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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

Mrs. Joseph GABRIEL 

November 15, 1873, Saturday
Clinton Public

Mr. Joseph GABRIEL, living about two miles west of Macon, met with a sad loss in the death of his wife and daughter, nine years of age, on evening of the 7th inst.  The cause of the fire was the explosion of a metallic coal oil lamp, just filled by Mrs. G.   She went into a bedroom to see about a babe of nine months followed by this daughter.  The husband, hearing the report, ran in from another bedroom to find his wife enveloped in flames.  He wrapped her in a blanket, carried her outside the house, and then went in to rescue the two children in the room, but before he could get there the little girl had crossed over the burning carpet, taking fire.  He succeeded in getting the babe out unharmed, but before he could get out, his wife, in the excitement and suffering, had started to their nearest neighbors, George Demerys, one-fourth of a mile off, accompanied by the little girl, burning up by inches.  They lived until the next morning, when death put an end to their sufferings.  His house and all its contents were consumed.  The citizens have secured sufficient funds to assist in building and refurbishing a new one.

Isaac GABY 

April 25, 1913
Clinton Register

Isaac GABY died April 21. He was born in Washington county, Tenn., March 23, 1840. He was united in Marriage to Miss Sarah EARLY in September, 1871. To this union were born twelve children, eight sons and four daughters. They were Samuel, deceased; William; Lonnie; Roy; Ira; John, deceased; Cuba; Charles; Nettie, deceased; Mrs. Charles GODDEN, of Farmer City; and Mrs. Jacob CHENEY, of DeLand. Mr. Gaby enlisted in the civil war in Company I, Eighth Cavalry in Tennessee, November 24, 1863. He was discharged from the service September 8, 1865, at Knoxville, Tenn. The funeral services were held at the C. P. church Wednesday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Mr. DeVore. Interment was in DeWitt cemetery.

Mrs. Isaac GABY 

December 18, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

Sarah Elizabeth EARLY was born April 2, 1856, in Tennessee, and died Dec. 12, 1916, aged sixty years, eight months and ten days.  She was married to Isaac GABY in 1868.  Twelve children were born to this union, eight sons and four daughters.  Five boys and three girls survive, as follows: William, Alonzo, Roy, Charlie and Cuba, at home; Mrs. Eva GODDEN, of Farmer City; Mrs. Minnie CHANEY, of Deland, and Ira, of Clinton.  She professed religion when about fifteen years old and kept the faith until the death angel came and the Soul took its flight to live with God.  Mrs. Gaby was a woman attached to her home and family circle and to her many friends and neighbors who have always held her in the highest esteem.   The funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Thursday at the C. P. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. M. Powers.  The floral offerings were many and beautiful.  Interment was in the DeWitt cemetery.

GADDIS (child) 

February 10, 1888
Clinton Public

Burned to Death.

Six miles north-west of Clinton lives Richard GADDIS. On last Wednesday afternoon his little four-year-old daughter was burned to death. Mrs. GADDIS had gone to visit a sick neighbor and Mr. Gaddis was out working in the field. The children got to making paper cigars and smoking them. The little girl's clothes caught fire, and before her father could reach the house her clothing was all in flames. The child inhaled the flames and smoke, which resulted in her death that night. It is a terrible affliction on the poor father and mother.


March 22, 1889
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary C. GADDIS died at her home, five miles northwest of Aurora, Hamilton county, Neb., March 10, at 2 o'clock A.M. The burial was at the Aurora cemetery. The deceased was born in Warren county, Ohio, on the 15th day of October, 1832, and in October, 1855, she moved with her parents, Abraham and Rachel TROWBRIDGE, to DeWitt county, Illinois, near where the village of Kenney now stands. She was married to Levi D. GADDIS on Sept. 8, 1859, and lived in Tunbridge township, DeWitt county, Illinois, until March 9, 1888, when she removed with her husband and family to Hamilton county, Nebraska. She was the mother of four children; the second, Sarah J., died Sept. 24, 1865, and the other three children, Mrs. Jesse Cantrell, Milford W. Gaddis and Mrs. Elsworth Squier, all live in Hamilton county, Nebraska. She was a devoted wife and a kind mother and leaves many kind friends to mourn her loss.

GAINES (child) 

December 18, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, December 12, of membranous croup, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. GAINES. The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in this their sad bereavement.

Lawrence E. GAINES 

August 17, 1894
Clinton Public

Lawrence Gaines Stricken Down during a Storm.

John W. GAINES lives on a farm five and one-half miles southwest of Weldon. Last Saturday afternoon about two o'clock, as the threshers were about through threshing Mr. Gaines' grain, a heavy rain and wind storm came up accompanied with thunder and vivid flashes of lightning. The men at work with the thresher, numbering twelve in all, sought shelter in a corn crib. In the doorway of the crib there stood a team of horses. Just as the rain was about over a flash of lightning struck the crib and instantly killed Lawrence E. GAINES, a son of the owner of the farm, and a horse. Mr. Gaines was also stunned by the flash but he recovered in a few minutes. Charles MOORHEAD, whose home is in Nebraska, was also stricken down, and for some time it was thought life was extinct. His nervous system was badly shocked and he was brought to Clinton for medical treatment. The horse that was killed fell on Thomas ROGERS, who lives near Lane Station, and badly bruised his leg.

Lawrence Gaines was fifteen years old. He was a member of the United Brethren Church and also of Y. P. S. C. E. connected with Shiloh Church. His life was a blessing to the young people with whom he was acquainted for he was always doing good and helping others to see the bright and sunny side of life.

Samuel B. GAINES 

September 23, 1887
Clinton Public

Samuel B. GAINES died on Wednesday evening at the residence of his brother, J. W. GAINES, of malarial fever, aggravated by diabetes. His age was 41. He was buried at Lincoln on Thursday. Further particulars next week.


January 10, 1913
Clinton Register


LaVon GALE, son of Charles GALE and wife of Weldon, died at the Prince Sanitarium in Springfield last Friday morning at 9:15, aged 8 years. He had been at the sanitarium for the past four months and had submitted to three surgical operations. Remains were brought from Springfield to Weldon Friday evening for interment.

Mrs. William H. GALE 

February 23, 1900
Clinton Register

Grandma Gale Departed This Life February 18, at Her Home Near Birkbeck.

Synda A., daughter of Absalom and Susana FISHER was born in Pickway county, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1834, being at her death 65 years, 11 months and 21 days old.  She married W. A. GALE in Ohio in 1855.  Eight children were born of this union, three sons and five daughters, all of whom are dead except two sons, G. W., of Weldon, and Wm., of DeWitt, Ill.  One brother, Reuben, of Ohio, and one sister, Susana, of Pickering, Mo., and one orphan grandson 8 years old, with the aged companion survive to mourn her death.  Mother Gale had a kind and cheerful disposition and through all her troubles and suffering was never heard to murmur or complain and the world was made brighter by her life.  “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God;” and may the mourning friends and relatives look unto Him who has said: “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”     —A FRIEND.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


September 7, 1906
Clinton Register


Rev. I. B. GALLAGHER died Wednesday at his home in Midland City, aged 90, being born May 10, 1916, in the East, and his parents moved to Illinois when he was young, locating in McDonough county. He later lived at Farmer City. After Quitting the ministry he went into the furniture business in Kenney, where he was burned out in 1889 when several stores were burned. He then engaged in the same business in Waynesville, and lost his store there by fire in 1893. He then opened a furniture store in Midland City, which he conducted until 1899, when he retired from the business on account of old age. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. LeGRAND, of Pierce City, Mo.; Mrs. EBE, of Farmer City; and three brothers, Geo. of Weldon; David and Bazel, of Arkansas. Funeral was held at 10 o'clock today in the Kenney Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. McFadden. Burial in Pleasant Valley cemetery, 2 miles west of Kenney.


January 2, 1919
Clinton Daily Public

John Gallaway, Aged 76, Wealthy Land Owner, Succumbs.

John GALLAWAY, a well known resident of south of Weldon and a prosperous farmer of that community passed away after an illness of complications of diseases yesterday afternoon at his home. He was born in Ireland in 1842 and has resided near Weldon for over 40 years. He is survived by three sons, James, of Pike county, and John and Frank, of Weldon. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock at Methodist church of Weldon with Rev. W. L. Duncan, of Argenta, assisted by Rev. J. P. Carter, of Farmer City, and Rev. O. W. Lough, of Weldon, officiating. Interment will be made in the Weldon cemetery.

Mrs. Margaret S. GALT 

October 20, 1899
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Margaret S. GALT died at the home of her sister Mrs. Sarah NEWELL, of Farmer City, on Tuesday, October 17, 1899, at 6:30 a.m., in her 77th year. Funeral: home of Mrs. Newell on October 17th. Burial: Farmington, IL., October 18th.

Submitted by Unknown
October 20, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Margaret GALT died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah NEWELL, Oct. 17, at 9:30 a.m., aged 77 years. Funeral services were held at the home of her sister, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. The remains were taken to her home at Farmingdale, Ill., Wednesday morning. Mrs. Galt came here about two months ago to visit and was shortly afterwards taken sick.


January __, 1928
The McLean Lens

John Longworth returned home last Friday evening from Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he was called by the death of his brother-in-law, George GAMBREL, which occurred at his home in Aberdeen, on Friday, January 6th.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 10th, at Aberdeen, where burial was made in the family lot.

Mr. Gambrel was born at Waynesville, Illinois, and grew to manhood there.  He served as postmaster of Waynesville for seven years, and was later deputy sheriff of DeWitt County.

Mr. Gambrel was married on September 6, 1887, to Ida M. DICK, of Waynesville, who survives him.  He is also survived by two sons, Chas., of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Donald, of Aberdeen, and his aged mother, Mary GAMBREL, of Tabor, Ill.; also two brothers and six sisters, one of whom is Mrs. John LONGWORTH, of McLean.

The family moved to Aberdeen 18 years ago, where Mr. Gambrel took a keen interest in the promotion of all community and educational activities, serving as chairman of the school board for many years.  His many friends in this community regret to hear of his passing.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
GAMBREL, GEORGE     ESKEW, ETTA      02-08-1883     DE WITT
GAMBREL, GEORGE     DICK, IDA M.      09-08-1886     DE WITT

Mrs. George GAMBREL 

January 25, 1884
Clinton Public

George GAMBREL and wife left Waynesville some months ago for St. Joe, Neb.  Mrs. GAMBREL had been in poor health, and thinking that a change of climate would be beneficial, George bought a farm in Nebraska and moved there.  Mrs. Gambrel died last week, and her body was brought back for internment at Waynesville.

Note: Mary Etta (Eskew) Gambrel is buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Thompson P. GAMBREL 

October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Rebecca Gambrel.

"Aunt Becky," as she was familiarly called, died at the home of her daughter, near Waynesville, on Saturday, September 30, aged eighty-seven years, five months and nine days.  She was the oldest settler in DeWitt County at the time of her death, having moved to Illinois from Indiana in 1825 and settling near where the village of Waynesville is located.  Mrs. Gambrel was born in South Carolina on the 21st of April, 1806, her parents being John and Nancy BARR.  Her parents moved from South Carolina to Tennessee and from there to Indiana, where she was united in marriage to Prettyman MARVEL on the 15th of May, 1823.  Eleven children were born to them, seven of whom are now living.  Mr. Marvel died on the 23d of July, 1842, and five years later "Aunt Becky" was united in marriage to Thompson P. GAMBREL.  He died in Waynesville, August 31, 1877.  There were no children by the last marriage.  "Aunt Becky" was an earnest Christian woman, and the memory of her life of usefulness in her home, the church, and among her neighbors will be a pleasant thought to her descendants and to the neighbors among whom her life was spent.  All of her children were at her bedside when the final summons came, and in the dying moments of the aged saint they could see the triumphs of the Christian’s life.

William GAMBREL 

September 10, 1909
Clinton Register

At 1:30 Tuesday William GAMBREL died at his home in Barnett township, aged nearly 76. He attended the Atlanta fair Tuesday of last week, and that evening was not feeling well, but his condition did not alarm his friends until Saturday when it was realized he had pneumonia.

Deceased was born in Ohio Oct. 10, 1833, and had lived in this county the greater part of his life. He owned a well-improved farm south of Waynesville three miles and had been active in farming and stock raising. He served one term as county treasurer and was one of the best officials the county ever had.

He is survived by his wife and nine children, as follows: George, of Niantic; Frank, south of Waynesville; Calvin, near Tabor; Mrs. Lavina ATCHISON, Waynesville; Mrs. Rebecca LANTERMAN, Aurora; Mrs. Elizabeth HORN, Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Laura LONGWORTH, McLean, Ill.; Mrs. Anna THOMPSON, McLean; and Miss Minnie, at home. William, who was an attorney, died in Clinton nearly 20 years ago.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church in Waynesville yesterday at 2 o'clock. Burial in Evergreen cemetery.


December 9, 1881
Clinton Public

Master Dell GAMBY, aged 10, died at the home of David Atchison Saturday night, and was buried Sabbath afternoon.  His father, who was away on a visit, was summoned by telegraph and arrived one hour before he died.

Mrs. W. GAMBY 

March 19, 1875
Clinton Public


We have been enjoying a few nice days of fine weather, but today we are getting it all back again.  This is one of the most disagreeable days of the whole winter.  There has been four deaths in our little village and vicinity within the last week.  The first was Mrs. GAMBY, wife of W. GAMBY, our blacksmith; Miss Nancy A. Cantrall, daughter of L. Cantrall, who has been an invalid for several years; an old gentleman, the father of C. Livingston, of our place, died on Monday night, whose death was caused by a fall he got some three weeks ago.  He was about eighty years of age.  The other was a lady who was visiting Mr. Boyce’s family in this place.  Name not known.

George W. GANDY 

July 10, 1903
Clinton Register


George W. GANDY, a former resident of this county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. P. GRAHAM, in Lexington, Oklahoma, last Sunday morning, July 5, at 4:20 o'clock.  He had been complaining of a dizziness for some days, but he appeared in his usual health, and the day before his death was spent about the streets of Lexington.

George W. Gandy was born in Union county, Ohio, June 5th, 1836, and when 18 years old located in the north part of this state, where he remained about three years, when he came to this county, where he had made his home, until about three years ago, when he went to Lexington, Oklahoma, where he had made his home with Mrs. Graham.  He was married to Mrs. Elizabeth HUTCHIN about 38 years ago, but she preceded him to the grave about five years ago.

Mrs. Graham arrived here Tuesday night with the remains.  The funeral took place Wednesday at 4 p.m., from Wm. Monson’s residence at 814 West Main street, conducted by Revs. E. A. Gilliland and S. C. Black, after which the remains were laid to rest in Woodlawn.  The A. F. and A. M. lodge of Kenney took charge of the remains here.

George W. Gandy was well and favorably known in this county.  His disposition was pleasant and agreeable, honest and industrious.

Mrs. George W. GANDY 

July 3, 1898
Clinton Register

Mrs. Elizabeth Gandy Dies at Her Home in Hallsville After a Painful Illness—
Funeral To-Day.

Yesterday at her home in Hallsville, Mrs. Elizabeth GANDY, wife of Geo. W. GANDY, departed this life, aged 74 years, 9 months and 27 days, having been confined to her bed several weeks.

Mrs. Elizabeth PROUD was born in Montgomery county, O., Aug. 4, 1823.  In 1840 she was married to John D. HUTCHIN, who died Jan. 27, 1861, near Kenney, where they settled soon after their marriage.  To them were born seven children, three of whom live in Cleveland county, Ok.  They are Mrs. G. B. Graham, S. W. and Andrew Hutchin. Mrs. F. E. Downey and Mrs. Wm. Munson [Monson}, are those who live in Clinton and Geo. L. Hutchin in Bloomington.  Her second marriage was to Geo. W. Gandy, who survives her.  She was a faithful member of the Christian church, and has lived in this county about fifty years.  She was a good woman, loved by all her acquaintances.

Funeral services were held in the Hallsville church at 1 o'clock to-day, conducted by Rev. H. G. Howard.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery, Clinton.

James GANDY 

November 14, 1879
Clinton Public

Died, November 6, at the residence of his father, James GANDY, son of Shepard GANDY, after an illness of several weeks, caused from a hurt.

Stephen GANDY 

March 26, 1897
Clinton Public

Stephen GANDY, and old and respected resident of Tunbridge township, died at the home of his son, Mell GANDY, near Kenney Sunday morning, aged about 80 years. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Thos JENKINS. Interment at the Baptist church cemetery near Kenney.

Jacob GARD 

May 22, 1891
Clinton Public

Jacob GARD died in this city on Wednesday morning [May 20], in the eighty-fifth year of his age. For years he was afflicted with cancer on his face and mouth, from which there was no relief. He was born in Ohio and came to Illinois in 1833 and settled in Sangamon County, within eight miles of Springfield, where he lived till about three years ago, when he moved to Clinton shortly after the death of his wife. Mrs. GARD was the aunt of Mr. Lewis CAMPBELL and of Mrs. Phil CLARK, and Mr. Gard was the grandfather of Dr. Charles NELSON, formerly of Wapella. His remains were taken to his old home near Springfield on Wednesday morning for burial by the side of his wife and other members of his family.

Mr. & Mrs. A. J. GARDINER 

January 18, 1907
Clinton Register

Mrs. A. J. GARDINER, sister of Mrs. Frank SANGSTER of Farmer City, died at her home in Indianapolis. Her husband died a few hours before and they were buried in the same grave. They formerly lived in Farmer City.

Note: aka GARDNER

Thomas GARDINER, Sr. 

December 25, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Citizen of this County.

Thomas GARDINER, father of Sheriff GARDINER, died at his residence two miles southeast of Farmer City, on last Thursday.  The deceased took sick last August and his disease culminated in dropsy, which finally proved fatal.  Mr. Gardiner was in his eightieth year.  He was a native of Kentucky.  When yet a child, his parents moved to Ohio when that state was but a sparsely settled territory; then to Indiana and in 1843 Mr. Gardiner came to this county and located near Farmer City, where he lived the remainder of his days.  What a history— in a life of eighty years.  Born when yet this nation was in its infancy, Mr. Gardiner lived to see it pass through the varied stages, in vigorous manhood, and in the War of 1812 did his part toward protecting its life when assailed.  Mr. Gardiner was the father of eleven children, nine of whom are living within a radius of fifty miles from the old homestead.


January 15, 1892
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

The familiar voice of Thomas GARDINER was stilled forever on Thursday afternoon, and no more will his friendly greetings be heard. "Tom" Gardiner was one of the prominent characters in the history of DeWitt County and settled at Mt. Pleasant (now Farmer City) nearly fifty years ago, and this county has substantially been his home ever since. When the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Infantry was organized Tom Gardiner left the farm and shouldered his musket. He served about sixteen months, when his health failed and he was discharged from the service. Coming home he entered business as a stock buyer. He was an ardent Democrat and drifted into politics, and in the fall of 1870 he was elected sheriff of this county and was re-elected in 1872. Sheriff Gardiner had a strong hold with Republicans who knew him from his youth besides quite a Republican family connection, so that it was sure defeat for any Republican to run against him. In 1874 he was not a candidate and retired once more to his farm. In 1882 he was again the choice of his party for sheriff and was elected for the four-years’ term, when he retired forever from office. But he was not out of politics, for his party found that he was a power in the east end of the county.

In 1887 he got the California fever, but after spending a few months in the Golden State the disease was cured and he came back loving DeWitt County better than ever. Since his return he was successfully engaged in the coal business in Farmer City.

Thomas Gardiner was born in Pike County, Ohio, on the 22d of March, 1827. His sister was the first wife of Dr. John WARNER, and he was a half brother to Mrs. Eugene DAVIS. His wife was Miss Sarah E. McKINLEY, and two daughters were born to them. The mother and daughters are left to mourn for an affectionate husband and father. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, at one o’clock. He was a member of Goodbrake Chapter of the Masonic fraternity of this city. The funeral was set at an hour so that the friends from Clinton can go up on the morning train and return at four o’clock.

Note: aka GARDNER

Mrs. Thomas GARDINER 

June 26, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

The wife of Thomas GARDINER, Sr., was buried on Tuesday of this week.

Mrs. Thomas GARDINER 

May 27, 1897
Paper Unknown

Sarah E. GARDINER, wife of Thomas died at her home in Farmer city, on Thursday, May 27, 1897, at 2:20 p.m., aged 66 years, 8 months, 2 days. Funeral: late residence, May 28th. Burial City Cemetery.

Note: aka GARDNER


May 29, 1915, Saturday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Engine of 12:50 Passenger From Decatur Was Backing to Round House at Near One O'clock—
Death Almost Instantaneous—
Is Survived by Wife and Step-Son.

Edward Gardner, a switchman for the Illinois Central, at Clinton, was killed instantly about 1 o'clock today by the wheels of an engine passing over his body.  He was on a switch train going west near the Central shops when he stepped from the rear car.  Just as he did so, he was hit by an engine going east; he was knocked down, falling on his face, and the wheels of the engine passed over his body diagonally just below his breast, cutting the body almost in two, and severing the right arm at the shoulder.

The engine was in charge of J. J. Tracey, who had arrived at 12:50 with the passenger train from the south and after switching on the "Y" north of the depot was backing his engine to the shops, as another engine was to take the train north from Clinton.  It is said three or four saw the accident.

Oakman’s ambulance was telephoned for and the body taken to the morgue.  Coroner Moore selected a jury, who examined the body, and the inquest will be held in the court house at 7 o'clock this evening.

Deceased was about 30 years old and had been in Clinton about two and a half years, having been employed at the Central shops and in the yards.  He was married to Mrs. Josie Gatchell over a year ago who, with one child by her former marriage, survives him.   She is a daughter of Mrs. Lucy Porter.  He is also survived by his mother at LaCrosse, Wis., and other relatives in that state, his old home.  He was well liked by railroad men and all others who knew him, and his sad death was a shock to them.

No time will be fixed for the funeral until his relatives arrive.  The body may be taken to LaCrosse for burial.

William GARDNER 

May 12, 1911
Clinton Register


William GARDNER, aged 87 years, died at the county farm at Hallsville Tuesday morning at about 4 o'clock. He was born at Bellefontaine, Ohio, and came to Illinois when a young man, and has since resided in the vicinity of Hallsville.

He was married to Miss Mary McCLIMANS, a sister of David McCLIMANS, who now lives at Clinton. To this union eight children were born, five of whom are living, viz: Mrs. Alice HARROLD, of St. Louis; Henry, west of Kenney; Chas. of Wyoming; Mrs. Mollie CRAIG, of Lincoln; and Edward of Hallsville.

Mr. Gardner had made his home at the county farm the past four years. At one time he owned a 160-acre farm near Hallsville. The body was taken to the home of his son Ed on Monday, and funeral services were held at the Hallsville Christian church at 2:30 o'clock, Elder A. Forman officiating. Interment was made in the McClimans cemetery.

Mrs. Feriba GARRETT 

January 11, 1901
Clinton Register


At the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. JOHNSON, living seven miles east of Clinton, Mrs. Feriba GARRETT departed this life Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. She had been an invalid and a great sufferer for the past twenty years, and her death was the result of consumption. Interment was in New Providence cemetery near Kenney.

Note: She was buried in the Baptist Cemtery.

Mrs. William H. GARRETT 

June __, 1928
Paper Unknown


Agnes Sarah SHERMAN was born in Louisville, Ky., August 6, 1847, and departed this life on June 25th, 1928.  She was one of a family of eight children.  She gave her heart to Christ and became one of his faithful workers, uniting with the Mt. Zion M. E. church in Logan county in 1884.  Since that time she has been a faithful worker among the poor and needy and has led many souls into the kingdom of God and she remained a faithful worker and devout student of God’s word until she was taken to receive her eternal reward.

On March 27, 1878, she was united in marriage to W. H. GARRETT, of Waynesville.  He survives.  Also surviving are daughter Katherine WELLER, of Ramsey, Ill.  Katherine was always a good pal of her mother and never tired caring for her.

Mrs. Garrett was a long and patient sufferer and was always grateful for every kindness shown her during her long illness.  She leaves to mourn her departure, her aged husband, W. H. Garrett, one daughter, four grandchildren and one brother Andrew SHERMAN, of Decatur.

The body was brought to Waynesville Thursday afternoon from Ramsey and a short service was held at the grave, in charge of Rev. Mallinson.

Note: Agnes S. Garrett is buried in the Union Cemetery, Waynesville, De Witt County, Illinois.

Mrs. Amanda C. GARRIOTT 

June 27, 1890
Clinton Public

Mrs. Amanda C. GARRIOTT died at her home in the south part of this city, last Tuesday, June 24th, and was buried at the Tunbridge cemetery yesterday morning. She was a native of this county, and was forty-two years, five months and twenty-five days old. She had been a member of the U. B. Church for sixteen years, and was a Christian woman. She leaves a husband and eight children, four sons and four daughters to mourn her death. Rev. D. Mac ARTHUR conducted the services.


January 1, 1892
Clinton Register

George GARRIOTT, aged 13, died of grip Wednesday night at the home of his father, John GARRIOTT.  The burial will be at the Tunbridge cemetery at 11 o'clock today.

William GARRITY 

December 15, 1893
Clinton Public


Mr. Wm. GARRITY, age sixteen years, died in Bloomington on Sunday morning of typhoid fever.  His remains were brought home on Monday morning and interred in the Catholic cemetery.

Irma GASH 

Friday, August 4, 1899
Clinton Register

Irma GASH, daughter of Jesse GASH, aged one year, was buried in Hill cemetery Saturday.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mary GASH 

May 25, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary GASH, formerly of Texas township, died at Pana about two weeks ago, aged 70. Her husband and six children survive her, one of them being Mrs. Geo. BOTKIN, of this city.

Thomas J. GASH 

July 6, 1928
Clinton Journal and Public

Thomas Gash of This City Dies Tuesday.

Thomas J. GASH, 79 died at the home of his son, Warner GASH, in Bloomington Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. He had been a resident of Clinton for 50 years. Five months ago he went to Bloomington where he had since been with his son. Deceased was born in Wayne county, Fairfield, Ill., on May 6, 1849, and was married on Nov. 10, 1869 to Sarah Jane WARNER, who died four months ago. He is survived by the following children: Eugene, Marseilles, Ill.; Unice, Chicago; Oren, Clinton; and Warner, Bloomington. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church of Clinton where the funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.


February 25, 1875
Clinton Public

Charles GATCHELL, a youth of fifteen years, met with a sad death on Tuesday morning. The boy was at his father's house, located two miles east of this city on the Marion road, and was standing in the kitchen in the act of loading a double-barreled shot gun, with which to shoot some chickens, when one of the barrels was discharged, the load of shot striking upward tearing away one side of his face and piercing his brain. The report of the gun was heard by his mother, who was in another part of the house, and on reaching the kitchen she found her son lying on the floor in a pool of blood.


August 2, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Harry Gatchell, 63 years old, Dies Following Apoplexy Stroke.

One of DeWitt county's oldest pioneers, Mrs. Eunice GATCHELL, wife of Harry GATCHELL, 1128 East Jefferson street, passed away at the John Warner hospital last evening at 10:20 o'clock after a residence in and near Clinton of over a half century. Mrs. Gatchell was 62 years of age, at the time of her demise, and had spent all of her life in this vicinity. She had many friends. Her death ended a period of several years of illness, brought on by a stroke of apoplexy, suffered two years ago. A second stroke five weeks ago necessitated her removal to the hospital.

Mrs. Gatchell was born in Clintonia township, east of Clinton, on April 14, 1856, and spent her entire girlhood in this vicinity. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Harry Gatchell, who still survives and who is now an employee at the Illinois Central shops. The deceased is also a sister of William H. HARP, of 504 West Jefferson street. To the marriage of the deceased to Mr. Gatchell occurred the birth of four sons, Roy, of this city, Welby and Thomas, both of Decatur, and Carl, now in the service at Camp Taylor. All will be here for the funeral services.

The passing of Mrs. Gatchell takes from this community one of its oldest pioneers as well as one of its best known and lovable residents. Because of her long residence she had established a wide circle of acquaintances and she had watched the career and growth of this community from child up. Besides the husband and four sons, three grandchildren also survive and are Miss Grace Gatchell, of this city, and two grandsons of Decatur. She was also an aunt of Atty. Hal HARP, now in the service. The funeral arrangements will be made as soon as word is received from the son Carl at Camp Taylor.

Henry Simpson GATCHELL 

December 25, 1891
Clinton Public

Henry Simpson GATCHEL died at his home farm, east of this city, last Tuesday night. He was born in Cecil County, Maryland, on the 6th of July, 1829, and at his death was in his sixty-third year. His death was the result of the grippe. When a young man he came west and settled in this county, and has been one of the older residents. He was married November 10, 1859, to Miss Martha J. GRIER, and they were the parents of four children, three boys and William HARP's wife. In his early life Mr. Gatchel was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but in his later years he was a believer in the doctrines of spiritualism. He was a just man, a kind neighbor, and a good citizen.

Note: His last name was GATCHELL. He was born June 6, 1829, and was married in 1853, not 1859.


January 1, 1892
Clinton Public

In last week's PUBLIC we gave a brief notice of the death of Henry S. GATCHEL. His family has since furnished a few facts in his history. He was born in Cecil County, Maryland, on the 6th of June, 1829, and at the time of his death was sixty-two years, six months and sixteen days old. In the year 1853 he was married to Miss Martha Jane GRIER. Six children were born to them, four of whom are living. In the spring of 1854 he moved from Maryland to Green County, Ohio, and in the fall of 1855 he came to Clinton. In the summer of 1859 the Pike's Peak fever broke out in Clinton and in this county, and Mr. Gatchell became one of the party that went to seek their fortunes in the gold fields. The prospects were not inviting, so the same fall he came back home and settled down to get rich by the ordinary methods of hard toil and industry. He built the house that is now owned by Mr. Morris Strum, and here he lived with his family till he went to farming. In partnership with his brother-in-law, William GRIER, he worked at the cooperage business in this city, but the demand being light for that class of work he turned to farming and there achieved success. In 1860 he began farming on the Sam Argo farm, and two years later he moved to his own farm, where he lived and prospered till his death. In his early life Mr. Gatchel was brought up in the Presbyterian faith, but later he became a believer in spiritualism and continued so till the end. In politics he was an ardent Democrat and was quite active as a party man.


March 13, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. Martha Jane Gatchell Dies After Three Days Illness—
Lived Here Half a Century.

Monday morning at 12:15 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William HARP, four miles east of Clinton, occurred the death of Mrs. Martha Jane GATCHELL, after an illness of but three days. Deceased had been making her home with her daughter for the past 5 years. Although advanced in years, she had enjoyed the best of health prior to three days before her demise. On Thursday of last week she was taken ill with pneumonia, but her condition was not considered serious until Saturday, when arrangements were being made to change her room. At that time she dressed herself without the knowledge of the family. Sunday, when her condition became known, her relatives were summoned by telegraph. Deceased was well known in Clinton to many who speak of her as a true Christian and a faithful mother.

Martha Jane GREER was born October 8, 1832, in Chester county, Penn., where she was married November 10, 1853, to Henry GATCHELL. In the same year they moved to Ohio and one year later came to Clinton. The husband died in 1891 east of Clinton, where the family lived, and in 1892 Mrs. Gatchell removed to Clinton, living with her brother, William GREER and family. For the past five years she has lived with Mr. and Mrs. Harp.

Mrs. Gatchell was the mother of six children, two of whom, William and Charles, are deceased. Those surviving are Mrs. William HARP, four miles east of Clinton; Harry GATCHELL, of Clinton; Frank GATHCELL, of Ordway, S. D., and Arthur GATCHELL, of St. Louis. She leaves one brother, William Greer [Grier], of Clinton, and six grandchildren: Roy and Thomas GATCHELL, of Clinton; Carl G. GATCHELL, of Bloomington; Welby GATCHELL, of Decatur; William and Hal D. HARP, of Clinton. She leaves four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Universalist church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Arthur McDavitt conducting the services.

Note: The full name of her husband was Henry Simpson Gatchell, and her maiden name should have been spelled GRIER.

Mrs. James C. GAULT 

March 24, 1905, Friday
Clinton Register

Aged Clinton Woman Called to Her Final Rest After Five Months’ Illness.

Tuesday night at the home of her son-in-law, Matthew Parker, in the northeast part of the city, Mrs. Frances GAULT died, aged 74 years, 5 months and 3 days.

The maiden name of deceased was Frances FRISTOE and she was born in Virginia, Oct. 18, 1830.  When she was about 9 years old, her parents moved to Ohio.  When aged 20, she was married to J. C. GAULT.  They moved to Tennessee and later to Clarke county, Ill., where the husband died in 1865.  Three years later Mrs. Gault moved to his county which had since been her home.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Sophia LEWIS, of Decatur; two brothers, Wm. S., of Butler, Mo.; and Phillip D., of Decatur; nine brothers and sisters having died.  She is also survived by six children, as follows: Mrs. J. H. NORTH, DeWitt; Mrs. Matthew PARKER, Frank H., Miss Florence, Clinton; Henry W., Joplin, Mo.; and Clarence, of Utica, Mo.

Funeral was held at the home yesterday at 10:30, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Mrs. Elias GEER 

August 27, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Jane GEER died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. S. NEWMAN, in this city. The old lady had a malignant cancer in her face and it had developed so rapidly that there was no hope in surgical skill and remedies. She was an old resident of this county, and leaves quite a family, all of them, however, being able to care for themselves.


September 10, 1886
Clinton Public

Died, at Clinton, August 26th, Mrs. Jane GEER, aged 71 years. Deceased was the wife of Elias GEER, who preceded her to the better land many years ago. She and her husband settled in Wilson township, DeWitt county, near Rucker Chapel, in 1852 where she has resided ever since, until recently when she was removed to Clinton to be cared for by her daughter, Mrs. NEWMAN. She leaves four children, Mrs. Newman, of Clinton; O. T. GEER, of Farmer City; George GEER, of Harp; and N. B. GEER, who always lived with his mother. The funeral was preached at Rucker Chapel by Rev. KIRKPATRICK, who took for his text Phil. i; xxii. After an eloquent sermon he pronounced the following beautiful eulogy, which was fully appreciated by all present:

She and her husband have seen this country develop from a wild waste to its present happy condition. None except those who have experienced it know the struggles, the hardships, the privations gone through to bring a family up into respectable manhood and womanhood and fit them for an advanced civilization. She was the stay and comfort of her companion, who for twenty years was the leader of the class at Rucker Chapel—in fact he was the apostle of Methodism in this part of the county, for in 1853 he organized the Brittin class, as it was then called, and ably assisted in building Rucker Chapel and uniting the Butler and Cain classes. In all this labor his hands were held up by Sister Geer, who always looked at the bright side of life—always took care of God's people, sheltered His ministering servants, as though they were messengers direct from heaven. Sister Geer was always solicitous for the welfare of those around her, so good and kind that as the young generation grew up around her they all of common consent called her Aunt Jane, and as long as life shall last will remember her kind and pleasant words and loving ways and deeds. Though Aunt Jane be dead she yet shall speak to many who live with a remembrance of her. She shared her husband's joys and sorrows until the winged angel messenger came and said to the old faithful soldier, "It is enough, come up higher." It was a sad stroke to her but her faithful soul was always willing to say, Thy will, not mine, be done.

Her last affliction was long and painful, but she bore it with her usual Christian fortitude, and, as mentioned before, passed away August 26th. Thus died an old soldier of the cross, a follower of the lamb, and as we think of God's promise we know she had a triumphant entry through the gates into the city of God.

George W. GEER 

April 21, 1923
Paper Unknown

George W. GEER, 222 W. Main street, well know resident of Clinton and Dewitt County, died at 3 o'clock yesterday morning, following a sudden and very short illness. Mr. and Mrs. GEER had spent winter at Biloxi, Miss., and had returned Saturday one week ago. The sudden illness was a short duration, having lasted less than a week. He had suffered from a complication of diseases. From the beginning his illness was critical, a special nurse arrived from Bloomington Sunday. George W. GEER a son of Elias and Jane GEER, was born in Marion County, Ohio, May 14, 1845, being at his death 77 years, 11 months and 6 days old. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1854, the family settling in Dewitt County, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was married to Mrs. Alma BELL, daughter of Henry and Rebecca BELL, November 4, 1870, and they began housekeeping on a farm northeast of Clinton, where they continued to reside until 35 years ago, when they retired and moved to Clinton. Mr. and Mrs. GEER were the parents of one child, Frank who died at the age of 2 years. Mrs. GEER is the only surviving relative.

He was a member of a family of 6 children, of which he was the youngest, all having proceeded him in death. The brothers and sisters were: Mrs. Mira NEWMAN, Mitchell and Nathan GEER of Farmer City and Orand and William GEER of Missouri. He also leaves the following nephews and nieces: Dr. Clint CAIN, Chicago; Lynn and Elva CAIN, Mills, Mich.; Ira CAIN and Mrs. Mace HARPER, North Manchester, Ind., and Dr. Mira STEWART of Oregon.

When a young man he became a member of the Rucker Chapel Church, near Clinton, later transferring membership to the First United Methodist Episcopal church of this city, of which he had been a faithful member and officer. At the time of his death he was serving as a member of the board of stewards and trustees. He was also a member of the Plantagenet Lodge, No. 25, Knights of Pythias. During his lifetime Mr. GEER had accumulated a considerable amount of property and left a handsome legacy to the First United Methodist Episcopal Church of this city. He was known to the entire community and enjoyed the respect and admiration of all who knew him.

The remains were removed to the Pullen Undertaking Parlors, to be prepared for burial. Funeral services will be conducted from the late home, 222 W. Main street, Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. F.B. MADDDEN, pastor, will officiate and the burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Joseph GEER 

August 7, 1914
Clinton Register

Two Well Known Dewitt County Men Are Called—
Joseph Geer and Samuel Polen.

Joseph GEER, a life-long resident of this vicinity, passed away at nine o'clock this morning after an extended illness at the age of about seventy years.

Mr. Geer was reared in this county, and the greater part of his life before coming to Clinton was passed on a farm in the vicinity of Hallsville.

He was born in Cheney's Grove, Ill., in 1844, coming to Tunbridge township when a small boy. In 1870 he was married to Miss Margaret JORDAN, sister of the late Milo JORDAN, a large family of children being the fruits of the union. Those surviving, besides the widow, are: Mrs. Minnie BERRY, of Clinton; Mrs. Shelby WEST, of Birkbeck; Mrs. Anna WILES, of Peoria; Samuel GEER, living north of Clinton; and John, at home. He is also survived by a brother and sister, George GEER, of Clinton, and Mrs. Mary ALINGTON, of Hallsville.

Deceased was a veteran of the civil war, having been a member of Co. E, 68th Ill. Vol. Inft. He was a member of the G. A. R. and well known and highly respected among all the older citizens. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, no arrangements as yet having been made.

Nathan B. GEER 

June 8, 1894
Clinton Public

Sudden Death.

In the full enjoyment of health and bright in spirit Nathan B. GEER was in the Public office on Tuesday forenoon, for it was pleasant for him to spend a few moments in the office nearly every day. On Wednesday morning his lifeless body found a resting place in the home of his nephew, Webb NEWMAN. Nathan B. GEER has been unfortunate for years in having a bad spell of sickness every winter, but when the bright spring and summer months came he would take on new life and vigor. Tuesday afternoon he was attacked with neuralgia of the heart while sitting in Wall & Son's restaurant and Webb Newman was sent for. Webb took his uncle down to his home and in the meantime had Dr. MYERS summoned. When the doctor arrived he saw that there was no hope, but he prescribed a simple remedy that would soothe him in the passing hours. Early on Wednesday morning Nathan joined the silent majority in the world beyond. Nathan B. Geer was born in Ohio nearly fifty-five years ago and came with his parents to this county in 1851. His affliction did not make him sour or morose, but he was a cheerful soul who delighted in making others happy. Of late years he made his home in this city with his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth NEWMAN. On Thursday afternoon he was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Opal Iona GEER 

April 24, 1914
Paper Unknown


The daughter of W. M. and Jane GEER, Opal Iona, died at the home of her parents in the east part of the city Tuesday morning at six o'clock. The little one had never been strong, and three weeks ago was taken seriously ill. She was born in this city, her father at the time being in the employ of the Central. He is now with the Interurban at Decatur.

Submitted by Unknown

Patrick GEHAGEN 

February 8, 1878
Clinton Public

Patrick GEHAGEN, an Irish farmer living about six miles north of Farmer City came to that town last Saturday morning with a load of corn and toward evening started homeward very drunk. On his way home he drove his team off a bridge and fell under the wagon into the water. His neck was broken. He leaves a wife and six children.

GEISERMAN (child) 

September 23, 1887
Clinton Public

A child of Albert GEISERMAN and one of Mr. WALKER both died during the past week.


December 27, 1904
Decatur Herald


Mrs. John GELSTHORPE departed this life at her home, four miles east of Waynesville, Thursday at 10 o'clock a.m. She was 57 years of age and leaves a husband and five children, three boys and two girls, to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at Fairview Friday at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. Roush.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


July 21, 1864
Clinton Public

James A. GESSFORD, of the 107th Illinois, fell in the battle of Dallas, on the 27th of May 1864.

As I record the death of our friend, "memory, like a pensive Ruth, goes gleaning the fields of other days, and finds the scattered grains still golden, the morning sunlight yet fresh and fair." All the pleasant scenes with which he was associated, the sunny joys in which he was a participant, together with the beauty and generosity of his nature, the good deeds and magnanimity of his brief existence, we gather up, bind in one golden sheaf, and with the hand of friendship lay it on the tablets of memory and place it, as a monument, over his silent resting place. Neither the prayers of an affectionate, devoted mother, nor the earnest supplications of a kind sister and brother, nor the silent petitions of kind friends could check the approach of the death angel. He met the messenger without fear, and with a manly heart; and his deed of bravery will long live in the hearts of those he loved. They made his grave in a strange land, far away from home and friends, but our thoughts, like a troop of mourners, linger round his silent resting place, and the flowers which spring from his grave will be a miniature token of the beauty in which his soul has blossomed in the eternal world.

May God in His infinite mercy comfort the afflicted mother, whose heart for years has been a shrine of prayers for the safety of her soldier boy and though she'll never hear his winning voice again—may she bow in submission to the will of God; may the assurance of his happy state and the hope of a glorious union dispel the gloom that encircles the hearts of his brothers and sisters. May God comfort the sorrowing friends and relatives, and gird their souls for that glad meeting in the fair eternal mansion.   His Friend, July 11th, 1864.

David L. GIBSON 

August 18, 1917
Clinton Daily Public


T. D. Bryant, of South Monroe street, has received word of the death of David L. GIBSON, a member of the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Infantry, Company D, of which Charles Zorger, E. Sylvester, N. M. Barnett, James E. Longrake and others of Clinton and DeWitt county were members. The information received by Mr. Bryant stated that the deceased was killed on August 13, but gave no particulars of the death. Burial was at Pleasant Plains, Ill.

Mrs. Thomas A. GIBSON 

February 9, 1912
Clinton Register

Aged Resident Dies.

At the home of her son, G. L. GIBSON, of Lane, Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., occurred the death of Mrs. Rebecca GIBSON, after an illness of more than three months.

Mrs. Gibson, whose maiden name was MOSTELLER, was born near Oxford, Ohio, October 17, 1826, and came with her parents to Illinois at the age of 4 years. Since young womanhood she had been a member of the M. E. church. In 1849 she was married to Thomas A. GIBSON, and to this union two children were born, John L., dying at the age of seven years.

Since the death of her husband, which occurred about sixteen years ago, deceased had made her home with her surviving son, George L. GIBSON. Besides the son, she leaves eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the home one-half mile south of Lane at 10 o'clock this morning, conducted by Rev. W. A. Allen, pastor of the Weldon M. E. Church. Interment in the Lisenby cemetery.

Capt. Edward GIDDINGS 

January 8, 1892
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

At the age of sixty years Captain Edward GIDDINGS answered the last roll-call yesterday morning and was mustered out from the turmoil of life's battles and entered into rest. Sixty years ago the second day of this month Edward Giddings was born in the State of Vermont, and when but a child his parents moved to Ohio. About the year 1850 he moved to Clinton, and from here he enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Infantry and went out with Co. B as orderly sergeant, and when Captain TURNER resigned and came home Edward was promoted to the captaincy and served till the regiment was mustered out. For several years after the war he followed the occupation of carpenter till he bought BOGAR's furniture store in partnership with Finis MORGAN. Later the firm sold out to WOLFE & McHENRY, and then Captain Giddings opened a general store in the room now occupied by JORDAN Bros., and continued there till the Florida fever broke out, when the captain and his brother Milton joined a Clinton colony that located in Gainesville, Florida. There he remained with varying fortunes till his health failed, and a few weeks ago he came back to Clinton to die in the home of his sister, Mrs. William WELD. Captain Giddings had his share of the brightness and shadows of life. A married daughter lost her husband about a year ago in a railroad accident. His wife is here at Mr. Weld's home. The funeral service Will be held on Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock, at the home of Mr. William WELD, one mile south of the city. Rev. W. A. HUNTER will conduct the service, and the masonic fraternity will have charge of the ceremonies. The captain was not a member of the G.A.R., because there is no Post in Gainsville, but it is expected that the Grand Army will bury their old comrade.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


February 15, 1907
Clinton Register


Milton GIDDINGS died at his home in Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 5, of paralysis, aged nearly 70. He was born in Ohio Jan. 2, 1838, and his parents moved to Dewitt county when he was young. He enlisted in the army in 1862 and served till the close of the war, in 107th regiment. He returned to Clinton after the war; was in business several years, and was married here. In 1881 he moved to Florida, where he had since lived, conducting a photograph gallery until a year or so ago. He is remembered by many in this city.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
[Colwill should be COLWELL]

Mrs. Milton GIDDINGS 

June 10, 1898
Clinton Register

Mrs. GIDDINGS, wife of Milt GIDDINGS, who was once a Clinton merchant, died last week in Florida, to where they moved from Clinton nearly twenty years ago. She was a sister of M. R. and Orin COLWELL, near Clinton.


December 25, 1903
Clinton Register

Miss Minnie GIDDINGS died at her home in Gainsville, Fla. She is a niece of O. T. COLWELL and her father, Milton GIDDINGS, was once a Clinton merchant, moving to Florida over 20 years ago.

Mrs. Elizabeth GIDEON 

January 28, 1864
Clinton Public

DIED – In this town on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1864, Mrs. Elizabeth GIDEON, consort of George GIDEON, aged 72 years, 5 months and 7 days.

George W. GIDEON 

March 15, 1889
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Citizen.

At the advanced ago of seventy-six years, George William GIDEON departed this life at his home in this city, yesterday morning at ten minutes to one o’clock, after a brief sickness of only three days. The deceased was born in Loudon county, Virginia, on the 15th of January, 1813. At six years of age his parents moved to a farm near Woodstock, Champaign county, Ohio, and there Mr. Gideon was married to Miss Lydia KIDDER. The result of this union was six children, three sons and three daughters. One of his sons, Edwin W., was among the first to enlist in the Twentieth Illinois Infantry when the war broke out, and he was among the first to give his life for the flag of his country. Another son, Nathan, died a few years ago. The surviving children are three daughters and one son. Their mother died April 20, 1869. On the 8th of September, 1870, he was united in marriage for a second time to Miss Angeline ROWLEY, who survives him.

Geo. W. Gideon came to Clinton from Ohio in the spring of 1847, where he resided till his death. In the fall of 1853 he was one of the incorporators of the village of Clinton and was elected a member of the board of trustees. In those days he was considered one of the wealthiest men in the township as he had both money and land, and was the owner of a couple of valuable farms, one of which was the eighty acres running west from the corner of Webster and Center streets, in and which is comprised what is now Woodlawn Cemetery, and one hundred and sixty acres which is part of C. C. KELLOGG’s farm. In addition to this he owned a number of town lots and pieces of timber land here and there, and later he owned the City Hotel property. Few men were stronger financially in those days than GeorgeW. Gideon. He was a large-hearted man and could never refuse to accommodate a friend, and as the result of having to pay security debts and losses in business enterprises in which he was persuaded to invest, his wealth dwindled down till in his old age he had but little which he could call his own. But with all his losses he never lost his cheerful disposition, and till the last he was the same generous-hearted George W. Gideon that he was in his days of prosperity. Many a home has been gladdened by his benefactions, and many a man has he helped in his day.

It was to his liberality that Clinton is indebted for our beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery. When his son Edwin W. died in the army and was brought home for burial, Mr. Gideon dedicated the beautiful hill on his home farm for a soldiers’ cemetery, and his son was the first one buried within the shadow of the soldiers’ monument that was erected at the close of the war. At that time, Clinton had as is only place of interment the old graveyard south of the Champaign and Havana road. Those who had sons and relatives buried in the soldiers’ cemetery on Mr. Gideon’s farm urged him to dedicate that part of the land for cemetery purposes, and the lots were speedily purchased. Ten or twelve years later the Cemetery Association was organized and the north half of the eighty acres was purchased and became Woodlawn Cemetery. This has since become the property of the city of Clinton. In this cemetery will be laid to rest this afternoon the remains of Mr. Gideon.

In his earlier days Mr. Gideon took an active part in public affairs. During the war he gave liberally of his means to the families of the men who enlisted from Clinton. He was an intense lover of his country, and only his age prevented him from shouldering a musket when the country needed soldiers to protect it. He never sought for or accepted any office higher than that of alderman in his ward, and then only because he believed that he could be of some benefit in helping to shape the destinies of the town to which he was so strongly attached. In his dealings with his fellow men, George W. Gideon was the soul of honor; and what better inheritance can a man leave his family than a pure and good name.


November 2, 1883
Clinton Public

Nate GIDEON left Clinton about three years ago and bought a farm near Unique, Iowa. For the past year his health was poor, and thinking that a residence in a milder climate for the winter would help him, he started in a wagon, with his family, for the south__st part of Missouri. In the journey he became worse in health, and the family were obliged to rest for a few days at the home of Peter GIDEON, a cousin of Nate's. On Sunday, unexpectedly to his physician and his family, Nate died. His body arrived here late on Wednesday and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Peter M. GIDEON 

November 10, 1899
Clinton Register

A famous Horticulturist Dead.

The death of Peter M. GIDEON, originator of the Wealthy apple, occurred on Friday morning, October 27, after an illness of several months. About the last four weeks he was confined to his bed upon which he died at the advanced age of eighty-one years. Mr. Gideon was one of the most remarkable men of the northwest. He was born in Champaign county, Ohio, on Feb. 9, 1818, and was one of the first abolitionists to be closely identified with that movement in Ohio and Illinois. He resided in Ohio until 1841 when he moved to Clinton, Ill., and in 1853 came to Lake Minnetonka, where he experimented in growing fruit trees by planting thirty varieties of apple trees, a collection of pear, plum and cherry trees, besides a bushel of apple and a peck of peach seeds. He kept this up, adding more annually for nine years. At the end of ten years the rigorous Minnesota winters had killed every tree except one seedling crab. The labor and money of all these years was lost to him, and many others who followed in his footsteps. At this time Mr. Gideon found himself with only eight dollars in his pocket, a large family, one cow and a few chickens with the long winter months ahead. However he did not give up in despair but sent the eight dollars to Bangor, Me., for seeds and scions, instead of clothing. For the latter he substituted two cast off vests, sewed them together, cut the legs off an old worn pair of trousers and sewed them on the vests, which did duty as a pair of sleeves. By reinforcing the old patches and adding a little here and there, he succeeded in building himself a winter suit that lasted six months. Yet that antiquated garment was the means of adding millions to the horticultural wealth in the cold northwest.

From the seeds and scions he grew the Duchess, cherry crabs and Blue Pearmain— from the surviving cherry crab came the Wealthy apple, which was named in honor of Mr. Gideon's wife whose maiden name was Wealthy HULL. In crossing the common apple with the cherry crab he achieved marvelous results in producing hardy apple trees adapted to the cold northern climate. In 1878 when the state established an experimental fruit farm, he was made superintendent and continued in that capacity for several years.

From the Fruitman published at Mt. Vernon, Ia., we take the following:

Never was a greater or more valuable surprise sprung upon the homemakers of the Mississippi valley than the Wealthy apple. When Mr. Gideon announced it, the news seemed too good to be true, and fruit men were slow to believe its value. The producer says he named it in honor of his wife. He induced leading fruit men to test it, and when they gave judgment, its spread was rapid.

Suel FOSTER, of Muscatine, was one of the first of Iowa horticulturists to endorse and urge its general trial. It is perhaps not needed south of 41 where it becomes an early fall apple, but to all the lands above, as high as 46, it is a Godsend, whose worth no man can measure.

Secretary Philips of Wis., well says: "I never so realized the work Mr. Gideon has done for northwestern horticulture, as I did at the Omaha exposition, when I looked at the beautiful Wealthy apples from ten different states. In thirty years it has covered the continent, and the name of Wealthy and Gideon have become household words throughout the apple world."—Minnetonka (Minn.) News.

Mrs. George W. GIDEON 

October 12, 1918 - Saturday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Angeline Gideon, Aged 79, Dies This Morning of Heart Trouble.

Mrs. Angeline GIDEON, aged 79, a resident of this community for more than a half century and proprietor of the Clinton Hotel located at 215 North Center street, was found dead in her rooms at the hotel early this morning by her sister Mrs. Lucinda ROWLEY. Heart trouble, with which the deceased had been suffering for some time past, was the cause of the demise. A fall from her bed several weeks ago, it is thought, hastened the end.

Mrs. Angeline Gideon was extremely popular among her small circle of friends and was known as a woman with a kind and loving disposition. For many years she conducted the Clinton Hotel of which she was the sole owner. She was born in Ohio and came to DeWitt county in 1850. Since that time she and her sister have made their home together. During her illness she was cared for by her sister. This morning after calling her sister’s name and hearing no answer, Mrs. Rowley went into her bedroom and found her sister dead. A doctor was called but life was already extinct.

The funeral will probably be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late home. She is survived by her sister, who resided with her, and another sister and a brother, Norton ROWLEY, all of this city.


October 14, 1918 - Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Find Heart Trouble Cause for Demise—
Funeral This Afternoon.

The first inquest in DeWitt county since June 18 was held today when a jury under the supervision of Coroner Baker and Deputy Coroner Stone inquired into the death of the late Mrs. Angeline GIDEON, who was found dead in her bed at the Clinton House early Saturday morning. The jury was composed of J. H. Morse, Roy Baker, Charles Story, E. S. Spink, Nathan Parker and Charles Tuggle. Not since the evening of June 18 when a colored man was found dead in the local railroad yards has there been need to summon a jury.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Gideon was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the home with Dr. C. Harmon Johnson of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment was made in the Woodlawn cemetery.

The jury’s verdict in the case was that deceased came to her death by chronic dilation of the heart, super induced by old age.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Wealthy (HULL) GIDEON 

January 25, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Wealthy GIDEON, wife of Peter W. GIDEON, formerly of Clinton, died in Minneapolis, January 19, 1889, where she had gone for treatment of disease from which she had been suffering for a number of years. Mrs. Gideon’s maiden name was HULL, and she came from Madison county, Ohio, to this county with her father, Benjamin HULL, in the fall of 1847, she then being 17 years old. Perhaps many who read this will remember her as their young teacher, as she followed teaching county schools after coming to this county until she was married to Peter Gideon, in the winter of 1848. A few years after her marriage, and after she was the mother of three children, she moved with her family to Hennepin county, Minnesota, and settled on Lake Minnetonka, near Excelsior, where her body will repose, while we trust her spirit has returned to the God who gave it.

Note: Her husband's name was Peter M., not Peter W.

Mrs. John GIFT 

April 22, 1887
Clinton Public

Mrs. John GIFT departed this life at three o'clock Wednesday morning at her home, one mile northwest of Weldon. Mrs. Gift was a native of Pennsylvania, and a member of the M. E. Church. Her disease was dropsy, but she had not been sick over two weeks, as we are informed. Further particulars will probably be given next week.


January 21, 1910
Clinton Register

Was Wife of Former Clinton Minister, Who for Two Years Has Been Located in Lincoln.

Saturday the people of Clinton were pained to learn of the death of Mrs. E. A. GILLILAND, who passed away at 8 o'clock that morning at her home in Lincoln, aged 46 years. She lived in Clinton about nine years, her husband being pastor of the Christian church here, and she had hundreds of friends in this county, who felt a keen sorrow when they learned death had taken her from home and loved ones. They knew her and loved her for her kindly disposition, gentle ways and earnest Christian life. The following is from the Lincoln Courier:

"Isadore HOLMES was born in Mason county, Ill., Dec. 1, 1862. All her girlhood days were spent near Vermont, Ill., where she graduated with honors from the public school at an early age. She was married to E. A. GILLILAND August 9, 1882. There were born to this union three children, Eva M. MITCHELL, who resides in Clinton, Ill.; Owen E., residing at El Reno, Okla.; and Elfleda, at home.

"Mrs. Gilliland had been sick for over a year, suffering severely much of the time, a part of the time, however, she was able to walk out and receive her friends at home. She had been confined to her bed but little over a week at the last; death came quietly Saturday morning Jan. 15, 1910.

"Rev. GILLILAND came to the Christian church pastorate with his wife and daughter in June, 1908. Never in the history of the church has a pastor and his wife taken hold upon the hearts of the people more fully than these two have done. Earnest, faithful, full of zeal, the work of the church took on new life with their coming and advanced wonderfully.

"While her health permitted, she worked by her husband's side among the people, calling, visiting in sickness, encouraging and by the very cheeriness of her presence aiding and benefiting all with whom she came in contact.

"She was an active member of both the Ladies Aid and Willing Workers societies, and was president of the C. W. B. M. when stricken with sickness. She will be greatly missed by the members of these organizations who loved her because of her splendid personality and sweet natured womanliness, as well as appreciating her abilities as a manager and worker in church lines. It is a terrible bereavement and loss to Rev. Gilliland, and his people extend to him and his, their deepest and most sincere love and sympathy."

Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Lincoln Monday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. F. L. Bower, of Kansas City, a close friend of the family. A number of Clinton people attended and returned to Clinton with the family and friends at 5 o'clock, the remains being brought here for interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Rev. James M. GILLILAND 

May 3, 1912
Clinton Register


Rev. James M. GILLILAND, builder of churches in Bloomington and Normal and one of the most able and eloquent ministers of the Christian denomination in Illinois, died Friday in Bloomington shortly before 5 o'clock at his home, following a stroke of paralysis. He was stricken a week before, while in his study, having just finished his manuscript on "Twenty-Five Years of Religious History in Bloomington" which was read by another minister while Rev. Gilliland was very ill.

He was born in Fulton county, this state, March 26, 1855. He lived and worked on a farm from the age of 12 until he finally left the parental roof at the age of 24. During that period he acquired an excellent educational equipment, first attending Abingdon college in 1875. In 1880 he graduated from Eureka college, receiving his master's degree from that institution in 1881. In the fall of that year [he] assumed his first charge at Mechanicsburg, remaining there four years. His next pastorate was at Harristown where he remained until he received a call from the First Christian church in Bloomington.

Feb. 1, 1888, Rev. Mr. Gilliland began his work in Bloomington. The church at that time had something over 400 members, who worshipped in a building that had long served beyond its usefulness. The city, too, was not the "beautiful Bloomington" of today. There were few pavements and the old-fashioned mule-cars were still in operation on Main street and West Washington street.

Mr. Gilliland was married on June 25, 1897, to Miss Clara KELLY, the wedding taking place at Vermont, Ill. The home life of Mr. Gilliland and his family has been exceptionally happy and the minister was seen at his best in his home. One child, Mary, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilliland, who is now Mrs. G. E. BRAMMER, of Des Moines.

In four years the church grew from 400 to 1550 members and he resigned the pastorate to become pastor of the Second Christian church, which he established, and a new building was erected in 1892. A few years later he resigned the pastorate of this church to take charge of another church he established. The fourth church he had built was in Normal, completed a few weeks before his death.

Henry GIVEN 

January 3, 1919, Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Henry Givens, Prominent Farmer and Graduate of C. H. School Dies.

Henry GIVENS, a prominent, young farmer of the Prairie Center neighborhood, passed away at 6 o'clock yesterday morning at his home after but a week’s illness with influenza which developed into pneumonia. He was taken sick on Christmas day and gradually grew worse until his demise occurred yesterday. He was well known and had a host of friends both in Clinton and in the Prairie Center neighborhood. He was 26 years of age.

Henry Givens was born on his father’s farm near DeWitt on April 5, 1892. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George GIVENS, who reside a mile south of Clinton. After being educated in the rural school he attended the high school in Clinton and graduated with honors. Later he studied law at Wesleyan. For the past few years he was engaged in farming on his father’s farm at Prairie Center. On December 18, 1914, he was married to Miss Blanche COX, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles COX, former DeWitt county residents, who now reside in DeLand.

Deceased was a member of the Christian church and active in religious work. He is survived, besides his parents, by a wife and small baby daughter. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock here from the Oakman chapel. Rev. R. L. Cartwright will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. A. M. Wells of this city and Rev. Wallace of the Birkbeck parish. Interment at Woodlawn.


January 4, 1919, Saturday
Clinton Daily Public


Funeral services for the late Henry GIVENS were held this morning from the Oakman Chapel at 10:30 o'clock.  Rev. R. L. Cartwright officiated, assisted by Rev. A. M. Wells of the Methodist church and Rev. Wallace of the Birkbeck church.  Burial was made in Woodlawn.

Note: aka GIVENS


February 10, 1888
Clinton Register

It becomes our sad duty to note the death of Miss Mary GIVEN, one of our most highly esteemed young ladies.  She died Monday of consumption aged 27 years, 7 months and 1 day.  She was the eldest daughter of Robert GIVEN, and a father, mother and two sisters mourn her death.  About four months ago she was compelled to resign her position as teacher in the Weldon school and since that time her strength had been gradually failing.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church and one of its most earnest workers.  The funeral services were held at the U. P. church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Fox.

Note: aka GIVENS

Mrs. Robert GIVEN 

August 15, 1913
Clinton Register

At 5 O'clock Sunday Afternoon Death Claimed 4th Victim at Weldon.

Death harvest continues in the little town of Weldon.  The fourth victim of the peculiar disease which is prevailing there was Mrs. Robert GIVENS, who expired at 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon, after an illness of one week.

Sarah E. LOGAN was born at Marissa, St. Claire county, Illinois, Aug. 27, 1845, and was the child of Drury and Claire LOGAN.  She lived in that city until she reached womanhood.  She was married to Robert GIVENS at that place on February 12, 1863, and last February they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

To this union four children were born, all of whom are deceased, the husband being the only surviving relative.

Funeral services were held from the M. P. church at Weldon on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. E. Freeman officiating.  Interment in Weldon cemetery.

Note: Their tombstone has the name GIVEN, not GIVENS.

Mrs. William GLADDEN 

January 27, 1905
Clinton Register


Mrs. Wm. GLADDEN died at Winfield, Ia., yesterday, aged 36.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. WILLIAMS, of Long Point, and was married to Wm. GLADDEN about twelve years ago.  They moved to Iowa a few years ago and after a short time returned to Illinois, living in Marshall county five years.  They returned to Iowa two years ago.  Besides her husband and parents she is survived by three children, one a girl, aged 5, 8, 10, and a brother, L. H. WILLIAMS, of Wapella.  Remains will arrive at Wapella Saturday but the time has not been given for the funeral.  Burial in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Robert F. GLASGOW 

April 8, 1887
Clinton Public

Robert F. GLASGOW was born in Adams county, Ohio, April 13, 1820. At the age of twenty-one he united with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and was a consistent member of said church until his removal to Illinois in 1886. For more than a year Mr. Glasgow has been troubled with rheumatism but has been able to be around until a few weeks since when he was taken quite ill. He had recovered somewhat and on the morning of his death, March 31st, had walked out in the yard. After eating a hearty breakfast he went into the sitting room and was found by the family, a few minutes later, lying on the floor almost gone. A neighbor, who chanced to be near, was summoned and found him quite dead. Mr. G. leaves a wife and ten children who mourn a very affectionate husband and father. The funeral services were conducted by Pastor WIDNEY, in the presence of a very large concourse of friends, at the late residence of the deceased, after which the remains were taken to the Chandler Cemetery for burial. Mr. G. lacked but 14 days of being 67 years of age. He was highly esteemed by his neighbors, as was witnessed by the large concourse at the burial. His residence was Piatt county, two and a quarter miles south and one mile east of Weldon.

Cicero GLENN 

October 3, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

At Home of Brother on Madison Street—
Had been Ill Long Time.

Cicero GLENN, who has long been a resident of Clinton and who is well known throughout the county, died at the home of his brother, George GLENN, at the city limits at the end of South Madison street this morning.  His death was due to a stroke of paralysis which he suffered eighteen months ago.  After the stroke he was unable to move any part of his body, but for a time this summer he partly rallied from the stroke and was able to walk about with some difficulty.  Two months ago he suffered a relapse and since then his condition continued to grow worse until death came this morning at 5:20 a.m.

The deceased was 57 years, 1 month and 15 days at the time of his death.  He is the son of William and Mary Jane GLENN, who came from Tennessee.  He is survived by two brothers, George and another, both of Clinton.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock from the residence.

Mrs. George E. GLENN 

October 14, 1904, Friday
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary GLENN, wife of Geo. GLENN, died Wednesday about noon at her home in South Clinton, being sick four days.  She was 44 years old.  She was married to Geo. Glenn, who with five children survives her, the eldest about sixteen years old.  She was a faithful member of the Baptist church and a good woman.  Funeral services were held in the Baptist church today, conducted by Rev. Bigelow.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
GLENN, GEORGE E.     KETTERMAN, MARY MRS.      10-09-1884     DE WITT

Mrs. Joseph GLENN 

April 16, 1915
Clinton Register

Daughter of the Late William Dillavou Died at Advanced Age of 78 Years.

Mrs. Nancy A. GLENN, whose home was on North Elm street, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John ROBERTSON, on South Grant Avenue Wednesday morning at the age of seventy-eight years.  Although old in years, Mrs. Glenn had continued in fairly good health until one week preceding her death. She was the daughter of the late William DILLAVOU, a well-known resident, who at the time of his death was the oldest man in the county—93 years.

Funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 from the residence of Mrs. Robertson, Rev. E. K. Towle in charge.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Nancy DILLAVOU was born in Ohio September 8, 1836, and came with her parents to this state when a child, the family settling in DeWitt county, where deceased had spent the remainder of her long life.  At the age of twenty years she was married to Joseph GLENN, who passed away several years ago.  For many years the couple resided on a farm, later retiring to Clinton.  Four children were born to the couple, three of whom survive: Mrs. Margaret HANGER and Mrs. John ROBERTSON, of Clinton; and Mrs. Minnie GARTEN, of Blodwell, Ok.  The fourth child, a daughter, Mary, died many years ago.  She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Mary J. HUGHES, of Seneca, Kas., who came to attend the funeral and two brothers, W. D. DILLAVOU, of this city, and L. C. DILLAVOU, of New London, Ia.  Mrs. Glenn was a devout Christian and a life-long member of the Methodist church.

Samuel P. GLENN 

July 28, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of Samuel P. Glenn.

Samuel P. GLENN, one of the pioneers of DeWitt county, died at his home in Waynesville township on last Sunday morning, at the ripe age of eighty-four years. The deceased was born in South Carolina on the 17th day of January, 1798, and after living in Tennessee and Indiana till after he arrived at man’s estate, he came to this county in 1828 and settled on Rock Creek. The farm he first tilled he occupied until the day of his death, a period of over fifty-four years. He was one of the first two men to enter land in DeWitt county. He was first married to Ruth SCOTT in the spring of 1827 and for a second wife married Mary RILEY. By the first marriage he had no children but by the second there was one daughter. Fifty years ago Mr. Glenn was converted and joined the Christian Church, of which denomination he was a faithful and active member during half a century. From 1846 to 1848 he represented DeWitt county in the State legislature and afterwards filled the office of justice of the peace in his township for several years. In the early days of DeWitt county Samuel P. Glenn was one of its most active men and did much by his force of character to elevate the morals of the then sparsely settled county. Of late years he had dropped out of active life and was remembered only by his associates in the early days of Illinois. But few of the old settlers remain with us now, they having gone to join the silent majority.

William GLENN 

December 7, 1901
Decatur Review


Clinton, Ills., Dec. 6—William GLENN, 70 years old and an old settler of this county, died at midnight on Wednesday, at his home on South Center street. He had suffered a stroke of paralysis about a year ago from which he never recovered. He had been in the city nearly forty years. A widow and four children survive.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. William GLENN 

January 9, 1914
Clinton Register

Was Nearly Four Score Years Old and Had Lived in DeWitt County Nearly All Her Life.

Mrs. Mary GLENN, who had been in poor health a number of years, died Monday morning about 9 o'clock, aged 78 years.

Deceased was born in Sangamon county, Ill., February 3, 1835, and when quite young came to this county. September 27, 1853 she was wedded to William GLENN. Eight children were born, three of whom, Cicero, George and Harley, all of Clinton, survive. She is also survived by one sister, Melvina HANGER, of Missouri.

Mrs. Glenn's home had been just outside the city limits, at the south end of Center street, about 45 years and surviving all her family except three.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon by Rev. Towle. Burial in Woodlawn.


March 21, 1879
Clinton Public

Death of Lewis Glessner.

On Tuesday of last week Mr. W. L. GLESSNER, editor of the Register, received a dispatch from Findlay, Ohio, calling him to the death-bed of his father. On the Thursday following, the elder Mr. GLESSNER died. Some years ago we had the pleasure of forming the acquaintance of the old gentleman when he was visiting his son in this city. Mr. Glessner was one of the old veteran newspaper men, having spent the greater part of a long and useful life in the publishing business. His four sons were educated for the editorial profession, and he had the satisfaction of seeing them grow up prosperous publishers. The loss of a beloved parent no one can estimate who has not passed through that sad trial, and in this time of his sorrow the PUBLIC extends its sympathy to Mr. W. L. Glessner.

From the Findlay (Ohio) Journal we copy the following tribute to the memory of the deceased:

"Mr. Lewis Glessner, editor and proprietor of the Hancock Courier, died in Findlay at the ripe age of sixty-eight years, last Thursday afternoon. He was a thoroughly good man. Though positive in his political views and always fighting in the front ranks of his party—time-serving in nothing—striking telling blows for that which he regarded as the right, yet personally he had as many warm friends among political opponents as in the ranks of his own party that trusted in him implicitly. This was simply because he was always a kind-hearted, intelligent gentleman in all his intercourse with the people. In his death the writer loses a friend who has always been true to him even when others flinched. He modestly limited his ambition to a desire to live well, and to accomplish thoroughly what he undertook to do, and refused for the last years of his life to take the political positions within the gift of his party, although well fitted by natural ability and long years of ardent training to fill them well. He published one of the best, if not the best Democratic county paper, and owned the finest local office in the State— an establishment that he had finished long enough to put in first rate order, so as to leave control of the paper in the hands of either of his four sons, either of whom is thoroughly trained and able to conduct the paper in all its details."


January 16, 1885
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. W. L. Glessner.

It will be sad news to many in Clinton and in DeWitt county to learn of the death of Mrs. W. L. GLESSNER, which occurred in Americus, Georgia, on the 7th of January. For about twelve years Mr. and Mrs. Glessner were residents of this city, during which time Mr. GLESSNER was editor of the Register. It was partly on account of the health of his wife, as well as his own, that induced Bro. Glessner to seek a warmer climate, and from time to time word came back to Clinton that the family was benefited by the change. But death had marked Mrs. Glessner as its victim, and there was no escape from the inexorable laws of nature. Mrs. Glessner was a woman of fine literary attainments, and often the columns of the Register were graced with the work of her brain and pen. During the years of the residence of the family in this city Mrs. Glessner was prominent in social life, and she had a large circle of friends who will sympathize with the bereaved husband and children in their sad affliction. In the hour of sorrow words are but poor comfort to the stricken heart. There is, however, a land of better promise, where kindred hearts will be reunited, and to this glad time affliction ever looks for consolation.

Note: The obituary is followed by a 48-line poem written by Mrs. Glessner in 1871.

Isaac Goble 

July 26, 1907
Clinton Register


Isaac GOBLE died Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary COWEN in Weldon, aged 80, being sick four weeks. His other children: Mrs. A. E. STONE, and George [GOBLE], of Weldon; Mrs. W. F. CHANDLER and Miss Rebecca [GOBLE], of Selma, Cal.; and John [GOBLE], of Decatur. Funeral was held today at ten o'clock. Burial in Weldon cemetery.

Mrs. Isaac Goble 

April 27, 1900
Clinton Register


Mrs. Isaac GOBLE died Tuesday, aged 70 years and 5 months.


April 25, 1900, Wednesday
Daily Review


Clinton, Ills., April 25.—Mrs. Isaac GOBLE died at her home in Weldon, aged 70 years.  She is survived by her husband to whom she has been married over fifty years, and six children: George, Rebecca and John GOBLE and Mrs. Bertha STONE and Mrs. Mary COWEN, of Weldon, and Mrs. Edna CHANDLER, of California.


April 1, 1887
Clinton Public

Mrs. Sarah S. GODDEN, daughter of Mr. W. R. DILLAVOU, of Creek township, died at her home near Lake Fork, Logan county, on last Friday, after an illness of eleven days. Her eldest daughter died eleven days previous. Mrs. Godden was born in Randolph county, Indiana, on the 28th of June, 1849, and in the fall of 1850 her parents moved to this county. She was united in marriage to John GODDEN on the 20th of February, 1870. Six children were born to them, five boys and one girl. Mrs. Godden leaves a husband and five boys, an aged father, three brothers and two sisters to mourn her death.


December 27, 1861
Central Transcript

DEAD.—We are grieved to publish the death of Mr. Edward GOLDSMITH, who died in this place last Monday night.  Mr. G. was a young man of genial and warm heart, and his death is universally regretted by our citizens.  His remains were sent to Cincinnati last Tuesday evening, escorted to the depot by his brother Odd Fellows.


March 29, 1898
Paper Unknown

Martha L. (McDONALD) GOOD died at her home in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 29, 1898, aged 53 years, 9 months, 2 days. Funeral: M. E. Church April 1st. Burial: City Cemetery, Farmer City.

Submitted by Unknown

Dr. Christopher GOODBRAKE 

March 20, 1891
Clinton Public

Major Christopher GOODBRAKE, M. D., Surgeon of the Twentieth Illinois V. I., answered the last roll call on Monday night [March 16], at eleven o’clock. One week ago last Monday he went down to Beason to attend a consultation in a critical case of sickness, and to reach the place had to drive a couple of miles out from the station. The day was raw and chilly, and Dr. Goodbrake caught cold, which resulted in a chill on Tuesday night when he went to bed. Sleeping alone in his office there was no one to call assistance, and he suffered terribly during the next night and till nearly noon the next day, till someone happened to call at his office on business. The doctor was occasionally called away to attend patients in the country, so that nothing was thought of his absence at his boarding-house as he seemed to be in his usual health the evening before. Drs. J. A. EDMISTON and MYERS were summoned to his bedside, and they gave the venerable doctor all the care and attention possible to medical science. From Wednesday the doctor gradually grew worse, and by Sunday the attending physicians had about abandoned all hope of his recovery. The end came suddenly, and on Monday night, at eleven o’clock, Dr. Goodbrake breathed his last. He was conscious down to a few minutes before his death, and while he was unable to speak he recognized his friends by a pressure of the hand.

Dr. Goodbrake was of German origin and was born near Stuttgart on the 14th of June, 1816. Had he lived till next June he would have been seventy-five years old. When he was but five years old his parents emigrated to this country and settled on a farm near Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio. His early life was spent on the farm, and his education was had in the country district schools, supplemented by the lessons his father gave him in the higher branches. In this way Dr. Goodbrake obtained a good English education and a fair knowledge of Latin. After arriving at manhood’s estate he spent three years in Allegheny City, Penn., in the office of a celebrated physician and studied medicine. In the summer of 1840 he began the practice of medicine in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he remained three years, and then returned to Allegheny City. It was slow work for the young doctor to build up a lucrative practice where there were so many older physicians, and being ambitious to win success he left the scenes of his youth and came to Illinois, arriving in Clinton in the year 1847. There are but few living in Clinton now that were here when Dr. Goodbrake came, and we can only recall the names of the Hon. C. H. MOORE, Dr. John WARNER, Col. Thos. SNELL and Mrs. Samuel K. HARROLD. At that time Dr. Warner practiced medicine, and between him and Dr. Goodbrake a friendship was formed that has lasted during all these long years. Practicing medicine in those days was hard and laborious, for the doctors had to make long trips over the unbroken prairies in all kinds of weather, both by night as well as by day.

Before leaving Ohio in 1847, Dr. Goodbrake was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte GLEASON, a native of Brookfield, Mass., and when they came to Clinton they began housekeeping in the house now owned by Mrs. W. E. CARTER. Mrs. Goodbrake died in March 1872, and since that time the doctor has occupied his office as his home, boarding in the neighborhood. In 1876 the doctor began boarding at the home of the editor [Richard BUTLER] of the PUBLIC, and with the exception of one year he called that his home till the hour of his death. In all those years we had an opportunity of studying his life and character, and we bear cheerful testimony to his worth as a man and as a physician.

Being anxious to excel in his profession, Dr. Goodbrake attended a course of lectures in Rush Medical College, Chicago, and in February, 1855, received a diploma from that institution. He had great love for his alma mater, and during the years of his life made almost annual pilgrimages to Chicago to attend its graduating ceremonies. He was credited by the members of the profession with being one of the most skilful surgeons and practitioners in Central Illinois. In nearly all critical cases he was consulted by the younger men in the profession, and rarely, if ever, was his judgment at fault. Till the past few years, when he began to gradually retire from the active duties of his profession, he was the family physician of nearly all the older residents of Clinton and of a large circuit in the country; and even after his advancing years protested against long rides, his old friends went to his office for treatment and counsel.

On the breaking out of the rebellion in 1861, Dr. Goodbrake was one among the first to enlist as a private in the first company organized in DeWitt County, which in June of the same year was mustered into the United States service at Joliet as Co. E, Twentieth Illinois Infantry. His reputation as a skilful surgeon and physician secured for him the position of surgeon of the regiment, and he was mustered into the service as a major. Dr. Goodbrake was intensely loyal to the government of his adopted country, and when treason threatened it he left home and wife and child and a lucrative practice to defend the old flag. In 1862 he was taken from the Twentieth and detailed as Surgeon-in-Chief of the Third Division of the Seventeenth Army Corps, which was a part of the grand Army of the Tennessee, and was Surgeon-in-Chief on the staffs of Generals John A. LOGAN, M. D. LEGGETT, and Charles R. WOODS. On the field of battle he was always faithful at the post of duty, and no matter how dangerous the place might be he was always close to the boys to render them his professional aid. No man was more popular in the Third Division with both officers and men than was Dr. Goodbrake. He was with his division in more than a score of hard-fought battles besides skirmishes without number. The doctor was a skilful marksman with the rifle, and it is told of him by his old comrades that often during the siege of Vicksburg he would take a rifle and go out on the advance line and do a little shooting to keep his hand in practice. He served in the army till September, 1864, when he resigned and came home, having served over three years and five months from the date of his enlistment.

Dr. Goodbrake was an enthusiastic member of the Masonic order. He was made a Master Mason in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1843; took the Royal Arch degrees in Springfield, Ill., in 1852; and in 1857 was created a Knight Templar and Knight of Malta in Apollo Commandery No. 1, in Chicago. In 1884 he received all of the degrees from the fourth to the thirty-second in Oriental Consistory in Chicago, and had reached almost to the summit of Masonic honors. He was one of the early founders of the Masonic order in this city, and when the Chapter was instituted it was christened Goodbrake Chapter in his honor. He removed his membership from the commandery in Chicago and united with the Beaumanoir Commandery in Decatur.

After the incorporation of the City of Clinton he served one year as mayor, but local politics not being congenial to his tastes he retired from the field. For a number of years he was a member of the board of education of this city, and for five consecutive terms filled the office of president of the board.

He took great pride in his profession and was a life member of the American Medical Association, and also a life member of the Illinois State Medical Society, of which he served as president for one year. He was the founder of the DeWitt County Medical Society, was its first president, and for ten years or more has been its secretary. In 1866 he was elected president of the Central Illinois Medical Society. For a number of years he has been that local surgeon of the Illinois Central company in this city, and his professional skill was held in high repute by the chief medical officers of the company.

To write of our old friend has been a work of sorrow. For fourteen years we have sat at the same table, for he was a member of our household. He was a man of kindly nature, and when he had a patient whose case was critical his sympathetic heart would add nerve to his professional skill, and it was only when the crisis was passed that he could be at ease. His life work is finished after having passed nearly five years beyond the allotted three-score and ten. His only child, Mrs. Amanda TAYLOR, and one grandson survive him. The doctor was prudent in financial matters and leaves to his heirs an estate worth from $16,000 to $18,000.


Dr. Goodbrake was buried on Wednesday afternoon [March 18] in Woodlawn Cemetery. For years before his death he had expressed a desire to have the funeral conducted by Beaumanoir Cammandery of Decatur and the Grand Army of this city. The old soldier was proud of his army record, and well he might be, for he was forty-five years old the day after he was mustered into the service, and in those days but few men of his age were willing to leave the comforts of home for a three-year campaign on the battlefields of the South. And he was also proud of his advancement in Masonry and made arrangements with his Commandery to bury him with the rites of a Knight Templar. The Decatur Commandery sent a representative here on Tuesday to arrange for the funeral, and on Wednesday the Commandery, numbering forty-five, with GOODMAN’s band, came up on a special train. The Commandery at Mt. Pulaski of sixteen members, and twelve Knights came from Farmer City, DeWitt, Weldon, Maroa, and other lodges in this neighborhood. At two o’clock the line was formed and marched to Dr. Goodbrake’s office and escorted his remains to the M. E. Church, where Rev. W. A. HUNTER preached an appropriate sermon. The side pews of the church were so densely packed long before the hours of service that after the Masonic orders were seated in the center pews the doctor’s old comrades of the Grand Army were crowded out, and with the exception of a few who found standing room in the aisles the larger number had to stand out in the street till after the ceremony was completed. The floral pieces were handsome, especially that sent from the Oriental Consistory of Chicago and the piece brought by the Decatur Commandery. The Grand Army had a beautiful arrow in flowers, representing the symbol of the Seventeeth Army Corps, which was made at Moore’s green-house in this city. The selection and arrangement of the flowers in the arrow did credit to the taste of young McABOY. Other pieces were sent by the DeWitt County Medical Society and old friends of the doctor.

After the service in the church the funeral procession took up the line of march to Woodlawn Cemetery. At the request of Mayor HARRIS all of the business houses were closed. The tolling of the bells and the solemn notes of the funeral dirge by Goodman’s band made an impression that will not soon be forgotten. Arriving at the cemetery the Blue Lodge of the Masonic order performed their ritualistic ceremonies, and then came Beaumanoir Commandery with their beautiful and solemn service, which was made more impressive by the rich, deep voice and scholarly reading of the Rev. Mr. GOODWIN, chaplain of the Commandery. As a fitting close the firing squad of Frank Lowry Post fired three rounds over the grave of their venerable comrade, when Orrie HARRISON stepped to the head of the grave and sounded on his bugle “lights out.” This brought the tears to the eyes of many of the old boys and their wives, for the thought came to them which of the veterans would be first to answer the last roll-call and have “lights-out” sounded at his grave.

The last sad rites ended. The old and faithful physician, the patriot soldier, was laid to rest. Dr. Goodbrake was buried in his Commandery uniform and on his left breast was the badge of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Mrs. Christopher GOODBRAKE 

April 4, 1872
Clinton Public

DIED, on the 29th ult., of heart disease, Charlotte, wife of Dr. Christopher GOODBRAKE.  Mrs. Goodbrake was an old resident of our city, having come here in 1847.  Thus one by one our early citizens, like old landmarks, are passing away.  We earnestly sympathize with the Dr. and family in their great bereavement, and hope that Time, the great healer, will reconcile them to their loss.  The funeral took place Sabbath afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and although the weather was very cold and unpleasant, a large number of people were present.


August 8, 1879
Clinton Public

Aaron GOODFELLOW, a prominent citizen of Bloomington, was murdered on the streets of that city last Monday night, a little after nine o'clock, when he was returning to his home. Mr. Goodfellow had been spending the evening playing croquet with some of his neighbors, and as he was walking toward home two men met him on the street, and one of them ordered him to throw up his hands. Mr. Goodfellow, seeing that the fellow had a revolver in his hand, attempted to take it from him when he fired and sent the bullet crashing into Mr. G.'s head. Another shot was immediately fired which took effect in the wounded man's bowels. The assassins then ran off. Mr. Goodfellow lived till Tuesday afternoon, when he died. No reason can be given for this wanton murder, as Mr. Goodfellow stood high in the estimation of the people of Bloomington.

(See news article)


October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Many will remember the sad accident which happened to James W. GOODRICH on the night of the 15th of last February.  As he was in the act of coupling the cars he was crushed between them.  From injuries thus received he never fully recovered.  He hoped he was gradually regaining his health, but ulcers having formed upon his lungs soon hastened his death, which occurred last Saturday.  He was born on a farm near Waynesville, November 30, 1866.  His early life was spent in and about Clinton.  He married Miss Maggie ARTHUR, November 7, 1888.   This union was blessed with two children, Lina and Dasie, aged four and two years respectively.  His wife and many relatives mourn his untimely death.   Funeral services, conducted by Rev. L. B. Pickerill, were held at his late home Tuesday afternoon.


August 20, 1880
Clinton Public


The death of Miss Minnie GORMAN, which occurred last Tuesday morning, cast a gloom over this city which will never be dispelled as long as she has an acquaintance living. Upon her grave will ever be placed the flowers of tenderness and love; her name will ever be spoken through tears. Speak her name and the heart will answer to the voice.

Admirable and modest in her manners, generous and just, pleasant and agreeable among her associates, ever guarding against injuring the feelings of her friends, destitute of all false pride and vanity, ambitious only to return good for good and to avoid that spirit which resents ungrateful words—in every sense a lady—she won, by the trueness of her heart, the purity of her purpose, the nobleness of her character, the admiration and esteem of every one who knew her. Her kindness was not confined within that prison called Selfishness, but extended out like vines, holding within her reach the respect and admiration of each and all. Being frail in constitution and delicate in health, after an illness of about ten days, she began to realize her condition, and through the clouds and darkness of this world, saw that mighty river, heard its awful moan, and began to sink. "Oh! I see papa on the other side, but the stream is too wide!" she exclaimed, as she called her relatives and friends about her to bid them a last farewell. But the stream was only widened by the tears of sympathy that were shed by her friends and will only more surely guide her to the other shore. Grief inexpressible! She was spared for a few hours, and for awhile said she felt better, but her time for departure soon came, and as the clock tolled eleven her life went out. She was dead.

She died surrounded by those she loved, and those who loved her, leaving behind a fond and loving mother, sister and brother and numberless friends. Speech can not contain their love. Language can not express the sadness of that hour. She died when flowers clothe the earth in garlands bright, when roses send their perfume to the skies, and murmuring streams repeat the sad requiem and carry the solemn memories to the mysterious sea, while listening high above the wailings here on earth love can hear sweet music touched by divine hands of praise.

The funeral ceremonies took place at the M. E. Church on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, the funeral discourse being delivered by Rev. A. Semple, attended by Revs. W. W. Faris and J. C. Rucker. The choir was composed principally of her most intimate friends, whose overflowing hearts echoed discord through the sad and thrilling anthems. A large procession followed her to her last resting place.

Mrs. Patrick GORMAN 

February 19, 1897
Clinton Register

Mrs. Elizabeth Gorman Called to Her "Home Over There."

Mrs. Elizabeth GORMAN died Tuesday night at her home on East Washington street, aged 73 years, 3 months and 14 days, from the effects of paralysis. Several times she had suffered light strokes, but the fatal one did not come until one week ago; from that time there was little hope of her recovery.

Mrs. Elizabeth KIRKPATRICK was married to Patrick GORMAN, her second husband, in Ohio. They moved from that state to Illinois, and moved to Clinton from McLean county in 1862, where the husband died in 1878. By the first marriage a daughter, Mrs. Fred HANGER of Chicago was born. A daughter, Minnie, who is dead, and Wm. F. GORMAN, who is deputy county clerk, were born to Mr. and Mrs. GORMAN. Mrs. Gorman had long been a member of the Methodist church, and was a most faithful Christian.

Funeral services were held at the residence at 10 o'clock today conducted by Rev. Kumler. Interment in Woodlawn.

William F. GORMAN 

July 31, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

Popular Member of Clinton Band a Victim of the Heat and Heart Trouble—
Long Dead Before Found.

William F. (Cap) GORMAN was found dead Sunday afternoon about 4:30 o'clock in his little room over Craven’s restaurant at 219 East Washington street.  He had been dead for hours, probably eight to ten.  He was lying in his bed as he had retired Saturday night and death seemed to have arrived peacefully.

The coroner’s inquest was held at Oakman’s chapel this morning.  The jury returned a verdict of death from complication of diseases.  Dr. Geo. S. Edmonson said last night that death was due to fatty degeneration of the heart hastened by the hot weather.

Heat to Blame.

The heat may justly be blamed for hastening his death.  "Cap" made his home in a little 8x10 room with only two windows, both on the south, and the heat must have been terrific when he retired Saturday night.  He was found by Marion Halsey, an employee of the Craven restaurant.  Halsey noticed Sunday morning that "Cap" had not obtained his morning paper and later in the afternoon he went up to see if he was up yet.  He saw through the screen door, which was hooked, that "Cap" was lying motionless.  Then he called Dr. Edmonson.  The latter pronounced him dead since early in the morning.

Death Shocks Friends.

A crowd quickly gathered in front of the two East Washington restaurants when it was learned that "Cap" Gorman was lying upstairs dead.  He had many friends and a wide acquaintanceship and his death came as a shock though many were heard to say that it was no more than they had expected for a long time.

Played in Band Saturday Night.

"Cap" played in the band Saturday night, but he was feeling far from well.  He complained of suffering from the heat and was unable to play much of the time.  He said that he had been drinking too much ice water.  It is presumed that he went directly to his room after the concert.

Had Few Relatives.

Mr. Gorman had only four near relatives.  These are Max, Curtis, and Elmer A. HANGER, of Chicago, nephews, and a niece, their sister, Mrs. Myrtle JORDAN, of Salt Lake City.  Mrs. Grant CARDIFF was a foster sister of Mr. Gorman and he thought a great deal of her and her family.

"Cap" had made his home by himself in the room over Craven’s for many years.  He never married and his parents and two sisters heave been dead many years.  He was fifty-seven years old at his death, having been born July 21, 1859, in Heyworth.  His parents came to Clinton in 1864 and he has always lived here since.  The family home was long at the corner of South East and East Washington street.  He was a graduate of the Clinton High school and attended Wesleyan university for a time.

He was for eight years deputy county clerk under Warren Hickman and since that time, fourteen years, he has been employed as time keeper for the Illinois Central.  Before his employment in the county building he was a fireman on the Central.

"Cap" was one of the best band musicians that Clinton has ever known.  For twenty-five years he was given the sobriquet of "Captain," shortened to "Cap."  He was greatly liked for his genial disposition.  He was a member of the Uniform rank, Knights of Pythias.  This order and the band will probably march in parade in honor of their deceased brother in the funeral tomorrow.

Funeral Tuesday Afternoon.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Oakman’s chapel.  Burial will be in the family lot at Woodlawn cemetery.  Elmer A. Hanger, one of the nephews, arrived this morning from Chicago to complete arrangements for the burial.  He stated that neither of his brothers was able to come.  His sister, Mrs. Jordan, wired to ask if the body could be held for her arrival and was advised that it was best to bury it tomorrow, so she will not be present.

Friends of the deceased may call at the chapel Tuesday morning and view the body.

The coroner’s jury was composed of J. M. Wilcox, chairman; T. A. Reddington, H. W. Allen, Heber Morse, Fred Ewing and John Jackson.  The verdict was "death by heart failure and complications."

Rev. Ralph V. Callaway will have charge of the funeral service, it was announced this afternoon.

Mrs. Jeff GOSSARD 

March 23, 1883
Clinton Public

News came to Wapella the other day that Mrs. Jeff GOSSARD had died at their new home in Nebraska. A year or more ago Mr. Gossard went from this county to Nero, Nebraska, and from all reports he was prospering. This sad affliction will overturn all his bright hopes. His many friends in this county sympathize with him in his sorrow.


February 8, 1895
Clinton Public

Rev. Levi GOSSETT, father of Conductor J. R. GOSSETT on the Champaign and Havana division, died recently in Sedgwick, Kansas, aged eighty years. He had been in the Methodist ministry for nearly sixty years, and helped organize the first Methodist Church in Champaign County.


September 16, 1875
Clinton Public


During the prevalence of the storm on last Thursday [Sept. 9], John GRADEN, a laborer in the employ of Kirk & Bell, was killed by lightning. Mr. Graden lived in a two-story frame house near the Illinois Central freight depot. He was sitting in a room, near the window, in the lower part of the house, smoking his pipe, and had his chair tilted back against the wall in the south end. The lightning struck the chimney, tore down through the siding of the house, and struck poor Graden dead as he sat in his chair. His wife and child were upstairs, preparing for bed, and becoming alarmed at the flashes of lightning started to do downstairs. The shock prostrated them on the stairs, and for a moment they were unconscious. When Mrs. GRADEN reached the room in which her husband was sitting, she saw him sitting upright and a brilliant light, the effects of the electricity, gleaming from his bosom. She called to him and receiving no answer she ran up to him, thinking probably that he had also been stunned. But the vital spark had fled and poor Graden was dead. A doctor was sent for and the neighbors gathered in, but Graden was beyond the power of their kind offices. On Friday his remains were taken to Bloomington for interment. Graden leaves a widow and three children.


November 7, 1890
Clinton Public

Jessie GRAHAM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. GRAHAM, died last Sunday morning of diphtheria. She had been sick for some time, but was thought to have recovered beyond the danger point when there was a relapse. Jessie was a bright and lovable girl of about twelve years, and her death is a sad blow to her parents.


November 14, 1890
Clinton Public

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. GRAHAM, of Clinton, have heard with sincere sorrow of the death of their daughter, Jessie E. GRAHAM. After a brief period of suffering she was called to leave a good home and loving friends. On the 2d of November this gentle, loving young life, just beginning to unfold into great beauty and loveliness, ended. She had only reached the age of eleven years, eight months and nine days, but was remarkably bright and developed in patience, trustfulness and kindness. March 23d last she united with the Presbyterian Church, upon profession of her faith, and her answers to questions asked, showed an intelligent understanding of the word of God. She was a member of the Christian Endeavor and Willing Workers Societies. Her constant presence and words were helpful to even those who were older in years. She was a general favorite. Everybody loved her because she seemed to love everybody. Like some brilliant star, Jessie shone here only for a little while, then passed away beyond our sight to shine on forever in intensified beauty in the world of rest, joy and glory. This brief life was not in vain. She still lives in our memory; she lives in Heaven, beckoning the many friends, relatives and companions to come and join her and the multitude in praising Him who said, “Come unto me.” May Our Heavenly Father comfort and bless the bereaved parents.

Samuel GRAHAM 

January 31, 1890
Clinton Public

Death of Samuel Graham.

After more than the allotted time of man Judge Samuel GRAHAM departed this life on last Monday at the residence of his son, Dr. S. A. GRAHAM, in Waynesville, aged eighty-three years, five months and thirteen days. Judge Graham was born in Warren county, Ohio, on the 13th of August, 1806. He came from a long-lived stock. His father was born in the County Down, Ireland, and when a young man came to this country and settled on a farm in Warren county, Ohio, where he died at the advanced age of one hundred and one years. Judge Graham was raised on a farm, and in September, 1849, he emigrated from Ohio and settled in Waynesville township, where he spent more than thirty years of his life. When he was twenty-three years of age he was united in marriage to Hannah KIRBY, on the 1st of November, 1829. Thirteen children were born to them, nine sons and four daughters, all of whom excepting two are still living. One of the sons died in infancy, and a daughter, Mrs. A. JEFFREY, who died in the summer of 1876. Mrs. Graham died in December, 1876 [should be 1886], aged seventy-six years, and last Tuesday the body of her aged husband was laid to rest by her side in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Four years after coming to this county (in 1853) Judge Graham was elected Associate Justice of the County Court, which office he filled for six years when the adoption of township organization by the county disbanded the court. He was next elected Justice of the Peace, which office he filled till 1865, when he was elected Probate Judge, in which he served four years, being succeeded by Judge Hall. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Judge Graham was a kindly old man and was always pleasant and affable. In his home and in his public life he was the same genial man, beloved by his children and respected by his friends and neighbors. His last sickness was of brief duration, and he died surrounded by all of his children who are now residents of this county.

Mrs. Samuel GRAHAM 

December 10, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Samuel Graham.

After seventy-six years spent in this world of happiness, sorrow and care, Mrs. Hannah GRAHAM passed into eternity on Thursday evening, December 9. For the past twelve or fifteen years Mrs. Graham had been an invalid, yet her active nature had kept her up so that she was able to attend to her domestic duties. For several years past Mr. and Mrs. Graham have made their home in this city with their son, Judge GRAHAM. About five weeks ago old Mrs. Graham was stricken down by sickness, and for more than two weeks past her death was hourly expected.

Hannah Graham, whose maiden name was Hannah KIRBY, was born in Warren County, Ohio, November 1, 1810. At the age of nineteen she was married to Samuel GRAHAM, who still survives, although the old gentleman is very feeble in health. Of this union there were thirteen children, nine sons and four daughters. One of the sons died in infancy; all the others lived to manhood and womanhood and are still living, except Mrs. A. JEFFREY, who died last summer. About forty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Graham joined the Universalist Church, and in that faith they lived consistent lives. In September, 1849, they emigrated from Warren county and located near Waynesville, where they resided till about five years ago, when they came to Clinton to make their home with Judge Graham and enjoy peace and quietude in their declining years. All of their children except two are married. It might well be said of Mrs. Graham that she had no faults. She was the embodiment of Christian perfection, the salient traits of her character being that boundless, endless and sublime goodness and charity for her family and neighbors. The funeral services will be at Judge Graham's residence at two o'clock on Sunday afternoon. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

William Wallace GRAHAM 

June 18, 1909
Clinton Register

Had Been to Church and to Weldon Springs Sunday and Passed Away Early Monday Morning.

Perhaps no death of a Clinton citizen for several years was more of a shock to the people of the city than was that of W. W. GRAHAM, who died at three o'clock Monday morning. They had seen him about the streets Saturday, and many had seen him Sunday, as he was at church in the morning and in the afternoon was at Weldon Springs. When he and his wife returned home in the evening he complained of not feeling well and not resting well during the night on account of pains. Just before three o'clock he requested his wife to telephone his brother, Dr. S. A. GRAHAM, to come at once. She did so, but when she returned to the bed he was dead. It would seem he realized death was near when he asked that his brother come at once.

With his passing away, one of the oldest and most prominent families in the county has lost one of its most honorable members. Perhaps no man of his age had so few enemies and so many friends. He never meddled with the affairs of others, and was honest in all his dealings. He had spent most of his life on a farm in Barnett township, the other years being spent in Clinton. He served one term as county clerk, two terms as overseer of the DeWitt county poor farm, and two months ago was elected clerk of Clintonia township for the third time in succession. He was also public administrator. He had always been a Republican. In religion a Presbyterian he had long been identified with that church and was one of its most prominent and influential members.

Deceased was born in Warren Co., Ohio, Nov. 23, 1837, and lived 71 years, 6 months and 21 days. In 1849 his father, Samuel GRAHAM, moved to DeWitt county and located on a farm in the western part of the county. His first marriage was to Miss Hattie CUSHMAN of Waynesville and three children were born to them: Clayton and Frank live in New York, and Norvel lives in Barnett township on a farm. His wife died about twenty years ago, and he was married 2 years later to Miss Rose EDMISTON, who with 2 children, Mrs. Fred H. MAGILL and Lloyd, survives him. Two are dead. He is also survived by the following brothers: George B., Fresno, Cal.; Dr. Samuel A., Clinton; Judge John M., Kingfisher, Ok.; Joseph, Grand Island, Neb.; and a sister, Miss Alice, of Bloomington.

The funeral was held from the residence at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. FULTON. Interment at Woodlawn. The pall bearers were G. K. INGHAM, John FULLER, W. H. OGLEVEE, C. M. FULLER, William MATTHEWS and Charles WILLIAMSON.


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Julia Belle Grant passed away after a week's illness at Medicine Hat General Hospital on November 27, 1944, at the age of seventy. She was born in DeWitt County, Illinois, U.S.A., married Mr. U.S. Grant and came to Canada, where they homsteaded at Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan approximately forty years ago. They moved to Medicine Hat district in the year 1912, where they resided until 1927, when the returned to Yellow Grass and lived there until April of this year, when the moved to Medicine Hat to their home at 367 Sixth Street. Mrs. Grant was much loved by her many friends and will be remembered as one who had a very fine appreciation of beauty. She was a great lover of flowers and was gifted with a talent for expressing her art in fancy work of various kinds.

The funeral services were conducted in Pattison's Funeral Home by Rev. S. H. Irving of Fifth Avenue United Church, who was the conveyor of a very fine tribute from a former pastor, Rev. J. C. Hartley, who was at one time minister at the United Church at Yellow Grass. Mr. Hartley referred to Mrs. Grant as an "exceptionally fine woman, dependable in her church and Christian in character".

She is survived by her husband, Mr. U.S. Grant and daughter, Mrs. J. C. Daniel, her brother, Mr. A.T. Smith of St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.A., and two granddaughters, Marjorie and Wilma.

The pallbearers were Messrs. W. W. Oliver, C.V. Gilman, J.D. Tufford, J. I. Trotman, A. G. Finch, and R. E. Keating. Internment was made in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery.

Note: Julia Belle Smith was the daughter of George Jackson Smith and Julia Angeline (Bell) Smith; she married (1) Lloyd F. McConkey 11/28/1895; and married (2) U.S. Grant.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Charles GRAVES 

December 6, 1889
Clinton Public

Disappointment in Love Caused Charles Graves to Commit Suicide.

Last Monday afternoon Coroner Cyrus Jones was notified that the body of a young man was found in a field near a by-road four miles south of this city. The coroner went out and found the body of Charles GRAVES with a gunshot wound in the heart, and every indication pointed to a case of suicide. One week ago last Tuesday Charles Graves borrowed a double-barreled shotgun from Charley HOAG and then started from Clinton, and when within a quarter of a mile of Tom DAVIS's house, where his mother lived, he killed himself. That same night it rained and snowed, and the following two days snow fell to the depth of three or four inches, which covered the body, and it was not till the thaw last Saturday that the body could have been seen. Saturday evening Graves's relatives became anxious on account of his long absence, and on Monday when Tom Davis, who is a half brother of Graves, was going to a neighbor's he found the body of young Graves in the field about sixty feet from the roadside. An inquest was held and a verdict of death by his own hand rendered. On Tuesday young Graves was buried in Rose Cemetery, west of Lane station, by the side of his father.

Charles Graves was twenty-three years of age and was above the average farm boy in point of education. He was quite a reader and was generally well informed in current matters of history. His mother owned about twenty acres of land in Texas township, and this Charles tilled till about a year ago, when he sold his interest to Tom Davis. After leaving home, he worked during the spring and a part of the summer by the month for other farmers, and last July, when he received the $100 for his interest in the land, he came to Clinton and boarded with his brother-in-law, William TURNEY. Charles got acquainted with a girl living here in town and wanted to marry her, but it seems she was not matrimonially inclined. As the story goes, she played fast and loose with his affections but managed to keep him on the string. Once or twice Charley became so discouraged over his failure to get a wife that he took heavy doses of a deadly drug, but not taking quite enough to accomplish the purpose, it had the effect to make him deathly sick. Not long ago he told his sister that if the girl went back on him again his "name would be Dennis." He made a final attempt to bring matters to a focus on Monday or Tuesday of last week and, failing in the effort, he foolishly concluded to end his young life with a shotgun. On the 25th of last July he insured his life in the New York Life Insurance Company for $1000, payable to his mother in case he should die first. The old lady is nearly blind, and is now about fifty-seven years old. She is living with Tom Davis, a son by a former marriage. The family feels grateful to the kind friends who came to their assistance.


March 21, 1890
Clinton Public

Mrs. GRAVES, the mother of Charles GRAVES who committed suicide in Texas township about three months ago, died last Saturday at the home of her son, I. T. DAVIS. Mrs. Graves had completely lost her sight and about a year ago her youngest son, Charles, insured his life for $1000 for her benefit. The agent of the company was Captain Lee McGRAW. About a week before she died the company sent her a draft for the $1000. This will now go to her other children.

Note: Sarah Ann Carlock married (1) Nelson Bailey 02/25/1849, (2) Christopher Davis 12/25/1853, and (3) Samuel Graves 10/13/1864.

GRAY (child) 

November 10, 1899
Clinton Register

The little child of Mr. GRAY reported burned, died Wednesday night. A sad death indeed, and Mr. and Mrs. Gray have the sympathy of everyone.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 10, 1899
Clinton Register


The remains of the little one year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. GRAY of Weldon, which died from the effects of a scald, will be laid to rest in the Weldon cemetery today.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Charles T. GRAY 

October 17, 1902
Clinton Register


Sarah Ann GRAY died at her home in Lexington, Ill., Saturday, aged 82 years.  She was born in Virginia in 1820.  Her parents moved to Ohio and she came to Illinois, settling in McLean county 68 years ago.  Her first marriage was to F. A. GODDARD, April 30, 1837, who died in 1870.  One son born to them died when 17 years old.  She was married to C. T. GRAY, Feb. 13, 1875, who died in 1898.

Deceased’s maiden name was Sarah A. McABOY, and she was a sister of James R. McABOY, an old resident of DeWitt county, who died in Clinton Nov. 5, 1901.  Mrs. CAMPFIELD, also a sister of Mr. McABOY, died Apr. 19, 1902.  The only living representative of the McAboy family is Thomas C. McABOY, of Baxter Springs, Kan., formerly of Texas township.

The funeral was held Monday at Lexington.  Those present from this county were Mrs. W. T. Lane, Grant Pennington, Mrs. S. K. Carter, of Lane, A. H. Montgomery, of Weldon.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
GRAY, CHARLES T.     GODDARD, SARAH A.      1875-02-25     MC LEAN

James C. GRAY 

July 30, 1909
Clinton Register


The report sent to this city Monday that the body of J. C. GRAY, son-in-law of E. G. ARGO, had been recovered from the Wabash wreck Sunday night, was followed by a later statement saying that Mr. Gray could not have been a victim of the wreck but had probably been washed ashore by the turbulence of the Missouri river caused by the disaster, as the decomposed condition of the body showed that it had been in the water for many days. A key ring whose silver tag bore the inscription, "J. C. Gray, Clinton, Illinois," led to the information sent to this city. E. G. Argo, accompanied by Fred I. CLINE, left for Orrick, Mo., to identify and return with the body. Mrs. GRAY, who came to Clinton sometime ago on account of the illness and death of her mother, expected to return to Chicago this week, where she was to meet her husband on his return from Denver.

When Mr. Argo and Mr. Cline arrived at Orrick, they found that the body had been buried, owing to its decomposed condition. It was disinterred and identified as J. C. Gray and was brought to this city Thursday, arriving on the Daylight Special.

The remains, which were taken directly to Woodlawn cemetery, were joined at East Main street by the carriages containing the mourners. A short burial service was held at the grave, Rev. R. H. Barrett of the Baptist church officiating. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Lester Robb, Clarence Danks, B. F. Harrison, and J. W. McPherson. The pall bearers were F. C. Davidson, F. K. Lemon, G. W. Marvel, M. F. Gleadall, W. A. Bone and P. L. Robb. Interment was in the family lot of E. G. Argo.

A statement given out by Undertaker Fred I. Cline told of the difficulty experienced at Orrick in having the body exhumed, owing to opposition on the part of the coroner, and of the necessity of seeking the assistance of the state's attorney. Although the body was quite decomposed it was identified by the filling in the teeth and the outline of the face.

Although the coroner declared there was nothing of much importance on Gray’s person when found, he gave into Mr. Cline’s possession a gold watch, valuable diamond ring, pair of cuff buttons and some change. Mr. Cline also found in one of the dead man’s pockets a pocket book containing two $20 bills, some letters, railroad ticket and baggage check. The sheriff of Cass county, Mo., told Mr. Cline that on July 22 he found Gray roaming about the country outside of Liberty minus hat and coat and he seemed to be under some powerful drug effect. He told the sheriff that he had been knocked off the train, which a ticket showed to be on the Alton but, being torn, the destination could not be determined. Gray also said that he was on his way home, that after the accident he was taken to a hospital. The supposition was that he had run away from the hospital, while under the spell of the drug, and had accidentally fallen into the river. Mr. Cline found on examining the body that the shoulder had been dislocated and a number of bruises and injuries about his body.

Note: His first name, James, was found in the Woodlawn Cemetery book.

John W. GRAY 

August 1924
Paper Unknown

Death of John W. Gray.

John W. GRAY, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Allen) GRAY, was born near Waynesville, Ill., Oct. 1, 1866, where he passed the greater part of his life.  His death occurred at the home of his daughter at 277 Spring street, Decatur, Ill., August 7, 1924, aged 57 years, 10 months and 7 days.

He was married to Miss Anna GREER, of Lovington, on Oct. 12, 1887.  To this union ten children were born, eight having preceded him in death.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Lelah WOOD, of Decatur; one son Wm. J. GRAY, of Elgin; and Mrs. Maude FLOYD, a cousin, who has been a daughter to him from her childhood; his aged mother; two sisters, Mrs. Lucy JOHNSON, of Mulberry Grove, Ill., and Mrs. May ROBERTS, of Decatur; one brother, George, of Orlando, Florida; also four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  All were at his bedside at the time of his death.

He was converted and joined the Methodist church at Waynesville at the age of seventeen years, and at the time of his death was affiliated with the church at Elgin, Ill.  He was for many years an active member of both the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodges.

Note: John W. Gray is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, De Witt County, Illinois.

Mrs. Richard GRAY 

January 27, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Richard GRAY died Tuesday night at her home 2 miles east of Lanes, aged 24 years. She had been sick only a week, and the news of her death was a shock to her many friends in the eastern part of the county. Besides her husband, deceased leaves two children, aged 4 and 1 years respectively.

Worship GRAY 

August 26, 1904
Clinton Register

One of Weldon's Prominent Men Dies While Away from Home—
Funeral at Weldon Tuesday.

Worship GRAY, Sr., of Weldon, was stricken with paralysis about two weeks ago while visiting his son, Worship, at Dunkel, near Pana. There was little hope of his recovery from the first, and he died Saturday evening. The remains were taken to Weldon Sunday and funeral services were held Tuesday. Deceased was born in Ireland in 1831, and came to this country with his parents when about 15 years old, and after remaining in New York four years, came to Illinois. He was married in 1862, and is survived by his wife and three sons, William, a doctor in Champaign; Fred, of Chicago; and Worship, of Dunkel. He lived in or near Weldon many years and was one of its leading citizens. He was a Democrat and always much interested in the success of his party.

Mrs. Fuller GREEN 

June 1928
Kenney Gazette


Mrs. Pearl Graham GREEN, wife of Postmaster Fuller GREEN, passed away at the Palmer sanitarium, Springfield, Illinois, on Friday, June 15, at 9:01 p.m.

Mrs. Green had been in her usual health until last Christmas when a sudden attack of influenza left her in a weakened condition and developed into complications which made it necessary to take her to the Palmer sanitarium on May 21. Until within the last few days the doctor had expected her to fully recover.

The body was brought to the R.B. Pullen mortuary at Kenney and prepared for burial, after which it was removed to the family residence until the day of the funeral.

Pearl Graham Green, second daughter of James and Lou NEWMAN, was born at Hillsboro, Fleming County, Kentucky, September 25, 1889; departed this life June 15, 1928; age 38 yrs, 8 mo, and 20 days. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Fuller Green, her father, James Newman, of Ringoes Mills, Kentucky; brother, Smith NEWMAN, of Ringoes Mills; two sisters, Mrs. Ina JACKSON, of Ringoes Mills; and Mrs. Anna CALLIVER of Plummers Landing, Kentucky; one half-sister, Mrs. Sarah BOYD, of Flemingsburg, Kentucky; one half-brother, John NEWMAN, of Kokomo, Ind.; one Uncle, Enoch BOYD, of Kenney, Illinois; besides a host of other relatives and friends at her old home in Kentucky and in and around her new home at Kenney, Illinois.

She was united in marriage to Clell STONE, of Hillsboro, Kentucky, on December 19, 1912; who departed this life January 28, 1921; at Hillsboro, Kentucky. Again she was married to Fuller Green, of Kenney, Ill. January 9, 1923. Her mother, two sisters and two half-sisters preceded her in death.

She has been a member of the Christian Church at Ringoes Mills, Kentucky, since early youth. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, at Kenney. In her brief stay in Kenney she has taken her part, in so far as she could, in the activities of the community, many times doing more than her frail strength would allow. If asked to do anything she never refused if it was at all possible.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 from the Christian Church, at Kenney; Rev. Earl V. Hallock officiating. Singers were Alvah Trowbridge, H.K. Cantrell and Misses Ida Brelsfoard and Bessie Myers, with Mrs. Helen Kemp at the piano. Flower Women - Mesdames D.M. Black, Frank Stoutenborough, J.F. Irwin and Elmer Ropp. Pall Bearers were: Geo. Baker, Frank Stoutenborough, D.M. Black, W.A. Butler, L.F. Irwin and I.M. Kemp.



I wish to express my sincerest thanks to those who extended their sympathy, and who helped in any way whatsoever, in the sad hour of my bereavement—the loss of my wife.

Fuller Green.

Submitted by Mike Malerich

Mrs. James M. GREEN 

August 2, 1912
Clinton Register


Katherine GREEN, wife of James GREEN, died Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at her home on West Clay street.  Deceased had been in poor health or the past two years, and for five months had been confined to her bed.  She was born in Ireland and came to America with her parents when a child.  In 1868 she was married to J. M. Green, the young couple coming from New York to Dewitt county, locating near Wapella.  Later they came to Clinton where they had since resided.  Deceased is survived by her husband, one son, Oliver, and a brother John HINES, the latter residing in New Jersey.  Mrs. Green was a member of the Catholic church and funeral services were conducted from the home by Father Cummings at 10 o'clock this morning.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Levi Wyman GREEN 

January 3, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

L. W. Green, of Kenney, Sick Only Few Hours –

L. W. GREEN, a well known resident of Kenney, passed away at his home in that city Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. His death was the result of quick pneumonia, he having been sick but two days. Mr. Green had been in poor health for the last two years, but his illness was never serious until Saturday when he was taken ill with pneumonia.

Member of Four Lodges.

Mr. Green was born in Ohio and was about seventy years of age at the time of his death. He was a member of the local order of the Masons, being a master Mason since 1871, of the I. O. O. F., Knights of Pythlas and the Court of Honor at Kenney.

He is survived by his wife and the following sons and daughter, D. C. (Djalma Carl) GREEN, Florissant, Colo.; C. W. (Clifford Wilson) GREEN, of Storm Lake, Ia.; Hal GREEN, of Iowa; Bert GREEN, of Kenney; Fuller GREEN at home; Newton GREEN, of Indiana, and Bunn, who left last Tuesday for Delaware, and Mrs. W. J. (William J.) MILLER, of 508 South Center Street, Clinton. No funeral arrangements have been made.

Note: Levi Wyman Green died on Sunday, 2 Jan 1916.

Submitted by Mike Malerich


January 6, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral of L. W. Green.

The funeral of L. W. GREEN, who died on Sunday, was held from the late home near Kenney this morning. Rev. Arthur W. McDavitt of the local Universalist church was in charge. The local order of Masons, of which order Mr. Green was a member, attended the funeral and had charge of the services. Burial was made in Pleasant Valley cemetery, west of Kenney.


January 7, 1916
Kenney Gazette (Kenney, Illinois)

Levi Wyman Green, son of Samuel and Hulda Green, was born in Vinton county, Ohio January 26, 1947. He was the second of a family of three sons, his mother dying when they were young.

The family moved to Ross County Ohio. From there Mr. Green came to Illinois in 1868 and has been a resident of DeWitt county until his death on January 2, 1916, being 68 years, 11 months and 8 days of age.

He was married to Sarah Icyphenie Davenport November 26, 1871, by Joseph E Cain at the Davenport homestead west of Kenney, Illinois, where he spent his last days.

To this union were born nine children – eight sons and one daughter; one son dying in infancy, the wird and eight children survive as follows:

D. C. (Djalma Carl) Green, Florrisant Colo; Lillie G., wife of W. J. (William J.) Miller, Clinton, Illinois; A. S. (Albert Stratford) Green, Kenney; L. H. (Levi Hallett), Gilmore City, Iowa; I. N. (Ivan Newton), New Castle, Indiana; Bunn, Washington, D.C.; Fuller, at home; Clifford, Storm Lake, Iowa.

He also leaves two brothers, Eli B. Green, of Marengo, Iowa; Albert W., West Bend, Iowa; two half brothers, Rufus Green, of Stroud, Oklahoma; Ezra of North Dakota, four half sisters, Mrs. D. A. (David A.) Copper, Kenney; Mrs. E. T. (Elijah T.) Jett, Kenney; Miss Anna Green, Chestnut; Mrs. Will Smedley of Indiana.

The following grandchildren survive: Maurine and Mareece, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Miller; Clifford, Nolan and Merle, sons of L. H. Green; Carl, son of D. C.; Leota, Ellis and Myron, children of A. S.; Frances, Agnes, Arnold and Mildred, children of I. N.

The mother and all the sons and daughter were present at the funeral which was held Thursday morning at ten o’clock from the late residence. Rev. A. W. McDavitt, pastor of the Universalist church of Clinton, officiating. Interment was made in Pleasant Valley cemetery, DeWitt. Lodge No. 84 A. F. and A. M. of Clinton having charge of the funeral and the pall bearers all being Masons of Henderson Lodge No. 820 of Kenney, were Messrs. L. M. Glaebrook, Perry Wene, Frank Stoutenborough, W. A. Butler, and C. T. McLean.

Mr. Green was made Master Mason in July 1871 at Clinton and has ever since held his membership there. He was also a member in good standing of the following orders, holding his membership in Kenney lodges, I. O. O. F., K. of P., M. W. of A. and Court of Honor.

Submitted by Mike Malerich

Mrs. Levi Wyman GREEN 

December 13, 1922
Clinton Daily Public

Well Known Kenney Woman Succumbs— Funeral Thursday

Mrs. Icyphene GREEN, widow of L.W. GREEN, died Monday night at her home in Kenney, at the age of 75 years.

Icyphene DAVENPORT, daughter of Levi and Mary DAVENPORT, was born in Clinton, December 18, 1847. She made her home here a number of years previous to her marriage to Levi Green, after which she moved to Tunbridge township. Mr. Green died in 1914.

Surviving are the following children: D. C. (Djalma Carl) GREEN, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. W. J. (William J.) MILLER, of Clinton; Albert, Fuller, and Clifford GREEN, of Kenney; Hal GREEN, of Storm Lake, Iowa; Bunn GREEN, of New Brunswich, Canada. There is also a sister, Mrs. Catherine WILLIAMS, of Clinton, and a brother, Djalma DAVENPORT, of Creston, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the Christian church in Kenney, in charge of Rev. R. L. Cartwright of Clinton. Burial will be made in Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Note: She was born in Kenny, not Clinton; her husband died in 1916, not 1914; and her full maiden name was Sarah Icyphene Davenport.

Submitted by Mike Malerich


December 15, 1922
Kenney Gazette (Kenney, Illinois)

After One Year Intense Suffering.
Almost Seventy-Five Years Spent In This Community.

Mrs. Icyphenie GREEN passed away at the family residence in Kenney Monday evening at 9:04 o’clock, after an illness extending over the past year, the last eight weeks of which she was confined to her bed. Had she lived one week longer she would have attained her seventy-fifth birthday. Mrs. Green was a woman of true motherly instincts, not only to her own family, but to all with whom she came in contact.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) from the Christian church, Rev. R. L. Cartwright officiating, and burial will be made in Pleasant Valley cemetery, west of Kenney.

Sarah Icyphenie DAVENPORT, daughter of Levi and Mary DAVENPORT, was born December 18, 1847, on a farm near Kenney. When she was about ten years old her parents purchased the farm west of town, now occupied by her son, A. S. GREEN, and known as the Davenport farm. She was married to Levi Wyman GREEN November 26, 1871, who departed this life January 2, 1916. Mrs. Green resided on the farm until six years ago, when she moved to Kenney and has made her home here since that time.

Until within recent years Mrs. Green was active in church and lodge affairs, being a member of the Christian church, and of the Order Eastern Star, White Shrine, Pythian Sisters, and Rebekahs.

She leaves to mourn, one sister, Mrs. Catherine WILLIAMS, of Clinton, Illinois; one brother, Djalma DAVENPORT, Custer, Iowa; seven children as follows: D. C. (Djalma Carl), Cheyenne, Wyoming; Lillie MILLER, Clinton, Illinois; A. S. (Albert Stratford), Kenney; L. H. (Levi Hallett), Rembrandt, Iowa; Bunn, Newcastle, N.B. Canada; Fuller and Clifford, of Kenney. Brother and sister and all the children are present for the funeral. One child, Newton died May 22, 1918.

Submitted by Mike Malerich

Henry S. GREENE 

March 3, 1899
Clinton Public

The Eminent Jurist Died Saturday at his Home in Springfield.
He was Prominent in the Early History of Clinton Where he Lived and Practiced Law.

Henry S. GREENE, one of the leading attorneys of Central Illinois, died Saturday after an illness of many weeks’ duration, his disease being a complicated stomach trouble. He was born in the north of Ireland in 1833, and was taken by his mother, after the death of his father, to Canada, in 1838. In 1853 he entered upon the study of law in Danville, and in 1857 removed to Clinton, where he taught school and continued his study of law in the office of Hon. C. H. MOORE, and was admitted to the bar from this office. He afterwards formed a partnership with Mr. MOORE, and for a number of years the firm was one of the strongest in the state. In 1863 he was appointed states attorney for the eighth judicial district. One of the most noted cases tried by him to this capacity was The People vs. Wm. BURNES, for the murder of a man at Concord, in McLean county. The case was brought here in a change of venue from McLean. Mr. GREENE’s opponent in this case was the noted Leonard SWEAT. After a hard legal battle Mr. GREENE succeeded in proving his man guilty to the satisfaction of the jury, but a new trial was granted on error. Mr. GREENE being retired from the office of states attorney, the man was afterward acquitted. In 1868 he was elected to the legislature and served one term, after which he located in Springfield and practiced law.

In 1872 Judge GREENE delivered a decoration day address in Woodlawn cemetery here in which he spoke of his close association to DeWitt county. He felt that this was his home, and that the families of Clinton were endeared to him. So great was the emotion of this speaker that he frequently broke down during his address. When the DeWitt county court house was dedicated Judge GREENE was to deliver the dedicatory address, but was unable to speak and his address was read by Prof. B. F. STAMATES, and those who heard it say that it was a (?) effort, and one long to be remembered by the citizens of this county.

Deceased was a powerful attorney in the interests of railroads and at one time was confidential advisor of Jay GOULD, traveling with him in a special car on a number of occasions. Mr. GREENE was not like many brilliant lawyers, a conversationalist. He was quiet, unassuming, (?) possessing that personal magnetism which gained the confidence of associates and respect of the community. A remarkable trait in his disposition was that he never led in discussions, but appeared to be a listener more than a participant. He was unselfish and plain in dress, nothing in his manner indicating aristocracy, pomp and dignity being foreign to his nature. No flowery oratory characterized his speeches, his sentences being plain and of the most forcible English. Everything was sacrificed for a directness of meaning.

Inasmuch as Judge GREENE began his public life in Clinton and so often spoke of his attachment to DeWitt county, we mourn his loss as deeply as though he had been a citizen of this community.

At the funeral of Judge GREENE in Springfield Monday, the following distinguished gentlemen acted as pallbearers: Circuit Judge James A. CREIGHTON, Hon. Lloyd F. HAMILTON, State Treasurer Floyd K. WHITTEMORE, Attorney Logan HAY, United States District Attorney J. Otis HUMPHREY, and Hon. Riley KELLY, of Omaha, Neb., general solicitor of the Union Pacific railroad and a former student in the law office of Judge GREENE. The honorary pallbearers were George N. BLACK, Hon. David T. LITTLER, Rev. T. D. LOGAN, pastor of the First Presbyterian church; Edwin A. WILSON, Col. J. J. KELLY, of Lincoln, Neb., father of Riley KELLY; Charles RIDGELY, United States District Judge W. J. ALLEN, former Governor Richard J. OGLESBY, of Elkhart; former Senator John M. PALMER, former Governor Joseph W. FIFER, and John CHENEY, of Bloomington.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

James D. GREENE 

July 3, 1896
Clinton Public

The community of Wapella was shocked Thursday by the sudden death of James D. GREENE, whose end came peacefully at 3 a.m., after a night of some suffering but in an hour when his condition seemed to indicate recovery.  Death was due to kidney disease, to which Mr. Greene for some time had been a subject.  Mr. Green was one of the most beloved and best known citizens of Wapella, where for a few years past, he had quietly lived with his family.

He was born in County Longford, Ireland, 66 years since, but came to Wapella township in 1869 and northwest of the village bought a nice farm, which he managed with thrift and energy and brought up a family of five children—Timothy, Thomas, Maria, Elizabeth and Michael, the latter deceased; the remaining ones are living at or near home.  His jovial nature and liberal breast drew all toward him.  He was a man of honor and truth and most unselfish in nature.  Two years ago he with his son Timothy returned to Ireland, spending several months in the home of his childhood, and many of the neighbors and friends will remember how they listened to the account of his travels.  He was anticipating a similar trip for the ensuing year when the grim monster summoned him.

The funeral occurred in St. Patrick’s church in Wapella today at 10 a.m., Father Dooling officiating.  A number of Clinton friends went to show their regards and sympathy with the bereaved widow and family.

Submitted by Pat Lydon

William H. GRIER 

October 25, 1915, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Was Native of Pennsylvania and Came to Illinois in 1853—
Buried Today.

William H. GRIER, eighty-nine years old, died at his home 312 North Maple street, Saturday night at 10:30 o'clock, death being due to a complication of diseases. He had been ill for a number of years but his illness grew serious only about three weeks ago.

Mr. Grier was a native of Pennsylvania and was born February 14, 1826, and came to Illinois in 1853. The following year he came to DeWitt county, where he has since resided. He was married to Mary SIMPSON in 1857 and to this union one son was born, William H., with whom he made his home.

Worked on Illinois Central.

The wife died at the birth of the son and ten years later he was united to Melvina (McGRAW) LACON [LAKIN], whose death occurred a number of years ago. "Uncle Billy Grier," as he was known throughout the country, was loved and respected by all. He was a carpenter by trade and worked for a number of years on the bridge gang of the Illinois Central.

Funeral Today.

The funeral services were held from Oakman’s chapel, this afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. A. W. McDavitt officiating. Burial was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

L. S. Howell, of St. Elmo, Ill., came to Clinton today to attend the funeral. Mr. Howell is an adopted son of Mr. Grier.

Note: William was born in 1827, not 1826; he married his first wife in 1859; and his son’s name was William Marion Grier.

Mrs. William H. GRIER 

September 16, 1881
Clinton Register

Mrs. Melvina GRIER, wife of Wm. H. GRIER, died at her residence east of this city on Monday, Sept. 12, after a long and painful illness. On the 3d day of February, 1874, she was stricken with paralysis, and from that day could not articulate an intelligible word, and for the past five years was unable to take a step or feed herself. During these long and weary years her husband, with rare patience and devotion, attended to her wants and soothed her weary life. She was a daughter of Judge John J. McGRAW, being born December 15, 1830, with the present limits of DeWitt county, then Tazewell county, and resided near Clinton up to the time of her death. She became a member of the M. E. Church when quite young and remained a consistent member. Rev. G. W. HENNING officiated at the funeral services, which took place on Tuesday, and were largely attended.

Note: Melvina McGraw was married to (1) William S. Cundiff 10/01/1849, (2) Oliver Lakin 09/04/1862, and (3) William H. Grier 10/11/1866.


September 16, 1881
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Melvina Grier.

Mrs. Melvina, wife of Mr. W. H. GRIER, died at her home near this city about midnight of last Sunday, in the fifty-first year of her age.  She was the eldest daughter of Judge J. J. McGRAW, and was born within the present limits of this county, years before the county was organized.  For more than forty-one years she lived in Clinton and its immediate vicinity.  Seven years ago Mrs. Grier had an attack of apoplexy, which proved disastrous from the first.  She lost the entire use of her limbs, and her speech became so imperfect that even her immediate relatives could at times not understand her meaning.  When a young girl, Mrs. Grier had learned the signs used by the deaf and dumb, and in this way could converse with her friends for the first two years after her affliction, but even that pleasure was then denied her, for she lost entire control of her hands as well as her other limbs.  For the last five years of her life she was perfectly helpless, and as her body became more enfeebled, her mind naturally gave out.  Toward the last, she barely recognized even her relatives.  For nearly seven years Mrs. Grier suffered this living death, but through it all she bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude.  In early life she joined the M. E. Church in this city, and the consolations of religion were a source of comfort during the first years of her affliction.  During all these years Mr. Grier has patiently attended to the comfort and wants of his suffering wife, and no parent could be more kind to an afflicted child than was Mr. Grier to his wife.

William M. GRIER 

March 6, 1951, Tuesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Clinton—William Grier, 91, Clinton’s oldest Mason, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the DeWitt County Nursing Home at Hallsville after an extended illness.  The body was taken to the Reeser and Herington Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements.  Mr. Grier was born Feb. 2, 1860 in Clinton and had lived all his life here.


December 25, 1891
Clinton Public

Elias GRIFFIN died at his home in Kenney, last Sunday evening, and on Tuesday afternoon he was buried in New Providence Baptist Church cemetery. The old ’ Squire was a prominent figure in Republican politics in this county, and there was never a county convention since the organization of the party to which he was not a delegate. Elias Griffin was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in the year 1818, and when he was a young man he was a school teacher. On the 26th of February, 1839, he was united in marriage to Mary STAYNER, who survives him. They were the parents of eleven children all of whom are living except two boys they gave to their country in the late war. John M. was a member of Co. E, Twentieth Illinois, and James A. enlisted in the Forty-first Illinois. ’Squire Griffin came to Illinois in 1852 and landed in Clinton on Christmas day. The greater part of his life was spent in Tunbridge township, where he held the office of Justice of the Peace for thirty years or more. He never had a case reversed by the circuit court, which is a remarkable showing for a country justice. In the early days in Tunbridge there were but five Republicans in that township, but that five never missed an election and always stood up to be counted. Notwithstanding that ’Squire Griffin was an uncompromising Republican yet he failed but once in being elected to the office of justice of the peace. The people knew that he was honest and capable, and they elected him year after year. At the age of seventy-three years, after a brief illness, he was called from earth. His aged wife was sick at the time of his death and was confined to her bed. Two years ago the government granted Mrs. Griffin a pension on account of the death of her son John M., who lost his life at Fort Donelson.


February 9, 1900
Clinton Register

Jeff Griffin, of DeWitt, Died at the Home of Mrs. Walters, Near Swisher, of that Disease.

About a month ago a son of Mrs. WALTERS, near Swisher, returned from Dixon, where he was attending school, and soon had what was pronounced smallpox, though in a mild form. Four others of the family had the disease but none of them became dangerous. Jeff GRIFFIN, of DeWitt, was carpentering at Walter's home when the first son took the disease and was quarantined. About two weeks ago he took the disease and died Tuesday morning. It is said the doctor, from Leroy, did not consider the case dangerous the day before his death. He was nearly 40 years old and leaves a wife and five children. His brother, L. McDONALD, lives in Clinton. The deceased was buried in the cemetery near DeWitt. Miss Flaherty, who was teaching the Swisher school and was quarantined at the Walter's home, has not taken the disease.

Nettie L. GRIFFIN 

February 10, 1882
Clinton Public

Nettie L. GRIFFIN, granddaughter of Mrs. Sarah KIRKLEY, died at the home of an aunt in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, on last Saturday. The deceased young lady had lived in this city the greater part of her life, her home being with her grandmother. About two years ago she graduated from the high school in this city, and was considered one of the brightest scholars of her class. By close application to study she fitted herself for the duties of a teacher, and for one term taught one of the district schools in Tunbridge township. Her health failing, she was compelled to give up a profession for which she was eminently qualified. Some months ago she went to Mechanicsburg, Ohio, hoping that a change of location might help her, but the seeds of consumption had so rapidly undermined her constitution that she grew worse instead of better. She longed to return to Clinton, but it was not deemed safe for her to undergo the journey. Last Saturday her spirit took its flight from earth to heaven. Miss Griffin was only twenty years of age.


November 21, 1890
Clinton Register

Byard Griffith, One of the Oldest Residents of the County, Quits the Shores of Time.

At 12:15 o'clock last Monday, Byard GRIFFITH, who had lived in Harp township since 1850, died at his home surrounded by his family. Last fall he had an attack of the grip from which he never recovered. Since that time he had been confined to his home and for the last nine months to his bed. All possible had been done to effect a cure, but he gradually became weaker till death ended his sufferings. The funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o'clock Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Kelly, of Weldon. The burial was at a cemetery on the farm of the deceased.

The deceased was born in Ohio, April 9, 1814, being 76 years, 7 months and 8 days old at his death. When 20 years old he was married to Leah DEVENBAUGH, and they moved to Illinois in 1840, settling in the northeast part of Macon county where they lived for ten years. In 1850 he came to DeWitt and settled on the farm on which he lived till his death. His wife died March 22, 1860. Ten years afterward he was again married to Savilla REED who survives him. Seven sons and one daughter were born to him by his first marriage, two of whom are dead, three sons and one daughter now living.

Mr. Griffith had been a farmer all his life and had been very successful, owning at his death about 3,300 acres of land. About 1,800 acres of this land is in Harp township and is worth about $100,000. In addition to this he owned about 1,100 acres in Kansas and 320 in Shelby county, this state.


November 21, 1890
Clinton Public

At his home farm in Harp township, on last Sunday, Bayard [Byard] GRIFFITH, one of the early settlers of this county, departed this life. For several months he had been a great sufferer from diabetes, and for some time there had been no hopes of his recovery. He came to this county over fifty years ago, when he was but twenty-six years of age, and by prudence and industry became an extensive land owner. His home farm contains over sixteen hundred acres, and he was the owner of as much more land in Kansas and other Western States. He was a great believer in land investments as being the safest form of wealth. The funeral took place on Monday.

Note: Byard was buried in Griffith Cemetery, Harp Township, next to his first wife.

Mrs. Byard GRIFFITH 

March 12, 1909
Clinton Register

Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Adams Have Joined Loved Ones On the Other Shore.

Mrs. Savilla GRIFFITH died suddenly Monday morning about 9 o'clock at her home on North Center street. She had been confined to her bed about three weeks with rheumatism, and last week was so much improved that her friends thought she would soon be able to be out. Monday morning she seemed better than usual, and the family felt encouraged. Suddenly she spoke of having pain, and requested that she be helped to her bed. Soon after reaching the bed she died.

The maiden name of deceased was Savilla REED, and she was born in Ohio, Sept. 1846. Her parents came to Illinois three years later and settled near Decatur. When 22 years old she was married to Byard GRIFFITH, and they lived in Harp township, DeWitt county, her husband dying in 1901 [1890]. To them five children were born, Holland, of Ft. Worth, Texas; Byard and Dell, of Clinton; and Melvin, of La Mar, Mo. She is also survived by one brother and four sisters, only one of whom, Mrs. S. FARROW, of Clinton, lives in this county, and only one other, Mrs. STEVENS, of Bement, in this state. Miss Nellie died in Texas about two years ago.

She was a faithful member of the Christian church many years, and was a member of the Woman’s Missionary society. She was always active in doing good, and was devoted to the cause of her Master.

Funeral was held in the Christian church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


March 18, 1887
Clinton Public

Died.—At the residence of her son, George A. GRIFFITH, in Perrysville, Ohio, December 24, 1886, Mrs. S. J. GRIFFITH, wife of Dr. J. W. GRIFFITH, aged sixty-one years. It is needless to say one word of commendation on the life and character of this kind-hearted, pure-minded woman. It would be a useless task to try to describe her amiable and sweet disposition, for which she was characterized from her cradle to her grave. Her disease was consumption and her sufferings were very great, but she bore her affliction patiently, and bowed submissively to the will of her father. As she neared the tomb her Christian hope grew brighter and brighter—so much so that she longed to go and dwell with Jesus. She has left many near relatives and friends to mourn her death.


June 4, 1909
Clinton Register


Wesley GRIFFITH, a former DeWitt county resident, and a brother of Harve GRIFFITH, of Harp township, died at Deepwater, Mo., from blood poisoning. Mr. Griffith attended the funeral returning home Friday. Deceased was 65 years old and was a son of Byard and Leah GRIFFITH, the latter who died in 1858 and the former in 1892. He moved to Missouri forty years ago and, besides being owner of hundreds of acres of land, was president of the Deepwater bank. There yet belongs to the estate 440 acres of Harp township, DeWitt county, Illinois, land. Besides Harvey Griffith, he leaves three other brothers, Newton and Levi of Marion Co., Kan., Cornelius of Oxford, Neb., and a sister, Mrs. C. C. WRIGHT, of Mountain View, Mo.

Note: His mother died in 1860 and his father in 1890.

George W. GRINER 

March 27, 1914
Clinton Register

Passed Away at His Home on Thursday Evening of Last Week—
60 Years in This County.

One of the oldest residents of Midland City passed to his final reward at his home at 7:40 Thursday evening of last week.

George W. GRINER, who had lived at the home where he died for fifty-nine years, was one of the best known men in that section of the country. He was only ill about three days, suffering a stroke of paralysis on Tuesday preceding his death, and never regaining consciousness. The immediate members of his family and a number of friends were at the bedside when the end came.

Deceased was born near Bridgeport, Marion county, N. J., June 22, 1835, being the son of and sixth child of Wm. and Ann (BROOKS) GRINER. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rachel SAMUELS, who is 84 years old, two half-sisters, and a half-brother, the latter three residing in Indiana.

Mr. Griner, while a child, came with his parents first to Indiana in 1838. Mr. Griner came to Illinois in 1853, and in 1855 was united in marriage to Mary COPPENBARGER, November 25, 1855. Seven children were the fruits of this union. They are Rachel TROWBRIDGE; Charles, who died in infancy; Nancy A. KIMMEL, who died at Leona, Mo., in 1901; Geo. B. GRINER, at home; Olive M. DECKER; Mary W. JENKINS; and Ida M. ANDERSON. In addition there are surviving seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Deceased had been a member of the Christian church since boyhood. He had always lived a Christian life and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held from the home at 12 o'clock Sunday, conducted by Rev. T. T. HOLTON, a former pastor and old friend of the family. Following the services remains were brought by special train to Clinton and interment was made in Woodlawn.


August 13, 1868
Clinton Public & Central Transcript

In Barnett Township, Aug. 5th, Eli W. GROVES, aged 35 years. Mr. Groves was a member of Co. A. 107th Illinois Regiment, fought in the war against the great rebellion, and was badly wounded in the right arm while fighting for his country. His body now lies in the soldiers' burying ground in this city.

Eugene GROVES 

September 7, 1906
Clinton Register

Was Raised in DeWitt County and It Had Been His Home Most of His Life—
Funeral Tuesday.

Eugene GROVES, of DeWitt, one of the best known men in the eastern part of the county, died at his home, about 4 o’clock Sunday morning, aged 47. He had been sick several weeks and his death was not unexpected.

Eugene E. Groves was born at DeWitt April 25, 1859, and that had been his home most of the time. When a young man, he became a telegraph operator for the Central and served several years at other towns before being sent to DeWitt. About 16 years ago he resigned to work insurance which he had since done.

December 11, 1883, he was married to Miss Lillie McCONKEY, who died several years ago. Of the five children born to them, four are living, Mont, Otis, Luther Stillman and Luella. He is also survived by his mother and three brothers, Chas., of Rankin; John, of Bloomington; and Barnett, of Mt. Auburn. Oct. 17, 1900, he was married to Miss Eva BOTKIN, of Clinton, who survives him.

He was a member of the C. P. church of DeWitt, and was an upright citizen, and his numerous friends are pained to learn of his death. Funeral services were held Tuesday conducted by Rev. Forbes. Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Mrs. George GROVES 

January 3, 1908
Clinton Register

Mrs. Geo. GROVES died December 31 at her home in Maroa, aged 63. She is survived by her husband and four children. The family had lived in Maroa 14 years. She was born at Mt. Auburn, Ill., Feb. 16, 1844. Burial was at Ramsey, her former home.


July 13, 1906
Clinton Register

Ora J. Groves Passed to Rest Friday Morning at the Home of Her Brother in DeWitt.

Last Friday morning, at the home of her brother, Eugene, in DeWitt, occurred the death of Ora J. GROVES, after an illness of several years duration, of throat and stomach troubles. Her first trouble began with a growth on her vocal chord about seven years ago, and although she improved to a certain extent she never recovered her voice entirely. For the past two years she had been failing, and for the past two months tuberculosis of the throat and stomach had developed to such an extent that it was plain the end was near.

She was very patient and uncomplaining during her illness and said she was prepared to go and her greatest regret was that she had to leave her mother, who had been her close attendant and companion. She leaves an aged mother, four brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

The remains were brought here Saturday evening and taken to the home of her brother, C. E. GROVES, on S. Dixon street, accompanied by her mother; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. GROVES, of Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. B. W. GROVES, of Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. T. A. CURL and Miss Bell CAIN, of DeWitt.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. D. A. Schwartz, assisted by Rev. A. C. Augustus. Interment was made in Union cemetery, where the beautiful and impressive ceremony of the Order of the Eastern Star was rendered by the officers and members of Jessamina Chapter No. 194, of which she was a member.

Ora J. Groves was born in DeWitt, Illinois, August 6, 1874. Died in DeWitt, June 29, 1906, aged 31 years, 10 months and 24 days. She removed to Rankin with her parents when 10 years old, where she resided until four years ago, when with her mother and sister she moved to DeWitt. She was converted during the meeting held by Bro. Clark when about 14 years old and united with the M. E. church at Rankin. She remained a faithful Christian all through her life. During her last illness she spoke many times of the blessed assurance she had of her future home. Having been reconciled to meet death at the will of her Master she gave directions as to her funeral and burial. —Rankin Independent

For the past year Miss Groves was a resident of Clinton, removing to DeWitt a few weeks before her death.