Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Mrs. Esther Campbell


Hennepin, February 23, 1877
Mrs. ESTHER CAMPBELL, aunt of Mrs. Sarah Forney and the LATE MRS. H.C. THOMAS, formerly a resident of this county, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas Wilson, in Dallas Center IA on February 18.

Infant Daughter of Benjamin Carman

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
September 11, 1857

On the 1st inst., an infant daughter of Benjamin and Betty Carman

Edwin B. Carr

November 5, 1868
At Hennepin, after a painful illness, Edwin B. Carr, age 27 years.

H. H. Carr

November 22, 1877

Died at Hennepin, November 16, H. H. Carr, aged 65 years. Lived in Putnam county 25 years.

Vicinity Affairs - Hennepin

Rev. W. A. Cumming, our former pastor, now stationed at Chillicothe was in town last week and at Lacon on his way home received a telegram asking him to return and conduct the funeral services of H. H. Carr which took place Sabbath afternoon. Mr. Carr was born in Ohio in 1812; came to Illinois in 1850, and to Putnam county in 1853, where he has since resided. He died November 16th, near the close of his 65th birthday, after an illness of but a few days. He leaves a widow and a married daughter and many friends to mourn his loss.

Mrs. Phebe Carr

March 2, 1882

Near Hennepin, Feb. 13, of strangulated hernia, Mrs. Phebe Carr, 67 years, 11 months.

Mrs. Ellen Carroll

November 16, 1876

At Annawan, Nov. 8, Mrs. Ellen Carroll, aged 73 years, mother of Charles Carroll of Chillicothe, and O. P. Carroll, station agent at Snachwine.

Samuel Carson


Samuel Carson died at the Hennepin House last Tuesday and was buried on Wednesday. Some two weeks ago he froze his feet very badly and died from the effects of cold and exposure. He had no relatives in this part of the country.

Alson K. Cassell


January 23, 1913

Alson K. Cassell

Died at his home in Florid on Monday Jan. 20, Alson K. Cassell, aged 71 years, 3 months and 10 days. The Deceased was born in the village where he died Oct. 10, 1841. In 1872 he was married in DuPage county to Mary A. Bartlett, who with two daughters, Mrs. Will Hoskins of Chicago and Mrs. Frank Glass of Granville, survive the husband and father. Our older citizens will remember the deceased as a harnessmaker who years ago was an employee of Joseph N. Krenz in his shop on Edward street. Later on he had a shop of his own at Sparland and Lawn Ridge; he also worked at the business in Chicago. The later years of his life he was engaged in farming. The cause of death was dropsy. The funeral, in charge of A.B. Smith of Henry, was held at Florid Jan. 23, conducted by the M.E. church of that place. The friends here will learn of the death with regret and sympathy for the bereaved.



Allson K. Cassell was born in Florid, October 10, 1841and died in the same village, January 20, 1913, being at the time of his death, 71 years, 2 months and 10 days old. Deceased was loved and esteemed by all and his death although not unexpected, has cast a gloom over the entire community in which he lived. For years he has suffered the malady which resulted in his death, but he was at all times cheerful and bore his affliction with remarkable patience. A more patient sufferer was never known for through all his weary, restless weeks of pain and weakness, he never uttered a word of complaint. But the seed of disease was implanted within him and all the medical skill and the loving and devoted attention of a loving wife, could not drag it away. He leaves to morn their loss, a loving wife and two daughters, Mrs. W.J. Hoskins of Chicago, Illinois and Mrs. Frank Glass of Granville, Illinois, also two brothers and two sisters. Rufus of Norborne, Missouri , W.B. of Strawn neighborhood, Mrs. Sidney Pool of Julesburg Colorado and Mrs. Harrison Murphy of Walnut, Illinois and one grandson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Glass of Granville. The funeral was held at the church here in Florid and also the M.E. Church in Hennepin. Services were conducted by Reverend Thomas Barton of Speer, Illinois assisted by Reverend A.A. Waters of Hennepin. Internment in Hennepin Riverside Cemetery. A. B. Smith of Henry acting as funeral director. We join with the community in extending our sympathy to the bereaved relatives in this their sad affliction.

Mrs. Anna Cassell (nee Edwards)


Front Page, September 26, 1917

Anna, daughter of William and Mary Edwards, was born on the old Edward's farm now owned by John Bumgardner, 2 miles west of McNabb, Illinois, April 20, 1848 and passed away September 20, 1917, at her home 3 1/2 miles west of McNabb, being at the time of her death, 69 years, 4 months and 10 days of age. On December 19, 1865, she was wedded in Hiram D. Dunbar, a civil war soldier. Two children, Mrs. H.P. Alleman and Mrs. A.C. Foster, came to bless this happy union. On February 20, 1871, the husband departed this life, leaving the wife to rear two small children. On August 16, 1874, she was united in marriage with William B. Cassell, another civil war soldier and to them were born three children - Mrs. W.W. Rowe, Mrs. C.H. Bishop, and Harry V. Cassell. Mr. Cassell died December 9, 1915 after an illness of almost 5 years. Mrs. Cassell's illness dates back more than two years, when she sustained a paralytic stroke, since which she has gradually failed, having had several severe attacks of heart trouble. The immediate cause of death was embolism, which illness was accompanied by intense suffering. She had been in very poor health during the last few weeks of her life, but was confined to her bed, only 4 or 5 days. She was always an ambitious woman and was loathed to give up her home, but had finally decided to spent the winter with her children. She was the last of William Edwards family, H.H. having past away, almost two years ago. She was a member of the Strawn M.E. church, having united with that organization about 45 years ago and was one of the best workers of the ladies aide and when that organization dissolved, was the efficient president. She leaves to mourn, her four daughters and one son, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. All of the children were present at her bedside during her illness and all that could be was done to alleviate her suffering. But God saw fit to call her home and as the sun was rising on the morn of September 20, she fell asleep as a tired child. May her tired worn clay rest in peace and her soul go back to him who giveth his beloved sleep. A short service was held at the home, Saturday, September 22, Mr. Avrium Mills of the Friend's Church spoke a few words of comfort and Reverend Harry Bell made prayer. The remains were then taken to Florid Presbyterian Church, where serviced were conducted by Reverend Harry Bell, pastor of Bradford, Illinois, M.E. Church, assisted by Reverend Barstead of Florid and the Florid choir. The floral offering were many and beautiful. She was laid to rest in a bower of flowers in the family lot of the Florid cemetery, Mr. Smith of Henry being the funeral director.

Augustus Cassell


Wednesday, February 13, 1901



Judge Augustus Cassell, January 3, 1813 and February 8, 1901 are the dates by which are identified the life of Augustus Cassell. One whose long life was one of activity and usefulness. A kind and loving friend and neighbor, none knew him but to love and honor him. Augustus Cassell was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania January 3, 1813. Coming west in 1836 and settling in Putnam County. His wife was formerly Miss MARY BAER, to whom he was married November 14, 1833, she being also a native of Lebanon. To this union were born 9 children. John H. , William B., Sarah A., Allson K., Rufus L., Mary E., Isador, Augustus, and Sidney. Three of which the reaper death hath gathered into his fold. Both himself and wife were members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Cassell was a cabinet maker by trade and very ingenious in the use of tools. For several years, he owned and conducted a steam saw mill, and was once a mercantile business at Florid. He was elected county judge in 1872 and again in 1876 and was Justice of the Peace for 27 years. Mr. Cassell's last sickness was of but short duration, although he had been failing in health for some time. But patiently he bore it, and seemed waiting to be born by angels hands to that celestial home above, where we'll never know a sorrow when we are there. Many times during the day, he spoke of going home to Jesus. The remains were taken to Florid and placed beside those of his wife and children, Monday, February 11, at 10:00 AM.


The hallow is orr and ended, the sun gone down in the west,

The loving tie is broken, The soul at rest, sweet rest.

The messenger so quietly came, the reaper whose name is death.

Bore him away on angels wing, To the home above so pure and blest.

A hollow of joy spread orr his soul, as he welcomed the heavenly host.

Friends and relatives there to meet, Oh the half can never be told.

We'll miss thee greatly, miss thee, as on through life we go.

May our lives be just and pure and blest, And waves of sorrow eternally flow.

To say I will met but mean it must say farewell, as one dear ones fall asleep.

asleep to wake with Jesus, Never more to wail and weep.

This my prayer through life shall be, last, let hopes bright light forever shine,

That wear this way of life is orr, In that fair climb.

Peoria Cassell


Florid, February 14, 1901

The remains of Judge Cassell of Cottage Hill were interred at Florid Monday, Feb. 11th, the Rev. James Bliss officiating., Undertaker, G.W. Keller of Henry.

Mortuary Record, February 14, 1901

Augustus Cassell

Another of the early settlers of Putnam county, after a long life of usefulness and in fullness of days, has been gathered unto the fathers. He was a native of Lebanon County, PA., born in 1813. His wife was also a native of the same town, a Miss Mary Baer, where they were married Nov. 14, 1833. They came west in 1836, settling in Putnam County, where his life has been spent. He was the father of seven children, four boys and three girls. He was a cabinet maker by trade, a skilled mechanic and ingenuous in the use of tools. He was an extensive farmer, owning a fine farm at Cottage Hill, which was his home. For several years he owned and conducted a steam saw mill and was once in the mercantile business at Florid. In politics, he was a staunch republican and during his prime held a number of offices of trust. He was a justice of the peace for 30 years and a wise counselor and just judge. He was elected county judge in 1872 and so honorably and faithfully did he serve in this high office that he was elected for several terms.............. Judge Cassell was an upright man, neighbor, friend, husband and father, led a worthy, useful life, and lived to a ripe old age. The funeral was held on Monday and was largely attended, Rev. James T. Bliss officiating.

Benjamin Cassell


Front Page, Thursday, February 15, 1940

Florid Man dies after 5 year illness

Services for Ben Cassell, 78, held at church, Monday afternoon.

Funeral services for Benjamin A. Cassell of Florid were held in the church in that village Monday afternoon at 2:00, with Reverend G.L. Miclish, pastor of the Granville Congregational Church officiating. The Old Rugged Cross and In the Sweet, By and By were sung by Mrs. H.L. Dissert, and Mrs. Elsie Dissert of Granville and burial was made in the Florid cemetery under the direction of H.L. Dissert. The pall bearers were Gilbert Shepperd of Streator, .........................and Steve Novack. The deceased who died at 8:00 Saturday morning, February 10, 1940 at his home after 5 years of illness was 78 years of age. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Cassell and was born in Florid on October 6, 1861. His parents, one brother and 5 sisters preceded him in death, he being the last member of his family. On December 1, 1908, he was united in marriage to Sophia Krafft, who survives with two of their three children, Mrs. Helen Davies and Benjamin Cassell Jr., both of Florid. A daughter Clara passed away November 22, 1924. Two grandchildren, Betty Lou and Donald Davies also survive. With the exception of a few years spent in Kansas, he lived his entire life in and near Florid, where he was well known for his cheerful disposition. His last illness was born uncomplainingly.

Mrs. Catharine Byers (nee Cassell)


At Jessup, Iowa, April 3, Mrs. Catharine Byers, age 75 years, 9 months, 17 days, late of Granville, Putnam County.

Calvin Cassell


November 20, 1890
CALVIN CASSELL, 51, a former resident of this county, but of late years a resident of Steele City, Nebraska came to Chicago some weeks ago to have an operation performed for the purpose of removing a sore similar to cancer but which originated from an ulcerated tooth. He stood the first operation very well, however, Wednesday of last week, word came that he was dead. Hospital officials decided that on account of some trouble with Mr. Cassell's eye, it would be neccessary to make another operation. They did this and the patient died while on the operating table. His remains were taken to Nebraska for internment. A wife and five children, survive.

Catherine Sara (Bashore) Cassell


Front Page, May 7, 1924


The death of Mrs. Sara Cassell about 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 3, 1924, Florid and Putnam County lost one of the oldest citizens and a woman widely known and highly esteemed. But she is gone, another name is stricken from the roll, of the ever lessoning roll. Catherine (Sara) Bashore was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, August 2, 1830 and was 93 years, 9 months, and 1 day old at the time of her death. She was united in marriage to Henry Cassell, September 18, 1847. Two children were born to this union., Katy E. - July 23, 1848 and Charles W. - November 26, 1841, both dying in infancy. Her husband passed to the great beyond July 15, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Cassell lived in Florid 5 years. After which they moved to Decatur, Illinois, where they resided for 45 years. Then they returned to Florid, where they lived until their heavenly father called them to a better place, better and happier home. At the age of 50 years, she with her husband were converted at a revival meeting in Decatur, which was conducted by the boy Evangelist, Reverend Harrison. After moving to Florid, she united with the M.E. church in Hennepin, but owing to the inconvenience of attending church in Hennepin, she attended services at the Florid church and was always present as long as the weather permitted. She was a devoted Christian, always striving to do the will of her master. She was always ready to help in time of sickness, or and who were poor and needy. It can be said of Mrs. Cassell, she did her work and did it well. The dying day of Mrs. Sara Cassell was her coronation day when she was crowned with immortal glory. She leaves to morn their loss, 4 nephews, 2 nieces, Mrs. Ella Danley - who has been her companion for several years, and numerous other relatives and many friends.

Sleep on beloved, sleep and take thy rest. Lay down thy head upon thy savior's breast.

We loved you well but Jesus loved you best. Good night.

Calm is your slumber as infant sleep But you shall wake no more to toil and weep.

Yours is a perfect rest, secure and deep. Good night.

Until shadows from this earth are cast. Until he gathers in his sheaves at last.

Until the twilight gloom has over us past. Good night.

Until the eastern glory lights the skies Until the dead in Jesus shall arise.

But he shall come but not in lowly guise. Good night.

Until made beautiful by love divine, You in the likeness of your lord shall shine,

And he shall bring that golden crown of thine. Good night.

Only good night beloved, not farewell. A little while and all his saints shall dwell.

In hallowed union, indivisible. Good night.

Until we meet again before his throne, Clothed in the spotless robe he gives his own,

Until even as we know. Good nght..

Services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 1924, conducted by Reverend T. Parkinson of the Hennepin M.E. Church, who spoke comforting words to the sorrowing relatives and friends. The funeral was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends who came to pay their last token of respect to a beloved friend and kind neighbor. Internment was in the family lot of the Florid cemetery.

Christian Cassell


Cottage Hill, February 9, 1882
As I write the friends are moving to pay the last sad rites to Christian Cassell of Florid.

Hennepin, February 9, 1882
Died at his home in Florid on February 4, 1882, CHRISTIAN CASSELL, brother of Judge Cassell, age 61 years. His wife of 42 years and six of their seven children survive.  The funeral took place at Florid last Monday, Reverend J.W. Denning of Florid conducting the service.

February 9, 1882
At Florid, Feb. 5, Christopher Cassell, 60, uncle of A. K. Cassell of this city.

February 9, 1882
Chris Cassell, aged 60, died in Florid, Sunday 5th. He was a brother to Judge Cassell and consequently an uncle to A. K. Cassell of Henry.

Clara Cassell

Hennepin, November 26, 1924

An obituary of Clara the 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cassell of Florid appears in the Florid letter. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow.

Clara Christine Cassell, second daughter of Benjamin and Sophia Cassell, was born west of Florid, February 25, 1912 and passed away at the Spring Valley hospital, November 22, 1924 of septic poisoning. She was christened in the German Lutheran Church, July 10, 1920. She was a regular attendant of the Florid Sunday School and will be greatly missed there. She was of a bright vivacious disposition that made her many friends. In the passing of Clara, her father and mother are deprived of a loving child and her sister and brother of a fond and indulgent sister. Her parents, sister and brother morn for her whom they loved so dearly. She was cherished not in her own home alone, but by a large circle of friends and relatives by whom she will be sadly missed. Always cheerful and happy her presence was life a ray of sunshine. ............... Services were held at the Florid church Monday afternoon conducted by Reverend A.J. Pittman of Granville. Casket bearers were six girls, close friends of Clara. She was laid to rest in our beautiful little cemetery, Howard Dissert, mortician in charge.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cassell (nee Smith)


May 10, 1888
A sudden death occurred in Florid last Monday. MRS. ELIZABETH CASSELL, WIDOW OF THE LATE CHRISTIAN CASSELL, brother of Judge Cassell, fell dead while walking across the floor. She had a stroke of paralysis a year or two ago, but had so far recovered that she was able to get about the house and seemed to be in her usual health the day of her death. She was about 63 years old.

Elmer Ellsworth Cassell

December 28, 1933

Florid Resident Passes Away in Peoria

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the Florid Presbyterian church for Elmer Cassell, a resident of Florid for many years.

Elmer Ellsworth Cassell was born in Florid on February 15, 1865 to Christian and Elizabeth (Smith) Cassell, and passed away at the home of his son Harry in Peoria, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1933. He was married in Peoria to Miss Nellie Moody and they resided for several years in that city.

In 1924 the family again moved to Florid, where Mr. and Mrs. Cassell have since resided until a few weeks ago they removed to Peoria to be near their children during the winter months. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Harry and Walter Cassell, and two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Desmang, and Mrs. Lulu Wainwright, one grandson, Bobby Wainright, one sister, Mrs. Anna Brash, all of Peoria, and a brother Benjamin Cassell of near Florid. Interment was made in the Florid cemetery beside relatives who had preceded him many years ago in death.



April 30, 1919

Ephriam Cassell Died

H.P. Alleman of Florid received a message this morning conveying the sad news of the death of Ephriam Cassell, who passed away this morning at his home in Republican City, Nebraska. The funeral will be at his late home on Saturday, May 3, 1919. Mr. Cassell was well advanced in years. An obituary of the deceased will be published later.


Another civil war veteran answers the last call. Ephriam, son of Joseph and (Sarah?)Esther Cassell, was born and grew to manhood August 20, 1841 and passed away at his home in Republican City, Nebraska, April 30, 1919, being at the time of his death, 77 years, ? months, and 10 days old. He was united in marriage to Sarah Alleman, September 26, 1867. To this union, 8 children came to gladden their hearts, 4 of whom preceded the father to the heavenly home. He was a kind and indulgent parent and leaves many friends and relatives to mourn their loss, among whom is the devoted wife, 4 sons and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Will Hunter of Republican City, also 11 grandchildren. On September 26, 1917, they celebrated their golden wedding, at which time his entire family including children and grandchildren were present, besides many other near relatives. He was a civil war veteran having served his county from 1861 to 1865, being in the service 4 years and 3 months. Was a prisoner at Andersonville and Florence about 3 months. Served with Co. H. Inf. Reg. Ill. volunteers. Funeral was held at Republican City May 2, 1919. Those from a distance who paid their last tribute to the deceased were Joe Cassell from Canada, Mrs. Nancy Alleman, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Alleman of Tonica, Illinois, H. P. Alleman of Hennepin, Illinois and Gus and Onna Cassell of Steele City Nebraska.

Child of Ephriam Cassell


Scarlet fever is raging at Florid and there have been two deaths in the past few days. EPHRIAM CASSELL BURIED A CHILD last Monday and MRS. STEWERT A LITTLE GIRL yesterday.

Mrs. Harriet Cassell (nee Wyckoff)


December 7, 1882
A STEPDAUGHTER of GEORGE TAYLOR of Florid, died at Decatur last week, she formerly resided at Florid and was MARRIED TO JOHN CASSELL - brother of Judge Cassell of Florid.

Henry Cassell




On July 15, 1905, Henry Cassel passed to the other shore, at his home in Florid, age 79 years, 4 months and 14 days. Deceased was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania back in 1826 and came to Putnam County in 1840 at the age of 14 years. On September 18, 1847, he was united in marriage to Miss SARAH BASHORE. To this union, two children were born, Katy E. and Charles W. , both of whom died in early childhood. In 1854, he and his wife moved to Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, where they resided until February 1899, when they returned to Putnam County and again took up their residence in Florid. Mr. and Mrs. Cassell united with the M.E. Church 22 years ago under the ministrations of a noted evangelist and have been true and faithful Christians ever since. Henry Cassell was an honest and industrious man and accumulated considerable property during his life-time. He was quite the unassuming man, strictly honest with his dealing with his fellow man. The funeral took place Monday afternoon, conducted by Reverend A.R. Jones , Pastor of Hennepin, M.E. Church. Internment in Florid cemetery.

James Cassell

Florid, August 19, 1948

Former Resident Dies in Idaho

Mrs. E.G. Henning received the sad news Saturday morning of the death of her brother, James Cassell who resided near Caldwell Idaho. Mr. Cassell was 74 years of age at the time of his death and was a resident of this community many years ago. Funeral rites were held Monday in Caldwell and burial was made near there. He is survived by his widow and eight children. One brother, Bert Cassell and two sisters, Mrs. Daily Lucas of Beatrice Nebraska and Mrs. Henning.

John Henry Cassell



Mrs. W.H. Lucas received the sad news last Monday of the death of her father, John Henry Cassell at to which occurred sometime that day at the Soldier's Home in Quincy. His son-in-law, Elisha Henning of Granville, went to Quincy and will return with the remains which will be interned at Florid.


John Henry Cassell passed away on Monday, November 6, 1911. Mr. Cassell was born at Millersburg, Pennsylvania 1834 and was 77 years old at the time of his death. He leaves to morn their loss, a wife, 6 children, 3 brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services were held at the church in Florid, conducted by Reverend Waters of Hennepin. The remains were laid to rest at the Florid Cemetery with the G.A.R. having charge of the services at the grave. Frank Peterson of Granville, acting as funeral director.



John Henry Cassell was born in Millersburg, Pennsylvania October 31, 1834 and died at the Quincy Soldiers Home on November 6, 1911 being past his 77th year. He died of that dread disease asthma. He suffered for 10 years patiently most of the time to the last when he was called home. He leaves a wife and 6 children to mourn the loss of their dear husband and father. One child, Minnie, preceded him in infancy. He enlisted in C.O.H. 20th IL. Inf.. June 13, 1861 and participated in many hard fought battles, was wounded in the arm by a piece of shell. When General Grant got ready to run the block at Vicksburg, he called for volunteers to go on the boats and he stepped forward. The boat he was on was disabled by the first battery and they had to float by the fort. There were 20 killed. The Rebs tried to board the boat and they kept them off with hose attached to the boiler using hot water on them. (the rest in unreadable). The funeral services were held at Florid at noon, on Friday last, conducted by Reverend A. H. Waters of Hennepin and he was laid to rest at the beautiful little cemetery there, surrounded by the graves of friends and relatives of his early manhood. The funeral was in charge of Hennepin Post G.A.R. of which the deceased was an honored member.

Joseph Cassell


March 4, 1891
Joseph Cassell died this evening. He was 74 years old at his death.


March 12, 1891
JOSEPH CASSELL, an old resident of Florid, was buried last Friday. He had been in feeble health for some time.

Mrs. Laura Cassell


Florid, October 22, 1880
Mrs. LAURA CASSELL, WIFE OF JOSEPH CASSELL of Florid, died suddenly of heart disease on Wednesday evening, October 13. She had been as well as usual during the day and had been out in the orchard looking at the fruit in which she had always taken great interest. She leaves three daughters.

Mrs. Mary Cassell (nee Bear)

September 17, 1885
Mrs. Augustus Cassell
The last sad rites of the living to the dead were paid the venerable WIFE OF JUDGE AUGUSTUS CASSELL, at Cottage Hill, on Saturday. She departed this life on Thursday. She had been an invalid for upwards of five years. In the year 1880 she was stricken with paralysis, which no doubt shortened and ended her life. MARY BAER was born in Dauphin County, PA., Feb. 3, 1813; married to Mr. Cassell at Harrisburg, Pa., in 1833, having lived 52 years happily with her aged husband; nine children were born, seven surviving their stricken parent. Their residence in Putnam county dates back to 1836 - 49 years. Naturally of a thoughtful and religious mold of mind, Mrs. Cassell united with the church in early life, first the Lutheran, and afterwards the Wesleyian Methodists.  Exemplary in all her ways, kindly and generous in her impulses and offices, an excellent wife and mother, a noble hearted, Christian woman has completed life work, and in the triumphs of a living faith, has gone home to everlasting rest. Sweet peace.

Mrs. Mary Cassell (nee Bartlett)

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

Florid, May 19, 1927

Mrs. S. P. Clemens and Vera, Mrs. H. E. Allen and Mrs. Joe Edwards attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary Cassell which was held in Hennepin, Monday afternoon. Mrs. Cassell was well known as she lived in the village of Florid some years ago. She was well liked by all who know her. She was a jolly good woman. She leaves her two daughters, Mrs. Will Hoskins of Chicago, and Mrs. Frank Glass of LaSalle, also her beloved grandson, Norman Glass, a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Hennepin, May 19, 1927

Mrs. Mary Bartlett Cassell, who died in Chicago, was buried from the M. E. Church in Hennepin Monday afternoon...... Mrs. Cassell was born and reared in this community and was past 76 years of age. She is mourned by a host of relatives and friends.

Minnie Cassell

Thursday, September 18, 1873
Died In Florid, Putnam County, September 5, Minnie, age 15 months, daughter of J.H.  (John Henry) and Susan Cassell.

Nellie (Moody) Cassell

Front Page, Thursday, June 24, 1948

Funeral for Florid Lady held today.

Mrs. Nellie Cassell, 73, dies in Peoria Hospital after long illness.

Mrs. Nellie Cassell, 73, Florid resident for many years and widow of the late Elmer E. Cassell died Monday morning at Proctor Hospital, Peoria, where she had been a patient since February. Ailing for quite some time, she had been bedfast and suffering from a fractured hip in a fall last August. The daughter of the late Daniel and Lula Moody, she was born January 5, 1875 in Roachdale, Indiana. She was baptized in childhood in the Christian Church in Roachdale. She was married to Mr. Cassell, August 20, 1891 in Peoria where they lived for a number of years before moving to Florid. They were the parents of four children. Harry and Walter of Peoria. Mrs. Bessie Dismang, Florid and Mrs. Lula Wainright who passed away several years ago. Surviving are also two grandsons, Robert Wainright and Walter Cassell Jr., both of Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 this afternoon at the Dysert Funeral Home with DR. Frank E. Rockwell, pastor of the Granville Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in the Family Lot of the Florid cemetery.

Mrs. Roseanna Allen (nee Cassell)


July 17, 1890
Died near Cottage Hill, July 12, of infirmity of age, Roseanna, 74 years, 3 months, 16 days. Wife of the late James Allen and mother of William Allen of this city.

Oxbow, July 17, 1890
Mrs. Rosa Allen of Cottage Hill, who has been sick so long, died on Saturday morning. Internment on Monday.


Cottage Hill, July 17, 1890
AUNT ROSE ALLEN has crossed the river and her remains were followed by a large concourse of people to her last resting place at Florid yesterday, Reverend Bliss officiating.


Thursday, July 17, 1890
Mrs James Allen The subject of this brief notice was the mother of our fellow townsman William Allen, and sister of County Judge A. Cassell of Florid. Her maiden name was Rossannah Cassell, born in West Hanover, Dauphin county, PA., March 16, 1816, being at her death in the 75th year of her age. She was married to James Allen in her Pennsylvania home in 1834. Two years later her parents and family emigrated to the west and located in Putnam county, and Mr. Allen and wife followed them 10 years later, here they have lived since 1846, on the farm they owned and tilled near Florid. Mrs. Allen lived and died, and for seven years a widow, residing with her son Owen W. Allen. She joined the Wesleyan Methodist connection and manifested in her life, conduct and through out the affairs and duties of her humble sphere of usefulness the graces and principles of the Christian character and life. Five of her eight children survive - William of Henry, Mrs. J. Umbarger and Eliza Forney both of Melvin, Ford county, Cora Eberly of Lostant and O. W. Allen of Florid. The funeral was held at the house, Rev. Bliss of Magnolia officiating on Monday, the interment being in the Florid cemetery.

Sarah (Alleman) Cassell




H.P. Alleman of Granville received work this morning of the death of his sister, Mrs. Sarah Cassell at Republican City, Nebraska. Mrs. Cassell, who has many friends in Putnam County, where she used to live, was 80 years old last Saturday. She leaves four sons and an adopted daughter.

Mrs. Sarah M. Cassell (nee Cramer)



Mrs. SARAH M. CASSELL, under date of December 19, 1904, P.A. Cassell writes us from Pomona, California of the death of his wife Mrs. Cassell. Mrs. Cassell was a DAUGHER OF PAUL CRAMER and after her marriage to P.A. Cassell, lives just west of Florid. Mr. Cassell send us the following clipping from his home paper.......Mrs. Sarah M. Cassell , wife of P.A. Cassell of Long Beach, California, died at Elsinore on December 12, at the age of 60 years. The remains were brought to Pomona yesterday and funeral services will be conducted by Reverend T.H. Cornish from the Baptist Church, corner of 4th and Elm Streets and 2:00 on Friday afternoon, December 16. Mrs. Cassell leaves a husband and one daughter, Mrs. G.M. Herron of Pomona.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Cassell (nee Lynch)

Philadelphia, October 6, 1844


DIED, on the 16th of September last at HENNEPIN, PUTNAM CO. IL, of bilious fever, MRS. SARAH ANN CASSELL, aged twenty six years and four months, wife of Mr. JOSEPH CASSELL, and third daughter of the late PHILLIP LYNCH, ESQ. of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. We cannot consent that the grave should close over the reliques of the deceased, without recording our slight tribute to the memory of her many virtues.  Married when very young - she has exhibited an instance of the entire compatibility of the most faithful and assiduous attention to domestic duties. As a wife, mother, and sister, her general conduct towards all, was such as to have endeared her to all - and she was only known to be loved. Dying in the prime of life, her loss to her husband and her children, is wholly irreparable-- and she is deeply lamented by the social in which she moved. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude- and at length sank into the sleep of Death, with the liveliest hope and faith in the mercies of her GOD.

Mrs. Sarah Foster (nee Cassell)


April 13, 1893
Last Saturday MRS. EDWARD FOSTER of Cottage Hill and Mrs. A.K. Cassell of Chicago started to see a little niece of theirs in a road car when about a mile and a half on their journey or a little below the residence of Lawrence Lippard, Mrs. Foster pulled to one side to escape a rut in the road, when the opposite wheel struck the end of a log, tilting the cart and throwing Mrs. Cassell clear off. Mrs. Foster had one foot fast between the slats and the foot rest and was thrown over the shaft and into the wheel. The horse started to run, dragging the body over the ground and in the wheel over the rough road, rocks, bridges and for 1/2 a mile, in the creek - the distance of four miles. There was hardly a limb in the body of the woman that wasn't broken. It is supposed that her neck was broken at the start. She was a DAUGHTER OF JUDGE CASSELL and leaves a husband and several children. We lay her to rest tomorrrow at Florid.

Mrs. Susan Cassell (nee Griner)



Mrs. John Henry Cassel died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Charlie Bartlet in Granville, October 21. Services were at the church here last Thursday, conducted by R.K. Stetson of Granville and T.F. Gault of Hennepin. Internment in the Florid cemetery. The sorrowing relatives are the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.



Susan Griner Cassell was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , May 23, 1849 and died at the home of her sister Mrs. C. M. Bartlet in Granville, Illinois on October 21, 1912. Coming to Illinois with her parents when a young girl, she grew to womanhood and lived with her parents at Florid. She was united in marriage to John Henry Cassell, May 10, 1868 and to the union, seven children were born, six of whom are still living to morn her going, but she not gone, just asleep awaiting her dear ones here. The children left are James C. and Dolly Brainard of Parma, Idaho; Edwin of the state of Washington; Albert of Corning, Iowa; Mrs. E.G. Henning of Florid; and Mrs. Daisy Lucas of Hennepin. There were only three of her children able to be at her bedside, 2 daughters and one son Albert, who did what they could to relieve her suffering, never tiring to make her comfortable in her last hours.

She suffered long and murmured not , though she's gone, she's not forgot.

God who does things for the best, took her home with him to rest.

Funeral service was held on Thursday of last week, conducted by Reverend R.K. Stetson of Granville, internment in the Florid cemetery , funeral director F. I. Peterson.

Mrs. Sophia (Krafft) Cassell


Front Page, August 12, 1954

Mrs. Cassell Dies Sunday, August 8

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 this afternoon at the Dysert Chapel for Mrs. Sophia Cassell, 78 of Florid, who died late Sunday night, August 8, 1954, while enroute to the hospital after becoming ill after attending the Hennepin Home Coming. The Reverend A.H. Nothdurft, Tiskilwa, Pastor of the Hennepin Methodist Church will officiate at the service and at burial in the Florid cemetery. Pall bearers will be Steven Novac, Harold Kinney, Terry Hall, Att. Walter D. Boyle, Joe and Richard Wendall. Sophia Krafft was born in Hennepin Township, February 11, 1876 and was married December 1, 1908 to Benjamin Cassell, who passed away February 10, 1940 while they resided near Florid. Mrs. Cassell lived her entire life in Hennepin Township and moved back to Florid in April of this year after residing in Hennepin, 6 years. She was a member of the County Line Lutheran Church. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Ernest (Helen) Davies, Florid and Benjamin at home, three grandchildren, Betty and Carol Davies of Florid and Donald Davies of Peru, and two brothers, William and August Krafft of Streator. She was preceded in death by a daughter Clara who died in 1924, her parents, husband and a sister.

Thomas Cassell


Florid, May 11, 1922

Mrs. Ella Danley received the sad news Friday morning that her cousin Tom Cassell of Decatur, Ill., had been found dead in bed that morning.

William B. Cassell

Taken From the Putnam Record



William B. Cassell, son of Mary and Augustus Cassell, was born in Florid, Illinois, November 28, 1836 and departed this life December 9, 1915. Being at the time of his death one of the oldest residents of Putnam County, having lived practically all his life in the county. He was united in marriage with Mrs. Anna Dunbar, August 16, 1874 who with the three children born to this union, Mrs. W.W. Rowe, Mrs. Chas. Bishop, and Harry Cassell at home, the two step-daughter's Mrs. H. P. Alleman , Mrs. A. C. 0 and two sisters, Mrs. Murphy of Tampico, Illinois and Mrs. Sidney Pool of Julesburg Colorado, one brother Rufus Cassell of Norborne, Missouri are left bereft of a loving husband, brother and father. Mr. Cassell was a most congenial and jovial man also ready with a glad welcome for all of whom he came in contact. He had been a most patient sufferer for 5 years with heart trouble and a complication of diseases. All that medical aid could do was of no avail and the end came in early morning of December 9. At the age of 25, he enlisted in Co. B. 69th Regiment, afterward in Co. B. 109th Regiment and he tried to enlist a third time but was rejected because of a deformed arm. (Rest unreadable) The funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon December 11, by Reverend F. W. Eastwood, and were attended by a large gathering of relatives or comrades, sympathizing friends. Internment was made in the Florid cemetery with A.V. Smith mortician.

Soldiers Immortal

They sleep beneath the daisied sod, and over them we strew,

white lilies with their hearts of gold, and roses brightened with the dew.

They sleep beside their rusty swords, the blue coat and the gray,

Till Gabriel blows the revelee, upon the judgment day.

They live within the nation's heart, each gallant soldier son,

Who fought with Lee the losing fight, or marched with Grant and won.

They live at every silver star, that glitters in the flag.

From old Nantucket's light, to cold Alaska's farthest crag.

For low the dust of Dixie's land, and strew New England's slain.

Have filled the cracks of freedom's wall, and made it sound again.

And every drop of blood they shed, before the cannon's mouth,

Cements the ties of brotherhood, uniting north and south

Mary Alice Casson

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
June 12, 1857

Died on the 11th inst., in Hennepin, Miss Mary Alice, youngest daughter of Henry Casson, Sr.

Mrs. Mary Casson

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 7, 1872

At Hennepin, Oct. 29, Mary, aged 66 years, wife of Henry Casson.

Child of William H. Casson

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 30, 1873

AT Hennepin, Jan. 21, of cerebra spinal meningitis, infant child of William H. Casson, aged 6 months.

Putnam County Miscellaneous Items
The spotted fever still raged at Hennepin. The Record reports two additional deaths since our last issue. One a child of William H. Casson, and a son of Matt Schiltz.

Isaac Cecil

Taken From the Henry Republican
Thursday, July 27, 1871

At Hennepin, July 15, of dropsy, Isaac Cecil, aged 64 years.

Curtis Anthony Chance

April 26, 1900

C.A. Chance

Curtis Anthony Chance of Cottage Hill, an invalid for a number of years, died at his home last Friday about five o'clock. He has battled manfully for a long time against the monster, making journeys to the Springs in Colorado and Arkansas, in quest of health, but seemingly every effort was baffled and after much suffering and emaciation, has yielded up his life at age of 50 years, 11 months and 2 days. He was a native of Putnam county, where he has always resided, born May 18, 1849. Married Esther E. Allen, who died July 22, 1886, leaving him with five sons and one daughter. One October 4, 1887, he was again married to Sarah A. Springer, by whom he had four children; the widow and eight children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. The funeral was held Monday, which was largely attended, as Mr. Chance was widely known and respected, Rev. Bliss officiating. Interment at Florid.




Last week, the record gave a mere announcement of the death of Anthony Chance of Cottage Hill, having no data at that time from which to form an obituary. Mr. Chance as many of our readers know, had been in declining health for the past three years and neither medicine or change of climate it seems had the power to stay the disease which had taken a hold upon him. He had tried many physicians, visited the famous mineral springs of Colorado and other parts, but all to no purpose and on April 20, his spirit took its flight to the world beyond. Deceased was born in Putnam County May 18, 1849 and died April 20, 1900, age 50 years, 11 months and two days. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth, and on December 31, 1872, he was united in marriage with Miss Esther Allen, who died July 22, 1886, leaving him with six children, 5 sons and one daughter. October 4, 1887, he was again married to Sara A. Springer, by whom he had 4 children. Of the ten children, 2 daughters, one by the first wife and one by the second, are deceased. The widow and eight children survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and kind father. He spent all of his life in Putnam County and his body now rests in the Florid cemetery, where the funeral services were held, conducted by Reverend Bliss.

Edward Chance


May 6, 1875

At Esmen, Livingston county, April 11, of consumption, Edward Chance, aged 63 years.

Frederick Chance


July 18, 1878
Frederick Chance, died on Sunday and was interred at Tonica on Monday. His disease was quick consumption. He was employed by the Henry City Ice Company in loading ice boats where he took a violent cold, bringing on fatal consequences. Mr. Chance was born in Ohio, but has been a resident of Putnam and Marshall counties upwards of 40 years; for the past five years was a resident of Henry. Mr. Chance's father had three wives, one child by the first, eight by the second, and one by the third. The deceased was of the second mother, the brothers and sisters all surviving except a brother who was killed in the army during the war of the rebellion. A wife and five small boys are among the bereft. The family has the sympathy of the community in their loss and trial.

Herman Clifford Chance

Thursday, November 27, 1930

Herman Chance Dies From Injury In Auto Accident

Herman Chance, a brother of Mrs. Charles Meier and Russell Chance of this city, died at the Proctor hospital in Peoria, early Sunday morning as the result of injuries sustained in an unexplained automobile mishap, a few hours previous. A Coroner's inquest held at Peoria last Monday, determined that the death of the unfortunate young man was accidental but the real facts of the case will perhaps remain a mystery.

Lack of witnesses limited the scope of investigation, and as the injured man was unconscious when found alongside the road near the Municipal Sanatorium, presumably on his way to Chillicothe, by John Williams of 1108 Hanssler Place, Peoria, and died without regaining the use of his faculties, no statement as to the cause of the accident could be obtained from him. When found, Mr. Chance lay outside his overturned truck, and one version is that he lost control of his machine which plunged into a ditch and overturned.

Herman Clifford Chance, son of Curtis A. and Sarah Ann Chance, was born on a farm near McNabb, Putnam county, Illinois, September 21, 1895 and died at the Proctor hospital, Peoria, Sunday, November 23, 1930 at 7:00 a.m. aged 35 years, 2 months and 2 days. Death was due to a fractured skull and internal injures sustained in an auto mishap, as stated above.

The deceased was a resident of Florid previous to his coming to Henry some seven years ago. While here, he was employed a portion of the time by Meier Bros. as a roofer and furnace man. The past year he had resided in Peoria, where he was employed as a service man for the Vaughn oil burner, a position he held at the time of his death. Mr. Chance was an ex-serviceman, belonging to the 68th Field Artillery, and was first at Camp Know, Ky. He was also a member of the M.E. Church.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Charles Meier, and brother, Russell Chance, both of this city; two half-sisters, Mrs. Wm. Morris of Varna and Mrs. Carrie Pickerill of Minnesota, and a half-brother, John Springer, of Granville. A brief funeral service was held at the home of Mrs. Charles Meier on Market street at 1 o'clock this (Wednesday) afternoon, the cortege then leaving for Florid, where the service proper was held at the M.E. Church, Rev. H.G. Dusenberry of this city, officiating. The singing was in charge of Mrs. Leam Hunt and Mrs. Marion Pogemiller. Interment was in the Florid cemetery with Louis Meier, Bert Hoppler, Mr. Vaughn and Mr. Lucas of Peoria, Roby Smith and Grover Kirby serving as casket bearers. Those from a distance in attendance at the obsequies, were Mrs. Grace Mangnall and Mrs. Agnes Alleman of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Morris of Varna and J.C. Springer of Granville.

John Chance


April 6, 1904

Cottage Hill - April 4

JOHN CHANCE, father of C.A. Chance deceased, died in the Oxbow Saturday morning. Has been a sufferer of paralysis for some time. Funeral today at 11:00 from the residence of Ed Chance. He leaves 5 sons and three daughters, four children having preceded him. He was 77 years old.

Maud Chance


Florid, April 25, 1917

Maud Chance, who has for sometime lived near Princeton passed away last Wednesday morning and her remains were brought here last Thursday afternoon for burial. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Chance, both of whom had preceded her to the other world. On account of the disagreeable weather and bad roads, but a few relatives were present. Following a prayer by their minister who accompanied them, internment was made in the Florid cemetery.

The Putnam Record
May 14, 1891
Miss MAUDE CHANCE, DAUGHTER OF C.A. CHANCE of Cottage Hill, was buried at Florid last Tuesday morning. She had been a sufferer of Consumption for many months. Her age was about 15 years. Revernd Bliss of Magnolia conducted the service.

Mrs. Mary Allen (nee Chance)


January 19, 1882

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

Mrs. Nellie  Chance (nee Allen)

July 29, 1886
Mineral Springs
Mrs. C.A. Chance, who has been so long a sufferer, died on the 22nd, at 10:00 AM.  Funeral services and internment at Florid on Saturday. Mrs. C. leaves six small children, the youngest less than a year old. She was a most estimable woman.


July 29, 1886
Mrs. NELLIE CHANCE departed this life in the 32 year of her age. She leaves a husband and six children to battle the cold charities of the world. She was buried in Florid, Reverend James of Magnolia officiating.

Infant of Samuel Chance


May 12, 1887

Sam Chance of Spring Valley buried an 18 month old baby in Florid on Sunday last. Only
a week or so ago, they buried a four year old boy. The disease is said to be measles.

Sara A. (Deininger) Chance

Front Page, Wednesday, January 9, 1924

Obituary of Sara A. Chance

Sara A. Deininger was born (date unknown) at Lebanon, Dauphin Co. PA, she being the daughter of John and Carroll Deininger, who moved to Illinois in the late 1850's. Located in Putnam County near Florid, later to their own farm south of that village where she lived with her parents to her marriage to Dennis Springer in 1876. Her husband died at Union Town PA, Jan. 9, 1885, leaving three small children, two daughters and one son, Drewy, Cassy and John Springer, who were present at her death. In October 1887, she was united in marriage to Curtis A. Chance, moving to a farm three miles west of McNabb, IL where they lived until his death in April 1900, leaving three children, Russle R., Cleo F. and Hermon C. Chance. All being presnet in her last sickness. One daughter Mary E. died at three years of age. She leaves beside her children, two sisters and one brother, Edna Chance of Kewanee, IL, Agnes Alleman of Tonica, IL, and Adam Deininger of Florid, IL The past 15 years, she has made her home in Florid and among her children. During her life on the farm, she was united with the Strawn M.E. Church which she attended until moving to Florid where she attended and helped support the Presbyterian Church there health permitting.

Moses Chapman

Taken From the Hennepin Herald and Advertisement
August 23, 1845


Died of bilious fever, on Wednesday night, at his residence near Hennepin, Mr. Moses Chapman, aged 45 years

David L. Child

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 11, 1871

Died In Granville, April 29, David L. Child

Putnam County News
In the sudden death of David L. Child of Granville, Putnam county loses one of her oldest and best public spirited citizens.  He was well known for his virtues, his open heartedness, his humor, and many tracts of noble character.  He had been elected to various offices from the people holding for several terms the position of justice of the peace and coroner.  His funeral was largely attended.

Charles Chritton


July 21, 1920

Friends here were greaved to learn Sunday morning that Charles Chritton, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chritton of Florid, had met with a tragic death the day before when he was killed by an elevator in an ice plant in Decatur, Illinois. Funeral services were held at the Florid church, yesterday afternoon conducted by Reverend Barstead and internment in the Union Grove cemetery. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.

Mr. Chritton

Taken From the Henry Republican

March 18, 1926

Florid Farmer Found Dead In His Lonely Home Friday

Mr. Chritton of near Granville was found dead in bed last Friday afternoon by Will Wescott and Joe Shuck who were going to the timber near Chritton's place for wood. They noticed there were no footprints on the new fallen snow, so investigating they found him dead. Doctor Harman of Granville, the coroner, was called and a jury empanelled, who brought in a verdict of death by heart failure.

Mr. Chritton has lived alone since last fall. Mrs. Chritton being in poor health went to Nebraska to live with her daughter for the winter, expecting to return this spring as her health was much better. Mr. Chritton's health was very good for a man of his age and the whole community was grieved to hear of his sudden death.

He was born in Crawfordsville, Ind., and was 76 years and 2 months old. He was married to Elizabeth Hawk and to that union three children were born, Mrs. Carrie Dougherty of Nebraska, Charles, now deceased, and Arthur of Decatur, Ill. He leaves a wife, one daughter, and one son, also eight grandchildren, one sister and a host of friends who are left to mourn his departure.

Two years ago last September they celebrated their golden wedding.

Mrs. Church

August 18, 1879

Died in Granville, Putnam county, Mrs. Church, 85, wife of the late Dr. Church.  A resident of Granville for 43 years.

Mrs. Clark


October 28, 1880, Magnolia
Old Mrs. Clark, formerly of Chester, Pa., died Tuesday morning and was buried yesterday afternoon.

Peter Classen


December 5, 1879
Died at his residence 2 1/2 miles east of Hennepin on November 25, 1879 of consumption, Peter Classen, age 27 years.


December 11, 1879
Near Hennepin, November 25, of consumption, Peter Classen, 27.

David Clemens

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 11, 1930

Dave Clemens who has been ailing with dropsy the past several months, passed away at his home here Tuesday morning. As yet, no arrangements have been made for the funeral.

December 18, 1930

Dave Clemens who has been ailing the past several months with dropsy and heart trouble, passed away at his home here Tuesday morning, December 9th. Mr. Clemens was 60 years of age and had spent all of his life in and near Florid. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church here Friday afternoon.

Dewey Clemens

Putnam Record

September 15, 1898

DEWEY CLEMENS, infant son of MR. AND MRS. E.E. CLEMENS, died September 2, 1898, being 7 weeks and 4 days old.

Putnam Record

September 8, 1898

Florid - Sept 7

Friday occurred the death of Dewey, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Clemens. The child had never been a vigorous one and seemed to be worn out by the struggle it was making for its existence. The funeral was conducted at the house Sunday morning by the pastor of the Florid Church. The bereaved parents have the sincere sympathy of the whole community.

Cottage Hill - Sept 6

Last Sabbath the little infant of Elmer and Edith Clemens, about 7 weeks old, was laid to rest at Florid. Thus three out of five of their little ones have been taken from this world of toil and trial.

Edwin Clemens


November 11, 1886
Died near Florid, November 7 of diabetes, Edwin Clemens, age 28 years, 25 days.

Infant Son of E. C. Clemens


Florid, September 2, 1897
The funeral of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Clemens infant son took place from church at Florid on last Sunday and was largely attended, the Reverend Mr. Breeze officiating. Mr. Breeze delivered a very interesting and instructive discourse

Mrs. H. G. Clemens


June 18, 1897
Attended the funeral of Mrs. H.G. Clemens

Harry Clemens


June 8, 1921

Passing of Harry Clemens

Harry, the eldest son of Peter and Mary Clemens was born at Florid, IL, March 14, 1861 and passes away at the home of Adam Deininger, May 30, 1921, being at the time of his death 62 years, 2 months and 21 days. During his young days he was wed to Miss Christina Young of Granville, IL to which union 5 children were born. His sudden passing was a surprise to many of the community as but very few knew of his serious illness. He had employment at the pumping station at the Hennepin Drainage District and for many years was faithful to the duties there of. But failing health necessitated his consulting a physician which was done a few days previous to his death. He returned to his home following treatment at Peru but grew worse. Howard Dysart of Granville was called to convey his to the hospital but finding the patient in a very serious condition, conveyed him to the home of his sister, Mrs. Adam Deininger, south of Florid where he passed away within a few hours. Practically his entire life has been spent in Putnam County and he will be missed by many, especially his children, to whom he was a kind father. He leaves to mourn his children, Mrs. Ethel Seibert, Mrs. Maud Glass, Levonne Clemens, 12 grandchildren, two brothers, Samuel and John Clemens and one sister, Mrs. Adam Deininger and a host of friends. His father, mother and one sister having preceded him in death. He was a beneficiary member of the Florid camp 9292 Modern Woodman of America which order conducted services at the cemetery. His body was laid to rest in the family lot in Florid beside his father and mother. Services were held at the Florid church at 2:00, June 1, conducted by Rev. Barber of Granville.

Henry C. Clemens

Putnam Record

August 4, 1898

Died at home in Florid, Thursday evening, July 28, 1898, HENRY C. CLEMENS, aged 65 years, 2 months and 6 days. Deceased was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania on May 22, 1823. He was united in marriage with JULIAN ULRICK on November 16, 1852. She preceded him to the better land a little over a year ago. No long after marriage he united with the Lutheran church of which he remained an earnest and faithful member until death. He moved to Illinois in 1857. 6 children were born to them, 3 sons and 3 daughters, of whom all but 2 sons remain to mourn their loss.

Mrs. Jacob Clemens (nee Malhorn)

Taken From the Putnam Record

Front Page, June 22, 1933

Mrs. Jacob Clemens dies in Missouri on Monday.

Mrs. John Beck of Florid has received word of the death of Mrs. Jacob Clemens of Norborne, Missouri, on Monday, June 19. No particulars have been received as yet. Mrs. Clemens was Miss Malhorn when she married Mr. Clemens some years ago, later moving to Missouri. She was an aunt of John Beck, Ed Malhorn of Tonica and Mrs. Nanna Clemens of Florid went to the funeral but had not returned when Mrs. Beck phoned the Record.

Mrs. Lida Seibert (nee Clemens)


July 7, 1892
Died at Florid, July 3, after a long illness, Lida, 27, wife of William Seibert and daughter of Peter Clemens.

Mabel Clemens


Florid, May, 1912

The young daughter of David and Nancy Clemens was buried here last week. Mabel Clemens was born on June 1, 1892 in Florid and died on May 4, 1912. She was laid to rest in the cemetery at Florid. The greaving parents have our deepest sympathy.

Mrs. Mary Clemens

Taken From the Putnam Record

Front Page, February 3, 1915


Mary, wife of Peter Clemens was born in Cumberland County, PA, October 16, 1840 and passed away at her home in Florid, Illinois, January 30, 1915, being at the time of her death, 74 years, 3 months and 12 days old. Five children were born to this union, Harry, Lida, Samuel, John, and Mrs. Emma Deininger. All of whom were with her during her illness and with the exception of Lida, who passed away while yet a young woman. All that loving hands of children and friends could do to alleviate the suffering of this dear wife and mother was done but she had lived her allotted time and her spirit departed to the one who gave it. She was willing and anxious to depart and desirous to be a peace with all mankind as the writer can testify. For many months she had been confined to her home on account of ill health but was devoted to the interest of the loved ones. Her last illness was attended by intense suffering which was bore with patience and she wished to make the least trouble for those who cared for her. She will missed by those who are near and dear to her especially by the aged husband and son who are the only ones remaining in the old home. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, three sons, one daughter and 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.........

Michael Clemens

Taken From the Henry Republican

January 15, 1880
Died at Florid, Putnam County, December 31, Michael Clemens, about 74. Leaves a wife, same age. A resident of Florid 38 years; a Dunkard.

Peter Clemens Sr.


September 1, 1920

In Memorium

Peter, son of Michael and Eliza Clemens was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1838 and passes away at his home in Florid, Illinois, August 26, 1920, following an illness of one week, being at the time of his death, 82 years, 7 months and 25 days. When a young man, he was wed to Mary Willis, who preceded him in death, January 30, 1915. Five children came to bless this union, Harry, Lida, Samuel, John and Emma, wife of Adam Deininger, all of whom were present at his bedside during his illness, with the exception of Lida, who passed away while yet a young woman. He was a faithful member of the Modern Woodman of America, always attending their meetings when health and age permitted. His last illness was accompanied by intense suffering and all was done that could be to aleviate his suffering but he had lived his alloted time and his spirit took flight. Grandpa Clemens was a familiar figure in Florid and will be missed by all, especially by his children and grandchildren, three sons and one daughter, Mrs. Adam Deininger, 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Willis, of Long Beach, California, and Mrs. Eliza Henderson of Freddericks, South Dakota, also a host of friends are left to his demise. The funeral services were held at the church in Florid at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, Reverend R.H. Barstead officiating. Internment in the Florid cemetery, his body being consigned to mother earth by the Modern Woodman. There were many beautiful flowers and sweet expressions of relatives and friends. The relatives present from a distance were Mrs. James Cambell and daughter of Watertown, South Dakota, Charles Willis of Rock Island, Illinois, Levonne Clemens and family of Bureau, Illinois, Jede Glass and family of Peoria, Illinois, Willard Clemens and family of LaSalle, Illinois and Edna Clemens of Chicago.

Samuel Clemens

Taken From the Henry Republican

July 29, 1937

Samuel Clemens of Hennepin, Died

After an illness of several years, Samuel Clemens of Hennepin, died at his home there early Friday morning, July 23, 1937.

Samuel Clemens was born June 29, 1862 and departed this life at his home in Hennepin, Ill., July 23, at the age of 75 years and 24 days. Mr. Clemens was united in marriage to Sarah Fulmer at Florid, Ill., in 1889. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are living except Edna, who preceded her father in death.

Mr. Clemens leaves to mourn his departure his devoted wife, four daughters, Mrs. Frances O'Neil, Mrs. Mary Stark, Mrs. Dorothy Solomann of Chicago, and Mrs. Martha Doyle of Westchester, Ill., also two sons, Willard of Chicago, and Royal of Hennepin, and six grandchildren. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Emma Deininger of Florid, and one brother, John, of Hennepin.

The deceased spent some forty years of his life working at his trade of blacksmith in Florid. After his retirement, he moved to Hennepin, where he spent the remainder of his life, some thirteen years, where by his everyday life he has won a place of high esteem in the hearts of all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the M. E. Church with the Rev. W. H. Gillis, officiating. The Odd Fellows held an impressive service at the grave, with Brother Richards and Brother Brewer of LaSalle, reading the charges of the noble grand and chaplain. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery.

Mrs. Clara Cleveland

December 8, 1881

Died at Putnam, Dec. 4, Clara, 40, wife of John Cleveland.

Putnam - The people of this place were pained to hear last Sabbath morning of the sudden death of Mrs. Clara, wife of John Cleveland, aged 40 years. It is only a few days since we met her smiling and cheerful as she ever was in usual health, little thinking she could be called away so soon. She will be sadly missed by her neighbors and associates. How much more by her stricken husband and weeping children, whom she loved so tenderly. The funeral on Monday at the M. E. church was conducted by Rev. Minium, who gave appropriate and comforting words to the afflicted, after which she with her newborn son, were together laid to rest in our cemetery, following by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. Mr. Cleveland have the heartfelt sympathy of all who knew them in their twofold bereavement.

Mrs J. Riddle Taliaferro (nee Cleveland)

From the Henry Republican
2/16/1888 exerpts only (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)

...At Putnam of infirmities of age, wife of J. Riddle Taliaferro, 73 years, 1 month, 14 days. Her father Resolve Cleveland settled in Illinois in 1828 when she was 13. January 1833 at 18 years of age married Mr. Taliaferro...eight children but only two daughters survive...his farm on the site of a once IndianVillage.

Benjamin T. Coe

March 11, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, March 5, of dyspepsia, Benjamin T. Coe, 56. Interment at Magnolia.

Local Items --Benjamin Coe who has lived here the past year died last Friday and was buried at Magnolia Saturday. He was a hard-working man but not rugged. His death seemingly was a complication of ailments. He leaves a wife and several children.

Magnolia - Last Saturday the remains of Benjamin T. Coe of Henry, was brought here and laid away in the Magnolia cemetery. he leaves a wife and three children. He was a brother of  Johnson J. Coe of this place. The family came here when young, endured the hardships common to all, in a new country and my be reckoned among the old settlers. Mr. Coe’s remains were brought over and buried in a very beautiful coffin furnished by the undertaker at Henry. A large number of old acquaintances of deceased was waiting at the grave when the hearse arrived.

John Coe

The Hennepin Herald and Bureau Advertisement
February 5, 1847

Obituary-- Died in Magnolia, on the 22nd alt., John Coe, son of Benjamin and Jane Coe, aged 1 year.

Johnson J. Coe
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, July 5, 1883
Mr. Johnson Coe is still growing weaker. The same with Thomas Oldham, with no hopes of recovery.
Since writing the above, Mr. J. J. Coe passed from earth about 10 a.m., July 2d; was buried the 3d at 2 p.m.

Mr. Coe
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 12, 1883
The 4th of July was a notable day here as in other places, so was the 3d. We had one death, one burial and one marriage. Mr. Coe was buried. Mr. Thomas Oldham died, Hiram W. Wikins and Miss Clara A. Phillips were joined in the holy bonds of wedlock by A. B. Gurnea, Esq., at the bride's parents two miles went of town. After the nuptial ceremony a beautiful table was spread, but O dear, the eating that Charley Ransom done.

John Colvin


November 14, 1878
Died at Mt. Palatine, Putnam county, October 31, John Colvin, aged 72 years, 6 months

John Colvin, a resident of Mt. Palatine, Putnam county, for the past 27 years, died on Oct. 31, of chronic bronchitis, which run into phthisis pulmonalis. Mr. Colvin was born in Pendleton county, Ky., 1806, and was married 40 years ago to he whom he now leaves a widow. He was for a number of years deputy sheriff of the above named county, after which he removed to the city of Covington, Ky., where he resided 16 years. There he practiced law for 11 years, and was quite successful in his profession, having been associated with the present U.S. Senator Stevenson of Kentucky, and with the late ex-Governor Moorhead of that state, and received as much as $800 frees in a single case. He was also county judge for several years, and was connected with the state military, having been promoted to the rank of captain, then to a major, and finally to lieutenant colonel. He subsequently removed to Putnam county, where he practiced law and carried on farming. He united with the M. E. church over 42 years ago, and was a good citizen, husband, father, neighbor, christian and his end was peace.

The Tonica News
November 2, 1878
Mount Palatine
In Memorium

John Colvin, of this place, died at his residence on Thursday, the 31st ultimo, aged 72 years and 6 months. Deceased had long suffered from chronic bronchitis, which ran into phthisis pulmonalis, ending fatally as stated above. The funeral services took place on Sunday at the Congregational church, Dr. Robinson, by request, preaching the sermon. Ehter was a very large attendance, the church being literally crowded. His remains were interred in the Mt. Palatine cemetery.

Mr. Colvin was born in Pendleton county, Ky., 1806, and was married 40 years ago to her whom he now leaves a widow. He was for a number of years deputy sheriff of the above county, after which he removed to the city of Covington, Ky., where he resided 16 years. Here he practiced law exclusively for 11 years, having been regularly admitted to the bar. He was quite successful in his profession, having been associated with the present U. S. Senator Stevenson, of Kentucky, and with the late ex-Governor Moorhead, of that state, and has received as much as $800 frees in a single case.

He was also County Judge for several years, and was connected with the State Military, having been promoted to the rank of Captain, then to a Major, and finally to Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Colvin lost heavily in Covington, partly from real estate speculations, and partly from the insolvency of many men with whom he had business relations. He subsequently removed to this county, where he has practiced law and carried on farming, and during his 27 years residence here has been known only as a highly respectable and honorable man.

He was a Methodist, having united with the M. E. church over 42 years ago, and though loyal to the church of his choice, he was very liberal and considerate toward all who differed from him. He was a good man - a good citizen, husband, father, neighbor, Christian - and his end was peace.

Mrs. Hattie W. Combs

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 23, 1880
At Cameron, Mo., December 19, of pneumonia, Hattie W. Combs, 45, wife of the proprietor of the Combs House of that city and relative of Mrs. Clara Morgan of Snachwine.

Infant of Rev. A. M. Conard


December 2, 1886
The death messenger visited the home of Rev. A. M. Conard, pastor of the M. E. church, last Saturday night, and took away his babe, some three weeks old, and the first born, we believe.

Mrs. Bell Bowles (nee Condit)

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 11, 1897
The sad intelligence came by wire Saturday, that Mrs. Bell (Condit) Bowles had passed away at 6 o’clock a.m., at her home in Los Angeles, Cal.. We proffer our sincere sympathy to the relatives in their bereavement, for well we know that one worthy of great love, and possessing that touch of the Master’s spirit which makes her lovely to heaven as well as to earth, has met the angels of a higher life and put on immortality, which is fraught not with the cares and tears of this mortal sphere.

Mrs. Rachel Condit (nee Bacon)

December 29, 1881

At Putnam, Putnam county, Dec. 27, Rachel A., 45 years 1 month, wife of Samuel H. Condit and daughter of S. C. Bacon of Austin, Minn.

Putnam - Again it is our sad duty to announce the death of another one of our friends and neighbors. On Tuesday, the 27th inst., Mrs. Rachel A., wife of S. H. Condit, and daughter of S. C. Bacon, of Boston, Minn., bade adieu to earthly scenes, aged 45 years, 1 month. Mrs. Condit will be sadly missed her many friends and numerous acquaintances and more by her husband, 4 sons and 5 daughters. This was her birthplace, having spent her life here.

Dick Conkle/Conklin

December 21, 1876

Local Correspondence - Hennepin

The body of a young man, whose name has been given to us as Dick Conkle or Conklin, was found in the road near the Putnam and LaSalle county line last Friday. The facts or as nearly as we were able to learn them are as follows: His home is north of Granville. He was returning from Peru in a big buggy and it is said was intoxicated when he left that place. It is not known whether he fell from the buggy or his team ran off, throwing him out but in falling he probably struck on his head as his neck was broken. The horses and buggy, the latter somewhat broken were found some distance from the body. The deceased was a single man about 27 years of age. Funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the St. Anthony's church in that place.

Infant of Rev. A. M. Conard


December 2, 1886
The death messenger visited the home of Rev. A. M. Conard, pastor of the M. E. church, last Saturday night, and took away his babe, some three weeks old, and the first born, we believe.

Mrs. Bridget Connelly

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 16, 1870

Bridget Connelly, wife of Thomas Connelly died yesterday morning.

Mrs. Mary Cook

December 20, 1877

Local Vicinity - Magnolia

Mrs. Mary Cook, of whom we had made frequent mention, died last Friday about 8 o'clock. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. The two oldest are women grown. The oldest, Miss Lida is teaching the primary department of our public school. It is true the mother's loss will be greatly felt, but not as much so as it would be if all the children were smaller.

Mrs. Minnie Cook (nee Blake) and Infant

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 9, 1880
At Chicago, Dec. 2, of heart disease, Minnie, wife of J. Lewis Cook, formerly of Henry. Also an infant son buried with the mother. Interment at Snachwine.

Snachwine - On Saturday last the morning train brought from Chicago J. Lewis Cook, his two daughters Clara and Viola, with all that remained of the dear wife and mother and infant son, she having died suddenly of heart disease on the morning of the 2d inst. Mr. Cook, son of Wm. F. Cook formerly of Henry, went to Chicago after the close of the war, where he married Miss Minnie Blake an English lady, who was loved by all who knew her, and who filled the place of wife and mother second to none. It has been Mr. Cook's sad duty since his residence in Chicago to bring the remains of six members of their family for burial (his father and two sisters having been buried in our cemetery before they left) and there were his only brother Dewitt C. Cook, two half brother Bonham boys, then a beautiful little daughter, and lastly the wife and companion, which is a crushing blow; his grief and anguish was seemingly too great for utterance. The funeral took place at the "Church of Christ", Elder Parker conducting the services on Sabbath at 11 a.m., and those who looked into that beautiful casket and seen those beautiful features of marble whiteness (the mother with her babe folded lovingly in her arms, as if it was too precious to leave behind,) will not soon forget the impression made upon them. Lewis having spent his childhood days in this vicinity, has very many warm friends who sympathize with him, and would were it possible, do anything for him to assuage his grief; but who can only commend him to God "who doeth all things well."

Child of S. W. Cook

June 28, 1877
Magnolia - A child of S. W. Cook of this place, about seven months old, was buried Tuesday at nine a.m.

Yarnell Cooper

May 13, 1875
At Mt. Palatine, April 29, Yarnell Cooper, aged 65.

Magnolia - Yarnell Cooper, an old resident of Putnam county, died at his home 2 miles west of Mt. Palatine, April 29.

Child of A. J. Correll

Taken From the Henry Republican
Jan. 2, 1873

Putnam County News
We made mention last week of several cases of sickness recently - brain or spinal fever. Out of some six cases, four have died. James Taylor lost a babe, Saturday morning; also a child of Mr. Waldron died the same day. On Sunday A. J. Correll lost one of his children.  John Lyons, formerly living some 4 miles in the country died on Sunday also. The other cases we believe are in a fair way to recover. This disease we are told is pronounced brain fever and seems to be of a very fatal nature.

William Coulter


August 19, 1880
At Granville, Putnam county, August 8, William Coulter, 80, a 24 year resident of Illinois.

Mrs. Amelia A. Cowen (nee Dent)

November 4, 1875

At Hennepin, Nov. 3, of heart and lung disease, Amelia A., aged 36 years, wife of Dr. J. M. Cowen, and daughter of Hon. George Dent.

November 5, 1875

Died at Hennepin at 5:00 on Wednesday AM, November 3, of heart and lung disease, Mrs. Amelia A. , wife of Dr. J.M.Cowen, age 36. She was the daughter of Hon. George Dent and had resided in this county from early childhood.

Thomas Cowan

November 25, 1875

Thomas Cowan died at Wenona last week Tuesday after an illness of but few days, though it was the fatal termination to a complaint with which he has been ailing some time, coming home sick from a visit to a daughter’s in Kansas. He was an old settler of this vicinity, locating near Magnolia in 1835. His industry and business qualities accorded him several farms, from whence came an easy competence for his family of a wife and five children, most of them young men and women. He taught the first school organized at Caledonia, and the ofice of conty judge of Putnam county, justice of the peace, and other local trusts he filled efficiently. He owned a fine farm adjoining Livingston Roberts, the house of which was set on fire and consumed tow year ago. The last year he has been “speculating” in grain at Chicago, the results of which “took him short” about $40,000. This probably had something to do with his hastened death. He was an old line democrat; had the infirmity of a humpback; but was a genial gentleman, and highly respected. The funeral took place at Wenona on Thursday last, under Masonic solemnities, the body being taken to Magnolia for interment.

Magnolia - Last Thursday the remains of Judge Cowen of Wenona, was brought here for interment, followed by a large number of relatives and friends. The remains were conveyed in a beautiful hearse trimmed with six large black plumes, standing erect, three on a side. The coffin was covered with black cloth, and very beautifully trimmed. The services were conducted y the Free Masons, Rev. W. B. Keeling of Wenona, offered prayer at the grave. We noticed among the mourners, Mrs. Talbot and husband, daughter of Walter Cowen, deceased, and Philip Myers of Chicago.

 Crege - Mrs. Adeline White (nee Crege)

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 7, 1874

At Snachwine, May 4, of consumption, Adeline Crege, aged 47, wife of H. Willard White.

Mrs. Adaline Crege White, died in Snachwine, May 4th, aged 47 years.  She was born in New Jersey; came to Illinois in childhood, and was reared at Hennepin.  Married H. W. White in 1847; was the mother of nine children, seven of which survive to mourn.  Her death was the result of consumption from which she suffered nine months. Prepared for the great change, her only regret was at leaving her family, especially her three little girls, the youngest of which is but two years old.  When 10 years of age she united with Baptist church, of which she was a worthy member for 37 years.  Three of her brothers were Baptist ministers, one of which died as a missionary in Birmah, India. As a wife, mother, and friend, all interested must testify of her in the highest manner.  Her last prayer was that all her children should meet her in heaven.

Taken From the Putnam Record
May 8, 1874

Mrs. Adaline White, wife of H.W. White of Senachwine, was buried at this place (Hennepin) last Tuesday. Mrs. White was born in New Jersey and was 47 years of age. She had been a member of the Baptist church for 30 years. Her disease was consumption from which she had suffered about 9 months

Mrs. Elizabeth Cramer (nee Bashore)



Mrs. ELIZABETH CRAMER was born in Lebanon Pennsylvania the 18th day of November, 1824 and died July 13, 1908, age 83 years, 7 months and 5 days. In the year 1841, ELIZABETH BASHORE was united in marriage to PAUL CRAMER in Pennsylvania. In 1851, she with her husband moved to Putnam County and from there she moved to York, Nebraska in 1881. After a year had passed away, she moved to Custard County, Nebraska and made her home there until 1890 and for the next 18 years, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J.W. Hetrick at McCool Junction, Nebraska. Mrs. Cramer was the mother of 10 children, 6 girls and 4 boys. Four of the children survive her, while 6 have passed away before her. On December 23, 1907, Mrs. Cramer came to Florid to visit her sister Mrs. Henry Cassell, after being sick for some time, passed away last Monday, July 13, 1908. Internment at Florid cemetery. Three of the children that are living came to attend her funeral. Mrs. J.W. Hetrick, McCool Junction Nebraska; Lavier Cramer, Broken Bow Nebraska and John Cramer, Smithville Nebraska.

John M. Cramer


March 20, 1918

The many old Putnam County friends of Mr. Cramer, a former resident of this county will be deeply grieved to learn of his passing which occured at his home at Smithville, Nebraska, March 10. A friend furnishes the following brief obituary.

John M. Cramer, died at Smithville, Nebraska on March 10, 1918. He came to Illinois along with his parents when about 7 years of age. Resided in Putnam County until 1884 when he moved to Nebraska where he has since resided. He leaves a wife, one son and two daughters to mourn his loss. He had many friends where he had lived so long and was called a good man by those who knew him in his daily intercourse in business and in church affairs.

Mrs. Lucinda Cramer (nee Hartman)

Taken From the Putnam Record

Back page, December 1, 1915

Mrs. L.B. Cramer

We have been handed an account of the death of Mrs. L.B. Cramer, who was the daughter of the late William Hartman and a one time resident of Florid, taken from a Broken Bow, Nebraska paper which will be of interest to her many friends in this vicinity.

Mrs. L.B. Cramer died at her home in this city, Sunday, November 21, at 4:50 AM after an illness of eleven weeks. She was 59 years and 11 days old at the time of her death. The funeral was held at the Custer Center Church, Tuesday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery near by. Lucinda Hartman was born in Lebanon County, PA, November 10, 1856. She was married to Lavier B. Cramer, January 1, 1878 in Hennepin, Illinois and moved to Custer County in the year 1885 where she has resided until her death. To this union, eleven children were born, eight of whom are now living. They are Lee and Roy Cramer of Merner, John and Henry, Frank and Gilbert Cramer, and Mrs. Sadie Clark of Broken Bow and Mrs. Ella Rudy of Hennepin. Besides the husband and his children, she leaves 13 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Kate Deininger of Illinois. Mrs. Cramer was known by all as a kind hearted charitable woman and during her long residence in Custer County made a large circle of friends who will remember her as a good Christian woman. The funeral was conducted by Reverend A.G. Meyers and was quite well attended. The children were all present at the funeral except one daughter Mrs. Ella Rudy. Those coming a distance to attend were John Cramer, who now resides at York Nebraska., and Gilbert Cramer of Hennepin, IL. Mrs. Kate Deininger, a sister of Mrs. Cramer, also of Hennepin was here for the funeral.

Mrs. Lula May Coy (nee Cramer)


August 18, 1920


The following obituary is taken from the Bertrand Independent Herald as deceased was born in this county and was a daughter of the late John Cramer, a former resident of Putnam County who still has many relatives and friends here to whom it will be of interest and who will deeply regret to learn of her death. Lula May Cramer was born in the state of Illinois, February 5, 1872. Passed away at her home near Smithville, Nebraska, July 26, 1920 at the age of 48 years, 5 months and 28 days. In her girlhood, she moved with her parents to Gosper County, Nebraska where she resided until her death. April 13, 1890, she was united in marriage to Anderson Coy at the old homeplace. To this union, 5 children were born all of whom are living. Ethel Pearl Coy, Clarence Lincoln Coy, Berniece May Junkin, Forrest Wayne Coy, Verna Pauline Coy. She was united with the Methodist Church at Smithville in the winter of 1900 and was a faithful member. She was a kind loving wife and mother, it being her one great joy to be true to her home and family. For many months she was gradually failing in health and was a constant sufferer. She bore it all with patience and when the end came, she passed peacefully into the great beyond leaving behind her a loving husband, five children, a mother, brother, sister, and two grandchildren, besides a host of friends. All was done that loving hands could do, but the Lord knows best and now she is at home with him. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Smithville, Wednesday afternoon, July 28, with one of largest crowds ever gathered at the church. She was a friend to all and will be greatly missed in the church and community. Internment was in the Bertrand cemetery.

Mrs. Elizabeth Croissant


March 4, 1880
Near Hennepin, Feb. 22, of rheumatism of the heart, Elizabeth, 43, wife of J. J. Croissant.

Mrs. Ida Culp (nee Purviance)


May 25, 1921

Passing of Former Resident of Putnam County

Mrs. Phoebe Young received the sad news last Wednesday of the death of her niece Mrs. Ida Culp, who passed away 9:00 Tuesday evening, May 17, 1921 in her home in Tiglelee, Iowa at the age of 65 years, 6 months and 6 days. Deceased was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Purviance, former residents of Putnam County and lived in Putnam County until her marriage with Edward Culp. She was the daughter of the oldest sister of Mrs. Phoebe Young and Mrs. S.J. Cecil. We hope to have an obituary of the deceased for publication.

Mrs. Margurite McEnanay (nee Cunningham)

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
May 4 1899

Mrs. Margurite McEnany died at her residence in Hennepin, Monday morning, April 25, 1899, at 7:25 o'clock, after an illness of several months.  Margurite Cunningham was born in Cashel county, Triperay, Ireland, in March 1830.  She came to Hennepin in 1850, and was united in marriage with Michael McEnany, March 18, 1852.  To this union, ten children were born, five of whom are living, two daughters, Catharine and Elizabeth and three sons, John, William and Edward.  The services were held at St. Anthony's church on Wednesday morning.........(can't read the remainder)

Mary Inez Cunningham

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 8, 1870

Died at Hennepin, August 28, Mary Inez, daughter of George M. and Maria Cunningham, aged 15 months

Robert A. Cunningham

September 2, 1869

At Hennepin, August 29, Robert A., son of S. H. and Jennie Cunningham, aged 1 month and 18 days

Mary Elizabeth (Soper) Curry

The (Guthrie County, Iowa), January 3, 1961
Mary Curry
Mary Elizabeth Curry, daughter of William and Sarah Soper was born April 14, 1874 in Putnam County, Illinois and died Dec 5, 1960 at the Adair Health Center. As a child she moved with her parents to Iowa in 1884 and settled near Bayard, Iowa. She was married to Elmer E. Curry on Feb. 16, 1898 at Colfax, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband (Jan. 4, 1933) and her parents, three brothers and a sister. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Trishaw; one granddaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Webber, five great grandchildren and three step grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Bayard.

Mrs. Cusick


September 9, 1880, Hennepin
At noon on Tuesday of this week, Mrs. Cusick from Bureau Junction was buried from the Catholic church.


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