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Randolph County Illinois
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Obituaries and Death Notices

William A. Campbell
William A. CAMPBELL died at Chester, Friday morning, June 9, 1905, aged 57 years, 4 months and 27 days. He was talking with friends on the street when he suddenly fell and expired almost instantly. Heart failure was the cause of death assigned by the coroner's jury. Mr. CAMPBELL was a citizen of Randolph county all his life and was well know, having held the offices of sheriff and county treasurer and several other important positions of trust. At the time of death he was cashier of the _____ Bank of Chester. His last official position was clerk of the criminal asylum at Chester under Gov. ALTGELD. He leaves surviving a young son, his wife, who was the daughter of the late Judge Samuel C. MCKEE of Blair precinct, having preceded him to the grave several years. His brother A. J. CAMPBELL _______ well and favorably known as a citizen of this county now resides in Carbondale. The remains were brought to the home of his niece, Mrs. Alfred K. WILSON, in this city Friday evening. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. Ralph ATKINSON, pastor of the U.P. church, and was largely attended, many friends from Chester, Evansville, Red Bud and other points in the county being present, and many floral contributions attested the esteem in which he was held by intimate associates. The interment was at Union cemetery. [Sparta The Plaindealer, 6 June 1905 - Sub by FoFG]

Gustavus Cowles
Died at Prairie du Rocher, Ill., August 13, Mr. Gustavus Cowles, of St. Louis, in the 49th year of his age, formerly of Farmington, Conn.  [Commercial Advertiser (New York, NY) Thursday, August 22, 1861, Page: 3]

William Dunbar Craig
Born: 10 April, 1855    Died: 30 August 1951.  Burial: Coulterville Cemetery.   Clergyman: Rev. N.A. Kahl.    Casketbearers:  Amos Curry, Fred Brown, C.P. Taylor, Fred McBride, John Boyle, and James Boyle. [Coulterville Republican, Sept. 7,1951 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Curtis Crain
Murder:  On Saturday, the 11th inst., in the bottom in Missouri, opposite the city of Chester, at a horse race, John Crain stabbed and killed his brother Curtis.  John Crain has given himself up to the authorities, and is now confined in the Perryville jail, Perry county, Missouri, to await the action of the court in his case.  The Crains are old residents in this section, but of a very rough compound, forever in difficulty with some one.  [Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL) – Monday, September 20, 1869; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Menerva Criley
MR. S. K. WILLIAMS received a letter this week from Thompsonville, Franklin county, this state, informing him of the death at that place of his sister, MRS. MENERVA CRILEY. MRS. CRILEY formerly lived in this county near Shiloh Hill, where she had a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will regret to learn of her death. At the time of her death deceased was in her fifty-second year.
[Ava Advertiser, Friday, February 21, 1890 - Sub by FoFG]

J. Logan Cunningham
The community was startled as the news circulated rapidly, Saturday morning announcing the death of J. Logan Cunningham which happened just a few minutes before midnight, Friday.   Mr Cunningham was seemingly in the best of health the afternoon and evening before.  He was in town with road equipment over which he had charge as Highway Commissionser, Friday afternoon,  leveling and grading on Chestnut Street which is being improved as a motor fuel tax project.   He had gone home in the evening in the best of spirits and a limited number of the friends of Mr & Mrs Cunningham had been invited in for the evening to be entertained with a barn dance in the upper floor in the barn.  There were probably ten or fifteen couples present and the evening was spent merrily in dancing and in general sociability.  Logan always enjoyed such gatherings very much and this night between11:30 & 12:00 while he was dancing in a quadrille  and as he was swinging his daughter, Mrs. Rolland Wylie, he went to the floor.  Both those in the set and many of the spectators thought that he had slipped on the smooth floor and waited for him to get up, but soon it was evident that he had not slipped but rather had collapsed  and as efforts were being made to revive him some one called Dr. Dickinson who repsonded immediately arriving on the scene in less than fifteen minutes, but found that Logan had passed away, probably almost immediatly after going down.  Later the body was brought to the Burns Undertaking rooms.  Coroner Jackson came Saturday morning and an inquest was held in the Burns hall.  Three witnesses, Clarence Leemon, Orin Frieman, and Leonard Mulholland testified pretty much the same as noted above and the jury after considering the testimony gave the following as their verdict:  we the jury find that J. Logan Cunningham came to his death from coronary thrombosis associated with a congestive heart failure and arterio sclerosis, while dancing with his daughter Alice Wylie, at his home near Coulterville, about 11:50 pm Friday May 7, 1937.

J. Logan Cunningham
John Logan Cunningham, son of Willliam and Isabelle, Orr, Cunningham, was born in Randolph County, April 7, 1879.  He died at the age of 58 yrs, 1 mon, 0 days.  He was married September 12, 1906, to Ada Jane Leemon.  To this union seven children were born, two daughters: Mrs Leonard Mulholland of Coulterville; and Mrs. Rolland Wylie of Sparta; and five sons, Harry of Coulterville, Floyd and Robert of Sparta, Willard of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Lawrence at home.  Left to mourn his sudden departure are his widow, the seven children, six grand children, and one sister Mrs Thomas Stewart of Monticello, Illinois.  Mr Cunningham has long been well and favorably known in this community.  Years ago he and his father were engaged in the flour and feed business here.  Then for some years he engaged in farming. Later, returning to Coulterville he engaged in the hardware business until the fire which destroyed so many business buildings on Fourth Street.  At the last Road District election he was elected Highway Commissioner for this district and which position he was holding at the time of his death.  For many years he has served as a member of the board of school trustees for this townshiop, a position to which he was reelected at the recent April meeting.   Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church in Coulterville , Monday, May 10and were conducted by Rev. F.R. McLean.   Warren Duncan and Rev. Robert Stewart of Sparta, each also had a part in this service.  Burial was made in the Coulterville Cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, May 10, 1937 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Lawrence Clyde Cunningham
Born, 26 August 1919 and Died 10 April, 1951. Services from the United Presbyterian Church, Saturday, 2::00 o'clock.  Burial in the Coulterville Cemetery.  Rev. Milton Q. Connett officiated.  Casket bearers were: Harvey Leemon, Vernon Leemon, Earl Leemon, Darrell Cunningham, Duane Cunningham, and Charles Cunningham.
[Unknown newspaper, April, 1951 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Robert John Cunningham
Robert John Cunningham, son of Gavin and Sarah Cunningham, was born in Swanwick, Illinois on February 28,1854.  He fell asleep to earth's troubles on October 12, 1935, aged 81 years, 7 months, 11 days. On February 5, 1880 he was married to Margaret Rebecca Torrens of Oakdale and together they undertook life on the farm of his birth-place.  To this union, thirteen children were born, three dying in early infancy.  Ten children, four boys and six girls, were raised and are now married, there being 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  His children bereaved, with the widow are: Delbert T., William J., and Robert H., all of St Louis; Ella Craig, Swanwick; Ethyl Pyatt, Pinckneyville,; Asenath Robb, Mary Robb and Walter F of Swanwick;  Isabel Fry of Cutler; and Bertha Hill of St Louis.  Mr Cunningham lived on the same farm all his active life, moving into the town of Swanwick in May 1922.  He is the last of his own family, there being a nephew in California; but he has lived to see ten children go past the thirty year mark and so many childrens' children whom he has enjoyed so much.   He professed faith in Christ early in life and has been faithful to that profession.  The Swanwick United Presbyterian Church has lost a long time member who was a dependable attendant as long as he was able.   Funeral services were held in the U.P. Church Sabbath afternoon. Octobert 13 with the Rev. F.R. McLean of Coulterville officiating.  Interment was made in the Swanwick cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, October 1935 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

William Cunningham
Life's short day was terminated for William Cunningham about 9:00 o'clock Friday morning, March 19, 1926, at the age of 77 years, 4 mon., 8 days.  Mr Cunningham was born south of Coulterville, November 11, 1848 and has lived in this vicinity all his life.   He was united in Marriage December 29, 1870 to Isabella Orr.  To this union were born seven children, five of whom with his beloved wife preceded him to the Great Beyond.  Mr. Cunningham identified himself with the church when a young man and was a member of the Grandcote Reformed Presbyterian Church of Coulterville.  Everyone respected Mr Cunningham as a citizen in the community.  He loved to converse with his fellow men and it was always a delight for his friends to meet with him in his home where ever they met.  During the past year or more he has been in very poor health, yet during all afflictions he was patient and forebearing unto the end.  He made his home with his son, Logan and family.  They were devoted to him during all his sickness.  Mr Cunningham leaves to mourn his departure, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Stewart of Niantic, Ill.; one son, Logan, two sisters: Mrs Elizabeth Orr and Mrs Catherine Neill, all of Coulterville, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild and many other relatives and friends.  The funeral services were held at the RP Church in Coulterville, Saturday afternoon and interment was made in the Coulterville Cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, March 26, 1926 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Effie May Curry
Miss Effie May Curry passed away January 24, 1952 ant the age of 68 yrs, 3 mon, and 25 days.  She was born near Tilden, September 29, 1883.  Her entire life was spent in and near Coulterville.  She leaves on sister, Mrs. Fannie Woodside, with whom she made her home; one brother,  Robert Curry, and several nieces, nepews and a host of friends.  Interment was made in the family lot in the Coulterville Cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, Feb.1, 1952 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]


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