Obituaries/Death Notices

Ella Radley James Rice
George Radley Mary Rice
James Radley Maude Rice
Mary Ann Radley Matilda Richards
Gayle Ramoley James Riggs
Etta Randlet Bertha Roberts
Addie Ranson Anastase Robin
Mary Rapp Mrs. Mary Robinson
Annabelle Rasar Walter Robison
Chloe Rathbun Francis Robitski
Samuel Rathbun Patricia Robitski
Minnie Rayfield Abbie Rockell
Bertha Redenius Rev. John Rodgers
Charles Reed Johanna Roiffa
Elizabeth Reed Thomas Rook
Joseph Reed Harry C. Root
Lyman Reed Jennie Root
Morrow Reed Jeanette Rose
Samuel Reed Wyatt Rose
Sarah Reed Clarence Roseberry
Esther Reinhart John Ross
Gladys Reinhart Elizabeth Roth
Maynard Reinhart Daniel Rowan
Robert Reinhart William Rowcliffe
Ruth Reinhart Drew Ruark
Wilson Reinhart Melvin Russell
Elizabeth Rench John Ryan
Sarah Renegar Teresa Ryan
John Reorden  


George Radley

George Radley was born at Swimbridge, Devonshire, England, on December 13, 1810. At the age of twenty-five, in company of his brother John, he sailed from Bideford and landed at New York, residing for two years with an uncle. Coming west, he spent one year at Alton, then removed to Jubilee Township, where he located as one of its early settlers and erected a homestead. About seven years later he was united in marriage to Miss Miriam Isabel Clussman on August 19, 1845, who was a resident of Princeville and formerly of New York. Seven (?) children were born, but only two sons, George and Charles, survive to mourn, along with their mother. In 1874 he purchased a farm south of this town and removed there. When he aged, he purchased the residence of Bate Bowman and retired. His son Charles took over the farm. He was a member of the English Episcopal Church and maintained good confessions to the last. He died Saturday, November 28th at 4 a.m. Funeral services were held November 29th and were conducted by Rev. J. S. Onion, after which the remains were conveyed to Jubilee and interred there by Rev. Chamberlain in the presence of a large group of sorrowing relatives and friends.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 3, 1891, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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James Radley

Mr. James Radley, an old settler of this county, died at his home at Kickapoo last Thursday morning and was buried Saturday.

(Brimfield News, June 30, 1892, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mary Ann Radley

At her home in Jubilee Township on December 30, 1902, Mrs. Mary Ann Radley closed her eyes in the deep eternal, her death occurring a few moments after 12 o'clock at night, caused by apoplexy of but a few hours' suffering. Doctors Rollins and Miller of Brimfield gave all the medical aid that could be given, but her days were numbered and God called her home at age 57 years, 5 months, and 11 days. She was born in England and came here with her parents in 1850. In 1852 they settled in Illinois, and in the year 1866 she was united in marriage to Mr. James Radley, and they immediately located on the farm where they spent their days. At the age of 14 she was converted and united with the Baptist church. She was a devoutly religious woman, had many warm friends, and thus has gone from us one of the truest of women, a noble woman, divinely planned, and much will she be missed outside the home circle. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Rowcliffe and Mrs. Anna Tucker, and three grandchildren, two sisters, and four brothers. The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church on New Year's morning at 11 o'clock. The sermon was preached by the Rev. J. O. Slayter from the text "I Love the Lord," "Return into Thy Rest, O My Soul," Ps. 116, part of first and seventh verses. Singers from Brimfield sang the most favorite hymns "Asleep in Jesus," "I Would Not Live Always," and "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." She was laid to rest by the remains of her husband in the Jubilee Cemetery, and near the cherished scenes other life she will sleep in peace.

(Brimfield News, Jan. 15, 1903, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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William Rowcliffe

Hon. William Rowcliffe, one of the early settlers of Peoria County, died at his home in Jubilee township last Friday. Mr. Rowcliffe was closely identified with the early history of the county and held many position of trust and honor, being at one time a member of the state legislature. He was an ardent Republican and could always be found at his post of duty. The funeral occurred from the Presbyterian Church at Princeville on Monday.

(Brimfield News, March 17, 1892, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Ella Silloway Radley Aug. 18, 1931

News of the death of Mrs. Ella Silloway Radley at the family home near Kansas City last Tuesday Aug. 18, was received here this week. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 27, 1931, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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Gayle Ramoley

METAMORA - Gayle Phares Ramoley, 94, formerly of 518 S. Menard St. in Metamora, died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2006, at Snyder Village.

She was born on March 5, 1911, in Elmwood, Ill., to Milo H. and Maude Garner Phares. She married Willis C. Ramoley on March 3, 1945, in Peoria. He died on Feb. 14, 1988, in Clearwater, Fla.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Milo E. Phares; one stepson, Roger W. Ramoley; one step-granddaughter; and one nephew.

Surviving are one stepson, Charles E. Ramoley of Carbondale, Ill.; six step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and one niece, Sandra Smith of Elmwood, Ill.

She graduated from Elmwood High School and Brown's Business College of Peoria.

She was employed in the purchasing office of Hiram Walker & Sons for 11 years; at Garbers Grocery in Metamora for five years; and at CILCO in Metamora for 15 years, retiring in 1971.

She was a member of Metamora Christian Union Church.

She was a 50-year member and past matron of Washington Chapter #11 O.E.S. in Washington, Ill.

Cremation has been accorded, and burial of the cremated remains will be March 18, 2006, at 10 a.m. in Elmwood Cemetery in Elmwood, Ill.

Memorials may be made to Emergency 116 in Metamora.

Mason Funeral Home in Metamora is in charge of arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, March 5, 2006, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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PEORIA - Etta Fern Randlet, 89, of 820 NE Monroe St., died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 1996, at Beechwood Health Care Center in Pekin.

Born Nov. 23, 1906, in Minier to Alonzo J. and Carrie P. McWilliams Trent, she married James W. Randlet on March 14, 1947, in Chicago. He died May 5, 1993, in Missouri. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are one son, Hollis Crisp of Spring Bay; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Jean) Pudney and Mrs. William (Lola) Cady, both of Peoria, and Donna Cady of East Peoria; and one brother, Guy Trent of Pekin.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Davison-Fulton Western Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. James M. Sandy will officiate. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Beechwood Health Care Center. (Peoria Journal Star, May 15, 1996, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Addie Ranson

Funeral services for Mrs. Addie R. Keitenring Ranson were held Saturday afternoon April 17 from St. John’s Episcopal Church at Decatur, the Reverend Francis Campbell Gray officiating. Burial was in Fairlawn cemetery at Decatur.

Mrs. Ranson was born here [Brimfield] May 8, 1873 and passed away in St. Mary’s hospital at Decatur April 15.

She is survived by one son, Richard Ranson of Milwaukee, Wis. and a grandson, Robert Ranson of Dallas, Texas.

Mrs. Ranson was a niece of the late Mrs. Frank Clark, Sr.

The deceased has maintained throughout her life a lively interest in her home town and has made very generous donations toward the restoration and upkeep of the little ? one Church. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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PEORIA HEIGHTS - Annabelle Rasar, 80, of OSF St. Clare Home died there at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.

Born Nov. 20, 1922, in Peoria to Arthur and Alice Slabaugh Bidner, she married Jack Rasar on May 19, 1947, in Peoria. He died Aug. 27, 1976.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters.

Surviving is one sister, Esther Walker of Redmond, Ore.

She was a teletypist for Western Union for 25 years and later for Lanson Brown Stock Brokers for 12 years before retiring.

She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. The Rev. Arthur Nelson will officiate. There will be no visitation. Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave., Peoria, is in charge of arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 16, 2003, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Bertha Wessels Redenius

Obituary: Bertha E. Redenius, 83, of 2021 N. Ellis died at 5:13 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 1994, at Proctor Hospital.

Born June 13, 1910, in Peoria to Henry and Albertina Stegman Wessels, she married Harold L. Redenius on Nov. 14, 1931. He survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs Bob (Dorothy) Berkel and Mrs Lyle (Eileen) Cunningham, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Gary (Shirley) Dingledine of Glasford; one sister, Gertrude Waughop of Peoria; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death.

She was a life member of St Paul Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 40 years, a choir member and a Bible study leader. She also started Junior Lutherans in Peoria.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at her church. The Rev Charles Steinke will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel and one half hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 30, 1994, submitted by Amy Robbins-Tjaden)

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Samuel M. Reed died at his home in Elmwood, Ill., Friday, Sept. 15, 1899. Mr. Reed was born at West Liberty, West Virginia, December 1, 1821.

He was an early settler of this county and highly esteemed for his many excellent qualities and manly character. For many years he lived on his farm in Millbrook township, near French Grove. He removed to Elmwood a number of years ago where he lived a retired life surrounded by every comfort, and enjoying the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. The news of his death will be learned with genuine regret by his many old friends. The funeral services were held at the family residence in Elmwood last Sunday, conducted by Rev. B. Y. George, of Elmwood, and Rev.

Charles McCluer, of French Grove, and the interment was in French Grove cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 21, 1899, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Esther Reinhart

BRIMFIELD - Esther L. Reinhart, 89, of Pine Forest Rest Home in Potecasi, N.C., formerly of Brimfield and Greensboro, N.C., died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, in Potecasi.

Mrs. Reinhart was born Dec. 16, 1915, in Summerfield, N.C., the daugher of William Lane and Cynthia Highhill Lane. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Raymond M. Reinhart.

Survivors include her daughter, Rita Ohlman McKeown and her husband, Bill of Severn, N.C.; a special caregiver and friend, Angela Williams and her family of Rich Square, N.C. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and their families.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield, Ill. Burial will follow at Calvary

Cemetery in Brimfield. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, N.C. today from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pine Forest Rest Home, P.O. Box 67, Potecasi, N.C. 27867.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 6, 2005, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Gladys Reinhart

REINHART - MRS. GLADYS O. - Wife of Maynard P. Reinhart of 3342 N. Stanley St. at Proctor Hospital Feb. 14, 1963. Services Saturday 1:30 P.M. Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation Friday 7 to 9 P.M. Memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Maynard Reinhart

PEORIA - Maynard P. Reinhart, 87, of La Mesa, Calif., formerly of Peoria, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

Born March 2, 1915, in Brimfield to Martin J. and Ida Shane Reinhart, he married Gladys O. Harms on July 31, 1937, in Davenport, Iowa. She died Feb. 14, 1963, in Peoria.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

He later married Donna Mayne in 1964. She survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Joan (and Gary) Eggerichs of Peoria and Joy Reinhart of Denver, Colo.; two step daughters, Linda Harp of El Cajon, Calif., and Sherry (and Denny) Wilcockson of Temecula, Calif.; one stepson, John (and Ester) Mayne of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five sisters, Margaret (and Paul Mulvaney) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Phyllis (and John) Kingdon of Battle Ground, Wash., Bertha (and Donald) Bridson of Brimfield, Willadean (and Rolland) Cady of Canton and Carol (and Gene) Emerick of Yates City.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

He retired as a building supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service in 1976.

He was a former member and deacon of Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria.

A private service was held at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in La Mesa. Cremation was accorded after the services by the Neptune Society in El Cajon, Calif.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews's Lutheran Church in La Mesa.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 10, 2004, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Robert Reinhart

BRIMFIELD - Robert M. Reinhart, 76, of Brimfield died at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Morton Terrace in Morton.

Born Oct. 17, 1924, in Brimfield to Martin J. and Ida Shane Reinhart, he married Mary Anne Maher on Feb. 3, 1968 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, John and Bobby (and Marilyn), both of Mullan, Idaho; three daughters, Angie (and Jim) Stone of Brimfield, Mary (and Don) LaMaster of Creve Coeur and Roberta (and Mike) Hoch of Mahomet; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Maynard of El Cajon, Calif.; and five sisters, Margaret Mulvaney of Wauconda, Bertha Bridson of Brimfield, Willadean Cady of Canton, Carol Emerick of Yates City and Phyllis Kingdon of Amboy, Wash.

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

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He drove a truck for Megan Trucking for many years, retiring in 1989.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Darlene Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the B.Y.E. Ambulance Service.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 1, 2001, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Ruth Reinhart

PEORIA - Ruth Evelyn Carson Reinhart, 80, of 926 N. Main St. died at 8:20 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2005, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Born Feb. 28, 1925 in Brimfield to Ralph E. and Evelyn Harty Carson, she married Robert Reinhart on Sept. 6, 1947, in Brimfield.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary (and Don) LaMaster of Pekin and Roberta (and Mike) Hoch of Champaign; two sons, John Reinhart and Dan (and Marilyn) Maubach, both of Mullan, Idaho; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A May 1947 graduate of OSF St. Francis School of Nursing, she was a registered nurse for 40 years, retiring in 1987.

She had attended St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jun. 4, 2005, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Wilson Reinhart

ELMWOOD - Wilson M. Reinhart, 79, of 206 Daniels died at 11:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born April 16, 1918, in Brimfield to Martin J, and Ida Shane Reinhart, he married Rita R. Cahill on Oct. 12, 1940, in Brimfield. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Orl of Elmwood; six sons, Thomas of Houston, James of Louisville, Ky., Michael of Yates City, Timothy of Downers Grove, Dennis of East Peoria and Nicholas of Zionsville, Ind.; two brothers, Maynard of San Diego and Robert of Brimfield; five sisters, Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Mulvaney of Waukonda, Mrs. John (Phyllis) Kingdon of Battle Ground, Wash., Bertha Bridson of Brimfield, Mrs. Rolland (Willadean) Cady of Canton and Mrs. Gene (Carol) Emerick of Yates City; 17 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1724, American Legion Post 638. A member of Teamsters Local 627, he was a truck driver, last working for Shissler Seed Co. in Elmwood.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elmwood. He was a charter member of Maple Lane Country Club.

He served as a city council alderman for Elmwood for eight years.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at his church. The Rev. Thomas Siebert will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with recitation of the rosary at 8:30 p.m., and 30 minutes before services, all at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Elmwood. Wright and Salmon Mortuary in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church or to B.Y.E. Ambulance Service.

(Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 29, 1997, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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At Peoria, June 1, 1888, John Reorden, aged 64 years and 29 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 14, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. John B. Rice Passes Away

Mary Ellen, daughter of Michael and Amanda Canny was born May 29, 1886, near Canton, IL, where she grew to womanhood and was united in marriage to John B. Rice of Trivoli, Illinois. For seven years they lived in that vicinity later moving to Peoria, Illinois where they resided for six years. In 1919 they moved near Winnebago, Minn.

Early in the year 1927 they purchased their home two miles east of Winnebago where she passed away at 12:15 p.m., Sunday, October 1929 at the age of 43 years, 4 months and seven days. To this union was born three sons and one daughter of whom two sons preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and two children, Dale Mayo and Elizabeth Louise. One sister, Ifama and two brothers Orrie M. and Michael W. Canny, who were all at her bedside at the time of her departure. Her father and mother and two brothers have preceded her in death. She also leaves many other relatives. She was a devoted wife and mother always giving her family her most loving care.

She was converted, baptized and united with the Huntley Baptist Church in July 1921. In 1929 she
transferred her membership to the Baptist Church in Winnebago. She was most devoted to her church always attending serviced whenever possible and putting her church next to her family at all times.

Besides her relatives, she leaves a host of friends and neighbors who mourn her untimely departure and sympathize with the family in their great sorrow.

Her strong faith in God and her glorious hope of eternal life in Christ sustained her through trials in this life and prepared her to answer her Master's call.

Funeral serviced were held at the Baptist Church Tuesday forenoon at 11 O'clock, conducted by Rev. R. E. Cody. The body was taken to Canton, Illinois for burial. (Transcribers note: Burial was at Brunswick Cemetery).

(Winnebago City (MN) Press Gazette, Oct. 12, 1929, submitted by Linda Rice Langseth)

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Mrs. Matilda Richards
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa News

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Cookes funeral home for Matilda Caldwell Richards, daughter of Ezekiel and Eliza Jane White Caldwell, born April 5, 1866 at Brimfield, Ill. She grew to womanhood in that community and married John Richards of the same place July 15th, 1896 (in Burlington, Iowa).

To this union were born two children, Frona Marie and Warren Caldwell. Mr. and Mrs. Richards, after their marriage moved to a farm north of New London where they resided eleven years. For the past 29 years they have lived in the vicinity of Pleasant Hill.

Last November Mrs. Richards suffered an attack of influenza from which she failed to fully recover. Her failing health and her sister's death a month previous, weakened her resistance to her last illness, and she passed peacefully away on the evening of June 14th (1937).

She is survived by her husband, John Richards, her son and daughter, one brother and several nieces and nephews. Five sisters and one brother have preceded her into the eternal home.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Robert G. Alexander. Music was by Bertha Wright, _____, ________, Abraham and Frank Wright. Accompanist, Gladys Campbell.

Burial was in Pleasant Hill cemetery. The pallbearers were Horton Gilbert, Everett Ramey, John Harty, Leslie Farr, Walter Rohde and James Tweedy.

(Brimfield News, June 24, 1937, submitted by Donna Carkenord, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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RIGGS—At his residence, in Peoria County, Illinois, on Friday, Jan. 28, James Lawrason Riggs, son of the late Romulus Riggs, Esq. of Philadelphia.

(New York Times, Feb. 3, 1859, pg. 5, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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Patricia Robitski

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS -- Patricia A. Robitski, 76, of Marquette Heights, Ill., died at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at her residence.

Born March 22, 1930, in Peoria to Richard A. and Mary Youngman Cashen, she married Francis James "Jim" Robitski on May 26, 1948, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1996.

Surviving are her children, Pamela Guidice of Chicago, Francis Joseph Robitski of Marquette Heights, Connie (Glynn) Goodin of North Pekin and Brooke (Greg) Liles of Marquette Heights; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister.

Patricia was a homemaker and was of the Catholic faith.

Her family was the most special thing to her. She loved getting together with her daughters and son and their families, boating, camping or just visiting.

She was very caring and generous, always taking in the orphan or needy animal or person. Giving was her greatest attribute and her determination and strength will be guides for us to follow and live by.

Cremation will be accorded. There will be no services. Woolsey Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or TAPS.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to

(Peoria Journal Star, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Death of an Old Citizen.

    Mr. Anastase Robin, a well-known citizen of this city, and father-in-law of H. G. Farrell, died at 6 o'clock yesterday morning of dropsy, after a very painful illness of three weeks.
     Mr. Robin was born in Paris in November, 1793, and was consequently nearly 77 years of age. He belonged to an aristocratic family in France and was obliged to fly the country an account of political troubles. He first settled in Wisconsin, and in 1838 removed to this part of the country, pre-empting 80 acres of land on the Tazewell shore of the river, opposite the city. He remained there until about twelve years ago, putting up a saw and grist mill in what was known as floating claims. Bad times came on and he was considerably straightened in circumstances but saw better times before he removed to this city.
     His wife died several years ago, and his only child was the late Mrs. H. G. Farrell. He has a brother residing in France, who is largely interested in porcelain manufacture, but beyond these he had no near relatives.
     Mr. Robin was an eminent scholar, master of a half a dozen different languages. He preserved to the last that peculiar etiquette that marks the French people generally, and was one of his most striking characteristics. His funeral will take place this afternoon, at four o'clock, from the residence of H. G. Farrell, Esq., corner of Madison and Hancock streets.

(Peoria  Daily Transcript, Tuesday,  June 7, 1870, submitted by J. Crandell)

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Francis Robitski

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS -- Francis James Robitski, 70, of 114 Berry Road died at 1:22 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, at his residence.

Born May 26, 1925, in Bloomington to Frank and Louise Wachenski Robitski, he married Patricia Cashen on May 26, 1948, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, F. Joseph of Marquette Heights; two daughters, Connie Robitski and Mrs. Greg (Brooke) Liles, both of Marquette Heights; two sisters, Carolyn Bussiere of Peoria and Marian Kurschner of Sunnyland; four step grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.

He served in the Merchant Marines.

He was a sheet metal worker for Sheet Metal Union Local 1 in Peoria for 49 years, retiring in 1986.

He was of the Catholic faith.

There will be no services. Cremation will be accorded. Woolsey Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Saint Francis Medical Center Hospice Program in Peoria.

(Peoria Journal Star, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Rev. John Rodgers

Braceville - The Rev. John Rodgers a pioneer Methodist minister, aged 70, dropped dead will attending a church convention at Pontiac.

(Princeville Telephone, 1915, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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At Peoria, August 2, 1888, of heart disease and dropsy, Johanna Roiffa; aged 49 years, 6 months and 23 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1888, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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Thomas R. Rook, Outstanding Citizen, Succumbs To Pneumonia

Passed Away at His Home at 2:00 P.M. Thursday; Funeral Rites Sunday

Thoms R. Rook, 79, an outstanding citizen of Forrest, died at his home, South Center avenue, at 6:00 p.m., last Thursday, April 14, (1938) following several days illness from pneumonia.

Funeral rites were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday from the home, Rev. Robert L. Welch, pastor the the First Congregational Church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating, Rev. Joseph Partridge, pastor of the First M. E. church, assisting.

The large attendance of friends and profusion of floral offerings attested to the universal esteem in which Mr. Rook was held as a citizen of this community. Interment was in Forrest cemetery, J. W. Brown, undertaker in charge.

The pallbearers were Irving Waterson, John McMullen, Henry Gunther, M. E. Franey, Fred Rieger and Rikus Hippen, old friends and associates of the deceased.

In the death of Mr. Rook this community has sustained a distinct loss. Possessing all the characteristics that go to form nobility of character, he pursued his way throughout his span of life quietly; just in his relationships with all with whom he came into contact, he will be remembered as a good neighbor and loyal friend. As a farmer of the south east Forrest district for many years, he conducted his affairs with discretion, finally acquiring a competency sufficient to warrant his retirement, and, with his good wife, located in Forrest. He had long been a member of Forrest Lodge No. 614 A. F. and A. M. Athena Chapter O. E. S., and a trustee of the Congregational church.

Mr. Rook was born on a farm near Brimfield, Illinois, October 30, 1859, a son of William and Mary Beckett Rook. On October 15, 1891, he was united in marriage with Miss Katherine Faragher, who survives. There were no children.

In Attendance At Thomas R. Rook Funeral

The following from out-of-town attended the funeral rites of Thomas R. Rook: Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Lyon of Newman, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Spray, St. Anne, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rook and family, Pontiac, Ill; and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pearson, Normal, Illinois.

Witnessed Funeral Rites

The following friends, residing at a distance, of the deceased attended the funeral of the late Thomas Rook Sunday afternoon: Mr. and Mrs. Vance R. Hayes of St. Louis; Miss Minnie Davis of Danville; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McFadden, of Pontiac.

(The News, Forest, Il., unknown date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. E. P. Robinson, who has been sick for a number of years, died last Sunday night about nine o'clock. The funeral services were held at the church, conducted by the Rev. Emeny, on Tuesday. The church was filled by sympathizing friends. There was scarcely a dry eye in the church.

Note: Her name was Mary L. Starting. She married Edgar P. Robinson on 1865-11-23.

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

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Harry C. Root, of La Prairie, Shot While Hunting.

Word was brought to this city Tuesday morning of the accidental death of Harry C. Root, son of Wm. Root, of La Prairie, which occurred about noon the day before. At 11 o'clock on Monday the young man took his gun and went out hunting, informing the home folks before his departure that he would be back for dinner. At noon the dinner bell was rung for him, but he did not show up. Failing to put in an appearance by 3 o'clock, the young man's father becoming uneasy made trips to the neighbor's houses in the immediate vicinity, thinking he would hear from his son, but without success. Night coming on and Harry still absent, Mr. Root and a number of the young man's friends became thoroughly aroused. A searching party composed of Wm. Burrell, Wilbur Root, Wilbur Hasting and Joseph McCartney procured a lantern and started on the trail. Harry's tracks were easily followed through the snow and about a half-mile from the house his body was found, cold in death, laying on the ground about six feet on the other side of a wire fence. The supposition is that he had crawled through the wires or underneath the bottom wire and that in picking up the gun the hammer had touched the ground or one of the wires in such a manner as to explode the shell, which was loaded with No 6 shot. The charge of shot struck the young man in the left breast, below the heart and ranged downward, indicating that he had picked up the gun by the muzzle and was drawing it toward him when the accident occurred. It is also thought that he lived some ten or twenty minutes after the fatal shot, as the body was lying on its back some six feet from the gun, which was under the wire. The gentlemen above mentioned, all friends and companions of the deceased, with sorrowing hearts gathered up the body of the unfortunate young man and conveyed it to his father's house.

Harry C. Root was an exemplary young man, and would have reached his 28th birthday the 7th of next February. He was well known and liked in the vicinity of La Prairie and had many friends throughout the country. His death under such sad circumstances will be universally regretted, and the sympathy of everyone is extended to the parents and other relatives in their bereavement.

The funeral services were held at the Blue Ridge M. E. Church on Wednesday at 12 o'clock. Rev. J. K. Nesbit, pastor of the U. P. church at La Prairie, preaching the funeral sermon. The Episcopal church choir of this city was in attendance and furnished the music. The deceased was a member of the U. P. church at La Prairie. The remains were interred in the family burying ground in the Blue Ridge cemetery.

NOTE: Harry was the son of William & Mary Ann (Caldwell) Root, born Feb. 7, 1868 and died in 1895.

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

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Funeral of Daniel Rowan

The funeral of Daniel Rowan took place yesterday from St. Mary's Church and was largely attended. The Grand Army of the Republic was well represented, about forty of the local post being present. Prominent among those present were the Hon. George A. Wilson, United States Collector, Col. McClure, Col. Rice, Col. Taylor, Maj. Qualman, Capt. Burt, Capt. Detweiller, the Hon. P. W. Dunne and several prominent county and city officials. There was a solemn requiem mass celebrated by the Rev. B. J. Spalding, which was most impressive to all. After the mass and the remains were sprinkled with holy water, the silent prayers for the dead were read in Latin. The remains were deposited in the beautiful little home of the dead in St. Mary's Cemetery on the bluff. There rests all that was mortal of Daniel Rowan. On all hands we hear nothing but compliments for the noble brotherhood known as the Grand Army of the Republic. These men prove themselves as faithful to the dead as they are attentive to the wants of their living comrades. (unknown newspaper, April, 1887, submitted by Kitty LaPointe)



Dan Rowan, the well-known government gauger, died at 7 o'clock last evening, of consumption. He had been sinking for months and was resigned to his fate. In by-gone days Dan established a trunk factory in Peoria and did a good business until in an evil hour he entered the arena of politics and ruined his prospects by neglecting everything else. When Dr. Wilson was made collector of internal revenue the deceased obtained a storekeepership, but he has not been able for duty for a long time. Dan Rowan was know to all as a good-hearted genial man, and he had a first-class army record. He served all through the war in the 105th New York, and was a Grand Army man. His age was 41 years, and he leaves a wife and five little ones in needy circumstances, although his life insurance policy is good. The funeral takes place at 9 a. m. on Wednesday from St. Mary's church, and will be largely attended by Grand Army men. (The Peoria Journal, April 4, 1887, submitted by Kitty LaPointe)

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Drew Ruark

Funeral services for Drew Ira Ruark, 50, who died unexpectedly Sunday night at the home of his half brother, Edward McDaniels, 133 Hickory street, will be held Wednesday at Lawrenceville at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ora Winship. The funeral cortege will leave the Wilton mortuary this evening for Lawrenceville. (Peoria Star, April 30, 1946, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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John W. Ryan Succumbs at Home Of Sister-Was Prominent In This City-Funeral Will Be Held Wednesday

     John W. Ryan, a well-known resident of Peoria, where his home had been for 32 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grace Van Auken, in Galva, yesterday morning. Mr. Ryan was a soldier in the Civil War and identified always since with the Grand Army of the Republic. He was past commander of the Bryner post in this city.
     Mr. Ryan had been in poor health for some time, but his death was not expected at this time. He had gone from his home here to visit and rest in his daughter's home and was overtaken. He has survived by his wife, Mrs. Flora R. Ryan of Peoria, and four daughters, Mrs. Grace Van Auken, at whose home he died, Mrs. Mabel Ewalt, Kewanee; Mrs. Monnie? Rosenthal, Chicago; at Mrs. Lillian Belcke, Des Moines, Iowa.
     The funeral is to be held from the Cumerford funeral home, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The interment will be in Springdale cemetery. (Peoria Journal, Tuesday, Sep 9, 1913, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Elizabeth Roth

    Elizabeth I. Roth, 89, resident of St. Joseph's Home in Lacon the past five years, died there at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
    A former resident of 2622 W. Ardmore, she worked as a secretary at Caterpillar, Inc., for 18 years before retiring in 1960. She was a member of St.     Boniface Catholic Church and a former member of Caterpillar Girls Club.
    Born July 18, 1898, in Bartonville to George W. and Maria J. Hill Hermann, she married Frank C. Roth Nov. 22, 1922, in Peoria. He died July 19, 1938. One grandson, three brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.
    Surviving are one son, Lloyd George, and two daughters, Mrs. Art (Roberta) Jenkins and Mrs. Ronald (Ethel "Babe") Eckstein, all of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, George J. Hermann of Peoria.
    Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in her church with Franciscan friars officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, where a Scripture service will be conducted at 7:30. Further visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the church.
    Memorials may be made to the church and/or St. Joseph's Home. (Peoria newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Joseph Reed.

Joseph Reed was born April 16, 1825, in Marshall county, West Virginia. He spent his boyhood days and early manhood in the parental home. On Oct. 8, 1850, in company with his sister Rachel, (afterward Mrs. E. J. Sutherland) he left his home for the great west, and after 21 days travel arrived in Peoria county, Illinois, where he made his home with his brother William. On Feb. 24, 1852, he married Elizabeth R. Henderson at West Point, Iowa, and returned to French Grove where he has lived ever since, surrounded by old friends, relatives and neighbors from his old Virginia home.

His marriage to Miss Henderson was the beginning of 47 years blessed companionship, unbroken till the messenger of death came April 15, 1899. To them were born nine children, seven of whom are living, two daughters, Mrs. Alice Pierce and Sarah L. Reed having preceded him to the spirit world. Mr. Reed was always of a cheerful, hopeful disposition, unassuming in manner, kind of heart and constant in friendship. He united with the French Grove Presbyterian church Dec. 29, 1855 but having in a great measure lost his hearing has been deprived of church privileges for several years. Nevertheless his trust in an Over-ruling Providence and the All Wise God and assurance of mercy through Jesus Christ never failed him. His fortitude during his last sickness was characteristic of his whole life, even under the surgeon's knife he did not complain.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles McClure at the French Grove church, April 17, in the presence of a vast assembly of sorrowing friends and the body was laid to rest in the French Grove cemetery.

Those from a distance in attendance upon the burial services were James Reed and son Joe, of Washington, Iowa; Lester Reed and family of Bradford, Ill.; Jackson Reed, Thomas Reed and Elisha Sutherland of Bloomington, Ill.; Mrs. Geo. L. Weatherwax and Wilbur Moore of Peoria, Ill.

The members of the family extend sincere thanks to all for their expression of sympathy in this, their time of grief.

(Brimfield News, Apr. 20, 1898, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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At French Grove, on the 12th inst., Sarah L. Reed, second daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Reed, in the 20th year of her age.

By request the following poem was read at her funeral, as particularly appropriate to her life, and last wishes, for her family and young friends.

"Let me go, for the morning is breaking;
Let me go, I no longer can wait;
I'll away to the land of the living;
Where I'll wait for you all, at the gate.
"I would stay, but the Master is calling;
And the future is not a dark fate;
No, the "land of the lest" is most radiant;
But I'll wait for you all, at the gate.
"I will come to you at times, from the loveland;
Your sorrow and care to abate;
If the Mater may grant me permission;
And wait for you all, at the gate.
"O, but to grace what debtor!;
Yet angels are round me in state;
And the harpers are harping - I'll join them;
But I'll wait for you all, at the gate."

(Brimfield Gazette, Nov. 17, 1877, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Word has been received in this city of the death of Mrs. Chloe Rathbun, a resident of Denver, Colorado, on April 10, 1925. She was one of ten children, being born May 6, 1840, the daughter of George Wasson and Sarah (Brewster) Wasson. She married Samuel A. Rathbun on May 20, 1868, he being for many years a conductor for the Denver & Rio Grande railroad.

Mr. Rathbun died in 1898, his health being lost in the service to his country during the Civil War, as a soldier in Company E, Seventy-Seventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Mrs. Rathbun is survived by her two daughters, Lois A. and Emma L.

She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Emeline McCann, of Peoria, and one brother, Jacob D. Wasson, of Elmwood. Uncle Jake, as he is better known by all, served with S. A. Rathbun in the same regiment throughout the great rebellion. He was deeply grieved by his sister's passing, but the infirmities of his advanced years forbade his travelling West to attend the funeral.

Many old friends from the G.A.R. sent floral tributes.

Mrs. Rathbun was a good Christian woman, and will be greatly missed by her old friends of this vicinity.

(Elmwood Gazette, April 16, 1925, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Mrs. Samuel Rathbun and daughter, of Denver, Colorado, who have been visiting her brother, Mr. Jacob D. Wasson, of this city for some time past, received a telegram Saturday evening conveying the sad intelligence of the death of her husband that morning of heart disease. She and her daughter started for Denver Sunday evening, Mr. Wasson going with them.

Mr. Samuel A. Rathbun was born and raised in Peoria county and spent the greater part of his life in railroading, his run at one time being from Galesburg to Peoria. His health having failed him he went with his family to Denver, Colorado, where he had been conductor on the Denver and Rio Grande for over twenty years. He ran the first train through the canyon from Denver to Leadville. He was always a general favorite in whatever circle he chanced to move and will be greatly missed.

He leaves a wife and two daughters.

NOTE: Samuel A. Ruthbun served during the Civil War as a private in Company E, 77th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He married Chloe A. Wasson on May 20, 1868 in Elmwood, Illinois.

(Elmwood Gazette, Nov. 3, 1898, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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John A. Ross, father of Mrs. Leo Callery of Princeville, passed away at 6:15 Sunday morning at his home a mile west of Elmwood.

Funeral services were held at 9 a. m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Elmwood. Fr. Daniel Sheenan officiating. Burial was in Calvary cemetery in Brimfield.

John A. Ross was born in Bloomington Jan 20, 1872, a son of Robert and Elizabeth Daley Ross. He lived in the Princeville community until 1930 when, with his family moved to Elmwood. He had been suffering from a heart ailment for about a year.

Mrs. Ross preceded him in death in 1932. Left to mourn his passing are three children—Mrs. Callery, and Mary and Charles Ross of Elmwood. He also leaves six grandchildren.

(PrincevilleTelephone, April 17, 1941, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Lafe Reed [Elizabeth B. Burns] Dies After Injury in Burning Home

Mrs. Lafe Reed died at the St. Francis Hospital at 11 oclock Thursday morning from burns received when her home was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.

Physicians today held out but light hope for the recovery of Mrs. Lafe Reed, Mossville, who was severely burned when fire destroyed her home shortly before noon Wednesday.

Mrs. Reed is in the St. Francis hospital with severe burns about the waist and legs. She has been semi-conscious since the accident and been unable to tell how the fire started. She ran screaming from the home and neighbors beat out the flames which enveloped her body. Her husband was in Chillicothe on business.

The Reed home, one of the finest in the community, was entirely destroyed by fire, although some of the furniture was saved.

(Unknown newspaper, Feb. 1930, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Alonzo M. Root Dies Tues. In Peoria.

Jennie Stekel Root, wife of Alonzo M. Root, passed away Tuesday night at the Methodist hospital in Peoria following lengthy illness. She was 80 years old and had resided in Chillicothe more than 50 years.

Memorial services were conducted from the Andersons funeral home Thursday at 3:30 o'clock with Rev. Austin Rodgers of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was in the Blue Ridge cemetery.

Jennie Stekel was born in Princeton, September 8, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Stekel. She was united in marriage to Alonzo M. Root in April 1890, their fiftieth wedding anniversary occurring this spring. To this union was born one child who died in infancy.

Those who survive are the husband; one sister, Mrs. O. F. Thomas of this city, numerous nieces and nephews, distant relatives and friends.

(Unknown newspaper, Sep. 24, 1940, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Jeanette Eileen Rose

Obituary: PEORIA - Jeanette Eileen Rose, 90, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, formerly of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mrs Jeanette (Zimmer Shaw) Rose was born and raised in Peoria area and was a retired sales associate for Kmart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William John Rose JR.; grand-daughter, Katie Rose; parents Otis and Minnie Shaw; and brother, George Zimmer.

Survivors include her children: Patricia (Victor Chiodo) Rose-Chiodo of Williamsville, N.Y., Roberta (Donald Strothers) Rose-Strothers and Mike Rose of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Grandchildren: Rebecca, Daniel and Ruth Strothers; Rachel (Kenneth Brock) Strothers-Brock, Vicki (Dan Unkrich) Chiodo-Unkrich, Jennifer (Steve Sojka) Chiodo-Sojka, Mikki Rose and Will Rose. Seven great-grandchildren and former daughter-in-law, Melody Rose.

Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, Illinois. The Rev Donald Strothers will officiate. Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 2009, transcribed by Pamela Lewis)

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Dr. W. W. Robison

A gloom of sorrow was cast over the vicinity of Edelstein by the sudden death on last Friday of Dr. W. W. Robison of that place. His illness was so brief and his death came so unexpectedly that the entire community was shocked at the unwelcome news.

Dr. Robison was apparently in his usual health until Thursday when he had a severe attack of quinsy. In his efforts so assuage the pain and suffering attending the disease and under the delerium caused by high fever he took too much morphine and died the following morning at 6 o'clock. An inquest was held by Deputy Coroner Elliott on Friday afternoon at which Dr. Wilmot, of Speer, who attended the deceased in the last hours of his illness, testified to facts corroborating the above statement concerning the cause of Dr. Robison's death, and the jury consisting of Messrs. Charles A. Timmons, J. H. Johnson, W. R. Peck, F. M. Webber, A. J. Hawley and W. E. Weidman rendered a verdict of accidental death caused by too frequent doses of morphine to allay pain while in a delerium caused by fever.

In the death of Dr. Robison the community of Edelstein has lost one of its best citizens. He was untiring in his devotion to his profession and always took an active interest in advancing the highest social and civic interests of the vicinity in which he lived. His many acquaintances feel keenly the great loss they have sustained in his untimely death.

Funeral services for the deceased were conducted Sunday morning by Rev. Peterson at Edelstein and the remains were brought to Princeville from where they were sent on the 10:37 train Sunday morning to Manito for burial. Quite a number of his friends from Edelstein accompanied the body to Manito and attended the funeral services which were held there.

Walter William Robison was born at Manito, Ill., Feb. 18, 1870. Here he grew to manhood and at the age of 19 years began teaching school. After four years of teaching he entered the Keokuk, Iowa, Medical School from which institution he graduated March 28, 1897. He came to Edelstein shortly after and began the practice of medicine in April 1897, and had been there since until his death, except during a brief interval which he spent as West Baden, Ind. He was married Aug. 24, 1903, to Miss Emma A. Droll?, of Chillicothe. He leaves his wife and an infant son, a mother, two sisters, Mrs. J. S. Daily of Chillicothe and Mrs. M. Bowler of Manito, besides a community of loving friends to mourn his loss.

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

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On Friday, Feb. 22, 1878, in Radnor township, Peoria County, WYATT ROSE, aged 52 years.

He was a good neighbor, a kind husband, and a consistent christian.

(hand written Born 1826)

(Unknown newspaper, Feb. 1878, submitted by George Zane, transcribed by Gaile Thomas)

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Morrow P. Reed

Morrow P. Reed, was born Peoria, Il. June 19, 1840, passed away at his home in that city, at 515 Delavan Ave. on Saturday P.M. July 28, 1917 at 7P.M..

He was the son of G. W. and Joanish Patterson Reed, Native of Virginia and Pennsylvania, after the death of his father in 1849, Mr. reed helped for many years to care for the Mother and family. He attended Peoria schools and added to his knowledge by efforts at self improvement, becoming a well informed man with a broad and a well balanced mind and sound judgment. He often recalled his first employer, he was hired to a farmer for one dollar a and a quarter per week and his board. In year 1862 he rented land for himself in Brimfield township and farmed till enlistment in the Union Army, February 11, 1865, entering the army as private in Co. f. 148 Reg. Ill. Vol., he served till September 22, 1865, when he was Honorably discharged in Springfield, Il.

The following winter he was married to Miss Jane Whittaker, the wedding solemnized February 22, 1866, the bride was the only daughter of John C. and Susan Carter Whittaker.

Mr. Reed was named to fill a vacancy as supervisor of Brimfield township in 1882, and served for many years, a large part being Chairman of the board. He served the state as of Board of Charities under Governor John B. Tanner. He was a member of G.L .Fort post, G.A.R., transferring to Bryner Post in Peoria when he retired and moved to Peoria a number of years ago. He also was a member of Brimfield Camp, M.W.A. and Zylka lodge K. of P., Brimfield

He is survived by seven children and 19 grandchildren: his children are; George W. of Washington, Iowa, Mrs. Susie Purcell of Bloomington, Mrs. Nettie Blundy of Brimfield, Mrs. Lottie B. Davis of Toulon, Mrs. Emma Allewelt of Peoria, Henry A. Reed of Brimfield, Mrs. Clara E. Day of Nottawa, Texas, Mrs. Louise Dunning, a daughter who died at Batavia, five years ago, and Miss Margaret Reed, another daughter who passed away at the family home in Peoria in 1910. Two sisters survive; Mrs. Joe Morrison of Cady, Ohio, and Mrs. J.O. Langlous of Spearville, Kansas. His only brother, T.R. Reed , who visited him in Peoria last May, died May twelve after a brief illness at his home in Kansas.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday P.M. at Greenhut Memorial G.A.R. hall in Peoria. The service was in charge of Bryner Post G.A.R., commander, E. N. Armstrong.

Remains were laid to rest in the Springdale cemetery in Peoria.

(Brimfield News, Aug. 2, 1917, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Abby Alden Rockell

Abby Alden Rockell, a daughter of Noah and Deborah Sherman Alden, was born near Brimfield, Peoria county, Illinois, August 24, 1841. She was one of seven children, of whom a sister, Emily Alden, of Fontanelle, Iowa, survives.

On the 16th of September, 1873, she was united in marriage to Geo. Rockell, coming directly to the present home where she has since resided. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Bertha Johnson and Frank A. Rockell, who with four grandchildren , Cyrus, Emily, Sidney, and Roger, survive her.

Her husband preceded her into death nearly thirty-five years ago.

At the age of fourteen she united with the Baptist church of Brimfield, later transferring her membership to the Loda Baptist church.

It was her desire to live with her son in the home she had made until she died.

She peacefully passed away on Monday afternoon, June 15th. 1925, at the age of 82 years, nine months and twenty-two days.

(Paxton Record, Paxton, Illinois, June 25, 1925, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Roberts, 85, Former Brimfield Resident, Dies

BRIMFIELD Mrs. Bertha Roberts, 85, formerly of Brimfield and widow of the late Dr. R. B. Roberts, Brimfield physician for many years before his death, died Thursday at Pasadena, Calif., where she had been making her home for about 15 years.

Born at Augusta, she was educated at Abingdon College. During her many years in Brimfield she was quite active in civic affairs, being a member of Union Church and serving on the school board and the library board.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Justus Roberts of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Dr. Brockway Roberts of Anaheim, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Walter Rogers of Pasadena, Calif., and nine grandchildren.

Graveside rites will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Brimfield Cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Minnie Rayfield

GALESBURG Mrs. Minnie B. Rayfield, 77, of 436 N. Farnham St., died at 12:42 a.m. Friday in Cottage Hospital.

Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Martin Chapel in Knoxville. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday at the chapel.

Mrs. Rayfield was born Jan. 8, 1887, at Brimfield, a daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth Murdoch Marvin. She was married Feb. 3, 1911, in Peoria, to Walter Rayfield, who died in 1951.

Mrs. Rayfield resided 11 years in Appleton until two years ago when she moved to Galesburg.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Earl Stine, Galesburg, with whom she had made her home the past 13 years; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Purcell of Brimfield, Mrs. Maude Buskirk, Galesburg, and Mrs. Marion Comingore of Ft. Madison, Iowa; a grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

(Unknown newspaper, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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M. B. Russell

Melvin B. Russell was born December 19, 1856, near Princeville, Illinois. He was the son of Ebenezer and Edith Russell, who were among the early pioneers of Illinois. He was the youngest of thirteen children. His childhood and early manhood was spent on his fathers farm.

In 1880 he went with his brother Joe to South Dakota where they engaged in farming until 1887. This venture not proving successful he returned to Princeville, Illinois. Except for one year spent in Colorado, he continued to live in Princeville until 1899. February 8, 1899, he was married to Mary Moffit at Princeville. They immediately moved to a farm near Jolly, Iowa, where they remained for one year. From Jolly they moved to Stuart and to a farm near Jefferson Center, where they have since continued to live.

He died in Peoria, Illinois, at the home of nephew, L. R. Nelson April 1, 1924, while returning from Gillman, Illinois where he had gone to attend the funeral of brother-in-law, John Giles. While seemingly in perfect health, he was stricken with apoplexy Sunday, March 20th and lingered until the following Tuesday morning when the end came peacefully and without pain.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Russell, one daughter, Mrs. Mildred McAtee of Stuart, one granddaughter, Geraldine, one brother C. E. Russell of Stuart, one sister, Mrs. John Giles of Gilman, Illinois and many nephews and nieces.

The funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Stuart last Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Smith, the pastor of the Methodist church in Menio. It was largely attended by friends and neighbors. The Menio lodge of Odd Fellows had charge of the services at the cemetery.

(Stuart (Iowa) Herald, April 1924, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Sarah Jane Renegar, daughter of William and Martha (Whitehead) Renegar, was born in Fortville, Indiana, November 13, 1875 and departed this life at Peoria, Illinois, April 14, 1940, aged 65 years, 5 months and 1 day. She was the fifth child of a family of six children, four daughters and two sons. The parents and two sisters preceded her in death.

Her parents and four older members of the family moved from Indiana to the Princeville community when she was 3 years old.

She was united in marriage to Stephen J. McDermott on September 20, 1894. To this union was born one son Leo James. Mr. McDermott died September 20, 1930, the date of their 36th wedding anniversary. The son passed away March 2, 1939. These dire misfortunes were in a marked degree responsible for Mrs. McDermotts decline in health, for she had always given a full measure of devotion to her home circle and family associations and the comfort and pleasure of those around her was always uppermost in her desire.

Mrs. McDermotts friends were numbered by her acquaintances and she held her friendships as a treasure of the worlds best concern. Her demise is deeply deplored in the Princeville community, where she since early childhood she had endeared herself to all who knew her.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Williams, Princeville and two brothers, Roe Renegar, Peoria, Ill. and William Renegar of Princeville. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mrs. Wilbur Wright and James and Anna Jean McDermott of Peoria, besides her two nephews, Vaughn Williams of Princeville and Clyde Coburn of Peoria and one niece, Miss Ethel Coburn of Peoria.

(Princeville Telephone, April 1940, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Joseph F. Ryan Dies Monday Night; Last Rites Held Today in Wyoming

Mrs. Teresa Long Ryan, wife of Joseph F. Ryan of the Wyoming community and well known former Princeville resident, passed away Monday night, Dec. 18, at about 11:30 o'clock, at St. Francis hospital, Peoria, following an illness of about three weeks. Teresa Long was born in Stark County, Illinois and her home had been on a farm near Stark since he marriage to Joseph Ryan in 1934.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a small son Tommie; three sisters, Mrs. John Hickey of Peoria, Ill., Mrs. William Gill, of Speer, Ill. and Mrs. Marguerite Megan of Princeville; two brothers, James Long of Buda, Ill. and William Long of Speer, Ill. and numerous other more distant relatives. Her parents and one sister Mrs. Ella Carroll, preceded her in death.

Funeral service for Mrs. Ryan were held this Thursday morning at 9oclock at St. Dominics Catholic church in Wyoming, in charge of Rev. Fr. J. M. Fitzgerald rector. Interment was in St. Marys cemetery in Princeville.

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

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