Obituaries/Death Notices

Alice Pacey Agatha Pierce
Anna Pacey Hazel Pierce
Douglas Pacey Joseph Pierce
Harold Pacey Oliver Pierce
Jane Pacey Gerald Pillman
Laura Pacey Minnie Placher
Leland Pacey Cora Plack
Margaret Pacey Edith Plack
Mildred Pacey Elizabeth Plack
Richard Pacey Dorothy Plack
Roger Pacey Henry Plack
Rev. Thomas Pacey Jacob Plack
Thomas Pacey Mary Plack
Violet Pacey John Plumer
Walter Pacey Bonnie Polhemus
Willard Pacey Elizabeth Pomeroy
Eva Palmer Alan Porter
Sarah Palmer Charles Porter
Caroline Parents Mrs. A. B. Potter
Fern Parents Fred Potter
William Parker Lydia Potter
John Knox Patterson Marie A. Potts
Wilhelmina Patterson Mary Potts
Anna Patton Patrick Powell
Mary Peet Bridget Powers
Birdie Penn Alvin Pratt
Lydia Perkins Minnie Pratt
Hannah Perry Anson Prentiss
Joseph Petarde Minnie Ida (Miller) Prouty
Donald Phares Frederick Prouty
Florence Phares Wilma Pudney
Leone Phares Angeline Pulsipher
Milo "Mike" Phares Laura Pulsipher
G. R. Phares Norman Purple
Cordelia Phelan Sabin Puterbaugh
Ray Phillips  


Anna Pacey

WEST PEORIA - Anna H. Pacey, 85, of West Peoria died at 12:16 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at OSF St. Clare Home in Peoria Heights.

Born April 27, 1919, in Custer, Ky., a daughter of Larkin and Lennie Givans Ramsey, she married Richard A. Pacey on Jan. 23, 1905, in Peoria. he died in Peoria on Jan. 10, 1986.

She also was preceded in death by one infant granddaughter, two sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are one stepson, Ronald Pacey of Grafton, Wis.; one sister, Dorothy (Dean) Troutman of Princeville; one brother, Kenneth Ramsey of Altamont, Ill.; one sister, Sandra Wendle of Dieterich, Ill.; and two stepgrandsons.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Thursday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. The Rev. Stephen Barch officiated. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

The Wilton Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 7, 2007, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Harold Pacey

Lincoln Pacey, of Chicago, came down Saturday to attend the funeral services of his nephew, little Harold Pacey. He returned Sunday evening.

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

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Mrs. Jane Pacey died Sunday at her home at West Jersey, Illinois, at the age of seventy five years. For over forty years she was a resident in the vicinity of West Jersey and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. Her husband died several years ago. The funeral services were held on Tuesday in the M. E. church at West Jersey, the interment being in the village cemetery.

Among relatives from Brimfield in attendance at the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Catton, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Catton, Charles Catton and Ira Catton.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 13, 1900, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Pacey - Laura, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Pacey, died of diptherial fever, February 1st, 1878, aged 7 years and eight months.

(Brimfield Gazette, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Funeral Services For Leland Pacey Are Held Saturday

Leland F. Pacey, 68, who was associated with the publication of Brimfield News for the past 30 years, died at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 1964, in Proctor hospital, where he had been a patient for four days.

He was born October 14, 1895, in Brimfield, a son of Addison and Frona Harriott Pacey and was married June 19, 1918 in Brimfield to Caroline Blundy, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Robert Pacey of Brimfield; three daughters, Mrs. Frances Krey and Mrs. Carolee Felton of Princeville and Mrs. Jane Fish of Blytheville, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; and two brothers, Dr. Walter Pacey of Galesburg and Roger Pacey of Washburn.

He was a musician first class in the U. S. Navy during World War I and farmed near Brimfield since 1920.

He was a member of American Legion Post 452, Horeb Lodge AF&A Mohammed Temple, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria, Modern Woodmen of America, and Washburn Saddle Club.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Brimfield Union church, of which he was a member, with Rev. M. Stuckey officiating.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Margaret Pacey

WASHINGTON - Margaret Ann Pacey, 84, of 404 Hillcrest Drive died at 7:47 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at her residence.

Born Aug. 6, 1918, in Peoria to Herbert and Mabel Straesser Shofe, she married Jack H. Pacey in 1941, in Iowa. He died Dec. 12, 1982.

She was also preceded in death by one brother.

Surviving are one son, Steve (and Mimi) of Morton; one daughter, Mardee (and Paul) Gess of Washington; one sister, Jane Hampy of Washington; one brother, Richard (and Barb) Shofe of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She taught first grade at Central Grade School in Washington for more than 15 years, retiring in 1972.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deiters Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. David Likeness will officiate.

Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

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

(Peoria Journal Star, Mar. 7, 2003, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Funeral Services For Miss Mildred Pacey Will Be Friday

Funeral services for Miss Mildred Pacey, publisher of The Brimfield News for 30 years, will be held in the Union church in Brimfield at 2 p.m.

Friday with Rev. K. L. Stuckey officiating. Burial will be in the Brimfield cemetery. Visitation was held Thursday evening in the Robert Pacey home in Brimfield and will be held in the church from from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.

Miss Pacey, a daughter of Addison and Frona Herriott Pacey, was born in Brimfield November 19, 1891.

She taught school in Roanoke and El Paso for a number of years and was assistant superindendent of schools in Woodford county from 1924 to 1928. She then taught school in East Moline for two years.

In 1930, after the death of her father, she assumed management of The Brimfield News, which her father had published for 45 years. In 1960 ill health forced her to suspend publication of the paper, which was purchased and assimilated into The Princeville Telephone. The News was one of the last "hand set" newspapers in the state of Illinois.

She was a member of the Union church in Brimfield and was the church organist for a number of years.

Since her retirement she has made her home in Roanoke Manor in Roanoke. She died in St. Francis hospital in Peoria Tuesday, February 25, 1964, at 3:30 p.m. after having been a patient there for three weeks.

She is survived by three brothers, Leland Pacey of Brimfield, Dr. Walter Pacey of Galesburg, and Roger Pacey of Washburn.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Alice R. Pacey

WASHBURN - Alice R. Pacey, 92, of Maple Leaf Home, Eureka, formerly of Washburn, died at 4:06 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 7, 1995) at the home.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washburn Christian Chruch, the Rev. Bob Jassman officiating.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Maple Lawn Home, the Rev. Robert Harnish officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rice-McKitrick & Newton Mortuary, Washburn Chapel.

Mrs. Pacey was born July 3, 1902, at Brimfield, a daughter of John H. and Frances E. Blundy Kingdon. She married Roger L. Pacey June 28, 1927, in Brimfield. He died Jan. 9, 1991.

Surviving are two sons, Donald R., Elgin, and Richard E., Centralia; two daughters, Barbara Garber, Washburn, and Alice L. Pacey, Placentia, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers.

Mrs. Pacey was a member of Washburn Christian Church and Washburn Women's Club. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors.

She taught school in Brimfield and rural Peoria County for several years. She later operated Bell Dairy and Pacey Memorial Home in Washburn with her husband.

(Bloomington Pantagraph, Feb. 9, 1995, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Man Dies In Grain Elevator

BRIMFIELD - A man was killed Wednesday evening after becoming trapped in a grain elevator.

Douglas Pacey, 39, of Brimfield, was pronounced dead at 7:35 p.m., according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll, who said the preliminary indications show he died of asphyxiation.

Firefighters worked for about three hours removing grain fro an elevator at Akron Services Inc., in rural Brimfield, where soybean grain shifted and collapsed around Pacey.

Friends and family members stood by as rescue crews, including some area farmers, used shovels and other tools to quickly remove the grain from the metal structure as a Life Flight helicopter sat idle.

One firefighter collapsed from exhaustion during the rescue effort and was treated at the scene.

Pacey's body was found about 7 p.m., about three hours after the 911 call for help.

It was the second time in less than a week a man died after being trapped in a grain bin.

Harold Paul Beenenga, 56, of Tonica died Friday after falling into a grain bin. The Utica Elevator Company employee was unloading soybeans into a semi when he entered the top through a hatch door and was sucked into the grain bin.

From Oaks-Hines Funeral Home website

Brimfield - Douglas A. Pacey, 39, of Brimfield, died at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in rural Brimfield.

Born September 26, 1968 in Peoria to Robert L. and Betty (Emerick) Pacey. He married Pamela J. Jones November 24, 1990 in Brimfield. She survives.

Surviving are one son, Richard "Rick" Pacey of Brimfield; his parents, Robert and Betty Pacey of Brimfield; one sister Cheryl Harmison of Brimfield and one brother, William (Connie) Pacey of Brimfield. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, one brother-in-law, one aunt, one uncle and two cousins.

Douglas was the owner/operator of Doug Pacey Trucking since January of 2008. He formerly worked for S&F Trucking for 11 years. He graduated from Brimfield High School in 1986. Memberships include; the Union Church of Brimfield where he was a youth group sponsor for six years and a trustee, Brimfield Boosters Club, and the Farm Bureau. He was also a former member of the Brimfield Fire Department.

Doug loved to fish, camp, collect antique tractors and was a NASCAR fan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Saturday at the Union Church of Brimfield. Rev. Ross Wyman will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 pm at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Union Church of Brimfield or his son's education fund C/O Brimfield Bank. Online condolences are available at

(Galesburg's Register Mail, March 14, 2008, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Roger L. Pacey

WASHBURN - The funeral of Roger L. Pacey, 89, formerly of Washburn, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Washburn Christian Church.

The Revs. Bob Jassman and Robert Harnish will officiate. Burial will be in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery, Washburn.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Newton Memorial Home, Washburn.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Maple Lawn Home, Eureka, with Rev. Harnish officiating. Mr. Pacey, former funeral home owner/operator, died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 9, 1991) at Maple Lawn Home, Eureka.

He was born Sept. 7, 1901, in Brimfield, a son of Addison and Frona Herriott Pacey. He married Alice Kingdon June 28, 1927, in Brimfield. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Donald R., Elgin, and Richard E., Centralia; two daughters, Alice L. Pacey, Placentia, Calif., and Barbara Garber, Washburn; one brother, Dr. Walter Pacey, Galesburg; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Mr. Pacey owned and operated Pacey Memorial Home in Washburn for 20 years, retiring in 1977. He also owned and operated the Washburn Locker Plant and Bell Dairy for several years.

He was a member of Washburn Christian Church, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Washburn Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star; charter member of Washburn Lions Club; and 83-year member of Washburn Lodge 421 AF & AM, where he served as past worshipful master.

Mr. Pacey was a former member of Illinois Funeral Directors Association, past president of Washburn school board and past treasurer of Lowpoint-Washburn Unit School District 21.

He chaired the Washburn bloodmobile for several years, served on the Central Illinois Agency on Aging and was an organizer of Washburn Song and Saddle Club.

Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Home, Washburn Lions Club or Washburn Christian Church.

(Bloomington Pantagraph, Jan. 11, 1991, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Violet Pacey

PEORIA - Violet V. Pacey, 95, of Peoria died at 10:06 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at ManorCare Health Services, where she was a resident for the past three weeks.

Born July 6, 1909, in Rockham, S.D., to Herman and Rosa Belau Grabinski, she married Willard L. Pacey on June 6, 1938, in Nashua, Iowa. He died in 1984.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and eight sisters.

Surviving are one daughter, Carole Schlink of Peoria; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She worked for A&P grocery stores and later worked for Mr. Quick before retiring in 1978. She also was a beautician for many years.

She was a member of Madison Avenue United Methodist Church for more than 55 years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave., where visitation will be one hour before.

Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 25, 2004, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Walter Pacey

GALESBURG - Dr. Walter Pacey, 98, of Seminary Manor, formerly of 1782 N. Broad St., died at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at St. Mary Medical Center.

Born Jan 15, 1898, in Brimfield to Addison and Frona Herriott Pacey, he married Marian Macnair on July 23, 1927, in Galesburg. She died March 1, 1964. He married Marion Chidester in 1965 in Galesburg. She died May 13, 1988. Two brothers, one sister and one great-granddaughter preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Jack W. and Dr. Fred M., and one daughter, Mrs. John (Joan) Boydstun, al of Galesburg; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was a dentist in Galesburg for 52 years, retiring in 1976. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1923. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and the Prairie Valley Dental Society.

He was a World War I Navy veteran, serving as a musician on the USS Ohio. He was a 72-year member of the American Legion Post 285. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Soangetaha Country Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. Kermit W. Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the chapel. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Galesburg Cottage Hospital or St. Mary Medical Center.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 3, 1997, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Willard Pacey

PEORIA - Willard L. Pacey, 79, of 523 Haunga Ave. died at 11:55 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 1994, at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Born April 17, 1915, in Brimfield to Harry and Mary Viola Keefer Pacey, he married Violet Grabinski on June 6, 1938, in Nashua, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Roger (Carole) Schlink of Peoria; two sisters, Eleanor Celmer of Montgomery and Mrs. Harry (Margaret) Brown of Peoria; and two grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was an auto mechanic for Walker & Werner Autobody Shop. He later was a manager at Mutual Wheel Co., retiring in 1978. He was a member of Madison Avenue Methodist Church and was active with the Boy Scouts.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home. The Rev. Bill Lakota-Eastin will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the memorial home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Arrangements are by Richard S. Wilson, funeral director through Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home.

Memorials may be made to his church, 3201 NE Madison Ave., Peoria 61603.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 1, 1994, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Richard Pacey

Richard Pacey was born in Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England, May 24, 1839, the youngest son of Brown and Mary Clark Pacey.

At the age of seventeen he with a party of others emigrated to the United States, coming direct to Brimfield, Illinois, arriving here June 16, 1856. His decision to come to this country was made upon the advice of relatives and friends. Having been engaged in farm work in the old country he naturally took up the same line of employment here. In 1861 he with his brother John went west to Chicago and enlisted in Company G, 39th Illinois Infantry, serving three years.

He was united in marriage to Miss Clarissa Blanchard April 18, 1866, at the old Ira Blanchard homestead, three miles north east of Brimfield. To this happy union three children were born; Lulu, Lena and Arthur. Arthur passed away in 1907. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn the two daughters, Lulu, now the wife of D. R. Barr of Galesburg, Lena the wife of S. B. Crane of Roseville, and four grand children, Lorene Pacey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pacey, deceased, and Lauren Barr, Helen and Richard Crane. He was the last of his family in this country, and only one member now survives, a sister, Elizabeth, now living in the old homestead in England.

After his marriage he continued to farm in Jubilee township. In 1878 he went back to England for a visit with his mother and other members of his family, and visited many points of interest in his native land. In 1880 he resumed farming in which he was very successful, and continued in this line of work until 1887. He represented his township as a member of the Board of Supervisors in 1876 and 1877. In the fall of 1887 he left the farm and moved to La Harpe to obtain better educational advantages for his children. At that time he entered into ministerial work in connection with the Northern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church. In this connection he supplied three charges in all, Morris Chapel, La Harpe and Ponomah, twelve years in all. He was ordained in 1887, and in 1905 the University of Kansas City conferred upon him the degree of D. D. He served as President of the Northern Illinois Conference for five years in succession. In 1899 he retired from active service in the ministry and moved back to Brimfield. Since then his ministerial work has been in supply only.

His educational advantages in early life were meager, but with a strong will and a rugged determination he fought his way up to whatever measure of success he may have attained by his own sorts, aided and supported in this endeavor by his faithful wife and companion. He was strong in debate, forceful in expression, and possessed an alert and well balanced mind. He was a great reader of the best literature and took an unusually active interest in the bigger affairs of the world up to the last.

He was successful in his business affairs and at the time of his death was President of the Brimfield Telephone Company, with which he had been connected almost from the beginning, and in the building up and extension of which he took great pride.

After an illness of two months during which he was confined to his bed, his long and useful life came to an end on Sunday morning, Feb. 11, 1923, when he calmly and peacefully fell asleep.

The funeral service was held at the M. E. church in Brimfield Tuesday morning at 10:30 with many relatives, friends of the deceased attending. Rev. A. J. Christy of Canton, a brother pastor of Rev. Pacey in the M. P. Conference and an intimate friend of thirty years preached the funeral sermon, using as his text 1 Cor. 13-12. Rev. E. E. Diffenbaugh and Rev. R. A. Harris assisted in the service. A double quartet, Mrs. H. O. Cady, Mrs. E. E. Diffenbaugh, Mrs. H. C. Cady, Miss Pearl Hamilton, Wm. Harding, H. [ ] Bowman, H. C. Cady and Jud Harding, with Mrs. S. H. Nelkirk, piano, sang "Fade, Fade Each Early Joy," "My Faith Looks Up To Thee, " and " Lead Kindly Light." Just before the closing hymn the Relief Corps gave the beautiful [ ] of their ritual as they gathered around the flag draped casket.

The casket bearers were C. C. Carson, Henry Blundy, Henry Memier, Ira Catton, John Rusk and W. E. Kelley.

The body was laid to rest in the family lot in Brimfield cemetery.  (Brimfield News, Thursday, Feb. 15, 1923, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Pacey - Rev. Thomas, was born in Lincolnshire, England, March 8, 1829, and died at his home, after a lingering illness of many months following a severe attack of Lagrippe, in Jubilee Township, Peoria County, Illinois, June 23, 1892, aged 63 years, 3 months and 15 days.

The parents of the deceased were Brown and Mary Pacey, and he was the second son in a family of eleven children. Three died in infancy, four came to this country, the deceased and three brothers, John, Joseph and Richard. John and Richard enlisted in 39th Ill. Vol. Inft. John was wounded at the battle of Malvern Hill, May 16, 1864, was taken prisoner and died in the Libby prison hospital. Joseph now resides in Peoria, and Richard at La Harpe. Of the four who remained in England, William, Mary A., Elizabeth and Eliza, three are living, Eliza having passed away May 31, 1892.

In the spring of 1851, the deceased left Liverpool on a sailing vessel and after an eventful voyage of eleven weeks, landed at New Orleans. After remaining there a short time he proceeded up the Mississippi river and by canal to Chicago. From there he went to Kenosha, Wis., then to Big Foot Prairie, Walworth Co., where he engaged on a farm near Beloit. After three years work on the farm he concluded to improve his early education and entered Wheaton College at Wheaton, Illinois, remaining there two and one-half years, after which he began teaching school in DuPage and Cook counties, making his home in Madison Township, DuPage county. From there he removed to Waterloo, Iowa in 1863, where he remained three years. From there he removed to Peoria County, Illinois, in 1866, where he has since made his home.

Politically he was a staunch Republican; he was in favor of the candidacy of Fremont; was present at the National Convention in Chicago, when Abraham Lincoln received his first nomination and from that time has always voted the Republican ticket. He has long been a member of the Township Central Committee and in the conventions of the party took an active part. He was always ready with voice and vote to support and defend his honest convictions, and although living in a Democratic township has been honored with positions of trust and confidence. He was elected Justice of the Peace in 1873, and was appointed Township Treasurer in 1878, which position he has held continuously ever since.

He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Hayes, a native of Wiltshire, England, by Rev. Eddy, D. D., Editor of the Northwestern Christian Advocate, at Chicago, Ill., Nov. 5th, 1862. To this union were born seven children, four sons and three daughters, five of whom survive, four sons and one daughter. After a faithful and devoted life the mother entered into rest Jan. [ ], 1888, at the age of 46 years. From this time his daughter, Nellie, has taken the place of mother at home, having tendered faithful and devoted service to father and younger children.

at the age of 21 years he was converted and united with the Wesleyan Methodist church in England. On coming to this country he identified himself with the Wesleyan Methodist church. Here he was licensed as an exhorter, and in 1864 was ordained in the Wesleyan Conference, in Iowa, entered the itineracy, and traveled the circuit for two years, after which he was assigned a charge in Blackhawk county, prior to his removal to Illinois. After coming to Brimfield he united with the M. E. church here, with which he remained identified as a Local Elder until his death. He was acceptable as a preacher, devoted, as a christian, and was ever ready, willingly, to respond to every call of duty. The pastor always felt that he could depend on him in any emergency. He supplied the pulpit at Laura the alternate Sundays when the pastor was at Oak Hill, the other appointment, until his failing strength would not admit of so great a burden. The last time that he was permitted to attend church was Sept. 13th, last, at which time, in the absence of the pastor who was in attendance upon the annual Conference he preached his last discourse from John, 16. 13, "The True Guide."

The funeral took place in the M. E. church Saturday morning, June 25th. In the absence of the pastor who was at Chicago, Rev. D. S. McCown, of Peoria, officiated at the services. The funeral services were very largely attended and the remains were tenderly laid to rest by the side of his wife in Oakland cemetery.

The children are now bereft of both father and mother. May they, in their severe affliction, ever look to Him for guidance and support, who has promised to be a Father to the fatherless.

Card of Thanks

To the many kind friends and neighbors who so generously aided and assisted us during the sickness and death of our father, we tender our most sincere thanks. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

The Children

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Jun. 30, 1892, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Former Brimfield Assessor Dies

Brimfield – Thomas Pacey, 76, died at Point Clear, Ala, at 8 a.m. Thursday [August 6, 1959]. He was a retired railway mail clerk on the Santa Fe, Chicago to Kansas City run. He also served as township assessor for three terms in Brimfield Twp.

He lived in Brimfield his entire life except for the past two years. He has made his home with his son in Point Clear.

He was born in Jubilee Twp. Nov. 21, 1882 a son of Rev. Thomas and Elizabeth Hayes Pacey. He married Bessy Farnum Oct. 10, 1909 in Brimfield. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan law school.

He is survived by his wife and three children, Thomas Jr., Georgetown, SC; a daughter, Mrs. Miriam Gall, Wilmington, and a son Paul G., Point Clear. He is also survived by six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Funeral serviced will be held in the Taylor Funeral Home in Brimfield, Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harriette Gittermann officiating. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Mrs. Wilhelmina Taylor Patterson, 83 of La Jolla, California, formerly of Elmwood, died Tuesday January 23, 1979 at La Jolla Hospital.

She was a member of the Congregational Church here, the La Jolla Welfare league, the La Jolla Woman's Club, Women's Republican League of La Jolla, and the Brandywine Valley Association. She formerly taught in rural Elmwood and the Peoria schools.

She was born in Elmwood to Mr. and Mrs. John Franklin (Effie Wasson) Taylor. She married Col. John Knox Patterson.

Mrs. Patterson was a 10th generation American, her family having settled in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania in the early 1600s.

Surviving are her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Littleton W. T. (Virginia) Waller; two grandchildren, Wendy Waller, a student at Washington University Law School, and Littleton Waller, a student at USC; a step-son of Durham, North Carolina; her niece, Mary Kyle Chittick, who made her home with her aunt and uncle; two othere nieces; and a nephew.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Elmwood Historical Society or the Brandywine Valley Association in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Patterson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

(Elmwood Gazette, Feb. 1, 1979, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Colonel John Knox Patterson, U.S. Army, retired. Colonel Patterson died Monday, February 19, 1990 at Scripps Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. A resident of La Jolla, California for 49 years, he was born in Altona, Pennsylvania in 1900. He was the son of John Knox Patterson, a prominent attorney, and Margaret Jane Hegarty.
He graduated from Penn State in 1922 and did graduate work at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Col. Patterson enjoyed a varied and distinguished career. He first came to California in 1933 when he was recalled to active duty to assist in overseeing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's CCC Program. After a series of assignments during the early part of World War II, he became the Military Government Officer assigned to General George S. Patton's Third Army in Germany. While acting in this capacity, he became the Military Governor of Cologne. It was at this time that Col. Patterson chose Dr. Konrad Adenauer to be the first post-war Oberbuergermeister of Cologne. Later, Adenauer became the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). After his service in Germany, Col. Patterson returned to La Jolla, an area where he previously served, both at Camp Callan (site of Torrey Pines Golf Course) and Fort Rosecrans. He soon went to work for the City of San Diego as a civil engineer. During this time he was in charge of the design and construction of Gillespie Field and later he was in charge of Mission Bay Park. He retired from the City of San Diego in 1965 with the title of Principal City Engineer. Upon his retirement, he became active in his hobbies of gem cutting and art. He became an accomplished oil and watercolor artist and until recently exhibited at the La Jolla Art Association.

Col. Patterson is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Littleton W. T. (Virginia) Waller II of La Jolla; and his son, Dr. John M. Rhoades of Durham, North Carolina; six grandchildren, including Wendy Waller Daynes of Wenham, Massachusetts, and Littleton W. T. Waller III of La Jolla; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret H. Patterson of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania; and two of his wife's nieces whom he helped to raise, Mary Kyle Chittick and Margie Kyle Chittick, both formerly of La Jolla. His late wife was Wilhelmina Taylor Patterson, who died Jan. 23, 1979. She was a native of Elmwood.

Col. Patterson was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, La Jolla Art Association, The Reserve Officers Association, Sons of the American Revolution, the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society, and was a 32nd Degree Mason in Peoria, Illinois and a member of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 24 at 2:30 at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church. Burial and graveside services were held at Elmwood Cemetery. The family suggests that if memorials are being considered, they might be sent to the Elmwood Town Cemetery Association.

(Elmwood Gazette, March 1, 1990, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Lydia Pierce was born at Ossipee New Hampshire on March 31, 1820, and died at her home near Lawn Ridge Jan. 4, 1905 aged 84 years 9 months and 4 days. She lived with her parents until the death of her father which occurred while she was quite young. She went to Dover N.H. where she was married to Samuel P. Perkins on June 22, 1845. Five children were born of this union two of whom died at an early age and three others, Morris, Chas. and Sumner, remain to mourn her loss. They lived in New Jersey until Oct. 1, 1852, when they came to Illinois and settled on the place where she died. In the early part of 1856 the records show that Mrs. Perkins united with the Congregational church here by letter so that for nearly half a century she has records to show that the deceased united with the Lawn Ridge Congregational church by letter and her name was still on the membership roll when she died. Funeral services were held in the Congregational church Friday Jan. 6, 1905. The pastor, Rev. J. H. Runalls, officiated. A quartette consisting of Miss Ruth Stowell, Mr. and Mrs. Hinman and I. Armstrong and Miss Nellie Runalls at the organ furnished the music. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Lawn Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. Perkins is the second of the early settlers here who died.

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

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Miss Hannah Perry, a resident of Peoria for over 75 years, died the Methodist hospital, Wednesday evening at 8:10 o'clock, at the age of 79 years. She formerly lived 507 Hamilton boulevard, but the past seven years she had made her home at the hospital.

She was born in Blackpool, England, July 5, 1853, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Perry, and was a member of the old Reformed Episcopalian church of Peoria. She was a devout follower at the services of the Bacon Memorial mission.

She is survived by the following nieces and nephews: Will Per??, Lombard, Ill.; Alex Buchanan, St. Louis, Mo.; William Buchanan, Peoria; Bessie Buchanan and Jessie? Buchanan, Peoria; Mrs. May L ???, Minnekanda, South Dakota; Florence Buchanan, Charles Buchanan and Robert Buchanan, all of Peoria, besides a brother, George Perry, Lombard, Ill.

Services will be held at the Ga?? Mortuary chapel Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the family plot in Springdale cemetery. The Rev. Frank E. Shult will be presiding.

(Peoria Star, Feb. 23, 1933, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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G. R. Phares

     G. R. Phares, one of the settlers of this county and a man widely known all over this part of the country died at the home of his son, G. N. Phares, near Elmwood Sunday, August 25, 1895. Mr. Phares suffered a paralytic stroke about a year ago depriving him of the use of his lower limbs, and he has since been confined to the house the greater part of the time. Old Settler’s Day he was able to be out and was brought to the grounds in a carriage, where he enjoyed himself in the society of the companions of his pioneer days. He was of a jovial, happy nature, honest and upright in business, and had many warm friends. He was 76 years, 3 months and 21 days of age. The funeral services were held at the home of his son, G. N. Phares, on Tuesday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 20, 1895, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Donald Phares

Donald Milo Phares, 56, of 2520 W. Gilbert died at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 1991, at his residence.

Born Feb. 14, 1935, in Maquon to Elwood and Leone McWilliams Phares, he married Roberta Guditis on Aug. 10, 1958, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his parents of Elmwood; three sons, Michael of Chicago, Gregory of Peoria and Steven of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Melissa Phares of Chicago and Margaret Phares of Peoria; and one sister, Mrs. Leroy (Sandra) Smith of Elmwood.

He began teaching at Woodrow Wilson Grade School in 1957, and served as principal there from 1965 to 1989. He had been the executive director of Peoria District 150 Primary Schools since July 1989. He graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in science, and earned his master's degree at Bradley University in 1965. He was a member of the Peoria Association of School Administrators, where he was past president; H.E.A.R. group for parents and friends of hearing-impaired children; and the Illinois and National Reading associations.

He also was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and had served as organist at St. Jude Catholic Church in Dunlap from 1975 to 1979.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at his church, the Rev. Thomas Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wright &

Salmon Mortuary, with a Scripture service at 2. Visitation will also be a half-hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his church, Methodist Foundation/Oncology Research or to the University of Chicago-Hematology/Oncology Research Fund in care of Jon Richards M.D., P.O. Box 420, Chicago, Ill. 60637.

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

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ELMWOOD - H. Leone Phares, 88, of Elmwood died at 11:02 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

Born July 4, 1915, in Maquon to Emery and Rebecca Libolt McWilliams, she married Milo E. Phares. He died Nov. 2, 1994.

She was also preceded in death by one son, four brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Smith of Elmwood; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was a cashier for 28 years at Penny Grocery and Bob's Market. She also was a telephone operator in Maquon during World War II.

She was a member of Elmwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Elmwood Rebekah Lodge.

She was of the Presbyterian faith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Patterson Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Randy Schreurs will officiate.

Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance or the Elmwood Fire Department.

(Peoria Journal Star, Apr. 17, 2004, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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ELMWOOD - Milo E. "Mike" Phares, 80, of Elmwood died at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Oct. 29, 1914, in Elmwood to Milo H. and Maude Garner Phares, he married Leone McWilliams on Sept. 29, 1934, in Elmwood. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sandra Smith of Elmwood; one sister, Gayle Ramoley of Metamora; seven grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 4724. He was a serviceman at Central Illinois Light Co., retiring in 1976. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Funeral Home. The Rev. Gary Hutton will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 3, 1994, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Phelan

     Funeral services for Mrs. Cordelia Phelan, 81 years old, widow of Robert E. Phelan, a resident of Peoria for 52 years, who died at 6:50 p. m. yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Slater, 506 1/2 North Adams St., will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Wilton mortuary chapel. The Rev. E. T. Munns will officiate. Interment will be in Parkview cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday afternoon and evening.
     A daughter of Solomon and Mary Ann Miller, she was born in Knobsville, Pa., August 24, 1860. She was married in Buda, Ill., May 17, 1887. Mr. Phelan died June 23, 1941.
     Surviving besides the daughter are two brothers, Vincent and Robert Miller of Peoria, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Son of Former Pastor Passes Away

Word has been received by relatives and friends here of the death of Ray Phillips in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday, November 9.

Mr. Phillips was a brother of the late Mrs. Charles Cheesman and son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Charles Phillips.

Rev. Phillips was pastor of the Princeville Presbyterian church from 1897 to 1903.

(Unknown newspaper, 1955, submitted by Bobbie Verstraete).

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Last Rites Held Tuesday Afternoon at Princeville Methodist Church.

Mrs. Agatha Ann Pierce, 77, well-known and highly respected resident of Alta, Ill., passed away Friday evening , December 1, about 8:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Carr on Clark street in this village, following an illness of about a week’s duration.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pierce were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Princeville Methodist church, in charge of Rev. J. C. Craine, pastor of the Stark Congregational church, assisted by Rev. A. H. Nothdurft, pastor of the Princeville Methodist church, and Rev. Lee H. Smith, minister of the Princeville Presbyterian church. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.


Agatha Ann Harrison, eldest daughter of Robert W. and Eleanor Lawrence Harrison, was born May 29, 1862, near Princeville, Illinois, and passed away December 1, 1939, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lillie E. Carr in Princeville, Ill., at the age of 77 years, 6 months and 2 days.

Mrs. Pierce spent 60 years of her life in central Illinois, 50 years of this time in Peoria county. The remainder of her life was spent in Missouri.

She was married July 7, 1878, to Theodore S. Pierce, who passed away in 1924. To this union 12 children were born, 10 surviving: Seven sons, Fred H. and Howard W. of Princeville, Ill., Hanford T. of Galesburg, Ill., Robert H. of Peoria, Ill., Oliver V. and Freemont of Galva, Ill., and Homer L. of Alta, Ill.; and three daughters, Mrs. Lillie E. Carr of Princeville, Ill., Mrs. Mabel A. Alldredge of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Grace A. Peterson of Galva, Ill. One son Paul died in infancy and one daughter, Millie E. Hammel, preceded her in death, leaving an infant daughter who was reared by her grandmother with the same loving care as that of her own children.

Also surviving are 33 other grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; two brothers, Hanford and Frank H. Harrison of Princeville, Ill; and four sisters, Mrs. Emma J. Smith of Princeville, Ill., Mrs. Minnie L. LaMay of Pomona, California, Mrs. Ada B. Kneer of Laura, Ill., and Mrs. Bertha L. Kneer of Williamsfield, Ill.

After leaving Illinois and taking up her residence in Hopkins, Missouri, Mrs. Pierce affiliated with the Christian Adventist church there. Returning to Illinois, she later transferred her membership to the Presbyterian church in Alta, and was very active in both churches, being president of the Ladies’ Aid society at Alta for several years. She was also an active member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Her true Christian character, sunny disposition, patience, courage and kindness gained for her many friends, who with many distant relatives join the family in mourning her passing. She will truly be sadly missed by all in her community. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bobbie Verstraete)

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Funeral Services Are Held Here Monday For Mrs. H. Pierce

Funeral services for Mrs. Howard Pierce, who died at her home Saturday, following an illness of long duration, were held at the Methodist church at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. Charles Smith.

Hazel Leone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Talbott, was born December 17, 1902, at Peoria. When she was 10 years old her mother died and she then went to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pierce, who at that time resided at Alta.

After finishing the grade school she entered the Princeville High school and graduated with the class of 1922. Two years was then spent in teacher’s training at Normal, after which she taught for 11 years in schools in both Peoria and Stark counties.

She was united in marriage with Howard Pierce and to this union six children were born—Donna Lou, Jimmy Lee, Thomas Theodore, Howard William, Jr., Mary Ann, and Sammy MacArthur.

She died at her home here Saturday morning, December 21, at the age of 44 years and 4 days.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband; children; two sisters, Miss Joy Stokes of Chicago, and Mrs. Hugh Hammond of Riverside, Calif.; a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

(Unknown newspaper, Dec. 1946, submitted by Bobbie Verstraete).

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Oliver Pierce Dies in Galva at 49

Oliver Pierce, former Princeville resident and brother of Mrs. Dan Carr, Fred and Howard Pierce of this city, passed away at his home in Galva Saturday at the age of 49.

Funeral services were held in Galva Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Lee H. Smith of the Princeville Presbyterian church. Interment was in the Galva cemetery.

Oliver V. Pierce, son of Theodore and Agatha Ann Harrison Pierce, was born in Hopkins, Mo., Feb. 19, 1892. On Nov. 5, 1913, he was married to Hazel B. Gibbs and to that union were born four children, three of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are the wife and a daughter, Mrs. Eva Yocum, and one grandchild, Carl Yocum, of Galva.

Mr. Pierce was one of a family of 12 children. Surviving are Fred and Howard Pierce and Mrs. Carr of Princeville, Hanford Pierce of Galesburg, Robert Pierce and Mrs. Mabel Aldridge of Peoria, Mrs. Grace Peterson and Tremont Pierce of Galva.

(Unknown newspaper, Jan.1942, submitted by Bobbie Verstraete).

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Obituary: Rites at Peoria, Ill., for J. H. Pierce, Conductor

Funeral services will be conducted at Peoria, Ill., Thursday for Joseph H. Pierce, retired railway conductor, who died at St. Luke's hospital Sunday of blood poisoning resulting from a slight scratch on a finger which he suffered last Monday.

He had resided at 83 Elati St. for three years.

Born in Iowa on June 30, 1861, he spent the greater part of his life in Iowa and Illinois.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nellie Pierce; two daughters, Mrs. Nellie F. McGuire of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Goldie S. Smith of Indianapolis, and a son, Earl A. Pierce, 138 S. Pennsylvania St., Denver.

The body will be sent to Iowa* by the Thompson mortuary.

*Note from Mary Alice - Joseph Henry Pierce is buried in the Mount Auburn section of Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois -- not in Iowa as the obituary says.

(Rocky Mountain News, May 10, 1927, submitted by Mary Alice Crowther )

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Mrs. Cora Plack Funeral Services Are Held Monday

Mrs. Cora Plack, 87, of Brimfield, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Fire[ ] House in Peoria.

She was born in Douglas March 6, 1880, a daughter of Martin and Belle Wheeler Simkins, and was married to Jacob Plack February 2, 1904. He died in 1927. She had resided in Douglas until her marriage and most of her life since then in Brimfield.

Surviving are one daughter, Dorothy Plack of Brimfield, and three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Tucker of Brimfield, Mrs. Juanita Collins of Peoria and Mrs. Susan Claypool of Morton.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Paul's Lutheran church with Rev. K. Richard Schlieps of Peoria officiating. Burial was in Lutheran cemetery near Brimfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran church of Brimfield.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Plack

Mrs. Elizabeth Plack was born in Germany, March 26, 1853 and passed away July 6, 1928 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Reents in Brimfield at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 10 days.

Her maiden name was Elizabeth Jeide. She was baptised, schooled and confirmed a member of the Lutheran church in her native land. After coming to this country she settled in this county and here she was married in 1875 to Mr. George Plack.

She immediately took up the sacred duty of helping to rear the six children of her husband's previous marriage, being to them a loving mother and as such she was always loved and respected by them. Her wedded life with Mr. Plack was blessed with six children two of which died in infancy and childhood. About thirty five years ago she lost her faithful husband in death.

Mother Plack, like her sainted husband, was a devoted, lifelong member of the church of her faith in this community. After her husband's death she had to struggle against heavy odds in the rearing of her children and the management of the farm. After having turned the care of the farm to others, she, like the loving mother that she was, assisted her children in turn as the need arose. The last four or five years she made her home with her eldest daughter, Mrs. Geo. Reents, in Brimfield. With her she might have lived in rest and quiet but her active nature would not consent to this. Mother Plack could daily be seen helping and assisting in many and various ways. Mrs. Reents in every way tried to lighten her mother's advancing years; she was ever thoughtful of her welfare and showed her patient love and respect.

The last six months saw Mrs. Plack's health rapidly failing; growing weaker day after day until she quietly fell asleep Thursday night to be awakened on the great and glorious day of the general resurrection. Now she is asleep in Jesus, at rest. Yes "there remaineth a rest to the people of God" and she was one of God's people through faith. She has fought a good fight as a soldier of the lord, she finished her course, she has known faith. She is now with Jesus where there is no more sin, pain, sorrow, tears, nor death, but bliss and joy ever more.

Mother was seldom absent from Sunday School and regular preaching services and only then when too indisposed to attend. During her last illness she found much joy in the spiritual food of the Savior's gospel. About seven hours before her end came she strengthened her faith in the savior by partaking of the Lord's Supper and in the strength of this heavenly food she passed through the dark valley of the shadow of death but she feared no evil for her Savior was with her, his staff and rod comforted her. "Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat fruits of their doings." Isaiah 3,10." "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea, saith the spirit that they may rest from."

(Brimfield News, July 12, 1928, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Dorothy Plack

BRIMFIELD - Dorothy L. Plack, 94, of Brimfield died at 4:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at OSF St. Clare Home in Peoria Heights.

She was born Jan. 1, 1905, in Brimfield to Jacob and Cora Simkins Plack.

Surviving are several cousins.

She attended Brown's Business College and Illinois State University in Normal. She taught school in Brimfield for seven years and later worked for an insurance company. She retired in 1967. She was a member of Brimfield Lutheran Church.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Brimfield. The Rev. Michael Liese will officiate. Visitation will be one half hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Brimfield Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are by Patterson Funeral Home, Elmwood.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 1, 1999, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Henry Plack

Henry Plack, one of the old settlers of Jubilee township, died Monday afternoon at the home of his son, Jacob Plack, south of Brimfield, where he had been staying for some time. His wife died a few months ago at their home in Jubilee, and since that time he has been making his home with his son Lewis, on the home place. A short time ago he went to visit with his son Jacob, where his death occurred. He had not been well for several years.

Mr. Plack was born in Germany, January 27, 1829, and died June 22, 1908. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Lutheran church, Jubilee, and were largely attended. Rev. Smith, of Galesburg, conducted the services. The remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery. (Brimfield News, June 25, 1908, submitted by Sandy Louden, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Jacob Plack

Jacob Plack was born in Jubilee Twp., Peoria Co., Ill., June 30, 1879. He was baptised in early infancy and confirmed in the Lutheran faith March 29, 1896 by Rev. Otto Hohenstein. On Feb. 10, 1904 he entered the holy estate of matrimony with Cora Simpkins. Their union was blessed with a daughter, Miss Dorothy.

Mr. Plack, although in poor health for a number of years, died very unexpectedly Saturday morning, Dec. 26, 1927, reaching the age of 48 years, 4 months, 26 days. He leaves to mourn, besides his faithful wife and loving daughter, three brothers, John of Brimfield, and George and Lewis, who reside in Minnesota, three sisters, Mrs. Frank Rewerts of Cottonwood, Minn., Mrs. John Hasselbacher of Brimfield and Mrs. Harry Sollenberger of Arlington, Ill.

Mr. Plack was an ideal husband and father, an excellent citizen, and in his death the community suffers a distinct loss, especially to his church of which he had long been a board member, and of which he was treasurer for a number of years and at the time of his death.

The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church on Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Henry Traub, and was largely attended. The body was laid to rest in the family lot in the Lutheran cemetery east of town.

The pall bearers was Chas. Ekena, George Reents, Rudolph Bruninga, George Harms, John Gerber and Wm. Strieder.


We sincerely extend our heart felt thanks to the friends and neighbors for the kindness and help in our time of bereavement.

Mrs. Jacob Plack.
Miss Dorothy Plack.
Mr. and Mrs. John Plack.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 31, 1927, submitted by Sandy Louden, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Mary Plack

Mrs. Mary Plack, wife of Henry Plack, living three miles east of town in Jubilee township, died Saturday, Feb. 8, from pneumonia.

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

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Hanna City - Bonnie J. Polhemus, 73, of 410 N. Carole Ave., Hanna City, Ill., died at 2:58 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born March 22, 1932, in Brimfield, Ill., the daughter of Clifford and Marcella DeVries Cady. She married Clarence W. "Bill" Polhemus on March 21, 1954, in Brimfield. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Brad (Diane) of Farmington and Scott (Kathy) of Bloomington; four grandchildren, Jill Kestner of Grand Ledge, Mich., Jennifer Kuzniar of Canton, Jill Probst of Hudson and Joshua Polhemus of Farmington; and two great-grandchildren, Jason Kuzniar of Canton and Allison Probst of Hudson.

Her parents and two sisters preceded her in death.

She was an Avon dealer for over 30 years.

She also was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for more than 40 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Hanna City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Joy Schlesselman will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery in Smithville.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 12, 2005, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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An Old Settler Laid to Rest.

Mrs. A. B. Potter, a former resident of West Hallock, died at her residence in Peoria yesterday morning. The remains were taken to her old home at West Hallock, where the funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, and the interment will be in the cemetery near by.

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

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POWELL - Patrick, Feb. 7th, 1918, at 4:15 at his late residence, 202 Butler St., aged 81 years and 29 days. Funeral from the above residence Saturday, Feb. 9th, at 8:30 a.m. and St. Patrick's church at 9 a.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends invited. (Peoria Star, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1918, pg. 18, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)


Patrick Powell, aged 81 years, died early this morning at his home 202 Butler Avenue. Mr. Powell was born in Ireland but has lived for the great part of his life in this vicinity. He leaves two sons, William F. of this city and Frank R. of California and three daughters, Miss Margaret Powell, Mrs. Thomas Fitzpatrick and Mrs. William Kaiser, all of this city.
     The funeral services will be held at the residence at 8:30 Saturday morning and at St. Patrick's church at 9. Interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery. (Peoria Star, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1918, pg. 14, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

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PEORIA - Wilma Jean Pudney, 73, of 2615 SW Jefferson died at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Born Feb. 22, 1924, in Scranton, Iowa, to Alonzo Jason and Carrie Pearl McWilliams Trent, she married Ernest Pudney on May 10, 1941, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are six daughters, Marilyn Maddox, Shirley Whitby, Pamela Furlow and Glenda France, all of Peoria, Ranae Nava of Creve Couer

and Kimberly Bender of Bartonville; four sons, Ernest and Rodney, both of Peoria, Mickey of Minneapolis and Robert of Bartonville; one brother,

Guy Trent of Pekin; two sisters, Lola Cady of Peoria and Donna Sikes of East Peoria; 43 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and nine greatgreat-grandchildren. One son, Guy, one daughter, Kathy Pudney, four sisters, five brothers and four grandchildren preceded her in death.

She attended Peoria First Church of the Nazarene.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Western Chapel. The Rev. Steven Lester will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the chapel. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

(Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 25, 1997, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Judge Sabin D. Puterbaugh died at Peoria, ill., Sunday, after an illness of only a few days. He was a veteran of the war of the rebellion. He enlisted under Col. Robert G. Ingersoll and was made a Major.

(New York Times, Sep. 27, 1892, pg. 5, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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Florence Phares, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Phares died at their home near Elmwood, Sunday morning, after a long and severe

illness. She was about 10 years of age and had always been a very healthy child until about a year ago when she was taken sick with a complication

of diseases. Possessing a cheerful and loving disposition she had the happy faculty of making everybody happy around her and her presence will be

greatly missed in the home. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Elmwood Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock and were

largely attended.

(Brimfield News, May 6, 1897, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Edith Plack

BRIMFIELD – Mrs. Edith Blanche Plack, 73, of Brimfield, died Friday in St. Mary’s Hospital, Galesburg, after sustaining burns in her home Monday.

She was born at Douglas Aug. 7, 1891, a daughter of Martin and Belle Wheeler Simkims. She was married to John Plack Sept. 10, 1911. He survives, together with two daughters, Mrs. Helen Miller of Elmwood, and Mrs. Arlene Windish of Knoxville; and two sons, Dean of Williamsfield, and John Jr. of Brimfield; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Juanita Collins, Mrs. Myrtle Tucker, and Mrs. Susan Claypool, all of Peoria, and Mrs. Cora Plack of Brimfield.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Brimfield.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s, with burial in Brimfield Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 this afternoon in Patterson Funeral Home.

(Unknown newspaper, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Alan R. Porter, 13

Funeral services for 13 year old Alan R. Porter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Porter, who passed away Tuesday, January 28, were held last Thursday morning in St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Brimfield with Rev. Daniel Sheehan officiating.

Casketbearers were school friends, Joe Gelling, Larry Tucker, Jim DeVries, Alfred Nelson, Tom McDonough, and Curtis Rowden. Burial was in St. Patrick’s cemetery in Kickapoo. The seventh and eighth grade students, with a group of teachers, attended the services in a body.

He was born in Brimfield May 25, 1950, and was an eighth grade student in the Brimfield school. He was an altar boy in St. Joseph’s Catholic church and was a Boy Scout.

He died in Proctor hospital in Peoria where he had been admitted as a patient early Tuesday morning, January 28. (January 28, 1964)

(Unknown newspaper, January 28, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Funeral Services For Charles Porter Held Sat., July 11

Services for Charles W. Porter, 78, a retired farmer, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, in the Union Congregational church with Rev. Kenneth Stuckey officiating. Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery.

Mr. Porter died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in Proctor hospital in Peoria.

He was born June 15, 1885, in Brimfield, a son of James and Etolia Riner Porter. He was married February 14, 1906, to Ethel Mae Slocum, who died in 1925. March 10, 1926 he was married in Brimfield to Cleo Tucker, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Robert Don Porter; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Johnson and Mrs. Norma Jones of Brimfield; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Sollenberger of Brimfield and Mrs. Olive Arnold of Havana; a brother, James Porter of Elmwood; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, three brothers, and two sisters.

He had been a director of Eureka Mutual Insurance Co. since 1929, of which he was also secretary since 1934.

(Unknown newspaper, July 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Samuel A, Pulsipher died last Saturday evening about 6 o'clock after an illness of neuralgia of the stomach. All that medical skill and kind care could do was done to relieve her sufferings, but all to no avail. The deceased was an old settler in this community and leaves many friends to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted at the residence on Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest in the Walker Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Nov. 14, 1889, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Miss Laura Pulsipher died at her home in Southport Monday night, aged about 52 years. Miss Pulsipher has been an invalid for many years. The funeral services will be held today at the home conducted by Rev. W. H. Jordan.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 19, 1895, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Caroline Parents Answers Final Summons

Mrs. Caroline Parents passed away yesterday morning shortly after 7oclock at her here in Princeville death being due to the infirmities of age. Mrs. Parents had been in failing health for about two years, but it was only the last month that she had been confined to her bed. She did not seem to suffer much pain and slept peacefully away.

Caroline Dorothy Kuhn was born is Germany, December 19, 1853 and died in Princeville, Illinois, August, 19 1925, aged 71 years and 8 months. She came to this country when she was a small child.

She leaves to morn her departure two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Patton Shabbona, Illinois and Miss Fern Parents of Princeville. The husband and father passed away in March 1900.

Funeral services will be held from the late residence Friday afternoon at 3:30 oclock, Rev. J. W. Dees in charge assisted by Rev. John Acheson. Interment will take place in Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, 1925, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Fern Parents

Miss Fern Parents, 57, lifelong resident of Princeville, passed away at her home here Monday evening at 6:00 oclock following a long illness.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at Tretheway funeral home, conducted by Rev. A. H. Nothdurft. Interment was is the Princeville cemetery.

Miss Parents, daughter of Joseph and Caroline Kune Parents, was born in Princeville March 12, 1886. She spent her entire life here attending the local school. She was a member of the Methodist church and for years before her illness was active in all its work, acting as organist and choir leader for years. She also held the same position with St. Marys church here for some ten or 12 years.

Miss Parents was gifted with musical talent and had an outstanding voice, with which she was generous. Her home was always open to her friends and had been a popular gathering place for years. In late years when her health did not permit her to continue with music, she had devoted her time to quilting and fancy work. She will be greatly missed in this locality.

In her passing she leaves on sister, Mrs. Anna Patton of Chicago; two nieces, Virginia and Ruth and one nephew, Bill Freeman.

(Princeville Telephone, 1944, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Rites For Former Resident Are Held In Shabbona

Friends and relatives received the sad news of the death of Mrs. Anna Patton last week and many from the area attended the funeral services held for her in Shabbona last Friday afternoon. She was laid to rest in the Shabbona cemetery.

She was born in Princeville September 5, 1877, the daughter of Joseph and Caroline Kune Parents. She spent the early part of her life in this vicinity. She was the wife of the late Treeman Patton.

She was a member of the Methodist church, Rebecca Lodge and OES. She was Past Worthy Matron of Pokonakah Chapter No. 648 OES.

Her only sister, Miss Fern Parents passed away in 1944. She is survived by one son Freeman; two daughters Mrs. Ruth Brouilette and Mrs. Virginia Fridlin, all of Chicago; four grandchildren, a host of friends and other relatives.

(Princeville Telephone, Sept. 1950, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Miss Eva Palmer

Princeville—Miss Eva Palmer, 80, lifelong resident of Princeville died Wednesday night at Seven Oaks Convalescent Home, where she had been a patient for a month.

She was born, Aug 26, 1875 in Princeville Twp., a daughter of Thomas and Mary Dusten Palmer. She was a member of Princeville Methodist Church.

Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Princeville Methodist Church, the Rev. Richard Mader officiating. Burial will be in the Princeville cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 Friday evening at Bouton Memorial Home.

Only survivors are a niece, Miss Eloise Graves of Princeville and three nephews, Palmer Bliss of Peoria and Earl and Marvin of Princeville.

(Princeville Telephone, June 1950, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. F. E. Prouty Dies at Monmouth, Tuesday Following Heart Attack

Word was received her Tuesday, that Mrs. F. E. Prouty, a former resident of Princeville, but who, with her husband, have of late been making their home in Monmouth with their daughter, Mrs. E. W. Sloan and family, passed away in that city Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock.

Mr. and Mrs. Prouty recently visited friends in Princeville while here; Mrs. Prouty became ill, but soon rallied and returned to Monmouth. Last Saturday she had a severe heart attack, from which she never rallied and gradually became weaker until the end Tuesday. Mrs. Prouty had been in ill health for the past year and a half, but her death was a distant shock to relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. made their home in Princeville for a number of years during which time Mr. Prouty engaged in business, first in hardware business and later conducting a furniture store and undertaking establishment. Mrs. Prouty was in her seventy-first year at the time of her death.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Methodist church in Princeville, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. John F. Bliss of Princeville in charge. The members of the Eastern Star lodge, of which Mrs. Prouty was a member, will also conduct their ritual for the dead of the church. Interment will take place in the Princeville cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s issue of the Telephone.

(Princeville Telephone, Sept.. 1929, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Last Rites Held Friday Afternoon For Frederick E. Prouty

Funeral service for F.E. Prouty well known former business man of this village who passed away at the University hospital in Iowa City, Iowa Tuesday, February 22, were held from the Sloan funeral home in Monmouth on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in charge of the Rev. Guy Z. Moore of the M. E. church assisted by Rev. F. W. Leonard of the Christian church and at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at the Princeville Methodist church in charge of Rev. Loyal M. Thompson of Bloomington, Ill. Pallbearers were Chris Fry, Jason Davis, Wm. Gelling, Sr., Enoch Haf???, Thom. Staples and LeRoy Wear. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.


Frederick Eugene Prouty was born July 25, 1857 on a farm near Bradford, Illinois. He was the son of Joshua Prouty and Melissa Hunter Prouty and one of a family of five boys. His childhood was spent in Bradford, where he attended the local schools.

On March 12, 1879, he married Minnie Miller of Monica, Illinois and for twelve years the resided there. Mr. Prouty being engaged in the hardware and farm implement business. In 1891 they move to Princeville where they made their home for 31 years. During most of this period Mr. Prouty conducted a furniture store and undertaking establishment.

In 1920, Mr. Prouty retired from active business and they moved to Peoria. Eight years later they moved to Monmouth, Ill., where they made their home with their youngest daughter, Mrs. E. W. Sloan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Prouty celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in March 1929 at Monmouth. In September, 1929. Mrs. Prouty, who had been in delicate health for a number of years died in Monmouth.

Last November, Mr. Prouty went to Lakeland, Florida, where he spent winters in recent years. During the past several months his health had been failing and the latter part of January his condition became more serious. His daughter, Mrs. Sloan was called to Florida and together they returned home to Monmouth.

On Monday, February 21, he was taken to University hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, for special treatment. That evening he suffered a chill and a sudden relapse. There followed soon afterward a severe heart attack and he passed away at 12:15 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Surviving Mr. Prouty are three daughters, Mrs. Neva D. Hicks of Santa Barbara, California, Mrs. Olive M. McMillen of Pipestone, Minnesota and Mrs. Ruth M. Sloan of Monmouth, Illinois, a son, Ralph M. Prouty of Pelham, New York, two brothers, James W. Prouty of Roseville, Illinois and Harve I. Prouty of Keithsburg, Illinois, also seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

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

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Mrs. Mary Potts for many years a resident of Princeville, died Saturday of last week. The funeral services at the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. All of the children were present. Burial was in Princeville cemetery.

The pallbearers were Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Bane, Mr. Keller, Mr. Williams, Mr. Moffit and Mr. Tracy.

Miss Mary R. Yates was born near Wheeling, West Virginia, November 3rd, 1843 and passed away at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Frank Sloan, Saturday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock after an illness of about three weeks of Lagniappe and heart trouble.

She was the fourth child of Doctor Thomas and Mary Yates and came “west” with her parents when quite young. She married David Potts Nov. 1st, 1866. Mr. Potts was a member of the 11th, Illinois Calvary and died May 14th, 1899, at their home in Princeville. Mrs. Potts was the mother of ten children, eight of whom survive her, tow son sons dying while quite young. The following children were present: Mrs. Loretta Everts, Vincennes, Ind., Mrs. Ida Fulton, Princeton, Iowa, Mrs. Nettie Stewart, Galesburg, Ill., Mrs. LuLu Morrow, Dougherty, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Cutter, George Potts and Mrs. Maude Sloan of Princeville and Lewis Potts of Dougherty, Iowa: also 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild survive her; also two sisters Mrs. Nancy Cockrell, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mrs. Minnie Estherville, Ia. She had been a member of the Presbyterian church since she was about 14 years old. Her father and mother were charter members of the Prospect Presbyterian church, now Dunlap Presbyterian church. He was a member of the Princeville W .C. T. U. for more than thirty years and her quiet presence will be greatly missed at these meetings.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1917, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Former Resident Passes Away In Galesburg

Marie Antoinette Potts was born in Dunlap on February 26, 1871 and passed away March 26, 1954 in Galesburg at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Glenn Tonkin at the age of 83 years and one month.

She was the daughter of David and Mary Yates Potts. The family moved to Princeville when she was a young child and she received her education in Princeville schools. She became a member of the Presbyterian church when a young lady and always live a true Christian life.

She was married to James B. Stewart June 29, 1893 at Wyoming. Their first home was made in Princeville and they later moved to a farm near Laura. To this union seven children were born. Mr. Stewart passed away October 22, 1925 followed by a son 2 ˝ years later.

Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Juanita Tonkin and Mrs. Ethel Masterson of Galesburg and Mrs. Jenness Cravens of Peoria. Three sons Robert of Rio; Lee of Douglas and Albert of Galesburg. Two brothers; George of Princeville and Lewis of Dallas, Ore. There are also 2 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Mrs. Stewart has resided for a number of years in Galesburg. Part of the time with Albert and the last three years with her daughter Juanita.

Her family and friends will always remember her as a kind and loving mother and friend.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1954, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Village Loses Old Resident In Death of This Lady At Advanced Age

Mary Hannah Peet, was born Feb. 15, 1837 at Fredericktown, Ohio. At the age of one year, she was brought by parents to Illinois. They settled on a farm near Princeville. Some years later they moved to her late home in Princeville and here “Aunt Mary” as she was familiarly called by a wide circle of acquaintances, spent most of her life.

When 72 years of age, she went to Montana where she commuted on a homestead. Since then her time has been divided between Montana and Illinois. Last fall she returned to her old home in Princeville for the last time. She had seemingly recovered from a spell of sickness and had been in unusually good health and spirits when on Friday, March 5th she was stricken with apoplexy, which brought on complication that caused her death about 9 o’clock Wednesday morning March 10th.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ann Cross of St. Louis and a large number of nephews and nieces. For a number of years she lived with and cared for by the two daughters of her youngest sister, Misses Myrtle and Sue Irwin.

The funeral services were held at the residence on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in charge of Rev. E. M. Snook assisted by Rev. John F. Bliss. The remains were interred in Princeville cemetery besides those of her parents.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1920, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Last Rites Held Friday Afternoon for Mrs. John F. Bliss at M. E. Church

Sarah Eunice Palmer, daughter of Thomas and Mary Dustin Palmer, was born in Princeville, Illinois, March 1, 1883 and died at Methodist hospital, Peoria, Illinois, on April 13, 1937, at the age of 54 years, one month and 13 days.

She grew to womanhood in Princeville where she attended the public schools, being graduated from Princeville high school with the class of 1901. She then took a course in music at the Knox Conservatory in Galesburg, Illinois.

On Christmas day, December 25, 1913 she was united in marriage with Rev. John F. Bliss, at Princeville by Rev. Stanley Ward, pastor of the M. E. church. To this union three sons and one daughter were born, Franklin Palmer, John Marvin, Earl Spencer and Mary Eloise.

She is survived by her husband and four children, one sister, Miss Eva Palmer and one granddaughter, Margie Lee Bliss, all of Princeville; three stepsons, Fred and Robin Bliss of Peoria and Lewis Bliss of Fairbury, Illinois; one step-daughter, Miss Bertha Bliss of Berkeley, California. These together with five step-grandchildren and a number of more distant family connections and a large circle of friends, remain to mourn her.

Mrs. Bliss spent almost her entire life in Princeville, She united with the M. E. church on September 4, 1892 under the ministry of Rev. Alexander Smith. She was a member of the Missionary Band, Standard Bearers and Epworth League and later of the Home Missionary society, Ladies’ Aid society and Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

In recent years her Christian service was rendered mostly in connection with the Stark church, where her husband has served as pastor for seven years and her devotion and services were an inspiration to the workers in the community.

Mrs. Bliss was known in this community as a very devout and earnest Christian lady loyal to the church, congenial with her friends, very devoted to her home and family and a true helpmate to her husband in every good work.

(Princeville Telephone, Apr. 1937, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Rt. 150 Crash Kills Driver; Injures 8

A Brimfield motorist was instantly killed and eight persons were hurt, two seriously, about 3:55 a.m. Saturday in a two-car-truck collision on Rte. 150 about two miles east of Brimfield.

Killed in the crash was Gerald F. Pillman, a Rock Island railroad switchman.

INJURED in the crash and taken to Proctor Hospital were Mrs. Dorothy A. Reed, 40, of RR 2, Cambridge, her husband, James A., 40; sons Terry J., 15; and Thomas, 12; daughter, Nancy S., 16; Trudy G. Munson, 17 of Cambridge; her father, William L., 43, and brother Brad, 10.

Most seriously hurt were Mrs. Reed, who suffered a fractured left arm, and Terry, who incurred multiple cuts and bruises and was ordered held for observation. All the others were released after first aid treatment.

Trooper Gerald Vale of the state police said Pillman was driving west on Rte. 150 when his vehicle crossed the center line and sideswiped the truck driven by Munson. The machine then skidded sideways in the path of the auto driven by Mrs. Reed and was struck on the right side.

Trooper Vale said Munson lost control of his truck after the impact and the vehicle skidded and overturned at the side of the highway.

Brad Munson and Thomas Reed were passengers in the truck operated by Munson, and the other persons were riding in the Reed machine. The two vehicles were traveling together as a two-unit convoy.

PILLMAN WAS born Feb. 15, 1942, in Peoria County, a son of Russell and Geraldine Rook Pillman.

Surviving are his parents, three sisters, Marilyn Mutton, of Brimfield, Mrs. Gail Baysinger of Elmwood, and Mrs. Sharon Ashley of Bellevue; three brothers, James L. of Brimfield, Larry and Gary, both at home, and another sister, Martha, at home.

He was a member of Brimfield Methodist Church, where services will be at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Wayne Nordstrom will officiate. Visitation after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schreiner Funeral Home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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John A. Plumer

John A. Plumer, 61, of 460 Locust St., a member of Galesburg’s first City Council under Council Management government, died Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa City.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Hinchliff and Pearson Funeral Chapel. Friends may call Tuesday at the funeral home, where Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 o’clock by Alpha Lodge 155, AF & AM, of which he was a member. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, where military rites will be held by Ralph M. Noble Post, American Legion, of which he also was a member.

Mr. Plumer was born Jan. 24, 1901, at Brimfield and was graduated from Brimfield High School. He moved to Galesburg in 1922 and since that time had been employed by the Burlington Railroad as a car inspector. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen. He was married Oct. 29, 1927, in Galesburg, to Ruby Mason, who survives.

Served on Council

With the start of C-M government in Galesburg in 1957, he was elected to a two-year term in the City Council, completing this service in 1959. At the time of his death, he was a member of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

In connection with his railroad employment, he was elected a director of the Burlington Credit Union when it was formed here in 1937, and had been associated with it in an official capacity since that time. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Credit Union League from 1948 to 1954.

Mr. Plumer also was a charter member of the Galesburg Knox County Emergency Police. He served in the Army during World War II, was a past commander of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post and a past commander of the Knox County Legion Council. His civic activities also included membership on the Board of Directors of the YMCA and the Community Chest.

Surviving, besides the widow, are four brothers, Raymond, Leland and Harold Plumer, all of Galesburg, and William Plumer of Sharon Springs, Kan., and a sister, Mrs. Augusta Wolford of ...

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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

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