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Obituaries and Death Notices

Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912

Saams, P. -- d.4/17/1877

Saathoff, Donald R.

BLOOMINGTON - Donald R. Saathoff, 94, of Hudson, died at 2:24 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 10, 2005) at Martin Health Center, Bloomington. Interment will be at East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington. Donald was born Aug. 17, 1910, in Urbana, the son of the late John Saathoff and the late Mabel Johnson Saathoff. He married Dorothy Proctor, she died and he later married Thelma Detloff Sylvester on Sept. 26, 1981. She died May 16, 1996. Donald is survived by two daughters, Miriam (Bill) Koons of Hudson, and Barbara (Rolf) Maurer of Houston, Texas; son, Alan (Sharon) Sylvester of El Paso; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one half sister, Hannah Schultz, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother; one sister; two half brothers, one stepbrother and three stepsisters. He was a meat cutter for over 30 years, having retired from the former Eisner Grocery store, Bloomington. He was very active for 40 years at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, Bloomington. He later attended Trinity Lutheran Church and was currently a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bloomington. He was a life member of Bloomington VFW Post 454 and also a life member of Bloomington American Legion Post 56. He is a five-year Army veteran of WWII, having served as Staff Sergeant in the 28th Division in Europe. Military rites will be accorded. This quiet, kind, gentle man served his country honorably and demonstrated the rare, blessed values of devotion and commitment to whatever God entrusted to his care, most importantly, our mother.
[The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois; Transcribed by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Sample, William, d. El Paso, Ill. 6/5/1871, a. 55 y.

Sampson, Julius M. d. at res. of his son-in-law, Jason Hand, nr. Waynesville, Ill. 3/14/1871, a. abt. 56 y.

Sanders, Everett Edward
BLOOMINGTON - Everett E. Sanders, 78, Bloomington, died at 10:43 p.m. Sunday (April 9, 2006) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. He was born March 15, 1928, at Salisbury, to Edwin O. and Helen Cox Sanders. He married Rhuemma Roodhouse on Nov. 26, 1955, at Bloomington. She passed away in 1983. He married Marjorie E. Miller on Nov. 26, 1983, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Anita (Steven) Moncelle, Gridley, and Debby (John) Cooper, Springfield; brothers and sisters, Pearl (Jim) Flickinger, Columbia, Mo.; Dorothy (Ray) Hoard, Springfield; Edwin (Reta) Sanders, Normal; Milton (Dorothy) Sanders, Columbia, Mo.; Ruth (Donald) Bigger, Springfield, Mo.; Deloris (Wayne) Zimmerman, Mackinaw; Sandra Braden, Bloomington; Sharon (Ron) Johnson, Malabar, Fla.; Marilyn (Charles) Boyd, Bloomington; and Paul (Roberta) Sanders, Columbia, Mo.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His parents and one daughter preceded him in death. He was a veteran and had worked for GM&O Railroad for 36 and a half years and Amtrak for two years. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, traveling and being with people. He was a loving husband, brother and friend and will be missed dearly.
(The Pantagraph)

Sargent, Alonzo, d. B. 1/20/1874, a. 52 y. 5 ms, 1 dy.

Savidge, Mrs. I. N. (Dau. of Wm. Hodge & mtr. of J. H. Robinson, of Downs, Ill.) d. nr. Downs, Ill. 2/.../187... (?) a. 62 y. 20 ds.

Saulsbury, Edgar, (Son of E. C. Saulsbury,) d. at res. of his Ftr. 8 miles w. of B. 12/2/1879, a. 19 y.

Schleeter, Delmar R
ANCHOR - Delmar R. Schleeter, 69, of Anchor died at 3:35 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 16, 1997) at Heritage Manor, Colfax. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Robert Ferro officiating. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax, with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Davis-Kerber Post 653. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax, and one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Eastern McLean County Ambulance Association or the St. John's Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Maude A. Schleeter; two sons, Dale L. Schleeter and Dean E. Schleeter, both of Hayward, Wis.; one brother, Merlin Schleeter, Colfax; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. Mr. Schleeter was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Anchor, a son of Walter and Ida Beecher Schleeter. He married Maude A. Gee on Sept. 24, 1950, at Forrest. He graduated from Anchor High School in 1946 and was a lifetime resident of Anchor. He was a shipping and receiving clerk for Sears, retiring on Dec. 31, 1986. He served in the Korean War as a corporal for the military police in the U.S. Army. He was a life member and past commander and past sergeant of arms for the American Legion Davis-Kerber Post 653. He also was a member of the Saybrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Milton Hill Post 2029. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.
(The Pantagraph)

Schleeter, Dennis D "Denny"
FARMER CITY - The Funeral Of Dennis D. "Denny" Schleeter, 45, of Farmer City will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Pastor Robert Ferro will officiate. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He died at 1:24 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 30, 1997) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Memorials may be made to the Dennis Schleeter Memorial Fund. Surviving are his wife, Shannon Schleeter; one son, Dennis Keith (Davalynn) Schleeter, Smyrna, Tenn.; one daughter, Krista (Rick) McKitrick, Farmer City; his parents, Merlin and Zelma Schleeter, Colfax; and a brother, Bruce A. Schleeter, Colfax. Also surviving are a grandson, Julian, and a sister-in-law, Jenny Schleeter. He was born Dec. 25, 1951, in Bloomington, a son of Merlin W. and Zelma Davis Schleeter. He married Shannon Estes on Jan. 23, 1971, in LeRoy. His maternal and paternal grandparents preceded him in death. Mr. Schleeter was a 1970 graduate of Octavia High School. He worked for Bull X Inc. in Farmer City.
(The Pantagraph)

Schleeter, Elva R Sarbaugh
COLFAX - The funeral of Elva R. Schleeter, 100, of Colfax, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Colfax United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ron Johnson and the Rev. Peggy Richards will officiate. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax. She died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday (April 11, 2002) at Heritage Manor, Colfax. Memorials may be made to Colfax United Methodist Church or Heritage Manor. She was born Aug. 16, 1901, in Colfax, the daughter of Curtis and Sadie McClure Sarbaugh. She married Harry Schleeter Aug. 21, 1921, in Forrest. He died April 5, 1983. Survivors include two sons, Hartzell (Jean) Schleeter, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; and Leo (Thelma) Schleeter, Colfax; eight grandchildren, Rhett Schleeter, Rhonda (Joe) Slusser, the Rev. Mark (Susan) Schleeter, Melodee (Allan) Bielfeldt, Mechele (Mike) Williamson, Rory (Donna) Schleeter, Mike (Vivian) Schleeter, and Scott (Mary) Schleeter; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. Her parents, four brothers, one sister, and one son, Ray, preceded her death. She was a life long resident of Colfax, and a resident of Heritage Manor for the past three years. She was a graduate of Colfax High School and attended Normal State Teachers College. She was a homemaker and taught in a one room school home in rural Colfax. She began teaching in 1919 at Springer School and later at Ritter School, retiring from teaching in 1947. She had farmed with her husband and he retired from farming in 1953. Mrs. Schleeter then started at State Farm Insurance in 1953 and retired in 1966. She also worked at the Colfax Cheese Factory. She was a member of Colfax United Methodist Church since 1917, where she taught Sunday School; charter member of the Legion Auxiliary Unit 653; past president Parley American Legion, Colfax; State Farm Retiree; Colfax NTO; Colfax 101 Club; and the Lafalot Club.
(The Pantagraph)

Schleeter, Ida C Beecher
ANCHOR - Ida C. Schleeter, 82, a lifetime Anchor resident, died at 1:40 a.m. yesterday (Oct. 21, 1989) at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church Monday. She was born Feb. 9, 1907, in Anchor, a daughter of John and Maude Hasty Beecher. She married Walter W. Schleeter June 20, 1927, in Anchor. He died July 14, 1974. Survivors include three sons, Delmar, Anchor; Merlin, Colfax; and Wallace, Lexington; two sisters, Melba Bane, Sibley, and Mildred Trembley, Colfax; two brothers, Delmar Beecher, Pontiac, and Ralph Beecher, 208 Hilltop Mobile Homes, Bloomington; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the Dorcas Society of the church; and Colfax American Legion Auxiliary. She has been a resident of the Octavia Manor Nursing Home, Colfax. Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church, or the Eastern McLean County Ambulance Association.
(The Pantagraph)

Schleeter, Richard George
ANCHOR - Richard George Schleeter, 70, of Plainfield, formerly of Anchor, died at 11:29 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 26, 2000), at St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Overman-Jones Funeral Home, Plainfield, with the Rev. Timothy Casey officiating. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard Schleeter Memorial Fund for Central Elementary School, c/o First Midwest Bank, 410 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL 60544. Mr. Schleeter was born July 9, 1930, at Anchor, a son of George and Hazel Smith Schleeter. He married Jane L. Hoffman. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Mary Lynn Schleeter and Amy Jo Garcia, both of Cary; and Ann Louise Schleeter, Houston, Texas; two sons, Gary (Evie) Schleeter, Woodman, Wis.; and Alan Schleeter, Plainfield; a sister, Norma (Wendall) Griffin, Chandler, Ariz.; and a brother, Robert Schleeter, Dallas, Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jeremiah, Erin, Gideon and Michael Schleeter, and Serena Garcia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Schleeter was a resident of Plainfield for the past 26 years.. He formerly lived in Anchor and Decatur, Mich. He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a lifelong member of the Marne American Legion Post 13, Plainfield; a member of the Will County Farm Bureau; and a member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church. Early in his life, he was a farmer for 20 years. Then he went to Illinois State University, Normal, where he received his B.S. and then went on to Western Michigan, where he received his M.S. After graduating, he worked as a teacher and principal in Decatur, Mich. In 1974, he served as assistant principal at Indian Trail Junior High School in Plainfield. He later served with Central Elementary School as principal. He retired in 1988 to enjoy his antique shop, R.S. Plainfield Antiques.
(The Pantagraph)

Schleeter, Shannon K Estes
FARMER CITY - Shannon K. Schleeter, 55, of Farmer City, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday (April 20, 2007) at her home in Farmer City. Service: Private graveside memorial service will be at Wiley Cemetery, Colfax, at a later date. Pastor Mike Jenkins will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Memorials: BroMenn Hospice or the Shannon K. Schleeter Memorial. Survivors: her parents, Harold "Rip" and Mary Golden Estes, LeRoy; one son, Keith (Brandy) Schleeter, Smyrna, Tenn.; one daughter, Krista (Rick) McKitrick, Farmer City; five grandchildren; two brothers, Dan (Paula) Estes, Greensboro, N.C., and Tom (Linda) Estes, LaBelle, Fla.; and one sister, Staci (Ronnie) Nichols, LeRoy.
(The Pantagraph)

Schlegel, Mrs. Mary, (Wf. of Jacob Schlegel) d. B. 9/21/1871, a. 25 y.

Schueth, Mrs. Dora, (Wf. of ANthony Schueth,) d. 410 Beecher St. B. 6/3/1877 a. 35 y.

Schultz -- Miss Minnie Schultz, Bloomington, July 15, attempted to commit suicide by taking poison. Her lover had gone back on her.
[July 19, 1893, The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, submitted by K. Torp]

Scott, Mrs. Estella, (Wf. of Dr. J. M. Scott, & dau. of Thomas Kirker, of B.) d. St. Louis, Mo. 4/22/1871.

Scrivner, Roy Lee
Chenoa Veteran Taken Sunday at Dwight Hospital
Funeral Services Held Yesterday Afternoon at Local Funeral Home"
Roy Lee Scrivner, 47 died at 9:30 p.m., Sunday at the U.S. Veteran's hospital in Dwight (Illinois), following an illness of two months. Funeral services were held at 1:30 pm at the Easton-Pils funeral home in this city, with the Rev. Charles L. Coleman officiating. Burial was made in the Opdyke cemetery at Mt. Vernon. The American Legion conducted its burial service as a part of the obsequies. Music at the Chenoa (Illinois) service was furnished by Miss Margie Burke, who sang two hymns, accompanied a the piano by Mrs. Gilber Pils. Mr. Scrivner was born on Nov. 8 1899, in Jefferson County, a son of Joseph and Mary Scrivner. He lived in Opdyke for 25 years before moving to Chenoa. In 1922, he married Sadie Woods at Mt. Vernon. She preceded him in death in 1937. Surviving are two brothers, Jodie of Mt. Vernon and John, of Blurford.and four sisters, Mrs. Aline Gowler, of Paducah, Ky, Mrs. S.D. Gibson of Chenoa, Mrs. Nora Sanders of Mt. Vernon and Miss Larena Scrivner of Belle Rive. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Scrivner was a molder and a member of the Methodist Church and the American Legion. ["The Chenoa Clipper Times", 31 July 1947 - Sub. By: Gary L. Welch]

Scroggs, Col. George, (Union Veteran, Civil War, Fmr. of Champaign, Ill.) m. 2nd, Mrs. Nina Monroe, dau. of Peter Folsom, of B.) d. Denver, Col. 10/15/1880. Dau's. (by 1st Wf. Mrs. Bessie Steinlitz, Mrs. Frances Aldrich.

Seat, Mrs. Margaret, d. Havana, Ill. d. .../.../1872, a. 51 y.

Selby, R. G. (Son of J. F. Selby, of 902 S. McLean St. B.) d. Hoopeston, Ill. 8/28/1876, a. 23 y.

Sellers, Hon. W. W. (Editor Tazewell Republican, Came to Pekin, Ill. from Pa.) d. Pekin, Ill. 12/15/1872.

Senseney, Mrs. H. M. (Nee Love Ballard; Dau. of Dr. Wm. J. Ballard, of B.) b. Ky. m. H. M. Senseney, 1865, d. B. 2/23/1879, a. 36 y.

Seward, M. D. b. Dutchess Co. N. Y. 9/.../1830, m. Mary Marvin, 1854, d. ... N. Linden Street, Normal, Ill. 10/22/1876

Sexton, Sidney S. d. Odell, Ill. 3/27/1875, a. 61 y. 9 ms.

Sheperd, Hiram, d. Urbana, Ill. 7/26/1871, a. 40 y.

Sheridan, Thomas, d. (Danvers, Ill.?) abt 3/7/1878

Sherman, B. F. Jr. (Fmr. of B.) d. Chicago, Ill. 3/11/1877

Sherman -- James A. Sherman, a prominent citizen of Normal, died the other day, aged 82.
[July 19, 1893, The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, submitted by K. Torp]

Shermer, John W. d. B 12/22/1877 a. 66 y.

Sherry -- Thomas Sherry, clerk, Ira B. Eddy & Bro. died, Bloomington, Ill., October 17, 1860 [unknown source]

Shields -- Edward Shields, 71, for 45 years a resident of Bloomington-Normal died at 4:25 a.m. Thursday at his home, 105 Taylor Street, Normal, after an illness of four weeks.
The body was removed to the Goodfellow Memorial Home pending funeral arrangements.
Mr. Shields was born May 15, 1869, in Fulton a son of Patrick and Bridget Shields. In 1899 he married Miss Nettie May Sylvester of Normal, who died in 1938. Four brothers and two sisters have also died.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. L. C. Peddicord at home and Mrs. Andrew Molek, 503 S. Linden Street, Normal; two grandchildren, five nieces and four nephews.
He served in the Spanish-American war after being employed with the Chicago and Northwestern and the E. J. E. railroads. For 35 years before retiring he was employed with the Bloomington-Normal Street Railway Company.
He was a member of the St. Patrick's church of Clinton, IA and of Modern Woodmen of America camp No. 1059, Normal.
[Bloomington Pantagraph Feb. 22, 1940 - Sub by Carol Sylvester who adds: Additional information not included in Mr. Shield's obituary: He married Miss Sylvester Dec. 20 1899; Mrs. Leland Peddicord's name is Ruth born 6/22/1900 and died 2/15/1970; Mrs. Molek's name is Hazel born 1/6/1907 and died 2/25/1998 under the name Hazel Shields.]

Shields, Nettie Mae -- Mrs. Edward Shields, 57, residing at 105 East Taylor Street, Normal, died at 9 p.m. Friday at her home of a cerebral hemorrhage. She had been in failing health for several years.
The body was removed to Goodfellow Memorial Home where services will be at 2 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Hinthorn cemetery near Lake Bloomington. Mrs. Shields was formerly Miss Nettie Mae Sylvester, born Aug. 2, 1880 in Normal. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sylvester Sr. She was married in 1898 in Normal, where she has spent her entire life.
Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Andrew Molek and Mrs. L. C. Peddicord, both of Normal and two grandchildren, Billy and Bob Petticord. Also surviving are the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Fannie Pepple, Normal; Mrs. Louise Kies, Mrs. Anna Lyda both of Bloomington; Frank Sylvester, Webster City, IA; William Sylvester, Thomas Sylvester, Charles Sylvester and Neal Sylvester all of Normal. One brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
[unknown newspaper/date - sub. by Carol Sylvester]

Shorthose, Mrs. Thomas, d. (Danvers, Ill.?) 10/11/1875

Shrock, John G. d. 501 W. Jefferson St. B. 1/20/1875

Sides -- Evelyn E. Sides, 67, of rural Lexington died at 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at her residence. She was born Nov. 15, 1929, in Athens, Ala., to W. Edgar and Mary A. Smith Sides. Surviving are three daughters, Paula Sleevar of LeRoy, Donna Robinson of Tampa, Fla., and Deena Moncelle of Lexington; two brothers, Orelle Sides of Congerville and Jerry Sides of Eureka; six sisters, Cornelle Gerber of Eureka, Will Ann Melaik of Peoria, Della Prince of Bloomington, Ginger Springer of Carlock, Mary Jones of Rialto, Calif., and Rhonda Dieckow of Banning, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Two brothers, two sisters and one grandson preceded her in death. She was a food server for Canteen Corp. before retiring. She was a member of Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home in Bloomington. The Rev. Gary York will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the memorial home. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Downs. [Peoria Journal Star]

Sizemore -- Pete Sizemore, 85, died Sunday at Community General Hospital after an extended illness. He made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Glenn Dittmar of rural Milledgeville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.Wednesday at the Stamper Memorial Home in Bloomington with the Rev. C. Young officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Bloomington. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Stamper Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pete Sizemore was born Oct. 24, 1889 in Hawkins County, Rogersville, Tenn., the son of Ned and Sara Klepper Sizemore.. He was a retired railroad car man and came to Milledgeville from the Bloomington area. He married Mary Etta Hixson on Oct. 19, 1916 in Hawkins County. He was a member of the First Evangelical Methodist Church of Bloomington, a member of AF & AM 673 at Normal, and a member of the Bloomington Consistory, Valley of Bloomington. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Winston (Helen) Adams of Alexandria, Va., Mrs. Dona Waltzen of Plymouth, Wis., Mrs. Kathryn Underkoffer of Muncie, Ind., Mrs. Mary Hays of Kansas City, Kan., and Mrs. Glen (Nancy) Dittmar of Milledgeville; three sons, Peter F. Sizemore Jr of Jacksonville, Fla., and William and Gaines Sizemore of Rogersville, Tenn. He was preceded by his wife and three sons, Russell, Clarence and Laurence. [Monday 4 April 1975 - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois; Submitted by: Melva L. Taylor]

Smith, Hon. Alexander, (U.S. Dist. Judge, Washington & Idaho Terr's.) b. Jacksonville, Ill. m. Miss Henry, dau. of Dr. A. G. Henry, d. Kalama, Wash. 5/9/1875. Bro. Dr. Geo. R. Smith, B.

Smith -- Died In this city, on the 5th inst., at 10 o clock A. M., Ange M. Smith, wife of Mr. James H. Smith, aged 26 years. She was a native of Westfield, Mass. [September 9, 1857 XI 40 560 2 c6, Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.), submitted by J. Edwards]

Smith, Decon Brainerd, b. Sunderland, Mass. 5/28/1818, m. Nancy O. Hawley, 1844, d. Normal, Ill. 8/21/1877. (Left Wf. & 6 Ch. viz. W. H. Smith, Mrs. Jerome Chipman, Hattie Smith, Nannie Smith, James Smith, George Smith.

Smith, David B. b. Rome, N. Y. 12/7/1804 d. B. 3/27/1879 (Left Wf. & 5 ch.)

Smith, Mrs. Eliza, (Widow of Jacob Smith,) d. B. 3/13/1875, a. 83 y. 2 ms. 4 ds. Ch. Mrs. Ann M. Pigall - Noel, John R. Smith, R. P. Smith

Smith Frederick, d. 912 W. Jefferson St. B. 6/29/1874, a. 78 y.

Smith, Gen. Giles A. (General, 25th U. S. Army Corps, Civil War,) b. Jefferson Co. N. Y. 9/29/1829 m. Martha McLain, London, O. 1850 d. B. 11/5/1876. Left Wf. & 1 Dau. Mrs. May De Lapalud, also 1 Str. Mrs. L. A. McLain. (See McL. Co. Hist. Soc. Trans. Vol. 1, P. 425.)

Smith, Mrs. G. A. d. Forrest, Ill. 5/.../1871

Smith -- Word was received near Bloomington a few days ago announcing the death of Mrs. Giles A. Smith, her death resulting from "la grippe". She was the widow of Brevet Major-General Smith, formerly Colonel of the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, who after ?__? was a prominent business man of Bloomington. Mrs. SmithH of late has made her home with her daughter May ?__? was married and lived at Geneva. Mrs. Smith was a native of London, O.
[February 7, 1890, Ava Advertiser]

Smith, Jacob, b. 1791, d. 809 S. Center St. B. 8/18/1874 [Wf. d. 3/31/1875]

Smith, James N. (Ftr. of Mrs. R. E. Williams, of B.) b. 1790, d. DeWitt co. Texas, 3/21/1875

Smith, James T. d. 1003 W. Front St. B. 1/27/1877

Smith, Mrs. Mary, (Mtr. of Joachim Smith,) d. B. 1/30/1875, a. 65 y.

Smith, Mrs. Paulina M. (Wf. of R. P. Smith,) d. B. 7/20/1871.

Smith, Porter M. -- Class of 1908 - PORTER MAC DOUGALL SMITH. B. 2 June, 1885, Bloomington, Ill. Business. D. 29 Apr., 1909, Northampton, Mass.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1908-1909, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Smith -- William M. Smith, a prominent politician, committed suicide by shooting himself at Lexington, Illinois, this morning. [25 Mar 1886 - St. Albans Daily Messenger]

Snow -- Margie L. Snow, 80, of Atlanta, Ill., formerly of McLean, died at 7:48 a.m. Sunday (July 24, 2011) in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Margie L. Snow was born Aug. 18, 1930, in McLean, a daughter of George S. and Goldie Unice Benedict. She married Bobby A. Snow on Sept. 9, 1956. He died Dec. 12, 1987. She graduated from the McLean High School. She was a member of the McLean Christian Church. She and Bobby had owned Snow's Market in McLean. She has been employed at McDonald's in McLean since 1999 as an administrative assistant. Surviving her are her sons, Gregory S. and wife Laurie Snow of Quincy, and Gary A. Snow of Greenville, Wis.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one sister, Dorene Grimm; and one brother, Donald Benedict. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Thursday in McLean Christian Church, 110 E. Morgan St., McClean, with Tony Billingsley conducting. Burial will be in McLean Cemetery. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the McLean Christian Church. ARRANGEMENTS: Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. [Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL; c. July 2011 - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Spencer, James D. d. at res. of his parents, in B. 3/1/1879 a. 37 y.

Springer, Mrs. Caroline S. (Wf. of Joseph C. Springer,) d. B. 1/7/1875, a. 27 ys. 8 ms.

Spurgin, Jeremiah, b. Ky. 1799, d. B. 1/23/1879. Sons, William Spurgin, Richard Spurgin, Samuel Spurgin, John Spurgin.

Spurgin, Mrs. Lizzie, d. at res. of her Mtr. at 407 Douglas St. B. 6/8/1879. a. 32 y.

Stacy, Mrs. Mary E. (Wf. of James E. Stacy) d. Farmer City, Ill. 10/6/1871, a. 56 y.

Stahl, Elias, b. 1799, d. B. 1/20/1874

Stahl, Mrs. Sarah, (Wf. of Edward K. Stahl,) d. B. 2/8/1875, a. 24 y. 3 ms. 27 ds.

Stamper, Mrs. Alethea (Widos of Rev. Jonathan Stamper, M. E.) d. Springfield, Ill. 3/10/1875, a. 81 y.

Stanford, Mrs. Rachel. d. New Rutland, Ill. 3/10/1875, a. 69 y.

Starkey -- BLOOMINGTON - William N. Starkey, 83, Branson, Mo., formerly of Bloomington, died Thursday (Jan. 10, 2008) at the Golden Living Center in Branson. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Hudson Christian Church, Hudson, with the Rev. William Vandervoort officiating. Burial will be in the Hudson Cemetery, Hudson. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761. Bill was born May 1, 1924, in Hudson, the son of Cecil and Ethel Ambrose Starkey. He married Barbara Lindsey on June 8, 1947, in Hudson. She preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 1989. Survivors include one son, Lawrence (Rozanne) Starkey, Bloomington; two granddaughters, Laura (Zack) Gilbert, Normal, and Anne (Darrin) Anderson, LeRoy; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marjorie (Lloyd) Ward, Rutledge, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from Caterpillar in East Peoria.
(The Pantagraph)

Steele, David D. (Son of Peter & Hannah M. Steele, of B. fmr. of Newton Square, Delaware Co. Pa.) d. Denver, Col. 12/9/1876, a 32 y.

Steele, Mrs. Sallie E. (Wf. of Wm M. Steele; Neice of N. B. Heafer,) d. B. 3/9/1875, a. 31 y.

Steere, James, d. at res. of his Fts. in B. 5/3/1872, a. 17 y. 11 ms.

Stephenson --
Mattie Stephenson gave her life to help others during the 1873 yellow fever epidemic . (please follow link for complete story)

Stesman -- William Stesman died at the county farm and was buried yesterday in the city cemetery. Little known to most, he had one claim to fame: while working for the Chicago and Alton he is said to have built the first modern-day locomotive pilot (cowcatcher).
[Dec. 16, 1908, The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Stewart -- Charles Donald ''Don'' Stewart, 86, of Bloomington died at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8, 2006) at his residence after a valiant fight with cancer. His attitude and personality encourages us all to be better people for having known him. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Vernon Oakley will officiate. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to BroMenn Hospice in his memory. Don was born June 23, 1919, in LeRoy, a son of Charles and Tina Wynn Stewart. He had worked for Caterpillar in East Peoria for 28 years and retired from Building HH in 1978, where he had worked for many years. Don made many friendships during his career and since his retirement. He worked for farmers in the LeRoy and Downs area during their busy seasons for many years as well. Don enjoyed a good game of cards with his family and going on hunting trips. He was an avid pool player and won many trophies over the years. After retiring from Caterpillar, he began his creative wood-working hobby, making much of the furniture in his home. As a husband, dad, grandpa and friend, he will be missed for his stories about his younger days, the antics he was involved in and the gags he used to pull. Don will be missed very much and thought of every day. He married Evelyn Moncelle on Aug. 5, 1966, in Morrison. She survives. In addition to his wife, Evelyn Stewart of Bloomington, Don is survived by daughter, Shirley Anne Worth, Gibson City; three sons, Charles ''Chuck'' Stewart, Bloomington; Jerry Stewart; and Richard Stewart; 10 grandchildren, Deborah (Brian) Moser, Donald (Starr) Zook Jr., Wesley Stewart, Amy (Jim) Houk, Anne Johnson, Dana Wealand, Tonya Stewart, Matthew Stewart, Lenora (Dave) Guth and Linda (Bob) Raney; great-grandchildren, Tasha, Trisha and Shelby Raney; Alexis and Morgan Triplett; Victoria Renae Zook; Chauncey and Callie Wealand; Ryan and Allie Guth; Lyndsie and Wesley Stewart; David and Melissa Johnson; and Tyler, Josh and Blake Houk; three great-granddaughters, Kelsey and Kayla Stewart and Amanda Johnson; two great-great-grandsons; two stepchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Marjorie Scott, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Lyle, Carroll, George and Elmo; and a sister, LaVerne Landgraf Scott. (The Pantagraph)

Stewart, Mrs. Jane, (Nee Handley; Wf. of Samuel Stewart,) Came to McL. Co. 1831, d. Randolph Twp. McL. Co. 6/8/1875, a. 83 y. (See McL. Co. Hist. Soc. Trans. Vol. II, P. 669.)

Stiger, Abram, d. Twin Grove, McL. Co. 5/18/1878, a. 74 y.

Stilwell, Edgar A. ( Brakeman; Son of Hon. John M. Stilwell, of Leroy, Ill. Fmr. Mayor of B.) Accidentally killed on C. & A. R. R. 7/17/1878, a. 24 y.

Stipp, Dr. George W. b. nr. Winchester, Va. 1799, m. 1st, Frances J. Reid, of Dayton, Ohio, 2nd, Sarah W. Harris, d. B. 8/22/1879, Dau. Mrs. W.H. Hanna.

Stivers, Mrs. Mary, ( Wf. of J. B. Stivers,) d. Roanoke Twp. Woodford Co HI. 5/.../1871.

Stone -- Mrs. Sarah Stone at Gridley, Nov. 16, a. 25 y. Sarah, wife of A. W. Stone of Lacon.
[Date: December 5, 1872; Paper: Henry Republican; Sub by: Nancy Piper]

Stoneacre -- Joseph Stoneacre, a young lad living at McLean, Illinois, on the Chicago & St. Louis railroad, while helping to couple cars on a freight train, received injuries from which he died in about two hours. The boy was not an employe
[sic] of the road, but always made himself conspicuous about trains, notwithstanding the warnings of his friends. [1869 May 22 - Cincinnati Daily Gazette]

Stout, Ebenezer, b. New Jersey, 4/22/1810, mvd. to Vandalia, Ill. 1832, m. Huldah Briggs, 1837, std. at B. 1853, d. B. 4/26/1877.

Stout, Mrs. Georgia, ( Wf. of J. H. Stout & Dau. of Wm. & Hannah Gillespie,) m. 6/.../1871; d. Tidioute, Pa. 11/2/1880, a. 33 y.

Stoutmeyer, Mrs. Wm. B. d. ( B.?) abt. 2/12/1878.

Strehle, Louis, d. B. 11/6/1879.

Stroud, Miss Mary, d. at res. of Isaac W. Stroud, 701 E. Douglas St. B. 11/3/1877, a. 33 y.

Stroud, Smith, (Farmer,) d. at his res. 3 miles w. of Atlanta, Ill. 11/.../1877.

Sutherland, Samuel W. b. Chatham, N. Y. 1825, m. Mary Rider, in N. Y. d. Benjaminville, McL. Co. 5/18/1879. Ch. Anna, Edward, Alice, John.

Swann, Mrs. Mary C. ( Nee Canine; Wf. of Michael Swann.) b. Shelby Co. Ky. 8/24/1815, d. B. 11/28/1876.

Swartz, James T. (Fmr. of McL. Co.) b. 1794, d. Vernon Co Mo. 3/.../1876.

Sweet -- Tina M. Sweet, 44, of Cooksville died at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. She was born June 3, 1960, in Melrose Park to Adrian and June Spencer Sweet. Surviving are Michael Boles, with whom she made her home for the past 27 years; one daughter, Jennifer Boles of Wapella; her mother, June Miller of Rantoul; one brother, David (and Patti) Sweet of Sibley; and three sisters, Sue Edgar and Joi Brassi, both of Rantoul, and Mary Crocie of Missouri. She was preceded by her father and one brother. She had worked at Alexander Pencil factory in Lexington and then for Bloomington Seating Co. She last worked for Elmco Manufacturing in Cooksville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Musselman Funeral Home in Lexington, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Jan Proeber will officiate. Burial be in Blue Mound Cemetery in Cooksville.
(Peoria Journal Star)

Swisher, John A. d. at res. of his son-in-law, J. D. Haldeman, 311 S. Madison St. B. 11/16/1874, a. 54 y.

Sylvester, Edith -- Mrs. Edith A. Sylvester, 75, of 110 W. Mulberry St. Normal, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20, 1957) at her home. She had been in ill health for a year. She was taken to Stubblefield and Son Memorial Home. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Pierce, she was born in Rochester, NY. June 3. 1879. She was married to John T. Sylvester in Normal. Surviving are nine children. One son Earl, lives at 704 N. Lumber, Bloomington and eight children live in Normal: John, 508 E. Sycamore St.; Lloyd 204 E. Vernon Ave.; Mrs. Myrtle Berglund, 110 W. Mulberry St.; Mrs. Goldie De Vore 112 W. Locust St.; Mrs. Mary Morgan, 800 N. Linden St.; Mrs. Roy Beal 304 N. Linden St.; and Mrs. Pansy Adreon 709 N. Linden St.; Also surviving are 38 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons.
[Published by the Daily Pantagraph Bloomington, IL - Submitted by Carol S. Sylvester]

Sylvester, Grace -- Grace Valentine Sylvester, 75, (Mrs. Thomas B.) of 1226 E. Empire St. Bloomington, died at 6 p.m. Wed (2/16/1955) at the home of her son-in-law and daughter Mr. & Mrs. Donald Gronemeier, Glendale, Calif. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mrs. Sylvester will be brought to the Metzler memorial home. The former Grace Mae Valentine was born in Normal 1879. She was educated in Normal and she and Mr. Sylvester were married in Aug. 1900. Mr. Sylvester died Jan. 18, 1949. Mrs. Sylvester was a member of the Normal Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Tom of 1005 E. Taylor St., Joe of Blakesburg, Iowa, and Roy of Fort Pierce, Fla.; six daughters Lucille Abbey, of the East Empire St address, Ella Roberts, R.R. 2; Joybelle Lambes of 319 E. Locust St., Betty Totterer of 607 E. Empire St.; Mrs. Iowa Lovins of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and Mae Gronemeier.
Also surviving are one brother Oscar Valentine Glendale; one sister, Mrs. Nels Firebaugh of Peoria, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. -
[Bloomington Daily Pantagraph, Thursday Feb. 17, 1955, Submitted by Carol Sylvester; Additional information not published in the obituary: Grace was born to Samuel and Elenora Milton Valentine Dec. 9, 1879. Her siblings not listed John N., George W., Samuel A., James, and David. The date of her marriage was Aug. 15, 1899]

Sylvester, Harold --Former Normal Police Chief Harold Sylvester, 72, died while visiting his son in Alabama. He had a 35-year career in law enforcement. At various times he served in the Normal Police Department, McLean County Sheriff’s Department, and at ISU.
[Dec. 16, 1983, The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Sylvester, John Tilden - John Tilden Sylvester Sr., 60, 122 W. Mulberry St. Normal, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday after and illness of two years. Services will be held Tuesday at Beck Memorial Home, the Rev. Will Shelper officiating. Burial will be in Hinthorn Cemetery. He was born in 1877 in Normal, the son of Thomas and Ellen Sylvester. He was married to Miss Edith A. Pierce of Normal in 1896. He is survived by the following children, John, Myrtle Berglund, Earl, Victor, Lloyd, Goldie Casali, Mary Morgan, Daisy Beal and Miss Pansy Sylvester all of Normal. There are 18 grandchildren. He leaves the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Nettie Shields, Mrs. Fannie Pepple, Mrs. Anna Lyda, and Mrs. Louise Kies, Frank of Webster City, Iowa, Thomas, William, Neal and Charles Sylvester all of Normal. His parents and two sisters Minnie Green and Elizabeth Sylvester preceded him in death.
[Submitted by Carol S. Sylvester - Published by the Daily Pantagraph Bloomington, IL]

Sylvester, Mrs. Mary, 89, of 1314 S. Linden, Normal, died at 4:45 a.m. Friday (June 23, 1972) at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She had been ill for some time. Mrs. Sylvester was born Aug. 15, 1882 in Peoria, a daughter of John A. and Cordella Schessler. She married William S. Sylvester July 3, 1900. Mr. Sylvester served as a Normal city councilman for 24 years finishing his last term in 1944. He died Oct 30, 1949. Surviving are a daughter Mrs. Melvin Jacquat 1314 S. Linden, Normal. Two sons, Harold W. 804 Normal Ave, Normal and William H. 504 N. Linden, Normal. Five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Four sons a daughter, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member at University Christian Church in Normal. ~ [Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL Sat. June 24, 1972 - Sub. by Carol S. Sylvester]

Sylvester, Roy
Mr. Roy Sylvester, age 67, of the Glendale community, died Tuesday, January 1, 1974, in a local hospital.  He was a native of Bloomington, Illinois, had lived in Glendale for the past 13 years, and was a member of the Glendale Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Enid Sylvester of Glendale; one son, Roy R. Sylvester of Tanner, Ala.; four sisters, Mrs. Joy Lambes of Panama City, Mrs. Mae Gronemier of Glendale, California, Mrs. Betty Totterer of Hemett, California, Mrs. Lucile Stevenson of Lewiston, Idaho; one grandchild.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Glendale Presbyterian Church with Rev. Harold Thomas officiating.  Interment followed in the Glendale Cemetery with Commander Funeral Home directing.  (DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, (DeFuniak Springs, FL) 10 January 1974. Transcribed by HH) 

Sylvester -- Thomas B. Sylvester, 73, husband of Grace Valentine Sylvester of 802 N. Main St., Normal, IL, with whom he planned to observe their 50th wedding anniversary next August, died at 10:30 p.m. Tues. (Jan 18, 1949) of a cerebral hemorhage at Mennonite hospital where he had been taken earlier in the evening following a stroke.
The body was taken to the Goodfellow-Metzler Memorial home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, pending the arrival of out of town relatives of the family.
Mr. Sylvester was born Sept. 12, 1875 in Normal, the son of Thomas J. and (Martha) Ella Sylvester. His father a native of England, helped in the construction of the first brick building in Normal and the pioneer brick mason built the first smokestack and installed the first boiler on the Illinois State Normal University campus and built the first smokestack at the Illinois Soldier's and Sailor's Children School.
Thomas married Grace Valentine Aug. 15, 1899 in Normal. He was a retired brick mason and farmer. He was a member of the first Baptist Church in Normal.
Surviving in adition to his wife, are six daughters, Mrs. Lucille Abbey, at home; Mrs. Mae Gronemeier, LaCanada, Calif.; Mrs. Iowa Maddox, Decatur; Mrs. Ella Roberts, RR 2; Mrs. Joy Lambes, 104 1/2 W. Monroe St.; and Mrs. Betty Totterer, 607 E. Empire St., Bloomington; three sons Joe, Blakesburg, Iowa; Roy, of Alvin; and Tom L. 314 E. Locust St.; and seven grandchildren.
[Reported Jan. 19, 1949 in the Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL]

Funeral Services for Thomas B. Sylvester, 73, who died Tuesday will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Goodfellow-Metzler Memorial home, The Rev. John Logan pastor of the First Baptist Church of Normal will officiate. Burial will be in Hinthorn cemetery near Hudson. Surviving, in addition to those reported previously are three sisters, Mrs. Louise (Curtis) Kies, 1211 Hillcrest, Normal; Mrs. Anna (James) Lyda, 707 W. Monroe, Bloomington; Mrs. Fannie (Bert) Pepple, 607 Hester Ave., Normal; and two brothers, William Sylvester 213 N. University St., Normal; and Neal Sylvester RR 2, Bloomington. Three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.
[Reported Jan. 21, 1949 in the Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL - Sub. by Carol Sylvester]

Thomas J. Sylvester

Sylvester, Thomas J.
Pioneer, 86, Normal, Dies -- Illness of Several Weeks Fatal to Thomas J. Sylvester
Thomas J. Sylvester, 86, a pioneer in Normal and a brick mason and contractor here for 48 years died at his home, 302 W. Vernon Avenue, Normal, shortly before 6 p.m. Friday after an illness of several weeks of complication of diseases.
Mr. Sylvester came to Normal in the spring of 1869 and at that time there was not a brick business building in the city. He helped in the construction of the first such structure at 102 North Street and with only three exceptions had a part in erection of all other brick structures now standing in the business section of the city.
He also had a part in the erection of many other brick structures in Bloomington-Normal and vicinity, including the Pantagraph Printing and Stationary Company building at Jefferson and Madison streets Bloomington. He built the first smokestack at Illinois State Normal University and had a part in the erection of most of the other buildings on the campus. He built the smokestack at Illinois Soldier's and Sailor's Children's School and constructed the first school house at the institution. During the latter years of his business career he became a contractor and contracted for many of the buildings at the Children's School which are now in use. He laid the brick for the Christian Church of Normal and built the first bake oven installed at the Children's School.
Mr. Sylvester retired from brick masonry in 1916 but had remained active in other cities until recently. He was the oldest member of the Normal Masonic Lodge. He had served on the Normal city counsel and was vice president and a member of the board of directors of the Normal State Bank. He was a charter member of the Building and Loan Association of Normal and was appraiser for the organization at the time of his death having served for many years in that capacity.
Mr. Sylvester was born in Cheshire, England Jan. 26, 1846 and came to Normal in 1869. He married Miss Martha Ellen Dunseth in October 1879. She died Nov. 3, 1916. To this union was born twelve children ten of whom survive. There are 38 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. The children surviving are, Frank of Webster City Iowa, Thomas J, John, William, Neal, Charles, Mrs. Nettie Shields and Mrs. Fannie Pepple all of Normal and Mrs. Anna Lyda and Mrs. Louise Kies of Bloomington. Two daughters Miss Lizzie and Mrs. Minnie Green preceded him in death.
He was married a second time, Oct. 29, 1921 to Mrs. Samantha Jane Phillips who survives him. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

[Saturday Feb. 20, 1932 by the Daily Pantagrah, Bloomington, IL - Submitted by Carol Sylvester -- Additional information not included in Thomas's obit from his biography about 1905 in McLean County, IL.: He was born in England the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Simpson) Sylvester. His brothers William of England; John and George Staffordshire, England; James is deceased and Joseph lived in Champaign, IL. His wife Martha Ellen was born at Money Creek Township, McLean County Jan. 25, 1854. He owned 240 acres of land in Clay County, Minn and 44 acres in Normal, IL ]

William S. Sylvester dies - Councilman for 24 years
William Simpson Sylvester, 71 of 213 N. University St., Normal, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 30, 1949) at Brokaw Hospital, following a heart attack Thursday at his home.
He was the son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Dunseth Sylvester of Money Creek Township. He was born Oct. 21, 1878 in Normal. In 1900 he married for former Mary Elizabeth Schessler of Normal. They were parents of William H. Sylvester 504 N. Linden St.; Harold W. Sylvester, 804 Normal Ave.; Mrs. Ruth Jacquat, 1314 S. Linden St.; and Donald, 704 Normal Ave. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Bert Pepple, 607 Hester Ave. Normal; Mrs. J. W. Lyda, 707 W. Monroe St. and Mrs. Curtis Kies, 1211 Hillcrest; one brother Neal R R 2, Bloomington, and four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.
Mr. Sylvester began contracting as a mason in 1916 taking over the business interest shortly after the death of his father. He completed 24 years as a councilman of the town of Normal, serving under the following mayors: O. L. Manchester, John Goodwin, C. E. Clark, W. A. Newhauser, E. L. Beach, Grant Ridenour, and R. D. Marsh.
He also served as a volunteer fireman of Normal for many years. His duties began at the time horses were still used. With his father and brothers he constructed the university Christian Church of which he was a member. Funeral services will be held at Stubblefield and Son Memorial Home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. ~ -[Daily Pantagraph Bloomington, IL Monday Oct. 31, 1949 - Submitted by Carol S. Sylvester who adds:
Correction to this obituary: He began contracting in 1916 when his mother died and his father retired. Source: Thomas J. Sylvester biography published about 1905 in McLean County, IL.]


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