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Edgar County, Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices


A little girl that has been living with Anthony Green, and whose name we were unable to learn, died last Wednesday, after a short illness.
[Paris Weekly Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Monday April 30, 1877]

Martha Anderson
Octogenarian Dies of Measles.
Nevins, Ill., March 23. - After a three days’ illness with a well-defined case of measles, Mrs. Martha Anderson, age eighty-two, widow of Jacob Anderson, died at her home, two miles southwest of Nevins, yesterday. One brother, G. D. Maynard, of Paris, and three daughters survive her.  [The Indianapolis News; Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; Wed. 23 Mar 1910; p. 20, col. 3, Sub. by Tari Parr, who adds this NOTE: Daughter of Levi & Catherine French Mainard/Maynard]

Asa J. Baber
Paris, Illinois - November 27 - The funeral of the late Asa J. Baber, for forty-five years president of the First National bank here, will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon and will probably be the largest ever held here.
[Terre Haute Tribune, Sunday November 28th, 1915, Page 2]

Lute Brading
Funeral services for Lute Brading, 86 years old, Paris who died Wednesday at the Paris Hospital, will be at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Ward-Sutton Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oakland, Ill., cemetery. He is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Floyd Miller, Mrs. Sarah Waller, Mrs. Flossie Henson, Mrs. Sam Murphy, all of Paris, and Mrs. Emory Henson, Chicago; Mrs. Nila Kimball, Miami, and Mrs. Margaret Mann, Chicago, and a son James of Chicago, and two sisters, Mrs. Ora Stokes, Byron, Ohio, and Mrs. Clarence Collins, Auburn, Ill.
[Terre Haute Tribune, August 29, 1957, Paris , IL]

Samuel J. Brading
Samuel J. Brading, 74 years old, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at his home here. He was a retired farmer, native of Oakland, Ill., and resident of near Hume the major portion of his life. Surviving are the widow, formerly Della Henline; four children, Glen of Bloomingdale, Ind.; Mrs. Daisy Hutton of Hume; Mrs. Irena Crist of Indianapolis, and Sam Brading, Jr. of Hamilton Field, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Writeaman and Mrs. Lola Clark of Hume, and three brothers, Ora Brading of North Dakota, and Burr and Charles Brading of Hume. Time of the funeral is contingent upon the arrival of the son from California. [Terre Haute Tribune, December 17, 1944, Hume, IL]

John Brooks

John Brooks, Chrisman, IL. Nov. 26, 1913 John Brooks, who was one of the oldest residents in this part of the country, died at the home of his son, James, near here, Friday evening. His death was due to old age. and for several weeks he had been in a critical condition. Mr. Brooks was a native of Barren County, Kentucky, being born in 1830. In 1865 he came to Edgar County, Illinois, where he had since spent his life as a farmer. In 1851 his marriage to Miss Margaret Jane Crockett took place and to this union ten children were born, the mother passing away about eight years ago. The funeral of Mr. Brooks took place Sunday morning from the Franklin church, and burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
[Terre Haute Tribune, Nov 26, 1913 - Sub. by Sharon O.]

Calvin P. Burrell
DIED MONDAY -- Was a Veteran of the Civil War--Funeral Thursday Afternoon
C. P. Burrell died at his home in the north part of Brocton at about 1:30 Monday afternoon. He has been ill for some time but his death came suddenly. He was in bed and asked his daughter, Mrs. Nellie Watkins, for a drink of water and when she brought it to him found he had passed away. He had been in declining health for several months but has been able to be up and around most of the time until the time of his death.
Calvin P. Burrell was born in Putnam county, Ohio, on June 24, 1839 and at the time of his death was aged 77 years and 3 days. He celebrated his 77th birthday anniversary Friday.
He was a veteran of the Civil war having enlisted in 1861 with the 49th Ohio infantry and served until the close of the war. Most of this time he was a wagon master. In the spring of 1864 while at home on a furlough, he was married to Miss Mary C. Tigner at Tiffin, Ohio, after which he rejoined his regiment at the front. To this union were born seven children of whom four survive, viz.: Harry Burrell and Mrs. Nellie Watkins, of Brocton, Mrs. Geo. Butler, of Bunkerhill, Ind., and Chas. Burrell, of Danville. Also a brother, Wm. Burrell, of Streator, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. Jane Johnson, of Windsor, Ill. All are here for the funeral.
The funeral service will be held at the late residence in Brocton at 1 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. C. E. Parsons officiating. The burial will be at Embarrass where the remains of his wife, who died about six years ago were laid to rest.
[29 Jun 1916 Pg 1, Col. 4, "The Brocton Weekly Review", Sub. by Tari Parr,]

Ernest S. Callaway
Ernest S. Callaway, 78 years old, R.R.2, Paris, Ill., died at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. Surviving are the wife, Elizabeth, and four nephews. He was a member of the New Hope Lodge No. 620, F. and A. M. of Dennison, Ill., and a member of the A. T. A. association. The body was taken to the Bedino Chapel of the Valley at West Terre Haute, Ind., where services will be at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be in New Providence cemetery, with members of Masonic Lodge No. 620 conducting graveside services. Friends may call at the Bedino Chapel after 7 o'clock Thursday evening.
[Terre Haute Tribune, August 29, 1957, Paris, IL]

Agnes Leota Campbell
Agnes Leota Campbell, 67 years old, daughter of Nelson and Hattie Laufman Campbell, was born on April 14th, 1895 in Edgar County, Illinois, and departed this life in Orange, California, August 26, 1962.
She was married to Orville A. Haslitt, November 5, 1913, and to this union were born five children, three boys, Nelville of Compton, Calif., Richard of Costa Mesa, Wendall of Orange; two daughters, Mrs. Numa Burbank of Anaheim, Calif., Mrs. Neva Collier of Orange, Calif. Her husband, Orville, passed away April 10th, 1962.
Four sisters survive her, Mrs. Florence Hedges of orange, Mrs. Grace Weaver of Paris, Ill., Mrs. Clova Weaver of Marshall, Ill., and Mrs. Eleanor Taylor of Dennison, Ill. A brother, Alvis Leo Campbell preceded her in death April 16, 1918.
She leaves nine grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews to mourn her death. She was a loving devoted wife, and a faithful, affectionate mother. Agnes was of a sunny, cheerful disposition, and was an inspiration to her many friends. the minister that conducted her funeral remarked of the times he had called to cheer her, but said that he went away cheered himself, which was so very true of her.
Orville and Agnes with their family came to California from Columbus, Ohio in march, 1929. the family have since resided in Orange. After the death of her companion four months ago she has made her home with her two daughters.
[Nov. 8, 1962 - Sub by Linda Seed]
William Cassan
Died--On Saturday December 13th, 1879, at the residence of his son-in-law, Wm. H. Lang, four miles from Rantoul, Ill., William Cassan, aged 80 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Deceased was born February 17th, 1799 in Virginia, and was married to Katherine Fisher, August 6th, 1824. In 1839 they removed to West Virginia and from thence, in 1856 to Illinois. Mrs. Cassan died in 1863. Shortly after this event he removed, with his son to Nebraska and in 1868 returned to Paris to reside with his daughter, Mrs. Lang and in August last, with his daughter, Mrs. L. removed to Rantoul where he died.
[The Paris Gazette, Wednesday, December 24, 1879]

Jacob P. Combs

A pioneer resident of Paris and Edgar county passed away today in the person of Jacob P. Combs in his home, 122 Union Street. His demise was due to age and debility, being the consequence to feebleness, though he has only been bedfast the past month. Mr. Combs was born in Knoxville, Tennessee December 15, 1813, so that he lacked but a few days of being eighty five years of age. He came north as a young man, locating first in Indiana, thence to Clark county, Illinois and afterward to this city. His residence in Clark and Edgar counties extended over a period of nearly fifty years. He was twice married, his first wife being Rebecca Kearns of Clark county. Five children were born to them, all of whom survive, as follows: Wm. Combs, Clark county, Lucinda, wife of J.C. McKee, of Terre Haute; Nancy J., wife of James Lemasters, living south of Paris; Fannie, wife of  Wm.  Fitzgerald of southern Kentucky.  His second wife was Judah E. Kemper, also of Clark county, who survives him together with the following children: Sarah E., wife of Henry Yingst, of Fairfield, Iowa; Susan E., wife of F.M. Havdeo, Muncie, Indiana; Dora A., wife of G.B. Bartley of Peoria; and Silas Combs of this city. Mrs. Combs is seventy six years of age and in feeble health. The deceased was throughout his long life a useful and upright citizen. He dies in the ripeness of an honored old age, respected and mourned by all who knew him. The time of the funeral is not yet determined. [Paris Beacon News, Dec. 5, 1898 - Sub. by Teresa Haines Rigney]

Emberson C. Davis
The death of Emberson C. Davis, 85, resident at the Kern hotel, occurred at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Paris hospital. He was born in Paris township Nov. 10, 1872, the son of Leander and Mary Carico Davis. Nearest relatives are three nieces and one nephew, Ralph Davis of Edwardsburg, Mich., who arrived in Paris Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Ward-Sutton funeral home and burial will be at the Cherry Point cemetery.
[Unknown Newspaper, 1958 - Sub by Susan M. Gates Davis]

Mrs. Lucinda O. Davis
Mrs. Lucinda O. Davis, 89, 401 South Indiana Street, Chrisman, a lifelong resident of Edgar County, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Paris Community Hospital Thursday at 6 p.m.
Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Scott-Bolen Funeral Home in Chrisman where friends may call after 7 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the Hoult Cemetery in Chrisman.
Mrs. Davis was born July 15, 1881, daughter of Hamilton and Jane Grahm Frink. She married William R. Davis in 1897, and was widowed in 1939. She is survived by one son, Ralph, of Edwardsburg, Mich.; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Grau and Mrs. Thelma Hurst, both of Chicago; and Mrs. Carrie Allen of Edwardsburg, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Owen, five brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Davis was a member of the Royal Neighbors of Chrisman and the Chrisman American Legion Auxillary.
[Unknown Newspaper and Date, Date of Death: June 3, 1971 - Sub by Susan M. Gates Davis]

Mary Davis
Chrisman, June 12,--Mrs. Mary Davis, wife of the late Leander Davis, died at 4 o'clock Sunday morning death being attributed to cancer of the stomach. The deceased has been ill for about two months.
Mary Milburn was born in this state and has been a resident of Edgar county for many years, being aged 66 years at the time of her death. She was the mother of four children, three of whom survive, viz.: William and Lemuel [should be Emberson] of Chrisman; Mrs. Mayme [should be Carrie] Burroughs, of Hume. Besides her children she is survived by two brothers, Ewing and Birel Milburn of Paris. The funeral was conducted at Cherry Point and interment was made there.
[Paris Daily Beacon, June 12, 1911, Page 7 - Sub by Susan M. Gates Davis]

William Richard Davis

CHRISMAN, Dec. 29, 1939--William Richard Davis, 73 died at 5 o'clock on Thursday evening at his home here. He was born on October 31, 1866 near Arcola, a son of Leander and Ann Millburn Davis. For 40 years he had been a ditching contractor in Chrisman.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Olive Frink Davis, and the following children: Ralph of Paris, Mrs. Doyt Allen, Mrs. William Grau and Owen, all of South Bend, Ind.; and Thelma, at home. There are six grandchildren, one brother, Emberson Davis of Paris, and a sister, Mrs. John Burroughs of Hume. Tow daughters are deceased.
The funeral will be held from the Scott funeral home at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the Rev. E. R. Bayliss officiating, burial in Hoult cemetery.
[Unknown Newspaper, 1939 - Sub by Susan M. Gates Davis]

Jesse Etchison
Paris, Ill, July 6 - Despondent because of ill health, Jesse Etchison, aged 65, threw himself in front of the Knickerbocker express Monday night.  He was instantly killed. [Free Trader-Journal And Ottawa Fair Dealer. (Ottawa, Ill.), 06 July 1921]

Jennie Foncannon 
The deceased was born in Edgar county, Ill., May 15, 1864. On February 6, 1884, she was married to Dr. Foncannon, who, with a little son 9 years of age, survives her. The funeral services will be held at the house tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. H. J. Coker.
[Source: Emporia Gazette (Emporia, KS) Friday, July 29, 1898, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Death of Mrs. Foncannon After an Illness of Several Years.
Mrs. Jennie Foncannon, wife of Dr. F. F. Foncannon, died last night at 10 o’clock, after a long and painful illness. Death resulted from a tumor o n the brain. About a year ago Mrs. Foncannon became blind, and had been confined to her bed since that time. Her brother, Mr. T. P. Stevenson, has been almost constantly at her bedside for over ten months. Mrs. Foncannon bore her sufferings with great fortitude and patience.

Timothy Glover
Funeral services for two-year Timothy Raymond Glover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert W. Glover, who died of a heat stroke Friday, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Cook and Ward Funeral home at Paris, IL.
Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery there.
The child died after climbing in an auto at the farm home of Mrs. Glover's parents, Dr. and Mrs. W. Ray Jones, near Redmon, Edgar County, where he was unnoticed during the afternoon. the windows were found raised and the child was stumped in the front seat, efforts to revive him failed.
Mr. Glover, a Peoria cigarette salesman, formerly was a varsity basketball player at Bradley University from 1946 to 1945 and was Sparland High School coach one year.  
["Peoria Journal Star", pg B8, Sunday, June 29, 1952 - submitted by Candi Horton]

Edgar S. Graves

A Shocking Tragedy at the Camp of the Sixth Cavalry Monday Morning.
About 5:35 o’clock Monday morning in the camp of the Second Squadron o f the Sixth Cavalry, stationed at Nogales was thrown into a state of excitement by the apparently cold blooded murder of one of the soldiers in Troop H, perpetrated by a comrade in the same command Edgar S. Graves is the name of the victim of the tragedy, and the name of the murderer is Roy A. Weed. It is related that Graves was bending over washing his hands and face in a wash basin, when Weed came to the door of his tent, but a few feet away, leveled a rifle and fired, the shot passing through the shoulder, penetrating the lung and reaching the heart. Death was instantaneous.
Captain Furlong, in command of the squadron, instituted and investigation immediately with the result that the murderer was brought into town at once and delivered to the civil authorities. Justice Chatham summoned a coroner’s jury and held an inquest which found a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death by a gunshot wound inflicted by the man Weed. The murderer was held for the grand jury upon the verdict.
Thursday morning the remains of the murdered man were sent to his home at Paris, Illinois, in charge of his brother, Harry Graves, who is a trooper in the same troop. The young man who has come to an end so untimely was liked well by his comrades, and the sad ending of his young life is deplored sincerely by both officers and men.   [Source: The Oasis (Arizola, AZ) July 8, 1911, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Jesse H. Griswold
Jesse H. Griswold an ex-merchant of Arcola, committed suicide in that village last Wednesday, by hanging himself in the smoke house.
[The Paris Gazette, Wednesday, April 10, 1878]

Sarah Harding
Died, In the neighborhood of Bloomfield, Edgar county, of typhoid pneumoniia, on the 21st, Mrs. Sarah, consort of George Harding, aged 47 years. [Illinois State Journal, 13 February 1856]

Mrs. William Hastings
Paris, Ill., Nov 17 - Mrs. William Hastings died at her home this morning of dropsy. She had been ill for several months. She is survived by her husband and five children. Burial will take place Sunday morning at Edgar cemetery. -
[Terre Haute Tribune, Sunday November 28th, 1915, Page 2]

Hazel Henning

Terre Haute, Ind - Hazel Henning, Paris, Ill., died of typhoid fever.  Weighed 500 lbs. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 12 Aug. 1912]

Sarah Hicks
Mrs. Sarah Hicks Dies
Paris, Ill., Nov. 19 -- The death of Mrs. Sarah Hicks occurred Thursday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Clark, on aVnce (sic) avenue. Some few days ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis and never rallied from the shock. The deceased was born in Ohio 86 years ago and came to this county when a child. For several years she lived on a farm south of Vermillion, and after the death of her husband, a few years ago, took up her residence in this city with her daughter, Mrs. Clark. The deceased leaves 3 children, Mrs. Angel Wolfe, of Terre Haute; Sherman Hicks, of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Clark, of Paris. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Clark Sunday afternoon.
[Terre Haute Tribune, Friday, November 19, 1909 - Sub by K.T.]

Charles L. Holley

Mr. Holding

The Mr. Holding, who was recently so barbarously murdered in Green county, was a citizen of Edgar county, Ill. It appears that he came to Indiana for the purpose of bailing his son, who was in custody under some criminal charge.
[Source: New Albany Daily Ledger (New Albany, IN) Monday, February 23, 1857, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Hostettler
Died--In Grayson county, Texas, Oct. 20, 1882, Elder John Hostettler, aged about 76 years. He was the father of Mrs. F. S. Kester, of this city. Elder Hostettler removed to Texas from near Decatur, Illinois, about six years ago, and was an Elder in the Christian Church, and preached in that church in this city a number of years ago. Also, Dr. A. B. Hostettler, a son of Elder John Hostettler, and brother of Mrs. Kester, died in Whitesboro, Grayson county, Texas, Nov. 12, 1882, of nervous prostration. He left a wife and two children surviving him. The Doctor was a son-in-law of Judge Allen, of Carthage, Mo., to whose home the widow and children will probably return. [The Paris Gazette, Wednesday December 6, 1882]

Mrs. Frank Hunter

Special to The Republic.
CHRISMAN, Ill., July 2.-Mrs. Frank Hunter, the wife of a young farmer living six miles southwest of Chrisman, cut her throat from ear to ear this morning while temporarily insane. A physician was summoned immediately, and the wound sewed up, but there is little hope of saving her life. Mrs. Hunter is 23 years old, has been married three years, and has one child, a baby. She had an attack of typhoid fever two years ago, since which time she has had frequent periods of insanity.
[Source: St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO) Friday, July 3, 1891, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Josephine D. James
NOWATA, Okla., Aug. 3. -- Mrs. Josephine D. James, 77, reputedly the third woman to be admitted to the practice of law in the United States, died here today. She opened her first law office in Paris, Ill., in 1882. Death occurred at the home of a daughter, Mrs. C. M. Willard. Burial will be at Higginsville, Mo.
[San Antonio Express | San Antonio, TX | Saturday, August 04, 1934 | Submitted by J. Rice]

Michael Kiser

SUICIDE.- Last Thursday evening, June 9th, about six or seven o'clock, Michael Kiser, who lived in Edgar township, committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. Mr. Kiser, while he owned 320 acres of land, was considerably involved financially, and it is supposed that this weighed so heavily upon his mind that he committed the rash act. The ball entered just in front of the left temple.
[Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, June 23, 1887]

[Infant] Koho

An infant daughter of John Koho died last Wednesday night.
[Paris Gazette, Wednesday A. M. June 6, 1877 Pg. 4]


The marriage of McCarnahan and Miss Burnham was forbidden by the girl's father at Paris, Ill. She escaped from the house in the night, walked eight miles to the telegraph office, and sent a message to her lover to come to her. But he, less resolute, had committed suicide.
[From The Daily Arizona Citizen, Aug 21, 1882 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Bruce McDaniel

Paris , Ill., April 11 - Bruce McDaniel, a well-known citizen, died yesterday at his home near Oliver. Several weeks ago he suffered a slight attack of paralysis and at the time his condition was not considered serious. It later resulted fatally.
[Terre Haute Tribune, 11 April 1914, Page 2]

Hannah McGee
At North Arm, Edgar county, on the 18th ult., Mrs. Hannah, consort of Dr. Richard McGee, in her 36th year. [Illinois State Journal, 13 February 1856]

Ernest McIntosh
Paris, Ill. : Services for Ernest McIntosh, 64, 30 Cherry Point Lane, who died at 3:05 a.m.  Thursday in Paris Community Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Redman United Methodist Church, with Dr. Clyde Ridall officiating. Friends may call 3-9 p.m. Saturday at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home. Surviving are the widow, LaFern; two sons, Mac, Paris, and Gene, Redman; a daughter, Faye, at home and three grandchildren. [The Terre Haute Tribune; Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind; Fri. 17 Oct 1975; p. 6, col. 2; sub. by Teri Parr, who adds this NOTE: Married to Minnie Lafern Wilson, daughter of Walter & Margaret Osborn Wilson]

Vera M. McMullen
Vera May McMullen, 94, of Paris (Edgar Co IL) , died April 15, 2000, at Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris . Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Agnew Funeral Home in Paris . Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris . Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services today at the funeral home. Mrs. McMullen was born Aug. 11, 1905, in Madison to E.H. and Martha E. McGinnis Shadwell. She was married to Bert Atterbury on March 29, 1929, in Hannibal (Mo) . He preceded her in death in 1970. She was later married to Milton McMullen on Aug. 21, 1978. He preceded her in death. Survivors include four sisters, Madge Nordlund and Jennie Chapman, both of Paris, Enid Crim of Hannibal and Fay Smith of Tucson , Ariz. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Edward and John D. Shadwell; and two sisters, Erma Shuck and Lillie Ruth Long. Mrs. McMullen was employed at a Hannibal shoe factory for several years.
[Unknown newspaper, Sub. by Christine Walters]

Ewing Milburn
Paris, Ill., June 24 -- Ewing Milburn, one of the oldest and best known residents of the city, died suddenly Tuesday evening, following an attack of paralysis. Mr. Milburn was 64 years old and had been ill for some months with hardening of the arteries.
[Terre Haute Tribune, Wednesday, June 24, 1914 Pg. 2]

Paris, Ill., June 25--Ewing Milburn, 64 years old, died late Tuesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Stifle, of paralysis. One son, Lester, besides his daughter, survives. The funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the residence. Burial was in Edgar cemetery.
[Terre Haute Tribune, Thursday, June 25, 1914 Pg. 2]

James S. O'Hair
Died of consumption, at his residence in Symmes Township, on the 16th inst., James S. O'Hair--aged 54 years.
Mr. O'Hair was a son of Michael O'Hair, whose death we noticed a few days since, and was a brother of Hon. Wm. S. O'Hair.
He was well known in the south part of this county and also in Coles county where he resided for quite a number of years and he was highly esteemed by his friends and associates. He was a quiet gentleman and by consistent and strict attention to his affairs, received and merited the respect and admiration of all who knew him, and his death is sincerely and universally regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss.
[The Edgar County Gazette, Wednesday, April 21, 1875]

Sarah Ogden

Mrs. Sarah Ogden died at her home at Swango, Ill., four weeks ago, aged about 75 years.  She was a sister of John Wilson (better known as Big John or Logston).  She was married near this town 49 years ago, and has ever since lived in Edgar County, Ill.  She was one of 19 children, and her death leaves Big John as the only survivor, and he is nearly 68 years of age.  [The Hazel Green Herald.(Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Ky.), August 18, 1904]

Beulah Osborn
Paris, Ill., April 18. - Mrs. Beulah Osborn, 88 years old, died at 5:30 o'clock Sunday morning at Paris Hospital following a three-week illness. She was the oldest living member of the Redmon EUB Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Swinford, with she lived at 512 North Jefferson street, Mrs. Minnie May of Bradenton, Fla., and Mrs. Nellie Bates of Bloomington, Ill.; a son, W. R. Osborn of Kansas, Ill.; and four sisters, Mrs. Harriet Saraga of Greenville, Ill., Mrs. Bertha Gesse of Chicago, Mrs. Cathering Daily of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Ruby Nimmons of Litchfield, Ill. Services will be at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Blume Funeral Home. The Rev. Max White will officiate and burial will follow in Embarrass cemetery, near Redmon, Ill. Friends may call. [The Terre Haute Tribune; Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana; Mon. 18 Apr 1960; p. 2, col. 4; Sub. by Teri Parr who adds this NOTE: She was the 2nd wife of Edward Potts Wilson, Gladys was her child from a previous marriage, the others were all step children. She was also stepmother to Margaret Elizabeth Osborn Wilson, wife of Walter Wilson.]

Charles Owens

23 Feb 1941 -- Charles W. Owens, who would have been 90 years old in April, passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, Dane, in the east part of town, with whom he has resided for the past four years, having been confined to his bed for the past two years.
The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Forbes-Hutchins Funeral home in charge of the Rev. F. Arthur Grunewald, pastor of the Presbyterian church.  Bearers were Rhue Owens, Richard Vaughn, Lawrence Dyer, Forrest Owens, Ben Hibschman and Richard Saiters.
Interment was made in Kansas Fairview cemetery. Mr. Owens, son of Robert and Juliet Davis Owens, was born in Waverly, Mo., April 12, 1851 and passed away at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 11 days.
[Submitted by Donna Mae Rhoads]

John Peebles
DEATH OF JOHN PEEBLES--John Peebles, caught in the act of firing a barn in this city on the 28th of October last, and shot in the leg by the police in an attempt to escape, died of pyaemia, or blood-poisoning from the wound in the county jail Monday night. He has taken a change of venue to a higher court, and left his hope that true repentance and reformation may come yet even to a "spirit in prison". He was 24 years old, and of a respectable family.--[Danville Leader].
[The Paris Gazette, Wednesday, December 21, 1881]

Sarah Pugh

Mrs. Sarah Pugh died at the home of her daughter in Handsboro last Sunday morning at 12:30 o’clock. She was 82 years of age and had resided in Handsboro for about 16 years. Mrs. Pugh was born in Edgar County, Illinois, and resided at Charleston, Ills., until coming south. She was a life long member of the Christian church. The funeral services were conducted at the home in Handsboro by the rev. Griffith. Three children survive Mrs. Pugh. They are Miss Clara Pugh of Handsboro, Mrs. Newton Gibbs of Birmingham and Geo. E. Pugh of Handsboro. Interment was made in the Biloxi Cemetery at 4:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  [Source: Daily Herald (Biloxi, MS) Tuesday, March 14, 1922, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Ed Raines

Prominent Farmer of Dewald Ended Life Last Sunday.

Discouragement Over Financial Affairs Assumed to be the Cause of Rash Act.
The people of this city were greatly shocked last Sunday afternoon to learn that A. E. Raines, a well known young farmer living on one of Senator Shell's farms in Dewald township, had committed suicide by hanging himself in the barn on the place. The body was discovered before life was extinct by a young son of Mr. Lee, his housekeeper, and Mrs. Lee cut him down and telephoned for Dr. Weidow, of this city, and a neighbor, but Raines died before the doctor arrived.
Raines had eaten a hearty dinner and seemed in usual good spirits, but in the afternoon while in the barn the suicidal mania seized him and he secured a rope around a joist, then standing on a pail while he adjusted the noose about his neck he kicked the bucket from under him. When discovered he seemed to have repented of his rashness, and was evidently endeavoring to save himself. He was quickly cut down, and efforts made to revive him, but it was too late.
Coroner Williams of Wilmont, was notified and went down to view the remains, but decided no inquest was necessary.
It is said the deceased had seemed much depressed for some weeks past by financial troubles and the gloomy crop prospects, and had occasionally dropped remarks that in the light of subsequent events indicated suicidal intent, but to which no attention was paid at the time. While possibly hard pressed for ready cash there was no apparent reason for his worry over the outlook. He was a single man and his parents, living in Illinois, were well to do. It is said he had been expecting help form home, but its failure to arrive when expected greatly depressed him. The remains were taken in charge by Undertakers Chaney and Mackay and prepared for burial. On Tuesday three of his brother s came up from Illinois to look after his affairs, and took the body to that state for burial. The funeral will be held there today under Masonic auspices. The deceased was born in Vermilion, Edgar county, Illinois, on July 11th, 1870. In 1895 he was married to Miss Kate Morrow, who lived only three months after their marriage. He leaves a father and mother, three brothers and one sister. He was a member of the Fraternity Lodge No. 101, A. F. & A. M., of this city. He was a man of good character, and well thought of by those who knew him.
[Source: The Worthington Advance (Worthington, MN) May 31, 1907, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Bertha Regula
Bertha Campbell Regula passed away January 11, 1967 at Hinsdale, Illinois. She was born February 11, 1882 near the Edgar and Clark county line south of Paris, Illinois, the daughter of Mark and Emma (Breniman) Campbell.
She was united in marriage to George J. Regula on September 12, 1907, who passed away in 1931. to this union were born six children, Mrs. Mildred Turner of Hinsdale, Ill., Carmeita Soucek of Chicago, Ill., Leon of Fentricus, Va., John of Pleasant Valley, New York, Harold of Galesburg, Ill., and Russell of Portsmouth, Va.
Her parents and one sister, Ethel McKee and five brothers, Clifford, Burnie, Alaric, Larry, and Eugene have all preceded her in death. She was a firm beliebver in church activitiees and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Terre Haute, and attended that church in Illinois.
She is survived by 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, 2 nephews, Carl McKee of Terre Haute and Forest Campbell of Indianapolis and 1 niece, Betty Campbell; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Bena Ahlers and Stella Shepherd of Terre haute, Ind., and a number of cousins.
She was brought to Terre Haute, where graveside services were held at Highland Lawn Cemetery on Friday, January 13, 1967 and she was buried beside her husband.
[Unknown newspaper, Sub. by Linda Seed]

Sarah Elizabeth Reid
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Reid, 81, formerly of Edgar County Illinois, died at 3:30 a.m., July 23, 1949 at her home. RR.5, Danville, Illinois. She was born near Horace on March 12, 1868, a daughter of John and Margaret Jane Crockett Brooks. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jesse (Wm.) Goldbach, Danville, Mrs.Jane( Ed) Mullen, Paris, and Mrs. Hazel Kelsheimer, Danville; two brothers, Lewis Brooks, Chrisman, and Tom Brooks, Florida; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Funeral rites will be at two o'clock Monday afternoon at Cook and Ward funeral home. Burial at Franklin cemetery County
[Unknown newspaper, Sub. by Sharon O.]

J. W. Riley
J. W. Riley died suddenly at the home of his son Victor Riley on East Dakota street Thursday, April 8, 1915, of pneumonia. Mr. Riley was born May 19, 1846, in Edgar county, Illinois, and came to Butler in 1869 and remained here until 1891 when he went to Chilicothe, Ohio, and Woodbury, N. J., where he lived a short time when he returned to Butler where he has since resided. He is survived by one son, Victor, with whom he has made his home since the death of his wife about five years ago, four brothers, Rev. L. Riley, Wichita, Kas., O. D. Riley, Edgar county, Ill., Geo. W. Riley, Kansas City, Ning Riley, Emporia, Kas., and one sister, Mrs. Kate Tetrick of Terre Haute, Ind.
Mr. Riley first came west when a young man and at the close of the war taught school in Ft. Scott, Kas. He was always a lover of fine horses and was for a long time engaged in the livery business in this city and was superintendent of the speed ring of the Bates County Fair until forced to retire on account of failing health a few years ago. He had seen Butler grow from a little hamlet to a bustling prosperous city and during that time he had been identified with every movement looking toward its upbuilding. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. R. M. Webdell at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon and interment made in Oak Hill cemetery. [The Butler Weekly Times.(Butler, Mo.), April 15, 1915]

Henry E. Rives
Paris, Ill., Vet is Found Dead
Colonel Henry E. Rives, Former Governor of Soldiers' Home at Danville, Passes Danville, Ill, Feb 2 - Colonel Henry E. River, governor of the National Soldiers' home here from 1917 to 1920, was found dead in bed at his home in Paris, Ill., this morning, according to advices received here.  [The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union. (Rock Island, Ill.), 02 Feb. 1922]

Sears (infant of Richard)
Scalded to Death. We learn from the Prairie Beacon, that one day last week, a small child of Richard Sears, in the neighborhood of Bloomfield, in Edgar county, fell into a kettle of hot water and was so severely scalded that it died in about 30 hours. [Illinois State Journal, 6 February 1857]

Elvira Brown Shalley

Mrs. Elvira Brown Shalley, at the age of 64, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Col. Phocion Howard, near Danville, Thursday evening the 23rd ult. The deceased was a daughter of the veteran pioneer, Samuel Brown, of the Wabash valley.
[The Paris Gazette,Wednesday December 6, 1882]

Walter Stevens
Died--Walter, a little son of P. A. Stevens, and brother of the little girl who was buried Tuesday of last week, died near Hume last Monday, after a brief illness. The funeral took place Wednesday, from the residence of Mr. Geo. W. Baber. This is the third death in Mr. Stevens' family within the past year, his wife having died a few months since.
[The Paris Gazette, Wednesday, January 4, 1882]

Marion Stewart
Another Soldier Passes Away
The community was shocked this week Tuesday when word was passed around that Marion Stewart, one of the most vigorous of the old soldier boys had passed away.
Less than a fortnight ago Dad Stewart as he was commonly called among is friends and comrades was apparently in his usual good health and in the best of spirits. Then came a sudden complication of the bowels which rappidly* grew worse and as a last resort he was compelled to undergo a surgical operation.
Marion Stewart was born February 14th, 1843, and only fell short 62 days of living his full allotted time of three score years and ten. The writer was well acquainted with the deceased. He fought bravely for his country way back in the sixties when only a mere lad. He was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneer. The stranger, even though a beggar never failed to find food and shelter if he sought it at his hands. He had borne adversity bravely and enjoyed prosperity. He had filled the various relations of life, as son, husband, father, brother, friend, and filled them well.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev F. D. Stevick, assisted by Revs. Browne and Ammons, officiating.
["The Republican News Journal", Newkirk, Kay, OK - Friday, December, 13, 1912 - Sub by Jean Conover Blaney]

John S. Stigler

Died, at his home in this city, Wednesday morning, May 5th, 1909, of paralysis, John Sullivan Stigler, aged 73 years, 5 months 2 days.  Mr. Stigler was born in Lancaster county, Pa., Dec. 3rd, 1835. He moved to Morgan county, Mo., in 1890, and to Versailles in 1896, where he engaged in the jewelry business. He married Mrs. Mary E. Venable Feb. 3rd, 1879. Two children of this union survive him, a son and a daughter. The daughter, Mrs. Emma Chalfant resides at Columbia, Pa. The son has not been heard from in 30 years. Mr. Stigler became a member of the Christian church in 1881, and was a faithful follower of the Master. He leaves besides his wife and children, one brother, Joseph S. Stigler, of Paris, Illinois, who was here when he died, two sisters, Mrs. Kate Evans, of Rheems, Pa., and Mrs. Elizabeth White of Lititz, Pa. Funeral services will be held today at the residence on East Newton St. and the remains laid to rest in the City Cemetery. Mr. Stigler was a kind husband, a loving father, a good citizen and consistent Christian, and his many friends sympathize with the family in their bereavement.  [Source: Morgan County Republican (Versailles, Mo.) May 6, 1909, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Elmer E. Stump
The following notice of the death of Elmer E. Stump is taken from a Medford (O. T.) paper:
Died, Medford's citizens were shocked last Friday to learn the sad news of the death of our respected townsman, Elmer E. Stump, who departed this life at Sterling, Kas., after a very brief illness with typhoid fever. Mr. Stump was born in Edgar county, Ill., December 14, 1867, and died Friday, Sept. 20, 1901, thus being 33 years 9 months and 6 days of age. The remains were brought to Medford, Saturday evening and interred in Rosemound cemetery Sunday afternoon. Deceased was a member of the M. W. A. and this order largely assisted in the funeral rites. Rev. Mr. Harper, of the Methodist church, conducted the ceremonies at the church, after which a large number of friends followed the sorrowing relatives to the cemetery. Mr. Stump was section foreman on the Rock Island for several years, but resigned this position last summer and purchased a threshing machine, with which he was connected until his death, having recently sent the machine to Sterling. He was an exemplary citizen and respected by all, who will grieve with the grief-stricken wife and child in their early and sad loss. [The Marshall Republican.(Marshall, Saline County, Mo.), October 04, 1901]

James Summerville
The pall-bearers at the funeral of Mr. James Summerville were James Gordon, George Titus, H. H. Fouts, Wm. Allen and Andrew Long. But one sister survives the deceased--Mrs. Nancy Ward of Monticello, Ill.
[The Paris Gazette, Wednesday January 3, 1883]

Adda Tanner
Woman Killed by Auto
Paris, Ill., July 6 - Mrs. Adda Tanner, who was struck by an automobile Monday, died early yesterday.  The coroner's jury returned a verdict of death to criminal carelessness on the part of a woman driver of a machine bearing an Indiana license.  [Free Trader-Journal And Ottawa Fair Dealer. (Ottawa, Ill.), 06 July 1921]

John H. Thompson
John H. Thompson of Logan, known to many people in Beaver county, died suddenly at his daughter's home, while hitching up a horse, April 6, 1922. He has been an invalid for many years and was an early day settler in Beaver county.
John H. Thompson was born in Edgar county, Illinois, March 8, 1853, was married June 30, 1881 at Sullivan, Edgar county, Illinois. From there he moved to Beaver county, Oklahoma, in 1887. He died April 6, 1922, at the age of 08 years and 28 days. He was a resident of Logan, Beaver county, Oklahoma, thirty-six years, He has gone to his reward leaving to morn his departure three daughters, and one son, four brothers and three sisters twenty-seven grandchildren besides a large host of friends, relatives and neighbors.
[The Beaver Herald, April 13, 1922 - Sub. by K.T.]

Bruce Wilson
Paris, Ill., July 9. - Bruce Wilson, 69-year-old section foreman of the Pennsylvania Railroad for over 30 years, died Thursday at his home in adjacent Redmon, Edgar county. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Central Standard Time, at the Redmon Christian Church. Burial will be in Embarrass Cemetery. The body was brought to the Blume Funeral Home here. An Oliver, Ill., native, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alec Wilson, the veteran railroader is survived by the widow, Stella; and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Foltz of Redmon. He was a member of the Redmon Christian Church. [The Terre Haute Tribune; Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana; Fri. 9 Jul 1954; p. 5, col. 4; sub. by Tari Parr, who adds this NOTE: Brother of Walter & Herbie Wilson, son of Leonard Alex & Mary Alice Anderson Wilson]

Margaret E. Wilson

Paris, Ill., Oct. 28. - Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Wilson, 77 years old, Redmon, who died at Paris Hospital Monday morning, will be at the Redmon E. U. B. Church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in Embarrass cemetery. Friends may call at the Blume Funeral Home. She is survived by a son, Walter Merle Wilson of Clarksville, Va.; a daughter, Mrs. Ernest McIntosh of Kansas; a brother, William Osborne of Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. Sam Bates of Bloomington, Ill., and Mrs. Clyde May of Florida. [The Terre Haute Tribune; Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind.; Tue. 28 Oct 1958; p. 2, col. 4.; Submitted by Tari Parr, who adds this NOTE: She was the wife of Walter Wilson, the daughter of Edward P. & Sarah Catherine Stanley Osborn]

Sarah Young
Mrs. Sarah Young, one of the oldest residents of Paris, Ill., met a fearful death the 30th, ult., her clothes catching fire from a stove, and before help could reach her the lower part of her body was burned to a cinder. [Warren Sheaf (Warren, MN), January 5, 1881, page 2]

Thomas A. Young

Died, at his residence in this city, on Sunday, the 18th, inst., Capt. Thos A. Young, after a protracted illness of over three months.
Capt. Young was born in New Jersey, November 20th, 1828. His parents moved to Warren county, O., in 1832, where he spent his boyhood in working on the farm, learning the carpenter's trade, and attending country school. He was married in 1852, and in 1854 came to this place, where he has resided since, honored, respected and admired by a large circle of intimate friends and acquaintances.
Capt. Young was a man of sterling worth, uncompromising integrity, with a noble, generous mind and benevolent heart. His ear was ever open to the claims of the destitute, and he engaged warmly in the relief of the poor and suffering of his fellow men. To him, there was no place like home. He delighted to adorn and beautify it, and afforded every possible facility to make it attractive and delightful, and he succeeded admirably in his effort.
He was intelligent and well informed in history and the modern literature of the day, and was genial and agreeable in conversation.
He, like many others, when the country called, entered the army. He was elected captain of Company D, 70th Illinois volunteers. During the Bragg Campaign his regiment was stationed at Louisville. It afterwards, took an active part in the lamentable campaign in Kentucky, in which many of our raw troops suffered severely. He was in the hottest of that fearful battle at Stone river, December 31st, 1862, and January 1st, 1863, where he was wounded, and because of which he was obliged to retire from the service. His fellow officers and his soldiers under him, all laud his efficiency, energy and ability. His word was held in highest regard, and secured their prompt obedience.
[The Edgar County Gazette, Wednesday, April 21, 1875]


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