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LULA (BOYD) RAFTERY died at 11:45 Thursday night at Illini Hospital where had been a patient since the previous Tuesday when she had suffered a heart attack. She was thought to be improving, and her death came as a shock to relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. J. Crowley at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock Monday morning, with burial in Calvary cemetery. The Rosary was said at the Plattner Chapel Sunday evening. Mrs. Raftery was formerly Lula Boyd, and she was born in Pike county September 20, 1881, the daughter of James and Anna McNepsey Boyd. She married Edward Raftery and they have always lived in Pittsfield. She assisted Mr. Raftery in his jewelry repair shop and had a wide acquaintance among shoppers in this city. Mrs. Raftery was always pleasant to meet, and friends will miss seeing her going back and forth to work with her husband who survives. Mrs. Raftery is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Sarah McGuire of Pittsfield, who is almost 96 years old, and several nieces and nephews. Brothers and sisters who preceded her in death were Anna, Clara, Emma, Rose, Louis and Edward Boyd.
Contributed by Tari Parr from the Pike County Democrat Times

MRS. J. O. RAINES - Funeral services for Mrs. J. O. Raines, 71, of White Hall, who died Sunday, March 2, 1941, in the Missouri Baptist hospital at St. Louis, were conducted at 2:30 Wednesday, March 5, in White Hall Tabernacle Baptist church, Rev. Frank L. Crouch officiating. Interment was in White Hall cemetery. Mrs. Raines, the former Ida Ballard, is survived by her husband, prominent White Hall Baptist pastor and evangelist; Jack Raines, aN of Chicago, and Dean of White Hall; two daughters, Mrs. Glen Waltrip and Mrs. A. L. Harvey, both of Chicago; a granddaughter, Miss Gwendolyn Rainey, and one sister, Mrs. J. H. Little of Roodhouse.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

J. D. RAINWATER, of New Canton, one of the oldest practioners (sic) in Pike county, died at his home in New Canton Sunday evening at 9:30 of pneumonia. He was confined to his bed just a week. He was born in Somerset, Ky., Dec 11, 1858. When he was 9 years of age he came to Pike county with his parents, and has lived here since. He studied medicine at Washington University and graduated in the class of '89, and practiced medicine in Pike county many years. He is survived by a wife and three children--Mrs. Pearl Baker, of New Canton; Mrs. Fern Noack, of Clarinda, Ia., and Russell Rainwater, of New Canton. There is one brother, E. J. Rainwater, of Pittsfield, and two half sisters, Mrs. David Woodruff, of Mildred, Kan., and Miss Blanch Lindsey of Kansas City, Mo. The deceased was a Mason and belonged to the Modern Woodmen and the Knights of Pythias. He was one of Pike county's highly respected citizens and was well thought of by all who knew him. The funeral will be held this (Wednesday) the Christian church.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 16 May 1917]

CUBA (HARLOW) RALPH, 69, wife of George Ralph of Pleasant Hill, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 1965 at 7:20 a.m. at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield, Ilinois. She suffered a heart attack in her home Tuesday evening. She was born in Pike (or Calhoun-per another obit) county June 15, 1896; daughter of Harvey and Mary Shaw Harlow. She and Mr. George Ralph were married in Bowling Green, Mo. Oct. 3, 1912. Mrs. Ralph leaves her husband; five daughters, Mrs. Clyde (Ethel) Robinson, Mrs. Orville (Nellie) Fish and Mrs. William (Velma) Moyer, all of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. George (Pearl) Daniels of Pittsfield and Mrs. Dean (Mildred) Ator of Orion and one son, George Ralph Jr. of Orlando, Fla. Also surviving are two sisters, Clara Denny of Pleasant Hill and Miss Edna Harlow of Barry, a brother, William H. Harlow of Nebo, 14 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian church. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Christian church in Pleasant Hill conducted by Rev. Joe Maynard. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.

GEORGE LEWIS RALPH, 84 of Pleasant Hill died Tuesday (Oct 6, 1970) at 2:45 a.m. in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Ward Funeral Home here with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Mr. Ralph was born July 20, 1886 in Pike County, a son of George R. and Jessie Perry Robb Ralph. On Oct. 3, 1912 he was married to Cuba Rose Harlow who preceded him in death Oct. 13, 1965. Surviving are a son, George Jr. of Eustis, Fla; five daughters, Mrs. Ethel Robinson, Mrs. Nellie Fish, and Mrs. Velma Moyers of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Pearl Daniels of Pittsfield and Mrs. Mildred Ator of Orio n; two brothers, Howe of Barry and John of Pittsfield; a sister Mrs. Jessie White of Pleasant Hill; 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

HOWE M. RALPH - Funeral services for Howe M. Ralph, 73, of Pittsfield, formerly of near Barry, who died at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday November 10, 1976 in a Pittsfield nursing home, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Ward Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. The Rev. Joe Maynard will officiate. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Mr. Ralph was born August 1, 1903 in Pike County, a son of George and Jessie Robb Ralph. He was a retired construction worker and farmer. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Jessie White of Pleasant Hill. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

JOHN WILLIAM RALPH - Funeral services for John William Ralph, 77, of Route 2 Pittsfield, a retired farmer, who died at 7:00 pm Thursday (March 4, 1976) in Illini Hospital in Pittsfield , IL were held Saturday at 3 pm in the Gill Memorial Home in Barry. The Rev. Dean Beard officiated. Burial was in Pittsfield West Cemetery . Mr. Ralph was born July 1, 1898 in Rockport, a son of George and Jessie Robb Ralph. He attended local schools. He married Mary McKee on July 6, 1929 in Louisiana, Mo. Surviving are the widow; two sons, Kenneth Ralph of Pittsfield, and Glenn Ralph of Barry; two daughters, Mrs. William (Donna) Smith of Hillview and Mrs. Joe (Wanda) Harris of New Salem; a brother, Howe Ralph of Barry; a sister, Mrs. Jessie White of Pleasant Hill; 17 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, and foster children, Marvin Booker of New Canton; William Booker, Carla Hill and Doug Pruett all of the Pittsfield area. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

RACHEL RALPH - Funeral services for Miss Rachel Ralph, 86 year old Barry resident, were held at 2:30 pm Tuesday at Ward Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Joe Maynard of Pittsfield officiating. Interment was in Crescent Heights cemetery, Pleasant Hill. Miss Ralph, who had made her home with her brother, Howe Ralph, at Barry died at 2:50 am Sunday, June 7, 1970 in Illini Hospital, Pittsfield, IL. Born in Atlas township Sept. 9, 1883 Rachel Ralph was the daughter of George R. and Jessie Robb Ralph. Besides the brother above-mentioned, she is survived by two other brothers, John Ralph of Pittsfield, George of Pleasant Hill and a sister, Mrs. Jessie White of Pleasant Hill.

WILLIAM E. RALPH, 78, of Barry, a retired farmer, died Sunday afternoon at 2 in the home of daughter, Mrs. Marie Haley, in Hannibal , Mo. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 in the Hufnagel Funeral home with burial in Miller cemetery near Atlas. Mr. Ralph was born in Pike county Feb. 11, 1884. He was married in 1906 to Cora Bradley, who preceded him in death. Surviving are five sons, Wilson, Clark, Delbert and Glen Ralph of Moline , and James Ralph of Hull ; five daughters, Mrs. Haley, Mrs. Rosalie Paine and Mrs. Margaret Table of Hannibal, Mrs. Genevieve Tucker of Quincy and Mrs. Edith Baughman of Pittsfield ; 27 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

BASIL RALSTON - Pleasant Hill - March 16, 1895, On Friday night, Basil Ralston died at the advanced age of 91 years. The deceased had resided in this community a half century or more, and was a respected citizen. He leaves a wife, who is also well advanced in years, and in a very feeble condition, and is not expected to survive her husband very long.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson Quincy Library Newspaper Archive

LOLA RALSTON, daughter of Basil and Phena Crowder Ralston was born in Pleasant Hill township July 24th, 1880 and departed this January 12, 1925 at the age of 44 years, 5 months and 19 days. She was stricken by pneumonia and being frail of body it did not take long for this dreaded disease to claim its victim in death. She has lived her entire life here close to the place of her birth. Being ever ready and willing to do what she could at home to help her aged parents. Nearly six years ago her brother's wife died leaving a six month old baby boy which she has mothered, never tiring to entertaining and caring for him. She leaves a father, mother, one brother Lester, three nephews, one niece, and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors to mourn her going. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at one o'clock Jan. 13. Burial is Crescent Heights Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Ill.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas

SARAH ISOPHENA (CROWDER) RALSTON, was born August 14, 1859. Her 65 years, 5 months and 8 days were spent entirely in her native county. She was one of a family of eight children, six girls and two boys. She spent her young life with her parents. When she grew to young womanhood, she married Mr. Bazzel Ralston, forty-seven years ago last February. To this union two children were born - a boy and a girl. During her married life of nearly half a centry, she labored hard and constantly for the support of her family. She will be missed by the many that she and her daughter labored for. Several years ago she united with the Baptist Church at Nebo, Illinois. During her life time the family moved from place to place and in this way made many friends and neighbors. In her last illness she suffered much but bore it patiently and in the very beginning of her illness God called her only daughter Lola. Then no doubt she missed her kindly ministration, but loving neighbors and friends did all they could for her but of no avail. She was taken from them on Jan. 22, 1925 at her home in Pleasant Hill. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, one son Lester of Rockport, three grandchildren, two sisters Mrs. Nancy Ash of Pleasant Hill, Mrs Elizabeth Lewis of California; three half sisters Jennie Scranton of Milton, Mrs. Etta Wiedner and Laura Pierce of St. Louis. Just ten days ago her only daughter, Lola, was called into the other world. Two brothers, Austin and Frank Crowder and one sister Mrs. Ella Weaver preceded her in death. Mrs. Ralston's funeral was conducted in the Baptist Church Friday, afternoon January 23 at 2 o'clock by Milo E. Galloway. The family and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their loved ones.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas (The Nebo Banner 02-04-1925)

STELLA (MORROW) RALSTON, was born in Spring Creek township, March 10th 1889 and passed to the Great Beyond February 28th, 1920 at the age of 31 years, 11 months and 28 days. She was united in marriage to Lester Ralston, February 16, 1904 and to this union four children were born, Theodore, Ruth, Everett and Delbert. Theodore having preceded her in death a year ago at the age of 14 years. She united with the Baptist Church at Nebo in 1904, and was baptized by Rev. J. O. Raines. During her illness which lasted several months she suffered intensely and the efforts of the surgeons brought no benefit....The funeral was conducted at the Pleasant Hill cemetery at noon Sunday by Rev. Fenton Bartine--The Messenger.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Nebo Banner, 10 Mar 1920]

MELVINA (GARD) RAY - The death of Melvina Ray, widow of the late Samuel Ray, residing seven miles northwest of Lodi, occurred at 8:10 P. M Sunday evening. Amoung those gathered around the bedside when the final summons came, were all the children and grand children.
The funeral will be under the direction of Undertaker F. O. Hals, starting from the house of the deceased at 11 A M today. At the Presbyterian church, Woodbridge at 2 PM services will be held, Rev. Mr. Lindsay of Galt M. E. Church, South, officiating. The body will be laid to rest beside that of her departed husband in Woodbridge cemetery. Melvina (Gard) Ray was born in the State of Illinois on August 22, 1832. In 1850, at the age of 18 years, with her family, commenced the long tedious journey across the plains, by ox team. They were joined on the trip by the Ray family of whom Samuel Ray , then a young man, was a party. He had visited California and Oregon and had suffered the privations of hunger and thirst on the plains. On reaching Missouri the friendship existing between Samuel Ray and Melvian Gard had ripened into love and they were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The children of this union were Cordelia Ray and Edward RAy, deceased; and Mrs. Mary Moseley of Seattle; Alfonzo Ray, Acampo, Jefferson Ray, Tulare, Mrs Emma Harnly, Lodi; Dave and Sam Ray, New Hope, and Mrs Albert Phillips, of Sacramento, who remain to mourn her loss. With her husband, she first settled in Oregon and while there had an adventure with the Indians, a party of whom had set fire to a neighboring cabin and taken the settlers captive. Mr. Ray with the aid of his trusty Winchester, persuaded the Indians that they had more pale-face than they wanted and liberated the captives. In Oregon their first child was born. Later they moved to California and in 1853 settled in the New Hoope section, where Mr. Ray filed on a government homestead and went into the cattle raising business, in which he was very prosperous. Here the remaining children first saw the light of day and 'twas here that she nursed her husband through a long period of suffering in his later years, from the dread disease, dropsy, to which he yielded in the Spring of 1892. Previous to her husbands death, she was stricken with paralysis but after even years of helplessness had nearly recovered, and about two month ago she fell in the kitchen while about her household duties and fractured her arm. The arm was healing nicely and she was able to be out when last Wednesday while exposed she took cold, resulting in pneumonia, the immediate cause of her death. She was perfectly conscious until the last sinking quietly into the long sleep, from whose bourne no traveler returns.
Contributed by Valerie Gray from the The Lodi Centinel 8 Oct 1907
Buried at Woodbridge Cemetery - San Joaquin Co CA

MERCY RACHEL (DAVIS) RAYMOND - an aunt of S. W. Davis and sister of Orange Davis, deceased, died at the residence of her nephew Sunday morning. Mrs. Raymond was born near Montreal, Canada in 1814, and came to St. Peter five years ago where she has resided up to the time of her death. The funeral took place from the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Geer officiating. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery.
Contributed by Rosemary Reeves
St. Peter Free Press Friday February 24, 1888 Column 3 Item 10

CATHERINE A. (COHENOUR) REED, was born December 29, 1845 in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, died November 23, 1919, at her hom e in Griggsville, Ill, aged 73 years, 10 months and 24 days. She came with her parents to Illinois when 7 years old , and settled in Brown county, later moving to Whiteside. She was married to John C. Reed December 23, 1867 at R ound Grove, Ill, by the Rev. S. Hulderman. The early year s of her married life were spent in Whiteside county. In 1 900 they moved to Griggsville. Mrs. Reed was one of seven children; all except two ha ve passed away. They are David, of Rock Falls [Whiteside C ounty, IL] and Joseph of Alabama. Her parents were Josep h and Mary Cohenour. She and her husband were members of th e Methodist church. Mr. Reed passed away August 6, 1917. To Mr. and Mrs. Reed were born four children, all of w hom survive.They are Isaac N., of Pittsfield; Maud F. Jacks on of Sawers, Kan.; Albert H. of Sterling, Ill., and Edwi n A. of Griggsville; also six grandchildren. Funeral services were held from her late home Tuesday afternoon, Rev.J. T. Stretton officiating. Interment wa s in Griggsville cemetery.

FANNY REEL, was born January 7, 1860 in Illinois and departed this life July 9, 1937 at her home in Nebo. Mrs. Reel had been in poor health for the past five years and grew worse since her second stroke last Tuesday, death ending the long battle for life. She was married about fifty years ago to John Wilson and to this union were born two daughters both dying in infancy. Her second marriage, to Frank Reel, took place about ten years ago. Mr. Reel preceded her in death, 5 years ago. She was converted to the Baptist Church when both a girl, and remained a member to her death. Although she suffered much, she was always ready to help the sick and needy in any way she could. She was a kind neighbor and a faithful friend to all. Her passing has saddened many hearts but to her it has fulfilled many a fond hope. Three sisters, Mrs. George Ward of Martinsburg, Mrs. Ollie Fortune of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Marion Rowley, and a brother Will Barton of Galesburg survive. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. N. Taylor, at the home on Saturday afternoon with burial in the Allison Cemetery.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas

MARY ELIZABETH (JOHNSON) REES , passed away Saturday morning at four-thirty o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Copenhaver, after a prolonged illness, due to a fractured hip. Because of the advanced age of Mrs. Rees, little hope had been entertained or her recovery for some time. Mary Elizabeth Johnson was born in Pike County, Illinois, near Pleasant Hill, September 4, 1845. She was united in marriage to Eli Rees on January 23, 1868 and there were seven children born to this union; two of which preceded this mother in death. Hugh, who died at the age of two years and Vera Bankhead who passed away May 6, 1924. The children who survive are Mrs. Rena Eddins of Pleasant Hill, Ill; Harold L. Rees of Jonesboro, Ill.; Mrs. Beulah Copenhaver of near this city; Cloyd Rees of Louisiana and Mrs. Fay Glascock of Oakwood. She is also survived by a brother, T. P. Johnson of Pleasant Hill, Ill., twenty five grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. In her girlhood she became a member of the Baptist church at Pleasant Hill, afterwards becoming affiliated with the Methodist church in Ashley. Her husband preceded her in death September 4, 1887; leaving her with six children, the babe only a few months old, to care for. Mrs. Rees received her education in Ashley at Watson Seminary, one of the leading schools of its day in the state, and was a teacher in the public schools, early in life. During her early married life she lived near New Hartford, later moving to Ashley, where she with her family lived for many years. Later in life she lived in Louisiana for a short time and in her last years her home has been made with her children. After the death of her daughter, Vera, she spent a part of her time with her grandchildren helping them to make a home. During her last illness she was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Copenhaver, who with the help of Mrs. Eddins and Mrs. Glascock did all that loving hands could do to alleviate her suffering and make her last days as easy as possible. Mary Elizabeth Rees was of a gentle, unassuming nature, with a smile for everyone and words of encouragement to all who needed it. Her heart was full of love and generosity for all with whom she was associated; a christian lady. Funeral services were held at two-thirty, Sunday afternoon in the presence of many relatives and friends, who loved her. The services were held in the Methodist Church in Ashley, conducted by Rev. J. L. Sawyer. A quartet composed of Mrs. L. A. Strother, Miss Mildred Strother, Ernest Craig and John Collins with Mrs. Ernest Warner at the piano furnished the music. Many beautiful flowers bore silent tribute of love and respect for this good woman who has gone to her reward. The body was laid to rest in the Methodist Cemetery at Ashley. We join the friends in extending our sincere sympathy to those in bereavement. Pallbearers at the funeral were her grandsons: Cecil Rees of Hannibal, Melvin Rees of Ashley, Lowell Bankhead of New London, Courtney and Vernon Copenhaver of Bowling Green and Eli Rees of Louisiana.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MRS. ALONZO REEVE & CHILD - The eastern part of Pike county is excited over the murder at Perry on Tuesday of Mrs. Alonzo Reeve and her little babe, but 8 weeks old. The deed was done by the husband and father, who shortly after ended his own worthless life saving the infuriated people from taking things into their own hands. This makes the third murder affair in that county in a month.
Contributed by Sara Hemp - Rushville Times, Rushville, Schuyler County, IL, January 25, 1894

JENNIE (SUTTON) REEVES, daughter of S.F. and Jane Sutton was born on a farm north of Pleasant Hill, Ill., May 15th, 1866, and passed away at her home in Martinsburg Township, Feb. 1, 1930, at the age of 63 years, 8 months and 16 days. March 15th, 1887 she was united in marriage with Owen T. Reeves, and to this union six children were born, her son, Willie, preceded her to the Great Beyond in July 1914. For several years she held membership in the Baptist church at at Pleasant Hill, Ill., in the year 1914 she united with the Church of Christ at Martinsburg. During her entire church life she lived a true faithful Christian. She loved her church and always endeavored to be present at every service and assisted in every way possible. She will be greatly mised by the church. Jennie possessed a quiet unassuming nature, was a friend of humanity, always ministering to the sick and needy. She proved to be a faithful companion, a loving mother and a true friend. She leaves to mourn their loss the companion, three sons, Leslie and Truman of Pleasant Hill, Abe of Pittsfield; two daughters, Mrs. Mamie Smith and Mrs. Zelma Capps of Nebo, Ill.; six grandchildren, two brothers, Frances of Pleasant Hill and Gilbert Sutton of Mason City, Ill., and a host of other relatives and friends. (Jennie M. Sutton Reeves born May 15, 1868 and died Feb. 1, 1930. Wife of Owen Thornton Reeves, daughter of Stephen Franklin Sutton & Martha Jane Crews - buried at Crescent Heights Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Pike Co, Illinois-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MOSES (MARIAN) RENNER, aged 38 years, died at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Owsley, a few miles south of this place Wednesday evening. The deceased was a resident of St. Louis until a few weeks ago when he, with his wife, came to her mother's. He rapidly failed, his disease being quick consumption. Funeral services were held at the residence Friday morning, after which the remains were laid in Ball's Bluff Cemetery. The grief stricken young wife has the sympathy of all in this great loss.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson (He was born April 15, 1862 and died November 20, 1898 - his wife was Mary Lucy Owsley)

JAMES RHEA - Pittsfield, March 3, (Special), James Rhea died at his home in this city at the age of 62 years. His death was the result of an attack of la grippe, combined with heart disease. The deceased was a prominent business man of Pittsfield for years.
Jim Dezotell - Ill. State Journal Springfield - Sat. March 4, 1899

THOMAS C. RICE - Word has been received of the death of Thomas C. Rice of Lower Lake, California, which occurred November 27, 1950. Mr. Rice was born and reared near Barry. He was 84 years old. Funeral services were held Nov. 30, 1950 from the Mission Chapel of RObinson Brothers' Mortuary in Oakland CA, and interment was in the Chapel of the Chimes. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. S.A. Martin of Annapolis IL; two sons, C.E. Rice of Oakland and G.O. Rice of Lower Lake; and two grandchildren, Oral Correll and Billy Martin. Mr. Rice's wife, Minta, preceded him.
Barry Adage

SAMUEL RIDER - GRIGGSVILLE, Ill., Aug. 19 (1881) . - Capt. Samuel Rider, one of the oldest and most widely known of western river men, who has been master of vessels on the Illinois, Missouri, Red and Mississippi rivers, died here this evening after a lingering illness. He acquired considerable reputation during the war as commander of the great steamboat Empress in the lower Mississippi trade and is known in Illinois for having run the first boat that ever ascended the Illinois river (the Timolon). He was a genial whole-souled man and will be deeply mourned wherever he was known.
Contributed by Margaret Ruthledge from Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI, Saturday August 20, 1881

ADA (COOLEY) RIGG - Short funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Ada Rigg who passed away at her hone early last Thursday morning following an illness of several weeks. Following the services at the house, funeral services were conducted from the Woodland church at 2 p.m., the services being in charge of the pastor Rev. C. O. Myers. Interment was made in the nearby cemetery. The remains were in charge of funeral director, Roy Dieterle. The floral offerings were cared for by Fern Cooley, Sarah Stauffer, Nellie Rigg and Nina Rigg. Pallbearers were: Vadan Rigg, Harold Stauffer, Eldred Stauffer, Wilmot Rigg, Nils Cooley and Charles Cooley, Jr. Ada Ellen, daughter of Edwin F. and Sarah H. (Henthorn) Cooley, was born near Fish Hook, March 5, 1844 and departed this life at her home near Woodland, December 21, 1933, aged 45 years, 9 months and 16 days. She grew to womanhood and attained her education at the Gardner district school and also attended Perry High School. On November 27, 1907 she was united in marriage with Fred Rigg and this union was blessed with six children. One infant son and Edwin Dale, aged 4 years, 5 months and 3 days, have preceded her in death. According to the custom of the early days she was brought up in the Sunday school of which her father was superintendent and at the age of twelve years, she was converted and united with the Methodist church south of Fish Hook, later transferring her membership to the United Brethren church at Fish Hook and later to the Woodland church under the ministry of Rev. Carl Parsons. She was a faithful and devoted Christian woman, active in church and Sunday School work, always standing for the right and for the best interests of the community. She was a good wife and a loving mother. Her kind and motherly influence was not confined to her own home, but went out to a community of neighbors and friends. Truly a good woman has gone to her reward, where God has prepared a home for his faithful followers. Those left to mourn are a loving husband, two daughters, Edna and Mary, two sons, Merle and Rex, one brother, Charles A. Cooley and one sister Mrs. William Stauffer, besides a host of other relatives and friends. We will miss her in the home, in the church and in the community, but we feel resigned to God's will and look forward with fond hopes of the day when we shall meet to part no more.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Source: Baylis Guide, Dec. 27, 1933

JOHN RILEY,71, Of Versailles, Dies In City - John Riley of Versailles route one, died at 2:40 A.M. Tuesday April 20, 1973 at Pasevant hospital where he had a been a patient since May 7th. He was 71 years of age. He was born June 20, 1901, in Pike County, a son of Frank and Mettie Gibbons Riley. He married Elva Kirk and she survives, along with two children, Glen Riley of Chambersburg and Mrs Jerald (Lois) Huffman of Albany, Ill.; one brother, Royal Riley of Chambersburg; 11 sisters, Mrs Alice McCoy of Rock Island, Mrs. Ruby Bailey of Versailles, Mrs. Beatrice Swenson of Keokuk, Iowa, Mrs. Beulah Baker of Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. Gertrude Beasley of Seminole, Fla., Mrs Lurena Kaiser of Pittsfield, Mies Florence Riley of San Burno, Calif., Mrs. Helen Saxer of Murryville, Mrs. Ester Saxer of Jacksonville and Mrs Besse Poor of Jacksonville; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10 A.M. Thursday at the Chambersberg Christian Church with the Rev. Eugene Storjoham officiating. Burial will be in the Baylis cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 P.M. Wednesday and from 8 to 9:30 Thursday at the Funeral Chapel in Mt. Sterling, IL.
Contributed by Janice Johnson

KATHERINE (BUNTON) ROAN, 96, of St. Louis, formerly of Rockport, died Saturday morning at a St. Louis hospital. She was born July 7, 1875, in Louisville, Kentucky, daughter of John and Julia Hawkins Bunton. She married Adam Roan, who died in 1959. Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Lillian Crawford and Mrs. Lela Klund, both of St. Louis; Mrs. Juanita Chenchen and Mrs. Helen Mullens of Kansas City, MO; three son: Lee Rupert of Gilson and Josh Rupert of St. Louis and Robert Roan of Tioga.There are 22 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. Sutter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be at 2 pm today at Rockport Christian Church with Bro. Ed Wilkinson officiating. Burial will be in Samuel Taylor Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Jacksonville Daily Journal, Jacksonville, Illinois

BENJAMIN ROBB - The death of Benjamin Robb occurred suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wilson Henderson, northwest of Perry, Thursday morning. The family surviving the deceased are Mesdames Wilson, Van Pelt, Sutton, and Messrs. William Robb and Ben Robb, of Hannibal Mo. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church, Rev. Biddle, of the M. E. church, officiating.
Transcribed and submitted by Delaine Donaldson - The Quincy Daily Whig, July 29, 1909

MARY ANN (ATOR) ROGERS, born in Pickaway county, Ohio, in 1833, came with her parents to Pike county, Ill., in 1845. In 1850, she was united in marriage to Mr. James P. Rogers, to which union there were born six children, two sons and two daughters - Charles and James now living in Washington and Mrs. Amanda Iler and Mrs. Minnie Hoskins, the former living with her at the old home, one mile north of New Hartford and the latter living in El Dara township. Deceased departed this life Nov. 23, 1901, aged 68 years, leaving behind to follow her noble life her four children. Charles, Amanda and Minnie were present at her funeral, as also two brothers and sisters, besides a host of friends, who learned to love her while in the body, because of her upright Christian life that she led from the age of fifteen years. In 1880 her companion was called to his reward and later one brother and one sister. Thus one by one her family is being reunited beyond this realm of tears and sadness, and may her loved ones left behind so live as to join in the entire family reunion beyond the skies when they, too, are called, is the prayer of the writer. The funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church at New Hartford November 25, and the remains laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Prairie Mound Cemetery. - W. H. Posten
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - From the Pike/Calhoun Genealogical Society Newsletter Winter 1983 Issue, Virginia Hart, Chairperson

LENA (SMITH) ROOF, 71, died at her home in Mason City Wednesday afternoon. She was born March 30, 1889, at Nebo, a daughter of William and Susan Bray Smith. She married Harry Roof Jan. 6, 1915, at Carrolton. He died in Mason City Nov. 11, 1944. Surviving are one son, William Grant of Highwood; one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Smith of Mason City; one brother, Francis of Quincy; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Hayden of Nebo, grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mason City Baptist church with Rev. L. L. Newell officiating. Burial will be in the city cemetery. Visitation will be this afternoon and evening at the Henderson-Jennings Funeral Home.
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - From the Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois

N. (McTUCKER) ROWAND, Miss Frances McTucker, a well-known Butte school teacher, yesterday received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. N. Rowand, in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 24. Mrs. Rowand had lived in Butte for years previous to going to Texas in the hope that the lower altitude would improve her health. Mrs. Effie Dodge, a sister who live sin Dixon, had just reached Butte to spend Christmas day with Miss McTucker before going to San Antonio to spend the winter with Mrs. Rowand. Survinvg Mrs. Rowand are four sister, Mrs. D. McDonald, Butte, Miss Frances McTucker, Butte; Mrs.Effie Dodge, Dixon; Mrs. Jessie Fowler, Gordon; a daughter, Miss ellie Rowand of San Antonio, and two nephews, Frank and Nat McTucker of Butte. The funeral will be held in Barry, Ill.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge, 27 December 1917, Anaconda Standard

JOHN R. ROWLAND - The funeral of John R. Rowand, who died in St. Mary's hospital here Tuesday about noon, was held at Barry, Illinois, this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were held in the Baptist church, and were in charge of the Masonic lodge. Will Brothwick came to Quincy to take charge of the remains and took them to Barry yesterday to the home of his brother, B. H. Rowand. John R. Rowand, who was better known as "Jack," was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1846. He was married in 1871 to Miss Nan McTucker, and they have one living child, Miss Nellie. He was in the drug business for many years in Barry at the corner now occupied by his brother, the firm name being J. S. Rowand & Son. During the past year or two deceased suffered with locomotor ataxia and this caused his death.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Daily Journal,Thursday, March 2, 1905, page 1

CHARLES RUCKER, This forenoon at his home in this city occurred the death of Charles Rucker, pneumonia, following an attack of influenza being the cause of his death. His wife, who died with the same disease, was buried only yesterday afternoon, thus leaving a family of children alone. Two of the children were born only last Saturday. It is one of the saddest cases in the series of deaths that have occurred recently.
Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918 Submitted by Delaine Donaldson

MABEL (TUCKER) RUCKER, was born May 3rd, 1887, at Pleasanton, Kansas. When a child, the family moved to Benviile, Ill. She was married to Charles, Rucker July 8th, 1903. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive their mother. Two of these came to the home last Saturday morning Mrs. Rucker was a good wife and mother, and a constant follower of Jesus. She not only attended the Methodist church of which she was, a member, but took the family with her. Her example was safe and worthy of imitation. She will be greatly missed, not only in the home, but in the community and in the church. The memory of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Earth is poorer, but heaven is richer. "Sleep on beloved and take thy rest." The remains were interred in the Griggsville cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, after a short service at the grave conducted by Rev. J. T. Stretton.
Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918 Submitted by Delaine Donaldson

CHARLES M. RUPERT - The 8 months old babe of Mrs. Kate Rupert died Tuesday, after a three weeks' illness of whooping cough. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home, after which the remains were laid in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery. (He was a son of Marion Rupert and Kate Bunton. He was born Aug. 8, 1908 and died May 4, 1909.-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal, Tuesday, May 11, 1909, Page 6

MARION RUPERT - A telegram received in the city yesterday brought the information that Marion Rupert, who for some years had been the leading general merchant at Rockport, Illinois was dead. He was 44 years of age and enjoyed an extensive acquaintance in this city. He was married. Little less than a year ago he became a member of North Star Camp of Modern Woodmen and carried insurance in that organization.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Whig August 28, 1908
Obituary: - Marion Rupert, a well known resident of our village, died very suddenly at his home, about 3 o'clock this morning, aged about 47 years. He was brought in from his work in Stark's Nursery in an unconscious condition yesterday evening and never regained consciousness. Death was thought to be due to paralysis of the brain. He leaves a wife and four small children, besides an aged father and several brothers. He was a member of the M.W.A. Home Forum and M. F. L. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral. (Marion Rupert was born April 7, 1864 and died Aug. 27, 1908. His wives were Katie Dodge Payton & Catherine "Kate" Bunton. His parents were Wesley & Lavina Loutzenhiser Rupert. He was buried in Samuel Taylor Cemetery-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal August 27, 1908

NANCY CATHERINE (PAYTON) RUPERT - The grim messenger Death has once more visited our community. Mrs. Nancy C. Rupert (nee Peyton) was born in Audrain County, Missouri, Sept. 14, 1859, and died at Rockport, Illinois, April 8, from that dread disease, cancer. She was married to Marion Rupert January 26, 1887, and leaves a husband, mother and two brothers to mourn her loss. Mrs. Rupert was a member of Home Forum and carried $1000 insurance, which she leaves to her husband. Mrs. Rupert has been a constant sufferer for about three months. Her funeral, attended by a large concourse of friends, took place today, interment in the (Samuel) Taylor Cemetery. (She was the daughter of John Payton and Nancy A. Dempsey. She was the wife of Marion Rupert. She was born Sept. 14, 1859 and died April 8, 1899.-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal, Adams Co, IL, Tues. April 11, 1899, Page 6

WESLEY RUPERT - an aged citizen, died Friday after much suffering, his disease being dropsy. He leaves four sons and a number of grandchildren, his companion having passed away about fourteen months ago. After a brief service at the grave the remains were laid in the Rockport Cemetery on Sunday morning.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal Monday, May 17, 1909
(Wesley Rupert born in Ohio 1839 & died May 14, 1909. His wife was Lavina Loutzenhiser & his parents were Heinrich & Julia Ann Rupert.-kr)

WILLIAM E. RUPERT, died suddenly Tuesday night after only one day's illness. He was 42 year of age and well known.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Morning Whig, Thursday, April 20, 1899
(This is William E. Rupert, born abt 1858 & died April 18, 1899. His wife was Mary E. Beard and his parents were William Rupert & Phila Goble. Burial was in Rockport Cemetery-kr)

NAYDEEN (SAPP) RUSE, the eldest daughter of Wesley and Rena Sapp, passed away after a lingering illness at her home near Atlas, Sunday morning, May 25, 1947. She was born at Rockport, January 4, 1894 where she spent her school days in the Rockport and Atlas schools. She taught twelve years in the Pike County Schools, where she was favorably known. She united with the Christian church in Atlas at the age of 14 years and faithfully attended Sunday School and Church until her health failed. On August 25, 1925 she was united in marriage to Fred Ruse. To this union was born a daughter Virginia. After 13 years, this marriage was severed and she was both father and mother to Virginia. They were devoted companions and Virginia patiently and devotedly cared for her mother during her long illness. Her great desire through her failing health was to see Virginia graduate from high school and become a Christian and both these desires she lived to see fulfilled. At times the burden was more than she could bear, but she carried on. She was a good mother and was loved by those who knew her and among the children whom she taught. She is survived by the devoted daughter Virginia, one sister, Mabel Horton, of Peoria, two half-sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonner of Sheridan, Wyoming and Mrs. Anna Ash of White Hall, Illinois and many nieces and nephews to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held at the Atlas Church at 2:00 p.m. with the services in care of Rev. Joe Maynard. Music was furnished by Zelma Hillman at the piano, and Myrtle Rupert and Almira Menke sang "Going Down the Valley" and "In the Garden." Pallbearers were Oliver Horton, James Horton, James Campbell, Archie Veach, William Womble, Floyd Womble. Flowers were cared for by Irene Scobee, Maxine Veach, Helen Horton, Thelma Horton, Thelma Jouett, Elizabeth Stansberry. (she is buried at Summer Hill Cemetery-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

GEORGE MADISON RUSK, died suddenly during Saturday night, and was found dead in his bed Saturday morning. He was as well as usual Saturday evening. He was born near Jacksonville, Ill, Sept. 8, 1829 and died here at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. H. L. Hadsell, March 19, 1905, aged 75 years, 6 months and 11 days. His parents moved to Brown County, Ill, in 1837 and settled about 5 miles north of Perry. Nov. 14, 1850, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Calhoon. To this union six children were born: Albert H., now pastor of the M. E. Church at Russel, Ia.; Aldin, who passed to the glory land some thirty years ago; Mary E., wife of H. L. Hadsell; George C. of near Perry, Ill, and Marshall, the youngest, now of Barry. In 1901 he left the neighborhood where he had reared his family and moved to Barry. The funeral was preached by his pastor, J. E. Scheer, in the M. E. Church Tuesday, and the remains were laid to rest in the Park Lawn Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal, Thursday, March 23, 1905, Page 5

BESS B. RUYLE, Services for Miss Bess Ruyle. 84, of Nebo, who died Wednesday (Sept. 16, 1970) at 7:30 a. m. in a Jacksonville hospital, will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. in the Nebo Christian Church. The Rev. Joe Maynard will officiate. Burial will be in Nebo Cemetery. Miss Ruyle and her late brother, Cecil, owned and operated the Parkway Hotel in Pittsfield for many years. She was born in Bellview, Oct. 26, 1885. a daughter of Frank and Rebecca Sidwell Ruyle. She was a member of the Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the last of her family.
Contributed by Billie Browning

HARRY BURDETTE RUYLE, 60, died unexpectedly in his home Friday (March 5, 1971) at 9:15 p. m. Mr. Ruyle was born in Pleasant Hill, Dec. 19, 1910, a on of James and Effie Kendall Ruyie. He atunded Pleasant Hill elementary and high school and was a long time employee of Panhandle Eastern Pipeline company. He married Bernice McClintock, May 4, 1937 in Bowling Green, Mo. Surviving are the widow; two sons, James and Robert, both of Pleasant Hill, and two grandchildren. Services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 in Ward Funeral chapel. The Rev. Joe Maynard officiated. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Contributed by Billie Browning

JOHN FRANCIS RUYLE, son of James and Mary Ruyle, was born at Pleasant Hill, Ill., November 11 1972, and passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Callahan in Rock Island, Ill., November 27, 1944, at the age of 72 years and 11 days. When a young man he was married to Mossie Weidman, and following her death he married Melissa Hoaglin, who died in a few years. He was married to Retta Iler, December 18, 1901. He spent practically his whole life in Pleasant Hill, and followed the occupation of farming and carpenter until failing health caused his retirement a few years ago. Mr. Ruyle was a good neighb Dr and spent much of his time in assisting sick neighbors and friends, when assistance was needed. He always carried his part of the community responsibilities. Mr. Ruyle had no children, but he was an advocate and staunch supporter of good schools for the children of pleasant Hill. His life was one of unselfishness. Early in life he united with the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill. Surviving are the widow, and several neices and nephews. His father, mother, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill, November 28, 1944, with Rev. Jolly of Nebo, in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery at Pleasant Hill
Contributed by Billie Browning

RETTA (ILER) RUYLE, died at her home in Pleasant Hill, Friday night at 8:10. She was stricken by a heart attack at the Rebekah Lodge Hall a few minutes after she arrived to an initiation ceremony She was taken to her home where she passed away. Mrs. Ruyle was a good neighbor and always assisted friends and neighbors in need or times of distress and sorrow. She loved children and in return for kindness and attention was loved by all the children of the community. Her yard was a playground for the children living within blocks of her home. Retta Lee Iler was born at Summer Hill, Ill., Aug. 25, 1878 and passed away at her home in Pleasant Hill, Feb. 27, 1953, at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was a daughter of Ross and Harriet Iler. She received her education in the Summer Hill school. She became a member of the Methodist Church at the age of 15 years. She moved to Pleasant Hill as a young lady and had spent her life here. She was married to John Ruyle, Dec. 18, 1901. Her husband preceded her in death Nov. 26, 1944. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and had served as Noble and Past Noble Grand. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. James DeCamp of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Thomas Callahan of Pittsfield and Mrs. Norman Dunaven of Moline; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill, Monday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Joe Maynard of Pittsfield, Ill. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson