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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.


June 1, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Matilda M. LACKEY died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank CUSHMAN, in this city, aged 67 years, having been sick about three months.

Her maiden name was Matilda M. KIRBY, and she was born May 8, 1832, in Warren county, O. When 20 years old she was married to Richard LACKEY. To them five children were born, one of whom died when young. The others are Mrs. Frank Cushman, Mrs. Jos. BOTKIN, Mrs. H. C. MILLS and Mrs. Thos. CHICK. She lived near Kenney many years, and had been making her home in Clinton for a few years. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 10:30, conducted by Rev. HORNEY. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Isaac LAFFERTY 

July 6, 1928
Clinton Journal and Public

Mrs. Isaac Lafferty of DeWitt, Died at Her Home Wednesday.

Mrs. Talitha LAFFERTY, widow of Isaac C. LAFFERTY of DeWitt, passed away in her home Wednesday morning at 1:40 o'clock after an illness of many months.

Talitha HARROLD was born in DeWitt Dec. 6, 1848, and was married to I. C. Lafferty Jan. 18, 1866. To this union nine children were born, four of whom are deceased. The surviving children are: William I. LAFFERTY, DeWitt; Miss Alta LAFFERTY, at home; Mrs. A. J. RUDASILL, Harp township; Mrs. K. S. FULLER, DeWitt; and Mrs. Arcada WALDEN, Sterling, Ill. Twenty grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren also survive. Mr. Lafferty passed away six months ago. Mrs. Cora SHUE of Clinton is a half-sister.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian church in DeWitt, Rev. Mr. LAMB officiating. Burial will be in the DeWitt cemetery.


July 1, 1875
Clinton Public

Another brave soldier has gone to his final rest, after fourteen years of painful suffering from a wound received at the battle of Fort Donelson. At the outbreak of the war, James A. LAFFERTY, of DeWitt township, was among the first to volunteer from this county. He enlisted in the Forty-first Illinois, and in common with his brethren in arms, suffered all the deprivations and hardships incident to a soldier's life. At Donelson he received a wound in his shoulder and lungs, which unfitted him for further duty, but so desirous was he to remain with this comrades that for a long time he resisted the efforts of his officers to have him discharged from the service. Finally he became satisfied that he was no longer fitted for duty, and regretfully he received his discharge from the service. His whole being was animated with patriotism; and although compelled to retire to private life once more, his voice and money and influence were always on the side of his country.

In the fall of 1862, Mr. Lafferty was the unanimous choice of both political parties in this county for the office of sheriff and he was elected without opposition. Mr. Lafferty was a Democrat in politics, but was thoroughly sound in his devotion to the flag of his country. The unanimity with which he was elected sheriff shows that the Republicans of the county had full confidence in his loyalty, for at that time the party could have elected any man they would bring forward. For two years he faithfully discharged the important duties of his office, and he would have been the unanimous choice of the whole people for re-election had not a constitutional provision prevented a second term for sheriff. Since his retirement from office, he has been engaged in agricultural and commercial business. Liberal in his political views, and straight-out in his business relations, he had the esteem of every man in the county.

The deceased was a son of the late Judge Lafferty, of this county. For many months before his death, he had a presentiment that the end would soon come. Like a prudent man, he carefully settled up his worldly affairs, so that he could devote his declining hours to the great future beyond the grave. On Tuesday morning he breathed his last, and calmly and prayerfully resigned his spirit into the hands of that God who had been his comfort and solace during many painful and weary hours. The funeral service took place at Marion, yesterday, and was attended by a large circle of sorrowing friends, and the order of Odd Fellows, of which he was a member. The lodge from this city joined with their brethren at Marion in paying the last tribute of respect to a worthy brother.


October 23, 1908
Clinton Register

Was Heavily In Debt And Creditors Had Taken Judgment—Used Carbolic Acid.

Early this morning Samuel LAFFERTY committed suicide at his home in DeWitt by drinking carbolic acid. The cause was due to financial troubles. He owned a farm of 130 acres near DeWitt, but was in debt about $15,000. Most of this was due the John Warner estate, and his brothers, Chas. LAFFERTY, of Clinton, and Isaac LAFFERTY, near DeWitt, were security for several thousand dollars of the amount. Parties interested had advised that judgment be taken and this was done.

It is said the matter had troubled him recently, until he acted strangely, but it had not been thought he would take his life until the last day or two.

Samuel Lafferty was born near DeWitt December 20, 1854, his father being Wm. LAFFERTY, who died in April 1875. He was married to Miss Maggie TREGO, daughter of Samuel TREGO, and four children were born to them. A few years ago they moved from the farm to DeWitt, which had since been their home. He was a useful citizen and the community was shocked by the tragic ending of his life. He had held township offices and had been a good official.

Mrs. William H. LAFFERTY 

November 7, 1902
Clinton Register

Another Old Citizen of DeWitt Passes Away at Her Old Home.

Quite a sudden death occurred at DeWitt Wednesday.  Mrs. Amanda LAFFERTY, who had been in her usual health, was suddenly taken with congestion of the stomach about 8 o'clock, when she began suffering with pains in her stomach and right shoulder, which lasted until almost noon when she appeared almost as well as usual; but was again suddenly seized by the same affliction and died about 1 o'clock.

Amanda ANDERSON was born near Philadelphia, Pa., March 3, 1824; departed this life, Nov. 4, 1902, aged 78 years, 8 months and 1 day.  At the age of about three years she was left an orphan and was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John M. Richter, of Philadelphia, Pa.  In the year 1838 she came west with her adopted parents and settled in Springfield, Ill.  In the year of 1840, the family removed to Marion, now the village of DeWitt, DeWitt Co., Ill.  She was married to William H. LAFFERTY, August 10, 1843, who departed this life, April 17, 1875.  To this union there were born eight children, five sons and three daughters: Isaac C.; Amanda A., who departed this life March 19, 1863; William S.; Charles S.; Susan M., now Mrs. M. B. NORTH; Samuel; George T., who died in infancy; Clara A., now Mrs. J. R. BOSSERMAN.  She professed faith in Christ in the year of 1863, uniting with the M. E. church, of which she was a faithful member until death.  She is survived by six children, twenty-one grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.  Two children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren preceded her to the better land.  Her husband, W. H. Lafferty, was county judge of this county for a number of years.  By the death of Mrs. Lafferty, the old home of DeWitt is broken up, which is a sad thought for the children.

The funeral took place from the M. E. church in DeWitt yesterday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. F. M. Harry, of Heyworth, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Willard.  The interment was in the DeWitt cemetery.

William S. LAFFERTY 

April 8, 1910
Clinton Register

Was Member of a Prominent DeWitt County Family and Was Well Known in DeWitt County.

William LAFFERTY, a prominent retired farmer, died about 6 o'clock Tuesday evening at his home one mile east of Clinton. Several months ago he was sick several weeks, and for a time his recovery was in doubt, but [he] improved and was able to take rides in an auto several times. The last time he was away from his home was early in December, though he had been able to be about his home until a few days before his death.

He was thought to be better than usual, and the nurse went home eight days before his death. Soon after she left he became worse, but the family did not become alarmed at his condition, and had not notified the two sons that were not at home.

William S. Lafferty was born in the town of Marion, now Village of DeWitt, August 16, 1847. His parents were William and Amanda LAFFERTY, deceased. He grew to manhood in what is now Rutledge township. He entered in Co. B, 39th Ill. Inf. in 1864, and served until the close in the 25th Army department of the James. He was in the battle of the Wilderness, Petersburg, Richmond and others.

At the close of the war he returned to DeWitt County. He was married to Laura E. CRUMBAUGH Dec. 1872, and they moved to a farm in McLean County, near Leroy, where they lived until they bought and moved to the Robert MAGILL homestead, one mile east of Clinton, about four years ago.

To them were born six children, four sons and two daughters, all living. They are Charles, who lives on the home place, near Leroy; Blanche; Anna; James; Harry; and Elmer, all at home. All were present when the end came except Charles and Harry, the latter being at school in Galesburg.

He is also survived by one sister and two brothers, Isaac, of Rutledge township; Chas. S. and Mrs. J. R. BOSSERMAN, of Clinton. One brother, Samuel, died at DeWitt last Oct., and a sister, Mrs. M. B. NORTH, of Nebraska, last July, six having previously died.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul's Universalist church Thursday afternoon. Many relatives and friends from out of the city attended the funeral. The services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Laing, assisted by Rev. L. D. Fisher of the Lombard University, Galesburg. Members of the G. A. R. and Women's Relief Corp attended in a body. The Masonic lodge had direct charge of the funeral and gave the ritualistic funeral service at the cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Dr. John J. LAKE 

February 12, 1915
Clinton Register

Dr. John J. Lake Studied Medicine Under Dr. Goodbrake—
Practiced in DeWitt and Kenney.

Last Friday afternoon at four o'clock at the Odd Fellows’ Old Folks’ Home in Mattoon occurred the passing of Dr. John J. LAKE, a pioneer resident of DeWitt County and former practioner at DeWitt and Kenney.  Death was due to the infirmities of advanced years.

John J. Lake, son of Asa M. and Charlotte (GREER) LAKE, was born in Hancock county, Ohio, June 8, 1829, being the third white child born in Hancock county.  The father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and being a lover of the open, free country, young Lake’s early life was spent in the wilder portions of the then western settlement.   As the neighborhood became more thickly settled, Lake’s parents loaded their effects in a prairie schooner and came to Illinois.  John was the second son in a family of seven children and in early life came to Clinton where for some time he taught school.  The older residents remember him as a close student, obliging and kind, but a stern disciplinarian.  Having decided to follow the medical profession, he began the study of medicine under Dr. C. Goodbrake of this city in 1859.  In the summer of 1856 he entered Rush Medical college in Chicago, graduating from that institution a year later and returning to this county opened an office in DeWitt.  He continued to live there until 1872 when he removed to Kenney and followed his profession at the latter village for a number of years.  He also conducted a drug store at Kenney.   Later he practically gave up his profession as a doctor and from that time, until old age compelled him to cease active duties, he followed farming.

In 1855 he was married to Miss Susan COTTINGHAM, member of a pioneer DeWitt county family.  Four children were born to them: William, Frank, Charles and Frederick.   The death of the mother occurred in 1872 and the home was broken up.  In 1876 he again married, his second wife being Mrs. Rebecca (WALLACE) FARRIS, a DeWitt county woman.  Three children, all surviving, were born to this union: Mrs. H. C. SHAW, Indianapolis; Mrs. Fern ROUSTOTT and Mrs. Lita CONN, of Chicago.  The second wife is well remembered as having been a woman of noble traits, a member of and tireless worker of the Kenney Christian church.

At the time of his final retirement from the medical field, Dr. Lake had been a practicing physician in this county for a period of forty-seven years.  During all these years he was ranked with the best doctors in the county.  He always kept abreast of the times and was a member of the State Medical Association.  Dr. Lake was a charter member of Henderson Lodge A. F. & A. M., and continued his membership after going to Mattoon.   He was also a member of Kenney Lodge I. O. O. F.  Politically he was a Republican and a member of the early Free Soil Party and was secretary of the first Republican meeting ever held in the county.  His first vote in that line was cast for John C. Fremont.  Dr. Lake was a member of no church, but a firm believer in the Deity and his entire life was a moral and virtuous one.  He was an interesting conversationalist, and being a great reader was always posted on the general subjects of his time.

Dr. Lake was a brother of the late Attorney, J. C. LAKE, of Decatur, and a cousin of the late William ABBOTT, a prominent jeweler of the same city, D. C. LAKE, a prominent railway attorney of Washington was also a brother.

Funeral services were held from the Odd Fellows’ Hall in Kenney at ten o'clock Sunday morning, in charge of the Odd Fellows.  Burial in Pleasant Valley cemetery.

About fourteen years ago Dr. Lake met with financial reverses and sold his business, going west.  Six years later he returned to Kenney and the Odd Fellows procured him a place during the remainder of his life at the Mattoon home with the privilege of visiting his children.

Oliver LAKIN 

September 29, 1864
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, on Friday, Sep. 23d, 1864, Oliver LAKIN, aged 36 years. He was buried on Saturday by the Masonic Fraternity.

LANE (infant) 

August 25, 1899
Clinton Register


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. James LANE died Wednesday and was buried Thursday, Rev. T. M. Harry officiating at the funeral.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Alvin H. LANE 

January 20, 1905
Clinton Register

Had Lived in Clinton Only a Few Weeks,
Having Retired from Farm Work.

A. H. LANE had been in poor health several years, and had spent last winter in the south for his health, but received little benefit.  About a month ago he moved to Clinton from his farm near Waynesville.  Last week he took a severe cold and on Sunday pneumonia resulted; his condition was serious almost from the first, and he died soon after 11 o'clock yesterday.

Alvin H. Lane was born near Waynesville, Feb. 2, 1840; his father, Jesse H. LANE, came to this county from Kentucky with his father in 1830 and settled near Waynesville, where he lived until his death, his wife, whose maiden name was Jane HAYES, dying in 1860.

Deceased was married Sept. 2, 1860, to Miss Sarah J. BAYLESS, who died in 1870, survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. John JEFFREY, and Jesse H.  Feb. 6, 1876, Mr. Lane was married to Miss Nancy VINSON, daughter of A. J. VINSON, now of Clinton, who survives him, also a son, Charles H.

After coming to this county, Mr. Lane had lived near Waynesville, where he owned 540 acres, until moving to Clinton about Dec. 1.  He was a member of the Rock Creek Christian church, and was one of the county’s best citizens.  His first presidential vote was for Geo. B. McClellan, and he had always supported the Democratic candidate.  He held township offices and was careful and efficient in all his duties.

The funeral was held at Rock Creek church, near Waynesville, about 1 o'clock today, conducted by Rev. S. E. Fisher, of Fisher, Ill., an old friend of the family.   Burial in Rock Creek cemetery.

Blanche (McABOY) LANE 

February 14, 1913
Clinton Register


At one o'clock Monday morning at her home on East Julia street occurred the death of Mrs. Blanche LANE, wife of W. T. LANE, tuberculosis being the cause of death, deceased having been afflicted with that disease for more than a year. She had been in a serious condition for several weeks and her death was expected at any time.

Blanche McABOY was born Feb. 28, 1870. Her entire life, with the exception of one year at Little Rock, Ark., was spent in this county. She was united in marriage to W. T. Lane Feb. 2, 1893. The husband and four children survive. She is also survived by her mother and three sisters: Mrs. U. G. Pennington, of Lane; Mrs. S. K. Carter, near Clinton; and Mrs. A. H. Montgomery, of Weldon. The family moved here from Lane last March.

Funeral services were held from the home at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. J. F. Rosborough conducting the services, deceased having been a member of the Christian church at Lane. Interment in Woodlawn.

Elbert D. LANE 

June 3, 1904
Paper Unknown

Was a resident of Texas township over thirty years.

Elbert D. LANE died Tuesday night at his home in Texas township, where he had resided the last thirty years, occupying the C.H. MOORE farm one mile east of Ospur. He had been ill for the past six months. Deceased was born near Long Point, Oct. 3, 1837. He was married to Rosello PERCY 4/29/1858. He leaves surviving him, his wife and the following children, Alvis and Alvin LANE of near Weldon, Ed LANE of Piatt County, Elbert LANE of near Clinton and Miss Kate LANE, residing at home. Funeral services were held at the Texas church yesterday. Interment at Texas Cemetery.

George B. LANE 

November 30, 1877
Clinton Public

It was with sadness and surprise this morning that our citizens learned of the death of George B. LANE, of the firm of LANE & BIGELOW. His illness was of but a brief period, but his physician had little hopes of his recovery from the first on account of his physical system being so frail. For some time previous to being confined to his bed Mr. Lane was ailing, and it was only when finally compelled to do so that he left his business. He went home from the store complaining of severe indisposition never again to return. Mr. Lane was an enterprising business man, and during the three years he lived in this city made a host of friends. He came here from Paxton with his partner, Mr. BIGELOW, in December 1874, and bought the grocery store of C. E. ROSS & Co. He and Mr. Bigelow have been partners in business for five years, two of them having been spent in Paxton. One year ago last May he was married to Miss Ella HUTCHIN. How sad for her; a little over eighteen months ago a bride, and now left a widow with a young child. It seems but a step from the bridal altar to the tomb. In her great sorrow she will have the sympathy of our citizens. Mr. Lane was a native of Middleport, New York, and is thirty-three years of age. He had a genial and pleasant disposition, and commanded the respect of all with whom he had business relations. It was a great shock to Mr. Bigelow who has known him so long and whose interests were so identified with that of the deceased. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock, at either the Presbyterian or Methodist Church.

Mrs. Harrison LANE 

December 18, 1896
Clinton Public

On Thursday, December 3d, Mrs. Sarah J. LANE, widow of Harrison LANE, died at the residence of her son, J. M. LEDDEN, near Ospur, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 3 days. Rev. O. L. DAVIS, a Baptist minister, conducted the funeral services at Rock Creek church, where the remains were interred by the side of her late husband. It can be said of Aunt Sallie, as she was called, that she was a good neighbor and ever ready to assist those in need. She had been a sufferer from paralysis for five or six years.

James LANE 

December 7, 1888
Clinton Public

Killed While Coon Hunting.

James LANE and a party of young men from the neighborhood of Kenney went out coon hunting last Saturday night, down about Midland City. The hunters treed two coons, and James Lane and another young man climbed the trees to get them down. Lane had climbed about fifty feet into his tree and then called to the boys that he could see the one he was after and would be able to reach him with a branch of the tree. In trying to break off the branch, Lane missed his footing and fell. When his companions reached him after he fell to the ground, his neck was broken and he was dead. While falling, his face was badly scratched with the limbs of the tree. One of his hands was badly crushed. The deceased was twenty years of age and was born in this county. His father, James T. LANE, keeps hotel in Kenney and formerly lived in Midland City. He made his home with his parents.

Jennette LANE 

August 18, 1893
Clinton Public


Jennette, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James LANE, died of cholera infantum, Tuesday morning, at eleven o'clock.  She was born November 26, 1892, in Joplin, Mo.  The funeral took place from the residence of Hon. Tilman LANE, on Wednesday morning, at ten o'clock.  Interment in Rose cemetery.

Jeremiah LANE 

July 17, 1903
Clinton Register


Jeremiah LANE, of Creek township, died Friday, July 10, after an illness of five weeks from paralysis.  Mr. Lane was one of the oldest settlers of DeWitt county, moving to what is now Creek township in 1834 when nine years old.  At that time DeWitt county was a part of Macon county.  His parents located on a farm about two miles from the village of Lane and he had lived [with]in three miles of his first location for 69 years.

Mr. Lane was the father of nine children, four of whom are dead.  The living are Mrs. Edward DANISON, Cicero [LANE], Mrs. F. C. SHEPHERD, Mrs. M. C. DAVENPORT and William [LANE], with his aged companion, who mourn the loss of a kind father and devoted husband.  Uncle Jerry, as he was called, had no enemies and all who knew him were his friends.

The funeral was held in the Christian church of Lane, conducted by Elder E. A. Gilliland.  Interment in the Rose cemetery and followed by one of the largest concourses ever assembled in Creek township.

Note: Jeremiah was moved from Rose Cemetery to Woodlawn Cemetery in June 1918.

Mrs. Jeremiah LANE 

August 17, 1917, Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Mary Lane Died Yesterday at Age of 86—
Funeral Saturday—

Mrs. Mary LANE, aged 86 years and for 82 years a resident of DeWitt county, died about 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her son, William M. LANE, 409 South Monroe street, after an illness of three weeks of a complication of diseases.

Mary Anna Lane was born in Hamilton county, Illinois, March 13, 1831, and was the daughter of Ezekial and Tolitha LANE.  When she was four years of age she was brought to DeWitt county with her parents and was with them on the farm in Creek township for the early years of her life.  She was married to Jeremiah LANE in 1849 and they made their home near Lane until Mr. Lane’s death sixteen years ago.  Since that time Mrs. Lane has lived in Clinton with her son, who remained a bachelor.

There are four children who survive, as follows: Cicero LANE, of Danville; Mrs. Ed DANISON, of Clinton; Mrs. Anna SHEPHERD, of Clinton; and W. M. LANE, of Clinton.

Mrs. Lane joined the Christian church at Lane when she was fourteen years of age and has been a faithful Christian worker as long as her strength would permit.

Funeral services will be held from the home, 409 South Monroe street Saturday morning at 10:30.  Rev. R. V. Callaway of the local Christian church will officiate.  Burial will be made at Woodlawn cemetery.

Jesse Harrison LANE 

May __, 1928
(Paper unknown)

Jesse Harrison LANE died at his home five miles east of Waynesville at eight o'clock Monday morning.  Death came as relief from a long period of suffering.

Mr. Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvis LANE, was born July 29, 1864, on a farm near here and has spent his entire life on a farm within half a mile of his birthplace.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minerva Cisco LANE, two daughters, Mrs. Nellie MAXWELL, of Wapella; and Mrs. Abbie JONES, teacher in the Odd Fellows Orphans’ Home at Lincoln; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the home.  Burial was in the Rock Creek cemetery.  Pallbearers were M. Connell, John Bray, George Laughery, Jay Hollibaugh, Fred Dix and Alex Armstrong, all members of Wayne lodge No. 172, A. F. and A. M., at Waynesville.

NOTE: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950: Jesse Harrison Lane died on May 21, 1928, in Waynesville Township, De Witt County.

John P. LANE 

September 12, 1890
Clinton Public

Died, on Saturday, September 6th, at his home near Rock Creek, of consumption, John P. LANE, third son of A. H. LANE, aged 19 years, 1 month and 25 days. The funeral was held at Rock Creek on Sunday, at 11 A.M., by Eld. R. S. THRAPP, of Atlanta, after which the earth form was laid to rest in the cemetery at that place. Some time last spring he complained of lung trouble, and after trying home physicians and failing to obtain relief, his father accompanied him to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was placed under skillful medical treatment, but all in vain; the dread disease had fastened its fangs upon him and claimed him for its own. He was brought home and a week ago began sinking rapidly, until on Saturday last at break of day the messenger of death released him from his sufferings. He was a model young man, and if there was any one among our acquaintances who had no enemies that one was Johnnie Lane. Kind and obliging to all, he won hosts of friends. A sister in Nebraska, and a father and three brothers here are left to mourn the loss of a kind and obedient son and brother.

John Tillman LANE 

January 25, 1895
Clinton Public

In the fifty-sixth year of his age, John Tillman LANE departed this life last Sunday. His disease was consumption, with which he had been afflicted since last summer, when it first developed. Like all consumptives he looked for the bright tomorrow when he would be again in the full vigor of life, but it never came. He was not confined to his bed at any time during his sickness, and last Sunday he laid down on the lounge in the sitting-room of his home for a brief rest, when his spirit gently went out to the unknown world. Til Lane was a good man in his home and in the community. He was an earnest Christian, having united with the Christian Church in the winter of 1863, when the Rev. Dudley DOWNS was holding a series of meetings in the old church in Clinton.

John Tillman Lane was born on Rock Creek, north of Wapella, on the 12th of October, 1839. His ancestors were among the early settlers of this county. Tillman lived in Clinton from his childhood. He was a house mover by trade. On the 24th of April, 1873, he was married to Catherine J. CRAWFORD, and six children were born to them, of whom five and the mother are living. He was buried from the Christian Church last Monday afternoon, Rev. L. B. PICKERILL conducting the services. A large company of mourners and friends followed the remains to Woodlawn Cemetery.

John Tilman LANE 

February 11, 1887
Clinton Public

John Tilman Lane died from hydrophobia.

(See news article)


August 17, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. mary lane Died Yesterday at Age of 86—Funeral Saturday.

Mrs. Mary LANE, aged 86 years and for 82 yars a resident of Dewitt county, died about 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her son, William M. LANE, 409 South Monroe street, after an illness of three weeks of complications of diseases.

Mary Anna Lane was born in Hamilton county, Illinois, March 13, 1831, and was the daughter of Ezekiel and Tolitha LANE. When she was four years of age she was brought to DeWitt county with her parents and was with them on the farm in Creek township for the early years of her life. She was married to Jeremiah LANE in 1849 and they made their home near Lane until Mr. Lane's death sixteen years ago. Since that time Mrs. Lane has lived in Clinton with her son, who remained a bachelor.

There are four children who survive, as follows: Cicero LANE, of Danville; Mrs. Ed DANISON, of Clintoin; Mrs. Anna SHEPHERD, of Clinton; and W. M. LANE, of Clinton.

Mrs. Lane joined the Christian church at Lane when she was fourteen years of age and has been a faithful Christian worker as long as her strength would permit.

Funeral services will be held from the home, 409 South Monroe street, Saturday morning at 10:30. Rev. R. V. Callaway of the local Christian church will officiate. Burial will be made at Woodlawn cemetery.

Orville LANE 

September 28, 1906
Clinton Register

Orville LANE, son of Henry LANE, aged 15 years died Friday of peritonitis. Funeral services were held Saturday at 3 o'clock in the Christian church, conducted by Rev. Gilliland. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Samuel B. LANE 

March 17, 1893
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

Mrs. Marilia LANE, who had been lying ill for many days, died at noon on Wednesday of last week.  Mrs. Lane was a lady of middle age and had long resided in this city.  She was a sister of our M. G. Neal.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
LANE, SAMUEL B.     NEAL, MARILLA      01-12-1882     PIATT


January 1, 1915
Clinton Register

Passing of Aunt Sallie Lane.
One of the Oldest Residents of DeWitt County Died on 79th Birthday Anniversary.

After an illness of one year of a complication of diseases, superinduced by the infirmities of advanced age, Mrs. Sarah Jane LANE, familiarly known to her relatives and friends as " Aunt Sally," ended her long and useful life at the Warner hospital, where she had been an inmate but a short time, on Tuesday morning, Dec. 29, at seven o'clock. Death was not unlooked for and was painless. About a year ago Mrs. Lane became afflicted with trouble of the heart and stomach, and since that time her decline had been gradual but sure. For some time she was under the care of nurses at her home in Lane, but later was cared for by her daughters at Lane and Weldon as long as they were physically able, after which she was brought to the Warner hospital for a time for treatment and as a rest for the children. Her last stay at the hospital was her third trip to that institution.

Tuesday evening her body was taken to the late home at Lane where funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10:30, Rev. R. V. Callaway of the Clinton Christian church in charge. Interment in the Rose cemetery south of Lane. A large number of Clinton relatives and friends were in attendance.

Sarah Jane SIMPSON was born in Davis county, Kentucky, December 29, 1825, her death occurring on her 79th birthday anniversary. She was the daughter of John and Eliza SIMPSON, both of whom are buried in Kentucky. December 5, 1860, Miss Simpson was married to Wm. Benjamin McABOY, a native of Ohio, who died in 1883. The fruits of this union were five children: Pattie, who died in 1874; Blanche, wife of W. T. LANE of Clinton, died last February; Julia A., wife of S. K. CARTER of near Lane; Birdie, wife of A. H. MONTGOMERY of Weldon. Mrs. McAboy was married to Tillmon LANE on October 5, 1885, no children being born to this union. Mr. Lane died July 5, 1911.

Both were devoted members and workers in the Christian church, and their home was always a welcome spot for the minister and other Christian workers. Their time and money were liberally given to the advancement of their chosen denomination. For years, Mrs. Lane was a member of the Eastern Star at Weldon, or until that chapter surrendered its charter. She passed to a life of eternal happiness following long years of faithful work for her church and fellow citizens.

Tillmon LANE 

July 7, 1911
Clinton Register

Tillmon Lane, One of The Pioneer Residents Of This County Passes To His Rest.

Tillmon LANE, who had been ill only a few days, died at his home in the village bearing his name, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the ripe age of 87 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was taken ill last Sunday, growing weaker rapidly, and since Monday night had been unconscious.

Having been a resident of this county for more than three quarters of a century, no man in this section was more widely known or more highly esteemed. The following sketch is from the DeWitt County History:

Tillmon Lane came of Revolutionary stock, his maternal grandfather having aided the colonies in their struggle for freedom. He was born in Monroe County, Kentucky, October 14, 1823. His father Ezekiel LANE having moved to that state from Tennessee. The family was one of the first to settle in that state. In 1827 the family came to Illinois, locating in Hamilton county. Eight years later they came to DeWitt county, locating in what is now Creek township, being at that time a part of Macon county, DeWitt not then having been organized. The elder Lane took up land where the village of Lane now stands, paying $1.25 per acre. He devoted a part of his time to the ministry, being one of the first preachers of the New Light church to locate in this state. He died in 1853 his wife having died in 1846.

For a short time during his boyhood Tillmon Lane pursued his studies in the subscription schools of Hamilton county. The old school was a log affair with greased paper windows, puncheon floor and stick chimney. After coming here he spent six months in school on Rock Creek, two miles east of Waynesville, at that time a good school. This completed his school education with the exception of about one week in a school in Creek township. There were no roads in this locality and the boy was forced to break his way, through brush and snow to reach the school. He remained at home until 21 years of age, when he entered 80 acres of land in Creek township at the land office in Danville, three days being required to make the trip. In 1841 he laid the first government land warrant entered at that office. Being a Mexican land warrant. That year and the one following Mr. Lane broke 40 acres of his land besides fencing his farm, also building a home 16 X 18 feet. For his first crop of wheat he received 57 cents per bushel, selling it in Clinton and receiving $150, the largest sum he had ever possessed. Later he hauled 40 bushels to Chicago, then a small town. The trip took 12 days. As he prospered he added more land to his possessions until he owned over 400 acres. In 1873 when the C. H. & W. railroad went through, the town of Lane was laid out, and at that time Mr. Lane sold 100 acres of his land. He followed general farming, but the raising of cattle and hogs was always the principal feature. Since 1872 he had also engaged in grain buying.

On November 15, 1848, he was married to Miss Elizabeth THOMPSON, also a native of the Blue Grass state. To this union ten children were born, six of whom survive, as follows: James, Quincy, Ill.; Mrs. Martha GIBSON, Creek township; Richard, Clinton; Jeremiah, Creek township; Ezekiel, Hebron, Neb.; and William T. of Creek township. Mrs. Lane was a devout member of the Christian church, she died February 21, 1884.

Mr. Lane married again October 5, 1885, his second wife being the widow of Benjamin McABOY of Creek township. She is also of Kentucky blood and the only member of her family now living. She was the mother of five children, four of whom are living, Mrs. Grant PENNINGTON and Mrs. Wm. T. LANE of Lane, Mrs. A. M. MONTGOMERY of Weldon and Mrs. S. K. CARTER of Clinton. All born before her marriage to Mr. Lane. For half a century, Mr. Lane had been an active member of the Christian church of which he was almost continually an official. He was also for years an active member of the Masonic lodge. Mr. Lane was a staunch supporter of the Democratic party and its principles always considered authority on both county and state politics. He was active in all campaigns, even up to the last, and a new step was not finally taken until he had been consulted.

Mr. Lane served a number of terms as supervisor and was on many important committees, and was on the one selected to sell swamp lands and to purchase a site for the poor farm. In 1872, he was elected to the General assembly serving two terms. During this time the statutes of the state were revised. He always took a leading part in the advancement of schools and everything that landed to the good of the community. When he located in Creek township there were but 50 acres there under cultivation. Game was plentiful, and a small band of Creek Indians were still there. In early days he bought stock in almost every section of Illinois, riding hundreds of miles on horseback in making his purchases.

The funeral services were held at the First Christian church in Lane at 3 o'clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. ESTERLING, of Decatur. Interment in the family lot in the Lisenby cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. Tilmon LANE 

February 29, 1884
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Tilmon Lane.

On last Friday, February 22, Elizabeth LANE, wife of the Hon. Tilmon LANE, of Creek township, closed her eyes in death. For a long time she had been afflicted with inflammatory rheumatism. Mrs. Lane was born in Sangamon county December 21st, 1829. Three or four years later, her father, Jeremiah THOMPSON, came to this county and settled in Creek township, two or three miles east of the village of Lane, and in that neighborhood Mrs. Lane spent her life. She was married to the Hon. Tilmon Lane on the 15th of November, 1848, and reared a family of ten children, six of whom survive her. Shortly after her marriage she moved to her late homestead. When but fifteen years old she was converted and became a member of the Christian Church. She remained faithful to her religious vows during her life, and her influence for good was felt in the neighborhood in which she lived. Her home was always open to the ministers of any denomination, and all were given a kindly welcome.

William B. LANE 

January 4, 1907
Clinton Register

After a busy Pilgrimage of Over Four Score Years He Goes to His Reward.

Wm. B. LANE, one of Creek township's oldest and best respected citizens, passed away at his home in Lane on New Year's day at seven o'clock. His health had been failing for months but it was only in the last few days that his friends and relatives realized that hope was useless. With his death DeWitt county has lost another of the hardy old pioneers who hoed the wilderness, made great sacrifices and endured extreme hardships in the settlement of central Illinois, which has grown to be the garden spot of the earth.

William B. Lane was born in Monroe county, Ky., Sept. 16, 1827. The third child of a family of seven children. When he was a baby his parents moved to Hamilton county, Illinois, where they lived until 1835, when they moved to what is now Creek township, but which was then an open unorganized county. His father, Ezekiel LANE, settled on the land where the village of Lane now stands and here the children grew to maturity.

July 27, 1851, at the age of 24, Mr. Lane was married to Elizabeth MURPHY, whose death preceded his own [by] thirty years. Of this union were born seven children, six of whom survive: Ezekiel; John R., of Paris Mo.; Lewis C., of Champaign; Tobitha PECK and Maggie GANKER, of Colorado Springs; and Sarah OLSON, of Sangamon; another daughter, Louisa, died years ago.

Deceased was married again Oct. 17, 1880, to Hannah B. KRANICH, who with one son, W. O. LANE, survives him.

Mr. Lane spent most of his life as a farmer, the latter part being devoted to retail business in the village of Lane. He owned much land during his life in and around Lane and together with his brother Tillman deeded the land and founded the town which bears their name.

No one who did not share the acquaintance of this good old man in his life time can appreciate the magnitude of his generosity or the happy spirit which always characterized him. He was a friend in the full name of the word: to his own family, to his neighbors and to every worthy enterprise which came within his notice. It can truly be said of him that he always "plucked up a thistle and planted a flower." He was for more than 50 years identified with the Christian church at Lane, being one of the charter members. He saw the struggle and use of that little body and was active in both.

Too much cannot be said for a man whose career has been as his: he has left to his children that priceless heritage, the example of a true Christian character.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church in Lane Thursday, January 3, conducted by Rev. Harry Barnett. Interment in the Lisenby cemetery.


January 25, 1895
Clinton Public

Sudden Death.

Mrs. James LANGDALE had been in Clinton for a few days visiting her sisters, the Misses Phillips. Last night she received a telephone message from her home in Urbana, informing her of the sudden death of her husband, James T. LANGDALE. No particulars. Mr. Langdale was a former citizen of Clinton. A few years ago he moved to Decatur. Later he moved to Urbana, where he was employed in the Big Four shops.

LANTERMAN (infant) 

February 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Mr. and Mrs. S. O. LANTERMAN, formerly of Waynesville township, but now living in St. Joe, Neb., have lost three of their children, the last death being that of their infant son, only seven weeks old.

Isaac LAPIN 

August 2, 1901
Clinton Register


Two inmates died at the poor farm last Sunday night within an hour. Mary TAINER, who was sent there from this city about six weeks ago, afflicted with a private disease, for which, it appears, she had not received proper medical treatment at an early stage. The deceased was 19 years old and unmarried.

In less than an hour after Miss Tainer had expired, Isaac LAPIN died of old age, coupled with diseases with which he had been afflicted for some years. He was 72 years old and had been an inmate of the poor farm for a great many years, he having lived in the northeast part of the county for a great many years prior to his being taken to the poor farm. Mr. Foster tried to inform some relatives and friends of Mr. Lapin's death, but was unable on account of the telephones being out of repair. The interment of both bodies took place Monday afternoon.

Note: aka Lappin

Thomas LAPPIN 

September 16, 1910
Clinton Register

Found Dead In Home.

Thomas LAPPIN, a single, middle-aged man living in the country about three and one-half miles east of Waynesville, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in his own house by a neighbor, Samuel SHAFFER, who wanted to see him about some work. The deceased had not been seen since Saturday, hence the investigation of the neighbor. There were no signs of violence on the body and it is thought that heart trouble was the cause of his sudden death, though there is no certainty about it, as Lappin lived alone. The man is believed to have been dead for two days.

William LAPPIN 

April 2, 1880
Clinton Public

A Terrible Death.

One week ago today William LAPPIN, of Wilson township, was riding on an empty hay wagon with his son. In going down a hill the hind wheels were parted from the front ones by the loosing of a pin. Mr. Lappin was riding on the axletree, and the sudden stoppage of the wagon threw him forward. The ladders on the hay wagon fell in the same direction, the crosspiece striking Mr. Lappin on the back of the neck, breaking his neck. His death was almost instantaneous. He leaves a large family of children. Mr. Lappin had been a resident of this county for over twenty years and was highly esteemed by his neighbors.

Note: Rucker Chapel Cemetery (Wilson Twp):
William, d. May 26, 1880 ae. 58 yr 3 mo 15 da
[Death date should be March 26, 1880, not May.]

Mrs. Zilla LARGE 

August 9, 1889
Clinton Public

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.

LATTIMER (child) 

April 1, 1887
Clinton Public

Mr. James LATTIMER's little girl died on Saturday and was buried at Sugar Grove Cemetery Sunday afternoon.


August 30, 1878
Clinton Public

Mr. LAUX, an old and respected citizen, died in this city on last Monday morning.

Isaac N. LAWMAN 

January 23, 1885
Clinton Public

Isaac N. LAWMAN, formerly mayor of Farmer City, died recently in Wellington, Kansas, of typho-malarial fever.

William LAWS 

April 27, 1883
Clinton Public

"In the midst of life we are in death". William LAWS, a stout, hearty man, who lived on Mr. A. R. PHARES' farm, three miles west of Clinton, arose from his bed this morning in perfect health and tended to caring for his stock and milking the cows. He ate a hearty breakfast, and when getting ready to start on his day's work on his farm he was attacked with heart disease. A messenger was at once dispatched to Clinton for Dr. WILCOX, but within a few minutes after the doctor reached the house, Mr. Laws died. The deceased was an industrious and a good citizen. He leaves a wife and two little children.

LAYTON (child) 

March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Samuel LAYTON’s youngest child died Sunday afternoon. The funeral took place Monday afternoon at Rock Creek.


March 31, 1899
Clinton Public

Sad Announcement.

W. B. LEASURE received a telegram from his son, Chester, of Fresno, Cal., announcing the death of the latter’s wife. She had been complaining for some time, but was not reported seriously ill. Deceased was the daughter of Chas. RICHTER, formerly of DeWitt.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Rev. James LEATON 

September 11, 1891
Clinton Public

Rev. James LEATON died at his home in Carlinville at one o'clock this morning. He will be kindly remembered as pastor of the M. E. Church in this city for one year. Mr. Leaton was one of the oldest Methodist ministers in the Illinois Conference, having preached for over forty-seven years. He was the historian of the conference and had published the first volume of the "History of Methodism in Illinois," the greater part of which he wrote during the year he was stationed in Clinton. The manuscript for the second volume he had about completed when he was taken sick. Dr. Leaton was an Englishman by birth but a true American in sympathy. He was a fearless preacher of the gospel, and his plainness in telling the truth sometimes made a certain class of members feel unpleasant. Toward the close of his ministry in this city the members of the church began to appreciate his great worth and plead with him to return a second year, but the old Doctor had made up his mind to go and no power on earth could change him.

Catherine B. LEAVENS 

October 6, 1893
Clinton Public

Miss Catherine B. LEAVENS died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Wm. BISHOP, yesterday morning at six o'clock.  Miss Leavens was born in Zanesville, Ohio, March 26th, 1808, and was 85 years, 6 months and 9 days old.  She had been ill for two or three weeks.  The funeral services will be held at the residence of Mrs. Bishop this afternoon at four o'clock, conducted by Dr. W. A. Hunter, after which the remains will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.


October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Many hearts will be sad when they read of the death of Miss Kate LEAVENS, although she had long passed the limit of fourscore years.  No one who enjoyed the pleasure of her acquaintance ever could look upon her as being an old lady, for almost to the last she kept her heart fresh and young by mingling with the world and leaving the impress of her lovable nature on every body with whom she came in contact.  An earnest, devoted Christian woman, she was a blessing to those who sorrowed, and the world is the better of her having lived in it.  Miss Leavens was born in Zanesville, Ohio, on the 26th of March, 1808, and when she died on Thursday morning of last week (October 5) she was eighty-five years, six months, and nine days old.  She was the aunt of Mrs. William BISHOP and since the death of her sister, Mrs. LEWIS, a number of years ago, she had made her home with her niece.  She came to this county in an early day with her mother and her sister’s family and, with the exception of a few years spent in Waynesville while her sister’s husband was in business in that village, the greater part of her life had been spent in Clinton.  Miss Leavens was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in Clinton in the year 1853, her mother, sister and niece being four of the original thirteen who met in the old court-house to worship till the congregation was strong enough to build a church of their own.  In the fullness of years she has entered upon the rest promised to the faithful servant of God.

Nellie LEE 

October 19, 1899
Funeral Card

Miss Nellie LEE born May 29, 1897, died October 19, 1899. Funeral: residence of J. H. MC CORD, October 21st.

Submitted by Earliene Kaelin

Charles LEEPER 

October 5, 1906
Clinton Register


Charles LEEPER, a prominent farmer south west of Heyworth, well known to many in this county, was taken suddenly sick Sunday morning and died Wednesday, aged 83. He had lived in McLean county 71 years and on the farm where he lived 63 years. He is survived by his wife, seven children, and three sisters, only one of them, Mrs. Nancy BUCK, of Waynesville, living in this county.


November 28, 1890
Clinton Public

Death of Jacob Leeper.

On last Monday Mrs. McKEE, of Waynesville, received a dispatch from Selma, California, announcing the dangerous illness of her brother-in-law, Jacob LEEPER. This was followed Tuesday morning with another telegram announcing his death. Mr. Leeper had been suffering for some time from a sore hand, but whether this was the cause of his death is not known.

Mr. Leeper was born in Ohio, and was about fifty years old. He came to this county twenty years ago without any means and began working as a farm hand in Waynesville township. He was careful and prudent in money matters, and in due time married a sister of Eber DAVENPORT and bought a farm of his own. Seven years ago he sold his personal effects in Waynesville and moved to Selma, California, where he invested in property that has largely increased in value. He also owned one hundred and sixty acres in Barnett township, adjoining John E. BRITTEN’s farm, which he decided not to sell as he had all the means he needed for a start in California. He leaves a wife but no children. Mrs. LEEPER will be abundantly provided for, as the Barnett township farm and the California property will bring her a handsome revenue. Jacob Leeper was as good a man as ever lived in DeWitt county. In business matters he was conscientious, and no kinder neighbor was there in Waynesville township.


December 26, 1890
Clinton Public

Jacob W. Leeper.

Editor Clinton Public,—J. W. LEEPER was born in Franklin county, Tenn., in 1829, and in 1855 came to Illinois, where he spent about thirty-four years of his life. The two or three first years he spent in Illinois cropping with his cousin. In 1857 he was married to Miss Martha DAVENPORT, and for ten years rented, and at the end of that time he bought a farm of 120 acres in Barnett township, where he and his companion made a good farm and a beautiful home and spent the latter part of their happy and contented lives. As old age crept upon them they were constrained to seek a home away from the rigors of Illinois, and in 1889 they bought and found a location in Fresno county, California, near the little town of Fowler, since which time they were successfully engaged subduing a piece of desert land and making a raisin vineyard, where they expected, in the providence of God, to spend their riper years. But God designed it otherwise. About the 19th of November Mr. Leeper was taken seriously ill with malarial fever. His case was a critical one almost from the start. He was closely watched and carefully attended by two physicians. Hopes were entertained until about six or seven hours before the end came, when apoplexy set in and locked him in unconsciousness, after which he spoke but a few words and passed away.

In early life Mr. Leeper was soon chosen to the high and responsible position of ruling elder. In his death the church feels that one of her strongest pillars has fallen. One of Mr. Leeper’s chief characteristics as a man and a neighbor was his ardent desire to live peaceably with all; one of his principal graces as a Christian was his ardent missionary spirit. Now that he rests from his labors, may his works go on and bear a rich harvest that shall help to gladden the world until the Master shall gather all the rich fruits into his store-house, saying, “well done thou good and faithful servant.” —E. DAVENPORT

Mrs. Elizabeth LEEVER 

March 6, 1891
Clinton Public

Elizabeth LEEVER, wife of the late Fleming LEEVER, was born in Clermont county, Ohio, August 9th, 1809, and died at the home of her son, Martelus LEEVER, near Hallsville, DeWitt county, February 19,1891, aged 81 years, 6 mos and 10 days. She was the last of a family of eight children to pass to “that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.”

On April 12, 1831, when about twenty-two years old, she was joined in marriage with the late Fleming LEEVER, with whom for over forty-four years, hand in hand and heart to heart, she walked up the incline plane of life till they reached its meridian then descending into the vale where the dews of declining years bathed their foreheads, and the sun of righteousness kissed away the jeweled spirit of her companion, April 9, 1875, leaving her to travel the rest of the journey alone. In 1854 they moved from the home of their childhood to Fort Defiance, where they lived some three years, when they removed to Heyworth, Illinois. Casting about for a permanent home, they removed to Salt Creek in 1861, and finally settled two years later on the place where she breathed her last, one and three-quarter miles northeast of Hallsville, Illinois.

Grandma Leever was the mother of twelve children, five of whom preceded her to the better life. Those living are Martelus, Milton A., and Mrs. Maria MAY of Illinois; Oliver and Sylvanus of Texas; John W. of Ohio; and Mrs. Sarah J. TURNER of Mo. Mother Leever was converted to God and united with the Methodist Episcopal church when about eighteen years of age, or about sixty-three years ago, in which she lived a most consistent Christian life. On coming to Illinois, she united with the Mt. Tabor M. E. Church of which she was a member when she died. Her religious life was conservative, even and thorough. Soon after her conversion, as has been the common experience of God’s people, she was led to question the soundness of her faith in Christ, which caused her much fear. Upon returning one night she prayed the Lord to give her a clearer evidence of her acceptance with him. Amid tears and anxieties she fell asleep, and in her dream the Savior came and took her by the hand and assured her that she was his child. On awakening in the morning, it seemed that she was the happiest being to whom God ever revealed his saving grace. From that time on her faith was unfaltering, her hope unclouded, and her prospects for the future pleasing and joyous. She grew old sweetly and impressed one with the thought that ripe age which has been preceded by a childhood and youth-time well improved is the grandest period in man’s earthly being. She died in the later part of Wednesday night or quite early Thursday morning, February 19.

For some years she had occasionally gotten up in the night and walked about in her sleep. To avoid any accident to herself, she requested that an outside latch be fastened to her bedroom door, and would not sleep till Mr. or Mrs. LEEVER had fastened the latch. On Friday morning on unfastening the latch as usual, Mrs. Leever, on account of not hearing Grandma stir about her room, opened the door, and to her astonishment and grief, found her partly dressed, lying with her head towards the door, dead.

Her funeral took place in the Christian Church, at Hallsville, Illinois, Friday afternoon, February 20, at two o'clock, where a large umber of sympathizing friends and neighbors gathered to witness the funeral obsequies. The sermon was delivered by the writer from Phil, 1:21. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” after which the remains were laid to rest in the McCliman’s cemetery, awaiting the resurrection. —J. E. ARTZ, Pastor of the M. E. Church, Waynesville, Illinois


March 1, 1933
Paper Unknown


John C. LEEVEY, son of Daniel and Elizabeth LEEVEY, was born February 10, 1855, at Mercersburg, Penn. and passed away March 1, 1933, at his home in Weldon, Illinois. He was married in Pennsylvania to Miss Emma BAKER, January 1, 1875, who preceded him in death October 21, 1925. To this union thirteen children were born, two dying in infancy (Jacob and Sarah), also one son, John, and a daughter Mrs. Clara GOKEN.

The surviving children are; Mrs. Blanche FLYNN, Deland, Ill.; Mrs. Ida BESORE, Elwell, Mich.; Mrs. Catherine SAMPSON, Deer Creek, Ill.; Mrs. Jennie PERSONS, Weldon, Ill.; Mrs. Beulah REESCE, Wm. and Clyde Leevey, Clinton, Ill.; Clifford and Ether LEEVEY, Weldon, Ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Leevey came from Pennsylvania to Deland in 1883 and lived near Deland until 1899 when they moved near Weldon. He has been a resident of Weldon for the past fifteen years.

On November 5, 1927, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Nancy PHILLIPS, who survives him. He also leaves the following sisters and brothers; Mrs. Loma BLACKBURN, Billings, Montana; Mrs. Minnie SWORD, Mercersburg, Penn.; George LEEVEY, Kansas City, Kansas; also a cousin, Mrs. C. A. LANCASTER, Deland, Ill.

Mr. Leevey was a member of the M. E. Church of Weldon. He was sexton of Weldon cemetery for a number of years, until his recent illness. Besides his relatives he leaves a host of friends who mourn his loss.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M. E. Church with Rev. L.S. Kidd officiating. The burial was in Deland cemetery.

Submitted by Marge Leevey

Mrs. John C. LEEVEY 

October 21, 1925
Paper Unknown

Mrs. John Levy, 68, Died At Her Home in Weldon.
Well known Woman had Been Ill Past Year—
Funeral Friday Afternoon.

Mrs. John Levy [LEEVEY], 68 years of age, passed away at 9:30 o'clock last night in her home in Weldon after an illness of one year with nervousness and a general breakdown. She was a patient in the John Warner hospital here for six weeks and was returned one week ago to her home at Weldon. The family had lived near Weldon many years.

Emma BAKER, a daughter of Rachel and William BAKER, was born in Pennsylvania, July 15, 1856. She lived at the place of her birth until 40 years ago when she and her husband, John LEEVEY, to whom she was married at an early age in Pennsylvania, moved to Weldon where the home of the family has since been made.

She was the mother of thirteen children, three of them dying in infancy. The ten surviving are Mrs. Blanche FLYNN, of Decatur; Mrs. Ida BESORE, of Michigan; Mrs. Catherine THOMPSON, of Terrre Haute, Ind.; Mrs. Jennie PERSONS, Farmer City; and Ether, William, Clifford, Clyde and Mrs. Clara GOKEN, of Weldon and Mrs. Beulah GREENWOOD, of Clinton. Besides her husband and children, she leaves two brothers, Newton BAKER, of Waynesboro, Iowa, and James BAKER, of Hagerstown, Md., and one sister, Mrs. Katherine DUNN, of Hagerstown, Md., and twenty seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Deceased was a member of the Christian church of Deland. Funeral services will be held from the M. E. Church in Weldon Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be made in the Deland cemetery.

Submitted by Marge Leevey


October 22, 1919 - Wednesday
Decatur Review


On Tuesday morning at 10:40 o'clock occurred the death of Clyde O. LEGGETT of Wapella township, a prominent resident of that section of DeWitt county, well known in Clinton.  Mr. Leggett had been in ill health for the past six years.  Clyde O. Leggett was born in Leesville, Ohio, July 21, 1867.  He came to Illinois with his parents in 1893 and located in Wapella township where he resided until his marriage November 2, 1910, to Miss Ida Florence BURTSFIELD, of Pattersonville, Ohio.  To this union were born two children, Amanda Mary and Robert Burtsfield LEGGETT.  Funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church of Heyworth on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of the Rev. A. E. Cory, of Peotone, Ill.


September 24, 1917 - Monday
Clinton Daily Public

James F. Leggett, 59, and Benjamin F. Henry, Aged 71, Passed to Reward.

James F. LEGGETT, a prominent farmer of Wapella township, died suddenly in his home in Wapella at 12:30 o'clock this morning, aged 59 years, 9 months and 5 days.  Mr. Leggett had been complaining of his health of late, but it was thought his illness was not serious.

James F. Leggett was born in Carroll county, O., Dec. 19, 1857, and was the son of Robert G. LEGGETT.  He was reared in the state of his nativity and acquired his education in the public schools there and at New Hegerstown academy.

On the 4th of March, 1885, he was married in Ohio to Miss Julia HIXSON, also a native of that state.  To this union seven children were born, six of whom are yet living.  They are Robert O., Mary A., Clyde O., Hazel B., John J. and Glen W.  James, who was the fourth child of the family, died at the age of three years.

Coming to Illinois, James F. Leggett located with his family upon a farm in DeWitt County, the tract adjoining his present farm.  This was in April 1888.  His home place now comprises 261 acres of rich and arable land, constituting one of the valuable farm properties in this section of the state.  He was engaged in general farming and stock raising, raising horses, cattle and sheep, all of which are pure breed.  He was an excellent judge of farm animals and in all of his business affairs displayed sound judgment and undaunted enterprise.

In his political views Mr. Leggett was an independent Democrat.  He served in the capacity of school treasurer of Wapella township for sixteen years.  He was a stockholder in the State Bank, of Clinton, and was at the time of his death serving as a director in that financial institution.  Fraternally, he was connected with the Masons and with the Odd Fellows.  While not a member of any church he was a liberal contributor to numerous churches and was in hearty sympathy with all practical movements for the material, intellectual political and moral progress of the community.  He was well known as an enterprising business and progressive citizen.

The funeral will be held Wednesday.  Definite arrangements will be announced later.

Robert G. LEGGETT 

January 26, 1906
Clinton Register

A Prominent DeWitt County Farmer and Land Owner is Called to Final Reward.

The funeral of Mr. R. G. LEGGETT was held on Tuesday morning, Jan. 23, at 10 o'clock at the residence near Wapella. The services were conducted by Rev. Wm. A. Mast, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Heyworth, of which Mr. Leggett was a member. Rev. Mr. Burton, of Wapella, assisted in the services.

Mr. Leggett was one of the most highly respected residents of DeWitt county. He was a man of unusual business ability, accumulating considerable property, consisting of several of Illinois’ best farms.

He came to DeWitt county in 1893, having previously purchased a large tract of land near Wapella, where he has since made his home. In the death of Mr. Leggett the community sustains a great loss. He was a man of unquestioned integrity and could always be depended upon to support a righteous cause.

During the last few years he was a great sufferer but he bore his suffering with unusual fortitude. More than a year ago he went to Chicago for an operation which gave him some relief but the old trouble came back and gradually exhausted his strength until a few weeks ago it became evident that he could not live but a short time. He passed away very peaceably Saturday morning, Jan. 20.

He leaves besides his aged wife two sons and three daughters, James F. and Charles O., living near by; Miss Elsie, living at home; Mrs. Addie E. CARNES, Mrs. Maggie JOHNSTON, in Ohio, on the old home farm.

All those who knew Mr. Leggett bore testimony of his spotless Christian character and his worth as a citizen. No community can know such a man without having higher ideals and desiring more nearly to put to practice the principles of righteousness.

Note: SUGAR GROVE CEMETERY - Leggett, Robert G. - 1834-1906

Mrs. Robert G. LEGGETT 

July 20, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Had Lived in DeWitt County For Past Twenty-Five Years—
Was Nearly 84 Years of Age.

Mrs. Mary A. LEGGETT, widow of the late Robert G. LEGGETT, died at the family home in Wapella at 3:45 this morning.  Death was due to the advanced age of deceased as well as to the fact that she had never completely recovered from an accident which occurred to her some six weeks ago at which time she fell and broke her hip.

Mrs. Leggett was nearly eighty-four years of age at the time of her death, having been born in Ohio, Oct. 2, 1834.  The deceased had lived in DeWitt county for the past twenty-five years and was one of the well known women of the county.

Mrs. Leggett was the mother of six children, four of whom, Mrs. Adda E. CAIRNS, of Leesville, O.; Clyde O., of Heyworth; Lena E., at home; and R. L., of Wapella, survive, while two others, Mrs. Maggie JOHNSTON and J. F., have preceded the mother in death.  Robert G. Leggett, the husband and father, died about twelve years ago.

Mrs. Leggett was long a member of the Presbyterian church and while funeral arrangements have not been positively arranged for, it is thought that the funeral will be held from the residence Monday afternoon.  Further announcements will be made later.

Col. George B. LEMEN 

January 29, 1886
Clinton Public

Passing Away.
Death of One of the Early Settlers of DeWitt County.

More than half a century ago Colonel George B. LEMEN came from Clark county, Ohio, and settled upon the farm which from that time till his death was his home. Of the early settlers who lived in this county at the time the Colonel came here, probably not more than twenty-five heads of families are still living. The old pioneers are passing away and the generations that have followed have reaped the benefits of the trials and tribulations they had to undergo in reducing the great Prairie State from a wild waste to an almost perfect Garden of Eden. The people of DeWitt county today owe a debt of gratitude to the hardy old pioneers of half a century ago, and their memories should be cherished. Some of the early pioneers of DeWitt county have lived to see the raw prairie or timber land they entered more than half a century ago increase in value from the entry fees which they had to pay the government, till it today is worth from forty to fifty dollars an acre, and in some localities even more. They leave as a heritage to their children finely improved farms and comfortable homes.

When Colonel Lemen located upon his farm in Harp township in 1836, then known as Marion Precinct, he had but few neighbors, and they lived wide apart. A part of his land he entered from the government and he afterward added to his farm by purchase till he had four hundred acres. Of those who lived in that neighborhood half a century ago only two survive him—Isaac SWISHER and Solomon MOORE. It was a dreary-looking country when those men selected it as their home. Today it is probably one of the best productive parts of the county. Such men were worthy pioneers in a new country. They brought from their "back yander" homes the thrift and energy that would win success.

But these men are passing away. One by one they are laying down the burden of life and are joining the old settlers who have preceded them in the world beyond. After months of sickness and feebleness of body George B. Lemen died at his home on Wednesday morning, January 27. He died in the full hope of a joyful resurrection in a brighter world. His fidelity to the Christian religion during his life was a solace to him in his declining years, and his last words were "praise to God."

George B. Lemen was born in Clark county, Ohio, on the 1st of October 1809, so that at the time of his death he was seventy-six years and nearly four months old. His parents were among the early pioneers of Ohio, having removed to that state from Virginia. His father was a farmer, and for years held the office of county judge in Clark county. In 1830 he was married to Charity SWISHER, sister of Isaac SWISHER, now living in Harp township. Mr. Swisher had moved to this county, and this was the inducement for Col. Lemen also to make his home here. As the result of his marriage to Charity Swisher six children were born, five of whom are still living. The first Mrs. Lemen died in 1843, and in 1844 Col. Lemen was again united in marriage to Mary J. WOODS, who survives him. She was the mother of six children, all of whom are living.

In 1847 Col. Lemen was elected to represent this county in the constitutional convention, which was held in Springfield. Although DeWitt county was strongly Democratic in those days, and Colonel Lemen was a pronounced Whig, he was elected by a large majority. The Hon. C. H. MOORE had considerable political influence in those days, and it was through his efforts that the Whigs and Democrats united in the nominating of a candidate. Some of the Democrats afterward became dissatisfied with the idea of sending a Whig to represent them in the constitutional convention and they brought out an opposing candidate. Colonel Lemen, however, was elected by a large majority. Those were stormy days when that convention was held, for it was then that the celebrated black laws were discussed and adopted. While Colonel Lemen voted in the convention in favor of the black laws, yet in after life the colored man had no truer friend than was he. He repented of that vote in his later life.

Early in the fifties he became tired of life on the farm and came to Clinton and engaged in the drug business. He remained in this business only a couple of years and then sold out his interest to John BISHOP and George W. PHILLIPS. In 1854 he was elected to the office of associate county justice, which office he filled for three years. From 1861 to 1863 he represented Harp township in the board of supervisors. These, we believe are all the public offices he ever held. While he was a strong partisan, having joined the Republican party at its organization, and an active worker in the field of politics, yet he had no desire to hold office. He was always a delegate in the county Republican conventions, and insisted on principle as the guiding star of his party. In the convention of 1882, which was held in the city hall, there was some talk of the uselessness of running a candidate for county treasurer against James A. WILSON, who was the candidate of the Democratic party. Mr. Wilson was popular with men of both parties, and it was deemed a hopeless contest to run a candidate against him. The tide was strong that way when Col. Lemen arose in the convention and demanded that a candidate be nominated even though defeat was certain. He said that he wanted to go to polls and vote for a full ticket of straight Republicans, and rather than vote for a Democrat he would eat his old boots. The effect was electrical, and a full ticket was nominated.

In 1837 George B. Lemen was appointed Colonel of militia, and when the call for troops for the Mexican War was made he took an active part in organizing a company in this county. On the 19th of April, 1861, when President Lincoln issued a call for seventy-five thousand men, Colonel Lemen presided at a meeting held in the court-house in this city, and made a patriotic speech that aroused the young men who were present. As the result Co. E, of the Twentieth Illinois Infantry, was organized. This was the first company raised in DeWitt county, and the boys always looked upon Colonel Lemen as the godfather of their company. When later calls for more soldiers came the Colonel was always on hand to encourage the boys.

The body of Colonel Lemen was brought from his home in Harp township to this city today and the funeral services were held in the M. E. Church conducted by his old friend the Rev. James RUCKER. The body was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. George B. LEMEN 

August 3, 1900
Clinton Register

One of the Aged Mothers of This County Died This Morning in Chicago.

Mary J. LEMEN, widow of late Geo. B. LEMEN, died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. HALL, in Chicago, aged nearly 80 years. She was born near Lafayette, Ind., and was married there and came to this county nearly sixty years ago. They located on a farm in Harp township where Mr. Lemen died about ten years ago. There are six children living, Mrs. W. D. HALL, Chicago; Geo. W. LEMEN, of Kansas; W. S. LEMEN, California; J. W. LEMEN, Birkbeck; Mrs. I. N. BAILOR, Clinton; and A. L. LEMEN, Clinton. She was a consistent Christian, being a member of the Methodist church over fifty years. A. L. Lemen went to Chicago yesterday and Mrs. Bailor went today. Remains will arrive here at 1 o'clock tomorrow. Time of funeral announced tomorrow.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. Walter LEMING 

November 15, 1901
Clinton Register

Mrs. Walter LEMING died Monday at her home near Kenney, of typhoid fever, aged about 20 years. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. HICKMAN near Covington, Tenn., who formerly lived near Kenney. She was married about three years ago, and is survived by the husband and one child. Funeral services were held Tuesday. Interment in Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Richard A. LEMON 

January 3, 1913
Clinton Register

Richard A. Lemon, Well-Known Lawyer and Politician, Dies at His Home in Clinton.

Another of DeWitt County's prominent and honored citizens has fallen asleep. Death has again taken from the busy world one whose life was worth much to the community in which he had spent so many years in active usefulness. Ere he had lived the years allotted to man to live, the summons came, and he is at rest. His life was a busy one. Before he passed the days of young manhood, he enlisted in the army to battle for his country. Soon after his return home at the close of the war, he began the study of law and was admitted to practice in 1870. The forty-two years he had been an attorney had been full of activity and growth in his profession. His industry, force of character, ability and determination caused him to grow as an attorney as few have grown in DeWitt county until he was one of the ablest, if not the ablest lawyer among those in the county.

For a number of years there was seldom an important case in the court of DeWitt county that Mr. LEMON was not an attorney, and his success continued to grow until a day of circuit court without him was seldom known. He was always ready to give his client his best efforts, whether the amount involved was large or small, important or of little importance. Strong physically and mentally he was always in condition to make a strong contest and enjoyed doing so.

For two years there was evidence of failing health, but there came a time when there was less force in his efforts and his step was less firm. Physically he was not the Dick Lemon of a few years before, and the change made sad his friends who were always many. He was regaining a part of his lost strength when, a few months ago, his companion was taken from him by death. From that time it seemed he gave up hope for a long life and centered his thought on a union that could come only through his death. The excitement of the campaign last fall took a place in his mind, and he seemed to improve but, two weeks after the great political battle was over, he went to the hospital awhile but longed to get back to his home where his son, Webb, had moved to care for him. For a time he seemed better, and his family and friends were hopeful that he would soon be at his office, but this was another instance of how vain hope may be. The change came, hope vanished, and death forever hushed the voice of the man who had gloried in his strength and had faith in the ability it had supplemented so well in many a hard-fought legal battle.

Friday evening his condition was such that it was fully realized the end must soon come, and as the hours wore on, the family and others at his beside knew death was winning a victory over one who so often had won victories over men. The once strong form was helpless in the merciless grip of the victor over all, and when it was near the hour of twelve, the tie that joins life and hope was severed-the portals of eternity opened and closed noiselessly and another had joined the silent throng that goes but never returns.

Richard A. Lemon was born in Sangamon county, Ill., Oct. 16, 1848. When he was six years old his parents moved to Piatt county. In 1861 three of his brothers enlisted in the service of their country, and in 1864, he, though only 16 years old, enlisted in the 39th Reg. and was the only one of the four brothers that returned home, giving up their lives for their country. Another brother died at home during the war. Lemon Post of Farmer City was named in honor of the three brothers who lost their lives in the war.

In 1866 the parents sold their farm and moved to El Paso, Ill., the son accompanying them and soon began the study of law, but after a year he became discouraged and secured work in the freight office of the T. P. & W. railroad at that place. In 1868 he again began the study of law in El Paso under R. G. INGERSOLL, then a young lawyer, and was admitted to practice Aug. 13, 1870, when 22 years old. He opened an office in Farmer City that year, and remained there until Aug. 13, 1877, the seventh anniversary of his admission to the bar. He moved to Clinton, where he gave his whole time to the practice of law, taking no interest in loan and insurance work, as many young lawyers do. When not working on cases, he read law that he might better serve his clients. He never quit studying law, which accounts for much of his success in his practice.

In 1890 he was associated with Wm. MONSON in law practice, and when Col. WARNER was elected to Congress he became a member of the firm, MOORE, WARNER & LEMON, which continued until the former's death. About this time his son, Frank, was admitted to the bar, and the firm name became Lemon & Lemon, and remained so.

Politically Mr. Lemon was always a Republican and one of the party's hardest workers for success in DeWitt county, yet only once did he seek a county office. He was nominated for state's attorney, but was defeated. John R. TANNER, when governor, appointed him member of the first board of pardons and he was its president four years. In 1910 he sought the nomination for circuit judge and lost the honor by about 200, local conditions, for which he was not responsible, causing his defeat.

The only office he ever held, other than the one named, was in Clinton. He was city clerk two terms and city attorney three terms. He was also president of the board of education, and was twice chairman of the Republican county central committee, and was always active in politics. Four years ago he was an elector.

Mr. Lemon and Miss Opha A. KYLE were married Jan. 31, 1874, and they were a devoted couple through all the years that followed. Her death, Feb. 18, 1912, it is believed, lessened the number of his years. He is survived by three sons, Frank K. and L. W., of Clinton, and Carl W., of Shreveport, La.

Funeral services were held at the home on West South street, Monday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. A. H. LAING, of the Universalist church. The singing was by a quartette, D. F. HARRISON, J. R. BOSSERMAN, Peter LUNDH, and G. L. ROBB. The pall bearers were L. R. HERRICK, A. J. GAYHAGEN, DR. M. L. CUMMING, J. J. ROLOFSON, Fred SHELL and Perry HUGHES. Burial was in Woodlawn.

The DeWitt county bar and the following attorneys from other cities attended in a body. Congressman-elect Louis FITZHENRY, of Bloomington, W. E. REDMON, Senator J. A. HENSON, and I A. DECKINGHAM (?), of Decatur.

Among the others from surrounding cities were Hon. W. B. McKINLEY and Ozias RILEY, of Champaign, Mayor DINNEEN, Commissioner BECK, Judge O. W. SMITH, Jerry DONAHUE, editor Review, and Circuit Clerk PENNIWELL, of Decatur; Judge PHILBRICK, of Urbana; Chas. CRAIG, of Peoria; L. H. WELDON, of Bloomington; B. F. GARVER, J. JACKSON, Phil HOLLOWAY, Blake WILSON and E. H. WILSON, of Farmer City, the latter four having been comrades of deceased in the 39th regiment.

Mrs. Richard A. LEMON 

February 23, 1912
Clinton Register

Her Life Had Been the Hope of Those Who Knew Her Best and Loved Her Most.

Again has the Angel of Death entered a happy home and taken from loved ones a kind, faithful and loving mother, one whose life had ever been as a ray of sunshine and her smiles a reflection of the cheerful disposition with which her heart overflowed continually. Another of those good women who strew the flowers of contentment along life's uncertain pathway has "wrapped the drapery of her couch about her and laid down to pleasant dreams." As the setting of the sun leaves the world in darkness, so her passing away has shrouded the home in gloom and filled the hearts of dear ones with a sorrow that rests heavily upon those who knew her best and loved her most. A fond husband has seen the guiding star of his life grow dim and disappear; his children have heard the sweet words of a mother grow fainter until they are buried beneath the weight of eternal silence.

Only a few days ago the family circle of Hon. R. A. LEMON had not been broken by death, though Mrs. LEMON had been in failing health for almost two years. The ailment was such that there was a feeling of anxiety about her condition, but it had been hoped she would be spared many years to add cheer to the home. It could not be so. Specialists were consulted, and it was their opinion that the only hope was in an operation, and even on this there could not be based an encouraging assurance of recovery.

Tuesday of last week the operation was performed at the John Warner hospital and, for a time, it seemed death had been robbed of an early victory, but the hope was only for a brief time. It was soon apparent that the relentless warrior on life would again conquer, yet the family and friends could not but feel that the almost hopeless hope would continue to grow until it became an assurance. But it was not so. At half past one o'clock Sunday morning the wings of death fluttered noiselessly above the pale form of the patient sufferer, and the spirit of Mrs. Opha A. Lemon took its flight, while the family and friends were silently watching.

Opha A. KYLE was the daughter of Daniel and Ann KYLE and was born in Sangamon county, Ill., June 8, 1856. While she was young her parents moved to Farmer City, where she grew to womanhood. She became the wife of Richard A. Lemon Jan. 11, 1874. Three years later they moved to Clinton, which had since been their home. For many years they lived in the east part of the city, but about a year ago occupied a home on West South street, which had been made modern after its purchase.

Those of the family who survive are the husband and three sons, Frank K., who is associated with his father in the practice of law; Carl W., of Ohio, who did not arrive until Sunday morning, and Webb L., of Clinton. A sister, Mrs. Mary O. SMITH, and a brother, Curtis KYLE, live in Denver, Col., and the other brother, Samuel H. KYLE, is in Roodhouse, Illinois.

Mrs. Lemon loved her home and family more than she did the fluttering of society, which explains why she was a member of only one society, the Woman's Relief Corps. She was always ready to do what she could for the unfortunate, and her presence in the homes of the needy was always welcomed. Except when in her own home, she never felt more at home than when assisting those who needed assistance and were worthy of it.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 at the residence, 221 West South street, conducted by Rev. A. H. LAING of the Universalist church and the many floral offerings were mute evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held.

The pall bearers were T. L. KELLY, G. B. MARVEL, John WARNER, Dr. M. L. CUMMING, M. GOTTLIEB, [and] Fred SHELL. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery beside the mother who died in 1883.

Cpl. William LEMON 

January 1, 1863
Clinton Public

Dec. 11th, of typhoid fever, Corporal William LEMON, of Comp. I, 107th Reg. Ill. Vols., son of Maj. John I. LEMON, of Piatt county. Aged 23 years.


January 8, 1863
Clinton Public

Tribute of Respect.

Muldrough’s Hill, Ky., Dec. 11, 1862

Mr. Editor:—Our regiment—the 107th Illinois Volunteers—and Company I in particular, is called upon to mourn the loss of Corporal Wm. LEMON, who died this day.  Deceased was a son of Capt. John I. LEMON, of Piatt county; 23 years of age, and volunteered on the 2d day of August last.  He was taken with typhoid fever, and lingered about 6 weeks.

His remains were deposited in a coffin and sent to his parents, before which the company was formed in line and marched, with reversed arms, in front of the body, when a few appropriate remarks were made by Captain Waller, a prayer offered and a volley fired.

The following resolutions were then offered:

Resolved, That we sincerely regret the loss of our esteemed companion in arms.

Resolved, That while he was with us, his course was such as to win the kindest feelings which will continue fresh in our memories, should we live to be old men.

Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with his aged and afflicted parents.

Resolved, That we hope that they will be sustained by Divine Grace in their severe trial.

While these resolutions were being adopted, and the farewell volley fired, it would have done any friend of humanity good to see the noble impulses that swelled almost every bosom, and the tears that glistened in every eye.

Adieu, Lemon, till the war is over.—

Ever will you hold a place in our hearts while the crimson tide continues to flow.



July 17, 1873
Clinton Public


Joseph LEONARD, an old settler of this county and for the past twenty years a resident of Barnett township, was thrown from his wagon on last Saturday, when coming to Clinton, and his neck was broken.  From the effects of the shock, Mr. Leonard’s whole body, from his neck down, was completely paralyzed.  He was brought to Dr. Warner’s residence, where he lingered till Sunday morning, when he died.  The deceased was perfectly conscious up to the hour of his death and was very fortunate in that he suffered but little pain.  The cause of the accident was this.  The horses had been used at the plow, and when Mr. Leonard started for Clinton he neglected to change the traces of the harness, which were too long for the wagon tongue.  When coming down a hill four miles from here the horses took fright at a man who was sitting by the roadside and jerked the neck-yoke from the tongue.  For this Mr. Leonard was unprepared and, having a tight hold of the lines, he was pulled headlong over the dash board, his head striking full force on the hard ground.

Mr. Leonard was highly respected in this county, and his sad death has cast a gloom over his old neighborhood.  His wife was absent in Ohio on a visit to her friends, and at the time was confined to her bed from sickness, therefore she was unable even to be present at the funeral of her husband.


August 21, 1873
Clinton Public


The funeral services of the late Joseph LEONARD, an old resident of Barnett township, who was fatally injured near this city, on the 12th of July, will be held at Mt. Tabor Church, near the late residence of the deceased, on Sunday, September 7, at ten o'clock, Rev. S. E. Pendleton, of Kansas, officiating.

Charles LESCH 

January 16, 1880
Clinton Public

Murdered by Indians.

A little more than twelve months ago, Charles LESCH and James LISENBY left Weldon to seek their fortunes in the newly discovered mines at Leadville, Colorado. Lisenby remained there for some time and then went to Kansas. Lesch got work in a saw mill about four miles from Leadville, and wrote home cheerful letters of his prosperity. The other day the Postmaster at Weldon received a letter from Leadville, inquiring if there was a family in that town of the name of Lesch, and stating that the body of a young man had been found about three miles from Leadville, and on his person was a letter postmarked from Weldon, addressed to Charles Lesch. In the pockets of the young man were also a key check and an ivory-handled revolver. The description of his person and the property were proof beyond doubt that the murdered man was Charles Lesch. His parents live in Weldon, and his father is employed in the elevator. It seems that young Lesch was murdered on the road between Leadville and the saw-mill, where he worked, and as nothing on his person was disturbed, the supposition is that he was shot by Indians while on his way home from Leadville.


February 28, 1896
Clinton Public

Foreman Lester Dies of that Fatal Disease La Grippe Complicated with Appendicitis.

For several weeks, W. H. LESTER, foreman-blacksmith at the I. C. shops, felt a painful sensation early in the mornings in what the doctors call the right iliac region, or that part of the abdomen where the large and small intestines join. When at his post he felt no inconvenience, hence he and his bereaved wife did not consider the matter serious enough to consult a physician until last Friday, when the pain became almost unbearable, and a physician was called. The doctor noticed a tendency to inflammation in the abdomen and appendicitis was feared, but Mr. Lester could not remember to have swallowed any seed, or other hard substance, and the inflammation was thought to have been caused by catarrhal appendicitis, and might succumb to medication instead of resorting to a surgical operation, to which drastic resource the patient with fear objected. The former method was vigorously pursued. Sunday Mr. Lester was shaved and he felt much improved. Not until Tuesday night was it thought necessary to hold a consultation. The methods of the attending physician were endorsed, but while able, they were unavailing, and this morning at 6:15 our friend and neighbor, W. H. Lester, passed to final judgment, to be forever with his Maker. The cause of death was la grippe, complicated with appendicitis, resulting in general inflammation.

It appears to science that nature has made many errors in her development, and the joining together of the large and small intestines seems to be one of her greatest errors. They join at right angles, and instead of the small intestines connecting with the larger like a small joint of stovepipe in a large one, they connect by a valve and the smaller intestine continues onward one and one-half inches, thereby making a dangerous receptacle for seeds and catarrhal inflammations, resulting in abscess, diffuse inflammation and death. Readers of THE PUBLIC are warned to be careful in eating the seeds of fruits; also beware of la grippe. A prominent medical writer claims that appendicitis has increased one-third since la grippe invaded this country. The same writer states that in the operations he has performed for appendicitis, when opening the appendix he has found, as a cause of inflammation, a wad of chewing gum, a peanut kernel…(the rest is cut off).


March 2, 1894
Clinton Public

H. T. LEWIN who made a fortune by selling whisky and keeping a gambling house, committed suicide last Friday in Bloomington by shooting himself through the heart with a revolver. For some time he had been suffering from rheumatism and gout and added to this was the worry and fear that the grand jury would indict him for keeping a gambling house. Lewin at one time kept a saloon on "chicken row," in Clinton, in the building now occupied by Ed Cackley. When Lewin bought the place it was a tumble-down old frame, which he fixed up substantially as it is now. He sold whisky here for a couple of years and then went to Bloomington. He was a successful whisky seller and gambler and leaves considerable property.

Mrs. Archibald B. LEWIS

May 7, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Mary W. Lewis.

On last Wednesday night, at eleven o'clock, Mrs. Mary LEWIS passed from earth to heaven, having lived the allotted threescore years and ten. She was born in Putnam, Ohio, in the year 1809, and at the time of her death was seventy-five, nine months and seven days old. On the 2d day of June, 1836, she was married in Ohio to Archibald Bryce LEWIS, and in a few years afterward they moved to Chicago. Her husband was a native of Richmond, Virginia, and was the father, by his first wife, of Robert LEWIS, for many years circuit clerk of this county. The Lewis family moved from Chicago to Washington, Ill., where Mr. Lewis was engaged in business for a short time, and in 1845 they came to this county and settled in Waynesville, where Mr. Lewis and Col. SNELL were partners in a general merchandise store. In the winter of 1850-51 Lewis and Snell moved their stock of goods to Clinton, and in the latter part of April of that year Mr. Lewis went to Chicago to buy goods. On his return home he was stricken down with typhoid fever, and on the 8th of May, 1851, he died. When his business was settled up there was but little left for the widow and her young children, but with heroic courage she set to work to make a home for herself and family. How well she succeeded is evidenced by the fact that she gave to each of her children a first-class education, besides saving enough to make her independent when the weight of years would come upon her. She was the mother of seven children, two of whom only survive her—Mrs. William BISHOP, of this city, and Mrs. W. S. POTWIN, of Chicago.

Mrs. Lewis's sickness was but of short duration. Last Friday afternoon she and her sister, Miss LEAVENS, had their trunks packed ready to start for Chicago the next morning to pay a visit to Mrs. Potwin. In the evening a few friends called at the house to bid the venerable ladies good-by, and among them was the Rev. W. A. HUNTER. All through her long life, Mrs. Lewis had been a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, and in view of her going from home her pastor invited the assembled company to kneel in prayer. Mrs. Lewis could not remember anything after that; she only had a dim recollection of kneeling down. At the conclusion of the prayer she was found to be unconscious and her friends raised her to a chair. Dr. GOODBRAKE was at once summoned. She continued to grow worse from the time she was stricken down, and during her illness she was the greater portion of the time in an unconscious condition. Her disease was congestion of the lungs. Her death was not unexpected, for from the first neither her family nor her physician had any hopes of her recovery.

Mrs. Mary W. Lewis lived a life that was a perpetual benediction in her family, in the church of her choice, and in the community. She was a woman in every sense of the word. Of her means she gave liberally to help the distressed, and in the homes of sorrow and suffering her presence was always welcome. Her kindly disposition helped to cheer many a sad heart. In the Presbyterian Church she was an active worker almost till the hour of her death. It was Mrs. Lewis, her sister and daughter who were really the organizers of the Presbyterian Church in this city, for when she moved here from Waynesville that denomination had no organization. Later she took an active part in raising the funds that built the old church, and when the present church was built she gave liberally toward it. Many a suffering family in Clinton during the past thirty-five years had reason to thank God that such a woman as Mrs. Lewis was sent to their relief. In her death Clinton loses a noble woman. This afternoon her body will be deposited in Woodlawn Cemetery by the side of her loved ones who have preceded her to the better land.

Dickie LEWIS 

December 29, 1864
Central Transcript

DIED.—In this town, Dec. 15th, Dickie, youngest child of S. F. and E. B. LEWIS, aged 1 year and 7 months.

Mrs. Elizabeth LEWIS 

January 27, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis Leaves a Husband and Large Family.

For weeks the death of Mrs. Elizabeth LEWIS has been expected. She has been a patient sufferer, and hope against hope has been entertained for her recovery. Consumption is a deceptive disease, creating delusions of health only to shatter them with increasing despondency. Deceased died Thursday at 10:30 o'clock, at her home in the north part of town. She was born in Shelby county, Ind., on September 20, 1829, and came to DeWitt county in 1849. In 1853 she was married to her bereaved husband, nine children being the fruit of this union, five surviving her, three sons and two daughters. Funeral services will be held by Rev. J. B. HORNEY at her late home on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Fannie F. LEWIS 

October 10, 1867, Thursday
Clinton Public & Central Transcript

DIED.—In this city, Thursday, Oct. 3d, 1867, of consumption, FANNIE F. LEWIS, youngest daughter of Mrs. Mary W. Lewis, aged 20 years and 8 months.

"Death loves a shining mark," and in this instance he laid his icy hands on one who was dearly loved by many friends, young and old, for her noble character and Christian virtues.

Her lively, cheerful conversation, and bright smile, made her the life of the household and the social circles; and wherever she went, she spread joy and happiness.

A rigid religionist, ever remembering the Sabbath Day to keep it holy, and adoring her Savior in whom she trusted, she was free from that stolid puritanical stiffness which often characterizes the views of professors of religion.

To her own relatives her death is, of course, a severe affliction, in which her many warm friends and acquaintances largely share; and we know of no one whose loss the church of which she was a member could more deeply feel—in the Sabbath School, as scholar and teacher—the prayer meeting— the congregation—the choir, she leaves a void which it will be difficult to fill.

"The Lord give, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."


Mrs. Henry LEWIS 

January 26, 1894
Clinton Public

Farmer City-Last Saturday, at her home south of the city, occurred the death of Grandma LEWIS, aged ninety-two years.

Note: Grandma was Sarah Lewis, wife of Henry Lewis.


January 12, 1900
Clinton Register

J. B. LEWIS, formerly of Farmer City, died at his home in Holbrook, Neb., Jan. 9, aged 76. He lived with his daughter. His wife and a brother, Thomas, of Farmer City, survive him.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Capt. J. F. LEWIS 

January 29, 1915
Clinton Register

Capt. J. F. Lewis, Veteran of the Civil War, Found Dead in His Bed.

On Monday a number of old soldiers in this city, former comrades of Captain J. F. LEWIS when they served in the 107th Ill. Vol. Inft., received notice of the sudden death of the latter at his home at Great Bend, Barton county, Kas. Before and for a short time following the close of the Civil war Captain Lewis, who was the son of the late Dr. B. S. LEWIS, resided at the old town of Marion, now Dewitt, and will be remembered by a number of the older residents, particularly the few living members of the 107th. According to a paper published at the home town of deceased, the latter died sometime Tuesday evening of last week, and his body was found in his office by two of his friends, Porter YOUNG and J. H. JENNISON, who became alarmed on account of his non-appearance during the day. Capt. Lewis had apparently died sometime during the previous day. At the time of the discovery Mrs. LEWIS was in St. Louis and the son, Paul, was in the western part of the state. Mr. Lewis was born in Ohio and was 70 years of age at the time of his death. He enlisted for service in the federal army as a private, rising to the rank of lieutenant, and after the close of the war joined the regular army and saw much service as an Indian fighter in the Southwest. He retired in 1873 with the rank of captain. Besides the widow he leaves four sons who are located at different points in Kansas.

Jacob LEWIS 

May 30, 1902
Clinton Register


Jacob LEWIS, an old soldier and an old citizen of Clinton, died Monday night at his home in the north part of the city, aged nearly 74 years. He had a stroke of paralysis about a year ago and never fully recovered. Jacob L. Lewis was born in Ohio Sept. 4, 1828. His parents came to this county when he was about 6 years old and has since lived here, except the three years he was in the army, being in Company H, 39th Ill. Inft. Oct. 20, 1853, he was married to Elizabeth Grady [Brady?], of Clinton, who died about two years ago. Nine children were born to them, four of whom are dead. Mrs. Myra HOPPER, James O. LEWIS and Stephen S. LEWIS live in Clinton; Charles W., in Nebraska; and Mrs. Sarah SELTS, in Havana. All were present when he died except Charles. He was a member of Clinton G. A. R. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Canady. The G. A. R. and W. R. C. had charge of the remains. Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

James H. LEWIS 

March 18, 1887
Clinton Public

James H. Lewis Came From St. Louis and Ended His Life With Strychnine and Morphine.

Last Saturday night Coroner Jack MORROW received a telegram from Parnell, calling him to a farm near that village to hold an inquest on the body of James H. LEWIS, who had committed suicide at the residence of his son-in-law. Captain Lewis, who had spent the greater portion of his life as a seafaring man both on the ocean and on the rivers, came to this county about the middle of last December to visit his daughter, who is married to William WHITE. White is a tenant on one of Dr. WARNER's farms, one mile north of Parnell. At one time the captain was reasonably wealthy, but of late years his riches escaped from him, and to crown his misfortune his wife died two years ago. He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, and in his contact with the people of all lands, gained by his experience of nearly fifty years as a sailor, he had gathered a fund of anecdotes and information that made him an agreeable companion. He was a man of robust constitution and bade fair for a long life, his age being only sixty-eight years. The loss of his property and the death of his wife bore heavily upon him, and at times he became very despondent. At such times he expressed himself as being weary of this world, but his friends had no thoughts that he would ever attempt to take his own life.

Last Friday the captain spent the day in riding around the country with his son-in-law, and on his return home in the evening he seemed to be more than usually despondent. He retired early on the plea of not feeling well. As he did not present himself at the breakfast table next morning, Mr. White went up to awaken him. As the door was locked, he could not gain admittance, so the family decided to let him sleep later, hoping that it would refresh him in body and mind. Along about ten o'clock Mrs. WHITE went up to call her father, but hearing the captain breathing heavily she thought it best not to disturb him. Dinner hour came, but the captain still slumbered on. Mr. and Mrs. White then began to feel anxious at what they thought was the captain's unnatural sleep, and Mr. White went upstairs determined to awake the captain if possible. He hammered on the door and there was no response. Mr. White went downstairs to report to his wife, and seeing a neighbor passing the house they called him. It was then decided to force open the door, which was done. The captain was still breathing heavily, but all their efforts could not arouse him. Within fifteen minutes he died. In his trunk was found a phial containing a mixture of strychnine and morphine, from which the captain must have taken the fatal dose. His daughter heard him come downstairs some time during the night, when he provided himself with a glass of water and some sugar in which to take the fatal mixture.

The body of Captain Lewis was shipped to St. Louis on Monday morning for burial. In that city he had a son and two daughters. All of his children are married.


December 15, 1854
DeWitt Courier

SUPPOSED SUICIDE.—Mr. John LEWIS, late postmaster of Waynesville, in this county, died very suddenly on Sunday night last.  Early last summer he was arrested on a charge of robbing the mail at that place, was committed and gave bail for his appearance before the U. S. district court at Springfield, which is to set next week.  Circumstances admit of the supposition that he was his own executioner.

Mrs. John LEWIS 

August 7, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, at her home near Clinton, July 31, 1885, at 5 A.M., Mrs. Caroline LEWIS, wife of John LEWIS. Mrs. Lewis was born at Brighton, England, April 6, 1825; came to America in 1833, settling in Indiana. In 1840 moved to Princeville, Ill., where she was married to Mr. John Lewis. They moved to Iowa, then to Ohio, and in 1869 back to Illinois, five miles from Clinton, where they have since lived. They have buried four children; three are living—William, Charles and Fannie, all members of the Clinton Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. Lewis was a member. Mr. Lewis, some years ago, joined the Protestant Methodist Church at Prairie Centre. Mrs. Lewis was very highly esteemed as a neighbor and as a Christian. She bore her last, long sickness with Christian patience and submission. She was ready to depart, and at five o'clock in the morning, July 31, she passed away. A large number of friends and neighbors gathered at the home at 8 A.M., August 1st, for the funeral services, which were conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. A. Hunter. A very long procession followed the remains to Woodlawn Cemetery, where sleeps the body of one whose soul has entered upon that "rest that remaineth to the people of God."

Mr. John Lewis and family wish to express, publicly, their sincere gratitude to the many friends and neighbors for their kindness, sympathy and helpfulness during the long sickness and the death of the wife and mother of the family. May all realize the Savior's promise, "Whosoever shall give to drink—a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple—he shall in no wise lose his reward." "God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love."

Solomon F. LEWIS 

September 17, 1886
Clinton Public

At the Roll call of Old Citizens S. F. Lewis's Voice is Silent.

It sent a thrill of sorrow through Clinton last Monday, at midday, when it was told on the public square that Solomon F. LEWIS's hours were numbered and that all hope for his recovery was abandoned. A half an hour later, at near one o'clock, the sad news went forth that he was dead. Four days before he was alive and had that measure of health that fitted him for the discharge of his business. 'Squire Lewis had not for months been what might be called a healthy man, yet his ailments did not prevent him from attending to his routine duties. Last Friday he was in his office as usual and remained there till evening. About five o'clock he became drowsy and fell asleep while sitting at his desk. His son Ned went home for the horse and buggy, as was his custom in the evening to take his father home, and when he returned to the office he found his father feeling drowsy and complaining of being chilly. At tea time the 'Squire ate sparingly, after which he retired to bed at an early hour. During Friday night he told Mrs. LEWIS that he was feeling badly, but he would not consent to have a doctor called as he thought he would be all right by morning. On Saturday morning his symptoms were much worse and Dr. GOODBRAKE was sent for. During the day he kept growing worse and by Saturday night he became unconscious. When the doctor visited him on Sunday morning he felt that it would be a miracle if Mr. Lewis ever arose from his bed alive. He continued unconscious during Sunday and Monday morning, and only at rare intervals he would arouse from his lethargy. It was a terrible blow to his family when the fact was told them that the kind and loving husband and father could not recover. His disease was cholera-morbus.

Solomon F. Lewis was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, near the city of Zanesville, on the third of March, 1823, and at the time of his death he was sixty-three years, six months and ten days old. When a young man he studied law, and in the year 1851 he came to Illinois for the purpose of locating in Bloomington. After spending a year in that town he thought a better opening was presented in Clinton, so in 1852 he came to this city. In connection with the law business he took the agency of a number of fire and life insurance companies and also negotiated loans for eastern capitalists. His uncle started him with a fine law library. This was destroyed by fire a few years later, from which time Mr. Lewis substantially abandoned the practice and devoted his entire time to his insurance and money loaning business and to the compiling of a complete set of abstract books of the title of lands in DeWitt county. His was a busy life, for he gave himself up wholly to business. In 1858 he was elected by the trustees of school district No. 8 as custodian of the school funds of the district, which office he continued to hold till the time of his death. He had the school business so systematized that no matter what changes were made in the membership of the board no influence could secure a change in the office of treasurer. During the twenty-eight years he held that office large sums of money were disbursed by him. Besides having to pay the teachers of the city and district schools their wages, all the funds raised for building and other expenses had to pass through his hands. It is a proud legacy he leaves to his wife and children that in all of his public duties he was faithful to the trust imposed in him and that every dollar that came into his hands was honestly accounted for. Eleven years ago 'Squire Lewis was elected justice of the peace for Clintonia township, and at each election since that time he was re-elected with little or no opposition.

There was not a more active or energetic business man in Clinton than was 'Squire Lewis, and while it was not of that character that would bring him into great prominence yet he will be missed out of the everyday life of the town. The church of his choice will greatly miss him, for there his counsel and influence were felt. Although not a church member when the old Presbyterian Church was built in 1859, he was the choice of the congregation as one of the building committee. By the help of his wise and judicious counsel the funds were raised, and the church was built and dedicated without the burden of debt resting upon it. What straits that building committee were driven to in order to raise money enough when Saturday night came to pay the workmen employed on the building. This was principally the work of 'Squire Lewis, and often had he to "shin" around among the merchants and prevail upon them to accept the orders of the committee, and these would be given to the workmen in lieu of cash. Money was scarce in Clinton in those days, and the workmen deemed themselves fortunate in getting even "store pay." A few years later 'Squire Lewis united with the church he had helped to build, and for more than twenty years he lived the consistent life of a Christian. He was always in his place in the Sabbath-school and in the prayer meeting, and when the church called him to a seat among its elders he was ready for the responsibility.

When the Presbyterians determined upon building their new church, 'Squire Lewis was called to act with the building committee. His experience of twenty-five years before, when the old church was built, was valuable to his associates on the committee, and the handsome new edifice will be in part a lasting monument to his memory.

'Squire Lewis was a man of positive convictions and he would not vary a point from what he considered his duty. In religion, in politics, on the temperance and all moral questions, he had well-grounded views, and he was always ready to give proof of the faith that was in him. In the church, in the world, but greater than all in his own home, he will be sadly missed. When a good man dies, the people mourn. This was evidenced by the very large attendance at his funeral on Wednesday afternoon and in the long line of sad faces and hearts that followed him to his last resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery. As a mark of respect to his memory all the business houses in the city were closed during the hour of the funeral ceremonies.

'Squire Lewis was married in this city, in the year 1856, to Miss Esther B. QUIGG, and as the result of their union eight children were born. Three of his children preceded him to the better land, and five are still living with their mother to mourn the death of an affectionate husband and father. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were fortunate in their children, for no better or truer young men can be found in any family than John, Fred and Ned LEWIS. In them their mother and the younger children will find loving and kind protectors.

Mrs. Solomon F. LEWIS 

November 28, 1902
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton’s Aged Mothers Joins Loved Ones on the Other Shore After a Long Illness.

Mrs. Etta B. LEWIS died Sunday morning at her home on North Madison street, aged 65 years, 4 months and 28 days.

She had been an invalid about nine years and had been unable to leave her home.  Most of the time the last three years she was compelled to sit in a chair, being unable to lie down without great pain.  For about six weeks she grew worse rapidly and the final summons was not unexpected.

Etta B. QUIGG was born in Litchfield, N. H., June 25, 1837.  In 1855 she came to Clinton to visit her sister, Mrs. Martha BROWN.  While here she met S. F. LEWIS, and they were married Sept. 23, 1856, in Westford, Mass., at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary DOW.  They soon returned to Clinton where they lived until God called them home, the husband dying about fifteen years ago.  Eight children were born to them, five of whom are living.  They are John Q., Edwin J., May E., of Clinton; Fred G. and David Q., of Chicago.  She is also survived by a twin sister, Miss Nellie, and a brother, David QUIGG, of Chicago.

Deceased united with the Presbyterian church in Clinton about forty years ago and had since been a zealous Christian and an earnest worker in her Master’s vineyard.   All who knew her became her friends and she was loved for kindly ways.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 8 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Newspaper photo of Etta Lewis.

LIGHTHALL (infant) 

February 4, 1887
Clinton Public

J. B. LIGHTHALL's babe died Tuesday, and was buried Wednesday at Long Point.

Benjamin H. LILLARD 

June 14, 1907
Clinton Register

Was Born in Virginia Almost One Hundred Years Ago, and His Health Was Always Good.

Our Waynesville correspondent gives the following account of the death of an aged citizen:

Benjamin H. LILLARD, our oldest citizen and perhaps the oldest person in the county, died at the home of his son in this place June 7, aged 94 years and 2 months. All his life he had exceptionally good health and his illness was very brief. May 29 he complained of not feeling well and rapidly grew weaker.

Deceased was born at Locksville, Va., April 7, 1813. During his long life he had followed many avocations, but during the last 18 years had lived with his son, Howard, in Waynesville. Oct. 25, 1843, he was married to Miss Elenor STEPHENS [STEVENS] in Ohio, who died in Waynesville June 22, 1904. To them were born nine children of whom only three survive, Oscar and Eugene in Clinton, and Howard.

Mr. Lillard had many sterling qualities and took great pleasure in relating his varied experiences. He had a wonderful memory and could relate many historical facts of scores of years ago.

Funeral services were held at the home at 10 o'clock Sunday, conducted by J. F. Smith. Burial in Evergreen cemetery.

Mrs. Benjamin H. LILLARD 

June 24, 1904
Clinton Register

Mrs. Ellen LILLARD, whose husband, Benjamin LILLARD, died a few weeks ago, died in Waynesville Wednesday, aged 88.

Ellen STEVENS was born in Ohio, where she was married. In 1840 the family came to Clinton, where they lived until about 15 years ago, when they moved to Waynesville. Eight children were born to them and three, Howard and Oscar, of Waynesville, and Eugene, of Clinton, are living. She had been an invalid three years and confined to her bed since last December.

Funeral at the home of Eugene Lillard in Clinton at 2 o'clock today, conducted by Rev. BIGELOW. Burial in Woodlawn.

Note: Benjamin Lillard died June 7, 1907, not in 1904. Also, see obituary for William Lillard.


April 3, 1896
Clinton Public

Fatally Scalded.

A telegram was received here that Ed. LILLIARD, of St. Louis, brother of Bub and Eugene LILLIARD of Clinton, had been blown overboard and fatally scalded at Illini island near Alton a few days ago. He was fireman of the steamer Artemus Lamb; and the accident occurred by the blowing out of a flue. He and his engineer, Ed Lancaster, were saved from drowning, but he subsequently died at St. Joseph hospital in Alton, Ill.

The funeral of Edgar L. Lilliard was held at the home of his brother in the northeast part of the city Sunday at 3 p.m., conducted by Dr. W. A. Hunter. The deceased was born in Westville, Champaign county, Ohio, January 13, 1852; died at Alton, Ill., on Wednesday, March 25, 1896, being 44 years, 2 months, and 12 days old. In September, 1856, he came to Clinton with his parents, Benjamin and Eleoner [Eleanor?] LILLIARD. In 1876, the father saw his son in Decatur and has not seen him since. Edgar had traveled a great deal and most of the time had been on the river. The fearful accident which cost him his life occurred near Alton, Ill. A flue in the boiler of the steamer Artemus Lamb blew out, terribly scalding him and a coal stoker, Eli Lancaster. The deceased was blown into the river and was saved from drowning, but his burns were so severe that he died as above recorded on Wednesday afternoon. The aged parents live at Waynesville. They and the five surviving children were at the funeral. Remains were laid to rest in Woodlawn.


May 13, 1930
Decatur Herald

CLINTON—Eugene LILLARD, aged about 55, died in his home in West North Street here at 1:40 o'clock Monday afternoon. He had been suffering with kidney trouble for several months. Mr. Lillard was sexton at Woodlawn cemetery for many years and for the last several years had been overseer of the K. P. [Knights of Pythias] hall. He leaves his widow, three sons, Russell, Eugene, Teddy, all of Clinton, three daughters, Mrs. Fern TRAIL of Chicago, Mrs. Tom O'BRIEN [Faye LILLARD] and Mrs. Harry SIMMONS [Marie LILLARD], both of Clinton. He also leaves a brother, Oscar LILLARD, turnkey at the DeWitt county jail. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Note: His widow was Minnie (O'Neil) LILLARD.

Submitted by Erik Thorson

Mrs. Eugene LILLARD 

December 10, 1936
Clinton Journal and Public

Mrs. Minnie Lillard Dead; Survived By A Large Family.

Mrs. Minnie LILLARD, 506 West North street, died last evening at 5:15 o'clock as the result of diabetes. She was 63 years old. She was the daughter of Sam and Lizzie O'NEILL, and was born March 18, 1868, in Cisco, Ill. Surviving are the following children: Mary SIMMONS, Mrs. Fae O'BRIEN, Mrs. Fern TRAIL, Russell LILLARD, Ted LILLARD and Eugene LILLARD. The body was removed to the Reeser Funeral home for preparation for interment. Mrs. Lillard was a Pythian Sister and a member of the local Methodist Episcopal church. Complete funeral arrangements await the arrival of relatives from Oklahoma.

Submitted by Erik Thorson

William E. LILLARD 

May 13, 1904
Clinton Register

Resident of Clinton Nearly Half a Century Ends Life's Pilgrimage at His Daughter's Home.

W. E. LILLARD, who had been sick at the home of his son in Waynesville, was brought to the home of his son-in-law, Thos. E. SHEEHY, in Clinton, about three weeks ago, where he died at noon Tuesday, aged 58 years, being afflicted with cancer in his throat.

William E. Lillard was born in Clark county, O., Jan. 5, 1846, and his parents came to Clinton when he was 9 years old, and had since been his home, except three or four years he had been in Waynesville. He enlisted in the Civil war and served three years, being 21 years old when he returned home. In 1866 he was married to Miss Rosa RASBACK, who died 22 years ago. His second marriage was in 1896 to Mrs. Alice WRIGHT, who died a year later. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. T. E. SHEEHY, of Clinton, and Mrs. Wm. KNOWLES, of Freeport; his father who lives in Virginia, and his mother of Waynesville; also three sons [brothers?], Eugene, of Clinton, Howard and Oscar, of Waynesville.

Funeral services yesterday at the residence on North Madison street conducted by Rev. GILLILAND. Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. William E. LILLARD (1) 

March 17, 1882
Clinton Public

Mrs. Rosana LILLARD, wife of W. E. LILLARD, an engineer on the Central road, died on Monday after a very brief illness. She leaves two children.


March 17, 1882
Clinton Register

Died, at her late residence in this city on Monday, March 13, 1882, Mrs. Rosanna LILLARD, wife of W. E. LILLARD, aged 31 years, 5 months, and 28 days.  Funeral services were held at the late home on Wednesday afternoon.  Deceased leaves two little daughters and a sorrowing husband to mourn the loss of wife and mother.

Mrs. William E. LILLARD (2) 

September 15, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Alice L. Lillard.

After a brief illness, the wife of Mr. W. E. LILLARD died last Saturday afternoon.   She had been on the sick list and recovered, but a relapse ended fatally in a few hours.  Mrs. LILLARD was the daughter of Garrison WRIGHT, and was born on the home farm east of Clinton January 20, 1855.  On the 21st of January, 1873, she was married to Edward T. SMITH, against the wishes of her parents and friends, and sadly she suffered for her mistake.  Two children were the result of this marriage and both survive her.  A second time she was united in marriage, on the 28th of April, 1887, to W. E. Lillard.  Mrs. Lillard was thirty-eight years, seven months and nineteen days old.  The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter, D. D.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
SMITH, EDWARD T.     WRIGHT, ALICE      01-21-1873     DE WITT
LILLARD, WILLIAM E.     SMITH, ALICE      04-28-1887     FAYETTE


September 14, 1894
Clinton Public

Died in a Well.

This afternoon, while cleaning a well on Mat. Shaw's farm, Fred LINDERMAN lost his life by poisonous damp. His boy was at work above ground, and when Fred felt that the gas was affecting him, he shouted to be hauled up. Before the boy could get him up half way, Fred was overcome by the gas, and he fell back and was suffocated before help could reach him. He leaves a wife and ten or eleven children.


November 10, 1893
Clinton Public

John H. LINKBARGER, who moved from Clinton to Iowa about two years ago, is dead.   For three or four years he owned the tile yard over in McGrawville.

Augustus V. LISENBY 

August 14, 1928, Tuesday
Evening Tribune
San Diego, California

FRESNO. Aug. 14.—A. V. LISENBY, 78, president of the Fresno Lumber company and the Lisenby Manufacturing company and a director of the Bank of Italy, is dead at his home here from a heart attack.  He had been connected with local banking since Jan. 2, 1890, when he and his associates organized the old Peoples Savings Bank.  Born Sept. 11, 1850, in DeWitt county, Illinois, Lisenby came to Fresno in 1887.

Mrs. Augustus V. LISENBY 

October 23, 1885
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. A. V. Lisenby.

There is heartfelt sorrow in this city over the sad death of Mrs. Sallie LISENBY, which occurred on Wednesday evening. Mrs. Lisenby was taken sick last Saturday and on Sunday night she became the mother of a lifeless child. The first part of the week her physician and friends hoped that she would rally, but on Tuesday evening there was a change for the worse.

Mrs. Lisenby was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McFARLAND, and was born in Marshall county in this state, in August 1852. At the age of thirteen her parents came to Clinton to live, and here she spent twenty-two years of her life. On Sunday, the 17th of September, 1871, she was united in marriage by the Rev. R. M. BARNES to Mr. Augustus V. LISENBY. The ceremony was performed in the Methodist Church, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. On next Sunday, at the same hour, the remains of Mrs. Sallie Lisenby will lie in front of the altar at which she was married fourteen years and thirty-eight days ago.

No woman will be more missed from Clinton than the familiar face of Mrs. Sallie Lisenby. She had a most lovable disposition, and her talents as a musician were freely given to every good work that demanded them. When the pipe organ was placed in the M. E. Church about fifteen years ago she was selected to play it, and during all the years, except when sickness or absence from town prevented, she was always at her post. Her soul and life were devoted to music, and she made the most of her rare gifts in cultivating a taste for fine music among the people of Clinton. For years she was a teacher in vocal and instrumental music, and [there are] very few of the young people who have studied the art during the past fourteen years who have not received the first principles under her tuition. She freely gave her time and talents both to the church and to all public occasions where music formed a part of the program. She will be missed from her accustomed place in the organ loft of the Methodist Church. She will be missed at all social gatherings. To lose such a woman is a public loss, and Clinton bows in sorrow over her lifeless form. Clinton mourns with the bereaved husband and with the afflicted father and mother.

Mrs. Lisenby was one of the founders of the Unique Club, an association of young people connected with the Methodist Church. In this club, as in every good work, she took an active part. As a tribute of respect to the memory of a beloved fellow- member, the club sent to Bloomington yesterday and purchased a harp of tube and tea roses. It is a beautiful piece and is emblematic of the sweet singer whose voice is silent in death.

Note: There is a long description of the funeral upon request.

Mrs. Benjamin LISENBY 

March 8, 1889
Clinton Public

Grandmother LISENBY died at the home of Dr. FISHER, her son-in-law, in Leroy on last Sunday, aged eighty-seven years. She was the mother of the late Simeon LISENBY, and lived with her son in Weldon till his death. She leaves two married daughters and one son, and twelve grandchildren living. Grandmother Lisenby was an invalid for several months. She was an excellent old lady and was beloved by her children and grandchildren. Grandmother Lisenby and her husband were among the first settlers on Salt Creek, and in those days the nearest mill to them was over at Atlanta. The old homestead on which her husband settled over fifty years ago, is still in the family, and is now occupied by H. C. PHARES.

Note: “Grandma” was Margaret (Simpson) Lisenby, wife of Benjamin G. Lisenby.


March 15, 1889
Clinton Register

Mrs. Margaret LISENBY, who died in LeRoy on March 3, was a woman whose history would make an interesting book. She was born in Tennessee, near Jonesboro, eighty- seven years ago. Her remarkable life was early marked by the death of her father, while he was a prisoner in the hands of the British at Quebec, he having been one of the army surrendered at Detroit by Gen. Hull. Mrs. Lisenby married in Kentucky the step-son of her mother, Benjamin V. [should be G.] LISENBY, and came to Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1829. In 1830 she with her husband settled in DeWitt county on a farm, which remained in their hands until the death of Mr. Lisenby, over twenty years ago. Her experience during the deep snow, her devotion to her husband during Indian raids, where other white women were taken to the fort for safety, her Christian character, no less than her unusual courage, all make her [an] ancestor of whom her descendants may be justly proud.

She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom grew to maturity. Three only survive her death, Mrs. Nancy SUVER, of Warren county; Mrs. Henrietta FISHER, of LeRoy; and Wm. J. LISENBY, of DeWitt. She died at the residence of Mrs. Fisher, with whom she had made her home for a number of years. She was buried near DeWitt in the family cemetery, March 5.

Charles S. LISENBY 

January 27, 1882
Clinton Public

Died, Jan. 23rd, Charles S. LISENBY, of erysipelas, at the age of nearly sixty years. Mr. Lisenby was one of the earliest settlers in this county, his father and family having moved here the year before the memorable deep snow and in common with others endured the privations of early pioneer life. Of late years he has been closely connected with the growth of this town, having been in business here ever since the town was built, and owning one-fourth interest in the town site. He was a person who would plainly give his opinion on any matter if needed, and often others would, as a matter of course, differ with him; but we believe his worst enemies, if he has any, will give him credit of having honest intentions and of being an honest man, and many persons can say that in times of financial distress they had been favored and helped by C. S. Lisenby. He leaves a wife, three daughters, two sons, an aged mother, several sisters and a brother, besides a large circle of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.


January 27, 1882
Clinton Public

Charles S. LISENBY, one of the early settlers of this county, died at Weldon on last Monday. A week ago THE PUBLIC stated that Mr. Lisenby was suffering from an attack of erysipelas, brought on by over-exertion. At that time it was hoped that a change for the better was perceptible, and that he would recover. He was buried at Farmer City on Wednesday, a large number of his old friends and neighbors from Weldon and this city joining in the last sad rites to an upright citizen. Our Weldon correspondent has given a brief account of Mr. Lisenby’s life in this county, leaving nothing more to be said on that point. Weldon loses one of its most energetic citizens, for his interests were fully identified with the growth and prosperity of the town. Mr. Lisenby was a man of generous impulses, and more than one man will have reason to remember him for kindness done in the hour of great need. He was an important factor in the politics of this county, and he was as earnest in his Democracy as he was in his private business. He was honored and respected by men of all parties because of his strict integrity.


January 27, 1882
Clinton Register

Died, on Monday, January 23d, 1882, at his home in Weldon, Illinois, Mr. C. S. LISENBY, of Erysipelas, in the 60th years of his age. One by one the old settlers are passing away. The deceased was one of the prominent and active business men of Dewitt county, and had been for many years an extensive farmer, grain dealer and land-owner at Weldon. He was born January 31st, 1822, moved to this state in 1828, and to this county in 1829, when he was a small boy, where he has since resided, and may be truly classed among the pioneers of the county, and has witnessed it develop from a wild wilderness to its present high state of civilization. In fact, such men have made the county what it is, and the grateful people of this and later generations will love to honor and revere their memories. He leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters to mourn his death. His remains were taken to Farmer City and buried on Wednesday.

Note: His full name was Charles Simpson Lisenby.

Mrs. Charles S. LISENBY 

March 25, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. C. S. Lisenby.

After years of patient suffering Mrs. Eliza A. LISENBY, wife of the late C. S. LISENBY, breathed her last on Wednesday morning. At her deathbed were all of her children and those relatives who could be summoned. While her death was not unexpected, yet there seemed to be a probability that she might still linger for months. Mrs. Lisenby was a member of the McKINLEY family, who were among the early settlers around Farmer City.

She was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, on the 10th of February, 1827, so that at her death she was in her sixty-first year. When she was but seven years old her parents moved from Ohio to this county, and her girlhood days were spent in the eastern part of this county. On the 4th of March, 1847, she was united in marriage with C. S. Lisenby, and as the result of their union eleven children were born. Six of her children preceded her to the better land, four are still living in this county, and one daughter in Bloomington. John LISENBY lives in Weldon; James, Minnie and Mrs. E. W. SACKETT are residents of this city; and Mrs. W. H. WINSLOW lives in Bloomington. Her husband, C. S. Lisenby, died at his home in Weldon on the 23d of January, 1882.

Mrs. Lisenby had been an invalid for some time before her husband's death, and this great loss of her life added to her affliction. The family, after the death of the father, came to this city in the hope that a change of surroundings would bring restored health. Her married life was a happy one, and everything around the old home was a constant reminder to her of the "days gone by." Nearly twenty years ago Mrs. Lisenby experienced religion, and her life was a constant effort to make the world better. Her Christian influence was more forcibly exerted in her family circle and in the training of her children. The life and the example of a Christian mother will live long after the grave entombs her mortal remains.

Mrs. Lisenby leaves two brothers and one sister. One of the brothers is living in Florida and the other in Iowa. Her sister, Mrs. Thomas GARDINER, recently moved from Clinton to Fresno, California. The funeral services were held at her late home yesterday morning, after which the remains were taken to Farmer City, by special train, to be laid by the side of her husband and children.


March 14, 1890
Clinton Public

A Brief Account of the Late James Lisenby.

James LISENBY died at his home in Newman, Stanislaus county, California, on the 19th of December. He was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, on the 2d of March, 1822. He was the son of Benjamin G. LISENBY, who came to Illinois in 1828 and settled in Sangamon county, where the family lived for two years. In 1830, the family came to DeWitt county and located in Creek township. In 1833 James Lisenby returned to Sangamon county, and then went to south-western Wisconsin and worked in the lead mines. In 1846 he returned to DeWitt county and earned his living by farming in summer and teaching school during the winter months. On the 14th of November, 1848, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha J. McKINLEY. Mrs. Lisenby lived but a few years. She was the mother of A. V. LISENBY, who now lives in Fresno, California. In July 1855, James Lisenby was united in marriage to Miss Mary Barnes, who died in 1852 [they must mean 1862], and on the 26th of May, 1864, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Martha J. STANSBURY, her husband being Mr. Lisenby’s predecessor as county clerk of this county.

In 1859 Mr. Lisenby was elected assessor and treasurer of this county on the Democratic ticket and served for two years, but in 1861, when he was a candidate for re-election, he was defeated by B. T. JONES. In the fall election in 1863 Mr. Lisenby was elected county clerk and held that office till 1873, when he was defeated by W. W. GRAHAM, the Republican candidate. In 1877 the office of county clerk went back to the Lisenby family, his son Gus being elected, and he continued to hold the office till 1886, when Steve Carter was elected. In 1853 James Lisenby was one of the charter members at the organization of the Odd Fellows’ lodge in Farmer City, he being engaged in business in that town at that time.

The Rev. J. R. WOLFE, who is connected with the Lisenby family by marriage, is now a minister of the M. E. Church, and is located in Berrysea, California, was present with Mr. Lisenby during his last sickness, and from an account that Mr. Wolfe prepared for a California paper we gather some facts of Mr. Lisenby’s history since 1874, at which time he moved from this county to California. Mr. Wolfe is a brother of Mr. Phil WOLFE of this city, and during the war served as a Lieutenant in the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois.

In 1873, during the latter part of his term of office as county clerk, Mr. Lisenby was stricken down with the inflammatory rheumatism, from which he never recovered. To regain his health he visited Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the Black Sulphur Springs in the Indian Territory. In 1874 he went to California, and was treated at the Surgical Medical Institute in San Francisco—all without obtaining any very great relief. From the time of his afflictions he was so withered in body, and limbs so distorted, that he was only able to move about on crutches. After coming back to Clinton and winding up his business affairs as well as he could, he returned to California and settled at French Camp for about two years, when he moved to Stockton. About two years ago he moved near Newman, Stanislaus county. There the people became anxious for him to accept the office of justice of the peace, which he did, and filled with satisfaction to all as long as he was able to attend to business.

On the 2d day of December he was taken with a chill and fever, from which he never recovered. He gradually grew worse, and on the nineteenth day “ceased at once to work and live.” During his lifetime he was possessed of a clear and vigorous mind, and was never satisfied unless he was in some way employed. For the last year he had been more thoughtful about a necessary preparation to meet God. As the last days of his life drew to a close, he grew more attentive to the work of the church. During his last hours his mind was clear and he was often in earnest prayer about the salvation of his soul, and expressed himself as being ready to go. His last known word was “Prepare,” and if the sentence had been finished it doubtless would have been “to meet me in heaven.”

Mrs. James LISENBY 

October 9, 1862
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, on the 5th of Consumption, Mary Jane, wife of James LISENBY, County Clerk of DeWitt county—aged 27 years.

Note: Her maiden name was Mary Barnes.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

See the obituary of James Lisenby.

Mrs. John A. LISENBY 

May 27, 1892
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Alice Lisenby.

Thursday of last week the people of Weldon were shocked by the sudden death of Mrs. Alice LISENBY, wife of John A. LISENBY.  She gave birth to a child, and a physician could not be had until too late to save her life.  The report that she died alone was not true.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter, of this city.

Alice M. CAVENDER was born September 19, 1850, in Chesterfield, N. H., and was the daughter of D. M. CAVENDER, one of the leading farmers of Nixon township, where he settled in 1858.  She returned to the east and attended school five years, then returning to Illinois made her home with her parents.  In 1876, September 12, she was married to John A. Lisenby, brother of James LISENBY, of this city.  Three children were born to them, one daughter is three years, a son eight years and the baby boy born the day of her death.

Mrs. Lisenby was an accomplished and worth lady who was loved for her kind disposition and noble qualities, and her untimely death cast a gloom of deepest sorrow over the vicinity that had learned to love and admire her.

Leonora LISENBY 

February 27, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

Leonora LISENBY died on last Thursday of typhoid fever.  On Sunday morning the funeral services were held in the Methodist church, in which the scholars of the public school and the members of the Sabbath-school classes to which she belonged took part.  One very impressive part of the ceremony was when the members of the grammar school ranged themselves in front of the coffin and sang a farewell hymn.  The body was taken to Farmer City by special train, where the deceased was buried alongside her mother.

LISTON (infant) 

August 4, 1893
Clinton Public

There is a great deal of sickness among children, the hot dry weather making it worse for them.  Mr. and Mrs. Mat LISTON lost their babe Wednesday, and they took it to Maroa for burial.


December 15, 1893
Clinton Public

Fourscore and Four.

What great comfort can a family have than when the hour of death comes to a beloved member, that the end should be speedy and sudden if from natural causes.  Like a shock of corn, fully ripened, Henry LITSENBERGER was gathered into his eternal rest last Friday evening.  Without any warning the silent messenger came while the old gentleman was assisting in the afternoon chores on his son’s farm, in Wilson Township.  Mr. Litsenberger had gone out to feed the cattle and pump water for them, and, he not returning, the family first thought he had gone over to the neighbor’s farm, but when two hours or more had passed they went out to look for him.  They found him laying dead beside the water trough.

Henry Litsenberger was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, on the 6th of July, 1808, and at his death was in his eighty-fifth year.  He came to Clinton in 1856, and lived in this city about eight years, during which time he was a partner in the dry-goods firm of Taylor, Bell & Co.  Mrs. Litsenberger and Mr. Henry Bell were brother and sister.  Becoming tired of the uncertainties of mercantile life Mr. Litsenberger bought a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Wilson Township, and on this home farm he spent the remainder of his days.  It is now owned by George, the youngest son, with whom the old gentleman made his home.  Mr. Litsenberger was the father of eight children, six of whom survive him —William and John, who live in Bloomington; Allen, in Decatur; Mrs. Hickman, on a farm near Kenney; Milton A., in Green County, Iowa; and George, who lives on the home farm.  Mr. Litsenberger united with the M. E. Church in 1838, was a faithful member for nearly half a century, holding many official positions in the church.

Note: Henry's last name is spelled LITSINBERGER on his tombstone.


May 11, 1877
Clinton Public

Died.—in Wilson township, on Tuesday, May 1st, at about 11 o'clock a.m., after a severe illness, Mr. James A. LITSINBERGER. He leaves a father and mother, two brothers and a large concourse of friends to mourn his loss.


November 24, 1882
Clinton Public

Mary died November 19, 1882, of consumption.

(See the obituary of John HUMPHREY)


April 18, 1926
Decatur Review

Mrs. Little Dies.

Mrs. C. H. LITTLE, who has been in critical condition for the last ten days or more, died at St. Anthony's Hospital Friday evening. Death was due directly to double pneumonia, which followed a nervous breakdown after Mrs. Little had worn herself out nursing her children, who had been suffering from measles and flu. Mrs. Little leaves her husband, who is connected with the maintenance department of the Illinois state highways, and three children. The body was taken Friday to Pana, where the funeral will be held at the Kirkpatrick chapel at 10:30 Sunday forenoon, conducted by Rev. J. E. Shafer, pastor of the First Methodist church in Effingham.

Note: Mrs. Little was the daughter of Drew and Elizabeth (MUNINGER) INMAN. She was married to Carl H. Little and left three children: Marnita, Billie and Alma.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


April 17, 1903, Friday
Clinton Register

James LITTLE, an old and respected resident of the village, died at his late home Saturday morning, April the 12th.  Mr. Little was born in Ireland 75 years ago.   He was married to Miss KARR and to this union two children were born, Annie, who is married and resides in Decatur, and Frank, of Marshall, Texas, both children being present when he passed away.  He was united in marriage to Miss KENNEY, who preceded him to the better world in Aug. 1885 [1895].  Mr. Little has been in poor health for several years but was always cheerful with his friends who came in contact with Uncle Jimmie, as he was most favorably known.

The funeral was held from St. Patrick’s church Monday morning at 9:30, conducted by Rev. Father Dooling, assisted by a father from a distance.  Pall bearers were Messrs J. M. Greene, D. Martin, J. W. Jordan, M. Hehir, Con Ducy, and Jas. Reynolds.

Mrs. Mike Martin and daughter, Rora; Mrs. McAboy and son, of Decatur; Michael Karr and Mrs. Catherine MaGay, of Gibson City; W. L. Johnson and wife; Mrs. Jno. Stokes and D. and Con Ducy, of Clinton, attended the funeral of James Little Monday.

Quite a number of the citizens around the village were summoned to court Wednesday.

Mrs. James LITTLE 

August 30, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mary LITTLE, wife of James LITTLE, died last Saturday morning. Mes. Jno. MacAVOY, of Decatur, and Bridget KENNEY, of Iowa, sisters of deceased, were at the bedside as were also her husband and daughter. Mrs. Little was born in Kings county, Ireland, emigrating to America when quite young, was married to Mr. Little about twenty-one years ago and has lived here since her marriage. She had reached the age of sixty-three years. She leaves a husband and two step-children, Annie being at home while Frank is a railroad engineer in Texas. She also leaves a number of other relatives besides a large circle of friends to mourn her departure. Mrs. Little was respected by all, was a kind neighbor and true to her religion. Rev. Father DOOLING conducted short funeral services at the Catholic church in Clinton on Monday morning after which the remains were taken to the Catholic cemetery and interred, there to await the great Resurrection Day.

LOCKETT (infant) 

November 11, 1887
Clinton Public

At DeWitt, last night, the four months old babe of Mr. and Mrs. D. S. LOCKETT died.

Charles LOCKETT 

September 12, 1890
Clinton Public

Since our last writing the angel of death has visited three families in our vicinity, and today three fresh mounds of earth in Weldon cemetery mark the last resting place of three loved ones whose souls have flown to that mysterious land from whose bourne no traveler has ever returned.

Charles LOCKETT, son of D. S. LOCKETT, died Tuesday, September 9th, at seven P. M. Typhoid fever, that dread disease with which so many people in our vicinity are afflicted, was the cause of his death. His funeral was held at the residence of his parents, and was conducted by Rev. Thos. KELLEY, on Wednesday at one o'clock, after which his remains were interred in the Weldon cemetery. Charley was born April 20, 1883, and during his short life has been a source of much comfort to his parents.

LONG (infant) 

May 7, 1886
Clinton Public

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. LONG have certainly had their share of affliction, for within one week they lost by death two of their children. Last week we gave an account of the death of a young daughter, Ora May, and on Saturday last the baby of the household also passed away. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of friends.

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. LONG gratefully return their thanks for the kindness of friends during their recent bereavements. Especially do they recognize the tender sympathy and helpfulness of Mrs. George JOHNSON.

Mrs. James C. LONG 

October 18, 1907
Clinton Register


Mrs. Jas. C. LONG died suddenly at her home in Weldon Friday night. She had been as well as usual until retiring about 8:30. In half an hour she was seriously sick and died before a doctor arrived. She was aged 59. Louisa TWIST was born March 21, 1848, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cicero TWIST. She was married to Jas. LONG June 2, 1873, and four children were born to them, one having died. One of them, Mrs. Jas. ROBERTS, lives in Clinton. She is also survived by her husband, two brothers and three sisters, Milo, of Weldon; Evan, of Kansas; Mrs. AYERS, of Weldon; Mrs. BROWN and Mrs. DUNN, of Lovington. An inquest was held Saturday afternoon and funeral was held Sunday at 2:30. Burial in Weldon cemetery.

John F. LONG 

August 13, 1915
Clinton Register

John F. Long Had Lived in Farmer City for the Past Fifty Years.

John F. LONG, an aged and highly respected citizen of Farmer City, died at his home last Saturday after an illness of several years of lung trouble, the last seven months of which he as confined to his bed.  Funeral services were held a two o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. T. H. Tull in charge, assisted by Rev. T. Z. Davis.

J. F. Long was born in Ohio, April 16, 1845, and came to this county in young manhood.   In 1870 he was married to Miss Clara NIXON and had spent most of his life since that time in Farmer City where he followed his trade of carpenter contractor until his health gave way.  The couple were the parents of nine children, the five surviving being Mrs. Cora WAGNER, of Clinton; Mrs. Hattie WETTERLAND, of Chicago; George LONG, of near Clinton; John LONG, of VanBuren, Ky.; and Charles LONG, of Farmer City.  He is survived by three sisters and two brothers.  For thirty years he had been a member of the Walnut Grove church and was a regular attendant as long as his health permitted.   He was a volunteer soldier in the Civil war, serving with Co. D, 8th Ill. Vol. Inft. throughout the contest, and was in a number of important engagements.  Mrs. Wagner was at the bedside when the end came, being called a few hours before the critical condition of her parent.

Nelson LONG 

July 28, 1882
Clinton Public

A Terrible Death.

Nelson LONG, an old and prominent citizen of Maroa, was killed last Monday. He was driving his team homeward from town, and in crossing the railroad track the front wheels of his wagon dropped into a cut by the side of the track. In pulling out, some part of the wagon gave away and the horses became frightened and unmanageable. In trying to check the horses, the wagon was overturned, throwing Mr. Long against a barbed wire fence and the wagon upon him. In this condition Mr. Long was dragged a short distance, the barbed wire lacerating his body. Someone saw the accident and ran to his assistance and Mr. Long was carried to his home, where he died within a few minutes. He was a man highly respected, and his terrible death will long be remembered. His farm is near the DeWitt county line, and he was as well known in Clinton and Texas townships as one of our own citizens. He was a wealthy farmer and enjoyed life and his possessions.

Ora May LONG 

April 30, 1886
Clinton Public

Ora May LONG, daughter of Mr. R. B. LONG, conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad, died last Friday of pneumonia and whooping cough combined. She was a bright little girl of nearly four summers. Mr. Long was out on his run, and just as the whistle of his train was heard as he was coming in his child died. His little boy was also sick at the time from the same disease, but there are hopes of his recovery.


August 9, 1955
Funeral Card

Viona Arcadia LONG, born October 28, 1868, in Harp Township, DeWitt County, Illinois, departed this life August 9, 1955, at home, 320 N. Monroe Street, Clinton, Illinois. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Clinton, Illinois, at 2:00 P.M., August 11, 1955. Rev. Walter THEOBOLD officiated. Final resting place is Woodlawn Cemetery. Pall bearers were her grandsons. Services were in charge of Herington Funeral Home.

Note: Viona was the daughter of Rev. Rhodam and Mary THRASHER, and her husband was John H. LONG.

Submitted by Don and Marian Walker

LONGBRAKE (child) 

September 8, 1899
Clinton Register

The child of Mr. and Mrs. Claude LONGBRAKE, died Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held at the residence on South East street yesterday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Horney.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


January 23, 1929
Clinton paper


James E. LONGBRAKE, 86 years of age and one of DeWitt Counties pioneers, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.L. LECHNER, 1129 East Main Street, yesterday morning at 11:30 o'clock. He had been ill for more than 2 months but recently contracted a bad cold and owing to his advanced age his condition drew steadily worse causing his death.

He was born in Mechanicsburgh, Ohio, January 22, 1843 the son Zachariah and Esther (RUNYAN) LONGBRAKE. He was married to Sarah Ann HULL in Waynesville January 22, 1866, and to this union were born 8 children, seven of who survive as follows: Mrs. A.T. McKEE (Emma Nettie), Mr. Claude. F. LONGBRAKE, and Mrs. C.L. LECHNER (Mahalia E.) of Clinton, Mr. Lemoine. H. LONGBRAKE of Wapella, Mr. Willard D. LONGBRAKE of Decatur, Mr. Elijah H. LONGBRAKE of Olympia Washington, Mrs. J.E. (Jennie) MARTIN of Oelwein, Iowa. James' wife died 37 years ago and he was one of a family of four, all who preceded him in death. James came with his parents to DeWitt County when he was 18 years of age and he has been a resident of this county ever since that time.

He was a Civil War veteran, enlisting in April 1862, and serving until the close of the war. He was a member of the 107th Illinois Infantry, Company D, and was a railroad veteran. James was a farmer by trade, but taught school in the county for a number of years. He was a staunch republican and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. James was the oldest member of the Hull-Longbrake family and was a member of the M.E. church for thirty years.

Funeral services will be conducted from the M.E. church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Virgil THOMPSON officiating. Interment will be made in Waynesville cemetery.

Submitted by Craig Campbell

Mrs. James E. LONGBRAKE 

January 29, 1892
Clinton Public

Mrs. Sarah A. Longbrake.

Departed this life on Friday evening, January 22, at eight o'clock, the direct cause being heart failure. She had been a sufferer for a great many years but bore it all with Christian fortitude.

Sarah A. (HULL) LONGBRAKE was born December 14, 1840, and was past fifty-one years old. She was the oldest daughter of Elijah and Mahala HULL. Four brothers and one sister survive her—one in Florida, two in Nebraska, and one living near Wapella, and an only sister living in Galesburg, Ill. At the age of sixteen she united with the Presbyterian Church at Waynesville and has been a consistent member ever since. In the year 1866 (Jan. 18th) she was united in marriage with James E. LONGBRAKE. There was born of this union eight children, seven of whom are living, four sons and 3 daughters, all being at the bedside when she peacefully passed away.

Funeral services were held at the house, conducted by Rev. MITCHEL, and a very appropriate sermon was preached from the text "Blessed are the dead" etc., Rev. 14:13), after which the remains were laid in the old graveyard at Waynesville.

Submitted by Craig Campbell


July __, 1926
Paper Unknown


Mrs. Roy LONGBRAKE passed away at her home in Clinton Monday morning, at 10:15 following an extended illness with heart trouble and other complications.  She had been bedfast ten days prior to her death.

Sara BUCK, daughter of A. D. and Martha [Margaret] BUCK, was born in Waynesville, July 30, 1896.  She attended the Waynesville schools and graduated from the Waynesville Township High School in 1914.  For several years following her graduation she taught in the grade schools here.  On December 23, 1917 she was united in marriage to with Roy E. LONGBRAKE, of Clinton, and to this union were born four children as follows: Georgia, aged 7 years; Marjory aged 5 years; Horace Dayton, aged 4 years; and Helen aged 2 years.

Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her parents, one brother, Dean BUCK, of Milwaukee, Wis.; and three sisters, Mrs. Edna WARRICK, Mrs. Wilma JONES and Miss Maude BUCK, all of Waynesville.  Three brothers, Glenn, Jay and Jeryle, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Clinton Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Mr. Allison, a former pastor of the Waynesville M. E. church, assisted by Rev. T. H. Tull, of Clinton.  Burial was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Sarah Hazel was a daughter of Austin Dayton and Margaret (Hammitt) Buck.  Obituary incorrectly gave her mother’s name as Martha, but it was Margaret.  Handwritten on the newspaper clipping is the date July 26, 1926.

Zacharias LONGBRAKE 

December 2, 1904
Clinton Register


Uncle Zacharias LONGBRAKE, after a brief attack o diabetes, departed this life Thursday afternoon, Nov. 24, at 1 o'clock. He was age 92 years, 6 months and 20 days, being born at Lancaster, Fairfield county, Ohio, May 4, 1812. Mr. Longbrake’s parents were Pennsylvanians. His father was John LONGBRAKE and his mother’s maiden name was Mary Ann HESTIN. After marriage they moved to Ohio, where Zacharias was born. They reared a family of ten children, he being the last to succumb to the inevitable. Being reared on a farm, Zacharias was naturally a farmer, though once in a while as a diversion he followed steam-boating and rafting upon various rivers. He helped construct the canal between Fort Wayne, Ind., and the Ohio river. In Clark county, Ohio, he formed the acquaintance of Miss Ethel RUNYON and married her Feb. 26, 1835. She was about two years his senior, having been born Dec. 3, 1810. She was a good religious woman and they lived together quite happily until her demise in 1842. Four children were born to them: George R., Susannah, John and James E. Finding it difficult to rear his children alone, he again married; this time to Mrs. Martha WARD. She was a daughter of Henry SPRY. She was born within two and one-half miles of New York City May 20, 1818. They were united in marriage Aug. 10, 1843, and lived together happily until death parted them. To them two children were born: Francis M. and Zacharias L., but both have long since passed to the better land. In 1859 Mr. and Mrs. Longbrake moved to Paola, Kansas, but after a few months’ residence concluded that they had had enough of Kansas and moved to Illinois, settling in the locality of Waynesville, and have resided there ever since.

During most of his active life Mr. Longbrake either farmed or dealt in live stock. His first presidential vote was cast for Andrew Jackson, whom he very much admired. Since 1860 he voted the republican ticket. Early in life he and his wife both joined the M. E. church and remained faithful, consistent members ever since.

The deceased leaves to mourn him, the four children of his first marriage, George, at Mechanicsburg, Ohio; John, at Galesburg, Ill.; James E., at Clinton; and Susannah CARTMELL, near Waynesville. The last years of his life he and his wife have spent with Mrs. Cartmell. There are living twenty-two grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. The widow is over 86 years old. Uncle Zack, as he was familiarly called, was genial and well liked and respected by all who knew him. —Waynesville Record.

Mrs. Zacharias LONGBRAKE 

August 19, 1910
Clinton Register


Word has been received here of the drowning of Mrs. Martha LONGBRAKE, which occurred at Mechanicsburg, Ohio. She fell into a cistern. Mrs. Longbrake was 92 years old and made her home here until the past few years.

Note: She died August 12, 1910 - Champaign County (Ohio) Cemteries Vol 1 & 2
More information can be found at this website:


February 1, 1899
Funeral Card

John LONGMATE died in his home in Farmer City, on Wednesday, February 1, 1899, at 5:15 p.m., aged 22 years, 4 days. Funeral: residence, February 4th. Burial: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Champaign, IL.

Submitted by Earliene Kaelin

Robert A. LORD 

May 14, 1886
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

The saddest event we have had to record for many a day is the violent and instant death of R. A. LORD on Tuesday last. Mr. Lord had been for some months driving a spirited and fractious team which his friends had often cautioned him not to risk the management of by himself as he was badly crippled and deformed, his hands being almost folded together from the wrist joint because of rheumatism many years ago. It might be said that his hands were almost powerless to hold the lines over a spirited team, and to undertake it in the midst of the stir and excitement, the prancing of horses and music of a brass band, was a very rash act to say the least, which is more than proven by the sad sequel. About 2:30 P.M., as the Champaign Light Guard Band was playing and marching to the school-house, Mr. Lord was seated in his buggy trying to hold the team till the arrival of his two sons, Willie and Joe. Willie is 16 years old and would probably have taken charge of the team, or at least assisted his father in its management. While thus waiting, the team became unmanageable and ran off. Flying by the musicians whose gay uniforms and music still increased their fright, they ran eastward to the residence of C. S. PRYER, where in making a rapid turn at Pryer's corner, Mr. Lord was thrown from the buggy and violently hurled against a little tree, crushing in the skull and mangling the head and face in a ghastly and frightful manner. He was instantly killed and all efforts to restore life were of no avail. He was taken into Mr. Pryor's house when the accident happened, from whence he was shortly removed to his home a mangled corpse.

Note: Pryer/Pryor spelled both ways. The correct spelling is unknown.


May 14, 1886
Clinton Public

In our Farmer City correspondence will be found the details of the terrible accident which occurred to Robert Lord, an old resident of that town, and which resulted in his instantaneous death. Mrs. LORD died under peculiar circumstances one night last September, which leaves their children now without father or mother.


November 26, 1886
Clinton Public

Josie Losart Burned to Death by the Breaking of a Coal Oil Lamp.

Between eight and nine o'clock last Saturday night, as Josie LOSART, a German girl working in Mr. John W. DAY's house, was going upstairs with a lot of clothing on one arm and a lamp in the other hand, she dropped one of the articles, and in stooping down to pick it up she hit the lamp against the hand rail of the stairs and broke it. The oil was scattered over her clothing and took fire. The girl became bewildered, and instead of making any effort to smother the flames she danced up and down in the blazing oil on the stairs. Mr. Day heard her screaming and ran out of the sitting room to see what was the matter. He went to the girl's relief and pushed her out of the flames and then got a bed quilt to wrap around her. The poor girl was so frightened that she ran out of the house into the yard. The wind fanned the flames and made them burn fiercer. Mr. Day followed her up and finally succeeded in throwing the quilt around her, but by this time all the lower part of her clothing from her breast downward was burned off. When Josie was taken into the house not a shred of her clothing, except the upper part of her dress, was on her person. Physicians were summoned by telephone, and as soon as they arrived at the house, they did what they could to alleviate the sufferings of the girl. The skin of her entire body was burned to a crisp and only her feet escaped. She was packed in cotton saturated with oil, and morphine was administered to deaden the pains of her body. She suffered in great agony till a little after noon on Sunday, when she died. It was pitiful to hear her appeals to the "good Lord" to remove her from the painful afflictions of her body.

Early on Sunday morning a messenger was sent to Waynesville to bring her mother over to Clinton, but nothing was said to the old lady about the accident till she reached here. On Monday morning the body was taken to Waynesville by the dead girl's relatives for interment in the cemetery at that town.

Josie Losart was aged nineteen years. Two years ago she came from Germany to this country, and until a few weeks ago lived with her mother near Waynesville. She had a sister living in Mr. Morris STURM's house, so that they might be near each other, Josie came to Clinton. She was only in the employ of Mrs. DAY since last Thursday.

James LOWE 

August 31, 1906
Clinton Register


James LOWE, an old and well known resident of Maroa, died of cancer at Winfield, Kansas, at the advanced age of 84. The remains were brought to Maroa and interred in Maroa cemetery. James Lowe was born May 22, 1822, in Iroquois county, Maryland. When still a child he moved with his parents, brothers and sisters to Ross county, Ohio. He was married at Chillicothe, Ohio, to Catherine JONES and in 1856 he and his wife moved to DeWitt county, Illinois. Just before the war he moved back to Ohio, where he enlisted in the army as a private in company B, 175th volunteer infantry, in which company he served until the close of the war. After the war he moved back to Illinois and settled at Maroa, where his wife died December 3, 1880. About two years ago he went to Winfield, Kansas, where he has been making his home with an older brother, Samuel. Last April he went to Salt Lake City to visit his son, but after a few days there his health began to fail and in the latter part of May went back to his home, since which time he had been under the doctor's care. When a young man he joined the Methodist church and was a faithful member. One son survives him, living at Salt Lake City. — Maroa News

Rev. W. F. LOWE 

January 17, 1890
Clinton Public

The Rev. W. F. LOWE, who was pastor of the M. E. Church at DeWitt seventeen years ago, died at his home in Macon, Illinois, on Wednesday morning, aged seventy-one years. Mr. Lowe in his younger days was one of the prominent ministers of the M. E. Church in Canada, and nearly forty years ago the editor of THE PUBLIC became acquainted with him and often heard him preach when he was the presiding elder of the church we attended in those days. In those days, Mr. Lowe stood close to the bishops of the church and for years was the secretary of the general conference, and if he had remained in Canada he would have been elevated to the high office of Bishop on the first vacancy. He was transferred to the Illinois conference before the war and maintained his traveling connection till some two or three years ago, when he was placed on the superannuated list. Mr. Lowe was an earnest Christian minister. His aged wife has been an invalid for a number of years.

LOWRY (infant) 

October 4, 1895
Clinton Public

The infant child of Mrs. Clarence LOWRY died at its home in Farmer City Sunday. Mrs. Lowry is the niece of Mrs. R. B. YOUNG, who, with her husband, attended the funeral.

John C. LOWRY 

January 23, 1885
Clinton Public

Captain John C. LOWRY, formerly of the 107th Illinois Infantry, died at his home in Monticello, last Tuesday. He was only sick for two hours.

Mrs. William LOWRY 

January 30, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, at her home, five miles west of Clinton, Ill., January 24, 1885, at 10 o'clock a.m., Mrs. Elizabeth LOWRY, wife of Wm. LOWRY, in the sixty-third year of her age. Mrs. Lowry, the oldest daughter of Benjamin and Louisa HULL, was born in Madison county, Ohio, April 8, 1822. Came to DeWitt county, Ill., in 1846, and on January 29, 1863, she was married to Wm. Lowry. January 29, 1863, she united with the Presbyterian Church in Clinton and has ever since tried to honor her master. She has been much among the sick to help and comfort. Three weeks ago she was attacked with acute rheumatism which, on January 24, reached the heart, causing almost instant and painless death. She leaves to mourn her death an aged husband, one son, William, and four married daughters, namely: Mrs. W. ROBB, of Waynesville; Mrs. Lou L. STEWART, Kasson, Iowa; Mrs. Ada SPEER, Everton, Mo.; Mrs. Mattie WARREN, Tower Hill, Ill. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. W. A. Hunter, Jan. 26. The remains were laid in Woodlawn cemetery.

Lilly LUCAS 

August 12, 1904
Clinton Register


Miss Lilly LUCAS died Saturday evening about 7 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Minor LUCAS, in Clinton, of consumption, being confined to her bed about four months.

Deceased was born in Tunbridge township July 14, 1884, and lived 20 years and 23 days.  The family moved to Clinton about three years ago, and this had since been her home.  She is survived by her parents, three brothers and one sister.  She was not a member of any church but attended the Christian church Sunday School.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church Tuesday at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: A picture accompanies this obituary and is available upon request.

John LUCK 

August 29, 1884
Clinton Public

Last night Mr. John LUCK, a farmer who lived in Texas township, went to bed in as apparent good health as he ever was in his life. About four o'clock this morning his wife was awakened by hearing him struggling for breath, and before she could get a lamp lighted he was dead. Mr. Luck was an industrious farmer, and had the respect of everybody who knew him. Today the coroner will hold an inquest. This was deemed necessary by Mr. Luck's friends, because he had a policy of insurance on his life. Dr. WILCOX pronounces the cause of his death to have been paralysis of the heart.


September 5, 1884
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of John Luck.

John LUCK, a resident of Texas township for the past eighteen years, died suddenly at his home, while in bed, on the morning of August 29th, at the age of 64 years and 5 months. Mr. Luck was a native of Germany, and came to Illinois in 1865. He leaves a widow, two sons, and one daughter, Mrs. FREY, to mourn his death. Mr. Luck was held in high esteem by his neighbors for the excellent traits of character which he manifested. He was industrious and honest, a kind father, a good citizen, an upright man. A large concourse of neighbors and friends attended his funeral from his late residence, the Rev. D. MacARTHUR officiating. He leaves his family in good circumstances financially.

Mrs. William LUGE 

April 1, 1918, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Lucinda Luge Dies.

Mrs. Lucinda LUGE, a prominent resident of Clinton, died at her home, 603 West Grant street, at 5 o'clock Saturday morning at the age of 61 years.  Mrs. Luge was born in Marion county on Jan. 25, 1857, and was the daughter of William and Mary PHILLIPS.  In 1885 she was married to William LUGE and from the union, one child, Harry, was born.  She has made her home during the past with a sister, Miss Lida Phillips, at the above address.  The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house, with Rev. A. M. Wells officiating.  Besides the sister living here, and the son Harry, of Gary, Indiana, a sister, Mrs. Jonathan Fields, of DeWitt, and another sister, Mrs. J. F. Langdale, of Decatur, also survive.  Solos will be sung by Mrs. Harry Bean and R. C. Taylor during the funeral services.

Mrs. Anderson LUKER 

January 3, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Was Mother of eleven Children—
Funeral Services at the Home Tuesday Afternoon.

Mrs. Mary LUKER, wife of Anderson LUKER, of Texas township, died Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in her home three miles west of Clinton.  Death followed an illness of several months.  She had been a patient for the last four weeks in the John Warner hospital and was moved to her home Friday when it was seen that death could not be stayed.

Mrs. Luker’s maiden name was Mary BRIGGS.  She was born in 1863 and was the daughter of George and Emma BRIGGS, of Clinton.  She had lived in the county all her life.

Mrs. Luker was the mother of 11 children, seven of whom survive with the husband.   They are William, of Decatur; Pearl, of Clinton; Cora, of Texas township; Edward, Jackson, Clinton and Louise, at home.  A sister, Mrs. Lillie MOXNES, of Texas township, also survives.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Ralph V. Callaway, officiating.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
LUKER, ANDERSON     BRIGGS, MARY      11-16-1879     MACON


April 2, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Passed Away Saturday at Home in Cisco.

John LUKER, a former resident of DeWitt county until about twelve years ago, when he moved to Cisco, Ill., died at 5:30 o'clock Saturday evening at his home in that city following a three months’ illness of cancer of the stomach.  Mr. Luker was sixty years of age.  He farmed near Weldon until his removal to Cisco where he engaged in the livery business.  He is survived by the wife and the following children: Mrs. Homer CHAMBERLAIN, of Clinton; Mrs. Elmer CLIFTON, of Rowell; William LUKER and Miss Deeper, at home.   Two brothers and three sisters survive.  They are Anderson LUKER, Texas township; Charles LUKER, in the west; Mrs. J. W. ROSE, Lane; Mrs. Lou PAGE and Mrs. Mary CRAWFORD, of Wapella.

William LUKER 

June 8, 1900
Clinton Register


Friday of last week Wm. LUKER, living southwest of Clinton, became a sufferer from a carbuncle on the back of his neck.  A doctor was called, but his condition was not considered alarming until a few hours before his death, about 5 o'clock Monday morning.

William Luker was born Feb. 15, 1867, and lived 33 years, 8 months, 19 days.  He was married Aug. 6, 1895, to Mrs. Mary BLAKIE at Decatur, Ill.  Before and since his marriage he lived in Texas township.  His wife, his mother, three brothers and three sisters survive him.  They are Mrs. Geo. PAGE, near Kenney; Mrs. Bartley CRAWFORD, of Texas township; and Mrs. Frank KEMP, near Lane; Anderson, John and Charles.  His father died Feb. 22, 1877, aged 55 years.  He was a good citizen and had many friends who extend sympathy to his relatives.  Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Clinton, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Henry B. LUNDH 

March 26, 1909
Clinton Register

She and Her Husband Went There Several Weeks Ago for Her Health.

Peter LUNDH received a telegram from his father, H. B. LUNDH, stating that Mrs. LUNDH died suddenly at 5:30 this morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Lundh went to Oklahoma several weeks ago for Mrs. Lundh’s health. They spent most of the time at Oklahoma City. Her health improved but little and they were soon to return home, but before doing so went to Enid to visit Mrs. Ada Savely, formerly of Clinton, and they were at her home when death came to separate them in life. No word of her condition being more alarming had been received by their children; it is thought she became worse last night, and died suddenly.

Her maiden name was Hellene ANENSEN and she was born in Norway, March 13, 1856, and was 53 years old. She was married to Henry B. Lundh in November 1882, and they came to Springfield, Ill., four years later where they lived until seven years ago when they moved to Clinton, which had since been her home.

She was a member of the Presbyterian church, and was one of those good Christian mothers whose lives cast a halo of sunshine about the home.

Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Peter and Oscar, and a daughter, Ingeborg, all at home, Peter being engaged in the jewelry business with his father and Oscar is in their employ.

It is not known when Mr. Lundh will arrive with the body, but it will probably be Sunday morning, and the funeral services held about 2:30 that afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Fulton.


January 13, 1888
Clinton Register

The Reaper, Death.

Three deaths occurred in and near Kenney last Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, Josiah LUTTRELL died at his home, one mile north of Kenney, of pneumonia, aged 41 years, 11 months and 29 days; after an illness of one week. He was born at Jacksonville, Jan. 10th, 1846, and came to this county in 1855. He had sold his property and was soon to go to California to live. He leaves a wife and three or four children. The burial was at the Texas cemetery.

Mrs. John LUTZ 

August 11, 1893
Clinton Public

There died in this city last Saturday morning Mrs. Mary LUTZ, in the seventy-sixth year of her age, who had been a resident of this county for more than a quarter of a century.  She was the mother of Captain George LUTZ and a sister of Mrs. W. T. FLOYD.  Mrs. Lutz was born and raised in St. Louis County, Mo., and there she married John LUTZ, a native of Philadelphia, in the year 1842.  Two children were born to them, and three years after her marriage her husband died and left her alone to raise her young family.  She was faithful to her first love and never married again.  She united with the Presbyterian Church forty-three years ago, and was a member of the first Presbyterian Sunday-school that was ever organized west of the Mississippi River.  About twenty years ago she came to Clinton to live with her son, where she united with the Presbyterian Church here.  She was buried in Woodlawn last Sunday morning, a large number of friends paying the last tribute of respect by following her to the grave.

George LYMAN 

September 2, 1910
Clinton Register

Tried to Swim Across the Lake and it is Thought Was Seized With Cramps.

During the ten years the Weldon Springs Chautauqua has been held, there have been perhaps 100,000 people on the ground, and the first serious accident occurred last Sunday, the last day of the Chautauqua, about 2 o'clock, George S. LYMAN of Maroa was drowned.

The accident occurred while the young man was in the lake swimming but the exact cause is unknown. It is supposed that he was seized with cramps and became helpless. Lyman with his younger brother, Homer, and several other youths had been bathing near the south shore of the lake, and after enjoying this sport for a while he started to swim across to the north shore, a distance of perhaps 300 feet.

The first it was noticed he was in danger was when State's Attorney Browne and family, who were sitting on the north bank, saw him struggling in the water, and he sank a time or two after they saw him.

Mr. Browne at once gave the alarm and a boat pushed out from the boathouse as soon as possible and made for the scene. The body had completely sunk from view by this time and when the boat reached the spot where the body disappeared, John Jump of Maroa leaped into the water and dived to the bottom, succeeding in locating the body and bringing it to the surface.

Drs. G. S. and O. B. Edmonson and J. M. Wilcox were present soon after he was brought to the west shore, and they worked faithfully 2 hours in a vain effort to resuscitate him. While this was being done the crowd had to be driven back, so eager were the people to get a view.

The doctors thought they might have been able to save the young man's life had it not been that he had eaten dinner a short time before going in the water. It is possible this caused him to sink. The body was taken to Maroa Sunday evening.

Young Lyman was a student in the engineering department of the University of Illinois and would have been graduated next year. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lyman and is survived by his parents, three brothers, Edward, Carl and Homer, and one sister, Alta. The brothers and sister were at the springs when the drowning occurred, but the father was visiting at the home of J. M. Ledden at Ospur, while the mother was at the bedside of a dying brother in Vermont, Ill.

The inquest was held in the county court room at 1 o'clock this afternoon. V. F. Browne of this city and Charles Fenton of Maroa were the only witnesses examined, and the facts brought out were the same as those given in the foregoing account. The jury returned a verdict that death was due to accidental drowning.