Coles County Obituaries

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Free Press, Detroit MI - 20 Jun 1933

A resident of Detroit for 15 years,
Perry M. Hunt, 68 years old, died Sunday of a heart attack. Mr. Hunt, who was born in Oakland, Ill., resided at 4865 Algonquin Ave. He is survived by his widow, Cora Madern Hunt. Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Bourgeous Chapel, 8339 Mack Ave., with burial in Everett, Mich.


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The Oakland Messenger 14 Dec 1911

Mary Jane Hill, daughter of Caleb and Joanna Hill, was born in Virginia, August 13, 1839. She died at her home near Oakland, IL, Dec. 9, 1911, aged 72 years, 3 months, 26 days. On May 26, 1860, she was united in marriage to Alexander Hunt. To this union seven children were born. Her husband was taken July 3, 1872. Later she was married to William Montgomery. To this union two children were born.

She was converted several years ago, and joined the Christian church. She leaves her husband, two children, five sisters, two brothers, several grand children, one great grand child, and a host of friends to mourn her death. She was a kind mother, and a good neighbor. She always had a good work for everyone. She has gone to the world beyond to meet her loved ones gone before.


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The Oakland Messenger 14 Dec 1911

Elmer E. Hunt was born, Oct. 27, 1871. He died December 8, 1911, age 40 years, 2 months and 12 days. He married to Mollie McCormack, Sept. 7, 1897. To this union were born two children, one died in infancy, and the other survives his father. The mother was taken July 9, 1900. Later he was married to Minervia Miller, Feb. 11, 1901. To this union were born five children, which with his wife, one sister and one brother are left to mourn his death. He told his sister that he prayed that he might be spared for his little children. But if it is God's will I am ready to go.


Sometimes, troubles double up on people, the visitations coming very fast. Why we are, at times, made to feel that God frowns upon us, we do not know. His purposes often thwart our best laid plans, and our fondest hopes fail. The spectacle of a double funeral, two caskets, two funeral cars, two funeral sermons in one, two bodies placed side by side in one common grave, one a mother, the other a son, both mature in years, two families made to mourn, and countless numbers of relatives and friends stand almost aghast at such an unusual occurrence. But so long as humanity exists we must expect the unusual, the out of the ordinary to come upon us. We live to be bereaved. It is our common lot, but double bereavements seldom come to mortals, save in great catastrophes, such as floods, wrecks or mine horrors.

On Nov. 24,
James Hunt passed away, and his body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery. On Friday evening, December 8, Elmer E. Hunt, a brother of James Hunt passed away at his home, south of this city, his fatal illness coming upon him, the day his brother was buried. On Saturday morning, Dec. 9, not many hours after Elmer died, his mother, also the mother of James, Mrs. William Montgomery, died at her home, southwest of this city. The two bodies were buried side by side in a common grave, at Fairview cemetery, last Sunday morning, the funeral services being conducted at the church, nearby, Elder Frank Reed of Hindsboro, officiating. He preached a most eloquent and affectionate sermon, having, just a few days before officiated at the funeral of James Hunt. A large and sympathetic concourse of friends and relatives was present to render their last tributes of love and respect to the departed ones.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thurs. Feb 11, 1932
Brother of Mrs. Thomas Wells Dies at Newman

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Willis Ayers died suddenly at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his home in Newman. Death was due to heart trouble. Mr. Ayers was born February 13, 1860 on a farm near Newman, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ayers. He was married to Biola Wells in 1885. The following children survive: Mrs. Bertha Pinnell of Murdock; Harrison Ayers of Newman; Mrs. Leta Jones of Tuscola; Russell Ayers of Chicago; Wayne Ayers of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mrs. Leo Campbell of Beardstown. The following sister and brothers also survive: Mrs. Thomas Wells of Oakland; Paul Ayers of Elnora, Ind; and William and Luther Ayers of Ft. Scott, Kan.

Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church at Newman at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. George E. Keithley and Rev. B. N. Petty officiating. Burial was made in Newman cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger--IL Newspaper Thurs. Dec 6, 1934
Brother of Thos. Wells Dies at Newman

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Funeral services for J.W. (Scott) Wells, who died Friday morning at his home at Newman were conducted Sunday afternoon at the M.E. church followed by short services at the Pleasant Grove church. Surviving are one son, Raymond, Akron O.; one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Campbell, Newman; one brother, Thomas, Oakland; two sisters, Mrs. G.W. Ayres, Newman and Mrs. Henry Deem, Pesotum.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper May 25, 1933
Ardivan Swinford Passes Away at Age of 90 Years

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Ardivan Swinford for many years a resident of this community passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Harris, about three miles southwest of this city Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock following a long illness.
Ardivan Swinford was born at Greencastle Ind., Feb. 28, 1843, the son of Elisha and Mary Grogan Swinford. The family came to this vicinity in the early days and settled near this city where they have since resided. Mr. Swinford was united in marriage to Martha Ellen Clapp over 60 years ago, his wife preceding him in death, Oct. 14, 1924. He was the last of a family of seven children, all of whom lived to an advanced age. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Bessie Garner, Charleston; Ora Swinford, Bement; Ellis Swinford, Blue Mound; Mrs. Minnie Milburn, Rardin; Mrs. Mary Clinard, Mrs. Lucinda Miller, Mrs. Anna Haris,
Henry Swinford, Oakland.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Fairview church, Rev. J. L. Goleman officiating, followed by interment in Fairview cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger Newspaper (Oakland IL)
2 June 1921

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Had Been An Inmate of County Almshouse for Many Years

Joe Bloxum, a former resident of Oakland, died at the county poor farm near Ashmore, Wednesday morning and was buried in the cemetery near the farm. Joe had been at the farm a long time and was a willing worker there; taking pride in assisting the superintendent to keep the lawn and grounds clean and tidy. So far as we know, Mr. Bloxum has no living relatives.
In speaking of his death the Courier has the following to say:
Joe Bloxom, age 76 years, making the county almshouse his home for fifteen years, died at the home at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning from injuries believed to have been received between this city and Ashmore some time Tuesday afternoon. Bloxom, who was going to visit in Oakland for a few days, was in Charleston Tuesday and was seen in the railroad districts, near Third street, about noon. It is believed that the man, who was quite feeble, must have been "side swiped" by a train as his shoulders and a part of his body bore severe bruises.
While nothing of a definite nature is known, it is believed that the old man had started to walk to the county farm, after being injured, and was picked up by a passing motorist who left him at the gate of the poor farm about 8:30 o'clock on Tuesday night. He was given instant attention by Superintendent Harvey Reigel, who called physicians, but the shock and
probably the bruises caused the man's death. The funeral services were held at the county farm at ten o'clock Thursday morning and burial was made in the "little green plot."


The Oakland Messenger Newspaper (Oakland IL)
2 June 1921

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A babe born to Mr. and Mrs. Olive Kearns, Monday morning, died Monday morning and was buried Monday afternoon.


The Oakland Messenger Newspaper (Oakland IL)
2 June 1921

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Remains of Jess J. Orr Laid to Rest in Union Cemetery

The white winged angel of death has come to us again and under it's dread shadow has passed from us one whom we all loved, Jesse J. Orr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Orr, has put aside the tasks of life and laid down to rest. Jesse J. Orr was born August 26, 1890, two and one half miles south of Hindsboro and died May 24, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. His early life was spent in the vicinity of Hindsboro and Oakland where he had a host of friends. About 11 years ago, when he felt he must choose a life work he went to Chicago and took a responsible position as a traveling salesman and continued along the same line of business until the grim reaper cut short this most noble life. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1918 and served his country most nobly until the close of the war and received his honorable discharge in the spring of 1919. He was married to Miss Ada F. Smith, of Fort Wayne Indiana, November 7, 1918, whom he
leaves to mourn his death. He also leaves a father and mother, one sister, Mrs. Sylvia White, of Oakland, and one brother, Ollie Orr, of Fair Grange, and a host of loving friends. He goes to meet a sister, Mrs. Dot Mays, who crossed to the great beyond November 24, 1918. Jesse was a young man with great prospects for a happy future. He was popular wherever he was known and liked by everyone who knew him. He possessed a genial and generous nature and had a friendly greeting for every one. No word of eulogy can add to the honored memory of this strong pure manly life. The demand was made upon him to surrender his life and he passed from his unfinished task to rest and freedom with a smile for those who stood at his bedside in his last hours.


The Oakland Messenger Newspaper (Oakland, IL)

22 Jan 1897

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Tom Brown and wife had to give up their baby Tuesday night. It was buried at Fairview Wednesday. ( Note of submitter : Mayme Ann Brown died 19 Jan 1897)


The Oakland Messenger (IL)

12 Nov 1914

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This community was shocked almost beyond measure, Tuesday evening, when the word was phoned to town that Mrs. Charles Naphew had been found dead in the yard at their home on the old Uncle John Naphew farm west of town. Her death was due to an attack of heart trouble to which she was subject at intervals, tho she had not been bothered to any degree lately.

Mr. Naphew who has been threatened with typhoid fever had been kept in the house for several days and Mrs. Naphew was out in the barn lot about 5:30 supervising the evening chores and had directed the small Annin boy, a son of Will Annin, and her little sister in law, Maxine Naphew, to go to one part of the lot and look after some work and she was to look after another chore and then they would go and milk. When the boy and girl returned they found Mrs. Naphew dead or in dying condition. They at once called for help when Wirt Naphew came as quickly as possible and found his daughter in law dead. About that time Mr. Dr. Beck who was
called to see Mr. Naphew arrived and was shocked to find Mrs. Naphew dead. He at once started to treat for artificial respiration but all to no avail when the form of the young woman, still in death was carried into the house where her husband was sick in bed. It was a sad, sad
scene to those who had responded to the call for aid.
The funeral is being held today from the Fairview Church, a short service having been held at the home before going to Fairview where the remains will be buried. Rev. C.R. Morrison will have charge of the services.
Josie May Roberts, one of five daughters, born to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Roberts, was born in East Oakland township, September 27, 1887 and she died at her home, two miles west of Oakland in Sargent township, Nov. 10, 1911 aged 27 years, 1 mo. and 13 days. When a young girl, under the pastorate of Rev. Oakwood she confessed religion and joined the Methodist Episcopal church here in Oakland where she ever afterward maintained her membership and always took a keen interest in the affairs of the church. On October 9, 1912 she was united in marriage to Charles Naphew the union being a specially happy one. Since their marriage they
have lived on the farm west of town where she passed away. Besides the bereaved husband Mrs. Naphew leaves to mourn her sudden demise her father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Roberts, and her four sisters, Mesdames Dave Hawkins, Will Hawkins, Jess Covalt and Frank Redden, as well as hosts of friends and other relatives. She was a genial hearted, lovable young woman of many Christian graces and she will be missed by her family, but most by the young husband who is so sadly bereft of her companionship.
The sincerest sympathy is extended to all the bereaved.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper

Nov 10, 1932

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Mrs. James Long Called
Dies Suddenly at Home Southwest of Oakland This Morning

Mrs. Ellen Long wife of James Long and a woman loved by all who knew her, age 69 years, died this Thursday morning at one o'clock following several months illness of complications. While Mrs. Long has been ill for some time her death came suddenly.
Ellen Brown was born Aug. 6, 1863 near Oakland and was a life long resident of this vicinity. She was united in marriage to James Long April 2, 1896. Mrs. Long was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist church and Ladies Aid of same church.
Mrs. Long is survived by her husband, one foster daughter Mrs. Tressa Swinford, who has known her as a mother since she was 2 years of age, also one brother Arch Brown of near Arcola, and two half brothers,Thomas Brown of Oakland, and Albert Brown of Indianapolis.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Fairview church Sunday afternoon at 1:30. Rev. J. L. Goleman officiating. Burial will be made in the Fairview cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger Newspaper

Apr 28, 1934

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James Long Passes At Age of 71 Years

James Long, highly respected citizen of the Canaan neighborhood, passed away Monday night about 10 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Finley Pedigo, southwest of Oakland. Mr. Long had been ailing for some time, but had not been confined to his bed only a short time. Death was attributed to heart trouble.
Mr. Long was born in Greene county, Indiana May 31, 1862, and came to this vicinity many years ago. He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Brown, no children being born to this union. He leaves a foster daughter, Mrs. Tressa Swinford, who was taken into their home at the age of two years and for whom Mr. and Mrs. Long gave the greatest care. Two sisters, Mrs. Finley Pedigo, of near Oakland, Mrs. crate Vandeventer, of Rardin, and two brothers, Jacob Long of Rardin, and Granville Long of Brazil, Ind., also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Fairview church south of Oakland this Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. L. Goleman officiating, followed by interment in Fairview cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper

August 11, 1932

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Bullet From a 22-Calibre Rifle Enters Brain---Dies at Oakwood Hospital Three Hours Later

Charles Brown took his own life at his home in this city Monday afternoon about 5:00 o'clock by firing a bullet from a 22 calibre rifle into his brain. The bullet entered about four inches above the right ear, penetrated the brain and ranged downward. Mr. Brown at the time the deed was con****ved was alone in his room, the Brown family occupying upstairs rooms at the Charles Bunch home on Washington street ****. Beatrice Kagey, a daughter, was the first to find her father. She had been to Charleston with her mother and when she was -------------------------the Brown home she called to her father and receiving no answer went upstairs and found him leaning back in a chair. She called Mrs. Bunch who called Dr. E. A. Barker and after Dr. Barker
had dressed the wound Mr. Brown was taken to the Oakwood hospital in Charleston where he passed away that same evening about 8:00 o'clock.
Deputy Coroner R. E. Ford empanelled the following jury Tuesday morning, Roy Kirkpatrick, foreman; Willis Gober, Guy Hollis, C. F. Ammerman, Jess Hallowell and Noah Hallowell. The inquest was held at the city hall Tuesday afternoon and the following evidence was introduced:
Dr. R. A. Barker, physician and surgeon, residence Oakland--Received a telephone call about 5:15 to come to Charles Bunch home. Found Charles Brown leaning back in chair with wound about four inches above right ear in head. Upper set of artificial teeth lying on floor at right of chair. Mr. Ford and I took him to Oakwood hospital at Charleston. Happened Monday, Aug. 8, about 5:15 p.m. Mrs. Bee Kagey and Mrs. Leona Bunch were there when I got there. Gun is the same one I seen on the floor. No powder burns on wound which bled freely. Bullet entered brain.
Mrs. Beatrice Kagey residence Salem, IL., housewife--Came in home about 5 o'clock. Called dad and he did not answer. Went upstairs and saw him sitting there with blood on face. Mrs. Bunch called the doctor. He was unconscious when I found him. I left home about 2:30 and came back about 5:00. Father was despondent for two days. Heard him threaten to take his life several times. Do not know who owned gun. He owned small shot gun. I have been here eight weeks. Father had been working in Brocton and came home two or three times a week. On recent trip seemed more despondent than usual. Did not see gun on floor.
Mrs. Leona Bunch, residence Oakland, housewife--Bee came home, left baby downstairs. Came down in a few minutes and said her father was hurt. I live downstairs and Browns live upstairs. Heard Mr. Brown walking around upstairs and he was downstairs after Mrs. Brown went to Charleston. Heard no report of gun. Gun belongs to my brother-n-law. Do not know how he came in possession of gun. He had borrowed it before. I was talking to Mr. Brown the same morning and he said nothing about taking his life. (paper torn) ****upstairs with Bee, did not ******he was unconscious.
Mrs. Charles Brown, Oakland (paper torn)---Left home about 2:30 ***** Charleston on daily trip ****** Beatrice when I got back Buddy was there. Buddy said dad had sent him to town after cigarettes that he was going to fix sight of gun. Let Bee out of car at home, went on to deliver papers. Bee called Mrs. Thatcher and she told me. Have heard him say he would rather be dead than in the shape he was in. He had a nervous spell that morning. Been home since Friday. Knew he had gun. Was about five o'clock when this happened. Dr. Barker was there when I got home. He had not seen him handling gun that day.

After hearing the above evidence the jury returned the following verdict: We, the jury, find that Charles Brown came to his death by a self inflicted gun shot wound in the head with a 22 calibre rifle with suicidal intent.
Charles Brown, son of Thomas and Esta Miller Brown was born October 17, 1884 near Oakland, IL. Practically all of his life was spent in this vicinity where he followed the blacksmith trade.
Mr. Brown leaves his father, Thomas Brown of Oakland, his widow Mrs. Coral Brown, whom he married September 15, 1908, a son Robert Brown, Charleston, by a former marriage and three children by the latter marriage, Mrs. Beatrice Kagy of Salem, Mrs. Dorothy St. Clair of Brocton and Charles David Brown, 10, at home. His mother Mrs. Lou Esta Miller Brown, died sixteen years ago. He also leaves a brother Fountain Brown, Oakland and four sisters, Mrs. Chloa Kline of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Mrs. Loat Lankford, Charleston, Mrs. Sylvia Bowlin of Charleston and Mrs. Pearl Thatcher of Oakland.
Funeral services were conducted from the Oakland M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. J. L. Goleman officiating. Pallbearers were C. A. Swinford, Floyd Swinford, C. F. Ammerman, Ralph Hall, Clarence Hudson and J. R. Tuttle. Flowers were in charge of Mrs.Luther Moore, Mrs. Abe Pitner, Miss Jeanette Todd, Mrs. Gladys Dona, Mrs. Esther Lukens, Mrs. Laura Myers, Miss Thelma Swinford, Miss Vera Gilbert, Miss Louise Taber and Mrs. Orion Bunch. Scott Ford, of Ashmore sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "Some Day He Will Make It Plain To Me," and "Shadows." Mrs. W. A. Reeds was at the organ. Interment was in the Oakland cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thursday March 10, 1932

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Mrs. Amanda Hunt received a message Friday morning telling of the death of her brother, David Eads who passed away at his home in Bedford, Ind., Thursday. The message did not give any of the particulars of his death but stated the funeral would be held in Bedford. Mr. Eads was well known in this vicinity where he had visited on several occasions. Deceased was a cousin to Jack and John Eads of this vicinity. Mrs. Hunt was unable to attend the funeral of her brother.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thursday July 21, 1921

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Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hunt Lose Their Only Child After a Short Illness Mary Irma Hunt aged 3 years 10 months and 27 days daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hunt, passed away Tuesday night July 19th following an illness of two days. The little Miss took sick Sunday night with convulsions and notwithstanding the fact that all that all that medical skill and loving care could do was done, the spirit passed from the little body and winged it's flight to the God who gave it.
Mary Irma was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hunt. She was a beautiful little child with a bright and sunny disposition and was worshipped by her parents. With her pleasing smile this little tot easily won a place in the hearts of all those whom she met. Only those parents who have lost their only child can know the sorrow which has visited this home.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon, July 21, at 2:00 o'clock from the Fairview church, Rev. A. M. Lowry officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in Fairview cemetery. The Messenger joins the community in extending sympathy to the heartbroken parents.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper
Thur Apr 16, 1931

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Charles Kearns residing south of Oakland died this Thursday morning death being due to pneumonia. He is survived by his wife formerly Ollie Barnes and three children, Wayne and William at home and Mrs. Gladys Brown of Kansas, also his parents Mr. and Mrs. Dike Kearns residing south of Oakland. Three brothers survive, Loyal, Oakland; James, Danville; Joe Kearns; and one sister Mrs. Ella Deseaver. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thursday December 4, 1930

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Word was received in this city Wednesday of the death of G. F. Swinford at Palacious, Texas. Mr. Swinford passing away Sunday, Nov. 30, of heart trouble. G. F. Swinford was a son of Culdwell and Emily Swinford, old pioneers of this vicinity, and was reared in the Canaan
neighborhood southwest of Oakland. Most of his life was spent here, until he married Mrs. Belle Curtis and moved to Texas. No children were born to this union but two step children, Archie and Morton Curtis survive, together with four brothers, W.W. Swinford, Champaign; Elisha;
Newton, Frankfort, IN; and Ed of Paris. Funeral services were held at Palacious, Dec. 3.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thur. May 30, 1935

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Mrs. Margarette Griffin sister of R.D. Dollar residing south of this city passed away at her home in Shelbyville, IL, Friday afternoon at 4:30 at the age of 87 years. Mrs. Griffin is survived by one brother, R.D. Dollar, Oakland, and one son and a daughter. Mrs. Griffin had not been a
resident of this vicinity since a girl but was known to many of our people. No finer family ever lived in this community than the Dollar family and Mrs. Griffin held the respect and esteem of all who knew her.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at her late residence in Shelbyville. The following from this vicinity attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Everett Dollar, Mrs. and Mrs. James Dollar and Vera, Mr. and Mrs. John Dollar and Mary, R.D. Dollar, Mrs. Maude Covalt, Mrs. Dollie Redden, Mrs. Lillie Hawkins, Mrs. Leta Hawkins, Mrs. Gladys Hawkins, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hawkins.


Unknown Newspaper, c. October 1915

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Arthur Balch Ewing, a well known young real estate dealer of Mattoon, and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Ewing, died at 5:30 o'clock last Thursday morning, Oct 7, from diabetes. Although he had been ill for several months and had been in delicate health for years, his condition was not considered serious until a short time ago. Mr. Ewing was able to be up town on Friday before his death, but after that time failed rapidly, and the physicians gave up hope of his recovery on Wednesday.
The deceased man was twenty-seven years of age at the time of his death, and had lived in Mattoon virtually all his life, although he was frequently absent for considerable periods in connection with his business. At one time he traveled in the south for a local manufacturing company.
The funeral service was conducted at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, in charge of the Rev. Campbell L. MacKay, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of which the decedent was a member. The body was taken to Mound Cemetry (sic) near Charleston for burial.
Surviving are the parents, one brother Robert, one sister, Miss Emily and a grandmother, Mrs. Patience Ann Balch. Mrs. Balch was called from Chicago Wednesday, where she had gone to be at the bedside of her brother Barnes Nicholson, who died Tuesday night. Mr. Ewing is a nephew of Mrs. H. C. Allison near Lerna and a grand nephew of Mrs. Dr. Leitch and Allen Hughes of Lerna.

Barnes Nicholson
Unknown Newspaper, c. October 1915

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Albert Barnes Nicholson, son of Patrick and Betsy Nicholson was born Jan. 11, 1850 and died at his home near Aurora, Ill, Oct. 6, 1915. He was married to Ruhama Allen in Jan. 1875, at New Albany Ind. To this union five children were born, all of whom survive.
He was raised east of Lerna near what is now the Indian church and over twenty years of his married life was spent in this vicinity. Twenty years ago the family moved to Lawrence Co., and later moved near Aurora, Ill., where he conducted a large dairy for a number of years but of late years he farmed. Mr. Nicholson had been ailing for a year but had been bedfast only eight weeks. Death was due to tubercular trouble.
The body was shipped Friday, from his home near Aurora to Lerna and then taken to Indian church where funeral services were held and interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Chas. Grimes, pastor of the Lerna Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. Bracewell, pastor of the Lerna M. E. church.
The deceased is survived by his widow, five children, three sons and two daughters, six grandchildren, one brother, Will Nicholson, who lives at the Soldiers' Home in Danville, five sisters, Mrs. Ann Balch of Mattoon, Mrs. Ella Newman of Champaign, Mrs. Hattie Leitch of Charleston, Mrs. Sarah Endsley of Nebraska, and Mrs. T. J. Newman, of Knoxville Tenn, besides a host of relatives and friends. Mr. Nicholson was a good Christian man and was prepared to answer his Master's call to come up higher and even became anxious to go, so great were his sufferings.

Mrs. Nicholson is Mrs. D. B. Duvall's sister.

Mrs. Patience A. Balch

From the Vigo County, [Indiana] Tribune 11 Nov. 1915

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By Special Correspondent.
MATTOON, Ill., Nov. 13. -- Mrs. Patience Ann Balch, aged 81 years, and a lifelong resident of Coles county, died Thursday evening about 7 o'clock. She resided in Charleston for a number of years but removed to this city twenty-five years ago. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. D W. Ewing, of this city, and a number of grandchildren. The funeral was held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the family home, 1421 Lafayette Avenue, with burial in Mounds cemetery, near Charleston.

Myrtle Nicholson

unknown paper, with penciled notation 12-19-64 written on cutout obit

Contributed by Charles Brummel (Src #54) who says: "The birth year in this obit is wrong.

She was born in 1884"

Miss Myrtle Nicholson, 80, of Sumner, died Thursday at 8:55 a.m. at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Coles County January 7, 1880, daughter of Albert and Ruhama Allen Nicholson. Surviving are a brother, Charles Nicholson of Aurora and Mrs. Mae Hart of Sumner. She was a member of the Sumner Central Christian church.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sivert Funeral Home in Sumner, with (?Rev.) Elton Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Lerna, Ill. cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ruhanna Nicholson

From the Aurora Beacon News, Aurora, Ill.

c. January 1937

Contributed by Charles Brummel (Src #54) who says: "Her first name was really Ruhama, not Ruhanna. The mistake seems to have arisen from the handwriting on her death certificate, which does indeed look like Ruhanna"

NICHOLSON, MRS. RUHANNA, 312 N. Locust St., aged 80 years, died January 4 at her home. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mae Hart and Miss Myrtle Nicholson; three sons, Amos, Frank and Charles,all of Aurora; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Elton Duvall, Lerna, Ill. Funeral services will be held from the Healy chapel Tuesday at 8 p.m., Rev. Steuart White officiating. Services will also be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the Methodist church in Lerna, Ill. Interment in Indian cemetery, Lerna, Ill.

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