Coles county History and Genealogy
Coles County, Illinois Obituaries
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Mamie Cowger
Date of Obit: April 4 1932
Newspaper Name: The Daily Journal-Gazette Mattoon
Submitter's Name: Linda Jolly -
source #186

Mrs. James Cowger Dies in Sanatorium
Mrs. Mamie Cowger, wife of James Cowger of the Grant Park community, died Sunday in a sanatorium at Riverton, IL. where she had been receiving treatment for tuberculosis for the past three months. She had been failing in health for several years.
The body arrived in Mattoon Sunday night and was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cordes. 2516 Marshall Avenue. The funeral will be conducted at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with Rev. Dean Cusack offlciating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Cowger was born in Mattoon Nov. 18, 1889, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Cordes and was married about 16 years ago to James Cowger. Besides her husband, she leaves three children. Charles Hill, James and Roscoe Cowger; her father, C.H. Cordes; a brother, Carl Cordes, and a half-brother Harry Cordes, all of Mattoon.

Mary Messick
Date of Obit: Tuesday, March 1, 1910
Newspaper Name: Charleston Daily Courier
Submitter's Name: Joyce Biggs -
Source #187

Mrs. Mary Messick died on Monday afternoon at three o'clock, at the home of her daugher, Mrs. Bent T. Henry, east of town, of a sickness of six months from cancer of the stomach. The deceased was, before her marriage, Miss Mary Munson, and was past eight-two years of age and had made Coles county her home for many years. Her husband died twenty-two years ago, and since that time she has resided with her children.
While she had never confessed her faith in any particular church she has always lived an honorable, up right life and expressed herself many times during her sickness as being ready to die. She is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Ida Zane, Kansas City, Kan.; Mrs. Harriett Farris, Fayer, Okla., and Mrs. Ben T. Henry, Charleston. Two brothers, Joe Munson, of Windsor, and John Munson of White City, Kan., survive.
The funeral will occur Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock from the Liberty church. The Rev. Rogers, pastor of the church of God, east of the city, will be in charge. Burial will be made at the Liberty cemetery.

Daniel Duvall
D. B. Duvall Dead
Daniel B. Duvall, about 25 years ago a resident of the Four Oaks neighborhood, was accidentally killed in Cole (sic) county, Illinois, on Aug. 1st. The deceased was a brother of Dr. P. M. Duvall, of Illinois, who was well known here. He was also a cousin of W. M. and L. A. Applegate, of this city. The following notice of the accident is taken from the Lerna, (Ill.,) Weekly.
"Just as we go to press the word comes that Daniel B. Duvall had been accidentally killed early this morning. Mr. Duvall was helping his neighbor, Emery Smith, in his hay and was hauling baled hay into the barn. He was sitting on the front of load and passed in the door, but the back of the load being higher caught on the top of the door frame. The team pulled it through and as the hay loosened it threw the whole load forward with such force that he was thrown against a heavy timber and his life crushed out. The body fell off the wagon into the arms of some men who were standing by. Mr. Duvall leaves a wife and three daughters, Mrs. Rev. Pennell now in Colorado, Mrs. C. W. Stephenson and Miss Judith Duvall, who is at home." [16 August 1912, Falmouth Outlook (Falmouth, Pendleton Co., KY) Submitter's Name: Charles Brummel]

Daniel D. Duval
Charleston, Ill - Daniel D. Duval killed trying to drive load of hay into low-roofed barn.  Crushed by beam. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 02 Aug. 1912]

Wayne Willingham
Date of Obit: 12/1/1912
Newspaper Name: Charleston
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188


Supervisor and Mrs. John Willingham of Seven Hickory township were bereaved by the death Saturday, when their infant child, two days old, was summoned by a silent messenger. Mrs. and Mrs. Willingham wish to thank the neighbors and many friends for the many acts of kindness shown to them in their bereavement.

Russell T. Willingham
Date of Obit: 7/2/1979
Newspaper Name: Charleston Courier
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Russell Willingham Dies in Terre Haute

Charleston- Russell T. Willingham, 69, former Coles County Democratic chairman, died at 1 p.m., Friday at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. He had been ill since October, 1978, with leukemia. He had re-entered the hospital Thursday afternoon. Mr. Willingham served as Coles Democratic chairman from 1959 to 1961. He was also vice chairman of the 22nd Congressional District Democratic Committee during the same period. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Caudill- King Funeral Home. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Mattoon. He attended the national Democratic conventions of 1952, 1956, and 1960. His political career spanned a 50 year period. Mr. Willingham served for 31 years on the N.Y., Chicago, St. Louis Railroad (knows as the Nickel Plate), which later became part of the Norfolk and Western systems. He went to work on the railroad as a brakeman in August 1 941, became a conductor in 1946 and retired in 1972. Active in the Brotherhood of Railroad Employees, Mr. Willingham served as chairman of the local grievance committee for more than 20 years. He also served a term on the system grievance board. He attended as a delegate of the local union in the 1954, 1968 and 1971 national conventions of the Untied Transportation Union. Mr. Willingham was president of the Coles County Historical Society from 1975-1977. During his term the Greenwood School was moved to a site on the Eastern Illinois University Campus as the society's museum. He was a society board member at the time of his death. He was a member of the Charleston Bicentennial Commission and was active in a number of the special programs held in the area in celebration of the nation's 200th anniversary. Mr. Willingham was founder and president of Unit No. 133, Charleston National Association of the Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, Inc. He had recently been n amed national grand vice president. He was a member of the Charles on Elks Lodge No. 623. He was also a member of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation of Terre Haute. Mr. Willingham was born Jan. 17, 1910, in Seven Hickory Township, the son of John F. Willingham and Emma Toland Willingham. He is survived by his wife, the former Edna Kingery. They were married Dec. 1, 1933 in Virginia, Ill. Other survivors include two sons, John J. of Wilton Conn; James R. of Marion, Ill; a brother, Frank of Charleston; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Charleston Courier
Willingham Services
Charleston- Funeral services for Russell T. Willingham were held Monday in the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Eppinette officiating. A eulogy was given by Dan Thornburgh. The organist, Mrs. Verne H. Barnes played selections by Calegari. Casket bearers were John McNutt, Richard Noble, Maurice Springer, Marion Grigg, Daniel Thornburg and Joseph Hanley. Burial was in the Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Elizabeth Willingham
Date of Obit: 1/29/1901
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Tuesday January 29, 1901
Mrs. John H. Willingham, a Well Known Lady, Answers Last Summons
Mrs. John H. Willingham died at five o'clock this morning at her home in Bushton. her death was a result of a paralytic stroke, sustained about four and a half years ago. For the past three months she had been unable to talk and death comes as a merciful relief to her long sufferings. Mrs. Willingham was formerly Miss Elizabeth Stiff and she was born near Columbus, O., Oct. 11, 1837. She came to Illinois when a girl. Her marriage to Mr. Willingham took place on June 18, 1857, in Cumberland county. For the past twenty-five years she has lived in Coles County, the time being divided between three and four townships. The last two years of the life were spent in Bushton. Mrs. Willingham was a Christian woman and had been a member of the Bushton Christian Church for about fifteen years. In every way her's was an exemplary cha racter; she was a good woman and, besides her family leaves many friends to mourn her loss. She is survived by her husband and six children, Geo.N., W., J.F., W.E., Mrs Minnie Irby and Walter S., all residents of the county except Geo.N. and all married except Walter S. The funeral will be held at the Bushton Christian Church at eleven o'clock Wednesdday and the burial will be at Gready Point Cemetery.

W.W. Snyder

Newspaper Name: Mattoon Morning Star
Date of Obit: 9/14/1906
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Arcola Citizen Dead
Father of Mrs. Mildred Honn of this city passes away
Arcola, Ill., Sept. 13- W.W. Snyder, familiarly known to all of us as "Uncle Billy", died last night at his rooms on the west side aged about 81 years, he had been ill about ten days, his death being caused by heart trouble accompanied by general debility due to old age. The funeral will be held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.E. Hood, at 3 o'clock, this afternoon. He had been a resident of this neighborhood since about 1860 and at one time owned a splendid farm southeast of Arcola. He is survived by the following children, Mrs. C.E. Hood and John R. Snyder of this city, Mrs. Mildred Honn, of Mattoon, Truman and Hillary and Miss Mary Snyder and Mrs. Minnie Watson all of Colorado.

Arabelle Snyder
Date of Obit: 3/18/1935
Charleston Daily News
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Arabelle Snyder, aged 81, widow of the late John Snyder died in the home of her son, Will Snyder at Fair Grange at 11:30 o'clock Sunday morning. Death was due to complications. Mrs. Snyder, a resident of Seven Hickory all her life, had been in ill health for several months, The body was removed to the Miller funeral chapel to be prepared for burial. The funeral services will be conducted in the Miller Chapel at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be made in Rose Lawn, addition to Mound Cemetery. She leaves three sons, Will, Jack and Charles.

John R. Snyder
Date of Obit: 11/11/1918
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188


John R. Snyder, aged 66 years and one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Fairgrange, was found dead in his chair at 5 0'clock Sunday evening. Mr. Snyder was alone at home at the time of his death, the rest of the family having just followed the body of his grand-daughter, Dorothy, who recently succumbed to an operation, to the cemetery. upon return Mr. Snyder was found in his chair in an upright position and apparently had been dead a short time. Coroner McClelland was summoned and an inquiry was held, at which it was found that death was due to heart trouble, and apoplectic stroke having overtaken the man following a hearty meal.
John Snyder was born on a farm in Hickory township in 1852. He attended the county school and later took up farming for himself. His entire life was spent in Hickory Township. When he was twenty-one years of age, he was united in marriage to Arabelle Devers, an Edgar county girl. To this union were born three children. Two years ago Mr. Snyder retired Froom the farm and took up his residence in Fair Grange, his home that the time of his death. Deceased was a member if the I.O.O.F. and this order will have charge of the Funeral services. Besides the wife, the three sons, William, Charles and S.J. Snyder survive. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Tuesday morning from the Methodist Church in Fair Grange with Rev. Ewers officiating and burial will be made in the Rose Lawn addition of Mound Cemetery.

Mrs. A.J. Snyder
Date of Obit: 4/25/1953
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Funeral Held Friday For Mrs. A.J. Snyder

Funeral services for Mrs. A.J. Snyder were held Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Clark Funeral Home, 1117 Jackson street. Dr. O.B. Enselman, pastor of the Charleston Methodist Church, officiated. During part of the services Mrs. Hugh Harwood, organist, played several selections. The burial was made in Roselawn cemetery under the supervision of the Clark funeral directors. Don Lindley, Ernie Patterson, George Foreman, Finis Craig, W.B. Winkler and Claude Shawver were the casket bearers. Mrs. Hallie WInkleblack, Mrs. Ruth Greeson, Mrs. Wilma Monroe, Mrs. Jeanette Claar, Mrs. Sadie Cochran, Mrs. Grace Smith, Mrs. Katherine Coon, Miss Marian Bails, Mrs. Mary Reynolds and Mrs. Ethel Terrell looked after the flowers. They were assisted by the Lawyer florist. Mrs. Snyder, well-known Morgan township resident, died Wednesday morning in the Charleston Hospital.

A.J. Snyder

Date of Obit: 7/6/1964
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188


A.J. Snyder "Jack" Snyder, 84, was dead on arrival at Charleston Community Hospital Friday night. He was born in the walnut Grove area, Dec. 19, 1879 the son of John R. and Arabella Devers Snyder. He was married to Nina Cash in Arcola, Nov 4, 1900. She preceded him in death April 22, 1953. His is survived by a daughter Mrs. Frank (Ruth) Willingham, Charleston , and a son Harold Snyder, Arcola. He also leaves four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Snyder had engaged in farming for several years ad in 1939, he and his son purchased a furniture and appliance store, which they operated until 1958. Since that time, Mr. Snyder has owned and operated an appliance store at 616 Sixth Street. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Moose Lodge, Eagles and the Elks Lodge. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Caudill Funeral home with Rev, Richard Srolp officiating. Organist, Mrs. Verne Barnes, played favorite hymns including " Sweet Hour of Prayer". casket bearers were Don Lindley, Ed Grant, Charles Reasor, Edgar Smith, Ed Newell, and Lowell McElwee. Burial was in Roselawn cemetery.

Ruth Willingham
Date of Obit: 10/5/1987
Charleston Courier
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Charleston- Ruth Willingham, 83, of 5 Bryan Place, Charleston, died at 2:15 a. m. Saturday (Oct 3, 1987) at Cambridge Court. The funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. max White officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. today. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Mrs. Willingham was born Jan 21, 1904 in Coles County, a daughter of Andrew Jackson and Nina Cash Snyder. She married Frank Willingham March 1923 in Charleston, he survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Jean) Winkler of Greenup; a brother, Harold Snyder of Charleston; two grandchildren, Mark Winkler and Mrs. Phillip (Ann) Carter, both of Collinsville. Mrs. Willingham was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, a member of the Eastern Star Sophia C. Chapter 102, a Grand Lecturer for 20 years, a member of the Past matrons Club and a member of the United Methodist Women.

Date of Obit: 3/16/1995
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188
Newspaper: Charleston Courier March 16, 1995

Frank B. Willingham, 91 of Charleston died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday (March 15, 1995) at Sarah Bush Lincoln health Center. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8p.m. today at the funeral home with Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Winkler of Greenup; and two grandchildren. He was born May 5, 1903, in Morgan Township, the son of John and Emma Toland Willingham. He married Ruth Snyder in 1923; she died in 1987. He also was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Mr. Willingham was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, past master of the Charleston Masonic Lodge 35, a member of the Danville Consistory, a member of the Ansar Shrine, a member of eastern Star Sopha C Chapter and a 33rd degree Mason. Mr. Willingham was a retired service station operator in Charleston.

Charleston Courier March 18, 1995
Charleston- The funeral for Frank B. Willingham was Friday afternoon at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. Max White officiating. Burial was in Mound Cemetery. The organist , Mrs. Harry Stewart, played " I need THee Every Hour" and "Open My Eyes That I May See". The pallbearers were Stan and Kelly McMorris, Jon Kibler, Max Winkler, Ivan Weaver, and Raymond Catron.

Emma T. Willingham
Date of Obit: 1/11/1965
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188


Sevices for Mrs. Emma T. Willingham were held this afternoon at the Caudill Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ray Allen officiating. Favorite selections were played by organist Mrs. Verne Barnes. Casket bearers were Robert Winkler, Max Winkler, Roy Willingham, Ferrel Ogden, Paul Halsey and Hugh Carey. Burial was in Union (Greasy Point) Cemetery. Mrs. Willingham died at 5:50 p.m. Saturday in Charleston Community Hosptial, where she had been admitted a few days earlier. She was born in Coles County, the daughter of John H. and Victoria Martha Sousley Toland. She married to John F. Willingham, March 28, 1894. He served as Coles County Clerk and was chairman of the County Central Democratic Committee for many years. He died in 1936. Mrs. Willingham leaves a daughter, Mrs. Ada McNutt; two sons, Russell and Frank, all of Charleston; six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A brother Fred Toland, H indsboro, also survives. A daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Boyer, preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the WCTU.

John F. Willingham
Date of Obit: 11/8/1936 - Submitted by
Src #188
November 8, 1936

John F. Willingham, widely known farmer and Coles county Democratic leader, holding a position in the office of Secretary of State Edward J. Hughes, at Springfield, died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Boyer, 802 Eleventh street, at 5:40 o'clock Sunday morning. Mr. Willingham in failing health for over a year, had been confined to the Boyer home since Tuesday afternoon. His death was caused by a heart ailment. The Harpers, who prepared the body for funeral and burial rites, returned the body to the Boyer home where friends may call up to the time of the funeral cortege leaving for Bushton where the funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The services will be held in the Bushton Christian Church with the Reverend H.L. Hayes, pastor of the Charleston Christian Church, presiding. The burial will be in the Greasy Point (Union ) cemetery.

John F. Willingham, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Willingham was born in Union township, Cumberland County, Illinois December 22, 1865 and came with his parents to Coles county more than sixty years ago. The family resided in Charleston and Morgan townships, before settling in Seven Hickory township, where Mr. Willingham always claimed his home. On March 28, 1894, he was married to Miss Emma Toland, and five children were born to the union. Mr. Willingham leaves a wife, and four children, two sons, Frank Willingham, of Detroit Mich., and Russell Willingham of Charleston, and two daughters, Mrs. Ada McNutt, of Jacksonville, Ill., and Mrs. Charles W. (Elizabeth) Boyer of Charleston. Four grandchildren, four brothers, Norman Willingham, of Morgan township, Willis Willingham of Seven Hickory township, Edward Willingham and Walter Willingham, both of Charleston, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Irby of Mattoon, are survivors. John F. Willingham, who followed farming and dealing in livest ock for a number of years, was a member of the democratic pa! rty. He served his party as assessor, collector of taxes, and was a Seven Hickory township supervisor and member of the county board of supervisors for several terms. He was elected clerk of Coles county in 1914, and had served his party as chairman of the Democratic Coles County Central Committee. He also had been named on numerous occasions as a delegate to the Democratic state conventions and to district and county conventions, His counsel and advice was often sought by state and district leaders. Mr. Willingham several years ago was named to a position by Secretary of State Edward J. Hughes, a position he held at the time of his death. Mr. Willingham was well liked and respected by all who knew him, and his friends included a large circle. He was kind and considerate husband and father, and was charitable to all who needed him, His friends will receive the news of his death with deep and sincere regrets.

Funeral Rites For John F. Willingham
Funeral services for John F. Willingham, Coles county Democratic leader, who died early Sunday morning at the home of his daughter. Mrs. Cahrles W. Boyer, 802 eleventh street, this city, were held at the Bushton Christian Church at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Reverend H.L. Hayes, pastor of the Charleston Christian Church presided. The church was filled to overflowing and many friends stood on the church walks during the last rites. During the services the Reverend Mr. Hayes paid a touching, timely and well deserved tribute to Mr. Willingham's private and public life. A great wealth of floral offerings, a number, including a floral piece from the Secretary of State Hughes' office, came from Springfield, and other out of town and local friends. Mr. Willingham was an employee in the Secretary of State office for over two years, a position he held at the time of his death. The casket bears were Willis Winkleblack, Alem E. Craig, L.D. Panke, W.A. Sheffer, Wlater Johnson and James Gravin, the l atter two being of Springfield. The burial was in Greasy Point (Union) cemetery. Mr. Garvin represented Secretary Hughes, and John A Wieland, state superintendent of public instruction of Springfield also attended the funeral rites.

Laura Courtney Winkler
Date of Obit: 6/30/1944
Charleston Newspaper
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Mrs. Laura Courtney Winkler, wife of Jacob Winkler, died at her home in Rardin this (Friday) afternoon, following an illness of a number of weeks. Mrs. Winkler, aged 77 years, a former resdient of Charleston, leaves her husband, three sons, Walter Winkler of Charleston, Willis (Wid) Winkler and Robert Winkler of Morgan Township and two daughters, Mrs. J.J. Walsh, of Mattoon,and Mrs. Clifford Lacey of Vincennes, Indiana., two sisters, Mrs. Mayme Wilton and Mrs. Stella Costigen of Seattle Washington, three brothers, George Courtney of Seattle, Harry Courtney of Indiana, and William O. Courtney of Mattoon. The funeral plans were not completed at press time. The body is being cared for by the Harper-Swickard undertakers.

Winkler Funeral at 3 P.M. Today
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Winkler, 77, wife of Jacob A. Winkler, will be held at the Rardin Presbyterian Church at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Reverend Paul E. Hubele, pastor of the First Christian Church, of Charleston, will preside. The burial will be made in Mound Cemetery. Friends wishing to view the remains can call the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home at any time before the body is taken to ther Rardin church for the funeral rites. Mrs. Winkler, ill for several weeks, died at the family home, in Rardin, friday afternoon.

Geo. W. Courtney
Date of Obit: 3/25/1895
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188
Charleston Courier March 25, 1895

Geo. W. Courtney died yesterday morning at his home in the east end, from the effect of a paralytic stroke. Mr Courtney was one of our oldest, most respected citizens. He was born in January, 1814, being past eighty-one years old at the time of his death. The funeral was held from the house this afternoon at 2:30, Rev Piper conducting the services in an appropriate manner. The remains were taken to the Brown cemetery for interment.

Joseph Courtney
Date of Obit: 2/21/1911
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188
Charleston Daily Courier Feb 21, 1911


Joseph Courtney, aged 69 years, residing in and near Charleston for many years, following the time honored occupation of farming, died at the family residences, two and one half miles west of the city, at 10:30 this morning. The funeral services will be held from the family residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will follow in Mound cemetery. The news of the death of Mr. Courtney was a startling shock to his friends in this city as it was only yesterday afternoon that he was in the city on business and visiting many of the stored while here. He also visited the office of Robert Wilton and while there met many of his friends, who could not at first believe the reports announcing his death. This morning at 6:30 Mr. Courtney was found lying prostrate, face downwards on the floor, by his brother John Courtney and who notified the members of his family. The man, who sustained a stroke of apoplexy, was unconscious and despite medical skill and the ministrations of his family, he died four hours later. Joe Courtney was known to the majority of the citizens of the county, as he had made this vicinity hid home for over half a century. He was industrious and was a man of good habits and ways. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Robert Wilton of Charleston, Mrs Jake Winkler of Rardin, Mrs. Dan Winkleblack of Mattoon, Mrs. Fred Costigan of Seattle, Wash., and George Courtney of Seattle Wash., and Harry and Will Courtney of Mattoon, besides his wife, several brothers and a host of friends.

Jennie Coartney
Date of Obit: 2/14/1925
Charleston Daily Courier
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Mrs. Jennie Coartney, 94, died at four o'clock Saturday evening at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Jake Winkler east of town. The funeral will be held at one 0'clock this afternoon. Burial in Mound Cemetery. The surviving children are Mrs. Jake Winkler, of Charleston, Harry and Will of Mattoon, Mrs. Robert Wilton and George of Seattle. Several grandchildren survive and great grandchildren , and some great great grandchildren, including James and Lee Lynch.

Kathryn Galbreath
Date of Obit: CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS, 1/29/1938
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188


Mrs. Kathryn Galbreath, aged 71 years, wife of James A. Galbreath, 403 Twelfth street, died in the family home this morning at 6:20 o'clock after a lingering illness. The body was removed to Clark Funeral Home, 1117 Jackson Street, to be prepared for burial. Funeral services have not been arranged. Mrs. Galbreath leaves her husband and six children. She was a widley known citizen, popular and highly respected. Mr. and Mrs. Galbreath formerly resided in Ashmore township.

John H. Toland
Date of Obit: 4/14/1916
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

John H. Toland, aged 76 years, died at the family home a half mile east of Bushton, at 10:30 Friday night. Death is attributed to a complication of troubles. The funeral services will be held from the family home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Rev. Charles Pier, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be made in Greasy Point cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife and the following children: Luther M. Toland of Georgetown; Miss Amanda Toland and John T. Toland of Longville, Minn., Mrs. John F. Willingham of Charleston; Mrs. Ollie O'Hair O'Hair of Bushton; Mrs. Harry Chittenden of Frankfort, Ind., and Fred and Edward Toland of Bushton. The death of Mr. Toland makes the first to occur in the family circle.

Victoria Toland
Date of Obit: 5/26/1929
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188


A Mrs. Toland living a mile east of Bushton passed away at an advanced age Sunday evening. She was Mrs. Victoria Toland, aged 84, widow of John H. Toland. The following children survive: Luther of Bushton, Mrs. Ollie O'Hair, Mrs. John Willingham, Ed Toland, Mrs. Harry Chittenden of Charleston, John T. Toland of South Dakota and Fred Toland of Bushton. The funeral will likely be held Wednesday afternoon, with burial in Greasy Point cemetery.
[Charleston Daily News]

Date of Obit: 3/7/1953

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

MRS. ALICE SNYDER DIES AT HOSPITAL Mrs. Alice Dunlap Snyder, 78, widow of the late Will Snyder, died at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Charleston Hospital where she had been receiving treatment. Mrs. Snyder's condition had been critical for several days. The body was removed to Lewis funeral home, 815 Jackson Street to be prepared. Friends may call there after 1 P.M. today. Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, with burial to follow in Roselawn cemetery. Mrs. Snyder leaves two children, Aubrey Snyder of Charleston and Mrs. Mabel Gilbert of Chicago. Her husband, the late Will Snyder, died in 1941. She made her home at 703 Eleventh street.

Mrs. Mary Winkler
Date of Obit: 4/9/1957

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188
Mrs. Mary Winkler Dies Here Today

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Winkler, 65, wife of Walter E. Winkler, a retired employee of the Nickel Plate Railroad, died about 1 a.m. today in the Charleston Hospital, where she had been removed a short time prior. She suffered a heart attack. Her body is in the Clark Funeral Home, 1117 Jackson street. Mrs. Winkler was born March 8, 1892 in Ashmore Township. Her parents were James and Catherine (Wilson) Galbreath. On September 2, 1919 at Lincoln she married Walter E. Winkler and they made their home in Charleston. Mrs. Winkler was a registered nurse, having received her last year of training at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. She had worked at the Charleston hospital and during World War II she taught and adult class in home nursing through the Red Cross. Besides her work in the Red Cross, Mrs. Winkler was an active member of the Charleston Methodist Church, the Ladies Auxillary to the American Le gion, the Women's Relief Corps, the Ladies Auxillary to the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and the Friendship Club. in addition to her husband, Mrs. Winkler is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Catherine) White of Columbus, Ind., and Mrs. Perry (Mary) Willmot of Chicago Ridge; a son Kenneth of Greenup; a sister, Mrs. Rush (Annie) Meyer of near Charleston; four brothers, Walter Galbreath of Decatur, Max Galbreath of Batavia, James Galbreath of DeKalb and Clifford Galbreath of near Charleston and six grandchildren. The Winkler home is at 1515 Jackson street.

Walter E. Winkler
Times Courier, Charleston, IL, Date of Obit: 12/14/1978

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Walter E. Winkler Charleston- Walter E. Winkler, 91, of Charleston died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday at Fontableu Nursing Center. Funeral Services will be held at 1p.m. Saturday at the Caudill King Funeral Home with burial in Mound Cemetery. Vistitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. Friday. Born Feb 15, 1887 in Seven Hickory Township, he was the son of J.A. and Laura Courtney Winkler. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Galbreath September, 1919. She preceded him in death in April, 1957. He then married Jessie Bitner, 1959 and she died in 1976. Survivors include two daughter, Mrs Mary Willmot of Tinley Park and Mrs. Catherine White of COlumbus, Ind., three step daughters, Mrs. Esther Craven of Oakland, Mrs Barbara Walsh of Flora, and Mrs. Aline Clark of Akron, Ohio, a brother Robert WInkler of Charleston and eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth, a brother and two sisters. Mr. Winkler was a retired railroad conductor.Hhe was a memebr of the Charleston Community Church, American Legion, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and was a veteran of WWI.

Kenneth Winkler
Newspaper Name: Charleston Times Courier, Date of Obit: 2/1/1978

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Greenup- Kenneth E. Winkler, 52 of Greenup, formerly of Charleston, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at Carle Hosptial in Champaign of a heart attack. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Mr. Winkler was born Dec. 19, 1924 in Charleston to Walter E. and Elizabeth Galbreath Winkler. He married Jean Willingham on Aug 10, 1947 she survives. Also surviving are a son Mark and a daughter Ann, both at home, his father, Walter E. of Charleston and two sisters Mrs. Don White of Columbus Ind. and Mrs. Mary Willmot of Tinley Park Ill. Mr. Winkler was a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite of Danville, the Toledo American Legion, the Greenup Kiwanis Club and the Greenup Methodist Church. He was a teacher for 27 years at Cumberland High School.

Dorothy Jean Winkler
Newspaper Name: Charleston Courier, Date of Obit: 11/12/2002

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188
Greenup- Dorothy Jean Winkler, 77, of Greenup died 3:29 p.m. Monday (Nov. 11, 2002) at St. John's Memorial Hospital in Springfield. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with the Pastor Tim Pierce officiating. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Charleston, a daughter of Frank and Ruth Snyder Willingham. She married Kenneth Winkler in 1947; he died in 1978. Survivors include one son, Mark Winkler of Maryville, a daughter Ann Hinrichs of Collinsville, and one grandchild. Mrs. Winkler, a retired teacher of 25 years was a member of the Greenup United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made ot the Greenup Library or the Greenup United Methodist Church.

Alice V. Toland
Date of Obit: 4/15/1924

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188
Mrs. Alice Toland called to death

Mrs. Alice V. Toland, aged 66 years wife of L.M. Toland, Bushton resident for the past seven years, died at the family home in that village at 5:30 o'clock on Tuesday evening after weeks of illness of years, the last six weeks of which had been serious. Death is attributed to complications of diseases. The funeral services will be held at the Christian Church in Bushton at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon with the Rev D.C. Carnahan officiating. Burial will be made in Greasy Point Cemetery. Besides her husband she is survived by two children. Thomas Powers of Danville, and Mrs. Carrie Bailey of Metcalfe. Six brothers and three sisters also survive. James McClure of Decatur, Jean and Harvey McClure of Peoria, Mrs. Carrie Breats of Peoria, Mrs. Josephine Bailey of Decatur and Mrs. Mary Westaver of Princeton. Mrs. Toland was an ideal Christian woman, a true and loving wife and mother, charitable neighbor and a excellent friend to all. She was very much devoted to her home and family.

Mary Willingham
Date of Obit: 9/1/1923
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Death Calls Mrs. I.W. Willingham
Mrs. I. W. Willingham, aged 55 years , a lifetime resident of Seven Hickory township, died at the Oakwood Hospital at 2 o'clock on Sunday morning following and illness of since Thursday. Death was caused by acute indigestion. The funeral services will be held at the family residence, then miles northwest of Charleston at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. J.D. Ewers, former Charleston pastor, now of Ridgefarm, officiating. Burial will be made in Greasy Point Cemetery. Mary A. Jarvis, born in Seven Hickory township, Coles County, on July 7, 1868, was married to I. Willis Willingham, of that township. on October 22, 1889, at Charleston. Then Childers were born into the union, six of whom survive: Mrs. Walter Stites of Rardin, Mrs. Harold Scott of Champaign, Mrs. Harold Green of Charleston, Donald and Cecil, at home, and Miss Irma Willingham an teacher in the schools of Springfield. A sister, Mrs. J .W. Hardway, of near Arcola, also survives. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and was an active member of the Ladies Aid of that organization. She also held membership in the Home Bureau, Seven Hickory unit.

Mrs. Margaret Ellen Cash
Charleston Daily Courier, Date of Obit: 8/1/1949

Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Mrs. Margaret Ellen Cash, mother of Mrs. A.J. Snyder, of this city, passed away this (Monday) morning about 2:30 o'clock in a Tuscola private home, where she had been receiving treatment and care the past two years, she has resided in the Arcola vincity practically her entire life. On May 11, 1856, she was born in Edgar county, Illinois, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson. She married Harry C. Cash on September 5, 1878. His Death occurred March 28, 1941. Besides Mrs. Snyder, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Zeta Roberts, of Arthur; two sons, Bert of Champaign and Earl of Arcola; a brother Charles Wilson of Champaign; eight grandchildren, including Mrs. F.B. Willingham and Harold J Snyder of Charleston and six great grandchildren including Mrs. Kenneth E. Winkler. The funeral will be he Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Shrader Funeral Home Arcola w ith the Reverend Mr. J C. Gearhart, officiating. The interment will be in the Arcola cemetery. Mrs. Cash had been in failing health for the past six years.

William Snyder
Date of Obit: 1941
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

William W. Snyder, 67, of Fair Grange, widely known as "Bill" Snyder, died of a heart attack Saturday night at the home of Dillard Hill. on the river, east of Charleston, near route 16. Mr. Snyder has been suffering from heart trouble. The body was removed to Clark's Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be in Mound cemetery. Mr. Snyder has been taken to the home of Mr. hill by a son, who found him dying when he returned for him. The Hills were not at home at the time Mr. Snyder arrived and the son, not knowing it, returned to town.Mr. Snyder leaves his widow, two Mabel Gilber, two grandchildren, and children, Aubrey Snyder, and Mrs. Mabel Gilbert, two brothers, Charles and Jack Snyder of
Charleston. Coroner Clark said there would be an inquiry into Mr. Snyder's death.

William H.. (Bill) Snyder, widely know Charleston resident, was found dead at the home of Dillard Hill, east of Charleston near the Embrass river and Route 16, about 7:45 o'clock Saturday evening. He was found by his son, Aubrey, who at 6;30 o'clock has taken his father to the Hill residence and left him there, thinking Hill was home. An inquiry conducted Coroner Horace V. Clark revealed that the man was a victim of a heart attack.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock this (Monday) afternoon at the Clark Funeral Home. 1117 Jackson street, with Mrs. Jesse McNutt, a reader of the Christian Science faith, presiding. Burial was in Roselawn cemetery.
Mr Snyder, born on a farm 12 miles north of Charleston, on December 19, 1873, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Snyder, had spent practically all of his life in Seven Hickory township and Charleston. Early in life he studied music at Dixon and for a number of years taught music in the vicinity. He had farmed for some years. He was married to Alice Dunlap in 1901 at Denver Colorado, where he and his wife made their home for about a year following their marriage. Surviving Mr. Snyder are: his widow, a daughter Mrs. Mable Gilbert, of Charleston, a son Aubrey Snyder of Charleston, and two brothers, Charles and Jack, both of Charleston.

Jacob (Jake) Winkler
Submitted by: Ann Hinrichs -
Source #188

Charleston Daily Courier
Thursday September 24, 1953

Jake Winkler, 91, Dies Near Bushton

Jacob (Jake) Winkler, 91, Mattoon formerly of Morgan township, died about 5:00 a.m. today in the home of a son, Robert Winkler, east of Bushton, where he had been visiting. He has been under medical care for some time. His body is in the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, 720 Monroe street, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The burial will be in Mound. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday.
Mr. Winkler was born February 11, 1862, in Illinois. He was a son of Young Ewing and Margaret (Sousley) Winkler. He married Laura Belle Courtney in Charleston on February 10, 1886. She died June 30, 1944.
Mr. Winkler had resided in Morgan township the greater part of his life. He moved to Mattoon about three years ago. Surviving are the following children; Walter E. Winkler, Willis Winkler, Charleston, and Robert Winkler, in whose home his death occurred, Mrs. Margaret Walsh, Mattoon and Mrs. Marie Lacey, Columbus, Ohio. He also leaves 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Robert Winkler
Newspaper: Oakland Messenger
Submitters Name: Ann Winkler Hinrichs, -
Source #188

The Oakland Messenger
Thursday March 22, 1906

Robert Winkler
Word came to the city, Tuesday, of the death of Robert Winkler of Bushton. The man died, Monday night about 9:30. He was an old resident of that section having lived there since before the war. He was about 70 years old. He was a Mason and requested that that order bury him. The lodge of this city was asked to attend to the body.

Name of Deceased:
Submitters Name: LINDA ROTTNEK

Obit: Grandfather Palmer died after a short illness oct. 8. His remains was taken northeast of loxa for burial. (Salem cemetery)

James A. Wright
Delegate From Illinois Dies
D. A. V. Convention Pays Tribute to Deceased Representative
Death cast sadness over the D. A. V. of W. W. convention yesterday [June 25, 1931] when one of the delegates, James A. Wright, 36, of 2669 Prairie avenue, Mattoon, Ill., died in Mercy hospital [Wilkes-Barre PA]. A period of prayer and silence as a tribute was paid to the gassed and wounded veteran by the other delegates in session at Coughlin high school when word was received of his passing. Wright was a member of Eighty-Fourth Division, 309th Supply Train and saw service on the western front. He was employed at Mattoon as chief assistant clerk in the office of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis railroad. He came to this city on Sunday afternoon and registered at Hotel Terminal. He was taken ill that evening and was treated by Dr. A. V. Sloan of this city and Dr. B. C. Bahr of Kansas City, Mo. He was removed to Mercy hospital where he died of diabetes, aggravated by war injuries.

Wright was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Moose. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Wright of Mattoon survive him. The body was taken to the chapel of Funeral Director M. J. McLaughlin, 126 South Washington street, and last night it was sent west to Mattoon. Many floral pieces, expressions of sorrow from brother veterans and a guard of honor accompanied the body.
[Published in the Wilkes-Barre Record, Wilkes-Barre PA, Friday, June 26, 1931, Page 4. Submitted by Claire Moran]

Sarah Ricketts
Died at Charleston, Ill., on the 31st ult., Miss Sarah Ann Ricketts, aged 37 years, formerly from Washington county, Ohio.
[Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) February 7 1856 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Sarah Ann Duckworth
Newspaper: Unknown, November 1979
Submitters Name: Misty
Mattoon - Mrs. Sarah Ann Duckworth, 89, formerly of 1413 Champaign, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with James R. Dolson officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
She was born Oct. 28, 1890, in Alcorn, Ky., a daughter of Daniel Boone and Martha Ann Davis Williams. She married Henry Duckworth in January 1909 in Charleston. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Emily Dolson of Mattoon and Mrs. Carl (Martha Mae) Dannenburg of Terre Haute, Ind.; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, one brother and one sister.
Mrs. Duckworth was retired from the Brown Shoe Co. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Berea, Ky.

Rev. Robert D. Rosebraugh
Windham, Portage County, Ohio
Rev. Robert D. Rosebraugh, 70, of 1919 Garling Drive, Bloomington, died at 1:20 a.m. Friday (Feb. 12, 1999) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, the Rev. David Gaffron and Rev. David Dees officiating. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church Monday. Rev. Rosebraugh was born May 11, 1928, in Charleston, the son of Willard and Ruth Naab Rosebraugh. He married Mary Leone Weaver on June 19, 1948, in Charleston. She survives in Bloomington. Other survivors include one daughter, Marcia (Tim) Koemer, Simsburg, Conn.; two sons, Robert Mark Rosebraugh, Danville; Warren Dale Rosebraugh, Boston; two sisters, Eleanor Rice, Charleston; and Carol Bullock, Forney, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Additional survivors include four grandchildren, Lindsay Kremer, Hanna and Megan Rosebraugh, and Shelby Rosebraugh. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rev. Rosebraugh was a member of the Illinois Great River Conference of United Methodist Church for 43 years, the Masons, and the Danville Scottish Rite Bodies. He served on many committees including the Superintendency Committee for the United Methodist Church.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree, received a Master of Divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University. He taught and took all courses toward his Doctorate degree at Kent and Southern Illinois University.
Rev. Rosebraugh served in Evangelical United Brethren/United Methodist Churches in the following communities: Danville, Springfield, Lerna, Zion Hill, Vergennes, Halidayboro, Joy, Catlin, Illiopolis, Mount Alburn and Lexington, all in Illinois, and Windham, Ohio. His hobbies were woodworking and renovating his home.
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois (Moncelle Family Files - Submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier]

Hindsboro: Mrs. P. Breeden was interred at the Greasy Point cemetery, Friday. There were five interments there last week.
[The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Westfield: Uncle Thomas White, an aged citizen of our village, was called away by Him who giveth life both here and hereafter, on last Thursday morning. Had he lived until the 20th of May he would have been 88 years old. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. Chittendon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Burnap, where he had for years made his home. Having passed through the greater part of the 19th century he was well posted in civil and political affairs. He remembered the war of 1812, and also more of the Blackhawk war.
[The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Kirby Smith, a former Queensware merchant of Mattoon, is reported drowned at Cincinnati. [Mattoon Journal quoted by Charleston Plaindealer]. (The Charleston Plaindealer, June 23, 1887)

A CARD... The undersigned tenders his sincerest thanks to the many friends who so kindly rendered aid and sympathy during the illness and the funeral of his wife. It is by these kindly offices that the bereavements and sorrows of this life are alleviated and made possible to be borne. FREDERICK GRIFFITH
(The Charleston Plaindealer, June 23, 1887)

J.H. Sawin, of Loxa, was recently killed by the breaking down of a Coles county bridge while he was crossing it on a traction engine. The law requires the drivers of traction engines to lay heavy planks on a bridge for the wheels to run on when crossing, but Sawin neglected to do this and paid the penalty with his life. [Newton Press, July 31, 1889]

Mrs. Jessie Reed, who recently, with her husband moved to Humbolt, Coles county, died on the 3rd inst. Her remains were brought to the Fairfield cemetery and laid to rest last Wednesday. Deceased leaves a husband and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. [Newton Press,Oct. 12, 1887]

The wife of Mayor Frank Kern of Mattoon died last week. [Newton Press,October 7, 1891]

In speaking of the recent terrible railroad disaster at Ashtabula, Ohio, the Cumberland Democrat says: "Clarence Gage and J.B. Hazelton, of Charleston, Ill., are reported among the killed." [Newton Press, Jan. 11, 1877]

Andrews, Wm. T. - an old citizen of Crooked Creek township, died Sunday. Uncle Billy was for many years a respected resident of this county. Five children survive him. Emory Andrews, city attorney of Mattoon, is a son. [Newton Press, Nov. 9, 1892]

JOE WOODFALL CALLED BY DEATH - Joe C. Woodfall, aged about 38 years, is dead at his home in Salem, according to word received by relatives here early this morning. Mr. Woodfall, well known in this city where he lived until moving to Salem to work in the shoe factory, died at 12:55 o'clock this morning of pneumonia following a short illness.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Armstrong Wooddfall, and a son, Joe Jr., aged about 14. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Woodfall living north of town, also survive, as well as three sisters, namely: Mrs. Milt Foreman of Seven Hickory, Mrs. Arthur Wyeth and Esther Woodfall, both of this city and two brothers, Robert and Jack Woodfall.
[December 28, 1932 - submitted by Src #168 ]

Mrs. Andy Hite
The remains of Mrs. Andy Hite were interred in the Fairview Cemetery Friday.
[Oakland Messenger, Oakland, IL, 14 Aug 1896 - Submitted by Src #2]

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Zimmerman, Mrs. J. W. Peak, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Norton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Kluzel, Mrs. Clara McGahey and Mrs. C. W. Snyder attended the funeral of Mrs. Bovell at the Presbyterian church in Ashmore, Wednesday. Mrs. Bovell was 96 years old at the time of her death at the home of a nephew near Olney. She was the wife of Rev. Bovell who preached in Oakland many years ago. Rev. Bovell officiated as minister at the weddings of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Kluzel, Mr. and Mrs., Dunlap McGahey, Mr. and Mrs. Van Annin and probably many others in this vicinity. [
Oakland Messenger -Thursday March 12, 1925 - Contributed by Src #2]

Glen Friddle
Former Oakland Man Killed in California
Mrs Lawrence Campbell received word last week that Glen Friddle, a former Oakland boy, had been killed in Newmen, California in an auto accident. He was a son of John Friddle and was born and reared near Oakland.
[28 Mar 1929, The Oakland Messenger - Contributed by Src #2]

Ritchie -- The 2 month old daughter of Mr and Mrs Harvey Ritchie passed away at their home west of town Tuesday morning. The little one was brought to the home of Mr and Mrs Everett Hunt Tuesday afternoon and the funeral held there Wednesday afternoon Rev. Goleman officiating. Interment in Oakland cemetery. [28 Feb 1929, The Oakland Messenger - Contributed by Src #2]

Robb - The infant daughter of Mrs. Charles Robb has followed its mother to the grave. "Mattoon Gazette, Friday, 13 November 1885 [Contributed by Src #168]

GIDDLE - Henry Giddle, an industrious and honest German citizen of Mattoon, fell dead at the Big Four freight depot, Wednesday, of heart disease. He was employed as drayman and had his wagon about half loaded when the final summons came. His death is a loss not only to the family but to the entire community. He was about 65 years of age. The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]

George W. Arnold
Ends his Life in Toolhouse Shed
Despondency over Lack of Work believed Cause

George W. Arnold, of 700 North 21st Street committed suicide Wednesday night by hanging himself to a joist in the tool house in Calvary Cemetery. Despondency over lack of steady employment is believed to have been the cause.
The body was found shortly before 7:00 o'clock this morning, by Richard Goetz, assistant cemetery sexton, when he looked through a window of the tool house to ascertain a means of entrance. He had found the door unlocked, but wired shut from within. Mr. Goetz telephoned to police headquarters and Sergeant Bence and Patrolman Swanson responded. They notified the corner's office and the body was removed to the Schilling morgue. So far as is known, the suicide left no note or letter explaining his act.
Wife Knew of No Cause
"Mr. Arnold left home about 6:30 Wednesday evening to go uptown.", said Mrs. Arnold. "I have not seen him since then. I do not know why he should take his own life..." Mrs. Arnold has employment at the Hotel U.S. Grant. Mr. Goetz saw Mr. Arnold going north in North 21st Street about 5:50 Wednesday evening. At the time he was near Shelby Avenue.
The time of the suicide is not known. Corner's attaches and the police are of the opinion that this occurred early Wednesday night. Robert Goetz, a younger brother of Richard Goetz, "watered plants" at Calvary Cemetery as late as 7:00 Wednesday evening, but he did not observe Arnold on the premises.
Only Part Time Work
Mr. Arnold has been an employee of John A. Goetz general contractor, for the last eight or nine years, but during the depression had only part time work. Lately he had been employed occasionally at Lake Mattoon. He is known to have carried a key to the cemetery tool house, as he sometimes worked for Mr. Goetz at that place.
"I thought something was the matter with Mr. Arnold when I saw him in 21st Street late Wednesday afternoon." said Richard Goetz.
[The Mattoon Journal ~ Gazette. August 18, 1933, Contributed by Src #3]

Gage - We are sorry to say after a long illness, Joseph Gage, one of the most worthy citizens of Coles County, expired Monday morning, and was interred Tuesday at two 'o clock, privately. - Herald [The Cumberland Democrat, 5 Nov 1885, Contributed by Src #168]

Williams - "Dr. R.F. Williams known in every part of Clark County and loved by all, died yesterday at his home in Casey, after long continued but patiently borne suffering. We regret that further particulars on him are not now at hand.-Eastern Illinoisan [The Cumberland Democrat, 5 Nov 1885, Contributed by Src #168]

FLEMMING - A fatal accident occurred near Mattoon, Ill., on Tuesday last. A young son of 'Squire Flemming, while watering his horse in Whitney's Creek, ran his hand through a slip-noose of a rope halter about the horse's neck, dropping the bridle, and went to reading. Some wild ducks flew up out of the water, frightening the horse, when it threw the boy from the saddle, and started headlong, dragging him at his heels for three or four miles, until every shred of clothing was torn from his mangled body, and until the rope was worn in two, when the boy was left dead by the road side. [Defiance Democrat, Defiance, OH, April 22, 1871]

CHARLESTON - Mrs Pearl M. Jenkins., 87. died at 8:45 am Saturday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services are set for 2 pm Tuesday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston. Visitation is from 5 pm to 8 pm today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mound Cemetery in Charleston. Mrs Jenkins was born March 23, 1894 in Greenup, daughter of Henry and Emma (Wilkins) Legg. She married Edward M. Jenkins June 25, 1913. He died Sept 6, 1970.
She is survived by two sons, Donald and Harold, both of Charleston; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Francis) Ferguson of Charleston, three sisters, Mrs. Earl (Lorene) Latta and Mrs. Mary Webb, both of Greenup and Mrs. Stella Justice of Traer, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers. Mrs. Jenkins was a housewife.
[Unknown newspaper, 9 Nov 1981 - Sent in by src #154, transcribed by K. Torp.]

CHARLESTON - Funeral service for Pearl M Jenkins were held Tuesday at the Caudill- King Funeral Home with the Rev. Will Boar officiating. Organist Mrs Verne H Barnes played selections including " How Great Thou Art" and Good Night and Good Morning". Casketbearers were Rex and Jim Ferguson Lowell, Mark and Scott Jenkins and Mark Flaherty. Burial was in Mound Cemetery. Mrs Jenkins died Saturday morning at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
[Unknown newspaper - 11 Nov 1981 - Sent in by src #154, Transcribed by K. Torp]

Joshua Horton Hayes

Joshua Horton Hayes, aged 75 years, a veteran of the Civil War and a resident of Coles County for many years, died at the family residence, Third and Van Buren Sts. at 8:15 pm Friday evening after an illness of but one week. His death is attributed to apoploxy. The funeral service was held at the family residence Sunday afternoon at 2:0'clock. Burial followed in Mt. Tabor cemetery.
The funeral service called a large number of relatives and friends to the home of sorrow Sunday afternoon where a beautiful service was held. The home was filled to overflowing with the friends and the floral tributes were beautiful. The burial rites were attended by a large number of our people and James H., McClelland, J. W. Evans, S. G. Huntington, John W. Reynolds, Richard Hampton, and J. K. P. Weaver acted as pall bearers.
Horton Hayes who was a highly repected and well known citizen, was born in Hamilton Co., Oh. Dec. 31, 1837, and came to Illinois when a very small boy and which had been his home every since. When he was twenty-four years old he heard the call of Lincoln for defenders of the country and he enlisted in Co., C., 8th Illinois, and served the four years with honor and distinction. He was in the battles of Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Shiloh, and Ft. Donaldson. On June 11, 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Lemons and nine children were born to this union. The wife and eight children as follows: William Hayes, Otis Hayes, and Miss Della Hayes of Iowa; Mrs. Albert Valentine of Kokomo, In., Sam Hayes, Charles Hayes, Miss Mattie Hayes and Miss Margaret Hayes of this city, survive him. Two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Walker, and Mrs. Margaret Landrus of Charleston, also survive him.
[Unknown newspaper, unknown date - submitted by Src #196]

James Lumbrick
Funeral services in memory of James Lumbrick, well known and respected Charleston township citizen, who died at the family home, two and a half miles east of Charleston, at 9:50 o'clock Wesnesday night, following a short sickness as the result of receiving a stroke of paralysis, were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Church of God, with the pastor, the Rev. C.F. Rogers, and the Rev. D. H. Rupp of Buda, Illinois, conducting the last rites. The church was filled with the many friends of the deceased, who had asssembled for purpose of paying their last resects to the memory of a man held high in their esteem and community. The floral offerings, wondeful in their beauty and selection, were from the numerous out of town and home friends. The services were beautiful and impressive, and a timely tribute was paid by the pastor in his discourse, in which the many good virtues, life and character of the deceased were enumerated. At the conclusion of the services the remains were reverently carried to the hearse by the pall bearers, Clarence Lumbrick, Arthur Lumbrick, J. P. Reasor, M. Lowell Reasor, A. O. Huckaba and Tillman Reeds. A large cortege of sorrowing relatives and friends escorted the body to Mound Cemetery where they were laid to rest under the auspices of the Charleston Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
James Seth Lumbrick, son of Samuel Lumbrick and Phoebe (Bates) Lumbrick was born in Charleston township, Sep. 14, 1844 and died Nov. 3, 1920, aged 76 years. He was born on the farm where he died, his entire life, excepting the time he served in the Civil War defending his beloved country and to preserve the union. He served in this great conflict from Sep. 6, 1862 to July 13, 1865, with Co. C., 123rd Illinois Volunteers. He was recruited at Charleston, went into rendezvous at Mattoon Sep. 6, 1862, and was mustered into service. On Sep. 9, he left Mattoon for Louisville, Ky., and arrived at Camp Wilder, near Louisville, the next day, and on Oct 1, he left with his company for central Kentucky in General Jackson's division, and seven days later engaged with the enemy at Chaplain, Il. From there to Danville, Ky. where he camped a few days, when he was transferred to Munfordsville, Ky, and from that time, Oct. 28, until Nov. 30, he was engaged in watching and guarding the Green River bridge. His company was ordered from there to Carthage, Tn. but later went into camp near Gallatin, Tn. and on Dec. 26, the brave boys were ordered back to Kentucky after Morgan. After their return as far as Bear Willow and Cave City, the company was ordered to the front to join Rosencran's army, and arrived in Murfreesboro, Tn., Jan. 11.
On Feb. 15, a part of the regiment, numbering 250, was attacked at Pierce's Hill by about 500 of Morgan's forces, but after a short and sharp engagement Mr. Lumbrick and his companions came out of the battle victorious, without the loss of a man. March 20, in the engagement at Milton, one man was wounded. April 19, the regiment started for Minnville, where Col. Wilder's forces destroyed the depot, captured a train and a large number of prisoners, and then marched to Liberty, Alexandria, Lebanon, and intermediate points, returning to camp on the 30th. On May 12 they were transferred from Col. Hall to Col. Wilder's brigade to be mounted. This brigade took part in all battles from Chattanooga, Tn. to Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Lumbrick was married to Miss Clementine Nicholson at Charleston March 12, 1872. to this union five children were born, namely: Anna Jane, now Mrs. J. P. Reasor of Hindsboro; Phoebe Estella, now Mrs. C. D. Cottingham, Northwood, Ia; Charles Clarence of Terre Haute, In.; Arthur, of Danville, and Miss Mary Ethel, at home, who with the wife and mother survive Mr. Lumbrick. A sister, Mrs. F. M. Reed, of Paris, also survives him.
[unknown date. Probably Charleston newspaper - Submitted by Src #196]

John Haughton Willingham
John Willingham, Sr., aged 81 father of former Count Clerk, John F. Willingham, was found dead in the yard surrounding the Walter Willingham residence, northwest of Charleston, at about 6 o'clock Wednesday evening.
Mr. Willingham, who apparently was in the best of health, had gone out in the yard after supper to take a little airing. He was found lifeless on the ground a few minutes later, by his grandson. A coroner jury which was conducted, consisting of Perry Grove, John Driscoll, Harry Etnire, George Hughes, G.C.Cottingham, and T.E. Stevens, was summoned by Deputy Coroner Shilling, found that Mr. Willingham came to his death from causes unknown. Heart failure is the presumable cause of death.
Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral services at the Christian Church in Bushton, beginning at 11 o'clock Friday morning. Burial will be at Greasy Point Cemetery.
Mr. Willingham, who made his home in Coles County since 1875, was a veteran of the Civil war. Born in Missouri, he moved with his parents to Cumberland county, Illinois, when a small boy.
At the outbreak of the Civil war he joined the Union army and served throughout the campaign. When the war closed, he retired to Cumberland county, once more, and took up the occupation of farming, which vocation he followed for the remainder of his life. Mr. Willingham has been making his home with his son, Walter, since retiring from active farming.
The deceased is survived by five sons and one daughter respectively: Norman Willingham, of Bushton: Willis and John F. of Seven Hickory township: Edmond, of Charleston: Walter, who farms northwest of Charleston: and Mrs. John Irby of Mattoon. The wife of the deceased died many years ago. [
Charleston Courier, Feb 27, 1919 - Submitted by Src #188]

Anna Somers
Newspaper: Mattoon Gazette
Date: 3 Feb 1882
Submitted by
Source #199
Mrs. Anna Somers, dughter of Mr. J. L. Abell, of our city, and elder sister of Barrett, Hamilton, Lyde and Maggie Abell, died at the residence of her father, on Western Avenue, of consumption. She has been afflicted with this dreadful disease for some time, but only confined to her bed a few weeks. The funeral took place this morning at 10 o'clock, being conducted by Rev'ds J.M. Bennett, of the Baptist, and J.I. McNair, of the Presbyterian churches. The deceased leaves two or more children. She was a member of Lodge No. 26 of the Royal Templars of Temperance, in our city, and through that order leaves $1,000 to her children.

Major Charles Eastin
Death of the first White Male Child Born in Lexington. Ky. Major Charles Eastin, who was the first white male child born in Lexington, Ky., died at the residence of his son, Capt. J.M. Eastin, in this city, Saturday afternoon last, verging closely on 90 years of age. He married in Shelbyville, Ky.,
in 1803, and from there emigrated to Indiana, while it was yet a Territory, and settled at Madison. He volunteered in the war of 1812 and '14 under Col. Dunn, of Indiana, and was in Gen. Harrison's campaign in the Northwest. After the war was over he was elected a militia Major, a title he bore ever afterwards. Maj. Eastin removed from Indiana to this State in the spring of 1830 and settled about eight miles west of this city
(Charleston, IL). What is now Coles county was then Clark. Coles was formed by the Legislature the fall or winter succeeding the spring that Maj. Eastin settled here. He was therefore a citizen of the county before it had received its present name. Maj. Eastin has been entirely blind for some six or seven years past. His aged wife and five children, out or thirteen, three daughters and two sons, survive him. [Charleston (Ill.) Courier 21st. --- Chicago Tribune - Sep 29, 1865]

Mildina Ricketts
The body of Mildina Ricketts, age 84, who died September 27, at 809 West Eleventh Street, will be taken to Charleston, Ill., for burial.
(The Topeka Daily State Journal, Saturday, September 27, 1919, transcribed by Jim Laird)

Mosias Jones, s/o James D. & Martha Peyton Jones, was born Jan 1 1842 near Lexington, Ky. Died Dec 4 1924, Coles Co., Il. Married Celia Jane Pruett, d/o Henry & Sarah Massey Pruett about 1868 in Coles Co.
They had children: Eliza Belle, Sarah Ella, Harvey B., Lilly Mae, Samuel J., Nora Myrtle, Bertha Ann, Phoebe Jane. The father, James D. Jones, died when Mosias was young and he went to live with his Uncle Joseph Peyton until he was 19 years old. He lived in Charleston with the exception of three years that he spent in Kansas where he experienced a buffalo hunt. Mosias enlisted in the Civil War in Co. G, 54th Volunteer Reg't at Coles Co. Mosias and Celia lived at the Jess O'Harra place from 1868 to 1870. He then moved to the Dorman place from 1872 to 1874. In 1875, Mosias loaded his family into a covered wagon and joined a wagon train for Kansas where he settled near Larned. The family only stayed a short time and then moved back to Coles Co. and moved into the old Douglas school house, east of Charleston. In 1886 he moved to a 40 acre farm in the Seven Hickory township.
[Unknown original source, submitted by Source #123]


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