Obituaries/Death Notices

Alexander McCann Stanley Mallery Luther Miller
Emeline McCann Edward Manges Nellie Miller
George McCann Anton Mangold Will Miller
Nellie McCann Susan Mangold William Miller
Susan McCann Anna Marie Mann J. Fred Milliman
William McCann Belle Marlatt Laura Mitchell
John McCarthy Albert Melvin Marlatt Sigmund Mittler
Charley McCartney Ellen Manock Ann E. Moffitt
Henry C. McCartney Jesse Manock Frank Moizes
Henry W. McCartney William Marriott J. Herman Moody
Beatrice McCartney Albert Marshall Anna Marie Mooney
Martha McCartney Abby Marshall Catherine Mooney
William McCartney Harry Marshall Catherine Burns Mooney
Charles McCulley Birdie Marshall Charles Mooney
Leo McDermott Cora Marshall Donald Mooney
Mathew McDermott Fredericka Marshall Edward Mooney
Frank McDonna George Marshall Elizabeth Mooney
Infant McDonna Nellie Marshall Elizabeth Nora Mooney
Mary McDonna J. Calvin Martin George W. Mooney
Anna McDonough George Martin Hugh Mooney
Olive McDonough Lula Martin James Mooney Sr.
Roy McDougal Ora Martin James Mooney
Patrick McFadden Frank Mason John A. Mooney
Rosetta McGee Gertrude Mattice John F. Mooney
Ella McGinnis Caroline Meaker Josephine Mooney
George McGinnis Ephraim Meaker Mary Agnes Mooney
Cecilia/Gertrude McGonagle Nina Meaker Mary Ann Mooney
Charles McGonagle William Meaker Mary Ellen Mooney
James McGonagle Arnel Medearis Oliver Mooney
Lester McGonagle Daniel Medi Romana Mooney
Jennie McIntosh Mary Medi Rosanna Mooney
Ryburn McKenzie Peter Meehan Thomas Mooney Sr.
Nettie McKibben Arthur Meehan Thomas W. Mooney
Augusta McKune Berwyn Meehan Walter Mooney
daughter McKune Dale Meehan Walter Mooney
Gussie McKune Kenneth Meehan William A. Mooney Sr.
James McKune Nina Meehan William A. Mooney Jr.
John McKune Mrs. Bridget Megan William Mooney
John F. McKune Ruth Memler Elizabeth Moore
Mrs. John McKune Samuel Merrill Isabel Moore
Mary McKune Truman Merrill Mrs. James Moore
Thomas McKune Mary Merriott Jesse Moore
Flora McMannamy Benjamin Merritt Josephine Moore
Ernest McMullen Frank Messersmith Sam Moore
John McMullen Peter Messersmith Herbert A. Moran
Charlotte McMurray Clara Meyer Cornelia Morris
Goldie McNeese Herman Meyer Orville O. Morris
Rebecca McQuown Samuel Meyer Cheever Morrissey
Leona McVicker Annette Michael Emma Morrow
Laura McVitty Daniel Miller Evelyn Morrow
Ann Mahar Edward Miller Hugh Morrow
Cora Maher Eliza Ann Miller John Morrow
Edward Maher Ellen Miller John Morrow Sr.
Florence Maher Faye Miller Mary Moss
Theresa Maher Mrs. Harry Miller Mary Mulally
Loretta Malcolm-Selberg Harry Miller Norris Munton
Catherine Mallen Ivan Miller Infant Murdoch
Elizabeth Mallen Jacob Miller Barbara Murray
Henry Mallen Rev. John Miller George Murray


Mrs. Loretta Lorraine Malcolm-Selberg

Mrs. Loretta Selberg, 46, of RR 1, Princeville, for one year, and a resident of Peoria area all her life died at Methodist Hospital at 8:15 p.m. yesterday, October 31, 1968. She had been a patient there since Monday.

Born March 11, 1922, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Fremont Malcolm and Mary O (Mollie) Smith-Malcolm. She was married to Oscar Frederick Selberg July 29, 1943, in Peoria, Illinois.

Surviving are her husband, two daughters: Miss Pamela Selberg and Miss Cynthia Selberg, both at home; two sons: Dale Wayne Selberg, with the U.S. Army in Germany and Timothy Stephen Selberg, with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Seven sisters, Mrs. Rita M (George) Workman, Mrs Lenora (Herbert) Coburn, Mrs. Floretta Maddox and Mrs. Maxine Fordice, all of Peoria, Illinois. Mrs. Bessie (Fred) Kelly of Bartonville, Illinois, and Mrs. Louella (John) Slatter of Sunnyland, Illinois, and Mrs. Eleanor Smith of Roseville, California. One Brother Ronald Malcolm of Peoria. She was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Sue Selberg (1944-1945) and two brothers Virgil Elwood Malcolm (1913-1965) and Dewey Stanley Malcolm (1919-1920).

Endlsey & Sons Funeral Home, 1417 S Stanley St, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 1, 1968, submitted by Pamela Selberg-Dries-Lewis)

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Builder of the "Silver Creek" Stone Church at German Valley

Sketch of Life
Rev. John Miller passed away last evening at 9:45 o'clock at the home of his daughter Mrs.. R. P. Ockenga, 64 Stephenson street, after an illness with stomach trouble coupled with the debilities incident to age, being 84 years old. Short service will be held at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning from the residence of Mr. Ockenga and the remains will be taken on the Illinois Central 9:20 train, to Peoria where the funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the same church where he had served as pastor for 22 years. Mr. Hollister is in charge of the funeral arrangements. The deceased was a brilliant student and one of the best known residents of Stephenson county. He was a polished gentleman of the old school and was widely known here and in Peoria where he served a pastorate for many years.

Sketch of His Life

He was born June 22, 1826 in Koesslitz (dutchy of Sax Meiningen) Germany and landed in New York August 18th, 1845. The decedent prepared for college at New York and entered Rutger’s college at New Brunswick, N. J., in. 1847, graduating in 1851, later entering the theological Seminary at the place named above and graduated in 1854. Here he was a classmate of the Rev. T. Dewitt Talmage. Mr. Miller was married January 1855 to Miss Cornelia Van Doren Camp in New Brunswick, N.J.

His German Valley Charge.

He served the following congregation of the Reformed church in America: Fair Haven, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Burlington, Iowa: German Valley, Illinois (from August 1861 to October 1871) and Peoria, Illinois serving, the latter congregation twenty two years. It was during his pastorate in German Valley that the "Silver Creek" stone church, was finished, which, during the past. half century has been an ornament to that part of the country. He was for a time connected with the Pleasant Prairie Academy at German Valley, Ill., but retired from stated service in 1900 on account of old age. His wife proceeded him in death about 20 years ago. The surviving members are Frank A. Miller of Custer, S.D.: John V. Miller of Peoria, Ill.: Mrs. Walter Clinch of Elmwood, Ill., and Mrs. R. P. Ockenga of Freeport.

NOTE: Rev. John Miller died on Oct. 23, 1910 and was buried in Peoria's Springdale cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Linda T.)

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Frank Messersmith

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wurmnest and Richard attended the funeral of Mr. Frank Messersmith at Wyoming on Sunday. Mr. Messersmith passed away last Friday afternoon while on a visit at the Carl Wurmnest home near Williamsfield, Illinois.

(Brimfield News, Apr. 16, 1931, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. James Moore

The remains of Mrs. James H. Moore, widow of the late James H. Moore, formerly of Brimfield, were brought here for burial Monday morning from Peoria and laid to rest in the Brimfield Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, March 4, 1920, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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     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 Dawson, Edward James and Samuel, all of whom survive except Francis 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, Ill. in 1856. Her husband, Mr. John Keefer, died Oct. 8, 1865, at Jubilee, Ill. and the deceased, Mrs. Mary Ann Keefer, died at her home in Brimfield, Feb. 24, 1909, aged 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 had been their home, Missouri was then a slave state and the familiar scene of negro habitations and negro laborers gave to the undeveloped country some of the features of their former home and helped somewhat to wean their affections away from their quiet eastern hills.
     The fame of the broad prairies and fertile lands of Illinois, however, soon won them from their first choice and in the fall of 1851 they removed with relatives to Jubilee township having already selected farms there and where the family of the deceased made their homes 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 indulgent husband and dutiful children, she had few of the trials which embitter life and throughout 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 shadows of widowhood and kept fresh her generous, loving and kindly heart to the end. Few have lived to such 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 sermon being preached at 10 a. m. at the residence by Rev. C. D. Shoemaker. The pallbearers were her grandsons, Frank, Fred, Ralph and Claude 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. (Brimfield News, Mar. 4, 1909, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Henry McCartney

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry McCartney were held Wednesday afternoon from the Johnson Funeral Home, the Reverend T. C. Hargreaves, officiating. "Somewhere" and "Lord, Kindly Light" were sung by Rudolph Savage. Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery and casket bearers were Ralph Carter, Wm. Carter, D. M. Coon, R, E, Carson, Ben German, Joe Covie.

Mrs. McCartney passed away Sunday noon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Peter McGrane in Peoria where she had gone about two weeks ago to spend the winter, as was her custom. She had spent the summer and early winter with her three sons in this vicinity.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Catton, Martha Catton was born here June 28, 1871. She married Henry McCartney and until his death in 1934 they farmed near Brimfield.

Surviving are three sons, Joe McCartney of Brimfield; Chester McCartney of Elmwood and Harold McCartney of Oak Hill; also four grandchildren, Mrs. Irl Goudy of Galesburg; Beatrice McCartney of Brimfield, Kay and David McCartney of Oak Hill, the sister, and one brother, Bert Catton of Marshall, Minn.

Card of Thanks

We want to thank our good neighbors and friends for the lovely flowers, cards and other kindness shown us at the time of the passing of our mother Mrs. Martha McCartney.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe McCartney and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCartney
Mr. and Mrs. Harold McCartney and Family

(Brimfield News, Jan. 1, 1948, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Charley McCartney

Elmwood - Charley E. "Chuck" McCartney, 89, of Elmwood died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 1993, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born Oct. 18, 1903, in Brimfield to Wiliam Henry and Martha Catton McCartney, he married Winifred M. "Peggy" Slayton on Aug. 12, 1942, in Chillicothe. She died April 6, 1991. Two brothers also preceded him in death.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

A 1925 graduate of Sweeney Auto and Tractor School in Kansas City, Mo., he owned and operated a garage in Brimfield for 10 years. He then worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers War Department Carribean Defense Command at Camp Colner in the Canal Zone.

He later worked at Hartley's Garage in Oak Hill. He then owned and operated McCartney Garage in Elmwood for 40 years before retiring in 1984. He was a past member of the Elmwood Kiwanis Club and a 10-year member of the Brimfield Fire Department. He also was a member of the Peoria Motorcycle Club and a lifetime member of American Motorcycle.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Patterson Funeral Home. Adrian Swindler will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Elmwood.

(Peoria Journal Star, Monday, Mar. 22, 1993, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Henry W. McCartney

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Saturday afternoon March 24, for the late Henry McCartney. Rev. Thomas Spencer conducted the services and hymns were sung by Florence Hamilton and Mrs. E. R. Claybaugh.

Pallbearers were H. A. Coon, Wm. Carter, Sr., George Corner, Henry Memler, Fred Finck and H. A. Blundy, and interment was in the Brimfield cemetery.

The following obituary was read at the service.

William Henry McCartney, son of Robert and Anna McCartney was born in Ohio, March 7, 1860 and died at the Proctor hospital in Peoria March 21, 1934, aged 74 years and 14 days.

In 1868 at the age of eight years, he came with his family to Trivoli, Illinois, where he grew to manhood.

He was united in marriage with Martha Catton February 16, 1898, and to this union were born four sons, Joseph Marsden, Henry Chester, Charles Elwood and Harold Edwin.

Beside the wife and three sons he is survived by two granddaughters, Maxine and Beatrice McCartney of Peoria, three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Johnson of Elmwood, Mrs. C. W. Sander of St. Louis, Mrs. Lena Cole of Glasford. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

After his marriage he moved to a farm near Brimfield and has continued to live in and near Brimfield until his death.

His cheery, hopeful disposition made him many friends who with the relatives mourn his passing.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast,
Man never is, but always to be blest.
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Now rests and rejoices in a life to come.
A home in heaven! What a joyful thought,
A poor man toils o'er his weary lot,
His heart opprest and with anguish striven,
From his home below at last to his home in heaven.

(Brimfield News, March 29, 1934, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Henry Chester McCartney

Henry Chester McCartney, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McCartney, died Sunday, Dec. 15, from an attack of acute erysipelas, aged one month and one day. Funeral services were held at the residence on Tuesday, Dec. 17, conducted by Rev. R. Pacey, the music being furnished by a quartette from the Congregational choir. The remains were interred in the Brimfield cemetery. The family have the sympathy of many friends in their sorrow.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 19, 1901, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Charles McCulley

Funeral services for Charles "Tod" McCulley will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. H. H. McFall officiating. Interment was in Fondulac cemetery. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Anna McDonough

Obituary: Mrs. Anna McDonough passed away in St. Francis Hospital Monday evening. She had been a patient for a number of weeks following an operation.

Born on July 11, 1871, the daughter of John and Walburga Hiemier Schelkopf, Mrs. McDonough has lived most of her life here in this vicinity. On February 18, 1871, she was married to John E. McDonough and farmed for a number of years before moving to Brimfield. Mr. McDonough died October 12, 1923. One brother John Schelkopf survives, together with a number of nieces and nephews.

Many will treasure the memory of Anna as a kind and generous good neighbor. Funeral services were being held this morning at 10 am from St. Josephs Church conducted by her Pastor, Reverend T. C. Harrison and interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. (Brimfield News, Jan. 4, 1940, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Patrick C. McFadden was a native of Donegal, Ireland, was born Oct. 24, 1824 and died on 16 February (approx. editors note) of stomach trouble. A US Navy veteran, he was a member of the Commodore Perry expedition in 1854 to Japan ( USS Vandalia, ed. note) and was a witness to the signing of the treaty with that nation. (later, he was stationed about 11 months in Shanghai, China at the US Consulate, Ed. note) He came to this country in 1849, and enlisted in the US Navy in 1852, serving until his return in 1856. He is survived by his wife Grace, daughter Mary, and son Charles F. McFadden of Peoria. Services will be at St. Mary's Catholic church (he was interred in St. Mary's Cemetery, Canton.)

(Canton Leader, February 1901, submitted by P. McFadden)

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Mrs. M. McGonagle Victim of Pneumonia

Young Mother Dies a Few Hours After Birth of Little Daughter

The entire Princeville community was thrown into untold grief last Friday morning, October 10, when the news of the death of Mrs. Merle McGonagle became known. The young mother passed away just a few short hours after the birth of her little daughter, who lived only about two hours. The little daughter, whom the dying mother named Gertrude Merline, was born Thursday, October 9, just before midnight and passed away shortly after 3 o'clock. Death came to Mrs. McGonagle as a result of pneumonia, with which she had been ill since the preceding Monday, and the premature birth of her child. Mrs. McGonagle was apparently in good health until Sunday, October 8, with the exception of a slight cold. She became suddenly ill Sunday morning and by Monday had contracted pneumonia, which she was unable to conquer, due to her condition and she gradually became weaker until the end, which came a few short hours after the birth of her little daughter. The death of Mrs. McGonagle was appallingly pathetic and touched the heartsrings of everyone in the community, for not only did she leave a grief stricken husband and other relatives, but also a family of five small children, the oldest being only eight years of age, and the youngest about a year and a half old. Funeral services for Mrs. McGonagle and babe were held at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville on Monday, October 13, at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. J.A. Gordon officiating. A very large gathering of sympathetic friends assembled at the church for the last rites. Mrs. Chas. Hayes of Alta and Camelle DuChen of Kickapoo, both former members of the choir of the local Catholic church during the time Mrs. McGonagle was...

(Princeville newspaper, October 1930, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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Inquest Tomorrow Into Truck Death

     Inquest into the death yesterday of Charles McGonagle, 68 years old, 305 Elm St., a W. P. A. laborer, who was injured by a truck in a gravel pit February 28, will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon by Coroner William B. Elliott.  Mr. McGonagle, the coroner was told, was working in the pit when he was struck, suffering crushing injuries to a leg.  His death [March 9, 1936] was the ninth due to automobile accidents in Peoria County this year.  the victim had been a patient at St. Francis Hospital since the date of the accident.  The body was taken to the Boland Mortuary.  Mr. McGonagle is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Anna Quick, and three sons, Merle of Princeville; William and Leo of Peoria.  Burial services will be held in Chillicothe Cemetery. Note: Charles is buried in the Chillicothe, Peoria Co., IL cemetery next to his second wife, May (Barnhardt), and their two sons, William and Leo. He is the son of James McGonagle and Johannah O'Connell, who were both immigrants from Ireland. Charles was first married to Ida Mae Foster who were the parents of Merle McGonagle. Merle was married on October 20, 1920 to Cecelia German in St. Mary's Church in Princeville. (Unknown Peoria newspaper and unknown date, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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James McGonagle Dead

Mr. James McGonagle, father of Mrs. M. Aylward, of Walnut Township, whose serious illness was mentioned in last week's Democrat, passed away Friday. The funeral was held at Graettinger Sunday and was largely attended. The services were conducted at the Catholic church by the pastor, Father Kelly. The deceased was a native of Londonderry, Ireland. He came to the United States when only twenty years of age, but after returned to his native land where he was married in 1853 to Julia Casey,
who still survives him. They came to America in 1857 and settled in Pennsylvania, where they lived for a number of years. Later they moved to Illinois. Three years ago Mr. McGonagle came to Emmetsburg with his daughter, Mrs. Aylward, and subsequently made his home with her. The family consisted of eight children. Four are still
living. They are Mrs. Aylward, Patrick McGonagle, of Alta, Illinois, Charles, of Peoria, that state, and Mrs. L. Trunnel, who is also a resident of Illinois. The deceased was a blacksmith by trade and followed the business for 55 years, retiring from hard labor only four or five years ago. He was a frugal, well meaning, upright old gentleman
and Providence permitted him to live to a ripe old age. Mrs. Aylward and family have the sympathy of their many friends in their sorrow. (The Emmetsburg Democrat in Emmetsburg, Ia., December 16, 1903, submitted by Sandie Weber)

Note by Sandra Sabroff Weber, a descendant through Charles. I noted errors in this obituary. James' daughter, Anna, who married Michael Aylward, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1851. Her obituary follows. The family went from Pennsylvania to Peoria Co. IL 1859 where they are in the 1860 through the 1900 census records. James and his wife Julia both went to Graettinger, however Julia did not like it there. She returned to Peoria Co. IL and is buried in the Catholic cemetery at Kickapoo next to their son David and daughter Hannah. Old family records provided by Laura McGonagle Baxter, grand daughter of James, and a resident of Peoria, state that James and Julia were married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These same records state that Julia's maiden name is O'Connell and that is the surname listed on the death
certificates of three of their children (Anna, Charles and Patrick). I believe Julia may have been married first to a Casey. Laura's records also state Julia is the niece of Daniel O'Connell,the Liberator. Using a time frame I believe Julia was a great niece of Daniel O'Connell. James in buried at the Catholic cemetery in Graettinger.

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Mrs. Nettie M. McKibben

Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie M. McKibben, 77 of 1511 of W. Fredonia Avenue, who died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mahoney Convalescent Home, will be held at 12 p.m. Monday at the Guass Mortuary.

The Rev. Idris Jones of First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. McKibben was the wife of Gilbert M. McKibben. They were married in Peoria April 25, 1909. Born of Brimfield Feb. 15, 1879, she was a daughter of Thomas and Nancy Kellogg Johnson.

After graduating from Brown's School of Business, Mrs. McKibben taught there for a time before becoming a bookkeeper for the old Avery Co. She had been an active member of First Baptist church for many years and formerly was treasurer of the board of the Florence Crittenton Home. She also held membership in Electa hapater, OES; the Fortnightly Club; the Book Review Club and the Sewing Club.

Surviving are her husband; one daughter Mrs. Charles D. (Evelyn) Ashby of Peoria and one granddaughter. The last member of her family, Mrs. McKibben was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. (Peoria Journal, Feb. 3, 1957, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Mrs. Mary McKune, wife of Mr. John McKune, of Monica, died at their home in that village on Sunday, June 15, 1902, after a long illness.

Mrs. McKune's maiden name was Mary Jane Yerby. She was born in Oak Hill, Ill., April 16, 1869, and in early childhood came with her parents to Brimfield where the greater part of her life was spent. On Dec. 8, 1892, she was united in marriage to Mr. John McKune, of Monica. To them were born two daughters. The youngest at the age of two years, preceded her mother to the home beyond, her death occurring just four weeks prior to the mother's. The eldest daughter survives and with the father is left to mourn her loss.

Mrs. McKune possessed a king and genial disposition, was devoted to her family and delighted in ministering to the wants of those around her, thus making many warm friends.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. church, Monica, on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. G. Blair, and the body was laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News, Jun. 19, 1902, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary: Goldie McNeese

Chillicothe - Goldie B. McNeese, 68, of 118 Pinewood Park, Lot 118, died at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 1993, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
   Born July 16, 1924, in Ridgetop, Tenn., to Urban and Alli (Trenary) Hackney, she married Woodrow Wilson McNeese on June 13 1942, in Athens Ala. He died Jan. 10, 1990, in Peoria. One sister and one brother also preceded her in death.
   Surviving are two sons, Dennis and Roger McNeese, both of Chillicothe; three daughters, Linda Long of Peoria, Mrs. Burt (Aundrea Faye) Liesman of Chillicothe and Mrs. Kenneth (Vera) Whetstone of Metamora; three bothers, Bill Oden and Luis Hackney, both of Nashville Tenn. and Grady Trenary of Doraville, Ga.; 14 Grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Davison-Fulton Anderson Chapel in Chillicothe. The Rev. Raymond Harrison will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the chapel.  Burial will be in the Chillicothe City Cemetery.
   Memorials may be made to Rescue 33 of Chillicothe or the American Cancer Society. (Peoria Journal Star, April 29, 1993, submitted by Tracy Kyle)

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Mrs. Rebecca McQuown, whose illness was mentioned last week, died at her home in Brimfield January 1, 1901. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Congregational church. Mrs. McQuown was one of the early settlers of this community. A complete account of her life will appear in the next issue. (Brimfield News, Jan. 3, 1901, submitted by Laurie Huey)


Mrs. Rebecca McQuown

    Mrs. Rebecca McQuown died after a brief illness at her home in Brimfield on Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 1901.
    Rebecca Huey was born in West Alexander, Washington county, Pa., May 2 1824. Here her early years were spent and in this vicinity she grew to womanhood, her parents living a part of this time in Virginia and later removing again to West Alexander, where on Dec. 4, 1843 she was united in marriage to Mr. John McQuown, a native of Pennsylvania. They began housekeeping near West Alexander, where they lived for a number of years and then came west to this state settling in the vicinity of Brimfield. They lived in this vicinity for about eight years and then returned to their native home at West Alexander, where they resided about six years, removing later to near Wheeling, West Virginia, where Mr. McQuown died Oct. 12, 1866.
    Mr. and Mrs. McQuown were the parents of nine children, five boys and four girls. Robert, the eldest son, enlisted in August 1862 in Co. D., 12th Va. Vol. Inf. and served until April 2, 1865 when he was killed in battle at Petersburg. The second son, Alvin, enlisted in the cavalry service and served about a year, being killed in battle at Moorefield, Va., Aug. 7, 1864. Ruth, the youngest daughter, married Mr. James Adams. of Brimfield, and died in Denver, Colo. June 6, 1894. Six children are left to mourn her loss, viz: Mrs. I. N. Hart, of Eldorado Springs, Mo.; Edward McQuown, of Sunnydale, Kansas; Mrs. Alf Whetzel, of Brimfield; Mrs. Elizabeth Pursell, of Brimfield; Wm. McQuown, of Oklahoma, and Virgil McQuown of Mt. Pleasant, Ia.
    In November 1866, Mrs. McQuown left her Virginia home, and with her seven children then living, came to Brimfield, Ill., where her parents and brothers and sisters then resided. Here she has lived ever since, and her life familiar to the many who have known her during these years. A devoted christian mother, a kind hearted and sympathizing friend and neighbor, always working for the welfare of her family and friends, and ever ready to extend a helping hand to others in time of need, she made warm friends of all who knew her.
    Mrs. McQuown professed the christian faith under the preaching of Rev. Jas. Smith in 1871 and united with the Presbyterian church in Brimfield, and remained a faithful member of that church until May, 1900, when she united with the Congregational church in Brimfield. During these many years her christian life was above reproach. Quietly but humbly and reverently she sought to meet her obligations to God and man. She was unassuming, unpretentious and possessed that wisdom which is from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to [ ] and of mercy and good [ ] and without hipocrisy." Such a life could be no other than one of steady growth. Giving all diligence she added to her faith, virtue, and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity."
    We extend to all the sorrowing friends our heart felt sympathy and exhort them in the language of the great Apostle. "Sorrow not, even as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, [ ] them also which sleep in [ ] will God bring with him."
    The funeral services were held at the Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 2, and on account of the illness of the pastor, Rev. Charles McCluer, were conducted by Rev. J. E. Mercer, of the M. E. church. The body was laid to rest in the Brimfield Cemetery.
    Relatives and friends from out of town who were present at the funeral services were, Mr. W. G. Huey, of Gibson City, Ill., and Mr. Webb Huey, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, brothers of the deceased, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Jones, of Arlington, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Hart, of Eldorado Springs, Mo.; Edward McQuown, of Sunnydale, Kansas; Virgil McQuown, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hart, of Princeville, and Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Radley, of Elmwood. (Brimfield News, Jan. 10, 1901, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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At Chillicothe, June 4, 1888, Flora G. McMannamy, aged 17 years, 7 months and 21 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 14, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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PEORIA - Laura Belle Moore McVitty, 88, of Oak Park, formerly of Peoria, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999 in Oak Park. Born July 21, 1911, in Peoria to Oscar Alonzo Moore and Belle Emma Hines Kent, she married Robert Southgate McVitty. He died in 1960.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia (Miles) Brundage of River Forest; and two granddaughters. She attended Bradley University. A memorial service was held Aug. 8 at Christ Episcopal Church in River Forest. Drechsler-Brown Funeral Home in Oak Park was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 515 Franklin, River Forest, IL 60305.

(Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 31, 1999, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Mrs. Ann Mahar, an aged lady, residing with her daughter, Mrs. John Whetzel, died Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held Wednesday for St. Joseph's church, attended by a large number of sympathizing relatives and friends. The remains were taken to Kickapoo for interment.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 3, 1891, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Cora Maher

Funeral services for Cora I. Maher who died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Chester Bruninga at 7:45 Thursday evening, July 24, 1941, were held at Patterson funeral home in Elmwood Sunday afternoon with Rev. F. A. Belote of Presbyterian Ministry officiating.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield.

Cora, daughter of Joseph E. and Ellen Carrigan Doubet of Williamsfield, was born in Kickapoo Township January 5, 1876.

In 1897 she married Dr. Frank Wallick of Williamsfield and he died in 1900.

In 1905 she married Edward M. Maher who passed away in 1920.

She had been in failing health for 5 years and bedfast for 18 months.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Irene Bruninga and one son, Daniel E. of Elmwood; a little grandson, Rudolph E. Bruninga, Jr.; 4 sisters, Mrs. Charles Acamalier of Washington, D. C., Mrs. E. C. Kehler of Wilmington, Il., Mrs. Olaf S. Voorhees of Farmington, Iowa, and Mrs. Willis J. Smith of Elmwood. 2 sons died in infancy.

(Brimfield News, July 31, 1941, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Edward M. Maher, son of Thomas and Theresa Maher, was born on the family farm west of Brimfield on June 15, 1870 and died at his residence in Brimfield, February 13, 1920 at the age of 49 years.

He grew to manhood on the family farm and was educated in the country schools and Brimfield High School. He spent his whole life in this vicinity. He married Cora Doubet Wallick of Williamsfield, Il. on February 21, 1906.

3 children were born to this union, William E. died in infancy, Cora Irene age 10 and Edward Daniel age 4 survive. His father and 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Doran and Mrs. Elsie Day preceded him in death. His wife, mother, 2 children, and 2 brothers James of Monica, John W. of Oak Hill and a number of nieces and nephews survive him.

Mr. Maher spent the greater part of his life on the farm until 2 years ago he moved into Brimfield.

Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Church on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Pallbearers were John Schelkopf, Albert Sloan, George Meehan, A. L. Herriott, Henry Mimler and H. O. Cady.

In respect all business houses were closed during the services.

He was laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 19, 1920, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Theresa Maher, daughter of Edward and Anna Maher was born in Turo Township, Knox Co. Illinois, April 6 1845 and died at the home of son, James A. October 2, 1902, age 77 years 5 months and 26 days.

She was of a family of 11 children, 2 survive her.

She was married to Thomas J. in Brimfield, May 3, 1866, by Father Vanderpool. They lived happily on the farm west of Brimfield until Mr. Maher’s death, December 8, 1891, where she remained until Nov. 1906 when she moved into Brimfield where she made her home ever since. To this union 5 children were born, 3 of whom preceded her in death, Edward M., Annie L. Doran and Theresa Day. Surviving are 2 sons, James of Monica, John of Oak Hill, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Manion of N. Platte, Neb. and Miss Mary of St. Louis, Mo. Also 111 grandchildren.

Funeral service of solemn requiem high mass was held at St. Joseph catholic church on Thursday morning at 10am conducted by her pastor Father Irish, with Father Shields and Father Kutter assisting.

Interment in Calvary cemetery N. E. of Brimfield.

(Brimfield News, Oct. 12, 1922, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Clarence Maher

Florence Gladys Maher, nee Grant, was born Aug. 29, 1899 and died at St. Francis hospital, Peoria, Sunday, Feb. 8, 1920 at 10:35 p.m. at the age of 20 years, 7 months and 9 days.

Florence was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. U. K. Grant. She attended the county schools and later the Brimfield high school from which she graduated with the class of 1918. She was selected to give the class prophecy. Those who remember the witty predictions made concerning the future of the members of her class realize how strangely incongruous were the spirit of gladness in those predictions with her own sad fate within two short years. She taught one year successfully, admired and loved by her pupils.

On May 14, 1919 she was united in marriage to Clarence L. Maher and their brief wedded life of nine months was full of happiness. She had everything to live for and her death is full of inexpressable sadness.

She was taken ill with influenza and in a little over a week developed into dread pneumonia.

Florence was a great lover of flowers and next to her devotion to her husband was never so happy as when she was caring for them. Hers was a loveable disposition, thoughtful and kind to all her friends. She and her sister, Hylda were constant companions and with true sisterly affection confided in each other. At the last she suffered intensely but patiently. Every thing possible was done for her but as is so frequently true with that fatal disease her friends were obliged to watch the losing battle and to hear her heartbreaking cry, "help me, help me!" while they were powerless to help.

She leaves besides her grief stricken husband her father and mother, and two sisters, Vera and Hylda.

The sadness of the service was increased by the illness and absence of the mother.

In her early years she was a faithful member of the Methodist Sunday School and there learned lessons of duty and service which did much to shape her life.

"The tomb is not an endless night,
It is a thoroughfare - a way
That closes in a soft twilight,
And opens in an eternal day."

The funeral service was held at the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock and was very largely attended. The sermon was preached by A. A. Waters.

Music was furnished by Mrs. H. O. Cady, Mrs. Addison Pacey, W. W. Harding and A. A. Waters.

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

The floral offerings were many and beautiful. As a mark of respect to her memory the high school was dismissed for the afternoon, and the business houses were closed during the hour of service. (Brimfield News, Feb. 12, 1920, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Stanley Patrick "Stan" Mallery, 72, of Edelstein, Ill., a Caterpillar Inc. design engineer, McComb Chevrolet employee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, died. He was born in Lafayette, Ill. He is survived by wife Mary Ellen, daughters Helen Bloom and Kathy Hornback, sister Shirley Lum and seven grandchildren. Services to be held in Peoria, Ill. Donations suggested to Traveler's Protective Association Deaf Scholarship Fund, Salvation Army or charity.  (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Aug. 1, 2004, submitted by Mallory Smith)

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Edward Manges, Jr., 12 years old, 113 Livingston street, and Robert Coates, same age, 121 Livingston street, were playing "cowboy and indian." Edward died at the St. Francis hospital at 8:30 o'clock last night. His brain had been penetrated by a rifle bullet fired by his chum who "didn't know it was loaded."

Returning from school the tow boys decided to go to Coates' home and play. The Coates family occupies upstairs rooms and there was no one else at home when the two youngsters romped and played in the mimic warfare of their favorite pastime. Edward had the only "gun", a wooden affair sowed in the shape of an automatic and painted black.

Robert decided he should have a gun. Slipping into a closet he took his father's .22 caliber rifle. As he sobbed the story to police questioning, "Eddie was down behind a chair like he was hiding in back of a rock. His head was sticking out and I pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger. I didn't know it was loaded."

Robert ran downstairs and summoned Archie Cape who aided in carrying the wounded boy to his home. A short time later he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, but he failed to rally. When first questioned by Detectives Nussbaum and Alberts, Robert insisted that Edward shot himself accidentally. Later he admitted firing the shot and then re-enacted the shooting.

According to the boy, the rifle had been loaned to a friend Sunday. The father of Coates said the youngster had not been in the habit of playing with the rifle. Robert was released to his father and ordered to appear at the coroner's inquest this afternoon.

Edward Manges Jr. was born in Peoria, July 30, 1919, the son of Edward and Margaret Manges. He is survived by his parents and two sisters, Ellen and Vonda Jean. He was a seventh grade pupil at Garfield school.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the South Side Funeral Chapel, Rev. F. K. M??tz, of the Grace Evangelical church officiating. Interment will be in Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

(Son of Edward Manges & Margaret Hamer-Manges)

(Peoria Star, Dec. 9, 1931, submitted by Karen Hamer-Pasquale)

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Died, Tuesday, April 11, 1893, of heart disease, Wm. Marriott, Esq., aged 68 years. the funeral was from the house, the service being conducted by Rev. B. F. Pearson, pastor of the Presbyterian church of this place.

Mr. Wm. Marriott was born in Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England, on Aug. 28, 1825, and was therefore in his 68 year. He came to America in 1858 and settled in Peoria county, Ill. There he remained until on the decease of his wife about 15 months ago he came to spend the remainder of his days with his only surviving son Mr. John T. Marriott. Mr. Marriott was in poor health when he came to Wakefield and was immediately placed under the care of the family physician Dr. Winship. For several months past there has been a general decay of the vital powers until on Tuesday afternoon he quietly and peacefully fell asleep.

The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church of Brimfield, Ill. for more than a quarter of a century and retained his connection with that church to the end. - Wakefield Reporter

(Brimfield News, April 13, 1893, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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WELL KNOWN OLD SETTLERS ARE CALLED TO THEIR REWARD -- Albert A. M. Marshall was born in Coxsackie, New York, May 3, 1838 and died September 7, 1920 at his farm south east of Brimfield. His death, while not unexpected, was sudden. He was the eldest son of Marvin and Lois Marshall, who were among the early settlers of Peoria county, coming from the east and settling on a homestead near Brimfield.

In October, 1858, he was baptized and united with the Baptist church in Brimfield of which he was a member to the day of his death.

January 1, 1867 he was united in marriage with Abby R. Willard, youngest daughter of Alpheus and Maria Willard, early settlers from the east who settled on the farm now owned by Mr. Harry Chamberlain.

Mrs. Marshall died January 15, 1902. After her death Mr. Marshall remained on the farm one year, one of his daughters keeping house for him. At the end of the year he rented the farm and went west to visit relatives and friends. When he returned he lived first with one son and then another, finally going back to Nebraska, where he lived for several years. Returning to the farm he has since made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Horace Moon, to whom he rented the farm, although many times urged by his children to make his home with some one of them.

Mr. Marshall was one of the few remaining pioneers of this vicinity, and the last of his father's family to go, his brothers and sisters having passed away several years ago. He is survived by four sons and four daughters.

Funeral serviced were help Thursday afternoon, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. at the house and also at the Baptist church. Rev. H. F. Jones of Macomb, Illinois, a former pastor and Rev. Richard Pacey, a lifelong friend of the family conducted the services after which the body was laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

The pall bearers were Messrs. Addison Pacey, L. Hasselbacher, H. A. Blundy, Will Chamberlain, John Kingdon and J. A. Clark.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Misses Birdie and Cora Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Cowperthwhite, M. L. H. McGarrah and Miss Anna Rynearson of Peoria; E. W. Marshall of Pequot, Minn.; H. F. Marshall and family of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Marshall of Eureka; Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Lightfoot and son of Farmington; and Miss May Hathaway of Yates City. On account of illness, Jane Marshall McGarrah, W. A. Marshall and R. H. Marshall were unable to be present. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Marshall, Abby Russell, was born Nov. 2, 1841 and died Jan. 15, 1902, aged 60 years, 2 months and 13 days.

The subject of this sketch was born near Brimfield, Illinois on the place now owned by Mr. Henry Chamberlain. Her maiden name was Abby Russell Willard.

She was united in marriage to Albert M. Marshall Jan. 1, 1867. To this union were born eight children, three sons and five daughters. All are living and were present with their mother during her last illness except one daughter, Nellie, who died Oct. 15, 1899.

Mrs. Marshall united with the Baptist church in Brimfield during the pastorate of Elder Hazen, August 14, 1859. For more than forty two years she was a faithful and earnest worker in the society. To the church in its social gathering, its public worship, its communion service, its Sunday school work, and all its other interests, she gave her untiring efforts and earnest prayers. Her missionary zeal is deserving of special mention, as she was particularly interested in foreign missions.

For forty two years her life has been one of self sacrifice, one of deep devotion to noble purposes, loyal to her church and consecrated to her Lord. She loved the old hymns; one of her favorites was "I love Thy Kingdom, Lord, the house of Thine above--The church our blest Redeemer saved With his own precious blood."

In all her demeanor she was unobtrusive, full of kindness and love for others. Her friendship was highly appreciated by all those who knew her. In every essential of home life she was truly "wife and mother".

Her last illness was of short duration. She died in peace. The death of such a character is a serious loss to society, to the church, and to the home, but we rejoice in the thought that the impress of her life upon the hearts and minds of others will live through all the ages; and though dead, she yet speaketh.

She leaves besides a host of friends, two brothers, one sister, several children and husband, who today mourn over her unexpected departure. May they all find comfort in the thought that earth's darkness of today will be driven away by the light of 'tomorrow'. They will meet their loved one again.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Brimfield, Ill., Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m., the pastor being assisted by Rev. H. V. Cox, a former pastor of deceased, now of the Baptist church at Farmington, Ill. Rev. Cox spoke very impressively from Gal. 5:22-23 -- The christian graces. Mrs. Marshall leaves behind her many evidences that these graces prevailed in her life. She will be missed on earth but heaven is enriched by her home coming and from the battlements of heaven she will watch for her dear ones left behind and hail their coming with divine exultation.

Those present at the funeral services from abroad were: J. M. Marshall, Cissna Park, Ill.; C. M. Marshall, West Pullman, Ill.; E. R. Marshall and Emerald Fisher, Eureka, Ill.; Mary B. Willard, Marvin Fuller and Anna Rynearson, Peoria, Ill. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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     Harry E. Marshall, 79, of 1715 Lydia Ave., a resident here 29 years died at 11:05 this morning [June 6, 1956] at his home.
     A former salesman, for some time he worked for Commercial Solvents, retiring in 1934 when he was injured in an accident. Born in Brimfield June 22, 1877, he was a son of Albert A. M. and Abby R. Willard Marshall. He married Ella May Bishop in Galesburg June 26, 1901.
     Surviving are his wife: four daughters, Mrs. Abby R. Miller, Canton, Mrs. Edith Weir and Mrs. Helen Osterman, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Ruth Brumner, Metamora; two sons, George of Canton and Eugene R. of Peoria. Two sisters, Mrs. June McGarah and Mrs. Stella Cowperthwaite, both of Peoria; 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral arrangements are in charge of Endsley & Son funeral home, 1417 Stanley St. (Peoria). (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Miss Marshall, teacher, Dies

     Miss Birdie A. Marshall, retired schoolteacher and former resident of 207 College St., died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday [June 30, 1954] at the Sweeney Convalescent Home where she had been a patient since last Apr 27 when she suffered a broken hip.
     Born in Jubilee Township, Peoria County, she was the oldest of the eight children of Albert and Abby Willard Marshall. After spending her early years on the farm where she was born, Miss Marshall became a teacher in the country schools. Later she came to Peoria and taught for many years art Sumner School where she was assistant to the principal.
     When the open window room was started at Glen Oak School, Miss Marshall was asked to take charge of it. She remained there until her retirement. Many of her former pupils have kept in touch with her through the years, remembering her as a faithful teacher and friend.
Miss Marshall was a member of First Baptist Church and taught in the junior department of the Sunday School there for many years. She and a sister, Miss Cora Marshall have resided together for many years.
     Surviving are three sisters, Miss Cora Marshall, Mrs. Lewis H. McGarrah and Mrs. Earle F. Cowperthwaite; one brother, Harry E. Marshall, all of Peoria and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home with the Rev. I. W. Jones of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Brimfield. Friends may call at the memorial home this evening. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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     Miss Cora Marshall, 85 of 205 College St., died at Methodist Hospital at 3 p.m. Wednesday [Nov. 23, 1955]. She was admitted at noon.
     A Peoria resident for 50 years, Miss Marshall was born in Jubilee Township, Peoria County, Dec. 17, 1869. She was a daughter of Albert and Abby Willard Marshall. She was an active member of First Baptist Church and was especially interested in the Missionary Society of the church.
     In early years Miss Marshall taught school in the rural districts. Later she was a bookkeeper for Nelson and Finch, produce dealers. For many years she made her home with her sister, Miss Birdie Marshall, who died June 30, 1953.
     Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Jane McGarrah and Mrs. E. F. Cowperthwaite; one brother, Harry Marshall, all of Peoria, and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home. The Rev. Iris Jones of First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial home this evening. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Last rites for Mrs. Fredericka Marshall, 76, lifelong Peorian, who died Wednesday afternoon at her home at 617 Malone Avenue, will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday at the residence and at 2 pm at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The Rev. M.C. Maletta will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale cemetery.

Friends may call at the Wilton mortuary this evening and at the residence Friday afternoon and night. Pallbearers at her request, will be members of Bethel church.

Mrs. Marshall had been at home only a few days following a long illiness at St. Francis hospital. She was one of two surviving charter members of Bethel Presbyterian Church, founded 53 years ago.

Born here August 30, 1864, she was a daughter of Eugene and Ellen Dwyer-Griffin. In February 1887, she was married in this city to Frank E. Marshall, who preceded her death here January 3, 1935.

Surviving are four sons, Robert, past county commander of the American Legion, Frank E., Austin C. and Eugene Marshall, all of Peoria; three daughters, Miss Dora Marshall, Mrs. Anna Zanzow and Mrs. Jessie Semmelroth, all of Peoria; four sisters, Mrs. Dora (Medora) Conrad and Mrs. August Krause, both of Peoria, Mrs. Pearl Hemphill, in California, and Mrs. Martha Hamer, Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, John Allison, Everett, Wash., and Charles Allison, in California, and 14 grandchildren.

(Daughter of Eugene Griffin & Ellen Dwyer-Griffin-Allison)

(Peoria Star, Nov. 28, 1940, submitted by Karen Hamer-Pasquale)

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George W. Marshall

Canton – George W. Marshall, 47 of 1035 W. Pine St., an operator at a local service station, died at 8:55 a.m. Thursday at Graham Hospital, where he had been a patient since New Years Day [died 1959]. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Murphy Memorial Home where visitation will be after 1 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens. 

He was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Griffin, Fla., the son of Harry E. and Ella Bishop Marshall.  On Feb. 3, 1945, he was married in Peoria to Irene Meyer, who survives.  He is also survived by two sons: Bernard 12; and Gilbert 11; a daughter, Cora 9; a brother, Eugene, Rt. 5, Canton; and three sisters, Mrs. Abbie Miller, Rt. 5, Canton;  Mrs. Ruth Brunner, Metamora and Mrs. Helen Osterman, Peoria. His parents and a sister, Mrs. Edith Weiss, preceded him in death. 

He was a member of Meat Packers Amalgamated Union. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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     Nellie Marshall died at her home, at Edgewood Farm, three miles south each of Brimfield, Sunday, October 15, 1899, after a brief illness of a few short months.
     Nellie was born October 8, 1883 at the old home, where she lived until God took her to be with Him in that home prepared for her in the land of light.
     Few girls were better known and few girls had a larger circle of friends than did Nellie Marshall. Those who knew her best loved her most. In the Brimfield high school she was a favorite with all, standing well in her classes and always ready to do her part to advance the interest of the school.
     She was a christian, one of a class of six that was baptized into the Baptist church February 21, 1897. Her attachment to the denomination rested upon clear and strong convictions. She loved the church, its ordinances and its worship, with all her heart. A careful reader of the bible, a firm believer in prayer, and every mindful of her secret devotion, though only a "babe in Christ,"Âť she was farther advanced in spiritual growth than many who are older. In the home she was loved by all, and all that loving hands could do to make her happy was done. She bore her affliction like a saint of God, praying "Thy will be done".Âť
     The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. H. B. Cox assisted by Rev. R. Pacey, a life long friend of the family, performing the last sad rites.
     Music was rendered by a quartette of friends of the family, Miss Lena Pacy, Mrs. Addison Pacey and Messrs. Eph Herriott and Will Harding, with Miss Mamie Longden at the organ; and Miss Prue Miller sang a solo by request of the family.
     The high school was dismissed for the morning session and the high school pupils attended the service in a body.
     A processional was afterward formed and a large concourse of relatives and fields, accompanied the body to the Brimfield cemetery where the pallbearers of her own selection, Messrs. Winnie Johnson, Leslie Hayes, Ernest Herriott, Joe Mercer, Wheadon Mercer and Herbert Moon bore her to the resting place where she awaits the resurrection of the righteous. "She is not dead but sleepeth."ť PASTOR. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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The Obituary Record.

George W. Martin, a conductor of Chicago, died yesterday. The funeral services will be held at the home of G. Sutherland, No. 529 Western avenue, at 10 o'clock Friday. (Peoria Daily Transcript, February 27, 1896, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Cut His Throat
An Attempt at Suicide by a Resident of Elliot Street.

George W. McGinnis attempted to commit suicide at his residence at 106 Elliot Street about 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning. McGinnis is employed as night watchman at the Great Western distillery, and when he returned to his home he was despondent. After sitting in the house a short time he took his razor and went to the coal shed. After half an hour one of his children was sent to learn the cause of his absence from the breakfast table. The child found his father lying on his back with a gash across his throat. The windpipe was out and life seemed almost extinct. Neighbors were called, but they refused to touch the supposed dead man until the Coroner arrived, an hour later. It was strange that McGinnis was not frozen to death during the hour he was in the coal shed. Coroner Bennett carried McGinnis into the house and summoned a physician who sewed up the cut. McGinnis rapidly improved and last night he was able to speak a few words. The neighbors say that McGinnis has been drinking heavily of late and assign this as the cause of the attempt. (Peoria Daily Transcript, December 20, 1886, submitted by Ginger Moore)


Death of George McGinnis

George McGinnis, the watchman at the Great Western Distillery, who made an attempt to commit suicide by cutting his throat a week ago, died at his home on Ellis Street Saturday night. McGinnis' domestic relations were not of the most pleasant nature and one morning upon returning from his home he cut his throat with a razor. The windpipe was severed, and strangely he was soon able to converse and drink milk. His pleasure upon seeing his brother, who had just arrived, is supposed to have hastened his death. The outburst of feeling was very affecting, and almost immediately his throat closed up and death ensued. Although McGinnis showed wonderful vitality, it was not believed that he could live, because his lungs had filled with blood from the wound. (Peoria Daily Transcript, December 27, 1886, submitted by Ginger Moore)

The Verdict

The coroner's jury compiled to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of George McGinnis brought in the appended verdict on Monday afternoon. In the matter of the inquisition on the body of George W. McGinnis, deceased, held at Peoria, Ill. on the 27th day of December, 1886, we the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire of the death of George W. McGinnis on oath do find that he came to his death by suffocation caused from a wound in the throat made with a razor in his own hand in a fit of passion on the morning of the 19th day of December, 1886, at his residence, 106 Elliott St., Peoria. We the jury arrive at the above verdict after a careful examination of the witnesses and no blame attaches to any other person. John McGinnis Joseph H. Johnson Martin Winter Richard Walah Francis McDermed Clifford King The death leaves the widow and children in indigent circumstances and is the crowning woe in a long list of privations and troubles. It is an unusually distressing crisis. (Peoria Daily Transcript, December 28, 1886, submitted by Ginger Moore)

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PRINCEVILLE - Arnel E. "Zeke" Medearis, 66, of Princeville died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born June 22, 1934, in Wyoming, Ill., to Arnel and Irma Smith Medearis, he married Earline Wisenburg on Sept. 5, 1953, in Sparland. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Pam (and Tim) Snyder of Princeville and Betty Jo (and Denny) Broadway of Edelstein; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean (and Everett) Schaefer of Chillicothe and Lucille (and Arlin) Schofner of Henry; three brothers, Russ (and Linda) of Sparland, Charles (and Marilyn) and Lawrence (and Mary), both of Henry, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

He worked for Lone Rock Stone Co. for 18 years, retiring in 1983. Prior to that, he worked for the Illinois Highway Department for several years.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

He was of the Presbyterian faith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hammitt Hott Funeral Home. The Rev. Harry Losey will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service or Akron-Princeville Fire & Rescue Department.

(Peoria Journal Star, June 21, 2001, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Daniel Medi, one of the pioneer settlers of Jubilee township, died at his home north east of town last Sunday, Feb. 3d, aged 72 years. He has been in poor health for a number of years and his last sickness was of short duration. He came to this country from France, and at an early day settled in Jubilee township, where he established a comfortable home, and resided until the time of his death. His aged wife survives him. The funeral services were held at St. Joseph's church, of which he was a devoted member, on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, and the remains were laid to rest in Calvary cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 7, 1895, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Mary Victoria Medi, widow of Daniel Medi, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Henry, east of Kickapoo, on Thursday, May 23rd, 1895. The deceased was a native of France and was aged 69 years, 4 months and 11 days. The funeral services were held at St. Joseph's church, Brimfield, on Saturday, May 25th, and the remains were laid away in Calvary Cemetery, by the side of her husband, being followed to their last resting place by a large number of relatives and old friends and neighbors.

(Brimfield News, May 30, 1895, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Arthur Meehan

Brimfield - Cremation has been accorded for Arthur H. Meehan, 86, or rural Brimfield, who was pronounced dead at 11:51 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 1996, at Maher and Park School roads. Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood was in charge of arrangements. He died after he crashed his car into a drainage ditch. He was born Nov. 4, 1910, in Jubilee Township to Henry and Lena Catton Meehan. Surviving are one brother, Dale of rural Elmwood. He was preceded in death by one brother. He lived near Brimfield most of his life. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 13 years, retiring in 1973.

(Peoria Journal Star, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Dale Meehan

Elmwood - Dale C. Meehan, 90, of rural Elmwood for 60 years, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born March 20, 1907, in Brimfield Township, Peoria County, to Henry and Lena Catton Meehan, he married Nina E. Cain on July 10, 1932, in East Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Donnie of rural Elmwood and Richard of San Jose, Calif.; one daughter, Barbara Elliott of Bradford; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death. A farmer, he was a member of Peoria County Farm Bureau. Cremation has been accorded. There will be no service. Arrangements are by Patterson Funeral Home. 

(Peoria Journal Star, Friday, May 16, 1997, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Kenneth Meehan

Elmwood - Kenneth G. Meehan, 77, of 303 N. Magnolia, a long time resident of Elmwood, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Brimfield, Ill., to Harold and Wilda (Hoyt) Meehan. Surviving are three daughters, LouAnne (Carl) Stanley, Deon

(Randy) Wilken and Leta Hanks; one son, Edward Meehan; one brother, Berwyn "Buzz" Meehan; one sister, Jane (Dick) Shoop; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Kenneth was a navy veteran.

He worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company before his retirement. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Elwood United Methodist Church or the Elmwood Fire Department. Online condolences are available at

(Peoria Journal Star, Thursday, June 15, 2006, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Nina E. Meehan

Elmwood - Nina E. Meehan, 88, of rural Elmwood for more than 60 years, died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. Born March 30, 1910, in rural Williamsfield to Howard and Bertha Nelson Cain, she married Dale Meehan on July 10, 1932, in East Peoria. He died May 14, 1997. One sister and one brother also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Donnie of rural Elmwood and Richard of San Jose, Calif.; one daughter, Barbara Elliott of rural Bradford; one sister, Joanne Wilson of rural Williamsfield; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She and her husband were farmers. She was a member of Peoria County Farm Bureau. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Funeral Home. Jim Reed will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral

home. Burial will be in Lehigh Cemetery, rural Elmwood. Memorials may be made to BYE Ambulance Service. (Peoria Journal Star, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Bridget Megan

Funeral services for Mrs. Bridget Megan will be held Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the Winzeler Undertaking parlor, with requiem mass at St. Mary's church, at 9 o'clock. Father J. Burke officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery, Princeville, Ill. She was the widow of Daniel Megan of Eldora, Iowa, and resided with her niece, Mrs. Franklin Barthell?, 606 Parkside Drive. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Truman G. Merrill

Funeral services for Truman G. Merrill were held in the Tretheway? Funeral Home at Princeville Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in the Chillicothe cemetery.

Mr. Merrill died suddenly early Saturday morning. He had been about his work as usual on Friday. He was 71 years old.

For several years Mr. and Mrs. Merrill resided in Brimfield, moving to Monica about a year ago, when they sold their residence here, to be near their daughters.

The wife, two daughters, Mrs. Wanda Carlson and Mrs. Everett ???, of Monica; two sons, Claude of Brimfield and Everet of Reno, Nevada, also survive.

Genial and an accommodating and willing worker, Mr. Merrill made many friends during his residence here. (Brimfield News, Oct. 19, 1944, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Mary Moss

Mrs. Mary Laura Moss, 90, died at her home at 617 North Birch street at 9:30 a.m. today after an extended illness. She had been a resident of Creston? since 1924 after previously living at Conway and L????, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at the Salem Lutheran church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 9. Rev. F. E. Anderson officiated. Burial was at Lenox.

Mary Laura Hamilton was born in Peoria county, Illinois, November 24, 1858. She was the daughter of Edwin and Laura Elizabeth Keefer Hamilton. She was married at Peoria, March 3, 1880, to John Frances Moss, who preceded her in death, Sept.. 19, 1915.

Mrs. Moss is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lois R. Walker? and Mrs. Daisy E. Cole, both of Creston?; a son, Francis V. Moss of Burlington; a brother, Elmer Hamilton of Buffalo, N. Y. and a sister, Martha Backus? of Brimfield; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A son, Harry, died in 1883.

Mrs. Moss was a member of the Rebekah lodge. (Brimfield News, Feb. 24, 1949, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Miss Clara Meyer

Services for Miss Clara E Meyer, 94, of 1316 Circle Road, will be at 10 am tomorrow at Wilton Mortuary. The Reverend John Kordewich will officiate, and the burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from 6 to 8 pm tonight.

Miss Meyer died at 11:25 pm Monday at Parkhill Nursing Center in Chillicothe, where she had lived since December 2, 1971. Born in Peoria February 17, 1878, she was a daughter of Herman and Mary Kuhn Meyer. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Surviving are one brother, Benjamin Meyer, of Peoria, and many nieces and nephews. Four brothers and one sister preceded her in death. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Leslie Utech)

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Herman Meyer

Although Herman Meyer is no longer with us, he will long remain in our minds and hearts. Employed at Caterpillar for the past 15 years, he was everybody's friend. Surviving besides his wife are his mother, Mrs. Mary Meyer, Peoria, and the following children: Herman, Pewaukee, Wis.; George, Bartonville; Mrs. H. J. Lusch, Chicago, and Mrs. A. Schneider, Fredrick and Josephine Meyer and Mrs. Joe Fosco, all of Peoria, three brothers, William H., Ben H., and Edward H. Meyer, all of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. George Henne and Miss Clara Meyer, both of Peoria, and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Meyer died suddenly at his home, and according to the coroner, death was caused by heard disease. The Rev. Richard Brenner, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiated at the last rites, and the burial was held at the Lutheran Cemetery. (Caterpillar newsletter, unknown date, submitted by Leslie Utech)

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     Samuel Meyer, a dairyman at 1103 Lincoln Avenue, died very suddenly at 11 o'clock Monday morning after and attack of apoplexy which had struck him two hours before. The deceased was born in Switzerland. He was 66 years, 8 months and 23 days old. He came to America when a young man and for 30 years his home had been Peoria. Here he married Sophia Herold who survives with their one daughter, Mrs. Louise Adams. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2 o'clock from the home. The services will be conducted by Rev. F.B. Be?? of St. Paul's Lutheran church. The interment will be in Springdale. (Peoria Journal, Tuesday, Sep. 23, 1913, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Ellen Marie Bradshaw Miller

Obituary: PEORIA, IL - Ellen Marie (Bradshaw) Miller, age 78, of Peoria passed away at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, at her home.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1930, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Elmer H. and Mary E. Berry Bradshaw. Ellen married Robert Harold Miller on Jan. 7, 1948. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Ellen had been a homemaker for most of her life, and enjoyed reading and embroidery. She was a member of Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.

Ellen is survived by her children, Carol M. (Tom) Goodwin of Manito, Robert E. (Marge) Miller of LaGrange, Ill., Christine A. Thompson of Peoria, Charlene S. (Tom) Foster of Chillicothe, Ill., Russell S. (Brenda) Miller of Peoria and Constance L. (Doug) Kern of Tremont, Ill.; her 12 grandchildren; and her 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles E. Bradshaw in 1991.

Funeral services for Ellen will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, with the Rev. Sunny Mooney officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Illinois Branch, 809 W. Detweiller Drive, Peoria, IL 61604.

(Peoria Journal Star, May 20, 2009, submitted by Molly Miller-Rice)

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Faye Opal Kraft Miller

Age 76 years, 3 months, 23 days

Father: Ralph Kraft (d)

Mother: Edna McCord (d)

Husband: Wilbur (Rusty) Miller

Family: Glen & Patty Miller; Ralph & Karen Miller; Tracy Miller, Granddaughter; Lorie Shuler, Granddaughter; Ty Miller, Grandson; Shawn Schuler, Grandson; Reva Kraft, sister; Walter Kraft, brother; one daughter (d), one daughter (d); Betty Lou, sister (d); Ethel Leona, sister (d); Ralph Jr., brother, (d).

Services: Huntsville Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, Ohio 11:00 AM Friday, March 21, 1997. Officiating: Rev. Russell D. Williams; Organist: Jean Fullerton.
Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois; Section: Garden Sermon on the Mount, Block B, Lot 137.

Interment: 11:15 AM Monday, March 24, 1997

Arrangements by: Van Horn Funeral Home, Lakeview, Ohio

(Funeral Home Book, submitted by Molly Miller-Rice)

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Mrs. Harry Miller

Died At Edelstein.

Mrs. Harry Miller died at the home of her parents at Edelstein last Tuesday after an illness of about two months. She leaves a child three months old. Funeral services were held Wednesday.

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

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Eliza Ann Miller

Eliza Ann Hare was born in Pulaski county, Kentucky, April 22nd, 1839, and died at her home in Akron township, Nov. 7th, 1887, aged forty-eight years, six months and sixteen days.

She, together with her parents, came to Peoria county in the spring of 1853 and has since resided here.

She was united in marriage to John Miller Oct. 14th, 1854. Four children were born to them, all of whom survive her, and were with her in her last sickness: Mrs. Alice Maxon, Mrs. Flora Davis, George and Harry. Little Harry is only six and one-half years old.

She had been a great sufferer for fifteen years, but during the past year her family saw she was failing. During the last three weeks of her life her suffering was intense, yet she murmured not but expressed a desire for rest. She was always seeking rest. When asked if she wished for anything she would say, "Yes, I want to rest."

She often talked of the change she felt was near. She said she was not afraid but that she would gladly remain with her husband and children and especially wished she could have lived to see little Harry old enough to take care of himself, but her last words in regard to her death were, "The Lord's will be done." She sank peacefully to rest at 10:30 o'clock, Monday, Nov. 7th.

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

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Harry J. Miller

Harry J. Miller, 61, owner and operator of the Harry J. Miller Garage, 901 W. Main St., for 35 years, died at St. Francis Hospital at 11:45 a.m. yesterday. He had been a patient there three days and had been ill for some time.

Mrs. Miller had lived at 2705 Tomi Ct., Joann Manor, for three years. Born at Tuscola June 10, 1899, he was a son of William and Wilmoth/Wilmuth Hardin Miller and had lived in Peoria 44 years. He married Mary? L. Tyson at Ottawa June 30, 1947. He was a member of Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. JoAnn Getz of Farwell, Texas, and Mrs. Betty Jean Ingalls of Salem, Ore.; one son, H. Milton Miller of Sunnyland; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Marjorie Miller of Lacon; a stepson, George E. Jaeger of Peoria; two brothers, Mason? Miller of Peoria and Ivan B. Miller of Villa Park; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Endsley & Son Funeral Home, 1125 Main St. The Rev. E. L. Fernandes of Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church will officiate, and burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

(Unknown newspaper, July 28, 1960, submitted by Molly Miller-Rice)

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Ivan B. Miller

PEORIA -- Ivan B. Miller, 96, formerly of the Patrician Home, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 20, 1998, at Bel-Wood Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 12, 1901, in Lovington to William Henry and Wilmuth Hardin Miller.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Robert Miller of Peoria. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

He worked as a real estate rental agent for the Chicago Transit Authority for 38 years, retiring in 1966. He attended Glen Oak Christian Church.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Burial will be in Lovington.

Memorials may be made to Friends of People With AIDS.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 22, 1998, submitted by Molly Miller-Rice)

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Will Miller

Will Miller, of Galva, a cousin of the Cady boys and quite well known here died at his home of typhoid fever Aug. 21. Mrs. Miller frequently visited in Brimfield and had many friends here who will learn of his death with sorrow. He was about 23 years of age. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 20, 1895, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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J. Fred Milliman

The funeral of J. Fred Milliman will be held Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the Boland Mortuary chapel, with services at St. Mary's Cathedral at 10 o'clock, Rev. Gerald T. Bergan, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Sigmund O. Mittler

Sigmund O. Mittler died yesterday morning at his house, corner of Madison avenue and Jackson street, of enlargement of the heart, after a prolonged illness, aged 46 years, having a wife and three sons. He had lived in Peoria twelve years and been manager of the Union Brewery, a position he held with great efficiency, and he was a genial gentleman, who made many friends. He was born in Semnitz in Hungary, and was for several years assistant cashier of the Anglo-Hungarian Bank in Vienna, of which his brother was cashier, and both were directors and interested in it. The bank failed for $5,000,000 and the family were ruined, but every obligation was paid in full. the brother died of a broken heart, and Sigmund O. Mittler was brought to Peoria by Jacob Woolner, whose wife was his sister, and he set him up in business. He was also the brother of Mrs. A. Samek. (Peoria Journal, Monday, October 19, 1896, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Frank Moizes

Frank Moizes, one of the best known railroad engineers, died of consumption yesterday. The deceased was 35 years old, and a member of the Engineers brotherhood, though his disease incapacitated him from work. He was formerly in the employ of the T., P. and W. road and leaves a wife and family. The funeral takes place from the residence, 412 Butler Street, tomorrow. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1888, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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Herbert A. Moran

The funeral of Herbert A. Moran was held this morning at 8:30 o'clock at the residence, 1206 East McClure avenue, with mass at St. Bernard's church at 9 o'clock. Father Samon officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.  (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Princeville, July 20, 1888, of contusion of the abdomen, Benjamin F. Merritt, aged 45 years, 9 months, and 19 days.

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

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Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Michael, Formerly of This Vicinity

A number of local relatives from here attended the funeral services Monday for Annette Michael, 10 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Michael of 907 Atlantic St., Peoria.

The little girl was born in Worth township March 11, 1921. She had measles which later developed into double pneumonia, causing her death. She is survived by her parents, three brothers, Gerald, Robert and Donald, and three sisters, Leota, Florence and Dorothy. She was a pupil of St. Bernard's school.

On account of the nature of her illness and because the other children were ill the funeral services were private Monday afternoon at 3:30 at the residence and burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery.

The family is well known here as they resided near Lourdes until a few years ago. The community sympathizes with the bereaved parents and children in their loss.

REF: Newspaper: The Metamora Herald, March 6, 1931, Page 1; Column 4
Date of Death: March 1, 1931

Source: Microfilm; IL Prairie District Library, Woodford County, IL
& Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950, Peoria County, IL

Transcribed and submitted: Kathleen (kajh76 at yahoo dot com)

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MORRIS - Cornelia A. Morris, age 83 years, beloved mother of Lew, Bert and Maud Morris. Funeral at Peoria Wednesday. (
Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1930, Page 17, transcribed by Susan Gates Davis)

MORRIS--Mrs. O. O., at her late residence in Chicago. Aged 83 years, 6 months.
Funeral services from Wilton's Mortuary at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. (
Peoria Star, December 29, 1930, Page 10, transcribed by Susan Gates Davis)


Mrs. O. O. Morris, 83 years old, a resident of this city for about 50 years, died at her home in Chicago Monday. The body was to arrive at the Wilton Mortuary Tuesday night. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. (Peoria Journal, December 31, 1930, transcribed by Susan Gates Davis)

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Orville O. Morris, Nov. 3, beloved husband of Cornelia Morris and father of Lewis H., Bert O., and Maude M. Morris, at his residence, 124 Aberdeen St. Notice of funeral later. Burial at Peoria, Ill. Peoria papers please copy. (Chicago Tribune, November 1914, transcribed by Susan Gates Davis)


     Orve Morris, for many years a resident of Peoria, passed away at his home in Chicago tuesday at 4:15 p.m. He was for many years Spirit Runner at the different distilleries in this city. He was an old soldier of the civil war. He leaves his wife, Cornelia, one daughter, Maud, two sons, Lon and Bert, and many friends among the old settlers of Peoria.
     The body will be brought to Peoria, where services will be held and interment will be in Springdale cemetery on Friday.  (
Peoria Star, Nov. 4, 1914, transcribed by Susan Gates Davis)

Peoria Transcript, Friday, November 6, 1914:
MORRIS--Orville O., at his late residence in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1914 at 4:15 p.m., age 78 years.
Funeral from the residence of Mr. F. E. Whitford, 915 Fourth avenue, Peoria, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment in Springdale cemetery. Friends invited. (
Peoria Transcript, Nov. 6, 1914, transcribed by Susan Gates Davis)

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While Peter Meehan was coming from Peoria last Thursday he accidentally slipped and fell from the wagon and received internal injuries that resulted in his death last Tuesday at 10 o'clock A. M. He was also afflicted with pneumonia at the same time. The deceased was born in Ireland and emigrated to New Jersey with his parents. After residing there for a short time they emigrated to Ill., where he resided until death called him home.

A loving wife and large family together with numerous friends mourn his loss. The funeral services were held today at St. Joseph's Church, and the remains were laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 18, 1890, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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YATES CITY - Berwyn "Buzz" Meehan, 73, of Yates City died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at his residence.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood, where visitation will begin two hours earlier. Cremation has been accorded.

(From Oaks-Hines Funeral Home)

Berwyn "Buzz" Meehan, 73, of Yates City, died Friday February 1, 2008 at his residence. Born October 23, 1934 in Peoria, to Harold T. and Wilda I. (Hoyt) Meehan. Surviving are two daughters, Tina Metz of Grapevine, TX, Michelle Meehan of Grandview, MO; one sister, Jane (Dick) Shoop of Elmwood. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Kenneth Meehan.

Buzz was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 6 pm at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Rev. John Simpson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-6 pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Cremation rites have been accorded.

(Peoria Journal Star, Tuesday, February 5, 2008, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mary Shane was born in Berkely Co., West Virginia July 10, 1812. At the age of 24 she came west in company with her father and other members of the family, and resided in Jubilee township but finally removed to Brimfield, as one of its earliest settlers and shortly after was united in marriage to Wm. King. Six children were born to them, one of these and the father are deceased. In 1857 she was again united in marriage to Wm. Merriott who mourns to-day with these five children and other relatives and friends, their loss. Her death, the result of lung fever, took place after a very brief sickness on Sunday morning last when she peacefully passed away at the ripe age of 79 years and six months. In the unavoidable absence of the Pastor (Rev. W. Mason) who has been called to Bloomington, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. J, S. Onion, at the Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, on Tuesday afternoon last and her remains afterward interred in the cemetery west of town.


We desire to return our most sincere thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who sympathized with and assisted us during our late bereavement.

Wm. Merriott and her Children

(Brimfield News, Jan. 14, 1892, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murdoch died yesterday, Sept. 8. Funeral services at the house this afternoon at 3 o'clock.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 9, 1897, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Death Of Emeline McCann

Emeline McCann was born May 6, 1845, near Oswego, New York. She passed away at the Proctor Home in Peoria, October 23, 1927, at the age of 82 years, five months and 17 days.

She was married to Alexander McCann in 1865.

Mrs. McCann was one of ten children. She was the mother of three children.

All of the children have preceded her in death. Mrs. McCann lived in Jubilee for a time and was living there when Jubilee college was established. Later she moved to Elmwood, then coming to Peoria where she resided at the Proctor Home for about fifteen years.

She was a member of the W.R.C. of Peoria, Eleanor Rebekah lodge, and was a member of the Methodist Church. She was the last of her family to pass away, and travelled the way of loneliness during the closing years of her life.

The funeral was conducted in the Elmwood Methodist Church, and the body laid to rest in the cemetery here.

NOTE: Emeline McCann was the youngest daughter of George Wasson and his wife Sarah (Brewster) Wasson. Her husband Alexander McCann was the son of Samuel McCann and his wife Susannah Wasson. George Wasson and Susannah McCann were brother and sister, and Emeline Wasson and her husband Alexander McCann were first cousins. Emeline (Wasson) McCann was known to her family and friends as "Auntie Em".

(Elmwood Gazette, Nov. 10, 1927, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Death of Mrs. Susan McCann

This noble pioneer woman, after months of feebleness following a paralytic stroke, came to her death last week through another such stroke.

Susan Cornelia Wasson was born in Wolcott, New York, December 24, 1837. She entered into rest November 10, 1915, at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 17 days.

She came with a brother and sister to Peoria county, Illinois in 1852, and lived in this county ever after.

On August 24, 1863 she was united in marriage to William C. McCann who departed this life December 11, 1895. A large part of the happiness of her own life went with him, for they had lived in great mutual love and devotion. They had one son, Charles S. McCann, who lives upon the place where his mother spent the greater part of her life and where she died. It has been in the possession of the family for 78 years.

Mr. and Mrs. McCann also had an adopted daughter, now Mrs. H. C. Whitney of Elmwood, who received and reciprocated all the love as could have been had by an own child.

Mrs. McCann united with the French Grove Presbyterian Church in 1867, and afterward was transferred to the church of the same denomination in Elmwood, of which she remained a faithful member until death.

Hers was indeed a Christian character, strong, beautiful and loveable.

Two sisters and a brother survive out of a family of ten children to which she belonged. They are Mrs. Chloe Rathbun of Denver, Colorado; Jacob D. Wasson of Elmwood; and Mrs. Emeline McCann of Peoria. There are also four grand daughters.

Funeral services were held at the home in the southeastern part of Elmwood township on November 12, by Rev. B. Y. George and Rev. O. I. Truit, and the interment was made in the Lehigh cemetery.

NOTE: Susan Cornelia Wasson was a daughter of George Wasson and his wife Sarah ("Sally" Brewster) Wasson. Her husband William was a son of Samuel and Susannah (Wasson) McCann. Both George and Susannah were the children of James and Margaret ("Peggy" Dorn) Wasson. Thus, Susan Wasson and her husband William McCann were first cousins. Moreover, Susan and her sister Emeline Wasson married the two brothers William and Alexander McCann.

(Elmwood Gazette, Nov. 17, 1915, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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William McCann, who was injured near Elmwood in a runaway accident about nine weeks ago, died at the home of his brother, George McCann, in Elmwood, on Wednesday, December 11, 1895. Mr. McCann had been lying at the point of death ever since the accident.

The funeral services were held on Saturday and the remains were laid to rest in the Lehigh cemetery near his old home. He is survived by his wife, Susan Cornelia Wasson, who has been his dearest helpmate and friend since their wedding in 1863. Also by his son, Charles, and by an adopted daughter, May Mantz, who is now the wife of Mr. Hollis C. Whitney.

Mr. McCann was a member of one of the earliest families to settle in this county. He came to Peoria from New York state in 1837, as a boy of two, and in 1838 he settled with his family in Elmwood township where he has resided ever since. He was the son of Samuel and Susannah (Wasson) McCann. He was an industrious man of good habits and owned a fine farm. Mr. McCann was sixty years of age.

(Elmwood Gazette, Dec. 19, 1895, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Ryburn E. McKenzie

Chillicothe - Ryburn E. McKenzie, 87, of 127 S. Bay Drive died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 1991 at his residence. Born March 1, 1904 in Peoria to Ed and Bess Dolan McKenzie, he married Goldie Rench on January 5, 1927 in Peoria. She died in 1984. Two sisters also preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Robert of rural Bradford; two daughters, Mrs. George (Anita) Pittman of Naples FL and Mrs. Frederick (JoAnne) O'Connor of Wataga; 14 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was a lifelong farmer and was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church of Chillicothe. He was also a board member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, a trustee of St. Joseph-Mooney Cemetery Board, and was active in the 4-H. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at his church. Burial will be in the St. Joseph - Mooney Cemetery, rural Chillicothe.

(Peoria Journal Star, November 16, 1991, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Henry Mallen

Henry Mallen, a well known and most respected resident of the country just west of Rome, passed away at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria, early Friday morning, Feb. 25. It is said that his illness was the result of an accident he had about a year ago. He had been in the hospital for several weeks and though his condition was most serious, the end came suddenly. The funeral services were held at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Sunday morning at ten o'clock in charge of Reverend Father M. J. Spalding. It was one of the largest services held in the city for some time which proved the high place he held among his friends and neighbors. The remains were laid to res in St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery in Mooney Settlement. The pallbearers were Edward McKenzie, Edward Schaffner, Jacob Rench, William Scarry, Edward Doolin and M. J. O'Brien. Henry T. Mallen was a son of Henry and Mary (Mooney) Mallen and was born in Medina Township, Illinois, November 22, 1870 and died at St. Francis hospital in Peoria where he had gone, hoping to regain his health, but to no avail. He passed away Friday morning February 25, 1917. The deceased was well known through out this vicinity. He was a favorite in politics having been Supervisor for a number of terms and was also prominent in Farm Bureau work. He was kind and loving to all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his passing, four sisters, Catherine, Mary A., and Elizabeth Mallen with whom he lived and Mrs. Thomas Carroll, also three nephews and five nieces and a large number of other relatives and friends.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, March 4, 1927, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Miss Elizabeth Mallen Called By Death

Miss Elizabeth Mallen, sister of Misses Mamie and Katie Mallen, who live northwest of town, died at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria, Saturday morning, January 11, at nine-thirty o'clock at the age of 59 years, 10 months and 10 days. Death was due to complicated ear trouble. She had been receiving medical attention at that institution for about six weeks. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Edwards church, Monday morning at nine-thirty o'clock with the Rev. M. J. Spalding officiating. Interment was in St. Josephs cemetery. The deceased woman was born March 10, 1869 and was a member of the St. Edwards church of this city. Besides the two sisters mentioned, she is survived by one other sister, Mrs. Thomas Carroll of Rome, Ill. Miss Mallen's other relatives preceded her in death.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, January 18, 1929, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Catherine Mallen

Miss Catherine Mallen, 80, a lifetime resident of the Rome vicinity, was claimed by death at St. Josephs home in Peoria, Saturday, September 14. She was born on the Mallen homestead three miles west of Rome, in 1860 the daughter of Henry T. and Lena T. Mooney Mallen. Nine children were in this family and their home life was a happy circle. Some six years ago she moved from Medina township to St. Josephs home in Peoria. Infirmities of old age were the contributing factors in her death and she had been in failing health for some time. St. Edwards church claimed her as a member all of her life and funeral services were held there Monday morning at 9:30 with Rev. M. J. Spalding officiating. Pallbearers included Jake Rench, John McDonnell, Ed Schaffner, Thomas Cashin, Lafe Reed and E. W. McKenzie.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, September 20, 1940, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mrs. Nellie Miller Dies at St. Francis

Mrs. Nellie (Mooney) Miller 72 years old, formerly of 211 North Monroe avenue, died at St. Francis hospital at 7:15 Friday morning. She was the widow of Albert W. Miller, well known Peorian connected with the city fire department. She was born in Peoria county, near Rome, May 1, 1860. She was married in 1876 in Peoria. She was a member of St. Mary's cathedral. She is survived by one son, Albert W. Miller Stanhope, Iowa and a sister, Mrs. John Dalton, Davenport, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2 Saturday at the Boland mortuary. The Rev. James T. Clancy, assistant at St. Mary's cathedral will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale.

(Peoria Journal October 14, 1932, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Funeral Rites Held Here For Mrs. Fred Mooney

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at nine-thirty o'clock at the St. Edwards church here for Mary Agnes "Minnie" Mooney, wife of Fred Mooney, who died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, January 26, after a lingering illness of about four years. The deceased woman was forty years old and lived most of her life in this community until four years ago when her health began to fail. At that time she went to California where she spent a year, returning to Chillicothe at the end of the year. When she again became ill, Mr. Mooney moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She made some improvement during the time they were there but just recently took a turn for the worse and passed to her death Saturday. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Fred Mooney, and three children: Augustin, 18; Loretta E., 15; and Mariana, 5; besides two sisters, Lora Wilken of Fort Madison, Iowa and Mrs. Charles Routh of Speer, IL. Mrs. Mooney was widely known here and possessed of an attractive personality and unaffected friendliness that won her many friends. Her death comes as a tremendous sorrow to those who knew and loved her. Mary Agnes Mowbray was born in Medina Township, February 20, 1888, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mowbray, old time residents of Medina township, who passed away some time ago. January 25, 1909, she united in marriage with Fred Mooney. During their residence here, Mr. Mooney was employed by the Santa Fe railway company. Burial was made in the Mooney cemetery.

(Chillicothe Bulletin February 1, 1929, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mrs. Mooney to Be Buried Monday

Mrs. Rosanna C. (Brady) Mooney, 80 years old, died at 7 o'clock Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Dalton, 111 Calendar Ave. Funeral services are to be held at 8:30 o'clock tomorrow morning from the daughters home, thence to St. Marks church at 9 o'clock. Burial will take place at Mooney settlement, near Rome, IL. Mrs. Mooney was born in Peoria county, May 19, 1839, and had resided in the county all of her life. Besides the daughter at whose home she died, she is survived by one other daughter, Mrs. Nellie Miller, and a brother, Charles Brady, both of Peoria. Mrs. Rosanna C., Mooney, widow of the late Thomas Mooney, May 23, 1919, at 7 am at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Dalton, 111 Callender Ave., age 80 years and 4 days. Interment in Mooney cemetery.

(Peoria Transcript, Sunday May 25, 1919 pg 7 col 2, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Thomas Mooney, Sr.

Death of an Old Settler Thomas Mooney, Sr., one of the oldest residents of the county, died at his home in Medina Township, Monday evening, August 5, aged ninety years. He will be buried today, the funeral taking place from the residence at ten o'clock.

(Peoria Daily Transcript, August 8, 1878 pg 4 col 2, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Horribly Mutilated Remains of Walter Mooney Found on the Rock Island Tracks.

While Intoxicated Is Run Down By a Train - the Victim of His Own Negligence.

The conductor of extra freight No. 309 south bound on the C. R. I. & P. railway which arrived at this station at 3:50 Friday morning, discovered the horribly mangled remains of a man scattered along the track for several yards immediately north of the water tank. He went to the hotel and informed them of his ghastly discovery also notified Night Marshal King who in turn aroused undertaker Chris Kauf, and together they repaired to the scene of the accident. It required but a glance from the men who had known the deceased in life to tell them that the remains were those of Walter Mooney, well known to everyone in this vicinity. It, however, developed that the deceased had been on a spree for several days, and witnesses testified that they had seen him in an intoxicated condition wandering up the track, presumably on his way to the house of a friend where he had been lodging. This occurred shortly after 10 p.m. and circumstances would indicate that he had been overcome through his stupefied condition and sat down or laid down upon the track. A freight north bound which passed through town between eleven and twelve o'clock and it is the supposition that he was killed by this train. In accordance with the evidence produced the coroners jury rendered a verdict as follows: "That the deceased came to his death by reason of being run over by a train on the C. R. I. & P. on the night of Oct. 1, 1902, while in a state of intoxication." The Peoria Star says: "Walter Mooney was a son of one of the original founders of the Mooney settlement, about three miles from Chillicothe, a community of very worthy and prosperous people who migrated from New York state at an early day and took up a large tract of land which has since been known by the name given in these lines. Squire Mooney, former county clerk and later police magistrate to Peoria, was a member of the original family. Walter Mooney, whose tragic death occurred this morning, did not share the good habits of the rest of the family. He was given to drink and the supposition is that he wandered on the track while in a condition of intoxication and was cut down by the north-bound passenger train and horribly mangled. He was a bachelor and about forty years old." It was an unfortunate affair and the relatives have the entire sympathy of the community. The funeral services were held this morning at 10 o'clock at the St. Mary's church, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, October 2, 1903, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Walter Mooney

DIED - At his residence in Medina township, on Monday, March 8, 1875, WALTER MOONEY, aged 52 years. Funeral at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 10.

(Peoria Daily Transcript, Wednesday March 10, 1875, pg 1 col 6, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Obituary: Hugh James Mooney

Rural man killed by truck

A rural Chillicothe man was struck and killed by a truck when he attempted to cross W. Rome Rd. early Tuesday evening. Hugh Mooney, 76, of RR2, was pronounced dead at the scene by Assistant County Coroner Louis Davis. Peoria County Deputy John Hana said Mooney was crossing the road in a northerly direction when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by John H. Morris, 48, of 172 Pinewood Pk., Chillicothe, who was westbound on W. Rome Rd. Morris told police he was putting out a cigarette in an ashtray when he struck the man. He told police he didn't see Mooney prior to striking him. Mooney was dressed in dark clothing. According to Hana, Mooney's body was found 120 feet from the point of impact. Morris truck came to rest 174 feet west of where Mooney was struck.

Chillicothe Bulletin, January 27, 1972
Auto Victim Rites Held
Services for Hugh Mooney, 76, of RR 2, Chillicothe, who was hit and killed by a truck on W. Rome Rd., Tuesday, January 18, were Thursday in St. Edwards Catholic church. The Rev. Richard Raney officiated and burial was in Mooney cemetery, west of Rome. He was born Dec. 14, 1895, the son of James F. and Belle Hughes Mooney, in Mooney's Settlement, Medina township. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Bess Elizabeth Schultz of Streator, Mrs. Mary (Minnie) Starling of North Creek, NY, Mrs. Charlotte Thurman of Bridgeport, CT and Mrs. Ida Semter of Chillicothe. Mr. Mooney was a member of St. Edwards Catholic church and a veteran of World War I, serving in France.

(Chillicothe Bulletin and Advertiser, January 20 & 27, 1972, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Romana Mooney Dies Suddenly

Funeral services for Miss Romana Mooney, who passed away, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis hospital in Peoria, were held Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Edwards Church. The Rev. Fr. M. J. Spalding officiated. Miss Helen Edwards presided at the organ and was assisted by Mrs. David Dugan and Mrs. Robert Ward. Interment was in the city cemetery. Miss Romana Agness Mooney, daughter of Oliver K. and Mary Brennan Mooney, was born in Chillicothe and spent all her life here. She was a graduate of Peoria Conservatory of Music and was prominent in musical circles having conducted classes in Henry, Lacon and Chillicothe. She also served for many years as organist at St. Edwards Church. Surviving are her father, Oliver K. Mooney and one brother, Clarence J. Mooney, Ponca City, Oklahoma.

(Chillicothe Bulletin February 2, 1945, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mary Ellen Yingst Mooney

Mrs. Mary E. Mooney Dies After Long Illness

Mrs. Mary E. Mooney, wife of Oliver K. Mooney, passed away at her home, Friday afternoon, August 7, after several months illness. She was born in Peoria, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Yingst and has resided in Chillicothe for the past thirty years, being married to Mr. O.K. Mooney in 1907. Surviving are her husband, two step children, Romana and Clarence of Ponca City, OK and two sisters, Dr. Sally Y. Howell of Elgin, IL and Mrs. Fred C. Miller of Peoria. Funeral services were held from St. Edwards church, Monday at 9:30 am with a Requiem High Mass celebrated by the Rev. M.J. Spalding. Burial was in the city cemetery. Pall Bearers were her six nephews - Messrs. A.H. Yingst, George Yingst, J. W. McGann, J.C. Dolan, all of Peoria; James Howell of Elgin, IL and R. E. McKenzie of Chillicothe. Mrs. Mooney had many friends who have been extending sincere condolences to the family.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Friday, Aug 16, 1935, pg 1 col 5, submitted by Ann McClary)

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O.K. Mooney Dies At 88

Funeral services for Oliver Knapp Mooney, 88, prominent lifelong resident of Chillicothe were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Edwards Catholic Church with the Rev. M.J. Spalding officiating. Burial was in City cemetery with the Weber Funeral home in charge. Casket bearers were Jay Dolan, Peoria, Harley Hart, Fred Kelly, Kenneth Mills, Hugh Mooney and Ryburn McKenzie of this city. The rosary was recited at 8 pm Sunday at the Weber Funeral home. Mr. Mooney died unexpectedly at 7 a.m. Friday at his home, 340 S. Fifth Street. He was widely known in the community, having engaged in the grocery business in earlier years, later becoming associated with the Truitt-Matthew Banking company in Chillicothe for forty or more years. He retired from the bank eight years ago. The son of James and Elizabeth Jennett Mooney, preceded in the Mooney settlement three miles Southwest of Chillicothe, April 11, 1861. He is survived by one son, Clarence Mooney of Ponca City, OK. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Jenney Mooney*(this is his mother, it should say Mary Ellen Yingst Mooney), preceded him in death in 1935, and a daughter, Romana, music instructor in the community passed away January 30, 1945. Mr. Mooney was a charter member of Spalding council, Knights of Columbus of Peoria.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Friday Dec 2, 1949, pg 1, col 5, submitted by Ann McClary)

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George Washington Mooney

Died - MOONEY, George, W., at St. Francis hospital, Monday, April 10, at 6:15 pm age 60 years. Funeral Wednesday at 8 o'clock from residence of his sister, Mrs. J.C. Dolan, 1216 North Madison Ave. to Mooney settlement. Please omit flowers. (Son of James and Elizabeth Jennett Mooney)

(Peoria Herald Transcript, Tuesday April 11, 1905, pg 8, col 7, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Donald J. Mooney

East Peoria - Donald J. Mooney, 86, of 148 Spring St. died at 10:35 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born August 13, 1917 in Hanna City to John and Elizabeth Brennen Mooney. Surviving are one sister, Ethel LaHood of Peoria and one brother, Joe of Miami, FL. He was preceded in death by two sisters. He was a World War II Army veteran. A member of United Auto Workers Local 974 and Caterpillar Retirees, he worked for Caterpillar Inc. for more than 30 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Monica's Catholic Church in East Peoria. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in St. Josephs Cemetery in West Peoria.

(Peoria Journal Star November 1, 2003, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Elizabeth Nora Brennan Mooney

Mrs. Elizabeth N. Mooney, 81, of 148 Spring Street, died at her home Monday November 28. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 1 at St. Monicas' Catholic Church. Mrs. Mooney was the widow of John Mooney and she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Blumenstock and Mrs. Ethel LaHood; two sons, Donald Mooney and Joseph Mooney; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother.

(Tazewell Courier December 8, 1966, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mary Ann Rodgers Mooney

Mary Ann Rodgers was born in Peoria, Peoria county, ILL, April 6, 1855, died April 17, 1907 and was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rodgers. She was married to Mr. Thomas Mooney, Feb 20, 1873; was the mother of six children. Mamie, her oldest daughter died nine years ago. Pearl, aged five years, died a few years before and Josephine died Feb 2, 1907, a little over two months ago. Her husband, Thomas Mooney, died three years ago next July. She had been in feeble health for a number of years and with her trouble and sorrow she seemed to break down all at once. But she never murmured or complained, trying so hard to be brave and cheerful amid all her sorrow and affliction. She fought bravely with her disease, consumption, always looking on the bright side with courage and resignation. Her greatest thought was for the welfare of her family and little Agnes, whom she loved with a tender devotion. Every night she knelt down and her silent prayer was a monument well worth remembering. How many were the bitter cares she felt when none but God could see; how many were the silent prayers she offered up when none but God could hear. Three of her children were with her at the last, Mrs. Ella Rickets, John and Earl, at home, who will miss a loving mothers tender care. The funeral services were held in the Catholic church at Mooney settlement, conducted by Father Hayden and her remains were laid in the cemetery beside her loved ones. Her brother, Joseph Rodgers and sister from Planagas, attended the funeral.

(Chillicothe Bulletin April 26, 1907, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Rev. Charles Austin Mooney

The Rev. Charles A. Mooney, 86, of Clarkston, Michigan, formerly of Washington (IL) died Friday, January 17, 1997 in Clarkston. He was born Feb. 6, 1910, in Chillicothe to Fred R. and Mary Mowbray Mooney. Surviving are two sisters, Sister Ann Austin of Mount St. Joseph, Ohio and Mrs. Edward J. (Marianne) Prestin of Stuart, FL. He received his bachelors degree in Latin from St. Louis University in 1934 and his maters degree in biology and philosophy from the University of Detroit in 1940. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 17, 1942, in West Baden Springs, Indiana. He was assistant pastor at Gesu Church in Toledo, Ohio, from 1945 to 1966. He also was a Newman chaplain at the University of Toledo from 1945 to 1966. He was an assistant at Bellamine Hall Retreat House in Barrington and Wadsworth from 1969 to 1970. He was assistant pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington from 1970 to 1993. He retired to St. Ignatius College Preparatory Residence in Chicago from 1993 to 1994. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6707 in Washington. He also was a member of American Radio Relay League and International Missionary Radio Association. Services and burial will be at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston.

(Peoria Journal January 19, 1997, submitted by Ann McClary)

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James F. Mooney, 80 year old Medina township resident, passed away at his home Sunday night at twelve o'clock following an illness of two weeks duration. Death was attributed to heart trouble.

Rosary was said at the home, Tuesday evening and funeral services were conducted from St. Edward's church in Chillicothe, Wednesday morning at 9:30 with the Rev. M. J. Spalding officiating.

Burial was in the Mooney Settlement cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edward McKenzie, Edward Schaffner, Thomas L. Reed, Mark I. Hicks, William Droll and John Staab. James F. Moone was born August 27, 1855 in Medina township, the son of James and Elizabeth Jennett Mooney. He was one of six children, four brothers and one sister namely: William, Thomas, George, Mary Dolan, James F. and Oliver K. The latter is the only surviving member of the family.

Mr. Mooney was married to Belle Hughes, who survives him with their five children; Mrs. Bessie Schulta, Streator, IL; Mrs. Minnie Starling, Lake Worth, FL; Mrs. Lottie Thurman, Peoria; Mrs. Ida Semtner, Chicago and Hugh, at home. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Mooney had lives at the present home for 49 years.

The Mooney family were pioneers in Medina township, Thomas Mooney coming to Illinois from New York in 1835 locating on property he purchased in 1818. At one time there was a United States post office established at the Mooney Settlement and it was named Helena for Thomas Mooney's wife. Thomas Mooney was the grandfather of James F. Mooney.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Feb. 28, 1936, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mrs. Catherine Mooney, aged sixty-six years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maher, in Peoria last Thursday night, September 7, 1899, and her remains were buried in the Mooney cemetery last Sunday in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.

All of the children were present except one daughter, Mrs. Wolfe, who lives in Montana. Deceased was the mother of Mr. James Mooney, of this city.

She lived nearly all her life in the Mooney settlement southwest of this city, and was well known and highly respected in this city and vicinity, and a number from here attended the funeral.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Sept. 15, 1899, submitted by Ann McClary)

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James Mooney, Sr. Is Dead

James Mooney, an old settler, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Dolan, at the ripe old age of 88 years. He came to Peoria county with his parents and brothers and sisters in 1835 and settled above Mossville at what is now commonly known as the Mooney Settlement. He leaves to mourn him a widow and six children, five sons and one daughter. The funeral will take place Thursday morning at 8 o'clock from the residence of his daughter and the interment will be at the Mooney Settlement Cemetery.

(Peoria Herald Transcript, March 11, 1903, submitted by Ann McClary)

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The funeral of the late Thomas W. Mooney took place yesterday morning, conducted by Capt. John R. Zeigler, and the remains were buried in the Mooney settlement cemetery. The deceased died Friday of typhoid fever, at his residence, corner of Jefferson avenue and Jackson streets, aged 31 years.

(Peoria Transcript, Sept. 19, 1887, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mooney - Edward, at his home in Mooney settlement, Saturday, May 1, at 1:15 p.m. Funeral Tuesday May 4 at Josephs church. Interment at Mooney settlement cemetery.

(Journal Transcript, May 2, 1920, submitted by Ann McClary)


Mr. Edward Mooney died at his home last Saturday and was buried in the Mooney cemetery Tuesday. His family have our hearty sympathy.

On 28 Oct 1879 when Edward was 31, he married Catherine "Kate" BURNS, in Peoria County, IL. Born in Jan 1858 in Illinois. Catherine died in Peoria County, IL on 7 Feb 1921; she was 63. Buried in St. Joseph -Mooney Cemetery.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, May 7, 1920, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mrs. Catherine (Burns) Mooney died at her home a few miles Southwest of this city on Monday, February 7, after a lingering illness of two months duration caused by partial paralysis and a complication of diseases. She was born Jan 19, 1858 and was 63 years and 19 days old at the time of her death. She resided at the home where she died for the past fifty-five years. On October 28, 1879 she married Edward Mooney. She was the mother of seven children, two of whom Stella and Flora preceded her to the promised land. Those who remain to mourn her departure are Jessie Mooney, Mrs. Celia Boylan, both of this city, Frank and Clara at home and Mrs. Edna Tomies (Lohmeier) of Sutton, Nebraska. Besides the children the deceased leaves one brother, James Burnes of Sutton, Nebraska, and a number of distant relatives and many friends and neighbors who will keenly feel the loss of the departed. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Josephs church in charge of Rev. T.J. McCarthy. Burial was at the Mooney cemetery beside the grave of her husband Edward Mooney who passed away on the first of May, 1920.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Feb. 11, 1921, submitted by Ann McClary)

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John F. "Jack" Mooney, 55, of 820 W. Hushaw, died Sunday, November 25, at St. Francis Medical Center. Born December 11, 1928, at Chillicothe to Frank and Grace Schuppert Mooney, he married Shirley Martin on December 30, 1950, in Chillicothe. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Dough of Rome, Dane of Bloomington and Dan of Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. James (Debra) Wilson of Rockford and Diane at home; and five grandchildren. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Grace Schambaugh of Chillicothe; one brother, Tom of Davenport, Iowa; and three sisters, Mrs. Larry (Mary Ellen) OConnell of Hutchinson, KS, Mrs. Dean (Virginia) Montoyne of Chillicothe; and Mrs. Richard (Barbara) Davis of Atlanta, GA. His father and one brother preceded him in death. he graduated from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, in 1950, where he was Little All-American in football in 1949. He was an official and referee fro the Illinois High School Association. The dispatcher for Bosch Trucking Co., of Bartonville, he was a member of Teamsters Local 627, St. Edwards Catholic Church and American Legion Post 9. He was a veteran of the Air Force. Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in his church. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Nov. 28, 1984, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Rites Held for Jake A. Mooney

Funeral services for Jake A. Mooney, 84, were held at 9:30 am Monday at St. Edwards church with the Rev. M. J. Spalding officiating. Burial was in Mooney cemetery. Mr. Mooney died at 11:45 am Friday at St. Francis hospital. He had been a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. Born in West Chillicothe September 8, 1864, a son of Walter and Elizabeth Baggs Mooney, he never married. Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Jan. 7, 1948, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Funeral Services for Mrs. P. A. Moffitt Held Sunday

The funeral of Mrs. Philip Moffitt, was held at the Catholic Church last Sunday afternoon, at three o'clock. The church was crowded with sympathizing friends, to pay their last sad tribute of respect. The handsome ashes of roses casket was completely covered with beautiful blankets of roses and lillies, the front of the chancel was massed with flat bouquets and set pieces tributes of love and esteem from relatives and dear friends of the departed one Annie Elizabeth Mooney, second beloved child of Mr. and Mrs. William Mooney, died at Chicago May 27, 1903.

Born January 31, 1878. Married to Mr. Phillip Moffitt, February 22, 1898, to which union was born two children, a boy aged three years and a baby girl, aged ten months, whom she leaves beside her husband, her father and mother, four brothers and one sister to mourn her early demise. The deceased had hosts of friends who were saddened to learn of her death an sympathize with the husband and relatives in their deep sorrow. Her relatives had hoped and prayed for her speedy recovery as the operation for the removal of a goiter from her neck, was successful and she lived for twenty-four hours after the event. They physicians assured her mother and husband the weakened condition of her heart made it impossible for her to have lived many weeks had the operation not been performed. She had suffered long and patiently, but was resigned to pass hence.

She had a beautiful disposition, a true christian, a loving and affectionate daughter to her parents, beloved by her brothers and sister, a dutiful wife and mother, planning with bright prospects the future welfare of her children. She possessed many accomplishments was well educated, a fine singer and possessed a charming personality, which endeared her to all who knew her and made home happy to the family circle.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, June 5, 1903, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Aged Chillicothe Lady Called to Last Rite

Mrs. Anna Mooney, aged and respected citizen of Chillicothe passed to the Great Beyond Saturday night at 6:10 o'clock at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria following a long siege of illness and much suffering. Mrs. Mooney would have been 78 years of age had she lived until July 16 next.

In the passing of this good woman Chillicothe loses not only one of its pioneers but one of its most esteemed mothers, also an accomplished musician and a true friend and neighbor. She had been in failing health for several years and of late had been bedfast most of the time. She was removed from her home on Pine street to the St. Francis Hospital a week or more preceeding her death in the hope that she might respond to the more scientific treatment of the sice? provided in a hospital, but to no avail. The end came Saturday evening, April 19 as afore stated.

The body was brought home and funeral services conducted at St. Edwards Catholic church Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Rev. M. J. Spalding officiating. Burial was in the Mooney cemetery southwest of town.

She was a patient sufferer and bore her pain with fortitude and endurance during her long illness. She was ever grateful to those who waited on her. She was cared for at the home by her son Gerald and his wife until her removal to the hospital.

Anna Marie Burke was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, July 16, 1853. She was educated in a convent there and finished her education in the Boston Conservatory of music at Boston, Massachusetts. She came to Peoria with her widowed mother when eighteen years of age and for a time followed the profession of teaching music in that city. Being an accomplished organist her services were engaged as organist and director of the choir of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. She served in this capacity for a number of years. She was united in marriage to William A. Mooney of Medina township on January 13, 1876. Mr. Mooney preceeding her in death on January 11, 1927. Most of their married life was spent on a farm in Hallock township. The family moved to Chillicothe about 25 years ago which has since been their home. To this union was born the following children: H. J. Mooney of Colorado Springs; Mrs. P.A. Moffitt, deceased; Wm. Augustine Mooney of St. Paul, MN; Frederick of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bernard A. Mooney, deceased; Mrs. W. K. Lessarte, deceased and Gerald of Chillicothe. There are also twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, April 25, 1930, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Mooney Lived Here 72 Years. Aged Resident Dies at Age of 86 Years - Born in Ireland

After living in Peoria county for a period of seventy-two years, coming here in the year of 1836, when Peoria was but a village with a wild country surrounding, Mrs. Elizabeth Mooney, wife of the late James Mooney, a respected farmer of the county, died yesterday morning at 10:05 at the residence of her daughter Mrs. J. C. Dolan. At the time of her death Mrs. Mooney was 86 years and 10 months old. Mrs. Mooney was born in County Louth, Ireland in the year of 1822. When she reached the age of 13 years she came to the United States and in the year of 1836 arrived in Peoria county, settling near Mossville. February 7, 1838 she was united in marriage to James Mooney. She leaves to mourn her death her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Dolan of Peoria and three sons, are are: William A., James F., and Oliver K, all residents of Chillicothe. The funeral services over the remains will be held from the residence of the daughter Sunday morning. Interment will be made in the cemetery at Mooney Settlement.

(Peoria Herald Transcript, Nov. 28, 1908, submitted by Ann McClary)

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William A. Mooney answers Last Summons

William A. Mooney was born in Medina Township, Peoria County on November 11, 1840. He lived in this community all of his life and was interested in farming until he retired and moved to Chillicothe. Mr. Mooney was the father of six children, four sons and two daughters, the two daughters, Mrs. Phillip Moffitt and Mrs. W. LaSarte preceeding him in death. Mr. Mooney has not been well for several years, but his serious illness lasted only a few days, hemaplegia causing his death on Tuesday January eleventh, at the age of 86 years and 2 months. He leaves besides his widow, his four sons, Herman of Oklahoma, Gus, Fred and Gerald of this city; two brothers O.K. Mooney of this city, James Mooney of Pleasant Land and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at St. Edward's Church with burial in the Mooney cemetery, Medina township.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Jan. 14, 1927, submitted by Ann McClary)

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August Mooney Rites Monday in Chillicothe

Funeral services for William August Mooney, 66, who died this morning at St. Francis hospital, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Edward's church here. The rosary will be recited a 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Anderson funeral home and friends may call this afternoon. Mr. Mooney was a cigarmaker by trade, but toured the country for many years as a solo cornetist with John Phillip Sousa's band, the Ringling Brothers circus band and he also furnished musical background for Buffalo Bill acts. He played with the Peoria Municipal band for several years. Born in Hallock township in April 1880, Mr. Mooney spent most of his life here, but had resided for the last two years at 601 Second Ave. in Peoria. He was a member of St. Edward's church here. Surviving is a daughter, Bess Mooney of Hutchinson, MN and three brothers, Herman of Colorado Springs, Fred of Albuquerque, MN and Gerald of Chillicothe. Two sisters preceded him in death.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Jan. 5, 1947, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Miss Josephine Mooney, a daughter of Mrs. Thos. Mooney, died Saturday, Feb. 2nd, at the home of her mother in Hallock. She had been sick for nearly a year, suffering with consumption and the ravages of the terrible disease had so weakened her vitality that death had not been unexpected. The mother, a sister and two brothers survive to share the sorrow of her untimely departure to the realms of eternal bliss.

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

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The remains of William Mooney were laid away to rest in the Catholic cemetery on Wednesday afternoon and were followed to the tomb by a large number of sincere mourners.

Deceased was 68 years of age, and was one of the pioneer settlers in Peoria Co., having been a resident of the same since 1835. He was born in the state of New York and came to Illinois when a boy. A man of sterling character, upright in his dealings with his fellow men and universally esteemed and respected in the community, he leaves behind him a most enviable record. His widow, two daughter, Mrs. Len Maher and Mrs. Maggie Wolfe, and two sons, Alfred and James, are left of the family to mourn his loss.

Deceased had been in poor health for a year past, which was aggravated by a fall received some two months ago and had gone to West Superior, Wis., with the hope that change of climate might prove beneficial. It was not to be, however, and his death occurred at that city on Sunday last. Interment in Mooney Cemetery.

(Chillicothe Bulletin, Mar. 13, 1891, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Frank McDonna, retired blacksmith, died unexpectedly shortly after 8 o'clock Thursday morning, on his 78th birthday, while walking in the yard at his home in Edelstein. He had been suffering with a heart ailment, but his condition was believed to be improved until the sudden attack.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at St. Matthews church in Edelstein, in charge of the Bullock funeral home. Burial was in the St. Mary's cemetery here.

Born of pioneer parent in 1865 Mr. McDonna had been a lifelong resident of Edelstein neighborhood. For years he and his brother Matt, were engaged in the blacksmith business, but had been retired for some time. He married Elizabeth Smitty of Chicago in 1906. She survives him.

Besides his wife, Mr. McDonna is survived by one sister, Mrs. Annie Timmons of Minnesota. Two daughters died in infancy. Two brothers, Matt and Michael, former supervisor of Akron Township, and a sister, Mrs. John Callery, preceded him in death.

(Princeville Telephone, Sept. 1943, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ellen McDonna, 84, widow of Michael J. McDonna, supervisor of Akron township for a number of years, and a resident of Peoria 19 years, who died at her home, 108 East Arcadia avenue, at 3:35 a. m. Saturday, were held at 8:30 a. m. Tuesday at the Boland mortuary and at 9 at St Bernard's Catholic church.

The Rev, M. P. Sammon officiated and burial was in St. Mary's cemetery at Princeville.

Mrs. McDonna was born at Princeville, Aug. 11, 1861 a daughter of Patrick and Bridget Fulton Callery. She married Mr. McDonna at Princeville Feb. 13, 1884, and he receded her in death Oct. 13, 1925. Mrs. McDonna was a member of St Bernard's church, the Mother's club of the parish, the Gold Star Mother's club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Catherine Colgan. Mrs. Sadie Manock, Marie and Lucille McDonna: three sons, James E., William and Walter McDonna: Five grandchildren and one great grandchild, all of Peoria. One son John McDonna died while in overseas service in World War I.

(UnkPrinceville Telephone, Nov. 1945, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Jennie S. McIntosh, 79, formerly residing at 5110 Columbia terrace, widow of Orlando McIntosh, died at 3:10 p. m. Sunday at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Ethel L. Poland, R. R. No. 1, Laura. She had been in failing health for some time.

Mrs. McIntosh, a lifelong resident here was born in Peoria March 20, 1865, a daughter of James B. and Lydia A. Otto McMullen. She married Mr. McIntosh Nov. 15, 1891. She was a royal member of Fern Leaf camp and Royal Neighbors of America.

She leaves two sons, Harry A. and Gerald E. McIntosh, both of this city; her daughter Mrs. Poland; a brother Israel McMullen, Peoria; a sister Mrs. Mayme Huff, Sexton, Ia.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Her husband died Dec. 30, 1934.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Retired Farmer Lived Here 34 Years

John Henry McMullen, died at 3 a. m. today at his home, 230 West Sherman ave., at the age of 80 years. He had lived in Peoria 34 years and was retired farmer.

The son of John H. and Elizabeth Rock McMullen he was born at Elmwood, Ill., April 6, 1863 and married Iona L. Moore at Brimfield January 18, 1888. Engaged in farming the greater part of his life. Mr. McMullen retired in 1920. He was a member of the Texas Methodist church and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, both at Trivoli.

He leaves a widow, two daughters, Mrs. Eva E. Sibrel, Rock Island; Mrs. Ione L. Collins, Normal; two sons Ernest C. and Raymond J. McMullen, both of Peoria, a brother Harry R. McMullen, also of this city: five grandchildren and on great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Monday at Wilton mortuary with Rev. J. Blount of Arrowsmith officiating. Interment will be a Parkview cemetery friends may call at the mortuary tomorrow afternoon and evening.

(Peoria Journal Star, unknown date, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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WAC Pvt. Isabel Susan Moore, 42, native of Brimfield and former Peoria resident, more recently of Dayton, O., died at 7:15 a. m. Thursday in Battle Creek, Mich., after being ill since midsummer.

A daughter of Seba and Ethel Moore, she was born in Brimfield Nov. 21, 1902, and resided in Peoria for a number of years as a young girl. She had been teaching in the schools of Columbus and Dayton O., until last year when she enlisted in the Woman's Army Corps. She was assigned to Camp Atterberry, near Indianapolis, Ind., where she served until midsummer when she became ill.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. R. H. Kastens, and a niece and nephew, Carole and Raymond Kastens, all of Dayton, O.: one brother J. D. Moore, now serving with the U. S. Army in India; two aunts, Mrs. Ed Foster of Elmwood and Mrs. R.E. Stowell of Peoria and an uncle, Clarence Corney of Jubilee.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Gauss mortuary.

(Unknown newspaper, 1944, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Elizabeth J. Lewis was born in Belmont County, Ohio, June 27, 1843, and died at her home in Brimfield, Illinois, December 9, 1909.

On November 20, 1860 she was united in marriage to Mr. James H. Moore. To this union were born eight children, all of whom, with the husband survive her as follows; Mrs. Ella Stephens of Farmington, Mrs. Mollie Lapsley of Trivoli, S.H. Moore of Corvallis, Oregon, Arthur R. and Vaude Moore of Brimfield, Mrs. Moore's death is the first in the family.

In 1865 Mr. And Mrs. Moore came to Trivoli, Illinois and later moved to Brimfield, living in this township for more that thirty eight years. She was united with the Baptist church at the age of sixteen, tried to live a Christian life. On coming to Illinois her membership was transferred to the Presbyterian Church.

The funeral services were held at the Congressional church Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The sermon was preached by the pastor of the M.E. Church, the Rev. R.W. Ames, from the text, Psalms 39:4.

The Pallbearers were Charles Hayes, Jas. Rayfield, H.O. Cady, John Rusk, Alf Whetzel, and Frank Clark. The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 9, 1909, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Josephine H. Moore a resident of Corvallis since 1904, passed away at the family home on North 13th Street Sunday afternoon following a brief illness.

The daughter of Joseph H. and Sarah Spear Eaton, she was born February 15, 1868 at Kickapoo Ill., where she lived until as a small girl she moved with her parents to a farm near Brimfield Ill., where she was raised and received he education. She was married to Samuel Herman Moore on June 21, 1891 at Brimfield, where the couple made their home until 1898 when the family moved west.

The family settles in Oregon on the Old Ira Hunter ranch near Sulpher Springs in north Benton county. In 1904 they moved to Corvallis and for many years Mr. Moore owned and operated Corvallis Hatchery. He passed away in November 1951.

Mrs. Moore has written many pieces of poetry and several songs. She was a member of the United Evangelical church of Corvallis and the League of Western Writers.

She is survived by two sons; Merle of Corvallis, Dallas of Los Angeles; three daughters, Neva Moore of Corvallis, Mrs., Myra L. Lauridsen of Portland and Mrs. J. R. Iva Magness of Tokoma Park Md.; one niece, Mrs. Vivian Clark of Corvallis, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

(Corvallis Gazette Times, Feb. 12, 1955, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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 Samuel Herman Moore, a resident of Corvallis and vicinity for the past 52 years died in a hospital early this morning.

Funeral service to be announced later will be under the direction of the Warner-McHenry funeral home.

Moore was well known in Corvallis and from 1919 until 1942, when he retired, he had organized and operated with his son the Oregon-Corvallis Hatchery. For the past 15 years he had done much writing on early-day activities on the area and contributed a weekly column to the Benton County Herald.

He was born at Martins Ferry Ohio, November 3, 1864, the son of James H. and Elizabeth Lewis Moore.

As a young man he went to Illinois with his parents and was in the grain business in Brimfield for several years. He was married to Josephine H. Eaton in June 1891.

Came Here in 1899

The family came to this area in 1899, located on the Ira Hunter farm on Soap Creek in Benton county. Four years later he moved to a small acreage near Corvallis and operating a sawmill on Oak Creek.

Moore was the principal originator of the state lime board, which he served as chairman for several years prior to 1920. He was also credited as the first man to introduce vetch, now a greed seed crop in this area, into Willamette valley in 1901-02.

In addition to his widow, he is survived by two sons, Merle Moore of Corvallis and Dallas Moore on Newport; three daughters, Mrs. Myra Lauridsen of Portland, Mrs. Iva Magness of Tokoma Park, Maryland and Neva Moore of Corvallis; two brothers, Arthur Moore of Illinois and Jess Moore in Florida. There are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

(Corvallis Gazette Times, Nov. 1, 1951, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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The many friends of Mrs. William Meaker of Wyoming were saddened to learn of her death. For many years she and Mr. Meaker lived on a farm near Monica, moving to Wyoming in 1906.

Caroline Elizabeth Parnell, daughter of William and Katherine Parnell was born at Monica, Peoria County, Illinois, June 16, 1854, and died at her home in Wyoming, Illinois, on November 28, 1925, aged 71 years, 5 months and 12 days. She was united in marriage to William Meaker on August 20, 1855, at Peoria, Illinois. To this union were born four sons and one daughter, namely: Douglas, William, Katherine, Lee Roy and George, all of whom with her husband survive. She is also survived by two brothers, William of Boswell, Indiana and Douglas of Mahomet, Illinois; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Ries of Monmouth Illinois, and Mrs. Katherine Armstrong of Champaign, Illinois and nine grandchildren, besides a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends

Mrs. Meaker spent her early life on a farm near Monica, Illinois, moving to Wyoming in 1906, and residing on the farm near that city until fur years ago, when she moved tot eh home on South Seventh street in Wyoming. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, sister, and friend; her home was her earthly paradise.

Funeral services were held at Congregational church in Wyoming on Monday at 1:30 o'clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. John C. Bliss of Princeville. Interment was in Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, Dec. 1925, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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 Ephraim Joseph Meaker, youngest child of Joseph and Rachel Meaker, was born near Monica, Ill., Dec. 12. 1880. His mother died when he was about three years of age. The early part of his life was spent at Monica. When just a boy, he moved with his father to Chatsworth, where he resided for sixteen years. Then returned to Monica, where he married Miss Emma Abbott, Oct. 15, 1907. After three years there, his health failed and he was advised to go to Texas for his health, which he did in 1912. The benefit, however, was of short duration for he gradually grew weaker until the end came, at White Deer, Texas, May 15, 1914. His age was 33 years 5 months and 3 days.

Mr. Meaker was loved by all who knew him, both old and young, for he was kind and loving to all.

He is survived by his wife and five-year-old daughter, May Blanch, his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meaker, of Princeville, Ill., two brothers Wm. G. of Wyoming and Orlando, of Pan Handle Texas: four sisters, Mrs. Rosa Ross, and Mrs. Deborah McHugh of Wyoming, Ill., Mrs. Anna Yardy of Waco Texas and Mrs. Nellie Carleton of Galveston, Texas. He also leaves his only Aunt Mrs. James Fry of Princeville, nine nephews and one niece, besides relatives and a host of friends.

The body was brought here and the funeral service was held at M. E. church Wednesday afternoon, May 26 at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery. Rev. Stanley Ward officiated. A large number of town relatives and friends were present. The floral pieces were numerous and beautiful.

(Unknown newspaper, May 1914, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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 Wyoming, Feb. 17, --Mrs Nina Nettie Meaker, 61 of LaFayette, wife of William J, Meaker, and a former resident of Wyoming, died at 6 a. m. Sunday at Methodist hospital in Peoria where she had been a patient since December

Born at Wyoming Jan. 21, 1891, she was the daughter of H. L. and Anne Graves Crone, and married Mr. Meaker in Wyoming Feb 6, 1913. Mrs. Meaker was a member of the Congregational church at Wyoming but had attended the Methodist church at LaFayette since moving to that community years ago.

Surviving are her husband and two sons, Eldon Meaker of Toulon and Raymond Meaker of LaFayette.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at LaFayette Methodist church and burial will be in Princeville cemetery. Friends may call at the Kidd funeral home in Wyoming Monday evening.

(Princeville Telephone, Feb. 17, 1950, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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 The funeral of William G. Meaker, who died last Wednesday morning in the Proctor hospital in Peoria, following a five-week illness, was held Friday afternoon in Wyoming Congregational church, with Rev. G. H. McClintock in charge. Burial was in the Princeville cemetery.

Rev. F. H. Ebright accompanied by Miss Marian Wilcox at the organ, sang "In the Garden"ť and "Some Day We'll Understand".ť Serving as pallbearers were: John J. Abbott, C. A. Rodgers, W. L. Hagerty, D. K. Shearer, Ben Todd and Earl Colgan.

Among the out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mrs. Katie Kline, Miss Esther Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. George Armstrong, all of Champaign, Ill., Mrs. Carolyn Devaux of Chillicothe, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thompson of Canton, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Walliker, Mrs. Alice Whittaker and Mrs. Kate Catton all of Brimfield, Mrs. Dave Wear, Mrs. Minnie Friedman, Mrs. Mattie Begner, Mrs. Lena Staples and Mr. and Mrs. William Flynn of Princeville; Mr. and Mrs. John Whittaker, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Whittaker, James Carroll and Mrs. Jane Ann McDonald, all of Laura; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Heaton and Mrs. Howard McCabe of LaFayette. Mrs. Luther J. Jones of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Max Deutscher and Miss Mae Meaker of Monica.

((Princeville Telephone, July, 1943, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Laura Dailey Mitchell, 93, of Christ Church Rd., RR 3 Peoria died Wednesday (2 Feb 1977) at Bel-Wood Nursing Home.

Born in Rosefield Township Nov. 18, 1883 daughter of Charles & Lavina Jones Dailey, she married Thomas Mitchell in Peoria June 4, 1902. He died here Sept. 9, 1965. Surviving are one son, Wayne of Peoria; three daughters, Mrs. Ora Burdette and Mrs. Letha Penrod, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Pearl Goebel of Washington; 11 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, & 15 great-great-grandchildren. One son, two daughters, three grandchildren, five sisters and three brothers receded her in death.

Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, of which she was the oldest living member.

Peoria Davison Funeral Home/Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, Feb. 1977, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Jess D. Moore Dies at Local Hospital

Jess D. Moore, 79, Belle Fourche died early yesterday morning at a local hospital.

Gravesites rites will be held this morning at 10 o'clock at Pineslope cemetery. Rev. L. A. Johnson will officiate and burial will be under the direction of the H. E. Frost and Sons Funeral Home.

Moore was born Oct. 29, 1866 at Brimfield, Illinois. Twelve years later her move to Cheyenne, Wyo., and for several years rode the range with cattle outfits, moving through Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Kansas.

In 1918 he came to Plate, S. D. and later moved farther west, arriving in Butte county in 1930.

Moore had been ailing for the past year and was taken to the hospital April 30. He had one survivor, a brother, Sam Moore, of Corvallis, Ore.

(Daily Belle Fouche Post (S. D.), May 11, 1946, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Died From Fall

The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Morrow of Toulon will be grieved to learn that on Wednesday of last week their little five year old son John fell in such a way while playing in the yard as to injure his spine and cause his death shortly after the accident. The funeral was held last Friday.

(Princeville Telephone, April 1910, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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 Funeral Service For Ernest McMullen Are Held On Monday

Funeral services fro Ernest McMullen were held in the Bouton Memorial home in Princeville Monday afternoon with Rev. Arnold Delzell in charge. He was laid to rest in Swan Lake Memory Gardens near Peoria. Pallbearers were Henry Best. Howard Yess, Sherman Cornish, Robert Schindler Sr., Lyle Teets and Clifford Wheatley.

He was born in Elmwood October 26, 1891 the son of William and Margaret Tucker McMullen and passed away Thursday night in the Methodist hospital is Peoria, following a long illness, at the age of 64 years five months, and nine days. In August 1937 he was united in marriage to Stella Hart in Kentland, Ind.

For many years Mr. McMullen followed the carpenter trade, until ill health forced him to retire a few years ago. Mr. McMullen was head of the Yates City telephone exchange. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Princeville where she operates the Howe Town Cafe. At one time he owned a farm northeast of Princeville.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Blair of Toulon, and Mrs. Hazel Nichols of Plainfield Ind.; two sons Glen McMullen of Pequot Lake Minn., and Carl McMullen of Toulon; two step-sons, Eugene Hart of Independence, Kan., and Clyde Hart of Washington; a sister, Mrs. Richard Fuller of Williamsfield; one brother, Lee McMullen of Yates City; and 11 grandchildren.

(Unknown newspaper, March 1956, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Jacob L. Miller

Jacob L. Miller in the year 1861 at the old Miller homestead, and died April 14, 1914 at Monica, Ill., aged 52 years, 10 months, and five days. He was married to the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Stineman, June 19, 1912, who survives him, together with three sisters and five brothers and a host of friends and neighbors. Mr. Miller was the seventh of son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller, both whom have proceeded him. Mr. Miller had not been well for some time and last fall moved from the farm to Monica, where he might enjoy rest and quiet, hoping thereby to regain his health. In this he was disappointed, growing steadily worse till the end came.

He was a kind and, loving husband, always ready and willing to do all in his power to help others. He will not only be missed by his wife and relatives, but by his friends and neighbors, who held him in high esteem as a valued friend and neighbor.

Funeral services were held at the Monica church, conducted by Rev. M. B. Wiles of Princeville, assisted by Rev. R. Bowlin of Monica. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, 1914, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Peoria, Services for Mrs. Barbara E. Murray, 94 of 333 SW Center Street, Peoria, Illinois, who died at 10:30 p.m., Thursday (9-14-1967) at Fireside Nursing Center, where she had been a patient since August 31st, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday (9-18-1967) at Endsley & Sons Funeral Home, 1417 S Stanley Street, Peoria, Illinois.

Burial will be in St Joseph's Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-8 p.m. tomorrow (9-17-1967).

She was born May 26, 1874 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Joseph and Elizabeth (Dunbar) Allen.    She married George Edward Murray June 21, 1890 in Vandalia.    He died April 9, 1936.

Surviving are seven daughters:  Mrs. Edward Berry; Mrs. Hazel Volk; Mrs. Carl (Pearl) Dries; Mrs. Rose Peterson; Mrs Frieda Whitlow; and Mrs. Carrie Crothers all of Peoria, Illinois; and Mrs. Bessie Lipsey of Vandalia, Illinois.

Surviving are 13 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by three daughters and three sons.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 16, 1967, transcribed by Pamela Lewis)

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Funeral rites for George E Murray, 66 years old, of 2715 S Washington Street, Peoria, Illinois will be held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Parlors, with interment in St Joseph's cemetery in Peoria, Illinois.

Date of death was April 9, 1936. Mr George Murray died at 9:15 a.m., Thursday morning at a local hospital.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs Barbara Ellen (Allen) Murray. Also surviving are eight daughters: Mrs Bessie Lipsey of Vandalia, Illinois; Mrs Lillian Thieman of Alton, Illinois; Mrs Hazel Volk, Mrs Carrie Crothers, Mrs Pearl Dries, Miss Rosie Murray, and Miss Fredrieka Murray all of Peoria, Illinois; and Mrs Frieda Whitlow of East Peoria; a son, Edward Murray of Willimington, Illinois. Twelve grandchildren and two great-grand-children. Three sisters: Mrs Frank Flanders of Stone Bluff, Indiana; Mrs Alora Jackson of Iowa; and Mrs Gertrude Wascher of Peoria; Illinois; and a brother, John Murray of Decatur, Illinois.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 1936, transcribed by Pamela Lewis)

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Mrs. John McCune of Monica died last Saturday evening with that dreaded disease consumption, which was the effect of the Grip. The deceased leaves her husband and 4 children to mourn her loss. The funeral was held at St. Joseph’s church, Monday and the remains were laid to rest in Calvary cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 11, 1890, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack McCune about age 2 years, died at her home in Monica on Sunday. Funeral services were held at the church on Tuesday. The remains were laid to rest in the Campbell cemetery. Josephine H. age 2 years. Transferred to Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, May 22, 1902, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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John McKune was born on the old Homestead, 4 miles south west of Monica, In Millbrook township, Peoria, Co., May 16, 1848, and died August 12, 1903, at his home in Monica. His death was caused by an accident while uncoupling a chain attached to two traction engines, July 25th. He was married to Mary Catherine Drum on Sept. 16, 1873, she died Sept. 6 1890. To them were born 4 children - Frances E., James F., Augusta A. and John F., who survive him. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Yerby in 1892 and she died June 15, 1902. To them were born 2 children - Kathie C. and Josephine H. the latter died in May 1902. All of Mr. McKune’s brothers and sisters were privileged to be with him during his sickness and death. The friends from abroad who attended the funeral were: Mrs. R. Kellyand daughter Josie, of Port Arthur , Texas; Mrs. Eliza Barber of Forest, Il.: Geo. Barber, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McDonald, James Sloan, of Peoria,; C. W. Kelly of Buda,; Mrs. Jane Sharkey and Miss Mable Winne, of Bradford; Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett of Galesburg; Levi McKown and daughter Edith of Elmwood; Wm. Hall of Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Sniff of Princeville; and Thos. McKune of Amboy.

The funeral was held at St. Joseph church in Brimfield and the remains were interred in the Calvary cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Aug. 27, 1903, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Miss Gussie McKune well known here died a few days ago at the hospital in Chicago, She died following an appendicitis operation. She was the daughter of the late John McKune, of Monica, and some time in the past had lived in the West. Relative received the word yesterday. (Brimfield News; Thurs. Nov. 7, 1907, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Miss Augusta Agnes, daughter of John and Kate McKune was born in Monica Aug. 11, 1882 and died in Denver, Colorado Nov. 4, 1907 at the age of 24 yr. 2 mo. And 24 days. She lost her Mother in death at the age of 7. Her father died in Monica 4 years ago. The past few years she has lived in Denver and Chicago. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 brothers; James and Forest, and 2 sisters; Mary McKune and Mrs. Phil Phares. The body was shipped to Elmwood and taken to the home of W. H. Phares. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church at Elmwood last Saturday. Interment was in the Elmwood cemetery. (Brimfield News; Thursday Nov. 14, 1907, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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James McKune died at his home 5 miles northwest of Brimfield on Friday July 24th. Mr. McKune never married and resided all of life in Millbrook township on the old Homestead. He had not been in good health for some time past. The funeral was held at St. Josephs Catholic church in Brimfield on Monday morning. The body was laid to rest in Calvary cemetery north east of here. (Brimfield News; Thurs. July 30, 1908, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Thomas McKune , well known here died at his home in Amboy Friday morning following and operation. He had moved to Lee County from his home in Millbrook township a number of years ago. He has been a farmer and raised draft horses. He leaves a wife and 4 children. (Brimfield News; Thurs. Oct. 28, 1920, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Death of Nellie McCann

The funeral of Nellie McCann at the Congregational church on yesterday afternoon was well attended. The floral offerings were fine and in excellent taste. The pastor was assisted by Rev. J. W. Denning of the M. E. church. The text of the occasion was Luke 8-52, "Weep not! she is not dead, but sleepeth." Nellie McCann was born May 12, 1872, the daughter of Alexander and Emaline (Wasson) McCann; and died July 24, 1888, being a little over sixteen years of age. For a long time she had been a sufferer from that most insidious disease consumption, and nearly a year before her death it became evident that the end of earth was to be in her youth. In patience she endured until release came and the weariness of earth was changed for rest and peace.

(Elmwood Gazette, July 28, 1888, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Died in Peoria, Illinois, March 24, 1900, Alexander McCann, aged 58 years, 7 months and 20 days. Before he was of age he answered the call of his country by enlisting in a cavalry regiment from Illinois November 1, 1861. He served until September 30, 1865. Although he then received his discharge this did not end his sacrifice and suffering in his country's cause, for he never recovered the bodily vigor which had formerly been his, and he died in consequence of the exposure and hardships of the civil war. He never regretted giving up his health for the sake of the Union. He never ever complained, but bore his long sufferings with a patience which won the admiration of friends and physicians, and made the Peoria minister who visited him faithfully during his last illness of a year and a half say that he himself learned much from the sick man he was trying to comfort and help. He wished to be buried as he had lived, in a quiet, unassuming way. He especially requested there be no flowers on his coffin, but only the flag of his country which he had so often followed in battle. He was in Sherman's command at the battle of Shiloh, and that means he was among those who saw the fiercest of that terrible fight from first to last. That battle was his introduction to the dangers and horrors of war, which became familiar to him on about a dozen other fields, including those of Corinth and Vicksburg.

He died in Christian faith and hope. His remains were brought to Elmwood on Monday, the 26th instant, and after funeral services by the three pastors of Elmwood in the Presbyterian church at 10 a.m., were escorted by the veterans of the G.A.R. to their resting place in Elmwood cemetery.

NOTE: Alexander Dorn McCann was born August 4, 1841, in the farmhouse of his parents, Samuel and Susannah (Wasson) McCann, in Elmwood Township, Peoria County, Illinois. (His parents were amongst the earliest settlers of this county, arriving in 1837.) He served as Full Sergeant of Company B of the 11th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. He was married on October 27, 1866 in Elmwood to his cousin Eunice Emmaline Wasson.

(Elmwood Gazette, March 29, 1900, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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George W. McCann Dead In California

George W. McCann, 85 years old, died at the home of Harry L. Troth, 1035 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, California, on Wednesday, March 15, 1922.
He was one of eleven children, the son of Samuel McCann, and his mother was Susannah Wasson McCann. He was the last member of that family.

Mr. McCann was born in Cayuga County, New York, in 1837, and came to Illinois in the same year, being a babe in arms. Here he grew to manhood and answered his country's call in 1862. He enlisted in Company I, 77th Illinois Volunteers and served three years, being mustered out at Mobile, Alabama, in June of 1865. He was in seventeen engagements - Vicksburg, December of 1862; Arkansas Post, January of 1863; all through the campaign of Vicksburg, until its surrender. Later on he was in the Red River campaign and ended his military career at the surrender of Mobile, his last engagement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, formerly Miss Minerva Eno, in the year 1916. He is survived by one granddaughter, Mary Troth, and numerous other relatives to mourn his loss. He had been in California and Long Beach only about six months.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, conducted by the Rev. Alfred Inwood, of Central Methodist Episcopal Church and the G.A.R. at the Cleveland Undertaking Parlors in Long Beach. He was buried beside his wife in Sunnyside cemetery of that city.

NOTE: George Wasson McCann was born March 5, 1837 in Sterling Township, Cayuga County, New York.

(Elmwood Gazette, March 22, 1922, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Mrs. Ellen Manock was born in Borden, Kent county, England, October 17, 1822. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hovenden. She came with her parents to the United States in 1846, and for a few months lived in Peoria. In 1848 she was married to Nathan Manock, and soon after moved to Jubilee, in Peoria county, and lived near Jubilee College. After some time they moved to Trivoli township. She spent many years of her life on a farm near Graham Chapel. She moved to Elmwood twelve years ago. Her husband died on the farm in 1888 - fifteen years ago. They had nine children, two of them dying in infancy. The surviving are Mrs. John Clinch, Charles H. Manock, Mrs. Henry Graham, Mrs. Dexter F. Harkness, Alfred Manock, Lucien Manock and Mrs. Thomas May. All of them were with her when she passed away except Mrs. D. F. Harkness of Prescott, Kansas, and Alfred Manock of Whiteson, Oregon. Many years ago she was converted at Graham Chapel, and has been ever since a faithful Christian. She was kind to those who were in need of help and sympathy. She was always striving to do what would be helpful to her children and grand-children, sewing, knitting, doing anything that would add to their comfort or pleasure. Since her husband's death she and her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Beaton, have lived together. Besides her seven living children she leaves nineteen grand-children and three great grand-children. Many mourn her departure. Her brother, Mr. Edwin Hovenden, from Bushnell, was among the bereaved at her funeral. She was a good woman, and there can be no doubt that she has gone to be with Christ. She was in feeble health until a few days ago, yet constantly engaged in the many duties that claimed her attention, until Monday, May 25, when her daughter, Mrs. Henry Graham, thought she ought to rest and took her to her home. She grew worse, and although the children did all that love could do for her recovery, she sank rapidly until Saturday, May 30, a little after noon, when she sweetly fell asleep, aged nearly 81. Of such Christ prayed, "Father, I will that they also whom Thou hast given to me be with me where I am, that they now behold my glory."

(Elmwood Gazette, June 4, 1903, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Anna Marie Mann, 87, of 2411 N.E. Adams died at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

She was born Jan. 5, 1902, in Brimfield to William and Emma Baggs Harding.

Surviving are one son, Robert E. of Champaign; one daughter , Mrs. Al (Erna) Wooley of Los Angeles; and 2 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by several brothers.

She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield. The Rev. Charles J. Beebe will officiate. There will be no visitation. Wilton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, July 13, 1989, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. B. McCartney

BRIMFIELD – Mrs. Beatrice McCartney, 69, of Brimfield, died at 2 p.m. yesterday in Proctor Hospital, Peoria, where she had been a patient one week.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in Patterson Funeral Home, Elmwood, with burial in Brimfield Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

She was born Oct. 6, 1900, in Monmouth, the daughter of Henry and Ethylyn Isom Osborn and was married Feb. 16, 1919, to Joseph McCartney, who died April 17.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Maxine Goudy of Galesburg, and Mrs. Beatrice Kendall of rural Brimfield and two grandchildren.

(Unknown newspaper, 1969, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. O. McDonough

BRIMFIELD – Mrs. Olive A. McDonough, 80, of Brimfield, died early yesterday in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Fr. Thomas C. Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Schreiner funeral home in Brimfield 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 tomorrow, with recitation of the Rosary at 8.

She was born in Monica Aug. 29, 1885, a daughter of James and Catherine Day Cluskey and married Thomas McDonough in Brimfield. He died in 1951.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas, Martin and John, all of Brimfield; five daughters, Margaret, Helen and Lucille and Mrs. Herman Heinz, all of Brimfield, and Mrs. Mildred Lapsley of Elmwood; one sister, Mrs. James Colgan of Plymouth, Ind.; one brother, John Cluskey of Brimfield.

She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

(Unknown newspaper, 1965, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Funeral For William Miller Are Held Thursday

William D. Miller, 70, lifetime Peoria county resident, died Tuesday morning, September 29, in his home in Brimfield.

He was born in rural Princeville December 12, 1893, the son of Abram and Ellen McCutcheon Miller. He married Carrie Hart in 1917 and she died in 1948. He then married Helen Libby October 23, 1951.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Paul of West Chicago; a step-daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Walliker of Monica; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hicks of Canton and Mrs. Edward Brumekart of Sun City, Ariz. Three brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Miller had farmed in the area until retiring in 1960.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood, with burial in the Princeville cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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C. J. Morrissey, Diaper Services Owner, Dies

Cheever J. Morrissey, 75, a resident of 2208 N. Wisconsin Ave. for 30 years and of Peoria for 41, died at 10:20 a.m. yesterday at St. Francis Hospital where he was admitted Nov. 6.

Owner and operator of Peoria Diaper Service for the last 25 years, he last worked Nov. 5. He was born at Brimfield Nov. 23, 1889, a son of Walter and Annastacia Holden Morrissey, and married E. Ruth Carroll at Brimfield Feb. 10, 1914. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and the Men’s Club of the parish.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, John F. Morrissey of Peoria and Maj. Robert J. Morrissey of Fort Monroe, Va.; one daughter, Mrs. P. James (Charlotte) Scherer Jr. of Peoria; one sister, Miss Mary Morrissey of Westville; 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two sons and one daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Wilton Mortuary and at 11 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. The Rev. James Wolf will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Brimfield.

Friends may call at the mortuary from 7 to 9 p.m. today and the Rosary will be recited there at 8 p.m.

(Unknown newspaper, 1965, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Norris Munton Of Edwards, Dies at Age 21

Services for Norris W. Munton, 21, of Edwards, who died in Chicago Saturday will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wilton’s Mortuary with the Rev. Kenneth Stuckey officiating and burial in Swan Lake Cemetery.

Born in Peoria Dec. 17, 1944, the son of Lloyd and Geneva Treadway Munton, he was not married. He graduated from the University of Illinois this June and had been employed at the Continental Can Co. as a food technologist.

Surviving are his father and mother of Edwards; his grandmothers, Mrs. Sarah L. Munton of Greenville, Ill., and Mrs. Orpha Treadway of Palatine, Ill.; seven brothers, 1st Lt. James Munton, Castle Air Force Base, Calif., Richard Munton in the U. S. Navy in Morocco, Africa, and Darrel, William, Stanley, Stephen and Ronald, all at home; three sisters, Nancy, Maria and Jeanene Munton, all at home.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the mortuary.

(Unknown newspaper, 1989, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Rites Saturday For Frank Mason, Dies At Age 45

Funeral services for Frank Mason, 45, of 607 West Lawndale avenue, traffic manager For Altorfer Bros. Co., who died at Methodist hospital at 9:40 a. m. Thursday after an extended illness, will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at First Methodist church.

The Rev. Robert H. Bodine will officiate and burial will be at Parkview cemetery. Friends may call at Gauss mortuary from 4 to 9 p. m. today.

A Peoria resident for 26 years Mr. Mason was born at Metamora, Aug. 16, 1906. He was the son of Alexander J. and Blanche Conrad Mason and married Miss Vesta Buck at Princeville at Princeville in 1927. He was a member of the First Methodist church.

Mr. Mason was also a member of the Temple lodge 46, AF&AM; Peoria consistory, Scottish Rite; the Transportation club and Peoria Players and active in Boy Scout work.

Surviving are his wife; his mother; one son, Russell A Mason, now with the Navy at Great Lakes; one daughter, Miss Gwendolyn Mason at home; three brothers, Howard A. Mason, funeral director of Metamora, Charles E. Mason of Peoria and Eldon L. Mason of Stockton, Cal., and an aunt, Miss Victoria Conrad of Metamora.

(Princeville Telephone, Nov. 16, 1951, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Daniel Miller, brother of John Miller and Mrs. Arminta Springer of this place, passed away at the home of his son in Peoria Sunday, death resulting from a stroke.

Daniel Miller, the forth child of Henry Miller and Lucinda Mills Miller, was born at the Miller homestead, five miles northwest of Princeville, Mar. 24, 1852 and passed way at the home of his son in Peoria March 20, 1924, from the effects of a stroke, aged 71 years, 10 months and 6 days.

He is survived by his wife and one son, Lloyd, of Peoria and an adopted son Dannie. He was one of a family of 13 children, of whom six survive: James of Burlington Junction, Missouri; Mrs. Arminta Springer of Princeville; Charles of Burlington Junction, Missouri; John of Princeville; Mrs. Belle Stubbs of Monica; Stephen of Mendota. The oldest sister, Mrs. Nancy Fast of Burlington, Junction, Missouri, passed away at her home December 31, 1923 and was buried here January 2, 1924.

He was a kind friend and sympathizing neighbor in time of sickness and bereavement. He was a faithful worker when employed as help on the farm.

Funeral services were at the Presbyterian church yesterday morning at 10 o’clock with Rev. John Acheson in charge. The body was laid to rest in Princeville cemetery.

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

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Mrs. Lula Martin Dies in Denver

Princeville, Nov. 8—Mrs. Lula Smith Martin, 70, school teacher in the Princeville area until moving to Denver, Colo. About 40 years ago, died Saturday in Denver.

Born Jan. 29, 1884 in Radnor Township, a daughter of William and Carrie Taylor Smith, she married Lee Martin, who preceded her in death. She was graduated from Princeville High School and attended Bradley College in Peoria.

Surviving are two brothers, Charles Smith of Denver; and two half brothers, John Smith of Wichita, Kan. and James Smith of Dunlap.

Funeral services will be a 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bouton Memorial Home in Princeville, with burial in Princeville Cemetery. Visitation will be at the memorial home after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

(Princeville Telephone, Nov 1954, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Dr. Edward J. Miller Gave His Life Trying To Help Stop The Epidemic

Several hundred friends paid tribute to the memory of the late Dr. E. J. Miller, lat Saturday morning by their presence at the burial services held at the grave in St. Mary’s cemetery. The final rites were performed by the Rev. Fr. McKeon. The body arrived the preceding day from Urbana where death occurred Tuesday of last week as the result of pneumonia developing from influenza contracted in administering to patients suffering from the same cause, whose lives he sought to save even at the cost of his own.

The family and friends have almost been overwhelmed with sorrow. The transformation which removes from life one who only a few short days ago was enjoying the best that life has to give and whose future as a professional man was one of great promise can scarcely be comprehended.

Edward John Miller, son of Mr. Mrs. Miller, was born in Princeville and was graduated Princeville high school with the class of ‘06; he attended the Chicago School of Physicians and Surgeons from which he graduated in 1912. He served his internship at the Chicago West Side Hospital the following year and practiced two years on the North Side of Chicago doing clinic work at the East Side Hospital before locating at Urbana, ill, where he had been for the past four years and where he was advancing rapidly in his profession.

Dr. Miller was born April 7, 1888 and he was just beyond his 30th birthday.

His marriage to Miss May Shannon of Chicago occurred July 29, 1916.

Besides his wife and parents he is survived by two sisters, Misses Marianne and Kathleen and by one brother, Dr, L. C. Miller, who has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Champaign by who recently enlisted in the medical service of the government and was at Newport News, Virginia ready to sail for France when he received news of his brother’s serious illness and started at once for Urbana, arriving there soon after death came.

Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Hammond Monier of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shannon of Chicago, Margaret Shannon of Chicago Mrs. Ed Enerath, Mr. Will O’Connell, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Colwell, also of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. John Madden and daughter Wm. Madden, Mrs. Wm. Mosher, Mrs. Wm. Doran, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Burns all of Peoria, Fred M. Davis of Toulon.

(Princeville Telephone, Oct. 1918, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Contractor Dies In Chillicothe

Luther (Lute) Miller, 76, of RR 2, Chillicothe, a retired brick mason contractor, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Methodist Hospital where he had been a patient one week. He had been in failing health for two years.

Prior to moving to Chillicothe in 1950, he lived at 1108 N. Madison Ave., in Peoria.

Born April 3, 1879 on a Princeville farm, he was the son of Jacob F. and Georganna Lines Miller and was married to May McCurdy in Peoria Nov.25, 1903.

He was a member of Temple Lodge 46, AF&AM; Central City Chapter, Order of Eastern Star and Union Congregational church.

Surviving are his wife; one brother Dewey Miller of Hollywood, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Elvire Kirby and Mrs. Ethel Douglas, both of Hollywood Fla., and Mrs. Jennie Dargel of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Cumerford Endsley Memorial Home.

(Princeville Telephone, Dec. 13, 1955, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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John F. McKune, LeTourneau Plant Employee, 64, Dies

Funeral services for John Forrest McKune, 64, who died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the home of his cousin, Albert Short, 2317 Hudson avenue, El Vista, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Boland mortuary chapel.

The Rev. Oscar F. Jones of the Madison Avenue Methodist church will officiate and burial will be in the cemetery at Brimfield. Friends may call at the mortuary after 3 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. McCune [sic] had been employed as an engineer at R.G. LeTourneau, Inc. He was born at Monica Sept. 19, 1885, a son of John & Kathryn Drumm McKune. He married Clara Lindley at Brimfield Jan 23, 1908, and she preceded him in death in 1946. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, AFL, local No. 158.

Surviving are three sons, James P. McCune and C.D. (Sic) McKune, both of Peoria, and W. D. (Bus) McKune of Detroit, Mich. Three sisters and one brother are dead.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1950, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral Rites Are Held Friday For Mrs. Ella McGinnis

Funeral rites were conducted for Mrs. Ella N. McGinnis Friday at 2:30 p. m. at the Princeville Methodist church with Rev. Charles Smith, pastor officiating. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

Ella Nora Givens McGinnis, daughter of Jacob and Susan (Hammer) Givens, was born near York, Pa., January 13 1888 and died March 4 at 7:35 p. m. at the age of 89 years, one month and 21 days. She was the oldest of a family of three children; a sister and brother preceded her in death.

She was united in Marriage with George I. McGinnis of Princeville, at York, Pa., February 24, 1876 and in this union four children were born two sons and two daughters. Mr. McGinnis died in Kewanee September 23, 1927. The surviving members of the family are: William T. at home; Beulah M. wife of Will Williams of Beverly Hills, California and Suzanne I., wife of Will Renegar of Princeville.

Five of eight grandchildren, also survive; Harold E. Williams of Princeville; Lieut. F. E. Williams of the U.S. Navy stationed near Upper Darby, Pa.; Gene E. Williams of Beverly Hills, California, Clede L. McGinnis of Davenport, Ia., and Mrs. Lucille Montgomery of Princeville. The three grandchildren who preceded her in death were Paul E. and Elnora E. Williams and Ralph E. McGinnis.

Soon after the close of the Civil War the family came to Illinois locating at what was then know as West Princeville where Mr. Givens was employed at wagon-making for OBrien Bros. In a short afterwards the family moved to Kewanee for the purpose of expanding their business and Mr. Givens took the family to that place where he engaged in the same work. Her the father contracted typhoid fever and died in February 1869 and the mother and daughter returned to the Princeville community, which was their home the greater part of their lifetime. Mrs. Givens died at Princeville July 10,1908.

Mrs. McGinnis was a member of the Princeville Methodist church for many years and although she was unable to attend regular religious services, her entire life was passed in the spirit of benevolent Christianity.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1947, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mathew McDermott Dies In Hospital

The entire Princeville community was shocked and saddened Thursday to learn of the death of Mathew A. McDermott. Although he enjoyed seemingly good health he had been failing the last three weeks following a fall received about a month ago. On Monday of last week, he entered the St. Francis Hospital, but despite of the good care he received he became worse and passed away on Thursday at 1:30 p. m.

Mr. McDermott, who was well known here as a successful farmer, lived his entire life in this community. He was born in Akron township June 10, 1872, the son of Mary and James McDermott and died June 15 at the age of 72 years and 5 days. He was one of a family of eight children. Three sisters and four brothers have preceded him in death.

He was united in marriage to the former Miss Emma Boyle of Akron township on Oct. 2, 1894. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Zita Smith, at home and three grandchildren, Ann Jean, Lester and Mattie Smith. Two foster children also survive, Richard Roach of Oakland, Calf. and Miss Dorothy Curry of Peoria. Lester, a soldier son who gave his life in World War I and two daughters preceded him in death.

Funeral services where held Monday at 9 a. m. at St Mary of the Woods Catholic church in Princeville, with Rev. Fr. J. A. Gordon officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Marguerite Megan and Mrs. Veronica Fulton of Marseilles, Ill., a niece of the deceased. Pallbearers were Elmer Byrnes, Wayne Hart, Charles Boyle, Thomas Fulton, Jas. Fulton and Elmer McDermott. Interment was is St. Mary's cemetery.

Mr. McDermott will be greatly missed in his home and in the community in which he lived. He mingled with the people of his own age as well as the younger generation, which made him seem not as old as his three score and 12 years. He was a good husband, father and neighbor and took interest in the work of others as well as his own family.

(Princeville Telephone, June 1944, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Leo J. McDermott

Funeral services for Leo J. McDermott, 43, of Peoria, well known former Princeville resident, who passed away at 12:25 o'clock last Thursday afternoon, March 2, at the Methodist hospital in Peoria following an extended illness, were held at 9:30 o'clock Monday morning at St. Mary's of the Woods Catholic church in Princeville, in charge of Rev. Fr. Charles Clifford, assistant pastor of St. Mary's cathedral in Peoria, of which Mr. McDermott was a member. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.

Leo J., son of Stephen J. and Jane Renegear McDermott, was born in Princeville, February 28. 1896 and died at Methodist hospital, Peoria, March 2, 1939, at the age of 43 years and 2 days.

Mr. McDermott grew to manhood in Princeville where he attended the local schools.

On August 10, 1917, he was united in marriage with Miss Loretta Betts of Princeville at Peoria. To this union three children were born, all of whom with his wife survive. They are; James, Mary Jane, now the wife of William Wright and Anna Jean all of Peoria. Mr. McDermott is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Jane McDermott of Princeville and numerous other more distant relatives and a wide circle of friends. His father preceded him in death on September 20, 1930.

Mr. McDermott, with his family moved to Peoria from Princeville about 10 years ago. For some time he was employed by the Peerless Wall Paper & Paint Co. in that city. Mr. McDermott held membership in the painters union.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1939, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mary Ann Coburn was the daughter of Samuel and Amanda Coburn. She was the only daughter, but had five brothers. She was born one mile north of Princeville, on January 21, 1862 and died at Proctor hospital, Peoria, January 28, 1939 at the age of 77 years and 7 days
In 1901 she married Thomas Mulally and to them was born one daughter, Luella.

Mrs. Mulally was last member of her family, her parents and five brothers having preceded her in death. Her husband died on March 8, 1932 and her daughter, Luella Shopwell, passed away December 29.1937.

She leaves to morn her passing, one grandson, three nieces, four nephews and some cousins, as well as a host of friends in this community and other localities in which she had lived.

It may be said of Mrs. Mulally, She hath done what she could. She was ever willing to do for others in her cheerful way.

(Princeville Telephone, 1939, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Miss Ruth Memler

Funeral services for Miss Ruth Memler, 52, a resident of 1500 N. Douglas St. since 1923 and of Peoria since 1922, who died at 9:40 a.m. Thursday at Methodist Hospital where she was admitted Wednesday morning, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilton Mortuary.

Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Miss Memler had taught in the Peoria schools since 1930, first at the William Hawley Smith school for retarded children, and then at the Harrison School from 1938 until November, 1959. She was born at Brimfield Jan. 3, 1908, a daughter of Herman J. and Anna C. Kerkhoff Memler. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, Theta Chapter, and the AAUW. She also was an active member of First Federated Church, singing in the chancel choir there, and formerly teaching a Sunday School class.

Surviving is a sister, Miss Mary Memler, a teacher in the East Peoria Community High School for many years.

(Unknown newspaper, 1960, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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