WILLIAM PRESTON SARGENT was born December 31, 1824, in Worcester Co., MA. His parents were William & Polly Frost Sargent. At the age of 12 years he came with his parents to Illinois and located at Summer Hill. As a youth he worked for Luther Stebbins in the pioneer plow factory of Pike County, and one of the relics of early days in this county which he preserved was one of the plows made in this factory. His father built a water mill on six mile creek east of Summer Hill and for several years worked in this mill." In 1847 he went to Bedford and engaged to work for Silas A. Chandler, who then ran a water mill. He worked for Mr. Chandler for 6 years and in 1852 was united in marriage with Harriet Eliza Chandler, the daughter of his employer. To this union 9 children were born; 3 only of them survive him; William O., Harriet E. Landess, and Martha A. Bauer, all of Bedford. His widow also survives." The deceased has been in poor health, owing to the infirmities of old age, for several years, yet retained the use of his facilities to the end. A few days before his death he realized that the end was near and calmly made arrangements for his funeral. For 59 years he lived at Bedford, and during his active business life was prominent in its affairs. At the ripe old age of 81 years he peacefully laid down the cares of life, and another of Pike County's pioneers has gone to his reward."
From Greg Land
MARY (SHULER) SCARBOROUGH, Virgil Scarborough and Mrs. Lenna Ellis of this city received word Sunday of the death of their mother, Mrs. Mary Scarborough who died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Grace Foreman in Salem, Oregon. Mrs. Scarborough was 96 years old last September 26, 1953 and has been very low the past two weeks. The body is being brought here for burial and will arrive in St Louis Thursday. Funeral services will be held in the Detroit Christian Church on Friday afternoon at 2:30 and burial will be at the side of her husband in Blue River cemetery. Mrs. Scarborough was Mary Shuler and was married to Walter Scarborough and they lived in Detroit until his death in 1904. Mrs. Scarborough left Pike county in 1918 going to North Dakota for awhile and then went on to Oregon with her daughter, Mrs. Foreman. She is survived by four children, Virgil and Mrs. Ellis of this city, Mrs. Imo Sneeden of McMinnville, Ore. and Mrs. Grace Foreman of Salem, Oregon. Mrs. Sneeden and Mrs. Foreman are coming for the funeral. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Scarborough was a remarkable woman, keeping a keen interest in affairs, liking to read and listen to the radio. Until she became so frail, she liked to help around the house and did unusually well for one of her years.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson - The Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, Illinois May 1954
JESSIE FAY (LIGON) SCHLIEPER - 69, of Pleasant Hill, died in Illini hospital in Pittsfield, Saturday, Nov. 15, 1969 at 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Schlieper was born May 17, 1900 in Pleasant Hill township, a daughter of C. C. and Kittie Ann Ferguson Ligon. She was a member of the Methodist church and American Legion Auxiliary in Pleasant Hill. She married Elba L. Schlieper, Sr., Oct. 3, 1917. Surviving are the husband; a son, Elba, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Mrs. John (Anna June) Hirst of Louisiana, Mo., Mrs. Emmett (Irene) Sims of Versailles, and Odette Schlieper at home; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 in Ward funeral chapel. The Rev. William Bailey officiated. Burial was in Wells cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.
FAMIE (ROWLEY) SEALOCK, 88, of Nebo, died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 1963 at 8, in Couch Nursing Home in Pittsfield. She had formerly lived at Pleasant Hill and Nebo. She had lived in the nursing home for the past five years. Mrs. Sealock was born in Black Oak community in Martinsburg township, Feb. 5, 1875, a daughter of William J. and Hannah Blaine Rowley. She was a member of the Baptist church. She was married to William Sealock in 1893, who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alma Bradshaw of Hannibal, Mo., and Mrs. Maude Bowles of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a son, Howard of Nebo; a sister, Mrs. Lilly Craft of Ashley, Mo.; a brother, Lee Rowley of Mishawaka, Ind.; nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Ward funeral chapel in Pleasant Hill Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, 1963 at 2. with the Rev. Robert G. Poor officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.
HELEN (DOUGLAS) SEIBERT - Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Seibert, formerly of Detroit and more recently a resident of Griggsville, were held at 2 pm Tuesday at Sutter Funeral home, Pittsfield, with Rev. Dean Stanberry officiating. Interment was in Blue River Cemetery, south of Detroit. Mrs. Seibert, 82, died at 9:30 am Sunday, Aug. 2, 1970 in Illini hospital. Born March 20, 1887 in Pittsfield, Helen Douglas was the daughter of C.M. and Matilda Douglas. She was married Feb. 11, 1908 to George Seibert who preceded her in death in February of 1963. She is survived by four nephews.
CLARENCE W. SHIREMAN, 54, of Pleasant Hill, an employee at Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company here died at his home Thursday, March 13, 1969 at 2:15 p.m. He was stricken and fell while working at the Panhandle station and died after he was taken to his home. Mr. Shireman was born in Calhoun county, south of Pleasant Hill, Sept. 13, 1914, a son of Charles and Eva Hubbard Shireman. He married Maxine Fish Jan. 21, 1934, at Pittsfield. He had worked at Panhandle for the past 23 years. Surviving are the widow; two sons, Myrl D. and Donald E., both of Pleasant Hill, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Ward funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.
ELLA (VORHEES) SHOEMAKER, was born at Mine Brook, Somerset county, New Jersey, on the 21st day of January, 1825. She was the fifth of eleven children of Granet Vorhees and Sarah Whitaker, and although all of this large family grew to manhood and womanhood, she was spared to outlive all the others, her last brother having passed away only a month before her. Her early life was spent in the bustling activities of an old fashioned farm. For two years she served as teacher in the neighboring district school. At the age of 29 she was married of John S. Falmly, of Phickemin. In 1860, when the elder of her two sons was but 3 years old, her husband was accidentally killed. Three years later she married Benjamin T. Shoemaker, of Someville. Four children, Lillina, Ella, Gabrella and Rephael, were born of this union. In February 1868, the family moved to a farm near Perry. After the death of Mr. Shoemaker, in October, 1872, the management of her farm and rearing of her six children devolved solely upon her, duties that she discharged with rare fidelity. In 1885 she retired from the farm, and has since lived with her children in Griggsville, Normal and Perry. Mrs. Shoemaker led a busy life for, besides the care and nurture of her children she had no small share in the bringing up of her nine step children, all of whom held her in most affectionate esteem. Yet in the midst of the engrossing cares of this household she always found time for the care of flowers, for needlework and her extensive reading. Her ancestors were chiefly of the Holland Dutch stock that, during the Reformation endured and suffered because of their Protestant faith. To their religion was the greatest interest of life. Her people were constant readers of the Bible, and of our best religious literature. From early childhood until the infirmities of age made it no longer possible, she was a regular and punctual attendant upon Divine service. Her faith was a part of her nature undisturbed by doubts and misgivings, a serene confidence in Him who doeth all things well. The funeral wass held Friday morning from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Garette Reynolds, at 10 o’clock, Rev. Gossard officiating. Relatives attending from out of town were: Prof. and Mrs. David Feimley, of Normal, Ill.; John S. Felmly, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hoyt, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Butterfield, Miss Katherine Shoemaker and Miss Nancie Gibbs, of Griggsville.
Transcribed and submitted by Delaine Donaldson - The Quincy Daily Whig, July 21, 1909
KATRINA SHOEMAKER, was born in Griggsville, Illinois, May 9, 1897, and passed away in Boston, Mass., March 19, 1920, aged 22 years, 10 months and 10 days. She is survived by her mother, Alice Shoemaker, and a brother, Charles Shoemaker. Her father, Winifred Shoemaker, passed away May 24, 1899. Katrina was a graduate of the Griggsville high school, being a member of the class of 1916. After graduation she took a course at Normal which followed by two years of teaching, one at the Walnut Grove School and one in the third grade of the home school. During the last year of the war when the government issued its plea for young women volunteers to enter training for army nursing, Katrina answered the call. Her appointment being delayed she made application in the Massachusetts General Hospital beginning her work there in January. 1918. Here she threw into her work all the abounding vitality and energy which characterized her life, winning recognition from those in authority. She was a member of the Congregational church, from childhood being in constant attendance at Sunday school and the regular services of the church, and later one of the faithful members of the Junior Society of Christian Endeavor, her presence and interest being an inspiration. With the passing of Katrina ends a life of more than usual brightness and promise. Beautiful and accomplished, sunny of disposition, thoughtful and kindly she was a social favorite and none knew her but to love her. The transition of a beautiful life occurred with the passing of this young girl, and a wonderful memory is the inheritance of those who are left. To the S. S. S. club, a band of girls who have been friends from childhood, the memory of her life will ever be an inspiration and incentive. The large numbers of exquisite flowers testified to the love and esteem with which she was regarded; one beautiful piece coming from her doctors, nurses and friends of the hospital in Boston. Their beauty and fragrance were em-blematic of the life just ended, and those who have partaken of their sweetness and charm are assured that neither has lived in vain. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon, March 23, at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. John DeWitt Leek, pastor of the Congregational church in Pittsfield. The Interment was in the Griggsville cemetery. The pallbearers were Kitchel Farrand, Baldwin Stead. George Anderson, Ernest Brierley, Henry Seeds and Thos. Ball. Those from out of town present at the services were: Sherman Hoyt, Havana; Miss Clara Hoyt, Easton, Ill.; W. H. French, Chicago; Miss Mary French. Decatur, Ill.: Miss Pearl Vertrees, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Moore, Mrs. C. B. Ingalls, Miss Ethel Conrad, Pittsfield; Harris Triplett, Perry; Mr. and Mrs. R. Shoemaker, son Robert and daughter Mary, Jacksonville; Velma Loveless and Lucy Wetzel, Eureka. College; Sue Wade, Jacksonville; Mildred Turnbull, Macomb; Hazel Sleight, Kitchel Farrand, Fred Shoemaker, Champaign; Helen Taylor, Bowling Green. Mo.; Mrs. Celeste Lape, El Paso, Ill. Mrs. Shoemaker and Charles wish to thank their friends for their sympathetic help through the past weeks.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson
MAY (WAGGONER) SHONHART - A sad death was that of Mrs. Chas. Schonhardt, (Shonhart) aged about 21 years, formerly of Martinsburg township, who died last week in Barton, Oklahoma, of diphtheria, shortly after having given birth to a child. The deceased, who was a daughter of Thomas Waggoner, of Martinsburg township, about two or three years since went from here to Oklahoma and located at Barton, where the husband engaged in farming. Mrs. Shonhardt (Shonhart) had been sick with throat trouble for perhaps two or three days when it was discovered that her ailment was diphtheria, and a day or two later a child was born and being unable to survive the shock she passed away. The husband accompanied by the nurse girl, a little daughter about two years old and the infant child, brought the remains back to this county for burial, where they arrived Sunday night, and were taken from here to the home of her father in Martinsburg. The funeral, which on account of the disease with which she died, was held Monday from the home of her parents and the body was laid to rest in the Burbridge cemetery south of Time."
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Pike County Democrat, Jan 20, 1909
GEORGE W. SINKLEAR - The Press Friday contained a brief notice of the death of G. W. Sinklear of Pleasant Hill, Ill., which occurred Thursday night at 9:30 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence Friday by Rev. Wright of Hannibal, who spoke beautifully of his life and character to a large concourse of genuine friends and the remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Had Mr. Sinklear of "Uncle Wash" as he was familiarly called, lived until April 4 he would have been 72 years old. He was a brother of Mrs. Q. M. Jump, formerly of this city, and she is the only one left of a family of eleven. The whole town of Pleasant Hill mourns for him. He was everybody's friend old and young and had always a kind word for everyone and would have shared his last cent with any stranger who might have asked it. The public school was dismissed that the children might look upon his dear old face for the last time. Had he possessed the wealth of the Goulds no more tender devotion could have been shown him by everyone. He was "Grandpa" and "Uncle Wash" to old and young, faithful, kind and true to all mankind. He had carried the mail at Pleasant Hill for the past four years and even the train messengers sent him kind messages each day. His disease was heart trouble and he was ill but two weeks.
Contributed by Marcia McQuaid
CORNELIA B. (PETERSON) STARKS, one of Barry's most widely known women, died at her home in the northeast part of town at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning after a week's illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Starks was taken critically ill and at no time did she show any improvement. Cora Peterson, daughter of Benjamin and Bethalinda Peterson, was born March 20 1846, near Barry, Illinois, where she spent her entire life, except two years in Kansas. She celebrated her 82nd birthday last month. On May 5, 1874 she was united in marriage to Williamson Starks, who preceded her in death on December 26, 1880. To this union six children were born, namely: Jessie M. who died in 1881; Mrs. Goldie Curliss of Sycamore, Kansas; Mrs. Myrtle Parrack of Barry; Frank of Springfield; Charles of Sycamore, Kansas, and Ben at home, who has always lived at home and cared for his mother. She also mothered four stepchildren and one of her grandchildren for 14 years. She united with the Dunkard church when a small girl and later became a member of the First Christian church and has been a faithful worker, always ready and willing to help in sickness and among any who needed love and sympathy. Mrs. Starks was one of a family of fourteen children, of which only four survive. They are Matthew Peterson, of Chicago, Frank and Bruce Peterson and Mrs. Mattie Smith, all of Barry. She also leaves seventeen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, besides a number of nieces and nephews and a host of loving friends. When Mrs. Starks enjoyed her health she was an active member in the Woman's Relief Corps. The funeral services were held from the First Christian church at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon, April 21, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Chester A. Jacobs. Burial was made in Park Lawn cemetery. Those from a distance who were here to attend the funeral were: Frank Starks of Springfield, Ill., Charlie Starks of Sycamore, Kansas, George Starks and wife of Valley City, Mrs. Goldie Curliss and two sons of Sycamore, Kansas, Will Hall, wife and daughter of Griggsville, Ill, Louis Grammer, wife and two sons of Decatur, Ill., Mrs. Carl Gorton, Mrs. Wendall Gorton, Mrs. Della Arnold and daughters, Dorothy and Glenna, Mrs. Bessie Bradshaw and Mrs. Flossie Boulware all of Quincy; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Haskins and two children of Plainville, Bernard Winner and son of Jacksonville; Mrs. Rufus Winner and daughter of Jacksonville, Ill.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry nsp., Wed. 25 Apr 1928]
LEWIS A. STEARNS, for 58 years a resident of Barry, died at his home in this city Monday morning, about four o'clock, following a short illness. Mr Stearns had no doubt been in failing health longer than he made it known to his immediate family. Two months ago it was known that he was suffering from some trouble with his throat and he was taken to a specialist in Quincy. He had been confined to his bed only about three weeks. Lewis Adelbert Stearns was born in Leonardsville, New York, on Feb 2, 1846, came to Illinois in 1866 and located in Barry. In 1868 he was married to Alice Power, a native of Marietta, Ohio who was in Illinois at that time. After their marriage they continued to make this city their home. Mr and Mrs. Stearns were parents of four children, three of whom survive. The living are Mrs. Ora A. Palmer,Henrietta, Texas; Bessie Strubinger, Pittsfield RFD; HA Stearns, Poplar Bluff, Mo. Mrs. Strubinger lived with her father until after her marriage a few years ago and since then he has lived alone. Mrs. Strubinger would come home frequently and stay several days at a time with her father and care for him. He could have had a home with any of his children, but he preferred to stay alone in his home he loved so well. He was contented and happy when among his old friends. he was loved by every child in the neighborhood as he always made a fuss over the little ones. Every day Mr. Stearns would walk down town and spend hours talking with his friends. he was a pleasant, kind hearted man, with a good word for everyone and a merry greeting to all. In 1866 Mr. Stearns opened a butcher shop, associated with George Brown and the business continued until 1893. He was widely known as a fair and honest man. Mr. Stearns was greatly attached to his home. he loved his children and was an indulgent father and in turn his children loved him. Mrs. Palmer was called from her home in Texas and together with Mrs. Strubinger, have been caring for him. The son, H. A. Stearns, also came and was here for a few days, but account of urgent business was compelled to return home. He came back to attend the funeral. Mrs. Stearns preceded her husband in death about thirty years ago and with exception of his three children there are very few of his near relatives surviving. Funeral services will be held from the family home at three o'clock this Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. T. Elmer Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Barry. Internment will be made in the Barry Cemetery.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - Barry Adage Obituary November 26, 1924, Barry, Illinois for November 24, 1924
SOPHIA ALICE (POWERS) STEARNS, was born at French Grant, Scioto County, Ohio June 12, 1848. She was married to LA Stearns May 26, 1848. To them was born four children, three of whom survive her. She departed this life, June 11, 1894. Had she lived until today she would have been 46 years old. The funeral services of Mrs. Stearns was conducted at the family home by Rev. McElfresh Tuesday afternoon.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - Barry Adage June 13, 1894 Obituary, Barry, Illinois for June 12, 1894
FRANCIS S. SUTTON, 103, of Pleasant Hill, the oldest resident of Pike County died Sunday (Jan. 14, 1963) at 5:30 p.m. in Illini Hospital at Pittsfield. Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Ward funeral chapel with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Hts. cemetery. Mr. Sutton was aborn at Pleasant Hill, June 23, 1864, a son of Stephen F. and Martha Jane Crews. He was a charter member of the Church of Christ at Pleasant Hill. He retired in 1936 after working 48 years as a section foreman for the Chicago and Alton RR. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance Employes. He married Mary Caselander Wells May 29, 1890. She died in 1954. Surviving are two sons, Pearl L. Sutton of Esocndido CA and Evans A. Sutton of Bridgeport NE; a daughter Mrs. Darlene Taylor, at home; seven children and nine great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Billie Browning
JESSIE BEATRICE SUTTON, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Sutton, was born in Pleasant Hill Township June 30, 1909, and departed from this life July 19, 1945, having reached the age of thirty-six years and nineteen days. Bea attended the Nebo High School and graduated with the Class of 1927. The following year she attended Western Illinois State Teachers College to prepare for the teaching profession, in which she spent twelve and one half years. A little more than five years ago Bea noticed that her health was beginning to fail. All available means of recovery were used by the patient and her family to no avail, for she became an invalid four and one-half years ago. During the second year of her illness, she became blind. Through all the years of illness and confinement there was never a word of complaint or disposition of question the providence of God. When Bea was sixteen years of age an important event took place in her life, for in that year she was definitely and beautifully converted to Christ in the Nebo Baptist Church and became a devout Christian. A few years later she transferred her membership to the Church of the Nazarene. All through the years, her devotion to God, loyalty to her Church, and love for her family were unchanged. Bea leaves, to mourn her passing, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sutton and four sisters, Mrs. Carvel Franklin of Nebo, June, Dorothy and Mrs. Paul Weir of Pleasant Hill, and one brother, Frank, also one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, a grandmother, Mrs. Annie Scranton and three nieces Carol Ann Sutton, Janet Sue Franklin and Sara Beth Weir, and many relatives and friends. A sister, Bernice, preceded her in death. The patience, courage, and Christian fortitude with which Bea met her loss of health was an inspiration to relatives and friends. Never in the records of human affair, has a person shown a more beautiful Christian spirit, both through the years as a student and teacher, and in years of illness and suffering. During the last year, Beatrice learned to read the Bible in Braille. Whole chapters were memorized by this method of reading. Though her hands were detained from their accustomed tasks, her mind remained creative and active. Within the last two years, she was inspired to compose several poems. The following poem is indicative of her faith in God and certainly of ultimate triumph.
LOUIS GILBERT SUTTON, 82, died in Missouri Pacific hospital in St. Louis, Friday, July 13 at 7:45 a.m. He was born at Pleasant Hill in Nov. 16, 1873, a son of Stephen and Martha Jane Clews. He was employed as a section hand for Chicago and Alton railroad at Pleasant Hill for several years, and later was a flagman for the railroad in Jacksonville until he retired and returned to Pleasant Hill. He suffered a heart attack at his home north of Pleasant Hill, July 1, and was admitted to the hospital on that date. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Nebo. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Louie McCrary, of Pleasant Hill; a brother, F. S. Sutton, age 92, of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Sunday afternoon at 2, with Rev. Andrew Smith of Mehlville, Mo., in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery at Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [family clipping from Lewis McCrary]
NEAL ELMER SUTTON, was born at the Old Home Stead north of Nebo, in Pleasant Hill Township, Pike County, Ill. November 1st, 1878. He was the son of Wm. M. Sutton and America Gipson Sutton, who settled at this place at the beginning of their married life and remained there their entire natural life. He grew to manhood in this vicinity, attending the country school and working on the farm with his father. He early showed his adaptation to the business of farming, and purchased the farm now known as the Witbus place, but later sold it and in 1907 purchased the Scranton farm where he remained the balance of his life. He was married to Daisy McLain Oct. 16th, 1901, and to this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Leota Harpole and Mrs. Sidney Draper. His wife departed this life October 20th, 1905, leaving him alone with their two daughters, to whom he became both mother and father, and with the aid of his mother, he cared for them tenderly and reared them to become useful, intelligent and industrious girls. On Oct. 4th, 1910, he married Nellie Greenstreet and they went to house keeping on the Scranton farm where they established a home that is known far and wide for its warm hospitality and wholesome neighborliness.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas
ORETTA (STEVENS) SUTTON, daughter of John and Edna Smith Stevens, was born near Nebo, Ill., May 18, 1875. Early in life she united with the Baptist church of Nebo and remained a member of that church until her death. She was united in marriage to Gilbert Sutton May 5, 1896. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Louie McCrary of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Jessie Silvernail, who preceded her in death in 1927. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Louie McCrary of Pleasant Hill, six grand children, Paul and Glenn of Pleasant Hill, Lewis, Elsie and Flossie of Alton and Mrs. Robert Mallicoat of Winston Salem, North Carolina; two great grand children; five nieces, two nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Oretta died 30 Dec 1951; family clipping from Lewis McCrary.]
STEPHEN F. SUTTON, was born in Cumberland County KY July 28, 1834 and departed this life February 2, 1920 at the ripe old age of 85 years, 6 months and four days. He came to Illinois in the year 1852 - with his uncle, Nathan Stone with whom he made his home. His life was spent within two miels of where he died. He united in marriage toMartha Crews and to this union were born nine children - four with their mother preceeding him in death. He at one time was a member of the Baptist church in Pleasant Hill. Uncle Steve, as he was known by all, a very humble life, was a good neighbor, a loving husband and a kind and affectionate father. He was honored by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, 5 children, Mary Morgan ofIndiand, Jennie Reeves, Frances, Harvey and Gilbert all of this place and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the home, .. E. Galloway officiating. The cremains were .. in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Billie Browning
JAMES SYKES - Word reached here yesterday by telegraph of the death of Dr. James Sykes at Mercedes, Tex., Thursday night, whither he and his wife went recently, as has been his wont for several winters, to look after his rice crop. The body will arrive here Monday and the funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, presumably at the family residence in Beverly.The report of Dr. Sykes' death was published in yesterday's Journal but at that time no particulars had been received. He was one of the best known men in the county and was well acquainted here in Quincy, where he had hosts of friends. He was a physician of prominence in this community for many years and a citizen who always stood high in the estimation of his associates. He had not been engaged in active practice of his profession for the past several years, and had spent his time in looking after his land interests, of which he had considerable in Texas and Minnesota.He was a member of the Kingston lodge of Masons, and Emmet Howard of this city will have charge of the burial rites, which will be attended by a number of his Quincy friends.Dr. Sykes had been fortunate in accumulating a goodly portion of this world's goods, but his finances were sadly crippled by the failure about two years ago of the Exchange bank at Barry, when he took it upon himself to make good a shortage of something like $90,000. His earnest and skillful management of the bank's affairs resulted in his saving thousands of dollars to the community, and reducing his own loss to something like $30,000.The deceased was born in this county, May 22, 1844, and became interested in the study of medicine at an early age. May 21, 1864, he graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, being then but 20 years old. He was immediately commissioned surgeon in the army of the Cumberland. After serving two years in the South he was transferred to Custer's cavalry and served one year in the campaigns against the Indians on the plains, and was finally mustered out at Fort Dodge, Iowa, March 1, 1868.He then returned to Beverly, where he began to practice medicine, and there he had lived ever since. He was married to Miss Helen H. Godfrey in 1872 and they had four children, Mary, Eliza, Howard and Helen.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Daily Journal Saturday March 5, 1910 page 12