Obituaries/Death Notices
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Sadie Sager Robert Scoon Carrie Smith
Johanna Sanert Duston Scudder Clay Smith
Frank Sanger Elbert Searl Frank Smith
John Savage Danford Seelye Fronie Smith
Josephine Savage Thomas Seelye Jacob Smith
Keith Savage Oscar Selberg Lena Smith
Lewis Savage Leo Shadrick, Sr. Mary Jane Smith
Perry Savage Herman Shafer Rudolph Smith
Rudolph Savage Fredia Schall William Smith
George Schaad Alice Shane Ethel Snook
Henry Schaad Donald Shane Jesse L. Snyder
Jacob Schaad Donayon Shane Mrs. Samuel Snyder
Mary Schaad Eva Shane Samuel Snyder
Wilda Schaad Gary Shane Frances Sommer
Everett Schaefer Gerald Shane Rollin Snyder
Mable Schaffner Mabel Shane Ronald Sommer
Clement Schelkopf Orville Shane William Speer
Elizabeth Schelkopf Russell Shane Edward Spelman
Franklyn Schelkopf Vera Shane John Green Spicer
John Schelkopf Daniel Shane Mildred Spurgeon
John Schelkopf Jr. David Shane Daniel Stansbury
Joseph Schelkopf Earl Shane Elizabeth Stansbury
Leo Schelkopf Gertrude Shane Etta Stansbury
Martin Schelkopf James Shane Jennie Stansbury
Mrs. John Schelkopf Mary Shane William Stansbury
Susan Schelkopf Susan Shane Gertrude Staples
Catherina Scherer Dr. E. J. Sherow Andrew Stenger
George Schiebel Donald G. Sherwin Ella Stephens
Ellen Schindler John Shipley Isla Stevenson
Howard Schlots Arlin Shofner William Stewart
Andrew Schmidt Joseph D. Sholl Pearl Stiles
Dena Schmidt William Shullaw Jane Stillman
Edward Schmidt W. L. Silberstein Edward Stoker
Emma Schmidt Norman Silliman Herbert Stoker
Frank Schmidt Ingoldsby Silloway Thomas Stoker
Frank W. Schmidt Lloyd Silloway William Stoker
Harold John Schmidt Mrs. I. W. Silloway Winfred Stoker
Ida Schmidt Sarah Simons John Storry
John Schmidt Washington Simons Nettie Stout
May Schmidt Ollie Simpson Orsen Stowell
Philip Schmidt Jacob Singley Nellie Stowers
Susan Schmidt Elizabeth Slane Mrs. D. R. Strain
Theresa Schmidt Nettie Slane Louisa Strasbaugh
William Schmidt Odillon Slane George Streitmatter
Jule Schmitt Sarah Slane Casper Strieder
Robert Schmitt Sylvester Slane John Sturm
Henry Schneider Andrew Sledgister Roberta Sturm
Mary Schneider Marie Sloan Enola Sutherland
Jules Schwabacher Maud Sloan Laura Sweetman
Mrs. Lucy Schweitzer Mrs. A. W. Smith Mary Jane Switzer

 


Mrs. Nellie Samingson-Selburg-Stowers

Mrs Nellie Stowers, 90, of 207 Garden St., Peoria, Illinois; resident of Peoria for 26 years, died at 7:45 lat night, April 14, 1955, after a prolonged illness.

She was born in Minnesota, April 2, 1865, a daughter of Ole "Sam" Samingson and Martha Donygol-Samingson. She married John Amel "Emil" Selburg in 1888. He died sometime between 1913-1915. Her second marriage took place in Peoria, November 16, 1916, to Riley James Stowers, who died May 25, 1930 in Iowa.

Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Minnie (Otis) Shaw of Peoria, Mrs. Hilda (Harry) Calhoun of Mapleton, and a son, Oscar Frederick Selberg of Peoria. She had 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 16, 1955, at the Wilton mortuary, with the Rev Robert E Austin officiating. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Mapleton, Illinois.

Visitation will be at the mortuary today, Friday, April 15, 1955, at 3 PM.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 15, 1955, submitted by Pamela Selberg-Dries-Lewis)

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Keith Savage

Brimfield - Keith E. Savage, 90, of 809 Welty Lane, Beloit, Wis., formerly of Brimfield, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis. Born Sept. 17, 1919, in Brimfield to Rudolph and Blanche Catton Savage, he married Betsy C. Wolff on Nov. 28, 1946, in Brimfield. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Vicki (and Bob) Pezoldt and Jayne (and Tom) Freitag, both of Beloit, and Gina (and Dave) Stack of Janesville; nine grandchildren; one sister, Eloise (and Jack) Welsh of Peoria; one brother, Richard (and Pat) of Florham Park, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Nancy Barrows, preceded him in death. He attended Bradley University in Peoria. He worked for R. G. LeTournou in Peoria, Omar Bakery in Beloit, Lever Brothers in Sycamore and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Beloit, retiring in 1981. He also worked behind the counter at Krueger Municipal Golf Course in Beloit. He was a World War II veteran of the 104th Infantry Division, serving in the Battle of the Bulge. Past president of the Optimist Club in Beloit, he also was a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters, and Life Underwriting Training Course. He was also a member of ABC Bowling Congress, Senior Bowling League, Krueger Golf Course Men's Club, and Hole in One Club, all in Beloit. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Redeemer Evangelical Covenant Church in Beloit. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Beloit. Daley-Murphy-Wisch & Associates Funeral Home in Beloit is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. (Peoria Journal Star, Monday, June 12, 2000, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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John Heenan Savage

John Heenan Savage was born May 1, 1861 at Ireland Falls, Maine, the third child of a family of eight children. When about fourteen years of age he and his brother, Timothy came to Brimfield, Ill. He has lived in this vicinity since that time, residing in town for the last forty-seven years.

Mr. Savage was employed for seventeen years as town marshall and street commissioner. Since that time he has followed the trade of plastering and brickwork.

He was united in marriage to Josephine Lois Hockenberry in 1884, she preceding him in death October 20, 1912. He leaves to mourn his loss five children: Grace Kelly of Quincy; Rudolph and Herman Savage, Zelah Kreiger and Audrey Savage all of Brimfield. One son Lloyd passed away in October 1917. There are eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He died April 1, 1941 at the age of eighty-one years, eleven months.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. A. Lee in the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon. Hymns were sung by L. F. Pacey.

Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery. Pall bearers were Warren Ayers, Fred Dawson, John Marvin, O. S. Tosh, Frank Hamilton and Henry Smith.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to thank all of our kind friends, neighbors, pall bearers, and those who so kindly provided care, for their many acts of kindness, expressions of sympathy and condolence and for their beautiful floral offerings at the time of our sorrow and the loss of our dearly beloved father.

The J. H. Savage Family

(Brimfield News, Apr. 1, 1941, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Mrs. Josephine Lois Savage was born Nov. 23, 1867, and died Oct. 20, 1912, aged 44 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Mrs. Savage was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hockenbery. She was one of a family of six children, two of them preceded her to the other world. Her parents and three sisters survive her. She lived in Brimfield and vicinity the greater part of her life; receiving her education in the public schools, largely in the old Academy in Brimfield.

She was united in marriage to Mr. John H. Savage Dec. 24, 1887. To this union were born six children, all of whom survive their mother. Mrs. Savage suffered from poor health for many years. About ten weeks ago she became seriously afflicted with appendicitis and was taken to Proctor hospital, Peoria, with the hope of obtaining relief. She was very patient and endured all her suffering heroically, hopeful of recovery to the last.

Death came however, and called her from suffering to reward.

Mrs. Savage was devoted to her family, never tired of ministering to their necessities. She united with the M.E. church in Brimfield during the pastorate of Rev. Mercer, and remained identified with it until called away from the church militant to the church triumphant. The death of Mrs. Savage is a serious loss especially to the home. Father, mother, three sisters, husband and six children mourn her departure.

The funeral service was held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Richard Pacey.

(Brimfield News, Oct. 24, 1912, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Perry Savage was born in Maine on June 19, 1823 and died May 7, 1895. In 1848, he was united in marriage to Ann Elizabeth Powell. Three daughters and one son were born. One son and two daughters are living. One daughter died. His wife died on April 25, 1886. He leaves seventeen grandchildren and one great grandson.

A funeral was held and he was laid to rest in the cemetery on Knoxville Road in Jubilee township [Bramble].

(Brimfield News, May 9, 1895, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Rudolph Savage

November 3 (1961) - Rudolph D Savage, lifelong Brimfield resident, passed away in Proctor hospital.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

CHILLICOTHE - Everett C. Schaefer, 73, of 15327 Riverbeach Drive died at 3:12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at his residence.

Born May 28, 129, in East Peoria to Chris and Louise Krumholtz Schaefer, he married Jean Medearis on July 30, 1950, in Chillicothe. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael (and Robin) of Chillicothe; one daughter, Cheryl (and Edward) Hartenbower of Havre de Grace, Md.; one brother, Robert Sr. (and Janice) of Peoria; one sister, Audrey (and Delmar) Johnson of Mapleton; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

He was a Korean War Army veteran and a member of the Chillicothe American Legion.

A millwright and carpenter, he was a member of local Peoria unions for more than 50 years.

He was a former Rome volunteer fireman.

He was a member of the Peoria Casting Club.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lenz Memorial Chapel in Chillicothe. Wayne Armbrust will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Methodist Hospice or Rescue 33.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 13, 2003, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Clement John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schelkopf, was born September 8, 1904, and died March 14, 1918.

The death of Clement came as a great shock to the family and friends. He had been ill with diphtheria about 3 weeks and had apparently recovered. He seemed to be getting along nicely and a few days previous to his death he was taken to the home of his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. John O'Connor while his home was being fumigated and where he expected to enjoy a change of surroundings. While here he was taken suddenly worse and his death followed Thursday evening about 6:00 p.m. from paralysis of the heart. Clement was an unusually bright and interesting little boy, and was a prime favorite at school with his playmates and teachers and in the neighborhood where he lived. Of a bright and happy disposition his sunny nature made him friends of all about him. Death at anytime seems sad, but it seems doubly so when someone so young and full of promise with everything to live for and life opening before him is taken from home and loved ones. The family has sincere sympathy of the community in their hour of sorrow. Besides his parents he leaves 2 brothers, Leo and Franklin. For the past 4 years he had been an altar boy at St. Josephs Church and was always found at his post of duty. In recognition of his faithful service he was buried in his cassock and surplice.

The funeral services were held at St. Josephs Church Saturday morning, March 16, in charge of his pastor Rev. W. G. Irish, who spoke feelingly of the life and service of his little friend. The body was laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery. Many floral tributes were received from friends and relatives.
(Brimfield News, Mar. 21, 1918, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Obituary

Died Friday, June 8, 1888, at the family residence north of town, Mrs. John Schelkopf, aged 57 years 6 months and 27 days. Mrs. Schelkopf had long been a resident of this vicinity having come to this country 34 years ago. She was taken ill about 7 months ago and gradually grew worse until death came to her relief. She made many friends during her lifetime and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. The entire community mourns her loss. (Brimfield News, Jun. 15, 1888, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Obituary
(Listed under Everybody's Business)

The sad news of the death of Martin Schelkopf of Shickley, Nebraska was received here by relatives at the old home last week. His sister Anna McDonough and brothers, John and Joe left at once for Martins home. Martin was born and reared on the Schelkopf Farm north of town, now owned by his brother John, and was the oldest boy in this family. Martin went west soon after he became of age and settled in Nebraska where he engaged in farming and where he shared in the prosperity attending the developments of this new country. Many friends in his boyhood home in Brimfield will regret to learn of his early death for he was a genial, companionable young man and well liked by everyone.
(Brimfield News, May 16, 1929, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Joseph M. Schelkopf died very suddenly at his home near Monica early Wednesday morning March 9 1932 the victim of a heart attack. Born in Brimfield Township December 2, 1868, son of John and Walburga Schelkopf, the deceased has spent his entire life in this vicinity. On February 5, 1902, he was married to Miss Susan McArdle, who with 2 sons, Leo and Franklin survives. One son, Clement, passed away March 18, 1918, at the age of 13. Three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Simon and Mrs. Elizabeth Eisenmenger, both of Humphrey, Nebraska, Mrs. Anna McDonough of Brimfield and one brother, John survive.

Funeral services were held Friday morning, March 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Josephs Church with Pastor Father Harrison officiating. By his pastors invitation, the sermon was given by a former pastor Father W. G. Irish of Peoria, who paid high tribute to Mr. Schelkopf as an honest, upright citizen of his community and a devoted faithful member of his church. Mr. Schelkopf was laid to rest in the family lot in Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers were old friends and neighbors, Joe Coyle, John Fuch, Frank Appleby, Joe Carroll, Benjamin Kneer and Peter Lottman.
(Brimfield News, Mar. 17, 1932, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Schelkopf were held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at her home and 10 a.m. at St. Josephs Church, the Reverend Thomas C. Harrison officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were 5 nephews, Ardle Maher, Thomas L. Maher, Thomas O'Connor, Alex Sloan, Raymond Schelkopf and Frederick Carroll.

Mrs. Schelkopf passed away at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, April 21, at St. Francis Hospital where she had been a patient since the preceding Thursday.

She was born in Millbrook Township, one of eight children (4 who died in infancy) born to Thomas and Sarah Kearns McArdle a prominent pioneer family in this vicinity. She attended local schools and the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria.

On February 7, 1902, she was united in marriage with Joseph Schelkopf at Brimfield. Mr. Schelkopf died March 9, 1932. To this union 3 children were born, Leo of Brimfield, Franklin of Monica and Clement who passed away at age 13.

Her sisters, Mrs. Alice McDonough and Mrs. Margaret O'Connor, preceded her in death. One sister, Mrs. Sarah Maher of Brimfield, 2 sons, and 3 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews survive.
(Brimfield News, Apr. 25,1946submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Obituary

Mrs. Elizabeth Schelkopf, youngest daughter of Thomas and Mary Cullen Megan, was born on a farm in Millbrook Township on February 19, 1867, and died in her home on a farm 3 miles north of Brimfield on Monday morning following a short illness at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 7 days. She was the last of a family of eight children.

On November 24, 1892, she was united in marriage to John Schelkopf who departed this life August 12, 1947. To this union 2 children who survive, John Raymond of Princeville and Sister Mary Raymond of Joliet. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Richard Zepp of Peoria, Mrs. Arthur Gurley and John Schelkopf of Princeville and one great-grandchild, Linda Lou Zepp.

Aunt Lizzie as she was familiarly known loved flowers which she raised as long as she was able and most generously shared with her church and many friends. Her entire life was spent in this community except for several years in Princeville.

Funeral services were held at St. Josephs Church Wednesday, May 28, with Father Harrison officiating assisted by Father Gordon of Princeville. Pallbearers were six of her close neighbors, Edward Cox, Joseph Carroll, Joseph Nauman and Thomas Maher.

Relatives from a distance attending the funeral were Sister Mary Raymond of Joliet, Mrs. John Hutchison of Wesley Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lawler, Dennis and Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Lawler, Leone and Junior from New Province, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Drew and Donald of Gilman, Iowa. Miss Mabel Lawler, Miss Anastasia Cullen, Mrs. Frances Hunt, Kewanee: Paul Cullen, Abingdon, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stuckey, Pekin; Miss Elsie Megthos. O'Connor and Margaret Mary of Princeville, Mrs. Frankel Barthall, Miss Clara Cullen, Mr. and Mrs. C. Harmon, Mr. and Mrs. Cullen Hunt, Mrs. Fritz Trotter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zepp and Linda Lou, Peoria, Mrs. J. S. Harmon, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. O'Connor and Mary Margaret of Princeville, Sgt. Arthur Gurley of Fort Lee, Virginia.
(Brimfield News, Jun. 5, 1952, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Leo Schelkopf, 63, Dies; President of Farm Bureau

BRIMFIELD - Leo M. Schelkopf, 63, of RR 1, Brimfield, president of the Peoria County Farm Bureau since 1959, died at 11 p.m. Monday in his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church at Brimfield, the Rev. Thomas C. Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Schreiner Funeral Home at Brimfield, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Mr. Schelkopf was president of the Monica Elevator Co., served on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 1946, and was a member of the Peoria County Agricultural Extension Council, Knights of Columbus, and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.

He was born April 19, 1903, in Monica, the son of Joseph and Susan McArdle Schelkopf. On Feb. 6, 1937, he married Bernice Blundy, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Joseph F. of Elmwood, and Lee Schelkopf at home; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Smith of Peoria; and one grandchild.

Two brothers preceded him in death.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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At Peoria, April 15, 1888, of bronco pneumonia, Catherina Scherer, aged 25 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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George Schiebel

George Schiebel, a son of Samuel Schiebel, formerly of Stark was killed Monday night in Peoria by falling from the top of a freight car under the train as it was pulling into the city. He was a brakeman on the train and was walking on top of the car when he lost his balance and fell. He was badly mangled and expired in his mother's arms shortly after reaching the hospital.

(Princeville Telephone, 1912, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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SCHMIDT - Andrew, 8 p.m. Tuesday at his late residence, 1518 Second Avenue, of catarrh of the stomach. Funeral Friday at 2 p.m. Friends of the family invited. (Peoria Star, May 6, 1903, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

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Death of Andrew Schmidt

Andrew Schmidt, an old resident of this city, died at his late residence, No. 1518 Second Avenue, Tuesday evening at the age of 66 years. The deceased was a stone mason by trade and came to Peoria about 25 years ago from Germany. He leaves a widow, one son and three daughters - John Schmidt, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Welsh and Mary Schmidt, all of this city. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

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SCHMIDT - Mrs. Dena, Wednesday, April 8, 1914 at 4:15 a.m. died at her home 1518 Second Avenue, aged 65 years, 1 month, 3 days.

Funeral Sunday, at 1:30, at residence at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, corner First and Goodwin. Friends invited. Interment at Springdale Cemetery [North Bluff section, along with her son, William, who died of lockjaw]. Note: Dena was born March 5, 1849. (Peoria Star, April 8, 1914, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

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Frank William Schmidt died Monday from lockjaw, produced by a wound in his foot made by stepping on a rusty nail.  Yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock the funeral service was conducted at the home on Second Avenue and was attended by many of the young friends of the deceased. Note: "Will" was born Sep. 21, 1878 and died Dec. 23, 1894. He was 16 and was buried on Christmas Day, 1894. (Peoria Evening Times, December 26, 1894, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

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Harold John Schmidt

The funeral of Harold John Schmidt, who died at St. Francis Hospital early Sunday morning, age 16 years, will be held at his late home, 904 Smith Street, tomorrow morning at 8:30 o'clock and at St. Patrick's Church at 9 o'clock. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Harold J. Schmidt was a student of Manual High School and ranked high in his classes. His death was caused by heart failure. He is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Schmidt, two brothers, Ervin and Bernard Schmidt, three sisters, Bernice, Eleanor, and Katherine Schmidt. (Unknown Peoria newspaper and date, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)
 

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SCHMIDT, Harold John, died January 14, 1923, at 6:20 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital, aged 16 years. Funeral Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. from the residence, 904 Smith Street to St. Patrick's Church at 9:00. Friends invited. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery. (Unknown Peoria newspaper and date, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

picture to the left: Katherine (Barden) Schmidt and Harold John Schmidt, her son

 

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Obituary

     John Schmidt, 87, of 1302 W. Smith St., died at 5:30 p.m. yesterday [March 24, 1969] at St. Francis Hospital, where he was admitted March 19 after suffering from a fractured hip.
     Born in Peoria Sept. 1, 1881, he was a son of Andrew and Dena George Schmidt, and married Kathryn Barden in Peoria in 1902. She died here in 1939. He formerly was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Co. prior to retiring about 20 years ago. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
     Surviving are three daughters, Miss Cathryn M. Schmidt of the home address, Mrs. Bernice Perkins of Mossville and Mrs. Eleanor Urban of Creve Coeur; two sons, John Schmidt Jr. of Berwyn and Donald Schmidt of Peoria; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Five children, three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

(Unknown Peoria newspaper, March 25, 1969, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)

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Obituary: February 18, 1895
Died - SCHMIDT
Philip Schmidt, at his late residence, 1118 North Adams St., February 17, 10:15 PM, aged 50 years. Funeral from residence 1:00 PM, and from the German Evangelical Church at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 20, 1895.

February 19, 1895
DEATH OF PHILIP SCHMIDT
Philip Schmidt, a resident of Peoria for about thirty years, died yesterday at his home, 1118 North Adams Street after a brief illness. He was 50 years of age and was the father of six children, all living. He was born in Bavaria in 1844. For several years he has operated the tailor shop on Main Street just below THE HERALD office. He was a quiet, industrious man who did the best he knew how for the good of the community.

NOTE: Johann Philipp (John Philip) Schmidt was born December 16, 1844 in Webenheim, Saar-Pfalz-Kreis, Saarland, Germany, the son of Johann Philipp Schmidt and his wife Maria Louisa Rupp.

(Peoria Herald, Feb. 18 & 19, 1895, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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In Memory - Edward Schmidt

Edward J. Schmidt, farmer and community leader for 65 years in the Farmington area, died at 10:25 AM in Canton's Graham Hospital. Mr. Schmidt was the owner of the Few Acres Farm, a charter member of the Peoria Farm Bureau, and a trustee and steward of the United Methodist Church of Farmington. He also served for fifty years as a board member for the Harkness Grove School District No. 30, a record of service that was unequaled in Illinois at the time the school district was disbanded.

Mr. Schmidt was the son of Philip and Theresa (Korth) Schmidt. He married Sue Wasson on December 28, 1904, two years after moving to the Farmington area. She preceded him in death on August 23, 1948, as did one son, Paul, on May 14, 1935. He is survived by two sisters, Emma T. and Ida K. Schmidt of Peoria; a son, John T. Schmidt, of R.R.#2, Elmwood; one daughter, Mrs. Earl (Ruth) Threw, also of rural Elmwood; and four grandchildren: Robert, Bill, Lynden, and Theresa.

Also surviving Mr. Schmidt is his second wife, Edythe (Lask) Schmidt, whom he married on May 12, 1951; one stepson, Eugene Lask, of Detroit, Michigan; and six step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Farmington Methodist Church at 2 P.M., August 27, with the Reverend Jonathan D. Drake, Farmington, and Reverend Charles W. Sedgwick of Bloomington officiating. Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home of Farmington handled arrangements.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 4, 1969, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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MRS. SUE SCHMIDT

Mrs. Sue Schmidt, wife of Edward J. Schmidt, RR, Elmwood, died at her residence Monday afternoon.

She was born June 3, 1885 in Elmwood township, a daughter of George Tilford and Susan Hovenden Wasson. She was married Dec. 28, 1904 to Edward Schmidt.

Surviving are her husband; two children, John and Ruth, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Mina Westbay of Elmwood and Mrs. Dora Colvin of Peoria. A son, Paul, died in 1935.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 PM DST at the Methodist church in Farmington. The Rev. Roy F. Doland will officiate, and burial will be in the Elmwood cemetery. The casket will be open one hour before services in the church. Friends may call at the Anderson funeral home Tuesday evening.

(PEORIA JOURNAL-TRANSCRIPT, August 24, 1948, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Obituary: September 28, 1931
THERESA SCHMIDT CLAIMED BY DEATH

Mrs. Theresa A. Schmidt, 79 years old, widow of Philip Schmidt, passed away at midnight last night at her residence, 1506 Columbia Terrace.
She was born in Germany. Her husband died approximately 35 years ago. She belonged to the First Evangelical Church.
Mrs. Schmidt is survived by two daughters, Miss Emma T. Schmidt, secretary to President Frederick R. Hamilton of Bradley College, and Miss Ida K. Schmidt, head of the home economic department at Bradley College; and two sons, William and Edward Schmidt of this city, and a sister.
Services in memory of Mrs. Schmidt will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence after 4:00 PM Tuesday.

September 29, 1931
RITES TOMORROW FOR MRS. SCHMIDT

Mrs. Theresa Anna Schmidt, second daughter of Frederick Korth and Anna Notzke Korth, was born November 8, 1851, in Saleske, Pomerania, northeast Prussia, Germany, and passed away Sunday, September 27, 1931, shortly before midnight at her home, 1506 Columbia Terrace.
Mrs. Schmidt, with her parents, came to Peoria as a young girl in August, 1866, and has made this city her home continually since that time. On May 18, 1872, at the age of 21, she was united in marriage to Philip J. Schmidt of this city. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters. Her husband passed away in 1895, and her eldest son, Frank, and youngest daughter, May, in recent years.
She attended the First Evangelical Church since early girlhood, and with her husband became a member of this congregation where she has been a faithful member for the past 47 years.
She leaves to mourn her loss two sons and two daughters. William F., Emma T., Ida K. Schmidt of Peoria, and Edward J. Schmidt of Elmwood; five grandchildren and one great grandson.
Services in memory of Mrs. Schmidt will be held at the residence tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery.

NOTE: The christening record from the parish church in Duennow, Landkreis Stolp, Pomerania, Prussia, Germany, lists her full christian name as Theresa Bertha Maria Korth. She began using her mother's name Anna as a middle name when she started signing documents as an adult in Peoria.

(Peoria Evening Star, Sept.28 & 29, 1931, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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MISS IDA SCHMIDT, EX-TEACHER AT BU, DIES

Miss Ida K. Schmidt, 84, longtime home economics teacher at Bradley University and professor emeritus, died at 8:30 last night in Methodist Hospital, where she had been a patient since Jan. 3.

A graduate of Peoria High School in 1906, she received her B.S. degree from Bradley in 1924, and her A.M. degree from Columbia University, in New York City, in 1929.
She taught for three years in Peoria County schools, for 12 years at Longfellow and Whittier schools, and taught at Bradley in the home economics department for 30 years, retiring in 1954.

The fourth floor of Lovelace Hall on the Bradley campus was named in honor of Miss Schmidt and her sister, Miss Emma T. Schmidt, who was secretary to three Bradley presidents.

Miss Ida Schmidt was faculty advisor for Sigma Kappa Sorority for 28 years before retiring, was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, American Association of University Women and the Panhellenic Club of Peoria. She was a former member of the Peoria Women's Club.

A resident of 1408 West Columbia Terrace for 63 years, she had lived in Peoria all her life. She was born October 10, 1888, the daughter of J. Philip and Theresa A. (Korth) Schmidt.

Surviving are her sister, a number of nieces and nephews; seven great nieces and nephews; seven great great nieces and nephews; and four great great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three older brothers and one younger sister.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday at Wilton Mortuary, where friends may call one hour earlier.

The Rev. Jeffrey S. O'Niell will officiate, and burial will be in the family plot in Springdale Cemetery.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 8, 1973, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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WILLIAM F. SCHMIDT, FORMER OFFICIAL OF WILSON CO., DIES

William F. Schmidt, 65, retired secretary-treasurer of the Wilson Packing And Provision Company, active in Masonic work and a lifelong resident of Peoria, died at 3:20 AM Tuesday at his home, 800 North street. He had suffered a heart attack last Friday night.

Born Sept. 4, 1881 in Peoria, he was the son of J. Philip and Theresa A. (Korth) Schmidt, and married Miss Jessie M. Gilliam on Dec. 20, 1926. A graduate of the Greeley school, he became associated with the Wilson company at the age of 19, and remained with the company continuously until his retirement in 1938.

In his later years Mr. Schmidt's interests had been in farming, and he raised blooded cattle on his Mayresa Farm in Elmwood township, Peoria county. He was also an interested sportsman in the fields of duck hunting, baseball and golfing.

Well known in Masonic circles, he held membership in Temple Lodge No. 46; Peoria Chapter No. 7, Royal Arch Masons; Peoria Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar; Peoria Chapter No. 11, Royal and Select Masters; Peoria Consistory, Scottish Rite, and was a life member of Mohammed Temple, Shrine. He was also a charter member of the famous Peoria Social Athletic Club.

Surviving are his wife; one brother, Edward J. Schmidt of Farmington; two sisters, Miss Emma T. and Miss Ida K. Schmidt, both of Peoria, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday at Scottish Rite Cathedral with Bishop William L. Essex officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gauss mortuary after 3 PM Thursday and until noon Friday, and after that at the cathedral until the time of service.

Members of Commandery No. 3 Knights Templar will assist with the memorial services and will be the active pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will include: Fred L. Wilson, Joseph W. Jeffries, O. P. Westervelt, Edward N. Woodruff, the former mayor of Peoria, Judge Clyde E. Stone, Bruno Juerjens, David J. Goggin, Donald E. Beste, Victor P. Michel, Ernest J. Galbraith, I. B. Terrens, F. H. Schefebein, John R. DeKalb, Lawrence Farrelly, and Oscar A. Saal, all of Peoria; Henry Siebert of Reynolds, and Jeff Mihell of Alton.

(Peoria Evening Star, May 21, 1947, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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 OBITUARY

SCHMIDT-Postmaster Frank Philip Schmidt of Cramer, Illinois, died at 3:30 o'clock this morning at the home of his mother, Mrs. Theresa A. Schmidt, after a year's illness.

Mr. Schmidt was one of the most prominent men of the community in which he resides, conducting a large general store. Energy, industry and honesty had made him very successful in business, especially for one of his years, for he was only 33.

He was born in Peoria, September 10, 1879, and was educated in the public schools. January 12, 1902 he was married, his bride being Emma I. Ryan. Two sons and a daughter were born to this union. The eldest, Franklin, died a year ago. The two younger with their mother survive. He also leaves his mother, two brothers, William F. and Edward J. Schmidt, and three sisters, the Misses Emma T., Ida K. and May L. Schmidt.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Farmington. Arrangements for his funeral are not yet made.

(Peoria Evening Star, Sept.4, 1912, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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MAY LOUISE SCHMIDT

Miss May Louise Schmidt, daughter of Mrs. Theresa A. Schmidt, 1506 Columbia Terrace, died at the residence Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock, aged 29 years, 2 months, 27 days.

She was born in Peoria July 29, 1891, and was the youngest of a family of six children. Her father, J. Philip Schmidt, and her oldest brother, Frank P., preceded her in death. Until two years ago, when she went to Arizona in search of better health, she lived in Peoria. She returned last May and had been confined to her bed ever since.

She was a member of Grace Presbyterian church and had attended it since childhood.

Besides her mother she leaves two sisters, Misses Emma T. and Ida K. Schmidt, both of Peoria; and two brothers, William F. Schmidt , Peoria, and Edward J. Schmidt, Elmwood, Ill.

Funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment will take place in Springdale cemetery.

(Peoria Evening Star, Oct. 27, 1920, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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EMMA T. SCHMIDT DIES AT AGE 95

Miss Emma T. Schmidt, 95, of 1408 West Columbia Terrace, Peoria, died at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 1982, at Proctor Community Hospital, Peoria, where she had been admitted on Jan. 22.

She was born February 28, 1886, in Peoria, the daughter of J. Philip and Theresa Anna (Korth) Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include two nieces, Mrs. Ruth Threw of Elmwood, and Mrs. Margaret Wehking of Los Angeles, California; two nephews, John T. Schmidt of Elmwood, and William F. Schmidt of Los Angeles, California; seven great nieces and nephews; and several great great nieces and nephews.

Miss Schmidt spent her entire lifetime in Peoria, except for two years caring for a dying sister in Arizona. According to family and friends, she probably knew more about the history of Peoria than any other living citizen.

She graduated from Peoria High School in 1903, and her first job was teaching in a one room schoolhouse at Harkness Grove in Trivoli Twp. Then she worked for a number of years for Schwartz Real Estate in downtown Peoria. From 1916 until her retirement in 1952, she was employed by Bradley University. For many years Miss Schmidt held the simultaneous jobs of University Secretary, Executive Secretary to the University President, Admissions Secretary, and Records Secretary. During World War II she served as defacto acting administrator of the University for some time while President David B. Owen was away on active duty with the Navy. Through both the Great Depression and WWII, she helped guide the school through some very rough times.

Miss Schmidt was a member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church for 65 years, having transferred her membership from Arcadia Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority of Bradley University.

Private funeral services were held Monday, February 8, at the Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. Jeffrey S. O'Niell officiated at the graveside services in the family plot of Springdale Cemetery.

(Elmwood Gazette, Feb. 11, 1982, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Sports Figure, Robert Schmitt, Dies at Age 62


Funeral services for Robert E. Schmitt, Sr., 62, of 2001-West Wiswall St., widely known worker with boys' groups here and former baseball scout, who died at 11:45 p. m. Tuesday at Methodist Hospital, will be at 1 p. m. Friday at the Wilton Mortuary.

The Rev. M. I. Bischoff of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 9 p. m. today, with the Knights of Pythias to conduct services there at 8 p. m. today.

Mr. Schmitt, a lifelong Peorian was the father of Robert Schmitt, Jr., baseball coach at Limestone High School. The elder Mr. Schmitt formerly served as a scout for the old St. Louis Browns baseball team, and until two years ago was sponsor of a baseball team in the Journal Star League here. A commercial photographer for many years at the Hollywood Studios of Peoria, recently had been a sergeant in the Pinkerton Detective Agency here for three years, being stationed at the Armour & Co plant.

A son of Emil and Lena Borchers Schmitt; he was born here June 7, 1898, and married Mary Jewel Cook in Peoria in November, 1920. He was a member and past councellor of Calanthe Lodge 17, Knights of Pythias and a past president and secretary-treasurer of the DOKKs.

Surviving are his wife; his son, Robert Schmitt, Jr.; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Hauck of Peoria and Mrs. Joanne Carey of Grand Rapids, Mich, and 4 grandchildren. (Peoria Journal Star, Thursday, June 23, 1960, transcribed by Anna Petrick)

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Jule Schmitt

Mrs. Jule M. Schmitt, 84, of 5624 Custer Court, Bartonville, died at 12:35 p. m. Tuesday at Methodist Center, where she had been a patient since June 28.

Born July 11, 1896, in Macomb, a daughter of Alfred and Margaret Cooke, she married Robert Schmitt, Sr., November 8, 1923, in Peoria. He died June 21, 1960, in Peoria.

Surviving are one son, Robert E. Schmitt, Jr. of Bartonville; two daughters, Mrs. Harvey (Betty) Hauck and Mrs. Arthur (Joanne) Carey, both of Bartonville, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Pythian Sisters of Peoria.

Services will be 11: a. m. Saturday at Wilton Mortuary, the Rev. Ben Ling officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p. m. tomorrow at the mortuary.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

(Peoria Journal Star, Tuesday, July 15, 1980, transcribed by Anna Petrick)

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Obituary

Mrs. Mary Schelkopf Schneider

Mary was born at Kickapoo, IL September 11, 1862. At the age of 4 she with her parents located at the family home 3 miles north of Brimfield. Here she grew to womanhood. She was loved by all with whom she came into contact. On January 30, 1894 she was united in marriage to Mr. Henry Schneider of Peoria, IL. Peoria became her home.

Five weeks ago, about 10 months after her health began to fail; she was taken to St. Francis Hospital. Fully aware of the fatal nature of her illness she awaited the final summons and calmly passed away, Sunday morning, June 3, 1918 in the fifty sixth year of her life.

There remain to mourn her loss her husband Henry, three brothers, Martin of Shickley, Nebraska, John of Brimfield, Illinois and Joseph of Monica, three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Simmons, Mrs. Lizzie Eisenmenger of Humphrey, Nebraska and Mrs. Anna McDonough of Brimfield, IL.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from St. Josephs Church in Peoria and the remains were brought to Brimfield and interment made in Calvary Cemetery. (Brimfield News, Jun. 13, 1918, submitted by Jackie Hensley)

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Oscar Frederick Selberg

Laura - Oscar Frederick Selberg, 70, died at 1:05 a.m. yesterday at Highview Nursing Center, West Peoria, Illinois.

Born April 21, 1912 in Peoria County, at Reed City. He was a son of John Amel Selburg and Nellie Samingson-Selburg.

He first married a Mary from Indiana and had 2 daughters: Jackie and Jeannette Selburg of Crawsfordville, Indiana. 3 sons: Oscar JR Selburg, George Selburg, and Eugene Selburg all of Indiana. Divorced before 1943.

He then married Loretta Malcolm in July 23, 1943 in Peoria. She died in 1968.

He married Mary E Williams on March 18, 1981 in Peoria, Illinois. She Survives. He is survived by his 2 sons: Dale of Laura and Timothy of Sturgis, Michigan. 2 daughters: Pamela (Vincent) Dries of Peoria, and Cindy (Glenn) Huffman of Princeville; 8 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs Hilda (Harry) Calhoun of Mapleton, and Mrs. Minnie (Otis) Shaw of Peoria.

He was a machinist at Caterpillar Tractor Co., retiring in 1977. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the UAW Local 974.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. The Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. There will be no visitation. Hammitt Funeral Home in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 31, 1982, submitted by Pamela Selberg-Dries-Lewis)

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Mary Margaret Shane, one of Brimfield's highly respected citizens and widow of the late Frank Shane passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Bale on Tuesday, May 9 [1922] at 8:45 aged 67 years, 7 months and 11 days.

Mrs. Shane was born near Brimfield, Illinois being one of eight children born to Ezekiel and Eliza Caldwell of Virginia, of whom three survive; namely, John and Emma Caldwell of Brimfield and Mrs. Tillie Richards of Iowa. The deceased are her father and mother, her sisters Mrs. George Weatherwax, Mrs. Nancy Forney, Mrs. Amanda Martin and one brother Jackson Caldwell

On December 21, 1876, she was untied in marriage to Frank Shane of Brimfield, Illinois. To this union nine children were born, three of whom passed away in infancy; Mary, Ethel and Vera. Those living are Lester Shane of Galesburg, Roy Shane of Peoria, Mrs. Cecil Bale of Princeville, Elmer Shane, Mrs. Minnie Hasselbacher and Mrs. Jennie Savage of Brimfield, Illinois.

Mrs. Shane had been in poor health for nearly a year and was preceeded in death by her husband only three and one half months before. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, Brimfield in the presence of many relatives and friends on Thursday afternoon, May 11, 1922 at 2:30 conducted by Rev. E. E. Diffenbaugh who spoke from the text Ecc. 12.7.

There were many beautiful floral tributes resting upon the casket. Mrs. A. Pacey and Mrs. S. H. Neikirk and Mrs. Diffenbaugh, organist, sang the following hymns: "Rock of Ages", "My Faith Looks up to Thee" and "Nearer My God to Thee".

The casket bearers were George Smith, Richard Miller, Lemuel Barrett, George Wilson, Robert Bale and Ferris Rowcliff. Interment was in Brimfield Cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Donna Carkenord)

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Donald G. Sherwin

    Funeral rites will be held in California for Donald G. Sherwin, vice president and director of Caterpillar Tractor Co., who died late Wednesday night at his home in San Leandro, Calif.
     Mr. Sherwin died following several years illness which necessitated his return to California in 1940. He had resided in Peoria for six years up to that time. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Joseph D. Sholl

     Joseph De Vere Sholl, 75 years old, a lifelong resident of this vicinity, died at 1:12 a. m. today at his home, R. R. No. 3, Peoria, following an illness of several weeks.
     Mr. Sholl, who had lived in the same house for 47 years, had been a stationary engineer all his life, retiring in 1927. He had been for many years associated with the Sholl Brothers mines and for 5 years was engineer at the Peoria State Hospital.
     He was born in Peoria, April 2, 1866, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sholl. He married Miss Ella Howell? in this city, July 4, 1890.
     He leaves his wife, six daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Hides and Mrs. Mary Whalton, both of Peoria; Mrs. Jewell Brock, Mrs. Beatrice Orr and Miss Dorothy Sholl of Chicago; Mrs. Harriet Zell, Pontiac, Mich.; two sons, Bryan J. and James of this city; a brother James Newton Sholl, also of Peoria, and 12 grandchildren. A son and daughter precede him in death.
     The body was removed to the Davison funeral home pending funeral arrangements. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Jacob Singley

     Funeral services will be held at 9 a. m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's home for Jacob Singley, 70 years old, who died yesterday morning at the home where he had lived for the past nine years.
     The body was removed today from Ziegler-Conners funeral home to St. Joseph's home and friends may call after 4 p. m. Burial will be in St. Joseph cemetery. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Chillicothe, May 7, 1888, of cerebro spinal meningitis, Frank W. Sanger, aged 6 years, 7 months and 28 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Chillicothe, April 25, 1888, Lena Smith, aged 1 year, 3 months and 21 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Peoria, February 17, 1888, of paralysis, John Sturm, aged 72 years and 21 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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The Obituary Record.

     Yesterday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Lucy Schweitzer at her residence, No. 122 Barker avenue. Mrs. Schweitzer was 33 years of age and the wife of Henry G. Schweitzer. She was sick about a week, and her death was very sudden. (Peoria Daily Transcript, February 27, 1896, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Leo Shadrick Sr.

CREVE COEUR - Leo T. Shadrick Sr., 84, of 297 W. Morton St. died 2:30 a.m. Saturday at his home.

Born Nov. 5, 1903, in Peoria to James W. and Stella Fitton Shadrick, he married Marjorie I. Sprinkle on Aug. 23, 1957, in Normal.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Leo T. Shadrick Jr., one daughter, Stella A. Mercer, and two stepsons, Michael W. and John R. Wolstenholm, all of Creve Coeur; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Laurie J. Roby of Peoria; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.

He was a World War II Army veteran and a painter for George Young and Co., retiring in 1968. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paper ?angers Local 157 of Peoria since 1946.

Private entombment of ashes will be Monday at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria. The Rev. Lawrence P. Morrissey will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. (Peoria Journal Star, Jun. 18, 1988, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Daniel Franklin Shane was born on the old Shane homestead two and one half miles northeast of Brimfield on October 30, 1853 and passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Joseph Hasselbacher at Brimfield January 24, 1922 after a brief illness with pneumonia, aged 68 years 2 months and 25 days.

He was one of ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Shane who were among the early pioneer settlers of this vicinity, coming here from the east.

On December 21, 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Caldwell of Brimfield. To this union nine children were born, three of whom have passed away, namely; Mary, Ethel and Vera. The surviving children are Mrs. Cecil Bale, Mrs. Minnie Hasselbacher, Mrs. Jennie Savage and Elmer Shane all of Brimfield and Lester Shane of Galesburg and Roy Shane of Peoria. He is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. John Flagler of Howard, Kansas, Mrs. Henry Webber of Yates City, Mrs. Emma Farnum and Miss Lulu Shane of Brimfield and two brothers W. C. Shane of Peoria and J. F. Shane of Brimfield. Two sisters and one brother have passed away, Mrs. Ida Caldwell, Mrs. Ella Forney and Charles Shane. There are twenty-eight grandchildren living and three grandchildren who have passed away.

Mr. Shane spent his entire life in this vicinity being engaged in farming and for a number of years being in the harness business at Kickapoo and Wada Petra and in the farm implement business in Monica and Brimfield. He was a kind and indulgent husband and father, devoted to his family and ever ready to do a kind act for friend or neighbor.

The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved wife and children in their time of deepest sorrow.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Brimfield on Thursday afternoon, January 26 at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. E. E. Diffenbaugh. Mrs. H. O. Cady and Miss Mildred Pacey with Mrs. A. Pacey organist sang the following pieces: "Abide with Me", "How Gentle God's Commands" and "Jesus Savior, Pilot Me". On the casket were a number of floral offerings given as a tribute of esteem.

The casket bearers were Henry Moon, Robert Bale, Charles Savage, L. Hasselbacher, John Travis and George Fussner. Interment was in Brimfield Cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Earl Shane

Elmwood, Ill. (Special) Funeral services for Earl Shane, 61 who died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Laura following a stroke, were held Thursday afternoon at the Laura Methodist church with the Rev. Fred Reed officiating. Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery.

A son of James F. and Clara (Church) Shane he was born in Brimfield township Aug. 4, 1884, and married Mabel Hardy in December, 1935. He had been in the state highway maintainance department for the past 13 years. He was a lifelong resident of Brimfield township and Laura and a member of the Laura Grange.

Surviving are his wife; one brother, Glenn Shane, Toulon; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Hasselbacher and Mrs. Ida Reinhart, both of Brimfield, and Bertha Shane of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. (unknown paper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Death of a Pioneer.  Mrs. Susan L. Shane passes away
Thursday, October 29, 1896  

     Susan L. Stansbury was born in the City of Baltimore, Maryland on February 12, 1821 and passed peacefully away after a life full of usefulness and good deeds at her home in Brimfield, Illinois on October 29, 1896 at the ripe old age of 76 years, 8 months and 17 days.  For a number of years she had been in failing health and had anxiously looked forward to the end in happy anticipation of the summons that was to call her to that home above, there to be united in happy reunion with loved ones who had gone before.  Calmly and peacefully she fell asleep.  She had lived her allotted time and was prepared to go and for her death brought no fear.  
     Susan L. Stansbury was a daughter of Daniel and Susan (Lyon) Stansbury.  The first nine years of her life were spent in Baltimore after which the family moved to New York City where they lived four years.  They then returned to Baltimore where they lived a short time and then becoming imbued with a desire to come West where they thought better opportunities awaited them, they started with a small colony for the land of promise.  They made the long and difficult journey overland and proceeded that year as far as Zanesville, Ohio where they remained one year.  From Zanesville they resumed the overland journey to Peoria (then Fort Clark) where they arrived in 1835.  At that time Peoria boasted eighteen houses, including log cabins and all and the population was correspondingly meager.  They remained in Peoria a few months and then came direct to Brimfield and settled on a piece of land in Jubilee Township about two miles east of town.
     Brimfield then had but three or four houses.  On the long trip from the East, the girls of the party walked a great part of the distance, the wagons being heavily laden and the weather fine and the writer has often heard the deceased tell the story of the trip with its hardships and its pleasures, its joys and sorrows, the difficulties encountered and obstacles surmounted while on the way.  
     On the 30th day of May, 1839 she was united in marriage at Brimfield, Illinois to Hiram Shane, a native of West Virginia who had immigrated to this state a few years before.  Shortly after their marriage they entered a piece of land in Jubilee Township which during all these years has remained in the family and never changed hands, the Government title being in the possession of Mrs. Shane at the time of her death. To them were born ten children, four boys and six girls, all now living and all married but one, and all the sons-in-law and daughters-in-law still living together for forty living grandchildren and thirteen living great grandchildren.  
     Mr. Shane died December 3, 1862 leaving the sorrowing wife to care for the large family and to fight the battle of life alone.  Right well did she perform the duty, keeping the family together, providing, counseling and guiding and making for them a home filled with a fond mother's love to which all could turn in times of adversity and the good influence of which has followed the occupants thereof down through life. No sacrifice was too great or task too hard for her if by so doing she thought her children could be benefited thereby.  
     Her christian experience dates from 1837 in which year she was converted and joined the Brimfield M. E. Church of which she has remained a faithful and consistent member, having at the time of her death been a continuous member of this one church for a period of 59 years, a longer time than any other living member.  The lots on which the M. E. Church stands were donated by her husband who was present and took part in the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the present structure.  
     She was a member of the Old Settler's Association and the oldest settler in that organization and a prime mover in the organization of this society and in the annual meeting of which she took a deep interest.  The easy chair presented to her by the Association a few years ago is now in the possession of Miss Cora Caldwell, a granddaughter who was with her and helped care for her during her last illness.  
     For fifty-one years and six months, the farm northeast of town was her home but about seven years ago she moved to Brimfield where, with her youngest daughter Miss Lula Shane she has since resided.  During the years she has been an invalid, she has been tenderly and devotedly cared for by this daughter who has been constantly by her side anticipating her every wish.
     Out of a family of nine children but two brothers survive her.  They are Thomas Stansbury of Canton and William Stansbury of Brimfield.  
     From a vast prairie wilderness, she lived to see this land subdued, brought to the height of cultivation and made to blossom as the rose.  During her long life she noted these changes that were being wrought and many a happy hour has been spent by the younger generation in listening to the tales of early pioneer days as told by Grandma Shane.  
     The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at the M. E. Church conducted by the pastor, Rev. I. W. Denning assisted by Revs. Jordan and Cox.  The floral tributes were very beautiful and appropriate in design.  The church was filled to the doors, all the children and many grandchildren being in attendance together with a large number of other relatives and old friends.  The remains were tenderly laid away in the Brimfield cemetery by the side of those of her beloved companion who had preceded her to the other shore. (Brimfield News?, unknown date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)  

Other notes: From the files of the Brimfield News September, 1895 (A Correction)  

     Mrs. Susan L. Shane received the handsome rocking chair given to the oldest settler at the August 13th, 1895 picnic, instead of L. L. Guyer.  The committee, after consulting the history of Peoria County and other old data, concluding that she was the oldest settler present at the picnic who has continuous residence here.  Mr. Guyer was so close a contestant that at first the chair was awarded to him, the committee afterwards changing their decision.   Mrs. Shane was the originator of the "First Old Settler's picnic" held in Brimfield in 1889.  She, with the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. John Church and the late Samuel Snyder, made all the necessary arrangements, attended to the advertising, etc.  Each succeeding picnic has grown more and more interesting and the old settlers for miles around now look forward to the date with feelings of pleasure and happy anticipation.    The sixth annual meeting surpassed all others and was pronounced by all a magnificent success.  As Mrs. Shane has an old arm chair that is quite comfortable, when she is able to occupy it, she would no doubt be glad to have all the old settlers call on her and occupy the new one, that she may derive many hours of pleasure from it in reviewing old times and associations. (Brimfield News?, unknown date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Alice Shane

PEORIA - Alice K. Shane, 81, of 4521 W. Crost Ave. died at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Born July 29, 1915, in Moline to Alois and Marie VanHecke Staes, she married Orville H. Shane on Oct. 26, 1930, in Rock Island. He died Jan. 12, 1993, in Peoria. One son, Gary, one brother, four half-brothers and one half-sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Carkenord of Peoria; two brothers, Joseph Staes of Kickapoo and Emiel Staes of Washington; one half-brother, William DeBrobander of Rock Island; four half-sisters, Margaret Sunderland and Leona Mohr, both of Moline, Mrs. Donald (Louise) Williams of Decatur and Rose Olson of Rock Island; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She and her husband owned and operated Pleasant Valley Tap in Peoria for more than 20 years.

She formerly attended St. Mark's Catholic Church in Peoria, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Revs. Robert G. Schladen and David Carkenord will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to OSF Saint Francis Home Health Care.

(Peoria Journal Star, Mar. 31, 1997, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Donald Shane

BRIMFIELD - Donald E. "Gene" Shane, 72, or rural Brimfield died at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 1996 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Aug. 8, 1923, in Jubilee Township to Elmer E. and Gertrude Letterman Shane.

Surviving are one brother, Gerald of Peoria; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

He lived near Brimfield all his life, where he was an active member of the Brimfield Area Men's Club. He worked for Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1981. He was of the Lutheran faith.

He was an Army veteran.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. The Rev. Michael Liese will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harrison Hall in Brimfield. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the B.Y.E. Ambulance Service or the American Heart Association.

(Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 1, 1996, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Donayon Shane

Donayon "Dean" Shane, 70, of Quincy, formerly of Peoria County, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 1994, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 8, 1923, in Jubilee Township, Peoria County, to Elmer and Gertrude Letterman Shane.

Surviving are two brothers, Gerald of Peoria and Gene of Brimfield; one sister, Margaret Nelson of Dowagiac, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

A graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, he taught music for several years at Liberty High School before retiring.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. The Rev. Paul Hoecker will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

(Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 5, 1994, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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DIED

Miss Eva Shane, daughter of W. C. and A. J. Shane, of Peoria, died at the residence of Mr. James King, near Brimfield on Friday morning August 18th. The deceased had been in delicate health for some time, having suffered a severe attack of La grippe which developed into consumption, causing her death. A few weeks ago her parents brought her to Brimfield to visit relatives hoping that the country air would prove beneficial but she gradually grew worse and became so ill that it was deemed best not to try to move her to her home. She was 20 years, 3 mo. of age and an exceedingly bright and amiable young lady, having many friends who sincerely mourn her early death. She united with the First M. E. church in 1886 and during her long illness always talked very cheerful and hopeful for the future. A few days previous to her death she said to her father, "I understand the circumstances. Don't worry about me." The remains were taken to Peoria on the morning train Saturday and the funeral services were held at the family residence on Sunday at 2 o'clock being very largely attended, the beautiful floral tributes being exceptionally fine. The services were conducted at the residence by Rev. Clark of the First M. E. church, and at the cemetery by Lake View Lodge, No. 14, of which she was a member. The remains were laid to rest in Springdale cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Aug. 24, 1893, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Gary Shane

Gary A. Shane, 53, of 4521 W. Crost Road died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1991, at St. Francis Medical Center's emergency room.

Born June 15, 1938, in Peoria to Orville H. and Alice K. Staes Shane, he married Joyce Johnston on May 16, 1959, in Chillicothe.

She survives along with his parents of Peoria; two sons, Michael J. of Hanna City and Patrick O. of Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. Andrew (Donna) Heiser of Mapleton and Mrs. Joel (Annie) Hasse of Virginia Beach, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Carkenord of Peoria; and seven grandchildren.

He worked at Keystone Steel & Wire Co. for 20 years and last worked in the agricultural field.

He was a Marine veteran.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert Schladen officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 tonight at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel with a scripture service at 7:30. Additional visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Limestone Rescue Squad or any charity.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 11, 1991, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Gerald Shane

PEORIA - Gerald D. Shane, 90, of Independence Village died there at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2005.

Born April 23, 1914, in Brimfield to Elmer E. and Gertrude Letterman Shane, he married Marion F. Hajek on Sept. 23, 1940 in Chicago. He died May 15, 1989, in Peoria.

He was also preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are many nieces and nephews, including Richard (and Linda) Shane of Brimfield and Eleanor (and Russell) Shane of Peoria, who both took care of him.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was an inspector for WABCO for many years.

He was a member of Hanna City Sportman's Club, Radnor Rod and Gun Club and Kickapoo Sportman's Club.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before. Deacon David Reising will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Independence Village.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 14, 2005, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Orville Shane

Orville H. Shane, 80, of 4521 W. Crost Road died at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1993, at Methodist Medical Center.

Born March 12, 1912, in Brimfield to Elmer and Gertrude Letterman Shane, he married Alice K. Staes in 1930 in Davenport, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Carkenord of Peoria; three brothers, Gerald of Peoria, Gene of Brimfield and Dean of Quincy; one sister, Margaret Nelson of Dowagiac, Mich.; six grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Gary, in 1991, three brothers and two sisters.

He was a machinist at Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 1977. He owned Pleasant Valley Tap in Peoria for 30 years and worked as a farmhand in the Brimfield area.

He was a member of Caterpillar Retirees Club.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, the Rev. Paul G. Tolo will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the chapel, Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 14, 1993, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Russell Shane

WEST PEORIA - Russell E. Shane, 76, of West Peoria passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1929, in Peoria to Harold E. and Dorothy Rook Shane. He married Eleanor Wagner on May 3, 1952, in Kickapoo, Ill.

She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Vicky (Merle) Turner of Brimfield; one son, Paul R. (Veronica) Shane of Texas; seven grandchildren; one greatgrandson; one sister, Delores Carson of California; and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1984.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kickapoo, with Father Lawrence Zurek, O.F.M. officiating.

Visitation will be one hour before the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Kickapoo. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Peoria Volunteer Fire Department.

(Peoria Journal Star, Mar. 24, 2006, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

HENRY - Arlin E. Shofner, 70, of Jefferson Street died at 9:11 p.m. Monday Dec. 31, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

Born Feb. 9, 1931, in Bureau to William A. amd Polly Thompson Shofner, he married Irma Lucille Medearis in Henry on Sept. 6, 1958. She

survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Robert (and Denise) of Putnam, Gary of Henry, and Randy (and Jahn Nell) and Aron (and Tanya), both of Sparland;

one daughter, Cindy (and Bret) Hart of Magnolia; 12 grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; and three sisters, Barbara Francisco of Sumpter, S.C.;

Sharon Cusac of Helendale, Calif., and Charlotte Smith of Eureka.

He worked as a welder at Chillicothe Metal Company and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He attended Henry Bible Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ries-McKitrick & Newton Mortuary, Henry Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the

chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sparland First Baptist Church.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan. 2, 2002, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Died

Vera M. Shane, youngest daughter of D. F. and M. M. Shane, died February 26, 1898, of congestion of the lungs, aged 8 months and 25 days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Denning at the residence four miles east of town, Sunday afternoon and were largely attended. The remains were laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery.

Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade,
Death came, with friendly care,
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there.

Card of Thanks

We desire to sincerely thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy so generously extended during our late bereavement.

Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Shane

(Brimfield News, Mar. 3, 1898, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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W. L. Silberstein Rites Monday

Services for Willard L. Silberstein, 61, of 928 Hamilton Blvd., who died at 9:30 a.m. yesterday at St. Mary's Hospital at Rochester, Minn., where he had been a patient two weeks, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Gauss Memorial Chapel.

Rabbi Julius Hyatt of Agudas Achim Synagogue will officiate and burial will be in Hebrew Silberstein Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the memorial home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Agudas Achim Synagogue.

Mr. Silberstein was president of Peoria Loan Service, Inc., of West 7th avenue. He was born in Peoria May 2, 1906, a son of Moses and Delia Schwartzberg Silberstein. He was a member of Agudas Achim Synagogue and the board of directors there. Other memberships included Hopkinsville Lodge 27, AF&AM, of Hopkinsville, Ky.; Peoria Consistory, Scottish Rite; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; Standard Club of Peoria; B'nai B'rith; the Zionist Organization and the Travelers Protective Asn.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Rose Bergen of New York; three nieces, Mrs. Marvin Goodman and Mrs. Joseph Solls, both of Peoria; Mrs. Charles Sherkow, Milwaukee, Wis.; and one nephew, Robert Silberstein Jr., of Peoria. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Abe Silberstein, and two sisters, Esther Silberstein and Mrs. Leo Newman.

(Peoria Journal Star, 1967, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Ingoldsby W. Silloway

Died at his home in Peoria, Illinois, Monday, Feb. 18, 1907, aged 74 years. Brief funeral services will be held at the residence, 907 Peoria Avenue, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Public services will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, 1907 at the Congregational church in Brimfield at 10 o’clock, a.m., conducted by Rev. R. Pacey and Rev. A. J. Blair.

Interment in Brimfield cemetery. (funeral card, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Obituary

     Mr. I. W. Silloway, formerly of Brimfield, but for a number of years a resident of Peoria, died at his home in that city Monday evening, Feb. 18, 1907, at eleven o'clock. His death was sudden, although his health has not been good for many years. He was apparently in his usual health when he retired, but about eleven o'clock his wife was awakened by his heavy breathing. She tried to arouse him but could not. A physician was hastily summoned but Mr. Silloway had passed away before he arrived.
     Brief funeral services were held at the home in Peoria yesterday afternoon at 2:30 and the remains will be brought to Brimfield this morning, where funeral services will be held at the Congregational church at 10 o'clock, the interment being in the family lot in the Brimfield cemetery.
     Mr. Silloway was a veteran of the civil war. The news of his death was learned with regret by his many old friends and comrades, by whom he was most highly esteemed. (Brimfield News, Feb. 21, 1907, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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     I. W. Silloway was born Nov. 5, 1832, and died Feb. 18, 1907, aged 74 years, 3 months, and 13 days.
     Mr. Silloway was born in Berlin, Washington county, Vermont. He was one of a family of eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, only five of the family survive him. They all reside in the eastern states. Mr. Silloway came to Peoria county, Ill., in the year 1855. After a short time in the city of Peoria he moved to Brimfield.
     He was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Huey of Brimfield, April 22, 1857. To this union were born four children, one son and three daughters, Mrs. Clara Chamberlain of Peoria, Mrs. Ella Radley of Fairfield, Iowa, Mr. Arden Silloway of Brimfield, and Mrs. Faye Schleicher of Peoria. All of whom were present at the funeral.
     Mr. Silloway moved to Indianola, Iowa, in the year 1861. He enlisted in 1864 and was assigned to Co. A, 16th Reg. Iowa Vol. Infantry. This regiment was in General Sherman's command, and Mr. Silloway took part in all the engagements in that grand campaign from Atlanta to the sea, in fact was identified with the regiment until after the great parade in Washington after which he received an honorable discharge. After his discharge from the service he settled in Yates City, Ill. After four years residence there he moved to Brimfield and was a citizen of this village for about thirty one years. From Brimfield he moved to Peoria where he died about 11 p. m. Monday Feb. 18, 1907.
As a citizen Mr. Silloway was highly esteemed. Whenever called upon to render public service he responded to the situation promptly and vigorously. Dishonesty and graft were foreign to his nature. His life and character always stood for that which was best in the home, in society and in the government.
     Mr. Silloway united with the Congregational church in Brimfield in the year 1856. When he resided in Yates City he transferred his membership to the Presbyterian church in that place. When he removed from Yates City to Brimfield he transfered his membership to the First Presbyterian church in Brimfield. In this church he was recognized as one of its leading members, elected by his brethern as an elder of the church and holding other official positions, continued identified with it until the church was disbanded in the year 1900. Mr. Silloway then united with the Congregational church in Brimfield and continued identified with it until he removed to Peoria, when he again transferred his membership to the Presbyterian church.
     Mr. Silloway's last illness was of short duration. He retired in the evening, fell asleep, and in a few hours passed away. In his death the family, the church and the community suffer loss. The bereaved have the sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Brief funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. In the absence of the pastor, Rev. Benson, the services were conducted by Rev. Weston. Thursday morning the remains were brought to Brimfield, funeral services being held in the Congregational church at 10 a. m., conducted by Rev. Richard Pacey, assisted by Revs. Blair and Lackland. The interment being in the Brimfield cemetery.
The veterans of G. L. Fort Post attended in a body, the following being pall bearers: Peter Swimm, F. R. Bennett, Eph Herriott, James King, Peter Bower, John Foulk. The music was furnished by Mrs. E. Yoakem, Mrs. Addison Pacey, Dr. A. J. Hawkes and Harold Cady. (Brimfield News, Feb. 28, 1907, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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    One of the old settlers of Peoria county passed away at 12:15 o'clock yesterday morning when Mrs. Lydia Silloway died at her home, 907 Peoria avenue.
    Her maiden name was Miss Lydia Huey and she was born near Wheeling, W. Va, seventy-one years ago and came to Peoria county when a young woman. Her marriage to I. W. Silloway, a prosperous farmer took place in this city nearly fifty-one years ago and for many years the family resided in Brimfield. Mrs. Silloway was a typical old settler possessing all the sturdy qualities of the early residents and was a woman highly esteemed by all who knew her and her family has the deepest sympathy of a wide circle of friends. She is survived by three daughters and one son, who sincerely mourn the loss of a most affectionate mother. Brief funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock and the remains will be taken to Brimfield Wednesday morning for interment.--Peoria Star, Aug. 31
    The body, accompanied by a number of relatives and friends, was brought to Brimfield on the morning passenger train yesterday and funeral services were held at the Congregational church at 9:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. Richard Pacey, assisted by Rev. C. D. Shoemaker. The remains were laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News, Sep. 3, 1908, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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    Mrs. I. W. Silloway was born December 13, 1836, and died August 30, 1908, aged 71 years, 8 months, and 17 days.
    The maiden name of the deceased was Lydia Huey; she was born in Ohio County, West Virginia. Her parents with their family moved to Brimfield, Peoria County, Ill., in the year 1849. Mrs. Silloway was one of a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters. Four of the family have now passed away, James and Edward died in the army in November, 1863, Mrs. McQuown died January 1, 1901, and Mrs. Silloway died as stated, August 30, 1908. The other children are: William, residing at Gibson City, Ill., John D. at Monmouth, Ill., Mrs. Jones at Seguin, Texas, and Webster, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. William and John D. were present at the funeral, the others were not able to come.
    Miss Lydia Huey was united in marriage to I. W. Silloway April 22, 1857. To this union were born four children: Mrs. Clara Chamberlain and Mrs. Faye Schleicher, of Peoria; Mrs. Ella Radley of Fairfield, Iowa; Arden Silloway, of Cando, North Dakota. They were all present at the funeral of their mother. Mr. Silloway died February 18, 1907.
    In 1861, Mr. and Mrs. Silloway moved to Indianaola, Iowa. Mr. Silloway enlisted in the year 1864 and was assigned to Co. A, 16th Reg., Iowa Vol. Infantry. After his discharge from the service they settled in Yates City, Ill. After residing in Yates City four years they moved to Brimfield and were residents of this place for over thirty-one years. A few years ago they moved to Peoria. When their daughter Faye was married, they made their home with her. It was at this home that both father and mother died.
    Mrs. Silloway was identified in membership with the Presbyterian church the greater part of her life. She was a modest, unassuming, conscientious, christian woman, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She not only lived a devoted, christian life but died in the blessed assurance of a peaceful immortality. "I have asked not to stay; after the storm comes peace." Thus she passed to her reward.
In her death the children sincerely mourn the loss of a tender and loving mother. They have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The greatest consolation that can come to the bereaved children in this hour of darkness and sorrow, not only to Mrs. Schleicher but to all of them, is the loving, tender care they have given to the deceased.
    The body, accompanied by a number of relatives and friends, was brought to Brimfield on the morning of Sept. 2, and funeral services were held at the Congregational church, conducted by Rev. Richard Pacey, assisted by Rev. C. D. Shoemaker. The remains were laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News, Sep. 10, 1908, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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Obituary: Rudolph Anthony Smith

Rudolph A. Smith, 82, of 2423 Walden Road, Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of 4715 Egdebrook, died at 1:56 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 2, 1999, at Mercy HOspital in Iowa City.
   Born April 11, 1916 in Coffman, Mo., to Alfred J. and Genevieve (Wolk) Smith, he married Inez Holland on May 8, 1937, in River Aux Vases, Mo. She died in 1972. He married Bertha R. Kalmbrunn Liesman on June 18, 1972, in Peoria. She survives.
   Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Marilyn)Pribble of Coralville, Iowa, and Mrs. Lonnie (Beverly) Owens of Washington; one stepson Burton Liesman of Chillicothe, and one stepdaughter, Sandra Herbst of Oklahoma City; one bother Walter of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; one sister, Dorothy Doza of Festus, Mo.; four grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
   Two grandsons and great-granddaughter preceded him in death.
   He was a postal carrier for the u.S. Postal Service in Peoria, retiring in 1978. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Letter Carriers.
   A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post 2 in
Peoria.
   He was a former member of Moose Lodge and the AM-VETS.
   Services will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chaple, where visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday. Cremation will be accorded after the service.  Burial will be in Parkview cemetery in Peoria.
   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. (Peoria Journal Star, Feb. 3, 1999, submitted by Tracy Kyle)

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Clay Smith

Everybody's Business

Clay Smith, a well-known farmer of Oak Hill, was instantly killed in an automobile accident near the village last Thursday. Mr. Smith was driving along the road in a Ford near Pearl Coon's residence and was just crossing a small creek when the machine became unmanageable from some cause and rolled off the road into the creek at the side. There was a few inches of water in the ditch, and Mr. Smith's face and head were held in the water by the machine, which fell on top of him. In this position he was supposedly suffocated as he was dead when found. Mr. Coon and his wife were driving in a wagon when they saw the car upset. They hastened the rescue but could not remove the body without help. They telephoned for help at once and called doctors Robert and Moore. No bones were found broken, and it was the opinion that death was caused by asphyxiation. The coroner's verdict was in accordance with the foregoing statement. Mr. Smith was widely known and highly esteemed. He had been married about three years, his wife being Miss Rose Hutchinson, a former well-known school teacher of this vicinity. He was about 50 years of age. The funeral services were held on Sunday and were largely attended by friends and neighbors.

(Brimfield News, Nov. 22, 1917, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Louisa Strasbaugh

Louisa Dawson, youngest daughter of Isaac and Hannah Dawson, was born August 18, 1836, on Horseshoe Bend Farm, four miles from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. On May 11, 1852, she and her mother left Virginia by rail to Cumberland, crossed the Alleghany Mountains in a stage, and hence came by boat to Newton, Pennsylvania, and from there by boat to Peoria, landing in Peoria May 24, after 13 days' travel, 11 days on the water (first on the boat Niagara, then down the Ohio on the Statesman and up the Illinois to Peoria on the Avalanche). She rode on the first train that went over the B&O route that was extended from Baltimore to Cumberland. On May 25 at noon they arrived in Kickapoo.

She was married to Francis Strasbaugh August 11, 1859. After six years of wedded life, her husband died on September 29, 1865. Four children were born to them, one son dying in infancy. She sank to restful sleep August 26, 1903, after two days' illness, leaving three daughters, one granddaughter, two grandsons, and one brother.

The funeral services were held on August 28 and were conducted by Rev. J. C. Keller of Chebanse, Illinois, text Ps. 39:7. The remains were interred in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

(Brimfield News, Sep. 3, 1903, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Obituary

     Mrs. Thomas Pacey received word Saturday at the sudden death of her nephew Lloyd A. Silloway Of Miles City, Montana. He passed away in his sleep early Saturday morning.
     Lloyd was born here at Brimfield Sept. 16, 1893, son of Arden and Janette Farnum Silloway. He moved to Cando, N. Dakota, with his parents when he was thirteen years old, then on to Montana in 1909. He worked on the Great Northern Railroad from the time he was 16 years old until he retired a year ago.
     He is survived by three aunts, Mrs. Faye Schleicher of Peoria; Mrs. Lois Marshall of Bozeman, Montana; and Mrs. Thos. Pacey of Brimfield; and several cousins.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Gra[t]es Funeral Home in Miles City, Montana and burial was beside his parents at Forsythe, Montana. (Brimfield News, Dec. 2, 1954, submitted by Laurie Huey)

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Ethel F. Snook

Ethel Snook, of Plainfield, died in her daughter's home on Tuesday, September 25, at the age of 95. Ethel was born on October 9, 1911, in Princeville, IL, to Walter and Sarah (Pickaver) Cooling. She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Norman) Brust of St. Louis, MO and Susan (Allen) Winter of Plainfield. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Snook; her parents; and eight brothers and sisters, Gladys Lightner-Carlson, Maybelle Cooling, Lena Anderson, Wallese DuVal, Mary Hamilton-Frey, Robert Cooling, Edith Bajt, and Richard Cooling. Ethel resided all of her married life in Plainfield township and was a member of the Plainfield Congregational United Church of Christ. A Ceremony of Life will take place at the church located on the corner of Route 59 and Fraser Rd., south of Plainfield, on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. and followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall. Donations in Ethel's memory to the Plainfield Congregational UCC will be greatly appreciated.

(Joliet Herald News, Oct. 5, 1992, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. A. W. Smith Funeral Thursday

Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Anna Wright Smith at the Wilton Mortuary chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. E. T. Mur?? officiating.

Mrs. Smith, who was the wife of Aura? Smith, 636? Fishgate street, died at St. Francis hospital Tuesday, aged 64? years. Born in this city on March 10, 1882?, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fitton, she was married here September 5, 1913, to Aura? Smith, who survives her. Other survivors are two brothers, William and George Fitton, and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Neidhardt and Mrs. Stella Julian?, all of Peoria.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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JACOB SMITH

John Jacob Smith was born in Germany, May 11, 1839, and died at his home in Brimfield, Feb. 22, 1916, having almost completed 77 years.

He came to America when a young man. He was twice married, the second marriage to Miss Sarah B. Savage, who survives him. There were born to this union four children, three daughters and one son, all of whom survive. He also leaves one brother in Rochester, N.Y., two sisters living in this county, and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held at the M.E. church last Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. S. White, and the remains were laid to rest in
Brimfield cemetery.

NOTE: Johann Jakob (John Jacob) Schmidt was born November 20, 1842 in Webenheim, Saar-Pfalz-Kreis, Saarland, Germany, and was baptized in the Reformed Evangelical Parish Church in Mimbach on November 27, 1842. His parents were Johann Philipp Schmidt and his wife Maria Louisa Rupp. During the often violent agitation against anything German during World War I, he anglicized his name to "Smith". He was known around Brimfield as "Uncle Jake".

(Brimfield News, March 2, 1916, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Obituary

The remains of David Shane arrived here last Monday from Pontiac and were met at the train by a large number of mourning relatives and friends who followed the remains to its final resting place at the LaSalle cemetery. -September7, 1885 -

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

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Obituary

James Shane, son of Albert and Emma Shane, was born near Lawn Ridge, May 26, 1884, and died Nov. 5, 1902, his age being 18 years, 5 months and 10 days. For several weeks he had been afflicted with numerous boils which were treated with the usual home remedies and he continued at his farm duties, working for his brother Daniel. Finally a huge carbuncle came, located on the spinal column, which so completely unnerved him that he gave up work, went home, and a doctor's aid was called in. All that medical skill could do was done, but blood poison developed rapidly and in five short days he died---cut down in the first bloom of his young manhood. Rugged, energetic and helpful in labor, quiet and peaceful in manner, genial and pleasant in social intercourse, he was a favorite with all who knew him and a burden of sorrow rests on the hearts of his young associates. The funeral service was held at the home, conducted by Rev. J. H. Runalls, of the Congregational church, at whose services he was a constant attendant. Beautiful music was rendered by Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hinman and daughter, Ada, and Whitfield Runalls. The beautiful gray casket was fairly loaded with the fairest flowers, the sympathetic tributes of his many neighbors, friends and schoolmates, one large, elegant wreath coming from Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, of Peoria, close friends of the family. All of his brothers and sisters were present except his sister, Nettie, who lives near Topeka, Kan., whom sickness prevented from being present. Six of his boy friends and schoolmates, Frank Wilson, Robbie Green, George Perkins, Dick Wiles, John Green and Brooks Wiles were the pall bearers who bore him away to the last resting place in the Lawn Ridge cemetery. The warmest sympathy is manifest throughout the community for the mourning family in their sudden affliction.

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

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Obituary

Rollin Francis Snyder was born Dec. 18th, 1901 and died Aug. 6th, 1903, his age being 1 year, 7 months and 19 days. The son of John H. and Sarah Addie Snyder of Medina township. Besides the parents he leaves five brothers and one sister to mourn his untimely death. Like the passing fragrance of a lovely flower, they hold his memory dear until they stand an unbroken family within the beautiful gate.

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

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Samuel Snyder was born in Shellsburg, Bedford county, Penn. the 27th day of May 1813 and died at his late home in Brimfield, Peoria Co. IL on the 15th day of May 1889, aged 75 yrs 11 mos and 18 das. He came with his father's family to Peoria Co. IL in 1836 and settled near Brimfield in Jubilee township, where he lived until he married Mary Jane Stansbury, March 14,(12) 1839. He moved the same year with his wife to Booneville, Cooper County Missouri where he lived until he moved to Peoria, IL in 1850, going the same year across the plains to the gold fields of California, remaining here until 1853 when he returned to his family and settled at Brimfield where he has lived until his death. There were born to them eleven children, 7 boys and 4 girls, 4 of whom with his beloved wife (who died in great peace, September 13, 1885) preceded him to their home in heaven. There remain of the children four daughters, viz: Susan A. Fisher, Josephine Walker, Kate O. Walker and Marietta Aten and 3 sons Samuel H., William D. and Frederick H. all of whom but one are present today. Fredrick H. being distant in western Iowa and not able to reach here. There remain of his father's family of ten children only two: William who lives in Boonville, Mo and his youngest sister, Eliza Heryer, she being present to-day. The rest having gone before to that "bourn from which no traveler returns" He was converted and gave his heart to God and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church when a boy in Pennsylvania bringing his membership with him when he came to Illinois and helped to organize and was a member of the first M. E. Church class in Brimfield, he notifying the Settlers of the meeting to organize in his father's cabin and has ever since lived within the fold of the church, being personally identified with the church of his choice in her trials and struggles as well as her triumphs and victories, being class leader , steward and trustee, thereby bearing the burdens and hardships of the frontier church in which faith he lived, devoted to it's doctrines and policy and triumphantly died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. March 25, 1888 he was married in Brimfield, IL to Mrs. Lucy Ellis whom he leaves with the children, grandchildren, brother, sister and friends to mourn. He was a devoted and loving husband a kind and indulgent father, a true and faithful friend. "We shall meet but we shall miss him". Before he died he called his wife, children and grandchildren about his bed and one by one, taking them by the hand, bade them "Good bye" saying, "Meet me in Heaven". (another obit)  (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Mrs. Samuel Snyder

     Mary Jane Stansbury was born April 23, 1818 in the city of Baltimore, Maryland and emigrated to Peoria County, IL in 1836; was married to Samuel Snyder Mar 12, 1839. They soon afterwards removed to Missouri where she joined the Franklin (Howard county) M. E. Church in 1845, of which she was an exemplary member until the day of her death which occurred at her home in Brimfield, Sunday evening, September 13, inst.
    Her sufferings were great but she bore them all patiently and heroically. Her husband, four daughters and three sisters were with her in her last hours almost every instant and all that loving hearts and
hands could do to alleviate her suffering was done. The record she leaves behind her is that all who knew her loved her most. She lived in deeds not words. (Brimfield News?, unknown date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Frances Sommer

PEORIA -- Frances M. Sommer, 85, of Peoria died at 6:35 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at her residence.

Born June 19, 1919, in Peoria to Frank and Kazimiera Chernewski Lazisky, she married Ronald Sommer on Aug. 5, 1950, in Peoria. He died Sept. 12, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters, three brothers and one grandson.

Surviving are two daughters, Holly Henderson and Vali Shoff, both of Peoria; one son, Joseph (and Susan) of Bartonville; five grandchildren; and one sister, Camile Lindquist of California.

She was of the Catholic faith.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Cemetery. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Compassionate Friends Group at Pekin Hospital.

(unknown newspaper, Sep. ??, 2004, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Ronald Sommer

Ronald V. Sommer, 65, of 1515 S. Western, died at 10:45 p.m. Friday at Proctor Community Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days.

Born May 1, 1921, in Washington, to Joseph and Mabel Miller Sommer, he married Frances Laziski on Aug. 5, 1950, in Peoria.

She survives, along with one son, Joseph of Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Holly) Henderson and Mrs. Randy (Vali) Shoff, both of Peoria; and five grandchildren.

He was a truck driver, working out of Teamsters Local 627, retiring in 1983. He was a World War II navy veteran.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Davison-Fulton Western Chapel, Franciscan Friars officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery and visitation will be one hour before services at the chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital. (Died Sept. 12, 1986)

(unknown newspaper, Sep. ??, 1986, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Gertrude Staples

Gertrude M. Staples, 85, of Rosewood Care Center, formerly of 2126 W. Marquette died at noon Sunday, Oct. 27, 1991, at Methodist Medical Center.

Born Nov. 30, 1905, in Peoria to John A. and Josephine Bherens Ridlbauer, she married John E. Staples on June 14, 1927, in Peoria. He died on Aug. 25, 1991, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

She is survived by one daughter, Clara J. Reeser, and one brother, John A. Ridlbauer, both of Peoria.

She worked for 20 years at the former G&W Co. and later was employed by the former Hiram Walker Distillery until retiring in 1968.

She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Davison-Fulton Western Chapel, the Rev. Bruce Melton officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the chapel. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Peoria Journal Star, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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William Stewart, a former resident here, and a relative by marriage, of the Roots, died at his home in Princeville last Saturday. (Chillicothe Bulletin, Sep. 12, 1884, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Spurgeon, 61, Held This Thursday

Mrs. Mildred Bitner Spurgeon of Brimfield, 61, died at 6:01 a.m. Tuesday, January 14, 1964, where she was admitted as a patient December 9.

She was born in Laura May 20, 1902, a daughter of John and Susan Whittaker Bitner. She was married to Everett Rock in 1920. She then married Russell Spurgeon in 1939.

Surviving are one son, John Rock of Elmwood; one daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Donath of Peoria; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Grossaint of Monica; and one brother, Everett Bitner of Laura.

Mrs. Spurgeon attended Princeville high school and was a former teacher. She had been employed at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for the past 20 years, working until being hospitalized. She was a member of the Union church in Brimfield.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. in the Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial was in Brimfield cemetery. (Jan. 14, 1964)

(Unknown newspaper, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Ellen Schindler

    Ellen M. Schindler, 93, of 205 Harrison St. in Bartonville died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Americana Healthcare Center.
    Born Aug. 13, 1894, in Bartonville to Edward and Mary Proud-Stoker, she married Albert Schindler Oct. 24, 1915, in Galesburg. He died Oct. 17, 1957, in Bartonville. One sister and six brothers also preceded her in death.
    Surviving are three sons, Albert P. of Motley, Minn., Orville of Bartonville, Harold of Longmont, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Jones of Peoria and Mrs. Bernice Hoogerwerf of Bartonville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
    She was a World War II Wing Mother and a member of the Golden Years Club in Bartonville. She attended Bartonville United Methodist Church.
    Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel with visitation there from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.
    Memorials may be made to the Bartonville United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice. (Peoria newspaper, April ?, 1988, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Millionaire Edward Spelman

Peoria, Ill. June 13—Edward Spelman, the millionaire distiller, died here Wednesday afternoon from the effects of injuries received in a fall from a ladder at Pekin a week ago. He fell head first, striking on a plank in such a way as to literally tear his scalp off from the forehead to the base of the skull. Spelman was prominent in local politics and a noted figure in the Cronin trial at Chicago. He was “district officer” of the Clan-na-Gael, the head man of that organization in Illinois, and was put upon the stand to testify in regard to the alleged conspiracy in that organization to assassinate Dr. Cronin. His testimony was irrelevant.

(New York Times, Jun. 14, 1891, pg. 20, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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DEATH OF JOHN GREEN SPICER

Eminent Citizen of Peoria County Dies

The following concerning the death of J. G. Spicer of Edelstein [death: 9 FEB 1903] was from the Peoria Star:

After an illness of nearly three months which began with typhoid fever and ended with an abscess on his liver, John Green Spicer, the famous butter maker of Peoria county, died at his home at Edelstein Monday morning and the funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from the Seventh Day Baptist Church at West Hallock, service beginning at 2 o'clock.

John Spicer made Peoria county famous at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893, where he took the medal and diploma for the highest ??? excellence in butter, his exhibit scoring 96 3/4 points out of a possible 100. The judges who gave out the reward said that this was ??? perfection in butter making that could be obtained by human ???. Previous to his grand triumph at the World's Fair he has received more premiums for his butter at state fairs and exhibits of the Illinois State Dairyman's association than any competitor. In this way he became famous throughout the country.

John Green Spicer was born at Hopkington, R. I., Jan. 14, 1839, at the time of his death was in his 65th year. His ancestors settled in Rhode Island before 1700. His parents were Joseph and Content (Potter) Spicer, and he was the youngest of ten children. He was educated in the common schools of Rhode Island and in a select school at Adams, N. Y. The year of 1857 having brought relief? to his father he began his ??? career as a hired hand on a ????. He took the census of his ??? town and voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and in 1862 intended to enlist, but was rejected on account of ill-health. On June 29, 1863, he was married to Cornelia Babcock, near Adams Center, N.Y., and in the spring of 1865 came to Peoria county and then N. Y., and then came back and engaged in farming at Lawn Ridge. In the spring of 1871 he bought half of the homestead at Edelstein and engaged in the dairy business, in which he achieved a remarkable success and had one of the best equipped creameries extant.

Few men enjoyed so high an esteem as John G. Spicer. His sense of integrity was acute and dominated his every act. He made the best butter in the country because he could not make an inferior article. The principle of honesty in thought and act was part of his inmost being and found expression in everything he said or did. For many years he was clerk and trustee of the Seventh Day Baptist Church, and in politics he was an ardent prohibitionist. He filled various township offices and had been a director of the Edelstein school since its organization. He is survived by his widow and one son, Clarence, who having spent four years at Alfred university, is studying mechanical engineering at Cornell university. He had two sons and two daughters. Clara and Ernest died young. Minnie, the eldest, died in 1895, at the age of 26 years.

And so has passed out of the life that now is one of the best men that Peoria county ever had and wherever he was known his death will be deeply deplored.

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

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Obituary for Etta Stansbury

Funeral services for Miss Etta D Stansbury, 78 who died at Christian Buehler Home at 10 p.m. Wed were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clusky Mortuary, 202 N. Madison Ave. (Peoria, Illinois) Dr. C. O. Morong, former pastor of the First Baptist Church officiated and burial was in the cemetery at Brimfield.

Miss Stansbury was a retired teacher, had lived at Buehler Home since December, 1937. She was born at Brimfield Dec. 12, 1865 daughter of Daniel and Sarah Elizabeth Burton Stansbury. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Agency, MO where her father died in 1873 after which her mother brought the family back to Brimfield where Miss Stansbury attended school.

After her graduation, she taught school in Peoria and Stark Co. and later in Brimfield school and also taught in Winchester for two years. In 1900 she accepted a position in the city school in Monmouth and was principal of Garfield grade school there until her retirment in 1935. She was a member of the Baptist Church at Monmouth. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Marie Smith of Perry, Iowa, one brother Daniel D. Stansbury of Peoria, five neices and four nephews. Four sisters preceeded her in death. Surviving neices are Miss Muriel Stansbury, Mrs Gladys Buchanan and Miss Sadie Walliker, all of Peoria; Mrs. Elgin Mahle, Princeville, Mrs Gladys Malmgren, Biloxi, Miss. Surviving nephews are Wilton Stansbury with U. S. Coast Guard at Hawaii; Charles Walliker, Princeville; Reginald Walliker, Monica; Fred Walliker, Gilson, IL.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Obituary for Daniel D. Stansbury-The Peoria Star

Funeral services for Daniel D. Stansbury, 78, of 316 Nowland avenue, retired machinist, who died suddenly from an apparent heart attack at his home at 7:30 a.m. Monday after being in failing health for several years, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Covey & Wright mortuary.

Dr. Augus C. Hull of First Baptist church officiated and burial was in Brimfield cemetery.

Mr. Stansbury was born March 3, 1873 at Agency, Mo. He was a son of Daniel D. and Sarah Burton Stansbury and married Ida King in Peoria June 29, 1909. He was a veteran of th Spanish American war. Mr. Stansbury was a former member of the National Association of Machinists, AFL and before his retirement was employed by Hiram Walker and Sons, Inc.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Wilton Stansbury of Peoria; two daughters, Miss Marie Stansbury at home and Mrs. Gladys Malmgren of Canton, one sister Mrs. Marie Smith of Perry, Ia. and one grandson

(Brimfield News, May 10, 1951, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe and submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth Stansbury

Elizabeth Staley was born in Staffordshire, England Feb 3 1840 and died at the home of her son J. E. Stansbury, 222 Armstrong Ave. Peoria, Illinois at 8:45 p.m. Oct 20 1922.

When 16 years of age she left her native country for America, coming to Illinois where on June 29, 1865 at Lewistown in Fulton County she was united in marriage to William E. Stansbury.

Soon after their marriage they came to Brimfield where for nearly half a century until the death of here husband in 1913 they made their home. Upon the death of her husband, Mrs. Stansbury went to Peoria to reside with her son. Here her declining years were happily spent.

For many years she conducted a carpet weaving business in which she was an expert in Brimfield and many gray haired men will remember her for as boys they viewed with wonder the big loom and the flying shuttles which she so deftly handled which they were permitted to see through the open windows of her home. No doubt many homes in Brimfield and throughout the county still contain her handiwork for she wove beautifully and well and her services were always in demand.

She was a member of the Brimfield M.E. Church and a faithful attendant at services during her long residence here. Her bible was her daily companion and she found great comfort and pleasure in its study. Her excellent memory enabled her to quote long passages of scripture at will and she was recognized as one of the best posted bible students in the Sunday School.

The funeral service was held Monday afternoon at the M.E. Church in Brimfield at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. E. Diffenbaugh. The body was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the family lot in Brimfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Herman Griggs, C. W. Winne, Fred Arber, Henry Tully, Ray Bert and Irving Bragg.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Enola Stansbury Sutherland

Enola Virginia Stansbury was born April 13, 1863 at Lewistown, Ill and died at her home near Princeville, Sat. July 25, 1898 age 35 yrs, 4 mos and 11 days.

She was married to John A. Sutherland December 29, 1887 in Brimfield, since when she has made her home in Peoria County. Left an orphan at an early age, her life was spent principally in the homes of strangers, all of whom speak of her in the highest terms. She was united with the M.E. Church of Princeville by Rev. J. E. Connor. One child Amy Rachel was born to brighten their home, being at present 3 yrs. old. The bereaved husband, did everything to comfort her. One brother Thomas M. Stansbury of LaHarpe, Il remains to mourn.

A brief service was held at the house the following Monday, July 25 followed by a sermon at the Presbyterian Church at French Grove where the interment took place. Rev. J.E. Connor officiated.

(Brimfield News, July 28, 1898, submitted by Donna Carkenord, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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William Eldridge Stansbury

William, third son and fifth child of Daniel and Susannah Stansbury, was born in New York, April 5, 1828, and died in Brimfield, Ill. early in the morning of Thursday, Apr. 17, 1913, age 85 yrs. and 12 days.

He removed with his parents in early childhood to Baltimore, Maryland and in about 1884 to Peoria, Ill. and later to Brimfield where the larger part of his life was spent.

He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Staley at Lewistown, Ill on June 28th, 1865. He leaves to mourn his death, one son Edward of Galesburg, Ill., one brother of Canton, Ill. five grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Mr. Stansbury had been in failing health for a number of years. His devoted companion has been tireless in her care for the last seven weeks of his life. Granddaughter , Miss Florence has aided the grandmother in his care.

The funeral services were conducted from the home Sat. Apr. 19 at 11 a. m,. by the Rev. L.F. Cullom. Hymns were sung by Mrs. Addison Pacey, Miss Olive Herriott, William Harding and Judson Harding. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Village Cemetery

(Brimfield News, Apr. 24, 1913, submitted by Donna Carkenord, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Jennie Stansbury

Died

March 23, 1878, Jennie, daughter of Sarah Stansbury, aged 15 years, 5 months and 13 days. Mrs. Stansbury and family have the warm sympathies of friends in their bereavement.

(Brimfield News, March 27, 1878, submitted by Donna Carkenord, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Pearl Stiles

BRIMFIELD - Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Stiles, 89, of 314 W. Richmond Ave., Peoria, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Schreiner Funeral Home, Brimfield, the Rev. Kenneth Stuckey officiating. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

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

A former resident of Brimfield, she died at her Peoria residence Thursday night after a long illness.

She was born at Bryan, Ill., July 1, 1875, the daughter of William and Cornelia Gibbs Kirkpatrick. She first married James Murdoch who died in 1939. She married the second time to Carl Stiles in 1952 in Peoria.

Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Doubet and Mrs. Harriett Blundy, both of Brimfield, one sister, Mrs. Stella Greene, Laveta, Colo., three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two stepsons, Paul Stiles of Peoria, and Leo Stiles of Edelstein. Three brothers and one daughter preceded her in death.

(Unknown newspaper, 1964, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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SERVICE SATURDAY FOR EDW. STOKER, VILLAGE OFFICIAL

   

Funeral services for Edward Stoker, street commissioner of Bartonville and a brother of Mayor William Stoker, will be held at the Wilton mortuary at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. F. Alvin Park of the Bethel Lutheran Church in charge. Burial will be in Parkview cemetery. [He died Jan. 22, 1936]
Mr. Stoker died suddenly Wednesday evening while attempting to start his car in front of the Bartonville village hall. An investigation revealed that his death was due to heart trouble aggravated by the cold and over exertion.
    Dr. H. L. Williams, whose office is just across the street, was called but found the commissioner already dead.
    Stoker resided at 217 Buena Vista avenue in the village. He is survived by his widow, Theresa, two daughters, Mrs. Garnet Eller and Edwardene; three brothers, William, James T., and Herbert, and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Schindler, all of Bartonville.
    He was born June 27, 1874 in Durham county, Lancashire, England, and came to the United States when he was seven years old. He had resided in Bartonville since then. He had been street commissioner for three years.
    Hakes left his home about 11 o'clock to get to work at the Caterpillar plant where he was employed as an inspector by 11:45 o'clock. He was standing at Sterling and Rohmann avenues waiting for a street railway bus when Charles Krieter, 907 Laura avenue, stopped his automobile for him to ride with him.
They had proceeded only a short distance when Hakes slumped in his seat and fell against the young man. Krieter drove him to his home and notified Mrs. Hakes, then took him to the Methodist hospital. He was dead when he was examined there.
    An autopsy was ordered by Coroner Elliott to establish the cause of death. Hakes had not been treated by a physician for four years, and then only for a minor ailment.
    The body was taken to the Gauss mortuary. (Peoria newspaper, 1936, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Herbert Stoker

    Herbert (Shag) Stoker, 51, a farm hand, died unexpectedly at 1:39 p.m. Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at the residence of William Bonfeldt?, R. R. No. 1, East Peoria, where he had been employed the past eight years.
    Mr. Stoker was born in Bartonville, a son of Edward and Mary Proud Stoker, and lived there 51 years prior to going to East Peoria. He was a veteran of World War I and never married.
    Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ellen Schindler, Bartonville, and two brothers, Thomas Stoker, Clinton, Ia., and William I. Stoker, Bartonville.
    Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wilton mortuary, and interment will be in Springdale cemetery. The Rev. H. H. McFall will officiate, and friends may call at the mortuary Friday afternoon and evening.
    An investigation is being conducted by Dr. Robert Dunlevy, the Tazewell county coroner. (Peoria newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Thomas Stoker

    Thomas (Tim) Stoker, 72, who lived with a niece, Mrs. Garnet Eilers, of 310 Harrison Rd., Bartonville, died at 2 a.m. Sunday at the Veterans Hospital in Dwight. He had been a coal miner and resident of Bartonville all of his life.
    Mr. Stoker had worked at National Distillers Products Co., for two years after retiring from coal mining.
    Born there Nov. 7, 1887, he was the son of Edward and Mary Proud Stoker. Mr. Stoker never married. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ellen Schindler of Bartonville, and a brother, William Stoker, Sr., former mayor of Bartonville. Six nieces and 10 nephews also survive. His parents, one sister and four brothers precede him in death.
    He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and was a veteran of World War I. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Stone Mortuary with the Rev. Frederick Bunge officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.
    Friends may call Tuesday afternoon and evening. (Peoria newspaper, unknown date, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Ex-Bartonville Mayor William J. Stoker Dies

    William J. Stoker Sr., 77, of 201 Harrison St. Bartonville, former mayor of Bartonville and former coal miner for 47 years, died at St. Francis Hospital at 9:13 a.m. Friday.
    Born at Bartonville Nov. 21, 1883, he was a son of Edward and Mary Proud Stoker, and married Lillian Mutchler in Peoria in 1905. She died April 28, 1942.
    Mr. Stoker formerly served as mayor of the Village of Bartonville for 12 years and also had been an alderman there for six years. After retiring from mining, he worked as a watchman at the Laidlaw Wire Co. and at the Central Illinois Light Co. He attended the Bartonville Methodist Church and was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and the Progressive Mine Workers Union.
    Surviving are one son, William R. Stoker, and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Schindler, both of Bartonville. One sister and five brothers preceded him in death.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Stone Mortuary in Bartonville. The Rev. Raymond Krutz of the Bartonville Methodist Church will officiate.     Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.
    Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. (Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 4, 1951, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Plunge Into Gravel Pit Kills Driver

Mt. Sterling, Ill. The body of Winfred Stoker, 46, of Muscatone, Iowa, a former Mt. Sterling resident, was found Sunday in about 25 feet of water in a gravel pit pit near Muscatine by divers.
    Stoker failed to arrive for work at the Muscatine Lock and Dam Wednesday and had not been seen since Tuesday night.
    Car tracks leading to the gravel pit were found Saturday by police and a car owned by Stoker was found by divers Saturday in the gravel pit.
    Police said the car apparently left a curve, went up an embankment and plunged into the gravel pit. Time of accident was believed to be about 2 a. m. Wednesday.
    Mr. Stoker was born in Peoria, April 1, 1923, a son of Winfred and Hazel Steck Stoker. He was a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church. He retired from the Navy June 1, 1962 after 20 years of service.
    Surviving are five children: Amy, Nancy, Jack, Laura and David, all of Mt. Sterling; a half brother, Clayton Moke of Watertown, Wis., and two half-sisters, Mrs. Henry (Velma) Klingele of Mt. Sterling and Mrs. Orville (Erma) Hollis of Peoria.
    Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Rounds-Sadler Funeral Home. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Another Pioneer Gone.

John Storry Died Yesterday at His Home in This City---Funeral Sunday.

John Storry, for many years a resident of this city died at his home on Pine street yesterday forenoon, aged seventy-three years, of paralysis.

"Jack" Storry as he was familiarly known to his friends was a tailor by trade and was born in Packington, Yorkshire, England in 1829. He married and came to America in 1851, the union being blessed with three children, two now living, Wm. J. Storry and Mary J. Booth. Mr. Storry suffered the loss of his wife by death and was married again in 1859 to Miss Julia A. Bradley. Seven children were born of the latter marriage, five of whom are now living: David, Jessie, Fannie, Fred and Charles.

He moved to Chillicothe in 1862 and conducted a tailoring establishment here until a few years ago, when he was forced to retire on account of ill health. The funeral will be held at the house Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and the remains will be interred in the city cemetery.

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

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Mrs. Nettie Stout

Mrs. Nettie Stout died at the Proctor Endowment Home Tuesday afternoon following a long illness.

Mrs. Stout was born in Brimfield January 22, 1879 a daughter of Clark and Nancy A Harrison Brown. She was married to John E. Stout, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by one sister, Margaret Elizabeth Brown, of Proctor Endowment Home and a niece, Mrs. Ila Coburn of Chicago.

Mrs. Stout was a retired registered nurse and she and her sister have made their home for some years at the Endowment. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian church. (Brimfield News, Sep. 14, 1950, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mary Jane Gaddis Switzer

     Mary Jane Gaddis was born on February 9, 1819 in the town of Enniskillen?, county of Fermanagh, Ireland, and died August 24, 1895 at 11:55 p.m. making her age 76 years, 6 months, 15 days.
     She immigrated to America with her parents, the Rev. Wm. Gaddis and wife, also two brothers and one sister in the spring of 1821, settled in Albany, NY where she was converted at the age of 18 and joined the M. E. church, of which she has ever since been a member.  In 1837 came to Illinois with her father who was at that time transferred from Troy, NY Conference. Was married to John W. Switzer on January 6th, 1841, at Waukegan, Ill. They went to their new home on a farm near Elgin, Ill. Immediately after their marriage, where nine children blessed their union, 6 of whom are still living. From then moved to Dowagiac, Michigan, in 1864, remaining there 8 years, then returned to Illinois, and settled in the present home, five miles from Brimfield, in Rosefield township, Peoria county where she, with her husband and a portion of her family spent the remaining years of her life. Her death was caused by dropsy, superinduced by a weak rheumatic heart, and she has been in poor health for several years. Scarcely a year ago her husband preceded her to the better land, both her brothers and two sisters have gone before leaving but two members of a family of seven, one a younger widowed sister living in Portland, Oregon, and the other an unmarried sister, and youngest member of the family, who was in constant attendance upon her during the last five weeks of her illness. She was a faithful wife, a good mother, an industrious housekeeper and a kind and charitable neighbor. She was a great sufferer, but bore all patiently for Christ’s sake. She died trusting in the Saviour that her father preached for so many years and was frequently heard to exclaim that she was prepared to go, and that it would be a happy release; was resigned to the will of the Lord, and was “only waiting here, to hear the summons, child, enter home”. The last words she was to utter were “Glory to God,” while her sister sung to her,
     “My Jesus I love thee, I know thou art mine, etc.”
     Her parents died in 1850-51 and their remains rest in the cemetery at Toulon, Stark county, Illinois. Her funeral services were conducted at her late residence at 2 p.m. by the Rev. W. H. Clark, of Brimfield. The interment took place on Aug. 26, at the Oak Hill cemetery. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Sep. 5, 1895, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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Mrs. John W. Switzer

Mrs. John W. Switzer, widow of the late John W. Switzer, died at the home of her son. Geo. Switzer, in Rosefield, on Saturday, August 24, 1895. The funeral services were held at the residence on Monday. Mrs. Switzer was one of the pioneers of that vicinity. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 20, 1895, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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DIED

John Schelkopf, a highly respected and prosperous farmer residing about 2 1/2 miles north of Brimfield, died July 27th 1890, after an illness of several months duration. The deceased was 63 years of age and was born in Amersberg, Bavaria, Germany. He emigrated to this country about 1859 and settled in this county where he has since resided. He was a widower, his wife having died about 2 years ago, and leaves seven children, all grown, to mourn his loss. He was a kind and indulgent father, a good neighbor and among business men it was always said that "his word was as good as his note." The funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Church on Monday and the remains were laid to rest in Calvary cemetery. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen at this place.

(Brimfield News, July 31, 1890, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Funeral services for John Schelkopf were held at St. Josephs Church Thursday morning, August 14, 1947. Reverend Thomas G. Harrison officiated at the service, assisted by Reverend J. A. Gordon of Princeville and Reverend J. M. Fitzgerald of Peoria. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery and pall bearers were Robert Carroll, Frederick Carroll, Joseph Carroll, Thomas Maher, Ardle Maher, and John Fuchs.

Mr. Schelkopf was born in Jubilee Township January 5, 1867, the son of John and Walburga Schelkopf. When he was six weeks old his parents moved to the farm north of town where he died at the age of 80 years, 7 months, and 7 days. With the exception of 2 years residence in Princeville his entire life was lived on the farm.
He was the last of a family of 8 children.

Mr. Schelkopf and his wife, Elizabeth Megan, were married fifty-four years ago last November, their golden anniversary being happy celebrated, in1942.

A devoted husband, a proud father and a loyal friend, Mr. Schelkopf will be missed by many who enjoyed his pleasant, helpful interest in his family, his church and his community.

His wife, a son John R. of Princeville, a daughter, Mary Raymond, who is now in residence in Galesburg and three grandchildren; Joyce Ann, Rosemary, and John Schelkopf survive.

(Brimfield News, Aug. 21, 1947, submitted by Jackie Hensley, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mabel Shane

LAURA - Mabel B. Shane, 99, formerly of rural Laura died at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 1995, at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville. Born March 29, 1896, in rural Laura to John A. and Katie Whiting Hardy, she married M. Earl "Bud" Shane on Dec. 7, 1935. He died July 11, 1946. One sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving is one nephew, Leland Whittaker of Laura.

She worked at Webster's Store in Laura for many years and later was the assistant cook at Millbrook Grade School until the school was consolidated with the Princeville schools.

She was a member of the former Princeville Chapter 229, Order of Eastern Star for 79 years, which is now Wyoming Chapter 8, Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of Laura United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home in Princeville. The Rev. Rick Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Brimfield News, May 18, 1995, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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

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Obituary

Word was received here last Thursday of the death on December 24th of Henry W. Schneider, aged 83 years 8 days at his home at 307 Edmond St. Peoria, IL. For some months now he had not been well and his sudden passing was attributed to heart failure.

Mr. Schneider was born in Germany, December 16, 1847, came to America at the age of 16 and has made his home in Peoria and vicinity.

He was married in 1892, to Miss Mary Schelkopf who passed away in 1918. In 1919, he married Miss Mary Schlink of Peoria. This union proved unhappy and for a number of years he lived alone.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 29, from the Boland Mortuary to St. Josephs Catholic Church in Peoria at 9:00 o'clock with Father Gahlman in charge. Members of St. Josephs Benevolent Society, of which he was a member, acted as pall bearers.

Fulfilling an oft expressed desire of Mr. Schneider, the body was brought to Brimfield and interred in Calvary Cemetery, Father C.J. Williams officiating at the grave.

(Brimfield News, January 1, 1931, submitted by Jackie Hensley, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. James T. Stephens, who passed away Saturday morning, were held at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at Turnbull Funeral Home. The Rev, W.H. Hay, pastor of the West Side church, was in charge and was assisted by Dr. Guy Z. Moore, pastor of the First Methodist Church. Mrs. Robert Hickman sang “Face to Face,” and “In the Garden.” Mrs. Marie Turnbull played before and after the service and accompanied Mrs. Hickman at the organ. Burial was in Monmouth cemetery. An unusually large number of flowers expressed the sympathy and love of relatives and friends. They were in charge of Alice Grooms, Dorothy Lanphere and Zelma Lister.

Five of the pallbearers were grandsons or step-grandsons; Billy Russell, Orville, Lee, and Horace, Jr., Stephens; the sixth was a close friend of the deceased, Roger Smith.

Attending the service from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Ray McMullen, Miss Hazel Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Frederick, Mrs. Russell Stephens. Mrs. Orville Stephens, all of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Willard, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Archdale, Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar, and Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, all of Canton.

(Unknown newspaper, 1939, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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ORSEN B. STOWELL

Pioneer Farmer and Business Man Expired at His Home Near Edelstein, on Last Tuesday

Orsen Bridgeman Stowell was born in Binghampton, Chenango County New York, on May 7, 1834, and died at his home near Edelstein, Ill., Feb. 23, 1904, from a valvular afflection of the heart with which he had been afflicted more or less severely for several months. Had he lived till next May he would have reached his three score and tenth milestone an idea which he very much desired to attain. A singular coincidence of his death is that it was on the date of the seventy-first anniversary of his parent's marriage and that his death occurred at exactly the same hour as did his father's, at 6:30 in the morning.

Orsen came to Illinois with his father's family in 1843, and passed his boyhood on their farm near Blue Ridge. At the age of twenty he went to clerk for a time in the store of Mr. Hitchcock, at Princeville, and later traveled for a season for O. P. Bissell and also for H. G. Farrell, of Peoria, but the greater part of his life has been spent in the peaceful pursuits of the farm.

He was married to Miss Harriet Church, of La Fayette, Ill., at that place in the spring of 1859 and settled on a farm near the present site of Edelstein the following season.

To their union were born five children, four of whom are yet living, William, Mrs. Lina Green, Mrs. FanniePeck, and Luther. Rebecca Stowell Bell having died in January 1891. All of the children being within reach were able to visit him and minister to his comfort during his sickness. He united with the Lawn Ridge Congregational church in early life and continued true to his allegience and faithful to its obligations through all the after years of life and has for some time enjoyed the distinction of being the senior member in a number of years of continuous membership.

He held many official positions of trust and for one term held the office of Justice of the Peace. Wearying somewhat of the labors of the farm he went into the implement business in Edelstein soon after the town was located, in which he was still interested at the time of his death. In all these years of labor and business he has borne well his part in the development of the country around us from its primeval wildness, to all its refinement, prosperity, integrity and Christian purity of purpose and leaves behind him a family who bear the impress of his individuality and give full promise of the continuation of the work begun.

The funeral was arranged to be held today (Friday) at eleven o'clock at the Congregational church.

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

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Was It Suicide?

The Chicago papers on Saturday last gave an account of the death of Thomas B. Seelye at the Sainaritan hospital in that city from laudaum poisoning. Tom Seelye was very well known in Chillicothe and vicinity having a sister, Mrs. Langford Green at Lawn Ridge and Lyman Seelye a brother living at Edelstein. A number of years ago he was engaged in the hardware business in this city, failing to make a success he was closed out and left for Indiana, and since he has been living on a farm near his brother George Seelye, at Goodland, Ind. He went to Chicago on Friday of last week and engaged a room at a hotel where it was discovered he had taken laudaumn. He was removed to the hospital and his brother notified, but failed to arrive before his death. In taking the poison Seelye no doubt clearly contemplated suicide.

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

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Andrew Sledgister

Obituary: Andrew, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Sledgister died Tuesday night. Funeral was held yesterday afternoon.

(The Chillicothe Bulletin, Aug. 29, 1919, submitted by Beth Nawara)

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Elizabeth Squire Slane

Elizabeth (Squire) Slane was born at Lynton, Devonshire, England on May 25th, 1877 and died on January 25th, 1910. She came to Princeville in February 1901 and was married to Wilbur P. Slane on the 18th of February 1903.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and a little daughter, twelve days old; father, mother, four brothers and three sisters, who live in England. Two brothers and two sisters here.

In the winter of 1901 she gave her heart to God and joined the M. E. church of Princeville and lived the principles of that holy faith. Nature blessed her with a sunny disposition and wherever she went she made all to feel the warmth of that genial spirit. She loved her home; it was her palace and she reigned as queen.

She was prepared for the change that has come to her and has entered into that rest that remained to he people of God.

Here was the first death in a family of twelve children, and father, and mother are still living.

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

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Died.

Jesse Leonard Snyder, the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Snyder, living near Union, died Thursday, October 25th. He was the youngest of a family of seven children, five of whom, four brothers and a sister, are living to mourn with the parents the sadness of his death in the morning of life.

Two little angels now on high,
They hand in hand together roam:
Two links now bind us to the sky.
Two fingers beckon us to come.
Lord give us strength the loss to bear

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

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MRS. IVY O. STURM CALLED BY DEATH AT AGE OF FIFTY-FIVE

Coming, as a shock to members of the family and friends as well was the death of Mrs. Ivy O. Sturm, 55 years old, who succumbed at her home, northwest of Mossville, early Monday morning. While ill for some time her condition was not serious until the early morning hours. Heart disease is believed to have caused her demise.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Mossville church at two o'clock with Rev. Melvin A, Berger officiating. A great number of the neighbors, relatives and friends of the family paid tribute to her memory by attending the services and the beautiful flowers were mute testimonies of the esteem in which she was held.
Interment was in the LaSalle cemetery.

Roberta C. Williams was born in Peoria county, November 15, 1885, the daughter of Henry and Matilda Ernst Williams. She was united in marriage to Mr. Sturm in Peoria, May 18, 1920.

(Unknown newspaper, 1940, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Coronation

Miss Ollie Simpson, daughter of Mr. Wallace and Mrs. Nellie Hakes Simpson, who taught school at Bethel and Edelstein, a former prominent, active member of the Princeville Y.P.C.E. Union, who went last year to Boulder, Colorado hoping to regain health from its rocky pinnacles and bracing air, returned to her childhood friends, September 17, 1906. She had been crowned by the Messiah, September 15, 1906.

The C.E. of West Hallock held memorial services in sympathy with the Boulder Endeavorers, for as a Celestial Princess she must stay in the King's Palace of Glory.

September 18th the church tendered this King's daughter a farewell reception. Smilingly, with red lips parted, showing the pearly teeth, she greeted the friends that came to gaze on her beautiful face. The rich lace on the sleeves of her waist hid the dimpled hands. Her hair was coiled as regaily as though she had not been on a lengthy journey. The church at West Hallock was fittingly prepared for its honored guest. Trailing vines, flowering plants, satin draperies, palms, chiffon and white flowers breathed Purity. The pearl canopy above and about her banked with floral tributes---C. E. Boulder, C. E. West Hallock, The Church, Sabbath School; a lovely spray of red roses from her uncle, Sheriff Potter, and countless friends sought to show their appreciation by floral offerings of this diademed King's daughter. Rev. Frank Peterson's theme was "The time is short." He spoke of the beautiful years she had dedicated in girlhood to Christ as only one so eloquently gifted could read a poem by Francis Ridley Havergal, composed for a young girl who was called up higher on her birthday. Ollie was 21 years old. Two years previous to the time she soared to the sublime heights to sing C. E. hymns in the glorious Palace of the King. Six young girls attired in white with uncovered heads and white slippers carried the charming bride to the earthly Father's left where she awaits the coming of the Bridegroom.

In robes of spotless white,
Smiling; just out of sight.

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

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Obituary

Some time ago the little son of Joseph Shafer, while playing with a companion with a toy pistol, was shot in the middle of the hand, the wad from the blank cartridge penetrating so far as to escape attention when the wound was dressed. Some days after it became much worse and Saturday he began to cramp and soon relapsed into a complete case of lockjaw. He remained in a state of rigid unconsciousness, with jaws set for several days and as we write seems to be no better. Later---Little Herman Shafer died from lockjaw.

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

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Obituary

Mr. G. Washington Simons died quite suddenly of heart disease, at his home in Brimfield about 5:30am on Tuesday morning, April 2, 1895, aged 67 years, 4 months and 13 days. Mr. Simon was born in Erie Co. , near Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 20, 1827. He came with his parents to Illinois in May 1835. The family settled at French Grove, and lived about 40 years. He had lived in Brimfield a number of years, and in Peoria, Co about 60 years. He married Miss Gosney sometime in 1848. Seven children were born to them, 4 of whom have passed away. The mother died in May 1865. He married Mrs. Sarah S. Urim, May 21, 1866, nine children were born to them, 2 of whom have gone on before. The wife and 10 children of Mr. Simons are left bereaved. He has always been a hearty man, until about last September, some heart trouble became manifest, and continued until his death. E had said a long time ago that he expected to live as long as his mother, who was 100years old on the 20th of last October, and is still living in Oregon. The morning of his death there was nothing to cause any alarm within 5 minutes of his departure. He seemed to be quietly sleeping, when one of his sons looked in to see if all was right, and found he had passed away. Funeral services were held a the house by Rev. W. H. Jordan on the 4th. Mr. and Mrs. Strain and Mrs. Yoakum attended to the singing. A large gathering of neighbors and friends were present. Floral tributes were laid upon the casket. The body was buried in the Cemetery west of Town.

(Brimfield News; Thursday, April 11, 1895, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Esteemed Resident Of Dunlap is Laid To Rest Saturday

Fronie L. Smith was born September 28, 1889 and passed away Thursday, September 28, on her 61st birthday.

She was the daughter of Wallace and Adelia Harrison Smith and married Joseph Duggins April 16, 1911. To this union three children were born; Donald, Mrs. Joanna Elwell and Clifford.

She leaves to morn her husband, three children, three grandchildren and one sister Nellie Smith.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and has lived in the vicinity of Dunlap all her life.

(Unknown newspaper, 1950, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Obituary

Casper Strieder was born Frohn Hausen, C. B. Germany in the Grand Dukedom of Hesse, December 3, 1829 and died at home in Brimfield, March 14, 1914, age 84 yrs. 8 mos. And 10 days.

United in marriage in the year 1853 to Elizabeth Balser, to this union 6 children were born; those living to mourn; Mrs. Phillip Kratzer of Oak Hill, Casper G. Strieder and Will J. Strieder of Brimfield, 10 grandchildren, and one great- grandchild, His wife preceded him in death on Feb. 5 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Strieder sailed from native land for America in March 1860 and arrived at New Orleans July 4. They settled in Jefferson County Missouri where they spent 6 years and then moved to Illinois settling in Rosefield Township and remaining in the vicinity till death.

Funeral services were held on Monday morning, conducted by Rev. F. W. Jass of Peoria, at the Lutheran Church in Jubilee township and interment in Lutheran Cemetery.

(Brimfield News; Thursday, March 19, 1914, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Death of Mrs. D. R. Strain (Anna Hayward)

A deep gloom was cast over the hitherto bright and happy home of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Miller on Wednesday morning at 8:30 O’clock, August 123, 1908, by the sudden death of Mrs. D.R. Strain.

Mrs. Strain health had not been good for the past two years, although she had attended to household , church, and social duties until Sunday evening when she suffered an attack of Cholera morbus, but not serious, especially fatal results were apprehended until the evening, previous to her death.

Mrs. Strain was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hayward. She was born at the old homestead in Brimfield November 14, 1859, and at the age of fourteen she and her father were united with the Congregational Church in Brimfield, under the ministry of Rev. H.P. Case. Her place in the pew was seldom vacant unless sickness or something unavoidable prevented. For years she was in the choir assisting in the service with Hymn and Praise. She was a regular attendant at the prayer meeting and for many years together with her husband were faithful Sunday school workers. She had the true missionary spirit, being a earnest worker in the home society. The pastor of the church and the members feel deeply the death of Mrs. Strain and they sympathize with the sorrow of the stricken family.

She was married to D. R. Strain on August 5, 1879. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs. D.M. Miller. Owing to Mr. Strains business calling him from home, the last four years of her life was spent with her daughter. Her entire life was spent in Brimfield with the exception of ten years from 1882 to 1892, spent in Kansas. On death of her father in 1892, she returned to Brimfield to care for her lonely mother. Mrs. Strain was a woman of marked individuality and strong character, she thought for herself and was decided in carrying out whatever she deemed to be her right and duty.

She was a devoted, loving wife and mother. Her self denial and her efforts for her friend’s good, will never be fully known in this world. Mrs. Strain life has been marked by universal friendliness and blessed by a liberal host of friend’s, to each of whom she gave her affections in full measure. Her cheerful, sympathetic nature made her home a delightful place for her friend’s where she welcomed all who came.

She was a loyal member of Arnholt Camp, R.N.A., being one of the charter members. She is survived by her husband, daughter and four brothers, as follows; Frank Hayward and George Hayward, of Omaha, Neb., Roy C. Hayward of El Paso, Il., and W. L. Hayward of Brimfield.

As a neighbor she was greatly beloved, her hands and heart ever responsive to their needs. Truly she can say with Paul “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

The funeral services were Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church, and were largely attended, many coming from a distance to do honor to the memory of their friend. The funeral was conducted by Rev. C.D. Shoemaker, her pastor, assisted by Rev. Richard Pacey. A Quartet consisting of Mrs. Ida Yoakam, Miss Helen Tucker and Messrs., Will Harding and L.O. Pulsipher who sang “Abide with Me”, and “Nearer My God to Thee”, with Mrs. Addison Pacey, accompanist. The solo “Tired”, was sung at the funeral of Mrs. Strain’s mother, a number of years ago.

The floral pieces were many and beautiful, the casket was covered with a profusion of flowers, the tokens of remembrance from the various societies and friend’s.

Pallbearers were; J.H. Carson, C. Yoakam, C.L. Dungan, F. Arber, H.E. Chichester and J.A. Buck. The body was laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News; Thursday, Aug. 20, 1908, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Old and Respected Citizen of Rosefield is Called Home

William Speer for many years was a respected citizen of Rosefield Township, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Casper Strieder. He had only been ill and in spite of loving care he grew weaker until Wednesday afternoon, February 19, 1919, he passed peacefully on to the Great Divide.

He was born in Dublin Ireland on May 10, 1886 and died at the age of eighty two years nine months and nine days. As a lad of fourteen he immigrated to America and secured employment in New York City. Two years latter he settled in Rosefield Township and lived until his home was broken by the death of his companion, December 0f 1913. He since has found a home with Mrs. Strieder.

On July 11, 1861 he united in marriage to Miss Isadora Slane, and eight children were born to them, Martha, who died in infancy, Ida Large of Olin, Illinois, Marnet, died in infancy, Mrs. Casper Strieder of Brimfield, Eliza, died age nine, Daniel lives in Brimfield, Mrs. Fred Sellers of Peoria and Mrs. Hall of Oak Hill, also twelve surviving grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Strieder on Friday morning , February 21, conducted by Rev. Scott. Mrs. A. Pacey and Mrs. H. O. Cady sang.

Interment in the Langdon Cemetery at Edwards Station.

(Brimfield News; Thursday, Feb. 27, 1919, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Miss Marie Sloan

BRIMFIELD – Miss Marie Sloan, 67, of 619 Waverly St., Peoria, died at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Proctor Hospital. She had been ill about two weeks.

She was born in Milbrook Township April 26, 1896, a daughter of Albert and Ella Ryan Sloan.

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

Only survivors are two nieces, Mrs. Jean Marie David of Elmwood and Mrs. Sharon Rozene of Champaign, and a nephew, Jack Sloan of Brimfield.

She had lived in the Brimfield area most of her life, and member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s Church in Brimfield.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church, the Rev. Thomas Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Brimfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. Rosary will be recited there at 8 p.m.

(Unknown newspaper, 1963, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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MONICA – Services for Franklyn J. Schelkopf, 57, a farmer of the Monica area, who died Friday night in Methodist Hospital, will be Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield.

The Rev. Thomas Harrison will officiate and burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Visitation is today from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schreiner Mortuary in Brimfield, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Mr. Schelkopf was born at Monica, March 5, 1907, a son of Joseph and Susan McArdle Schelkopf. He married Effie Camp Oct. 9, 1940, and she survives.

Also surviving is a brother, Leo of rural Brimfield and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schelkopf farmed in the Monica area nearly all his life.

(Unknown newspaper, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Andrew Stenger

Andrew F. Stenger, 75, of Brimfield, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Hospital where he had been admitted Saturday. He had been ill for some time.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright and Salmon Mortuary.

Born in Rosefield Township Feb. 11, 1886, he was the son of Andrew and Serafine Gundra? Stenger. He married Frances Loescher at Kickapoo, and she died in 1943. He retired from farming in 1941.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Brimfield. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Irene Carroll and Mrs. Anna Mae Kelch, and one son, Paul, all of Brimfield; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Charles, of Kickapoo; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Crafton of Peoria and Mrs. Theresa Gorhan of Peoria. Two sons died earlier. (Unknown date)

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Gertrude Shane

BRIMFIELD – Services for Mrs. Gertrude Shane, 80, of rural Brimfield, who died Tuesday night at her home, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield. The Rev. Harry Timm will officiate and burial will be in Swan Lake Cemetery. Visitation is after 4 p.m. today at Schreiner Funeral Home in Brimfield and at the church one hour before services.

Mrs. Shane was born Jan. 5, 1882, in Roseville Township, a daughter of Henry and Gertrude Jeide Letterman. She married Elmer Shane Jan. 3, 1905, in Peoria.

Surviving are her husband, ten children, Mrs. Irene Flynn, Harold, Ervin and Donald, all of Brimfield, Clarence of Maquon, Orville and Gerald, both of Peoria, Mrs. Eleanor Rook of Washaugal, Wash., Mrs. Margaret Nelson of Dawagiac, Mich., and Donovan of Quincy; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Miss Emma Letterman of Hanna City and Mrs. Henry W. Wolford of Peoria. A brother and four sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Shane had been a resident of the Brimfield community 22 years.

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Howard Schlots, Ex-Farmer, Dies at Age 67

ELMWOOD – Howard D. Schlots, 67, of Elmwood, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday at Methodist Hospital in Peoria where he had been a patient since Feb. 23.

A lifelong resident of this community, he was born here Nov. 22, 1894, a son of Charles and Gertrude Davis Schlots. He first married Louise Shissler Sept. 7, 1922. After her death June 14, 1860, he later married Mrs. Dorothea Young Morton Aug. 14, 1961. A retired farmer, he was an Army veteran of World War I, and a member of the Elmwood American Legion Post. He also was a member of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church and Horeb Lodge 363, AF&AM, of Elmwood.

Surviving are his wife; his mother of South Pasadena, Calif.; one son, Donald Schlots of Linwood, N. J.; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Hudson of RR, Elmwood, and Mrs. Marjorie Klemm of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Fred Schlots of Chehalis, Wash., and one sister, Miss Eleanor Schlots of South Pasadena, Calif.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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