Alexander County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

Very few people live to be 100 or more years old. We would like to honor them here. 
If you have an obituary or an article about their birthday, please send it to be included on this page.

MRS. PEARL BOGER, 1874-1975.


OSCAR OVERTON BROWN, 1905-2008.  Donated by J. C. McNelly.


WILLIE COLE, JR., 1903-2007.

CHARLES E. DIGGS, 1912-2014.

MRS. ELSIE CAUBLE DILLOW, 1903-2003. Donated by Ben Cauble.

MRS. MAY LEE DILLOW, 1889-1989. Donated by Ben Cauble.


VERLE B. LOONEY KOCH, 1909-2010.

MINNIE GRACE SCHILLING MCDONALD, 1891-1991.  Donated by Donna Knight.


MRS. IDA M. KING PALMER, 1866-1969. Donated by Melvin Hazelwood.

THELMA ALLEN RAY, 1905-2005.

MRS. LOUISE SMITH, 1905-2006.


MRS. MARY M. SOLOMON, 1822-1925. Donated by Anna Shelton.




Mrs. Pearl Boger of Granite City, a former resident of Elco, died Tuesday (January 21, 1975) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL. She was 100 years old. Mrs. Boger was born Pearl Shiffer Dec. 23, 1874 in Elco. She was married to Joseph B. Boger July 16, 1893 in Alexander County. He preceded her in death in 1947. She was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ruby M. Berry and Mrs. Grace Lambeth, both of Granite City; and a son, Harry Boger of Collinsville, IL. Mercer Funeral Home in Granite City was in charge of arrangements. The service was held at 1 P.M. Friday, January 24 at the Second Baptist Church, Granite City.



Vera Russell Calhoun will celebrate her 105 birthday on January 15. 2014.  We thank and praise God for her long life and journey.  A journey in which God has been the source of her strengeth, hope, dreams, and praise.
There will be a birthday celebration to be announced at a later date.
--Cairo Citizen, January 9, 2014.



WILLIE COLE JR., 104, of Cairo died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at his home.  Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, IL.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 at the First Missionary Baptist in Howardville, MO.  Sister Bobbie Thompson will officiate, with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery in New Madrid, MO.



Elsie Cauble was born March 3, 1903 in Elco, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Lucy Wareing Cauble. She was the oldest of five children born to Ben and Lucy. She had a sister named Cleta and three brothers, Norman, Harry and Alfred. After her father's death her mother remarried and she had a half-sister named Ruth. Elsie grew up on the Cauble farm west of Elco on the Delta Road. Her desire was to go to Southern Illinois Normal School and be certified as a teacher, but being the oldest child of a widowed mother there was little money for her. She did teach one year at the Cauble School in northwest Alexander County. She would ride her horse from the home place across the hill behind her uncle and aunt's place, Fred and Flora Sims Cauble, to get to the Cauble School. Elsie was first married to Otto Breunig and they had two daughters, Mary and Catherine. She later married Oliver Hurston. They divorced and she married Claude Dillow. Elsie celebrated her 100th birthday on March 3, 2003 with family and died five and a half months later at the Glenview Terrace Nursing Home in Glenview, IL. Besides teaching school, Elsie had been a seamstress. She was a long time member of the Elco Methodist Church. She was survived by one daughter, Catherine Schmidtke of Des Plaines, IL; a half-sister, Ruth Basilio; four grandchildren, Karleen Vivirito, Guy Paukert, Keith Zimmer and Roxanna. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Paukert; a sister, Cleta Moore, and three brothers, Norman, Harry and Alfred Cauble. Funeral services were Monday, September 1, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Elco Methodist Church with the Rev. Rob Greif officiating. Interment was in the St. John's Cemetery near Dongola. Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.



May Lee was born September 6, 1889 in Elco, Illinois. Her parents were John and Evaline Cauble Lee. Both parents died when May was a small child and she was raised by her uncle and aunt, Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Wareing Cauble. In 1907 May married T. O. Dillow in Tamms, Illinois. They were the parents of five children. Two of the children died previous to her 100th birthday, but her surviving children were Ruth Johnson, Carl Dillow and Evalyn Kretschmer. May lived all her life in Southern Illinois until her husband, T. O. died Dec. 27, 1974. She then moved to Florida to be near her children. May loved to sew and make quilts and was very active in her church. She taught Sunday School many years and she and her husband sang in the church choir. May moved to Woodmont, an assisted-living facility, in 1987. May died Sept. 28, 1989 at the Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, twenty-two days after reaching her 100th birthday. She was survived by a son, Carl Dillow of Tallahassee, FL; two daughters, Ruth Johnson of Tallahassee and Evalyn Kretschmar of Union, WA; a sister Grace Rose of Webster Groves, MO; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. May Dillow were Monday, Oct. 2, 1989 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ of Tamms, where she was a member. Rev. Bob Edwards officiated. Interment was in St. John's Cemetery near Dongola. Crain Funeral Home of Tamms was in charge of arrangements.



Fletcher Merriweather, 101, of Sandusky, died at 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, in the Methodist Germantown Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, in Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Sandusky, with Pastor Larry Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Cemetery in Mounds. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the church. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home of Cairo is in charge of arrangements. --Courtesy The Southern Illinoisan, Dec. 7, 2005.



Mrs. Palmer is shown here (seated) on her 102nd birthday with her three daughters, Bessie Knupp, Myrtle Provo and Lora Allen and baby Russell Hazelwood, son of Melvin and Nancy Hazelwood, October 30, 1968.  
(Photo donated by Melvin Hazelwood)

Mrs. Palmer (right) with daughter, Myrtle Provo about 1957.  
The 1957 Chevrolet belonged to Bill Hazelwood.
(Photo donated by Melvin Hazelwood.)

Ida May King was born October 30, 1866 to William and Ruth A. King. Her father was born in Virginia and her mother was born in Tennessee. Ida May was born in Illinois and at the age of thirteen the family was living in Thebes. Ida had an older sister named Alice and her younger siblings were Louella, Ancydell, Arthur and Victoria. Ida married James F. Palmer on June 24, 1888 in Alexander County, Illinois. He was born June 22, 1864 and died October 19, 1937. To this union three daughters and one son was born: Myrtle, who married Alexander C. Provo and who taught school for 45 years; Bessie, who married John Lloyd Knupp; Lora, who married Claude Allen; and George, who live his adult life in Bessemer, Alabama. Mrs. Palmer celebrated her 100th birthday on October 30, 1966. In her latter years, she made her home with her daughter, Myrtle, in Elco. She was in good health until she broke her hip in 1969. She died on April 14, 1969 at Cape Girardeau, MO at the age of 102. She was buried beside her husband in the McCrite Cemetery near Tamms. At the time of her death she was survived by four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Thelma Ray, 100, of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2005 in Union County Hospital in Anna. Thelma was born Feb. 9, 1905 in Alexander County, the daughter of Joseph Cleveland and Minne Hartline Allen. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro for many years. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Helen Ury of Jonesboro and Jean and Elbert Lee Hileman of Mounds; a daughter-in-law, Connie Ray of Anna; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Jackie Ray of Florida; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2005 in St. John's Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Hileman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. --Courtesy of The Southern Illinoisan, October 17, 2005.



Louise Smith, age 100, of Cairo, was born May 21, 1905 in Water Valley, Miss., and came to Cairo at an early age. Mrs. Smith departed this life, Monday, Jan. 16, 2006 at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 in the chapel of Heavenly Gates Funeral Home with Rev. Claude Russell, Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds. Friends called from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo in charge of arrangements. --Cairo Citizen, Jan. 31, 2006.



Mrs. Mary M. Solomon, who was said to be 103 years old, died of apoplexy Thursday, April 9, 1925, at the home of her son, Jerry Solomon, 3911 Ohio Street in Cairo. Mrs. Solomon's husband was W. D. Solomon, a Civil War veteran who died about 1905 and was buried in the National Cemetery at Mound City. Besides her son she was survived by two daughters, one of whom lived in California and one in St. Louis. Mrs. Solomon was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery, Pulaski Co.



Loyd Arthur Twente was born Feb. 25, 1905 in Olive Branch, son of Louis Arvene and Eva Westerman Twente. Loyd was a carpenter and a farmer. He married Virtus Lucille Harvell. Loyd died just days before his 101st birthday at the Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. He had lived at Tamms, Columbia, TN and Ullin, IL. When Loyd died on Feb. 12, 2006, he was survived by his wife, Virtus, of Ullin; two daughters, Marilyn Legg of Columbia, TN and Vivian Eudy of McClure, IL; a brother, Ernest Twente of FL; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Loyd was buried in the McCrite Cemetery near Tamms.

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