Amberger, Lucille


Petersburg Observer June 23, 1911

Aged Pioneer Woman Dies.

Mrs. Jacob Bale Passes Away Saturday at Her Home in This City, in 81st Year.

Died, at her home in Petersburg, Illinois, Saturday, June 17, 1911, Mrs. Jacob Bale, aged 80 years, 3 months and 1 day.

The funeral was held at her late home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev P. S. McCubbin, and attended by a large number of people. Interment was had in Rose Hill cemetery.

America Ann Trent was born in Kentucky on March 16, 1831, and moved with her parents to this county when she was but two years of age. She was the youngest child of the family and the last to pass away.

In 1847 she was married to Jacob Bale. To them were born ten children, five of whom survive: Miss Lou, Winfield S., and John H. Bale, of this city; B. F. Bale, Louisville, Ky.; Horace Bale, Sprinfield, Ill. These with 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her departure.

While her children were yet small she moved with her husband to the old town of "New Salem" where her husband with his three brothers owned and operated for a number of years the mill made famous in the days of Abraham Lincoln. After the death of her husband in 1865 she moved to Petersburg, where she has lived for 46 years.

Mrs. Bale united with the Christian church in Petersburg in 1874 under the preaching of Elder D. R. Lucas, and lived a faithful, consciencious Christian life to the end. Seven years age she received a stroke of paralysis from which she never fully recovered. For the last three years she was a great suffered, being most tenderly cared for by her daughter, Miss Lou. Last Saturday her tired eyes closed in death with the hope of the redeemed illuminating her face.


Petersburg Observer Feb. 28, 1941

Mrs. Edwards Died at Daughter's Home at 83.

Mrs. Ellen Edwards, widow of James Edwards, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry O'Brien in Greenview Wednesday afternoon, at the age of eighty-three years. She had been ill for several months.

Mrs. Edwards was born near Greenview on Aug. 2, 1858, her parents being Henry and Harriett Trent, who came to Illinois from Kentucky, their native state. She was one of a family of twelve children, of whom all preceded her in death, the last brother, Alex Trent, dying on January 11, 1941 at Des Moines, Ia.

She was married on March 7, 1879 to James M. Edwards, who served longer than any other man in Illinois as a Commissioner of Highways. Mr. Edwards died March 5, 1939. Surviving are five children, Mrs. O'Brien, William, Harry and Cecil Edwards all of Greenview and Mrs. Mildred Randall of Springfield. There are also seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was a member for many years of the Greenview Christian church, where funeral services will be held at 2:30 Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. George Hayes, and burial will be in Elmwood cemetery, near Greenview.


Petersburg Observer Oct. 1, 1898

Died - In Oskaloose, Iowa, September 22, 1898, James M. Bale, formerly of this city, aged 35 years, 9 months and 21 days. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in this city, as 2 p.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. R. D. Miller. Burial at Rose Hill cemetery.

His death was the result of being stabbed in an altercation with the man with whom he was boarding, but the exact particulars we could not learn.

Deceased was a son of Mrs. America Bale. He left here about eight years ago, and since that time has worked at the printing business in Chicago, until about two or three years ago, when he went to Iowa. Before leaving Chicago, the typographical union dropped him from their order for non-payment of dues, and as he was in straitened circumstances when he went to Oskaloosa, he adopted the name "James Raymond" in order that he might again join the union and secure a position on a paper in that city. There was, nor has there ever been, as far as his friends know, any cause save the one explained above, for the changing of his name.

While here he was generally respected - at one time being city clerk and at another time he made a strong race for mayor of the city.

His sudden death is sadly mourned by his numerous friends here.


Petersburg Observer Mar. 18, 1932

John Hardin Bale Dies At Age Of Eighty Years.

Death Occured Tuesday In Hospital At Jacksonville; Was Long Ill. John Hardin Bale, known in Petersburg as Hubbel Bale and one of the last surviving members of one of Menard county's oldest pioneer families, died Tuesday night at the State Hospital in Jacksonville, at the age of eighty years. Mr. Bale had been a patient at the hospital only a few weeks, having been taken there for treatment when he became mentally unbalances because of long-continued illness. He had been in failing health for the past two years, and several months ago a malignant growth developed on his left arm. He was a patient at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield then for many weeks, and then returned home and was later taken to the State Hospital.

Mr. Bale was born on February 14, 1852 in a log cabin at the foot of Salem Hill, in the old village of New Salem. He was the son of Jacob and America Bale, his parents having been among the earliest settlers in that community. His grandfather Abram Bale was a preacher, and lived in the building which later became known as Rutledge Tavern. The Bale family were among the earliest millers in what is now Menard county, members of that family later establishing the Bale Woolen Mills, one of the largest industries that Menard county ever boasted.

Mr. Bale lived at Salem for a number of years, and later moved to this city where he learned the trade of brick mason, which occupation he followed throughout the remainder of his life. In addition to his work as a mason, he served for a number of years, more than thirty-five years ago, as a member of the city police force.

He was married on August 14, 1872 at Macon, Missouri, to Miss Mary Lou Burnett of Vincennes, Indiana. They lived there for a few months and then came back to Petersburg where he spent the remainder of his life. To them were born three children, John H. Bale, Jr. of St. Louis and Anna, the wife of Robert Kelly of Chicago, and one daughter, who died in infancy.

In addition to his widow and two children, Mr. Bale is survived by fourteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one sister Miss Lou Bale of this city, and a number of more distant relatives.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 p.m. Friday March 18 at the Satorius Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. W. M .Groves and burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.


Petersburg Observer Nov. 3, 1900

Died - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Lenning, in Bloomington, Sunday morning, Oct. 28, 1900, Mrs. Martha J. Crosby, aged 78 years, 8 months and 6 days.

Mrs. Crosby had been ill for quite a while, and a few weeks ago she was taken to Bloomington where she would have the care of her relatives. The disease that caused her death was a cancer of the bowels, and her demise was not unexpected.

Deceased had been a resident of this county since early childhood, and for a number of years had resided in this city. Her surviving daughter, and Mrs. John Harwood, a grand-daughter, of Bloomington, Mrs. Hannah Flaherty, a daughter, of Missouri, and two sons, Stephen, of Wisconsin, and B. V., of St. Louis.

The remains were brought to this city Tuesday, and funeral services conducted by Rev. H. P. Curry at the Baptist church, after which the remains were buried in Rose Hill cemetery.

Peaceful be they silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Then no more will join our number,
Thou no more our sorrows know,
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.


Petersburg Observer Feb. 2, 1934

Mrs. Mary Bale Dead; Was Long Ill. Widow of J. H. Bale Died at Home in This City; Lived Here Many Years.

Mrs. Mary Bale, widow of the late J. H. (Hubbel) Bale and a resident of this city for many years, died at her home in the south end of town Tuesday evening after along illness, at the age of almost eighty-two years.

Mrs. Bale, whose name before her marriage was Burnett, was born March 22, 1851 in Patrick county, Virginia. She came to this state early in life and spent all the remainder of her years here. She was married on August 14, 1872 to J. H. Bale of this city, their marriage taking place at Macon City, Mo. She often told of the wedding; of their elopement from here, and of them walking from this city to Havana where they boarded a steam-boat for the Missouri town where they were married. Later they returned here and took up their residence, and Mr. Bale died on March 15, 1932.

Mrs. Bale is survived by two children, John W. Bale of St. Louis and Mrs. Anna Kelly of Chicago; also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are to be held at the Satorius Funeral Chapel at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. R. Cronkite, pastor of the Christian church, and burial will be in Rose Hill.


Petersburg Observer Jan. 27, 1928

Winfield S. Bale Dead.
Was Member Of Old Pioneer Family And Lived At New Sale In Youth.
Built Many Buildings In Community; Funeral Services Held Here Monday.

Winfield Scott Bale, one-time resident of the old village of New Salem and a resident of Petersburg for many years, died at his home here Saturday morning, January 21 at the age of seventy-nine years, two months and nineteen days. Mr. Bale was taken ill a few days preceding his death, having suffered a paralytic stroke on Tuesday, January 17. Soon after he was stricken, he lapsed into unconsciousness, and died without regaining his faculties.

Mrs. Bale was born November 2, 1848 in Mason county, the son of Jacob and America Ann Trent Bale, and came to the village of New Salem with his parents while yet a small boy. He grew to young manhood at New Salem and was united in marriage on August 5, 1875 to Miss Anna Snape of Petersburg. To this union were born three children, who, with their mother survive. They are Mrs. Ernestine Corson of Pekin, Mrs. Emma Welsch of Springfield and Robert Bale of Chicago.

Immediately following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bale came to this city to live, and he made this his home throughout the remainder of his life. He was one of the oldest citizens of the city at the time of his death.

Mr. Bale was a brick mason and a number of buildings in this community stand as monuments to his memory. In 1892, he drew the plans made brick in his own plant, an built the school house at Hickory Grove. The school house at Old Salem was built by him, and he laid the northeast cornerstone of the Harris Opera House. The present St. Pauls church was built by him, and one of the last buildings that he ever built was the present postoffice building. He served the city at one time as chief of police and discharged the duties of his office with credit to himself and the city.

Mr. Bale remembered Lincoln and a number of the settlers in the old town of New Salem, and especially did he remember Mentor Graham and the fact that the teacher was entertained many times in the Bale home. Mr. Bale attended school at New Salem when Mentor Graham was teacher.

Mr. Bale is survived by his widow, the three children named above, seven grand-children, one brother, J. H. Bale and a sister, Louisa Bale, both of this city, and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held from the residence in this city at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, January 23, Rev. W. M. Groves officiating, and burial was in Oakland cemetery.


Petersburg Observer Dec. 6, 1912

Death of Daniel Norris. Daniel I. Norris was born Feb. 2, 1857, died Nov. 27, 1912 at the age of 55 years 11 months 3 weeks and 3 days. He was married to Martha Ann Kinney June 14, 1876. To this union was born 3 children Bert Norris, of Pekin, Ill., Mrs. Josephine Meads of Petersburg, Ill., Dennis Norris of Mason City, Ill. After her death her he was married to Elizabeth Meads of Petersburg; who still survives him. All of whom mourn their sad loss. The funeral was conducted by Rev. H. S. Morrill.

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