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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

Mrs. William HABERFIELD 

June 25, 1915
Clinton Register

Clinton Woman Had Completed Four-Score and Six Years—
Husband Died in Kansas.

Mrs. Martha A. HABERFIELD died Monday afternoon at the Warner hospital, aged 86 years.  She had been sick over a week and was taken to the hospital two days before her death.  For about a year she had room at the home of Mrs. Jeannette EDMISTON.

Deceased’s maiden name was Martha WADE and she was born in England in 1829.  Mar. 24, 1851, she was married to Wm. HABERFIELD and they soon left for this country.  After a year in New York, they moved to Michigan where they remained three or four years before coming to DeWitt county, where they located in Texas township, where they lived [until] 11 years ago when they moved to near Coffeyville, Kan.  In 1910 her husband died, and she returned to Clinton about two years ago.

She was a sister of Samuel WADE, who died a few years ago, and is survived by one brother, Francis WADE, three miles south of Clinton.  She was an aunt of Edward and John WADE, and Mrs. Frank CRANG, of Clinton.  She had been a member of the Christian church many years, first uniting with the Texas church over forty years ago.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church Wednesday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. R. V. Callaway.  The remains were taken to Coffeyville, Kan., for burial beside the husband.

Note: According to his tombstone, William Haberfield died December 4, 1908.   He and Martha are buried in Union Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kansas.

HAGGARD (child) 

January 1, 1897
Clinton Public

A little girl of Ed HAGGARD, of Harp township, died Monday. The disease was thought to be diphtheria. This is the second daughter of Mr. Haggard who has died in the last month.

HAINES (child) 

March 30, 1865
Clinton Public

Killed by a Colt.—On Wednesday of last week, a son of O. P. HAINES, aged 11 years, was kicked by a colt, fracturing his skull so that the brains protruded. He died the next day.


February 3, 1888
Clinton Register

Henry HANES [HAINES], of Creek township, aged 35 years, died Wednesday of typhoid fever, after an illness of only four days. He leaves a family.


February 4, 1888
Decatur Daily Republican

Henry HAINES died near Maroa on Wednesday, aged 35 years.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916:
HAINES, HENRY   1888-02-01   CREEK TWP    36 YR   M   DE WITT

Mrs. Henry C. HAINES 

February 10, 1888
Clinton Public

H. C. HAINES, who lived on a rented farm in Creek township, near Shiloh Church, died the latter part of last week of typhoid-pneumonia, and the first of this week his wife died of the same disease. They left a family of helpless children totally unprovided for.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916:
HAINES, SARAH   1888-02-06   CREEK TWP    30 YR   F   DE WITT

Joseph HAINES 

February 17, 1888
Clinton Register

Joseph HAYNES [HAINES], of Creek township died Sunday, of lung fever, aged ten years. Only a few days before, Mrs. Henry HAINES, whose husband's death was reported two weeks ago, died of the same disease. One of their children [Fannie] died the follow[ing] day after its mother's death.

Note: Joseph Haines was not ten years old when he died, he was 74. He died February 12, 1888, not 1889, as listed in the death index. He may have been the father of Henry Haines.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916:
HAINES, JOSEPH   1889-02-12   CREEK TWP    74 YR   M   DE WITT

Oliver P. HAINES 

July 5, 1912
The Clinton Register

An Aged Pilgrim Called to Rest.
Clinton Citizen Ends Life’s Journey at Four Score and Six Years.

Two weeks ago last Tuesday O. P. HAINES was taken sick at his home on South Madison street. He would not admit he was sick but said he was only tired. This was no doubt true. His supply of energy had become exhausted and he was really not really sick, but tired. He grew weaker as the days passed, and rest everlasting came to him last night about 9 o’clock when his tired soul was released from activities of life and his spirit took its flight.

Oliver P. Haines was born near Woodstock, Ohio, April 6, 1826, and lived 86 years, 4 months, and 9 days. March 31, 1851, he was married to Miss Eva McCUMBER, who for over sixty-one years had been his constant companion. In 1855 they came to Illinois, locating in Clinton, where they lived until 1866, when they bought forty acres in Texas township, two and a half miles southeast of Clinton, which was their home for forty-two years. In January 1908 they moved to Clinton, where they have since lived.

Mr. Haines was one of the most jovial of men. He always kept before him the bright side of life and was as a ray of sunshine to those who saw only the dark side. He had no enemies and counted all as his friends, to whom he was always ready to give assistance and encouragement which was always to be found in the cheerfulness which was full of hope and assurance that all would be for the best.

He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Mrs. J. B. STEVENS, of Clinton, the son William dying several years ago, the former being only four months older than her husband.

Funeral services will be held at the residence tomorrow at 2:30, at the home, conducted by Rev. J. E. Hart. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Lauren Roseman


March 8, 1901
Clinton Register

Since last fall J. B. HALDEMAN had been a sufferer from cancer of the face, but as it was what is termed bone cancer, it was impossible to benefit him by surgical skill. Several weeks ago he was confined to his bed, and gradually grew weaker until Saturday evening when death ended his suffering.

Jacob B. Haldeman was born in Cumberland county, Pa., Jan. 26, 1826, where he grew to manhood. He came to Illinois is 1850, living in Scott county two years, before coming to Clinton, which had since been his home. After coming to this city he and S. R. POWELL conducted a milling business, and built the grist mill that so long stood near where the depot now stands. After about two years Powell sold his interest to T. C. BERGER, who sold to Wm. HAYNIE. The firm of Haldeman & Haynie continued until 1874, sixteen years, when Haldeman bought Haynie's interest and took his son Charles as his partner for nearly two years. From 1876 to 1883 Mr. Haldeman conducted the business when he sold out to Wm. Haynie, his former partner. Since that time he has not engaged in business. He owned a fine property in Clinton besides a farm or two which enabled him to live in comfort without active work. The first office he ever held was in 1885 when he was elected alderman, and was twice reelected.

In 1854 he was married to Miss Catherine ONSTOTT, of Waynesville. Three children were born to them, only one of whom, Charles, is living, his mother dying in 1870. Mr. Haldeman's second marriage was to Miss Mary SHURTLEFF. Of this marriage one child, Mrs. Gertrude KELSEY, and her mother survives. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church. Politically he was a Republican, but never was active in politics. Funeral services were held at the residence on East Main Street Wednesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK. Interment in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Jacob B. HALDEMAN 

June 14, 1907
Clinton Register


Mrs. W. A. Primm received a telegram this morning from her husband at St. Louis stating that Mrs. J. B. HALDEMAN died last night. She lived near Mr. Primm.

Mrs. Haldeman was the widow of J. B. HALDEMAN who died in Clinton a few years ago, and this was her home many years until about three years ago.

The telegram stated remains would be shipped east today. It was not learned what was meant by "east" but it is thought burial will be in Woodlawn, as her husband is buried there.

Note: Her name is not listed with her husband’s in the Woodlawn Cemetery book.

William HALE 

December 2, 1904
Clinton Register


Wm. HALE, a business man of Waynesville, was killed Monday by his team running away.   He drove a huckster wagon, and when south of that town his team ran away, throwing him to the ground, and when found by three girls he was dead.  He was a native of Kentucky, had lived in Waynesville three years, and leaves a wife and daughter, 3 years old.


December 2, 1904
Clinton Register

The following relatives of Wm. HALE attended his funeral here Wednesday: Mrs. White and son, of Oakland, Ill.; Thomas Shirley, of Indiana; George Walker, of Maxville, Ky.; Samuel Hale, of Willisburg, Ky.; and Mr. and Mrs. Nan Nicholson, of Clinton, Ill.  After the funeral, which was preached by Elder Lappin, of Atlanta, the remains were taken to Ky. for interment.  Mrs. Hale and most of the above accompanied the remains.  Also Ed Nichols, Ed Riley and Mrs. U. S. Atchison, of this place.

Aaron HALL 

August 9, 1889
Clinton Public

Killed by a Wagon.

Yesterday afternoon, about two o'clock, Aaron HALL, a little fellow aged nine years and three months, was riding on a load of oats. His older brother was sitting on the front seat with the driver and Aaron was sitting at the back part of the wagon with his feet over the end board. When the team was passing John BLUE's house, a little west of Mr. Hall's house, the boy started to walk on the oats from the rear to the front of the wagon. When he was about half way to the front he fell from the wagon and the hind wheels passed over his stomach and bowels. The horses were stopped in a second and his brother and the driver went to his assistance. They picked the boy up and he walked a few steps and then complained that he was too sore and weak to go any farther. He was carried to his home and in less than ten minutes from the time the accident occurred Aaron was dead.

Aaron Hall was the son of Samuel and Sarah Hall. He was born in this city on the 7th of May, 1880, and was nine years and three months old. Sam Hall has had his share of life's afflictions, though he bears all with the best grace possible. For years one or more of his family have always been on the sick list, and for more than four months he was laid up himself so that he could not earn a cent. This last affliction completely unnerves poor Sam. He has the sympathy of everybody.

Albert HALL 

July 27, 1906
Paper Unknown

Former Clinton Man Dead.

Albert HALL, who was born in DeWitt county nearly 60 years ago, and went to Fresno, CA., 21 years ago, died there last week. He was married to Miss Mildred VOGEL who with four children survive him. He was a brother of Austin HALL, of this city. His wife is a daughter of Jacob VOGEL, formerly of Clinton. The remains were cremated at Oakland, CA.

Submitted by Unknown

Alice A. E. HALL 

June 3, 1875
Clinton Public

Miss Alice HALL, after enduring the torture of consumption for two years or more, bade a last adieu to friends around her, closed her eyes to sleep her last sleep on earth, and expired at ten o'clock A.M. on last Wednesday, May 26th.  She was buried the following Thursday at four P.M.  She has left many relations and friends to mourn her loss, and will be missed by Old Hallsville society.

Note: She was the daughter of Greenberry and Achsah (Ely) Hall.

Mrs. Amos C. HALL 

January 31, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. Catherine Jane HALL, wife of Amos C. HALL and daughter of Justus and Martha ALLEN, was born in Ohio December 8, 1840. The family came to Vermilion county, Illinois, and settled near the present village of Homer when she was about twelve years of age. In her twentieth year she was married to Andrew J. HAYES. A daughter by this marriage died at the age of eighteen.

Some years after the death of Mr. Hayes she was united in marriage with Amos C. Hall, June 30, 1887. They established a good home in Hallsville in 1888 and resided there about three years. They lived in St. Louis four years, a year in Sedalia, in Parsons, Kansas, two different times, returning to Hallsville now and then, until their return last May with the intention of finishing their earthly pilgrimage among their old time friends and neighbors. Her strength had been on the decline for some years, her final sickness, however, was only a week's duration. She departed this life Friday, January 24, at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 21 days.

One brother Abraham ALLEN of Hallsville and one sister, Mrs. Laura MCLAUGHLIN of Potomac, Illinois, survive her.

She confessed the Savior and was baptized by T. T. Holton in 1889 and continued a member of the church to the end of her pilgrimage. She was a woman of wonderful energy and industry. She looked well to the ways of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness.

The funeral services took place at the Hallsville Christian church Monday afternoon January 27. The memorial sermon was preached at her request by T. T. Holton of Bloomington from the text, "Show us the Father and it Sufficeth. " The choir of the Christian church sang most tenderly several beautiful and consoling songs. There were present a great number of relatives and friends of the family and there was much sympathy shown to Mr. Hall who in his old age is left wifeless. At the close of the services the body was interred in the McCliman's cemetery.

Benjamin Franklin HALL 

September 20, 1895
Clinton Public

Benjamin Franklin HALL was born in Hallsville, Ross County, Ohio, August 23, 1850, moved to Illinois with his parents in 1865. Was married to Miss Ann M. MISKELLY December 16, 1875, there being born to them three sons and three daughters, who survive him. He was sick one year with diabetes, complicated with spinal trouble. He died peacefully at his home east of the city, on Tuesday, September 17, 1895, in the presence of his wife, children and friends, who did all they could to soothe him in his dying hour. Deceased was a farmer all his life. He was sober, industrious and upright in his dealings. The funeral took place from his late home on the 17th inst. There was a large attendance, Rev. MacArthur officiating. Remains were buried in Woodlawn cemetery. The family extends thanks to all the friends who kindly assisted them in their affliction.

Mrs. Benjamin Franklin HALL 

March 1927
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Anna HALL, aged 75 years, passed away at her home two and a half miles east of Clinton Friday morning at 7:30 o'clock.  A general breakdown caused by old age was the cause of her death.

Anna M. MISKELLY was born in Warren county, Ohio, February 15, 1852, and was married on December 16, 1875, to Benjamin F. HALL.  Six children were born to this union as follows: Mrs. John THOMAS, of Clinton; Alvin HALL, at home; Mrs. Cash JOHNSON, of Weldon; Mrs. Brutus JOHNSON, near Deland; Oliver HALL near Clinton and Harvey HALL, of Pueblo, Colo.  She was preceded in death by her husband thirty two years [ago] and by one brother and one sister.

Deceased came to this state when three years old and settled in the same place where she died.  She was well known and had hosts of friends in the community in which she resided.

Funeral services will be conducted from St. Paul’s Universalist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. Carl A. Polson.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Candie Rogers

Mrs. Caleb HALL 

February 10, 1888
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Mary Hall.

Mrs. Mary HALL died at the residence of her son-in-law, A. J. MORROW, Feb. 3, aged 82 years and 4 days. The funeral services were held at the residence on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, conducted by Elder Hite. The interment was at Woodlawn cemetery.

Mary Hall was born near Richmond, Virginia, on the 30th day of January, 1806. When 4 years old she moved with her parents to Bourbon county, Kentucky, where she was married to Caleb HALL on the 20th day of March, 1824. They moved to DeWitt county (then Macon county, Ill.) Nov. 1831. There were born to them five children, Susan E., William C., Eliza J., Robert F., James M., the two first being in Bourbon county, Kentucky. Her husband died at LeRoy, McLean county, Illinois, on the 19th of Oct., 1839, she having lived a widow over 48 years. She had but two children survive her, Eliza J., wife of A. J. Morrow, of this city, with whom she had lived many years, and James M., her youngest child. She had five grandchildren living and one dead. She attached herself to the Christian church in Bourbon Co., Ken., about the year 1830, having lived a Christian life nearly 60 years.

Charles HALL 

April 26, 1895
Clinton Public

Charles HALL, an old citizen of this county, died in the village of DeWitt last Saturday, and on Sunday his remains were brought to Clinton and buried in Woodlawn. Mr. Hall came from Ohio to this county before the war, and till the later years of his life followed the avocation of farming.

Mrs. Charles HALL 

March 21, 1884
Clinton Register

Mrs. Rebecca HALL, wife of Charles HALL, died at her home three miles southest [sic] of DeWitt, on March 14, 1884, in her 65th year.  Deceased had been sick about eighteen months with paralytic rheumatism and heart trouble, and since last August entirely helpless.  She leaves a husband and three sons and one daughter, all grown.  Rev. MacArthur conducted the funeral services, and the body was laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery at Clinton, on Sunday afternoon.  The bereaved family return their sincere thanks to their neighbors and friends for their aid and sympathy in this sad hour.

Darius HALL 

October 31, 1879
Clinton Public

Death of Darius Hall.

At midnight, one week ago last night, Darius HALL, one of the oldest citizens in this county, passed from time into eternity. Had he lived but a little over twenty-four hours longer he would have seen his eightieth birthday. More than fifty years ago he came from Kentucky and settled in Barnett township, where at one time he was the possessor of large tracts of land. Uncle D., as he was familiarly called, was a man of quiet habits and of a genial nature. In his relations with his friends and neighbors he was always pleasant and affable. His easy disposition was often taken advantage of, and the result of which was his farms passed from his control into the hands of strangers. As the years were closing in upon him he moved to this city and engaged in the milling business. This did not prove to be a profitable speculation and a few years ago he abandoned the mill, which now stands idle. The vigor of his life was gone, but fortunately he had saved enough to make his declining years comfortable. Uncle D. was a staunch Republican in politics. In 1876 he was elected to the office of coroner in this county, and in 1878 he was re-elected. Till a few weeks ago his kindly old face could be seen every day on our streets, and he had a pleasant word for everybody he met. On last Sunday he was buried at Old Union Cemetery. The order of Freemasons, of which he was a very old member, attended the funeral, besides which a very large number went from this city. The funeral services were conducted by Eld. HOLTON, of the Christian Church, of which Uncle D. had been a member since his youth, after which the closing ceremonies at the grave were under the charge of his Masonic brethren.

Elias HALL 

November 2, 1888
Clinton Public

Elias HALL died very suddenly a little after midnight on last Friday night. On Friday afternoon he was in town with his daughter for the purpose of buying a new stove, and while they were at the store his daughter noticed that he turned very pale and suddenly became feeble. She went to the drug store and got him some medicine, and then started home with him. By the time he reached home he was unconscious, and they helped him into the house and sent for a doctor. He never recovered consciousness again, and he died a little after midnight. The cause of his death was apoplexy. Mr. Hall was born in Ross county, Ohio, in the year 1823, and at the time of his death he was sixty-five years, one month and seven days old. He was married in Ohio, and in 1851 he came to this county and bought what is known as the MASON farm, less than three miles north-east of Clinton. He was a stalwart and healthy-looking man, and gave promise of many years of active life. He was the father of ten children, six boys and four girls, eight of whom were born in this county. One of his sons is in the real estate business in Fresno, California, with Jake VOGEL and Gus LISENBY. The other members of his family that are living are here in the vicinity of Clinton. His wife died about six years ago. Recently he bought Henry DIECKHOFF's farm, north-east of Clinton, and was fitting it up as a home for himself and daughter. Three of Mr. Hall's brothers are residents of this county. He was buried last Sunday in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Rev. W. A. HUNTER conducting the services.

Mrs. Elias HALL 

April 20, 1883
Clinton Public

Death entered the household of Mr. Elias HALL on last Saturday, and took from the home circle a kind and affectionate wife and mother. For eleven weeks Mrs. Maria HALL had been confined to her bed with neuralgia of the stomach, and during her long sickness she suffered intense pain. She was a woman still in the prime of life, being only forty-two years old. She was the mother of ten children, six boys and four girls, all of whom survive her.


October 16, 1891
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Eliza E. Hall.

For nearly fifty years, Mrs. HALL was a resident of this county. She was born in Ohio, and when she was less than twelve years of age her parents came to this county and were among the very early settlers. Her father was Morton THORNLEY, one of the pioneers of DeWitt County. On last Tuesday, after a most painful illness, she breathed her last in the home to which she went a happy bride forty years ago. Her disease was cancer of the stomach and it was most virulent in its action. The doctors think it may have begun eighteen months ago, but it was only last spring that she felt the first real symptoms of pain from it. The cancer began at the pit of the stomach and extended to her mouth. After Mrs. Hall’s death, her family consented to an examination in the interest of medical science and also for their own satisfaction, when Dr. Wright, assisted by Drs. McLEAN, CAMPBELL and Dora TYLER, performed the operation. They pronounced it cancer of the most virulent type.

Mrs. Hall was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive her. Forty years ago she was married to Jonathan R. HALL. Her husband in his day was one of the prominent men of this county, and from 1869 to 1873 filled the office of County Judge. The Judge died in February, 1875. On the fifth of last May Mrs. Hall had reached sixty-one years of age. She was buried last Wednesday in the cemetery on the home farm by the side of her husband and the child who had preceded her to the better land. At the request of the family Eld. HOLTON will prepare a sketch of the life of Mrs. Hall, which will appear in next week's PUBLIC.


October 23, 1891
Clinton Public

Eliza Ellen Hall.

Eliza Ellen THORNLEY was born in Ohio, May 5, 1830. She died at her residence near Hallsville, Tuesday, October 13, 1891, aged sixty-one years five months and eight days. She was married to Jonathan R. HALL March 30, 1848. They worked together hand in hand nearly twenty-seven years. Judge Hall died in February, 1875. For more than sixteen years sister Hall had lived at the old home, in honorable, upright and lonely widowhood. Seven of their children lived to grow up to manhood and womanhood. Wm. Hall, the oldest, resides in the neighborhood; Rosa, the wife of Samuel SUMNERS, has her home in Clarion, Iowa; George is on a farm not far from Kenney; Mahlon, resides near the town of Maroa; Mollie, the wife of John IRWIN, lives in the vicinity of Hallsville; and Luther has been the constant companion of his mother on the old farm during the long years of her widowhood. Della, the youngest, the beloved wife of David BARTLEY, died in 1888, and went away to the home above.

Of the Thornley family, sisters and brothers of the deceased, there remain living: Lucy Ann HALL, wife of Thomas HALL, of DeWitt Co.; Susan BAKER and Mary WALKER, both of California; Enoch THORNLEY, of Kenney; and Morton THORNLEY, of Kansas.

Sister Hall took down very sick about the first of August. She had been in failing health however for many months before. Her daughter Rosa came from her home in Iowa and tenderly ministered to her mother the last four weeks of her life. The other children were constantly present, or in easy reach, going and coming as they could be of service. The physicians were skillful and untiring, and the neighbors assiduous in their attentions. So that everything possible was done for the relief of the suffering patient. She had made all her arrangements, having anticipated death for some time, and was resigned to the will of God, and passed away to the presence of her Redeemer without a murmur. She became a member of the Christian Church at Old Union in her young womanhood, and was a valued and efficient member of that great and noble congregation until she united with the new organization at Hallsville, where she had her membership at the time of her death. She was a devoted wife and mother, a constant reader of the Bible, and a woman of strong religious convictions.

At her request her former pastor, T. T. HOLTON, of Tallula, who had known her for twenty years, conducted the funeral services at the old home, on the Wednesday afternoon following her death. “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” at her request, was beautifully and impressively sung, along with other of her favorite hymns by the dear Christian singers of Hallsville. Almost the entire community came out in memory of the dead and in sympathy with the living.

Those were good times twenty years ago when Judge Hall was living with his family about him and the fire burned brightly upon the hospitable hearthstone. Although the departed father was missed, it was still home. With the death of the mother the last link is broken, the light goes out upon the hearthstone, and silence reigns in the old familiar places. A few more years and all will be gone. If those that linger yet for a brief season upon these stormy shores desire it, they can all meet again in the Father's house on high. There are no words to tell the infinite gladness and fortune of such a consummation.  —T. T. Holton, Tallula, October 19, 1891.

Emanuel HALL 

December 8, 1893
Clinton Public

Emanuel HALL died at his home near the village of DeWitt, on last Friday.  His remains were brought to Clinton on Monday, and after brief services in the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Dr. Hunter, were laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Emanuel was the son of Charles HALL, and was born in Ross County, Ohio, on the 31st day of July, 1853.  He leaves a wife, to whom he was married in Circleville, Ohio, January 11, 1888.

Enoch HALL 

October 23, 1896
Clinton Public

Enoch HALL, son of Thomas D. and Lucy A. HALL, was born Jan. 14, 1872, and died Oct. 17, 1896, at 12:15 o'clock, aged 24 years, 9 months and 3 days. He was the youngest of seven children—four brothers: Cyrus F., William F., Jonathan R., and Curtis; two sisters: Mrs. D. M. KEMP and Miss Lavinia. Two of his eldest brothers, Cyrus and William have preceded him to the better land. Jonathan being in the West, there are but one brother, sisters, father and mother present to represent the family circle.

He was joined in marriage with Etha May BARNETT on March 13, 1892. Four children were the result of this union. They are Harrold E. and Edna May (twins), Edmund D. and Mame Irene. All survive him except Edna, who died in infancy. He united with the Christian church in Hallsville in 1891 and has been rightfully known, having done all he could in defending the right, and having conversed very frequently on many religious topics.

During the long hours in the sick-room with his lone sister he would enter on pleasant discussions representing his views of a spiritual life. One year ago was the beginning of his suffering, but it was not until later that his troubles became of an alarming nature. He was given earnest and efficient attention, but the six long, weary months of suffering were borne with patience. He often expressed his willingness to go, saying, "Oh, if I could rest." He was a member of the I. O. O. F. of Clinton. Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Clinton on Monday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. L. B. PICKERILL.

Erastus Franklin HALL 

January 1, 1897
Clinton Public

Held in High Esteem.

Erastus Franklin HALL, son of John F. and Mary C. HALL, was born in Allen county, Ohio, May 7, 1877, and died at the home of his uncle, Michael ROBINSON, northeast of Birbeck, December 29, 1896, aged 19 years, 7 months and 22 days. His disease is said to have been abscess of the liver. He suffered much during the past seven months, but bore his affliction with great fortitude and unflinching courage. It is said he was never known to utter a profane word in his life. He professed the religion of Christ and united with the M. P. church in 1890. He attended church and Sabbath school when he had an opportunity and as long as he was able to do so. The large attendance at his funeral, and the deep feeling manifested by both old and young, demonstrated that he held the esteem and affection of the people of the community. The funeral services were held in the Birbeck church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, conducted by Rev. Thos. KELLEY. The remains were deposited in the Wilmore cemetery to await the summons of the resurrection.

Felix R. HALL 

April 22, 1904
Clinton Register

Resident of Clinton found Dead in Bed At His Home Tuesday Morning—
Had Not Been Sick.

About 6:30 Tuesday morning F. R. HALL was found dead in bed at his home on East Main street.  He had been troubled with rheumatism several weeks, being unable to work, but was no worse than usual Monday evening.  It was thought death came after midnight.  It was reported he had committed suicide, but there was no evidence that he had.  Until afflicted with rheumatism he had been in the employ of the Clinton Gas Co., and was a faithful employee.

Felix R. Hall was born in Ohio March 23, 1851.  June 10, 1870, he was married to Miss Mary FISHER.  In the fall of that year they moved to Illinois and located in Clinton, which has since been their home.  He worked at the Central shops most of the time until he began work for the gas company.  He is survived by his wife and four of the seven children born to them.  Isaac lives in Springfield; Mrs. J. J. BELL, Marion and May in Clinton.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of the deceased.   Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Felix R. HALL 

July 11, 1917, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Long Time Resident Passed Away at Home of Daughter, Mrs. John J. Bell.

Mrs. Mary C. HALL, a long time resident of DeWitt county, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John J. BELL, on North Madison street, shortly after 2 o'clock this afternoon.  Mrs. Hall’s death came as a result of a ten months’ illness of dropsy.  Her condition had improved a little during the past week and she seemed to be gaining strength and her death came unexpected.

Mary Hall was born in Ohio Sept. 2_, 1861.  When but a small child she came to Illinois with her parents who settled near DeWitt, this county.  In ’71 she was married to Phelix R. HALL from the state of Ohio and to this union seven children were born.  Four of the children survive as follows: I. J. HALL, of Springfield; Marion C. HALL, of Springfield; Mrs. May BROOKS, of Carlisle [Carlyle], Ill.; and Mrs. John J. BELL, with whom she has made her home.

The funeral services will be held Friday and burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

George HALL 

June 9, 1899
Clinton Public

Geo. Hall falls From a Porch and Expires Suddenly

Geo. Hall, who, with his faithful white dog, were familiar figures on the streets of Clinton until last winter, when they were sent to the county farm, died very suddenly Wednesday morning. He came down stairs looking strangely, when his companions asked him if he was sick. He answered, “yes,” went out on the porch and sat down on the bench. He tumbled off the bench and died in a few moments. Up to that time he had been in his usual health.

Mrs. Greenberry HALL 

February 5, 1909
Ames Review

Mrs. Greenberry W. HALL.

Achsah ELY was born in Claybourn county, Tennessee, September 17, 1820. With her parents she moved to Illinois when about 16. At the age of 17 she professed her faith in Christ.

On November 19, 1840, she was married to G. W. HALL in DeWitt county, Illinois. To this union were born seven children; two sons and five daughters, only one whom, Mrs. Mollie BOWLES of this city, survives her. Her husband G. W. Hall died December 31, 1856, leaving her a widow, which she chose to remain.

She moved from Illinois to Kansas and from Kansas to Oklahoma about 15 years ago. After her children married she and her brother lived together till about five years ago death took him from her and she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. A. BOWLES, till Wednesday, February 3, 1909, when death claimed her also.

She leaves a space of time from birth till death covering 88 years, 4 months and 16 days, and so full of good deeds that they could not be enumerated or remembered.

She lived a consistent Christian life for nearly 72 years, setting the beautiful example before her children. She saw them honored and gathered in part the fruits of a well-spent life, but they have now gone to obtain the crown for faithfulness and a life of joy forever.

The funeral service was held in the Ames Christian church today, Elder J. D. MORGAN preaching the sermon, and the remains were laid to rest in the Lacey cemetery.

Submitted by Donnie Fowler

Henry Parker HALL 

May 31, 1895
Clinton Public

Life Work Well Done.

Henry Parker HALL, son of Aquilla P. HALL and wife, nee BUCHANAN, was born in Bourbon Co., Dec. 15, 1827. After the death of his father, the family came to this neighborhood in October, 1840. W. HALL, the oldest brother, died soon afterwards. Cassandra P. HALL, a sister, wife of Henry BOWLES and mother of Hugh BOWLES, died in 1847. The three younger members of the family are Adaline MEECHEM, of Hallsville; Thomas D. HALL, of Clinton; and Aquilla HALL, of Peyton, Colorado. Their mother died in 1858. Bro. Hall was married to Louircey J. MORROW, daughter of Elder William MORROW and Maria (HILDRETH) MORROW, May 24, 1849. There were two children born to them, a little boy dying in infancy and Mary E. HALL, who survives her father, and is in our prayers and sympathies today. His wife died Oct. 6, 1861, at the age of thirty-five years, so that he was a widower more than thirty-three years. For the last fifteen years he made his home with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Meechem. Since some time in January he was in poor health, and for the last two months was confined to his bed. He died on Monday, May 27, 1895, at two o'clock in the afternoon, apparently without pain and in peace and quietness, his age being 67 years, 5 months and 12 days. He will be buried at the Old Union Cemetery beside his wife and near to his mother, and other members of the family, relatives and friends.

Bro. Hall was a member of the Church of Christ at Old Union and is remembered as a devoted Christian. In those days when his mind was clear and his strength firm, he had his name and place with God's people. Against him no charge rested and his character is without a stain. Since sometime in 1858 [1888?] his mind was more or less clouded, yet even in this affliction, it may be said, he was a harmless and good man. He always wanted to have his work and do his part, and would have been offended if not permitted to be useful. He had his own room and was in all respects one of the family. He had good friends in his conservators, Alexander BARNETT, and more recently, W. O. ROGERS. He was in no way slighted or neglected. In all his needs and sickness he had the most tender and affectionate consideration. He shall have no slight in his funeral and burial. Considering it all and all, there is a great reason for us to feel that the best has been done, and that all is well with our departed brother.

Ida Belle HALL 

October 13, 1889
Paper Unknown

Miss Ida Belle, daughter of Henry HALL, died at her father's home, near Latham, Logan county, Ill., on Sunday 13th inst. She was buried on the 14th, Revs. D. MacARTHUR and P. REYNOLDS of Clinton officiating.

Mrs. James HALL 

August 31, 1917
Farmer City Journal

Mrs. Emma Susan HALL died on Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles BATESON, in the northeast part of the city where she resided. Her age was 82 years, 7 months, 14 days. The funeral was conducted at the late home, Thursday forenoon by Rev. W Percy HONN, and burial took place in the McCord cemetery.

Deceased was born October 4, 1835, in Mahonia County Ohio, being a daughter of Jeremiah and Clarissa WINSLOW. At the age of 7 she came to Illinois with her parents. On November 15, 1854, she was married to B.A. DAY and to them were born 5 children, two of whom survive—Mrs. Emma BELFORD of Clinton and Mrs. BATESON. She was married on August 31, 1871, to John JOHNSON who died July 30, 1893. On February 15, 1905, she was married to James HALL who died in 1911.

From early womanhood she was a member of the Christian church and all knew her to be a kind neighbor and faithful mother.

Submitted by Clara Jaramillo

John HALL 

February 25, 1875
Clinton Public

John HALL, late Probate Judge of this county, died at his residence at Hallsville, on Tuesday morning, aged forty-seven years. The deceased was seized some weeks ago with a spinal complaint, which affected his brain. From the first his recovery was deemed doubtful. Judge Hall was an active business man. Besides running a large farm and dealing heavily in stock he was connected with a store at Hallsville. He was one of the leading men in securing the construction of the I. B. & W. Railway through this county, and as a compliment to him by the company, Hallsville station was named for him. He served one term as county Judge, being elected by the Democratic party in 1870. Judge Hall was a member of the Masonic lodge in this city, which organization attended the funeral services yesterday afternoon at Hallsville.

Mahlon HALL 

November 5, 1909
Clinton Register

Member of a Prominent DeWitt County Family Is Brought To The Place Of Birth For Burial.

Mahlon HALL was born near Hallsville, DeWitt county, Illinois, Nov. 21, 1858, and died Oct. 30, 1909. He is the son of Judge Jonathan R. and Eliza Ellen (THORNLEY) HALL. Of this family were nine children, five of whom are living, three brothers, William HALL, a resident of Hallsville; George W., of Canada; and Luther J., who resides on the home place. Two sisters, Rosilia, wife of S. W. SUMMERS, of Clarion, Iowa, and Mary A. IRWIN, of Hallsville; Ella D. BARTLEY, the youngest in the family, died in November 1888.

His parents as well as grand parents lived on the home place one half mile south of Hallsville where Mahlon R. grew to manhood and who was favorably known and grew up under the influence of religious parents. He was married to Miss Mary HARKRADER several years ago. Two children, Clifford and Preston, were the blessings of this union. He moved to Nebraska a few years ago in the eagerness for a new home, from thence to Red Lake Falls, Minn., where he died Oct. 30, 1909.

His parents were among DeWitt county's first and prominent citizens. His grandparents, Mahlon HALL and family and Reuben THORNLEY and family came to Illinois and settled in Barnett and Tunbridge township, respectively, before the county was organized in 1839.

The family arrived with the remains Wednesday morning and funeral services were held at the Hallsville Christian church yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. T. Holton, of Bloomington. Burial in the McClimans cemetery.

Maholn Reed HALL 

Friday, October 20, 1899
Clinton Register

Biography of a Former Resident of DeWitt County.—
His Father Laid Out the Town of Hallsville.

Of Mahlon R. HALL, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. L. WALLACE, in Lincoln, the Courier of that city contained the following:

Mahlon Reed Hall was born near Old Cane Ridge, Bourbon county, Ky., a neighborhood famous for some of the early struggles and triumphs of that body of religious people known as Christians and Disciples of Christ. There, as a little boy, he heard some of the grand and strong men of God who preached the gospel in that day. He was the son of Mahlon HALL and Hannah Reed HALL, and the date of his birth was July 15, 1824. His father was twice married, his first wife being Casandra PARKER. There were eleven children born to them, most of whom are remembered by the older citizens of DeWitt county. Their names were: Darius HALL, of Clinton, known as "Uncle D.," Parker Aquilla HALL, Caleb HALL, Ambrose HALL, father of Amos HALL, a former resident of this city, now residing in St. Louis; Henry Harrison HALL, Dixon HALL, Elizabeth who became the wife of Alenander [sic] BARNETT, a prominent farmer and for a long time county surveyor of DeWitt county; Eliza A., who married McCarty HILDRETH; Polly Ann, and one daughter who died nameless in infancy. The children of the second wife are as follows: James Maston HALL, father of James M. HALL, of Hallsville; Susanna S., the wife of Bentley MILLS, a citizen well known in Central Illinois during his lifetime; Mahlon Reed HALL, the subject of this sketch, and the youngest, Jonathan Reed HALL, who was for several times county judge of DeWitt county, and who laid out and named the town of Hallsville.

All of these children were born in Kentucky. With such a family as this, of good, substantial Kentucky stock, well suited to pioneer life and enterprise, the parents went to DeWitt county in the fall of 1830. It was during the following winter that the great snow fell, covering the whole country to an average depth of nearly three feet. This was a great trial to a family newly come to the country and with but little opportunity to prepare for an ordinary winter. They endured the awful cold of December 20, 1836, and experienced all the hardships and difficulties that confronted the pioneers of that time. Mahlon Reed Hall was but little past his 22d year when on the 26th of November, 1846, he was united in marriage to Marena Jane McDEED, of Lafayette, Ind. There were born to them eight children: Geo. W. HALL, of Pawnee, Kan.; Hanna Frances HALL, wife of Samuel L. WALLACE, of this city; Mahlon Francis HALL, of Florence, Col.; John Jefferson HALL, Albert Wiley HALL who died in infancy; Jonathan Reed HALL, of Peyton, Col.; Wm. Hayden HALL, of Kansas City, Mo., and Eleanor May HALL, who died in Nebraska at the age of 16.

Uncle Reed was a man that worked very hard in his early manhood. He was successful in business and for many years owned and lived on a fine and well improved farm of some 400 acres south of Beason. For sometime he was largely engaged in shipping stock to Eastern markets. It was while on his way to Pittsburg with a heavy shipment, sometime in 1873, that the caboose was thrown from the track and finally overturned. Greatly bruised and unconscious, he was carried to friends in Indianapolis. He never fully recovered from this almost fatal accident.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


October 20, 1899
Clinton Public

The Late M. R. Hall Identified with Early History of DeWitt County.

Mahlon Reed HALL, who died at Lincoln last week, was among the earliest settlers of DeWitt county. He was born near Old Cane Ridge, Bourbon county, Ky., in 1824. His father was twice married, his first wife being Casandra PARKER. There were eleven children born to them, most of whom are remembered by the older citizens of DeWitt county. Their names were: Darius HALL, of Clinton, known as “Uncle D.,” Parker Aquilla HALL, Caleb HALL, Ambrose HALL, father of Amos HALL, a former resident of Lincoln, and now residing in St. Louis; Henry Harrison HALL, Dixon HALL, Elizabeth HALL, who became the wife of Alexander BARNETT, a prominent farmer and for a long time county surveyor of DeWitt county; Eliza A., who married McCarty HILDRETH; Polly Ann, and one daughter who died nameless in infancy. The children of the second wife are as follows: James Maston HALL, father of James M. HALL, of Hallsville; Susanna S., the wife of Bentley MILLS, a citizen well known in Central Illinois during his lifetime; Mahlon Reed HALL, the subject of this sketch, and the youngest, Jonathan Reed HALL, who was for several times county judge of DeWitt county, and who laid out and named the town of Hallsville.

The parents went to DeWitt county in the fall of 1830. It was during the following winter that the great snow fell, covering the whole country to an average depth of nearly three feet. This was a great trial to a family newly come to the country and with but little opportunity to prepare for even an ordinary winter. They endured the awful cold of December 20, 1836, and experienced all the hardships and difficulties that confronted the pioneers of that time. Mahlon Reed Hall was but little past his 22d year when on the 26th of November, 1846, he was united in marriage to Marena Jane McDEED, of Lafayette, Ind. There were born to them eight children: Geo. W. HALL, of Pawnee, Kan.; Hannah Frances HALL, the wife of Samuel L. WALLACE, of Lincoln; Mahlon Francis HALL, of Florence, Col.; John Jefferson HALL; Albert Wiley HALL, who died in infancy; Jonathan Reed HALL, of Peyton, Col.; Wm. Hayden HALL, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Eleanor May HALL, who died in Nebraska at the age of 16.

Uncle Reed was a man who worked very hard in his early manhood. He was successful in business and for many years owned and lived on a fine and well improved farm of some 400 acres south of Beason.

The funeral sermon was preached by Elder T. T. HOLDEN, at Lincoln, and in speaking of his personal acquaintance with Mr. Hall, said:

“I first met him in the fall of 1871. He was then an elder in the Christian church at Old Union, a congregation of some 300 members. He became a member of the church in early life, and along with his brothers and sisters did good service in the work of the Master. Having attended the funerals of three of his brothers, and having visited in his family, and met him under so many conditions and circumstances, I feel prepared to say that I was greatly attached to him, and that I counted him one of the true men among the many I have known.”


December 1978
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)
Name: Ruth HALL
Born: 09/20/1895 in Harp Township
Died: 12/28/1978
Parents: William and Sarah (DOTY) SPENCER
Married: Alvin "Bud" HALL (preceded her in death 02/13/1948)
Survivors: one brother: Ray SPENCER; one sister: Mrs. Bessie MILLER, of Douglas, GA., preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.
Funeral: 12/30/1978 Herington-Calvert Funeral Home
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery


August 19, 1958
Paper Unknown


(Obituary Extract)
Name: Sarah Elizabeth (ELLINGTON) HALL
Age: 98
Born: August 13, 1860, Barnett township, DeWitt Co., IL
Parents: David and Eleanor (Jenkins) ELLINGTON
Spouse: Richard I. HALL, m. October 20, 1878
Memberships/Affilliations: Clinton Christian Church
Died: August 19, 1958, 12:30 p.m., at the home of Mrs. Mable SMITH, 402 Eat Main Street.
Survivors: Son, Harry HALL, Illinois City, IL; daughter, Mrs. Mable SMITH; also 26 grandchildren and 20 great great grandchildren. Her husband and four
daughters preceded her in death.
Funeral Arrangements: Herington Funeral Home

Note: The three daughters that had died were: Hilma Helen (Hall) Pate, Flora Marie (Hall) Bannerman, and Ethel (Hall) McGowan.

Submitted by Helen Pate Ross

Mrs. Thomas HALL 

April 12, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mary HALL died at the home of her son, Thomas HALL, at Lane on Wednesday, at the ripe age of seventy-eight years, six months and twenty-three days. The last two and a half years of her life were full of suffering, which was borne with Christian resignation. She was a native of New Jersey. At the age of thirty-seven years she became a Christian and united with the Baptist Church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton at the time of her death. Her husband, Rev. Thomas HALL, died in 1865. The funeral took place from the Christian Church at Lane. A large number of friends and neighbors attended, which was conducted by Rev. D. MacARTHUR.

Thomas D. HALL 

May 12, 1899
Clinton Public

Thomas D. HALL was born near Paris, in Bourbon county, Ky., January 6th, 1833, and died May 7th, 1899, aged 66 years, 4 months and 1 day. He was one of a family of eight children, six of whom lived to be grown, viz: William Franklin, Henry P., Cassander Bowles, Adaline Meachum, Thomas D. and Aquilla P., two having died in infancy. Only two are now remaining of the home circle—one sister, Mrs. Harrison MEACHUM and one brother, Aquilla P. HALL, who lives in Colorado and was unable to be present.

Mr. HALL, at the age of seven years, came to Illinois in 1840 with his parents and was a resident of the state for 59 years. He was married to Lucy Anne THORNLEY December 8th, 1853. Seven children blessed this union, five sons and two daughters, viz: Cyrus F., William F., Anna, (wife of D. M. KEMP), Jonathan R., Curtis, Lavinia, and Enoch; three sons, Cyrus F., William F. and Enoch having preceded him to the better land. Of the four living, three were with him during his sickness, Jonathan being absent in Idaho. He was a member of the Christian church, having united with the church when quite young at “Old Union” during Revs. J. C. RUCKER’s and Wat BOWLES’ union meetings. After the removal of Old Union church to Midland City, he united with the Hallsville church. Two years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hall bought a farm eight miles west of Clinton, and for the 44 remaining years of his life this was his home except one year they lived in Clinton. He was a quiet man and a good citizen, a man of noble principle and a sincere Christian. His influence was always for good.

The funeral services were held at his late home Wednesday at 10 o’clock, conducted by W. A. HUNTER at the request of the deceased and owing to family acquaintance and personal friendship. A very large company of the friends and neighbors gathered at the home, and after the services, accompanied the remains to Clinton for interment. Multitudes knew “father Hall” and to know him was to love him. The bereft wife and family have many friends who mourn with them and also hope for a glad meeting in “Our Father’s house.”

William HALL 

April 22, 1910
Paper Unknown


William HALL died on Tuesday evening, April 19, at 4:45 o'clock at the home of his son, William L. HALL, five miles southwest of the city, aged 85 years, 5 months and 18 days. Kidney trouble, combined with the infirmities of age, caused his demise. The funeral was conducted Thursday forenoon at the late home by Rev. C. W. Conover and burial took place in the Greenleaf cemetery.

Mr. Hall was born in Tennessee Nov. 1, 1824. He grew to manhood in that state, married Nancy J. PALMER and enlisted for the preservation of the union in the First Tennessee regiment. Shortly after the close of the war, in which deceased bore a most honorable part, the family came to Illinois and located in the community southwest of this city. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Hall lived on what was known as the old vineyard, about a mile southwest of town. Mrs. Hall passed away about four years ago, after which the aged husband made his home with the children here and in Missouri.

Four sons and six daughters were born to the couple, of whom two daughters and a son preceded them to the other shore. The survivors are Mrs. Louisa TIDBALL of Pawnee Minn.; Mrs. Melvina NEWBERRY and Mrs. Catharine NEWBERRY of Benton City, Mo.; J. A. HALL, Mrs. Joseph EDWARDS and W. L. Hall of this vicinity.

Submitted by Trish Couture

Mrs. William HALL 

December 5, 1890
Clinton Public

Mrs. Bettie HALL, wife of Mr. William HALL, who lives near Hallsville, died last Wednesday, after a brief illness. Mrs. Hall was the daughter of Robert BARNETT.

William Lloyd HALL 

1978 or 1979
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)
Name: William Lloyd HALL, 79 of Crest View Nursing Home; retired farmer
Born: March 4, 1899 in Clinton
Died: Thursday at 3:20 p.m. at the Dr. John WARNER Hospital
Parents: Nelson and Susie (Best) HALL
Married: Sallie FARLEY in 1924 in Clinton; Sallie died May 27, 1959
Survivors: two sons, one daughter, one brother, one sister, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral at 1:30 p.m. at Herington-Calvert Funeral Home
Rev. Winston ZASTROW officiating
Burial in Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Luther HALSEY 

April 22, 1892
Clinton Register

Luther was shot to death April 19, 1892, while trying to protect his father.

See news article


March 10, 1893
Clinton Public

Mr. John HALVEY, age sixty-six, died on Tuesday of blood poison.  Mr. Halvey went to Terre Haute, Ind., about a month ago and was treated for cancer in one of his arms.  He was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1827.  At the age of twenty-two he came to America and worked at the boiler maker trade in Chicago.  In 1856 he began work for the I.C.R.R. in that city, and about 1858 he was sent here to take charge of the Long Point tank and worked for the company until 1878, when the tank was abandoned.  Mr. Halvey had accumulated by hard work about two hundred acres of land, a large part of it under cultivation.  His funeral took place from the Catholic Church Thursday morning.  His remains were taken to Bloomington on the morning train and buried by the side of his first wife and children.  He leaves a wife and three grown sons to mourn his demise.


March 10, 1893
Clinton Public

Death of John Halvey.

In the year 1827 John HALVEY was born in Limerick, Ireland, and after twenty-two years in his native country he came to this country and landed in Chicago in the year 1849, where he worked at the boiler maker’s trade.  In 1858 he was sent from Chicago by the Illinois Central company to take charge of the water tank at Long Point, and he remained at that job till 1878, when the company abandoned that point as a water station.  During all those years John Halvey was carefully saving his earnings and investing them in land, and when the time came for him to die he left his wife and children a legacy of two hundred acres of fine farm land.  John was troubled with a swelling under one of his arms, which some doctor told him was a cancer.  A few weeks ago he went to Terre Haute, Ind., and had an operation for cancer performed, which resulted in blood poisoning and ended in death.  John Halvey was sixty-six years old.  Yesterday morning Father Dooling conducted the services for the dead in the Catholic Church of Wapella, after which the remains of the deceased were taken to Bloomington for interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

A. L. HAM 

August 22, 1884
Clinton Public

A. L. HAM, a traveling man for Ulrich at Decatur, committed suicide in a hotel in Decatur on Tuesday night by shooting himself through the heart with a revolver. Ham was $500 short in his accounts with his firm, which he was not able to make up, so he concluded to raise the money by his death. He had an insurance policy on his life for $5000, and he left a letter for his wife urging her to pay the Ulrich claim. Ham was well known to the business men of this city, as he had been selling goods here for a number of years.

HAMAN (infant) 

August 18, 1893
Clinton Public

Mr. and Mrs. John M. HAMAN’s firstborn baby, less than three months old, died of cholera infantum last Tuesday afternoon.  The parents feel grateful for the kindness of the neighbors.


June 18, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Lydia HAMMAR, the daughter of Mr. E. W. ROWLAND, whose death at Red Cloud, Neb., was recently announced in THE PUBLIC, was born in Pennsylvania forty-one years ago. She came with her father to McLean county in 1859, and was married in Bloomington. She moved with her family to Red Cloud in 1873. At the age of twelve years she united with the Presbyterian Church. She leaves a husband and five children.


January 3, 1908
Clinton Register


B. F. HAMMETT died Saturday evening at his home in that town, aged nearly 50 years.   He is survived by his wife, two children, two sisters and six brothers.  The sisters are Mrs. George SMITH, of Waynesville, and Mrs. O. H. BUCK, of McLean.

Johnson HAMMOND 

January 27, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Soldier.

W. H. Oglevee received a telegram on Saturday [telling] that his cousin, Johnson HAMMOND, of Leroy, Ill., died Saturday morning and was buried there on Monday afternoon. Mr. Hammond had lived in Leroy over 30 years, was 60 years old, served as mail agent during President Arthur's and Harrison's terms as president, was mail agent from Leroy to West Lebanon, Ind., and from Gilman to Springfield, Ill. Mr. Hammond had many acquaintances in Clinton. He served in the army in Co. B., 98th Reg. O. V. I.; was severely wounded at Chickamauga, and soon afterward was discharged. He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss.

Mrs. Lavina HAMMOND 

September 11, 1891
Paper Unknown

At the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. C. P. RICHARDS, Mrs. Lavina HAMMOND departed this life last Tuesday afternoon, aged seventy-six years, eight months and five days. She was born in Gambier, Ohio, January 3, 1815, and was married in Knox County, Ohio, September 8, 1835. She was the mother of thirteen children, four of whom died in early childhood. One son died in the army in 1863. Her daughter Susan died about six years ago. When they first came to this county they lived on a farm near Wapella, and on Sunday, February 15, 1864, while her husband was returning to his home from attending church in Wapella he died very suddenly. Her husband was an earnest member of the M. E. Church and for years had been licensed as a local preacher. Mrs. Hammond was converted and united with the M. E. Church when she was but fourteen years old, and for more than sixty-two years she was faithful to her religious vows. Seven children are left— Mrs. C. P. RICHARDS, Mrs. L. ELY, Mrs. H. E. DUNCAN, John F. and Charles HAMMOND. She also leaves thirty-four grand children and fourteen great grand children. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, the funeral services being held in the M. E. Church, conducted by Dr. REED.

Note: Her maiden name was Garberson.


September 11, 1891, Friday
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Hammond.

Mrs. Lavina Hammond died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. P. Richards, Tuesday, Sept. 8, aged 76 years, 8 months and 5 days.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at three o'clock Wednesday, conducted by Dr. Reed.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Lavina Hammond was born near Gambier in Knox county, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1815.  She was married to John F. Hammond, with whom she moved to Marion county, Ohio; from there they came to this county in June 1856.  February 15, 1863, her husband died of heart disease on his way home from church.  For several years she kept her family together on the farm, and a few years ago moved to Clinton.  When 14 years old she united with the Methodist church and had since lived a faithful Christian.  Her husband was a local preacher of the M. E. church.  She was the mother of thirteen children, seven of whom are living.  They are Mrs. L. B. Williams, Mrs. C. P. Richards, Mrs. L. Ely and Charles Hammond, Clinton; Mrs. H. M. Duncan, Eldorado, Kan.; John F. Hammond, Bloomington; and Mrs. William Bolin, Wapella.  William Hammond died at Elizabethtown, Ky., in 1863, while serving his country.


November 17, 1905
Clinton Register

Another of DeWitt County’s Pioneers Gone to His Reward.
Funeral Held in Clinton.

Daniel H. Hempleman [Hampleman] died Friday night at the home of his daughter, in Towanda, Ill., aged ninety years, except about four months.

Deceased was born in Clark county, Ohio, March 7, 1816, and remained there until after his marriage in 1853 [when] he came to Illinois, locating in DeWitt county, northwest of Clinton, and had since lived in this county until two years ago then he went to Towanda to live with his daughter, his wife having died nearly twenty years before.  He is survived by two children, Mrs. Elizabeth Abbott, of Towanda, and Mrs. F. M. Jones, of Bloomington.

Funeral services were held in the Universalist church in Clinton Monday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Gilbert HAND 

August 20, 1886
Clinton Public

Gilbert Hand Enters the Unknown World and All for a Trifling Defalcation

Clinton was startled yesterday afternoon, about half-past four o'clock, by the report that Gilbert HAND had committed suicide at his home in the south part of town. When the word first came no one would believe it, for he was about the last man in the world that one would think of as being guilty of such an act, but Mr. Charles McCUDDY immediately came driving up on the square in search of a doctor and confirmed the story. Who could have dreamed that Gil. Hand, one of the most light-hearted and jolliest of men would have taken his own life! It is hard yet to realize that the poor fellow lies at his home this morning stiff and cold in death, when less than twenty-four hours ago he was in the full enjoyment of life and health, and with that bodily vigor that would reasonably insure a long life. But even those who are apparently the most light-hearted and free from care may have a canker in their heart that will incite them to a rash act.

Gilbert Hand has been a resident of this city for a number of years. When he first came here he was employed as a clerk in the hardware store of Hand & Lisenby, and he remained with that firm till they retired from business. After that he accepted an agency for two cooperative life insurance companies doing business in Bloomington and was successful. The profits of an agent are great, and the writing of only a few policies each week brought him a handsome income. Gil Hand was adapted to the business; he had a genial, sunny temper, and he had carefully studied the best methods of presenting the advantages of life insurance. Through his efforts the Bloomington cooperative companies did a large business in this city and county. Nearly two years ago he substantially abandoned the cooperative companies and began business for the Phoenix, of Hartford, Conn., a regular life insurance company. At first he began on a salary of $100 a month, but the amount of business he accrued not being sufficient to justify the payment of a regular salary he continued to work on commission. To depend merely upon the income for work done for a regular life insurance company in a small city is a precarious living at the best, for while the commissions are large when an agent does secure a policy, there are few who can be induced to insure their lives on account of the amount of premiums they are required to pay down. Where twenty men will insure in a cooperative company because of its cheapness, it is hard to find one man who is willing to invest in a permanent life company even if he knows it is more reliable. This Gil Hand found to be the case. Unfortunately for him, instead of paying over all the cash he received for the little business he did have, he appropriated some of the company's money to his own use. At the beginning of this year, he was behind a couple of hundred dollars, and when Mr. W. S. SWYMMER, of Chicago, the general agent in the west of the Phoenix, came to enforce settlement, Gill Hand promised to get everything square within a few weeks. Mr. Swymmer felt perfectly easy in the matter, as he had confidence in Hand, and besides that his bond was good for more than ten times the amount owed the company. His bondmen were Gus LISENBY and Frank BURROUGHS. Matters drifted on and Hand did not settle up and was getting a little more in arrears all of the time. Mr. Swymmer received a letter from Clinton which caused him to become more aggressive in demanding a settlement, but he could not accomplish anything. He made one or two visits here, and every time Hand promised to make matters straight when he should receive money that he expected.

Finally Mr. Swymmer came to this city on Wednesday and had another interview with Hand. He advised Hand to secure the company in some way, tell his bondsmen the strait he was in, and then go to work and get business enough to pay the small amount he was short. Mr. Swymmer also had an interview with the bondsmen, and of course to save themselves from loss they were anxious to have the matter fixed up. Hand told Mr. Swymmer that he would go to Decatur on Wednesday and get the money from his sister and the next day would have everything straight. He went down to the depot, and instead of going to Decatur he went to Bloomington. Indeed there was no necessity for him to go to Decatur, for the sister he said he was going to see was then in Clinton and had been at Hand's house for some time on a visit. Yesterday morning Hand came back from Bloomington. There was a large crowd at the depot when the train came in, and instead of getting off, he rode as far as the Wabash depot. From there he rode up as far as his house with Ed ALLYN. He did not come up town during the day, but remained at home.

When the afternoon train came in from Decatur, Mr. Swymmer was at the depot to meet him. Not seeing him there Mr. Swymmer came back to the square and then walked down toward Hand's house. Hand was sitting at the door when he saw Mr. Swymmer approaching the house, and he told his wife to receive him while he went into another room to put on his coat, so as to be presentable. By the time Mr. Swymmer reached the house, and while he was talking to Mrs. Hand, he heard the report of a pistol. The chickens in the yard fluttered around, and he thought that some boy in the neighboring yard had been shooting at them. Mrs. Hand then started to call her husband. Not finding him in the house, she went out in the back yard and kept calling for him. All at once she rushed frantically back to Mr. Swymmer and shrieked: "My God, Gilbert has shot himself."

Mr. Swymmer hurried out into the yard and there he found the poor fellow laying dead on the ground. The shrieks of Mrs. Hand and of Miss Hand attracted the attention of Mr. McCuddy, who was driving past the house in his buggy, and he went in and saw the terrible sight. With all haste, Mr. McCuddy came up town for a doctor. It was too late. The fatal shot had proved instantaneous in its effects. Lying beside Mr. Hand on the ground was a new revolver, which he had evidently bought in Bloomington, for he did not own one before. Being a left-handed man Mr. Hand fired the ball into his left temple, just by the ear.

He could not face Mr. Swymmer after all the promises he had made him. He could not raise the money, and he was too proud to tell his wife or sister of the difficulty he was in. That he intended to commit suicide there is no doubt, for in his pocket were two two-ounce bottles of chloroform. The coming of Mr. Swymmer only hastened his end. Some four weeks ago while in conversation with Captain McGraw, Mr. Hand said that he knew a large, healthy man who was in financial difficulties who was contemplating suicide, and he asked Capt. McGraw what he thought of a man who would commit such an act. The Captain told him that a man must be crazy who would think of such a thing. It is evident that for weeks Mr. Hand had been contemplating the act of yesterday afternoon, and yet one to meet him would never dream that such a thought ever entered his head. At the revival meeting in the Methodist Church on Tuesday night Mr. Hand was present with his wife. He sang the hymns and seemed to enjoy the meeting. All at once he stopped singing, dropped his hand to his side and seemed to be buried in deep thought. A lady friend thought this an indication that Mr. Hand was seriously impressed with the services, and talking with another lady after the services said she hoped it would end in his conversion. Probably he was then contemplating the act he was so soon to commit.

Yesterday afternoon Mrs. and Miss Hand were invited to a tea party at Mrs. DeLEVIS' to meet a number of lady friends. Mr. Hand prevailed upon them not to go, saying that he did not feel well. The poor fellow did not want to be left alone for a moment. He had a happy home and a kind and affectionate wife. There was nothing but the paltry sum of $367.87 to incite him to put an end to his life. Had he the courage to have told his wife and sister his troubles they could have relieved him, for Miss Hand has means of her own. He buried his sorrows in his own breast and brooded over them till he became maddened at his own foolishness in using funds that did not belong to him. He had friends enough who would have helped him had he made known his troubles. Poor Gil lacked the courage to tell of the mistake he had made.

The coroner held an inquest last night, and the verdict of the jury was that he died by his own hand. His brothers have been telegraphed for, and as soon as they arrive arrangements will be made for the funeral.

This morning Mrs. Hand received a letter, dated at Bloomington, which was written by her husband. In it he told her that he intended to commit suicide; that his life was ruined and that he could never again face anybody with disgrace resting upon him. He told her that out of the proceeds of his life insurance to pay the claim against him and release his bondsmen from all responsibility, and that she was to entrust Gus Lisenby with the settlement of her business, as he would act for her best interest. This letter would indicate that he intended to kill himself while in Bloomington, but the impulse to see his wife once more evidently restrained him for the time being.

Gil Hand had three policies of insurance on his life, amounting to over $7000. Two of them are in the Bloomington companies and one in the Matoon Masonic association. His home is mortgaged in the Clinton building association, and he is in arrears for eight months interest and principal.


August 27, 1886
Clinton Public

Brad and John HAND came to Clinton last Saturday to attend the funeral of their brother Gilbert. John left for his home in Beaver Dam, Wis., the first part of this week, but Brad is yet in town settling up his brother's affairs. When he goes to his home in Kansas, Mrs. Gilbert HAND will accompany him.

Mrs. Charles HANGER 

March 22, 1901
Clinton Register

Saturday night Mrs. Mary HANGER died at her home on South Madison street, aged 80 years. Death caused by a relapse of grip, the first attack of which was last November. Mary HICKLE was born in Ross county, O., and came to this county in 1856. About twenty five years ago she was married to Charles HANGER, who died three years ago. She was the last to die of a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters. She united with the United Brethren church when quite young, and had since been faithful to her Savior. She was an aunt of Jacob MAY of this city. Funeral services were held at the residence Monday at 10 o'clock, conducted by H. A. Howard, of Birkbeck. Interment in Woodlawn.

From: Ross County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1798-1849:
GLICK, AMOS    HICKLE, MARY     1846-09-27    ROSS

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


November 17, 1911
Clinton Register

Mrs. Dora Hanger Dies.

A message received by Captain W. F. GORMAN on Saturday from Chicago contained the announcement that his sister, Mrs. Dora HANGER, had suddenly died. Captain Gorman went at once to that city. The news of the death of Mrs. Hanger will be received with sorrow by many friends of the deceased, who until a few years had made her home in Clinton.

On receipt of the message Mr. Gorman went to Chicago to make arrangements for the funeral.

The remains arrived from Chicago Monday afternoon on the Daylight Special and were taken to the Presbyterian church, where religious services were held, following which interment was made in Woodlawn.

Deceased was born in Ohio and came to Illinois with her parents when a girl, the family locating at Heyworth, later coming to Clinton, where deceased lived until about fifteen years ago when she moved with her family to Chicago to reside. Besides her brother, W. F. Gorman, of this city, deceased is survived by four children, Mrs. Myrtle JORDAN of Salt Lake City; Max, Curtis and Elmer, residing in Chicago. She was about 60 years of age.

Note: Her maiden name was Eudora Gorman and she was listed in the 1880 census in Clintonia Township with her husband, H. A. Hanger.

Frederick HANGER 

February 22, 1878
Clinton Public

Old Father Time has gathered a goodly harvest within the past few days in Clinton, not less than three old citizens having been called from time to eternity. The first to answer the summons was Frederick HANGER, who died on last Friday evening. For the past two years Mr. Hanger was an invalid, but his family had great hopes that he would eventually recover. A few days before his fatal sickness he was full of hope for the future and was busy in arranging plans for the comfort of himself and family.

Mr. Hanger came from Ohio to this county in 1869, but for many years prior to that time he was an extensive landholder here. In 1854 he made his first investment in land in this county, and for years kept adding farm to farm. At one time he owned several fine farms in Nixon and DeWitt townships. Between five and six years ago he came to Clinton to live, having traded a farm with Dr. Hunt for the house lately occupied by the deceased. Mr. Hanger was only sixty-nine years of age at the time of his death. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, on the 13th of January, 1809, and on the 21st of November, 1836, was married to Nancy TAYLOR, who now survives him. Thirty years ago he joined the Christian Church at West Liberty, Ohio. Mr. Hanger was genial and kind in his nature, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in trouble. In politics he was an ardent Republican.

Mr. Hanger leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss. His only daughter is the wife of the Hon. James WALKER, of Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Mrs. Frederick HANGER 

November 20, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Nancy HANGER died at her home in this city on Wednesday morning, aged seventy-nine years, one month and twenty-nine days. She was the widow of Frederick HANGER who died in this city many years ago. Mrs. Hanger was a native of the State of Virginia, but in her girlhood days her parents moved to Ohio, where she was married to Frederick Hanger, and where all her children were born. She leaves two sons and one daughter. The Hanger family moved from West Liberty, Ohio, to Clinton in 1872, although Mr. Hanger came here about 1867 and bought land. For nearly two years Mrs. Hanger was a great sufferer from cancer, and when death came to her last Wednesday morning it was a great blessing. She will be buried this afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: Her maiden name was Nancy Taylor.

Michael HANLEY 

December 16, 1892
Clinton Public

Michael HANLEY was formerly a citizen of Wapella township. He owned a farm which he sold about three years ago, when he moved his family to Missouri where he bought another farm. Mr. James TIERNEY, of Clinton, was a brother-in-law of Hanley’s, and last week he received a telegram to hurry to Missouri, that Hanley was dying. He got there to be at the bedside of his friend before death ended his mortal career. The body was brought back to Wapella and buried last Wednesday. Mrs. HANLEY and her children will come back to Wapella to live.

Samuel HANLEY 

July 14, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of Samuel Hanley.

County Clerk HICKMAN received a telegram Tuesday night notifying him of the death of Samuel HANLEY, an insane patient at the Livingston county farm, aged about 48 years. Samuel Hanley was sent to the asylum from Waynesville in 1893, his insanity being caused by being kicked in the head by a horse. He leaves surviving him a wife, living at Waynesville, to which place the body will be shipped for burial.

Mrs. Alexander HANNA 

October 20, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Alexander Hanna Dead
Was a daughter of William Bolin, one of the First Officers of DeWitt County

Mrs. Alexander HANNA died Saturday at her home in Heyworth, aged 70 years. Her maiden name was Exerzene BOLIN and was born in Maryland in 1829, being a daughter of William BOLIN, who settled in DeWitt county in 1838 and served one term as treasurer and two terms as sheriff of this county. She was married to Alexander HANNA in 1869. Most of her life was spent in Long Point until six years ago, when her husband moved to Heyworth to reside.

She leaves surviving her a husband, no children having blessed their home. She had six half-brothers and half-sisters, of whom two, Mrs. Wm. OLIVER and Mrs. DeSPAIN, are dead. Those surviving are: Dr. J. A. BOLIN, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Frank BOLIN, of Bloomington; Mrs. Cyhenus SHORT, of Wapella; and Mrs. LAKE, of McLEAN. Funeral was held Monday at Long Point church, conducted by Rev. M. F. INGRAHAM, of Wapella. Interment in Long Point cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
03/09/1869     DE WITT


October 20, 1899
Clinton Register


Mrs. Alexander HANNA died at her home in Heyworth Oct. 14, aged 70; she was born in Maryland and was a daughter of Wm. BOLIN, who was one of the early settlers of this county. She was married in 1839, and her husband survives her. To them no children were born. Dr. J. A. BOLIN, of Philadelphia, Frank BOLIN, of Bloomington, Mrs. LAKE, of McLean and Mrs. SHORT, of Wapella, are brothers and sisters of the deceased.

Funeral services were held Monday at Long Point church conducted by Rev. Ingraham, of Wapella. Burial was in the cemetery near that church.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William C. HANNA 

April 26, 1913, Saturday
Peoria Journal Star
Peoria, Illinois

End Comes Early This Morning at Jefferson Hotel.

After an illness of two weeks, W. C. HANNA, long a prominent resident of this city, died at his apartments in the Jefferson hotel at 8 o'clock this morning, at the age of 60 years.

Mr. Hanna was stricken with an acute attack of nephritis a week ago last Sunday.  The seizure was a particularly severe one, but he rallied from it later, and hopes were entertained for his recovery.  A few days ago, however, complications developed and he gradually sank until the end came quite peacefully this morning.  His brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. George HANNA, and his brother-in-law, Lincoln WELDON, all of Bloomington, came to Peoria as soon as they were notified of his illness and were with him constantly until the last.

William Claiborne Hanna was born in Bloomington, Ill., in October 1853, of an old and prominent family of that city.  He was educated in the Bloomington schools and spent all of his life there.  In 1880 he came to Peoria and for a time engaged in the leather and saddlery business.  Later he became a partner of the late Stacy E. Hart, the two establishing the business now conducted under the name of the Hart Grain Weigher Co.  He retired from the firm some years ago and conducted an insurance and real estate business, laying out and platting a large tract of land in the lower part of the city under the name of Smith and Hanna’s addition to the city of Peoria.  He was essentially an aristocrat in manner, appearance and habits of thought a man of culture and wide reading and his ready wit and brilliant repartee and genial good fellowship made his society eagerly sought.  He was for many years prominent in Peoria society and his death is mourned by an unusually wide circle of friends.

He was married in 1881 to Miss Louise WELDON, daughter of the late Judge Lawrence WELDON, of Bloomington, a lovely and cultured woman, who died in January 1911.  He is survived by one brother, George Hanna, of Bloomington.

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Ziegler chapel, and the body will then be taken to Bloomington, where funeral services will be held on Monday morning at 11 o'clock.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this obituary.

Mrs. William C. HANNA 

January 16, 1911 - Monday
Peoria Journal Star
Peoria, Illinois

Peoria Loses One of Her Best Known and Beloved Women.

At Battle Creek Sanitarium yesterday Mrs. Louise W. HANNA, wife of William C. HANNA, and one of Peoria’s best known society women, died suddenly of rheumatism of the heart.  While Mrs. Hanna had suffered from rheumatism more or less for some years, her illness was not considered especially dangerous, and the trip to Battle Creek was taken more for Mr. Hanna’s health than her own.  On Saturday last Mrs. Hanna’s brother, Lincoln WELDON, of Bloomington, being about to go to California for the winter, ran up to Battle Creek to say good bye to his sister.  He found her in such good health and spirits that he left her with no anxiety whatever and was well on his way westward yesterday when he was overtaken by the tidings of her death.

The sad news came to this city in a telegram sent yesterday morning to Charles N. Wheeler, and created general sorrow and mourning.  The body will be taken to Bloomington for interment.

Mrs. Hanna was formerly Miss Louise WELDON, only daughter of the late Judge WELDON, one of the most distinguished statesmen of Illinois.  She was born near Bloomington and educated at Monticello.  She was married in Bloomington to William Claiborne Hanna, with whom she came to Peoria to reside soon after their marriage.  She was a woman of fine education and broad culture and unusual strength of character.  She spent many winters in Washington with her father, and the knowledge of people and events she gained there, together with her own keen humor and insight, gave a rare and delightful charm to her companionship.  She took a prominent part in the best social life of Peoria, and was also an active and valued member of the Peoria Women’s club and the Daughters of the Revolution.  She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, and during her residence in Peoria was affiliated with the Second Presbyterian church of this city.  The death of her mother to whom she was most devoted which took place last summer, was a great shock to her for many weeks, and had much to do with bringing on the illness which caused her death.  She is survived by her husband and only brother, Lincoln Weldon.

The funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at the residence of George HANNA, 605 Front street, Bloomington.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this obituary.

Mrs. J. E. HARDIN 

February 7, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Lizzie HARDIN died about 2 o'clock Monday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary DONEGAN on North Jackson avenue, aged 33.  She had been sick since Tuesday of last week with peritonitis and heart trouble.  She had been in good health previous to Jan. 28.

Deceased was born in Clinton Nov. 9, 1879, and had always lived here.  She was married to J. E. HARDIN Feb. 21, 1900, who survives her, but has not lived in Clinton for two or three years.  She is also survived by her mother and a brother, John DONEGAN.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, from St. John’s Catholic church, Rev. J. W. Cummings officiating.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Elizabeth HARP 

November 12, 1909
Clinton Register


Miss Lizzie HARP died Sunday morning at her home in Kankakee of anemia, being sick only a short time. Deceased was the daughter of Milligan HARP, and was born in Clinton forty-one years ago. Her mother died a few years ago and she had since kept house for her father. Last summer they went to Kankakee, where Preston HARP, her brother, lived, to make their home. The father and son are the only members of the family living. She was a member of the M. E. church and the Court of Honor. The remains arrived on the Daylight Special Tuesday and services were held in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Flagge. The father being an old soldier the W. R. C. and G. A. R. attended the services in a body. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Jasper HARP 

October 20, 1899
Clinton Public

The Death of Jasper Harp.
Brother of Milligan Harp, of Clinton—
Lived in DeWitt County 64 years.

Jasper HARP, for sixty-four years a resident of DeWitt county, died Sunday at the HUFFMAN residence, 10 miles northeast of Clinton, of kidney trouble. He was born in this county and continued to reside here with the exception of a few years spent in the west. At the time of his death he was aged sixty-four years. Mr. Harp leaves surviving him a wife and several children and Milligan HARP, a brother, residing in Clinton, and Marion HARP, another brother, at Kankakee.

Funeral services were held at the residence, interment at the Wilmore cemetery near Birkbeck. Several times before his death Mr. Harp expressed the peculiar request that no hearse be used to take his remains to the cemetery. His wish was carried out and an open vehicle was used to take his body to its last resting place.


October 20, 1899
Clinton Register


Jasper HARP, brother of Milligan HARP, of this city, died Sunday at his home in Wilson township, aged 64. His wife and five children survive him. He was born in DeWitt county and had lived here most of his life. The funeral was held at the home Tuesday, and the interment was in the Willmore cemetery near Lane.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Jasper HARP 

December 22, 1911
Clinton Register

Mrs. Lettie HARP, aged 72, and long a resident of this city, died at her home, 914 E. Johnson street, Friday night shortly before 10 o'clock of pneumonia.  She had been ill for 4 weeks.  Her husband died in this city several years ago.   She is survived by one son, Chas. W. HARP, 1500 East Washington street; also by five daughters, Mrs. Frank TAYLOR, residing east of the city; Mrs. Dora BRUNNER, of Lane; Mrs. John HINKLE, 914 East Johnson street, with whom the deceased made her home; [and] Mrs. Leah ARMSTRONG, 1129 East Jefferson street.  Funeral services were held at the Birkbeck church at 12 o'clock Sunday.  Interment in the Willmore cemetery.

Note: The obituary says she was survived by five daughters but only four names were given.

Millington HARP 

November 2, 1917 - Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Milikin [Millington] HARP, a former resident of Clinton, died at the home of his son, Preston HARP, in Kankakee, Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock, according to word received by Mrs. Welby Andrews, 1207 East Washington street, a daughter of his niece, Mrs. John Hinkle.  His death was the result of a two years’ illness with dropsy.

Deceased was a former resident of Clinton, making his home in Clinton practically all his life.  Following the death of his daughter, Miss Hattie HARP, seven years ago, he went to Kankakee where he has since live with his son.  His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago.

Mr. Harp was an old soldier, a veteran of the Civil War.  He was a member of Frank Lowry Post G. A. R. and was flag bearer for the G. A. R. on Decoration Day for many years.

The body will be brought to Clinton on the Daylight Special Saturday afternoon and taken direct to the Methodist church where the funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. M. Wells.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Millington HARP 

December 21, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Harp.

Mrs. Margaret HARP, wife of Millington HARP, died Sunday morning at her home in the north part of the city, aged 69 years, 9 months and 11 days.  Her maiden name was Margaret PAULK, and she was born in Logan county, Mar. 5, 1835.   She was the last of a family of eleven children.  Her husband and two children, Edward and Lizzie both grown, survive her.  She came to Clinton about fifty years ago and was married Aug. 1, 1867.  She was, for many years, a member of the Presbyterian church.  Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Thomas HARP 

March 13, 1891
Clinton Public

Death of Thomas Harp.

On the 14th day of February, 1824, Thomas HARP was born in the State of Tennessee, and died of pneumonia at his home farm, two miles east of Clinton, on last Sunday evening, aged sixty-seven years and two months. Sixty years or more of his life was spent in this county for his father moved here from Tennessee about the year 1830. Tyree HARP, the father of Thomas, was one of the first settlers in what is now Harp township, and after his death the township, when organized, was given his name. Shortly after the breaking out of the Mexican War Thomas Harp enlisted in Captain Daniel NEWCOMB’s company, which was principally raised in this county, which company was assigned to the regiment commanded by Colonel Richard J. OGLESBY. Mr. Harp had a warm spot in his heart for “Uncle Dick,” and although he was a straight-out Democrat an old personal friend of his said the other day that “ whenever Dick Oglesby was a candidate for Governor Tom Harp always voted for him.” After the close of the Mexican War, Mr. Harp filed a claim under his soldier’s warrant for a quarter section of what has since been his home farm. His brother William, who was also a soldier in that war, took an adjoining section, part of which is now owned by Mr. William FULLER and part by E. G. ARGO.

About the year 1850, Thomas Harp and Miss Elizabeth WANTLING were united in marriage, and to them five children were born, four of whom are still living.

At the time of his death Thomas Harp owned over one thousand acres of land, between four and five hundred of which was his home farm and the balance is in Harp township. All of this land, with the exception of the quarter section he got on his Mexican War land warrant and forty-eight acres that he received from his father’s estate, he accumulated by years of patient toil and industry. His estate must be worth between $60,000 and $70,000, for his home farm alone will readily sell for $75 an acre. He was a careful business man and always managed to owe but as little as possible. He rarely sold any grain from his farm but was oftener a buyer, and he made his money principally by raising horses, cattle and hogs for the market. In all his business transactions he was the soul of honor, and after an acquaintance of nineteen years with him and with his daily life the PUBLIC never heard a man speak of Thomas Harp except in praise of his integrity. The only public office he ever aspired to was that of member of the board of education of the Clinton school district, and for this only that he might have an oversight of the school that was located on part of his farm. In politics he was a straight Democrat and was never known to wander off after strange political gods.

Tyree Harp had nine children, and now the only surviving members of that family are Mrs. Garrison WRIGHT and Simeon HARP. Simeon now lives in Kansas. There are probably less than fifty people now living in this county who were here when Tyree Harp’s family first made their home in Harp township. But few in this county of Thomas Harp’s old comrades of the Mexican War survive. They are rapidly answering the last roll call.

One little incident will show how the early settlers of this county are falling by the wayside. In December, 1848, about one month after the election of General Zachariah TAYLOR to the Presidency, Jacob HARROLD, who owned the farm in Harp township now occupied by Thomas NIXON, had a shucking bee to which the young Democrats of the neighborhood were invited. Neighborhoods then included far more territory than they do nowadays, for the county was but sparsely settled. At that shucking bee there was present Simeon LISENBY, James LISENBY, Monroe THOMPSON, Drury THOMPSON, Tilmon LANE, Berry SMALLWOOD, and William FULLER. Of the number only Tilmon Lane and William Fuller are now living.

On Tuesday afternoon Thomas Harp was followed to Woodlawn Cemetery by a large number of his old friends. The funeral services were held at his home farm and were conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER. His sickness was of so short duration that the announcement of his death was a surprise.

Note: From Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. Thomas HARP 

November 22, 1895
Clinton Public

After a lingering illness of more than five weeks, Mrs. Elizabeth HARP, residing two miles east of Clinton, departed this life Monday morning at eight o'clock. She had been in apparent good health when on returning from a visit to her daughter, complained of not feeling well, yet thought it was only a slight chill. She grew worse on the following day and the family physician was called. He pronounced the case typhoid fever, but thought her illness would be of short duration. She was getting along as well as could be expected until a week ago, when she became partially paralyzed, and all realized that the end was near. She was patient in her intense suffering, always having a word of kindness for all who called to see her.

Elizabeth WANTLAND was one of a family of seven children, of whom but three, Mrs. JOLLY and Charles WANTLAND, of Hoisington, Kas., and Henry WANTLAND, of Lane, survive. She was born in Richmond, Jefferson county, Ohio, August 7, 1835, was united in marriage with Thomas HARP February 22, 1855, since which time they had resided in Clintonia and Harp townships. The husband died February 8, 1891.* All will remember him as a member of the Clinton board of education, and quite an influential citizen throughout the county. She leaves four children to mourn her loss: Mrs. Harry GATCHELL, William H., Mrs. Wilder WILSON, and Melvin P; one daughter, Mary, died several years ago. The high esteem in which [the] deceased was held by friends and neighbors was surely manifested by the vast number who assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to a kind friend and loving mother. She was a woman of perfect character, in whom all the higher womanly qualities were blended. She was kindness itself, always gentle, considerate and just. Her charitableness is well known and many, who have felt it, bless her memory. She was a sincere Christian, having united with the Methodist church at an early age, but at the time of her death she was a member of the Christian church.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence on Wednesday at ten o'clock a.m., by Rev. W. A. HUNTER. Interment at Woodlawn.

Note: Her husband died March 8th, not February 8th.

William J. HARP 

November 26, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of a Veteran of the Mexican War.
William J. Harp, an Old Citizen of DeWitt County, Gone to His Rest.

One by one the old citizens of DeWitt county are passing away and a new generation with new names are taking their places. Tyre and Joseph HARP, both natives of Tennessee, came to Illinois in 1829, and for a year lived in Morgan county. In 1830 they moved to Big Grove (now Waynesville) and lived there till the fall of 1832, when they located in this township which took the name of Harp when it was laid out. Tyre Harp, the father of the family of that name now living in this county, was a farmer and a miller in Tennessee. Six of his children were born before he left his native state—James, Leah (wife of Garrison WRIGHT), William J., Alexander, Thomas and Simpson. Two of the other children who were born after coming to Illinois were Rhoda, wife of John A. JACKSON, and Almira Jane, widow of George PAYNE. Tyre HARP was the father of eleven children, eight of whom are living. He died in 1840 on the farm he located in Harp township, which embraced about six hundred acres. Tyre Harp was a soldier in the war of 1812 and served under General Jackson.

William J. HARP, the third born of Tyre Harp's family, died at his home in the village of Lane, on Monday morning, November 22. He was born in Overton county, Tennessee, on the 19th of September, 1819, and at the time of his death he was sixty- seven years, two months and three days old. He was but a lad when his parents came to DeWitt county, and for over fifty-six years he was a resident of this county.

When war was declared with Mexico in May, 1846, Col. E. D. BAKER got permission from President Polk to organize the Fourth Regiment of Illinois volunteers. Three of the Harp boys—William J., James and Thomas— enlisted under Captain Daniel NEWCOMER, in Co. F, which was recruited in this county. On the 18th of July, 1846, the company was mustered in, and after one year of hard service, in which the regiment took part in several important engagements, they were mustered out in the latter part of June, 1847. Thirteen members of the company died in the service, and the remainder came home nearly all broken down in health, and never after could they be called stalwart men.

Four years after his return from the Mexican war, William J. Harp was united in marriage to Miss Betsy Ann JACKSON, a daughter of Henry JACKSON, who was then a farmer near the Harp homestead. Jackson went to Washington territory a year or two after the marriage of his daughter, and is yet a resident of that territory. By this marriage William J. Harp had one son born to him, William H., who is now living in Waynesville township. Thirty years ago last Saturday, the first Mrs. Harp died. On the same day, thirty years later, William J. Harp was seized with the fatal sickness which terminated his life last Monday morning. In 1860 he was married to Anna WISEGARVER, daughter of George B. WISEGARVER, who now lives in Champaign Co. By his second wife he became the father of five children, two of whom are yet living. His second wife died in 1871. For a third time he was married, in 1873, to Mrs. Elizabeth PRIEST, a niece of Mr. Charles HANGER, Sen. By this union one child was added to the Harp family.

Until 1872 Mr. Harp was able to attend to the management of his farm but in that year he had a severe attack of rheumatism which later resulted in a shock paralysis. This completely unfitted him for all manual labor. A few years ago he sold his farm in Harp township and bought the George Scott farm in Creek township. During the past year he was in very poor health, and one night a couple of months ago he took a severe cold which settled on his lungs. Last Saturday morning this developed into congestion, and in the afternoon he became unconscious, in which condition he remained till his death. His funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, at the Rose Cemetery, near Lane.

Mrs. William HARP, Jr. 

February 20, 1914
Clinton Register


At the Warner hospital at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Wm. HARP, Jr., died after but six days illness of acute appendicitis. Previously Mrs. Harp had suffered two slight attacks of the same disease, but recovered each time after a short illness. Friday night came the final and fatal attack, and on Wednesday morning she was taken to the Warner hospital. She lived but a few hours after being taken to the hospital.

Remains were taken to the Oakman chapel and prepared for burial, being taken to the home on Thursday morning.

Deceased, whose maiden name was Della C. ENOS, was the daughter of M. C. ENOS, and was about thirty years of age. She was a member of the Christian church and also of the Rebekah degree.

Besides the husband, she leaves one son, Wayne, aged 7 years, her father, M. C. Enos, two brothers and three sisters, Henry, of Harp township; Mrs. Mattie TUGGLE, of Prairie Center; Mrs. Bessie GANO, of Alberta, Canada; Frank and Sallie, residing with their father.

Mrs. Amos HARPER 

March 25, 1881
Clinton Public

The citizens of Rutledge have been called to mourn the loss of a beloved sister.   After an illness of some twelve days, Sarah E., wife of Amos HARPER, passed from earth into eternity.  Mrs. Harper was born in Pendleton county, Virginia, in 1833.  She became a member of the U. B. Church at the early age of 14 years; was married to Amos Harper in 1854; removed with her husband to Illinois in 1854, having lived ever since in Rutledge township.  She was the mother of seven children, two of which preceded her to the spirit land.  The five remaining children—four boys and one girl—were all present to pay the last homage of earth to their now departed mother.  Rev. Maxwell, of the M. E. Church, delivered from a text chosen by the husband of deceased—Revelation, 14th chapter and 13th verse—a very able and well directed discourse, in which he gave a very beautiful description of the soul in its present intermediate and dual state of existence.  By the death of sister Harper the community has lost a trusty and valuable friend.  The bereaved husband and grief-stricken children have our warmest sympathy.

Mrs. Samuel D. HARPER 

August 17, 1911
Shelton Clipper
Shelton, Nebraska

Farmer's Wife Dies Suddenly.

Mrs. S. D. HARPER died suddenly Monday at her home 4 miles southeast of Shelton of heart failure, her death resulting in about 2 hours after the attack. Mrs. Harper was in the yard when she was stricken and fell to the ground. Mr. HARPER was at the barn and was called by a daughter who had seen the mother fall. He immediately ran and picked her up and carried her into the house and placed her on a bed. Word was sent to the home of Thomas ELLIS nearby and from there a telephone message was sent for Dr. E.L. SMITH of Shelton. The physician immediately went out but could do nothing to relieve the woman and she died at 8:30. She was conscious up to within about 5 minutes of her death. Mrs. Harper had been in apparently good health and had not complained of not feeling well, so that her death was wholly unexpected. She leaves a husband and 7 children in ages from 3 to 15 years. The funeral was held at the home yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Wood River Cemetery.

The deceased was 38 years of age, having been born in DeWitt County, Illinois, April 6, 1873, a daughter of John and Sarah (PROVIN) NORTH. She was married at Clinton, Illinois Jan. 26, 1893 to Samuel D. HARPER and they came to Nebraska Feb. 25, 1893, locating at Wood River. They have resided in this vicinity ever since. She was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her, and her sudden and unexpected death was a great shock to all her friends.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
HARPER, SAMUEL D.    NORTH, FANNY J.     01/26/1893     DEWITT

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. Harry HARPSTER 

December 18, 1896
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Harry Harpster.

Mrs. Lizzie HARPSTER died at the home of F. L. HARPSTER, Friday morning at 6 o'clock, of lung trouble. She had been sick for six months. She was born in this state on March 15, 1867, and was married to her bereaved husband, Harry W. HARPSTER, on January 13, 1892. Two sisters and three brothers survive her. Funeral services were held at F. L. Harpster's today (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m., Rev. J. A. KUMLER officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

Deceased was a patient sufferer, not a word of complaint escaping her lips, but she always appeared cheerful and hopeful. She is deeply mourned by a large circle of acquaintances.

Samuel K. HARRELL 

November 21, 1884
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of Samuel K. Harrell.

This morning our citizens were startled by the sad news that Samuel K. HARRELL was dead. Yesterday he was about town as usual, and last night, at nine o'clock, he left McHenry and & Bailor's store and went home. About three o'clock this morning Mrs. HARRELL was awakened by his heavy snoring and breathing. She tried to awaken him, and failing in this she attempted to turn him over on his side. Not succeeding in this Mrs. Harrell got out of bed and tried to raise her husband's head from the pillow, in the hope that she could arouse him from his stupor. Mr. Harrell's neck and body were quite rigid, and this so alarmed his wife that she ran across the street to George MOORE's house to have him go for a physician. By the time Mrs. Harrell got back to her house her husband was dead. The coroner held an inquest this morning, and the jury returned a verdict that the cause of Mr. Harrell's death was paralysis of the heart. Some of the older physicians of the city think the symptoms indicated apoplexy.

Samuel K. Harrell took rank as one of the oldest citizens of Clinton. But six of those now living were in Clinton when he first came here in 1849. Those are Judge McGRAW, Dr. WARNER, C. H. MOORE, Dr. GOODBRAKE, Geo. W. GIDEON, and Mrs. Harrell, whose maiden name was Mary GRAY. At the time of the breaking out of the Mexican war Mr. Harrell was working at the carpenter trade in Decatur. He enlisted in Co. C, Fourth Illinois Infantry, commanded by Col. E. D. BAKER. The captain of his company was H. PUGH, and one of the lieutenants was Gen. R. J. OGLESBY. Mr. Harrell served his term of enlistment, one year, having participated with his regiment in many of the memorable battles of that war. After the war he came back to Decatur to follow his trade. Work being dull, he came to Clinton in 1849 to work on a mill, which was then being built by Wiltz ALLEN on Salt Creek, where the Illinois Central bridge now spans that stream. From that time on he made Clinton his home, and here he was married to Mary Gray, daughter of Mr. Miles GRAY, one of the early settlers of Clinton. Shortly after his return from Mexico Mr. Harrell was made a Master Mason in Decatur, and when he came to Clinton he became one of the charter members of DeWitt Lodge, which was organized in this city in 1850. Ten years later he, with others, formed Goodbrake Chapter, R.A.M., and he has been closely identified with those bodies from their organization down to the hour of his death. For nearly thirty years he filled the office of tyler, and old Masons say that things about the lodge did not look natural unless "Sam" was at the door. For a number of years he represented his ward in the city council, and made an able and efficient officer.

In his daily life Samuel K. Harrell was a quiet and unobtrusive man. Everybody respected him for his kind and genial disposition. He had no ambition to make wealth, but was content with letting every day take care of itself. No one dreamed from his appearance that the lamp of life would be so suddenly quenched. He was but sixty-three years old. He leaves no family excepting a wife. The funeral services will probably take place on Sunday afternoon, and will be in charge of his Masonic brethren.


August 14, 1891
Clinton Public

Death of James Harris.

Twenty-three years ago James HARRIS came to Clinton, and here he lived till last Sunday morning when he was transferred by death to the life beyond. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, and at the time of his death he was seventy-one years and fourteen days old. Mr. Harris was a tailor by trade, and for a great many years he was engaged in the merchant tailor business in Liberty, Indiana. General BURNSIDES, when a lad, served his apprenticeship in Mr. Harris’s shop, and at the time he was sent to West Point Military Academy he was still working for Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris was compelled to change his avocation in life on account of his health, and when he first came to Illinois, about twenty-five years ago, he settled in Edgar County and engaged in the hog business, which was an unfortunate venture for him, for he lost about $7000. Two years later he came to Clinton, and all of the old citizens will remember his life onward. For a number of years he was street commissioner, and a few years ago he was township collector for one year. He was an earnest Republican and an honest man.

Mr. Harris was married twice and was the father of nine children. His only surviving daughter, Laura, is living in DeWitt and is married to Mr. C. E. PEARSON. His son, Walter, is a promising young man who is a fireman on the Illinois Central road and is working industriously for promotion to an engineership. He leaves to his widow a home in Lawndale and $3000 life insurance.


August 31, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Settler.

A dispatch was received Saturday from Prairie City, Ill., announcing the death of Mr. John E. HARRIS, formerly an old settler of this county.  The deceased was born September 11, 1811, consequently he was nearly sixty–two years of age.  He, with his family, moved from the east to this county when it was yet in its infancy and settled on a farm about six miles south of this city.  There he lived and prospered for a number of years, and in that time he accumulated quite a good deal of property.  Some three or four years ago he moved to Prairie City where he has since lived.  A number of years ago he laid to rest his life companion.  He leaves four children, one daughter and three sons, viz.: Mrs. John LISLE, who lives on South West street in this city; Messrs. Andrew and Zera HARRIS, both of Decatur; and Frank HARRIS, who lives in California.  His remains were brought here and deposited in Grass Ridge cemetery, five miles south of the city.    —Pantagraph.  We learn from Mr. J. M. Porter, of Parnell, a brother-in-law of the deceased, that Mr. Harris was at one time the owner of the land where the depot now stands at DeWitt, this county, and where he also lived for many years.  He would have been seventy-two years of age instead of sixty-two, as the Pantagraph has it.


February 22, 1906
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Phoebe R. HARRIS died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. KUHN, in this city, yesterday morning, February 21, 1906, at two o'clock, aged 73 years, 8 months, and 6 days. She had been sick for several weeks and had suffered greatly during the past few weeks of her illness.

The funeral services will be held at the M. E. church in Prairie City this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. A. MEAD in charge. The internment will be in the Prairie City cemetery.

Phoebe R. WINSLOW was born in New York state, and came to Illinois when about 9 years old, settling near Bloomington. There she was married to Wm. NEWBERRY in 1850. Mr. Newberry died in 1856. Two children were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy, the other a son living now in Waverly, ILL. In 1857, deceased was married to John E. Harris at Cherry Grove, ILL. To them were born six children, one of these dying in infancy; another was Mrs. Eugene BUTLER, who died at her home in Prairie City about 18 years ago. The others are living and are Mrs. J. D. McMAHON, of Auburn, ILL., Mrs. J. B. KUHN, of Bushnell; Mrs. C. C. BELLVILLE, of Prairie City; Chas. A. HARRIS, of Donaldson, Illinois.

Submitted by Clara Jaramillo


April 29, 1875
Clinton Public

Andrew HARRISON, son of the late Dr. Harrison, of Waynesville, died in this city, yesterday afternoon, at the residence of his brother, Mr. W. H. HARRISON.  The deceased had been sick for some time from a complication of diseases, and was brought to this city for the purpose of securing the best medical attention.  He was connected in business at Champaign.  Mr. Harrison was a man of rare talents in his profession, that of ornamental painting, and had acquired quite a reputation in that line throughout Central Illinois.  The body was taken to Waynesville, this morning, for interment in the family burying ground.

Ezekiel G. F. HARRISON 

May 30, 1902
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton’s Oldest Citizens Ends Life’s Journey—
Lived in Illinois All His Life.

One by one the aged citizens are answering the final summons.  One by one they are joining those gone before.  Like well-ripened sheaves they are being gathered home.

Wednesday evening at his home on North Center street, E. G. F. HARRISON departed this life after an illness of seven weeks, first being afflicted with jaundice.  For several days his recovery seemed beyond hope and his children who did not live in Clinton were summoned to his bedside.

Ezekiel G. F. Harrison was born in Sangamon county, Ill., to where his parents moved from Kentucky in 1822.  His father was a descendant of President William H. Harrison.   In 1848 the parents moved to Petersburg, Ill., where the father died.  Ezekiel grew to manhood in Petersburg and was a merchant in that city.  He was married to Miss Emily J. CARMAN in 1857, and they came to DeWitt county in 1861 and located in Barnett township.  Some years afterward he moved to Wilson township, where he purchased 320 acres.  Mr. Harrison leased his farm in 1891 and moved to this city and purchased a fine home on North Center street where he lived until his death.

Seven children survive, Chas. E., of this city; Frank E., of Stockton, Cal.; Edwin I., of Bloomington; Elbert G., of Normal; Mrs. S. G. HULL; Mrs. Geo. W. EDWARDS; and Miss Florence Lucile, of Chicago.

The funeral took place from the residence today at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. T. A. Canady.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Dr. Fielding S. HARRISON 

August 17, 1855
DeWitt Courier

Since our last issue several additional deaths have occurred in Waynesville.  Dr. HARRISON and Mr. ORMSBY are among the victims—no other names learned.  The town is said to be almost totally deserted.  The disease has abated in Bloomington.

Note: Mr. Ormsby did not die.  That was a false report.  Dr. Fielding S. Harrison came from Ohio to Waynesville, Ill., in 1840.  He was married Martha Hash.   His children who lived to maturity were Andrew, Mary, Martha, Addison, William and Adeline.  His wife died in 1891 at age 85.


August 24, 1855
DeWitt Courier

NOT DEAD.—Last week we stated, on the authority of a person who was in the neighborhood of Waynesville on Sunday week, that Mr. ORMSBY had been taken off by cholera.  We learn that it is all a mistake, and that he is alive and enjoying excellent health.  We fail to see the sharp point doubtless intended by somebody, by putting into circulation such reports.  Health of Waynesville improving.  Cholera disappeared.


August 18, 1893
Clinton Public

Drowned in a Cistern.

In the rear of Sackett & Lemen's furniture store is a cistern that is covered over with loose boards. From this cistern a number of people get their supply of soft water, and it is no uncommon thing for them to leave it uncovered. This neglect was probably the cause of the sorrow that fills the heart of Mrs. Rose K. HARRISON, the milliner, for she mourns the death of her beloved boy, Harrold.

After dinner on Wednesday Harrold got permission of his mother to go over to Mrs. MAGILL's yard to play on the grass and under the shade of the trees. Every day when the weather was fine the little fellow spent the greater part of the time out of doors with other children and his absence caused no uneasiness. About half-past six in the evening, Harrold not returning, Mrs. Harrison went out to look for him. Not hearing anything of him she became uneasy, and meeting Mr. A. J. LATIMER, she asked him if he had seen Harrold, as often the boy went to Mr. Latimer's house and spent part of the day with his children. Just about that time little Harrold's hat was found near the cistern above spoken of, and Mr. Latimer at once thought that the boy could not be far from the hat. He made an excuse and sent Mrs. Harrison over to the school yard, telling her that a number of children were playing there, and when she had gone Mr. Latimer and Steve HUNSLEY and Officer BOTKIN, with a hook from the engine-house, made a search in the cistern. Harrold was lifted out dead, and by this time the mother had returned and when she saw the lifeless body of her drowned baby her grief brought tears from the eyes of men unused to weep.

Harrold had probably been in the cistern all afternoon. It holds about two hundred barrels and had over six feet of water. The supposition is that he was trying to draw water from the cistern with a can to which a string was fastened, and in reaching over he lost his balance and fell in head foremost.

Harrold was about six years old and was a bright-eyed, beautiful boy. He was the pride of his mother, and words of comfort to her are not of much avail in this her dark hour of life. The funeral services will be held this afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER.

HARROLD (child) 

August 13, 1880
Clinton Public


Andy HARROLD’s little girl died last Sunday and was buried at the Crum graveyard.

Abigail HARROLD 

September 18, 1891
Clinton Public

Sudden Death.

Mr. E. B. HARROLD with his wife, daughter Abbie and his sister were in Chicago, stopping at the Palmer House, having come up from Fort Worth, Texas, to escape the hot weather.  Miss Abbie was in the enjoyment of perfect health, but last Monday afternoon she was stricken down with heart disease and at five o'clock in the evening she was a corpse.  What a terrible blow to the afflicted parents.   They had but two daughters, one of whom is the wife of Dr. BARNES, of Fort Worth.  Miss Abbie was living with her parents, and was the pride and light of the home circle.  She was about twenty-three years of age, and was born on the home farm in Wapella township.  Her remains were taken by her afflicted parents to Fort Worth for burial.  At Bloomington the funeral party was met by Mr. W. B. CARLE and Miss ALEXANDER, Mrs. Harrold's sister, who accompanied them to Fort Worth.  Mr. and Mrs. Harrold have the sympathy of their friends in this county in their sad bereavement.

Note: According to the 1870 census, E. B.'s name was Ephraim and his daughter's name was Abigail.


January 4, 1895
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

Another old soldier has answered the last roll call on this earth, and Hoke SMITH will have the unspeakable pleasure of erasing the name of a brave defender of his country against treason from the pension roll. Abyram HARROLD was born in Indiana, on the 7th of October, 1838, and on last Sunday he died at the home of W. G. PAGE, in Harp township, aged fifty-six years. Abyram Harrold enlisted in the Eighty-fourth Indiana Infantry in August, 1862, and served his country faithfully and well till May 1865, when he was discharged on account of physical disability. He came to this county many years ago and made his home with the Page family in Harp township. On account of ill health he was able to do but little work, but with his small pension he was able to keep body and soul together, not having a family to provide for. When he got beyond helping himself the Page family gave him all the attention in their power. He got so helpless that Will Page had to lift him as though he were a child. The Pages and their neighbors were veritable Samaritans in caring for the old soldier, and Dr. BISHOP did all in his power to relieve him. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Rhodam THRASHER, and Abyram Harrold was laid to rest in the old DeWitt Cemetery.


August 3, 1900
Clinton Register

Alfred HARROLD, of Harp township, died Aug. 1, after a two weeks illness. He was a son of Eli HARROLD, who moved to this county in 1840. He was married to Eliza BABB and ten children were born to them, four of whom with the wife are living. They are George and Amos HARROLD and Mrs. Allen TUGGLE, of Harp township, and Mrs. Wm. WADDELL, of Iowa. Funeral services were held at the residence in Harp township at 1 o'clock today, conducted by Rev. R. THRASHER. Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Mrs. Alfred HARROLD 

January 5, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Sarah E. Harrold Was Almost Eighty-Two Years of Age.

Mrs. Sarah E. HARROLD, a long time resident of DeWitt county passed away at her home in DeWitt Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock.  Her death was due to complication of diseases accompanied by old age.

Mrs. Harrold was born in Indiana, Jan. 18, 1834, and had she lived until the 28th day of the present month, she would have been eighty-two years of age.  She was married in Indiana, where she lived for several years until the family moved to DeWitt county, where she since lived.  She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Susanna TUGGLE, of DeWitt; Mrs. Emma WADDELL, of Rose Hill, Ia.; George, of DeWitt; and Amos, of Clinton.  She is also survived by twenty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was a long and faithful member of the Methodist church.  The funeral services will be conducted from the late home in DeWitt Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, with the minister of the Bellflower M. E. church in charge of the services.  Interment will be made in the DeWitt cemetery.

Note: Her maiden name was Sarah Eliza BABB.

Andrew B. HARROLD 

July 21, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. A. J. LATIMER received the sad intelligence last Friday that her father, Andrew B. HARROLD, died July 8th at his home in Maple City, Kan., aged about 57 years. He was here visiting recently and on his return home was taken ill and never recovered. Andrew Harrold was born on a farm west of Wapella in 1842, and was a son of Mitchell HARROLD. In 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella SEELY. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in company F, First Illinois, and served through the war in that company. After returning home, he continued to reside west of Wapella until about 17 years ago, when he moved to Kansas. During his long residence in this county he was known as one of our best citizens. He was kind and indulgent to his family, and as a citizen was honored and respected by all. He leaves surviving him one brother and two sisters residing at Bloomington — J. P. HARROLD, Mrs. John CLARK and Mrs. Z. T. CARTMILL. Deceased also leaves to mourn his demise seven children—Mrs. A. J. LATIMER, Clinton; Mrs. Frank HASTINGS, Arkansas City; and Mrs. John ATKINS, Ned, Fred, William and Rose HARROLD, all at Maple City, Kan.


September 3, 1880
Clinton Public

The Death Roll.

Eli HARROLD, aged eighty-four years, died on Wednesday at the residence of his son, Captain J. F. HARROLD.  The old gentleman had been an invalid for years.


February 26, 1892
Clinton Public

Mrs. Sarah Jane HARROLD, wife of Eli HARROLD, died on Thursday afternoon, at three o'clock, at her residence at Harrold's Point. She had been sick for some time. Her age was sixty-six years. Funeral on Saturday morning, at ten o'clock.


March 14, 1872
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Resident.

Elicum HARROLD, of Marion, died on Tuesday morning of lung fever.  Mr. Harrold was one of the early settlers of DeWitt county, having come here in his youth.  During the 35 years of his residence in this county he has seen the broad prairies yield to civilization, and DeWitt county become one of the richest agricultural districts in central Illinois.

Note: His last name was spelled Harold in this article, but that was probably an error.
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


September 23, 1925
Decatur Review


Clinton, Ill., Sept. 23—DeWitt county is shocked at the tragic death of one of its most prominent and well-known men, Frank E. HARROLD, which occurred some time Tuesday evening when he shot himself at the old home near DeWitt. Mr. Harrold had been engaged in the banking business in Decatur for the last several years but maintained a summer home on the Harrold farm, west of DeWitt, and drove out for a few days' stay and week-end visits quite often.

Mr. Harrold arrived at the farm Tuesday afternoon and talked a few moments with Homer BISHOP, who operates the farm and who was at that time getting ready to come to Clinton. It was the custom of Mr. Harrold to talk over farm and business matters with the Bishops and when they returned home they started looking for the former, as his car remained in the yard nearby.

Finally Mr. Bishop knocked on the door of the cottage and receiving no response he became alarmed and called two neighbors, E. J. LUCAS and James WALTERS, who assisted him to enter the building. It was then found that Mr. Harrold had used a gun and the bullet had entered the head, killing him instantly.

Coroner R. E. NESBIT was called and impaneled a jury which was composed of T. B. HARDIN, Homer Bishop, O. R. PRICE, E. J. Lucas, C. R. WILSON and C. S. WEBB, who returned the verdict as follows:

"Frank Harrold came to his death from a gunshot wound in the right temple, probably inflicted by his own hand, with suicidal intent."

Frank E. Harrold was born in Harp township Jan. 6, 1873, and spent his early life on the farm, moving to Clinton when he was elected circuit clerk and which office he held for twelve years. At the expiration of his third term of office he moved to Decatur, where he had since been cashier of the Farmers State bank.

(See news article)

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Herbert HARROLD 

March 13, 1903
Clinton Register

Mrs. Ona (TORBERT) HARROLD, wife of Herbert HARROLD, of this place, died Thursday at her home aged about twenty-one years, after an illness of about a week.  She leaves to mourn her death a husband and infant child, nine days old, and three brothers, only one of whom was at her bedside during her sickness: Edward TORBERT, of this place, Willie TORBERT, of Ohio, and Charley TORBERT, of Hot Springs, Ark.  She was married to Herbert Harrold Oct. 8, 1901, and to them two children were born.  She united with the M. P. church several years ago and has been a faithful Christian.  The funeral services were held at the church Thursday at 12:30 conducted by Rev. Howard.  Interment in the DeWitt cemetery.  The pall bearers were four of her cousins, Tommy and Charley SUTTON, Asa and Ora RUDASILL and Hezekiah MICHAELS and Jesse WILSON.


February 24, 1893
Clinton Public

It used to be that a man was old at fifty years, and when he reached threescore years and ten it was considered a miracle. Nowadays a man does not reach his prime till he has reached the sixtieth milestone, and save for a little stiffening in the knees he is better fitted for the battle of life than he was thirty years before. Isam HARROLD was one of those vigorous, active old men. Although nearly fourscore years he took interest in his home and all the affairs surrounding it. As the result of a bad cold, consumption set in, and at the age of seventy-eight years and four months he died at his home at Harrold’s Point, on last Monday.

Sixty years ago he came to this county with his parents. He was born in Grayson County, Virginia, October 23, 1814. Fifty years ago Isam Harrold bought a quarter section of land from the government, and on this he spent his life. He bought other pieces of land in the same neighborhood, but gave a home to each of his children when they began life for themselves. He was married in 1840, and after rounding out the golden anniversary his faithful wife died in September, 1890. Seven children were born to them, six of whom are living.

In his younger days Isam Harrold was a Whig, but when the Republican party was organized he became a member of it, and cast his last vote for President Harrison. He filled the offices of assessor and of collector in Wapella township, but beyond that he had no desire to hold office. He belonged to a family that has made a name in DeWitt County. On Wednesday he was buried in the family graveyard near the home where he lived for threescore years.

Mrs. Isam HARROLD 

September 12, 1890
Clinton Public

Mary A. HARROLD, wife of Isam HARROLD, died on September 5, in her 72d year. Her remains were laid to rest in the Crum Cemetery. She leaves a husband, one son and five daughters, and a large circle of friends to mourn her death. Her maiden name was LISENBY. They were married in 1840, and settled in what is known as Harrold’s Point. On last April they celebrated their golden wedding.

Capt. Jesse F. HARROLD 

May 20, 1910
Clinton Register

Pioneer Resident of DeWitt County, Civil War Solider and Member of the State Senate.

Captain J. F. HARROLD, one of the pioneer residents, died May 18, at the home of his son, Circuit Clerk, F. E. HARROLD, in Clinton.  The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, but he had been in poor health for the past year, and was compelled to leave his farm near DeWitt last December and again take up his residence in Clinton.   Although not confined to bed until the last few days of his illness, he seldom left the house and for the past six months has been out but little.

Capt. Harrold was born in Henry county Indiana, January 18, 1838, while his parents, Eli and Carrie HARROLD, were enroute from near Surrey Court House, Virginia, to this state.  The trip was being made overland with ox teams and a number of Virginians were in the colony, some of them remaining in Henry county and the others coming on to Illinois.  Among those continuing the journey to Illinois with Eli were three of his brothers, all of whom settled in this county, Jacob and William near DeWitt and Jonathan near Wapella.  All remained here until their deaths and upon reaching manhood, Mr. Harrold engaged in farming and stock raising near DeWitt and followed that occupation until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he enlisted as corporal in Co. E, 41st Ill. Volunteers.  After his enlistment he was promoted to Captain and participated in the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, in the 11 days’ march which followed, and in the battle of Shiloh.  He was in the campaign before Vicksburg and Jackson, Miss., and accompanied the Red River expedition as a [word missing] on Gen. Moore’s staff, serving also in the capacity of acting assistant inspector-general on this trip.  Captain Harrold’s campaign ended with the battle of Tupelo, where Gen. Forrest made his last stand and where his army was completely annihilated.  In this engagement Capt. Harrold commanded the skirmish line, which led the enemy into its fatal trap.  He was honorably discharged at Springfield in 1864, following a three years service.

After the war Mr. Harrold returned home and again engaged in farming until 1898, when he retired from active farming and moved to DeWitt.

He was married to Miss Mary V. ROBBINS, at DeWitt, March 28, 1865, the wife and four out of five children surviving.  The children are as follows: Lawrence S., living on a farm near DeWitt; Mrs. Anna REED, who died fifteen years ago; Frank E., Circuit clerk of DeWitt county; Ira O. and Miss Maud L., of this city.  In 1904 Mr. Harrold moved his family to Clinton where he served as deputy circuit clerk until January 1908, when he resigned.

During his long and useful life, Mr. Harrold took an active interest in civic affairs and held many local offices in DeWitt township.  In 1876 he was elected to the State Senate on the greenback ticket and served during the 29th and 30th general assemblies.  He was a member of the Methodist church, Amon Lodge No. 261 A. F. & A. M. at Dewitt and of Frank Lowry Post, G. A. R., at Clinton.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church this morning, conducted by Rev. G. W. Flagge, and the remains taken to DeWitt for burial.

Note: His full name was Jesse Franklin Harrold.

Mr. & Mrs. William HARROLD 

May 1, 1914
Clinton Register

Wm. Harrold and Wife Have One Funeral Service and Sleep in One Grave.

Last Saturday, J. J. HARROLD of this city received word that his brother William had died at his home in Ludlow, Mo., that day, his companion for half a century having preceded him in death on Wednesday, in which the death angel was kind, the aged couple being separated but three days. Advanced age with attending complications is given as the cause of the death of the husband, while the death of the aged wife was hurried by pneumonia.

Funeral services were held at Ludlow on Sunday, and both sleep side by side in one grave. Both were born and grew up in this county where they lived until after their marriage. At the time of their death each had reached the age of 78 years. Mr. Harrold was a stock raiser and buyer and followed this calling near DeWitt until the close of the Civil war, when they emigrated to Kansas, a few years later going to Missouri, where Mr. Harrold purchased a farm which he owned at the time of his death, renting it out but continuing in the stock business and retaining the residence. Both were well known in this vicinity, having visited here a number of times, the last occasion being two years ago. They had since suffered a decline in health. J. J. Harrold of this city visited them six weeks ago while on his return from Florida.

Wm. HARROLD and wife, Mary HARROLD, nee NORTH, were the parents of three children, all living in the vicinity of Ludlow, Nellie, Mrs. Lida GRAHAM and James HARROLD. Also 7 grandchildren and Mr. Harrold leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Isaac LAFFERTY, Mrs. Arcadia PAGE and Adrian HARROLD, all of the vicinity of DeWitt and J. J. Harrold, of Clinton.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Cyrus HARRY 

October 18, 1912
Clinton Register

Cyrus HARRY, an aged citizen of this county died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Conner, five miles northwest of Wapella on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  He had been sick only a few days of paralysis and old age.  He was about 89 years old and had made his home with Mr. Conner for the last seven years.  He enlisted in the U. S. army Oct. 4, 1862, in Co. A, 107th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served for 3 years.  He was in a number of important engagements.  He made a good soldier and was always ready for duty.  He was in the battles of Strawberry Plains, Franklin, Tenn., and was in the chase after the noted raider, John Morgan.  He had been married twice.   His first wife died while he was in the army.  After the war he returned and was married again, his second wife dying over seven years ago.  As far as is known, he leaves one brother, Steven HARRY, residing three miles northwest of Wapella.   The funeral was held from his late home Monday at 10 o'clock a.m. and interment was in Waynesville [aka Evergreen] cemetery.

Mrs. Stephen HARRY 

February 14, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Sarah L. HARRY, wife of Stephen HARRY, died at her home, one and one-half miles northwest of Wapella, Friday morning at 7:55.  Death was due to a complication of diseases, but she had been ill the greater part of the past four years.

Miss Sarah L. CLARK was born in Indiana in 1838.  She was united in marriage to Stephen Harry, and to this union five children were born, three of whom are dead.  Mrs. Harry is survived by her husband and the two sons, C. HARRY of Wapella and E. A. HARRY of Clinton.  She is also survived by three brothers, Thomas CLARK, of Nebraska; M. K. CLARK, of Heyworth; and John W. CLARK, of Bloomington.  Mrs. Harry has resided on the present homestead for the past twenty-five years.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Long Point.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the late home with Rev. F. C. Read of the Wapella Methodist Episcopal church officiating.  Interment in the Crum cemetery near Wapella.

James HART 

July 15, 1897, Thursday
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

James HART, an old and respected citizen living three miles southwest of Wapella, dropped dead in his dooryard Sunday of heart disease, aged 77 years.  He was a native of Ireland.


July 13, 1897, Tuesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Dropped Dead.

Wapella, Ill., July 12.—[Special]—Mr. James HART, an old and respected citizen, three miles southwest of town, dropped dead in his door yard on Sunday at 10 a.m. from heart disease.  He had been ill for over a year.  He was 77 years old.  He came from County Longford, Ireland, in 1858 and settled on the farm where he died, being in this county twenty-nine years.  He leaves an aged wife and several sons and daughters, all grown, besides quite a number of relatives.  Mr. Hart lived on one of C. H. Moore’s farms.

Mrs. James HART 

February 3, 1911, Friday
Clinton Register

Four Score and Five.

Mrs. Catherine HART died Monday morning at her home northwest of Clinton, aged 85.  She had been failing several weeks, but was about her home until Saturday when she became much worse and sank rapidly.

The deceased was born in Longford County, Ireland, June 19, 1825, and thus was nearing her 86th birthday.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. D. McGOEY.  August 15, 1847, she was united in marriage to James HART in the old church near their home that they had attended from childhood.  As soon as the Civil war had ceased in this country, Mr. Hart began to yearn for the country across the sea.  It was agreed that the husband and son, John, should come across the waters, first, and make for the family a home.  They came in 1866, and one year later Mrs. Hart with the remainder of the family came to DeWitt county, and it had since been her home.

Her husband died July 11, 1897, and she had since lived with her three sons, William, Patrick and Peter and the other children, Mathew and Mrs. Wm. Barry live in Springfield, the former being assistant chief of police.  She was a faithful member of the Catholic church.

Funeral services were held Wednesday forenoon in the Clinton Catholic church, conducted by the pastor.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

James HART, Jr. 

December 16, 1898
Clinton Register

Death of James Hart.

James HART died Wednesday night at his home near Clinton of typhoid fever, aged 37 years, after an illness of one week.  He was born in Ireland in April 1861.   His parents came to America when he was six years old and located in this county, where he has since lived.  He was the son of James HART, who died a few months ago.  His mother, seven brothers and a sister survive him.  Among his brothers are William, John, Thomas and Patrick.  He was industrious and an upright citizen.  Funeral services were held in St. John’s church at 10 o'clock today, conducted by Father M. A. Dooling.


December 23, 1898
Clinton Register

The funeral of James HART, one of the Hart brothers, who are so favorably known, was held in St. John’s church, conducted by Father Dooling, who preached an able discourse in memory of the deceased, who was a good neighbor and a good citizen.   There were several floral offerings from those who best knew the deceased.  A large audience was present and all deeply sympathized with the bereaved family.  The pall bearers were Jos. Mahan, Jas. Bohan, John Murphy, John Henneberry, E. J. Sweeney [and] Jas. Flaherty.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Thomas HART 

December 1, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of Thomas Hart.

Thomas HART, a prominent farmer living three miles northwest of Clinton, died Sunday, Nov. 26, of heart trouble, aged 42 years.  Thomas Hart was born on the 8th day of April, 1857, in Longford county, Ireland.  Came to DeWitt county in 1866 with his parents, James and Catherine HART, and settled in Clintonia township, where he had since resided.  He was married on Dec. 27, 1883, to Miss Anna TIERNEY, only daughter of John and Martha TIERNEY.  He leaves his wife and five children, four boys and one girl—John, Frank, Thomas, Joseph and Irene.  Also six brothers and one sister —John, Matthew of Springfield, William, Michael, Peter, P.J., and Mrs. W. B. BARRY of Springfield, and his mother.  Mr. Hart was a member of the Wapella woodmen; having $3,000 Insurance, and of the Court of Honor, having $2,000 in that order.  Last July he suffered a sunstroke, and had been troubled with his stomach ever since.  Dr. WILCOX attended him and did all in his power to aid him.

High Mass was sung at the services held in St. John’s church by Fr. M. A. DOOLING last Tuesday to the memory of the late Thomas Hart.  The church was crowded, showing the need of a more commodious building.  Mr. Hart was a worthy citizen, whose death has left a void in this county difficult to fill.  Friends from Springfield, Bloomington and other places attended the funeral.  The floral designs were beautiful.  Remains were buried in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas HART 

August 22, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Ann HART died at 2:30 Tuesday night at the home of her brother, Jas. TIERNEY, in Clinton, aged 54.  She had been in failing health nearly two years.

About a month ago she came to Clinton from her home northwest of Clinton and decided to remain over night.  She was taken suddenly sick before morning, and gradually grew worse.

Her maiden name was Ann TIERNEY and her parents moved to this country from Ireland when she was young.  They came to this county when she was about ten years old, and it had always been her home.  She was married to Thomas HART in 1882.  He died about fifteen years ago.  She is survived by five children, Thomas, Frank, John, Joseph and Irene, all being at home, except the former, who lives in the same vicinity.  There are four brothers, all living at Ft. Dodge, Ia., except Mr. Tierney.  She was a member of the Catholic church and funeral services were held in St. John's church at 10 o'clock this morning.  Burial in Woodlawn.


February 21, 1913
Clinton Register

Was Born in Ohio, but Had Lived in DeWitt County Nearly All His Life.
Funeral held Monday.

After nearly three years of suffering, death ended the earthly pilgrimage of Emerson HARTSOCK, one of the county’s well-known and highly respected residents.  In April 1910, while attending a meeting of the Modern Woodmen Lodge in Lane, his home, he was requesting the members to release him as the chief officer, which he had been several years, and put a younger man in his place.  While speaking, he was seen to stagger, and several rushed to him.  He had been stricken with paralysis and could not speak to them.&Nbsp; He was taken to his home, and for several days it was feared death might come at any time.  Then there were evidences of improvement, and he so far recovered that he could go about the house when assisted, but hope for his complete recovery was in vain.

A few months after his affliction, he bought property in the west part of Clinton, which he occupied.  While he had gained some the last year, there was little on which the family and friends could base hope.  His condition was little changed until Wednesday of last week when he was taken sick, and on the following day the second stroke of paralysis made it certain the end was near.  At five o'clock Saturday evening [Feb. 15th] the final summons came.

Emerson Hartsock was born in Green county, O., Dec. 2, 1853.  In 1862 his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. HARTSOCK, moved to Illinois, locating in Texas township, three miles southeast of Clinton.  When a young man, he taught school several terms, teaching after his marriage, which was Dec. 25, 1876, to Miss Laura F. MITCHELL, daughter of William MITCHELL, of Creek township.  They moved on a farm south of Lane, which was their home until 1904, when they occupied a fine home he had built in Lane, where he had been engaged in the grain business a few years.  This was their home until they came to Clinton.

For many years he was one of the most prominent men in his township.  He was always a Democrat and ever active in the interests of his party.  He served as central committeeman, and his party honored him with two terms as supervisor, an office he held when the new court house was built.  He was also school treasurer of Creek township nearly twenty years, giving up the office after he became afflicted.  As teacher, farmer, business man and official, he was successful.  He was a member of the United Brethren church and a member of the K. P. and M. W. A. lodges at Lane, being a charter member of the latter.

He is survived by his wife and 11 of the 12 children born to them, a daughter dying when young.  The children are Mrs. Chas. MYERS, William A., Mrs. Geo. BENNETT, Mrs. Elmer RAINEY, Mrs. Robt. BLACK and Earl E. of Creek township.  Those at home are Lucile, Lloyd, Lyle and Emerson W.  Four brothers and one sister are living, James E., of Dayton, Ohio; William H. and Charles M., of Texas township; Ralph and Miss May, of Clinton.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church Monday at 2:30, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. F. Rosborough.  The singing was by Mrs. Herman Querfeld, Mrs. J. W. Perryman and C. C. Morris.   There was a large attendance, the church being well filled.  The large number from Creek township was evidence of the esteem shown deceased by those among whom he spent so many years.  Among them were many Knights and Woodmen.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Only ten of his eleven children were listed.  The missing child was Kenneth.


December 29, 1899
Clinton Public

George Hartsock Expired Suddenly at His Home Near Clinton.

George HARTSOCK, a prominent and well-to-do farmer, 3 miles southeast of Clinton, died about four a.m. Wednesday, after an illness lasting but a few minutes. Deceased was in Clinton the day before his death and appeared in his usual health when he retired in the evening. About 3 o’clock in the morning he awoke the family, complaining of severe pains near his heart. An effort was made to relieve the pain but he expired within a half hour. He was conscious up to the time of his death, and although he suffered much pain, for a short time, was resting easy when he breathed his last. His sudden death was a severe blow to the family, who regarded his illness but a temporary ailment.

George Hartsock was born on a farm in Greene county, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1829,1 and had he lived until next Monday would have reached his 71[st] year. After he had grown to manhood, he continued to reside on the home farm, and in 1853 was united in marriage to Miss Emily JAMES. In 1862 he moved to Illinois and settled in Texas township, where he continued to reside until his death, with the exception of one year when he lived in Clintonia township.

Deceased is the last of a family of 11 children to pass away and leaves surviving him a wife and six children: Emerson of Creek township, Edward in Ohio, William H. of Creek township, and Charles M., Miss Mary and Ralph residing at home. Mr. Hartsock was a representative farmer of Texas township and a Democrat. He was held in high esteem by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was devoted to his family and was not ambitious to enter public life. He served one term as supervisor.

The funeral of the late George Hartsock was held at the late home, three miles southeast of Clinton on today at 11 o’clock a.m. The services will be conducted by Rev. James Alvin CLARK, of Neenah, Wis., formerly pastor of St. Paul’s Universalist Church of this city. Interment at Woodlawn.

Note: George was born January 21, 1829, was married in September 1852, and his surviving daughter's name was May, not Mary.

Mrs. George HARTSOCK 

August 31, 1906
Clinton Register

Stricken With Paralysis and Lived Three Days—
Came to DeWitt County Over Forty Years Ago.

Wednesday morning of last week Mrs. Emily HARTSOCK was stricken with paralysis at her home on South Center street.  She was unconscious and remained so, excepting a few hours, death coming to her about 8 o'clock Saturday morning.

Her maiden name was Emily JAMES and she was born July 25, 1834, near Bellbrook, O., where she was married to Geo. HARTSOCK Sep. 31, 1852.  In 1862 they came to Illinois and located in Texas township, southeast of Clinton, which was their home until about seven years ago when her husband died.  A year later she came to Clinton.  She is survived by the following children: Emerson, who resides in Lane; Edwin, near Dayton, O.; William, near Lane, who occupies the old homestead; Mae and Ralph, at home.  She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Lydia SLOAN, of Ashton, O., and two brothers, B. F. JAMES, of Bellbrook, O., and John JAMES, of Seattle, Wash.

She was loved by all who knew her and was always ready to assist those in need.  She was kind to all her friends and they were pained to learn of her death.  Her life was a busy one and the world is better for her having lived in it.

Funeral services were held at the residence Monday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. N. M. Rigg.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Herbert L. HARTSOCK 

April 9, 1915
Clinton Register

Mrs. Bert Hartsock Passes Away Following Illness of Nine Weeks.

Mrs. Bert HARTSOCK passed to eternal rest at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George L. GIBSON, north of Lane, at 10:15 Tuesday morning after an illness of nine weeks of blood poison. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 10 o'clock from the Gibson home, Rev. Louis HILL of Decatur officiating. Burial in Woodlawn. Her death was a sad blow to her many friends and relatives, but especially so to the young husband and their two small children. Claire and Louise, aged four and six years. Although so young in years, the four-year-old daughter seemed to realize keenly her great loss, and sat on the porch at the home for hours sobbing convulsively and refusing to be consoled.

Arlie GIBSON was born in DeWitt county twenty four years ago and was married to Bert Hartsock at the age of eighteen. Two children, both living, were born to them. She also leaves, besides her husband and parents, eight brothers and sisters, as follows: Mrs. Andrew WHITEHEAD, of Clinton; Mrs. Robert WHITEHEAD, of DeWitt; Mrs. Fred JACKSON, of Osborn, Iowa; Misses Mildred and Edith GIBSON, at home; Vernon GIBSON, of Lane; Robert GIBSON, at home; and Mrs. Homer TRUMMELL, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Note: Bert Hartsock's full name was Herbert Leslie Hartsock.

James Edwin HARTSOCK 

August 3, 1928
Clinton Journal and Public

Former Local Resident Dies in Ohio City.

James Edwin HARTSOCK, a former resident of Clinton, died at his home near Dayton, Ohio, August 1, according to word received here yesterday. Deceased was born March 31, 1857, near Bellbrook, Ohio, and moved to Illinois when quite young. he was married to Minnie R. WELD and they had two children, George and Helen. Thirty years ago the family moved back to Ohio where they had since resided. Besides his wife and children he leaves three brothers, Charles, Will and Ralph HARTSOCK, and one sister, Miss May HARTSOCK, all of Clinton. He was a member of the Knights Templar at Dayton. Funeral services will be held in Dayton, Friday afternoon.


March 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

Miss Cora HARVEY was buried in this city Saturday morning.  She was a sister of Will HARVEY, who was recently laid to rest in our quiet churchyard.  Truly affliction has laid a heavy hand on this family.

William H. HARVEY 

February 24, 1893
Clinton Public

On last Sunday, in the city of Bloomington, William H. HARVEY, a printer, died. His former home was in Farmer City, and there he was buried on Tuesday afternoon. He was a member of the Typographical Union of Bloomington, and an escort of twenty members accompanied the remains to Farmer City.

HARWOOD (infant) 

February 14, 1879
Clinton Public

Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey HARWOOD enjoyed for a few days only the presence of their first born. The child died Tuesday afternoon.

Chauncey HARWOOD 

March 2, 1894
Clinton Public

On the 26th of April, 1857, Chauncey HARWOOD was born in Columbia County, Wisconsin, and when Chauncey was nine years old, his father, H. H. HARWOOD, came to Clinton and has made his home here since that time. Chauncey was educated in our public schools, and when he was sixteen years old, he graduated in the high school course and had the honor of being valedictorian of his class. After graduating, he taught one term of school in the Elm Grove district and then got a situation as clerk in the freight office in this city under James RASBACH, who was station agent for the Illinois Central. In 1877, Chauncey Harwood and Miss Clara PHILLIPS were united in marriage. One babe was born to them, who died in infancy. Chauncey made a good record in the freight office in this city and was promoted to a better paying position in the Illinois Central office in Chicago. The Santa Fe road offered him a better place in Kansas City, and Chauncey and his wife moved there. Then came the great boom in Kansas City when fortunes in real estate were made in one week and lost in the next, and Chauncey began dabbling in real estate and making a little money, till finally he gave up his position with the Santa Fe company and branched out in the real estate business. In those days speculation ran high and fortunes were made and lost. At one time Chauncey's holding in real estate was very large, but the crises came, the bottom dropped out of the market, and he lost with hundreds of others who owned more lots than there was a demand for. Disgusted with the uncertainties of the real estate business, Chauncey moved to Boston, Mass., and then to Louisville, Ky. About the first of February he went to Cleveland, Ohio, to take the position of bookkeeper in a large jewelry establishment, when he was taken sick and on Saturday, February 17, shortly after his mother arrived in Cleveland at his bedside, the tired soul went into eternal rest. Chauncey was buried in Cleveland, and his mother got back home last Saturday.

Clarence D. HARWOOD 

April 24, 1891
Clinton Public

A Melancholy Death.
Clarence D. Harwood Left His Home and Went to Chicago to Die.

Last Saturday afternoon Marshal MOFFETT received a dispatch from the coroner in Chicago announcing that Clarence D. HARWOOD had been found dead, and requesting the marshal to notify his relatives. The news brought sorrow not only to the father and mother of Clarence but also to those who had known him from boyhood. Marshal Moffett, at the request of Mr. HARWOOD, went to Chicago by the midnight train, and on Sunday had the body prepared for burial and brought it to Clinton on Monday morning. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the late home of the deceased, and the remains were followed to Woodlawn Cemetery by a large number of friends of the family.

Clarence had been clerking in Freudenstein & Co.’s clothing store for the past four or five years, and a week ago last Saturday night he quit work. The following Monday afternoon he left town, and by last Friday he got into Chicago. On Friday night he registered at the Westmoreland hotel and was assigned a room and after midnight he retired. In the morning the proprietor called at the room, but not receiving any reply supposed that Clarence was in no hurry to get up, having gone to bed late. At one o’clock the porter went to the room and failing to arouse Clarence he went back to the office and reported. An inspection was made through the transom over the door and Clarence was seen laying on the bed. The door was forced open and he was found dead. In his mouth was a rubber tube which was attached to an open gas jet, and death was caused by inhaling the gas. He had been dead for several hours. The coroner was notified and the body was moved to the morgue, and a dispatch was sent to Marshal Moffett notifying him of the death. Clarence had in his pocket his loan association book, and by this he was identified. It was a sad death. Poor Clarence left wife and children, father and mother, and wandered off to die among strangers.

Clarence D. Harwood was born in Murray, Orleans County, New York, on the 6th of June, 1860, and was in his thirty-first year. When he was but six years old his parents came to Clinton. Mr. H. H. Harwood, his father, has been identified with the business interests of Clinton for the past twenty-five years and his family holds a prominent place in the social circle. Clarence was educated in our city schools, and before he had arrived at his majority he was married to Miss Etta GANDY, who with two children survives him. Clarence was industrious and was always at work from the time he left school. For several years he was a clerk in Freudenstein & Co.’s clothing store and had the confidence of his employers. Clarence had his virtues as well as his faults. He was kind-hearted and true to his friends. Let us remember his good qualities.

Hiland H. HARWOOD 

January 4, 1895
Clinton Public

At the age of sixty-one years H. H. HARWOOD died at his home in this city, last Saturday morning, of Bright's disease. He was a native of New York State and came to Illinois when he was a young man. Twenty-five years ago he came to Clinton and began a business career here. He was in partnership with Harry MERRIMAN in the hardware business, and at another time was in partnership with J. A. RASBACH in agricultural implements and coal. For a number of years afterward he was in business for himself, and at the time he was taken sick he sold coal and farm implements. He had a long and painful illness. Sorrow and affliction have followed fast on Mrs. HARWOOD, for her two sons and now her husband have been taken from her by death. The only one that remains to comfort her is little Irene, her granddaughter. Years ago Mr. Harwood served two or three terms in the city council. He was a member of the Odd Fellows in this city. He had a three-thousand dollar policy in a life insurance company, and besides that Mrs. Harwood has her home and the business property on Monroe Street. On the latter there is some encumbrance. The funeral services were held at his late home on Monday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. Dr. HUNTER. The Odd Fellows had charge of the funeral and buried their brother with their beautiful and solemn ritual service. As a mark of respect to the memory of an ex-alderman, the fire alarm on the city hall was tolled from the time the funeral procession left the house till it reached Woodlawn.


June 10, 1881
Clinton Register

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob HOSSINGER (aka HASSINGER) were called upon to consign the body of their ten-year-old daughter to its last and silent home, in Rose cemetery. They feel the pang that none but parents feel. It is hard for the grief-stricken parents to realize, with the poet, that it is sweet, in childhood, to give back the spirit to its maker, ere the heart has grown familiar with the paths of sin, and sown, to garner up its bitter fruits. She was many days upon the bed of pain, her disease being much complicated, throat disease prevailing. Dr. Zimmerman faithfully attended her. At one time she so far recovered as to walk to the barn, on her return to the house she was caught in a shower of rain. Diphtheria returned with double vigor resulting in death. Her parents have the sympathy of the community.

Note: 1880 census shows Jacob Hassinger's youngest daughter was Dora. Rose Cemetery lists her as Doris.


February 24, 1899
Clinton Public

J. J. S. HASSINGER, of Lanes, died at Ft. Wayne, Ind., on Tuesday morning of stomach trouble, while on a visit among friends, aged about 70 years. Deceased was a brother of Jacob HASSINGER, one-half mile south of the city, and was widely known hereabouts, having been justice of the peace in Creek township for about 30 years. He leaves a wife and five children, all of the children grown to maturity. Remains passed through Clinton last Wednesday for Maroa, where they were buried on Thursday.


August 3, 1906
Paper Unknown

Died of Spinal Trouble.

Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. HATFIELD, died at their home in Clinton Monday night, aged 10 years except one day. He had been afflicted with spinal trouble about seven years. The funeral was held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., at the home on East Johnson street by Rev. N. M. RIGG. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

George W. HAYDEN 

February 10, 1899
Clinton Public

Mr. George W. HAYDEN, for many years a business man of Clinton, died at Decatur February 3d, at 10:15 p.m. His parents came from Massachusetts and settled in Ironton, Mo., where Mr. Hayden was born June 7, 1826. When three years of age, his mother died, and when twelve years of age he was left fatherless. He then went to Shullsburg, Wis., to live with a sister. He was thrown on his own resources largely and being of good habits, when he reached the age of twenty-six he had built up a good business, being engaged in general merchandise. February 12, 1852, he was joined in marriage to Miss Martha SHIPLEY, a school teacher who had come out from the east. To them were born two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom died very young.

Major William WARREN, of Kansas City, Mo., of political fame found a home with Mr. and Mrs. Hayden for many years and it was with just pride and great satisfaction that Mr. Hayden alluded to him.

In 1868 Mr. and Mrs. Hayden moved to Clinton and for almost twenty years he was a business man in this place. They joined the Presbyterian church by letter Jan. 15, 1869. In 1873 he was chosen ruling elder and served with great faithfulness until his removal to Decatur in 1893.

Mrs. Hayden, who had been in feeble health for some time died in Clinton May 30, 1889, and her remains were taken to the old home in Wisconsin.

Under the Harrison administration Mr. Hayden was appointed swamp land commissioner for Illinois.

October 4th, 1894, he was married to Miss Ella AYDELOTT, of Marshall, Ill. They secured very nice property in Decatur where they have lived happily until last Friday night when they were separated by his death.

For several years Mr. Hayden has suffered with his eyes. The sight was almost gone and he often expressed the wish that he could see his beloved wife who cared for him with uninterrupted devotion.

For some time back he had an affliction of the heart that at times alarmed his friends. It resulted in dropsy and developed very rapidly of late. On Wednesday of last week he sat in his chair most of the day and conversed freely with his friends. Thursday he kept his bed and Friday morning he became unconscious. He grew rapidly weaker until 10:15 p.m., when he quietly fell asleep. In 1894 he had transferred his membership to the Presbyterian church in Decatur, but a very strong attachment existed between him and his Clinton pastor, Dr. W. A. HUNTER, who was called to preach the funeral at the late home in Decatur, Monday at 2 p.m., assisted by Dr. PENHALLEGON and Rev. Mr. STEVENSON. The remains were taken to Shullsburg, Wis., to be placed by the rest of the family.

He was a quiet, unostentatious man. He was scrupulously clean in person; pure in heart and speech; strong in faith in God. He was kind to everybody and appeared to have almost perfect control of his temper. He was a lovely Christian man, who always aimed to honor his Savior. “He walked with God, and God took him.” We loved him living. We revere his memory. We aspire to be with him in that land,

“Upon whose blissful shore
There comes no sorrow, rests no stain;
Where those who meet shall part no more
And those long parted meet again.”

Francis Harrison HAYDEN 

December 9, 1881
Clinton Public

Died, in Clinton, Ill., December 1, 1881, of scarlet fever, Francis Harrison, son of Richard A. and Mary J. HAYDEN.  Frank was born at Wapella, June 24th, 1869, and only twelve summers has passed over his head.  He was unusually intelligent and manly for his years, affectionate and obedient to his parents, affable among his fellows and respectful to all; he was universally loved and will be greatly missed.   He was a regular attendant at Sunday school, and though so young, Divine truth had made a deep impression on his heart.  Realizing that he must die, he spoke freely and confidently of “going home,” and we trust the Savior he loved received his spirit.

Mrs. George W. HAYDEN 

May 31, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Martha S. HAYDEN, wife of George W. HAYDEN, died in this city last evening, aged sixty-nine years, ten months and twenty days. This afternoon the funeral services were held at her late residence, and her remains were taken to Shellsburg, Wisconsin, on the afternoon train, for interment. Mr. and Mrs. Hayden came to this city from Shellsburg about twenty years ago, and for a few years Mr. Hayden was engaged in the dry goods business. They were a quiet couple and were highly respected by their neighbors. Some months ago Mrs. Hayden was afflicted with blood poisoning, and from that time on her health failed, every day gradually growing worse. During her lifetime she was always doing good to others. Colonel Warner MILLER, now member of congress from Kansas City and lately National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, was taken by Mr. and Mrs. Hayden when he was a helpless child and by them reared and educated for the duties of life. Other homeless children can thank God that Mr. and Mrs. Hayden lived, for more than one man prominent in business today found in them a father and a mother. The sympathy of our citizens will go out to Mr. Hayden in his sad bereavement in the evening of his life.

William HAYES 

March 2, 1900
Clinton Register

Uncle Billy HAYES, an inmate at the DeWitt county poor farm, died Saturday at 5 o'clock p.m. of cancer, aged 71 years. The burial was Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock on the farm. His home was at Kenney before going to the poor farm ten years ago. He was well known in the west part of the county.


October 6, 1899
Clinton Register


Alvin HAYNIE, formerly of this city, died Oct. 2 at his home in Clinton, Mo., aged about 50. He came to Clinton from Winchester, Ill., in 1857 and lived here until about fifteen years ago. He was a brother of Mrs. J. A. EDMISTON, of this city.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William HAYNIE 

March 22, 1889
Clinton Public

Death of William Haynie.

On last Sunday afternoon William HAYNIE died at his home in this city, aged seventy-two years, seven months and ten days. His sickness was of brief duration, not more than a week, but from the first hour there was but little hopes of his recovery. Last spring he was elected tax collector for Clintonia township, and one week ago last Saturday, when busy closing up his books and preparing for a settlement with the county treasurer, he was taken sick in his office and had to be taken home, never more to appear in the streets of Clinton again.

William Haynie was born in Clark county, Kentucky, on the 5th of August, 1816, and at the age of fourteen years his father moved from Kentucky to Illinois and settled in Winchester, Scott county. On the 30th of September, 1841, he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet P. MEARS. Four children were born to them, all of whom are living with the exception of Edwin, the oldest son, who enlisted when but nineteen years of age in the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Infantry, and died from disease shortly after entering the service.

Mr. Haynie was a miller and engineer, and followed these callings in Winchester. In the spring of 1854 he began working for HALDEMAN & KERSEY, who owned a steam flouring mill in Winchester, and continued with that firm till August, 1855, when Mr. Haldeman came to Clinton and in partnership with Starkey POWELL built the DeWitt Mill, opposite the Illinois Central depot. It took about one year to build the mill and get it ready for operation. In April, 1857, Starkey Powell sold his interest in the mill to Thomas C. BERGEN, and in the same month Mr. Haynie came to Clinton and worked for the firm of Haldeman & Bergen. In 1858 William COLLYER came to Clinton and took charge of the motive machinery and Mr. Haynie then gave his whole attention to the milling department. In the spring of 1859 Mr. Haynie bought out Bergen's interest, and then the firm became Haldeman & Haynie, and continued so till the spring of 1874. When Mr. Haynie came to Clinton he owned a farm of 160 acres of unimproved land east of Maroa worth $2200 and about $800 in cash. This land he sold to Mr. Haldeman at the time he bought Bergen’s interest in the mill.

The firm of Haldeman & Haynie continued till 1874, and it was successful in money making. Besides his interest in the mill Mr. Haynie owned one-half of DeWitt Hall and the store room now occupied by FOSNAUGH & Co. and also an elegant home in the north part of town. He was also the financial partner in the drug firm of J. A. EDMISTON & Co., which occupied the Fosnaugh room. When Mr. Haynie sold out to Mr. Haldeman in the spring of 1874 he was worth not less than $15,000, besides his home, and did not owe a dollar on his own account, and had it not been for his anxiety to help his children he could have lived comfortably on the income and the declining years of his life would have been abundantly provided for.

In the year 1874 he bought a steam flouring mill in Farmer City, for which he paid $12,000, turning in his storeroom on the square as part of the purchase money. He went into business without owing a dollar on his Farmer City mill. The mill never proved a profitable investment. It was burned down in 1883 and he received only $2500 of the insurance money. Here was a clean loss of $8500, and at a time when Mr. Haynie was too old to again renew the battle of life. In August, 1883, he came back to Clinton and bought out Mr. Haldeman's interest in the DeWitt Mill, for which he paid $3100, all the money he had. In order to make some necessary improvements in the mill he had to mortgage the property. Not being successful in business he was not able to redeem the mill from the mortgage, and when it was finally sold a few months ago to the Illinois Central company he got less than $300 out of it. In fifteen years, dating from the time he sold out to Mr. Haldeman, the $15,000 in cash and property, besides his home, had gradually melted away till nothing was left. This, in brief, is a history of Mr. Haynie’s business career in Clinton and Farmer City.

Let us briefly look at the social side of his life. In his younger days Mr. Haynie became a Christian, and during the fifty years and over from the time of his conversion his life was a benediction in the community in which he lived. In 1850, in Winchester, he was ordained as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church, and within a few weeks after he made his home in Clinton he was honored with the same official relation in the Presbyterian Church here. The Rev. J. C. RUCKER says of him that he “was a careful bible student in all his vigorous days, and seldom did he ever know a layman of any church more familiar with theological questions, or more clear in perception of evangelical scripture truths.” During all the years of his residence he was an active worker in the advancement of religious and moral ideas, and it might be truly said of him that he was one of the pillars of the Presbyterian Church.

In city and school affairs he took an active interest. In 1862 he was elected the second mayor of the city after its incorporation, Captain James O'DONALD being the first mayor under the city charter. For several terms he was a member of the board of education. During the war he spared neither time nor money in looking after and providing for the families of men who enlisted in the service of their country. Indeed throughout the prosperous years of his life his open hand of charity was always extended to help the needy and distressed. In all of his business career he was the soul of honor, and no man can say that William Haynie ever did him a wrong. The same earnestness that he exhibited in religion he carried into the temperance work, and his influence was wholly enlisted in that direction.

He was buried last Tuesday in Woodlawn Cemetery, the services first being held in the Presbyterian Church. During the hour all the business houses in the city were closed as a mark of respect for the memory of a man who had faithfully served his day and generation.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


March 22, 1889
Clinton Register

William HAYNIE died Sunday evening at his home in this city, aged 78 years, 7 months and 12 days.  Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, of which deceased was a member, Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter. The burial was at Woodlawn cemetery.

Deceased was born in Clark county, Kentucky, Aug. 5, 1816. When 14 years old he came to Illinois and settled in Scott county, where he resided till 1857. At the age of 21 he joined the Presbyterian Church. Sept. 30, 1841, he was married to Miss Harriet MEARS, in Jacksonville.  In 1857 he, with his family, came to Clinton. In 1874 he moved to Farmer City, but returned to Clinton.

He was an elder of the church for several years, was a member of the board of education, and was the first mayor elected in Clinton.  He was the last of a family of nine children.  He was the father of four children, one of whom died in the army when 19 years old.  The other three, with their mother, survive him. Last spring he was elected collector of Clintonia township, and had just completed the duties of that office when he was summoned to his final rest.

HAYS (child) 

September 10, 1880
Clinton Public

Charles Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Truman HAYS, died last Sunday, aged 2 years.

Robert HAYS 

September 18, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

Robert HAYS died on last Sunday and was buried on Monday.

Mrs. Robert HAYS 

August 21, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

Mrs. HAYS, wife of Robert HAYS, died on Tuesday morning, disease dropsy.


July 1, 1904
Paper Unknown

Death of A Young Man.

Alva HAZLETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew HAZLETT, died Tuesday, at 1p.m., at his home four miles west of Wapella, of Dropsy, aged 15 years and 13 days. He had been afflicted several years, and had been confined to his bed about one month. Funeral services were held Wednesday, at 3p.m. in Rock Creek church, conducted by Rev. Amos CISCO. The pall bearers were schoolmates of the deceased. They were: Isom RIDDLE, Harry SCOTT, Earl CRUM, Fred WILLIS, Charlie ARTHINGTON, Clarence ARTHINGTON. Burial in Rock Creek Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

George W. HEALD 

February 14, 1896
Clinton Public

Without a Moment's Warning, Geo. W. Heald, Fireman, is Killed.

While engine 464 was taking coal at Pana, Monday night, Fireman Geo. W. HEALD, of Clinton, was crushed to death between the coal shute and the cab of the engine. The engine had backed up to the shute and the slack of the train was so heavy that the engine was suddenly jerked against the shute while Mr. Heald stood on the tender, killing him instantly. This is an uncommon way of catching trainmen, but accidents of this kind have occurred before.

A coroner's jury was called and held an inquest over the body Tuesday, a verdict of accidental death being rendered. Mrs. W. G. HARRIS accompanied the bereaved wife of Mr. Heald to Pana.

Mr.Heald came to Clinton from Ionia, Mich., in August last, securing work as a fireman on the I. C. railroad holding his position since that time. He was an employee of the D. L. & M. for three years, and was married to his afflicted relict about two years ago. He leaves a wife, father, brother and sister.

Remains were taken for interment to Ionia, Mich., on the Diamond Special Wednesday. Fireman A. KENNEDY accompanied Mrs. G. W. Heald to Michigan, where the interment of the body of her deceased husband took place. Mr. Heald was a young man of many noble qualities, boisterous and rowdyish conduct being foreign to him.

John F. HEATH 

July 3, 1862
Clinton Public

DIED.—At Pocahontas, Ark., June 22nd of Chronic Diarrhea, John F. HEATH, orderly Sergeant of Camp. G, 5th Illinois Cavalry.

Another patriot is gone! Death has struck a blow near our heart. In the death of Mr. Heath we have lost a valued friend, the country a brave warrior and his company an efficient officer. A host of warm friends mourn his untimely end. To his relatives, and especially to one who was bound to him by the most sacred and delicate of earthly ties—ties nearly akin to heavenly—we offer our deepest, heart felt sympathy and condolence. While "tis hard to part from those we love," it is gratifying to know that they die perfectly resigned to the will of God—with the lively assurance that His benign smile lights " the valley and shadow of death," as was the case with Mr. Heath. This sorrow comes upon us with crushing power—but we shall meet again, and—"In heaven above, where all is love, there'll be no more sorrow there."

Mrs. Charles HECTOR 

December 18, 1903
Clinton Register

Mrs. Maria Ellen HECTOR received a fall Friday morning [Dec. 11] and suffered much pain till death came to her relief Friday evening. She had been in very feeble health for a long time. She was aged 85 years and was at the home of her son, Charles HECTOR, east of town, with whom she had made her home a number of years. Her maiden name was WHITT and she was born in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22, 1818. She was the widow of Charles HECTOR and the mother of seven children, all living, but only two here, Charles HECTOR, Jr., and Alonzo HECTOR, both of whom were at the funeral. She joined the M. E. church 60 years ago and remained a member till death. Burial in Rock Creek cemetery Saturday; on account of the inclement weather the funeral was postponed indefinitely.


June 7, 1889
Clinton Public

Lydia HEDIGER, aged sixteen years and five months, died this morning of dropsy of the heart. Two years ago she gave evidence of the first symptoms of the disease, and her physician recommended her parents to take her out of school. For the past six months her health failed. She was the daughter of Mr. G. HEDIGER, an engineer on the Illinois Central road. The funeral services will be held next Sunday afternoon, at two o’clock.

HEIKES (child) 

June 9, 1899
Clinton Public

Young Son Dies.

The two-year-old son of William HEIKES, who had been suffering with spinal meningitis since last Friday, died Wednesday evening at 5 o’clock. Funeral was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the residence, Rev. E. A. GILLILAND officiating.


July 13, 1894
Clinton Public

Found Lying on Her Back in Kickapoo Creek near Waynesville.

At Waynesville last Monday afternoon, Scott Eskew and Mart Fisher, while on their way to a deep hole in the creek to bathe, noticed a lady's bonnet on the creek bank, and on looking around, saw the body of a woman lying upon her back in the shallow water. They immediately ran about a half mile to the nearest house, and told their discovery to the men threshing at Walker Atchinson's. Messrs. Starkey, Hollibaugh, Gelsthorpe and some boys rapidly made their way to the place and found the body of Mrs. C. F. HEISERMAN drowned in the creek west of town, near the railroad bridge. As the drowning occurred on or near the Logan County line, the coroner of that county was telegraphed for. The news of the find was carried to town and several men and women, with the stricken husband, hurried to the scene.

The body was taken from the water and carried home to town in a wagon. The coroner having not arrived from Lincoln, and the uncertainty of the line, caused 'Squire Hunt to impanel a jury of six men, W. C. Whiteman, foreman, and Messrs. Strange, Gelsthorpe, Hammitt, Winebriner and Wiley Marvel, and an inquest was held. Scott Eskew and Mart Fisher, who first discovered the body, testified as to the finding and Dr. Starkey, after an examination, gave his opinion that death came by strangulation caused by drowning. The husband of the deceased testified that the deceased had been in bad health for the last fifteen years, was badly crippled in the right leg and arm and was at times temporarily deranged. She seemed better at breakfast and told his daughter to have her mother go visiting. He went to work at his blacksmith shop immediately, and when at home at noon asked for his wife, and his daughter Pearl told him that his wife had left about eight o'clock to spend the day with a neighbor, Mrs. King. Mrs. King testified that the dead woman had not been at her house that day but had passed there about nine or ten o'clock. The jury, after a few minutes deliberation, rendered a verdict that Mrs. Heiserman came to death by drowning in the creek while temporarily insane.

Mrs. Heiserman was of German extraction and was about forty years of age. She had been crippled and in ill health for about twenty years. She leaves a husband, C. F. HEISERMAN, and four children, two boys, Clarence and Leonard, and two girls, Pearl and Letta. The coroner of Logan County, after being telegraphed not to come, arrived here about 11 P.M. and held another inquest which found the same verdict as the one held by 'Squire Hunt.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

HELLER (infant) 

January 1, 1897
Clinton Public

A Little Babe Dies.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. HELLER's four months' old son was found dead in bed at their home in Weldon Christmas morning. When the mother got up at 7 o'clock in the morning she left the child asleep. Two hours later, after the mother had attended to her household duties, she returned and found the child cold in death. It is supposed the babe died in a spasm. The Hellers are strangers in Weldon, having recently moved there from McLean county.


November 9, 1906
Clinton Register


Monday morning at the home of his son, G. W. HELMICK, in Farmer City, occurred the death of Elihu HELMICK, after a long and protracted illness. He had been confined in a hospital and was brought home about two weeks ago.

Mr. Helmick was born in Pendleton county, West Virginia, March 26, 1822, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam HELMICK.  In 1846, deceased in company with his brother, Nathaniel, and his family, came west by wagon to central Illinois, settling in DeWitt county. After living in this county as a renter for a short time and having saved $250, together with his brother he purchased a farm in Rutledge township, which he owned at his death. After many years of toil and hard work he became the possessor of about 900 acres of fine farm land in central Illinois. He was married to Miss Mary TRIMBLE in 1847 and to this union were born seven children, four of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Elizabeth BLAND, Simeon Clark, Geroge W., and Charles A. Mrs. HELMICK died about two years ago. Deceased was a member of the M. E. Church.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the M. P. church, conducted by Rev. F. J. Bayliss, assisted by the pastor, Rev. E. Lee Anna Starr. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Elihu HELMICK 

February 24, 1905
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary HELMICK died Monday at her home in Farmer City, aged 82.  She was married Mar. 25, 1846, to Elihu HELMICK in Clinton, who survives her.  They lived in Rutledge township until ten years ago when they moved to Farmer City.  She is survived by four children, 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.


March 30, 1928
Paper Unknown


George HENDERSON, 31, a tenant on the James WATSON farm in the Prairie Center neighborhood east of Clinton, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon about 2 o'clock following a heart attack. Mr. HENDERSON had been in usual good health up to Wednesday morning and then he only complained of not feeling well. He laid off from work however and called the physician who prescribed medicine. About 1 o'clock he told his wife that he was hungry and wanted something to eat. She went to prepare his dinner and while doing so Mr. HENDERSON suffered an attack with his heart and died before a physician could be summoned. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and 15-months old baby daughter, his mother, Mrs. Jack DAY of Heyworth, one brother Homer HENDERSON of Heyworth. He leaves two half brothers, James and Charles DAY of Heyworth, and four half sisters, Mrs. Alice SHEPARD, of Heyworth: Mrs. Edith McCLOUGH of Chicago; Misses Florence and Rose DAY of Heyworth.

Submitted by Unknown


November 18, 1910
Clinton Register


Last Sunday morning, John HENDERSON, one of Kenney's honored Citizens passed away after being sick only a few days. All of his children were present when the end came except a son Wesley, who lives in Imperial, California. John Wesley HENDERSON was born in Christian county, Kentucky, in 1824. There he was reared until he became of age when he came to this state. He came to Dewitt county and has ever since lived in the vicinity of Kenney. On coming here he hired out to Samuel McCLIMANS at $14 per month and remained in the employ of the gentleman for two years. Like Abraham Lincoln he found employment in splitting rails. He was not afraid of hard work and readily joined the early pioneers of his time to improve this part of the state and make it what it is. He saw the building of both of our railroads and hauled ties and otherwise helped in their construction. By the dint of his thrift and tireless energy, although starting in poor, he came to own about 800 acres of the rich virgin soil of the Illinois prairies. Besides his efforts here in Illinois, Mr. HENDERSON made some investigation of the land in Kansas and at one time owned near 500 acres in Douglas county of that state.

On March 10, 1853 he was united in marriage to Laru [Laura] A. BEAM, who became his constant companion and (? paper damaged) until she was called to her reward on Oct. 7, 1867. There came to bless this union seven children; one of which having died in infancy, the other six still surviving as follows: Mrs. Lizzie BROTHERS, Mrs. Mary JONES, Mrs. Rachel SINCRAUGH, Leroy, George and Wesley HENDERSON. In January of 1872, 5 years after his first wife had died, he was again united in marriage with Mrs. Mary A. WALKER, to which union was born two children, Mrs. Bertha WAMPLER and Fred HENDERSON. For 34 years Mr. HENDERSON and his second wife bore the burden of life's battles together until March 10, 1906, when he was again left alone, his wife on that day having preceded him to rest. Again on March 19, 1910, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth GARRISON of Decatur, Illinois, who stood by his side until the last.

He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason by the Dewitt Lodge No. 84, of Clinton, Ill. When the Masons organized their present lodge at Kenney on May 7, 1892, Mr. HENDERSON, who was one of the charter members, was honored by having the lodge named after him. He held the office of treasurer continuously from the time of the institution of the lodge until his death. Politically he was a democrat, but not a partisan. While never being an active church worker, yet he acknowledged having faith in his maker before his death.

The funeral was in charge of Rev. Howard ADAIR of the Kenney Methodist church. Messrs. Loyd CANTRELL and Carl FORT, Miss Lady SPILMAN and Mrs. Newton MEADOWS constituted the quartette that furnished the music. The services at the grave were in charge of Kenney Lodge of F. & A.M.

Submitted by Unknown


March 16, 1906
Paper Unknown


Mrs. John HENDERSON died suddenly at her home near Hallsville Saturday. She had been sick, but was better and was sitting up when she became worse and died in a few minutes. She was born in Kentucky December 4, 1834 and came to this county when young. She was married to John HENDERSON Sep. 15, 1869 and came to Kenney where her husband had lived on a farm since the fall of 1850. Twenty years ago they moved on a farm south of Hallsville. Besides her husband she is survived by two children, Mrs. Bertha WAMPLER and Fred of Kenney; also the following step-children, born to her husband by a previous marriage: Mrs. Fred SINCRAUGH and George of Kenney, John W. of California, two daughters and a son in Nebraska. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 11 o'clock, and burial was in Tunbridge cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


January 11, 1901
Clinton Register

Maggie, aged 18, daughter of John HENDERSON, near Kenney, died of consumption Sunday. Interment at Old Union cemetery.


April 21, 1893
Clinton Public

Moses Sylvester Hendrick.

What better legacy can a man leave wife and children than a spotless name?  For over forty-three years M. S. HENDRICK lived within two miles of Clinton and in all those long years he lived a life above reproach and the county and his neighborhood were made the better because he was in it.  He came from Champaign County, Ohio, in the fall of 1850 and bought the farm near this city on which he resided during his life.  There was no better farmer in the county, and today the two hundred acres or more in his home place would sell readily at $100 an acre.  Every part of his farm was as carefully cultivated as if it were a garden, and as a result he was always sure of good crops.  Even the highways around his farm he kept clean from grass and weeds.  In his daily life in his home and among his neighbors he was always the same even-tempered, kindly man.  What he found to do, he did it well and with all his might.  He was always ready to help the needy, and his voice and influence were ever on the side of good morals and law and order.   In politics he was an earnest and loyal Republican, and in his religious convictions he was inclined to the doctrines of the Methodist Church, though he did not join church till near the close of his life.  He was the father of five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living to cheer and comfort their mother through the weary journey that will at last reunite her with the husband of her youth.  Mr. Hendrick had passed the allotted years of threescore and ten.  For some months he had been an invalid and confined to his home.  His death was peaceful, and he passed from this world happy in the conviction that he would enter upon a blessed immortality in the world beyond.

Mrs. Moses HENDRICK 

February 29, 1884
Clinton Public

Another Mother in Israel Gone.

Died, at the residence of her son, M. S. HENDRICK, on Tuesday, February 26th, Mrs. Lucy HENDRICK, at the advanced age of nearly ninety years. Mrs. Hendrick was born in the State of Vermont, where she was converted and joined the Baptist Church of the vicinity in which she lived. Her convictions were strong and lasting; her love to the Savior and his cause was fervent. As she neared the close of her long and eventful life, she became anxious to be relieved of the burdens and cares of this life and go home to her mansion in the skies. Though the day was cold and blustering, quite a number of the neighbors attended her funeral. She lies buried in Woodlawn cemetery near the grave of her husband, who died in 1861. By request, Elder D. MacARTHUR officiated at the funeral.


September 27, 1905
Decatur Review

Body Was Taken to Clinton at Noon for Burial.

Mrs. Theodore HENDRICKS of Clinton died at 5:50 Wednesday morning at St. Mary's hospital. She had been ill for a good while and a week ago Tuesday she was brought to the hospital to have an operation performed. The operation was performed the next day, but she was so weak that recovery was impossible.

Mrs. Hendricks' maiden name was Nancy B. McABOY. She was born in Creek township, DeWitt county, in 1861, and was married to Theodore HENDRICKS on Dec. 18, 1879. She is survived by her husband and four grown children, John, Bert M., Margaret and Roy HENDRICKS, all of Clinton. She also leaves a father, Thomas McABOY, one brother, T. T. McABOY, and two sisters, Mrs. T. E. MEANS and Mrs. Stephen BLANCHARD, all of Baxter Springs, Kan. She was a member of the U. B. church until three years ago, when the family moved to Clinton and she joined the Methodist church.

The body was taken to Dawson's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and was taken to Clinton at noon. The time of the funeral will probably depend on the arrival of the relatives from Kansas.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


April 7, 1905
Clinton Register

Was For Many Years a Prominent Farmer of Creek Township—
Moved to Maroa Eleven Years Ago.

Death has called another good citizen to his immortal rest. John M. HENDRIX, well and widely known by the people of Maroa and the large neighborhood of Friends Creek and Shiloh in Creek township, passed away at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning at his Maroa home. Mr. Hendrix had resided in Maroa eleven years, yet actively superintending his farm interests in Creek township. For the past few months he had been suffering from kidney trouble with complications affecting the heart, from which he suffered much, gradually sinking the last few days into unconsciousness in which there were rational intervals where he expressed his perfect preparedness to go if it was God’s will that he should be called hence.

Mr. Hendrix was, in his day, a strenuous worker carving out his fortune, beside the other old settlers, with his own hands. An immense circle to whom in many ways he had shown his goodness of heart, will mourn his death.

He was born 76 years, 1 month and 28 days since in Tennessee. When a young man he married Miss Mary D. BLACK, of Madison county, Tenn., who survives him in sad loneliness. To their marriage were born the following sons and daughters who, providentially, are permitted to be present at the funeral: Wm. HENDRIX, Lane; John W., of Milmine; Jas. M., of Cisco; Theo., of Clinton; Mrs. S. A. NELSON and Mrs. Celia M. EAST, of Clay Center, Neb.; Mrs. Minerva CRAMER and Mrs. Emma HARDIN, of Clinton; Edward and Miss Nellie, of Maroa; one child died in infancy. There are 35 grand and 10 great grandchildren. Three of the original family were born in Tennessee, five in White Co., Ark., and three in Illinois.

Mr. Hendrix was the oldest Odd Fellow in Maroa lodge and for 52 years has been a member of this fraternity. He was naturally of a religious temperament, becoming early in life a convert to the M. E. church, but on coming to Illinois united with the old Cumberland Presbyterian church, of Friends Creek, and later when Shiloh church was built so near his farm he felt it his duty to place his name on its rolls, that his family should grow up in the proper religious nurture. He was for years superintendent of Sunday school and contributed actively to the other functions of the church.

Every man’s life has its example and we take pleasure in chronicling the laudable example of John Hendrix. He began life without money or other aid than his strong hands. With these and the aid of his devoted wife he toiled, first renting land in Macon county where he came in 1865 at the close of the war, and afterwards buying near Shiloh church in Creek township, until he owned a farm of 400 acres, well stocked and improved. His great lesson to all his sons and daughters, who are thrifty and successful, is that their greatest and best inheritance is industry and economy. He was public spirited; was a life long Democrat and was supervisor of Creek township a number of terms, and gave freely to all church aids in the old neighborhood; for they were all his friends who will read with sadness of his demise.

The Odd Fellows will have charge of the funeral ceremonies which occur from the Maroa home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial in Maroa cemetery. His last words were a farewell that every devoted life in the dark hour ought to know: "If it is God's will, I am ready to go."


January 11, 1889
Clinton Public

Miss Faith HENION, aged eight years, who was in Clinton in the latter part of December with her parents visiting her uncle, Mr. G. B. HENION, died at her home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on last Wednesday, of malignant scarlet fever. Mr. and Mrs. Henion feel deeply the death of their little niece, for when she was here her bright childish manners warmed all hearts to her.

Henry HENKE 

February 1932
Paper Unknown

Henry Henke Expires At Home Near Wapella.

Henry HENKE died at his home, west of Wapella, last night at 8:15 o'clock from complications.  He had been ill for some time.

He was born, June 24, 1862, at Highland, Ill., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henke, came to this country from Germany.  He was married to Nancy VINSON, 22 years ago, who with one son survives.  The son is Chester L. HENKE of Oklahoma City, Okla.  He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Albert Schoffner of Highland, Ill.

He came to this county about 35 or 40 years ago where he took up farming and stock raising.  He was retired at the time of his death.  Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church in Waynesville with Rev. H. S. Mavity officiating.  Burial will be made in Evergreen cemetery there.

The body was taken to Pullen’s chapel and prepared for burial.

Note: Henry died February 5, 1932.

Submitted by Ruth Mather

Mrs. Henry HENKE 

April 6, 1949
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Waynesville Woman found Dead in Bed.

Mrs. Nancy HENKE, 84, was found dead in bed at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home here by a daughter, Mrs. Edith CISCO.

Mrs. Henke had reportedly been in good health and was seen placing a milk bottle on her porch at 6 a.m. Tuesday.  Dr. T. E. Marvel, called to examine the body, reported death was caused by heart ailment.

Mrs. Cisco found the body of her mother when she went to the home to visit.  When her mother failed to answer her knock, she broke through the screen door and entered the house.

The body was taken to the Pullen and Boos Funeral chapel at Clinton.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Coroner John Harrington has not made a report on an inquiry into the death.

Mrs. Henke was born May 20, 1864, in Logan county, a daughter of Michael and Louisa Marie LESSLER.  She was first married to Walter SKELLY and then to Frank VINSON in 1894.  She was later married to Henry HENKE Nov. 28, 1908.

Surviving are the following children: John Skelly, Rosamond; Willam and Walter Vinson, both of Clinton; Mrs. Cora Sprague, Decatur; Mrs. Cisco, Waynesville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Hattie Shaffer, of California; two stepsons, John Vinson, Mt. Vernon, and Chester Henke, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 19 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

She was a member of the Christian church.

Note: Nancy's maiden name was LEFFLER, not LESSLER.


January 4, 1916, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Aged Man Had Lived Retired Life in Clinton for the Last Twenty Years.
Funeral Thursday A. M.

Thomas HENNEBERRY, seventy-nine, died this morning at 8:45 o'clock at his home, 421 North Grant avenue. Death followed an illness dating back to the middle of August. Complications set in developing into enlargement of the spleen and dropsy.

Born in Ireland.

Mr. Henneberry was born in Ireland, Sept. 16, 1836. He came to America when he was twenty-seven years old, coming directly to Illinois. He worked near Wapella for a couple of years and then moved on to a farm near Kenney where he lived for eleven years. Then he moved to a farm in Harp township and was there for a good many years. This farm is now occupied by his son, John.

Mr. Henneberry and his good wife retired from the farm about twenty years ago and moved to Clinton. His wife, who was Mary KEATING, died in 1903.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. P. J. GAHERTY, of Storm Lake, Ia.; John, of Harp township; Mary and Thomas, at home. Two children died in infancy. Mrs. Gaherty will arrive Wednesday morning for the funeral.

Two brothers also survive. They are John, of Niantic, and Phillip, of Bement.

Funeral Thursday.

The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick’s church in Wapella, Father Hayden, officiating. Burial will be in the Wapella cemetery.


January 6, 1916, Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

Thomas Henneberry Funeral.

The funeral of Thomas HENNEBERRY who passed away at his home 421 North Grant avenue, Tuesday morning, was held from St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Wapella this morning at 10 o'clock, with Rev. Father Hayden in charge. Burial was made in the Wapella cemetery. There was a large number from Clinton attended the funeral among them being Con Ducy, Mrs. Joseph Ball, Mrs. Nellie Kelley and Mrs. Daniel Sullivan.


June 12, 1903
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary HENNEBERRY, wife of Thos. HENNEBERRY, died Sunday morning at her home on North Grant avenue after an illness of over four months, aged 71. Mary KEATING was born in Ireland in 1832 and her parents came to Illinois when she was 21 years old. In 1865 she was married to Thomas Henneberry who survives her. Six children were born to them, four of whom are living, all in this county. They are John and Thomas, Mrs. Garrity and Miss Anna, the latter living with her parents. Since their marriage they had lived in this county, most of the time northeast of Clinton. They moved to Clinton about seven years ago to enjoy their declining years free from the care of the farm. She was a devoted wife and a faithful Christian. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday morning by Father Dooling and the burial was in the Catholic cemetery in Wapella township.


February 24, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mollie E. HENRY, of Tunbridge township, died Saturday morning at half past five o’clock, of consumption, after a lingering illness of four years, aged 45 years, 11 months and 22 days. She was born in Kentucky and moved to Illinois at the age of 12 years and resided in this state till her death.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

HENSON (infant) 

December 1, 1899
Clinton Register


Saturday night the 2-weeks-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Wid HENSON, two miles northeast of Clinton, died after a brief illness. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Albert HENSON 

September 29, 1899
Clinton Register

Brakeman Henson Killed in a Wreck Near Olney—
Was Formerly a Resident of Clinton.

Albert HENSON, who lived in Clinton until a few years ago, was killed in a freight wreck near Olney, Ill., Saturday afternoon. He had been a railroader ten or twelve years and had worked on different roads commencing on the Illinois. He was about 35 years old and married. His wife and daughter survive him and live in Mattoon, which had been the home of Mr. Henson since leaving Decatur.

Deceased's mother and brothers living, Thomas, Fred and Ed, and two sisters, Edna and Linnie, most of them being in this county.

Funeral services were held in Decatur Monday, several going from this county.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Charles H. HENSON 

April 16, 1909
Clinton Register

Three Score and Two.

Charles H. HENSON, son of John and Rebecca HENSON, was born in Wilson township January 26, 1847, and died April 11, at LeRoy, Ill., aged 62 years.

Deceased was married to Miss Elizabeth MILLER in 1873. To them were born five children of whom Charles and Benjamin died when young; Frank, James and Roy survive him. His wife died several years ago, and he was married to Miss Nancy ARTHUR in 1897. To them eight children were born, of whom five are living. He is also survived by three brothers and seven sisters, as follows: Mes. P. M. DAY and Jerry DAVENPORT, of Weldon; Mrs. J. H. STONE and Mrs. H. EDWARDS, of Lane; Mrs. Ed GARDNER, of Saline, Ill.; Mrs. Nancy WALDEN, of Wapella; Mrs. MAY, of Kansas; John, of Iowa; Edward of Nebraska; and Joseph, of Oklahoma.

He united with the Christian church thirty-four years ago, and so lived that he told his friends that he was willing to die. He had lived in this county all his life, most of the time in Creek township, except two years in Missouri. He was taken sick at Lane, became better and moved to LeRoy.

Funeral services were held in the New church in Lane, conducted by Rev. T. H. Miller Tuesday. Burial was in Rose cemetery.

Edward W. HENSON 

March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Edward W. HENSON died at his home in Kenney, on last Monday, of consumption. His remains were brought to this city and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.


March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, on Monday, March 2d, 1885, of consumption, Mr. Edward HENSON, aged 42 years.

Henry Clay HENSON 

January 10, 1908
Clinton Register


Alderman Henry C. HENSON died at St. Mary's hospital in Decatur at 2 p.m. Wednesday of anemia from which he suffered for years. Last November he went to Oklahoma hoping that the climate there would benefit him, but instead grew worse and returned home only to still grow weaker until his family becoming alarmed he was taken to the hospital.

Henry Clay HENSON was born in Tunbridge township January 4, 1847, Dewitt county always being his home. His parents were pioneers in the settlement of the county. In 1865, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Fifty-eighth Illinois Infantry and remained until the close of the war. In 1867 he was married to Miss Mary WILLEY who with four of the five children born to them survives him. The children are W. O. , Clinton; Mrs. Grace RIGG, Jacksonville; Harry C., Clinton; Ralph H., Hobart, Oklahoma; and Minnie who died when but a child. An aged mother, Mrs. Martha HENSON, is left to mourn her son. Five brothers and two sisters also survive him. They are: Mrs. Elizabeth McCOID and Mrs. Victoria McCOID, Samuel T., William L.,and Thomas J., his twin brother, who is dangerously sick at the same hospital in which Mr. HENSON died. The mother, brothers and sisters are all residents of Clinton.

Mr. HENSON has held many places of trust and responsibility. He served one term as sheriff from 1886 to 1890, was city marshal from 1872 to 1878, filled two terms as superintendent of the poor farm, served 10 years as alderman, previous to his election from the third ward and held a directorship in the Weldon Springs Chautuaqua Association from its beginning.

In politics Mr. HENSON was a Republican and always took an active part in the councils and work of his party. He was a cousin of Senator HENSON of Decatur.

He was an active member of no less than four fraternal orders, holding many important offices. The orders of which he was connected are Dewitt Lodge No. 84, A. F. and A. M.; Plantagenet Lodge No. 25, K. of P.; Frank Lowry Post No. 157, G. A. R. and the Modern Woodmen. It has always been his request that the Post and City Council have charge of the funeral services.

Mr. HENSON was united with the Christian church at Hallsville over 20 years ago under teachings of Rev. T. T. HOLTON.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Christian church conducted by Rev. J. W. REYNOLDS. The G. A. R Post will have charge of the remains. Interment will be made in Woodlawn.

(See obituary of Thomas J. Henson)


February 22, 1878
Clinton Public

Forty years ago John HENSON came from his Kentucky home with his motherless children and bought land adjoining what is now Kenney. He there married Martha J. FRUIT, and for nearly twenty years they lived on the farm and raised a large family of children. Twenty-three years ago they moved to Clinton where Mr. Henson carried on the business of butchering and farming. During his life he dwelt in peace with his fellow man and in all his business transactions he was straightforward. John Henson was a good citizen because the moral convictions of his life led him to do right. About two years ago the old man became a member of the M. E. Church in this city. In the simplicity of his heart he had full confidence in the promises of the bible, and he rejoiced in the knowledge that God was his helper. He leaves a widow and seven children to profit by the example of his life.


February 18, 1887
Clinton Public

John D. HENSON died at his home, near Lane Station, on last Sunday, and on Monday he was buried in the Walters' cemetery, in Wilson township. Mr. Henson had for years been a sufferer from cancer of the face. He was born in Kentucky in the year 1808, and with his mother moved to Ohio in 1817. His father died when John was only four years old. In the year 1828 he was married to Rebecca MATTHEWS, and as the result of this union twelve children were born, eleven of whom are still living. His wife died fifteen years ago. Mr. Henson came to Illinois in the fall of 1835 and settled in Randolph's Grove, and four years later he moved into what is now known as Wilson township, in this county. A few years ago he sold his farm in Wilson and bought land near Lane station, where he ended his days. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, having united with the denomination in 1836. In politics he was a hardshell Democrat, his first vote being cast for Andrew Jackson and he kept steadily in the faith, for his last Presidential vote was given to Mr. Cleveland.

Thomas J. HENSON 

February 14, 1908
Clinton Register


Yesterday evening at about 3:30 Thos J. HENSON died at his home in the west part of the city, of anemia, the same disease with which his twin brother, H. C. HENSON, died in a Decatur hospital about a month ago. At that time they were both in the hospital, and Thomas had been improving until a few days ago.

Deceased was born in Tunbridge township January 4, 1847, and had always lived in this county. His parents, John and Martha HENSON moved from Kentucky to this county in 1837 and lived in Tunbridge township until 1855 when they moved to Clinton. In 1861 he and his twin brother enlisted and served through the Civil war.

December 8, 1867 he was married to Mary J. BARNETT [BENNETT], who died March 11, 1904. December 20, 1906, he was married to Mrs. Leona KIRK, who survives him. He is also survived by four children, Frank, of Hooker, Oklahoma; Mrs. Bertha DAY, Arthur and Herbert, of Clinton. He was a member of the Christian church, the K. P. 's, the Masons and G. A. R.

Funeral services will be held in the Christian church Saturday at 2:30. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas J. HENSON 

March 11, 1904
Clinton Register

Wife of a Prominent Farmer Passes Away at her Home Near Clinton—
Funeral Today.

After a short illness Mrs. Thomas BENSON [HENSON] died Wednesday night about 9 o'clock at her home one mile southeast of Clinton, aged 57 years, 6 months and 23 days.

Mary J. BENNETT was born in DeWitt county and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Campbell BENNETT, who for several years lived in Texas township. She was married to Thomas J. HENSON nearly forty years ago and they had since lived in DeWitt county, most of the time in Creek township, moving on the farm they bought near Clinton about two years ago. Besides the husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Orvil DAY, and three sons, Frank, Bert and Elmer, all living in this county. She was a sister of Mrs. John PENNINGTON, who died last month. She was a member of the Christian church. Funeral was held in the Christian church today at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland. Burial in Woodlawn.


May 26, 1899
Clinton Public

John Herman is Thrown Under a Load of Wood and Killed.
Remains May Be Taken to Woodford County for Interment.

John HERMAN, son-in-law of George MOORE, was hauling a cord of posts down a hill on Milo Jordan’s farm about four miles west of Clinton, last Tuesday, when the team became unmanageable.  He tried to guide the horses, but he was thrown from the load and fell under the wheels, the load of wood passing over his abdomen.  When a companion, who was hauling another load ahead of Mr. Herman reached the unfortunate man, life was extinct.  He was aged about 32 years and leaves a wife and one child.

Deputy Coroner R. S. Emery impaneled the following jury to pass upon the sudden death of John Herman: J. A. Curl, G. M. Martin, W. Cobb, Clark Martin, J. R. Chamberlain and Uriah Waldron.

Milo Jordan—Am 53 years old; a farmer; first saw Shepherd come down the hill; saw John Herman come down afterwards; saw horses turn to right; did not see him fall from wagon; came up as soon as I could get there; found him lying on his back and looked like the wagon had run over him; could discover little life in him.

Phoebe Jordan—Aged 47 years; farmer’s wife; residence Barnett township; was standing at window watching men come down hill; Mr. Shepherd was first; he got down hill all right; Herman started as soon as Shepard got down; he was sitting on front of wagon, and as the wheels fell in ditch he fell off and hind wheel of wagon ran across his stomach; saw him turn over after wagon had passed.

Cloe Jordan—Age 17 years; residence Barnett township; farmer’s daughter; saw Wm. Shepard come down hill; heard him holloa to Herman; did not know what he said; team was coming down hill very fast, and Herman was trying to hold them; saw him fall off wagon on the right hand side; thought the right hind wheel ran over him; then went to where he was and found him lying on his back; he seemed dead when I arrived; accident occurred at 10:25 a.m.

Thomas Jordan—Age 19 years; occupation farmer; residence Barnett township; saw Shepard first drive down the hill, then Herman started; when half down the horses turned to right; did not see him fall off wagon; came up in about ten minutes and found him lying on his back, with head up the ravine or ditch; he was dead when I got to him; looked like wagon had run across his body.

Charles Shepard—Age 37; farmer; residence Clintonia township; was down to Waldron’s after wood; started home and got over into Jordan’s pasture; was in the lead, and when we got to the hill remarked to Herman to wait till I got down and I would come up and help him down; when I got part of the way down he started down after me and his team got the advantage of him and went off to one side, when he fell off and both wheels ran over him.

The following verdict was rendered: “Deceased came to his death by being thrown off of a wagon, the same passing over his body.”

The father and brother of the late John Herman arrived in Clinton on Tuesday night and took the body of deceased to Woodford county, Ill., where it was buried in the family lot.

George W. HERRICK 

July 22, 1904
Clinton Register

Lived About Three Hours After the Accident—
Automobile Was Run by a Nephew of Deceased.

Yesterday morning the news that George W. HERRICK, one of the ablest attorneys of DeWitt county, had been killed in a runaway caused by an automobile, was received at Clinton.  It is seldom that a death causes a keener feeling of sorrow.  He was well known here, and is the father of Judge L. R. HERRICK.

About 8 o'clock Wednesday evening he was driving on a street in Farmer City, his home, and met an automobile, in which was his nephew, C. E. HUDDLESON, a druggist.   The horse ran away and Mr. Herrick was thrown against the sidewalk.  When lifted up he was unconscious and was taken to his home.  Farmer City doctors, also one from Bloomington, were summoned, and pronounced the injury fatal, the skull being badly fractured.  He did not regain consciousness and died at 11:30, less than four hours after the accident.

George W. Herrick was born in DeKalb county, Ind., Oct. 6, 1841, and was the youngest of nine children born to Lott and Lola Herrick, the father being a soldier in the war of 1812.  He was reared upon the farm and received his early education in the common schools of his native county and therein was prepared for entrance to the Vienna Academy at Newville, Ind.  He remained there until 1861.  In the fall of that year he entered the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and remained there through the term.  War breaking out, he put aside his books and in May, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Fifty-fifth regiment, Indiana volunteers.  The command was ordered to Kentucky and in August of the same year Mr. Herrick was taken prisoner at the battle of Richmond; a few days later he was paroled and discharged.  He resumed his studies and in the fall of 1863 again entered the University of Ann Arbor and graduated from the law department in the spring of 1864.  In August of the same year he went to Princeton, Mo., and opened a law office.  In January and February, 1865, he recruited a company of men for the war, which was known as Company D, Fifty-first regiment, Missouri volunteers.  He was elected captain and duly commissioned by the governor.  The regiment did duty in Southwest Missouri until the close of the war.  In 1870 Captain Herrick opened a law office in Farmer City, and there he continued until his death.  Of late years he has been in the firm of Herrick & Herrick, the junior member of the firm being his son, Judge L. R. Herrick.

May 28, 1870, he was united in Marriage to Miss Dora O. KNIGHT, a native of DeWitt county, and daughter of Robert KNIGHT.  By this marriage there were seven children, four sons and three daughters.  Their names in order of their birth are: Lot R., Blanche, Dwight, Lyle, Hope, Will and Wayne.  Blanche died about a year ago.

He was a member of the Masonic order for many years and the lodge of Farmer City with the Clinton commandery, No. 66, K. T., will have charge of the funeral services tomorrow at 2 o'clock.

Mr. Herrick was among the most able lawyers in DeWitt county, and had been very successful in his profession.  His practice was not confined to this county, but he had a large practice in Piatt and McLean counties.  No firm in DeWitt county had a larger practice than Herrick & Herrick, and no firm was more successful in its practice.


July 29, 1904
Clinton Register


Nearly one hundred from Clinton attended the funeral of G. W. HERRICK, which was held Saturday at 2 o'clock in the east part of Farmer City, at his late residence.   The number present was estimated to be about one thousand.  Services were conducted by Rev. R. H. Shuett, assisted by Revs. J. H. Gunn and R. E. Fox.  Singing was by Messrs. George Kincaid and Walter Robinson, and Mesdames Chick and Albright.  It is seldom that a larger number and more beautiful floral designs are seen.  The DeWitt County Bar association presented a large design on which was the name of the association.

In the procession to Maple Grove cemetery were over one hundred buggies and carriages, besides an escort consisting of old soldiers, members of Farmer City Masonic lodge, Clinton Commandery, K. T., No. 66.


February 23, 1883
Clinton Public

The remains of Samuel A. HERSHBERGER were buried with Masonic honors by Weldon lodge February 23d, at DeLand.

William F. HEWITT 

August 17, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

William Francis HEWITT, son of Mr. and Mrs. James HEWITT, 315 Bissel street, died in the family home last night at 7 o'clock from heart trouble, after an illness which extended over a long period of time.

While Mr. Hewitt has been in ill health for some time, his death came unexpected and is a shock to not only the members of his family but to his many friends.

Mr. Hewitt was born Jan. 16, 1894, in Clinton, where he had lived throughout his lifetime, with the exception of two years spent in Cheyenne, Wyom., for the benefit of his health.  He returned to Clinton last April and has since lived at home.

He was a member of St. John’s Catholic church, of the Knights of Columbus and of the Court of Honor.  During the years previous to his residence in Wyoming, he was employed as train caller for the Illinois Central and also worked for Alsup & Alsup.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Thomas and John, and one sister, Helen.  The funeral services will be conducted at St. John’s Catholic church Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, Rev. Father S. N. Moore officiating.   Burial will be made at Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Henry HICKLE 

January 8, 1904
Clinton Register


Mrs. Nancy HICKLE died at 2:30 this morning at her home in the north part of Clinton, aged 76 years, being confined to her bed two weeks.  Her parents, John and Elizabeth ADKISSON, came to Illinois when she was 7 years old, settling in Logan county and later moving to near Waynesville.  She had lived in Clinton about eight years.  She was married to Henry HICKLE, and three children born to them died several years ago.  Her husband left home several years ago and nothing is known of him.  A sister, Mrs. Samantha BURTON, lives near Wapella, but is in California visiting her brother, Wm. ADKISSON and daughter.  Funeral services at the home Sunday at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  Burial in Sugar Grove cemetery.


August 1, 1921, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral for Homer Hickman Sunday Said to Be Largest Ever Held.

Private Homer G. Hickman, Clinton soldier, who died of wounds during the World War, was buried with full military honors at Cerro Gordo, Ill., Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian church in Clinton yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in charge of the pastor, Rev. R. L. Cartwright, who paid a glowing tribute to the life of young Hickman.

Following the funeral services here, a large cortege accompanied the remains to Cerro Gordo where services were held at 4:30 o'clock in the open air pavilion.  Rev. R. L. Cartwright of Clinton conducted the services at Cerro Gordo, also, assisted by a Cerro Gordo minister.  Interment was made in the cemetery at that place.  The pall–bearers were Bert Trowbridge, Grover Waldron, Fred Wade, Russell Spainhour, John Geer and Gene Wright.

The funeral was largely attended by friends of the World War hero and was said to be the largest ever held in that vicinity.  About fifty of the American Legion post of this city accompanied the remains to its [final resting place?].

Note: The article ended with the word "its" and was not continued.


September 11, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

DIED.—In Texas township, at the residence of William Weld, on Sunday, Sept. 7, Sarah E. HICKMAN, aged 16 years.

Mrs. Sarah HICKMAN 

August 7, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Sarah HICKMAN died Monday night and was buried Tuesday. She had been sick about eight months. Mr. W. A. Hickman returns his thanks to the many friends who assisted in his mother's late illness in assisting and caring for her.

John B. HICKS 

March 6, 1891
Clinton Public

J. B. HICKS was found dead in his bed when his wife awoke on Thursday morning of last week. He was in his seventy-sixth year. In 1869 he lived in Farmer City and was there married to Mrs. Minerva WEEDMAN.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
HICKS, JOHN B.    WEEDMAN, MANERVA      09-15-1870     DE WITT


October 2, 1917, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Men Dashed to Pavement When Auto Overturned on East Main Street Last Evening.

One man was killed and another was badly injured in an auto accident which happened last evening at 11:50.  Abe HIGHSMITH and Pearl EVANS were leaving the city after spending the day from their work.  They were driving the car, which was a Ford, east when the accident happened.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter BROWN were awakened from their slumbers by a loud crash and cry, after which all was still.  Leaving the house and going out to the road, they found the two men lying face down in the road near the curb.  The car stood upright, facing directly across the highway.

Mr. Brown called the police and Dr. Edmonson and also the Oakman ambulance, all of which responded with alacrity.

It was found that Abe Highsmith was dead.  He had been killed instantly.   His skull was crushed in and he lay in a pool of blood.  Evans was alive and covered with blood.  It is supposed that it was he that uttered the cry that was heard by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at the same time that the accident happened.

The body of Highsmith was taken to the Oakman morgue and Evans was taken to the county jail where he was attended.

The auto had the fenders torn off, while the windshield and radiator were both a wreck.  The supposition is that the car hit the curb where it careened, turning completely over and dashing the two men sharply against the pavement where Highsmith met death instantly.

In speaking of the accident this morning, Mr. Evans said that the auto was only going about fifteen miles an hour and that while turning out to let another car pass them they hit the curb where he lost control of the steering wheel.  However, Mrs. Jennie Taylor stated that she was awake and that the car was proceeding at a fast clip at the time of the accident.  The accident happened directly in front of her house and near the Brown grocery store.

The two men were at the Ford service station about fifteen minutes before the accident.  Mr. Evans stated that he was driving out to be ready for work this morning and that Highsmith had asked him for a ride out.  Highsmith was 37 years of age.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. James Fitzgerald of 819 Johnson street, Clinton, and Mrs. Earl Stinehart, of Chicago.  He also leaves a father living in Clinton who is in a very poor stage of health.

Evans is the son of Belle EVANS, of Creek township.  He was working on a farm owned by Mr. Ziegler near the city and both he and the killed man are old Clinton residents, having been born and raised here.

Deputy Coroner Stone was called to the scene of the accident last evening and swore in a jury.  They are Heber Morse, J. H. Morse, L. Pollock and Ed Barnett, with P. E. Scott, foreman.  The inquest will be held this evening at 7 o'clock at the Oakman chapel.

The funeral of Abe Highsmith will be held from the Christian church tomorrow at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. R. V. Callaway, officiating.  The burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Evans’ wounds, unless internal injuries develop, were bad cuts on the face, general bruises and a broken thumb.  He was taken to the place where he was employed on Rural Route 2 this morning.


October 3, 1917, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral of Abe Highsmith.

Funeral services for Abe HIGHSMITH, who was instantly killed in an automobile accident Monday night, were held from the Christian church at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.  Rev. R. V. Callaway, officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Abraham was the son of Job and Sarah (Mohney) Highsmith.


January 30, 1903
Clinton Register


George HIGHSMITH died Saturday evening at the Phares House, after a week’s illness, aged 21 years.  He was first taken sick with measles and pneumonia resulted.  Deceased was the son of Job HIGHSMITH, of Clinton, and was born in Texas township Nov. 4, 1881.  His mother, whose maiden name was Sarah MOHNEY, died a few years ago in California, where she went for her health.  His father, a brother, A. W., and three sisters, Mrs. FITZGERALD, west of Clinton, and Misses Gertrude and Vernie, survive him.  Funeral services were held in the Texas church Monday forenoon, conducted by Rev. A. Furman, of Kenney.  Burial in Texas cemetery.


September 29, 1893
Clinton Public

Talk about the shadows and sunlight of life, here is one of the darkest shadows.   Three weeks ago Mrs. Job HIGHSMITH and her three daughters went to California with L. D. SCOTT’s family, Mr. HIGHSMITH and his two sons intending to follow as soon as they could close up their affairs.  Mrs. Highsmith was troubled with weak lungs, and her family hurried her off to the milder climate of California before the cool autumn weather would set in.  A few days after her arrival in California Mrs. Highsmith grew weaker, and then came death.  Here was the husband and sons in DeWitt County and the dead mother and three daughters in California.  Mrs. Highsmith was born and lived in DeWitt County all her life.  She was thirty-four years old, and had been married seventeen years.


October 2, 1896
Clinton Register

Mary Jane, eldest daughter of Job HIGHSMITH, departed this life at their home two miles southeast of Clinton, at 6 o'clock Friday evening, aged 19 years and 16 days.  Funeral services held at the Texas Christian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Elder L. B. Pickerill.


October 2, 1896
Clinton Register

Mary Jane HIGHSMITH was born in Texas township Sept. 29, 1877, and died Sept. 25, 1896, at home two miles southeast of Clinton.  She was the eldest daughter of Job and Sarah HIGHSMITH, being 19 years and 16 days old.  Her mother died in California Sept. 17, 1893, aged 34 years.  The father, two brothers and two sisters are still left of the family circle.  Sister Highsmith became a Christian at Kenney when but 10 years of age and has since lived an earnest, devoted and faithful life.  It was in the home circle that her true worth was known.  When from their home the dear wife and mother was taken, then the father turned to Mary as companion rather than child, in his efforts to care for the motherless children.  This part she has borne cheerfully, thoughtfully and bravely.  No heartaches mingle with their grief today on account of her faithfulness.  Since last February she has been in failing health, and all that medical skill could do was insufficient to stay the hand of the dread disease that preyed upon her vitals.  She died at 6 o'clock Friday evening, surrounded by loved ones, who had done all that loving hands could do to make the closing hours calm and peaceful.  Just as the evening sun was hid from view, this young and beautiful life flitted from us to be with Him whom she loved in “the rift of the rock,” the blessed rock of ages.  (Long poem omitted.)

Note: If she died at age 19 years and 16 days, her birth date should have been September 15th, not the 25th.


February 15, 1895
Clinton Public

Isaac HIGNETT, who was sent to the insane hospital at Kankakee some time about the middle of January, lived only a couple of weeks, dying on the first of February. Ike lived in Farmer City and worked with Mr. LOWRY, the scenic and decorative artist. He was skillful with the brush, and helped to do the decorating of Rennick's opera-house. The poor fellow had an unfortunate appetite for liquor and this brought on insanity. He was an Englishman by birth, unmarried, and had lived in this country only two or three years.


June 15, 1888
Clinton Public

Nannie RISHOR, wife of A. J. HILDRETH, departed this life June 3, 1888, aged 28 years, 1 month and 24 days. She was married April 35 [?], 1878. For some years she had been a sufferer from consumption, and for the past year had been confined to the house. Four little children, the eldest ten years of age, are left to mourn the loss of their best friend.

Note: She was married April 21,1878, and the correct spelling of her maiden name is unknown.
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


January 24, 1902
Clinton Register

P. H. HILDRETH, one of Clinton's oldest citizens, died Tuesday night at his home in the north part of the city, aged nearly 70 years. He had been afflicted with creeping paralysis several months. Platt H. Hildreth was born in Knox Co., Ohio, Feb. 24, 1832, and June 19, 1852, was married to Sofia CLUTS, who survives him. Of their four children only Arnold and Lorin survive him. They came to Illinois in 1854, and soon returned to Ohio, where they lived until 1865, when they again came to this state and had since lived in Clinton. For many years he worked at carpentering and had served as sexton of Woodlawn cemetery for several years and always performed his work well. He had always been peaceable and industrious. Funeral services were held at the residence yesterday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: His initials were P. B., not P. H., and his full name was Platt B. Hildreth.

Mrs. Platt B. HILDRETH 

January 3, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. P. B. Hildreth, a Resident of Clinton Forty-Six Years, Died Sunday.

Sunday afternoon, at her home in Clinton, occurred the death of Mrs. Platt B. HILDRETH, at the age of 83 years.

Deceased was taken ill Wednesday last week, but her condition was not considered serious until the following Friday when a trained nurse was sent for.

Cophia [Sophia] CLUTS was born in Maryland July 9, 1829. She was united in marriage to Platt B. HILDRETH June 19, 1852. Four children were born; a son and daughter died when very young. The two surviving are Lorin HILDRETH, of Decatur, and Arnold of this city. Her husband for years was sexton of Woodlawn cemetery. His death occurred January 21, 1902.

Mrs. Hildreth had been a resident of Clinton the past forty-six years.

Two brothers and three sisters also survive: Benjamin CLUTS, of Cuba, Ill.; F. J. CLUTS, of El Paso, Ill.; Mrs. Mary HAVERMALE and Mrs. Angeline MILLER, of Canton, Ill.; and Rebecca NEWTON, Cuba, Ill. There are six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the late home on North Grant Avenue Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. E. K. TOWLE, pastor of the M. E. church officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

Elijah HILL 

December 17, 1880
Clinton Public

Elijah HILL, who lived in a hovel in the south part of town, died this week.  About ten days ago he was found by the neighbors in a dying condition.  He had lived alone for many years.

Etta HILL 

May 13, 1904
Clinton Register

Death of Miss Etta Hill.

The death of Miss Etta HILL occurred about noon Wednesday at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs. Isaac HILL, on North Madison street, aged 41, of consumption. She had been in ill health over two years, but was confined to bed for only two weeks. Her parents moved to Clinton from Knox County, IL., about twenty years ago, and the family had since lived here. Besides her parents she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma BEAL, and three brothers, Frank, Henry, and John. Funeral services were held at the residence at 10 a.m. today, conducted by Rev. CANADY. Burial in Woodlawn.

George L. HILL 

December 2, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of One of the Early Pioneers of DeWitt County.

Fifty years ago last October George L. HILL came from Kentucky to this county, and settled on the farm on which he died last Wednesday. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on the 12th of January, 1797, and when he was a young man moved to Kentucky. Since the death of his wife, Father Hill has waited patiently for the summons which was to reunite them in the better land. He was ninety-one years, ten months and eighteen days old. The funeral services will be held in the Baptist Church this afternoon, at two o'clock, and his body will be buried by the side of his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery. Next week we will publish a sketch of Mr. Hill's life. It was impossible to get the data in time for this week's issue.

(See biography of George L. Hill)

Mrs. George L. HILL

October 1, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Louisa V. Hill

On last Saturday afternoon, at the closing hours of the day, Mrs. Louisa V. HILL passed from death unto life eternal, in the eighty-fourth year of her age. Mrs. Hill was a remarkable woman for one of her years, and till the hour of her death she was in full possession of those keen, sharp faculties for which she had always been noted. Forty-nine years ago, with her husband and children, she came from Kentucky to this county and settled upon the farm where she spent her last days. Mrs. Hill's maiden name was Louisa V. HICKMAN. She was born in Madison county, Kentucky, on the 14th of December, 1802. When she was but a child, her parents removed to Fayette county, where her childhood and the early years of her married life were spent. On the 20th of October, 1822, she was united in marriage to George L. HILL, of Fayette county, Kentucky, and in the same county three of her children were born. In March, 1828, they removed to Henry county, Ky., and in the following November she was converted and united with the Baptist Church. During the following nine years their five remaining children were born. On the 2d of October, 1837, they left Kentucky for their new home in Illinois, and on the 19th of the same month, they reached this county and settled on the farm where they have lived for nearly forty-nine years.

Mrs. Hill was an earnest Christian woman, and in her home the present Baptist Church of Clinton was organized on the 1st of February, 1839. During the following three years all the services of the church were held in their home. From the time of her conversion in November, 1828, till her death, Mrs. Hill was a faithful and consistent Christian. Her death, peaceful and calm, was but the triumph of a noble and useful life. The prayer of her life was for the salvation of those around her, and it was a gratification to her to know that all of her children and quite a number of her grandchildren have made a profession of religion. Mrs. Hill was a woman of positive convictions, and was always ready to express and defend what she considered to be the truth.

Mrs. Hill was the mother of nine children, three of whom preceded her to the better land. She leaves her aged husband and six children to mourn the death of a loving wife and mother. Her surviving children are: Egbert O. HILL, of Ozark, Mo.; Lewis S. HILL, of Alexandria, Minn.; Mrs. Phebe L. BEATTY; Mrs. Emily H. WELD; Rodney P. HILL; and Benj. T. HILL. Among her descendants are thirty grand-children and twelve great grand-children.

(See biography of Louisa V. (Hickman) Hill)

Isaac HILL 

June 15, 1906
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton’s Aged Citizens Joined Loved Ones on the Other Shore—
Funeral Monday.

Isaac HILL, who had been sick two months, died Saturday evening at his home on North Madison street, aged 85 years and 16 days.

Deceased was born in the state of New York May 23, 1821.  The family moved to Dayton, O., when he as young.  In 1836 he came to Illinois with his uncle, who located near Galesburg.  He lived on a farm and was successful.  About 1883 his sons, Frank and Henry, came to Clinton and engaged in business.  Two or three years later he moved to Clinton and it had since been his home.  He went to California in 1850, during the gold find, and remained about a year.  He was a member of the M. E. church in Knox county, and had never united with the Clinton church.  He was a faithful Christian and a good citizen.

Jan. 1, 1845, he married Miss Catherine MOORE, who died about two years ago.  Of eight children born to them, four are living, all in Clinton.  They are Mrs. BEAL, Frank, Henry and J. W.

Funeral was held Monday at 2 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. Rigg.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Isaac HILL 

July 29, 1904
Clinton Register

Another Aged Mother Called to Her Home.
Had Lived in Clinton Nearly Twenty Years.

Sunday morning at 9 o'clock Mrs. Isaac HILL passed away at her home on North Madison street, aged 76 years, 1 month and 5 days.  She had been in poor health and her death was not unexpected.

Catherine MOORE was born in Conn. June 19, 1828 and when 11 years old her parents came to Illinois, locating in Knox County.  Jan. 1, 1845, she was married in Knoxville, Ill., to Isaac HILL, who survives her.  She is also survived by four children, all in Clinton, they are John, Frank, Henry and Mrs. Emma BEAL.  They moved to Clinton in 1885 and had since been their home.  Three sisters survive her, Mrs. Hayes, of El Paso, Ill.; Mrs. Guman and Mrs. Westerfield, of Omaha.  She had been a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church many years.

Funeral was held from the residence Tuesday at 5 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Black.  Burial in Woodlawn.


January 1, 1897
Clinton Public

O. E. HILL, who fell off of a car at Decatur last week, died at St. Mary's hospital in Decatur on Sunday afternoon. He told a friend that he fell under the cars, eight of the cars passing over him, dragging him about a block. As the brake beams reached him, he fought for his life. Once he drew himself on a beam, but fell off and was badly squeezed, no doubt injured internally. As he allowed his membership in the B. of R. T. to lapse, that order will not conduct his funeral services, a telegram of his death having been sent his relatives in Pittsburg, Pa.

Mr. Hill was about 35 years old, and had rooms in Clinton with the family of Alderman KIRK. He was kind, sober, honest, industrious and sympathetic. He had many friends among the railroad fraternity, and will be mourned by many of the citizens of Clinton who knew him as an exemplary young man. Funeral services were held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday from the Presbyterian church, Rev. W. A. HUNTER officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

He was born April 3, 1862, being 34 years, 8 months and 24 days old. The Herald-Dispatch, of Decatur, says that "he was a member of a crew with a through freight train and the tops of the box cars had become covered with frost. While moving along the tops of the cars, Hill lost his footing and fell. His right leg extended across the rail and was cut off below the knee." Dr. CHENOWETH attended him and found that amputation was immediately necessary, which was done in the baggage room at Decatur. At the hospital he was seized with violent vomiting. He drank a full half pint of whiskey after the accident, believing that it was the proper thing to do. The liquor was given him without the knowledge of the physician. One of the worst things an injured man can do is to drink whiskey after an accident, though this is not generally known, and it is believed the whiskey tends to strengthen the body. The opinion of Dr. Chenoweth is that the shock of the accident killed him. Some have wondered why it was necessary to hold an inquest after Hill had lived so long, but the fact is that Hill was not rational at any time after he was found.

The remains were taken in charge by his railroad friends here, no word having been received from his parents in Pittsburg. The deceased left no insurance or money, except what was due him from the railroad company from December 1, 1896.

Rodney P. HILL 

December 16, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Father of Ex County Judge and Resident of County for 81 Years Is Called at Age of 84.

Rodney P. HILL, a well-known pioneer resident of this community for the past 81 years and father of ex-judge Frederick C. HILL, passed away at the family residence, 402 West Van Buren street, at 12:30 o"clock Sunday morning after a short illness of complications. He was 84 years of age and had spent over three-quarters of a century in DeWitt county watching the village grow from nigh wilderness to its present metropolitan appearance. "Uncle" Rodney, as he was affectionately known, had many friends and was a familiar figure on the streets. His passing takes away one of the city’s prominent citizens and one that had endeared himself to young and old alike.

Rodney P. Hill was born in Henry county, Kentucky, on April 20, 1834, and with his parents came to DeWitt county in 1837 to make this place his home. He was the last surviving member of a family of eight brothers and sisters. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. HILL. In April, 1858, "Uncle" Rodney was united in marriage to Miss Ellen REESE of Logan county and of the four children born to this union only Frederick C., ex-county judge and lawyer, is surviving. At the death of the wife in 1899, Rodney Hill moved to Clinton proper and took up his abode at 402 West Van Buren street where he resided until his end.

Deceased was a staunch member of the Baptist church and all his lifetime has been associated with this religion. For many years he was prominent in all church activities. Through modest living and clean, upright practices deceased was able to prolong his life to the ripe old age of 84. The funeral services will be held in the Baptist church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. G. W. Ballenger of Tremont officiating. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Friends who desire to view the remains may do so between 10 to 12 o'clock Tuesday morning, at the late home.

Mrs. Rodney P. HILL 

April 21, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Rodney P. Hill Dies of Pneumonia After a Short Illness.

Mrs. Rodney P. HILL died at her late home 2 miles south of Clinton on Monday evening at 5:40 o'clock of pneumonia and hepatitis, aged 69 years, 6 months and 24 days. Mrs. Hill was taken very suddenly ill one week ago last Sunday night, having been in her usual health prior to that time. She was conscious to the last moment, having lived to see and recognize her son, William, who arrived two hours before her death. She leaves a husband and three children, all the latter grown to maturity. Her death was very unexpected and up to last Saturday, hopes of her recovery were entertained.

Mrs. Rodney P. Hill was born in Newtown, Wales, September 23, 1829, and died at her home south of Clinton on April 17, 1899, aged 69 years, 6 months and 24 days. Her maiden name was REESE, and in 1840 removed from her home in Wales with her parents to Whitesboro, N. Y., where she lived until 1855, then coming to Clinton and making her home with Thomas REESE, pastor of the Baptist church at that time. She was married to R. P. HILL on April 3, 1858, and began housekeeping on their farm south of Clinton, where she lived until the time of her death. She leaves her husband and three children, William M., Etta A. and Fred C., Joseph B. having preceded her to the other land. Besides these she leaves two brothers and two sisters, Richard REESE, of Whitesboro, N. Y., John REESE, of Fairmount, Ill., Mrs. G. W. HYATT, of St. James, Minn. and Mrs. B. F. HILL, of Clinton, Ill.

In 1850 she united with the Baptist church at Whitesboro, N. Y., and later with the church here since which time she has remained a faithful member until her death, and died believing in the immortality of the soul and an abiding faith in her reward in heaven, incorruptible, undefiled and that fadeth not away. She was ever mindful of her family, being a loving wife and a tender compassionate mother, and with her death the dearest of family ties are broken. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church Wednesday afternoon, April 19th, conducted by Revs. D. MacArthur and M. L. Goff, a large concourse of sympathizing friends, following her remains to their final resting place in Woodlawn cemetery.

William Curtis HILL 

May 31, 1866
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, on Thursday, the 24th, Wm. Curtis HILL, aged 20 years. Mr. Hill had been lingering some time with consumption, and on the evening of Thursday sank into an apparently gentle and refreshing slumber. His step-father, who was sitting by his bedside, expected him to wake up much improved, but suddenly a gurgling sound was heard, which proved to be the death struggle—and the spirit quietly took its flight.


August 9, 1889
Clinton Public

James HILLIS, who moved from Waynesville to Colorado in the year 1878, died at Aspen, Col., two weeks ago yesterday, of abscess of the lungs. His wife was Fannie GINNINGS, of Creek township. Mrs. Zilla LARGE, mother of James Hillis, died in Waynesville within one week of receiving the news of the death of her son. During her dying hours her thoughts were on her son and she plaintively called to him to come to his mother. Mrs. Large had lived in Waynesville for twenty years or more. She was the mother of Mrs. Ann OWENS, who lives in this city.

HIRSH (child) 

May 24, 1878
Clinton Public


A boy named HIRSH, aged sixteen years, who lived on his father's farm on South Prairie, between Farmer City and DeLand, was at work in the field yesterday morning when a thunderstorm began. He immediately unhitched his horses from the plow and started homeward. A flash of lightning struck the boy and the horses, killing the three instantly. The family are well known in Farmer City.

HITCHCOCK (infant) 

August 18, 1899
Clinton Register

The infant child of Hiram HITCHCOCK, aged two weeks, died at 6 o'clock this morning at the home on West South street. Burial in Hill cemetery south of Clinton tomorrow afternoon.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


February 21, 1913
Clinton Register


William HITCHCOCK, aged 60 years, died at his home near Lane Sunday afternoon at 7:30 o'clock. He had been in failing health for more than a year, but his condition was not thought to be serious until ten days ago, and from that time his condition grew worse until death released him. He leaves surviving him a son and three daughters, Warren HITCHCOCK and Mrs. Edith EVANS, of Clinton, and Mrs. Belle LONG, of Decatur, and Mrs. M. STENNETT, of Wapella. The remains were taken to Armington, Ill., his former home, for burial. Funeral services were held in the Christian church in that town.

HITE (infant) 

October 27, 1899
Clinton Register

An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. HITE was buried Friday in Woodlawn cemetery. A few weeks ago twins were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hite, and both have died.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Jacob H. HITE 

October 26, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Hite.

Tuesday Mrs. Florence Maria HITE, wife of J. H. HITE, died at her home at 413 East Woodlawn avenue, aged 35 years, 1 month and 12 days.  The husband and four children survive her.  The infant for which she gave her life was buried with its mother.  Deceased was a daughter of the late Joseph BOWERS and was married to J. H. Hite about twelve years ago.  Funeral services were held at the residence yesterday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. C. W. E. Gossow.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
HITE, JACOB H.     BOWERS, FLORENCE M.      11-23-1888     MC LEAN

Joseph E. HOBSON 

March 24, 1905
Clinton Register


Joseph HOBSON died Monday at the Soldiers’ Home in Danville.  He was stricken with paralysis in the Quincy Soldiers’ Home a year ago, and had a second stroke a few months ago.  Recently he went to Danville.  He was about 65 years old and lived here many years, but had been away a few years previous to last fall when he moved back to Clinton from Decatur.  His first wife died several years ago in Clinton, and his second marriage was to Mrs. Mary LUDWICK ten years ago.  He has a son and daughter in Chicago and a daughter in Joliet.  He is also survived by his wife and three small children in Clinton.  Burial was in the Soldiers’ Home.

Mrs. Joseph E. HOBSON 

December 11, 1894, Tuesday
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

Mrs. Joseph HOBSON, who was injured in the runaway accident Saturday forenoon, died at 1:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the family home, 517 South Jackson street.  It is supposed that her skull was fractured at the base, though when examined by Drs. Dixon and Wood her head was so badly swollen that it was impossible to tell.  She also suffered from internal injuries.

The maiden name of the deceased was Nancy Jane DUNGY.  She was born in Carbondale, Ills., and married Levi DeMASTER.  There were three children.  The twins are dead.   James DeMASTER, salesman at Henry Bauer’s grocery store, survives.  Mr. DeMaster went to the war and died as the result of injuries received near Cairo.  He had his right arm and a leg torn off by grape and canister.  In 1868 the widow married Joseph HOBSON.  There are two children by the second marriage, Mrs. Mary BERRY and Albert HOBSON.  The family resided in Decatur three years, then going to Clinton, where they made their home seven years, returning to Decatur over a year ago.

The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from the residence, conducted by Lieutenant Cooper and members of the Salvation Army.  Six members of Dunham post, 141, G. A. R., acted as pallbearers.  The interment was at Greenwood cemetery.

Cornelius HOFF 

July 4, 1913
Clinton Register

Took Poison in Presence of His Mother—
Lived about Twenty Minutes.

Cornelius HOFF committed suicide at the home of his mother, Mrs. Rose HOFF, on North Water street at about 10:30 Saturday night, taking about one ounce of carbolic acid to end his troubles.  The only reason given for the act is that he had quarreled with his cousin, Mrs. Bertie WRIGHT, of Decatur, in the afternoon and it is said that she was expected to return to Clinton on the interurban which arrives here at 10:10.  He went to the depot but was disappointed in not meeting Mrs. Wright.  The acid had already been purchased and was in his pocket.  After leaving the depot he went to his home and informed his mother of his intentions, showing her the drug with which he intended to end his life.  His mother tried to dissuade him from ending his life, and failing in her endeavor ran to a neighbor, when Cornie asked her to return and kiss him goodbye.  Thinking she might yet prevent him from committing the deed, she returned at once to the yard fence where the young man was standing, when he threw his arms around her, held the tumbler containing the poison at arms length, then quickly swallowed it.  The mother attempted to knock the tumbler from his hand, but being frail, while the son was strong, her attempts were futile.  After taking the poison he fell to the ground, but soon arose and ran to the back porch, calling for a glass of milk.  This was brought but the deadly acid had already begun its work.  Several neighbors hurried to the home and Dr. Price was called, who made every effort to save the life of the young man, but he died in a few minutes after the arrival of the physician.

Coroner Moore was notified and a jury was empanelled, the verdict being suicide.

Deceased was a grandson of Ex-Sheriff Cornelius HOFF, being the son of Frank HOFF, who was killed in a railroad accident while in the service of the Wabash road as fireman in 1896. He was born in Maroa August 4, 1884, and came with his mother to Clinton in 1888, and this had since been his home.

At the age of about 14 years he began serving as an apprentice in the Register Office, later being employed at the Clinton Public.  When he arrived at the age that was necessary for the work he entered the service of the Illinois Central, and had been serving as brakeman until last spring, when he quit railroad work and had since been employed at various occupations in the city.  He was a member of the Railway Trainmen, joining that organization in 1911.

Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon at four o’clock, in charge of the Railway Trainmen, Rev. A. H. Laing conducting the services.  Interment was in Woodlawn.

Joseph HOFF 

December 3, 1909
Clinton Register


County Treasurer HOFF, who received word of the death of his brother, Jos. HOFF, in Los Angeles, Cal., later received a letter giving the cause of death. He was in the employ of the gas company of that city, and while in an underground tunnel, putting in traps, gas escaping from a defective pipe caused his death.

Deceased was born Nov. 2, 1848, in Ashland, Ohio, and came to Illinois with his parents in 1860. He lived in DeWitt county until going West about thirty years ago. He is survived by his wife and five children, two of the three daughters being married. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister, the others being David, of Decatur; Simon, of Wichita, Kansas; and Mrs. John LAVEY, of Glasgow, Kansas.

Mrs. John HOFFMAN 

March 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. John HOFFMAN, who died last week, was born in France on the 18th of May, 1848. Came to this country when young, and married Mr. HOFFMAN when he was a very poor man. Both worked hard together and invested their earnings in lands in Texas township. They were the parents of five children, three of whom (one pair of twins) died some years ago. A few weeks ago the married son, who lives on the home place with the parents, was taken sick with typhoid fever. The mother sat by her boy day and night for weeks, when she took the same disease, and after a brief illness died on Thursday of last week, being only forty-six years, nine months and six days old. A large number of friends gathered at the house last Saturday morning to attend the funeral service, which were conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER, D. D. The son is improving. The surviving daughter is Mrs. Charles MILLER.

Russell L. HOFFMAN 

November 30, 1918, Monday
Daily Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

DeWitt County Soldier Dies of Wounds.

Clinton, Nov. 29–(Special)–Mr. and Mrs. Jacob HOFFMAN, residing north of this city, received news today from the war department that their son, Russell L. HOFFMAN had died in France on October 15 of wounds received in action.  Private Hoffman was 23 years of age and went to Camp Taylor in June with the draft increment.   He was soon sent abroad and was soon at the front with his regiment.  A brother, Frank, is also in France.  Besides his parents, there survive two brothers, Frank in France and Ray at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Benj. MILLER, of this city, and Mrs. Charles CURL, at home.  Mrs. Curl’s husband is also serving in the army abroad.

Peter HOGLE 

January 14, 1910
Clinton Register


Monday afternoon Peter HOGLE died at his home in the northwest part of the city, aged 89 years, 11 months and 11 days. He had been in failing health about two years, but was confined to his bed only a few days before his death.

Deceased was born in Canada Feb. 22, 1820, and came to Illinois when a young man, locating in DeWitt county, which had since been his home, and few men were as well known among the old settlers. Soon after coming to this county he engaged in business in Clinton with Mike DANISON, but soon tired of merchant life and took up farming south of Wapella where he lived until a few years ago when he moved to Clinton where he had since lived. He had acquaintance with all the political leaders of fifty years ago, including LINCOLN and DOUGLAS, and often related stories that came in his personal acquaintance with them. His wife, who survives him, was a sister of the late Henry S. GREEN, of Springfield, and the late Abner TAYLOR, both of whom often visited with him at his home on the farm.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday, conducted by Rev. LAING. Burial was in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Peter HOGLE 

February 2, 1912
Clinton Register


Saturday afternoon at 3:40, at the John Warner hospital, occurred the death of Mrs. Nancy HOGLE at the age of 90 years, 1 month and 15 days. Mrs. Hogle was one of the well-known pioneer residents of DeWitt county.

Sophia Patten TAYLOR* was born December 12, 1822, at Shaftsburg, Vt. She removed from there to Mechanicsburg, Ohio, when a child. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Warren TAYLOR. On the 20th of May, 1847, she was married to Peter HOGLE at Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Just at the close of the war he formed a partnership with Captain DENNISON and they conducted a grocery store on East Main street, Clinton, about where the POLAND barber shop is now located. Mr. Hogle continued in that business only one and one half years, when he retired and did not re-engage in any business for three years, when he opened up a furniture store in this city and conducted it for a short time. Mr. and Mrs. Hogle then moved to the Judge Henry GREEN farm, just two miles north of Clinton, on the Bloomington road. After a few seasons on this farm they moved one mile north of the Green farm on the "lone Elm" farm where they resided until eight years ago when they retired and moved to 523 North Elm street, Clinton.  Here Mr. Hogle died Monday, January 10, 1910.   He lacked one month and two days of being 90 years old at his death.

Deceased was the last of a family of eight children. She was a member of the Universalist church, and until her illness a constant attendant. Funeral services were held from the home of L. DeBOICE, a nephew of deceased, Monday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. A. H. LAING officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

Curtis EDMISTON and wife, of Decatur, Miss Lora TAYLOR, of Sterling, Ill., and Miss Edna DeBOICE, of Chicago, came to attend the funeral, all being relatives of deceased.

Note: Her maiden name was Nancy Taylor.  Sophia Patten Taylor was her mother.

William HOGUE 

August 21, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

William Hogue, Blacksmith, Falls from His Porch Dead.

William HOGUE, a blacksmith at the Maroa Mfg. Co., died Monday after an illness of two months with leakage of the heart.  Mr. Hogue was sitting on his porch Monday morning, and while his wife was getting his medicine, he fell from the porch dead.

Mr. Hogue was born June 26, 1862, and was married to Adah DAY in July, 1882.  He leaves beside his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lulu McBRIDE, and one son, Clarence W., both of Maroa.  He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Lillie MILLER, of Lane; Charles J. HOGUE, of Lane; J. F. HOGUE, of Harristown; Mrs. Emma HASSINGER, of Lane; and Mrs. Rosa GRAY, of Lane.

Funeral services will be conducted in the home at 9:30 Wednesday morning and will be followed by a short service at the church in Lane at 11 o'clock.  Burial will be in the Rose cemetery.  Rev. R. V. Callaway, of Clinton, will officiate.


January 2, 1914
Clinton Register


The remains of Omer HOLFORTY arrived in Heyworth about midnight Tuesday from Neosha Rapids, Kas., where he died Monday. He was operated on for appendicitis and died in about two hours. He lacked only a few days of being 21 years old. He, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion L. HOLFORTY, who live in Huron, S. D., went to Neosha Rapids to visit friends and he was taken sick there. He leaves his father and three brothers. They were at the funeral, which was held from the residence of Charles HOLFORTY in Heyworth at 3:30 Wednesday, conducted by Rev. A. T. Corey of the Presbyterian church. The remains were buried in the cemetery at Heyworth. Mr. and Mrs. Holforty lived east of Heyworth on a farm for a number of years and left there about nineteen years ago. Mr. Holforty is a brother of Charles Holforty of Heyworth.


December 15, 1876
Clinton Public


J. D. HOLLOWAY, an old resident of Farmer City, met with an accident on Wednesday, which proved fatal within a few hours. He and Mr. John LONGMATE were riding into town on a load of hay; and when driving down the grade to cross the creek the load of hay was upset, throwing both gentlemen on the ice in the creek. It is supposed that Mr. Holloway must have struck upon his head, for he was unconscious from the time of the accident till his death, which occurred some seven or eight hours afterward.  Longmate had one of his legs fractured, but beyond this received no other injuries.  Mr. Holloway was in the seventieth year of his age, and was an old and respected resident of Farmer City.  Mr. Longmate is a grain buyer in that town and formerly was agent of the _ _ & W Railway. ... [Last line hard to read.]


January 8, 1915
Clinton Register

Mrs. John W. Holloway Died in Bloomington Early Tuesday Morning.

Last Tuesday morning at her home in Bloomington occurred the death of Mrs. John HOLLOWAY after an illness of ten days of paralysis of the heart.  Short services were held Tuesday evening after which remains were taken to Farmer City for burial, services being held at the M. E. church in the latter city at 10:30 the following morning.

Mary Ellen WOODWARD, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. WOODWARD, was born in Clinton May 14, 1848, and most of her girlhood life was passed in this city, although her later years were principally spent in Farmer City.  She was married to John HOLLOWAY in Bloomington in 1868, and to them three children were born, all living, as follows: Mrs. Frank PHARES, of Morton, Mrs. Wm. B. MAHR, of near Clinton, and Roy W. HOLLOWAY, of Bloomington.  She is also survived by the husband and eight grandchildren, besides two sisters at Farmer City and a step-mother and three half sisters, also of Farmer City.  The father of the deceased was a Methodist minister.


July 16, 1886
Clinton Public

Miss Maud HOLLOWAY, a charming and sprightly young lady of Farmer City, well known to many of our younger readers, died very suddenly and unexpectedly at the residence of her parents last Monday morning. About ten o'clock the previous evening she was taken with convulsions, which increased with such violence that she died at five o'clock the next morning. Maud was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. HOLLOWAY, and was a general favorite of Farmer City ever since her childhood. She was apparently a robust and healthy girl, and the day preceding her death was engaged in the enjoyment of all the pleasures characteristic of the young. But little more than a week ago she made an extended visit in Clinton, being the guest of Miss Allie CRANG.


October 15, 1886
Clinton Public

Susan HOLLOWAY, an old resident of DeWitt County, died in Newton, Kansas, October 2, 1886, and her remains were brought back to Farmer City, where her funeral took place Wednesday, the 6th, conducted by the Rev. A. T. ORR, of this city, assisted by Rev. W. F. GILMORE, of Farmer City. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for 55 years, and was highly esteemed by her acquaintances as indicated by the large congregation that attended her funeral.

William Davis HOLLOWAY 

April 3, 1896
Clinton Public

Wm. Davis Holloway Horribly Mangled by the Cruel Wheels.

The night crew in the Illinois Central yards were shocked by a cry of help and pain as they were discharging their duties Friday night last at 12 o'clock. William Davis HOLLOWAY, who had worked here as nigh switchman since January 2th [sic], was making a coupling between the cars in the north yards when his right foot was caught in a frog, a place so often proving a death-trap. He cried for help, but before his dangerous situation could be made known, the wheels ground his leg to a pulp, breaking the right arm in several places, and severely bruising the body. Kind hands soon conveyed the unfortunate man to the ladies' waiting room of the I. C. depot, where Railroad Surgeon WILCOX examined his wounds and declared them fatal.

Everything possible was done to ease his pain. Mrs. HOLLOWAY was summoned, arriving in time to see her husband alive. He was conscious until a few minutes previous to his death, which occurred about one hour after the accident. His body was taken to his home on East Washington street.

A coroner's jury was held this morning. On the jury were J. H. MORSE, J. M. DALE, T. E. MARTIN, W. A. EVANS, C. A. WRIGHT and Louis MORRIS. The following verdict was rendered:

We, the undersigned jurors, do affirm on oath that W. D. Holloway's death was caused by an unavoidable accident, by being caught between the rails by left foot, and being thrown down, was run over, having his right leg and arm crushed, causing hemorrhage and death, by car No. 44668, C. & N. W. R. R. Co., loaded with coal and handled by engine No. 116, and Engineer Ed Williams, and Fireman F. E. Henson, and foreman of (a few words unreadable) W. S. Kendell, helper, and was switching in the yards and cutting off cars, and backing up in the north end of the yards, this March 27, 1896.

Mr. Holloway was born at Grovertown, Ind., May 7, 1871, and was married to Miss Belle WILLIAMS, at Pelton, Mo., on January 27, 1892. He had been switchman at Roodhouse and other stations on the C. & A. for six years, always retaining the good will of his employers and fellow workmen. He leaves a wife and one child about two years old. The remains were conveyed from this city Saturday by rail to Pelton, Mo., where interment took place.

Mrs. Emily HOLMES 

September 30, 1875
Clinton Public

Mrs. Emily HOLMES, daughter of W. P. ANDERSON, died at the residence of her parents, in Mt. Pulaski, on last Friday.  Mrs. Holmes and her parents lived in this city till recently.


January 17, 1913
Clinton Register


Lars HOLMQUIST, a retired farmer, died Monday morning at 10 o'clock from heart trouble. He had been sick for three weeks and Sunday afternoon his friends knew that his condition was serious.

Mr. Holmquist was born in Sweden December 15, 1845. He came to this country about forty years ago, and worked in a blacksmith shop in Weldon. About twenty-five years ago he bought a farm near Weldon and lived there until October last year, when he moved into a property which he bought of Ira NIXON.

When a young man he married Miss Kate DRESSLER and to them five children were born as follows: Fred, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Charles, a farmer living near Weldon; William, who lives at home; Mrs. Lulu GALLOWAY; and Mrs. Kate RAINEY.


May 27, 1887
Clinton Public

At White City, Morris county, Kansas, on the 10th of May, Mrs. Ollie HOLSHOUSER, wife of James L. HOLSHOUSER, died in childbirth. Mrs. Holshouser's maiden name was Ollie BAINUM, and she was a sister of Mrs. R. B. DAY, of this city. She was married in this county to James L. Holshouser in the year 1875, and four years later they moved to Morris county, Kansas.

Columbus HOOVER 

October 27, 1882
Clinton Public

Died at the home of Nicholas FOLEY, in Wilson township, October 17, 1882, Columbus HOOVER, from injuries received from being thrown from a horse. He was born in 1862, in West Virginia, and was the son of John and Christena HOOVER. His life was a brief one, and as we scan the backward flow of years, dark shadows overhang the stream. Left an orphan in early childhood, his father having lost his life in the defense of his country, the first year of the rebellion, he and his elder brother George were left dependent on their widowed mother for support. In 1877 the two brothers emigrated to try to make an honest living for themselves, and by honest industry and by careful industry and economy had earned enough money to buy 120 acres of land near Storm Lake, Iowa, where the brothers intended to move this winter. The funeral was preached the Rev. LAPHAM, of DeWitt, assisted by Rev. STODDARD, of Saybrook at the Chapel. The high esteem in which he was held was evident from the large attendance at the funeral. Every neighborhood where the boys had worked laid aside their worldly cares to attend the funeral. Though Columbus was among strangers, he found kind friends and loving hands to administer the last sad rights. A beautiful wreath was placed on his coffin and he was quietly laid to rest in Rucker Chapel Cemetery. George HOOVER, the bereaved brother, has the sympathy of the entire community.

Mrs. Mary HOOVER 

December 1891
Paper Unknown

Died, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. William KIRBY, Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, 1891, Mrs. Mary HOOVER, in the 71st year of her age. Mrs. Hoover was born in Hardin county, Ky., but had lived in this state for many years. She had been a widow since the later 50’s, her husband having died in the Pike’s Peak gold region where he had gone during the first excitement after gold had been discovered there. Mrs. Hoover was a highly respected lady and a faithful and devoted Christian. She leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs. Jennie KIRBY, of this city, Mrs. Mary BENNETT, of DeLand, and Mrs. Clara THOMAS, who resides in Cumberland county. Mesdames Maggie PAGE and S. W. PAGE, half sisters, and A. T. HOOVER, a nephew, all reside in this city. The funeral services, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Robert STEPHENS, were held at the residence of her daughter, where she died, in the presence of a large company of relatives and friends. Though an invalid for years, she bore all her sufferings with Christian fortitude and resignation and died with a bright hope of immortality in the land where sickness and sorrow are unknown. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Submitted by John Laughlin


July 8, 1910
Clinton Register

Former Clinton Lady Dead.

Mrs. Mary A. HOOVER died at the Jacksonville asylum for the insane on Friday, July 1, and the remains were taken to Lincoln Saturday evening and taken to the home of her son, John M. SHARP, where funeral services were held Sunday by Rev. H. J. Ballentine, pastor of the Baptist church. Deceased was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Overton ELY, both deceased, Mr. Ely losing his life in the civil war in the battle at Jackson, Miss. He was a member of company K, 41st Illinois Infantry. She was born in Burlington, Iowa, and was aged 65 years. She was married to Thomas A. SHARP, in Clinton, in December 1865, and to them one son was born, John M. Sharp, who survives. The couple moved to Lincoln where Mr. Sharp established Sharp’s Statesman, at that time the leading newspaper of Logan county. Moving to Ind., Mr. Sharp died in 1904. Mrs. Sharp was married the second time to F. M. BATES, at Clinton, now deceased. She for the third time married a union soldier in Lincoln Nov. 27, 1907, J. HOOVER. Besides her son she leaves surviving one sister, Mrs. James C. BEATTY, of Decatur; Anderson F. ELY, of Clinton; and Geo. ELY, of Oklahoma, formerly of this city.

Oliver Paul HOPPER  

March 8, 1901
Clinton Register

Friday evening at the home in the north part of the city, Oliver Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. HOPPER, died from the effect of measles, aged one year and six months.

Mrs. Lavina HORNBECK  

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public

Another Waynesville woman is added to the death roll.  Mrs. Lavina HORNBECK was born in Waynesville and her life has been spent in the same locality.  She died in the sixty-fourth year of her age.  Three times she was married and she was the mother of ten children.  She was the sister of Mrs. William GAMBREL.


April 17, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. HOUCHINS died on Sunday night and was buried at the Crum Cemetery on Monday afternoon. She was near 84 years old. She was a faithful member of the Christian Church, she having united with it at Chambersburg, Ill., under the preaching of the Rev. Wm. Brown.

Mrs. Lavina HOUCHINS 

December 9, 1904
Clinton Register


Four deaths have occurred here quite recently; Z. LONGBRAKE, aged over 92 years, died, and just following that was the death of Chas. W. JONES, aged 62 years, then that of Wm. HALE, aged 37, and on Monday Mrs. Lavina HOUCHINS, who was 80 years old, died at the residence of her brother, the late Chas. W. JONES, northeast of Waynesville.   Mrs. Houchins was one of our oldest settlers.  She was a daughter of the late Col. John B. and Rachel JONES and was of a family of 12 children, only one of whom now survives, Mrs. John SHAFFER, of Greenfield, Ia.  Lavina Jones was born in Indiana, March 1, 1820, and came with her parents to Sangamon county, Ill., in 1830, and to this county 2 miles northeast of Waynesville in 1831, where she grew to womanhood.  Oct. 10, 1844, she was united in marriage with a prosperous young farmer, James H. HOUCHINS, and lived happily with him till his death June 18, 1893.   He was a good religious man.  After his death she made her home with her brother, Chas. W. Jones, at his farm (the old Jones farm).

The death of her brother Charles on Nov. 26 was a great shock to her in her great age and feeble condition and she peacefully went to her reward.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Free Methodist church 3 miles north of town, and interment in the cemetery nearby, where she was laid to rest at the side of her husband.

The deceased professed Christianity at the age of 13, and remained a steadfast Christian the remainder of her long and useful life.  She was a member of the M. E. church but about 25 years ago she and her husband changed their membership to the Free Methodist church.  She was loved and revered by all who knew her.   She was one of the old time Methodists enjoying her religion.  She was especially gifted in prayer and although a great sufferer most of her life, it only gave her greater confidence in her God, and when the end came it was a peaceful as an evening sunset.

Note: She and her husband were buried in Fairview Cemetery, Waynesville, Illinois.


July 27, 1888
Clinton Register

Andrew HOUGHMAN was an old and much respected citizen of Long Point who had always enjoyed good health until six months ago, when he was afflicted with dropsy and gradually grew worse until his death which occurred last Wednesday. The following day his remains were consigned to the tomb in the Rock Creek church cemetery, Elder F. M. Philipps, of Heyworth, conducting the funeral. Andrew Houghman was born in Monroe county, Ind., Nov. 21, 1831, and moved with his father to this state in 1845 and settled in Long Point, near the old Alexander mill, where he spent the remainder of his life, excepting five years which he spent in Kansas. He was married to Delia ATKINSON in 1852, and lived a contented life until 1887, when death took her away.  He was the father of four children, two girls and two boys, all of which were at his funeral.


June 30, 1893
Clinton Public

The End of Jesse HOUSEMAN.
Whisky and a Car Wheel Did the Work.
He Died On the Anniversary of His Birth.

Jesse HOUSEMAN lived at Lane station for twelve years or more, from the time he was a boy till he reached the age of twenty-six years.  For a long time he was operator and agent at the railway station in Lane, but unfortunately he cultivated habits that unfitted him for duty and he was dropped out.  Since then he worked occasionally, some times as an extra brakeman, at others around the elevator at Lane.  But his habits grew worse instead of better.  He was a bright young fellow and was always the soul of the circle of his boon companions.

Last Tuesday Jesse was loafing around the depot at Lane just before the arrival of the morning train that was coming from Champaign to Clinton, when he said he believed he would come to Clinton.  Carl Spainhour heard him, and told Jesse that the best thing he could do was to stay at home, for if he went to Clinton he would only fill up.  Jesse was sensible enough to know his failing and he told Carl he would not go; but soon afterward the train arrived, and as it was pulling out from the depot Jesse could not resist the temptation, so he swung himself on to the steps of the caboose as it was passing west and to Clinton he came.

Poor Jesse had no business in Clinton, as Carl Spainhour had told him, and so he straightway began to fill up.  Along about two o'clock Jesse started down East Main street to catch the train at the crossing, and just as he got to the crossing the train was going at a lively speed.  Being accustomed to jumping on moving trains Jesse grabbed the railing of the caboose and tried to swing himself on the steps, when he missed his hold and down he went, the wheels passing over his right arm and crushing it to a jelly.

Jesse was picked up and carried back to the depot, and the company’s surgeon, Dr. Wilcox, was sent for.  When Dr. Wilcox got down to the depot his first call was for some whisky to stimulate the badly wounded man.  This aroused Jesse and he told the doctor he would find a flask in his pocket.   Jesse was moved to the home of his sister, Mrs. SHIELDS, in the south ward, where the arm was amputated close to the shoulder.  Dr. Wilcox felt uneasy after the operation about the poor fellow, the stupor from the liquor having completely taken away all vitality.

Between nine and ten o'clock at night Jesse Houseman died, his mother and sister being present at his bedside.  Ten hours before, he was sober and the picture of health and vigorous young manhood.  Before two o'clock he was under the influence of liquor to such an extent that unfitted him to take care of himself.  He was unmarried and lived at Lane station with his mother.  His sad death should be a warning to young men who frequent saloons.  His sad death occurred on this twenty-sixth birthday.


June 30, 1893
Clinton Public


Jessie HOWSMAN went to Clinton Tuesday morning in the best of health.   In trying to board the train to come home, at the crossing on East Main Street he fell beneath the wheels and had his right arm cut off close to the shoulder.  The fall so injured him that he died Tuesday night at 10 P.M.  His body was brought to Lane Wednesday afternoon and he was laid to rest at 10 A.M. Thursday, at the Rose cemetery.  He was 26 years old Tuesday, and was the son of Mrs. Mary EDWARDS, formerly HOWSMAN.

Note: There is a J. N. Housman buried in Rose Cemetery, who died in 1887.  If he was related to Jesse, there are now three spellings for his last name—Housman, Houseman and Howsman—and Jesse’s mother is listed in the marriage index under the name Housmer.


November 15, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. James Houston is Frightened and Dies Suddenly.

Mrs. James HOUSTON, living one mile west of Clinton, dropped dead at her home about 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. She prepared breakfast this morning, as usual, after which she and her husband started east, in a buggy, to visit her daughter at Wapella. Mrs. Houston became frightened at the action of the horse while on the road and got out of the buggy to walk over the railroad, when her husband noticed she appeared sick, and requested her to get into the buggy, which she did and was soon home. Arriving at their house, she was found unconscious, and a messenger was dispatched for Dr. CANTRELL, the family physician. When he arrived, Mrs. Houston had died. The deceased had been troubled with leasion [sic] of the heart for some time which, in connection with the fright, caused her sudden death. She was the daughter of the late Solomon WEAVER, who was one of the oldest and best known settlers in Clintonia township. She was about fifty-five years of age. A large circle of loving friends, together with her husband and five children, mourn her sad demise.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


January 19, 1900
Clinton Register

George Houston Meets With an Accident Which Results in His Death Sunday Morning.

George HOUSTON was caught between a switch engine and a box car shortly before 5 o'clock Saturday evening, and received injuries which resulted in his death early Sunday morning.

For some time he had been employed as messenger between the Big Four and the Alton, and Saturday was given a position as clerk and messenger in the Alton freight house. He had been given a message to deliver and started on his errand. When the switch engine came along he jumped onto the foot board on the front end, facing the engineer. The engine was pulling a string of about thirty cars, and the switch had been thrown to send them down the main track. In the meantime some men, with a handcar, taking some boards to the freight house, came along and threw the switch, so that when the engine struck it, it went down the next track next to JOHNSON's warehouse. Standing on this track was a C. M. & St. P. box car, with a broken draw bar. It was standing a couple of rods south of Chestnut street. The unfortunate boy, standing with his back in the direction the engine was going, did not see the car, and the force of the long string of cars made it impossible to stop after striking the switch until the engine struck the car. The draw bar of the car being broken, the bar of the engine went under the bottom of the car and the boy was caught between the frame of the engine and the sill of the car and his legs were crushed to a shapeless mass. Engineer HEMPSTEAD heard the victim cry out, and immediately reversed, when Houston fell to the ground. He was picked up and carried to the freight house until the patrol arrived, when he was taken to the Deaconess hospital. An examination of his injuries revealed the fact that there was no chance of recovery unless the limbs were amputated, and but very little then. It was decided to take advantage of this chance, and they were both removed. The shock proved too much, however, and the boy sank rapidly until about 3 o'clock Sunday morning, when he died.   —Pantagraph

The Houston family formerly lived near Wapella and moved to Bloomington a few years ago.


March 7, 1902
Clinton Register


James HOUSTON, of this city, died at the Soldier’s Home in Danville Sunday morning, aged 68 years.  The remains were brought to Clinton Tuesday morning and taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer ARNOLD, in the west part of the city.   Funeral services were held in the Christian church Wednesday at 1 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Canady.

James M. Houston was born Aug. 23, 1833, in Darke county, O., and came to Illinois when 23 years old.  He went to the war in 1861 in the 41st Ill. Vol., and remained three years, returning to Dewitt county.  In 1866 he was married to Miss Florence WEAVER.  To them were born nine children, only one being a son.  Those living are Mrs. J. W. PERSONS and Mrs. John DUNHAM, of Clinton; Mrs. W. H. PYLES, of Hutchinson, Kan.; Milton and Stella HOUSTON, of Clinton.  He was a member of the Christian church and was a peaceable citizen.

Eddie HOVEY 

January 28, 1864
Clinton Public

In this town, on the 20th, Eddie, son of L. D. and Matilda HOVEY, aged 3 years and 5 days.

Henry HOVEY 

October 17, 1861
Central Transcript

Death of Henry Hovey.

We are pained to announce the death of this most estimable young man—eldest son of L. D. HOVEY, Esq.  He has been sick for several weeks with typhoid fever.  He died at his father’s house, yesterday evening at 5 o'clock.  His age was about 19 years.  Mild and affable in his intercourse with the community, he impressed everybody with his natural goodness of heart, and had many friends, who looked upon him as a most promising young man.  A year or two ago he took charge of the telegraph office in this place, and became a very expert operator.  His death is deeply lamented, and his grief-stricken parents have the condolences of the entire community.  We are requested to state that the funeral of deceased will take place tomorrow, Friday morning, at ten o'clock, from the Presbyterian Church.

Note: His father was Lorenzo D. Hovey.

Lorenzo D. HOVEY 

December 15, 1882
Clinton Public

L. D. HOVEY died at his home in Kansas City last Sunday.  For some months he had been in feeble health.  No particulars are known as to the immediate cause of his death.  Mr. Hovey was an old resident of this city, and at one time occupied quite a leading position in business and in politics.  In the fall of 1870 he was elected treasurer of this county, which office he filled for two years.  At the close of his term he failed to turn over some $8000 or $10,000, which had been enjoined in his hands, being the tax collected for the payment of interest on the bonds issued by the county to the Gilman, Clinton and Springfield railroad.  This money he never paid over, and it was the cause of years of litigation which finally ended in the board of supervisors releasing the securities.  At one time Mr. Hovey was considered to be in good financial condition.  Till the transaction connected with his office as treasurer, he was esteemed as a fair and honorable man.

Benjamin HOWARD, Sr. 

August 1897
Paper Unknown


An Old Settler, whose life was devoted to good works, grew up with this county. The public was informed by special telephone message that Benjamin HOWARD, Sr., died Thursday at 8:15 a.m., of cancer of the stomach, aged 77 years, 3 months and 19 days, surrounded by members of his family and household. The disease with which he was afflicted is invariably fatal. Deceased was wonderfully reduced in weight and was confined to bed for about a week.

Mr. Howard came to this country with his parents before DeWitt county was organized, and literally grew up with the country, being in comfortable circumstances when he died, owning 240 acres near Kenney. On June 12, 1846, he enlisted at Clinton in Co. E, 4th Ill. Vol. Inf., for service in the Mexican War, rising to the office of lieutenant. He was honorably discharged at New Orleans on May 28, 1847. He was a pensioner of this war.

He was quick to respond to his country's call, and all through life was ready to assume any responsibility to which the people called him. He has filled acceptably every township office in the gift of the people. Mr. Howard was especially interested in public schools, and being a man of wide influence, did much good in this respect. Five daughters and two sons, all married, survive him. Funeral services were held by Rev. Mr. Wood, of Maroa, on Friday at 1 p.m. at his late home near Kenney. Interment in Tunbridge cemetery.

Submitted by Lois (Vergo) Fullington

Mrs. Benjamin HOWARD, Sr. 

July 16, 1915
Clinton Register

Mrs. Howard Died on Monday.
Had Reached the Age of Ninety-One Years—
Lived in This County 67 Years.

Mrs. Rosanna HOWARD, one of the pioneers of Central Illinois, died at her home in Kenney at 10:30 Monday morning at the age of ninety-one years. She had been suffering with cancer several years and this was the prime cause of death. Her condition had been serious for several months.

Deceased was born in Martin county, Va., in 1824, and came with her parents to Illinois in a covered wagon at the age of thirteen years, the family locating near Springfield. When she was twenty years of age they came to DeWitt county and in she was married to Benjamin HOWARD. The couple resided on the "Old Howard Farm" until just previous to the death of the husband 18 years ago. They were the parents of seven children, all of whom survive: Clara ALVEY, Putnam, Okla.; Sarah KIRBY, Chestnut; Rachel WATT, Clinton; J. A. HOWARD, Sentinel, Okla.; Ella WATSON, Kenney; Amy F. PERSINGER, Kenney; B. F. HOWARD, Chicago. She also leaves thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great- grandchildren.

Mrs. Howard was known and beloved by all and the funeral, which was held at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon at the home, was largely attended. Rev. H. D. MUNSON was in charge and burial was in Tunbridge cemetery.


August 24, 1925
1925 Illinois Annual Conference Journal of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Page 124

Ella Fruzana HOWARD was summoned suddenly August 24th, 1925, at her home in Shelbyville, Illinois. Of her it can be said with emphasis: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yea, saith the spirit for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Mrs. Howard was born in Shelbyville, Illinois, April 10th, 1858. Here she spent her girlhood days and she developed into a strong refined Christian woman. She was married to Rev. William R. HOWARD, an honored member of the Illinois Conference, July 12, 1881. To this union one child was born, dying in infancy. After faithfully working together with her husband in the many charges to which he was appointed, they retired from the public ministry and move to Shelbyville, Illinois in 1904, to spend the declining years of their lives. Here Rev. William R. Howard departed this life in 1908, after having been for more than half a century a worker in the Master's cause. His widow is survived by several nieces, three of whom reside in Shelbyville, namely: Miss Nieda BIVENS, Mrs. Arch TALLMAN and Mrs. Mable ROBERTS; Also four step-children, Herbert HOWARD of Heyworth, Illinois; Gertrude HOWARD of Natchez, Mississippi; Mrs. George T. STANLEY of Winnemucka, Nevada; and Mrs. J. W. WITT of Linden, Washington. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Howard continued to interest herself in the affairs of the Methodist Church and Conference. During the Bi-Conference movement of the Illinois Conference she made a gift of 4500.00 out of her limited possessions to the retired ministers' fund of the Methodist Conference. Funeral services were held at her residence in Shelbyville, Illinois, conducted by Rev. E. V. Young and Rev. F. B. Madden and her body was laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery beside her husband.

Submitted by Lois (Vergo) Fullington

Francis M. HOWARD 

November 23, 1906
Clinton Register

The following account of the death of Francis M. HOWARD, well known in this county, is from the Aurora, Neb., SUN of Nov. 16.

"After a continuous and suffering illness of over four months duration, Hon. Francis M. Howard died at Lincoln, Nebraska, Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 1906, at 11 o'clock a.m., where he had been taken from his home in this city a little over two weeks ago to undergo an operation for the removal of several badly ulcerated and decayed ribs and a portion of his breast bone.

Mr. Howard's illness dates from July 7, when he was compelled to take to his bed on account of a severe case of blood poisoning, caused from a bruise or a scratch the first days of July. Since he has been confined to his bed, he has submitted to numerous operations in hopes of finding some relief for his suffering and the dangerous condition into which his case had grown. Although everything possible was done for Mr. Howard that human hands and medical and surgical skill could do, no relief could be found of a lasting nature, other than to prolong his life from week to week and day to day, and then this was accomplished only through the wonderful constitution the man possessed. His death was due primarily to periostinitis.

Francis M. Howard was born Oct. 17, 1839, in DeWitt county, Illinois, and died Nov. 13, 1906, aged 67 years and 27 days. From the date of his birth, deceased lived all his life in DeWitt county, Illinois, until his coming to Hamilton county with his family Feb. 28, 1889, when he settled on his fine farm adjoining Aurora on the southeast.

Nov. 12, 1863, deceased was married to Sarah E. TROWBRIDGE, and to this union four children were born, three of whom are living, William A., Lee M., and James E., the former a resident of Aurora, and the latter on the home farm. The mother of these children died in June 1871.

On Feb. 13, 1873, the subject of this sketch married Caroline Z. McNEIL, of Adams county, Ohio, and to this union seven children were born, five of whom are still living and are Robert L., Wade H., B. F., Miss Edythe and Lawrence R., the former a resident of Jacksonville, Ills., and the latter of Peoria, Ills. All the children are here, with the exception of Lee, whose whereabouts has been unknown since the father's illness.

Since Mr. Howard's coming to Hamilton county in 1889, he continuously lived upon his farm until last December. He was prominent in party, church and school circles. He was largely instrumental in the organization of the Populist party in this county. As a populist he was elected in 1898 to represent this senatorial district in the legislative session in the winter of 1898-9.

Since his residence in this county he took great interest in educational matters and for several years was a member of the Board of Education of our city schools, and under his wise counsel our schools were always found in a prosperous condition. He was a true Christian gentleman and at the time of his death was a member of the Congregational church of this city.


November 28, 1867
Clinton Public and Central Transcript

The Death of Mr. John Howard.

McLean, Sept. 9th, 1867.

This is to certify that the undersigned physician attended Mr. John HOWARD during his late illness; that said Howard was sick o[?] a severe attack of continued Bilious Fever, August 14th, which continued until the 17th, when he was convalescent and continued so until the 19th, when he relapsed with excessive hemorrhage from the bowels. He became delirious the second day of the relapse and continued so. After a thorough examination of the case, I do certify, in my opinion, the relapse was superinduced by eating an improper quantity of food, and that death was caused by said hemorrhage; also that Mrs. Howard, during her husband's illness demeaned herself as an affectionate wife and did all she could to add to the welfare and comfort of her husband.

E. B. Johnson, M. D.


McLean, Sept. 11, 1867.

Having attended Mr. Howard in connection with Dr. Johnson for several days before his death, I believe, from the symptoms then present, and the history gained from Dr. J., of the case, the statement herein contained of Dr. J., to be substantially correct.

James C. Bascom, M. D.


Atlanta, Ill., Oct. 18th, 1867.

This is to certify that I visited Mr. John Howard once in consultation with Dr. Johnson, during his late illness, and from the symptoms present at the time, believe the statement of Dr. Johnson to be correct.

Wm. T. Kirk, M. D.

Note: John Howard died August 22, 1867.


January 1, 1904
Clinton Register


John HOWARD, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Selby HOWARD, died Sunday morning at his home, six miles southeast of Clinton, of lung fever and pneumonia fever after an illness of nine days.  He was born in Packaway county, Ohio, Dec. 9, 1855; died Dec. 27, 1903, at the age of 48 years and 18 days.  Funeral was conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland Monday.  Interment at Rose cemetery.

Note: His name is listed as John H. Howard on his tombstone.

Mrs. John H. HOWARD 

August 11, 1905
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary HOWARD died early Monday morning of cancer at her home in the southwest part of Clinton, aged nearly 47.  The maiden name of deceased was Mary BERLIEW and she was born in Clermont county, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1858, and her parents came to Illinois when she was 15 years old.  She was married in DeWitt county to John HOWARD, Mar. 6, 1879.  Five years later they moved to Creek township where they lived until the husband’s death, less than two years ago.  Since then she had lived with her son-in-law, Ed ROBERTS, near Lane, until last April when she came to Clinton to live.  She is survived by one child, Mrs. Ed ROBERTS.  Funeral services at the home at 1 o'clock Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Gilliland.  Burial in Rose cemetery, near Lane.

Joseph HOWARD 

August 3, 1906
Clinton Register

Former Clinton Man Died Few Hours After Being Operated Upon For Appendicitis.

Joseph HOWARD died suddenly Saturday night in Ft. Collins, Col. He had not been well before attending the Elks' National Convention in Denver where he marched about twelve miles in the Elks' procession. He returned home feeling worse and last Friday called on a doctor who told him he had appendicitis and should submit to an operation at once. He waited till next day when he was suffering so much that he told the doctor he would be operated upon. This was done at 5 o'clock that evening, and six hours later he died.

Deceased was born in Clinton almost 32 years ago and was the son of Dr. Reuben J. and Mrs. Eliza HOWARD, and Clinton was his home until he was grown. He attended the University of Champaign and graduated in law. He located at Ft. Collins five years ago and had been very successful. His partner was one of the leading attorneys of that city and attended to the office business, Mr. Howard looking [after] the firm's interest in court. Law practice in Colorado is more complicated on account of the mining and irrigation laws, but he had mastered them.

His father died in Clinton 23 years ago; his mother and his sisters, Mrs. Edward BOYD and Mrs. Frank WEEDMAN, live in Farmer City. Mord HOWARD, a half brother, is a physician in Danville, Ill. He was a member of the Elks' Order and had several thousand dollars life insurance.

The remains arrived at Farmer City Tuesday night and were taken to the home of Frank Weedman where funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. White, of the M. E. church. Burial was in Maplewood cemetery south of Farmer City.

Rev. Joseph HOWARD 

July 25, 1878
Central Christian Advocate

In the triumph of the Christian faith, at his residence near Kenney, DeWitt Co., Ill., Rev. Joseph HOWARD, father of Rev. W. R. HOWARD and father-in-law of Rev. J. C. RUCKER, died. Father Howard was born in Bracken Co., Ky., Aug. 27, 1797. Was married to Sarah HAFFIELD, in June 1817. Moved to Brown Co., Ohio, in 1826. Emigrated to Macon (now DeWitt) Co., Ill., in 1836, and settled on Salt Creek, near what is now the town of Kenney, where he lived and died.

He was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ohio, in 1828. He served as a trustee and steward nearly all his religious life— fifty years, lacking ten days. Father Howard was licensed to preach in 1839, and well and faithfully did he serve the church as a successful minister of the Word of God. His whole life was characterized by its remarkable activities in secular and religious labors. No local preacher of his day surpassed him in knowledge of the doctrines, discipline and usages of his church. He was thoroughly versed in the teachings of God's word, and as preacher he was a "workman that needed not to be ashamed," for he "rightly divided the word of truth." Few local preachers have been as efficient helpers to pastors and elders as Father Howard, both in counsel and cooperation. His house was the home, the ever open door and ever welcome home of the itinerant minister. Cartwright, Akers, Barger, Fairbanks, the great and good men of our Israel, and scores of others have shared his hospitality and the benefit of his counsel, have worshipped around his family altar, and departing pronounced upon him and his family their blessings, in the name of the Lord.

His last sickness, a disease of the spine, lasted nearly three years. When convinced that the active labors of his life were past, he carefully resigned them to the hands of others, to whom he gave words of encouragement and wisdom, to cheer them in the work and labor of the Master. Some two years before his death his want and prayer was for patience. This prayer was answered in a remarkable degree. "He was heard," in that "he was strengthened," "saved." Father Howard was the friend and supporter of Sabbath schools. About one year before hid death, he was taken to a Sunday-school picnic where hundreds, old and young, were assembled. When the multitude saw his changed form, once so athletic and vigorous, now so wasted and feeble, all eyes wept; but when for a few minutes he spoke to them of the consolation of Christ and the Christian hope, the tears of sorrow were changed to tears of joy, and they rejoiced together in hope of the coming and glory of God.

His last public act was in Kenney at the commencement of the great temperance revival in that place. Too feeble to kneel, he sat in his choir chair and prayed with fervor and unction that moved all hearts. All felt that a patriarch on the verge of his grave was successfully interceding with God, through Jesus Christ, for aid and help to carry forward, triumphantly, the great work of the temperance reformation. That wonderful prayer was more wonderfully answered. His decline was so gradual as to be almost imperceptible, till the "heated Term" of July. His sense of the Divine comfort and presence was with him to the last. He died July 25, 1878. "After he had served his own generation by the will of God fell on sleep, and was laid unto his father "; being at his death nearly eighty-one years of age. His venerable wife died some fourteen years ago— a woman of rare excellence and Christian virtues. He was the father of eleven children, eight of whom survived him. His son W. R. Howard is a member of the Illinois Conference. His eldest daughter, wife of J. C. Rucker, has shared the joys and sorrows of an itinerant life for twenty-nine years.

Submitted by Lois (Vergo) Fullington


July 20, 1900
Clinton Register

One of the County's Oldest and Best Known Residents Passes Away After a Few Hours Illness.

Thursday afternoon of last week Peter HOWARD was in Kenney and was in his usual health. Before starting home he was taken suddenly sick and became unconscious. He was taken home but did not regain consciousness and died at 3 o'clock Friday morning, the community being greatly shocked by his sudden death. He was one of the township's highly respected citizens and almost every one of its citizens was his friend.

Peter Howard was born in Brown county, Ohio, August 21, 1827, and died July 13, aged 72 years, 10 months and 22 days. At the age of 9 years he, with his parents, removed to Illinois, locating on what is known as the old Howard homestead one mile east of Kenney and was a resident of Tunbridge township nearly 64 years.

He received his education in one of the log school houses of that day and later taught a few years, but the greater portion of his life he was a farmer.

In 1859 he was united in marriage to Mary E. BOTKIN and to this union eleven children were born, two dying in infancy, Edward and Eugene, while the other nine children, Chas. E., of Decatur; Minnie A. EDWARDS, Oscar W., of Kenney; Edgar L., of Gilman; John H., of Decatur; Mary E. SARVER, of Kenney; Joseph W., of Kenney, George E. of Gilman; and Ivan C. and the widow survive the deceased.

Of the original family that moved to Illinois in 1837, but four remain, Rev. W. R. HOWARD, of Shelbyville; F. M. HOWARD, of Aurora, Neb.; Mrs. Jane HUFF and Mrs. Anna BRAHM, all of Aurora, Neb. It was impossible for William to attend the funeral, owing to the serious illness of his wife, and those in Nebraska did not have sufficient time to come.

Funeral services were held at the late residence at 10 a.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. J. B. WOLFE, of Quincy, a former pupil of the deceased, and he gave an eloquent discourse. He was a life-long Democrat, holding almost every office in the township and was always much interested in his party's success. Interment was in the Tunbridge cemetery.


August 15, 1884
Clinton Public

Death of Dr. R. L. Howard.

In the prime of life and at the time when he was ready to bless humanity in his chosen profession as a physician, Dr. R. L. HOWARD was called from earth to join the great majority beyond. Four weeks ago last Sunday Dr. Howard was attacked with a disease of the brain, accompanied with high fever. This developed into typhoid fever. From the first, his condition was dangerous. The ablest medical skill was summoned to attend him. Dr. Howard was not a robust man physically, and it was feared from the first that the disease would not yield to treatment. After lingering for four weeks Dr. Howard died on Saturday evening, at six o'clock.

The doctor was born in Brown county, Ohio, on the 4th of October, 1838, so that at the time of his death he was nearly forty-six years old. When but a child his parents came to DeWitt county and located in Tunbridge township, where he spent his boyhood and young manhood. Having a taste for the study of medicine Dr. Howard attended a full course of lectures at Hahnneman medical college in Chicago, from which institution he graduated fifteen years ago. After leaving college the doctor located in Augusta, Ky., where he was very successful in the practice of his profession. A little more than two years ago he came back to this county and located in this city and was building up a good practice.

The death of Dr. Howard is a great loss to Clinton. He was an energetic, go-ahead man, and took an active part in every matter that would tend to advance the interests of the city. He recently built a handsome residence on North Center street, just north of the school building, which was a valuable addition to the city. Dr. Howard was a man of strong prejudices, yet he was one of the kindest of neighbors. For twenty years he had been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and during his brief residence was a prominent officer in the church in this city. He will be missed by society and by the church, but most of all by his family, for he was a kind husband and an indulgent father.

Sarah Ellen (SHORT) HOWARD 

November 5, 1879
Journal & Record of the 57th Session of the IL. Annual Conf. of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1880.
Pages 68 & 69

Sarah Ellen HOWARD, daughter of Rev. Daniel SHORT and Diana, his wife, was born in Morgan Co., Illinois, and died at Normal, Illinois, November 5th 1879, in the 44th year of her age. At the age of fourteen she became the subject of converting grace and sought membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church. September 19th 1855, she was married to her now bereaved husband, Rev. W. R. Howard of the Illinois Conference, and for twenty-four years sustained and maintained the relation of a faithful wife of an itinerant minister. She received her education at the Illinois Female College and is affectionately remembered by her teachers and classmates to whom she greatly endeared herself by her studious habits and kindly deportment. By nature retiring and modest she shunned publicity, yet when duty called she never faltered nor wavered. Having accepted the responsibilities of the wife of an itinerant minister, she wisely and heroically met them. Her religious experience was clear, deep and abiding. Walking with God, she felt it to be not only her duty but her privilege, and her daily life gave evidence of the closeness of that walk. Her last days were painful in body but peaceful in mind. Her life was a benediction, her end was a grand Christian triumph. Of her in life, it may be truly said, in all the relations whether of daughter, sister, wife, mother--"she did what she could."

Note: The eight children born to Sarah were Belle E. DAVENPORT, Ida " Lucie" MOORE, Arthur L. HOWARD, Herbert Linn HOWARD, Anna "Grace" WITT, Gertrude HOWARD, Edith HOWARD, and Jessie STANLEY.

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Rev. William R. HOWARD 

July 5, 1908
1908 Illinois Methodist Annual Conference
Pages 131 & 132

Rev. William R. HOWARD was born in Brown County, Ohio, November 14, 1829, and died in Shelbyville, Illinois, July 5, 1908. From the state of his birth he came to the state of Illinois with his parents, Rev. Joseph and Sarah (Haffield) HOWARD, in the fall of 1836, and settled in DeWitt County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood.

Brother Howard was one of the oldest ministers in the Illinois Conference, having been for more than half a century a worker in the Master’s cause. He was converted in March, 1840, and united with the Methodist Church. In 1848 he was licensed by his quarterly conference to exhort, and so used his gifts and grace as to find favor and acceptability in the Master’s cause. In 1850 he was licensed by his quarterly conference as a local preacher. He now felt the need of better equipment for his work, and entered McKendree College at Lebanon, Illinois, in 1850, spending the year at that school and the following two years at the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington. He now felt plainly the call to preach and devote himself entirely to the work, so in 1853 he joined the Illinois Conference at its session in Beardstown, beginning October 12, Bishop Levi Scott presiding.

The venerable Dr. Peter Cartwright was his first presiding elder. In 1856 he was married by Dr. Cartwright to Miss Sarah Ellen SHORT. Eight children were born to this union*. Sarah died in 1877, and on July 28, 1881, he married a second time, this time leading to the altar Miss Ella Fruzana BIVENS of Shelbyville, Illinois.

Brother Howard’s translation came after a long siege of suffering, the direct cause being cancer of the stomach. In the fall of 1904, he attended conference at Springfield and sat under the ministry of Bishop McCabe. Before the session was closed he was taken ill, and coming home continued to suffer. The malady was then beginning its work, and continued through a period of more than three years till its dread work was done. At one time in his life he had read medicine, and had practiced some, but soon felt that his whole time should be given to the ministry. Therefore, knowing what he did of disease and remedy, he was well able to diagnose his own case and did so.

His sufferings were very great, but he bore them all in patience. He had “ let patience have her perfect work”. To the loved ones who ministered to him he always had a word of cheer and a smile. In the face of death his feelings were as calm and peaceful as rest itself. The bitter anguish in his body could find no entrance into his soul. To his callers he always had a hopeful view of the situation. When any of his brother ministers visited him he would call for a season of prayer before they left, and then second their devotions with hearty unctions. The time came at last when he spoke of his death as being very near, and he expressed not only a willingness to go, but anxiety. One day, as his beloved wife ministered so tenderly to him, he jokingly remarked, “You’re so good you don’t give me a fair chance to make headway.” When the end did come, it came as he had wished, very peacefully and calm. Simply a last breath and the soul was with its Maker. He is survived by his wife and six children.  N. M. RIGG.

Note: The eight children born were: Belle E. DAVENPORT, Ida “Lucie” MOORE, Arthur L. HOWARD, Herbert Linn HOWARD, Anna “Grace” WITT, Gertrude HOWARD, Edith HOWARD, and Jessie STANLEY).

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May 29, 1908
Clinton Register


A few weeks ago Walter HOWSER went to Midland to assist in caring for his father and his brother, Frank, and was taken sick and died two weeks later.  Frank did not improve and at 9:30 yesterday morning passed away, the cause of his death being sciatic rheumatism.

Deceased was born in DeWitt county March 27, 1864.  His first marriage was while in Missouri, and three children were born, Mrs. Pearl THORPE, of Beason; Mrs. SUMNER, of Midland City; and Miss Ruby, who lives with her mother at Alva, Illinois.

May 30, 1891, he was married to Miss Minnie BATTLES, who is deceased.  He is survived by his parents, his children and a sister, Mrs. Jos. BLACK, at whose home he died.

Funeral will be held Sunday at the residence at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Jewett, of Lincoln.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Clinton.

Walter HOWSER 

May 8, 1908
Clinton Register

Had Been Confined to Bed Only a Short Time—
Was at His Sister's Home.

About six weeks ago, a severe attack of rheumatism caused Walter HOWSER much pain, and he was unable to attend to business a part of the time.  Over three weeks ago he went to Midland City where his father and brother Frank were very sick.  While there he was confined to his bed at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jas. BLACK.  He became much worse, but his friends here did not know of his dangerous condition; the news of his death, which occurred about 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, was a surprise to all.

Deceased was born March 29, 1879, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William HOWSER.   His parents moved from Logan county to Midland City several years ago, where he remained until coming to Clinton about 17 years ago, and his home had since been here.  For several years he was in the employ of Ed Cackley, and for three or four years had been engaged in the saloon business.

March 15, 1893, he was married to Miss Carrie HENSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. HENSON.  She, with a daughter, survives him.  He is also survived by his parents, a sister, Mrs. Jas. BLACK, and a brother, Frank.  He was an honorable young man and had many friends who were pained to learn of his death.  He had few, if any, enemies, and he was always friendly.

The remains were brought to Clinton Wednesday morning and taken to the residence.   Funeral services were held yesterday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. E. Jewett, of Lincoln.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: His tombstone shows a birth year of 1870, which is probably correct; otherwise he would have been married at age 14.

William J. HOWSER 

January 1, 1909
Clinton Register


W. J. HOWSER, who had been sick about a week with pneumonia, died at his home near Midland City.  He was born in Spencer county, Kentucky, September 30, 1833.  In the war of ’61 he enlisted in Company B, 15th Kentucky Inft., where he served only a short time, being compelled to leave on account of ill health.  In 1863, in company with his mother and two sisters, he came to Illinois and settled on a farm in Logan county.  Here he was united in marriage to Miss Laura EDDY, of Atlanta, Ill.   To this union five children were born, Frank and Walter preceding him last May; two daughters died in infancy.  He leaves to mourn his death the wife, one daughter, Mrs. J. E. BLACK, near Midland City, and two sisters, Mrs. William P. HOWSER and Mrs. P. W. HOWSER, both of Atlanta, Illinois.  Deceased was a member of the Christian church and was a good citizen.

Orin A. HOYT 

July 20, 1906
Clinton Register

Another of the Veterans of the Civil War Has Been Mustered Out of Service.

O. A. HOYT, one of Clinton’s well-known citizens, died at 3 o'clock this morning at his home in the northwest part of the city, aged 69. About a year ago he was stricken with paralysis, and again last fall.  Since then he had been in very poor health and for several months had been on the streets but little.

Orin A. Hoyt was born at Columbus, O., in April 1837.  When 16 years old he ran away from home and came to Springfield, Ill.  In 1860 he was married to Miss Eunice COBB, of Sanagmon county.  In 1862 he enlisted in the army and served three years.   After the war closed the family came to DeWitt county and lived on a farm in the Green Valley neighborhood six years.  He then moved to Nebraska and remained three years.  He moved to Clinton over thirty years ago and it had since been his home.

Besides the wife, he is survived by the following children: Edward E., Mrs. E. V. HARTMAN, LeRoy, Mrs. Harry BEAN, Clyde, all in Clinton except Lewis [Louis], who is in Arizona.  Nettie is deceased.  He was a faithful member of the M. E. church and was always ready to do his part in any good work.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. N. M. Rigg.  The G. A. R. will attend in a body.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Orin A. HOYT 

January 8, 1909
Clinton Register

Mrs. Eunice HOYT was found unconscious at her home on East Adams street December 24, and remained unconscious three or four days.  While she partly recovered, there was little hope that she would become able to walk.  She became worse and died at 7 o'clock Sunday morning, aged 63.

Deceased was born August 18, 1845, in Sangamon county, Illinois. A few years later her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stafford COBB, moved to DeWitt county, where they lived several years.  August 18, 1861, she was married to Orin A. HOYT. After a few years they moved to Clinton, which had since been her home.  Her husband died two years ago, and since then she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. H. L. BEAN.

She is survived by six of the eight children born to them.  They are Edward, of Clinton; Louis, of Clinton, Arizona; Mrs. Edward HARTMAN, of Oakland, California; Roy, Mrs. Bean and Clyde, of Clinton.

She had long been a member of the Methodist church, and a faithful worker in the Foreign Missionary society, and in the Woman’s Relief Corps.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Flagge.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.


September 6, 1895
Clinton Public

A Sad Bereavement.

At the sad hour of two o'clock Friday night the peaceful soul of Thomas HUBBART passed into the realms beyond. He had been a sufferer of heart dropsy for several years, but during the past six months he had been confined to his room most of the time, yet as a true and faithful Christian he bore his suffering with patience. Never during his illness was he heard complaining of the afflictions with which he had to contend. The deceased had lived in DeWitt many years, and all who knew him respected him for his sterling integrity and Christian character. His life was one of action and purpose, and in his death he was like unto the weary and way-worn traveler, who has been patiently standing at the portals of the city of rest, waiting for summons to enter.

Thomas Hubbart was born in Sandow, Ohio, July 30, 1821, and was aged, at the time of his death, 64 years, 1 month and 1 day. On the 13th day of August, 1862, he was enrolled as a private soldier in company C, 107th regiment of Illinois volunteer infantry, and served over two years, being discharged at Camp Nelson, Ky., November 17, 1864, by a surgeon's certificate. He was a brave soldier, and carried away from some of the terrific battles many bruises, which were emblems of his bravery.

He became a Christian when a young man, and united with the Episcopal church. Later on in years, about 1887, he removed his membership to the Protestant church of DeWitt. He leaves a faithful wife and three sons to mourn his loss. He was an affectionate husband and father and a genial companion. To the loved ones from whom he has been taken we extend our heartfelt sympathy and say, "Live so you can all unite the broken chords upon the other shore, where parting is no more."


March 25, 1910
Clinton Register

Well-Known Resident of Wapella is Called to Rest at Advanced Age.

John F. HUBBELL, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Wapella, died at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Deceased was born at Fearis, Lewis County, Ky., Nov. 17, 1833, and was married to Elizabeth J. TERHUNE, September 14, 1856, and to this union ten children were born, five of whom preceded their father to the rest beyond. The five who are left to mourn his loss are Frank E. and Mrs. W. L. JOHNSON, of Wapella; Mrs. J. E. DeATLEY, of Heyworth; Mrs. E. C. BELL, of Bloomington; and Geo. W. of Ada, Minn. There are also one sister and three brothers; Mrs. J. P. BROWN, of Webster City, Iowa; J. Oscar, of Grand River, Iowa; Paris N., of Clarion, Iowa; and James L., of Wapella. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

Mr. Hubbell has been a resident of Illinois for almost sixty years, living for many years on his farm in Wilson township. In December 1901 he moved to Wapella, and resided there until his death.

He united with the Long Point Christian church in Nov. 1858, and has lived a conscientious Christian life. He was school treasurer of Wilson township for 22 consecutive years.

The funeral was held at the Christian church in Wapella Tuesday afternoon, services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Robertson of Heyworth, assisted by Rev. Mr. Pence and Rev. Mr. Wilson of Wapella. Interment was made in the Sugar Grove cemetery.

Mr. Hubbell was a good citizen and neighbor and his demise is mourned by a large circle of friends. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Mrs. John F. HUBBELL 

July 10, 1914
Clinton Register

Old Resident of DeWitt County Passes Away at the Home of Her Daughter.

Mrs. J. F. HUBBELL died Wednesday night in the home of her daughter. Mrs. W. L. JOHNSON, five miles northeast of Wapella, where she had been making her home since the death of her husband four years ago in Wapella. She was sick several months.

Deceased was 76 years of age, being born Octorber 15, 1834. The greater part of her life had been spent in DeWitt County in the vicinity of Wapella. For several years Mr. and Mrs. Hubbell lived in Wapella previous to his death.

Mrs. Hubbell leaves the following children: Frank HUBBELL, of Wapella; G. W. HUBBELL, of Ada, Minnesota; Mrs. J. E. DeATLEY, of Wapella; Mrs. E. C. BELL, of Bloomington; and Mrs. W. L. Johnson, in whose home she died five miles northeast of Wapella. She also leaves two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Mary KARR, of Cairo, Illinois; Mrs. Eli DANNISON, of Clinton, and F. TERHUNE, of Wellington, Kas.

Funeral services were held at Sugar Grove church this afternoon. Burial in the cemetery near that church.


November 19, 1863

The Baby Wept;
The Mother took it from the Nurse's arms,
And hushed its fears and soothed its vain alarms.
And Baby slept.

The Baby Weeps;
And God doth take it from the Mother's arms,
From present griefs and future unknown harms.
And Baby sleeps.

In Mount Pleasant, on the 7th inst., little Mattie, daughter of Andrew and Ann HUBBERT, aged 7 months.

"Happy infant! early blest;
Rest in peaceful slumber, rest."


January 17, 1908
Clinton Register

Niece of Attorney L. E. Stone Loses Her Life Near Monticello on Her Way Home From Funeral.

Mrs. Mattie HUBBIRT, and her daughter Nellie, of Assumption, attended the funeral of Wm. STONE, the latter's grandfather, at Lane, and on their way home visited Roscoe STONE, son of Mrs. Hubbirt, four miles south of Monticello. Early Wednesday morning he took them to the crossing near his home where they were to take the car for Decatur on their way to Assumption. As the car approached his team scared and he drove away. Mrs. Hubbirt stood too near the track and the car struck her. She was knocked several feet and died soon after being picked up. She was struck in the face and her skull split.

The remains were taken to Bement and an inquest held; the verdict neither exonerated or censured the motorman or conductor.

Deceased's first husband was Monroe STONE, son of the late Wm. Stone. He died, and a few months ago she was married to Albert HUBBIRT and their home had been at Assumption. She was born near Circleville, Ohio, in 1858, but lived in Piatt county most of her life, several years in Monticello previous to her last marriage.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church in Bement at 10 o'clock today, and the burial was in the Monticello cemetery where her first husband was buried.

From The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

(See obituary of William Stone)

James L. HUBBLE 

September 1925
Paper Unknown


James HUBBLE, 77 years old, passed away at his home in Wapella, Thursday morning at 11 o'clock.  Infirmities of old age was the cause of his death.

Deceased was born in Lewis county, Kentucky, July 11, 1848.  He went to Heyworth, March, 1853, from there he moved to Wapella eleven years ago where he resided until his death.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM, October 25, 1870, and to this union twelve children were born, six of whom have preceded him in death.  He leaves his wife and the following children: Mrs. Ella HEDRICK and Mrs. Nora SHORT, of Wapella; Fred and Ab, of Clinton; Mrs. Cora BARNETT, of near Lexington; and John, of Bloomington.  He also leaves twenty-seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Sugar Grove church Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. William Icenogle, of Wapella, officiating.  Burial will be in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index:
HUBBLE, JAMES LUTHER     1925-09-03      DE WITT     WAPELLA

Note: The children who preceded James in death were James, Franklin, George, Phillip and Bessie Hubble and Eliza Lillian (Hubble) Troxel.  The children who survived James were Sarah Ellen (Hubble) Hedrick, Nora Elizabeth (Hubble) Short, Cora May (Hubble) Barnett, and Fred, John and Ab Hubble.

Submitted by Lawrence Hedrick

John HUBBLE, Jr. 

September 28, 1883
Clinton Public

Killed by a Runaway Team.

Mr. John HUBBLE, of Wilson township, and two of his sons were hauling oats to Wapella on Wednesday morning. After delivering their loads, and while on their way out of town, one of the teams, driven by young John HUBBLE, a boy of about nine years, got scared by the shouts of the children who were playing in the school yard at recess. The horses are large and powerful, and when they started to run the boy pulled manfully on the lines to check them, but his efforts were unavailing. In turning a corner, the tugs came loose and let the tongue of the wagon drop down and the wagon was overturned, throwing the boy under it. The sideboard of the wagon struck him on the head and fractured his skull, tearing open the scalp from the center of his forehead around to the back part. His face and jaw were also crushed and his neck was broken. Mr. Hubble was in the lead with his team, and behind John’s team was another brother in a wagon. The boy was carried back to Dr. POTTER’s office. He never spoke, and it is possible he felt no pain for his heart throbbed only once or twice after he was picked up. It was a heart-rending sight to the poor father when he saw his boy mangled and crushed. The body was removed to Mr. Hubble’s house in the afternoon, and the funeral services were held yesterday forenoon. Little Johnny was a bright and manly boy, and being brought up to handle horses he felt no doubt of his ability to manage any team. Mr. and Mrs. Hubble have the sympathy of their friends in their terrible affliction.


October 10, 1905
Paper Unknown

Death of Charles Huddleston.

Farmer City, Ills., Oct. 9—Charles Huddleston, an old resident of Farmer City and De Witt county, died at 9:40 Saturday evening as the result of a Stroke of paralysis. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The deceased was about 70 years old and is survived by his wife and several children. —Decatur Daily Review

Submitted by Alan Jones


May 123, 1913, Friday
Cliniton Register

Dr. R. H. HUDDLESTON died at his home in Miami, Fla., Friday.  He is the father of C. E. Huddleston of this city.  He was one of the pioneer settlers of Santa Anna township.  He was about 76 years of age.


August 25, 1905
Clinton Register


Tuesday, while two of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HUDDLESTON of Farmer City were playing about the public watering trough in that city, one of them, Roger, a boy aged nearly two years, fell in and was drowned.  The other child was seen about the trough crying, and when someone went to where he was, the body was found floating in the trough.  The children had been allowed to leave the home to play and, while the trough is in the business part of the city, no one had seen the child fall in the water.  Mr. Huddleston is a druggist and has lived in Farmer City many years.


October 24, 1861
Central Transcript

DIED.—At the Hospital in Paducah, Ky., the 30th of September, 1861, of Typhoid Fever, Shelby A. HUDDLESTON, member of Company E, Forty-first Regiment, Illinois volunteers, in the 30th year of his age.  His remains were brought to Mt. Pleasant, Dewitt county, Ills., for interment.  His death in the service of his country brings sorrow and sadness to his beloved wife and children, his parents, his brother, now in the army, his sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends.  He was a young man of promise and missed no opportunities of ____. An ardent patriot, he has given his ___ offering to his beloved country.  [Followed by a poem with a lot of missing words.]     G. E.

Note: He served in Company C, not Company E.

Joseph R. HUDSON 

April __, 1926
Paper Unknown

Joseph Hudson Is dead at His Home in Waynesville.

Waynesville, April 27 - (Special)—Joseph Hudson died this afternoon at his home here, following an extended illness with cancer.  He was born in Ohio, December 19, 1852, and was married March 12, 1876, to Miss Eva COOPER, who survives him.

Mr. Hudson had spent most of his life in the vicinity of Waynesville, where he engaged in farming until several years ago, when he moved into town.  He leaves besides his wife, three sons, Frank, Jesse, and Clyde, all of Waynesville; several grandchildren; a brother, John HUDSON, Iowa; and a sister, Mrs. Ella COOPER, Kansas.

Note: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 - Joseph Richard Hudson died on April 27, 1926 in Waynesville, DeWitt County.

HUFF (infant) 

August 16, 1895
Clinton Public

The infant child of J. W. HUFF died on Sunday, August 11th, and was buried in Woodlawn on Monday.

Mrs. Charles HUFF 

April 17, 1908
Clinton Register

Mrs. Eliza Jane HUFF, wife of Charlie HUFF, died at 12:20 o'clock Tuesday morning from an apoplectic stroke suffered Monday morning between 9 and 10 o'clock.  She leaves besides her husband, one daughter, a sister and three brothers to mourn her loss.   Interment was in Maroa cemetery, Friday.


April 17, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. Charles HUFF of Maroa died about 12 o'clock Monday night, of apoplexy, aged 56.  Monday morning she appeared to be in the best of health.  Shortly after noon she became very ill, complaining of a severe headache.  A physician was summoned, but as she appeared no worse, he returned to his office, leaving medicine to be given her.

About 1 o'clock Mrs. Huff went to sleep.  She slept so soundly that her relatives became alarmed and again sent for the physician.  Her husband and daughter were also sent for.  About 5 o'clock her pulse became almost normal and some hopes were entertained for her recovery.  She still continued to sleep, though, and about 12 o'clock she died.

Deceased was a member of the Pythian Sisters and was also a member of the Christian church.   She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Harry GAMBREL, four brothers and one sister.

David HUFF 

March 16, 1906
Clinton Register

Had Lived in Dewitt County All His Life —
Funeral Was Held Yesterday.

Over a year ago, David HUFF became afflicted with Rheumatism and spent several weeks at the Indiana Springs, but there was no permanent relief. Though he had since been taking treatment he gradually grew worse, and about two months ago retired from business. He realized that he could not get well and death came Monday evening at his home on West Washington Street.

David HUFF was born in Texas township Oct. 30, 1870. About fifteen years ago his father, John W. HUFF, moved to Kenney, where he had lived until about six years ago when the family moved to Clinton. He was married to Miss Ada REED, Oct. 20, 1902, and she survives him. His mother died several years ago but he is survived by his father, a half sister, Alice, of Clinton, and three half brothers, C. HUFF of Clinton, Robert DINE, of Dowagiac, Mich. and W. C. DINE, of Maroa. He was a member of the Engle Lodge. The funeral was held in the M.E. church yesterday at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. N.M. RIGG. Burial in Woodlawn.

Note: He died March 12th.

James HUFF 

February 26, 1897
Clinton Register

Death of James Huff.

James HUFF, father of John HUFF, of this city, an old and highly respected resident of Macon county, died at his home in Maroa Saturday night, aged 84 years.  For forty years he had been a resident of that town and was known to most of the older people of the county.  He was a contractor and builder and quite a prominent man.  He leaves a wife and eight children.  They are Chas. and Marshal HUFF, of Maroa; Mrs. Ella CHANDLER, of Decatur; Miss Gladys HUFF, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Lulu STEIDLEY, of Louisiana; Edward HUFF, of Michigan; Mrs. Ida CLOSE, of Idaho; and Hulbert HUFF, of Louisiana.  He had written a history of his life which was read at his funeral.  He began it in 1891 and ended it last fall.   —Decatur Review.

Mrs. John HUFF 

March 20, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. John HUFF, who has been sick for the past three years, died at her home last Monday evening. She was buried at the Ridge cemetery.

Note: Ridge Cemetery is also known as Wrights Grove Cemetery.   It is located in Maroa, Macon County, Illinois.

Owen HUFF 

January 3, 1890
Clinton Register

Owen HUFF, a brakeman on the T. H. & P., was killed at Maroa yesterday morning by a freight train.  While stepping from one car to another, he fell between them and the wheels passed over his body killing him instantly.   He was the son of John HUFF, of Texas township, and had been on the road about a year.  He was a young man of excellent character, sober and industrious.  He was about 23 years old.  The burial took place at the cemetery west of Maroa today.


January 3, 1890
Clinton Public

Ora [Owen] HUFF, a brakeman on the Midland railroad, was thrown from the top of a freight car yesterday morning and instantly killed. He was stepping from one box car to another when he fell between the cars and his body was terribly mangled. He was the son of Mr. John W. HUFF, a farmer living near Rowell. Young Huff had been a brakeman for nearly three years on the Midland, and next Monday morning he would have been promoted to a conductorship. Twice before was he injured. He was twenty-three years of age and was a bright and pleasant young man.

William James HUFF 

August 13, 1863, Thursday
DeWitt County Public & Central Transcript

JULY 13TH 1863.

Mr. James W. HUFF:
Dear Sir, I have the sad task of informing you of the death of your son, W. J. HUFF, Co. K, 41st Ill., on the morning of the 12th ult., in charging the rebel works to the right of Jackson, which resulted in the almost total destruction of our entire Brigade.  In this charge James fell mortally wounded by a musket ball passing through the bowels.  He was borne from the field, and lived until the morning of the 13th, which brought relief to his suffering.  He was buried, and his grave is carefully marked.  In losing him, we mourn the loss of a true and noble patriot, as well as a brave and gallant soldier; but he has died as he would wish, in defense of his country’s rights.

I remain yours truly,
Thomas Kelly.

Chauncey D. HUFFMAN 

May 27, 1881
Clinton Register

DIED.—Monday, May 16, 1881, Chauncey D., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel HUFFMAN, aged 11 years, 7 months. He suffered for weeks and during most of that time his mind was so affected as not to recognize anyone. It seemed to be a continual warfare between the doctor and the most fatal and terrible disease. No doctor was ever more faithful or worked harder to raise anyone than Dr. ZIMMERMAN did. It seemed that for four or five days previous to his last attack he was in a fair way to recover, his mind seemed to come back, and his head and back seemed almost natural. But alas! on Friday he took worse. His father and mother happened to leave the room for a minute, and by some unknown means got out or fell on the floor. His mother ran in and he was lying on his back. She placed him back in bed and called her husband in, and it seemed almost impossible to keep him alive for quite a while, and from that time until his death he seemed to suffer continually, and on the following Monday he died.

And now our hearts are sad and lonely since we parted with our dear little Chauncey, and yet we know not what sorrow he might have, had he remained on earth.   He was too pure to stay in this sinful world, and has gone to dwell with kindred in that beautiful home above.


May 20, 1881
Clinton Public

Mr. Samuel HUFFMAN’s son, aged twelve years, died of cerebro-spinal meningitis on last Monday.  Mr. Huffman lives northwest of Clinton on Mr. Samuel Wilson’s farm.

Note: The name was spelled Hoffman in this article, but it was spelled Huffman in the following article and also in the census.


May 27, 1881
Clinton Public

Died, on Monday, May 16th, 1881, Chauncey D., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel HUFFMAN, of cerebro-spinal meningitis.

Chauncey was eleven years and seven months old.  He suffered for four weeks, and during the most of that time he was not able to recognize anyone.  It seemed to be a continual warfare between his doctors and the terrible disease.  No doctor was ever more faithful and worked harder to raise anyone than Dr. Simmerman and we thought for several days that he was getting well.  During four or five days his mind seemed to be getting all right; he ate hearty and his back and neck seemed to be almost natural.   But, alas, on Friday he changed for the worse.  His father and mother happened to leave him a moment, and for some unknown cause he got out and fell on the floor.  His mother was in an adjoining room and found him lying on his breast on the floor.  It was impossible to do him any good, and from that time he seemed to sink away, and on Monday he died.


August 30, 1895
Clinton Public

It was a surprise to the large acquaintance of Mrs. W. F. HUGHES to hear of her death on Friday of last week. While she had not been enjoying good health for some time, no one imagined that her disease—a constitutional affliction—would terminate fatally.

Mrs. W. F. Hughes, maiden name Sarah JAMES, was born in Texas township, this county, August 18, 1860, where she had always resided. Her gentleness of spirit, quickness of perception, and other womanly graces commended themselves to W. F. HUGHES, to whom she was married on March 28, 1882. To them were born two bright boys, who are now ten and twelve years respectively.

For seven years she had been a member of the Christian church, ever active in the discharge of religious duties. Her husband, two sons, three brothers and two sisters survive her. Her brothers are Uriah, Elliot and Leroy, all residents of Texas township. Her sisters—Mrs. J. M. WILCOX, of Clinton, and Mrs. Sylvanus POTTER, of Coffeyville, Kan.—were dispatched the sad intelligence, but they could not be present at the funeral on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Wilcox was in attendance at the Knights Templar conclave in Boston. Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Texas township by Rev. L. B. PICKERILL, the choir of the church here assisting in the services. Rev. Mr. IDLEMAN, of Kenney, also took part in the exercises at the church. It was the longest funeral procession that ever paid a last tribute in Texas township to a departed friend. Her memory will long be held in reverence by the citizens of that township.


September 1, 1899
Clinton Register

Under Lamentable Circumstances a Young Wife Passes Away—
Sister of Mrs. P. B. Martin, of Clinton.

Saturday at the noonday hour the family of J. E. REED was happy and contented— unconscious of the calamity soon to befall the little circle. Among those forming the noonday meal circle was Mrs. Sarah A. HUKILL, who was apparently in usual health and ate the meal with relish. As Mrs. Hukill arose from the table, she gave a scream and sank into paroxysms, which continued until 4 o'clock, when the gloom of death settled over the home.

As soon as it was possible to obtain doctors, they were present. They pronounced the attack angina pectoris or neuralgia of the heart. The physicians could do nothing for the dying woman, except to see her life ebb away, while parents and others closely related to her stood by, their hearts bleeding with anguish over the sudden and fatal visitation.

A feature of the case of a distressing phase was the absence from home of the husband. Frank HUKILL, who was looking for a location to carry on business. The news of his wife's death did not reach him until 10 o'clock Sunday.

Anna REED was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John REED and was born in Lincoln May 19, 1867. All her life she was of delicate health, necessitating her leaving school at an early age. On March 11, 1897, she was married to Frank P. Hukill.

Mrs. Hukill was quite a popular girl. She made friends with those she met by virtue of her ways and excellent disposition. Her death is a warning to all that life is uncertain and while we live we should be prepared to die. —Lincoln Courier.

Mrs. Hukill was a sister of Mrs. P. B. MARTIN, of this city, and had visited here, the last time being during the fair three weeks ago. Mrs. Martin had been in Lincoln two weeks and was present when death so suddenly took away her sister.

Ezekial HULIT 

September 6, 1895
Clinton Public

Last Chapter of Life Closed.

Ezekial HULIT died at his late home in the Wilson property, on East Main street, Tuesday, at four o'clock p.m. Deceased had a stroke of paralysis ten weeks ago, death resulting from its effects as above.

He was born at Hightstown, N. J., July 26, 1828, and moved to Ohio when about twenty years old, remaining there until 1861. For thirty years he lived in Springfield, Ill., coming to Clinton four years ago, where he remained until the time of his death. He married his afflicted relict thirty years ago in Springfield, three children—Mrs. Carrie EVANS, Miss Mabel HULIT and Julia HULIT, the two former surviving and living here. His sister, Miss Mary HULIT, a maiden lady sixty- nine years old, also lives in this place.

Mr. Hulit was a staunch member of the Baptist church, always ready with his means and influence to assist in advancing the gospel of the Lord. His religion extended to the sterner realities of life, believing that he owed part of himself to the work he undertook. He will be mourned by many.

Funeral services were held yesterday at his late home by Rev. Dr. WEBER. Remains were taken to Springfield and will be interred in Oak Ridge cemetery, the last resting place of his mother and deceased child.

HULL (infant) 

July 23, 1880
Clinton Public

Isaac L. HULL, of Wapella, buried his only child, a boy, yesterday morning.   The child died of flux.

Ansel B. HULL 

September 2, 1904
Clinton Register

After a Long Illness Death Came Suddenly From an Attack of Heart Failure.

Ansel B. HULL, one of the oldest residents of DeWitt county, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin BUCK, northeast of Clinton. Death was due to heart trouble from which he had been a sufferer for some time. The end came suddenly while sitting in a chair in the yard. He came here in 1840 from Ohio and had since resided here. He was 72 years old. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Universalist church, conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney. Interment in Woodlawn.


September 9, 1904
Clinton Register

Ansel B. HULL was born in Madison county, Ohio, March 3, 1833. He came to Illinois with his parents, Benjamin and Louisa HULL, when about 15 years old. He spent his boyhood and early manhood on the farm. He was joined in marriage to Elizabeth BATES at the home of her mother Mrs. Lydia TAYLOR by Esq. S. F. Lewis, Mar. 24, 1855. To them ten children were born, nine of whom are living: Mrs. Wealthy BUCK and Mrs. Birdie BURNS, living near Clinton; Mrs. Lulu REID and Ansel M. HULL, of Clinton; Frank HULL, of Pierce City, Mo.; Mrs. Grace EATON, of Lockwood, Mo.; Mrs. Vivia HANSEN, of Des Moines, Ia.; Lincoln B., of Minneapolis; and Mrs. Daisy LUKES, of Chicago. He was a kind husband and devoted father. Of a family of seven children he leaves one sister, Mrs. Sarah KIRKLEY. He was a Universalist by faith, being a charter member of St. Paul's Universalist church of Clinton. Kindness was the predominant law of his nature. Among his fine qualities were charity, patience, untiring willingness to assist anyone in need, an even temper and a droll humor, which was the delight of his friends.

Benjamin HULL 

July 25, 1884
Clinton Public

Death of Benjamin Hull.

At the advanced age of nearly eighty-six years Benjamin HULL, one of the old residents of Barnett township, passed from earth last Monday morning. Mr. Hull was a native of Kentucky, but at an early period in his life he moved to Ohio, where he lived till 1846, when he came to this county and settled on a farm in Barnett township. Mr. Hull was a quiet and unassuming man. He was a kind neighbor, and the whole influence of his life was toward making the world better for his having lived in it. He was a man of strict integrity, and he made the golden rule the guide of his life. Religiously he was a Universalist of a modified type. His last sickness was long and severe, being afflicted with spasmodic asthma, dropsy and old age. He leaves three sons and three daughters. Mr. Hull had been a member of the Masonic order almost since his youth, and his brethren conducted the funeral services, the Rev. D. MacARTHUR officiating. He was buried last Tuesday in Old Union Cemetery, his old friends and neighbors uniting in paying the last tribute to one who had lived at peace with his fellow men.

Elijah HULL 

May 6, 1881, Friday
Clinton Public

On Monday, the 24th of April, 1881, Mr. Elijah HULL, entered into his final rest.   Mr. Hull was an old settler in DeWitt county.  He has been a farmer near Waynesville for almost fifty years.  He has nobly battled with the privations and hardships of a new country.  He has been a pillar in the Presbyterian church for over a third of a century.  On the occasion of his death, the session of the Presbyterian church adopted the following paper:

WHEREAS, It hath pleased the Great Father of us all, the head of the church, to remove from the church militant to the church triumphant, our well beloved brother, Elijah HULL; and WHEREAS, Brother Hull has been an honored and faithful member of the session of our church, Therefore be it Resolved, That we recognize in this our great loss the hand of the Divine Master, and that we bow in meek subjection, knowing that our Father doeth all things well.  That we have abundant reason for gratitude to our Divine Master that the grace and faith which sustained Brother Hull through life, supported him in death; and that our present loss is his eternal gain.  And that in the absence of his wise counsels and his earnest and constant zeal for the welfare of our Zion, we realize that there is a void, which we fear will not be easily filled, and that it behooves us who are left to labor in the vineyard to redouble our diligence in the Master’s service.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the bereaved family; that we tender our sympathies and share their grief and commend them to Him who comforteth them that mourn, and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of the church and also published in the county papers.  By order of the session.

Mrs. Eliza L. HULL 

July 20, 1883
Clinton Public

Mrs. Eliza L. HULL, mother of Mr. John M. PORTER, died at Maroa on Wednesday, and on Thursday afternoon her remains were brought to this city and interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Hull had passed the allotted days of three-score and ten years, and till a short time before her death was vigorous for a woman of her years.

Joshua C. HULL 

March 28, 1913
Clinton Register

Answers The Last Roll Call—
J. C. Hull Dies at Advanced Age. 

Joshua C. HULL, aged 74, died Saturday at 4:30 a.m. in his home in Wapella, where he had been in failing health for a year and seriously ill for the past month with kidney trouble and a carbuncle.  Deceased had been a lifelong resident of DeWitt county and Wapella township.  He was a son of Elijah and Martha HULL, who were pioneers of DeWitt county, and was the second of six children, two of whom are still living.  He served in the civil war eighteen months and was honorably discharged following the battle of Brittin’s Lane, where he was shot through the right lung, rendering him physically unable for duty.  He was in several important battles, among them Shiloh and Ft. Donelson, and was in the siege of Corinth.  He was a member of Company E. Twentieth Illinois Infantry, which the late John McPherson had first joined.  There are but two remaining comrades of that company in Clinton, Col. V. Warner and J. M. Porter.  The Twentieth and Thirtieth Illinois Infantries, composed of 800 men, defeated the enemy in the battle in which Mr. Hull was wounded, the opposing forces being composed of about 1,000 cavalry.  

Shortly after returning from the army he was married to Adaline HARROLD and they began housekeeping on a small farm three miles southwest of Wapella. By hard work and perseverance they accumulated over 200 acres of land, where they resided until twelve years ago, when they moved to Wapella and gave the farm over to the youngest son. February 3, 1912, Mr. and Mrs. Hull celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Five children, three daughters and two sons, survive. They are: Mrs. C. W. SAMUELS, Mrs. M. L. ARGO, of Clinton; Mrs. Charles DUGAN, of near Lamar, Mo.; Sherman G. HULL, of Clinton; and Emmett K., of Las Vegas, Nev. He also leaves six grandchildren, one brother, one sister, Thomas HULL, of Nebraska, and Mrs. Emma LONGBRAKE, of Florida. Hugh ROBB, of Heyworth, is a cousin. He was a member of Seward C. Nelson Post No. 251 G. A. R. He formerly held membership in the Presbyterian church.  He was a highly respected citizen of Wapella and vicinity.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o’clock from his late home, in charge of Rev. W. H. Fulton, of Clinton, assisted by the local pastor. Members of the G. A. R. Post were pall bearers. Interment in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Note: It doesn’t mention that he was survived by his wife.  She died July 6, 1927.

Josiah P. HULL 

October 6, 1899
Clinton Public

Josiah P. Hull Died at Stockdale, Neb., Monday, Sept. 25.

J. C. HULL, living west of Wapella, received word this week that his brother, Josiah P. HULL, who for the past 14 years made his home at Stockdale, Neb., died there on Sept. 25 of general debility, aged 41 years.  For the past three years he was an invalid and during the last year was unable to move without assistance.  Deceased formerly lived in DeWitt county.  In 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Sadie HUGHES.  Their married life was of short duration and the wife died a year later at the birth of their son, Herbert HULL, who has since the death of his mother made his home with his uncle, J. C. Hull.  Deceased was afterward united in marriage to Miss Sophia WALSH.  The result of this union was three daughters, all living at Stockdale with their mother.  Deceased also leaves surviving him three brothers and one sister: Levi HULL, living in Florida; Thomas HULL, near Stockdale; J. C. Hull, near Wapella; Mrs. Emaline LONGBRAKE, of Galesburg. The funeral services were held at Stockdale on Tuesday.


August 27, 1886
Clinton Register

Last Thursday Mrs. Kate L. HULL, wife of Theodore F. HULL, was taken with cholera morbus which terminated in congestion and caused her death on Monday evening, aged 36 years and one month.

Funeral services were held at the residence, Tuesday at 4 o’clock, p.m., conducted by Rev. Hunter, who spoke of the life of the deceased in a beautiful and touching manner. The burial took place at Woodlawn cemetery. Beautiful floral designs were presented by Mrs. J. G. Cackley, Mrs. A. W. Razey, W. W. McAboy, Mrs. Rose and Wormly. “Our Sister” was handsomely interwoven upon a pillow, the offering of the brothers and sisters of the deceased.

When a young lady, she came from Rutland, Vermont, with her parents who located in this city. Twelve years ago she was married to Mr. Hull, and is the mother of two bright little children, a girl and a boy, the former ten and the latter eight years old. She was a sister of Captain DeLAND. Her parents, brothers and sisters, of Bloomington, were present at the funeral.

Mrs. Hull was a faithful and consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and was prepared to meet death, which came to her as it always does to a good Christian woman.


September 7, 1906
Clinton Register

Another of the Pioneers of Illinois is Called to Rest at a Ripe Age.

The remains of Mrs. Mary A. HULL, who died in Quincy, arrived here Saturday and were taken to Waynesville, where funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. JOHNSON. Burial in Union cemetery near Waynesville.

Deceased was one of the pioneer settlers of DeWitt county, being a daughter of Dr. Fielding HARRISON, who located at Waynesville in 1839. Dr. Harrison was one of the most prominent of the early citizens of the county and was an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln, who always stopped with the doctor while on his visits to Waynesville. Deceased was born at Sangamon, Ill., April 22, 1827, and was 12 years old when the family moved to Waynesville. Her ancestors were prominent Virginians and the Harrisons founded the town of Harrisonburg, Va.

On June 8, 1845, at Waynesville, Miss Harrison was united in marriage to Wm. HULL and they resided there until 1876, when they moved to Clinton to reside. After a residence here of seven years they moved to Bloomington. Her husband died June 9, 1890, at Quincy, Ill. Mrs. Hull was the mother of eleven children, two of whom died in infancy and Mrs. Adalaide BROWNING, who died Feb. 27, 1892. The surviving children are Theodore HULL and Frank HULL, both of Clinton; William HULL, of Maroa; Charles HULL, of Decatur; Harry HULL, of Bloomington; Mrs. Chas. NEELD, of Normal; Mrs. Edward HOLLISTER, of Quincy; and Mrs. M. L. KILEY, of Danville, Ill. Deceased also leaves two brothers and two sisters: William Harrison, of Leadville, Co.; Adison Harrison, of Ohio; Mrs. W. S. DUNHAM, of Atlanta, and Mrs. Wesley LONG, of St. Joe, Michigan. Deceased was a member of the Universalist church at Clinton.


October 13, 1899
Clinton Register

Mary E. Sutton HULL was born in Logan county, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1841, and died in Gibson city, Oct. 8th, 1899. She was the daughter of Peter and Nancy A. SUTTON, deceased. She was married to J. T. HULL in 1869. Unto them was born ten children, five of whom survive her. Mrs. Hull united with the Christian church when she was but 15 years of age and through all these years she has lived a faithful christian life. Truly it can be said of her, "Though dead she still speaketh."

Through all the vicissitudes of life she put her trust in a risen Christ. Her desire was that she might so live that her family and friends would see the beauties of the religion of Jesus Christ. We can surely say of her, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Many dear ones have crossed over,
And they are going one by one;
Though it grieves us that they leave us,
'Tis the Savior's call, come home.

Her Children were all present at the funeral, as was her sister, Mrs. Joseph LEMEN, and her brother, Geo. SUTTON. The other brothers could not be present. She was buried at Saybrook Oct. 11th The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bransis, her former pastor. The floral offerings were very beautiful. The family gave a beautiful wreath, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lemen a sheaf; friends of Gibson City, two bouquets, all of which covered the entire coffin. The ladies of the church at Saybrook of which Mrs. Hull was a member, a harp and potted plants.

She was followed to the grave by a host of her Saybrook friends.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Thomas HULL 

March 26, 1897
Clinton Public

Thomas HULL was born in Harmony township, Clark county, O., March 29, 1815, and died in Waynesville, Ill., March 23, 1897. He was one of a family of 11 children and the last to bid farewell to earth. In the fall of 1836, he married and located on a farm belonging to his father-in-law in Champaign county, O. A few years were spent as a renter there and in Clark county. In November, 1842, they set out for the Prairie state and came to Waynesville township, DeWitt county, and located upon a farm where he remained for five years. Having lost three sons by scarlet fever, Mr. and Mrs. Hull were unwilling to remain where they were, so he bought a half interest in a tannery in Waynesville, and operated there with his brother for two years, during which time he bought a Mexican land warrant and entered 160 acres in Barnett township. This he placed under good improvement and lived upon it with the exception of three years until 1887, when he purchased village property and became a resident of Waynesville.

The estimable woman who became the wife of Mr. Hull on Nov. 30, 1836, was known in girlhood as Mary BAKER, daughter of Ferrel and Sarah (OWEN) BAKER, and was born in Champaign county, O. Mr. and Mrs. Hull celebrated the 60th anniversary of their marriage Nov. 30, 1896. During this time they were never apart at one time longer than two weeks, Mr. Hull going with his father-in-law to Kentucky. Later Mrs. Hull spent 10 days with relatives in Ohio. They underwent all the hardships of pioneer life. To them twelve children were born but only five are left. They are Julia, wife of J. M. BURFORD, Atlanta; Fernando D., Waynesville; Josephine, wife of H. G. LONGBRAKE; Ethlene, wife of Dr. J. K. DICK, Chicago; and Lillie, wife of Mr. STUBBLEFIELD, McLean county. All of his children and grandchildren were at his bedside during his sickness and death. But above all that medical assistance and loved ones could do was the inevitable summons. He gave assurance by the words he spoke concerning the death of his little grandson, Ferrel, that "He is safely housed in Heaven."

The funeral services, which are under the direction of the Masonic lodge, of which he is an honored member, was held at the home at 2 p.m. today.

Trustum HULL 

April 6, 1900
Clinton Register

Trustum HULL, late of Wapella, but recently moved to Clinton, died at the home of R. H. ROSS at 12:30 Sunday morning, April 1, 1900, aged 71 years, 11 months, and 16 days.  His remains were buried in Woodlawn cemetery, April 2d, Rev. C. W. E. Gossow officiating.  He was born in Madison county, O., April 14, 1826, coming to Illinois in 1846, locating at Waynesville, and at the age of 18 engaged to teach the Wallace school near that place.  He taught school for 25 years and was one of the first to use kindergarten methods before their introduction to this country from Germany.  Mr. Hull was very popular as a teacher and his pupils to this day speak of him in the highest praises.  His health failing, he successfully carried on farming during the remainder of his active life, retiring 15 years ago.  In 1859, he married Miss Emma S. BOWLES, who died the following year, leaving him with a daughter, Mrs. Laura E. SWEARINGEN, of Farmington.  In 1862, he married Miss Marinda M. ROGERS, who survives him.  Six children were born to them, three dying in infancy.  One daughter and two sons survive: Mrs. Louisa A. MARSHALL, of Wapella; Mead F. HULL and Fred A. HULL, of Clinton, who with their father conducted the general store of T. Hull & Sons.

Mr. Hull was a lifelong believer of the Universalist faith and a member of the Clinton church.  By his peaceful and happy death he fully demonstrated the fact that Universalism is as good a faith to die by as it is to live by.  He was a conscientious Christian, honest in his relations with God and man, esteemed and honored by all.

His memory is an honor to the community, an inspiration to his friends, and the joy of his family.  During a trying illness his patience and fortitude were put to a test, but his faith prevailed, and as the hour of death approached he turned his face from earth to heaven, cheerfully submitting to the will of God, dying in the peace and joy of his faith.  These words of Christ express the spirit of his life: “O my Father, if this cannot pass away, except I drink it, Thy will be done.”

Mrs. Trustum HULL 

March 18, 1904
Clinton Register

Had Lived in DeWitt County Sixty-five Years,
Coming Here From Ohio With Her Parents.

Again has death called from loved ones a good, Christian mother, one who had been faithful to her Savior forty-six years.  Mrs. Miranda HULL was in her usual health until a little over two weeks ago, when she was thought to have a slight attack of grip, but it soon developed into pneumonia and she passed away Wednesday night soon after 12 o'clock, at her home on North Quincy street.

Miranda ROGERS was the daughter of Alexander and Abigail ROGERS and was born in Delaware, O., Feb. 20, 1839, and lived 65 years and 27 days.  Her parents came to Clinton when she was 18 years old.  May 14, 1862, she was married to Trustum HULL.   They soon moved to a farm near Wapella, where they remained until 1895 when they moved to Wapella.  Four years ago while they were in Clinton, at the home of R. H. Ross, Mr. Hull died.  A few weeks afterward, Mrs. Hull came to Clinton to reside.   She was one of the good old mothers who are always happiest when they are able to make others happy.  In 1858 she united with the Presbyterian church of Clinton, and when she moved to Wapella placed her membership with the Heyworth Presbyterian church.   After moving to Clinton she united with the M. E. church.  Of the children born to her, Fred A., William L. and Lewis H., preceded her in death.  Those living are Mrs. Allie Marshall, of Normal, Mead F., and Ted A., of the firm of T. Hull & Sons; also a step-daughter, Mrs. J. L. Swearingen, of Canton, Ill., and two sisters and one brother, Mrs. R. H. Ross, of Clinton; Mrs. Jennie Cranston, of Lewisburg, O., and J. P. Rogers, of Rogers, Ark.

Funeral was held in the M. E. church at 2:30 today, conducted by Rev. Canady.  Burial in Woodlawn.

George A. HUME 

January 11, 1889
Clinton Public

Mr. George A. HUME, an old citizen of this place, died on Tuesday night. His remains were taken to Pike county, Wednesday night, for burial in the old family burial grounds. Mr. H. was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, March 4, 1808. He moved to Sangamon county, Illinois, about 1826, where he resided a few years. From there he moved to Pike county and engaged in clearing up a farm about one mile north of Chambersburg. He afterwards engaged in the mercantile and pork packing business. From Pike county he moved to DeWitt county, in 1857, and purchased the John SPENCER farm, north of Wapella. After a few years he sold it and moved to Bates county, Mo., where he lived a short time, then returned to Wapella. In all of his pursuits he was successful in whatever he undertook. He is the father of five sons and four daughters. Two sons and three daughters survive him to mourn his loss. He has a large farm near town of which he refused $55 per acre, about fifteen days ago. Mr. Hume was an honest, upright man in all of his dealings with his fellow men. Since his wife’s death he has made his home with his children, who cared for him in all of his sickness. Mr. H. never, that we knew of, complained of his ailments. In his death his children have lost a kind father, and the community a good citizen. His age being 80 years, 10 months and 4 days.

Mrs. George A. HUME 

April 18, 1884
Clinton Register

Mrs. George [A.] HUME, an aged and much respected lady, died last Sunday of erysipelas.

Note: Her maiden name was Melinda Hume.
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
HUME, GEORGE A.     HUME, MELINDA      1829-12-21     SCHUYLER

Mrs. John HUME 

November 22, 1907
Clinton Register

Well-Known Woman Dies Within Half An Hour After She Was Taken Sick—
Child Dies Also.

Mrs. Anna HUME, wife of John HUME, of Wapella, was taken sick about 10 o'clock Sunday night and died about 10:30. She woke complaining and her husband called the doctor at once, but she died soon after he arrived.

Anna V. STONE was born in Brown county, Illinois, on June 19, 1847, and her entire life had been spent within the limits of this state and a large portion of it in the vicinity of Wapella. She was married to John H. Hume on November 27, 1865. They were the parents of twelve children, nine of whom survive. They are: Mrs. A. McHUGH, Mrs. A. M. SWISHER, Mrs. L. H. WILLIAMS, Mrs. C. E. SWEARINGEN, George A. HUME, Chas. M. HUME, Miss Stacy A. HUME, Ephraim and John HUME, the latter three residing at home. The others are married and reside in that vicinity. Mrs. Thomas WRIGHT, of Wapella, and Mrs. Henry HENDRICKS, of Chambersburg, Ill., are sisters. The deceased had been a member of the Christian church for thirty years. She was a most estimable woman and her sudden death will cause much regret among her extensive acquaintances in that vicinity.

Monday a grandchild of [the] deceased, daughter of Chas. Hume, who lived near the John Hume residence, died of pneumonia aged six months. It had been sick several days.

The funeral services were held from the Christian church in Wapella on Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. Finnell, pastor of the church. A large assembly of relatives and friends were present to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased. A nice collection of flowers gave evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held. The pall-bearers were J. A. Duncan, O. C. Ives, A. Jeffrey, J. D. Reynolds, P. B. Herrington, J. C. Hull. Interment was in the family lot in the Long Point and Wapella cemetery.

Note: Anna’s middle initial should have been Z, not V, and she was married in 1864, not 1865.

Richard Hyde HUME 

April 21, 1899
Clinton Public

Met an Early Death.

Richard Hyde HUME died at 5:30 Monday evening at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George T. HUME, in the southern suburbs of the city, of consumption, aged nearly 17 years. Deceased had been an invalid much of his life, and for the past two years had been unable to attend school. He was intelligent and industrious. Two years ago he united with the Baptist church, and had since lived a Christian life.

A goodly number of friends and relatives were present at the funeral of Richard Hume on Wednesday at 10 o’clock. Revs. GOFF and MacARTHUR spoke encouraging words to the bereaved parents. The display of flowers was beautiful and showed the high position in life this young man had attained among his associates and friends.


October 23, 1942
Clinton Daily Journal and Public


Mrs. George HUME, 74, died last night at St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington, after an illness with complications. The body was brought to the Reeser funeral home in Clinton. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Wapella Christian church, in charge of Rev. H. B. WHEATON of Clinton. Burial will be in Long Point cemetery. Stacy Ann REYNOLDS, daughter of J. D. and Isabelle (White) REYNOLDS, was born in 1868 at Robinson, Ill. She was married in 1891 to George HUME of Wapella, who survives.

Note: Stacy Ann (Reynolds) Hume was born June 13, 1869, not 1868.  She married George A. Hume, Jr., February 22, 1891, in Wapella.  She died October 22, 1942.

Submitted by Shari Horton

Joseph S. HUMMEL 

September 3, 1863
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, Aug. 28th, 1863, of consumption, Joseph S. HUMMEL, son of Dr. W. H. HUMMEL, aged 23 years and 9 months. Deceased had been suffering from this fell disease for five months; the last three, confined to his room. He leaves a wife and an infant child.

Mrs. Andrew B. HUMPHREY 

September 24, 1880
Clinton Public


We are grieved to announce the death of Mrs. A. B. HUMPHREY, who died on the morning of the 16th inst. of consumption.


September 24, 1880
Clinton Public

Mrs. Kate HUMPHREY, wife of A. B. HUMPHREY, died of consumption at Hallsville last week and was buried at Old Union Cemetery.

Note: Kate was buried in McClimans Cemetery, DeWitt County, Illinois.


September 29, 1899
Clinton Register

J. H. HUMPHREY died Friday at his home in Pueblo, Col. He was an uncle of W. F. GORMAN, and left Clinton thirty years ago.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 24, 1882
Clinton Public

An Afflicted Family.

About forty-five years ago John HUMPHREY came to this county from Champaign county, Ohio, and located on the farm in Barnett township on which he died last Friday. There he raised a family of nine children, and gave each of them such a start in life as to make them comparatively independent. Of the nine children but one is left as a solace to the aged mother who was bereft of her husband on last Friday. The old gentleman was hale and hearty till after he had passed his eightieth birthday, but for more than five years past he had been on the decline, the burden of his years hanging heavily upon him. At the advanced age of nearly eighty-six years he passed from this life on last Friday. Seven of his nine children he had followed to the tomb, and the eighth, Mrs. William LITSENBERGER, died on last Sunday. The father and daughter were dying together, only two days intervening between their demise.

The Humphrey children, strange to say, were all victims of that insidious disease, consumption, while the father and mother seemed to be healthy and vigorous, and both lived to a good old age. All of the children lived till grown to man and womanhood, and then one by one passed away till but one of the nine is left. The last of the family to die was Mrs. William Litsenberger, of Wilson township. Her father died on last Friday and on Sunday Mrs. L. followed him to the unknown world. Mrs. Litsenberger had been sick for nine months. Twenty-six years ago she was married to William Litsenberger. She leaves two children. Mrs. Litsenberger was born in Champaign county, Ohio, and came to Illinois when she was three years of age. At the time of her death she was forty-eight years of age. Thirty-six years ago, when but a young girl, she united herself with the M. E. Church, and her life has been a faithful exemplification of true Christian character. The neighborhood in which she passed so many years of her married life will miss a kind friend.

The same hour in which Mrs. Wm. Litsenberger died in Wilson township, the wife of Milton A. LITSENBERGER died at the home of her father in Normal. Milton Litsenberger moved from this county to Normal a few months ago on account of his wife’s health. Seldom is it that one family connection is called to pass through as much sorrow within three short days.


December 1, 1882
Clinton Public

In Memoriam.

The subject of this memoir, John HUMPHREY, was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, June 15th 1797, died of consumption, November 17th, 1882, aged 85 years, 5 months and 2 days. In the 19th year of his age he removed with his father to Erie county of his native state and settled in the town of Waterford. In his 20th year he was converted to the Christian religion, and joined the Presbyterian church under the labors of Rev. Samuel TRACY. In the 21st year of his age, he emigrated to the state of Ohio and settled on a farm on the head waters of Kings creek, near the present site of the town West Liberty. Not having the advantage of the ministry of Presbyterian church in his new home, he connected himself with the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he lived in peace and harmony to the day of his death, with the exception of a few years, in which he attended the ministry of the Free-will Baptist denomination. At the age of 27 he was united in marriage to Miss Thirza CANTRALL, his bereft widow, January 8th, 1824. In 1838 he emigrated with his family to the state of Illinois and settled on his present farm, in what was then Macon county, before DeWitt county had an existence. He has been a pioneer in the true sense of the word, having settled on the frontier three different times. He knew well, by painful experience, what were the hardships and privations of a new country, having many times to go to Springfield or Athens to get a few bushels of wheat converted into a very inferior article of flour. The writer recollects very vividly one time when a boy, when the old gentleman could not obtain a handful of flour or corn meal for the period of twenty-one days when his family was without bread, and that at a time when the mechanics were at work erecting his barn, which is yet standing, a memorial of hard times in Illinois. He was born at a time, if the writer mistakes not, when there was not a mile of railroad, canal, or telegraph wire in the United States; but lived to see steamboats and steamships plowing every river and ocean, many canals in operation, the continent girt with telegraphic communications, the old and new world linked together by telegraphic cables, the entire country checkered with railroads, and the iron horse thundering across the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean, making the entire distance in a few days. In a word, he has lived to see the wilderness reclaimed from the dominion of savage life, and bud and blossom as the rose. He lived to see his nine children grow up to manhood and womanhood and settled in life, and then followed seven of them to the grave, the eighth one, Mrs. Wm. EITSINBERGER, only surviving him forty-two hours, leaving only the widow and one son out of a family of eleven; and strange to say, all his children excepting one were cut down by the fell destroyer, consumption, of which he himself finally fell a victim.

In the year 1812 he served his country in the capacity of teamster, in delivering material for the erection of forts upon the northern frontier. In his younger days he was a mechanic, having served an apprenticeship in the trades of carpenter and cabinet maker, after marrying and settling upon a piece of land which he cleared off and converted into a farm, he abandoned the life of a mechanic and settled down to farmer life, after making with his own hands, every piece of furniture necessary for house keeping for himself and a sister who married about the same time. As to his success as a farmer, those who knew can judge best. He never ventured into speculations and seldom into lawsuits, the only case of importance in court, lasting about seven years, in which the immortal Lincoln was one of his counselors; consequently when money panics and hard times came, he was not financially embarrassed. Of his benevolence, few farmers surpassed him, as there are but few church houses or colleges in Central Illinois that he has not aided materially. In his death the community has lost a good citizen; the church a firm friend; the widow a kind husband, and the surviving son an affectionate father. In his severe affliction he was resigned being an invalid two and a half years and confined to his bed about ten months. His mind was clear to the last, returning [retaining] his mental faculties to the last moment of life, although speech failed him a few hours before his demise.

As to his advanced age it may cease to be a surprise when we state that his father lived to the extreme age of one hundred and twelve years, dying without any symptoms of disease whatsoever, simply passing away in a gentle sleep. His confidence in God as a Father, and Jesus as a perfect Savior, was unshaken during the hours of severe suffering and dissolution. In a conversation with him by the writer a few days before he passed away in regard to his future, he exclaimed, "It is all well with me; I have trusted Jesus so long, I know he will not forsake me now." Thus dieth a good man. Peace to his memory. Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.  —Z. R. Humphrey.


August 10, 1877
Clinton Public

Joshua C. HUMPHREY, of Barnett township, died at his residence on Monday, August 6, aged fifty-one years. He was born in Champaign county, Ohio, and came to this county in 1838, and lived for about thirty-nine years within a mile or so of Hallsville. In 1853 he was married to Sarah McCLIMANS. Mr. Humphrey was one of the solid farmers of this county, having by long years of industry and patient toil acquired a competence for himself and family. His Christian life exerted an influence for good among his friends and neighbors. Some years ago Mr. Humphrey was seized with that fatal disease, consumption, which is sure death. Since last spring he has been confined to the house. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn their great loss. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


December 31, 1874
Clinton Public

Lee A. Humphrey.

Died in this city, December 24, 1874, at the residence of his brother, Mr. W. F. Humphrey, Lee A. HUMPHREY, of Colorado Springs, Col., aged thirty-eight years.  The deceased was a native of DeWitt county and lived here till his removal to Colorado nearly three years ago.  He was a victim to that insidious disease consumption, and on the advice of his physicians went West in the hopes of prolonging his life.  But Death had marked him as a victim.  Feeling that his days were drawing to a close, he came back home to die.  He arrived here on Tuesday evening, and died on Thursday morning.  He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss.  On Saturday his remains were buried in the family burial ground near Hallsville, the Masonic lodge, of which he was a member, performing the last sad rites.

Mr. Humphrey was a lawyer by profession, having graduated at the law school at Ann Arbor, Mich.  During his residence in Colorado he had amassed considerable property.   In his dealings with his fellowmen he was just and generous.

William C. HUMPHREY 

March 6, 1891
Clinton Public

William C. HUMPHREY was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1818, and died of pneumonia in Clinton March 2, 1891. His age was seventy-three years and twenty days. In early manhood he went to Ohio, and on April 30, 1840, he was married to Miss Margaret HOOVER. Six children were born unto them of whom three are still living. His first wife died May 15, 1867. He was married the second time to Mrs. Martha MOORE. Unto them one son was born, Frederick C. On the day of his father’s death he became twenty-one years of age. Upon him will devolve the responsibility more than any other person of cheering and brightening the closing years of the widowed mother.

Mr. Humphrey came to DeWitt County in 1854 and located on a farm in Tunbridge township, where he carried on farming and stock raising. Being industrious and economical, prudent and honest, prosperity crowned his efforts, and his estate increased until the rentals were adequate to furnish him an easy and comfortable living. In 1878 he moved to Clinton, where he has since resided, but spending much of his time looking after his agricultural interests.

His first vote for President was cast for William Henry HARRISON in 1840. In the dark ages of the sixties he was a staunch friend of the Union cause. He firmly believed that every voter should put conscience into his ballot and he always aimed in either National, State or municipal elections to vote for sound principles and honest men.

Mr. Humphrey united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Champaign County, Ohio, in his twenty-third year. For forty years he was in some official capacity nearly all the time, and during his life was a liberal contributor in church matters and in the building of new churches. In his business transactions he was the soul of honor. When he made a pledge none who knew him had any question that it would be fulfilled. Upon any subject about which he expressed his convictions no one questioned but he would stand by them to the last. We only voice the public sentiment when we state that a good and valuable citizen, and a loyal and devout Christian has been removed from our midst.

His last sickness was for about ten days. Much of the time he suffered greatly. After finding that the disease had taken hold of him with such a strong grip, he had but little hope of recovery. But he did not go through any exercises of preparing for death. He had put his cause into the hands of the Great Advocate before the throne of Jesus Christ the righteous years ago, and he believed without a doubt that his soul was in safe keeping. His relations and attendants in his sick room were profoundly impressed with the patience he manifested. His expectations concerning the comforts of religion were fully realized. His end was peace.

Mrs. William C. HUMPHREY 

September 15, 1893
Clinton Public

After long months of suffering from cancer, Mrs. Martha A. HUMPHREY was transferred to the world beyond where pain and suffering is unknown.  She was born at Zanesville, Ohio, in the year 1831, and lived to enjoy the blessings of this life for sixty-two years.  At the age of eleven years she was converted and spent a life of Christian usefulness as a member of the M. E. Church.  She was a sister to John and Eliakim SYLVESTER and of Mrs. S. S. EWING, of Decatur.  On the 30th of April, 1868, she was united in marriage to William C. HUMPHREY, who died in this city about two years ago.   She leaves one son, Fred.  The funeral services were held at her late home in this city last Wednesday, conducted by Rev. S. H. Whitlock, after which her remains were taken to Pleasant Valley Cemetery, in Tunbridge township, and laid beside her husband.

William F. HUMPHREY 

December 9, 1881
Clinton Public

After months of gradual wasting away from that sure but insidious disease, consumption, William F. HUMPHREY passed from this life on Wednesday night.  His life was spent in DeWitt county, he having come to Barnett township with his father at an early day.  The Humphrey family was among the earliest settlers in this county, and the aged father and mother are still living on the farm on which they first located nearly half a century ago.  William F. Humphrey moved to this city a number of years ago, his strength not being equal to farm life.  With his son-in-law he was engaged in the mercantile business in Weldon.  He was a man highly respected, and was ever pleasant to all with whom he came in contact.  Life to him was a burden during the past few months, yet he endeavored to appear cheerful in his family.  He quietly fell asleep on Tuesday night, never to awaken again in this world.  He was in his fifty-eighth year.  He leaves a wife and three daughters to mourn their loss.  The funeral services were held at his late residence this morning, after which he was taken to Hallsville for burial in the family graveyard.  Peace to his ashes.

Zebulon R. HUMPHREY 

January 18, 1895
Clinton Public

The Reaper Gathers Them In.

News was received in Clinton on Wednesday morning of the death of Zebulon R. HUMPHREY, whose home for twenty years past had been at Lincoln. For some time Mr. Humphrey had been in feeble health and he and his wife went to Eldorado Springs, Missouri, late in the fall, in the hope that there was a cure in the waters. On Monday his daughter, Mrs. Robert M. WILDMAN, was telegraphed for by her mother to start at once, as her father was dying. Tuesday evening Mr. Humphrey died.

Mr. Humphrey was sixty-five years old last October. He was born in Champaign county, Ohio, and when he was but ten years old his father, John HUMPHREY, came to this county and settled in Barnett township, where he died about thirteen years ago. Z. R. HUMPHREY lived in Barnett township till about twenty years ago, when he gave up farming and moved to Lincoln. His wife is a sister of Mr. Phil. Wolfe. They have two children: the son is a Methodist minister, and had charge of the Farmer City circuit in 1892; the daughter is married to Robert M. Wildman, the station agent of the Chicago and Alton road at Lincoln. Mr. Humphrey was educated for the ministry in his younger days, but never entered upon active work. In his later years he received license from his quarterly conference as a local preacher. He died worth from $60,000 to $75,000, which will leave his wife in comfortable circumstances and give his son and daughter a good start in life.

Mrs. Zebulon R. HUMPHREY 

August 10, 1900
Clinton Register


Sister of Philip Wolf, of Clinton, Killed by a Train at Des Plaines, Ill., Monday.

Mrs. Margaret R. HUMPHREY, widow of the late Zebulon R. HUMPHREY, of Lincoln, was killed at 10 o'clock, Aug. 5, by [a train] at Des Plaines, near Chicago, where she was attending camp meeting. She left home Saturday of last week to visit relatives in and near Chicago.

Deceased passed the greater part of her life in central Illinois. She was Maggie R. WOLFE, of Tunbridge township, this county, until 1852, when she was married to Rev. Z. R. Humphrey and removed to a farm near Chesnut, Logan county, where they resided until March 1874, when they removed to Lincoln to educate their children, Clara A., now the wife of Robert M. WILDMAN, traveling passenger agent of the Chicago & Alton railway, and Rev. John F. HUMPHREY, one of the popular ministers of the Methodist Episcopal church, holding a charge at Virginia, Ill. Mrs. Humphrey was the sister of Rev. WOLFE, formerly of Bloomington and presiding elder of the M. E. church.

Rebecca Emma HUMPHREYS 

September 3, 1863
Clinton Public

DIED.—In Clinton, DeWitt county, Illinois, on Friday, August 21st, 1863, Rebecca Emma, infant daughter of W. F. and E. B. HUMPHREYS, aged eighteen months.

George HUNT 

November 26, 1909
Clinton Register

Killed At Bement.

Sunday morning about 7 o'clock Geo. HUNT, night agent at Bement for the interurban, was killed in the substation by electricity. He was found about 7:30 by the agent.

A physician was summoned and, although the body was still warm, all efforts at resuscitation failed. A small burned place on one hand and one foot were the only marks on the body. The coroner's jury brought in a verdict of accidental death caused by an electric shock. Probably 33,000 volts passed through his body.

George Hunt was well known in Clinton. He left here for Bement about three weeks ago, after having spent a large portion of the summer as an apprentice in the local substation. His home was formerly in Wapella, but his parents left here several years ago to go to Birch Tree, Mo., to make their home. His uncle, Marion GARDNER, resides at Wapella, and an aunt, Miss Anna GARDNER, and an uncle, I. N. GARDNER, live in Clinton. He was about 21 years old and is survived by his father and one brother. The body was brought to Wapella Tuesday, and the burial was in Wapella cemetery.

Harry HUNT 

January 20, 1882
Clinton Public

Sadness and gloom overshadow the house of Dr. HUNT. Last Monday he received the sad news that his youngest son, Harry, had died in Los Angeles, California, that morning. Three months ago last Tuesday Harry started to join his brother and sister in California. Shortly after reaching there he was taken down with fever. He had the best of care from Dr. COCHRAN and wife, and for some time showed signs of recovery. The fever, however, had only submitted for a time to break out more violently. Dr. Cochran kept Dr. Hunt daily informed by telegram, and each subsequent dispatch bringing worse tidings, Mrs. HUNT finally determined to go to her sick boy. She left last Thursday evening for California, and arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, too late to see her child in life. Harry was a bright, active boy of sixteen summers. His death is a hard blow to Dr. Hunt; but what must it have been to the poor mother to be met on her arrival at Los Angeles with the sad story. The funeral took place last Wednesday afternoon.

(See news article)


February 3, 1882
Clinton Public

Died, in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 16, 1882, Harry, the youngest son of Dr. J. B. and Mrs. S. E. HUNT, of Clinton, Ill., aged 16 years and 6 months.

Thus a happy and a godly household is bereft of a choice gift. “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed”—the words are hard to speak, but smitten faith is unable to withhold them—“be the name of the Lord.” Not only born of pious parents, but the heir of a double lien of godly ancestry, Harry exhibited from the first the most pleasing proofs of his heritage. Amiable without compliance, sturdy without roughness, studious yet fond of sport, devout without affectation, modest yet well informed, unobtrusive yet quick and competent to do a service. His advancing years made him more and more a treasure in his home, a prize in his Sabbath-school class, and a welcome companion among his fellows, especially his own brothers. The tokens of renewing grace appeared in very early years. While yet less than fourteen, with the ease of one who takes a natural step, he came in company with his next elder brother to the communion table, completing the family circle there. His habits as a church member were such as became his years —neither wayward nor forward, but quick and steady, and yet, when mirth was admissible, none were more mirthful than he, especially at home.

Drawn far from home by what all felt to be the just claims of fraternal companionship, he was spared a few weeks to give his best energies to new and manly tasks. Then he sickened. Though tenderly nursed by a brother and sister, and vouchsafed all that medical skill could do in his behalf, soon recovery was denied him. Far from parents, home and familiar scenes, while yet his mother was hastening in her journey toward him, he breathed his life out; in the land of perennial bloom, to await the signal of the resurrection; the meanwhile “His soul to Him who gave It rose,” passing from the verdure of earth to the richer bloom of Paradise.—W. W. F., Carlinville, Ill., Jan. 26, 1882

Dr. John B. HUNT 

January 1, 1892
Clinton Public

Death of Dr. John B. Hunt.

About fifty years ago, or thereabouts, there landed in the village of Waynesville, which was as large then as it is now, a young doctor and his wife. They came from Ohio, and made the entire journey by wagon, for there were but few buggies in those days. There was a spice of romance in the lives of the young couple. The girl's father did not look with favor on the suit of the poor young doctor as he had planned that his daughter should marry broad acres that would equal the dower he intended to bestow on her when she should leave his home for one of her own. But the girl's heart was not to be controlled by a father who could look only upon love as a matter of barter, so she married the young doctor and at once they left the old home and came to the then wild prairies of Illinois. That young couple was Dr. John B. HUNT and his estimable wife.

On Thursday afternoon of last week, just as THE PUBLIC forms were going to press, Fred. KENT brought to this office a telegram, which he had just received, announcing the death, of Dr. Hunt at Los Angeles, California. The news was hardly unexpected to the doctor's friends, for they had from time to time learned of his failing health.

Dr. Hunt spent over forty-two years of his life in this county, first locating in Waynesville and afterward moving to Clinton. In the early days in Waynesville he was in partnership with Smith MINTURN in the drug business, the doctor also practicing medicine. Beginning in poor circumstances he carefully saved what he made and by judicious investments and careful methods in business it was not many years before he was in comparative independent circumstances. After his removal to Clinton Dr. Hunt was in partnership with Jake HAND in the drug business, their store being the room now occupied by J. A. FOSNAUGH. This firm was in business many years and made money. Dr. Hunt sold out and retired from the drug business till after the death of George W. PHILLIPS, when he bought the building and stock and remained there till he sold out to John W. DAY & son and moved his family to California.

Nine years ago he went to Los Angeles, California, when land was plenty and cheap and people did not have to pay for climate. By judicious investments he added largely to his wealth.

Dr. Hunt was a just man in all of his business relations. During his long residence in Clinton he was one of the main pillars of the Presbyterian Church. In public matters he always bore his share of the burden and gave of his means to help along all worthy enterprises.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Corbin Wilber HUNTER 

November 3, 1899
Clinton Register


About a year ago Corbin W. HUNTER, while an engineer on the Central, was caught between cars and received injuries from which he never recovered. He had not been confined to his bed until a few weeks ago. For sometime himself and wife had lived with her mother in Hallsville, where he died Wednesday, aged 34 years. He was married to Miss MILLER, daughter of Engineer James MILLER, of this city, and two children were born to them, both are living. A brother and two sisters live in Hallsville, one of them Mrs. Mart CRAIG. He was an honorable young man and his untimely death is a loss to the community.

Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock today in the Hallsville church, conducted by Rev. Holton, of Lincoln. Interment in Hallsville cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 10, 1899
Clinton Public

Corby Wilber HUNTER was born in Logan county, Ill., on February 23, 1862, and died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1899. He was married to Miss Eliza MILLER, of Clinton, on January 1, 1889. For 18 months of their married life they lived in Hallsville, and in 1892, when Mr. Hunter became an employee of the I. C. railroad as fireman, they moved to Clinton and resided here until 1899. Messrs. James BANNERMAN, master mechanic, R. J. GOODALE, general foreman, and other railroad friends were present at his funeral and testify to his faithfulness. On March 23, 1899, he met with a railroad accident, while in charge of an engine, and though in feeble health before, this accident contributed to his rapid decline. He returned to the home of his mother in Hallsville in July, while taking treatment in Decatur, and was never able to return to Clinton. His devoted wife and children joined him until his death. His wife and two children, James Travis, aged 8 years, and Frederick Skillman, aged 6 years, survive him. He was a member of the Christian church. Funeral services were held on Friday at his late home in Hallsville by Rev. T. F. HOLTON, who preached a beautiful sermon from Psalm 46:1. The deceased was uniformly kind, and leaves a large circle of friends. Mrs. HUNTER will move to Clinton, and will reside with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James MILLER, on West Main street.


Friday, November 24, 1899
Clinton Register


Nothing in the world interests us so much as human life. The interest is heightened if that life be in tender relationship with our own.

Corba Wilber HUNTER was the son of William Travis HUNTER and Nancy Beckwith HUNTER, and was born on the Walter BOWLES farm in Logan county, Ill., Feb. 23, 1862. I first visited this family in their pleasant christian home at old Hallsville in the autumn of 1871, and many time since then I have enjoyed their hospitality and shared their joys and in their sorrows. Brother and sister Hunter loved the Lord, and their house was a house of prayer and song. I well remember Katie, afterward Mrs. Andrew HUMPHREY, who went from us in early wifehood, and Ada, now Mrs. J. A. EVANS, of Eureka; then Corb a, a little boy of nine when I first knew him; then Della, now Mrs. Moses RANDOLPH, of DeWitt county, and Emma, the wife of Martin CRAIG of this village; and lastly Skillman, who joined the happy group Aug. 24, 1873. Bro. Hunter has been beyond Jordan these many years and two little ones not here named are numbered with the dead.

Corba was married to Miss Frances Eliza MILLER, of Clinton, Jan. 1, 1891, Bro. W. A. HUNTER performing the ceremony. For the first eighteen months of their married life they resided in Hallsville. They then moved to Clinton at which time (it being the 26th of Aug. 1892) Corba entered into the service of the Illinois Central railroad company, in which he continued until the 23rd of March, 1899. He had served his full apprenticeship and was soon to become of the fellowship of engineers.

James BANNERMAN, master mechanic, here present, was his friend and promoted him for efficient service. Mr. GOODALE, the general foreman, also here present, knew him well and was his friend. His father-in-law, James MILLER, a long-while valued engineer, instructed and encouraged him in his chosen work. All these gentlemen testify to his industry and his manly, pleasant ways.

It was on March 23rd of this year, while in charge of an engine at Clinton, that he met with a severe accident, which no doubt contributed largely to his rapid decline in health. Before this he was not well, and went to his work with more courage of heart and will than strength of body. Corba came home—home to his mother and loved ones at Hallsville the last Sunday of July. His devoted wife and the little boys soon followed. He visited a physician several times in Decatur, and hoped at first his health would improve, and no doubt his life was prolonged by the heroic effort made to overcome disease that he might go on in life with those that loved him, and so much needed his presence. About three weeks ago he lay down upon his bed for his last sickness. He must have suffered a great deal, but he was patient as could be. When his friends spoke of his weakness or pain he waived them aside and bade them not think of it. The last few days of his life seemed to be comparatively free from any distress. On Wednesday the first day of November, at the hour half past one, he gently fell asleep. He had lived on the earth 37 years, 8 months and 15 days. There were three children born to this husband and wife, James Travis HUNTER, 8 years of age and Fredrick Skillman HUNTER, six years of age, and an unnamed infant.

When about 14 Corba Hunter made the good confession at old Union and was baptized into Christ. He renewed his membership here at Hallsville during a meeting held by Bro. SPECK in 1891. There is nothing more manly than to acknowledge fault and try again to serve the Lord faithfully. On the last Sunday of July last, being here at home, he went with his mother to church. She had not expected to go, thinking Corba was not well enough to leave the house, and had concluded she would stay with him at home. He insisted upon going. That night when the call was made by Bro. PARKER, he went forward and acknowledged all his errors and failures and entered into full fellowship with his brethren. To us today this is a matter of sincere and boundless gratification. When Bro. Lou HENRY preached here on the last Sunday in August, Corba went out to hear him. This was his last opportunity to hear the word and worship with his brethren. He told his mother that if the Lord should spare his life and enabled him to return to his work, he would try to show everybody that a railroad man could serve the Lord.

The last days of his life were full of tenderness and peace. From time to time he would take his wife, mother and sisters, by the hand and tell them how good they were, and how restful and happy he felt. "It is all right" he said, " I have no fears." "God is good, he does all things right"—" I am very happy—I have nothing to do but lie here and pray." "Good bye, good bye." His last words were of sleep and rest. He had been out upon the restless sea of life. His bark had encountered some adverse winds and was storm-tossed. Sometimes it drifted with the tide—then again it righted itself and battled with the crested wave, with prow toward harbor.

How glad we ought to be that at last the storms are all over and a safe anchorage has been made in the peaceful waters that lie out before the throne under the smile of God.

I feel that in this case many prayers have been answered—father, mother, wife, sisters and brothers, longed for the welfare and salvation of him whom we bid farewell today. We all feel that he is now with God. Life to his loved ones will be lonesome, and the journey may seem long, but there will be the glad and growing hope all the way, that by and by there will be a meeting in the Father's house, beyond all sorrow and pain. May this great hope soften the grief of these loved ones—and may wife, mother, sisters and brother, and these many friends and kindred go on in the service of the Lord till the call comes to join the loved ones gone before. May the fond and sorrowing wife especially remember that all heaven is pledged for her and her little ones; that every judge on the bench; every orator on the forum; every soldier on the battlefield; every citizen everywhere in the wide world over is charged by the Lord Jehova to remember the widow and plead for the fatherless.

Elder HOLTON read at the beginning of the service from 1 Thess. 4:13-18 and followed the obituary of the dead with brief comment on Psalm 46, 1—"God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble."

(Portion of Rev. HOLTON's sermon delivered at the funeral of Corba W. Hunter.)

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

John Dunn HUNTER 

March 31, 1899
Clinton Public

A Sickness of Two Days Proves Fatal—
A Promising Young Man.

Like a thunderbolt from a clear sky came the sad information this morning that John D. HUNTER had died on Tuesday night of spinal meningitis or hemorrhage of the brain. Deceased returned home from church on Sunday morning with his father, Dr. W. A. HUNTER, and was enjoying good health. Shortly after, he complained of a pain in the back of his head. He grew worse, but on Monday night it was thought he was improving. He could not sleep in the evening without an anesthetic, and flighty spells warned his parents and the doctor that he was a dangerously sick young man. On Tuesday evening, medicine was given him, he kissed his mother good-night, and all believed that he was dropping into a natural sleep, though he did not breathe naturally. When about to give him medicine again, it was noticed that he was uncommonly quiet. He gave a gasp and died, a shock to all who were about him. A greatly distended vessel had ruptured without warning, and the doctor, who was on his way to the house at midnight, found that life had departed from the body of John Dunn Hunter.

He was born near Warsaw, Hancock county, Ill., on April 17, 1884, and came to Clinton with his parents when five months old. While young in years, he grew to the stature of man, and was always a dutiful and studious son. In religious work, he was active for his years, being a member of the Presbyterian church and Christian Endeavor society of this city. He enjoyed athletic sports, his parents providing a gymnasium in the barn, and he practiced probably beyond his strength. His courteous manner and smiling face will be missed from the church, in public and school.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning over the remains of the late John Dunn Hunter. Revs. R. E. ANDERSON, of Heyworth, M. L. GOFF, J. B. HORNEY and E. A. GILLILAND officiated. Rev. Mr. Anderson read a passage of scripture, and the other ministers spoke touching words to the people. It was a beautiful service, the closeness of church union being exemplified, and a great common sympathy manifested. The pall-bearers were Messrs. H. D. and C. S. WATSON, F. R. KENT, E. A. CAMPBELL, W. B. RUNDLE, R. B. DAY and Chas. WALKKER. The high school and eighth grade of the public school were present. The floral offerings were beautiful.

Stephen A. HUNTER 

August 14, 1908, Friday
Clinton Register


Stephen A. HUNTER, who had been almost helpless since about four years ago, died Tuesday at his home on East Macon street.

Deceased was born in Pennsylvania and was about 70 years old.&nbps; He served nine months in the Rebellion, and enlisted for three years more in the regular service.

He came to Illinois after his discharge and his home was in DeWitt county most of the time, a few years being spent in Iowa.  Several months ago his pension was increased to $30 a month.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca HUNTER, and four daughters: Mrs. Wm. McGAUGHEY and Mrs. Everett ELY, of Clinton, the other two living in Kansas.  One brother lives in Pennsylvania.

Funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev. Boyers.  The members of the G. A. R. had charge of the remains and conducted the usual services at the grave.  The pall bearers were old soldiers.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Urijah HUNTER 

February 1881
Clinton Public

Died, on the 18th inst., at 8:30 o'clock a.m., Mrs. Mary HUNTER, of pneumonia. The deceased was about 55years of age and had been a member in good standing in the M. E. Church for several years. She had been sick but a short time previous to her death. The deceased leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn her departure. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. Adams after reading the 23d Psalm. The remains were taken to Old Union Cemetery for Interment.

Note: Mary Ann Beckwith was born November 7, 1824, in Breckenridge County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Greenberry Dorsey and Carolyn Cornelia (Pumphrey) Beckwith. She died February 18, 1881, and was buried in Old Union Cemetery. She was the wife of (1) William Shields and (2) Urijah Hunter.

Submitted by Edd Marks

William T. HUNTER 

February 21, 1890
Clinton Register

Brief Biography of the Life of W. T. Hunter,
One of Barnett Township’s Best Citizens.

The subject of this sketch was born in Kentucky, October 1, 1832, and was married to Nancy BECKWITH at her father’s home September 12, 1854. This young and happy couple moved at once to Illinois and settled near what is now Chestnut in Logan county. They remained there about one year and then moved to Atlanta, where they lived for four years, during which time he worked at his trade, that of carpentering and cabinet-making. In 1859, they, with their two children, moved on the farm of Walter P. Bowles. In the second year of their residence there they made a visit to the home of their childhood. Returning after a short visit, he never again had the happy privilege of seeing his many relatives and friends in the beautiful Kentucky hills.

After two years of farm life, he moved to what is now known as Old Hallsville. The first work of importance that he did after moving there was the building of J. H. RANDOLPH’s barn. This was considered a fine barn in those days. He hewed out the frame, made the shingles by hand, and when everything was ready, a large crowd assembled to help in the raising, many thinking he could not put the frame together, but not a single mistake or accident occurred. This gave him a reputation which increased with age and experience.  Since then he has built barns for many others, among them Judge J. R. HALL, John McMILLEN, John HILDRETH, and others.

Up to this time he had been a member of the M. E. church, but through the preaching of Dudley Downs himself and wife now united with the Christian church, known as Old Union. His earnestness and zeal soon brought him to the front and he was chosen as elder to cooperate with the beloved Joseph BOWLES, Mr. MORROW and others. When the present town of Hallsville was laid out he built and moved here where he has since lived. He took an active part in the building of the church here and gave more than any other man, taking his ability into consideration. He was architect and builder and it will certainly be a monument to his memory. When the church was organized he was chosen as elder together with John BARTLY and David McCLIMANS. His exhortations were always full of sympathy and tenderness, and with tears in his eyes he would admonish the old to be faithful yet a little while, and to the young he would say stand firm and neglect not the assembly of God’s people. Of late he seemed to think and talk as though the end was near, and we who loved him so much can hardly realize that he is gone.

The past season he worked very hard, a fact in which the citizens of Kenney will bear me out, as he had been working there almost constantly since early 1889. He was nearly through with his contracts, but feeling too ill to work came home January 24. On the day following he took a chill and a doctor was summoned. His mind seemed to be afflicted almost from the first, and day and night he was trying to finish up his work. But lung fever, la grippe and brain trouble were too much for his constitution and at 5 o’clock a.m., February 12, he passed quietly away.

To those who knew him praise is not needed, but to his relatives and friends who may read this that have not seen him for a score or more of years, we can most earnestly say that he was a firm believer in the future happiness of the faithful. He was honest with his neighbors and in his work and when done it was well done. An old resident told me he would be missed more than any other man in the community would have been. The church also will miss him and during his sickness many an earnest prayer was offered in his behalf.  But the greatest loss will be to his family; he loved them so much and they loved him in return.  His chief delight was in making them comfortable and happy, and now that he is gone we rejoice that his life has been so useful and that our recollections of him will be those of which we need never be ashamed.

The funeral services took place at the church on Thursday at 2 o’clock. A large gathering was in attendance, and an appropriate sermon was preached by Elder T. T. HOLTON, who has been preaching here and at Old Union for about eighteen yeas. The Odd Fellows, of which he had recently become a member, then took charge of the remains, and he was carried to the McClimans cemetery where he was laid to rest by the side of a lovely daughter, who died ten years ago.

“God’s purposes will ripen fast,
     Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
     But sweet will be the flower.”

Hallsville, Feb. 18         J. A. Evans

Note: William T. Hunter was the son of Urijah and Mary (Cannon) Hunter, of Breckenridge County, Kentucky.

Submitted by Edd Marks

Mrs. William T. HUNTER 

October 11, 1921
Decatur Review

Passes Away At Home of Daughter, Mrs. Randolph.

Mrs. Nannie HUNTER, died at 1:05 Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. W. RANDOLPH, 929 North Union street. Death was due to old age. She was eighty-six years old. She was born July 3, 1835. She was the mother of ten children, four of whom are living. They are Mrs. J. A. EVANS, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Mrs. M. M. CRAIG, of Texico, N. M.; Mrs. S. C. HUNTER, of Texico, N. M., and Mrs. M. W. Randolph, of Decatur. All except Mrs. Evans were with her at her death. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. W. B. ANDERSON, of Alexandria, S. D., who was with her at the time of her death. The body will be buried by the side of her husband at the McClimans cemetery at Hallsville, Ill. The time of the funeral will be announced later.

Note: Nancy (Beckwith) Hunter was the daughter of Greenberry Dorsey and Carolyn (Pumphrey) Beckwith, of Breckenridge County, Kentucky.

Submitted by Edd Marks

Charles E. HURD 

June 10, 1910 - Friday
Clinton Register

Death of Charles Hurd.

Charles E. HURD, one of the pioneer settlers of Wilson Township, died Friday afternoon at his home in Wapella, following an illness of six months duration from a complication of diseases.  He moved from near Petersburg to a farm east of Wapella in the sixties.  About eight years ago he left the farm and moved into the village.  He was respected by all and was an upright man in his dealings with his fellow man.  He was not quite 80 years old.  He leaves an aged wife, who is in poor health, besides two sons and one daughter: John, Charles E., Jr., and Mrs. Melvin JOHNSON, all living east of Wapella.

Mrs. Charles E. HURD 

December 30, 1910 - Friday
Clinton Register

Died at Jacksonville.

Friday of last week, Mrs. Sarah HURD, of Wapella, was adjudged insane and taken to the hospital at Jacksonville that day.  She was taken sick soon after arriving there and died yesterday, aged about 80 years.

Deceased was born in New Hampshire and her maiden name was Sarah F. ALDEN, a descendant, in the seventh generation, of John ALDEN, immortalized in Longfellow's poem.

She was married to Chas. HURD Mar. 17, 1857, and they moved to Menard county in 1863 where they lived till they came to DeWitt Co., settling on a farm in Wilson township, where they lived until about 5 years ago, when they moved to Wapella, which had since been their home.  About a year ago her husband died and she had since been in failing health.

She is survived by three children, John and Charles, of Wilson township, and Mrs. Flora JOHNSON.  One child died in infancy.

The remains, accompanied by the two sons, arrived here at 1 o'clock today and were taken to the home in Wapella.  The funeral will probably be held tomorrow afternoon.

Note: According to the 1900 census, Sarah’s birth date was June 1836, which would have made her age 74.

Mrs. John A. HURD 

April 3, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. John Hurd Succumbs to Pneumonia After Short Illness—
Leaves Husband and Two Children.

Mrs. Isadora HURD, aged about 42 years, wife of John A. HURD, died Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock of pleuro-pneumonia, after an illness of two weeks. She leaves her husband, one son, Carle, one daughter, Melvolia and one sister, Mrs. S. F. MERRIFIELD. Mrs. Hurd had been ailing with other troubles for the last year or more. The funeral was held Thursday at 1 o'clock at the Christian church; interment at Long Point cemetery.

HUTCHINS (child) 

January 1, 1874
Clinton Public

Three deaths in this city this week.  The first was the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Andy HUTCHINS; the next was Mrs. Theodore RASBACH; and the third was Dr. W. P. DAVIS, who was seized with paralysis some eight or ten years ago.


April 28, 1893
Clinton Public


Mrs. John HUTCHINSON, formerly a resident of this place in 1865, died in Decatur on Monday, of paralysis.  Her age was sixty-seven.  Her remains were brought here Wednesday morning and laid by the side of her husband in Sugar Gove Cemetery.


September 15, 1893
Clinton Public

The older residents will remember "Old Tom," who from the time the Illinois Central opened to Clinton back in fifty-four down to about nine years ago was the only man who carried passengers to and from the depot.  For more than twenty years his only conveyance was a one-horse spring wagon, in which trunks and passengers were piled together to be distributed around town.   Along in the seventies, when the old man rose to the dignity of owning a genuine omnibus, he would not have changed places with Jay Gould.  Ah; those were the dog-fennel days of Clinton.

About nine years ago the old man left Clinton and went to New Mexico, where he had a brother, to make his fortune in silver mining.  He succeeded in getting hold of some good silver mining property and was making some money, and he intended to come back to Clinton some time in October and visit his wife and children and make a visit to the world’s fair.

But his dream of life is over.  On the 4th of September, after only a few days illness, he died at Magdalena, New Mexico, aged seventy-one years and four months.  He leaves some valuable mining property which will be divided among his wife and children.

Dr. George W. HYDE 

September 1905
Paper Unknown

Was Dr. Hyde, Whose Death Occurred Tuesday.
A Prominent Baptist.

Tuesday afternoon at 3:15 occurred the death of Dr. George W. HYDE, after an illness of a week with dysentery. One year ago last April he was compelled to quit practice and went west with his wife, dividing a year’s time equally with his two sons, Walter in Montana, and Dr. Alfred Hyde in South Dakota.

Dr. Hyde was born in April, 1829, in England. His education was gained in private and national schools. He worked in a brass foundry and went to school nights. He was early in life interested in temperance work, and through out his long life was greatly interested in furthering that cause. He was married Nov. 21, 1850 to Miss Sarah OWEN, who survives. Shortly after his marriage he began the study of medicine. A change of climate becoming necessary Dr. Hyde set sail for America, June 7, 1857, landing at Point Levi near Quebec. He at once started for Onarga, Iroquois county, arriving July 1, 1857. He engaged in the hardware trade with his brothers-in-law John and Abram OWEN. At the opening of the civil war he desired to enlist in the union army but on account of his health was refused. He purchased 40 acres of land on which he erected a small dwelling in which he resided until the close of the war. He farmed but little, his time being principally given to medical work. He resided in Onarga until 1872 when he moved to Clinton. In 1876 he enjoyed a course of lecturers at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati from which institution he received a diploma. He has for years been a member of the state and national Eclectic Medical societies.

Politically in England he was a radical, being strongly opposed to Toryism. When he came to America he espoused the cause of the Republican party and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln and has since been affiliated with the Republican party on national issues. But in petty elections was always oblivious to party. Religiously he has been a member of the Baptist church since 1849 and has occupied all official positions within the gifts of the church. Besides his aged wife, Dr. Hyde is survived by 3 children: Dr. Alfred HYDE of Brookings, S. D., Walter at Kalispell, Montana, and Mrs. S. P. FLEMING of this city.

The funeral services were held at First Baptist church on Thursday, September 7, at 2:30 p.m. Rev A. E. Bigelow will conduct the services. The remains may be viewed at the home on South Madison St. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interment in Woodland [Woodlawn] cemetery.

Submitted by Carol Bruce


September 8, 1905
Clinton Register

Clinton’s Oldest Physician Dies at His Home in Clinton—
A Life of Usefulness.

Monday morning it was announced that Dr. G. W. HYDE, who had been confined to his bed several days could live but a short time, and his son Alfred, in Dakota, and Walter, in Montana, were telegraphed to come at once. The end came about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon before either of the sons arrived.

George W. Hyde was born in England Apr. 11, 1829, and had passed three-score and ten years by six. He grew to manhood there where he became a physician. He came to the United States in 1857, locating in Iroquois county, Ill., where he engaged in the hardware business in Onarga, his partners being John and Abram OWEN, his brothers-in-law. He lived during the war, and would have gone to the front had it not been his health was such that he was rejected.

He came to Clinton in 1873 and again began practicing medicine. Three years later he went to Cincinnati to take a course in the Eclectic Medical College. He soon had a large practice, which he held until failing health compelled him to give up active practice. He continued to answer some calls until over a year ago when he and his wife went West, spending a year with his sons, returning over two months ago. He was able to go about until two weeks ago when he was taken sick.

Nov. 25, 1850, before leaving England he was married to Miss Sarah OWEN, who survives him. Of six children born to them only three are living, Mrs. S. P. FLEMMING, of Clinton; Dr. A. W. HYDE, of Brookings, S. D.; and Walter, in Montana. Wm. died near Mt. Vernon, Ill., about two years ago.

He had been a member of the Baptist church over fifty years, and was one of the leading and most zealous members, always ready to do more than his full share. He was a member of the Illinois and the National Eclectic societies. His first vote in America for president was for Lincoln, and he remained a Republican but was not a partisan.

Funeral services were held yesterday at 2:30 in the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. A. E. Bigelow. The pall bearers were E. Vanderwort, F. C. Hill, Harry Oakford, Wm. Hill, E. Killough, and Lee Williams. Many floral offerings were on and about the casket. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Sarah (OWEN) HYDE 

March 7, 1913
Clinton Register

Another Old Resident Passed Away Wednesday Night.

Mrs. Sarah HYDE, for the past 30 years a resident of Clinton, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary FLEMING, at 9:30 Wednesday night. A complication of diseases, coupled with the infirmities of old age, was the cause of death. Mrs. Hyde had been ill since Christmas, but her condition was not considered serious until Wednesday evening when she suffered a sinking spell, death following in a short time.

Deceased was the widow of the late Dr. G. W. HYDE, one of the first physicians who practiced in Clinton. Dr. Hyde died in September, 1905.

Mrs. Hyde was born in Birmingham, England, coming to Illinois with her husband in 1858, the family first locating in Iroquois county. They came to Clinton in 1883. Deceased was an earnest Christian and a devout member of the Baptist church.

She is survived by a daughter and two sons: Mrs. Mary Flemming, of Clinton; Dr. A. W. HYDE, of Brookings, S. D.; and G. W. HYDE, of Kalispell, Mont.

Funeral services tomorrow at 2:30 in the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. G. W. Ballinger, a former pastor of the Clinton Baptist church, assisted by Rev. J. F. Rosborough. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Carol Bruce

William F. HYDE 

January 29, 1904
Clinton Register

Son of Dr. G. W. Hyde Died of Pneumonia—
Body Brought to Clinton for Burial.

Saturday night Dr. HYDE received word that his son, W. F. HYDE, died that evening at 7 o'clock at his home near Mt. Vernon, of pneumonia. The remains were brought to Clinton Monday at 1 o'clock.

William F. Hyde was born at Onarga, Ill., Aug. 20, 1860, and with his parents moved to Clinton when he was 12 years old, where he remained about fifteen years when he went to Kansas, then to Colorado, where he remained two years before going to South Dakota. He was married to Miss Rebecca HASSINGER in 1889, who with six children, from four to fourteen years old, survive him. He is also survived by his parents, a sister, Mrs. S. P. FLEMMING, two brothers, Dr. A. W. HYDE, of California, and Walter HYDE, of Montana. He conducted a drug store in Dakota until about eight years ago when he returned to Clinton and soon moved on his father's farm in Jefferson county where he had since lived. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen and held a policy for $1,000.

Funeral services were held at the home of Dr. Hyde today at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gilliland. Burial in Woodlawn. Funeral was delayed awaiting the arrival of Walter Hyde.

Submitted by Carol Bruce


March 4, 1904
Clinton Register


William F. HYDE was born at Onargo, Iroquois county, Ill., July 22, 1860, thus being at his death 43 years, 5 months and 1 day old.

He married Miss Sarah R. HASSINGER in Gary, South Dakota, Sept. 30, 1888. Seven boys were born to this union, six of whom are still living, the oldest being 14 years of age, the youngest 5 years. Mr. Hyde was a druggist in Revillo, South Dakota, ten years. He removed with his family to Clinton, Ill., and from there to Mt. Vernon in 1878, having been here for the past 6 years, a length of time amply sufficient to make many friends, who stay to mourn his death. To know Mr. Hyde was to love him as a dear friend. He was a man that always spoke kindly and courteously to everyone. If he could say no good of anyone he would say nothing.

His death has left a vacant place in his family that cannot be filled. They have lost a kind and affectionate husband and father and he will be greatly missed by all his neighbors, for he possessed the qualities of an excellent citizen and a warm true friend. He was a member of Jefferson lodge, I.O.O.F. No. 144, of Revillo, Grant county, South Dakota, also of Camp 10508, Modern Woodmen of America. He was not a member of any church, but a Baptist in belief. In his outward life he possessed true Christian principles and today is in the hands of a merciful God. Besides his family he leaves a father and mother, very feeble; one sister, Mrs. S. K. FLEMING, who was with him when he died; and two brothers, Dr. A. W. O. HYDE, of Palo Alto, Cal., and G. W. HYDE, of Kalispell, Mont.