Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


Arthur Sandham
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
Editor Sandham of the Wyoming Post, lost his only child Arthur recently by death, a very sad bereavement. We condole with these esteemed friends in their sadness and heart stricken affliction.

Mrs. Bertha E. Sanner

Bertha SANNER, age 78, who died October 1, 1942, in Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois, death certificate number 0000055.

"Mrs. Bertha E. SANNER was born Aug. 30, 1864, near Bradford, Ill., and passed away Oct. 1, at her home in Wyoming, after an illness of two years duration. For a greater part of that time she was able to be up and about the home and it was only in the past few weeks that she was unable to get about.

"Mrs. SANNER spent most of her long and useful life in Stark county, where she was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a devoted mother and a wonderful neighbor. She was also a skillful nurse and her cheerful and kindly disposition seemed to naturally adapt her to this work. Few of the homes in Wyoming but have felt the healing of her kindly ministrations.

"Mrs. SANNER is survived by three children, Eva L. PARKER of Oak Park, Illinois, Rose M. BURKE of Denver, Colo.; and Jorn P. SANNER of Wyoming; one sister, May HAPPER of San Francisco, California; one grandchild, Captain Harold D. PARKER of Fort Knox, Ky., and two great grandchildren.

"Memorial services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the GILLESPIE memorial home, with Rev. G.H. McCLINTOCK, pastor of the Congregational church, in charge. Interment was in Wyoming cemetery. Bearers were Dean WINN, Oliver LEADLEY, Robert J. TEETS, Fred WEBBER, Floyd MEESKE of Wyoming and John PYLE of Toulon."

( "Jorn" was a typographical error in the newspaper obituary)

-Contributed by Karean Seeman

Miss Saxton

Stark County News July 8, 1881


A Miss Saxton, aged about 18 years, daughter of Wm. Saxton, of Valley, committed suicide, last Wednesday afternoon, by hanging herself to a tree. No cause is known for the rash deed except that the girl believed that she was not appreciated and was somewhat neglected by other members of the family. She got an idea that she was in the way and took this method of relieving the family of her presence. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

James Scott

Funeral services for James SCOTT, 68, of Wyoming, former operator of the Scott Coal Mine and farmer northwest of Wyoming, were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from Cox Memorial Home in Wyoming. Interment was in the Snareville cemetery.

Death occurred last Wednesday afternoon at Kewanee St. Francis hospital where he had been a patient for a week. He had been in failing health for some time with heart trouble and complications.

Services were in charge of Rev. C.R. NICHOLAS, pastor of Wyoming Methodist church. Two solos, 'Sometime, Somewhere' and 'The Old Rugged Cross,' were sung by Miss Cleo LEADLEY, accompanied by Mrs. Russell DeMENT.

James Scott, son of John and Katie (HERBERGER) SCOTT, was born March 24, 1878, in Wyoming. Death occurred at 3:48 p.m. last Wednesday, May 8, 1946, at Kewanee St. Francis hospital at the age of 68 years, one month and 14 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Clara Mary ROBERTS, of the Modena community. They had resided in that community the past 30 years where Mr. SCOTT was a coal mine operator and farmer. He retired from this business five years ago and since that time the farm had been operated by a son.

Surviving are the widow and five daughters and five sons, Mrs. Robert BENEDICT of Princeville, Mrs. Ray GERARD of Toulon, Mrs. Clint DIXON, Mrs. Gordon BROWN and Mrs. James TRAPHAGAN of Wyoming, Everett SCOTT and Carson SCOTT, of Wyoming, Fred SCOTT of Princeville, Harley SCOTT of Longview, Washington, and Bernard SCOTT of Speer.

Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Effie LIGGETT of Modena, Mrs. John KELCH of Bradford and Mrs. Kate AUSTIN of Springfield, 29 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren-Contributed by Karean Seeman

Mary E. (Hooker) Scott

Mary E. Scott, 96 of Bradford Buried On Monday
Mary E. Scott, 96, of rural Bradford died at 7 p.m. Friday, January 30, 1981 at Stark County Health Center.  Born May 23, 1884 in Clark County, Ind., a daughter of Henry and Melvina Weaver Hooker, she married Arnie Leo Scott in Indiana in June 1903.  He died in 1951. ...... Surviving are two sons, Artie and Linus, both of Bradford; seven grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by four brothers, four sisters and one grandchild. ...... Burial was in the Bradford cemetery. [Bradford Republican, Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Pauline Ellen Schwab

June 30, 1937


Miss Pauline Ellen Schwab, 57, a native of Bureau county, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home, one and one-half mile east of Princeton, following an illness of several weeks.  She was born October 21, 1879 and had resided in Bureau county practically her entire life.

Surving are her mother, Mrs. Andrew Schwab, Princeton; two sisters, Mrs. Anne Denton, and Miss Minnie Schwab of Princeton; three brothers, Andrew of Princeton, Peter, Bradford and Joseph of North Dakota.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the home with Rev. M. S. Tope, pastor of the Methodist church in charge, Burial in Oakland cemtery. TAKEN FROM THE BRADFORD REPUBLICAN - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Horatio Scribner

May 24, 1877

Died near Bradford, May 17 of consumption, Horatio Scribner, aged 55 years. (Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper)

Jacob Shawler


Jacob Shawler Passes Away At Home Near Phelps -- Was one of the Counties well known Pioneer

Another one of the pioneers of Warren County has passed away into the Great Beyond. This time the summons was answered by Jacob Shawler, who has been a resident of the county since 1849. The cause of his death was a complication of ailments which combined with old age caused his death. The end came last evening at 7:45 at the home place near Phelps.

The deceased was born in Edmondson County, Kentucky, December 16, 1826, and spent his boyhood days in that state. In his twenty-first year he came with Elder John Ray to this State and settled in Warren County. The pair made the trip all the way from Kentucky driving a team and with a wagon. He bought a farm in Floyd Township where he engaged in farming. Three years later he made his first prospect and purchased another in Lenox township where he had since lived and been active as a farmer and stock raiser. He was always noted for his progressive ideas and today his farm is one of The Best equipped in the state and supplied with every appliance or profitable cultivation.

March 1, 1852, Mr. Shawler was married to Miss Julia Ray and to this union five children were born. Them living are Thompson of Phelps, A. H. of Ness County, Kansas, Philemon of Youngstown, and Jesse of Phelps.

The deceased united with the Baptist church in 1851 and has always been active in church. During his long residence in the county he has made a host of friends who will be grieved to learn of his death and who will extend their sympathy to his family.

The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence and is the request of his family that there be no flowers.

Another newspaper wrote:


Jacob Shawler, for many years, one of the best known and highly respected residents of Lenox Township, died at his home near Phelps January 23, 1911, after a long illness, death finally resulting from gangrene. Mr. Shawler was born in Edmondson, Kentucky, in December of 1826, so was over 87 years of age. He came to Illinois in 1849 with the family of Elder John Ray and took up his residence in Floyd township where he remained for three years, then moved to Lenox township where his end came. In 1853 he married Miss Julia Ray, who survived him with four sons. One son had died in 1909 and those living were Thompson of Phelps, A. H. of Ness county, Kansas, Philemon of Youngstown and Jesse of Phelps. He joined the Baptist church in 1851, and was active in that denomination. His funeral was held at the family residence and conducted by Dr. W. R. Andereck of Monmouth, with burial in the Union cemetery. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Jesse Shawler

Monday, Aug. 8, 1949


Jesse Shawler, a native, and practically a lifelong resident of Lenox township in this, county, passed away at Monmouth hospital at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon after being under treatment for two days. He had been previously hospitalized but had recovered sufficiently to return to his home.

Mr. Shawler was the son of Jacob and Julia (Ray) Shawler, and was born January 31, 1866. He is survived by a son and daughter, Everette Shawler and Mrs. J. A. McLoskey, both of Monmouth. There are two grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. A surviving brother is Philemon Shawler of Youngstown. Three brothers, Thompson, Algernon and John Shawler preceded him in death as did also his wife, the former Margaret Miller. One grandchild and one great-grandchild are deceased. For many years his home had been looked after by Miss Mae Birge.

Born and reared on a farm and having engaged in farming all of his adult life, Mr. Shawler was conversant with everything pertaining to agriculture, and remained active after reaching and passing his eightieth birthday. His practical knowledge of crops, animals and everything connected with the land, gave him rich experience and he could advise younger farmers wisely and efficiently. He was a good neighbor and his children will cherish the memory of a good father.

Funeral services will be held at the Lugg Memorial Chapel at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and the interment will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Chapel at any time before4 the service hour. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

J. Everette Shawler

July 11, 1950


J. Everette Shawler, son of the late Jesse Shawler, passed away this forenoon at his home a short distance southwest of Cameron. Although he had suffered from a heart ailment for some time, the end came suddenly and with little warning.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Lugg Memorial Chapel and will be announced later.


J. Everette Shawler

The Lugg Memorial Chapel was filled to overflowing yesterday afternoon for the funeral services of J. Everette Shawler which were held at 3:30 with the Rev. Orville L. Wright of the First Christian church officiating.

Two familiar numbers, "In the Upper Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset," were sung by Edith Johnson and Mrs. Amanda Jones, the organ accompaniments being played by Bernice Holliday.

Interment was made in North Hill addition to Monmouth cemetery, those serving as pallbearers being Joseph Beal, Wilbur Jenks, George Keister, Jesse Mitchell, Isaac Reese and Irvin Sprout. The numerous flowers were in care of Mrs. George Keister, Mrs. Isaac Reese and Mrs. Irvin Sprout.

Mr. Shawler was a lifelong resident of Monmouth and the neighboring community and his sudden death on Tuesday at his home in Lenox township evoked expressions of sympathy from a large number of friends. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Mrs. (Trickle) Sherburne

Stark County News

March 24, 1892

Death of Mrs. Sherburne

Mr. J. E. Smith was called to Jefferson, Iowa, last week by the death of his aged mother, Mrs. Sherburne, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Gray.

Mrs. Sherburne, whose maiden name was Trickle, was born in 1809, and married in 1829 to Mr. Thurogood Smith. In 1835 they came to this state, where they resided for many years. Her two sons are residents of Toulon and her only daughter lives at Jefferson, Iowa. Mrs. Sherburne, although in delicate health for many years, was remarkably active for a woman of her age and interested and well posted in current events. A cheerful Christian bearing the ills of life with great patience and fortitude. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Mrs. Sarah Shockley

Stark County News

April 27, 1893

A Sudden Death

Tuesday evening Mrs. Sarah Shockley fell into the cistern at Bethuel Pierson's place and was drowned.

Mrs. Shockley has been in feeble health all winter, and for some weeks has been staying with her daughter, Mrs. Pierson. She was more comfortable than usual on Tuesday, had planned for her breakfast the next morning, and prepared her medicine for the night.

Her grandson had asked her if she had a board at her shop wide enough for a new cover for the cistern; and it is supposed that feeling stronger than usual, she went, while her daughter was out of the room, to see how large a board was needed, and stooping over lost her balance, and fell into the cistern. It was scarcely more than five minutes after her daughter left her lying on the lounge before she found her in the cistern; but all attempts to resuscitate her were unavailing.

Sarah Ann Turner was born May 10, 1810, in Milford, Delaware, where her girlhood was spent, and where she was married in 1829 to Eli Shockley. They moved to Ohio in 1835 and to Stark county in 1849, which has since been her home. Mrs. Shockley united with the M.E. church at the age of thirteen years, and remained a member until twenty-four years ago, when her daughter joined the Baptist church, she then left the Methodists and united with the Baptists to be with her daughter. She leaves three sons and a daughter to mourn the loss of a loving mother.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. W. Hicks, at the house today. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Frank Shullaw

Frank (Benjamin Franklin) Shullaw, one of Wyoming's oldest barbers, was found dead in his bed in his room at 8:15 this morning (26 DEC 1936). He was rooming at the home of Mrs. Carrie Danley. He had been in poor health for several weeks, suffering from heart trouble but was able to be downtown last evening.

Mr. Shullaw spent the greater part of his life in Wyoming but for the past three years had conducted a barbershop in Castleton. He retired four weeks ago and had since resided in Wyoming.

Surviving are one daughter, Miss Blanch Shullaw of Chicago, and five sons: Melvin of Los Angeles, CA; Zara of Peoria, IL; Roy and George of Wyoming, IL; and Raymond Shullaw. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Rosanna (Felker) Shullaw

Rosanna Felker was born in Manheim PA, 24 JUN 1824, and died of exhaustion, due to gastritis in St. Charles, MO, 25 JUN 1910.

On 8 DEC 1848, she was united in marriage to Jacob Shullaw, also of Manheim. He preceded her to the other world a little over a year ago. For fifteen years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Shullaw lived in Pennsylvania. In 1866, they and the family came to Illinois and lived on a farm two miles west of Lawn Ridge. After nine years there, they moved to Valley twp. which continued to be their home until death. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Roy Shullaw


Employee of Post-Herald for Thirty-four Years,

Funeral is Held Monday Afternoon.

Roy Shullaw, a well known and highly esteemed resident of Wyoming, died very suddenly at his home here early Saturday morning, death resulting from a heart attack.

Mr. Shullaw had been in his usual good health proceding his death, having spent the day at his work in the Post Herald. His untimely passing, therefore, was received in Wyoming and community as a great shock, and deep regret was expressed by everyone as the news became generally known.

Below will be found a most deserving sketch of Mr. Shullaw's life, from the pen of a close friend and former associate of the deceased: (Actually, Roy wrote his own obituary)

James Leroy Shullaw, son of B.F. and Sara Belle (Jackson) Shullaw, was born 10 OCT 1895, in Wyoming, IL. He grew up and spent his entire life in the town of his birth, where he attended the old South Side school and was graduated from Wyoming High school with the class of 1914.

On 8 AUG 1916, he was married to Miss Dorothy Smith, also a native of Wyoming and the daughter of John W. Smith, a well known merchant remembered by many as a former mayor. To this union three sons were born. They are: John Robert of Washington, IL; Wayne of Lansing, IL; and Burton of New Orleans, LA. Surviving also are five grandchildren, three brothers and one sister. The brothers and sister are: George of Wyoming, Melvin and Raymond, both of whom reside in California, and Miss Blanche Shullaw of Chicago, IL.

Roy was interested in education, as he was interested in young people, whose development along educational lines he loved to watch and encourage. For many years he served as a member of the board of education and as secretary of the board of the Sandham school, formerly known as the old South Side school, which he attended. He was a tireless worker in the interests of the Alumni association almost from the moment of his graduation until the day of his untimely death. He enjoyed to the fullest the reunions with his classmates, and perhaps more than any other person, labored year after year to make them a success.

Without doubt one of the most satisfying events of his life was the realization of the success of his own three sons in their college careers, and the encouragement and help that he gave them will live with them always as a memory of fatherly interest and devotion.

Roy Shullaw enjoyed the rare privilege of having grown up in the surroundings of a small community of the great Midwest in the early years of the century. As such he wandered over the hills which the boys

used to know as "the brakes" and up and down the banks of the Spoon river from "Carico Straits" to the Ennis bridge, and early developed an interest in the great out-of-doors -- in hunting and fishing, in skating in the winter and in the joys of the old swimming hole in the summer -- an interest which he retained throughout his life. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school and as a young man was also a member of the "town" teams in these sports.

For many years Roy was a member of the Wyoming Volunteer fire department, and, characteristically, interested himself in the study of modern fire fighting equipment and procedures, filling a very important place in a very important unit of community service.

Aside from his devotion to his wife, his family and his home, however, Roy's greatest interest was newspaper work and printing, at which he spent thirty-four years of his life, all on one job -- the Wyoming Post-Herald. The entire thirty-four years was with only two employers, and during that period of time he served as a reporter, linotype operator, printer, pressman, editor and writer.

His loyalty and devotion to his work were outstanding, and his success in the various departments of the business was due to his innate characteristics of inquisitiveness and persistence.

He never gave up until he had mastered the problem at hand to its solution, and his pride in the success of the home town newspaper with which he was associated, and its printing plant and printing were as

great as those of the publisher. He truly loved the craft.

Considerably more than half of his entire life span was spent in the work of helping to gather and disseminate the news of the joys and heartaches, the births, the marriages and the deaths of the people of the community which he knew as home. His devotion, his diligence and his love for his work and for his community have won for him a place of respect in the memory of his employers, associates and the hundreds who have had the privilege of his friendship and acquaintance.

With the well known "thirty" off the copy hook and the last proof read, corrected, and okayed, we close the forms on the final edition of the life of one who was a worthy member of the Fourth Estate.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational church. Rev. Thomas Walsch, pastor of First Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in the Wyoming cemetery.

Bearers were Gerry D. Scott Sr. of Lacon; Elting Arganbright Jr., LaVirn Stisser, M.G. Humphrey, Clyde Meeske and Daniel Maher of Elmwood.

Mrs. John T. Wead was soloist accompanied by Mrs. Howard Graves. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Sarah Belle (Jackson) Shullaw

Sarah Belle Shullaw, daughter of Geo. Jackson, was born in Akron twp., Peoria Co., IL on 9 OCT 1866, and passed away on 3 NOV 1904, a little over thirty-eight years of age. Of her father's family six brothers (sic) and four sisters survive her. She passed her childhood and grew to womanhood at her father's home. On 13 JAN 1892, she was united in marriage with Frank Shullaw. At her death she left six children -- five boys and one girl -- the youngest an infant. Shortly after her marriage she and her husband moved to Wyoming where they have since resided. The little flock of children are left to a father's tender care. Mrs. Shullaw was a lady highly esteemed by all who knew her; kind, gentle, unassuming, honest and upright, she merited a full measure of love and respect. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother and faithfully bore her share of the ordinary cares and trials of life. She was wrapt up in her children, and her most earnest desire was to guide them aright and protect them from evil influences. Those who were old enough, neatly attired, were regular attendants at the Congregational Sunday school. The mother was always anxious to have them surrounded by Christian influences, and by her own acts constantly kept before them a high moral standard. A short time before Mrs. Shullaw's death she was baptized by Rev. Sutherland of Toulon. It was evident she had faith in a life beyond the grave. Let us hope she has found her reward.

On Sunday 6 NOV, at two o'clock p.m., the funeral services were conducted from the Congregational church in Wyoming, by Rev. Sutherland of Toulon. The sermon was able and replete with consolation to the mourners. The church was filled to overflowing, many not being able to get inside. The Mustic Workers, of which order the deceased was a member, took part in the ceremonies, their closing exercises being very nice and appropriate. Mrs. Shullaw's five brothers (sic), assisted by M.H. Teets, acted as pallbearers. J.M. Dunlap and wife, H. Martin and Neva Scott, with Miss Florence Walters at the organ, furnished the music. The beautiful flowers that covered the casket, and the large number who turned out to pay their last tribute of respect, evidenced the esteem in which the deceased was held by her neighbors and friends. As the sun was drifting toward the western horizon when life seemed so tempting and bright, our neighbor was laid away in her final resting place in the Wyoming cemetery.-Contributed by Karean Seeman

William Sickels

In Wyoming, June 18, William Sickels of Lawn Ridge this county, aged 55 years.
Local Department
William Sickels, whose family lived at Lawn Ridge, was accidentally killed at a sawmill in Wyoming recently. He was engaged in sawing a log during a storm, when a flash of lightning struck the saw which sent a portion of the slab with great violence against his throat, rupturing the larynx or Adam's apple, as it is called, and literally crushing the windpipe. He died in a few hours, leaving a wife and four children stricken by this calamity. His age was 55. He was a worthy man and his family is highly respected. The body was taken to Lawn Ridge for interment. So we gleam from the Wyoming Post. [The Henry Republican , July 5, 1877 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Adda L. Smith

Council Bluffs Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa) July 28, 1948

Miss Adda L. Smith, 86, 537 Benton street died Tuesday at a local hospital after several days illness.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver J. Smith. She made her home with a sister, Mrs. Henry G. Bock of Council Bluffs.

Born in Stark County, Illinois, she came to Council Bluffs on the first through train scheduled from Chicago, Ill., following completion of the railroad line.

Survivors include the sister, Mrs. Henry G. Bock, and three brothers, Stanton Smith of Holyoke, Col., Frank Smith of Seattle, Wash., and Ernest Smith of Council Bluffs.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Cutler funeral home, Charles Allen, Omaha, Christian Science reader, will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Hill cemetery.

Coonrod Smith

From the Stark County News , June 11, 1891

Coonrod Smith, aged about 85 years, died yesterday afternoon at his home near Toulon, of paralysis. Mr. Smith was an old settler in Stark county, and had been up to last Sunday a jovial, hearty old gentleman, but on that day he was stricken with paralysis. The funeral occurs this afternoon at 2 o'clock. We will publish next week a full obituary notice.-Contributed by Karean Seeman

Mrs. C. Smith

Stark County News

June 12, 1884

Mrs. C. Smith

Died, at Stringtown, May 31, 1884, Mrs. C. Smith. She was born in York, Pennsylvnia, March 12, 1816. She was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom survive her. She leaves an aged husband to mourn her loss, which seems double, as she passed from this earth suddenly; was sick only a few hours, she and all the rest did not think she was dangerous, as she had been subject to such spells for eight years or more. She was a kind wife and mother. She was firm in the Christian faith.


-Contributed by Karean Seeman

John W. Smith,


John W. Smith died 15 JUN 1921 of "arterio icterosis with kidney and dropsy." The obituary printed in the Wyoming Post-Herald follows:


Funeral services for the late John W. Smith were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Shullaw, on Friday afternoon, June 17, at 2:30 with Rev. L.V. Harmon of the M.E. Church in charge. Mrs. Dean Winn sang

two beautiful solos, "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," with Miss Louis Strattan as accompanist. Interment was in Wyoming Cemetery.


John W. Smith, son of Joseph and Rebecca (Parsons) Smith, was born near Wheeling, West Virginia, 25 JAN 1847, and passed away at his home in Wyoming, IL, Wednesday morning 15 JUN 1921, after an illness of about six months' duration, at the age of seventy-four years, four months, and twenty-one days.

His father was a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and was one of the old river steamboat men. His mother was a native of Virginia. At the age of three years he came to Illinois with his parents, who located in Marshall Co., where for sixteen years the father followed the occupation of farming. In the year 1865 the family moved to Valley township, Stark county, and in 1868 to Harvey county, Kansas, where the father died in 1884.

John W. Smith received his early education in Marshall county, coming to Wyoming soon after his marriage and entering the employ of A.F. Bloomer, with whom he was associated in the lumber business for fifteen years or more, and where his industry and fidelity won for him the lasting respect of his employer and the community at large.

About the year 1883 he entered the mercantile business, buying out the dry goods and grocery business of Lyons and Son, and operating a store first on the North Side and later, when the center of business was in the

downtown district, moving to the South Side, where he continued until 1910.

His first marriage was in 1866, to Miss Clarinda Pepper, of Tazewell Co., who died 8 JUL 1894. No children were born to this union. On 26 NOV 1895, he was united in marriage with Miss Dora E. Ferguson. One daughter, Dorothy, now the wife of LeRoy Shullaw, was born to them. Mrs. Smith's death occurred on 29 JAN 1917, since which time he had made his home with his daughter. Besides the daughter, he is survived by three grandsons, Robert, Wayne and Burton Shullaw. He was the oldest of a family of eight children, four of whom, two brothers and two sisters, residing in Kansas and Oklahoma, survive.

John W. Smith was a man who, during the years of his activity, made his influence for good strongly felt. Ever ready to sacrifice his own interests for those of the community, he filled many public offices of trust, among which were those of supervisor and assessor of Toulon townships; though in politics a staunch democrat, being elected to these offices in this strong republican community. He repeatedly served as a member of the city council, and as mayor for a number of terms. He was also president of the Stark County Agricultural society for a great many

years, and later acted as secretary of the society. In all these offices he faithfully carried out to his utmost ability the wishes of his constituency, and labored unceasingly for the public welfare. His love of home, his kindly disposition, his open-handed generosity and readiness at all times to serve his fellow man are qualities which endeared him to hundreds, among whom he will be greatly missed. No call for assistance ever went unheeded when it was in his power to help.

Flowers, which he loved, were present in profusion at the funeral, attesting the respect in which he was held. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Miss Edna Estes, of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Graham Evans, of LaFayette, Mrs. Louise Ferguson, of Galesburg, and Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Sparr, of Roseville, Ill.

Card of Thanks

The family in this matter wish to thank the friends for their kindly assistance and sympathy during the illness and death of their loved one, and to assure them of their appreciation.

Another account at the time of John's death, indicates that during the last several months of his life, John suffered with dropsy. His condition was serious for an extended period of time and he was in great pain. On the night of his death 15 JUN 1921, Dorothy and Roy had been up two or three times to give him medicine and, thinking that his condition remained about the same, returned to bed. They woke up again at 4:45 a.m. only to find that John had died.

"The body was not yet quite cold," according to the press statement issued at the time of his departure. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Dora E. (Ferguson) Smith




The death of Mrs. J.W. Smith of this city (Wyoming), which had been expected for some time, came on Monday morning when she passed away after an illness covering several years.

Funeral services were held from the home this afternoon at 3:30, in charge of Rev. O.B. Enselman. Mrs. Dean Winn and Mrs. Marion Humphrey sang most beautifully "Some Day We'll Understand," and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Mrs. Winn also sang "Face to Face."

The house was filled to overflowing with sympathizing friends and neighbors who came to pay respect to one beloved of all. The court of Honor lodge, of which deceased was a member, attended in a body. Pallbearers were: G.F. Garden, Charles Ingram, M. H. Teets, Frank Shullaw, W.H. Hartz and G.C. Strattan.

Interment was made in Wyoming cemetery.


Dora E. Ferguson, daughter of Robert M. and Lydia (Culver) Ferguson, was born near Akron, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1852, and died at her home in Wyoming in the early morning of Jan. 29, 1917, at the age of sixty-five years and twenty-five days.

When five years of age, she moved with the family to Altona, Ill., where she made her home until the year 1880, when she removed to Wyoming, which place has since been her home. In February 1888, she united with the Baptist church, remaining a faithful and consistent member until her death, ever doing her part, her life bearing silent testimony to the sincerity of her belief. She was also a charter member of the Court of Honor, in which she held office for many years, and it was with regret that she gave up attending the meetings when failing health made it necessary.

On Nov. 26, 1895 she was united in marriage with John W. Smith who with one daughter, Dorothy, now Mrs. LeRoy Shullaw, remains to mourn her passing. Of the immediate family there also remains two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Ida Emery of Wyoming, Mrs. M.C. Sparr of Roseville, and Arch V. Ferguson of Peoria.

Her illness was of long duration and for more than five years she has borne with patience and Christian fortitude suffering almost beyond human endurance, yet through it all greeting friends with a pleasant smile and a cheerfulness of heart the memory of which will linger with all who knew her.

Quiet and unassuming in manner, true to family and friends as wife, mother and neighbor, our loss though her gain, will be inexpressibly felt and the community mourns with those who mourn.

We know that the journey is over: The stress of the voyage is past. Down, sails; the white mast uncover -- She has entered the haven at last. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Amy E. (Walling) Sorenson

From the Stark County News, Aug. 16, 1888

Died, at her home in Toulon, Tuesday, August 14, Mrs. Amy E. Sorenson, aged 34 years. Mrs. Sorenson's maiden name was Walling. She was born in Noble Co., Indiana, July 8, 1854 and was married at the age of 15, to Christian Sorenson. She was the mother of seven children. Some two years ago she was converted at the revival meetings at the Baptist Church, and has borne her sufferings through all these long months with Christian patience. -Contributed by Karean Seeman

Emma Sophia (Tremain) Stevens

November 18, 1880

Mrs. Emma Sophia (Tremain) Stevens, wife of Ira Stevens of near Bradford, was buried on Tuesday In Sugar Grove cemetery.  She has been lying ill for some time at the residence of her father, Mr. Richard Tremain, where slowly, surely, inevitably the processes of dissolution have been going on, reducing the round favored beautiful woman to the emaciation of a skeleton. A long sufferer has gently gone to sleep - that sleep that knows no waking.  She wanted to live, for life claimed much of her; but as the wasting processes warned her of the inevitable, she had to finally give up fond hopes and aims, resign her little ones to her husband and others, and quietly acquiese in the inscrutiable discipline of Providence.

Knowing her from a babe, the writer can cheerfully attest to her modest worth, and many excellencies of womanly character.  Her life consisted in usefulness and kindly acts, and every responsibility, whereever the station, was discharged in modest fealty and fidelity.

The sermon at the funeral, preached by Rev. M. Minium of this city, was well calculated to soothe the aching and bleeding hearts.  The selections by the Whitefield Corners singers was also appropriate and comforting.  A large concourse of people were present to attest their sympathy for the bereft, and their esteem of the deceased, and this sad event will lay as a pall upon the hearts of a wide circle of friends.  Her virtues may be emulated; her memory long be cherished by all who knew her. (Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper)


Henry News Republican, July 6, 1882

Milo News

David L. Sterling for many years a resident of Milo, died at his residence in Bradford, June 23d. Funeral at the Baptist church, Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m.

Lester C. Stisser

Funeral services for Lester C. Stisser, 75, of Princeville, who died Friday morning at his home will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Wyoming Congregational church.
The Rev. D. R. Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Lawn Ridge cemetery at Speer.
Son of Charles P. and Carolyn Mallory Stisser, he was born in Valley Township, Stark County, Dec. ?, 1875. He attended schools in that locality. On Aug. 25, 1926 he married Irene Gearhart.
Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Raymond J. Compton, Nebraska Rd., Peoria and Mrs. Eth?t Sti??man and a grandson, both of Toulon and one brother Edgar Stisser of Wyoming.
His parents, two brothers and two sisters are dead.
[Saturday, Oct. 13, 1951, Journal Star,- Submitted by C. Horton]

Edna Viola (Pool) Stotler

December 3, 1952

Mrs. Melvin Stotler Dies Suddenly Thursday Night

Edna Viola Pool, daughter of Marion Edward and Lilly L. Mc-Neff Pool, was born at Monica, Illinois, on December 30, 1917, and passed away quite suddenly last Thursday night, only three days before her 34th birthday.

When she was only two years old, her mother died and she was mothered by her sister who was a mere girl at the time of their mother's going. While she was still small, the family moved to Peoria, where Edna. attended school and where her father pass-ed away, when she was but 15 years old. In 1937 she came to the Bradford community, and has lived here' ever since.

On October 3, 1939, at Davenport, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Melvin Stotler, also of Bradford. There came to bless their home two daughters, Kay Frances. and Judith Ann, who are now eleven and seven years of age, respectively. For the past two years the family has lived in the Boyd's neighborhood. They have attended the Boyd's Grove church, Mr. and Mrs. Stotler uniting in mem-bership and having the two girls baptized.

Mrs. Stotler was always a quiet and retiring person, who was well-liked by all who came to know her. Her interest centered in her home and family, and the welfare of her children and hus-band were ever uppermost in her thought and concern. She has enjoyed greatly her relationship to the church and the friendships that she has formed there, and has taken part in its activities as much as health and strength would permit. She was preceded in death by her parents and by one brother, Raymond, who passed away in 1928. She is survived by her husband; their two small daughters; a brother Andrew, in Pheonix, Arizona;. a sister, Mrs. Nellie Kopp, of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Boyd's Grove church, Monday afternoon, December 31, with Rev. Austin A. Rodgers officiating. Interment was in the Mound cemetery. .Taken From the Bradford Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Harriet Rebecca (Church) Stowell

Henry Republican, Henry, IL June 17, 1915

Mrs. O. B. Stowell

Harriet Rebecca Church was born at Massena Springs, St. Lawrence county, New York, on Oct. 9, 1833. At the age of 12 years she, with her family, moved to the then far west, locating in Lafayette, Stark county, Ill., in the year 1847. In this place she lived until she met and was united in marriage to Orson B. Stowell, in 1859. To them were born five children, two of whom preceded her to the great beyond - Rebecca Belle and Dr. Luther Stowell. The surviving children are W. L. Stowell of Peoria, Mrs. Fanny Peck of Edelstein, and Mrs. J. B. Greene of Speer. Since the passing of her husband in 1904, she has made her home with the two remaining daughters above mentioned, a loved and honored guest and mother. Later she became a resident of Peoria county and this vicinity for 56 years, and was a dear friend of all who came in contact with her gentle and unassuming life. She was a consistent member of the Lawn Ridge Congregational church for more than 50 years.

For some time she had been failing in health and passed to her reward at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Greene, on June 12, at the ripe age of 31. The funeral services were held from the home of J. B. Greene on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. R. Stead of Galva. Interment was at Blue Ridge cemetery, near the old Stone home.

John Strawn

June 20, 1872

John Strawn was drowned in Spoon river, June 15. He was the son of George Strawn, living near Wyoming. He went in to bathe with others, and got beyond his depth, and his comrades too frightened to assist him ran for help. His age was 21. (Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper)

Lillie Florence (Fox) Strayer

handwritten date of July 04, 1948

Unidentified newspaper


Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Strayer, 79, resident of Toulon for a number of years, were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at Toulon Methodist church. Mrs. Strayer passed away at 7:30 Friday morning at Hayfield, Minnesota, where she was visiting relatives. She had suffered a stroke June 5 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Emma Graves, of Dodge Center, Minnesota.

Rev. Melvin A. Beger, pastor of Toulon Methodist church, was in charge of the services. C. P. Patterson, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Dwain M. Wallace, sang "Sunrise Tomorrow" and "Good Night Here, Good Morning There."

Pall bearers were nephews of the deceased and were Byron Graves, Everett Graves and Wilbur Graves, all of Hayfield, Minnesota; Harold Gelvin, of Laura; Kermit Kamerer, of West Jersey, and Jack Fox, of Wyoming.

Interment was in the mausoleum in Toulon cemetery.


Lillie Florence, eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Webber Fox, was born June 20, 1869, near Lancaster, Ohio, and was aged 79 years and 19 days at the time of death.

When she was six years old she came with her family to Shelby county, Illinois, where she lived until 1878, when she moved to near Duncan where she lived for a number of years.

She was married February 8, 1887, at Duncan to Charles B. Strayer, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. Mrs. Staryer was an active member of Toulon Methodist church. Besides her husband and parents Mrs. Strayer was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Clara Gelvin, Mrs. Alice Graves and Mrs. Effie Kamerer. Surviving are four sisters and two brothers, as follows: Mrs. Emma Graves, Dodge Center, Minnesota; Mrs. Hattie Gingrich, of Toulon; Mrs. Bertha Huddleston, of Huron, South Dakota; Mrs. Myrtle Large, of Duncan; Elmer Fox, of Brown City, Michigan, and Arthur Fox, of Rogers, Arkansas.

Among those from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Austin Graves, Byron Graves and Wilbur Graves, of Dodge Center, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Aden Throndson, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Percy Janes, Everett Graves and son, of Hayfield, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Eli Huddleston, of Huron, South Dakota; Arthur Fox, of Rogers, Arkansas; Mr. and Mrs. John Weber, of Strasburg, Illinois; Mrs. Clara Krumerick, of Mode, Illinois; Mrs. J. Stegall, of Galesburg.-Contributed by Karean Seeman

Mrs. Almira Chaffee Swords

Wyoming Post-Herald
Wyoming, Illinois
March 7, 1928

Another Stark County Pioneer Answers Final Summons at Age of 73 Years

Another long-time resident of Stark county has answered the final summons, Mrs. Almira Chaffee Swords having passed away at the home of her son, Jarville M. Swords, at LaFayette last Sunday, March 4, 1928, following a brief illness. Her age was 73 years, 4 months and 29 days.
Almira Chaffee was a daughter of Jarville and Mary jane (Boardman) Chaffee and was born in Essex township, Stark county, Illinois, on October 5, 1854. All her life with the exception of three years spent in South Dakota was passed in this county. She was married to Edward M. Swords in 1874, the husband passing away about twelve years ago. Five children, two daughters and three sons, were born to this union, as follows: Mrs. Mae E. Berfield, who passed away on March 22, 1921; Jarville M. Swords of LaFayette, Ill.; M. E. Swords of Eldon, Iowa; Earl L. (deceased), and Mrs. Margaret Jackson of Quincy, Ill.
Mrs. Swords united with the Wyoming Congregational church upon confession of faith on May 6, 1894, during the pastorate of the late Rev. Wm. Walters. She was a faithful member of this church and was also a member of the Wyoming chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Court of Honor.
The long life of the deceased was one of usefulness and service. She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind neighbor and a friend to the needy, always ready to make sacrifice in serving others. Among her relatives and intimate friends she was known as "Aunt Mi."
Besides the three children mentioned above, Mrs. Swords is survived by three grandchildren, Eugene E. Swords, Harold D. Swords and Walter M. Swords; one great-grandchild and eight nieces and nephews. A sister, Mrs. Ealey Ann Whitcher, died on July 10, 1875, and a brother, George w. Chaffee, passed away on December 6, 1923.
Brief funeral services were held at the home of Jarville Swords at LaFayette at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and the remains were brought to Wyoming, the final service being held at the Congregational church in this city at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. John C. Mayne. Appropriate vocal solo numbers were rendered by A. J. Walters and Mrs. Dean Winn, respectively. Officers and members of the local O. E. S. chapter attended the service in a body and conducted the ritual service of the order. Interment was in the Wyoming cemetery.

Contributed by FOFG

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