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Mahlon H. Parks
Mahlon H. Parks was born in Scott county, Indiana, December 6, 1831. Died in a hospital in Denver, Colorado, August 22, 1930. Age 68 years, 8 months and 16 days. On November 30, 1882, he was united in marriage with Leah C. Travis. To this union eleven children were born. One babe died in infancy in Illinois. Ten children are living: namely, Mrs. Edward Mosley, Cambridge, Nebraska; Mrs. C. R. Bunn, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. P. W. Johnson, Hutchinson, Kansas ; Russell Parks, Cheyene, Wyoming; Dr. L. R Parks, Grand Island, Nebraska; Raymond Parks, Roscoe Parks and Clifford Parks, all of Montezuma; Carrol Parks, Johnson, Kansas, and Mrs. E. E. McReynolds, Montezuma, Kansas.
The family moved to Oklahoma in 1906, where it remained for two years. Then the home was transferred to Hutchinson, Kansas. In 1912, the family came on west to Montezuma, where the residence has continued until this day. The wife and mother, Leah C. Parks, was called to her reward in February, 1927. Mahlon H. Parks was one of the business pioneers in this country. His congenial and appreciative manner tended to cultivate not only the integrity of the business establishment but a multitude of loyal friends. As a citizen, he was of a progressive mind, deeply interested in the development of this western empire along lines that would insure its future. He was a friend of charities a considerable help in starting the project of the new church building this year. He held membership in the Methodist church in Illinois.
The expansion of the Montezuma school system found him an enthusiastic supporter of education. He was a tireless worker, giving himself completely to the task, as long as strength remained. The past few years of steadily declining health were spent with an optimism, were spent cheerfully as he watched his children building their homes 'round about him. It is doubtful whether any of us will ever really know the depth of his family interest and affection. It was exceedingly great. His slipping away at this time brings mourning to many; but our memory of him will be kindly, even as he spread kindliness about him. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Edward Wood, Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother, Clarence Parks, Lacon, Illinois; the ten children; nineteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; and an unusual number of friends. Funeral services were held August 25, 1930, at the M. E. church, L. C. Gale in charge. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.
[Source: '' Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]

Alice Marie Adkins
Alice Marie Adkins was born in Meigs county, Ohio, August 4, 1843, and passed into her heavenly home, October 17, 1929, aged eighty-six years, two months and thirteen days. Her parents were Isaac and Emily Adkins, and her early life was spent in Pomeroy, Ohio. After receiving her public school education here, she attended the University at Athens, Ohio, and so was well prepared for her chosen work as teacher. She specialized in primary work, and after six years spent in the school room, married Coleman Duncan Pennybaker. Soon after their marriage they moved to Clay City, which has been their home ever since. Their union was blest with four children--Kitty, Isaac, Frank and Lucy. Kitty is greatly endeared to the children in Clay City because for many years a teacher here; Isaac with his family lives in Bridgeport; Frank makes his home in Rosiclare; and Lucy is teaching in Sailor Springs for the sixth consecutive year. There are also four grandchildren and one great grand child.
Mrs. Pennybaker had been staying in Rosiclare with Kitty and Frank, and passed away while there. Her husband preceded her by seven years in passing to his reward.
Mrs. Pennybaker became a Christian in early life, and united with the Methodist Church in Pomeroy. She was in feeble health for a number of years before passing away, and during these years was a member of our Sunday School Home Department always expressing much pleasure in the Lesson Quarterly which she received regularly.
As she expressed a desire for a cottage prayer meeting one was held in her home which was well attended by Church friends, and was of especial interest. With beaming face she expressed her pleasure in this meeting and told us how much she had always loved the Methodist Church.
The following incident is related by one of her daughters:
After becoming feeble she was very of singing, “God will take care of you.”
This song of Christian trust seemed the key-note of her later years. When this daughter had to leave home in September to begin her school, her mother dreading the parting said, “Must you go?” Then realizing the necessity she said, “God will take care of you.” She was a devoted mother, and had her reward by the devotion shown by her children, in the long years of her illness.
[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]

Joseph C. Pettit
Joseph C. Pettit, clerk in the office of Secretary of State Louis L. Emmerson, died at 10 o’clock Thursday morning, June 4 at St. John’s hospital, where he was receiving treatment. He was 72 years old. The remains were sent at 8 o’clock last night over the B. & O. to Flora, where funeral services were held and interment made. He is survived by his wife, Ida, and one son, Victor. Springfield, Ill., Register.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (11 June 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Mrs. Pettit
MRS. JOSEPH C. PETTIT - Succumbed to Anaemia on Monday at the Home of her Son, After An Illness of Many Months
The subject of the following memoir was the widow of Joseph C. Pettit. He passed away June 4, 1925, and together they had borne life’s joys and sorrows for nearly thirty years. Of this union one child, Victor, was born. He is left to mourn the loss of his parents.
Mrs. Pettit was highly esteemed, quiet and helpful to humanity; leaving many friends along life’s pathway. She believed in God and enjoyed all the church services. She has gone.
“Not to a far off distant place
For heaven is, after all—just home.”
Funeral services were held at the First M.E. church Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. B. Johnson. Interment was made in Elmwood cemetery, Flora.
[Source: Flora Journal Record June 11, 1925 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Mary Jane Pixley
Mary Jane Mitchell was born in Richland county, November 5, 1859, to Elizabeth and Joseph H. Mitchell, and departed this life May 30, 1933.
Her marriage to Wm. Pixley took place October 7, 1877, and to this happy union eight children were born, Harry C, of Fergason, Missouri; Stella Kirk, of Olney, Illinois; J. Edward, of Ottawa, Illinois; Bertha Wood, of Watseka, Illinois ; Carrie Kesterson, of Clay City, Illinois, and Lida Rinnert, at home. Robert and Harvey died in infancy.
Sister Pixley united with the Sailor Springs Christian church about 35 years ago and has lived a consistent Christian life ever since.
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea saith that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." Rev. 14:15.
Funeral at Sailor Springs Sunday afternoon, conducted by C. L. Doty, pastor of the Flora Christian church, assisted by Bro. Neathery, former pastor of Sailor Springs church.
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press]

Dorothy C. Plant
Dorothy C. the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kepp was born at Ingraham, Ill., Oct. 16, 1859, and departed this life Jan. 22, 1920, at Akron Ohio. Her mother died when she was two years old and her father eight years later, she being cared for by her sister, Mary Wattles. She was united in marriage to Samuel C. Hickle in 1878. To this union were born 13 children, four preceding her in death. Mr. Hickle died Jan. 23, 1902 and was buried in Miami, Okla. She leaves to mourn her loss seven daughters, May, Edith and Rena, who were at her bedside at the time of her death in Akron, Ohio. Mrs. Amanda Stubblefield and Mrs. Helen Hainlen of Trinidad, Colo., Mrs. Melissa Haskin and Mrs. Bertha Brown of Roy, N.M., and two sons Frank and Harve Hickle of Roy, N.M., also one sister, Mrs. Nancy Bryant of Ingraham, and three brothers, Wm. Kepp of Neoga, George Kepp of Bramar, MO., and Frank Kepp of Oklahoma, besides a host of relatives and friends.
She was married to Wm. Plant in Jan., 1917.
She united with the Christian church in early childhood and remained a faithful member until death.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (5 February 1920). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Thos. Porter
Thos. Porter, son of Simeon and Nancy Porter, was born in Orange county, Feb. 17, 1841, passed to his reward in the better world at his home in Chicago, Feb. 24, 1915, age 74 years and 7 days. He was a member of a family of six brothers and one sister.
In the year 1865, the deceased was united in marriage to Rebecca Martin of Clay County, to this union five children were born one boy and four girls, only two of whom are living; Mrs. Laura Macy of Chicago and Everett of Louisiana. The family resided in Clay county till about 22 years ago, when they moved to Chicago, where the family has lived up to the present.
Bro. Porter united with the Christian church when a boy and lived an earnest consecrated Christian life to its close. In Chicago he has been identified with the Englewood Christian church, and has had the same pastor for 16 years, C.G. Kindred, a man who is loved by all that know him. The deceased attended the services of the church regularly till unable to do so by reason of ill health. It was indeed fitting that the pastor, Bro. Kindred should conduct a service in honor of such a faithful member. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. whose local lodge was known as Kenwood. The brethren of this fraternity as always, were attentive in the last sad hours of watching and waiting. Bro. Porter has been rather poor in health for about three years, but kept going till last Thanksgiving. He took to his bed last Saturday and passed peacefully away on Wednesday.
Of the immediate members of the family to mourn his going are his companion, two children, one granddaughter, one sister, and three brothers, besides the wider circle of relatives and a great host of friends. He will be greatly missed by the loved ones and his many friends in all the relationship of life. A very apt scripture for such a life is :”Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord. Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.” Bro. Marlow of Flora officiating. Funeral at the Christian church. Interment at the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
The services at the church were very touching owing to the fact that Mr. Porter had a host of friends in Xenia and the impressive sermon delivered by Rev. Marlow. At the grave the services were conducted by the world wide fraternity known as Independent order of Odd Fellows, and as this brother was laid to rest no doubt many were made to realize that one by one each must pass away as this beloved brother has done. We are here for so short a while and when the summons comes we like Brother Porter must obey it. Again we realize “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord”.
[Southern Illinois Record Thursday, March 11, 1915]

Nancy Preston
Nancy Ann Lee was born March 17, 1858 in Tipton County Ind. She was a daughter of John and Permelia Lee and came to Illinois with her parents in Sept. 1865. She was married to Oscar Reeder March 21, 1878 at Flora, Ill., by Wm. D. Mabry, pastor of the M.E. Church. She with her family moved to Lexington, Neb., in 1884. She was bereft of her husband in 1890. In 1895 she moved to Cozad, Neb., living there until the time of her death, July 28, 1915.
She leaves to mourn her loss, five sons and one daughter; Mrs. H.W. Chapin, of Cozad; Clyde Reeder, of Celtral City, Neb.; James Reeder, of York, Neb.; Earl Reeder and Frank Preston both of Cozad. She had one brother, Rev. Nathan H. Lee of Monte Vista, Colo., and five sisters; Mrs. W.C. Nixon, of Calloway, Neb.; Mrs. Robt. Gray, of Pensacola, Fla.; Mrs. J.M. Russell, of Flora, Ill.,; Mrs. H.J. Parks, of East St. Louis, Ill.; and (Mrs. Florence Canon deceased).
Mrs. Preston’s death was very sudden, being sick only a few hours. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.C. Wright in the M.E. Church at Cozad July 31, 1915, she having been a faithful member from early childhood. The remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington, Neb. Mrs. Preston was an excellent lady, possessed a happy disposition, always looking on the bright side. In the loss of parents, husband and children she remained a faithful Christian and leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death. Mrs. Preston had a large circle of friends in Flora who learned of her death with feelings of deep sorrow. The sympathy of our entire community is extended to her relatives.
[Southern Illinois Record Thursday, Aug. 19, 1915]

Anna E. Puntanney
Mrs. Anna Puntanney is Called to Her Reward--Was 90 Years Old
Mrs. Anna E. Puntanney died at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. A. Milligan, on Third street, Friday evening, Jan. 13, 1922. Mrs. Puntanney was 90 years of age and had been in failing health for several years past. She is survived by one son. The funeral services were held at the residence Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Frank P. Miller, pastor of the Flora Presbyterian church. Burial was made in Glenwood cemetery, at Rushville, Ind., her former home. Mrs. Seppie Shriver a niece, accompanied the body to Rushville. The deceased was a remarkable woman, a great reader and thinker, her disposition always sweet and full of sunshine, ever living as a true and faithful christian. “Blessed are they that die in the Lord, for they shall see Him in His glory.”
[Source: Flora Journal Record (19 January 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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