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ALER, Judge Edwards, Monticello, Ill., Nov. 11
Judge Edward Aler, aged 79 years, died to-day at his home in this city. He served in the war of 1812. He came to Illinois in 1827. He was County Judge of Champaign county and Mayor of the city of Urbana for four years. In 1838 he moved to Piatt county and has held several offices of trust here. He taught the first school in Willow Branch township. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Sunday, November 12, 1893 Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

BAILEY, Mrs. William
Mrs. William Bailey, of Mansfield, Piatt county, died suddenly at Champaign the other day, where she had gone on business.  She was in the city but an hour before her death.
[The Cairo bulletin. (Cairo, Ill.), May 18, 1877]
 

BERRY, D. G.

Monticello, Ill., Feb 7
D. G. Berry, a well-known citizen of Piatt County, dropped dead on the streets of Bement today of heart disease. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, February 8, 1895  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

BOGGS, Mrs. Magdalene
Monticello, Ill., Dec 8
There was laid to rest to-day the oldest resident of Piatt County or Central Illinois, Mrs. Magdalene Boggs, of Bement, this county. She had lived many years with her son at Bement, but at the time of her death she was visiting relatives at Marion, Ind. She was born in December 1783, at Lancaster, PA., and was 106 years old. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Monday, December 9, 1889   Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

BRYANT, Hon. Francis E.,

Monticello, Ill., June 24.- Special Telegram
The Hon. Francis E. Bryant died at his home in Bement, this county, today at 2:30 p. m., aged 71 years. He was the best-known citizen of this county. He came to Illinois in 1837, and had represented both Schuyler and Piatt Counties in the Legislature. He was a well-known banker and business man. He was a prominent Mason, and the first Master Mason of Bement Lodge, No. 365. Governor R. J. Oglesby appointed him a member of the committee to locate the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Illinois. He was of Puritan stock. His father fought at Bunker Hill, and he was cousin to William Cullen Bryant, the poet, and also the cousin of Rev. S. F. Smyth, the author of “America”. The immediate cause of death was valvular heart trouble. His funeral will be conducted by the Masonic brethren on Wednesday at 2 p. m. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Tuesday, June 25, 1889  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

BUSH, Jacob,
Monticello, Ill., Nov. 13
Jacob Bush, one of the old settlers of Piatt County, and a member of the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Infantry, died at his home in Monticello today, aged 68 years. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Thursday, November 14 1895 Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

CALEF, Rufus,
Monticello, Ill., May 8. Rufus Calef, one of the oldest, wealthiest, and most highly respected citizens of Piatt County, died this morning of gastritis, aged 61. He was the cattle king of this region, and the largest land owner in the county, having lived here thirty years. He leaves his large property to his two sons. his death will be generally regretted. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Thursday, May 9, 1878  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]


CONWAY
Dead – Mr. Conway of Bement, (the drover who was so badly stabbed by the villain who attempted to rob him some time since,) we regret to learn died of his wounds this week. [Illinois State Chronicle, Decatur IL  April 28, 1859; NP, Sub by FoFG]

CRAWFORD, John
, d. at his res. 2 miles east of Bement, Ill. Sept. 24, 1872. aged 42 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

DAVIS, Jeremiah,

Monticello, Ill., June 16.- Special Telegram
Jeremiah Davis, an old citizen of Piatt County, died very suddenly last night from a stoke of apoplexy. He was a prominent member of the Baptist Church of Monticello. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Sunday, June 17, 1888  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

DOOLITTLE, Jared,
Bement, Ill., Sept 27. Special Telegram
Jared Doolittle, an old soldier, who served his country for four years, and a prominent citizen of Bement, died at his home here this morning. he will be buried by the G. A. R. post at 2 p. m. to-morrow. posts from Monticello, Cerro Gordo, and other towns will attend the funeral. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, September 28, 1888  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

DWYER, Rev. Isaac J.,
Monticello, Ill., Feb 7
Rev. Isaac J. Dwyer died at his home in Monticello, aged 63 years. He was one of the pioneers of Methodism in Central Illinois, and one of the early settlers of Piatt County, honored and respected by all who knew him. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, May 17, 1895  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

FAMULINER, Sarah A.,

Monticello, Ill., Sept. 15 Special Telegram
Mrs. Sarah Famuliner, one of the old pioneers of Piatt County, died at her home near this city, aged 81 years. Her funeral occurred to-day from the M. E. Church, and was largely attended. A union service of all the churches was held. Judge H. E. Huston, Mayor A. L. Rogers, and the venerable Daniel Stickle were among the pall-bearers. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Monday, September 16, 1889   Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

GILMORE, James
, (of Gibson, Ill.) d. Monticello, Ill, May ..., 1875. [a. n. s.] An old stockman; a relative of the Gilmore's of near Towanda, Ill. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

HUSTON, Judge Harvey,

Monticello, Ill., May 4. Special Telegram
Judge Harvey Huston died at Chicago today, aged 50 years. He was a well-known citizen of Piatt County, having served as County Judge for four years, and was re-elected. He resigned his office to go into business at Chicago. His health failed him, and he went to Colorado and New Mexico for his health which did not improve, and he had only reached Chicago when he died. his remains will be brought to Monticello for burial, where he lived since 1868. He was the law partner of W. E. Lodge for many years. The funeral will be in charge of the Masonic order, of which he was a member. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Sunday, May 5, 1895  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

LANE, Mrs. Catherine,

Monticello, Ill., Jan. 3
Mrs. Catherine Lane, the oldest person in Piatt County, died at her home near this city today, aged 92 years. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Thursday, January 4, 1894  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

LINDER, Elizabeth

Died, in Monticello, Ill, of pneumonia, Jan. 30th, Mrs. Elizabeth Linder, consort of L. B. Linder, and daughter of Chauncey Babcock, of Martinsburgh, aged 27 years. [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, February 9, 1870; JD, Sub by FoFG]

LODGE, Mrs. Francis A.,

Monticello, Ill., Sept. 16 - Special Telegram
Mrs. Francis A. Lodge, wife of W. E. Lodge, died today, aged 52, of neuralgia of the heart. Mrs. Lodge was the daughter of William Pyatt, one of the oldest settlers of Piatt County. The funeral with take place Wednesday. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Tuesday, September 17, 1895  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]


MILES, Weston
, d. Willow Branch Township, Piatt County, Ill. April 27 1875. "An old resident" [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

O'LOUGHLIN, Michael
Last Rites Held Sunday for Former Resident
Michael O'Loughlin 78, died at the home of his son Neal O'Loughlin at 8:00 Wednesday morning after a serious illness of several months duration, due to complications.
He was born in Paris, Mo., March 1 ,1856, and came with his parents to the vicinity of Jacksonville, Ill., when about nine years of age. Some years later the family moved to a farm near Illiopolis where he was married Aug 26, 1877 to Ellen Johnson. To this union was born five children; four sons and one daughter. Mrs. O'Loughlin's death occurred on Dec 14, 1893, and four years later he was married to Evangeline Braucher of near Pierson in which community they lived until 1900 when they purchased the farm southwest of Bement. Mr. O'Loughlin's health, having begun to fail, he then purchased what was known as the Edward Sprague property in 1908, where he had resided until a fire recently partially destroyed his home. Since then he has been cared for in the home of his son, Neal O'Loughlin, his wife having died on Nov. 15, 1925. Surviving are the four sons, James of Arthur; John of Atwood; Thomas of Decatur; Neal of Bement, and the daughter, Mrs. Phoebe Wildman also of Bement. Funeral services will be held in St. Michaels Catholic Church at 9:00a.m. Friday with Rev. Dennis Healy celebrating the requiem mass. Casket bears will be B.E Dyarman, Robert Kimery, Dan Tynan, W.E. Fleming, J.H. Malkus, and Reuben Adkins.Burial will be in the Bement Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper - Submitted by Nicole Owen]

PARKER, William

Monticello, Ill., Dec. 5
William Parker, an early settler of Piatt County, died at his home near this city to-day. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Wednesday, December 6, 1893 Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

PETERS, Mrs. Anna
Monticello, Ill., Jan 18
Mrs. Anna Peters, wife of H. D. Peters, exmember of the Illinois Legislature, died at her home in Monticello today, aged 40 years. Mrs. Peters had a large circle of friends. The family has been greatly afficted. The eldest son has just died and two other members of the family are very ill. Scarlet fever has been in the family and there are a number of other cases of it at Monticello. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, January 19, 1894  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]


RAMBO, James
James Rambo died at 11:30 March 29 at his home in Cerro Gordo, aged 62 years and 1 day. He was a man who was well liked by all who knew him. He had been a sufferer with lung trouble for some time. He was a consistent member of the Christian church, He leaves a wife and daughter and four sons to mourn his death. [The Decatur Herald; 03/30/1886; Sub. by: Kerry Chase]

RAMBO, Sarah
Mrs. Sarah Rambo died of cancer of the stomach Friday, November 22, at her home in Cerro Gordo, aged 74 years. She leaves six sons, Charles and Reuben, of Decatur; George, of La Place; William, of Cairo; Louis, of Clarion, Iowa, and John Rambo, of Effingham. The funeral will be held at the Christian church at Cerro Gordo Sunday, at 2 p.m. [The Decatur Herald, 11/24/1895; Sub. by: Kerry Chase]

RUBY, Hon. V. S.
The Hon V. S. Ruby, member of the Legislature from Piatt County, was found dead on the street in Bement, Saturday morning at an early hour. He had left home the evening before at 7 o’clock to go downtown, and in returning, it is supposed that he became bewildered and wandered to the north part of town, where his body was found. The cause of his death, as determined by the Coroner’s jury and the postmortem examination, was hemorrhage of the brain and blood clot. No definite time has been set for the funeral, which will not take place until the arrival of the brother of the deceased, Dr. W. S. Ruby, of Riverside, Cal. Members of the last Legislature will be represented at the funeral, which will be conducted by the Masons and Knight Templars, of which lodges he was a member. The Hon. Mr. Ruby was born near Vincennes, Ind., and was in his 54th year. He is well known in Illinois, having served several terms in the Legislature. He was Chairman of the Committee on Labor, and Industrial Affairs, and on Appropriations. He was an active member , and was a candidate for re-election. He leaves a wife and one daughter to mourn his sudden departure. Mr. Ruby was one of the well-to-do farmers and business men of Piatt County, owning a large tract of farm land, and fine town property in Bement. He was formerly a resident of Illiopolis, where he was an active business man. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Sunday, March 18, 1888  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

SHORT, Mrs. Mary R.
Monticello, Piatt County, Ill., Died March 17, 1874, Mrs. Mary R. Short, consort of R. Short, aged 63 years 1 month and 22 days. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, April 24, 1874  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

TAYLOR, Mr. E.
Cerro Gordo, Ill., July 3.. Special Telegram
Mr. E. Taylor died at his home in Willow Branch last evening. Mr. Taylor was a well-known citizen of Piatt County, and was an early settler. He leaves a large family to mourn his departure. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Monday, July 4, 1887  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

TEALS, Mrs. Mary

Monticello, Ill., Sept, 27. Special Telegram
Mrs. Mary Teals, one of the early settlers of Piatt County, died at her home on Camp Creek to-day, aged 58 years. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, September 28, 1888  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]


THOMPSON, S. K.
Mr. S. K. Thompson, formerly a well-known resident of Decatur, died last week of pneumonia, at his home near Cerro Gordo, at the age of 62. The remains were brought to this city for interment and the funeral attended by the Odd Fellows and Masonic lodges, of which the deceased was a member. [Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL  March 12, 1868; NP, sub by FoFG]

TINDER, Captain Ludsfield J.
Monticello, Ill., July 16
Captain Ludsfield J. Tinder, aged 58, died suddenly to-day at his home at Galesville, Piatt county. He was the commander of Company C. Twenty-first Illinois Infantry. General Grant’s regiment, and was promoted for gallantry at the battle of Stone river, Tennessee. He was a member of franklin post, NO. 256 G. A. R. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Monday, July 17, 1893   Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

WACK, Casper

Monticello, Ill., March 22- Casper Wack, a wealthy and well-known resident of Piatt County, died at his home in the country to-day, at the age of 60 years. He was a large farmer and stock raiser. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Wednesday, March 23, 1881   Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

WILSON, Morrison H.,
Monticello, Ill., Aug 26
Morrison H. Wilson, a prominent business man and well-known citizen, died very suddenly at his home in Monticello this morning aged 43 years. He was a Noble grand in the I.O.O.F., and will be buried by the order on Monday, 2 p. m., at Monticello. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Monday, August 25, 1890  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]

WOOLINGTON John, one of the first settlers of Piatt county, Ills., died at his home near Monticello, aged 76. [Rock Island Daily Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.) April 04, 1891]

WOOLINGTON, Joseph,

Monticello, Ill., April 21 Special Telegram
Joseph Woolington, one of the pioneer residents of Piatt County, died today. he had lived here thirty-one years and was 85 years old. [Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Wednesday, April 22, 1896   Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst]





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