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Randolph County Illinois
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Obituaries and Death Notices

Mary A. Lange
FUNERAL RITES for Mrs. Mary A. Lange
Mrs. Mary A. Lange, daughter of Henry and Margaret Stokes, was born July 4, 1874 and departed this life April 24, 1950 at the age of 75-7-20. She was united in marriage to Mr. (?) Lange on August 3, 1903 and to the union two daughters were born.  Mr. and Mrs. Lange resided in this community all their married life.  The many friends she made reflects here character.  Her friends are legion.  She united with the Methodist Church in 1899 under the ministry of Rev. N. H. Neil and remained a faithful Christian and an active member as long as health permitted.  She was a member of the Methodist choir until a few years ago when she retired on account of ill health.  She also was secretary of the Gleaners Sunday School Class.  She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, two daughters, Mrs. A. M. Pruett of St. Louis, Mrs. Bert Cox of Tilden in whose home she passed away, two brothers, Charles Stokes of Coulterville and Matthew Stokes of Salem, Il.  Two nephews and two nieces, other relatives and friends who will sadly miss her presence.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist Church with Pastor Rev. O. A. Sweckerd and Rev. N. A. Kahl of Vergennes the officiating clergymen.  Burial was made in the Coulterville cemetery. [April 28, 1950  Centerville Republican - Sub. by Kathryn Todd and Transcribed by Vicki Bryan]

A.H. Lee
A.H Lee, of Prairie du Rocher, St. Clair County, Ill., who drew the Crosby Opera House at Chicago, two years ago, died suddenly while on a visit to Cincinnati last week. [Quincy Daily Whig (Quincy, IL), Thursday, July 29, 1869]

James Lockhart
Mr. James Lockhart , an old and much respected citiizen, passed away to his reward on Friday Morning, December 24th at 7 o'clock.  The end was not unexpected.  For some years he had been in failing health, but an acute attack on Sabbath evening gave indication that death was near at hand.  He gradually grew worse, and although all that meical skill could do was done, he never rallied.  His funeral which took place on Saturday morning, was attended by many of his old friends, all of whom spoke kindly of the deceased.  Mr. Lockhart was held in high estimation, having been a man of  a large heart and many amiable qualities, His infirmity prevented him, in recent years,  from mingling much in public, but he expressed the greatest delight in th visits of his old acquaintances made.  He was born in County Down, Ireland in 1818 and came to the United States in 1830, where he learned the trade of gilding and afterwards took up the occupation of teamster, doing all the hauling for the firm of A.T. Steward, New York.  The gold fever of  '49 turned his attention toward California and with some comrades he made the overland trip.  He came to Illinois in 1853, and on September  24, 1854, was married to Miss Elizabeth Hair.  Mr Lockhart  was much interested in the welfare of over two hundred orphan boys and girls from an asylum in New York City, who had obtained homes in this section through his instrumentality.  Some of these were constant visitors at his house up to the time of his death.  He leaves a widow to mourn his death, who in her sorrow and loneliness has the sympathy of the community.   [NOTE:  There seems to have been more to this, but was not found.  Mr. Lockhardt  was buried  in Coulterville Cemetery] [Coulterville, Dec.31,1897 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Mrs Samuel Lowe
Rebecca Mary Russell was born January 8, 1854.  Her death occured, after a brief illness, at 8:30 pm, February 15, 1923 at the family home in Coulterville.  She and a twin sister, Margaret, who died February 22, 1912, were the youngest children of Alexander and Margaret Russell.  Of the 3 sons and 4 daughters constituting her father's family, only one son remains viz David Russell of Clay Center, Kansas.  She was married January 28, 1975.  They had 4 sons and 1 daughter; Alexander G., William C., Rufus D., survive.  The daughter and oldest son preceded her in death several years ago.  [Coulterville Republican, Feb. 16, 1923 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

John R. Lyons
John Riley LYONS, Who Celebrated His Century Birthday Sep 14, Last, Passed Away Last Friday Evening.
John R. LYONS, whose one hundredth birthday The Plaindealer publishers helped to celebrate at his home in Marissa September 14, 1914, over 8 months ago, died at his home Friday evening, May 21, 1915. The Plaindealer gave an extended biography of its fifty years subscriber and friend on this occasion. For many years of his life he was acquainted with most of the Sparta people, and did trading here. He was brother of Mrs. MCGUIRE, mother of President E. B. MCGUIRE of the First National Bank.The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the R. P. church, of which he had been a leading member for 60 years. The service was in charge of his pastor, Rev. Wm. PATTERSON, who preached the sermon, and was assisted by Rev. W. J. SMILEY, of Sparta, a friend for fifty years, Rev. DOUGLAS, of the U.P. church, and Rev. HEARN, of the M. E. church. Accompanied by a photograph of himself and his only surviving child, W.M.K. LYONS, and his grandson and great grandson, in a group, he last April provided Lesalie's Weekly with the following sketch of his life written by himself, and the reader will find it very interesting and highly instructive: "I will attempt to give a brief sketch of my career and narrate some of the many changes that have taken place during my life, which in some ways seems to be brief, even now. I was born in Winnsboro, S. C. on Sept.14, 1814, of Scotch Irish parents, who emigrated to America in 1805. Not finding conditions in South Carolina congenial, our family moved to Illinois in 1833. Illinois was at that time only 15 years old and very little of the land had been taken up by settlers. I settled in the southern part of St. Clair county in Marissa township and have livered there continuously in this locality for 81 years. My first dwelling was of logs and had no windows. As there were no cooking stoves then: the open fireplace was used for cooking and heating. St. Louis, Mo., at that time, was only a very small river town, and Chicago had very recently found a place on the map.When I was a boy no steamboat had ever been seen on the Mississippi or any of the Western rivers. No steamship had ever crossed the ocean. The first railroad had not been built, and there were no faster means of transportation than the old stage coach. The lazy canal boat was the luxurious mode of travel in that day. The telegraph was an unheard of thing, and postage stamps and envelopes had not come into use nor were matches, lead pencils not steel pens in existence. I did not own or ride in a buggy until middle life."The one hundred years of my life certainly comprise the greatest century of progress the world has ever seen. The changes in farm life during the past seventy-five years have been marvelous. Our first wheat crops were harvested by hand, men doing the cutting with scythe, and cradle. The first power harvesting machine was introduced during the 1850 period and was a very crude affair. A few years later the McCormick reaper made its appearance, followed later by the McCormick self raking machine. In the 1870 period a binder attachment was perfected and the wheat harvesting business was in a large measure revolutionized. Our first wheat crops were thrashed by horses treading out same. Later horse power separators were introduces, which could turn out two or three hundred bushels a day, while now with a progressive steam thrashing outfit one thousand bushels is often thrashed in half a day."In January, 1843, I was married to Miss Mary MCKEE, of Randolph county, who proved to be a most valuable helpmate in every phase of pioneer life. Six children were born, all of whom have since died except one son, William McKee LYONS, a prominent business man of Marissa, ILL. The oldest son gave his life for his county in 1863, during the was between the states."I have always lived the simple life, always very regular in my habits-ate three square meals a day, drank no intoxicating liquor and never worked hard enough to break down my constitution. I was never a robust man, and many of my friends of early days predicted that I would not live to be half a hundred years old. They have all long since passed away, I believe the Lord has a purpose in prolong my life."
Miss Maggie E. LYONS became a member of deceased's household twenty years ago, and by her thoughtful and kind attentions succeeded in assisting greatly in making the declining years of his life a time of happiness and contentment.
[Sparta The Plaindealer 28 May 1915 Pg 1 (Has nice picture) - Sub by FoFG]


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