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Pekin Daily Times, Friday, March 14, 1947
Mrs. Norton Dies At Home:Rites To Be Held Saturday

Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. Saturday at the Kuecks Funeral home for Mrs. Amanda Elizabeth Norton, 51, who died at her home, 710 S. Second St., Thursday at 1:30p.m. The Rev. Jesse Powers will officiate.
Mrs. Norton was born Aug. 12, 1895 at Stuttgart, Ark., a daughter of Robert and Carriebell Scantlin Ross. Her marriage to Harrison P. Norton took place at DeWitt, Ark., on Aug. 4, 1914. She has been a resident of Illinois for the past 18 years.
Surviving are four sons, Ross Robert, Joseph Paul, Leonard L. and Leo Norton; a daughter, Miss Leona Norton; a sister, Mrs. Georgia Belle Morales; three half-brothers, John, Lawrence and (unreadable) and a half-sister Mrs. Marie Cross.
 

Pekin Daily Times, Nov. 7, 1927 Ann Laurel Emmet died at her daughters home in Omaha,NB on Oct 29, 1927. She had been a previous resident of Manito, IL and Spring Lake, IL
Name: Serenus ROPP
Birth: 23 FEB 1870 in Pekin, Tazewell, IL
Death: 7 APR 1947 in Gibson City, Ford Co., IL
Burial: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, IL
Father: John ROPP b: 3 SEP 1845 in Pekin, Tazewell, IL
Mother: Catherine GERBER b: 6 APR 1843 in Pekin, Tazewell County,IL contributed by Norita Ross Shepherd, thanks!!!
Hopedale Times-Review November 24 1932  Hopedale

Christian W. Hawk passes away Nov. 24.

After a brief illness with heart trouble C. W. Hawk died at his home here last Wednesday evening, Nov. 24, at 8:30.

He was born at Gallipolis, OH, Oct. 18, 1862 and came to Illinois in 1879 when he engaged in farming near Tremont, where he lived for a short time before coming to Hopedale in 1880 where he has resided ever since. For many years he was engaged in the thrashing business in this vicinity and conducted a threshing outfit until just recently.

On Mar 27, 1904 he was united in marriage to Nettie Black of Hopedale who survives. Besides the widow, he is also survived by one brother, August Hawk of Fortoria, Ohio; and two sisters, Carrie and Mary Hawk of Rodney, Ohio.

Mr. Hawk was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and of the Hopedale Lodge IOOF. He will be greatly missed by the citizens of this community, where he has lived for so long.

Funeral services were held at the Hopedale M. E. Church Saturday at 2 p.m., Rev. Van B. Sullins officiating. The ball bearers were F. W. Fein, H. G. Schneider, Charles Smith, J. H. Crawford, J. R. Coggins and H. J. Oldham.

The hymns were sung by Alice McBride and Miss Mildred Maurer, accompanied by Mrs. Marjorie Bartelsmeyer at the piano.

Internment was at Orendorff cemetery.
Hopedale Times- Review January 20 1931

Passing of Mrs. Clara Yeazel Last Monday

After a two weeks illness with heart trouble and complications, Mrs. William Yeazel died at her home here at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 1921, age 76 years.

Clara Black was born at Sandyville, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1855, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Black. She was united in marriage to William Yeazel at Bloomington on Jan. 29, 1892, who proceeded her in death Aug. 22, 1923. She leaves to mourn her departure, four sisters, Mrs. W. C. Anderson, Bulford, Iowa; Mrs. D. W. Floyd, Herrington, Kan., and Mrs. C. W. Hawk and Mr. H. F. Lowe of Hopedale; also one brother, Harvey W. Black of Pittsburg, Kan. She also leaves numerous other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her passing.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 Wed. afternoon at the M. E. church in charge of the pastor, Rev. Arthur Jern. Burial was at the Orendorff cemetery.

July 29, 1869 Decatur Republican

Terrible Affair in Tazewell County

The telegraph brings news of a bloody fight with horse thieves in Tazewell County last week. It appears that a band of the desperadoes have infested the Delavan prairie and the vicinity of Pekin for some time. Last Thursday two of them took a man named Shaw into their confidence, and informed him that they intended to steal a pair of horses that night. Shaw pretended to fall in with their plans but took the first opportunity to inform the proper authorities and the men were arrested. Their attorney succeeded in getting them released on the ground of no warrant haven been issued. Whereupon Deputy Sheriff Pratt and three others, armed with the proper papers started in pursuit. Between nine and ten o'clock on Friday night they met three men on the road who looked suspicious. On their refusal to halt, the Sheriff and party fired using every shot. When they ceased, the desperadoes fired. The first volley killed Deputy Sheriff Pratt almost instantly, and seriously injured the jailor. The thieves succeeded in escaping, and the party returned home. When the facts were known the wildest excitement prevailed in Pekin. On Saturday Morning Marshal Stone, with fifty citizen volunteers, armed to the teeth, set out to capture the villains. They scoured the whole country and found six men who could not give a good account of themselves. These were brought to Pekin and put in Jail. The excitement was now at a fever heat. Men from all parts of the country came pouring into Pekin, swearing vengeance. A mob was soon raised, composed for from 500 to 800 men, and embracing leading citizens of Pekin and Delavan. The throng surrounded the jail and demanded the prisoners. Not getting them, they threatened to use force. Nothing, however was attempted until late at night, when the crowd increased. The clamor was kept up until 3 o'clock Sunday morning, when the doors were broken down and the mob rushed into the building and demanded the keys of the cell where the ringleader Bill Berry, was confined. The Sheriff refused, when the blacksmith was procured, who beat down the iron door of the cell. Here a desperate hand to hand encounter in the dark took place between the doomed man and the crazed mob. During the melee three men were stabbed by Berry, one, it is thought, fatally. A few shots were fired at him, one passing through his head. He was finally overcome and dragged to the nearest tree and lynched, where his body hung until daylight.

The excitement is by no means delayed and the populace still thirst for blood. The Officers are still in pursuit of another man who is supposed have shot Pratt. When he is taken, a repetition of the above may be expected. Pratt was a young man highly esteemed by everyone and brother to the Sheriff.

December 2, 1869 Decatur Republican

The jury in the case of Berry and others on trial at Jacksonville for the murder of Henry Pratt, returned their verdict on Sunday which was as follows: Isaac Berry was convicted of murder in the first degree and his time at the penitentiary fixed for the term of his natural life, Frank Britten's time in the penitentiary was fixed at twenty five years, Mathew McFarland, C Daily and Emanuel W Berry's time was fixed at fifteen years. Simeon Berry was found not guilty, but he was re-arrested on a charge of an assault with intent to kill. A motion was made by the counsel for the prisoners for a new trial, which has not yet been decided.

Bertha Ireland Simpson VanDrelzen dies at 102


Mrs. Bertha Van Drelzen, 102, 500 NE Madison, Apt. A-3, died at 5:45 a.m. today at her home. Born Dec 18, 1881, in Hopedale, she was a daughter of William and Cora Black Ireland. She first married Ralph Simpson. She then married Leslie Van Drelzen, July 3, 1926 in Peoria. He died May 1955 in Peoria. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Myers and Mrs. Edmond (Bernadine) Smith, both of Peoria; and one son, James Simpson of Peoria.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary, with the rosary recited there at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie Hawk, 87, who died at St. Francis hospital in Peoria Sunday at 10:30 p.m. were held Wednesday, November 22, at 2 p.m. in the Davis mortuary; Rev. Arthur S. Chapman, pastor of the Hopedale Methodist church officiated. Mrs. E. F. Paine, organist, played comforting music.

The pallbearers were : Arthur Rich, Orville Augsburger, Jesse Augsburger, Dan Litwiller, Robert Anderson, and Henry Weihmeir.

Death of Mrs. Henry Lowe Last Wednesday

After an illness of several weeks Mrs. Bertha Lowe died at 5 p.m. onb Wednesday of last week at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria. She had been in failing health for several months.

Miss Bertha Black was born Feb. 18, 1867, at Sandyville, Ohio, the daughter of Gilbert and Susanah Cline Black. She was married to Henry Lowe at Hopedale on June 22, 1902 who with a daughter, Mrs. Lenora Hopper of Peoria survives. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Nettie Hawk of Hopedale, and a niece Mrs. Bertha Van Drelzen of Peoria.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in Hopedale Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. David N. Hasbrook, pastor of the Tremont Methodist church, in charge, assisted by Rev. E. R. McBroom.

The hymns were sung by Misses Alice McBride and Emma Hussman. The pallbearers were C. R. Paine, V. L. Coggins, Eddie Meyers, R. N. Roelofson, O. H. Augsburger and R. F. Maurer. Burial was in Orendorf cemetery.

Hopedale Times-Review, Thursday, August 24, 1939

Burial was made in Orendorff cemetery. Hopedale Rebekah Lodge was in charge of graveside rites. Mrs. Hawks was a charge member of Sionilis Rebekah of Hopedale.

Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL August 1984.

Mrs. Hawk was born in Sandyville, Ohio, on June 6, 1863, a daughter of Gilbert and Sussanna Klein Black. She married C. W. Hawk at Hopedale in 1904 and he preceded her in death. Four sister and two brothers also are deceased.

Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Bertha Van Drelzen and Mrs. Lenora Hopper, both of Peoria.

Death of Mrs. Henry Lowe Last Wednesday

After an illness of several weeks Mrs. Bertha Lowe died at 5 p.m. onb Wednesday of last week at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria. She had been in failing health for several months.

Miss Bertha Black was born Feb. 18, 1867, at Sandyville, Ohio, the daughter of Gilbert and Susanah Cline Black. She was married to Henry Lowe at Hopedale on June 22, 1902 who with a daughter, Mrs. Lenora Hopper of Peoria survives. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Nettie Hawk of Hopedale, and a niece Mrs. Bertha Van Drelzen of Peoria.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in Hopedale Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. David N. Hasbrook, pastor of the Tremont Methodist church, in charge, assisted by Rev. E. R. McBroom.

The hymns were sung by Misses Alice McBride and Emma Hussman. The pallbearers were C. R. Paine, V. L. Coggins, Eddie Meyers, R. N. Roelofson, O. H. Augsburger and R. F. Maurer. Burial was in Orendorf cemetery. Hopedale Times-Review, Thursday, August 24, 1939

OBITUARY OF J. O. GILLESPIE January 20, l922

Jacob Owen Gillespie was born April ll, l832, at Huntington, PA, and died January 20, l922, at the age of 89 years, 9 mo. and 9 days. He came to IL with his parents, Christian and Dorothy Gillespie, when l4 yrs. old. He was the second oldest of a family of 8 children, all of whom have preceded him in death.

On Nov. 29, l855, he was joined in matrimony to Sarah Jane Munsell, at Twin Grove, IL. The following year, they moved to a farm on Broadway, one mile south of Minier. To this union were born 8 children: Mrs. Dora Ling; Mrs. Louisa Sully; Mrs. Mary Carr; Mrs. Hallie Catlin; and Albert Gillespie, who have preceded him in death. Those remaining to mourn his demise are Elmer Gillespie and Mrs. Carrie Ogden, of Minier; and Leslie Gillespie, of Alma, OK. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 g-grandchildren.

Jacob Owen Gillespie united with the Methodist church when a young man and has consistently continued his connection with the same until his death. He was on the building committee of the church on Broadway. He has also been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 30 years.

The funeral was held at the M.E. church last Monday in charge of Dr. A.A. White, of Normal. The interment was in the Minier cememtery. Those who attended the funeral from out of town were Carl Gillespie and Mrs. Ann Weedman, of Farmer City; George Gillespie and daughter, Luella, of Champaign; Park Gillespie of Normal; Mrs. Dave Hensell and son, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Louise Long of Mackinaw; Mr. and Mrs. Will Ficht and daughter, Dorothy, and F. L. Sully, of Washington.
Obituary - Freeport, IL - Thursday, Nov. 4, 1943 - Charles Fred Eaton
Charles Fred Eaton, 63, a resident of Freeport since 1902, passed away at his home, 833 South Liberty avenue, early today after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at the Eichmeier & Becker funeral home, West Stephenson street, at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. Chandler W. Sterling, rector of Grace Episcopal church, will conduct the services and interment will be made at Oakland. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Mr. Eaton was born at Bellefonte, PA., Sept. 25, 1880, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Eaton. He moved to Orangeville with his parents when a boy, residing there until 1902. For fifteen years (Note: should this say fifty years?) he was engaged in the grocery business here. He leaves three sisters and a brother, Misses Maude and Helen Eaton, Freeport; Miss Mary Eaton, Chicago; Robert Eaton, New York.
Peoria Il, Newspaper, 1940

Services Held Sunday For William Henry THIELBAR
William Henry THIELBAR, son of Frederick and Sophia WITTENBURG THIELBAR, was born Aug. 8, 1851, at Prattsburg, Ripley Co. Indiana, the fourth
in a family of 12 children.
He departed this life on Nov. 14, 1940, at
the age of 89 years, three months and six days.
At the age of 14 years, he, with his parents, came by covered wagon to Illinois, settling on a farm near Washington, Illinois, where the deceased grew to young manhood.
On Jan. 17, 1875, he was united in marriage with Wilhelmina LOHMEYER at Washington, Illinois.To this union were born nine children, namely, Mrs. Emma Scharp, Mrs. Elizabeth Shaffer, George Thielbar, Frederick Thielbar, William A. Thielbar, John Thielbar, Sophia Thielbar, Mrs.Pauline Kruse and Mrs. Viola Ely. He has been preceded in death by his
wife and the following children: Mrs. Emma Scharp, George and John Thielbar.
In March of 1914, he moved to Henry, Illinois, where he has since resided.In his early boyhood he became a member of the Lutheran Church and throughout his life believed in the goodness of God and the life everlasting.
Death came very suddenly, following an illness of three days and was a shock to his children, twenty grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, one brother, August Thielbar of Peoria, Ill., numerous nieces and nephews, who centered all their family gatherings about him, and to whom no gathering was complete without his presence. To these
and his hosts of distant relatives and friends, he will be sorely missed..
Funeral services were conducted from the home, west of Henry, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, with the Rev. Walter T. Ward, pastor of the Henry Methodist Church, bringing the message of comfort. Three hymns, "Rock of Ages," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "In the Garden," were beautifully
rendered by Mrs. T. A. Baker and Mrs. C. O. Pogemiller, accompanied by Mrs. Charles Bourdette.
The pall beareres were his six grandsons, Howard and George Thielbar,Raymond and Vernon Thielbar, Merlin Kruse and Nate Scharp.
Relatives from a distance attending the services were: Mrs. Elizabeth Thielbar and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Thielbar, Mr. and Mrs. Edw.Kruse and son, Merlin, Mr. and Mrs. Don Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Dengel,Mr. and Mrs. Geoge Eppy and family, George and Carrie Hartley, and Richard of Oak Hill, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. William Scharp, Mr. and Mrs. August Thielbar and family,Mr. and Mrs. George Thielbar and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Thielbar, Mr.and Mrs. Edw. Sick, Loyd Ely, Mrs. Joe Ely, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thompson,John Ehlen of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shaffer and daughter, Helen,
Mr. and Mrs. Nate Scharp, Mrs. Ray Kamm and three children, Mr.and Mrs.John King, Mrs. Henry Ganzhorn, of Washington, Illinois.Raymond Smith of Wilmette, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. John Lou and family of Tampico, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thielbar, Washburn, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. R. Ropp of Washington, Illinois and John Ely of Princeville, Ill.
Funeral arrangements were in charge of A. C. Lindbloom, and interment was in the Henry City Cemetery.
The Tazewell County Reporter, Washington, Illinois, July 18, 1957

Mrs. SHAFFER Died; Services held Monday

Mrs. Elizabeth C. SHAFFER, 77, of 114 N. Pine St., passed away at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 11, in the Washington Nursing Home, where she had been a patient several days.

She was born May 25, 1880, in Groveland township, the daughter of William and Wilhelmina LOHMEYER THIELBAR.

Since her marriage on Jan. 22, 1902 to Albert Shaffer in Morton, she had resided in Washington.

She is survived by her husband, four daughters, eleven grandchildren,and 3 great grandchildren, a brother William Thielbar of Henry, and two sisters Miss Sophie Thielbar of Henry and Mrs. Pauline Kruse of Bartonville. Her daughters are Mrs. Irene Kamm of Washington, Mrs. Ida Dengel and Mrs. Alma Eppy, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Helen Stephens of Morton. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Mrs. Shaffer was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Washington.

Funeral services were held at the Habecker Funeral Home at 2 pm Monday, with Rev. Wilbur Payne officiating. Burial was in the Glendale Cemetery. Casket bearers were Keneth Naffziger, Henry Henz, Henry Christ, Sam Naffziger, Charles Muller and Chris Gerber. Mrs. Frank Heiple was the soloist.
Death of a Pioneer:
John H. EYRSE died at the home of his daughter Mrs.E. C. Van Loon of Streator, at 1:30 O'clock Thursday afternoon . He had been sick for some time and his death had been expected for the past week. The deceased was born in Hampshire, Va. 22 Nov. 1832, and came to Tazewell County in 1847. With his brother he entered land on Delavan Prarie and resided their for several years, coming later to Pekin, where he has resided most of time since. He was married to Amanda RUPLE, of Cincinnati township, who preceeded him to the great beyond fifteen years ago. To them were born five children: Henry of Peoria, Charles of this city: Mrs. E.C. Van Loon, of Streator: Mrs. Julius Studyville and Mrs
Cash Irish of Peoria--who with one sister, Mrs. Mary Gay, of this city are left to mourn his demise. In an early day Mr. Eyrse was prominently identified with the business interest of the city. He followed the business of contracting and building for years and was also engaged in the grocery business. At one time he conducted a grangers' store in a building that stood a little west of the residence of Charles Duisdicker, on Court Street. For several years he had been living a retired life. Mr. Eyrse was a kind and noble hearted man, ever ready to lend a hand to those in trouble, many whom he had befriended cannot say too much in his praise.--Pekin Post-Tribune.

The deceased resided near San Jose over fifty years ago and was a brother of the late Samuel G. Eyrse, of this city. He has visited here quite often and was well known to many of our readers. The remains arrived at Pekin from Streator Saturday, at which place the funeral occurred Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, from the home of his son Charles in that city, 904 Court St.


John H. EYRSE died at the home of daughter Mrs. E.C.Van Loon in Streator, at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Dec 11, 1902.He had been sick for some time and his death has been expected for the past week. The deceased was born in Rockbridge county, Va. Nov. 22, 1832 and came to Tazewell Co. in 1847. He was married to Amanda Ruple of Cincinnati township, who proceeded him to the great beyond about seven years ago. In an early day Mr. Eyrse was prominently identified with the business interest of the city. He followed the business of contracting and building for years and was also engaged in the grocery business. For several years he had been living a retired life. Mr. Eyrse was a kind and noble-hearted man, ever ready to lend a hand to those in trouble, and many whom he has befriended cannot say too much in his praise. The funeral was held at the home of his son Charles in Pekin at 10 o'clock Sunday. The pall-bearers were his two sons-in-law, and his four nephews. contributed by annomous.
Woodford Pioneer Dead---death Sept. 19. 1919
Mrs. Mary LEINWEBER, Early Settler, passes away at the age of 77 years at Benson

Another of the old settlers of Tazewell and Woodford counties haspassed away. The Metamora Herald gives the following particulars:
Mrs. Mary LEINEWEBBER (ed: LEINWEBER), member of the Gangloff family, among the earliest settlers in Tazewell and Woodford counties, passed away at her home in Benson last Friday, at the age of 77 years.


Deceased was the oldest of the daughters and one of eleven children of John B. Gangloff, a pioneer settler in Tazewell and Woodford counties.


She was born in Tazewell county August 4, 1842. Later her parents settled in Worth township, Woodford county on the Gries farm. In 1865 she was united in marriage with Joseph Leinewebber. The family settled at Benson in 1874, which had since then been her home. Her husband died in 1885. Five children survive, Mrs. William Ryan of Henry, Joseph, Andrew and Lewis Leinewebber of Benson. Of her brothers and sisters, four survive, Mrs. Seraphine Gries of Metamora, Andrew Gangloff of Rensselaer, Ind., Mrs. Elizabeth Ruffing and Mrs. Angeline Gries of Benson. A sister and brother were the late Mrs. Geo. Meister and John J. Gangloff of Metamora.


Funeral services were held in the Catholic church in Benson at 9:30 Monday morning. A large number of Metamorans attended the services including: George, Joseph, Henry and Lawrence Gangloff and members of their families, Mrs. J. J. Gangloff, Miss Katie Elbert, J. P. Elbert, Geo. Meister, L. B. Meister, Raymond and Louis Gries. Six of the deceased's nephews acted as pall bearers. At the close of the services the body was laid to rest in the Benson Catholic cemetery.
 

Peoria, IL Newspaper,

Last Rites are Held on Saturday for Mrs. William THIELBAR


Came to Henry 14 years ago, Large concourse of Friends attend Funeral Wilhelmina LOHMEYER, oldes child of Frederick and Caroline (KELLER) Lohmeyer, was born near Morton, Illinois, August 26, 1855, and passed


away at her home four miles west of Henry, Dec. 24, 1929, at the age of 74 years, 3 months, and 28 days,following an illness of five weeks.


On January 17, 1875, she was united in marriage with William Thielbar in the Methodist church southwest of Washington, Illinois. They resided in and about Morton and Washington until 14 years ago, when they moved to Henry.


To this union, nine children were born, Mrs. Emma Scharp and Mrs.Albert Shaffre of Washington; Mrs. Edward Kruse of Peoria; Fred, William , John and Sophia Thielbar and Mrs. Clarence Ely, all of Henry. One son, George, preceded her in death 11 years ago. Besides her husband and children, she leaves to mourn her loss 23 grandchildren, 3 great
grandsons, two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Speck of Peoria and Mrs. Lydia Ganzhorn of Washington, and one brother, Chris Lohmeyer, also of Washington.


In her early girlhood, she united with the Methodist church near Washintgon. She was always strong in her faith and love of God, believing entirely all of His teachings and following the path He had made for her.


Funeral services were held from her home at 2 p.m., Saturday, conducted by Rev. G. W. Kinsman, minister of the Methodist church of Henry. Mrs. Elmer Hunt and Mrs. Lawrence Hunt, accompanied by Mrs. Charles Bourdette, very beautifully rendered "The Old Rugged Cross," "Asleep in Jesus," and "Rock of Ages."


The pallbearers were her three sons, Fred, William and John, and Albert Shaffer, Edward Kruse and Clarence Ely. The beautiful flowers, so profuse in number, expressed the love and esteem of her many relatives and friends. The home was filled with those who sympathized with her bereaved family .

She was laid to rest in the Henry Cemetery. Those attending the funeral services were: Mrs. O. F. Smith, Mrs. Edward Bakken, Mrs. Dan Eubel, Mrs. Fred Gyke, and son Jack, Mr. and Mrs. August Thielbar, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Scharp and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kruse and family of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. John King and family, Mrs. Lydia Ganzhorn, Chris Lohmeyer, Mrs. Emma Opper, Edw. Opper, Mrs. Emmaline Handschu, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shaffer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kamm and son Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. George Hartley, Jr, and son Richard, and Mrs. Emma Scharp and son Nate, of Washington, Mrs. Elizabeth Thielbar and family of Groveland; Mrs. Hannah Sharp of Magnolia, John Ely of Princeville; Mrs. C. A. Sherman and Miss Martha Rowe of Washington.

JUNE 15ish, 1931---Thomas Patton, Delavan, Dies

Delavan, June 15. --- Thomas R. Patton, 84, died at 2:30 a. m. Sunday following an illness of almost a year of heart disease. He was born September, 1846 near Philadelphia, Pa.

He came to Illinois in 1867 and lived in Pekin for a short time but then came to Delavan where he had since made his home. March 3, 1870, he married Miss Mary Kellogg and in 1896 he married Mrs. Julia Seigrist.

Surviving are his widow, two sons, Walter, of St. Joseph, Mo. and William, of Barrington, and Mrs. John Harms of Delavan.

Was G.A.R.

Mr. Patton was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He served nearly a year in the Civil war. He was in Sherman's march to the sea and took part inthe review at Washing [sic] in 1865.

The funeral will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church at 2 p. m. Tuesday in charge of the American Legion. The Rev. O.E. Martin, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Prarie Rest cemetery.

Pallbearers will be D. M. Shivlar, John Roemer, John Warne, M. L. Anders, Ben Ranney and W.T. Harrison.
 
Mrs. D. N. LOYD passed away at her home one half mile north of Gretna [Phillips County, KS] at 4 o'clock June 9, 1933, at the age of 69 years 2 months and 20 days.

Miss Ardelia McDERMED was born in Tremont, Ill., March 21, 1864. She came to Phillips county in 1879 in a covered wagon with her mother, stepfather and four younger brothers and a younger sister.

She was married July 22, 1883 to D. N. [David Newton] LOYD and made her first home in a small frame house one half mile north and three-quarters west of Gretna. One year later she moved with her husband to a 40 acre homestead a mile and a half east, where they built a sod house and lived for several years.

Seven children were born in the family, four boys, Dell, Elmer, Joe, and Frank; and three girls. Pearl, Lydia, and Effie now Mrs. Lester McALISTER, Mrs. Lloyd FERGUSON and Mrs. Allan ADEE, all of whom are living and were with her when she passed away.

Her chief interest was her home and family and she gave herself unsparingly to both. Through years of Kansas drout, prairie fire and grasshoppers she toiled to keep her family fed and clothed and in school, that they might have advantages she had been denied. In 1904 the family moved to the old home place one half mile north of Gretna.
MAJOR D.S. SHEPPARD, GALLANT OLD SOLDIER, ANSWERS THE SUMMONS

"I will live for those that love me,
For those that know me true;
For the heaven that smiles above me,
And awaits my spirit too.
For the wrongs that need resistance.
For the right that needs assistance.
For the future in the distance.
And the good that I can do."

The above verse was quoted by Rev. William G. Trower at the memorial service in honor of Major D.S. Sheppard. It is a fitting tribute to his memory, as it was the inspiration of his life.
The funeral of Major Sheppard was held Sunday afternoon from Wiltonís chapel in Peoria. The relatives and quite a number of the friends from Washington, Pekin, Peoria, and elsewhere were in attendance. From there the remains were brought by automobile funeral train to Washington and the burial was in the family lot in Glendale cemetery. Short services were held at the grave and a large number of Washington people had gathered at the graveside to pay their last respects to the old soldierís memory.


Rev. Trower, pastor of the Presbyterian church in Washington, officiated at the memorial service and at the grave, He offered a prayer, followed by an address of some twenty minutes. He spoke informally, but it was a splendid tribute to the memory of the old major. He told especially of his loyalty and patriotism. He was loyal to his country, loyal to his family, and loyal to his friends. A number of beautiful passages of verse and scripture were quoted which rounded out the tribute most beautifully and effectually.


Following the address by Rev. Trower Wilson Circle of the Womanís Relief Corps of Peoria held a brief service. They placed a flag across the breast of the old soldier and Mrs. Wilson gave a short address which was indeed most suitable to the occasion.


Major Dennis Scovel Sheppard died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Anna Lester in Peoria last Saturday afternoon at 2 oíclock. The gallant old soldier was prepared and ready to go. A week previous to his death he was stricken with another attack of paralysis which rendered him helpless and unconscious most of the time. His remarkable vitality, however, held out to the end and for one week he lay in a comatose state without taking any nourishment. His going was painless and he gently slept his life away surrounded, as was his last wish, by his devoted children.


Capt. D.S. Sheppard was born June 23, 1829, near the post office of Bright, Ind., Miller Township, Dearborn County. He was a son of Joel and Charlotte (Gibson) Sheppard. In 1836 Mr. Sheppard came to Washington with his parents. He, however, returned with his parents to Indiana and lived there until October 8, 1848, when they came to Washington and he had lived here and in this vicinity ever since that time. His father, a cooper by trade, purchased a two-story house where L.J. Kern now lives. Mr. Sheppard lived there until he was married. His folks moved to Canton.


On December 26, 1850, Mr. Sheppard was married to Mary Jane Young. To this marriage eight children were born. Those who are now living are Mrs. Anna Lester, Mrs H.L. Zinser and D.S. Sheppard Jr. He leaves twenty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Capt. Sheppard, as he was familiarly called by all his old friends during his life, when a young man started at work farming around Washington. In 1849 Charles Anthony started a tin factory in Washington and Mr. Sheppard was one of his traveling salesmen, and as was the style in those days ran a peddlerís wagon. While on one of his trips down in Menard County he became acquainted with a farmer named Nesbit Young who had formerly been a ship carpenter by trade and incidentally met his daughter who on December 26, 1850, became his wife. The old captain stated that he never regretted his traveling experience for he got a helpmate with whom he lived happily for 57 years.


The spring following his marriage Capt. Sheppard started to farming for himself on land owned by John Marsh, which is now the Joseph Strubhar farm. He farmed around here until 1856. He had purchased 80 acres of land of the Illinois Central railroad and this he traded for 160 acres of land near Roanoke and gave his note for $2,000 to boot. He farmed this from 1856 until the war broke out and he enlisted. He abandoned the farm and moved his family to Washington. After the war he sold the farm for just about enough to clear up the indebtedness against him.


After the war he returned to Washington and was engaged as a traveling salesman for a number of years. He sold implements for the Tom Birkett implement factory in Washington which at that time employed 100 people. He afterwards traveled for a Peoria firm. In 1884 he was appointed U.S. Guager at Pekin and was here for four years. At the expiration of that time he was appointed postmaster at Washington by President Cleveland and held the position until the end of Mr. Clevelandís term, nearly four years, when he promptly resigned upon the selection of a Republican president. He was afterwards elected supervisor of Washington township, defeating J.H. Anthony who had held the office for twenty years.


The captain was formerly a Republican, but on account of the stand taken by some old soldiers he became a Democrat and was most prominent in the councils of his party up until nearly the end of his life.


Captain Sheppard lived a retired life in this city for quite a number of years following his active retirement from business. About two years ago he went to Peoria to live with his daughter Mrs. Anna Lester. Captain Sheppard was a man of remarkable personality and ability. If he had followed the pursuits of his early calling he would no doubt have been a rich man. Called to the defense of his country in his early manhood he gave some of the best years of his life to this work. He, however, reared a large family and gave liberally of his time and talents to the benefits of the community and his friends.


He was a man of splendid integrity and was most loyal to his friends. The old captain was not afraid to stand out for his convictions and what he thought to be the right, no matter who might be offended. He was most honorable in all his business transactions and we believe it can truthfully be said that he never intentionally did another person a wrong. The editor of the Post and News will ever remember and cherish the memory of the gallant captain. When we first came to Washington a stranger and alone it was he who was the first to give us a cordial welcome and who extended to us in every way his sympathy and aid in getting our business established. He was a loyal friend throughout his whole life and would go out of his way any day to do us a favor. Would that there were more of such unselfish men in the world.


The memory of the old Captainís life in our community will always linger and will aid coming humanity in pointing to his life and patriotism to his country and loyalty to his friends as an inspiration for others to follow. Major Sheppard had a most remarkable war record. The following brief narrative of the events during his enlistment in the civil war were given to the editor of the Post & News a few years before his death.


He enlisted in the war October 8, 1861 in Company F Illinois Cavalry. He was in what was known as the Bob Ingersoll regiment. He enlisted as a private in the ranks December 20, 1861, the day the company was mustered in he was made first sergeant. His first war experience was in the battle of Shilo, where two were killed in his company. The cavalry was kept in the rear during the battle as reserves. Plenty of bullets went over their heads. The lieutenant of their company was killed, and it made them feel pretty bad. The captain gave him command the first day and the second day he did not show up. The colonel the third day called him over and gave him a paper made him out as captain, and sent to the government for his commission. Captain Sheppard was in the fight at Lexington, Tenn. He was taken prisoner December 18, 1862, by General Forrest. He was sent on parole to Camp Butler, Illinois. He was exchanged May 6, 1863. From Camp Butler he went to St. Louis where he was given charge of a company of paroled prisoners. He reported to his regiment May 6, 1863 at La Grange, Miss. He was on scouting duty until General Sherman started on his march from Vicksburg to Meriden. He went with him on that famous campaign. They saw a good deal of fighting.


Two brass pieces of cannon their regiment captured at Jackson are now at Springfield. Col. Bob Ingersoll resigned from his regiment on June 1, 1863. He was disgusted with the way he was being treated. Thought they did not give him a chance to show them what he could do. Under the command of Colonel Winslow from Memphis to Vicksburg Captain Sheppard said it tried his metal. From Vicksburg to Meriden he was under Colonel Grierson and had a good deal of fighting and skirmishing,  from Meriden to Vicksburg.


The captain related a peculiar experience in his life. When he would have a dream about his wife he always received a letter. Going into Vicksburg he had had a dream the night before about his wife and he made a bet that next day when he got there he would receive a letter from her and he did. Some time before the Captainís last illness he also had a dream which told him that about the time of his next birthday, his 86th, he would meet his wife in a lovely garden and it has come true. He spoke of this vision often and longed for its fulfillment.
Captain Sheppard was promoted as a major on April 2, 1865. He had been senior officer in his regiment and in command for nearly a year. During that time he was in a good deal of skirmish fighting and chasing rebels from one point to another.


Major Sheppard was mustered out of the army at Memphis, Tennessee, last of May 1865, and cam home to Washington. He telegraphed his wife to meet him in Memphis. She came down and was there for two weeks. The government wanted the major to go to Texas after the close of the war and fight guerillas, but he resigned as the war was over and came home with his wife. Mr and Mrs. W. J. Lester and little daughter of Portland, Ore. arrived in time for the funeral. Mr. Lester was not only a grandson, but a son of the old captain as he was brought up in his home.


The funeral arrangements of Major Sheppard were carried out in conformity with his wishes. He wished no unostentatious display and wanted no flowers. He desired that he be not embalmed, which required the early funeral. The funeral was to have been held in the home of Mrs. Lester, but the undertaker was unable to get the casket in and out of the flat building so it was necessary to hold it in the chapel.

Pekin Daily Times, Friday November 2, 1956

Mrs. THIELBAR Succumbs Today; Rites Monday

Mrs. Elizabeth Dully THIELBAR, 72, of 1329 N. Capitol street, died at 1:30 o'clock this morning in her residence.

Born in Groveland Township Dec. 24, 1883, her parents were Michael and Magdalena WAGEMAN DULLY. She was married to George W. Thielbar in Groveland in 1909. He preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1918.

Mrs. Thielbar was a member of St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed church and the Woman's Guild of the church.

She leaves two sons, Howard R. and George M. Thielbar, both of Pekin;three grandchildren; a brother, Joe Dully, Morton; and two sisters, Mrs. Kate Klein, Groveland, and Mrs. Mary Stormer, Mackinaw.

One daughter, one brother and three sisters are dea.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Paul Evangelica and Reformed Church, with the paster, Rev. Herbert T. Tetzlaff, officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Noel Funeral Home Saturday evening and until 10 a.m. Monday when the body will be taken to lie in state in the church until the hour of service.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Memorial Fund of St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Pekin Daily Times, September 29, 1947

Hazel THIELBAR Dies at age 34, Rites Tuesday

Miss Hazel Louella Thielbar, 34, 1329 N. Capitol street, died at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Illinois Research hospital, Chicago, after an illness of a year.

Miss Thielbar was born Jan. 26, 1913, in Elm Grove township, Tazewell county, a daughter of George W. and Elizabeth DULLY THIELBAR. Prior to her illness, she worked at the Central Book and Toy store for a year. When she became ill, she first went to Oak Knoll sanitarium, Mackinaw, and then to the hospital at Chicago, where she succumbed.

The young woman's father preceded her in death, and she is survived by her mother and two brothers, Howard R. Thielbar, Washburn, and George M. Thielbar, Pekin.

At 4:30 p.m. today the body is to be taken from the Preston Funeral home to the residence at 1329 N. Capitol street, where friends may call.
After prayer at the home Tuesday at 11 a.m., the body will be taken to the St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church to lie in state until the services at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Dr. Arno A. Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.
"The Peoria Journal", Peoria, IL Friday, January 14, 1921, page 29

"MRS. ANNA E. WEBB DIED WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Anna E. Webb, nee Mefford, formerly a resident of Pekin, died Wednesday night at 8:20 o'clock at her residence, 102 Bradley avenue, Peoria, aged 60 years and 11 months. The funeral will be held at the Erxleben chapel in Peoria at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, after which the body will be brought to Lakeside cemetery, Pekin, and laid to rest.


Anna E. Mefford, her maiden name, was the daughter of G. W. and Mary Mefford, both of whom are deceased. She was born January 19, 1860, in Lynn county, Missouri, and her parents came to Pekin when she was a mere child. Her marriage to Gay S. Webb took place in Pekin May 18, 1881. In October, 1894, she and her husband moved to Terre Haute, Ind., where they lived until 1900. They then moved to Peoria, and that city had been her home since. She was esteemed by all who enjoyed her acquaintance or companionship, and her many friends in Pekin will be grieved to hear of her demise.


The surviving children are Mrs. Hazel G. Sheetz, Mrs. Pearl Butler, and Wayne Webb, of Peoria; one daughter, Nellie M. Webb, is deceased. There are also three grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: L. J. Mefford, Peoria; Mrs. Anderson Werts, Mrs. H. T. Gay, and William F. Mefford, of Pekin; Bert Mefford, Vincennes, Ind.

Stephen Berger Lifetime Area Resident, Dies


Stephen Arthur BERGER, 75 of 1114 S. Second Street died at 4:pm Thursday in Pekin hospital where he had been a patient for some time.Born July 18, 1886, in Dillon township, he was the son to Stephen and Martha Jane MAY BERGER. He married Bertha Fischer at Pekin May 4, 1913. She died June 28, 1954. He was married at Pekin July 18, 1957 to (living?) who survives. Mr. Berger who lived in this state all his wife, was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. His great delight was fishing, hunting and outdoor life and he was a member of the Izaak Walton League. He was a welder at Murphy-Walsh for 40 years.


Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Victor L. and Marvin A. Berger, both of Pekin; two brothers, Albert and Harry Berger, also of Pekin; one grandchild and one great grandchild. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.


Funeral services will be help at 2:30 p.m Saturday in the Noel Funeral Home, with Paul Lemons officiating. Internment will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Noels until time of service.

Mrs. BERGER, 63 Dies Monday in Pekin Hospital
A lifelong resident of Pekin community, Mrs. Bertha Clara FISCHER BERGER, 63 of 1114 S. Second street died at 4:20 p.m. Monday in Pekin public hospital. Her body was taken to the Noel Funeral home where friends may call.

She was born Aug 15, 1890, in Mt. Pulaski, the daughter of Ottmar and Emma Maurer Fischer. She was married in Pekin May 4, 1913 to Arthur Berger. Mrs. Berger was a member of St. John's Lutheran church and of the Equal Rights club.

Surviving are her husband; two sons Victor L. and Marvin A. Berger both of Pekin: one grandson , xxx of Chicago two brothers both of Pekin and one sister of Pekin. Funeral services will be at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at Noels with the Rev. George A. Ross pastor of St. John's Lutheran church, officiating. Burial will be in Glendale cemetery

Pekin Times
Funeral service for Mrs. Lucinda A. BERGER 87, of 1410 Martha St. will be conducted at 1:30 pm Weds. in the Preston Funeral Home. Dr. James K. White Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial gardens.

Mrs. BERGER die at 6:055 P. M. Sunday 22 July 1979 in Pekin Hospital where she had been a patient sine July 5. She had been in failing health the past month. Born in rural Mason county Sept 11,1891 she was a daughter of John Peter and Elizabeth Vina GROVES JOESTING. Her marriage to Albert Francis Berger occurred at Pekin Nov 13, 1909.
Surviving are her husband, two sons Walter E. and  both of Pekin one daughter of Pekin , six grandchildren,12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Everett Berger, Five brothers and three sisters and two great=grandchildren.


Thank you later on: We wish to thank everyone for the care and attention given to Lucinda Berger. We especially thank the staff of 6th floor North of Pekin Memoria Hospital, Drs. Baer and Blair and to everyone who sent flowers and cards during her bereavement. Albert F. Berger and family (Pekin Times)

San Jose, CA: Edward Joesitng 92, formerly of San Jose died Early Sat. (10 May 1962)in the Oddfellows old folks home at Mattoon, where he had resided the past 5 1/2 years.


Funeral services were conducted by Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington and burial was in Green Hill cemetery at San Jose. Mr. JOESTING was born Apr 3 1877 in San Jose, the son of Ernest ludwig and Maria Catherine Benoit Joesting. He married Irene Baylor and she preceded him in death. Surviving are two daughters, four grand-children, three great grandchildren a niece  and nephew both of San Jose.


Mr. Joesting was a retired Bloomington Carman for the Gulf Mobile and Ohio Railroad. (mother's name aka as Mary Ellen Beloit)

Martin BERGER, brother of 3 Pekin Men, Dies.


Funeral services for Martin L. Berger, 60, of 1507 S. Laramie street,Peoria, the brother of thee Pekin men, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday in Kuecks Funeral home. Rev. Kurt Schniechen will officiate, and burial will be in Meyers cemetery at Tremont.
Friends may call at Kuecks until time of services.


Mr. Berger a retired machine operator for Caterpillar Tractor Co., died Tuesday noon at St. Francis hospital where he had been a patient for the past two months. He had been ill for three months prior to his death.


Born at Tremont Sept 30, 1900 he was a son of Steven and Martha Jane MAY BERGER. His first wife, Frieda, preceded him in death. He later married  who survives as do his daughter  of Peoria and his grandchild and three brothers, Harry, Albert and Arthur Berger all of Pekin.
Mr. Berger served with the U. S. Navy from Jan 27, 1919 until Nov 22,1922 and again from Dec. 4, 1922 to Sept 25, 1976.

H. B. BERGER Dies; Rites are Friday
Harry B. BERGER, 75 of 1014 Augusta Street Pekin, died at 2:07 p. m. Tuesday, June 26, 1973 in Memorial Hospital, Burlington, Ia. He had become ill earlier that day in his cottage on the Mississippi river at Burlington.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the Preston Funeral home.
Charles A. Milburn, associate of First Christian church, will officiate, Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Preston's from 2 until 4 and from 7 until 9 p. m. Thursday.


Masonic rites will be held there at 8 p.m. by members of the Empire Lodge 126, A.F. and A. M. of which Mr. Berger was a member. Born Nov 15, 1894, at Tremont, he was a son of Stephen and Martha HARRIS BERGER. His marriage to Mae Van Dusen occurred at Peoria in August 1918. She died Sept 30, 1962. He married Vera T. Olson June 15,1940 at Davenport Iowa. and she died Oct 29, 1969. His final  marriage to occurred 2 Nov. 1970, at Burlington, Ia.


Mr. Berger was a retired carpenter. He had been business agent for Local 644 of the Carpenters' Union for many years. He was a member of Empire Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria, Irn Grotto and Equal Rights Club of Pekin.


Surving are his wife; one daughter, one brother, Albert Berger of Pekin; four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

The Peoria Star, Peoria, Illinois, Tuesday, July 30, 1929

Mrs. Margaret HAYES.
Mrs. Margaret HAYES, nee HOWARD, late of 114 Latrobe street, passed away late yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Claire Leber, 102 Greenlawn street.
She was aged 85 when called. She was born in Magnolia, Ill., November 11, 1843.


Her husband Solomon Hayes preceded her to the grave 23 years ago. Left to mourn her loss besides a large circle of friends are four daughters, Mrs. Clarie E. Leber, Mrs Alberta McCarry, Mrs Alice Thomas, all of Peoria, and Mrs. Adeline E. Miller, Washington, Ill. Two sisters, Mrs. Elmira Gerrard, Clarence, Mo., and John Anderson, Lee Center, Ill., also survive along with 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at the chapel of the South Side Funeral home Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. P. A. Lang, officiating. Interment will be in the Glendale cemetery at Washington, Ill.

Mrs. Scamhorn Succumbs; Last Rites Saturday; Died 1 Feb 1956

Mrs. Clara Matilda SCAMHORN, 69, died at 7:15 p. m. Wednesday in Peoria hospital following an illness of several years. Born in San Jose, Ill,Aug 5, 1886 she was a daughter of John P. and Vina Groves Joesting.


She was married to Samuel DAVISON and he died in 1914. Later, she was married to Solomon Scamhorn who died in 1949. A member of the Green Valley Methodist church, she had been a lifelong resident of this state. For many years, she resided in the San Jose community. She had resided with her daughter of Pekin since the death of her husband in 1949, until she was hospitalized several months ago.


Surviving are two daughters, one son and three brothers, Ernest Joesting of Pekin; George Joesting of Mapleton, and Walter Joesting Cuba Ill; two sisters Mary Schlottman, and Mrs. Lucinda Berger both of Pekin; six grandchildren and one great -grandchild. Four children preceded her in death. Her body was taken to the Preston funeral home where funeral rites will be conducted at 2 p. m. Saturday. The Rev. Joseph W. Hobbs will officiate. Burial will be in the Green Valley cemetery. Friends may call Friday at the funeral home.

Walter Joesting, Cuba Tavern Operator Dies Cuba

Walter E. JOESTING, 63 of Cuba , died at 1:20 p. m. Saturday (10 May 1962) at Graham Hospital in Canton.
he was born at Green Valley April 11 1898, the son of John P. and Elizabeth Groves Joesting. He was married in Kahoka, Mo. 19 Jul 1942 to Ina Mae THARPE who survives... Also surviving are a stepson of Curba; two brothers , Ernest of Pekin and George of Mapleton; and two sisters, Mrs. May Schlottmann and Mrs. Albert Berger, both of Pekin. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Joesting has lived in Cuba 20 years and was the owner of Park Tavern.


Services will be at Hukill Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Cecil V. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Green Valley Cemetery. Visitation is this afternoon and evening at the funeral home.

Long illness is fatal to Pekin woman, Tuesday 9 June 1931

 Mrs. Martha BERGER succumbs at home. Born at Mackinaw Mrs. Martha Berger, widow of Stephen Berger died last evening at 3:00o'clock at her home at 119 Jane Street after an illness which had extended over many months. She was a daughter of Auston and Malinda MAY and was born at Mackinaw, Sept 9, 1867. She had lived in the county the greater part of her life. Her marriage which was to Stephen Berger took place in Peoria Oct 7, 1885. Mr. Berger's death occurred seven years ago. Five sons, Albert, Harry, Charles and Martin Berger, a daughter Mrs. James Thompson and 11 grandchildren survive. She also leaves three brothers James May of Lousianna, William May Chillicothe Mo. and Albert May, Geneva Illinois two sisters Mrs. Walter Scott Mackinaw and Miss Nellie May Peoria. The body of Mrs. Berger was removed to Lohnes Funeral home where friends may call.

 
The Pekin Daily Times, Pekin, Illinois

Mrs. MILLER Dies at Family Home in Washington.

Washington, Ill. Sept. 28th [1939]-Shortly before noon, Wednesday, Mrs. Stephen Miller, 71, who suffered a stroke of paralysis last Thursday evening, passed away at the family home here and the body was removed to the Habecker funeral home.


However, Mrs. Miller will be taken back to her home Thursday, where final rites will be held at 1:30 p. m., Saturday, and at 2 p. m. from the St. Mark's Lutheran church, Dr. L. J. Powell officiating.


Interment will be in the Glendale cemetery. Miss Adeline Hayes was born and raised here and married Stephen Miller, well known farmer here.


Four children were born to them and with Mr. Miller,survive. They are Mrs. Phillip (Cora) Vohland, Mrs. Henry (Alberta) Vohland, and Mrs. John (Edith) Schere, all of here, and Roy Miller of Peoria, with 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, also survive. She was a devoted homemaker, mother and wife and a splendid neighbor, devoteing her life to the welfare of others.
Mrs. Miller was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran church.

Pekin Times, April 1969; Joseph MULARONI Dies Friday; Rites Monday

Joseph Mularoni, 75, of 2020 Willow street, died at 7:35 p.m. Friday in Pekin hospital, where he had been admitted earlier the same day. He had been in ill health one year.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Preston Funeral Home and at 9a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rev. Michael Coffey will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.

Visitation wil be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home, with recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m.

Born May 6, 1893, at Massa, Italy, he was a son of Salvatore and Amerlia GROVATTI MULARONI. He married Assunta DONTI, June 10, 1913, at San Marino.

Mr. Mularoni was a 14 year employee of Commonwealth Edison Company,retiring 10 years ago. Prior to working for Commonwealth, Mr. Mularoni worked for many years as a miner. He was a member of the Italian- American League.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. George (Stazia) Thielbar of Taylorville, Ill.; two sisters, Pamela Guidi and Rose Lotti of Rimini, Italy; one niece, Mrs. Josephine Keller, and one nephew, Richard Mularoni, both of Pekin; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

One son, one daughter, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
 
Pekin Times, Saturday, January 23, 1954; Rites Set For Edward THIELBAR of Beverly Manor

Washington--Edward THIELBAR, 66, a resident of Beverly Manor for the past eight years, died at 8:45 pm Friday in the Washington Nursing Home, where he had been a patient for the past six weeks. He had been in failing health for five years.

His body was taken to the Habecker Funeral Home where friends may call. Services have been tentatively set for 2 pm Monday in the funeral home, with Rev. Carl Kammeyer, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery.

Mr. Thielbar was born Jan. 6, 1888 in Washington Township, a son of Albert and Emma WOLF THIELBAR. He married Sept. 2, 1933 to Luella SCHUMAKER. He was a member of the Washintgon Masonic Lodge.

His widow survives: with one daughter, Mrs. Florence Bower-Mster of Peoria, on son Edward H. Thielbar, Walworth, Wisconsin; one sister Mrs. Catherine Liby of Monmouth, and two brothers, George Thielbar, Peoria and Fred Thielbar, Oakland, California.
Pekin Times, June 1988; Assunta MULARONI

Assunta Mularoni, 89, of 2020 Willow street, died at 3 a.m., Wednesday at Pekin Memorial Hospital.

Born July 4, 1898, in Italy to Edward and Filomena Marachini DONATI, she married Joseph Mularoni on July 10, 1913, in San Marco, Italy. He died in April 1969. One daughter and one son also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. George M. (Stazia) Thielbar of Pekin;three grandchildren, Arlene Tedesco of Thompson, Conn., Janice Rickgauer of Pekin and George J. Thielbar of Marquette Heights; four great grandchildren; and one brother, Giuseppe Donati of Santarcangeleo, Italy.

She came to Pekin in 1914, then moved to Kincaid in 1917. She returned to Pekin in 1935, and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, where visitation will begin one hour earlier. The Rev. Bob Lewandowski, O.S.A., will officiate and burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Altar & Rosary Society.
World War Veteran, Answers Summons

John Logan THIELBAR, sixth child and youngest son of William H. Thielbar and Wilhelmina LOHMEYER THIELBAR (deceased), was born at Washington,Illinois, on March 30, 1887. Death came to release his suffering on Jan . 15, 1937, at 3:40 a.m., following an illness of three weeks, at the age of 49 years, 9 months, and 16 days.

On Feb. 7, 1923, he was united in marriage with Grace Wood at Henry, by the Rev. W. J. Carpenter. The 14 years following their marriage they spent on the same farm, west of Henry. To their union, one child,Pauline, was born, who, with the widow and aged father, survive. He is also survived by two brothers and five sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. His mother and one brother, George, preceded him in death.

In 1913 he came from Tazewell County to Marshall County, where he has since resided and engaged in farming.

During the World War he served 14 months with the America Expeditionary Forces, eleven of which were spent in France. He was a member of Henry Post, No. 323, American Legion.

In infancy the deceased was baptized and always walked in the ways of God, believing in His teachings and accepting his cross uncomplainingly.
His quiet and unassuming nature endeared himto his many relatives and friends, by whom he will be sorely missed.

Funeral services were conducted from the home, west of Henry, at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. W. J. Carpenter bringing the message of comfort.
Two hyms, "Face to Face," and "The Old Rugged Cross," were beautifully rendered by Mrs. Jos. H. Benefiel and Imelda Henkins.

Pall bearers were Albert Shaffer, William A. Thielbar, Clarence Ely, Edward Kruse, Frederick Thielbar, and William H. Scharp.

Relatives from a distance attending the services were: William H. Scharp, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kruse and family, Mrs. O. F. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. D . W. Uebel, John R. Thielbar, Mr. and Mrs. August Thielbar and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Eppy, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thompson, Winifred Helmantoler, Young Wood, and Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Dengel of Peoria; Mr.and Mrs. Robert Searle of Edwards, Ill.: Mrs. Emma Scharp, Mr. and Mrs.Albert Shaffer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kamm and family, and George Hartley of Washington, Ill.; Mrs. Elizabeth Thielbar and Hazel of Pekin, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Nate Scharp of Eureka, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. George Wood and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eggers of DePue; Mr. and Mrs. John Byrd of Toledo, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. John Lou of Tampico, Ill.

His aged father was unable to attend the services because of illness.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of A. C. Lindbloom, and interment was in the Henry City Cemetery, with Henry Post, No. 323, American Legion, according full military honors.

Honorary pall bearers were Fred Ford, Clarence Duke, Haws A. Otto, Ivan Lutes, Ed. Ely, Charles P. Green, Grover Turner and Harry Miller.
The Tazewell County Reporter, Washington, Illinois, Jan. 25, 1962

Funeral Services Held Saturday, Jan. 20, for Albert SHAFFER

Funeral services were held at the Habecker Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 20, 1962 at 2 pm for Albert Shaffer, 81, of 114 N. Pine Street.

He was born April 19, 1880, in Morton Township, the son of Lewis and Nellis WALDEN SHAFFER. He was married Jan. 22, 1902, to Elizabeth THIELBAR, who died July 11, 1957.

He was a member of United Brethren Evangelical Church in Washington.

Suviving are four daughters: Mrs. Irene Kamm of Washington, Mrs. Ida Dengel an dMrs. Alma Eppy, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Helen Stephens of Morton; a brother Tom Shaffer of Omaha, Neb., 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Services were in charge of the Rev. Milford Best, pastor of United- Brethren Evangelical Church. A trio, Mrs. E. O. Schabinger, Mrs. Horner Stormer, Mrs. Valera Corbin sang. Organist was Mrs. W. G. Himmel.

Pallbearers were Ray Wistchuff, Ira Sumer, Lawrence Naffziger, Harold Keck, Elmo Miller and Harold Boley. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery, Washington, Illinois.
The Peoria Journal, Peoria, IL, Thursday, June 16, 1927, page 22.

Gay S. Webb Dies in St. Francis Hospital

Gay S. Webb, who married Miss Anna E. Mefford of Pekin and was known to many people of this city, died at 7:30 o'clock this morning in St. Francis hospital, Peoria. He was born at Ogdenburg, N. Y., on July 5, 1854, and married Miss Mefford on May 18, 1881. She died in Peoria on January 12, 1921. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.
Funeral services for Jesse M. Robertson, 58, former resident of Pekin, were held today at Portland, Ore. Mr. Robertson died Sunday in Portland.

While in Pekin until 15 years ago, the deceased was engaged in a cooperage shop. In Oregon, he was engaged in the contracting business. Two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Carter and Mrs. Mary Knapp, both live in East Peoria. Pekin Daily Times, April 27, 1937
MRS. H. SEGGERMAN DIES SATURDAY IN HOSPITAL at PEKIN:

Had Resided In Minonk For 62 Years - Rites Held Tuesday

Mrs. Cassie Seggerman, 69, a resident of this community for sixty-two years, passed away at 9:30 o'clock last Saturday night at the Pekin hospital. She became ill of heart trouble about two months ago at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George JOERGER, at Pekin, with whom she had resided for the past seven years, and was taken to the hospital last Saturday afternoon.


As Cassie BREMER, she was born in this city, December 31, 1870, a daughter of Menße and Eva Bremer. . She attended the Minonk public schools and became a member of the German Baptist church in this city. She was united in marriage May 9, 1894, with Henry Seggerman, and they went to housekeeping on a farm 4 miles east of this city, and Mrs. Seggerman had spent all but seven years of her lifetime in this community. After retiring from the farm they came to Minonk, and for the past seven years, Mrs. Seggerman has resided with her daughter in Pekin, while her husband made his home with a son-in-law
and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. A. W. KETTELHUT, in this city.
 

She was a fine Christian character and a woman of sterling qualities. She possessed a pleasant disposition and her long residence in this city, had brought her a wide acquaintance and her many friends were deeply touched to learn of her passing Saturday night.


Surviving are her husband, Henry Seggerman of this city; two sons, Reuben Seggerman and Herman Seggerman, both of Pekin; three daughters, Mrs. Florence Joerger of Pekin, Mrs. Rachel Kettelhut of Minonk, and Mrs. Edna LOUSIGNONT of Peoria; one brother, Heye Bremer of Fairfield, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Dick Seggerman of Chicago; and eleven grandchildren. Her father passed away in 1891, and her mother died in Chicago in 1931. A brother John, preceded her in death in 1891, and a sister, Mary, died in 1894.
 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home of Dr. and Mrs. A. W. Kettelhut in this city. Rev. S.L. BUCHANAN, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiated and burial was in the Minonk cemetery.


Ballbearers were: Frank DANEKAS, Gus TIMMERMAN, Arthur SPIRES, Robert AHLERS, Fred SOMMERFELD, and Henry ONCKEN. Flower bearers were: Mrs. Arthur Spires, Mrs. Steve STOKOWSKI, Mrs. Bert SQUIRES, Mrs. Robert Ahlers, and Miss Josephine LUBY.
 

Friday, February 20, 2004; Bloomington [Illinois] Daily Pantagraph

Elaine Leonowens


MORTON -- Elaine J. Leonowens, 81, of 150 Yordy Road, Apt. 233, Morton, formerly of Naperville, died at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2004) at her residence.

Service: 11 a.m. Monday graveside at Naperville Cemetery.

There will be no visitation. Ludwig Mortuary in Morton is handling arrangements.

Survivors: one daughter, Darla (John G.) Goodfellow, Morton; one brother, Donald (Alice) LaSanska, Hinckley; and two grandchildren.

 

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