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Benjamin Franklin Blackburn was born in Pennsylvania on the second day of March, 1821, and died at the family residence in Manchester, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1913, aged 92 years, 8 months and 24 days. He was the third child of Louis and Katherine Blackburn. He was the last surviving member of the family of five boys and three girls. His oldest brother James, died a few years ago at the age of 97 years. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Louisa Adams of Carrollton, Ill., March 20, 1856. To them were born seven children, George, Lilly Shemaker, deceased; Frank and Edward of Manchester; Mrs. Lucy Lucas of Brownville, Texas; Mrs. Mary Eastman of Elgin and Mrs. Emma Day of Alsey. The aged wife and six children are living. There are also fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Blackburn was converted on March 1, 1908, and received the ordinance of baptism on March 8, at the hands of his pastor, Rev. S. R. Reno, and united with the M. E. church, of which his wife had been a member for many years.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wm. Cross of Roodhouse at 2 o'clock p. m., Saturday, Nov. 29, in the M. E. church.

The choir was composed of Mrs. J. H. Langdon, Mrs Alice Walface, Morgan Story and Rev. H. D. Trickey.

The flower girls were four young grand-daughters of the deceased, Misses Ruth, and Mabel Blackburn, Ethel Shewmaker and Leta Day. Interment was made in the Manchester cemetery.

Those who attended the funeral from out of town were, Mrs. Henrietta Darr, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Darr and daughter, Chas. and Alva Darr and Wm. Adams, Carrollton; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Adams, Harry Adams, Kane; Mrs. John Moore and Miss Lucile Moore, White Hall; Mrs. Wesley Crabtree and Elmer Shewmaker of Roodhouse.

Mrs. Blackburn and family feel that they were wonderfully blessed by the presence of the nieces, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Curry, during the last two weeks of Mr. Blackburn's life. They were a constant source of comfort and help and cared for the invalid uncle with untiring zeal and lightened the cares and grief of the aged aunt, with tenderness and love.

The kindness and help of neighbors during their days of trial has called forth heartfelt thanks from, the family.

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A Man of Remarkable Characteristics.

Frank Blackburn, Sr, had he lived until March 2, 1914 would have been 93 years old. The remarkable span of life allotted to this man was due principally to the simple mode of living, and temperate habits formed in early life. He came of a family who were physically strong, hardy and long lived, and his active outdoor life made him stalwart and laid the foundation for a long and useful life. In a testimony from him, he made the statement that he never used tobacco in any form, never used intoxicating drinks, never entered a saloon, nor played a game of cards, nor even attended a dance. Not one in a thousand could truthfully make such a statement. When he was a child he came to Illinois and at the age of 18 years he was driving a stage coach between Jacksonville and Carrollton. For several years he was a familiar figure along the route, 74 years ago.

Then Manchester was not laid out and the inn and relay post was the one house here. That house is still standing and is owned and occupied by Mrs. Belle Gidney in the south part of the village. The young man watched the town grow up, and grow old with him. He never lived far from this vicinity.

After his marriage he located for a few years in Carrollton then went to Murrayville for a time, eventually owning and living on the old Blackburn farm near Manchester. After age crept in and rendered him unfit for active work he moved into the village and for 12 years has been an interesting character, respected by all who knew him. Integrity, and good fellowship toward all were strong points in his character. In his home life it was the same, always considerate and courteous to his faithful companion.

At the age of 86 years he gave allegiance to the Master, ever regretting that he had lived so long a life without putting on Christ. The example of this life should be an inspiration to the youth of today.

(From AH:Manchester Cemetery Scott County, Illinois; Blackburn, Frank Benjamine 1821 1913)


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Frank Blackburn, Jr., son of Frank and Mary Louisa Blackburn was born in Carrollton, Ill., January 7, 1864. In childhood his parents moved to a farm southeast of Murrayville, Ill., where he attended the public school and grew to young manhood. When Frank was about 17 or 18 years of age the family moved to a farm within the village limits of Manchester, where the remainder of his life was spent. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Greenwalt Dec. 18, 1895. To this union one daughter Miss Mabel was born on April 2, 1902. As a citizen Frank was ever alert to the needs of his community and would spare no efforts at his command to advance any movement which would contribute to the community welfare. As a friend and neighbor he was ever ready not only to share the joys of life but to give sympathy and help to all about him when sorrow and trouble had befallen them. He was converted Feb. 23, 1908, at a revival held by Evangelist Billy Williams, and on March 22, 1908, was baptized by Rev. L. W. Hostetter, and united with the Manchester Baptist church, since which time he has ever tried to advance the cause of Christ on earth by regular attendance and attention to church work, being for a number of years a member of the Board of church Trustees. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, whose care and attention shown to him during his last illness testified of the esteem they held in him as a neighbor. He was a devoted husband and a loving father, a kind and generous friend to all who knew him, and the only consoling thought in this sad hour of bereavement is that our loss is his eternal gain. For in his last days of life, many times he was heard talking, in prayer with his Savior, and many times expressed to those about him his readiness and willingness to go to that Eternal Home, where there is no pain and suffering and the final summons came at 8:35 a. m. on Saturday, October 8, 1921. The deceased was the fourth child, of a family of seven children, three of whom have preceded him in death, namely, George, Lillie, wife of Henry Shoemaker and Lucy, wife of Dr. G. N. Lucas. He leaves to mourn his departure beside the wife and daughter, two sisters, Mary, wife of Charles Eastman of Elgin, Ill.; Emma, wife of W. G. Day of near Manchester, Ill.; one brother Edward of Elgin, Ill. who feel in this sad hour that they have lost their most worthy and dependable advisor and counselor.

The funeral services were in charge of Rev. N. Antrobus, the flower bearers were Misses Ruth Blackburn, Leta Day, Nellie Duncan, Mrs. Lonnie Day, Mrs. Frank Day and Mrs. William Bacon, all nieces of the deceased. The pall bearers were C. W. Simmons, Carl Brown, C. E. Thady, Geo. M. Hayes, Chas. Wood and Clayton Hudson.

(MANCHESTER CEMETERY, Scott County, Illinois: BLACKBURN, Frank 1864 - 1921)


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Died: At the home of her parents, near Manchester, on Monday, September 20, at 3 a. m., Alta May, daughter of Frank C. and Ida May Boston, age 15 years, 2 months and 20 days. The deceased was born near Roodhouse, June 29, 1900, and was the seventh and youngest daughter of the family. Alta had been a Sunday school scholar since old enough to attend and her sweet womanly disposition endeared her to both young and old. Her quaint little sayings and especially the songs, such as "I'll be a Sunbeam for Jesus," will be held in memory by those who knew her best. She bore the excruciating pains of her last illness with great patience. While she had made no outward profession of her faith her relatives, together with the nurse who attended her so faithfully, feel assured that she is safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on his gentle breast. She leaves besides her father and mother, three brothers, four sisters and other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her early departure.

The funeral was held from the Barrow Baptist church on Wednesday, September 22, at 10 a. m., Elder William Gaither officiating. Interment in the Manchester cemetery.


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Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar Boston were largely attended at the Christian church in Manchester at 1 o'clock last Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. M. L. Pontius of Jacksonville.

Music was furnished by a quartet comprising Mrs. J. H. Langdon, Mrs. J. C. Andras, Mrs. Wm. Arendell and C. L. Leitze, with Miss Louise Pearce at the piano.

Many beautiful floral offerings were cared for by Mrs. George Cooper, Mrs. Ernest Cooper, Mrs. J. F. Gillham, Mrs. Emery Fundy, Mrs. Nellie Roe and Miss Florence McMahan.

The pall bearers were S. A. Passage, Kenneth Ford, W. F. Ellington, J. F. Gillham, J. C. Robinson and George McMahan. Interment was in Manchester cemetery.


Mrs. Oscar Boston, a well known and lifelong resident of Manchester and vicinity, passed away at her home one and a half miles southwest of Manchester, at eight o'clock Wednesday evening Nov. 2, 1927, following an illness of several weeks.

Josephine May Akers Boston was born Nov. 14, 1885, a daughter of Stephen E. and Maria Curtis Akers. She was born on the homestead where she lived all her life.

She was united in marriage Nov. 27, 1907, to Oscar B. Boston who survives with their two children Margaret and Floyd Boston. She also leaves two brothers, John C. Akers living a short distance northwest of Roodhouse, and Robert Akers of Riverton, Neb. One sister Mrs. Ruth Spencer preceded her in death six years ago. She was a member of the Manchester Christian church, and highly esteemed by all who knew her.


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Lola Estella Cain was born in Morgan county, Ill., June 19th, 1893, three miles south east of Manchester. She was the eldest daughter of E. H. and Daisy Bell Cain. She had spent her entire life in this neighborhood, except a few years the family lived in Montgomery county, Ill.

February 15th 1911, she was united in marriage to Alden I. Johnson. To this union were born three children namely: Lloyd Ellis aged 7, Grace Alene aged 5, and Lyndal Louise aged 2 years. Stella, as she was usually called was of a loving, quiet and affectionate disposition, a good wife, a loving mother, and kind friend to one and all alike.

At the age of 14 years she was born into the kingdom of God and was baptised into the fellowship of the East Union church, and remained a true and faithful member until called home to be with her Savior beyond the valley of the shadow of death.

She departed this life on Friday morning, December 27th 1918, at 2 o'clock, aged 25 years, 6 months and 8 days. With a clear mind and pure heart, she made all the arrangements for her funeral. She remained conscious to the very last, and talked to the husband and children, relatives and friends who were with her at that time. She leaves to mourn, but not as those that have no hope, a husband, 3 darling children, father, one sister Mrs. Carl Brown; a step mother, 2 half brothers, George and Woodrow Cain; one step brother, Oran Alred; two step sisters, Loring, wife of Frank Clinard, and Bernice, wife of Dorsey McPherson; besides almost innumerable warm friends both old and young. Her mother, one brother and half brother have preceded her in death. It can be truthfully said of Stella that she was of a meek and quiet spirit which in the sight of God is of great price. The church has lost another member, and the entire community has lost a kind and loving neighbor. But our loss is her eternal gain.

Surviving is also Mr. Johnson's mother Mrs. Addie Johnson who made her home with them.

The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. N. M. Antrobus at 11 a. m. Sunday, December 29th.

The flowers were in charge of Misses Ollie and Wilma Walker, Mary and Ada Cummings. The choir consisted of Mrs. Glen Funk, Misses Lucile Antrobus, Nellie Smith, Ada Matthews, M. W. Story, Harry Gilmore, and Miss Louise Pearce pianist.

The pall bearers were Frank Clinard, Mayo and Roy McPherson, Earl Spencer, Carl Brown and Dorsey McPherson, all relatives of the deceased. Interment was in the New, cemetery.

Oh, there is many a lovely picture,
On memory's silent wall;
There is many a cherished image,
That I tenderly recall.
The sweet home of my childhood,
With its singing brooks and birds,
The friends who grew beside me,
With their loving looks and words.
The flowers that decked the wildwood,
The roses fresh and sweet,
The blue bells and the daisies,
That blossomed at my feet.
All, all are very precious,
And often come to me,
Like breezes from a better land,
Beyond life's troubled sea.
But the sweetest, dearest picture
That memory can create
Is the image of my mother,
My mother at the gate.
But she has crossed the river,
She is with the angels now,
She has laid aside earth's crosses,
And the crown is on her brow.
She is clothed in clean white linen,
And she walks the streets of Gold.
Oh, loved one safe forever
Within the Savior's fold.
No sorrowing thought can reach thee
No grief is thine today.
God gave thee joy for mourning,
Thy tears are wiped away.
They are waiting in that City
Where the saints and angels wait;
And I'll know thee, dearest Mother
When I reach the pearly gate.


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Hannah M. Chapman, who before marriage was Hannah M. Mitchell, was born in South Clifton Nottinghamshire, England, January 29, 1853. Her mother died when she was 10 years old.

When 13 years old Mrs. Chapman came to Carrollton, Ill., with her father, sister and younger brother. Her father died when she was 16 years old, and from that time until her marriage she lived with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hinton of near Carrollton, Ill.

On October 14, 1872, she was united in marriage with William D. Chapman, and they immediately moved to a farm near Roodhouse, Ill., where they lived for two years, moving from there to a farm three miles east of Manchester, Ill., which they bought and lived there until 1897, when they purchased and moved to the home in which they lived at the time of the death of Mr. Chapman, and the one in which Mrs. Chapman died.

To this union eight children were born, two of whom together with her husband, preceded her to the great beyond. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Chapman with her daughter Miss Lennie, and her youngest son, Edward Clyde, both of whom are single and were residing at home at the time of the death of their father, and continued to reside in the old home, Clyde looking after the farming interest, and Miss Lennie looking after domestic affairs and caring for her mother. Mrs. Chapman has been in declining health for some years. Through the time of her afflictions, she was patient and always, cheerful. When a mere child Mrs. Chapman professed her faith in a Christ, and united with the Episcopal church of which she remained a faithful member until 1906, at which time she united with the Christian church at Manchester, Ill. and remained a true and faithful member until the time of her death which occurred at her home Sunday morning October 27th, 1918, aged 65 years, 9 months and 7 days.

Her life was an open book. She was a true and faithful wife, a kind and loving mother, a thoughtful and considerate neighbor, possessed broad charitable disposition that was always manifest in all of her actions and much appreciated by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her departure four sons, Walter J. of Jerseyville, Ill., Robert W. living about two miles south of Manchester, Charles D. and Edward Clyde of Manchester, Ill.; also two daughters Mrs. Walter Rimbey and Miss Lennie Faye, both living near Manchester, Ill., and nine grand children; also a sister and brother, and a number of other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Edgar C. Lucas, pastor of the Christian church of White Hall.

The flower girls were Misses Hattie Lemon, Louise Pearce, Nellie Duncan, and Lennie Blevins.

The pall bearers were E. O. Hess, C. S. Heaton, Walter Scott, James Mellor, William Cockrell and William Duncan.

Those who attended the funeral from out of town were: Charles Mitchell of Earlham, Iowa; J. H. Mitchell, Rockbridge; George, and Jorbua Mitchell, Anna and Polly Mitchell and Mrs. Slone of Carrollton and Thomas Dodson and wife of Carrollton.


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Three Manchester Men Killed When Truck Hits Fast Passenger Train

Manchester, March 17—Ralph Curtis and Vincent Gidney were instantly killed and Henry Harris died a few minutes after the truck in which they were riding collided with a fast southbound Chicago & Alton train near here this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The accident occurred on the Lemon crossing about two miles north of Manchester. All of the victims of the accident were residents of Manchester.

There were no witnesses to the accident but it is thought that the noise of the motor in the truck drowned out the sound of the approaching train, which was said to have been traveling 50 miles an hour.

The truck was loaded with baled hay apparently struck the side of the pilot of the railroad engine and parts of it were thrown against one of the coaches near the front of the long string of cars since the side of the coach was damaged.

Conduct Inquest.

An inquest was conducted at Manchester tonight and found that death was accidental. The inquiry was held by Coroner William E. Coultas and John R. King, foreman; L. C. Funk, clerk; Irvin Day, Melvin Simmons, Albert Lemon and Charles Dean were jurors.

Five witnesses testified before the inquisitorial body, H. I. Day, engineer; R. H. Filson, conductor and B. F. Moore, fireman of train number 11, California limited and Charles Brown and A. R. Greenwalt, farmers who were sowing oats in a field about a quarter of a mile away. None of the men saw the accident.

The trainmen testified that they did not know of the tragedy until they felt the engine quiver from the impact of the truck and saw debris flying thru the air. They immediately brought the train to a halt and after ascertaining that the three men were killed went to Roodhouse where they were relieved. The bodies of the men were placed on the local passenger train which arrived from the north about an hour afterward and the remains of Harris were taken to Roodhouse and those of Curtis and Gidney to White Hall.

Saw Train Approaching.

Brown and Greenwalt, said they saw the train coming and also saw the moving truck traveling eastward but did not see the accident. By the time they arrived at the scene of the tragic happening, motorists had gathered since the crossing is near the hard road.

The chassis and engine were thrown 100 feet and the cab in which the three men were riding, the cushions, wheels and hay were scattered along the tracks for two hundred yards. The bodies of Gidney and Curtis were horribly mangled, their death being instantaneous. Harris not so badly crushed breathed a short time after the mishap.

The men were hauling hay for Mr. Curtis. Harris and Gidney had been employed by Mr. Curtis and it was Mr. Harris' truck that was being used.

Born in Scott.

Mr. Curtis was born August 28, 1875, a son of Cal and Ella McCracken Curtis, west of Manchester and has spent his entire lifetime in the Manchester community. He was married to Miss Frances McConnel on March 12, 1907.

He is survived by his widow, mother and two brothers, Roy, Alsey; James, Modesto and three sisters, Mrs. William Henderson, Roodhouse; Mrs Walter Scott, Winchester; Mrs. Otis Cooper, California.

For many years. Mr. Curtis had been engaged in farming and was considered a successful business man. He was a member of the Methodist church and of the Manchester Masonic lodge.

Vincent Gidney was born August 6, 1902 in Manchester and had spent his entire lifetime there. He was the son of John and Bell King Gidney. Besides his mother he leaves a grandmother, Mrs. Susan King. 96, one brother, Harry Gidney and two sisters, Miss Pearl Gidney, Jacksonville and Mrs. Mildred Alred, Beardstown.

Henry Harris was born January 13, 1894 in Scranton, Kansas, a son of Dawes and Mary Ann Harris. He had been a resident of Manchester about eight years. Seven years ago he was united in marriage with Lucile Hardy, and she and one small daughter, Hazel survive. He also leaves two brothers Grover, Scranton, Kansas and John, Waukee, Iowa and one sister, Mrs. Orville Cowan, Scranton.

No funeral arrangements have been made.


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Arthur Dean, son of Robert and Elizabeth Dunbevan Dean, was the youngest child of twenty-two children. He was born in Chelshire, England, January 13, 1850, and passed quietly away at the home of his daughter in Murrayville, Ill., Nov. 30, 1921. He came to this country with his parents and three sisters, viz: Mary, wife of John Coultas of Riggston; Elizabeth, wife of William Richardson also of Riggston; Martha, wife of Joseph Dickinson, Lynnville; and five brothers: William, Robert, Charles, Samuel and Thomas, all preceding him in death. He was only three years old when they landed in Naples, Ill., in August 1853. They moved from there to a farm 3 1/2 miles east of Winchester, called the Hockenhull place. In the spring of 1866 they moved to the home place north of Manchester where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of the last month, as he was taken ill at the home of his daughter Mrs. Alfred Lamb in Murrayville and was never able to leave there.

He was married to Amelia Hartung of Germany. March 31, 1875. She preceded him in death August 15, 1905. To this union were born four children: Mrs. Alfred Lamb of Murrayville; William Dean, Manchester; Mrs. Otis Hamilton, Winchester, and Thomas Dean, Roodhouse. He was converted in a meeting held by Revs. Eli Mott and Edward Antrobus, was baptized and joined West Union church April 7, 1895. He was a deacon of that church for several years, a faithful member and ever ready to serve his God.

Mr. Dean was a constant Bible reader and enjoyed greatly to talk on religious subjects. He was a good father, brother and neighbor, and will be sadly missed.

He leaves to mourn his death four children, and six grand-children; Dean and Lafayette Lamb, Mrs. Guy Smith, Amelia Hamilton, Lois and Eugene Dean, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral was very largely attended, conducted from the Baptist church Friday afternoon by Rev. J. O. Raines of White Hall assisted by Rev. N. M. Antrobus of this place. The pall bearers were L. J. Maloney, John Thady, Fred Thady, James Copley, A. A. Cowgill and J. C. Robinson. Three grand-daughters, Mrs. Guy Smith, Miss Lois Dean and Miss Amelia Hamilton were in charge of the flowers. Music was furnished at the service by a quartet comprising Mrs. Teresa Langdon, Mrs. George Cooper, M. W. Story and E. L. Maine, with Mrs. E. E. Rousey at the piano.


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After seven months of failing health, Eugene Dean, son of William Dean, passed away at 7 o'clock Monday morning at his home in the West Union neighborhood, north of Manchester.

The boy had been in failing health since last February. In May he was at Our Saviour's hospital at Jacksonville for three weeks, where he underwent an operation for abscessed lungs. The operation did not restore his health, and he gradually grew weaker.

Eugene was born Nov. 9, 1908. He graduated from the Independence grade school with scholarship honors, but because of ill health could not go on to high school and take advantage of scholarship.

His mother preceded him in death five years ago.

Surviving are his father, step-mother, and one sister, Lois Dean.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Manchester Baptist church, with interment in the Manchester cemetery.

Manchester, Ill., Aug. 16-Largely attended funeral services were held for Eugene Dean at the Manchester Baptist church on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. J. O. Raines of White Hall. Music was furnished by a quartet including Mrs. J. C. Andras, Golden Rochester. Rev. C. L. Leetze and M. W. Story, with Miss Louise Pearce at the piano.

There was an abundance of beautiful flowers and these were cared for by Misses Madge Dean, Myra Dean, Aniela Hamilton, Lucille McCarty, Ruby Thady, Mary Reardon, Alma Lawson and Mrs. Amelia Smith.

The bearers were George Wilds, Sam Wilds, Earl Johnson, Dan Galloway, James McCarty and Leonard Robinson.

Interment took place in the Manchester cemetery.

(Cemetery marker has Born 1909 Died 1928)


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Death of Lois Dean

Miss Lois Dean, well known in this community, passed away at her home three miles northwest of Manchester Friday afternoon Dec. 15, 1933 at 2:45 o'clock, after an illness of several months. She was 31 years of age. Her condition recently becoming critical she was remove to the Passavant hospital, Jacksonville, returning to her home Wednesday of last week. She has a large circle of friends who will mourn her loss. She is survived by her father, William Dean, and her step-mother. She was a member and active worker of the West Union Baptist church.

Funeral services were held at the Manchester Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. W. R. Johnson of Roodhouse officiating. The hymns were sung by Miss Louise Pearce and Mrs. Theresa Langdon, with Miss Aline Johnson at the piano.

The flowers were in care of Mrs. Norman Kelly, Mrs. Edward Lawless, Misses Alta and Edna Lawless, Lucile McCarty, and Mrs. Fred Stringer.

The casket bearers were C. V. Voorhees, Fred McClure and John McClure of East St. Louis; H. M. Battershell of Roodhouse; Carter McClure of near Winchester, and Herbert McClure.

Interment was in the Manchester cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends attended from a distance.


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Death of Prominent Manchester Woman

Mrs. Sarah Margaret Funk, wife of L. C. Funk, lifelong resident of Manchester and community, passed away at 12:30 a. m. Wednesday, August 18, 1943, at the White Hall hospital where she had been a patient since December 1942 suffering with a heart ailment. She was the daughter of Fletcher F. and Elizabeth Ann Clark, and was born on a farm west of Manchester, November 1, 1871.

She was united in marriage with L. C. Funk August 10, 1892, who survives. To this union three children were born, all of whom survive: Glenn and Emory Funk of Manchester, and Stanley Funk of Springfield. She leaves also four grandchildren: Pvt. Morris Funk of Camp Crowder, Mo., Pvt. Floyd Funk, with the U. S. Marines at Kalamazoo, Mich., and Douglass and Kimbell Funk of Springfield; one brother E. C. Clark, west of Manchester, one sister, Mrs. Ada Cuddy of Roodhouse, and several nephews and nieces.

When a young woman Mrs. Funk attended Illinois Woman's College, Jacksonville, which is now MacMurray college. She was devoted to her home and family, a faithful member of the Manchester Methodist church, and a charter member of Manchester Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She will be greatly missed by many friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Manchester Methodist church, Rev. C. A Sullivan officiating. Burial will be made in Manchester cemetery.


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Gerald Wayne Hayes, eighteen month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hayes of Murrayville, died yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o clock at the Hayes home. Death was due to pneumonia which followed a severe case of scarlet fever.

Short funeral services will be held at the Manchester cemetery at one o'clock Saturday afternoon.


The 5-months infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hayes was stricken with obstruction of the bowels last Thursday and was in a very serious condition from the first. On Friday night the parents accompanied by Dr J. W. Weis took the babe to Jacksonville for an operation which was the only chance for saving its life, but the child was too weak and young to withstand the ordeal. It died about 10 o'clock that night. The remains were brought home Saturday and funeral services were held at the home 3 miles north of town Sunday, 1 p. m., conducted by Elder B. P, Johnson. The burial was made here.


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Paul Eugene, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Hayes of White Hall, died at the home of his parents on Israel street, at 5:30 a. m. Saturday, September 27th, 1924, after several days of suffering, with whooping cough, developing into a complication of other oilments, which were more than the strength of the patient little sufferer was able to endure.

All that medical skill and loving hands could do was resorted to in order that life be prolonged in the little body, but the Lord who said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me called and the child went to Him, at the age of eleven months and nine days. Paul Eugene is survived by his parents and two brothers, Charles Edwin and Marvin Lee.

"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

Mr. and Mrs. Hayes have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends as well as the entire community in this their sad hour of bereavement.

The funeral took place from the Tabernacle Baptist church of which Mr. and. Mrs. Hayes are members, Sunday, September 28th, at 2:30 p. m., conducted by the pastor Eld. Homer Evans, assisted by Elder J. O. Raines. The singing was by Charles Jones, Stanley Bradshaw, Mrs. Frank Hudson and Mrs. Merle Briscoe.

The pall bearers were Charles Jones, Roy Anthony, Frank Hudson and Frank Myers. The flowers were many and very beautifully arranged, the flower girls being Misses Gladys Anthony, Ruth Raines, Lavern Briscoe and Mary Briscoe. The body was taken to Manchester and was buried in the Hayes lot in the new cemetery.


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Remains of Ross Heaton Laid To Rest Sunday Afternoon—Obituary Facts--Other Manchester News.

Manchester, Jan. 19—Funeral services were held from the Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. A very large crowd attended. The services were in charge of Rev. W. K. Morgan, pastor of the church. Music was furnished by a quartet, including Mrs. J. H. Langdon, Miss Louise Pearce, C. L. Leitze and M. W. Story, with Mrs. Ethel Rousey at the piano. The flowers were cared for by Mesdames, R. C. Curtis, Herbert McConnell, Guy Brown and Miss Golden Rochester. The pallbearers, members of the Elks club of Jacksonville were H. A. Williamson, B. D. Cade, F. W. Brockhouse, G. A. Harry, H. Hoffman and Louis Piepenbring. Interment was made in the Manchester cemetery.

Ross Heaton, son of David and Ellen Ralston Heaton was born in Manchester, Sept. 24, 1876, and passed away in Jacksonville Ill., on Thursday evening January 15, 1925, after a very brief illness, death being due to acute indigestion.

He was one of a family of eight children. His father preceded him in death, also three sisters, Bernice and Olive dying in infancy and Grace, wife of J. W. Collins. He is survived by his aged mother, three brothers, Arthur of Moline, Ill., Horace of Arenzville, Ill., and Frank of Chicago, and one sister Mrs. E. A. Lashmet of Manchester. He attended the Manchester public schools and later engaged in farming with his father until the father's death when he assumed the management of the farm and successfully followed his chosen occupation until a year ago when he removed to Jacksonville where he has since resided, holding the position of night clerk at the New Douglas Hotel, at the time of his death.

He united with the Manchester Baptist church at the age of 10 or 12 years. He was also a member of the Elks lodge No. 682 of Jacksonville, Ill. Generous and liberal in his dealings, with a cheerful and genial disposition. Ross made friends of all with whom he came in contact who are grieved and shocked at his sudden death.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral of Ross Heaton Sunday were, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Heaton and son Max of Arenzville, Arthur Heaton of Moline, Frank Heaton of Chicago, and Heaton Collins of Table Grove, Ill, also quite a number from Jacksonville, White Hall, and Roodhouse.


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Funeral of Mrs. Howard.

Funeral services for Mrs. Terry Howard were held Thursday afternoon, in the Baptist church at 2:30 Rev. N. M. Antrobus officiating. Pall bearers were (unknown), Elmer Sooy, Charles Dean, John Dobson, William Rimbey and Henry Hudson. Those in charge of the many beautiful flowers were: Mrs. Elmer Sooy, Mrs. F. C. Lakin, Mrs. Charles Dean and Miss Golden Rochester. A quartet composed of Mrs. Theresa Langdon, Mrs. J. C. Andras, M. W. Story and Charles Leitze gave an impressive song service. Mrs. Howard was laid to rest in the new Manchester cemetery.

Among those attending the funeral of Mrs. Terry Howard here Thursday were: Mrs. Lewis Seymour of Franklin; Mrs. William Moore and Thomas Moore of Alsey; Howard Pope of Springfield; Mrs. Harry Craig of Woodson; Mrs. Harry Roe and Mrs. William Whitworth of Roodhouse; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooper of Roodhouse.

(MANCHESTER CEMETERY, Scott County, Illinois: HOWARD, Mary E. 1878 - 1924 Wife of Terry Howard)


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Langdon Funeral Services.

The funeral of the late John H. Langdon was held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Baptist church, the services being in charge of Rev. O. A. Carmean of White Hall and Rev. Fred Peek of Manchester.

It was one of the largest funerals ever held in Manchester, the church being inadequate to accommodate all who came. The deceased was one of the best known residents of the Manchester neighborhood and his death means a great loss to family and friends.

Music for the occasion was furnished by the Duncan sisters of White Hall. There was a great profusion of floral tributes and these were cared for by Mrs. J. C. Akers, Mrs. Meda Andras, Misses Emily McCraken C. D. Chapman, Mrs. E. E. Rousey and Mina Graenwalt

Interment was made in the Manchester cemetery, the bearers being F. C. Lakin. C. D. Chapman and James Preston.


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Owen McCarty, the subject of this sketch, was born in the city of Cork, Ireland, January 12th, 1831 and died at his home in Manchester, Ill., May 28th, 1915, at 7 a. m. aged 84 years, 4 months and 10 days. He came to America when about 15 years of age, landing in New York City, remaining there about five years in the employ of Peter Henderson a florist.

On leaving there he went to St. Louis, by way of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, later came to Manchester where he worked for Isaac and James Coultas and Maj. Young on the farm, moving from there to the community just north of Manchester, working on a farm for Robert McCracken for several years. July 19th, 1862, he was married to Miss Malinda Arendell, the ceremony being performed by A. H. Heaton, a justice of the peace. They went to housekeeping on what is known as the Whitehead farm north of town, where they lived about two years, moving from there to the place which was to become their permanent home, and where a son, J. M. McCarty now lives. It was on this farm that he and his companion saw the country change from a barren wilderness to one of order and thrift. They were plain, honest and industrious people, and by their labor and close attention to the business of the farm they gained for themselves quite a large share of this world's treasures. His wife died December 10th, 1910, and since that time he has often appeared sad and lonely, and as the passing years left their burdens upon him his health gradually failed and he was more than glad to meet the end when it came.

To this union six children were born, viz: John. 0, Thomas E, Robert A., James M., Margaret E., Mrs. Edward O'Donnell, all of which survive him except Margaret E., who died when about two years of age. There are fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. McCarty was converted about fourteen years ago and was baptised by Rev. N. M. Antrobus and united with the West Union Baptist church. The funeral was held at the Baptist church at this place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by. Rev. W. S. Clark, assisted by Rev. N. M. Antrobus.


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Mary Florence Greenwalt, daughter of Henry and N. J. Greenwalt was born near Manchester, Illinois, April 8, 1858. Here she grew to womanhood, receiving her education in the public schools. She was converted and joined the East Union Baptist church when eighteen years of age. In later years she moved her membership to the Baptist church of Manchester where she remained a faithful member until failing health made it impossible for her to attend services.

She was united in marriage to John Scott of Manchester, Ill., Sept. 11, 1879. To this union one son Walter was born, who resides near the home place. Her entire life has been lived in the community where after several years of suffering she passed quietly away to her reward May 10, at 4:10 a. m. 1921. In her home she was all that a faithful wife and mother could be. She was not only a mother to her own, but was a mother to the motherless, a friend to the friendless, always anxious to lend a helping hand to all in need, and be of service to those about her.

Throughout the long duration of her affliction she was never known to murmur or complain, but bore her suffering with that hope and courage which betokens a christian life. To know her was to love her, and those who knew her best loved her most. She leaves to mourn her loss: her devoted husband, Walter H., her son, three sisters, Katie, wife of James Smith, Laura, wife of Wm. Duncan, Anna, wife of Frank Blackburn. One brother, William, aged 6 months and one sister, aged 2 years preceded her in death. Also six grandchildren, Stanley C., Ella Florence, Helen Freda, Grace Irene, Walter Truman and Roy Hampton Scott, besides a host of relatives and friends.

Thou art gone our precious loved one
Never more canst thou return,
Thou must sleep a peaceful slumber
Till the resurrection morn.
There we'll meet to part no never
By and by, by and by,
There we'll meet to part no never

In that land beyond the sky.

Funeral of Mrs. Scott.

Funeral services for the late Mrs. John Scott were held at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Baptist church by Rev. Henry Dixon, and were attended by a large number of friends and relatives of the deceased. Music was furnished by Mrs. George Cooper, Mrs. William Arendell, Mrs. E. O. Hess, W. M. Story and E. L. Maine, with Miss Louise Pearce at the piano.

There was a great profusion of floral tributes and these were in charge of Mrs. James Mellor, Mrs. Mary Chapman, Mrs. Ethel Rousey, Misses Lennie Chapman, Lena Hayes and May Greenwalt. Interment was made in the Manchester cemetery, the bearers being William McPherson, James Mellor, William Arendell, Albert Lemon, John VanCleve and Clyde Chapman.


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Lee Spencer was born in Morgan County Ill., April 8th, 1854, departed this life May 27th, 1916. He was the son of Major and Nancy Spencer. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Moore Feburary 26th, 1874. To this union was born one son Bert, who with the mother is left, with a large number of relatives and a host of friends. Deceased was born again in the year 1874 and was baptised in the fellowship of the Richwoods Baptist church and has lived nearly all his life in this and surrounding community. He enjoyed a large circle of acquaintances who esteemed him as a friend as he moved among them in a business relation which he has conducted for a number of years. Funeral was conducted at the Baptist church at Manchester, by Rev. N. M. Antrobus and assisted by Rev. Mark White, pastor of the M. E. church, after which the body was laid to rest in the Manchester cemetery, followed by a large number of relatives and friends. The floral offering was beautiful and in abundance.

Paul bearers were C. D. Chapman, Jas, F. Travis, W. F. Rimbey, A. B. Rochester, Herbert McConnell and G. D. Barnes.


We wish to extend to our neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and at the death of our husband and father.

Mrs. Mary Spencer,
Bert L. Spencer.


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Mrs. John Turney.

Emma Kelley, eldest daughter of James and Sarah Kelley, was born Sept. 19, 1874, near Winchester, Scott county, Illinois, and, died at her home near Manchester, Ill., Sept. 11, 1913, aged 39 years, 11 months and 23 days.

She was married to John Turney, March 9, 1894. To this union were born two children, one daughter and one son, namely' Macel and William, both of whom live at the home near Manchester. She spent the greater part of her life in the vicinity of Winchester, Ill., where she was born. At the age of seventeen years she was converted to Christ and united with the Christian church of Winchester, Ill., and remained a true christan to the end. She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving sister and a patient, enduring mother. Her life was marked with activity and usefulness. She had been failing in health for several months, and the last few weeks was confined to her bed most of the time, and at last was relieved of her sufferings by the "angel of death". Besides her husband and two children she leaves to mourn her loss one brother, Warren Kelley, of Winchester, Ill., and two sisters namely, Mrs. Lottie Richardson of Canton, Ill., and Mrs. Cora Glendenning of Fort Collins, Colo., and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the Christian church in Manchester, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14, 1913, at 2:00 o'clock, J. A. Clemens of Roodhouse officiating and interment in Manchester cemetery.

(Cemetery marker says born 19 Sep 1873 and if she was 39y 11m and 23d, 1873 would be correct.)


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Death of Well Known Scott County Resident Came Early Wednesday Morning---Other News fron Manchester

MANCHESTER, March 21.- - Fred O. Van Tuyle, a well known resident of Scott county, passed away at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home two miles south of Manchester. Mr. Van Tuyle had been ill for a week or more, having undergone an operation a number of days ago, and death was due to heart failure.

The deceased was born in Scott county, the son of Robert and Martha A. Van Tuyle. He was at the time of his death aged 62 years, 10 months and 29 days.

Surviving are his widow and one son, Robert Van Tpyle and his aged mother, now residing in Roodhouse. He also leaves one sister and one brother, Miss Lottie Van Tuyle and Edward Van Tuyle of Roodhouse. He was preceded in death by his father and one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Suttles. The latter left three children, Freddie, Della and Frances Suttles, who have been cared for at the home of their grandparents. There are also three other grandchildren surviving.

Mr. Van Tuyle was one the most substantial farmers of the Manchester community and belonged to one of the old time families of Scott county.

The funeral will be held from the residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, and burial will be made in Manchester cemetery.

MANCHESTER CEMETERY, Scott County, Illinois: VANTUYLE, Frederick O. 1860 - 1923 (No Names - only large stone)


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Death Record.


Mr. John Brown died Saturday night in the state hospital at Jacksonville, at the advanced age of 84 years. Mr. Brown was born in Ohio, but had spent most of his life in Manchester where he was one of the early residents. At the commencement of the civil war he enlisted with others from Manchester in Co. G. 91st III. Regt. and spent three years in active service for his country. Never was there a braver soldier or one more willing to endure the hardships of army life than he. In after years he was at all times delighted in relating his experiences as a soldier. After returning from the war he engaged in blacksmithing in Manchester and was an active workman until about six years ago. After the death of his son, Thomas nearly three years ago Mr. Brown went to the Soldiers Home at Quincy to spend his declining days. While there he enjoyed himself very much in the association of old comrades, and was happy in his environments. Several times he came back to visit and was always glad to meet his old friends. Mr. Brown had a host of friends old and young who regarded him highly. He considered his own welfare as nothing, but was so large hearted that he was always ready to help any one in need. Deceased is survived by a son, Ralph Brown, and a daughter, Mrs. Anna Hutchinson, both of Faribault, Minn. The son came to Jacksonville and accompanied the remains of his father to Manchester Monday morning where funeral services were held in the Baptist church at one o'clock that afternoon in the presence, of a large congregation of old friends and neighbors. Rev N. M. Antrobus spoke very fittingly upon this occasion. The casket was draped with the flag he loved so well, and many beautiful flowers. Burial was made in the family lot in the old cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Hines of Jacksonville, Mrs. Ralph Brown's parents, also attended the funeral.


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Impressive Services for Prominent Resident Took Place Friday Afternoon -- News Notes From Manchester and Vicinity

Manchester, March 22.-Funeral services for Mrs. G. N. Lucas, whose death occurred Wednesday at a Jacksonville, hospital, were conducted at the Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock Rev. Fred Pelk officiating. Music was furnished by a choir composed of Mrs. E. O. Hess, Mrs. J. H. Langdon, Mrs. William Arendell, E. L. Maine and M. W. Story. A collection of appropriate songs were beautifully rendered. The sons of the deceased, Frank B., and Edurie A. Lucas and nephews, Earl Blackburn, Walter Shewmaker, Frank and Lonnie Day, served as bearers. The floral offerings were many and beautiful and were cared for by Mrs. Frank B. Lucas, Mrs. Frank Day, Mrs. Amy Livingston, Mrs. Ethel Bacon, Misses Ruth Blackburn, Leta Day and Mable Blackburn.

The remains were laid to rest in Manchester cemetery.

Those attending the funeral from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Lucas, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Lucas of Philadelphia, Pa, Mrs. Larkin, Mrs. Amy Livingston and Edward Blackburn of Elgin, Mrs. Henrietta Darr of Carrollton, Mrs. William Kirkpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Day of Alsey.

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