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Lue Handley
A message was received by relatives last Saturday that Mrs. Lue Handley, for many years a resident Flora and vicinity, had passed into the other world Saturday, June 5, 1926, at the state hospital at Anna, Ill.
The body arrived in Flora, Sunday morning and was taken to the Hancock Funeral Home. Later the body was removed to the family home on West Fourth street. Funeral services were held from the United Brethren church, Tuesday afternoon, June 8, conducted by Rev. J. C. Fowler, pastor. A large concourse of friends and relatives were present and the profusion of flowers were beautiful. Interment was made in the family lot at Elmwood cemetery.
Those out of town who attended the obsequies of Mrs. Lou Handley, Tuesday were: Mr. and Mrs. Mack Handley of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Mary Dickey and daughter, Miss Ruth of East St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Plunkett of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. E. E. Bunch of Washington, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. I. O. Berry of Lawrenceville, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Brown of Fairfield.

IN MEMORIAM -- Mrs. Isaac E. Handley
Lue Bunch, daughter of Joseph and Abbigail Bunch, was born July 6, 1863 at Powellsville, Sciota county, Ohio, and died June 5, 1926 at Anna, Ill., aged 62 years and 11 months. The deceased was married July 30, 1885, to Isaac E. Handley. To this union was born three children, Florence and James F., of Flora, Illinois, and Mack of St. Louis, Mo., who survive together with a son Clarence, by a former marriage. The husband and father died October 26, 1906, leaving the mother with the three children to rear to man and womanhood. This she did as only a mother could. When a young woman she was converted and became a member of the Willow Branch Baptist church, where her father was at one time a minister. She loved the church and always loved to see it prosper.
Some years ago she became afflicted with a dread disease which human hands and power could not master, leaving only death to relieve.
Besides the four children she is survived by two daughters-in-law and four grand-children, one sister, Mrs. Mary Dickey of East St. Louis and one brother, Robert E. Bunch, of Flora, Ill., and many other relatives and friends.
Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work, like hers is done.
‘Til then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to him to keep,
And rejoice in the assurance,
“He giveth His loved ones sleep.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 June 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter. ]

Clara Hanna
Mother of Mra. C. F. Brown of this city died Sunday, Nov. 30 at Fairfield.
Mrs. Clara Hanna, widow of Robert P. Hanna, died at her home in Fairfield about 6:45 Sunday evening, Nov. 30, 1924. at the age of 87 years, four months and sixteen days.
Mrs. Hanna had been ill for several years of heart trouble. The fatal attack came some weeks ago and she had continued to grow worse until the end came. She was a woman of high ideals, loving her home and her children. Mr. Hanan died July 29, 1901. Since that time she has continued to make her home in the old Hanna homestead.
She is survived by two sons and two daughters.-T. P. Hanna and Miss Clara Hanna, who llved with their mother in Fairfield; Frank B. Hanna of East St. Louis; Mrs. Minnie L.Brown, wife of Chas. F. Brown of Flora.
Short funeral services were conducted from the Hanna home Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Orville Hawkins, pastor of the Christian church. Burial was made in Maple Hlll cemetery, Fairfield.
The following went from Flora Tuesday to attend the services: Mrs. F. M. Welsh of Chicago; Mrs. Mary Hanna of this clty; who were relatives of the deceased; and Mr. and Mrs H. F. Plxley. Mrs. C. C. Ripley, Mrs. Mary Ranadell, Albert Bragle of this city and Thos. Finty, editor cf the Dallas News, Dallas, Tex.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Dec. 4, 1924]

A. W. Harrell
Last Friday, A. W. Harrell, a prominent farmer living northwest of Flora, was killed by the accidental discharge of a shot gun, which he picked up from the corner of a room at his residence. There were no witnesses to the tragedy, but Coroner Dean’s jury gave a verdict of accidental death. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G.W. Zink, of this city, with interment in the Golden cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Dec. 14, 1922]

John L. Harris
John L. Harris, son of John and Esther Harris, was born in Blunt county, Tenn., April 25, 1860. He passed away after an illness of twenty-four hours at his home in Charleston, Ill., March 25, being 53 years, 10 months and 7 days old. The deceased was married to Mary E. West in the year 1887; four children were born to them, three daughters and one son. The wife died March 25, 1903. Mr. Harris was the only son and his father departed this life when he was three years old; he has been tenderly affectionate to his mother. In January 1907 he united with the Christian church in Flora, having previously bee an member of the Baptist church. The funeral was conducted at the home of his mother in this city,.Mrs. J.W. Lusk. Quite a large number were present to sympathize with the sorrowing. The service was conducted by C.W. Marlow, pastor of the Christian church. [Source: Flora Journal Record Transcribed by Deena Roberts]

Jesse Everett Harrison
Jesse Everett, son of Benjamin and Jemima E. Harrison, born Feb. 25, 1917; departed this life Oct. 9th, 1918, being 1 year, 5 months and 14 days old.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. H. Wells, of the Baptist church, at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lawrence, on West Street, Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, after which the little body was laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery.
Do we say farewell? No, it would sound too sad and solemn in our ears, and would betoken too long a separation. Let us whisper good-bye, as we shall surely meet him again in the morning after the brief night of separation is past; and as we bid him good-bye for a time, let us clasp to our hearts the conviction that he is not far away; that his love and tender sympathy are still ours, only with the dross and taint of earth all gone from them.
So may his going from us draw us mightily towards the Heavenly home.
[Source: Southern Illinois Record (17 October 1918). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Mrs. Harwood
Word was received by Flora relatives Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Frank D. Harwood in Cimarron, New Mexico, on Nov. 26th, after an illness of two years. Prof. Harwood is a native of Flora and one of southern Illinois prominent school men, having taught in the public schools here for many years. He was also superintendent of the Johnson City and Sesser schools. They located in the southwest a few years ago, hoping to benefit Mrs. Harwood’s health. Two little daughters, aged eight and four, are bereft of a mother’s love. The remains arrived at Carlyle on Tuesday and were taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Kyle. Funeral services were held in Carlyle Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. C. L. Harwood, of this city, a sister-in-law, attended the obsequies.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Dec.1, 1921 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Benjamin Hayes
Benjamin Hayes, age 70, was run over and killed by a train of cars near Iola.
[The Newton Press, Jasper Co, IL .... June 24, 1891. Submitted by K. Torp]

Catherine Heap
Death of Pioneer Woman
Mrs. John Heap, a Highly Respected Resident of Flora Passes to the Great Beyond, January 8
Mrs. Catherine Heap, born January 25, 1845, near Evansville, Ind., died at her home, corner Maple and Elm Streets, January 3, 1925, at 7:00 P.M. She was the widow of John Heap, Jr., who departed this life in August 1878.
Mrs. Heap was a pioneer of this community, having moved here with her parents, Mr and Mrs. John Bier, Sr., in 1858, her parents having come from Germany to America in 1837. She with her husband joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church of this city in 1869, and she remained a member of this church until her death. She was a consistent Christian, quiet and kind in disposition and charitable.
Funeral services were conducted at her home Monday January 5, by the Cumberland Presbyterian minister of Fairfield, Ill. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record January 8, 1925]

[Infant] Hockman
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hockman of E. Third street mourn the loss of their eight-month old son. The death followed a pneumonia attack of a four days duration. Interment took place in Iola Friday.
[Source: The Flora Record Feb. 5, 1920 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

C. E. Hendricks
This week we are called upon to chronicle the death of one of the oldest B. & O. R. R. conductors, C. E. Hendricks, who died at his home on South Main street, Wednesday evening at 10:00 o’clock. Mr. Hendricks was stricken with a stroke of paralysis about four weeks ago and his suffering was intense. Deceased leaves to mourn, his wife four sons and two daughters.
Funeral services will be held from the family residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The remains will be taken to Ashland where burial will be made Saturday morning at 11:00 o’clock.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (2 August 1923). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Harless Woodrow Heninger
Harless Woodrow Heninger, oldest son of John E. and Amanda Heninger, was born at Xenia, Ill., October 26, 1911, departed this life at Taylorville, Ill., August 29, 1925, aged 13 years, 10 months and 3 days. He leaves to mourn his death, a father and mother, one brother, James, age 6; one sister, Muriel, age 3 besides grand-parents, aunts and uncles and other relatives not a few. Harless was a bright child, loved and adored by his school mates and associates, obedient and dutiful to his parents and loved by all that knew him. His death came as a shock after a short illness and brought with it gloom to the hearts of the community. The remains were brought to Xenia Sunday and in presence of a packed house a very forceful funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Wright of Alma, Ill. Interment in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
A child has now been taken
From the busy scenes of Life,
And placed in the Royal presence
Of God’s immortal sight.
Weep not for him, dear parents,
As those who have no hope,
For his soul is safely anchored
With God’s eternal hosts.
He sings with the holy angels
As the long days come and go,
And only waits your coming
To that happy, peaceful shore.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 September 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Leon Holman
The body of Leon Holman, son of Delbert Holman arrived here last Friday noon from Lewiston, Mont., where the young man met his death. Mr. Holman was returning to his rooming house and on entering the stairway was accosted by two strange men, who told him to throw up his hands. He resisted and was shot by one of the strangers. His roommate, hearing the shot, arrived on the scene almost immediately. The robbers fled without securing over $500 which the dead man carried in his clothing. The body was removed to his father’s home on arrival here and funeral services were conducted at the house Sunday afternoon, with Rev. Maxfield officiating. A brother, Chas. Holman, also of Montana, accompanied the remains to Clay City. The body was laid to rest in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (19 January 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Nelson Hoover
Last Taps for Civil War Veteran
Nelson Hoover, aged veteran of the Civil war, died at his home in Flora on Wednesday night. The deceased formerly lived in Wayne county, south of Xenia.
At the outbreak of the rebellion he enlisted in Company B., twenty-first regiment, Volunteer Infantry and served until the battle of Chicamauga where he lost his arm. He has lived in this city for 26 years.
Thus the last roll is being called for that rapidly diminishing hosts, who bared their breasts to enemy's bulletts in defense of the country and its flag that liberty should not perish from the earth. Another soldier has crossed the river to pitch his tent with that immortal throng who are tenting tonight on Fame's eternal camping ground and where he will be received by glad shouts of welcome by loving comrades who have preceded him to the Great Beyond.
[Source: Flora Journal Record December 1, 1921]

Maisie King Hoskins
Maisie King Hoskins, daughter of Minnie and William King, of Xenia, was born Sept. 6, 1898 departed this life Jan. 27th, 1922, age 22 years, 3 months, 21 days.
She was united in holy matrimony to Clyde Hoskins, May 17, 1920; to this union was born one son, Albert, which preceded her to the better world when 5 months of age. Tho never united with the church she was a christian believer and in her last days here, spoke of living a life so as to be able to meet her baby and mother who died 14 months ago. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, father, five sisters and four brothers, a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral was conducted at the home of Rev. J.C. Foutz of M.E. Church of Xenia, Ill. Interment in Onstott Cemetery. [Source: Flora Journal-Record Feb. 9, 1922]

Vesta Bonetta Hoskins
Vesta Bonetta Hoskins, daughter of Floyd and Maude Hoskins, was born at Flora, Ill., July 13, 1911, and departed this life, Sept. 14, 1925, at the Olney sanitarium at 2:00 o’clock after an operation for appendicitis at the age of 14.
She was only sick a few days. She bore her suffering so sweet and patiently always saying she was better. She was loved by every one who knew her having such a sunny disposition. She confessed Christ and was baptised by Rev. Zink in Feb., 1923. A little sister, Carmen, preceded her to death in 1919. She leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, one sister, two brothers, grand-mother, grand-father and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church by Rev. C. L. Doty and remains were laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery.
A precious one from us is gone and left a vacant place in our home which never can be filled.
Out of town relatives who attended the burial, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brewsters, of East St. Louis; Andrew Hoskins and family of Kankakee, Ill.; Mrs. Frank Phillips of Bradley; Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Potter of East St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Milliage Allen of East St. Louis.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (24 September 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Wilmer Howe
Wilmer Howe, the subject of this sketch, son of John and Mary Howe, was born at Blue Point, Wayne Co., Ill., April 20, 1867, and died February 3d 1922, aged 54 years, 9 mo., and 23 days.
His life’s vocation was farming and he was successful in his undertaking, and had become the owner of one of the best farm homes in the neighborhood. He was well fixed for life, having plenty of stock and machinery to operate his fine farm.
At an early age he professed faith in Jesus Christ and surrendered his life to Him and united with the Blue Point Baptist church and remained a faithful, consistent member till death removed him from his earthly labors.
His death was the severest shock that our community has suffered in many years, if ever at all.
Those who knew him longest were his best friends, for his life was an open book for all to read, and his was a happy, cheerful, jolly disposition.
Brother Howe was united in marriage with Miss Emma Merrill, November 28th, 1894. Two children came to bless this union but the son died in infancy while the daughter, Edna, Mrs. Elmer Stark survives.
He leaves behind to mourn for the deceased, and aged father, a heart-broken loving wife, a daughter, grand-daughter, four brothers,viz: C.C., P.B., and Luther who live near here, and Willis his twin, of Assumption; three sisters viz: Mrs. John Spriggs, Mrs. J.A. Flanders, and Mrs. F.M. Wood, besides a multitude of other relatives and friends, but let us not sorrow for the departed for his earthly troubles are over, though.
“A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.”
Funeral services were conducted at Blue Point church, Sunday, the 5th, by the pastor, J.L. Franklin of Benton, Ill. The high esteem in which the deceased was held was amply demonstrated by the great concourse of people who turned out to the funeral and followed the remains to the Bunker cemetery near Rinard.
The deceased was a member of the order of the M.W. of A. and the Rinard camp turned out and furnished the pallbearers and also performed their beautiful burial service at the cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal-Record Feb. 9, 1922]

John S. Humphrey
John S. Humphrey, a resident of Songer township for many years was called to eternity Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, 1922, at 10.30 o’clock at his home after an illness of about two weeks. He was well known and highly respected farmer of that vicinity. He leaves a wife and several children. Funeral services will be held at the Golden church Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Burial will be at the Golden cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (19 January 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter. ]

Charlie Hunt
Charlie Hunt, a former resident of this city, died at Vincennes, Ind., on Sunday, March 3, 1924. He was nearly 72 years old. Mr. Hunt was well known in Flora, having been associated with the public here for many years as a skilled painter and decorator. The body was brought to his old home Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in Elmwood cemetery. Rev. W. I. Terhune had charge of the services at the grave.

Charles M. Hunt
Charles M. Hunt, son of Geo. M. and Elizabeth C. Hunt, was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, May 1, 1851. He was united in marriage to Lavina Monical in the year 1870. Three children were born to this union. He was again married in the year 1891 to Emma Murphy. One child was born to this union. He was preceded in death by his first and second wife. and is survived by three sons, James, Edward and Hobart and one daughter, Mrs. Jacob Rice, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
After a lingering illness he passed away on March 2, 1924, at the home of his daughter, in Vincennes, Ind. Funeral services were held in Vincennes on Tuesday and the body was brought to this city, his old home, Tuesday afternoon. Interment followed in Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (6 March 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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