle of friends who will greatly miss her. Deceased was the daughter of John Sweetman, and was born at the old homestead at ???? on Dec. 23, 1866. She died Tuesday morning, the 9th, of ????. Funeral services were held near Edelstein, and ??? Congregational Church, Lawn Ridge on Thursday. (rest of obit is missing)

Note: Daisy was the daughter of John (d. May 11, 1916) and Laura Sweetman. She died on May 15, 1892, and was buried in the Lawn Ridge cemetery in Marshall county.

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

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Gone to Rest

After several years of intense suffering. Mrs. Mary Hannah Gallup was called from this world of sickness and pain to the rest and peace promised those by the Savior in whom she had for many years placed her implicit trust and faith. Her death occurred at the family residence on Beech street in this city on Wednesday, August 2, 1899. In her last hours she was surrounded by her children and relatives, and everything possible was done to alleviate her suffering. But her affliction was of a cancerous nature and human skill could not combat with its progress.

Deceased was born in Lisbon, Conn. in 1836, and consequently was in her sixty-third year. On May the 15th 1855, she was united in marriage to Mr. Kinney Gallup, and December 1865, they removed to Illinois, settling on a farm they purchased at Hallock. Six children blessed their union, all of whom were present at the funeral. In 1887 they retired from farm life, came to this city and have since resided here. The children are Mrs. Briggs, who has for several year made her home with her parent; Prentiss L Gallup of Blue Ridge; John S. Gallup, of Blue Ridge; William K. Gallup of Birmingham, Ia.; and Mrs. Nellie M. Custer, of Paris, Texas. Mrs. Gallup was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, and the funeral services were held at the Blue Ridge church this morning, Rev. T. Martin delivering the sermon, after which the remains were laid away in the Blue Ridge cemetery in the presence of a large and sorrowful host of relatives and friends.

(Unknown newspaper, Aug. 1899, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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John Spencer Gallup

John Spencer Gallup, son of Kinney and Mary H. Gallup born at Voluntown, Conn., Sept. 16. 1859 and passed away at his home in Blue Ridge on Nov. 22, 1926, aged 67 years, 2 months and 6 days.

In December of 1865 he together with his parents moved to Illinois and settled on a farm in Hallock township where he grew to manhood. His entire life with the exception of 3 years being spent in this locality.

On Sept. 23, 1881 he was united in marriage to Isabelle Burns and to this union where born three children whom survive him.

He was a man who always tried to do his duty as a citizen, both in private and public life and served his community for several terms as supervisor. He was a member of the Masonic, Woodman and Odd Fellow Lodges. Always a kind and affectionate husband and father, a genial friend who never treated any person as a stranger.

Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his death 3 children: Vinnie Aitchison of Peoria, Roy of Chillicothe and Mabel McMullen of Eden. Two sisters, Emma J. Briggs, Cedar, Iowa and Nellie M. Custer, Chillicothe. One brother Wm. K. Gallup Libertyville, Ia., Six grandchildren and a host of friends. Two brothers, Prentiss L. and Frederick T. having preceded him in death.

(Unknown newspaper, Nov. 1926, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Gone to Rest

After several years of intense suffering Mrs. Mary Gallup was called from this world of sickness and pain to the rest and peace promised those by the Savior in whom she had for many years placed her implicit trust and faith. Her death occurred at the family residence on Beech street in this city on Wednesday, August 2, 1899. In her last hours she was surrounded by her children and relatives, and everything possible was done to alleviate her suffering. But her affliction was of a cancerous nature and human skill could not combat with its progress.

Deceased was born at Lisbon, Conn., in 1836, and consequently was in her sixty-third year. On May the 15th 1855, she was united in marriage to Mr. Kinney Gallup, and December 1865, they removed to Illinois, settling on a farm they purchased at Hallock. Six children blessed their union, all of whom were present at the funeral. In 1897 they retired from farm life, came to this city and have since resided here. The children are Mrs. Briggs, who has for several years made her home with her parents; Prentiss L. Gallup, of Blue Ridge; John S. Gallup,, of Blue Ridge; William K. Gallup, of Birmingham, Ia; and Mrs. Nellie M. Custer, of Paris, Texas. Mrs. Gallup was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, and the funeral services were held at the Blue Ridge church this morning, Rev. T. Martin delivering the sermon, after which the remains were laid away in the Blue Ridge cemetery in the presence of a large and sorrowful host of relatives and friends.

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

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Mrs. Mary Lou Gates, 24, who gave birth to her first child last week was found dead on the floor of her home, 2013 Indiana Ave., when her husband arrived home from work Friday afternoon.

Robert Gates told Coroner Wood he had left work at 6:25 a.m. Friday. He found his wife’s body when he returned home at 4:15 p.m. after stopping at the store long enough to buy groceries.

Mrs. Gates had been released from St. Francis Hospital Sunday after the birth of Wesley Lynn Gates there Feb. 11. The couple resided at the Indiana Ave address five years.

The infant was taken to the home of a neighbor, where the family physician examined it and said the baby was in good health.

Coroner Chauncey Wood is conducting an investigation into the death of the young mother.

Born Dec. 17, 1929 in Forest City, a daughter of Kirby and Eleanor LaCharite Lawlis, she married Robert Gates Nov. 20, in Peoria.

Surviving are her husband; her 8-day old son; her father of Chillicothe; a sister of Mason City, Ia., and a brother, Parker Lawlis of Chillicothe.

Funeral services will be announced by the Wilton Mortuary.

 (Unknown newspaper, Feb 1953, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Laura Calder was born June 3, 1876, died April 13, 1903. She was married to John Gauzer, of Henry, Nov. 22, 1899. She leaves a father and mother, four brothers, three sisters and a husband to mourn her loss. She was sick but five days when her Master called her home, where there is no sighing, no weeping and no parting. She was of a happy nature, always cheerful wherever you met her and when suffering intensely she was always pleasant. She joined the M. E. church when eighteen years old and lived a quiet, earnest Christian life. The husband and relatives have the sympathy of the community in this sad hour of bereavement. She was laid away in the beautiful cemetery, near the M. E. church, Wednesday. Rev. Birch spoke comforting words to the sorrowing friends from 1 Cor. 15:55 verse. The casket was beautiful and the floral offerings were lovely: one especially, a pillow, with the name "sister." (rest of the obituary is missing...)

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

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The funeral of Daniel F. Galvin will be held Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the Boland's Mortuary with mass at St. Patrick's church at 9 o'clock. Interment will be in Springdale mausoleum. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Lillian Gauss, Musician, Dies At Hospital Here

Death claimed Mrs. Lillian Traeger Gauss, widow of William F. Gauss, formerly a member of the Gauss Undertaking company, at Proctor Hospital last night at 6:17 o'clock. She resided at 212 North Underhill Street.

Mrs. Gauss was an accomplished musician and at one time was a member of the vested choir of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. She belonged to the church of the Alpha Delta Sunday school class of the church, and was also a member of Baker Camp, Royal Neighbors of America, and the Amateur Musical club of this city.

She was born May 7, 1893, the daughter of Charles W. and Elizabeth Sauer Traeger. She was educated in Peoria public schools, graduating from the old Douglas school and attending Peoria high school.

She married William F. Gauss September 29, 1926 in Chicago. He passed away in 1928.

Mrs. Gauss is survived by her parents, who reside at 107 Hurlburt Street; two sisters, Miss Pearl M. Traeger and Miss. Minnie M. Traeger; a brother, William H. Traeger, Peoria, three nephews, William Velde Traeger and Theodore Traeger, Peoria, and Sidney Traeger of Walkerton, Ind. and a niece, Miss Virginia Traeger, Peoria.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the First M. E. Church. Dr. W. M. Briggs, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gauss Mortuary between 11 o'clock Wednesday morning and 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

(Peoria Star, Nov. 13, 1933, submitted by Harry Lundell)

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Wm. F. Gauss, 59, Founder Of Gauss Company Dies

Once Was a Wholesale Grocer

William F. Gauss, of 212 North Underhill, passed away at the Proctor hospital Thursday morning at 1:30 o'clock. He was the son of William P. and Louisa Potthoff Gauss, and was born in this city July 3, 1869. He was the founder of the Gauss Undertaking Company and was active in the management of that institution until one year ago.

Mr. Gauss was reared and educated in the public schools of this city, and was for many years identified with the wholesale grocery and confectionary business, being connected with William P. Gauss Co. until 1903 when he entered the funeral directing profession with Henry K. Hoefer, under the firm name Hoefer and Gauss Co., later Gauss Undertaking Co.

Mr. Gauss was a home loving man and found the greatest pleasure in his home and garden, being a great lover of flowers. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Lillian T. Gauss, four sisters, Mrs. John H. Bontjes, Mrs. Delbert A. Covey, Mrs. Archie T. McMaster, of this city, and Mrs. Thomas W. Jones of St. Louis, Mo., and one brother, Louis J. Gauss, also of Peoria.

Mr. Gauss was a member of Schiller Lodge No. 335, A.F. & A. M. ; Central City Lodge of Perfection Scottish Rite; Columbia Lodge I.O.O.F. and Sons of Veterans, being a past commander of the latter organization. Mr. Gauss was also a past Noble Grand of Columbia Lodge I.O.O.F.

Funeral arrangements are still incomplete.

(Peoria Star, March 1, 1928, submitted by Harry Lundell)

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Mary Geitner

Mary Geitner, only daughter of John Geitner Sr., died at St. Frances hospital Tuesday morning after an illness of many years. She was 27 years of age and had never been in good health. She had been at the hospital since last March. The funeral was held here this morning at the Catholic church and the burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

She is survived by her father and five brothers John, Charles, Henry, and George of this vicinity, and William of Perry, Iowa.

(Princeville Telephone, 1910, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Miss Catherine German

Miss German was 81 years of age and had been an invalid many years. She made her home with her sister Mrs. Levi McKown where funeral services were held Monday, conducted by Rev. Truitt of the M. E. church with interment in Elmwood cemetery. One brother and two sisters survive her.

(Princeville Telephone, 1913, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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End Comes Early Saturday Morning: Last Rites Held Tuesday

William Gelling, Sr., 75, prominent and highly respected farmer of the Monica community for over 50 years, passed away at his country home, one-half mile west of Monica Saturday morning at about 8:30 o'clock, following an illness of several months.

Services for Mr. Gelling were held at the Monica M. E. church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. A. A. Rodgers of Princeville, pastor of the church, assisted by the Rev. J. C. Craine, also of Princeville. Interment was in the Princeville Cemetery.


William Gelling, son of Joseph and Margaret McKune Gelling, was born in Millbrook township, Peoria County, Illinois on May 14, 1863, and passed away at his home west of Monica, Illinois on Saturday morning, March 4, 1939, at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 20 days.

He was the second of a family of three children and was reared on a farm southwest of Monica, where he attended the Nelson district school.

On January 4, 1888, he was united in marriage to Jurretta [sic] Cowan, and about a year and a half after their marriage they moved onto the farm where the rest of his life was spent. To Mr. and Mrs. Gelling three sons were born, all of whom survive him: Ray, William J. and Ralph.

Mr. Gelling was of sturdy Manx stock, his father having come from the Isle of Man in 1853. He united with the Methodist church of Monica nearly fifty years ago and ever since was an active member of it and always a loyal supporter of every community activity for good. He was an ideal husband and father and an honest and valued neighbor.

He was a man of very high character, unswerving integrity and sound judgment, and his advice and counsel were often sought by his acquaintances and friends, all of whom held him in high esteem. During his long and active life he took a deep interest in all community affairs, and held numerous offices of public trust, the duties of which he performed faithfully and exceptionally well.

Mr. Gelling always had good health, never having any sickness of consequence until recent months. His last illness lasted little more than three months, during which time he and his family did all that could be done to provide the medical and nursing care that would restore his health, but without avail.

He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Joseph Charles Gelling, who passed away a little over a year ago, on October 5, 1937.

(Unknown newspaper, Mar. 1939, submitted by David Blackwell)

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Mrs. Juretta Gelling Dies Last Thursday

Last Rites Held Sunday Afternoon at Monica Methodist Church

Mrs. Juretta Gelling, widow of the late Wm. Gelling, Sr. and well known and highly respected matron of the Monica community, passed away at her country home one-half mile west of Monica last Thursday afternoon, May 18, about 1 o'clock, following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Monica Methodist church, in charge of Rev. A.A. Rodgers, pastor, assisted by Rev. J.C. Craine. Interment was in Princeville Cemetery.


The following obituary was read at the services.

Juretta Cowan, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Hare Cowan, was born at Princeville, Illinois, February 5, 1862, and passed away at her home just west of Monica, Illinois, Thursday, May 18, 1939, at the age of 77 years, 3 months and 13 days.

She was the oldest of eight children and was reared in Princeville, attending the schools there.

On January 4, 1888, she was united in marriage to William Gelling, and about a year and a half after their marriage they moved onto the farm west of Monica where the rest of her life was spent. To Mr. and Mrs. Gelling three sons were born, all of whom survive her: Ray, William J. and Ralph.

Mrs. Gellings father came to this country from Scotland when a young man, settling in Princeville and being in business there for a number of years. Her mother was a daughter of Bolin Hare, one of the earliest settlers in this section of Illinois. They were among the first members of the Methodist church in Princeville and for many years were its loyal supporters.

Mrs. Gelling had been a member of the Methodist church since girlhood, and since their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Gelling were both active in the Monica church as long as they lived. Until a few years ago she enjoyed good health, and took part in all activities which were for the uplift of the community. She was a devoted wife and mother and lived for the good of her family and friends.

Just two and a half months ago, Mr. Gelling passed away, after a few weeks of illness. The grief and loss were so great that she could not withstand them, and when illness came, she rapidly gave way under it, until she slipped out to follow him into the Great Beyond.

(Unknown newspaper, 1939, submitted by David Blackwell)

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Rev. Fr. Ambrose German, OFM
(August 12, 1926 - March 6, 2008)

Rev. Fr. Ambrose German, OFM, 81, of Hermann, Missouri died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at Frene Valley Health Center in Hermann. Rev. Fr. Ambrose German, OFM was born on August 12, 1926, on the Old English Place just north of Humphrey, Nebraska to Albert and Ella (Herchenbach) German.

He grew up on the family's farm north and northeast of Humphrey and received his education in St. Francis parish school. He entered St. Joseph Franciscan Seminary, Westmont, Illinois in the fall of 1940, and received his high school education and one year of college. He received the Franciscan habit on July 4, 1945, in St. Francis Church, Teutopolis, Illinois from Fr. Wenceslaus Krzycki, OFM. After a year in St. Francis Novitiate, there, he pronounced his first vows on July 5, 1946 now known
as Father Ambrose. He spent that summer in the hospital in Effingham, Illinois, but left for Cleveland, Ohio in late August.

He took his course of Philosophy at Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio, and after three years received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and left for Teutopolis, Illinois, where he pronounced his solemn or final vows on July 5, 1949, in the St. Francis Church. He began his course of theology that fall. Too young to be ordained with his class after the their third year, he finished the entire four year course of theology and was ordained on June 29, 1953, with his uncle, Fr. Damian Herchenbach, OFM as archpriest and his cousin, Fr. Roland Braun, as subdeacon for the Mass.

His first assignment was the study of Homiletics at St. Francis Solanus Friary, Quincy, Illinois, while also earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Quincy College and teaching second grade religion. He was then sent to teach religion at St. Joseph Academy for Girls in Cleveland, Ohio, living again at Our Lady of the Angels. After one year there, he was sent to the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., for summer school towards a Master's Degree in the Classics. He was assigned to teach Latin and Greek at St. Joseph Seminary, Westmont, Illinois, and to be Chaplain for St. Joseph Military Academy for Boys in LaGrange Park, Illinois. He received his Master's Degree from Notre Dame University in August of 1959. Meanwhile, he was assistant to the Sub-Rector and in charge of the Freshman Dormitory. In 1957, he took
over the Project Work and took care of the grounds, the vegetable garden and the orchard. In 1969 he became Chaplain at Our Lady of Bethlehem, the Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Joseph of LaGrange Park. He became Class Moderator in 1972.

When the Minor Seminary was closed in 1977, Father was sent to be associate pastor in his native parish in St. Francis in Humphrey, Nebraska. The following year he celebrated his silver anniversary as a priest, and at that time it was announced that he had been made pastor of the parish. He took over those duties in August 1978 and
automatically also became Superintendent of St. Francis Parish Schools.

In February of 1986 he attended the spring session at Notre Dame University for the continuing education of clergy. In June he received orders to move to St. Francis Borgia Parish, Washington, Missouri, as associate pastor. He arrived there on July 1, 1986. After sixteen months, he was asked to move over to St. George Parish in Hermann, Missouri, and moved there on October 30, 1987 until he suffered a stroke on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2002.

Father Ambrose was the last remaining Franciscan in the Jefferson City Diocese, which the St. George Parish has had since 1875. He was an avid gardener; he loved growing flowers, especially African violets. He also made wine from any kind of fruit he could get his hands on. Father was an avid genealogy buff having completed several books on his family's history, as well as the history of every family in the parish at Humphrey, Nebraska.

He was an Order of Franciscan Minor, a member of Knights of Columbus, member of St. George Parish, and former member of the Hermann Ministerial Alliance.

He is survived by his brother-in-law, Donald Monaghan, Manchester, Iowa. Nephews and nieces, Jim Frick, Davenport, Iowa; Dean Frick, Flint, Michigan; Sue (Frick) Tiernan, Marion, Iowa; Caroline Monaghan-Pallat, Princeton, New Jersey; Cathy Monaghan, Chesterfield, Missouri; Allen Monaghan, Manchester, Iowa; Art Monaghan, Northfield, Minnesota; and Angie Monaghan, McGregor, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ella German; sisters, Flora Mae Frick, Shirley Monaghan and brother-in-law, Don Frick, Funeral services will be March 11, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Church in Hermann, Missouri. The Rev. Fr. Jim Lause, OFM officiated and Rev. Fr. John Rausch, OFM will be the homilist. Organist will be Jonie Loehnig. Vocalist will be Tim Engemann and the St. George Choir.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 10, 2008 from 3 to 8 p.m. with vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at St. George Church. Interment was at St. George Cemetery, Hermann, Missouri. Pallbearers will be Franciscan priests and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. George Church, Hermann, Missouri.

(The Hermann Advertiser-Courier (Mo.), March 18, 2008, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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Joseph German Dies At Age 91


Joseph German, 91, died at 11 a.m. yesterday in Methodist Hospital.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Mary's of the Woods Catholic Church. The Rev. William Smith will officiate with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the Bouton-Hammit Funeral Home.

He was born in Princeville on July 6, 1883, the son of Charles and Barbara Reinhart German.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

He operated a harness shop in Princeville for several years.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, November 10, 1974, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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John Jerome Getty

Many of the old citizens of Brimfield will be pained to learn of the death of John Jerome Getty, of Sauk Centre, Minn. John Jerome Getty was born Sept. 15th, 1821 in Onondaga county New York. In his early manhood he removed to Brimfield, Ill. Where he was first married to Carolina Burt, his wife dying without issue. On October 31st, 1854, he married Miss Pamelia [sic- Permelia] Jane Layman, and three years afterward went to Minnesota, stopping a short time in Minneapolis, but pushing his way to the frontier, with his brave young wife, who survives him. In 1862 he returned to Minneapolis on account of the Sioux outbreak, remaining there four years, renting his farm in Getty's Grove, in the township of Getty which was named in his honor. In 1891 he sold his farm purchasing a comfortable home in Sauk Centre, where a little over a year ago his health began to fail him and on October 31st, the 41st anniversary of his marriage, he was stricken to the floor by a stroke of paralysis of the spinal cord from which he never rallied. He did not realize his suffering as his mind wandered most of the time. He peacefully breathed his last Nov. 12, 1895, at 8:30 a.m. “His life work is done, he now rests from his labors and his works do follow him.” His wife and two children, Mrs. Geo. Duncan of West Union, and Mrs. Margaret Babcock, of Worthington, Minn. survive him.
(Brimfield News, Dec. 12, 1895, submitted by Ian Heath)

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Mrs. Ghert Dies

Mrs. Michael Ghert passed away Wednesday of last week at her home one half mile west of Spear.

She was about seventy years of age and was a member of the best known families of that locality.

The funeral service was conducted Saturday afternoon.

(Princeville Telephone, 1915, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Charlotte Gilbertt

PEORIA - Charlotte E. Gilbertt, 82, of 1200 E. Partridge, and formerly of 5922 N, Elm Lane in Peoria, died at 1:40 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Snyder Village in Metamora.

She was born on July 9, 1923, in Trivoli to Henry and Lydia Ellinghausen Andrews. She married Frank Gilbertt on Dec. 16, 1944, in Peoria. He died Dec. 23, 1986, in Peoria.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by three daughters, Roberta (Jim) Pike of Morton, Marsha (Richard) Rankin of East Peoria and Judy Gilbertt of Tracy, Calif.; four grandchildren, Deborah Pike of chicago, Jim Rankin of Salida, Colo., Deanna Binder of Mandeville, La., and Rhonda Rankin of East Peoria; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ima Jean (Robert) Campbell of Peoria and Carol (Steve) Camp of Trivoli.

She was associated with Gilbertt Furniture, which was founded by her husband.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with Rev. Vonna Lou Larson officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the services. Burial will be in Trivoli Cemetery in Trivoli.

Memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Village, 1200 Partridge Lane, Metamora, IL 61548.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 1, 2006, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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GILES- Harry I. Giles, son of Thomas Giles, Jr., of Virginia and Bigelow sts., Sunday, Oct. 18, 9 p. m. aged 17 years, 2 months. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the residence. Friends invited. (Peoria Journal, Monday, October 19, 1896, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Chillicothe, May 8, 1888, Chas. R. Gillett, aged 13 years, 3 months and 21 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Evelyn Goetz

West Peoria -- Evelyn A. Goetz, 82, of 2408 W. Kellogg died at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Bartonville to Frank and Kazimiera Chernewski Lazisky, she married Carl A. Goetz on May 4, 1940, in Peoria. He died Dec. 2, 1971, in Peoria.

She also was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.

Surviving are two daughters, Kristel (and Scott) Taylor of West Peoria and Carla Lawless of Berwyn; two sons, Stephen and Jeffrey, both of East Peoria; two sisters, Frances Sommer of Peoria and Camille Lindquist of Newport Beach, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She worked for the Peoria County recorder of deeds for several years, retiring in 1983. She then owned and operated Take Five Dancewear in Peoria, retiring in 1988.

She was a member of the Emblem Club in Pekin.

She also was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bartonville.

Services will be at noon Monday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, where visitation will be two hours before. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Carl A. Goetz

Services for Carl A. Goetz, 58, of 211 W. Garfield, Bartonville, an employee of Baker-Hauser Co., will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Davison Funeral Home.

The Rev. Elmo Hinrichs will officiate and burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Goetz died in the emergency room at Methodist Hospital at 9:20 p.m. Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

Former owner of Goetz Refrigerator Co., he had been employed as a serviceman for Baker-Hauser Co. for the last five years.

He was born in Peoria County May 31, 1913, a son of Carl F. and Marie Speck Goetz, and married Evelyn A. Lazisky in Peoria May 4, 1940. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

A member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Bartonville, he also was a member of the Steamfitters Union, Local 353; Peoria Casting Club; Pekin Elks Club and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge.

Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Miss Carla and Miss Kristel Goetz, both at home; two sons, Stephen, with the U.S. Air Force in Germany, and Jeffrey, at home; his mother of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Walter (Alma) McCoy and Mrs. Albert (Rose) Burdett, both of Peoria; one grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews. A brother, Ernest, preceded him in death.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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John E. Gramlich, 65, of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Peoria, died Friday, Sept. 11, 1992, at his home. Born July 27, 1927, in Peoria to Ray and Alice Gramlich, he married Joanne Fritch in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Terry of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; one brother, Ralph of Peoria; two sisters, Roberta of Birmingham, Ala., and Irene of Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

He was a Navy veteran of Word War II. He worked in material control at Caterpillar Inc. for 33 years and at Innisbrook Country Club in Florida for four years. Services were held Sunday at National Crematorium in Brooksville, Fla. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 16, 1992, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Mrs. Anna Grant

Mrs. Anna Catton Grant passed away in Peoria at the home of her son Fred Sunday, October 14 after a short illness of pneumonia.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon with the pastor, Rev. Fred Read officiating.

Interment was in the Brimfield cemetery. Pallbearers were Linus Arnold, Henry De Vries, Charles [ ], Earl [ ], Horace Moon and James Andrews.

Mrs. Grant was born in Brimfield March 26, 1870, the daughter of Joseph and Martha Catton.

She was married on February 15, 1888 to William Grant, who passed away seven years ago. She has lived her entire life in Peoria county, much of that time in this vicinity.

She was a very kind and loving mother, always thinking of her children and grandchildren, a kind sister, and a good neighbor and friend.

Two sons, Fred of Peoria, and Walter G. of Amboy and a daughter, Mrs. John Friling of Dunlap and three grandchildren survive. Four brothers William Catton of Scotland, S. D.; Bert Catton Cottonwood, Minn.; John and Ernest Catton of Brimfield and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Foster and Mrs. Martha McCartney of Brimfield and Mrs. Peter McGrane of Peoria also survive. (Brimfield News, Oct. 17, 1935, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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     Maud Opal Grant, aged 2 years and 9 days, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. U. K. Grant, died Monday morning, Aug. 13th, after a short illness. The funeral services were held on Tuesday morning, at the residence, conducted by Rev. C. L. Davenport, and were very largely attended. The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery. She was an exceedingly bright little girl and the sunshine and joy of her parent's home. Mr. and Mrs. Grant have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. (Brimfield News, Aug. 16, 1894, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Ulysses K. Grant

U. K. Grant, a lifelong resident of Brimfield, died at his home on Knoxville avenue Monday evening about ten o'clock, from an attack of
pneumonia. Mr. Grant's death came as a great shock to family and friends. He was ill for only a few days.

The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Union church, Rev. W. Harvey Young officiating. (Brimfield News, Jan. 10, 1929, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)



Mr. and Mrs. U. K. Grant

When two people have spent nearly forty years together in one home, with common purposes and occupation the record of their lives may well be a single one. Mr. and Mrs. Grant united their lives on September 4, 1889 and they relinquish it at almost the same time, Mr. Grant going first on January 7, 1929, and Mrs. Grant following in the early morning of the 10th of January.

Ulysses Kenneth Grant was born November 24, 1863 and died at the age of 65 years, 1 month and 13 days. His father's name, Kenneth was given to him and is continued in the name of the one grandson, Kenneth Barnes. His mother's name was Isabel Mclntosh. The Scotch ancestry was to him a source of pride and the industry and thrift which characterized his life were in keeping with it. With him ends his father's house. All of the eleven children now having passed away. For the past three years a test of faithfulness and affection has been submitted to him, and he has not been found wanting. During that time Mrs. Grant has been practically helpless, and Mr. Grant has cared for the house and ministered to her with unfailing patience and devotion.

Florence Belle Catton was born March 6, 1870, and at the time of her death was 58 years, 10 months and 4 days old. Her father was William Catton, and her mother's maiden name was Ann Pacey. Out of ten children in her household but one remains, Albert Catton of Brimfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Catton have been identified all their lives with this community. They were born near the village, their school days were here. They attended the church at French Grove, and have been contributors to the churches in the village through the years. From 1894 to 1925 they lived in the house on the farm north east of town, with the exception of two years when Mr. Grant operated an elevator in the village. Their for daughters were born here and two have been laid to rest in the burying grounds which now is to receive them. Maude, who died when about two years of age, and Florence, who passed away nine years ago, and whose sudden death came as a great shock to them.

The have been friendly and helpful people in this community life and the community has responded with its helpfulness and friendship. Two daughters Vera of Bradford, and Mrs. Hylda Barnes of Delavan, and the one grandson Kenneth Barnes survive. The daughters called upon at this time to bear a double sorrow find their grief lightened by the memory of the delightful days of home life with father and mother caring for them and giving gladly the affection they now so truly cherish.

Double funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Union Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. Harvey Young and were largely attended by friends and neighbors, after which they were tenderly laid to rest in the family lot in Brimfield cemetery.

Mrs. Olive Cady and Mrs. Marie Wurmneat, accompanied by Mrs. H. C. Cady sang, "Softly and Tenderly." "Tired, Oh Yes, So Tired," "Saved By Grace."

The pall bearers were John Church, Geo. LaFollette, John Cluskey, Martin Reinhart, Chas. Yess, Jas. Forney, Frank Woodworth, Sam Nelkirk, Herman Griggs and John Bitner.

Those in attendance from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Allison Griggs, Mrs. Wm. Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grant and Mrs. Alice Catton of
Peoria; Geo. and Walter Pacey of Buckley; Mrs. John Ontjes, Lyons, Kansas; Fred Catton and son and Francis Catton and son of West Jersey; J. F. Finnegan, Miss Agnes Finnegan, Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Finnegan and son, Miss Nelly McNulty, Mrs. Frances Hopkins, T. J. Flood, T. J. Mowbray, R. L. Breen, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sharkey, Miss Mary McManus, Jas. Hearn and Grover Finnegan, all of Bradford.

We wish to thank the friends and neighbors who in any way assisted us during the illness and death of our dear mother and father.

Miss Vera J. Grant
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Barnes

(Brimfield News, Jan. 17, 1929, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Vera June Grant

     Miss Vera June Grant of Bradford, former Peoria county school teacher and later clerk at the Bradford post office, died at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Francis hospital in Kewanee, where she had been a patient two weeks.
     She was a daughter of U. K. and Florence Catton Grant and was born in Brimfield June 20, 1890.
     Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Hylda Barnes of Delavan and a nephew, Kenneth Barnes of Madison, Wis. Two sisters, Maude Opal and Florence preceded her in death.
     Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marsh and Dunlap funeral chapel in Bradford. The Rev. Austin Rodger officiated and burial was in the Brimfield cemetery. (Peoria Star)
(Brimfield News, Dec. 15, 1949, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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William Grant

William Grant was born near Brimfield, Illinois, on September 4, 1860. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birthplace and on on February 15, 1888, was united in marriage to Miss Anna Catton. To this union were born two sons, Walter, now living at Amboy, and Fred at Peoria, Illinois, and one daughter, now Mrs. Mattie Frilling of Brimfield.

A little more than a year ago Mr. and Mrs. Grant made their home in Peoria, Illinois. At that place he suffered a paralytic stroke about seven months ago and yet a second stroke within a few weeks. To the effect of the second stroke he succumbed on September 23, 1927, being, at the time of his death, aged 67 years and 19 days.

The deceased was one of a family of five boys and five girls, only the youngest of whom survive him, Ulysses K. Grant of Brimfield. He is also survived by his life's companion, his three children and one grandson, Clifford Frilling.

The funeral service was held at the M. E. church in Brimfield Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The sermon was by the pastor Rev. A. A. Rogers. The pall bearers were John Caldwell, Herman Griggs, Fred Finck, Henry McCartney, John Church and Fred Wyman.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Orville [ ], Mrs. Pearl Forney, R. N. Bragg and Rev. A. A. Rogers, with Mrs. A. A. Rogers, accompanist. The songs were "Some Time We'll Understand" "Rock of Ages" and "In The Sweet Bye and Bye."

Card of Thanks

We desire to sincerely thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and help in our time of sorrow.

Mrs. William Grant The Children

(Brimfield News, Sep. 29, 1927, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Harvey B. Green was born in Cayuga County, New York, Oct. 6, 1846, and died at his home in Princeville, Ill., April 2, 1905, aged 58 years, 5 months and 26 days. He was united in marriage to Margaret D. Fritz, Sept. 14, 1862, and came to this state in spring of 1886 and settled in Peoria county, afterwards moving to the town of Princeville, where he passed away.

To them were born six children, two girls and four boys, of which three sons, and his wife, survive him: Samuel Fredric, Wyatt R. and William. Mr. Green was the youngest of a family of twelve children of which two brothers remain: Jefferson J. Green, of Peoria, and Langford R. Green, of Lawn Ridge.

Funeral services for the deceased were held at the residence in the presence of a large number of friends at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning by Rev. L. Vivian, pastor of the M. E. church. The interment was made in Prospect cemetery, near Dunlap. A delegation of M. W. of America attended the funeral and acted as pall bearers. Mr. Green was a charter member of the Princeville Camp, No. 1304. M.W.A.

(Unknown newspaper, May 1905, submitted by George Zane, transcribed by Gaile Thomas)

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Walter Grypp

Annawan-Walter A. Grypp, 71, of rural Annawan died Friday at the Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

Born Sept. 23, 1915, in Atkinson to August and Emma Walgrave Grypp, he married Margaret Martman on Sept. 28, 1933, in Geneseo. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, David Grypp of Greendale, Wis. and Larry Grypp of Peoria; five daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Mary Ann) Blackert of Cambridge, Mrs. Arlyn (Judith) Clementz of Oak Creek, Wis., Mrs. Micael (Janet) Schneider of South Lyon, Mich., and Mrs. Richard (Connie) Altman of Waukegan; 18 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Frank (Ida) VanVooren of Atkinson.

He was a farmer until his retirement until 1984. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. He was past president of the Holy Name Society.

Services will be at 10 a. m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church in Annawan, the Rev. Francis Engels officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p. m. and 7. to 9 p. m. today at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home in Annawan with the parrish rosary at 6:30 p. m. at the church. Burial will be in the St. Aathony's Cemetery in Atkinson.

Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Church or to the Annawan Rescue Unit. (Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 15, 1987, submitted by Cliff Oliver)

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Benjamin Jarah Gates was born at South Middleborough, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1836, to Benjamin Franklin and Wary C. Gates. When the boy was but nine months of age his parents came West and settled in Peoria county, Illinois. Here Mr. Gates has had his home all his life, save for the three and one-half years which he spent in the army.

In 1861 he enlisted in the 47th Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a private. Later he was made a corporal in Company C. After he was mustered out he came back to his home and on June 24, 1865 he was married to Miss Mary E. Bright, and to them were born four children: George, Minnie, (now Mrs. Henry Graze.) Robert and Charles. The first three survive their father, the last named having died in his fifth year. After the death of his wife Mr. Gates was again married in 1875 to Mrs. Margaret DeBold, and to this union were born two children, a son, Milo, and a daughter, Nellie, (now Mrs. Jacob Watson.) Both of these were present at their father's funeral. On Feb. 19, 1882, Mr. Gates married a third time. The wife who cared for him so faithfully during his last long illness and now survives him was Mrs. Maritta Pratt.

The family has always lived near Dunlap. Five years ago they left the farm and came to the village to make their home. Mr. Gates had been in feeble health for a long time. Some weeks ago he was taken west in the hopes that some benefit might be had from a change of climate, but no improvement was seen and he was brought back to his own home. He sank rapidly and the end came sooner than his family had expected. He passed away very peacefully on Tuesday evening, Sept. 26.

Besides his wife and five children, he is survived by one brother and one sister, James Gates, of Rockford, and Mrs. Lawrence Shehan, of Dunlap. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and from that church he was buried.

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

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Samuel Robert Gordon was born near Dunlap, Ill., November 17, 1883, and died near Piper City, Ill., June 1, 1907, aged 23 years, 6 months and 14 days.

He was educated in the public school here, and in 1897 was converted in a revival meeting held by the Salvation Army in Dunlap and conducted by Captain Letson. He was received into the Methodist church of this place by the pastor, Rev. D. C. Martin, as a Probationer on July 4, 1897, and as a full member Jan. 23, 1898. In the fall of 1901, when he went to Bloomington to attend school, he took a church letter with him. He was a student of the Illinois Wesleyan University for five years, being in the Junior class the last year he attended. In school, the same as in his home church, he was very much interested in religious work. Last winter he spent in California, returning home in March.

When the sad news came over the wires last Saturday, "S. R. Gordon was found dead," this whole community was thrown into the deepest sorrow. Expressions of sympathy and regret were heard on every hand, for all realized that one of the best and purest young men in our community had gome from us. No one could have been called from our midst who would have caused more universal mourning. Bright, intelligent, industrious, manly and devoted was his life--a life far above the average young man; a life admired by all who knew him; a life that we believe was pleasing to God. Sincerity and earnestness on the side of right and righteousness had ever been manifest in his life. As one who knew him well has said, "He was always a good boy."

He leaves a father, mother and three sisters, besides everyone who knew him to mourn.

The mystery that shrouds and hides and covers the closing scene of this noble life, blinds our vision, until we are bewildered, but through our sorrow we look, with hope and trust that some bright day we shall know and understand that which today is darkness and mystery.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Mr. Alford of this place, and Rev. W. J. Leach of Pekin, at the M. E. Church on Tuesday, June 4th, 1907, at 10:30 p.m., and the remains were placed in Dickerson cemetery.

The funeral was very largely attended, and among those from a distance were six of the deceased's fellow students from Wesleyan University.

When the mists have rolled in splendor
From the beauty of the hills.
And the sunshine, warm and tender
Falls in kisses on the rills.
We may read loves shining letter
In the rainbow of the spray--
We shall know each other better
When the mists have cleared away.

If we err in human blindness,
And forget that we are dust,
If we miss the law of kindness
When we struggle to be just.
Snowy wings of peace shall cover
All the pain that hides away.
When the weary watch is over
And the mists have cleared away.

When the mists have risen above us.
As our Father knows his own.
Face to face with those who love us
We shall know as we are known.
Love, beyond the orient meadows
Floats the golden fringe of day--
Heart to heart we bide the shadows
Till the mists have cleared away.

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

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Frederick Gladfelter Passed Away Last Night----Funeral Tomorrow

Frederick Gladfelter, a resident of Princeville for many years and Civil War veteran, passed away at this home here last night about 6 oclock.

Because of his advanced age, Mr. Gladfelter had been in poor health for several months and much of the time incapacitated because of the infirmities of age.
He was born at York, Pennsylvania, December 15, 1841 and passed away in Princeville, Illinois, January 7, 1925, aged 83 years and 23 days.

At the age of 12 he with his parents came to Princeville, where with the exception of his war service, he has made his home ever since.

On August 27, 1862 he enlisted for three years of service with the boys in blue and served as corporal in Co K of the 86th Illinois infantry and was discharged at Washington, D. C. in June 1865.

Two sons and two daughters are left to mourn his passingMrs. Retta Lair and Casper of West Liberty, Iowa; Logan of Kewanee; and Mrs. Bessie Kinnah of Princeville.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 oclock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Kinnah. Interment will take place in Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, 1925, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Tragic Auto Crash Takes The Lives of Two Local Youths

A Brimfield youth and another of near Kickapoo were killed Sunday evening in a two-car collision on U. S. Rte. 24, about one mile west of Kentland, Ind.

Dead are Joseph E. Gilles, 19, of near Kickapoo, driver of the car, and his passenger, Dennis M. Bridson of Brimfield, 17.

A report by Indiana State Highway police said Gilles was headed west on Rt. 24 about 7:10 p.m. when he attempted to pass a truck and hit the second car nearly head-on.

The second car was driven by Harold Garvin of Fowler, Ind., 66. He and his passenger, Fannie Eighnor of Watseka, 49, both were hospitalized.

The two victims were members of a party that had been on an outing at a beach in Indiana.

Four other members of the party, including Donald Bridson, brother of one of the dead youths, came upon the scene of the accident a few minutes after it happened. The four were in a second car, towing a boat and boat trailer.

Young Bridson, a senior in Brimfield high school, was born April 26, 1950 in Peoria, a son of Donald and Bertha Reinhard Bridson.

Surviving are his mother of Brimfield; three sisters, Linda, Janis, and Jo Ellen, and two brothers, Donald and Gary, all at home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Reinhard and Mrs. Elizabeth Bridson of Brimfield. His father preceded him in death.

Services were held Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas C. Harrison officiating. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the R. R. 2, Brimfield, address, Joseph Gilles was born in Peoria January 7, 1948, a son of Howard and Gladys Heinz Gilles. He had worked on the family farm with his father and had been a member of the 4-H club for eight years. He also was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo and the Naval Reserve. A graduate of St. Mary’s grade school in Kickapoo, he was graduated from Bergan high school last June.

Surviving are his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Judith) Soderquist of Taylorville, and Helen and Janet Gilles at home; one brother, Thomas Gilles of Rome; his grandmothers, Mrs. Josephine Heinz of Dunlap and Mrs. Lucy Gilles of Peoria; two nieces; and one nephew.

Services were held Wednesday in the Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria and in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo with Rev. August Mey officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery in Kickapoo.

(Unknown newspaper, 1967, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Hold Services Today, Edward C. Gray, 52

Funeral services for Edward C. Gray, 52, former a resident of Toulon, were held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at Kidd Funeral home.

Mr. Gray passed away about 10 o’clock Saturday morning at Brentwood Veterans hospital in Los Angeles, California, where he has been a patient for some time.

The body was flown to Chicago and then came to Kewanee.

Rev. Eugene Anderson, pastor of Toulon Baptist church was in charge of the services and interment was in the Toulon cemetery.

Body bearers were Marion Burcham, Henry Winans and Marion Parrish of Toulon and Roy Burcham, of Neponset.

Mr. Gray, who was a son of Marion and Kate Flynn Gray, was born July 3, 1903, in Peoria. When he was a small child he moved to Toulon and about 30 years ago went to California where he has since resided. He is a veteran of the Navy.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Cora Parrish, Mrs. Fanny Brady and Mrs. Jessie Burcham, all of Toulon, and a brother John Gray of Long Beach, California. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death and also a brother Tom.

Note: Edward died on Aug. 6, 1955.

(Princeville Telephone, Aug. 1955, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Ralph Gelling of Monica Suddenly Called Dec. 14

The Monica and Princeville communities were shocked Friday evening by the sudden passing of Mrs. Ralph Gelling well known and high respected young woman of Monica. Although she had been in ill health for some time, latest report stated that her condition was much improved and hopes were held for at least a partial recovery.
Mrs. Gelling had enjoyed taking part in all activities of the community, church and social events and will be sadly missed not only by a loving loyal family but also by a wide circle of warm friends.

Funeral services were held at the Monica Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 oclock, with the Rev. Charles Smith officiating and burial was in the Princeville cemetery. Pallbearers were Fred Jackson, T. E. Murphy, Fred and Ray Belford, Fred Schaad and Bryon Wear.

Minnie Stubblefield Gelling was born Aug. 30, 1899, near Bloomington, Ill. and upon her marriage to Ralph Gelling April 24, 1920, came to live near Monica. She was a faithful member of the Monica Methodist church and the Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Dorcas Smith, Princeville and Mrs. Gwendolyn Fusco of Washington, D. C. and five brothers, Guy Stubblefield of Peoria, Ivan of Normal, Paul of Hopedale, Warren of Bloomington and Ells of Hoopston.

(Princeville Telephone, 1945, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Ray Gelling Dies Unexpectedly; Rites Are Held Wednesday

Ray Gelling, 58, prominent and beloved citizen of the Brimfield-Monica community passed away unexpectedly in St. Francis hospital Sunday afternoon. He was hospitalized hours early.

He was the son of William and Jurretta Cowan Gelling and was born in Princeville township near Monica October 6, 1891. He was a lifelong resident of this area. His wife, the former Tressie Staples, preceded him in death.

Surviving are a son, Ray C. Gelling of Scott Field; two brothers, William and Ralph Gelling of Monica and a grandson.

Funeral services were held from the Union church in Brimfield yesterday afternoon with the Rev. Enoch Nye officiating. He was laid to rest in the Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, May 1950, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Last Rites Held for Mrs. Giffin

Mrs. Jessie Giffin, 52, wife of Letcher Giffin, well known Akron township resident, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning at Proctor hospital where she had been a surgical patient for over a week. She had been in critical condition, but was believed to be improving until her sudden death.

Born the daughter of John and Hannah Worsfold, September 14 1896 at Kickapoo, she was a lifetime resident of this community.

January 12, 1915 she was united in marriage to Letcher Giffin of Princeville. To this union three children were born, one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Schaad of Dunlap, one son Glen of Dunlap and Janet Joan Giffin who preceded her mother in death. She is also survived by two grandchildren Bobby and David Griffin.

Mrs. Giffin was one of a family of twelve children, seven whom with her mother survives; three sister and four brothers, Mrs. Forrest Taylor of Laura, Mrs. Laura Barrett and Mrs. Myrtle Challacombe of Princeville, Walter and John Worsfold of Alta, Wallace Worsfold of Peoria and Harry Worsfold of Trivoli. Her father and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at eh Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Richard Chase of Rock Island officiating.

Pallbearers were George Taylor of Lafayette, Merle Worsfold of Elwood, Harold Poole, Harry Sniff, Charles Fry and Harold Hall. Burial was in the Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, July 1948, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Last rites for Mrs. Oscar Graves who passed away at her in Princeville on Wednesday of last, week, following an extended illness, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Presbyterian church, in charge of Rev. Lee H. Smith. Pallbearers were: H. L. Mathews, Gilbert Adams, Harold Williams, Stewart Campbell, Ferris Rowcliff and Frank Stewart. Interment was in Princeville cemetery.

Mrs. Viella D. Graves, the wife of Oscar Graves and third of seven children of Alexander and Harriett Caskey Gingrich, was born July 30, 1874 at the Gingrich homestead in Duncan, Stark county, Illinois.

Mrs. Graves passed away her home in Princeville in the dawning hours of February 23, 1938, after a serious illness of over a year and one-half duration, during which time, with a devoted husband and family, everything possible was done to relieve her suffering and make her comfortable.

Her life was spent in the vicinity of her birthplace. She received her education in the schools of Stark county, having attended Wyoming high school.

On August 14. 1895, she was united in marriage to Oscar Graves by the Rev. C. M. Taylor, then pastor of the Princeville Presbyterian church and later, October 2, 1921, shortly after moving to tow, she, with Mr. Graves became an active member until illness prevented her attendance.

Mr. and Mrs. Graves had lives on their farm near Princeville until about 19 years ago, when they moved to Princeville, which has since been their home and where death came

Besides her husband, Mrs. Graves is survived by three children: Edna M., wife of Merle Kerns, Toulon; Leo who resides on the home farm near Princeville; and Evelyn D., wife of Berwin Dell, also of Princeville. A devoted daughter, Florence E., passed away in 1929. She is survived by five grandchildren; Harriet and Virginia Kerns, Leo Graves Jr. and Martha Graves and an infant son, Robert Gene, of Mr. and Mrs. Berwin Dell, born February 21,just two days before his grandmother passed away; two brothers, Walter W. Gingrich, Duncan and Earl E. Gingrich, Toulon, and several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives and a host of warm friends.

(Princeville Telephone, Feb. 1938, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Graves Death Is Ruled as Accidental

A verdict of accidental death was returned Monday morning at the Bouton Memorial home in Princeville by Peoria’s county corner’s jury after investigating the death of Oscar Graves of Princeville, former member of the Peoria county board of supervisors, who was fatally injured last Wednesday morning near Princeville in automobile-truck crash.

Corner Chauncey Wood of Peoria conduct the inquest. Members of the jury were John O’Conner, foreman, Earl Burns, Walter Graves, Sam Williams, Fred Hammer and Dan Carr, all of Princeville.

Death was attributed to a skull fracture and concussion of the brain received accidentally. Mr. Graves died instantly when his car and a truck operated by Fred Locke of Ellisville collided head-on at the junction of Route 90 and Duncan road.

Locke testified that he was driving west on 90 and collided with the Graves vehicle as the later was making a left turn from the Duncan road onto Route 90. Loche stated that Graves failed to stop for the stop sign.

Loche said he was driving 40 miles an hour at the time of the accident.

Mr. Graves was born on a farm near Duncan March 3, 1876, the son of William and Rebecca Graves. He was united in marriage to Viella Gingrich of Duncan August 14, 1895 in a ceremony performed in the Princeville Presbyterian church. His wife preceded him in death.

To this union three daughters and a son were born. Surviving are Mrs. Merle Kerns of Toulon, Mrs. Berwin Dell of Princeville and Leo Graves Sr., also of Princeville; a twin brother, Austin who resides in Minnesota, several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Princeville Presbyterian church, with Rev. Lee Smith of Homer, a former pastor officiating.

(Princeville Telephone, Apr. 1948, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. William Gill of Camp Grove, sister of Mrs. Marguerite Megan of Princeville, died unexpectedly in Chicago early Sunday morning after an illness of only a few hours, following a heart attack. Mrs. Megan was with her at the time she was stricken. They had gone to Chicago to spend the weekend.

Mrs. Gill was a most kind and loving wife and mother and her first thought was always of her family, to whom she devoted her entire life. She will be missed not only by her family but a host of friends and neighbors to whom she always was ready to give to the utmost of her strength and time. Possessed of a sunny, cheerful, disposition, she always the most congenial friend and companion and her many acts of kind helpfulness will not soon be forgotten.

She was a faithful member of St. Patricks church of Camp Grove and also belonged to the Altar and Rosary society of that parish and here also her death will leave a sadness and that a sense of great loss which only the passing of one so true and faithful can bring.

Catherine Irene Long, daughter of William and Catherine Noonen Long of the Princeville community, was born June 21, 1884. She attended the Fox school of Valley township and on February 14, 1906, was united in marriage to William Gill at St. Mary of the Woods church in Princeville.

Three children were born to this union, a son Clement Gill and a daughter Mrs. Arthur Duffy, both of whom reside near Wyoming. The third child, a daughter died in infancy.

She is survived by her sorrowing husband and two children, six grandchildren, the sister Marguerite Megan of Princeville and two brothers, James Long of Princeville and William Long of Speer. Her parents, one brother Roy and three sisters, Mrs. Joseph Carroll of Brimfield, Mrs. Joseph Ryan of Wyoming and Mrs. John Hickey of Peoria, receded her in death.

Solemn high mass was held Wednesday morning from Sr. Patricks church in Camp Grove, with the Pastor, Rev. R. E. Gates, as celebrant, Rev. J. A. Gordon of Princeville acted as Deacon and a nephew Rev. James Long as sub-deacon. Interment was in St. Patricks cemetery.

Pallbearers were Francis And Robert Fennell, Edward and William Hickey and William and Thomas Sager, all nephews of the deceased.

(Princeville Telephone, Apr. 1942, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Miss Gill Rites At Camp Grove

Funeral services for Miss Mary Gill, 86, formerly of Camp Grove will be at 9 a.m. CST today at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Camp Grove.

The Rev, E. J. Bratowski will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements were announced by Cox Memorial Home, Wyoming.

Miss Gill died at 4 a.m. Tuesday at the home of her niece, Mrs. Thomas Tully of East Moline. She has resided there for the last year.

Miss Gill was a former schoolteacher in Stark County, where she was born Dec 22, 1868. She was the daughter of William and Catherine Colgan Gill. She attended Stark County schools and was a member of St. Patricks Church, Camp Grove.

Surviving are a brother, William Gill of Speer; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Sager of Wyoming and Mrs. Robert Fennell of Camp Grove and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Capt. James Gill, Thomas Gill and Edward Gill and a sister, Margaret Gill preceded her in death.

(Unknown newspaper, 1954, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Herman Griggs Dies at 88

BRIMFIELD – Herman Griggs, 88, a former Brimfield resident, died at 5:40 a.m. Saturday in Elm Haven Nursing Home, Elmwood, where he had resided since 1960.

He was born in Brimfield Township, Sept. 3, 1876, a son of Elias and Anna Griggs. He married Ona Hackenberry, Nov. 13, 1902, and she survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Bridson of Thawville and a son, Roland of Peoria; a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Griggs operated a business in Brimfield several years before retiring.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Wayne Nordstrom will officiate and burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Visitation is after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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