Obituaries/Death Notices

Elizabeth Needham Dora Nixon
Patrick Needham Gail Nixon
Homer Neff Levi Nixon
Mrs. Neidhardt Fleming Norwood
Neva Neidhardt Martha Mallery Nurse
Julia Ellen Nelson Blanche Oakes
Martha Newell William Oaks Jr.
Alex Newsam Thomas O'Brien
Jane Newsam John Onken
Mary "Meddie" Newsam John F. Onken
Thomas Newsam Ida May Osburn
Austin Nixon Ed Otto
Cora Nixon  


Elizabeth Ann Needham

Elizabeth Ann Moran was born in Baltimore, MD July 27 1834. At the age of four her family moved to Illinois and settled near Springfield. Here she lived until she was seventeen, when her mother died and she came to Brimfield (abt. 1851)and lived with an aunt, and attended the old Academy. A year later she moved to Peoria and lived for seven years with her uncle, Richard Moran. She then returned to Brimfield and shortly after was married to Patrick Richard Needham, Sept 18, 1859.

To this union three children were born: May, who died Sept 18, 1865; Mable who departed this life April 29, 1898; and Mrs. Fred Arber, who survives to mourn her loss. Mrs. Needham was called to mourn the loss of her husband Dec. 20, 1892.

Confessing her dependence upon the divine Savior she united with the First Congregational Church, Dec 5 1897, and by a life of quiet service to others she witnessed a good profession before the world. The enviable mention can be made of her that she was a good neighbor to have and to know her was but to become attached to her.

Her death came as a great shock to the family and her many friends. She appeared as well as usual at Sunday evening and was reclining on a couch when the family bid her good night and retired, expecting her to soon go to her room. When they arose Monday morning she was still reclining on the couch but life had flown. Her death had apparently peacefully taken place soon after she had lain down.

The funeral service was held at her home Wednesday morning conducted by Rev. G. W. Scott pastor of the Congregational church and was very largely attended. The body was laid to rest in the family lot in Brimfield Cemetery. The family desires to sincerely thank the neighbors and friends for kindness and help in their time of sorrow.

(Brimfield News, Nov. 6, 1913, submitted by Donna Carkenord, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Patrick Needham

Patrick Richard Needham was born in Newport Pratt, Mayo Co., Ireland Dec 6th 1833. At the age of 14 he emigrated to Canada, remaining there several years. In 1854 he removed to Chicago, Ill. and from there came to Brimfield in 1857 where he located.

He was married to Elizabeth Moran, September 18th 1859. Three children were born to them, the eldest, May having died September 18, 1865. Two daughters and his wife survive to mourn him.

In 1861 he enlisted in the Civil War and was promoted to Captain on March 23 1863. He served in Co. I of the Illinois Infantry 108th Reg. He remained in the Army until the striff was ended (m. o. Aug 5, 1865) when he returned to his home in Brimfield where he remained. On December 20, 1892 he departed this life age 59 years old. The funeral services were held at his home conducted by Rev. R. N. Martin. The remains were taken to the cemetery west of town. In charge of G. L. Fort, Post G. A. R. He was laid beside his little daughter who had gone before. (Brimfield News, Dec. 29, 1892, submitted by Donna Carkenord, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

Other notes:
Mr. Needham was a blacksmith by trade. He was an adherent of the Roman Catholic Church, while his wife who was a native of Baltimore, Maryland was a member of the Congregational Church. Her death occured in Brimfield.

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Mrs. Neidhart

Services for Mrs. Clara Ann Neidhart, 87, who died at 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the home of her son, John Edward Staples, 2126 W. Marquette Ave., will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Davison Funeral Home.

The Rev. Bertram Betteridge of Bethel Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be in Swam Lake Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Mrs. Neidhart had been ill for about a year. She was born in Peoria Sept. 14, 1878, a daughter of William F. and Clara Fitten Leversidge, and first was married to Roy Staples, who died in 1906. Later she was married in 1912 to Bert Neidhart, who also preceded her in death. She was formerly was employed as a seamstress at Szold's Department Store, last working in 1938.

Surviving are her son, John Edward Staples of Peoria; one sister, Mrs. Stella Julian of Creve Coeur; and one granddaughter. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

(unknown newspaper, Jan. 31, 1966, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Martha E. Nurse, second daughter of Isiah and Mary Hill Nurse, was born at Blue Ridge, Peoria county, Illinois, July 13th 1842, and died at Princeville, Ill., April 28, 1921 after a brief illness from bronchial pneumonia. Her parents were among the very first of the early settlers in that section of the county, her father coming her in 1836 and her mother coming two years previously. Her earlier years of life were therefore compassed about with many of the discomforts and inconveniences of pioneer life. She grew up to womanhood in the influences of a happy home and at the age of twenty married C. T. Newell and most of her after life was spent in nearby section of Stark and Peoria counties. She was the mother of six children, one son Lyle dying in early manhood and one daughter, in infancy.

Her four remaining children are, Mrs. Neva Chapin living near Stark, Mrs. Bertha Williams of Rock Island. Mrs. Luella Brainard of Denver, Col., and Duane J. Newell of Falls City Nebraska, all of whom were present at the funeral service. She also leaves two brothers, H. H. Nurse of Blue Ridge and N. E. Nurse of Peoria. Her older sister, Jerusha Daman, died in Missouri in 1870.

At the age of thirteen, she united with the M. E. church of Blue Ridge and later, after her marriage, became one of the charter members of the Congregational church of Stark, and took a keen interest in the building up of the religious influences of the growing railway station. Removing later to the Village of Princeville, she transferred her allegiance to the Presbyterian church and gave it the same unstinted devotion which characterized her entire life, striving in her modest way for the welfare and happiness of all who came within her reach.

The funeral service was held at the Presbyterian church conducted by the pastor Rev. John Acheson and the remains were taken to the Blue Ridge cemetery and tenderly laid to rest beside her husband who had preceded her to the spirit land just here years ago.

(Princeville Telephone, April 1921, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Alex Newsam, a relative of Richard Newsam, lost his life in the Newsam mine at Kingston yesterday, by the falling of a quantity of slate. He had been at work in the clearing away slate from a previous cave-in of the roof. An examination had been made and the roof appearing sound, he commenced his work preparatory to putting in props and braces.

Without warning, the earth gave way partially burying him and so bruising him that he lived but forty minutes. A man who was at his side had a narrow escape.
A coroner's jury yesterday afternoon investigated the case and brought in a verdict of accidental death. The deceased is survived by a wife and an adopted child.

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1906, submitted by May Rock)

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Obituary: Thomas Newsam Rites Tomorrow

Funeral services for Thomas Newsam Sr., 81 years old, widely known, retired coal operator, will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Mr. Newsam died Saturday at his home, 218 North Maplewood Avenue.

The services will be in charge of Joseph Robbins Lodge No. 963? Masons, and will be conducted by Dr. B.G. Carpenter. The body will lie in state at the cathedral from noon until the hour of the services. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wilton Mortuary tonight.

Mr. Newsam was born in Lancashire, England September 3, 1854, the son of John and Sarah Newsam. He came to America with his parents at the age of 16 years old and settled in Peoria county, residing in the vicinity of Kingston Mines and Mapleton for many years before coming to Peoria 33 years ago.

He was married December 19, 1878 to Miss Jane Jacobs. Mr. Newsam was a charter member of Joseph Robbins lodge and also belonged to Peoria Consistory and Mohammed Temple Shrine. He was a member of the Shrine Oriental band for many years and in Shine work was affectionately know as "Uncle Tom".

(unknown newspaper, Jan. 1936, submitted by May Rock)

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Mrs. Jane Newsam

Obituary: Mrs. Jane Marinda Newsam 80 years old, 218 North Maplewood Avenue, a resident of Peoria for the past 40 years, died at her home at 3:25 P.M. yesterday.

The daughter of Peter and Mary Keely Jacobs, she was born in Peoria county, August 11, 1861. She was married to Thomas Newsam December 19, 1878 in Illinois. He preceded his wife in death here on January 4, 1936.

Mrs. Newsam was a member of the Acacia Chapter, No. 672, Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Julia Moran, Farmington, Ill. and Mrs. Harriet Tyson, Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM tomorrow at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel. Dr. B.G. Carpenter, pastor emeritus of the First Universalist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary this afternoon and evening.

(unknown newspaper, June 1942, submitted by May Rock)

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Obituary: Miss Meddie Newsam Dead

Passed Away After Many Years of Invalidism at 4:30 Thanksgiving Afternoon

Thanksgiving was saddened unutterably in the home of Thomas Newsam, 116 Arlington Street, for at 4:30 o'clock his daughter, Miss Meddie, passed away after a lingering illness, patiently and bravely borne for many years.

Miss Newsam was born at Orchard Mines May 15, 1880, a member of the family whose name is interwoven with the coal mining industry of this vicinity for many years.

She enjoyed the friendship of a very large number and until illness prevented was prominent in society and in fraternal orders, being the first matron of Acacia Chapter O.E.S. The funeral will be from the residence at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by May Rock)

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Mrs. Neva Neidhardt

Services for Mrs. Neidhardt, 80, of 524 Haungs, retired seamstress, who died at 12:45 p.m. Friday at Methodist Hospital where she was admitted March 21, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Madison Avenue United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Robert L. Pitsch will officiate and burial will be in the Brimfield Cemetery.

Friends may call at Cumerford Endsley Memorial Home, 428 W. McClure from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Madison Avenue Methodist Church.

Mrs. Neidhardt had lived at the current address for years, and in Peoria area all her life. She was born at Brimfield , Jan. 5, 1892, a daughter of Ocran and Lillie M. Ford Graves, and was married to John Walter Neidhardt in Peoria July 19, 1932. He died here in 1949.

She has been employed at Princess Peggy Inc. as seamstress for many years, before retirement in 1957.

She was a member of Madison Avenue United Methodist Church, the WSCS of the Church, the Princess Peggy retirees club and Royal Neighbors Lodge.

Surviving are one brother, Theo Maxwell of Gulfport, Miss. And a number of nieces and nephews.

Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 2, 1972, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Every Body’s Business

Austin Nixon one of the early settlers of Rosefield Township died near Oak Hill on Nov. 17.

(Brimfield News; Thurs. Nov. 26,1896, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Dora Nixon

Services for Mrs. Dora Nixon were held Tuesday afternoon from the Patterson funeral home in Elmwood, with burial in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

She had been ill for some time at the home of her son Earl Nixon at Oak Hill when she suffered a heart attack Saturday and died at 3:45 Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Nixon was a member of the Eastern Star at Elmwood and the Unity Church in Peoria.

She is survived by her son; 3 grandsons, Howard and Hugh Nixon and Gordon Hall; and a great-grandson.

(Brimfield News, May 16, 1940, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Levi Nixon

Levi Nixon died at his home in Oak Hill early Monday morning after a short illness. Born in Roseville Township on March 2, 1853, he lived his entire 82 years in the vicinity of Oak Hill and enjoyed a wide acquaintance in the surrounding community. For a number of years he and his wife have held the office of postmaster in Oak Hill.

He was twice married, the second time in 1887 to Dora Clayton, who survives.

One son, Earl, and three grandsons, Hugh and Harold Nixon and Gordon Hall, survive.

Services were held at the Elmwood Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon, with burial in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

(Brimfield News, Oct. 31, 1935, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Blanche Pursell Oakes passed away on September 1, 1949 at her home, Oak Place, near Laura, Illinois.

Mrs. Oakes was born on February 9, 1877 near Brimfield, Illinois, the daughter of the late J. Johnson Pursell and Phoebe Little Pursell. She first attended her local district school, thereafter the Brimfield High school. At the age of 14 she passed the teacher's examination, certificate stating "too young to teach".

Commencing when 17 years old, she taught the Joe Reed district school for two years after that entering Knox College from which she graduated in 1900 with honors. During the next three years she taught in the high schools at Elmwood and Harvard, Illinois. She was assistant principal at the Harvard High school and was offered the principalship for the succeeding year.

On September 9, 1903 she was united in marriage with Forest M. Oakes. Immediately afterward they resided at Chickamauga Park, Georgia where Mr. Oakes was in U. S. Government service. In 1910, they became pioneers at Rogerson, Idaho which was the trading center for an area over 100 miles wide. They founded the first church established the first school for this area and continued in the mercantile business there until 1914. For the next six years they lived at Omaha, Nebraska where Mrs. Oakes was an active officer and member of the South Omaha Woman's Club and of the King's Daughters Society of the Wheeler Memorial Presbyterian Church.

She and her husband returned in 1920 to the community of their birth where she resided until death. During this period, she served many terms as President of the Williamsfield Women's Club, part of such time also serving as President of the French Grove Improvement Society. Her many friends in these and other communities continually showed their great love and admiration during her final illness. Throughout this illness which was long and very painful, she was constant and steadfast in her Christian faith which kept her serene in the face of the certain death which was impending.

Her life of continuous Christian service included teaching Sunday School classes in most all of the various localities in which she resided from college years until the time of her death. She joined the church in her youth and at her death was member of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church. Her personality was exquisite; she was beautiful in spirit, speech, manner and person.

Her love and devotion to her family and their affection and adoration toward her knew no bounds. By example and precept, she constantly inspired both her family and her countless friends. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Attorney Loren P. of New York City and Dr. Harold F. of Los Angeles and by two grand daughters.

---Her Husband and Sons

The memorial services were held at the Presbyterian church in Elmwood on Sunday September 4 at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend A. H. Dickerson officiating and Reverend A. H. Schroeder assisting. "Abide with Me"¯ and "No Night There"¯ were sung by nieces and nephew, Robah, Gertrude Dorothy and William Kellogg accompanied by Mrs. Elmer Hubbell at the organ. The casket bearers were A. L. Doubet, Adam McWilliam, Paul Noland, Don Webster, Dan McCoy and John Shaffer.

Relatives and friends attending from a distance included Attorney and Mrs. Loren Oakes and Ellen Louise of New York City, Dr. and Mrs. Harold Oakes and Marilyn of Los Angeles, C. G. Oakes of West Point, Mississippi, Miss Anna Oakes of Bloomington, Mr. And Mrs. Harry Pursell of Kewanee, Mr. And Mrs. Royal Oakes and Mr. Castle of Bluffs, Ill., Mr. And Mrs. David Drysdale, Mr. Will Chamberlain, Mrs. Della Kneer, and Steve Cravens of Peoria, Mr. And Mrs. Adam McWilliam and daughter Jane of Toulon and Mrs. Amy Moore of Canton. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Worry Over Moving Blamed in Woman's Death in Chillicothe

Chillicothe, April 29 -- Mrs. Ida May Osburn, 63, of 601 McDowell avenue, wife of Dayton Osburn, died at her home at 8:45 P. M. Saturday from mitral insufficiency following an overdose of sleeping tablets, self-administered., a jury decided at an inquest conducted here this afternoon by Coroner Chauncey Wood at the Weber funeral home.

Mrs. Osburn has been taking sleeping tablets for some time, but left a note indicating that she was despondent over the prospect of having to move, evidence disclosed.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday at the Weber funeral home with the Rev. L. J. Sailor of the Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in the City cemetery. (Peoria Star, April 30, 1946, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Funeral services for John Onken, 72, who died Saturday at his home north of Roanoke, were held at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at the Vincent memorial home in Roanoke and at 2 p. m. in the Benson St. Peter's Lutheran church, the Rev. H. J. Knoploh officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was born July 23, 1885 in Germany, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Onken. His wife, the former Grace Moritz, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John Wessel and Mrs. Richard Wurmnest, both of Peoria; a son, John of Roanoke, and two brothers, John of Chicago and Frederick, in Germany.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran church west of Benson.

REF: Newspaper: The Metamora Herald, November 22, 1957, Page 4; Column 2
Date of Death: November 16, 1957

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

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John Onken

John F. Onken, 59 of rural Roanoke Died Monday morning in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, where he had been a patient three weeks.

Services were Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home and St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Ervin Buhs officiated and burial was in the church cemetery with Roanoke American Legion Post 463 military rites.

He was born in Roanoke Nov. 16, 1916, a son of William and Grace Moritz Onken. He married Marguerite "Peg"¯ Wheat at Camp Van Dorn, Miss., April 7, 1944.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, John C. of Metamora and David J. of Bloomington and two sisters, Mrs. Frieda M. Wessels of Peoria and Mrs. Inez M. Glass of Peoria Heights.

Mr. Onken had been employed in maintenance for the Illinois Department of Transportation for seven years.

He was a World War II Army veteran and was a member of Roanoke American Legion; Metamora Veterans of Foreign Wars; and St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to the church memorial fund.

REF: Newspaper: The Metamora Herald, February 26, 1976, Page 13; Column 1
Date of Death: February 23, 1976

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

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Mrs. Cora Nixon Dies in Kewanee Hospital Saturday

Mrs. Cora Nixon highly respected and esteemed resident of Princeville passed away in St. Francis hospital in Kewanee last Saturday morning.

Mrs. Cora Nixon, widow of Gail Nixon was born in Princeville, the daughter of Enos and Elvira Beach Frost. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Ferbranche and For a Ryan, two nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services were held at the Bouton Memorial home with Rev. Chase in charge. Pallbearers were ??? and Richard Hyde, John Addie, Walter Fritz, Wilbur Pullen and Harry Hibbs.

Relatives from a distance attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Green of North Platte, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Brandenburg of Dumont, Ia., and Mrs. Lester Frost of Washington D.C. (Princeville Telephone, Oct. 1947, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Gail B. Nixon

Gail B. Nixon, 75 years old retired farmer, passed away at his home in Princeville Monday February 17, following a brief illness of about three weeks’ duration. Death was due to heart trouble.

Gail Burt Nixon son of Ashford and Charity (Peet) Nixon, was born on a farm just north of Princeville, Illinois, January 20, 1855 and passed away at his home in Princeville, February 17, 1930, aged 75 years and 23 days. His father was an early settler from Virginia and his mother came here from Ohio.

Mr. Nixon spent his entire life in the Princeville community, with the exception of few years in Kansas and Missouri. He was a farmer all his life and his life’s interests were his home and his work. Although not rugged in health, he was a very busy man, taking care of his stock and the work on the farm.

He was united in marriage to Cora E. Frost of Princeville on April 2, 1906, who survives him. He is the last of a family of three children, two sisters, Mrs. Amine Heberling and Mrs. Diana Coburn having preceded him in death, the later only by a few weeks.

Besides his wife, he is survived by five nephews, fur nieces, an aged father-in-law and numerous other relatives.

Mr. Nixon was an honest, upright man, a hard worker and a good neighbor and he had many friends in this community who will mourn his passing.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the late residence in Princeville, in charge of Rev. A, B. Ryan, pastor of the local Presbyterian church. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery. (Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1930, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Old Edelstein Resident Dies In Peoria

Thomas O'Brien, 85, of Edelstein passed away in Peoria where he had been a patient since Saturday January 13. He suffered severe burns when his house caught fire that day.

He formerly resided in Chicago but the past several years had made his home in Edelstein.

He is survived by three nieces, Mrs. Zita Smith of Princeville, Mrs. William Gray of Sparland and Mrs. Thomas Cartney of South Dakota, one nephew, Charles Boyle of Peoria and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Emma McDermott. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the St. Mary of the Woods church with J. A. Gordon in charge. He was laid to rest in St. Marys cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Holmes, Linus McDounell, Oscar Hensel, Raymond Sturm, Roy Holstaller and Raleigh Hargadine. (Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1951, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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