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Obituary for James "Jim" D. Claassen
Rushville Times, January 31, 2001, page 11, column 1
  James D. Claassen, 58, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, in St. Petersburg VA Hospital.
  He was born Aug. 27, 1942, in Rushville, the son of Martin D. "Bill" and Bertha Claassen.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, "Dean," and two nephews.
  He is survived by his friend, Bob Briggs of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, George William Claassen and Martin Claassen, Jr., both of Rushville; four sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Dorothy) Reeder of Rushville; Shirley Leverton of Mt. Sterling; Mrs. Bill (Opal) Richter of Lewistown; and Mrs. Richard (Elizabeth) Etter of Rushville; one uncle, Clarence A. Norton of Rushville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A memorial service will be held later this summer.

Rushville Times, July 25, 2001, page 13, column 3
James D. Claassen
  A military memorial service will be held for James D. "Jim" Claassen, 59, on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at Rushville City Cemetery.
  He was employed by Rushville's J. C. Penney Company after graduating from Rushville High School.
  He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam.
  He is survived by four sisters, Dorothy (husband, Lawrence) Reeder and Liz (husband, Dick) Etter of Rushville, Shirley Leverton of Mt. Sterling and Opal (husband, Bill) Richter of Lewistown; two brothers, George and Junior of Rushville; a friend, Bob Briggs of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Bertha Claassen, and one brother, Dean.

Obituary for Norman "Dean" Dean Claassen
Rushville Times, Nov. 17, 1999, page 17, column 4
  Norman Dean Claassen, 67, of Joliet, formerly of Rushville died Saturday Nov, 13, 1999, at his home.
  He was born in Missouri to Martin and Bertha Claassen.  He married Evelyn Milby.
  He was a graduate of Rushville High School and the University of Illinois.
He served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War.  He retired as owner and operator of Norman Claassen Professional Surveyor and Engineers.  Prior to that, he was employed by the EJ&E Railroad as a surveyor.  He was past commander of American Legion Post 1080 where he was a life member.  He also was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 241 and was an avid outdoorsman.
  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. David (Deborah D.) Gregory of Joliet, Mrs Edgar (Vickie E.) Dean of Joliet and Mrs. Ron (Patti) Sorg of Wilmington; three sons, Jon (wife, Susan) of Essex, David A. (wife, Catherine) of Wilmington and Glenn of Wisconsin; four sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Dorothy) Reeder of Rushville; Mrs. Bill (Opal) Reichter of Lewistown, Shirley Leverton of Mt. Sterling and Mrs. Dick (Liz) Etter of Rushville; three brothers, George and J.R. of Rushville and Jim of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
  Funeral services for Mr. Claassen were held Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at the West Funeral Chapel In Joliet.  Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.

Obituary for George "Harland" Harland Clark
paper, Nov. 28, 1968
Rites for Harland Clark Held Here on Monday.
  Harland Clark, 69, of this city, a retired farmer, died Saturday in Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Services were held at 2 p.m.  Monday in Roby Chapel, the Rev. Lawrence Childers officiating.  Burial was in Ripley cemetery.
  He was born May 11, 1899 in Schuyler county, son of John M. and Margaret Edwards Clark and married Opal Woods in Mt. Sterling, Feb. 7, 1918.
  She survives, along with one son, John Russell of East Peoria; one grandchild; one brother, Herman of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Bernett of East Moline and Mrs. Hazel Clark of Davenport, Ia.
  He was a member of Ripley Christian church.

Obituary for Hattie Bader Clark
Rushville Times, September 8, 1937
Hattie Bader Clark
  Mrs. Hattie Bader Clark died Aug. 16, at her home in Los Angles, CA. age 73 years.
  Mrs. Clark was a daughter of John and Mary Bader and grew to young woman hood in the vicinity of Bader.
  Following her marriage to Chas. Clark of Vermont, they resided in Rushville later locating in CA., where the husband died several years ago. Besides, son Paul, she is survived by three brothers and two sisters, John, Oscar and Pierson all of Kansas; Mrs. Elsie Parrish and Mrs. Bertie Greenwell both of Los Angles.

Obituary for John Morris Clark
unknown paper, January 1942
John Morris Clark
     John Morris Clark, 66, of Ripley died at Phelps hospital in Macomb on Jan. 4.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at Ripley.  Interment in Ripley cemetery.
     Born in Woodstock township Feb. 10, 1875.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Clark and one son, Fred.  Surviving children are: Harland; Herman of Monmouth; Mrs. Hazel Clark of White Hall and Mrs. Anna Burnett of Mt. Sterling.

Obituary for Mary "Lucille" Lucille Veith Clark
Rushville Times, Wednesday, August 15, 2001, page 13, column 4
Lucille Clark
  Lucille Clark, 97, a resident of Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville and formerly of Mt. Sterling, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at the nursing home.
  She was born July 17, 1904, in Brown County, the daughter of Thomas and Esther McCaskill Veith.  She married Roy Edwin Clark in November of 1926.  He preceded her in death on June 13, 1987.
  Mrs. Clark was a homemaker.  She attended Bell School in Brown County and was a member of the Mt. Sterling First Christian Church.
  Survivors include one son, James D. Clark (wife Fern) of Rushville; one sister, Lenore Redmond of Mt. Sterling; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bill Veith.
  Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 13, in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with Rev. Robert Belew officiating.  Burial was in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.
  Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Sterling First Christian Church.

Obituary for Margaret "Maggie" Ellen Edwards Clark
unknown paper, July 13, 1922
     Death came suddenly Friday evening to Mrs. Margaret E. Clark, wife of John Clark of Woodstock town (missing) when she expired before medical aid could be summoned.
     When Mr. Clark came in from work about 7 o'clock his wife remarked that she was tired, and took some soda water.  He passed on into the house and the heavy breathing of his wife attracted his attention, and when he hurried to her side she was beyond human aid, expiring in a few moments.
     Coroner W. F. Harvey was notified and, after arriving at the Clark home, empaneled a jury with George A. Virgil as forman, who returned a verdict that death was due to heart failure.
     Mrs. Clark was about forty-five years of age, and besides her husband, is survived by the following children: Fred Harmon, Hazel and Annie.
     Funeral services were held on Sunday from the late home.  Interment in the Ripley cemetery.

Obituary for Mary Lula Clark
born: January 1, 1871; died November 1899; daughter of Thomas B. and Eliza Jane Wetzel Clark
Mary L. Clark
  Died, at her home in Lewistown, Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, Miss Mary L. Clark, aged 28 years, 10 months and 14 days. Funeral at the residence of parents, Mr. And Mrs. T. B. Clark on North Main street, Friday at 1 p. m., Rev. C. H. Williamson officiating. Friends invited. Interment at Oak Hill cemetery.
  Miss Clark was born on the old homestead north of town and resided there until over a year ago when her parents removed to Lewistown. About a year ago her health began to fail. Appearance of consumption impelled a change of climate. With her mother she went to Eureka Springs, Ark. And from there to Colorado. Her health no preceptibly improved they returned about two weeks ago. The deceased was a bright, lovable young woman. All that love could suggest and wealth could provide was done to give her health but to no success. She is mourned by many friends and acquaintances.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother’s things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."

Obituary for Mrs. Carrolton Clark
  Mrs. Carrolton Clark died Friday morning at her home south of this city at the age of 30 years, consumption being the cause of her demise.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother’s things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."   Note: Think she is the wife of Carrolton Thomas Clark, son of  Thomas B. and Eliza Jane Wetzel Clark.

Obituary of Roger L. Clark
Rushville Times, Wednesday, November 7, 2001, page 13, column 3
Roger Clark
  Roger L. Clark, 38, of Kenney, died at his home on Thursday, Nov. 1.
  He was born Sept. 21, 1963, in Decatur, the son of Vernon and Mary Mayfield Clark.  He married Melissa G. Busby on Nov. 30, 1991, in Rushville.  She survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Nathan and one daughter, Grace, both at home; his parents of Chestnut; his father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Judy Busby of Rushville; and one sister, Sheryl Clark of Chestnut.
  He was a farmer and was a member of the Kenney Christian Church and the Chestnut Men’s Club.
  Funeral services for Mr. Clark were Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, at the Clinton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Bell officiating.  Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Kenney.  Memorials may be made for his children.
  Calvert Funeral Home of Clinton was in charge of services.

Thomas W. Clarke Death
Schuyler Citizen, August 10, 1864
  Thomas Clarke died in Army hospital at Memphis, Tennessee on 31 July 1864 at age of 22 years and 15 days.  Body returned for burial here. Died at 6:30 o'clock from chronic diarrhea and Pneumonia, is son of Rev. John Clarke.
  Note: Army Records lists name as "Clark" and member of Co. C, 119th Illinois Infantry Regt.  119th page

Obituary for Cora B. Bader Clayton
Rushville Times, January 20, 1966
Services Held in Bader
For Mrs. Cora Clayton, 84
  Mrs. Cora Clayton, 84, a former resident of Schuyler county, died Tuesday at her home in Christopher, following an illness of about two years.
  Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. m the Bader Christian church, with the Shawgo Memorial home of Astoria in charge of arrangements. Laurence Royer conducted tile services and burial was in the Bader cemetery.
  She was born April 14, 1881, at Bader, the daughter of Henry O. and Lucetta Saucer Bader. She was a member of the Bader Christian church and in July, 1945, she was married to Howell J. Clayton, who survives.
  Also surviving are four sisters, Miss Garnett Bader, Miss Ruby Bader and Mrs. Inez Stambaugh of Browning and Mrs. Blanche Dowling of Sweet Home, Ore.; and two brothers, Howard Bader of Browning and Clarence Bader of Hamilton.

Obituary for John Knox Richey Clayton
Rushville Times, 1921
John Knox Richey Clayton
  John Knox Richey Clayton was the son of William and Delila Clayton. He was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 30, 1835 and came to Illinois when very young.
  He had two brothers, Samuel and Zebulin, both now deceased; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Peak and Mrs. Mordica Peak of Creston, Iowa, also deceased. He was married to Miss Rebeka Miller Clark, July 4,1855, who passed away forty years ago. To this union was born four children -- one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Weaver of Galesburg, Illinois, William E. Clayton of Rushville, Illinois, John M. Clayton of Bushnell, Illinois, James Clinton Clayton of Industry, Illinois.
  He was also married to Mrs. Lucy Burdic at Industry, after which they removed to Grant City, Missouri, where he resided for a number of years until the death of his wife to, Aug. 1917, when he returned to Galesburg to live with his daughter, Mrs. Josephine Weaver, who so faithfully and tenderly cared for him until he fell asleep in Jesus arms. He was a member of the Christian church at Grant City, Missouri. At a time of his death he was 86 years old and was very feeble for the last few years. His life seemed to slip away each day, growing weaker and on November 24, 1921, he suffered a slight paraletic stroke from which he never rallied, and on November 29th five days later at 11: 45 o'clock he passed a way.
  He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a kind neighbor and respected by all who knew him.
  His remains were taken to Rushville, Illinois, where he funeral services were held at the Christian church, and was laid to rest in the Rushville Cemetery.
  Card of Thanks: We wish to thank our friends for their assistance and sympathy, also the history of the Christian church, Rev. Snyder, for reading the comforting words of God, also the singers and pall bearers. Children and grandchildren.
  Submitted by: Beth Presley; Walls, Mississippi <Starr28xx@aol.com>

Obituary for Violet Z. Lambert Clayton
Rushville Times, June 28, 2000, page 13, column 5
Violet Clayton
   Violet Z. Clayton, 94, of Rushville, died Tuesday June 27, 2000, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
   She was born Nov. 25,1905, in Oakland Township, Schuyler County, the daughter of the late Frank and Pearl (Skiles) Lambert. 
   Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Lloyd (Le Isle) Miller of Beardstown, five nieces and two nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Harold Lambert, and one sister, Nina Lambert.
   She was a housekeeper, working many years with Ruth Glass of Rushville.  She attended the Rushville Free Methodist Church.
   Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rushville City Cemetery with Rev. Robert Kirkham officiating.  Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville.  Memorials may be made to the Rushville Free Methodist Church.

Obituary for Vera Adell Montooth Clifton
Rushville Times, September 3, 1930
Death Came Suddenly to Vera Montooth-Clifton
  Mrs. Vera A. Montooth-Clifton, wife of Guy L. Clifton, of Los Angeles, Calif., died Sunday at the home of her mother, Mrs. James Montooth, in this city, in her forty-seventh year.
  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. E. K. Towle, were held from the Montooth home on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment was in the family lot in the Rushville cemetery.
  Vera Adell, oldest child of James and Anna Montooth, was born at Rushville, Ill., June 11, 1884, and passed away peacefully Aug. 31st, at the home of her mother. She is survived by her husband, mother and three brothers, George, Robert and Chester. Also two nieces and two nephews, whom she loved dearly.
  At an early age she united with the Methodist church of which she remained a loyal member. She attended the Rushville public schools, graduating with the class of 1902, Vera being the sixth of her class of twenty-two to pass to the Great Beyond. After finishing high school she took a business course at Kennedy's Normal and Business college, and entered into a business career, holding responsible positions in Rushville, Pontiac and Chicago. She was most efficient in her work and was always the center of her many friends who are deeply grieved at her departure.
  Her health failing, she went to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1921 for a rest, making a complete recovery, and later took a clerical position in Denver, which she held for several years. On Dec. 23, 1926 she was united in marriage to Guy L. Clifton, and went to Los Angeles, Calif., to reside. This happy union was short, but the great devotion of these two for each other made up in part for their untimely separation. Her last act was to dictate a letter which would reach her husband in time for his birthday.
  Two years ago Vera came home to visit, her father being very feeble and very soon passed away. Her health failing again, and grief at the loss of her dear father, was more than she could stand. She was again compelled to seek relief in a sanitarium in Colorado. In company with her mother, who was her constant companion in her last illness, she returned to Rushville in the early summer, and here was tenderly cared for. Our deepest sympathy is with her devoted husband, who is recovering from a serious operation in a hospital at Los Angeles. Vera was hopeful of returning to her home in California, but had expressed herself as being ready to go should her Master call her.
  Death Certificate

 Obituary for H. "Bruce" Bruce Clugston
Rushville Times, August 30, 2000, page 13, column 1
H. Bruce Clugston
  H. Bruce Clugston, 75, of Macomb, died at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at the Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
  He was born July 24, 1925, in Rushville, the son of Albert and Jewell Vawter Clugston.  He married Roberta Douglas on Sept. 4, 1948.  She preceded him in death on March 1,1995.  He later married Mary Wyatt Riggins an Nov. 27, 1998, in Macomb.  She survives.
  He is also survived by one daughter, Marta (husband Larry) Harn of Blandinsville; two grandsons; three step-children, Tom Fowler of Plymouth, Tammy Asher of Good Hope and Jon Fowler of Macomb; five step-grandchildren; three brothers, Duane (wife Mary Ellen) Clugston of Peoria, Ariz., Conrad (wife Mary Lou) Clugston of Nappanee, Ind., and Kenneth (wife Lynn) Clugston of Rolla, Mo.; one sister, Joyce Hendrickson of Macomb; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
  He graduated from Industry High School in 1943, following which he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force, and when the war ended, he was trained as a cadet.  Following his duty in the service, he attended Western Illinois State Teachers College, and later graduated from Worsham College in Mortuary Science in Chicago.
  He attended the University of Illinois where he received his commercial pilots license and instructors rating.  He then flew air-freight, air ambulance and pipeline air inspection.
  He was employed at the Clugston Funeral Home several years and was a flight instructor at the Macomb Airport.  In 1958, he took over the airport from his uncle, Harry Clugston, until 1973 when he returned to the funeral home.  From 1981 to 1986 he worked in funeral service in Denver and Loveland, Colo.  Following his retirement, he continued to work part-time for the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Homes in Macomb and Blandinsville.
  He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Macomb Masonic Lodge 27.  He was past president of the Macomb Optimist Club, and was a member of the Macomb Flyers Club.  He also drove a school bus in Macomb for several years.
  Funeral services were held Saturday Aug. 26, 2000, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Macamb.  Rev. Mark Myers, Rev. Lori Harvey and Rev. Stephen Storms officiated and burial was at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.  Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Obituary for Ida Ferne Smith Cluney
Rushville Times, January 31, 2001, page 11, column 3
Ida Cluney
  Ida Ferne Cluney, 82, of Astoria, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at her home.
  She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Fulton County, the daughter of Verner C. Darel and Goldie Alverta (Sowers) Smith. She married Darrell K. "Bud" Cluney on Dec. 20, 1936 in Astoria. He survives.
  Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Melba Jean) Lindsey of Astoria, Mrs. Willis (Judith) Mason of Springfield, Ohio and Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Herrera of Auburn, Calif.; two sons, Kenneth (and Judy) Cluney of Chillicothe and Terry (and Carol) Cluney of Peoria; one sister, Marie Roudebush of Rushville; one brother, Albert (and Delores) Smith of Havana; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest and Dalbert Smith; two sisters, Pearl Workman and Evelyn Rowe and one grandson.
  She was a member of the Astoria Christian Church and the Astoria Sunshine Club. She was a homemaker and served as an election judge in Woodland Township for many years.
  Services were held Tuesdsy, Jan. 30, 2001, at the Astoria Christian Church with Gary Sheets officiating. Burial was at Summum Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice Programs or to her church. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services.

Funeral Notice for Dow Prosser Colt
Dow P. Colt
Born, Feb. 2, 1828, in Eric County, Pa.
Died, May 26, 1896, in Rushville, Ill.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence on Thursday, May 28, at 3 p.m.
Friends and acquintances are respectfully invited to attend.

Obituary for Ellen Harriet Kuhn Colt
Rushville Times, February 18, 1904
Mrs. Ellen Harriet Colt
  Miss Ellen Harriet Kuhn was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., Nov. 3, 1831, and passed out of the earth life in Rushville, Ill., Feb. 14, 1904, at the age of 72 years, 3 months and 11 days.
  She was united in marriage to the late Dow Prosser Colt, June 2, 1853.  Mother Colt was the third of nine children born to John Kuhn and Matilda White, of whom three now survive, viz: Philip Kuhn, Emma Boice and Matilda Leezer, all living in this county.
  To Mr. and Mrs. Colt were born five children, viz: Alice Florence, Lucy Ellen, Anna Belle, Charles C. and William Wesley.  Her beloved companion of nearly fifty years and two of these children, Alice and Charles, preceded her to "that better land."  Lucy, Anna and William were at the bedside at her death.
  Mother Colt had been almost a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was a regular attendant upon divine services as long as her strength would permit.  In January, 1902, a stroke of paralysis rendered her almost helpless, but she bore her affliction cheerfully and with fortitude.  A wonderful constitution enabled her to ward off for over two years a second attack of this dread disease, but last Sunday morning the spirit took its flight and she is at rest with her beloved parents, husband and children who had gone before.
  On Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends assembled at the family residence on Franklin street to pay their last tribute of respect to an affectionate wife, a loving mother, an exemplary christian and a kind neighbor.  The sad rites were performed by her pastor, Rev. J. Edward Artz, who spoke front Psa. 35:14: "I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother," after which she was conveyed to her last earthly resting place, the Rushville cemetery, awaiting the glorious resurrection morning.
"Into the eternal shadows that girds our life around
  Into the infinite silence wherewith Death's shore is bound,
 Thou hast gone forth, beloved! and I were mean to weep
 That thou hast left life's shallows, and dost possess the deep."
"Servant of God, well done!
 Thy glorious warfare's past;
 The battle's fought, the race to won,
 And thou art crowned at last."
  J. E. A.

Obituary for June Robertson Condit
August 28, 1992
June Condit
  Astoria - June Condit, 91, of Astoria died at 8:45 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1992, at her daughter's home, 305 S. Kearney St., Denver.
  Born June 27,1901, in Schuyler County to William and Ella Gragg Robertson, she married Rankin Condit on July 5, 1923, in Peoria. He died Sept. 10, 1969. She also was preceded in death by four sisters.
  Surviving are one daughter, Mary Margaret Condit of Denver; and two sisters, Carolyn Wood of Rialto, Calif., and Fannie Anderson of San Diego.
  She was a former Astoria schoolteacher and a member of Astoria United Methodist Church and the Astoria American Legion Auxiliary.
  Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. The Rev. Terry Westerfield will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Astoria United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Obituary for Marjorie B. Danner Conner
Rushville Times, Nov. 10, 1999, page 17, column 3
Marjorie Conner
  Marjorie B. Conner, 78, of Astoria, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  She was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Astoria, the daughter of Ralph and Zelma (Danner) Danner.
  She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Carolyn) Bair of Vermont and Mrs. Jerry (Sharon) Trone of Pekin; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Merlin (Wanda) Myers of Ipava.
  She was a member of the Astoria Church of Christ and had been employed as a bookkeeper at Culligan Soft Water Service and later at Price Oil Company, both of Astoria.
  Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at the Astoria Church of Christ with Collis Trone officiating.  Burial was in the Astoria Cemetery.  Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to Schuyler County Hospice or her church.

Obituary for Peter Cook
died: May 2, 1892
  Cook, Peter L. - died, at his home in this vicinity, May 2d, from cancer on the face, Peter L. Cook, age 84 years, 1 month and 25 days. Mr. Cook was born in Marion county, Ohio, March 7, 1808; from there he moved to Pennsylvania, where he married to Miss. Hannah Hinkle in 1829; to them was born eleven children, ten of whom are still living and about 100 grand and great-grandchildren are scattered in different states. Uncle Peter Cook, as he was called, came to Illinois in 1841 and settled at or near where he has since remained.  (Flatwoods)
  Note: Flatwoods area is Oakland Township, Schuyler County and into Fulton County, Illinois

Obituary for Hannah Hinklin Cook
Vermont Chronicle, 1887
Mrs. Peter Cook
  Mrs. Peter Cook, aged 76 years, died of congestion of the stomach, at her home about five miles southwest of Vermont, on Sunday morning the 9th. inst., and was interred in the cemetery at this place on Monday.
  Mrs. Cook was born in Bucks county, Pennslyvania, July 11, 1811, and moved from there to Scotia county, Ohio. In 1841 she moved to what is known as the Flatwoods, where she spent the remaining days of her life. For the past 30 years she has been an honored member of the Christian church, beloved and respected by all. She was the mother of eleven children. Her husband, who is far advanced in years, and ten children and a large number of grand-childern, remain to revere her memory.

Obituary for Haydon Mac Cooper I
Rushville Times, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, page 15, column 5
Hayden Cooper
  Hayden Mac Cooper, 80, of Bradenton, Fla., a former Rushville resident, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at the Riverfront Home in Bradenton.
  Mr. Cooper was born May 24, 1919, in Augusta, Ill., to the late Dr. Earl and Josephine Myers Cooper.
  Surviving are four sons, Hayden Mac Cooper II of Rushville, Joe Cooper of Mt. Carmel, Ill, Duff Cooper of Bradenton, Fla., and Tad Cooper of DuQuoin, Ill.; a daughter, Lucy Kozak of Bradenton, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Cooper.
  Mr. Cooper was a former teacher, principal and superintendent in various central and southern Illinois school systems.
  Cremation rites will be accorded with no formal service at this time.
  Memorials may be made to Chaddock School, 205 S. 24th Street, Quincy, IL 62301-4446.

Obituary for Merle "Jerry" Thomas Cooper
Rushville Times, Wednesday, March 21, 2001, page 15, column 5
'Jerry' Cooper
  Merle Thomas "Jerry" Cooper, 85, of Rushville, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at the Heritage Manor East Nursing Home in Beardstown.
  He was born Dec. 28, 1915, in Paris, Ill., the son of the late Melvin Clinton and Celia Ann (Edminston) Cooper.  He married Sarah Margaret Utter on Sept. 22, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo.  She preceded him in death Aug. 15, 1991.
  Surviving are two sons, Jerry Lee Cooper (wife, Patti) of Beardstown, and Melvin Thomas "Tom" Cooper of Rushville; one daughter, Celia Huston (husband, Albert) of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marcella Butler (husband, Ralph) of Paris.
  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Judy Applegate,. and two brothers, Ray and Donald Cooper.
  He served in the National Guard from 1938-1939.  He farmed most of his life and also worked as a meat cutter at Bartlow Brothers in Rushville.  He retired from Baldwin Brothers Construction in 1978 after 10 years of service.
  Mr. Cooper was a member of the former Union Baptist church, where he served as a deacon, Laborer's Local 251 in Jacksonville, and the Schuyler County Coon Hunters Association.
  Funeral services were Sunday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Rob Kirkham officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for Ambrose Martin Corman
Rushville Times, Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois, Wednesday, November 25, 1998
Ambrose Martin Corman
  Ambrose Martin Corman, 81, of Nacogdoches, Texas, formerly of Rushville, died Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at the Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches.  He was born May 30, 1917, in Galesburg, to the late Elmo Byron and Maggie Harrah Gilruth Corman.
  Surviving are two sons, Gary Corman of Kelso, Washington, Les Corman of Nacogdoches, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. Terry Briggs of Ashand, Mrs. Sharon Ratcliff of Kilbourne, Mrs. Julie Anderson of Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Joyce Barnes of Champaign; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one brother, Harold Corman of Jefferson City, Mo.; and three sisters, Mrs. Helen Blue of Astoria, Mrs. Mary Daniels of Havana, and Mrs. Maggie Schaefer of Houston, Texas.
  He was a farmer.
  Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Rushville City Cemetery with Father Robert Reynolds officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Worthington funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary of Lucy "Anna" Ann Settles Kalebaugh Corman
The Schuylerite, Schuyler County Jail Museum and Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois, Volume 13, #3, Fall 1984, Page 90
Rushville Times, September 25, 1929
In Memoriam
Lucy Ann Kalebaugh Corman
  Lucy Ann Settles was born in Browning township, Schuyler County, Illinois, September 12, 1861, and died September 19, 1929, at the age of 69 years and 7 days.
  She was a daughter of David and Arminda Settles; one brother and one sister, Nelson and Cynthia having died in early childhood.  Soon after the great Civil War broke out the father, David Jackson Settles, enlisted in the defense of his country and died in the service. Anna never knew the meaning of the word father in the true sense of the word. The only recollection she ever had of her father was that of following his body to the grave, after being sent home from the Southland. Anna was then taken into the home of her Grandmother Tracy and was sent to school at Mt. Zion in Browning township, where she obtained a common country school education, growing to young womanhood in that vicinity.
  On January 31, 1878, she was united in marriage with Ephraim Kalebaugh of Rushville township. To this union was born two children , Florence Settles Kalebaugh, now Icenogle and Charles Ephriam Kalebaugh. October 1, 1911, Mr. Kalebaugh passed away and on November 14, 1920, she was united in marriage to J. M. Corman, who preceded her in death seven years ago.
  For several years the decedent had been gradually failing in health, but September 12th being her birthday, her two children planned a surprise for her which was successfully carried out by a host of her relatives and neighbors gathering at her home where the evening was spent in eating ice-cream, singing and playing games, all of which was entered into by her, and none enjoyed the event more than Anna herself. Little did she think that on the morrow she would lapse into unconsciousness, but sometime during the morning of Friday, September 13th, she suffered a stroke and 'gradually' grew weaker until Friday, September 19th, when she passed into the great beyond at 3:15 p.m.
  While the subject of this sketch was living this remark was made to the writer by a person who was almost continually in the Kalebaugh home through a period of fifteen years, "I never heard a cross word pass between Anna and Eph."
  During her girlhood she became a member of the Methodist Church and her life has been a living testimony of the true faith, and she has many times expressed herself as being ready for the change. "That is was only a step across to the other side - that she could see across and had nothing to fear.
  She leaves to mourn on account of her demise, her two children and ten grandchildren and a half-sister, Matilda Caster, of Beardstown. Her next nearest relative is Gilderoy Settles, a brother of her father. She also leaves many cousins scattered over several states.
  Funeral services were held in the Kalebaugh home on Sunday September 22 at 2 o'clock p.m., by Rev. H. I. Cady. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery, one mile east of McTyerri Church.

Obituary for Geraldine K. Oswalt Cornn
Rushville Times, Jan. 26, 2000, page 13, column 1
Geraldine Cornn
  Geraldine K. Cornn, 81, of Astoria, died at Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Odd Fellows Rebekah Lodge Nursing Home in Mattoon.
  She was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Osceola Mills, Pa., to James and Marie Rembelar Oswalt.  She married Willard L. Cornn on Aug. 20, 1949.  He survives.
  Also surviving are three daughters, Alyce (husband, Robert) Creech of Vermont, Patricia Smith-Hunter (husband, Ed Hunter) of Moweaqua and Betty (husband, Kenneth) Lewis of Baxter, Ky.; three sons, Carl Cornn and James (wife, Jeanne) Cornn, both of Rockford, and Fred (wife, Judy) Miller of Nashville, Tenn.; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grand­children; one great-great-grandson; two brothers, James and Donald; and two sisters, Louise and Phyllis.
  She was preceded in death by one son, William LeRoy Cornn.
  She formerly worked as a nurse in Rushville.
  A member of Rebekah Lodge 143 in Havana, she was a past Grand Matriarch and former president of the Ladies Auxiliary.
  She was a member of Astoria Church of Christ, where a memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 20.  Cremation will be accorded.  Dawson & Wikoff West Woods Street Funeral Home in Decatur was in charge of arrangements.
  Memorials may be made to the Odd Fellows Rebekah Lodge Nursing Home.

Obituary for Lewis Cowdery
Rushville Times, January 9, 1913
Lewis Cowdery
  Lewis Cowdery was born at the present home near Brooklyn, Ill., Feb. 8, 1846, and departed this life Dec. 20th, 1912; aged 66 years, 10 months and 12 days.
  He was the youngest son of Roswell and Mercy Cowdery. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him to the better land.
  He was united in marriage April 3d, 1872, to Mary Meacham. To them were born four children. Lymen the eldest died at the age of two years, Homer dying in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Sloan Horney, and one son, Arthur, are left with their mother to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and a most affectionate father.
  His love for little children was a marked charateristic, making him many friends among the little folks, besides the eight grand children to whom he was so dear.
  He was a member of the Baptist church, living a true and upright christian life. He was widely known and loved by all who knew him; his kindly cheerful dispostion making many friends, for whom he always had a smile and cheerful word.
  The loved ones who grieve today have the knowledge that their loss is his eternal gain, and to the broken heart there comes the Savior's words of comfort, "In my Father's house there are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also."
  Funeral services were held in the M. E. church in Huntsville on Sunday, Dec. 22d, conducted by Rev. H. R. Kasiske of Loraine, Ill. Interment in the Huntsville cemetery.

Obituary for Dorothy Agnes Skiles Cox
Rushville Times, Wednesday, March 31, 1982
Rites Held Monday For Mrs. Dorothy A. Cox
  Mrs. Dorothy A. Cox, 75, of Browning, died at 6:43 p.m. on March 25 at Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Christian church in Browning, the Rev David Burns officiating. Burial was in Browning cemetery.
  Mrs. Cox was born Dec. 28, 1906, in Schuyler county, the daughter of James and Rosa Stambaugh Skiles. She was a member of the Central Christian church of Browning. She married Henry Cox on Oct. 16, 1929, in Macomb.
  Surviving are her husband; and John of Industry and Lester of Browning.
  She was preceded in death by one sister, Daisy Belleville and three brothers, Charles, Henry and Monroe.

Obituary for Homer Clarence Cox
Rushville Times, Wednesday, September 20, 2000, page 17, column 3
Homer Cox
  Homer C. Cox, 92, of Browning, died Saturday Sept. 16, 2000, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  He was born Jan. 26, 1908, in Browning, the son of Benjamin and Sara Ann (Walton) Cox.
  He married Mytle Lane on Dec. 17, 1931.  She died on June 2, 1992.
  He also was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
  Surviving are one son, Ron (wife Glenna) Cox of Browning; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ralph Cox, of Astoria.
  He was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and a 50-year member of the Astoria Masonic Lodge.  He worked several years for the Strong Equipment Company in Rushville and a couple of years for CB&Q Railroad.  He worked for 33 years as a cashier and vice president of the Rushville State Bank, retiring around 1978.
  Graveside services were Tuesday, Sept. 19 with Collis Trone officiating.  Burial was in the Browning Cemetery.  Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Obituary for Mildred "Pauline" Pauline Ashwood Cox
Wagoner Newspaper
Services Held Wednesday For Mrs. Pauline Cox, 23
  Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Cox, 23, who died in a Muskogee Hospital Tuesday, were held here Wednesday afternoon in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. I. W. Fulgham, pastor, officiating.
  Mrs. Cox was born in Illinois in 1913. She was married to (James) Elmo Cox April 08, 1933. To this union one child was born, John Raymond, two years old.
  In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Cox leaves three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Phelps, Mrs. Mabel Gaylor and Lucille Ashwood; four brothers, Harold Ashwood, Robert Ashwood, Wayne Ashwood and Raymond Ashwood,Jr.; an uncle Harry Ashwood, all of Muskogee, OK.. Other relatives are Mr. and Mrs. John Cox, Tulsa, OK. and Mr. and Mrs. Thermon Loy of Wagoner, OK.
  Burial was in Wagoner's Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Hersman Funeral Home.

Obituary for Mildred Rowena Richardson Cox
Rushville Times, Wednesday, October 17, 2001, page 15, column 1
Mildred Cox
  Mildred Cox, 64, of rural Camden died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
  She was born Nov. 30, 1936, in Camden Township of Schuyler County, to the late George and Beulah E. Gabbert Richardson.  She married Gerald L. Cox Dec. 10, 1955, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville. He died Dec. 4, 1998.
  Surviving are two sons, Kent Cox (wife Denine) of Rushville, and Kevin Cox (wife Tina) of Industry; two daughters, Brenda John (husband Randy) of Macomb and Penny Lunt (husband Curt) of Rushville; nine grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two sisters, Arlene Estes of Rushville and Ivagene Quinn (husband Gene) of Cooperstown.
  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville and was a shepherd at the Wednesday night youth group at the church.  She attended West Union Grade School in Camden and graduated from Rushville High School in 1955.  She also attended Spoon River College and received her L.P.N. degree from Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville in 1973.
  She worked as an L.P.N. at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital and Culbertson Long Term Care Facility, both in Rushville.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial was in the White Oak Cemetery near Brooklyn.  Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society for early detection research, the Culbertson Long Term Care Facility or the First United Methodist Church of Rushville.

Obituary for Vera P. Paisley Cox
Rushville Times, March 8, 2000, page 15, column 5
  Vera P. Cox, 97, of Rushville, formerly of Mt. Sterling, died March 2, 2000, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.  She was born Aug. 25, 1902, in Schuyler County, the daughter of Fred and Emma Lewis Paisley.  She married Roland F. Cox on Nov. 25, 1926 in Chicago.  He died Aug. 20, 1976.
  She was a school teacher, retiring in 1962. She was a member of Ripley Church of God and belonged to the Retired Teachers Organization in Schuyler and Brown counties. She taught grades 1-4 in Cooperstown, and first grade at North and South Elementary Schools in Mt. Sterling.  She attended Brown County Elementary Schools and Rushville High School.  She graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb.
  She also was preceded in death by a brother, James L. Paisley, and a sister, Merle Vann.
  She is survived by one son, John F. Cox of Prospect, Ky.; three grandsons; five great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were Saturday, March 4 at the Hufnagel-Graham Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with Rev. Richard Young and Rev. Tom Schmitt officiating.  Burial was in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Ripley Church of God or the American Cancer Society.

Jonathan Cracraft
Rushville Times, August 30, 1923
  The remains of Jonathan Cracraft arrived here Sunday from St. Joseph, Mo. Mr. Cracraft died from injuries sustained when he was thrown from a horse. Funeral services were held from the home of his sister, Mrs. Anna Cleek; interment in the Weightman cemetery. He visited here recently.

Obituary for Ansel Verne Crafton
Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois, February 1913, Browning Items
  The Death Angel called again in our town on Sunday, claiming for his victim, Ansel Verne Crafton, who was born January 2, 1893 and died February 2, 1913, aged twenty years, one month.  He was breaking on the railroad, came home for Christmas, sick with typhoid pneumonia fever, from which he never fully recovered.  He was confined to his bed thirty-nine days and all that loving hands and hearts could do, was done to relieve him, but God saw best to call him into the great beyond.  He told his parents he was ready and willing to do the Master's bidding.  He was the third son of Henry and Laura Crafton, who with five brothers, Clarence Crafton, Earl Crafton, William Crafton, Wayne Crafton and Frank Crafton, also a sister Annabell Crafton, and his betrothed bride, Stella Cook mourn his loss, besides a host of other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held at the home of on Tuesday at 1 o'clock p.m.  Interment was made in the Bader Cemetery.  We extend to the bereaved family our sincere and heartfelt sympathy, knowing God will comfort their bleeding hearts.  While Ansel can not come back to them, they can go to be with him some sweet day.

Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois, February 1913, Browning Items
  Edd Crafton and wife of Adair were in town Friday on account of the severe illness of his nephew, Ansel Crafton.

Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois, February 1913, Browning Items
  William Crafton of Pekin was a home visitor for a few days last week.

Obituary for Carol Jean Crafton
Rushville Times, November 30, 1938
Carol Jean Crafton
  Carol Jean Crafton, aged five months and nineteen days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Crafton of Browning, was found dead in bed at home on Thanksgiving morning.
  Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Crafton in Browning and burial was in the Browning Cemetery.
  Surviving are the parents and a sister, Laura Ann, aged two years.
Note: crib death

Obituary of Edna Lenora Skiles Crafton
Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, March 28, 1969
Mrs. Edna Crafton
  Mrs. Edna Crafton, 77, died this morning at the Schmitt Memorial Hospital.
  She is survived by one son, Thomas E. Crafton of Washington D. C.; two foster daughters, Mrs. Richard Murray and Mrs. Richard Todd, both of Beardstown, two grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
  She was preceeded in death by her husband, Thomas Earl Crafton, who died in 1948 and one daughter.
  Funeral services will be held at the Cline Funeral Home at 3:30 p. m. Sunday, with the Rev. William G. Browning officiating.  Friends my call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p. m. Saturday.
  Burial will be in the City Cemetery.
  Note: She was born February 23, 1892, Hickory Township, Schuyler County, Illinois, to William "Newt" Newton Skiles and Alma Alice Fisher. Foster daughters, Mrs. Richard (Rozella) Murray and Mrs. Richard (Maxine) Todd are the daughters of William "Willie" Jennings Bryan Crafton (brother of husband, Thomas "Earl") and Stella Lenora Surratt but raised by Thomas "Earl" and Edna Crafton as their own.

Obituary for Henry James Crafton
probably Rushville Times, March 1920
Obituary
  Henry James Crafton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Crafton was born in Browning, Illinois on March 16, 1866 and departed this life at the St. Francis Hospital in Macomb, Illinois on March 19, 1920. being aged 54 years and 3 days old.  In 1887 he was united in marriage to Laura Warren.  To this union were born 9 children, Clarence, Willie, Frank, Annabelle and Jimmie, all of Browning, Earle and Wayne of Beardstown and Ansel and an infant daughter who preceeded their father to the "Great Beyond".  He also leaves three brothers, Wm. of Pekin, Edd of Adair, John of Oklahoma and a sister, Mrs. May Phillips of Pekin, also a host of friends and relatives who mourn the untimely departure of a kind friend and neighbor.  He is the fifth child out of a family of 9 who has been called to pay the last great debt.
  Henry has been seriously afflicted for the last two years and for the last month has been an inmate of St. Francis Hospital at Macomb.  While there he had the best medical skill and attention that could be procured, and the loving care of his entire family, but to no avail.  He knew the time was near when the Death Angel would call him and he expressed himself as being ready and willing for the call.  Funeral services were held Mondy at 1:30 at the M. E. Church conducted by Rev. Flavel Anderson.  Interment was made in the Bader Cemetery.
  The bereaved wife and children wish to express their sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown to them through the illness and after the death of their dear husband and father.

Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois
March 1920, Browning Items
  Henry James Crafton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crafton was born in Browning, Illinois on March 16, 1866 and departed this life at the St. Francis Hospital in Macomb, Illinois on March 19, 1920. being aged fifty-four years and three days old.  In 1887 he was united in marriage to Laura Warren.  To this union were born nine children, Clarence Crafton, Willie Crafton, Frank Crafton, Annabelle Crafton and Jimmie Crafton, all of Browning, Earle Crafton and Wayne Crafton, both of Beardstown; Ansel and an infant daughter who preceeded their father to the "Great Beyond".  He also leaves three brothers William Crafton of Pekin, Edd Crafton of Adair, John Crafton of Oklahoma and a sister, Mrs. May Phillips of Pekin, also a host of friends and relatives who mourn the untimely departure of a kind friend and neighbor.  He is the fifth child out of a family of nine who has been called to pay the last great debt.
  Henry has been seriously afflicted for the last two years and for the last month has been an inmate of St. Francis Hospital at Macomb.  While there he had the best medical skill and attention that could be procured, and the loving care of his entire family, but to no avail.  He knew the time was near when the Death Angel would call him and he expressed himself as being ready and willing for the call.
  Funeral services were held Mondy at 1:30 at the M. E. Church conducted by Rev. Flavel Anderson.  Interment was made in the Bader Cemetery.
  The bereaved wife and children wish to express their sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown to them through the illness and after the death of their dear husband and father.

Obituary for Laura Ann Warren Crafton
Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois, January 4, 1933
Browning Lady Dies At The Home Of Her Daughter
  Laura Ann Warren, daughter of Amos and Josephine Warren, was born at Browning on August 17, 1869, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Caldwell of Beardstown on Monday at the age of sixty-three years.
  In 1885 she was united in marriage with Henry Crafton of Browning. To this union nine children were born, six of whom survive.  They are Earl Crafton of Beardstown, Clarence Crafton, Wayne Crafton and Frank Crafton of Browning, Anna Caldwell of Beardstown and James Crafton who resided with his mother.
  William Crafton, Ansel Crafton and an infant daughter, together with her husband preceeded her in death.
  She also leaves to mourn her going, one sister, Mrs. Carrie Stambaugh of Browning and twelve grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
  At an early age she gave her heart to God, placing her church membership with the M. E. Church of Browning and remained a faithful follower of Christ until He called her home.
  Laura was a wonderful neighbor and an ideal mother and will be missed not only in her home but by all who knew her.  Her life was a beautiful testimony for Christ and she was always able to say "God's will, not mine, be done," even in her most bitter bereavement.  the comforting thought at this time is "She is not dead, but sleeping."
  Funeral services were held at the Browning M. E. Church, Wednesday at 10 o'clock, Rev. John B. Roosa, pastor of the church officiating.  Burial was made in the Bader Cemetery.  The beautiful flowers and large concourse of people spoke of the esteem in which Mrs. Crafton was held in the community.
  Note: Marriage date was April 6, 1887 in Schuyler County, Illinois.

Obituary for Nancy Ellen Jenkins Crafton
Argus-SearchLight, Astoria, Illinois, September 17, 1913
  Nancy, only child of George and Barbara Jenkins was born in 1838 and was married to Thomas Crafton in 1861.  To this union were born eight children, George Crafton, dying in infancy, Carrie Gobel, deceased, Mrs. William Vandveer of Beardstown, William Crafton of Pekin, Henry Crafton, John Crafton, Edd Crafton and Mrs. Walter Phillips, all of this place.
  Her cheerful disposition and christian character, won for her many friends.
  It is sad that in her last hours she was unable to talk with her family.  Had it been so, she certainly would have counciled them to right living.
  In December 1883, she was converted and joined the church of her choice, the M. E. Church and her faith was in God.
  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Riggs of Beardstown, in the M. E. Church, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Bader Cemetery.
  The family have the sympathy of the community.
"Dearest mother thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that has benefit
He can all our sorrows heal."

Obituary for Thomas Baxter Crafton
Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, Illinois, July 19, 1916
Aged Browning Man Passes Away
  Thomas Crafton, one of Browning's oldest and best known citizens, passed away last Sunday night at 6:40 o'clock at the residence of his son, Henry Crafton in Browning.
  In the past six years he had suffered several paralytic strokes and on last Thursday came the final summons, from which he failed to rally.
  Thomas Baxter Crafton, son of Martin and Nancy Baker Crafton was born in Browning township on April 15, 1838, and departed this life Sunday, July 16, 1916, aged 78 years, 3 months and 1 day.
  In the year 1861 he was married to Nancy Jenkins, who preceded him to the great beyond on September 3, 1913, her companionship was greatly missed.
  To this union were born nine children, three of whom have departed this life, viz. one son, Georgie Crafton and two daughters Anna Crafton and Carrie Gobel.
  Those left to mourn the loss of their father are: Henry Crafton and Edd Crafton of Browning, John Crafton of Memphis, Tennessee, William Crafton, Barbara Vandiver and May Phillips, all of Pekin, Illinois.  He also leaves a half-sister, Mrs. Jane Lowe, a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Obituary for Thomas "Earl" Earl Crafton
Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, November 17, 1947
T. E. Crafton Dies Suddenly
  T. E. Crafton, a veteran employee of the Burlington Railroad Company died suddenly last night at 7:30 p.m. while on duty at Virden.
  Mr. Crafton, widely known resident of this community was making one of his regular runs on a Burlington train when he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack.
  The body was brought to this city and friends may view the remains after tomorrow morning at the Cline Funeral Home, where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  The Rev. E. B. Morton, minister of the Methodist Church will officiate.
  Mr. Crafton was born June 21, 1890 in Browning and began his railroad career here as a fireman on November 17, 1911.  He was promoted to engineer on September 19, 1918.
  The decendent is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Nancy DeSollar of Jacksonville and Mrs. Rozella Murray of Peoria and a son, Tom at home.
  Also surviving are his brothers, Clarence Crafton of Browning, Wayne Crafton of Peoria, James Crafton of Forrest City, and Frank Crafton of Michigan City, Indiana.  Also a sister, Annabelle Caldwell of Quincy and two grandchildren, John Allen DeSollar of Jacksonville and David Lynn Murray of Peoria.
  He served with the infantry during World War I.
  Note: His wife was Edna Lenora Skiles. Mrs. Rozella Murray is the daughter of brother, William "Willie" Jennings Bryan Crafton and Stella Lenora Surratt but raised by him along with her sister, Maxine Todd.

Obituary for Lewis Cramer
Lewis Cramer
  Lewis Cramer was born May 30, ???? {1827?}, in Knox County, Ohio, and died at his home in Fulton County, Ill., Thursday, June 19th, 1902, at 8:00 p. m., aged 75 years and 19 days.
  He came from Ohio with his parents in 1849 and settled on the farm west of Astoria, where he made his home until death.
  He was married to Miss Nancy Downen Jan. 11, 1849, to whom were given eight children, seven of whom are yet living.
  Mr. Cramer became a Christian in early manhood and joined the United Brethren church, continuing an exemplary member until the close of life.
  Funeral services were conducted in his home church at Pleasant Ridge by Rev. D. E. Baer, Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large number of neighbors and friends who assembled to pay a parting tribute of respect to one whose cheery presence and worthy Christian example will be greatly missed in the community where he lived.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother’s things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."
  Note: He is buried in Salem Cemetery, Astoria Twonship, Fulton County, Illinois.

Obituary for Robert "Eddie Ed" Edward Crandall
unknown paper, June 28, 1956
Dies in Kansas
     Word was received here by relatives friday morning of the death of Ed Crandall of Wichita, Kansas.  Mrs. Crandall well be remembered as the former Miss Della Croxton.  Her sister and brother, Mrs. Ray Sapp and Frank Croxton, his son Frank Jr., Mrs. Dwight Croxton and son Robert left Friday for Wichita to attend the funeral.

Obituary for Truman L. Creamer
died: December 19, 1937
Rushville Times, December 22, 1937
T. L. Creamer Buried At Huntsville
    The funeral of Truman L. Creamer, aged thirty-six years, who died Sunday in a Hinsdale sanitarium following an automobile accident, was held Thursday afternoon at 12:45 o'clock in the Black funeral home at Golden and at 2:30 o'clock in the Huntsville church. Burial was in the Huntsville cemetery, with Rev. Frank Leonard of Monmouth in charge.
    Mr. Creamer was born February 17, 1901, at Huntsville.  He was employed by the C. B. & Q. railroad at Downers Grove. A funeral was held at Westmont Monday evening at 8 o'clock and the body arrived here Tuesday.
    He leaves his parents, Charles C. and Lydia E. Creamer, and a sister, Mrs. Ralph Croxton, all of Golden.

Obituary for Gertrude Leona Fry Crisman
Rushville Times, March 8, 2000, page 15, column 5
Gertrude Crisman
  Gertrude Leona Crisman, 88, of Beardstown, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Heritage Manor South.
  Mrs. Crisman was born on Jan. 9, 1912, in Ainsworth, Neb., the daughter of Lole "Lew" Lorenzo and Kandace Leanorah Davis-Fry.  She was married to Calvin J. Crisman on Dec. 3, 1928, in Beardstown.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Vernice Fry and Durwood Fry, sisters, Cecil Crisman, Fern Soule, Genaive "Gen" Youngblood, and Neta Crum-Cunningham, and a granddaughter.
  Mrs. Crisman is survived by two sons, Durward "Woody" Crisman of Bowling Green, Mo., and Kim (wife Mary) Crisman of Rushville, a daughter, Cleta "Cris" (husband Donald) Hixon of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren: and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Mrs. Crisman traveled throughout the midwest in a covered wagon with her parents and siblings as a young girl.
  Funeral serviecs will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown, with visitation held an hour prior to the funeral service.  Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery,
  The family has requested memorials be made to the Cass-Schuyler Hospice.

Obituary for Dr. Dale N. Crone
Rushville Times, Wednesday, October 11, 2000, page 15, column 1
Dr. Dale Crone
  Dr. Dale N. Crone died Aug. 28, 2000, in Phoenix, Ariz.
  He was born March 10, 1930, in Rushville, the son of Mabel and Dwight Crone.  Dale was a graduate of Rushville High School, Western Illinois University and Illinois State University were he received a doctorate of philosophy degree.  He was a high school administrator in Rockford, retiring in 1986 and moving to Phoenix, Ariz.
  He married Glennavon Grohs on Nov. 22, 1951, in Williamsfield.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He was an active member of the United Methodist Church his entire life.
  Dale is survived by his wife, Glennavon, and three daughters, Myra Crone, Marci Crone, and Leslie Maniscalco, as well as son-in-law, Steve; two grandchildren; a brother, Verne Crone of Rushville; a niece; and two nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maurine Cripe.
  Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Phoenix with interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

Obituary for Jacob D. Crone
died: January 17, 1916
Rushville Times, January 13, 1916
J. D. Crone Accidentally Shot.
His Life May be Saved by Operation Performed by Dr. Bacon.
  Jacob D. Crone, a well known farmer of Woodstock, was accidentally shot with a 22 calibre rifle on Thursday of last week, and while his condition is yet critical hopes are entertained for his recovery.
  Friday morning he was taken to St. Francis hospital in Macomb where Dr. Bacon performed the operation that may save his life. The operation disclosed the fact that the large intestine was pierced by the bullet, which found lodgement in his hip, and no attempt was made to probe for the missle that passed almost thru his body.
  On Thursday afternoon of last week Mr. Crone and his son Dwight planned to butcher a hog, and while maneuvering to get the animal in position the rifle in the hands of the son was accidentally discharged. Dwight did not know that the gun had been discharged until his father called out that he had been shot, but he managed to maintain an upright position and assisted by his son started to walk to the house, but his ebbing strength was unequal to the task.
  Dr. J. C. Sheiner was called to attend Mr. Crone, and he summoned Dr. Schweer of Beardstown with the idea of operating at once at the home, but on consultation it was decided to remove the patient to a hospital, and he was brought to Rushville Thursday night on a sled and taken to Macomb by train. It was 9 o'clock Friday morning when the operation was performed at St. Francis hospital, and the surgeons were doubtful as to the outcome of the case as the wound was an extremely critical one, and under the most favorable conditions difficult to relieve.

Rushville Times, January 20, 1916
J. D. Crone Died Monday.
Funeral Services Held at Bethel Church Wednesday Morning.
  Jacob D. Crone, who was accidentally shot at his home in Woodstock township two weeks ago today, died at St. Francis hospital at Macomb on Monday morning from poisoning of the abdomen resulting from the wound. The bullet pierced the large intestine, and when an operation was performed the surgeons were doubtful as to the outcome as such are rarely successful. For a time Mr. Crone rallied from the shock of the wound and operation, and his family and friends had hope of his recovery, but the poison slowly made headway against his robust constitution and several days before his death the loved ones who were at his bedside were told that there was no possible chance for recovery.
  On Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock funeral services were held at Bethel church in Woodstock township, conducted by Rev. James Hardin Smith, and the large attendance of friends and neighbors was a tribute to the high esteem in which Mr. Crone was held by all who knew him, and there is universal sorrow in the community where his life was spent, and his family has the deepest sympathy of all their friends.
  The following obituary was read at the funeral:
  Jacob D. Crone was born in York, Penn., May 24th, 1868. He was the son of George S. and Amanda Crone. When at the age of four years his parents came to Schuyler county, where he has spent his entire life.
  He was the oldest of a family of four children, who with the parents are left surviving: Mrs. Samuel Davis of Rushville; Mrs. Daniel Marcus of Cuba, Ill.; Jesse Crone, of Mathersville, Ill.
  Mr. Crone was twice married. On March 25th, 1891, he was united in marriage to Louisa V. Robeson. To this union were born two sons, Dwight Lesley, who resides on the home farm in Woodstock township, and Louie Delano, who died at the age of five months. The beloved mother of this family departed this life March 3d, 1896, leaving the deceased with the small sons, which he was assisted in rearing by their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Delano Robeson, until he was united in marriage with Maggie O'Neal on Oct. 4th, 1899, who cared for Dwight as an own mother.
  To this union was born one child which died in infancy.
  Again on June 5th, 1915, the angel of death entered his home, claiming the beloved wife. Since bereft of his companion he has resided with his son Dwight and his wife, who have administered lovingly to him until his life ended on Jan. 17th, 1916, at the St. Francis hospital in Macomb.
  Deceased was converted and joined the Christian church of Rushville on Jan. 10th, 1898, and in the later years of his life he has been a strong upbuilder and faithful worker in the Bethel church and vicinity near his late home. And when he realized his Maker had summoned him to his great reward he expressed to his children who were guarding his bedside a willingness to answer the last call, and requested them to live righteous lives and not to grieve or mourn his demise.
  Mr. Crone was of a kindly, sympathetic nature and unselfish spirit. He always had a willing hand to aid in whatever way he could to all who needed his help. Even in his last hours, thinking and planning for the future comfort of others. Not only the sorrowing family but many friends will miss the ever ready counsel and smile of encouragement with which he helped us on our way, and when it became known thruout the community that God had taken his spirit, in every heart there echoed the thought.

Obituary for Bertha Edna Peck Croxton
Bertha E. Croxton
  Bertha E. Croxton, 96, of LaPrairie died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1993, at her home.
  She was born Aug. 3, 1897, near Golden, the daughter of Alfred M. and Cora Adeline (Shank) Peck.
  She married J. {Joel} Dwight Croxton on Oct. 19, 1916, in Quincy.  He died June 3, 1989.
  She attended Washington School in Huntsville Township in Schuyler  County.
  She was a member of Shiloh Methodist church and serviced [served] as church organist and pianist for many years.  She was a member of United Methodist Women and the Shiloh Unit of Schuyler County Home Extension.
  She is survived by four sons, Wallace R., Joel, and Robert B., all of LaPrairie and Harold L. of Coopersburg, Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. Leslie "Joan" D. Long of Sebring, Fla.; 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by two sons, five brothers, one sister and one grandson [Jeffrey Lynn Croxton].
  Services were Monday, Jan. 3, 1994, at the Huntsville Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Jenkins and Dixie Croxton officiating.  Burial was in Huntsville Cemetery.
  Hamilton Funeral Home of Augusta was in charge of services.  Memorials may be made to the Schuyler-Cass Home Health Department or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary for Bette (Betty) J. Weber Croxton
Bette J. Croxton
  Bette J. Croxton, 61, wife of John Croxton (formerly of Huntsville Township) died May 18, 1994, in Kansas City, Kan.
  Visitation was held May 22 and the funeral was held Monday, May 23 at the Maple Hills Funeral Home in Kansas City,  Burial followed in the Maple Hills Cemetery.
  She is survived by her husband and three daughters and seven grandchildren.
  John resides at 3015 S. 14th, Kansas City, Kan. 66100.  He is the son of the late Frank and Minnie Croxton.

Two Schuyler Men are Killed by Motorcycles, Huntsville and Ray Men Victims of Accidents
  Two Schuyler county young men, both World War II veterans, met death during this past week as the result of injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents.
  Billy Croxton, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Croxton of Huntsville township, died late Saturday night at Culbertson hospital from injuries sustained when his motorcycle overturned near the John D. Young farm on the Rushville-Camden road.
  During the inquest held Sunday afternoon, County Coroner V. M. Corman stated that young Croxton evidently skidded his motorcycle on loose gravel as he attempted to round a sharp curve about three miles west of Rushville.  He was found unconscious and bleeding profusely by a passing motorist, Glen Rebman, who took him to the hospital.  Croxton never regained consciousness, and apparently bled to death.
  Croxton Funeral was Tuesday.
  Funeral services for Billy Croxton were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shiloh Methodist church in Huntsville township, with the Rev. Floyd White of Loraine officiating.  Interment was in the Huntsville cemetery.
  Billy Peck Croxton, son of J. Dwight and Bertha Peck Croxton, was born February 20, 1927, in Huntsville township, Schuyler county, and departed this life Saturday, April 23, 1949, at the age of 22 years and two months.  With the exception of one year in the navy, his entire life was spent on the home farm.  He attended the nearby grade school and was graduated from Rushville high school in 1944.
  He had been a member of the Shiloh Methodist church since the age of 16 years.
  He is survived by his parents; five brothers, Keith of Champaign, Wallace at home, Harold of Bethlehem, Pa., Joel and Robert who live nearby; one sister, Joan, who is in school at Canton, Mo.; his paternal grandmother, and many other relatives.
  Bill was a favorite of his young nephews and niece, and his friends were numbered by those who knew him.
  Typical of his short life is this quotation: "I have to live with myself and so, I want to be fit for myself to know."

Obituary of Blanche Lenore Grigson Croxton
died: March 04, 1970
Mrs. Blanche Croxton Dies Wednesday Eve in Rushville Hospital.
  Mrs. Blanche Croxton, 86, housewife and former owner of the Croxton Department Store of Mt. Sterling, died Wednesday evening, March 4, at 11:35 in Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  Mrs. Croxton was born in Augusta November 23, 1883, a daughter of Cashaus and Nancy Klepper Grigson.  She attended schools in Augusta and Northwestern University and on September 2, 1908, was united in marriage with Thomas E. Croxton.  He preceded her in death in 1962.
  Mrs. Croxton was a member of the Methodist church of Mt. Sterling.
  Surviving are her children: Eastman Croxton of Sarasota, Florida and Mrs. Cynthia Parkinson of Enid, Okla.; three grandchildren, Mrs. Garold Henson of Jerseyville, Alan Parkinson, U. S. Air force in Italy, and Miss Beth Croxton of Sarasota, Florida; and a great-grandchild, Sarah Henson.
  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Hufnagel Funeral Home, with Rev. Virgil S. Leonard, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating.  Mrs. Charles E. Turner was organist.  Casketbearers were Francis Meats, Ned Webber, Raymond E. Lehne, Raymond Bullard, William R. Tweedt and Leon Fry.
  Burial was in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.

Obituary for Byron "Keith" Keith Croxton
September 1949
Byron K. Croxton Died Monday in Danville
  Byron K. Croxton, who with his family had resided in Champaign since February, where he attended the University of Illinois, died Monday at a Danville hospital.
  Funeral services were conducted today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Huntsville Methodist church, with the Rev. Floyd White in charge.    Burial was in the Huntsville cemetery, where military rites were conducted by members of Schuyler Post No. 4, american Legion, and Walter A. Black Post No. 2305, V.F.W.
  Byron Keith Croxton, eldest son of J. Dwight and Bertha Peck Croxton, was born October 11, 1917, in Huntsville township, and departed this life at the Veterans hospital, Danville, September 5, 1949, at the age of 31 years, 10 months and 25 days.
  As a boy he attended the nearby grade school and the Rushville high school.  Two years were spent at W.I.S.T.C. in  Macomb, and two years at University of Illinois, receiving his B.S. degree in agriculture in 1938.
  In April 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, remaining in the service of his country five years, two and one-half years of which were spent in the Aleutian Islands.
  On December 16, 1944, he was united in marriage to Eva Darlene Ridings.  To this union were born a daughter, Karen Celeste, age  2 1/2 years, twin sons, J. David and Stephen N., age nine months.
  He is survived by his wife, daughter, twin sons, parents, four brothers, Wallace at home, Harold at Bethlehem, Pa., Joel and Robert, who live nearby; one sister, Joan, at home; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Joel Croxton, and many other relatives and friends.  Billy Peck, the youngest of his brothers, preceded him in death April 23 of this year.
  Keith was a member of Shiloh Methodist church.  During his last illness, his Bible was a solace, and he expressed himself that all was well.  Keith was devoted to his wife and children, and looked forward to the guidance of these babes intrusted to his care.  He was a friend to those in need, and was never too busy to extend a helping hand.

Obituary for Doris A. Gray Croxton
Doris A. Gray Croxton, daughter of Archie and Gertrude Southard, died July 16, 1981.
  Mrs. Doris Gray Croxton of Frankfort, Ind., passed away suddenly in her home early Thursday morning, July 15.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 18 at the Colfax Christian church at 2 p.m. with burial at Plainview cemetery at Colfax, Indiana.
  She was born August 24, 1919, at Waveland, Ind.  On Dec. 22, 1941 she married Maurice Croxton, son of the late Frank and Minnie Hawkins Croxton of near Huntsville.  She was a registered nurse and her husband is a teacher at Clinton Prairie high school near Colfax, Ind.  She is survived by her husband, one son, Maurice Lynn Croxton of Carmel, Ind.; two grandchildren and one brother, Harold Gray of Florida.
  Mrs. Croxton was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Ivan (Winifred Alice Croxton) Mcginnis of Huntsville and Mrs. Sterling (Esther Maurine Croxton) Vaughn of Littleton.

Obituary for Frank Ernest Croxton I
Rushville Times, February 8, 1929
Frank E. Croxton
  Frank E. Croxton, Sr., 83, of LaPrairie, died Friday, May 14, 1971, at 8:00 p.m., at the Snyder Nursing home in Rushville.  He had been in failing health for 2 1/2 years.
  Frank was born Nov. 9, 1887, near Huntsville, the son of Joel E. and Josephine Byrns Croxton, the fourth son of six children.  He was a retired farmer, having farmed in Schuyler county his entire lifetime.  He was a Farm Bureau member, and had been a member of Shiloh Methodist church since 1900.  At Shiloh, he served as sunday school superintendent, Men's Sunday school teacher and church trustee.
  He was first married to Minnie Grace Hawkins, Feb. 24, 1915, who died March 27, 1941.  On December 10, 1950, he married Faye Steiner Drake, who survives.  Alson living are five children: Maurice E., of Frankfort, Ind., Mrs. Ivan (Winifred) McGinnis of Huntsville, mrs. Sterling (Esther) Vaughn of Littleton, John E. of Kansas city, Kans., and Frank Croxton, Jr., of Hannibal, Mo.; two brothers, Ralph of Augusta, J. Dwight of LaPrairie; one sister, Mrs. V. C. (Mabel) Crandall of Pratt, Kans.; three step-children, Donald Drake of Hamilton, Kenneth Drake of Plymouth and Mrs. Hubert (Dorothy) Farwell of rural Plymouth; 13 grandchildren, one serving in Vietnam; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.  Two sisters preceded him in death - Mrs. Eddie (Della) Crandall and Mrs. Ray (Maude) Sapp.
  Funeral services were held on Monday, may 17, at 2 p.m., at the Cookson funeral home in Augusta, with Rev. Ronald Brock officiating.  Burial was in the Huntsville cemetery.

Obituary for Frederick William Croxton
1929
Funeral Held Saturday for Frederick W. Croxton
  The death of Frederick W. Croxton, which occurred at his home in Pleasantview Thursday of last week, removed from life's activity one of the old pioneers of that community.  His entire life of almost eighty-two years had been spent there and they were years of fruitful labor.
  Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Pleasantview on Saturday at 11 A. M., conducted by Rev. Fred Wilson and the fraternal rites were given by Friendship lodge I.O.O.F.
  The following tribute, written by James Malcomson, a life-long friend of the decedent, was read at the funeral.
  Frederick William Croxton was born in Bainbridge township March 6, 1847, and departed this life at his home in Pleasantview, January 31, 1929, having attained the age of 81 years, 10 months and 25 days.
  His parents were Walter and Sara Croxton.  His father died young, and it became necessary for Fred to labor in part for the family support which limited his opportunity for schooling, but he obtained a basis upon which he developed, from reading good literature, an education of practical value.  He served many terms as director of the village school.
  On August 29, 1875, he was united in marriage with Miss Annie Parrish and during the fifty-two years of their happy wedded life, they lived in the same location where they began life's journey together.
  He was the last of a band of worshippers who, in 1874, founded the Christian Church in this village and he contributed much to its support.  He was a torch-bearer, and others followed, in the inception of this good movement.  In the days of his young manhood, he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and held membership in the Rushville Lodge.
  Surviving are his wife and his brother Walter of Rushville, and two children of a deceased sister, Fred Edwards of Pleasantview and Mrs. Mary Kearby of Huntsville, who were brought up in his care.  Other relatives will miss his kind greeting.
  Loyalty was his watchword.  Back in the years of his activities his fealty to his lodge was second only to that of the church of his choice.  His zealous interest in both church and lodge proved the wisdom of his choice in his young manhood in affiliating with his fellowmen in promoting the welfare of those with whom he associated year in and year out.  So deep were his human sympathies that the latch string of his home hung outside, and many a penniless wayfaring stranger found food and lodging, and departed with gratitude in his heart, and a reminder that the spirit of the good Samaritan exists in this day.  There was not only sympathy but healing in the touch of his generous hand.  Many are they who...[end]
  Death Certificate

Obituary for Henry Thomas Croxton
January 1921
     The remains of Henry Croxton, who died Friday at his home in Macomb, were brought to Rushville Sunday, and were taken to Pleasantview, where funeral services were held from the Christian church, conducted by Rev. O. P. Wright.  Mr. Croxton was past seventy years of age and is survived by his wife and several children.

Obituary for Hester Jane Gillenwater Croxton
died February 11, 1898
In the Schuyler Citizen:
Death of an Aged Woman. From Saturday's Daily.
  The death of Mrs. Hester Croxton occurred yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at her home in Augusta, Hancock county.  A telephone message announcing her death was received this morning by Erwin Byers, a nephew of (the) deceased.  The funeral services will take place Monday morning at 10 o'clock in Augusta.  Interment will take place at Huntsville.
  Mrs. Croxton was one of the early settlers of Huntsville township, this county, where she resided until four of five years ago when she removed to Augusta.  She was the wife of Elijah Croxton, who preceded her to the better land about a quarter of a century.  Mrs. Croxton was a sister of Robert Gillenwater, of Rushville township, and has many other relatives in this city and vicinity.  She leaves five sons and four daughters, namely: W. P. Croxton, of Mt. Sterling;  Joel Croxton, of Huntsville; Thomas Croxton, of Kansas, and John and Fred Croxton, who hold government positions in Washington; Mrs. Amos Graham and Mrs. Moses Garrison, of Kansas; Mrs. Albert Davis, of Huntsville, and Miss Etta Croxton, who resides with her mother in Augusta.

Obituary for Joel "Dwight" Dwight Croxton I
June 1989
J. Dwight Croxton Dies at His Home
  J. Dwight Croxton, 96, a lifetime farmer in rural LaPraire, died Saturday, June 3, [1989] at his home.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, at the Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville.  The Rev. Jim Jenkins officiated along with two lay speakers, Lowell Knox and Mrs. Dixie Croxton, with burial in Huntsville Cemetery.
  He was born Dec. 13, 1892, in Huntsville Township, the son [of] Joel and Josephine (Byrns) Croxton.  He married Bertha Peck on Oct. 19, 1916 in Quincy.
  He was a lifetime farmer and a member of the Shiloh Methodist Church.
  Surviving are his wife, Bertha; four sons, Wallace Croxton,  Joel Croxton and Robert Croxton, all of LaPrairie and Harold Croxton of Coopersburg, Penn.; one daughter, Mrs. Les (Joan) Long, of Joliet; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Keith and Billy Peck, three sisters, Della Crandall, Maude Sapp and Mabel Crandall, and two brothers, Frank and Ralph Croxton.
  Funeral Services were 10:30 A.M. Tuesday at Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville, IL, the Rev. Jim Jenkins presiding.  Pallbearers were Ron Croxton, Richard Croxton, Jim Croxton, Don Croxton, Dean Croxton, Greg Croxton, Fred Croxton, Haeger Long, Tracy Long.

Obituary for Joel Erwin Croxton
November 1942
Joel E. Croxton of Huntsville Twp. Passed Away Nov. 7
  Joel E. Croxton, one of west Schuyler's most esteened and elderly citizens, passed away Saturday about 1:00 p.m. at his home in the Shiloh neighborhood.  Mr. Croxton, who was eighty-seven years old, had been in poor health for some time.
  Funeral services were held at Shiloh on Monday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Farris M. Roberts of Camden, assisted by Rev. Watson of Golden.  Interment was in Huntsville cemetery.
  Joel E. Croxton, son of Elijah and Hester Croxton, was born in the state of Oregon, November 5, 1855.  His family located in Illinois when he was three years of age, and he has lived in the Huntsville neighborhood most of his life.
  When he was fifteen his father died and left him with the responsibility as head of the family.  This he accepted and carried out as a man.  This early training on the farm gained for him a reputation as one of the best farmers of the community.
  He was married on March 3, 1880 to Josephine A. Byrns of Brown county, and together this worthy couple was allowed to travel life's pathway for sixty-two years, and would have celebrated their sixty-third wedding annuversary next March.  To this union were born six children, all of whom with their mother are living, and were present to pay last tribute to their father in the service Monday.
  Besides these six children, Mrs. Della Crandall of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. maude Sapp of Huntsville, Mrs. Mabel Crandall of Pratt, Kansas, Frank of LaPrairie, Ralph of Golden, and Dwight of LaPrairie, Mr. Croxton is survived by twenty-three grandchildren, six of whom are in the service as follows: Lt. Maurice Croxton of Kelly Field, Texas, Lt. Keith Croxton of Alaska, Pvt. Lester Crandall of Australia, Pvt. Wallie Croxton of Fort Lewis, Washington, Cpl. Dean Crandall of Louisiana, and Harold Croxton of Pennsylvania.  He is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren, one brother, Fred Croxton of Washington, D. C., and one sister, may, wife of Albert Davis of Amarillo, Texas, and a host of neighbors and friends, who knew and admired him for his sterling qualities.  Mr. Croxton taught school a number of years.  He was an active church worker, and served as Sunday school superintendent for a number of years.  His life was an open book to his host of friends and neighbors.

Obituary for John Erwin Croxton, died March 27, 1996
John E. Croxton
  John Croxton, 66, of Kansas City, Kan., died March 27, 1996, after a six-week illness.
  He was born in Huntsville Township, to Frank E. and Minnie (Hawkins) Croxton on Oct. 15, 1929.
  He attended South Prairie Grade School and graduated from Augusta High School in 1947.
  He was a Navy veteran and a member of Independent Order of Foresters.
  He married Bette Weber in 1958.  She preceded him in death May 18, 1994.
  He was a chef for 40 years at several restaurants including the Pioneer Grill, Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson and the Merriam Cafe.
  Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a nine-year-old son, Joseph; his parents; and a sister, Winifred McGinnis, of Huntsville.
  Survivors include three daughters, Donna (Mrs. Reedy) Bryant, Judy (Mrs. John) Coyazo and Susan Sherley, all of Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers, Maurice of Florida and Frank of Kelso, Mo.; one sister, Esther Vaughn of Littleton; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held March 30 at the Maple Hill Funeral Home of Kansas City, Kan.

Obituary for Josephine "Josie" Alice Byrns Croxton
June 1952
Mrs. Croxton Died Saturday
  Peaceful rest came to Mrs. Josephine A. Croxton at Culbertson memorial hospital, Rushville, on Saturday morning at 10:35 o'clock, after a three weeks' illness.  She reached the age of 90 years, 8 months and 23 days.
  Mrs. Croxton was the daughter of Frank and Amanda Byrns and was born in Brown county on Sept. 14, 1861.  Her education was attained in the Brown county schools and it was there that she grew to young womanhood.  On March 3, 1879 she was united in marriage to Joel E. Croxton of Huntsville township who was engaged in farming and school teaching.  Mr. Croxton passed away on Nov. 7, 1942 and since that time she has made her home with her son, Frank, of LaPrairie.
  Six children were born to this union all of whom survive.  They are: Della E. Crandall, Wichita, Kan.; J. Maude Sapp, Huntsville; Mabel C. Crandall, Pratt, Kan.; Frank, LaPrairie; W. Ralph, Caldwell, Idaho; and J. Dwight, La Prairie; also 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Dr. A. K. Byrns, Quincy, S. A. Byrns, Huston, Texas and Ruel A. Byrns, Alva, Okla., and a host of other relatives and friends.
  Mrs. Croxton's jovial disposition will ever be remembered by all who knew her.
  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 from the shiloh church, conducted by Rev. W. J. Glasier, Interment was in Huntsville cemetery.

Obituary for Joyce Floy Hawkins Croxton
Death of Mrs. W. Ralph Croxton
  A death of unusual sadness was that of Mrs. W. {Wallace} Ralph Croxton of Huntsville, who died last Saturday from illness attending child birth, and the little babe was dead at birth and was buried clapsed in its mother's arms.
  Funeral services were conducted at Shiloh church at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning by Dr. E. A. Hedges of Augusta, assisted by Rev. A. F. Waters of Camden, and the interment was in Rushville cemetery.  The following obituary was read at the funeral:
  Joyce Floy, daughter of Moses and Margaret Hawkins, was born Dec. 5th 1890, in Huntsville township, and departed this life August 31, 1912.
  She was preceded to the land above by her mother, who died April 21, 1902, and the subsequent marriage of an older sister threw upon her young shoulders the care of her younger brothers and sisters.  This duty she met with the fortitude of one of more mature years.
  On October 3d, 1911, she was united in marriage with W. Ralph Croxton.  This consummation of a pure love was destined to be the beginning of a brief but happy union, broken when they were just awakening to the full realization of the joy of earthly companionship.  Parted to be reunited in the blessed eternity when time shall be no more.
  Besides the grief stricken father and husband she leaves three brothers and four sisters, viz: Mrs. George R. Hermetet, Mrs. A. D. Bartlow, Maurice, Minnie, Raymond, Harry, and Margaret, a number of relatives and a host of friends to mourn the loss of one whose every deed was an act of kindness and thoughtful love.
  She early came to a knowledge of the Savior's love, accepting Him and uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church at Shiloh.  Ever subservient to the Master's will her life was that of a devoted christian.  The world is better and is brighter for her having lived among us.

Obituary for Minnie Grace Hawkins Croxton
March 1941
Minnie Hawkins
  Mrs. Minnie Hawkins-Croxton, wife of Frank E. Croxton of Huntsville township, died Friday morning {March 28, 1941} in St. Mary's hospital in Quincy, where she was taken Tuesday, after having been suddenly stricken on the previous day.  She was in her forty-ninth year.
  Funeral services were held at the Shiloh Methodist church on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. A. K. Byrns of Quincy, an uncle of Mrs. Croxton's husband, assisting at the service.  Burial was in the Huntsville cemetery.
  Mrs. Croxton, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hawkins, was born in Huntsville township on October 18, 1892, and spent her entire life in the community of her birthplace.  At the age of fourteen years she was converted and united with the Methodist church at Shiloh, and was ever active in its work.
  On September 24, 1915, she was joined in marriage to Frank E. Croxton, who, with the following children survive: Maurice E., who is in the U.S. Aviation service in Denver, Colorado; Winifred A., who is in nurses' training at the Methodist hospital in Peoria; Esther M., John E., and Frank, Jr., at home.
  She is also survived by the two brothers, Raymond Hawkins of Carthage and Harry C. Hawkins of Gillette, Wyoming; and  three sisters, Mrs. Mae Hermetet of Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Dwight Bartlow of Joliet, and Miss Margaret Hawkins, who resides at the Croxton home.




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