Obituaries/Death Notices

Ellen Abbott Lewis Anderson
Alice Aby Uriah Anderson
James Aby Richard Andrews
Annie Adams Mary Arends
Augustus Adams Scott Armstrong
Ruth Adams John Arnold
Albert Alden Joseph Asquith
Lizzie Alden Anna Atkinson
Mertie Alford Wilma Auer
Alfred Allen Peter Auten
Walter Allen William Ayling
Emily Alter Anna Aylward
Betty Altorfer John Aylward
Jacob Aman Miss Mary Aylward
Alvin Anderson Mrs. Mary Aylward
Frank Anderson Michael Aylward
  Thomas Aylward



Miss Ellen Abbott a resident of Jubilee township for many years, passed away at St Francis hospital in Peoria at 8:45 o'clock last Thursday morning, November 16, following a brief illness.

Ellen T., eldest daughter of James and Mary Delaney Abbott was born July 9, 1864 in Millbrook township, Peoria county Illinois.

She is survived by one brother, John Abbott of Monica, Ill., and two sisters, Miss Mary Abbott of Peoria and Mrs. Anna Deutscher of Monica, with whom she made her home. She is also survived by two nephews, Louis Martin of Springfield Ill., and Charles Ross of Elmwood, Ill., and three nieces, Mrs. Leo Callery of Edelstein Ill., Miss Mary Ross of Elmwood, Ill., and Miss Mae Meaker of Monica. Her parent, four sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Miss Abbott were held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Brimfield, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Fr. Thomas Harrison. Interment was in Calvary cemetery, Brimfield. (Princeville Telephone, Sept. 23, 1939, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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J. O. Aby, 82, well known and highly respected retired farmer, passed away very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Moffitt, Monday afternoon about 4 o’clock, following a heart attack.

Last rites for Mr. Aby were held Wednesday afternoon at the 2 o’clock at the Tretheway funeral home in charge of Rev. A. A. Rodgers, pastor of Princeville Methodist Episcopal church. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

James Orrin Aby, son of Mary Ann Murphy and Elder Aby, was born in November 5, 1854, in Stark county, Illinois and passed away at home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Moffitt, Princeville, Illinois, May 17, 1937, age 82 years, 6 months and 12 days.

On September 19. 1877, he was united marriage to Alice Duggins of Elmwood, Illinois, who preceded him in death on March 10, 1924. To this union were born three children, Bernice M. Bliss, who died June 10, 1917, Mrs. Robert Moffitt of Princeville, Illinois and Howard S. Aby, also of Princeville. A foster daughter, Ruth Robinson Overen, also preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn their loss besides his daughter and son, five grandchildren, Ellwood Overen of Brimfield, Ill., Mrs. Edgar Hargadine of Toulon, Ill., Mildred E. Bliss and Mrs. Frank Kelly of Princeville, Ill. and Wm. Aby of U. S. navy; also three great grandchildren, Billy, Louie and Jimmie Hargadine and number of other relatives and a host of friends

Mr. Aby received his education in the public school and Peoria Normal, after which he farmed for 45 years around Dunlap and Princeville, retiring and moving to Princeville in 1921. Until last year, he enjoyed good health and was active up until his death, which has proven a shock to his family and entire community.

Mr. Aby was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Princeville and also a member of the A. F. & A. M. No. 260 of Princeville.

(Princeville Telephone, May 1937, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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After a brief illness of only a few days, Mrs. J. O. Aby of this place passed away early Monday morning from an attack of pneumonia. Though she had not been well for some time her condition was not considered serious until last Tuesday and until that time had been suffering from an attack of bronchitis.

Alice Duggins Aby, daughter of Henry and Mildred Duggins, was born in Pebble county, Ohio, November 10, 1852 and died at her late residence in Princeville, March 10, 1924, aged 72 years and four months.

On September 19, 1877, she was united in marriage to James Orin Aby. To this union was born three children—Mrs. Bernice Bliss, who passed away June 10, 1917. Mrs. Fern Moffitt of Monica and Howard of Princeville; also one sister, Mary Howard of Elmwood and one brother W. H. Duggins of Dunlap. There are also four grandchildren, who with the bereaved husband mourn her passing.

Mr. Aby joined the Methodist Episcopal church young in life and continued a consistent member until death.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. James Bliss and Rev. C. E. Magenson?. Interment took place in Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, May 1924, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Augustus H. Adams

Augustus Henry Adams was born in Princeville township, Illinois, Feb., 5, 1868. He was the son of Ezra and Martha Adams. In 1885 he went to Abington to attend Hedding College. In 1889 he went to Obertin College, which he attended about three years. His chief interest was music. Feb. 5, 1896 he was married to Miss Hattie
Colsgrove in Princeville. Their only child Lingard was born Oct. 23, 1897 and died March 7, 1899. On Feb. 10, 1910, he married Miss Lillie Jackson Hall. With a few interruptions he made his home in Cleveland O. He was engaged in the music store business. During the last four years Mr. Adams' health was quite poor, and he passed away in Cleveland, Jan. 1, 1914.

He joined the Methodist church when he lived in Abingdon; his Masonic membership he held in Enclid Chapter No. 599.

He was 45 years, 10 months and 26 days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillie Adams of Cleveland O.,; His mother Mrs. Martha Adams of Princeville ILL.; his brothers, F. M. Adams of Princeville ILL.; and Newton of Oklahoma City Okla.; and his sisters, Mrs. A. H. Sloan and Mrs. W. H. Hoag of Princeville.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Jan 4, 1914, at the Princeville Methodist church. Rev. Stanley Ward and Rev. Max B. Wiles officiated.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1914, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Yesterday morning Mrs. Rebecca McQuown received a telegram from Denver, Col. announcing the death of her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Adams. Mrs. Adams was born and raised in this vicinity and has many friends here who sincerely mourn her untimely death. She was Mrs. McQuowns youngest daughter. Her death resulted from pneumonia. (Brimfield News, Thursday, June 7, 1894, transcribed by Laurie Huey, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)


Died. At Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Ruth A. Adams, nee McQuown, June 6th 1894, of pneumonia. Age 29 year and 29 days.
Ruth Anna McQuown was born near Wheeling, West Virginia, May 7, 1865. She was the youngest of nine children 5 boys and 4 girls. She came to Brimfield, Ill. in Nov. 1866 with her mother, brother and sisters. Here she was raised, here she grew to womanhood, here when almost 21 years of age, on the 21st day of Jan. 1886, she was united in marriage to Jas. A. Adams and with him went to Shelby, Iowa. They remained there but one year, and then on account of her ill health, they moved to Denver, Colorado. This was her home until death, with the exception of two years spent in San Luis Valley, Colorado. She was of a bright, sunny disposition, a great friend of the little folks, always remembering and calling them each by name. From early childhood she was delicate and in poor health. The fatal illness began at midnight June 2nd and during the four days until on June 6, the release came, her sufferings were intense. She was conscious during all the time with the exception of three hours. At the close her eyesight failed her and she was not permitted to look into the face of her husband while she said good bye. Her testimony, toward the closing hour, concerning her future was, "My pardon is sealed." Her remains were brought by the sorrowing husband to Brimfield, Ill. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, Friday June 8, at 2:30 p. m. conducted by Rev. C. L. Davenport. The sermon was preached from Matt. 24.44. After which a large procession of relatives and friends of the deceased accompanied the remains to the cemetery west of town, where they were laid tenderly away to wait the summons of the resurrection morn. The loss to her loved ones is her eternal gain. Her sufferings forever ended and eternal rest her portion. The sympathies of the community are with the sorrowing ones left here on earth.

Card of Thanks.

We desire to sincerely thank the kind friends and neighbors for their manifest aid and sympathy in our late hour of sorrow.
Mrs. R. McQuown and Family

Mrs. Mary Hart and son, Thurlow, of St. Joseph, Ill. and Mr. and Mrs. John Huey of Monmouth, Mr. and Miss Huey and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Adams of Princeville, were called to this place last Saturday to attend the funeral services of the late Mrs. James Adams. (Brimfield News, Thursday, June 14, 1894, transcribed by Laurie Huey, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Albert F. Alden

Son of Noah and Deborah Alden was born in 1836 in Brimfield, Il. and died August 30, 1905 at the home of his sister Abby Rockell in Iroquois County. He had been taken from his home at Oak Hill to the hospital and then to his sisters home. He leaves an estate of 40 acres of timber in Jubilee township and 4 acres in Rosefield township, north of Oak Hill. He was suppose to have a little money but was very secretive and little was known of his affairs.

Remains were interred at Pine Ridge cemetery at Loda.

(Brimfield News, August 1905, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary: Brimfield News April, 5, 1922

The body of Miss Lizzie Alden a daughter of the late Noah Alden of Brimfield was brought here Thursday and laid to rest in the Brimfield Cemetery. Miss Alden died at her home in Newton, Kansas. Her sister Mrs. George Lyon and son Harry of Creston, Iowa were present at the interment.

Newton Republican: April 5, 1922
Miss Lizzie Alden aged 86 years, passed away last evening between 5 and 6 p.m., at the Bethel Hospital, she lapsed into a sleep from which she did not awake. Miss Alden has been well known in this county for many years, though with out a doubt many of her early friends had lost trace of her since she became a shut in by illness several years ago. Her illness has been of almost fifteen years duration, during the greater part of which time she was looked after personally by her friend, Mrs. Laura Congden. Miss Alden went to Bethel hospital three years ago last November, where every care has been given her. She was a tiny bit of humanity physically, and her form wasted away during her long illness.

She was born in Brimfield, Il., near Peoria, and was taken there for burial by A. J. Duff, and laid to rest by the side of her parents and other relatives in the old home cemetery. She now has three sisters living. Mrs. Lyons, of Iowa; and unmarried sister of Fontanelle, Ia. and Mrs. Rockell, of Illinois,. She had no relatives what so ever in Kansas, though Mr. and Mrs. Lyons had visited her here.

Miss Alden devoted at least 36 years to teaching in the public school in Harvey county. She first taught in Newton, then in Burrtan, in the rural school, and in 1879 entered the schools in Sedgwick where she primary teacher for several years. She was an unique character in some respects, being self reliant and thrifty, owning considerable property. She was studious, and highly esteemed in many ways until her illness removed her from contact with friends. Scores of present prominent Harvey county citizens received their first schooling under her tutelage. (Brimfield News, April 5, 1922, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Mertie Alford

     Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Wilton mortuary for Mrs. Mertie Eldridge Alford, 71 years old, 611 Sloan St., who died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning at her home.
     Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery, Pekin. Friends may call at the mortuary this afternoon and tonight. (Peoria Journal-Transcript, Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Alfred Allen

Word was received Monday evening that Alfred Allen, uncle of Dr. Allen of this place, died about five o'clock that evening at the Cottage hospital, Peoria. Mr. Allen lived at Lawn Ridge but was Occasionally upon our streets and was known to many in this place. He had been somewhat under the weather for a short time but was walking about in Peoria Saturday apparently much improved and his death Monday evening came rather suddenly. He is about seventy years old.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by George Zane, transcribed by Gaile Thomas)

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Dr. Walter Allen

Dr. Walter Allen, Alta physician for the past forty years, and uncle of Robert Allen, Chillicothe, died at 1:10 last Friday afternoon at St. Johns hospital in St. Louis.

He was born near Toulon, November 22, 1860. A few years later the family moved to Peoria county and the remainder of his life was spent in the Alta vicinity, with the exception of two years at Neponset.

On October 22, 1891 he was united in marriage to Emma Shaw and to this union where born eight children, all of whom, with the widow survive. He also leaves one sister, one brother, Dr. Oscar Allen of Rosemead, California, and 24 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon with burial at Mt. Hawley cemetery.

Dr. Allen had been in ill health for a long time. Prominent in Masonic circles, the rites of this lodge were carried out at the funeral and cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, Aug. 1948, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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PEORIA - Betty F. Altorfer, 84, of 2130 Goblins Gully SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Peoria, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at her home.

Born June 7, 1917, in Peoria to Bertron and Salome Reed Fitton, she married Edward J. Altorfer on June 22, 1940, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Donald (and Patricia) of Springfield, and James (and Sharon), Bruce (and Janis) and Richard (and Candy), all of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

She was a member of the Church of the Red Rock in Sedona, Ariz.

She was a former member of the PEO sisterhood.

She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and had served as a regent at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids, where friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour before services. Entombment will be in Chapel of Memories Masoleum at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Memorials may be made to the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation, Luther College Endowment Fund or any charity.

(Peoria Journal Star, June 30, 2002, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Richard Andrews

CHILLICOTHE - Richard C. Andrews, 89, of Topeka, Kan., formerly of Chillicothe, died at 3:25 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2005, at Midland Hospice Care in Topeka.

Born May 8, 1915, in Trivoli to Henry and Lydia Ellinghausen Andrews, he married Ruth Phillips Gilmore on Dec. 23, 1951, in Trivoli. She died Jan 27, 1981, in Canton.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Larry Gilmore, on Dec. 19, 2003; two brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Gilmore of Topeka, who took care of him; three sisters, Carol (and Steve) Camp of Trivoli, Imogene (and Bob) Campbell of Peoria and Charlotte Gilbert of Metamora; and two grandchildren.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the military police in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was supervisor of the yard crew at Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad and later worked in the warehouse at Couch & Heyle in East Peoria, retiring in 1981.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Remment Funeral Home in East Peoria, where visitation will be one hour before. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Midland Hospice Center in Topeka.

(Peoria Journal Star, May 4, 2005, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mary L. Arends

Funeral services for Mary L. Arends, 75 years old, formerly of 314 Reed Avenue and widow of Henry L Arends, who died at St Francis Hospital yesterday morning following a short illness, will be held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. 

Mrs. Arends was born in Liverpool, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1851, the daughter of John and Theresa Traeger.  She was married to Henry L Arends who preceded her in death, Dec. 11, 1916 and since that time she has lived with her son C. Erwin Arends, 318 Fredonia Avenue. 

Surviving are two sons, C Erwin Arends, Robert Arends, both of Peoria, and two brothers, Samuel H Traeger, Oakland, Cal. And C W Traeger, Peoria. 

(Peoria Transcript, Sat. July 10, 1926, submitted by Harry Lundell)

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Passing of Aged Elmore Resident

Scott Armstrong's Funeral Held Monday

Again the Angel of Death visited our community and summoned home to rest, an aged citizen, friend and father.
It is not for us to try to fathom or interpret the doings of the Omnipotent be rather to rest assured that "He doeth all things well" and that we, who are left should be ready and prepared to answer the summons, "Child Come home," at any time.
     Scott Armstrong was born in Menard County, Illinois, on February 3, 1848 and passed away at his home in Elmore, Peoria County Illinois, December 12, 1930, being at the time of his death, 82 years, 10 months and 9 days of age.
     The father of the deceased, William Armstrong, whom many in this vicinity can remember, was born in 1799, and resided in Bowling Green, Kentucky until he was 18 years of age. He then moved to Illinois Territory one year before it became a State, settling in Menard County where [he] was associated with Abraham Lincoln of which, in after years, he felt quite proud.
     In 1857 he moved to Knox County Illinois when the deceased was 9 years of age. In later years he became a resident of Elmore and lived with the deceased for many years.
     As a result of his father's former marriages, the deceased had twelve half brothers and sisters only one of whom, Mrs. Lulu Hollis of Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, is still living.
     While just a young man the deceased manifested a great interest in music and in time became an expert violinist. No social gathering was complete unless Scott was present to furnish the music. This pleasure he enjoyed as long as he was able to enjoy it.
     He was married to Levina Lorance, February 25, 1869, and since which time has lived in the Elmore community. To this union were born nine children, namely, Sylva, Cora, William, Jessie, Laura, Daniel, Loren, Bunn, Ada, and Bessie, all of whom have passed excepting Bunn, Ada, and Jessie, now residing in the Elmore community.
     Shortly after marriage he began farming which remained his favorite occupation while his physical powers permitted.
     He was a vigorous man up to 1915, when he was compelled to ease up. In 1918 he suffered an attack of the Flu and from that time he showed a gradual decline which became very marked and noticeable six years ago when he took his chair and let loose of earthly activities.
     For the last 16 months he has been bed-fast, under the constant care of his aged wife and companion who was ever at his bed-side to minister to his slightest wishes to the last.
     During this long suffering he showed a patience and fortitude that was remarkable.
     In the latter part of his life he held a membership in the M. E. Church. Though not an active member, his life showed the influence of Christian contact in his dealings with mankind.
     Besides an aged, loving wife and mother, he leaves to mourn, one sister, three children, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
     His funeral was held from his late residence in Elmore, at 1:00 p. m. Monday, December 15. Rev. Spencer of West Jersey officiating.
Mr. Regan and daughter Ruth sang "It is Well With My Soul," and "God Will Take Care of You."
     The pall bearers were E. J. Winchester, Wm. Stargel, Wm. Yelm, Earl Stargel, Herman Yelm, and Elmer White.
     Interment was in the Glendale Cemetery.
     Relatives and friends from a distance, who attended the funeral were Mrs. B. T. Deatrict and daughter of Chicago, Earl Armstrong of Princeton, Mrs. Lowell Jones of LaFayette, Mr. and Mrs. George Walkins of Havana, Mr. and Mrs. William Hollis of Greenview, Mr. and Mrs. Clement Hollis of Springfield, Mrs. Harry Johnson of Kewanee, Mrs. Dessie Stewart of Trivoli and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gardner and daughter of Appleton. For more information about the Armstrong family... (Williamsfield Times, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1930, page 1, col. 1, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Joseph Asquith

Funeral services for Joseph Asquith were held this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Wilton Mortuary chapel. Interment was in Parkview Memorial cemetery.  (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Anna Atkinson Dies at Hospital; Plan Rites Monday

Mrs. Anna E. Atkinson, 66 years old died at 2 o'clock this morning at St. Francis hospital. Mrs. Atkinson resided at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Proehl, 2211 North Sheridan road.

Mrs. Atkinson was born in Peoria February 22, 1869. She attended Peoria grade and high schools. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Griffin and was married to Charles W. Atkinson, who died in 1929.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Proehl, one son, George Anderson, Chicago; five sisters, two brothers and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Cumerford-Endsley memorial house. The Rev. W.V. McAdoo pastor of Bethel Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial home.

(Daughter of Eugene Griffin & Ellen Dwyer-Griffin-Allison) (First Husband was Anderson)

(Peoria Journal, Nov. 1, 1935, submitted by Karen Hamer-Pasquale)

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ELLISVILLE - Wilma June Auer, 78, of 115 S. Mechanic St. died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Galesburg.

Born Jan. 13, 1925, in Brimfield to Lloyd and Esther Porter Mckown, she married John Auer on Nov. 29, 1949, in Peoria. He preceded her in death.

She also was preceded in death by one brother.

Surviving are four sons, Pete (and Mona) Bale of Perry, Okla., Mike (and Chris) Mckown and Fred (and Kathy) Mckown, both of Ellisville, and Steven (and Cathy) Mckown of Dunlap; three daughters, Theresa (and Mel) Stoetzer of Abingdon, Sue (and Alvin) Morse of Knoxville and Debbie (and Bob) Hare of St. Augustine; two sisters, Vernetta Lindsey of Rockford and Gladys Brining of Missouri; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She and her husband raised 28 foster children.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corman Memorial Home in Avon, where visitation will be one hour before. Burial will be in Brimfield City Cemetery in Brimfield.

Memorials may be made to the Ellisville Go-Getters.

(Peoria Journal Star, Monday, December 15, 2004, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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An honored Citizen Enters into Peaceful Rest After More Than Fifty Years Residence in Princeville. Was In 93rd Year.

Last Sabbath, at about the noon hour, Peter Auten, Sr., one of the noblest and grandest lives that ever blessed this community, passed from the scenes of earth to the life beyond. Seldom is a community called upon to honor the memory of one who has been so intimately associated with its interests and whose life and character so long stood for all that was pure and noble.

The funeral of Mr. Auten was held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. John Rogers of Lewiston preached the funeral sermon. A very large number were present to show their respects to the honored dead.

Peter Auten was born at Chili, New York, Oct. 1, 1811, He finished his education in select schools in Rochester and then began his business career as clerk in a general store. Like many aspiring young men of his time, he also enjoyed in his training the experience of a school teacher.

Peter Auten was married to Lydia Chapman, of Westport, Connecticut Oct. 13, 1836. To these parents God gave seven children -- two of them were called to himself in early infancy. Two others, Hanford and Emily Ann died when about three years of age. Those who grew to adulthood were three sons, Lemuel, Edward and Andrew. The last son died at Princeville in 1864.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Peter Auten started from New York City for the Choctaw Indian Mission in Indian territory going by sailing vessel via Cuba to New Orleans, and then by boat up the Mississippi river to Arkansas City, then by horseback to their destination. What such a journey entailed of hardship and danger only those who have lived on the frontier and passed through similar experiences know.

Upon reaching the Choctaw Mission, Mr. Auten taught the Indians for two years. One of the three divisions of the Choctaws had never consented to having Government schools in their territory. Although others had failed in negotiating a agreement to this effect, Mr. Auten succeeded---no doubt largely because of the high personal regard which the chief had for him. For his service the Government showed its appreciation in a ??

Unable to endure the climate of Indian Territory after a serious illness Mr. Auten came to Radnor township, Peoria county, Illinois, in the early part of 1839, whence he moved to Princeville to teach school during the winter of 1840-41. Moving back to Radnor township, he engaged in farming until 1849 when he returned to Princeville to make this place his home until he was called but last Sabbath to the home above, after a residence here of fifty-four years.

While in Radnor township Mr. Auten was often entrusted with the responsibilities of public office---which clearly indicates the place he had in the confidence of his fellow townsmen.

For a number of years after coming to Princeville, Mr. Auten engaged in farming; but in 1872 he began the banking business which now, after the lapse of thirty-one years, still continues under the name of himself and his son.

During all his life the genuine welfare of all those about him had been the subject of Mr. Auten's earnest solicitude. When teaching his first school he got nearly the entire school district to sign the temperance pledge---and that at a time when the temperance work had not the backing of public opinion that it now has. At this time he was instrumental in bringing about seventy of the young people of the community into the church. And as long as strength was given him he always was practically interested in church and Sabbath school work. His work as a mission teacher of the American Board to the Choctaw Indians was always a source of great delight to him, and even until his eightieth year he might now and then be heard singing hymns in the language of those American heathens to whom God had sent him. With all he was always kind and courteous. Since his death one has said to us: 'He was one of the most polite men I ever saw---everywhere, among all kinds of people, under whatever conditions, he was always the same.'

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Gaile Thomas, submitted by George Zane)

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William Ayling

Obituary: William Ayling was born near Toronto, Canada, Dec.20,1861, and died March 31st, 1914, at the age of 52 years, 3 months and 11 days. He came to Princeville with his parents John and Sarah Ayling in January, 1868. Ever since his home has been here. He is survived by one sister, Sarah Robinson, of Canada, and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Stanley Ward at M.E. Church Thursday afternoon, April 2nd, and interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, 1914, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Michael Aylward who had been critically ill for some time died at her home here on Friday evening. Some few months ago she was operated upon in a hospital at Dubuque for cancer. She never recovered from the effects. Funeral services were conducted at Assumption church on Monday morning when a solemn requiem mass was celebrated. Very Rev. P. F. Farrelly, Rev. M. McNerney, Rev. J.. Kelly of Graettinger and James Sherlock officiated. The body was taken to Graettinger for burial.

Miss Anna McGonagle was born at Lancaster, Penn., October 3, 1851. In 1859 she went to Peoria, Illinois with her parents. Here she married Michael Aylward. To this union ten children were born, nine sons and one daughter, all but one of whom survive their mother and who were with her at the time of her death. They came to this county in 1898 and have resided here continuously since that time. Mrs. Aylward was a good, Christian woman and devout catholic. She was mild and gentle in manner and as unoffensive as could be. She devoted her time and energies to the welfare of her home and family. She was earnest in the performance of every duty as she saw it and was content with doing her best at all times. She has been a faithful, devoted wife and mother and a true, good woman. To the surviving relatives we extend sincere sympathy. (The Palo Alton Tribune, Palo Alto, Iowa, September 9, 1914,, submitted by Sandie Weber)



Had Been in Serious Condition For Several Weeks

Mrs. Michael Aylward died at her home in this city last Friday after an illness of some duration. During the early part of the summer her condition was such that it was necessary for her to go to Dubuque for an operation for her stomach. city. After operating, Dr. Guthrie, who had charge of the case, found it was impossible to do anything for her. She was brought to her home in this city and for several weeks lingered between life and death. On Friday the final summons came to relieve her.
The funeral was held Monday morning. A solemn requiem mass was celebrated at Assumption Church. Very Rev. P.F. Farelly officiating. He was assisted by Fathers McNerney of Emmetsburg and Kelly of Graettinger. The burial was in the parochial cemetery at Graettinger. The pallbearers were John J. Mahan, E.J. Mitchell, B.L. Elsenbast, John Montgomery, Patrick Montgomery, and P.H. McCarty, all of the Graettinger parish in which Mr. and Mrs. Aylward resided a number of years. Father Kelly, the former pastor of the deceased, officiated at the cemetery.

Anna McGonagle was born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania October 3, 1851. In 1859 her parents moved to Peoria, Illinois. She married at that place on January 26, 1872 to Michael Aylward. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Aylward, nine boys and one girl. One boy died in infancy. Mrs. Aylward is survived by her husband, eight sons and one daughter. The sons are John D. and C.A. of West Bend, James F. of Mason City, Edward P. of Emmetsburg, Richard M. of Graettinger, Maurice J. of Ogden, Utah, Martin J. of Graettinger, and George T. who lives at home. The only daughter is Mrs. John Lane of Davenport. An only sister, Mrs. L.J. Lonnell, resides at Dwight, Illinois. (NOTE: This should be Trunnell) and two brothers live in Peoria County. Mr. and Mrs. Aylward came to Palo Alto County in 1898. For some time they resided east of this city.

Later they resided in Walnut Township. They also spent a year or so near Philip, South Dakota, but have for several years resided in Emmetsburg. Mrs. Aylward was a quiet, unassuming woman, but no one in the community stood higher than she did in estimation of those who had an opportunity of judging her motives and her actions. She was humble, kind, dutiful and obliging. Neighbors soon learned to appreciate her cheerful disposition and warm nature. They always found her willing to do
anything in her power to lend them a helping hand when necessary. She would intentionally do anything to wound the feelings of anyone in the community - not even those who she might consider unworthy of confidence. She was a practical and consistent member of her church and as such she performed her obligations quietly and punctually.

Eight loving and dutiful sons, one devoted daughter, besides the aged, faithful and sorrowing husband survive to bless her memory which will ever be dear to them. Their close attention in providing for her many needs during her long and trying illness showed that they appreciated her true worth as a wife and mother. They willingly, gladly did everything within their power to lessen her sufferings. Her death, at a comparatively early age, was a severe blow to them. They have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends and neighbors in their bereavement. (The Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, Ia., September 9, 1914,, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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Michael Aylward Dead

Monday Richard Aylward and one of his brothers were called to Hot Springs, South Dakota, by the illness of their father, Michael Aylward. When they reached Sioux City they learned he was dead. The remains will be brought to Emmetsburg and will be interred at Graettinger. Mr. Aylward went to Hot Springs some time ago to spend the winter in the old sailors sanitarium at that place. He was quite advanced in years. Further particulars will be given next week. (The Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, Ia., February 9, 1916,, submitted by Sandie Weber)



He Served for Three Years In the War of the Rebellion

*Last week brief mention was made of the death of Michael Aylward, which occurred at the Sisters Hospital at Hot Springs, South Dakota February 8th. Mr. Aylward went to the sanitarium at the National Soldiers Home at that place several months ago. Early last week his sons of this county received that he was seriously ill but they did not think his condition was particularly dangerous. Two of the sons, Richard and Martin, left for Hot Springs as soon as they received word concerning their father's
condition but he passed before they could reach his bedside. The remains were brought to Graettinger, where the funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Services were conducted by the Pastor, Reverend J. Kelly and burial was held in the family plot in the parochial cemetery. A large number of old friends were in attendance. The pallbearers were P.J. McCarty, V.L. O'Connor, C.F. Leonard, M. Leonard, B. Eisenbast, and Austin Hoben.

Mr. Aylward was born in the County Kilkenny Ireland March 24, 1821. He came to the United States when comparatively a young man and located in the vicinity of Peoria, Illinois. He was united in marriage at Peoria on January 26, 1872 to Miss Anna McGonagle. Mr. and Mrs. Aylward lived in Livingston Co., Illinois for 21 years. They came to Palo Alto County 18 years ago and subsequently made their home in this vicinity. Mrs. Aylward died September 4, 1914. There are eight sons and one daughter. The sons are John of Brainerd, Minnesota, Gus whose whereabouts are unknown, James of Sioux City, Richard and Martin of Graettinger, Maurice of Green River, Wyoming, and Edward and George of Emmetsburg. The only daughter, Mrs. John Dane, lives in Peoria, Illinois. All but Gus were present at the funeral.

Mr. Aylward was well known throughout our county and he had a wide circle of devoted friends. The best test of his citizenship was when he answered the call of President Lincoln in 1861, shouldered his musket and marched to the front to battle for his adopted country and it's glorious institutions. He remained in the service for three long years and was engaged in several of the deadly conflicts of the never to be forgotten struggle. His record during the war was one of true valor and heroic sacrifice.

Soon after coming to Emmetsburg, Mr. Aylward became a member of the Henry Dillinger Post and during the many years of residence in our community was considered a valuable member of the organization. He was an excellent neighbor, a loyal friend, and an active and useful member of society. He was frank and outspoken and was never ashamed of his convictions on any public question. He was upright in his dealings with his fellow men and though not particularly rich in possession of the worldly goods, he always made ample provision to meet his obligations.

Eight worthy sons and one daughter will long cherish tender moments of their worthy and respected parents, both of whom are now gone. The Democrat extends their sincere sympathy to them in their sorrow. (The Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, Ia., February 16, 1916,, submitted by Sandie Weber)

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John Aylward, 73, passed away Saturday, July 29, at 1 p. m. at the home of his brother, Thomas, northwest of Princeville, following a month’s illness.

Funeral services for Mr. Aylward were held Monday morning, July 31, at 9:30 ‘clock at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic church, Princeville with Rev. Fr. James M. Fitzgerald of Wyoming cousin of the deceased, celebrant of solemn requiem mass, assisted by Rev. Fr. J. A. Gordon of Princeville and Rev. M. J. Spalding of Chillicothe. Interment was in the family lot in St. Mary’s cemetery, Princeville.

John Aylward

John Aylward was born at the Aylward homestead north of Princeville, Illinois, April 9, 1866, son of the late James and Elizabeth (Butler) Aylward.

He reside on the farm until about 23 years of age, when he went to Peoria, Ill. and became a sheet metal worker. He followed that trade until about ten years ago, when he retired. Four years ago he came from Peoria to Princeville and made his home with his brother Thomas on the farm.

He is survived by his sister Mrs. Johanna Sanert and brother Thomas at home and more distant relatives in Peoria. His parents, two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

(Princeville Telephone, Aug. 1939, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Miss Mary Aylward Answers Final Summons

Miss Mary Aylward life long resident of Princeville township, passed away at St. Francis hospital in Peoria, Tuesday, February 18, following an operation for goiter, which she underwent Monday, Miss Aylward had been in poor health since last November and about three weeks ago was taken to the hospital, where she was given treatment preparatory to the operation, Miss Aylward recovered from the operation on Monday and was apparently on the road to recovery, when she was stricken with a heart attack and passed away quietly a 3:15 p. m. She was 61 years and 11 days of age at the time of death.

Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Aylward, was born on the Aylward home place, about three miles northwest of Princeville on February 7, 1869 and was one of a family of seven children. She grew to young womanhood on the farm where she continued to live her entire life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James who passed away about twenty-three years ago. Her mother passed away just six days later. Mr. Aylward passed away about 33 years ago.

Miss Aylward is survived by three brothers, Thomas of Princeville and John and Richard of Peoria; and two sisters, Mrs. Joanna Sanert of Peoria and Miss Katherine of Princeville.

After the death of her parents, Miss Aylward and her brother, Thomas and sister Katherine, continued to reside on the home place, inseparable until death broke the ties.

(Princeville Telephone, Feb. 1930, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Word was received by relatives here of the passing of Uriah G. Anderson on Oct 18, at the age of 82 years at his in Champion, Alberta, Canada

Mr. Anderson was well known by of the elder people here, having been born and having spent his early life near Princeville. He was a nephew of the late Edgar Miller.

He married Louisa Lynch of Henry, Ill., and they lived in Canton, Ill., some years before going to Canada, where they purchased land and a home in Champion, where his wife passed away a few years ago.

He had been ill for some time. His only near relative is a sister, Mrs. Jennie Davis of Gilman, Ill., he also has several cousins. His parents proceeded in death.

Funeral services were held at the United church at Champion, Alberta, Canada, Oct. 20 and interment was near there in a cemetery besides his wife.

(Princeville Telephone, Oct. 1945, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Lewis Anderson Former Resident Dies in Colorado

Funeral services for Lewis W. Anderson, 90, a native of Princeville, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Anderson funeral home in Chillicothe with Rev. L. J. Sailor, pastor of the Chillicothe Methodist church in charge. Burial was in the Chillicothe City cemetery.

Mr. Anderson passed away Friday at Durango, Colo.

A son of Joseph and Susan McGinnis Anderson, he was born in Princeville on March 10. 1858.

He leaves a brother, U. L. Anderson of Chillicothe and a number of nieces and nephews.

(Princeville Telephone, July 1948, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Emily Alter Dies In Los Angeles at 92

Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Emily Reynolds Alter, 92, at her home in Los Angeles, on February 26.

Mrs. Alter was the widow of George Woodruff Alter, partner of Peter Auten Sr., in the Princeville Bank started Sept. 5 1872. Mr. Alter was a brother of William Alter, agent at the Rock Island depot for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. George Alter lived in Princeville about six months, until his death, when she moved to Peoria with her two sons, Harry and Lute. Later they moved to Chicago and 35 years ago to Los Angeles.

Lute was born in Princeville and is still living. Harry died ten years ago. For several years Mrs. Alter was the oldest living graduate of Peoria high school, one of a class of ten who received their certificates in 1869. She taught school one year before her marriage.

Mrs. Alters mother died when she was two years old and she was reared in the home of her cousin, Mrs. Mary Foster Bryner, of Peoria.

She was a fine character, a good business woman and had a cherry disposition. She had been bedfast for several months. The funeral was in Los Angeles and burial near her son Harry.

(Princeville Telephone, Mar. 1943, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Funeral Services For John Arnold Are Held Saturday

Funeral services for John Arnold, 79, of Washington, D. C., and formerly of Princeville, were held in the Bouton Memorial Home Saturday afternoon with Rev. Ralph Walters in charge. Burial was in Princeville cemetery. Pallbearers were Orvil Lansdown, Frank Stewart, Gilbert Adams, John Matthews, Berryman Hurt and Letcher Giffen.

Mr. Arnold passed away in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 25.

He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Erma Harrison of Morris, Mrs. Fern Allen Auxier of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Nola Oberlink of Flint, Mich., and Mrs. Bessie Roose of LaGrange; nine grandchildren, and one brother, Thomas Arnold of Jacksonville, Fla. One son, William died in infancy.

Among those from out of town attending the service were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Oberlink, of Flint, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roose of LaGrange, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harrison and family of Morris, and George and Catherine Auxier of Washington, D. C. Mrs. Auxier, a daughter, remained in Washington, D. C., with her mother, who was unable to travel so far.

(Unknown newspaper, June 1957, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Mrs. Mary Aylward

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Aylward, 85, who died at St. Josephs Home yesterday morning , where she had been a resident since 1935, will be held Wednesday at 8:30 a. m. at Boland mortuary at St. Josephs Home chapel at 9:00 a. m. The Rev. R. G. Peters will officiate and burial will be in St. Marys cemetery.

Friends may call at Bolands after 3 p. m. Tuesday. Recitation of the Rosary will be Tuesday afternoon.

St. Josephs Sodality and the Catholic Womens League will recite the Rosary Tuesday afternoon.

Born Feb. 25, 1865, she was the daughter of John and Catherine Malone Handrithan. She married Richard C. Aylward on Oct. 28, 1908. He died in 1940. She held membership in the Catholic Womens League.

Surviving is a niece, Mrs. Katharine Conrad, of Peoria

(Unknown newspaper, 1950, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Thomas S. Aylward Dies; Rites Held Tuesday

Thomas S. Aylward, well-known and esteemed resident of this community, passed away at his home Saturday afternoon, Jan 1. He had been in poor health for some time.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 9 oclock with high mass at St. Mary of the Woods church, the rosary services being Monday evening at 8 oclock at the Tretheway funeral home. Interment was in St. Marys cemetery.

Mr. Aylward was the last of six children of James and Elizabeth Butler Aylward. He was born June 2, 1873 and spent his entire life on the family farm. He was devoted to his church and a highly esteemed citizen.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 6,1944, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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