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Randolph County Illinois
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Obituaries and Death Notices

Mrs. M. J. Richmond

Mrs. M.J. Richmond, nee Elder, died August 24, 1935.  Survived by husband, her son Harold,  three sisters; Mrs Mattie Houston and Mrs R D Hood of Coulterville, and Mrs Elizabeth Owens of Pittsburg, Kansas.   Services by Rev. Paul Warren Duncan.  Burial in Cutler Cemetery. [Coulterville Register, Aug. 30, 1935 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Mary Hair Robinson
After a short illness, Mrs. Mary Hair Robinson passed away at her home here Wenesday night February 3, at 10:15.  Miss Mary Hair, the youngest of a family of eleven children, was born March 27, 1845 and at the time of her death was 80 years, 10 mos, 8 days.  In 1866 she was married to James Robinson and to this union eight children were born, of these five remain to mourn the loss of a faithful and kind mother.  The sons are William, John and David and the daughters are: Mrs. Lizzie Adams of Oakdale; and Miss Della, who remained at home, and who has always been a consistent and faithful companion to the mother.  Mrs. Robinson spent her entire life in this community and was a member of the church.  The funeral services will be held tomorrow (Saturday) morning at ten o'clock from the RP Church with the pastor, Paul W. Duncan officiating.  Interment will be made in the Coulterville Cemetery. [Note:  Her parents were Arthur and Elizabeth Hair]
[Coulterville Republican, Feb., 5, 1926 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Nancy Della Robinson
Miss Nancy Della Robinson was born at the old Robinson Homestead at the edge of the village of Coulterville, Nov. 6, 1868, and died at the home of her brother, Wm. G. Robinson, Sept. 23, 1943.  She was 74-10-17.  She had not been well for several years and a complication of diseases caused her death.  She was a daughter of James and Mary Hair Robinson, being one of a family of 8 children.  All of her life was lived in the vicinity of Coulterville.   During the greater part of the past year on account of her illness she had lived at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. G. Robinson, where she received the best of care and kindly help in the days most needed.  She was a patient sufferer during her final affliction.  In early life she became a member of the RP church in Coulterville.  She was quiet and unassuming in her association with others and she enjoyed talking with her friends.  For many years she lived with her aged mother to whom, she was a real companion.  She faithfully helped to care for her mother in the mother's declining years of life.  Three of her sisters died while they were quite young and the other, Mrs. Elizabeth Adams, died just a few years ago.  She is survived and mourned by three brother, Wm. G., of Coult., David J. of St. Louis, and John, together with a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.  Funeral services were held in the RF church conducted by her pastor, Rev. P. Warren Duncan, Sat. afternoon.   Internment was made in the Coulterville, cemetery.  
[OCT.1, 1943 Coulterville Republic, Transcribed by Nina Kramer]

Thomas Robinson
Thomas E. Robinson, 74, a retired farmer living northeast of Baldwin, died of a cerebral hemorrhage  at the Sutherland Hospital in Sparta, early Tuesday morning.  He had been ill about ten weeks.  Funeral services were conducted at the Finger Funeral Home at Marissa, Thursday afternoon by Rev. James H Scott, pastor of the Jordan's Grove Church.  Burial was made in Marissa Cemetery.  Mr. Robinson was born near Marissa, on November 4, 1874, a son of William and Agnes Robinson, nee Pollock.  His mother was born in Randolph County and his father in Ireland.  His wife, the former Mary Patton, whom he married in Belleville in 1903, died on October 6, 1912.  Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Margaret Sprietler of near Sparta, with whom he resided recently, and Mrs. Anna Wilson of Marissa; a son William James Robinson of Marissa; a brother, James E. Robinson of Sparta, and five grandchildren.   [Unknown newspaper, 1948 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Mayme M. Mulholland
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Mayme M. Mulholland, 87, of Modoc, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1981 at the Sparta Community Hospital, She was born July 26, 1894 in Indiana to Charles and Mayme Abby Marshall. She married Albert Mulholland in 1913, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1965. Surviving are: five sons, Travis Mulholland of Modoc, Lloyd Mulholland of New Hope, MO., Melvin Mulholland of Apache Junction, AZ, Allen Mulholland of Ellis Grove and Arlen Mulholland of Belleville; five daughters, Opal McGreevy of St. Louis, MO, Marjie Hensley of Brownsville, TX, Wanda Oles of Danneville, Ada Tiepelman of Piedmont, MO and Darlene Cloud of Dayton, OH; 43 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand-child. She was preceded in death by two sons, two daughters and four brothers. The funeral was Thursday at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Modoc with Rev. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was at the Dashner Funeral Home in Prairie du Rocher. [Unknown newspaper, c. Sept 1981; Submitted by Laura ____; Transcribed by KT]

Mrs. William Mulholland met a tragic death near Chester last Tuesday afternoon when their automobile, driven by her husband, backed into a ditch and turned over upon both occupants. Mr. and Mrs. Mulholland, whose home is eight miles northeast of Chester, drove to town that afternoon in their Overland automobile, which they had owned only a short time. After doing some trading at the stores here they started home, about six o'clock. When half way up the Gant or Gravel hill, three miles from town, the motor stopped and the car began to run backward. Mr. Mulholland became confused and failed to get his foot on the brake and the machine continued to back down the hill for about thirty feet when it turned to the right and went over an eight foot, almost perpendicular, embankment. The machine landed in the old abandoned road below with the four wheels in the air. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mulholland were pinned beneath the heavy car. Also three sacks of mill stuff he had in the car fell upon them. Mr. and Mrs. Mulholland were both injured but neither was unconscious and they talked to each other while waiting for help. The last words Mrs. Mulholland spoke were to tell her husband that she was dying. A little boy nearby had witnessed the accident and ran to some men who were working in the bottom and told them a car had turned over in the road. They hastened to the spot, reaching there in about ten minutes, Mr. Mulholland thought. The men pried up the machine and took out Mrs. Mulholland's dead body and released her husband. Mrs. Mulholland, it is believed, was killed by some internal injury as only small bruises on her head and breast were visible. Mr. Mulholland, fortunately, found that his injuries were not dangerous, though he suffered painful bruises. Deputy Coroner H.s. Burbes held an inquest over the remains of the victim of the disaster and a verdict was returned by the jury according with the above statements. Mrs. Mulholland was aged 63 years and 11 months. She is deeply Mourned by her husband and a large family of grown children, most of whom are married and living in homes of their own within the county. Two sons are single and still at home. No better nor more highly respected family is to be found in our county, and all members of it are among our best people. In the sudden sorrow which has come upon their home circle they receive the sympathy of everyone in the neighborhood. Here, where for so many years they have held the affectionate esteem of their neighbors, will Mrs. Mulholland be most sadly missed. She was a noble Christian woman, a kind neighbor and most loving wife and mother. She was esteemed as one of the county's most useful women, who had reared her family of children to be an honor to their parents, and in all respects had done her womanly duties in a manner worthy of emulation. It is sad, indeed, that she was taken from her dear ones so suddenly and so tragically. [Obituary as written in the Chester IL newspaper Oct. 22, 1918]

Alexander R Russell
Attorney A. R. Russell a prominent attorney in St. Louis and a brother of Mrs. A.M. Shaw who lives south of Coulterville, died in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Monday. Mr Russell was 57 years old.  His body laid in state in the C.R. Lupton Undertaking Parlors 4449 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo. until 6 P.M., Tuesday, after which it was taken to his former home at Clay Center, Kansas for burial.  Mr. Russell was the son of the late David and Sallie, Hair, Russell of Clay Center.  Before moving to St. Louis in 1897 he held the position of assistant attorney general of Kansas.  After going to St Louis, he was associated for a number of years with the law firm of Laughtlin, Frumber, Blodgett and Russell.  But three years ago he severed this connection and had since practiced by himself.  Mrs Shaw went over to St Louis and from thence to Clay Center to attend the funeral services. [Coulterville, June 1913 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Alexander Russell
Alexander Russell was born near Coulterville, Illinois, July 30th, 1845, the son of Alexander and Margaret Russell, who were early pioneers in this section of the country.  On March 5, 1874, he was married to Martha Ellen Adams who preceeded him in death, July 29,1913.  Mr Russell had four sisters, and three brothers.  Only two survive: David Russell of Clay Center, Kansas; and Mrs Samuel Lowe of Coulterville.  The funeral service was held from the Reformed Presbyterian Church at 2:00 o'clock Sabbath. October, 1922.      Attending the funeral were: Mr and Mrs David Russell of Clay Center, Kansas;  Atty. A.R. Russell; and sisters Miss Della; and W.C. Lowe of St Louis; Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Shaw and son Raymond   
[Coulterville Republican, October 1922 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

David Russell
David Russell was born in Randolph County, Illinois, August 5, 1844, and died at his home in Clay Center, Kansas, July 24, 1927, at the age of nearly 83 years.  He went to Clay county in 1879, and lived on a farm two miles east of town until 1883, when he moved to Union Township, where he lived nearly thirty years, and until he retired and moved to Clay Center in 1910.  In 1866 he married Sallie Hair, who died April 23, 1901.   Eight children were born of this marriage, of whom two died in infancy, John H. Russell, the elder son died on June 24, 1921.  Four daughters: Mrs A. H. Shaw of St. Louis; Mrs. Paul Borland, of Exeter Township; and Mrs. E. H. McClurken of Fort Morgan, Colorado;  (only 3 mentioned) and one son A. R. Russell, of St. Louis, survive.  In 1909 he married Mrs. Amanda Anderson, who still survives.  In early manhood he united with  the Reformed Presbyterian church of Coulterville, Illinois and remained a member there until he came to Kansas, where he united with Reformed Presbyterian  church of  Republican City, later transferring his membership to the Four Mile U. P. Church, being a charter member of that organization, of which he remained a member until his death.  He was the last member of a large family.  His death occurred on the sixth anniversary of the death of his oldest son, John. Short services were conducted at the home Sunday, after which the remains were taken to the First Presbyterian church where Dr. L. A. Benson donducted the funeral services.  Interment was in Greenwood  Cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, June 24, 1927 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]


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