Coles County Obituaries

Benjamin Hunt

The Mattoon Gazette.......Fri Jan 25, 1884
Contributed by source #13

"Esquire Benjamin Hunt died after a short illness last evening at his residence on the west side."

Contributor's Note: "They moved to Jasper Co about 1849 with sons William T (from different mother, daughter of Wm P Andrews), Marshal and daughter Dorcas, and in-laws William P Andrews and his wife Dorcas and a mixture of children. Wm P. Andrews died in 1853 and is buried in Andrews cemetery. Benjamin, Elizabeth, Dorcas and Marshal moved to Mattoon between 1860 and 1870. Wm T Hunt stayed in Jasper and is buried in Swick Cemetery."

Mrs. B.H. Hunt

Mattoon Gazette.....Fri Aug 29, 1890
Contributed by source #13

"Mrs B. H. Hunt died last Monday from diseases incident to old age, and was buried Tuesday."


Valley Morning Star Newspaper
Harlingen, Texas
29 Mar 2001
Contributed by source #14

[Names of the survivors have been omitted. Contact Mary Beth Ross at for this info]

HARLINGEN — Opal Luby Spaulding was born April 10, 1905 in Mattoon, IL. She was the thirteenth child of Joseph and Rose Luby. She married Herbert A. Spaulding and they had two children, [name omitted] and Edward Spaulding (deceased).

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law [name omitted], daughter-in-law, [name omitted], grandson and his wife, [names omitted] their daughters, [2 names omitted], also by granddaughters, [3 names omitted] all living out of state.

As a child she belonged to the "Little Blue" Union Congregational Church of Mattoon, IL. In later years she joined the First Methodist in Waco, and then in Harlingen. Opal was part of the Luby‘s Cafeteria Family. She helped manage and worked at stores in Dallas, Waco, and Harlingen. She loved to cook and was a wonderful pastry cook. During World War II she and her sisters ran the stores while the men were in the service. Early in her retirement she enjoyed traveling to Estes Park, Colorado with her sisters and family members. Her trip to Europe by ship was a story she loved to tell. Genealogy was also an interest in later years.

Perhaps the original "survivor", Opal was the last of her generation, out living even many of her nieces and nephews. She will be missed by those of us who are left. Her zeal for life and enjoyment of good food is something we will never forget. She was truly loved. Funeral services will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2001 with the Rev. Wayne Peck officiating. Committal services will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, 2 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2001.

Contributed by source #15

Ernest M., son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Towles, was born in Morgan township, Coles county, December 19, 1879, and passed away at his late home in Hutton township, April 11, 1927, at the age of 47 years, 3 months and 23 days.

Save for a few years spent in Oklahoma City, Okla, Mr. Towles has spent his entire life in Coles county. On January 28, 1905, he was united in marriage to Miss Maude Rennels of Hutton township. Three children, Henry Clifford, James Carlos, and Laura Kathryn have come to bless and brighten their union. An integrity of life, and a neighborly disposition, have acquired for them a home, and a circle of friends and loyal neighbors whose sincerity has been evidenced in ways far too beautiful for mere words to express.

Fraternally, Mr. Towles was for several years affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and later with Westfield Lodge No. 1046, A.F. & A.M. Besides his faithful wife and children, he is survived by his father and step-mother of Kemp, Ill., 2 brothers, Frank, of Kansas, Ill., and Charles Ray, of Bridgton, N. ?., one sister, Mrs. Nellie Reed, of Griggsdale, Colo, and friends almost without number. (Contributed by


Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992

Mattoon....Pearl A. Greim, 96, of Mattoon died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday (March 4, 1992) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Schilling's Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in South Hill Cemetery in Vandalia.

She was born June 2, 1895, in Ramsey, the daughter of Henry and Nanie Austin Nall. She married George Scherer; he preceded her in death. She later married Anthony Wagner; he also preceded her in death. Surviving her is a son [name omitted] of Milwaukee, Wis., two daughters, [name omitted] of Springfield and Mrs. [name omitted] of Sierra Madre, Calif; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.


Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992

Mattoon....Marie Kugler, 92, of Mattoon died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday (March 3, 1992) at the home of her daughter. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Maurice Price officiating. Schilling's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  She was born Nov. 23, 1899, in Gila, the daughter of Owen and Laura Strole Hicks. She married Albert Kugler in 1920; he died in 1955. Surviving is a son, Dean Kugler of Decatur; a daughter, Mrs. James (Bernice) Swinford of Lake Paradise; a brother, Roscoe Hicks of Newton; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Mrs. Kugler was a member of the Kearnes United Brethern Church in Gila.
 [Marie Kugler was my grandfather's cousin. If you are related, please email Kim.....]

Catherine Garrett

Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992

Mattoon....The funeral for Catherine Garrett was held Wednesday morning at Schilling's Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove Cemetery.... Mrs. Garrett, 65, of Neoga died March 1, 1992 at the Carle Foundation Hospital.

Dorothy Goad

Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992

The funeral for Dorothy Goad was held Wednesday afternoon at Schilling's Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens....Mrs. Goad, 80, of Mattoon died March 1, 1992, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Thelma Harper

Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992

A graveside service for Thelma Harper was held Wednesday afternoon at the Zion Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Foster Brock officiating. Schilling's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Harper, 58, of Mattoon died March 1, 1992 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.


Cora Levitt Meek, age 111, of Mattoon, Coles Co, IL passed away Sunday, July 1, 2001 at Hilltop Convalescent Center in Charleston. Graveside services will be held 11:00 Wednesday, July 4, at Kickapoo Cemetery (south of Charleston) with Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:00 Wednesday at the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Jerden FH of Mattoon.

Cora was born Sept 15, 1889, the same year that the Eiffel Tower was built in France, in a farm house south of Charleston, IL, a daughter of William Franklin and Eliza Jane (McKenzie) Levitt. She married Ward Henry Meek in 1905 in St. Joseph, MI. He preceeded her in death on June 9, 1920 of Typhoid Fever, leaving her with three small children. Cora is survived by two daughters, [names omitted] along with several great- grandchildren, three nieces, a nephew, and a great nephew.

Cora was a local folk artist and enjoyed quilting. Some of her quilts may be found in the Smithsonian Institute, the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, as well as museums and institutions in all fifty states.

Lizzie J. Glassco

In Greencastle, Indiana, May 16, '64, Lizzie J. Glassco, daughter of Kembal and Margret Glassco, aged 9 years, 1 month and 1 day. ["The Plain Dealer" May 26, 1864]

W.S. Record

Died-- W.S. Record, an aged and respected citizen, died at his residence at nine o'clock on Sunday morning. He was an honored and worthy member of the ancient Masonic fraternity and during his long life of usefulness, he endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact, and especially do those who have often met him in the Lodge room, mourn his departure as they speak the last [poem omitted] [The Plain Dealer... April 22, 1869]

Sallie Elizabeth Lincoln

DEATH OF "GRAND-MOTHER LINCOLN" - We are palled (?) to learn that Grand-Mother Lincoln, step-mother of the martyr President, a noble, kind-hearted lady, died at her residence, in the southern part of this county, on Monday of last week, and was buried (sic) by the side of her husband who has long slept "the sleep that knows no waking" in this vail of tears. [The Plaindealer... April 22, 1869]

Death of Mr. Lincoln's Step-Mother
On the 19th instant, Mrs. Sallie Elizabeth Lincoln, widow of the late Thomas Lincoln and step-mother of the late President Lincoln, and by whom he was principally reared (his own mother having died while he was very young), died in Coles county, Illinois, at an advanced age.  "Mrs. Lincoln" says the Decatur Magnet, "Had for may years resided with her grandson, John Hall, a well-to-do farmer, who lives about nine miles southeast of Charleston, Coles county, near the line between that and Cumberland, and also near the little country village of Farmington.  She was much devoted to her illustrious step-son, and took as deep a pride and interest in his rise to fame and fortune as his own mother could have done.  It is said that she never spoke of him since his tragic death without tears, and the nation or the world had no more sincere mourner over his fall than she."  [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer.(Wheeling, W. Va.), May 04, 1869]

Mrs. Catharine Winford Rogers

DIED -- Of Consumption, near Farmington Coles County, Illinois, Mrs. Catharine Winford Rogers, daughter of Alexander Ritchey. She was born in Warsaw, Ky., October 30, 1847. Was married October 30, 1866 to Carson P. R. Rogers. Died April 14, 1869. Mrs. Rogers had many friends and acquaintances among the young people of this city, all of whom will learn of her disease and death with feelings of deep sorrow, as she was dearly beloved for her kind and amiable disposition. [The Plaindealer... April 22, 1869]

Joseph Gaiser

JOSEPH GAISER, son of Christopher Gaiser of Hickory township, died in Valparisso, Ind. (webmaster's note: correct spelling is Valparaiso) April 20th, 1880, aged 20 years. His remains were brought to this city and interred in Mound Cemetery, today, Thursday, April 22d, 1880. [The Plaindealer....April 22, 1880]

Mrs. Mary Brown

Mrs. Mary Brown, formerly Mary True, daughter of S.W. and I. True, died at her home near Seward, Nebraska April 10th 1881. She leaves a husband and one child, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1881]

Jerome W. Glassco

Jerome W. Glassco was born May 17th 1858 and died March 26th 1881 after a brief illness of inflamatory rheumatism. He was born and always lived near this city and was recognized as one of our exemplary young men. He made a profession of Christianity at the Camp meeting held at the Fair ground in 1878, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in which he continued a faithful member until called to join the church triumphant which is before the Throne. His funeral services were conducted at the family residence by Rev. J.B. Wolfe whom he expressed a desire to do so, and was attended by a large number of friends and neighbors. His memory will be cherished by his many friends and may his example be as faithfully imitated. [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1881]

Mrs. Eliza Burlingame

Mrs. Eliza Burlingame, wife of Leander Burlingame, died at her late residence in Farmington, in the 54th (or 64th?) year of her age. She had been an invalid for the past forty years. She was a consistent member of the M.E. Church, and was esteemed by all who knew her. She was a sister of Mr. G.L. Catlin of this city. [Charleston Plaindealer...April 20, 1882]

Mrs. John Hughes

.....died at her home in Charleston on Monday last. [Charleston Plaindealer...May 11, 1882]

Lizzie Dutro

Lizzie Dutro, widow of Geo. Dutro, died at her home, two miles south of Westfield, April 16th [1887] She was buried at the M.E. church, Westfield, on Monday the 18th inst. Mrs. Dutro was a sister of Mr. Isaac Flennor, of Kansas. [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]

Mrs. Fred Hunzicker

.... died at her home in Charleston, Sunday evening, April 17, 1887 [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]

CARD OF THANKS...I wish to express through your Journal my sincere thanks to all who so kindly helped me during the sickness of my deceased wife. FRED HUNZICKER. [The Plain Dealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]

Richard Stoddert

In Memoriam

By a Friend

(Webmaster's note: this obit was super long with lots of flowery poetic stuff. Because of space considerations, I've had to edit at least some of the flowery stuff out (where the ....'s are), but have kept the facts intact)

Richard Stoddert is no more. On the lovely evening of the 13th day of April 1887, when the husbandman had turned up his plow after a weary day of toil, and the feathered tribe had hushed and gone to rest; when the sun had set amid a glorious halo, to re-appear upon the morrow in all the splendor of his ceaseless mission.....the long, industrious, and exemplary life of "Uncle Dick" came to a close, as peacefully as it had been serene and cheerful throughout life. A venerable Patriarch, wearing a precious crown of silvery locks, who had faithfully obeyed divine and human law in the relation to his race, as a true husband and a loving father, was permitted by his Maker to breath his last and re-unite with the departed partners of his earlier joys and sorrows in the etherial beyond........Having lived a half a century in this community as a business man and trader, he knew nearly everybody, and was so known in return....

Richard Stoddert was born at Litchfield, Grayson county, Kentucky, March 28th, 1811. His grandfather, Benjamin Stoddert, a citizen of Massachusetts, was a major in the revolutionary war, and afterward the second Secretary of the United States Navy. His father Benjamin, a farmer, died in Kentucky in 1833, but his mother, Mary, came to Charleston with her children, where she died in her 82nd year. Richard arrived here in 1838 and became a partner in a tannery with his brother Thomas, who had preceeded him two years, and continued with him in tanning, farming, dealing in stock, and merchandizing for about 30 years, during which time they erected the three story brick building occupied by Wright & Co., as a grocery. Since then he has operated with his sons, principally in farming and the hardware business, to the hour of his death. He has held the offices of county Treasurer, Sheriff, county Clerk, and minor positions, always with efficiency and honor to himself.

He was married twice; first to Miss Catharine Rizor on Christmas eve 1844, who died February 23d, 1872. Second, to Mrs. Georgia H. Robertson on April 27th, 1875, who died childless on December 6th, 1879. The issue of the first marriage was as follows, viz:

Benjamen, born February 4th, 1846; Charles R. born December 8th, 1847; who is better known as Harry. Thomas born February 12th, 1850; Frank born February 28th, 1853; Fremont born December 18th, 1855; better known as Mont. George born October 13th, 1858. All except the youngest, who died July 25th, 1863, were present at the dissolution of their father, and mourn his loss..... [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, April 21, 1887]

Richard Stoddert
Mattoon, Ill., April 14 - Richard Stoddert, one of Coles County's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at his home in Charleston last night, after an illness lasting for a month or more.  [Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Friday, April 15, 1887]

Mrs. Jessie Griffith

Mrs. Jessie Griffith died at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Mitchell, of Chester, Friday night June 17th, 1887, aged 20 years. The deceased had gone on a visit to her parents only a short time before, and the sad news of her death, which reached here early Saturday morning, carried sorrow to many hearts as it passed rapidly from one to another.

Her remains were brought to this city for interment, Saturday night, and the funeral services, which was held at the family residence, took place Sunday morning at nine o'clock. The very large number of friends who were in attendance was a fitting testimony of the esteem in which she was held in the community. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, April 21, 1887]

Mrs. R. Childress

Mrs. R. Childress, died at her home in this township (Ashmore) Thursday evening, June 16, 1887, after a lingering illness with consumption, aged 33 years, 10 months and 14 days. [Ashmore Republican quoted by the Charleston Plaindealer on Thursday, June 23, 1887]

Miss Iva Kinzell

Miss Iva Kinzell, daughter of the late Erasmus Kinzell, died at the residence of her grand-parents in Hammond Illinois, Monday July 17, of consumption, aged eleven years. Her remains were brought to this city and interred in Mound Cemetery. (Webmaster's note: I suspect that they mean Hammond, Indiana rather than Illinois.) [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]

Mrs. Lidia Forsythe

Mrs. Lidia Forsythe, mother of R(?) G. Forsythe, of Oakland, died Friday July 15, 1887, aged 73 years. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]

Roy Kneer

Roy, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kneer, died Friday morning of brain disease. Funeral at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]

Essie Tate

Miss Essie Tate, one of our bright little school misses, died Friday afternoon of measles. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]

Elijah Rutan

Elijah Rutan, a young man aged about nineteen, living in the west part of town, died Tuesday morning from a relapse of measles. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday April 14, 1888]

John Neff

John Neff, one of the oldest settlers of Coles county, residing on his farm six miles northwest of this city, died Friday morning at three o'clock of dropsy. He was highly respected and well like by all who knew him. [Mattoon Gazette quoted by the Charleston Plaindealer Saturday April 14, 1888]

Cook's Mills: Uncle Johnny Neff, one of the oldest settlers of Coles county, died last Thursday. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]


A boy by the name of Hood died at David Walters' [in Ashmore] Tuesday night, of measles. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday April 14, 1888]

Lizzie Lutz

Miss Lizzie Lutz, daughter of Mrs. Fred Lutz, died Thursday of last week. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]

James Bruce

James Bruce, formerly a well-known resident of this city, died at his home near Sedalia, Mo. last week. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]

Orla Ficklin

Orla Ficklin, the bright ten-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ficklin, died Tuesday afternoon of typhoid fever. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence Thursday at 2:30 p.m. He was a great favorite with everybody, and will be sadly missed. We tender the bereaved parents our warmest sympathies. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]

D.W. Fulton

Lieut. D.W. Fulton, whose parents reside near Gays, died last week in New Mexico with pneumonia. His remains were interred in this city Friday. The deceased was well known to many people in Mattoon and his death will be greatly regretted. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy. [Mattoon Gazette, quoted by The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]

J.R. Paxton

J.R. Paxton, a farmer, was killed Sunday afternoon, just east of the village, by the west bound limited passenger train. He was walking on the track and, being deaf, did not hear the warning whistle. The train stopped and run back to where he lay, but he was dead, so his body was brought into the village. Mr. Paxton was a native of Virginia about 40 years old and had been here about a year. A coroner's inquest was held and the jury agreed that it was an accident for which the railroad company was not responsible. the deceased was buried here Monday evening, though he had many well-to-do relatives in his native State. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 11, 1890]

Joseph Fowler

Died - At his residence near this place, on Monday evening the 17th inst., Joseph Fowler, Esq., after an illness of some 10 or 12 days. Mr. Fowler was one of our best citizens, a member o the Baptist Church, and a man of exemplary moral character. He was a native of Tennessee, and emigrated to this country some ten years ago; since that time he has been entrusted with the most honorable offices within the gift of the people and discharged the trusts "with honor and fidelity. He was one of the noblest works of God. - An honest man." The community deeply deplore his loss. He was a kind Father and an affectionate husband. To the afflicted family the loss is irrepayable. But they will be consoled that he died as he had lived, a Christian and that his freed spirit reposes in the paradise of God. [poem omitted] [The Republican, Friday, February 21, 1845]

Mrs. Mary Moody Gilbert Ramsey

Contributed by source #16

Unknown Newspaper, unknown date

Mrs. Mary Ramsey Passes away Sunday

Mary Rebecca Moody,daughter of Isaac and Harriet Moody was born in Coles County near Ashmore. Ill., September 13, 1859, and departed this life May 14, 1933, age 73 years, 8 months, and 1 day. She was united in marriage to William Gilbert, September 18, 1884. To this union was born three children, one son and 2 daughters. The son, Clarence, having departed this life some 18 years ago. The daughters survive, Mrs. Maude Carnahan, of Terra Haute, Ind., and Mrs. Nina Swinford, with whom she had made her home for the past 18 years. The following named brothers yet survive, Clem Moody, of the State of Kansas, Benjamin Moody of Mattoon, Ill., Arnold Moody of Kansas, Ill. Two sisters preceded her in death, Mrs. Nettie Vansickle, of Oklahoma City having departed this life a few years hence and Mrs. Belle Bell, of Hindsboro, having preceeded her in death some three months ago. Six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive.
On October 18, 1889, the subject of this sketch was left a widow, the death angel having entered the home and taken away the husband and father. She and the children lived with her parents for a number of years. Later she was united in marriage to William Ramsey, of Oakland, Ill, who preceded her in death several years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss, the previousley named children, grandchildren, and brothers. Also one daughter-in-law, 6 step- children, a number of other relatives,neighbors and friends.
"Grandma" as she was commonly called, had many friends. She was just Grandma to all the children in the community and will be sadly missed by those who knew her.

A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled

Grandma is gone, but we all have some loved one to whom we should remember to speak kind words and for whom we should do kind deeds while they are yet with us, as they may soon be called.
Funeral services were conducted from the St. Omar Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 P. M. Rev. J. L. Coleman, officiating, Miss Loma Gilbert, Mrs. Loren Hallock and Mrs. Vernon Hallock sang "Going Down the Valley" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", accompained at the piano by Mrs. Lorene Boyer. The pallbearers were the following grandchildren: Miss Olive Carnahan, Mr. and Mrs. Turley Cummins, Aleen Gilbert, Ival Gilbert, Layton Swinford. A little granddaughter Catherine Carnahan, and great granddaughter, Rosalie Swinford were honorary pallbearers. Burial was in the Ashmore Cementery.

Elizabeth (HOPPER) DIXON

Mattoon Journal-Gazette, May 7, 1907

Contributed by source #17

Grandma Dixon Dies at Avanced Age of 75 Years
Special to Journal-Gazette
Humbolt, Ill., May 7 [1907].

Grandma Dixon, relict of Archibald Dixon, one of the oldest residents of this section until his death about 13 years ago, died this morning at 2 o'clock at the home of her son, Jacob Dixon, a short distance west of this village. Death was the result of heart trouble, superinduced by an attack of grip, which laid hold of its aged victim several days ago. The funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home, conducted by Rev. E.M. Wamsley, the burial to follow in the Smith cemetery, about six miles from this place.
The deceased was born about seventy-five years ago. She came to this section years ago with her husband, and since the death of the latter had made her home with her son, Jacob Dixon. There survive two sons - Jacob and Willis Dixon, the latter a resident of Mattoon, and one brother, whose home is in Sigel.


Riley Hopper, one of Coles County's oldest citizens, died at his home 2 1/2 miles SW of Cook's Mills Monday evening at the ripe age of 78. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning. [Mattoon Gazette, Friday, Dec. 20, 1901 - Contributed by source #17]
Wealthy Farmer Falls Dead
Mattoon, Ills., Dec. 18 – Riley Hopper, 78 years old, a wealthy farmer of Cook’s Mills, did his chores as usual Tuesday morning. “I will enjoy a good smoke,” he said upon returning to the house. As he filled his pipe and was about to light it he fell over dead. Heart disease was the cause. [“The Daily Review,” Decatur, Illinois Wednesday Evening, December 19, 1901, front page]


From a September, 1899 Mattoon newspaper of unknown title & date.

Contributed by source #17

Dudley D. Hopper Succumbs to Death Suddenly

Dudley D. Hopper died sitting in his chair at his home last Friday morning [September 15, 1899]. Mr. Hopper, who has been in poor health for some months, was able to sit up and had been conversing with members of his household in the most cheerful manner. His wife heard him breathing heavily and ran to his assistance but he never spoke and died within a few moments.
D.D. Hopper was born in Knox County, KY August 18, 1826. He came to Illinois in 1837 and served in the Mexican War. He was first married to Miss Jane Dixon and to them were born nine children, three of whom are living: Mrs. Tilitha Young, George and H.H. Hopper, all of whom reside near Cook's Mill. His wife died and he was married a second time to Miss Margaret Easter of near Humbolt who died in the fall of 1897. In August 1898 he was again married to Mrs. Mary Coleman of Neoga who survives him. Mr. Hopper was one of the pioneers of Coles County and an extensive land owner, most of which was in north Okaw Township, although he was possessed of some property in Mattoon. Some time previous to his death he deeded most of his farm land to his three children, reserving only a small tract near this city. His residence, on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Sixteenth Street valued at $5,000 will be property of First M.E. Church of Mattoon at the death of his wife. And anothother residence, near the city park, valued at $1,200 will pass into the possession of Mt. Zion M.E. Church at the death of Mrs. Hopper, she having full control of both properties as long as she lives. Mr. Hopper had long been a member of the M.E. Church. The Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, which he helped organize, is located in Cooks Mills.
The funeral services were held at the family residence, 1600 Wabash Avenue and were conducted by Rev. Champion, of Paradise, and were attended by a large concourse of friends.


Mattoon Journal-Gazette, Monday, April 22, 1957

Contributed by source #17

Perry Hopper, 90, Dies Saturday.....
Perry Hopper, 90, of 608 Shelby Avenue died Saturday at 8:30 PM in Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Friday. He had been in ill health for 3 weeks. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 PM in Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Rev. A. Mont Massey officiating. Burial will be in Humbolt IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 PM today. Mr. Hopper, a retired farmer, was born in Coles County on February 7, 1867, son of Jack and Nancy (Todd) Hopper. He married Ada Florence Sanders in Arcola on November 16, 1891 and she died on January 1, 1941. He lived in Mattoon for 25 years and prior to that lived in Toledo. He is survived by a son, Irvin C. Hopper, of Mattoon, 4 grand-children and 4 great grand-children.

Ada Florence HAWK

[(1) Sanders (2) Hopper]

Mattoon Daily Journal-Gazette, January 2, 1941
Contributed by source #17

Mrs. Hawk Dies; Ill Three Weeks....
Mrs. James Hawk died at 2:30 O'clock Wednesday afternoon at her home, 609 Richmond Avenue after an illness of 3 weeks. Death was due to a kidney ailment. Mrs. Hawk was 68 years old. The funeral will be held at 2:00 Friday afternoon at the Mitchell funeral home with Rev. S.A. Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Hawk, as Ada Sanders, was born January 20, 1872 near Humbolt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Sanders. When 17 years old she was married to Perry Hopper of Humbolt. About 20 years ago she was married to James Hawk of this city and has since resided here. Surviving besides her husband are a son, Irvin Hopper, of Humboldt; a step-daughter, Mrs. Maudie Kimball of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; a brother, Allen Sanders, of Mattoon; 3 half-brothers: George Sanders of Pontiac, Michigan; William of St. Louis, and John Henry, address unknown; a half-sister, Mrs. Arthur Watkins of Marion and 4 grandchildren.


Death Calls Mrs. Minnie Sexson
Mrs. Minnie Bayles Sexson, 59, lifelong Charleston resident, died in the Charleston hospital at 5:10 o'clock on Sunday morning after a long illness of complications. She had been a patient in the hospital for several weeks.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon in the Pilgram Holiness church, 4th and Monroe streets by the pastor, the Rev. Charles C. Breen. Burial will be in Mound cemetery.
Mrs. Sexson leaves 6 children: Mrs. Nora Ayers; Charleston; Roy Easton, Mattoon; Summer Easton, Charleston; Mrs. Nolan Walls, Indianapolis; Mrs. Merlie Hudson, Kokomo, Ind; and Mrs. Howard Ayers, charleston; 3 brothers, Louis Wright, John (Jerry) Wright and William Wright, all of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Isaac Sampson, Charleston; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Minnie Wright, a daughter of James and Alice (Davis) Wright, was born in Charleston on August 30, 1871. Her father died 2 months ago and her mother died a few years ago. She was first married to Riley Easton, who died a number of years ago. Her second husband, B.E. Bayles, died a few years ago from injuries sustained when he was struck by an auto. E.J. Sexson, husband by a third marriage, survives. Mrs. Sexson was a well known Charleston citizen, highly respected, a good neighbor and an active church worker. Charleston Courier, May 19, 1930

James Shelton

Mattoon Jockey burned to Death. Troy, Ill, May 19 -- an inquest was ordered today into the death of three men from the Fairmount Jockey club, instantly killed early yesterday when the automobile in which they were returning from a dance crashed into a concrete culvert on the highway near here.
Traveling at an estimated speed of 60 miles an hour, the machine burst into flames and the bodies of the three men were burned almost beyond recognition. The dead are James Shelton, 22 of Mattoon, Ill, widely known jockey; Randall Smallwood, 39, Washington, D.C. former jockey and agent for the G.R. Bryson stable, and James Eaton, 24 of Louisville, Ky, former jockey. Listed as one of the leading jockeys for 1929, Shelton rode J.L. Pontius' Michigan Boy to victory in the Louisiana Derby at New Orleans, March 29.

Mattoon, Ill. May 19 (Special) James Shelton was a son of Mrs. O.W. Kepley, 2308 Moultrie avenue, this city. He was born in Jasper county but never lived in Mattoon. The body will be taken to Louisville, Ill., for burial. [The Charleston Courier, May 19, 1930]

Feburary 21, 1923
Contributed by source #18 (g-grand-dau of Alice)

Mrs. Alice Dawson, age 50 years, residing in 103 West Walnut street, suffering from a severe nervous breakdown since January 1, which has affected her mind to a considerable extent, has been removed to the Charleston hospital for treatment. It is greatly hoped that her ailment will respond to treatment in order it will not be necessary to remove her to the state hospital at Kankakee. Mrs. Hill, a daughter, of Oklahoma, and a brother, Edward Smith of near springfield, have arrived in the city to assist in caring for Mrs. Dawson.

Mrs. Alice Dawson, who has been receiving treatment at the Charleston hospital for five weeks, and who has been in an extremely serious condition for the past several days, is reported to be no better. However, she will be removed to her home Tuesday. She is suffering from a serious nervous disorder and lies in a state of coma all the time.

Mrs. Alice Dawson, age 50 years, died at the family residence 103 West Walnut street, a 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, following an illness of several weeks of a nervous breakdown. The funeral services will be held at the First United Brethren church at 11 o' clock Friday morning, with the Rev. W.O. Stonebraker, paster of the church, officiating. The interment will be made in Mound cemetery. Mrs. Dawson, widow of the late James Dawson, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Hill of Oklahoma, Miss Lucille Dawson of Charleston, and a son, Leonard, of Charleston.

CARD OF THANKS.... We wish to express our deep appreciation for the many acts of kindness and sympathy that were shown by the friends and neighbors during theillness and later death of our mother, Mrs. ALice Dawson; also for the beautiful floral offerings which were received. Josephine, Lucile and Leonard. Feb. 21, 1923

Contributor's note: Alice Dawson's "nervous condition" may very well have been a brain tumor since she often wrote about "the headaches" she was having.

Contributed by source #18

James Dawson, 60, former resident of Charleston, and a former member of the police force, died in San Diego, Calif., this morning after a three months illness. The body will be returned to Charleston for burial. He moved to Califonia last fall. A few weeks ago his wife and children, Josephine, Lucille and Leonard returned to Charleston and Mr. Dawson was to follow as soon as he had settled some business matters. He suddenly was taken ill and never recovered. c. 1913 (from the "Thirty years ago" column printed in 1943)

Contributed by source #18
(no family connection)

William E. Stoddert, aged 71 years, a long time Charleston dry goods merchant and Charleston township farmer, died today at Mott, North Dakota, where he has resided for the past 14 or 15 years. The body is to be returned ot Charleston for the funeral and burial rites. The body is to be taken to the home of a sister, Mrs. I. J. Miles, 865 Seventh Street. c. 1923 (from the "Twenty years ago" column printed in 1943)

Contributed by source #19

Death Calls Mrs. Bertha A. Moore.... Mrs. Bertha Alice Moore of 1221 Olive St., died in the Charleston Hospital shortly after 2 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon. The body removed from Clark Funeral Home for preparation, will be taken to the family residence about 2 o'clock this afternoon where friends may call after that hour. Mrs. Moore born at Janesville June 30, 1881 leaves the following daughters: Mrs. Florence Isley, Mrs. Margaret Pitkins, Mrs. Lulu Wheeler, Miss Inez Moore all of Charleston, Mrs. Ethel Craig of Famington and the following sons: Russell Moore of Charleston, Ross Moore of Bushton + Herman More of Charleston, Mrs. Darla Justice of Bushton, Mrs. Ida Bennett of Humboldt + Ed Jenkins of Charleston are surviving sisters and brother. The Charleston Daily Courier, Saturday, March 30,1946

Moore Funeral Held With Church Service: Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Alice Moore were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Pilgrim Holiness Church with Rev. H. L. Hayes of Arcola officiating. During the services Mr. + Mrs. Russell Finney sang "Going Down the Valley" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Mary Clark. The pall bearers were Charles Bolin, Wayne Craig, Harlan Bennett, Hugh Bennett, Robert Bacon, and Thomas Whitacre. Interment was in Janesville cemetery under the direction of Clark Funeral Home Tuesday April 2, 1946 p.8

Orvis Jenkins
Contributed by source #19

Orvis Jenkins 71, of 902 Jackson Street died Tuesday about 4:25 p.m. in the Charleston Hospital. He suffered a heart attack a short time prior in the offices of his physician, Dr. J. R. Alexander. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. at the Lewis Funeral Home 815 Jackson Street where friends may call after 1 P.M. Thursday. Reverend Daniel L. Eckert of the Danville Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be made in Stringtown Cemetery in Hutton Township . Mr. Jenkins was born March 1,1883 near Salisbury, a son of Emery and Arberry (Rennels) Jenkins.
He had lived in this vicinity all of his life. He married the former Miss Emma Cox in 1904. Besides the widow Mr. Jenkins survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Lucille Neill; a granddaughter Mrs. Don (Verdean) Abernathie and a grandson, Robert Neill, all of Champaign, and a sister, Mrs. Joe Goff, Charleston. Besides having farming interests Mr. Jenkins was a retired feed salesman and at one time operated the Charleston Creamery. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Charleston Daily Courier March 24, 1954

Contributed by source #19

William Emery Jenkins, 79 year old resident of Lerna, died Thursday about ...p.m. in the Charleston hospital where he had been a patient since Wednesday. He had been in failing health the past three years. Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Harper-Swickard Funeral Home at 720 Monroe Street, Rev. ... officiating. The interment will follow in Rest Haven cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Mr. Jenkins was born January 2, 1878 in Cumberland County near Toledo. His parents were Ervin and Sarah (Rawlins) Jenkins. On July 17, 1898 in Cumberland county he married the former Josie Cather who died in November of 1956. Mr. Jenkins followed farming in his early years, and latter worked for the Nickel Plate Railroad, retiring about 12 years ago. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. A.O. (Dessie) Hall and Mrs. Raymond (Sara) Towles, Charleston, Mrs. John (Grace) Poe, Chicago, Mrs. Austin (Dorothy) Nichols, Neoga and Mrs. Howard (Virginia) Shirley, Loxa; three sons Thomas and John Jenkins of Charleston and Charles Jenkins of Lerna; Three brothers Frank Jenkins of Decatur, Lewis Jenkins of Terre Haute, and Charles of Effingham, 23 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren survive. Besides Mrs. Jenkins a daughter Mrs. Doris Randolph and a son James, preceded him in death, Mr. Jenkins was a member of the Disciples of Christ. Years ago he became affiliated with the Methodist church. Charleston Courier, Friday, April 19, 1957

Contributed by source #19

Edward M. Jenkins, 77 of 720 W. Filmore Av., Charleston, died at 7 p.m., Sunday in the Charleston Community Hospital. He was born 1,...,1893 in Cumberland County, the son of Perry and Dica Stewart Jenkins. He marr. Pearl M. Legg on June 25, 1913. Survivors include his widow, two sons, [names omitted], both of Charleston, one daughter, [name omitted] of Charleston, two sisters Mrs Ida Bennett of Humboldt, and Mrs. Darla Justice of Bushton, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. William Boaz officiating Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Times-Courier Tuesday September 8, 1970

Contributed by Source #19

Mrs. Darla May Justice 85, 602 N. 4th St. formerly of Bushton, died about 5:45 a.m. Sunday at her home after an illness of about 6 mo. Mrs. Justice was born January 1, 1887 in Cumberland Co., the daughter of Perry + Dicy
Stewart Jenkins. She was married to John Justice Jan 10, 1906. He preceded her in death, She had lived in this area all her life. She is survived by 2 daughters [name omitted], Charleston; [name omitted], Rardin; 2 sons [name omitted] Charleston; [name omitted], Bushton; one sister Ida Bennett, Humboldt; 18 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Harper - Swickard Chapel. Burial will be in Shiloh cemetery south of Charleston. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Times-Courier, Monday June 5, 1972

Jacob [Tilden] Lawyer
Contributed by source #13


Fall from a Wheel Caused Death of Jacob Lawyer of Diona.

Jacob Lawyer, of Diona, died last night at six o'clock of injuries received by falling from a wheel ten days ago. The funeral was held this afternoon, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, of which he was a prominent member. Interment was at McKenzie cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss. Mr. Lawyer was well known in this city and is spoken of highly by all who knew him. The Charleston Daily Courier
Tuesday, August 22, 1899

John W. Lawyer
Contributed by source #13

John W. Lawyer, age 85 years, a resident of Hutton township for seventy-four years, died at his home in that township at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening. Death is attributed to paralysis, the stroke visiting him two years ago. He had been seriously ill since Tuesday morning. The funeral services will be held at the Hurricane church at 11 o'clock Friday morning and interment will follow in Hurricane cemetery.
John W. Lawyer was well and favorably known to many of the citizens of Hutton, Ashmore and Charleston townships. He was a member of the Oak Ridge United Bretheren church and was prominent in his township. His wife died nine years ago and he is survived by ten children, namely: Mrs. A. J. Handley of Vandalia, Ill.; James Lawyer of Terre Haute; Atwell Lawyer of Hutton; Mrs. Lottie Levitt of Newton, Ill.; Mrs. Hiram Rogers of Hutton; Edward Lawyer, south of Charleston; Mrs. Thomas Bennett and David Lawyer of Charleston; Henry Lawyer of Mattoon, and Oscar Lawyer at home. The Charleston Daily Courier Thursday, September 5, 1918 (Contributor's note: John is buried in Hurricane cemetery near the Fulkerson family.)

Contributed by source #1


John Levitt, aged 74 years, native of Hutton township, and well-known, died at his home four miles south of Charleston at two o'clock on Sunday following a long illness of a general complication. He had been confined to his home since June and was bedfast a week. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the residence. The Reverend Murray Stone of this city will officiate. Burial will be made at Mt. Zion cemetery south of Charleston. Surviving are four children: Melvin Levitt of Mattoon, Claude Levitt of Toledo, O., Walter Levitt of Bloomington, Ill, and Mrs. William Davidson of Casey, three brothers, William Levitt, and Thomas Levitt of near Charleston, and Charles Levitt of Effingham, and two sisters, Mrs. Anthony Frisbie of Argo, and Mrs. Mary Jane
White of Mattoon. Mrs. Nancy Levitt, a second wife, survives, his first wife, Jane Bensley Levitt, passing away when the children were very small.
Mr. Levitt, who was born in Hutton township on March 16, 1854, spent much of his time in Hutton township. He resided in Mattoon for thirty years, and the past six years on a farm, south of Charleston. Mr. Levitt was a well-known and popular citizen of Coles county. Charleston Daily Courier, Monday, November 12, 1928; Page 1, Column 1

Contributed by source #1

CHARLESTON, Ill., Jan. 23---The funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Levitt, aged 83 years, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Conley, North Seventh street, were held at the Harper funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Harry B. Lewis, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was made in Mt. Zion cemetery. Mrs. Levitt is survived by the following children: Charles Nees, Mrs. William Conley, Charleston; Thomas Nees, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. E. M. Smith, Osawantomia, Kan.; Mrs. Thomas Endsley of Lerna, and Mrs. Minnie Hawk of Frankfort, Ind. Terre Haute (Indiana) Tribune, Wednesday, 23 January 1929

Mrs. O.B. Fulkerson
The Charleston Daily Courier
Charleston, Illinois, Monday, March 25, 1901
Page 1, Col. 4
Contributed by source #13

DIED IN DIONA.........Mrs. O. B. Fulkerson Passes Away after a Long and Useful Life.

Mrs. O. B. Fulkerson died on Tuesday March 19, at her home in Diona in her 85th year. The funeral was held Wednesday conducted by Rev. Jas. Cougill of Casey who took for his text, Rev. 14:18.
"Grandma" Fulkerson was born in Rockingham county, Va, Oct. 13, 1816. She professed faith in Christ, at the age of 15, at a camp meeting and united with and remained a consistent member of the U. B. church.
In 1837, she was married to G. S. Fulkerson. The result of the union was nine children, four of whom survive; five, with the father, having gone before.
Mr. and Mrs. Fulkerson came to Illinois and settled in Diona Jan. 1, 1858. Their old home place is still to be seen by the passerby. In her latter years, this good woman found great comfort in her Bible and her church paper, "The Religious Telescope." She often spoke of when she gave her heart to God and expressed a desire to go to the mansions above; she was ready when He called.
One son, a resident of North Dakota, and three daughters, all present at the last, are left to mourn the loss of a good mother. Mrs. Fulkerson had twenty-seven grand children, seventy-nine great-grand children and five great-great-grand children. The Charleston Daily Courier, Monday, March 25, 1901, Page 1, Col. 4

Contributed by source #7

MATTOON--Sarah Ann Louthan, 91, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday (Jan. 28, 1983) in Mattoon Manor Nursing Home.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeal Home. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Louthan was born Nov. 19, 1891, in Hoppkinston, Iowa, a daughter of William and Martha Sloan. She was married to William Randolph Louthan on July 1, 1918, in Toledo, Iowa. He died Oct. 21, 1960, in Mattoon. Mrs. Louthan was a 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Veterans of World War I Mattoon Barracks 522, Royal Neighbors of America and the United Methodist Church of Marshalltown, Iowa. She had resided in Mattoon since 1927.
Surviving are two sons, [names omitted], both of Mattoon; a half-sister, Mrs. Martha Marshall of Des Moines, Iowa; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one half-brother.

Contributed by source #7

Marilyn Joan Diepholz, age 66, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday morning at the funeral home. Marilyn was born November 26, 1934, in Coles County, the daughter of Art and Irene Graham Swank. Survivors include one son, [name omitted] of Mattoon; two daughters, [name omitted]of Bethany and [name omitted]of Mattoon; a half-brother, [name omitted] and wife [name omitted] of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, [names omitted]; one great-granddaughter, [name omitted] of Mattoon; her aunt, N[name omitted] of Mattoon; and two cousins, [name omitted] of Mattoon and [names omitted] Flat Rock, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Gary Lee Diepholz, and one sister, Judith Swank. Mrs. Diepholz worked for Brown Shoe Company, General Electric, Anaconda Metal Hose as a welder, and retired as a teller in 1995 from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. She was a member of the Marshall Avenue Christian Church, Women of the Moose, and was a former member of the Eagles Club. Memorial gifts in her honor may be made to the American Lung Association.

April 19, 1920-February 15, 2002
Contributed by source #20

Ralph A. Hall Jr., 81, of San Diego died Friday 15 February [2002]. He was born in Oakland, Illinois. He was retired from Rohr Aircraft as a Material Control Supervisor. Ralph joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940 and served with the 3rd Marine Division in the South Pacific from January 1943 through May 1945, and continued to serve with the Marines until November 1946. Ralph met his wife of 56 years Margaret Ann "Margo" Hall, also an U. S. Marine, at the Marine Base San Diego and they were married in the base Chapel. Ralph and family returned to Charleston Illinois in 1946 where he worked at Thudium Motors DeSoto, Plymouth as a manager. He returned to San Diego in 1951 and began his career at Rohr Aircraft where he worked for 25 years. He coached baseball at the North Park Little League in the 50’s, and was always proud in latter years to have had Craig Nettles, Dennis Maley and others on teams he coached. Ralph was an avid sports fan throughout his life. He played football and basketball for Oakland High School, Oakland Illinois. In San Diego he became a booster of the San Diego State ‘Aztecs’ football team, and often traveled to away games with other boosters to support the ‘Aztecs’.

Ralph was a member of the Southern California 3rd Marine Division Association, the Telephone Pioneers of America, San Diego Chapter, and VFW Post 6874. He continued to support his hometown of Oakland Illinois with donations to ‘Oakland Landmarks’ to support the preservation of historical buildings and landmarks in Oakland.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years [name omitted] and son [name omitted]. Services 1 p.m. Wednesday 27 February, at Goodbody Mortuary Chapel, 5027 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115, 619-582-1700. Internment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Point Loma.

Contributed by source #21

Mattoon- John Leon Hardwick, 84, of 3020 Prairie Avenue died at 8:35 P.M. Saturday (November 12, 1977) in his home. Funeral will be in Mitchell Jerdan Funeral Home, with burial in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon with the Rev. Roger Compton officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 P.M. today. The veterans of World War 1 will hold memorial rites at 7:30 P.M. today in the funeral home. The flag will be presented at graveside by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Hardwick was born September 26, 1893, in Cumberland County, Illinois, the son of Barclay Allen and Sarah Catherine Coble Hardwick. (Note- He was delivered by his grandmother Dr. Harriet Caroline Linthicum Hardwick) He married Hazel Henderson in Mattoon, Illinois (Presbyterian Parsonage) May 4, 1921. She died February 4, 1955.

Survivors include one daughter Mrs. Clifford (Catherine Marie) Cox of Mattoon, two brothers, Thomas O. of rural Toledo, Illinois,and Barclay Raymond of Mattoon, two sisters Flora May Icenogle of Dayton, Ohio and Mrs. William (Minnie Bell) Cather of Greenup, Illinois, two granchildren and one great grandchild.
He was a machinest for the Illinois Central Railroad for 40 years before his retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and past commander of the Veterans of World War 1. He was a member of the Coles County Odd Fellows Lodge and Geneva Rebekah Lodge and a member of the International Association of Machinests.

Hazel Henderson Hardwick
Contributed by source #21

Mrs. John Leon Hardwick, 56, died at 7 P.M. Thursday February 3, 1955 at her home at 3020 Prairie Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois. Death was due to a coronary condition she had been suffering for several years. Funeral Services will be at 3:30 P.M. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Horace Batchelor officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery. The body will remain at the Shillings Funeral Home until time for the services.

Mrs. Hardwick, as Hazel Henderson, was born August 29, 1898 in Mattoon, a daughter of the late George Stephen and his wife Stella Ray Johns Henderson. She attended Mattoon High School and graduated from Eastern Illinois College at Charleston, Illinois. Mrs. Hardwick taught school at the Columbian School in Mattoon prior to her marriage to Mr. John Hardwick on May 4, 1921. After her marriage she sometimes served as substitute teacher at various schools in Mattoon.
Surviving Mrs. Hardwick in addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Clifford (Catherine Marie) of Mattoon, Illinois, one brother George Warren Henderson of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Miss Mildred Jean and Miss Catherine Adeline of Chicago, Illinois and Mrs. John (Pearl) Gano of Mattoon, Illinois and one grandchild, Clifford Clark Cox Jr. One stillborn son preceded her in death in December 1924.

Contributed by source #21

John Newton was the son of Sarah Catherine Nees Johns Hardwick and William Thomas Hardwick. William (Wid) was born March 17, 1858 in Moorsville, Indiana and married Sarah Catherine Nees on March 17, 1884 in Coles County, IL. Her first husband was Leander Johns who was killed in the Phillipine Islands in battle and the second husband William Thomas Hardwick. Sarah Catherine Nees was born March 2, 1856 in Charleston, IL daughter of Francis (Frank) Nees and Anna May Bell. She died November 12, 1936 at 2612 Prairie Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Sarah and Wid had one son together named John Newton Hardwick. Sarah Catherine and Leander Johns were the parents of three children, Annabell Johns who died as a small child, Stella Ray Johns who mrried George Stephan Henderson and Charles Seaton Johns who married Maude LeNora Needham.

Hardwick Funeral at M.E. Church --
The funeral of John Newton Hardwick, who died suddenly of a heart attack Tuesday afternoon at his home, 620 South Seventeenth Street, Mattoon, IL will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church, Rev. Horace Batchelor officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Mr. Hardwick had been in failing health about three weeks, but had been able to attend to his business affairs up to the day of his death.

Mr. Hardwick was born in Mattoon, IL, a son of Mr and Mrs William Hardwick and had lived his entire life in this city. As a young man he took employment as an accountant in the store Department of the Illinois Central Railroad and worked there for a number of years. About 20 years ago he went into the grocery business. He married Miss Marie Berry of Charleston in 1912. She died in 1922. He married Miss Ruby Creagler of Mt. Pulaski March 24, 1922.
Mr. Hardwick served one term as alderman just prior to the installation of the new commission form of government. When J. B. Schooley resigned as township supervisor about a year ago, his place was taken by Mr. Hardwick, who filled out the unexpired term. He was assistant township assesor for seven yearsand had finished his work for this year on June 23rd.
Survivors besides his wife include two sons by the first wife, Willaim Hardwick of Mattoon and Robert Hardwick at home, and a daughter Miss Gladys, born to the second union, at home. Mr. Hardwick was a menber of the Knight's of Pythias Lodge.

Contributed by source #21

Albuquerque, N.M.- William N. (Bill) Hardwick, 77 of Albuquerque, N.M. and formally of Mattoon, died Tuesday (August 16, 1994) in Albuquerque. A service will be at 11 A.M. today at the Sunset Funeral Chapel in San Antonio, Texas. The Crestview Funeral Home in Albuquerque is in charge of arraingements.

He was born September 28, 1916 in Mattoon. Surviving besides his wife, Alene, of Albuquerque; a son Jack Hardwick of Albuquerque; a sister-in-law Betty Hardwick of Mattoon; his step-mother Ruby Dumond of Mattoon and two granchildren.
Mr. Hardwick was in the printing business. He was a member of the Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonary, Davy Crockett Lodge 1225, Shrine of Alzafar Temple of San Antonio, Texas, and the Shrine Gulf Unit.

Alene Hardwick
Contributed by source #21

Albuquerque, N.M.- Alene Hardwick, 80. of Albuquerque, N.M. formerly of Mattoon, died Monday November 24, 1997 in Albuquerque. The funeral will be in San Antonio, Texas.
She was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Mattoon, the daughter of Al and Grace Sears. She married William (Bill) Hardwick; he preceeded her in death. Survivors include two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by one son.

Robert Hardwick
Contributed by source #21

Mattoon- Robert E. Hardwick, 73, of Mattoon died at 9:43 P.M. Friday. (May 15, 1992) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be at 1:30 P.M. at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Homewith the Rev. E. E. Elliott officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 P.M. today. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon.

He was born Feb. 21, 1919 in Osawatomie, Ks, the son of John Newton and Marie Berry Hardwick. He married Betty Shores in 1938; she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Robert Curtis Hardwick of Silver Springs, MD; a daughter Mrs. Robert L. (Janice) Morgan of Mattoon; a brother William Hardwick of Albuquerque, N.M., a sister Gladys White of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by one sister Betty who died as a small child.

Mr Hardwick was a distributor for Dolly Madison cakes for 17 years and formerly was a truck driver for Railway Express. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mattoon. (Note: His wife, Betty Shores Hardwick, has since passed.)

Charles Seaton Johns
February 11, 1927
Contributed by source #21

Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen take charge of funeral rites.....

Charles Seaton Johns was a half brother to John Newton Hardwick and son of Sarah Catherine Nees Johns Hardwick and Leander Johns of Charleston, IL. Funeral Services for Charles Seaton Johns, 50 years old, 723 North Fourth Street, were held at the home at 2 O'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. Mr. White pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Forest Prk Cemetery in Ft. Smith, AK. Mr. Johns died Monday night.

He has been a resident of Ft. Smith since 1913 when he moved from Chelsea, OK. He had been in the employee of Fort Smith and Western Railwy since 1915, and in the grocery business since 1917. The Brotherhood of Railwy Trainmen were in charge of the funeral. A number of out of town relatives and friends attended the funeral, Mr and Mrs W. H. Tyson son and daughter of Kansas City, and Jack Engebretson of Muskegee were among the friends. His mother Mrs. Sarah Hardwick and sister Miss Stella Johns of Mattoon, IL and his father-in-law M. R. Needham, and brother-in-law C.A. Needham of East Alton were among the relatives.

Besides his wife Mrs Maude Johns, he is survived by a son Charles LeRoy Johns, three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Dennis, Miss Daisy Johns, Mrs. Juanita Johns and a son-in-law Truman Dennis, and a daughter-in-law Mrs. Leah Johns. He is survived by a step-brother John Newton Hardwick, Mattoon, three brother-in-laws, Louis Needham of Colton, CA, Harry Needham of Mattoon, Charles Needham of Terra Haute, IN and two sister-in-laws, Eva Jenkins, Yuma, AZ, and Mrs C. A. Needham of East Alton

Catherine Adeline Henderson Fowler
Contributed by source #21

Catherine Adeline Fowler, 82, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 1996, at the Convalesant Care Center in Mattoon, IL. The graveside funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. John Besore officiating. There will be no visitation. The Schillings Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 22, 1913 in Mattoon, IL , the daughter of George Stephan and Stella Ray Johns Henderson. She married Charles Willard Fowler on May 13, 1960. He preceeded her in death on December 25, 1968. (Note he is buried in Rock Island Arsenal)

Thoes surviving include three nieces, Mrs. Clifford (Catherine) Cox of Lakeland, FL, Mrs Marjorie McKee (Mrs. William) of Mattoon and Mrs Ruth Narborne of San Francisco, CA. She was preceeded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Mrs. Fowler received a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. She graduated cum laude from De Paul University in Chicago, IL with a law degree. She retired as an attorney for social security in Chicago. She was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Chicago and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Matton and a member of the American Bar Association.


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