Alexander Vail

August 16, 1877

In Snachwine township, Aug. 12, of congestive chills, Sarah, aged 69 years, consort of the late Alexander Vail.

High Prairie - Death has again been in our neighborhood. Mrs. Alexander Vail was buried Monday. She was an estimable woman; was loved, esteemed and respected by all who knew her. This makes the third death in the family in less than three years; first the son, then the father, and now the mother. The surviving members of the family, Sarah and Susan, have the sympathies of all the friends and neighbors in this their hour of trouble.

Local Items: We leard with sorrow of the death of Mrs. Alexander Vail of Snachwine township, which took place suddenly on Sunday afternoon caused by congestive chills. Her husband died last year. She was an estimable woman, but venerable in age, with her life rich in good deeds, and kindly offices. Her funeral took place on Monday, Rev. Mr. Martin of this city conducting the services. Two daughters are now all that remains of the family, who probably will make Henry their house after the estate is settled up. Henry Doty is a cousin to the deceased and built Mr. Vail's house over 20 years ago.

Mrs. Vanderslice


July 1, 1880 - Hennepin
The mother of A. M. Vanderslice died at Florid on Sunday, and was buried at Union Grove on Tuesday.

John Van Horne

March 16, 1882

Died at Magnolia, Mach 9, John Van Horne, 73, one of the pioneer settlers of the township.

March 16, 1882

John Van Horne, one of Putnam County's oldest settlers, passed from earth last Thursday at 3 o'clock pm. He was sick between two and three weeks with catarrhal pneumonia. His death we understand was unlooked for by the family until a short time before it took place. Mr. Van Horne came here in an early day from Muskegon county, Ohio and was about 73 years of age. He was buried last Sunday in a beautiful casket. Dr. Gaylord was his attending physician.

March 23, 1882

Death of John Van Horn

At the age of 73, John Van Horn died at Magnolia after a short illness, of pneumonia. The deceased was born in Butler county, Ohio, May 14, 1808. At the age of nine he removed with his parents to Muskingum county, Ohiol The farm which his father purchased at that time is now a part of the ground on which stands Zanesville. October 15, 1832, he married Miss Mary Hibbs of Janesville. Soon after this he moved to Putnam county, Ill., where he resided on a farm until his death. Whiel quite young he showed great ingenuity; about twenty years ago he invented the first cylinder corn sheller ever made in this country. We are indebted to Mr. Van Horn for several other valuable inventions. Mr. Van Horn was a kind husband and indulgent father and a good neighbor. He was a life long republican, a true patriot and a friend to the soldiers, and in his death we lose a nobel citizen. His character was irreproachable, and in all his walks of life he was circumspect, just and honorable. He never used tobacco in any form, and never a drop of ardent spirits ever passed his lips. The farm consists of 170 acres of plow land,a nd 80 acres of timberland, besides a large amount of personal effects, leaving the widow and family in comfortabel circumstances. The family ahve the heartfelt sympathy of all.

Cory E. Spondent.

Mrs. Isaac Van Horne


March 22, 1877
Local Items - Magnolia
Mrs. Van Horne, wife of Isaac Van Horne, living east of the Central Railroad, was brought here and buried one day last week. She leaves a husband and three children. Mrs. Van Horne has been a great sufferer for many years. The funeral was preached at the house by Rev. W. B. Keeling, Presbyterian minister of Wenona.

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