These obituaries I copied for ten cents a piece at the Galesburg Library, Galesburg, IL., to post here for your pleasure.
I have made every effort to try and not have typing errors and such and that all
information is correct due to my ability to obtain copies from either the Warren
County Library or the Galesburg Library by looking at microfilm. If you
should happen to find any errors feel free to email me the correct data or what
you would like changed. You may also email me any obits you'd like to share with
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Armstrong, widow of Martin Armstrong, died quite unexpectedly at her
home in the Cedar Creek neighborhood the evening of May 06, 1913, heart
failure being given as the cause. Although well advanced in years,
she had apparently been in good health, and the day of her death she had
spent a great deal other time in her garden. In the evening she
stood by the kitchen stove while her daughter was preparing supper, and
suddenly she fell, lapsed into unconsciousness, and within fifteen minutes
passed away. Her maiden name was Mary Collins and she was born in
Washington County, Pa., in 1838. She married Martin Armstrong, who
preceded her in death 17 years. Eleven children were born tot he
couple, nine of whom survived their mother. Her funeral was
conducted by Rev. J. C. Warnock of the Cedar Creek Church, with burial in
the Cedar Creek cemetery.
May 07, 1913
a well known resident of Kirkwood, died at this home, in than place May
07, 1913, his ailment being a malignant growth of the liver. He was
born in Camden, Ohio, in 1851, and came to Monmouth when a small boy of
seven years. Here he grew to manhood and way married in 1871.
Some years later he moved to Oquawka where he conducted a hotel for ten
years, and then took up the same business in Burlington for twelve years.
Later he returned to Monmouth and operated the South Main street hotel.
Two years before his death he gave up the work on account of failing
health and retired on a fruit farm at Kirkwood. The wife and two
sons, Bert of Kirkwood and Roy, of Davenport, survived him. The
remains were taken to Oquawka where his funeral service was held.
May 10, 1913
Ganyer, one of the well known colored residents of Monmouth, died May
10, 1913, after a short illness from heart trouble. He was born in
Louisiana in 1852. and had lived in Monmouth about ten years.
Besides his wife he left two children to mourn his death, Mrs. Ada
Chambers and Webster, both of Monmouth. The Funeral services were
held at the home then the remains were taken to Canton, Mo., for burial
.December 25, 1918
French, daughter of Jonathon and Martha Crawford French, died at the
Watertown hospital the evening of December 25, 1918, having been in
failing health for some time. She had been a patient for several
years. Her parents were among the early settlers of Warren County
and she was born at the old homestead just west of Monmouth . In
early life she untied with the Henderson United Presbyterian Church, then
upon the organization of the first United Presbyterian church in Monmouth
she transferred her membership to it. Her funeral services were
conducted by Re. S. G. Huey at the home of her sister, Miss Nannie French.
Harrington of Oquawka died at Mercy Hospital in Burlington and her
remains were brought back for burial in the Rozetta cemetery. She
was a former resident of Rozetta but had made her home in Oquawka for a
number of years with her grandson, George C. Green. Besides this
grandson she was survived by a granddaughter. Mrs. George Hartgrove
of Rozetta. These two were considered her only living relatives.
Butler died at the home of her brother-in-law, D. L. Harring, at
Kirkwood, December 26, 1918, with pneumonia. She had been living for
some time in California, but came back to Kirkwood to care for the
children of her sister, who had died two months before. Mrs. Butler
was born in Luray, Mo., and was nearly 33 y3a5rs of age. She went to
California about 1901, and married Mr. butler about 1906. Her
funeral was conducted by Dr. R. A. Brown of the Kirkwood Methodist church,
with burial in the Center Grove Cemetery.
Schwartz, Father of Mrs. John Alexander Terpening of the Tylerville
neighborhood, died at the Soldiers' and Sailors' home at Quincy December
22, 1918, and was buried in the Linwood Cemetery at Galesburg. He
was born in Knox County in 1846, and in 1870 married Miss Lou Harlan who
survived him with four of the five children born to them. He was a
war veteran, and had been cared for at the Quincy Soldiers' home for
Pendarvis died in the Galesburg hospital of paralysis the 26th
December, 1918, having been sick for three weeks. He was born in
Schuyler county in 1848 and moved to Henderson county near Media where he
followed the occupation as a farmer. Two years before his death he
moved (married) Elizabeth Richardson in 1875, and he was survived by fours
sons, his wife and one daughter having died earlier. His funeral was
held at Raritan.
Small, whose home was at 1025 south First Street, died in Missouri
December 27, 1918, from pneumonia. He left his wife and family here.
Newman, the five year old son of Ed Newman of Good Hope, died December
28, 1918, from pneumonia following flu. His mother had died a few days
earlier, and the rest of the family were all having attacks of the flu.
C. Raines died the evening of Decmeber,28, 1818, at the home of her
mother, Mrs. Emma Clark, on North B Street, having been ill from
Tuberculosis a long time. She was born in Monmouth in 1872, and
married Mr. Raines, who preceded her two years in death. She was
survived by seven children. Her funeral was conducted by the pastor
of the Christian church, and burial was in Monmouth cemetery.
Hunter of the Tylerville neighborhood died December 238, 1918, after a
week's illness from pneumonia. he was born elsewhere but had lived
in the Tylerville neighborhood for fourteen years. He married Miss
Florence Griffith, and one child was born to this couple, but died in its
infancy. Mr. Hunter's burial was in the Linwood cemetery at
Galesburg, following a private funeral service.
Louise Murphy, the five months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Murphy of West Third avenue, died December 29, 1918, after an illness of
several days. Her funeral was conducted by Dr. W. H. Craine of the
Sticewas a ranger in the War of 1812 and was in the Black Hawk War
during the latter he became acquainted with Warren County soil and removed
her in 1833. He way a native of North Carolina. His first
location was in what is now part of Henderson county, but soon moved to
Greenbush township, and was for awhile a merchant in Greenfield, now
Greenbush. Later he moved to Swan township, where he died in 1869
Potter was one of the first millers in the county, coming here with
his family from Ohio in 1832, and taking charge of the Rockwell mill on
Cedar Creek, in Sumner Township. He cut two burrs, 12 inches in
diameter, from granite boulders, and set them up in the mill for grinding
corn. Mr. Potter remained there one year, then went to Kelly
township and erected a mill.
The Atlas of October 31, reported the death of Chester Potter in the 66th
year of his age. Mr. Potter was a resident of Henderson Grove, in
what is now Kelly township, where he had operated what was known as
"Potter's Mill" on Section 22 Henderson creek. Earlier he had been
connected with the Buffum mill (later the Rockwell Mill), near Denny, then
opened his own mill in Kelly township in 1833 and continued it s operation
until about 1845. Potter cemetery
, on the same section on which the
mill was located, was named for him, and he and his wife Eliza, who died
in 1873, lie buried there.
Britt, wife of Edward Britt, died December 17, 1899, at the
family home near Utah, in Kelly township. Mrs. Britt's maiden name
was Sarah Foster, and she was born in Mountfield parish, Sussex county
England, May 04, 1833. She was married to Edward Britt at Mountfield
June 16, 1858, and they came to America the following year. She left
her husband and six children, Mrs. Fannie H. Adcock of Utah, Fred E. of
Pueblo, Colo., and Philip P. of Alexis, Charles E. then of Surrey but now
of Monmouth, Foxie's note: Charles
married my great grandmother Emma Wallace Terpening's sister, Irene
Wallace,) Mary J.
Bruner of Utah, Albert Britt of New York City. She also left eleven
grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist church, and her
funeral services were held at the Tylerville Church. Sarah was
buried in the Terpening Cemetery just west of the Tylerville church.
Britt, one of the oldest settlers of the county, died at the family
residence at Utah, in Kelly township, July 31, 1897, having been
ill for sometime with a complication of diseases. She was born in
Sussex county England, in 1824, and came to this country in 1858, and with
her husband, James Britt--brother
to Edward Britt, whose was Sarah Foster Britt's husband--moved to
Kelly township. It had been her home ever since. She was early
in life a member of the Methodist church, but in 1863 untied with the
Christian Church at Talbot Creek. Besides her husband she left two
sons, Joseph of Steward, Nebraska, and Edward of Utah, IL. She was
buried in the
Babcock, one of the most honored women of Monmouth, died August 07,
1903, after an illness of only two weeks. Her maiden name was Mary
Elliot and she was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Elliot and was
born in Wyoming county, New York, in 1830. In 1850, the family came
to Monmouth and her father was one of the first pastors of the Baptist
church here. On December 22, 1852, she was married to Draper
Babcock, who survived her, and for all her married life made her home on
East Broadway. She was the mother of three sons and one daughter,
all of whom were here during the last days of her illness. They
were: E. C. and Howard E. living in Helena, Mont.; Lucius A. of Raton, New
Mexico; and Mrs. A. B. Seaman of Denver, Co. Mrs. Babcock was always
active in her church work,, and one of the most earnest supporters of the
temperance crusade movement. She has a close friendship with Frances
E. Willard and other temperance leaders, and also was a trusted friend and
sympathizer of the colored race. her funeral was held at the family
home and conducted by Re. W. J. Sanborn, assisted by Rev. E. C. Cady.
Gerlaw, another death we should mention was that of Mrs. Robert Gerlaw
who passed away February 09, 1905, from diabetes. She was Mary Jane
Black, a daughter of Jonathan and Abigail Black, and was born in
Pennsylvania in 1852 she married Mr. Gerlaw and they made their home on
the farm near Gerlaw which had ever since been their homestead. In
1873 her husband laid out the town of Gerlaw on a portion of the home
farm, and the founding of this village will cause the name of the family
to be remembered throughout the coming years. She was the mother of
five children, one of whom had died previous to her passing. She was
a Presbyterian, and her funeral was conducted by Rev. W. R. King, with
burial in the Glendale Cemetery (now a part of the Monmouth Cemetery.)
Dixon, mother of Eli Dixon, and a pioneer of Warren County, died in
Roseville, Feb 13, 1905, at the age of 88 years. She was the
daughter of Drury B. and Elizabeth Hurd Boyd, and was born in 1817, in
Bath county Kentucky. The family moved to Greene County, Ind., in
1825, and she lived there until she grew to woman hood. She married
Eli Dixon in 1840 and they continued their home there for some years.
In 1855, Mr. Dixon came to Warren County and bought some land in Point
Pleasant Township, and in 1857 while making plans for the disposal of his
Indiana property and coming to Illinois he took sick and died on October
27. Mrs. Dixon, however, rented the Indiana farm the following year
and came to Illinois, taking up her home on section 12 of Point Pleasant
township. She lived there until a few years before her death, when
she moved into Roseville in a home close by the home of her son, also
named Eli Dixon. She was the mother of vie children only one of
whom, Eli, survived her. She was a member of the church in Point Pleasant
township and the funeral was held there and the burial was in the
Butler, widow of Vincent W. Butler, died at the home of her son in
Galesburg, February 08, 1905. She was 67 years old, and had lived
near Greenbush the greater part of her life. Her husband died five
years earlier and she was survived by four children. Her funeral
and burial were at
Rev. R.C. Matthews
Reverend R. C. Matthews, Doctor of Divinity Death of Dr. Matthews
Rev. R. C. Matthews, D. D., of Monmouth, died suddenly of neuralgia of the heart
on Tuesday evening of last week, at his residence in that city. Dr. Matthews
will be remembered as the old gentleman who took part in the fiftieth
anniversary of the organization of the Presbyterian church in Rushville, one
year ago last January. In alluding to his death the Review says:
Tuesday he was on our streets, and was feeling better than usual and more
cheerful as to his future health. He has so much improved in his general health
and strength, that on Sabbath last he preached twice - morning and evening.
Tuesday afternoon he out in the lot at his residence with his son, John and one
or two others, who were shooting at a mark and shot with them. About four
o'clock he complained of pain and a smothering sensation about the heart.
Medical aid was immediately called, but he only lived about an hour after being
taken sick. No death in this community, among our prominent men, has ever caused
such universal sorrow as the demise of Dr. Matthews. He was beloved and revered
by all classes, and no pastor ever had a stronger hold upon the affections of
his flock than he had. He was in every particular the true, straight-forward,
consistent christian gentleman, and the most richly honored and adorned his
profession and the cause of his Master.
His place in the church will not easily be filled for there are but few like him
as a citizen, a neighbor, and a christian, and his loss to his congregation is
almost irreparable. Dr. Matthews was born in Sheperdstown, Virginia, April 2d,
1822. He came to Monmouth in December, 1851, and took charge of the First
Presbyterian church, and continued as its pastor till the day of his death,
nothing occurring during all these long years to mar the harmony or shake in the
least the confidence that existed between him and his congregation, which
continually grew and strengthened under his wise administration. We believe this
was the first congregation he was ever chosen to preside over and minister to,
and he faithfully continued to the end. It was his great desire to see the new
and handsome church building erected this summer completed and dedicated, then
he expected to quickly lay his armor by to enjoy the rich rewards of a
well-spent life. But it has been otherwise ordered.
Henry C. Spurgeon
Henry C. Spurgeon, 69, one of the most extensive landowners in Greenbush
township, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 16, about 10 a.m. on a
country road near his farm residence, his death being attributed to a heart
Mr. Spurgeon was a member of an old and honored family of Warren county. He was
born in Greenbush township, December 19, 1868, a son of Israel and Elizabeth
(Marshall) Spurgeon. He attended the district schools, the public schools of
Colorado Springs, Colo., and the preparatory department of Knox college. From
the time he was ten years old, he lived at Colorado Springs and Leadville,
Colo., but about 1888, returned to Warren county.
In 1889 he was married to Miss Irene Abbott, who was born in Monmouth. Following
his marriage Mr. Spurgeon rented a farm in Greenbush township, and then some
years later bought a farm. Later his holdings were expanded by the addition of
several hundred acres from his father's extensive estate. In 1900 he went into a
hardware and implement business at Prairie City, and before then served as
salesman for a large agricultural implement house at Bushnell.
Thirty-one years ago, in 1907, Mr. Spurgeon went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for
his health and remained there for a year, leaving for Colorado where he remained
until 1917, and during this period worked for the Great Western Sugar company.
After four years there he went with the Spaulding Deep Tiling Machine company of
Denver, Colo. Returning to Warren county, he resumed his hareware business, and
looked after his farm land. He was known for years as a raiser of Duroc-Jersey
hogs and also of Poland-China and Hampshire hogs.
Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon became the parents of twelve children, tow of whom
preceded their father in death. A son, Harold, died of influenza at Camp
McArthur, Fort Worth, Texas, during the World War, and a daughter, Amy, died at
the age of two. Surviving are the widow and ten children: Mrs. Marie Alkire of
Mesa, Ariz., whose husband died in the army during the war; Merle of
Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Ardis Levoy of Oak Park, Ill.; French of Galesburg;
Henry of Los Angeles; Mrs. Irene Terrell of San Francisco; Eileen of Denver,
Colo.; Bronald, Bernadine and Ione, all of Chicago. He leaves five
Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Emma Dixon, Mrs. Mary Abbott, and Mrs.
Dora Long, of that community; and Elmer of Longmont, Colo.
Green, who made his home in Monmouth for sometime, had
graduated from Monmouth college in 1862, and married Miss Ella Denman,
daughter of D. T. Denman, died at his home in Chicago February 09, 1905,
from pneumonia. He was about 63 years old and was survived by his
wife and one daughter. he was an adjutant in the
Eighty-third Illinois infantry during the Civil War.
died April 04, 1907, at his home, 416 South Fourth street, after an
illness extending over some four years, nearly all the time being confined
to his home. He was born in Chester district, South Carolina, in
1834, and moved into Indiana and later into Ohio, then came to Monmouth in
1866. her served one year in the Civil War in the tenth Ohio
Independent battery, enlisting in 1864. In 1867 he married Miss
Esther Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Campbell, well known
residents of Monmouth, and to them were born Jeanette, Jessie, Mary, Ella,
and Will. he also left one sister in Monmouth, Miss Martha Nesbit.
He was for some years a member of the Second United Presbyterian church,
but on the organization of the Ninth Avenue church he transferred his
membership to that church. His funeral was conducted by his pastor,
Dr. J. F. Jamieson, with burial in the
On March05,, 1882, occurred the death of
William Gibson, one of the pioneers of Warren County, in his eighty-first
year. Mr. Gibson was born in Blount County, Tenn., in 1802, then moved
with his father to Xenia, Ohio, when he was five years of age. He came to
this county in 1830, and reside here until his death. his wife, formerly
Miss Mary A. White, and four children survived him. two other children having
preceded him in death. He had resided for 45 years on the farm on which he
died, just west of this city. He was a brother of Samuel and Robert
Gibson, and a member of the First United Presbyterian church.
W. A. Daugherty,
father of Z. Daugherty, attended the morning services at the Baptist
Church in Young America on Sabbath, May 19, 1872, in his usual health, according
to the Review Atlas. Just as the congregation was dismissed, and nearly
all had passed out of the house, Mr. Daugherty suddenly dropped dead on the
floor. Apoplexy or heart disease was supposed to have been the cause.
he was over seventy years of age.
On the same day, May
19, 1872, occurred the death of Jonathan French, a widely known and highly
esteemed citizen living a half mile west of the city,. He had been in his
usual health until the evening before, when he complained of feeling ill, but
not so as to incite any fear of the family as to his condition. In the
morning he was found in a dying state, and soon passed away. He was in his
72nd year, and had for over thirty years been an elder in the United
Presbyterian church. His funeral was conducted by Rev. J. G. Barnes,
assisted by Dr. John Scott.
one of the best known colored residents of Monmouth, died January 24, 1908, at
his home on East fifth Avenue. He had been in declining health for some time.
Mr. Skinner was born in Tennessee in 1832, a slave. he came north in 1862 and
ever since had been a resident of Monmouth. His first wife had died some 35
years before, and he was married again, and his second wife, Mrs. Harriet
Skinner, survived him... He was member of the Second United Presbyterian church,
and his funeral was conducted by his pastor, Dr. T. C. Pollock, with burial in
the city cemetery. Probably Monmouth Cemetery... Have to check.
William Pierce died February 27, 1880,
long time resident of the Greenbush neighborhood and later of Monmouth, which
took place in Galesburg. he was about 65 years of age and the cause of his
death was typhoid pneumonia. William was born January 23, 1816, and came to
Greenbush in 1836. For a while he taught school in a log cabin located a
short distance west of the little village, which was known at that time as
Greenfield. he married Angeline Waldron in 1837, and soon afterward opened
up a farm on two adjoining quarter sections, on the very south west corner
of Berwick township and the other in the south east corner of Roseville
township. It was here that his wife died and she was buried a few rods west
of the house in what is now known as the Pierce Cemetery. Hers was a long
grave until 1845 when Mrs. Amos Pierce was buried there. About 1885 the
ground was deed to Warren County, to be used a s a burial ground for residents
of that community, and quite number o interments have now been made there.
For awhile the burial ground was in a terrible condition, but under the
direction of the county historical society it was cleared up and for awhile at
least presented a very creditable appearance.
Mr. Pierce moved to Monmouth in
1858, and served as deputy sheriff under Deacon John Brown for some time, and
was postmaster here from 1861 to 1865. He was the father of Almira G.
Pierce, who was well-known resident here for many years. On going to
Galesburg Mr. Pierce helped in the establishment of the Galesburg Liberal
Institute which afterward became
to be continued when I find the rest of this... sorry... William
is buried in the family cemetery called Pearce Cemetery. Also, you can
find his bio and one of his parents in Early Days of Greenbush which is online
died at his home about a mile west of Kirkwood October 19, 1901, after a long
illness from cancer of the stomach. Mr. Gibson was born on the farm in
which he died February 03, 18356. His father, James Gibson has first come
to Monmouth in 1832, settling first in this city, then removing to the farm west
of Kirkwood a year later. Mr. Gibson was married to Mrs.. Nancy Tyler
Hutchinson on October 02, 1864, and they had one son, James McGaw Gibson, who
died in infancy. Mrs. Gibson died on October 02, 1876, that date being the
twelfth anniversary of their marriage. Mr.. Gibson was held in high esteem
by friends in both Warren and Henderson counties. his funeral was
conducted by Rev.. R. Nairn of the Kirkwood United Presbyterian church, with
burial in the Biggsville cemetery.
Galesburg, Saturday, April 26
Overdose of Morphine the cause:
Hatchett, a well known physician of Tylerville, a small place west
of this city, died at twenty minutes past nine, last Sunday evening. The
circumstances so far as learned are these: On Saturday morning, Dr. Hatchett
ate a light meal at the home of his neighbor, Mr. J.P.
the doctor’s wife being absent at the time visiting with her brother, Mr.
of Abingdon. Not putting in an appearance at dinner, someone went over to the
doctor’s house at tea time, to ask him if he did not feel like eating. He was
discovered to be in a profound stupor, owing to morphine, which he had taken.
As he had been in that condition before and had come out all right, no one
thought anything serious of it. On Sunday morning, however, he was found to be
deeply under the influence of the drug and beyond arousing. Medical assistance
from this city was summoned, reaching there in the afternoon, and too late to be
of any service in reviving the then pulseless and almost lifeless man. In this
condition the doctor passed away.
The facts show that he had been vomiting more or
less all day Saturday up to the time that the deadly effects of the morphine
asserted sway over him. He had been in the habit of taking morphine during
times of restlessness and ill-health; and it is thought that on this occasion,
in his weakness and illness, he took more than he had any idea of. An empty
bottle, which had contained chloroform, was found in his bed; but as to whether
or not he had used this anesthetic could not be ascertained.
As a practitioner, Dr. Hatchett was popular, his
practice extending over a considerable stretch of country. By physicians he was
regarded as promising. There was much deep interest manifested in his welfare
when it was learned his condition was so serious. The fact that he lived so
long after entering into the stupor is considered remarkable.
Hatchett was but thirty-three years old. He had a run, however, that might be
envied by many much older physicians, a proof of his fidelity, the accuracy of
his opinions, and skill. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sad
demise. The doctor had many friends here who deplore his death greatly. The
funeral services were held at Abingdon Monday afternoon.
Horace M. Mitchell.
The Atlas of December 19, 1873, told of
the death of Horace M. Mitchell, youngest son of William Mitchell of
this city. It appears that on the evening of December 9 preceding, Mr.
Mitchell, with his wife and another gentleman and two ladies, left Piedmont,
Wyoming Territory, where he was employed as a station agent and telegraph
operator, in a carriage to attend a parade drill at Fort Bridger, 16 miles
distant. The horses becoming exhausted, Mr. Mitchell started to walk to the
fort for assistance, but was never seen alive again. The rest of the party
remained out in the cold and snow all night, but reached the fort in the
morning. On their arrival at the fort a number of soldiers were sent out to
hunt for Mitchell, and he was found a short distance from he forty, lying upon
his face in the snow, frozen stiff, and surrounded by a pack of wolves which
fortunately had not ventured to touch the body. It way first supposed he had
been frozen to death, but the physician who examined him believed death
resulted from an affection to his heart due to excitement in his effort to
save his wife and other companions. His body was brought back to Monmouth for
Mr. Mitchell had been married the preceding June
at Terre Haute, Ind., to Miss Ada L. Toibert. The widow remained in Monmouth
and made her home here. She was the mother of a son, Horace.
Frink's Coach Lines:
The Atlas; Jan 03, 1851; An accident
occurred to one of the stage coaches about a mile and half west of Monmouth,
in which a passenger by the name of Frederick H. Snow was killed. Snow
was riding with he driver on the box and no one was in the side coach. Near a
small bridge, the lead horses took fright at some object, and wheeled to the
left, upsetting the vehicle. The two men were wrapped in a buffalo robe, and
were thrown to the ground in such a way as to prevent their helping themselves
as they might otherwise have done.
Snow as about 25 years of age. He had been in
Burling ton preparing to locate there, and was on his way for a short visit in
Chicago, and Niles, Mich., before settling permanently in Burlington.
All information below about the train
wreck was contributed by James, thanks James
McCrath, Joseph S. Brown, Mack Anderson, Samuel Mettler--
January 4, 1902----Terrible Train Accident.
A fourth terrible
accident within the week happened this morning, and the lives of four men were
instantly taken. The victims were a section crew on the Burlington, and were
struck one and one half miles west of the city by passenger No 22. They were
James McCrath, foreman; Joseph S. Brown; Mack Anderson; & Samuel Muettler.
These men had gone on
their hand car toward the west end of the section where they were to begin
their day's work. They were on the north main track, and just as they went
past the Firoved crossing had evidently stopped for a minute to work, and left
their car on the track. Here they were approached by a freight-train coming
east on the south track. The engine was leaking steam and in the cold air, it
made a cloud of dense vapor. The wind blew this cloud over the north track and
the------. While they were in the midst of this cloud of condensed steam,
passenger train No 22 ran them down. Engineer Samuel Dove not seeing them
until the instant his engine struck them. The unfortunate victims were thrown
in the air, and each one was instantly killed. It was a terrible disaster, and
in the opinion of those who know the facts it occurred through a combination
of circumstances which made it unavoidable. Obituaries follow:
Joseph S. Brown: January 4 & 6, 1902
Joseph S. Brown, residence 116 West Eleventh avenue,
was about 60 years old. He leaves a wife and six children. He has lived here a
long time and was a fireman at the Thrr M Works for years He has been on the
section about two years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and joined th eG.
A. R. years ago. He was also a member of the Ninth Avenue Church.
(6th) Joseph Seritt Brown was born in Muskingum
County, Ohio, Aug 30, 1842, and was one of a family of three children. His
sister, Mrs. Margaret Lyons still lives at Spratt, Ohio. Robert, the brother,
was shot through the heart in the battle of Pine Mountain during the Civil
War. both brothers were serving in the 15th Ohio regiment and were side by
side when Robert was killed. Joseph Brown served four years and was sounded
At the close of the war Mr. Brown came to Monmouth and for
several years engaged in house moving. He then went to the Three M. Works and
for sixteen years was a kiln burner. for the last two years he has been on t
he west end section on the Burlington.
His wife and seven children survive Mr. Brown. They are Mrs. Nettie Barnham,
who lives in Mass; Mrs Kate Reinwaide, St. Louis; J. M. Brown, Mrs Maggie
Rodgers, Mrs Lizzie Nichols, Mises Angie and Lena Brown of Monmouth.
The funeral was held at the Ninth Avenue Church, of which he was
a member this afternoon. a Delegation from the McClannahan Post attended the
services in a body and the pall bearers were comrades of the organization.
James McCrath---January 4 & 6, 1902--
James McCrath, who was the foreman of the section, was a man
with over twenty five years experience as track man with the Burlington
Northern Railroad. He was employed for many years at Keithsburg and Galesburg
and came to Monmouth about ten years ago. He was a very careful Man.
Mr. McCrath was born in Ireland about 50years ago. His wife
and four children survive him. They are Charles, who lives in Galesburg, John,
Miss Margaret and George who live here. He was a devout member of the Catholic
church. The family residence is 326 South Main Street.
The Funeral of James McCrath ws held this morning at the
Church of the Immaculate Conception. Mr. McCrath's sister, Mrs. Patrick Tobin,
The local lodge of Maccabees. this is not a full item here. the information I
have is not complete.
Samuel Mettler-- January 4 & &, 1902
Samuel Mettler, residence 320 East Tenth
avenue, was about 50 years old and a wife and three children survive him. He
had been on the section about one year. The funeral of Samuel Mettler, the
last of the four victims of Saturday's dreadful accident, was held this
morning at the Methodist church.
Mack Anderson--Jan 4 & 6, 1902
Mack Anderson, whose home is 1011 South fourth
Street, was from 50 to 55 years old and leaves a wife and four children. he
had been working for ten or twelve years on the section. He was a member of
the ninths Avenue United Presbyterian Church.
January 6, 1902---Mildred Stone
Mildred May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
stone, died at 7:15 this morning at their home. The disease was pneumonia and
the little girl was eight months old. The funeral will be held tomorrow
afternoon at the residence, 522 East Third Avenue.
January 6, 1902---
A. T. Heflin died New Year's day at his home in
Evanston, Illinois, after a lingering Illness. He was born in Georgia nearly 76
years ago and moved to Monmouth in 1856. He served his country as a member of
the Seventeenth Illinois volunteer infantry, and was under heavy fir for fifty
two days. At the time of his death he was a member of the Gen. John A. Logan
Post No 540 of Evanston.
In 1864 he was married to Catherine Leonard
Stewart. An only daughter, Miss Jennie of Evanston, survives him. He was a
consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church the greater part of his life
and died as he had lived, a true soldier. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery.
1916 Galesburg Paper
Dr. G. E. Luster Dies
Suddenly In His Office
His Body Was Found by His Son Few Minutes After the Death
Made Usual Morning Calls
Dr. George Edward
Luster, for 22 years a physician and surgeon of Galesburg, died suddenly in his
office about 10:30 o’clock this morning. Either apoplexy or heart disease is
believed to have been the cause of his death.
The lifeless body of
the doctor was found by Vernon Luster, his son, lying on the floor in one of the
rear rooms of the offices occupied by Mr. Luster in the Lescher Building.
Believing that his father had only fainted, Mr. Luster ran to the Lescher Drug
company below. Dr. John Bohan, who occupies offices just east of the Lescher
Building, was at the side of the physician in a moment but the spark of life had
gone before his arrival.
Dr. Luster had not
complained of feeling ill. He has been in his usual good health as far as is
known. This morning he made his usual morning calls, returning to his office
about 9 o’clock. His son, Vernon Luster, talked with him and there was nothing
in his appearance or conversation that indicated he was ill.
Vernon left the office
a few minutes later to buy a pair of shoes. Upon his return as he was ascending
the stairs he heard the telephone bell in the doctor’s office ringing. He
answered the call believing that his father had left the office. Going into one
of the rear rooms he found his father lying on the floor unconscious.
Shortly after the
arrival of Dr. Bohan, Drs. Cowan and McClanahan also arrived. Artificial
respiration was resorted to but to no avail. Life had been extinct before their
Dr. Luster was born in
Berwick, Ill., on July 7, 1856 and was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Luster.
Later his parents removed to Monmouth and his father served as circuit clerk
there. He attended the public schools in Monmouth and later attended the Keokuk
Medical School. Afterward he practiced medicine in Warren County for a number
Later he enrolled in
Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia and after his graduation from that
institution he came to Galesburg. He has lived and practiced in this city
continuously since that time.
Dr. Luster was married
to Miss Zoe F. Yaple at Good Hope, Ill., on Sept 9, 1874. To this union there
were born the following children still surviving: George Luster, Good Hope;
Vernon Luster, at home, and Pearl Luster at home. He is also survived by two
sisters, Mrs. Minnie Rayburn of Roseville and Mrs. Hattie Heister of Bushnell.
Charles Luster, a brother, died a year ago.
After coming to this
city, Dr. Luster united with the Baptist Church. He was a member of the state
medical society and of the local Elks lodge. Dr. Luster was conscientiously
devoted to his profession and never took a vacation after he entered the
practice. Last summer he took a postgraduate course in the New York Polyclinic,
but returned immediately after the close of the school and re-entered the
Among the local
physicians, Dr. Luster was known as one of the most ambitious of local
physicians. He was interested in the advance of his profession and the hours
when he was not engaged in making calls he spent reading of advanced treatments
in his profession.
The doctor’s favorite
sport was baseball. He was known as a confirmed baseball fan and while he
enjoyed sports of all kinds he was peculiarly fond of baseball.
Dr. Luster was a member
of the Elks, the Country Club and some other organizations.
Dr. G. E. Luster Buried In
Macomb Born July 7, 1856 Died October 19, 1916
The remains of Dr. G.
E. Luster were taken to Macomb Sunday for interment. The funeral party
accompanying the body left Galesburg on the ten o’clock train Sunday morning.
Harry F. Kimber being in charge. Several of the pallbearers were life-long,
personal friends of Dr. Luster. The pallbearers were Doctors J. E. Cowan, Jesse
Rowe of Abingdon, C. B. Horrell, W.S. McClanahan, J. M. Bohan and B. D. Baird.
The following physicians served as honorary pallbearers: William O.R. Bradley,
E. C. Franing, C.G. Johnson, W. H. Maley, G. S. Bower, C. B. Ripley. The Macomb
physicians and surgeons who acted as pallbearers were James B. Bacon, C. Howell,
T. H. Downing, A. R. Adams, S. F. Russell, Ben D. Jenkins.
A short burial service
was read at the grave with a number of Macomb friends in attendance. The
beautifully located lot of the Luster's is on the crest of a hill with a granite
monument in the center.
There was a profusion
of flowers. Among these were floral remembrances sent by Galesburg Lodge No.
894, B. P. O. E., by local physicians and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Club. The
flowers were sent to the local hospital so that every patient shared.
These lines are an
original tribute to Dr. Luster from his wife:
“Tenderly borne to
Sunshine Hill by beloved physicians,
“’Twas God’s will
that he counsel with the Great Physician,
“And he smiles and
comforts us still.”
Luster Obituaries submitted
by Lola Luster, she is also looking for Thomas Luster's parents or information
on them if you have any information on them be
to let me know so I can contact Lola.
Thomas Luster and his two wives are buried in the Greenbush Cemetery, Greenbush
Township, Warren Co., Illinois. Thanks Lola.
Rosey Owens-- Review Atlas -- Aug 9, 1878
Rosey Owens, aged 39 years, 5months,
and 8 days died on the 31st of July, of inflamation of the liver, at Monmouth,
Warren Co., IL.
Ida Oliver Stevenson -- Review Atlas Aug 9, 1878--July 21, of convulsions
resulting from a burn, Ida Oliver Stevenson, aged 15 months and 12 days passed
In Berwick township, July 13, a 3 month old child of George W. Holeman and
Margaret J. passed away.
On June 26, 1878, Hulda J. Bruckner of Greenbush township, passed away aged
21years 11 months, and 7 days of nephritis. buried in the Greenbush Cemetery.
On August 18 inst., 1855, George, only son of Thomas G. and Celia B. Ashby, aged
one year passed away.
In Monmouth, on August 28th, 1855, Mrs. Louisa, wife of Samuel T. Wells, died of
Flux aged 26 years.
Six miles east of this place, Cameron, an old citizen, Barton S. Parker, passed
away on August 28, 1855.
August 17, 1855, near Little York, Anthony Cannon, aged 73 years passed on. Mr.
Cannon had been in Warren County, IL, for about 23 years, and was one of the
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, wife of S. R., died of congestive fever on the 3 of
October near Cameron in the 29th year of her life.
Paradine M. Jones, daughter of Elder John Jones, of Warren county, ILl died on
November 8, 1855, in the 21st year of her life. Miss Jones became a member of
the Union Baptist church on October 1851, but when she died was a member of the
Roseville Church. Miss Jones died of typhoid fever, of which she suffered
severely for 19 days, when it pleased her heavenly Father to take her to dwell
with Him. Beside a father and mother, brothers and sisters, who deeply mourn her
Pascmal T. Haley died in this city on the morning of November 9th, inst, 1855.
Pascmal was son of the late Henry Haley, in the 20th year of his age.
November 10, 1855 Lina Bell Moore was called home. She was the infant babe of
Sample R. Moore, aged three months dying of congestive fever.`
At the residence of his son, Henry Tracy, died on December 18th, 1855, Jonathan
Tracy was aged 83 years.
Mrs. Mary W. Denison died at the house of her father Rev. A. Griggs, in Rock
Island, December 27th, 1856, of consumption. She was the wife of Rev. J. W.
Denison and in the 34th year of her age.
November 20, 1855, Mr. Alexander Turnbull, aged 56 passed away. Mr. Turnbull had
come from Ohio over twenty years ago.
Infant daughter of George and Margaret Moore died on the 30th day of December,
1855, of bronchitis.
In this city, on Wednesday morning, January 9, 1856, Mr. S. R. Allsworth, passed
away in the 68 years of his age.
At Peoria, on January 14, 1856, Mrs. Harriet N. B. Hotchkiss wife of J. P.
Hotchkiss, Esq., and daughter of Hon. Walter Booth, of Meridian, Conn.
Review Atlas--- Feb 8, 1856---Mr. William T. Smith, on Saturday last, February
2, 1856, and living near Berwick, in this county, in company with his
son-in-law and a small boy, started in a two-horse wagon to come to Monmouth, on
business. After traveling some distance, Mr. Smith became somewhat benumbed by
the severe cold, and got out of the wagon, telling his son-in-law to drive on as
fast as possible, and save the young boy from freezing, and he would walk. Being
a man near sixty years of age, he was soon overcome by the wind and storm and
sunk to the ground. to be continued. have to find the other page.
Review Atlas --September 13, 1861
In Monmouth, on the 29th of August, inst,
Mrs. Susan F. wife of A. O. France, in the 31st day of her age died. She leaves
a husband and three small children to fell sad at the loss of a kind and
affectionate wife and mother.
Review Atlas---September 20, 1861--- In the city of Troy, New York, on April 15,
Miss Hildah Norman, aged 19 years 12 days, and formerly a student of Monmouth
College, died from congestion of the brain.
Review Atlas--October 4, 1861-- Amanda Naomi, daughter of James Moore, Esq.,
aged 1 year and 8 months passed on in Tompkins township.
James D. McLean, aged 47 years of Monmouth passed away October 16, 1861.
On October 16, 1861 May Phillips, daughter of George L. and Lizzie M. Phillips,
aged 3 months went to a better place.
In Monmouth, on September 23, 1861, Jennie Emmie Josephine daughter of Maj. L.
N. and C. Hobenburgh, aged four years, eleven months, and nineteen days went to
a better place.
At Young America, on November 6, 1861, Elizabeth Mayes Phillips, wife of George
L. Phillips at the age of 22 years lost her fight with consumption.
On December 27, 1861, S. s. Salisbury's wife, Sally, in the 56th year of her age
died of paralysis.
son of John S. Sterling of near Berwick, died in the year of 1862 his name was
December 30, 1906--Obituary.
Susan N. Tally was born in Edmundson County, Ky.,
October 9, 1844. She died near Raritan, Ill., Sunday Dec 30, 1906. Aged 62
years, 2 months and 2 days. She was the mother of eight children. Two having
preceded her to the better land, there remain four sons and two daughters with
her aged husband to mourn her departure.
Mrs. Tally and her husband united with the Christian church nearly 30
years ago and showed her works in giving a kind neighbor and loving and
beloved wife and mother. She loved the church and delighted in all its services,
and just a few hours before her death she expressed a desire to attend the
morning services, but while the worship on earth in the little church was in
progress her spirit took it's departure to the great assembly of spirits above.
Her funeral services were held in the Christian church at Roseville Jan 1,
1907, conducted by Elder J. A. Clemmens. Interment in the Roseville cemetery.
Pall bearers were G. W. Monroe, W. H. Carr, Sam'l Curry, Harvey Hastings,
Jams Pittman and J. H. Lang.
Music was furnished by J. F. fisher, Mary and Albert Fisher; Mrs. Millie
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