Rest in Peace Giff for Warren Co., IL Obiturary page Genealogy & History



These are a mixture of obituaries that I have copied from various newspapers from microfilm and such while getting obituaries for other people and sent copies to Kathy Mills of Texas, who typed them up and emailed them back to me for processing.  Thanks so much Kathy if weren't for you I wouldn't be getting much online right at the moment with all of the other events I have going on in my life right now... Thanks so much.

There are even a couple here from Henderson county, IL.

1881 OBITS

JOHN ARMSTRONG, one of the early settlers of Warren county, died at his home in Floyd township June 27, 1881, at the age of 69 years.  He was born near Shawneetown, in Sangamon county, this state, on May 11, 1812, and came to Warren county in 1829, settling on the land which was his home for more than fifty years until his death came.  At the time of his death he was the oldest settler in Floyd township.  He enlisted in the Black Hawk war and served until its close.  He was a member of the Meridian Christian church, east of Berwick, and his remains were laid to rest in Meridian cemetery.  The Meridian church has been extinct for many years, but the cemetery is still kept in good care.  Mr. Armstrong was the father of fifteen children, eleven of whom were living at the time of his death.  His third wife also survived him.  His funeral discourse was delivered by J. W. Butler.

 FRANCIS STAAT, the death of Francis Staat occurred at the home of D. Woelber in Monmouth August 1, 1881, apoplexy being the cause.  Mr. Staat was born in Alsace, Germany, in 1813, and came to Warren county from New York in 1837, settling in Greenbush where he worked for some time at his trade as blacksmith.  He claimed to be the first man to apply steel calks to horse shoes in New York and here.  After being here for a while he entered some government land in Roseville township and went to farming, and during the gold excitement of ’49 he went to California but did not remain there long.  Two children survived him, Henry Staat and Mrs. Wesley Malcolm, both of Roseville.

SARAH BRUNER, the wife of Peter Bruner, died at her home in the east part of Monmouth township in her 64th year.  She too was among the old settlers.  Her remains were buried “on the old Ogdon farm” in Coldbrook (now better known as the Ogden cemetery).

GARLAND RAY, another  pioneer, died at his home in Lenox township, aged 82 years.  He was ill only a few days.  He had come here from Kentucky in 1835 and was said to be the oldest settler living in the county at the time of his death.

 MRS. PERSIA WILLIAMS, who had come to Warren county in 1837 and for forty years or more had made her home on a farm in Coldbrook township, died in Monmouth May 23, 1881, of heart disease at the age of 72 years.  About two weeks before her death she had purchased from Azro Patterson the house and lots then known as the Paine property in the north part of the city, and had hardly got settled in her new home when death called her.  Rev. N.E. Cory conducted her funeral service, and burial was in the Mosher cemetery in the northeast corner of Monmouth township.  She was a sister of Lamson M. Gates, a long time resident of that neighborhood.

1888 OBITS

POWERS, MRS MORRIS, died Monday last and was buried Thursday morning.  Log City April 7, 1888. 

Galesburg Republican Register

 ROMMEL, HENRY of Sparta Twp., Knox County, IL., Feb. 1, 1829 born Saxony, Germany, landed New York Sept. 29, 1848.  He first settled Lancaster county, Penn.  Came to IL. 1850.  Married Oct. 6, 1853, Anna Payne.  Came to Knox Co. 1856.  Family eight children—5 sons, 3 daughters.  Deceased died of apoplexy Feb. 17, 1888.  Member of Amor Lodge #594 IOOF of Galesburg, IL.  Funeral M.E. church, Rev. W. H. Witter.  Watage Mar 24, 1888.

Galesburg Republican Register

 SEACRIST, FRANKLIN died September 9, 1888, south of Victoria, aged 3 months, 15 days, buried September 10.  Funeral service, Rev. J. B. Runyon.  Victoria, Sept 29, 1888.

Galesburg Republican Register

SWANSON, MRS ANDREW, died Thursday morning at her home Galesburg aged nearly 70 years.  Illness of week duration lung fever.  Born Sweden where spent girlhood and married in that country.  The family moved to US 1865 and have resided Knox county ever since.  Member First Lutheran church.  Her husband is aged 77 years.  Five children—August Anderson, Mrs. Anora Eastburg, Charles G. Anderson, Gust Anderson, Alfred Anderson a policeman.  The name Anderson comes from first name of Andrew of Mr. Anderson.  May 9, 1888.  Foxie's Note " Not how my Anderson's obtained their last name..... "

Galesburg Republican Register

 TAYLOR, JAMES—died Tuesday evening last week.  Born April 27, 1825 near Novidgwack, Maine died Dec 20, 1888 aged 64 years.  Early life spent near town of birth where worked as stone cutter.  In 1860 came to Oneida where since resided.  May 1, 1870 married Harriet Ricker of Kenntuck, Maine.  Two daughters this marriage, Laura and Gertie.  Funeral Sat. Congregational church, Rev. O. Brown assisted by Rev. Witter and Rugh.  Buried Oneida cemetery.  Oneida Dec 29, 1888

TERPENING, MARION  died Wednesday afternoon, October 3, 1888, only daughter of Charles and Mary Terpening of Tylerville.  Alexis Sat. Oct 13, 1888.  Foxie's Note: " But I believe she is buried in the Hope Cemetery... have to check my records."

Galesburg Republican Register

 1902 OBITS

BRANT PERKINS-- son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Perkins of Kirkwood died January 29, 1902 at his home in Dawson City, Alaska.  A telegram brought the news to his parents, and said that death was caused by an abscess on the brain and the sickness had lasted but four days.  Mr. Perkins was born near Kirkwood and was going on 37 years of age.  He started his life in the First National bank of Kirkwood, then later went to Seattle, Wash., to take a position there in the banking house of Dexter, Horton & Co.  Later he went to Port Townsend, Wash., to establish a bank of his own.  About 1897 he and his brother, Hart, went to Alaska to look after large mining properties in which they were interested.  There also, he was general manager of the Yukon Saw Mill company at a salary of $3,000 a year.  He had his wife and one child, a daughter, with him

 MRS. A. J. EBY-- died February 5, 1902, at the family home at 826 South Third street, following a stroke of paralysis a few days before.  The stroke was a severe one, and while she was conscious until a few minutes before her death she was unable to speak.  As Sarah Ann Earp she was born at Frankfort, KY., March 2, 1827.  The family moved to Monmouth in 1846, and on May 6 of the following year she married A. J. Eby.  Dr. Richard Haney performed the ceremony, and they had lived in Monmouth and vicinity ever since.  Nine children were born to them, six of whom survived their mother.  They were:  Theodore Eby of Rockwell, IA., Edward J. Eby of Galesburg, Mrs. Anna Keene and C. L. Eby of Monmouth, and Mrs. Ida Miller of Osceola, IA.

            Mrs. Eby was a member of the Methodist church and her funeral was held at that church, conducted by Dr. Samuel Van Pelt. 

MRS. JOSIAH RYNER—Mrs. Julia Ann Ryner, wife of Josiah Ryner and one of the oldest residents of Warren county, died at her home in Coldbrook township February 12, 1902, after a very brief illness.  She was a daughter of Joseph Paddocks, one of the earliest settlers of the county.  She was born in Indiana and came here with her parents in the late ‘30s, and had lived most of that time in the vicinity where she died.  She was the mother of ten children, six of whom survived her.

 MISS MINNIE E. LIGGETT—formerly of Monmouth, was one of the 20 guests in the Park Avenue hotel in New York City the night of February 21, 1902 when the hotel was destroyed by fire.  She had been a resident of Denver for several years, and was one of the head buyers for a firm of that city, and was making one of her semi-annual visits to New York for the purchase of goods.

1904 OBITS

FARQUER, THOMAS, an old settler of Dahinda dropped dead in Marrowtown, Ohio where he been visiting his brother.  Just prone to this letter received saying he would be home in a few days.  He died suddenly.  The son, Charles left to accompany the remains back to Dahinda.  Mr. Farquer settled here in early 1850’s.  He leaves a large family of descendents.  Jan-28-1904

FAULKNER, G. W.  one of the oldest and highly respected citizens of Knox county died Tuesday night at his home six miles north of this city.  Deceased born Nov-13-1827 Orange Co., N.Y.  Came to IL. Nov 1839.  Married Nov-17-1864 Bertha Anderson and they had three children, Mrs. Kate Peterson, George E. Faulkner, Minnie H. Faulkner died in infancy.  Three brothers, three sisters of whom only one living, Mrs Kathryn Sweet of Knoxville.  He was known by all as “Uncle George”.  The funeral service held Friday in afternoon at the home attended by many older residents of the county.  Rev John Pugh, Presbyterian church in charge.  Burial in family plot beside wife at Wataga.


2nd Obit for G. W. Faulkener: a well known old soldier of Knox County died Tuesday night at his home near Center Point.  Born in Orange Co, New York, Nov, 13, 1827.  Came to IL 1837 and settled on a farm east of Center Point.  Married March 17, 1864 to Bertha Emmerson and they had three children, George G., Mrs. Kate Peterson, Miss Minnie B., who died when a child.  Funeral to be held on Friday afternoon from the home.  Burial in Wataga.  Rev. Pugh of Monmouth in charge.  Feb-11-1904

FAULKNER, MRS. T. B.  resident of Knox county 50 years died Thursday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Whitesleather 185 North Farmington of apoplexy.  Born in Bourbon Co., Kentucky July-3-1819.  She came to Peoria with her parents when a young lady riding all the way horseback.  They lived there but short time then returned to Kentucky and shortly afterwards the father died and she and mother returned to Peoria.  Later she moved to Rio Twp and shortly after married Harrison Shannon with whom she lived until 1863.  In 1865 second married Thomas B. Faulkner and they moved to Wataga where resided until his death Nov-29-1886.  Since then lived among his children.  The last three years been with Mrs. Whiteleather.  She leaves, daughter mentioned, H. Faulkner of Wataga, Lauren and Lucian Faulkner of Creston, Iowa, sister, Mrs Agnes Smoot of Greenfield, Mo, nephew, R.P. Heflen of Rio, niece, Mrs. D. L. Goff of Henderson.  Rev John Rugh of Monmouth will officiate, burial Wataga cemetery.


FARNSWORTH, CHARLOTTE MARIA, born Nov-6-1840 at Galesburg died June 2, 1904.  Her father W.S. Farnham was for many years member and deacon of his church, died Aug 19, 1897 in his 88th year.  Her mother, Maria K. Farnham also devout member of the church died Mar. 19, 1897 in her 83rd year.  She married Thomas Farnsworth from whom she separated by death Aug. 3, 1864.  A son, Ira W. born Feb 2, 1863 died suddenly the accident occurred Nov. 25, 1880.  She was the first of five children.  The surviving members Farnham family, Mrs. Susan Weed of Wataga, W. C. Farnham of Central City, Neb, Charles G. Farnham of Galesburg, Colo., Mrs. Abigail G. Brow of Fowerville, Michigan.  The funeral service held Central church Sunday afternoon June 5, 1904.  Rev J. E. Johnson of church in charge.  Her remains interred Robbins cemetery.  At tender age she joined Congregational church at Ontario.  In June 1855 she transferred her membership to Wataga church.  She was Sup. Of Sunday school.  The church will miss her.  June-6-1904

FAMULENER, JACOB, the funeral held Tuesday afternoon at the home seven miles southwest of the city and largely attended by the relatives.  Rev. N. T. Allen officiated.  Burial was in Abingdon cemetery.  June 22-1904

 FERRIS, ETHEL-- 524 North West died Tuesday of complications of diseases.  Ethel Lorraine Ferris born Sept-14-1883,  2 ˝ miles west of the city, daughter of Samuel & S .L. Ferris.  She moved to Galesburg with parents six years ago.  Received education the public schools and graduate of High school 1900.  Employed law office of L. H. Jelliff leaving there on account health.  The funeral service be held Wednesday afternoon at M. E. church.


1907 OBITS

SEYMOUR CATLIN  , one of the aged residents of Monmouth, died at his home at 120 East Franklin avenue June 24, 1907, after an extended illness from diabetes.  He was a native of New York state, having been born there in 1823, but came to Illinois in 1841, walking with his father from Chicago to where Gladstone now is.  He came to Monmouth in 1877 and made his home here until his death.  In 1851 he married Miss Nancy J. Gray of Oquawka, who survived him.  To them were born five children, only of whom survived him, Mattie Catlin, then living at her father’s home.  His funeral was conducted by Rev. C. L. McCulloch, with burial at Oquawka.

MRS. NANCY T. PATTERSON, died at her home at 328 South Eighth street the morning of June 29, 1907, after an illness covering several weeks.  She was the mother of Miss Florabel Patterson, a member of the Monmouth college faculty; Mrs. Laura P. Gilchrist, a teacher in the Willets school; Rev. W. H. Patterson, D. D., of Princeton, Ind., and Clem F. Patterson of Omaha, Neb.  She was about 80 years old.  Short funeral exercises were conducted at the family home by Dr. T.C. Pollock, then the remains were taken to Oskaloosa, Iowa, her former home, funeral services being held in the United Presbyterian church there, with burial in the Oskaloosa cemetery.


  JAMES MCMAHILL, one of the most aged residents of Warren county, died at his home at Youngstown June 30, 1907.  He had reached the remarkable age of 92 years, 7 months and 19 days.  He came to this county in 1832 and for many years was one of the most prominent men.  His funeral was held in the Christian church at Youngstown with burial in the McMahill cemetery east of that place.

JOHN M. PAINE, died July 3, 1907, at the home of his father, John E. Paine, near Little York, after an extended illness.  The post mortem examination substantiated the opinion of physicians that he had been suffering an affliction of the spleen.  He owned a farm near Abingdon, but when he became ill he was transferred to his father’s home where he could receive better care.  He was born in 1862 at the place where he died.  For a while e was employed as a miner and assayer in the famous Cripple Creek gold mines in Colorado, but after marrying Miss Fanellia Reynolds of Abingdon he gave up his mine work and took up farming near Abingdon.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, as well as by his father, four brothers and three sisters.  His funeral was conducted by Rev. Samuel Brown of the Sugar Tree Grove church, with burial in the Henderson cemetery.

WELLINGTON PORTERAfter a prolonged sickness with stomach trouble and a complication of diseases, Wellington B. Porter died at his home, 612 East First avenue, on July 11, 1907.  Mr. Porter had been a resident of Floyd township for fifty years, then had made his home in Monmouth for about eight years before his death came.  He was born in Ontario county, N.Y., in December 1826, so was near eighty years of age.  He came to Warren county in 1848 and started to work near Berwick where he later made his home.  He married Miss Julia Waggoner in 1852, and to them were born four children, three of whom survived him with his wife.  They were Mrs. Althea Wiswell of Cameron, Myron W. Porter of Berwick, and Miss Maude A. Porter at home.  He also left a brother, George Porter of Berwick, and a sister, Mrs. John Evans of Larchland.  His funeral was conducted by Rev. Edwin Simpson, assisted by Rev. H. Weddington of Berwick, with burial in Berwick cemetery.

ISAAC WESTERFIELD, who had lived in Monmouth since 1852, died July 11, 1907, at his home 403 North Main street, after having suffered from asthma for some four years.  He was born in Fulton county and began business as wagon maker which he followed all his life.  In 1851 he married Miss Mary Shellenberger, and the next year they moved to Monmouth.  Six children were born to the union, but only two survived him.  They were Cyrus E. and George W.  Mrs. Westerfield preceded her husband only a few months in death.  His funeral was held at his home and conducted by Rev. Edwin Simpson, with burial in the city cemetery.

SMOTHERED TO DEATH:  Little Shrimp                                                    

The little two months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shrimp seems to have been smothered to death in bed the night of July 12, 1907.  When the parents awoke in the morning the body of the child was still warm, though death evidently had occurred several hours before.  They had heard no trouble the little one was having as she seemed to them to have slept soundly all the night.  An inquest was held and the decision was that no blame could be attached anywhere.  Dr. J. F. Jamieson conducted the funeral for the little one and burial was in the city cemetery. 

1914 OBITS


Mrs. Ida Osterberg Leader, one the old and well known residents of Monmouth, died November 22, 1914, at her home at 620 North Third Street.  Heart failure was the cause of her passing, and she had been ill only a day or so, death being quite sudden.  She was born in Sweden in 1846 and came to America with her parents when she was but three years old.  The family settled in Chicago and her father and two sisters died there, then her mother and the two remaining daughters moved to Rock Island where they lived for several years.  She married W. T. Leader of Monmouth in 1875, and to this union three sons were born, Norman H. Leader of Monmouth, Ralph W. Leader of Clinton, Iowa, and Edwin Leader of Meridian, Miss.  Mrs. Leader had been a member of the Baptist church for nearly all her life, and her funeral was held at the Baptist church here, with Rev. W. C. Rutherford in charge, and burial was in the city cemetery.

Hugh McMILLAN, a resident of Henderson county for many years, November 24, 1914, at the home of his sister, Mrs. M.A. McDill, where he had been cared for several weeks.  Death was due principally to old age, he having been born in South Carolina in 1829.  In 1835 he came to Illinois where he had lived ever since.  In 1852 he married Miss Elmira Hopkins, and to them were born six children, only one of whom survived him, and he was living in Nebraska.  Mr. McMillan’s funeral was held at his sister’s home and conducted by Dr. S. J. Kyle of the United Presbyterian church.


GEORGE R. ADCOCK, a well known farmer of Warren county, died at his home three miles northwest of Coldbrook the night of November 26, following a stroke of apoplexy which attacked him two days before.  Prior to that time he had been in his usual health, so the sudden demise was a great shock to this friends and relatives.  Mr. Adcock was born in 1837 at Charleston, W. VA., and came to Illinois in 1842.  He married Miss Hattie Cravens of Shanghai in 1892 and to them were born twelve children, ten of whom survived their father.  All of them were at home.  He also left a brother, Harry of Coldbrook, and two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Allen and Mrs. Mary S. Brown, both of Kelly township.  His funeral was held at the Tylerville church, with Rev. J. A. Shipplett in charge, and burial was in the Tylerville cemetery.


MRS. FRANCES BASSETT RICE, one of the early settlers of Mercer county, died at her home in Aledo November 27, 1914, aged about 87 years.  She suffered a broken collar bone a few weeks before but later was taken with a sudden heart trouble and lived but a few minutes.  For many years she had lived on a farm near Millersburg, but after the death of her husband Jesse Rice, she moved to Aledo.  She left a brother, Judge I. N. Bassett and a sister, Mrs. Mary Mills, both of Aledo.  Her funeral was conducted by Rev. J. R. Battle at the Methodist church of which she was a faithful member. 


JAMES W. BROCK,  a lifelong and well-known resident of Henderson county, died at the family home four miles north of Stronghurst March 4, 1914, after a long and tedious illness.  Mr. Brook was born in Gladstone township in 1843, his parents having come there four years previous.  He received his education in the schools, at home and in Monmouth college.  When the Civil war broke out he enlisted in the 158th Illinois volunteers and served until November of 1864 when he was given an honorable discharge and returned to Henderson county where he took up farming.  In 1867 he married Miss Caroline Pierce, and to this union five children were born, three of whom survived him.  His wife died and he married Emma J. Porter, who survived him with another son and two daughters.  He was a member of the Olena United Presbyterian church, serving it in an official capacity for a number of years.  His funeral was held at that church with Rev. H. P. Jackson in charge, and burial was in the cemetery there 

MRS. JOHN DRIFFIL, a life-long resident of Warren county and known to a great many people, died at her home at 921 South Second street March 6, 1914, after an illness of over a year.  She had been operated on for cancer at Macomb some ten months before, but never regained her health.  For six months she had been bedfast and her death was not unexpected.  Her maiden name was Emma Chicken and she was born on a farm near Monmouth in 1857.  She was married twice, her first husband being William Johnson, who was killed in an accident in 1892.  In 1901 she married John Driffil who survived her.  Her funeral was conducted by Rev. John Rugh of White Hall, and burial was in Monmouth cemetery 

MRS. PHEBE HARDY, for many years a resident of Monmouth, died at the county alms home March 7, 1914, having reached the age of ninety years, senility being the cause of her death.  She was born in New York state in 1823, and came west many years before her end came.  She was survived by one son, W. C. Hardy of Keithsburg.  Her funeral was conducted by Rev. E. P. Smith of the Ninth Avenue church, with burial in Glendale cemetery.

JOHN BROWNLEE, the oldest native resident of Sumner township, and a prominent retired farmer and stock raiser, died at his home in Little York March 5, 1914.  He had been ill for about four months and his death was due to old age and a general breaking down.  He was born in Washington county, PA., in August of 1831, so was in his 83d year.  When quite young he came with his parents to Illinois, settling in Sumner township, where his father died in early life.  In 1856 Mr. Brownlee married Miss Nancy A. Barr at Keithsburg, and she survived him.  Eleven children were born to the union, all but one surviving.  Five of these lived in Little York; John W. Brownlee, Robert L., Warren, Mrs. Gertrude Severs, and Catherine.  Mr. Brownlee for many years had been a member of the United Presbyterian church, and his funeral was conducted by Rev. J. C. Warnock of the Cedar Creek church, with burial in Little York cemetery.

JESSE W. BOND, for sixty-three years a resident of Swan township in Warren county, died suddenly the morning of November 19, 1914, at his home near Swan Creek.  Apoplexy was the cause of his death, and it was thought he had been seized by the stroke during the night.  He had been in the best of health right along and his death was a great shock to his family and his friends.  He had lived in Swan township his entire life, and was the son of Major and Mrs. William G. Bond.  His father was sheriff of Warren county for several years, and this man himself was collector for Swan township for some years and also an assessor for some years.  His wife had preceded him in death for nearly 24 years, and one son born to them, Albert Bond was left to mourn his father’s death.  He also left two brothers and one sister, Looney Bond of Larchland being a brother and the others living in other states.  His funeral was held in the Youngstown Christian church, the service being in charge of the Odd Fellows and Woodmen lodges.


MISS MARTHA HAMIL, one of the most aged residents of Biggsville, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. N. Q. Welch, the night of November 18, 1914, the cause being given as heart failure.  She was 87 years old and she had been considered in real good health until the end came.  During the night Mr. Welch heard her moving around and asked her if there was anything for him to do.  She told him she was just getting a drink of water.  But later he returned to her room and found her dead.  Miss Hamil was born in Xenia, Ohio, and lived there until about six years before her death, when she went to Biggsville to make her home with her brother, A. B. Hamil.  After his death she went to the Welch home to live.  Her funeral was held at the United Presbyterian church, with burial in the Biggsville cemetery.


REV. DAVID INCHES, It was given out here on November 20, 1914, that Rev. David Inches had died a few days before at Sterling, Kansas, at the age of 80 years.  Mr. Inches was a Monmouth college graduate of the class of 1868, and from 1873 to 1876 was pastor of the old Third United Presbyterian church of Monmouth, which was later survived by what is now the Ninth Avenue church.  His first pastorate, he never was at the Spring Grove church…..he retired from active service as a minister, and for about eleven years had been blind.  He was born in Scotland in 1834.


CHARLES MCCLURE:  Word was received here of the death of Charles McClure, a former Monmouth man, at Portland, Oregon, November 20, 1914.  The McClures made their home in Monmouth for a long time, leaving seven years before for the northwest.  While here Mr. McClure was employed as a car inspector at the Iowa Central round house.  He was a member of the Modern Woodman lodge.  He was survived by his widow and two sons.


MR. HUGH MCMILLAN: A report was given November 30, 1914, of the death of Mr. Hugh McMillan, a resident of Henderson county near Biggsville, who had passed away presumably because of old age.  Mr. McMillan was born in Chester district, South Carolina, in 1829.  He was 85 years old.  In 1835 he came to Illinois.  He married Miss Elmira Hopkins in 1852, and to them six children were born, though but one was living when he passed away, Alvah McMillan of Nebraska.  Mrs. McMillan had died in 1865, and Mr. McMillan had been living at the home of his sister, Mrs. M. A. McDill, where he died.  His funeral was held at her home and conducted by Dr. S. J. Kyle of the United……  cut off

MRS LOUISE DOVER, died November 20, 1914, at her home at 1107 South Second Street, following an extended illness from diabetes.  She had been sick for over a year and confined to her bed most of that time.  She was born in Dover, Tenn., about sixty years before, and came to Monmouth in 1866 and had resided here ever since.  She married Mr. Dover who survived her with one son Isaac.  She also left two sisters, Mrs. Cora Wallace and Mrs. Melinda Floyd, both of Monmouth.

KILLED BY TRAIN                                                                          

ROBERT LIBY, who for several years had been an employee of the Rock Island Southern railroad, was struck by M. and St. L. westbound passenger train at the Main street crossing the evening of November 30, 1914, and died shortly afterward at the hospital.  There was but one person to see the accident, Mrs. Eva Mincher of 805 South A street, who had been at the depot to see friends off.  She said she saw Liby attempt to board the train at the platform between the smoker and the coach, and wondered why he did not succeed in doing so as the train was moving but slowly.  She saw him appear to fall and it seemed to her that his body went immediately under the train.  She turned her back and shrieked for help, and soon several men responded and took charge of the case, while she went on home.  The coroner’s jury freed the trainmen of all responsibility for the death.  Mr. Liby was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Liby, whose home was at 702 South D street.  He was born in Hale township in 1865 and had resided in Warren county all his life.  In 1887 he married Sophie Heberer and to them were born four children, all of whom survived him, living with their mother in East St. Louis.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. D. E. Hughes with burial in the city cemetery.

FRANCIS M. BLUE, a well known resident of Roseville and vicinity, died at his home there December 1, 1914, after an extended illness from cancer of the eye, from (which) he had suffered intense pain for some time.  Mr. Blue was a native of Park county, Ind., where he was born in 1832.  He came to Warren county when but a lad, and in 1872 he married Miss Malinda Bunkirk in Swan township where they lived until a few years before his death, when they moved into Roseville.  Mrs. Blue died in October of 1914.  No children were born to this couple.  Mr. Blue’s funeral was held at his home with burial in Greenbush cemetery.

MRS. NETTIE BALDWIN MCMASTERS, a former Monmouth woman and daughter of Mrs. Clarissa Baldwin of Monmouth, died at her home in Joliet November 15, 1914, following an extended illness.  Mrs. McMasters was born in Monmouth in 1866, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Baldwin.  She married Frank Krollman, who died some years afterward, then she married W. F. McMasters, and to them two children were born.  The funeral and burial were at Joliet, and her mother, Mrs. Baldwin, and her sister, Mrs. E. C. Hardin, and Mr. Hardin went there to attend.

REV. GEORGE W. MORRISON, a Monmouth college graduate of the class of 1884, and later a missionary in India but who had to give up his work there because of ill health, died November 17, 1914, at Statesville N.C., where he had made his home for some time.  Mr. Morrison was born in Monmouth, his father being a professor in Monmouth college at that time.  His wife died after some years, leaving a son who at the time of his father’s death was a medical student in New York City, and he took a second wife who survived him with two children, including a son Will who was then a student at Monmouth college.  Mr. Morrison’s remains were brought back to Monmouth and burial in the city cemetery, where members of his fathers family were interred.  His funeral was held at the home of Mrs. R.A. Wilson on last Second avenue, with Dr. T.H. McMichael and Dr. J.A. Burnett in charge.

CLARK W. MILLS, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Cameron, died the evening of November 17, 1914, at the hospital in Galesburg, following an attack of appendicitis.  He had been ill for four or five weeks and in the hospital for two weeks.  Mr. Mills was born in Cameron in 1881 and had spent all of his life there.  About ten years before his death he married Miss Melissa Johnson, who survived him with two sons, his mother, four brothers and one sister also survived him.  His funeral was held at the Cameron Christian church with Rev. D. E. Hughes in charge, and burial was in the Silent Home cemetery.

REV. A. R. MORGAN:  Word was received by John W. Wonder on November 19, 1914, of the death that morning at Makinaw of Dr. A. R. Morgan, who for several years was pastor of the First Methodist church of this city.  Cancer was the cause of death, and Dr. Morgan had been in a serious condition for some time, and the end not being unexpected.  He was a veteran of the Civil war and one of the strong ministers of the Central Illinois conference of the Methodist church.  His funeral was to be held on the 21st and presumably the burial was at Makinaw.


1998 Obituaries

Linda S. Henderson, 44, of Fairview, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday December 30, 1998 in Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. She was born June 13, 1954 in Avon, the daughter of Hendry “Hank” and L. June Gillette Bennet. Surviving are her mother, of Fairview; five sons, Scott Trone, Peoria, Kirk Trone, Morton, and Todd and Cory Trone and Kyle Henderson, all of Fairview; one stepdaughter, Jennifer Henderson, Peoria; two brothers, Gary Bennet, Harrisburg, Pa., and John Bennett, London Mills; two sisters, Barbara Needham, Springfield, and Nancy Crouse, Fairview, and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father. She was an administrator for several years for Lindenwood Health Care Center, Peoria. Cremation was accorded. Rev. Carol Stufflebeam officiated in the services held Saturday, January 2nd, 1999 in Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, Canton. Burial of the ashes were in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to an education fund for her son, Kyle Henderson, in care of Fairview State Bank.

Harry F. Mussatto, age 77, of 301 N. Quailwalk Road, Macomb, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 1998, at LaMoine Christian Nursing Home in Roseville. Born October 18, 1921, in Sesser to Thomas F. and Albina Enama Mussatto, he married Martha Sutton on December 2, 1962. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Thomas of Macomb; three daughters, Michele Mussatto of Chicago, Renee Mussatto of Bloomingdale and Mrs. Randy (Lisa) Grissom of Maryland Heights, Mo.; one brother, John of Highwood; one sister, Eileen Hemmeter, of Milwaukee; and several nieces and nephews. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the Highland Park High School state champion ship golf teams in 1939 and 1940 and a four year letterman and three-time captain of the Illinois State University golf team. He was the men’s golf coach at Western Illinois University for 35 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and his master’s degree at WIU. From 1952 to 1970, his golf teams held the longest home-winning streak in the nation with 95 straight wins. He retired in 1985. He received the Western Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award and the Illinois State Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a member of the Western Illinois and Illinois State Hall of Fame. An amateur golfer, he qualified for the USGA Senior Amateur events in Seattle in 1981 and in Tucson, Arizona, in 1982. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Green officiating. Burial was in Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage. Memorials may be made to the Harry Mussatto Golf Scholarship Fund at WIU or LaMoine Christian Nursing Home.

Edward Glenn “Bud’’ Baxter Jr., age 78, of 841 Knox Road 450 East Abingdon, Illinois passed away Monday, December 28, 1998 at 2:25 p.m. at his home in rural Abingdon, Illinois. Born October 26, 1920 in Canton, Illinois, he was the son of Edward Glenn and Elizabeth Haynes Baxter Sr. He married Imogene M. “Jean’’ Peterson on September 20, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. She preceded him in death on March 2, 1998. Survivors include one daughter, Vickie Lundstrom of Marquette Heights, Illinois; four sisters, Mrs. Harold (Vera) Becker of Knoxville; Helen Brentlinger of Galesburg, Berniece “Dolly’’ Sosh, and Mrs. Paul (Charlotte “Duke’’) Lear, both of Knoxville; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, one brother and one niece. He was raised and educated in Knoxville where he lived before moving to rural Abingdon 23 years ago. He worked in the coal mines in Knox County and at the former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and also at the Admiral Corporation a Division of Maytag Corporation as an assembler retiring from there in 1985. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a former member of the American Legion. Cremation rites were accorded. Hurd Hendrick Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois, was in charge of the arrangements. Interment of the remains will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Alice F. Dilts, age 90, a resident of the Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb, passed away at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, 1999 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. She was born on January 12, 1908 in Mound Twp., Illinois the daughter of Eck and Anna Hoke Johnson. She married Harry E. Dilts on February 15, 1930 in Macomb, he preceded her in death on September 26, 1989. Alice  is survived by her two nieces Mrs. Herschel (Juanita ) Bryan of Macomb, and Cheryl Bryan of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Mrs. Marge Hovell and Carrie Lomax, both of Abingdon, are her sister-in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister Bessie Harmon.  Alice moved from Bardolph to Macomb in 1947 where she worked for Scripps-Reno in Macomb for many years before her retirement. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Macomb Order of Eastern Star, Homebuilders Sunday School Class, and the Macomb Rocking Chair Club. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Rev. Lori Harvey officiating. Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery in Bushnell. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of the service on Saturday at the Funeral Home, where the family will meet with friends one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb.

Lois Morey, 95, London Mills, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 1998 in Avon Nursing Home, Avon. She was born February 17, 1903, in Fairview, the daughter of Frank and Ollie Baker Abbadusky. She married Frank H. Morey on June 6, 1928, in London Mills. He died September 9, 1991. Surviving are one son, Marnell Morey, Galesburg; two granddaughters and three great-grandsons. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Lois moved to London Mills in 1916. Lois was graduated from London Mills High School, and attended Western Illinois State Teacher’s College, Macomb. Lois was a substitute teacher at London Mills Grade School, and taught in rural country schools before attending college. She was a member of London Mills United Methodist Church. Funeral services were Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in London Mills United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Lyle Leverton and Rick Kerr officiating. Corman Memorial Home in London Mills was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in Midway cemetery. Memorials may be made to the London Mills United Methodist Church and to Moody Bible Institute’s Radio Station WDLM.

Wanda Sue Ford, age 60,Tipton, formerly of Galesburg, Illinois, passed away at 2:30 p.m. December 20, 1998, in Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. She was born January 29, 1938, in Brashear, Missouri, the daughter of Orville and Edna James. She married Herb Ford in July 1998. Surviving are her husband; her mother, in Galesburg; three daughters, Sandy Krouse and Pam Woode, both of Tipton, and Tammy Hightown, Rochester, Iowa; one son, Terry Clarkson, Tipton; three brothers, Bill and Howard James, both of Galesburg, and Bob James, St. Augustine, Illinois; one sister, Betty Tribley, Wright City, Mo.; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and three brothers. Funeral services were held December 22 in Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Burial was in Tipton Cemetery.

Ernest E. Johnson, age 87, of Berwick, Illinois, died at 2:06 am. Sunday, December 27, 1998, at Avon Nursing Home in Avon.
Born October 7, 1911, in Berwick to Emil and Sophia Swanson Johnson, he married Jewel Turner on March 2, 1935, in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Ernest of Roseville and Gary of Avon; one daughter, Linda Carlberg of Roseville; one sister, Inez Peterson of Galva; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.   His parents, two brothers and six sisters preceded her in death.
Ernest and his wife farmed in the Berwick area.  He was a member of Berwick Baptist Church, where he served as past deacon and elder. He served on the Roseville School Board. He was a 50-year member of Roseville Masonic Lodge 519, AF& AM. He established the Boy Scout Troop in Berwick in 1949.  Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, at Berwick Cemetery. The Reverend Jay Cowell officiated. Corman Memorial Home in Roseville was in charge of the arrangements.

Marian R. Lock, 77, Avon, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Friday, December 11, 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical center in Peoria. Born September 4, 1921, in Fairview to T. Chellis and Louise Negley Taylor, she married J. Hobart Lock Jr. on November 29, 1943, in Canton. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Terry of Lincoln and James of Avon; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Carolyn) Moffitt of Knoxville; ten grandchildren and two brothers, Howard and Gene, both of Canton. Marian attended Eureka College. Marian and her husband were farmers near Avon. She was a member of the Prairie City Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, and was a member of the choir and missionary society. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Avon Unit of Fulton County Homemakers Extension Association. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 16, at her church with the Rev. Kurt Ayers officiating. Burial was in the Avon Cemetery. Corman Memorial Home, Avon, was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Justin Moffitt, Jeremy Lock, Jim Lock, Glenn Potter, John Potter, and Jason McKay. Memorials may be made to her church, the American Red Cross, Western Illinois Chapter; or the Avon Ambulance Service

Matthew Wilson, 56, Prairie City, passed away at 5:32 a.m. Friday, December 4, 1998, at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Born December 25, 1941, in Topeka, KS, to Ross and Marceline C. Mack Wilson, he married Gloria Carlson on December 31, 1987, in Avon. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Matthew of Centralia; two daughters, Penny Wilson of Aurora and Teresa Leonard of Arkansas; three stepdaughters, Sandy Frakes and Julie Sloan, both of Avon, and Pam Busly of Aurora; one brother, Wayne of Cameron; two sisters, Martha Courson and Janice Johnson, both of Abingdon; several grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. One brother, one sister, and one daughter preceded him in death. He worked for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad for 38 years. He was a member of the BMWE Union Local 783. An Army veteran,  was a member of Abingdon American Legion. Services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Corman Memorial Home, Avon with the Rev. Rick Kerr officiating. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg, Illinois.

Theodore L. “Ted’’ Tinkham, 19 of 5129 Roberts Road, Peoria Heights, Illinois, died at 11:05 p.m. Friday December 18, 1998 in a traffic accident at 7924 Farmington Road, Peoria.
He was born April 12, 1979, in Normal, the son of Tyrone and Frances Smith Tinkham.
Surviving are his father, in Illinois; his mother, Peoria Heights; two brothers, Christopher Tinkham, Peoria and Matthew Tinkham, Peoria Heights; his grandparents, Al and Marilyn Smith, Galesburg, and Ted and Dora Tinkham, Cameron, and several aunts and uncles, and one nephew.  Ted worked in the stockroom at Famous Barr department store, Peoria. He was a member of First Christian Church, Peoria.  Cremation rites were accorded. The funeral services were held at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, Peoria, with Rev. William Petterson officiating. Internment will be at a later date in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes

Edwin E. “Ed’’ Day, age 72, of 614 Park Place, Monmouth, died at 8:31 p.m. Wednesday December 23, 1998 in Cottage Hospital.  Ed was born September 26, 1926, in Swan Creek, the son of Albert Wayne and Iva Edith Hale Day.  Ed married Beatrice Louise Simpson on November 5, 1971, in Monmouth.  Surviving are his wife, Monmouth; four sons, Edward E. Sellers, Charlotte, N. C., Bill Smith, Gladstone, Bruce L. Smith, Biggsville; and Brian H. Smith, Kirkwood; two daughters, Donna Carson, Colchester, and Diana Keever, Kirkwood; two brothers, Ernest Day, Abingdon and Dr. A. J. Day, Watseka; two sisters, Marjorie Murphy, Grays Lake and Jesse Shook, Waukegan; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.  Ed was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one nephew.  ED attended Monmouth High School and entered the Navy at the age of 15 and served for 26 years, including four years in the Navy Reserve. He was a veteran of World War II and Korean Conflict.  Edwin was employed for six years with Wells Pet food Company, seven years at Jamieson Center, and for the past nine years at the front desk of St. Mary’s Square, Galesburg. He was a life member of both the Monmouth Veterans of Foreign War 2301 and Monmouth American Legion Post 136.
Funeral was at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 29 in Turnbull Funeral Home, Monmouth with Rev. Jerry Kilgore officiating. Burial was in Biggsville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his great-grandson’s education fund.



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