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Unknown Newspaper, July 23, 1936


Mrs. Lucy Taylor, widow of the late Luther E. Taylor, died at her home west of Riggston at 2:30 Thursday morning.

Decedant was born October 5, 1868, the daughter of Joseph and Susan Campbell. Mr. Taylor and a daughter, Edna, preceded her in death.

The following children survive; Norman and Mabel Taylor and Mrs. Mildred Slagle. There are four grandchildren, Wayne Beihl, Byron and Joe Taylor, and Clarence Wayne Slagle. Three sisters, Mrs. Molly Morrison of Concord, Mrs. Lizzie Meier of Massachusetts, and Mrs. Lois Morris or Merritt, survive, with a brother, Norman.

Mr. Taylor was a member of the Riggston M. E. church where the funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with burial in the Gillham cemetery.

Transcribed by: Bertha Emmett


[Unknown newspaper - 1933]

James Edward Gillham, eldest son of Judge William A. and Rebecca Waits Gillham, was born April 24, 1863, in the Riggston neighborhood, four miles north of Winchester, Scott County, Illinois, and departed this life November 17, 1933, at his home in Winchester. He received his early education at Seminary school and resided in the Riggston community and adjacent neighborhoods until removing to Winchester seven years ago.

On April 26, 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Emilie Jones of Lynnville. He was preceded in death by his wife on April 15, 1916. To them were born seven children, Maude A., Paul E., Harold L., Lawrence J., Ralph W., Rebecca Gillham Lakamp, Marjorie M., all of whom, with one grandchild, Emilie Ann Lakamp, survive.

His surviving brothers and sisters are Miss Martha Gillham of Jacksonville, Jesse L., of Manchester, John W. of Winchester, and Mrs. J. B. Gordon of Seattle, Washington.

Early in life he affiliated with the Lynnville Christian church and was a member of the Modern Woodman Lodge. He followed the occupation of farming all his life until moving to Winchester.

His death occurred very unexpectedly, and comes as a shock to his many friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were conducted from the Winchester Christian church Sunday, November 9th at two o'clock.



Largely attended funeral services for James E. Gillham, well known Scott county resident, were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Winchester Christian church, Rev. J. H. Camp officiating. The church auditorium and adjoining rooms were filled with relatives and friends, a number of whom came from a distance.

Two songs were sung by Samuel Smith, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Jesus Saviour Pilot Me." Miss Ethel McClure was at the organ.

The many floral tributes were cared for by Dorothy Westover, Lulu Jones, Virginia Crum, Eunice Gillham, Martha Jones and Ilene Coultas.

Interment was made in the Gillham cemetery north of Winchester, the casket bearers being Robert Allan, John Green, C. W. Richardson, Frank Ruark, William Turney, Samuel Wild, Dr. Lieb and Roy Coultas.

Transcribed by: Bertha Emmett


Unknown Newspaper - 1906


The funeral of J. F. Richardson was held on Thursday afternoon at the M. E. church in Riggston and was largely attended by his neighbors and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. Joseph Camp, assisted by Rev. Miller, and J. L. Wylder. The attendance was so large that on t onehalf of the people were able to get into the church. After the services at the church the body was interred in the Gillham cemetery. The Knights of Pythias had charge of this service which was beautiful and impressive. The floral offerings were many and the casket was covered with them.

Mr. Richardson was a man of sterling qualities and widely known, having been engaged in business at Riggston for many years. He was universally liked and respected. He was a member of Saladin Lodge No. 48 of the city, having been charged a Knight 14 years ago. He will be missed from the community by all.

Transcribed by: Bertha Emmett


Unknown Newspaper - 1923

Mrs. Nancy J. Clark died at 3 o'clock Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, at her home, one miles west of Merritt. She was born at Campbellsville, Ky, March 31, 1840, the daughter of William and Rachael Bailey Eades. She was thrice married, first to Joseph Peters in 1858. In April, 1885, she was married to Albert G. Robinson, and in 1895, she married Francis A. Clark. She is survived by two sons, J. N. Peters, Jacksonville; W. H. Robinson, of Merritt, and one daughter, Mrs. Harriett Crabb of Jacksonville. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Rachael De Witt of Mt. Sterling, and one half-sister, Mrs. Louise Crabb, of Rhea, Okla. Mrs. Clark is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Mrs. Clark was a member of the Baptist church.



Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy J. Clark were held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the residence one and a quarter miles west of Merritt, in charge of the Rev. G. T. Wetzel. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Al Morris, Mrs. George Hardwick, Mrs. Elmer McCullough, with Mrs. Howard McCullough at the piano.

Flowers were cared for by Miss Catherine Morris, and the Misses Mabel and Mildred Taylor. The pallbearers were: Frank Rockwood, Louis Korty, Stephen Harvey, A. L. Morris, Oda Owens and George Berry.

Interment took place in Gillham cemetery.

Transcribed by: Bertha Emmett


[Unknown newspaper - 1940]

Martha Gertrude Gillham born on May 23, 1861, and departed this life September 24, 1940.

She was the daughter of William A. and Rebecca Waits Gillham. She was born on the original Gillham farm, three and one-half miles north-east of Winchester, now owned by Mrs. Hattie McCullough Gibbs.

She received her education in the rural schools and later attended Hamilton College in Lexington, Kentucky, also the Female Academy in Jacksonville.

At an early age she united with the Christian church at Lynnville, but later changed her membership to the Central Christian church in Jacksonville.

Most of her life was spent at home, and during that time she taught music to the young population in the surrounding community.

Miss Gillham is survived by a brother, John W. Winchester, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. J. B. Gordon of Seattle, Washington. Those who preceded her in death were James Edward, Jesse L., William W., and two sisters, Carrie and Nancy, who died while in infancy.

Surviving also are twelve nieces and nephews, and seven grand nieces and nephews.

The last few years of her life, she made her home with her brother, John W. While there she took an active part in the Ladies' Aid of Riggston M. E. church. In that organization she found much enjoyment and made many steadfast friends.

Services were conducted from the Gillham Funeral Home, Jacksonville, yesterday, (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock, with Dr. M. L. Pontius officiating.

Interment was made in the Gillham cemetery three miles north of Winchester.

She will be missed greatly by her many friends and relatives.

Submitted by: Bertha Emmett

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