Clark County Illinois
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Death Notices


Funeral card.
Born Nov. 20, 1860
Died Oct. 12, 1914
The funeral services will be held at the First M. E. church, Casey, Ill., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1914, at 10:30 o’clock a. m. Rev. H. W. McPherson conducting the services.
From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (

Charles A. Samford
Charles A. Samford, 77, of Paris, Ill., died at 10 a.m., on Sunday, Apr. 20, 1997, in Burnsides Nursing Home at Marshall.
He was a retired farmer.
He was born on Nov. 16, 1919 in Edgar County, 111. to Charles Samford and Myrtle Simpson Samford. He married Mary Lorene Goekler on July 11, 1943 at Shreveport, La.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lorene Samford; a son and daugh ter-in-law, Donald and Cindy Samford of Eureka, Ill.; two grand daughters, Jessica Samford and Nicole Samford both of Eureka, Ill; a brother, Roy Samford of Chrisman, Ill; two sisters, Wanda Crable and Bonnie Mathews both of Paris, Ill.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Cloyd, and two sisters, Mabel and Olive.
He was a member of the Kidley Grace Church of Chrisman, 111. and attended the Clarksville Baptist Church of rural Marshall. He was a member of the Clark County Farm Bureau and was an Air Force veter an of WWII
Funeral services will be conduct ed at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Apr. 23, 1997, at Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall with Brother Gene Ellis and Brother Robert Burnett offici ating. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 22 and from 7 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 21 Apr 1997 - submitted by Larry Wells]

Myrtle I. Shade
Myrtle I. Shade, 96, of Marshall, Ill., died Saturday, July 12, 1997, at 3:15 p.m. in the Burnsides Nursing Home in Marshall, Ill.
She was born March 10, 1901 in Clark County, Ill., to Dave Irwin and Belle Snowden Irwin. She married Charles Shade in 1922 and he pre ceded her in death in 1962.
Surviving are a son and daughter- in-law, Darrell and Phyllis Shade.of Villa Grove, Ill.; a daughter and son- in-law, Norma and Robert Mangas, of Daleville, Ill.; eight grandchil dren, Connie Shade, Donna Jones, Debra Sailor, Karla McKay, Sandra Price, Keith Shade, Paul Shade and John Mangas; and ten great-grand- children, Derek Shade, Damon Allen, Dillon Mangas, Corey Mangas, Courtney Mangas, Jenny McKay, Kris Morris, Karey Morris, Heather Shade and Haley Shade.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Charles Morris; three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in the Auburn Cemetery, at Clark Center. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. until service time on Tuesday,
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 14 Jul 1997 - Submitted by Larry Wells]

William Henry Shick
William Henry Shick, 76, of Johnson Township area, passed away at 9:00 pm. at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.
Mr. Shick was born August 24, 1889 in Johnson Township, the son of John and Jane (Pryor) Shick. He was united in marriage to Myrtle M. Reedy, January 29, 1911 in Marshall.
Surviving are the wife, Myrtle; one son, Ernest of Palm Harbor Fla.; two brothers, Robert of Charleston and Charles of rural Casey; one granddaughter, Deanne Duzan of Grand Rapids, Michigan; one nephew Hobart Watson of Florida, whom Mr. & Mrs Shick raised.
He was a member of the White Oak Church of God, and the Modern Woodmen Lodge.
Friends may call after 4:00 pm today. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm from the Markwell Funeral Home, here. Rev. William Powell will officate and interment will be in the Casey Washington Street Cemetery.
[Submitted by: Mary Watson]

Mrs. Ben Shoemaker
Casey, Ill., April 11. - Mrs. Ben Shoemaker, residing four miles south of Casey, died suddenly Thursday morning of heart trouble. The funeral was held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. She leaves a husband, two daughters, Mrs. B. B. Sturdevent, of this city, and Mrs. Murt Bowles, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Earney Crane, of Kansas.
[Terre Haute Tribune, 11 April 1914, Page 002.- Submitted by James D. VanDerMark,]
Samantha Shirley
Mrs. Samantha Shirley, 69 years old, died Sunday night at 9:40 o'clock at the Masonic Home in Sullivan, Illinois.
She is survived by three sons, William, of Paris, Illinois; Taylor, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Delbert Shirley, of Terre Haute; one daughter, Anna Brown, of Terre Haute; and three brothers, John Page, of Dennison, Illinois; Morgan, of Preston, Calif.; and Harry Page, of Clinton, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at the Livingston Church, 2 1/2 miles east of Marshall, Illinois, this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Burial will be in the Livingston Cemetery.
[From the Terre Haute Star - Tuesday, April 2, 1929]

John Y. Smith
John Y. Smith, son of James Edgar and Sarah Catherine Bishop Smith, was born in Parker Township, October 10, 1881 and passed away at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, March 29, 1961, at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 10 days.
On April 15, 1899, he married Katherine Piersall, to this union three sons and one daughter were born. One son Alonzo Leroy, passed away in infancy.
Mr. Smith had lived in the Casey- Martinsville vicinity most of his life. He was employed as a teamster in the oilfield for many years, but his chief occupation was farming in which he continued until his age made it necessary for him to retire. He was a good neighbor, a devoted husband and a loving father, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving besides his wife are; two sons Clarence of Casey and Earl of Martinsville; one daughter, Mrs Beulah Beasley of Willow Hill, four brothers; Barney, Dale and Everett of Casey and Albert of Robinson; six grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
[ca. March 1961 - Submitted by: Janice Louie]

Roy Gale Sweet
Roy Gale Sweet, 77, of Marshall, died Friday, Apr. 18, 1997, at 4:42 p.m., in Union Hospital at Terre Haute, Ind.
He was born Feb. 6, 1920 at Clark Center to Faris Lee Sweet and Mary McNulty Sweet. He married Ferne Ellen Drake on Sept. 14, 1940 at Henderson, Ky.
Surviving are his wife, Ferne Ellen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Faris Allen and Sharon Sweet and Roy Grant and Wanda Sweet all of Martinsville; and James Stephen Sweet of Marshall; a daughter, Gail Helen Wever of Yale, Ill.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Tina Sweet and a grandson, John Austin Sweet.
He was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Marshall. He formerly owned and operated Sweet's Blacksmith and Welding Shop in Marshall, and served as a Marshall Police Officer, and was retired from the Clark County Sheriff's Department. After his retirement, he was employed by the Mill Creek Park District as a security officer.
Funeral services will be conduct- ed Tuesday, Apr. 22, at 11 a.m., at the Wesleyan Church of Marshall with Rev. Paul Burress officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday and 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Pearce Funeral Home and also one hour prior to services at the church.
From the Marshall Independent Choice - 21 Apr 1997 - Submitted by Larry Wells

John G. Snedeker 1871-1949 (b. July 14, 1871, d. Sep 10, 1949)
His obit from the Terre Haute Tribune dated Sunday Sept 11, 1949 page 9 reads:
Marshall, Ill. Sept 10 John G. Snedecker, 78 of near Dunlap Chapel, died at St Anthony's Hospital at Terre Haute Saturday morning. He is survived by one brother, Robert of Marshall R.R. 5 and two sisters, Miss Maude Snedecker and Mrs. Minnie Levi of Terre Haute. The body was taken to the Moore Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with Rev. Eugene Stauffer officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. 
Submitted by Kim Hukill Dupell

Her obit from Terre Haute Tribune dated March 16, 1966 reads:
Miss Maude Ella Snedeker, 89, of 1232 N. 13th St. died Tuesday morning in Union Hospital. She is survived by one brother Robert of Marshall, Ill., one niece with whom she made her home, Mrs. Lelah Dean, and one nephew, Harold Lockhart of Marshall, Ill. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Moore Funeral Home at Marshall, Ill. She died from pneumonia due to a broken hip and is buried in the Asbury Cemetery.
Buried in Marshall Cemetery
Submitted by Kim Hukill Dupell

Illinois Supreme Court Bereaved of a Member.


His Family a Model Husband and Father, and His Neighbors a Valued Friend The Only Man Who Ever Declined an Appointment to the United States Supreme Bench His Modest Reason for Declining Life and Public Services

Marshall, Ills., Feb. 14. Judge John Scholfield died at his home in this city yesterday at 12:15 p. m. of peritonitis. He had been a sufferer for a considerable time, but had continued at his duties on the state supreme bench Until the first of the month. He was taken seriously ill Thursday and failed rapidly till the end came. Judge Scholfield enjoyed the distinction of being the only man in the nation who had ever justice Scholfield, declined the office of chief justice of the supreme court of the United States. This  position was tendered him by President Cleveland, but he declined on the ground that he did not consider himself competent to discharge the duties of the position.

Mourned by the Whole County.

The death of Judge Scholfield is a personal bereavement to every citizen of Clark county. The funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p. m., under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, and will undoubtedly be the largest ever held in eastern Illinois. Judge Scholfield's death removes a picturesque figure. His sturdy honesty, perfectly pure private character, his modest self-depreciation, his affable, kindly manner to all, and his intense love for home and family marked him as entirely different from those persons usually met in the political arena. He was a man of wide reading and wonderful memory, while his mental grasp took a subject in its complete outline at once.

Had Not an Enemy In the State. It can truly be said that Justice Scholfield was the most universally beloved and admired citizen of Clark county. Indeed, he had not one real enemy in the entire commonwealth. The judge had as a help meet one who combined all the domestic virtues with a cheerful, helpful disposition, and she made bis home a haven of refuge from the cares and trials of public life. His wife and children were his idols and when public duties were over nothing could keep him from them. During the brief days of his serious illness wife and children lavished the tenderest care upon the sufferer and almost seemed to press back the approach of the destroved. But the dark shadow was yet hovering near, and when tired nature at last relaxed its tenacious hold on life the sable wing dipped and the noble soul of John Scholfield took its flight to realms eternal.


His Career as Lawyer and Jurist Elevation to the Supreme Court.

John Scholfield was born on a farm ten miles southwest of Marshall on Aug. 1, 1834. He was the son of Thomas and Ruth (Beauchamp) Scholfield. His early education was obtained in the common schools of Clark county. In April, 1851, he became a pupil in the private academy at Marchall of Rev. Dean Andrews, and thereafter for about three years his time was alternately occupied in teaching in the schools and attending this academy. In October, 1854, be entered the law department of the Louisville university and obtained the degree conferred by that institution in March, 1856.

Begin the Practice of Law.

Tie began the practice of law in Marshall in the spring of 1815, between the terms of the law school, returning to Louisville in October of that year. Mr. Scholfield and the late James C. Robinson formed a partnership for the practice of law in 1855, which continued until the election of Mr. Scholfield to the office of state's attorney of the fourth judicial circuit, which occurred in November, 1856. The circuit then comprised nine counties in central Illinois. In 1860) he was elected to the lower house of the Illinois state legislature as a Douglas Democrat.

First Election as Justice.

In 1869 he was elected a delegate from the counties of Clark and Cumberland to the convention to frame a new constitution and was chairman of the committee on schedule in that body. In 1869 a partnership was formed with. Judge J. W. Wilkins, now a member of the supreme court of this state. In 1870 Mr. Scholfield was employed as solicitor of the St. Louis, Vincennes and Terre Haute Railway company, Which position be resigned three years later. In 1873 he was elected judge of the supreme court of the state for the second supreme judicial district. to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Judge Thornton.

Re-election to the Office

In June, 1879, he was re-elected  to the same office for the full term of nine years, and in June, 1868, he was re-elected for the second time for the same office, which term would have expired in 1897. In 1859 Mr. Scholfield married Emma J. Bartlett, daughter of the late John Bartlett, of Marshall. She survives him, as do all of his children, eight sons and two daughters.

The Argus Tuesday February 14, 1893


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