Stark County Illinois Obituaries

This page contains Stark County Illinois obituaries that have been transcribed and submitted for publishing online by descendants. Not all of these obituaries are properly sources, but many are. I expect, unless otherwise noted, that they all come from the Stark County News.

Lydia Himes Garner

Lydia Marie Himes was born March 29, 1854 at Galva, Illinois. When she was fifteen years of age she was united with the Christian Church at that place. At the age of 18 years she was united in marriage with John Thomas Garner. To this union was born four children, three of whom were girls and one boy, namely: Della Marie, living at Craig, Neb.; Lillie Mae, living at Scotts Bluffs, Neb., Minnie Mabel, living at Kenesaw, Neb., and John Ralph, now living at Fort Dodge, Iowa.

She was the last one of a family of nine children, six girls and three boys.

She leaves to mourn her death her three daughters and one son, besides sixteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

Her husband, John Thomas Garner, departed this life Sunday, Sept 5, 1915 at the age of 64 years.

Funeral services were held in the Craig M.E. church, Wednesday, Jan 9th, 1929, conducted by Rev. D.A. McCollought, of Tekamah, and internment in the Craig Cemetery. Her six grandsons were pallbearers.

NOTE: Lydia Marie Himes Garner was the youngest child of Ezra and Maria (Wright) Himes. This family lived in Goshen Twp., Stark Co., IL and can be found in the 1850, 1860 & 1870 Stark Co., IL census reports. Ezra Himes was the brother of Charles Himes for whom the Himes Cemetery was named. Maria Wright Himes’ parents, Peter and Hannah Wright, are buried at Himes Cemetery.

Alfred DeHaven Wolfe

Fought To Save Union

A. D. Wolfe, another of great body of Civil War heroes to answer call.

Here since close of war

Served in West Virginia Calvery-many attend funeral Friday P. M.

Before many years go by the last survivor of the Civil War will answer the final muster roll. Of this we are reminded by the rapidly thinning ranks of veterans whose home for years has been in this city and county. Another of those veterans who proved their loyalty and courage in the nation’s hour of need has passed from earthly scenes in response to Him who is the God of Nations.

Native of Pennsylvania

Alfred DeHaven Wolfe, son of Wm. and Melinda Wolfe, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 18, 1841 and died at his home in Wyoming, Ill., on April 28 1914.

On April 27, 1861, at the age of nineteen, he enlisted as a private in Company I of the 5th Regiment of West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers. He was honorably discharged at Wheeling, West Va., on July 28, 1864.

He was married to Sarah E. Hoover, Oct. 18, 1866. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, all of whom are living with the exception of the youngest son, who died in infancy.

Mr. Wolfe early learned the carpenter trade and followed it up until a year and a half ago.

He moved from Pennsylvania to Illinois in 1867, locating on a farm southeast of Stark. He came to Wyoming in 1868 and since then has resided in his present home.

He leaves to morn his loss, besides a wife and children, seven grandchildren, two brother and two sisters.

Funeral Services Friday

The funeral was held at 1:30 Friday afternoon, May 1, the service being held at the house and conducted by the Rev. William Moore. The music was very effectively rendered by a male quartet consisting of R. J. Teeter, G. F. Garden, G. C. Strattan and A. J. Walters, with Miss Edith Walters at the piano. The selections consisted of G. A. R. song, “O, Wrap the Flag Around Me, Boys,” and the solo “Crossing the Bar,” sung by Arthur Walters. The pall bears consisted of the sons and grandsons of the deceased.

A very large number of sympathizing friends were present. One of the most pathetic and suggestive features of the funeral was the presence of the remnant, locally, of old soldiers who had fought in the Civil War. The floral tributes, which embraced one from the G. A. R., were many and beautiful. Interment was in the Wyoming cemetery.

A Man Who Bore the Esteem of All

Mr. Wolfe was a member of the DeWolfe G. A. R. post of this city. During the was he was engaged in many battles and received a metal for bravery in action.

The following relatives and friends from a distance attended the funeral: Mrs. Geo. Wolfe, Braddyville, Iowa; Dr. W. L. Shallenberger, Canton, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Fell, Toulon, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Grey, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Even, Speer, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. King, Camp Grove, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. Jones, Bradford, Ill.: Mrs. Peter Phillips, Speer, Ill. Among members of the Bradford G. A. R. present were A. M. Ringland, T. A. Foster, A. Eckman, John Fuller. Veteran O. G. McCraw of Dunlap was also present.

Card of Thanks

The members of the family extend their sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbors for the kind deeds and tender sympathy shown them in their recent sad loss.

Jane Thompson McGuire [Maguire]


Wyoming Post-Herald, June 26, 1905.

The remains of Mrs. Jacob Maguire (McGuire is correct spelling), who died Saturday, July 22 at Greenleaf, Kas., were brought to Wyoming yesterday on the 10:18 train and taken to the Congregational church, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wm. Moore. Interment in Wyoming cemetery.

Jane Thompson was born in Alleghany county, Penn., March 7, 1828. In 1846 she was married to Jacob Maguire and with him came to Illinois in 1860. For twenty-two years they made their home in this city, leaving last fall on account of Mrs. Maguire’s health which for some years had been steadily failing. Her death occurred at 10:30 Saturday morning, July 22 at the home of her daughter in Greenleaf, Kansas, aged 76 years, 4 months and 15 days.

There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Maguire eight children, of which three survive their mother and were present at the funeral, Mrs. (Charles) Staff of Galesburg, Ill., Mrs. George Zinn of Greenleaf, Kansas, and Mrs. (George) Daniels of Kewanee.

Mrs. Maguire was a member of the Congregational church of Wyoming, uniting with her husband twenty-one years ago. She lived a faithful christian life, but the condition of her health prevented her from regularily attending church and from engaging in its activities. A good mother and wife and a true friend, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Those here to attend the funeral were Mrs. Geo. Zinn and daughter, Gertrude, Greenleaf, Kans., Mrs. Geo. Daniels and her daughter, Mrs. (William) Zang, Kewanee and Mrs. Staff, Galesburg.

(Note: The McGuires first settled in Rock Island County in late 1850s, before moving to Kewanee in 1860, where they lived for nearly 30 years before moving to Wyoming, accompanied by granddaughter, Josephine Dippert. Jacob McGuire died in 1907 in Kewanee, but his body was returned to Wyoming to be buried with his wife.)

Sarah Miller McGuire [Maguire]

From the Wyoming Post-Herald, June 13, 1895.

Sarah Maguire (McGuire is correct spelling), the aged woman who has made her home for a number of years with her son Jacob Maguire, the blacksmith, died at his home on the North Side at 4:45 Tuesday afternoon of this week, June 11th. Probably she was the oldest woman living in this county. She was born Jan. 17, 1796, at Jersey, Pa. Yesterday morning the remains were conveyed to Kewanee, where her son George resides. The burial will occur at that place today.

(Note: Sarah Miller McGuire is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kewanee, in the plot of her son, George W. McGuire and his family. She and her husband, Pendergast McGuire, came to Illinois from Derry, Westmoreland County, Pa., in 1858, settling first in Pt. Byron, then Kewanee. She and her husband had 13 children. She is believed to have been born in New Jersey, not Jersey, Pa., daughter of Jacob Millar/Mueller.)

Walter Melvin Woodward

Walter Melvin Woodward a W.W.1 veteran died Sunday Evening at the Veterans Hospital in Dewight, where he was a patient 6 weeks. The son of William and Ester (Palmer)Woodward, he was born Sept 21,1895 near Bradford. In July (1919 or 1920) he married Lena Hale. They were the parents of 3 children, Clarence of Colorado, Walter of St. Cloud, Florida, and Roy of the U.S. Navy. In January 29,1929, he married Lola Stevens in Chicago. They were the parent of 3 boys, William and Melvin of Bradford, and Charles of Ft. Leonard Woods Mo. Surviving are his wife Lola, and 6 children, also a brother Edward of Bartonville. He was preceded in death by a sister Mary. Mr. Woodward was a member of Bradford Post, American Legion. Funeral rites will be held at 2p.m. Thursday at the Dunlop Funeral Home, Bradford, where visitation will be after 7P.M.(Wednesday). The Rev. Chalmer Rummel pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Osceola Grove Cemetery, where Bradford American Legion Post will conduct military services.

Mary Helen Woodward

Mary Helen Woodward was one of a family of 6 children, born to John M. and Sarah Wilson Seely, all of whom preceded her in death. She was born in Osceola township in the year 1862 at a place southwest of Bradford, known as the OLD SEELY POINT. She was married to William Smith Woodward in the year of 1880 at Toulon Ill. To this union were born 3 children. Most of Mary’s life, as she loved to be called by her friends was spent in Galesburg, Ill. For several months her health has been failing and three weeks ago she was brought from her home at 7 West Main St, Galesburg, to the home of her niece, Mrs. Burt Gilfillan east of Bradford where, she died very suddenly Friday Aug 12, 1938. Death to her was a “Welcome” because of increasing suffering. A large number of nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbor are left to morn her death. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Geo. J. Bennett in the March Chapel. Monday at 2:00 O’clock internment took place at Smiths Grove Cemetery.

William Allen Sturm

William Allen Sturm was born at Oceola Grove, December 13, 1853 and died at that place May 23, 1916 aged 62yrs,5 months and 10 days. He was the youngest of a family of ten children of Henry and Elizabeth Sturm, all of whom have preceded him to the great beyond except two aged sister, Mrs. Elizabeth French and Mrs. H.S. Montooth. He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Woodward Dec.1871. To this union were born 4 children, Henry, Fred, and Clarence, who with their mother survive him and Benny, who died in infancy. Burial was on Friday May 26 at eleven O’clock at Osceola Grove Cemetery. Rev. B.F. Allen officiated.

Jane McNaught Hughes

Stark County News, Wednesday March 23, 1904.

Mrs. Jane Hughes.
Jane McNaught, the eldest child of a family of nine children, was born November 20, 1816, in Burgetstown, Pennsylvania, from whence they moved to Ohio in her tenth year. In the springtime of her life she gave her heart to her Savior and trusted fully in the promises of the Lord and remained during her long life a true and steadfast member of the Presbyterian faith, the church of her choice.

Three years after her marriage to Gideon Hughes in 1839, she moved to Stark county, Illinois. To this union were born ten children, five daughters and five sons, of whom Thomas, Wallace, Eleanor and Elizabeth have been called home by the Master. She leaves to mourn her loss John Hughes of Elmore; Mrs. Mary Pierson, of Toulon; James in Missouri; Ezekiel in Iowa; Mrs. Hannah Anderson, Wisconsin; Mrs. Eliza Kissel, Kansas. Also twenty eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

April 1, 1885, they moved to Kansas with their son and two daughters. Before the end of the same year they were called upon to sustain the loss of the husband and father. In 1892, the deceased returned to Elmore, making her home with her son John and family, who made her journey toward the setting sun as pleasant as possible.

Last December she received a severe fall which caused her much suffering. During all the afflictions of her life she looked to God for help and was as patient as a child. The deceased, for many years when her sun was at its zenith, lived and associated with us, and many and pleasant are her memories. Her sun having set, she was brought back to be laid to rest here in the family lot March 18, in the 88th year of her age. Another mother of Isreal has been laid to rest. But her spirit is in the land of the Blest.

Roy Ingle


Roy Ingle, a 92-year-old Madill (OK) resident who had been a Marshall County resident since the year of statehood, died last Thursday morning in Madill.

Funeral services for Mr. Ingle were conducted Friday afternoon, exactly eight years from the date of the funeral of his late wife, the former Katie Mae Whitzell. Paul Shero, Madill Church of Christ minister, officiated for services from Watts Memorial Chapel. Singing was arranged by Lucille Murray with burial in Woodberry-Forest cemetery.

A painter and carpenter most of his adult life, Mr. Ingle was born November 21, 1880 in (Stark County) Illinois. He moved to Purcell, IT as a child (with his parents, Edward and Effie Dorrance Ingle, and Grandmother Mrs. Henry (Mary Powell) Dorrance) and lived in the Purcell-Norman areas before coming to Lebanon in 1905.

He and the late Mrs. Ingle were married October 4, 1904, in Sulphur (OK). They moved to Madill in 1909. Mrs. Ingle died February 14, 1965. Her funeral was held two days later.

Mr. Ingle had been a member of the Madill Church of Christ since he was a young man. He served as a deacon with the church for many years.

He is survived by a son, Jay Ingle, of Canoga Park, California, a grandchild, Barbara Ingle, of Denver, Colo., and a son-in-law, Leslie Bell, of Madill.

Casket escorts for the services were Berley Carroll, Eddie Gibson, Bill Hansford, Cyril Petty, Cliff Self, and Johnny Smith.

Ednah McClanahan

Her obituary from Toulon states that Miss Ednah D. McClanahan, 93 of Toulon died early Thursday morning at Kewanee Public Hospital. (4 January 1968) She was born 18 October 1874 near LaFayette, the daughter of the pioneer family of Elijah and Margaret Ann (Thomas) McClanahan. She attended the Lafayette District School and was graduated from the Toulon Academy in 1895 and then attended Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana. Miss McClanahan was a past matron of Toulon Chapter 10, Order of Eastern Star; Past president of Toulon Chapter BY-PEO. She was a member of the Toulon Women’s Club and the Garden and Literature departments of the club. She was a member of the Toulon Congregational church. At the 83rd annual reunion of the Stark County Old Settlers Association, Miss McClanahan was honored by having her picture on the souvenir badges. She was the last member of her family being preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Dr. Frank McClanahan, Carl D. McClanahan, Bert C. McClanahan and Attorney Dan McClanahan. Funeral arrangements were pending and would be announced by the Kidd Funeral Club.

Margaret Thomas McClenahan

Her obituary is found in a Stark County paper. Woman Who Heard Lincoln-Douglas Debate Dies at 97
Toulon- 15 April 1943- Mrs. Margaret Thomas McClenahan, 97, believed to be the last surviving person that attended the historic debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas at Galesburg in October 1858 died at her home in Toulon after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. McClenahan was born in Ohio 10 January 1846 and when her parents moved west in a covered wagon, she came with them to establish their home on the farmstead near Victoria. She had made her home in Toulon for the past 33 years and was well known to the residents of Stark County. Her picture was used on the badges of the Stark County Old Settlers’ reunion in 1939 when she joined with the rest of the country to celebrate the 62nd annual event. Mrs. McClenahan was a guest of honor at the 80th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debate and she was given a seat on the platform to hear other candidates for the United States Senate discuss the issue of the day. That was October 1938, and the candidates were Scott W. Lucas, Democrat and Richard J. Lyons, Republican. She was survived by one daughter, Miss Edna McClenahan at home, four sons, Daniel, referee of bankruptcy in Lincoln, Nebraska, Daniel H. of LaFayette, Carl, a prominent druggist and Dr. Frank, well known dentist of Toulon. Funeral arrangements were not complete.

Margaret Thomas McClenahan

Her obituary as found in a Stark County paper.

Toulon – Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Anne McClenahan were held Sunday afternoon at the home in charge of Reverend G.H. McClintock, pastor of Congregational church in Wyoming. Bearers were Daniel H. McClenahan, Carl D. McClenahan, Frank C. McClanahan, James Cunningham, Bert C. McClenahan and Frank Wolcott. Mrs. George Brace and Mrs. Florence Fell sang with Miss Irene Nowlan as accompanist. Those attending services from a distance were Miss Cary McClenahan of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. James Cunningham, Elwood Thomas and daughter, Mrs. Cator, all of Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wolcott, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carpenter, all of Kewanee, Mr. and Mrs. Hinchman and Mrs. Wayne Goodspeed of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Eltzroth, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Milliken, Ray DeWolf, Mr. and Mrs. Ivorid Moline and Mr. and Mrs. Arlington Kuncke, all of LaFayette. Burial was in the McClenahan cemetery south of Lafayette.

Carl D. McClanahan

His obituary is found in a local paper.

Toulon- Carl D. McClanahan, 83, prominent Toulon druggist and businessman for many years died at 5:15 am 14 September 1961 at his home. He had been ill a few months. The son of Elijah and Margaret Thomas McClenahan, he was born 15 December 1877 on the McClenahan farm south of Lafayette. He was a graduate f the Pharmacy Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1903. He worked at Ravenswood one year and then came to Toulon where he worked in the Cover Drug Store until 1909 when he purchased the Harvey Wilson Pharmacy which he operated until his death. Mr. MeClanahan was a member of Toulon lodge 93, AF and AM. He was survived by one sister, Miss Ednah McClenahan, one borther Dr. Frank C. McClenahan, both of Toulon, two nephews and four nieces. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral rites would be held Saturday afternoon at the Kidd Funeral home. Complete arrangements were pending.

Lulu Kinney Eltzroth

Her obituary is found in the local paper.

Toulon-Mrs. Lulu B. Eltzroth, 88, died at 3:25 Sunday morning at St. Francis hospital, Kewanee, where she was taken by ambulance after receiving burns in her home Friday night. The body was removed to Seifert and Smith funeral home and released to Kidd Funeral home in Toulon after an inquest was conducted by Coroner Ralph N. Cole of Annawan. It was found that Mrs. Eltzroth died of first, second, and third degree burns after the accidental burning of the body in a kitchen fire due to burning paraffin while canning. Mrs. Eltzroth was born 22 October 1868 the daughter of James and Helen Gavin Kinney near Victoria. She was married to Elwood Gordon Eltzroth in Toulon 28 May 1889. The couple resided on the Eltzroth farm west of Toulon until the husband’s death in 1944. Mrs. Eltzroth moved to Toulon in 1945. The deceased was a member of the Lafayette Methodist church. Preceding Mrs. Eltzroth in death were her husband, parents, one brother and one sister. She was survived by three nephews, Raymond E. Tltzroth of Chicago, Fred Snyder of Valparaiso, Indiana and B.W. Eltzroth of Toulon and four nieces, Mrs. Mytle Stahl of Valparaiso, Indiana, Mrs. Clara Price of Toulon, Miss Helen Kinney of New York and Mrs. Frances Agard of Chicago. Funeral services would be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 afternoon from the Kidd Funeral home in Toulon. Burial would be in the mausoleum in the Toulon cemetery.

Bert C. McClenahan

His obituary is found in a local paper.

Funeral Services Set Sunday for Stark County Supervisor

Toulon-Funeral services for Bert C. McClenahan, 76, prominent farmer of the LaFayette community and supervisor of Goshen township would be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at LaFayette Methodist church. The Reverend Elmer Palmer would officiate. Burial would be in the McClenahan Cemetery near LaFayette. Friends could call at the Kidd Funeral Home in Toulon Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Bert Claridon, son of Elijah and Margaret Thomas McClenahan was born 24 March 1882 at the farm home south of LaFayette where he resided all his life. He died at Rockford Memorial Hospital several hours after undergoing surgery. He attended schools in Stark county and graduated from the Toulon Academy. He also attended Beloit College for one year and studied at a business school in Peoria. Mr. McClanahan was elected supervisor of Goshen Township in 1951, which position he held at the time of his death. He was an active member of the LaFayette Methodist Church, where he served on the official board, taught Sunday school class for many years and also served at one time as superintendent of the Sunday school. He was active in organizing the present LaFayette Township High School and served on the school board for several years. On 1 October 1903, he was married to Mabel Blanche King at the home of her parents at Victoria. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. James (Joyce) Cunningham of LaFayette, Mrs. John (Gladys) Montgomery of Rockford, Mrs. Theodore (Frances) Hanson of Park Ridge, one son John Herbert of Berkely, California, also 10 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren, one sister, Miss Ednah McClenahan of Toulon, three brothers, Daniel H. of Lincoln, Nebraska, Carl D. and Dr. Frank McClenahan both of Toulon.

Daniel H. McClenahan

His obituary is found in the local paper 25 May 1954- D.H. McClenahan

Toulon-Graveside services for Daniel H. McClenahan, 82, of Lincoln, Nebraska would be held Friday at the McClenahan cemetery, southwest of LaFayette. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Lincoln. Mr. McClenahan, a retired lawyer, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. McClenahan. He was born 30 October 1876 near LaFayette and was found dead in bed Monday morning as death had occurred in his sleep. He was survived by a sister, Miss Ednah McClenahan of Toulon, two brothers, Carl D. McClenahan and Dr. F.C, McClenahan, both of Toulon and a number of nieces and nephews. His parents and a brother preceded him in death.

Daniel McClenahan

Toulon- Graveside services for Daniel H. McClenahan, 82, of Lincoln, Nebraska were held Friday afternoon at the McClenahan cemetery southwest of LaFayette. The Reverend Eugene C. Anderson, pastor of Toulon Baptist church officiated. Bearers were Ivorid Moline, Donald Clague, James Cunningham, Carl Ublauer, Carl D. McClenahan and Dr. Frank C. McClenahan. Funeral services were held at Lincoln Wednesday afternoon. Miss Ednah McClenahan and Dr. and Mrs. Frank McClenahan went to Lincoln on Monday after learning of the death of their brother and accompanied the body to Toulon.

Frank C. McClenahan

His obituary is found in a local paper. Dr. Frank C. McClenahan

Toulon- Dr. Frank C. McClenahan, 83, of Toulon, died Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at his home in Toulon. Dr. McClenahan had been ill for the last two and one-half years and became critical about two months earlier. Frank Clifton McClenahan, the son of Elijah John and Margaret Ann McClenahan was born 2 December 1879 in Goshen township, near LaFayette. He recieved his education in the LaFayette schools and in 1901 entered Northwestern University Dental School graduating in May 1904. In June of the same year he established dental practice in Toulon. His dental career in Toulon extended over a period of 54 years. He was active in the old Christian church in Toulon and after that disbanded he became a member of the Congregational church. For many years he was an alderman in the city of Toulon and served on the local election board. He was married 22 December 1903 to Lucile Blanche Cary, daughter of Reverend Edwin A. and Camila Cary. They had two children, Mrs. Carl (Cary) Ublauer and Lt. Col. Frank McClenahan, U.S. Army. There were six grandchildren; Suzanne, Linda and Carol Ublauer, Marcia, David and Mary Lou McClenahan and a sister, Miss Ednah McClenahan of Toulon. Dr. McClenahan was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl D., Daniel H. and Bert C. McClenahan. Funeral arrangements were by Kidd Funeral Home in Toulon.

John McClenahan

He has an obituary in the local paper – John McClenahan’s Rites in Toulon on Saturday

Toulon- Services for John H. McClenahan, 63, of Walnut Creek, California, formerly of LaFayette would be at 2 p.m. Saturday 18 September 1976 at the Kidd Funeral Home in Toulon. The Reverend Fred Reiner, pastor of the LaFayette Methodist church officiated. Interment would be in the McClenahan Cemetery near LaFayette. There would be no visitation. Memorials could be directed to the Sleepy Hollow School Parent’s Library Memorial Fund, 20 Washington Lane, Orinda, California 94563. He died 15 Setpember 1976 at 3 a.m. in the Herrick Memorial Hospital. He was born 12 October 1912 in Goshen township, Stark county, the son of Bert and Mabel King McClenahan. He was reared and educated in the LaFayette school system and was a graduate of Knox college. He was a member of the LaFayette Methodist church. McClenahan had been a Lieutenant JG in the United States Army. He married Virginia Diedrich in 1943 in Maryland. Surviving were two sons, Jack and Mark, three daughters, Linda, Margaret !
Ann and Jane all of the Berkeley and San Francisco area, five grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. James (Joyce) Cunningham, Mrs. John (Gladys) Montgomery and Mrs. Theodore (Frances) Hansen.

He has a funeral notice in the local paper- John McClenahan

Toulon- Services for John H. McClenahan, 63, of Walnut Creek, California, formerly of LaFayette were at 2 p.m. Saturday 18 September 1976 in the Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon. He died 15 September 1976 in Berkeley, California. The Reverend Fred Reiner of the LaFayette United Methodist Church officiated. Mrs. Robert Schmidt was organist. Pallbeareres were Leo and Richard King, Leslie Grimm, Lowell McKirgan, Frank McClenahan and Donald Krans. Interment was in the McClenahan Cemetery near LaFayette.

Lucille Blanche Cary McClenahan

Her obituary is found in the local paper- Mrs. Frank McClenahan

Toulon-Funeral services for Mrs. Frank C. (Blanche) McClenahan, 82, of Toulon, were held on Sunday afternoon at Toulon Congregational Church with the Reverend Howard Clegg officiating. Organ selections were played by Miss Esther Claybaugh who also accompanied Charles M. Wilson who sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Bearers were James Shearer, Charles M. Wilson, Gerald Stapel, John F. Cover, Dr. J.M. Besser, all of Toulon and Donald Clague of LaFayette. Burial was in the McClenahan cemetery south of LaFayette. A handwritten note states she died in a car accident.

Elijah Stephens

Stark County News 1899

A shock of surprise passed through the community with the intelligence of the sudden death of Elijah Stephens. In Steuben county, New York, March 18th, 1823, Mr. Stephens was born. At twenty-two years of age he started to seek a better fortune in the west with varying success he passed the succeeding eight years at Milwaukee, Burlington, and Peoria, successively. At the latter place, Nov. 1 1849, he was united in marriage with Miss Susan Sanford, he remained in that vicinity until March, 1853, when with his wife and two little ones he came to this township and commenced here a home, which industry, economy and perseverance has developed into a competeney. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stephens, eleven of whom reached man and womanhood and nine of whom are yet living. The deceased had for a few days been feeling unwell, yet there was no thought of great danger until Monday he was taken worse and suddenly breathed his last. The deceased was a type of the pioneer class, who subjugate the wilds, lay the foundation of provinces and help to organize statehood. Honest in his dealing with his fellow men, accommodating as a neighbor, and kind to family and friends. May his “manes” rest in peace.

Amos P. Gill

Stark county News 18 February 1870

Died at his residence near Toulon, Illinois on Friday morning, February 11th, 1870 after an illness of about four weeks, Mr. Amos P. Gill, aged 46 years.
Mr. Gill was born in Chatauqua county, New York. He came to Illinois with his father Elder Elisha Gill in 1843, remained here until 1846, when he returned to New York and remained there about three years, during which time he bacame a member of the order of Odd Fellows. On returning to Illinois, he brought with him his wife and located at Toulon, where he had resided ever since. Up to 1851, he was the only Odd Fellow in Toulon and to his zeal, influence and perseverance, principally, belongs the honor of organizing Stark Lodge No. 96, which was effected on the 17th day of that year, and of which he has been a faithful and efficient member and for two years previous to his death, was the chosen representative of this Lodge to the Grand Lodge; acting at the same time as District Deputy of the Grand Master. As an Odd Fellow, Mr. Gill was a true representative of what the grand principles of the Order are calculated to make of its members- benevolent, charitable, humane, honest, sincere, unassuming and always ready with heart and hand to help the unfortunate and to give wise counsel to the erring. In his death Stark Lodge has lost one of its best members and the county one of its best citizens. As man and neighbor, he was genial, kind and considerate – one, who when gone leaves a void in the community that will be felt as long as his memory lasts.

More from the lodge in the paper.

Sally Shawhan McClenahan

Stark County News, Friday, 21 May 1880


Died, at her residence in Goshen, in this county, Tuesday night, 18 May, Mrs. Sally McClenahan, aged 77 years.

Mrs. McClenahan has been many years a widow. She was the mother of Elijah and George H. McClenahan, well known citizens of this county, and of Mrs. Carson Burfield, of this place. She and her husband settled upon the farm where he died in 1834, – forty-six years ago, when she was a young woman, and their names frequently appear in the history of those early times. Mrs. McClenahan will be remembered as the lady from whom Conant S. Manchester stole about $7000 in money, two years ago, for which he is now serving a term in the penitentiary.

She was a quiet, industrious, conscientious woman – attending strictly to her own affairs – doing no harm to anyone – speaking evil of none – and honored and respected by her family and neighbors. One by one the early pioneers of Stark county are passing away. There are but few left and soon one will remain to relate the story of those olden times and many interesting effects connected with their settlement of this county.

Lucy M. Wiley Dougherty

From the Stark County News Thursday, 15 April 1886 West Jersey News

Died, at her home southwest of town, 11 April 1886, Mrs. Lucy M. Dougherty, aged twenty years. The friends of Mrs. Daugherty were startled to know that she had passed away. Although the encroachments of disease were fastened firmly, making sure their hold, the time had seems very short since the hectic flush and parched lips told to her friends the presence of that dread disease consumption and they began to realize she must leave them. Thro’ her sickness many friends have kindly and tenderly ministered to her wants and did all that was within their power to make her last days those of peace. They always found her cheerful and uncomplaining, showing her firm faith and readiness for that better home. She and her husband had walked and worked together not yet two years; an infant daughter had come to cheer and bless their home, who now remains bereft of all the loving kindness of a mother’s care. The blow falls heavily on him who hoped she might share his joys and cares throughout this life. While our hearts are town and bleeding and the absence of this dear one blights all the light and sunshine that there may be here, our only hope and comfort is to look beyond. The sorrow and the tears for us all will soon be over. The years so rapidly passing will soon bring us to the happy meeting beyond. Just eleven months before a well-beloved sister of the one just gone, on Sunday morning at about the same hour, bade farewell to these same friends and said “meet me in heaven”. Our hope brightens us again with eyes of faith; we see the glad meeting of these two on the shores of the eternal world, now free from that dread disease for which no mortal mind hath found a cure. God grant that we may all so live that when our summons comes we may be as well prepared and leave a record of such simple, trusting faith as did these two.

Louisa Jane Wiley

From the Stark County News of Thursday, 14 May 1885


Died at the home of her sister, Mrs. M. VanSickle, Louisa Jane Wiley, aged 29 years, 2 months and 18 days.

Across the bright sunlight of our beautiful world clouds are ever flighting. At times but a transient shadow thwarts our pathway and again so silently and imperceptly does the darkness steal upon us, until we find ourselves wrapt in the deepest gloom.

Even so does the death of this beloved friend come upon us.

For several years her friends have noticed the approach of the dreaded disease, but she borne up by an indomitable will, always answered their inquiries with “I am well.”

But near the beginning of the year she was compelled to yield and since that time she has patiently and resignedly borne her affliction. Kind and loving friends have constantly cared for her, ministering to her every want, and watching for the last ray of home, but all in vain.

On the quiet and beautiful sabbath morning, when the earth was unfolding the freshness of its new life, a new life was also opened to her and her spirit took tis flight to bloom in the brighter paradise of Heaven.

As we look upon the past years of her life, we see them full of noble self-denying deeds for others. While just in the freshness of youth, when the world seemed brightest, she was called to part with a devoted and gentle mother, and realize that the care of her father’s household was then entrusted to her. Most faithfully did she perform her duties, caring for her younger sisters, until she saw them all in good positions. But it was not so designed that she would then turn her thoughts to herself but that he life work had been spent in her devotion to others. The summons came “it is enough, come up higher:

She was a member of the church here, having united with it in 1879 and ever lived a faithful Christian. Several times during her illness she was called upon to testify her readiness to depart and when the end drew near, she called all to her assuring them that she knew she was going and was ready and asked them all to meet her in Heaven. Can any better comfort be given to her friends than such words as these. The beautiful testimony of such a life and the assurance that she is once more at home with the dear mother and free from all the pain and suffering that she endured here.

“Never here, forever there;
Where all parting, pain and care,
And death and time shall disappear,
Forever there, but never here!
The horologue of eternity
Sayeth this incessantly-
Forever – never!
Never – forever!

John R. Atherton

From the Stark County News of Thursday, 5 February 1885


John R. Atherton was born in Falmouth, Kentucky in 1803. HIs parents moved to Hamilton County, Ohio when he was but an infant. There he grew to manhood and in 1825 married Jane Armstrong, with whom he lived in loving companionship sixty years.

To them were born six children, five daughters and a son. Four of the daughters are still living: Mrs. Rose of Kansas City, Mrs. Albert Butler of New York City and Mrs. Fast and Mrs. McClennahan who were with him at the time of his death.

In 1831, Mr. Atherton moved with his family to Hancock County, near Nauvoo, Illinois. The stirring events of the next few years but developed more fully his naturally fearless and radical disposition. The Black Hawk war came on and in it he served as Captain. His commission for that office is now in the possession of his children. After this, during the remainder of his residence near Nauvoo, there was constant trouble between the citizens and the Mormons. Captain Atherton was their open and avowed enemy and although his neighbors were shot down around him, among them a much loved cousin of Mrs. Atherton, _ and their property destroyed. Captain Atherton’s own property and family were never injured, because, he used to say, some Mormon would surely lose his life in one thing belonging to him was molested he would have no scruples about the matter, for he would not only be avenging his own wrongs but those of his neighbors and friends.

He was often classed with those who disposed of Joseph Smith. This he always disclaimed, not that his will was not good enough, but simply because he was away at the time.

In 1845, he succeeded in trading his farm in Hancock County for a farm south of Toulon, owned by a Mormon, an exchange agreeable to both parties.
Ever since that time he has been well known in this community; a staunch patriot, unwavering in his friendship and most positive and pronounced in all his sentiments; neither friend or foe ever doubted where he stood.

Two weeks since a company of friends celebrated Mr. and Mrs. Atherton’s sixtieth wedding anniversary, and two weeks hoped to have seen him spend happily his eighty third birthday; but one week ago he was taken seriously sic and on last Saturday morning, at half past two o’clock, he was called to that Master whom he had served more than forty years. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”

Ambrose Aten

From the Stark County News Thursday, 13 May 1886

The funeral services of Ambrose Aten were held here last Saturday, he having passed away last Friday morning, after many months suffering with consumption. A large number of friends were present and the I.O.O.F. of LaFayette, of which he was a member were in attendance, the lodge of this place uniting with them, and performing the final burial service. He was highly esteemed as a citizen and leaves a large circle of friends.

George Sheets

Stark County News, Thursday 1 September 1887

Mr. George Sheets died at his home in West Jersey township, 21 August 1887, aged 62 years. He was born in Switzerland county, Indiana 19 August 1825 and came with his father, Peter Sheets to Stark county in 1836 where he had since resided. He was married in 1841 to Charlotte Zimmerman and to them were born five children; his wife and three daughters survive. His funeral was held Wednesday, August 23 and his remains were held in the old Sheets burying ground.

Sophia Aulthouse Parrish

Stark county News, Thursday 1 September 1887

Died at her home in Toulon, Thursday, August 26th of heart disease, Mrs. Sophia Parrish aged 72 years.

Sophia Aulthouse was born in Leeds County, Canada in 1815, she was married to Squire Parrish in 1831 and removed to Stark county, Illinois in 1836; for thirty one years she had lived in Toulon in the house where she died. She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom survive her. Her husband died ten years since; one son in early manhood and a daughter Mrs. Lucy Cooley was the mother of three children at the time of her death.

For more than fifty years she had been a faithful member of the Methodist church. Her children, except one being settled some distance from her, the latter years of her life would have been desolate indeed but for the Comforter who abided with her.

When her last sickness came, like the wise woman she was, she set her house in order and not one anxious thought came except for the one who had been her constant care for many years.

For herself, she knew in whom she had believed and chose for the text of her funeral, Cor. 5-1, “For we know that if our early tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” She selected also the hymns she would have sung.

Although feeble for several years her last sickness was short and very painful.

The funeral was held in the M.E. church, and she was buried in the Toulon cemetery.

Washington Trickle

From the Stark County News, Thursday, 18 October 1888

Washington Trickle, an old and respected citizen of West Jersey, while on his way home from Kansas last week, was taken very sick at Kansas City, Missouri and died. His remains will be sent home and laid to rest in the Rochester cemetery.

From the Stark County News, Thursday, 8 November 1888

Died at the residence of Erastus Foster, in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 10th, 1888, of inflammation of the bowels, Washington Trickle, aged 83 years, 8 months and 9 days.

His death was unexpected. Some five weeks ago, he went to visit his only surviving child, Mrs. L.F. Mathews of Cowley County, Kansas and was on his way home, when he was suddenly taken ill and was only able to reach the residence of E.N. Foster in Kansas City. Mr. and Mrs. Foster, with Dr. Barber, all old acquaintances (formerly of Elmwood), kindly cared for him, giving him every attention possible, but after an illness of only twenty hours, God took him.

Washington Trickle was born twenty miles west of Baltimore, Maryland 1 February 1805. His father Christopher Trickle, moved west to Ohio with his family in the year 1811. During the war of 1812, he moved into the fort at Jeromeville, Ohio, with his family and died at that place in 1813, leaving a family of five sons and four daughters to the care of the widowed mother. Only two of this family are now living, Mr. Edward Trickle of West Jersey and Mrs. Julia Anne Sherburne of Toulon.

On May 15th, 1828, Washington Trickle was united in marriage to Miss Elinor Smith at Ashland, Ohio, the ceremony being performed by Reverend James Haney, father of all the Haney preachers. They had eleven children, ten daughters and one son, all of whom, except Mrs. Lucretia S. Mathews, have with their mother, passed over the River.

In 1835 he moved to Fulton County, Illinois and in 1836 removed to Stark County near Rochester, and from there to Elmwood, Illinois where he remained until a short time after the death of his wife, which occurred in 1883, when he removed to West Jersey and lived with his granddaughters and their father Mr. John Wiley, from whose house he was buried, October 17th, 1888. The funeral services were conducted by Reverend Miller, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at West Jersey, in the church at Rochester, and the remains were laid to rest beside his wife and children in the cemetery at that place. A goodly number of neighbors and friends were in attendance.

In 1828 he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he was a faithful member for more than sixty years, being an official member most of the time. He was an earnest Christian worker and while loving his own church, he felt that other denominations were Christian people and his brethren. In earlier years his house was always a home for ministers and educational workers. He was an attentive and thoughtful husband, a kind father, and a good neighbor, always ready to aid those in need. He was resigned in all his afflictions; his last testimony in class meeting, a week before his death, was “Christ has been with me and is still with me. I feel my work is done and am only waiting patiently the call to come up higher.” So passed away a good man. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, yea, and their works do follow them.”

Eleanor Nixon Kinney

From the Stark County News, Thursday, 26 May 1892

Death of Mrs. Kinney

Mrs. John Kinney, mother of James Kinney, died Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at her home in LaFayette in her 76th year. The funeral will occur this afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mrs. Kinney had been sick nearly all winter. She had been a resident of LaFayette about four years.

From the Stark County News, Thursday, 2 June 1892 Obituary

Mrs. Eleanor Kinney was born in Ohio in 1816 and died 17 May 1892. She was married to John Kinney in 1836 and was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom are living. James, our Circuit Clerk, is the only one living in this state. She joined the church in 1834 and has lived a consistent Christian live ever since. She was familiarly known to all as Grandma Kinney. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by Reverend Warner. The husband and children, she leaves to mourn her death have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.

Mary Ann Hart Morrison

From the Stark County News, Thursday, 29 December 1892

Mrs. J.W. Morrison

Died at her home in Toulon, Friday morning, December 24th, 1892, Mary A., beloved wife of John W. Morrison, aged 58 years, 1 month and 23 days.
Mrs. Morrison was born in Montreal, Canada, November 1st, 1834.

Her parents moved to Ohio in 1842 and there her girlhood was spent. She was married to J.W. Morrison in Fayette County, Ohio, December 4th, 1851. They came to Stark County in September 1853 and settled near Toulon and have ever since resided in this vicinity.

To them were born seven children, three sons and four daughters, all of whom are living and grown to manhood and womanhood. Mrs. Morrison was a most tender and devoted mother and a most sympathizing and helpful neighbor and friend. After her own children had made homes for themselves she took into her great warm heart a poor little waif and no more blessed thing came to a forlorn child, than the love and care bestowed on little Flora, and the husband will now try to carry out the wife’s wishes in regard to this little one.

Mrs. Morrison united with the M.E. Church in 1872 and has lived a consistent Christian life and died the death of the righteous. This is the first time the grim messenger has entered this household and the family is sorely bereaved. Life will never again be the same to them. But “over the river, the crystal rive: a loved hand will beckon from the further shore.

Reverend W.R. Wiley conducted the funeral services at the home on Monday where many friends gathered to show their respect and sympathy for the living.

Grover C. Hollars

Link to the Obituary of his mother, Sarah (CORRELL) HOLLARS

THE BLOOMFIELD NEWS, Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana, Thursday, January 10, 1935, Volume LIX, Number 11, Page 6, Columns 4 & 5,

“Former Local Man Dies In Peoria, Ill.” [Transcribed 12 Apr 2001 from Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library’s IHS Microfilm Records.]

Grover C. HOLLARS, forty-seven, well known Toulon Township farmer of Toulon, Illinois, passed away at 8 o’clock last Thursday morning in Methodist Hospital, Peoria, following an extended and severe illness. Mr. HOLLARS was stricken with pleurisy about three months ago and he was bedfast until his death, complications developing which hastened his passing.

Mr. HOLLARS had recently submitted to an operation and had been taking treatments at the hospital but the first of the week he was taken much worse and returned to the hospital where the end came.

Grover C. HOLLARS was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James HOLLARS, and was born at Bloomfield, Indiana, February 27, 1887, being forty-seven years, ten months and five days of age at the time of his death. He was united in marriage in Bloomfield to Miss Lou Emma BINGHAM and they went to Stark County about twenty-four years ago, locating on the Mrs. Clara JACKSON farm, west of Toulon. For the past sixteen years, Mr. and Mrs. HOLLARS resided on the Luther H. BALDWIN farm near the east edge of Toulon.

When he was a young boy, he joined the Church of God near Bloomfield, but after going to Toulon, the family attended the Methodist Church. He was a member of Toulon Lodge No. 93, A. F. & A. M.

He is survived by his wife, by two daughters and one son. They are Geneva, now Mrs. Walter BASS; Lucille, now Mrs. Russell WILKINSON, both of whom reside in that community, and Marvin, at home. One son preceded Mr. HOLLARS in death.

He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Eli, C. B. and Willie HOLLARS, all of Bloomfield, Indiana; Mrs. Minnie BINGHAM, Mrs. Lonnie STRAUSER and Mrs. Lula CAIN, all of Bloomfield, and Mrs. Levi THOMPSON, of Toulon. He also leaves one grandson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILKINSON, also numerous other relatives.

Those attending the funeral from Bloomfield were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles HOLLARS, Switz City; Wm HOLLARS and Mr. and Mrs. John BINGHAM, Mrs. Fred HALDEMAN, of Bloomfield; Mrs. Lelia HALDEMAN, of Bloomington, and Dorothy and Asa SMITH of Bloomfield.

Aurelia Cox Stevenson

From the Stark County News, 19 December 1895

At Rest

Died at her home four and one half miles southwest of Wyoming, December 12th, 1895, Mrs. Aurelia Cox Stevenson. This lady was born August 30th, 1856, at the old homestead about a quarter of a mile from her new home which she moved into August 29th, 1895. She was untied in marriage May 4th, 1893 to Mr. Leroy Stevenson of Knox county, by Reverend Hicks of Toulon.

Mrs. Stevenson’s health began to fail about eight months ago and just eleven weeks ago the day she died she was taken down, her disease being consumption, resulting from asthman, with which she had been afflicted for a number of years. She was a patient sufferer, never murmuring nor complaining, saying all the time she would be better off. Yet, it seems hard for us to think so, surrounded by every comfort that heart could wish. We bow our heads in submission and say “Thy will, not mine be done. She was a very quiet unassuming person, caring more for home than any place else, always speaking kindly of all. She leaves a husband, an aged father, to whom she was very devoted, one sister and three brothers to mourn her early death.

The funeral was held at the house Saturday, December 4th, conducted by Reverend Hicks of Toulon. She was buried in the Sheets’ cemetery.

We look beyond this vale of tears,
Beyond the grave of gloom,
To the bright celestial spheres beyond
Where flowers eternal bloom.
No chilling winds, or poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore.
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death
Are felt and feared no more.

Card of Thanks

The family wish to thank all the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted during the sickness and death of their loved one.

Mr. Leroy Stevenson
Mr. Joseph Cox and Family.

John Kinney

From the Stark County News, Friday, 16 June 1899


John Kinney was born September 15, 1814, in Berks county, Pennsylvania, and died June 12, 1899, lacking but three months and twelve days of being eighty-five years old.

When but ten years old, he with his parents and brothers and sisters, moved to Guernsey county, Ohio, where for many years he helped to clear away the forests and make farms of the then wilderness.

He was married March 3, 1836, to Eleanor Nixon, with whom he lived for more than fifty-six years. To them were born eleven children, seven boys and four girls. Three children died in infancy and two in recent years.

When a young man he learned the trade of stone-mason, and for many years he was engaged in the marble business.

In 1868, he moved to Green county, Indiana, where he was engaged in farming until 1888, when on account of advanced age, he sold out and spent one year visiting his children, who were then living in Ohio, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico. In 1889, he came to LaFayette, Illinois, where his wife died May 25, 1892.

In early manhood, he became a member of the Weslyan Methodist church, preferring this sect on account of its opposition to slavery and secret societies. he was a “Radical Abolitionist: until he saw slavery abolished. On more than one occasion his team, with himself as driver, might have been seen in the small hours of the night, driving northward by some unfrequented road, carrying some fugitive- not from justice but from slavery.
He was a remarkably well preserved man for his age until last December, when his first and final sickness commenced with the grip and resulted in dropsy, which caused his death at the home of his son James in Toulon, Illinois.

The funeral services were conducted by Reverend Wood from the Methodist church in LaFayettte on Wednesday, June 14, the burial taking place in the LaFayette cemetery.

Jane Nicholson

From the Stark County News, Thursday, 25 June 1896

Jane Nicholson was born in St. Lawrence, New York, May 20th 1823. She came to the state of Illinois in 1840. She was united in marriage to Mr. James Johnson December 3, 1841. To them were born seven children, four sons and three daughters. She united with the church of God some time between 1840 and 1850 and sought to live a devoted life.

She has been failing in health for about two years, and on June 21st, 1899 at 5:15 a.m., she departed this life, leaving to mourn her death a husband, four sons and three daughters.

Benjamin F. Fuller

From the Stark County News, Tuesday 8 November 1896


B.F. Fuller Dead

Benjamin F. Fuller, of Washington D.C., better known in this county as “Frank” Fuller, died very suddenly at his home in Washington, on October 25, 1896.
Mr. Fuller was an old settler of this county, where he resided from about 1836 to 1866, when he was appointed to a position in the Interior Department of the government and removed to Washington.

He served as sheriff of this county and held other official positions and was respected as an honorable and upright citizen by all who knew him.
He was a brother of Judge Miles A. Fuller, of toulon, and A.Y. Fuller of Wyoming, the only member of the family left.

We clip the following from the Post-Dispatch, Washington D.C.

“Benjamin Fuller, formerly disbursing officer of the Department of the Agriculture, died suddenly at his residence, 1821 Rhode Island avenue, yesterday afternoon. Apoplexy was the cause. Mr. Fuller was born in Pennsylvania in 1825. When he was twelve years old his parents moved to Stark county, Illinois. While residing there he held several postitions of trust and honor and at the close of the war of the rebellion, he was appointed to a position in the Interior Department and assigned to duties in the Agricultural Bureau, from which developed the present Department of Agriculture. Isaac newton, then in charge of the bureau, recognized his ability, appointing him disbursing officer, an office he held for twenty-eight years, conducting the financial affairs of his office to the entire satisfaction of all the Secretaries of Agriculture under which he served.

Mr. Fuller was one of the charter members of the Belt Line Railroad Company, the Lincoln Bank and the Equitable Building Association. he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Equitable Building Association to the time of his death. Since he retired from official life he entered into real estate business with his son under the firm name of Fuller & Fuller. He was one of the oldest members of the Centennial Lodge of Masons, always faithful in the performance of his duties and attentive to the welfare of the lodge.

Mr. Fuller’s position in the Department of Agriculture brought him in connection with most of the business men of this city, by whom he was held in the highest esteem for his honesty, integrity and considerate treatment of his fellow men. A son and daughter survive him.

Edward Trickle

One by one the pioneers of Stark County are dropping out of the ranks of the great procession of human life. On the 20th day of the present month died our well known fellow citizen, Edward Trickle, ninety years. He was born in 1807 and came to Illinois in 1836 with his wife and two children. His destination was Rochester, in Peoria county, where his brother-in-law, Therigood Smith then lived. Mr. Smith was the father of John E. and Ephraim Smith, well known to the people in this county. He afterwards purchased land in Essex township in this county, upon which he resided until the time of his death.

In the spring of 1837, he built a cabin and moved his family upon the land he had purchased. There are few men who have lived so many years upon the same farm. He endured the inconveniences and hardship of a pioneer life and as well enjoyed its pleasures. Time and industry brought their fruits of competence and ease, which were reasonably enjoyed. Mr. Trickle was an intelligent, upright and honest man; well esteemed by all who knew him and was liberal and helpful, not only to his own family but to many others who will hold his memory in kindly remembrance.

Wessle Wiemers

From the Stark County news, Friday, 28 May 1897

Wessle Wiemers

Was born in Province Hanover City of Aurich Ostfriesland, Germany, October 19, 1854.

He came to America in 1880, settling in Pekin, Illinois, where with little exception he has resided until March 19th last when he came to Toulon, at which place on the morning of May 28, he departed this life.

Mr. Weimers last illness was occasioned by a form of erysipelas resulting in blood poisoning and was very severe incurring much suffering which he bore with fortitude.

It is not to much to say that the whole community feel deeply saddened at the passing away of this man so soon after his coming among us.
He had obtained in the few weeks of his business contact with our people a very decided hold upon them and they were all congratulating themselves on a valuable addition to the aggressive business force of the village.

Mr. Wiemers was a most genial and sunny man, one with whom it was a pleasure to meet and hence won to himself friends rapidly.
He leaves a wife and two dear little children, a brother, one sister to mourn his departure.
The only living brother, Thomas Wiemers of Chicgo, was present to witness the going away of this man so dear to our hearts.
What solace there may be in it to soften the hard features of death, the stricken family have the assurance of the absolute sympathy of the entire communit.
The funeral service will be conducted from the house on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. by Reverend L.F. Cullom of the Methodist Episcopal church.

I have no other information, this obit was on the same page as another.

Maria Jane Fleming Tuttle

From the Stark County News, Friday,2 July 1897

Died– At her home near Elmira, on Monday morning at 8 o’clock, Mrs. John W. Tuttle.

Maria Jane Fleming, was the oldest of the ten children of Samuel and Rebecca Bonsall Fleming.

She was born at Luthersburg, Clearfield county, Pennsylvania, November 29, 1840 and came with the family to Stark county in 1854, and the family always lived near Elmira.

On October 8, 1857, she was married to John W. Tuttle and to them fourteen children were born, eleven of whom still remain.

Charles E., Marion F., Edwin B., Harry L., Lottie M., Samuel, William, Maud E., and Mrs. Annie A. Jackson, Mrs.Abbie C. Ham, Mrs. Rebecca L. Duff.

She was taken sick on Febraury 6, 1896, when she was compelled to go to bed from which she seldom rose again.

She was converted under the ministry of Reverend J.W. Russell and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

In all the weakness and pain of her illness, she was a most uncomplaining sufferer.

The patience and sweetness of her disposition was marked by all who came in contact with her.

The funeral took place on Tuesday, July 29, the body being laid away in the Elmira cemetery, and the service held in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Reverend Clarke, assisted by Reverend Drew.

Joseph Cox

From the Stark County News, Friday, 10 September 1897

Joseph Cox

Died at his residence in Essex township, Stark County, Illinois, on Thursday, September 2, 1897, Joseph Cox, aged 82 years, 9 months and 9 days.
Joseph Cox was born in Ross county, Ohio on the 23rd of December, 1814, where he grew to young manhood. In 1836 with relatives and friends, he moved to this state and located on the farm in Essex township, about three miles west of Wyoming, which was his home for fifty-eight years. On the 24th of November 1839, he was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Edwards by whom he had seven children. Two of his children died in infanty. His daughter Mrs. Aurelia Stevenson died in 1895. Three sons and one daughter survive him, to-wit: Nathan Monroe, Charles Henry, Thoms Walter and Mrs. Carey Summer. They are comfortably located on the farms not far from their father’s old home. Mr. Cox’s wife died in 1888. He kept up his home until his daughter Aurelia was married. He then for a while divided his time among his children, but for the last three years has made his home with his oldest son, Nathan Monroe, where on the 2d inst., he quietly passed away.

Mr. Cox was of Quaker descent, which was plainly evident from his quiet manner, and his never failing desire to deal justly with all mankind. He was an honorable, upright gentleman, conscientious, industrious, strictly temperate, his wood as good as his bond and he was universally beloved by all who knew him. His death would be a loss to any community, as his example constantly pointed to higher and better conditions. He was a bulwark of strength, firm and immovable in behalf of right. He was a good neighbor, a kind and indulgent father, an earnest friend of education and religion, and gave freely of his means to the support of Christian influence. He was one of the largest subscribers to the Methodist Protestant Church in his neighborhood and just recently purchased quite a large number of chairs for seating it. He was not a member of any church, but nevertheless made the “Golden Rule” his guide all through life, and by act and deed gave evidence of his belief in a higher and better life. By industry and economy, he accumulated property until at one time he owned several hundred acres of land in Stark County, upon which there was not one-dollar incumbrance. He was one of the first to introduce the Durham cattle into this county. For years his fine stock took many premiums at our county’s fairs. His farms were always well cared for, looked neat and in order; everything about him bore evidence of thrift and tidiness. There was method and system in all of his undertakings. All of his transactions pointed to the fact that his success in life was not the result of luck and accident but of well matured and skillfully directed plans. He was a bright and shining landmark that gave hope and inspiration to everyone who came within his range. There was nothing of plotting or intrigue in his nature. He never tried to beat anybody, to get the best of anyone, to thrive at another’s expense. His motto was “to live and let live”, with an equal chance to everyone who tried to do right. He was not voluble in words, but what he did say was to the point, and always meant something. He would not argue to any extent with those who differed in him in belief, but no argument would change him from what he believed to be right. His reputation for truth and veracity was equal to the best and when his name was mentioned as authority for a fact, it was not apt to be questioned. He was very fond of music. In early life he learned to play the fife, and for many years he and one of his sons, with fife and drum, gratuitously furnished martial music on public occasions, frequently going miles away from home for that purpose. In 1860 he was fifer for the Wyoming Linclon Wide Awake Company, and was in their lead all through the entire campaign. As his antecedents indicate he was strongly anti-slavery in sentiment and always identified himself with that party that liberated the slaves.

Thus this good man lived a quiet, inoffensive, unobtrusive, but successful life. We look back over his long and eventful career with naught but pleasing recollections, as we sadly realize that another good friend and citizen has left us. It may always be said of him, that he obeyed the mandates of an honest conscience and at last “with malice toward none, with charity for all,” wrapt around him the mantle of eternal rest and bade adieu to earthly senses.

The funeral service was held at the residence on Saturday, September 4, at 2 p.m. Reverend Stauffer preached a very affective and consoling sermon and was very ably assisted in the services by the Reverend Walters. Appropriate music was furnished by Mrs. A.G. and H.A. Hammong, Will DeMunt, H.A. McClyment, with J.W. Walters on the piano. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the Sheet’s cemetery, where our deceased brother was buried by the side of his wife.

The relatives desire to return sincere thanks to the many friends who so kindly assisted them during the last sickness, and at the burial.

Jane Boardman Woodward

Mrs. Jane E. Woodward died at 4 o’clock on the morning of January 27th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.V. Simons at Earl, Ill, from cardiac trouble. She ate quite a hearty supper and walked upstairs to her own room on the night of decease. Jane E. Boardman was born in Corinth, Saratoga Co. N.Y. March 6, 1817 and from there removed to Luzerne Co. Penn., ten years later. She married Alfred Woodward Oct 28,1834 and in 1837 emigrated to Stark Co. from there they moved to Paw Paw, (DeKalb Co.) Ill in 1855. Her husband died in 1879. She leaves 3 children to morn her lose as well as a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a sister to Dr. Boardman of this place (Bradford) who attended the funeral last week.

Lusetta Woodward

Lusetta Woodward only child of Smith and Sarah(Jordan)Woodward was born near Elmira, Illinois, May 25,1844. She passed from the scenes of earth on April 9, after a brief illness of grippe which later developed into pneumonia. Left an orphan at the age of 3 years, she was taken into the home of Uncle Johnny Turnbull where she lived until her marriage. All her life was spent in the vicinity of Elmira, with the exception of 3 years at Paw Paw Illinois. Here she lived with an Aunt and attended school. Oct 25,1866 she was united in marriage to George Murray, who passed from this life January 17,1910. To Mr. and Mrs. Murray 9 children were born, one George Adam, dying in infancy, leaving 8 living. As follows. Orville, Margaret Jane(wife of John W. Turnbull) Nina Jeannette, Smith Alfed, Lusetta Agnes (wife of David Turnbull) John T. of Emmett, Idaho, Evelyn May(wife of J.F. Reed) of Sioux City, Iowa, and Marvin Walter. There are also fifteen grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Short funeral services were held at the house at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon followed by services at the United Presbyterian Church of Elmira at 2:30. The services were in charge of Rev. J.A. Frank Reed of Sioux City, Iowa. The music was by a quartet composed of Misses Gertrude Cooley and Jane Fleming and Messrs. H.W. Walker and Duncan McKenzie. The bearers were 6 grandsons of the deceased. They were Oliver Murray, Wm. Duncan, Herbert Murray, James Armstrong, Marvin Turnbull and Marland Murray. Interment was in the Elmira Cemetery.

Hannah Leason

From the Stark County News, Friday, 11 March 1898

Aunt Hannah Leason, an old and much respected resident, died after a long and very painful illness, on March 7, 1898. Hannah Celestia Leason was born in Sebec, Penobscot county, Maine, August 16, 1833. With her parents she came to Stark County, Illinois in 1845. In 1848 she experienced a change of heart and was buried with Christ in baptism, uniting with the Free Will Baptist church whose principles she maintained through the remainder of her life. She has always been a faithful Christian and through all of her suffering, which was for months of the severest, she was patient and resigned, trusting to the will of her Makeer. She leaves a brother, James W. Leason, of Bradford and two sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Gerard and Mrs. Nancy Gerard, both of Osceola Grove. The funeral, conducted by Reverend Clarke, was from the house, on Wednesday, March 9, and she was lade to rest in the Grove cemetery. Thus, one by one, the old settlers are passing on, but who shall rise to take their places here.

Steward Alexander Miller

From the Stark County News, Friday, 5 August 1898


Miller – Died of Dropsy, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.S. LePort, in LaFayette, Illinois, Saturday, July 30, 1898, Steward Alexander Miller, aged 65 years and three months.
Steward Alexander Miller was a native of West Virginis, being born in Union, Monroe county, April 30, 1833. He came to Illinois in the early fifties and settled at Abingdon. He was united in marriage to Miss Frances Callison, who departed this life in 1858. Of this union, two children were born – Thomas and Clara- both dying at an early age. In 1861 he was again united in marriage to Mrs. J.C. Newton, who departed this life May 10, 1886. Of this union three children were born, all of whom survive him – Calvin H. of Hamburg, Iowa; Mrs. Fannie Grant of Omaha, Nebraska and Mrs. E.S. LePort of LaFayette.
He moved to LaFayette in October 1867 where he has since resided. He was identified with T.W. Ross in the blacksmith trade until three years ago when failing health compelled him to relinquish his work. Mr. Miller was a loving husband, a kind father, a warm friend and a good neighbor – what more can be said? Realizing that his pilgramage on earth was drawing to a close, he was resigned to the will of God. He was buried with Masonic honors, Sunday, July 31, 1898, in the LaFayette cemetery. The beautiful Masonic burial rites being used, the services being in charge of U.J. Overman, W.M., of Toulon Lodge No. 93, A.F. & A.M. Masonic brethren from Toulon, Galva and Stark Lodge No. 510, of which latter he was a member, were present.

A. M. Hosford

From the Stark County News, Friday, 19 August 1898

Major A.M. Hosford, an influential and old resident of Geneseo, died in that city Sunday morning at the age of seventy-six. Death was due to dropsy from which he had been a sufferer for some time. Major Hosford was one of the best-known residents of Henry County and had many friends in Toulon. He was a native of Massachusetts and had lived in Geneseo since 1854. At the beginning of the war of the rebellion he enlisted in the 112th Illinois volunteers, serving until the close of the war with distinction and earning his promotion from the ranks. For a number of years he had been connected with the Home Life Insurance company as a state adjuster. Major Hosford leaves four children, Mrs. Castle of Quincy, Mrs. Susan Harper of Chicago, William Hl Hosford of Geneseo and Egbert Hosford of Washington.

Nathan Monroe Cox

From the Stark County News, Friday, 13 January 1899


Cox- Died at his residence in Essex Township, Stark County, Illinois on January 6, 1899, Nathan Monroe Cox, aged nearly fifty-seven years.
Monroe Cox, (as we always called him) was born near the farm where he died, on the 17th day of January, 1842, and would have reached his fifty-seventh year on the 17th of this month. He was the oldest son of Joseph and Catherine Edwards Cox, who came to this state at an early date and were among the first settlers in Stark County. On the 10th day of July, 1868, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Madeline Graves, daughter of William and Ann Gravees. Six children were born to them, five daughters and one son, all of whom, with the widowed mother, survive him. Mr. Cox had suffered more or less for a number of years with hernial troubles, but nothing serious ever resulted therefrom, until a short time ago, when he met with an accident by slipping on an icy place, which caused serious distrubance that finally developed into a severe case of peritonitis and hastened him on to a premature death. He was perfectly conscious during his entire sickness, and at last, when it was evident that he must die, he called his family around him, explained the status of his business affairs to his wife, gave words of parting counsel and advice to them all, and bade each one a final farewell. So conscious, was he of the rectitude of his life, he went down to his death like a hero; and with a resignation, born of good deeds, yielded to nature’s demand without a murmur. He was a man universally beloved by all who knew him. He was a gentleman by nature, strictly honest, and upright in his dealings, and always looked to the comfort of others as much or more than to himself. There was nothing irritating, disagreeable or unkind in his makeup; on the contrary, he always had a kind word and cordial greeting for everyone, and many a man has gone quite a distance out of his way to exchange social courtesies with him. When we took him by the hand, we knew it to be the hand of true friendship, honest, sincere, prompted by all its movements by a kindly purpose; with him, it was not a mere cold formality that was fair to the face but false to the heart – it represented perfect sincerity. We can safely write him down as one who loved his fellow man, and as one who observed the golden rule to the best of his knowledge and understanding. In business matters, he measured each transaction by the standard of justice, and was as firm as adamant in the support of that which he believed to be right. His Christianity was widened by the uprightness of his daily life, by acts and deeds. He was endowed with strong parental affection and the success of his children was the earnest desire of his heart; it was his great ambition to have them become honorable and useful members of society, and to do well their part toward higher and better conditions. He was public spirited, generous, enterprising, and thrifty in the accumulation of property. His home and farm bore evidence of his care and industry. He was one whom our community could ill afford to spare. We !
needed his example as an encouragement to others. But as “one by one the leaves of autumn fall,” so one by one do those whom we most love and esteem fall by the wayside and bid adieu to all we know of earthly life.

The funeral was held at the residence of the deceased on Monday forenoon, January 9, Reverend D.G. Stauffer, assisted by Reverend Haverfied, conducting the services. Reverend Stauffer preached a very consoling sermon. H.A. Hammond and wife; R.J. Teeter, Mamie Gray, and Nellie Klock furnished very sweet and appropriate music. The friends from miles around turned out in large numbers to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of the departed. A procession of a mile in length in carriages followed the remains to the Sheets cemetery, where all that is mortal of our friend and brother was laid away to rest. A.G.H.

William J. Abell

From the Stark County News, Friday, 14 April 1899

William J. Abell

Abell- Died, at him home in Toulon, Illinois, at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 1899, William J. Abell, aged 59 years.

The news of the death of William Abell came as a surprise to many of our citizens. On Monday, April 8, he was taken sick with grip, which later developed into congestion of the lungs, terminating his life on Saturday afternoon, less than a week from the time he took sick. He suffered much during his brief illness, but administering friends made his last days as comfortable as possible.

Sunday, April 9, the remains were taken to Kewaunee, and at 2 p.m. on that day, the funeral services were held from the home of his sister, Mrs. P.E. Davis, being conducted by Reverend Moore, of the Congregational church.

Mr. Abell was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, spending his early life in that state. In 1857, he first came to Illinois, and was a druggist at Macomb. He later went to Brookfield, Missouri and was editor of the Brookfield Democrat. After leaving Missouri he was employed in printing offices in a number of Illinois towns. While still a young man he suffered a severe illness at Kewanee where his relatives had settled and upon his recovery it was found necessary for him to take up outdoor work. He therefore became a painter and has pursued that calling most of the time since.

He came to Toulon five or six years ago. His friends found him to be a generous, obliging and liberal man, but a very singular character and democratic in his tendencies. His sympathies were always with the toiling millions. He formed opinions quick and many upon current events in village, state and nation and was free to express them.

Our friend was poor, in the common acceptance of that term, but he had a heart that beat as true for humanity, whom man’s inhumanity makes morn, as ever thrilled in a bosom wrapped round with an old black coat.

Ann Prather Dickson

From the Stark County News, Friday, 18 August 1899

From the Kewaunee Star Courier, we learn of the death of Mrs. Ann Dickson, of Wethersfield, who died last week. She had been ill for a number of years. Her maiden name was Ann E. Prather, and she was born in Knox County, Ohio, June 25, 1834, where she spent her early days. In 1853 she came West and settled in Stark County, afterwards moving to Wethersfield, where she has since resided. In the fall of 1858, she was united in marriage to Samuel Dickson, who became acquainted with her in Ohio. To them were born four children, two of whom are still living. The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Lucinda Porter Gingrich

From the Stark County News, Feb. 26, 1908

Lucinda (Porter) Gingrich, daughter of Daniel and Catherine Porter, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., January 5, 1823. When she was only a few months old, her parents moved to the state of Ohio, where they resided until 1833, when the family again moved. This time they located at Decatur, Ill., where her father engaged in milling and mercantile businesses, at which he was very successful until his death.

In 1841, when she was 18 years of age, the family sold the Decatur property and moved to Stark county, locating in West Jersey township.

She was united in marriage to Daniel Gingrich August 18, 1850; to his union five children were born, two sons and three daughters: Alvorado A., Daniel P., Estella D., Ophelia C., and Viletta A. The sons survive her, but the daughters preceded her on the journey from whence none ever return.

On the morning of February 12, 1908, at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 7 days, she quietly passed away at the old homestead where she lived for nearly three score years, and was laid to rest in the family lot in the Stringtown cemetery, near the loved ones that had gone before.

Obituary of Maude Foglesong from the Stark County News, Feb. 26, 1908

A telegram came Monday announcing the sudden death of Maude Foglesong at Wahoo, Neb., where with her mother, Mrs. Edna Foglesong, she had been visiting for the last three weeks. They left Nebraska with the body yesterday morning for Toulon, and it is expeted to arrive here on the passenger from the west this morning. The body will be taken to the home of Michael Flynn, where it will rest until Thursday, when the funeral services will be held from the Congregational church. The hour for the services had not been set at the time of going to press.

Miss Foglesong was born in Toulon about 19 years ago, and spent nearly her entire life in our city. She was a graduate of the Toulon high school.

For the last six months, she has had employemnt as saleslady in Bondl Bros. store at Kewanee, but visited in Toulon for a short time before her departure for Nebraska.

For several years past she had been in declining health, but few thot the end to be so near, and the news of her death came as a shock to her many friends here. Her elder sister died about two years ago.

Her father, George Foglesong, and her grandfather, Henry Foglesong, left last night for Rock Island to meet the mother on her sad journey home to bury her child.

Mildred Nicholson Anderson

From the Peoria Journal Star, 10 Dec 1991, Page D6

Mildred Nicholson Anderson, 90, of 323 E. Oak St. died at 10:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1991, at Kewanee Hospital.

Born Sept. 24, 1901, in Toulon to Percy and Alberta Brown Nicholson, she married Arthur M. Anderson on Oct. 7, 1959, in Kewanee. He died in 1986. One stepdaughter also preceded her in death.

Surviving is one stepdaughter, Mrs. Keith (Nancy) Parker of Kewanee; one stepson, A. Rogers of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Marjorie Balnuat of Toulon; six step grandchildren; and 12 step great-grandchildren.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, she was a school teacher at Buda, Saratoga and Weathersfield schools for 36 years.

She also taught at Franklin and Central junior high schools in Kewanee for 20 years, retiring in 1967.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee; Order of Eastern Star, Harmony Chapter 43; Daughters of American Revolution of Kewanee; Kewanee Women’s Club; Kewanee Artists Association; and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Cavanagh & Schueneman Funeral Home, Kewanee, the Rev. Harry Prince officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded, and burial of ashes will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Library.

Benjamin Brooks

From the Stark County news, Friday, 6 April 1900

Benjamin Brooks was born in Tioga county, New York, March 27, 1822. When fifteen years of age he came west with Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ives, who settled between Toulon and LaFayette. He continued to live with them until he was married.

March 30, 1847, he was married to Amanda Rounds, who walked by his side for thirty-seven years. They settled on the farm on which he was residing when he died, five miles east of Galva.

In 1869 the family removed to Story County, Iowa, remaining there about three years, when they returned to Toulon, and have resided there and in Galva and LaFayette ever since.

In their early married life Mr. and Mrs. Brooks united with the Christian Church in LaFAyette of which they were members until their death.

Six children were born to them of whom two daughters are dead. The four surviving are Mrs. L. Hurd of Chicago, Alanson Brooks, of Iowa and Charles and Robert Brooks who live south of Toulon.

In 1884 the wife and mother died, and two years afterwards Mr. Brooks was married to Anna donagan. their married life, however, was brief as she died in 1891.

August 24, 1892, he was married to Anna Hamilton, who survives him.

Mr. Brooks was always an active man, until an attack of the grip, from which he suffered about seven years ago. for several months past he was a great sufferer, but was confined to his bed only about three weeks. He died Sunday afternoon, March 25, 1900. His age was 77 years, 7 months and 28 days.
The funeral was held at the Himes school house and the remains interred in the cemetery there. The services were conducted by Reverend E.W. Hicks.

Marion McCoy

Marion McCoy was the second husband of Lana Stevenson Eagon McCoy Aby.

From the Stark County News, 24 August 1904, Elmore News


Marion McCoy departed this life at his home in Elmore, Sunday, August 14, 1904, aged 57 years, 5 months and 1 day. Death was due to consumption, from which he had been suffering for some time.

Mr. McCoy was born in Knox County, Illinois, March 13, 1847, which place was his home until some ten years ago, when he moved to Elmore. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Laura Eagon November 30, 1897.

He had been a great sufferer for some time, and had to give up his trade, that of carpet weaving, early in the spring. He bore his affliction with great patience and did not give up until the last, being confined to the bed only a week.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, two sisters and one brother, all of whom were present at his funeral.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, Reverend C.E. Dunlevy bring in charge. The remains were laid to rest in the Glendale cemetery.

Card of Thanks

We hereby wish to express our thanks to all who so cheerfully assisted us in our dark hour of sorrow.

Mrs. McCoy and Brother and Sisters.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Marion McCoy were Mr. and Mrs. Washington Simpkins and Andrew Simpkins of Maquon and Mrs. Richard McCoy, son and two daughters of Knoxville.

Alice Lowman Burge

From the Stark County News, 4 March 1900

Mrs. Alice Burge

The death of Mrs. Alice Burge occurred Sunday afternoon, April 29, 1900. She had been failing for many months and had spent the last winter in Eureka Springs in the hopes that it would benefit her, but it was not to be.

Alice May Lowman was born in Knoxville, Illinois, May 8, 1848. She was the daughter of William and Esther Keys Lowman and was one of seven children, four of whom grew to maturity. She moved to Toulon in 1850. The deceased was united in marriage to Samuel Burge September 1, 1870. Four children were born to them as follows: Anne May born October 30, 1871; Jessie Tryphena born June 16, 1875; Samuel Dewey born August 9, 1877; Esther Lucretia born June 7, 1880. Of theres children, three, with the father, have gone on before the mother.

She also leaves four brothers, George A., Samuel K, and James K., all of Toulon.

Mrs. Burge united with the church while attending school at Rockford, Illinois and has long been a member of the Congregational church of Toulon. She sought to obey her heavenly Father in life, and in her closing days bore testimony to the triumphs of Christian faith – a faith that was greatly tested and proven beyond a doubt during these recent years, when disease three a gloom over the home by taking off one by one the members of the family; a faith that stood erect in the light of God while disease bore the frail body down to the darkness of death.

At. three o’clock p.m., April 29, 1900, she passed from all that is earthly to the land of spirits to be with God.

The funeral services were conducted from her late home at 2:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, being conducted by Reverend George A. Francis of the Congregational church.

Upton Hamilton Brown

From the Stark County news, Friday, 25 January 1901, LaFayette news

Death of U.H. Brown

Upton Hamilton Brown was born May 27, 1822 in Carroll County, Maryland. He died at LaFayette, Illinois, January 18, 1901, aged 78 years, 8 months, and 21 days. His ancestors were among the early settlers of that state, and the subject of this sketch was endowed with many of those lofty traits of character which have made the men and women of old Maryland noted the world over for their goodness of heart and hospitality, their courtesy and grace.

He was the fifth son of Vachel and Sarah Brown, and of their ten children, was the last to survive.

He was married November 7, 1844 to Ellen Brengle, who departed this life January 21, 1899. He resided for several years on a farm near Frederick Sity; removed to Baltimore in 1852, bring employed there by the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. he came to Illinois in the fall of 1857 and has since resided in this vicinity.

Seven sons survive him, three of whom reside in and one near this village- Upton C., John B., Vachel H., and James H. William A. resides in Kewanee; Henry at Annawan and Zachary T. in Peoria.

In early life he united with the Methodist church and although in recent years not an active member, he never departed from nor wavered in the faith of his fathers. He was especially interested in fraternal work and social ties that bind men together, as Odd Fellows, and he became a member of this society at the age of 21, thus having over 57 years, being initiated June 6, 1848. For a time he was a member of that historic lodge in Baltimore, where American Odd Fellowship was born and whose portals went forth the zeal and power of the three links. It may, however, be said of him with truth that he was not bounded or narrowed as to his sympathies and acts by any church or lodge. To him all men were as brothers, and to him God was good. He was a stranger to enmity and knew no such word as hate. He never turned away a wanderer from his gate and the wayfaring man sat at his table as an honored guest whenever he knocked at his door. His presence was as gracious as it was manly; his heart tender and true, and his memory will be ever sweet and dear to the kindred of his blood and the friends of his earnest and generous soul.

His children were all present at his funeral. HIs nephew, Edgar T. Brown and wife of Chicago; granddaughter Lucy Tracy of Rock Island, Illinois; nephew, W.B. Todd from south of town; and nieces, Mrs. J.E. Gibbs and Nellie Craig were present, as were also his many brothers of the I.O.O.F., from Galva, Kewanee, Toulon, Cambridge and New Jersey.

Mary Louise Elizabeth Caverly Pauli

From the Stark County news, Friday, 7 June 1901


Pauli – Died at her home near Toulon, Illinois, June 3, 1901, Mrs. Mary Louise Elizabeth Pauli, aged 36 years, 2 months and 7 days.

Another time in life’s brief pilgrimage we are called upon to mourn the death of a loved one.

Mary Caverly was born in Toulon, March 26, 1865 and near that place her life has been spent, a life developed into good and noble traits, spreading abroad an influence felt and admired by all.

Her presence seemed to banish wrong from the heart, her words to edify and her smile to cheer. How truly it has been aid, “Death loves a shining mark”.
Scarcely can we realize that she who was with us but yesterday is gone from us forever. But he who is too wise to err or merciful to unjustly afflict, otherwise ordered, and humanity can but bow in humble submission and say, “Thy will be done.”

February 24, 1897, she was united in marriage to John D. Pauli. In sweet companionship they established themselves in a cozy home on a beautiful farm, near the home of her childhood, and a few brief years of happiness only too quickly flew by.

All was done that by loving hands could do. Her grief-stricken husband anxiously watching by her bedside. He devoted parents never failing in their kindly ministrations, their only hoope that she might be spared a little longer. But such was not to be.

She passed peacefully away, as in her early life she chose virtue’s path with the Divine word for the light thereof and was ever a most faithful adherent to the truth.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, an infant daughter, a father and mother and three brothers, Edward C., George A., and Frank J.

The funeral services were conducted from St. Dominic’s church at Wyoming. The services were very beautiful and impressive. Solemn high mass was offered by Reverend Father Parker, assisted by Father McCarron, of Bradford, and Father Hauser of Princeville. The singing by the choir was touching and beautiful.

A large concourse of friends accompanied the remains to the cemetery where her last resting place were made beautiful and soft as downy pillows and the remains were placed in a snowy white line tomb, mid fragrant blossoms and evergreens and her covering was garlands of flowers, strewed by tender hands.

No sweeter, purer spirit ever found its way to the fields of Eden. The strong hand who has guided her through earth’s journey will conduct her safely “over the river” and comfort the lonely ones in the home she has left for the “mansions prepared beyond.” E.J.M.

Helen Janes

From the Stark County News, 7 June 1907, LaFayette News

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Himes of Toulon and Miss Emma Hines, of Galva, who was visiting them, attended the funeral services of their little niece, Helen Janes, Saturday.

Helen Lois, the little child and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Janes, departed this life Thursday morning, June 1, 1905. She had been sick but was thought to be in her usual health again, when she was suddenly taken with acute Bright’s disease and no remedy was of avail.

This dear little bud of promise’
That had unfolded a little way,
And scattered its gentle fragrance
Peacefully passed away.

Our sympathies, with those of the whole community, go out to the bereaved ones. The little blossom they loved, on which they bestowed their sweetest smile, the tenderest caress, the fondest care, has closed to open in a clime where blossoms never fade, droop or die. The funeral services were held from the residence Saturday at 10 a.m. and were conducted by Reverend Aten and were largely attended. The little form was tenderly laid to rest in the LaFayette cemetery.

Julious Farrow Mattson

Julious Farrow Mattson was born March 20 1865, at Swedetown one mile north of New Boston and died at 10Am July 30 1931 at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 10 days. He was the son of Peter and Mary Westerblo Mattson. He was married to Eva Carlstrom, daughter of Chas and Clara Carlstrom on Aug 19 1891, in the home of S.V. Prentiss. To this union five children were born, Clyde G., New Boston, Victor O. Hammond Ind, Dora Baker, Alexis Ivon A. Hammond Ind and Ruth Bear New Boston.Other surviving relatives are Mrs Alice Martin who lives on a farm near Eliza, a half sister, Ora Nelson, who resides on a farm in Bay Island, and a half brother James Myers of Rochester N.Y., also seven grandchildren.

Julius had always resided in the vicinity of New Boston. He was a farmer and teamster all of his life.

Funeral services were held in the M.E. Church Saturday at 2 P.M. with Rev Wade Smith in charge. The pall bearers were Ed McNall, William Welch, Robert Chinery, Charles Ives, Charles Hyser and John Bustard. Interment was in the New Boston cemetery.

Aug 5, 1931, Times Record.

Elizabeth Hund Mattson

Elizabeth Mattson, 102 Naples, Florida formerly of New Boston, died Monday at Naples Community Hospital.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, New

Boston. Burial is in New Boston Cemetery.

Visitation 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Jinks Funeral home Aledo.

Elizabeth Hund was born March 27 1885. She married Clyde Mattson.

Survivors include daughters Mary Roets, Naples and Vera Saunders, Rock Island; a son, Warren Oquawka; 10 grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Rock island Argus Wed Jan 13, 1988.

Eva Carlstrom Mattson

Mrs. Eva Mattson, New Boston dies at 84; Funeral to be Tomorrow.

Mrs Eva Carlstrom Mattson, 84, New Boston, a lifelong resident of Mercer County, died at 2 Sunday afternoon at the DeSmith Nursing Home Aledo. She had been ill about eight years and had resided at the home five years.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 at the New Boston Methodist Church, with the Rev John Keller , pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the New Boston Cemetery. The Olin Funeral Home, New Boston, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mattson was a sister of the late Oscar E. Carlstrom of Aledo, Illinois attorney general for two terms and former Mercer County Judge.

The former Eva Carlstrom was born May 13 1871, in the Sugar Grove neighborhood, north of Aledo. Her parents were Charles and Clara Pihel Carlstrom.
She was married in 1891 to Julius Mattson of New Boston. He died in July 1931.

Mrs Mattson was a member of the Methodist Church, and the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbor Lodges.

Surviving are two sons, Clyde of Aledo and Victor of East Chicago, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs Dora Baker of Alexis and Mrs Ruth Bear of New Boston and two brothers, Dr Fred Carlstrom, Rockford and Edwin Carlstrom , New Boston. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
and a great-great-grandchild.

Proceeding her in death, in addition to her husband, were a son, Ivan and four brothers.

The Eastern Star Chapter of New Boston will conduct rites at the grave.

Times Record Aledo, Il Jan 3, 1956.

Fannie Eltzroth Fitch

From the Stark County News, Friday, 6 September 1901, LaFayette news

Fannie (Eltzroth) Fitch, the eldest daughter of Elijah and Betsey Eltzroth, was born near LaFayette, Illinois, July 7, 1849 and died at the home of her mother, on Tuesday, August 27, 1901, aged 52 years, 1 month and 20 days. She was married to Luther Fitch December 25, 1867. Two boys and four girls were born to them, all of whom except Miss Ida, are gone on before her. In early life she united with the Christian church and had held a continuous membership up to the time of her death. She was also a member of the Christian Endeavor society, and when in health was a faithful attendant at all of the services. She had been in poor health for several months, and a few days before her death began to fail rapidly and on Tuesday afternoon, death came and released her. The sorrowing daughter, aged mother and sister and brothers have the sympathy of all. The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Methodist Episcopal Church and were conducted by Reverend C.F. Crane, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest by the side of the other members of her family in the LaFayette cemetery.

Irene Sheets Christy

Stark County News, Friday, 25 July 1902

Irene, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Sheets, was born December 2, 1821, near Vevay, Switzerland county, Indiana; died at her late home in Toulon, Illinois, July 20, 1902, aged 80 years, 7 months and 18 days.

She came with her parents to Illinois in 1836. They settled in Essex township, Stark county, and lived for a number of years in a log cabin; but as years went by and a measure of prosperity came to them, they built a new house of stone in 1842, which is standing today and in good repair.

On June 5, 1848, she was joined in wedlock with Alexander Christy, who preceded her some five years to the better world. The first years of their married life were spent on a farm three miles south of Toulon. Some forty-two years ago, they moved into Toulon, where they lived until God called them home.
This union was blessed with seven children – Evarilla Amelia, who died in infancy; Emmarilla Acelia (Mrs. John Hamilton), her twin sister who was called home twenty-two years ago; Mrs. Jennie Freer of Galesburg; Miss Mary Christy who has been living at home and caring for her father and mother; Charles of Peoria; Mrs Alda Rist of Gilson, Illinois and Mrs. Ella Bocock of Burlington, Iowa. These five children, with eight grandchildren, one sister, two brothers and many friends mourn her loss.

She was a good wife and mother, in the earlier part of her life sharing the toils and hardships common to all pioneers; but in the later years caring only for the quiet and privacy of her home.

Her last sickness and death was the result of an accident, falling from a chair Sunday evening, July 13, causing paralysis and a deep sleep, from which she never awoke until she opened her eyes in that land where sorrow never comes and partings shall be no more.

The funeral services were held at the house Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, Reverend D.S. McCown officiating. The singers were N.J. Smith, Will Cooley, Mrs. Ida Sweet and Mrs. R.W. Patty.

Luella Brace Rosseter

Stark County News, 12 December 1902

In memory of Luella M. Rosseter

Died, in San Francsico, California, at 6:15 a.m. Monday, December 8, 1902, Luella M. rosseter, aged 39 years, 10 months and 28 days.

“The fairest flowers are soonest gone”

Luella M. Brace, second daughter of Orlando and Lucy H. Brace, was born in Elmira, Illinois, January 10, 1863, and came with her parents to Toulon when ten years old. She attended the public schools, graduating in the class of ‘81, and on Christmas day, 1882, she gave her hand in marriage to Frank S. Rosseter, who at that time was principal of the Toulon High School. The first few years of their married life were spent in Kewaunee, Illinois, where two daughters, Myrtle and Ethel, were born to them. Later they resided for a number of years at Hiawatha, Kansas and Portland, Oregon, and for six years last past their home has been in Redwood City, California.

The deceased had been ailing for some time, and during the past few weeks, her sufferings were intense, yet she refused to give up and kept about her household duties. Finally upon the advice of eminent physicians of San Francisco, a very delicate surgical operation was decided on as the only means of affording relief, and on Wednesday of last week she was taken to the hospital in that city, where on Friday she underwent the severe ordeal. In a letter to her parents, written on the day prior to the operation (which was received here on Monday morning), she wrote hopefully of the outcome and told them not to worry. Alas for the feebleness of human skill, that tender hopeful letter was her last, and shortly after its receipt a message came that she was dead. At first she seemed to rally from the effects of the operation, but the gain was only temporary, and with the dawn of Monday morning her eyes closed in eternal sleep.

Funeral services, attended by the bereft family and sympathizing friends, were held in the far-western nome and the remains will find a resting place by the shores of the tranquil Pacific.

Of her sweet and gentle nature, her unchanging love for kindred and friends, and her self-sacrificing devotion as wife and mother, it is needless to speak. Her heart was true as steel, and she never wearied in contributing to the comfort and happiness of those she loved.

She is gone; and though the form by which we knew her has vanished, and the voice that was music is stilled, yet the memories that cluster around her life come like a benediction and will linger with us. “Tis hard to part with those we love,” and to be denied by sistance, the privilege of a farewell kiss and parting word; yet there is comfort in the thought that “It is better further on: and from the shadow of our grief we turn and say:

“God of the just _Thou gavest the bitter cup;
We bow to Thy behest and drink it up.

Toulon, Illinois, December 11, 1902.

Luella Brace Rosseter

From the Stark County News, 19 December 1902

In Memoriam

The following memorial notice appeared in the Redwood City, California Democrat on the 11th inst.: which we publish in full.

The entire community and other communities where she lived will be shocked and saddened by the announcement of the sudden death of Mrs. F.S. Rosseter, which occurred Monday morning at 6:15 in the California Women’s Hosptial in San Francisco where she had undergone a surgical operation last Friday. She had passed the ordeal in apparent safety; had emerged from the influence of the anesthetic in almost favorable way, and up to midnight on Sunday the surgeon and nurses as well as her husband confidently expected her rapid convalescence. She seemed to be doing perfectly well in every respect.

At that time it was found that uric poisoning had set in with the result above stated. Mr. Rosseter had left her only a few hours before and was buoyantly hoping for her early return home in better health than she had enjoyed for years. Immediately effort was made to reach him by wire, but he could not be advised till 4:30 Monday morning, when he hastened to her bedside by first train, but could not reach her till her spirit had gone.

The remains were brought to her late home here Tuesday on the noon train. On Thursday the 11th inst., at 10:30 a simple home service was held over her body. At 12:12 the remains were taken to Cypress Lawn cemetery for interment, at which place final services were conducted.

The daughters, Myrtle and Ethel, and the husband, Professor Rosseter, were stunned by the awful blow. None but those who have been similarly smitten can understand the terror of such bereavement, but happily, they all know the Great Comforter, by whose divine help and by the light of clear, serene intelligence they are enabled to bear up, so far as such thing is possible in the face of such infinite loss. And in so far as human sympathy can help they have, as everyone knows, the tenderest commiseration, the deepest condolence of the entire community and that of the larger communities of Portland, Oregon, Hiawatha, Kansas and Toulon, Illinois.

Luella V. Brace-Rosseter, sister of Harry Brace of this city, was born in Elmira, Illinois, January 10, 1863, of which county her father was treasurer for twenty years. She graduated from the Toulon High School, of which Professor Rosseter was principal, in the class of ‘81, and was married to F.M. Rosseter on Christmas Day of 1882 at the home of her parents. She has reared her two daughters – the elder soon to graduate at Stanford, the other to finish her high school course here at next commencement to both of which happy events she had looked forward to with all the blessed pride of a loving mother.

The bereft husband and daughters, alike, bear joyful witness to her extraordinary affection and devotion as wife and mother; year after year, day after day, hour by hour, giving her life for those she loved. For ten years she has been in ill health, and for two years practically an invalid. Through it all her patience, her cheerfulness, her Christian trust and buoyancy never failed.

From facts revealed by the recent operation, which have been disclosed to the family since her death, it is believed that Mrs. Rosseter could have lived but a very short time, and in extreme suffering. In view of this, even though she will be missed beyond expression, leaving a void never to be filled again in this world – if only those who loved her with a love which only, they can measure – if any one of them could by a word call her back to suffering, which one of them would utter it? – Redwood Democrat, December 11, 1902.

Betsy Reed Eltzroth

From the Stark County news, Friday, 20 March 1903, LaFayette news

Mrs. Betsy Eltzroth

Mrs. Betsy Eltzroth, who has been poorly for some time, departed this live at her home in LaFayette March 17, 1903.

Betsy M. Reed was born April 10, 1828 in Columbus county, New York. She came to Illinois with her parents in 1839, where she resided until her death, March 17, 1903.

She was married in Knox county, Illinois, on the 16th of November, 1843, to Elijah M. Eltzroth, by Reverend M. Miner. To them were born nine children, five of whom are now living.

In 1848, she became a member of the Congregational church at LaFayette. In 1892, she joined the Methodist Episcopal church in which she held her membership at the time of her death.

The funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock, conducted by Reverend C.F. Crane.
The pallbearers were her three sons, Elwood, Forrest and Arthur and her grandson, Frank.

Anna Broughton Mahaffey

From the Stark County news, Friday, 20 March 1903, LaFayette news

The home of J.E. Mahaffey was entered by death Wednesday evening, taking the loving wife and mother.

Anna E. Broughton was born in Stark County, Illinois, October 5, 1846 and departed this life at her home in LaFayette March 12, 1903, aged 56 years, 5 months, and 6 days.

The deceased was united in marriage to J.E. Mahaffey September 18, 1865. Unto this marriage four children were born, three sons and one daughter, James W. of Viola; Arthur W. and Forrest W. of LaFayette and Mrs. Margaret Pittard of Monmouth, all of whom with the husband mourn her death.
Several years ago Mrs. Mahaffey united with the Christian church and held her membership until death. The funeral services were held from the residence Friday at 2:30 p.m., being conducted by Reverend E.A. Cary, pastor of the Christian church. The pallbearers were Nelson Grant, W.J. Hamilton, E.S. Buffum, Henry Lake, Frank Jones and Andrew Jackson, all comrades of Mr. Mahaffey.

Daniel W. Hudson

From the Stark County news, Friday, 3 April 1903

Mrs. Orlando Brace received word this week of the death of her brother, Daniel W. Hudson, who died suddenly at his home near Pearland, Texas. The particulars in regard to his death have not yet been received. He leaves a large family and considerable property. Mr. Hudson will be remembered by the older residents of the county, having lived near Elmira. He left here about 25 years ago, settling near Afton, Iowa. He left that place six or seven years ago and went to Texas.

Margaret E. Bentley

From the Stark County news, Friday, 17 April 1903

Margaret E. Bentley, wife of Reverend E. N. Bentley, very suddenly departed from our midst on Friday morning, April 10. Although the sickness that preceded her death extended over two weeks, it was not until the last three days grave apprehensions were entertained as to what would be the result. Then very suddenly and painlessly and peacefully she passed away and we see her now more. She will be greatly missed by many and they will cherish her memory.

The funeral services were held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 2:30 and were conducted by Reverend C.F. W. Smith, her pastor at Victoria. The services were exceedingly appropriate and touching. The interment was in our cemetery.

Misses Grace Whitten, Jennie Emmons and Bertha Leigh and Bert Leigh assisted Reverend Smith in rendering the singing. Notwithstanding the unfavorable indications of the weather and the nearly impassable roads a large company attended the services.

The most sincere thanks of the bereaved husband, sisters and other relatives of the deceased were given expression by Reverend Smith at the close of the service to all who had in any way aided them during her sickness or had sympathized with them in their bereavement.

Thomas family genealogy

Harry J. McClenahan

From the Stark County News, 5 June 1903

News was received here a few days ago of the death of Harry J. McClenahan, by accidental shooting at his home at Hitchcock, Oklahoma. The particulars of the accident have not reached here yet. He was buried last Saturday at Hitchcock. Mr. McClenahan was the son of Mrs. Margaret McClenahan of Toulon and was quite well known here. He was a straight-forward and honorable young man, and his untimely death is to be deplored. He was a member of the Toulon camp of Modern Woodmen and held an insurance policy in that order.

Grace Peve Catton

From the Stark County News, 12 June 1903


Grace E. Peve was born September 21, 1879, in West Jersey township, Stark County, Illinois, and died June 7, 1903. She was married to John Francis Catton November 30, 1901.

Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Peve, brothers, sisters, husband and a wide circle of relatives and friends mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted by Reverend Gimson from the Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Dear sad and sorrowing ones,
Earth’s sorrows may be sore,
Earth’s burdens heavy here to bear,
No seeming good in store.
Yet must we pine our lives away?
Nay, doth not God reveal
Earth has no sorrow so great
That Heaven cannot heal
Away from earthly scenes we look
Beyond to realms fair.
Our grief assauges as we sing,
There’ll be no sorrow there.
The dear ones gone we’ll meet again
In realms bright above.
So while we’re here let’s banish grief,
And live for those we love.

Card of Thanks

The bereft companion and family return their thanks to friends and neighbors for their kindly administration, sympathy and help in the sickness and death of our loved one, and for the beautiful floral offerings love and respect prompted you to bestow.

Hannah Albright Tracy

From the Stark County news, Wednesday, 13 January 1904

Death of Mrs. Tracy

Hannah J. Tracy, nee Albright, died Friday evening, January 8, about 6 o’clock, at the home of her son, J.H. Emery, near West Jersey, Stark county.
Mrs. Tracy has been in poor health for some time, and it was not until last Friday that the end came.

Hannah J. Tracy was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, January 17, 1812. She was the only daughter of George and Mary Albright and was the last of a family of nine children. In early childhood, she moved with her parents to Wooster, Ohio. In 1831 she was united in marriage to Joseph Emery. Four years later she moved to Illinois, first settling in Fulton County, but soon afterwards, in 1839, she moved to Stark County, settling in West Jersey township, August 27, of the same year.

In 1856, while on a visit to her family to Clark County, Iowa, her husband died suddenly. On May 23, 1857, she was united in marriage to Elisha Tracy, of Michigan, who departed this life April 10, 1899.

Soon after moving to Illinois, she united with the Christian church, but later, being unable to attend the same, she united with the Methodist church. She was a woman of generous disposition and well liked wherever she went.

In addition to her own family, she reared her nephew, Johe E. Emery of Chicago, and Christine Baglin, now Mrs. Charles Janes of this place. These two and her three children, are left to mourn her death and realize that a very kind and affectionate mother has gone to her final home, but remember that she is where care and sorrow entereth not.

Mrs. Tracy was well known in Stark county, being one of the pioneer settlers, and her death will be regretted by many. The funeral was held at the home of her son, where she died. Reverend Carey preaching the funeral sermon. Several persons from LaFayette attended the services. The remains were laid in the McClenahan cemetery for their final resting place.

From the Stark County news, Wednesday, 13 January 1904, Walnut Creek news

Several from this place attended the funeral of Mrs. Hannah (Emery) Tracy, Sunday, who died at the home of her son, J.H. Emery. Mrs. Tracy was 92 years of age and was one of the old pioneers of Stark county. One by one they are passing into eternity. Reverend E.A. Cary, of LaFayette, delivered the sermon. Her remains were laid to rest in the MeClenahan cemetery where so many of the old settlers are laid to rest.

Elizabeth Baughman Manley

From the Stark County News, Wednesday, 2 August 1905.


Elizabeth Ann (Baughman) Manley, daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Good) Bauman and widow of Oliver B. Manley, was born at Ashland, Ohio, 23 December 1820 and died at LaFayette Illinois at the home of her son, Henry W. Manley, July 29, 1905, aged 84 years, 7 months and 6 days.

With her parents, she emigrated into Illinois about the year 1833 and settled near Cuba, Fulton County. Soon after coming to Illinois her mother died, which was a great loss to a young girl, especially in those days of pioneer life in the then far West, for the country was sparsely settled and very new at that time.

February 13, 1840, she was united in marriage to Samuel R. Aten, with whom she lived very happily for eight years, when he died and left her a young widow. That was in 1848, and to them had been born three children, and their care and education devolved on her; but the young mother and widow met the task bravely and with a true mother courage. Only one of the three children survives, Mrs. Vilona Cromlen, of West Jersey, the others having died years ago.

April 16, 1850, in Peoria county, near Elmore, perhaps better known as Rochester, she was united in marriage to Oliver B. Manley, and soon after removed to Stark County and lived near West Jersey., where they continued to reside and called it home until March 1867, when they removed to Galva and there their children grew to adult years and received their education.

There was born to them, five children, three sons and two daughters, four of whom survive and are as follows, viz: Henry W. Manley, LaFayette, Laura A. wife of A.D. Morris, LaFayette; Emma O., wife of Frank S. Jones, LaFayette; Professor Charles Milford Manley, Antioch, Illinois. One sone Fred B., with whom Grandma resided and made her home after the death of her husband died March 26, 1891, since which time, she has made her home with her children, as it was convenient for her and them, where she was always welcome and where she felt at east and was tenderly cared for by whichever one she happened to be with. But the last years of her life, she has been principally at the home of her eldest son, Henry W., because of her extreme feebleness and ill health and here the children vied with one another in ministering to and caring for her and making her stay as pleasant as possible, until death came and their watchful vigil was at an end.

Of her father’s family of eight children, two sisters survive, viz: Mrs. Sarah Bouyer and Mrs. Barbara Totten, both living near Smithfield, Illinois, who with her surviving five children, and twenty-nine grandchildren, with a host of other relatives, warm friends, and old neighbors, mourn and rise up and call grandma Manley blessed, because of her cordial motherly and good Samaritan qualities among whom she will be greatly missed as the days and years come and go.

When just a young girl she was converted and started in the Christian life and united with the Congregational church, of which she remained a member until at Galva, Illinois, in 1882, when with her children, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and all during the years she continued a conscientious, consistent, faithful, devout and loyal member, and has had the pleasure and joy of heart in hearing her younger son, Professor C.M. Manley preach the gospel, he being a local preacher in the Methodist church as well as a successful High school teacher and for a number of years was the principal of the North Side High School at Wyoming, Illinois, and afterwards in northern Illinois.

Grandma Manley was of a cheerful, hopeful temperament, always looking for the bright side of things in life and was dearly loved and highly esteemed in LaFayette and vicinity, where she spent the last and declining years of her eventful life, not only by her children, but by her grandchildren and all who knew her, among whom she will be greatly missed.

Coming to Illinois seventy years ago means that she was one of the early settlers or pioneers, and that was before the roads were made or the bridges built, that was before the virgin soil had been subdued. Neighbors lived very far apart, and railroads were unknown, and that means more than this generation can comprehend, for no one except those who have had the experience can realize the privations, discouragements and difficulties pioneers or old settlers had to contend with, but they have wrought well, and handed down to their posterity a goodly land and a heritage that all should prize.

Grandma’s strength has been failing for years and she has passed through a great many severer spells of sickness, and while her last sickness was not unusual, all could see that the end was not very far distant. Friday night about eleven o’clock, she was taken worse and rapidly sank down until about three o’clock Saturday morning, the 29th, and the faithful watchers whispered she is gone. Thus, passed away another of the friends who lived in the long ago.

The funeral took place from the house to the Methodist Church in Lafayette, at two o’clock, Monday, July 31, 1905, conducted by the pastor, Reverend Vincent Aten, assisted by the Reverend Sinclair, pastor of the Christian church, and was attended by a large concourse of old neighbors and friends, the church being appropriately and neatly decorated with cut flowers and potted plants for the occasion; and the casket was covered with beautiful floral offerings contributed by friends. The grandsons acted as pallbearers. The burial was in the family lot in the LaFayette cemetery, a large procession accompanying to the grave.

Charles Henry Cox

From the Stark County News, Aug. 22nd, 1906

“The death of Charles Henry Cox at his home in Essex township last week removes another long resident of Stark county from the scene of his earthly triumphs to his heavenly reward. He was a successful farmer and had gained a competence of this world’s goods. The funeral was held from his late residence Monday.”.

Benjamin F. Graves


Benjamin F. Graves, lifelong resident of the Essex township community, passed away at 8 o’clock Saturday morning, December 25, at his home four miles southwest of Wyoming.

At the time of his death he was aged 90 years, 2 months and 19 days. During his long span of years he maintained his residence one-half mile from his birthplace. The Graves homestead is situated within a mile of the site of the first log cabin and the first school house erected in the county.

Mr. Graves was of a quiet and reticent character, but with a little persuasion he could be induced to spin tale after tale of the pioneer days in the county, especially in Essex township. He had a wonderful memory, especially for dates, and he was considered an authority on time and events of the pioneer days in this section.

He had a love for the “old days” and his farm contains many relics of historical nature, including a wagon over 100 years old that was used as a transport by the early settlers. Through all the years he maintained a rail fence about his farm yard and was quite proud of a barn that was erected without the used of nails. All the timebers are jointed and held in place by linchpins. A year ago a Post-Herald reporter paid Mr. Graves a visit and was shown a 15-year-old horse, a descendant of a mare that made four trips between Ross county, Ohio, and the Essex community, during the first days of its settlement.

Benj. F. Graves was a son of James and Maria Francis Graves and was born October 4, 1847, on the old homestead one-half mile west of the present farm. His father was a native of North Carolina, but was taken by his parents as a boy to Ross County, Ohio. The elder Mr. Graves came to Stark county in 1847.

Benj. F. Graves was reared on the old farm and attended the same school that many of his grandchildren attended. For many years he farmed in partnership with his father. For many years following the death of his father, Mr. Graves continued to farm, but in recent years retired from actual work. In politics, Mr. Graves was a staunch supporter of the democratic party, although he never sought office. His wife preceded him in death Nov. 23, 1920. He is survived by two sons and two daughters, as follows: S. Arthur Graves and Quincy I. Graves, and Mrs. Lena Cornall and Mrs. Addie Dawson, all of Wyoming. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the Congregational church and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. R.W. Newell. Interment was in Sheets cemetery southwest of Wyoming.

The song service was rendered by a quartet composed of C.A. Morrow, Shafter Meyers, W. S. Perrin, and R. E. Johnson. Selections were “We Are Going Down the Valley One by One” and “Remember Me O Mighty One.” Pallbearers were Glenn Neil, Alvin Mortimer, William Poppen, Sol Cox, Thomas Timmons and Leo Tanning.

Elizabeth Freeman Graves

DIED Oct. 31, 1875, in the eighty first year of her age, Elizabeth Graves, in Essex township, Stark county, Illinois, after a lingering and painful illness of six weeks. She was stricken with palsy during the summer from the effect of which she never fully recovered.

It would seem necessary that one who had experienced so much of this life should have something more than a brief newspaper paragraph announcing her departure from this land.

The deceased was born Sept. 25, A.D. 1795, in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, near the Roanoke River. Her maiden name being Elizabeth Freeman. At the age of fourteen years she removed to Chatham county, North Carolina. She was married to John Graves in 1813. In the year 1821 she removed to Ross county, Ohio near Richmondale. She lived at this place some twenty three years. In the year 1844 it was decided that the family should remove to Illinois, one of the sons having visited Illinois four years previous and brought back glowing accounts of the new far west.

Before they departed for their new western home, after they had packed their goods, she must suffer the terrible shock of losing her husband. What must have been the feelings of this wife and mother as she turned her steps from the graves of her husband and three children never to look on them more. To traverse a distance of over 550 miles through forests, swamps and wild prairies to form a home in a new country. They arrived in Stark county, Illinois, in the fall of 1844, they journey having occupied two weeks.

The country was then very sparsely settled. She purchased a small farm and began housekeeping; the four youngest children that were living remaining with her some years after. Finally on the marriage of the last one she broke up housekeeping and went to live with her son James with whom she lived nearly twenty years. A perfect type of a pioneer woman, the writer will ever remember with the deepest pleasure the many interesting stories that his grandmother used to relate as he sat by her side while she was weaving on the loom.

She was the mother of twelve children; three daughters and nine sons, two daughters and six sons are still living and were present as the last sad rites were performed–forty eight grandchildren and twenty four great grandchildren all alive at this writing. She bore her suffering patiently and calmly, retaining her faculties most of the time to the last. She passed away after having placed her trust in Him who doeth all things well. A very brief though touching discourse was delivered at the house by the Rev. D. G. Stouffer, of West Jersey, Ill., who took for his text Psalms xc,10 verse. The remains were then followed to their last resting place at Sheet’s cemetery by a large concourse of people. This article would be incomplete without adding a word of praise to Mrs. James Graves for her untiring efforts to render the last moments on earth pleasant to the departed relative. She gave her personal and sole attention both night and day, only quitting as her own strength failed! The sincere thanks of the family and relatives are tendered to the neighbors who so kindly assisted in the hour of need.

Viella Gingrich Graves

March 2, 1938

Mrs. Oscar Graves is Laid to Rest Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar Graves, 63 years old, well known resident of Princeville and mother of Mrs. Merle Kerns, of Toulon were conducted at 2pm Friday at Princeville Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lee H. Smith, pastor of the church was in charge. Interment was in Princeville cemetery.

Mrs. Graves passed away at her home in the northwest part of Princeville early last Wednesday morning following an extended illness of nearly two years. For the past eight months she had been bedfast.

Mrs. Graves was well known in the Princeville and Duncan communities where she spent her entire life. She had numerous friends in Toulon where she had visited frequently at the home of her daughter.

Mrs. Viella D. Graves, the wife of Oscar Graves and the third of seven children of Alexander and Harriet Caskey Gingrich, was born July 30, 1874 at the Gingrich homestead in Duncan, Stark County, Illinois.

Her life was spent in the vicinity of her birthplace. She received her education in the schools of Stark County, having attended Wyoming High School.

On August 14, 1895, she was united in marriage to Oscar Graves by the Rev. C. M. Taylor, then pastor of the Princeville Presbyterian church, and later, Oct. 2, 1921 shortly after moving to town, she with Mr. Graves became an active member until illness prevented her attendance.

Mr. and Mrs. Graves had lived on their farm near Princeville until about 19 years ago, when they moved to Princeville, which had since been their home and where her death came.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Graves is survived by three children, Edna M., wife of Merle Kerns, Toulon; Leo who resides on the home farm near Princeville; and Evelyn D., wife of Berwyn Dell, also of Princeville. A devoted daughter, Florence E. passed away in 1929. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Harriet and Virginia Kerns, Leo Jr. and Martha Graves, and an infant son, Robert Gene, of Mr. and Mrs. Berwyn Dell, born February 21, just two days before his grandmother passed away.

James H. Graves

Dec. 9, 1931

Living only a few hours after he had suffered a stroke of paralysis, James H. Graves, a life- long resident of the community southeast of Toulon, passed away Friday evening at his home on Route 30. Had he lived until December 22, Mr. Graves would have been 81 years of age.

Two years ago, he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis but recovered sufficiently to carry on his business as usual. Early Friday morning he suffered a second stroke which in a few short hours proved fatal.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 at the Wyoming Congregational church. Rev. Vernon W. Cooke, the pastor, being in charge. Appropriate organ music was played by Mrs. Frank J. Graves, of Abingdon, a niece of the deceased.

Body bearers were Sol Cox, Jesse Cox, Binnie McMillen, Fred McMillen, William Hagerty, and Jesse Adleman.

Interment was in Sheets cemetery.

Mrs. Nancy Cox Graves

Mrs. Nancy Cox Graves, daughter of Nathan and Ann Dixon Cox, was born in Chillicothe, Ross county, Ohio, January 17, 1826. She was the youngest child in a family of ten children, of whom only one sister survives. When she was ten years of age the family removed to Illinois and settled in Stark county, so that she was one of the pioneers of the state. She was raised in the Quaker faith and the principles of that faith governed her every day life, which was one of earnest effort to do right. On October 28, 1841 she was married to Thomas Graves of Ohio. They had a family of ten children, all of whom survive her, and five of whom were with her at her death. Eight years after his death, she left the old home in Illinois and has since made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Moran, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Her bright and energetic disposition rendered her beloved by all who knew her. For two years she has been stricken with paralysis, and on the morning of December 17 received a fatal stroke. After lingering two weeks she passed quietly and peacefully to rest. She was ready and glad to go, her last words being that she was “going home.”

The remains arrived in Wyoming on Monday morning, accompanied by her son and daughter, Archie L. and Miss Gussie, and were conveyed to the M.P. church in Essex, where funeral serviced were conducted in the afternoon by the Rev. William Walters. A large concourse of people were present to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of the departed. The interment was in the Sheets cemetery near by.

Thomas Graves

Died, at his residence in Essex township, Stark county, Illinois, Dec. 12th, 1885, Thomas Graves, aged 68 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Deceased was born in Chatham county, North Carolina, Dec. 18, 1816. With his parents he moved to Ross county, Ohio, in the year 1821. On attaining his manhood, he emigrated to Stark county, Illinois, in 1840. Oct. 28, 1841, he was married to Nancy Ann Cox, settling on a farm on Indian Creek, where he lived until the year 1850, when he moved to the farm occupied by him at the time of his death. Having witnessed the growth to maturity of his ten children, who survive him (a period of almost 36 years,) he might truly be classed as one of the Stark county’s early pioneers and of whom the death roll has been so frequently called during the year 1885.

He had been a great sufferer for years, especially so for the past nine weeks. Being naturally of a very genial disposition, he bore his affliction remarkably well. Few who have met “Uncle Tom,” as he was familiarly called, will ever forget the pleasant greeting with which he was wont to welcome his many friends to share his hospitality. No person ever turned from his door unfed or unsheltered. A very able discourse by Rev. Crane, of Galesburg, who took for his text Heb. 11:1, was pronounced at the house, after which the remains were silently and sorrowfully followed by a long procession of friends and relatives to their last resting place in Sheets cemetery.

William Graves

Another worthy old settler has departed this life. On Tuesday, June 16, 1908, at the home of his son Austin, at Stringtown, Illinois, William Graves died, having attained the age of 87 years, 6 months and 27 days.

Mr. Graves was born in North Carolina, November 20, 1820. While in infancy he removed with his parents to Ohio. He was united in marriage to Miss Ann Ratcliffe, November 20, 1842. This union was blessed with four children, one of whom died in infancy. The three surviving are S. S. Graves, of Beatrice, Nebraska; Mrs. N.M. Cox and Mrs. C. H. Cox, of Wyoming, Illinois. The mother of these children died in January, 1856.

Mr. Graves was married in 1856 to Rebecca Stretch. This union was blessed with four children, three sons and one daughter: Mrs. D. G. Evans, of Princeville; Thomas L., of Esmond, South Dakota; Oscar, of Princeville, and Austin, of Stringtown, Illinois.

All of the sons and daughters were present during the last illness and at the funeral of their father, except S. S. Graves, of Beatrice, Nebraska, who was detained by physical infirmity.

The deceased was one of a family of twelve children, nine brothers and three sisters, all of whom have preceded him except two sisters, Mrs. Perry Winn and Mrs. Michael Alderman, both of Toulon.

He came to Illinois in 1864 and located on a farm near Duncan, Stark county, where he lived until three years ago. His companion for forty-nine years died in 1905, since which time he has been content to sojourn with his children, whom he greatly loved, and who were pleased to comfort him in his old age.

Mr. Graves was a man of strong constitution, which was never abused by evil habits. He labored diligently and was a very successful farmer. By the combination of industry, wisdom and economy he was able to give to each of his seven children a farm of eighty acres. He never became a member of any church organization, but was friendly to it. He believe in the teachings of the Bible, read it, and advised his children to attend church service and Sunday school. He was an affectionate brother, a kind and gracious father, a desirable neighbor and a worthy citizen. He will be greatly missed by his two aged sisters, seven children and their companions, a number of grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted at Essex chapel, Thursday afternoon, by Rev. Joseph Jenkins, pastor of the Toulon Baptist church, who spoke comforting words and drew appropriate lessons from Jesus’ words, “Our Father.” The body was laid to rest in the cemetery where lies his wife, Rebecca, five of his brothers and their wives. The large congregation gathered at this busy season demonstrates the high esteem in which he was held.

Caroline Brace Spencer

From the Stark County News, Wednesday, 9 January 1907

Mrs. Wilson Spencer

Word was received here Monday of the death of Mrs. Wilson Spencer at her home in Galva. Mrs. Spencer had been quite seriously sick for some time past and her death was not unexpected. Several years ago she had a severe attack of the grip, from which she never fully recovered.

Mrs. Spencer’s maiden name was Caroline Brace and for many years she was a well known resident of Elmira township. She was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania 7 September 1834. In 1836, she came to Stark county with her parents, Myrtle G. and Phebe Brace. They settled in Elmira township. Here Caroline grew to womanhood, taking an active part in many of the affairs and gatherings of the community. While living in Elmira, she united with the Methodist church, of which church she has long been a member.

2 April 1862, she was married to Wilson Spencer. Since that time they have resided in California, in Kansas, in different parts of Henry County, but for some time, she had been residing in Galva.

Besides the husband she leaves four daughters to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent mother. They are Phebe, who is teaching in Peoria; Delle, at home; May, in Galesburg; and Eva, teaching in the public schools of her home town. In her father’s family, she was one of eleven children, of whom only six are now living: Mrs. Anna Flerarty, Chicago; Orlando Brace, Toulon; Mrs. Rebecca Palmer, Kansas; Mrs. Ianthe Myers, Toulon; Lucy Brace, Toulon; Myrtle Brace, Kewanee. Her death came Monday afternoon, 7 January 1907. The funeral will be held this afternoon from the late home.

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