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Mary Randall
Mrs. Mary Randall, was born the 16th of May, in the year 1893, died July 31, 1924, at the early age of 32 years, 2 months and 14 days. She was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Frank Randall, Feb. 26, 1913. She leaves to mourn her demise a husband, Frank Randall, a mother, two sisters, and three brothers, and a host of friends. She united with the Christian church at North Harter in her girlhood days. Later she united with her husband to the Christian church at Oak Mound, where she remained a faithful member till her death. Mrs. Randall was widely known in this vicinity, and will be greatly missed among those who knew her best. She was a loving wife, kind friend, and neighbor, always ready to help wherever needed. The floral offering contributed by friends was highly appreciated by the family.
Funeral services were held at Oak Mound Christian Church Saturday afternoon, August 2. Rev. W. D. Roberts, postor of Zion Presbyterian church, preached the sermon, helpful and pointed thoughts were delivered from those words of Jesus recorded in John 13, 7: “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.”
The remains were laid to rest in the Oak Mound cemetery, to await the day when God will reveal to mankind His power over the material things.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (14 August 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

P.J. Raymond
RAYMOND – On the 12th inst., at his residence in Fiora, Ill., of hemorrhage of the lungs, P.J. Raymond, M.D., in the 38th year of his age.
(Source: The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1875. D.G. Brinton, M.D., Editor.)

James H. Reeder
The funeral of James H. Reeder of Centralia will be held at 1 p.m. today Wednesday at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery, Centralia.
Mr. Reeder, father of Jeff Reeder of Pittsfield (IL) died April 27, 1980 at St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia. Born Feb. 1, 1914 in McLeansboro, he was a son of Charles and Bessie (Smith) Reeder. He arried Florence May Morris July 29, 1935 at Louisville and she survives.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Reeder is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Judi Rittis of Mattoon; a brother, Charles Reeder of Rolling Meadows; a sister Mrs. Beulah Jett of Arlington Tex., and five grandchildren.
Mr. Reeder had been a bus tdriver for Kavanaugh Bus Service in Centralia. Previously a school custodian and a construction worker, he had lived in Centralia since 1937. He was a member of Disciplies of Christ.
[Transcribed by Christine Walters - from the Virginia Hart collection]

John M. Rinnert
John M.Rinnert, son of John and Vica Rinneret, was born in Spencer County, Indiana, January 26, 1857 and departed this life July 5, 1930, at his home in Sailor Springs, age 73 years, 5 months and 9 days. He was united in marriage to Rhoda E. Harris, November 7, 1878. To this union was born ten children. His companion and two children, Elmer and Hattie, have preceded hm in death. He moved his family from Indiana to Illinois about 1890 and has lived in this community ever since, lived on a farm all of his life until about 12 years ago when he moved toSailor Springs. He was united in marriage to (unable to read) Clemmie Kelm, August 21,(Unable to read) her he leaves to mourn his departure. He leaves to mourn his departure, besides the above mentioned, three sons, Len and Frank, of Sailor Springs, and Lowell, of New Boston, Wheeler and (unable to read) Texas; stepson. Opal Kelm, of Sailor Springs; five daughters, Mrs. Pearl Wheeler and Mrs. Caddie Levitt, of Clay City; Mrs. Sallie Ditter, of Sailor Springs, Mrs. Mayme Coggan of East St. Louis, and Mrs. Goldia Koehler, of Highland, Illinois, all of whom were present at the funeral ; four brothers, Ed, of Bone Gap, Illinois, Lou, of Chechotah, Oklahoma, Jake, of Naylor, Missouri, and Ma . of Flora, Illinois; two sisters, Mrs Clara Hughes, of Amarillo, Texas, and Mrs. Francis Neoltner of Sailor Springs, thirty-four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. He was a faithful husband, a loving father and a true friend.
[Source: "Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]

James Aloysius Ritter
James Aloysius Ritter, son of Ira C. and Mattie M. Ritter, was born in Clay county, Illinois, May 22, 1906 and departed this life at his home, four miles southwest of Flora, on June 19, 1924, age 18 years and 28 days.

Ira L.C. Ritter
Ira Leo Curtis Ritter, son of Ira C. and Mattie M. Ritter, was born in Clay county, Illinois, July 4, 1910, and departed this life at his home, four miles southwest of Flora on June 19, 1924, age 13 years, 11 months and 15 days. Their father, Ira C., three brothers, infant son, John A., Lewis O. and one sister, Elizabeth, preceded them to the great beyond. They leave to mourn their untimely death, a broken-hearted mother; three brothers, Loren J., Paul V. and Francis G.; two nieces, one nephew, two sisters-in-law, and a host of other relatives and friends.
They were kind and obedient to their mother, and were loved by all who knew them, and will be greatly missed in the home and community.
Their father departed this life April 5, 1922, leaving his sons, James and Ira, to manage the farm. They had managed the farm excellently until they were called to the great beyond.
They were laid to rest in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery, June 21, 1924, to await the resurrection morn.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (3 July 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Ira Curtis Ritter
Ira Curtis Ritter, son of James and Margaret Ritter, was born in Wayne county, Illinois, November 24, 1862, aged 59 years, 4 month, 12 days. He was united in marriage to Mattie M. Valbert December 18, 1888, to this union were born nine children, first son was dead at birth, John A., Lewis O., Lorenzo J., Paul V., James A., Elizabeth, Ira L. C., Francious G., four having preceded him to the Great Beyond. He leaves to mourn his going, a loving wife, five devoted sons, one grand-daughter, a devoted daughter-in-law, one sister, Matilda Karr, and many relatives and friends. He professed faith in Christ in 1904 and joined the Catholic church and has ever since been a true christian. He has been in failing health for twelve years, with leakage of the heart, but was only confined to the house a few days. He bore his suffering with great patience.
He was a kind father, devoted husband and a kind and true friend to all who knew him. His death was unexpected. But we feel our loss was his eternal gain.
Funeral services were held in St. Stephens church by Rev. Lohman on Friday April 7, 1922 at 10:00 a.m. Interment was made at the Catholic cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (13 April 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

John H. Rusk
John H. Rusk, son of J. M. and Rose A. Rusk, was born in Clay county, Illinois, on the 17th day of February, 1871, and died on the 16th day of December, 1929, aged 58 years, 9 months and 29 days.
Mr. Rusk was one of nature’s noblemen, born and reared on a farm and was very successful in its pursuit. He followed that vocation all his life
He was one of those peculiar people who move through life without much friction. A friend to all he was loved and respected by all with whom he associated and while he was not rich in this world’s goods he was ever ready and willing to assist the poor and needy. He united with the M. E. church at Beulah Chapel near his home and has lived a devoted and loyal member.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Fanny Rush, he leaves one step-son, W. S. Rusk, and one daughter, Mrs. Mason Harbin, both of this place; also one brother, Ernest Rusk, of Sorrento, Illinois; two nephews, Homer Rusk and Hugh Rusk, of Decatur, Illinois, and one niece, Mrs. Eunice Taylor, of Millmine, Illinois.
Such a life as Mr. Rusk has lived. has its influence in the home, the church, and the country, such living has made them today what they are; the influence of such a life is felt years after the person’s death. Nothing greater can be said of any man, that that he was a true devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, faithful to his religion and a good citizen.
[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 ]



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