James Shoemaker, Sr.
Charleston, Ill., April 18 - James Shoemaker, Sr., a pioneer resident of Coles County, aged 76 years, died Thursday afternoon. He was a member of the 123rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, in the Civil War, and had held various county offices. [The St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, Mo.), April 19, 1901, Page 14]
Stella Janes Anderson
Stella Janes Anderson, age 91, of Charleston, passed away 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at Convalescent Care Center, Mattoon.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Stella Janes Anderson was born December 30, 1909, in Cumberland County, Illinois, a daughter of George Washington and Gertrude Milda (Tanner) Janes. She married Victor Corbin Anderson May 2, 1931 in Lerna, Coles County, he preceded her in death February 1, 1976.
Surviving are her children, Jane Anderson and her husband Bruce of Mattoon and Ronald Anderson and his wife Shirley of Charleston. Also surviving are grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jeff Cox and his wife Kim of Champaign; Rhonda Hostetter and her husband Randy and their children Holly and Chrissy of Mattoon; Angela Fisher and her husband Jay and their children Madison and Megan of Charleston and Ryan Anderson of Effingham. A brother, T. V. Janes and his wife Lee of Lady Lake, Florida and several nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Betty Jane Anderson; a brother, John Janes; and a sister, Bertha Harris.
Mrs. Anderson was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She attended the Charleston Teacher's College, now Eastern Illinois University and taught thirty-one years in Charleston and Lerna area schools, retiring from Lincoln School in Charleston. Stella was a member and served as the first Senior Regent in 1950 for Charleston Women of the Moose, was a fifty year member and Past Worthy Matron of Leah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the local, state and national Retired Teachers Associations; Railroad Trainmen and Railroad Women's Auxiliary of Railroad Trainmen. [unknown newspaper, c. Feb 2001]
Darla Jane Bennett
RARDIN, IL – Darla Jane Bennett, age 72 of Rardin, Illinois went to be with our Lord on Saturday, April 6, 2013 while at her Charleston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center home. In accordance with the wishes of her family, her earthly body will be cremated and a Private Family Graveside Service and Inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, located south of Charleston. Arrangements have been entrusted to Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston.
Darla was born on June 29, 1940 in Three Springs, Pennsylvania and was one of twelve children born to the late Dallas and Leora Fleck. She married John Bennett on January 5, 1965 in Silver Springs, Maryland. She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years, John (Bob) Bennett of Rardin; three children, Ron Bennett and wife Luann of Lerna, Illinois, Julie Young of Charleston and Cheryl Myrick and husband Shannon of Gray Court, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Holly Pennington and husband Andrew, Ronnie Bennett and wife Kim, Jessica Dukeman and husband Mitch, Travis Bennett, Leandra Young and fiance Tommy Coffey and Ian Myrick; six great-granchildren; eight siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Edgar Bennett; a great-granddaughter; and three siblings.
Darla was a woman of faith and attended both the Oakland Christian Church and North Side Baptist Church in Charleston. She worked hard at making their house a loving home for her family. She enjoyed baking and cooking and everyone looked forward to her homemade ice-cream. She loved her family wholeheartedly and always looked forward to spending time with them. Her children and grandchildren treasure many fond memories of board games and card games which she so enjoyed playing. Her presence will be missed in the lives of her friends and family who dearly loved her. [JG-TC Tuesday, April 9, 2013]
Thomas A. Bennett
LERNA – Thomas Alan Bennett, 35, of rural Lerna, died Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, as a result of a traffic accident.
The funeral service honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, rural Charleston. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses or to a college fund for his children.
Tommy was born October 18, 1973 at Charleston, Illinois, son of Larry H. and Cheryl (Stout) Bennett. He married Lana Rogers, November 25, 2003 at Mattoon; she survives; also surviving are his children: Kelsey Bennett, Caleb Bennett, Corey Bennett, and Cayden Bennett, all of Mattoon; his mother: Cheryl Bennett of Kansas; one brother: Todd Bennett and special friend David Lagace of Danville; and grandmother: Hallie Stout of Charleston. He was preceded in death by his father: Larry H. Bennett; his maternal grandfather: Coy Stout and paternal grandparents: Homer Bennett and Dorothy Bennett Cook.
Tommy was a truck driver and attended Broadway Christian Church. He enjoyed four-wheelers, stock cars, and motorcycles. He was a great husband, father, and son, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. [Unknown newspaper, c. June 2009]
Thelma Collier, 85 years, 10 months, and 11 days old of Bartonville, IL, passed to Heaven on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington, IL.
Thelma was born January 13, 1928 in Keltner, MO, to Virgil and Maggie (Chapman) Horner.
She married the love of her life, Noah Collier on October 4, 1948 in Harrison, AR. Noah and Thelma had 63 loving years together. They were blessed with two children.
In her earlier years Thelma worked at Belwood Nursing Home and recieved the Employee of the Year Award. Thelma was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxilary Post # 979 of Bartonville, IL. She enjoyed bowling and watching the Chicago Cubs.
Thelma was known for her flower gardens, her beautiful crocheting and her love for her family. She always had a kind word for everyone she met. Thelma will be remembered for her beautiful smile and the love she showed to everyone. Her family will miss her tremendously.
Thelma was preceded by her parents, her loving husband, Noah, two brothers, Leon and Cleon, and two sisters, Dorothy Howerton and Marie Locklear.
Thelma is survived by her son Larry and wife Trina, Collier, Pella, IA, her daughter, Janice Collier, Bartonville, IL, and fiancé Russell Varney, Forsyth, MO, two grandchildren, Benjamin Collier, Denver, CO, and Amanda Albritton, Farmerville, LA, three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Chance and Bentley, Farmerville, LA, and one sister, Barbara Horner, Forsyth, MO.
Thelma's family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Farmington Country Manor for the loving care they provided to her. Funeral services for Thelma will be Friday, November 29, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, MO, with burial in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. [Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 27, 2013]
Dr. Erik P. Conard
Erik Paul Conard passed away October 31, 2006 in Arvada, CO. He was born April 28, 1936 in Wichita, KS to Karl and Evelyn Conard.. He graduated from Lyons High School, Lyons, KS, Hutchinson Junior College, Hutchinson, KS, and Kansas State Teachers College; Emporia, KS Conard also attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS. He received a master's degree in Spanish linguistics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of education from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He was a member of the Arvada Elks Lodge 2278, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and the Jeffco Sertoma Club. Conard is survived by his wife, Grace of Arvada; daughter and son-in-law Kathryn and Patrick Allen of Boulder; son Warren of Arvada; sister, Karen Tappan of Topeka, KS; nephews, Jon Tappan of Huntington, WV, and Jeff Tappan of Maple Hill, KS; great nephew, Benjamin Tappan of Huntington, WV, and great niece, Randi Tappan of Maple Hill, KS. A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Aspen Arvada Chapel 6370 Union St. [Unknown newspaper, c. Nov 2006]
Earl Abston and Paul Cutright
Train Kills 2 Youths, Asleep
Kansas City, Mo., Nov 8 - Earl Abston, 20 and Paul Cutright, 19, both of Charleston, Ill., were killed by an Alton freight train when they apparently went to sleep on the tracks. Two companions, Lewis Bates, 20 and Lewis Levy, 21, also of Charleston, leaped to safety. The youths had planned to hitch a ride home on the freight. [unknown newspaper, c. Nov. 1934 - tr. by K.T.]
Richard Eugene Ferguson
Former Safford resident, Richard Eugene Ferguson, died in Flagstaff on April 10, 2013, in the company of family and friends after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Wendell, Idaho, to Richard A. Ferguson and Anna Elizabeth Bidle, he always considered Arizona home.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1972 during the Viet Nam War aboard the USS Ranger. In 1990, he started work for the City of Flagstaff in traffic engineering, retiring in 2006. Among many projects, he designed the train silhouette sign used to designate Historic Downtown Flagstaff.
After retirement, he traveled in pursuit of Scottish history and heritage in the United Kingdom and United States, studying Ghaelic in Scotland, representing Clan Ferguson USA at Scottish Parliament in 2009 and attending Scottish and Celtic festivals throughout the U.S. and U.K.
He participated in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Marshal Cimarron and the Oak Creek Gang and Dry Gulch Players and the Highland Rogues Historic Reenactment group portraying the Scots’ role in English and American history. As a founding member of the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society, he was instrumental in getting the annual Northern Arizona Celtic Festival started in 1999, now in its 14th year. He established the Scottish American Military Society William C Dunlop Post 2000 in Flagstaff and was a life member of SAMS. Richard was an active member of the American Legion, Northern Arizona Shooting Range Association and a regional vice president of Clan Ferguson Society of North America. His friends knew him as Rick, Eoghan or Fergie, depending on the activity.
He is survived by wife, Anna Whorton; sons, Gavin Ferguson (Tiffany) and Cabel Whorton (Marvelle); grandchildren, Cannon, Keo, Analee, Avram and Kien; and sister Clara (Vernon) Page, of Clifton. His father, mother, and sister, Joan Taylor predeceased him.
A gathering to celebrate Richard’s life will be held in Flagstaff on June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Cochise Ramada, Fort Tuthill County Park. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society has established a Ghaelic language study scholarship in Richard’s honor. [Eastern Arizona Courier, c. April 2013]
"Interment will be at Mt. Tabor Cemetery south of Charleston, at a later date. "[From JG-TC, c. April 2013]
John Gillum, 93, of Springfield, died at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2004 at his home. John was born July 16, 1911 in Defiance, Ohio the son of William Morgan and Bertha Belle Shoemaker Gillum. He married Margaret Lucile Gwin May 31, 1938. Mr. Gillum received his Masters Degree from University of Iowa. He was employed as a Metallurgist for Sangamo Electric for 30 years. He was a member of Metallurgical Society, Don't Mention Age (DMA) Club of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Cracker Barrel Speaker's Club and Sangamo Retirees Senior’s Group. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Winifred Holaday. He is survived by his wife: Margaret of Springfield; two daughters: Janet Plohr of Sherman, Susan Londrigan of Safety Harbor FL; five grandchildren: Bill Plohr II, Ann Plohr Rayhill, Gwin Londrigan, Jill Londrigan, Joel Londrigan; two great grandchildren; Hannah Rayhill, Vaughn Rayhill and several nieces and nephews. Cremation will be accorded by Cremation Tribute Center, 900 S. 6th St. Springfield. Family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2004 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2004 at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Coles County, IL with Scott Brindley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of donor’s choice. The family of John Gillum is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 900 S. 6th St. Springfield. [source: tributes.com]
Mary A. Creager
LERNA — Mary A. Creager, 74, of Lerna, formerly of Decatur, died Thursday (March 18, 2004) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at Adams Funeral Chapel with Pastor Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, rural Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel. She was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Oreana, daughter of Francis and Dreamus Creekmur Sickles. She was formerly married to Lloyd Kater and Jack S. Creager. Survivors include four sons, Steve Enlow and John Creager, both of Lerna, Lowell Kater of Charleston and Dennis Kater of Ashmore; her mother, Dreamus Sickles; three brothers, Merle Dean, Gene and Darrell Sickles; two sisters, Avis Stech and Evelyn Rawlings; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother. Ms. Creager was a retired real estate agent in the Deactur area. She was a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Decatur, a member of the Universal Life Church in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the Mattoon Senior Center and American Business Women's Association in Decatur. [20 Mar 2004, Journal Gazette-Times Courier, Charleston, IL]
Wesley C. Anderson
Charleston, Ill.— Wesley C. Anderson, 77, well known farmer, died Wednesday at his home in the Mt. Tabor community, after several weeks' illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at Mt. Tabor Methodist church, with burial in adjoining cemetery. Surviving besides his wife, Gertrude, are two daughters, Mrs. Hester Carrell and Mrs. Dorothy Miller, and a son, Victor Anderson, all of Charleston. [Daily Journal Gazette, June 22, 1944]
Charles Emerson Hussong
C. Hussong Of Charleston Dies
CHARLESTON, Ill.- Charles Emerson Hussong, 22, died Tuesday evening in his home here following an illness of a week. Funeral services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday in the Harper-Swickard funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor cemetery. He is survived by his mother, a sister, a brother, and two half brothers. [Daily Journal Gazette May 6, 1953]
Russell Lowell Hussong
Charleston, Ill.. Dec. 10.- Russell Lowell Hussong, four-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hussong, passed away at 1 o'clock Monday at the home of his parents, 1320 A street, following an illness of several days. The funeral services were conducted at the Harper funeral home, corner Eighth and Monroe streeths, at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning. Burial was made in Mt. Tabor cemetery. [Decatur Review December 18, 1928]
Died at Charleston
Mrs. O'Brien, a Former Decatur Woman, Succumbs after long illnes
Mrs. Olive O'Brien, wife of Daniel O'Brien, a well known Clover Leaf conductor, died Tuesday night at her home on Sixth street after an illness of several months. The deceased was born in Vandalia in 1862, and was united in marriage with Daniel O'Brien in 1881. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters and one son, Mrs. L. Steuer, Omaha, neb., Miss Mabel and Gregory O'Brien. The remains will be taken to Vandalia Friday morning for interment. Charleston Correspondent of Mattoon Star.
The deceased was for a number of years a resident of Decatur, her husband then being a conductor in the Wabash railroad. They had many friends here. For a number of years Mr. O'Brien has been trainmaster and conductor on the Clover Leaf and has made his home in Charleston. [Decatur Herald March 4, 1904]
CHARLESTON, Jan. 17- Charles Heddins, 85, who had lived on a farm six miles southwest of Charleston, for 82 years, died at 11:40 o'clock Tuesday night following an illness of influenza. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Mt Tabor church, southwest of Charleston. Rev. F. M. Tate, of Lama, will probaly officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor cemetery.Mr. Heddins is survived by his widow, and the following children: J.L. Heddins of Champaign, J.W. Heddins of Charleston, Mrs. Verne Cochran, Mrs. Charles Lanman, and Mrs. Carl Olmsted, all of Charleston. Mrs. C E. Wood of Antioch, Chauncey Heddins of Charleston, Arthur Heddins of Greenup, Earl Heddins of San Angelo, Cal, Mrs. Will Sampson of Lerna, and Clark Heddins of Charleston. There are several grandchildren and great grandchildren who also survive. Mr. Heddins was the last member of his family. He was a member of the Baptist church, a faithful and devout member. Mr. Heddins was well known, a very popular citizen. Ha was quiet and unassuming, and possessed many friends. [Decatur Evening Herald, January 17, 1929]
Louis J. Gibler
Mattoon, Ill, Sept 10 - Louis J. Gibler, founder of the Gibler Band of this city, is dead. The funeral escort today, headed by the mayor and the city council of which he was a member, consisted of the bands from Charleston, Sullivan, Shelbyville, Neoga, and Mattoon, nearly every member of which Mr. Gibler had instructed in band music. He was a faithful soldier in the civil war, and the funeral ceremonies were under the direction of Mattoon Post, G.A.R. [Friday, September 11, 1896; Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL)]
Giles G. Guthrie
Died, At Charleston, Ill, August 28, Giles G., youngest son of S. E. and Fannie J. Guthrie, aged 10 months and 25 days. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, September 14, 1870; JD, Sub by FoFG)
Florilla F. Blakeman
Near Charleston, Ill., Jan'y 2[?], 1863, Florilla F. Blakeman, wife of Eben Blakman, aged 2[6?] years. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, April 8, 1863; JD, Sub by FoFG)
David W. Spencer
Died, In Coles county, Illinois, on the [17 ?] of February last, of pleurisy, David W. Spencer, formerly of Leyden, in this county, aged 23 years. [Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday, April 14, 1842; JD, Sub by FoFG]
Rosa Services Are Held Today
Rev. W.I. Blair, Terre Haute, Ind., officiated at funeral services held at 1 p.m. today for Joseph Rosa, Mattoon, at the Caudill Funeral Home. Masonic services were also held with George Thomas acting as master, Arthur Wiseman, chaplain, and Jed Gallagher, secretary. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery. Mrs. Verne Barnes played organ selections during the service. Casket bearers were Masonic Lodge members, Arthur Wiseman, C. Paul Coon, Charles Tucker, George Thomas, J.B. Swann, Jr., and Don Jenkins. Mr. Rosa, 89, former Charleston resident, died Sturday evening at his home, in Mattoon. He was born Aug 26, 1871 in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of James and Maggie Rosa. He was married in 1932 to the former Myrtle Stull. Mr. Rosa was a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge No. 35, Royal Arch Chapter and Order of the Eastern Star. He was an interior decorator and a member of the Brotherhood of Local Painters and Decorators Union 90 of Springfield, and was a member of the Methodist Church of Freeport. He is survived by his wife; three daughters in Pittsburgh; a step-daughter, Mrs. letha Wines, Mattoon; a step-son, Elmer Craig in California; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the oldest and last survivor of ten children. [unknown newspaper/c. 1960. Submitted by Gary Weslager; transcribed by K.T.]
Alexander P. Dunbar
DEATH OF COL. A. P. DUNBAR
One of Coles' Oldest Citizens Gone to Rest.
Last Wednesday morning at the opening of the Circuit Court, Col. O. B. Ficklin arose and made the following address to his honor, O. L. Davis, and the members of the bar:
May it please your honor it becomes my painful duty to state to the court that early this morning the Hon. Alexander P. Dunbar departed this life at his residence in Charleston. He was ill only a few days, and this morning about six o'clock he arose from his bed, thinking he could breathe easier as he seemed to feel better when up, but soon fell back and expired from neuralgia of the heart and chest. Col. Dunbar was the first resident lawyer in Charleston and was here when the site of the city was a forest and only a few log cabins marked the present city of Charleston. This has been his home since 1831 to 1883 the time of his death. During these long years he has been favorably known to the citizens of Coles and his merits duly appreciated. A pioneer in the settlement of the country and in the practice of law, he endured the toils and privations of frontier life. Col. Dunbar several times represented the people of Coles in the legislature. As a tribute of respect to the memory of the Hon. A. P. Dunbar, I suggest that a bar meeting be held, at such time as your honor may designate, to adopt appropriate resolutions in commemoration of the melancholy event.
The court in accordance therewith appointed J. R. Cunningham, O. B. Ficklin, A. J. Fryer, H. A. Neal and J. W. Craig a committee to act in the premises.
By the death of the late Col. Dunbar, which occurred in this city, last Wednesday morning, the county loses an old citizen whose history is concurrent of that of the county itself. Col. Dunbar came here and assisted in the second survey of the town of Charleston in 1831, and has lived to see the growth of a city of no mean magnitude; a county divided into three prosperous counties, and a state then containing very nearly the same population as the present county of Coles, attain the astounding proportions necessary to accommodate thirty-five hundred thousand people. Col. Dunbar began as a young man with the young county, when the name of Jackson was upon every lip; when the echoes of the recently hushed voices of Jefferson, Adams, Madison and even Washington were yet resounding throughout the depths of a crudely settled wilderness. During his life he has heard the battle cry of this nation in the war of "12;" the Seminole war; the Blackhawk war; the Mexican war; and the great rebellion, and has witnessed the birth and death of party after party and statesman after statesman.
He has witnessed the effect of the philosophy of Jefferson, the iron hand of imperious Jackson, the downfall of the brilliant yet erratic Burr. He is common with the citizens of America, of that day, has heard the powerful Webster, magnificent Clay, the scholastic Calhoun, the unparalelled triumviate in our country's history. Starting out in company with Stephen A. Douglas, he has been astounded at the success of the little giant in securing a seat in the legislature at 21, and continuously going higher until 1860 when he was defeated for the chief magistracy of the United States by another and warmer friend and college of Col. Dunbar -- Abraham Lincoln. Col. Dunbar has beheld himself distanced by almost every one of his fellow members of the bar from 1831 to 1840, yet he has lived to see the mourner weep about their tombs. It is true that are now and then one left, but the race is well nigh passed from earth to the great unknown. The events which have occurred between the trial of Col. Dunbar's first course in 1831 and the hearing of his last 1883 have filled scores and scores of volumes. [Mattoon Commercial, 3 May 1883]
Willie M. French
Willie M. French Dies Wednesday -- Willie Maldon French, 81, of 2613 Marshall, died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. He had been in failing health during the past 10 years. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The Schilling funeral home is in charge. Mr. French was born October 30, 1879, near Allenville, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie French. He married Lillie Thomas in 1911 in Mattoon. She died in 1953. Mr. French was a farmer for several years. During the last 30 years, he operated a local hauling business. Mr. French was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are two sons, William, Mattoon and Monroe, who resides in Alabama; two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Whitley, East Gary, Ind., and Mrs. Charlene Passanti, who resides in Michigan, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. [Mattoon Journal Gazette, Oct 1961; Sub. by Sandra Witte-Taylor]
Millie Sarah Simons Thomas
MRS. THOMAS RITES SUNDAY AFTERNOON - Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Sarah Thomas, 85, who died Friday afternoon at her home, 604 Broadway, will be held at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Assembly of God church. Rev. A.L. Todd will officiate, and burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Mitchell funeral home until the hour of the services. [possibly Mattoon Daily Journal Gazette, Nov 1946; sub by Sandra Witte-Taylor, who adds "Millie Sarah Simons Thomas was my great grandmother"]
VENERABLE WOMAN IS CALLED BY DEATH - Mrs. Fannie Fickes, One of the Oldest Residents in This Vicinity, Dies at home in Trilla - Special to Journal Gazette - Trilla, Ill., Nov. 18 - Mrs. Fannie Fickes, aged ninety years, the last member of a family of thirteen children, passed away this morning at .:30 (cannot read) o'clock at the family residence in this village. Death was due to ole age and to a general breakdown in health. She had been in failing health for several years. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Trilla church, formerly a church of the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination, with which she had held membership for seventy-two years. Rev. Coleman of Bethany will have charge of the rites. Mrs. Fickes was a native of Ohio, her birth being on June 19, 1825. She came to Illinois when she was only twelve years old and lived in Cumberland and Coles counties for seventy-eight years. Mrs. Fickes was married five times, her last husband, John Fickes, passing away about twenty years ago. Her widowhood spanned over about one-third of the time of her adult life. Mrs. Fickes' first husband, was E.D. Bresee, father of J.M. Bresee of Mattoon. George Thomas was the second husband. Bishop Shores the third and Henry Frish the fourth. Surviving are four children, these being by the first and second husbands; one child, William Thomas, passing away in Mattoon about two years ago. The living are S.O. Beals of Trilla, J.M. Bresee of Mattoon, Charles Thomas of Blairstown, MO, and E.D. Thomas of Wadsworth, Tex. The children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Mrs. Fickes make a total of ninety-two. Seventy of this number are still living. Three of the number of great grandchildren are members of the fifth generation. [Mattoon Daily Journal Gazette, 18 Nov 1914; Sub. by Sandra Witte-Taylor] -- Note: Five Generation article of 7-1-1911 states Fannie Fickes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Celie Hayes. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1837, the family settling in Coles County, near where the village of Trilla now stands.
Mr. John Fickes, aged 75 years died at his home in Trilla last Friday morning, and was buried in that place Sunday. The deceased was a brother of Samuel Fickes of this city, and well known in this vicinty, having resided in Coles Conty 54 years, and was much respected by his neighbors. He leaves a wife and two sons - Journal. [Mattoon Weekly Gazette, 30 Dec 1892 - Sub. by Linnea Fickes Peltola]
Lillie A. French
Mrs. W. French Dies Suddenly -- Mrs. Willie M. French, 66, 2613 Marshall Avenue, died of a heart ailment in Memorial Hospital at 4 a.m. today. Mrs. French suffered a heart attack in her home Tuesday morning and entered the hospital for treatment that afternoon. Funeral services will be held in the Schilling funeral home Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the French Cemetery at Allenville. Mrs. French was born at Paradise, April 15, 1887, as Lillie A. Thomas, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dorie Thomas. She married Mr. French in Mattoon, Feb. 11, 1911. He is a retired dray service operator. Besides her husband, Mrs. French is survived by two sons, David M. and Willie A., Mattoon; and two daughters, Mrs. Charlene Passaniti, Rantoul, and Mrs. Nellie C. Whitley, Gary, Ind. She is also survived by three brothers, Blane, Clark and Walter Thomas, all living in California; and three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Copeland, Mattoon, Mrs. Nellie Button (Butter), Texas, and Caludia (McLain), Portland, Ore. Note: An additional surviving brother was not listed, Arthur Noble Thomas of Indianapolis, Ind., who died in May 1962. [Mattoon Journal Gazette, June 1953; Sub. by Sandra Witte-Taylor]
Illness of Lungs Caused Death at Home of Daughter.
The death of J. P. Glascock occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Francis Garrick, 1002 West Clark street at 11 o'clock Friday morning. Mr. Glascock had been ill for some time and his death was caused from congestion of the lungs. He was 79 years of age and was born in Kentucky. He was married twice and on the second marriage moved to Mattoon, where he lived for some time. From there, he came to this city about a year ago. The body was taken to Mattoon for burial. [Urbana Daily Courier, 28 January 1905]
Georgia Grant Funeral to be Held Tomorrow
Funeral services for Georgia Grant who died at 7:20 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of her brother, John Gray, who resides at 607 South Lincoln avenue, Urbana, will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at Renner's funeral home, Rev. S. E. Fisher officiating. The deceased was born March 4, 1869 in Mattoon. She later married Joseph Grant who died in 1913. For 16 years she has been a resident of Urbana. Interment will be made in Mattoon. [Daily Illini; 20 March 1929]
Gladys Treat Hadden
ALUMNA DIES OF INFLUENZA
Mrs. Gladys Treat Hadden '16, died Wednesday night at Mattoon after a short illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Hadden was transferred to this University from Oberlin in 1915. Last year she was married to Lieut. Chester Hadden '16 who died in camp last spring. For the past two years Mrs. Hadden has been head of the household science department in the Mattoon high school. Miss Edna A. Treat, an instructor in the School of Music in the University, is a sister of Mrs. Hadden. [Daily Illini; 6 December 1918]
Funeral is held for Herman Kratzer
Funeral services for Herman Kratzer, 909 West California street, were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mattoon. Burial was in Newton. Mr. Kratzer, an agent for the Prudential Insurance Co., died suddenly Sunday afternoon following an attack of acute indigestion. He had been in normal health and had attended church services Sunday morning. He was 38 years old. Mr. Kratzer came to Champaign-Urbana six months ago from Mattoon. He was married in 1931 to Miss Esther Brown of Mattoon, who survives. He also leaves two sisters and one brother of Millington. [Urbana Daily Courier, 2 July 1935]
Mattoon, Ill., April 23 - Mrs. Harriette Gibler, 69 years old, died to-day. [The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.), April 24, 1903, Page 4]
J. Vandeventer died this morning after an illness of several weeks. [The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.), April 24, 1903, Page 4]
Charleston, Ill., March 27 - John Hildreth, a wealthy, retired farmer, died here this morning. He was born in Sag Harbor, NY, in 1823 [Thursday, March 28, 1895, Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois)]
Mrs. Lizzie Ficklin, a sister of the late Senator Alfred H. Colquitt, died at Charleston, Ills. [The Madisonian. (Virginia City, Mont.), October 05, 1895]
Benjamin F. Anderson
Cut In Halves by the Cars.
Covington, Ind., Dec. 21. - Benjamin F. Anderson, a conductor on the Toledo, St. Louis and Kansas City railroad, was killed at Silverwood, this county, Saturday afternoon, while trying to couple a stone car to the main train. The wheel of the car passed along his entire side, cutting off his right leg and arm and otherwise mangling him, killing him instantly. Anderson was about forty-five years of age, and lived in Charleston, Ills., where he leaves a wife and family. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Masonic lodges being well advanced in the higher degrees of the latter. [The Evening Bulletin. (Maysville, Ky.), 21 Dec. 1891]
Mrs. H. E. Ronalds
RONALD'S DEATH REMAINS A POISON MYSTERY
The death of Mrs. H. E. Ronalds, wife of a physician and alderman of Maton (sic), Ill., is still a mystery. One point has been determined in the coroner's laboratories in this city. Mrs. Ronalds died from the effects of poison, possibly carbolic acid. Whether the drug was taken by the woman intentionally, accidentally, or whether the affair is a murder case, the Mattoon authorities are unable to determine. Two servants and the widower are under guard, separated. Coroner Hoffman has called for other organs of the deceased woman to investigate a report that carbolic acid was placed in the stomach as a blind only and death was caused by an unknown and occult drug. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 05 Jan. 1915.]
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Ritter, who has been seriously ill for quite a number of days, died Tuesday morning. These young people, who were so justly proud of their little first-born, will have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois) • 4 Apr 1884, Fri; Page l]
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L.P. Loomis, of Rosendale, Wis., died this week from a serious attack of whooping cough. Mr. and Mrs. Loomis, who were residents of this city for a number of years, and he an eminently successful pastor of the Congregational church of the city, have still a large circle of friends here who will learn with much regret of this shadow which has fallen across their pathway. Many long years, however, of unbroken bonds of domestic bliss have vouchsafed to these dear friends more than the ordinary lot of human happiness and even in this serious affliction the sunshine in the mother's face will not be quite dimmed by the shower of heavy tears that have overtaken her in this, the summer of her life. The sympathy of those among their old parishioners who have similar heart histories will now be especially appreciated. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, IL) ¦ 4 Apr 1884]
Albert Johnson was born in Crawford county, Ills., December 25, 1861. His boyhood was spent with his father on farm in his native county, where he formed those habits of industry and a character that were ever afterward manifest in his life. Four years ago he came to this city to make his brother Benjamin's house his home. He his kindness and consideration deepens the attachmont of both his brother and his brother's family to him and won him many friends. He was married last June to Miss Keeney, with whom he lived happily until so soon and suddenly they were separated by death. He was engaged as ___man on the __ St. L. road, and on Monday he went to Terre Haute, where he became the ___ [faded] Tuesday ____ [paper faded] of sympathizing friends. As his memory is cherished, may the lesson of his sudden decease lead many to daily live for the better world. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, IL)8 Jan 1886, Fri]
Okaw - Died January 1, of scarlet fever, Edwin, youngest child of Tira and Lina Ellis, late of this place, but now living at Union Center, Cumberland county. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois); 8 Jan 1886, Fri]
Frank Cook, a former resident of this city, and who had many friends among the young folks, died in Kansas City early in December of consumption. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois); 8 Jan 1886, Fri]
George Ahrens, a young farmer living south of town, committed suicide last Friday. The following is the result of the coroner's inquest: We, the undersigned jurors, having been duly sworn according to law, to make dilligent inquiry into the cause, how, by whom or by what means, the deceased George Ahrens came to his death, do find that he came to his death by strychnine poison administered by his own hand, Jan. 1, 1886. James L. Scott, foreman; Richard Heap,Chas. W. Robb, J. F. Michael, J. S. Hall. H. M. McFall, M.D.; Wm. Kemp, Coroner, Coles county, Ills.
James C. Stevens
Trolley Dead are Seventeen
Mattoon, Ill., Sept 4 - James C. Stevens died, being the 17th death caused by the wreck on the Mattoon-Charleston interurban road last Friday. Mrs. William Miller, who was thought to be fatally injured, is improving. [The Red Cloud Chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.), 06 Sept. 1907]
John B. Briscoe
John B. Briscoe, formerly postmaster and a wealthy farmer of Charleston, Ills., died of softening of the brain Sunday. Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 20 Dec. 1899
Robert Dora, the well known rancher, received word this week of the death of his mother at her home in Charleston, Ills. Mrs. Dora died on Saturday last, Aug. 13, at the age of 73 years. Mr. Dora left here Sunday to attend the funeral. Besides the son, Robert, six other children are left to mourn her loss. [Yellowstone monitor. (Glendive, Mont.), 18 Aug. 1910]
John M. Mitchell
Charleston, Ills., Nov. 8 - News has been received here of the death of John M. Mitchell in Beirut, Syria, where he had gone a year ago to teach in an English college. He was preparing for the ministry in the presbyterian church. Death was the result of an accidental shooting. His home was in this city. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 08 Nov. 1899]
Mrs. Nancy Capps died at Effingham last week. She was formerly a resident of Coles county, having come here at an early day. The remains were buried at Dry Grove Cemetery. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois) 29 Apr 1892]
Morris H. Kelly, who at the time of his death, which occurred on the 21st of December, 1904, was receiver of the land office at Aberdeen, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the year 1849, of Quaker parentage. His father, John Kelly, was a farmer by occupation, making that pursuit his life work. He married Elizabeth Hunt and they became the parents of eight children. Good educational advantages were afforded the family and Morris H. Kelly, after attending the public schools, continued his studies in the Quaker Academy at Bloomingdale, Indiana. When a young man he left home and went to Farmer City, Illinois, where he engaged in the hardware business. Thinking that he would find still broader opportunities in the new but growing northwest, he came to South Dakota, moving a stock of goods to Ashton, where he arrived on the 3d of March, 1882. He opened the first hardware store in the town and conducted the business successfully until July, 1887, when he went to Aberdeen. There he joined the Western Farm Mortgage Company, of which he became treasurer. He was connected therewith for a number of years. Later he was made receiver of the land office and continued to acceptably fill that position to the time of his death.
Mr. Kelly was not only active in a business way, but also in connection with public affairs. He was interested in everything that pertained to civic progress and improvement and for several years did excellent service for the city as a member of the city council. He was also a member of the building committee at the time the Mitchell library was erected. He believed in the employment of each opportunity and in many ways he demonstrated his devotion to the public good, even though he would derive no individual benefit therefrom. In 1872 in Tuscola, Illinois, Mr. Kelly was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Glasgow, who was born in Charleston, Illinois, a daughter of Kimball Glasgow, a native of Hardin county, Kentucky, who removed to Charleston, Illinois, at an early period in the development of that place. He was extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising in that locality, being one of the leading representatives of agricultural interests there. He married Margaret Reat, of Ohio, and they were the parents of eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly had a family of four children, namely: Mrs. A. W. Vodish; Margaret R.; John R., who is now a lieutenant in the United States army; and Herbert G., deceased. Mr. Kelly voted with the republican party and was always ready to support his political position by intelligent argument. He stood very high in Masonic circles, was most active in the order and attained an honorary thirty-third degree, given only in recognition of valuable service to the craft. At one time he was grand commander of the grand commandery of the state. In his passing death removed one of the valued citizens of Aberdeen, for he was reliable and enterprising in business, loyal in citizenship, faithful in friendship and devoted to the welfare of his family. [Source: History of Dakota Territory, George W. Kingsbury, Vol. 4, 1915; Contributor: Karen Seeman]
Farmer's Skull Crushed
LERNA, Sept 23 - M.C. Wortham, 62, was seriously injured today on his farm here with a piece of timber, falling off a new silo he and his son were building, struck him on the head. Doctors held out little hope for his life. His skull was crushed. [Daily Illini, 24 September 1930]
Charleston, Ill. - Frank Axtell, 29, carpenter, East St. Louis, killed. Big Four train. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 30 July 1912
Frances Louise Fasig
Charleston, IL - FRANCES LOUISE FASIG, 73, Magnolia, Ark., formerly of Charleston, died Monday (Oct. 18, 1993). Survivors: brothers, Oscar of Charleston; John Brazzell, Oakland (IL); sister, Penny Williams, Magnolia, Ark. Memorial graveside services will be held at a later date in Ashmore Cemetery. Arrangements: Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston. [Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - October 21, 1993]
Mike J. Knoch
Montana Pioneer Dead: Mike J. Knoch, an early pioneer of Montana, probably the last survivor of the party of ten that came through with John M. Bozeman in 1863, died at Bozeman from heart trouble. He was born in Charleston, Ill., and was about 77. [The Enterprise. (Harlem, Mont.), 13 Aug. 1914]
A Rejected Lover's Crime.
MATTOON, Ill., July 19.-A young lady named MOCK, living in the north part of the city, was shot Monday night by Charley MILLER, a mail carrier. It appears that he was in love with her and that she rejected his suit. He was refused an interview and soon after shot her through the window of her room. She will recover. Efforts to catch him proved futile. Early Tuesday morning his body was found floating in Hogue's pond, about 1 mile from the scene of the shooting, with three pistols wounds. It is thought he killed himself. [The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN) July 22, 1893, page 2]
Frances Josephine Nelson
Mrs. Frances Josephine Nelson, 76, of Mattoon died 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, Mattoon Memorial Hospital, Mattoon; born Coles County; married Jesse W. Nelson Feb. 16. 1912; leaves husband: son John W., Decatur; brother John F. Keller, Mattoon; sisters Helen Keller, Mrs. Ray Ashworth, both of Mattoon; services 1:30 p.m. Friday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon; burial Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon; call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. [The Decatur Herald and Review, (Decatur, IL) 25 Dec 1969, pg. 49]
Adolphus D. Boyd
Adolphus D. Boyd, 75, of Charleston died 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Charleston Community Hospital, Charleston: born Coles County; married Delpha MeCormick Dec. 15, 1923, Greencastle, Ind.; leaves wife: sons Jack, John, both of Charleston: Franklin, Winnie, Tex.: daughters Mrs. Rosemary Rardin, Mrs. Francis Melton, both of Charleston: Mrs. Eva Mae Richy, Lafayette, Ind.; brother Charles, Ashburn; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; services 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston; burial Union Cemetery, Rardin; call after 4 p.m. Friday. [The Decatur Herald and Review, (Decatur, IL) 25 Dec 1969, pg. 49]
Hugh M Brown
Brown Found Dead at Soldiers' Home
Hugh M Brown, 51, former Mattoon resident, was found dead Sunday morning in a water-filled trench on the grounds of the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy. Apparently the body had been in the concrete trench all night, and the pit filled with water from a heavy rain during that time. A head injury from a steel bar set in the concrete was thought to have caused death. Results of a coroner's inquest are not known here, but it is thought that Mr. Brown fell into the 10-foot-deep trench which was being installed to hold heat pipes. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Soldiers and Sailors Home, with burial in the National cemetery at Quincy.
Mr Brown was born near Allenville Aug. 22, 1895, a son of Mr. and Mrs N. C Brown. He was a Purple Heart veteran of World War I. He married Miss Vivian Jones of Mattoon in June 1919. Mr. Brown was a Central Illinois Public Service Co. electrician in Mattoon until going to the Home in 1938. He was a patient in the Home and part time attendant. Surviving are his wife; his father at Toledo, and a brother, Vernon of Mattoon. Mr Brown was a member of the VFW at Quincy. [Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL) 2 Jun 1947; pg. 1]
Stephen R. Coddington
Stephen R. Coddington was born in Union Village, N. J. May 14, 1829. This was near and perhaps Valley Forge itself, a place historic in the war of the revolution. When about three years of aegis parents moved to Terre Haute, Ind. At that time when railroads were unknown, it was a longhand tedious journey in wagons, occupying six weeks in going across this wild country. At Terre Haute the lad grew to manhood and established a reputation for being an upright and careful long man in all his dealings with others.
At twenty-six years of age , Feb. 6, 1855, he was married to Miss Louise J. Hinkle, with whom he lived a happy life to the day of his death. To them were born ten children. Of these four are dead. There survive Mrs. O.C. Robertson, of Decatur, Mrs. P.B. Linn, Mrs. J.F. Lytle, Mrs. W.E. Fee and Miss Nellie Coddington, of Mattoon; Mr. C. D. Coddington of Topeka Kansas. With these his long loved wife, brother and other dear friends are left to mourn the loss of a faithful brother, loved husband and tender father.
Having lived his youth in the pioneer days of the west, he spent the rest of his days in its growing pro(s)perity. In 1865 he came to Mattoon, then quite a village, and formed a partnership in the lumber business with B.C. Hinkle. This partnership lasted 23 years , during which time he accumulated some property , upon which he was enabled to live in comparative ease the rest of his life. In this connection he was not only active and energetic but so conducted himself with men as to show an amiable and pleasant disposition with all. And to prove himself a just and upright man , never having been known to use unkind or unpleasant words in his dwellings. It is said that he had no enemies and was loved and esteemed by all who knew him. These qualities were recognized by the people so that he was honored with official position on the school board, in the city council, and at the time of his death was president of the National Building and Loan Association in this city.
His declining years have certainly been peaceful ones, as he has been surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren, all of whom have been kind to him and tried to make his life a pleasant one. His extensive acquaintance with outside people, and his well known business ability always made his company desirable, and at no time was in in danger of being forgotten by a sometimes forgetful public.
As a pioneer Mr. Coddington's memory will always be cherished by the younger generation, the one that can know the cares of the preceding one which struggled to make this the garden spot of the world: but it can do reverence to the memories of the honored dead, and and see that flowers are ever kept green upon the graves, as a token of the recollections stored in the head and heart Of this representative class of people, Mr. Coddington was an honored member. He was converted and became a member of the Methodist church when about 16 years of age, since which time he has endeavored to lead a christian life, and for years was an honored member of the business bodies of the church , at which he was a faithful attendant and showed wisdom in their council of the affairs of the church.
He was, as a boy, always full of life but never lost any of his character as a strictly moral boy and in his early days in the church he led a pure life and was strict in his religious duties being through youth and down to a late period in his life an earnest worker in the Sunday school.
From the first in his last sickness he was conscious of approaching death and was prepared for the change. A few hours before speech left him he repeated the Lord's prayer and then said "Happy day that fixed my choice on Thee my Savior and my God". A hymn which doubtless was one of the familiar ones at the time of his conversion. Then in a very peaceful and happy way he said "Lord, I commit my soul to Thee". He died at 3 a.am. Friday February 18. The funeral services took place at the M.E. church at 2p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20th, the sermon being delivered by W.S. Hooper, a former pastor from 1st.,IV:53. Rev. D.W.Englsh, D.D., the present pastor, Rev. I.H. Aldrich and Rev.Dr. Morton, of the Presbyterian church assisted in the service. The congregation was very large, a marked feature of which was the great number of young and old people, showing the great respect by all classes.
The floral decorations were very beautiful. Numbers of them were from loving friends in Chicago: but the most notable were the white carnations from his grandsons, Paul and Eugene Robertson, of Decatur, who being sick in bed were unable to be present. The family have the earnest sympatheticy of all the people. [Mattoon Daily Journal, February 22, 1898 Tuesday evening - Submitted by Ellen Lascola]
Richard and Clifford Luthan
20 years ago Today, Jan 28, 1913: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Luthan, living east of Etna, lose their second child by death in three days. Their son, Richard, aged five years, passed away. Two days previous a son, Clifford, died. [Journal Gazette (Mattoon, Ill.) 28 Jan 1933, p. 3]
Mrs. Harry Ennis
20 years ago Today, Jan 28, 1913: Mrs. Harry Ennis passes away at her home, 721 Broadway, after a lingering illness. [Journal Gazette (Mattoon, Ill.) 28 Jan 1933, p. 3]
Mrs. E. P. Rose
Mrs. E. P. Rose died at Mattoon, Ill. She predicted the time of her death two months ago. [Atwater Republican (Atwater, MN), May 30, 1895, p. 2]
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