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T.P. Vandiveer
T.P. Vandiveer Died at Anna
Word reached the city on Tuesday of the death of T.P. Vandiveer at the Asylum at Anna, where he had recently been removed on account of a violent turn of his malady. His extreme age and long continued illness bad prepared his friends in a measure for news of his demise. And yet the intelligence cast a gloom over this entire community where he had so long been a familiar figure, and where his list of friends embraced every man, woman and child in the city and surrounding country.
The remains reached Flora on Wednesday, and the interment too place from the old family homestead on Thursday, Rev. Dr. Thrall of the M.E. church conducting the service. The Masonic fraternity of which he was for so many years an honored member, had charge of the burial. Obituary will appear next week.
[Southern Illinois Journal Friday, May 10, 1907]

Alfred Cheesbrough Van Tine
EXPIRES AT HIS HOME NOV. 29 After an Illness of Eleven Days
C. VanTine Crosses the Great Divide
After an illness lasting eleven days Alfred Cheesbrough Van Tine, aged 75 years, 2 months and 10 days, died at his home on West North Avenue at 9:15 o’clock p. m., November 29, 1916.
Mr. Van Tine was a Civil War veteran and was afterwards married to Miss Emma Almira Durkee in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1867, where they became steadfast members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They came to Flora in 1898, moving from their farm in Larkinsburg township. He was prominent in the city’s civic and business life, a member of the city council when the new city hall was built in 1904 and mayor of the city in 1905 and 1906. The deceased is survived by his wife and daughters Mrs. Mary Yerkes of Raymond, Ill., Mrs. Julia Yerkes of Los Angeles, California, Miss Georgia Van Tine and Mrs. A. V. Gentry of this city, fourteen grand children and also great grand children. He retired from public activities several years ago but nevertheless has kept up his keen interest in the affairs of the city.
The funeral was held from the West North Avenue residence at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, Rev. M. C. Foltz officiating. Mr. Van Tine’s biography gives his birth in Huron county, Ohio, September 19, 1841, where Hiram Van Tine, the father, died in 1850. His mother died at Van Tine’s residence in Flora in 1899.
The son, after the father died, hired to a farmer for a number of years, attending Norwalk Academy in the winter, finally learning telegraphy which he followed until President Lincoln called for three hundred thousand men. Resigning from the telegraph service he enlisted for the war at Monroeville, Ohio, in Company G 123 Regiment of Ohio Volunteer infantry. With that command he left for Clarksburg, West Virginia, and while in camp there was stricken with typhoid fever and was transferred to U. S. Hospital Cumberland, Maryland. In time he sufficiently recovered and rejoined his company in the mountains of West Virginia. Captain Shawn, Co. K, same regiment having been assigned to duty as Provost Marshal of Department of West Virginia with Headquarters in Winchester he applied to the Division Commander for a detail of Corporal Van Tine to service at his quarters as chief clerk where he served eight months, not only with Capt. Shawn, but that of two following Provost Marshals. The Confederate army of Northern Virginia under Gen. R. E. Lee moved north in June 1863 toward Gettysburg, and Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley fortified by 8000 men under Gen. Milroy, Corporal Van Tine again rejoined his regiment. After three days’ fighting Milroy was forced to evacuate the fort and entrenchments around Winchester and escaped with only his bodyguard and part of his cavalry. The Confederate Generals Hill and Longstreet soon had possession of all the roads and the 123rd Ohio, with several thousand men from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were taken prisoners and hustled to Libby prison in Richmond.
From there Van Tine, with a number of other prisoners, was transferred to Bell Isle prison in the James River, near Richmond; from that prison some time in September he was paroled and a few weeks later exchanged, again rejoining his regiment. In the Shenandoah Valley at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, September 22, 1864, he lost his right arm and in February of 1865 received his honorable discharge, the same being recorded in the legal records of the recorder’s office of Erie county, Ohio. The next year he established the Buckeye Business and Commercial College in Sandusky, Ohio, which has for more than fifty years been one of the foremost educational and business institutions in northern Ohio. In 1878 he came to Clay County, Ill., and engaged in farming. He always supported the Republican ticket until the farmer’s organizations crusade which attracted the strength of the farmers in many western and southern states and which directly appealed to his convictions. To that cause he remained loyal. And acquiring the confidence and regard of the farm association members, they affiliating with the people’s party politically, selected Mr. Van Tine as their nominee for governor in 1900, his political activities being finally submerged in the Roosevelt Progressive party of 1912.
In 1907 he erected in Flora the first business building west of the B. & O. R. R. and with his daughter, Mrs. Gentry, established a general store which has been a great convenience to residents of the west side, also to many farmers adjoining our city on the west and quite as successful an enterprise as come to those who promote institutions which at first seem impracticable but prove after a few years to be of great public value. Mr. Van Tine was tenacious, earnest and aggressive in maintaining what he believed to be the right, always kind and just, a good citizen, A PATRIOT.
This is a tribute to A. C. Van Tine from his sister-in-law who knew him many years. “Dearly loved ones your loss is also ours. Our dear brother was felt to be a true friend, and I can never be thankful enough that it was my privilege to be with you in your home and know the true strength and integrity of him whose life for so many years had been in a measure blighted and crippled by the horrors of war. The brave, bold daring and courage and honor which prompted him to offer his life to save his country, made it possible for him also to rise above the obstacles in life’s pathway and make for himself a name which stands high among his compeers. As a husband, father, friend and brother those who knew him best, loved him best. His hand was always stretched out to lift up and strengthen those who were in need or distress. His voice had the courage of his convictions, and rang out in clarion tones the words of warning, defiance, and fearlessness, or persuasively reason of “truth, righteousness and judgement to come.” Very few are endowed with the strong individuality, and intellectual ability which were possessed by our Brother. Had I the pen of a read writer, I could weave a garland
of immortelles worthy the one who has gone from us. I can only bring a little timid blue eyed flower called Forget-me-not, to lay on the last resting-place, whose green curtains never outward swing.”
Written by Mrs. Edna D. Day, Sandusky, Ohio.
About the year 1878 A. C. Van Tine came into my life since which time our friendship has grown and ripened, and such a friendship as to make a rich blessing in my life, for he was indeed a great disciple of the art of friendship. I have gone to him in time of joyousness and found him sympathetic and and ready to rejoice with me; then in times of adversities I have found him just as ready to prove his mettle and unstinted in giving out both material and spiritual help.
The above is introduction of a talk by Lake Watson, of Iola, Ill.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (7 Dec 1916). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Sadie Vaughan, daughter of Bird and Mary Vaughan was born August 18, 1913, died March 25, 1914 aged 7 mo. and 7 days.
   Little Sadie was the only child and therefore dearly loved by her parents. She only lingered a few days after she was taken sick.  Her death coming so suddenly was a severe shock to all.  In her sickness she manifested a sweet patient spirit never complaining, always welcoming those whom she recognized with her little sweet smile and baby voice.  It is hard to understand why she had to leave us but this we know that God's way is best and that He doeth all things well.  Therefore to Him who loved little children and said, Suffer them to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of God we commend her little spirit knowing that He will preserve it until we are permitted to meet it in a better world.
   Funeral service held at the home by Rev. N.S. Lanter of Fairfield, Ill. after which the body was laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery, Flora.  
[Source:  Southern Illinois Record  Apr. 9, 1914.  Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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