Obituaries/Death Notices

Elvin Wagner Thelma Weinkauff Susan Whittaker
Louise Wagner (2nd obit) Ola Wear Vera Whittaker
Freida Wahfeld Henry Webber William Whittaker
Charles Walker Andrew Weber Luella Whittaker
Edward Walker Joseph Weber William Wilbur
Garnet Walker Charles Weidman Alta Wiley
Josephine Walker John Weidner Johann Wilken
Mary Ann Walkington John Weir Bessie Williams
Andrew Walliker Carrie Welsh Elnora Williams
Delwin Walliker Sarah Werckle Elsie Williams
Dorothy Walliker Christopher Wesderfer George Williams
George Walliker Lewis Westbay Mimke Willms
John E. Walliker Mary Westbay Dr. Asahel Wilmot
Jonn E. Walliker Wilhelmina Westbay Charles Wilson
Susan Walliker Donald Westefer Jennie Wilson
Austin Ward Blanche White Sylvester Windaugh
Kate Waskowski Hannah White Jeannette Wirt
Anna Washansen Henry White Victor G. Wise
Dan Wasson R. F. Whiting Isaac Witherell
Frank Wasson Ada Whittaker Sophia Witherell
George Wasson (father) Andrew Whittaker Albert Wolford
George Wasson (son) Arthur G. Whittaker Betty Woliung
Jacob Wasson Arthur P. Whittaker Michael Wolstenholm
Jacob Wasson Cora Whittaker Samuel Woolner
John Wasson Edward Whittaker Mrs. Rebecca Wooton
Margaret Wasson Gerald Whittaker Hannah Worsfold
Maude Wasson Harry Whittaker John Worsfold
Ollie Wasson Leroy Whittaker Wallace Worsfold
Sena Wasson Mary Whittaker Fred Wyman
Susan Wasson Myrtle Whittaker Leatha Wyman
Hedley Waycott Samuel Whittaker Pauline Wyman
John Weaver    


Funeral Services For Mrs. Wagner Are Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Wagner were held Friday, June 5, at 2 p.m. from the Union church of Brimfield with Rev. K. M. Stuckey officiating. Miss Ruth Blundy played organ selections. Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Blundy, Ralph Kingdon, Willard Clark, Bob Pacey and Don Cramer. Her death occurred Wednesday, June 3, in Elm Haven where she had resided since January, 1963.

Mrs. Louise Wiley Wagner was born in rural Brimfield, a daughter of Henry and Nettie Reed Blundy, July 10, 1893. All of her life was spent in Peoria county and all of it in the Brimfield vicinity.

She married George Wagner and he preceded her in death.

Surviving are four daughters and one son,. Mrs. Amel Nelson of Danville, Mrs. Richard Hanson of Peoria, Mrs. Earl Carter of Yates City, Mrs. Kenneth Shaw of Elmwood, and George of Brimfield. There are 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, She has one brother and two sisters, Reed Blundy, Mrs. Henrietta Bragg, and Mrs. Caroline Pacey, all of Brimfield.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary: Elvin G. Wagner

Age 77 of Rural Carterville Died Monday Oct 22,1984 at Herrin Hospital In Herrin Illinois

He was a retired cemetery worker at Park view Cemetery in Peoria Illinois and a worker of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union 627 in Peoria. Mr Wagner was born Feb 13,1907, to Frank and Hilda Mae Brockway Wagner in Indiana.

He married Ethel M. Campbell who preceded him in death in 1947

Survivors include two sons, Donald and Ronald McClintick and one daughter Sharon Holt all of Peoria

Mr. Wagner resided with Claude and Mary Grimes of Carterville. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm. Thursday at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria Illinois.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin Illinois.

(Unknown newspaper, Oct. 21, 1984, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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Mrs. Kate Waskoski, widow of the late Joe Waskoski and resident of this city for the past 52 years, passed away shortly after noon Saturday at the Davis hospital, where she had been a patient for several weeks.

Mrs. Waskoski was born on June 30, 1857, in Peoria, Illinois. She came to Pine Bluff with her family in 1889.

(This is only partial listing of obit, I only included the info pertaining to Peoria, IL. Catherine Hamer-Waskoski is the daughter of Henry Hamer of Wales and Martha Sill-Hamer-Homan of Illinois)

(Pine Bluff Ark. Daily Graphic, Sunday, Apr. 6, 1941, submitted by Karen Hamer-Pasquale)

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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew T. Whittaker, 48, well known musician and farmer of north of Brimfield, died suddenly at 7:10 p.m. Friday at his residence in Millbrook township near Laura.

Born October 7, 1909, at the farm where he died, he was a son of Andrew and Ada Catton Whittaker. He married Clarice Barr at Galesburg April 1, 1933.

Mr. Whittaker had long been interested in the schools of the community and had served as a member of the school board of Brimfield Unit District 309 for the last nine years. He also was known for his work as a drummer, playing regularly with an orchestra and playing an active part in music events. He was a member of the Peoria Musicians Union Local 76. He also was a member of Union Church at Brimfield.

Surviving are his wife, one son, Andrew Whittaker Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Carol) Stables, both of Brimfield, and two grandchildren, [ ] Ray and Craig Thomas Stables. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Monday afternoon at the Brimfield High school gymnasium. Burial was in Brimfield cemetery.

The Reverend Noel Meyers, a former pastor of the Edwards Bethel Bible church conducted the service and Rolland Cady sang "The Lord's Prayer" with Russell Remmeis at the organ.

Casket bearers were Charles Hayes, John Bragg, George Moore, Robert [ ], [ ] and Harold [ ]. 

(Brimfield News, July 24, 1958, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary of Josephine Snyder Walker

Josephine Snyder Walker was born October 28, 1842,* at Booneville, Mo., and died at her late residence near Elmwood, Ill., May 11, 1914.

Her father, Samuel Snyder, was one of the pioneer settlers of the middle west, and was a veteran of the Mexican War. Casting his lot with the Forty Niners, he left his family for a period of two years, hoping as did many others, to enrich himself in the far west. This desire was never fulfilled and he and his family experienced all the hardships of pioneer life.

At the age of eighteen Josephine Snyder made the acquaintance of Charles Roswell Walker, son of Roswell Walker and a descendant of Abel Walker, who was active in the Revolutionary war. After a brief courtship they planned to marry at once, but the breaking out of the Civil war deferred this marriage for four years, as Mr. Walker was in active service throughout this entire period. On March 9, 1864, this marriage took place at Brimfield, Ill. Six children were born to them, Grace, now deceased, Mary, Jessie, Hortense, Charles Edward, deceased, and Carl Randolph.

First the daughter, then the wife of a pioneer. Mrs. Walker was a most devoted christian all her life.

In accordance with her wishes, the funeral service took place under the pine trees at her late residence, and here, under the open sky, friends and relatives took their last leave of her. She was then carried to her last resting place in the Walker cemetery near Brimfield, Illinois.

*[the birthdate on her tombstone is October 25, 1842].

(Brimfield News, Thursday 21 May 1914, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe and submitted by Jacqueline Gerber) (note: punctuation and capitalization are as published)

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Obituary of Charles R. Walker

Charles R. Walker, who has been very ill at his home near Elmwood for some time past, died Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 11, 1896. The funeral services were held ---day.* Mr. Walker was born in this county sixty years ago and ever since ahs resided within its borders. He served in the 11th Cavalry service during the late war. The remains were interred in the Walker cemetery, in Jubilee township, just a few rods from the house in which he was born. He had an extensive acquaintance all over the country [sic]. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dwinnell, pastor of the Elmwood M. E. church. He leaves a widow, four daughters and one son.

*[the first letters of the day of the week are illegible]

(Brimfield News, 19 November 1896, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe and submitted by Jacqueline Gerber) (note: punctuation and capitalization are as published)

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Obituary of Edward I. Walker

Edward Irving Walker, though failing in health for several months, passed away from this mortal life, as we trust for a better, quite suddenly last Monday morning at 3:30 o’clock. He was born in Tioga county, Pa., Aug. 30, 1833. His father’s family moved to Illinois and settled on a farm in Jubilee township in 1834. He was married to Sarah A. Gibbs Dec. 25, 1856, and his wife died May 21, 1897. They had three children born to them, Helen H., Ethel J., and Gertrude B. In 1903 he married Lucia A. Horsley. His wife and step-children, one brother, Austin E. Walker, and granddaughter, Miss Ethel M. Norton, survive him.

He was an honest, upright, God-fearing man and highly respected in the community for all who knew him. He was a prominent and enthusiastic member of the Masonic Order and for some years has been honored with the office of treasurer of Horeb Lodge 363, which he worthily held.

Last summer he spent considerable time in fixing up the old family burying ground at Jubilee. In fact he over taxed his strength. It was his expressed desire to be buried in the sepulchre with his father.

The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at his late resident, Rev. J. S. Bayne, pastor of the First Congregational church officiating. The Masonic Order appropriately officiated at the grave. The bereaved members of the family have our heartfelt sympathy. – Elmwood Gazette

(Brimfield News, Thursday 26 July 1906, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe and submitted by Jacqueline Gerber) (note: punctuation and capitalization are as published)

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Delwin E. Walliker

Princeville - Delwin E. Walliker, 78, or rural Princeville died at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, in the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Oct. 26, 1923, in Monica to Reginald and Myrtle Catton Walliker, he married Dorothy A. Libby on Dec. 14, 1950, in Brimfield. She survives. also surviving are two sons, Bill (and Marlene) of Sevierville, Tenn., and Jim (and Sue) of Howell, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one son, John E. Walliker.

He farmed in Princeville and Millbrook townships, retiring in 1986. He was a former member of Laborers Local 165, where he worked in road construction helping build Interstate 74.

He attended Faith Baptist Church in Toulon and was a former member of Laura United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees for several years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. The Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield.

Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church in Toulon or Oral Roberts Ministries.

(Peoria Journal Star, January 17, 2002, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Dorothy Walliker

Princeville - Dorothy A. Walliker, 71, of rural Princeville died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Manor Care in Peoria.

Born July 13, 1931, in Toulon to John and Helen Plack Libby, she married Delwin E. Walliker on Dec. 14, 1950, in Brimfield. He died Jan. 15, 2002, in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by one son, John.

Surviving are two sons, Bill (and Marlene) of Sevierville, Tenn., and Jim (and Sue) of Howell, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She attended Faith Baptist Church in Toulon and was a former member of Laura United Methodist Church.

Services will be at noon Tuesday at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home in Princeville. The Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield. Memorials may be made to Laura United Methodist Church.

(Peoria Journal Star, July 22, 2002, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Princeville Man Dies in 1-Car Crash

Father was Killed 14 Years Ago in Collision Edwards - The Princeville man killed early Thursday in an accident that left his car sheared in half had lost his father 14 years earlier in a collision in northern Peoria County.

Jonn E. Walliker, 22, of 318 E. Evans St. was pronounced dead at the scene of the single car crash that ended about 12:30 a.m. in front of 5925 N. Kickapoo-Edwards Road, between Grimm Road and Countryside Lane, south of Interstate 74. Walliker was found in a heap on the front passenger-side floor, according to Peoria County Sheriff's reports.

"He lost control on the curve, left the roadway, sheered a (utility) pole, went through a fence and came to rest in the field," Peoria County Coroner

Johnna Ingersoll said. When Walliker's Chevrolet Cavalier slammed into the pole, the impact broke the pole in two and split the car horizontally in half. He was not wearing a seat belt.

He was last employed at McDonald's in Farmington. Attempts to contact his family early Thursday were unsuccessful. On May 8, 1992, John E. Walliker, 34, of Princeville died in a cornfield near Maher Road and Peoria Route 90, several miles west of Princeville, according to Journal Star archives.

John Walliker ran a stop sign and broadsided a van, injuring four people. An accident reconstructionist pegged John Walliker's pickup truck traveling between 70 and 80 mph. Approximately 20 miles separate the two accident sites.  (Peoria Journal Star, November 17, 2006, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)


Jonn E. Walliker

Princeville - Jonn E. Walliker, 22, of Farmington, formerly of Princeville, died at 1:24 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2006, as a result of a single car accident on Kickapoo-Edwards Rd. in Peoria County.

Born August 23, 1984, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of John E. and Sue Henson Walliker. His father and grandparents, Delwin & Dorothy Walliker, and Edward Henson preceded him in death.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Sue and Raul Galindo of Princeville, IL; brother, Nicholas Galindo at home; Grandparents, Jerry Milner of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Mario & Delores Galindo of Princeville, IL; and aunts and uncles, Bill (and Marlene) Walliker of Tennessee, James Walliker of New Jersey, Tammy (and Ty) Hankinson of Williamsfield, IL, Larry Henson and and Dave Henson, both of Iowa, and Mark Henson of Illinois.

He attended Princeville schools and he worked at McDonald's Restaurant in Farmington. He was a member of Set Free Christian Fellowship, Washington.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2006, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. Dan Capperune will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 2006, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery, Brimfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Set Free Christian Fellowship or Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service.

(Obituary from Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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John Walliker

Princeville - Services for John E. Walliker, 24, of rural Princeville, who was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, 1992, at the scene of a two- car accident in Peoria County, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hammitt Funeral Home in Princeville. The Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield. Police said he apparently ran the stop sign and collided with a van at Illinois Route 90 and Maher Road. Born April 19, 1958, in Galesburg to Delwin E. and Dorothy A. Libby Walliker, he married Sue Henson on June 27, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She survives along with his parents of rural Princeville; one son, John E. at home; two brothers, William L. of Nashville, Tenn., and James H, of

Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five nieces abd nephews. He was a 1976 graduate of Princeville High School. He was a foreman at Archer Daniels Midland Co., GroMark Division, in Peoria for 12 years, last working Friday. Memorials may be made to a trust fund for his son at Dunlap State Bank. 

(Peoria Journal Star, May 10, 1992, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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George Walliker

George Walliker, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Walliker, of Monica, died after a few hours illness on Monday evening, April 30. He was about 11 months old, a very bright and interesting little fellow, and the pet of the family. The funeral services were held on Wednesday following, the interment being in Princeville cemetery.

(Brimfield News, May 10, 1900, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary of Mrs. W. T. Walliker

Susan Downing Stansbury, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Stansbury, was born Feb 4, 1860 at Eureka, Ill. Two years later the family moved to Brimfield, Ill. where they lived for three years. Thence she moved with her parents to Agency, Mo. residing there until the death of her father in 1873, A year later she returned to Brimfield with her mother, five sisters and one brother, subsequently: Mrs. Dora Stephens, Miss Jane Stansbury, Mrs Elizabeth Hight, Miss Etta Stansbury, Mrs. Marie King and Daniel D.

Our deceased sister confessed the Christ in baptism under the pastorate of A. Guy of the Brimfield Baptist church in 1875. At the early age of 16 she assisted in the support of the family by teaching school. She continued in this vocation until her marriage to Wm. T. Walliker of Monica in 1883. To this union were born seven children: Frederick Earl, Sadie Vivian, Charles Theodore, Gladys May, Frances Evelyn, William Reginald and George Dewey. Her husband and all her children survive her except the last named, who died at the age of ten months.

This Christian woman transferred her church membership to the White's Grove Baptist church soon after her marriage and remained as such until the Great Head of the church transferred her name into the membership of the church triumphant, on Sunday morning, Jan. 31, 1915, when she fell quietly asleep at the age of 54 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Her faith in the Savior was firm unto the end, her farewell words to the pastor are indicative: "I will never let go of Christ for He is all I have to hold to." Mrs. Walliker was a woman of unusual intellectual endowments, peculiarly gifted in the ability to lead in audible prayer and public devotions. The good Christian wife and mother was blessed with pleasing and attractive manners, ever willing to minister to the wants of the sick and afflicted in a most effective way. Her husband and children were warmly devoted to her and her absence will be felt keenly, not only by relatives but by a large circle of friends.

Our sister was a regular attendant at Sunday school and church services only becoming irregular during the past four months as ill health increased. For a number of years she was teacher of the adult Bible class. Her spiritual insight as a Bible expositor was a constant delight and blessing to her Sunday school class. Her departure becomes an irreparable loss. She was also a faithful member of the Ladies' Aid Society of the M. E. church of Monica, ever a willing and efficient worker, as has been beautifully demonstrated by the many kind remembrances during her late illness. Despite the intense and constant pain, Mrs. Walliker always remained cheerful and buoyant in spirit. Yes the queen of this domestic circle will be missed. We thank God for her noble Christian faith. "She has fought a good fight, she has kept the faith." She was a pillar in our church and because she was all this, modesty forbids further elaboration, Christ in his infinite wisdom has called her to become a pillar in the temple of our God. If she could speak to us now, we are sure she would join us in saying,

Oh! there is never sorrow of heart,
That shall lack a timely end,
If but to God, we turn and ask
Of Him to be our friend.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Princeville, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. W. Watson, pastor of White's Grove Baptist church. Interment in the Princeville cemetery.

A Tribute To My Wife.

Fare thee well, to say it darling
Pains me more than none can know
For to me thou wast a helpmate
Of the kind God loveth so.
With thy hands the rough ways smoothed
With thy counsels the way was cleared,
With thy good and tender heartedness
Many a pain and sting was smoothed.
In the sick room thy hands have ministered,
To the wants of those in pain,
As to them a ministering angel
Thou wast welcomed back again.
To the small and tender children,
Thou wast queen among them all,
For thy loving ways did please them
And they loved thee, large and small.
In thy large associations,
Thou hast won friends good and true,
For they learned to trust you ever,
And that trust was always true,
In the house where God dwelleth,
Thy affections were sincere,
For to Him thy devotions,
Were as pure as morning dew.
And thy labors in His vineyard
Were to thee thy greatest joy,
And thy faith in Him grew brighter,
Such as death cannot destroy.
In the home where thou dwellest,
Pain and sorrow ne'er can come,
And to thee a new Creation,
Brighter than the morning sun.
Fare thee well, 'tis hard to say it,
And it pains me through and through
Yet we'll bow and humbly saying
"Unto Him who reigns on high,
'Tis Thy will, it should be foremost"
So, to thee we say good bye.

W. T. Walliker.

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

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Died, at his late home, five miles southeast of Elmwood, Sunday, April 23, 1893, George Tilford Wasson, in his 58th year, after a very long illness. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon and remains buried in Elmwood cemetery, Rev. G. J. Lickey of Galesburg, officiating. The Odd Fellows, of which lodge the deceased was a member, attended in large numbers.

(Elmwood Gazette, April 27, 1893, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Jacob DeWitt Wasson, better known to all as "Uncle Jake", was born in Fair Haven, Cayuga county, New York, Dec. 3, 1842, and passed away Thursday morning at half past nine o'clock, Aug. 4, 1927, in the Proctor hospital at Peoria, Illinois.

His parents, George and Sally (Brewster) Wasson, were blessed with ten children, four sons and six daughters, of whom Mr. Wasson and Mrs. Emeline McCann are surviving members. This large and worthy family came as pioneers to Illinois in the early fifties.

Mr. Wasson's early manhood was spent working on farms near Brimfield and Elmwood. At the early age of 19 years he volunteered his services to his country and was enrolled Aug. 14, 1862 in Company I, 77th Regiment of Illinois Infantry Volunteers.

His company assembled at Peoria for military training under the command of Capt. Grier and Col. Ballance. Col. Robert G. Ingersoll delivered a thrilling and eloquent speech that cheered the hearts of the boys who had sacrificed home and friends to engage in a conflict which they felt was for the right.

On the fourth of October they moved southward, arriving later on rebel soil in Covington, Kentucky. Taking up the line of march they moved to Portland and embarked on the steamer "Starlight" bound for Memphis, Tenn., where they arrived and went into camp in the city.

On the 20th of December they embarked on the steamer "Duke of Argyle" and started down the Mississippi River toward Vicksburg. The battle began here on Dec. 28, 1862 and this was the first in which Mr. Wasson participated.

He was actively engaged in the following battles: Arkansas Post, Jan. 11, 1863; Port Gibson, May 1, '63; Champion Hill, May 16, '63; Blackiner Bridge, May 17, '63; assaults on Vicksburg, May 19 & 22, '63; siege and capture of Vicksburg ending July 4, '63; siege of Jackson, Miss., ending July 17, '63; Mansfield, April 8, '64; siege of Ft. Gaines, Ala., ending Aug. 8, '64; siege of Ft. Spanish, Ala., ending April 8, '65; skirmish at Whistler, April 13, '65.

He was mustered out of service July 10, 1865.

The sacrifices and sufferings of this patriot seemed forgotten as his happiest moments were reading and exchanging with his comrades, friends and family the experiences of the days of 1861 - 1865.

On March 31, 1868, Mr. Wasson was married to Louisa Haskins Bohannon at the home of her parents near Trivoli, Illinois.

Their first home was near Wyoming, Stark county, where three children, Major, Estella and Esther, were born. Later they moved to Rosefield township, where they continued to live on the home farm until they moved to their home in Elmwood in the spring of 1893, where they lived happily until the death of his beloved wife, Louisa, October 5, 1922.

The care and devotion he so patiently and lovingly gave to his invalid wife, the two years preceeding her death, was a testamonial of the fulfillment of a sacred trust.

His love of family life and relatives, his duty to church, loyalty to his friends and country are proof of his sterling qualities. Uncle Jake's genial ways and ready wit, a cheery smile for every child, a joke for the passerby endeared him to the hearts of both young and old.

Sadness came to everyone when the knowledge of his passing away became known, after having spent five weeks at the Proctor hospital.

The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church in Elmwood, Aug. 7, 1927, conducted by Rev. T. O. Lee, assisted by Rev. J. G. Cooke.

The text chosen was Psalms 43:17, "I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations". The songs "Lead Kindly Light", "The City Four Square", and "Tenting Tonight On The Old Camp Ground" were beautifully and touchingly rendered.

The discourse delivered by Rev. Lee pictured a soldier as the personification of courage, sacrifice and endurance. The pastor paid a high tribute to the memory of Mr. Wasson and said these characteristics of a soldier were carried out in his life.

The G.A.R. services were appropriately conducted by Bryner Post 67, of Peoria, followed by Bryner W.R.C. No.12; also, George A. Wilson circle No.49 participated.

Mr. Wasson was fond of the Kiwanis club; at his request eight members were selected as pall bearers, the remaining members acting as honorary pall bearers.

The surviving members of the family who remain to mourn his death are Major A. Wasson of Peoria, Ill., Mrs. Charles A. (Estella) Bartholomew of North Platte, Neb., and Mrs. Henry B. (Esther) Mack of New York City; a grandson, Max D. G. Wasson, and a great grandson, Paul Jacob, of Oak Hill; one sister, Mrs. Emeline McCann of Peoria, Illinois.

Many floral offerings expressing love and sympathy came from relatives, friends, church and patriotic societies.

Mr. Wasson was laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery, Sunday, Aug. 7th.

"So live, that when thy summons comes to join
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

(Elmwood Gazette, Aug. 11, 1927, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Jacob D. Wasson, the tenth child of a family of thirteen, and last to cross the river, was born in Schenectady county, New York, on November 18, 1810, and departed this life at the home of his nephew, John Wasson, in Millbrook township, Peoria county, Illinois , on September 2, 1896, aged 86 years, 10 months, and 14 days. He was the son of James Wasson, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, an ardent lover of his country and in his younger days took a deep interest in its affairs. He early made a profession of religion and for more than fifty years has been identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. His testimonies have been an inspiration to many and his memory is blessed. Mr. Wasson was one of the pioneers of this part of the state and had a wide acquaintance among the early settlers. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Brimfield, on Saturday, the 5th of September 1896, conducted by Reverend Dunlevy, of Monica, assisted by Reverend Denning of Brimfield, and the remains were laid to rest in the Lehigh cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Sept 10, 1896, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Died - At his home, 119 Columbia Avenue, Peoria, on Sunday, December 1, 1901, Mr. John Wasson, a pioneer resident of this county. Mr. Wasson was born in Cayuga County, New York, on May 29, 1831. His parents were George and Sally (Brewster) Wasson. When he was 22 years of age he came west and settled near Chillicothe. Later he lived in Brimfield and Elmwood townships, but in 1868 he moved to Millbrook township and until about three years ago he continued to live there. He was married in Brimfield on November 13, 1856, to Miss Betsey C. Aldrich, of Missouri, and to them twelve children were born, ten of whom are alive: George, living in Stark county; Ella, at home; Samuel, living in Millbrook; Lilly, the wife of Jewett Haines, of Marble Rock, Iowa; Mattie, the wife of William Davis; William, living on the old homestead in Millbrook; May, wife of Samuel Whittaker, of Millbrook; Clifford, also of Millbrook; and Della and Glenn, also at home. Two daughters preceded him in death, Laura, who died in 1868, and Bertha, who died in 1885. One brother and one sister preceded him in death, George T. Wasson of Harkness Grove and Mrs. Margaret Blanchard of Brimfield. His surviving brothers and sisters are: Jacob D. Wasson and Mrs. William McCann of this city; Mrs. Alexander McCann, of Peoria; Mrs. Chloe Rathbun, of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Louisa Wasson, of Kellogg, Iowa; and Joseph Wasson, of Perry, Iowa. The funeral took place from his late residence at 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon. His body was then taken to his old home near Laura and services were again held yesterday afternoon. The rural services were largely attended by old friends.

NOTE: The Wasson Family Bible records the birth date for John B. (for Brewster after his mother's maiden name) Wasson as May 29, 1830. His tombstone states that John D. Wasson was born May 28, 1831. (The "D" would be for Dorn, as his grandparents were James and Margaret ("Peggy" Dorn) Wasson.

(Elmwood Gazette, December 5, 1901, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Margaret Jane Wasson

Obituary: From the Brimfield News:

Margaret Jane Wasson was born at Little Sodus Bay, Cayuga county, New York, on September 28, 1825, and died in Brimfield, Peoria county, Illinois, on June 25, 1892. Her parents were George and Sally (Brewster) Wasson, and she was the oldest of their ten children. She was first married to Dwight Ripley Read, and bore him a son, John A. Read, on July 16, 1850, in Hannibal, Oswego county, New York. The family moved in 1867 to Peoria, Illinois. She next moved to Brimfield in 1871. On October 1, 1873, she was married to Dr. Joseph Blanchard, who survives, as does her son, John Read, who now owns the largest auction and furniture house in this part of the state. She is also survived by eight of her nine brothers and sisters; one sister, Mrs. Sarah R. DeWitt, having preceded her in death. Those surviving are: John B. Wasson, of rural Millbrook township; Mrs. Ebenezer (Louisa) Wasson, of Kellogg, Iowa; George Tilford Wasson and Mrs. William (Susan) McCann, of rural Elmwood township; Mrs. Samuel (Chloe) Rathbun, of Denver, Colorado; Jacob D. Wasson and Mrs. Emeline McCann, of Elmwood; and Joseph Wasson, of Perry, Iowa. She was converted in early childhood, joined the Baptist church when about thirteen years of age, in which she continued to be a member until September of 1882, when she united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Brimfield, with which she was identified at the time of her death. The funeral services were held in the Brimfield Methodist Episcopal church on Sunday afternoon, June 26, 1892. The pastor was assisted by Reverend Richard Pacey and Reverend J. S. Onion. The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Farmington Bugle, July 7, 1892, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Susan Amelia Wasson, eldest child of George and Susan Hovenden, was born Aug. 10, 1842 at Saratoga Springs, New York. She had five brothers and two sisters. Of these only two brothers and one sister are still living. Hiram Hovenden and Mrs. Effie Tinen of Peoria, and Daniel J. Hovenden of Red Oak, Iowa. When one year of age her parents came to Trivoli, Ill., and there lived in a log cabin until they located one mile north of Trivoli on what is now known as the Hovenden Farm. Here she lived until Oct. 14, 1860 when she married George T. Wasson. With the exception of a few years spent in Stark County they lived around Trivoli.

She was baptized when a child.

In 1893 her husband died in the same home in which they had lived for some years and which for 30 years had been their home. They had twelve children, 8 of whom are still living and lived near her with the exception of the two oldest boys who live in Kansas. She was an ever thoughtful mother and helpful wife and many she did help, shelter and care for in time of need. Her mother lived with her until a short time before she died and as her own health was poor she could not caror her longer. For five years she has been very poorly but she never complained of her pain and sickness. She fell June 14 and was not able to be up again. She died very suddenly and peacefully July 6, 1914.

 Funeral services were held at her late home July 8, 1914 conducted by Rev. O. T. Dwinell and R. F. Bird. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

"Thou hast lived a life of labor,
You are now at rest, sweet rest,
You are with the Blessed Savior
And we feel that all was best.
He who gave you at life's starting
And left you with us all these years
Has called you where there's no more parting,
Where there's no more pain or tears.
We will miss thee sadly, mother,
More than any tongue can tell,
For there ne'er can be another,
And may our lives be spent as well."

(Elmwood Gazette, July 15, 1914, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)



Mrs. Wasson, whose death occurred quite suddenly last Monday, is so well known to readers of this paper that little may be said in the way of informing the public. While she had not been in the best health for ten years, the immediate cause of death was a fall in which three ribs were broken. In her weakened condition she could not withstand the disease of longstanding.

Susan Hovenden was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, August 10, 1842. Her family, when she was one year old, moved to Trivoli and settled on what is known as the George Hovenden place. Here she lived until married in 1860 to George Tilford Wasson. From this union twelve children were born. Four died in childhood and the eight who are living are George of Anness, Kansas; Frank of Rock, Kansas; Dan and Ollie, Mrs. Frank Taylor, Mrs. Lew Westbay, Mrs. Ora Colvin and Mrs. Ed Schmidt. All of close around the home place, which for the last 30 years has been the home of the family.

Since the death of her husband in 1893, Dan has taken care of his mother and the other children, all of whom express appreciation of his faithfulness.

Mrs. Wasson was known for her good works, full of kindness, ever thoughtful of others and never complaining even when the pain of sickness was most severe.

(Farmington Bugle, July 16, 1914, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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PEORIA - Thelma M. Weinkauff of Peoria died at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 1998, at her residence.

Born in Jacksonville to Lee Roy and Marie Collins Eyre, she married Dr. Wilbur H. Weinkauff on March 19, 1961, in Peoria. He died July 19, 1980, in Peoria.

Surviving are one brother, Everett Eyre of Los Angeles; two sisters, Evelyn Eyre of Peoria and Jean Burgess of Washington, Ill.; one niece; and one nephew.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1961 and its Women's Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. John Stanley will officiate.

Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Shriners Hospital for Children.

(Peoria Journal Star, Apr. 9, 1998, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Fred Wyman

News has come of the death of Fred Wyman at San Antonio Texas, Sunday. Funeral services were held Tuesday and burial was in Texas [my notes-actually buried in Brimfield Cemetery]. My Wyman has resided in San Antonio since last summer.

(Brimfield News, March 18, 1954, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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The Obituary Record.

     The funeral of Austin Ward will take place at Co. L. armory, corner of Madison avenue and Fulton street at 2:30 p. m. today, the Rev. A. C. Brown, pastor of the Plymouth Presbyterian church, officiating. The services will consist of a sermon and full military funeral.
     The remains of the deceased were yesterday afternoon removed to the armory, where they will lie in state until after the funeral services when they will be escorted to Springdale cemetery by Company L., which will fire a salute of three volleys over the grave. (Peoria Daily Transcript, February 27, 1896, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Peoria, March 28, 1888, of asthma, Anna Washansen, aged 60 years and 22 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Chillicothe, March 26, 1888, John M. Weir, aged 26 years, 9 months and 13 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Carrie Welsh, 70, a widow of William Welsh and a resident here for 68 years, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at her home, 216 Kettelle Street.

     She was born in Kansas City, Kansas, March 12, 1876, a daughter of Andrew and Dena George Schmidt. Mrs. Welsh was a member of Fern Leaf Camp No. 18, Royal Neighbors of America.

     Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Umeda Hammer and Evalyn Houser, both of Peoria, three sons, Norval W. Welsh and John McWilliams, both of Peoria, and William Welsh, Stockton, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Smith and Mrs. Kate Evans both of this city; a brother, John Schmidt, also of Peoria; 11 grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. A son, Oral, died in infancy.

     Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Wilton Mortuary, with the Rev. M. L. Bischoff of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday afternoon and evening. (Unknown Peoria newspaper, August 8, 1946, submitted by Debbie Schmidt-Martin)


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At Peoria, April 13, 1888, of bronco pneumonia, Johann Dittrich Wilken, aged 9 months and 8 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary Communicated.

Chillicothe, Ill., Feb. 22.--The silent reaper has again entered our city and taken one of our oldest citizens. Like a full-cared sheaf Dr. Asahel Wilmot has passed from a long life of active labor to the realm of rewards. The summons to "come up higher" came to Dr. Wilmot at the ripe age of nearly 84 years, he having been born on the 24th of March, 1804. His childhood and youth were passed on a farm in his native county--Broom county, New York. After attending the common school, he graduated from the Binghampton high school and taught a number of terms. At the age of 22 years he was attacked with hip disease, which permanently disqualified him for active manual labor, and no doubt had an influence in shaping his subsequent career. Possessing great fondness for books and study he chose the medical profession as his life work. Having completed his course of study under the preceptorship of Dr. Nathan Boynton, of Bettsburg, Chenango county, New York, he graduated from the medical department of the state university, Jan. 3, 1832. After practicing with Dr. Boynton seven months, Dr. Wilmot settled in Coventry, Chenango county, N. Y., remaining there ten years. Deciding to cast his lot in the new west, with his wife and five children to Illinois, landing in Peoria county in June, 1843. He first located at Blue Ridge, Hallock township, and commenced practicing, removing four years later at Northampton. In 1854 Dr. Wilmot and family settled in Chillicothe, in the homestead from which his body was borne by loving hands on last Sunday afternoon to its final resting place at Blue Ridge. Both by nature and acquirement he was eminently adapted to his chosen profession, in which he achieved marked success, and a large practice during the half century of his active life in that field of labor. Dr. Wilmot's bright, cultured intellect and unswerving integrity of character, together with his fine sense of humor in all his relations with his fellow-men, and his large-hearted benevolence combined to command the respect and esteem of all who knew him; so that it can be truthfully said, that of friends he had many, and enemies few or none. On March 6th, 1833, Dr. Wilmot was united in marriage with Miss Olive A. Smith, with whom he lived in happy wedlock nearly fifty-four years. Their home has ever been noted for its generous hospitality and sunshine, where both friend and stranger always received a cordial welcome. The widow and seven of their eight children (three sons and four daughters) remain to mourn their sore bereavement. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, March 1, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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CHILLICOTHE - Sarah Louise Werckle, 87, formerly of 13819 River Beach Drive, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1994, at Bartman's Health Care Center in Atlanta, Ill.

Born Oct. 18, 1907, in Dunlap to Gilbert B. and Mary E. Crowell Hines, she married John Werckle on May 20, 1928, in Peoria. He died Aug. 5, 1966. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters. Surviving are two sons, Gilbert of Chillicothe and Fred of Rome; one daughter, Pat Conklin of Delevan; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Murray C. Hines of Peoria Heights and Walter B. Hines of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and one sister, Nellie E. Forney of Gainsville, Fla.

She was a school bus driver for Mossville School District for 22 years, retoring in 1972. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Brad Smith will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Weber Funeral Home. Burial will be in LaSalle Cemetery in LaSalle. Memorials may be made to Bartman's Health Care Center or her church,

(Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 29, 1994, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Member of This Year's E.H.S. Class Laid to Rest Last Saturday

For six weeks the illness of Mary Westbay brought anxiety and distress not only to the Southport home of which she was the joy and pride, but to the schools of Elmwood and to many homes in our little city and the region around it. One very striking proof of the community's sympathetic interest was the fact that as the snow at the beginning of her illness had blocked the road to Southport, the neighbors turning out in full force, shoveled a road through drifts which in several parts of the four and a half miles to Elmwood were four or five feet in depth. It was done by eager hands in order that the physician might be able to reach this greatly loved patient.

Her youth and beauty, her fine intellect which was developing with so much promise through her faithful school work; her sweet disposition and gentle ways had drawn to her a universal affection, which showed itself not only while the struggle was going on between life and death, but in the sorrowing multitude which filled the Elmwood Presbyterian church to overflowing at her funeral. The kindness and sympathy displayed in every possible way by so many friends and neighbors are deeply appreciated by the sorrow-stricken parents and kindred.

Mary Susan Westbay, only child of Lewis Westbay and Wilhelmina Wasson, his wife, was born in Elmwood township, Peoria county, Illinois, May 19, 1899, and died at the home of her parents in Southport, in the same township, January 23, 1918, at the age of 18 years, 8 months and 4 days. She was a member of the Senior Class in the Elmwood High School, and would have graduated in May of this year, an event to which she looked forward with very great and hopeful interest.

On the 12th of December she was taken with an illness against which all the resources of medical science, all the care that loving ones could give, and all her own courage and resolution, were unavailing.

While she wanted to live, as was right and natural for one so young, and with so much in her home and her school work and prospects to make life attractive, she declared herself ready to "go home." She especially delighted in having the devoted nurse read to her the 23rd and 91st Psalms, which will always have a charm for her loved ones beyond that which belongs to them as being among the most beautiful and comforting parts of the Holy Scripture.

She was laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery after funeral services by Rev. B. Y. George in the Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon, January 26th. The High School attended the funeral in a body and the pallbearers were from the Senior Class. The floral decorations were very elaborate and beautiful, lovingly presented one by each class in the High School, one by the teachers and many by kindred and devoted friends.

(Elmwood Gazette, January 30, 1918, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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CHILLICOTHE -- Donald E. Westefer, 70, of 217 Hazel Street, died at 4:31 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1993, in Ely, Minn.

Born June 12, 1923, in Peoria to Walter and Mabel Hines Westefer, he married Evelyn Durst on March 18, 1946, in Camp Grove. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Donald of Medaryville, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs. Marty (Linda) Parrish of Sparland and Mrs. Stephen (Patricia) Treutle of Coral Springs, Fla.; one brother, Ralph of Evergreen Park; one sister, Mrs. Nelson (Mary) Muneio of Santa Barbara, Calif.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Naval Mine Warfare Association. He was a delivery driver for the United Parcel Service for 29 years, retiring in 1985. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. The Rev. Mark Garber will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the memorial home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora. Memorials may be made to any charity.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep.3, 1993, submitted by Murray Hines)

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Jennie Ann Lawson Wilson

The grim reaper, Death, has been very busy in our midst the past week and with his sickle keen has entered four homes in this vicinity. On Friday at 9:30 p.m., at her home, occurred the death of Mrs. Charles Wilson after a lingering illness of about four years, during which time she had been a most patient sufferer. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Lewis Springer of Galesburg and the burial took place at Prospect cemetery.

[Note: Jennie Ann Lawson Wilson, Birth: Jun. 7, 1844, Ohio, Death: Oct. 21, 1904, Peoria County, Wife of Charles Wilson m. Oct 1, 1865, Stark County.]

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

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Charles M. Wilson of Dunlap, Peoria county, died Tuesday night at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. A. Rogers, 1062 North Monroe street. He was eighty-two years old last January. His death was due to complications incident to old age. Mr. Wilson was born in Lafayette, Stark county, Jan. 1844. Most of his life had been spent in that part of the state. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served with the Union army, and was a member of Bryner post, G. A. R. at Peoria. His wife died twenty-three years ago. He had been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Rogers, since last November. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Rogers (1868-1951) of Decatur, and Mrs. W. W. Yates of Casper, Wyo., and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Hedley of El Paso. There are six grand-children and one great grandchild. The body was removed to the Brintlinger & Sons undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and will be taken to Dunlap his old home. (Decatur Review (Illinois), April 27, 1926, submitted by George Zane)

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Victor G. Wise

     Funeral services for Victor G. Wise, 56 years old, assistant county auditor, who died Tuesday in St. Francis hospital following a stroke on a downtown st., will be held at 8:45 a. m. Saturday at the Boland mortuary and at 9:30 a. m. in St. Thomas church. The Rev. Bernard Rank will officiate. Interment will be in the St. Mary's cemetery.
     The rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight at the mortuary. Friends are to call at Boland's this afternoon and evening.
     The Peoria Heights Water Works office will be closed from 8 to 12 o'clock Saturday morning out of respect to the memory of Mr. Wise, who was treasurer of the village. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Hannah L. White died Nov. 4th, 1887, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jane A. Campbell, Chenoa, Ill., of cancer in the throat.

Mrs. White's maiden name was Rial; was born in New Jersey, Jan. 31st, 1808; moved to Green county, Pennsylvania with her parents when eight years of age; married to James M. White Aug. 16th, 1825; moved soon after to Ohio and united with the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz; moved back soon to Washington county, Pennsylvania and settled in Cross Creek township and united with Mt. Prospect Church; moved to West Virginia in 1843; then to Peoria county, Ill. in 1853 and settled in Akron township, uniting with Prospect Presbyterian Church and continued a member until Oct. 4th, 1886, when she removed her membership to Hoopeston, Ill., having gone there to reside with a daughter-in-law. She was thus in her 80th year and had been a consistent and active member of the Presbyterian Church over 60 years. Her husband, who died in 1859, had been for a number of years a ruling elder in the church. She was the mother of thirteen children, eight of whom survive her, namely, Jacob, of California, Samuel, James T. and Mrs. James McCoy, of Nebraska, Mrs. Campbell, of Chenoa, Mrs. Miller, of Forrest, Ill., Mrs. Adams, of Bismark, Ia. and Mrs. Moore, of Dakota. Mrs. White was a gentle and loving christian women, devoted to the interests of her Master's cause. The ties which bound her to her children and grand-children were of the strongest degree. Gradually the older members of Prospect Church, and of this community are disappearing and soon the whole country will be settled by persons who know by residence very little of any other state.

Her body was brought to Dunlap on Saturday, Nov. 5th and the funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church the next day in the presence of a large congregation.

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

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The Late Major Whiting

     All that is mortal of the late R. F. Whiting, was carried forth and laid to rest in the peaceful shades of Springdale Cemetery yesterday. The funeral took place from the home of Howard Knowles, son-in-law of the respected dead, at 206 Moss avenue, and the remains crossed the same portals through which Mr. Whiting's daughter were taken to their last home but a few months ago. The funeral services were conducted by the venerable A. A. Stevens, former pastor of the Congregational church, and an old friend of the family. The pall bearers were Allen Proctor, Z. N. Hotchkiss, H. R. Sanderson, and J. C. Garwood of Galesburg, A. Stone and Col. Isaac Taylor. The floral tributes were beautiful and numerous and a broken wheel of blossoms symbolized the life snapped and sundered. Solemn requimes were chanted by a quartette choir and the following brief but impressive oration was delivered by the sorrowing pastor:
     "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth yet there is no scourging but that is followed by peace, sweet alike to the body and soul....(Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Ada A. Whittaker

Funeral services for Mrs. Ada A. Whittaker, were held Tuesday afternoon from the residence, conducted by a former pastor, Rev. W. H. Young of Galesburg. Hymns "Sometime We'll Understand" and "Beautiful Tale" were sung by Rudolph Savage.

Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery. Casket bearers were Everett Bitner, John Whittaker, Wilfred Beamer, Clarence Catton, Lawrence Catton, Arthur Meehan.

Ada Ann Catton, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Jane Catton, was born October 7, 1887 on a farm north of Brimfield and died at her home here March 8, 1941 at the age of 73 years, 6 months and 1 day.

She was united in marriage on February 19, 1890 to Andrew Whittaker. To this union were born three children Harvy Everett, Luella Jane and Andrew Thomas.

In her early girlhood she united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and later became a member of the Union church, which she attended regularly until illness prevented her doing so.

She was a loving wife and a kind and affectionate mother and grandmother, always ready to lend a helping hand to others in need,

All of her life was spent on the farm until in the spring of 1914, they moved to Brimfield where she spent the rest of her life.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, two children, Mrs. Luella Huey and Andrew Whittaker, Harvy having passed away October 18, 1918. Three grandchildren, Dale Whittaker of Silesia, Mo.; Carol Lee and Andrew [ ] Whittaker of Brimfield; a sister, Mrs. Lena Meehan of Princeville; two brothers LaRado Catton of Chicago; Thomas Franklin Catton of Brimfield and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Two brothers, William Arthur, who died August 18, 1899 and Herbert E., who passed away December 31, 1931 preceded her in death. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Mar. 13, 1941, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Andrew Whittaker

     Funeral services for Andrew Whittaker, a lifelong resident of this community, were held at the Taylor Funeral home Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. Noel Edwards of Edwards officiated and hymns were sung by Mrs. Margaret McCoy and Mrs. Betty Miller.
     Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery. Casket bearers were Merle Beamer, Arthur Meehan, Dale Meehan, John Whittaker, Delmar Grossaint and Harold Mehan.
     Mr. Whittaker died Sunday evening at Proctor hospital where he had been a patient for about two weeks.
     He was born August 24, 1866 in Millbrook township a son of Richard and Hannah McGovern Whittaker. On Feb. 19, 1890 he married Ada Ann Catton who died March 8, 1941.
     He spent most of his life on the farm near Laura until the spring of 1914 when they moved into Brimfield. After the death of his wife he moved back to the farm with his son Andrew and family.
     He leaves to mourn his death one son, Andrew T. Whittaker, a sister Mrs. Hannah Beamer of Laura, three grandchildren, Dale Whittaker of [ ] Montana, Andrew Burl Whittaker and Mrs. Carol Stables of Brimfield, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
     A son, Harry, a daughter, Mrs. Louella Huey, four brothers; Samuel, Richard, John and Arthur, two sisters; Mrs. Jane Wasson and Mrs. Susie Bitner preceded him in death.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Sep. 2, 1954, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)


Andrew Whittaker, Brimfield, Dies At Age of 88

Andrew Whittaker, 88, a life resident of Brimfield community and a retired farmer, died at 10:30 last night in Proctor hospital here, where he had been a patient for 12 days.

A son of Richard and Hannah McGovern Whittaker, he was born Aug. 24, 1866 in Millbrook township, where he lived his entire life. He married in Feb. 19, 1890, to Ada Ann Catton in Brimfield. She died Mar. 8, 1941.

Surviving are a son, Andrew T. Whittaker of Brimfield; a sister Mrs. Hanna Beamer of Laura; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A son, a daughter, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be announced by Taylor funeral home, Brimfield.

(Princeville Telephone, Aug. 1954, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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     Arthur Whittaker, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Whittaker, was born in Millbrook township, December 21, 1864, and died at his home in Laura, Dec. 30, 1910, being 36 years and nine days old.
     Arthur was general favorite among his associates for genial ways. He has always lived in or near Laura and his sad fate has cast a gloom over the entire community.
     When he was fourteen years of age he was baptized at the Laura church by Rev. D. S. McCown.
     In April 1909 he joined the Laura Camp of Modern Woodmen as a beneficiary member and was an honorable member until his death.
     Dec. 28, 1897, he was married to Miss Glen Thurman, of Laura, and to them were born 2 children, Russell and Clyde, who with their mother, his aged parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a wide circle of friends are left to mourn his untimely death.
     The funeral services were held on Monday morning in the Laura M. E. church, conducted by Rev. J. T. Bliss of Monica.
     The services were largely attended, the church being filled with relatives, friends and neighbors of the deceased. The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Jan. 15, 1911, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Arthur P. Whittaker Funeral Thursday

Arthur P. Whittaker passed away at his home north of town Tuesday July 24. Mr. Whittaker had been ailing for several weeks but his condition was considered serious until about a week ago. He was in his sixty-ninth year.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 26, at the Union church at 2 o'clock with Rev. C. T. Doolittle of the Elmwood Presbyterian church iin charge. Interment will be in Brimfield cemetery. 
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Jul. 26, 1934, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)


Arthur P. Whittaker

Funeral services for the late Arthur P. Whittaker were held in the Union church, Thursday, at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. C. T. Doolittle of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church. Two solos, "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and "Beautiful Isle" were sung by Rudolph Savage. Pall bearers were Henry Reinhart, John Schelkopf, Albert Sloan, Ed Schulthes, John Plack and William Harding. Interment was in the Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1934, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)



     Arthur Parnell Whittaker was born October 17, 1865 in Millbrook township and passed away July 24, 1934 at the age of 68 years, 9 months and 7 days.
He was the eldest of the five children of Robert and Frances Whittaker of whom three survive; Mrs. Kate Catton of Brimfield, William Whittaker of Toulon and Roy Whittaker of Laura. Mrs. Martha Catton of Brimfield passed away March 10, 1926.
     Mr. Whittaker was married three times. His first wife, Miss Louella Keighan, whom he married in March, 1891, passed away in August of the same year.
     On September 21, 1892 he was married to Cora Belle Hamilton and to this union three children were born. The one son William, died before he had reached the age of two. The two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Catton and Mrs. Gwendolyn Blundy of Brimfield and seven grandchildren survive. The second wife passed away November 29, 1927.
     On February 4, 1930 he was married to Mrs. Matilda Church.
     Mr. Whittaker was a successful farmer and spent his entire life in this community where he was well known and will be missed by a host of friends.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1934, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)


     We sincerely appreciate the kind sympathy and help given us during the illness and death of Arthur P. Whittaker.
Mrs. Matilda Whittaker Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Catton Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Blundy.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1934, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Arthur P. Whittaker

     Cora Belle Hamilton was born near Brimfield, Illinois, on the 16th of January, 1868, and died at the hospital in Peoria on November 29th, 1927. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Wiand Hamilton, and was one of a family of five sisters. Two died in infancy, her sister Ida lived only to her eighteenth year, and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Porter, of Hume, Illinois, still lives.
     On September 21st, 1892 she was married to Arthur Whittaker. Into their home were born three children. The one son William died before he had reached the age of two. The daughters, Mrs. Mabel Catton and Mrs. Gwendolyn Blundy of Brimfield, and her husband, survive. There are five grandchildren.
     Mrs. Whittaker was a member of the Laura Camp, Royal Neighbors of America, with which she united a number of years ago. She became a member of the Congregational church in Brimfield at Easter time in the year before her marriage and continued in that connection until the Union church was formed four years ago when she joined with her friends in that fellowship.
     Mrs. Whittaker's entire life has been spent in the near vicinity of Brimfield. She has a large number of friends among those who have known her for so long and so well. Her industry, her many kindnesses to others, her skill in dealing with living things, her love of flowers, the joy she took in fine pieces of hand work, her cheerfulness and friendliness, and her faithfulness to those of her home have made her life worthy of emulation, and have been an inspiration to those about her. They are deeply grieved that she has been called upon to lay down her activities when the normal course of life has not yet been fully run.
The funeral service was held at the Union Church on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, the sermon being given by her pastor, Rev. W. Harvey Young. The church was crowded to standing room by the large attendance of relatives and friends.
Music was furnished by Mrs. H. 0. Cady, Mrs. Marie Wurmnest, Jud Harding and H. O. Cady, with Mrs. H. O. Cady, accompanist.
The body was laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.
The pallbearers were John Schelkopf, Albert Sloan, John Cluskey, Will Carter, H. O. Cady and Milt Hill.
Card of Thanks
We desire to sincerely thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and assistance in our time of bereavement. The Family

(Brimfield News, Thursday, Dec. 8, 1927, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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     Harry Everett Whittaker, oldest son of Andrew and Ada Whittaker, was born near Laura July 13, 1891, and died at their home in Brimfield Oct. 24, 1918, aged 27 years 3 months and 11 days.
     Sept. 10, 1913 he was married to Miss Mae Carman and to them was born one child, Gertrude, who died in infancy.
     Harry grew to manhood on his father's farm where practically all his life was spent. He loved the farm and its surroundings and was always happy and contented when performing his duties. Ever honest and upright, he made friends with all whom he met. In June 1918, he was called to a military camp at Macon, Ga., and like many others of our brave boys, he gave up home and all that life held dear for him and willingly dedicated his life to the service of his country, but on account of physical disability, he was granted an honorable discharge.
     Harry was possessed of an unusually kind and genial disposition, always happy and cheerful, and it seemed a pleasure to him to minister to the wants of others. He will be greatly missed by his friends and loved ones for his presence always brought with it the cheer of young life. He was very fond of music and would sit for hours playing and enjoying his favorite records on his phonograph.
     He was apparently enjoying his usual health when he was striken with influenza, which developed into pneumonia, and after a brief but very serious illness during which everything that medical aid, kind friends and anxious hearts could do, he rapidly became worse and nothing could avail. He realized that the end was near and at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, with a smile on his lips, his spirit passed to the maker, leaving to mourn his untimely death his parents, brother and sister, his aged grandfather and numerous relatives and friends.
     "No time for a last farewell, No time for the shock of fear, Scarcely a moment's halt on the shore, When the Guide and the boatman are near, Dear, how surprised you were to go, With little to suffer, little to know."
     The funeral service was held at the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Varney Jacobs, pastor of the M. E. church.
The body was laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery.
     The pallbearers were Russell Whittaker, Leonard Whittaker, Lawrence Catton, Everett Catton and Clarence Catton, all cousins of the deceased.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Oct. 31, 1918, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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     Mrs. Luella Whittaker, wife of Mr. Arthur P. Whittaker, of Laura, died on Monday, July 27th, 1891. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. John Kaighin of this place, and was united in marriage to Arthur Whittaker, March 4th 1891. She was about 20 years of age and was of cheerful, sunny disposition, possessing the happy faculty of making friends wherever she went. Consumption, superinduced by lagrippe, was the cause of her death. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at this place on Wednesday, conducted by Rev. W. J. Minium, and were largely attended. The remains were laid to rest in Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News, Thursday, Jul. 30, 1891, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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     William Claeborne Whittaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Whittaker, was born Sept. 11, 1899, and died Jan. 9, 1901, aged 1 year, 3 months and 25 days.
    Little Claiborne was a child of unusual promise. He was strong and vigorous in body and mind. With all his rapidly developing childish traits he had become the object of the home's tenderest affections. But under the mysterious providence of God these home ties must be broken. Blessed to know that in the realm above we shall know such sorrow.
     The funeral services were held at the home on Friday, Jan. 11, by Rev. Charles McCluer. The deep sympathy of many friends was manifest in the large gathering at the funeral services. The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1901, submitted by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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William Wilbur Dies Suddenly and Body is Found by Wife.

William Wilbur, a highly respected farmer, dropped dead last Thursday morning at his home on the Arthur Whittaker farm, about three miles south of Laura, where he had resided for sometime.

Mr. Wilbur's death was very sudden and came apparently without previous warning, as he was not known to be ill at the time. He arose Thursday morning and went into the kitchen to build a fire and it appears dropped dead while thus engaged. His body was found by his wife a short time later but there were no signs of life remaining at that time.

The funeral services were held on Saturday and the interment was in the Elmwood cemetery. (Williamsfield Times, Thursday, Jan. 28, 1909, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Wiley: Alta, Wednesday, Sep. 24, at her residence. 503? Jackson street, aged 63 yrs., 6 mos. and 1 day. Funeral Friday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. from Cumerford's Funeral home. Friends invited. Interment at Springdale. (Peoria Journal, Sep. 26, 1913, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Elsie Williams

Memorial rites for Mrs. Elsie Williams, 30 years old, wife of Charles R. Williams of Chicago and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lazisky, 503 Garfield avenue, Bartonville, will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Wilton mortuary chapel, with interment in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Mrs. Williams died at 7:30 o'clock Sunday evening in St. Francis hospital, after an illness of two years. She had recently lived in Chicago, but spent her girlhood in Bartonville.

Born at Petersburg, Il., July 29, 1906, she was married June 4, 1933 to Charles R. Williams. Surviving are her husband and parents; two brothers, Joseph and Marion Lazisky, Bartonville; and six sisters, Mrs. Ellen Shadwick of Peoria, and the Misses Cassie, Adela, Frances, Evelyn and Camille Lazisky.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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George H. Williams, Deputy United States Collector drowned in Peoria Lake

George H. Williams, Deputy Collector of federal revenue for the Fifth Illinois District was drowned in a lake in front of this city shortly after 12 o'clock Sunday morning. The following is the story told a Transcript reporter by Eugene Tetu, Charles Odell , Captain Odell ----. Williams and Tetu started out on the little steamer with a pleasure barge owned by some young man on the bluff, on a fishing expedition . They left eh city at 7:30 o'clock Saturday evening and went to Spring Lake and Copperas Creek dam, and started for home around 6 o-clock Sunday evening. Arriving in front of Peoria a short time after the Court House clock struck 12. When the boat was about the foot of Main street, Tetu and Williams started to arrange the two skiffs on the side of the barge which was in front of the little steamer. Tetu stopped about the middle of the barge and Williams went to the front ,. A splash was heard and Teu realized Williams had fallen over. The boat was stopped at once and all jumped into the skiffs to try to rescue Williams, but nothing was seen though his had was found a short time after.

The search continued about half an hour when the party gave up all hope of finding Williams and landing went to their homes on, most of them residing on the bluff. Mrs. Williams was notified of the fate of her husband.

A reward was offered for the recovery of the body at an early hour in the morning, and several persons convened searching. About 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Joseph Wade, the shoemaker on Main street and Edward Bestor, a brother-in-law of the unfortunate man found the body. It was about where he had gone down in the channel about 400 feet front he shore and about opposite Hamilton street. The body was taken to the undertaking establishment of John H. Keigler, where Coroner Thomason held the inquest. The evidence of several persons were the same as the story given us by Tetu as above. The jury was as follows: William Walsh, foreman, John Kearney, John Russell, Michael Leen, G. Gilespie and R. Malona. A verdict was returned that the deceased caused his death by accidental damage. On the dead man was found $36.65, a gold watch and chain and a bundle of paper. The watch had stopped at 12 0'clock.

Williams was about forty years of age. He came to this city a number of years ago and for several years was book keeper in THE TRANSCRIPT office. For about 5 years he had been employed in the office of the Collector of Internal Revenue and some months ago was appointed Deputy Collector. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Bestor, and two children. Williams was well known in Peoria . He was very popular with all his acquaintances and his death will be mourned by many. His widow and children have the deepest sympathy of all. (Peoria Daily Transcript Tuesday May 20, 1884)

Peoria Daily Transcript May 22, 1884


The funeral of the late George H. Williams occurred yesterday afternoon from the family residence on Knoxville road. The funeral procession was one of the largest ever witnessed in Peoria. The Rev. H. B. England delivered a glowing eulogy . The remains were interred in Springdale cemetery.

(Peoria Daily Transcript, May 20 & 22, 1884, submitted by David Cooke)

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Mrs. Charles Witherell

Mrs. Sophia Witherall passed away at her home in Jubilee Township south of Princeville on Saturday, September 12, at the age of 78 years. Funeral services were held at the Tretheway funeral home in Princeville on Tuesday afternoon, and burial was in Oak Hill.

(Brimfield News, Sept. 17, 1936, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Creve Coeur man dies after accident

A Creve Coeur man died Saturday from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. route 51 near Wenona.

Michael Wolstenholm, 44, of 297 Creve Coeur Court, was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. at Saint Mary's Hospital in Streator, LaSalle County Coroner Marion Osborne said. Wolstenholm died of chest injuries, the coroner said.

Wolstenholm was driving a van north on Route 51 about about a half-mile north of Illinois Route 17 when the accident occurred. Osborne said police suspect that Wolstenholm fell asleep. Wolstenholm was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. (unknown newspaper, August ?, 1992, submitted by Pat Schneider)

Michael Wolstenholm

CREVE COEUR -- Michael W. Wolstenholm, 44, of 297 Creve Coeur Court, died at 5:16 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Saint Mary's Hospital emergency room in Streator.

He was born April 4, 1948, in Peoria to Leslie and Marjorie Sprinkle-Price Wolstenholm.

Surviving are his mother, Marjorie Shadrick of Creve Coeur, with whom he made his home; one son, Bradley M. of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, John R. and Leo "Tom" Shadrick Jr., both of Creve Coeur; two sisters, Laurie J. Roby of Creve Coeur and Stella A. Mercer of East Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepfather.

He was an independent truck driver for 15 years and later managed Air-Land Transport Co. in Morton. He was president of Team Transport Co. in East Peoria.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel. The Rev. James M. Sandy will officiate. There will be no visitation. Entombment will be at Resurrection Mausoleum. (Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 3, 1992, submitted by Pat Schneider)

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Samuel Woolner, aged 64, died at his home in Peoria, Ill., yesterday morning after a long illness. He was ex-President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Mr. Woolner is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Miriam Sternbach of New York, a daughter, Mrs. W. B. Woolner, and a son, Seymour Woolner. The funeral will take place tomorrow in Peoria.

(New York Times, Jan. 15, 1911, pg. 13, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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The remains of Mrs. Rebecca Wooton were brought to Elmwood from Peoria last Thursday evening. She having died at the home of Mr. William Harper in that city Wednesday evening.

Funeral services were held from the residence of her only son, Mr. W. T. Wooton, on Friday morning at 10 o'clock; Rev. Mr. Metcalf officiating and remains buried in the Elmwood cemetery. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers in this part of the state; she having been a resident of Illinois for 45 years--25 years of which was spent in Peoria County. She was the mother of four children, of which one survive her. Mrs. Wooton was born in North Carolina in 1809. (Elmwood Gazette, June 12, 1890, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Pauline Lois Wyman

A short service was held at the grave in the Brimfield Cemetery Tuesday afternoon for baby Pauline Lois, one of twins born to Fred and Mabel Catton Wyman Monday, May 7, 1934 at the Proctor hospital.

Rev, Thomas Spencer was in charge of the services. (Brimfield News, Thursday, May 10, 1934, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Garnet Walker

Garnet M. Eilers Walker, 78, of 310? Harrison, Bartonville, died Tuesday in Proctor Community Hospital.
She was an occupational therapist at Peoria State Hospital 35 years before retiring. She was a former vice president of the board of the Women's Bowling Association and was a permanent member of the Women's Illinois Bowling Congress.
Born in Bartonville Nov. 12, 1899, to Edward and Theresa Traeger Stoker, she married Benjamin Wilers at Lacon March 12, 1917. He died Aug. 18, 1958. She married Marion Walker at Bartonville Jan. 16, 1965.
    Surviving: her husband, one daughter, Mrs. James (Theresa) Cornwell, Bartonville, one son, Edward "Buzz" EIliers, Hanna City; one sister, Mrs. George (Edwardine) Stuart, South Rome; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren.
    Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Endsley & Hines Funeral Home, Bartonville, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church.
    Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church. Burial: Parkview Cemetery. (Peoria Journal Star, October 19?, 1978, submitted by Carole Martin)

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Mimke G. Willms – Yesterday evening at 6:00 pm, Mimke G. Willms, father of well-known grocer George Willms, died at the advanced age of 80 years 1 month in his home on 718 Lincoln Ave.  The deceased who has lived for 43 years in this country was born in Schirum in the district of Aurich in Ostfriesland, His wife died about 18 months ago.  He was an honest through and through Friesian of the old type, unfortunately found less and less.  He was proud until his end of his German customs and traditions and especially of those of his particular home and he has also handed on to his children his love for everything German.  Six of his children surrounded his coffin:  George Willms, Peoria, John C. Willms, Rochelle, Heinrich B. Willms, Peoria, Mrs. Fannie Wagner, Chicago, Mrs. Siena Gumms, Chicago, Miss. Wilhelmina Willms, Peoria.  The departed enjoyed rare physical and mental stamina until his last illness.  The funeral takes place Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm starting at the house of mourning and at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pastor Floch), and then at the Lutheran Cemetery.  May he rest in peace. (Translated from the original German)(Taglicher Peoria Demokrat, July 26, 1909, submitted by Norm Nesheim)

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Leroy Martin Whittaker

CLIMAX - LeRoy Martin Whittaker, 79, of Climax, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 19, 1916, in Laura, Ill., to Roy and Cora Whittaker. Mr. Whittaker was retired from Thomasville Furniture and a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian E. Whittaker; two sons, Fred Whittaker of Greensboro, and Jerry of Climax; four grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, 1996, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Climax. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice at Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27405.

(Greensboro News and Record, Feb. 29, 1996, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Susan Whittaker, wife of John Whittaker, died on Saturday, Jan. 2nd, 1892, at her home in Millbrook township, The deceased was 88 years of age. Lagrippe combined with the feebleness of old age was the cause of death. She was born in Queens county, Ireland, and emigrated to this country about 55 years ago. She came at once to Peoria and this county has since been her home. Many years ago she united with the M. E. church of which she remained a faithful member until death. She was a most estimable woman and held in high esteem by all who knew her. She was the mother of 7 children, 4 of whom are living. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at this place on Monday, Jan. 4, conducted by Rev. W. J. Minium, after which the remains were laid to rest by the side of those of her husband in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Jan. 7, 1892, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Vera Whittaker

ELMWOOD - Vera K. Whittaker, 83, of Elmwood died at 3 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 1995, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

She was born Dec. 4, 1911, in Laura to Roy and Cora Martin Whittaker.

Surviving are one brother, LeRoy of Climax, N.C.; six nephews; four great-nephews; and two great-nieces. One brother, Robert, and two sisters, Edith Wagner and Louise Whittaker, preceded her in death.

She was a school teacher and had taught for several years in the Laura and Brimfield areas and later taught at Bartonville Grade School. She was a member of Retired Teachers of Illinois, Western Illinois University Alumni Association, Royal Neighbors of America and Elmwood Presbyterian Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Gary Hutton will officiate, and burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

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

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 26, 1995, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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PEORIA - Betty M. Woliung, 71, of rural Urbana, mother of a Peoria resident, died at 5:30 a. m., Tuesday, May 21, 1996, at Americana Health Care Center in Urbana.

Born Dec. 21, 1924, in Ellsworth, to Emil and Maude Stinde Scott, she married Stanley Woliung on Oct. 20, 1943 in St. Louis. He died May 4, 1991. She also was preceded in death by her father.

Surviving are her mother of Farmer City; three daughters, Norma McQueen of Peoria, Charolette Welchel of St. Joseph and Mary Etta Bersig of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five brothers, Charles Scott of Hemet, Calif., John E. Scott of Fisher, and Ivan E. Scott, George E. Scott and Larry E. Scott, all of Bloomington; and two sisters, Joyce Beals of Beloit, Wis., and Clarice Miller of Bloomington.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Freese Funeral Home in St. Joseph. Burial will be in Bellflower Cemetery in Bellflower.

Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or Covenant Hospice in Urbana.

(Peoria Journal Star, May 22, 1996, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Sorrow came to hundreds of friends and relatives of Mrs. Eldon Wear, on last Sunday morning, with the announcement of her death, which came as a shock and surprise to nearly all. She had been ill with influenza and this followed by pneumonia and meningitis, and proved fatal.

The funeral service in charge of the Rev. L. P. Bear, was held at the residence Tuesday and was attended by a large gathering. Interment was in Princeville cemetery.

Ola Rae Hibbs, daughter and only child of Evan and Ella Hibbs, was born in Dunlap, Ill., Feb. 11, 1889 and died at her home in Princeville, Feb 9, 1919, aged 29 years 11 months and 28 days.

She was educated in the Dunlap schools and for a number of years was organist at the M. E. church.

Feb. 2, 1910, she was united in marriage to Eldon Wear of Princeville. They went to housekeeping at once on the Wear place northwest of town, and nine years only were allotted in the enjoyment of this home.

On the 2nd day of February, she was taken ill with influenza. Complication seemed to attend the disease from the first and after a week’s battle for life and health; she gave over the struggle and passed from the tome to eternity on the morning of Feb. 9th at 8 o’clock.

Mrs. Wear was a member of the Rebekah lodge of Dunlap, and the Royal Neighbors lodge of Princeville.

She is survived by her father, mother and husband with other more distant relatives, and a large circle of friends made in her life’s sojourn.

(Unknown newspaper, Feb. 1919, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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John Weidner

J. H. Weidner died at his home near Elmwood Tuesday, April 28, at the age of 74 years. Mr. Weidner had been seriously ill for about ten days previous to his death, from pneumonia. The funeral will be held today at the home at 2 p. m. and interment will be at the Elmwood cemetery. It will be conducted by the Masons of which he was a member.

Mr. Weidner was a brother-in-law of M. L. Sniff of this place, and he was a former resident here and well known and highly esteemed in this community. He came to this vicinity from Ohio in 1869 and resided for about sixteen years on the Nelson farm near Monica. From there he went to Iowa and lived several years, when he came to Princeville and made his home here for about five years. Since then he had lived near Elmwood. He is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter, Roy near Elmwood, John in Iowa, and Mrs. Sarah Purdue, of Elmwood.

(Princeville Telephone, 1914, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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An Old Resident Dead

After an illness of two weeks, Andrew Weber, the veteran furniture dealer and undertaker, passed to the Great Beyond Tuesday, from which no traveler returns. For the past year or more he had been gradually failing but had been able to be about most of the time until two weeks ago when he was taken with a severe attack of la grippe which resulted fatally.

The funeral was held yesterday forenoon at the St. Edward's church, conducted by Rev. Father Hayden, his pastor, and the remains were taken to Peoria on the noon train where they were laid to rest in St. Joseph's cemetery beside those of his wife and brother who had preceded him some years previous. The pall bearers were Samuel Hosselton, Wm. H. Miller, D. P. Smith, Z. P. Hakes, S. H. Cunningham and Peter Perry, all members of Post No. 136, of which he was an honored member.

Mr. Weber was a German by birth, born in Germany Nov. 15, 1827. He accompanied his parents to America when a lad of nine years of age and landed at Baltimore, Md., where they lived for a year, then to Cincinnati, Ohio. Here, his father, taking Horace Greely's advice, "go west, young man," came to Illinois and purchased a farm in Woodford county. He returned to Cincinnati for his family and on May 5, 1839, with them and what little worldly goods they possessed, started by boat for their western home. When a short distance from Cincinnati, the boiler of the steamboat exploded, causing the boat to go to the bottom in a very few minutes. By this accident Mr. Weber's father, two sisters and a brother were drowned and all their goods destroyed, leaving the mother with the rest of the family. Three months later they arrived at their new western home almost destitute. Here Mr. Weber shared his mother hardships of an early settler. At fourteen he went to learn his trade, and after working in St. Louis and other places returned to Peoria where he remained until the fall of (missing) I. V. Cav. under Capt. Adam Stuber, and after two years of hard service was discharged for disability.

He united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Mietz, Nov., 22nd., 1849 to this union six children were born, five of whom are now living, Eva, Elizabeth, Peter, Gertrude and Mary, John deceased. Mr. Weber was buried in a walnut casket which was made by him over twenty years ago. It was trimmed up by his son who is his successor in business. Thus passes away another one of the old residents of Chillicothe, peace to his ashes.

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

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An Account of the Life and Death of Charles E. Weidman.

Chas E. Weidman was born in Medina township, Peoria county, Ill., March 14, 1841. He came with his parents to Hallock about 50 years ago, to the home and farm where he has since resided. He enlisted in Co. C, 86th regiment of infantry, in 1862. On account of failing health he was discharged March 18th, 1863. He was drafted in Sept. 1864, and again entered the service in Co. D, 11th Ill. infantry, where he served to the close of the war, being discharged July 14, 1865.

Nov. 18, 1866 he was married to Miss Matilda L. Hensel, of Lawn Ridge. Of this union two sons were born, Wm. E and Irving, both of whom with their mother survive him. Soon after their marriage they united with the M.E. church of Lawn Ridge, of which he was a faithful and devoted member to the end of his life.

About nine years ago an affliction came upon him which has baffled all medical skill and which deprived him of the use of his lower limbs. Notwithstanding his affliction he maintained his cheerfulness to a wonderful degree and has shown remarkable patience and fortitude. During all these years of sore trial no effort that tender love and sympathy could suggest for the relief of his suffering and ministry to his wants has been spared by his faithful wife and family. For more than a year he has been gradually failing, and for the last few weeks there has been abundant premonitions that the end was approaching. On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. "taps were sounded lights out," and as gently and sweetly as falls the summer dew our friend and comrade fell asleep. May we truly believe to awake at reveille to the dawn of a brighter and better day where "this corruptible shall put on incorruption" and this mortal shall be clothed in a blessed and glorious immortality.

We doubt if any man has ever lived in this community to whom the heart felt sympathy of the entire community has gone out more than to him during these years of affliction. He was a man who enjoyed the activities of life. In all of his dealings with men he was straight forward and thoroughly honest; in his treatment of others, kind and charitable. Possessed of a keen sense of humor and an inexhaustible fund of sparkling wit, together with unbounded good nature, he was the life of the social circle and a most companionable man.

During the years of his affliction it has been the custom of his soldier friends and their wives to (missing) occasions he seemed to utterly forget his afflictions, and to enjoy the social hours with his old time zest and love of fun. During the weary years of his helplessness his heart has ever gone out in gratitude for his mercies, thankful that his mental faculties were left unimpared, and that he could have the fellowship of books, and read the news of the day, and above all for the unwavering attention and care of his devoted family and the sympathy of his multitude of friends.

The funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the Blue Ridge church, and the interment in the cemetery near by. The services were conducted by Rev. Henry Apple, of Peoria---an old time friend of the family---assisted by Rev. D. C. Martin, pastor of the church. The singing was conducted by the West Hallock choir. The service was most touching and full of tenderness throughout. After the congregation had taken a last look at all that was mortal of their old friend and neighbor the old army comrades formed a circle around the open casket while they were briefly but most feelingly addressed by Rev. D. C. Martin, himself a veteran of the war. To the thoughtful mind there could but come one suggestion on that winter day: That the comrades there assembled were well advanced in their winter, from which there would be no resurrecting springtime this side of the portals of the grave.

The pall bearers were all comrades of the war: Frank Rotterman, Anson Crouch, Henry Ortley, James Furgeson, Cyrus Root, and Calvin Stowell. The old comrades lined up by the side of the hearse as they marched to the last resting place of their worthy neighbor---their genial, warm-hearted friend, patriotic citizen soldier, devoted husband and father and christian gentleman.

Among those who attended the funeral from a distance were his brother-in-law, Elijah Furgeson, from Pontiac; Mr. H. F. Weidman and wife and Mrs. John Brodbeck, of Peoria.

C. S.
Lawn Ridge, Ill.

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

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Death Came at Peoria Home Monday----Funeral This Morning

The many friends here were sorry to hear of the death of Joseph B. Weber, which occurred Monday afternoon at 2:30 at his home at 821 Bigelow, Peoria. Mr. Weber had been in failing health for a number of years and the end came peacefully Monday. Cause of death was pernicious anemia.

Joseph Bernard Weber was born in Princeville January 7, 1877 and passed away in Peoria November 9. 1925, aged 48 years, 10 months and 2 days. With the exception of ten months when he lived in Peoria before the present residence, he made his home in Princeville all his life. The family moved to Peoria in June 1924 from which time Mr. Weber received treatments at the Peoria Sanitarium.

During the time that Mr. Weber lived in Princeville he assisted his father, Val Weber in the merchandising business and later associated with his two brothers in the same line. For a period of two years he operated a restaurant here.

On August 31, 1899, he was married to Clara G. Boylan and to this union three sons were born, all of whom survive him. They are Leo of Ravenwood, Missouri, and Clement and Joseph at home. He also leaves one brother A. L. Weber and one sister, Mrs. William Friedman and his mother, Mrs. Barbara Weber all of this place.

During the many years that Mr. Weber was in business here he made many friends, all of whom sympathize with the widow and the family at this time of bereavement. He was a kind and loving father and through his poor health often impaired his activity, he was honorable and up right at all times.

Funeral services were held this morning from the St. Mary's of the Woods church, Fr. F. M. Humphfreys officiating assisted by Fr. Cosgrove of Peoria. Interment took place at St. Mary's cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, 1925, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral Services Were Held Friday Afternoon At 2 o'clock

Funeral services for Mrs. Samuel Whittaker, who passed away at her home in Laura Tuesday, June 19, at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 27 days, were held at the Laura Methodist Episcopal church Friday afternoon at 2 oclock, Rev. E. B. Morton officiating. Interment was made in the Princeville cemetery.

Mary Evelyn Wasson, daughter of John and Betsy Wasson, was born on her fathers farm near Laura, Illinois, June 22, 1874. Here she grew to womanhood and here her entire life was spent. On February 22. 1892 she was united in marriage to Samuel Whittaker, also of Laura and to this union three children were born; Mrs. Lura Morris and Howard and Lloyd Whittaker. They were also the foster parents of Harriett Smith, who they took and cared for from an early childhood until her marriage with Harold Williams.

Besides her children, she leave to mourn her early departure, her husband, three sisters, four brothers, six grandchildren and a host of friends.

Mrs. Whittaker was a member of the Laura Methodist church having joined shortly after its organization. As long as her health permitted she was always a faithful workers in the church and served as a member of the official board for a number of years. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of Laura.

Mrs. Whittaker possessed a very genial disposition and was a kind and loving wife and mother whose house and children were a constant source of pride and joy to her.
Mrs. Whittaker had been in poor health for almost three years preceding her death.

(Princeville Telephone, 1928, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Isaac Witherell

Isaac Witherell was born January 22, 1825 at Amity, Erie County, Penn. In 1844 he came to Salem, Washington County, Indiana, where he resided till 1849, when he moved to Peoria County, where he resided till his death. He was married to Nancy Dawson in this county, March 18, 1858, and this union was blessed with nine children, of whom eight are living.

He was converted before his marriage at a camp meeting near Southport and shortly after united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has held official positions in the church for many years. He was an efficient class leader and trustee at the time of his death which occurred at his home January 11, 1899, at 5:30 p.m.

His last serious illness was of several months duration, but during these weary months he manifested unwearied patience. The evening before his departure he called his family to his side and asked Mother Witherell to lead in prayer, which he heartily joined, and when asked if he had any further wish to express he said Yes let us praise God and he continued to praise the lord for sometime. So we are permitted to record that he left this world with praises of God upon his lips to join the blood washed throng in praise beyond the skies.

The funeral services were held in the Oak Hill Church on Friday, at 2 p.m., conducted by Pastor, Rev. J.E. Mercer. The interment in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, Jan. 19, 1899, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Albert Wolford

Funeral services for Albert N. Wolford, 61, of 722 N. Avon Curve, who suffered a heart attack and died while driving his car Thursday morning, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Wilton Mortuary. Burial will be in Swan Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Temple Lodge 46 will conduct Masonic rites there at 8 p.m. Mr. Wolford retired Oct. 1 as manager of the Interstate Bakeries Corp. here.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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For Mrs. Wagner Will Be Friday

Mrs. Louise Wiley Wagner, 70, a resident of the Elm Haven Nursing Home since January 1963, died there at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 1964.

She was born July 10, 1893, in rural Brimfield, a daughter of Henry and Nettie Reed Blundy. She was married to George Wagner, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, George Wagner of Brimfield; four daughters, Mrs. Axel Nelson of Danville, Mrs. Richard Hanson of Peoria, Mrs. Earl Carter of rural Yates City, and Mrs. Kenneth Shaw of rural Elmwood; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Reed Blundy of Brimfield; and two sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Bragg and Mrs. Caroline Pacey of Brimfield.

Mrs. Wagner had spent her entire life in Peoria county and in the Brimfield vicinity. She was a member of the Union church in Brimfield; and at one time was a member of the Eastern Star chapter in Elmwood.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Union church with Rev. K. M. Stuckey officiating. Burial will be in the Brimfield cemetery.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Union Church building fund. They may be made to the funeral home.

(Unknown newspaper, June 3, 1964, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Henry Webber

Henry Webber was born at Bandchester, Ohio on November 24, 1845 and passed away at his home in Yates City, Illinois, at 6:45 a. m. Sunday, May 4, 1924, being at the time of his death 78 years, 5 months and 10 days old.

Most of his life has been spent in the Jubilee township in Peoria county, then near Monica, Brimfield and of the late years near Yates City. He had been very successful in his chosen line of work and although retired from the farm a few years ago, he never lost interest in the farm and its problems.

He was united in marriage to Susan C. Shane on February 8, 1870, at Brimfield. To this union were born six children, three boys and three girls. One of the boys passed away when he was but seventeen years of age. His surviving children are Orville D., Mervin C., Edith B., Mrs. Frona J. Schaad of Bradford and Mrs. Nellie L. McKown of Elmwood.

He had been in failing health for several months but until very recently did his loved ones realize his condition was so serious. Being a man of great activity and excellent health all of his life, he would not give up until the very last.

Besides his wife, who will miss her life long companion more keenly than any other, he is survived by his children and grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters.

He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church near Monica in 1872 and has been a very faithful and loyal Christian ever since. After moving to Yates City he transferred his membership to that place and has been a most faithful member of that church. The church has always held a large place in his estimation and esteem and he has tried to help along her ideals in every way he could.

Funeral service were held in the Methodist church, conducted by C. W. Leonard. Burial was made in the Yates City cemetery, on Wednesday afternoon May 7th.

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

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Funeral Services For Edward Whittaker Held This Afternoon.

Funeral services fro Edward Lee Whittaker of Laura, 16, a junior in Princeville Community high school were in the high school gymnasium this afternoon conducted by Rev. William Caukins of Brimfield. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

He was fatally injured in an automobile collision a mile west of Brimfield on U. S. Route 150 about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the car he was driving and one driven by Glenn R. Underwood of Coal Valley collided.

Critically injured in the accident were Gerald Whittaker, 13 and Curt Fauth, 14 also of Laura. Other passengers in the Whittaker car who were injured in the accident were Geralds twin brother Harold and Claude Lorance of Laura, 11. Mr. Underwood the driver of the other car and a passenger, Miss Carolyn Swartz of Galesburg, were also injured.

The four passengers in the Whittaker car are all patients in St. Francis hospital in Peoria, while Miss Swartz and Mr. Underwood are patients in Methodist hospital in Peoria.

Both Gerald Whittaker and Curt Fauth were reported Wednesday evening as being still unconscious and in critical condition in the hospital. Gerald is reported to have suffered a brain injury, a broken jaw and a broken left wrist. Curt Fauth is reported to be suffering a brain concussion and other injuries.

Harold Whittaker received numerous lacerations, bruises and shock, but is expected to be released from the hospital today or tomorrow.

Claude Lorance suffered a concussion and numerous lacerations, but is not considered to be in a critical condition.

Mr. Underwood suffered chest injures in the accident and Miss Swartz is reported to have suffered fractures in both legs.

The Whittaker twins and Claude were all members of Laura grade school basketball team. Laura was to have been the site of the Little Illini heavyweight tournament, which had been shifted to Elmira. Laura forfeited its opening game to St. Johns of Bradford.

Curt Fauth was member of the Princeville Community high school varsity basketball team.

Edward Lee Whittaker, a son of Leland and Marcia Riggen Whittaker, was born in Peoria county November 23, 1940. He attended the Laura grade school and Princeville Community high school where he was active in F.F.A., basketball and baseball.

He is survived by his parents; the twin brothers, who were injured in the accident and a brother Paul, all at home and his grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Whittaker and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riggen, all of Laura.

(Princeville Telephone, Feb. 1957, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral Services For Gerald Whittaker Held Wednesday

Gerald M. Whittaker, 13 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Whittaker, passed away in St. Francis hospital in Peoria Sunday night from injuries he received in an automobile accident near Brimfield three weeks ago Sunday night.

His brother, 16 year old Edward Lee Whittaker, was fatally injured in the crash. Geralds twin brother Harold and two other youth were also injured in the crash.

Still in critical condition from the accident is Curt Fauth, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fauth of Laura. Less seriously injured was Claude Lorance, 11, of Laura. The youths had been to a Methodist Youth Fellowship meeting and were returning home when the accident occurred.

Gerald M. Whittaker was born March 21, 1943 in Laura. He was an eighth grade student in Laura grade school, was a member of the basketball team and also participated in the Little League at Laura. He was a member of the Laura Methodist church.

Surviving are his parents, Leland and Marcia Riggen Whittaker; the twin brother, Harold and a brother Paul; the paternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Whittaker and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riggen, all of Laura and an uncle, Weldon Riggen of Princeville.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Laura Methodist church with Pastor Bill Caukins officiating. The girls octet of Princeville high schools sang In The Garden and Abide With Me. The girls in the octet are Carol Asal, Patricia Lorance, Sandra Fry, Mary Harmon, Patricia Guyot, Marilyn Higgs, Rose Koller and Marilyn Jones.

Burial was in the Princeville cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Rice, Gary Cordis, Ronnie Gilles, John Megan, Dick Stubbs and George Reicheneker.

(Princeville Telephone, March 1957, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral Services For Laura Resident Are Held Wednesday

The Laura community was saddened Monday by the death of one of its highly esteemed citizens, Mrs. Myrtle O. Whittaker, widow of George Whittaker, who passed away in the Kewanee Public hospital after being a patient there for ten days.

She was the only child of George and Mary Ellen Woodhull Hardy and was born in Laura May 27, 1885. She passed away at the age of 70 years, eight months and three days. She spent her entire life in the Laura community. She was united in marriage TO George Whittaker in Toulon July 9, 1903. They spent most of their married life on a farm near Laura. Mr. Whittaker preceded his wife in death August 6, 1948. She was a member of the Laura Methodist church.

Surviving are one son, John of Laura, Mrs. Marcella Farley of Farley, Mo. and Elberta of Laura and two great grandchildren. Emma Susan and James Wallace Farley Jr. of Farley, Mo.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon in the Laura Methodist church with Rev. William Caulkins officiating. She was laid to rest in the Princeville cemetery. Pallbearers were George and Laverne Reichenecker, Clarence Bridson, Don Webster, Fred Steiman and G. R. Games.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1956, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Old Resident Of Laura Passes Away

Samuel C. Whittaker, 85, a lifetime farmer of Laura community died Friday, March 19, in St. Marys hospital in Galesburg.

Funeral services were held Sunday March 21, at 2:00 p. m. in the Patterson Funeral home with Rev. Richard Chase officiating and burial in the Princeville cemetery.

Samuel C. Whittaker son of Richard C. and Hanna McGovern Whittaker was born on a farm near Laura May 28, 1868.

He suffered a stroke March 3 and passed away in St. Marys hospital in Galesburg March 19, 1954 at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 21 days.

February 28, 1892 he was united in marriage to Mary Wasson, also of Laura. His wife passed away June 19, 1928 and for the past 25 years he hade his home with his son Lloyd.

He is survived by three children Lura Morris of Laura, Howard of Centralia and Lloyd of Laura. They were also the foster parents of Harriett Smith who they took and cared for from an early childhood, until her marriage to Harold Williams, now residing in Mesa, Ariz.

Beside his children he leaves one brother, Andrew Whittaker of Brimfield and one sister, Hannah Beamer of Laura, thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Merle McKown, Paul Kneer, Harry Malone, Bob Smith, Glenn Newell and Fred Jones.

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

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Final Services Will Be Held Saturday For Mrs. Blanche White

Funeral services for Mr. Henry White will be held at the Patterson funeral home in Elmwood Saturday at 2 p. m.( CST ) in charge on Rev. Charles Vandettum. Burial will be in the Elmwood cemetery.

Blanche T. White was born in Monica, May 16, 1871, the daughter of George and Jane Peet Miller and died at her home at 417 Ellis St., Peoria, at 9:30 Wednesday morning.

She was married to Henry Milton White, March 2, 1898, who, with the following children, survive; Merle White, Mrs. Mabel Callister and Mrs. Marjorie Super of Elmwood, Mrs. Mildred Liggett and Charles White of Peoria and Mrs. Florence Maher of Brimfield. Also surviving are; one brother Bert Miller of Montrose, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Marle Dunn of Wheatland, Wy., and Mrs. Verna Sigsby of Burt, Mich.; and 18 grandchildren. One sister died in 1929.

(Princeville Telephone, June 1947, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Henry Milton White

Elmwood, Nov, 30H. Milton White, 72, died at St. Francis hospital at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. He has been a patient there since May 20.

He was born at Newark, Ohio Aug, 14, 1876, a son of John H. and Margaret E. Wiley White. March 2 he married Blanche T. Miller. She preceded him in death June 11, 1947.

Surviving are the following children, Merle of Elmwood, Mrs. Mabel Callister of Elmwood, Mrs. Marjorie Super of Elmwood, Mrs. Mildred Liggett of Peoria, George of Peoria, Mrs. Florence Maher of Brimfield; 18 grandchildren.

(Princeville Telephone, 1948, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral Services Mrs. H. Worsfold Are Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Hannah Worsfold, widow of John W. Worsfold, were held in the Bouton Memorial home Friday afternoon with Rev. Arnold Dalzell officiating.
She was laid to rest in the Princeville cemetery. Pallbearers were Wilbur Taylor, Donald Worsfold, Willis Barrett, Merle Worsfold, Edward Garmer and Glenn Griffin.
She was born May 16, 1964 in Essex England, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fulager. She was united in marriage to John Williams Worsfold August 11, 1884 in London, England.

Shortly after their marriage, they came to America, first settling in Trivoli, later making their home at different places, namely, Pottstown, Kickapoo, Jubilee, Speer and then finally at Alta.

She lost her husband, son and a daughter during the year of 1919 but continued to make her home in Alta and lead a very active life until two years ago when she was forced, because of failing health to come to Princeville and make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Laura Barrett.

(Princeville Telephone, June 1953 submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Inquest Reveals He Slid Directly Into Path Of Car; Driver Unable To Stop

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Presbyterian church in Alta for John Lester Worsfold, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Worsfold of Alta, who was fatally injured shortly after noon Thursday when the sled on which he was coasting was struck by an automobile driven by James Messersmith, 18, of Dunlap, on a gravel route between route 88 and Alta.

A verdict of accidental death was returned by a Peoria county coroner's jury Friday afternoon following an inquest conducted by Peoria county coroner Chauncey E. Wood.

At the inquest Messersmith said that he was enroute to the Worsfold home to see if Mrs. Worsfold could go to work at the Jarnagan grocery on route 88 where she is employed part time. He stated that he was traveling at a moderate rate of speed when the sled came over an embankment directly into the path of his car. He was unable to stop in time because of the slippery condition of the road.

The boy's sled was crushed by the impact and Messersmith said that he did not know whether the wheels of the car passed over the boy or not.

Messersmith ran to a nearby home and summoned a Gauss ambulance which took the child to St. Francis hospital in Peoria where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The son of John William and Florence Davis Worsfold, he was born in Peoria June 14, 1943. He attended the Presbyterian Sunday school.

Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Donald Eugene and Larry Keith; a sister, Pamela Sue, all at home; his grandmothers, Mrs. Hanna Worsfold of Alta and Mrs. Lois Davis of Mason City, Ia.

Funeral services were held at the Alta Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon with Marion C. Floyd officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Reynolds sand "When He Cometh" and "No Night There". Pallbearers were Bobby Starnes, Merle Carr, Herbert Southey and LaVerne Messersmith.

Interment was in Mt. Hawley cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1949, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Final Rites for Wallace Worsfold Are Held Friday

Funeral services for Wallace Worsfold of Peoria, 53, were held in the Bouton Memorial Home last Friday afternoon with Rev. Richard Mader, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. He was laid to rest in the Princeville cemetery. Pallbearers were Merle Worsfold, Edward Garmer Jr., William Barrett, Wilbur Taylor, Glenn Griffin and Larry Worsfold.

Wallace Worsfold was born June 12, 1902 in Kickapoo, the son of John and Hannah Fulliger Worsfold and passed away in his home in Peoria Tuesday, April 10, at the age of 53 years, nine months and 16 days after a long illness. June 23, 1945 he was united in marriage to Lydia McElvain in Rockford.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia, a stepson, Ray McElvain of Deer River, Minn., three sisters Mrs. Mable Taylor, Mrs. Laura Barrett and Mrs. Myrtle Challacombe, all of Princeville; three brother, Walter and John of Dunlap and Harry of Trivoli; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

(Princeville Telephone, April 1956, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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