Obituaries/Death Notices
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A. Marguerite Karls Willis F. Kingdon Hattie Learned
Mrs. C. E. Karr Marguerite Knapp Hervey Lightner
Samuel Keady Benjamin Kneer Rachel Lightner
Mary Ann Keefer Mira Kneer Vincent Linatto
Cornelius Kelley Ernest Knott Pearl Lindsey
Ellen Kelley Paul Knott Dorothy Lindstrom
Johanna Kelley Nettie Knott Irma Lindstrom
Joseph Kelley Della Koch Lois Lindstrom
Mary Kelley Rose Ann Koerner Robert Lindstrom
Mary Jane Kelley Annie Korth Leo Lint
Sarah Kelley Fred Korth Oscar Littick
Thomas Kelley Sharon Kottabi Samuel Littick
Arthur Kellogg Erhard Kramm John Little
John P. Kelly Elzie Kratzer Bert Littlefield
John R. Kelly Kathryn Kratzer Cora Littlefield
Ransom Kelly Phillip Kratzer Edgar Littlefield
Alice Kennedy Marion Kreps Joseph Littlefield
Emma Kent Ezra Krey Marion Littlefield
Walter Kent Mrs. Clyde Krisher Mildred Littlefield
Raymond Kerley Lewis Krisher Samuel Littlefield
Almina Kerns Frederick Kuhn Willard Littlefield
Roscoe Kettle John Kumli John Lobaugh
Cora Kilgore Daisy Kupperschmid John Loeffel
Mary Kimzey Georga Kyle Catherine Long
Lillian King George LaFollette Cora Lott
Robert King Lawson Lair N. B. Love
Carrie Kingdon Mary Belle Lapsley Mrs. J. L. Ludwig
John Kingdon Francis Lawrence Fred Luthi
Kay Kingdon Cassie Lazisky Edna Lyon
Mildred Kingdon Della Lazisky Ella Lyon
Phyllis Kingdon Joseph Lazisky Joseph Lyon
Willis E. Kingdon Marion Lazisky Medora Lyons

 


A. Marguerite Witherbee Karls

West Peoria - A. Marguerite Witherbee Karls, 85, of West Peoria, formerly of Wonder Lake, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Manor Care Health Services in Peoria. Born June 14, 1919, in Galesburg to Ezra and Grace Mae Catton Williams, she married Lawrence Witherbee on Jan. 13, 1962, in Galesburg. He died July 1, 1978, in Woodstock. She later married Joseph Karls on March 4, 1980, in Ringwood. He died June 29, 1980, in Wonder Lake. She also was preceded in death by two sons, James L. Day and J. Larry Day; two sisters; two brothers; and one great-grandson. She worked as a waitress in the Peoria area for many years. Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. The Rev. Nolan Harwood will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Windridge Cemetery in Cary. Memorials may be made to West Peoria Fire and Rescue, Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter or any charity. (Peoria Journal Star, Jul. 7, 2004, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Mary Ann McCandlish was born in Morgan county, Virginia, on the 13th day of September,1819; was married to John Keefer, November 5, 1843, in Bedford county, Pennsylvania.

There were born to them six children, namely; Fredrick Thompson, Jane Clarise, John William, Francis (Frank) Dawson, Edward James and Samuel, all of who survive except Francis (Frank) d. who died in early manhood at Brimfield.

From the marriages of her children there were born fifteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

They both united with the Methodist church in Kickapoo, Il., in 1856. Her husband, Mr. John Keefer, died Oct. 8, 1865, at Jubilee, Il., and the deceased, Mrs. Mary Ann Keefer, died at her home in Brimfield, Feb.24, 1909, age 89 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Leaving the mountains and valleys of their native East, the deceased came with her husband to the then, sparsely settled West, first living a few years near Hannibal and Palmyra, Missouri. Like Maryland and Virginia whose borders had been their home, Missouri was then a slave state and the familiar scene of negro habitations and negro laborers gave to that non-developed country some of the features of their former home and helped some what to wean their affections away from their quiet eastern hills.
The fame of the brushed prairies and fertile lands of Illinois, however, soon woe them from their first choice and in the fall of 1851 they removed to with relatives to Jubilee township having already selected farms there and where the family of the deceased made their home for nearly forty years. After leaving the Jubilee home she passed the declining years of her widowhood in the vicinity and Village of Brimfield. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother and a kind and generous neighbor. Always a friend of the distressed and ever solicitous to relieve the troubles of others. She was fortunate in all the circumstances of her family relations. Having a kind and indulgent husband, and dutiful children, she had few of the trials which embitter life and through out her nearly ninety years her sweet disposition and unruffled nature knew more of smiles than tears. thus it was hers to live in the bosom of her family and at last to pass peacefully to that mysterious beyond surrounded by her children whose presence and cheerful services had ever lightened the shadow of widowhood and kept fresh her generous, loving and kindly heart to the end. Few have lived in such un faltering faith in all mankind and fewer escaped the knowledge of evil which never was known or guessed by her.

The funeral services were held on Friday following her death, the funeral service being presented at 10 a.m. at the residence by Rev. C. D. Shoemaker. The pallbearers were her grandsons, Frank, Fred, Ralph and Clyde Keefer, and her two great grandsons; Rudolph and Lloyd Savage. The remains were tenderly laid to rest by the side of her husband, in the Bramble cemetery in Jubilee township. (Note: No stone on grave.)

(Brimfield News, Feb. 1909, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Alice Kennedy

PEORIA - Alice B. Kennedy, 80, formerly of Peoria died at 4 p.m. Monday, May 11, 1992, at Maole Lawn Homes in Eureka.

Born Sept. 7, 1911, in Brimfield to Harry and Viola M. Keefer Pacey, she married John Kennedy in September 1932. He died Feb. 20, 1964, in Peoria. Two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Gloria) Severns of Metamora; one brother, Willard Pacey of Peoria; two sisters, Eleanor Celmer of Montgomery and Mrs. Harry (Margaret) Brown of Peoria; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Private services will be Thursday at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev. James M. Sandy will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Homes or any charity.

 (Peoria Journal Star, May 13, 1992, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

PEKIN - Roscoe Edward Kettle, 75, of 1516 Mechanic Street, died at 10:18 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 1995, at his residence. Born October 4, 1920, in Chillicothe to Roscoe I. and Eva J. Sammis Fettell, he married Virginia McMullen. She died April 19, 1986, in Pekin. Surviving are two sons, Dick of Pekin and Kenneth of Thayer. He retired from Hiram Walker & Sons in Peoria in 1978. A World War II Army veteran, he was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2078 in East Peoria, where he served as past commander.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the veteran's section of Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. VFW Post 2078 will officiate. Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to VFW Post 2078.

(Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 18, 1995, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Kay Kingdon

BRIMFIELD - Kay Ashley Kingdon, 62, of 212 E. Calhoun died at 5:56 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at her residence.

Born Dec. 10, 1940, in Peoria to Burton N. and Elizabeth A. Short Ashley, she married Frank L. Kingdon on Nov. 28, 1994, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Scott (and Laura) Cecil of Perryburg, Ohio; one daughter, Marsha (and William) Dietemyer of Elmore, Ohio; one stepson, Randy (and Bev) of Brimfield: one stepdaughter, Debbie (and Larry) Blackburn of Brimfield; two brothers, David (and Diana) Ashley of North Aurora and Brian (and Debbie) Ashley of Piedmont, S.C.; one siter, Sue (and Robert) Ashley-Lankin of East Peoria; two grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

She worked in hotel sales for several Holiday Inns for many years.

She also worked for Pier One Imports in Peoria.

She was a member of the Brimfield Library Board.

She was of the Methodist faith.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Don Blasing will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the BYE Ambulance or to the Central Illinois Cancer Treatment Center.

 (Peoria Journal Star, unknown date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Carrie Kingdon

BRIMFIELD - Carrie M. Kingdon, 81, of Brimfield died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1992, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born May 18, 1910, in Peoria County to Frank and Dolly Tucker Slayton, she married J. Lester Kingdon on Dec. 5, 1928, in Brimfield. He died Feb. 14, 1966. Three sisters also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Frank and Ralph, both of Brimfield; two sisters, Ruth Morton of Elmwood and Mary Baughman of Yates City; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Brimfield Union Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at her church, the Rev. Jean Carmean officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Patterson Funeral Home, Elmwood. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Brimfield-Yates City-Elmwood Ambulance Service.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 6, 1992, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mildred Kingdon

BRIMFIELD - Mildred A. Kingdon, 98, formerly of Brimfield, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Rosewood Care Center of Peoria, where she was a resident.

Born March 4, 1904, in Princeville to Gilbert and Rosa Bush Mendenhall, she married Willis E. Kingdon on Aug. 15, 1923, in Peoria. He died in May 1963 in Peoria.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Willis F., one daughter, Jo Ann Hudson, and three sisters.

She worked in the parts department at Caterpiller Inc. for 26 years, retiring in 1970.

She was a former member of Union Church in Brimfield.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Woolsey Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria, where visitation will be one hour before. Cremation has been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be in Brimfield Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Brimfield Community Dream Scholarship Fund, in care of Una Hartman, 323 Clinton St., Brimfield, IL 61517.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 5, 2003, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Phyllis Kingdon

BRIMFIELD - Phyllis Mae (Reinhart) Kingdon, age 78, formerly of Brimfield, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at her home surrounded by her family in Amboy, Wash.

Phyllis was born July 4, 1928, in Brimfield,, to Martin & Ida Reinhart. Phyllis married John F. Kingdon in Brimfield, Ill., on Jan. 15, 1947. They were happily married for 60 years.

She lived 35 years in California and the last 24 years in Washington state.

Phyllis loved to cook and enjoyed traveling, camping, western and musical movies, John Wayne and the Lawrence Welk show. She also enjoyed time spent with her family.

She worked as an accountant/bookkeeper in the automotive and lumber industry.

She was preceded in death by four brothers & one sister.

Survivors include her husband, John Kingdon; daughter, Cheryl Stockman of California; son, Steve Kingdon of Caifornia; son, David Kingdon of Washington state; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Phyllis went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, so we are having a Celebration of Life Service on July 21, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Vineyard Community Church, 1320 Flynn Road, Camarillo, CA 93012.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the American Heart Association in her memory.

(Peoria Journal Star, June 16, 2007, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Willis Kingdon

BRIMFIELD - Willis F. "Bud" Kingdon, 66, of rural Brimfield died at 3:47 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 1992, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born March 4, 1926, in Brimfield to Willis E. and Mildred Mendelhall Kingdon, he married Ruth M. Plack on March 16, 1947, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother of Peoria; one daughter, Mrs. John (Karen) Miller of Yates City; one son, Ronald of Brimfield; two sisters, JoAnn Hudson of Peoria and Lois Mae Anderson of Medina, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

He was a farmer, retiring in 1991. A World War II Marine veteran, he was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Brimfield, Brimfield American Legion Post 452 and served on the Brimfield Cemetery Board for more than 25 years.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at his church. The Rev. Paul Hoecker will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Brimfield-Yates City-Elmwood Ambulance Service.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 8, 1992, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

CANTON - Marguerite E. Knapp, 87, of 521 Custer died at 12:44 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 1994, at Graham Hospital. Born June 11, 1906, in Peoria to Linn and Lula Smith Hines, she married Fred W. Knapp Sr. On February 18, 1925, in Peoria. He died May 11, 1963, in Peoria. One sister, two brothers and two grandchildren also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Robert L. Of Washington and Fred W. Jr. of Arvada, Colorado; two daughters, Judith Myers, with whom she made her home, and Linda McCoy of Trivoli; one sister, Eunice Cox of Lomax; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was a librarian for the Illinois Valley Library System at Bradley University. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria. The Rev. Robert Reynolds will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria, with recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be one half-hour before services at the church. Burial will be Resurrection Cemetery, Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association."

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 22, 1994, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Benjamin Kneer

Benjamin Kneer [First name is actually Benedict...correction and photo by John Melton], one of the old and respected citizens of this vicinity, died at the home of his son, Joe Kneer, near Williamsfield, on Friday night, November 17. The funeral services were held in Brimfield at St. Joseph's church Tuesday morning and the remains were laid to rest in Cavalry cemetery, by the side of his wife, who died many years ago. (Brimfield News, Nov. 23, 1911, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary

GROVELAND - Sharon Kottabi, 62, of Groveland died Tuesday, March 29, 2005. in Alabama. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Bob Donaldson will officiate. Burial will be in Fon du Lac Cemetery in East Peoria.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at hte funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

She was born Jan. 23, 1943, im Peoria to Melvin and Margaret Beam Densberger. She married Javad Kottabi Aug. 29, 1965, in East Peoria.

Surviving are her husband; her mother, Margaret Densberger of Morton; one son, Kris (Erica) Kottabi of Morton; one daughter, Sara Kottabi of Groveland; one grandson; and two brothers, Danny Densberger of East Peoria and Roger Densberger of Apopka, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Kottabi retired as a school teacher for District 86 in 2002.

She was a member of Red Hat Society of East Peoria; Retired teacher's Association; and East Peoria Woman's Club.

(Pekin Daily Times, April 5, 2005, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Erhard Kramm Dies After Long Illness (May 4, 1837- June 11, 1918)

Erhard Kramm a resident of Peoria for 64 years died at 9:30 o'clock last evening at his residence, 1110 North Madison Street after an illness of some duration.

He was born in Germany and lived there until 1837 when he was 17 years old when the family came to America. In 1854 he came to Peoria where he established a retail and wholesale coal business. His marriage to Miss Emilie Caquelin of Ottawa Illinois took place in this city in 1863.

Mr. Kramm was a member of the Masonic order and was a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of Peoria. He was universally regarded as a man of highest principals and fine character and leaves hosts of friends to mourn his loss.

He is survived by four sons, Harold Kramm of Indianapolis, and Charles Kramm, Dr. Erhard Kramm Jr., and Dr William Kramm all of Peoria.

Funeral services will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Winzler Chapel with Rev. F.B. Bess of the German Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be made in Springdale Cemetery. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Mary Kocak)

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E. Ralph Krey

CHILLICOTHE - Ezra Ralph Krey, 83, of Ocala, Fla, since 1976, formerly of Chillicothe, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Harborside Healthcare in Ocala.

Born March 7, 1916, in Elmwood to John and Lucy Krey, he married Gladys J. Lawson. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Ralph (and Nancy) of Edelstein and Kevin of Chillicothe; one daughter, Linda (and Randy) Stisser of Kewanee; three stepsons, Dean Hatley of Dunnellon, Fla., Terry Lawson of Irving, Texas, and Jimmy Lawson of Plano, Texas; two stepdaughters, Sherry Englebrecht of Peoria and Peggy Rushing of Des Moines, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister; one brother; and one son, John.

He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 31 years, retiring as a machinist in Mossville in 1978. He owned an agricultural trucking service in the Tri County Area from 1955 to 1970.

He served on the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department in Florida for 15 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. The Rev. Nollan Harwood will officiate. Cremation has been accorded, and burial of ashes will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Fero Funeral Home in Dunnellon was in charge of arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 10, 2000, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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In Akron township, July 15, 1888, of dropsy, etc., John Kumli, aged 69 years and 5 months.

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

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Funeral Services Held Friday Afternoon For Francis H. Lawrence

Last rites for Francis (Frank) H. Lawrence, who passed away Wednesday morning, October 25, at the home of his nephew, Hanford Harrison, following a prolonged illness, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Tretheway funeral home, in charge of Rev. J. C. Craine. Interment was in Princeville cemetery.

Francis H., son of Francis P. and Mary Rogers Lawrence, was born August 31, 1860, on a farm in Jubilee township, Peoria county, Illinois, and passed away October 25, 1939, at the home of his nephew, Hanford Harrison in Princeville, Illinois, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 25 days.

Mr. Lawrence spent his entire life in the vicinity of Princeville, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He never married.

He was the youngest of a family of six children, all of whom, with his parents, preceded him in death. The other five children were: Mrs. Eleanor Harrison, Mrs. Mary Beall, Mrs. Caroline Moffitt, Mrs. Rachael Harrison and William Lawrence.

About three years ago he suffered a slight stroke and was taken to the home of Hanford Harrison, where he remained an invalid until his death.

Mr. Lawrence had many warm friends in this community, who with the numerous nieces and nephews and more distant relatives deeply mourn the passing of this good man. (unknown newspaper, 1939, submitted by Bobbie Verstraete)

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Obituary

Timothy Landers died at his home on the Greenewalt farm northeast of Oak Hill last Thursday. His remains were taken to Chillicothe, Ill., his former home, for burial, funeral services being held at St. Edward's Church in that city on Saturday at ten o'clock. He leaves a wife and five children. Mr. Landers purchased the farm where he died, about a year ago, coming here from near Chillicothe. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Jan. 21, 1909, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary

Mrs. Mary Belle Lapsley, wife of W. J. Lapsley, 226 West Sherman avenue, died at her home Monday Morning at 2:30 o’clock. Mrs. Lapsley had been a resident of Peoria for 14 years, having moved here from Trivoli.

She was born in Ohio March 23, 1863, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moore. Surviving are her husband; one daughter Mrs. Ray Meyer, Peru. Ill.; three sisters Mrs. Ella Stevens of Monmouth. Mrs. John McMullen of Peoria, and Mrs. Effie Knox of Oregon, and three brothers, Samuel Moore, Oregon; Jesse Moore, South Dakota, and Arthur Moore of Illinois.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Winzeler Undertaking parlors. Burial will be in Parkview Memorial cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Joseph Lazisky

Joseph Lazisky, 32, former resident of Bartonville, died Sunday morning in Phoenix, Ariz., following a brief illness.

A son of Frank and Cassie Lazisky, he was born in Athens, Ill., Nov. 27, 1908. He had been employed for a number of years as a telegrapher for the Postal Telegraph company and more recently for the Shapiro Brothers company in Arizona.

Surviving are his mother, 503 Garfield avenue, Bartonville; a brother, Marion, Bartonville; and six sisters, Della, Cassie, Frances and Camille Lazisky, all of Bartonville; Mrs. Walter Shradick, East Peoria, and Mrs. Carl Goetz, Peoria.

The body will be returned to the Wilton mortuary.

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Dies in Arizona

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wilton mortuary for Joseph Lazisky, above, 32, formerly of Bartonville, who died Sunday morning at Phoenix, Ariz. Further services will be held at 9 a.m. at St. Boniface church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary Friday afternoon and night. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Marion I. Lazisky

Marion I. Laziky, 58, of 22 Alexander Ln., Bartonville, died at 10 p.m. Monday at his home.

Born Nov. 23, 1907, in Petersburg, a son of Frank and Cassie Chernevski Lazisky, he was married to Lois Struebing Oct. 30, 1948.

She survives with his mother of Bartonville; one daughter, Miss Camille Lazisky, at home; and six sisters, Mrs. Ellen Sneden, Misses Della and Cassie Lazisky and Mrs. Frances Sommer, all of Peoria, Mrs. Camille Lindquist of Evanston and Mrs. Evelyn Goetz of Bartonville.

A veteran of the Coast Guard in World War II, Mr. Lazisky worked at Hiram Walker and Son, Inc., for 32 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Stone Mortuary, Bartonville, the Rev. Raymond Krutz officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Peoria. Friends may call at the mortuary from 5 to 9 p.m. today. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Cassie Lazisky

Cassie M. Lazisky, 75, of 1116 Moss Ave. died at 12:50 Thursday (Dec. 27, 1990) at Methodist Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 2, 1915, in Peoria to Frank and Cassie Chervenski Lazisky.

She is survived by five sisters, Ellen Cashen, Della Lazisky, Frances Sommer, and Evelyn Goetz, all of Peoria, and Camille Lindquist of Newport Beach, Cali.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

She worked as a secretary in the law office of Julian B. Venezki.

She was a member of the Catholic faith.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at the chapel. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Della Lazisky

Della Lazisky, 79, of Peoria died at 4:55 p.m. Monday, May 31, 1993, at Methodist Medical Center.

She was born June 12, 1913, in Tallula to Frank and Cassie Chernevski Lazisky.

Surviving are four sisters, Ellen Cashen, Frances Sommer, and Evelyn Goetz, all of Peoria, and Camille Lundquist of Newport Beach, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

She was a medical secretary for Orthopedic Associates, retiring in 1982.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home. The Franciscan friars will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the memorial home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Miss Hattie Learned

Funeral services for Miss Hattie Learned were held Tuesday afternoon at the Trivoli Methodist Church, the Rev. Marshall Semingson officiating. Songs “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” and “At the End of the Road” were sung by Mrs. Dallas Eccless with Mrs. Harry Statler at the organ. Casket bearers were great nephews, Donald, John Holland, Robert and Harold Beetler [or Beetier] and Frank and Gerald Learned. Burial was in the family plot in the Brimfield cemetery.

She was born Dec. 17, 1867 near Brimfield, the daughter of Turrell and Mary Learned. Most of her long life was spent in the vicinity of Brimfield, where she was a frequent visitor after going with her brother George to Trivoli 37 years ago. Since his death she has resided with his son Holland Learned.

She was the last of her family—her brothers Harry and George and her sister Carrie all being deceased. Miss Learned died Saturday August 11, [1956] following a long illness. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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A Terrible Form of Death
A Lady Crushed and Instantly Killed in An Elevator

CHICAGO, May 8th A horrible accident occurred at the Tremont House, in this city, at midnight last night. A party of nine ladies and gentlemen, who had come in from one of the theatres, entered the elevator on their way to their apartments. Among them were Henry Lightner and wife [Rachel], of Peoria, Ill. The seats on both sides were occupied and two gentlemen were standing. The elevator boy was told to stop at the third floor to allow Mr. and Mrs. Lightner to step out. The boy stopped the elevator, opened the door, and stepped out. Mrs. Lightner arose from her seat first, and, preceeding [sic] her husband, attempted to step out upon the floor. At that instant the elevator began to descend. Mrs. Lightner lost her footing on the edge of the floor, and slipped downward. The boy, who had seized the rope and endeavored to arrest the movement, let go his grasp just in time to withdraw his arm from the aperture. Mrs. Lightner, though her body, as already described, had fallen partially into the elevator, was caught by the head and shoulders between the edge of the floor and the arch of the elevator opening. For a moment only it seemed as if the elevator must come to a stand still, but the head and shoulders of the poor victim yielded to the crush, and as the sickening snap of bones was heard the machine continued to descend, but in a jerky and spasmodic way. The head of the lady appeared to be held between the arch of the elevator opening and the wall, for after the first and second doors had been passed in the descent, the body was apparently dangling, the feet not quite touching the floor. When the elevator struck the landing, the body of Mrs. Lightner dropped dead, through her husband's outstretched arms, upon the floor. Mr. Lightner is a banker, and a very prominent citizen of Peoria. Mrs. Lightner was nearly 60 years of age.

The Coroner's jury this afternoon rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts, and stated that while the cause of the desent [sic] of the elevator could not be determined, they believe if the conductor had not left his post the accident would not have occurred. They deprecate a system that requires conductors to leave their stations while passengers are on elevators.

(New York Times, May 9, 1879, pg. 1, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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Bert Littlefield dies in France
Second Brimfield boy to give his life for his country.

The sad new of the death in action of Private Bert Littlefield was received by wire from the War Department to his uncle, Joseph Littlefield. His death occurred on Oct. 5, 1918. Bert was one of the first two men to enlist from Brimfield. He and Paul Knoblauch going together from here in April, 1917, only a few days after war was declared.

He leaves a younger brother, Willard, who has been in the regular Army 3 years and is stationed in Texas. His parents are dead, and for several years has made his home with his Uncle Joe in Brimfield. His full name was Adelbert and he was the son of Cora (Rook) and Oscar Littlefield.  

 Another to lose his life was James L. Murdoch, Co. 54, U.S. Infantry, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Note: Not mentioned was his surviving sister, Mary E. Littlefield, location unknown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar (1906) and Cora (1909). Another younger brother, Willard Juleson, died in childhood (1886). 

(Brimfield News, Dec. 19, 1918, submitted by Carolyn Thorn)

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Cora Mandy Rook

Mrs. Cora Littlefield died Tuesday morning at the home of her brother, Charles. She leaves 2 daughters and 3 sons, the youngest being about 10.

Notes: Bert (27), Mary E. (15), and Willard V. (10). Also Charles Hurley and a Hurley Daughter. She was preceded in death by her father, John S. Rook in 1906 and her mother, Harriett B. Swartzel in 1893. She lost two Hurley children and another son at age 2, Willard Juleson. Somewhere it is noted that she probably died of pneumonia.  

Brimfield News, Tid Bits

Marion Littlefield of Kewanee is spending a week at home (in Brimfield). Note: Son of Joseph and Ollie (Olive) Littlefield (of Brimfield).

(Brimfield News, July 8, 1909, submitted by Carolyn Thorn, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Samuel Oscar Littlefield

Samuel Oscar Littlefield was born December 24, 1852, near Yates City and died at 8:30 Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, 1904, at his home in Elmwood. He united with the Methodist church of Brimfield in 1893. He was married Mar. 10, 1884, to Mrs. Cora Mandy Rook Hurley of Brimfield of which union 4 children were born, of whom 3 are living. Adelbert, Mary Lizzie and Willard J., all living at home with the new widowed wife and mother. His health in general had not been good for some years but his last illness lasted only one week. Funeral services were held at the home and internment in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Notes: Willard V. (5) was living at home. A son, Willard Juleson, died in 1886 at about age 2. Mary Elizabeth (20) was probably called Mary Lizzie. Adelbert (22) was called Bert.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Jan. 14, 1904, submitted by Carolyn Thorn, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

A telegram received here Friday brought the sad news of the death of Willard Littlefield, a former Brimfield boy. Mr. Littlefield was killed in an accident when an oil truck he was driving was struck by a train near here [Belvidere}. Mr. Littlefield was married and leaves a wife and two children. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar (Cora) Littlefield.

Note: He was survived by his wife, Mahala Allee (Crow) and 3 children: Verla Mae (7), Nathala Doris (6) and Audrey Ruth (1). He was also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary E and Howard (last name unknown), as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.. He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar (1906), his mother Cora (1909) and his brother, Adelbert, who died in France in WWI (1918).

Background:

We had been told that Grandpa Littlefield died in a train wreck. Pictures have been found. One photo is dated June 23, 1927. We were told that his truck stalled on the crossing and the train hit the truck, killing him. The photos have been scanned, saved and a Word document created so they can easily be provided to others.

(Brimfield News, Thursday, June 30, 1927, submitted by Carolyn Thorn)

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Lillian King

Mrs. Lillian May King, wife of Robert King of Toulon, passed away at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria on February 16, 1932, at the age of 46 years, 4 months, and 6 days.

She was the daughter of Jacob and Ann Penn and was born in Kickapoo on June 22, 1886. In October 1903 she was married to Robert King in Peoria. The greater part of their married life has been spent in the vicinity of Princeville and Brimfield. For the past year they have resided near Toulon.

Mrs. King is survived by her husband and eleven children, Mrs. Leona Messersmith of LaFayette; Mrs. Blanch Talbert, Toulon; Robert King of Monica; Raymond, George, Lloyde, Kimer, Harry, Velma, Darlene, Orville John at home; and seven grandchildren.

Brothers and sisters who survive are Robert Penn of Oak Hill; Henry Penn, Mrs. Mary White, and Mrs. Marsha Dunn of Hanna City; and Mrs. Loveday Vaughn and Mrs. Melceny Swords of Peoria.

Funeral services were held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel on Friday at 10 a.m., and interment was in the Princeville Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 25, 1932, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Robert King Fatally Burned

Robert King, age 24, died in the Kewanee Public Hospital Tuesday from burns received early that morning when he attempted to kindle a fire with kerosene, which exploded. Mr. King, who has been farming near LaFayette, is quite well-known here as his parents resided for some time on the Hindle farm north of town.

[Robert was buried in the Princeville Cemetery.]

(Brimfield News, Feb. 2, 1933, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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George LaFollette

George Howard LaFollette of West Jersey passed away at his home July 25 at 5 a.m. after a long illness.

Howard (as he was known here) was born in Rosefield Township on November 24, 1888, the eldest son of Alfred LaFollette's.

He was married September 7, 1907, to Amber Dawson. Mrs. LaFollette and eight children, Clarence of Williamsfield; Roland of Knoxville; William of Maquon; Harvey of the U. S. Coast Guard stationed in New Mexico; Gene at home; Mrs. Archie Todd and Mrs. Wilson Plymm of LaFayette; and Mrs. Daniel Gary of Wyoming survive. There are 18 grandchildren.

His mother, four brothers, James and Henry of Oak Hill and Lloyd and Arthur of Peoria, and three sisters, Mrs. Charles Ingersoll of Brimfield; Mrs. James French of Edwards; and Mrs. George Stear of Hanna City, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends also mourn his departure. His father and one daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in the West Jersey Church, and burial was in the West Jersey Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Aug. 3, 1944, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Pearl Lindsey

Mrs. Pearl Lindsey of Monica died at St. Francis Hospital Monday morning. She had been in the hospital since Aug. 9. Funeral services were held in the Wilton Mortuary Wed. with Rev. E. T. Munns officiating, and burial was in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 23, 1937, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Obituary

Mrs. Irma Lindstrom, 85, formerly of 310 W. Northridge Lane, died at 5:10 p.m. Monday in a hospital in Clebourne, Texas. She had been visiting a daughter in Clebourne when she was hospitalized.

Born Dec. 10, 1897[8], in Peoria, to Walter S. and Maude McKinney Hines, she married Henry A. Lindstrom June 11, 1921, in Peoria. He died July 19, 1979.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Betty) LaRash of Clebourne; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Lindstrom of Peoria; and a brother, Donald Hines, in Florida.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Order of Eastern Star.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home, where visitation will begin at 10. The Rev. Jeffery S. O'Neill will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to her church or Shriner's Hospitals for Crippled Chrildren.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov.1983, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Obituary

Peoria -- Dorothy L. Lindstrom, 95, of Bel-Wood Nursing Home died at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23. 1995.

Born July 8, 1900, in Peoria to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hines, she married Vernal Lindstrom. Surviving are one brother, Donald Hines; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lindstrom, and two sisters. She was a bookkeeper at LeTourneau Westinghouse.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. The Rev. Jeff Stirniman will officiate. There will be no visitation. Wilton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 24, 1995, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Obituary

Obituary: PEORIA -- Robert D. Lindstrom, 70, of 3305 N. Isabell Ave. died at 4:08 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center. Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Peoria to Vernall R. and Dorothy L. Hines Lindstrom, he married Lois Splittberger on June 5, 1949, in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother of Peoria; three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Dorothy) Damery of Decatur, Mrs. Chris (Judy) Meister of Norfolk, Va., and Mrs. Alan (Deanna) Moore of Dallas; and five grandchildren. One son, Robert Jr., preceded him in death.

He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. He was a metallurgist for 39 years at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Mohammed Temple Shrine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home. The Rev. James M. Sandy will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 19, 1994, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Obituary

LOIS LINDSTROM PEORIA - Lois Lindstrom, 76, of Forsyth, formerly of Peoria, died at 7:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at her residence.
Born Oct. 30, 1924, in Pekin to Charles and Bertha Schramm Splittgerber, she married Robert D. Lindstrom on June 5, 1949, in Pekin. He died Nov. 18, 1994. She also was preceded in death by one son, Robert; one sister; and two brothers.

Surviving are three daughters, Deanna (and Alan) Moore of Dallas, Texas, Dorothy (and Mike) Damery of Forsyth and Judy (and Chris) Meister of Peachtree, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

She was a 1944 graduate of Christian College in Columbia, Mo.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Peoria Area Music Teachers Association, she taught private piano lessons for 35 years.
She also was an organist and sang in the choir at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peoria.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Decatur. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Brintlinger's Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour before services at the church. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Lutheran School Association.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 17, 2001, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Funeral.

     The funeral of N. B. Love, late cashier of the C., B. & Q., occurred yesterday afternoon. The mortuary services were held at Calvary Mission Church, and there were several ministers present. The Rev. A. Z. McGogney, pastor of the church, and the Rev. N. D. Hillis, of the First Presbyterian congregation, conducted the ceremony, which was the most impressive. The "Q" employees were there in force and there was a large assemblage of mourners. Mr. Love was one of the most respected and amiable men in the entire railroad force of the city. He was widely known, and his loss is deeply regretted by all who in any way associated with him. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary

     Mrs. J. Ludwig died Mon. morning at 10:30 at her home, 212 North Garfield avenue. She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for the past two years. She was 60 years of age, was born in Germany and came to Peoria in 18(6?) 7. She leaves besides her husband, five children: George, Mrs. Matilda Tobias, August, Henry, all of Peoria, and Mrs. Lena Hagen of Mason City. Arrangements for the funeral are not yet made. (Peoria Journal, Tuesday, Sep. 23, 1913, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Fred Luthi

Funeral services for Fred Luthi, 54 years old, 1223 Second Ave., retired farmer, who died Saturday night at St. Francis hospital, will be held at 12:45 p. m. Wednesday at the Winzeler undertaking parlor and at 1:30 p.m. at the Apostolic Christian church, 511 Green St. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery.

Mr. Luthi was born in West Bend, Iowa, January 16, 1884, and came to Peoria in 1937 from Morris, Minn. where he had engaged in farming for 35 years. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Tillie Luthi, two daughter, Mrs. William Veatch and Miss Eva E. Luthi, both of Peoria, two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Moser and Miss Mary Luthi, both of Morris, three brothers, C. A. West Bend, and John and William Luthi, of Morris and one granddaughter. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Monday, Dec. 19, 1938, pg. 4, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary

"Mrs. Ella C. Lyon, 92, a resident of Union County for 73 years, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roger Long, in Platte Township, south of Creston. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Congregational church here, of which she was a member. Rev. Leslie E. Barentte will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Chapel cemetery in Platte Township.

Ella C. Sweat was born at Peoria, Ill., Nov. 20, 1857, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Hines Sweat. She was married at Peoria, in 1877, to Joseph O. Lyon. They came to Union County after their marriage and she made her home in this county since that time. She had lived in Creston for 29 years. Her husband preceded her in death, March 2, 1943, and since that time she had made her home with her daughters, Mrs. Long in Platte Township and Mrs. Roy Bell in Ottumwa. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. E. L. Terry of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son, Bertrand H. Lyon of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. Emma Cummings of Brownsburg, Ind.; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren."

(Creston Iowa newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Obituary

Joseph O. Lyon, 91, died a few minutes before midnight last night at his home, 318 North Jarvis Street.

He was born Aug. 1, 1851, at Peoria, Ill. In 1877, he married Ella Sweat, also of Peoria, who survives.

Other surviving relatives include son, Bertrund [sic, believed to be Bertrand] H. of Seattle, Wash., three daughters, Mrs. Eva Terry of Omaha, Mrs. Roger Long of Creston, and Mrs. Roy Bell of Ottumwa, and one brother, Frank of Chicago.

(Creston Iowa newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Murray Hines) 

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Life's Journey Ended.

"The days of our years are three score years and ten, but a small minority reach it." John Kingdon died at his home in Brimfield, Ill., on Sunday night about 9 o'clock, Jan. 31, 1897, aged 70 years, 10 months and 6 days. Mr. Kingdon was born in Devonshire, England, March 25, 1826.

Emigrated to the United States in 1851 and lived in the state of New York until 1855. October 23, 1855, he was married to Miss Mary Down, at Batavia, N. Y. In November of the same year, the newlywedded couple moved west and settled in Jubilee township, Peoria, Co., Ills. Two sons and five daughters were born to them. All survive, except one daughter, Mrs. Ford, who died about one year ago. Mrs. Kingdon has been dead about eight years. Three years ago Mr. Kingdon bought his pretty home in Brimfield, and there lived until his death. He has been in poor health for more than a year past with a complication of stomach and heart trouble from which he suffered very much at times, and finally sank away in death, somewhat unexpectedly. Mr. Kingdon belonged first to the Church of England, and after coming to this country, to the Protestant Episcopal church.

He was a modest, unassuming man, strictly honest, very industrious, indulged in no frivolities and favored no shams. He was a very kind-hearted man, and much beloved by his now bereaved family, a good citizen and a friendly neighbor. He started in life a comparatively poor man, but by his thrift and energy gained a handsome competence. The funeral services were held at the home on Feb. 3, conducted by Rev. Dr. Jordan, assisted by Rev. J. W. Denning. Singing by the Congregational church choir. A large number of relatives, old friends and neighbors were present. The casket was surrounded by beautiful and appropriate floral tributes. The mortal remains were conveyed to Jubilee College cemetery, and interred in the family lot, to await the resurrection morning. May the family be comforted by the sympathy so many friends have for them.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 7, 1897, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Funeral Services for Willis Kingdon Are Held Wednesday

Willis E. Kingdon of Brimfield, 67, died at 3 a.m. Monday, May 20, 1963, in Proctor hospital in Peoria, shortly after admittance.

A retired farmer and a veteran of World War I, he was a member of the American Legion.

He was a member of the Brimfield Union church, where funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Henry Hansen and Rev. Herbert Rasery officiated. Burial was in Brimfield cemetery where Brimfield Legion post performed military rites.

Mr. Kingdon was born October 18, 1895, a son of John and Francis Blundy Kingdon. He married Mildred A. Mendenhall August 15, 1923, in Peoria.

Survivors are his widow; a son, Willis F., of Brimfield; two daughters, Mrs. Joann Hudson of Peoria and Mrs. Lois May Anderson of Beloit, Wis.; two brothers, Charles of Whittier, Calif., and Lester of Brimfield; a sister, Mrs. Alice Pacey of Washburn; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial to Mr. Kingdon has been established for the building fund of his church. (May 20, 1963)

(Unknown newspaper, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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(Peoria Daily Transcript, Jan. 2, 1898, submitted by Gaile Thomas, courtesy of Janine Crandell)

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(Peoria Daily Transcript, Jan. 2, 1898, submitted by Gaile Thomas, courtesy of Janine Crandell)

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FRED KORTH

Mr. Fred Korth, an aged and highly respected German citizen, residing on the Knoxville road in Jubilee twp., and father of Frank and Fred Korth, died Tuesday after a long illness, aged 75 years and 5 months. The funeral services will be held at Bramble school house this morning, and the interment will be in the Elmwood cemetery.

NOTE: Friedrich (Frederick) Korth was born February 18, 1820, in the small village of Saleske, Landkreis Stolp, Pomerania, Prussia, Germany.

He died July 11, 1899 on the Korth farm in Jubilee Township, Peoria County, Illinois.

(Brimfield News, July 13, 1899, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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MRS. ANNIE KORTH

Mother Korth was born near Stolp, Germany, on the 18th day of May, 1824.

In 1848 she was married to Frederick Korth. This union was blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters. In 1866 she came with her family to America and settled in Peoria, Illinois. About ten years later they moved to the farm near Jubilee where she resided the remainder of her life. Mother Korth lived a devout christian life. For a number of years she was a member of the Evangelical church. In 1877 she united with the German M. E. church, in which church she remained an honest and upright member until her death.

During the last six weeks she suffered very severely but she bore these sufferings with great patience. She felt somewhat lonesome since her husband died last July, and often expressed a desire to go home to glory. She died at noon, Nov. 30, 1899, leaving two sons, Frank and Fred; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Kessler of Elmwood, and Mrs. Theresa Schmidt of Peoria, a number of grandchildren, and a host of friends. The funeral services took place from the German M. E. church on Saturday, and the remains were interred in the Elmwood cemetery.

NOTE: Anna Maria Notzke was born in the village Saleske, Landkreis Stolp, Pomerania, Prussia, Germany, the daughter of August and Sara Notzke.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 7, 1899, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Mrs. C. E. Karr

Mrs. C. E. Karr after a several months illness due to heart trouble died at her home Wednesday at 12 o'clock, noon. The funeral services were held this afternoon at the residence.

(Princeville Telephone, 1915, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Samuel B. Keady

The whole community was greatly shocked Saturday morning when the death of Samuel B. Keady occurred. The two brothers Samuel and Thomas had gone to the country for a walk and upon reaching the Northwestern Railway, they started south on the track and when near the Riley home a short freight train came upon them from the north. Neither one heard it coming as both are deaf. Thos. heard the last whistle just in time to jump from the track but could not reach his brother, who was walking a few feet ahead of him. The train struck Samuel, cutting off one leg and breaking the other, also breaking one arm. The engineer stopped his train as soon as he could and put the injured man aboard and rushed for Peoria, with all possible speed speed, but Mr. Keady died before medical aid could be reached. Every one who knew him feel they have lost a true friend and the church one of her best supporters. Mr. Keady's funeral was held in the Presbyterian church, Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Rev. Wiles of Princeville and Rev. McCormick of Dunlap officiating. A quartette composed of May Poplett, Lual Hervey, Joe Duggins and D. H. Hervey sang some of his favorite songs.

OBITUARY

Samuel B. Keady was born at the old Keady homestead, one and one half miles northwest of Dunlap, Peoria County, Illinois, February 8, 1851 and died in Peoria Illinois June 6, 1914, in the 64th year of his age. His home and his life's work were upon that farm, except two foreign voyages aggregating over two years. He was the youngest of a large family embracing in its number seven widowed sisters, all of whom knew and the living can attest to the faithful, helpful, cheerful and continuous ministrations in every need of the family. Of the unobstructive kindness of his nature and of the many sterling traits of his character nothing need be said here for all the neighborhood knows. About a year ago through the stress of physical infirmities he gave up the active duties of the farm for a home in the village and now that he is called from time into eternity, his many loyal friends can but hold him in loving remembrance and bow in humble submission to the will of God.

(Princeville Telephone, 1914, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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JOHN LITTLE DEAD

John Little died at his home in Peoria Wednesday after an illness of some duration. Mr. Little was a man well advanced in years. He formerly resided here for many years and is well known in this vicinity.

Services will be conducted at the residence in Peoria Friday and the body will be brought here for burial in the afternoon.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 13, 1910, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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MRS. GEORGA KYLE BURIED TODAY

The entire community was shocked and grieved Sunday to learn of the death of Mrs. Georga Kyle, wife of Harry Kyle of the Trivoli neighborhood. Georga Kyle, eldest daughter of Frank and Effie (Wasson) Kyle, was born near Elmwood April 23, 1892, and died March 5, 1922. She graduated from Elmwood High School in 1915. Her sunny disposition and excellent traits of character won her friends everywhere, and relatives and friends alike are utterly bowed down with grief at their irreparable loss.

(Elmwood Gazette, March 8, 1922, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Obituary

Joseph Kelley, age 82 yr. 1 day, died at the residence of his son, William of Brimfield Dec. 6, 1889. The deceased was born in Virginia in 1807. In early years he moved to Ohio, where he lived for a few years, then he moved to Indiana. He lived there for 3 years then moved to Illinois where he lived till his death. The last 20 years he has made his home with his son. He was the father of 5 children - 4 girls and 1 boy. Only one of which survive him, William. Funeral services were conducted at French Grove, at the home of Rev. Stinson Sunday Dec. 8th. The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 12, 1889, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Kelleys 4 year, 3 month, and 15 day old daughter, Mary Edna passed away Jan. 8, 1897. She died from the croup. She was born Sept. 23, 1892. The funeral was held Sunday the 10th, by Rev Jordan. First a short service at the home 21/2 miles west of town, and then to the Congregational church. She was laid to rest at the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Jan. 14, 1897, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Sarah , daughter of Mrs. John Kelley of Elmwood, was brought to Calvary cemetery for interment, Saturday morning. A large number of family and friends followed the remains to the final resting place. (Brimfield News, Jun. 28, 1900, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Thomas Kelley , brother of M. J. Kelley of here was killed in a coal mine accident in East Peoria on Tuesday. His death came after and explosion. He was a brother in law of Alex McDonnell of Brimfield. (Brimfield News: Thurs. Mar. 24, 1904, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)
 

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Obituary

Funeral services for the late Thomas Kelley were held this morning from the residence at 722 Hurlburt st. He leaves a wife and 4 children to mourn his loss. Harry C., foreman of Central Railway, Pete C., Josie V., and Florence L. and his aged mother and Father, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Kelly of Peoria. 2 brothers and 2 sisters survive. ( Peoria Star) (Brimfield News: Thurs. Mar. 31, 1904, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Cornelius Kelley, a resident of Peoria Co. since 1850 died at his home yesterday at 1 pm. He was born in County Limerick, Ireland, Dec. 1819. With his wife and infant daughter he came to America and located in Cincinnati in 1849, one year later he came to Peoria and worked in the wagon shop of Speer and Donlon for 14 years. He then moved to Jubilee Township and engaged in farming about 9 years. For 14 years following his residence in Jubilee, he resided in Princeville Township, where he conducted a large farm. He has resided in Peoria a number of years since retiring. He was the father of 6 children: Thomas G. , who was accidentally killed in East Peoria 3 years ago; Richard, Living in Beaumont, Tx.; Ellen T. Higgens, who died in Peoria about 20 years ago; Mrs. Mary I. Wright, living in Butte, Montana: Josephine Kelley residing with the parents; M. C. who resides on the old Homestead in Princeville Township. His wife, Johanna, and 14 grandchildren. (Brimfield News; Thurs. Mar. 21, 1907, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Eight days between the death of Cornelius Kelly, one of the Pioneers of Peoria County, and that of his wife, Johanna. Mr. Kelly died March 18th and his wife died March 26th., the death of her husband shocked her and she never recovered. Mrs. Kelley died last Tuesday at the ripe old age of 81. She came to Peoria county with her husband in June of 1849 and resided in the county till her death. The last 30 years she had been living 312 1st. Ave. in Peoria. Surviving her are n2 sons; Richard of Beaumont, Tx., M. C. Kelly of Princeville Township; 2 daughters; Mrs. Mary Wright , now of Butte, Montana, and Josephine Kelley who resided with her parents. The funeral was at 2 pm yesterday at the family residence and then to St. Marys cemetery where her body was laid to rest beside her husband. (Brimfield News; Thurs. April 4, 1907, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Mrs. Wm. Kelly - Mary Jane Whetzel

The angel of death called at the home of Wm. L. Kelley on Saturday evening and summoned to her reward Mrs. Kelley. She had been confined to her home the last 6 years and for 11 weeks confined to her bed.

Mary Jane Whetzel was born near Wheeling. W. V. on Feb.1, 1842 and died Aug. 16, 1919 at the age of 77 yr. 6mo. 15 days. She was one of 7 children born to Lewis and Margaret Whetzel, all of whom survive; Alfred, Robt, and John, Mrs. Rebecca Paul of Brimfield, Samantha Zink of Mt. Pleasant, Ia., and Matilda Hill of Elmwood. She came to Brimfield in 1856 and united in marriage to Wm. L. Kelley on Oct. 8, 1867 and to this union 4 children were born all of whom survive; Leslie O., Alma E., Wm. L., And Arthur S., along with 3 grand children and 1 great grand child. For 2 years they lived in Rutland and moved to the place west of Brimfield and 10 years ago they retired and moved to Brimfield. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Congregational church with the pastor Rev. G. W. Scott officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News; Thurs. Aug 21, 1919, submitted by Mary Jane Kelley)

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Mrs. M. C. Kelley

Ellen Kelley, wife of M. C. Kelley, died yesterday afternoon at 5 pm at her home in Princeville. She had been in poor health for some time. She was 59 yrs old and was a member of St. Mary of the Woods catholic church in Princeville. Ellen was the daughter of Owen Sharkey and was born in Bradford. Beside her husband are the following children; Owen F. of Brimfield; Tom of California; Conrad E. of Peoria, head of Kelley seed Co. (still in business). The funeral was Saturday morning at 10am at St. Mary of the Woods church. (Brimfield News; Thurs. Mar. 29, 1923, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Phillip A. Kratzer

Philip Alvin Kratzer, son of Lewis and Harriett Sidtler Kratzer, was born in Manito, Il. November 2, 1856, and died at his home in Oak Hill , August 2, 1932, being at death, 75 years, 9 months and 10 days.

He was united to Emma Nixon October 15, 1879. To this union were born 3 children, only one of whom Elzie Kratzer of Beardstown survives, Winnie Bell wife of Rule Dawson died January 16, 1916. A son, Earl died in infancy and the wife passed away the following year.

On February 16, 1888, he was married to Katherine Streider. To this union were born 5 children; Lewis C. and Eliz M., both deceased, Philip W., Walter L., and Mrs. Ethel McCoy all living Oak Hill.

He leaves to mourn his loss, the widow and 4 children, 13 grandchildren, one brother and 4 sisters.

(Brimfield News; Thurs. Aug. 18, 1932, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Kathryn H. Kratzer, widow of the late Phillip Kratzer, died Wednesday July 1, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.C. McCoy, where she had made her home for the last few month. She has been seriously ill for about three weeks, but had suffered from heart trouble for several years.

Mrs. Kratzer was born in Missouri, December 11, 1860, the daughter of Casper and Elizabeth Strieder. She was a member of of the Lutheran Church during her later years and attended Oak Hill Sunday School.

On February 16, 1888, she was married to Philip Kratzer and to this union were born five children. Three of whom: Philip Walter and Mrs. Ethel McCoy of Oak Hill are living. A step son, Elzie of Beardstown, also survive. Eliza and Lewis and Step daughter, Winnie Dawson preceded her in death. Fourteen grand children, Two brothers, Casper and William Strieder of Brimfield, and Many other relatives and friends survive.

Funeral was held at the home of her daughter, Friday, July 3 at two p.m., with Rev. Charles Turner of Elmwood officiating. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clyde Macey, Harry Macey, Grant Wyman, Perry Coon, John Maher and Otto Windish.

(Brimfield News; Thurs. July 9, 1936, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Lewis Krisher

Funeral services for Mrs. Clyde L. Krisher, widow of Lewis Krisher, were held at 2pm Friday afternoon from the Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington. Reverend Eugene Stauffer of Delavan officiated. Mr. Stauffer was a school friend of the son Torrence Krisher. Interment was in Oak Ridge cemetery in Farmington.

Mrs. Clyde L. Littlefield was born in Brimfield, Nov. 3, 1885, the daughter of Joseph and Ollie Waples Littlefield. She passed away at St. Francis hospital in Peoria Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30, 1943, at the age of 58 years and 27 days. She had been a patient in the hospital the past five weeks.

Mrs. Krisher was preceded in death by her husband in 1940. One daughter, Mrs. Gladys Day of Peoria; one son, Torrence Krisher; a grandson, Jack Krisher of Chicago; a brother, Marion Littlefield at 540 Rockwell St., Kewanee; and a sister, Mildred Little of Brimfield, survive.

Mrs. Krisher was a member of Memento Branch Rebekah Lodge at Farmington until she moved to Peoria after the death of her husband. During all the years of her residence in Farmington, she was a neighbor on whom it was not necessary to call when the need cameshe was among the first on hand to perform the small tasks that meant so much. Her passing will leave an emptiness that will not be filled.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 9, 1943, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Lewis Krisher

Funeral services for Lewis Leonard Krisher were held at 3pm Sunday afternoon from the Anderson funeral home, Rev. Eugene Stauffer of the Glasford Methodist church officiating. Interment was in the Oak Ridge cemetery with Arthur A. Dalton Fire Chief; J. H. Cuddington, Asst. Fire Chief; W. C. Cline and Fred Clayton, members of the high school board; Frank Switzer and Larry Morse, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; were pallbearers. Russell B. Troxel, accompanied by Mrs. Marguerite Pettyjohn at the piano, sang Going Home.

Lewis Leonard Krisher was born at Glasford, Il. on September 26, 1884, son of Barbara (Grissom) and Henry Krisher. He passed away at his home at 241 Vernon Street, Farmington, at 10:15 pm Thursday night, October 31, 1940, at the age of 58 years, 1 month, and 5 days. He had been stricken with a sudden severe heart attack at noon that same day while at work at the Farmington Community High School. Dr. E. K. Dimmitt was summoned and ordered Mr. Krisher be taken to his home in the Anderson Ambulance. Every possible medical help was given to him, but the strain put upon his heart proved to be too great, and he slept quietly away that evening.

Attending the schools of his birth community, he was united in marriage on August 14, 1905, with Clyde Littlefield of Brimfield. To this union two children were born. With their mother they remain to mourn the sudden passing of their father. They are Mrs. Gladys Day of Peoria and Torrence Krisher of Chicago. One grandson, Jack Krisher; one sister, Mrs. Mary Brandy of Glasford; and brothers Francis and Clarence Krisher of Elmwood also survive.

Since living in Farmington, Mr. Krisher had been employed at the local coal mines as an engineer, and until a few years ago he has been at the Farmington Community High School as one of the janitors and engineers. He was a member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, in which organization he was ever-ready to respond to the call for assistance. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

(Brimfield News, Nov. 7, 1940, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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MARION LITTLEFIELD

Marion Littlefield of 540 Rockwell St., Kewanee, died early Thursday morning at St. Francis hospital in Kewanee after an illness of 3 years.

Marion was born in Brimfield on October 18, 1888, the son of Joseph and Ollie Waples Littlefield. He had resided in Kewanee for 41 years. He was a machinist for P. Co. for 41 years, and he was employed for 40 years. He was a member of the Methodist church and the Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Strand of Kewanee, and a sister, Miss Mildred Littlefield of Brimfield. Two sisters, Grace Littlefield and Mrs. Clyde Krisher, are deceased.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Seifert and Smith funeral home, with the Rev. Thrail, pastor of the Galva Methodist church, officiating. Interment was in Pleasant View cemetery.

(Brimfield News, July 12, 1951, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mildred Littlefield

Miss Mildred (Millie) Littlefield of Brimfield, 72, died on Monday, February 20, 1967, at Belwood nursing home, where she lived for 1 years.

She was born on March 30, 1894, in Brimfield, a daughter of Joseph and Ollie Waples Littlefield.

She had been a telephone operator in Brimfield and Elmwood for 44 years, retiring several years ago.

Her only survivors are nieces and nephews. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

Services were held at 10 am Thursday morning in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield, on which she was a member. Rev. Thos. Harrison officiated, and burial was in the Brimfield cemetery. Visitation was in the Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood from 5 to 9 pm Wednesday.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 23, 1967, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Edgar (Ed) Jay Littlefield

Edgar Littlefield (2nd son of Samuel S. and Martha S.) was born on March 13, 1857, in Yates City, Il. (Knox Co.). He passed away on October 23, 1919 at his home. On Jan. 14, 1880 he married Eva Derby (daughter of Raymond and Nettie Savage Derby). Two children were born to this union: one son, Lovett (who died in infancy), and one daughter, Maude Estelle, who married H. P. Tully.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 23, 1967, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Joseph A. Littlefield

Joseph A. Littlefield (3rd son of Samuel S. and Martha S. Littlefield) was born on January 22, 1858, in Yates City. He passed away March 21, 1921, at his home in Brimfield. He was custodian of the Brimfield schools for years. He united in marriage with Olive (Ollie) Waples of Fairbury, Il., on January 29, 1883. To this union four children (one son and three daughters) were born: Grace W. (died on December 25, 1899), Clyde Krisher (died on November 30, 1943), Marion (died on July 5, 1951), Mildred (died on February 20, 1967), and a half-sister, Martha (Mattie) VanWormer Hotaling of Fairbury, Illinois. Interment was in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Mar. 1921, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Medora Alden Lyons was born January 1, 1852 at Brimfield and passed away Sept. 6, 1922 at the age of 70 years. She was daughter of Noah and Deborah Sherman Alden, she lived here until 1875 when she visited the "Centennial" St. Philadelphia, after which she traveled to Middleboro and Tarreton, Mass.

May 1, 1877 she was married to George Sidney Lyons of Lawn Ridge, Il., in Pella, Iowa. They started their new home on the Prairie with new hopes and ambitions. to this union 5 children were born all of whom are living; Frank Alden Lyon, Melburn, N.J., Sidney Alden Lyon, Creston, Iowa, Mrs. Florence Estey Morely, Ogallala, Neb., Harry L. Lyon, of Kent, Iowa, Olive M. Lyon of New York, City.

She also leaves to mourn her loss, two sisters; Mrs. Abigail Rockhill, Paxton, Il., Miss Emily Alden, Fontanelle, Iowa. Her Husband passed away November 3, 1921, one sister and 2 brothers having gone before, she also leaves three grandchildren.

In her early youth she united with the Baptist Church in Brimfield.

Medora was of the 8th generation from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, who settled Plymouth, Mass in the summer of 1620, having come on a sailing vessel from England.

Services were held at the Methodist Church at 3 p.m. by Rev. J. W. Goodsell. She was laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery by the side of her husband in Pella. Iowa.

(Brimfield News, Sept. 28, 1922, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Leo Lint

FARMINGTON Leo W. Lint, 60, local businessman, died at his home on East Pearl St. here at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

He was born in Breeds Jan. 1, 1902, a son of Allie and Gertrude Carter Lint. He married Marjorie Church Aug. 31, 1922, at Wyoming.

Survivors are his wife; his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Anderson of Peoria; a son, Richard of Farmington; a daughter, Mrs. Joan McLees of Indianapolis; and a grandchild.

Mr. Lint was co-owner of the Betty Ann Bakery of Farmington for the past 20 years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge at Farmington, and of Mohammed Temple Shrine and Consistory at Peoria. He was also on the board of directors of Farmington Home and Loan Assn. and on the Oak Ridge Cemetery Board.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home, the Rev. Ralph Ranney officiating. Masonic rites also will be held in connection with the regular services. Visitation will be at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Thursday.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Presbyterian Church building fund.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Hold Funeral Sunday, Mrs. Cora Kilgore, 79; Burial At Lawn Ridge

Funeral services for Mrs. Cora D. Kilgore, 79, resident of Wyoming most of her life, were held at 2 oclock Sunday afternoon from Cox Memorial home.

Death occurred Thursday at Galesburg Cottage hospital. Mrs. Kilgore has resided the last two years at home of her son Wilford in Galesburg.

Rev. Stanley Geiselman, pastor of Wyoming Methodist church was in charge of services.

Pallbearers were Gerald King, M. G. Humprey, Howard Ogburn, Floyd Meeske, Nelson Neil and Ernest White.

Burial was in Lawn Ridge cemetery.

Cora D., daughter of Charles and Jessie Hankins Guamer, was born September 16, 1876 in Peoria county. She attended Lawn Ridge school.

She marred Grant Kilgore, former sheriff of Stark county, who preceded her in death.

Mr. Kilgore was sheriff of Stark county preceded him in death.

Mr. Kilgore was sheriff for four years in early 1920s during which time they resided in Toulon.

Surviving are the Wilford of Galesburg; one daughter, Mrs. Madaline Melling, of Peoria; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and five sisters, Mrs. Olive Salisbury, of Alexander, Michigan; Mrs. James McKuiken, of Sparland; Mrs. Winfred Stewart, of Speer; Mrs. Jessie Burnett of Chillicothe and Mrs. Ina Anderson, of Peoria.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were a son Hobart, in 1951 and a daughter Gladys, some 39 years ago and her parents.

(Princeville Telephone, July 12, 1956, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Mira Kneer Is Laid To Rest Thursday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Mira Kneer, 85, widow of Wendell H. Kneer, were held Thursday afternoon in the Bouton Memorial home with Rev. James J, Gross of the Princeville Methodist church officiating.

Born Jan. 1, 1868 in Monica, a daughter of Willis and Mary Mendell Burgess, she married Mr. Kneer in Princeville Feb. 25, 1886 and the couple resided in the Monica community most of their lives.

She was laid to rest in the Toulon cemetery. Pallbearers were all grandsons, Willis, Sanford, Tom and Dean Kneer, Dale Wright and William Court. Dale Powers and Wayne Lewis were honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Kneer, a lifelong resident of the Monica community passed away in the home of her daughter Ruby Gilfillan, in Chillicothe, after a serious illness of two days.

Among those from a distance attending the service besides the children and their families were Fred J. Patterson of Kansas City, Dale Wright of Del Rosa, Calif. And Harold Burgess of Indiana.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Pearl Lambertson of Bradford, Mrs. Gilfillan of Chillicothe, Mrs. Irene Wright of Lockport; and Mrs. Carrie McDonna of Peoria; and two sons, Otto Kneer of Chillicothe; and Ray Kneer of Chillicothe and two sons preceded her in death.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1953, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Three-Months-Old son of Merlin Knott dies

Paul Merlin Knott, three-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Knott of Dunlap, passed away at the home last Thursday December 31.

Brief memorial services, in charge of Rev. A. H. Northdurft of the Methodist church, were held at the Tretheway funeral home Saturday morning at 10 oclock, with interment in the Princeville cemetery.

The child was born in Dunlap last September 27.

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

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Ernest Knott of Dunlap Passes Away at 67

Ernest Knott, lifelong resident of Peoria county and for 17 years a resident of Dunlap, passed last Saturday at the St. Francis hospital following an illness of three months. He was 67 years of age.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Tretheway funeral home conducted by Rev. Lee H. Smith. Burial was in the Prospect cemetery at Dunlap.

Ernest Knott was born at Alta Aug. 14. 1867, the son of William and Sarah T. Gordon Knott. He was married to Mattie Shipley in this county. She preceded him in death. He was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are one son, Ernest Merlin, of Dunlap, five sisters, Mrs. Maude Weaver of Chillicothe, Mrs. Corinda Todd of Peoria, Mrs. Lena Conrad of Washburn, Mrs. Eva McMannus of Peoria and Mrs. Lillian Dailey of Peoria and two brothers Loran Kent Knott of Fairbury and George Knott of El Paso.

(Princeville Telephone, March 1942, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Ernest Knott, Dunlap Passed Away Last Friday

Mrs. Ernest Knott of Dunlap passed away last Friday, after an illness of which had extended over a period of years. Heart trouble was the cause of death.

Nettie Louise, daughter of John and Mary Ann Shipley, was born February 13, 1880, at Princeville and died at her home in Dunlap, Friday, October 31, 1924.

She was married to Ernest Knott December 2, 1901. To this union was born one son, Merlin, who with the husband remain to mourn her loss. Also two brothers, John Shipley of Princeville and William Shipley of St. John, Michigan and four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Cardall of Rock Island; Mrs. Stella Sandstadt and Mrs. Cora Ennis of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Ann Finley of Byesville, Ohio; one sister and one brother have preceded her in death.

She joined the Princeville Presbyterian church when but a girl. She was a member of the Dunlap Royal Neighbors. Hers was a very happy and loving disposition. She had been under doctors care for the last eleven years. She will be missed by her many friends in and around Dunlap, Mossville and Princeville where she spent her entire life.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Presbyterian church at Dunlap and the burial took place in the Prospect cemetery at Dunlap.

(Princeville Telephone, Nov 1924, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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LAWSON FULLER LAIR PASSED AWAY MONDAY

After an illness extending over several months, due to the infirmities of old age, Lawson F. Lair passed away Monday forenoon at 11:20, after a paralytic stroke.

Mr. Lair has been in failing health for some time and during the past months had been confined to his bed. His infirmities were the harder to bear because of the loss of his sight some time ago.

He has been a resident of Peoria county for more than 76 years, having come to Jubilee township with his parents when he was 13 years old and later moving to Princeville.

Lawson Fuller Lair, son of William and Rebecca Lair, was born near Newark, Ohio, November 18, 1833 and died in Princeville, Illinois, July 23, 1923, aged 89 years, 8 months and 5 days.

In 1846 he moved with his parents from Ohio to Jubilee township and after living there three years moved to Princeville where he spent the remainder of his life.

He married Margaret Nickerson of Princeville in 1858. To this union nine children were born, five of whom, with the mother have passed to the great beyond. Those living are Mrs. Nettie Graves of North Dakota, Frank Lair of West Liberty, Iowa; and William Lair and Myrtle Lair, both of this place.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 oclock form the late home, Rev. C. E. Magnuson in charge. Interment took place in the Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, July 1923, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Della Koch Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Della Koch, 71, of 505 Loucks Avenue, wife of Luis Koch and a Peoria resident for 50 years, will be held at 8:30 a. m. Wednesday at Boland mortuary and at 9 at Scared Heart Catholic church.

The Rev. Baldwin Schulte will officiate and burial will be in St. Josephs cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary this afternoon and evening and the rosary will be recited at 8 p. m.

Mrs. Koch died at 9:45 p. m. Sunday at St. Francis hospital.

She was born at Princeville Oct. 13, 1880, a daughter of Henry and Emma Metzel Hammer and married Mr. Koch in Peoria Jan. 15, 1902. She was a member of Scared Heart Catholic church and the Third Order of St. Francis.

Surviving are her husband; one soon Leland F. Koch; two daughters, Mrs. Orma Garst and Mrs. Rosemary Odam, all of Peoria; two brothers Fred Hammer of Princeville and Charles Hammer of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Lilly Custer and Mrs. Charles Harbers, both also of Peoria and seven grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters are dead.

(Unknown newspaper, Jan. 1952, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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MRS. CATHERINE LONG DIES EARLY SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Long, who passed away at her home in Princeville early Saturday morning, April 2, were held at St,. Mary of the Woods Catholic church, Princeville, Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock, with Rev. Fr. J. A. Gordon saying the Requiem mass. Six of her grandsons, William and Edward Hickey, Clement Gill, Edward Long, Joseph Carroll and Edwin Cox, were casket bearers and placed her in the family lot in St. Marys cemetery, Princeville, besides her departed husband.

Obituary

Catherine Ann Noonen was born in Chillicothe, Illinois, July 18, 1858 and passed away at he home in Princeville, Illinois, April 2, 1938, being in her 80th year. She was the oldest child of Michael and Mary McCarty Noonen and grew to womanhood in the Princeville community.

On June 22, 1880, she was united in marriage at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic church, Princeville to William Long of Stark county and with her husband went to housekeeping on the Long farm near Stark. They resided there for almost six years, later moving to the farm now occupied by son, James Long, also located near Stark, where she lived until moving to Princeville in 1912.

To this union eight children were born, six of whom survived; Mrs. Mollie Hickey, of Peoria, Mrs. Catherine Gill, Mrs. Teresa Ryan and James and William, all of Speer and Mrs. Marguerite Megan, Princeville postmistress, who has made her home with her mother since the death of Mr. Megan. One daughter, Mrs. Ella Carroll and an infant son Roy t., preceded her in death. Mrs. Long is also survived by twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, one sister Miss Mary Noonen of Peoria and one brother, Michael Noonen of Princeville, besides a host of more distant relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Her husband died in 1903 leaving her with a large family to rear and educate, which with courage and faith she did, never finding any sacrifice too great for her family
Mr. Long was of a quiet, unassuming nature who was deeply loved by all who knew her. She was a good religious character and a devout member of the Catholic faith. She was a loving wife and mother, a kind friend and neighbor and a good citizen in her community and her death will be mourned by all. The large number of relatives and friends at the last rites bore silent tribute of the high esteem in which she was held.

(Princeville Telephone, April 1938, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Former Resident Dies Suddenly In Peoria Hospital

Word was received here Monday of the sudden passing of Walter E. Kent of Peoria, formerly of the Alta and Dunlap vicinities.

Mr. Kent died at 3:27 a.m., Monday in the Methodist hospital where he was taken from his home shortly after midnight.

He was collector for the Peoria Star for 23 years and was still active in the collecting business and had worked as usual Saturday. He even visited relatives on the Mossville Road Saturday afternoon and called on his aunt, Mrs. Walter Allen, Sunday near Dunlap.

Funeral services for Mr. Kent were held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilton Mortuary with Rev. Mathlida McNemar of Unity church officiating. Burial was in the Parkview cemetery.

He was born in Shenandoah, Ia., November 19, 1891, the son of Albert and Laura Shaw Kent.

He married Vera Louise Rice in Peoria June 16, 1921. She died in 1946. He was a member of the Unity church,

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Homer Pierce of Alta; and two brothers Clifford Kent near Mossville and Harry Kent of Alta. One sister preceded him in death.

(Princeville Telephone, May 1956, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Emma Lurella Lula Poplett Kent

Mrs. C.H. Kent Of Alta Dies Suddenly; Rites Held Monday

The Alta community was shocked and grieved Saturday morning as the word was received that Mrs. Lula Kent had passed on. Mrs. Kent has gone about her work as usual the ay before but Saturday morning around 6 oclock she was taken suddenly and seriously ill in her home with a heart attack and passed away at 10:15 a.m.

Emma Lurella Kent, daughter of Allen and Alice C. Poplett, was born in Peoria county near what was know as Kellar Station February 4, 1878 and passed away at the at age of 79 years and 12 days.

She was united in marriage to Clifford H. Kent November 20, 1907 by Rev. C. E. Marsh, a Congregational minister in Edelstein, in her home near Dunlap. She was a member of the Edelstein church for several years. During her life she taught school in the Blue school near Princeville, the Timmons and South Hampton schools near Edelstein, the grade school in Dunlap, and the Parks school near Dunlap.

She took an active part in the Edelstein church in the choir and teaching a Sunday school class for several years. They then moved to their home they built, which was near Alta, and lived there ever since.

She took her church membership to the Alta Presbyterian church where she was a member at the time of her death. She was a charter member of the Ladies Aid and taught a Sunday school class for several years.

Mr. and Mrs. Kent would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this year.

Mrs. Kent was the Alta correspondent for The Telephone for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband; one son, Merle; two sisters, Miss May Poplett and Mrs. Harrison Dimon; and two grandchildren, Janet and James Kent; together with other relatives and a host of friends who will miss the departed loved one.

Mrs. Kent was one of a family of six children. Her parents, a sister, two brothers, and an infant son, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held from Schreiner Mortuary to the Alta Presbyterian church at 2:00p.m.Monday, with the pastor, Rev. Paul Jassimedes, in charge. Mrs. Ginger Brattain played several favorite selections on the organ. Six of her good friends bore her to her last resting place in Mt. Hawley cemetery near Alta. They were Walter Smith, Floyd Brown, Harold Campbell, Lloyd Depue, all members of her Sunday school class, and Clarence McNaught and Rollie Hammel.

(Princeville Telephone, Feb. 1957, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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