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Samuel Scott Davidson
Minnie (Springer) Koehler Davis
Helen J. deBrun - nee Mercer
Chas. Durning Infant
Mrs. Drucilla Durning
Edward Durning
James Durning
Father of James Durning


Johanna Carrol Fitzpatrick
Martin William Fitzpatrick
Catherine Fitzgerld Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Julia Murphy Fitzpatrick
John R. Fitzpatrick
Mrs. John R. Crawford Fitzpatrick
Katherine Estella Fitzpatrick
Sarah Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Grace Adams Fitzpatrick
Father Joseph William Fitzpatrick
Martin William Fitzpatrick III
Mary Martha Fitzpatrick Maschoff

Martha Fletcher

Benedict W. Fuerstenberg


Mrs. Harriet Grace Gates
John H. Gilmore
Greenwalt, Ralph F.


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Walter Herbert Ireland


S. S. Jack

Louis Joubert


Ernest H. Koehler


Mary Jane E. Loy


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William F. Naftel

John D. Nesbitt  

Samuel Nicholson


Daughter of W. S. Oglesby



Mrs. Robert Reed

Mrs. Rhinehart

Etta (Hunt) Roden

Elam Rust


Henry Traughber




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Minnie (Springer) Koehler Davis

Funeral Tomorrow For Mrs. August Davis

Funeral services for Mrs. August Davis, 79, who died at 11:20 a.m. yesterday in her home, 1203 East Wood street, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Moran & Sons chapel with burial in Graceland cemetery. Friends may call at the family residence between 11 a.m. today and noon tomorrow.

Mrs. Davis had been in failing health for the past year, and seriously ill since Thursday.

She was born, Minnie Springer, in Austria, Feb. 24, 1866. Forty-seven yeas ago she came to Decatur with her husband, Ernest Koehler, who died in 1917. She was remarried to August Davis in 1906.

She leaves behind her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Robert E. Gates and Mrs. Fred Prell, both of Decatur, two sons, Charles and Alfred Koehler also of Decatur; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

[Source Unknow, February 14, 1939 - Submitted by Peggy McElfish]

Samuel Scott Davidson

A Pioneer Dead
Samuel S. Davidson Died at His Home Near Casner Friday Morning

S.S. Davidson, one of the early settlers of Macon County, died at his late home one and one-half miles south of Casner, at 8:15 o’clock Friday morning. Mr. Davidson’s death was caused by a complication of diseases. He had been in poor health for three or four years and had been critically ill for two or three weeks.

Samuel Scott Davidson was born in Wayne County, Illinois, May 7, 1830. He moved to Macon County with his parents when he was quite young and had resided in the county ever since. The place on which he lived during the greater part of his life he entered from the government in 1852. Politically Mr. Davidson was a democrat. Over forty years ago he identified himself with the Cumberland Presbyterian church and has lived a consistent member of that denomination since. In the neighborhood of his home he was known as “Uncle Sam Davidson.” He had a genial, generous nature that made him a popular man.

January 4, 1854, he was married to Mary A. Lindsay, who survives. They had eight children, the following named still living: Mrs. Ferdinand McDonald, Mrs. James King of Oakley, Mrs. Michael Siehr of Elwin, Mrs. Charles Myers of Long Creek, John E. Davidson of Freeland, Wyo., and M. L. Davidson of the 25th U. S. Infantry now serving in the Philippines. A brother, Alexander Davidson, and a sister, Mrs. Lucinda Perdue of Elwin, also survive.

Funeral services will be held at the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Mt. Zion at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. A brief service will be held at the residence at 9 o’clock on the same morning. Burial will be at Mt. Zion cemetery.

[Source: Decatur Herald (Decatur, IL) Tuesday, 5 Aug 1902; page 8; submitted by Marla Zwakman]

Helen J. deBrun - nee Mercer

Newspaper: Decatur Herald & Review

Date: 8 Jan 2008

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: Published in Decatur Herald & Review on January 8, 2008

ASSUMPTION - Helen Josephine DeBrun, 101, died (2:20 p.m.), January 5, 2008 in Lincoln Manor Nursing Home, Decatur.

Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 11 in Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption, with visitation from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Assumption.

Helen Josephine Mercer was born on May 2nd, 1906 in Seymour, Indiana to Frank and Maude (Mains) Mercer. She was the oldest and only surviving sibling of four. A historical event that occurred that year was the San Francisco earthquake on April 18th. Shortly after, the Titanic sank, when Helen was five. Her parents personally knew some of the people who were on that voyage.

The family moved to Iowa City when Helen was in grade school. They moved again when she was in high school to Champaign, Illinois. She later graduated from Champaign Commercial College, in 1927, and became a secretary. She discovered that was not her niche and decided to go to nursing school at Burnham City Hospital, Champaign. She obtained her nursing degree in 1930. Her first job was at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was one of the first night RN's hired. During this time she also worked as a nurse during the University of Illinois football games. A notable patient of hers was Red Grange, one of the most famous football players of all time. She served as his private nurse during his stay at Carle. At one point, she also provided nursing care for Al Capone.

Helen met Clarence Eugene "Buddy" DeBrun from Assumption in 1935. They married when she was 29 and he, 28, on September 7, 1935. He was the second oldest of 11 children. While he served in the U.S. Army during WWII, Helen worked at Pana Hospital, where she remained for approximately 25 years, as an OB nurse. She was a member of Bethel Bible Church in Decatur.

In 1947, shortly after his return from the war, Helen and Buddy adopted their son Michael. He was 10 months old. They attempted to adopt another child soon after, but because of Buddy's health, were not allowed to. Buddy preceded Helen in 1968 as a result of emphysema. Helen continued living in Assumption on her own until she was 92. After an unfortunate fall, in 1997, Helen moved in with her son and his family and remained there until 1999. She then moved to Lincoln Manor Nursing Home.

Surviving are one son Michael and wife Carol of Decatur. Helen has three grandchildren; Bryan, wife Hiromi and son Tyler in Escondido, CA; Tina, husband Rob and sons Joey and Jalan in Dickson, TN; and Michelle who lives in Decatur with her parents.

Preceding her are husband, parents, sisters Francis Shaffer and Agnes Harrell and brother George. The family extends a special thank you to the administration and staff of Lincoln Manor Nursing Home for their costless hours of compassion and care.

Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption has been entrusted with care and service arrangements. Obituary written by family members.

Chas. Durning Infant
Weekly Herald Dispatch (Decatur, Illinois) December 16, 1893
Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Durning died this morning at 2 o'clock. - Contributed by Debra Burgess

Mrs. Drucilla Durning

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) February 21, 1899

Mrs. E. A. Durning died at 9 o'clock Sunday morning, Feb. 19, at the family residence in Boody. She was 66 years old. Her death was caused by lung fever.
The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from the residence. The services were conducted by Rev. Logenbaugh. The interment was at Salem cemetery.

- Contributed by Debra Burgess


The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) December 30, 1911
- Contributed by Debra Burgess

Edward Durning died at 6 o’clock Friday evening at the home of Joseph Edwards in Prospect alley. He was seventy-nine years old Dec 10. His death was due to the infirmities of age. He was a veteran of the civil war and a member of Dunham post. 141, G. A. R.
He was born in Kentucky, but came to Macon county before the war and this had been his home ever since. He had been in poor health for several years and was bedfast for the past two weeks. His wife died thirteen years ago. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary Gilmore, Decatur; Mrs. William Pattee of Oklahoma, and James Durning of Decatur. He also leaves a brother, D. P. Durning of Chanute, Kan., and two sisters, Mrs. Turpie of Kansas City and Mrs. Elizabeth Kincaid, who lives in Kentucky.
The body was removed to Dawson’s undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.
The funeral will be held at 10 o’clock Sunday morning at Salem church. The interment will be in Salem cemetery.

James Durning
Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) June 13, 1910
- Contributed by Debra Burgess

James Durning died at 11:30 Sunday night at his home in Mt. Zion, aged eighty-two years. His death was caused by brain trouble.
Mr. Durning was born June 28, 1828, in Caldwell County, Ky. He came to Macon county in the early 50’s and has lived here ever since. He was one of the best known farmers in Mr. Zion and vicinity and had many friends. He is survived by his wife and two children, Miss Stella Durning and C. M. Durning, both of Mt. Zion.
The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the church in Mt. Zion.
Mr. Durning was a brother-in-law of Jerry P. Nicholson of Decatur. He was engaged in the stock business for many years and was one of the best known men in Macon county. He was always a religious man and a great church worker. He was just as good as he pretended to be and his life was blameless.

Father of James Durning
Saturday Herald (Decatur, Illinois) June 24, 1882
The father of James Durning died last week near Humbolt, Kansas. He was quite aged. - Contributed by Debra Burgess

Greenwalt, Ralph F.
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth

Obit: Ralph F. Greenwalt, of Franklin, N.C., died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. He was 95 years old. Ralph was born and grew up near Manchester, moving to Franklin, N.C., 30 years ago. During World War II Ralph was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Eighth Air Force, 398th Bomb Group, 603rd Bomb Aquadron, where he piloted B17s. Ralph received numerous awards and medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon returning home, he married Linda Petrillo of Amsterdam, N.Y., who preceded him in death. They lived in Valley Stream, N.Y., until retirement and had two children, Wayne Greenwalt and the late Karen Greenwalt. Ralph is survived by son, Wayne, daughter-in-law, Betty, grandson, Richard, and sister, Helen Evans, all of Jacksonville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Macon Funeral Home.

John H. Gilmore
The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) October 10, 1912

John H. Gilmore died at 8 o'clock Wednesday evening at the family residence, 875 South Broadway. He had been ill for almost a year with dropsical trouble. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Fannie Gilmore. The body was removed to Moran's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.

- Contributed by Debra Burgess

Johanna Carrol Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: Il
Newspaper: Decatur Paper
Date: May 22, 1934
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: FITZPATRICK, Johanna
Mrs. Johanna Fitzpatrick, 85, widow of Martin W. Fitzpatrick, died at
10;30 PM. Monday in her home, 802 W. Eldorado street. Her death followed a three year illness of complications attendant to her advanced age.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born in Connecticut, and was a daughter of James and Mary Carroll. Her father was a railroad construction engineer and was active in the building of number of early railway lines in the East.
Most of her time was passed in Decatur. She came here about 66 years ago, and with the exception of three or four years passed in Kansas, had continued to make her home, most of the time living in the West Eldorado street residence. She had been a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church, since coming to Decatur. She leaves seven children; Mrs. Frank Stork of Stonington, J. Carroll, Dr. M. W., John R., Katherine, Sarah and Louis Fitzpatrick, all of Decatur. The body was taken to the J. J.
Moran and Sons Funeral home, it will be returned to the family residence this afternoon. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Obit from family scrape book no dates. A visit to Calvary Cem. Born
1850 - Died 1934 No day or month on gravestone: Married Martin W.
Fitzpatrick in Decatur Macon County
Nov .7,1870

Martin William Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: Decatur Newspaper
Date: Nov. 18, 1914
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Known to All Old Residents Of the City

Martin W. Fitzpatrick died at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning at the family residence, 802 West Eldorado street. He was over sixty -nine years old.
His death was caused by uremia. He had been in failing health for some time and had been bedfast for the past two weeks.

Mr. Fitzpatrick had lived in Decatur for many years and was known to all of the old residents of the city. He was a stone cutter by trade. He was born in Woodford county, KY., Feb. 1 1845. When he was twelve years old the family moved to Decatur, driving overland from Kentucky. The first sight they had of the town was when they reached the crest of John's hill. That was in 1857, and Decatur was not a very big town then. Mr.
Fitzpatrick, Sr. built a house in what is now the 800 block West Eldorado street, and diagonally across the street in what is now the 700 block he built a blacksmith shop. That part of the city was in the county district then.

When Martin W. Fitzpatrick was only sixteen years old he ran away from home and joined Company A of the Twenty- First Illinois Volunteer infantry, General Grant's regiment. Once when the enemy's fire was particularly galling the company was about to stampede, Mr. Fitzpatrick rallied them by his own personnel courage and bravery, and they held their ground. After that battle the colonel of the regiment sent for him and promoted him to corporal. The colonel told him that he would like to promote him to a much higher office, but on account of his youth he could not do that. After the war Mr. Fitzpatrick returned to Decatur and for a while he served as a clerk in the Decatur post -office. He later resumed his trade as a stone cutter, and many of the monuments in the cemeteries of Decatur and neighboring towns were carved by him.

Nov. 8, 1870, Mr. Fitzpatrick and Miss Johanna Carroll were married. In
1874 Mr. Fitzpatrick took up a soldiers claim in Kansas and then moved to that state, but returned to Decatur in 1880. For the first few years after their return, the lived in the 700 block West Eldorado street.
Then they built a new house on the site of the old home in the 800 block, which had burned down. Ten years ago Mr. Fitzpatrick moved that house to the west side of the lot and built a new home, No. 802 West Eldorado street, where the family has since resided, it being on the lot as the first home of the family in Decatur.

On his return from Kansas Mr. Fitzpatrick resumed his trade and worked steadily at it until four years ago when advancing forced him to give up active work. He was a member of St. Patrick's church. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Frank Stork of Stonington, Carroll Fitzpatrick, Dr. M. W. Fitzpatrick, John Fitzpatrick, Miss Kitty Fitzpatrick, Miss Sadie Fitzpatrick and Louis Fitzpatrick , all of Decatur. All were at his bedside when he passed away. He also leaves the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Caleb Smith of McLeansboror, Mrs.
J. J. Gallagher of Chicago, James Fitzpatrick of Freeport, Mrs. S. V.
May, Mrs. John Skelley and R. V. Fitzpatrick, all of Decatur. He leaves six grandchildren. The funeral will probably be held Thursday morning at St. Patrick's church. The internment will be in Calvary.

Source: Newspaper clipping from family scrapbook. The month and day and year are not mentioned in the clipping. Only a hand written year of 1914, is above the clipping. A visit to Mr. Fitzpatrick's grave in Calvary, turns up Born 1845 - Died 1914. Submitted by:Michael C. Delahunty ========== James Carroll Fitzpatrick County Name: MAcon
State: Il
Newspaper: Decatur Review
Date: May 14, 1944
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: J. C. Fitzpatrick Dies Here at 72 James Carroll Fitzpatrick, 72 of 802 West Eldorado street died at 5:45 P. m. Saturday in St. Mary's Hospital. He had been in failing health for six months and seriously ill for one week.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was a resident of Decatur most of his life. He was born here September 12, 1871, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fitzpatrick, a pioneer Decatur family. He was educated in Decatur schools and had worked at the Wabash shops, Decatur Furniture Co. and Muller Fountain and Fixture Co.. He was a member of St. Patrick's church and the Knights of Columbus.
He was married to Katherine Fitzgerald in Chicago and lived there for 12 years where she was employed by the Elevated Railway Co. Mrs Fitzpatrick died in 1932.
He returned to Decatur in 1932 and was employed by the Peerless Wallpaper Co. until his retirement 12 years ago. He has made his home in resent years with his two sisters, Miss Katherine and Sarah Fitzpatrick,
802 West Eldorado street.
He leaves two sisters and two brothers, J Louis Fitzpatrick, and J. R.
Fitzpatrick of Decatur, and several nieces and nephews.
Requiem high mass will be held at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday with burial in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at Moran's funeral home after 10 a.
m. Monday.

Catherine Fitzgerld Fitzpatrick

County Name: Macon

State: ILL

Newspaper: Decatur Review

Date: May 27, 1932

Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: Mrs. Fitzpatrick Expires Friday
Burial Will Be In Chicago
Mrs. J. Carroll Fitzpatrick died at her home, 1347 East Prairie street at 9:45 a.m. Friday. Death was due to kidney trouble from which he had suffered for several years. Her condition had been rapidly declining recently she was born in Chicago September 20, 1876 and would have been 56 years next September. She was the daughter of James and Mary Fitzgerald. Her home had been in Chicago all of her life until her marriage on June 21, 1916, and since that time she had always resided in Decatur.
Other than her husband there are no relatives surviving her. The last surviving relative was her mother who passed away in the daughter's home here in September, 1924.
The body was removed to the Moran funeral home where it will remain until time for the funeral services. The time for the services has not yet been announced but the burial will be in Calvary cemetery in Chicago.

Dr. Martin William Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: Decatur Review
Date: March 23, 1940
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: Dr. Fitzpatrick Dies in Hospital
Funeral Tuesday
Heart Attack Thursday Fatal To Prominent Decatur Physician

Dr. M. W. Fitzpatrick, prominent Decatur physician for nearly 35 years, died in St. Mary's Hospital at 11:20 o'clock last night. He was 66 years old.
Funeral services will be held in St. Patrick's Catholic Church a 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the Moran & Sons' funeral home after 7:30 p. m. today.
Dr. Fitzpatrick's death was said to be due to heart trouble. He became ill in his office about 4:30 p.m. Thusday while examining a patient and was taken to the hospital. It was reported that he walked from the car into the hospital, but was put to bed immediately.
His condition became worse yesterday and he was unconscious several hours before his death. Only at one time did he show signs of recovery.

Wabash Hospital Physician
In addition to a large family practise, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as company physician for the A. E. Staley Mfg. Co., the Illinois - Iowa Power Co. the Illinois Central Railroad and the Macon County Coal Company, as well as other Decatur firms. With the Staley company he also served as medical consultant for the Fellowship club and handled compensation insurance cases.
He was appointed first resident physician at the Wabash Employes Hospital, one month after it was opened in 1903. He was named consulting physician at the hospital in February 1913, and during the World war he served as head surgeon.
In December 1906, he was elected by the board of supervisors to serve as county physician, resigning after several years to take the postion in
1913 with the Wabash.

Dr Fitzpatrick was born in Decatur and attented public schools and Brown's Business college here. For a short time he served as a clerk with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. He began the study of medicen a Rush college, Chicago in 1899.
He was married to Miss Julia Murphy of Decatur in Springfield on Jan 6 1907. Mrs Fitzpatrick is a niece of Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Murphy, dean of St. Patrick's Catholic church. Dr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick built their present home at 1851 West Main street in 1930. Before that they lived at
438 East Eldorado street, where they built a large apartment building in 1920.

Active in Scout Work
for several years Dr. Fitzpatrick taak an active part in Boy Scout work in Decatur and served as the examiner for the first aid, personal health and public health merit badges. He also was camp physician a few years ago.
Dr. Fitzpatrick was a member of the American Medical Association and was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the fourth degree Decatur chapter Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Decatur Club and the Decatur Country Club.
besides his wife he leaves two sons, Joseph Fitzpatrick, who is studying for the priesthood at the American College in Rome, and Jeremiah Fitzpatrick of Decatur.
He also leaves three brothers, J Louis, J. Carroll and John R.
Fitzpatrick, all of Decatur; and three sisters, Katherine and Sarah Fitzpatrick, teachers in the Decatur public schools, and Mrs Agnes Stork of Stonington.

Mrs.Julia Murphy Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: Decatur Review
Date: Dec. 25, 1941
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: Funeral To Be Held Monday For Mrs. Fitzpatrick

Solemn requiem high mass will be conducted for Mrs. Julia Fitzpatrick,
1851 West Main street at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Mrs. Fitzpatrick died late Wednesday in St. Mary's Hospital.

Friends may call at Moran & Sons funeral home after 5 p. m. Sunday.
After that time the body will be at St. Patrick's.
At 8 p.m. today members of the Catholic Daughters of America will meet
at the funeral home to recite the Rosary for Mrs. Fitzpatrick.

Note: Wife of Dr. Martin William Fitzpatrick

John R. Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: Decatur Review
Date: Sept. 23, 1951
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: John Fitzpatrick, 78, Found Dead in Home
John R. Fitzpatrick, 73, an employee of the Lyon Lumber Co. for 54 years, was found dead in his home at 761 West Division street late yesterday morning. His neighbors noticed he was not in church and became suspicious of a light left burning all night, Coroner Harold Brintlinger said. They investigated and found the body in the bathroom.
The coroner said he apparently died while stropping his razor. He was not under a doctor's care and had worked until last week, a relative said. An inquest will be held.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was born in Great Bend, Kan, June 7, 1878, to the late Martin and Johanna Fitzpatrick. Except for a few years as a child in Kansas he lived here. He was married to Evelyn Crawford, Feb. 22, 1905, in Decatur. She died in June, 1948.
He was a cutter and ripper at the lumber company. He attended St. Thomas Catholic church.
A brother J.L. and a sister Sarah E., of Decatur, survive.
The body is in the J.J.Moran & Sons funeral home, where friends may call. Requiem high mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Thomas church, with burial in Calvary cemetery. Members of St. Thomas parish will recite the rosary at the funeral home at 8 P.M. today.

Mrs. John R. Crawford Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: June 24, 1948
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty
Obit: Mrs Evelyn Fitzpatrick Dies in Hospital at 72

Mrs Evelyn Fitzpatrick, 72 of 761 West Division street, died at 4 p. m.
yesterday in St. Mary's Hospital where she had been a patient 10 days.
She has been in failing health several years.

Mrs Fitzpatrick was born December 1, 1875 in Ironton, MO., a daughter of William and Elizabeth Carford, and lived in Salem, MO. before moving to Decatur, where she was married in 1905 to John R. Fitzpatrick. Her husband has been employed in the Lyon Lumber Co. machine department 52 years.

Mrs Fitzpatrick, a member of St. Thomas Catholic church, leaves only her husband, A brother James died last year.
The body is in Moran & Sons funeral home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today and where the rosary will be said at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Requiem high mass will be at St. Thomas Catholic church at 10 a.m.
Saturday. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight.

Miss Katherine Estella Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: Aug 16, 1948
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty
Obit: Retired School Teacher Dies

Katherine E. Fitzpatrick 67, retired Decatur school teacher who had taught here 43 years, died at 1:45 p m. yesterday in St. Mary's hospital. She had been ill with a heart condition since June.

Miss Fitzpatrick was born June 28, 1881, the daughter of Mr and Mrs.
Martin W. Fitzpatrick. She entered the school system here in 1899 and taught without a break until 1943 when she retired.

The last 38 years of Miss Fitzpatrick's 43 years in the Decatur schools were spent in Pugh School. She also taught onr year at Oakland and the remainder of the timeat Durfee and the old Marietta school, now know as Lincoln school.
Miss Fitzpatrick's sister, Miss Sarah, taught a total of 38 years here and retired when her sister left the Decatur system.
Two years agoMiss Katherine Fitzpatrick moved to Stonington but at the time of her illness she returned to live with her brother J. Louis Fitzpatrick at 1040 West King street.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic church in Stonington and prior to that, a member of St. Patrick's church, here.

She leaves two brothers, J. Louis and John R. and her sister, Sarah all of Decatur. Two brothers, Dr.M.W.Fitzpatrick and Carroll Fitzpatrick, and a sister Mrs Agnes Stork, all residents of Decatur, preceded her in death.
Requiem high mass will be at 9 a. m. Wednesday in St. Patrick's Catholic church and the burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at Moran&Sons funeral homeafter 7 p.m. today. St. Agnes court of the Catholic Daughters of America will meet at 8:30 p. m. Tuesday in the funeral home to recite the rosary.

Miss Sarah Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: July 31, 1968
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Requiem High Mass for Sarah E. Fitzpatrick will be at 11 a. m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The Rosary will be at 8 p. m. today in the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home.
Miss Fitzpatrick, 84 of 1040 W. King street died a 6 p. m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Hospital.
Miss Fitzpatrick taught social science in the Decatur School District for 38 years before retiring in 1943. Her sister, Katherine, who died in 1948, was a teacher for 43 years.
Miss Fitzpatrick, known to her friends as Miss Sadie, taught in the old Central Junior High School, E. A. Gastman School, the old Marietta School, and Warren and Oakland schools before going to Johns Hill Junior High School when that opened in 1929. she continued to teach there until her retirement.
Miss Fitzpatrick was born in Macon County Aug. 21, 1883, a duaghter of Martin William and Johanna Carroll Fitzpatrick.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Retired
Teachers Assocition.
Surviving are a brother, Joseph Lewis Fitzpartick, Decatur; seven nephews and five nieces. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Joseph Lewis Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: Oct 30, 1971
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

J. Louis Fitzpatrick, 83 of 1040 West King St., a former Decatur Review reporter, died at 1:45 P.M. Friday in Macon County Nursing Home.
Mass of the Resurrection will be 10:30 A.M. Monday in St.Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friemds may call at the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home from 1 to 7 P.M. Sunday. A prayer service will be at 3:30 P.M. Sunday.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was born Sept. 8, 1888 in Decatur, a son of Martin W.
and Johanna Carroll Fitzpatrick.
He graduated from Decatur High School in 1906. After working briefly for Barbey & Cooper Grocery, he began working for the Decatur Review in 1907.
He covered market, real estate and weather news -- and was stricken while at work in 1935 on that summer's 25th 100 degree day.
He was best know, however, for his reporting on railroads, which he covered until his retirement in 1953. He married Grace Adams, Sept. 6,
1926 in Decatur.
Survivors include a son Martin W. of Decatur; a daughter, Emma Lou Almond of Highland, and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Grace Adams Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: Aug 19, 1983
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Mrs. J. Louis ( Grace A. Adams ) Fitzpatrick, 90 of 350 E. Waggoner, died at 5:36 P. M. Sunday ( August 28, 1983 ) in Lincoln Manor North Nursing Home, Decatur.
Memorial services wil be 10 A. M. Thursday in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. The body will be donated to medical science. Memorials:
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
Mrs Fitzpatrick was born in Opdyke, Illinois, the daughter of Daniel N.
and Emma Adams. She was a typist for the Wabash Railroad and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She married J. Louis Fitzpatrick in 1926. He died in 1971.
Surviving are her son, Martin W. of Normal; daughter Mrs. Emma Lou Almond of Laramie, Wyo; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Three sisters , three brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.

Father Joseph William Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: April 22, 1989
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

Obit: Father Joseph W. FITZPATRICK
Father Joseph W. Fitzpatrick 73 of Springfield died 8:24 p.m. Friday ( April 21, 1989) in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Services will be 11 AM Tuesday in Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Springfield. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Decatur. Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangments.
Father Fitzpatrick was born in Decatur, son of Dr. Martin W. and Julia Fitzpatrick. He was ordained in Teutopolis in 1941, served as assistant pastor for churches in Quincy, Granite City and Gillespie. He was U.S.
Army chaplin for Our Savior's Hospital, Jacksonville, and St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was administrator for churches in Lillyville, Pawnee, Jerseyville and Brighton. He was also asministrator for St.
Isadore Church, Bethany, and St Barbara's Church, Witt. He was appointed to retired priest status in 1980.

Mr. Martin William Fitzpatrick III
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: Feb 11, 2000

Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty

DECATUR: -- Martin William Fitzpatrick, 71, of Decatur died Thursday ( FEB 10,2000) in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Funeral Mass will be
10:00 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday in Walker Funeral Service and Chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Vincent Depaul Society of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was born in Decatur on July 1, 1928, to the union of Joseph Lewis Fitzpatrick and Grace Adams. Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from St. Teresa High School. He obtained a B.A. degree from Millikin University, a Master's Degree from Illinois State University and was well on his way to receiving his Doctorate Degree from the University of Illinois. Mr. Fitzpatrick was veteran of the Armed Forces and a member of the American Legion Post 559, Champaign, where he served as financial officer for many years and vice post commander. He was a former member of Lakeview Lodge 1132, where he served as a trustee and financial secretary, and former member of Frontiers International, where he served as president and secretary for many tears. He was former assistant director of District Seven Frontiers International and a former member of the Knights of Columbus. For several years he served as banquet chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee, for many years of outstanding banquet service. He also recieved and award from Mayor Howley and the Decatur City Council for outstanding public service to the citizens of Decatur. Mr. Fitzpatrick was dedicated civil rights activist and a member of the NAACP for many years, serving as secretary.

He loved al people regardless of race, creed or color. Most outstanding of him was his love for the Lord and his family. He was a devout Catholic, attending Our Lady of Lourdes, leaving a legacy of love. He married Lulu Reese Fitzpatrick on Aug 23, 1974.

He leaves to cherish fond memories, his loving wife; daughters Reba Morrison of Springfield, Debra shaw of Clinton; Linda Stanley of Mission Veijo, Calif.; Deborah Reese of Atlanta,Ga.; Nancy Sanford of Chicago; Gabrielle of Decatur; sons, Robert Jordan and Nickalas, both of Decatur; sister Emma Fitzpartick of New Mexico; nine grandchildren; two special cousins, Pricilla Weltz and Connie Ground; host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one daughter and one grandson.
A special thanks to Sister JoAnna, Mrs. Karen Martin, Mrs.SueSmith, Father Vann and the Rev. Dr. C. D. Stuart.
Jeremiah Julius Fitzpatrick
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: March 24, 1977
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, 59, formerly of Decatur, died 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alton. Mass of the Resurrection will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St.
Patrick Catholic Church. Visitation will be 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in J. J.
Moran & sons Funeral Home, with prayer service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Fitzpatrick was born in Decatur, son of Dr. Martin and Jukia Fitzpatrick. Surviving is a brother, ( Rev. Fr. ) Joseph of Jacksonville.

Mary Martha Fitzpatrick Maschoff
County Name: Macon
State: IL
Newspaper: The Decatur Review
Date: April 6, 1985
Submitters Name: Michael C. Delahunty
Mrs. Ronny G. (Mary Martha) Maschoff, 23, of 1874 West Gate Drive died
9:58 p.m. Thursday (April 4, 1985) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Graveside services willl be 10 a.m. Saturday in Fairlawn Cemetery. No visitation. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Services is in charge.
Memorial: Lupus Foundation of America, P.O. Box 812, Chicago, 60642.
Mrs. Maschoff was born in Deccatur. She was a dental assistant for Dr.
L. B. Ritter and a member of First Presbyterian Church. She married Ronny G. Maschoff in 1980.
Surviving are her husband; parents; two sisters; a grandmother. One son preceded her in death.
Note: Daughter of Martin William Fitzpatrick III and Barbara Jean Kellington Fitzpatrick.

Mrs. Martha Fletcher
Mrs. Martha Ann Fletcher, wife of Teron W. Fletcher, died at 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternnon in the family residence, 1088 South Franklin street.  She was forty-six years old last January.  Her death was caused by a complication of diseases with which she had suffered since Nov. 22.
Mrs. Fletcher's maiden name was Martha A. Barlett.  She was born in Christian county Jan 29, 1873.  She had lived in Decatur for twenty-six years and was one of the best known and best liked woman in the southeast part of the city.  For the last eighteen years she had resided in the house where her death occurred.  She was a member of Grace Methodist church, and also of Golden Crown Camp, Royal Neighbors of America and of the Daughters of Pocahontas.  She was greatly interested in church work and in lodge work, and she was a friend in anyone in need.  Shewas never too busy to help out in cases of illness in the neighborhood and she was never appealed to in vain.
Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her husband and two children, Perry and Luella Fletcher.  There are two grandchildren.  She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barlett, and three brothers, C.M Barlett of Decatur, J.A. Barlett of Mt. Auburn and J.E. Bartlett of Florida.  The body was removed to the Moran undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. [Source: “THE DECATUR REVIEW”. Monday Evening, December 8, 1919 Page 3 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Benedict W. Fuerstenberg

Macon, Ill

It is always sad to look for the last time upon the face of one dear to us in life, and difficult to offer words of consolation that may assuage the pangs of the suffering hearts at a new made grave.

Yet it is no small consolation in that hour of supreme grief to find mirrored in the closing eyes of our beloved one, the certain pledge of a reward exceedingly great – a calm and truthful resignation to the will of God and an unshaken faith in Him who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

And such indeed was the death of our young friend.

Benedict W. Fuerstenberg who died in Macon, Ill. Fev. 27, at the age of 23 years. Our dear departed was one of our first graduates. He was mind and gentle by nature and grace; he was the favorite of his classmates and teachers alike. His parents, six brothers and five sisters remain to mourn his loss.

[Source: The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., April 1, 1908 - Contributed by Dale Donlon]

Mrs. Harriet Grace Gates

Jan 1, 1899 - Decatur Daily Review


The funeral of Harriet Grace Gates, wife of Robert E. Gates, was held at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon from the family residence, 154 East Eldorado street. The services were conducted by Rev. M. B. Spayd. There was a large attendance. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The body was taken to Bement for interment. - Submiited by Peggy McElfish

December 31, 1898 - Decatur -


Mrs. Harriet Grace Gates, wife of Robert E. Gates, died at 3:55 a.m. Friday, Dec 30, at the family residence, 1543 East Eldorado street. Her age was 19 years and 5 months. She leaves a husband and one child, aged three weeks. Her death was caused by peritonitis. She was a daughter of Mrs. Rachel Hoffhein. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Alonzo Doty, and two brothers, Otis and Curtis Hoffhein. She was married to Robert Gates in February, 1896. The funeral will be held this afternoon. The body will be taken to Bement for interment. - Submiited by Peggy McElfish

Ernest H. Koehler

April 15, 1920 - Decatur Review -

Ernest H. Koehler died at 4:30 Thursday morning at the state hospital in Jacksonville. He was thirty-three years of age. Nearly two years ago he suffered from an attack of the infulensa and had never been well since.

He was a coal miner, and was a member of the Local 3622. He leaves his mother, Mrs. August Davis, two brothers and two sisters, C.C. and O. Koehler, Mrs. Ida Brill and Miss Minnie Davis.

The body will be brought back to Decatur Thursday night by J. J. Morgon and funeral arrangements will be made later.

- Submiited by Peggy McElfish

Mary Jane E. Loy

Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) March 19 1857

Died in this city on the 13th inst., Mary Jane E. Loy, daughter of John G. and Louisa M. Loy aged 1 year, 1 month and 6 days.

Upland Citizen Taken By Death

William Francis Naftel, 1095 West Arrow highway, Upland resident for the last 35 years died last night at an Ontario rest home following a two years' illness at the age of 67 years. A native of Macon county, Illinois, Mr. Naftel came to Upland from Crowley, La. Widely known as a citrus rancher he served for many years as a member of the board of directors of the Upland Citrus association, much of
the time in the capacity of vice president. He was also a director of the Mountain View Water company. A member of the Upland Methodist church, he served as superintendent of its Sunday School for 20 years without missing a session except when in the hospital or attending a church conference. Surviving Mr. Naftel are his widow, his mother, Mrs. W. J. Naftel, Pomona; two daughters, Mrs. Marion Grothe, Upland and Mrs. Glenn McLaughlin, Ontario; three sons, Earl Naftel, Detroit, Mich.; Eldon and Robert Naftel of Upland, the last named now being stationed with the army in Maryland; three sisters, Mrs. N. H. Garrison, Ontario; Mrs. A. Tauner, Sacramento; and Mrs. V. Teska, Pomona; two brothers, Charles Naftel, Santa Monica and Harry Naftel, Covina, and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Naftel will be conducted Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.,. at the Upland Methodist church, with the Stone mortuary in charge. The remains will be entombed at Bellevue Mausoleum. [ The Daily Report, Ontario, California - August 9, 1943]
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John D. Nesbitt

Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) Saturday, April 28, 1855

Died in this county, at the residence of his father, Mr. John D. Nesbitt, son of Wm Nesbitt, esq., aged 21 years.

-- Contributed by Nancy Piper

Samuel Nicholson
The Henry Republican, April 19, 1883
Illinois State News
Samuel Nicholson, a prominent farmer living near Maron, Macon County went out to work the other morning, and, while plowing along suddenly dropped dead in the furrow. He was in good health, and had been in the best of spirits that morning at the breakfast table. He was found shortly after his death and was carried home to his stricken family. The doctors on making an examination of the body, pronounced the cause of his death heart disease.

Daughter of W. S. Oglesby

September 10 1857

Died on the 17th inst., the youngest daughter of W. S. Oglesby. Her death was caused by a fall down stairs, which produced congestion of the brain.

Mrs Robert Reed
Decatur Review, Saturday, April 15, 1911, page 8.
Oreana, April 15-- Mrs Robert Reed died at her home 3 1/2 miles south-east of Oreana Thursday afternoon. Death was caused by cancer from which she had been a sufferer for the past two years and had been confined to her bed for the last three months.
Louisa Barbara Fulk was born in Indiana, August 13, 1856 and was married to Robert Reed April 19,1875, in Decatur, Illinois.
Mrs Reed was the mother of fourteen children, all living and all present at the funeral. She leaves a husband and the fourteen children who are: Albert and Mark Reed of Decatur, Roy Reed of Casner, Lee Reed and Mrs Frank Stuart of Oakley, John Reed, Ralph Reed and Mrs. Guy Bullock living near Oreana and Byron, Melvin, May and Fern all at home. She also leaves one brother near Oakley.
The funeral services will be at the Union Church Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by the Rev F E Gallgar of the Christian Church. Interment will be in Union Cemetery.

Death of Mrs Robert Reed
Mrs Robert Reed died at her home three and one half miles southeast of Oreana April 13, 1911, aged 54 years and eight months. She had been a sufferer from cancer for the past 2 years and for the last three months had been confined to her bed. Through all her sufferings she was kind and patient and always thoughtful of those who cared for her.
Barbara Fulk was born in Green County, Indiana August 13, 1856. She came to Macon County with her parents when she was quite young and has spent the remainder of her life in this vicinity. She married Robert Reed April 19,1875 and to them were born 14 children all of who are living. They are Albert F and Mark T of Decatur, John W, Mrs Fannie Bullock and Ralph H. of Oreana, Lee A, and Mrs Nellie Stuart of Oakley and Lester, Homer, Byron, Melvin, May and Fern who reside at home. Besides the children and husband she leaves one brother, John Fulk of Oakley, 16 grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was a noble wife and unusually kind and loving mother and an excellent neighbor. The funeral services were held at the Oreana Christian Church Sunday morning at 11 o;clock conducted by Rev F E Galigern, pastor of the Oreana Christian Church. The music was furnished by a double quartet composed of Mrs E E Conley, Misses Grace Kirby and Ida Strope, Mrs J C Spooner, Misses Ira Thompson, Kenneth Cooper, J C Spooner and J H Moothart. The honorary pall-bearers were O L Stuart, D Turpin, J Stuart, H Hirsch, D Seitz and H C Bower. The active pall-bearers were J H Burgess, T Pensinger, J P Dilling, N Larson, J W Duvall and M Boyer. The flowers were in charge of Mrs C Betzer and Mrs E Thurman. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Interment was in the Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Rhinehart
The Stark County Democrat. (Canton, Ohio), July 24, 1879
A Fit of Desperation Drives a Young Lady to Suicide
Chicago, July 21. - The Inter Ocean's Decatur Illinois Special says: Mrs. Rhinehart and her daughter, Miss Honiker, were drowned in the Sangamon river today. The young lady was to have been married in the Catholic Church today but her affianced failed to appear, and in a fit of desperation she started for the river, following by her mother. She plunged in and as Mrs. Phinehart was attempting to save her life, both were drowned. Others of the bridal party narrowly escaped the same fate. The coroner's jury gave a verdict of accidental drowning.

Etta (Hunt) Roden
The Coconino sun [microform]. (Flagstaff, Ariz.), December 20, 1918
Mrs. Roden Passed Away on Monday
Mrs. Wm. Roden died at her home on West Cherry Avenue last Monday morning. Mrs. Roden had been suffering with a form of paralysis for a long time, the recent attack which caused her death being of only three weeks duration.
Mrs. Etta Hunt Roden was born in Decatur, Illinois, some 41 years ago and in 1896 was married to the well-known cattleman, William Roden at Flagstaff, where they made their home the greater part of the time. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Will Hart and two half-sisters, Mrs. Frank Bennett and Mrs. John Thomas besides her husband to mourn the loss of a loved one, who, during her lifetime knew no sacrifice too great for those she loved.
The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. O. S. Baum, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, and the remains interred in the Knights of Pythias cemetery.

Elam Rust

Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) March 12 1857

On Saturday morning last, Mr. Elam Rust, Esq., Editor of the Democratic Herald in this city, was taken with fits and delirium, and died in a fit about 10 o'clock that night. Mr. R. was buried on Monday evening. The Funeral services were performed at the Presbyterian Church, by Rev. E. W. Thayer. Mr. R. leaves a family.

S. S. Jack
Arizona republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.), August 24, 1909
Death in Nova Scotia of a Winter Resident
The Father of Mr. E. E. Jack of this County
Last Tuesday morning a telegram came to E. E. Jack, stating that his father, S. S. Jack, had died suddenly of heart failure in Halifax, Nova Scotia. About a month ago Mr. Jack left his home in Decatur, Illinois for a pleasure trip in northern Canada, visiting Niagara Falls, Toronto, Quebec, Montreal and several other cities en route, Halifax being the terminal point and he was just starting home when, without an hour's illness he was suddenly stricken.
While he counted himself a resident of Decatur, he has been a winter resident of the Salt River valley for the past ten years, and interested in Arizona for twice that number of years, making his first visit to Arizona and Salt river Valley when the first attempt was made to build the Wolfley dam at Gila Bend. He holds some property in the valley and has always been interested in its development.
He was a man of sterling worth and won the respect and admiration of all with whom he came in contact. Besides a host of friends he has two sons in Arizona, Edgar E., a well-known rancher of the valley and Francis J., at one time a resident of Flagstaff, but now in the employ of the A. & C. company at Bisbee. Both left immediately for Decatur upon receiving the sad news.
He also has two other sons in Decatur, T. B. Jack of the law firm of Jack & Deck, who was with his father at the time of his death and Dr. Cecil Jack, one of the leading physicians of that city.

Louis Joubert
The funeral of Louis Joubert was held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Mccormick, 1042 West Decatur Street. The services were conducted by Rev. Elisha Safford, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian church. There was a large attendance, members of Dunham post, 141, G. A. R., being present in a body and conducting their ritualistic exercises.
The music was furnished by Mrs. Corydon C. Nicholson and Mrs. Homer Bateman.
The active pallbearers were J. B. Stocks, Roy Phillips, Samuel Phillips, C. E. Hildreth, W. Linhurst and T. J. Wright.
The honorary pallbearers were Jacob Hanes, Henry Barnhart, L. W. Nichols, J. T. Beldon, Samuel S. Welfley and J. T. Francis. The interment was in Greenwood cemetery. The Decatur Review, Saturday Evening, December 20, 1919 [contributed by dubarv@netzero.net]

Walter Herbert Ireland
Walter Herbert Ireland; b. 12-16-1909 - d. 11-2-1954, 6:15am. born; Moweagual, Ill, m/w divorced. Occupation State Patrol Judge-Racing Assn. Em: W. Virginia Horse Racing Assn. Place of death - Decatur, Macon Co., Ill. - Buried Fairlawn Ceme Lot 720-3 Section L. - Parents John W. & Lillie Edith Ireland. Children 1st Lt. John Ireland, Jr., Europe, no other info, Mrs. Charlotte Ann Maunsell, Salem Depot, NH.; Mrs. Mildred (Dawson-Ray) Ireland, Montebello, Calif. - Sister,; Charles Edward Ireland - Montebello, Calif. - Brother. (contributed by Linda Dawson Alvey - Pookey5409@aol.com)
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Henry Traughber

Herald Despatch (Decatur,Illinois) October 8, 1892

Funeral of Henry Traughber,
From Thursday's Daily

The funeral of the late Henry Traughber, who died at his home in Mt. Zion, on Monday, occurred yesterday afternoon. The services at the residence of Chat Traughber were conducted by Rev. W. L. Bankson, of Blue Mound, and were largely attended. The pall bearers were Messers, J. Durning. E. B. Scott, J. Waller, A. J. Black, Milo Thomas and Alexander Greenfield. Messers, John Wilson, D. Binlock, John Henry, Benj. Smith, John Scott and Claybourne Jones, all old residents of that vicinity, served as honorary pallbearers.

The deceased was a native of Kentucky, where he was born January 9, 1803. In 1829 he came to Illinois and has since resided in Macon county, being engaged as a farmer in Mt. Zion township. Nancy Smith, who he wedded soon after coming to Illinois, died about twenty-five years ago. Of the six children born to the couple, only A. C. Traughber, of Mt. Zion, and Mrs. Mary Durning, of Humbolt, Kan., survive. The deceased had been one of the most prominent and active farmers of Mt. Zion township, and years ago had accumulated a competence. For many years he had been a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian.

--Contributed by Debra Burgess

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