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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.


February 3, 1905
Clinton Register

Was Home From the Old Soldiers’ Home on a Visit and Died with Pneumonia.

John YAGER, who had been in the Soldiers’ Home at Danville, came home, having a leave of absence for nine days.  He was not well when he came and was taken sick next day with pneumonia.  He grew worse daily and Saturday morning died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. LANG, aged nearly 83.

Deceased was born in Kentucky in March 1822.  He was married in that state and remained there, except while in the war, until the death of his wife nearly 25 years ago, when he came to Clinton, which had since been his home; he went to the Soldiers’ Home about the first of this year.  He served in the Civil war and was a member of the G. A. R. Post in Clinton.  He is survived by two daughters and a sister.  He was a brother-in-law of J. H. SPARKS.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o'clock in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Lucas, the G. A. R. having charge of the remains.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Mary J. YATES 

February 21, 1913
Clinton Register


At about 3 o'clock Wednesday morning occurred the death of Mary Johanna YATES at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. T. COATES, on West North street. Deceased was taken ill with pneumonia on Thursday of last week, being sick but five days. Remains were taken to Roodhouse, Ill., where funeral services were held and interment made. Deceased came to Clinton with her husband from Green county about 18 months ago and had been making their home with Mrs. Coates. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Coates, of Clinton, and Mrs. Ella TAYLOR, of Granite City. Deceased was aged about 73 years.


December 18, 1891
Clinton Public

Another Old Veteran Gone.

The subject of this sketch, James P. YEAMANS, was born in Sangamon County, Illinois, March 4, 1841, and came with his parents to Clinton, Illinois, December 1, 1846, where he lived and grew up to manhood. At the first call for volunteers he enlisted in grand old Co. E, Twentieth Illinois Infantry, served three years, and then re-enlisted and served until the close of the war. Soon after his discharge, he was married to Mattie PATTERSON and moved to Maysville, DeKalb County, Mo., where he resided eighteen years. He then moved to Texas County, Mo., and lived there six years, when he again moved back to DeKalb County and purchased a farm, on which he lived until December 7th, 1891, when God called him to join the Grand Army on the Eternal Shore. He professed religion at the age of eighteen and lived a true and faithful Christian life, loved and respected by all who knew him.

He leaves a wife and four children living. Six children have blessed their home; one daughter, Mary, died at the age of twelve years, and the second daughter, Bessie, was called home just three weeks before her father, aged eighteen years. He leaves a father and mother living in Denver, Colorado, also four brothers and two sisters. He was a member of Harvey Post, G. A. R., at Maysville, Mo., and was laid to rest by his old comrades December 9th, 1891.

His funeral was preached by Rev. SMART, of the M. E. Church, from the text, "Let us die the death of the righteous; let my last end be like His." About three hundred citizens and friends marched to the cemetery, led by the Post and the grand old flag, where the last tribute of love and respect was paid to a departed brother, father and husband. His sickness was of short duration, being pleurisy of the heart. God grant that we may all die the death of the righteous, and that our last end may be like his.  —E. B. YEAMANS

Lincoln YOCUM 

January 25, 1901
Clinton Register

Lincoln YOCUM died at his home near Waynesville Monday of pneumonia, aged about forty years, his wife and three children surviving him. She is a daughter of William STOREY, who lives near Waynesville. Funeral services were held Wednesday.

Mrs. Lewis R. YOUNG 

March 6, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. L.R. Young Succumbed To Attack of Peritonitis After Illness of Two Months.

Mrs. L. R. YOUNG died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William WARRICK, on south Mulberry street at 8:30 Wednesday morning after an illness of about two months of peritonitis. She died in the home where she was born. From the time where she was first taken ill there was little hope entertained for her recovery. Mattie Bell YOUNG, was born in Clinton June 19, 1878, and at the time of her death she had reached the age of 35 years, 7 months, 12 days. She attended the Clinton public schools until ill health compelled her to discontinue her studies. October 21, 1899, she was united in marriage to L. R. YOUNG. Besides the husband and parents, deceased leaves three brothers and two sisters; Thos., Grovar and Fred WARRICK, and Mrs. K.C. SNELLING, of Clinton, and Mr. and Mrs. H. H. CALDWELL of Decatur. Mrs. YOUNG was a member of the First Christian church of this city and her death coming so early in life causes sorrow among the members of the church as well among her neighbors and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church at 2:30 this afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. GILLAND of Normal, a former pastor and Rev. Ralph V. CALLAWAY, resident pastor, assisting.  Interment was at Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
YOUNG, LEWIS R.     WARNICK, MATTIE B.      10-22-1899     DE WITT

William YOUNG 

June 30, 1893
Clinton Public

William YOUNG, one of the old residents of Farmer City, died last Friday.  He had been in the grocery business for twenty years, when he retired and turned the business over to his son.

Note: William Young (1822-1893) was buried in City Cemetery, Farmer City.

Mrs. William YOUNG 

October 27, 1911
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary Young Dead.

Mrs. Mary YOUNG, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Farmer City, died at her home at 10:30 Monday night.  Funeral services were held Wednesday from the home, and interment was in the old cemetery south of Farmer City.

Mrs. Young was a member of the M. E. church, a regular attendant at the services, and a willing and faithful worker for the cause of Christianity.  Her husband was for years in mercantile business in Farmer City.

Deceased is survived by four children, Zelba, with whom she made her home; W. S., a real estate agent at Farmer City; R. B., of Clinton, and Thomas YOUNG, of Levenworth, Kas.

Mrs. William H. YOUNG 

September 3, 1880
Clinton Public

The Death Roll.

Mrs. W. H. YOUNG, of Harp, died on Tuesday.

Charles A. ZIEGLER 

February 14, 1908 - Friday
Clinton Register


Chas. A. ZIEGLER died in Bloomington Tuesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. F. C. BOHRER, aged 55. He was born in Brown County, Ohio, October 1, 1852. His parents moved to Illinois settling on a farm near Bloomington. He lived there until he moved to Iowa where he lived fifteen years, returning to Clinton ten years ago, and for awhile lived in Clinton before returning to Bloomington, which had since been his home.

He is survived by three sisters [and two brothers], as follows: Mrs. F. C. BOHRER, Bloomington; Mrs. Louisa KLANK, Farmer City; Jacob ZIEGLER, near Clinton; Mrs. LOWENTROUT and Louis ZIEGLER of Spokane, Washington. Funeral was held in Bloomington yesterday at 1:30.


February 13, 1908 - Thursday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Grim Reaper is Using the Sickle—
Charles A. Ziegler, Mrs. Mahala Brown and Mrs. Mary Powell Are Removed.

Mr. Charles A. ZIEGLER died at the Kelso sanitarium at 11:30 o'clock Tuesday night of dropsy, aged 55 years, 2 months and 10 days.  The deceased was the son of Jacob and Louisa ZIEGLER, old residents of McLean county, both of whom died a number of years ago.  Mr. Ziegler was born on October 1, 1852, near Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio.   As a child he came with his parents to McLean county and settled on a farm five miles northwest of Bloomington.  He remained there until twenty years ago, when he moved to Fonda, Ia.  There he remained for fifteen years, at the end of which period he came back to Illinois, living for a time at Clinton and then moving to Bloomington.  He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Hon. Jacob ZIEGLER, of Clinton; Louis ZIEGLER and Mrs. Louis LOWENTROUT, both of Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Catherine HENNE, of Springfield; Mrs. Louisa KLANK, of Farmer City; and Mrs. F. C. BOHRER, of Bloomington.


February 14, 1908 - Friday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Funeral of Charles Ziegler.

At 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon the funeral of the late Charles ZIEGLER was held at the home of his sister, Mrs. F. C. BOHRER on East Mulberry street, the service being attended by a goodly number of relatives and acquaintances.  Rev. Mr. Durand, of the Church of Peace, conducted the service.  A large number of handsome floral pieces were received.  The interment was made in the city cemetery, the following bearing the casket to the grave: Messrs. Wolf Griesheim, Guy Carlton, Jacob Mohr, Albert Otto, Charles Schlagel and Emmett Glenn.


February 24, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of Henry Ziegler.
A Former Resident of DeWitt County Dies at Fonda, Iowa.

Henry ZIEGLER died Saturday at his home near Fonda, Iowa, after an illness of nearly six months. He was brother of Hon. Jacob ZIEGLER, of this city, and until 1887 occupied one of Judge WELDON’s farms east of Clinton. Deceased was born in Germany sixty-six years ago and at the age of eighteen emigrated [sic] to this country, making his home with an uncle at Marysville, Ky. After a residence of five years in Kentucky he moved to Bloomington, Illinois, where he was united in marriage to Martha Jane SHIELDS, who died in 1873. The result of their union was six children, three boys and three girls. They are Mrs. Emma HARTSOCK, Clinton; Mrs. Rose McFAIL, Jersey City, NJ; Henry ZIEGLER, Clinton; Jacob ZIEGLER and Mrs. Mary WEBBER, Fonda [Iowa]; and Arthur ZIEGLER, Hoskins, Neb. His second marriage was in Clinton in 1875 to Mrs. Josephine SMALL. She died in 1887. Deceased leaves surviving him two brothers and four sisters, Jacob ZIEGLER, Clinton; Charles ZIEGLER, Fonda [Iowa]; Mrs. H. KUNTZ, Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. L. KLAUNK, Farmer City; Mrs. Kate HAYNIE, Springfield, and Mrs. L. LOWENTROUT, Bloomington. Funeral was held Monday at his late home. None of the family from here attended owing to a delay in the message announcing his death, it reaching them Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Henry ZIEGLER (1)

October 23, 1873
Clinton Public

Mrs. Henry ZEIGLER, of Rutledge township, died on last Tuesday afternoon.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. Henry ZIEGLER (2)

September 16, 1887
Clinton Public

Mrs. Louisa Josephine Ziegler.

On Thursday of last week Mrs. Henry ZIEGLER died, and on Saturday afternoon she was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Ziegler was born in Madison County, Ohio, May 3, 1838, and came with her family to this city in 1852. She was married to Mr. Henry ZIEGLER in 1874. Her father, William HULL, was for a number of years collector of taxes in Clintonia township. She was the sister of Mrs. R. H. PHARES and Mrs. Wm. MITCHELL, and of George A. HULL, of Heyworth. Mrs. Ziegler had been an invalid for three years.


September 16, 1887
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Henry Ziegler.

Mrs. Louisa Josephine ZIEGLER, wife of Henry ZIEGLER, died at Kankakee last Thursday, aged 50 years, 3 months and 10 days. For five years she had been an invalid and the efforts of the best physicians had been baffled. Last February she was taken to Kankakee for treatment. Here it was thought she would at least partly recover, but she became no better, and at last her sufferings ended. She was born in Madison county, Ohio, and came with her parents to Clinton when about 15 years old. She was married to Henry Ziegler, March 25, 1874, and for a number of years had been a faithful member of the Baptist church. She was a sister of Mrs. R. H. PHARES and Mrs. Wm. MITCHELL, of Iowa. The funeral services were held at the residence of A. W. Razey, at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the burial being at Woodlawn cemetery.

Jacob ZIEGLER, Sr. 

May 28, 1897
Clinton Public

Father of Honorable Jacob Ziegler Departs This Life at the Home of His Daughter.

Jacob ZIEGLER, Sr., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis LOWENTROUT, 603 West Market street, Bloomington, Saturday, at the advanced age of 96 years. He had enjoyed excellent health up to Thursday, when he stumbled on a stairway and fell, breaking his shoulder blade and two ribs. He was also internally injured. The accident compelled him to take his bed, and he failed rapidly until death ensued. His son, Hon. Jacob ZIEGLER, of near this city, was telegraphed for immediately after the accident occurred and was at his father's bedside when the latter died.

Mr. Ziegler was born in Bavaria, Germany, in September, 1801. As a lad he saw Napoleon and his armies as they moved backward and forward through that section of Europe, and related many anecdotes of those troublous times. He was married in 1829. In 1852 he emigrated to America and settled in Ohio. In 1858 he removed to Normal township, and settled on a farm 2 miles northwest of Bloomington, where he lived until five years ago. He then moved to Normal to live with his children. His wife died in 1895. They raised ten children, nine of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Louis LOWENTROUT and Mrs. Fred BOHRER, of Bloomington; Jacob ZIEGLER, Jr., of this city; Mrs. KLANK, of Farmer City; Henry and Charles ZIEGLER, of Fonda, Ia.; Mrs. Kate HENNE, of Springfield; Mrs. Henry KUNCH, of [DesMoines], Ia., and Louis ZIEGLER, of Spokane, Wash. Mrs. HAZENWINKLE, of Storm Lake, Ia., another daughter, died two years ago. A sister of deceased also in Germany.

Mr. Ziegler was a devout member of the Lutheran church and a man who was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. Funeral services were held from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Lewis Lowentrout, on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Bloomington cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Jacob ZIEGLER, Sr. 

April 5, 1895
Clinton Public

Death of the Mother of Hon. Jacob Ziegler.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph of last Monday we learn that Mrs. ZIEGLER, mother of Hon. Jacob ZIEGLER, of this county, died at her home in Bloomington on Sunday evening [March 31, 1895], at the advanced age of eighty-four years. The direct cause of her death was cancer, a disease with which Mrs. Ziegler had been afflicted for years. Her husband, who survives her, is ninety-two years old, and they were probably the oldest couple in Central Illinois. Mrs. Ziegler was a native of Germany, where she was married and her older children were born. The family came from Germany in 1857 and located on land near Bloomington. Nine children and her aged husband are left to mourn the death of wife and mother. Mrs. Ziegler was a member of the German Lutheran Church in Bloomington, and in all the duties of life combined the rarest Christian character and womanly traits.

Note: Her maiden name was Louisa Salomea GEBHARDT.

Jacob ZIEGLER, Jr.

August 27, 1927
Decatur Review

Wealthy Land Holder, Ill Only Short Time.

Clinton. Aug. 27.—Jacob ZIEGLER, 83, prominent DeWitt county farmer and one of the most extensive land holders in the community, died at his farm home near here at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. He had been seriously ill only a few days. He is survived by his wife and one son, J. Frank ZIEGLER, who has been actively engaged in managing the Ziegler estate for the last few years.


Jacob Zielger was born in the province of Permanse, Bavaria, Germany, Nov. 14, 1844, the son of Jacob and Louisa (GEBHART) ZIEGLER, and was one of a family of eighteen children. He came from a long line of the same family and was the fifth Jacob Ziegler. When he was eight years of age the family came to America, embarking on a French sailing vessel from Havre, France, and spent forty-two days on the water before landing at New York city.

For the first five years after their arrival in this country they farmed in Brown county, Ohio, then moved to Illinois and settled on a farm purchased by the father in what is now Normal township of McLean county. Mr. Ziegler continued to reside on the farm with his parents until he was twenty-six years of age.

He attended school in Germany and Ohio but in Illinois he was required in assisting to make the living for a large family in a more or less primitive manner. Mr. Ziegler often delighted in telling of his experience in getting his first pair of boots, when his father gave him a load of corn, should he husk it and haul it to Bloomington.


The corn was to sell at ten cents per bushel, the proceeds to be used in purchase of the boots and any surplus was to be invested in flour and coffee. Having purchased the boots, they were stolen from him before he reached home, but a later attempt succeeded and he received a most prized pair of boots.

In 1870 he made arrangements with his friend, the late Judge David DAVIS of Bloomington, to rent an 1,800 acre farm in DeWitt county. Judge Davis had been an intimate of Abraham Lincoln, had presided in the DeWitt county circuit court when Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas practiced law there, and always made the trip riding across the low, boggy country between Bloomington and Clinton on horseback.

Riding in company with two other prominent barristers of the day, at one time, the theory was advanced by one that at some future date a railroad would connect the two cities but the idea was scouted by the third who called attention to the swamps that were miring down the horses and who predicted that a railroad would sink out of sight in that territory. These gentlemen carried their legal papers inside the tall silk hats they always wore.


With but $200 in capital to start, Mr. Ziegler undertook the management of the huge DeWitt county tract, and for eleven years raised stock and grain. Then Cholera wiped out a herd of 600 hogs, but undismayed by this setback he kept on and in 1881 purchased the 320 acre farm just across the Texas township line southeast of Clinton which he converted into one of the most attractive farm homes in Illinois. Other land was later acquired in Missouri and other states and added to his vast estate.

He was married Dec. 20, 1877, to Annie Elizabeth SIMPSON, and two children were born to the union. Wilfred I. ZIEGLER, who farmed his father's land, died during the influenza epidemic in 1918. J. Frank Ziegler, the only living son, was for a time assistant farm advisor of Macon county, then manager of the Warner-Bell-Mettler estates with headquarters in Clinton, and in the fall of 1926 accepted the management of a 10,000 acre tract in Wisconsin. The widow also survives.

Although born in Germany the land of his adoption became the fatherland to Mr. Ziegler, and he was foremost in local politics and community endeavors to advance to moral and material welfare of his country.


In 1889, he was elected to the state legislature and served two years in the House of Representatives. He was Republican county central committeeman for many years. Present State Senator, Francis [should be Florence, not Francis] Bohrer of Bloomington, is a niece of Mr. Ziegler and her father, former-Governor, Joseph M. [should be W. for Wilson] Fifer, was one of his closest friends. [Florence Fifer Bohrer was the first woman state senator in Illinois.]

Mr. Ziegler was one of the leaders in organizing the Weldon Springs Chautauqua in 1901 and was on active committees during the entire period that chautauquas were conducted at the popular resort. Thereafter, through friendship with Lincoln Weldon of Bloomington, owner of the park, he had been park manager and saw to it that repairs were kept up and picnickers were accorded every comfort and convenience. The work building the masonry about the springs was performed by Mr. Ziegler, who is thus leaving a monument to himself in the delights of Weldon Springs.

Mr. Ziegler's home farm lies immediately north of the Weldon Springs park.

For fifteen years he served as president and superintendent of the DeWitt county fair and through his efforts there was built at the fair grounds a waterworks system before the city of Clinton enjoyed a similar benefit.

He was a member of St. Paul's Universalist church of Clinton, of DeWitt Lodge No. 84, A. F. & A. M., Goodbrake Chapter No. 59, R. A. M., and Clinton Commandery No. 66, Knights Templar.

Besides his widow and one son, J. Frank Ziegler of Clinton, he leaves two grandchildren, Betty and Billy, and the following sisters and brothers:


Mrs. Louise PLANK, Farmer City; Mrs. Kathryn HENNEE and Eva McNALL of Spokane, Wash.; and Mrs. Redericka KUNSCH of Sapulta, Oklahoma.

One of the prized possessions of Mr. Ziegler was the coat of arms of the Zeigler family, dating back into the sixteenth century, which sets out that the name comes from Franken, where the name was called Zigler.

The shield is of silver, on which is a black clad man with a bow and arrow, which appears to grow out of a red and silver wall and conveys the idea of symbolizing the strong intellect of the Progenitor.


On the helmet, and directly above the crown of nobility appears an arm holding a red tile stone with the words "Ziegler Stein," whence the family derives the name, according to explanation given by Mr. Ziegler in his life time. A brick is seen to have indicated early endeavors of the family, and situated between an open pair of wings in silver and precious stones symbolizes the prosperity of the family. The coverlet and helmet is silver and black and silver and red, symbolizing high esteem and courage. The symbol is signed in the Liebmacherschen collection.

There is on file in the cathedral of Worms, Germany, Mr. Ziegler has often times stated, a document stating that Peter Ziegler befriended Martin Luther in a financial way in 1643 and saved him from his enemies by this service in the years he was reforming the Catholic church. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.


August 28, 1927
Decatur Review

Knights Templar to Escort Body.

Clinton, Aug. 27.—Funeral services for the late Jacob Ziegler, whose death occurred Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock in his home three miles southeast of Clinton near Weldon Springs, will be Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in St. Paul's Universalist church, Dr. B. G. Carpenter of Chicago officiating. Grave services will be in charge of DeWitt Lodge No. 84, A. F. & A. M., with Clinton Commandery No. 66, Knights Templar, acting as escort. Pall bearers will be selected from the Masonic fraternity. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.


September 1927
Paper Unknown


Last rites for the late Jacob ZEIGLER, prominent DeWitt county farmer who passed away at his home east of Clinton Saturday morning (Aug. 27), at [?] o'clock. Rev. Dr. CARPENTER of Peoria officiated. Services were conducted from St. Paul's church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

The church was filled to overflowing with friends of the deceased and the scores of bouquets of flowers gave evidence of the esteem in which this aged man was held by his friends. The choir of the Universalist church sang while the following men, all members of the Masonic lodge, officiated as pallbearers: Frank LEWIN, J. E. JOHNSON, Ray PARKER, Harry CLINE, Claude FUNK (of Bloomington), C. L. ZANIES, H. B. SCHMITH and Fred ANDERSON. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

The flowers were in charge of Mrs. Charles ZANIES, assisted by Mesdames Elmer KILLOUGH, Charles ARGO, Charles LAFFERTY, Rolia T. INGHAM, Frank LEWIN, F. OSTERANDER and Misses Bess MADDOX and Nellie HARTSOCK.

The following out-of-town people attended the funeral. Ex-Governor and Mrs. PIFER, Eugene FUNK, Mr. and Mrs. D. FUNK, Lincoln WELDON, J. A. BOHER and son, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BOHER, Mr. and Mrs. John BOHER, Mr. and Mrs. Guy HILTON, Mrs. Phil WOOD, Mr. and Mrs. Guy WHIPPLE of Bloomington; Mrs. Lafayette FUNK of Shirley; Dean H. W. MUMFORD and J. C. SPELLER of the University of Illinois; Robert DRAKE, leading scoutmaster of Champaign and three of the leading scouts; Mr. and Mrs. John ROLOFSON and daughter of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. PETARD, Mr. and Mrs. KELLINGTON, William STARR and Roy ESHELMAN of Decatur, and Mrs. Emma COBLISH of West Virginia.

Note: His name was often spelled Ziegler instead of Zeigler. His parents' obituaries, which are also listed here, show the name Ziegler.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Mrs. Jacob ZIEGLER, Jr.

December 18, 1940, Wednesday
The Clinton Journal & Public

Mrs. Anna Ziegler Expired Tuesday.

Mrs. Anna ZIEGLER, formerly of near Clinton, widow of Jacob ZIEGLER, died yesterday at the home of her son, J. Frank ZIEGLER, in Dwight.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at [?] o'clock at the Universalist church here, in charge of Rev. J. W. McKnight.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

The deceased was the daughter of Henry and Anna SIMPSON and was born November 22, 1852, in Montgomery county, Ohio.  At the age of three she came with her parents to this community.  She was married December 20, 1877, to Jacob Ziegler.  He died August 27, 1927.  A son, Wilfred, died in October 1918.

Mrs. Ziegler had made her home since her husband’s death with her son, Frank.  There are also two grandchildren surviving.


February 26, 1892
Clinton Register

Joseph A. ZEIGLER was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, May 2, 1837. In 1860 he came to Illinois; in 1862 he enlisted in Co. H. 107 Ill. Volunteers and served as second lieutenant. Aug. 5, 1863, he was married to Miss Mary E. McHALL, of Circleville, Ohio, and they made Bement, Ill., their home until 1871 when he moved to Clinton and resided here until his death Feb. 18, 1892. Since coming to Clinton he and his wife, who survives him, had been successful in conducting a hotel and restaurant near the Central depot. They had been industrious and had succeeded so well that they owned valuable property and their hotel has a large patronage. Mr. Zeigler believed in attending to his own business, and was therefore well spoken of by all his acquaintances who admired him for his honorable and respectful treatment of all. His many friends sympathize with his family in their loss of a husband and father.


January 20, 1911
Clinton Register

Brother Dies in California.

Hon. Jacob ZIEGLER received a message from Spokane, Wash., that his brother Louis died at his home in that city Sunday night at 5 o'clock. Louis was a pioneer of Washington, going to that territory in 1876. He first located at Spokane, when that now prosperous city contained but a small number of inhabitants. Mr. Ziegler invested in real estate there and at the time of his death he was estimated to be worth $400,000. Mr. Ziegler came to America from Germany in 1852 and in 1857 moved to this state, locating at Normal and later moving to Washington. He was 74 years of age at the time of his death and is survived by one son, William, one brother, Jacob Ziegler, of this city, and four sisters, Mrs. Kate KLANK of Farmer City, Mrs. Rachel KOUNCH of Des Moines, Ia., Mrs. Kate HENNE of Westerville, Wash., and Mrs. Eva LOWENTROUT of Spokane, Wash.

Note: Louis died in Washington State, not California; Mrs. Kate Klank should be Mrs. Louisa Klank; Mrs. Rachel Kounch should be Mrs. Fredricka Kunsch.


January 16, 1911
Inland Herald (Spokane, WA)

Pioneer Capitalist’s Busy Life Comes to End Peacefully at Home.

Founder of Original Masonic Lodge in Power City Leaves Big Estate.

The cold hand of death removed from the Inland Empire yesterday one of the pioneer business men who has contributed largely to the upbuilding of Spokane as a metropolis, when Louis ZIEGLER passed away at his home, 1806 Pacific avenue, at 3:55 p.m. Mr. Ziegler’s death was not unexpected, as he had been in very poor health for some time, but at the end of last week his condition was reported improved.

Ziegler was a native of Germany, but he came to Spokane in 1879 and established himself in the hardware business, when the town was scarcely more than a country village. At the time of the fire he was one of the business men to be wiped out by the conflagration, but with keen foresight he pinned his faith in the future of the Inland Empire capital and erected the first brick building after the ashes had cooled. That structure, the Ziegler Block, still stands and is one of the most valuable properties in Spokane.

Merchant Retires.

Several years ago Ziegler retired from the hardware business to devote his attention to his realty interests, which had become very large. Besides Spokane holdings he had valuable property at Medical Lake.

The deceased would have been 74 years of age had he lived until the 17th of next July. A daughter, Jennie Louise, afterwards Mrs. M. E. SMITHERS, died in 1886. William H. ZIEGLER, the son, survives his father.

Honored by His Party.

He took an active part in politics as soon as he reached his majority and became known as one of the strong speakers in the Republican party in his section of Illinois. He affiliated closely with native Americans and soon was , to all intents and purposes, a natural American. He married an American lady, Miss Margaret Jane SAMPLE, who died in Spokane May 31, 1908. After the war he was elected to the Senate of the State of Illinois, where he was soon recognized as one of the strong men on the Republican side.

Brother Will Attend Funeral.

Mr. Ziegler's brother, Jacob ZIEGLER of Clinton, Ill., will in all probability attend the funeral, having telegraphed for the date. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Ziegler residence at 1806 Pacific avenue. It will be in charge of Grand Lodge Masons, Oriental Lodge No. 74 having a special meeting tonight to make arrangements. John ARTHUR of Seattle, past grand master of Masons, and an intimate friend of Mr. Ziegler, will officiate, acting as special deputy of the present grand master, Judge Jeremiah Neterer of Bellingham. The grand lodge will be opened at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Masonic Temple, with Judge Henry L. Kennan, David S. Prescott, W. W. Witherspoon, E. F. Waggoner and other distinguished Masons acting as its officers, including Horace W. Tyler, formerly of Spokane, now of Tacoma, as the grand secretary.

Pallbearers Lodgemen.

The pallbearers will be appointed by the grand lodge of the order and will be taken from the membership of Oriental Lodge No. 74, of which Mr. Ziegler was one of the organizers and was a member at the time of his death. Interment will be in the family vault at Fairmount Cemetery, beside the remains of his wife and daughter.

Telegrams of condolence have been received by William Ziegler from many old friends of the deceased and of the family, among them on from J. G. Blake, formerly manager of the Pacific Postals Company of Seattle, now with offices in San Francisco.

Mr. Ziegler came west in 1870 being in the hardware trade until 1886, when he took up real estate in Spokane and made that his business until death. In 1889 he built the Ziegler building at Howard street and Riverside avenue.

Organizes Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Ziegler was the organizer of Spokane Lodge No. 34 in 1884, the first Masonic lodge to be established in Spokane, and he was its first worshipful master. He was also the organizer of Oriental Lodge No. 74, being its first worshipful master, and was a member of that lodge at the time of his death.

Besides organizing these two lodges he organized Spokane Chapter No. 2 of Royal Arch Masons and was the first high priest and was also the first grand high priest for the State of Washington. He also organized the Scottish Rite Consistory, but withdrew from membership of the Consistory some years ago. He also held the office of grand master of the Blue Lodge for the State of Washington for two years.

Wilfred I. ZIEGLER

October 30, 1918, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Well Known Young DeWitt County Farmer Called by Death After Week's Illness of Influenza.

Fred ZIEGLER, one of the well known young farmers of DeWitt county died at his home southeast of Clinton this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after being ill for the past week of influenza which developed into pneumonia.  It was known that Mr. Ziegler was very ill but his sudden death came as a distinct shock to the citizens of Clinton.

Wilfred I. Ziegler was born in DeWitt county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob ZIEGLER and at the time of his death was forty years and one day of age.  The deceased received his education in the DeWitt county schools and some years ago was united in marriage to Miss CHAMBERS of Ohio, who with the father and mother and one brother, Frank, survive.

The deceased was a member of the Masons and the K. of P. lodges and was one of the most prominent young farmers in the county with a host of friends and acquaintances.

As the Public goes to press the funeral arrangements have not been made and they will be announced later.


November __, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

On account of the incomplete information at hand last week when the account of the death of W. I. ZIEGLER was published, the following obituary is here given:

Wilfred I. ZIEGLER, better known as “Fred,” succumbed to influenza-pneumonia at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, October 30, 1918.  His illness was of short duration, he having been sick just one week.  His death was a great shock to the entire community.  Fred complained of feeling badly on the Wednesday before his death.  The doctor was called and pronounced his case influenza.  He remained in bed from the first and the early days of the sickness appeared to be a mild attack.  He had the best attention and care that could be given, but after Sunday he grew rapidly worse and developed pneumonia.  On Wednesday morning he seemed better and the nurse was encouraged that the worst was past.  He died very suddenly, however, shortly after noon.  He did not suffer severely and was conscious to the last, and talked of business affairs about the farm an hour before he passed away.

Wilfred I. Ziegler was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob ZIEGLER, prominent retired farmers, living on their farm two miles southeast of this city.  He was born in DeWitt county October 29, 1878, which made him 40 years and one day old at the time of his death.  In December, 1909, he was united in marriage to Miss Lillian CHAMBERS of Ottawa, Ohio.  No children were born to this union.  During the first two years of married life the couple resided in Toledo, Ohio, where the deceased was employed as traveling salesman.  In 1911 they returned to this county to make their home on the Ziegler farm.  Since his residence here, Mr. Ziegler has been engaged in managing and operating his father’s farm of 450 acres.

Fred was very prominent in his community and was recognized as one of the county’s best farmers, and had a wide acquaintance throughout the state.  He was an expert judge of live stock and was called to judge stock at many fairs in different parts of Illinois.  He was closely associated with the Farmers’ Institute and an active worker in all better farming movements.  He was also closely associated with the Weldon Springs Chautauqua for a number of years and served as treasurer of that association for two years.

Mr. Ziegler secured his education in the rural schools of DeWitt county and later attended the Clinton high school and afterward took a course in agriculture at the University of Illinois.   He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and Masonic lodges.  He was also a prominent member of the St. Paul’s Universalist church and filled most acceptably the position of moderator for two years.

He was very popular and had a host of friends who mourn his untimely passing.  He is survived by his wife, his parents and one brother, Frank.

The funeral, held Saturday morning, was private in accordance with the state quarantine laws, only relatives attending.  Rev. Dr. Carpenter of the Universalist church of Peoria conducted the service.  The profusion of beautiful floral offerings were symbolic of the love and esteem he held with his friends.

Mrs. Wilfred I. ZIEGLER

December 24, 1969, Wednesday
Findlay Republican Courier
Hancock County, Ohio


Mrs. Lillian ZIEGLER, 84, of Brunswick, Maine, died Monday evening in that city.  Mrs. Ziegler, a retired school teacher, was a graduate of Deshler High School and attended New York University.  She taught school in Leipsic, [Ohio], in Maine and Long Island, New York.

Born March 31, 1885, near Gilboa, [Ohio], she was the daughter of William and Orpha (McDowell) Chambers.  In 1909, she was married to Wilfred ZIEGLER, who died in 1918.   Surviving are nephew, Dr. J. McLean REED, of Lima, and several cousins in Putnam County, [Ohio].

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Retired Teachers Association of Maine.  Services are at 2 p.m. Friday in the LaPoint Funeral Home.  The Rev. John S. Brown will officiate, with burial in Harman Cemetery.  The body will arrive here Thursday.

Note: The maiden name of Lillian’s mother was Orpha Crawfis, not Orpha McDowell.  Her mother’s first husband was Oliver McDowell, and her second husband was William Chambers.  She was the daughter of Otho and Sarah (Agner) Crawfis.


February 15, 2004
Clinton Daily Journal

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Lily (Swearingen) Zimmerlin
Born: June 14, 1911 in Wapella.
Died: Feb. 9, 2004 at Millington Health Care center in Millington, Tenn.
Parents: Wiley Franklin SWEARINGEN and Edith Lillian WILSON.
Married: John P. ZIMMERLIN.
Survivors: Survivors include one niece, Anita M. BLARICHER of Hornesby, Tenn.; and one great-neice, Merle BALLARD of Atoka, Tenn.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton, with Rev. Richard GRAY officiating.
Burial: Heyworth.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 14, 1890
Clinton Public

Our worthy brother, M. V. ZIMMERMAN, editor of the Farmer City Journal, has been called to pass through the deep waters of affliction this week. On last Tuesday morning, after a brief illness of only four days, Death summoned from his home the beloved wife of his young manhood and the sharer of his joys and sorrows in maturer years. Almost without warning the bright hopes of his life have been shattered, and his soul goes out in agony that his home life has lost its only charm. Words of consolation in such an hour as this are mere empty sounds to his stricken heart. We had not the pleasure of an acquaintance with Mrs. Zimmerman, but from friends who knew her in Farmer City we learn that she was a lovable woman, kind and gentle in her life, and ever seeking to do good unto others. She was a lady of fine musical talent and her cultivated voice lifted up the souls of others as she sang the sweet songs of Zion in the sanctuary or in the homes of affliction and sorrow. May the Father of all sustain Bro. Zimmerman through this the saddest experience of his life.

Jacob W. ZOMBRO 

October 13, 1905
Clinton Register

Clinton Man Died at Farm Home Near Weldon—
Brought Here For Burial Wednesday.

Jacob ZOMBRO went to the home of John Brannon, near Weldon, to assist in caring for the sick.  Tuesday morning about 5 o'clock he had a severe spell of coughing and when told a doctor had been sent for, he said it would not be long till he would not need a doctor, and in about twenty minutes he was dead.  Coroner Jones held an inquest and the verdict was death resulted from heart trouble.

Deceased was nearly 68 years old and for many years lived at Weldon, but for a few years had made Clinton his home.  He is survived by his wife, who lives in Champaign; three sisters [should be daughters], Mrs. J. H. ALSBURY, of Weldon; Mrs. Geo. REDDICK and Mrs. B. F. PELTZ, of Clinton; [and sons,] James, of Bloomington; and Roger, of Champaign.

Remains were brought to Clinton Tuesday afternoon and taken to the home of Geo. Reddick and funeral services were held Thursday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Jacob W. ZOMBRO 

July 30, 1915
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary Zombro Died in Champaign at 4:30 Last Friday Morning.

Mary Margaret ZOMBRO, a former resident of Clinton and the mother of Mrs. Edna REDDICK and Mrs. Minnie PELTZ, of this city, died at her home in Champaign at 4:30 last Friday morning at the age of 70 years after an illness of about two years from a complication of diseases.  The body was brought to Clinton Saturday and taken to the home of Mrs. Peltz, from which place the funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Arthur McDavitt officiating.  Burial in Woodlawn beside the grave of the deceased husband, who passed away in 1905.

Mary CHENEY was born in Mechanicsburg, O., September 5, 1844, coming to Illinois at the age of seventeen years, and for three years following school teaching.  In 1866 she was married to Jacob ZOMBRO, also a school teacher, in Clinton, the late Judge McGraw performing the ceremony.  The couple resided in this county, a part of the time in Clinton, until fifteen years ago when Mrs. Zombro went to Champaign and since that time had made her home with her son, Roger.  The couple were the parents of seven children, five of whom survive, as follows: Mrs. Minnie PELTZ and Mrs. Edna REDDCK and Jas. ZOMBRO, of Clinton, Mrs. Jeanette ALSBURY, of Decatur, and Roger ZOMBRO of Champaign.

Deceased was a woman of exemplary character and was loved and respected by all who knew her.  Her chief delight was in her children.

Charles H. ZORGER 

August 29, 1913
Clinton Register


Friends here have received messages announcing the death of Dr. Charles H. ZORGER, which took place in Champaign following an attack of Bright’s disease.  Dr. Zorger was for the past year and a half a resident of that city, and only left here four weeks ago.  He was the proprietor of the Illinois pharmacy, having purchased it from William Shorthouse about year and a half ago.  He had gone to visit his brother in Champaign when taken sick.  The funeral was held on Monday morning in Monticello at 9:30 o'clock.  His many friends here will regret to learn of his demise.  He is survived by his wife and two small children, his mother at Weldon, Ill., and a brother, also a doctor in Champaign.   —Pantagraph.

Mrs. Charles K. ZORGER 

April 2, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Martha ZORGER, wife of Mr. Charles K. ZORGER, died at her home in this city yesterday morning, aged forty-nine years and one month. For the past eighteen months she has been a sufferer from Bright's disease, and for the last three weeks of her life she was confined to her bed. Mrs. Zorger was born in Virginia and till 1865 she lived in the South. During the war she lived in East Tennessee. At the close of the war she came to this county to her uncle, the late James WILLMORE of Harp township. Fourteen years ago she was married to C. K. Zorger, and about two years ago the family moved to Clinton and purchased Captain NORTH's house.

Mrs. Charles K. ZORGER 

July 12, 1928
Clinton Journal and Public

Aged Clinton Resident Dies on Wednesday.

Mrs. Hulda ZORGER, aged resident of Clinton, passed away at her home 204 West Main street, Wednesday morning at 1:10 o'clock after an illness dating over a period of four years. Mrs. Zorger suffered a stroke of paralysis four years ago and had been an invalid ever since.

Hulda JOHNSON, daughter of Alice and Eason JOHNSON was born in North Lewistown, Ohio, Sept. 23, 1841, being 87 years old at the time of her death. When she was 18 years old, she came here with her parents and Clinton had since been her home. On Feb. 16, 1899, she was married to Charles K. ZORGER, of Clinton. No children were born to this union. Mr. ZORGER died June 17, 1919. She leaves to mourn her loss one sister and one brother, Mrs. Emma KIRK and Joseph E. JOHNSON, both of Clinton. Deceased was a member of the Universalist church of Clinton and also of the Fin de Cycle and McCorkle clubs of this city.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Universalist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of Rev. LINTON, of Marseilles, Ill., former pastor of the church. Mrs. Mae TUGGLE and Mrs. Maude SHUEMAKER will furnish the music and the pallbearers will be L. O. WILLIAMS, Edward WADE, Charles SCOTT, Thomas CACKLEY, Smith FULLER, Charles HARTSOCK, Frank McCUDDY and Fred HILL. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.


September 16, 1910
Clinton Register

Jacob Zorger Died Thursday the Result of His Horse Becoming Frightened at Automobile.

Jacob ZORGER died Thursday night at the home of his brother, Charles ZORGER, death resulting from injuries received in a runaway Tuesday, when a horse he was driving became frightened at an automobile. He never regained consciousness after the accident and at no time was there hope of his recovery.

Mr. Zorger was returning from his farm southeast of Clinton Tuesday evening, and when near the McCuddy place the horse became frightened at an automobile driven by C. S. LAFFERTY and became unmanageable. Mr. Zorger was thrown violently to the ground, alighting on the right side of his head. His collar bone was fractured and the base of his skull was fractured, the latter injury being the direct cause of his death. Mr. Lafferty went immediately to the assistance of the injured man who was brought to his home in Clinton.

The horse driven by Mr. Zorger was 24 years old but was not considered safe to drive on account of its fear of automobiles. The animal had been in the hands of a horse breaker about a month ago, and the unfortunate man had since been driving it and frequently had difficulty to control the horse when meeting automobiles, but had always been successful until the accident Tuesday.

Jacob Zorger was born March 30, 1828, at Yorkstown, York County, Pennsylvania. After spending the early part of his life in the place of his birth, he came to Illinois at an early date and settled in DeWitt county, which had since been his home. He was successful in business and farming and accumulated considerable property, being the owner of about 800 acres of DeWitt county land at the time of his death. He was probably one of the best known stock and grain men in the county and despite his advanced age was daily engaged in looking after his stock and farming interests.

Deceased was unmarried and made his home with his brother, Charles Zorger. The funeral will be held at St. Paul's Universalist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. H. Laing. Interment in Woodlawn.

Jacob S. ZORGER 

July 11, 1902
Clinton Register

J. S. ZORGER, one of the residents of Nixon township, died at his home in Weldon Tuesday morning, aged about 70 years. The wife and several children survive him, one of them being Dr. W. H. ZORGER, of Champaign. Further particulars were not learned.


July 11, 1902
Decatur Herald

Died Tuesday at His Home in Weldon, Illinois.

Jacob S. ZORGER died early Tuesday morning at his home in Weldon of heart trouble after a protracted illness. He was born in Pennsylvania July 23, 1833, and at the age of 3 years with his parents came to Macon county where he lived until 1842, when he moved to Piatt county. June 1, 1854, he married Miss Margaret MILLER of Lane, DeWitt county, and in 1859 moved to DeWitt county and in 1870 to Weldon, where he lived until his death. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Zorger, six of whom survive them. Mr. Zorger for years had been a member of the M. P. Church of Weldon.

Mrs. Jacob S. ZORGER 

July 12, 1918
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Margaret Zorger Passes Away after Long Illness.

Last Friday evening at about five o’clock death claimed one of Weldon’s oldest pioneers, when Mrs. Margaret ZORGER passed to her reward, after a long illness. She had been ill at different times for years past, but her condition was more serious the past few months. Last week she became worse and it was soon seen she could not long survive, and the children were summoned home. All were at her bedside at the final hour, except her son, Stephen, of Thayer, Kansas, who is afflicted with paralysis.

The funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday morning at 11:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. O. W. LOUGH, assisted by Rev. A. D. MOON. Appropriate music was furnished by selected choirs. Many of the selections were old-time songs, which were her favorites. Interment was in the Weldon cemetery. As she was widely known, the attendance was quite large, many coming from a distance.

Margaret MILLER was born August 27, 1834, in DeWitt county. On June 1, 1854, she was united in marriage with Jacob Zorger at Decatur, Ill. For a number of years they resided at Monticello, where he conducted the big mill, and then moved to the Weldon Springs farm, near Clinton. After a number of years residence there they moved to Weldon. Mr. Zorger died about twenty years ago. The home is situated on 68 acres in the north part of town. Nine children were born as a result of this union, four of them dying. The five surviving children are: Stephen, of Thayers, Kansas; Dr. W. H. of Champaign, Il.; Mrs. Cicero LANE, of Danville, Ill.; Mrs. William L. MILLER, of Decatur, Ill., and Mrs. May GALE, of Weldon, Ill. She early joined the M. P. church of Weldon and she and her husband were earnest workers in that church for many years. It was her regret that infirmities would not permit her to attend church the past few years. Besides the children, John MILLER and sister, Mrs. Maggie ROBERTS, were raised by Mr. and Mrs. Zorger, they being their nephew and niece.

Mrs. Linc ZORGER 

April 11, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Anna ZORGER died about eleven o'clock Wednesday forenoon at her home on South Center street after an illness of over three months. About six weeks ago she was taken to the hospital but was there only two or three weeks, as she desired to be in her own home. Three weeks ago she was taken to her home and seemed to improve, but it was only temporary. She was afflicted with cancer of the stomach and other diseases, and her recovery was impossible.

Anna Jeannette SMALLWOOD was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gideon SMALLWOOD and was born on the old homestead in Creek township, March 4, 1864, being at the time of her death 49 years of age. Following her marriage to Linc ZORGER she continued to live on the Smallwood homestead until twenty years ago, when she removed to Clinton and has since lived in or near Clinton. She leaves a sister, Mrs. T. J. EDWARDS, of Weldon, and two brothers, Lewis SMALLWOOD, of Creek township, and Richard, of Clinton. Two children were born to the union and one died in infancy. The surviving child is Mrs. Lois (ZORGER) DAVENPORT, of DeWitt. She also leaves two grandchildren, and her husband, who lives in Springfield.

Deceased was a member of the First Christian church of Clinton. Funeral services will be held in the Christian church Saturday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. F. Rosborough. Deceased had been a member of the Christian church most of her life. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.


August 8, 1879
Clinton Public

Conrad ZOULOFF, a McLean county German, committed suicide the other night by hanging himself in the cell of the calaboose, where he was locked up for drunkenness. He was fifty-five years old and unmarried.