Child of S. B. Failey

September 29, 1881 - Hennepin

S. B. Failey buried a child last Saturday about 6 months old.

Mrs. Fairchilds

April 28, 1881 - Magnolia

Mrs. Fairchilds of Lostant, mother of our mail contractor was buried last Saturday.

Isaac Ferguson

October 20, 1898

Isaac Ferguson, the man who was adjudged insane in Judge McNabb's court last June and sent to the asylum at Jacksonville, died there a couple of weeks ago. He had lived in different parts of Putnam county for a few years, his last residence being at Putnam. He came from Indiana to this county, we believe, and his remains were sent there for burial. He leaves a wife and several children

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. Field

January 18, 1877

In Conroy, Mass., Dec. 15, Mrs. Oliver C. Field, aged 70 years, also Dec. 18, Oliver C. Field, aged 76 years, brother of David Field of Hennepin.

Irvin H. Finley

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 23, 1880
Died at Snachwine, December 22 of spinal disease, Irvin H., 7, son of George and Agnes Finley

Mrs. Finn

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 8, 1873

Putnam News - Miscellaneous Items

A Mrs. Finn died at Mt. Palentine recently, leaving twins a few days old or 10 children in all.

Thomas Finnigan


September 14, 1876
At Snachwine, September 6 of neuralgia, Thomas Finnigan, aged about 58 years.

Thomas Finnegan, a resident of Snachwine township, died last week Wednesday, after only a week's illness. Mr. Finnegan came here as long ago as 1848, and by industry and frugality, had amassed a competence of the value of $30,000 or more. He was a good man and neighbor, and everybody respected him and his family. He leaves a wife and six children, one of his daughters being in a convent. His funeral took place last Thursday and his remains were placed in Lone Tree cemetery.

William M. Fish

October 26, 1876

At Hennepin, October 12, William M. Fish, aged 70 years.

Balthaser Fisher/Fischer


April 26, 1877

In Hennepin township, April 18, Balthaser Fisher, aged 73 years, brother of Mrs. Anton Faling of this city.


April 27, 1877 - Local Items

An old gentleman named Balsam Fischer, uncle of Anthony Reavey, who lives some 4 miles south of Hennepin was buried here last Friday. He was 72 years of age at the time of his death.

Mrs. Ann Plier (nee Fischer)

Putnam Record

August 11, 1898


Mrs. John P. Plier, whom we mentioned last week as going to Chicago for medical treatment, was successfully operated upon, but the disease had progressed so far that recovery was impossible, and she died Thursday morning at 1 o'clock. The remains were brought home Thursday. The funeral took place at 9 o'clock Saturday morning from the family residence to the Catholic church and thence to the cemetery, Rev. Francis officiating.

Ann Fischer was born in Germany in 1835. She came to American in 1855, and was united in marriage to Adolph Hapold the following year. Fourteen children were born to them, twelve of whom, six sons and six daughters are still living, the husband having died September 6, 1886. In 1888 she was married to John P. Plier who survives her. Mrs. Plier had lived in this vicinity for many years and the large concourse of friends assembled at the funeral only proves the high esteem in which she was held by all who knew her.

Patrick Fitzpatrick

July 5, 1877

Near Hennepin, June 26, of lockjaw, from cut in the foot, Patrick Fitzpatrick, aged 75 years.

Hennepin - The dread messenger, Death, has claimed a number of victims among our acquaintances in the past few days. Mr. Fitzpatrick died last Tuesday morning, having lived about 60 hours after lockjaw set in. Mr. Hurin died Wednesday morning. Both of these gentlemen were held in high esteem, as was manifested by the immense concourse of people in attendance at each funeral, and their families have the heartful sympathy of the entire community.

David Flaugher

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 30, 1871

Died at Hennepin, Nov. 18, of consumption, David Flaugher. An old settler.

George W. Flaugher

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL
August 22, 1878

Died in Hennepin, August 13, of hemorrhage of the bowels, George W. Flaugher, aged 33 years, 6 months, 21 days.

Local Items - Hennepin

George W. Flaugher, died at the residence of his mother in Hennepin, August 13 of hemorrhage of the bowels. He was attended by Doctors O'Neal, Cowen and Duncan but all remedies failed. Deceased was born in Brown County Ohio, January 22, 1845. Removed to this state 26 years ago. Was married at Magnolia March 17, 1875. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Homer McVay of Granville. Deceased leaves a wife and two children.

Thomas Fleming


October 23, 1879 - Hennepin

Thomas Fleming came from Dublin, Ireland to Hennepin, arriving June 16. He went to business as a bookkeeper in August and died October 16, aged 32 years, 3 months and two days. Was brought to Hennepin on the 17th and was buried on the 18th. He leaves a wife but no children. He was a brother of Mrs. William Livingston and Mrs. Robert Henning, formerly Mrs. John Livingston. The widow Fleming is now here and should have the sympathy of all good people.

John Ford


Florid, January 21, 1897

John Ford
On Sunday January 17, the friends and neighbors of John Ford were shocked to learn of his sudden death from paralysis. He had gone to the barn to attend matters there. After being gone for some time, his wife, I understood happened to look toward the barn and saw him holding on to the door. She went to his assistance and soon saw that he was helpless. Help was summoned from William A. Peterson, a near neighbor and he was removed to the house and a doctor was sent for, who when he came pronounced it paralysis. He died a little while after the doctor came. He appeared conscious all the time, yet could not speak a word. The funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 19 at his late residence. Reverend Daniel Breeze of Florid preaching the appropriate sermon. He was buried in Riverside cemetery in Hennepin and a very large number of his friends followed his remains to his last resting place. He leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn his loss. The universal verdict here is that if ever John Ford wronged anyone it was unintentional and he was honest - not per policy but because it was right. If we had more of such men among us, the country would be benefitted. He was born in 1835 and has resided the greater part of his life in Putnam County.

Infant of Albert Foster


Florid, March 9, 1922

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster of near McNabb burried a new-born babe in our cemetery here Friday morning.

Albert Foster

February 11, 1984

Albert Foster, 86, of Troy Grove died at 2 AM Tuesday, November 27, 1984 in the Spring Valley Nursing Center where he resided since June of 1983. Services were Thursday in the Dysert Funeral Chapel in Granville. The Reverend David Phillips of Hennepin, United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Florid Cemetery. Mr. Foster was born February 9, 1898 in Putnam County. He marrried Buella I. Mattern on March 8, 1921 in Granville. She died in 1958. He farmed in the Marshall and Putnam County area and moved to Troy Grove 26 years ago. Surving are a brother, Edward Foster of Hennepin, and two neices, including Mrs. Amos Rosemary Deininger of Washington and Mrs. Clark Velma Austin of Varna. He was preceded in death by six children in infancy. Pallbearers were Lloyd and Harvy Holocker, Vincent Lyons, Dan Castad, Harold Sipe, and Jerry Newhelm.

Bernie Foster

November 8, 1988

Bernie Foster, 239 Union Street, LaSalle, passed away Saturday November 5, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Services were held Tuesday at the Helmer-Sheilds Funeral Home in Granville with Reverend Susan Eckoff officiating. Burial was in the Florid cemetery. Mr. Foster was born in Rural Henry on October 24, 1921, the son of William and Mary Lank Foster. He married Lila Sweezey on April 2, 1942. He is survived by four sons, Richard Foster, rural Granville, Keith of Peru, John of LaSalle and Gerald of rural Spring Valley and one daughter, Miss Judy Foster, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three brothers, Clarence of LaSalle, Lewis of Mark, Kermit of Magnolia, four sisters, Mrs. Harry (Annabelle) Kmeicaak of Depue, Mrs. Glenn (Helen) York of McNabb, Mrs. Kenneth (Hazel) Freddricke of Magnolia and Mrs. Dora Whittington of Morton. He is preceded in death by his parents, one son George in infancy, two brothers, and two sisters. Pall bearers were Ralf Gappold, Robert Hockapiller, Tom Piskea, Richard Foster Jr., Richard and William York.

Edward Foster


Front Page, February 7, 1906

Foster - At his home south of Florid, Friday, January 23, 1906, Mr. EDWARD FOSTER, age 88 years, 1 month and 29 days, passed peacefully to rest. Deceased was born in South Hampton, New York, November 27, 1817. Came to this state at an early date, and was married to SARA ANN CASSELL of Florid, Putnam County, Illinois, March 19, 1857, who preceded him to the better world, April 8, 1893. To this union were born nine children, 5 sons and 4 daughters. All of whom were present at the funeral except one daughter, who was unable to be there. The funeral took place at the church in Florid, Reverend H. Bell, conducting the services and was attended by a large concourse of bereaved relatives and sympathizing friends.

Edward Foster

March 17, 1881 -Magnolia
Edward Foster of Evans died of measles and buried Tuesday at Cumberland Presbyterian yard on Sandy. He leaves a wife and two children.

Ida May Foster

Front Page, October 4, 1956

Aged Natives of County Pass Away

Miss Ida May Foster, 95, Hennepin Township resident her entire lifetime, died Saturday evening, September 29, 1956 at St. Margarettes hospital where she had been a patient 5 weeks. A daughter of Edward and Sara (Cassell) Foster, she was born May 29, 1861 at the country home west of McNabb where she lived all of her life. In spite of a handicap of a loss of an arm by surgery more than 60 years ago, she had been engaged as a seamstress many years and was known for her fine needlework with which she was occupied during her younger years. She is survived by one brother, J.B. Foster of Whitewater, Colorado; one sister Mrs. Anna Eisenhower of Minco Oklahoma; and a number of nephews and neices. With her parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Dysert Chapel with Reverend G.D. Landes, pastor of the McNabb and Magnolia Methodist Church officiating. .......... Burial was on the family lot in the Florid cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were six nephews, Ed Foster, Hennepin; Albert Foster, Utica; Hormer Peterson, Chicago; Harold Sipe, Lostant; Clarence Holocker, Dunlap; and Elmer Holocker, Washington.

Kermit Foster

March 14, 1990

Kermit Foster

Kermit Foster, 80 of Magnolia, passed away Saturday March 10, 1990 at his home in Magnolia. He was born June 22, 1909 in Marshall County , the son of William and Mary Lank Foster. Mr. Foster was a sexton for Magnolia Cemetery for many years. He is survived by his brothers, Clarence Foster of LaSalle, Illinois, Lewis Foster of Mark, Illinois, four sisters, Mrs. Dora Whittington, Henry, Illinois, Mrs. Helen York, McNabb, Illinois, Mrs. Annabelle Kmeicaak, Depue, Illinois, Mrs. Hazel Freddricke, Magnolia, Illinois, neices and nephews. Services were held on Wednesday at 1:00 at the Dysert Chapel in Granville, Illinois, Reverend James Olsen, Methodist church officiating. Burial was held in Magnolia cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday evening in the Dysert Chapel from 6 to 8 PM. Memorials may be directed to Magnolia Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.

Lester Foster

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

Front Page, April 1931



Leslie Foster, 72, living 5 miles west of McNabb, died at his home, Sunday noon, March 29, 1931 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Albert living on a farm near Henry, and Edward at home. He also leaves a sister, Miss Ida Foster, on whose farm they live. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Florid Church with burial at the Florid cemetery. Reverend W.C. Hyle of the Granville Congregational Church was in charge of the services.

Leslie, son of Edward and Sara A. Foster was born near Lostant, LaSalle County, Illinois on February 16, 1859 and passed away at his home near McNabb on March 29, 1931, being at the time of his death, 72 years, 1 month and 13 days of age. On February 28, 1900, he wedded to Miss Luella Tomlinson of Henry, who with the two sons, Albert of Putnam and Henry of McNabb is left to mourn to loss of a kind and indulgent husband and father. Other near relatives are one grandchild, Rose Marie Foster, his three sisters, Mrs. Anna Eisenhour of Minko, Oklahoma, Mrs. Ella Werling of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Miss Ida Foster of McNabb. his three brothers, A.C. of Depue, J. B. and Allison of Grand Junction, Colorado. His father, one sister, Mrs. Rena Holocker, a brother William, having preceded him in death. Although he had ill for some time with heart trouble and complications, his passing was a shock to his dear ones and sympathy of his many friends is extended to them in this sad hour. Almost his entire life was lived in the home community and he will be missed by those with whom he was associated. The Record has been asked to express the thanks of the family for acts of kindness shown by friends and neighbors during the sickness and at the death of Mr. Foster.

Mrs. Maria Everett Foster

Taken From the Henry Republican
October 13, 1870

The Death of Mrs. Foster

Mrs. Maria Foster, whose death it is our painful duty to announce, was a native of Ohio, from which state she and her husband, Dr. Everett, came to Illinois in 1838 and settled at Hennepin, being among the early settlers in that locality, and at which place they continued to reside until the doctor’s death, and for nearly five years after, when she was married to John Foster, and for most of a period of 22 years, they resided on the Foster homestead at the end of the turnpike, opposite Henry, though for the fast five or six years they lived near Toulon; at which place she ended life’s fitful journey a few days since.

Mrs. Foster was a woman of much refinement of manner, possessing rare social qualities, and best of all, a christian. The natural cheerfulness of her disposition, and her love for an active, industrious life, rendered her a model woman for the rugged surroundings of a new country. Ever ready by counsel, or act, to render the kind offices of a sympathetic motherly nature, she endeared herself to many in those early times, who still cherish the kindest regards for her memory, not that she is gone, and the remaining few of that by gone period, who survive her, will shed the sympathetic tear as they realize that their number is one less.

She was the mother of eight children by her first marriage (and one by the last), all of whom died quite young, except the two sons Charles and William Everett of this city. Her days were spared to see these settled in life, surrounded by their families, established in business, and recognizing the claims of a religious life, and then, at the summons of her Maker, she answered the call without an expression of regret, beyond that of a natural desire to be with the loved ones living. Prepared by a life of practical piety, and active charity, and with the assurance that the future was all bright and glorious, she rests from life’s labors, leaving for her children, and aged companion, and friends, a rich legacy in the precious memories that cluster around the departure of the good for a brighter world above. She was buried at Lostant, to which place a large concourse of friends and relatives followed in mourning procession.

Mary (Lank) Foster

Front Page, September 22, 1955

Magnolia Lady buried in Florid

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Lank Foster, 70, Magnolia who died Friday September 16, 1955, at St. Margarettes hospital in Spring Valley were held Sunday at 2 PM at the Apostolic Tabernacle in Henry, the Reverend C.E. Bidwell, pastor officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Morice Guihie sang God Understands and In the Sweet Bye and Bye accompanied by Mrs. Harold Mills. Internment was in the Florid Cemetery. Pall bearers were Don Rickie, Glenn York, Bert Smith, George Whittington, Lloyd Benekerdorf, and Hary Kniecika. Mrs. Foster had been hosptalized only a few days being cared for at home several months prior to entering the hospital. A daughter of Florence and Minnie Lank deceased was born November 1, 1884 in Magnolia and lived her life in that community. She was married to William Foster in 1905 in Hennepin. He passes away in 1928. Three children also preceded her in death. Mrs. Foster is survived by five daughters, Mellisa Foster and Dora Whittington of Peoria, Helen York, Granville, Anabelle and Hazel Foster Magnolia, four sons, Bert, Peru, Lewis, Granville, Kermit and Clarence, Magnolia. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One brother John Lank and two sisters, Pauline Miller and Agnes Titis, all of Putnam County.

Mrs. Minera Foster (nee Cowen)

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
July 24, 1857


Died on the 14th inst., Mrs. Minera Foster, second daughter of William N. Gilly Cowen of this county. The deceased was born in Muskegon county, Ohio in the year 1828. Exceedingly amiable in her manners, and upright in all of her deportments, merited and enjoyed the respect and esteem of her friends and neighbors. Mrs. Foster was a worthy member of the M. E. church. On the 15th inst., the usual religious services were performed by Rev. A. Keller at Magnolia. Her funeral was numerously attended and her remains were consigned to the tomb in the Magnolia graveyard. She leaves behind her an only child, a daughter, a kind companion, an affectionate father and mother and a number of sisters and brothers to mourn her loss.

Mellisa Foster


Mellisa Foster, Granville

Miss Mellisa Foster, 76, of Spring Valley Nursing center 8 years, formerly of Peoria, died at 2 AM yesterday at St. Margarettes Hosptital, Spring Valley. Born June 3, 1906 in Hennepin, she was the daughter of William and Mary Lank Foster. She was a registered nurse at the Methodist Medical Center, 43 years, retiring in 1971. She was a member of the Methodist Alumni Association. Surviving are four brothers, Clarence Foster of Ogelsby, Bert Foster of LaSalle, Lewis Foster of Mark, and Kermit Foster of Magnolia. Four sisters, Mrs. Annabelle Kmieciak of Depue, Mrs. Helen York of McNabb, Mrs. Hazel Freddricke of Magnolia, and Mrs. Dora Whittington of Morton. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Service will be at 2 PM tomorrow at Helmer-Sheilds Funeral home. Her visitation will be from three to five and seven to nine PM today. The Reverend Terry Field will officiate and burial will be in the Valley Memorial Park cemetery.

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.

Infant Son of Mr. T. Foster


April 27, 1877 - From Bureau Junction, Bureau, April 23, 1877

Died on the 19th, infant son of Mr. And Mrs. T. Foster

William Foster

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 20, 1928

The funeral of William Foster of near Sparland was held at the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon. Burial took place in the Florid cemetery.

Mrs. Fransway (nee Shepherd)

April 1, 1875
Neighborhood News - Hennepin

William J. Winters of DuQuoin, formerly of Mt. Palatine is dead. Also Mrs. Fransway of Morris, sister of Mrs. T. W. Shepherd. The latter was interred at Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam County.

Infant Son of George Freeman


April 29, 1880
At Silvercreek, Ida county, Iowa, infant son of George and Anna Freeman, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Condit and also of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Freeman, former residents of Snachwine.

Julius Freeman

April 19, 1877

At Snachwine, April 14, of inflammation of the bowels, Julius, aged 19, son of Hon. J. G. Freeman.

Baxter French

Putnam Record
August 24, 1899

Granville - Aug. 21

A telegram was received Saturday, the 19th, by George Hopkins containing the sad news of the death of his son-in-law, Baxter French, who died that day at his home in Castana, Ia. He had been ill several weeks with cerebral meningitis. The remains will be brought to Granville for burial Tuesday morning. The funeral services will be held at the residence of George Hopkins at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Anna Fritzinger

January 20, 1881 - Magnolia
Mrs. Anna Fritzinger, widow of John D. Fritzinger was buried at Caledonia yard today.

Mrs. Dilla Fry

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 12, 1870

Died at Magnolia, May 3, of inflammation of the bowels, Dilla, wife of Joseph Fry, aged 22 years, fomerly of this city.

Charlie Fulmer

Hennepin, September 15, 1892
Charlie Fulmer of Florid, died Monday afternoon. Buried Wednesday.

Joseph Fulmer


Florid, April 16, 1901

One of the sad events of the week was the death of Joseph Fulmer after an lingering illness of six weeks. He passed to the spirit land last Thursday at 10:30 o'clock. The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church Friday afternoon, the Rev. Henry White preaching the funeral sermon.

Mrs. Margaret Funk

May 19, 1881

Died at Caledonia, May 16, of internal tumor, Margaret, 66, wife of Joseph Funk.

Dr. James R. Fyffe

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 21, 1872

At Springfield, Mo., March 4, of dropsy, Dr. James R. Fyffe, aged 30, formerly of Magnolia, Putnam county.

Mrs. Emma Thornton (nee Fyffe)

May 19, 1881

At Magnolia, May 16, Emma, wife of James B. Thornton and daughter of G. Fyffe.

The community was shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. J. B. Thornton, which took place on Monday at Magnolia. She was the daughter of J. F. Fyffe, and had only been married a little over a year. She was an estimable woman, and very highly respected by all.

Magnolia--At 8 o'clock Monday morning, Emma, daughter of our late townsman, G. Fyffe and wife of James B. Thornton took her leave of earthly things. Her death is a great affliction. James and Emma had been married but little over a year. Their pathway appeared to be fair and pleasant till the grim messenger showed his handwriting on the wall. Deceased was buried Tuesday afternoon at this place.

Milam Fyffe

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 8, 1874

In Magnolia, Jan. 3, of inflammatory rheumatism, Milam Fyffe, aged about 45 years

MILAM FYFFE, one of the oldest dry goods merchants of Magnolia, passed away on Saturday. Inflammatory rheumatism, in its worst form, has made him a victim. He was an old settler, an honest man, well known and respected, and mourned by the entire community. A greater sufferer, perhaps, there hasn’t been in the county.

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