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Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notice


 Frank N. Abbot

December 8, 1881

Died in this city, Dec. 2, of diphtheria and croup, Frank N., 4 years, 7 months, son of Mrs. Fannie Abbot.

Harry Abbott

April 6, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Parkville, Mo., March 17, of membranous croup, Harry, aged 6 years, 7 months, only child of Thomas H. and Fannie Abbott.

Infant Son of Harmon Adams

September 23, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Sparland, Sept. 21, infant son of Harmon J. and Eliza A. Adams, aged 5 months.

J. H. Adams infant


August 1, 1872

At Sparland, July 22, of cholera infantum, infant child of J. H. Adams

Infant son of W. M. Adams

November 27, 1873

Died at Wenona, Nov. 14, infant son of W. M. and Lora Adams

Abraham Adkinson


January 28, 1869

In this city, January 25, by the result of a railroad accident, Abraham Adkinson, aged 21 years.

John L. Adkinson

May 22, 1873

Died in this city, May 19, of consumption, John L. Adkinson, aged 46 years.

Mr. John L. Adkinson died on Monday. He had been an invalid for a number of years, and had been at death's door for a number of times, from which he had rallied by skillful care. His disease may be pronounced consumption. Only three weeks since he followed the remains of a son to the grave, and now is not. The funeral services were held yesterday morning at the M. E. church, Rev. W. J. Stubbles preaching the sermon.

William Adkinson

March 20, 1873

Died in this city, March 17, of dropsy, William Adkinson, aged 69 years.

Willie N. Adkinson

May 8, 1873

Died in this city, May 6, of lung fever, Willie N. H., son of John L. and Eliza A. Adkinson, aged 14 years and 10 months.

Sister Mary Agnes

March 3, 1881

Sister Mary Agnes died Monday morning, after a long illness, at the Catholic Home in this city. She was for many years a teacher until the infirmities of life obliged her to give over. Before the war she was in an institution in Florida, and afterwards in Missouri. She came here from Cynthiana, Ky. - Lacon Journal.

Lotti Akeroyd


April 21, 1870

At Lacon, March 22 of scarlet fever, Lotti, aged 22 months, daughter of E. B. and H. F. Akeroyd

Benjamin Albee

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

June 16, 1866

Died in this city, June 15, Benjamin Albee, age 73 years. Funeral services at the Christian church tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. The friends are invited.

Charlotte W. (Yeck) Harrington Alderfer

Donated by Sara Hemp

Peoria Journal Star, July 26, 1992, Page: C14

HENRY - Charlotte W. Alderfer, 86, of 900 Edwards St. died at 10:20 p.m, Thursday, July 23, 1992, at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born Aug. 29, 1905, in Browning to L. Homer and Eva Edmundson Yeck, she married James Harington. He died April 15, 1975. She later married Merle Alderfer on June 25, 1976, in Galesburg. He died March 12, 1989. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.r She was employed as an office manager at a former Buick car dealership in Chillicothe before retiring.\par She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Henry and its Altar and Rosary Society.\par Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at her church. The Revs. Walter A. Breuning and Roger Noonan will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at Ries & McKitrick Mortuary in Henry. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Henry.\par Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Capt. Frank Aldridge


August 3, 1871

Died in this city, July 27, Capt. Frank Aldridge, aged 66(?) years.

Capt. Frank Aldridge, the man recently injured at the dam, and who submitted to a second amputation on Tuesday of last week, died on Thursday, and was buried on Friday afternoon, the men on the dam laying aside their work and attending the funeral of their comrade in a body. Mr. Aldridge has been a number of years in the employ of Mr. Johnson the contractor, and was respected for his interest and faithfulness. All of the expenses of sickness and burial was borne by Mr. Johnson with liberality, and Mr. Aldridge has had faithful nursing and care. He was a large man, weighing 210 pounds at the time of the accident, having a second wife in New York state, and was the father of 10 children, six living. Only one attended at his dying pillow, and could be at his grave.

Aaron B. Alford


October 26, 1871

In Omaha, Neb., Sept. 29, of congestion of the stomach, Aaron B. Alford, formerly of Wenona, aged 35 years.

Mrs. Mary Hoyt Alfred
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 21, 1883
Died at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Helen E. Wright, in Watseka, on Saturday, June 9th, 1883, Mrs. Mary A. Alfred, in the 60th year of her age. Mrs. Alfred was born in Windham, N.Y., where she lived until she grew to womanhood. She was married in New York City to Samuel Hoyt of Connecticut, with whom she removed to Boston, where he died. After a few years she came west with her deceased husband's family, and located in Henry, Marshall County, Ill., where she afterward married David Alfred. A few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Alfred removed to Chatsworth, where they resided until recently. About two years ago she was seized with a cancer and has been a severe but patient sufferer ever since. Yet through all her afflictions she never lost her reason, and her mind was unimpaired until the last moment of her life, and while dying spoke of it as placidly as if she were going on a pleasant journey. Death had no terror for her and she passed away in the peaceful and happy hope of a brighter life beyond this world of sorrow and suffering. For 20 years she was a faithful adherent of the New Church (Swedenborgian) and a consistent and devout receiver of its doctrines. Her disposition was quiet and gentle, humble in her tastes and habits, display and worldly vanity were repugnant to her. She was a great lover of books and flowers and her happiest moments (if we accept her love for children) were spent in their company. She leaves in our midst a husband and only daughter to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the house, Rev. Homer McVey of Chatsworth officiating. The remains were interred at Oak Ridge cemetery on the same lot where repose the remains of her son-in-law, the late Judge M. B. Wright.

Elendra Allen

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

February 8, 1868

Died in Whitefield, February 4, 1868 of congestion, Elendra, daughter of H. and B. Allen, age 1 year.

Mrs. Emily (Durley) Allen


Wednesday, April 10, 1901

Last week, the record stated the Mrs. Emily Allen of Henry, had suffered a stroke of appolexie, while walking on the street and there was little hope for her recovery. She was taken sick, Friday afternoon, March 29, and lingered in an unconscious state until Wednesday morning April 3, when death ended her suffering. We copy the following from the Henry Republican from April 4. Mrs. Emily Durley Allen, 2nd daughter of Madison Durley and Mary Elizabeth Harrison, was born in Hennepin, August 25, 1845. Suffering the loss of her mother at the age of less than 2 months, she was cared for by her paternal grandmother until the marriage of her father to Mrs. Rose Anna Hale of Louisville, Kentucky, February 10, 1847. Her girlhood was spent in that old home town, where she was an active member of the M.E. Church and Sunday school. Here on March 25, 1869, she was married to William Alfred Allen and the new household was started on the old ground. With the exception of a short time spent in Anita, Iowa, her husband being in the business there for a year or two, her life life has been spent in Illinois and on the banks of the pictures Illinois River. Though it was not her lot to inherit fortune, yet the riches of a warm heart and a tender loving spirit were her portion, friends always finding welcome at her door from which no needy one was ever turned away. To this family were born two daughters, Mary Margaret and Mildred Floyd. Moving to Henry in the year 1886, or there about, this family circle was unbroken until the loss of her husband and father who was called to his home on October 8, 1896. Four years later, April 3, 1901, this devoted wife and faithful mother, was permitted to enter into rest, her life ebbing away in the early morning of the beautiful day, embulated of the beautiful morning of the life beyond. The remains were brought to Hennepin Friday morning and at 11:00 Reverend A.K. Tellis, of Henry delivered a very able sermon in the congregational church, after which internment took place in the Riverside cemetery beside the grave of her husband W.A. Allen, who died in 1896.

Leon Wallace Allen


November 5, 1868

Died in this city, on the first of last, Leon Wallace, son of William E. and Anna B. Allen.

Mrs. Mary Allen

Taken From the Henry Republican

March 23, 1882

Died at Scranton, Pa. March 17, of old age, Mary, 92, wife of Ethan Allen and grandmother of Dr. G. G. Griffin and Mrs. S. C. Snyder of this city.

Mrs. Mary (Chance) Allen

January 19, 1882

Died in Henry township, Jan. 13, at the residence of Frank Dennis, of rheumatism of the heart, Mrs. Mary Allen of Tonica, 28 years 10 months, daughter of Hugh Chance of Kansas. Interment at Magnolia.

Mrs. Mary E. (Hunter) Allen

Obituary - June 1918

(New clipping from the research of Elsie Piper. )

Mrs. H. H. Allen

It is a distinctive privilege to aid in these last tributes of respect paid to the revered remains of so worthy a character as this mother in Israel, Mrs. Henry Howe Allen, formerly Mary E. Hunter. The deceased was born in the state of New York, October 16, 1834 and died at Nevada, Iowa, June 4, 1918, at the ripe age of 83 years, 7 months and 18 days. The youngest daughter of a family of six children born to Andrew and Huldah Hunter. There remains but one of the family, Hiram Hunter of this city. Mrs. Allen came with the family to Illinois when she was 12 years old.

At the age of 20 she was united in marriage to Henry Howe Allen, to which union eight children were born, all of whom survive the parents except the eldest daughter Martha, who died at the age of 24 years. Since Mr. Allen's decease, November 16, 1906, Mrs. Allen spent the greater part of her time with her children.

She was a kind, affectionate mother, the truest of friends and a devoted Christian. It would be hard if at all necessary to resist a feeling of pride to be born of such stock. I am not indebted excluseively to any member of the family for many facts at my disposal had there been time to reveal them. May the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren long live to emulate their service and consecrated devotion.

"Some other world is glad to see one light that's gone away.

The light whose going makes our night, makes somewhere else a day."

The remains of Mrs. Allen were brought to Henry and taken to the home of Hiram Hunter, the only surviving member of the family, where the funeral was held Friday afternoon. The officiating cleryman was Rev. D. G. Davies, pastor of the Congregational church of Lacon, who spoke words of comfort, both at the house and at the open grave. The attendance was large, as there were many relatives as well as neighbors and friends of the deceased.

The singers were Mrs. C. E. Smith and Mrs. H. F. Andrews, who sand "Abide With Me." Mrs. Smith also sand a solo, "Gone, Our Beloved." Miss Lucy Mateer was the accompanist.

The pall bearers were the five sons of the deceased - Frederick, Hiram, Andrew, Louis, and Albert Allen, and Frank Vail. Interment was in Henry cemetery. A. B. Smith, funeral director.

Those from a distance, in and around Tiskilwa, were Mr. and Mrs. John Jack, Mr. and Mrs. William Piper, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Farley, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Allen, Mr. and Mrs. William Chesney, Ernest and Earl Runnells and Misses Helen and Mary Hunter; also Mr. and Mrs. Harry Spencer of St. Louis.

Card of Thanks

The undersigned wish to express their appreciation and thanks to all who assisted us at the funeral and intement of our venerable sister and mother, Mrs. H. H. Allen, in Henry last Friday, June 7. The sympathy and kindly services will ever be cherished by us all.

Hiram Hunter

Children of Mrs. H. H. Allen

Mrs. William Allen

Taken From the Henry Republican

April 6, 1882

Neighborhood News - Varna

Saturday evening, March 25th, Mrs. William Allen who has been for nearly a year a great sufferer breathed her last. Well may it be said of her that she lived, was loved and respected by all. Her death is deeply felt in our community. Funeral services at the house on Monday conducted by Rev. Morse. Remains were conveyed to Caledonia for internment. Her husband has the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this his sad bereavement.

William Allen


October 15, 1896 - Mortuary Record

The funeral of the late William Allen took place on Friday. After a reading of the scripture lesson and a prayer at the home by Reverend McLeish the funeral cortege departed for Hennepin at 9:00 o'clock. Two delegations of former years joined them enroute. The funeral proper was held at the Congregational Church at Hennepin at 12:00 o'clock, the services being in charge of Reverend J.C. Zellar, pastor of the M.E. Church, whose remarks were comforting and impressive to the bereaved. The attendance of sympathizing friends was also very large and the procession was over a mile in length.

Mr. Allen was a native of Pennsylvania, born May 12, 1840. He accompanied his parents to Illinois in 1846, who located at or near Hennepin. He was married to Emily Durley March 25, 1868, daughter of Madison Durley. Their children Mary M. and Mildred F. are young woman grown who with the wife and a large circle of relatives survive. The deceased had been an active citizen and through his social and business intercourse of many years in both Marshall and Putnam Counties had a wide acquaintance. He was a man of excellent morals, honest, just and respected by the people and his sudden and unexpected death is a severe trial to the worthy family and his friends. he leaves a brother Owen Allen of Florid and Mrs. James Umbarger and Mrs. G.F. Forney of Melvin, Ford County and Mrs. S.L. Eberly of Lostant. All were present at the funeral with their families, also Mrs. Doctor Murdock and two children, a sister of Mrs. Allen. Those who were also present: Lillian Eberly of Lostant and Mrs. Cassell of Chicago, Isaac P. Bush and wife and Soloman Darby and wife accompanied by the family to Hennepin. The pallbearers here were Wm. Duke, Wm. Spangler, I.P. Bush, R. McDonald, Alex Doelzer and Frank Fyffe.

The death of Mr. Allen was sudden. He had gone to work as usual that morning, first at T.F. Clovers where he finished a job, then to W. Schroeder's. At Mr. Clover's he took a dose of soda from a box he took from his pocket,saying to Mrs. Clover that he was ill. He also remarked that he was unable to see. But the severe attack came on a Mr. Schroeder's where he gave up work and started to go home, falling at the gate and expired. Leonard Hunter happened at the gate as he fell and lifting him up he gasped several times and then all was over. He was taken into Mr. Schroeder's by Mr. Hunter, E. Camry and others and later was taken home. The doctor pronounced his case one of apoplexy.

Willie Allen

October 17, 1872

At Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 8, of brain fever, Willie, aged 3 years, son of William and Anna Allen, formerly of this city.

Cory Ames

December 21, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican


A shocking accident which you briefly noticed in your last week's issue occurred on Saturday night, December 9th. Cory Ames, going through the packing house in the dark, came to a place where light shone through a door onto a tank of hot grease and taking the reflection to be a doorway, walked off the plank into the hot grease, and before he could be extricated was so badly scalded that he died from the effect of it on the following day. He was a young man of a kind heart and amiable position and his sudden death is deplored by all his acquaintances.

Sidney Ames

April 5, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Local Correspondence - Lacon

On Sunday evening of last week Sidney Ames died at the residence of his brother-in-law, J. D. Winters, where he had been confined with consumption for some weeks. Mr. Ames was a brother of the young man Corey Ames, whose painful death by scalding in a tank of hot grease, I referred to in my communication to your paper a few months since. The deceased was a young man of about 27 years of age.

Jacob Amon's Child

April 12, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Local Correspondence - La Prairie

Jacob Amon buried a little six year old son on Sunday March 25 and has another son very sick.

William Dexter Amrine

May 6, 1926

Former Henry Man Passes Away At Toluca

William Dexter Amrine, formerly a resident of this city, and a baker by trade, passed away at Toluca, April 22. He was born September 10, 1869 at Saline, Kansas. During the war with Spain he enlisted with a regiment that formed a part of Colonel Roosevelt's Rough Riders and with them saw service in Cuba. On October 12, 1912, he was united in marriage to Gertrude E. Fike and to this union one child was born, Elizabeth Minerve, and who with the mother and wife are left to mourn his loss. The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Toluca a week ago Sunday at 2:30 and interment was made in Antioch cemetery.

Charles A. Anderson

September 1881

Taken From the Henry Republican (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)

DIED 9/16/1881 at LaRose, Charles A. Anderson 6years 8 months old

George B. Anderson

Henry News Republican - 1941 - Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney


G. B. Anderson Dies of Stroke; Invalid For Past TwoYears

"George Benton Anderson was born Sept. 6, 1870 at Promise City, Wayne county, Iowa and died Sunday at 1:15pm after a long illness. Mr. Anderson suffered a stroke in 1939 and after two years of invalidism, a second stroke on his birthday this year resulted in critical illness from which he did not recover.

Mr. Anderson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benton Anderson moved to Illinois with his parents when a child, and during his early manhood worked on various farms in the Whitefield and Lone Tree neighborhoods. After coming to Henry many years ago, he was city policeman at the time that Clifford Haws was mayor. His trade was painting and paper hanging at which he was very adept. On Dec. 17, 1919, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret May Harney, daughter of Patrick Harney of this city (Henry).

To this union three children were born, two sons, Clifford Benton and Harry Edward, and a daughter, May Margaret. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and three children; one sister, Mrs. Charles A. Wood of Putnam; two half-sisters, Mrs. Fred Becker of Rock Island, and Mrs. Roy Bauter of Donellson, Iowa; two Aunts, Mrs. Thomas Harris of Whitefield and Mrs. Retta Shultz of Chicago; a number of cousins and many friends. Ed Haines, who passed away recently, was a half-brother"

Lindsey Anderson

FROM THE HENRY NEWS REPUBLICAN 4/30/1925 EXERPTS ONLY - Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney

Lindsey Anderson, son of Abraham and Pleasant Anderson, near Lone Tree born April 19, 1859 died at 66 years, 6 days, one of ten children....two brothers Frank E and John W.

Mabel Clara Anderson

Taken From the Henry Republican, March 22, 1883

Died in this city, March 22, of congestion of the lungs, Mabel Clara, 15 months 7 days, daughter of David H. and Sarah Amanda Anderson.

John Anderson

November 18, 1896

Taken From the Henry Republican (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)

DEATH of John Anderson...blood poisoning from fall two or three weeks ago...leaves wife and five children

Sara Anderson


March 28, 1902

Her Earthly Troubles End

Miss Sara Anderson, a young colored woman, died suddenly at the home of her mother in the old town at one o'clock last Saturday afternoon. Coroner Geenan impaneled a jury composed of W.A. Dolan, Lawyer Osborn, J.T. Corroll, J.W. Tracey, O. Scherer and J.M. Breen to inquire into the cause of her death. Deceased gave birth to a child on the second of February. The mother and sister of the deceased testified that they sent for the county doctor two or three times, after the child was born, and that the doctor came two or three days after they sent for him. The doctor made no examination, nor left no medicine. N other doctor came until last Friday evening when doctor Ryon was sent there. Dr. Ryon stated that when he called and made an examination he found her suffering with blood poisoning, and she was so far gone that nothing that medical skill could do could save her life. The verdict of the jury was to the effect that deceased came to her death from blood poisoning, caused by want of medical attendance after childbirth. Her funeral services were conducted at house, Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Dudman. The attendance was small, but this fact did not make the service less solemn or impressive. After the services the remains were taken to the colored cemetery and laid to rest. This one makes the fourth member of the family that has died within a year and a half.

Charles N. Atwood

February 23, 1882

Henry Republican

Chaarles N. Atwood, son of Mr. William Atwood formerly of this county, died at Chicago, on the 14th inst., of that terrible scourge, small pox. It is a sad and sorrowful calamity to the large circle of relatives and friends, rendered all the more afflictive because all were debarrred the privilege to render him any succor during his illness and dying hour. He was an itelligent and worthy young man, and his untimely end will be mourned by all who knew him.

Mrs. Eliza Andrews

March 18, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Whitefield, March 12, Eliza, aged 56, wife of the late Harmon Andrews.

The wife of the late lamented Harmon Andrews followed him to the other world in about two weeks from his burial. She had been ailing from lung fever, and was considered dangerously ill at the time of Mr. Andrew's death. Her feebleness, and the crushing weight of her bereavement gave a fatal terminus. On Sunday last she was buried from the Whitefield M. E. church, attended by a very large concourse of people. She was a dear good mother, generally respected, and widely mourned. Six children are left orphans, though all of an age to provide for themselves. A very handsome property is left to be divided.

Flora Andrews


April 21, 1870

In Whitefield township, April 14, of consumption, Flora, daughter of Harmon Andrews, our county treasurer.

April 28, 1870

In Whitefield, April 14, of consumption, Flora, daughter of Harmon and Eliza Andrews, aged 25 years and 7 months.

Frankie Andrews

January 20, 1876

At Melvin, Ford county, by burning to death, Frankie, aged 2 years, 6 months, son of Daniel and Minnie Andrews, formerly of Whitefield.

Captain Harmon Andrews

March 4, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Whitefield, Feb. 29, of congestion of the lungs, Captain Harmon Andrews, aged 55 years. (See Marshall County Pioneers for more information.)

Mrs. Andrews

August 26, 1880


Old Mrs. Andrews died at the residence of her foster son, John Holt, 4 miles west of Sparland on last Friday at 5 o'clock.

George Antrim

November 6, 1873

Died at Wenona, Oct. 10, of typhoid fever, George Antrim, aged 19 years.

Cyrus Arch

January 23, 1873

At Whitefield Corners, Jan. 12, Cyrus Arch, aged 23 years.

Tina W. Arms

November 7, 1872

At Wenona, Oct. 27, Tina W., aged 7 months and 21 days, daughter of Charles and Amanda Williams Arms.

Daughter of William Armstrong

Taken From the Courier, Henry, IL

September 18, 1857

A daughter of Mr. William Armstrong, living near Wenona, Marshall County, was riding in a wagon when by a sudden lurch of the vehicle, she was thrown out and the wheel passed over her, killing her instantly.

Benjamin Franklin Arnold


December 1, 1870

Died at Lacon, Nov. 27, of consumption, Benjamin Franklin Arnold, aged 25 years, son of Sheldon Arnold, Esq.

We learn with unfeigned sorrow of the death of Benjamin F. Arnold, son of Sheldon Arnold, Esq., which took place on Sunday last, at his father's residence in Lacon. His disease was consumption, which cut him down at the early age of 25 years, leaving desolate a wife and two little girls, devoted parents and a large circle of endeared friends. Frank was one of Lacon's choice young men, holding in a series of years several positions of responsibility and confidence, winning friends by his characteristic good nature and courteousness. For some time he had been forewarned. He visited Minnesota the past summer for his health, but no visible benefit resulting, he returned home to the arms of loving friends who nursed the waning life and pillowed his head to rest. Frank had noble impulses, and his virtues will long live after him. The funeral was largely attended, Rev. J. G. Evans, the M. E. pastor, conducting the services of the sad occasion.

Daughter of Mrs. Frank Arnold


August 1, 1872

At Lacon, July 29, of cerebra spinal meningitis, daughter of Mrs. Frank Arnold, aged 3 years.

Solomon Arnold


February 23, 1871

Died at Lacon, Feb. 15, Solomon Arnold, aged 62 years. He was the brother of Sheldon Arnold, Esq., and a great sufferer for many years.

Mrs. Samuel Athey


February 15, 1872

At Sparland, Feb. 3, wife of Samuel Athey.

Mrs. Malinda Atkinson


November 2, 1871

Died in this city, Oct. 27 of consumption, Malinda, wife of William Atkinson, aged 65 years.

Mrs. Josephine Addie (Yocum) Atwood

May 19, 1881

At Aurelia, Iowa, May 6, Josephine Addie Yocum Atwood, 32 years, 5 months 15 days, wife of J. R. Atwood.

Local Items - We publish elsewhere the death at Aurelia, Iowa of Mrs. J. R. Atwood, daughter of a Mr. Yocum, a business of Henry some 20 years ago, but now a resident of Galva. She was the wife of a son of Timothy Atwood, now doing a successful banking business at Aurelia and sister-in-law to Mrs. Spencer Ketchum of Whitefield. Her death was caused by disease brought on by overtaxing the nervous system. She is highly spoken of by the Aurelia Independent, which publishes a beautiful tribute to her memory.

Timothy Atwood

November 13, 1902

Taken From the Henry Republican

This Illinois veteran was buried at Galva Tuesday, Spencer Ketchum, a son-in-law, attending the funeral from this city. Cyrus and Perry Root and wives were also at the funeral, both of whom were brothers of Mrs. Alwood, who survives with the son Jeriel, who resides at Mt. Vernon, Iowa and William, who resides at Galesburg.

Timothy and William Atwood were early settlers of Marshall county. Timothy locating in Whitefield after his marriage to a Miss Root of La Prairie township, on the farm now owned by W. R. Brokaw. He was a prominent citizen, justice, town treasurer, a man of sterling worth and integrity.

Some 25 years ago he moved to Galva, and embarked in the grocery business, which he conducted many years. He was also magistrate for a number of years. A few years ago he moved to Mr. Vernon, where he died. His age was 87.

Wallace H. Atwood

January 6, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Chicago, Jan. 4, of membranous croup, Wallace H., aged 5 years, son of T. W. and Mary H. Atwood. The body was brought to this county for interment.

Mrs. Helen Louisa (Springer ) Axline

Copied from The Wenona Index, Dec. 12, 1919

"Mrs. Helen Axline- Mrs. Belle Wright Writes Beautiful Outline of Deceased's Life,"

Helen Louisa Springer, daughter of Isaac and Charlotte Springer, pioneers of this community, was born at Moon's Point, Livingston county, Illinois, October 20, 1844, and died at Clinton, Illinois, December 6, 1929. At the age of four years she came with her parents to what was then called Cherry Point, later known as Sandy Community, about four and one-half miles north of Wenona. Here she grew to womanhood. A child of Godly parents, she early expressed her religious convictions. She was a great Bible student. Her earliest memory was of looking as far as the eye could see in any direction, over a vast expanse of blooming prairie, not a home or building in sight. She said it was unspeakably beautiful.

She is the last of twelve children, and has the unusual distinction of having three brothers who became Methodist ministers, namely, Creighton, Lewis, and Milton Springer. Creighton joined the Central Illinois Conference in 1856, and was an honorary member when he died at the age of 94. Lewis Springer had the honor of delivering the first sermon ever preached in Streator. At this time the town was being built, and the pulpit furnished Reverend Springer, was a number of boxes piled together. Helen Springer's early life's pleasures were centered around Sandy church (now a memory) where they enjoyed wonderful revivals, camp meetings, Sabbath school picnics, and quarterly meetings, as as I listened to the singers paying a last tribute to this dear woman, singing "Shall We Gather at the River," I thought how many times I heard her sing the same song at dear old Sandy church.

On March 17, 1890, Helen Springer was united in marriage to John W. Axline. For some years they lived on Sandy. Later they spent five years at Paxton, then moving to Lacon. They lived there eighteen years. Then came the sad news that a dearly loved husband and father had been called home. Just thirty-five years ago since them, Mrs. Axline has made her home in Wenona. Six years ago, Mrs. Axline had another dad bereavement, in the death of her daughter, Mrs. Myra Fosbender, well known and loved by all Wenona people.

For more than thirty years she has been active in her church relations in the Methodist church in Wenona, as much as health would permit. She was much loved by her Sabbath school class of middle aged ladies. The past five years with the feebleness of age, she spent her summers with her daughter, Mrs. old Carey, at Clinton, and winters with her son, Elmer C. Axline, at Illino, Mo. It has been her great pleasure to watch the progress of this community from the log cabin to a modern home, from the Old Oaken Bucket to the faucet in the home; from the prairie schooner to the automobile; from an occasional community sing in the home, to a radio in every home and music every night.

When fourteen years old she watched the building of the Illinois Central railroad through Wenona and saw the first railroad train pass through Wenona. As she watched the progress of material things, she lived the development of things spiritual. To me, the growth of her spiritual life is like the growth of the climbing rose of the prairie, each clinging tendril as it fastens itself to a firm support, is her faith in her God. The myriads of roses are the shining lights radiating to the multitudes of spiritual needs. The leaves are the may who have been touched by the light of her faith. this beautiful rose of the prairie has reached its perfection and now shines in the heavens.

Those surviving her are her children, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Carey, of Clinton; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Axline, of Herrin; Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Axline, of New York; her grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Fosbender, of Los Angeles, California; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley S. Whittier, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fosbender, of Los Angeles, California; Mr. and Mrs. Dooley, of Jefferson City, Mo.; Elmer and Hobert Axline, of Herrin, Illinois.

In memory of Mrs. Axline, by the Filth M.E. Sunday school class, of Wenona.


I cannot say, and I will not say

That she is dead, She is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand

She has wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming how very fair

It needs must be, since she lingers there,

And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn,

For the old time step and the glad return.

Think of her faring on, as dear

In the love of there as the love of here.

Think of her still as the same, I say,

She is not dead, she is just away.


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