Obituaries of people who lived & died in Knox County, IL

 created  April 16, 2005

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I want to make a note here of some information I have found that is useful when researching for obituaries in Newspapers.  Not always were they printed, I've found.  When the newspapers first began, people had to pay to have their obituaries in the Newspaper.  I'm not sure when they cut off date for this was and they were just automatically put in with information from the families.  That is why sometimes you don't find a lot of information on your ancestor.  Now a days they put in a whole lot more. 

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I've tried to sort the years out so they are in order but might not be. I have been getting quite a collection of copies of old newspapers by doing look ups for others.  I can't seem to just look up the one person I sometimes get lost or see something that interests me and copy it.  There are also many interesting stories in the Newspaper section, Weddings, births, marriages, adds, local, personal, it is fun to read and enjoyable to type up.  I find it more interesting than today's newspapers.  You can also read the latest News and Obituaries at the

Galesburg Register-Mail which is online.  Just click on the link to your left.  It takes you straight to the Obit page with links to other pages on the paper.  Thanks.

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 Knox County Republican, Knoxville, IL March, 1878


Died--March 27th, 1878, Jason D. Gum, aged 49 years, 7 months, and 27 days.  Mr. Gum was born on what is now known as the "Gum farm", three-quarters of a mile west of Knoxville. In 1861 his father moved to Lodi, San Joaquin County, California. In June 1875, he returned to Knoxville and married Miss Sarah A. Moore. Subsequently he made two visits to California, returning to Knoxville in the fall of 1876, where he had since resided.

Some eight months ago he became affected with rheumatic troubles about the back and hips, which for the last two months confined him to the house.

On the day of his death he had a number of visitors, and seemed much better than for several days previously. In company with several friends he ate his dinner and nothing unusual was observed with him. After dinner he returned to the sitting room, and in a few minutes sank forward in his chair, breathing rapidly. It was noticed that a profuse perspiration had appeared on his face. To the inquiry as to what was the matter, he replied that he felt more queer than he had ever felt before. He was assisted to a lounge, where he in a few minutes expired.

Mr. Gum was a genial, good hearted man, ever kind in his family, sympathetically cheerful, and joyful in company. He will be missed and mourned by others than his immediate relations.

Galesburg's Republican Register, September 22, 1883

     On last Saturday morning about 8 o'clock, at the home of Mr. Charles Hoxworth, the closing scenes of a seriocomically family drama ended in high tragedy. It seems that Charles and his wife were not able to live together in harmony as man and wife should, but petty jealousies continually kept strife between them, until last spring Charles went to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he remained till about one week ago. On his return everything appeared to be peaceful. On Friday he took his wife to a dance at Elias Allen's one and one-half miles west of town, at which place they had some words in regards to the partners she danced with. One word brought on another, till Charles declared he would not take her home. She came to town with other parties. He had gone to the hotel. In the morning he went home for his clothes. Some words passed between them. He told her there was no use of scolding-he would not live with her anymore. He said he would take the oldest child, and she could keep the younger. He started as if he were going. She put her arms around his neck, but he pushed her away, saying that such things were all over now. She turned as if to leave the room. He saw in her right hand a revolver and heard the click of the spring as she cocked it. He caught her left arm and at the same time attempted to reach around her and catch the revolver, but he was too late; she pressed the trigger, holding the muzzle so close that the powder burned a great hole in the silken scarf she wore around her neck and tucked in her dress in front. The ball entered near the center of the breast, passing towards the left, penetrating the heart or aorta. She fell back in her husband's arms, and was laid on the floor, just as Mrs. Ruth Gregg rushed in from an adjoining room. Mrs. Gregg found Mrs. Hoxworth lying on the floor, her husband holding her hands. The alarm was given and the coroner sent for. An inquest was held which resulted in the jury returning a verdict that Mrs. Katie Hoxworth came to her death by self destruction. Mrs. Hoxworth was the daughter of L. W. Benson, of this place, so well known throughout the county. The funeral services were held on Sunday, at the M. E. Church, which was completely filled.



1893 Republican Register Newspaper, Wednesday, July 26, 1893

 ~ ~ Deaths ~~

Dora D. Hawley

Miss Dora D. Hawley, daughter of Peter G. and Rema Hawley, of Orange township, was born May 10th, 1876, and died July 21, 1893, of consumption.

The funeral services were held at the home of the parents, on last Sunday afternoon, Rev. M. C. Bowlin of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, conducting the exercises, taking for the foundation of appropriate and eloquent remarks, the passage of scripture "There Shall be no Night There."

The high esteem in which the deceased was held, was evidence by the very large company of neighbors and friends who were in attendance, who followed the remains to their last resting place in the Knoxville Cemetery.  The mourning parents and friends have the sincerest sympathy of all in this sad affliction.

The Pall bearers were Messrs. Robert Scott, Thomas Baker, Edward Leu, Elmer Woolsey, Vern Randall, and Zolman Maxey.

The display of flowers was of the most beautiful description.  The coffin, shroud, hearse were pure white, and the grave was beautifully decorated in white, fit emblems of the pure life she lived while upon earth.

May McClure

Maggie May Kaughlin McClure was born near Ft. Worth, Texas, Feby. 12, 1880 and died in this city, July 13. 1893; aged 13 years, 5 months and 6 days---after a protracted and painful illness, of rheumatism of the heart and the brain.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, on last Wednesday afternoon, at 5 o'clock, Rev. J. M. Waddle making an appropriate address to a large company of sorrowing friends and school-mates.

The coffin, the rostrum and tables were laden with a profusion of beautiful flowers, fête tokens of the esteem in which she was held by her playmates.  She was loved by all who knew her and her untimely death will be most sincerely mourned.

The family was greatly comforted by the many kind attentions of friends neighbors during the sickness and at the time of the death of the deceased. and desire here to express their grateful acknowledgements.

James C. Robertson

James C. Robertson was born in Henderson township, Knox County, Illinois, July 10, 1835, and died July 24, 1893, aged 58 years and 14 days.

He was married to Eliza Jane Wills, March 10, 1859, and began housekeeping on the farm in Orange township, where he resided until his death.  To them were born seven children, two sons and five daughters.  Two daughters died in infancy.  He was a kind and affectionate husband, father, and brother, beloved by all who knew him.  He leaves a wife, five children, one brother, two sisters, and many friends to mourn his loss.

The funeral services were held at this late residence on yesterday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. J. M. Waddle, after which the remains were interred in the Ferguson Cemetery.

Rev. George W. Brown

Rev. George W. Brown, of Abingdon, died at his home at 12 o'clock, Sunday night; aged 78 years.  At one time Rev. Brown was one of the best known Methodist ministers in the Military Tract.  Eight years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and since that time has been entirely helpless.  The funeral took place yesterday.

Saturday, August 12, 1893

Caroline Lambertson

Mrs. Caroline Lambertson, the mother of Mr. Thomas O. Lambertson, died at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home of her son, No 501 North Kellogg Street, in her 76th year.  Mrs. Lambertson has not been in good health for three or four years and the last six months her decline has been the more marked.  Her sickness resulted from an attack of la grippe.  She was born near Cincinnati.  Her maiden name was Caroline Gilbert.  her parents died when she was a child.  A large part of her life was spent in Millbrook Township, Peoria County.  Her husband died in that county in 1857, and his remains were buried in the French Grove.  For many years Mrs. Lambertson was a sincere and earnest Christian.  She has been living here with her son for two years and all who have met her have been impressed by her graces of character.  She died happy in the faith and was conscious to the last.  She leaves five children; the son already mentioned, who has been tenderly devoted during her declining years, her daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Anderson, of Parnell, Mo; Mrs. Lucinda Canning, Galva, and her sons, Charles L. Lambertson, Chicago, and Chester Lambertson, Michigan.  She also leaves two sisters and a brother.  One of the sisters is 84 years old and the quartet the deceased was the youngest.  Brief funeral services were held at the residence last Tuesday conducted by Dr. Blodgett, with singing led by his daughter.  The remains were then taken to the C. B. & Q. depot and sent to Galva for burial.  Mr. and Mrs. Lambertson and family accompanied the remains.

Death of Bertie Johnson

Bertie, the son of Mr. John P. Johnson died at 2:30 0'clock Sunday morning at the home of his father.  No 676 Grove Street.  Some time ago the lad was taken down with scarlet fever f4rom which he recovered.  Next dropsy set in but he got the better of this.  Friday he became subject to spasms and these were of such violence that they resulted in death.  Mr. Johnson has been severely afflicted during the last 18 months, having lost his wife and two children and he feels his very keenly.  Bertie was a bright little fellow six years old the 31 st of last May.  There two children living.  Much sympathy will go out to Mr. John.

Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson

Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, a venerable colored lady, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mr. Paul Fletcher, No. 340 North West Street, after an illness of two months, aged 90 years.  The funeral services were held Wednesday, and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Hardison.

Death of Ralph Purdy

Ralph, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Purdy, died Wednesday at the home of his parent.

August 18, 1905~~~~~~ Harrison Brown

Brown, Harrison, the aged father of Peter T. Brown, president of Galesburg National bank, died at his home in Alexis Thursday noon in his 98th year, and the son has gone to assist in the funeral arrangements.  He was the son of Samuel & Henrietta Brown born in Nelson County, Kentucky, March 08, 1808.  When aged 8 years his father removed to Breckenridge County, Kentucky and remained until fall of 1834 when they emigrated to Illinois, and they settled in North Henderson Township, Mercer County, Illinois.  In the spring of 1836, bought land section-1, Suez Township where resided many years, being one of the pioneers he encountered all the hardships and trials of pioneer life.  By hard labor and industry accumulated a large amount of property and in his declining years enjoyed the fruit of his labor.  Married fall of 1830 Martha Greenwood, a native of Virginia.  They had nine children, Mary A., Samuel, Thomas, Floyd, Sally, Benjamin, Peter, and Isabel.  Those deceased are Samuel, Floyd, Isabel, Benjamin and a child died infancy.  Married his second wife, Lucretia Greenwood July 1868.  In 1892, he retired from farming.  Mr. Brown's six brothers, Alfred, Harmon, Benjamin, Samuel, John all settled in this county around the city of Galesburg and were well known and prominent citizens.  Samuel Brown was one of the founders of Lombard College and the second mayor of Galesburg.  He is now living in Vancouver, Canada.  Of Mr. Brown's surviving children, Peter Brown, T. G. resides on a farm near Alexis, two daughters, Mary and Sallie lived with their father in Alexis.  he was highly respected as a citizen.  The funeral service will be held in Alexis tomorrow.  The burial in family cemetery five miles from Alexis.

1972 Terpening/Armstrong Book:
Clyde was a section foreman for the Santa Fe RR and lived in Lomax, Ormonde, and Cameron, IL. Mindwell and Clyde had 5 boys: Glenn, Myron, Kyle, Roy, Archie. LeRoy, commonly called Roy, was killed when small. Leroy Wallace was killed at Lomax, Illinois, Cow catcher of Eugies of trains threw him 35 feet then he bounced on for about 30 feet more the train was going a great speed. He would of been 52 years old. wow if he was alive. this was written on an old photo Willodeane has of Leroy as a baby. He looks to be around 2 years old or younger. don't know the exact date... Mindwell also wrote a letter on this but my copy is not very readable.

Copied this from Willodeane Brown-Carlson's file at Eugene's and Pauline Brown's house on Saturday, September 06, 2003.
This must be out of an area paper....Galesburg????

Mrs. Mindwell Ethel Wallace of Ormonde, who had been doing practical nursing in Galesburg, died at St. Mary's Hospital at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon following an operation. Mrs. Wallace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Terpening was born in Kelly Township, Warren County, March 24, 1874, and has many relatives and friends living in that community. She was the mother of a number of children. One son was killed by a Santa Fe train a number of years ago. Funeral services were held at the Tylerville Church this afternoon. Burial was in the Terpening Cemetery.  On her tombstone it reads only Mother.

Mrs. Nancy E. Allen:

      The funeral of Mrs. Nancy E. Allen was held Sunday afternoon at the home, 914 South Main Street, Rev. A. R. Morgan being in charge.  A large number came to pay their last tribute of respect to a kind neighbor, a dear friend and loving mother and to sympathize with those who were left to mourn their lost.  Rev. A. R. Morgan gave them a beautiful talk on death and its meaning. His cheering words were a great comfort to the family.

     The singing at the services was furnished by a quartet, Misses Minnie Searles and Grace Over, J. H. Smith and E. D. Brady. The pallbearers were W. R. Mitchell, H. M. Rulon, John Carroll, Jerry Jones, Daniel Derenzy and O. L. Woods.

         Mrs. Nancy E. Allen was born September 1838 in Tiffin, Ohio, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Wolf, died November 18, 1904, at the age of sixty-six. Ten children were born of whom eight are living. Her first marriage was to G. J. Knecht in 1855 at Galena, Ill. Mrs. Hines of this city is a daughter of this union, and Ida, who died infancy. Her second marriage was in 1864 to H. S. McClore at Petersburg, one daughter was born to them.  Mrs. Mary Hines of this city.  In 1866 she was joined in Holy matrimony to Robert M. Allen, seven children were born to them, six of whom are living who are Mrs. Addie Root, Will Allen of St. Louis; James Allen, Mrs. Sadie Essex, Thomas Allen, and Jesse Allen of this city.  Twelve years ago Mr. Allen died.

         Mrs. Allen's death was a great shock to all. She was in her usual health until Saturday morning when stricken, being sick only six days.  Her eight children and five grandchildren were by her bedside as she passed away.

 Elizabeth Housh-August 29, 1901

Mrs. Elizabeth Housh died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. Benfield, in Abingdon Aug. 20. About three years ago Mrs. Housh was stricken with paralysis, and never fully recovered. Saturday last she had a second stroke, and died Tuesday evening. The remains were taken to Maquon, and the funeral services were held in the Methodist church.

Mr. Wolf, a Christian Scientist of Monmouth, officiated. The music furnished by Misses Walker and Norris and Mrs. C. S. Burnside and Miss Kate Clark, was unusually fine. The attendance was the largest seen in Maquon in recent years. The interment was in the family lot in the Maquon cemetery.

Elizabeth Thornbough was born in Ohio March 3, 1810. She was married to David Housh at Greencastle, Ind., March 1, 1826. They came to Knox county in 1836, and located on a farm near Maquon, where they resided at the time of her husband's death in March, 1879.

Mrs. Housh was the mother of thirteen children, one having died in infancy and twelve living to maturity, of whom five survive her: Andrew C. of Maquon, Daniel M. of Galesburg, Mrs. Elizabeth Benfield of Abingdon, Mrs. Dr. Southard of Perry, Oklahoma Territory, and Mrs. Rebecca Phillips of Colony, Kan. There are 121 descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Housh. Five children are living, forty three grandchildren, sixty nine great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, making five generations, a remarkable family record. In addition to their own children they raised seven orphan or homeless children.

Mrs. Housh devoted her long life to the care and protection of others. For many years the home of David Housh and wife was known in this part of the state for its hospitality. As to the life of Mrs. Housh, it can truthfully be said: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

February 21, 1902---Mary Harshbarger-- an old resident of Knox Co., died at the home of her daughter Mrs. John Wolf Wednesday evening Feb. 12, 1902. Mrs. Harshbarger was a sister of Andrew C. Housh (his obit is below) of Maquon and D. M. Housh of Galesburg. The funeral services were held in the Union church east of Gilson. Rev. Mr. Churchill of the U. B. church officiating. The music was furnished by the Maquon quartet. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Simkins cemetery.


Coroner's Jury Finds That Death Came About Through Suicidal
Latest - Inquest Held Today.

     Cyrus Humiston, an aged farmer living alone on a farm in Brush Creek, eight miles southeast of Galesburg, met a horrible death last night by being burned almost beyond recognition in a fire which consumed his barn and which was thought by the coroner's jury called on the case today to have been set with suicidal intent. The coroner, Dr. G. S. Chalmers, was notified of the terrible accident early this morning, and he left at once for the scene, where he held an inquest over the remains. The body was taken in charge of by Undertaker W. C. Hall of Abingdon after the inquest. Before the inquest Coroner Chalmers found in a coat pocket of the man a paper containing a list of his belongings and also instructions that his debts be paid when he was dead. The coat was found in the small house in which he lived by himself for the past eight years. George W. Horton, the owner of the farm, who lived only a short distance from where the man died, was the principal witness at the inquest. He said that he saw the fire about 9:30 o'clock last night and went over to the place. He found the house locked and supposed that Humiston had gone to some of the neighbors. It was too late to save the barn and it was with difficulty that the timber was prevented from burning. No trace of the man was found until this morning, when some of the neighbors went to the place to see the result of the fire and made the gruesome find. The body was burned to a crisp and was totally unrecognizable. Mr. Horton stated that the man had been a hard drinker for years, though for some time he had been trying to overcome the habit. Lately he had been acting rather queerly and he always has been of a morose temperament. Those serving on the jury were: L. D. Cortelyou, J. Baril, Thos. J. Ryan, John Courson, W.F. Quinn and George W. Horton. They came to the verdict that he met his death in a fire which was set by himself with suicidal intent. Humiston was a man 60 years of age and had a wife and children, though he had not been living with his wife or family for some time. He had been a miner for a number of years before going to farming and is said to be an old soldier. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral.


E. L. Terpening.  Elbert Lincoln Terpening, the oldest child of David and Jane Terpening, was born April 17, 1860, in Kelly Township, Warren County, near Alexis. On February 18, 1890, he was married at Galesburg to Miss Nora Townsend. who preceded him in death July 21, 1900. To this union four children survive, Clarence E. and Elmer A., Mrs. Ellen Kahler and Mrs. Bertha Ceiley, all of Galesburg.

On December 24, 1901, he was married to Louisa Kingan, to which union Mrs. Pearl Hoffman was born.  He is also survived by one step-daughter, Mrs. Roy Wells, and the following brothers and sisters: Grant of Alexis, Pearlie D. of Gilson, Mrs. Jessie Stodgel of Yarmouth, Iowa, Mrs. Jennie Brown of Wineville, Wis., and Mrs. Daisy McKelvie of Billings, Mont.  One sister, Mina Wallace, preceded him in death.]

Funeral services will be held at the Foley Mortuary at 9:45 o'clock Thursday morning and at the Tylerville M E church at eleven o'clock.  Rev. C. H. Shipplet will officiate.  Interment will be in the Terpening cemetery.  (He was buried next to his first wife Nora Photo of tombstone on Warren County Site.)

Friends may cal at the Foley Mortuary any time today or Wednesday.


Williamsfield Times Thursday, July 10, 1902

Hurt At Tucker Hollow

Buggy Backs Down Steep Grade and Overturns, Throwing Luther Green and Family Out Violently.

A very serious accident occurred at Tucker Hollow bridge, about a mile southeast of Williamsfield about noon on the Fourth of July. Luther Green, wife and child, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Geo. Green, and his sister, started to drive from their home at Chase to Williamsfield to the celebration.

At the Tucker Hollow a new bridge is being put in which is several feet higher than the old one was. The grade from the old roadway up to the new bridge is quite steep. While they were driving up this grade the doubletrees broke, letting the carriage back swiftly down this grade. The vehicle backed off the grade also and into the stream where it overturned.

Mrs. George Green was thrown under the overturned buggy into the water and would have drowned if she had not been quickly rescued from her position by her son. The baby received a serious scalp wound, which was thought at first to be worse than it proved, and some bruises. Miss Green was also severely injured. Mrs. Luther Green was the most seriously injured of any in the party. She received a bad blow in the head, cutting a deep gash, and her face was badly bruised and discolored. She remained unconscious for many hours after the accident. The family were all taken to the home of George Green , at Chase, and Dr. Cole summoned by telephone, who attended their injuries, which fortunately proved less serious than was at first feared. They were all reported doing nicely Monday morning.
 July 12 1906, Galesburg Republican-Register

Death of Ellen Hickey

Mrs. Ellen Hickey died at her home six miles south of Galesburg at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon of an illness dating from November last. Ellen Godsil was born in County Cork, Ireland March 3, 1850. She came with her parents to Galesburg about thirty-three years ago. (1873?) On April 18, 1880 she was united in marriage with John Hickey who died January 5, 1902.Mrs. Hickey is survived by the following children, Kathryn, Frances, John and Lawrence, living at home and Ella, Mrs. Margaret Dooly, Mrs. W. J. Moriey, Mrs. Mary Moriarity and Mrs. Anne Edwards, all of Chicago. A sister Mrs. Margaret Scully and two brothers, Patrick and Michael Godsil reside in this city. During Mrs. Hickey's illness she was attentively cared for by her pastor Rev. Father Doubleday. The funeral service will take place at St. Patrick's church Friday morning at 10:00 o'clock. The internment will take place in St. Joseph's cemetery."
October 1914, Galesburg

 Patrick Godsil Called by Death

Well Known Resident of 974 South Academy Street
Passes Away.

      After a lingering illness of three years duration, Patrick Godsil of 974 South Academy street, died at eight o'clock
Tuesday evening at his home. Forty six years ago he became a resident of this city and lived here continuously in Galesburg since that time.
       He was born in County Cork, Ireland in 1847. He found romance in America after immigrating here in 1864 and married a Galesburg girl, Miss Frances Cratty. A devout Catholic, he remained sincere in his belief and was a member for years of the St. Patrick's church. He was an employee for some time in the "Q" shops. His widow, six sons, W. H. Godsill and David Godsil of this city, M.S. Godsill of Peoria, Tom, Frank and James of Victoria and four daughters, Mrs. WH. Fields, Mrs. Anna Sylvester of Peoria, Mrs Frances Johnson and Miss Nellie Godsil at home are the relatives who survive him. Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the St. Patrick's church. The interment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. The family request that no flowers be sent.

Knox County Republican
Thursday, September 3, 1914

Meet and Greet at Gilbert's Park.

The annual meeting of the Old Settlers Association of Knox County was held in Gilbert's Park, Knoxville, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 1914.

This organization holds its meetings annually at Gilbert's Park on the third Thursday in August of each year. This place and date, fixed by the constitution, seems to be very fortunate, as it has been necessary to postpone the meeting but once in thirty years on account of rain. While the mists of the early morning may have kept a few away there was a very large attendance by a great company from every part of the county, to whom the pleasure of a visit, the renewing of old friendships and the recounting of the early joys and thrilling experiences during the early days in Knox county was of more interest than horse races and ball games. Although a formal session is not usually held in the forenoon, President J. F. Latimer called the meeting to order at half past eleven to give those present an opportunity to listen to an address by Senator Hurburgh, as he had to fill an appointment at Lewistown at 3 o'clock.

Senator Hurburgh appropriately chose American Citizenship as the subject for an eloquent and interesting address.  America is so broad in its boundaries and so great in its citizenship that all other nationalities are dwarfed when compared to it.  The people of England, Scotland and Ireland could all live in New Mexico and have much more room than they now occupy.  Germany, Belgium and Italy could be lost in Texas and not be crowded as they are now in any of the countries in Europe.  There is no such thing as class and cast in the United Sates.  The man who occupies the humblest position here can by industry and honestly attain the highest honors.  Reference was made to those who have been corrupt in office, and the universal use of the ballot to keep our politics.  The corrupt man is just as good as the men who by their vote or by neglecting to vote place him in power.  The address was listened to with the closest attention, and his telling points enthusiastically applauded.

The company then adjourned for dinner, a veritable feast having been prepared by the ladies of the  Lutheran Church.

While the audience was assembling in the afternoon.  Mr. John Harden, at the invitation of the President, favored the Association with a number of old time selections on his violin.

A selected chorus with Miss Frazier presiding at the instrument, opened the afternoon's program with choruses of former days, the songs greatly pleasing the older people who had heard them when they were young.

Rev. N. G. Clark gave the invocation and the secretary read the roll of the old settlers who have died during the year, as follows:

Galesburg Township:

Mrs. Electa Canfield - 83,

Mrs. Anna Austin - 69

Jacob Sauter - 88. Mrs. Lucretia Regnier - 89

Sylvester Reed - 78,Mrs. J. T. McKnight - 68

George Sipherd - 59, Mrs. Nellie P. Soule - 70

Arthur Spear - 41,  P. A. Olson - 89, Mrs. Judith P.

 Marshall 90, John P. Starr - 51, W. A. Olson - 49

Nels Lundberg - 67, Mrs. T. W. Rogers - 61

Mrs. Minnie Avery no age listed, Rev. T. N.

 Hasselquist 81, David Delward no age listed,

John A. Johnson - 70, Col. Byron O. Carr - 81

Charles H. Mount - 44, George L. Price - 50

P. H. Parsons - 74, ?ane P. Norton - no age listed

George W. Knotzinger - no age listed, Mrs. Huldah

 Peterson 54, Dr. John Kemper 80, Mrs. Albertina

Peterson 76, I. H. Barton 81, Charles Richardson 40

M. L. Houlihan 52, Mrs. Julia M. Childs 77,

Albert B. Clark 69, Major C. E.

Hambleton, no age listed, James

Dickson no age listed, Rev. Lewis Springer 81, Eugene

 M. Carr 5, J. J. Moshin 56, Mrs. P. M.

Johnson no age listed, Mrs. Louise M. Renier  no age,

Sara Frost no age, Mrs. Helen A. Raymond 63.

Herman Schroeder 60, John Dunn 72,

Will Packard no age, Mrs. Marie Wimmergren 51,

Mrs. Catherine Bowser 92, Mrs. M. T. Perrin 75,

Mrs. George Egan 52, Matthew McNamara 85,

Lowry J. Edgar 86, A. T. Chittenden  no age,

Sidney J. Pratt 55, R. Van Riper 64,

George Whitney no age, O. W. Bennett no age,

Mrs. Mary A. Cousins - 60

Mrs. Margaret Gale Hitchcock  no age, Michael T

Sullivan  81, James Graham - no age,

Miss Hattie Doll  57, Solomon Spear 80

C. M. C. Burns no age,  Myron Butterfield 42

Mrs. Ellen M. Copley 77, Mrs. Sophia Colton 85,

Mrs. Isabella Pawling 67, Miss Clara A. Churchill  47

C. G. Peterson 78, Thomas Diffenbaugh 81

Frank E. Lanstrum no age, John E. Lanstrum no age

John Buckley no age, D. J. Lane no age, Mrs. Sarah J.

Thompson 75, Mrs. Emily J. Kinnear no age

Mrs. M. R. Johnston no age, Andrew P. Hagstrom 68

Mrs. Rosa Gaskill no age, John August Ehn 78

Mrs. Emily Scoglund  69, Mrs. Geo. R. Hodge 42

Hans Duvon 80, Dr. J. M. Lamoreaux no age

Mrs. Cecelia Carter no age, Michael O'Connor 75

Mrs. J. A. Anderson 70

Mrs. Lewis Johnson 78, Mrs. Miron Rhodes 70

Fred McFarland 39, Mrs. G. A. Thompson 86

Jerry Johnson 70, Milton E. Howell 71,

Mrs. Mary C. Hopkins 91, B. F. Remmund 58,

Hawkin Hawkinson 75

Mrs. Emma Anderson no age,

Mary A. Slattery no age

Mrs. Victor E. Bender no age,

Joseph J. Necasek 60

S. W. Nystrom 54,John W. Futhey 63,

Dan Overand  61, Kathryn Rykert  72

Mrs. G. C. Evarts 60, Frank Hatfield  52

J. C. Crandall 74,

 Margaret Sisson Stephens no age

Knox Township:

M. W. Stone, Mary Jane Housh, Frank Pruitt,

Thomas Rickords, Lyman Jackson, Thomas O. Stenson,

 Lewis O. Leander, Daniel Wainright, W. T. Oglesby, Mary Marshall Webster, Emma Laura Frazee, Mrs. Sophia Lane, Sarah J. McCracken, Charles N. Morey,

Mrs. Jennie Wills, C. L. Dossett, Mrs. John Peterson,

Mrs. Nellie Peterson, Mandana F. Lindsey, Martha E. Holt, Chas. Temple, Susan A. Lathrop, James Knox, Admiral Nelson Kennedy, John C. Crandall, Frank Tate, E. C. Britt, Thomas J. Merrifield, Mrs. Eva Temple Hodge, Mrs. Jacob Booth. Miss Bessie Stevens, Miss Nellie Glisson, Jessie Richmond, Stella Metcalf Gould, Mrs. Anna F. Swanson, Mrs. Nancy Corbin Sheldon, Rev. Dr. J. M. Waddle, Mrs. Priscilla McCoy, Mrs. Elizabeth Woods Duncan.


Maquon Township:

Joshua Boynton, Horatio Simkins, Mrs. Jane Simkins, Mrs. Julia Clark, Mrs. Tobias Woods, Webster Hamrie, Henry Libolth, Eliza Housh, Peter Brown, Mrs. Florence Thurman, Harvey Morse, Jesse Etchison, Samuel Love, Rose McGirr Nesbit.

Copley Township:

Mrs. Emma Recested, Mrs. Elizabeth Barber, Mrs. Erick Horkstrom.

Orange Township:

Mrs. Mary J. Barton. Mrs. Eva Logue Clark, Elery H. Haynes and J. L. Strain.

Haw Creek Township:

T. J. Merrifield and Harvey Morse.

Persifer Township:

Mrs. Geo. England, J. J. Eldridge, Zack Stutz, E. J. Wilson, Stephen Wyman, Wm. Fields, Mrs. W. C. Upp, Anton Dolock, William Breece, Mrs. Nancy Corbin Sheldon.

Indian Point Township:

Mrs. Cyrus Stegal, Emma Chesney, George Bowden,

Josie Page, Mrs. Thomas Austin, Mrs. Thos. Diven,

Mrs. Paul Fearsting, Mrs. Arthur Cook,

James Thurman.


Victoria Township:

Mrs. Robert Young, Andrew Anderson, C. Sornborger, Robert Young, Ed Hammond, Mrs. A Collinson, Mrs. H. Porter, C. Sawyer, Ames Rice.

Henderson Township:

Mrs. Isabella Davidson, Mrs. Maria Junk, Thomas Dean, Mrs. Elizabeth Lightner, Mrs. William Bradley, Henry Johnson, Mrs. W. H. Maxwell.

Sparta Township:

Mrs. Webb England, Jesse Wilmot, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. J. M. Churchill, Mrs. G. W. Robbins.

Cedar—James Cashman, Elizabeth Edmondson.


The election of officers resulted as follows:

President—M. O. Williamson.

Vice President—Hon. J. F. Latimer.

Secretary—O. L. Campbell.

Treasurer—S. W. Swanson.

Historian—C. N. Butt.

Township Vice Presidents—

Indian Point—Walter H. Clark.

Cedar—True Rowe.

Galesburg—Rev. N. T. Allen.

Henderson—S. Davidson.

Rio—S. W. Sweeney.

Chestnut—W. H. Reeve.

Maquon—Joshua Burnett.

Walnut Grove—A. F. Ward.

Ontario—Hugh Gregg.

Persifer—J. R. Young.

Knox—L. R. Witherell.

Salem—O. P. West.

Elba—D. C. Hurlbutt.

Truro—Chas. Spencer.

Victoria—G. W. Reynolds.

Haw Creek—Chas. Rebstock.

Orange— W. H. Wiley.

Lynn—J. C. Collinson.

Copley—Fred Becker.

Sparta—Sidney Wilmot.

The Committees.

Great plans are being made to have next year's picnic the biggest and best of any previous. An excellent list of committees has been appointed and everything will be done to have Old Settlers' day of next year one long to be remembered. The committees follow:

Grounds and Parks—Mrs. H. Gilbert, Gene Hebard, John Cook and E. R. Lacy.

Finance—J. Z. Carns, F. E. Wilson, J. M. Nisely, A. J. Hamilton and O. N. G. Johnson.

Entertainment — Alex Peterson, Sam Swanson, F. O. Munson, F. T. Albert.

Transportation—Fred Seacord, Ira J. Lewis, Chas. Westerberg, A. O. Lindstrum, T. C. Love.

Music—J. T. Bentley, J. Winter Thompson, Nathan Anderson, H. E. Parameter and O. L. Campbell.

Speakers—Hon. J. F. Latimer, Hon. Clark E. Carr, Hon. J. H. Lewis, Rev. Carl J. Bengston, N. O. G. Johnson.

Advertising—Fred K. Jelliff, Walter Clark, Robt. Chandler, Karl Haggenjos, C. F. Mains.

The dinner was served in an able manner by the Luther League of the Swedish Lutheran church of Knoxville.

Representative King was to have been first of the afternoon speakers, but got caught in the Fulton county rain belt and could not be present.

Representative W. B. Elliott, who is enrolled as an old settler, was born in Truro township but had always lived in Victoria township. The Elliott family was among the earliest of the early settlers of the county, coming here in 1828. Mr. Elliott compared the early times with all their early struggles in making this county such a splendid place to live. We should highly honor these men and women of the early days.

Attorney J. D. Truitt of Yates City was called for and spoke at length in the most patriotic and enthusiastic way. He was glad that he was a citizen of the United States. Instead of spending $54,000,000,000 a year to build Dreadnoughts to destroy each other we were using our wealth for things which would be for the betterment of the people of this blessed country of ours. School houses, churches, schools and museums were dotting this fair land, teaching liberty and patriotism to the people. We should be true to the memory of the old settlers who founded on so firm a foundation this blessed land of ours. "We must educate or we must perish," says a great writer. Let this education be along lines of patriotism and reverence for those who gave their lives that we might live in a country greater than that of Caesar or any potentate. "To be an American citizen is one of the greatest of all honors," was the closing statement of the eloquent orator.

Loren R. Witherell was authorized to make a collection of old Knox County relics for permanent preservation.

This closed the formal exercises of the day, the coming lingering long to enjoy the balance of the day in visiting in the delightful shade of the beautiful park.

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Knox County Republican Wednesday, July 01, 1890:

Sudden Death

      This community was startled to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Jacob Ackerman about five o'clock last night.  Mrs. Ackerman had been ailing for many years, but lately had enjoyed better health.  Later she had been visiting friends in Chicago, but since returning had not been feeling very well, but no one dreamed that the end was so near, when suddenly she became much worse, and passed away last evening.  The arrangements for the funeral will not be made until word is received from three sons who live in the West.  This community extend to the family their heartfelt sympathy in this sore bereavement.

         Later----The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1p.m., at the house.

Sudden Death

    Mr. Russell, of Humbolt Kansas, father of Mrs. J. H. Lewis, died in this city on last Thursday morning.  He had been visiting here for a short time.  He went to bed as usual Tuesday night and was found in his room Wednesday morning, in a stupor from which he could be aroused only for a short time, and his condition continued to grow more precarious until 11 o'clock, when he passed away.  He was afflicted with Bright's disease, which was the cause of his death. The remains war taken to his former home, at Humbolt, Kansas, and interred by the side of those of his wife, who died thirteen years age.  Mr. Russell lived to the advanced age of 85 years, and was at one time a resident of this county, removing to Kansas in 1870

Knox County Republican July 09, 1890:

   Jane Tingle, wife of Jacob Ackerman, was born in Marion County, Ohio, October 09, 1833, and died in Knoxville, Ill., July 01, 1890, aged fifty-six years eight months and twenty-two days.

    When about fourteen years of age she came with her parents to Knoxville, Ill., and on December 25, 1854, (Christmas Day) was united in marriage with Jacob Ackerman, by whose side she has walked all these years a faithful and devoted wife an mother.

    There was born to them eight children, three dying in childhood, and five, viz: George W., John J., Lewis Frederick, Mabel and Mary, remaining with the bereaved husband and father to mourn the departure of the one that to them was very dear.

    She was of a large family of brothers and sisters of whom only four remain.  Two, Mrs. Mary Woolsey, of Knoxville, and Henry E. Tingle, of Chicago, being present at the funeral.  Two, Mrs. Hattie Smith, of Ohio, and Mrs. Emma Slade, Of Kansas, not able to attend because of distance.

   Very early in life she gave her heart to God and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has lived the life of a Christian, loyal to God and the church of her choice, and died in the faith with hope and in great peace.

    Since 1876 she has been a great sufferer and many times since that time her life has been despaired of, but with all her suffering she was patient and uncomplaining, and with a disposition and desire to minister to the wants for the comforts of others. During the spring was a little better and with her sister, Mrs. Woolsey, visited her brother in Chicago, and remained about two weeks, when she came home and was taken suddenly sick and continued to grow worse until Tuesday morning, the day she died, when, with the friends, she thought she was much better, but in the afternoon she grew rapidly worse, until about 5:30o'clcok, in great pain and in tense suffering, death came to her relief, and she went home to heaven and rest, but leaves her dear ones to weep and mourn.  All that kind hands and loving hearts could do was one for her to alleviate her suffering and minister to her wants by the family and friends, and she will be greatly missed not only in the home but in the church and community.  In the home she was always kind and cheerful, loving and tender: as neighbor she was peaceful and obliging as a mother she loved her children and by percept and example trained them in the right way, and painted them to Jesus, her Savior; and as a wife the husband said:" She was a good wife, a good mother and we all loved Her," "She cannot return to us, but we can go to her."  The steps of a good person are ordered of the Lord---" "What better eulogy can be pronounced.

    Her funeral took place from the house, Thursday, July 03, 1890, at 2:30p conducted by her pastor, Rev. Vincent Aten, and was attended by a large company of sympathizing and sorrowing friends, all of the children being present but George, who was unable to reach home in time, but came the next day.

    Appropriate singing was rendered by Mrs. Emma Jones, Miss Jennie Grim, Susan Tate, Mina Andrews, A. C. Dempsey, and Arnie Lander.

    In another column of the same paper it announces:

John Ackerman, of Nebraska, and Fred Ackerman, of Wichita, Kansas, arrived last Thursday called here by the sudden death of their mother.

George Ackerman arrived here from last Friday morning, too late to attend his mother's funeral.

Galesburg Republican-Register; August 1899

The remains of Mrs. Betsy Moberg passed through here Tuesday from Stromsburg, Neb., to her old home neighborhood in Copley township, where the funeral was held in Maxey chapel at 10:30 o'clock, with Rev. Mr. Rabe, of the Victoria Swedish M.E. Church, officiating, assisted by Rev. Mr. Porter, of the M.E. church in Victoria. Mrs. Moberg was injured by falling into the cellar at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Burgman, near Stromsburg, Polk county, Neb., Thursday, August 3. In the fall, she sustained injuries on her head and broke three ribs in the region of her heart. She did not rally from the effects, but died on Saturday, August 9.

Mrs. Moberg was one of the old settlers of the country. With her husband and some children, she came to this country in 1849, going direct to Victoria. It is said that they were the first to come direct to Victoria from the old country, although there were settlers there from the Bishop Hill colony. She has since lived on a farm in Copley township until February 17, when she went to Nebraska to visit her son and daughter in Stromsburg, and a sister in Lincoln. Mrs. Moberg was married in the old country. Her husband, Peter Moberg, died twenty-eight years ago. At the time of her death she was 87 years, 7 months, and 22 days old. She was one of the first members of the Swedish M.E. church of Victoria and always maintained an active interest in the affairs of the church. She was a good woman, of sturdy character.

There survive her three children--Betsy Westergreen, of Copley township; Mary Burgman and Henry Moberg, of Polk county, Nebraska, and a sister, Mrs. Peter Burgman of Lincoln, Nebraska. There are five children dead. The Polk county relatives accompanied the remains.

Knox County Republican July 21, 1890

A Sad Death

   Mr. Thomas O'Brien, who lives in the northeast part of the township, came to his death in a very sad and sudden manner, on last Saturday.  He was returning from Galesburg, and as he, with Mr. John Dulin, arrived at a railroad crossing, a passing freight train frightened his horses. They wheeled around , breaking the buggy tongue and dragged him over the dash board, his neck being broken in the fall.  He only lived about fifteen minutes.  Mr. O'Brien had been summoned to Peoria in the celebrated twine binder case in which Ald. Parameter is defendant.

Dies of His wounds

   Engineer Frank Dove, who was shot by a policeman last Friday night, at Galesburg, died Tuesday morning.  The officer chased a burglar and fired four shots at him before the thief escaped.  Dove was afterward found with a bullet through his body and three bullet holes through his coat.  At the inquest there was circumstantial evidence tending to show that Dove was the man whom the officer pursued.  The jury entirely exonerated the officer.

July 09, 1890--Knox County Republican

This is a Settlement Notice:


   To the widow and heirs of Hezekiah B. Rambo, late of the said County of Knox, deceased. You and each of you are hereby notified that I, Asa Rambo, administrator of the Estate of said Hezektah B. Rambo, deceased, will on Thursday, the 24th day of July, A. D. 1890, present to the county Court of said Knox County at the Court House in the city of Galesburg, my final account as such administrator, and ask to be discharged from all further service herein.                                                                                                                                  

June 25, 1890                             ASA RAMBO

Z. COOLEY, ATT'Y                    ADMINISTRATOR

Galesburg's Register-Mail, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1903

A Prominent Citizen of Persifer Township is Dead -- Was Long a Supervisor.

      News was received here today of the death of Edward J. Wyman [Feb. 3, 1903], a prominent farmer in Persifer township and having an extensive acquaintance in the northland. Mr. Wyman was seventy years old. He was born in Vinton county, Ohio, January 10th, 1833, and was the son of Arthur and Anna Salts Wyman. The parents settled in Persifer township in 1853, where Mr. Wyman has since lived. He was married in 1858 to Susan E. Bradford. Mr. Wyman served as supervisor from this township for seven years, and at various times was constable, assessor, collector, and township treasurer. He was a member of the United Brethren church.

Ben Peterson Obit:

Out of the Galesburg Dailey-Register Mail October 25, 1917:

     Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30p at 1311 East North street for Ben Peterson who died suddenly at his home Wednesday evening.
     Ben Peterson was born in Sweden, March 13, 1852. In 1874, he came to America and settled in Woodhull with his sister. After spending a few years there he moved to Monmouth In 1876, where he followed his trade as tailor. On March 13, 1884, he was married to Miss Ida Sundell of this city.  The marriage took place in Woodhull. They made their home in Galesburg. He was engaged by J. R. and J. H. Gordon tailors, for 25 years. During the past two years he has been tailoring for G. V. Walholm.
     He was confirmed in the Swedish Lutheran Church in Sweden. He was a kind father and faithful husband, taking a great deal of pleasure in his home life. He leaves his wife and six children, all at home--Ralph, Wallie, Florence, Maurice, Lester, and Quinton. He has one sister, Celia Johnson, in Sweden.

Ross Taylor
Galesburg Daily Republican Register, January 17, 1917

Ross Taylor an old resident of Yates City was suddenly stricken with heart failure while sitting in a chair in his home at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening, and before medical aid could be summoned he passed away. Mr. Taylor had been slightly ill for the past few days but his condition was not at all serious as he had been able to be up and about his usual work. Tuesday evening he did the chores, ate his supper, and fixed the furnace for the night, after which he sat down to rest. His head sank on his chest and without a word of warning the end came quickly and peacefully.

Mr. Taylor's death is a great shock to the community as he had resided in Yates City for the past 14 years and during that time had made many friends in that vicinity. He was born and raised near Rapatee and at the time of his death was a little over 73 years old.

He leaves to mourn his loss besides his wife, four children, Ralph and Fred Taylor of Yates City, Mrs. Foster, who lives south of Yates City, and Melvin Taylor of Rapatee. Two children, a daughter, Mrs. William Hughbanks, and a son, Elden, passed away a few years ago.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Thursday at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon.

The Bedford Times Republican, Bedford, IA, Thursday, June 06, 1929, Page 7, cols. 1-2,

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Death Record of the County for past week...Bedford and Taylor Co. people who answered the last call.  Work of Reaper...Something of the life History of Those Who Have Fallen Before the Scythe of Time.
Mrs. Jennie Vickery:
Mrs. Jennie Vickery of New Market died last Friday night in the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. W. Campbell, in Rock Island, Ill.  Funeral services were held in the Wetmore Funeral Home, Monday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. C. F. Smith, pastor of the Methodist church in New Market.  Bedford chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, had charge of the ceremony in Fairview cemetery. 
Jennie Barnard was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, Aug. 10, 1848.  She was reared at Rio, Knox County, Ill., and there was married to Roger E. Vickery, Mar. 14, 1872.  They resided at Elmwood, Ill., until 1881, when they moved to a farm in Dallas township in this county.  They moved to Bedford when Mr. Vickery was elected sheriff 35 years ago, and returned to the farm in 1909.  During the last two years Mrs. Vickery had been a resident of New Market.  Mr. Vickery died January 05, 1927.  Surviving are Roy E. Vickery of Grand Junction, Colo., son; Mrs. Nell Waterman, who came from Minneapolis three years ago to remain with her parents, Mrs. Ralph Burgess of Minneapolis, Mrs. M. W. Campbell of Rock Island, and Mrs. Oren Harris of San Bernardino, Calif, daughters.  There are six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mrs. Vickery was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was active in work of the Woman's Relief Corps,  Mr. Vickery having served in the Civil war in the Peoria battery of Illinois artillery.

March 11, 1932

Hayes Speck

     Hayes Speck, a resident of the neighborhood southeast of DeLong, died this morning at his home; ,but the funeral announcement and complete obituary will appear later.

Myron B. Yager

     Myron Blakely Yager, who lived in Galesburg as a youth, and attended school here, died suddenly at his home near Sunbury, Pennsylvania. last week. He is a brother of Mrs. Walter E. Peck, 452 East Losey Street.

     Mr. Yager left here many years ago but still had friends in the city. He dropped dead suddenly while  working in a field. Surviving him a4re his wife and two daughters.

Dailey Republican Register, Saturday Evening, April 19, 1919

Chester Mills Reported as Killed October 09,1918

    Further word from Galesburg Boy Well Known in City.

 Word was received from the War Department at Washington Today to the effect that Chester C. Mills of this city had been killed in action, October 9th. Previous word had the young man listed as missing in action sometime between October 5th & 12th but investigations have confirmed his being killed.

     Mills, who had made his home in the city for the past eight or nine years, with O. J. Erickson of Warren Street was in the employ of the Burlington Railroad as an operator at the Santa Fe tower. He left this city with the selected men on May 27th and was sent overseas with a replacement company, going into action the first part of October with Company K, 28th Infantry.

  He was well known in the city and had a large circle of friends among the younger folks. He was but twenty-five years of age. A brother Frank at Maquon and a sister, Mrs. Watson at Maiden, survive.

Same  paper April 21, 1919:

Steel Gang Employee  Drops Dead at Hermon Special to Republican Register. Abingdon, Il.....April 21---A man by the name of Wilham Smith or William Shults, who was working with a steel gang on the M & ST L road at Hermon dropped dead on the platform at the station there Saturday evening at 6 o'clock. The body was brought to this city and taken to the Robinson & Ron Undertaking Parlors where an inquest will be held some time today. The man is from St., Louis and his exact identity has not as yet been ascertained.

John Ostrand Dies After Long Illness---John Ostrand, 734 E. Grove street, passed away at his home at three o'clock Friday afternoon following an illness that dates back three years. Although his sickness has been of long duration he has only been bedfast for the past three weeks. His death was caused by catarrh of the stomach. Announcement of his death appeared in last night's edition of the Republican-Register.

   John Edward Ostrand was the son of Mrs. Anna Ostrand and was born in Galesburg on October 02, 1876. He received his education and spent his entire life in this city. He has been unable to work for the past three years on account of his poor health but previous to that time he was employed as a day laborer.

     He is survived by his mother, two brothers, Frank of this city and Carl of Chicago, and one sister, Mrs. Amelia Johnson, of Chicago, as well as a large number of friends.

    Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Monday afternoon from the home, 734 E.. Grove Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. 

Nancy Bearce Luper of Prairie City Dead--- Prairie City, April 19-- Nancy Bearce Luper was the daughter of Homer and Margaret Bearce and was born on a farm near Lewistown, Ill., August 30, 1855 and passed away at the home of her son, Elden Luper in Lee Township, April 12, 1919, at the age of 63 years seven months and 11 days. When a small child she journeyed with her parents to Texas to build a home in a new country. They remained in Texas about four years and returned to Illinois settling in Lee Township where she passed the remaining years of her life. On October 16, 1873, she was united in marriage to Henry Luper of Lee Township and to this union two children were born, David Elden and Estella Mabel, both of whom reside near the place of that birth.

    In early womanhood she was baptized and joined the Baptist Church and remained a devoted member until her death. Mrs. Luper was one of a family of eight children, three of whom preceded her in death. There remains to mourn her death her son and daughter, Elden Luper and Mrs. Estella Wisner, one sister, Mrs. John Morse and four brothers, David, William and Isaac, all of whom live on farms in Lee Township, and Eli of Montana.

     She was a kind and affectionate mother and greatly devoted to her family. She was good neighbor and lived a quiet. Christian Life and was beloved by a large circle of friends who extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

    The funeral services were held in the Virdie Church, conducted by Rev. Motz of the Baptist church of Bushnell a quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hawn, Mrs. Pearl Bolon and Ralph Servin of Prairie City furnished the music. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The body was tenderly laid to rest in the family lot in Virgie cemetery beside her husband who preceded her to the great beyond 27 years ago.

December 25, 1920---William Orson Johnson died at his home 327 North Henderson. He had been ill a week with lagrippe. Born September 21, 1934 in New York state. He married Betsy Sperry of Davenport, New York, October 18, 1854. They came to the county in 1860. His home has been the same location for sixty years. He was a carpenter by trade for many years and engaged in construction work. Married January 24, 1902, to Lucinda Ferris in Galesburg. William is survived by his wife, two sons, Charles D. 9f Girard, Kansas, Filbert of Arlington, Kansas, a daughter at Galesburg, Donna Vie Johnson, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-grandson, David Lawrence Johns. Funeral was held Thursday afternoon, Rev. N. T. Allen in charge, Internment in Hope cemetery, Galesburg, IL.

December 30, 1920---Gust Johnson's funeral was held today from the Swedish Mission Church Tuesday afternoon. Internment in Hope Cemetery. He died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. E. Holmes 291/2 Rock Island, Ill. His death due to complications resulting from an accident of which he was a victim in Galesburg May 24. Born November 12, 1842 in Sweden,; married Clara Christine Anderson June 02, 1868. Came to America June 02, 1868. Entered the employ of C B & Q rail road where he remained until injured, from which he was invalid. He had been residing with his sister in Rock Island the past six Months. They had seven children, following survive him, Mrs. M. E. Holmes, Rock Island, Ill, Theodore J. Johnson, Emporia, Kansas, Harry A. Johnson of alliance, Nebraska, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson died August 10, 1910.

March 18, 1920 Mrs. Hannah Armstrong, 541 South West died March 18, 1920, Thursday afternoon at her home of infirmities of old age. Hannah Firth born July 14, 1831, Lockport, New York where she spent her early days. Here she was married on September 21, 1854, to John Kirkland Armstrong. They came to Galesburg, Ill the spring of 1855. Mr. Armstrong died January 07, 1880. He will be remembered by the older citizens as having operated a jewelry and watchmakers shop in the old Dr. White store corner of Main & Seminary. Ten years after husband's death she continued the jewelry business at 224 East Main, G. H. Chapman was the manager. In 1891, the present partnership of Chapman & Armstrong was formed. She was of a retiring disposition and lived quiet and unpretentious life. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Seymour, Mrs. Emma Vivian of Galesburg, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral service was held Saturday afternoon from the residence, Dr. C. E. McKinley in charge. Burial in Hope Cemetery, Galesburg, IL.

May 20, 1920---Mrs. Betsy Anderson died Sunday May 20, 1920. Betsey had been ill about eight weeks. Two weeks ago she fell and fractured a hip, after which she was taken to the hospital. Born July 18, 1842, Gammastorp, Blekings, Sweden, spent her early life in Sweden and came with her parents to America in 1854. They spent a short time in Chicago and in the state of Michigan. In 1856, the family moved to Galesburg, Ill. Betsy married Swan Anderson at Galesburg, January 05, 1861. They had three children, two preceded her in death, Emma and Edward. Mr. Anderson died 1900. Faithful member of First Lutheran church and in 1856 confirmed by the late Dr. Hasslquist. She was essentially a home loving woman and took great interest in raising flowers. Her beautiful flower beds were the pride of the nieghborhood. Survived by the son, Fred Anderson with whom she resided. A sister, Mrs. Ellen Hedberg both of Galesburg. Funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at the residence, Rev. F. A. Johnson in charge. Burial in Hope Cemetery, Galesburg.

February 14, 1923--Andrew Clinton Housh a highly respected resident of Maquon, passed away at his home Tuesday night, February 13 at nine o'clock, after an illness two weeks of la-grippe and declining years.

Mr. Housh was a direct descendant of David Housh, an early pioneer who came to Illinois in 1836 and of a family of eleven children, five sons and six daughters. But one sister, Mrs. Evaline Southard, survives him. Besides his wife, who is very ill at this time, he leaves to mourn his departure one daughter, Mrs. F. P. Hurd, who has been at his bedside during his sickness and one son, E. L. Housh, who now resides in Maryland, four grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Andrew C. Housh was the son of David and Elizabeth Thornbrough Housh, and was born in Putnam county, Indiana, October 16, 1834, and so was in his eighty ninth year. The family settled in 1836 on a farm in Haw Creek township. Mr. Housh assisted his father on the farm until he was seventeen years old. His education was limited to the common schools of the day. In 1863 he in company with his father and two brothers bought out the mercantile interests of Alfred Thurman in Maquon. After ten years Mr. Housh acquired sole control of the business which he conducted for four years longer. He then engaged in the banking business which he followed for many years. He was at one time one of the largest land owners in that part of the county.

At Knoxville, November 11, 1857, he was married to Adeline Ouderkirk, daughter of Peter F. and Elizabeth Fink Ouderkirk, also early settlers in the county. The widow is in her eighty eighth year. Their married life of over sixty four years has been a happy one. To their union two children were born, Emma F., and E. Lafayette. Mr. Housh during his long life has served his township in a number of capacities such as township clerk, highway commissioner and school director and in the village council. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of his village.

Mr. Housh was for many years prominent in his township and was one of the strong, familiar figures. Of late years he has lived a quiet and retired life. The time of the funeral has not been settled.

  January 16, 1923---Mrs. Carrie Jones aged 88, known in this locality as "Aunt Carrie" died at the home of her twin sister, Mrs. A. C. Housh, at 6 o'clock this morning. Pneumonia which followed a fall received last Thursday morning, is given as the cause of death.

Mrs. Jones was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ouderkirk and was born in New York state Feb. 28, 1835, coming overland with he parents to Maquon the year of her birth. In 18?? she was married to J. C. Jones of Maquon. Twenty years of their married life was spent in Nebraska and the remainder in Maquon. Mr. Jones died in December, 1886. For the last 37 years, Mrs. Jones has made her home with Mrs. Housh. They had no children, but they raised Eliza Combs and Mrs. Minnie Barrows, both of whom now reside in Douglas, Wyo.  Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Housh were known as the oldest twins in this part of the country, if not in the whole United States.

Funeral arrangements have not been made as relatives here are awaiting word from Mr. Combs and Mrs. Barrows before proceeding with plans for the burial.  

Jennie B. Grubb Dies at Seward----Robert R. Grubb of 1011 Maiden Lane received word yesterday of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Jennie B. Grubb, at Seward, NY., where she had been residing  since leaving this city some nine years ago.  She was 79 years old. Death was due to a heart ailment and complications. Mrs. Grub was the widow of Harry F. Grubb of Galesburg, who was a Burlington railroad engineer. He died in 1828. The couple's home here was at 859 Mulberry Street. Funeral and burial services were held toady at Seward.

     Others surviving are a brother, Edward Ward, also of Seward, and a nephew, Don Grubb, of Chicago, There also are other relatives residing here and in Canton. 1932 The Dailey Republican Register Mail. Tuesday, December 26, 1932.

Mrs. Adolph L. Larson--- Mrs. Laura Larson, the wife of Adolph L. Larson, 102 Locust Street, died at 3:30 o'clock Christmas morning in St. Mary's Hospital. Mrs. Larson, who was 78 years had only been ill a short time.

     Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the East Main Street Congregational Church, in charge of the Rev. W. Harvey Young. Burial will be in the Victoria Cemetery. Friends may call tonight at the Dean-Funeral home.

Rushville Boy hit by Macomb Auto, is Killed---December 26, 1932 Dan Gregg, 16, junior in the Rushville High School, died of injuries received when he was struck by an automobile while returning early today from a Christmas party in Beardstown. The accident happened as the youth was alighting from a truck.  ____ Glugston, Macomb, driver of the car, said he swerved the machine in a futile effort to avoid striking young Gregg.

July 09, 1890 Knox county Republican Newspaper

Administrator's Sale:

The undersigned administrator of the state of Isaac Cramer, dec'd, will sell at public sale, at the late residence of said deceased, six miles south of Knoxville, on Thursday, July 31st, commencing at 10 o'clock a. m., the following described personal property: 1 single buggy, 1 set harness, 40 bushels of wheat, 1 fanning mill, farm implements, household goods and kitchen furniture. Terms--- A credit until Jan. 01, 1891, will be given on sums of $5 and over. Smaller amounts cash. No property to be removed until terms of sale are complied with.

                                                                                                                           George Mather,


contributed by Mary Moeller; Thanks Mary. .

 From the Galesburg Republican Register.

BERRY, John Russell - a prominent colored boy died this afternoon at the home of his father 618 West Knox after illness four months duration. Born Nov 10, 1875  King/Queen County, Virginia and has resided here about four years.  Member of Methodist church. He leaves, three brothers, James, Charley, George R., all of here except the brother George R., living in Louisiana Mo. The remains will be sent there Wednesday morning for burial.
BERRY, Joseph , resident of Knox County for nearly 40 years, died Thursday afternoon at the home of his son, Levy Berry, 726 South Cedar, of old age. He came to Ill in 1860s from Virginia and settled at Hermon where since resided until past two years where he has been living with his children. He carried the mail at Hermon and kept the post office. Been at the home of the son six months.  Survived by wife and several children. The funeral service was held this afternoon at Hermon and burial cemetery there.
VICKERY, Katie of Rio, Ill. died December 13, 1878, aged 13 months, 14 days of diptheria, daughter of Roger and Jennie Vickery.
SCALF, Infant of Mr. & Mrs. Scalf, lost another child by death, April 11, 1882. This couple have been sorely afflicted, this being their fourth child they have buried in a short time.
Rio, April 15, 1882

 I have a bunch of Galesburg family stuff. Hope you can use this.

My grandfather ROBERT FARRELL was born there. His father DANIEL FARRELL ran the business FARRELL and MEARS, and mens clothing establishment.  Dan's wife, BRIDGET MURPHY FARRELL had a brother who lived and worked there too, HENRY MURPHY. His daughter ANNA MURPHY, married HARRY D FERRIS in 1906 on Galesburg.

Here is the DANIEL FARREL obit:

DANIEL FARRELL      BORN Kilkenny Ireland October 1824
                                      Died Galesburg Ill. Dec 12 1907
When Daniel Farrell passed away at 1:20 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Dec 12 1907, at his home on North Cedar Street, Galesburg, Illinois, lost one of its oldest and most respected businessmen and citizens who was active until the last and to the end maintained his interest and concern for the city. On Monday, Dec. 2 1907, Mr. Farrell who was senior member of the firm of Farrell and Mears, was at the store and appeared in his customed kindly humor.  But he had been failing gradually for some time although he did not allow this fact to interfere with his attending to business matters.  He was confined to his home but one week and his illness was due to his advanced age and a complication of uraemfla.  He retained consciousness nearly to the end and showed remarkable vitality. At his bedside were his daughter Miss Jennie, and his sons, Will and George, who rendered him every attention during his illness.  He received the last sacraments at the hand of the Rev. Father Valfre and it greatly comforted him.  His death was peaceful and painless.
Mr. Farrell was born in the city of Kilkenny, of the county of the same name,
Ireland, in October 1824, and he was in his eighty-forth year when he died. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Farrell.  In his youth he served an apprentice-ship as a tailor and acquired that skill for which he was so well known here.
When twenty-one years of age, he came to New York City where he lived for three years.  In 1848 he moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he was united in marriage to Miss Bridget Murphy. They came west in the early fifties and first settled in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to Galesburg during the administration of the Hon. Henry Sanderson, the first mayor of the city, and Mr. Farrell was thus here at the time of the celebrated Lincoln-Douglas debate, the facts regarding which he well remembered.
He was first employed  here as a cutter by Mr Henry Mayer. Subsequently he was in the employee of Jacobi Brothers and Mack. Afterward for fourteen years he worked for J.H.Gordon another of the early merchants of this city. In 1880 he formed the partnership with R.H. Mears and since that time the firm has been conducting the gents clothing and merchant tailors establishment on Main Street. As a businessman Mr. Farrell possessed the confidence and esteem of the community his knowledge and experience found good play in the firm.  He was known as an upright and square man in his dealings, and his genial manner and warm heartiness made him friends at every turn.  In the trade that he learned in his youth he was accurate and painstaking. Until the last illness he contributed to the business Interests of the city and thus all of his life was busy and useful.
In his personal appearance Mr. Farrell was always neat and tasty and careful while in address he was gentlemanly.  He was naturally of cheerful disposition and had a good word for all.  He was a consistent member of Corpus Christi Church and always interested in its welfare.
Mrs.Bridget Farrell died in 1879. To this union ten children were born of whom four are still living.  Will, Miss Jennie, Robert of San Francisco and George.  Of those deceased those best remembered here are Daniel Farrell, Jr. who became a prosperous businessman of Omaha and Mary.  One brother William Farrell of Valejo, California survives.

Mr. Farrell was married a second time in 1880 to Mary Dornan  who died January 13, 1889.
The funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Monday in Corpus Christi Church.

His second wife MARY DOLAN DORNAN was also a prosperous person, owned the bakery, when she married DANIEL.

Here is HENRY MURPHY obit: Obituary ----Mr. Henry Murphy

Mr. Henry Murphy died at 5 o'clock this morning at his home at the corner of West and First Streets  age 76 years old.  The deceased had been ill but a few days, having caught a cold which turned into pneumonia.  Mr. Murphy was born in Ireland but had been a resident of the city for many years. By trade he was a tailor and in his line was considered a first class workman.  He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and respected by all who knew him.  There survive him his wife and seven children; Kate, Theresa, Anna, Joe, and John of this city: Mrs. Mame Lorimer of Monmouth and James, living in Iowa.

It is my understanding that desecndents of the FERRIS/MURPHY marriage are still in Galesburg. I have not identified them yet, but would love to know what is up with them. Slainte,
Tim Morrissey in Asheville NC


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