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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.


December 21, 1888
Clinton Public

Death of James Fackrell

At the ripe age of eighty-five years, five months and four days, James FACKRELL departed this life last Sunday morning at the residence of his son. He came to Clinton some time in the year 1876. James Fackrell was born in the city of Bath, England, on the 4th of July, 1803. At the age of eighteen years he connected himself with the church, and for over sixty years he was an earnest Christian worker. Like the apostles he labored with his hands for the support of his family, and the evenings he devoted to work for his master. At the age of twenty-three years he was united in marriage to the wife who a few months ago preceded him to the tomb, and four years later he was licensed to preach the gospel. In 1828 he was one of the twelve who organized the firsteetotal society in Bristol, England. For taking such a prominent part in temperance work he was persecuted to the injury of his business, which was that of a paper hanger and painter. As a local preacher in England, his work was blessed, as more than fifty persons ascribed their conversion to his preaching.

In 1847 he emigrated to this country and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where he began the manufacture of decorative paper hangings, he being the pioneer in that line of business in this country. This he followed up by starting three other paper hanging manufacturies in New Jersey and in the state of New York. The factory he helped to establish in Newark, New Jersey, failed in 1870, and this failure swept away the earnings of a lifetime and left him bankrupt. At this time he was nearing seventy years of age—too late to again enter upon the active duties of a business career. Fortunately for him he had a son upon whom he and his aged wife could trustfully lean in their declining years. Mr. Fackrell was the father of five children, four of whom with their mother preceded him to the world beyond. He was buried last Monday afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery.


December 21, 1888
Clinton Register

Death of an Octogenarian.

James FACKRELL, father of F. J. FACKRELL, died at the home of his son on North Center street Saturday night, of old age.  The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Monday at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. Reynolds.  The burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Father Fackrell was born in Bath, England, July 4, 1803, and was 85 years, 5 months, and 4 days old at the time of his death.  He was one of the founders of the Teetotal Abstinence Society of Bristol, England, and had always remained true to his pledge.  He came to this country in 1847, and for nearly twenty years had lived with his son in this city.  Until age compelled him to retire from business, he manufactured decorative paper, and is said to have first manufactured this kind of paper in the United States.

Mrs. James FACKRELL 

January 27, 1888
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Fackrell

Mrs. Maria FACKRELL was born in the city of Bath, England, October 30, 1797. She is a descendant of the old Puritan family of Tillotson. She was the great-grand-daughter of John TILLOTSON, the great preacher, writer and controversialist, who between the years of 1669-91 occupied the following honorable positions in life: Curate of Cheshunt, Rector of Keddington, Preacher in Lincoln's Inn, Lecturer of St. Laurance Jury, Dean of Canterbury, then Dean of St. Paul's, London, and then in 1691 Archbishop of Canterbury. At the age of sixteen she became a member of the congregational Church, under the pastoral care of the renowned Rev. Wm. JAY, at Argyle Chapel, Bath. It was there she became acquainted with Mr. James FACKRELL, and on the 12th of January, 1824, sixty-four years ago, was united to him by marriage. She was the mother of six children, named Anna Maria, Charlotte Atkins, Emily Lucy, Fanny Parsons, Matilda, and Frank James, who is the only surviving child, at whose home she died.

In November 1847, she emigrated to America with her husband and children and located in Brooklyn, New York. During the ensuing year, she with five of her children were baptized and joined the Strong Place Baptist Church, which was then in its infancy. In 1849, she moved from Brooklyn to Plainfield, N. J., where she enjoyed the confidence and companionship of a large circle of friends, as also in Elizabeth and Newark. She removed from the latter place to Clinton in 1876, where she has since resided until her death. She was a good Christian woman, a true loving wife, and a prudent, wise and devoted mother. The only surviving members of the family are her husband, aged eighty-four, and son, Frank J. At her death she was ninety years, two months and twenty-four days old.

Note: According to information found online, her maiden name was Maria Chippett.


January 27, 1888
Clinton Register

Mrs. Maria Fackrell, wife of James Fackrell, died at the residence of her son, F. J. Fackrell, in this city, Tuesday, aged 90 years, 2 months and 24 days. Funeral services were held at the residence, at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning; interment at Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: The rest of the obituary is the same as the above.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

James A. FAGER 

September 3, 1880
Clinton Public

The Death Roll.

James A. FAGER, son of Frank and Ella FAGER, died in this city yesterday.  The child was twenty months and twenty-one days old.  Funeral this afternoon.


January 31, 1913
Clinton Register


Samuel D. FAIRBANKS died at his home in Weldon at 3:45 Friday morning of last week.   Deceased had been in poor health a number of years, but had not been seriously ill until two weeks preceding his death.  He managed a farm south of Weldon several years, but for the past 12 years had been living a retired life in the village of Weldon.   Besides the widow, who is a daughter of Rev. Moses PREDMORE, he is survived by four children: Effie, of Chicago, Mrs. Denver Fullerton, Weldon; Fred S. and Roy, who live in the west.  Funeral services were held from the M. E. church.  Interment in Weldon cemetery.

Note: This is a very odd obituary.  The maiden name of Mr. Fairbanks wife was Myers, not Predmore, and they had eleven children, not four.


June 19, 1898
Paper Unknown

Patrick T. FAIRCLOTH died at his home in Farmer City, on Sunday, June 19, 1898, at 12:45 p.m., aged 25 years, 3 months, 2 days. Funeral: Sacred Heart Church, June 21st. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


February 2, 1895, Saturday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

A Prominent Citizen Gone.

Mr. Henry FARMER, who died this week at Farmer City, was one of the old and prominent citizens of that place.  He was aged 53.  He served the union gallantly as a member of the 107th Illinois Infantry.  He left a wife and three children, Mrs. McLean, wife of a Farmer City grain dealer; Pearl, a daughter aged 16, and Henry, aged 10.  He was a man of considerable property.


Charles FEARN 

July 3, 1862
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, June 17th, Charles FEARN, aged 33. Deceased leaves a wife and five children.

William FEICKE 

March 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Died From Blood Poisoning

William FEICKE, aged fifty-eight years, and a farmer in Rutledge township for thirty years, died last Friday evening, of blood poisoning. The first of last week, Mr. Feicke was butchering hogs, and while cutting across the shoulder of a hog the knife slipped and the point punctured Mr. Feicke in the calf of the leg. The wound was so slight that but little attention was given to it and Mr. Feicke went on with his work. By Wednesday the wound began to be troublesome and a doctor was sent for. It grew worse till Friday evening, when Mr. Feicke died. The doctors pronounced it a case of blood poisoning, which is certainly an indication that the slaughtered hog was not healthy.

More than thirty years ago Mr. Feicke moved into Rutledge township and bought a piece of land, and he kept adding to it till he had over two hundred acres. His father and mother lived with him till their death. Mr. and Mrs. Feicke had no children and they raised an adopted daughter, who is now Mrs. Samuel GIBSON. The adopted daughter and her husband have made their home on the Feicke farm, and after the death of Mrs. Feicke, she becomes the heiress of the principal part of the estate, excepting a few acres that go to a brother of the deceased and $2400 which is to be distributed after Mrs. Gibson comes into possession of the property.

A week ago last Monday Mr. Feicke made a will disposing of his property. He appointed William GIBSON his executor without bond. The provisions of the will, which was probated last Tuesday, provides that Mrs. Dora C. FEICKE, his wife, shall have full and complete possession of all the real and personal property during her lifetime. At her death the estate is to be divided. Hiram FEICKE, a brother who lives in Bloomington is to have about ten acres of the real estate. The principal portion of the real estate goes to the adopted daughter, Mrs. Ida Gibson, out of which she is to pay the following bequests at periods stated in the will: Wm. NEWMAN, $400; Leonard FEICKE, a nephew, $800; Minnie HASTINGS and Dora HAKER, sisters of the deceased, $400 each; and to Ferdinand FEICKE, a brother $400.

Mrs. David FERGUSON 

February 12, 1904
Clinton Register


Mrs. David FERGUSON died Sunday evening at her home near Lane, aged about 38.  Apoplexy caused her death, being sick a little over an hour.  The maiden name of deceased was Ida ANDREWS, and she was born near DeWitt, where her mother died several years ago.  She was married to David FERGUSON about 18 years ago, and they lived near LeRoy until one year ago when they moved to this county.  She is survived by her father, Chas. ANDREWS, who made his home with her, the husband, four children, two sisters, Mrs. John PARKER, of Clinton, and Mrs. Libby MOORE, of DeWitt, also by three brothers, George and Edward, near DeWitt, and Riley, in Bloomington.  Funeral services were held at the C. P. church in DeWitt at 1:30 Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Murray.  Burial in DeWitt cemetery.


January 9, 1885
Clinton Public

Amos FERRIS was born in DeWitt County. His father, John M. FERRIS, is a locomotive engineer on the Illinois Central, stationed in LaSalle, and his mother, Laura L. (LIVELY) FERRIS, is deceased. He disappeared [and presumably died] on September 17, 1884. His body was taken to Old Union Cemetery, near Hallsville, and buried beside his mother.

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Mrs. Amos G. FERRIS 

January 20, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. A. Ferris Dead.

A telegram received by Robert Samuels states that Mrs. A. G. FERRIS died at her home in Lebanon, Mo., on Friday. Remains were brought to Kenney on Sunday morning for burial.


January 20, 1899
Clinton Public

The remains of Mrs. Amos FARRIS, who died in Missouri, were brought to Kenney Saturday. Funeral was conducted by Elder Parker, of Waynesville, in the Christian church Sunday. Interment in Old Union cemetery.

Note: aka Farris


November 19, 1909
Clinton Register


Isaac FERRIS died Wednesday at his home in La Salle, aged 69 years, being sick about two weeks. He was born on a farm west of Clinton and lived in this county until he was about 35 years old, when he moved to La Salle where he had lived since. After leaving the farm he was employed on the Illinois Central as fireman and then as engineer, being in the service of that company almost half of his life. His wife and seven children survive him.

Note: aka Farris

Katherine (SWISHER) FIELD 

January 16, 1885
Clinton Public

Katharine (SWISHER) FIELD was born in DeWitt county, Illinois, March 2, 1848, and died in Decatur, Illinois, January 6, 1885, aged 36 years, 10 months and four days. At the age of eighteen years she dedicated herself to Christ and united with the M. E. Church. She was joined in marriage with Rev. Levi FIELD, July 30, 1868, at which time she received a certificate of church membership of the M. E. Church, and united with the U. B. Church in Christ. In 1870 she moved with her husband to Decatur, since which time she has lived among us as the model wife, mother and Christian. She partook largely of the characteristics of Martha, who administered to the wants of the Savior. Her greatest desire was to aid her husband in every way possible to reach the highest qualifications as a minister of her Lord's gospel. During all her affliction she never discouraged, but rather urged her husband to fill all his appointments, even to the last one, only two days before her death. She was open-hearted and positive in her nature, decided in her convictions, and true to every principle she conceived to be right. Her home was always open to the toiling minister of the church, and every comfort and encouragement was bestowed to aid him in presenting the consecrated cross. The weariest servant of Christ who shared the hospitalities of this house will, on learning of her early departure to the better world, stop and drop a tear and offer a prayer as his last tribute of respect to her precious memory. Her last days, as the heavenly land began to appear in sight, were the most precious and happy of her life—all her interest in worldly affairs were placed in the care of the Savior. The last struggle for complete victory, however, was Rosa, her only child, but at last, while in Heaven's twilight and the Savior as the guide, she said, "It's all right," and husband and daughter were given to Him who careth for them. Her last Sunday night was spent in prayer with a sister who joined with her. During her devotions, she exclaimed, "I have seen the Savior, have you? He is here." To her husband she said, "I hate to leave you and Rosa, but it will not be long, and I will be with mother and the Savior." Those who knew her best loved her most. All the details of the funeral were made by her, who should take charge of her body and the devotional exercises. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
FIELD, LEVI    SWISHER, NANCY C.     1868-07-30    DEWITT

Robert G. FIELDS 

March 21, 1890
Clinton Public

R. G. FIELDS, aged eighty-five years, died in this city yesterday of old age. He leaves an aged widow and four sons. The Rev. Jesse Fields, one of his sons, is a wealthy minister in California. Another son is Elder Fields, who has charge of the Decatur district in connection with the United Brethren Church. Two of his sons are employed on the Central road. The old gentleman was a resident of this county for more than thirty years and was a farmer in Wilson and DeWitt townships. His body was taken to DeWitt this morning for burial.

Note: aka FIELD.  The 1860 census lists him as Robert FIELD (singular). One of his sons was Rev. Levi FIELD.

William H. FIELDS 

November 5, 1880
Clinton Public

Mr. Wm. H. FIELDS, an old resident of this city, died last Wednesday evening, of typhoid fever, after an illness of three weeks, aged thirty-two years.  The funeral services took place at the M. E. Church yesterday afternoon.

Note: aka FIELD.  Listed in the 1880 census under the name William H. FIELD.

William R. FIELDS 

September 24, 1909
Clinton Register

Death of a Young Man.

Last night at 11 o'clock Willie FIELDS died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John FULLER, aged 17.  He had been sick a few days but was able to be out the first of the week.  On Wednesday he became much worse, and it was realized he could not recover.  Deceased was the son of Henry FIELDS, who lives in Missouri.  His mother died several years ago.  Since then he had lived with Mr. and Mrs. John Fuller, the latter being a sister of his father.  The time for the funeral has not been fixed, as no word had been received from his father, but it is thought it may not take place till Sunday.


September 24, 1909
Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois


Clinton, Ill., Sept. 24—Last night at 11 o'clock at the home of his uncle, John FULLER, on West Main street, occurred the death of Willie FIELDS, after an illness of only four days from a complication of ailments.  He was taken violently ill Sunday night with inflammation of the bowels which terminated in peritonitis and his system being in a bad condition from an attack of malaria erysipelas developed on his face.  Willie Fields was born at Cape Girardeau, Ill. [Mo.], 19 years ago but since he was nine years of age he has made his home in this city with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Fuller.   He is survived by his father, Henry FIELDS, of Grayridge, Mo., and two brothers and two sisters.  Funeral arrangements will be made when relatives are heard from but it is thought burial will take place Sunday.


October 1, 1909
Clinton Register

The funeral of Willie FIELDS was held Sunday at 2:30 o'clock at the home of John FULLER on West Main street, conducted by Rev. Fulton.  Deceased was a member of the junior class of the high school, and most of the pupils of the school were present.  The pall bearers were Seldon Atkins, Harrold Cummings, Lyle McKinney, Thos. Myers, John Rogers and Walter Stivers.  The honorary pall bearers were Emmett Kent, Leon Cummings, Frank Mason, Welby Crang, Ralph May and French Lane.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: According to the 1910 yearbook, Willie was a senior, not a junior.

George D. FINCH 

December 7, 1906
Clinton Register

News was received here Monday of the death of Geo. D. FINCH of Jacksonville on Monday, aged 77. He was born in Pittsfield, New York; was united in marriage to Jane MONTGOMERY, in Long Point about 1866. Mr. Finch came to Illinois early in life. His wife died in 1880, while Mr. Finch was left with seven children to battle life’s journey. He enlisted in the 33rd Illinois Vol. Inft. and served through the war. After being discharged, he returned to Farmer City and resided until last December when he went to Clinton to live with his daughter. From there he was taken to Jacksonville. He is survived by seven children, L. G., of Springfield, Mo.; A. M., of Algonquin, Ia.; E. L., of Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Edward SUMMERS, of Wapella, Ill.; Mrs. D. W. HARROLD, of Clinton; Bert, of Farmer City; Mrs. SIGENSTRICK, of Jacksonville. The funeral services took place from the M. E. church at Farmer City of which he was a life-long member. Interment in cemetery near that city.

Note: Corrections to his children’s names: A. M. should have been J. M., E. L. was G. L., Mrs. D. W. Harrold was Mrs. C. W. Harrold, and Mrs. Sigenstrick was Mrs. Sidenstricker.

Mrs. George D. FINCH 

January 7, 1881
Clinton Public

On Sunday morning, December 26, Mrs. Jennie FINCH, wife of George FINCH, departed this life after a short sickness, leaving eight little children, five of whom have the whooping cough, and the two least are twins but a few weeks old. Mr. Finch is an industrious man, but with such a large family it was difficult to get much ahead. This case calls for all the sympathy and benevolence of the good people of Farmer City.

Mrs. Ernest FINFROCK 

April 13, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Ernest FINFROCK died at her home near Waynesville, aged 24 years. Her husband survives her.


July 20, 1900
Clinton Register

Killed by a train.

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February 1918
Paper Unknown

Henry FINFROCK was born April 7, 1890, at Maple Grove farm, died in Tabor, Feb. 12th, 1918. He was baptized in the Presbyterian church in infancy, was always a member of the Sunday school from early childhood, united with the church when nine years old. He was interested in everything that was for the upbuilding of the community. He was married to Gladys Verne WILLIAMS, Sept. 24, 1914. He spent his life, except three years, in this neighborhood. His character is well known and the expressions of sympathy tell his position among those who knew him best. His untimely and tragic death has cast a shadow of gloom over the entire community.

The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church by the pastor, Lewis S. Ellison. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The church was crowded to its utmost capacity by the many friends and acquaintances of the deceased, which was an indication of the sympathy for the family and the esteem in which they held their friend, Henry.


February 9, 1900
Clinton Register

Michael FINFROCK, who has long been an invalid from Bright's disease, died at his farm northeast of town Saturday night. He was about 80 years old and has resided here the past 25 years. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Monday and interment was in Union cemetery.

Mrs. Thompson FISHER 

January 17, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. Henrietta FISHER, wife of the late Dr. FISHER, died at her home in LeRoy, January 10. Mrs. FISHER whose maiden name was LISENBY, who was born in this county in 1834 and here grew to womanhood. Of a large family but one now survives, Mrs. SUVER of Glasburg. She was married to Dr. FISHER in 1852, the young couple locating in LeRoy which had always been their home. Having no children of their own they had adopted and given home to four other children. Deceased was a member of the Universalist church, the funeral being conducted by Rev. EVERTON of that church.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


Friday, August 18, 1899
Clinton Register

C. P. FITCH, formerly a conductor between Champaign and Havana, died the first of the week.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


September 7, 1900
Clinton Register

One of the Honored Citizens of Barnett Township Joins the Silent Majority—
Burial at Lincoln.

Sunday afternoon James FITZGERALD who lived near Hallsville, died after an illness of several weeks, aged 77 years. Deceased was from Ireland and came to this country when about 25 years of age, locating at Lincoln. In 1861 he moved on the farm which had since been his home. He was married in Lincoln in 1853; his wife [Elizabeth SMITH] died in a few years, and he was married to Mary DEVINE in 1882. She with five children survive him, Thomas lives at Chadron, Neb. The others are James, Ellen, Margaret and Mary. All were at the bedside of their father when the final summons came. He had long been a member of the Catholic church and was a good citizen. The interment was at Lincoln Tuesday when funeral services were held by the pastor of the Lincoln Catholic church.

Submitted by Nancy Cameron Armstrong


July 11, 1922, Tuesday
Decatur Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois


Clinton, July 11.—Long before the time set for the funeral of little Jimmie FITZGERALD Tuesday morning, the St. John’s Catholic church on North Monroe street was filled to overflowing with Illinois Central shopmen and their families, and streets and terraces in the neighborhood were crowded with those unable to get into the church.

The sermon prepared by Father S. N. Moore, pastor of the church, was touching and impressive and bore evidence of much thought and study given the cause of the innocent lad’s untimely death.


All business houses throughout the city were closed for one hour during the funeral of the boy, and following the services at the church the many hundreds of friends and relatives marched to the cemetery where the lad was laid to rest.

The casket bearers, former playmates of the boy, were Thomas Boyle, William Doyle, James Skelley, Philip Quealy, Arthur Miller and John Starkey.


A post mortem examination was made on the body of James Fitzgerald Monday, and it was found that his death had been caused by a .32-calibre bullet, which evidently had entered the right side, traversing the thorax and lodging under the skin of the left breast.  It was easily removed.


A coroner’s jury composed of Charles Canfield, Charles Morrison, Henry Jackson, John Parker, George Williams and Charles Cackley, which was empanelled by Deputy Coroner A. E. Stone, viewed the remains of the boy Monday and sometime Wednesday or Thursday will hold an inquest.

Mrs. Margaret FITZGERALD 

January 13, 1899
Clinton Public

A long procession of mourning friends followed the remains of Mrs. Margaret FITZGERALD, aged 80 years, to their last resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held in St. John’s church, Clinton, Rev. Fr. DOOLING officiating. Deceased died on Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jas. FITZGERALD, six miles west of Clinton. She had made her home with her daughter.


December 1, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Was Former Resident of Clinton—
Funeral Tuesday Morning.

The death of Mrs. James FITZGERALD occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. MOLES at Champaign Friday night at 11:25 o'clock [November 30, 1917] following an illness of dropsy and bright's disease. Deceased was a native of Ireland coming to this country when a small child. They settled in New York, but were there only a short time when they came to Lincoln, Ill. She was united in marriage to Michael Quinn [incorrect, Michael DEVINE], which death separated them years later. Three years after the death of her first husband she was again married, to James FITZGERALD. He died in 1900. To the last union there were born five [four] children. They are Mrs. J. E. SNYDER, Mrs. Fred SULLIVAN [Margaret], James FITZGERALD, of Clinton; Mrs. C. A. MOLES [Ellen] of Champaign; Mrs. Mary MONTCLIFF, of Los Angeles, Calif. She is also survived by three sisters and one brother, Kate DOWELL, Winnie KELLEY, of Council Bluffs, Ia; Mrs. John FLYNN, of Clinton; and John F., of Chicago; and a number of grandchildren. The body will be brought to Clinton Monday afternoon over the Illinois Central. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Catholic church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock in charge of Rev. S. N. Moore. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Mrs. J. E. Snyder [Kate] is a daughter from Mary Fitzgerald's marriage to Michael Devine. Mary's maiden surname was also Fitzgerald. There was also a son, Martin who may have predeceased Mary.

Submitted by Nancy Cameron Armstrong


December 9, 1887
Clinton Register

Word was received yesterday that Wm. FITZGERALD, eldest son of James FITZGERALD, had been killed in New Mexico, where he had lived for two or three years. The father telegraphed for the remains to be sent to Clinton.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


December 16, 1887
Clinton Public


In last week's PUBLIC we gave the substance of a telegram announcing the death of William H. FITZGERALD. The following letter explains the particulars. His father sent a telegram to have his son's body sent here, but from some cause, no answer was returned.

Carlisle, New Mexico, Dec. 7.

James FITZGERALD,—Yesterday I telegraphed you the sad intelligence that your son, Wm. H. Fitzgerald, was killed. He met his death by a cowardly shot, fired by an old enemy. From the evidence given at the inquest we conclude that it was cold-blooded murder, and if the murderer is apprehended he will speedily meet his just reward at the hands of Judge Lynch. Your son was in the employ of our mining company, and was highly respected by all who knew him, and, I am glad to say, deserved their respect. We had him as decently buried as was possible for this wild country, and his many friends will always remember him as a jovial companion, and always liberal to those in need of his charitable hand and open purse.

He is owner (together with his partner, Mr. W. DEBOS) of four good horses and a wagon, also a good mining property, one that will be worth looking after. He also had a suit against a mining company of this place for $800, which will probably be tried this term of the court. This matter deserves your immediate attention, and he is sure to get judgment and can recover the amount. The attorneys who have charge of the case can tell you more of the matter.

What ready money and movable property he had is in the hands of his partner, Mr. Debos, who bears the reputation of being an honest man, and will I am quite sure look after your son's interests, as he was devotedly attached to him. If I can serve you in any way, my dear sir, I beg that you command me.

With deep sympathy, I am very truly yours, Chas. J. DAVENPORT.

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February 15, 1901
Clinton Register

Patrick FLAHERTY died at the hospital in Bloomington Saturday of old age, being about 84 years old. His wife died last August and he being so feeble was removed to the hospital, where he was well cared for. Jas. TIERNEY, nephew, went to Bloomington Saturday and brought his remains to Wapella Sunday afternoon, where his body was followed by a large procession to the Catholic cemetery where he was laid beside his wife. Mrs. TIERNEY, mother of Jas. Tierney, is a sister of Mr. Flaherty.

Andrew William FLEMING, Jr. 

October 17, 1884
Clinton Public


William FLEMMING, formerly a citizen of this county, died suddenly at his home in Gettysburg, Penn., last Saturday morning. He was a lawyer by profession and, on the day before, he was at his office attending to business. On the morning of his death he got up as usual but complained of feeling sick, and before noon of that day he was a corpse. The doctor pronounced his disease congestion of the lungs. When Will Flemming lived in this county he taught for two terms [at] the Center school, in Barnett township, and was considered an excellent teacher. He finally decided to study law, and for that reason refused a re-election in the Barnett district and returned to Gettysburg, Penn., where he lived till the time of his death. He was a bright young man and a writer of more than ordinary ability. For two years and more he was a regular contributor to the columns of THE PUBLIC and his letters were always read with interest. He had a number of friends in Clinton and Barnett to whom his sudden death will bring sorrow.

Note: Although referred to as William Flemming, his full name was Andrew William Flemming, Jr., and he was the brother of Solomon P. Flemming.


Francis W. FLEMING 

February 10, 1911
Clinton Register

Babe Dies Suddenly.

Francis, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray FLEMMING, died Monday morning.  The babe was but four weeks old.  The death was wholly unlooked for, as the parents were not even aware of anything wrong with the child when they retired Sunday night.  About four o'clock Monday morning Mrs. Flemming awoke, and naturally her first thought was whether the babe was well covered.  Only those who have had the experiences can understand her grief when she found the little one had passed to the beyond.  Coroner Milligan was notified and a jury impaneled.  The verdict was death from unknown causes.  A physician who was called stated that death was probably due to heart failure.  Mr. and Mrs. Flemming, who live in Nebraska, were spending the winter here with the former's mother, Mrs. Mary FLEMMING, on East White street.  The funeral services were held Monday evening in charge of Rev. Schwartz.  Interment in Woodlawn.


George W. FLEMING 

January 29, 1892
Clinton Register

George W. FLEMMING, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. FLEMMING, of this city, aged 9 years, 3 months and 21 days, died Monday night of pneumonia.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, Conducted by Rev. W. A. Kern.  As he was a student in room five of the high school building, no school was held during the afternoon of the burial in order to permit all his little schoolmates to attend the funeral in a body.


Solomon P. FLEMING 

December 4, 1908
Clinton Register

Taken Sick on His Way to Teach School,
And Dies Four Hours Later Near Lane.

Solomon P. FLEMMING [aka FLEMING], one of the best known men in the county, was taken from friends and loved ones without warning.  He was teaching the Central school south of Lane three miles, being about nine miles from Clinton.  He drove the distance each day.   Tuesday morning when near his school he was found lying by his buggy in the road.   He said he was sick, and was urged to go to a house that was near.  He refused, saying he would soon be all right, and went to the school house.  He became worse and a doctor was called.  He realized his dangerous condition and had him taken to Wm. Spainhour’s home, where he died at 12:30, his death being caused by apoplexy.

Deceased was born in Gettysburg, Pa., July 18, 1853, and his parents resided there at the time of the great battle at that city.  He came to DeWitt county in 1867, and this had been his home most of the time since.  Several years ago, he spent two or three years in Kansas, and about four years ago he moved to Rolla, Mo., but returned about two years later.  Most of the time he has lived in this country, he has taught school, and has been successful in that work.  He had perhaps taught more years than any teacher in the county and always secured [a] good salary.

He was a leading member of the Christian church and was an elder and vice-president of the church board at the time of his death.  Politically he was a Democrat and always active in the interests of his party.  He was twice chairman of the county central committee and was succeeded by the present chair man two years ago.  He was elected a member of the committee last August.  Last spring he was elected constable for four years.

He was married to Miss Mary A. HYDE, daughter of the late Dr. G. W. HYDE, about thirty years ago, and she with five children survive him.  They are Fred H., Alfred, Dora and Maude, at home; and Ray of Moulton, Neb., where Miss Dora FLEMMING, sister of deceased, also lives.  Mrs. Flemming's mother lives with her.

Funeral services were delayed until 10 o'clock today that his son and his sister could arrive from Nebraska.  They were held in the Christian church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Albert Schwartz.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Solomon's tombstone has his last name spelled FLEMING.

Mrs. Solomon P. FLEMING 

November 27, 1917 - Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Former Resident of Clinton Dies in Des Moines—
Buried in Clinton.

The funeral of Mrs. Mary FLEMING, a former resident of Clinton, who died at her home in Des Moines, Ia., Sunday at the age of 61 years, was held from the Christian church this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. R. V. Callaway, officiated and burial was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Deceased was the daughter of the late Dr. G. W. HYDE, formerly of this city.  She came to this country from England, in 1859, with her mother and two brothers.  Her father, Dr. Hyde, came to this country two years previous because of ill health.  She was married to S. P. FLEMING, of Gettysburg, Pa., on Aug. 15, 1876.  He was a school teacher and taught a number of schools in and around Clinton.  He died several years ago.  She is survived by the following children: Alfred, of Decatur; Fred, of Des Moines, Ia.; Ray, of Nebraska; and Dora and Maude, of Des Moines.



January 30, 1885
Clinton Public

Our old friend Mr. M. T. FLETCHER, of Canton, Kansas, has again to mourn the death of a beloved member of his family. It was only about two months ago that his daughter Laura died, a notice of which appeared in THE PUBLIC. On the 11th of this month his only son, George M., aged three years, seven months and sixteen days, died of membranous croup.


November 28, 1884
Clinton Public

Death of Laura M. Fletcher.

Laura M., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. FLETCHER, formerly of Harp township, in this county, died in Canton, Kansas, on the 13th of November, aged ten years and five months. From the Canton Carrier we copy the following notice:

Laura M. FLETCHER, born in DeWitt county, Ill., the former home of her parents. Since they moved to this place Mr. Fletcher has been engaged in the banking business and trading, generally, and has been quite successful financially and with many other blessings has built a nice residence and made a comfortable home for his family to enjoy; but in the midst of prosperity comes adversity. The herald Death has visited his household and took a beautiful flower that was just budding into womanhood. Sister Laura was sick about three weeks with diphtheria. She had the best of attention from physicians and friends and especially from her parents, whom she clung to closely. But all availed nothing. She must go, and our hands hung helpless. Nothing was left but to submit to the event. She was a bright, beautiful girl, loved by all who knew her, and especially at home she was the joy and pride of her parents and looked upon as one who must enter largely into molding the social happiness of the family. She was an acceptable member of the Methodist Protestant church, having made a bright profession of faith in Christ about nine months before she passed away. She is a beautiful spirit in a brighter and better home.


February 29, 1884
Clinton Public

Marching to the Tomb.

The veterans of the last war are fast passing away. Rigdon FLETCHER, Surgeon of Seward Nelson Post, G. A. R., died at Wapella yesterday. He was not more than sixty years of age, yet the four years he spent in the army broke him down, and for years life has been a burden to him. Rigdon Fletcher was one of the oldest settlers of this county. Before the war he owned a large farm in Long Point, which he sold, and moved his family to Missouri. When the first call for soldiers was made, Rigdon Fletcher enlisted in a Missouri regiment and gradually worked his way up from the ranks to the position of sergeant-major of his regiment. After the war he came back to Wapella, but his restless spirit would not permit him long to remain in one locality. He flitted around from one place to another but his face was always turned toward DeWitt county. During the past few years he has made Wapella his home, following the avocation of carpenter and cabinet-maker. He was a devout member of the Christian Church. He will be buried tomorrow morning in Long Point Cemetery. The funeral services will be held in Wapella at ten o'clock. Seward Nelson Post will have charge of the ceremonies, and bury their old comrade with military honors. A number from Frank Lowry Post, of this city, will go to Wapella in the morning.


March 7, 1884
Clinton Public

Mr. R. S. FLETCHER was buried at the Long Point Cemetery, March 1st. Seward Nelson Post, 251, G. A. R., had charge of the funeral, and by his own request at a meeting some time ago he requested that the post should bury him under the honors of war. He served during the rebellion three and one-half years in the 35th Mo. Volunteers. Elder Hutchinson preached his funeral to a large congregation at the Christian Church. He had been a member of that church ever since he was sixteen years of age; at the time of his death he was about 68 years old. Of late he has often remarked that life was a burden to him and that he was prepared to die and meet his God and had nothing to fear. The Post has lost a faithful and true member.

Mrs. Rigdon S. FLETCHER 

January 12, 1906
Clinton Register

One of Wapella’s Aged Christian Mothers Called to Final Rest—
Born in DeWitt County.

Mrs. Arminda FLETCHER died at the home of Wm. Storey Sunday morning at 2 o'clock, aged 73 years, 7 months and 27 days.  She retired in her usual health but was awakened about midnight with smothering spells; a physician was summoned but nothing could stay the hand of death, and at 2 o'clock her spirit passed away.  The doctor pronounced her trouble heart affliction.

Arminda TURNER was born in Long Point May 10, 1832; was married to R. S. FLETCHER in 1852.  To them nine children were born, 5 deceased, 4 living, as follows: Mrs. Ann KEMP, Mrs. Emma CALENDER, Peoria; Mrs. Elizabeth DAY, LaSalle, Ill.; Mrs. Ella ELLIS, Wapella.  Fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren, also one brother, Silas TURNER, residing in Missouri, also survive her.  She was one of eleven children of Allen TURNER and wife.  She united with the Christian church as a charter member at Long Point at the age of 16 and remained faithful to her professions.  Her children all reached here on Monday.

Funeral services took place from the Christian church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland, of Clinton, assisted by Rev. C. S. Burton, pastor of the M. E. church of Wapella.  The pall bearers were old comrades of Comrade Fletcher.

Mrs. Charles FLOOD 

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public


Mrs. Mollie FLOOD died at the residence of her father-in-law, Wednesday afternoon, at one o'clock, with typhoid fever.  She leaves a little daughter six years old.  She was the widow of Mr. Charles FLOOD, who was killed on the railroad at Midland a few years ago.  She was laid to rest in the Weldon Cemetery.

Robert H. FLOOD 

February 3, 1911
Clinton Register

R. H. Flood Dies at Weldon.

R. H. FLOOD was born in Rock Co., Ohio, July 12, 1827, and died at his home in Weldon Saturday morning, January 28, at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Mr. Flood had been in poor health for several years, being afflicted with kidney trouble, but not until a few weeks ago was his condition considered serious.

In early days Mr. Flood was an auctioneer, and in this profession he made the acquaintance of almost every resident of the county. It is said that the number of sales he cried in DeWitt county has never been equaled. In 1873 he cried a sale for George Nixon, which lasted two days. He also held many sales in Central Illinois, outside of DeWitt county.

Deceased was an old time Republican, and an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having joined the ranks of Co. G, 107th Illinois Volunteers, at DeWitt, and saw many hard fought battles. He was twice married, his first wife dying 30 years ago.

Besides the widow he leaves one brother in Missouri, four daughters, Mrs. Andrew NILAN, Mrs. James E. LANE, Mrs. Mary HARDISTY and Miss Mattie FLOOD, all of Weldon.

The funeral services were held at the M. P. church of Weldon, of which deceased was a faithful member, at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Thomas Ringland. Interment in Weldon cemetery.

Note: Robert's first wife died in 1865, not 1881. He married his second wife in 1866.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. Robert H. FLOOD 

May 5, 1911
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Flood.

Mrs. R. H. FLOOD died yesterday afternoon at her home in Weldon, aged 91 years. She had been in poor health, but not considered dangerous until soon after dinner when she became worse and died in a short time.

She was born in Ohio, May 3, 1820, and in 1830 came to Bloomington, which then had only three houses. In 1850 she married R. D. JONES, in Missouri, and one child was born to them, Mrs. Jas. LANE, of Weldon. Her husband died while in the army at Memphis in 1866.

She was married to R. H. FLOOD, who died three months ago. One of the two children born to them lives at home.

Note: Mrs. Flood was listed as age 81 in the 1910 census, and in the 1900 census she listed her birth date as May 1829.


March 16, 1906
Paper Unknown

Aged Clinton Woman Passed Away At Her Home—
In This County Over Third of Century.

Another one of Clinton's aged women has fallen asleep. Only a few weeks ago W.T. FLOYD, one of Clinton's old residents was called home, and Monday morning his wife joined him in death.

Susan BABB was born in St. Louis, Sept. 10, 1834. In that city she was married to Wm. T. FLOYD, and they soon came to Wapella, where they conducted a hotel until the Illinois Central shops were moved from that town to Clinton in 1878. They came to Clinton and conducted the City hotel on North Center street until old age compelled them to retire from that business, but they continued to reside in Clinton. She has been a member of the Presbyterian church over fifty years.

She is survived by two children, Mrs. H.J. SMITH and Miss Mary of Clinton. Funeral was held at the residence on South East street Tuesday at 2:30 conducted by the Rev. E. VARNEY. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

John J. FOLEY 

March 7, 1884
Clinton Public

John J. Foley commits Suicide at Wapella.

When a man commits suicide, at once everybody looks about to find the cause of the rash act. The world charitably comes to the conclusion that the suicide must have been insane, for who would want to leave this bright and beautiful world by his own act if he were in his right mind? But the self-murder of John FOLEY knocks all theorizing higher than a kite. Here was a young man in the full blush of the summer-time of life, with no one to provide for but himself, and yet he coolly and deliberately places the muzzle of a revolver to his ear and shoots himself into eternity.

John Foley was a shoemaker by trade. He was about twenty-five years of age, and if our information is correct he was born in the village of Wapella. He learned the trade of shoemaking with his father, Tom FOLEY, and latterly [sic] he has been working for J. W. LATIMER. Last Sunday John was around Wapella as usual among his acquaintances, and in the afternoon he went out to the Catholic cemetery to attend a funeral. Sunday evening he loitered around the livery stable, and about nine o'clock went to the hotel to go to bed. A friend of his, named D. McHUGH, the son of a farmer living near Heyworth, slept with John that night, and as McHugh wanted to go home by the morning train, Foley awakened him in time. Before retiring for the night Foley placed a revolver under his pillow, and on Monday morning, a few minutes after his friend left, he placed the muzzle of the revolver to his right ear and pulled the trigger. The ball passed through Foley's head and lodged in his left temple, where it was found by the physicians at the coroner's inquest. After firing the fatal shot Foley fell backwards, his head resting against the head-board. The revolver fell from his grasp and laid before him on the coverlid. People occupying the adjoining rooms heard the noise but supposed it was only the slamming of a door. No one in the house knew of the tragedy till about nine o'clock in the morning, when the chamber-maid went to the room to make up Foley's bed.

A telephone dispatch was sent to this city for Coroner MORROW, and he went out and held an inquest. Nothing was elicited in the inquiry to throw any light on the cause of the suicide, and the jury merely recorded a verdict that the deceased died by his own hands. Foley had been despondent occasionally, but this might arise from his physical condition. He had remarked to some of his friends that he would rather be dead than be in the fix he was. His father [was] out in Kansas, having quietly left Wapella about a year ago for reasons best known to himself. His mother lives here in Clinton and is employed as a servant in Mrs. ZIEGLER's boarding house.


March 7, 1884
Clinton Public

Mr. John J. FOLEY, a very intelligent and respected young man, committed suicide on Monday morning, between the hours of 6:30 and 7 a.m., at his boarding house. He had returned from Kansas about three months ago and was working for J. W. Latimer at shoe making, and was a good workman, and was ready at all times to assist in taking care of the sick. The coroner's jury returned a verdict that he came to his death at his own hands by placing a 22 caliber revolver to his right ear and firing it, the ball passing clear through his heard. He was buried at Long Point Cemetery Tuesday noon. Last Sunday Mr. Foley acted as pall bearer to a young man's funeral from Clinton.


December 25, 1914
Clinton Register

The funeral of William FONDERSMITH was held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon by Rev. Harold Hartman.


October 23, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

DIED.—In Harp township, on Friday, October 10, Sarah KISSEL, wife of Wm. FONDERSMITH, aged 35 years.

Mrs. Benjamin FORD 

May 4, 1883
Clinton Register

Died, on the 20th ultimo., of pneumonia, at the residence of Mr. A. G. WILLIAMS, near Lane, Ill., Mrs. Anna FORD, aged 46 years.  Her remains were accompanied to Tuscola, her former home, by kind friends.  A large circle will miss her, but none so much as her old and bereaved mother, Mrs. STORTS, of whom she so lovingly spoke in her last moments, and conscious to the last petitioned heaven to protect her three orphan boys and shield them from temptation.  She was a member of the M. E. church, much beloved by the many who sorrowfully attended her funeral at Tuscola.  She was laid beside her husband, Mr. Benj. FORD.  Triumphant in death her last words were, “Oh, dear Savior!” as she crossed that dark and icy flood to the shore on which it is hoped stand the beautiful green trees.  (Poem omitted.)

George W. FORD 

March 1, 1901
Clinton Register

Unknown Man found Dead on Public Highway North of This City—
Had Lived in Clinton.

Wednesday morning about 10 o’clock as Mrs. Robert FOLKES was coming to town, a gruesome sight met her gaze along the public highway two miles north of the junction of the C. & A. and P.D. & E. railroads. A dead man, with upturned face and blood matted whiskers, was the frightful spectacle. The man appeared to be about 40 or 45 years of age, with black chin whiskers. When found a 32-caliber, six-chamber revolver was by his side with one chamber empty. The ball entered the forehead almost on a line between the eyes, slightly to the left. The brains were oozing out of the ghastly wound. Death must have been instantaneous. When found the body was rigid. It was the opinion of the coroner that the deed had been committed five or six hours [earlier]. A great many men looked at the corpse but no one could identify him. An examination of his pockets revealed a nice-looking pair of spectacles, a pocketknife, some cartridges, a piece of chewing tobacco, a purse containing seven cents and a blank memorandum book without a line on the inside, but written on the outside, in a plain business hand was the name of "Geo. W. Ford, Clinton Illinois." —Lincoln Times.

Mr. Ford had lived in Clinton two or three years, part of the time being hostler for Dr. Warner. Little was known about his life. To some he told of the separation from his wife in Indiana.


March 1, 1901
Lincoln Daily Courier

Are On A Mournful Mission.
Brother and Friend of George Ford Here to Direct Burial.

It has been decided to bury George Ford Saturday at 10:30 o’clock, in Union cemetery. The following telegram was received late Thursday evening: Sheffield, Ill. Feb. 28 - Hold remains of George Ford until Friday afternoon. I will be there—James Ford.

Friday morning James Ford arrived and was met by H. J. Thompson of Arrowsmith, representative of Arrowsmith Camp, No. 2343, Modern Woodman of America, sent here to see that the body was taken care of in a Christian-like Way. The deceased held a policy of $3000 in the order, and the sum is payable to three children at Newcastle, Ind., ranging from 8 to 14 years. The children are with their mother. The order will require the appointment of a guardian, and the income will be sufficient to educate the children. The deceased had been a Woodman since June, 1894. He was also a member of Undine lodge of Odd Fellows, which organization commissioned Mr. Thompson to represent them in the burial of their unfortunate member. It now transpires the dead man left Clinton Monday and arrived here the same day, for he slept two nights at the east shaft. He was in the company of C. E. Sidell the morning he killed himself. Mr. Sidell teaches school north of the city, and walked a short distance along the railroad tracks with the man now dead. A call has been issued for the Modern Woodmen to meet at 9 a. m. Saturday morning at Woodmen Hall, to arrange for attending the funeral. Every Woodman is expected to be present to attend the last rites. The services will be held at Coroner Boyden's office. Rev. Whorrall, pastor of the Presbyterian church, having consented to assume charge of the exercises. It is a cause of much regret to Woodmen and Odd Fellows to know that the deceased was in need and in trouble. Had he made himself known he would have been provided for by the members of the order, who never turn a deaf ear to a worthy member in distress, as the deceased proved to be.

Submitted by Julie (Ford) Miller

Mabel FORD 

November 5, 1874
Clinton Public

In this city, on Saturday, October 31, Mabel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. FORD.

Mrs. Malinda FORD 

April 30, 1880
Clinton Public

Malinda FORD, mother of Col. C. P. FORD and W. S. FORD, of this city, died on Wednesday morning, at eight o'clock, of erysipelas, aged seventy-five years.

Maurice FORD 

February 7, 1879
Clinton Public

KILLED.—Maurice FORD, one of the old brakemen on the Illinois Central road, met with a fatal accident at Dimmick station, north of Bloomington, on Monday. Ford was brakeman on Conductor Finch's freight train coming south, and while switching at Dimmick station his foot was caught in a frog, which held him fast. The train backed down upon him before he could release his foot, and the poor fellow was mangled to pieces. The body was sent back on the morning passenger train to Amboy, where Ford's wife and child lived. He was widely known in railroad circles and had quite an acquaintance in this city.

William S. FORD 

December 17, 1896
Decatur Review

W. S. Ford Died in Chicago.

W. S. FORD died at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning in Chicago, his death being caused by heart failure. He was about 60 years old and leaves a wife, son and daughter. About three years ago the family moved to this city from Clinton, where Mr. Ford had been in business for a long time. He purchased the interest of Dr. W. J. Chenoweth in the flats on West Main street and the family lived there until about a year ago. Mr. Ford was employed as a traveling salesman and it being more convenient for him to reside in Chicago he moved his family to that city. He made many friends during his residence here. The funeral was held at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon in Chicago.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


December 18, 1896
Clinton Public

William S. Ford Dead.

William S. FORD, formerly a resident of Clinton and well known in this county, died at his home in Chicago Monday morning, aged about 60 years, having been sick for some time with an ulcerated stomach. He was for a number of years a prominent business man of this city, leaving here about three years ago to make his home in Decatur. Two years ago he moved his family to Chicago where he resided until his death. In 1869 Mr. Ford was united in marriage to Miss Mollie Wright, of this city. His wife and two children, Miss Josie and William, survive him. Funeral services will be held at his late home in Chicago on Wednesday, December 16th.

Mrs. Eliza FOSNAUGH 

June 7, 1901
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Fosnaugh.

Mrs. Eliza FOSNAUGH died Tuesday morning at her home three miles east of White Heath, aged 69 years, 10 months and 14 days. Her husband died in 1873. Her children are: James A., of Clinton; Elifus, of White Heath; Theodore, of Springfield; Europe L. of Lane; Mrs. Dora DUNGAN, who had been living with her mother; Mrs. DILSAYVER, of White Heath; [and] Irvin B., of Decatur. One son died in 1874. Funeral was held yesterday at White Heath. Interment at Monticello cemetery. J. A. FOSNAUGH and family of Clinton attended. All the relatives, except three children were present.

Mrs. John B. FOSTER 

July 5, 1866
Clinton Public and Central Transcript

DIED.—On Monday, the 18th of June, in Texas township, DeWitt county, Delilah, wife of John B. FOSTER, aged 25 years.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
FOSTER, JOHN B.    CROSS, DELILA     06-16-1861    DEWITT

John James FOSTER 

July 11, 1913
Clinton Register

John James Foster Died at His Home last Friday Night—
Had Been Ill Four Weeks.

At his home in the west part of the city last Friday night at 10:30, occurred the death of John James FOSTER after an illness of four weeks of a complication of diseases combined with advanced age.  Mr. Foster was well-known and respected by the citizens of Clinton in general, and his death was a surprise to all, but his relatives and a few near neighbors.  It was generally known that he was ill but not that his condition was serious.  For several days his death had been expected by those near him and his children had been called to his bedside.

Deceased was a Scotch-Irishman, his parents being pur Scotch.  He was born in County Monohan, Ieland, March 23, 1844.  In 1872, while residing in the old country, he was married to Charlotte MALCOLM, the couple being the parents of four children, three of whom survive.  They are James Joseph, of Dalton Station, Chicago; John William, of Peoria; and Mrs. Elizabeth SAGE, of Waterloo, Ia.  Mrs. FOSTER died in the old country nearly 25 years ago and the husband emigrated to America following her death.  He lived in the West several years, also for a time at Weldon, coming from there to this city and purchasing property.  In 1891 he was married to Susan MALCOLM, a sister of his deceased wife.  No children were born to this union.

Mr. Foster, like most of the men of the north of Ireland, was an Orangeman and also a Master Mason.  He had been a member of the Clinton Presbyterian church for the past seven years.

Funeral services were held from the home on North Walnut street at 9 o'clock Monday morning, Rev. W. H. Fulton officiating.  The body was taken to Weldon and laid to rest in the Weldon cemetery.

Mrs. John James FOSTER 

December 13, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Charlotte FOSTER, wife of John FOSTER, died Monday morning about six o'clock. She had been poorly for several months and had said that she did not expect to get well; and a few minutes before her death she exclaimed, "I see Jesus. He has come for me at last." Then she bid her friends good-bye and died in a few minutes. She has lived a consistent Christian life and has no doubt gone to be at rest with her blessed Master. She leaves a fond husband and four little children, the oldest of which is but eight years old, to mourn her loss. Mr. Foster and family came from the old country to this less than a year ago, and his wife's sister who came with them is the only relative they have in this country. She requested her sister to take care of her little ones. At the time of her death she was 36 years, 11 months and 9 days old. Her funeral was preached in the M. P. Church after which she was buried in the Weldon cemetery. We reported her death in last week's issue as on Thursday but it was a false report.

Rutherford M. FOSTER 

December 22, 1893
Clinton Public

R. M. Foster, aged seventeen years, died on Wednesday and was buried on Thursday at Sugar Gove cemetery.

Note: His first name was found on his tombstone.  He was the son of J. W. and Elva (Metz) Foster.

Thomas M. FOSTER 

September 11, 1891
Clinton Public

Thomas Morgan FOSTER, who was only fifty years old on the 20th of last June, died very suddenly last Monday afternoon. All day he seemed to be in good health and did a fair day’s work around the farm and in threshing out some beans. About four o’clock he was seized with a stroke of paralysis, and before five o’clock his spirit had returned to the God who gave it. It will be remembered that in the latter part of June THE PUBLIC stated that Mr. Foster had been stricken with paralysis at Stewartson, in the southern part of this State, where he had gone to superintend the cutting and threshing of a large wheat crop on one of Colonel SNELL’s farms in Shelby County. On the day he was stricken down with paralysis he had just reached his fiftieth birthday. It was a terrible celebration of the anniversary. He was brought home at once, and apparently recovered from the ill effects of the shock. Indeed his family and friends as well as himself were quite hopeful that nothing serious would result as he seemed to be restored to his old-time vigor.

Thomas Morgan Foster was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, and when he was but a year old his parents came to DeWitt County and settled near the village of Wapella. He was brought up on a farm and followed that avocation till 1862 when he began work on the Illinois Central as a brakeman. In those days promotion was rapid and Mr. Foster was not long braking till he got a freight train, which he retained till a few years ago when he was retired from the service on account of color blindness. About that time there had been a number of accidents all over the country resulting from the inability of trainmen to distinguish colors, and on every road all of the trainmen had to pass an examination. A number of Illinois Central men could not pass, Mr. Foster among the number. Since that time he has followed various avocations, and for a few years farming. He and his son Andy were tenants in partnership on one of A. D. McHENRY’s farms, and they were doing well. He was the father of four children; one of whom died in infancy. Two sons and one daughter, all married, and his wife survive him. Last winter he united with the Christian Church in this city. Everybody respected Tom Foster, for he was an honorable man and always ready to help when called upon. He was a member of Forest Lodge, No. 255, I. O. O. F., of Wapella, and by the order was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery last Tuesday.


September 11, 1891
Clinton Public

Wapella-Mr. Thomas M. FOSTER, a respected citizen, died at his residence in Harp, on Monday, September 7th, from a second paralytic stroke. Mr. Foster was an old member of Forest Lodge, No. 255, I.O.O.F. The Odd Fellows had charge of his funeral. Eld. Mavity, of Kenney, preached the funeral discourse at the Long Point M. E. Church, after which his remains were laid to rest in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Mr. Foster had worked for the I. C. R. R. Co. for a good many years, raising from brakeman to conductor. He was counted on being a trusty man, always at his post of duty, but from over work and fatigue he resigned his position and has followed farming for three or four years with his sons. He leaves a wife, two sons and a daughter, all grown to manhood and womanhood. His family has the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Mrs. Thomas Morgan FOSTER 

September 30, 1892
Clinton Public

Mrs. Elizabeth FOSTER, widow of the late Thomas FOSTER, died at her sister’s home in Bloomington on last Monday, aged forty-eight years, one month and seven days. For years she had been afflicted at times with a disease, but nothing serious was thought of it. Death came to her suddenly while visiting her sister, Mrs. TRAMP. Mrs. Foster was born in Germany on the 19th of August, 1844. When twelve years old, she came to this county with her parents, and the greater part of her life was spent in this county. She was married to Thomas Foster on the 26th of July, 1862, and their married life had run nearly thirty years when Mr. Foster died September 7, 1891. Four children were born to them, three of whom are living. The body was brought from Bloomington to Mr. John SESSIONS’ house in this city—Mrs. SESSIONS being her daughter—and on Wednesday the funeral services were held in the Christian Church in this city, Rev. L. B. PICKERILL officiating, after which the remains were taken to Sugar Grove Cemetery, near Wapella, and buried by the side of her husband who preceded her but a few months to the better land.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Edward FOX 

February 25, 1887
Clinton Public

Edward FOX, son-in-law of Mr. George WOY, died at his home in Bloomington, last Wednesday evening. He was sick but a few days, his death being caused by erysipelas. His age was thirty years. A few years ago he was married to Miss Alice WOY, formerly of Wapella. Mr. Fox was shipping clerk in the wholesale shoe house of R. (?). SMITH & Sons, and was a young man of fine business ability. The funeral will take place this morning, when all the Clinton relatives will be present.

Fountain FOX 

February 14, 1913
Clinton Register


The funeral of Fountain FOX, whose death took place in St. Cloud, Fla., on Wednesday, of last week, was held on Sunday afternoon in the Christian church under the auspices of the Blue lodge of Masons and conducted by Rev. J. H. Wright, pastor of the church.  Burial in Maple Grove cemetery.  The body was accompanied here by Abraham and W. R. Fox of Brockton, Ill., and Mrs. Sarah E. Allison of Brocton, and Mrs. Nancy E. Royer of Oklahoma, brothers and sisters of the deceased.  Mrs. FOX was not able to come north.   Mr. Fox resided in this city for many years, coming from Sullivan county, Indiana, though he was born in Edgar county, Illinois.  He and Mrs. Fox went to St. Cloud, Fla., in December for the benefit of his health.     —Farmer City Correspondent.

Mrs. Harry FOX 

Paper Unknown

Died at Midland.

The funeral of Mrs. Anna FOX of Beason was held Sunday at 10 o'clock at the C. P. church in Midland City, interment in Waynesville cemetery.

Mrs. Anna Fox died at her home one and one-half miles northwest of Beason at 1:30 Friday afternoon at the age of 26 years, 7 months.  She was taken sick eight days ago with measles and was improving when it settled in her kidneys, causing death.  She was married the 28th of last January to Harry FOX at Lincoln and started farming at their present home.  She had been a member of the Presbyterian church nearly five years.

Deceased leaves besides her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. PARKER, who are now residing at Midland City, three brothers and three sisters as follows: Ed, at home; Lloyd, of Midland; and Rufus, living south of town; Eileen, at home; Mrs. Carrie TROWBRIDGE, south of town; and Mrs. Lulu CUMMINGS, of Gardner, Ill.

Note: Anna’s year of death was found on her tombstone in the Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, De Witt County, Illinois.  Her parents were Richard Thomas and Adeline (Shields) Parker.

Mrs. Susan FRAMBERS 

January 19, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Susan Frambers Lived to a Ripe Age—
Had Been Sick Several Years.
Funeral Yesterday.

Mrs. Susan FRAMBERS, who has been confined to her home for a number of years, died at her home on West Washington street, Tuesday morning. For about eighteen months she has been confined to her bed. A noticeable change for the worse alarmed those attending her Monday afternoon, and her son, George, was summoned from Bloomington, arriving Tuesday morning about twenty minutes after his mother's death. She was almost 83 years old and is the last of a family of eight children. Mrs. Frambers was a sister of Mrs. E. A. ARGO, who died on the 17th of last April.

Deceased was born in Clermont county, Ohio, where she was married to Joseph FRAMBERS, and moved to Clinton in 1853, where they lived until six years ago, when Mr. Frambers was called from earth. Mrs. Caroline SHRIVER, of Missouri, and George FRAMBERS, of Bloomington, are the only children surviving her. She had been a member of the M. E. church many years and bore her long afflictions without murmur. The funeral took place from the residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. B. Horney, interment in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


January 9, 1885
Clinton Public

Freddie, son of Edward and Ellen FREEMONT, was born in Clinton, October 22, 1875, and died at Gibson City, Ill., December 19, 1884, aged nine years, one month and twenty-seven days. After a lingering illness of over four years, he passed away quietly.

Dearest Freddie, how we loved you
None on earth can tell,
But God, who loved you better,
Has taken you home to dwell. —O. J. C.

Charles S. FRENCH 

September 15, 1921
Farmer City Journal

The remains of Charles S. FRENCH, who died in the hospital at Jacksonville on Monday, were brought to this city on Wednesday afternoon for interment in Maple Grove Cemetery. Burial services were held at the grave by Rev. Niles A. BORUP. Mr. French was born in Louisville, Ky., and was in the 77th year of his age. In his young manhood he came to this vicinity and on Jan. 8, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Amanda MELIZA. Five children were born to them, one of whom, Miss Lucinda HOUSE, died in Iowa in 1913. The surviving children are Jesse D. FRENCH and Mrs. Eugene HADFIELD of LeRoy vicinity and Jerry and Harry FRENCH of this city. The wife and mother died in this city in the spring of 1911. Before going to Jacksonville Mr. French lived on a farm south of town.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Jesse D. FRENCH 

December 1942
Paper Unknown

Jesse D. FRENCH died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at his home here. He had been ill five years. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. He was born Sept. 11, 1869, at Farmer City, the son of Charles and Manda (MELIZA) FRENCH. He married Miss Katharine SHAFFER Jan. 29, 1902. He is survived by two children of this marriage, Ralph of Colfax and Walter of Urbana and three grandchildren. He married Miss Lavene NEWTON Aug. 30, 1934, at Bethel. He is survived by his second wife and a brother, Harry, of Farmer City. His first wife preceded him in death. He was an alderman for eight years and city electrician for a number of years. He was a member of the Christian church. He had followed the electrician trade for 40 years.

Note: According to the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950, Jesse D. French died December 6, 1942.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Samuel FRENCH 

March 30, 1865
Clinton Public

KILLED.— Sam. French, of this town, was run over by a freight train, at Maroa, Sunday last. His body was cut in two, and two cars were thrown off the track.


June 26, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Little Millard Freudenstein Succumbs to Injuries and Death of Aged Grandfather is Expected.

In one of the worst automobile accidents in which Clinton people have suffered, little Edwin Millard FREUDENSTEIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. FREUDENSTEIN, 625 North Monroe street, lost his life and his grandfather, Louis FREUDENSTEIN, eighty- five, is not expected to recover.

Big Car Turns Turtle.

The tragedy happened just about 11 o'clock Sunday morning about six miles west of Decatur on the Springfield road, when the big Packard car turned turtle twice.  Mrs. Freudenstein was at the steering wheel.

The right side of the car got off the narrow gravel road and struck soft earth and sand.  In an effort to right the car and get it back on the gravel, the big machine became unmanageable, the front wheels turned too far to the left and the momentum of the car caused it to turn a headlong somersault.  It turned twice and came to a rest on its wheels.

Mr. and Mrs. Freudenstein were thrown clear of the machine when it first turned over.   Little Millard was caught, it was thought, between the wheel and the seat and his chest was crushed.  The bodies of the other three occupants, Louis Freudenstein, Claude BICKEL and Milzer TRUMMELL, were found on the ground under the rear of the car.

Hurried to Hospital.

Friends came to the rescue immediately and after first aid was given, hurried the crushed bodies to the hospital as quickly as possible.  Mrs. Freudenstein, Millard and Mr. Bickel were taken to the new Macon County hospital, and Louis Freudenstein and Milzer Trummell were taken to the St. Mary’s hospital.

It was found that Millard and his grandfather were the worst injured.  Millard’s chest had been crushed, broken pieces of his ribs had penetrated the lungs, his right thigh was broken in two places, his jaw bone was fractured and a deep flesh wound inflicted on his left thigh.  There were also many minor injuries.

The injuries to Mr. Freudenstein were not so serious, but because of his advanced age and kidney trouble his recovery is considered doubtful.  His collarbone was broken and he was badly bruised.

Chicago Specialist Summoned.

All that surgery could do was done.  Dr. E. J. Brown, Decatur’s leading specialist, was summoned and pronounced Millard’s condition hopeless.  Dr. Goldmith, Chicago’s leading lung specialist, was summoned and he arrived at Decatur at 10 o'clock, an hour and a half after the little chap had died.  He then gave his attention to Mr. Freudenstein and this morning pronounced the case hopeful in case complications do not set in.

On Way to Springfield.

The Freudenstein party was on the way to see the militia encampment at Springfield.  They were accompanied from Clinton by Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Pond, Attorney and Mrs. Morris Hinchecliff and Thomas Hickman, driver of Mr. Pond’s car.  At Decatur they were met by Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Moore, who offered to pilot the party to Springfield.

The Moores did not see the accident, but the Pond party witnessed it as they were only a short distance in front.  Shocked by the awful accident, they hurried to the scene as quickly as possible.  Mrs. Freudenstein had Millard in her arms and Edward Freudenstein was trying to help extricate those under the car.

They found the elder Mr. Freudenstein lying under the rear of the car right beneath the two extra tires strapped on the back.  He was unconscious.  Trummell was under the right rear axle and he also was unconscious.  Bickel was lying under the front part of the car and simi-conscious.

Mother Shows Great Courage.

The injuries to both Mr. and Mrs. Freudenstein were superficial.  Both were bruised and scratched.  Mrs. Freudenstein’s greatest concern was for her boy and she never noticed her own injuries.  She showed remarkable courage and fortitude throughout the tragedy and is bearing up under her great trouble in a wonderful manner.

Miles Smith was one of the first persons on the scene.  He was driving to Springfield with a prty of six and was just behnd the party.  With him were his mother, father and sister, D. M. Smith, of Chicago, and Miss Hortense Smith, of Hanford, California.

When they arrived, a man by the name of Helm, who had come up on a motorcycle, was pulling the elder Mr. Freudenstein from beneath the car.  Trummell was lying on the ground beside the car vomiting and Bickel was holding his head in his hands.

Render First Aid.

In a short time a large number of persons were on the scene.  Someone went to a farm house and brought up a tub of water and a table cloth and petticoats were torn up for bandages.

A hurried telephone call was sent in for an ambulance which was delayed in arriving because of being misdirected.

Millard and Mrs. Freudenstein were taken to the hospital in Dr. Moore's car.  The elder Freudenstein was taken to the hospital in Mr. Pond’s car.  Smith took Bickel and Trummell was taken in by a stranger who happened on the scene.

Conscious To the Last.

Millard was conscious most of the time until his death which occurred at 8:30 last night.  He pitifully asked for a glass of lemonade shortly before his death.  His little life passed out while friends in Clinton, who were telephoning constantly, were hoping against hope that there was a chance.

Bring Body Home.

The bereaved party came back to Clinton shortly before midnight.  Brintlinger’s ambulance conveyed Millard’s body which was accompanied by Walter Loeb.  Mr. and Mrs. Freudenstein came back with Mr. and Mrs. Pond and Mr. and Mrs. Hinchcliff.  They arrived at 11:45.  Others who remained at the hospital came back on the last interurban.

Incidents of Tragedy.

It has been a long time since any tragedy has caused so much sorrow and interest as did this one.  Probably the first word that came to Clinton was a message from the Decatur Herald.

Walter Loeb was summoned by Mr. Hinchcliff and he immediately hurried out for Delia Burns, who has long made her home with the Freudensteins, and he took her to Decatur.  L. R. Forbes drove it in record time.  Fred Kent and Rolla Ingham accompanied them.

Told at Springfield.

Leonard W. Ingham received word of the tragedy at Springfield.  He hurried to Decatur and came back about 9 o'clock last night.  He brought hope that Millard had a bare chance to recover, but a moment after he arrived, the news of his death came over the telephone.

Among those who went to Decatur when they heard of the tragedy were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lemon, close friends of the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman, of Champaign, were notified of the accident and came to Decatur Sunday afternoon.  Mrs. Kaurman has remained at the bedside of her father ever since.  Mr. Kaufman came to Clinton today just before noon.

Mrs. Emma Miller, of Decatur, sister of Mrs. Freudenstein, came to Clinton early this morning.  She had been to Peoria yesterday and passed through Clinton last night at 10 o'clock.  She did not learn of the tragedy until this morning.

Funeral Probably Wednesday.

The funeral of Millard Freudenstein will probably be held Wednesday.  No arrangements had been made this afternoon.  He was born Oct. 5, 1908, and would have been eight years old this next October.   He was promoted from the second to the third grade at the close of school recently.

Millard was a fine, healthy boy and had a lovable disposition.  He was a favorite of his playmates and his constant companion was Jack Ingham, little son of L. W. Ingham, who lives just across the street from the Freudenstein home.  He was the only son of an old family and no boy could have had more to live for.

The sympathy of the whole community is extended the grief-stricken parents whose loss is unconsolable.

Note: Burial records list Edward's name as Edwin L. Freudenstein.


September 10, 1915
Clinton Register

Injured by Fall Two Weeks Before, Was Thought To Be Out of Danger—
Burial at Champaign.

The friends of Joseph FREUDENSTEIN, one of Clinton's oldest citizens and one of its merchants of more than half a century ago, died suddenly Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at the home of his nephew, E. L. FREUDENSTEIN on North Monroe street, aged about 90 years.

Two weeks previous to his death he became dizzy while in the court house basement and fell, striking his head on the edge of bricks that formed part of a ledge. He was taken home, and it was not thought the injury was serious. He seemed to be getting along very well. Saturday he was thought to be better than usual and his brother, Louis FREUENSTEIN, went to Champaign to visit his daughter. That day he attended to business matters, and there was no indication of his becoming worse until about an hour before his death. The change was as severe as unexpected and the family doctor was unable to revive him.

Deceased was born in Prussia. It is said he did not know his exact age, but it is certain he was near four-score and ten years when the death angel beckoned him from among his friends.

In his boyhood he learned something of the printer's trade and learning of opportunities in the New World, he borrowed money and began the long journey to the United States. For a few years after reaching this country he was a "pack peddler," and in 1862 became a clothier in Clinton, his first partner being the late Dr. John WARNER, father of Col. V. WARNER. The business that he built up in a number of years he sold to his brother Louis, who later made his son a partner, and they now conduct a business of which the foundation was laid by the man who first sold goods from door to door.

The possibilities of America has been well shown in the life of the young man who heard of, believed and experienced the greatness of a country where [neither] kings nor emperors rule, and every man is a monarch within himself.

The success that came as a result of his industry is seen in the valuable farm lands and other property that compose his estate, which it is understood much exceeds $100,000, perhaps may be double that amount.

Besides his brother he is survived by a sister in Prussia. Other than his nephew and niece, E. L. FREUDENSTEIN, of Clinton, and Mrs. J. M. KAUFFMAN, of Champaign, there are relatives in South Bend, Ind., and Cincinnati. He was never married.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home, conducted by Rabbi S. S. Telesche, of Springfield. The pall-bearers were Frank LEMON, O. M. POND, A. J. GAYHAGEN, L. W. INGHAM, M. TRUMMELL and Walter LOEB.

The honorary pall bearers were Jacob ZIEGLER, Fred KENT, Philip WOLFE, A. R. PHARES, Samuel NEWELL, W. O. ROGERS, Dr. J. M. WILCOX, I. N. BAILOR, John KILLOUGH, J. F. MILLER, John W. DAY, F. C. DAVIDSON, William BOOTH, Robert BLACK, James FRUIT and David McCLIMANS. The funeral party went to Champaign by special car on the interurban where the burial took place in the Jewish cemetery.


June 27, 1916, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Veteran Clinton Merchant Passed Away Peacefully in Decatur Hospital at 3:15 Today.

Louis FREUDENSTEIN, oldest Clinton merchant and one of the most widely respected men in DeWitt county, died at 3:15 o'clock this morning in the St. Mary’s hospital at Decatur, the second victim of the deplorable automobile accident near Decatur, Sunday.

Oldest and Youngest Dead.

The oldest and youngest members of the party of six, who were on their way to see the militia encampment at Springfield, lie dead.  Mr. and Mrs. Edward FREUDENSTEIN, parents of little Millard, whose life was lost, are recovering gradually from the physical shock of the accident.  The other two, Claude BICKEL and Milzer TRUMMELL, are reported to be resting as comfortably as could be expected.

Passing Peaceful.

The passing of Mr. Freudenstein was peaceful.  He simply slept out over the divide.  He took a change for the worse about 5 o'clock Monday afternoon and gradually grew weaker until the end.  His daughter, Mrs. Hattie KAUFMAN, of Champaign, was at his bedside.  His only son, Edward L. Freudenstein, was in Clinton with the bier of his only son.

Funeral in Champaign.

The body of Mr. Freudenstein will be taken to Champaign tonight to the home of Mrs. J. M. Kaufman, where it will be in state Wednesday.  The funeral will be held Thursday with interment by the side of his brother, Joseph, who died last September, in the family plot at Champaign.  Rabbi Tobias Schoenfaber, of Chicago, will officiate at the funeral services.   Clinton friends will be provided with transportation to the funeral Thursday.  All who wish to go are so invited.

Rabbi Schoenfaber will also officiate at the funeral Wednesday afternoon of Millard FREUDENSTEIN, which will be held at 2:30 o'clock at the residence of his parents, 625 North Monroe street.  Friends may call at the residence Wednesday morning and view the body.

Life of Louis Freudenstein.

The Freudenstein family has no record of the birth of Louis Freudenstein, but it is thought that he was about eighty-five years old.  He was born in Rosebeck, capital city of Kriese- Warburg, Kingdom of Prussia, of poor parentage.  He followed his brothers to America when about twenty years of age.  He came over in a sailing ship and it took six weeks to make the voyage.

He first came to Hillsboro, O., and later entered the Federal army for service in the civil war.   Before that time he earned a living and saved a little money selling jewelry.  After the war he opened a little clothing store at DuQuoin, Ill., about 125 miles south of Clinton.  In 1865, on invitation of his brother, Joseph, he came to Clinton and entered into partnership with him in the clothing store, which is now operated by Edward Freudenstein.

After a few years of partnership, he bought out his brother’s interest in the stock of goods and has remained owner since that time, almost half a century.  He had large land and property holdings at the time of his death.

He married Hannah FRIEDMAN, of Cincinnati.  She was a woman of many lovely qualities and her friends still talk of her splendid disposition.  She died about five years ago.  They built the home at 625 North Monroe street thirty years ago this winter and moved into it in the spring of 1887.

Honest and Sincere.

Mr. Freudenstein was a member of the Masonic and elks lodges.  In politics he was a Republican.   He was identified with the business interests of the city and was respected by all who knew him and loved by his friends.  He was a member of the Hebrew congregation at Champaign.  He was a man who attended strictly to his own business, never interfered with the business of others and was absolutely honest and fair in all his business and social relations.

Fine Neighbors.

“We have been neighbors for thirty years,” said Mrs. Alice K. Ingham today, “and I never knew better neighbors than Mr. and Mrs. Freudenstein.  They loved to have their friends come into their home and they would do anything in their power to help a neighbor.”

Deceased is survived by one son, Edward L. Freudenstein, with whom he has made his home since the death of his wife, and by one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Kaufman, of Champaign.  He also has a sister in Europe, Mrs. Emma Goldberg.  His two brothers, Sigmund and Joseph, preceded him in death.

Mrs. Esther FREUDENSTEIN, wife of his brother Sigmund, of South Bend, Ind., and her son, Milton, and daughter, Lillian, arrived in Clinton last night.  Mrs. Morris Sturm, an old friend of the family, has arrived from Chicago for the funeral services.

Note: Burial records list Edward’s name as Edwin L. Freudenstein.


February 25, 1910
Clinton Register

Death of a Good Woman.

Mrs. Hannah FREUDENSTEIN, wife of Lou FREUDENSTEIN, died at her home in Clinton Wednesday morning her death being caused by a complication of diseases. She was sick about six weeks and for ten days it was realized she would not recover. Hannah Freudenstein was born Aug. 1, 1848, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She lived in that city until her marriage to Louis Freudenstein June 19, 1867. They came to Clinton a few days later and this had since been their home. She had always been devoted to her family and true to her friends and had many true friends who are pained at her death. Few women attended more closely to the duties of the home, and few will be more missed by those who knew her best. She is survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. J. M. KAUFMAN, of Champaign, and E. L. FREUDENSTEIN, of Clinton. Funeral Services were held at the home on North Monroe street at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Messing, of Champaign. The remains were taken to Champaign in a special interurban car for burial. A number of Clinton friends accompanied the family to Champaign.


June 3, 1887
Clinton Public


Died last Sunday afternoon. On the 2nd of last December he was stricken with paralysis, and from that stroke he was never restored to health. At times he was able to be about town, and sometimes his family hoped for his recovery but only to be disappointed by another attack at unexpected moments. Fortunately he suffered but little pain during the months of his sickness. His death was peaceful. He was buried in the Hebrew cemetery at Bloomington on Tuesday morning, the funeral escort from his home to the Central being the Masonic order, of which he was a member. He leaves a wife and two children. His son Milton was one of the graduates at the recent commencement exercises of the Clinton high school. Mr. Freudenstein was born in Rosebeck, Prussia, fifty-two years ago. In 1861 he came to this country, and some ten years ago made his home in Clinton. Before coming here he was engaged in business in DuQuoin, Ill.

Edmund W. FRUIT 

August 9, 1907
Clinton Register

Had Lived in DeWitt County Half a Century—
Owned Three Thousand Acres of Land.

E. W. FRUIT, better known as "Doc" Fruit, died of paralysis Wednesday afternoon about four o'clock at his home in the north part of Kenney, aged 83. He was apparently in good health until last Saturday. That day he went with his son a short distance into the country to look at a farm which he contemplated purchasing. As he returned home he became sick and grew gradually worse until his death.

Two brothers bearing the name of FRUIT came to America from Wales before the French war. Both were soldiers in that struggle and were with General Braddock when he was defeated by the French and Indians. They were separated in that battle and one of them was never heard of afterward. The survivor, Jno. FRUIT, settled in North Carolina. One of his children, Thomas FRUIT, was born there Oct. 5, 1774, and in 1802 moved to Christian county, Ky.; he remained there until 1834 when he came to Illinois just 16 years after the first settlement. He settled in what was then a part of Macon county, now Tunbridge townshilp, arriving Nov. 15. He located on the land he had entered in 1827 when he came to Illinois with land explorers. He lived on this land until his death, Dec. 15, 1871; his wife, whom he married in Kentucky July 31, 1806, died March 28, 1866. To them were born six sons and six daughters, Edmund being the eighth.

Edmund W. Fruit, son of Thomas Fruit, was born in Kentucky Sept. 21, 1823. He remained with his father until he was twenty years old and was his main support on the farm. At twenty years he traded for 40 acres, which he made rails and fenced. This was the nucleus for his large land estate, which is about 3000 acres, all in DeWitt county. This land is worth from $150 to $200 an acre. Most of it is well improved and an average price would be about $175 an acre, making its value $525,000. Besides this he owned a fine home and a double store building in Kenney, which with his personal property would make his estate's value not far short of $600,000. Of course, a large percent of the value of the land is due to increased value, some which was bought of the government at $1.25 an acre, but many hundred acres of it was bought by Mr. Fruit at from $50 to $100 an acre. Yet the accumulation of such a vast estate shows what can be done by a man when he has the will and determination to do. Perhaps many young men who had better opportunity then Mr. Fruit in early days in DeWitt county died poor or owned only a small farm.

In 1844 he returned to Kentucky to visit his brother, and while there, March 6, 1845, was married to Miss Elizabeth BOYD. They remained there until the fall of 1846 when they came to this county; a log cabin was built on his 40 acres, and they began the life of the early settlers. His wife died August 8, 1856, three of the five children born to them surviving her. Two of whom are living, James A. and Mrs. Frank BARNETT, both near Kenney.

Nov. 5, 1857, he was married to Miss Sarah E. BLUE, of West Virginia, who died April 28, 1873. Three children were born to them, Arthur W. and Laura B., and one died in infancy.

His next marriage was to Miss Susan E. BLUE, who died Jan. 16, 1880, no children being born to them. Nov. 4, 1880, he was married to Mrs. Isabel BLUE, who died about year ago. He is survived by the following children: James A., Mrs. B. F. CLARK, Mrs. Frank Barnett and Arthur W., all living near Kenney. There also are twenty-five grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, all living in DeWitt county.

Though Mr. Fruit gave up active farm work several years ago, he did not lose his love for the farm, and spent much of his time looking after his farm interests. His life is evidence of the estimation he placed upon land as a safe and profitable investment. He had strong convictions and after deciding upon a course of action did not deviate from it.

Politically he was a Democrat since 1864. His first vote for president was cast for Henry Clay, Whig candidate, and his first Democratic vote for George B. McClellan. He voted for temperance and was in sympathy with the temperance cause in a conservative way.

As a husband and father he was an exemplary man; as a neighbor and friend he was kind and charitable. He was not a believer in popular charities, but those in want never appealed to him in vain. He once said to a friend: "I help everyone that begs at my door, lest I turn one hungry man away."

By the death of Mr. Fruit, DeWitt county has lost another of those sturdy pioneers who found this country a wilderness and left it as a garden. Those living enjoy the fruits of their hardships.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow in the Kenney M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Everton, pastor of the Universalist church of Decatur. Burial in the Baptist cemetery northeast of Kenney.

Mrs. Edmund W. FRUIT 

March 2, 1906
Clinton Register


Isabella BLUE was born in Hampshire County, West Virginia, March 16, 1836, and died at her home in Kenney, Illinois, February 16, 1906, aged 69 years and eleven months.

She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett I. BLUE, and moved to Illinois with her mother and brother in February, 1876. [The name of her husband was not given.] No children were born to this union.

About two years ago Mrs. FRUIT was attacked by that dread disease, consumption, and has gradually grown worse until about three months ago when she became too feeble to attend to her household duties and since then has been confined to her bed, requiring the services of a trained nurse.

Mrs. Fruit was of a quiet but cheerful disposition, and was always looking for the opportunity to help those with whom she came in contact. Even during her long sickness she never complained, but was always patient and seemed to be trying to lessen the burdens of those who waited on and cared for her. She was essentially a home maker and was never so happy as when doing something for the pleasure of others about her.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 19, at 1 o'clock from the M. E. church at Kenney, and were conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney, of Clinton. The floral gifts were numerous-the most prominent of which was a large blanket of white roses, carnations and water lilies. The pall bearers were: N. R. Persinger, W. W. Johnston, J. Kraft, Perry Wene, D. Rung and J. I. Everson. Interment was in the family burying ground at the Baptist cemetery east of town.    —Kenney Gazette.

Note: She was the fourth wife of Edmund W. Fruit.

John D. FRUIT 

January 19, 1912
Clinton Register


The following is from the Kenney Gazette of this week:

J. D. (familiarly known as Jack) FRUIT died at his home in Kenney at 9:30 p.m. Monday January 15, 1912 of pneumonia. Mr. Fruit had been in poor health for a number of years.

J. D. Fruit was born in Kentucky May 10, 1831, and at the time of his death was 80 years, 8 months and 5 days old. He came to this county with his parents when about four years old and has lived here ever since.

In 1855 he was united in marriage to Rebecca DODSON. To this union seven children were born, three dying in infancy and another, Mrs. Emma WILLIAMS, dying a few years ago in Nebraska. Those surviving are James, of Nebraska; Sarah RALAHAN, of Kansas; and Mary, wife of Alex. GANDY, of Kenney.

He was again married in 1869 to Mary M. GANDY, there being ten children born to this union: Harry, Doc, and Mrs. Daisy JENKINS, of Kenney; Alva and Mrs. Kate FOWLER, of Decatur; Jack, Mrs. Martha RYBOLT and Mrs. Gussie TROBAUGH, of Clinton; [and] Charley and Eddy died in infancy. He also leaves his wife, thirty-two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted from the late residence at one o'clock Wednesday, Rev. R. S. Eggleston, pastor of the Christian church, officiating. Burial was in Tunbridge cemetery.


January 7, 1887
Clinton Public

William S. FULLENWIDER, who for the past fifteen years has been on of the prosperous farmers of this county, died at his home in Wapella township, on Wednesday morning, after a brief sickness of only a few days. Mr. Fullenwider came from Indiana and bought a large tract of land on the north border of this county, a part of which was over in McLean county. He was largely interested in stock and sheep raising, and was the owner of something like six hundred acres of as fine land as could be found in the state. He was what might be called independently rich, but his love for the life of a farmer led him to seek a home in the country rather than live at his ease in the city. He was a plain unassuming man, and one of the best of neighbors. No matter at what hour of the day or night, or in sunshine or storm, Mr. Fullenwider would abandon everything to help a neighbor. He was a thorough Christian, and carried into the business of his every day life the practice of his religious profession. Such a man leaves a void in his family and in the neighborhood. Mr. Fullwider was about fifty years of age. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their great loss. One of his sons is a lawyer in good practice in Chicago, and another son is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.


November 6, 1914, Friday
Clinton Register


Mr. and Mrs. John FULLER arrived home from South Carolina yesterday.  Attorney L. O. Williams and Dr. Marshall went to St. Louis and accompanied them home.  Mr. Fuller stood the trip well, considering his feeble condition, making the entire trip on a cot.  At St. Louis a stop was made for a rest.

Mr. Fuller’s health never improved to any extent after he entered the sanitarium, but he rather continued to gradually grow more feeble.  He has been too weak since he reached here to converse but very little, but stated that he was glad to again be in his home and among kind friends.


November 13, 1914, Friday
Clinton Register

John Fuller Died Last Friday Night After Years of Illness —
Fought for Life.

After a long and most heroic fight for life, John Fuller, a leading attorney of this county and one of our most prominent city residents expired at his home on West Main street at ten o'clock last Friday night.

Mr. Fuller had been afflicted with tuberculosis for many years but not until about two years ago did his condition become such as to interfere with his office duties, and until the past summer he had not missed a session of court.  Fully five years ago many of his friends predicted for him less than another year of life here, but they were agreeably disappointed and many were the hopes expressed that the attorney would eventually win over the most determined foe he had ever encountered.  After he had begun to fail, he with his wife sought relief for the sufferer in different parts of the south and west, including a number of springs where it was hoped the healing waters and balmy winds might baffle the grim foe.  Last summer Mr. Fuller had a large front porch at his home on West Main street enclosed with screen wire, the bottom being tight to keep out storm winds and rain, and there he spent the latter part of the summer and early fall.  About two months ago, accompanied by his wife, he was taken to Hendersonville, N. C., to a famous sanitarium, but the change while not being for the worse was not encouraging and last week, but two days preceding his death, he was brought home.

John Fuller came of Irish stock and was the son of William and Rebecca (PARKER) FULLER.   He was born in Rutledge township May 15, 1859.  His father was a member of the DeWitt county bar and also served a term as sheriff, having been a school teacher previous to beginning the practice of law.  John Fuller was one of nine children.  As a boy he attended the public schools of the county and later entered the Wesleyan at Bloomington where he graduated in a literary in 1891, and a year later received his diploma from the law department of the same institution.  During his college life he worked on the farm during vacation to assist in paying his way during the terms of study.  After being admitted to the bar he at once opened an office in Clinton and the same year was elected state’s attorney of DeWitt county, being chosen to succeed himself four years later.   At the time of his first election he was the youngest in both point of years and practice of any man ever elected to a like office in the state, and this honor he held until his death.  Mr. Fuller soon came to the front as one of the most successful attorneys in the county, especially as a criminal lawyer, and being so completely wrapped up in his profession he continued to take part in law practice with his law partner, L. O. Williams, even after he required assistance to reach the court house, which was but two blocks from his home.  While always eager to win a case, both for honor and financial gain, he was liberal almost to a fault and many times has been known to voluntarily take a case where there was not only little chance of winning but absolutely no fees in sight.  When he was elected state’s attorney the county was decidedly Republican, but Mr. Fuller not only won, but each time ran ahead of his ticket.

January 16, 1893, John Fuller was married to Miss Hattie L. FIELDS, daughter of James FIELDS, a farmer resident of White county.  No children were born to the union, but the couple brought up and educated a nephew and niece of Mrs. Fuller, William and Irene FIELDS, the former dying in Missouri three years ago.  For many years Mr. Fuller was an active member of the Blue lodge, chapter and commandery of the Free Masons, the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen.  In 1893 he was elected president of the DeWitt County Agricultural and Mechanical Association.  He was a leading member of the Presbyterian church and until his last illness took active part in the work of the church.

Politically Mr. Fuller was a life-long democrat and always took a deep interest in the doings of his party.  His connection with many prominent cases in the courts in Central Illinois gave him a wide acquaintance, and he was recognized as an attorney with few superiors in his profession in this section of the state.

Deceased leaves surviving, his widow, the niece, Miss Irene Fields, at home; a brother, Smith FULLER, of Sandy Bend, Ark.; two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca J. VANCE, who owns the old homestead, and Mrs. Josephine MITCHELL, of Columbus, Ohio; also a nephew, Sam Fuller, of Laramie, Wyoming.

Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church at 2:30 Monday afternoon, deceased having been an elder in that church since 1891.  Religious services were in charge of Rev. W. H. Fulton, a former pastor.  The members of the DeWitt County Bar Association and those of the various lodges of which deceased was a member attended in their respective bodies.  Prominent attorneys from other cities also attended.  Burial in Woodlawn.

The death of John Fuller closed the career of four of the county’s leading attorneys, all of whom were prominent and successful during many years in the same courts.  All died when just passing the prime of life, and each at a time when it was thought by all that they had great work before them.  They were Geo... The obituary ends there in mid- sentence.


December 1, 1893
Clinton Public

Mr. W. D. FULLER’s babe died on Monday night.  It was buried on Wednesday at the Long Point Cemetery.

Note: Cemetery records show that Leah was the daughter of W. D. and F. A. Fuller, aged 2 years, 5 months and 24 days.

William FULLER, Jr. 

May 23, 1890
Clinton Public

Death of William Fuller, Jr.

Five weeks ago today Mr. John FULLER started from this city for Cleveland, Ohio, with his brother William, to place him under the care of a physician who has made some reputation as a specialist in lung diseases. William’s wife accompanied them. When William left here he was in a very low condition, but the hope of a new lease of life buoyed him up and almost from the hour of his arrival in Cleveland he seemed to gain strength and courage. The physician expressed himself positively that he could be cured, and every letter that his father received was full of hope and encouraging news.

There was a sudden change for the worse yesterday, for the first intimation that Mr. Fuller received was a telegram from his daughter-in-law that her husband was dying. Mr. John Fuller, who is a student at the Wesleyan University in Bloomington, also received a telegram to the same effect, and he at once made preparations to leave for Cleveland. Later in the evening, before the departure of the train, he received a second telegram that his brother was dead and that his wife would start for home this morning with his remains. It was a sudden and sad shock to the family, coming within a few hours after Mr. Fuller had received a letter from his daughter-in-law which was full of encouragement.

William FULLER, Jr., was twenty-nine years old. He was born in Rutledge township, in this county, on the 6th of may, 1861. He was the third oldest son of Mr. William FULLER, and to him his father left the entire management of the business of his farms. Three years ago he began to show symptoms of declining health, for up to that time he was strong and vigorous. A year ago last winter he went to Texas in the hope that a milder climate would help him, and on his return home he seemed much better. Then he began to fail again, and hearing of some remarkable cures that had been affected by a specialist in Cleveland, Ohio, he went there five weeks ago today. The doctor pronounced his disease to be fibrous consumption of the bowels and lungs. So encouraged was he by the treatment he was receiving that in six weeks from now he expected to return home a well man. Five years ago he was married to Miss Hattie ARGO, daughter of Mr. Samuel ARGO, and two children were born to them, one being a boy who is now three years old. A year ago their baby died. The remains will arrive in this city tomorrow morning, at which time notice will be given of the time of the funeral.


May 30, 1890
Clinton Public

The remains of William FULLER, Jr., arrived in this city last Saturday afternoon, at four o’clock, and on Sunday afternoon were interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. It fortunately happened that Colonel V. WARNER was in Cleveland on Thursday of last week, the day Mr. Fuller died. Before leaving home he got the address from Mr. Fuller, Sen., and happened by the house just as young Mr. Fuller was dying. It was a relief to Mrs. Fuller to see a friendly face from home in this sad hour of her life. Colonel Warner took charge of the arrangements and relieved Mrs. Fuller from all responsibility, and on Friday he hurriedly closed up the business that had taken him to Cleveland, and that night started homeward with the remains. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church at two o’clock on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Dr. REED, assisted by the Rev. W. A. HUNTER, conducting the ceremonies. The funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen in Clinton, the head of the procession arriving at the corner of Woodlawn avenue before the last carriage had left the public square.

Mrs. Daniel H. FULTS 

December __, 1925
Paper Unknown


Mrs. Daniel H. FULTS, who has been in poor health for the past year, passed away at three o'clock Sunday morning, death occurring at the Macon County Hospital in Decatur, where she was taken two weeks before.  She bore her suffering patiently and without murmuring, and although she received every attention and care, her strength gradually ebbed until death relieved her Sunday morning.

In the passing of Mrs. Fults the community loses a noble woman, a good worker in the Master’s cause, a devoted mother and wife, a woman who will be missed and mourned by all.  Emma Helen McCRARY, daughter of Thomas Logan and Susan (CUPPY) McCRARY, was born in Logan county, Ill., Oct. 23, 1855, but soon moved with her parents to the vicinity of Waynesville, which has virtually been her life-time residence.

On July 21, 1887, she was united in marriage to Daniel H. FULTS, at Lincoln, Ill.  They at once began their married life at Waynesville, which has been their residence ever since.  To this union was born an only son, Frank, whose constant home has been with his parents.

For several years before her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools in Waynesville.  She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a devout Christian in every sense of the word.

Besides her husband and son, she is survived by two sisters and one brother, namely: Alice, wife of Charles R. CANTRALL, of Fredonia, Kansas; Miss Sadie McCRARY, of Waynesville; and William McCRARY, of Blairsburg, Iowa all whom were present at the funeral services.

The funeral was held at the home in Waynesville, at three o'clock Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. L. Wood, pastor of the M. E. church.  The pall bearers were John Marvel, John Bray, R. H. Selby, H. W. Fisher, J. D. Warrick and J. F. Dix, all friends and neighbors of the deceased.  Burial was made in the Evergreen cemetery.

Note: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 lists date of death as December 13, 1925 in Decatur, Macon County.

Cyrus FUNK 

April 12, 1895
Clinton Public

Death of Cyrus Funk.

For thirty months Cyrus FUNK was confined to his home, so that in a manner he had dropped out of sight. Forty-four years ago he came from Bethlehem, Penn., the town where he was born on the 31st of August, 1826, and located in Clinton, where he married Susan D. DOWNEY in 1852. His first business venture in Clinton was in the manufacture of furniture; later he established a carding mill; and early in the seventies he started a planing mill, which he conducted till 1890, when he sold out. On the 10th of February, 1882, Mr. Funk was injured by being caught in the belting of the machinery and this injury gradually developed into paralysis of the body. Thirty months ago he became so helpless that he could not leave his home, and for the past year he was completely prostrated so that he could not even feed himself. His son Darby and his sister-in-law, Miss Laura DOWNEY, devoted their entire time to giving him the needed care. On Wednesday he became totally unconscious, and on Thursday morning [April 11] the stricken body was at rest. In his day, Mr. Funk took an active interest in the public affairs of Clinton, and as a business man he was pushing and energetic. At his death he was in his sixty-ninth year.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. W. J. TULL, in the Methodist Church, on Saturday afternoon, at two o'clock. The Masonic lodge will have charge of the ceremonies. Three children are left: William who lives in St. Louis; Mrs. W. P. JONES, Los Angeles, Cal.; and R. D., better known as Darby.


April 19, 1895
Clinton Public

There were three deaths in the Cyrus Funk family with seven days. On Monday last week Mr. Funk's sister died at Wooster, Ohio; on Friday Mr. Funk died; and on Saturday his nephew died in Farmer City.

Mrs. Cyrus FUNK 

March 4, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Cyrus Funk.

After a long and painful illness Mrs. FUNK died last Friday night. Mrs. Funk, whose maiden name was Susan DOWNEY, was born in Pocahontas county, Virginia, on the 17th of October, 1830. In the year 1851 she came to Clinton to visit her sister, Mrs. MADDEN, and while here she made the acquaintance of Mr. Cyrus FUNK, to whom she was married in the year following. She was the mother of three children, all of whom are living. William, for the past few years a partner in the firm of Amsden and Funk, was her oldest son. Her daughter Minnie is the wife of Mr. J. R. JONES, and now lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Darby is the youngest of the family, and he is now at home, having come a few weeks [ago] when his mother was considered to be dangerously sick. Mrs. Funk united with the Methodist Church when she was but sixteen years old, and during her life she maintained the character of a true Christian woman. For more than thirty-six years her home was in this city. She was active in all womanly enterprises, and especially in the temperance work was her influence exerted. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.

Henry FUNK 

January 3, 1908
Clinton Register


Henry FUNK died Tuesday morning, aged 74. He had lived here many years and had held several offices, being town clerk at the time of his death. He served in the Civil War being a member of Co. J 107th Ill. Reg. He was a charter member of the Farmer City Masonic lodge and had been a member of the I. O. O. F. 32 years. He is survived by two sons, Charles, of Arcola, Ed, of Piper City, and a daughter at home. His wife died January 2, 1903.

Mr. & Mrs. Isaac FUNK 

February 2, 1865
Clinton Public


We are pained to hear of the sudden death of Hon. Isaac FUNK, our State Senator, and his estimable lady. He died at his residence, in Bloomington, on Sunday morning last, at 4 o'clock, and she followed him three hours after.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Lloyd FUNK 

May 7, 1897
Clinton Register

The funeral of Lloyd FUNK was held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Kumler, who delivered an impressive sermon. Many beautiful floral offerings were placed about the casket by the hands of loving friends. The interment was in Woodlawn.

(See news article regarding the accident.)

William FUNK 

November 25, 1904
Clinton Register

A Former Clinton Merchant Found Dead Along the Railroad Near Knoxville, Ill., Wednesday.

About two o'clock Nov. 23 William FUNK, of Bloomington, formerly of Clinton, was found dead by a farmer, near Knoxville, about two and a half miles east of Galesburg. There were no bruises on the body to indicate there had been foul play or that he had been struck by a train. He laid on his back as if he was asleep, and his clothing was in no way disarranged. It was decided he had been walking along the track and was stricken with apoplexy.

He was engaged in the insurance business with his brother-in-law, John HAMMOND, in Bloomington. Tuesday morning he was at home and seemed as well as usual, except he complained of a severe pain in the back of his head, but refused to consult a doctor. He left his office about 9 o'clock that morning, and was seen at the depot just before noon. This was the last heard of him until his body was found. It is thought the pain was so severe that he partly lost his mind and did not know where he was going. There was nothing wrong with his business affairs and he had drawn no money from the bank since Nov. 14.

Wm. Funk was born in Clinton, June 14, 1854, and was a son of Cyrus FUNK, one of Clinton’s well known citizens, who died about fifteen years ago. Feb. 28, 1883, he was married to Miss Ella SACKETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. SACKETT, the latter still living and resides in Clinton. One son was born to them Nov. 13, 1889, and he and another boy were killed south of Clinton in 1897 by a sand bank caving in while they were gathering flowers. For many years he clerked in the dry goods store of Magill Bros. in this city and later he and Mr. Amsden bought and conducted the business, the firm name being Amsden & Funk. Several years ago he moved to Bloomington where he had charge of the dry goods department of a store until about a year ago, when he resigned to engage in the insurance business.

Mrs. William FUNK 

(See Mrs. Charles B. RIGGS)