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Matthews
Mr. Matthews, a farmer who lives near Sparta, a few days since had a son twelve years of age killed.  The little fellow was harrowing a piece of ground, and by some means was caught in the drag and carried some distance, receiving injuries which caused his death.  [Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL) – Monday, September 20, 1869]

Charles Cecil McKee
Blair Boy Dies Here at Brother's Room
Charles Cecil McKee was born August 22, 1897 and died January 26, at 1 a.m., at the age of 22 years, 5 months and 4 days. He had been in Ohio and returned to Sparta Wednesday of last week. He was not well and went to the home of Mrs. Minnie Wallace, where his brother, Myron McKee, has a room and is attending the Sparta Township High School. The young man grew worse and worse, his illness developed into pneumonia, and he was unable to return to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David L. McKee, at Blair. His parents came here and cared for him, and he died Monday morning at 1 o'clock. The body was taken to his home Monday afternoon and the funeral was held Wednesday at the Presbyterian church. Interment was made at Union cemetery.
[News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Jan 29, 1920, Page 5 - Sub by FoFG]

Charles McKee
Charles MCKEE died at the family home on South St. Louis street at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, aged 40 years, 6 months and 8 days. The funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by Rev. V. B SCOTT, and the interment was at Union cemetery. He leaves his widow and three young sons, who have the earnest sympathy of the community in their great bereavement. Deceased was the son of the late Judge Samuel C. MCKEE, one of the oldest and beat known families in the county, and three brothers survive, Dr. H. T. and Edward, of Sparta, and David, a leading farmer near Blair. Edward and Charles were together in the grocery business here. Many friends regret deeply the death of Charlie MCKEE while yet apparently in the prime and vigor of young manhood. [Sparta The Plaindealer, 13 April 1906, Pg 5, Col 5 - Sub by FoFG]

Ed McKee
Ed McKee, 80, dies Thursday; burial Sunday Edwin D. McKee, 80, of Sparta died Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Sparta Community Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the hill funeral Home in Sparta with Rev. Robert W. Stewart officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery. Mr. McKee was born March 28, 1896 in Sparta, a son of the late David and Bertha Stipe McKee. He was married October 4, 1919 at Sparta to Esther Degener, who survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Maxine Sons of Springfield; one grandson and one brother, Myron McKee of Collinsville. One son, two daughters and two brothers preceded him in death.Mr. McKee was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Sparta Lions Club and Edwin Alexander American Legion Post 396 of Sparta. He was a veteran of World War [News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Jan 27, 1977 - Sub by FoFG]

Edna R. McKee
Edna R. McKee, 86, of Collinsville, Formerly of Sparta and Chester, died Tuesday, Feb 14, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.She was born Dec 20, 1902 at Sparta, a daughter of the late Samuel Smiley and Minnie Atchinson Dickey. April 12, 1924 she was married to Myron T. McKee. He survives.She is also survived by one son, Charles McKee of Port Isabel, TX; one daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Lentz of Libertyville; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Homer Dickey, and two sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Helen) Stahlman and Mrs. George (Mary) Ruester. Mrs. McKee was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Collinsville. Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. Burial was at 11 a.m. Friday in Caledonia Cemetery at Sparta [News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Feb 22, 1989, Page 5 - Sub by FoFG]

Ivan J. McKee
Ivan J. McKee, 86, of Sparta, died Thursday, January 14, at the Sparta Community Hospital. He was born October 21, 1901, at Sparta, a son of the late Robert and Ella Jones McKee. February 8, 1926 he was married at Percy to Emma Deppe, who survives. Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Joe McKee, of Mascoutah; two daughters, Elene Sieberg, of Sparta, and Nancy Eggertsen of Johnson City; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Leona Shook of St. Louis. Two daughters, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. A coal miner for 46 years, he was retired from the Bradbury Mine. He was a member of the UMWA. Funeral services, with Rev. Bryan Chapell officiating, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at the McDaniel Funeral Home, followed by burial in Caledonia Cemetery. [News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Jan 20, 1988 - Sub by FoFG]

Kenneth Eugene McKee
Kenneth McKee, S.T.H.S. Graduate, Dies at Family Home at Blair
Kenneth Eugene McKee, graduate of the S.T.H.S., and a son of Mr. and Mrs. David L. McKee, of near Blair, died at the home of his parents at 6:30 o’clock, Tuesday evening, after an illness of two and one-half years. He was aged 23 years, two months and 26 days.Funeral services will be conducted at the Blair Presbyterian church, of which the deceased was a member, at 2:30 o’clock, Friday afternoon, with Rev. William N. Nichol, Jr., pastor of the Sparta U. P. church, officiating. Interment will be made in Union cemetery.The young man was born at Blair, August 1, 1908, a son of David L. and Bertha Stipe McKee. He attended the schools in the vicinity and the S.T.H.S., after which he was employed by the Herschback Auto & Implement Company at Chester until forced to resign his position because of illness. He is survived by his parents and two borthers. E. D. McKee and Myron McKee, both of Sparta.
[Sparta, IL, Sparta Plaindealer, 29 Oct 1931, Pg 6 - Sub by FoFG]

Mary E. McKee
Wife of Robt. McKee Dies at Home Here
Mrs. Mary E. McKee, 66, wife of Robert McKee, died at her home on North Bottom street on Thursday evening of last week. Funeral services were conducted at the Walker Funeral Home at 2 o' clock Monday afternoon by Rev. R. W. Stewart, pastor of the R. P. Church. Burial ws made in Caledonia cemetery. Margaret Elizabeth McKee, only daughter of the late John and Mary Scholebo, was born in Pinckneyville on June 14, 1881. She is survived by her husband; four brothers, Lewis, Henry and Frank Scholebo of Sparta, and David Scholebo of Pinckneyville, and by one uncle and a number of nieces and nephews.
[News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Sep 26, 1947 - Sub by FoFG]

Robert James McKee
Robert James McKee, 70, of Sparta died Sunday at the Sparta Community Hospital. Funeral services were held at the Lynn-Hill Funeral Home at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. R. W. Stewart officiating. Burial was in Caledonia Cemetery. Mr. McKee was born November 11, 1893, in Ireland. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Robert James McKee, Sr. He is survived by one brother, Joseph McKee, of Iowa, and his wife, Atha McKee, of Sparta. For many years, Mr. McKee worked in coal mines but in later years as a laborer. He was a member of Sparta Local [News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Sep 10, 1964]

Samuel C. McKee
Samuel C. McKee Stricken While in Sparta visiting His Brother and Friends.
Come Just Week Before his Death to Attend the Funeral of Mrs. Holmes.
The visit to Sparta of Samuel C. McKee, of South Bend, Indiana, which had been brought about by the death of a friend, was ended by his own death Thursday noon of last week. Mr. McKee had come to Sparta just about a week previously to attend the funeral of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Holmes. Mr. McKee began to feel ill a few days after the funeral and on the Wednesday of the week before his death, took to his bed, at the home of his brother, Dr. H. T. McKee. He gradually grew worse until death came. He was 56 years old. (Died Feb. 19, 1914) Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon at two o'clock and was largely attended by old friends of the deceased. A large number of beautiful floral offerings testified to the high esteem in which he was held. Mr. McKee was born at Blair, and lived in this vicinity all his life until five years ago when he removed to South Bend. He was connected with the South Bend Tribune in a business capacity. Mr. McKee left his wife and a daughter Miss Josephine, and three brothers: Dr. H. T. McKee, Sparta; David of Blair; and Edward of St. Louis, to mourn his loss. The New joins with the wide circle of friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
[Sparta News, Sparta, Feb 26, 1914 - Sub by FoFG]

Ralph W. McKinley
Ralph William McKinley, formerly of Tilden, died Friday, Jan. 31, at Lakeland Care Center, Effingham, at the age of 86 years. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 2, at the King Funeral Home in Tilden, with Rev. Dennis Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Tilden Cemetery.Mr. McKinley was born November 13, 1899 in Randolph County, a son of John and Minnie F. Plumer McKinley, and was married June 2, 1920 at Belleville to Mary Aitken, who preceded him in death in 1974. Survivors include four sons, Dwight McKinley of Effingham, Lee McKinley of Port O'Connor, Tex. and William McKinley and Roy McKinley of Coulterville; one daughter, Marguerite Morrison of Granite City; one sister, Mrs. Olive Dickey of New Athens; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, two sisters and two brothers. Mr. McKinley, a long time resident of the Tilden area, was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Tilden and the American Legion Post of Marissa. He was a retired carpenter and a veteran of World War I.
[News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Feb 5, 1986, Page 6 - Sub by FoFG]

Dove E. McMillan
DOVE ELIZABETH MCMILLAN, a former Coulterville resident, passed away February 20, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 84.  She had been in ill health for many years.  She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Minerva, Pinkerton, McMillan.  She leaves one brother, Albert G. McMillan of Independence, Missouri.  A sister, Viola McMillan, passed away in 1934.  She was a cousin of Walter Pinkerton of Coulterville.  Funeral services were held at Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Los Angeles and burial was made in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.   [Note: Dove was born March 12, 1869]
[Unknown newspaper, Feb., 1954 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Mae McMurdo

Mrs. Walker’s Mother Dies
Mrs. Mae McMurdo of Belleville died Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. (Eleanor) Walker. Mrs. McMurdo, 85, has been making her home with her daughter here this winter.The body was taken to the Renner Funeral Home in Belleville, where arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of another daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Sorensen of Ganges, Mich.Also surviving are six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.Sparta, IL,
[St. Elmo, IL, Banner, 21 Feb 1969, Pg 1 - Sub by FoFG]

H.D. Miller
Mrs. C.H. Beare, of this city, lost her father, H.D. Miller, of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., when struck by a train last Friday.  Mr. Miller was a large grain dealer in that section. [Mexico weekly ledger.(Mexico, Mo.), December 17, 1914]
 


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