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William R. Salter
WilIam R. Salter, age 71 was found dead in bed at his home on E. Fourth street about 5:00 o’clock Wednesday morning, April 21, by his son, Clyde with whom he made his home. Mr. Salter had been afflicted several years with blindness for which he drew a pension. Mr. Easley undertaker from Clay City was called and took charge of the body.
Squire F. W. Reitz held the inquest about 8:00 o’clock. The following jury members were chosen: Robt. M. Kitley, foreman, Philip Vaughn, James Luther, Everette Risinger, R.A. Ewen, Clarence Grove. Verdict, death cause by infirmities of old age.
[Source: Flora Journal Record April 22, 1926]

Frances See
On Monday, Sept. 9th, at her home in Flora Mrs. Frances See passed away, aged 82 years, nine months and 13 days. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Golden church, conducted by Rev. G. W. Zink, pastor of the Flora Christian church, followed by interment in the Golden cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Sept. 22, 1921 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Mayme Shackman
Mrs. Mayme Shackman died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 1923, at Washington hospital in Chicago, of complications, at the age of 38 years.
Remains arrived at 2:57 o’clock on the Illinois Central and were taken to Bisch & Son’s Mortuary. Funeral services at 8:30 o’clock this morning at the residence, 641 North Fourth street and at 9 o’clock at Sacred Heart Catholic church, Rev. Father Merscher, pastor of the church officiating. Interment in Calvary cemetery.
Decedent is survived by her husband, M. J. Shackman; 2 daughters, Dorothy and Lucille; two sons, Bernarde and Robert; mother, Mrs. Joseph Sager; sister, Mrs. Edward Babbs.---Springfield, Illinois State Journal Monday, April 30.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (3 May 1923). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Rebecca Shadwell
Funeral of Mrs. Rebecca Shadwell to Be Held Friday Afternoon From Home
Mrs. Rebecca Shadwell, widow of the late John F. Shadwell, died at the family residence on east North avenue at 6:30 o'clock this morning, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1924, after an illness extending over a period of several months, age about 92 years.
Her husband preceded her in death in May, 1906. To this union were born three children, J. Elsworth, Miss Emma, and George.
Mr. and Mrs. Shadwell moved to Flora from Ohio in 1860 and were among our pioneer residents The decedent was a charter member of the Flora M.E. church, living an exemplary life and taking much interest in church and community work.
The deceased is survived by three children and two brothers, Wesley Birch of this city and John Allen Birch of California.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon from the residence. Interment will be made in Elmwood cemetery.
Mary Isadora Wolfe was born November 25, 1856, at Troy, Danis County Iowa, and departed from this life February 25, 1914. She was married November 20, 1873 to O.L. Greenwood of this city.
To them were born five boys and five girls. Three of the boys died in infancy, and one daughter, Bertha Greenwood McHenry died in 1902 at the age of 26 years. Six children are left to mourn her loss, and to comfort the bereaved husband, namely: Lillie McHenry, Low Allen, Arthur of Decatur, Ill., Grace Betts of Sparta, Ill., Flossie Horsefield and Victor, the youngest child of the family live in this city. She also leaves one sister, Ellen Jennings, of Alberta, Canada, and sixteen grandchildren.
The deceased was a woman of kind and loving disposition, an indulgent mother, a devoted wife, a good neighbor and a true friend. She was ever ready to go in time of sickness and death, to divide with the needy and to encourage the downcast and disheartened. She was a devoted Christian, being a member of the United Brethren Church of Flora. She has proven by a life, of faith and constancy that she has gone to join the happy host above.
Funeral services were held at the residence in this city, Friday, February 27, conducted by I.S. McIver, Pastor of the United Brethren Church.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Dec. 25, 1924 Transcribed by Deena Roberts]

Sarah Jane Shock

Mrs. Sarah Jane Shock, daughter of Henry H. and Kathrine Belt, was born in Decatur county, Indiana, June 3, 1859, and departed this life September 2, 1929, age 70 years, 2 months and 29 days.
She moved to Illinois when a young girl and spent the rest of her life in and around Clay City, Illinois. She was united in marriage to John Shock, who preceded her in death in the year of 1916. To this union was born four children, three boys, Burley and Sherman, of Clay City; Raymond, of Galveston, Texas; one daughter, Emma Hilderbrand, of Clay City. She was converted and united with the Christian church several years ago, and lived true to her faith always confessing Christ as her Savior and Lord.
She leaves four children, an aged brother, Henry Belt, of Clay City; ten grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a good wife and mother, a good neighbor and was loved and respected by all who knew her.
Funeral service at the home of Burley Shock, by the pastor, Ben F. Adams. Intemrent at the I. O. O. F. cemetery, Clay City, Illinois.
[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]

Ella E. Shoup
Ella E. eldest child of Michael and Sallie Wilkin was born in Wyandotte Co., Ohio, October 19th, 1856—Departed this life on Wednesday April, 16, 1930. She having reached the age of 73 years, 5 months and 27 days. When but a girl of twelve years of age, she emigrated with her parents to Clay City, Ill., and settled on a farm south east of Clay City and for 61 years she has not lived very far away from Clay City. The last 32 years of her life was spent at the homestead where she passed away. She was united in marriage to E. W. Shoup May 10th, 1874 and to this union one daughter and son were born. In early life she accepted her lord and became a member of the M. E. church south, but later transferred her membership to the U. B. church at Harmony, she has been a loyal supporter of the church. Her husband was taken from her by death over five years ago. She has been blessed with good health except the last eight years. Her health declined very rapidly in the last three months. It was only a very few days that she was compelled to lie in bed, she leaves to mourn her departure, two children, Mrs. Elmer Staley of Clay City, Ill., and W. E. Shoup of Illiopolis, Ill. Seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two brothers, Chesney and Jay Wilkin, both near Clay City, besides a host of relatives and friends. Farewell then, mother, sister, grandmother and sister in Christ. We hope to meet in the judgement day.
[Source: "Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]

J. B. Smith
Thursday of last week, Dec. 16th, Gen. J. B. Smith died suddenly at his home in Clay City. A third stroke of paralysis probably brought the end. The General had never fully recovered from the first stroke although he had been able to travel around some.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Clay City M. E. church, at 2:00 o’clock, the Masonic fraternity having charge of the obsequies.
Gen. Smith was well-known over Illinois on account that he was adjutant general under Gov. Yates, and later warden of the Chester penitentiary under Gov. Deneen. He was a veteran of the Civil war and 87 years old.
Source: Flora Journal Record (23 December 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Margaret "Mary" Elizabeth Hoke Smith (1854-1944)
Mrs. Mary Smith Dies At The Home Of Her Daughter
Mrs. Mary E. Smith, 90 years of age, the widow of Squire Smith, died Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nelson, in Sailor Springs. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Branson Funeral Home in Flora, with Rev. Earl J. White, pastor of the Flora Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Elmwood cemetery.
Mrs. Smith is survived by six sons and daughters, among whom is G.A. Smith of Flora. [Flora Daily News on Monday, July 3, 1944]

Nora Smith
Widow of Well Known Educator Passes Away at Home of Daughter In Chicago
Mrs. Nora Smith, who died Sunday, July 26, in Chicago, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. M. Little, was brought to Flora Tuesday and laid to rest by her husband, the late Prof. George W. Smith. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Smith made their home in the city. He was a brother of Col. Randolph Smith and for a number of years was county superintendent of schools and superintendent of the Flora schools. He left his impress for good upon the youth of this community. After his death Mrs. Smith moved to St. Louis to reside with her only child, later moving to Chicago, where she answered the final roll call.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, among the first members of Radiant Chapter No. 105, O. E. S., also a member of the Ladies Reading Club from its organization, until her removal from the city.
Mrs. Smith was a woman of strong character, always loyal and true; her’s was a friendly nature and she was ever a true friend.
A few years ago she spent a year in Flora, where she renewed old acquaintances and expressed the pleasure she received from her stay in the old home town. She left many friends here, who will think always of her with deep respect and regard.
Short funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. J. B. Johnson, the pastor, read the 103-91 Psalm. Miss Jessie Taylor and Mrs. J. B. Johnson, Ernest Taylor and Sam Hemphill sang, “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “Come Ye Disconsolate.” Beautiful flowers spoke the loving appreciation of many friends.
Those present, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Little of Chicago; Mrs. George David and Mrs. T. Wheeler of Vincennes, Ind.; Mrs. Pearl David of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Dr. Carroll Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. F. M. Welsh of Chicago; Tommy Smith and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Rotan of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Craig and Mr. and Mrs. Holt of Urbana.
[Source: Flora Journal Record July 29, 1926 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Squire Lowry Smith, Jr. (1848-1932)
Funeral Services for S. L. Smith Held Sunday Afternoon
Squire Lowry Smith, age 83 years, 8 months and 2 days died Saturday afternoon at four o'clock at the home of his son, Gabriel A. Smith in South Flora. Mr. Smith had been in ill health for some time.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the Hancock Chapel, with Rev. J. R. Hoy, pastor of the First Baptist church in charge. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.
Surviving are his wife and seven children.
[Flora Daily News on Monday, June 19, 1932 - Sub. by Sandra Taylor]

Moses A. J. Spaulding
Moses A. J. Spaulding was born at Salem, Ind., Feb., 1852, married to Sarrah Lovelace Aug. 10, 1874. To this union was born eight children; one of whom departed this life at the age of 2 years.
He was a member of the I. O. O. F. for 42 years. After a brief illness he departed this life at Taylorville, March 3, 1922 at 11:05 p. m., age 70 years and 3 days.
Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Colclasure, in Xenia, Sunday at 2:30 p. m. and were in charge of J. C. Foutz. The I. O. O. F. Lodge rendering fine ritualistic services. Interment at I. O. O. F. cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (9 March 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Clara Lee Spilman
Clara Lee Spilman, daughter of Rev. Jonathan Edwards Spilman, D. U., and Eliza Taylor Spilman, was born in Covington,Kentucky, July17,1857.Her early life was spent in Kentucky. She finished her education at Sayre College, Lexington, specializing in music. Her father moved his family to Salem, Illinois, in 1877, where she met Geo. Wm. Andrews, whom she married July 29, 1879. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband; three children, Georgia Pritchett, of Springfield, Illinois; Edward S. Andrews, of Flora, Illinois, Jeanore Anderson, of Clay City, Illinois; four grandchildren, one brother, Lewis Spilman. of Knoxville, Tennessee ; two sisters, Miss Anna Louise Spilman, of Flora, Illinois, and Mrs. Byrd Spilman Dewey, of Palm Beach, Florida. Mrs. Andrews spent the greater part of her married life in Flora, Illinois. where she was an earnest and faithful member of the Presbyterian Church. Later she with her husband. moved to Misssissippi, where she resided until failing health necessitated her being brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anderson, at Clay City. In spite of all that loving care could do she passed away at 3:10 on the afternoon of July 5, 1930, aged 72 years, 11 months and 18 days. She possessed a remarkable personality, meeting the duties of life squarely, sincerely and efficiently. Her thoughtfulness of others, her unselfishness and her willingness to serve was recognized by all. Her southern hospitality, her easy, charming and gracious manner won her a host of friends. In over fifty years of wedded life she proved herself a devoted wife and a loving mother. Asleep in Jesus! Peaceful rest! Whose waking is supremely blest. No fear, no woe, shall dim the hour, That manifests the Savior's power.
[Source: "Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]

Grace Price Stahl
Grace Price Stahl was born in Flora, Ill. August 22, 1877 and passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. S. B. Moore at Louisville, Ill., August 11, 1915, lacking but eleven days of being 38 years old. On Feb. 28, 1903 she was married to Frank S. Stahl. At the age of 16 she graduated from the Flora High School, and at the time was said to be the youngest pupil that had graduated from the school.
In 1894 she united with the Baptist Church of which her mother was a member. Later she became a member of Radiant Chapter O.E.S. and recognized Jesus as fairest among thousands, altogether lovely indeed. She was also a member of the Fort-nightly and Woman’s Club. For six years she served as Assistant Postmaster at Flora, Ill., many patrons of which remember with pleasure, her accommodating and pleasant services. Her mother preceded her to the Great Beyond about eight years ago, for whose companionship she ever longed.
She leaves to long for the clasp of the vanished hand, a father, Geo. J. Price of Flora, Ill.,; a devoted husband, Frank S. Stahl of Quincy, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. A.L. Carney of Clarksburg, W.Va., Mrs. S.B. Moore, of Louisville, Ill.; and one brother, C.V. Price of Chicago, Ill. In addition to these nearest her she leaves an aged grandmother, Mrs. Martha Valbert, of Flora, Ill., who with other relatives and a host of friends and companions of her youth were present to attest in the strongest way their deathless love and loyalty to her memory.
The funeral services were held at the home of her father, Geo. J. Price at Flora, Ill., conducted by Rev. J.S. Rose of Mt. Vernon, Ill., August 13 at 2:00 p.m., after which the remains were conveyed to Elmwood Cemetery, and there deposited to await their disposition by the Supreme Being. Until then dear wife, daughter, sister, neighbor and friend, until then, farewell.
[Southern Illinois Record Thursday, August 19, 1915]

Preston W. Stanford
Preston W. Stanford was born in Clay county. Ill., Dec. 6, 1861, departed this life in his home near Clay City, Sunday, Aug. 17, 1930, aged 68 years, 8 months and 11 days. He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. David Stanford, his father
being a minister of the M. E. church. In early life Mr. Stanford was a member of the M. E. Church South, at Olive. On Dec. 6, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Nellie M.Boyd, and to this union three children were born, Leslie, Tony and Lulu. The latter died in May, 1899, at the age of nine. Mr. Stanford was a good neighbor and friend, always willing to lend a helping hand to any in need. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the neighborhood.
He was a kind father and loving husband. He leaves to mourn his departure, a loving wife, two sons, Leslie and Tony and their good wives; four Grandchildren ; three brothers, Ross, of Lawrenceville,Ill ; Norman of the State of Washington, and David, of California. Six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He also leaves many other relatives and a host of friends who will sadly miss him.
Funeral se'rvices conducted at the home by Rev. O. H. Free. Interment in Clay City cemetery.
[Source: ''Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press'']

Elizabeth Southerland
Elizabeth Southerland was born in Greencastle, Ind., January 4, 1839. In 1857 she was married to John Cain of Pennsylvania. To this union were born three children, Anna, who died in infancy, John jr. of Lebanon, Mo., and Mrs. J. E. Akes of this city. Mr. Cain died in 1865. In 1867 she was married to Garret Southerland, a Civil War veteran, and came to Xenia, Illinois, to make her home. Garret Southerland died February 19, 1905.
Elizabeth Southerland united with the Methodist church early in life and remained good and faithful until called beyond.
She leaves to mourn her death two children, several grandchildren and a host of friends. She departed this life January 16, 1925.
Funeral services held at the Baptist church January 18, and the remains were laid to rest in Camp Ground cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (22 January 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

The week old child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Stewart, on Olive street, died on Saturday night. Funeral services were conducted on Monday from the family home, after which interment was made at Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (23 March 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

William LeGrand Suggett
Was Well-Known Physician and Surgeon Here for Nearly a Half Century
Dr. William LeGrand Suggett died suddenly of apoplexy on April 28th at the age of 71 years.
He was the only child of Dr. James Milton and Caroline M. Suggett, both Kentuckians, he being born in Eminence, Kentucky. At the early age of 20 he married Miss Alice Rucker, herself but 16, of Taylorville, Ky.
He studied medicine in the university of Louisville, and graduated from the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons. The family moved to Flora in 1878, where he has been in acitve practice to the day of his death.
His father practiced medicine in Louisville and Iola in this county, and later in Flora. Dr. W. L. Suggett was a post graduate from the Policlinic in New York, also from the Policlinic in Chicago.
For 20 years he was surgeon for the Ohio and Mississippi Ry., later the B. & O.
Dr. Suggett was a true physician, and his kindness and sympathy at bedside, is known by hundreds to whom he ministered during his nearly half century of practice here.
Ambition, sincerity and earnestness characterized his whole professional life, and he was never known to leave the sick bed, until he had accomplished that for which he went.
His professional attainments were recognized and appreciated by his conferers.
He is survived by Dr. O. L. Suggett of Asheville, North Carolina, and Virgil Suggett of this city.
The funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church, on May 1st and the remains were laid at rest in Elmwood cemetery, Flora.
Those attending the obsequies from out of town were: Dr. O. L. Suggett, of Asheville, N. Car., and a niece, Mrs. Nannie Bennett-Helm, of Louisville, Ky.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (3 May 1923). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

J.W. Sumpter
Well Known Civil War Veteran Who Had Been an Invalid for Years Passes Away
Last Thursday recorded the death of J. W. Sumpter, an aged Civil War veteran, who died at his home in west Flora of a complication of diseases, after having been a sufferer for a number of years.
The funeral services were conducted at 4:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the family residence, Rev. W. I. Terhune, officiating. The remains were taken on Monday morning to Litchfield, where the interment was made in the city cemetery.
In the death of Mr. Sumpter the passing of one of the oldest residents of Flora or perhaps of Clay county. He was nearly 94 years of age when death came to relieve the suffering of the aged veteran. He is survived by a widow, two sons and other relatives.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (23 March 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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