Newspaper Unknown - December 24, 1939

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Nichols, 78, who died Sunday morning at her home near Tice, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian church of Greenview. Rev. O. J. Dahl, Springfield officiating. Interment was made in Elmwood cemetery at that place.

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Newspaper Unknown, 1914

Mrs. Amanda Workman was born in Morgan County, Illinois, July 23, 1834 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Baum, near Tice, April 19, 1914 at the age of 79 years 8 months and 26 days.

She is survived by her husband who is 87 years old, one son, two daughters, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, who mourn her loss.

Mr. & Mrs. Workman walked life's pathway together for 62 years.

She was the mother of eight children, five of whom passed on before.

In her youth the deceased united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, later on because of nearness she united with the Dan____? Church and spent many years in friendship and service with them.

The last few years she and her husband have lived with their daughter Mrs. Henry Baum.

The deceased in her last illness gave evidence of her faith in Jesus. He whom she faithfully served in life and was most precious in her last hours.

A large number of friends were at the funeral.

Rev. Henry Love conducted the funeral services. The interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

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Athens Free Press, March 17, 1905

Mrs. Mary Wertz died of consumption at the home of her son, Theodore Wertz Wednesday aged 63 years 8 montts [error in newspaper] 12 days. She is survived by her husband who has employment in Indiana, and children as follows: Theodore of Athens, Will and Frank of Yates city; Edward of Bartonville, and Alvy of Pekin; also one married daughter and one single daughter, residing in Pekin. Funeral services at the residence Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. D. G. Carson officiating. Interment in the West cemetery.

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Athens Free Press

Death of John Borough

John Borough, an old and respected citizen of this place died at 6.12 o'clock Wednesday at the family residence.

He was born in Berkley country, West Virginia, and came here in 1873.

He is survived by six children, James, Will, Harry and George Borough; Miss Ann Borough and Mrs. James McQuint; two brothers, Pierce and Morgan Borough and four sisters, Mrs. Smith Hughes, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Eugene Holland, all residing in Athens and Mrs. Joe Bloomer of Washington. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Christian church, Rev. C.F. McKown and Elder G.J. Ellis officiating. Burial in the West cemetery.

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Athens Free Press


Mrs. Edward R. Branson's Sweet Spirit Released From The Tired Body Last Friday.

Died, at Albequerque, New Mexico. Friday morning, May 19, 1911. Mrs. Alma S. Branson, aged 30years, 3 months and 16 days.

Alma Schneider, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Schneider, was born in Georgetown, Indiana, February 3, 1881, but came with her parents to Athens, Illinois, when two years of age, where she grew to womanhood and continued to reside there until November 24, 1909, when she was united in marriage with Mr. Edward R. Branson, of Petersburg. Soon after their marriage they took up their residence in Springfield, where they made their home until about one week before the death of the wife, when they departed for Albuquerque, New Mexico, hoping that a change of climate would be beneficial to her health. The change seemed to revive her for a few days, but she soon began to grow weaker and all that medical aid and loving kindred could do availed nothing, and the spirit left the wasted and tired body, Friday morning, May 19, 1911.

In 1907 she united with the Christian church in which she was a most earnest and faithful member, for 12 years secretary of the Sunday school, and for 5 years organist in the Sunday school and church. She was gifted with splendid musical talent which had been well developed. She taught music for about five years, both in Athens and Petersburg, and at the same time studied under Prof. J. B. Barnaby, of Springfield. She was leader of the Presbyterian church choir in Petersburg for nearly one year before her marriage, and had sung for the Second Presbyterian congregation on several occasions.

She was the very soul of refinement and her presence breathed humility and purity; meek, patient and cheerful, her sunny disposition was an inspiration to all.

Mrs. Branson leaves to mourn her early departure, an aged mother, a kind and devoted husband, a little daughter, Janet Virginia, aged four months, two brothers, Edgar of St. Louis, Mo., and Everett of Athens, and a multitude of friends.

Funeral services were held at 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon at the home of the mother, Rebecca Schneider in Athens, conducted by Elder William Melvin _roves of Petersburg, assisted by Rev. Mr. Marsilje of the Presbyterian church, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest beside her father in the West cemetery.

A large number of friends attended the funeral from this city, filling an entire coach on the C., P. & St. Louis train, going and coming.

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Athens Free Press, June 2, 1911

Killed at Chicago

Edward Paul, of Kansas, was killed at Chicago on Wednesday of last week by being run down by an automobile. He was a brother of Frank Paul, living north-west of town, and was brought here on Saturday and buried at the West cemetery. Short services were held at the cemetery.

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Newspaper Unknown - March 25, 1938


Lillian Fisher of 518 West Herndon street, Springfield, daughter of the late Edward and "Sally" Fisher, died at Springfield hospital at 10 o'clock Monday night, following a prolonged illness. Deceased was born in Athens.

She was a member of the Elliott Avenue Baptist Church, Springfield. Besides her mother, she is survived by two brothers, Dale and Floyd, all of Springfield.

Funeral services were held from the Elliott Avenue Baptist Church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Webber, officiating. Interment was made in the West cemetery.

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Newspaper Unknown - 1918

Mrs. Alfred Paul died at her home one mile north of Sherman, Saturday evening, December 14, 1918, at 6 o'clock of pneumonia following an attack of influenza, aged 25 years, 2 months and 1 day.

Hazel V. Cline, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Albert H. Cline of this city was born in Athens, October 6, 1893. She attended the city schools and graduated from the Athens High School. She was well known and held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends.

She was united in marriage to Alfred Paul in June 1912. They resided near this city for some time and later moved to Sherman where they have since resided. The family of Mr. Paul had all been suffering from influenza and are not yet fully recovered. The death of the mother comes as a very sad blow to the husband, children and friends.

She is survived by her husband, three children, Maurine, Eldred and A.J., her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Albert H. Cline, three sisters, Mildred, Madeline and Lucy, and one brother, Charles and a large number of friends.

The remains were brought to this city and taken to her parents where funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 16, at 2 o'clock. Rev. C. F. M'Kown officiating.

Interment was made in West cemetery.

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Newspaper Unknown - March 23, 1938

Clark Boy, Petersburg
Killed By Train

A very sad accident occurred at Petersburg about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, when Wayne Edward, 8 year old son of Harry and Florence Clark was run down about four blocks north of the Petersburg station by the C. & I. M. No 7, southbound passenger train, in charge of conductor Blaven, and Pete Higgins as engineer, was killed.

The boy was walking heedlessly down the track and apparently did not hear the whistle. It is understood the child had defective hearing.

Coroner Moulton, Petersburg, held the inquest at 9 o'clock Thursday morning with the following jurymen: Foreman, John Geriets; Chas. Hinman, Rolla Knoles, Wm. Wasilewski, Henry Hinds and Jesse Pritchett. The jury exonerated the railroad company of all blame.

Evidence brought out at the inquest was that the boy was carried 75 feet down the track and dropped on the rail. The train ran over him and severed the head from his body. The family were former residents of this city.

As we go to press, funeral services are incomplete but it has been decided that burial will be made in the West cemetery at Athens.

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