Obituaries/Death Notices
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Roxana Babcock Amos Bliss Mrs. Amelia Brennan
William Badington Bertha Bliss Mrs. Edward Brennan
Billy Ball Fred Bliss Dennis Bridson
Mary Barber James Tilford Bliss (Rev.) Donald Bridson
Mary Barbour John Bliss (Rev.) Mary Louise Bright
Elizabeth Barden Rhoda Bliss Claude Briggs
James Barden Robin Bliss Rheba Brimblecom
Hylda Barnes Ella Bloomer Rodger Brimblecom
Marion Barnes Bernice Blundy Penelope Brockway
Addie Barrett David Blundy John Brooks
Carrie Barrett Edith Blundy Lura Brooks
Rosa Barrett Elsie Blundy Mrs. Brower
Clyde L. Barrick Elsie M. Blundy Harry Brown
Harvey Bassett Elsie P. Blundy James W. Brown
Amanda (Miller) Bates Everett Blundy Margaret Brown
William Bavington Frances Blundy Sarah Bruce
Samuel Bayless Harriett Blundy Jacob Bruniga
Ida Beall Jay Jere Blundy Ella Buck
Elizabeth Beaton Margaret Blundy Hazel Buck
Viola Beauchamp Reed Blundy Millard Buck
Alice Beaumont Nellie Bohannon Jennetta Budge
Mary Ann Beaumont Mrs. Kathryn Bohl James Bullock
Emma Beck George Boomgartner Isaac Burdette
George Beckenholdt Neva Booth Benjamin Burgess
Susan Becker Rosalie Bootz Earl Burgess
Reuben Beebe Grace Bosley Iva Burgess
Carrie Belcher Mildred Bostic Ruth Burgess
Daniel Belcher Mrs. Nicholas Bour Aaron Burk
Mrs. Talbert Belford Ella Bouton Samuel Burkhardt
Becky Stowell Bell Daniel Bower Alfred Burnett Sr.
Anna Bennett Martha Bower Loren Burnett
Willard Bennett Simon Bower Otis Burnett
Abbie Benton William Bower Anges Burns
Michael Berke Beverly Boylan Cyrus Burns
Albert Berry Joseph Boylan James Burns
Estella Berry Louis Boylan Jennie Burns
Catherine Best Mary Ellen Boylan Sam Burns
Gary Best Michael Boylan William Burns
George Betts Blanche Boyle E. R. Burt
John Betts William Boyle Cellestine Bush
William Bistler Martha Bradley Charles Bush
John Bitner Henrietta Bragg William Bush
Joel Blakesley Jane Bragg Vincent Butler
Amanda Blanchard Robertine Bragg Fred Butts
Christina Blanchard Catherine Branion/Branian Mrs. George Butts
F. B. Blanchard Bert Brassfield Cora Byrnes
Fannie Blanchard Ida Brassfield Mary Byrnes
Lucius Blanchard Mahlon Brasfield (transcribed vs.) Patrick Byrnes
Robert Blanchard Archie Breese Patrick Byrnes Jr.
W. H. Blanchard Sarah Breese Susan Byrnes
Charles Blank Teckla Breese  

 


Mrs. Babcock, 80, Died, was Brimfield Native

Brimfield- Mrs. Roxana Elizabeth Babcock, 80, a lifelong resident of Brimfield, died at her home here at 4:20 p.m. Friday [Mar. 6, 1959].

She was born in Brimfield Dec. 7, 1878, a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Hindle Hayes. She was educated in local schools and married Addison T. Babcock Oct. 18, 1905 in Brimfield. He died Oct. 26 1953.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Pullen of Peoria, Mrs. Louise Bean of Chillicothe, and Mrs. Georgia Adlrich of Brimfield; one son, John A. Babcock of Chillicothe; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three brothers, John A. Hayes of Princeville, C. L. Hayes of Oak Hill and H. H. Hayes of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. May Blanchard of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mrs. Ruth Chipman of Winchester, Mass. A sister, Mrs. Velma Gehring of Galesburg, preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Union Church of Brimfield.

Funeral services will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Brimfield. (unknown newspaper and date, Mar. 1959, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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At West Hallock, February 28, 1888, William H. Badington, aged 25 years. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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OBITUARY

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 8:30 o’clock at the residence, 904 Smith Street, thence at the St. Patrick’s Church, for James Barden, old resident of Peoria, who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Schmidt, 904 Smith Street, Sunday afternoon.

The deceased was 66 years of age. He was born in Ireland April 12, 1852 and came to this country some 45 years ago. For many years he has been an active member of the Modern Woodmen Central City Camp No. 1505. His wife died six years ago.

He leaves to mourn his great loss six children; Mrs. J. Munson, Mrs. William Powell, Mrs. Joseph Matthews, Mrs. John Schmidt, Miss Agnes Barden, and James Barden, all of this city. (Peoria Star, Tuesday, July 2, 1918, pg. 5, submitted by Debbie Martin)

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Obituary

Mary McKune Barber was born in Peoria County, Nov. 23, 1846. She married Elijah Barber of Peoria county March28, 1872 and came to Livingston county and lived on a farm south east of Forrest. She was the mother of 5 children and 3 are still living. Death from a stroke came mar. 14, 1923 at the age 76 years 3 mo. And 23 days. She was widowed 9 years ago when Elijah passed away. 3 sons Geo. Of Peoria ; Sam of Chatsworth and John of near Forrest. Surviving are 3 sisters; Ellen Belford of Brimfield, Emma Kelley of Texas, and Agnes Farry of Monica. Funeral services were held at the M.E. church of Forrest on Saturday March 17, at 2pm. Interment was in the Forrest cemetery. (Brimfield News; Thurs. April 5, 1923, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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DIED

BARDEN – Mrs. Elizabeth, beloved wife of James Barden, February 19, 1912, at 10:20 a.m. at the residence, 904 Smith Street, aged 54 years.

Funeral from the above residence Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to the St. Patrick’s Church at 9 o’clock. Friends invited. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery. (Peoria Star, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1912, pg. 16, submitted by Debbie Martin)

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Mrs. Hylda Barnes

     Mrs. Hylda Barnes was found dead in her home in Delavan Sunday morning by neighbors. Death apparently occurred Friday evening of a heart attack.
Mrs. Barnes was born near Brimfield April 3, 1895, the daughter of Ulysses Kenneth and Florence Catton Grant. She attended Illinois Normal University and taught for several years before her marriage.
     Surviving are one son, Kenneth of Wheaton and four grandchildren. Her parents and two sisters Vera and Florence preceded her in death. She was a member of the Delavan Presbyterian church.
     Funeral services were held in Hallman Funeral Home at Delavan Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Donald Crannell officiating. Burial was in the Brimfield cemetery.
(Brimfield News, Thursday, Nov. 12, 1959, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw, courtesy of Janet Bledsoe)

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Mrs. Robert Barrett

Mrs. Rosa Yerby Barrett, wife of Robert Barrett passed away very suddenly on August 30 at the home of her son Harry Barrett at Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services were held in Grinnell, Iowa Friday. Her brother John Yerby and Mrs. and Mrs. Andrew Mathers of Elmwood drove to Grinnell for the funeral and were accompanied home by Mr. Barrett, who remained here until last week when the son and his wife came to take him back to Des Moines with them.

Mrs. Barrett grew up in Brimfield. After her marriage she moved to Iowa and that has been the family home. Two daughters, Mande and Leatha, the one son, Harry and her husband survive. (Brimfield News, Sep. 14, 1950, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Talbert Belford

Mrs. Talbert Belford, aged 77? years died Sunday night at her home near Monica. She had been confined to her bed only a week, although she had been in poor health for many years.

She is survived by her husband and two sons, Fred of Monica and Ray who resides on the home farm near Monica. Mrs. Belford was before her marriage Frances Yerby.

Two sisters, Mrs. Lena Mathers of Peoria; Mrs. Ross Barrett of Grimmell, Iowa and two brothers William Yerby of Knoxville and John Yerby of Monica also survive.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Monica. (Brimfield News, Oct. 19, 1944, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Peoria, March 8, 1888, Clyde Leroy Barrick, aged 7 months and 2 days. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, April 26, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Carrie Irene Barrett, 90, of 5533 Galena Road died at 1:18 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

Born Jan. 16, 1910, in Tazewell County to Arthur A. and Alice Slabaugh Bidner, she married Jack Otto Barrett on Aug. 11, 1928, in Pekin. He died Oct. 31, 1973, in Peoria.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.

Surviving are one son, Jack Barrett of Mokelumne Hill, Calif.; one daughter, Shirley (Mrs. Owen) King of Peoria Heights; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

She worked as a secretary for Interior Designs of Peoria.

She attended Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria.

She was a volunteer at OSF St. Clare.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home in Peoria. The Rev. Gary Hutton will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 9, 2000, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Samuel Bayless

Memorial services for Samuel T. Bayless, 72, of 105 Middle Road, a Peoria resident for 29 years, who died at Proctor hospital Sunday noon, will be held at 7 p. m. Wednesday at the Cumerford-Endsley memorial home. Burial will be Thursday in the cemetery in Colchester. Friends may call at the memorial home this evening. (Peoria Star, April 30, 1946, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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MRS. ELIZABETH BEATON

Elizabeth Hovenden was born in Borden parish, county Kent, England, April 22, 1817, and died in Elmwood, Illinois, February 16, 1908. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hovenden. In 1836 she was united in marriage with Mr. John Trowell. Eleven years after they came to America settling in Peoria county, Illinois. Her husband died in 1868. Afterward she was married to Mr. Robert Beaton, who died fifteen years later. She lived at Lawn Ridge and Elmwood with her sister, Mrs. Ellen Manock, until her death five years ago, since that time she has made her home with her nephew, Mr. Lucien Manock, where she passed away last Sabbath morning.
In her youth she was converted to God and lived a Christian life to the end. At the time of her death she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of this place. She had a firm trust in her Savior and in her feebleness often prayed that she might be taken to Him in whom she had trusted these many years. Many times in her last days she repeated the words, "Blessed! Blessed!"

Out of a family of fourteen children only one brother survives, Mr. Charles Hovenden, who lives in California. Among the many nephews and nieces who survive are Messrs. Lucien and Charles Manock, Mrs. John Clinch, Mrs. Robert Connell, Mrs. Thomas May, Mrs. Susan Wasson and Mrs. John Tinen, all of Elmwood township. Deceased had no children but an adopted daughter, Mrs. E. D. Powell, of Fairbury, who with her husband attended the funeral.

The funeral services were held at the home of Mr. L. Manock on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. B. Bartle. The interment took place at Lawn Ridge, where she rests with her two husbands awaiting the general resurrection.

(Elmwood Gazette, Feb. 20, 1908, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Obituary

Mary Ann Donath, oldest daughter of John Donath and Mary Ester Coon, was born in Chillicothe, Ill., February 6, 1875 and died August 24, 1919 aged forty-four years, six months and eighteen days. She was married to William Beaumont and to this union six children were born: Mrs. Blanche Newell; Mrs. Inez Thompson; Clara; Maude; Louise and Helen Beaumont.

The family reside northwest of Chillicothe and were preparing to move to town as they had a handsome bungalow under construction at the corner of Fifth and Cedar Streets.

Besides the husband and daughters she leaves a father and several daughters and sisters and other relatives and friends.

(The Chillicothe Bulletin, Aug. 1919, submitted by Beth Nawara)

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Emma Louise Beck

Funeral services for Emma Louise Beck, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beck, 1?14 Second avenue, were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence. Interment was in Springdale cemetery. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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DEATH OF REUBEN BEEBE

An Aged and Respected Citizen Died at His Home Saturday, July 30, 1904.

The death of Reuben Beebe, occurring on Saturday, July 30th, removes another of Chillicothe's early settlers and one who has been closely identified with the progress and advancement of the city for more than half a century.

Mr. Beebe was born near Springfield, Conn., April 22, 1823, and at the age of fourteen came with his parents to Illinois and made their home near Northampton. He remained with his parents until he had grown to manhood learning the carpenter's trade in the meanwhile, and was employed at Dixon, Ill., for a number of years. Mr. Beebe returned to Chillicothe in 1853 and began his successful career as a contractor and builder and hundreds of residences and business buildings in the city and vicinity were the result of the labors of this master workman. He was married the same year of his return to Chillicothe to Miss Josephine Oakford who survives him. Eight children were born to them, six of whom are now living, Harry, Lewis, Bert, Carrie, Florence and Mrs. Lewis Thomas.

Mr. Beebe several times was honored with elective positions and in public and private life was always a careful, prudent counselor showing stability and an upright, moral character. He had been in feeble health for several years and gradually weakened being unable to leave his bed for some time before the end came. He was a veteran of the civil war being a lieutenant in the 86th Illinois infantry and served his country from beginning to the end of that awful conflict.

Funeral services were held at the house Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. T. A. Beall and a large number of the friends and neighbors of the family gathered giving evidence of the respect and esteem in which the deceased had been held. Appropriate music was rendered by the Methodist church choir. The pall bearers were Elias Entz, Geo. Clapp, Sam'l S???well, A. J. Bennett, Wm. Root and Wm. Colwell. The interment took place at the city cemetery.
 

(Unknown newspaper, 1904, submitted by George Zane transcribed by Gaile Thomas)

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At Peoria, March 24, of sedema of lungs, Susan Becker, aged 62 years. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary

BENTON- Mrs. Abbie A. (Peel), beloved wife of Dr. C. T. H. Benton, at their residence, 219 Tripp Avenue, October 17, at 5:15 P.m. Aged 59 years, 9 months, and 8 days.

Funeral services will be held at Gauss Chapel Friday at 2:30 p.m. Friends are invited. Interment in Springdale cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, October 1922, submitted by Wendy Stevens)

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At Peoria, June 20, 1888, of acute pneumonia, Michael Berke, aged 37 years. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1888, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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Obituary: Albert Berry

WEST PEORIA - Albert "Bert" Berry, 84, of 2003 W. Ayres, formerly of Arizona City, Ariz., and Peoria, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 1998, at Rosewood Care Center of Peoria.

Born May 21, 1914, in Peoria to Albert and Carrie Grieb Berry, he married Roberta Mellor on June 22, 1935, in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Roger (Joann) Dunn of Bartonville, Mrs. Toby (Judith) Lancaster of West Peoria and Jolyn Martel of Milan; one son Terry of Seminole, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Violet Hufeld, Lucille Pfander and Ruth Julien, all of East Peoria.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters and one grandson.

He worked in refrigeration maintenance for Sealtest Dairy for 30 years, retiring in 1976. He was a spray painter for ABC Washing Machine Co. for 10 years.

He was a member of Teamsters Local 627. He also was a member of the Wheeler and Dealer Square Dance Club in Creve Coeur and the Circle 8 Square Dance Club in Pekin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. The Rev. Deborah Trollope will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight and 30 minutes before services, both at the chapel. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Peoria Area Blind People's Center.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Molly Miler-Rice)

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Obituary: Mrs. Estella Berry

Funeral services for Mrs. Estella Ann Berry, 78, a resident of the Bel-Wood Nursing Home, who died there at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of the South Side Mission.

The Rev. Bertram Betteridge of Bethel Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Friends may call at the Endsley & Son Funeral Home, 1417 S. Stanley St. from 4 to 9 p.m. today.

Mrs. Berry formerly resided on Krause avenue. She was born in Peoria Feb. 19, 1887, a daughter of David and Alvina Abbott Moore, and was married to Charles Berry in Peoria Dec. 10, 1904. She was a member of the South Side Mission and the Gleaners Club there and of the Dorcas Club at Neighborhood House, where she was quite active.

Surviving are her husband, also a resident of the nursing home; four sons, Jesse Berry of Spring Bay, Carl Berry and Edward Berry, both of Peoria, and Alfred Berry of Pekin; one daughter, Mrs. Edina Scott of Washington; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Flenniken of Pass Christian, Miss,; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Two sons, one daughter, one brother and one sister preceded her in death.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Molly Miler-Rice)

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DEATH OF MRS. ADAM BEST

The death of Mrs. Adam [Catherine F. McDonnell] Best occurred at her home, 2320 North Monroe St., Peoria, on last Monday, Jan. 24th. Mrs. Best was the widow of the late Adam J. Best of this place. She has resided here after her husbands death until a few months ago, when she removed to Peoria. She had been in failing health for several years. Recently she received a severe fall on the icy walk in Peoria, which hastened her death. She was 53 years of age and leaves one daughter and three sons, Marle, Joseph, Wilbert and Donald.

The body was brought here Wednesday and laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery, the funeral being held at St. Mary's at 10 o'clock a. m.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 27, 1910, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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R. O. Blanchard

GALESBURG – Robert O. Blanchard, 65, of 145 Fulton St., died Saturday at 2:18 a.m. in St. Mary’s Hospital, following an illness of two years. He was self-employed as a general contractor.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in the First and Puckett Funeral Home, where visitation will be Sunday afternoon and evening. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Born May 28, 1895, at Brimfield, Mr. Blanchard was married Mar. 20, 1920, in Peoria, to Verle Tucker. He had resided 15 years in Galesburg. He was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving are his wife, and two sisters, Miss Caroline Blanchard of Brimfield and Mrs. Violet Moline of LaFayette. A son, Rolland, was killed in action in World War II.

(Unknown newspaper, 1960, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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W. H. Blanchard Dead

The death of W. H. Blanchard, occurred very suddenly at his home at Washington, Kansas, last Thursday, April 16th. Mr. Blanchard was well advanced in years, he was in comparatively good health until a few hours previous to his death. He stepped out of the house to get some milk and on his return his wife noticed that he was suffering from some ailment and called a doctor.

The doctor reached the home and Mr. Blanchard started to tell him something about the wound he received in the Civil War, in one of his legs, but expired before he completed his story. He was the eldest son of the late John Blanchard of this place, a nephew of F. B. Blanchard. He is affectionately remembered here as "Billy" Blanchard. He and his wife visited here frequently and their many friends always looked forward with pleasure to their coming, and now share with Mrs. Blanchard, in the sorrow...

(Princeville Telephone, 1914, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Donald Bridson

BRIMFIELD – Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Brimfield, for Donald E. Bridson, 42, of RR 2, Brimfield, who was dead on arrival at 10 a.m. yesterday at Proctor Hospital.

The Rev. Thomas C. Harrison will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Schreiner Funeral Home, Brimfield, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Coroner Horace Payton said death was due to natural causes.

Mr. Bridson was employed by Pabst Brewing Co. in the bottling department for the last eight years.

He was born in Laura April 3, 1923, a son of Cecil and Elizabeth Fairfield Bridson. He married Bertha Reinhart in Brimfield.

She survives along with his mother of Elmwood; six children, Linda, Janis, JoEllen, Donald, Michael, Gary, all at home; three brothers, George of Brimfield, Joe of Monica, and John Bridson of Elmwood; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Barrett of Elmwood, and Mrs. Helen Biamboum of Dallas, Tex. His father died earlier.

(Unknown newspaper, 1965, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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DEATH OF JAMES BROWN

AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS HE PASSES THROUGH THE DARK VALLEY.

Another good citizen and long time resident of this city passed "that bourne from which no traveler returns" on Tuesday evening, James W. Brown, proprietor of one of the bus lines having died of acute appendicitis after an illness of about 26 hours. On Monday evening he drove out to the Santa Fe depot to meet the train at 5 o'clock and was seized with cramps. Getting some one to look after the team he went into Epley's saloon to procure some Jamaica ginger. While there he became rapidly worse and it was 8 o'clock before he was in a condition to be removed to his home. Doctors Thomas and Kelly were called and realizing that it was a very serious case gave him unremitting attention. Medical skill however was unavailing and after a short period of intense suffering, he became easier and passed quietly away, conscious to the last.

From the fact that threats had been made against the deceased and other peculiar conditions it was deemed advisable by the physicians to hold a post mortem examination and this was done with the consent of the family. The examination disclosed the fact that a concretion of foecal matter had lodged in the vermiform appendix, causing acute inflammation, and so swift had been the progress of the disease that gangrenous patches were plainly discernable on the intestines leaving no possible doubt as to the cause of death, and proving that the diagnosis of the physicians as to the trouble had been correct.

The funeral services will be taken in charge by the local camp of Woodmen of which deceased was an active member, religious services being held at the Methodist church this afternoon at 2 o'clock where Rev. T. A. Beall of Lewiston will officiate, after which the remains will be interred in the City cemetery.

Deceased was 47 years of age and unmarried. For many years he has been the support of his aged mother and his faithful and tender care has often been the subject of comment by those who know of his devotion to her. He had many friends who will sincerely regret his departure and no more appropriate epitaph could be placed on his tomb than this "He was a square man."

(Unknown newspaper, April 1906, submitted by George Zane, transcribed by Gaile Thomas)

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William J. Burns

William J. Burns, sixty-six year old Hallock township farmer, passed away at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, December 26, after lingering illness of several months which medical attention in its highest form failed to alleviate.

William, son of Agnes and George Burns was born August 6, 1864, death occurring at the age of sixty-six years, four months and 20 days. He grew to manhood and spent nearly all his life in the community in which he was born. His genial disposition and kindly attitude towards his fellow men won for him a position of esteem among his friends.

He was united in marriage to Adah Hall, Oct 10, 1898 and to this union were born seven children, Raymond of Peoria, George who proceeded him in death; Marion, Chillicothe; Mrs. Edith Humphrey of Detroit, Michigan and Clyde, Ruby and Irene at home.

He followed the occupation of a farmer during his earlier life but for the past few years has served in official capacity for his township.

Surviving are his wife, Adah Burns, the children previously mentioned, two grandchildren and three sisters Jennie Burns, Bartonville; Mrs. Susie Stephens, Redwood City, California, besides a large number of friends.

Casket bearers were Dan Krotz, Geo. Thompson, Rollo Stewart, William Goodwin, John Custer and Roscoe Williams.

Funeral services where conducted from the Blue Ridge church at Blue Ridge, Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock, with Rev. A. H. Northdurft officiating. Burial was in the Blue Ridge cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, Dec. 1930, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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PIONEER RESIDENT IS CALLED BY DEATH

Mrs. Anges Gray Burns Died at Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. T. L. Reed Friday Aged 79 Years

CAME TO THIS VICINITY IN 1857

Anges Gray Burns was born in Jedburg, Scotland, Aug. 20, 1839 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. L. Reed, April 23, 1915.

She was married to George Burns on New Years day 1857 and the following June came to America with her parents and two sisters.

They settled in Marshall County where they engaged in farming. In 1868 they removed to a farm in Hallock Township.

Nine children were born to this union; Mrs. John Gallup, of Blue Ridge, Jennie Burns, of S. Bartonville; Adam of Washington, Ill.; William of Northampton; Mrs. T. L. Reed, of Medina; Mrs. J. S. O'Dell of Abington, Ill; Mrs. R. E. Stephens, Great Falls, Montana and two who died in infancy.

All the children living were present at the funeral except Mrs. R. E. Stephens, who could not come on account of sickness in the family, and Adam of Washington, Ill.

After the death of her husband she removed to Chillicothe until 1912, thereafter making her home with her daughter, Mrs. R. E. Stephens, at Great Falls, Mont., until a few months ago, when failing health compelled her to return to Illinois.

Early in youth she untied with the Presbyterian Church in Scotland.

After coming to Chillicothe and not finding a church of her creed, she united with the Plymouth Congregational Church, of which she was a member until her death.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thomas Martin of Blue Ridge assisted by Rev. Dr. Carr of Chillicothe.

The services were held in the church at Blue Ridge, Sunday, April 25th, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to their dear, old friend.

Rev. Martin had known Mrs. Burns for many years. He conducted the funeral service of her husband and it was her last request that is Rev. Martin were living that he would conduct hers. Rev. Martin delivered an excellent eulogy upon the Christian life and character of Mrs. Burns, paying a fine tribute to her staunch fidelity to her husband and family and her abiding faith in all her friends.

Dr. Carr also paid a fine tribute to the strong, upright character of Mrs. Burns, to John Knox and the people of Scotland, for their firmness, and fidelity to their religion and God.

(Unknown newspaper, Apr. 1915, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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John E. Betts

Funeral services for John E. Betts, 73, will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Banner church, with burial in the Walnut Cemetery. Mr. Betts, who formerly resided at 307 Second Ave., died yesterday at the Peoria Municipal Tuberculosis sanitarium.

He was born in Pennsylvania September 25, 1866, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Betts. He married Alice M. Smith, who died in Peoria, July 7, 1931.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Alta Hamilton and Mrs. Agnes Estes of Peoria, Mrs. Flora Cook of Tiskilwa, Ill., and Mrs. Gladys Snare of Creve Coeur; four sons, William, Fred, Floyd and Louis J. Betts, all of Peoria; three brothers, Fred Betts, Edwards Station; Dr. George Betts, Banner, Ill., and Dr. William Betts, Ipava, Ill., and six grandchildren. Two sons, George and Woodrow Betts, preceded him in death.

Friends may call at the Wilton mortuary this afternoon and tonight. (Peoria Journal Transcript, date unknown, transcribed by Dawn Stewart)

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George Betts

The funeral services of George Betts, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Betts, were held in the Blue Ridge church on Thursday, May 2, the Rev. J. H. Runalls officiating.

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

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Farmer Drops Dead at Ball Game

Peoria, Ill., June 11—At a ball game between the Peoria and Springfield teams of the Three I League to-day, William Bistler, a retired farmer of Averyville, dropped dead just after Peoria had scored two runs.

(New York Times, Jun. 12, 1910, submitted by Janet Turnbull)

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John E. Bitner

John E. Bitner passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida on July 26 (1941). Funeral services were held there at the Bicunt Funeral Home Monday morning and in Brimfield on the following Thursday in the Methodist church, the pastor A. C. A. Lee officiating. Two hymns "Someday We'll Understand" and "In The Garden" were sung by Rudolph Savage.

Interment was in the Brimfield Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Whittaker, Jr., Wilfred Beamer, Leonard Whittaker, Merle Coon and Andrew Whittaker.

The following obituary was read at the service here.

John Edgar Bitner, son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Brandt Bitner was born near Pennsylvania Ridge, Illinois, Sept. 1, 1868, and passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida, July 26, 1941.

He graduated from Elmwood High School and the Illinois State University, after which he followed the profession of teaching with marked success.

On March 1, 1894, he was united in marriage with to Susan A. Whittaker, who preceded him in death about three years ago. The first few years of their married life they lived on a farm near Laura, where they resided for twenty five years, after which they moved to the Bitner home near Brimfield.

To this union were born three children, Everett V. Bitner of Laura, Mrs. Mildred Spurgeon of Brimfield and Mrs. Mable Grossaint of Monica.

Eight brothers and sisters preceded him in death - most of them in infancy - two brothers reached the age of maturity.

On May 26, 1940 Mr. Bitner made made public confession of Christ and united with the Brimfield Methodist Church.

On June 18, 1940 he was united in marriage to Ida France of Tampa, Fla., and Tampa has been their place of residence since then.

He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife, three children, three grand-children; Phyllis and John Rook and Maydelle Grossaint; one daughter and grand daughter of the present Mrs. Bitner, all of whom were very fond of him.

Two cousins, Mrs. Martha Coon of Elmwood and Mrs. Ida Pillaman of Monmouth and several nieces and other relatives also survive, and many friends made in various places of residence.

Mr. Bitner was a lover of his home and his family's welfare was uppermost in his mind. His loss cannot be estimated. Ever ready to lend a helping hand, he will sadly be missed in the home, the church and the community that knew him.

Gone is our friend from the world of suffering; but his memory lies deep in the thoughts of those who knew him best. He lives whose deeds are worth remembering so long as one remains to remember.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to everyone, who was so kind to us during the death of our loved one; and for the many beautiful floral tributes.

Mrs. John Bitner
Children and Grand-children

(Brimfield News, Aug. 7, 1941, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Joel Blakesley for over 60 years a resident of this county, died at his home in Peoria last Sunday. The remains were interred in Elmwood. Joel traveled all over world which was unusual in that day and age. Joel Blakesley died December 20, 1896 at the age of 82.

(Brimfield News, Dec. 24, 1896, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Mrs. Edward Brennan died at her home N. W. of town in Jubilee Township last Thursday and was buried Saturday, the funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The deceased had long been a resident of this vicinity and her pleasant face and kindly disposition made her many friends.

(Brimfield News, Mar. 20, 1890, transcribed by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

BRIMFIELD - Elsie P. Blundy, 94, of Brimfield died at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 1994, at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville, where she had been a resident since Feb. 1, 1984.

Born Aug. 5, 1900 in Alta to Gilbert and Mary Crowell Hines, she married Merle Blundy on Feb. 7, 1923, in Peoria County. He died in June 1954.

Three brothers, four sisters and one great-granddaughter also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Raymond of Trivoli; two brothers Murray Hines of Peoria Heights and Walter Hines of Port Charlotte, Fla.; two sisters, Sarah Werckle of South Rome and Nelliech.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Jean Carmean will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery."

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 4, 1994, submitted by Murray Hines)

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BRIMFIELD - Bernice Blundy, 90, of Brimfield died at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, where she had been a patient since April 13th.

Born Oct. 30, 1916, in Brimfield, the daughter of Irving and Gertrude Brown Bragg, she married Joseph Reed Blundy on May 31, 1942, in Brimfield. He died Jan. 16, 1990, in Peoria.

Also preceding her in death were six brothers, two sisters and one grandson.

Surviving are one son, Jere (and Mary Ann) Blundy of Brimfield; one daughter, Ruth (and Jim) Hutto of Woodridge, ILL.; five grandchildren, Jeff (and Tara) Blundy, Jill Blundy, Amy (and Tony) Gutzwiller, Jody (and Dave) Daily and Phil Hutto; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Eileen DeFord of Jacksonville, Fla., and Bernice's twin, Ruth Rowe of Spokane, Wash.

Bernice and her husband farmed in the Brimfield area from 1945 to 1969. She also worked as a secretary for Chicago Title & Trust Company, Peoria.

She was a member of Union Church UCC, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Women's Fellowship and the Chancel Choir.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2007, at Union Church UCC. The Rev. Earl Menchhofer will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Chuch UCC, PO Box 377, Brimfield, IL 61517.

Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family via www.hammitthott.com.

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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David Blundy

BLOOMINGTON - Graveside services for David T. Blundy, 26, of 1200 Caldwell Drive, a former Brimfield and East Peoria resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brimfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home.

He was pronounced dead at 11:03 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 22, 1977, in Peoria to David E. Blundy and Patricia Kinney.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, David and Deirdre Blundy of East Peoria; his mother of Brimfield; two brothers, Michael and Timothy, both of Brimfield; two half sisters, Teagan and Jentry, both of East Peoria; his maternal grandfather, Tom Kinney of Peoria; and his former sponce,

Crystal Blundy of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother.

He lived in Brimfield until he was 16 years old and then moved to East Peoria, where he graduated from East Peoria Community High School. He moved to Bloomington in 1997.

(Peoria Journal Star, July 4, 2004, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Elsie P. Blundy

BRIMFIELD - Elsie P. Blundy, 94, of Brimfield died at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 1994, at Knox County Nursing Home in KNoxville, where she had been a resident since Feb. 1, 1984. Born Aug. 5, 1900, in Alta to Gilbert and Mary Crowell Hines, she married Merle Blundy on Feb. 7, 1923, in Peoria County. He died in June 1954. Three brothers, four sisters and one great-granddaughter also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Raymond of Trivoli; two brothers, Murray Hines of Peoria Heights and Walter Hines of Port Charlotte, Fla.; two sisters, Sarah Werkle of South Rome and Nellie Forney of Gainesville, Fla.; three granddaughters; three step grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Brimfield Union Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Jean Carmean will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sep. 4, 1994, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Elsie M. Blundy

EAST PEORIA - Elsie M. Blundy, 63, of 108 Appellate Court died at 5:50 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 1997, at her residence.

Born Oct. 16, 1933, in Douglas to Frank W. and Martha Flodine Moses, she married Eldon E. Blundy on Feb. 3, 1952 in Brimfield. He died Sept. 10, 1992. Surviving are three sons, Gary of Washington, Ill., David of East Peoria and Roger of Peoria; and six grandchildren.

She was a member of the East Peoria Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield.

Memorials may be made to World Wide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses or Methodist Medical Center Hospice Program.

(Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 11, 1997, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Jay Jere Blundy, infant son of Jere J. and Mary K. Jensen Blundy, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 1967 in St. Francis Hospital shortly after birth.

Surviving with the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blundy and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jensen, all of Brimfield.

Private graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Brimfield cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Stuckey officiating.

(Unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Margaret Blundy

GALESBURG - Margaret G. "Marge" Blundy, 75, of 550 E. Carl Sandburg Drive, formerly of Oak Run, Dahinda, died at 9:50 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2004, at Seminary Manor.

Born July 27, 1928, in Bucklin, Mo., to Thomas P. and Mary Elizabeth Jones Admire, she married Gerald W. "Jerry" Blundy on Oct. 29, 1955, in Shreveport, La. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Clifford of Moline; three brothers, Floyd Admire of Independence, Mo., Lloyd Admire of Galesburg and Theodore Admire of Clearwater, Fla.; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

She was a production worker at Outboard Marine Corp. division of Gale Products for 20 years.

She was a member of Dahinda United Methodist Church. She also was a member of Oak Run Ladies Golf League and Admiral Golf League.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at her church, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Randy Douglass will officiate. Cremation will be accorded after the services. Burial of ashes will be in Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield at a later date. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be mde to her church, OSF Hospice or Oak Run Golf Course in Dahinda.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 23, 2004, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Rites Tomorrow For Reed Blundy

BRIMFIELD - Services for Reed W. Blundy, 68, of Brimfield, who died at 5:55 p.m. Monday in Proctor Hospital, Peoria, where he had been a patient since Feb. 11 (1968), will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Union Church at Brimfield.

The Rev. Kenneth Stuckey will officiate, and burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Visitaation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Schreiner Mortuary, and one hour prior to services tomorrow at the church.

Horab Masonic Lodge 363 AF&AM, Elmwood, will conduct services at the mortuary at 8 p.m. today.

A retired farmer, Mr. Blundy served on the Poeria County Board of Supervisors for eight years, and was president of the Brimfield Elevator Co.

He was a member of the Union Church at Brimfield, member of Horab Masonic Lodge 363, AF&AM of Elmwood; was past commander of Brimfield American Legion Post 452: charter member of post 2 American Legion Band of Peoria; member of Peoria Commandry Post 3; Peoria Consistory, Mohammed Temple, Shrine; and a member of Mohammed Shrine Band.

He served on the Peoira County Draft Board during World War II and was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.

Born in Brimfield Township July 2, 1899, the son of Henry and Nettie Reed Blundy, he was married to Harriett Murdoch in Peoria Nov. 22, 1920.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Joseph Blundy of Brimfield; two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Pacey, and Mrs. Henrietta Bragg, both of Brimfield; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Church, Brimfield.

(unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Died

At his home in Millbrook, Feb. 16, 1894, Everett Leigh, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blundy, age 7 mo. 1 day. The funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. C. L. Davenport.

(Brimfield News, Feb. 22, 1894, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Frances Blundy

BRIMFIELD - Frances M. Blundy, 91, of Brimfield died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1994, at Sharon Oaks Health Care in Peoria.

She was born April 12, 1903, in Brimfield Township to Henry and Ella Yerby Blundy.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

She lived most of her life in Brimfield before moving to Elmwood in 1983 and Peoria in 1989. She was a librarian at Brimfield Library for many years.

She was a member of Brimfield Union Church and its Women's Club.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. The Rev. Jean Carmean will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

(Peoria Journal Star, Nov. 2, 1994, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Former Teacher Harriett Blundy, 100

BRIMFIELD - Harriett A. Blundy, 100, of Brimfield died at 1:35 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2001, at Rosewood Care Center of Peoria.

Born Jan. 26, 1901, in Brimfield to James and Pearl Kirkpatrick Murdoch, she married Reed W. Blundy on Nov. 22, 1920, in Brimfield. He died March 25, 1968.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Joe, in 1990, one great-grandson, and two sisters.

Surviving are two grandchildren, Jere (and Mary Kay) Blundy of Brimfield and Ruth (and James) Blundy Hutto of Woodridge; five great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

She taught school in Peoria County.

She was a member of Brimfield Senior Citizens Club, Peoria County Farm Bureau, a charter member Peoria County Home Bureau, and a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star.

She was a lifetime member of Brimfield Union Church, where services will be at 1 p.m. Monday. Earl Menchhofer will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance or her church.

(Peoria Journal Star, July 1, 2001, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Death of Mrs. Bohannon

Passed Peacefully Away After a Lengthy Illness

The many friends of Mrs. Nellie Bohannon will be sorry to learn of her untimely death at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank F Traeger, No. 218 North Orange Street, at 7 a.m. Thursday.  It was brought about by a series of complicated diseases.  She took sick will still tending her candy store on Main Street, with quinsy.   After she was attacked a second time with that disease she went home to her parents, where she died.  Here she passed through a second attack of quinsy, then an attack of appendicitis, after which acute pneumonia set in until her strength was exhausted and she passed away peacefully to a better home beyond.

Her funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. from the residence   of her sorrowing parents, and at 3:30 p.m. from the First German M E church, of which she was a member.

Mrs. Nellie Louise Bohannon, nee Traeger, was born of the 5th of October, 1873, at Elkhart, Indiana, and came to Peoria with her parents in the year 1886.  On the 26th of October 1893, she was married to G.B. Bohannon, who preceded her on the 16th of January, 1895, to the better land.

Since she became a widow she found a good home for herself and little daughter with her loving parents. 

(Peoria Herald Transcript, Feb. 23, 1901, transcribed by Harry Lundell)

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Mrs. Kathyrn Bohl

Memorial services for Mrs. Kathryn Bohl will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, 700 Seventh avenue. Interment will be in Springdale cemetery. It is requested that flowers be omitted. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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At Peoria, July 30, 1858, age acute pneumonia, George Boomgartner, aged 73 years.  (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1888, transcribed by Sandy MacDonald)

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Memorial Services for Grace Farnum Bosley

Memorial services for Mrs. Grace Bosley were held Wednesday afternoon September 1, [1937] at 2:30 o’clock at the Patterson funeral home. Reverend J. W. Turner of Minonk, who for ten years was pastor of Elmwood Methodist church, conducted the service. He spoke of his acquaintance with Mrs. Bosley, the fineness of her character and the spirit that guided all she did. Her name Grace, fitted her so well, always it was associated with her graciousness. The twenty third and nineteenth psalms, two of her favorites, were read and words of comfort spoken.

The song service was by Mrs. V. H. VanHorn who sang “Face to Face” and “Lead Kindly Light.” Miss Mona Ristine accompanied. She was laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery. The pallbearers were Richard Whitney, Harry McCabe, E. E. Downing, Joseph Shively, Owen and Elmer Hubbell.

Mrs. Bosley passed away at the Methodist hospital Monday morning at 2 o’clock following a paralytic stroke which she suffered Wednesday morning August 25, at home. She had never fully recovered from an auto accident of a few years ago but went about her duties without complaint. She was born in Elmwood December 22, 1877, the only daughter of George and Amelia Hannam Farnum. The father passed away several years ago, but for the past few years she lived with her mother in the home in which she was born.

Her first marriage was to Mr. Price of Mt. Sterling and she lived there until his death. Later she was married to Hilbert Bosley and they lived in Galesburg seven years until his health failed and they came to Elmwood. One year of Mrs. Bosley’s life was spent in Brimfield as a young girl when she was ill and under the care of her brother Dr. Charles G. Farnum, who was located there at that time. Most of her life was spent in Elmwood, but where ever she lived she made many friends who are grieved at her passing.

Mrs. Bosley was a member of the Methodist church and the Ladies Social Union. She was also a member of Elmwood Rebekah lodge of which her mother is the oldest member. She is survived by her husband, her aged mother, her brother, Dr. Charles G. Farnum, and nephew, Charles Farnum of Peoria, together with many more distant relatives, who with her friends, extend sincere sympathy to the mother and brother in their great loss. (Elmwood Gazette, unknown date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Mildred Bostic

Brimfield - Mildred C. Bostic, 83, of rural Brimfield died at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 1996, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born Jan. 18, 1913, in West Jersey to Oliver E. and Melva Catton Wilson, she married Duane Orwig on Nov. 27, 1935, in Chicago. He died Nov. 23, 1953. She later married Riggs Bostic on July 10, 1963 in Freeport. He died Oct. 26, 1968. One daughter, Sandra Lounsberry, one grandson and one brother also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Gary R. Orwig of Lahoma, Okla.; one sister, Ruth Bunchman of Freeport; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Union Church in Brimfield.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington. The Rev. David S. Bilyeu will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Peoria Journal Star, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Joseph M. Boylan, 87, of Peoria died at 6:20 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2007, at Methodist Medical Center. Born April 17, 1919, in Medina Township, the son of John and Celia Mooney Boylan, he married Mary Ellen Purcell on May 4, 1946, at St. Marys of the Woods Church in Princeville. Shed died Sept. 4, 2006, in Peoria. Surviving are two sons, Thomas (Jan) Boylan of Mapleton, IL and James (Charlotte) Boylan of Dunlap, IL; two gransons, Gregory Boylan of Passau, Germany, and Jeffrey Boylan of Highlands Ranch, CO; one stepgrandson, Todd (Julie) Brooks of Peoria; one stepgreat granddaughter, Madison Brooks of Peoria; two sisters, Catherine (Hugh) Cockrill of Plains, OH and Estella Buck of St. Petersburg, FL and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by this parents; one daughter, Janice; one sister, Evelyn Morgan; on infant sister; and three brothers, Edward, Leo and Louis. he served in the Army as a staff sergeant in the South Pacific during World War II. he retired from Sheet Metal Workers, Local 1 in 1982, serving 40 years in the trade. he also farmed near Princeville for 18 years.

On 4 May 1946 when Joseph M. was 27, he married Mary Ellen PURCELL, in Princeville, IL. Born on 24 Jan 1920 in Princeville, IL. Mary Ellen died in Peoria County, IL on 4 Sep 2006; she was 86.

(Peoria Journal Star, March 8, 2007, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Obituary

Mary Ellen Boylan, 86, of Peoria died at 6:07 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at Bel-Wood Nursing Home. Born on Jan. 24, 1920, in Princeville, IL, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Colgan Prucell, she married Joseph M. Boylan on May 4, 1946, in Princeville. He survives. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Janice. Mary was employed by Pabst Brewing Company from 1968 to 1978 in the accounting department.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sept. 6, 2006, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Obituary

Louis Andrew Boylan, 79, of 1203 Rosemary Road, formerly of Peoria, died at 2:55 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2004, at Pekin Hospital. Born Nov. 19, 1925, in Chillicothe to John and Celia Mooney Boylan, he married Mary lee Simmons in 1948. He later married Anna M. Lockhart on Oct. 10, 1969, in Peoria. She died Dec. 8, 1986, in Peoria. He married Beverly Bev J. Scheidel on April, 7, 1989, in Burlington, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Stephen (Sandra) of Pekin; two daughters, Kathleen (Jerry) Bodie of taylorville, NC and Deborah (Mark) Vadeboncouer of Hickory, NC; one stepson, Jerry (Teresa) Zinn of Davenport, Iowa; one stepdaughter, Joyce Zinn of Decatur; one brother, Joseph (Mary Ellen) of Peoria; two sisters, Kathryn (H.I.) Cockrill of Ohio and Estella Buck of St. Augustine, FL; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving from Sept. 23, 1942 to Jan. 16, 1946. He was a self-employed roofer for many years.

In 1948 when Louis Andrew was 23, he first married Mary Lee SIMMONS.

On 10 Oct 1969 when Louis Andrew was 44, he second married Anna M. LOCKHART, in Peoria County, IL. Anna M. died on 8 Dec 1986 in Peoria, Peoria, IL.

On 7 Apr 1989 when Louis Andrew was 64, he third married Beverly J. SCHEIDEL, in Burlington, IA. Born on 4 Dec 1920 in Peoria, Peoria, IL. Beverly J. died in Decatur, IL on 1 Apr 2005; she was 84.

(Peoria Journal Star, Sec. 26, 2004, submitted by Ann McClary)

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Obituary

Beverly J. Boylan, 84, of Decatur, formerly of Peoria, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Decatur. Born Dec. 4, 1920 in Peoria to Harry and June Benner Scheidel, she married Lloyd Zinn in 1938. He died in 1973. She later married Wes Teausant in 1974. He died in 1986. She later married Louis A. Boylan in 1988. He died Dec. 23, 2004 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by one son, Ron, in 1965; and one sister. Surviving are one son, Gerald (Teresa) Zinn of Davenport, IA; one daughter, Joyce Owens of Decatur; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 2, 2005, submitted by Ann McClary)

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William Boyle

Wm. Boyle was born in Ireland, Oct. 18, 1821, and died at his residence south west of Brimfield, after a long, lingering illness, on June 11, 1902.

Mr. Boyle's young manhood was spent in Scotland. He came to this country, arriving in Philadelphia, Aug. 4, 1850. He was married in that city Aug. 6, 1853, to Miss Matilda Bention, who survives him. Four children were born to this union, two sons and two daughters, all of whom are living. He came to Peoria county, Illinois, July 4, 1856, and settled near Farmington where he remained until about twelve years ago, when he removed to the vicinity of Brimfield where he spent his remaining years.

Funeral services were conducted at his late residence Friday, June 13, at 10 o'clock a.m., the Rev. J. E. Mercer, pastor of the Brimfield M. E. church. Appropriate hymns were rendered by a quartet, consisting of Misses Olive Herriott and Ross Purcell and Messrs. Wm. Harding and L. O. Pulsipher, with Mrs. Phoebe Pursell as organist. The remains were interred in the beautiful cemetery at Elmwood. (Brimfield News, Jun. 19, 1902, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Edith Ellen Blundy.

Edith Ellen Yerby was born in Virginia, Illinois, on May 17th, 1858, and died at her home in Brimfield September 10, 1928, at the age of 70 years, 3 months and 23 days. Her father's name was Joseph and her mother's name Susannah. She was one of a family of nine, of whom two brothers and three sisters remain. The brothers are John Yerby of Monica, and Will of Knoxville. The sisters are Mrs. Talbert Belford of Monica, Mrs. Lena Mathers of Peoria, and Mrs. Robert Barrett of Grinnell, Iowa.

On September 23rd, 1879, she was married to Henry Blundy. This companionship was broken May 3rd, 1926, when Mr. Blundy died. Their family consisted of nine children. There are six still living. They are Harry, Clifford, Frank, Merle and Frances of Brimfield, and Mrs. Lillian Reicheneker of Laura. One daughter Harriett, and two sons, George and Everett, have gone on before. There are seven grandchildren.

The larger part of Mrs. Blundy's life has been spent in the vicinity of Brimfield. The last ten years before her husband's death they lived near Williamsfield, but with his going, she came to make her home with her son and daughter Harry and Frances in the village, and it was here, after a rather prolonged period of physical feebleness, death came to her.

Mrs. Blundy's interest, affection, and her sphere of activity have centered in her home. She lived many years on the farm where there were many tasks to occupy her time and strength, she made good friends of the neighbors around her, but she held first in her thought the interest of her children. In facing the important decisions of her life she was concerned, not about her own welfare so much, as to give consent to the things which meant the most to them. It is but natural that her spirit should help to create in them a deep affection for her as well as a deep sense of loyalty to each other. During the last year or more when she has been compelled to spend the most of her days in her chair, one of her greatest pleasures has been the visits of her grandchildren to her. They were not a source of irritation. Rather there seems to have sprung up between them a delightful sense of comradeship, in spite of the difference in years.

Mrs. Blundy confers as a benediction upon those who have been near to her the memory of a singularly sweet and placid life.

The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the residence, the sermon being given by Rev. W. Harvey Young, pastor of the Union church. There was a very large attendance of relatives and friends.

The pall bearers were John Scheikopf, Geo. Corney, H. O. Cady, C. C. Carson, Wm. Machin and Alfred Forman.

Mrs. H. O. Cady and Mrs. Marie Wurmnest, with Mrs. H. C. Cady, accompanist, sang "No Night There," and "Going Down the Valley."

The interment was in the Brimfield cemetery. (Brimfield News, Sep. 13, 1928, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Nicholas Bour

The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Bour, Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the Wilton Mortuary chapel, with mass at St. Boniface Catholic church at 9 o'clock. Interment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel after 4 o'clock Friday afternoon.  (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Simon P. Bower Buried with Military Honors

Full military honors were paid S. P. Bower, our last veteran of the Civil War, Saturday pm. Last rites were held in the Union church.

The services was conducted by Rev. R. W. Newell of Wyoming. Uncle Pete enjoyed the values of a simple life.

A male quartet, H. B. Bowman, Judson Harding, H. C. Cady and L. F. Pacey sang "The Way-Side Cross" and "Beautiful City." Mrs. Newell sang "Crossing the Bar."

Invited to attend was Congressman Everett M. Dirkson, and he paid tribute to Mr. Bower as a soldier and citizen. The Legion conducted the ritual services at the cemetery.

Legion color guard and firing squad escorted the casket to the cemetery. A military salute was given by the firing squad and "Taps" was played by Harry Mulvaney.

Rev. Newell read his biography.

Simon Peter Bower was born in Circleville, Piqua County, Ohio, October 31, 1843, and passed away at his home here on Dec. 16, age 93 years, 1 month and 16 days. He was the second of five children (all are deceased) of Daniel and Catherine Stahl Bower.

He came with his father to Illinois at the age of 7 in a covered wagon and they settled on a farm southeast of Oak Hill. Later he purchased the farm from his father, and he lived there for 43 years.

At 16 he enlisted August 4, 1862, to Co. E. 77th Illinois Infantry. He was in the Battle of Vicksburg. At the close of the war he was in the Grand Army in review at Washington before Lincoln. He mustered out July 10, 1865. He was the last living member of the Grand Army Post 177.

On December 28, 1871 he was united in marriage to Martha Hindle of Jubilee township. Five children were born to them. Edward died at birth, James William died at 4 years, and Mrs. Birdie Olive Penn of Oak Hill, Mrs. Suzanna Catherine Coulter of Davenport, Iowa, and Mrs. Laura Walliker of Brimfield survive him.

He was a member of Oak Hill Methodist Episcopal Church and later transferred to Brimfield and then to Union Church of Brimfield.

He made two trips to Colorado with the Wallikers, one in '34 and one in '36. He spoke of these trips often. He loved to joke with Dr. Roberts when he came to visit him.

He is survived by many friends and relatives, a large number of nieces and nephews and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

[Note: Simon is buried Brimfield Township Cem. 6-B. Martha Bower b. 1846 d. 1912. Buried beside them is Fred. E. and Laura Bower]

(Brimfield News, Dec. 24, 1936, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Martha Bower

Martha Hindle, eldest daughter of John and Susanah Hindle was born on November 21, 1846, in a sod house located south of Edwards Station, on a farm homesteaded by her grandfather. She passed away at her home in Brimfield on Sunday night, March 24, 1912, at the age of 65 years, 4 months, and 31 days.

Her parents moved from Edwards Station to Brimfield and settled on the Hindle homestead in the year 1847.

From there Martha received her early education at the North School, and later entered the Brimfield Academy under Professor L. Reagan and A. Trunker, where she was an eager student for two years. After thus preparing herself, she taught in the public schools of Peoria County for a number of years. She gave her heart to Christ in her early girlhood and reunited with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Brimfield on February 28, 1859.

On December 28, 1871 she was united in marriage to Simon P. Bowers and settled on a farm in Roseville Township. Five children, three girls and two boys, were born in this home to bless and brighten life's days as the years come and go. The two boys, Albert and James W., by God's own plan never came to mature manhood, He having summoned them from this life in childhood. Of the children, left to suffer the loss of their dearest friend on earth, their mother, there is Birda Olive, Catherine Susanah, and Laura May.

In the year 1898 the family moved back to Jubilee Township, living on the Hindle farm until coming to their present home in 1904.

It can most truly be said of Mrs. Bower that she looked well to the ways of her household and ate not the bread of idleness. She was a devoted wife and mother, always loving, kind, and true, and the thoughts of her year of devotion will bring no small measure of joy to her sorrowing husband, now bereft of her companionship.

As a mother she was all that most blessed word implies, and the impressions made by her love and care of them can never be effaced from the lives of these children now grown to womanhood.

Her Christian life has been one long season of unfaltering faith and abiding hope in Christ and His church, and with Daniel, God could trust to her the promise "Thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of thy days."

As a friend and neighbor she was always cheerful and sympathetic and especially so in befriending the old soldier and the cause of patriotism.

This is the story of a long life which has not finished, but in reality has just begun.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon the Methodist Episcopal Church at 1:30 p.m. and was very largely attended, with relatives and friends driving in from long distances to pay a last tribute to her memory. The service was conducted by her pastor, Rev. E. J. Sellard, assisted by Rev. R. Pacey. The body was laid to rest in the Brimfield Cemetery.

(Brimfield News, March 28, 1912, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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William Bower

William H. Bower passed away at his home at Beardsley, Minnesota, at 2 p.m. Wednesday morning, April 17. Death was due to heart failure and complications attributed to old age. He had been ailing for some time but was never seriously ill, and Tuesday evening had been feeling fine.

The deceased was born at Circleville, Ohio, on May 28, 1850 and was nearly 85 years old. His parents moved to Illinois when he was one year old, and he lived here until 1899, when he moved to Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Martha Dawson at Oak Hill, Illinois, on December 23, 1875. To this union six children were born: Frank, Dan Lee, and Mrs. John Peltier of the Beardsley community; Mrs. Mona Clark of Morris, Minnesota; and Mrs. G. B. Peltier of Aldrich, Minnesota.

Mr. and Mrs. Bower celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1925 while living at Osage, and last December their 59th anniversary was observed at their home in Beardsley. Besides his aged wife and children the deceased in survived by a 91-year-old brother, Peter Bower of Brimfield, and a number of grandchildren.

(Brimfield News, June 6, 1935, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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Mrs. Brower

Local Notes

Mrs. Brower, an aged resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, died Monday at the home of her son-in-law, William Patton, at Young's Siding.

(Brimfield News, Aug. 22, 1907, submitted by Janet Bledsoe, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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MARTHA BRADLEY, 61, LIFE RESIDENT HERE, DIES AFTER ILLNESS

Mrs. Martha (Olie) Bradley 61 years old, a lifelong resident of Peoria and vicinity, died at 8:50 o'clock this morning at St. Francis hospital.

Mrs. Bradley made her home with her two children, John H. Bradley, 421 Callender Avenue, and Mrs. Margaret P. Bunn, 732 East Arcadia Avenue. She was born November 10, 1873, in Limestone township, the daughter of Levi J. and Martha Sill-Homan. Mrs. Bradley's mother died when she was 2 years old and she was cared for by her half-sister, Mrs. Charles Homan. She remained with Mrs. Homan until she had grown into young womanhood. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran church of Bartonville.

Mrs. Bradley is survived by her son and daughter and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Wilton Mortuary chapel. The Rev. F. Alvin Park will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel after ? o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

(Peoria Journal, April 16, 1935, submitted by Karen Hamer-Pasquale)

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Henrietta Bragg

BRIMFIELD - Henrietta A. Bragg, 89, of Aurora, formerly of Brimfield, died Tuesday April 28, 1992, at Aurora Manor Nursing Center.

Born June 22, 1902, in Brimfield to Henry A. and Nettie J. Blundy, she married Robert Bragg on Aug. 19, 1924, in Brimfield. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Miriam F. Caldwell of Aurora, with whom she made her home; four grandchildren; four step grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and 10 step great-grandchildren.

She attended Illinois Normal University and taught school in Brimfield.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Elmwood and Union Church of Brimfield, where she was active with the Women's Association.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at her church. The Rev. Jean Carmean will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Aurora.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Peoria Journal Star, April 30, 1992, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Ida Brassfield

Princeville, Feb. 25.—Mrs. Ida Brassfield, 84, wife of John F. Brassfield, died at her home in Dunlap Saturday evening.

A daughter of John R. and Amanda Hatfield Harrison, she was born at Dunlap Jan. 4, 1861, and spent her entire life in this community. She married Mr. Brassfield near Dunlap Jan. 1, 1884. Mrs. Brassfield was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are her husband; a foster daughter, Lottie Edson; and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Newkirk, Mrs. Lettie Meyer and Mrs. Ella Sanks, all of Dunlap.

Funeral services will be held at the Bullock funeral home here at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday and burial will be in Princeville cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at any time (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Bobbie Verstraete).

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Mrs. Amelia Brennan

The funeral of Mrs. Amelia Brennan will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock at the Boland Mortuary chapel, with mass at St. Mary's church, Kickapoo, at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery in Kickapoo. (Peoria Star, Thursday, April 30, 1931, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Claude Briggs

Claude Briggs, 78, a resident of Elmwood for many years died at 5:30 p.m [1957]. Monday in the Oddfellows Home ________. He had lived there since 1952.

A farmer most all his life, Mr. Briggs was a 50-year member of the Elmwood Oddfellows Lodge.

A son of Albert and Mamie Wyman Briggs, he was married February 11, 1903 to Margaret Etta Stewart. She preceded him in death in 1942.

Surviving is one brother, George of Elmwood and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Patterson funeral home in Elmwood, with members of the Elmwood Oddfellows Lodge attending as a group. The rev. Richard Chase, pastor of the Elmwood Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood cemetery. (unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Obituary

BRIMFIELD - Mary Louise Bright, 71, of Farmer City, the mother of a Brimfield woman, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City.

Born April 12, 1928, in rural Mansfield to Ruben and Bertha Bateman Bidner, she married Dean Bright on Dec. 27, 1949, in Bellflower. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Kathy (Jerry) Callison of Brimfield; two sons, Alan (Karin) of Athens, Ga., and Gary (Alicia) of Palm Harbor, Fla.; one brother, Lyle (Mary Jane) Bidner of Mahomet; and five grandchildren.

One son, Kenneth; two brothers; and one sister preceded her in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Farmer City, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Burial will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery in Bellflower.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Farmer City, the American Cancer Society or Gibson City Community Hospital Annex.

(Peoria Journal Star, Aug. 27, 1999, submitted by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Lura Brooks was born in Laura, Ill. Dec. 5, 1892 and died in the same home Jan. 20, 1909, aged 16 years, 1 month and 15 days.

From childhood she attended school in Laura, up to the latter part of last May, when ill health prevented further attendance.

At first her condition was not regarded as serious but it soon became evident that her young life was soon to close.

She was a patient sufferer for nearly 8 months--ever mindful of the dear ones who watched over her with such untiring zeal, and though all that loving hands and medical skill could do was done for her, she grew steadily worse until Wednesday morning, Jan. 20 when she fell into the "sleep that knows no earthly waking".

Lura had a very sweet disposition and won friends wherever she went. We can truly say, "None knew her but to love her."

She was a constant attendant at Sunday school and church as long as her health permitted. She feared not to die, was resigned to God's will, and a week before her death received Christian baptism.

There are left to mourn the untimely departure of this young life, her father and mother, one brother, Harry, two sisters, Minnie and Bessie with aged grandparents, uncles, aunts and other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jane. 23, at the home and was largely attended by friends of the family and members of the Laura school. Interment was in the Brimfield cemetery. (Williamsfield Times, Thursday, Jan. 28, 1909, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Harry Brown

WEST PEORIA - Harry "Brownie" Brown, 81, of West Peoria, died at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Dec. 14, 1916, in Pocahontas, Ark., to Jess and Maud White Brown, he married Margaret Edwards on Feb. 17, 1946, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, David Edwards of Mapleton; three daughters, Diana Johnson of Roanoke, Nola Brown Jackson of Benson and Janet Green of Peoria; two brothers, Dalton McGinnis of East Peoria and Walton McGinnis of Imboden, Ark.; one sister, Virginia Detlinger of Peoria; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Two sisters preceded him in death.

A member of Teamsters Local 627, he worked in tire services and sales for Wilson Tire Co. and George Murray Tire Co., both in Peoria. He retired from Midwest Oil Co. in East Peoria in 1979. He was a member of Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, where he received special recognition in 1994. He also worked with the Senior Citizens Commission with the Mayors Old Buddies.

He was involved with Peoria Speedway for many years.

He formerly served on the West Peoria Volunteer Fire Department.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Parkview Cemetery. Lowell Edwards, his grandson, will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to any charity.

(Peoria Journal Star, August 31, 1998, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Margaret Brown

WEST PEORIA - Margaret A. Brown, 77, of 716 N. Swords Ave. died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Brimfield to Harry and Mary Viola Keefer Pacey, she married Earl Edwards in 1940. He died in 1941. She later married Harry Brown on Feb. 17, 1946, in Peoria. He died Aug. 29, 1998, in Peoria.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are one son, David Edwards of Mapleton; three daughters, Diana Johnson of Roanoke, Nola Brown Jackson of Benson and Janet Green of Peoria; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was a banquet waitress at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria for many years. She later was an apartment manager for the Schlarnan House for 19 years, retiring in 1991. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Lowell Edwards will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m., Thursday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

(Peoria Journal Star, Jan.20, 1999, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Mrs. Sarah Bruce

Sarah Elizabeth Burton was born in Mercer Co. Kentucky, Feb. 21, 1832 and died July 4, 1902 at the Cottage Hospital in Peoria being at the time of her death 70 yr, 4 mo and 13 das old

She came to Peoria, Illinois in 1848 where she resided until 1861. She was married to Daniel Stansbury Feb 11, 1856. To them were born 7 children, six daughters and one son. Two daughters entered into eternal peace with God prior to the mother's death, while the other four daughters and son survive to mourn the loss of a tender and loving mother.

In 1865 the family moved to Missouri where he husband died at the home in Agency (MO). After the death of her husband she and her family moved to Brimfield where they lived until the year 1891. Since that time she has made here home with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Walliker, 3 1/2 miles northwest of Monica.

On Nov. 25, 1880 she was married to Martin Bruce of Brimfield who died in June 1889.

Mrs. Bruce was converted to the christian faith when but 15 years old and has been a consistent and faithful member of the Baptist denomination ever since. The virtuous and christian life of this subject is well known throughout the community and will always be remembered as one worthy of emulation. Although afflicted for some time past with an ailment which medical skill seemed inadequate to remove, she bore it all with great fortitude until the last when she quietly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus.

The funeral services were held in the Baptist church, Brimfield on Sunday July 6 at 11 a.m., the funeral sermon being preached by the pastor, Rev. J. O. Slyter, text "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" 2 Tim.4:7? The remains were laid to rest in the Brimfield cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Donna Shane Carkenord)

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Death

Burdette: Isaac, Wednesday, Sep. 24, 8:15 a.m. age 50 yr., 11 mo., 27 da. Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday Sep. 27, at his residence to Pottstown church. Interment Pottstown cemetery. (Peoria Journal, Friday, Sep. 26, 1913, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Obituary: Aaron W. Burk

Services for Aaron W. Burk, 67, of Deming, N.M., a Co. employee, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilton Mortuary, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

The Rev. Don Nickerson of Bartonville Christian Church will officiate and burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Mr. Burk died Saturday afternoon at his home, RR 2, Deming, where he had lived since leaving Peoria.

He was employed at Caterpillar for 35 years, retiring in October of 1970. He received a machinists' citation from the Army during World War II while working at Caterpillar.

A Peoria resident 37 years, he was born July 12, 1905 in Cornland, the son of William Russell and Ella Criland Burk. He was married to Ocal Grace Collins at Clinton Nov. 1, 1925.

Surviving are his widow; one son, Wesley "Neil" Burk of East Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Donna) Ricca of Bartonville; Mrs. Elmar (Lila) Myers of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Maon (Jessie) Miller of Peoria; Mrs. John (Betty) Krattiger of New Hampshire; Mrs. Mae Meader of Bloomington; one brother, James W. "Peck" Burk of Clinton; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Molly Miller-Rice)

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Loren Burnett

Peoria- Loren E. Burnett, 71, of 401 Hayward died at 1:10 p. m. Thursday, August 5, 1999, at 801 E. McClure.

He was born July 28, 1928, in Peoria to Ottis and Eva Donahue Burnett.

Surviving are two sons, Loren Jr. and Timothy; two daughters, Sherry and Carol Burnett; one brother, Virgil of Peoria; and Louella Mann of Peoria, with whom he made his home for the past 15 years.

He was a World War II veteran.

He was an ironworker for 36 years, working for Ironworker's Local 112, retiring in 1981.

Memorial services will be at 6:30 p. m. Tuesday at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. Paul Smith will officiate. Visitation will be 90 minutes before services at the mortuary. Cremation will be accorded. (Journal Star, Aug. ?, 1999, submitted by Patricia Jordan)

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Alfred Burnett Sr.

Alfred W. Burnett Sr., 74, 6308 N. St. Mary's Road, where he had lived seven years, died there at 5:40 a. m. yesterday.

A Peorian since childhood, he was born Jan. 10, 1908, in Springfield, a son of Otis and Eva Donehue Burnett. He married Juanita Trigg July 13, 1941, in Peoria.

He was a maintenance man for Hyster Co. 12 years, retiring in 1973.

Surviving are his wife; five sons, Robert, Alfred Jr., John A. Phillip and Raymond, and two daughters, Mrs. Edna Wilims? and Mrs. Sharon Cooley, all of Peoria; 19 grandchildren; three brothers, Rollie of Creve Coeur, Lornie and Virgil, both of Peoria; and one sister, Mrs. John (Izette) Stark of Peoria. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Services will be at 10:30 a. m. tomorrow in Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home, where visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight.

The Rev. Jack Gwinn will officiate and burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. (Journal Star, Thursday, March 13, 1982, submitted by Patricia Jordan)

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Death Notice

Burnett, Otis W. "Pedro", at the foot of Sanger Street, at Proctor Hospital, Weds., June 20th, 1928, at 3:45 P.M. Aged 48 years, 2 mos., 3 days. Funeral Services at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel, Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chapel Thursday afternoon & evening. (Peoria Star, Thursday, June 21, 1928, page 22, submitted by Patricia Jordan)

Obituary

     (First part same as the first death notice)...aged 48 years. He had been a resident of Peoria for 14 years.
     The son of George and Emma Burnett [has Anna as his mother in this notice, but his real mother was supposed to be Emma "Emmie" L. Jennings, born in 1851, in VA, so I have put that name in here] was born in Sangamon County, IL, on April 17, 1880 [Emma died in 1879 and this I have confirmed by locating her grave in Morgan County, which is by the grave of George...mistake on birth date or something else going on here...also on his death certificate (but mother is "not known" on death certificate) and he is not found in census records living with his father and siblings in 1880 census, both in Morgan County and Sangamon County, where the parents of George Burnett had a home...they owned property both in Morgan County and Sangamon County...well to do stock raisers and farmers...]
     He married Eva Donehue in Springfield, IL, on March 26, 1902. Besides his widow, Mrs. Eva Burnett, he is survived by seven children: Mrs. Ester Girard, sons Roscoe, Wilson, Richard, Virgil and Roland, and daughter, Izetta Burnett. One brother, Charles, of Springfield, IL, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Kelly, of Tulsa, OK. [Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph "Joe" Cornelius Kelly...later moved to Muskogee, OK, and then to SF, CA...these are my paternal grandparents...they are both buried in SF, CA]. (Peoria Star, Friday, June 22, 1928, page 26, submitted by Patricia Jordan)

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A Peorian Frozen to Death

     The relatives of Cyrus T. Burns, formerly of this city, received a dispatch from Haigler, Nebraska, on Sunday evening, informing them of his death. No particulars were given. It was merely stated that he lost his life in a blizzard. The supposition is that he was out on the prairie when the storm overtook him, and all who have seen a Nebraska snow storm will not wonder at the fatal result. Cyrus Burns was well known here. He was a mail carrier during the Cockle postmastership, and his sisters are teachers in the public schools. His father, David Burns, the teamster, is a highly respected citizen. He lives on upper Fayette street. It is a heavy affliction, and the family have the sympathy of all. The deceased left Peoria when Colonel Warner took possession of the postoffice. He went out to Nebraska to take up a homestead, and so met his fate. The remains will be brought home for interment. (Peoria Weekly Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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PEORIA - FR. VINCENT H. BUTLER

Fr. Vincent Haviland Butler, 86, formerly of Peoria, died on Thursday, June 14, 2007, in Canton, Ohio.

He was born on March 11, 1921, in Howard City, Michigan, the son of Merritt Freeman and Lida Blanche (Losinger) Butler. He was a direct descendant of Captain Joseph Butler, who fought at the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill during the American Revolution.

From 1946 to 1949, Fr. Butler served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed at Heidelburg and Frankfurt, Germany. He was ordained a minister of the Evangelical Church at Heidelberg, Germany, in 1947. He served as liaison between the U.S. Army and the local German population because he was the only bilingual member of the Office of the Chaplain of Headquarters European Command (EUCOM).

From 1952 to 1954, Fr. Butler studied at the Episcopal seminary at Nashotah House, Wisconsin. In 1954 he was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois. In 1956, he and his family moved to Germany, where he studied philosophy at the Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn. In 1961, the family moved to Turkey at the invitation of the Patriarch Athenagoras of the Greek Orthodox Church. Fr. Butler studied at the Patriarchal Seminary at Calchi, while also serving as chaplain at the American military installations around Turkey at the behest of the Episcopal Church. From 1961 to 1965, he served as personal chaplain to Patriarch Athenagoras, while also serving as the first liaison between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

From 1968 to 1986, Fr. Butler officiated as priest of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Peoria, Illinois. He also served as President of the Northside Action Council for a decade. During his retirement, he served for a few months as priest of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and thereafter at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, Michigan, for eight years.

On May 24, 1942, he married Muriel Marie Paulen in Howard City, Michigan. She survives, with their four children: Heidi Butler (J. Robert) Schmidt of Iowa City, Iowa; retired Lt. Cmr. Dean (Janet) Butler of Stillwater, Minnesota; Gregory (Tina) Butler of Walnut Creek, California; and Theresa Butler Bagavandos of Canton, Ohio. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Mark Butler, Kenny and Keith Butler, Jamie and Cassie Butler, and Sumitha and Kavitha Bagavandos; as well as three nieces, Marcelon Williams Kert of Washington, D.C., Sharon Butler Dee Gibbons of Harrisburg, Illinois, and Mary Ellen Butler Galvin of White Lake, Michigan.

The funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, Michigan, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be at 4:00 P.M. in the Pierson Cemetery south of Howard City, Michigan. The Hurst Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fr. Butler was a man of great learning and great kindness who was beloved wherever he served people as a priest around the world. He was devoted to his family, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

(Peoria Journal Star, June 22, 2007, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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George Beckenholdt

EUREKA - George D. Beckenholdt, 50, formerly of No. 7 Enchanted Gardens, Eureka, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Asta Care Center, Bloomington, where he was a resident.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka. The Rev. Tom Zobrist will officiate.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1952, in Peoria, a son of Willard D. and Virginia Key Beckenholdt. He married Anita Behymer.

Surviving are his mother Virginia (Robert) Brubaker, Eureka; his father, David (Mary) Beckenholdt, New Port, Ore.; one son, David J. Beckenholdt, Manford, Okla.; one daughter, Joanna Larimore, Bloomington; two sisters, Nancy (David) Altshue, Bloomington; and Margi (Randy) White, Farmer City; one brother, Geoff (Kathy) Brubaker, Rockford; and two grandsons.

He was a member of the Church of God in Bristow, Okla.

(Pantagraph, Bloomington, Il. May 11, 2003, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Charles Binkins Blank

Charles Binkins Blank came to his death recently in Monica by being overcome by gas. He formerly made his home near Monica with his Uncle Charles Blank and attended school at Monica. The remains were sent to the home of his father at Lyons, Nebraska for interment.

(Princeville Telephone, 1913, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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HANNA CITY - Robertine E. Bragg, 86, of 208 N. Runkle died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

Born April 6, 1917, in Chandlerville to George and Emma Dearing Garner, she married Murray Weaver in 1935.

She later married Edwin Bragg in 1951. He died in 1968.

She also was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, four brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Fred (and Ann) Weaver of Hanna City and Don (and Pat) Weaver of Decatur; seven grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Roberta Harbison of Bloomington.

A self-employed beautician for 40 years, she worked in East Peoria and Decatur.

She was a member of Hanna City United Methodist Church for more than 25 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at her church, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Joy Schlesselman will officiate. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Arrangements are by Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington.

Memorials may be made to her church or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

(Peoria Journal Star, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, transcribed by Barb Miroslaw)

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Obituary

Funeral Tuesday for Jennie Burns, Former Teacher

Funeral services for Miss Jennie M. Burns resident of Buehler Memorial home for seven years, will be held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Winzier parlors. The Rev. Edward D. Palmer, pastor of Bartonville Methodist church will officiate and burial will be in Blue Ridge cemetery near Chillicothe.

Miss Burns died Saturday night at 10:30 o’clock at the home following a year’s illness. Formerly of Bartonville, she had taught schools in Bartonville, Oak Grove, Monica and various country schools for many years.

She was born near La Praire Center, Ill., a daughter of George and Agnes Burns. She attended Illinois State Teacher’s college at Normal. She was a member of Bartonville Methodist church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Nannie O'Dell of Galesburg, Mrs. Susye Stephens of Redwood City Cal, Two sisters, Mrs. Isabel Gallup and Mrs. Elizabeth Reed, and two brothers William and Adam Burns, preceded her in death.

(Princeville Telephone, 1939, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Obituary

Sam Burns, 59, a lifelong resident of Edelstein, passed away Monday afternoon when he collapsed on the street, apparently of a heart attack.

The son of Thomas and Catherine Hoben Burns, he was born March 13, 1891 near Edelstein. He received his education in the schools in the community. He never married.

Mr. Burns operated a tavern at Edelstein and closed his business to go to lunch when he collapsed. He had no close relatives. His only brother, Frank passed away four years ago.

(Princeville Telephone, Oct. 1950, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Obituary

This community was shocked Wednesday morning by the announcement of the death of one of its leading farmers, E. R. Burt of Forrest township. His last illness was in the nature of a complicated bowel affliction, the result of a chronic ailment contracted during the war, and was of short duration. A week ago last Monday, Mr. Burt was in town doing his trading and in his usual good health, and eight days later all that was mortal of an honored citizen and a loving and loved husband and father lay cold in death in the now desolate home. E. Roscoe Burt was a native of Cheshire county, New Hampshire, was born January 14th, 1846, and died Nov. 13, 1888, aged 42 years and 10 months. At the age of ten years, the subject of this sketch arrived in Illinois and settled with his parents on the farm in Brimfield Peoria county, where he remained till he attained his majority. Upon leaving his home farm he came to this county [Livingston county] and first rented land of Thos. Weeks, one of his present neighbors. On Dec. 23rd, 1871, He was married to Mrs. Jennie (Stuckey) Howard, a daughter of the late Edward Stuckey, and by this union there were born to him three children -- Eva J. Mabel H. and Walter A., who with their mother survive him. The deceased did service for his country in her hour of peril, though he was then at a tender age, having enlisted in Co. I, 146th Ill. Vol. Inf. on Aug. 26th 1864. He was honorably discharged on July 8th, 1865, at Springfield at the close of the war. Mr. Burt has been school director for the past fifteen years in the district in which he resided, and during his long residence among this people, he had won the admiration and lasting regard of all for his manly bearing and kindly deportment. His untimely death has cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood. The funeral took place from the home Thursday at 2 p.m. The remains were brought to this city for interment and were followed by a large concourse of mourning friends and neighbors. The Fairbury Blade.

(Brimfield News, Nov. 22, 1888, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Death of Mahlon Brasfield

The people of this vicinity were much astonished last Monday to learn of the accidental death of one of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, Mr. Mahlon D. Brasfield. Mr. Brasfield was gathering fruit, when he fell from the top branches of a tree, striking the ground in such a manner as to break his neck and kill him instantly. His son, George, was present and witnessed his father's death.

Malon D. Brasfield was born in Park county, Indiana, April 7, 1834; died at his home near Dunlap, September 12, 1904, aged 70 years, 5 months and 8 days. Mr. Brasfield came to this state with his parents in 1840, settling in Radnor township. He was married to Mary A. Jessup January 1, 1862. They spent most of their married life in this community. To this union were born three children---John S., George M. and Clara E. His wife, three children and two sisters survive him. He joined the M. E. church in 1878 and was an honored member. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Wednesday, the 14, and were conducted by Rev. E. R. Horton. Interment in Dickenson cemetery.

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

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Obituary

Word has just reached us that Mrs. George W. Butts, of West Hallock, died very suddenly at her home last night. Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, with whom she lived, had been away to a practice of some sort, and on their return Mrs. Wheeler heard her mother cough and went to her assistance. She sought for some medicine in a nearby room, and while she was thus absent Mrs. Butts passed away. These are the meager particulars at hand.

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

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DEATH OF MRS. BREESE (handwritten on the obit April 28, 1904)

Occurred This Morning at Residence of Daughter in This City.

Mrs. Sarah H. Breese, widow of the late John Breese, entered into rest this morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Hurd, 206 Pennsylvania avenue. The deceased had lived in Peoria county for more than fifty years, and though the infirmities of age had greatly restricted her activities of late years, she was generally beloved and respected. Her husband, who was for many years a prominent farmer near Dunlap, died about sixteen years ago, since which time Mrs. Breese has resided with her children in this city. Four daughters and two sons survive her, Mrs. Sarah Hurd, Mrs. Jennie C. McBride and Mrs. Alice Lex, of Peoria; Mrs. Blakewell and Wellington Breese and ? Breese.

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

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DR. JAMES O. BULLOCK LAID TO REST TUESDAY

Was Prominent Medical Man in Maryland Over Forty Years

After an illness of several months the last three weeks of which he was confined to his bed. Dr. James O. Bullock, highly respected Princeville resident, passed quietly away at the home of his son, Julius, last Saturday morning, 18, at about 6 oclock, at the ripe old age of 87 years, 11 months and 26 days. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.

Dr. James O. Bullock son of James and Harriet Bullock was born January 22, 1842 in Bradford county, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest and only survivor of a family of four children. His mother died when he was only seven days old. A Mrs. Jackson took him and cared for him as a mother.

After receiving his early education. Dr. Bullock took up the study of medicine, graduating from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

He was married to Alice M. Carpenter on October 17, 187 at Ralston, Pennsylvania. To this union where born, Robin, Alden and Julius Carpenter.

Dr. Bullock practiced medicine in Lonaconing, Maryland, for about 40 years. Mrs. Bullock passed away on December 15, 1915 and her remains were brought to the Blue Ridge cemetery and interred there.

In 1925, Dr. Bullock came to Princeville and has since made his home with his son Julius and wife. During the nine years of his residence here, he journeyed back east several times to visit his other son Robin and family.

Dr. Bullock made friends wherever he went was especially interested in children and the Boy Scout movement. Had he lived four days longer he would have reached his 88th birthday.

Surviving him are his two sons, Robin Alden of Park Ridge, New Jersey and Julius Carpenter of Princeville, their wives and one granddaughter, Ruth.

Funeral services for Dr. Bullock were held at the Bullock funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 oclock, with Rev. A. B. Ryan, pastor of the local Presbyterian church in charge. Burial was in the Blue Ridge cemetery, beside his beloved wife.

During Dr. Bullocks residence in Princeville he made a number of friends, who, with the sons and their families mourn his passing. He was a man of sterling character, of high intelligence and his kindly manner and ready smile made him the friend of all who knew him.

(Princeville Telephone, 1929, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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CHARLES A. BUSH, JUBILEE NATIVE, DIES IN CANADA

Charles A. Bush, 86, formerly of this community and a native of Jubilee township, passed away November 7 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he had been receiving treatment. The older people will well remember the family of which he was a member. His only remaining sister, Mrs. Ella Bouton, still resides south of town.

Mr. Bush, son of Andrew and Elizabeth Wakefield Bush, born August 14, 1862 in Jubilee township, one of a family of eleven children.

November 19, 1891, he and Susanna B. Klink were united in marriage at Princeville. The following spring they moved to Bedford, Ia., where he was engaged in farming. Later they moved to a farm near Colony, Kan., staying a few years then selling and going to Ogema, Sask., Canada, to make a permanent home. Mr. and Mrs. Bush were parents of eight children, namely; Luella Grainger, Violet B. Rose and Edgar Bush of Ogema; Ethel E. Webster of Regina, Sask.; George D. Bush and Velma S. Canbrough of Carragana, Sask., and Elizabeth L. Fish of Victoria, B.C. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, his parents and all but one of his brothers and sisters. Surviving are the seven children, twenty four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, besides his one sister, Mrs. Ella Bouton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 10, at 2:30 in the afternoon with interment in the Ogema cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, 1948, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Lifelong Resident Of Princeville Passes Away; Rites Today

Ella Janette Bush, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Wakefield Bush, was born in Jubilee Township March 26, 1864 and passed away in her home south of Princeville Tuesday morning at the age of 87 years and three months. She had been in failing health for sometime and bedfast for the past three months.

She was united in marriage to Vaughn Bouton in Peoria in 1881. To this union one son, Walter G. was born. With the exception of eight years spent in Bedford, Ia., she had resided all her life in the Princeville vicinity.

For the past 39 years she has resided on the same farm, where she passed away. Since the death of her husband 11 years ago her son has been assisting with the farm work. She was the last member of a family of 12 children.

Her husband preceded her in death December 12, 1940.

She is survived by her son, Walter, four grandchildren, Mrs. Lois Libby of LaSalle, Mrs. Luella Barron of Milwaukee Wis., Cecil and Elvin Bouton of Princeville; also five great grandchildren, Cecil Libby and Anita and Mary Ellen Barron of Waukegan, Mrs. Dolores Evans of Ottawa, Terry Ray Libby of LaSalle and Carolyn Jean Bouton of Princeville, one great-great grandchild, Joseph Evans of Ottawa, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends and relatives.

She was a devoted wife and mother. Her cheerful disposition gained her a large circle of friends and she will be greatly missed in her home and in the community.

Funeral services were held this afternoon in the Bouton Memorial home with Rev. Arnold Dalzell in charge. Mrs. Franchon Hill presided at the organ. She was laid to rest in the Princeville cemetery. Cecil, Elvin and Gerald Bouton, Joseph Evans and Richard Barron were the pallbearers.

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

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Mrs. Ida Beall

Princeville and community were shocked when they learned of the death of Ida Beall. Mrs. Beall well and favorably known passed away in Methodist hospital. She had been ill for several weeks and underwent surgery last week. She was thought to be on the road to recovery when she took a sudden change for the worse Sunday.

She was born in Princeville June 15, 1883 the daughter of Joseph and Mary Lawson Bush and married Thomas Beall in Toulon April 12, 1902.

She was a lifelong resident of this community and was an active member of the Methodist church and belonged to Union Grave chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Princeville unit of the Home Bureau.

Mrs. Beall was a remarkable person always cheerful and never complaining. She was foster mother to many welfare and homeless children. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband; an adopted son Gerald of Union Gap, Wash., two granddaughters; a sister Mrs. Florence Tucker of Kewanee and two brothers, Bert Bush of Peoria and Joseph Bush of Texas. One brother and her parents preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Ralph Tucker, Everett Tucker, Dale Beall, Walter Nelson, Frank Beall and Delwin Tucker, all nephews of the deceased. She was laid to rest in the Princeville cemetery.

(Unknown newspaper, June 1952, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Rev. John Bliss, Princeville, Dies at Age 99

The Rev. John Franklin Bliss, 99-year-old former mayor of Princeville, retired minister and pharmacist, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Peoria County Nursing Home.

He had been a patient there since last July after suffering a fractured hip in a fall.

Born at Princeville Nov. 25, 1958, he was a son of Solomon and Elizabeth Blanchard Bliss. His father came here as a boy with his parents in 1836 from New York state.

A resident of Peoria area all of his long life, Mr. Bliss recalled living in a log cabin during his early childhood. He was self-educated, studying the Bible at home with his seven brothers and sisters.

As a young man he began his work as a Methodist minister, serving 60 years in pastorates throughout this area. He organized Grace Methodist (now University Avenue) Church here and another at Averyville, then a north side suburb of Peoria. Other charges were at Yates City, Atkinson, Manito and Mineral, and for 10 years he served the Congregational Church at Stark.

Mr. Bliss was a registered pharmacist, operating his own drugstore at Princeville for many years, until his retirement in 1942. He served twice as mayor of the town. He also played on an early Princeville baseball team.

HIS FIRST marriage was to Dora Bohrer, who died in 1912. He married Eunice Palmer in 1913, and her death occurred in 1937. In 1938 he married Gaurah Sniff Gray.

Surviving are four children of his second marriage: Palmer Bliss of Peoria, John Marvin and Earl S. Bliss and Mrs. Leo (Eloise) Graves of Princeville; 14 grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Four children of his first marriage preceded him in death: Fred and Robin Bliss of Peoria, Bertha Bliss who died several years ago in California, and Lewis Bliss, who died in 1957 at Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Princeville Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Richard Mader, pastor. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Visitation is to be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Bouton Mortuary in Princeville.

(Unknown newspaper, Dec. 1957, transcribed by Mike McMullen)

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Death Takes Earl Burgess Early Monday

Earl LeRoy Burgess, son of Willis and Mary Jane Mendell Burgess, was born in al log cabin in Millbrook township, August 24, 1874 and died early Monday morning at the Methodist hospital in Peoria, where he had been a patient the last week.

He grew to manhood in Monica community and was united in marriage to Ruth Wiar of Duncan On Dec. 24, 1896. With the exception of four years of their early married life spent in Livingston county, their entire life together was near Monica. He united with the Methodist church in Monica and later transferred his membership to the Princeville church in 1927.

The family includes six children, Mrs. Leona Irene Sniff of Princeville; Harold LeRoy of Lima, Ohio; Harlan Eugene of Princeville; Merle Ellsworth of Williamsfield, Ill.; Iva Larine who died Jan. 17, 1930 and Paul Michael of Laura, who served in the last war and is now convalescing in the Mayo General hospital in Galesburg.

His wife preceded him in death Dec. 7, 1928.

He leaves to mourn his passing five children, 18 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two sisters, Myra Kneer of Monica and Carrie Patterson of Kansas City, Mo. A brother Cyrus preceded him in death several years ago.

Mr. Burgess was a kind and loving father, always thinking of his home first, a good neighbor to anyone in time of need, kind and thoughtful of others.

Services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Tretheway funeral home with Rev. Charles Smith in charge. Pallbearers were Harvey Sentz, Fred Belford, Harlan Elliott, Ernest LaMay, Ellis Beall and Dave Smith.

Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

(Princeville Telephone, Dec. 1945, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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SERVICE HELD MONDAY FOR MRS. EARL BURGESS

Mrs. Earl Burgess of five miles west of Princeville died at the Methodist hospital in Peoria Saturday, following an operation from which she was thought to be recovering. She had been in failing health for a long time. She was fifty-four years old on the day before her death.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Monica Methodist church, with Rev. M. S. Swisher pastor and Rev. J. W. Dees of Oneida in charge. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

Ruth Wiar Burgess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Wiar, was born at Princeville, Jubilee township, December 8, 1874. December 24, 1896, she was married to Earl Leroy Burgess at Duncan.

To this union six children were born; Mrs. Leona Irene Sniff of Peoria, Harold Leroy of Wilmette, Harlan Eugene of Monica, Merle Ellsworth of Laura; Iva Laurene and Paul Michael are still at home. There are also ten grandchildren.

Mrs. Burgess is survived by her husband; two sisters, Mrs. Nora Ripley and Mrs. Lillie McConn of Fairmont South Dakota; and two brothers, Harlan E, Wiar of Pasadena, California and George R. Wiar of Fairmont, South Dakota.

Mrs. Burgess was very fell known in Princeville and Monica. She was prominent in church work in the Monica church. Her loss will be keenly felt by her many friends and relatives.

(Princeville Telephone, Dec. 1926, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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MISS IVA L. BURGESS VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA

Both the Princeville and Monica communities were shocked last Friday morning when the news reached them that Miss Iva Burgess had passed away at the Methodist hospital in Peoria at about 7 o’clock, death being the result of severe attack of pneumonia. Miss Burgess took sick several weeks ago and it was thought for a while that she was improving, but last Thursday a puss sack had formed in one lung and she was taken to Peoria to the hospital for treatment. Thursday, it was decided that an operation was necessary to relieve her condition and remove the puss. The operation was performed and she was thought to be on the road to recovery, but during the night she took a sinking spell and passed quietly away, just as the dawn was breaking Friday morning.

Iva Laurene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burgess, was born at Monica, Illinois, on December 26, 1907 and passed away January 17, 1930, at the age of 22 years and 22 days.

Miss Burgess spent her entire life in the Princeville and Monica communities. She attended the Monica grade school and later attended Princeville high school, which she graduated from with the class of 1925.

Early in life she united with the Methodist church of Monica. Miss Burgess was a faithful worker in the church and was ready to do her bit, especially in the Sunday School class.

Miss Burgess had a sunny disposition and a smile for everyone and made friends wherever she went. Miss Burgess’ mother preceded her in death a little more than a year ago, on December 8, 1928 and since that time she had been in charge of the household duties of the family.

She leaves to mourn her loss the grief stricken father; one sister Mrs. Leona Sniff of Peoria; four brothers Harold of Wilmette, Illinois and Harlan, Merle and Paul all of Monica; also a number of other relatives and host of friends.

Funeral services for Miss Burgess were held at Monica Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. J. C. Craine, pastor in charge. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery, where she was laid to rest besides her beloved mother.

(Princeville Telephone, Jan. 1930, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Benjamin Lee Burgess

Ben Burgess, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Burgess of Williamsfield, passed away last Thursday morning in Proctor hospital in Peoria, the result of head injuries received Tuesday morning. The youth working on a truck tire at a Williamsfield garage when in some manner it blew off the rim and struck on the left side of the head. He died without regaining consciousness.

Benjamin Lee Burgess was born in Princeville April 30, 1935, the son of Merle and Margaret Burgess. He would have been a junior at Williamsfield high school this fall. He had been working at the Buck garage during the summer months.

He is survived by grief stricken parents, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Stegel and Kathryn Burgess, all of Williamsfield; and a host of other friends and relatives. Mrs. Glenn Sniff and Paul Burgess are aunt and uncle of the deceased.

Funeral services were held Sunday in the Williamsfield Methodist church with Rev. Clyde Carpenter officiating. He was laid to rest in the Williamsfield cemetery.

Among those attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sniff and Martha Jane, Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burgess and family, Mr. and Mrs. Don Sniff, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sniff, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Talbert and Mrs. Rosa Kneer.

(Princeville Telephone, June 1951, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Christina Ellen Alfline Blanchard

WELL KNOW FORMER RESIDENT DIES IN PEORIA

Mrs. Christina Ellen Blanchard, 71, years old, of 227 East Duryea Ave. Peoria Heights and a well known former Princeville resident, passed away at her home at 11:40 o’clock Saturday night [April 8, 1939].

Born in Sweden on August 19, 1864, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Alftine. When she was 21 she was married to Edward Blanchard in Princeville, Ill. He died many years ago. Mrs. Blanchard was a member of the Princeville Methodist church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Blakesley of Peoria, two grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Florence Shull of Streator, Ill.

Last rites for Mrs. Blanchard were held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Wilton mortuary in Peoria. Burial was in Springdale cemetery in that city

(Princeville Telephone, April 1939, submitted by Mike McMullen)

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Viola Beauchamp

Mrs. Viola Carter Beauchamp 67, died at 8:20 P.M. Monday at the home of a daughter in Laura.

A resident of Indiana most of her life, she came to Laura in 1927. And has been ill for the past ten years.

She was born January 27, 1891, in Wells County, Indiana, a daughter of Nathaniel and Cora Marsh Bons. She married R. Homer Carter in 1906, then in 1936 she married William Beauchamp.

Surviving are a daughter Corlisa Laisure, Laura, Il., One son Robert Carter of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Other survivors are two sisters; Mrs. Ray Hinshaw, Fort Wayne, Ind. And Mrs. Henry Dumwinde, of Bluffton, Indiana.

Funeral services were held Wednesday P.M. at Patterson Funeral Home in Elmwood, Il., with the Rev. Richard Chase officiating. Burial was Friday in Bluffton, Indiana.

(Brimfield News; Thurs. Jan. 8, 1959, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Mrs. Marion Barnes , of Laura, died Nov. 3, after a short illness from stomach troubles. The funeral was held at the home Nov. 6th, and remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Elmore. He death will be learned with regret by many friends through out the community.

(Brimfield News; Thurs. Nov. 9, 1905, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Obituary

Mr. Daniel Bower, one of the citizens and pioneer of this county, died at his home near Oak Hill last Friday. His death was result of lung fever, super induced by an attack of La Grippe. He was about 70 years of age. For many years he had been an active member and supporter of the M.E. church at Oak Hill. He was a man of sterling integrity and highly esteemed in the community in which resided. His aged wife and three sons and two daughters survive.

(Brimfield News; Thurs. Feb. 13, 1890, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Funeral Services for Dr. Gary Best Are Held Wednesday

Services for Dr. Gary L. Best, 2?, native of Brimfield and former Peorian, who was found dead in bed Friday in his apartment on the Stanford university campus at Palo Alto, Calif. were held Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Brimfield.

Rev. Thomas Harrison officiated and the burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery in Kickapoo.

Dr. Best, a specialist in international relations, was born in Peoria November 12, 1935, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Donald Best. He was graduated from Brimfield high school in 1953 and was the top ranking senior when he graduated from Bradley university in 1957. While at Bradley he received honors in debating and speech, and was a member of Pi Kappa Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honorary fraternities. He also was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity.

He was serving as a visiting professor in Stanford this summer and had planned to teach Peace Corps representatives in late August in Ohio university. During his college years in Bradley university, he served as farm director and announcer at radio station WIRL.

Surviving are his parents of Brimfield; two brothers, Capt. John D. Best, director of professional services at Lackbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio, and Roger J. Best of Peoria; two nephews; and two nieces.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Funeral Services For Mrs. Boyle Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Blanche C. Boyle, 74, who died in her home here at 10 p.m. Sunday, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Schreiner Funeral Home in Brimfield. Burial was in the Elmwood cemetery. Rev. Van Dettum of the Elmwood Methodist church officiated.

Mrs. Boyle was the wife of C. Lee Boyle, who died here last April 20. They were married November 16, 1912 in Peoria. She was the daughter of Homer and Minnie Callister.

Surviving Mrs. Boyle are a brother, Homer G. Callister of Elmwood; and a sister, Catherine Record of Farmington.

(Unknown newspaper, 1962, submitted by Janet Bledsoe)

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Tragic Auto Crash Takes The Lives of Two Local Youths

A Brimfield youth and another of near Kickapoo were killed Sunday evening in a two-car collision on U. S. Rte. 24, about one mile west of Kentland, Ind.

Dead are Joseph E. Gilles, 19, of near Kickapoo, driver of the car, and his passenger, Dennis M. Bridson of Brimfield, 17.

A report by Indiana State Highway police said Gilles was headed west on Rt. 24 about 7:10 p.m. when he attempted to pass a truck and hit the second car nearly head-on.

The second car was driven by Harold Garvin of Fowler, Ind., 66. He and his passenger, Fannie Eighnor of Watseka, 49, both were hospitalized.

The two victims were members of a party that had been on an outing at a beach in Indiana.

Four other members of the party, including Donald Bridson, brother of one of the dead youths, came upon the scene of the accident a few minutes after it happened. The four were in a second car, towing a boat and boat trailer.

Young Bridson, a senior in Brimfield high school, was born April 26, 1950 in Peoria, a son of Donald and Bertha Reinhard Bridson.

Surviving are his mother of Brimfield; three sisters, Linda, Janis, and Jo Ellen, and two brothers, Donald and Gary, all at home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Reinhard and Mrs. Elizabeth Bridson of Brimfield. His father preceded him in death.

Services were held Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas C. Harrison officiating. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the R. R. 2, Brimfield, address, Joseph Gilles was born in Peoria January 7, 1948, a son of Howard and Gladys Heinz Gilles. He had worked on the family farm with his father and had been a member of the 4-H club for eight years. He also was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo and the Naval Reserve. A graduate of St. Mary’s grade school in Kickapoo, he was graduated from Bergan high school last June.

Surviving are his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Judith) Soderquist of Taylorville, and Helen and Janet Gilles at home; one brother, Thomas Gilles of Rome; his grandmothers, Mrs. Josephine Heinz of Dunlap and Mrs. Lucy Gilles of Peoria; two nieces; and one nephew.

Services were held Wednesday in the Wright & Salmond Mortuary in Peoria and in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo with Rev. August Mey officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery in Kickapoo.

(Unknown newspaper, 1967, transcribed by Claire Crandell)

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