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George W. Campbell
George W. Campbell was born August 18, 1843, at Guyandott West Virginia, departed this life November 24, 1921, at the age of seventy-eight years, three months, and six days.
He was united in marriage to Addie Morris, September sixth, eighteen hundred seventy four. To this union was born one son, William W. Campbell, of Xenia, Ill.
Mr. Campbell served four years in the Civil War, coming to Xenia soon after being mustered out of the service. He took a active part in the business interests of the village until he was stricken with paralysis, compelling him to retire from active business. He was a member of the Xenia Baptist church and for forty-two years a member of Xenia Lodge No. 485 A.F.A.M.
Funeral was held at the home Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2:00 p.m. and were in charge of Rev. Keller after which the Masonic lodge took charge of the remains and conveyed them to their last resting place in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record December 1, 1921]

Margarett Ann Carder, daughter of Jesse and Eliza Carder, was born March 23, 1860, and passed into the beyond August 9, 1930; age 70 years, 4 months and 16 days. She was united in marriage to James Elston and to this union was born three children, one son, Jesse, of Flora, two daughters, Trella and Eva, of St. Louis, Missouri. Her husband preceded her to the beyond, eight years ago. She united with the Church of Christ at Sailor Springs, twenty-four years ago. She was a wonderfully faithful mother and leaves a sacred memory to one son, two daughters, nine children and four great-grand-children and others.
Her time is past, her labor done,
But we are left our race to run
Let her best thoughts and deeds support.
And steer our bark to'ward Heaven's Court.
[Source: "Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]

Death of Mrs. J. M. Carney
Mrs. Madelein Carney, wife of John M. Carney, of this city, passed away at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Elsasser, in Shawneetown, last Saturday, March 8th, following a brief illness. She was thirty years old, and leave a husband, a daughter, Helen, four years of age, and a two-weeks’ old babe, Madelein.
Funeral services were held at St. Stephen’s Catholic church in Shawneetown Monday morning at 10:00 o’clock.
The following friends from Flora attended the funeral services:--Father Eckert, Mrs. Walter Smith, Mrs. Wainman, Mrs. Same Reed, Mrs. Wm. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Medley, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Peeples and Earl McBride.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (13 March 1919). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

John J. Cassidy
John James Cassidy, son of Robt. and Maria Cassidy was born in Carlton, Ohio, January 11th, 1849, entered into rest at his home on Vincennes avenue, Flora, Illinois, February 15, 1926, at the age of 77 years.
He was united in marriage with Miss Edna Mullikin January 31, 1889. To this union three sons were born, Holland M. Cassidy of Evanston, Ill., John Harold Cassidy of Webster Groves, Mo., and Donald M. Cassidy, of St. Louis, these with the widow survive. Also two grandchildren and an aged sister, Mrs. Ella Kitley.
For almost twenty-five years Mr. and Mrs. Cassidy resided on their farm in Stanford township. They were active members of Harmony church and prominent in all affairs making for the betterment of the community. Fourteen years ago they built their pleasant home in Flora, where they have since resided. They transferred their church membership to the First Methodist church of Flora, where they have been faithful attendants and generous supporters to all the departments of the church.
They have enjoyed the highest esteem and confidence of a large circle of friends, especially among his neighbors in East Flora. Mr. Cassidy will live in the memories of those with whom he has been closely associated and with whom he was always a real neighbor. He was endowed with an affectionate, loyal nature. The years of his young manhood were years of devotion to his ageed parents, they leaned on his strong arm through their declining years. To his mother he was the great comfort and blessing of her life. The welfare of his family was paramount in his life--he provided well for them, always there was a comfortable sheltered life for them. His sons received not only a High School education, but continued on through college and university. This man loved his own with a wide and quiet loyalty as sure as the radiance of a star. Although in feeble health his death was unexpected. He became ill Thursday morning, his strength failing until Monday evening he peacefully fell asleep at the close of a long and useful life.
“Forget me not, but come, O King,
And find me softly slumbering
In dark and troubled dreams of thee
Then, with one waft of Thy bright wing,
Awaken me.”

This sketch of the deceased was written by one who has known him through a long period of years as friend and neighbor. Those attending from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Cassidy, Evanston, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Cassidy, Webster Groves, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Cassidy, St. Louis, Mr. Jas. Mullikin, Terre Haute, Ind., Miss Hazel Mullikin, Chicago.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who in any way assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father. We also deeply appreciate the beautiful floral offerings. MRS. J. J. CASSIDY AND SONS
[Source: Flora Journal Record (18 February 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Elizabeth H. Booker
Elizabeth H. Booker (Chambers) was born in LaFayette, Ind., the 15th of April, 1837, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Christina Kinnaman, in this city on the 21st day of June, 1921 Age 84 years, 2 months and 6 days.
When only 9 years old the family moved from Indiana to Decatur, Ill., and she spent her early life in that vicinity. Twenty-eight years ago she moved from the above city to Flora and has since resided here.
On the 7th day of June 1859 she was united in marriage to Henry M. Howell at Decatur, Ill. To this union five children were born. They are Edward William, of Nettlake, Minn.; Francis Benjamin, of New London, Ohio; Mrs. Christina R. Kinnaman, of Flora, Ill.; Washington Lincoln, of Juanita, Col.; and Ermina R. Pygott, of Superb Sask, Canada. All survive her in death.
In Sept. 1896 she was united in marriage to T. W. Chambers.
During her recent illness her brother, James J. Booker, of Decatur, Ill., was with her most of the time since March and has helped to minister to her wants.
“Grandma” as she was known throughout the community was very patient, gentle and prayerful. At the early age of 12 she became a member of the Christian church and for 72 years she has tried hard to faithfully keep up her religious duties. She was faithful in church and Bible school attendance and even in declining years would sing--”Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone” and “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me”. When she could not go to church she would spend that hour in reading the Bible and meditating over its precious promises. The book of Acts and Revelation were the two that she loved best to read. She has earned the “rest that belongs to the people of God”, and going from us as she did she was prepared to meet her Savior in Heaven.
When she departed this life she left to mourn their loss, her children two brothers, twenty-eight grandchildren fifteen great- grand children and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at the First Christian church Friday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. W. Zink. Interment in Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (30 June 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Charles Wilson Chandler
Charles Wilson Chandler, the son of Mary and Alexander Chandler, was born in Clay county, Illinois, August 1, 1873. He deparyed this life October 6, 1929, at the age of 56 years, 2 months, and 5 days. He was united in marriage with Anise Frank November 25th, 1897. To this union were born two children Frank and Aline Chandler. He became a member of the McKinney Christian Church at an early age. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, a sister, two children, two grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Newton Chaney
Newton Chaney, one of the pioneers of this section, passed away at his home seven miles east of Flora, Tuesday, aged 79 years. He had been a resident of Clay County for almost the length of his long life. Funeral services and interment took place at Mt. Zion Thursday afternoon, attended by a great number of relatives of whom he was held in respect and esteem.
[Source: Flora Journal Record July 8, 1926]

Mary Elizabeth Patterson Chasteen
Mary Elizabeth Patterson (Chasteen) was born in Wooster, Scott County, Ind., October 22, 1846. She moved to this state in the year 1867, and had been a resident of Clay City most of the time since.
She was married to John Edward Chasteen in the month of September, 1865, who passed from earth 15 years ago. To this happy union were born four children: Lola, Minnie, Tullie and William, all of whom are still living with the exception of Tullie, who departed this life in the year 1906.
In the year 1917 Mrs. Chasteen was stricken with paralysis, and had been confined to her room most of the time since. On Sunday morning, May 30, while our people were getting ready to commemorate the memory of their dead friends, Mrs. Chasteen also slipped away into the spirit land. She died as easily as one who falls asleep after a day of hard toil. Thus after have spent 73 years, 8 months and 7 days upon the earth, her life ended with a sweet sleep.
She professed faith in Christ and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in the year 1909 under the pastorate of Rev. Tritt. She leaves behind her 3 children, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and 1 adopted sister, while one sister had already passed away. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren, together with a host of friends.
It is also a notable fact that her own mother, now 93 years old, is still living. And now after living upon the earth for nearly 3 score 10 and four years she is gone. We shall see her no more here, but we hope to see her again in that country God has for those who love Him. And as we stand at her grave the heart whispers of her friends will sound forth the sentiment:
“Warm summer sun, Shine kindly here, Warm southern wind, Blow softly here. “Green sod above Lie light, lie light, Good night, dear heart, Good night, good night.”
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 June 1920). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

James H. Clark
James H. Clark, son of Aquilla and Helen Clark, was born in Webster Co., Kentucky, March 24, 1843, departed this life after a brief illness April 23, 1921, aged 78 yrs. and 29 days. He emigrated north during the war and settled near the place of his death where, with short exceptions, he has lived the remainder of his life.
He was united in marriage with Miss Martha Parks April 2, 1868, to which union eight children were born, three sons and five daughters: Charley and Frank of Xenia; Herbert of Iuka; Mrs. Annie Isaac, of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Mildred Blackburn, of Xenia; Mrs. Effie Clark, of Chicago; Mrs. Maud Crowder, of Chicago and Mrs. Laura Sinclair, of Xenia, all of whom together with the faithful companion, are left to mourn his departure.
Many years ago Uncle Jim received a hope in his Savior and, while continually bearing fruit as one having been born of God, yet he did not unite with the Primitive Baptist church, the one of his choice, until 1912 since which time but few meetings have passed without his presence there where he was made to rejoice in the great “spiritual” home the church afforded him.
His life was as an open book. He was kind, upright and honorable. His word was as good as his bond. He loved to do and say the thing that would be helpful to others.
He was firm in his convictions of right and was unwavering in standing for the principles to which he adhered.
He was very industrious and always insisted on actively engaging in the avocations of life, even in his advanced years.
He labored bravely and fought the many battles necessary in raising a family and caring for them. He was a good, self-sacrificing father and an upright husband.
Almost unawares his mortal life was taken and his familiar form departs from us.
Today we consign it to the great city to which all shall be gathered but as he often expressed it in his way, he had faith in a God that found him when lost, ruined and dead in sin, acknowledging that within his own efforts nothing could be found to give him eternal life and faith that that he rely upon today that his soul was by God’s amazing grace made ready for that celestial home at death.
Besides the relatives mentioned he leaves two sisters and many other relatives and a host of friends to whom he had often spoken that he was ready when the good Lord bid him come up higher.
Funeral services were held at Onstott church conducted by Eld. D. E. Baker after which interment was made in the cemetery near by.
[Source: Flora Journal Record April 28, 1921 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Frank Cochlin
Frank Cochlin, 50 years old, died last Saturday at the Flora hospital. The remains were taken to Louisville to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jud Morris, where the funeral was held Sunday afternoon, Rev. John Kepley, officiating. Interment took place in the Cooper cemetery. His wife, Nora Corder Cochlin, passed away about ten years ago. Surviving his are two children, aged 21 and 14 years, who make their home with relatives in St. Louis. His sister, Mrs. O. K. Judd, of Little Rock, Ark., and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dobbs of St. Louis, attended the funeral.
Mr. Cochlin resided for many years in West Flora. He was the oldest son of the late Mike Cochlin. For many years he was a well-known steam shovel engineer on the B. & O. R. R.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 June 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Elizabeth Combs
After Intense Suffering, Death Came to Mrs. Elizabeth Combs.
Mrs. Elizabeth Combs, one of the highly esteemed citizens of this city, passed away Thursday evening, July 1, 1926. She was a victim of gall bladder affliction and her sufferings at times were intense. While it was known that her condition was serious the news of her death came as a shock to our people.
Mrs. Combs was a great reader and kept well informed on current events. She was active in church affairs and took much interest in all the civic improvements and the growth of Flora.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 4th, at the First Christian church, Flora. Rev. C. L. Doty, pastor, had charge of the services. Burial occurred in Golden cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Golden (Combs), youngest daughter of Thomas J. and Elizabeth Colclasure Golden, was born in Clay county, Ill., June 28, 1851. She had five sisters and one brother. Only one aged sister, Mrs. Susan Nale, of Songer, surviving this highly esteemed family.
She was united in marriage to Elihu Combs by Rev. Hart, April 18, 1875. To this union were born four daughters. Gracie died in infancy. She was bereaved of her husband December 5, 1916. Sister Combs united with the Christian church at Golden school house early in life and was very active in all the activities of church. After moving to Flora, she placed her membership in the First Christian church of this city, during Bor. Johnson’s ministry and was faithful in her attendance, absent only when poor health detained her. She formed many strong and lasting friendships among the people of this community. Her kind hospitality was enjoyed by the young people and the hearty welcome she extended to all will long be remembered and cherished.
She was a member of The Loyal Women’s S. S. class. With one accord they all say--Behold how she was loved. She has left a void that never can be filled. She was very patient through her painful suffering. All that loving hands and medical skill could do were rendered her, yet she peacefully passed away at the Flora hospital, 6:45 p.m., July 1, 1926. In her departure the community loses a good citizen, the church a valued supporter and helper, and the family the dearest and best of earthly friends.
Three daughters survive her, Mrs. Gertrude Hale of East St. Louis; Mrs. Kate Haaker of St. Louis and Miss Youthel of Flora. Two grandchildren, Max and Adele Hale of East St. Louis, and two sons-in-law, she loved as her own, many other relatives and dear friends to mourn for her.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (8 July 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Jean Cunningham Hyndman Connell
Jean Cunningham Hyndman Connell -- Jean Cunningham Hyndman, daughter of Hunter and Elizabeth Hyndman, was born in Delryh, Scotland, Dec. 4th, 1846, departed this life Dec. 17, 1921, at the age of 75 years, 13 days.
She came to this country of liberty, being shipwrecked on the voyage, losing everything but life and settled in Alton, Illinois, in the year 1852. She then moved to Jersey county, where she was united in marriage to Thomas Connell November 9, 1865. They moved the following spring to Clay county, where she resided the remainder of her days. To this union were born 7 children, 2 sons and 5 daughters. This union was broken on March 23, 1904 by the loss of her husband. The family was again divided in April, 1921 by the death of the youngest daughter, Mary Alma, followed three weeks later by the eldest daughter, Elizabeth Barr.
She predicated her faith in Christ under the teaching of Elder Moyer and united with the Christian church at Louisville, Ill., and later moved her membership to North Harter church.
On arriving in Clay county they settled on the homestead known as the W. E. Frost farm. After leaving there they finally settled on the A. G. Diehl farm, where she did her portion in rearing her family to manhood and womanhood and participating cheerily in the good work of the community, being a valued member of the Christian aid society the domestic science club.
After a short resident in Flora, Ill., she spent the last 8 months of her life as an invalid at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Walters, near the Golden church. During this time she endured her suffering patiently, revealing her true christian spirit.
She is survived by 2 brothers -- John Hyndman of Flora, Ill., and Samuel Hyndman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 2 sons 3 daughters, 7 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and 1 great granddaughter and a host of friends.
It is sad one we cherish
Should be taken from our home,
But the joys that do not perish
Live in memory alone;
All the years we’ve spent together,
All the happy golden hours,
Shall be cherished in remembrance
Fragant sweets from memory flowers.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (29 December 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Mary Conroy
As we send our items to press, it is with much sorrow that we announce the death of our oldest citizen, Aunt Mary Conroy, known to the inhabitants of Xenia for more than three score years and loved and respected by all that knew her. She would have been 100 years of age had she lived until next March. She has seen generations come and go and enjoyed all of them. Held her friendship and respect among the young as well as the old and retained her strong mental faculty to the end. Many people who live in various parts of the country will read this item and even though they themselves have their faces turned well towards the land of the setting sun, will remember Mrs. Conroy as a woman of years when they were boys and girls. We will have more to say about this beloved citizen next week when full obituary will appear. 
[Source: Flora Journal Record (8 October 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

John H. Cooper
DIED, at Xenia, Ills, on the 4th, Oct. John H. Cooper, Esq, aged 31 years. [Prairie Pioneer,  October 15, 1863]

John Corry
John Corry, a Spanish-American war veteran, a member of Co. M. Ninth Illinois Infantry, died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Rice of West Flora. Burial took place Sunday afternoon at Power’s church cemetery south of Xernia. Mr. Corry is the fourth member of Co. M to die since December 1, 1923, the others being Lieut. Jesse Harrison, James Hardin Smith, and Charles H. Davis.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (28 August 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

John William Corry was born Feb. 23, 1860, departed this life Aug. 23, 1924, aged 64 years and 6 months. He was united in marriage to Mary Angeline Holman March 6th, 1879, and to this happy union was born ten children, one child and his companion preceding him in death. Six sons, three daughters, one brother, twenty-five grand children, seven great grand children and a host of other relatives and friends are left to mourn their loss. When President McKinley issued his call for volunteers in the war with Spain in 1898, he enlisted in Co. M, 9th Ill. Vol. Inf. And he was a faithful soldier until his discharge in 1899.

“Till we see thy heavenly face.
Peaceful be they silent slumber.
Peaceful in thy grave so low.
Thou no more will join our number.
Thou no more our sorrows know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled
And in Heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed

Funeral services were held from the Power’s church south of Xenia Sunday, Aug. 24. A large concourse of friends and relatives were present to pay their silent respects to the deceased. The pall bearers were his comrades of the Spanish-American war. Interment at Power’s cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (4 September 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Laura Pauline Corry
Laura Pauline Corry, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Corry, was born in St. Louis, departed this life at the home of her parents near Xenia, February 1, 1920, aged 13 months. Burial Monday afternoon in the Camp Ground cemetery.
The little one was a grand-child of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Noblitt, of this city.
[Source: The Flora Record Feb. 5, 1920 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Geo. W. Cox
In a letter received from Geo. W. Cox of Granite City, renewing his subscription to the Journal-Record, Mr. Cox tells of the death of his wife, Mrs. Josephine Cox. Mr. Cox formerly was cashier of the Orchard City Bank of Xenia.
Her death occurred at the Deaconess Hospital, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on Friday, June 25. Her husband, who has been with the Illinois Traction System (McKinley System) at St. Louis since the failure of the bank at Xenia, was notified of her probably fatal illness and hastened to her bedside. Found her unconscious and could only live a few hours. Everything possible was done for her comfort and at her death the remains were taken to her old home in Springfield, Mo., for interment on Tuesday, June 29.
Her sons, Asher and Thomas were notified. Thomas was in Oakland, Calif., and was able to meet the funeral party at Springfield, but Asher was unable to be present.
Deceased was married to Mr. Cox just 35 years ago. She had many friends in Xenia and in this city who will join in sympathy with the husband and sons, who survive her.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (8 July 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Mary Ann Croughan
Mary Ann Croughan, daughter of Isaac and Margaret Baity, was born near Xenia, Illinois, March 2, 1847, and at her home passed to the Great Beyond at 11:30 a.m. on August 20, 21. Aged 74 years, 5 months, and 18 days.
She was united in marraige to John Croughan, March 21, 1869. To is union were born five sons and one daughter. Three of the sons, Wilber, Isaac and John died in infancy Elmer Earnest at the age of 23. Arthur W. and Edna Helen survive her.
She united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in early life. Mrs. Croughan was very much devoted to her family, her chief delight in life was to have them all together. Her neighbors and friends will miss the many kind little visits which she was wont to make.
She leaves to mourn for her, a husband, son, daughter and daughter-in_law. A sister, Mrs. Eva Ward, of Greenville Miss., three neices and three nephews: Mrs. Frank Brooks, of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Gladys Hollowell of Little Rock, Ark., Mrs. Myrtle Poore, of Greenville, Miss.; Harry and Noble Greenwood, of Xenia and Marvin Dean. Also many other relatives and friends.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (25 August 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Rosco Cruse
Rosco CRUSE, 86, of Iola passed away at 3:39 pm Sunday, September 1, 2002 at his residence.
He was born April 7, 1916 in Oskaloosa Township, IL, the son of Joe and Sara E (WILLIS) CRUSE. He married Mary E SAPP. She survives in Iola.Mr CRUSE worked at Iola Elevator for 23 years and Fedder's in Effingham for six years. He was a member of Second Little Prairie, Louisville and served in the US Army during WW II. Survivors include his wife of Iola; son, Gene "Shag" COLCLASURE of Flora, Gaylen COLCLASURE of Farina; Dennis CRUSE of Iola; daughters, Patsy (Bill) LAYCOAX of Iola; Debbie (John) NORMAN of Kinmundy; Denise MINER of Flora; Carol (Dennis) PERRY of Kinmundy; Sharon BARKER of Chatham; 29 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Cheryl; brothers - Jesse, Bill, Frank, Ben, Ozra; and sisters, Sylvia HUMES and Bernice SHAEFER. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, September 4 at Pagel Funeral Home, Edgewood, with burial in Iola Cemetery, Iola.

Josiah CRUSE, the son of Josiah B. and Elizabeth Cruse, was born near Sullivan, Ind., December 31, 1873 and departed this life May 22, 1940, at the age of 66 years, 4 months, and 21 days. His mother died when he was about 3 years old. He came to Illinois with his father, four sisters, and two brothers, at the age of six.
He was united in marriage to Sarrah Ellen Willis, October 20, 1892, to this union was born nine children; six sons and three daughters, seven of whom still survive; namely, Jesse C. of Edgewood, Ill., Willie E. of Hammond, Ind., Franklin, James, and Mrs. Burnice Kirby, all of Champaign, Ill., Ozro of Louisville and Roscoe of Iola, Illinois. Two daughters preceded him in death, one in infancy, and Mrs. Alvin Humes who passed away January 7, 1929. He professed faith in Christ several years ago. He was always ready and willing to help in time of need. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and seven children, one brother of Kansas, one half-sister of Oblong, Ill., thirty-one grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Our home is filled with sorrow,
And our hearts are sad today,
For one we loved has now been called away.
Dearest love one, we will miss you
More than one can tell,
But we know that God knows best,
And doeth all things well.
Peaceful be your sleep, dear husband,
For your suffering here is past,
Weary and hard have been your days,
But you are resting now at last.
Farewell, dear husband,
We will meet you by and by,
When our lives are ended,
In a home beyond the sky.
[Clay County Republican, Louisville, IL]

Inez Cruse
Inez CRUSE, 96, of Kankakee formerly of Effingham, passed away at 9:15 a.m. on July 2 in Royale Nursing Home, Kankakee. She was born on March 10, 1892, in Louisville the daughter of David and American (Rinehart) Fitzgerald. She married Jesse Cecil Cruse on September 15, 1912. He preceded her in death in 1973.Survivors include five sons, Herman Cruse of Terre Haute, Indiana, Cecil Avon Cruse of Russell Springs, Kentucky, Carl Edwin Cruse of Phoenix, Arizona, Gerald Dwayne Cruse of Buena Park, California, and Marvin Eugene Cruse of Mansfield, Illinois; four daughters, Evelyn Long of Lakeland, Florida; Alice White of Kankakee, Illinois, Arlene Isbell of Norwalk, California; and Gladys Jones of Glasford, Illinois; 38 grandchildren; 80 great grandchildren; and 27 great great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister.Funeral services were held Tuesday at Neal Funeral Home, Louisville, with burial in Christian Home Cemetery.

Rev. Jesse C. CRUSE, 79, of Mason, died at 10:55 p.m. Saturday at his home.He was a retired pastor of the Nazarene Church, serving for 47 years. He served at the Keens Chapel Church, near LaClede for four years. He had resided in Mason for the past eight years and before that he lived for 21 years in Larkinsburg township, Clay County.Rev. Cruse was born July 15, 1893 in Oblong, a son of Joseph and Sarah Willis Cruse. He married Inez Fitzgerald on Sept. 15, 1912 in Louisville. Surviving are his wife; sons, Avon, Russell Springs, KY; Herman, Terre Haute, IN; Edwin, Payson, AZ; Leon, Decatur; Gerald, Buena Park, CA; Marvin, Mansfield; daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Long, Bourbonnais; Mrs. Alice White, St. Anne; Mrs. Arlene Isbell, Norwalk, CA; Mrs. Gladys Jones, Glasford; brothers, James, Paxton; Roscoe, Iola; sisters, Mrs. Bernice Shaffer, Potoshi, WI; 37 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Pagel funeral home, Edgewood, where friends may call after 2 p.m. today. Burial will be in Christian Home cemetery, near Louisville.

Elizabeth Curtis was born Nov. 6, 1836. She departed this life Sept. 30, 1911 being 74 years, 10 months, 24 days old. Was united in marriage to Joseph C. Curtis, Nov. 28, 1853. four children were born to them. Only one of them survive her. Her husband died in 1862, and she was married to William Willis, Sept. 10, 1865. He died also in 1907. Five children were born to them, four of which are living. She leaves five children, thirty-two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She united with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ at the age of 54 years. She was a faithful, true Saint and passed through the portals of the great beyond with a smile on her face. [Zion's Ensign, Feb. 1, 1912, Vol. 23, No. 5, page 7]



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