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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

Charles Augustus RAHT 

September 5, 1930
Decatur Evening Herald


(Obituary Extract)

Name: C. A. RAHT
Died: Tuesday, September 2, 1930; Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cause of Death: Injuries received in a fall at home one week prior.
Married: Kate EDMISTON (deceased).

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


June 3, 1910
Clinton Register

Mrs. Kate Raht Dead.

Word was received here Saturday of the death of Mrs. C. A. RAHT, at her home in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Her maiden name was Kate EDMISTON and [she] was born in Clinton in 1870, being a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John EDMISTON.  She graduated from the Clinton high school and was popular in social and church circles.  She was married in 1892 to C. A. RAHT, a wealthy mine owner and banker, of Chattanooga, and had since made her home in that city.  She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Katherine, aged 9 years, and her mother, Mrs. Mary A. EDMISTON, of Clinton, who was at her daughter’s bedside when death came.

Mrs. David RANDALL 

November 10, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. Millie Randall, of Kenney, Called Home at a Ripe Age.— Body Taken to Indiana.

For several years Mrs. Millie RANDALL, of Kenney, had been crippled with rheumatism, being able to walk but little for three or four years. About two months ago she became worse and from that time was unable to recognize those about her. Sunday night at 11:30 death relieved her of her suffering, her spirit peacefully taking flight to the better world.

Millie CAIN was born in Clermont county, O., June 20, 1825, and lived 74 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was married to David RANDALL Oct. 1, 1850 and they moved to near Kokomo, Ind., in 1853, where her husband died in 1878. Eight children were born to them, six of whom are living. They are Mrs. Eva WILLIAMS, Ottawa, Kan., Nelson, Argenta, Ill, Amanda, Kokomo, Ind., Mrs. Alice RAREY, who lived with her mother, Hiram and Emery, who live near Kenney. Adam, the oldest child, lived in this county several years, but died in Kansas a few years ago. One daughter died in Indiana. Deceased moved to Kansas in 1881 where she lived three years. Then moving to this county. Since 1892 she had lived in Kenney. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, but after moving to Kenney united with the Methodist church, as there is no Presbyterian church there. She had been a faithful christian many years and was a truly good woman. She was a sister to Mrs. Margaret HUGHES, who died in Clinton in 1892. Each was aged the same number of years and died in the same month of the year.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church in Kenney Tuesday at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. H. Flagge. The remains were taken to Kokomo for burial beside her husband, accompanied by Emery RANDALL.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Hiram RANDALL 

July 31, 1917, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public


Mrs. Hiram RANDALL, of near Pastime park, died at her home Sunday morning at 9 o'clock.  The deceased had been ill for some time with complication of diseases.  Funeral services were held from the Christian church in Kenney this morning at 9 o'clock.  The Royal Neighbors were in charge of the services.

James Madison RANDOLPH 

April 8, 1927
Paper Unknown

Laid to Rest Under Sheltering Branches of Ancestral Oaks in Randolph Cemetery.

The subject of this sketch, James Madison RANDOLPH, was born June 27, 1846 in Logan county, Illinois, on the old homestead which had been taken from the government about two years before by his father. He was the oldest son of Willoughby H. and Louvicy (BARR) RANDOLPH, and the Randolph family of three brothers- James, Brooks, and William RANDOLPH had emigrated to Illinois from Virginia ,a sixteen years previous, before the winter of the big, snow in 1830. William RANDOLPH was his grandfather and James RANDOLPH was the father of J. S. RANDOLPH, better known as "Shelt". While he and "Shelt" were thus second cousins, yet all their lives and until the death of J. S. Randolph a number of years ago, their association was almost that of brothers, instead of distant cousins. He was thus one of the few remaining pioneers of the first generation and with advancing years took delight in recounting experiences of his boyhood. He told of one occasion of starting to Clinton with a load of grain and two yoke of oxen and having a serious breakdown on the present site of Kenney. He was married to Elizabeth G. JETT on December 30, 1871 who survives him. Seven children were born to this union; G. A. RANDOLPH, of Richmond, Va., R. J. RANDOLPH, of Kenney; Jett and John RANDOLPH, Mrs. Mack CARLLEY and Mrs. A. P. ROBERTSON, of Tulsa, Okla. One daughter, Grace, died at age of five. Two sisters, Mrs. Emma HILDRETH, and Mrs. Mary FORREST are living, both residing On Pacific Coast, and there are ten grandchildren. Always a deep student and constructive thinker, he spent the years 1865 and 1866 at Shurtleff college, Alton, Ill., and but for several years of weak eyesight from an epidemic of eye trouble, he would have graduated as a civil engineer and made this his life work. Generous with his family, tolerant of the opinions of others and yet with firm convictions of his own, his life showed continually the workings of a well balanced and orderly mind. Baptized in the Christian church at Kenney, following a revival in 1888, he talked freely in his last illness of the state of his soul and said he was prepared to meet his God. In all the trials of life, in withstanding the "Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune,"' he showed the iron determination of his forbears who stood at Crecy and Agincourt.

In the summer of 1923, he visited his son, G. A. Randolph at Richmond, Va., and took great delight in looking up the site of the home of his ancestor, William Randolph, of Turkey Island, and in visiting the monument of the Indian Princess, Pocahontas, at Jamestown Island, from whom he was descended. On a boat trip down the historic James, the captain, on learning his name and ancestry, showed pleasure in pointing out the sites of the homes of the Randolphs in this locality, so aptly called the "Cradle of the Republic."

Among his relatives were, John RANDOLPH, of Roanoke, Peyton RANDOLPH, President of the First Continental Congress, and Edmund RANDOLPH, Governor of Virginia and First Attorney General of the United states. Thomas JEFFERSON, Chief Justice MARSHALL, General Robert E. LEE and Carter H. HARRISON of Chicago were kinsmen, their mothers being Randolph's. After being in remarkably good health for a man of his years, the final illness came in January and he passed away at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 26. The remains were brought to Kenney to the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Sabra BUCHANAN.

Funeral arrangements on March 28 were handled by R. B. PULLEN and the services were at the Christian church in charge of Rev. O. P. WRIGHT, who is an old friend of the family. He delivered a most feeling discourse. A quartet composed of C. A. TROWBRIDGE, Ned WARRICK, H. K. CANTRELL, and E. *. HOGGARD, rendered appropriate selection with Miss Nina WARRICK at the piano. The pall bearers were four grandsons James HOMER, Ross and Harry RANDOLPH and two nephews, Roy and Ralph BUCHANAN. Services at the cemetery were conducted by Kenney Lodge I.O.O.F. of which he had been a member nearly 50 years.

Under the sheltering branches of the ancestral oaks of his grandfather Randolph's farm where he had wandered happily with his cousins, Levi and Whitney REGAN and Frank and Josiah COPPENBARGER, all that was mortal of James Madison Randolph was laid to rest.

Submitted by Unknown


May 6, 1904
Paper Unknown

Death of Mrs. Randolph.

Mrs. Mary RANDOLPH died near Latham, in Logan County, Monday of cancer, aged 73. Her husband James RANDOLPH died in Mt. Pulaski several years ago, and she had lived in Lincoln about fifteen years, but had been at her sister's a few months. She was the mother of Mrs. J. B. SPICER, of Clinton, Mrs HAMM of Mt. Pulaski and a son Lynn of Mobile, Ala.

Submitted by Unknown

Willoughby H. RANDOLPH 

November 24, 1899
Clinton Register

Another One of the DeWitt County Snow Birds Passes Away.—Lived a Useful Life.

Willoughby H. RANDOLPH, a well known pioneer, died at his home in Kenney on Saturday Nov. 18. There has passed from our midst one of the remnant of the sturdy "Snow Birds," who helped to redeem the fertile prairies of Illinois from the Indian aborigines.

He was born Aug. 1, 1820, in Lee county, Va., where he spent his childhood, receiving the rudiments of a common school education, and enjoying many happy hours at his birth-place, a peaceful bend on Powell's river, with the Cumberland mountains on the north bidding defiance to the blasts of winter.

In September 1830 his father and brothers, Brooks and James, moved to Illinois with their families, his father entering from the U. S. government the farm now owned by John H. RANDOLPH in Tunbridge township and Aetna township, Logan county. There young Willoughby lived until Sept. 11, 1845, when he was united in marriage to Louisa, daughter of James and Margaret Houchen BARR, who survives him. Of this union were born eight children, James M.; Margaret M., who married J. T. COOLEY and now deceased; Nancy Jane, died in infancy; Wm. M., now at Spalding, Ill.; Mary E., now Mrs. R. B. FORREST, El Reno, Ok.; Louisa, now Mrs. S. MYERS, Logan county; Emma J., now Mrs. J. H. HILDRETH, of Storm Lake, Ia.; and Ida Love, died at the age of 17. Early in 1845 he took from the government 40 acres in section 13, Aetna township, Logan county, which he increased to 800; the home farm having never passed out of the family and now owned by the oldest son, James M. RANDOLPH. In 1892 he moved to Kenney. He was the son of William and Matilda (Kenon) RANDOLPH, of Norfolk county, Va. Of the thirteen children of his parents only one is now living, John H. RANDOLPH, who left only a few days ago for Florida to spend the winter.

In 1835 at a Baptist meeting held at Old Newcastle, near Atlanta, deceased was converted, and during the long years up to his death, lived a perfect christian life. A plain, unassuming man, quiet and even tempered, with no known enemies, his life is one of the few whose influence remains with the living.

Politically he was always a Democrat, casting his first vote at Springfield in 1840 for Martin VanBuren. In his late years he delighted to enstill in the minds of his descendants a pride of family descent from the Randolphs of Virginia, among the descendants of which family are among many other prominent men, Edmund RANDOLPH, attorney general and secretary of state, under Washington; Peyton RANDOLPH, president of the First Continental congress; Chief Justice John MARSHALL; Thomas JEFFERSON, president U. S.; General Robt. E. LEE; Carter H. HARRISON, Sr., and Jr., of Chicago.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Kenney on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. D. MacArthur, of Clinton, for many years a friend of the deceased, dating from Rev. MacArthur's ministry in the neighborhood. The remains were interred in the Randolph cemetery, a burial ground beautifully favored by nature, situated in a forest of grand oaks, a few paces from his ancestral home.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 24, 1899
Clinton Public

W. H. Randolph died Saturday at Kenney.

Willoughby H. RANDOLPH, one of the oldest residents of DeWitt county, died Saturday evening at his home in Kenney, aged about 80 years. He was born in Virginia and was a son of William Randolph, who settled in DeWitt county before the winter of the deep snow. W. H. Randolph married Miss Louvicy BARR, near Atlanta, and to them were born six children, two of whom are now dead. The wife and four children now survive, Mrs. Emma HILDRETH, of Storm Lake, Ia., one daughter in Minnesota, James RANDOLPH, of near Kenney, and William RANDOLPH, of Springfield. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Kenney Tuesday.


June 7, 1889
Clinton Public

Prof. M. B. RANSDALL, for the past three years superintendent of the public schools in Farmer City, died very suddenly on Wednesday morning. For some time the Professor had been in delicate health, but no serious symptoms were shown. On Monday morning he was taken with hemorrhage of the lungs. A second attack on Tuesday evening proved fatal. Prof. Ransdall was a fine educator, and his management of the Farmer City schools was so successful that he had been unanimously re-elected for a fourth term. He will be buried this afternoon in the cemetery at Atlanta, Ill.


March 27, 1903
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton’s Oldest and Best Known Cities [Citizens] Dies Suddenly—
Half a Century With the Illinois Central.

J. A. RASBACH died Saturday morning at his home on North Grant avenue from a stroke of paralysis a short time before his death.  He had been in poor health several years but until a few months ago was able to be on the streets occasionally, though he could walk only slowly.

James A. Rasbach was born in the state of New York Jan. 15, 1828, and was married in 1849 in that state.  They came to Illinois soon after their marriage, and for a year or two was in the employ of the Illinois Central in the southern part of the state.  About 50 years ago he came to Clinton to be freight agent for the Illinois Central and held the position until about eight years ago when his health failed.  He was a faithful employee of the company and the best years of his life were given to its interests.

Two children, Mrs. Frank FAGER, of Freeport, and Mrs. Edith EDSON, of Clinton, survive him, his wife dying about three years ago.

Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  He was an honored member of the Masons, and they had charge of the remains, the pall bearers being from their number.  Burial was in Woodlawn.

Note: His name was spelled Rasback in this article, but his tombstone has Rasbach, so it was corrected.

Mrs. James A. RASBACH  

May 4, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Rasbach.

Saturday about 1 o'clock Mrs. James RASBACH died at her home on north Madison street, aged nearly 71 years. Her husband and two daughters, Mrs. FAGAR and one who lived at home, survive her. She was born in the state of New York July 17, 1829, and was joined in marriage with James Rasbach Sept. 4, 1849. They came to Clinton about forty years ago, where Mr. Rasbach was freight agent for the Illinois Central until a few years ago. Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday at 4 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Philo Arthur RASBACH 

August 4, 1864
Clinton Public & Transcript

DIED—In this place, August 1st, Philo Arthur, son of James A. and Lany RASBACH—aged 1 year, 11 months and 13 days.

Theodore RASBACH  

April 20, 1883
Clinton Register

Mr. James A. RASBACH received a telegram on Wednesday from Havana, Cuba, announcing the death on Monday of his brother Theodore in that distant city of the sea. The remains will be brought to Clinton for burial and will probably arrive tomorrow. Deceased leaves three sons and two daughters, on son and daughter in Parson, Kansas, one son and daughter in this city, and one son who has been with his father and will come with the remains. Deceased once lived here and is well known to many of our citizens. The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.


April 20, 1883
Clinton Public

Theodore RASBACH, formerly of Clinton, a broom manufacturer of Cuba, died on last Monday morning of consumption. He will be brought to Clinton tomorrow or Monday for burial.


April 27, 1883
Clinton Public

Theodore RASBACH, formerly of Clinton, died in Cuba, last week, and his body was brought here for burial. The funeral services were held this morning, the Masonic fraternity taking charge of the ceremony. Mr. Rasbach left Clinton about fifteen years ago and moved to Decatur. His health failing, he went to Cuba and established himself in business, where he was successful in making money. A few months ago he came to Clinton to visit his relatives, and remained here for several weeks. At that time his health was bad. He was the brother of James A. and J. E. RASBACH. He leaves a wife and several children. His sons are all holding good positions.

Mrs. Theodore RASBACH  

January 1, 1874
Clinton Public

Three deaths in this city this week.  The first was the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Andy HUTCHINS; the next was Mrs. Theodore RASBACH; and the third was Dr. W. P. DAVIS, who was seized with paralysis some eight or ten years ago.


January 15, 1874, Thursday
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this city, December 30, Nancy RASBACH, wife of Theodore RASBACH, aged 36 years.

Mrs. Delia A. RASBACK 

June 1, 1894
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of Mrs. W. B. Rasback.
She Fell on the Street Unconscious and Died Within Five Hours.

Mrs. Delia A. RASBACK, wife of W. B. RASBACK, an employee of the Central road at Centralia, came up to Clinton a few days ago to make a visit to the family of Mr. James RASBACK and old friends living here. She brought her son, who is an invalid, with her in the hope that a change of scene would brighten him up. Mrs. Rasback was in good health and her visit to Clinton was fully enjoyed by her and her boy. Wednesday afternoon they went out to the Decoration services in Woodlawn, and later Mrs. Rasback came up town to visit her niece, Mrs. Wm. KNOWLES.

In returning to Mr. James Rasback's she was walking out on North Monroe street, when suddenly, as she was in front of the electric light building, she fell unconscious to the sidewalk. As soon as possible she was conveyed to Mr. Rasback's home and Dr. MYERS was summoned. On the arrival of the doctor, he saw that so far as his services were concerned there was no hope for Mrs. Rasback, for she was still unconscious and remained so till eleven o'clock at night, when she peacefully passed to the other world.

Mrs. Delia A. Rasback was born in the State of New York on the 16th of July, 1842. After her marriage, which occurred thirty-seven years ago, her husband came to Clinton and they lived in this city for a number of years. Mr. Rasback began as a fireman on the central and for twenty-three years ran an engine; now he is employed in the shops at Centralia. Mrs. Rasback was the mother of five daughters and one son. The daughters are all dead, three of them having passed away within the last eight years. Her only boy is sick. What a sad life for that mother. These afflictions told upon her health.

Mrs. Rasback was a member of the Christian Church at Centralia, and Rev. L. B. PICKERILL had charge of the religious services at the funeral, which was held at Mr. James Rasback's yesterday afternoon. The Ladies' Auxiliary of the Clinton B. L. E. attended the funeral in a body and escorted the remains of their sister to the afternoon train going south to Centralia. Mr. Rasback was summoned from Centralia by telegram and arrived in Clinton yesterday.
Note: aka Rasbach


June 7, 1889
Clinton Public

Levi RATHBUN died at his home in Farmer City last Wednesday morning. He was one of the oldest residents of that town, and during his years of health and strength filled many offices of public trust. For many years Mr. Rathbun was a contributor to the columns of THE PUBLIC. We hope by next week to be able to prepare a suitable notice for publication


June 21, 1889
Clinton Public

For more than thirty-three years Levi RATHBUN had been a resident of Farmer City. He was born in Madison county, Ohio, in the year 1811, and at the time of his death was seventy-eight years of age. He was the son of a Methodist minister, and his childhood was spent on a farm. He followed clerking in a store and school teaching till he had means enough to start in the mercantile business for himself. In his young manhood he became actively interested in politics, and he was a thorough abolitionist. On the organization of the Republican party he joined his political fortunes with it, for while the party then held conservative views on the slavery question yet its general principles were more in harmony with his ideas than any other political organization. Mr. Rathbun was fearless in defending what he believed to be the right. Till within the past few years he was a regular contributor to the columns of THE PUBLIC, and his letters were read with interest by our readers. At one time he was the leading dry goods merchant in Farmer City. During the thirty-three years of his life in Farmer City he held a number of local offices, and for several terms was supervisor of Santa Anna township.

Wannie L. RATHBUN 

November 5, 1874
Clinton Public

In Bethany, Mo., October 28, Wannie L., infant daughter of S. A. and Mary L. RATHBUN.

Nathan RAZEY 

December 25, 1885
Clinton Public

A Sad Christmas for the Razey Family.

On Wednesday evening, at nine o'clock, at the ripe age of seventy-one years, Nathan RAZEY departed this life in the old home in which he had lived for more than twenty-eight years. For a couple of years past Mr. RAZEY failed in health, and at times it was feared that he was in the presence of death. He suffered the most intense pain, and many a time he expressed himself that death would be a blessing to him. Nathan Razey was born in the interior of New York, on the 1st of November, 1814. His mother dying when he was but a child, he had to begin the battle of life when boys of his age were enjoying the pleasures of the parental home. This influenced his later life, for no man could do more to make his children love their home. In 1833 he came to Illinois and bought a farm in Pike county and lived there for fourteen years. In 1857 he came to Clinton and bought the farm on which his son-in-law, Mr. Thomas J. ARGO, now lives, in the northwest corner of Clintonia township. There were two hundred acres in the farm and Mr. Razey bought it from Dr. WARNER, paying him $2400 in gold for it. The same farm today is worth $50 an acre.

Mr. Razey’s first wife died in 1866. She was the mother of seven children, three boys and four girls, all of whom are living and in prosperous circumstances. In 1871 he was married to Mrs. ABBOTT, of Wapella. The second Mrs. Razey died in 1879.

During all of Mr. Razey’s life he was hard working and frugal, and as the result he leaves a fair estate to be divided among his children besides what he gave to each when they began life for themselves. In all of his intercourse with his fellowmen he was straightforward and manly, and during his long life he had the friendship and respect of his neighbors. The funeral services will be held at his old home on next Sunday morning, at ten o’clock.

John W. READY 

December 22, 1911
Clinton Register


John W. READY, better known as Captain Ready, died at 7:15 Saturday morning at the home of his son west of Farmer City.  He was 87 years old and had resided in that vicinity many years.  He is survived by five children.

The funeral was held from the Christian church Monday at 1:30 p.m., under the auspices of Lemon Post No. 11, G. A. R., Rec. R. E. [Rev. A. E.?] Stevenson preaching the sermon, interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

Capt. Ready was well known to all the older residents of the eastern part of the county.   For many years he was a sea captain, and with the savings from his salary he invested in land, which at the time of his death had come to be worth quite a sum.


September 4, 1891
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Mary Reddick.

At the advanced age of eighty years, five months and eleven days, Mrs. Mary REDDICK departed this life in Clinton on Tuesday, September 1, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Eliza BARGER. Mrs. Reddick was the daughter of Colonel Andrew WALLACE, who was one of the early settlers of DeWitt County. She was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on the 15th of May, 1811, and in the year 1831 she came with her parents from her native State and settled in Tunbridge township, and in this county over seventy years of her life has been spent excepting two or three years she lived in Decatur. She was married to Dr. William REDDICK in 1834, and moved to Decatur. Dr. Reddick ranked high in the profession of medicine and was also an ardent politician. At the time of his death, which occurred three or four years after his marriage, he was serving his second term as a Representative from Macon County in the General Assembly. After the death of her husband Mrs. Reddick moved back to DeWitt County and lived at the old homestead in Tunbridge till after the death of her parents, and about twelve years ago she moved to this city and ended her days with her daughter, Mrs. Barger. She was buried in the Randolph Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, Dr. REED conducting the religious ceremonies at the funeral. During all the years of her life Mrs. Reddick was an earnest Christian woman


September 4, 1891
Clinton Public

The death of Mrs. REDDICK has created some inquiry in connection with her father and mother and the time of their death. Colonel Andrew WALLACE was born in Virginia on the 2d of February, 1787. When he was but thirteen years old his parents moved to Bourbon County Kentucky, and in 1810 he was married to Esther CAMPBELL.  Mrs. Reddick was their first-born.  In 1830 Colonel Wallace and family moved to this county and settled in what is now Tunbridge township where he resided till his death which occurred in December, 1874. Colonel Wallace was eighty-seven years old when he died.  His wife died more than ten years later, on the 17th of May, 1885, at the advanced age of ninety-three years.  Mrs. Reddick was in her eighty-first year when she died this week. The family is noted for its longevity. Colonel Wallace was a commissioned officer during the war of 1812, being in command of a Kentucky regiment, and fought at the battle of the Thames.

Burres REED 

December 1899
Funeral Card

Died at the home of his uncle, J. H. BERRY, 1 1/2 miles east of Farmer City, November 30, 1899, 12:40 p.m., Burres REED, aged 15 years, 7 months, 18 days. Funeral: M. P. Church, December 1. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

George W. REED 

April 3, 1891
Clinton Register

An Old Citizen of DeWitt Lies Down to Pleasant Dreams.

Died, at his residence in DeWitt Friday March 27, George W. REED, aged 50 years, 1 month and 25 days.  He was born in Union County, Ind., February 2nd 1841, and spent his boyhood days in Indiana.  In the spring of 1855 he came with his father to Illinois, and settled on a farm near Leroy, McLean county.  He was the fourth of a family of six children, there being five brothers and one sister.  Three of the brothers and sisters together with his mother, who is 76 years old, survive him.   His father died some thirteen years ago.  Mr. Reed worked with his father upon the farm until he became a man, and on May 1st 1866 he was married to Miss Maggie TAYLOR, daughter of Rev. Robert TAYLOR, and sister of Dr. TAYLOR, of this place.  This union was blessed by 7 children, two of them preceding him to the better land, while 3 sons and two daughters are left to mourn his departure.  He came to this county in 1870 and followed the harness trade in DeWitt and at Weldon until about four years ago, when he was stricken by that dread disease, consumption, and was compelled to cease work.  Four years ago while living in Farmer City he professed religion, and united with the Christian church there.  During the last three years he has not been able to perform labor of any kind and since last October had been confined to his room.  Since that time he suffered untold agonies until last Friday when he was relieved of his sufferings and borne to the land where pain and suffering are not known.  He was a man of kind and affectionate disposition, always having a cheerful word for everyone, and free and liberal-hearted as evidenced by his taking care of his aged mother when others were more able.  He was conscious until the last moments, and expressed his willingness to meet his God.  He was a member of Mozart lodge K. P. of Weldon and they, together with members from Farmer City and Clinton, were present to pay their last respects to their esteemed brother.  The funeral services were held in the C. P. church here, conducted by Rev. Bell together with the K. P.’s above mentioned.  So ends the life of one of our peaceful, worthy, and respected citizens.  While his sufferings here on earth were many, he bore them with patience, knowing he would soon be to a land where sufferings are no more.     [poem omitted]


April 3, 1891
Clinton Public

The funeral of G. W. REED, brother-in-law of Dr. and E. M. TAYLOR, took place last Sunday, at the C. P. Church. Some thirty K. of P.'s from Weldon Lodge, to which he belonged, took charge of the burial. Considering the weather, there was a large turnout.

Mrs. Grover REED 

Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Born: 02/02/1887
Died: 04/18/1976
Parents: Benjamin and Martha (NORTH) CALLISON
Married: October 1907 to Grover REED
Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Frances LAMAR of Lakewood, CA; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Irene REED of Whitmore, Iowa; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; local nieces and nephews: Evelyn CALLISON, Roy FIELD, Myrol SEAL, all of Weldon; Mrs. GLENN and Irvin CALLISON of Clinton.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. John REED 

November 17, 1911
Clinton Register


Friday evening at the home of D. F. SHAY and wife, northwest of Clinton, occurred the death of Mrs. Sarah REED, at the age of 81 years.  Death was due principally to old age.  Deceased was a sister of Mr. Shay’s father, and for the past two years had made her home with her nephew.

Deceased was born in County Down, Ireland, coming to this country at the age of sixteen years.  In 1864 she was married to John REED at Amboy, Ill.  Two children, both deceased, were born to this couple.

Mrs. Reed had been a member of the M. E. church for the past 12 years.  Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the residence, the Wapella minister officiating.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Lewis H. REED 

January 1, 1897
Clinton Public


On December 27, 1896, at the home of his grandfather, Capt. J. F. HARROLD, near DeWitt, occurred the death of little Lewis Harrold REED, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer P. REED, the only grandson of Capt. and Mrs. J. F. Harrold and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis REED, the only great-grandson of the late D. F. ROBBINS, who died two weeks ago, and his wife, and only great-grandchild of Mrs. Mary McGRAW of DeWitt.  He was born Nov. 29, 1891, being at the time of his death, which was caused by peritonitis, 5 years and 28 days of age.  Little Harrold was an unusually bright child and his quaint acts and sayings seemed far beyond his years.  His loss has caused great sorrow in the home where his presence has been like a ray of bright sunshine, but through all the grief must come the knowledge that like a little flower he budded on earth to bloom in heaven, and with his short life as a link drawing them onward and upward in the golden summer of the great hereafter, they may meet a reunited family.  Funeral services were held at the C. P. church in DeWitt, Rev. FORBIS officiating.  A large concourse of people followed the remains to the DeWitt cemetery, where interment took place.

Miles REED 

August 10, 1900
Clinton Register

Old Soldier Dies.

Miles REED, an old and respected citizen of Creek township, died at his home three miles southwest of Land Yesterday. He had been sick a number of years with chronic trouble which caused his death. He was about 70 years old. The funeral will take place this afternoon from the residence at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. R. Thrasher. Interment in the Rose cemetery near Lane. He was a member of Co. F.


August 17, 1900
Clinton Register

Miles REED was born in New York Nov. 11, 1832. Died Aug. 9, 1900, aged 67 years, 8 months and 28 days. He with his parents moved to Ohio in 1835 and thence to DeWitt county, Ill., in 1855, where he has since lived. He was united in marriage to Matilda CARLOCK Oct. 16, 1868. To them were born five children, Alice Crystal, Mary Bell, Charles A. REED and Amy Gaede, all of DeWitt county, one dying in infancy. He served two and one-half years in the Rebellion and was a good soldier.

He united with the Christian church at Lane in 1862 in which he has been a faithful member. He was a kind and loving father and husband, kind to his neighbors, always having a kind word for all, and during his long sickness was patient unto the end.

Our brother and comrade has passed into the beyond to the shore of that mysterious sea that never has borne the shadow of a returning sail. Peaceful be his rest and fragrant be the flowers that bloom in the hallowed sod which covers him. Like a shadow thrown softly and lightly from a passing cloud, death fell upon him. Brother, it is well with thee. Farewell till we meet again beyond life’s toils and cares, its days of smiles and tears there will be a long, sweet life unmarked by years, one bright, unending tomorrow.   —A Friend.

Ralph REED 

January 18, 1901
Clinton Register

Ralph Reed, of DeWitt, Taken From Home and Loved Ones in Life's Spring Time.

Probably no time in the history of DeWitt have the people witnessed as many funerals as in the past two weeks and possibly never more moved than were they when on last Sunday evening the news was circulated that Ralph REED was dying. He had been in his usual good health until on Wednesday when at the death of Mr. WILLIAMSON he was an attendant at the inquest and had been sent on a number of errands, which, with the excitement, was thought by some to have brought on his illness. Thursday evening he was taken with a chill, and on Friday morning the family physician pronounced it a case of pneumonia. After intense suffering for three days, he quietly passed away.

He was a young man, honest and upright, generous and kind, known by all in and around DeWitt, and none knew him but to love him; always willing to do what he could for anyone and a kind word for all; none in his estimation were unworthy of his notice.

The school of which he was a member closed on the day of the funeral and the teachers and pupils attended in a body. Clarence TAYLOR, Frank WORTH, Robert CALLISON, Charley TURNIPSEED, Fred CALLISON, and Rufus BOURNE, his classmates, acting as pall bearers.

The floral offerings by the school and friends were many and beautiful.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Frank HARRY. Interment in the DeWitt cemetery.

Ralph Reed, the son of George and Margaret J. REED, was born in Weldon, Ill., Nov. 9, 1882, and departed this life Jan. 13, 1901, aged 18 years, 2 months and 4 days. When he was in his second year, his parents moved to Farmer City, and with the exception of six years spent in that place, he has resided in DeWitt.

He leaves a mother, two brothers and two sisters and many friends to mourn his death. Two brothers, Chas. REED, of Louisville, Ky., Bert REED, two sisters, Mrs. Louis TAYLOR and Lida REED, of this place, survive him; the father having died ten years ago this month.

Mrs. William REED 

April 14, 1898
Paper Unknown

Jane REED, widow of the late William REED, died at home in Farmer City, on Thursday, April 14, 1898, at 11:30 a.m., aged 63 years, 5 months, 13 days. Funeral: late residence, April 16th. Burial M. E. Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Rev. E. S. REES 

September 9, 1910
Clinton Register

Aged Minister Dies.

Rev. E. S. REES died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna STOCKETT, on West White street. He had been in failing health several months, but was confined to his bed about a week. Deceased was born in Lewisburg, Pa., Oct. 1, 1838. In 1850 his parents moved to near Freeport, Ill. He united with the Lutheran church in 1855 and soon began to prepare for the ministry. Before completing his education he enlisted in 1864, serving till the close of the Civil war. He again entered college in 1867, graduating in 1871, and at once began preaching, which he continued until 1903, when failing health compelled him to give up the work. He and his wife then lived with a daughter in Indiana until three years ago, when they came to Clinton. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a brother, A. G. REES, of Kansas, who had been with him several days before his death. Funeral services were held at the house this afternoon and the burial will be at Freeport tomorrow.

Mrs. Oletha REES 

Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Rites Thursday For Oletha Rees.

Name: Mrs. Oletha REES
Age: 71
Died: At 4:30 p.m. at the Galena Park Home, Peoria Heights
Services and Burial: At Leroy in the Leroy Cemetery
Survivors: Her husband, Ray REES, a daughter, three brothers, three sisters, two grandsons and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Alfred REESER 

July 20, 1906
Clinton Register

Alfred REESER died Sunday at his home in Farmer City, aged nearly 76. He was born in Ohio in 1830, and he came to Illinois in 1857, settling in Piatt County, where he lived eight years. Since then he has lived in Dewitt county and in our near Farmer City.


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Roy Reeves Died Today.

Name: Roy REEVES
Age: 84
Occupation: Retired conductor for the Illinois Central Railroad
Born: October 12, 1890, Bond County
Died: At John Warner Hospital at 12:45 a.m.
Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth (SMITH) REEVES
Married: Nellie RENCH, August 25, 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri; Nellie died March 17, 1964.
Survivors: Survived by three sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death
Member of the First Christian Church and the United Transportation Union
Visitation and services: Herington-Calvert Funeral Home with Rev. Winston ZASTROW officiating
Interment: Mausoleum Park Cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Estell REID 

May 16, 1913
Clinton Register


Last Saturday morning, Miss Estell REID, daughter of W. E. REID and wife of Farmer City, was found dead in bed at the home of her parents.  No inquest was held.  Deceased was a member of the M. E. church and a devout Christian.  She is survived by her parents, two brother and one sister.  Funeral services were held from the M. E. church at Farmer City Monday afternoon, Rev. T. H. Tull officiating.  Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Robert H. REID 

Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Zetta (THURBER) REID
Born: 10/20/1883
Died: 1966
Parents: Isaac and Marge THURBER
Married: 06/19/1924 Robert H. REID in Macon County, IL (preceded her in death 03/11/1965)
Survivors: Two step-daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth ARNOLD, of Clinton; Mrs. Florence DARNELL, of Texas; a step-son, Robert Jr., of Clinton; a brother and five sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral: Pullen-Boos Chapel in Clinton, IL
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery

Submitted by Unknown

William REID 

June 23, 1893
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

On last Thursday evening in this city occurred the death of Wm. REID, an aged and respected citizen, after long suffering with kidney disease.  The funeral was held Saturday in the M. E. Church.

Mrs. Henry RENNICK 

February 24, 1888
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Henry Rennick.

In the morning of life, for she had not reached thirty-four years, Mrs. Lucy J. (ENOS) RENNICK passed from earth to the world beyond on Tuesday, February 21, having been sick less than one week. For the past ten years Mrs. Rennick’s health was not the best, yet with the energy peculiar to her nature she fought against the encroachments of disease. When taken with her last sickness she had a premonition that it would end fatally.

Mrs. Rennick was born in Ohio on the 13th of June, 1854, and she was but one year old when her parents moved to this county and settled on a farm near the village of DeWitt. Her father died when she was eight years old and her mother subsequently married Mr. TWIST. At the age of nine years she united with the M. E. Church and during her life was a consistent and faithful member of that body. Her life till Christmas Day, 1870, was spent on the farm, and on that day she was united in marriage to Mr. Henry RENNICK, then a young and prosperous business man in this city. From that time her home was in Clinton. Mr. Rennick retired from business some years ago and went on the road as commercial traveler for one of the leading wholesale grocery houses in Chicago. He has accumulated considerable valuable business property on the public square, among his purchases being the Magill House block. A few weeks ago Mrs. Rennick assumed charge of the management of the hotel till such time as Mr. Rennick could find some suitable landlord.

Mrs. Rennick was beloved by her husband and daughter and by her relatives and a large circle of friends, for she was genial and pleasant in the home, in the church, and in the social circle. Many a poor family will miss her kindly benefactions and her words of cheer and comfort. Life was bright and pleasant to her, but her faith and trust in God made her resigned to the inevitable hand of death. She leaves to mourn her early death a devoted husband and daughter and a large number of relatives. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church yesterday morning, when the Rev. A. T. ORR preached an impressive sermon to a large audience, after which her body was consigned to the grave in Woodlawn Cemetery.


June 24, 1892
Clinton Register

Death of Robert Rennick.

Robert RENNICK, brother of Henry RENNICK, died at the home of his brother-in-law, W. H. TAYLOR, on East Main street, Monday evening at 5 o'clock, aged 64 years, 6 months and 4 days.  Funeral services were held from the residence Wednesday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. H. Whitlock.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Robert Rennick had lived at Sheelsburg [Shullsburg], Wis., where he owned a fine farm until about a year ago when he moved to Bement, Ill.  Last fall he suffered a severe attack of the grip from which he never fully recovered.  About two weeks ago at the request of his brother, he came to Clinton to consult a physician and, becoming worse, was never able to return home.  He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn the death of a husband and father, all of whom, except one son, attended the funeral.  He was the first of a family of ten children to be called from earth.  Two of his sisters, Mrs. W. H. TAYLOR and Mrs. Reuben SACKETT, live in this city.  He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Olive Lodge had charge of the funeral obsequies.

Mrs. Robert RENNICK 

December 4, 1903
Clinton Register


Mrs. Matilda RENNICK, who died Sunday at Rock Island, Ill., was brought to Clinton Monday evening for burial.  The remains were taken to the home of W. H. Taylor on East main street, from where the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Canady.  Deceased was a sister-in-law of W H. TAYLOR, Mrs. R. SACKETT and Henry RENNICK.  Her husband, Robert RENNICK, died twelve years ago.


November 7, 2002
DeWitt County Constitution


September 11, 1910 – October 31, 2002

Dean REYNOLDS, 92, of Bloomington passed away at 1:10 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2002, at his family residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, at Calvert Funeral Home with Reverend J. Kent HICKERSON officiating. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the services. Burial took place in Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Mr. Reynolds was born September 11, 1910, in Wapella, the son of Irvin REYNOLDS and Laura ROUSEY. He married Hazel PROVIN on October 17, 1935, in Joliet. She survives. Also surviving is his daughter Edith (John) HOOG of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

Submitted by Shari Horton


January 10, 1922
Clinton Daily Public

Death Comes to Mrs. Isabelle Reynolds, Aged 75—Funeral Wednesday.

Mrs. Isabelle REYNOLDS, aged 75 years, the widow of the late Samuel REYNOLDS, Civil War Veteran, died at her home in Wapella Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Paralysis was the cause of her demise. Last Friday afternoon her great grandson, Beryl ROLOFSON, glancing in at her window, found her lying on the floor. She was unconscious and remained in that condition until death relieved her of her suffering.

Isabelle WHITE was born in Casey county, Kentucky, October 1, 1847, and at the time of her death was aged 75 years, 3 months and 8 days. She moved to Robinson, Illinois, when quite young and was married to James B. REYNOLDS in July 1865, at that place. She moved to Wapella 41 years ago. Five children were born, three of whom survive. They are: Mrs. George HUME and Irvin REYNOLDS, of Wapella, Mrs. Sarah WILLIAMSON, of Bloomington, Ill. A daughter died in infancy, and a son, William D., died in 1902. Mr. Reynolds preceded his wife in death March 9, 1913. There are 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren surviving.

The funeral services will be conducted from the Christian church in Wapella, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial will be made in the Wapella cemetery.

Note: According to Isabelle’s death certificate, she was born October 1, 1846, in Robinson, Crawford County, Illinois.  Her first husband was James D. Reynolds, not James B.  Her son was William I. Reynolds, not William D.  The obit says she was buried in Wapella Cemetery, but she was buried in Long Point Cemetery.

Submitted by Shari Horton


January 8, 1886
Clinton Public

James REYNOLDS, aged eighty-five years, died at his home in the northwest corner of Clintonia township, on Tuesday, December 29. Mr. Reynolds leaves a wife, five boys and three girls. He was born in the county Latrim, Ireland, and twenty-five years ago he emigrated to this country and came to Illinois. Twenty-two years ago he bought an eighty acre farm in Clintonia township, and on this he lived and died.

James Daniel REYNOLDS 

March 14, 1913
Clinton Register

Resided in That Village for the Past Twenty-Eight Years

Another old soldier answered the last roll call last Sunday when J. D. REYNOLDS died at his home in Wapella at 7 a.m. after an illness from paralysis with which he was stricken last September.

Deceased was born in Kentucky July 5, 1844, and came to Illinois with his parents at the age of 10 years. The family first settled in Crawford county, going to Wapella 28 years ago, where Mr. Reynolds resided until his death. He enlisted in the army at the age of 16, being a member of Company D, 16th Ill. Inf.. He was married to Miss WHITE in 1872. Besides the widow, he leaves surviving three children, Irving REYNOLDS and Mrs. Stacy HUME, of Wapella, and Mrs. Sarah WILLIAMSON, of Bloomington. Mr. Reynolds was a devout Christian and an earnest worker in the Christian church at Wapella of which he was a member.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church at Wapella at 2 p.m. Monday. Interment in the Sugar Grove cemetery.

Note: James Daniel Reynolds was a member of Company F, 60th Illinois Infantry. He married Isabelle White July 13, 1865 (not 1872). Irving should be “Irvin.” The obit says he was buried at Sugar Grove Cemetery. He is, in fact, buried at Long Point. His tombstone says, “JAS. D. REYNOLDS, 60 IL US INF.”

Submitted by Shari Horton

James Irvin REYNOLDS 

January 13, 1926
Clinton Morning Journal


Funeral services for the late James Irvin REYNOLDS of Wapella, who died Monday afternoon at this home north of Wapella, will be conducted from the Wapella Christian church Thursday afternoon with Rev. William ICENOGLE officiating. Burial will be in Long Point cemetery north of Wapella.

James Irvin REYNOLDS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. REYNOLDS, was born in Crawford county, October 10, 1871, and died at this home north of Wapella January 11, 1926, at the age of 54 years, 3 months and 1 day.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife and six children, three of whom are his children by a former marriage. The children of the former marriage are James, Clarence, and Mrs. Robert LEEK, all of Bloomington. On December 19, 1905, he was again married to Laura WARNER and to this union three children were born. They are Ruby, Dean and Wilbur at home. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by two step children, Lloyd WARNER and Mrs. Fred BOLTHOUSE, both of Chicago, and a sister Mrs. George HUME, of Wapella, and many other friends and relatives. His parents, one brother and one sister preceded him in death. He is also survived by four grandchildren.

Mr. Reynolds located on a farm near Wapella and had been engaged in farming about 17 years preceding his death. He was an honored and respected member of the community in which he lived and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. He was a member of the Christian church of Wapella.
Note: His Civil War pension records show his birth as October 7, 1871.

Submitted by Shari Horton


May 18, 1906
Clinton Register

Had Been A Suffer[er] For Several Months—
Funeral Was Held Last Sunday—
Largely Attended.

James REYNOLDS, a highly respected neighbor and citizen living near the village of Wapella, died May 10, at 2:30 p.m., of heart and liver troubles, being under the doctor’s care several months.  The community has lost a valuable citizen.   He was the son of James and Bridget REYNOLDS, born in Ireland in May, 1852, being 54 years 4 months and 7 days old.  Just in the prime of life, but like a tree is cut down.  He came with his parents to America when a mere lad and settled later in Sangamon county.  He was of a family of eight children, two brothers, John REYNOLDS, of Clinton, Wm. REYNOLDS, of Chicago; and two sisters, Mrs. Cain GILLESPIE, Cecil CUNNINGHAM, Bridget ANDREWS, of Springfield, mourn the loss of a brother.

James Reynolds was united in marriage to Ellen REAGEN, of Cincinnati, O., in Springfield, Oct. 9, 1877, later locating in DeWitt county.  To them nine children were born, all living and residing at home, except Mrs. Lizzie MARVEL, who lives in Wapella township, Mayme, Ella, Celia, Matthew, Maurice, Josie, Maggie, Geraldine, at home, who mourn with the mother the loss of a loving father.  Wm. Reynolds, a nephew, having lived with his uncle, since the death of his father, feels the loss also of a parent, as Mr. Reynolds had been a father to him, always making his home welcome to him.

Mr. Reynolds was a strict and devout member and a regular attendant of St. Patrick’s church and remained true to his faith.  He was patient and bore his suffering with Christian fortitude, never tiring of his friends, but was always glad to meet and converse with all those who called to see him and always displayed a pleasant disposition, urging his friends to call often.  He was a member of the M. W. A. and Court of Honor lodges, holding insurance policies in both orders to the amount of $5,000.  He filled offices in these orders; had served several years on the school board, giving splendid satisfaction and both parent and patron sought his service again, when he was reelected two years ago.   He was a man of high ideals, especially along educational lines and was always looking for better plans for the advancement and success of the school.   He was anxious to see his daughter, Josie, graduate, but his master called, and he answered, "I am ready," and peacefully fell asleep to wake in the Beautiful City celestial.

Funeral services took place from the St. John’s Catholic church at Clinton on Sunday at 2 p.m., Rev. M. A. Dooling officiating.  Father Dooling paid a high tribute to the deceased.  Mrs. Richard Kirk sang beautifully the "Holy City."  The M. W. A. attended the service in a body.  The floral offerings were many and beautiful, consisting of a pillow of roses, the family; white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Barry; carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Andrews, Springfield; red carnations, Mamie and Geneva Tackwell; carnations, Mes. Smith and Raleigh; carnations, Fred Crang; carnations, Madams Carroll and Magill; carnations, P. J. Burke, I. W. Maxwell; carnations, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Metz and Miss Jessie Sheath; white carnations, Wapella High School and school board; wreath, M. W. A., 1472; carnations, Clinton M. W. A. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.  The M. W. A. had charge of the services at the grave.  Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Barry and daughter Mayme, Mrs. John Andrews and son, Mrs. Celia Cunningham, Springfield.  The pall bearers were J. M. Greene, M. Welsh, J. W. Jordan, T. J. Willis, C. J. Riddle, C. W. Samuels.

Note: In the first paragraph it said he had two sisters and then listed three names, one of them being Cecil Cunningham.  The last paragraph mentions a Celia Cunningham.  Is that the same person and is she his sister?

Mrs. James R. REYNOLDS 

August 2, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Suffered a Stroke of Paralysis Recently—
Mother of Eight Children—
Funeral Saturday.

Mrs. Ellen REYNOLDS died in her home in Wapella last night at 10:30 o'clock.   She had been in ill health for the past year, but the immediate cause of her death was a stroke of paralysis which she suffered a week ago last Sunday.

The deceased was born in Ohio, March 20, 1854, being at the time of her death sixty -three years of age.  She was married to James REYNOLDS in Springfield, Ill., Oct. 7, 1876.  Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds came to DeWitt county immediately after their marriage and settled on a farm south of Wapella.  Mr. Reynolds died nine years ago and the family retired and moved to Wapella about five years later.

Mrs. Reynolds was the mother of eight children, all of whom survive.  They are Mrs. John Summerville, of Minnesota; Mrs. John Callihan, Williams, Ia.; Mrs. Otis Marvel, of Waynesville; Mrs. Dennis Burns and Mrs. William Walsh, of Wapella; Misses Josephine and Geraldine at home; Maurice and Matthew, of Wapella.

The deceased was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic church and has always been a most faithful parishioner.  She was a member of the Clinton Court of Honor and the Royal Neighbors, of Wapella.  She was one of Wapella’s most respected citizens and loved by all who knew her.

The funeral will probably be held Saturday morning from St. Patrick’s church and interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

August 2, 1917, Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral of Mrs. Reynolds.

The funeral services of the late Mrs. Ellen REYNOLDS, who died in her home in Wapella Wednesday night, will be held in St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Wapella, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with Rev. Father Hayden in charge.  The body will then be brought to this city and interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Michael REYNOLDS 

November 27, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Michael REYNOLDS, who lived in the north part of Clintonia township, died on Tuesday evening and yesterday her remains were taken to Springfield for interment.  Mrs. Reynolds' married life was brief, Mr. REYNOLDS having married her in Springfield eleven months ago.  Her first child was born last Saturday.  She was only twenty-one years old.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


December 5, 1913
Clinton Register

Third Death in Family Within Five Months—
Was Ill But a Few Minutes.

James [John] REYNOLDS died at his home on Saturday afternoon at a few minutes after four o'clock, shortly after being stricken with paralysis in the back yard of his home at 821 East Johnson street.

Mr. Reynolds had not been ill, nor had he made any complaint and his sudden death was a shock to his friends.

He had been downtown in the morning, and on returning home had eaten his usual hearty dinner.  In the morning he had attended services at St. John’s church.  While in his back yard he suddenly fell and was carried into the house but lived only a few minutes.

This is the third death in this family within less than five months.  The wife of deceased died on July 14th, and her son, James P. BOHAN, died November 16.

James [John] Reynolds was born in County Leitrim, Ireland, in 1841.  In 1865 he came to this country, coming directly to Illinois, locating east of Wapella, where he was engaged in agriculture for several years.  Then he moved to a farm near Weldon, remaining there a few years, when he moved to the farm now occupied by E. J. Thiebault northwest of Clinton.   Here decedent continued to reside until about twenty-five years ago when he moved to Clinton and entered the employ of the Illinois Central and worked in the shops.

Deceased was an industrious and hard-working man, a friend to all with whom he made acquaintance, and a man who had no known enemies.  He was a lover of home, and was seldom seen up town.  The only surviving member of the immediate family is Miss Mary A. REYNOLDS, a daughter.  He leaves a brother and sister, Wm. Reynolds, of Chicago, and Mrs. Cecil Cunningham, of Springfield.

Funeral services were held from St. John’s Catholic church at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Rev. Father E. C. Hearn, officiating.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: He was listed as John Reynolds in the cemetery book and also in his wife’s obituary and his step-son’s obituary.


July 18, 1913
Clinton Register


At 3:20 yesterday afternoon, at her home in the west part of the city, occurred the death of Mrs. John REYNOLDS at the age of 80 years, after several years’ illness.

Anna KARR was born in County Lathram [Leitrim], Ireland, and came to America with her parents at the age of 18 yrs.  She had resided in Illinois since that time, first at Cairo, later at Bloomington, and for the past 19 years in Clinton.

Just before the war, she was married to Patrick BOHAN, at Bloomington, one son being born to them, J. P. BOHAN, of Clinton.  Her husband died in 1868 and she was married to John REYNOLDS, of Bloomington, in 1872, two children being the fruits of this union, Miss Mayme REYNOLDS, at home, and a son who died in infancy.  Besides the above, she leaves two sisters and a brother, Michael KARR, Gibson City; Mrs. Kate McGarry, Decatur; and Mrs. Margaret Green, Wapella.

Funeral services will be held from the Clinton Catholic church at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Father Hearn conducting the services.  Interment in Woodlawn.


October 21, 1887
Clinton Public

On last Saturday night Effie B., daughter of Mr. C. P. RICHARDS, died, and on Monday she was buried.  The child was six years old.  Mrs. Richards and another daughter were confined to their beds at the time by sickness.


May 28, 1863
Clinton Public


On Friday last the citizens of Clinton were called to pay their mournful respect to the remains of this distinguished citizen and soldier. The funeral was attended by a company of returned volunteers, members of the Masonic Order, and a large number of citizens on foot and in carriages. At the grave the solemn Masonic funeral services were held, and a salute fired, the sermon being deferred till Sunday, when the Rev. Mr. McCOOK delivered a most effective and appropriate discourse, which was listened to by a crowded and deeply interested congregation. Revs. P. WOOD and Mr. REESE assisted in the services.
May 28, 1863
Clinton Public

On the 29th day of April, A. D. 1861, an immense meeting was held in Clinton, for the purpose of considering how the people could best discharge their duties as American citizens, in view of the war, which treason had commenced against the National Unity. Fort Sumter had fallen—the terrible reality of the crisis had broken for the first time on the public mind. And the people of DeWitt county resolved, that as an appeal to physical force had been made by traitors, the honor of the Government would be best sustained, by extending to it the support of armed men. A company of volunteers was formed, Evan RICHARDS was elected Captain, and on the evening of May the 16th, 1861, amidst the tears of women and the cheers of a great multitude, upwards of one hundred of the sons of DeWitt county, stepped on the cars and went away to the war. And from that time to the present, in summer and winter, in storm and sunshine, in the camp and on the battle field, that gallant company has well maintained the honor of Illinois. The flag presented to them by the ladies of Clinton on the day of departure, is old and battle torn, but no taint of disgrace had ever sullied it. Yet the glory of Company E, of the 20th Regiment, was dearly purchased. The disease of the camp and the bullets of the enemy have so thinned its ranks that scarcely a dozen remain, and on the evening of May 21st, 1863, the mutilated body of its commander was borne to that home from which just two years before he led one hundred gallant men.

He had entered the company as others entered it; without any prospect of rank save that which his fellow soldiers might freely bestow. He had been enrolled in a regiment composed (except his own company) of strangers, yet on the day of his death he commanded the regiment and had done so for nearly a year.

Evan Richards, son of Dudley RICHARDS, of this town, was born in Highland county, Ohio, on the 12th day of June, 1827, and when about four years of age, removed with his family to Central Illinois. Very early in life he showed a strong love of books, and to the last he was a close reader. At the age of 17, he commenced the study of medicine, under Dr. WARNER of this town; but entertaining a strong desire for military life, he volunteered in Col. Bank's celebrated Regiment, and went to the Mexican war. The climate of Mexico and the fatigues of life soon destroyed his health, and he returned home almost a skeleton. He resumed the study of medicine under Dr. Warner, and finished his professional course in the Rush Medical College, at Chicago. Opening an office in Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Richards soon enjoyed an extensive practice, for he was a very diligent student, and deeply devoted to his profession. He never entirely recovered, however, from the effect of his campaign in Mexico. In 1850, Dr. Richards was married to Miss M. A. CHAPIN, daughter of Hiram CHAPIN, Esq., of this county, a lady who with five* children survives him. In the spring of 1861, he was in the midst of a career of great professional prosperity, and domestic happiness; but on the day of the Fort Sumter war meeting, he came to Clinton, and told the writer in his quiet way that, "he had come to volunteer." His practice and pecuniary interests were sacrificed without regret, and although—like many of our brave men who have gone to war—he was sorely tried by parting with wife and children. He thought that duty called him and so offered himself among the first. His company joined the 20th Ill. Regiment, under Col. MARSH, an officer for whom he entertained the strongest regard to the last. Within a year from the time he volunteered he was promoted to the office of Lieut. Col. and for the last 15 months commanded the Regiment, Col. Marsh acting as Brigadier General. Col. Richards continued with the 20th and shared its glory and danger in countless skirmishes, as well as in the battles of Fredericktown, Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh and finally participated in those daily struggles which marked the progress of General Grant to Jackson and Vicksburg, until the 12th of this month, on which day he was struck by a rifle ball at the head of his regiment and died with an hour.

He died a tried and true soldier and left behind him a name of which his kindred may be proud. For a long time before his death, Col. Richards had been suffering from the effects of his old Mexican disease and of an injury received from a rifle ball at Shiloh. He could not keep his saddle, yet insisted on leading his men in every fight. In engagements of May 1st, his condition was such that the Brigadier General in command repeatedly requested him to leave the field; but he persisted in remaining, until Gen. Logan declared that he would send him to the rear with a guard of men. On the morning of his death he rose from a bed of sickness and led the old 20th for the last time to the battle field. In a letter which he sent the writer a short time since, he expressed a determination to keep the field till after the attack on Vicksburg and as much longer as his strength would permit him to keep up with his men.

But his true character as a soldier, and the feelings with which he regarded his men, can be best gathered from the following extract taken from the last letter he ever wrote; a letter dated the day before his death; and which was borne to the writer by the same messenger that brought his body home. Speaking of his old company he says: "I owe those boys all that I have gained in this war, their good conduct gained for me promotion over my seniors. I was the junior captain when I went into the regiment; yet with the exception of a short time, I have been in command for fifteen months. The boys have helped me beyond what I asked or expected, and I will defend them from all charges whether made directly or indirectly."

Such were the last words ever written by Evan Richards; and well might the people of DeWitt County crowd around the grave of one who had so well upheld their honor on many a battle field! Of is private character the writer has only to say, that he was a man of few words, but strong and lasting attachments; that his powers of mind were such as to impress deeply all who became intimate with him; and that in all things he was a true and loyal gentleman. He sleeps in the soldiers' cemetery, surrounded by the graves of brave and patriotic men like himself. Of all the gallant spirits which our country has sent to the service of our nation—the men who have so nobly filled the ranks of the 20th the 41st and 107th—there was no truer or more gallant soldier than Evan Richards. And the writer, who had hoped for many years of friendship with the departed, tried to discharge a mournful duty by paying this feeble tribute to his memory.

Clinton, May 25th, 1863.  H. S. G.


August 15, 1890
Clinton Public

Last week we made mention of the death of John W. RICHARDS, a substantial farmer who lived near the village of Weldon. He was born in McLean county on the 21st of October, 1835, and died at his home July 30th, 1890, aged fifty-four years, nine months and four days. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to this county, and here he has been a resident to the time of his death, living on the farm where he died since a few years after the close of the war. He was married to Miss Millie E. SWISHER on the 8th day of November, 1855, and to them were born five children, three girls and two boys, all of whom survive their father. His son Isaac lives at Storm Lake, Iowa; Edward in Danville, Ill.; Mrs. Hattie BROWN, LeRoy, Ill.; Dora and Kate are at home. He was a member of Amon Lodge, No. 261, in DeWitt, since 1865, and the lodge had charge of the funeral ceremonies, the Rev. Dr. GILMORE, of Farmer City, conducting the services. John W. Richards was a good man and a sound Republican.


February 17, 1905
Clinton Register

Monday at 3:30 p.m., occurred the demise of Linus G. RICHARDS, at his home one-half mile west of Waynesville. The deceased had been failing several months from a complication of tuberculosis and kidney disease. Services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon and the remains interred in the Evergreen cemetery, Rev. W. O. Roush officiating.

Linus Graves Richards was born in Waynesville, June 9, 1844. He was raised in this place and has spent most of his life here. He was a union veteran of the civil war and belonged to Co. G. of the 41st Ill. Inf. He was engaged in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Donelson and various others; was also with Gen. Sherman on his march to the sea. In 1867 he married Miss Samantha EVANS, also of Waynesville. To them were born four children, all of whom reside here and are, Nettie, wife of C. H. JONES; Iva, wife of C. W. BEERS; Samuel S. and Evan E. He is also survived by his wife, his aged mother, Mrs. Hester CHADDERTON, at Giltner, Neb., and two sisters and half-brothers. His half-brothers are George CHADDERTON, at Stockville, Neb., and Edward CHADDERTON, of Topeka, Kan. His sisters are Mrs. Mary ZOLL, of Giltner, Neb., and Mrs. Rosetta HIATT, at Metz, Mo.


September 2, 1892
Clinton Public

At the advanced age of seventy-seven years David RICHARDSON departed this life this morning, at four o'clock. He had been sick since early in the spring, and from the first his physician and his family did not entertain any hopes of his restoration to health. David Richardson was born in Woodstock, Vermont, on the 22d day of October, 1815. He was well educated and in his younger days he was a Professor of Mathematics in a college in Norwich, Vermont. When he first came to Illinois he settled in Joliet, Ill., where he followed the trade of stone cutter. While living there he had an adventure which saddened his life because of its unpleasant memories, yet he was perfectly innocent of wrong doing, and the event at the time proved him innocent. In 1858 he came to Clinton to assist in the masonry work on the jail, and here he remained, marrying August 30, 1859. In 1860 he was elected county surveyor, and with but the intermission of one or two terms he held the office till his death. Although he was not expected to live, the Republican county convention paid the old surveyor the compliment of re-nominating him for that office. Mr. Richardson appreciated this recognition and it brightened his few remaining days.

Mr. Richardson combined school teaching with his duties as surveyor. He was a man of remarkable ability, both as a teacher and surveyor, and probably he had few intellectual equals in DeWitt county during his palmy days. He leaves a wife and two children. His funeral will be held in the M. E. Church tomorrow afternoon, at two o$#39;clock, when Rev. S. H. WHITLOCK will conduct the services.


June 30, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of one of the Early Settlers of DeWitt County.

Father John M. RICHTER, one of the early settlers of this county, died at his home in DeWitt on Tuesday night, at the advanced age of eighty-six years. In 1838 Father Richter came from Philadelphia to Illinois and shortly afterward settled in this county. In the early days he was in mercantile business in DeWitt, and was postmaster of that village and coroner of the county. The old gentleman used to tell a pleasant story about a visit he made to Pennsylvania after he had been out here some years. At that time he was both postmaster and coroner, and he said that his old friends were so impressed with the importance of his advancement in the political scale that they all wanted to come West and get to be postmasters and coroners. Father Richter was probably one of the oldest members of the order of Oddfellows in Illinois, or even in the Union. He joined the order in Philadelphia in August, 1829, becoming a member of Lodge No. 4. He was one of the early founders of the order in this State. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Father Richter was blessed with excellent health till the last few months of his life. He was buried this morning at DeWitt, the Oddfellows and Masonic lodges of this city taking part in the funeral services.


June 30, 1882
Clinton Register

Another of our old settlers has passed away. John M. RICHTER died at his home in the village of DeWitt on Tuesday, June 27, 1882, at 11 o'clock P.M., in his 86th year. Deceased was a native of Leipsic, Germany, and was born August 10, 1796. He emigrated to the United States when a young man and settled in Pennsylvania, where he soon became identified with Odd Fellowship as a charter member of Lodge No. 2 of that state, when the order was in its infancy. At the time of his death he was probably the oldest Patriarch in the United States. He was also a Mason of long standing. He moved to Springfield, Illinois, and from thence to the village of DeWitt in 1840, where he has resided ever since. His life has been one of great activity and usefulness in the community, having been engaged for years in the mercantile business at this place. He had never been sick until last September, when old Father Time appeared to assert his claims, and Grandpa Richter surrendered only after a long struggle at a ripe old age. He leaves two sons and a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The funeral will be conducted today by the Odd Fellows, Rev. W. A. McKenney preaching the funeral sermon, when the remains will be laid to rest in DeWitt cemetery.

Note: There is a longer obituary printed on July 7, 1882. It can be typed upon request.

Mrs. John M. RICHTER 

May 2, 1879
Clinton Public


At the ripe age of seventy-seven years, two months and nineteen days, Mrs. Ann RICHTER, wife of J. M. RICHTER, of DeWitt, on last Tuesday passed from time to eternity.  For several months she was afflicted with poor health, but it was not till last Sunday that she was confined to her bed.  In two short days from that time her lamp of life went out.   Mother Richter was born in New Jersey, and fifty-five years ago was married to Father Richter in Philadelphia.  In 1840 they came to this county and settled in DeWitt, where Father Richter engaged in business.  They built their first home on a lot on the north side of the square and have lived on the same place for nearly forty years.  Mrs. Richter was the mother of two children, both of whom are living.  Father Richter is now in his eighty-fourth year.  They were, we believe, the oldest married couple in this county.   Both of them were connected with the Universalist church in their younger days and held fast to that faith through all these years.  Mother Richter was well beloved by her neighbors, for her many acts of kindness to others in sorrow and suffering made her dear to the hearts of all.  The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Detherage, and yesterday her mortal remains were laid to rest in DeWitt cemetery.

Fred RIESCH, Sr. 

July 31, 1905
Decatur Daily Review

Clinton, Ills., July 31.— Fred RIESCH, SR., father of Fred RIESCH, JR., of this city, died at his home in this city at 4 o'clock Saturday morning after a sickness of five weeks. His trouble was uraemic poisoning. Mr. Riesch was 65 years old and was a native of Hamburg, Germany. He went to Bloomington thirty-two years ago from the old country and had lived there ever since. The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

RIGDON (child) 

March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. WASHBURN received a telegram last week, announcing the death of her nine-year-old grandson. He is a son of W. H. RIGDON, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, formerly of Clinton.

Mrs. Charles B. RIGGS 

April 6, 1927, Wednesday
Dectur Review
Decatur, Illinois

Services for Clinton Woman.
Mrs. Ella Riggs Buried Tuesday.

The remains of Mrs. Ella RIGGS who passed away in the Brokaw hospital in Bloomington, Sunday, were brought to Clinton Tuesday afternoon and laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery.   Deceased was born in Clinton in 1861, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. SACKETT, natives of this county.  Her first marriage was to William FUNK of Clinton, who passed away in 1904.  One son, Lloyd, was born to his union.  The child was killed in a sand bank south of this city at the age of six years.  In 1921 the deceased was married to C. B. RIGGS, who survives.  She is also survived by one brother, Dr. E. W. Sackett, of Springfield, O., and three nieces, Mrs. W. A. Golze, Mrs. Sadie Frederickson, of Clinton, and Mrs. I. E. Day, of Los Angeles, Cal.  During her girlhood days here Mrs. Riggs was prominent in the First Methodist church work and for several years was organist there.

Lewis Clark RIGGS 

April 14, 1927
Farmer City Journal


Clark Riggs Dies Tuesday Morning.
Well Known Retired Farmer Of this City Buried Thursday—

Clark RIGGS, a well known retired farmer of this city, died at the Brokaw hospital in Normal early Tuesday morning following an illness of some time. Mr. Riggs was the son of William and Drusilla RIGGS and was born four miles south of Farmer City in Piatt County, Oct. 1, 1856. He died April 12, 1927, aged 70 years, 6 months and 9 days. He married Sarah MANSFIELD of this city March 3, 1885. To this union were born two children. One son, Otto, died in infancy. Horatio RIGGS of this city survives, with Mrs. RIGGS, to mourn his loss. Two brothers, W. A. and Z. P., of this city and three sisters, Mrs. Jacob OVERMEYER of Fisher, Mrs. Ed SHELL of Champaign, and Mrs. Albert ROTH, Farmer City, also survive.

Mr. Riggs was a farmer of this community for some time, and since retiring from active farm life, had lived on North Plum street for several years. He was a member of the Woodmen and of the Methodist church and was a well known and respected citizen of this community.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock from the Methodist church with Rev. J. E. EVANS in charge. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Perry Benjamin RIGGS 

June 1924
Paper Unknown

P. B. Riggs Laid To Rest. Comrades of Legion and Fraternal Brothers Officiate—

Full military honors by Joe Williams post American Legion were paid to Perry B. RIGGS, World war veteran, in his funeral, held Saturday afternoon in the Methodist church, while members of the G.A.R. post, American Legion Auxiliary, the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias met at the home and formed the line which followed the casket to the church, the procession being headed by the local band. Honorary pall-bearers, drawn from the K. of P. lodge, L. G. HELLER, E. C. JACKSON, J. W. HAMMER, C.H. WILLIAMS, Errol MORTLAND and Roy WRIGHT. The active pall-bearers were members of the Legion post, as follows: Ernest TAGUE, Lott WALTON, Clarence SMITH, Roy SIMMS, Harrison HUNT and Rolland BAILY. The color-bearer and guard were Irving MORELAND, V. MARVIN and John CLIFFORD. A firing squad composed of the following gave the parting salute at the grave in Greenleaf cemetery: L. M. NYE, Lafayette COX, T. J. SWIGART, E.G. BEGGS, H. T. CLARNO, Belmont RUSSEL, Roy BEAVERS and Ed PLOUSSARD. The flowers were borne by Misses Nina WILLIAMS, Leila GUTHRIDGE, Ethel WALDEN and Grace BUNYARD.

Rev. C. H. YOUNG delivered the funeral course and was assisted in the service by Rev. J. Fred MELVIN of Weldon. The hymns were sung by Mrs. WILKES and Mrs. ALBRIGHT. The church was filled to its capacity by the friends who turned aside from their business and duties to pay the last tribute to one who had lived a good and useful life and had been called up higher at the early age of 32.

Relatives and friends in attendance included Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHELL and son Glen, Mr. and Mrs. QUAYLE, Mr. and Mrs Clyde JARVIS and Ransom HURLEY of Mahomet, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob OVERMEYER and Mr. and Mrs. Ed OVERMEYER of Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. MOORE, T. E. MOORE and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SHELL of Urbana, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur DAY of Decatur, Mrs. Charles HENNESSEY of St. Elmo, Mr. and Mrs. Frank RIGGS of Elliot and Ernest STOKES of Clinton.

Perry B. Riggs was born in this community on August 28, 1892, and the greater part of his life was spent in this city. After completing the second year of the high school course he withdrew and took employment, first as a grocery clerk, next as assistant in the local post office and finally as night clerk at the Big Four station. In his World War service he was stationed in a southern camp where, being experienced in such work, he was detailed to handle the mail of his regiment. Returning here at the conclusion of his service he resumed his railroad position.

He was a member of the Methodist church, secretary of Mt. Pleasant Lodge I.O.O.F. and chancellor commander of Kenilworth lodge K. of P. In his home life he was an exemplary son and brother and in his positions of employment and fraternal associations he was trustworthy, earnest and inspirational.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. RIGGS, and three sisters, Mrs. B. V. MELIZA, Mrs. Lloyd SEIVERS and Miss Frances, all of this city and community. A brother, Earl, died nine years ago. Perry's fatal illness was brief, though he had been ailing for a number of months. Less than a month before his demise he became too ill to leave his home and in a week was in such condition that treatment at a Springfield sanitarium was advised, but shortly after his entrance there the progress of his disease, which proved to be tuberculosis complicated with cerebro- meningitis, became so rapid that he was taken to a hospital, where he passed away on the evening of May 28.

Note: No name of newspaper indicated, probably Farmer City Journal.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg


June 15, 1883
Clinton Public

On last Saturday Mrs. Sarah McCORD, of this city, received a telegram from Mineral Wells, Texas, announcing the death of her son-in-law, Mr. S. R. RIGGS, who was a resident of that town.  Mr. Riggs was born in McLean county, and for years had lived at Saybrook.  On account of failing health he, some years ago, removed to Mineral Wells, Texas.  His body was brought home to Saybrook for interment, and Mrs. McCord and her granddaughter, Ida, attended the funeral on Wednesday.  It is more than likely that Mrs. RIGGS will return to this city and make her home with her mother.

Zachary RIGGS 

December 21, 1950
Farmer City Journal

Zachary Riggs Dies In Hospital—

Zachary RIGGS, 81, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington, where he had been a patient the past two weeks.  He was born on a farm southwest of Farmer City on July 15, 1869 to William Perry and Drusilla (VAN NOTE) RIGGS.  His marriage to Myrtle ROTH was solemnized in Farmer City on July 22, 1896 [should be Feb. 22, 1896].  She preceded him in death on May 28, 1950.  His entire life was spent in the Farmer City vicinity.  He was a member of the United Brethren church.  Survivors are four sons, Noval, Orval [should be Morton], Lloyd, all of this city, and Orvill of Carthage.   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this (Thursday) afternoon at Stensels' Funeral Home, with Rev. Fred HAROLD, pastor of the Christian church, in charge.  He will be assisted by Rev. Sam McKAY, Nazarene minister.  Burial will be in Greenleaf cemetery.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Mrs. Zachary RIGGS 

June 1, 1950
Farmer City Journal

Mrs. Myrtle Riggs Dies In Home After Prolonged Illness—

Mrs. Myrtle RIGGS, 71, died at 7 p.m. Saturday at the late home after a prolonged illness. She was born May 12, 1879 in this city to Mr. and Mrs. James ROTH and had spent her entire life here. She was married to Zack RIGGS here Feb. 22, 1896. She was a member of the Nazarene church. Survivors are her husband, four sons, Noval, Morton, Lloyd, all of this city and Orville of Carthage; also nine grandchildren. A son and two daughters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Nazarene church with Rev. Chester LINTON officiating. Burial was in the Greenleaf cemetery. Casket bearers were Ira COLLINS, Gerald COLLINS, Wm. WARD, Albion KUK, Rolland BAILEY and Max WALDEN. Flower bearers were Mrs. Earl SHAFFER, Mrs. Wm. WARD, Mrs. Bert KENDALL, Mrs. Ira COLLINS and Mrs. Lawrence FLINT.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Charles RISHER 

September 16, 1898
Clinton Register

Charles Risher of Bloomington Instantly Killed at Mason City.

Saturday night Charles RISHER, of Bloomington, formerly of this city, was instantly killed at Mason City on the C. & A. railroad.  He was head end brakeman on the train and it is not known just how the accident occurred.  It is supposed however, that he was stepping across from the tender to the first freight car when the train gave a sudden jerk, throwing him between the tender and the car and fell to the ground between the rails.  The cars passed diagonally across his face and head, mangling the body in a horrible manner.

The remains were taken to his late home in Bloomington Sunday.  Relatives and friends, here, were notified of the sad ending of Mr. Risher and that the remains would be sent here Monday morning for burial, and taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. John GOENS, in the south part of the city.

The funeral took place at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon conducted by Dr. W. A. Hunter, from the residence of Mrs. Goens.  The interment was at Woodlawn.

He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his untimely death.  Deceased has two sisters living, Mrs. John Goens, of this city, and Mrs. Laura JONES, near Maroa, and one brother, Lon RISHER, of this city.  Prior to the deceased engaging on the C. & A., he worked for the Central, making his home here.  About a year ago he engaged with the above road and moved his family to Bloomington last November.  The family will again move to this city.

Frederick RISHER 

December 15, 1893
Clinton Public

Died, December 14, Freddie A., son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. RISHER, aged one year, ten months and twenty-two days.  Funeral services at the residence, on Mary Street, Saturday, at two o'clock.  Interment at Woodlawn.


August 25, 1893
Clinton Public

John RISHER, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, died at the residence of his son in this city, last Wednesday.  He was born in Canton, Ohio, October 11, 1818, and came to Illinois fifty-one years ago, and he lived in Clinton twenty-nine years last June.  He married Miss Abigail HICKS June 13, 1844, and thirteen children were born to them, of whom three sons and two daughters are living.  Mrs. Risher died nearly eighteen months ago.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. B. Pickerell.

Mrs. John RISHER 

March 1892
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Abigail RISHER, who had been sick for a long time, reached the end of life’s journey last Sunday, and on Tuesday afternoon the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. A. HUNTER at the home of Mr. Daniel RISHER, the son of the deceased.  Mrs. RISHER was born in Vigo County, Indiana, February 17, 1826, and on June 13, 1844, was united in marriage to John RISHER.  Eight children blessed their home, of whom three sons and two daughters, with the aged father, are left to mourn the loss of mother and wife. Mrs. RISHER joined the United Brethren Church when she was fifteen years old and lived a consistent Christian. She was sixty-six years, one month and three days old.

Submitted by Debbie Champion


March 25, 1892
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Abigail Risher.

Mrs. Abigail RISHER died at the home of her son Daniel in the south part of this city, last Sunday, aged 66 years, 1 month and 3 days.  The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the residence conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter.  Miss Abigail HICKS was born in Vigo county, Ind., Feb. 17, 1826.  She was married to John RISHER June 13, 1844, who survives her.  As a result of this union thirteen children were born, of whom eight preceded her to the grave.  Three sons and two daughters are yet living.  She had been a resident of Clinton for almost 28 years.  When but 15 years old she united with the United Brethren church in Ind., and retained her membership till death.  Her last illness was of long duration, and since March 13 failed very fast.

Charles B. ROACH 

December 24, 1880
Clinton Public

Mr. C. B. ROACH, agent at Midland City for the Wabash road, died last Sunday evening of typhoid fever.  Mr. Roach was married about one month ago to a young lady in Leroy.  The young bride has the sympathy of her entire circle of friends in her bereavement.
December 24, 1880
Clinton Public

Mr. Charles ROACH died on the 19th inst., of typhoid fever.  Mr. Roach came here about the first of September and took charge of the W. St. L. & P. R. R., and the week of Thanksgiving he obtained leave of absence and went to Leroy.  He was married at that place, and returned home about the first week in December.  He was taken down sick before he could get his furniture placed in his house, and was never able to be up any more.  For the short time Mr. Roach was here he has made many friends who sympathize with his young wife and other friends.  His remains were taken from here to Kenney and thence to Leroy for interment.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ROACH, CHARLES B.     EDWARDS, MYRA F.      11-25-1880     MC LEAN

Charles E. ROBB 

July 15, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Charles E. Robb, Aged 60, Life Long Resident Here, Dies Sunday at Home After Long Illness.

About 9:30 o'clock Sunday evening July 14, 1918, at his late home at 602 North Madison street, Clinton, Ill., occurred the death of Charles E. ROBB, a resident of Clinton for 35 years.

Charles E. Robb, who was a son of the late E. H. and Clarissa B. ROBB, was born near Waynesville, Ill., Sept. 14, 1850.  His boyhood was spent on the farm and on Dec. 15, 1881, he moved to Clinton and entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad company where he remained for many years.  For several years he was official crop reporter for DeWitt county.

For many years preceding his death Mr. Robb has been a sufferer from a complication of diseases which has forced him to lead a retired life, but through it all he has been most patient, scarcely ever muttering a word of complaint, but looking forward to release from pain in that country where there is no suffering.

He had long been a member of the Presbyterian church, of Clinton, also being one of its trustees and a member of the official board of the church.

Mr. Robb leaves surviving him, his wife, Mrs. Harriet D. ROBB, and one daughter, Helen M., a teacher in the Clinton public schools.  One daughter, Irene, died at the age of five years.  He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: P. L. ROBB, of Clinton; P. R. ROBB, of Lamar, Mo.; S. P. ROBB, of Elsinore, Cal.; Mrs. Ida M. BROWN and Mrs. Luella T. BRITTIN, of Waynesville.

Mr. Robb’s cheery face and kindly disposition will be greatly missed by all his relatives and friends, of whom there is a great number.

The funeral will be held at the Presbyterian church at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon July 17, Dr. C. Harmon Johnson, pastor of the church, officiating.  Interment in the family lot in Woodlawn cemetery.

Eli Hugh ROBB 

March 4, 1904
Clinton Register

Another of DeWitt County's Aged Pilgrims Has Crossed Over to the Other Shore.

E. H. ROBB died Sunday evening a short time before 7 o'clock, at his home on North Madison street, aged 78 years, 7 months and 1 day, being confined to his bed only a few days.

Eli Hugh Robb was born July 27, 1825, in Tennessee. When he was four years old his father, John ROBB, with his wife and children moved to this county, locating near Waynesville in the spring of 1829, the journey being made with oxen. He worked on his father’s farm until his marriage.

Deceased was married to Miss Clarissa LANTERMAN in 1848, who survives him. Of the eight children born to them all except one are living. Those living are James, Peter, Perry, Mrs. C. BRITTIN and Mrs. Henry TEAL, in or near Waynesville; Samuel, of Lexington, Neb., and Charles, of Clinton. Three brothers also survive him: John, of Kansas; George and Joseph, near Waynesville.

Until he moved to Clinton in 1893, his life had been active. When about 25 years old he bought 160 acres near the home of his parents and soon made it his home where he lived until retiring from farming. By industry and economy he was able to spend the closing years of a busy life in ease. He united with the Presbyterian church in Waynesville, and his membership was transferred to the Elm Grove church in Barnett township, but was never a member of the Clinton church. He was a Republican until the organization of the Prohibition party of which he had been an enthusiastic supporter.

Funeral services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. Canady, Tuesday, at 2 o'clock, and the burial was in Union cemetery near Waynesville Wednesday.

Mrs. Eli Hugh ROBB 

June 24, 1904
Clinton Register

Christian Mother Dead
Another of DeWitt County Pioneers Passed Away Suddenly

Tuesday, Mrs. Clarissa ROBB, of Clinton, was about her home, being in her usual health. That evening she was taken suddenly sick and rapidly grew worse until about 5 am Wednesday morning when death came to her.

Clarissa Benjamine LANTERMAN was born at Spring Creek, eight miles west of Springfield, IL., April 14, 1827 and lived 77 years, 8 months, and 8 days.  March 23, 1848 she was married to Eli Hugh ROBB, of Waynesville, and they moved to a farm in Barnett township, where they lived until 1893, when they moved to Clinton. Nearly four months ago her husband preceded her in death. In early life she united with the Presbyterian church, and had since been a faithful worker in her Master's cause, she transferred her membership from Spring Creek to Waynesville, then to Elm Grove which had been her church home since May 23, 1872. She was one of the good Christian mothers, who make the world seem brighter by their kindness and earnest desire to make all lives happier. She was always cheerful and did what she could to make others cheerful. Her favorite quotation was the following words from Longfellow: " Life is real, life is earnest, and the grave is not it's goal," and was in keeping with her belief in the truth of those words.

The children who survive her are: Charles of Clinton; Peter of Midland City; Henry, Perry, IL.; Mrs. Ida TEAL, and Mrs. Lou BRITTIN, all of Waynesville; Samuel of Lexington, Neb.  Also the following brothers and sisters: Henry LANTERMAN, Godfrey, IL.; Daniel, Broken Bow, Neb.; John Aurora, IL.; Benjamin, Jefferson, MO.; Mrs. Amanda CAMPBELL, Norwood, IL.; Mrs. Harriet ROBB, Waynesville, IL.; Mrs. Sophia IRWIN, Springfield, IL.  Funeral service today at 3 p.m. in Waynesville, conducted by Rev. BLACK.  Burial in Union Cemetery near Waynesville.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. George ROBB 

January 5, 1906
Clinton Register


Mrs. Geo. ROBB died yesterday at her home one mile east of Waynesville, aged 73. She had been in poor health many years with a complication of diseases. She had lived near Waynesville all her life and was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Ann Eliza, wife of B. FINFROCK, and Miss Etta.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Saturday, conducted by Rev. W. H. SMITH.  Burial in Union cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Irene ROBB 

March 12, 1897
Clinton Register

Irene, aged 5 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROBB, of this city died Tuesday.  Funeral was held from the residence Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Hunter.


March 19, 1897
Clinton Register

Card of Thanks.

During the protracted sickness and at the funeral of our little daughter, Irene, who died March 9, our neighbors and friends were so very thoughtful and kind that we wish to give public expression of our gratitude, making special mention of the Modern Woodmen and Mrs. N. J. STRAIN.  Such kindly ministrations are greatly appreciated and help us bear our sore affliction.     Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. ROBB.

Joseph ROBB 

April 11, 1913
Clinton Register


Joseph ROBB, one of the oldest residents of Waynesville died last Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna FINFROCK. He had been in his usual health of late and his death came rather suddenly. Mr. Robb was born on the very place where he died, on May 7, 1830. He was married on July 11, 1853, to Miss Rhoda Ann BAKER, who died seven years ago. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Finfrock and Mrs. Chas. MORSE, of Clinton. There are six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. One brother, Jno. ROBB, of Waynesville, also survives. Mr. Robb engaged in farming for many years and was very successful. He had done no active work for several years. He was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Peter L. ROBB 

September 10, 1915
Clinton Register

Clinton Woman Passes Away at Her Home After Being in Failing Health Several Years.

Another of the Christian mothers has joined friends on the other shore and the community sorrows with the bereaved family. Monday night at her home in the northwest part of the city, Mrs. Isadore ROBB ended life's journey. She had been afflicted about five years and for several months had failed more rapidly, partly on account of the care of her son Thomas, who died two weeks before, being almost helpless for a year or more. His death lessened her care, but his absence was a sad blow to her in her weakened condition, and hastened her death; for several days it was realized the end must soon come.

Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John BRADLEY, and was born at Mechanicsburg, O., May 16, 1855, and her parents came to DeWitt county in the fall of 1856, locating on a farm near Waynesville. She was married to Peter L. ROBB Dec. 14, 1873. They made their home on a farm in Barnett township until the fall of 1905 when they bought property in Clinton and have since occupied it.

To them were born three children, one of whom, Geo. L. ROBB, of Clinton, survives. A daughter died in infancy and Thomas, who died two weeks before his mother. Her husband and two brothers, Thos. E. BRADLEY, an attorney of Chicago, and Geo. N. BRADLEY, superintendent of the Amboy schools, survive her.

Funeral services were held in the home at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Peter McEwen of the Presbyterian church. Interment in Woodlawn.

Thomas B. ROBB 

August 27, 1915
Clinton Register

Thomas B. Robb Passes Away at the John Warner Hospital at Ten O'clock Saturday.

Thos. ROBB, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. L. ROBB, after suffering with a complication of troubles for the past six years, died at the Warner hospital where he had submitted to a surgical operation for an abscess on his thigh, Saturday morning at ten o'clock. The operation was performed three days preceding his death.

Thomas B. Robb, son of P. L. and Dora Robb, was born southeast of Waynesville September 13, 1889, and had lived with his parents all his life, coming with them to Clinton in 1905. He attended the grade schools of the city and completed the second year of the high school. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and an active worker as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the Clinton band, playing the slide trombone, and until the Tuesday evening preceding his death had not missed a concert. His illness began in February, 1909, when he went through a severe siege of measles, followed by an attack of pleura pneumonia. The latter disease left an abscess which was afterwards lanced and the young man appeared to have regained much of his former health. His strength, however, never completely returned and after effects of the pneumonia continued to trouble him during the remainder of his life. Deceased was respected by all and had many friends among the young people of Clinton. He is survived by his parents and one brother, Geo. L. ROBB.

Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2:30 Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. Peter McEwen. Burial in Woodlawn.

Note: He was the grandson of Eli Hugh and Clarissa (Lanterman) Robb.


September 16, 1869
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Citizen.

On Sunday last we were pained and surprised to hear of the death of Judge Daniel ROBBINS, one of our oldest citizens. During his life he has occupied offices of trust in this county, having served as County Judge and Justice of the Peace. His remains were interred Monday afternoon.

Dardanelle F. ROBBINS 

December 18, 1896
Clinton Public

C. L. ROBBINS was notified that his father, D. F. ROBBINS, was found dead Monday morning at his home in DeWitt.  He had been an invalid for 35 years, ailing principally with rheumatism.  He was 74 years old on September 21, 1896, and was a resident of this county for sixty-one years.  He was born in Kentucky.  He leaves a wife and several children grown to maturity.

Note: C. L. Robbins' first name was Cordileras and D. F. Robbins' first name was Dardanelle.


December 18, 1896, Friday
Clinton Register

An Old Resident of DeWitt Goes Peacefully to His Rest.

About 5 o'clock Monday morning D. F. ROBBINS, of DeWitt, was found dead in his bed, having, it is thought, been dead an hour.  He had been an invalid from rheumatism thirty years and ten years ago received a fall that broke his hip and caused two ruptures.   From that time he had been unable to walk without crutches.

Funeral services were held at the C. P. church in DeWitt Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Forbes, of Lincoln.

D. F. Robbins was born in Kentucky Sept. 21, 1822.  When 13 years old, his parents moved to Illinois, settling in this county, where he had since lived.  April 13, 1840, he married Miss Elizabeth Hutchinson, who with the nine children born to them survive him.   They are C. L. Robbins, of Clinton; M. M. Robbins, of DeWitt; Mrs. J. F. Harrold, of Harp township; Mrs. Maude Cass, Sutherland, Ia.; Mrs. Lou Reynolds and Mrs. Emma Buchell, Chicago; Mrs. Mattie LeFober, Superior, Neb.; Mrs. Chas. Nagely and Mrs. Della O'Neal, of Chicago.

Mrs. Frank K. ROBBINS 

January 27, 1882
Clinton Public

Sad news reached us Monday from F. K. ROBBINS in New Orleans that his wife died at 12 o’clock on that day in the Palace Hotel. Mr. Robbins, together with his daughter Edna and mother-in-law Mrs. J. H. RANDOLPH, left here one week ago with his wife to seek a more congenial climate for her health, expecting to reach the salubrious climate in some part of Texas. But alas! The ravages of disease had preyed too hard and strong, and as she remarked, she had to give up before she could reach the desired place. Preparations were immediately made for a speedy return and on Wednesday at 2 o’clock p.m. a large number of sorrowing friends met the deceased at the depot. The remains were taken to the residence of J. H. RANDOLPH on Wednesday, and the funeral service was conducted by Rev. O. B. THAYER, of Clinton. Music by the usual singers of Kenney. The remains were interred at the Randolph cemetery. Mrs. ROBBINS was an estimable lady, a good neighbor, a loving wife, and a fond mother. Although she clung to life, and had a great desire to live, she gave up resignedly and her last words were “I am going home.” Mr. Robbins and family have the sincere sympathy of all who knew her worth and their loss. To the deceased, death was only the entering into a better life where peace, joy and rest are eternal. May her grand virtues be as a beacon light to all and an incentive to see her again.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ROBBINS, FRANK     RANDOLPH, LURA J.      12/28/1876    DE WITT


January 23, 1880
Clinton Public


Nellie ROBBINS, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick ROBBINS, died January 17th, at 1:30 A.M.  She was suffering with a severe cold, and seemed to have the colic during the evening.  The mother gave her some medicine for the colic, but the medicine did not quiet the babe; and later in the evening Mr. Robbins gave her some more.  During the night the baby grew worse, and at one in the morning Mrs. Robbins noticed that it was acting strange, and called Dick to go for the doctor.   Before Dr. Kirby could get there, the baby was dead.  It was first thought that death was caused by an overdose of paregoric.  But, on inquiry, it was found that the two doses were too small to cause death, and that death was caused from congestion of the lungs, or some heart disease.  The child was buried at DeWitt Station.  Mr. and Mrs. Robbins have the heartfelt sympathy of all their friends.


July 15, 1910
Clinton Register

Death at DeWitt.

W. O. ROBBINS died Wednesday morning at his home in DeWitt the result of paralytic strokes about a month ago, and last week he was 33 years old.

Deceased was in the barber business in DeWitt.  He leaves a widow and two children, also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. M. ROBBINS, of Dewitt, and one sister, Miss Mabel ROBBINS, of Dewitt.

He was a member of the Methodist church of DeWitt and a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Weldon.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, Rev. Weaver officiating.  The burial was conducted by the Weldon Knights of Pythias lodge, in DeWitt cemetery.


January 25, 1907
Clinton Register

Wilma A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. ROBBINS of Dewitt died on Jan. 21, aged 6 months and 24 days.  Funeral services were held in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Murray.  Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Walter ROBEN 

June 7, 1901
Clinton Register


Was the Friend of Abraham Lincoln and Richard J. Oglesby and Other Noted Men.

What is grander, more beautiful as a work of God than the rounded symmetry of a perfect human life, in which there is the morn with its dews of joy, the noonday with its delicious rest and the prolonged evening with the roseate sunset like the hues of the dawn of the eternal day.

Such was the life of Walter ROBEN, of Creek township, which passed out at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. He was born at South Rygate, Caladonia county, Vermont, a little over 82 years ago, on Sept. 26th, 1818, where he grew up, secured a common school education and feeling the desire with thousands of others to come out to the great Virgin West, emigrated to Macon county in the latter part of the thirties. At Decatur, then a small place, he met and married Miss Elizabeth H. SMALLWOOD, whom he survived several years. To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Mary CONN, of Riverdale, Kan., who is the widowed head of a grown up family; and Mrs. G. B. ARMSTRONG, with whom and her husband he has lived and ended his days on the old Creek township farm two and a half miles west of Lane. He came to this farm when the sweeping prairies, with scarce an object to restrict the view, spread out on the one side, and the unkempt thickets and forests of Salt Creek stretched away fenceless in the other direction. He loved his scarce neighbors and reveled in lofty communion with wild nature. He was a student and taught school for a number of terms, holding the second school ever taught in Creek township. He was a great reader of religious and philosophic works; and was liberal in his religious views, having made quite a study of Thomas Paine's works, and leaned very strongly to the Universalist faith. He was in constant demand for a number of years, holding township offices until a younger generation relieved him of these charges and gave him what he always seemed to covet—a private life among his books at his country home. Few men ever lived, showing a more placid temper, a kinder heart, a more generous affinity of friendship or a wider circle of appreciative friends, some of the oldest of whom aver they never heard him use an unkind or harsh expression. Ever turning back the shafts of enmity with a more than charitable spirit and finding charitable excuses for the shortcomings of others.

In business he was careful, taught economy, but was not in the least avaricious. Ever ready to divide with the needy, and being rewarded with a competence that lifted him above want or exertion. In his early life he knew Lincoln well, having been thrown in his company both in Macon and DeWitt counties. A life-long friendship existed between him and Ex-Gov. Oglesby. Except asthma, which attacked him late in life, he was favored with health and strength until quite recently, when he became affected with vertigo and was accustomed to fall with these dizzy spells when he was at work, which he reluctantly ceased. A fall Tuesday caused the fracture of his hip, which produced a shock too great for his enfeebled frame and in a few hours the faithful life, slightly hurried, went out to meet the sunlight on the banks where stand the beautiful green trees.

Rev. T. A. CANADY, of this city, preached the funeral at the old home today, and a large procession accompanied the remains to the pretty shades of old Rose cemetery at Lane. The pallbearers were C. HOFF, I. C. THURBER, C. E. MOODY, W. R. DOAK, James ROBERTS, Carl SPAINHOUR.

Mrs. Emery C. ROBERTS 

August 18, 1905
Clinton Register

Wife of a Young Farmer Takes Strychnine While She is Melancholy—
Funeral Held Wednesday.

Fannie B. ROBERTS died at her home in Longpoint Tuesday evening at 6:30 o'clock from the effects of strychnine.  Mr. Roberts attention was attracted by the cries of his infant babe in the cradle and going into the house to assist in the care of the little one, found his wife lying on the floor face down.  He called to her and turned her body but life was extinct, only the muscles twitching.  Mr. Roberts called a physician, who found her dead.  Neighbors hearing Mr. Roberts’ cries hurried to his home to do all they could.  Relatives were notified and arrived in a short time, as all resided in the Prairie Center neighborhood.

Coroner Cyrus Jones of Clinton was notified and empanelled the jury, which returned a verdict of strychnine poisoning administered by her own hand while in a state of melancholy.  The sad tragedy sent a heavy pall over the vicinity in which the deceased had lived; for when well, she was of an extraordinarily cheerful disposition, always having a cheerful word for all whom she knew.

Fannie B. COX was born in Liberty, Casey county, Ky., May 16, 1879, being 26 years, 3 months old.  She was converted and united with the Long Point M. E. church when 16 years of age; later moving her membership to the Long Point Christian church.  She lived a true Christian life.  She was united in marriage to Emery ROBERTS at the Long Point M. E. church, Feb. 24, 1901.  To this union 3 children were born, two boys, 1 girl, Clifford aged 4 years, Berzie 2 years and Herman 3 months.  Besides the grief stricken husband and little motherless children, Mrs. Roberts leaves her parents and three sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. COX; Miss Blanche, at home; Mrs. Melvin TUGGLE and Mrs. Nannie FENNER, who reside in Prairie Center.  The funeral occurred from the Long Point Christian church Wednesday at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. P. Givens, of Heyworth, officiating.  There were many flowers which bespoke of the esteem in which the deceased was held.  The pall bearers were B. E. Herrington, Ed and Bert Summers, O. D. Short, C. S. Scoggin, L. A. Williams.  Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.  Mr. Roberts and relatives of the deceased have the deepest sympathy of his friends.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ROBERTSON, EMERY     COX, FANNY B.      1901-02-24     DE WITT
[should be ROBERTS]


March 6, 1891
Clinton Public

Death of a Former Resident of DeWitt.

Mrs. Kate ROBERTS, aged fifty years and eleven months, died at her home in Hunt City, Jasper county, Illinois, on last Friday, February 27. She had been an invalid for two years or more from a cancerous tumor in the bowels. About one year ago surgeons removed the tumor which gave her temporary relief. But the cancer still remained and the tumor took root again. Mrs. Roberts was a native of Ohio, but in her youth came to this county, and lived in DeWitt township. She was a sister of Mr. J. B. BOSSERMAN, of this city. Thirty-four years ago she was united in marriage to J. T. ROBERTS, who lived in Tazewell county, and was the mother of twelve children, ten of whom are living. She was buried in the cemetery at Hunt City last Sunday. Mr. Bosserman attended the funeral.

Thomas T. ROBERTS 

Friday, January 15, 1904
Decatur Review

T. T. Roberts.

Elliott, Ills., Jan. 15.—Thomas T. ROBERTS died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. GERMER, where he had made his home for the last twelve years.  Mr. Roberts was born in Mamouth county, N. J., in 1813.  From New Jersey he came with his wife to Illinois in the year 1857, and settled near Clinton, in DeWitt county, where he lived for twenty-five years. From there he went back to New York, where his wife died eight years later. Again he turned his face westward and came here to make his home with his daughter as stated above.  Mr. Roberts was a carpenter by trade.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Thomas T. ROBERTS 

March 22, 1889
Clinton Register

The following is clipped from the Matawan (New Jersey) Journal, March 9.  Mrs. ROBERTS was a resident of this county (DeWitt County, Illinois) for a number of years. The family moved to New Jersey about eight years ago. “Mrs. Sarah A. ROBERTS, wife of Mr. Thomas T. ROBERTS, died at her home on Jackson street at 10:30 o'clock on Sunday morning, aged 70 years. While she has been in failing health for some time, her fatal sickness was of less than four days’ duration, and even then she sat up a part of each day, and her decease was the result of positive physical exhaustion. Her maiden name was TUCKER, and she was married to Mr. Roberts thirty-three years ago, removing with him a few months after to Illinois and afterward to Ohio. Eight years ago the family came to Long Branch, where they lived two years, and then removed to near Matawan and two years after came to our town.

“The funeral services were held on Wednesday morning, at 10:30 o'clock, at the house, where a brief service was conducted by Rev. F. A. Slater; then the relatives, with the remains, proceeded to the Tennent Church, where the funeral services were held, the discourse being delivered by Rev. Mr. Hallock, pastor of the church, and the body was then interred in the cemetery adjoining the church.  Mrs. Roberts was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in New York, but feeble health has confined her at home since her residence here.  She leaves a husband and one daughter.”


February 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. ROBERTSHAW, of Heyworth, the mother of Mrs. J. A. COOK, died suddenly last Wednesday.


August 29, 1884
Clinton Public

Ruth L. ROBERTSON was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, October 28th, 1865, and died at the residence of her mother, five miles south-west of Weldon, August 24th, 1884, aged 18 years, 9 months, and 26 days. Her disease was pulmonary consumption, and for several months she has been gradually failing. A few days since, she became satisfied that she could not long survive and began the work of preparation for her departure. She carefully and thoughtfully arranged for the disposition of her property and then sent for her pastor, Rev. A. H. WIDNEY, who directed her to the Savior and administered the ordinance of baptism with her hearty consent. She then asked him to sing a song, and while he sang, "The Home of the Soul," she seemed to drink in the precious hopes contained therein. Next morning she again requested singing with organ accompaniment, and one song after another was played and sang. Her last days were spent in perfect consciousness and peace, and she has left to her friends the comforting assurance that she has safely entered the city of her God. She leaves a very large circle of brothers and sisters among whom are Messrs. Wm. and John COSTLEY, John P. ROBERTSON, Charles EVANS, Mrs. Washington MYERS and Mrs. LILLY. Every attention that these and other friends and neighbors could bestow was lavished upon her, and her illness was made as easy as love and sympathy could make it. Her funeral was said to be one of the largest ever attended in Nixon township. At her request Pastor Widney conducted the service in the M. E. Church, after which she was laid to rest in the new cemetery at Weldon.

Delmar Enos ROBINSON 

February 22, 1884
Clinton Public

Death invaded the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. ROBINSON, on Wednesday, and took from them a beloved child. Delmar Enos was in his fifth year, and he was a bright, interesting little fellow.  He was sick only about thirty-six hours, his disease being scarlet fever. Yesterday afternoon the boy was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have the sympathy of friends in their grief.


April 13, 1895
Bulletin Sentinel

Mrs. Jane ROBINSON died at her home in Clinton at 8 p.m., on Tuesday April 9, after a long illness. The remains will be brought to Decatur Thursday morning, at 9:40 and the funeral will be held from Salem church southwest of Decatur, at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. BANKSON, of Blue Mound, and interment at Salem cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


July 28, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Jane Robinson.

Jane STOOPS was born in Ohio, January 25, 1825, and was married to J. J. ROBINSON January 12, 1847. She removed with her family to Clinton in 1854, and died July 23, 1882. She was nurtured in the faith of Christ and made a definite profession of religion by uniting with the Associate Reformed Church about 1850. She was the mother of seven children—one of whom, a boy, died in infancy; the others, Mrs. UPSHAW, of Mackinaw, Ill., Mrs. GLEADELL and Mrs. ROHM, in Clinton, and Emma, Minnie and James are still at home. All of them were present at the funeral. In December last Mrs. Robinson was ill of a fever which attacked her lungs and left surely planted consumption, which issued in her death. A great sufferer she was during these months, but never repining—thoughtful to the very last for her family rather than for herself. When she came to Clinton she united with the Presbyterian Church. In 1872, upon removing to Gibson, in this State, she transferred thither her church membership, and in 1877, when she returned to Clinton she left it there, anticipating a possible return.

When at last she realized that she must die, she called her family and gave to each one present a word of loving, wise counsel, to be cherished in the heart forever and from time to time as she looked out into the future, said: “All is well.” On Sunday morning, at half-past ten o’clock, while the congregations were assembling to worship here, she joined the innumerable company that is without fault before the throne of God. She was a true woman in all her relations, self-sacrificing, prudent and godly and leaves the record of a life worthy of imitation. May the sweet spirit that inspired her to be true and good and strong, descend upon every member of her family. A very large concourse of sympathizing citizens attended the funeral on Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Willard ROBINSON 

September 30, 1892
Clinton Public

Richard Willard Robinson.

At the age of sixty-four years, R. W. ROBINSON departed this life last Friday afternoon. He had been ailing some months with consumption, but neither did he nor his friends realize that death was near. On Friday morning he was up and around the house and sent for a lawyer to make his will, thinking it best to be prepared for emergencies. After acknowledging the will he asked the attorney if that act would tie up his property when he got better. In less than four hours afterward he was a corpse.

R. W. Robinson was born in Wyoming County, New York, July 28, 1828. He came to Clinton in 1863, and lived here for nearly thirty years. November 26, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie RAWLINGS, at her home in McLean, Ill., and at once began housekeeping in Clinton. One daughter, Cora, was born to them and now remains as a comfort to her mother. Mr. Robinson was engaged in the insurance business and made some money at it.

The funeral services were held at his home last Sunday afternoon, and were conducted by the Rev. W. A. HUNTER. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Elva F. ROBISON 

October 7, 1910
Clinton Register

Died at Three Score Years.

Mrs. Elvira F. ROBINSON [Mrs. Elva F. ROBISON] died at her home in Tunbridge township Saturday morning after an illness of two years.  Mrs. Robinson [Robison] was born in Butler county, Ohio, July 17, 1840, and came to this county 40 years ago, residing for most of the time since in Tunbridge township.  Her husband Theodore ROBINSON [ROBISON] died two years ago.  Seven children, as follows, survive: Mrs. Rosa O'CONNER of Ronsford, W. Va.; Mrs. Perry MORLAND and Mrs. James CHANCE, of Clinton; Clarence, Auston, Frank and Miss Alice, at home.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The services were conducted at the house by Rev. William Sarvers of Tunbridge, and the burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Mary ROBY 

February 28, 1890
Clinton Public

Died on February 9th, Mrs. Mary ROBY, wife of Patrick ROBY, aged sixty-nine years. Mrs. Roby was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom survive her. Mother Roby was a devout Christian, an indulgent mother, and a kind neighbor. During her long and painful illness her hope in a bright and endless future never wavered, and when the angel whispered to her “enough, come up higher,” peacefully she passed to that “bourne from whence no traveler returns.” The Rev. A. McCONKEY preached the funeral discourse, after which she was laid to rest in the DeWitt cemetery. Her aged husband and bereaved children have the sympathy of the community.
February 28, 1890
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Roby.

Mrs. Mary J. ROBY, wife of Mr. Patrick ROBY, died at her home near DeWitt, on the night of the 9th of February, after a long and painful illness. Her death was caused by sciatica and neuralgia. Mrs. Roby was born in Ross county, Ohio, on the 1st of January, 1821, and was at the time of her death sixty-nine years, one month and nine days old. She was united in marriage to Patrick Roby on the 22d of October, 1837, in Pickaway county, Ohio, where they lived till 1864, when they came to this county and settled on a farm near the village of DeWitt. Their union was blessed with eleven children, eight girls and three boys, of whom two girls and one boy preceded her to the better world. Mrs. Roby had thirty-two grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. In the year 1837 she united with the M. E. Church and she lived the life of a devoted Christian. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn the death of an affectionate wife and mother.


January 19, 1893
Decatur Daily Review

Peter ROEBUCK, the mail carrier at Clinton, died suddenly Tuesday, while sitting at the depot waiting for the mail to arrive. He was an old soldier, a member of the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois. The funeral will be held at 2 this afternoon at Clinton.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd
January 20, 1893
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

Peter ROEBUCK dropped dead in the baggage room at the Illinois Central station in this city, last Tuesday afternoon. For this week he was engaged by the regular mail carrier to attend the afternoon trains, and at four o’clock Peter left the post-office in as apparent good health as ever with the mail pouches. Arriving at the station he stepped into the baggage-room to await the arrival of the trains, when without a sign or a word he fell to the floor dead. For a few minutes his pulse flickered but the death stare was in his eyes. Some men in the room went to his assistance as soon as he fell, but they could find no sign of life except the spasmodic flickering of his pulse. Coroner Jones was sent for and an inquest was held. The body was then taken to his home. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. S. H. WHITLOCK. The Grand Army of the Republic, of which the deceased was a member, escorted the remains of their comrade to their last resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Peter Roebuck was a native of Adams County, Ohio, born on the 24th of April 1829, and was in his sixty-fourth year. He was a farmer in this county when the war broke out, when he enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois. Peter was a faithful soldier and manfully did his duty. When his regiment was mustered out of service he came home broken in health from the disease which made invalids of thousands upon thousands of the men who suffered all the hardships of camp life, and for this he was in the receipt of a small pension.

That Peter Roebuck had force of character it is only necessary to say that till four years ago he had been in the habit of using intoxicating liquors, and some times to excess. An old comrade who had served in the same regiment and who at one time drank deep of the intoxicating cup himself, went to Peter and said to him, “Peter, some of your old friends think that your example of drinking is having a bad effect on your son. Hadn’t you better quit it and show him a better example?” This was presenting the whisky business in a new light to Peter, and after giving the matter a few days thought he told his comrade that forever after no liquor should ever enter his mouth. And Peter bravely lived up to his resolution, and he had the happiness of seeing that his good influence had changed his boy, and father and son both became total abstainers. What a blessing it would be if more fathers had the courage of Peter Roebuck.

A few Sundays ago Peter joined the Methodist Church, and was an earnest seeker after knowledge. He was a humble man in life, but he was a good soldier, a kind neighbor, and a patriot who voted as he shot. Peace to the memory of Private Peter Roebuck.

Alexander ROGERS 

July 15, 1881
Clinton Register

Death of an Old Citizen.

On Friday last, Alexander ROGERS, an old resident of this city, died after an illness of about six years, during which time he was comparatively helpless. For many years before his prostration he carried the mail to and from the depot, and he served so well in that capacity that he came to be regarded as a fixture. What little money he had saved while in the employ of the government rapidly disappeared during his illness, and the labor of supporting him devolved upon his faithful wife, and much praise is due the good old lady for the manner in which she did it. "Uncle Aleck" will be remembered by our citizens for many years, and his memory will always be associated with the regret that there are not more like he was.
July 15, 1881
Clinton Public

Alexander ROGERS was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, on the 10th day of January, 1809, and died on the 8th of July, 1881, at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 28 days. At the age of eight years he migrated with his parents to Delaware, Delaware county, Ohio, performing the entire journey on foot. Soon after their arrival there in 1817, his father died. Two years later he entered into an agreement with Mr. Frederick AVERY, of Delaware county, by which he agreed to serve him until he attained his majority, and although there were no papers drawn up, he faithfully performed his part of the contract, thus early in life establishing the principles of honesty which characterized his whole life.

He united with the First Presbyterian church of Delaware, Ohio, at the age of twenty years and has since led a life of devoted piety, never having been censured in the least particular. He was united in marriage August 30th, 1832, to Miss Abigail J. MEAD, with whom he lived nearly forty-nine years. They were both strictly religious and conscientiously so. The fruits of their married life were six children, four of whom still live.

He never had a lawsuit and I never saw him angry; he certainly never had a quarrel. He followed farming up to 1856, when he migrated with his family to Illinois, settling in Clinton on Christmas day of that year. He carried the U.S. mail for sixteen years, never missing but one mail (except in case of sickness) and then he could not get into the post-office to get it. He was a kind and loving husband, an indulgent father, a pure Christian and an honest man. He died in the triumph of a living faith. He has gone from our sight, but his memory will be ever green. Though he cannot return to us, we can go to him. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yea, saith the spirit, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

Mrs. Alexander ROGERS 

March 18, 1892
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Abigail Rogers.

Mrs. Abigail J. ROGERS was born in Chittenden county, Vt., Nov. 1, 1808. When very young she professed religion and united with the Congregational church. Aug. 30, 1832, she was married to Alexander ROGERS at Bennington [Township], Licking county, Ohio. They came to Clinton the winter of 1856-7 and April 22, 1857, they became members of the Presbyterian church of Clinton. She died March 12, 1892, being 83 years, 4 months, 12 days old.

She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Trustum HULL and Mrs. R. H. ROSS. Since the death of her husband she has lived devotedly to her children and her church. Though deprived of hearing she always went to church if possible. She looked upon death only as a release from toil, suffering and an entrance upon an endless career of happiness.

During the last forty years she read the scriptures through forty times, and during her last sickness she quoted many of the promises of God’s word, which comforted her in life. Her funeral sermon was preached by her pastor, Rev. W. A. Hunter, last Monday at 2 p.m. in the Presbyterian church, and the interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: Mrs. Rogers had a third daughter and also a son at the time of her death.

Mrs. John ROGERS 

January 22, 1904
Clinton Register


Mrs. Charlotte ROGERS died at her home in the southwest part of the city, aged nearly 54 years.  She was born in Ohio March 13, 1850, and her parents came to Illinois in 1853, and she had lived in Clinton about 24 years.  Her first marriage was to John HAYS, and two of her seven children are living; they are Mrs. Jessie LOVING and Miss Carrie HAYS.  She was married to John ROGERS in 1899.  Five brothers, Richard, Edward, William, Jacob and Samuel BOWMAN, all living in this county, survive her.  Funeral was held at the residence yesterday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Black.   Burial in Woodlawn.

Locklin M. ROGERS 

February 28, 1862
Central Transcript


The bodies of the DeWitt county volunteers who fell at Fort Donelson were brought home for interment and lay in state, yesterday, and were visited by hundreds of our citizens.  As we write, the mournful music of the muffled drums summons our people to attend their burial and thousands respond.  They will all be buried in one grave, adjoining the residence of G. W. Gideon, Esq.  The names of the fallen heroes are—

Locklin M. ROGERS
Samuel F. DAY
Spencer PAGE

Locklin served in Company C, 41st Regiment Illinois Volunteers.  He was killed at the battle of Fort Donelson and was brought home and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: He was the son of Robert P. and Philinda Rogers.

See news article regarding the funeral.

Robert P. ROGERS 

June 17, 1881
Clinton Register

Died, June 14, 1881, aged 66 years and 10 days, Mr. R. P. ROGERS. He was one of Clinton's oldest residents, having resided here about thirty years. After a long and useful life he died quietly, expressing the belief that he would soon be called to his master. He was one of the oldest members of the Methodist church and one of the most active. His illness was long and painful but he bore it with the fortitude that only a Christian can show. His remains were followed to their last resting place on Wednesday morning by a large number of relatives and friends.

Note: Full name found in the Woodlawn Cemetery book.

Mrs. Robert P. ROGERS 

June 29, 1894
Clinton Public

Philinda ROGERS, who had lived to see almost three generations of her race come and go, died at her late residence in this city at 11 o'clock, Tuesday morning. She was born in Ohio, July 23, 1819, and therefore was in her seventy-fifth year. She had lived in Clinton something over forty years, and her life and walk among the people were pure and upright. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church fifty years or more, during all of which time she maintained, undisturbed and unchanged, a faithful fidelity to her God and her church and has left three surviving children and friends the rich heritage of a spotless example. Her pastor, Rev. W. J. TULL, said at the funeral service, that she had often remarked that she had tried God as a great helper, and he had always been greater and better than she had expected. Thus living and trusting through a long term of years, at last she went out and upward setting in death toward the object of her most prevailing thought and her most inspiring hope—God and eternal things. She leaves three children, John D. ROGERS, of this city, Ben. A. and Wm. B. ROGERS, both of Iowa.


November 21, 1902
Clinton Register

Son of J. D. Rogers, of Clinton, Shot Himself While Sitting on the Porch at His Home.

One of the saddest deaths that has come to Clinton recently was the suicide of Roy ROGERS Monday about 2 o'clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. ROGERS, on North Madison street. He was a student in the third year of High School work, and was a promising student. Monday he went to his mother and asked for some money that he had given her for safe keeping, saying he was going to take a short trip. He then went to the store of I. N. Bailor and bought a 32-caliber revolver. J. A. Struble sold the weapon to him and put the usual questions as to what he intended to use the revolver for, and having him sign the form which specified that it was not for suicidal or homicidal purpose. A short time afterward the young man, while sitting on the back porch at home sent a bullet into his head, and was dead in a few moments. His mother heard the report of the revolver, but thought he was perhaps shooting at rats, and did not know of her son's death until Sam Vinson, who was along the street near [by], informed her.

Coroner Jones held an inquest two hours later, the jury being D. B. Stivers, J. H. Morse, O. B. Samuels, J. M. Williams, E. Samuels and Frank Hill. The inquest failed to bring out anything that might be the cause of the deed. He would have graduated next year, and had studied very hard, and it is thought overwork might have been the cause of him taking his life. It is reported that there had been a falling out between him and his sweetheart, and that it worried him much. But it seems he had given no intimation of his intention to the family and left no lines to explain why he wanted to die.

Roy Rogers was born in Clinton April 20, 1883, and his whole life had been spent here with the boys and girls who were his schoolmates. Two of his brothers, Fred and Carl, arrived from Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., Tuesday night to attend the funeral which was held Wednesday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black, assisted by Rev. T. A. Canady. The high school was dismissed and the following members of the class of the deceased were pall-bearers: Frank ZIEGLER, Ira SPRGUE, Chas. WILSON, Elmer MORROW, Wilbur GRIMES, Geo. BARTLETT, John HENSON, Wm. CAMP. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Roy was the grandson of Robert P. Rogers.
Note: This is the marriage record of Roy's parents:
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Thomas J. ROGERS 

October 23, 1896
Clinton Public

Thomas J. ROGERS was born in Bourbon county, Ky., June 19, 1806. He came to Clinton in the fall of 1835, with his wife and two children, and located on the farm now owned and occupied by H. H. MORRIS, two and one-half miles west of Clinton, Ill., where he remained until the spring of 1866, when he moved to Bourbon county, Kan., near Ft. Scott, where he died on the 16th day of October, 1896, at the advanced age of 90 years, 3 months and 27 days. Thomas J. Rogers was a man well and favorably known as one of the resident pioneers of DeWitt county for over 31 years, and was a resident of Kansas for over 30 years. A good man is gone.

Mrs. T. W. ROGERS 

February 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. T. W. ROGERS, wife of an employee of the Illinois Central road, died at her home in this city last Wednesday. She was thirty-four years old, and leaves a family of helpless children.

Mrs. David F. ROHM 

February 1, 1872
Clinton Public

DIED.—At the residence of her father, C. S. WINSLOW, Jan. 23rd, 1872, Fina, wife of D. F. ROHM, aged 17 years, 8 months and 23 days.  Our loss is her eternal gain.  Funeral last Thursday.  Services at the Baptist Church, Rev. J. W. Rees officiating.  She was beloved by all who knew her, and her memory is blessed.   She reposed her trust in Jesus and her end was peace.  We miss her cheery voice and sunny face, and the human heart sighs for the smile that shall greet us no more in this vale of tears.  But faith bide us look up with buoyant expectation to the land beyond the river where she is awaiting our arrival.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
RHOM, DAVID F.     WINSLOW, FINA      1870-10-02     DE WITT
[Rhom should be Rohm]

Her husband’s full name was David Franklin Rohm.  Her given name was Josephine.


October 7, 1910
Clinton Register

Was One of the Best Women in that Town, and Her Death Caused General Sorrow.

Death has again entered a happy home and taken from its pleasant surroundings a Christian wife and mother. It is seldom that one more beloved by friends is taken from home and loved ones causing a profound sorrow that extends to hundreds of homes.

Last May, Mrs. Effie ROLOFSON, wife of the postmaster at Wapella, became afflicted with anemia and gradually became weakened, but it was not until four weeks before her death, which occurred Friday evening, that she was compelled to remain in her home, and for only ten days was she unable to leave her bed.

Effie May WILSON was a daughter of the late John and Nancy WILSON and was born on the Wilson homestead, three and one-half miles north of Wapella, December 26, 1860. Her father died in 1865 and her mother in 1882. She was united in marriage to J. J. ROLOFSON Feb. 27, 1884. To them were born two children, one of whom died in infancy. The other is J. J. ROLOFSON, Jr., attorney of Clinton; S. A. WILSON of Los Angeles, Cal., is a brother and Wesley E. THOMPSON, of Gardner, Mont., a half-brother. She was a life-long member of the M. E. church and also a member of the Pythian Sisters of Clinton. For 13 years Mrs. Rolofson had been assistant postmaster at Wapella, and was loved and respected by the entire community for her beautiful character.

She realized that she must die and carefully arranged for her funeral. She selected her Sunday school class, about twenty young ladies, to sing, one of them to preside at the organ. She also named the pall bearers. Perhaps never did one facing death meet it more calmly, and with a firmer hope of a home in Heaven. Her last conscious act was to kiss her son farewell. She was one of the most loving and lovable of women, and every acquaintance was her friend.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 in the Wapella M. E. church, Rev. A. H. Wilson red the scriptural lesson; prayer by Rev. Evrett, of Bloomington, district superintendent; Rev. A. Heinlein, of Wapella, read the biographical sketch; and the sermon was preached by Rev. W. C. Ross, of Urbana, who had held a revival in Wapella last winter. He was so affected that he at times was almost unable to speak. Rev. Evrett then spoke briefly.

The Pythian Sisters order of Clinton, of which deceased was a member, attended in a body. The pall bearers were Jas. Wherry, V. M. Best, G. H. and E. M. Thorpe, W. J. Stone and C. J. Riddle. There were numerous floral offerings. The attendance was perhaps the largest ever at funeral services in Wapella, only about half of those present being able to enter in the church during the services.

The burial was in the Sugar Grove cemetery. The procession was nearly a mile long.


September 13, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. J. M. ROLOFSON died at her home in Wilson Township, Aug. 26, at 6:30 in the morning, of consumption, after a long and painful illness. Deceased was raised in Bloomington, with the exception of three years when she was small she lived with parents near Progress school house, then removed to Bloomington where she married, at the age of eighteen years, J. M. ROLOFSON, who with one child is left to mourn her death. In February, 1884, deceased united with the Christian Church, and was a faithful, devoted Christian to the last. For four years she and her husband lived near Maroa. Last February they moved near Wapella, and Mrs. Rolofson’s health failed rapidly until in June she took to her bed. All was done for her that could be done but to no avail. She is gone, cut down in her youth, a victim to that awful disease consumption, aged 24 years 2 months and 22 days. Her remains were laid to rest in Sugar Grove Cemetery, followed by a large concourse of mourning friends. To know her was to love her.

Mrs. John B. ROLOFSON  

May 31, 1912
Clinton Register

An Early Settler is Called.
Mrs. J. B. Rolofson, After Short Illness, Passes to the Great Beyond—
Sketch of Her Life.

After an illness of but two weeks, Mrs. J. B. ROLOFSON died at her home on South Elm street, Clinton, at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 4 days.

On the 7th inst. Mrs. Rolofson was in her yard caring for her flowers, when she sustained a fall, caused, it is thought, by a slight paralytic stroke, and although at the time her condition was not considered serious, her advanced age was against recovery. As she was being carried into the house she remarked that this was her final illness, and her words proved prophetic. Last week she began to grow worse, and on Thursday it is thought she suffered another stroke of paralysis and from that time grew rapidly worse until the end came as noted.

Mrs. Rolofson was always industrious and, being endowed with a splendid constitution, had always looked after her plants and flowers, being engaged at this work in spite of her 80 years, when she sustained her fatal injuries.

Mary Elizabeth BIRD was born near Eureka, Ill., September 21, 1831, her parents being natives of the Blue Grass state, John F. and Melinda BIRD, who immigrated here from Kentucky and settled in Tazewell county in the pioneer days. On November 23, 1851, Miss Bird was united in marriage to John B. ROLOFSON at Long Point, three miles north of Wapella, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Robert Patton. The same year the couple settled on a farm near Long Point, where they lived until 1862, when they moved to a farm in Wilson township, following farming until 1901, when they purchased a home in Clinton and retired from the farm to end their days in rest and quiet.

This couple was one of the oldest living in this section of the state among those who were natives of Illinois. As had been the custom for many years, the children and grandchildren assembled on the 23rd of last November and celebrated the wedding anniversary, the last being the 60th, of the venerable couple.

Deceased was converted to Christianity in her younger days, and since 1851, when she and her husband united with the Christian church at Long Point, had remained a faithful member of that denomination. Ten children were born to them, six girls and four boys, six of whom are living, as follows: James M. of Maroa, Mrs. W. A. SWEARINGEN of Heyworth, Mrs. W. H. THORPE of Wapella, Miss Belle at home, J. J. and C. S. Rolofson of Wapella.

Besides the above, she leaves her aged husband, nineteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also three sisters, Mrs. G. H. LUCAS of Lincoln, Mrs. Wm. CRUM of Maroa, and Mrs. George HUBBELL of Stroud, Ok., also a brother, James T. BIRD, of Nebraska City, Neb.

Funeral services were held at Long Point at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. J. F. Rosborough, pastor of the Christian church of Clinton. A large number of Clinton people attended the services. The pall was born by six grandchildren: John SWEARINGEN, John J. ROLOFSON, Mont, Frank and Earl ROLOFSON, and Thornton THORPE. Interment in Sugar Grove cemetery.


February 14, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. R. S. ROLOFSON, of Marysville, Mo., died at Savannah, Mo., Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter.  She was a sister of Mrs. A. D. METZ, of Wapella, and formerly lived in Wapella township.  She was married to R. S. ROLOFSON in this county and they moved to Missouri 30 years ago.  The cause of her death was paralysis and uremic poison.  She died on her 69th birthday.  She is survived by the following brothers: W. A. Swearingen, of Heyworth; E. F., of Canton, Ill.; J. L. and L. C., of Chicago, and two sisters, Mrs. A. D. Metz, of Wapella; and B. S. Karr, of Peabody, Kan.  She is survived by her husband, three daughters and two sons.

William S. ROLOFSON 

November 1, 1889
Clinton Register

Died at his father’s residence, in Wilson township, October 25, at 11 o’clock P.M., Willie S. ROLOFSON, aged nineteen years, seven months, fourteen days. On Saturday, the 19th inst., Willie was at work in the timber near Jay ROLOFSON’s in company with a hired man. The man’s ax glanced from a dead limb and struck Willie on the left leg just below the knee. The wound was small and Willie walked up to the house, ate his dinner, and not complaining about it, but the flow of blood could not be stopped. Dr. POLLOCK was sent for and dressed the wound. Thinking he would get along all right he was taken home that evening and rested well until Sunday night, when he took worse and gradually grew worse. The doctor was with him every day. Everything was done for him that could be done; blood poisoning set in and caused his death.

Willie Smith was the youngest child of John B. and Mary E. ROLOFSON, the pet of the household, loved and respected by the whole community. He was kind and gentle, confiding in his mother, never speaking ill of anyone. He was laid to rest in Sugar Grove Cemetery, followed by the largest procession ever witnessed in the neighborhood. The floral offerings were beautiful. A large pillow with “Brother” on it, by his brothers and sisters; a lovely white wreath by his betrothed. The funeral sermon was preached by Elder YOUNG of Clinton, in a very touching and tender manner. The pall bearers were Robert SMOCK and Fred SCOTT, of Heyworth; William GLADDEN, Dudley SHORT and Perry SCOGGINS, of Long Point; and John JEFFREYS, of Wilson, associates of the deceased. The bereaved ones tender their thanks to the friends in the neighborhood for their kindness and attention in their late trouble and bereavement.
November 1, 1889
Clinton Public

William ROLOFSON, son of John B. ROLOFSON, of Wilson township, died on Friday night of last week of blood poisoning. About ten days before, William was in the timber with the hired man chopping wood. The ax with which the man was working slipped from his hand and the keen sharp edge cut a deep gash in young Rolofson’s leg. The wound was carefully bound up and to all appearances was healing up when a sudden change for the worse began on Thursday, which terminated in blood poisoning, and in less than thirty-six hours he was dead. It was a terrible blow to his parents. The funeral was held last Saturday, Elder YOUNG officiating, and the remains were interred in Sugar Grove Cemetery.

William ROMMEL 

May 30, 1913
Clinton Register


William ROMMEL died Saturday May 10, 1913, at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Rest Room, Phoenix, Arizona, aged 35 years, 8 months and 12 days.  Death was caused by tuberculosis.  Deceased was born August 28, 1876, in Logan county, Illinois.   He was the son of John and Katherine (PRESLER) ROMMEL.

Spending his early days on the farm, he then engaged in the hardware and undertaking business in Latham with Herman J. Weller.  They later sold the business there and moved to Kenney, where Mr. Rommel sold his interest to his partner on account of failing health.  It was eleven years ago that he went West, finally locating in Arizona the past seven years.

Six years ago he came back on a visit and on September 24, 1907, he was united in marriage to Miss Katherine ROBERTS, a daughter of Mrs. Bettie ROBERTS, of Latham, Illinois, after which they went to Phoenix to make their home.  Mrs. Rommel died September 5, 1910.

Deceased is survived by six sisters and two brothers and a step mother.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother.

The remains were interred in Greenwood cemetery near Phoenix and placed by side of his wife.   —Kenney Herald.

Alta ROSE 

August 10, 1877
Clinton Public

Alta ROSE, aged nine months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas ROSE, died in this city, last Monday, of cholera-infantum.

Andrew ROSE 

July 13, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Andrew Rose.

Saturday morning at his home in Creek township Andrew ROSE, one of the oldest settlers of the county, died aged 76 years. He came to this county nearly forty years ago from Morgan county, and has lived in this county ever since. He was born Oct. 23, 1823, in Wilkes county, N. C., and came to Illinois with his parents in 1833, who settled in Jacksonville. He was married to Martha CLEMENS in Cass county in 1849. They came to this county in 1865 and settled near Lane. Twelve children were born to them, five of whom are living, three sons and two daughters. He was a blacksmith and worked at his trade many years. Of late years he had farmed. Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Monday, and interment was in Rose cemetery, which was so named because he once owned the land.


February 24, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of Daniel A. Rosencrans.

During the past two or three years, and especially within the past few months, the Death Angel has passed over many homes in DeWitt county and taken from the family circle the heads of the household. Few better and nobler men than Daniel A. ROSENCRANS ever lived in DeWitt county, and his death has brought sorrow to the hearts of his hosts of friends. On the day of Dave BOSSERMAN’s sale near DeWitt, two weeks ago last Tuesday, Mr. Rosencrans was present and was among the most jovial in the whole party. His cheery laugh and kindly voice was the life of any crowd. That Tuesday was damp and drizzly, and it is supposed that he caught a cold there, for the next day, while in a store in DeWitt, he was taken with a severe chill. He was taken to his home as soon as possible, and was confined to his bed till last Friday morning, when he died. During his short sickness he was unconscious the greater part of the time, but his physician did not anticipate fatal results, because Mr. Rosencrans was a strong, robust man. He died while yet a young man, being only sixty-two years old.

Mr. Rosencrans was born in Butler county, Ohio, and about thirty-three years ago he came to this county and settled in DeWitt township, on the farm on which he died. Here he had four hundred acres in one body of land, and between six and seven hundred acres in the same neighborhood in detached farms. In the spring of 1852 he was married to Clarissa McDEED, eight children being the result of their union, six of whom are still living. In the spring of 1854 he rented out his farm and came to Clinton and engaged in the mercantile business. Three years of town life satisfied him, when he gladly returned to his farm. Again in 1861 he came back to Clinton and opened a store, but after another two year’s trial he gladly escaped from the worry and anxiety of trade to the more peaceful pursuits of farming.

Mr. Rosencrans was a useful man in the community in which he lived and took an active part not only in politics but in the general advancement of his township. He had a horror at the idea of holding office, and when at one time his name was favorably mentioned as a candidate for a county office he positively refused to consider it. The only office he could ever be induced to accept was supervisor for his township, and then he was glad when his term was out. In politics he was a warm-hearted Republican, and in religion he inclined to Universalism, believing that the love of the Father would never let one of his children be lost through all eternity. Few men stood higher in the esteem of his neighbors than did Daniel A. Rosencrans. Peace to his memory.


June 19, 1908
Clinton Register


C. H. ROSIER, over 48 years a trusted employee of the Illinois Central and a resident of Clinton, died Sunday in Milwaukee where he was visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will FRENCH.  He was aged 73 years and is survived by two children, his daughter at Milwaukee and Homer ROSIER, of Amboy, his wife dying a few years ago.

Mr. Rosier entered the service of the Illinois Central in 1853. He was soon made an engineer and continued in this capacity until an accident in 1873 retired him from this branch of the service. He was afterward employed at the Clinton shops until the last few years when he was retired and placed on the pension list of the company. He was possessed of considerable ability as a writer of rhyme, some of his verses having much merit. Several of his poems were published in the Register and were liberally complimented by those who read them.

The remains were brought to Clinton and funeral services were held in the M. E. church Wednesday at 2:30, conducted by the pastor. The Masons had charge of the remains and conducted services in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Bessie ROSS  

February 28, 1913
Clinton Register

Mrs. Bessie Ross Expires After Illness of Less Than Half Hour Saturday Evening.

Saturday evening at 7 o'clock Mrs. Bessie ROSS died at the home of her father-in-law, R. H. ROSS, after an illness of less than twenty minutes.

Mrs. Ross has for some time been working as saleslady at the store of Brown & Brown and performed her duties as usual last Saturday, going to supper at the usual hour. After supper she started to return to the store, but after going less than one block she was attacked by a violent cough, and at once returned home. She was assisted to a couch and Dr. GRAHAM was called, but had died before the arrival of the physician, living but a few minutes from the time she was taken ill.

Mrs. Ross was the picture of health and none except her relatives knew that she was afflicted. Heart trouble was given as the cause of her sudden death, and her relatives state that she has been suffering from the disease for years, but only suffered from the attacks at long intervals.

Deceased was the daughter of Mrs. J. N. MORIN, of North Elm street, and was born in Clinton, November 20, 1873. She was a graduate of the Clinton high school and taught school a number of years in the rural schools of this county. She was married to Winfield T. ROSS in 1895. About nine years ago they went to Chicago, where they remained two years, and where Mr. Ross was injured by falling from a tower, after which they returned to Clinton. Since that time, deceased had worked as a saleslady, first at the Hub on East Main, later at the Boston Store, and lately at Brown & Brown.

Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by two brothers, Dr. L. H. MORIN, of Weldon, and L. N. MORIN, of Clinton. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. E. K. TOWLE officiating, assisted by Rev. W. H. FULTON. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Mary ROSS 

September 24, 1886
Clinton Public

Died on the Anniversary of Her Wedding Day.

On the 22d day of September, 1844, E. R. ROSS and his wife Mary were united in marriage. On the 22d day of September, 1886, Mrs. Mary ROSS laid down the burden of life and passed to the world beyond. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery this morning in the bridal robes in which she was married forty-two years before.

Mrs. Ross, if she had lived till tomorrow, would have been sixty-four years old. She was born in Western Virginia, and in her younger days moved to Ohio. Twenty-six years ago Mr. and Mrs. Ross came to this county, and they lived in Clinton for nearly six years. They then moved out on a farm in Harp township where they spent twenty years. Last April they moved back to Clinton. About two months ago Mrs. Ross took sick, but no serious results were apprehended. A couple of weeks ago Mr. Ross went to Nebraska, and after he left home Mrs. Ross grew worse. There was some delay in finding where Mr. Ross was, but he was finally reached and summoned home. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn the death of a loving wife and mother. Her only daughter is the wife of Clarence NIXON, who lives in Kansas.


October 1, 1886
Clinton Public

Passed On.

Mary, wife of E. R. ROSS, passed to spirit life from the home of her brother-in-law in this city, September 22, 1868, aged 63 years, 11 months and 26 days. She was united in marriage to E. R. ROSS, in Delaware, Ohio, September 22, 1844, just 42 years ago. She was for many years a member of the M. P. Church. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn their loss. She has gone to join the five children who had passed on before. The last months of her earth-life were passed amidst great suffering, and it was a glad release from pain. To the husband, the knowledge that she is not dead, not sleeping, but enjoying the rest and peace of the higher life brings consolation in the hours of sadness. To know that "they will meet, each other greet, and live where love's immortal."

Merriba (ROBB) ROSS  

July 26, 1895
Clinton Public

Death Caused by a Malignant Tumor.

Mrs. Hattie Robb POLLOCK received a telegram from Otis, Col., on Tuesday night, stating her sister, Mrs. Merriba ROSS, was very sick. In a half hour another one came saying she could not last until morning. Wednesday was received the sad word that she was dead, and would be buried Thursday morning. This comes very hard on Mrs. Pollock, as it has not been four months since her mother died.

Mrs. Merriba Ross, wife of John M. ROSS and daughter of the late Thomas C. and Margaret, died at her home in Washington county, three and one half miles from Otis, Colorado, on July 24th. She was born in Barnett township, DeWitt county, Ill., March 8, 1858, being past thirty-seven years old at the time of her death. When sixteen years of age her parents moved to Lincoln, Ill., to educate their two daughters then at home. In April, 1882, with her mother and sister Hattie, she moved back onto the farm in DeWitt county, her father having died January 28, 1877. She became a Christian when quite young, and was a devoted worker in the Master's cause. She was married to John M. Ross, of near Beason, November 14, 1883. She was the mother of four children, the youngest four years old. They moved to their present home in February, 1887.

Only two of the family survive her, two sisters, Mrs. Barbara BROCK, who has been in Clinton since her mother's death, and Mrs. Hattie Robb Pollock, who lives on West Main street.

Nellie ROSS  

October 31, 1861
Central Transcript

DIED.—At Mt. Pleasant, Oct. 30th 1861, little Nellie, daughter of J. & N. ROSS, aged 1 year and 5 months.  Jesus said “Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Oliver ROSS  

December 10, 1909
Clinton Register

Yesterday afternoon Oliver ROSS died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred ROSS, on West Washington street, aged about 37 years. He was born southwest of Clinton where the family lived before moving to Clinton about ten years ago. He had lived in Clinton several years. He had been married twice. He is survived by his parents and a brother, Newton ROSS, a rural route mail carrier, and a sister, Mrs. Jas. BATES. Funeral will be held Saturday at the home, conducted by Rev. Flagge. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


December 11, 1891
Clinton Public

S. D. ROUNDS, one of the early day bricklayers in Clinton, died in Bloomington this week. He built the old school-house, now owned by Mrs. SAVAGE, the Hon. C. H. MOORE’s farm residence, and the first brick block that was built on the public square, being occupied by WATTS Bros. and A. J. LATIMER. When Mr. Moore and J. J. McGRAW had those buildings erected the square was about four feet lower in that corner than it is now, and there were two steps required from the sidewalk to the rooms. About four years ago the floors in the store rooms were raised over two feet to bring them up to the present grade.

Sidney RUBLE  

January 9, 1914
Clinton Register


Sidney RUBLE died at his home here at 4:30 Saturday morning, after an illness of several months. He was born in Kentucky in 1854 and was married to Miss Sarah TURPIN in 1874. He has been a member of the Christian church for many years. he was the father of fourteen children, nine of whom, with the wife, survive. They are: Mrs. Maggie JENTRY, of Mount Vernon, O.; William, of Atlanta; Allen, of Iowa; George, Curtis, Joseph, Wesley, Mrs. Mary RUBLE, and Dollie RUBLE, of Waynesville.

Hon. V. S. RUBY  

March 23, 1888
Clinton Public

Death of the Hon. V. S. RUBY.

The sad intelligence was received in Clinton last Saturday that the Hon. V. S. RUBY, of Bement, Piatt county, had been found dead in the streets of that town early that morning. Mr. Ruby left his home on Friday evening, at seven o’clock, to go to the store, and after he had transacted his business he spent about an hour at a neighbor’s house. He then started homeward, and when turning the corner leading to his house he fell off the sidewalk, where his body was found Saturday morning. When found, Mr. Ruby’s body was still warm, so that he must have laid unconscious all night. A post-mortem examination was had when the cause of his death was found to be a clot of blood on the brain.

Mr. Ruby was a prominent citizen of Piatt county, and was the owner of large tracts of land near Bement. For a number of years he was engaged in the grain business. Four years ago he was elected as one of the Representatives from this senatorial district to the legislature, and at once took quite a prominent position because of his business ability. When he was first a candidate he visited this county and made a favorable impression on the people. Two years ago he was renominated without opposition in the Republican convention, and at the last session he was made chairman by Speaker CALHOUN of the committee on labor and industrial affairs and was a member of the committee on appropriations.

Mr. Ruby was born in Vincennes, Indiana, and was fifty-four years old. A few months ago his only son, a young man, who went to Florida for the benefit of his health, died suddenly. This bereavement was a death blow to Mr. Ruby.

Rev. James C. RUCKER 

September 28, 1900
Clinton Register

An Old Citizen Called.

Rev. J. C. RUCKER, one of Clinton's best known citizens, died yesterday morning at a hospital at Jacksonville, aged nearly 84. About two years ago he was taken to Kankakee and later to Jacksonville. He was born in Kentucky Jan. 6, 1817, and when aged 17 his parents came to Illinois. He read law under Stephen A. DOUGLAS and practiced law four years when he began to study for the ministry. He preached 23 years when he retired to enjoy his wealth, which consisted mostly of property in Clinton, now estimated at $10,000 to $12,000. The remains were brought to Clinton and funeral services will be held in the M. E. church at 3 o'clock today, conducted by Rev. HORNEY. Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: His full name was James Cook Rucker.

(See news article regarding commitment. Photo also available.)


September 7, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Rachel Howard Rucker.

Rachel H. RUCKER, daughter of Rev. Joseph and Sarah HOWARD, was born in Bracken county, Kentucky, Feb. 23, 1824, and departed this life in Clinton, Illinois, Sept. 3, 1883, aged fifty-nine years, six months and ten days. With her parents she moved to Ohio, and from thence to what is now DeWitt county, Illinois, in the year 1836. At a camp meeting conducted by the Rev. John SINCLAIR, in the summer of 1838, she was converted. Thus at the early age of 14 she entered on a Christian life, and for forty-five years has been a consistent, devoted and active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her first class-leader was Reuben THORNLY, a holy man whose memory was precious to her all her life. Her father's house was a preaching place for many years, and a home for many, very many, of the early preachers, she and her mother providing for them the best hospitalities that could be furnished in those days. Having but few school advantages, she and her brothers were highly favored in listening to the preaching and conversation of such men as John Sinclair, Levi SPRINGER, Peter CARTWRIGHT, Peter AKERS, W. D. R. TROTTER, John S. BARGER, Norman ALLEN, and others, and thus much of her mental and religious culture was obtained. Her father was gifted with unusual conversational powers. In the presence of such company, and in early life, her mind matured with fixed conviction of duty and privilege. August 29, 1849, she was united in marriage to Rev. J. C. RUCKER, of the Illinois Conference, and after spending the first six months succeeding her marriage as a student of the Illinois Female College at Jacksonville, she entered actively upon the duties, the joys, and the trials of the wife of a Methodist itinerant. This position she cheerfully, faithfully and acceptably filled at Beardstown, Mt. Pulaski, Decatur, Danville on two different occasions, Marshall, Rushville, Taylorville, Georgetown, Homer on two different occasions, besides living on their farm, two miles north of Clinton, for several years, and taking much of the responsibility of its management while her husband served several adjoining pastoral charges. In the fall of 1876 she and her husband moved to Clinton, and have made this place their home ever since, until last Monday morning, when the announcement of her death was received in sadness by the people of this community.

Thus is briefly outlined the life of a devoted Christian woman, who has gone from among us. Many circumstances, however, go to fill out that outline, from which beautiful and instructive lessons could be drawn; very many more than could be referred to in a brief paper like this. In my apprehension of the life of Sister Rucker, formed partially from my brief acquaintance with her, but more especially from the testimony of those of more extended acquaintance, nothing more fittingly expressed it than the words scoffingly yet truthfully used of the Master: “He saved others, himself he cannot save.” Her life was singularly an exhibition of the Christ-spirit in this respect. It was exceptionally devoted to the well-being of others, even at the sacrifice ofttimes of her own strength and comfort. Such was her home life, where the comfort of her loved ones was her first thought. Such was her social life, where the interests of her friends and the good of society was never forgotten by her. Such, especially, was her church life, where in faithful effort she not only met the measure of the Master’s approval, “She hath done what she could,” but ofttimes went beyond her strength. Her life affords many illustrations of devotion to others at the sacrifice of herself. In their first home, after her marriage with Bro. Rucker, the city of Beardstown was visited with the scourge of Asiatic cholera. Sister Rucker was ceaseless in her labors; endangering her own life, she visited the sick, the dying, and the bereaved. As a consequence of exposure to the contagion her husband was smitten with the disease. Though not more than able to serve herself she was faithful and unintermitting in her services at his sick bed. During the time that her husband was agent for the Female College in Jacksonville he became financially involved as one of the securities for $30,000 debt of that institution. That this debt might be paid Sister Rucker took upon herself the management and much of the hard work of the farm that her husband might engage in other duties. In all their pastoral charges the prosperity of the church was very much to her, and sacrifice and effort might be accomplished. In the beginning of their last pastorate at Homer the church society was in a weak and discouraged state and the church building scarcely fit for a place of worship. Sister Rucker at great labor and sacrifice personally engaged in and managed efforts for raising the money needful to put the church in proper repair, and it was the exposure and excessive work connected with this enterprise that brought on the disease from which she suffered for several years. And thus instances in her life could be multiplied, illustrating that spirit. She saved others but she did not seek to save herself from sacrifice, pain and effort. Since they have lived in Clinton, Sister Rucker has been for the greater part of the time too much afflicted to be as active as formerly. But the cheering and encouraging words she has spoken, the kind deeds she has done, the active efforts she has put forth for this church, will be held in grateful remembrance, and they illustrate her continued devotion to the well-being of others, the bettering of society, and the building up of the church.

Her death was but the appropriate sequel of the life that she lived. For many months her sufferings have been extreme, but she realized that he who puts his trust in God is not without a present Comforter. Many times during her sickness she expressed her readiness to go, and her hopeful anticipation of being with her Savior, where pain and suffering can never come. But best of all evidence that she has entered upon a blissful immortality, she has left the testimony of a devoted Christian life, a life that was led with Christ in God.

She will be greatly missed in the home, in society, in the church. Another, and so soon, is taken away from our church fellowship, at a time when the harvest is plenteous and the laborers are few, and one, too, whom it seems to us we could so illy spare. But God knows best, and he sends us in the consolation that another is added to the ranks of the church triumphant. Shall we weep to-day? For ourselves, for our loss, for the withdrawal of an influence and effort we so much needed—yes! But for her there is no need for tears! She is not, for God has taken her. He who has gone to prepare a place, has received her unto himself; and where He is she is also. —T. I. C.


October 11, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. N. J. RUNBECK departed this life last Sabbath, at 5:20 P.M., being forty years and six months old. She was born in Southern Sweden on the 7th of April, 1849. When twenty years of age she emigrated to America, settling in Monmouth, Ill.  In the summer of 1871 she moved to Bloomington.  There she met Mr. RUNBECK and they were united in marriage in the fall of 1871.  In April 1872, they came to Clinton and began life with very little of this world’s goods.  Mrs. Runbeck very devotedly identified herself with her husband in his business interests, herself working with him until they won the confidence and esteem of the public and they were well established in a good business.  In childhood Mrs. Runbeck committed Luther’s catechism and large portions of the scripture.  During her sickness and suffering of the past two years she found much comfort and joy in thinking and talking about the truths learned in childhood.  On July 31, 1876, Mr. and Mrs. Runbeck united with the Presbyterian Church of Clinton by letter from the Lutheran Church. She was devoted to her husband and two little daughters, who survive her.  Her father, mother, sister and two brothers are yet living.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

(The name Runbeck is misspelled, but I’m pretty sure this must be the right couple.)


November 3, 1899
Clinton Register

N. J. RUNBECK received a telegram Tuesday morning announcing the death of his brother, P. G. RUNBECK, at Butte, Montana, the evening before. He visited in Clinton about three years ago. He was about 45 years old, and owned two silver mines and a copper mine near Butte besides one property in the city.  Mr. Runbeck telegraphed for the remains to be sent to Clinton, if possible.


November 3, 1899
Clinton Register

N. J. Runbeck was notified that his brother was buried at Butte, Montana.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William B. RUNDLE 

March 22, 1912
Clinton Register

W. B. Rundle, A Pioneer Resident and Prominent in Business And Church Circles, Died Monday.

After an illness of two years, during which he made a brave fight against the grim reaper, William Bartrum RUNDLE passed to his reward at 1:40 Monday afternoon.  Mr. Rundle had been ill since September 1909, when he was on a train which was wrecked at Parnell, the shock of the collision affecting both mind and body.  During all the time of his illness he had been tenderly cared for by the members of his family, and until quite recently, on nice days was able to come up town in a wheelchair.

W. B. Rundle was born in Devonshire, England, September 5, 1834, at the time of his death being aged 77 years.  In 1857 he was married to Miss Anna MEDLAND at Lifton.   Thirteen children were born to the couple, seven of whom now survive, all being born in America to which country Mr. and Mrs. Rundle came shortly after their marriage.   Those surviving are: Albert William, Fred Bartrum, Frank, Mrs. Abram TURLAY, all of Clinton; Mrs. Henry NEBEL, of Champaign; Mrs. C. W. DANKS and Mrs. Henry ALWOOD, of Clinton.

After coming to this country Mr. Rundle first engaged in farming in Wisconsin, but not meeting with success came to Clinton in the fall of 1858, first working in a store and the following spring went to work at his trade of wagon making, which he followed for about six years, when he opened a meat market, at the spot where the present meat market of W. B. Rundle & Sons is conducted.  His building was destroyed by fire in 1876, but was rebuilt.  Recently the place was entirely remodeled, and is one of the finest business rooms in the city.

Mr. and Mrs. Rundle were brought up as Episcopalians, but in 1867 united with the Presbyterian church, here, Mr. Rundle being superintendent of the Sunday school for 30 years and an elder 36 years.  Mrs. Rundle died in 1883, at the age of 50 years.

While attending the World’s Sunday school convention at Jerusalem in 1904, Mr. Rundle met Mrs. Kate G. JONES, to whom he was married in 1905.

The couple were delegates to the World’s convention at Rome in 1907.  He was a great traveler and visited many of the most interesting places of both the old and new world.

Politically Mr. Rundle was a Republican, and also a strong temperance advocate.   During his long and useful life he had accumulated considerable property.

Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Fulton.  Interment in the family lot in Woodlawn.

Mrs. William B. RUNDLE 

April 6, 1883
Clinton Public

This morning the body of Mrs. Emma RUNDLE, wife of William B. RUNDLE, was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. For seven months she has been slowly dying of consumption, but hopes were entertained that she might be spared for the present. At noon on Tuesday her family felt quite cheerful at her improved condition, but between five and six o'clock in the afternoon a change for the worse took place and she died soon after. About twenty-six years ago the Rundle family came to this city from England, and during her long residence here Mrs. Rundle was loved and respected by her neighbors and friends. Her ambition in life was to rear her family to become useful members of society, and her motherly influence was all-powerful in the home circle. Mrs. Rundle was a consistent Christian. Her husband and children have the sympathy of Clinton in their sad bereavement.

Asa Culver RUSK 

November 5, 1863
DeWitt County Public & Central Transcript


Hd. Qt. 107th Ill Vol. Inf.
In Camp near Loudon, Tenn. Oct. 17, 1863

EDITOR, CLINTON PUBLIC:—A. C. RUSK of Co. G, 107 Regt. Ill. Vols., died in Hospital in Loudon, Tenn., on Wednesday October 16, 1863.  His disease was dysentery, which for twelve days he patiently bore with calm resignation without a murmur or complaint.  During his illness I visited him frequently and he received all the care and attention possible for us to give him, yet he was taken from us and our number is one less.  He was a good and faithful soldier—always on duty when health permitted—kind and genial with his fellow soldiers and companions.   His loss will be deeply mourned not only by the members of his own company, but by all in the regiment.

Appropriate religious services were held on the occasion and the funeral was largely attended by the regiment, all of whom were deeply impressed with the solemnities of the occasion.

Though he is gone from us to meet no more, yet it may be a consolation to his bereaved friends to know that he was not buried on the “cold bleak hill,” the common burying ground or “potters field,” but by a positive order from Col. Kelly he was decently interred in the village burying ground, a neatly enclosed and beautiful spot, which reminds us of similar sacred receptacles in our own country.  To his bereaved friends we tender our sympathies.  Peace to his ashes; may we all again meet in that better clime where wars are unknown and where death never comes.

Faithfully Yours,
S. H. Martin,
Chaplain 107 Ills. Inf.

Note: His full name was Asa Culver Rusk.  October 16th was a Friday, not a Wednesday, so he may have died on October 14th.

William B. RUSSOM 

March 4, 1904
Clinton Register

Another of Wapella Township's Best Known Farmers Dies After Short Illness—
Buried Thursday.

William B. RUSSOM died at his home, two and one half miles south of Heyworth Tuesday morning at 2 o'clock, after a three weeks’ illness. He was sick four years ago and never recovered his usual good health. He was born in Kent county, Delaware, Oct. 26, 1835. Went from there to Warren county, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1842, with his parents. He came to Illinois and taught school a while near Lawndale, then farmed a few years near Atlanta. He was married Dec. 12, 1850, to Miss Rachel L. BEASLEY near Atlanta. He bought a farm two and one-half miles north of Waynesville and moved to it on what is known as the cold New Year’s day, Jan. 1, 1864. He lived there until 1881, when he moved to a farm six and one-half miles southwest of Heyworth. He and his wife have lived with their daughter, Mrs. Adda IRVINGTON, two and a half miles south of here, several years since the death of her husband. He had accumulated considerable property and owned several farms. There were four children born to them, as follows: Mrs. Laura BAKER, Mrs. Jennie IRVINGTON, Mrs. Adda IRVINGTON and Clarence H. All live southwest of Heyworth. The funeral services were held from the home yesterday morning at 9:30 by Rev. C. E. VARNEY, of Clinton, and the remains were placed in the cemetery at Heyworth.

Mrs. William J. RUTLEDGE 

August 25, 1905
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary RUTLEDGE, an old resident of DeWitt county, died Monday night at her home in Rutledge township, aged 83.  Deceased’s maiden name was Mary VANDEVENTER and she was born in Kentucky, June2, 1822.  In 1831 her parents came to Illinois, locating in McLean county where she was married to Wm. J. RUTLEDGE Jan. 17, 1839.  They moved on their farm in Rutledge township, first living in a log house, 18x20 feet.   This house was replaced by a better one which burned and the one in which she had lived so long was built.  Funeral was held Wednesday and burial was in LeRoy cemetery.

Dennis RYAN 

May 22, 1891
Clinton Public

Mr. Dennis RYAN, an old citizen of this place, died in Bloomington on Saturday morning, at the St. Joseph Hospital, where he had gone for treatment. Mr. Ryan was born in Tipperary, Ireland, August 15, 1816. He came to America and landed in New York, May 5, 1846, where he resided until 1853, when he came to Chicago and worked for the I.C.R.R. In 1856 he moved to Amboy and began worn in the blacksmith shop for the I.C.R.R., and in 1858 he was sent to this place in charge of the blacksmith shop and worked until the spring of 1876, when he resigned on account of his health and the heavy work he had to do. Mr. Ryan was a fine workman. He was in the employ of the I.C.R.R. Co. for over twenty years. His funeral took place from the Catholic Church Sunday afternoon, at three o’clock, and was one of the largest ever attended in this place. There were one hundred carriages and wagons in the procession. Mr. Ryan’s wife, one son and two daughters preceded him to the Spirit Land several years ago. He left behind him two sons, three daughters and one sister, Mrs. Slavin, of Galesburg, who was in attendance.

Gertrude RYAN  

October 15, 1886
Clinton Public

Miss Gertrude RYAN, youngest daughter of Mr. Denis RYAN, died on Tuesday night, and was buried at the Catholic cemetery on Thursday. Miss Ryan had been a sufferer of the dreaded disease consumption for about a year. She was a young lady that was respected by all, and her school mates have lost a true friend and classmate. Six young ladies acted as pall bearers on the occasion.

Mrs. Amos RYBOLT  

March 24, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. Anna Rybolt Died Suddenly at Her Home Near Kenney Last Sunday.

A few weeks ago Mrs. Anna RYBOLT, wife of Amos RYBOLT, living three miles southeast of Kenney, had an operation performed and a part of the time since had been at a Decatur hospital.  Last week she returned home and was thought to be about recovered.  After her return home she had attended to work as usual.

Sunday afternoon she went upstairs to lie down a while.  About 4 o'clock Mr. Rybolt and the hired man, Walter Lemen heard her scream; they hastened upstairs and found her in convulsions.  Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Squires, who lived near, were sent for and Mr. Lemen went to Kenney for a doctor, but she died before he arrived.

Miss Anna REESER was born in Pennsylvania Aug. 17, 1871, and was 27 years, 7 months, and 2 days old.  Her parents came to Illinois and settled near Forsythe.  She was married to Amos Rybolt Jan. 7, 1891, and they had since lived on the Rybolt homestead.  She was kind and jovial and was admired by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. L. M. Robinson, of Mt. Pulaski.  Interment was in Maroa cemetery.

Goldie RYBOLT  

July 21, 1905
Clinton Register


Goldie RYBOLT, daughter of Mrs. Robert RYBOLT near Kenney, spilled carbolic acid on her breast yesterday and died in a short time. She was 10 years old and a daughter of Robert RYBOLT, who died about a month ago from blood poison caused by running a nail in his foot. Funeral at the residence at 10 o'clock today, by Rev. Montgomery of Maroa. Burial in Maroa cemetery.

Henry C. RYBOLT 

January 22, 1904
Clinton Register


Had Lived in Tunbridge Township Over Half a Century—
Owned Much Valuable Land.

Henry C. RYBOLT, another of the richest men of DeWitt county has been taken from home and loved ones. He answered the final summons and is at rest. About two years ago he became afflicted with a cancer on his face, which caused him much pain and worry, though its growth had been checked. About a month ago he was confined to his bed by kidney and other troubles and grew worse until Sunday evening when death came to him.

Henry C. Rybolt was born in Clermont county, O., Nov. 17, 1825, where he grew to manhood. Mar. 28, 1850, he was married to Miss Mary Hester SHAW, and Nov. 17, 1854, the day he was 29 years old, they left Ohio for Illinois. They settled in Tunbridge township where they lived three years on a rented farm. Mr. Rybolt then bought a farm about three miles southeast of Kenney of Dr. John WARNER, and this was the homestead nearly forty years. Twelve years ago he bought 20 acres just south of Kenney and built a fine home where he had since resided.

He was the father of one daughter and five sons, three of whom have died; Charles and Henry died young, and John L. Mar. 10, 1902. At the time of the latter's death he occupied his father's farm six miles west of Maroa. Amos S. lived with his parents; Robert O. and Mrs. Martha MONTS live near Kenney, occupying their father's farms.

Since coming to Illinois Mr. Rybolt had been remarkably successful. He foresaw that the prairie land would be valuable, and as fast as his means would allow added farms to his landed interests until he owned 2730 acres in Macon and DeWitt counties, most of it being within four miles of Kenney, and all well improved. A reasonable estimate on this land would be $125 an acre, amounting to over $340,000. Besides this there are 640 acres in Iowa, worth perhaps $60 an acre, amounting to nearly $40,000. There is also a business block in Kenney worth about $10,000, making the real estate about $390,000. The grain on hand and other personal property would raise the total to over $400,000.

*This remarkable wealth disproves the statement often made that no one can become wealthy by farming. While land has increased in value, much of it was bought at from $50 to $100 an acre, and thousands of dollars had been spent in improvements. No man, with so much land, improved it more. Coming to Illinois a poor man fifty years ago he amassed a fortune; and, as one of his neighbors said, he had made it all honestly. He was one of the most honest of men and was always ready to accommodate his friends. Like all very wealthy men he was sometimes censured for not distributing freely the fruits of years of unceasing toil, yet he was always ready to help the needy. There was no more honorable and upright man, and there are few more active. He had worked hard all his life until moving to Kenney, and then he continued managing his farms. Politically he was always a Democrat but could never be induced to seek an office.

Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. M. ROBINSON, of Mt. Pulaski, assisted by Rev. O. P. WRIGHT, of Shelbyville. Burial was in Maroa cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Henry C. RYBOLT 

September 27, 1912
Clinton Register

Woman Who Lived in DeWitt County Nearly Sixty Years Dies
Aged Four Score and Two Years.

Another of the aged good women of DeWitt county has heard the final summons and has gone to her reward.  Again is one, whose life had been one of industry, at rest.  At four score and two years she has ended the journey of life after several months’ confinement to her home and most of the time to her bed, so that death’s victory was not an easy one.

At six o'clock Tuesday morning Mrs. Mary Hester RYBOLT died at her home, just south of Kenney, aged 82 years, 3 months and 21 days.  She was born June 4, 1830, in Clermont county, Ohio, where she was married to Henry C. RYBOLT, March 28, 1850.   In the spring of 1853 they came to Illinois, locating on a farm east of Kenney.   About a year later, they moved to the farm they bought one and a half miles southeast of Kenney where they lived until about twenty years ago, when they bought 20 acres at the limits of Kenney and built a fine residence.  Her husband died Jan. 17, 1904, and she had continued to occupy the home and had been in good health until about a year ago.

Of the six children, Henry and Chas. died when young; John in 1902 and Robert in 1905.  Those living are Amos, at home, and Mrs. Robert MONTS, of Springfield.  She is also survived by two brothers, A. B. SHAW, of Texas township, and Jas. B. SHAW, of Decatur.  There are six grandchildren.  A sister, Mrs. Milton COMBS, of Ohio, also survives her.

Funeral services at the residence Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Welton, pastor of the Christian church of Kenney.  Burial in the Maroa cemetery.

John Lewis RYBOLT  

March 14, 1902
Clinton Register

One of Macon County's Leading Young Farmers Died Monday After a Few Day's Sickness.

Monday afternoon at his home five miles west of Maroa, John RYBOLT died aged 48 years, 10 months and 12 days. He had been seriously sick about a week, the trouble being gall stones.

John Lewis Rybolt was born April 4, 1853, in Clermont county, O., and his parents, Henry C. and Hester RYBOLT came to Illinois when he was two years old. They settled on a farm near Kenney where he lived until March 8, 1882, when he was married to Miss Ann TODD, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. TODD, who now live in Kenney, as do the parents of the deceased. To them were born two sons and one daughter, the eldest son being about 18 and the youngest 5 years old. The daughter is about 15 years old. Besides his family and parents he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Robert MONTS, and two brothers, Amos and Robert, all living near Kenney. He had lived on his father's farm since his marriage and had been successful in farming and stock raising.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. ROBINSON, of Mt. Pulaski. Burial in Maroa cemetery.

Robert RYBOLT  

June 23, 1905
Clinton Register

Robert Rybolt, of Tunbridge Township, Dies in Decatur Hospital of Apoplexy.

About one month ago Robert O. RYBOLT ran a nail in his foot at his home south of Kenney, while engaged in removing the wreckage of some outbuildings, caused by a small cyclone that visited that portion. Not enough care was given the wound at the time, and it became serious and he was taken to St. Mary’s hospital at Decatur. The reports from the hospital where he was at the time of his death were that the wound was rapidly improving and that his death was in no way due to the injury. Saturday morning, just after taking a bath, he fell dead from apoplexy. He was quite fleshy, weighing about 250 pounds.

Mr. Rybolt was born in Tunbridge township two miles south of Kenney April 4, 1865. He married Miss Alice JUMP; to this union were born six children, two dying in infancy. He leaves besides his wife and four children, an aged mother, a brother, Amos, and sister, Mrs. Martha MONTS, all residing in Kenney, and a large concourse of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

The funeral services were conducted by Elder Robinson at his mother’s home June 19. It was his wish that if the wound proved fatal it should be held there. There was a presentiment in his mind that he would never return alive which proved true. Beautiful floral offerings were sent, a large basket of cream and pink roses by wife and children, a wreath of laurel leaves by his brother, a large bunch of pink roses by Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Suttle and many others. The remains were taken to Maroa for burial.