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Laura May Malinsky
Laura May Williams, daughter of Thomas and Matilda Williams, was born in Marion Co., near Odin, Ill., Dec. 12, 1872, died at her home in Flora, Ill., Sept. 26, 1925, aged 53 years, 10 months, 14 days. When she was five years old she, with her parents, moved to Iola, where she spent her youth. On April 22, 1894, she was united in marriage to Earnest Frederick Malinsky. Two children came to bless this union, William Floy, born Apr. 8, 1895, and who preceded her to the Great Beyond Dec. 3, 1922 and Arlo Bryan, born Aug. 18, 1900.
She united with the First Christian church at Smithboro in 1854 and remained steadfast in her loyalty to the church. She will be missed in the church circles and especially as a member of the Loyal Women's S.S. class.
Her deepest interests were for her home where the family ties were unusually strong. She was intensely devoted to her husband and sons, ever planning and working for their good. Of her it might be said, "who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, she shall do him good and not evil all the days of her life.--Her children arise up, and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her."
Besides her husband and son, Arlo, she leaves to mourn her departure, three grand-children, Dorothy May, David Arlo and William Norton; five brothers, Sherman, Wilford, Willis, Reuben and William Williams. four sisters, Mrs. Mary Williams, Mrs. Eliza Lewis, Mrs. Angie Hoffman, Mrs. Sarah Bishop. Two sisters preceded her in death, Stella who died in early youth, and a twin sister, Mrs. Martha Belle Deshayes.
"There is a world above
Where parting is unknown
A whole Eternity of Love
Formed for the good alone.
And faith beholds the dying here
Transplanted to that happier sphere."
[Flora Journal Record submitted by Michelle Abrajano]

Geo. W. Malone
Geo. W. Malone, son of the late Patrick H. and Mary Malone, was born at Kalamazoo, Michigan, October 16, 1880. His early life was spent on a famr there; later he learned telegraphy; serving in the Philippine Islands, with U. S. Signal Corps for three years.
On December 1, 1906, he was united in marriage to Hattie Hudson, of Clay City, Illinois. He went to Chicago in 1912 where he lived until he was called to his reward, September 25, 1929.
He leaves a wife, four brothers and two sisters, Hattie Hudson Malone Frank, Fred, Berte, Henry Mrs. May Caster, and Mrs. Belle Wonch, of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was a member of Siloam Lodge No. 780, A. F. & A. M., and Welcome Chapter, Uo. 679, O. E. S.
Services were conducted in Chicago, Saturday, September 28, at 4 p.m., under the auspices of Siloam Lodge No. 780, A. F. & A. M., and Welcome Chapter, No. 679, O. E. S.; his remains were then brought to St. Elmo, Illinois, where services were again conducted at the home of Mrs. Anna Hudson, under the auspices of St. Elmo Lodge, No. 769, A. F. & A. M., assisted by the Golden Rule Chapter, No. 278, O. E. S. He was then laid to rest in the beautiful Maplewood cemetery. His relatives from Michigan attended the services in Chicago. He was a kind considerate husband, and an affectionate brother, conscientious in all his dealing, and was patriotic. His honest dealings and cheerful disposition made for him a great circle of friends as was shown at the services Saturday in Chicago and Sunday in St. Elmo, where hundreds of friends came to pay their respects. He will be sadly missed in his home and among 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]

Emma Mann
Emma Cook was born March 5, 1869, at Flora, Illinois, and was united in marriage to James Mann, December 24, 1891.
To this union were born four sons and two daughters, as follows: Claud, Charles, Frank, Forrest, Erma and Ruth who died in infancy.
In her girlhood days she was converted and united with the Baptist church, later she and her husband united with the Christian church of which she was a faithful member.
She died at the family home in West Flora Thursday night, November 25, 1926, aged 57 years, 8 months and 20 days.
She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, four sons, one daughter and two grandchildren, one brother, Edward Cook, of Greeley, Colorado, besides other relatives and friends.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (23 December 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Clyde Luther Martin
Clyde Luther Martin, second son of Mrs. O.P. and Mrs. Anna Martin, was born in Kentucky Sept. 8, 1887; departed this life at Ft. Bliss, Texas, with pneumonia Feb. 17, 1917, at the age of 29 years, 5 months and 9 days. He leaves to mourn his departure a father, Mr. O.P. Martin of Flora, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Logan of Flora, Ill.,, Mrs. Nora Maxwell of Denver Colo.; two brother, Mr. clem Martin of Flora, Ill., Mr. O.P. Martin of Lovell, Wyo., a mother and three brothers having proceded him to the great beyond.
In the year of 1904 he was converted at the M.E. church at Beulah under the preaching of Bro. Spragg.
He grew to early manhood on the farm. After engaging for a number of years in electrical work, in the year of 1911 he enlisted in the 13th Cavalry Troop “G”, ranking as First Sergeant. After serving his time he re-enlisted in the 13th Cavalry Troop “H”, spending the remainder of his days in Old Mexico and border service. He has gone, leaving behind him the memory of one who has given his life for his country.
This departed brother was of a sociable disposition, was a kind and loving brother and has many friends who will regret his early departure.
Funeral services were held at the Beulah church Friday morning at 10:30, Rev. J.E. Willey officiating. Interment at Rusk Cemetery.
[Source: Southern Illinois Record Mar. 1, 1917 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Vicki Martin
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SEBRING -- Mrs. Vicki G. Martin of Sebring died of an aneurysm Saturday (March 27, 2004) in Sebring. She was 51.
Born in Effingham, Ill., on Dec. 23, 1952, she came to Sebring from Danville, Ill., 26 years ago. She was a cosmetology director for Sebring School of Hair Design.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, George D. "David" Martin; sons, Travis Martin, Lakeland, Scott Martin, Sebring; mother, Cletis Evelyn Long, St. Anne, Ill.; sisters, Audrey Prairie, St. Anne, Shirley Hollen, Phoenix, Phyllis Lindberg, Lakeland; brothers, Lowell Long, Woodbridge, Va., Louis Long, Raleigh, N.C., Roger Long, Phoenix; two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 this evening at Lakeland Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel.
[Published Tuesday, March 30, 2004 (]

William Logan McCord
William Logan McCord was born Nov. 11, 1866, at Ashley, Washington Co., Illinois, departed this life near Flora, Illinois, April 12, 1921, aged 54 years, 5 months and 1 day.
In 1888 he united in marriage with Miss Belle Neff and to this union were born nine children. Two of these, Marcus and Edgar, preceeded him to the grave two years ago. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and seven children, Mrs. C.F. Burt, Mrs. Earl Stanford, Misses Mary and Alice, Willard and Wesley, all of near Flora, and Hershel, who resides near Belle Plaine, Iowa, four grandchildren, one brother, H.W. McCord, Custer, Ill., three sisters Mrs. Ollie Ellis, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., Mrs. Lucy Shrum, of Bellerive, Ill.; Mrs. Mattie Allen, of Decatur, Ill.; and a number of other relatives. Also a host of friends and neighbors.
He was converted in early life and united with the M.E. church, later transferring his membership to the Harmony United Brethren church, near Flora, and was still a faithful member of that class at the time of his death. He was a trustee of Harmony and stood for all that was progressive, putting the interests of his church and God's Kingdom before every thing else.
He suffered much, but bore it all with great patience and fortitude, and a little while before he left us was heard to say "Lord, I'm coming. I've been faithful; then peacefully fell asleep.
Bro. McCord was a devoted husband, a kind father, and a good neighbor, one who will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services were conducted at Harmony church by his pastor, Rev. A.B. Hiatt, and interment was made at the Kneff cemetery April 15.
[Source: Flora Journal Record, April 28, 1921 Transcribed by Deena Roberts]

Chas. L. McLain
At Fritchton, Ind., Tuesday Night, and Remains Brought to Flora, Accompanied by B. R. T. Men, Thursday Morning
The sad news was flashed to Flora Wednesday morning that Brakeman Chas. L. McLain had been killed Tuesday night at Fritchton, Ind., The body was taken to Vincennes, Ind., and prepared for burial. A coroner’s inquest was held there.
Deceased was a member of the B. of R. T. and three members of that Order: R. R. Parish, W. Whitt and A. M. Tracy, went to Vincennes Wednesday and accompanied the remains here, arriving in Flora on No. 3 Thursday morning.
The body was taken to the F. F. Kellums residence and lay in state until Thursday afternoon, when it was taken to Enfield for interment.
A short funeral service was held at the Kellums home at 2:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon, in charge of Clay County Post No. 14, American Legion, of which Mr. McLain was a member. Flora business houses closed for the funeral.
A special train will leave Flora Friday morning at 10:40 for Enfield, to enable those who wish to go, to make the trip. The funeral service at Enfield will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
In just what manner deceased was killed is not absolutely known. He was braking on extra freight 2525 east running from Washington, Ind., to Lawrenceville, Ill., and making the turn around. While on the return trip, they were on a siding at Fritchton and the freight they sided for, passed through. Conductor Burris, who was on the run for Conductor F. H. Jennings, who was off duty for the trip, signalled Engineer Mullin to go ahead. Burris, then, in walking back from the engine to the caboose, discovered a man lying on the track under the moving train. Halting the train, he found that it was McLain. He had been dragged from the starting point to a switch and his head had caught on the sharp switch point and fastened between the rails. It is supposed that he went under the train to fix an air leak and that the train suddenly started and knocked him down.
Mr. McLain was an exemplary young man, a World War veteran, member of the Odd Fellows, American Legion and B. of R. T. A still sadder chapter in his death is the fact that he was to have been married to, Miss Grace Kellums, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Kellums, on Monday, April 10th.
Deceased was about 31 years old, a son of John McLain and wife of Enfield, who have been dead about fifteen years. He is survived by a brother and four sisters and a number of other relatives. Mrs. J. . Tyner, sister, and husband, and Miss Helen McLain, another sister, came to Flora Wednesday to accompany the remains home.
“Mack” as he was known to everybody, had been employed by the B. & O. for about ten years and was an excellent workman.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (23 March 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Cora May Chaney McGrew
Cora May Chaney, daughter of Thomas A. and Mary E. Chaney, was born near clay City, Ill., May 1st, 1869; died Sept. 10th, 1917, age 48 years, 4 months and 9 days.
She was united in marriage to G.B. McGrew Oct. 6th, 1890. To this union four children were born, three boys and one girl, namely: Chlorus, of Mitchell, S. Dak.; Cecil, Clyde and Forest who remain at home. Deceased has one sister, Mrs Minnie Sheets, of Mitchell, S.D., and four brothers, A.U. and C.M. Chaney of New York City, E.M. Chaney of Mitchell, S.D., and T. Chaney, of Des Moines, Iowa, and one grandson, Milford. These together with her beloved husband and a host of relatives and friends remain to mourn her departure.
In passing she has gone on before only that she may blaze the way for those who are to follow. We can’t pass on with her now, for the Lord has a little more work for us to do.
She was converted at the age of 13 and united with the Christian church at Clay City. Later she moved her membership to the Christian Church at Christian Temple, in Northern Wayne County. In the year 1907 she united with the M.E. Church, South at Shiloh, where she remained a faithful and consistent member until the Lord called her to that home prepared for all who love Him.
Mother is gone. While to us her voice is hushed, it is not siltent. In that upper and brighter place she has joined that heavenly choir and united with that innumberable multitude that have gone up through great tribulations and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
While it is sad to part with loved ones so dear, yet we bow in submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well, and willingly say “Thy will be done.”
The funeral was conducted by Rev. M.E. Cox, of Baldwin, Ill., at the Shiloh Church on Friday, Sept. 14th. Among the beautiful floral offerings from relatives and friends was a beautiful piece from Harter-Stanford Township High School, and one from the Woman’s Missionary Society of Shiloh.
[Southern Illinois Record Sept. 20, 1917]

Luella May Megaw
Death of a Former Flora Girl
Charles W. Shinn, of Chicago, under date of the 10th, encloses the following lines to the Record which were read at the funeral of his sister in Granville, Ohio, on the 8th inst: Luella May, daughter of America E. and Joseph H. Shinn, was born in Flora, Illinois, October 31, 1879, and departed this life March 5, 1919, age 39 years, 4 months and 5 days.
She was married to James Edgar Megaw June 24, 1903, and leaves to mourn her departure her devoted husband, three sons, James McCoy, Charles and Ralph W. She also leaves one brother, Charles W. Shinn of Chicago, and Mrs. Mary Jane Bebont, mother of Mr. Megaw, who has been ever constant in her devotion during these long months of suffering and to whose lot must largely fall the place of mother to the boys. We must also mention Kitty Megaw who has shared and shall continue to share in the care of this broken family.
Mrs. Megaw was left motherless at the age of six and was reared with her one brother by their father until his death in 1900. At the age of ten she united with the Christian church and at fifteen was taken into the membership of the Baptist church of her home town. On coming to Granville in 1901 to enter college, she transferred her membership to the Granville Baptist church where she has been a faithful member to the end.
She was graduated from the Flora, Illinois, High School in 1899 and was a student in Denison University from 1901 to 1903. Mrs. Megaw has resided in Granville all her married life, and leaves a host of loving friends with whom she was very popular and by whom she will be greatly missed. She was actively identified with many of the uplift movements of the community, among which were the Granville Public Library, where she was a trustee, the Inter-church Council of Religious Education, the Travelers Club and many other organizations.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (13 March 1919). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Marjorie J. Merrihew
Marjorie J. Merrihew, 67, of Flora, died at 7:40 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 1989, at the home of her daughter. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at the Frank and Bright Funeral Home, Flora. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery, Xenia. William Todd will officiate at the services. Mrs. Merrihew was born on Feb. 2, 1922, in Xenia, the daughter of Albert and Clela (Westcott) Akes. She married Don Merrihew in 1952 in Mt. Vernon. She was a member of the Xenia United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Don of Flora; four sons, James Phillips of Salem, Gary Phillips of Louisville, Bill Merrihew of St. Charles, Mo., Dave Merrihew of Flora; one daughter, Mrs. Cloyd (Sue) Eskew of Flora; three brothers, Burl Akes of Xenia, Dr. Charles Akes of Lake Placid, Fla., and Gene Akes of Boynton Beach Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Krutsinger of Xenia and Mrs. Helen Carrell of Xenia; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one grandson.
(Submitted by

Carroll and Carl Mitchell
Carroll Roy and Carl Ray infant sons of Russell and Lizzie Mitchell were born October 14, 1929.
Carroll Roy departed this life October 14, 1929, and Carl Ray departed this life October 19, 1929. They leave a father, mother and many other relatives.

Beckoning hands at the gateway tonight,
Faces shining with radiant light
Eyes looking down from the heavenly Home,
Baby hands beckoning, Come, O. Come.

Guy Mitchell
Guy Mitchell was born at Rose Hill, in Jasper county, Illinois, March 13, 1889, and departed this life near Clay City, Illinois, March 6, 1930, aged 40 years, 11 months and 23 days. Ill health was the cause of his untimely and sudden death. He was a World war veteran, serving 20 months altogether, and eight months in France where he saw much active service. He served his country faithfully to the end of the war and received his honorable discharge. Since that time he has made his home near Clay City on the farm living with his brother, George. Here they got along fine together, though his health was poor for some time. Guy was converted, baptized and united with South Freedom Christian church when just a young man. He never attended church much in late years, but had a warm spot in his heart for the church and was ready to speak out for it. He was a good neighbor and a friend to all who knew him and his passing is regretted by his many friends. He leaves to mourn his departure five brothers, Alva, George, Johnnie, Henry and Elmer Mitchell, with a host of other relatives and friends. His parents and three sisters preceded him into the great beyond.
Sunset and evening star.
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea
And such a tide as moving seems asleep.
Too full for sound and foam.
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell.
And after that the dark'
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark
For tho' from out our bourn of time and place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar. —Tennyson.
[Source: "Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]

Clara Walters
Clara Walters (Murry) was born near Flora on a farm. She was the youngest daughter of Daniel Emaline Walters. She moved with her mother to Vincennes, Ind., early in 1890; from there she went to Chicago, and was married to Glen Murry in 1896. They moved to Denver, Colorado, soon after, and lived there until her death, which occurred Dec. 22, 1916. Her remains were brought to Flora and laid to rest in the family lot in Elmwood cemetery. Owing to the short stay of the relatives that accompnied the body we did not get the date of her birth. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three sisters and one brother.
[Source: Southern Illinois Record (4 January 1916). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]



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