Clark County Illinois
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Albert W. Abernathy
George and Dotty Milbourn of Casey have received word of the death of Albert (Al) Abernathy of Houston, Texas. He passed away June 24th. His wife, Dorothy, and Al had been friends with the Milbourn's for many years as they were former Casey residents. He was the son of the late Reverend and Mrs. John Abernathy who owned and operated the Abernathy Nursing Home in Martinsville several years ago. Al had been in ill health for quite some time. [From the Marshall Independent Choice - 14 Jul 1997, Submitted by: Larry Wells]

Emily Allhands
Mrs. Emily Allhands, deceased, widow of Garrett Allhands, who preceded her to the grave about thirty years ago, died at her home in Dolson Township, this county, August 20, 1894.
She was born in Jefferson county, Kentucky, July 7, 1814. While yet a little girl, her father Wm. Beadle, moved to Clark county, Ind., and there in 1830, she was married to Garrett Allhands, where they lived till 1848, when they came to this county and entered land and built them a home in Dolson township.
The remainder of her life was spent in our midst. She united with the church at an early age and has ever been a devoted, earnest Christian, a faithful wife and a kind and loving mother. She had always been a very active person, hale and strong and possessing a wonderful portion of vitality for one of the age of eighty.
Up to ten days preceding her death she was able to preform her own household duties. But suddenly she became prostrated with malaria and from the beginning she knew that the end was nigh. She told her many friends that death would soon end her afflictions. A few days before her death she gave full directions concerning the burial, the manner in which she wished to be clothed and the text to be preached from. She remained conscious to within a few hours of her death and after having gone into the minutest details concerning the funeral services, she committed all to God; then in cheerful resignation she awaited the call of her heavenly Father to her eternal home.
Just a very short time before her death Rev. A. G. Blunk called at her bedside and taking her hand in his, he asked if she knew him. She answered "No". When asked if she knew Rev. Blunk she still answered "No." But when asked if she knew Jesus she said "Yes". At 9:30 o'clock the same evening her spirit took its flight to a better land, there to dwell with the angels through a long eternity.
On August 22, she was laid to rest in the Green Moss cemetery in presence of a great concourse of people and sympathizing friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Blunk, who preached from the text of her own selection, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord". Rev. 14-13.
She was the mother of six children, of which one son and three daughters still survive her. She also leaves behind one brother, John B. Beadle, of Dolson, and one sister, Mrs. Jack Reed, of Auburn.
[Unknown newspaper, Aug - 1894 Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Nell R. Amacher
Nell R. Amacher, 92, of Marshall died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 1997, at 11:55 p.m. in Burnsides Nursing Home in Marshall.
She was born Jan, 23, 1905 in Clark County to Fred Gross and Myrtle Scott Gross. She was married to John L. Amacher and he preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1993.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Sidney Rains of Indianapolis, Ind.; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene L. and Mary Jane Amacher of Cambridge, Ohio; two brothers, Charles Cunningham of Marshall and Warren Cunningham of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Eileen Habegger of Muncie, Ind. and. Pearl Terrell of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marshall.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, Apr. 18, at the Marshall Cemetery with Rev. David Deal officiating. Visitation will be private at Pearce Funeral Home. the family has requested that no flowers be sent.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 18 Apr 1997, Submitted by: Larry Wells]

Johnson Barr Arbogast

Johnson Arbogast, age 27, of Westfield, IL, passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon, following an illness of short duration. He had recently contracted a cold and late on Sunday night became seriously ill when virus pneumonia, set in. Mr Arbogast, a lifelong resident of Westfield, was born January 17, 1923, the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Arbogast. On November 27, 1948, he was united in marriage to Vera Parker, and to this union was born one son, David Barr. The deceased was associated with his father in business, under the firm name, D. L. Arbogast & Son, dealers in produce, eggs, and feed. At the time of his death he was clerk of the village of Westfield, Senior Deacon of Westfield Masonic lodge, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Westfield Methodist church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served about three years in the Army engineers, with twenty-one months service in China. Surviving are: the widow, Vera, one seven month old son, David Barr; father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Arbogast; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Opal Davis, and Mrs. Maxine Wright, both of Mattoon, Illinois, and Mrs. Varinda Spencer of Coulterville, Illinois, and other relatives. His mother and a brother preceded him in death, his mother having passed away in February, 1937, and the brother in February 1934. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church. Rev. Billy Gene Habs officiating at 2:30 pm, Thursday with the Masonic rites were performed. Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery. Swinford Funeral Chapel had charge of arrangements.
[Unknown newspaper, ca. Aug 1950, Submitted by: Tammy White ]

Burns Archer
Burns Archer, for many years one of the foremost citizens of Marshall and Clark County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gus Markal, in Danville, last Wednesday night. He had been ailing for three or four years and during the past few months failed very rapidly. The body was brought to Marshall on Friday and was taken to the Congregational church, where services were held, Rev. Murray in charge. The Masonic order had charge of the services at the grave.
Burns Archer was born in York township, this county, three miles south of Darwin, on July 25, 1829. He was a son of Stephen and Nancy (Shaw) Archer, who came to the county in 1817. The years of his early manhood were spent as clerk for Booth and Greenough and afterward for Lynn and Reed, whom he bought out. He ran the business but one year, then closed it out. This was in 1862. Between the intervals of clerking he taught in the public schools. Soon after closing out his business he became cashier for Quartermaster Uri Manly in the service of the Union armies and when his chief died, late in '64, he settled up his official affairs in a manner highly commended by his superiors. In January, 1873, at a special election, he was elected county treasurer and served continuously for nine years in that position. Later he was employed as deputy treasurer and his work was always performed with the most scrupulous fidelity. In 1895 Mr. Archer moved to Danville to be with his only daughter, and the remainder of his days were spent in that city.
Mr. Archer was twice married. His first wife was Miss Maria Drake. He married her in Marshall on Nov. 6, 1851, and she died on July 27, 1855. Three children were born to them--Edgar and Emma, twins, and Cora. Edgar and Cora died in infancy. Emma grew to womanhood, married Gus Markal and is still living, in Danville. In 1859 Mr. Archer married Mrs. Eleonor Emmerson of Ohio. She died in Danville about 12 or 15 years ago.
Burns Archer was one of nature's noblemen. Of a deeply religious nature, he was always foremost in good works and his life was a shining example of the reality of the religion of Jesus Christ. For 20 years he was the superintendent of the Congregational Sunday School and it was largely through his efforts that the school prospered and did noble work for the Master during those years. He was of a quiet disposition, never making the least display of his many good deeds. The church and Sunday School were always first in his thoughts and ever received his loyal support. Burns Archer was that noblest work of God, an honest Christian man.
[From the Clark County Herald - 20 Jul 1904, Submitted by: Cindy McCachern]


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