Illinois Genealogy Trails

Coles County, Illinois

Obituaries and Death Notices



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If you do not see a contributor's name, assume it was an obituary I found during my research (however, don't assume I'm related to that person named in the obit - very few of my folks who died in Coles actually had obituaries :-(

Bertha Anderson
31 Jan 1980

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CHARLESTON - Mrs. Bertha Anderson, 85, of Schaumburg, Ill., died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday (31 Jan 1980) in the North Suburban Medical Clinic in Schaumburg. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Harper-Swickard Chapel. Burial will be in the Kickapoo Cemetery, south of Charleston. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Anderson was born Jan. 8, 1895, in Coles County, a daughter of William Franklin and Mary Virginia Wilson White. She married Palmer Anderson, who preceded her in death in January of 1936.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Linda Gammon of Las Cruces, N. Me; Mrs. Raymond (Janice) Carrell of Schamburg (sic); one sister, Mrs. Gladys Kinaw of Springfield; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Central Christian Church of Charleston.

Henley Anderson
15 Mar 1921
(Burial - Mound Cemetery)

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Funeral Today
Henley Anderson, who had been sinking for the past year or ??, died from infirmities due to his advanced age of 75 years, Sunday afternoon. He was a member of the Masonic and Elk lodges who will have charge of the funeral services at the graveyard at 3 o'clock this afternoon. The widow and other relatives survive.

Jessie June Anderson
4 Jun 1972

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CHARLESTON - Mrs. Jessie June Anderson, 90, Ashmore, died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday in Charleston Community Memorial Hospital. She was born June 11, 1881, in Coles County, the daughter of David and Mary Ferguson Walters. She married Nelson Anderson, who preceded her in death March 21, 1952.
Mrs. Anderson leaves two sons, Paul Wayne, Ashmore, and Woodrow, R.R. 2., Charleston; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One son, Dale, preceded her in death in 1953.
She was a member of the Ashmore Presbyterian Church and was a 50 year member of the Charleston Rebekah Lodge. She lived in the community all her life. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Harper-Swickard Chapel with the Rev. Loren Lang and the Rev. Clarence Lang officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jessie Anderson
25 Oct 1962

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Mrs. Jessie Anderson, 86, died at 12:30 a.m. today at the Oakwood Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, with Rev. Hugh Smith officiating. Burial will be in Hurricane Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday.
Mrs. Anderson was born Sept. 21, 1876 in Cumberland County, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Fulkerson) Cougill. She married Joseph Anderson Feb. 4, 1912. He died June 4, 1958. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Frances) Shrader, Ashmore; and Mrs. Joe (Arleen) Stevens, Charleston; two sons, Leslie and Woodrow, both of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Linnie Riggle, Charleston; 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Hurricane Baptist Church. She had been a resident of Hutton Township for 55 years.

Joseph Henry Anderson
4 Jun 1958

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CHARLESTON - Joseph Henry Anderson, 81, Charleston, died at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday in the Adkins Nursing Home where he had been a patient the past seven months. The body is at the Harper-Swickard funeral home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial in Hurricane cemetery.
Mr. Anderson was born in Hutton Township June 7, 1876, a son of Elias and Eliza Anderson. He is survived by his wife, the former Jessie Cougill; two daughters, Mrs. Frances Shrader, Ashmore, and Mrs. Alleen Stephens, Charleston; two sons, Woodrow and Leslie, both of Charleston; a brother, Tilden, Rural Route 4, Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Esta Cross, also of Charleston and seven grandchildren.

Glen E. Miller
c. 1980

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CHARLESTON - Glen E. Miller, 79, of RR 1 Charleston, died at 4:56 p.m. Friday at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home chapel with burial in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Miller was born Aug. 13, 1901 in Cumberland County, the son of Harmon and Lillie Alexander Miller. He married Dorothy Anderson Nov. 28, 1923 in Charleston. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Don (Lucille) Pierce of Charleston; two grandchildren, including Miss Loretta Pierce of Charleston, and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by one sister and one grandchild. Mr. Miller was a member of the Hurricane Baptist Church. He was a semi-retired farmer.

Wallace Anderson
Date of death unknown

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Child Victim of Storm is Dead
Mattoon, Ill, June 5. - Wallace Anderson, age 4, died early Monday morning at Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in the he tornado, making the total death list sixty-one. The death was due to pneumonia, resulting from a punctured lung.
The child was a son of Claude Anderson, whose home was at 806 North 21st St. The child's mother, Mrs. Nellie Anderson, was also killed in the storm. Two other children, one the "storm baby" which attracted so much attention in the days following the disaster, escaped the death dealing tornado.

Zona K. Anderson
5 Aug 1970

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CHARLESTON - Mrs. Zona Kelly Anderson, 86, of the Douglas Nursing Center in Mattoon, died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Charleston Community Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 15, 1994 (
obvious typo - should be 1884) in Ashmore, the daughter of William and Mary Roberts Shafer. She married John H. Anderson on Oct. 14, 1903, in Rardin. He preceded her in death in 1957.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Olive Wiley and Mrs. Earl (Lora) Lee, both of Charleston; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. One son also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Bible Center Church in Charleston. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery.

Louie Biggs
12 Nov 1966

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Dies Saturday in Hospital
Louie F. Biggs, 75, a retired Charleston farmer, died at Charleston farmer, died at Charleston Community Hospital at 6 p.m. Saturday. He had been a patient there one day. Funeral services for Biggs, a member of the Weaver Chapel E.U.B. Church, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Caudill Funeral Home with burial in Casey Cemetery. Visitation is after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Biggs is survived by his widow, Thelma; and five sisters, Mrs. Gertie Ennis of Oilfield, Ill., Mrs. Marie Fain and Mrs. Nora Fain of Casey, Mrs. Flora Maxey of Martinsville and Mrs. Freda Turner of Charleston.
He was born Oct 3, 1891, in Coles County to Joe and Mary Frances Lang Biggs.

Services Held for Louie Biggs
Funeral services for Louie F. Biggs of Charleston, who died Saturday, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Caudill Funeral Home with the Rev. Max White officiating. Mrs. Verne Barnes, organist, accompanied Mrs. John Cottingham, who sang "Jesus, Savior Pilot Me" Casket Bearers were Larry Sodenburg, Edgar Ennis, Gene Fain, Golden Richards, Ronald Beasley and Dale Biggs. Burial was in Casey Cemetery.

Mo Anderson
15 Feb 1870 to 9 Oct 1901

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Miss Anderson's Funeral. Last Sad Services Held this Morning - A Glimpse of Her Life. --

The funeral of Miss Mo Anderson was held at 10 o'clock this morning from the family home, at the corner of Jefferson and 12th streets, conducted by Rev. Will F. Shaw. The service was attended by many relatives and friends and this tribute, with many floral offerings, showed in a measure, the esteem in which the deceased was held. The remains were laid to rest in Mound cemetery.
Miss Anderson was the daughter of Bruce and Imogene Anderson and was a native of our city, having been born here about 31 years ago. With the exception of a few years, when she resided in Sterling, she had always made this city her home. Miss Anderson was well known and, being of more than ordinary intellectual attainments, she had gained a large circle of friends from among our people. She had been a member of the Christian church for a number of years and her Christian father and a strong will gave her fortitude to bear her long illness with patience.
As stated in Wednesday's Courier, she had intended the winter in Thomasville, Ga., and had taken a hopeful interest and active part in the preparations for her departure. When they were completed she laid down to rest and sank into slumber -- her last, long sleep, a merciful and peaceful end to her suffering.
The deceased is survived by her father and sister, Miss Gay Anderson. In their sad bereavement they are deeply sympathized with by many friends.

Catherine Anderson
6 May 1990

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Charleston - Catherine T. Anderson, 61, of Charleston, formerly of the Trowbridge area, died at 10:52 Sunday (May 6, 1990) in Hilltop Nursing Center, Charleston.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, Neoga. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Trowbridge. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
She was born Sept 12, 1928, in Taylorville, the daughter of Thomas J. and Gertrude McClary Anderson
Surviving are two brothers, Francis "Sam" Anderson of Jerseyville and Eugene E. Anderson of Melbourne, Fla; and two sisters, Margaret M. Hanfland of Mattoon and Mrs. Francis (Rita) Deters of Champaign. She was preceded in death by a brother.
Miss Anderson was a member of the St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Gertrude Anderson
28 Oct 1978

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MATTOON - Mrs. Gertrude Anderson, 89, of 3212 Shelby died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Roman catholic Church. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Trowbridge. The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga was in charge.
She was born June 3, 1889 in Shelby County, a daughter of Edward and Bess McClory. She married Thomas J. Anderson Oct. 27, 1919, in Trowbridge. He died Jan. 11, 1971. Surviving are two sons, Francis "Sam" of Jerseyville and Gene of Jacksonville, Fla; three daughters, Mrs. J.P. (Margaret) Hanfland of Mattoon, Mrs. Francis (Reta) Deters of Champaign and Catherine Anderson of Charleston; 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Anderson was a retired postmistress of Trowbridge and was a former school teacher in Shelby County.

Clara Anderson
Dec 14, 1929
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Death calls Miss Clara Anderson
Miss Clara Anderson, 36, well-known Charleston woman, died in her home, 124 Fifth street, at 10:10 o'clock on Saturday evening from a stroke of apoplexy which attacked her about 4:30 o'clock. Miss Anderson, unconscious, was found in the yard at the residence by W.H. McNeel, a neighbor. Miss Anderson had been working in the yard during the afternoon, and is believed to have over taxed herself.
Funeral services will be conducted in the St. Charles Catholic church at 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning by the Reverend Fr. J.J. Connolly, the pastor. Burial will be in Mound cemetery.
Miss Anderson leaves 2 sisters: Miss Edna Anderson, at home, and Mrs. Harry (Irene) Weisguth, Indianapolis, Ind.
Clara Anderson was a daughter of Le Roy and Margaret Anderson. She was born in Olney, Ill., June 4, 1893, one of triplets. Two of the triplets died in infancy. When she was a child she came to Charleston with her parents, and made this city her home since. Mrs. Anderson died more than 20 years ago. Her father, a well known Nickel Plate engineer, died here last March.

Le Roy Anderson
March 2, 1929
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Roy Anderson, age 68 years, died at his home, 124 Fifth avenue at 7:20 o'clock Saturday night after a long illness. Surviving are three daughters, Clara and Edna at home, and Mrs. H.J. Wisguth of Indianapolis. A sister survives in San Diego, Cal.

The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at the Catholic church. Burial in Mound cemetery. Roy Anderson was born at St. Marie, Illinois in 1860. He came to Charleston in the '80s and secured a position on the Clover Leaf where he was a locomotive engineer for 40 years, a great deal of the service being spent in the switching service in the local railroad yards. He was well known in and out of railroad circles. He was a member of the B. of L.F. and E., and an insurance organization.

Mrs. Lily Anderson
12 Nov 1883 - 22 Aug 1917
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Killed when Motor Car turns over
Mrs. Oscar Anderson was almost instantly killed and her husband and 10-year-old daughter, Dorothy, were injured about 5:40 o'clock Wednesday afternoon when their automobile turned over five and a half miles southeast of Charleston, within 100 yards of the home of Emery Rennels. The car, which was driven by Mr. Anderson, seemed to suddenly swerve to one side causing the driver to lose control and allowing the machine to zig-zag across the highway several times before it turned over, the car resting on the west side of the road. The machine rolled completely over, throwing the occupants out. Mrs. Anderson, was caught in the rear right wheel, her dress becoming attached to the wheel.
Emery Rennels, working in his field and witnessed the accident, rushed to the overturned machine, and Mrs. Anderson, who was lying by the side of the road gasped, "I am dying" and then passed into the Great Beyond.
Mr. Anderson and daughter were taken to the Rennels home, as was Mrs. Anderson's body, where Coroner McClelland held an inquest. Just what was the cause of the accident will probably never be known. Mr. Anderson, who was considered one of the most careful drivers, had owned this car for 7 or more years and his friends say the car looks as good as new. It was damaged but slightly.
Mr. Anderson, who is confined to his bed by his injuries, is not considered to be seriously hurt. It may be some days, however, before he is able to be out. Miss Dorothy suffered injuries to her hip. She is able to be up and around.
The news reached Charleston within 10 minutes after the accident and many at first refused to believe it, as they had seen Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and daughter in town just a short time before. They had come to Charleston and visited several places in the business district before going to the fair grounds for the afternoon. It was on the trip home that the accident occurred.
Mrs. Lily Edna Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burkett Miller, both deceased, was born in Hutton townships 35 years ago, and 14 years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Anderson, who with the daughter, Miss Dorothy, survive her. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frank Wickham of Stroud, Okla., and Mrs. John Anderson, west of Charleston, and a brother, Harmon Miller, south of the city. She had made Hutton township her home all of her life and was well known and highly respected. She was a leading member of the Whetstone Baptist church and was very active in the work of that church.
She was also a member of the Jolly Twenty club, a social organization of Charleston, and attended the meeting of the club held in this city on Friday evening, August 10 and intended to attend the meeting of the club to be held Friday afternoon. This meeting has been postponed to a date to be announced later.
The funeral services will be held in this city at the First Methodist church at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. The Rev. Ira Blythe, pastor of the Whetstone church, will officiate and burial will be made in Roselawn addition to Mound cemetery.
The death of Mrs. Anderson marks the third fatality to occur from automobiles in the county the past 30 days, the first accident being that of Loyal Rayburn, an Arcola lad who was killed north of Bushton on Sunday, July 23; the second was that of Mrs. Pearl Noble, of Bethany, who was killed near the Big Four overhead bridge west of Charleston on Sunday, July 29.

Armstrong, Joseph - b. 11 Aug 1823, Pendleton Co, VA
d. 28 May 1916, Pleasant Grove twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: old age
spouse: Elizabeth Jane Leach
f: Jared Armstrong, b Hillsboro, VA
m: Agnes Hiner, b Doe Hill, VA

Armstrong, Elizabeth Jane Leach - b. 23 May 1815, Pendleton Co, VA
d. 27 Dec 1900, Pleasant Grove twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: old age
spouse: Joseph Armstrong
f: unknown
m: Mary Leach, b Pendleton Co, VA

Corbin, Richard - b. 2 Aug 1804, Culpeper Co., VA
d. 17 May 1880, Charleston twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: diabetes
spouse: Narcissa Schnorf
f: Jesse Corbin, Culpeper Co, VA
m: Elizabeth Forrester, Culpeper Co, VA

Corbin, Narcissa, 28 Feb 1819, Butler Co, OH
12 Apr 1866, Charleston twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: influenza
spouse: Richard Corbin
f: Jacob Schnorf, Jr, Washington Co, PA
m: Rachel Cook, Washington Co, PA

Rosebrough, John - b. 2 Sep 1804, Butler Co, OH
d. 29 Oct 1856, Seven Hickory twp
bur Cossel Cem
cause of death: heart attack
spouses: Nancy White, Zemrudia Stewart
f: Robert Rosebrough, Iredell Co, NC
m: Mary McKinstry, Woodford Co, KY

Corbin, William - b. 11 May 1819, Culpeper Co., VA
d. 16 Dec 1898, Charleston twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: influenza
f: Reuben Corbin, Culpeper Co., VA
m: Elizabeth Riddle, Culpeper Co, VA
spouses: Harriet Sells, Mary Ellen Haney

Replogle, David - b. 18 Apr 1806, Rockbridge Co, VA
d. 17 Jan 1878, Charleston twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: stroke
spouses: Eliza Beckom, Maria (White) White
f: Jacob Replogle, Bedford Co, PA
m: Sarah Coon, Rockbridge Co, VA

Replogle, Eliza Beckom -b. 17 Sep 1811, Ross Co, OH
d. 26 Jun 1848, Charleston twp
bur Mt Tabor
cause of death: influenza (flux)
spouse: David Replogle
f: Matthias Beckom, Washington Co., MD
m: Elizabeth Coon, York Co., PA

Beckom, Matthias - b. 11 Mar 1789, Washington Co., MD
d. 5 Sep 1846, Charleston
bur Old Settlers
cause of death: heart attack
spouse: Elizabeth Coon

Beckom, Elizabeth Coon - b. 18 Dec 1790, York Co, PA
d. 30 Jun 1886, Charleston
bur Old Settlers
cause of death: old age
spouse: Matthias Beckom
f: Johan Christian Gohn, York Co, PA
m: not known

Ward, Earl Hughart
Age - 74
Place of Death - Mattoon, Coles, Il.
Date of Birth - 11 July 1907
Place of Birth - Mattoon, Coles, Il.
Date of Death - 12 August 1981
Burial - Dodge Grove Cemetery
Cause of Death -
Spouse - Juanita (French) Ward
Parents & their place of Birth - Charles Monroe Ward - Liberty, Union, In. & Sarah Louisa (Hughart)-In

Ward, Charles Adney
Age - 66
Place of Death - Charleston, Coles, Il.
Date of Birth - 15 September 1887
Date of Death - 19 May 1954
Burial - Roselawn Cemetery
Cause of Death - Myocardial
Spouse - Donnie Mae (Darling) Ward
Parents & their place of Birth - Charles Monroe Ward - Liberty, Union, In. & Sarah Louisa (Hughart) - Liberty, Union, In.

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MATTOON, ILL, NOV. 12, [1927] (Special) - James M. Fitzpatrick, aged 83 (?) years, veteran of the Union Army, at the time of the civil War, and vice-commander of the G.A.R. Post No. 404, died on Friday evening at 5 o'clock at the home of his daughter Mrs. J.J. Hovious, 3016 Shelby avenue, after a long illness of general complications.
The funeral services will be conducted at the Union Central church tabernacle in Mattoon at 2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. Burial will be made in Dodge Grove cemetery with full military honors.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, born in Virginia, and spending much of his life in Hutton township, had been a resident of Mattoon for the past 37 years.
He enlisted in the Civil War with four brothers, and after engaging in a number of battles for the cause of his country, was so badly wounded it was necessary to discharge him honorably and send him home.
His wife, who was formerly Miss Sarah Anne Dallas, of Hutton, died in 1918. Five of the ten children born survive: Mrs. Hovious, Mrs. Lillie Moore, Oscar Fitzpatrick, Urlie Fitzpatrick, and Otto Fitzpatrick. Two brothers, George and Silas Fitzpatrick, survive.

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FUQUAY-VARINA,N.C. - Dewey Laverne Oliver, 61 yr, died Friday. Graveside service 2 p.m. Sunday, Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Surviving: wife, Mrs. Christine (Atkins) Oliver; daughter, Margaret Oliver of Ashland, Ohio; brother, William D.<Dale> Oliver of North Highlands, Calif; sister, Mrs. Virginia <Oliver>Tucker of Matton, IL. Family at the home of Mrs. Anna M. Stephens, 1224 Watauga St, Raleigh,<N.C.> Arrangements by Sugg Funeral Home.
[Raleigh News and Observer, 20 April 1985; submitted by Source #170 Info in <> added by researcher. ]

s/o Olive Fern (Grubb)Oliver
adopted by Wm F.OLIVER
1st sp: Juanita (Howard)1.Oliver & 2.____
2nd sp: Christine (Atkins) Oliver
Birth date: 6 April 1924 in Effingham Co, IL under Dewey Grubb, 1930 Mattoon census, Coles Co, IL under William Olliver with double "l" sheet 10B,6 yrs old. Adoption by Wm Floyd Oliver/his son by first marr.: Ralph Oliver of Pekin, IL.
d. 19 Apr 1985 in Fuquay- Varina, N.C.
bur: Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, N.C.
Clue: Dewey & Christine Oliver were visiting with her sister at the time of his death. He was buried there.

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Charleston, Ill - Mrs. Lela Ethel Craig, 80, Charleston, died Thursday [5 Jul 1984] at 12:35 a.m. at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in Charleston, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be in the Janesville Cemetery, southwest of Charleston.
Mrs. Craig was born Feb. 13, 1904 in Coles County, the daughter of William and Bertha Jenkins Moore. She married Floyd Craig in 1921, who died in 1977. She is survived by sons Wayne of Charleston and Clinton of Oakland; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Bolen of Janesville; a brother, Russell Moore of Missouri; sisters, Mrs. Inez Peters of Akron, Ohio and Mrs. John (Margaret) Clawson of San Diego, Cal.; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Craig was preceded in death by one son, two brothers, three sisters, and two grandchildren.

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HUMBOLDT - Ida F. Bennett, 90, of Humboldt, died at 2 p.m. Saturday [21 Apr 1980] at the Jarman Hospital in Tuscola. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Shrader Funeral Home in ARcola. Burial will be in Humboldt Cemetery.
Mrs. Bennett was born Jan. 16, 1890 in Cumberland County, the daughter of Perry and Dicie Jenkins. She married Rufus Bennett on June 19, 1909 in Charleston. He died in July 1944. Survivors include two sons, Willis and Harlan, both of Humboldt; three daughters, Mrs. Margie Robb of Manteno, Mrs. Nellie Davault of Kankakee and Mrs. Oral Vance of Humboldt; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. One son and one daughter preceded her in death.

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CHARLESTON - Floyd F. Craig, 73, of 800 Reynolds Dr., Charleston, died at 7:42 p.m. Sunday (29 May 1977) at his home. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Harper-Swickard Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Visitation is to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial is to be in Janesville Cemetery.
Mr. Craig was born Oct. 26, 1903 in Edgar county, the son of Obidath and Charlotta Broyles Craig. He married Ethel Moore on June 27, 1922 in Toledo. She survives.


Russell Moore, 74, of Macon, died Tuesday, Jan 5, 1999 at the Samaritan Hospital in Macon. At Mr. Moore's request, there will be no funeral services.
Mr. Moore was born on June 1, 1924 in Charleston, Ill., the son of the now late William J. and Bertha Alice Jenkins Moore. Surviving are one son, John R. and his wife Pam Moore of McHenry, Ill; one daughter, Alice L. and her husband Mike Toppe of Maples, Fla; seven grandchildren, Darin, Chad and Erin Toppe, and Amber, Josh, Carlan and Brittany Moore; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Clawson of San Diego, Calif. and Inez Peters of Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
He had served in the Air Force during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart Award when his plane was shot down over Germany. He moved from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1984. He was co-owner of Piason's Pizza and Arcade for 12 years with John A. Smith of Macon until retiring three years ago. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Macon.

Wallace Monson
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Funeral of Allenville Boy
Allenville, Aug. 24 [1920]--The funeral of Wallace Monson was held at Mattoon last Thursday [note:
AUG. 19th] at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Odes Gano. Wallace was about ten years old when he met his untimely death Monday [note: Aug. 16th], when a train hit the car in which he and his father and mother were riding. He was a bright sunny child, and loved by all who knew him. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Monson, he leaves two sisters, Maurine and Lida.
The funeral discourse was preached by W. B. Hopper of Sullivan, assisted A. G. Carnine of Bloomington. The pallbearers were Russell and Paul Shirey and Fred and Willis Hoskins. Flower girls were Olive Hoskins, Mildred Buxton, Irma and Myrtle Townley, Blanche Hall and Ruth Preston. The burial was in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Decatur Review, 25 August 1920

Infant of M/M John Decker
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Decatur Review 26 October 1917 (Friday)
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Decker, died Thursday night. Burial was in Dodge Grove Friday afternoon.

George C. Stites
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Mattoon--George C. Stites, one of Mattoon's well known citizens, passed away ten o'clock Monday morning [April 19, 1920] at his home, 313 North Sixteenth street. Mr. Sites has been in poor health for nearly a year, but he was not compelled to give up his duties in the post office until last September. Funeral Services probably will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Horace Batchelor, burial following in the Dodge Grove cemetery. Decatur Review 20 April 1926 (Tuesday)

Sarah E. Gibbs
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Mrs. Sarah E. Gibbs, widow of I. N. Gibbs, died at the state hospital at Kankakee at 8 o'clock Monday morning [April 19, 1926]. Mrs. Gibbs has been a sufferer for several years from diabetes, and her condition for some time has been serious. Funeral services will be held in the First Presbyterian church on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Horace Batchelor officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove cemetery beside her husband, who passed away on October 4, 1913. Decatur Review 20 April 1926 (Tuesday)

Dr. Charles Boaz
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Dr. Charles Boaz , Mattoon Dies
Mattoon, April 24--Dr. Charles Boaz, died at 8:30 o'clock Saturday morning [April 10, 1926] at his home at 2918 Western avenue. Dr. Boaz became suddenly ill on Friday, April 9, just as he was about to leave his office in the Lehman building for the day, being seized with an attack of angina pectoris, or heart trouble.
The funeral will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Monday at the home, under the auspices of the International Bible Student's Association, Dr. F. L. Waters officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Decatur Review 24 April 1926 (Saturday)

Elizabeth [nee Rose] Wilson
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Mrs Wilson Dies In Mattoon Home... Funeral Services to be Held Sunday
Mattoon, July 3--Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, the wife of the late George C. Wilson, died at her home in Mattoon, at 8:15 o'clock Friday evening, from illness incident to old age. The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Christian church and burial will be in the Dodge Grove cemetery. Mrs. Wilson was born in Greenup, Sept. 22, 1848, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Rose. Soon after her marriage to Mr. Wilson she came to Mattoon and had made her home in Mattoon and vicinity ever since. Her death occurred at the home of her son, Charles C. Wilson. Another son, R. E. Wilson of Mattoon, and a daughter, Mrs. Albert Adamson of Kansas City, survive her. Decatur Review, 03 July 1926(Saturday)

August Stratton
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Death Results of Injury Seven Weeks Ago
Mattoon, July 10 [1926] --August Stratton, sixty-eight years old, died at the Methodist Memorial hospital here at 3:15 Saturday morning, the result of an accident when he fell seven weeks ago at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Nave, and broke his leg. Since that time he has been steadily failing. The funeral will be held at the Nave home 2:30 Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. M. Lively of the First Baptist church, with burial in the Dodge Grove cemetery.
Mr. Stratton was born in Kentucky, May 4, 1858. He was a Big Four shopman here for many years, but was retired at the time of the accident. For several years he has been living in the home of his daughter. Decatur Review, 10 July 1926 (Saturday)

James B. Harris
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Funeral of James B. Harris Sunday Afternoon......
Mattoon, Dec. 4 [1926]--James B Harris , eighty-six, one of Mattoon's pioneer citizens, passed away at 8:50 o'clock Friday night in his apartments over 1422 Broadway. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, with which he was stricken only a few days ago. Previous to this time, Mr. Harris has enjoyed fairly good health, however, excepting for a paralytic stroke which came upon him in 1917 and which had partly affected him since that time.
Mr. Harris was born in Charlottesville, Va., May 7, 1840, but when quite young he came with his parents to Illinois and settled in this locality before Mattoon had its origin. He has seen it grow from a cross-road hamlet to the thriving city that it now is. He was united in marriage in the year 1862 to Louise Holding, who preceded him in death in the year 1904. Ten children were born to this union, seven of whom survive. They are C. W. , J. W. , Fred, and L. C. Harris, and Mrs. Etta Worthain, all of Mattoon: Bert Harris of Houston, Tex., and Mrs. Mollie Fancher of Los Angelos, Cal.
Funeral services are to be conducted from the Fred Harris home, 1008 Charleston avenue, at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. John Codd, pastor of the Central church is to officiate. Interment will take place in Dodge Grove cemetery. Decatur Review 5 December 1926 (Sunday)

George E. Wakefield
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FAIRFIELD BAY, Ark. -- George Wakefield, 73, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., formerly of Mattoon, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 21, 1997) at Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark.
A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. John Besore officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday at the Schilling Funeral Home.
He was born Aug. 8, 1923, in Mattoon, the son of George and LaVonne Hamm Wakefield. He married Verna Lue Storm in 1948; she died in 1989. He then married Marcella Purkiser in 1990; she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jaime (Lue Ann) Sell of Mattoon, Mrs. Lowell (Tammy) Darnell of Rantoul; four stepsons, Denny M. Anderson of Champaign, Tommy W. Andrews of Sigel, Randy Andrews of Mahomet and Darrell Andrews of Philo; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Mike (Lynda) Worner of Urbana, Mrs. Debby Applegate of Urbana and Margaret Purkiser of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Don (Madonna) Walker of Mattoon; three grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by his father and mother, LaVonne Hamm Wakefield Walker.
Mr. Wakefield was a retired heavy equipment operator in construction and an Army veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Mattoon VFW, the Fairfield Bay Lions Club, the Local Union 881 of Terre Haute, Ind., and the Christian Church of Mattoon. Journal Gazette Times-Courier (IL)

Bonnie Amelia Wakefield
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MATTOON -- A graveside service for Bonnie Amelia Wakefield was Monday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce D. Osborne officiating. The Schilling Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The pallbearers were Bruce Payne, Mark Douglas, Paul Proue, Scott Combs, Gerald Englund and Randy Elliott. The honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Englund, Bill Snedeker, Dave O'Dell, James R. Livesay II and Dale Harrington
Mrs. Wakefield, 97, of Mattoon, died June 5, 1999 at Sunrise Care and Rehabilitation Center. Journal Gazette Times-Courier (IL)

Robert Theodore Lane
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MATTOON -- Robert T. Lane, 97, of Mattoon died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 23, 1993) at the Mattoon Health Care Center. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, with Masonic rites before the service, at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery with flag presentation. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service on Saturday.
He was born Oct. 29, 1895, in Cadwell, the son of Shadrack Ezekiel and Nora Fulfer Lane. He married Fern Tolen in 1923; she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Robert G. Lane of Sarasota, Fla., and Richard W. Lane of Elmhurst; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Mr. Lane was employed as a production superintendent at the Sally Ann Bakery for 49 years. He was an Army WWI veteran. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon, the American Legion Post 88 and a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge 260 AF & AM. Journal Gazette Times-Courier (IL) June 1993

Florence Isley
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Mrs. Donald Isley of Charleston is Killed in Accident [May 7, 1951]
Mrs. Florence (Moore) Isley, 26, wife of Donald Isley, was instantly killed near Litchfield on Route 66 Saturday night and 9 persons were injured in a 2-car collision. Mrs. Isley, her two children, Donald and Sharon, and her uncle, John Isley of Mattoon, passengers of one car, were enroute to St. Louis for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Margaret Pitkins. 6 men, members of a Mt. Olive bowling team, enroute to Litchfield to bowl, were riding in the other car.
The accident occurred between Mt. Olive and Litchfield on route 66 around 8 o'clock.
Mrs. Isley died in the crash and all of the other 9 passengers of the two automobiles were injured. Ambulances form Mt. Olive and Litchfield took the injured to St. Francis hospital in Litchfield. The injured were John Isley, 46, Mattoon; the two Isley children, Donald Dean, 8 and Sharon, 4; and Edwin Pahde, 49; Elmer Fricke, 37; Lawrence Mueller, 54; Ed Kaiser, 67; William Shelwe, 54 and Arthur Hinz, 25, all of Mt. Olive.
The two Isley children have severe injuries.
State Policeman John Kahle of Litchfield said the cars were so mangled that he couldn't tell how the accident occurred. The right front ends of both cars were crushed.
Kahle said Isley and Fricke were the drivers of the 2 automobiles. The Isleys were driving south and the other car north.
The body of Mrs. Isley was removed to the Clark Funeral home, 1117 Jackson street, for preparation.
Friends wishing to pay their respect may now call at the Isley home, 1221 Olive street, where the body was taken this (Monday) afternoon.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First Christian church. The Rev. Paul E.Hubele will officiate. The burial will be made in Resthaven cemetery.
Mrs. Isley was born June 1, 1924, a daughter of William and Bertha (Jenkins) Moore.
Besides her husband and 2 children, she leaves four sisters, Mrs. Jack Morris, Mrs. Floyd Craig, Mrs. Henry Wheeler, Charleston and Mrs. William Pitkins, St. Louis; three brothers, Russell Moore, Ross Moore and Herman Moore, Charleston.
Mrs. Isley was a member of the First Christian church of Charleston.

William H. Fitzpatrick
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Funeral services in memory of William H. Fitzpatrick, long time Charleston resident, city street superintendent and widely known, were conducted at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon in the First Methodist church by the pastor, the Reverend Gay C. White.
The esteem in which the well-known citizen was held by the community was borne out in the attendance which taxed the church to capacity. Floral offerings were many and beautiful and one sent by the horsemen in Springfield, Ill., in respect to Harry Fitzpatrick, son of Mr. Fitzpatrick, was gorgeous.
Casket bearers, close friends of Mr. Fitzpatrick, were: A.C. Alexander, Frank Popham, Guy Tefft, Cliff G. McNutt, John S. White and Harry Popham. Burial was in Mound cemetery.
William Hibbard Fitzpatrick was born in Ashmore township, Coles County, Illinois on October 9, 1867. He passed away at the Olney sanitarium on August 13, 1935. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a son of Jeff and Frances (Merritt) Fitzpatrick, a member of a family of five children. His parents and two sisters preceded him in death, the father dying when Mr. Fitzpatrick was but 5 years of age. He was united in marriage to Lillie J. Walker, on December 8, 1887, and to this union were born 9 children, four of whom have preceded him in death. Three of the children died in infancy and a son, Chester, died in 1918 at the age of 25. The following children survive: Harry C., Hazel and Helen, twins, Hugh H. and Frank. Lucien, Frank's twin, died in infancy. He also leaves one brother, DeWitt Fitzpatrick of Mattoon, Ill., one sister, Mrs. Pearl Moore of Milford, Ill. and two half-brothers, Len and Orla Harshbarger of Atwood, Ill. There are 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren surviving. [...portions omitted...] Mr. Fitzpatrick's entire life was spent in Coles county. From 1915 until 1921 he lived in Mattoon where he operated a furniture store. 5 years were spent on a farm near Ashmore. His remaining years were spent in Charleston.
Included in those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Len Harshbarger of Atwood, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Cora Fitzpatrick of Kansas, ILl., Mrs. Vivian Haag, Robert Haag, Mrs. John Sheeks, Mrs. Martha Walker, Mrs. Blanche (Chris) Meyer, and DeWitt Fitzpatrick of Mattoon.
Charleston Courier, Friday, August 16, 1935

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Mattoon--Twin daughters, born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fuller, 3109 DeWitt avenue, died at birth in Memorial hospital Wednesday night. The bodies were taken to the Schilling undertaking parlors. They were buried in Dodge Grove Cemetery Thursday afternoon. [Decatur Herald, Friday, July 17, 1931, Decatur, IL ]

Blanche B. Wise
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Blanche B. Wise (nee Jones) , a Blue Island resident, died June 31 at 81, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Wise, 2716 Cochran st., was born March 30, 1896 in Allenville, Ill. She was an employe (sic) of Kline's department store between 1946 and 1951, and a member of Mokena United Methodist church.
She was the wife of the late Fred, who died in 1966; mother of Jane (Norman) Aregood of Mokena, Ill., and and Patricia (Robert) Lundin of Blue Island; grandmother of five; great-grandmother of 15; and great-great-grandmother of one, and sister of the late Edgar, George, and Guy Jones, and Grace Lidster.
Services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Krueger funeral home, 13050 Greenwood ave., Blue Island. Interment was in the Dodge Grove cemetery, Mattoon, Ill.
[Blue Island Sun Standard, Thursday, June 16, 1977 Blue Island, IL]

James Maxey
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Mattoon. Nov. 17---James Maxey died on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 from a heart attack. His death was very sudden and unexpected. Mr. Maxey was seventy-four years of age and was employed by The Big Four Railroad company as a cabinet maker. He is survived by his wife and one son, Harold Maxey of St. Louis. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the Central church. Burial was in Dodge Grove cemetery. Decatur Review, Sunday, November 18, 1928 , Decatur, IL

Rufus Henry Sparks
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Little Son Passes Away
Rufus Henry Sparks, year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sparks, 701 Moultrie avenue, Mattoon, but formerly of this place, died at the Memorial hospital at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon from intestinal trouble. The little one had been ill about a week. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. J. M. Lively officiating. Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery.
[The Decatur Daily Review, Wednesday, September 29, 1926 - Decatur, Illinois]

Joseph Wayne Smith
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Joseph Wayne Smith, 18, of 1317 North Calhoun street, died at his home at 5 o'clock Saturday morning following a three weeks' illness with stomach trouble.

He had lived in Decatur for the past 13 years. Wayne Smith was born in Mattoon, Ill May 26, 1911. He attended the Sunday school class at St. Paul's Methodist church. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith, he leaves a twin brother, Charles Everett, and another brother, Roscoe Smith, of Decatur. He also leaves five sisters; Mrs. Clarence Walter, Mrs. H. L. Camron, and Mrs. Ralph Stewart, all of Decatur; and Mrs. Ethel Mackle, of Rockford and Mrs. C. B. McGee, of Peoria.
Funeral services will be at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning in the Moran & Sons chapel. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery in Mattoon. The body will remain in the Moran & Sons Funeral home until time for llieasoauaP'lsCSgthSan (sic)
Decatur Herald, Sunday, October 13, 1929, Decatur, Illinois

Mrs. Lydia Bennett Dole
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Mattoon. Feb 1----Mrs. Lydia Jane Bennett Dole, widow of the late Joseph C. Dole, died in the home of her son in law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Morgan, 3401 Western avenue, shortly after 12 o'clock Friday morning following a stroke of paralysis suffered Thursday afternoon. She had suffered three light strokes before from which she partially recovered but her advanced age and enfeebled condition rendered unable to rally from the stroke Thursday.

Mrs. Dole was born, Nov. 21, 1841, in Bridgeport, Me. She was married to Joseph C. Dole in 1875. They came to Mattoon immediately and went to housekeeping on a farm northwest of Mattoon where she lived until a year ago when she came to the home of Dr. and Mrs. Morgan. Mrs. Dole was a sister to the late Judge Charles Bennett of this city. She was Unitarian by faith. Five children were born to the union, three of whom preceded her in death. Those left are one daughter, Mrs. Morgan, and one son, J. C. Dole, both of Mattoon; one step-son W. E. Dole, living northwest of the city. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Jessie Warren, of Harrison, Me. The funeral will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Morgan resident, by Rev. John Codd, pastor of the Central Community church. Burial will be made in Dodge Grove cemetery.
Decatur Herald, Saturday, February 01, 1930, Decatur, Illinois

Lois Ann Ashworth
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Mattoon-- Lois Ann Ashworth, eight months' old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Ashworth, died in the family home, one and a quarter miles northwest Dorana Saturday morning of pneumonia. The funeral was conducted in Peers chapel at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, by Rev. T. J. Lugg, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery. The child leaves her parents and three brothers, Morris, Donald, and Maynard, all at home. [Decatur Evening News, Monday, February 23, 1931, Decatur, Illinois]

Louis Alderson Ashworth
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Louis Alderson, son of Cornelius and Hannah Ashworth was born December 22, 1839 and died Thursday, December 9, 1926, aged 86 years, 11 months and 18 days. He was the seventh child in a family of 12 children and was born in Mercer Co. VA and lived therewith his parents until 1854.
Mr. Ashworth's grandfather Samuel Ashworth was one of the most highly educated men in the East, being professor in mathematics in Greenbrier College when he was 84 years of age, after spending nearly his entire life in educational work.
When the family moved by covered wagon from their mountain home in Virginia, Louis barely 15. The family first settled in Shelby Co. afterwards coming to Coles County where they made their future home and where the whole family made a worthy contribution to the early pioneer life of the community taking an active part in social, education and religious affairs.
When a mere boy, the deceased felt the responsibility of helping to lighten the burdens of the home for his parents. He worked on a farm and on the railroad; helping to build the first railroad through Mattoon. In the winter he taught in the public schools and although his education was very limited, he was a fine student and as long as his faculties ere retained, he remained so.
On July 16, 1863 he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza A. Rice of North Okaw township, daughter of Amos Rice, another pioneer of early days. To this union were born 12 children, 11 of whom were reared inthis good old fashioned, fireside home to manhood and womanhood. The first born baby, George dying when but a year of age; the untimely death of the second child Mollie the beloved wife of Dr. A.G. Hamilton , ocurred 29 years later; in September 1923 Walter Edward was removed to his Heavenly Home, thus leaving the aged widow with 9 remaining children to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and a kind and loving father. The five sons are Jobe, Lewis, William, John and Clinton. The daughters are Mrs. Ann Cole, Mrs. Sadie Neff, Mrs. Jessie Davis and Mrs. Ethel Moore. Also 42 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Louis was a favorite with all these loved ones and was never happier than when he could have them in his own home and entertain them, and whenever his health would permit, he loved to call on his children and grandchildren in their homes, and it was when he was making a call on one of his grandsons that he fell on the steps and was seriously injured. All that medical skill could do and loving words and deeds to make his last remaining hours on earth as easy as human hands can do, was done, but God was ready to receive that waiting soul and he has gone to join the loved ones on the other side. Heaven is nearer since he is there. The separation here is hardest for the companion who for more than 63 years has shared with him the sorrows and disapointments as well as thejoys and pleasures incident in the lives of this splendid couple who were typs of the rugged Christian character, so much prized in the good old days of pioneer life that is so worthy of emulation. The old home circle is broken, the tie is severed, but our loss is Heaven's gain and may we treasure the words of that outstanding Christian, St. Paul, when his letter to the Ephesians, he said, " God has given us life that we may use it,: and as a husband, father, brother, neighbor and kinsman, the deceased used that life to help humanity and for the furthering of God's kingdom.
Louis A. Ashworth was converted when a lad 13 years of age and lived a consistent Christ-like life. How God must have been pleased with such a service and best of all, his works will live on. Much do we owe to our forefathers and fathers for their loyalty and devotion to the early church andmany times as Brother Ashworth spoken of his mother walking the distance of 7 miles over the moutains of Virginia to be present at the Sunday morning services.
The deceased was one of the first members of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church near Cooks Mill and for many years was Deacon. he was sadly missed in the church and community life when he left his country home and came to Mattoon to live; yet he came to be loved and trusted in his church and among his acquaintances here for the reason that he was so self-sacrificing and sympathetic; always seeking to do any service for the Master no matter how small or with no thought of securing for himself the praise. He will be missed more in his home, just to know he was therewas a comfort to the children and loved ones, but like the beautiful flowers that he loved so well, the life he lived has permeated the lives of those around him and with him, that the sweet perfume of the fragrance it has left will only grow more precious as the days go by and Heaven is dearer now than ever to those who are left. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints."
[Unknown newspaper, c. December 1926]

Mary Ellen Ashworth
Mrs. Mary Ellen Ashworth, 82, of Mattoon died 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in her home; born Douglas County; married Oscar Ashworth Dec. 14, 1907, Mattoon; leaves husband; son William, Mattoon; brothers Ray Creviston, Compton, Calif.; Roy Creviston, Los Angeles, Calif.; Jess Creviston, Lake City; sisters Mrs. Lena Rhodes, Mrs. Harriett Shaw, Mrs. Clara Ames, all of Mattoon; one grandchild; four great grandchildren; services 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon; burial Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon; call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. [The Decatur Herald and Review, (Decatur, IL) 25 Dec 1969, pg. 49, tr by KT]

Fred Isham
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Mattoon----The funeral of Fred Isham, 616 Wabash avenue, who died in the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday morning, was conducted Friday afternoon in the First Baptist church here by the Rev. James M. Lively. Burial was in Dodge Grove cemetery.  [Decatur Evening News, Monday, February 23, 1931 Decatur, Illinois]

Levena Louise Stull
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Mattoon, Ill.--Mrs. Levena Louise Stull, fifty-two, a resident of this city for thirty-five years, died Sunday evening
[March 1, 1931] in Memorial hospital where she had been receiving treatment for a month for a complication of ailments. The funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Assembly of God church, with Rev. W. E. Thurmond officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove cemetery.  Mrs. Stull is survived by her husband, Bert Stull, and seven children, Virgil Stull of Mattoon, Mrs. Golda Bosaw of Mt. Carmel, and Mrs. Earl Brewer of Mattoon, and Misses Mildred, Marette, Pauline, and Delores, at home. There are several brothers and sisters. Mrs. Eva Freeman of Decatur is a sister.  [Decatur Daily Review,Tuesday, March 03, 1931, Decatur, Illinois]

Lulu Coy
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Charleston, Oct. 8--Funeral services for Mrs. Lulu Coy, 58, who died at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon [October 16, 1928] in the Charleston hospital , will be conducted at 2:30 Thursday afternoon in the First Baptist church in Mattoon by the pastor, Rev. James M. Lively. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove cemetery, Mattoon. The death followed an peration (sic) , performed at 8:00 o'clock Tuesday morning. Mrs. Coy, who had been ill by gall stone trouble for about three months, entered the hospital Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Coy, widow of James Coy, and a former resident of Mattoon, came to Charleston about a month ago to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Pat Anderson, 210 Fourth street. Mrs Coy was born in Neoga and lived there until nine years ago, after which she moved with her children to Mattoon. Surviving are her nine children: Mrs. Pat Anderson, Mrs. Grace Brown, Mrs. Nora Goodw??(last letters unreadable), Misses Edith and Edna , all of Mattoon; Mrs. Mildred Beemer of Detroit, Mrs. Mary Frantz of Oklahoma, Noble Coy of Kentucky, Charles Coy, one brother, John Myler, of Mattoon and one sister, Mrs. Martha Peters, of Champaign, also survive.
Decatur Evening Herald, Thursday, October 18, 1928 Decatur, Illinois

Mrs. D. T. McIntyre
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George B. Rhoads went to Mattoon Friday to join his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Rhoads, who were there to attend the funeral of the elder Mrs. Rhoads' sister, Mrs. D. T. McIntyre. The funeral was held from the residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Campbell T. McKay, pastor of the Presbyterian church of which Mrs. McIntyre was a member. Burial was in Dodge Grove cemetery.
[Decatur Review, Saturday, August 11, 1917 Decatur, Illinois]

John A. Piatt
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Mattoon, Dec. 19--John A. Piatt, sixty-six, died on Saturday night [Dec. 15, 1928] at 10 o'clock at the hospital at Jacksonville. For some time Mr. Piatt had been suffering from a nervous breakdown and he was taken to the hospital about three weeks ago. Mr. Piatt had lived in Mattoon since he was a very small child and for many years was employed in the photography business. He is survived by his wife, and one sister, Mrs. W. L. Hewitt. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 2: 30 o'clock from the home at 1712 Lafayette avenue and burial was in the Dodge Grove cemetery. Decatur Review, Wednesday, December 19, 1928, Decatur, Illinois

Nellie M. Champion
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Mrs. Nellie M. Champion, 91, who resided the past 5 years with her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman W. (Margaret) May, 1015 Minnesota St., died this morning at Shelby County Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville. Mrs Champion, a resident of Edwardsville since 1955, previously living in Lerna, Ill.
Born Dec. 28, 1871, in Etna, Coles County, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Margaret Hamblen. She was married to Elisha M. Champion on Sept. 9, 1897 in Etna. Her husband died in 1940. Surviving are a son and two daughters, W. Hamblen Champion and Mrs. J. Elwood (Irene) Amos, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. May; one sister, Mrs. Rosa M. Bauch, Mattoon; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Adell died in 1908. Mrs. Champion was a member of Lerna Methodist church, Lerna. The body may be viewed at the Schilling funeral home, Mattoon after 4 p.m. Monday until the services Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon.
Edwardsville Intelligencer, Saturday, March 16, 1963 Edwardsville, Illinois

Margaret Elizabeth Cunningham
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Mattoon. Feb. 14-- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Cunningham, widow of James H. Cunningham, died in Memorial hospital at 9:30 Saturday evening (February 11, 1928) where she had been for three weeks from complications of old age.
Mrs. Cunningham was born in Spring Valley, New York, Feb. 11, 1845 and was 83 years of age on the day of her death. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cook, and was the last of the family of 11 children, 10 girls and one boy. She came to Mattoon in the early sixties, and was married Oct. 6, 1866, to James H. Cunningham, in Peru, N.Y. They went to housekeeping in Mattoon and two years later they moved to a farm southeast of Mattoon. He died Oct. 13, 1911. Mrs. Cunningham is survived by four sons, Harry, Mattoon; William R. Cunningham, Chicago; Joseph B. Cunningham, South Bend, Ind.; and George M. Cunningham, San Leon, Tex. The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of her son and daughter in law, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cunningham, in 720 South Fifteenth street, by Rev. Harris G. Beck, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery by the side of her husband.
Decatur Evening News, Tuesday, February 14, 1928, Decatur, Illinois
Note: listed as Mary Elizabeth Cunningham in the Dodge Grove Cemetery Records

John Thomas Graham
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John Thomas Graham died at his home, 1625 North Edward street, at 4:30 Saturday afternoon (November 2, 1929). The cause of death was acute indigestion. He was born in Moultrie county, March 7, 1861. He did not marry. He had been making his home in Decatur for the past four years. He came here from Mattoon and was a member of the Methodist church and the K. T. lodge at Mattoon. He leaves one brother, William E. Graham, of Mattoon. The body was taken to Dawson & Wikoff funeral home and prepared for burial. Further arrangements have not been made yet.

Graham, John Thomas, 10 a.m. Monday morning at the residence, 1625 North Edward. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery, Mattoon.
[Decatur Herald, Sunday, November 03, 1929 Decatur, Illinois]

Jennie Lee Patterson
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Mattoon--Jennie Lee, 15 days old daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Patterson, died in the home 820 Olive avenue, Wednesday afternoon, [May 31, 1931] having been ill from birth. Besides the parents she leaves three brothers, Allan, Carl and James and four sisters, Marie, Dorothy, Lillie May and Martha, all at home, and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Minerva Patterson, of Mattoon. The body was taken to the Schillling undertaking parlors and prepared for burial and then returned to the family home where the funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon by Rev. John Codd of the Central Community church . Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery. Decatur Evening Herald, Friday, May 15, 1931 Decatur, Illinois

Note: Dodge Grove Cemetery Records lists the infant as 17 days old.

Thomas Warner Wilson
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Mattoon--Thomas Warner Wilson, formerly residing near Mattoon, died in his home in Deming, N. M., Sunday [May 13, 1931.] Mr. Wilson was born in 1866 about 5 miles southwest of Mattoon, in the vicinity of Etna. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Wilson, pioneers of Coles county. He never was married.
The body was brought to Mattoon by his brother, George Wilson, of Enid, Ok., Friday. Sunday afternoon it will be take to the Presbyterian church where the funeral will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. Horace Batchelor, under the auspices of Gays lodge of Masons who will put on the burial rites at the graveside in Dodge Grove cemetery. Mr. Wilson leaves two sisters, Mrs. Albert Annin and Miss Kate Wilson, both of Oakland; two brothers, W. W. Wilson of Kewanee, and George D. Wilson of Enid, Ok.
[Decatur Evening Herald, Friday, May 15, 1931 Decatur, Illinois]

Oscar M. Tucker
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Tucker Funeral Today
Funeral services for Oscar M. Tucker (
d. June 7, 1928) were conducted in the home, 418 South Fifteenth street, at 3 o'clock after by Rev. John Codd, of the Central Community church , with gravesides services conducted by Mattoon Elks. Mr. Tucker was born Feb. 8, 1881 in Oconee. He came to Mattoon 26 years ago, and until six years ago was a conductor on the Big Four. Since then, he has engaged in real estate and insurance business. He was married Aug. 5, 1906, to Miss Maude Hoffman of Charleston. He was a member of the Masonic lodge in Dahlgren, and of the Elks, Moose O. R. C. of Mattoon. Surviving are his widow; his mother, Mrs. Mary Stocker, Columbus, O., two daughters, Miss Pauline and Georgia, both of Mattoon and one brother, Harry Tucker, of Central City, Ky.
No definite date has been set for the coroner's inquest into the three deaths, but Coroner Schilling believes it will be about the middle of the week. A coroner's jury has been impanelled.

Note: According to articles in the Decatur Evening Herald. Mr. Oscar Tucker, Mr. Sam Hough, and Mrs. Mayme Garrett drowned in Paradise Lake. [Decatur Evening Herald, Monday, June 11, 1928 Decatur, Illinois]

Merle Elgin Taylor
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Youth Dies
Merle Taylor, 15 year old son of Elgin Taylor, died in the family home in Bone Gap of Scarlet fever, at 1 o'clock Friday morning (March 15, 1928). Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery. Rev. J. F. McMahan conducted the services.  The young man was born Oct. 18, 1913, south of Mattoon. He is survived by his father, and step mother, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, one brother Sammy, and one half brother, Vernon, all at home.
[Decatur Evening Herald, Monday, March 19, 1928 Decatur, Illinois]

Willam Francis Perry
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Toledo Boy Hurt by Roller, Dies......William Perry Funeral Held at Home

Toledo, Ill--Head and chest injuries substained about 4:30 o'clock Monday afternoon in a field at the home of A. C. Gordon, northwest of Toledo, resulted in the death of William Francis Perry, eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Perry, at 11:45 p.m Monday night [June 3, 1930] at the Perry home in Neoga township. At the time of the accident, the Perry boy was visiting on the Gordon premises. During a temporary absence of Mr. Gordon, who was at work with the roller in the field, the lad is said to have climb to the seat of the roller and started the horses attached to it. When the roller began passing over rough ground the boy was thrown under the machine. When help came he was fastened under the roller. He was unconscious when picked up and remained that way until the end. Funeral services were held at the Perry home Wednesday at 1 o'clock. Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery.
[Decatur Daily Review, Friday, June 06, 1930 Decatur, Illinois]

Almira Hopkins
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Former Resident Dies - Mrs. Hopkins, who Spent Many Years Near Mattoon, Dies in Indiana

Mattoon, July 24 [1929] --- Mrs. Almira Hopkins, widow of J. M. Hopkins, died in the home of her son, Walter S. Hopkins in Crawfordsville, Ind. at 5:40 o'clock Saturday (20 July 1929) afternoon. The body arrived in Mattoon at &:30 Tuesday morning and was taken directly to the F. S. Schilling where the funeral was conducted at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Horace Batchelor, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial was made in Dodge Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Hopkins was born April 2, 1836 in Augusta, Ky. Following her marriage to Mr. Hopkins she went to Red Oak, O, to reside. There she and her husband resided until 1880 when they came to Mattoon, where they and their family resided on a farm on which now stands the I O O F Old Folk home. When the farm was sold to the Odd Felows (sic) Grand lodge of the state she and Mr. Hopkins and their family moved into Mattoon where they resided until his death when she went to Indiana to live with her son.  Mrs. Hopkins is survived by one son, Walter, with whom she made her home in Crawfordsville, a step-daughter, Mrs. F. Carnes in East St. Louis and a step-grandson, Harry Hopkins, Mattoon.
Decatur Herald, Wednesday, July 24, 1929 Decatur, Illinois

Note: Dodge Grove cemetery publication lists as Elmira Hopkins

Charles N. McGinnis
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Mattoon Man Shoots Himself; Dies at Once - Charles N McGinnis Was Despondent Over Ill Health
Mattoon, July 6--Despondent over ill health, Charles N. McGinnis, fifty-three, committed suicide Monday morning [July 2, 1928] about 8 o'clock by shooting himself twice in the head with a 38-calibre revolver. He died instantly. According to Mrs. M. M. Garrett, with whom he made his home, he had passed a very restless night. He had been uneasy ever since he came to the Garrett home from the Illinois Central hospital in Chicago, three months ago. But Wednesday night, she said, he had been particularly restless and talked in a despondent mood. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett were up most of the night watching him. Thursday morning he quieted down, and Mrs. Garrett started her housework. Mr. McGinnis had gone out and as she took a rug out in the back yard, she saw him standing in the door of the coal shed, a revolver in his hand.

"I begged him for the gun," Mrs. Garrett said, "but he told me not to worry about him, that he was all right. As it is usually best to humor him, I turned away and then heard two shots" The bullets entered in almost exactly the same place.

Mr. McGinnis was employed in the Illinois Central shops here until last winter when his health broke down and he was taken to the hospital in Chicago. Since he returned he worked at odd jobs in the local yards but his mind being unsettled, he could not stand routine tasks.

The coroner's jury, called by Coroner Frank Schilling Thursday night returned a verdict of death by gunshot wounds with suicidal intent. The funeral was held at the home of his brother, Tracey H McGinnis, 1108 South Sixteenth street, Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. F. McMahan. Burial was in Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mr. McGinnis was born three miles south of Lerna, about fifty-three years ago, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua McGinnis. He grew up in the Lerna community, and about twenty-five years ago went to work on the sec??on service of the Illinois Central railroad. He worked in the Mattoon yards for twenty years or more. Those surviving are his mother, Mrs. Julia McGinnis, now eighty-three years old, his brother, Tracey H. McGinnis, both of this city, and three half-brothers, Walter F. McGinnis of Taneyville, Mo., John McGinnis of the state of Washington, and Lewis McGinnis of this city.
The Decatur Daily Review, Friday, July 06, 1928 Decatur, Illinois

Ross R. Ritchey
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Former Coles Resident Dies - Funeral Services For Ross R. Ritchey in Mattoon Church
Mattoon, May 24 [1928] --Ross R Ritchey of Palestine, died in the Robinson hospital Tuesday (May 22, 1928) morning, following an operation for appendicitis. Mr. Ritchey was born in Humboldt and was 32 years old at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Neva Hyland of Mattoon 12 years ago, and lived here until 1921, when he moved to Palestine where he was employed by Illinois Central railroad. The body was brought to Mattoon where funeral services will be conducted in First Christian church, at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, by Rev. J. F. McMahan. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery. He is survived by his wife, five small children, Howard, Harold, John W. , Evelyn, and Minnie Alice, all of home; his mother, Mrs. J. W. DeVore, near Winsot; two sisters, Miss Helen Ritchey, Mattoon; Mrs. F. Hyland and one brother, Burt Ritchey, both of Cooks Mills.
Decatur Herald, Wednesday, October 24, 1928 Decatur, Illinois

Betty Joan Arthur
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Betty Joan Arthur, four day old twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Arthur, residing nine miles northeast of Mattoon, was brought to this city Wednesday afternoon for burial in Dodge Grove cemetery. The little one died of cerebral embolism in the family home Tuesday evening (January 24 1928). There was no funeral services. [Decatur Herald, Friday, January 27, 1928 Decatur, Illinois]

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