John Morrow

Princeville Telephone, Sept. 1938
Transcribed by Mike McMullen


Elbert Elden Searl, Former Princeville Resident, Laid at Rest in Local Cemetery

Elbert Elden Searl, eldest son of James Luther and Angeline Bertha Searl was born in Princeville, Illinois, June 21, 1877. Early in life he moved with his parents to Emden, Ill., later to Yates City, Ill. and back to Princeville abut 1890, where he attended public schools and was graduated from Princeville high school in 1894 as valedictorian of his class.

He entered his business career in his fathers retail store in Princeville and later managed a branch store in Little York, Ill. After disposing of the Little York store he associated himself with C. W. Klemm Co. department stores in Bloomington, Ill., as department salesman and worked himself up to merchandise manager and head of the advertising department.

After serving the Klemm Co. about 20 years he became associated with L. M. Lucy & Co.. Ottawa, Ill., department stores in a managerial capacity. After six year with Lucy stores, he became connected with Kespohl-Mohrenstecher Co. department store at Quincy, Ill.

In 1933 be became a statistical representative of the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission, working out of Quincy, office four years and from the Galesburg office until his demise on Sept. 7, 1938 in the Cottage hospital, Galesburg, where he had been a patient two week.

He was married to Nettie Hammer who died in 1914. One son Raymond Elbert was born to this union. In 1916 he was married to Irene Hall.

MR. Searl was affiliated with the Methodist church and was a member of the Masonic lodge at Bloomington.

He is survived by his wife, son, two brothers Dr. C. L Searl and Harry R. Searl of Chicago, Ill., one sister Bertha J. Powers of Washington D.C. and two aunts, Mrs. Edward Vaughn of Elmwood, Ill. and Mrs. Wm. Carter of Brimfield, Ill.


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