Schuyler County Obituaries - Page 5

Robin Petersen   Obituary for Ruth M. CAMPBELL HINDMAN
The Rushville Times, April 6, 1877
    Died at the residence of her father, Peter L. Campbell three miles South of Rushville, on March 28, 1877, Mrs. Ruth M. Hindman, wife of Mr. James Hindman, in the 32d year of her age. To know Ruth was to love her. We have been firm friends from childhood and she was ever the same true and faithful, without an enemy in the world. We shall miss her, but will try to console ourselves, knowing there are others that will miss her more--her little babe, scarce a week old and little Warren crying for his mama, drowns all the thoughts of our own trouble, though they have the tenderest care, we know, they are motherless. It is a great shock for her husband and aged parents and many friends, but say to all, our loss is her gain, as we have every assurance it is well with her.

Robin Petersen   Obituary for Warren James HINDMAN
The Rushville Times, November 12, 1930
Funeral Services Sunday for Warren J. Hindman
    Warren James Hindman, resident of Rushville where he had spent practically his entire life of 55 years passed away at his home near Rushville.
    Funeral services, conducted by Rev. T. W. Rippy were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of Mr. Hindman's daughter Mrs. R. O. Gray of this city.
    Warren James, son of James and Ruth Campbell Hindman was born on a farm east of Rushville April 28, 1875. At the age of 3 he was bereft of his mother and together with an only brother Charles was taken into the home of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Peter Campbell. Here they were cared for by their grandmother until her death which occurred while they were still young. Following her death the boys were seperated and thruout the years they were never reunited until 1911 when they were permitted to meet and enjoy a reunion. And only a few months ago Mr. Hindman made a trip to Louisville, Ky. to visit his brother.
    On November 16, 1898 he was joined in marriage to Lillie Heitz of Rushville. Four children, Margaret, Albert, Ruth and Dorothy were born to this union all of whom survive to mourn the loss of their father.
    Warren was a man of kindly heart, when he took into his home his 3 grandchildren, James, Marcia and Albert Ward.
    Besides his wife he is survived by 1 son Albert Hindman of Chicago, 3 daughters, Margaret wife of R. O. Gray of Rushville, Dorothy wife of Craske Chadsey of Vermont and Mrs. Albert Ward and Marian Chadsey and one brother Charles A. Hindman of Louisville, Ky.

Robin Petersen   Obituary for Albert Warren HINDMAN
The Rushville Times, January 24, 1963
Albert W. Hindman Dies in California January 12
    Albert Warren Hindman, 64, son of Mrs. Lillie Hindman, died of a heart attack at his home at 2205 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, Calif., on January 12. Funeral services were held in Los Angeles Jan. 12 and a military funeral in San Diego January 21 where he was buried in Fort Rosencrans National cemetery.
    He was born in Sebula, Iowa, February 4, 1898, the son of Warren and Lillie Heitz Hindman. He attended Schuyler county schools and also the Western Illinois State normal. He had been a resident of Los Angeles for the past 12 years.
    He married Ann Zeller of Hammond, Ind., on Aug. 16, 1930, who survives. Also surviving are: his mother, Mrs. Lillie Hindman; sister, Margaret, wife of Rolland Gray of Bloomington, Ill.; sister, Ruth, wife of Fred Doyle of Rushville; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Warren Hindman and sister, Dorothy Chadsey.
    Albert was a veteran of World War I and had been an automobile dealer and salesman for the last 40 years.

Robin Petersen   Obituary for Lillie V. HEITZ HINDMAN
The Rushville Times, June 27, 1963
Mrs. Lillie Hindman Rites Held Here Monday Afternoon
    Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Hindman were held Monday afternoon at the Worthington Funeral home with Rev. Neil Sallee in charge. Burial was in the Rushville cemetery.
    Mrs. Lillie V. Heitz-Hindman, a daughter of John and Margaret Oatman-Heitz, was born October 4, 1878, in Rushville, Illinois, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Doyle, in Rushville June 22, 1963, aged 84 years, 8 months and 18 days. Her death followed a long period of failing health, during which time she suffered two hip fractures and recurrence of strokes in her last years, all of which, combined brought her intense suffering, which she bravely bore in her conscious moments.
    Lillie Heitz was educated in the Rushville Public schools, and in the year 1896 she was joined in marriage to Warren James Hindman, and they established heir home in the Rushville community. This happy marriage was blessed with four children, one son and three daughters, Albert, Margaret, Ruth and Dorothy.
    It was after a happy wedded life of 34 years, in 1930, that a neverending sorrow came to Lillie Hindman, in the death of her companion. For the several years following the death of her husband, she continued to maintain the family home, which was located just east of Scripps Park. Later she disposed of her rural home, and purchased a home in Normal, Illinois, where she resided until impairment of her health made it necessary for her not to live alone, and her time was divided between her two daughters, Mrs. Rolland Gray (Margaret) in Normal, and Mrs. Fred Doyle (Ruth) in Rushville.
    Beside her husband Mrs. Hindman was preceded in death by her son, Albert and her daughter, Dorothy, who was the wife of Craske Chadsey, also by three brothers. Surviving, beside her two daughters, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Doyle, are four grandchildren, James Ward of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Albert Ward and Mrs. Marsha Shivner of Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. Marian Culves of Beardstown, and also nine great grandchildren.

Robin Petersen   Obituary for James Rufus WARD
The Rushville Times, August 12, 1931
James R. Ward
    James R. Ward, World War Veteran, died Monday at the home of his parents Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Ward in Bainbridge township.
    Funeral services conducted by Rev. H. M. Cady were held Wednesday at Mt. Carmel church at 2 p.m. Interment in Gillette cemetery.
    Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, 3 children, James LaVerne, Marcia Fern & Albert, his parents, 1 brother Fred of Alpha & 2 sisters, Ruth, wife of Harry Milby of Littleton township, & Florence Ward residing at home.
    James Rufus Ward was born in Bainbridge township August 10, 1898 & departed this life August 10, 1931 aged 33 years. James the 3rd son of Charles B. & Laura Ward was born & raised on the Ward homestead farm where he resided until he married Ruth Fern Hindman, January 29, 1921. To this union 3 children were born, James LaVerne, Marcia Fern, & Albert Eugene. On July 29, 1918 he enlisted in the naval service & on August 13, 1919 received his honorable discharge. At the age of 9 years he united with the M. E. church at Mt. Carmel.
    He spent several months in the Woodman Sanitarium of Woodman, Colo., later entering Veterans hospital at Tucson, Ariz. after 1 1/2 months there, he returned home.

Robin Petersen   Obituary for Mary HINDMAN CARTER
Schuyler Citizen, October 20, 1892
    The remains of Mrs. Mary Carter, of Clayton, arrived at Rushville Monday to await the arrival of her son, William, from Nebraska. The remains are at the residence of Mr. J. A. Teel, north of town.
    Mary Hindman was born in Pennsylvania, August 12, 1830; moved with her parents, Elijah and Annie Hindman, when nine years of age, to Schuyler county; was married to Henry Carter, Nov. 11, 1847; united with the Presbyterian Church at Rushville in 1854; removed to Adams county in 1868, where she lived until her death, Oct. 16, 1892.
    She leaves an aged husband and two children, Wm. H. Carter and Ruth A. Shore, both residents of Nebraska. The latter was present at her mother's deathbed.
    Procession will start to the cemetery from Mr. J. A. Teel's one mile north of the square, to-day (Thursday) at 1 P.M. Deceased was well known in Rushville years ago and was a sister of the Messrs. Hindman of this township.

Robin Petersen   Death Notice for Henry CARTER
The Rushville Times, March 30, 1911
    Henry CARTER, a former resident of Schuyler County, died at Cody, Nebraska on Sunday, the remains were brought to this city for interment. David C. Hindman, who had been in Cody on a visit, came thru with the remains. A brief service was held at the city cemetery yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. A. Foreman.

Janeice Crosson   Obituary for Emaline HUFF GRIFFITH
    Mrs. Emaline Griffith died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Linton in Kansas City, Sunday January 16, 1910, from lung trouble.
    Emaline Huff was born in Illinois 77 years ago and was united in marriage to John Griffith at Brooklyn Illinois, April 6, 1849. They resided in that county for a short time, moving from there to Missouri. From Missouri they moved back to Illinois where they remained until 1863, when they came to Linn County, Kansas. Her husband departed this life June 23, 1907. They were the parents of eleven children: Mary the oldest died in childhood; James the oldest son, died after reaching middle life. The other children who are left to mourn the loss of their father and mother are; Mrs. Mercy Barber, Mound City; Mrs. Louis Foster, Albia, Mo.; John Griffith and Ida Stites of Hill City, Kansas; Ed and Will Griffith of Pittsburg, Kansas; Mrs. Eva Linton, Kansas City; C.F. Griffith of Walnut Grove district, and Mrs. Dota Smythe of Belton, Mo. There also survive her 38 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
    She united with the Presbyterian Church in her girlhood and was a faithful member of that church until she settled in Linn County. There being no church of that denomination in her community at that time, she united with the Methodist Church. Her highest ambition in life was to lead a Christian life. During her later years she has been a great sufferer but she bore it all with a patient Christian-like spirit.
    The funeral sermon was preached at the home of her daughter in Kansas City by the pastor of the Belton M.E. church. The body was brought here for burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, where a further last ceremony was conducted by N.J. Conrad, and the body was laid to rest by the side of her aged companion.

Janeice Crosson   Obituary for John GRIFFITH
    Died at his home in Walnut Grove district on Sunday, June 23, 1907, from lung trouble, John Griffith, aged 79 years 2 months and 8 days.
    John Griffith, the subject of this sketch was born April 15, 1828, in Ohio and lived in that state until 1840, when he moved to near Brooklyn, Schuyler County, Illinois. He was united in marriage with Emaline Huff at Brooklyn, Illinois, on April 6, 1849. They resided in that county for a short time then moved to Missouri, but soon moved back and remained in Illinois until 1863 when they moved to Linn County, Kansas, taking the quarter section of land on which he lived at the time of his death under the Homestead Act. Their home has been on this land continuously since 1863, except a few months spent in Parker.
    There were born to John Griffith and wife eleven children, Mary the eldest daughter died in childhood and James, the oldest son died after reaching middle life leaving a wife and nine children to survive him, at his home in Texas. The other children, who still survive their father to mourn their loss are as follows: Mrs. Mercy Barber, Mound City, Kansas, Mrs. Louise Foster, Alba Mo., John Griffith, Hill City, Kans., Ed Griffith and Wm L. Griffith of Pittsburg, Kans., Charles Griffith and Mrs. Ida B. Stites of Walnut Grove district, Mrs. Eva Linton of Kansas City, Kansas, and Dota Smythe of Parker. There also survives him 38 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Griffith was one of the pioneers who aided in the organization of the Walnut Grove District and has ever since taken an active interest in having a good school in the district with competent teachers. When a mere boy he united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church in Ohio and was a consistent member of that church until he settled in Linn County, when on account of there being no church of that denomination he united with the Methodist Church conforming to its rules. His highest ambition in life was to lead a Christian life, being neighborly, kind and at peace with all around him. He was always active in the Sabbath school work, and ever urged not only his own family to attend but others in the neighborhood. He was never active in politics but aligned himself with the Republican party at its foundation, and perhaps never voted any national or state ticket except a Republican ticket. He was a very industrious man, who settled on a naked prairie and converted it into a home where he ever made his children feel welcome. He with other pioneers stayed and overcame the two grasshopper years, the three chinch bug years and the drought years, also the numerous "drowning out" years. During his old age he has been a great sufferer from the effects of a severe kick by a horse and lung trouble, but with all his suffering he with his wife took great comfort with their children and grandchildren.
    The funeral services were held at the Walnut Grove school house. The funeral procession was over a mile long.

Janeice Crosson   Obituary for William GRIFFITH
Parker Message, Friday, December 27, 1912
    William Griffith of Centerville Township departed this life December 21, 1912, age 76 years, 9 months. and 17 days. He was born March 3, 1836, in Schuyler County, Illinois, in Brooklyn Township. He was united in marriage with Mary Dixon on April 17 (no year shown). Eight children, five sons and three daughters were born. John Griffith of LaCygne, Zack Griffith of Parker, Perry and Lan Griffith of Parker, Mrs. Nancy Hodgson and Mrs. John Barnett, east of Parker.
    The first death in this family occured December 19, 1906, when death claimed their son Obe. Two years later of February 13, 1908, he was followed by his sister Mrs. Eva McBride and on March 5, 1909 and his companion preceded him after over 50 years of marriage. They moved to Linn County in 1867 and settled on their homestead. He leaves to mourn besides the above mentioned children, 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
    Burial was at Walnut Grove Cemetery. [My note: William is the son of Obediah Griffith who moved to Schuyler County, Illinois, in 1833 and lived there until his death. The son, Obe is named after his grandfather. The setting of the above obit is in Linn County, Kansas.]

Janeice Crosson    Obituary for John Henry GRIFFITH
    John Henry Griffith was born at Schuyler County, Illinois, April 20, 1857, and died at his home in Graham County, Kansas, march 10, 1924.
    Mr. Griffith moved with his parents when quite small to Linn County, Kansas where they lived until he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Miss Rosa Stites on December 23, 1877. In 1906 Mr. Griffith brought his family to Graham County, Kansas, where they have since made their home. There were eight children born to this union all of whom are living and were present when the body was laid to rest. There were three daughters and five sons as follows: Fred and Lester at home, Lura Robinson, Lillian Summers, Jason and Oran of WaKeeney, Kansas, Josie Mort of Watkins Colorado, and Clarence of Hill City, Kansas. He was a kind husband and a loving father and a generous neighbor.
    The funeral services were held at Prairie Home Church at 2 P.M. on March 122, by Rev A.S. Hale, pastor of the Federated Church of Hill City. The house was full of sympathising friends. The body was laid to rest in the Prairie Home Cemetery. There are left to mourn his departure his bereaved wife, his children, twenty-three grandchildren and one great grandchild with other relatives and friends. His wife and children have the sympathy of all in this hour of separation.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Elizabeth JONTE GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, September 20, 1878
    Died on the 16th inst., at the residence of her husband Mrs. Elizabeth Grosclaude, wife of Mr. James F. Grosclaude, aged 72 years, 2 months. The deceased had a severe stroke of paralysis last winter, from which she partly recovered, but lately relapsed. Mrs. Grosclaude was a native of France and came to this country in 1833. She early professed her faith in Christ and united with the French Protestant Reformed Church and during her entire life was a humble and consistent Christian. Mr. Grosclaude must feel almost deserted, having lived happily with his wife for nearly 50 years, as he anticipated the golden wedding anniversary sometime this year. The sympathy of the many friends are extended to the sad husband, sorrowing children and bereaved relatives.

Gert Howell   Obituary for James Frederick GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, October 4, 1878
An Old Citizen Gone
    On Monday evening last, Mr. James F. Grosclaude, an old and respected citizen departed this life at his residence in the 75th year of his age. He was down with chronic diarrhea when his wife died, which occurred two weeks previous. After her death, he became very despondent, refusing to take any medicine, and gradually grew worse until death came to his relief. Mr. Grosclaude was born in France in 1804 and came to this country 45 years ago, where he lived until the time of his death. He was an exemplary member of the Southern Methodist Church and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He leaves seven children and a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his death.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Charles Frederick GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, January 19, 1922
    Charles F. Grosclaude, who died at the home of his niece, Mrs. D. L. Daron, near Brighton, Col., on June 2d, was one of the pioneers of Schuyler County, where he was born Oct. 30, 1833, a son of James  F. and Catherine E. Grosclaude, who emigrated from France that same year. His brother, Augustus Grosclaude, of Camden is the last surviving member of this old Woodstock family.
    Mr. Grosclaude was not only a pioneer of Schuyler County, but was one of the early residents of Denver, Col., and at one time he owned the site of the present Denver stockyards. His real estate investments in that city, made at an early date, netted him a comfortable fortune, one site for a Denver school building selling for $20,000.
    The following sketch of his life is taken from a Denver, Col. paper:
    Charles F. Grosclaude was born Oct. 30, 1833 in Schuyler County, Ill., of French parentage, and died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Daron, south of Brighton, well known residents of Adams County, Jan. 2, 1922. He had made his home with Mrs. Daron, who was his niece, ever since the death of his wife in 1903. He is survived by one brother who lives in Camden, Ill and several nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Grosclaude married Susan Decker, sister of a woman who, with her husband and five children, were killed by Indians near Sand Creek, east of Denver, previous to Chivington's famous Indian raid. This marriage took place November 9, 1871, and afterwards, Mr. Grosclaude had the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Hungate and their children disinterred and buried at Fairmont beside a beautiful monument. He, with other relatives, came by ox team to Denver in 1864. Mr. Grosclaude, and his brothers engaged in mining and stock raising. The brothers mined near Breckenridge at a time when prices were far above those prevailing today in the mountains. They bought flour in Denver at $50 a sack, and hauled it to Breckenridge. Thinking they had plenty, they sold some, but to their regret, found they were short when spring came, and they paid $75 for half a sack. After mining at Breckenridge, he came back to Denver and took up homesteads on lands occupied by the present Union stockyards and the towns of Elyria and Swansea, including the Union Pacific shops.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Thompson returned Monday from Colorado where they attended the funeral of C. F. Grosclaude. On their way home they visited with Edward and Henry Lawler of Sheridan, Mo., and Mrs. Thompson's sister, Mrs. Mary Angle, of Hiawatha, Kan.

Gert Howell   Death Notice for Louis GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, January 18, 1866
    The relatives of Mr. Louis Grosclaude, who formerly resided here, but more recently in Denver City, received intelligence a few days ago of the death of that young man. He is spoken of as a very exemplary young man and was much loved and respected by those who knew him. He was in his 28th year.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Louise GROSCLAUDE ROBERTS
The Rushville Times, February 20, 1919
    Louise Grosclaude, daughter of James and Elizabeth Grosclaude, born February 19, 1839 at Rushville, Ill., died January 9, 1919 at Greeley, Colorado. She was married to William J. Roberts, April 12, 1860. To this union were born ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The oldest daughter, Mrs. P. E. Mann, died in Denver three years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss, Alfred and Harry of Ault, Colo., Louis of Akron, Colo., and Mrs. Harriet Madison of Greeley, Colo.; Charles of Findley, S. D., Frank, who is in Y.M.C.A. work in France and Emery of Mt. Sterling, Ill.  Two brothers survive her - Charles F. Grosclaude of Denver and August Grosclaude of Camden, Ill.  Also many relatives and friends in Illinois and Colorado.
    Mrs. Roberts had the misfortune to fall and break her hip two years ago, from which she never recovered.  Her suffering was great, yet she bore it with christian fortitude and was cheerful until the end. She often expressed her willingness to join her Savior, whom she so faithfully served. During the past several years she made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Madison. For several days before she died she was comforted and cared for by her children who reside in Colorado.  Funeral services were held in Denver from Horan's parlors. Interment at Fairmont Cemetery, Denver.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Emily PARKER
The Rushville Times, June 19, 1902
    Mrs. Emily Parker, the oldest resident of  Schuyler County, died at the home of her grandson, William Dowler of Bainbridge Township, last Friday. She was 90 years of age and resided in the County since 1829. Mrs. Parker was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, April 21, 1812, and was married to John Parker in 1829, and the same year they removed to Schuyler where Mr. Parker died in 1888. Mrs. Parker was the mother of six children and leaves three surviving daughters, thirty one grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
    When fourteen years of age she united with the M.E. church, and ever remained a faithful member, participating and enjoying the services as long as her bodily health would permit, and at last her declining days were days of peace in the knowledge of a life well spent.
    On Sunday afternoon Rev. F.P. Bonnefon conducted funeral services at the home of Wm. Dowler and the remains were interred in the Gillette Cemetery.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Rachel Ann PARKER HOWELL
The Rushville Times, April 1, 1909
    Mrs. Rachel A. Howell, daughter of John and Emily Parker, was born Feb. 12, 1837 in Schuyler County and died at her home in Bainbridge Township March 27, 1909. She was united in marriage to Jacob Howell March 11, 1860, Mr. Howell dying Aug. 26, 1901.  There was born to this union ten children, six of whom died in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Addie Herche of Macomb died May 2, 1908. The other three children who are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother are Mrs. Emma Newell of Macomb, John and Fred of Schuyler County. Two sisters survive, Mrs. Henrietta Burnham of Missouri and Mrs. Emma Dowler of Beardstown, Ill.
    Mrs. Howell united with the M.E. church during a revival at Sugar Grove, conducted by Rev. Huckstep during the winter of 1861 and 1862. She lived her entire life in the community where she died, and was highly respected by her neighbors and many friends.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Emma PARKER DOWLER
The Rushville Times, June 26, 1913
    Mrs. Emma Dowler, a former resident of Bainbridge, died in Beardstown.
    We take the following account of her death from the Beardstown Enterprise:  Died Saturday evening at 2:30 o'clock, at her late home, 813 S. Clay Street, Mrs. Emma Dowler at the age of 73 years, 6 months and 1 day. Deceased was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker and was married to John L. Dowler at Jacksonville, March 22, 1864. Her husband preceeded her to the grave. Three children survive her. They are: Mrs. W. A. Eunisson, New York City, Chas. M. Dowler and Wm. L. Dowler of Beardstown. One sister also survives her, Mrs. Henrietta J. Burnham of Dripping Springs, Boone County, Missouri.
    She was a member of the M.E. Church of Beardstown, and a graduate of Illinois Woman's College of Jacksonville in the class of 1860.
    Funeral services were held Monday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the M. E. Church, Rev. N. M. Rigg officiating. Interment in the City Cemetery. 

Gert Howell   Obituary for Elsie May GROSCLAUDE
    Mrs. Elsie May Grosclaude was born May 28, 1874; died March 24, 1909; aged 34 years, 8 months and 25 days.
    Deceased was the eldest daughter of  Dewitt and Alice Hetrick and was raised in Ripley Township. On August 19, 1902, she was married to Chris Grosclaude of Schuyler County. Her married life was a happy one, marked by her devotion to her husband and child.
    During her illness of four weeks her sister Pearl Hetrick, a trained nurse of Peoria, cared for her, but that dreaded disease, consumption, had developed. She was possessed of a beautiful Christian character and endeared herself to acquaintances, and her friends were many. Day by day her sorrowing husband and relatives watched the slender chords of life weaken and waste until at last the end came and the weary mother laid down to her eternal rest, cheered by a hope of glorious immortality.
    About sixteen years ago she became a member of the Christian Church at Hazel Dell and faithfully adhered to its teachings. Besides a sorrowing husband and a little daughter, Wilhelmina, in her sixth year, she leaves a father, three sisters and four brothers: Cora, William and Lewis of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Charles of Sacramento, Neb., Pearl of Peoria, Illinois, Guy and Mrs. Logsdon of Brown County.
    Funeral services were held from the Christian Church at Mt. Sterling at one o'clock Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Stover of  Rushville. The remains were laid to rest in Mt. Sterling City Cemetery. (Note: Elsie and Chris Grosclaude lived in Woodstock Twp. throughout their marriage, This obit is from the Mt. Sterling paper. Reference isn't given.)

Gert Howell   Obituary for Charles Christian GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, May 8, 1947
    Charles Chris Grosclaude, for many years a prominent farmer in the Sugar Grove community, passed away last Thursday in a Jacksonville hospital, following a long period of failing health. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the Lawler Funeral home. Rev. Harry S. Crede officiated, and burial was in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery.
    C. C. Grosclaude, lifetime resident of South Schuyler, died Wednesday evening, April 30, having lived to the age of 76 years, 3 months and 8 days. He had been in failing health for the past six years, being a patient in several hospitals and nursing homes in this section of the country.
    His parents, Peter F. Grosclaude and Wilhelmina Fey Grosclaude, were pioneer residents in Woodstock Township where the family home on which he spent his entire life is located. In August, 1902, he brought to this home his bride, the former Elsie May Hetrick, and to this union was born one daughter, Wilhelmina Alice. Mr. Grosclaude was soon to lose the loving kindness and helpfulness of his first wife, and a few years after her death in 1909 he married Mrs. Julia Howell, who helped in the care of their young daughter. He was a man of sterling character, firm in his convictions, and true to his many friends. Mr. Grosclaude leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Wilhelmina, her husband, Dwight K. Howell, and two grandchildren, Charles Frederick and Donna Jean Howell, a sister, Mrs. David Daron, of Pasadena, California, two nieces and many friends and neighbors.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Margaret Catherine NARDIN HOFFMAN
The Rushville Times, December 28, 1911
    Margaret Catherine Nardin, youngest child of George and Frances Louise Nardin, was born at Champey, France, October 26, 1822, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Brown, at Rushville, Ill., Dec. 20, 1911, aged 89 years, 1 month and 24 days.
    The Nardin family saw many hardships in France, the grandfather being imprisoned in the Bastille during the "Reign of Terror," and other members of the family having followed Napoleon to his defeat at Waterloo. To avoid further military duty her father started for Cincinnati, Ohio when Margaret was six months old, arriving at their home on her first birthday. The next fifteen years of her life were spent in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Ky., when the family emigrated to Schuyler County, Illinois, and settled at Sugar Grove, later moving to the old Nardin homestead in the western part of Woodstock Township.
    On October 16, 1844, deceased was married to Samuel Hoffman, to which union were born two children, Mary Margaret Smith Hoffman and George Walter Brown Hoffman. The husband enlisted in the Mexican War and died at Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 14, 1847. The son died in 1881 at Girard, Kan., and at that time was editor of the Girard Herald. In 1866, the daughter was married to Robert Brown with whom Mrs. Hoffman has since made her home. There are surviving one daughter, Mrs. Robert Brown, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
    Left a widow at age twenty four, with two children, the eldest two years old, and in a country that was a wilderness, it is pleasing to know the hardships she endured changed not in the least her sunny disposition or robbed her of that rare privilege of loving life and being in full sympathy with all humanity. She was true, tender and sympathetic; her ideals were well defined and of the purest type, and her whole life was always lived in exact accord therewith. She was not only a great lover of her church but of its people, and her absolute faith in "the tomorrow" was simply sublime.

Gert Howell   Death Notice for Charles F. NARDIN
The Rushville Times, March, 1943
    Charles F. NARDIN, 89, a native of Schuyler county and the father of Paul Nardin of Industry, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Waddell, in Billings, Montana. Funeral services were held at Memorial Chapel with burial in the Palm cemetery.

Gert Howell   Obituary for James D. THOMPSON
The Rushville Times, August 5, 1897
    An old and honored resident of Woodstock township, died at his home last Saturday at 10:30 a. m. For a year or more Mr. Thompson has been in failing health and for several months his death was expected at any time. His ailment was chronic stomach trouble. On Monday at 2:30 Rev. John Hughes of Table Grove, Ill., conducted the funeral service and the remains were interred in the Jonte cemetery which is located on Mr. Thompson's farm.
    Mr. Thompson was born in Crawford county, Pennsyslvania, March 30, 1823. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1837, and for a time resided in Brown County. On April 3, 1856, he was married to Miss Margaret Grosclaude. To this union were born six children, all of whom are living.  The daughters are Mesdames Charles Myers, R. T. Briggle and Abner Rowland. His three sons - William J., Jefferson E. and Charles W. - are all residents of Woodstock township.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Isaac BLACK
The Rushville Times, October 10, 1907
    With the death of Isaac Black, which occurred on Wednesday of last week, Schuyler county's oldest pioneer settler has gone to his reward.
    He came here when a babe in 1825, and with the exception of four years spent in McDonough county, Schuyler has ever since been his home. Mr. Black was in many ways typical of the hardy pioneers who developed this country. Robust of body, keen of intellect and scrupulously honest, he lived a life that will always bear honor to his name. He was brought up amid the surroundings of a pioneer home, and shared the trials and privations of those early days, but it developed and strengthened that sturdy manhood which characterized the old-time pioneers. Few men there are who have witnessed the development of our country and participated in its activities to a greater extent than Mr. Black.
    Up to within a few years ago, he was in active management of his large landed interests, even though he had retired from actual work on the farm. He saw the possibilities for profitable investment in farm land, and at the time of his death owned several hundred acres of good land in this county.
    Isaac Black was born in Dubois county, Indiana, February 24, 1824. His father, Richard Black, was a native of North Carolina, and removed from there to Kentucky and then onto Indiana, and again in 1825 pushed forward to Illinois and settled in Schuyler county. On his arrival in this county, Mr. Black purchased the squatter's claim of Willis O'Neal, who had a log cabin about where Mrs. Leach's house now stands. The following year the county commissioners decided upon this location for the county seat and Mr. Black was entered out of his claim.
    On April 6, 1848, Mr. Black was united in marriage to Miss Cynthia A. Edmonston, daughter of Enoch Edmonston, one of the early Schuyler citizens. Their married life was a singularily happy one and they were spared to enjoy it for almost sixty years. On Jan. 2, 1907, the union of hearts was broken by the death of Mrs. Black, and her husband, who was at that time ill and confined to his bed, never again took the same interest in life, and after weary months of illness passed over the border to join the loved one who had gone before.
    Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Black, but of these only three survive, viz. Enoch Black of Huntsville township, Mrs. E. W. Dace and Mrs. J. Y. McFeeters of this city.
    On Friday morning at 10 o'clock funeral services were held at the family residence on East Jefferson street, conducted by Rev. A. P. Stover, and the remains were intered in the Rushville cemetery.

Gert Howell   Obituary for Enoch EDMONSTON
The Rushville Times, July 27, 1872
Another Old Citizen Gone.
    Enoch Edmonston, an old and well-known citizen of this county died at his residence in Bainbridge Township on Wednesday morning last, aged 71 years and 4 days. He was taken ill Friday afternoon previous to his death, while stacking hay, doubtless occasioned by overexerting himself. Mr. Edmonston was a man of extraordinary activity for one of his age and not withstanding he had accumulated a large property it was natural for him to be hard at work. The deceased was a native of North Carolina; emigrated to this county from Indiana in 1834 and settled in the vicinity of his late residence. He was a life-long member of the Democratic party which honored him several times with prominent official positions in the county. His second wife and seven children survive him, the youngest being about two years old.

Jaspar (Indiana) Courier, August 2, 1872
    Died, Mr. Enoch Edmonston, brother of our present county clerk and for many years a citizen of this county died at his late residence in Schuyler County, Illinois, on the 24th of July. He was born in North Carolina in 1801 and emigrated with his father to this county, traveling all the way on foot and carrying his rifle on his shoulder, arriving in this county, which was then a portion of Knox County, on the 4th day of March 1818. He and his father and brothers settled in Columbia Township, where they lived for many years, until the family scattered; Enoch moving to Illinois where he owned a large farm which he lived on until his death, much respected by a large circle of friends and regarded as a pioneer of that now wealthy and populous county.

Gert Howell   Obituary for August GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, May 3, 1923
Aug. Grosclaude, Schuyler Pioneer, Died Sunday.
    The death of August Grosclaude, which occurred at his home in Camden, on Sunday, removed another of Schuyler's old pioneers whose entire life of almost eighty-four years had been spent in this county.
    He is survived by the wife of his youth, to whom he was married in Woodstock township, Oct. 31, 1861. August Grosclaude was a son of James F. and Elizabeth Grosclaude, who emigrated from France in the early thirties. He was born in Woodstock township July 16, 1840, and it was here he was married to Martha Edmonston, and up to the time they removed to Camden twelve years ago, they lived in Woodstock township or in the vicinity of Rushville. To this union were born five children:  Emery Harrison, Louise C., who died in infancy, Emma L. Sponamore, of Golden, Allen A., of Wales, North Dakota, and Holly E. Lashbrook of Industry. Besides his aged wife and four children, he leaves sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Grosclaude is the last of a family of nine children.
    Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Borton, of Camden, were held from the late residence, Tuesday afternoon: interment in the Huntsville cemetery. 

Gert Howell   Obituary for Martha EDMONSTON GROSCLAUDE
The Rushville Times, June 5, 1924
    Martha Edmonston Grosclaude was born October 18, 1843 in Woodstock township, Schuyler county, Ill. and died at the home of her son, E. H. Grosclaude, near Huntsville, May 28, 1924; aged 80 years, 7 months and 10 days.
    Her early years were spent in Woodstock township and here she was married to Augustus Grosclaude, October 31, 1861. To this union were born three sons and two daughters, all growing to maturity save one, Louise Clinton, who died in infancy. She also leaves sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and an aged sister, Mrs. Sarah Jane Ingles, to mourn her departure.
    She was a patient sufferer for about thirty years, and she was so frail that after the death of her husband she was taken into the homes of her children, where each tried to make her declining days comfortable and cheer her as best they could, which was little in return for the times she looked after them; the day or night never being too cold or too hot for her to minister unto them. And going home to eat with her, she couldn't take a bite until father and children were all waited upon. Even the last day before she took her bed, she wanted to assist with the housework.While she never joined a church, she said many times that "All that holds me up is my faith in God."  And the last year she has said many times, "I am ready to go."

Obituary for Gartha Maxine BAUM ROYER
The Rushville Times, January 20, 1999
    Mrs. Gartha Maxine Royer, 81 of Macomb, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at the Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.
    She was born April 7, 1917, in Astoria, the daughter of John and Mary Burgard Baum. She married Norman L. Royer on Aug. 22, 1936 in Virginia. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Lyle D. Royer of Gamaliel, Ark., and Harold Royer of Moline; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Duncan of Spokane, Wash., and Betty Behymer of Altona; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; five brothers, Ronald Baum of East Moline, Russell Baum of Colombus, Ind., Raymond Baum of Colombia, S.C.; Richard Baum of Quincy; Robert Baum of Ipava; and five sisters, Leona Skiles of Astoria, Margaret Wells of Muscatine, Iowa; Rosalie Harvey of Colombus, Texas; Lola Mae Huff of Coal Valley, and Judy Kellogg of Elmwood. She was preceded in death by one brother, John Rodney Baum, and one sister, Francis Heller.
    She was a sorority house mother at Western Illinois University and a member of the Table Grove Community church and was a past district president of the Rebekah's Lodge.
    Funeral services were Tuesday at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb with Rev. Charles Hughes officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Diabetes Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary for Florence ELLIOTT
The Rushville Times, January 20, 1999
    Mrs. Florence Audrey Elliott, 82, of Vermont died Tuesday, Jan 12, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital.
    She was born Aug. 13, 1910 in Montclair, NJ, the daughter of John J. and Elizabeth Graham Harris. She married Sidney W. Elliott March 25, 1939, in Chicago. He died Jan. 20, 1998. She is survived by three sons, Dennis Martin Elliott of Carpentersville, Daniel Phillip (wife Peggy) Elliott of Collinsville, and John David (wife Jill) Elliott of Chicago, two daughters, Mrs. Ken (Nancy Elizabeth) Thomas and Sharon Margaret Dodd, both of Vermont; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Donald of Bollingbrook, James of Tempe, Ariz. and Michael of Georgia. She was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth M. Elliott.
    She was retired from the Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont and was a member of St. Paul's Church in Macomb.
    Funeral services were Saturday at the Kost Memorial Home in Vermont, with Fr Richard Pricco officiating. Burial was in the Vermont Cemetery.
    Memoirals may be made to the Vermont Rescue Squad.

Obituary for Nellie ENGLES
The Rushville Times, February 12, 1992
    Nellie R. Engles, 67, of Rushville died at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb 10, 1992, at her residence. Born March 10, 1924, in Lonoke, Ark., to Walter and Nora Smith Henderson, she married Glen Engles in 1943 in Medord, Ore. He died Dec. 30, 1965. One daughter, Brenda Lee Engles, also preceded her in death. Surviving are her mother, Nora Sailor of Lonoke; two sons, Glen of south Roxana and Michael J. of Marion; one daughter, Mary Dianne Larson of Rushville; two brothers, Walter Henderson of Lonoke and Roy Henderson of Conway, Ark., two sisters, Alva Lee Choate of DeValls Bluff, Ark., and Ruby Young of Carlisle, Ark; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    She was a nurse in the obstetrics department at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville for 11 years. She was president of the Schulyer women's Auxiliary American Legion Post 4.
    Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Versailles West Side Cemetery, Versailles. The Rev. Dean West will officiate.Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Roby Funeral Chapel, Rushville. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Carol Longwell Miller    Obituary for Jimmie L. THOMPSON
The Rushville Times, February 2, 1992
    Jimmie L. Thompson, 54, of Rushville died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, Feb 2, 1992, at his residence. Born May 1, 1937, in McDonough county to Forrest and Orthalene Bates Thompson, he married Mary Jeanette Rebman on July 16, 1960, in Jacksonville, Ill.  She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Orthalene Phelps of Marietta; his father and step-mother, Forrest and Joyce Thompson, one son, James Craig Thompson, two daughters, Mrs. Ramona Tolles and Rebecca Thompson, all of Rushville; seven granchildren; two brothers, Bill Thompson of Smithfiled and Rick Phelps of Ellisville; and three sisters, Mrs. Jane Billingsley of Jacksonville, Fla., Karen Fitzjarrald and Mrs. Lisa Roberts, both of Rushville. He was preceded in death by his step father, Joseph Phelps. He worked at Bohn Heat Transfer in Beardstown for 17 years.

Obituary for Carl Edward DOYLE
The Rushville Times, January 29, 1992
    Carl Edward Doyle, 78, of Warsaw, died Fridday, Jan. 24 at his home. He was born May 14, 1913, at Mendon, the son of Fred and Etta Neaterour Doyle. He married Marie A. Worster, Nov 9, 1945, at Carthage. She survives in Warsaw. Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank (Clara) Lung of Rushville, Mrs. John (Marjorie) Armstrong, Mrs. Jerry (Connie) Keller, both of Warsaw, and Mrs. Earl (Patricia) Gutting of Macomb; two sons, Carl Robert and John Frederick, both of Warsaw; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and three sisters.
    He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion Posts of Warsaw and Warsaw Boat Club. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II. He had been employed with the Electric Storage Battery Co. in Warsaw for 22 years.
    Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 27 in the Assembly of God Church in Warsaw with the Rev. Robert H. Cowan officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery at Warsaw. A military service was held at the graveside by V.F.W. Post #9802 and the Ralph Parker American Legion Post #682 of Warsaw. The Lamporte Funeral Home of Warsaw was in charge of the services. Memorials have been established in his memory.

Funeral for Clinton ESSLINGER
The Rushville Times, February 5, 1992
    Laura Bauer attended graveside services for Clinton Esslinger of Bowen in the Rushville Cemetery.

Obituary for Metro POLTAWSKY
The Rushville Times, February 5, 1992
    Metro Poltawsky, 85, of Rushville died at 8:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 1992, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov 24, 1906 in Burakova, Ukraine, to Joseph and Anastasia Mynka Poltawsky. He is survived by one son, Iwan "John" of Rushville; one daughter, Yavdokia Poltawsky of Ukraine; and three grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one son, Alexie, two sisters and two grandchildren.
    He was employed for 20 years as a butcher at Bartlow Brothers Inc. in Rushville before retiring in 1971. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rushville.
    Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville, the Rev. Jerry Watkins officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Home Health Care or to his church.

Obituary for Lois E. YOUNG
The Rushville Times, February 12, 1992
    Lois E. Young, 82 of 812 N. 5th Ave., Galon, Ill, died at 4:28 p.m. Thursday, Feb 6 at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg. She was born Oct. 19, 1909, in Schuyler County to Herschel and Elsie Armour Young. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother. She is survived by a brother, H. Ray Young; two nephews; one niece; two grand nephews; and three grand nieces.
    She was a graduate of Colchester High School, Western Illinois State Teacher's College, earned a msaters degree from Columbia University in New York and teaching certificate. She was a school teacher for 41 years, 25 years in Springfield school district, and retired in 1971. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Galva, Sunday school teacher of married folds, Galva Women's Club, Galva Senior Citizens, Henry Stark Retired Teacher's Association and Illinois Retired Teachers Association.
    Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery Saturday, Feb 8 with Rux-Schuster Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or charity of donor's choice.

Margaret Bucholtz   Obituary for Minerva GARRET MACE
St. Francis Herald, St Francis, Kansas
Mrs. A. Mace Gone
    Mrs. A. Mace, one of the early pioneer women of this community answered the final summons at an early hour last Wednesday morning and passed into the great beyond.
    Several years ago Mrs. Mace suffered a stroke and a second one overtook her while just leaving church after the morning service last Sunday. She was taken home and shortly became unconscious and remained so until the end.
    The funeral services are being held this afternoon from the Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. Robert Parker. Burial in the St. Francis cemetery.
    Minerva Garret was born at Rushville, Schuyler county, Ill., February 14, 1851 and departed from this life May, 26, 1920, at her home in St. Francis. In 1868 she was married to Arelious Mace and these two were companions for nearly 52 years, being permitted to celebrate their golden wedding two years ago. To them were born six children, Maggie, who died when she was nine years of age, Mrs. Blanch Kanel, Mrs. Pearl Kanel, John Mace, Arthur Mace, and Morley Mace, all of St. Francis.
    In 1874 they moved to Franklin county, NE., and in 1886 to Cheyenne county, where they have since made their home. On the day that she was sixteen years of age, she was converted and for the long period of fifty three years she, like Enoch has walked with God. When first coming to this county they lived south of Wheeler where she was superintendent and teacher in the Valley Sunday school. In 1897 they moved to their farm north of Wheeler and there twenty years ago she organized what is now the Riverside Sunday school, out of which has come an organized church. These two organizations with many converted souls stand as a monument to her Christian life in this county and many shall rise up and call her blessed. To them who know her best, no eulogy need be given. Her ministry to the sick has brought comfort and relief to many who have had her help and care during a time of illness.
    Besides her husband and children, she leaves her only living sister, Mrs. O. Linder, of Hastings, NE., fifteen grand children and one great grand child with other relatives and a great number of friends who mourn her death.

Margaret Bucholtz   Obituary for Marcus Aurelius MACE
St. Francis Herald, St Francis, Kansas
Funeral Services For A. Mace Held
    Funeral services for Civil War veteran, A. Mace were held at the Saint Francis Methodist Episcopal Church on last Thursday afternoon. Rev. B.W. Thomas, pastor of the St. Francis Christian church delivered the sermon and eulogy and was assisted in the services by Reverend W. E. Saville, pastor of the Methodist church. The casket was draped with the American flag and there were many beautiful floral pieces, emblems of love and respect. There was a large attendance.  Every seat in the spacious main auditorium being occupied by the mans relatives and friends, which included members of the American legion and their Auxiliary, Spanish-American war veterans, and the last surviving member of the Union Army of the Civil War residing in Cheyenne county, Josephus Spaun, of St. Francis.  He at the age of 87, shaking as with palsy, and faltering step, was accompanied and assisted by James H. Egan veteran of the Spanish -American war. A quartet composed of Messer W. O. Fallis, Ben G. Harrison, J. G. Upton, and A. C. Hancock sang three numbers, "Rock of Ages,",  "Going Down the Valley, One by One" and "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground." The pall bearers were four grandsons, Troy and Rodney Mace, Lynn and Guy Kanel, and two grandsons-in-law, Ray E. Clark and Dr. Glenn Wellons. Members of the American legion were color bearers, Hugh Mithcell and Lawrence Sturm; and as color guard, Dr. G.A. Benkelman and Foster Smith, and as firing squad in charge of Ray R. Slyhoff, E.L. Boardman, Edwin M. Scoby, John B. Zeller, Mart Smith,  Merle Jones, Quay Carrol, Chester Carmichael and Commander Walter S. Brewer, of Harry E. Stephenson Post, of St. Francis. Taps were sounded by Winston Churchill.  Burial was in the St. Francis cemetery.
    The following obituary was read at the church service:
    Marcus Aurelius Mace was born December 14,1846, just 87 years ago at Rushville, Schuyler county, Illinois and departed this life December 12, 1933 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Blanch Kanel, near St. Francis, Kansas.
    At the age of fifteen he enlisted in Company B of the 119th Illinois volunteer infantry and served for the duration of the Civil War. Most of his service was in Louisiana, although he participated in the siege and capture of Nashville, Tennessee and Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama. He was mustered out at Mobile four months after the close of the war. Mr. Mace was one of the charter member of Sam Webber post, Grand Army of the Republic of St. Francis.
    In 1868, he was united in marriage to Minerva Garret, at Rushville, Illinois and for nearly fifty-two years they were companions together sharing the rigorous life of the pioneer west. Mrs. Mace passed on before-- 13 years ago last May. To this union were born six children, two of them proceeded their father in death; Maggie at the age of nine years and John at 59. Those who remain to mourn his departure are Mrs. Blanch Kanel, Mrs. Pearl Kanel, Arthur and Morley Mace, all of this vicinity. There are also twenty-two grandchildren and six great grand children. The great grand children are Joy Rae Clark, Wynona Bowers, Stanley Mace, Dona Jean Heselius, Robert Lee and Donnie Dwayne Kyle.
    In 1874 he moved to Cheyenne county, Kansas and settled on a homestead in Cheyenne valley south of Wheeler, some years later moving to Calhoun township on the Republican river, northeast of St. Francis where he lived until his wife passed away. Since that time he has made his home with one or the other of his children. He has long been identified with the Methodist church of this city. Served as one of the first jurors in Cheyenne county and has always stood as one of the stalwart, generous spirited citizens who claim the respect and honor of all men in his day and the days to come.

Sam Taylor   Obituary for Creed S. TAYLOR
Lucas Sentinel, Lucas, Kansas, March 27, 1903
    Creed S. Taylor born in Texas, December 14, 1830, died at his home five miles west of Lucas, March 20, 1903, age 72 years 3 months and 6 days. When seven years of age he went to Schuyler County, Illinois. April 13, 1850 he was married to Mary A. Clark daughter of George and Sally Clark of Ripley, Brown County, Illinois. To this union was born 10 children, five of which survive him; namely; Theodore, Pardee, Fremont, Addie Sage and Iona Kimball. The other five passed on before to the glory world to which he has entered with a bright hope of immortal bliss. The deceased was a soldier in the civil war, serving his country 1 year and 6 months in the 50th Illinois Infantry Company H. He came to Kansas from Schuyler County, Illinois in 1878 in which state he has lived ever since. His aged wife and five children are left to mourn his departure. The funeral service was held March 21, in the M. E. church at Lucas, conducted by Rev. Kerr. The remains were laid to rest in the Lucas cemetery.

Tammy Matthews   Death Notice for Alex LENOVER
The Rushville Times, September 4, 1913
    Alex LENOVER, an old resident of Pleasant View died Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon.

Tammy Matthews   Obituary for Joseph LENOVER
The Rushville Times, July 27, 1923
    Funeral services for Joseph LENOVER were held in Decatur Thursday. Mr. Lenover was once a resident of Bainbridge township. He was a brother of the late Alexander Lenover, a civil war veteran and past ninty years of age. Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Smedley attended the funeral. 

Tammy Matthews   Obituary for James Allen BIGHAM
The Rushville Times
    James Allen Bigham, 25, River Oaks Village, Springfield, formerly of Rushville died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 1992 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield as a result of a headon collision that occured about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, about two mile north of Mt. Sterling on Route #99.
    He was born April 15, 1966 in Rushville, the son of Robert Campbell and Gearline Lenover Bigham. Surviving are two sons, Bryan Paul Bigham and Willis Michael Bigham, both of Beardstown; fiance, Stephanie Hamm of Springfield; his mother, Gearling Bigham of Harrisonburg, VA; father Robert Campbell of Springfield; adoptive father, Terry Bigham of Macomb; grandparents, Gerald and Doris Lenover of Rushville, Margaret Campbell of Macomb, Marian Bigham of Rushville; two brothers, Robert Campbell of Grottoes, VA, and Steve Bigham of Rushville; one sister, Cindy Bigham of Rushville; two half sisters, Lori Jernigan of Horn Lake, MS and Sheryl Banks of Springfield, MO; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
    He graduated from Rushville High School in 1984 and was an assistant manager of Harper Oil Co. in Springfield.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with the Rev. Robert Kirkham officiating. Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
    Memorials may be given to his children's education fund C/O First State Bank of Macomb.

Tammy Matthews   Obituary for Lillie M. ORR
The Rushville Times
Lillie M. Orr Dies At Age 71
    Lillie M. Orr, 71, of Rushville died Sunday, April 30, at Culbertson Long Term Care Center in Rushville. Services were held Tuesday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville. The Rev. Roy Adams officiated. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Culbertson Memorial Hopital.
    She was born Aug. 25, 1917, in Bainbridge Township, Schuyler County, to Delvan and Lillie White Lawler Orr. Surviving are one brother, Tommy Orr of Rushville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Tammy Matthews   Obituary for Milton KEOWN
The Rushville Times
    Milton B. Keown, 92, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died June 19, 1994, at the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Born Jan. 16, 1902, in Barry, Ill.,  the son of John W. and Josephine (Mercer) Keown, he married Bessie Geneva Van Sandt in Pheonix Ariz., in 1931. He studied theology at A.T. College and was awarded a divinity degree in 1926. He served the area as a independent itinerant minister for over 30 years. In 1965, he retired from the engineering department, space division, of Lionel Pacific at Gardena, Calif. He then moved to the Rushville area and farmed until 1971. At that time he moved to the Siloam Springs area and worked as a cabinet maker for several years. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church of Siloam Springs, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife; one sister Clarine Jacobus of Cuba; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Services were Tuesday, June 21 at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Lonnie Nelson officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs.

Tammy Matthews   Obituary for Henry LENOVER
The Rushville Times, July 27, 1950
Henry Lenover, 27 passed Away Saturday Morning
    Henry Lenover, Jr., 27, died Saturday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Anita Hale in this city. Funeral servies were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Perry-Voorhees funeral home with the Rev. Lottie Morrow of Beardstown, officiating. Burial was in the Rushville Cemetery.
    Henry Junior, oldest son of Henry and Hazel Carroll Lenover was born August 27, 1923 near Rushville and passed away at the home of his sister, Anita Hale, on July 22, 1950. On June 20, 1949 he was joined in marriage to Delorse Knous at Rushville. This happy young couple became the parents of a son on June 28, 1950, and their life and home seemed complete. Early this past spring, Junior as he was known to everyone, was taken ill and spent a week in the hospital and after two weeks when his doctor and family knew his condition was worse and wishing to return home he was moved to the home of his sister where everything was done by loving hands to ease his last days, and where he passed away at 5:50 Saturday morning at the age of 27 years, 10 months and 25 days. He bore this suffering with the greatest of patience and always had a smile and thanks for each and everyone who helped to comfort him.
    During his illness he expressed his belief in God and asked his family to pray for him as he was ready to meet his Master and loved ones who had passed on before. He was preceded in death by grandparents, nephews and his mother on February 26, 1936 when he was a small boy which brought him a never ending sorrow.
    He leaves to mourn his untimely death his wife and small son, Stanley Leroy, his father, grandfather and the following brothers and sisters: Anita Hale of Rushville, Margarite Cole of Monmouth, Ruby Sipes of Ray, Erma Newingham of Mt. Sterling, Rosella Bland of Pana, Carroll Eugene and Donald of Mt. Sterling, also a half-brother, Benny, of Clayton. Also several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, many cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Tammy Matthews  Obituary for Elias Leander WARD
The Rushville Times
Hogs Attack Leander Ward In Farm Field
Bainbridge Farmer, Aged Sixty-five Years Past, Found Dead In Pasture Lot On His Home Farm. Bady Badly Mutilated
    Leander Ward, native resident of Bainbridge township, suffered a horrible death Thursday evening between the hours of 6 and 9 o'clock, when he was killed and almost completely devoured by ravenous hogs at his farm home.
    Mr. Ward left the house about 6 o'clock p.m. to do his evening chores and when he failed to return to the house, as darkness came on, his wife became alarmed.  She called neighbors by telephone and Arthur Illman first responded and came at once to the farm home. After Mrs. Ward had told of her husband's long absence he went to the pasture lot where he was horrified to find a bunch of hogs surrounding the body of the aged man, who only a short time before had left his home in apparent good health. Mr. Illman experienced some trouble in driving the hogs away, and it was only when other neighbors came to assist him was this accomplished, as the taste of blood had crazed the beasts.
Identified By Circumstances
    The body was terribly mutilated and had it not been known that Mr. Ward had gone into the field and have not returned identification would have been impossible other than from the fragments of blood stained clothing that he wore. His face, arms and legs had been attacked by the hogs and almost completely devoured and the trunk of his body was badly mutilated. After the hogs had been driven from the field by the neighbors assembled the body was brought to the C.H. Hammond undertaking parlors and prepared for burial. Dr. W. F. Justus, county coronor, was notified and after an examination of the body and an interview with some of those who drove the infuriated swine away, he decided to forego holding an inquest, but instead held an inquiry and signed the death certificate on the facts as brought out in substance as stated above. Whether Mr. Ward, who was in his sixty-sixth year, was suddenly stricken by paralysis and fell dead in the hog lot, or had stumbled and fell prone on the ground while still alive, will never be known, as there was no outery and no eye wittnesses to his tragic death.
Funeral Held Sunday
    Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. W. Monson, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First M.E. Church. Interment was made in Resthaven Mausoleum.
    The following obituary, written by a life-long friend and neighbor, was read at the service:
    Elias Leander, second child of Henry M. and Mary Ann Ward, was born in Bainbridge township, Schuyler county,  March 10, 1862, and passed out of this earthly life at his farm home three miles from Rushville, on July 21, 1927, aged 65 years, 4months and 11 days. He was united in marriage to Carrie C. Lenover March 21, 1886. To this union were born four children: Everett, Leander H., Abbie Lilly King of Schuyler county and Ollie Pearl Whitson of Cuba, Mo., all of whom with the wife are left to mourn the loss of a husband and father.
    Some time after forty years ago he with his wife united with the Southern M. E. Church at Mt. Carmel, under the ministration of H. H. Jones. Altho not of a very strong or robust constitution yet he was noted for his energy and perseverance and for his remarkable habits of industry.
    He is also survived by one half-brother, John A., and three half-sisters, Mrs. Dora Dodds, Mrs. Rosannah Lenover and Adaline Bowman, also thirteen grand children.
    On the day of his death he assisted in putting hay in the barn and after eating supper went to drive some hogs to the pasture, and to bring up the cows, but not returning as soon as his wife thought he should, and being bodily crippled with rheumatism herself, she called some neighbors over the telephone to look for him, which resulted in finding his lifeless body in the pasture not far from the public highway, and thus was the sudden and unexpected passing away of this father, husband, friend, neighbor, and good citizen. We are again reminded of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death.

Tammie Orr Brown  Obituary for Delevan ORR aka Joseph ORR
The Rushville Times, December 29, 1937
Joseph Orr Of Bainbridge Died Suddenly On Thursday
    Joseph Orr, prominent Bainbridge township farmer, died suddenly Thursday, forenoon at his home following a heart attack. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Fred Wilson of Vermont, were held at the Christian church , in Rushville Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in the Rushville cemetery.
    The following obituary was read at the service:
    Delevan L. Orr, son of Henry and Margaret Bowlin Orr, was born Aug 21, 1871, on a farm in Bainbridge township, Schuyler county, Ill. He passed away Dec. 23, 1937, at his home in Bainbridge in his sixty-seventh year as the result of a sudden heart attack. He had been enjoying his usual good health, being out about the place that morning. He went to the house about 9 o'clock and while talking with his family complained of a pain in his chest, but did not think it serious, refusing to have a doctor called at that time. About 10:30 o'clock, he started to walk across the room, he fell with the attack, and Dr. Munson, who arrived a short time later, said death had come instantly.
    Mr. Orr grew to manhood on his father's farm where he became an industrious young farmer. On Aug. 11, 1898, he was united in marriage with Lillie Lawler, daughter of John Henry and Sarah (Kelly) Lawler of Woodstock township, Schuyler County. To them were born seven children: John Henry, Sarah Margaret, wife of Bert Goodwin, Harvey Delevan, Thomas B., Warren Alfred, Laura Katherine and Lillie May, all of Schuyler county, and all living except Harvey, who preceded his father in death Feb. 9, 1929. He is also survived by his wife and two brothers, Ernest M. and Sylvanus B. Orr, of this vicinity and four grandchildren. Two sisters, Dora , wife of Charles Aacker and Cora, wife of Emery Payne, have preceeded him. After marriage, Mr. Orr continued farming and by thrift and industry was able to provide well for his large family and acquire a splendid farm of his own. He was one of the substantial dependable citizens of the township, a good neighbor and always ready to help in trouble, sickness or death. He possessed a kind nature and jovial disposition and will be greatly missed by his many relatives and friends.
    Life and death are unsolved mysteries, yet death may be a blessing, as it takes the darkness to bring out the stars, it perhaps takes the shadows of death to bring out our better natures, make us overlook the trivial faults and see the fine qualites of our neighbors and friends which they always possessed but which we failed to see before. Then, in this spirit, let us hold in memory the kind deeds of our departed neighbor and friend.

Tammie Orr Brown  Obituary for Henry ORR
The Rushville Times, May 26, 1926
Henry Orr, Bainbridge Pioneer Died, May 20th
    Henry Orr, pioneer resident of Bainbridge township, died at his home Thursday, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday conducted by Rev. Fred Wilson. Interment in Rushville Cemetery. Henry Orr, was born in Bainbridge township, May 15, 1844 and died May 20, 1926, being 82 years on Saturday prior to his death. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Burnside Orr, natives of County Tyrone, Ireland, where they were reared and married and came to this country settling in Bainbridge Township about 1837. Jane, the wife of Simon Reeve and Mary, wife of S. B. Vaughn were sisters born in Ireland and both preceded him in death. Mr. Orr lived his entire life in Bainbridge township where on November 24, 1867 he married Margaret Bowlin, daughter of John and Louisa Bowlin, natives of Kentucky and to them were born 5 children, Ernest M. Orr, IsaDora Ackers, Delaven Orr, Sylvanus Orr and Cora Payne, all living except IsaDora, who preceeded her father, May 12, 1905. His wife, 18 grandchildren and 21 great - grandchildren survive him.

Tammie Orr Brown  Obituary for Joseph ORR
The Rushville Times, September 3, 1896
Orr, Joseph--An Old Pioneer Gone.
    Joseph Orr was born in Fermanaugh county, Ireland, March 31, 1805; died at his home in Bainbridge township, this county, Aug. 29, 1896; aged 91 years, 4 months and 29 days. He was married to Mary Ann Burnsides, Oct. 12, 1831. To them were born five children, three of whom--Mrs. Jane Reeves, Mrs. Mary A. Vaughn and Henry Orr--still live.
    They came to America in November, 1840; moved to Bainbridge township and lived there ever since. On the voyage, in a storm, Mr. Orr received a blow that fractured his skull. A silver plate was found necessary. He was not fully recovered when Mr. John Beatty, of this city, an old neighbor and schoolmate of his in Ireland 73 years ago, went to see him in Pittsburg, where he stopped for a time with old acquaintances. His son thinks that he never fully recovered from that injury, as he was hardly right in his mind at times since then. The immense vitality and vigor of Mr. Orr is indicated by the fact that but a few weeks ago he walked into Rushville alone. A man of strong passions and great will power, he never forgot a favor nor an injury. He never tired of telling how Ezra Jackson, of Rushville, went down one cold day and taught him houw to use an ax and how to "make on" a fire of wood! There was only a path then to Rushville, It was a village of log houses, with two three frame building. But the old log court house had been replaced by the new brick in the square and business was looking up. The old times are gone and the early pioneers are nearly all departed. The old settlers around him then have been buried away these years. His death was sudden-gave away all at once; and in his death gave no assurance of hope beyond. The funeral was conducted at the home place last Sunday at 11 o'clock, in the presence of a great company of people, by Rev. O. T. Rogers, and the remains laid away in the Gillette graveyard.-O. T. Rogers.

Tammie Orr Brown  Obituary for Margaret ORR
The Rushville Times, February 16, 1927
Died Monday From Burns
Clothing Caught Fire From Live Coals In A Smoke House At Her Home In Bainbridge Township On Monday Afternoon.
    Mrs. Margaret Orr, widow of the late Henry Orr of Bainbridge township, aged eighty-three years, died on Monday night at 10 o'clock from burns received five hours earlier at her home five miles southeast of Rushville, where she resided with her son, Ernest Orr. Mrs. Orr had gone to the smoke house, closely adjacent to the dwelling , and while there her clothing caught fire by coming in contact with a kettle of live coals. Her daughter-in-law did not know she had left the residence until she heard her scream and on going to the smoke house found her enveloped in flames. Using rugs and heavy clothing, the younger Mrs. Orr made a futile attempt to smother out the flames, but in this was unsuccessful and all of the clothing was burned from the body of the elderly woman with the exception of one shoe as she stood upright grasping the back of a chair. Realizing her helplessness in the situation, Mrs. Ernest Orr telephoned to neighbors for aid and when they arrived Mrs. Orr to speak, but seemed to recognize her children gathered about her bedside. Dr. C. M. Fleming was summoned and taken to the home by her son, S. B. Orr with his team and wagon, the roads being impassable for an automobile. He administered treatment to alleviate her suffering and death came to relieve her at 10 o'clock Monday night. Mrs. Orr was a native resident of Bainbridge township and her entire life of eighty-three years had been spent in the neighborhood where she was born. She was a woman who ever held the love and affection of her friends and neighbors and her long life was marked by kindly deeds of mercy that endear her memory in the hearts of those who knew her thruout the long lapse of years.
    Of Kentucky, was born in Bainbridge township, March 1, 1844. Here she grew to young womanhood and in 1867 she became the bride of Henry Orr, also a native of Bainbridge township, and for more than fifty-eight years, they spent life happily together on the old homestead in Bainbridge township, the union of hearts being broken by the death of Mr. Orr in May, 1926. To this union were born five children, one of whom, Dora, the wife of Charles Acker, is deceased. The following children survive to mourn the death of a kind and loving mother: Cora, the wife of Emery Payne of Littleton township; Ernest, S. B. and Delevan Orr, all residents of Bainbridge township. There are also fifteen grand-children. Funeral services were held this (Wedensday) morning at the Christian church in Rushville, conducted by Rev. Fred Wilson. Interment in the Rushville cemetery.

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