Meacham - Morris



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Dropped Dead On The Street
Waverly Man In Louisville, KY

Willis T Meacham Succumbs to Heart Failure--Had Been Absent From Home But Short Time--Remains Brought Home

Another shock was given our citizens last Friday morning when a telegram was received by relatives in this city conveying the sad intelligence that Willis T Meacham, son of Mr and Mrs WLT Meacham of this city, had dropped dead on the streets of Louisville, KY., at an early hour that morning. The news came with terrible force to the aged parents, as he was their only son, and to many friends of the deceased man it seemed almost incredible, as he had been absent from the city only a few weeks, and it was not generally known he was suffering with an organic trouble of any nature. Wiring the proper authorities in that city to hold the body until relatives could arrive, Jos. B Lombard left this city Friday afternoon for Louisville to accompany the remains back to Waverly.

From the Louisville Courier Journal of Saturday, August 31, we take the following particulars relating to Mr Meacham's death:


While presumably on his way to a physician's office for medical aid, Willis T Meacham, about forty-seven years of age, said to be a member of a wealthy family of Waverly, Ill., died at 7 o'clock yesterday morning in front of the Crescent livery stable, 315 Second street, after what is thought to have been a sudden attack of organic heart trouble.

Previous to the attack Meacham was seen walking hurriedly out Second street from Market street by an employee of the stable. The man said that he was walking fast and steadily until he approached within a few yards of the stable when he began to reel. Just as he reached the front door of the stable he fell, and stretching out his hands he pulled himself forward several feet towards the building. He was still conscious. He was placed in a half-sitting posture against the side of the building, and in about ten minutes after he fell he breathed his last. The ambulance, which was summoned, arrived very shortly after the man had expired. Dr. Gus. Allman, of the City Hospital staff, who answered the emergency call, made examination soon after the death of Meacham, and found that he had suffered a hemorrhage, which he pronounced to have resulted from heart trouble. Upon a subsequent inquest held by Coroner Ellis Duncan it was found that the death resulted from natural causes.

The body of Meacham was identified from letters found in his coat pocket, which were written by his father, WLT Meacham, of Waverly, Ill., The contents of the letters brought out the fact that the man had been in Louisville for several weeks. It later developed that he came to the city about six weeks ago and was registered at the Capital hotel, where he stayed for a period of two weeks. It was stated last night by the clerk of that hotel that during this time Meacham received frequent drafts from Waverly, Ill., for amounts of from $100 to $150 , and that from all appearances he was a man of considerable affluence. After the leaving the hotel Mr Meacham secured a lodging place on the third floor at 140 East Market street. During his stay in this city he was never engaged in any kind of business. C. Miller, the undertaker into whose charge the body of the man was delivered, telegraphed to WLT Meacham of Waverly, Ill., in regard to the death, and received a reply last night stating that relatives from that city would start immediately for Louisville to return with the body.


Willis T Meacham was born in Waverly, Ill., Nov 19, 1859, and died in Louisville, Ky., Aug 30, 1907. He had lived in this city all his life, and in his early life was connected with his father in the mercantile business in this city until the retirement of the latter a few years ago. Since that time Mr Meacham had been conducting a large clothing business here, but prior to his departure for Louisville, Ky., sold his stock of goods and retired from the business. June 21, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Jones, of this city. To them was born one daughter, Helen, who died in infancy. The wife died Oct. 19, 1895.

The remains arrived in this city last Sunday afternoon, in care of JB Lombard, and were taken to the family home to await interment. The funeral services were held at the home of his parents on Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, the Rev Edw. H Sheppley, of the Congregational church officiating. The interment was made in the family lot in East cemetery. A large gathering of mourning relatives and friends were present at both the home and cemetery services.

The pall-bearers were: Mayor CF Wemple, AV Spaenhower, JC Deatherage, WL Ashbaugh, MC Hopson and AL Meacham.

Deceased is survived by his parents, WLT Meacham and Julia A Meacham, of this city; one sister, Mrs J H Vadakin of Bethany, Ill., and two nieces, Mrs AL Hamilton of this city and Mrs Diamond McMenammay of Bethany. Dr. and Mrs Vadakin and Mr and Mrs Mckenna attended the funeral.


Waverly Journal, May 29, 1925

Annis May Meacham was born August 31, 1861, at Waverly, Ill., and passed away May 21, 1925, at the home of her sister, Mrs George Mitchell of Columbia, Mo., being at the time of her death, 63 years, 9 months and 20 days of age. She was the daughter of Edom D and Margaret Meacham.

She confessed her faith in Christ at an early age, and united with the Methodist church at Waverly. She had been practically a cripple for several years , due to injuries received from a fall, but throught it all she remained cheerful and strong in faith. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge at Moberly, Mo.

She leaves to mourn her death two sisters, Mrs Ida K Rodgers and Mrs Belle Mitchell, and two brothers A L and George G Meacham, beside a host of other relatives and friends.

The remains were brought to this city and taken to the residence of S W Rodgers, where funeral services were held Friday afternoon, at 3:00 o'clock, in charge of Rev A R Wassell, pastor fo the First M E church. The pall bearers were Chas. S Dikes, C W Lowe, George Rodgers, Thomas Rodgers, Elmer Meacham and E B Wyle. The flowers were cared for by Mrs C W Lowe and Mrs Harvey Sanks. Several selections were sung by Mrs W A Barrow and Mrs J H Shutt. Interment was in East cemetery.


Waverly Journal, Aug. 10, 1905

Mary Ann Hutchinson daughter of James and Eletha Hutchinson was born in Waverly, Ill., September 25, 1837, departed this life at her home in Waverly, 2 pm Saturday, August 5, 1905, being 67 years, 10 months and 11 days in age.

After the death of her father she made her home with a brother, Wm Hutchinson, until her marriage to Mr C F Meacham, April 3, 1856. No children were granted to this union but they reared from infancy and adopted as their own a daughter, Laura H Meacham, who, after a beautiful life, was called to her heavenly home, June 26, 1887. The husband of the deceased, a brother, Mr John Hutchinson of Waverly, a half sister, Mrs Linda Cole of St Louis, and two half brothers, David Hutchinson of Jacksonville, and Samuel Hutchinson of Girard, mourn her going and wait the day when all shall meet again on the other shore.

Mrs. Meacham's father was a useful and honored local preacher, who influence over his children could but be for the good. It was but natural that this daughter, in 1856, being in the nineteenth year of her age, under the preaching of the pastor, A S McCoy, gave her heart to God and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. She became an active worker in the church of her choice, singing in the choir and being some time it's leader.

During the last two years of her life failing health kept her closely at home. The final illness brought her to her bed a little less than two weeks before the end came; but for the greater of this time death was momentarily expected. She understood her condition and was ready and willing, even eager, to go. Her conversation was of Christ. Her testimony was clear and bright. There was no fear. There was the glad confidence that all should be well. When her pastor tried to sing, she in her weakness sang with him. When he read the word she, from memory, recited the passage read. While he prayed, she, too, was praying aloud; and her Good bye was this: Tell everybody it's all right. "The Savior", she said at another time, "was with me last night in bodily presence". She is with him now.

"Servant of God, well done!
The glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, the race's won,
And thou art crowned at last."


Waverly Journal, March 1898

Death of E D Morris

Last Monday morning, March 21, at 9:55 o'clock, Edom Dickinson Morris quietly passed away at the home of his brother-in-law, J H Goldsmith, in this city, aged 44 years, 1 month and 26 days. His death was due to a combination of diseases that so often baffle the skill of the best physicians, and although his intimate friends saw no cause for fear until within about two months ago, those nearer to him could see that within two years past the once vigorous frame and constitution was slowly being undermined by disease, and felt grave fears as to the result. With characteristic fortitude he strove to hide from his relatives what they already knew, and treated his troubles lightly with a cheerfulness often assumed , and only surrendered his would-be secret when he realized it was known to all. The last two months of his illness were attended with much suffering, but he bore it patiently, and often expressed his readiness and desire to enter the restful world beyond.

'Dee" as he was familiarly known to all, was born January 25, 1854, in Sangamon county, about six miles northeast of Waverly, and was the eldest son of Jonathan and Martha E Morris, both of whom have preceded him to the grave. When an infant his parents moved to this city, where he has lived ever since, and it was to him a happy coincidence that the home that sheltered him from infancy to manhood's estate should be his home in the last few months of his life. Dee was a man of warm, generous impulses, and loyal to his friends. These traits won him friends everywhere, and they in turn remained loyal to him. He is survived by four children--three sons, Charles F., Otho and Kenneth, and one daughter, Blanche; also one sister, Mrs J H Goldsmith, and three brothers S D , Richard N, and Willis G Morris, besides other relatives and a large circle of friend.

Funeral services were held at his late home at 2 pm Tuesday, March 22, conducted by the Rev A S Kaye, of the Congregational church, assisted by the Rev G E Milford, of the Baptist church, and Elder J A Crooks, of the M E church south. Interment in East cemetery.


March 2, 1945

Mrs Mary Evaline Morris

Mrs Mary Evaline Morris, mother of C F Morris of this city, died Saturday at the home of her daughter Mrs Frank Nordstrom, in Los Angles, Calf. The body was brought to Waverly, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Nordstrom..

Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, at the Neece Funeral home, Rev W W Henry , pastor of Soule Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in East cemetery.

March 9, 1945

Mrs Mary Evaline Morris

Mrs Mary Evaline Morris was born January 17, 1856, near Loami, Illinois, and died February 24, 1945, at the home of her daughter, Mrs Frank Nordstrom, in Los Angles, Calif., at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 8 days.

She was the daughter of Charles W and Isabel A Fisher, being the eldest of five children. In 1874, she was married to Edom D Morris, of Waverly. She was the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters, of whom two are surviving. She spent the greater part of her life in Waverly, and was a member of the First Congregational church.

The surviving members of the family are one son, C F Morris, of Waverly; one daughter, Mrs Blanche Lucille Nordstrom, of Los Angles, Calif.; one brother J N Fisher of Spokane, Wash.; and five grandsons all of whom are in the service.

The remains were brought to this city Wednesday of last week, and funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o;clock, at the Neece Funeral Home, Rev W W Henry, pastor of the Soule Methodist church, officiating.

Mrs E H Sheppard sang "In the Garden" the accompanist being Mrs G B Goldsmith.The pallbearers were S P Campbell, Frank H Curtiss, W E Miller, Robert Skekelton, J L Smetters and W R Turnbull. The flowers were cared for by Mrs S P Campbell, Mrs Kenneth Keplinger, Mrs Guy Moulton, Misses Edith Graves and Caroline Lombard.

Burial was in East Cemetery.


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Mrs. Martha E Morris-- died at her home in Waverly, Ill., on Monday, March 16, 1891 at 2:45 o'clock am, aged 64 years, 1 month and 19 days.

She was the eldest child of Edom D and Nancy Meacham, and was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., Jan 27, 1827. In 1830, when but three years old, her parents removed to Sangamon county, Ill., and settled on Upper Lick creek, about seven miles north of Waverly, where her girlhood days were passed.

On Jan 23, 1845, she was united in marriage to Jonathan Morris, and in 1856 they removed to Waverly, where they lived the remaining days of their lives. Nine children were born to them, of whom five survive her--Mrs JH Goldsmith, Edom D., Stephen D, Richard N, and Willis G, all residents of Waverly and vicinity, and who were constantly with her in her last illness. Her husband was among the first to obey his country's summons in the dark days of rebellion, and served with distinction as Major of the Fourteenth Illinois Infantry volunteers until compelled to resign from disease contracted in the army, from the effects of which he died Nov 12, 1871.

When but 15 years of age Mrs Morris professed religion and united with the Baptist church. This membership she retained to the hour of her death, and during this period her every-day actions were worthy examples of Christian consistency and fidelity to her Maker. Especially was this demonstrated in her last illness, when prostrated on a bed of intense suffering. She accepted her lot without a murmur of reproach, and hailed death with a cheerfulness that reconciled her sorrowing children and friends to the thought that was their loss would be her eternal gain.

Mrs Morris had been in feeble health for a year past, the principle cause being rheumatism, but was not compelled to take her bed until last Thanksgiving day, which she never left again. At times she seemed to rally, and gave evidences of restoration to health, but a complication of disease set in, which baffled the skill of the best medical knowledge, and it became apparent the last three weeks of her illness that she could never recover. The twenty-four hours proceeding her death were painless, and she passed from earth to heaven as calmly and peacefully as an infant in quiet sleep.

She leaves to mourn her loss a large circle of relatives, among them, in addition to her children, one brother and sister --Mr CF Meacham of this city and Mrs GM Maxwell, of Springfield--and eight half brothers and sisters, namely, Henry C Meacham of Canto, ND; Mrs Isabel Mitchell and Mrs Ella Cheney of Lowder; Abraham L, Joseph H, Geo W and Miss Annis Meacham and Mrs Katie Rodgers, all of this city.

The funeral services were held Tuesday, at 2 o'clock pm, at the Methodist church. Rev MC Davenport, of Jacksonville, officiating, assisted by Rev Walden of the ME church, and Rev Fairbank of the Congregational church. The funeral discourse was preached from St John 11:26 "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this". From the church the large congregation followed the beloved remains to the East cemetery, where the final act of placing them to rest in the narrow tomb was performed with appropriate exercises. The pall-bearers were Dr. LD Foreman, H Tietgen, E Wemple, JD Henry, Coley Deatherage and Jas E Hutchinson.


(unknown Waverly paper)

Mrs Margaret J Meacham fell asleep in the sleep of death at her residence on East State street, at 8:45 pm June 7th, 1894.

She has been a great sufferer for several years with dropsy, and on Tuesday evening, June the 5th, she was taken very suddenly with a violent attack of that fearful disease, which so affected her heart that she never again rallied. In her last illness her children and kind friends administered in every way possible, but the death angel came and claimed her as a trophy for glory.

She was the daughter of William and Vina McCormick of Springfield, Ill., and was born October 10, 1830.

She was converted to the Christian faith at an early age of twelve, and untied with the Congregational church, in Springfield, and was so attached to her mother church that she never moved her membership to this city.

She ever had an abiding faith in the grace of God, and died as she had lived, a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and the hope of the immortality of heaven.

She was married to Edom D Meacham, November 12th, 1853, who died in 1880. To them nine children were given, one, Edom D Meacham, having preceded her to the spirit world on March 26th, 1882, leaving eight children to mourn her death, viz: Mrs. George Mitchell, Mrs William Cheney and George Meacham of Lowder, Ill., Henry C and Joseph Meacham of Cando, North Dakota; Mrs Kate Rodgers, Miss Annis Meacham and Abe L Meacham of this city, who in tribute to their dear mother say:

Mother, thou wert mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening
When it floats among the trees.
Peaceful by thy silent slumber--
Peaceful in the grave so low.

Thou no more wilt join our number;
Thou no more our songs shall know,
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
When no farewell tear is shed.

The funeral took place at 4 o'clock pm Sunday June 10th, at the family residence and was largely attended by relatives, neighbors and citizens to pay tribute of respect to one who was highly respected and much loved.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev WW Williams, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by some of the pastors of the city. After reading a short and well prepared obituary he spoke words of hope and comfort from Revelation, fourteenth chapter and thirteenth verse, "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord, henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labor; and their works do follow them". The hymns and anthems were well selected and well rendered by members of the various choirs of the churches. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the city cemetery, where she was laid to rest until the resurrection morn, when 'they that are in their graves shall hear the voice of God' . The sons and sons-in-laws of the deceased bore her to her last resting place.


24 May, 1929

Nannie B Morris, the oldest daughter of Maj. Jonathan and Martha E Morris, was born January 21, 1848 near Lick Creek, Sangamon County, Illinois. At the age of 6 years, she moved with her parents to Waverly.

In 1871 she was united in marriage to John Hamilton Goldsmith. To this union were born three children, Jonathan Berther, who died in 1893, Branch P of Waverly, and George B of St Louis. She also leaves to mourn her departure one brother, Richard N Morris of Waverly, and a number of relatives besides a great host of friends, her husband having preceded her in death in 1911.

In January, 1873, Mrs Goldsmith and her husband were baptized into the fellowship of Waverly Baptist church, of which she remained a faithful member till her death on Wednesday evening, May 15, 1929.

The funeral was conducted at the residence, last Friday afternoon at 2:30, in charge of Rev C E Kirkwood, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by Rev J E Curry. Music was furnished by Mrs J H Shutt, who sang "One Sweetly Solemn Thought", "No Night There" and "Calling Me Over the Tide", with Miss Margaret Tietgen as accompanist.

The pall bearers were C W Lowe, James W Bryan, S W Rodgers, W B Rodgers of Jacksonville, and L B Jarrett. The flowers were cared for by Mrs Thelma Lally of Springfield, Mrs Abner Hall, Mrs Guy Moulton, Mrs Everett Turner, Misses Bess Bradford and Caroline Lombard.

Burial was in Waverly cemetery.


12th Jan 1934

Charles Wesley Lowe, youngest son of Dr. William and Eliza Lowe, was born April 8, 1861, at Dora, Iowa, and died at his home in this city, Friday, January 5, 1934, following a long illness, at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 27 days.

His father died two weeks before his birth and his mother when he was four years old. He was cared for by his older sister until he was 18 years of age, and moved to Edwards, Kansas. where he worked in the postoffice and went to night school for three years. From there he went to Kansas City, Mo., where he worked for J T Thorn and learned his trade of picture framing and art. After Mr Thorn's death he took charge of the store and conducted it for several years. Selling out in Kansas City, he moved to San Francisco, Calif., and took charge of the art department in the Emporium building.

On November 15, 1896, Mr Lowe was married to Miss Lou Ella Maxwell. They moved to Waverly in 1901 and bought a farm just south of town, where Mr and Mrs Kenneth Keplinger now reside, where they lived 17 years. They then moved to town where they have since resided, with the exception of about four years during which time Mr Lowe was in charge of the Barker Art store in Springfield. Though retaining his residence in Waverly Mr Lowe was employed in the state insurance department for some time during the administration of Governor Small.

Mr Lowe was an active lodge man, holding membership in the Masons, Odd Fellows, Daughters of Rebekah, Eastern Star and Modern Woodmen, of Waverly; and the Consistory and Ansar Shrine of Springfield.

Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev W J Campbell. Music was furnished by Miss Bertha Parkin and Mrs F H Curtiss who sang "At the End of the Road" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", with Miss Stella Rodgers as accompanist.

The pall bearers were C F Allen, F H Curtiss, Thos. Mitchell, Thos. Dennis, E M Anderson and C F Wemple.

The flowers were cared for by Mrs O C Alderson, Mrs Fred Eggleston, Mrs Luther F Hunt, Misses Eunice Van Winkle, Jessie Farmer and Stella Rodgers.

Just before leaving for the cemetery the Masonic services were held, this burial service being given at the residence instead of the cemetery on account of the disagreeable weather at the time of the funeral.

Burial was in Waverly cemetery.


30 July 1948

Mrs Lou Ella Lowe, for many years a resident of Waverly, died last Friday, July 23, at 7:45, pm, at Memorial Hospital, Springfield, where she had been a patient since Wednesday. She was 89 years of age at the time of her death, and had been in failing health.

Mrs Lowe was born in New Berlin, on April 14, 1862, the daughter of Madison and Adaline Meacham Maxwell. On October 24, 1896, she was married in San Francisco, Calif., to Charles Wesley Lowe, who preceded her in death January 5, 1934. She is survived by several cousins. Mrs Lowe had spent most of her time in Springfield since the death of her husband.

She was a member of the Waverly Baptist church, Waverly Eastern Star Chapter, having been the oldest living past matron of the Chapter, and Waverly Rebekah lodge.

Mrs E H Wiese sang "God's Tomorrow" and "The End of the Road", the accompanist being Miss Stella Rodgers.

The pall bearers were Charles Bostick of Springfield, F G Burch, Chas. Redfern, C F Morris, F H Curtiss and J L Smetters. The flowers were cared for by Mrs Mae Camm, Mrs George Mader and Mrs O C Alderson.

Burial was in East cemetery.


In Memoriam
Mrs. Clara P. Agard
January 24, 1841---September 24, 1878

Died, in this city, on Tuesday morning, September 24th, Mrs Clara P Agard, aged 37 years and 8 months.

This estimable lady, whose death it is our sad duty to chronicle, was the youngest daughter of the late Jonathan and Susan Meacham, and was born on the 24th day of January, 1841. In the fall of 1859, while yet a girl, she made a profession of religion, and shortly afterward became a member of the M E church in this city, a membership she retained until her hour of death. Her experience in religion was a comfort to her later in life--a prop upon which she leaned with a confiding trust--and to her little children it was an hourly duty for her to impart to their tender minds the love and fear of the Savior.

On the 12th day of September, 1861, she was married to Sanford S Agard, who provided to her ever a tender and faithful husband. Their union was blessed with four children, three of whom, Jessie K., Charlie W., and Frank, an infant aged about four months, are still living; the other, Arthur, died August 22nd, 1866, aged a year, 2 months and 22 days. Upon her husband and children she concentrated a wealth of affection, ever mindful of their smallest wants and needs.

She was a tender and devoted daughter, and an affectionate sister. Called upon to mourn the loss of her father on the 5th day of December, 1874, and still later the death of her mother , which occurred October 29th, 1877, she bore the loss with a christian resignation--though her grief was that of a loving daughter--having the sweet consoling thought that she would meet them shortly in heaven.

Mrs Agard's illness was of long duration, and her sufferings of a terrible and acute character, her disease being dropsy. To her death was a charitable relief. Yet through all her long sufferings she never lost sight of the knowledge that in passing through the fire she became purified in the sight of the Lord. A few days previous to her demise, while lying apparently in a slumber, she commenced singing "There's a light in the window for me" afterward repeating in succession the names of her father, mother, her brother, Milo, her own baby Arthur, and her sister Frank, members of the family who had gone before, numbering them as the lights passing before her vision, and finally exclaimed, "Oh, I see so many lights!". Her husband who was the only attendant near her at the time, called her by name, and she was aroused from the heavenly trance. A few hours before her death, when she felt the chill messenger creeping over her, she summoned her husband and little children to her beside, made a few parting requests of her companion for the care and disposition of the children, urged them to join her in heaven, and bade each on a affectionate farewell. Having arranged her last worldly affairs she patiently awaited the relief that was nigh at hand, and at 9 1/4 o'clock Tuesday morning, while surrounded by her weeping husband and children, her brothers and sisters and many who were friends in life, she passed away to her eternal rest.

She has left behind her the record of a true and faithful wife, a kind and affectionate mother, a loving sister, an exemplary neighbor to those around her, and a true christian character. Brief funeral services were held at the residence of the family at 3 1/2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev M A Hewes of the M E church of this city, officiating, and the remains, followed by a large concourse of mourning relatives and friends, borne to East cemetery and consigned to their mother earth.


Another Household Jewel Gone

Clara Tillie, youngest child, and only and idolized daughter of Milton M and Maria C Meacham, was born June 10th, 1879, and died October 27th, 1889. Therefore was 10 years, 4 months and 17 days old.

The Great Ruler of life and death has plucked a bright and tender flower, and what was yesterday, seemingly, an innocent loving child, revealing in health, joy and beauty, is today a pure holy angel, enjoying everlasting happiness. How inscritable to us earthly beings are the plans and workings of our Heavenly Father, and when He visits with chastening sorrow we pause and imagine, "why this chastisement, O' Lord?"

She whom He has taken never felt aught save the joyousness of childhood and the happiness of unselfish love; she never knew the sorrows, the cares nor the sinkings of the heart that we who remain now feel. The future, to her devoted parents, was full of brightest hopes, and the present was all joy and gladness, when suddenly their darling was attacked by that dread disease diphtheria, and one week of intense suffering death entered , and at 7 o'clock am on the above date the voice of little Tillie was added to the choir in heaven. The many ministrations of kind and loving friends, the careful and skillful attention of her physicians, Drs. Hairgrove and Forrman, were of no avail, for death loved a shining mark. Being of a naturally amiable temperament, a diligent and an obedient student, she had endeared herself to teachers and schoolmates. Young as she was, she fully realized that her departure from this tenement of clay was near at hand, and seemed willing to depart, although she would rather live.

She said "it be so lonely in heaven without papa and mama, but they could some time come to her". She told her mother how she wished to be buried and selected the hymns she wanted sung at her funeral, and then kissed her father, mother and brother, Joe. She called Elmer, her youngest brother, who had been excluded from the room on account of contagion, but was permitted to look through the window and speak to her. She replied: "Elmer, I cant see you, but good-bye; be a good boy and come to heaven". She then turned her eyes toward her father and taking him by the hand said, "Good-bye papa, don't grieve after me." She then requested her mother to stay by her, and the next moment she was "safe in the arms of Jesus". Owing to an ordinance passed by the city council, whereby persons dying of diptheria shall be buried within a limited time, the funeral services took place on the same afternoon of her death at 1 o'clock from the residence. Rev H C Adams, pastor of the M E church, conducted the obsequies. Many friends mingled their tears and sorrow with the grief-stricken parents in the loss of their precious jewel, the life and sunshine of that once happy, but now sad and lonely home.

The floral offerings were numerous and of most lovely designs. "Her lone and narrow little bed" was lined with cotton and trimmed elaborately inside with flowers. The little mound was loaded with crosses, anchors, wreaths, pillows, bouquets and loose flowers in profusion.

Let us lay her away gently. Sorrow may moisten her childish grave with its tears, but hope will look upward where she lives forever.


Second son of Mr and Mrs Milton M Meacham, was born in Waverly Oct, 7, 1870, and passed away May 13, 1896, at 11 am.

Deceased was married to Miss Mayte Draper, of Girard, Nov. 23, 1893. To this union one son was born who, with the bereaved wife, survive the husband and father.

Mr Meacham grew to manhood in our city, and was employed with his father in the insurance business until the former's appointment of assistant postmaster, and served faithfully until a few short weeks ago, when failing health compelled him to lay down his work. "Joe" , as he was familiarly known to everyone about Waverly, was a dutiful son, a kind and loving husband and a good neighbor; a young man who the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was a faithful member of Waverly Lodge No. 93 I O O F ; of the Encampment, and of the Rebekah Degree Lodge, and was as faithful in the discharge of his duties imposed upon him by these affiliations as he was to those imposed by business or family ties.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev E A Hamilton at the residence Thursday, at 3 pm., and were attended by members of the local and surrounding lodges and a large number of sorrowing friends, whose presence testified to their sorrow and to their sympathy for the bereft wife, the child and the parents, who had lost a prop to their declining years. At the close the remains were escorted to the East cemetery by the fraternity, where all that was mortal of our friend and neighbor was committed to mother earth in accordance with the beautiful ritual of Odd Fellowship, the grave being literally buried in flowers.


In Memoriam
Jonathan McK. Meacham

Died at his home in this city on Tuesday morning, June 12th, 1883, Jonathan McKendree, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Milton M Meacham; aged 18 years. His illness caused by inflammation of the bladder was of short duration, first developing just a week before his death. With careful and constant medical treatment he appeared to be improving and no really serious fears were entertained about his condition until about 10 o'clock Monday morning when he became delirious, and from that time continued to grow worse, despite the untiring efforts of his physicians and the careful nursing of loving parents and sympathetic friends, until the following morning, when death released him of his sufferings at fifteen minutes before 9 o'clock. John, as he was familiarly known by all, was a young man of rare good qualities and bright intelligence, and unobtrusive in his manner, and social and obliging in disposition, he naturally attracted attention in his favor.

Since the first of last October he had been employed as clerk in C R Swan's drug store, where, during his leisure hours, he devoted himself to study , and developed those traits of character that, had he lived, would have made him an honored and useful citizen. His untimely death has created a vacancy at the family hearthstone that will ever bring to the parents the keenest pangs of grief; in him they have lost their first bud of manhood and a cherished hope for the future--but in their great sorrow they have the grand consolation of knowing that he died without a stain upon his character.

During his last hours of sickness many friends came to proffer their aid to the sorrowing family, and all that loving hands could do was done to soothe his way to the inevitable end. An entire community sympathize with the grief-stricken family.

Brief funeral services were held at the family residence, corner West and Temple streets, at 10 o'clock am Wednesday, Revs. J K Miller and Robt Clark of the M E church officiating. After the conclusion of the services the casket was carried to the hearse by the pall-bearers, Messrs. Chas. R Swan, W C Fleming, Chas. M Peet, Martin Brown, Sam'l Rodgers, and Gus Batty, and borne to East cemetery, where in the presence of a large concourse of mourning relatives and sympathizing friends, the remains were consigned to the grave. Many beautiful floral tributes--those purest symbols of affection--were placed upon the grave by a number of young ladies, which closed the last act of respect to one who was worthy of their tributes.


Waverly Journal, Friday, January 25, 1924

Martha Angeline, the eldest daughter of Jonathan and Susan Meacham, was born on a farm at Lick, Creek nearly Waverly, April 26, 1834, and died at her home in this city, Friday, January 18, 1924, at the age of 89 years, 8 months and 27 days. When Waverly was quite a small village, Mrs Waddell moved her with her parents, and grew to womanhood. She was married to Hiram Waddell April 20, 1864. To this union one daughter , Clara Maude was born.

Mrs Waddell with her husband and daughter moved to Girard and later Waggoner, where they made their home until the death of Mr Waddell in 1910; the daughter having preceded her parents in death, January 25, 1893, Mrs Waddell then came to Waverly to spend the remainder of her life near her brothers. Of a family of seven children one brother W D Meacham survives her, besides several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at her late residence in Waverly, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev W E Whitlock, pastor of the First M E church of which she was a member, Rev H S Lucas, a pastor of the Baptist church assisting in the service. Music was furnished by Mrs W A Barrow and Mrs J H Shutt. Interment was in East cemetery.


The Journal Enterprise, Waverly Illinois 9 Dec 1910

Hiram Waddell, a former resident of this city, died at his home in Waggoner, Montgomery County, Illinois, Monday, Dec. 5, 1910, aged 79 years. He came to Waverly in 1854, and entered into co-partnership with Lewis Barnard in the carriage and wagon business, and when the War of the Rebellion came on he enlisted in Co. E, 2d Regiment Illinois cavalry, for three years. After being honorably discharged he returned to Waverly and was married to Martha A. Meacham, sister of M. M. and W. D. Meacham, April 20, 1865, who survives him, being now 77 years of age. Funeral services were held at Waggoner, Tuesday, and the remains were brought to Waverly Wednesday via the C.P. & S.T., arriving here at 4 p.m. and were taken from the station to East cemetery for burial. The pall bearers were Floyd Epling, I. H. Coe, H. I. DeTurk, A. D. Batty, Wm. Malem and Wm. Zoll.


The Death Roll
Mrs Susan Meacham

"The memory of the just is best". It seldom becomes our duty to pen a last tribute of respect to one more esteemed an more deeply in the affections of all who knew her than the subject of this imperfect sketch.

Mrs. Susan Meacham, who maiden name was Morris, was born in Cabel county, Virginia, September 23rd, 1815, consequently at the time of her death she was sixty-two years, one month and six days old. About the year 1831 she , with her parents, removed to Illinois and settled in Sangamon county, where , on the 11th day of September, 1832, she became the wife of Jonathan Meacham, who preceded her, some three years, to the christian's bright home above. In the early bloom of womanhood she embraced religion and identified herself with the Regular Baptist church. This was in the fall of 1842. In the winter of 1859 she came to Waverly, where she resided the remainder of her natural life. The sad announcement of the demise of Mrs Meacham will, no doubt, bring a pang of sorrow to the hearts of all who knew her, both in regret that she has passed away, and in sympathy for her grief stricken children, for whom she felt so much concern. The world produces comparatively few persons who more completely command the respect and admiration of acquaintances, as well as associates, than this estimable lady.

Mrs Meacham needs no eulogy. Those who knew her best loved her most. She possessed in an eminent degree all the virtues, whether as wife, mother, friend, or neighbor. A life of thirty-five years devoted to the Master's service places her name on the roll of those who "have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb". There is much more in her character and life as a christian to edify and embolden the votary of the cross in the service of God than mere event of her death, notwithstanding the scene was one of complete and holy triumph. She was called not alone to do but to suffer; disease fastened upon her in the most dreadful form. What she endured no one living can say. It surpasses belief that one could suffer so intensely and remain so patient, calm, and even triumphant. A short time previous to her departure from this to that world of which the living have but the faintest conception, she gave her children, who watched and nursed her so anxiously, a parting blessing, and urged them to meet her in a better world where separations will be no more, an unbroken family in heaven.

The subject of this brief sketch was stricken down with that dreadful disease, typhoid fever, on the 25th of September, and after meekly and patiently suffering for five weeks on the 29th of October, 1877, her heavenly and glorified spirit took its flight from its earthly tenement to the paradise of God in heaven. In her death five children, with a large circle of friends, sustain a loss not easily borne. The day following her death appropriate services were held at the residence by Rev M A Hewes, after which the remains were conveyed to their last resting place and laid away to await the resurrection of the great day. Children, "sorrow not as those who have no hope. Your mother is gone--gone to the blissful home of loved friends and redeemed spirits in the land of immortality. She is gone, but oh, happy thought, not forever".


Died--At her home in Franklin, Ill., Friday, August 9, 1901, at 7:25 pm Mrs Jessie K Cripe, nee Agard, aged 34 years, 1 month and 17 days

Jessie K Agard was born in Waverly June 23, 1867, and was the second child of Sanford S and Clara P Agard. When eleven years of age her mother died, when she then went to live with her aunt, Mrs M A Waddell, at Waggoner, Ill,. where she lived about three years, when she returned to Waverly and made her home with her uncle, M M Meacham, and here she received the care that a loving daughter could only receive. Here she lived until she acquired a thorough schooling and graduated from Waverly High School. Being a girl of ambition she educated herself for school teaching, and through the help of her uncle she secured a position as teacher in the Waverly schools, where she remained five or six years, giving the utmost satisfaction to parents and pupils. All this time she remained as a member of her uncle's family, when she obtained a school on Mauvaisterre, east of Jacksonville, where she remained one year. Her success as a teacher recommended her to the Franklin school directors, and being offered a position in the schools there she accepted the trust, and was retained in the schools there until her marriage to Asa S Cripe, which occurred Dec. 26, 1899. After her marriage she maintained her residence in Franklin, and being an accomplished musician devoted her short married life to teaching instrumental and vocal music.

Jessie professed religion in the winter of 1886 and united with the Congregational church in this city, a membership she kept until her death. She was an enthusiastic worker in Sunday school and all church socials, and being a lover of children took a delight in instructing them in church music and entertainments, in which work she became a recognized leader. Hers was a sunny disposition at all times, a trait that drew to her a large circle of friends of all ages, and her memory will always be received by those who were fortunate in her acquaintance. This was demonstrated in her last illness, where all that loving hearts and kindly hands could do was done to alleviate her sufferings. Jessie died as she had lived, a consistent christian, and she has gone to her reward. Among the near relatives present during her last moments were her father, S S Agard, of Galena, Kansas; her brother, Charles W of Springfield, Ill.; her husband; her cousin, Mrs Mayte Jones of Franklin; her uncle and aunts Mr and Mrs W D Meacham and Mrs and Mrs M M Meacham; her cousin Miss Nannie Meacham, all of this city.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Franklin at 2:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 10, conducted by the Rev H P Shaw, which were attended by a large number of relatives and friends from this city, after which the funeral cortage left for this city, accompanied by a large number of Franklin friends, arriving here at 4:30 pm and taken to the residence of her uncle W D Meacham, where short scriptural services were held by Rev Mr Shaw, and several vocal selections, favorites of the deceased, rendered by a choir composed of Messrs J R Harvey and Scott Bowyer, Mrs Israel Coe and Clara Verry, all of this city. The remains were then taken to the East cemetery, where the service ritual of the Loyal Americans of which order she was a member, was read by Mr Clifford Farmer, which concluded the services at the grave. Many beautiful floral pieces , fitting tributes of love and esteem, were placed on the grave at the close of the services.

The pall-bearers were Misses Vieira Stewart, Barbara Hart, Nellie Rees, Kimmie Wright, Dessau Duncan and Goldie Sargent, of of Franklin, and members of the deceased's Sunday school class.


July 7, 1933

Elmer B Wyle Called By Death
Death Came to Former Business Man After Long Period of Ill Health

Elmer B Wyle, for more than forty years, a prominent Waverly merchant, died at St. John's hospital in Springfield Saturday evening, July 1, at the age of 60 years. He was born in Trenton, Illinois, October 16, 1872, being the son of Mr and Mrs S B Wyle. He moved to Waverly with his parents when twelve years of age. Mr. Wyle succeeded to the drug and grocery business of Wyle & Son following his father's death in August 1903, and continued it under the name of the Wyle Drug Company until March, 1931.

Even while actively engaged in business Mr Wyle's health began to fail and since that time he grew slowly, though steadily worse. On the 31st of last January he and Mrs Wyle moved to Springfield to make their home with their son, Arnim R Wyle. A week before his death he was taken to St. John's hospital.

On June 4, 1895 Mr Wyle was married to Miss Martha A Meacham by whom he is survived. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive: Arnim R, of Springfield; Helen E. of Chicago; W. Nelson, of Champaign; and Mary Evelyn of Burlington, Iowa. Others who survive are three sisters, Mrs Cora Rogers of St Louis, Mrs Mabel Boyer of San Diego, Calif., and Miss Florence Wyle of Toronto, Canada; and two grandchildren, Marcyl and Sybil Wyle of Springfield.

While engaged in business in Waverly Mr Wyle was not only one of the best known merchants but he was active in church and other community affairs. He united with the Congregational church in 1893. He was a trustee of the church until he resigned on account of his health. He was also a director of the Waverly Building and Loan association until compelled to resign on account of ill health. He was also at one time a member of the board of education.

Funeral services were held in the Congregational church Monday afternoon, July 3, at 2 o'clock, Rev Hudson H Pittman, pastor of the First Congregational church of Springfield officiating.

Mrs Wilson M Smith sand "Leas Us, O Father". Miss Bess Bradford being accompanist.

The flowers were cared for by Mrs O C Alderson, Mrs Mary Frances Jarrett, Mrs W R Turnbull and Misses Lura Allen, Virginia Crum. Verta Goreman, Louise Horstman, Eva Meacham and Mildred Rohrer.

The pall bearers were R E Coe, J C Rodgers, W H Rohrer, Russell Turnbull, W R Turnbull and William VonDach.

Burial was in Waverly cemetery.


Waverly Journal, Friday, April 27, 1923 Waverly, Illinois

Wife and Husband Stricken Same Day
Mrs. W D Meacham Succumbs to Paralysis;
Mr. Meacham Stricken Few Hours Later is Improving

Mr. and Mrs. W D Meacham, both of whom had been in ill health for some time were stricken by paralysis last Friday, just a few hours apart. Mrs. Meacham was stricken about two o'clock in the morning and just before midnight the same day closed her eyes in death. About noon, Mr. Meacham, also in ill health and worrying over the condition of his wife, was also stricken. He remains in a serious condition, though at this writing is slightly improved.

Mrs. Mary J. Meacham, the daughter of William and Helen Turnbull, was born at Hammond, St. Lawrence County, New York, April 5, 1845. She came with her parents to Waverly in 1867. She was married to William Draudy Meacham, January 3, 1871. To this union were born four children: Miss Nannie T. Meacham, Mrs. E B Wyle, Thomas Rodger Meacham and Mabel E Meacham, the latter two having preceded their mother to the future life.

Besides the two daughters, she is survived by four grandchildren, Arnim R Wyle of Girard, Helen E Wyle of Jacksonville, Nelson and Evelyn Wyle of Waverly, and one great granddaughter, Marcyl Catherine Wyle of Girard: also a sister, Mrs Nancy Coe, of Waverly and two brothers, William Turnbull of Deer Lodge , Montana, and John Turnbull of Hawthrone, Calif., and many nephews and nieces, to carry on in the christian spirit that she lived.

Mrs. Meacham was a faithful and energetic member of the Congregational church here, and was keenly interested in the work of the church up to the time of her departure.

She was first confined to her home in January, 1916, because of an affection of her heart. On December 8th and 11th, 1921, she suffered a stroke of paralysis, and again on April 20, 1923, bringing her physical life to a close that same day.

The funeral services were held at her home Monday afternoon, April 23, at 2 o'clock. Mrs. L T Seales and Mrs. W B Curtiss sang "There Is a Land of Pure Delight", and "The Home of the Soul". The pastor of the Congregational church, Rev O R Thom, read several of Mrs. Meacham's favorite scripture passages, reading from her own Bible the Twenty-Third Psalm and Matt. 6 : 19-34, using John 9 : 7, as the basis for his message.

The flowers were cared for by Mrs A W Reagel, Mrs C W Meacham, Mrs Lewis Allen, Mrs Sallie Rohrer and Miss Regina Behl. The pallbearers were her nephews, Samuel, John and George Rodgers and W R Turnbull of Waverly and George and Russell Turnbull of Monroe City, Mo.

Interment was in East cemetery.


(death notice in Waverly Journal)

W. D. Meacham Died Wednesday
Well Known Carpenter and Contractor Succumbed to Paralytic Stroke

W. D Meacham; for many years one of Waverly's best known contractors, member of the firm of Epling and Meacham, died shortly after noon Wednesday, death resulting from a stroke of paralysis sustained last Saturday. Mr. Meacham had been in ill health for the past year or so and had sustained previous strokes.

Mr. Meacham, during the prime of life was actively engaged at his trade of a carpenter and helped to build many buildings in Waverly and vicinity. Among these were the three story Waverly public school building erected in 1867.

He was prominent in fraternal circles being especially active for many years in both the Odd Fellows and Masons.

Deceased is survived by two daughters, Miss Nannie Meacham and Mrs E B Wyle, two grandsons, two granddaughters and one great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon in charge of the Odd Fellows' lodge.

The obituary of Mr. Meacham will appear in next week's Journal.


(Waverly Journal, 19 March 1924)


William Draudy Meacham was born near Waverly, January 29, 1846, and died at his home in Waverly, Wednesday, March 5, 1924, aged 78 years, 1 month and 7 days. He was the son of Jonathan and Susan Meacham and came to Waverly with his parents when he was quite young. Here, he spent more than seventy years of his life, living at his late home fifty years.

He was married to Mary Jane Turnbull, January 3, 1871. Mrs. Meacham died 20 April, 1923, following a stroke of paralysis. Four children were born to this union: Nannie T., at home; Mrs. Martha Wyle, also of Waverly; and Thomas R. and Mabel Elizabeth who preceded their parents in death. Besides the daughters, he is survived by four grandchildren, one great grandchild, five nephews and two nieces.

Mr. Meacham was a carpenter, having spent his entire life at that trade, until his final illness. During the many years of his active life Mr. Meacham has built or helped build many buildings in Waverly and vicinity. He was in partnership with Floyd Epling, under the firm name of Epling & Meacham until Mr Epling's death a few years ago, and this firm was well known in contracting circles throughout this section of the state.

Among the prominent buildings in this vicinity upon which Mr. Meacham was employed was the three story brick public school building which was built in 1867 and again in 1917 when the same building was remodeled and the top story taken off. Epling & Meacham also built the Christina, M E South, and Primitive Baptist churches and remodeled the Congregational church. Besides these structures Mr. Meacham also helped with the carpenter work of most of the business houses on the west side of the square, and many residences in Waverly and vicinity.

Mr. Meacham, during the prime of life, was prominent in numerous community activities. He was especially well known in fraternal circles. He was a charter member of Waverly Lodge No. 93, I o o F, and Waverly Encampment No. 86, and for many years was a examiner and instructor in Morgan county. He was also a member of Waverly Lodge No. 118 A F & AM. He also took an active part in school and municipal affairs, serving several terms as a member of the board of education and of the city council. He also served efficiently for about twenty-five years as chief of the Waverly Fire department, during which time he fought valiantly and led bravely in some of the disastrous fires that occurred.

It was not until last April when he was stricken with paralysis that Mr Meacham gave up his active life. Since that time he has been confined to his home and has been a patient sufferer. He suffered a second stroke Saturday, March 1st and lived only five days.

Funeral services were held at the residence Friday, March 7, at 2:00 pm., conducted by Rev J E Curry, who had visited Mr Meacham many times during his illness. Mrs L T Seales and Mrs J H Shutt sang "The Home Over There" and "Jesus is Mine". The pall bearers were George Mader, M VanWinkle, C H Challans, J T McClain, Owen Mann, and Sam Rodgers. About twelve of Mr Meacham's business associates and intimate friends, all Odd Fellows, were honorary pall bearers. The flowers were cared for by Misses Stella and Lucile Rodgers, Eva Meacham and Mae Turnbull, of Waverly; Edith Rodgers of Jacksonville and Mrs A R Wyle of Girard.


Waverly Journal, Waverly, Illinois Friday May 7, 1948

Mrs Martha Angeline Wyle died at the home of her sister, Miss Nannie Meacham, in this city, Tuesday, May 4, 1948, at 11:33 o'clock am. She had been in ill health for a number of years, having first been stricken February 2, 1931, her final illness dating from Tuesday of last week.

Mrs. Wyle was born in Waverly September 29, 1875, the daughter of W D and Mary Jane Turnbull Meacham. On June 4, 1895, she was married to Elmer B Wyle, who preceded her in death July 1, 1933.

In 1890 Mrs Wyle untied with the Congregational church, being actively engaged in the work of the church as long as her health permitted. At the age of twelve years she was organist at the Congregational church, and also at the Episcopal church. Her chief interests were her home and church, her home always being open to young people, the friends of her children. For a number of years she assisted her husband in the drug and grocery business. She lived in Waverly during her entire life, with the exception of several winters spent in Springfield at the home of her son, Armin R Wyle, and family, and for the past eight years has lived here with her sister.

Mrs. Wyle is survived by two sons, Arnim R Wyle of Springfield, and Nelson W Wyle of Indianapolis, Ind.,; two daughters, Miss Helen Wyle of Chicago, and Mrs Evelyn Myers, of Portland, Oregon; a sister, Miss Nannie Meacham of Waverly; and three grandchildren, Marcyl and Sybil Wyle of Springfield, and Janice Marie Myers of Portland, Oregon.

Funeral services were held at the Wiese Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Dr Paul Rowland, of Jacksonville, officiating.

Mrs Wilson M Smith sang "Abide With Me" and "In the Sweet By and By" the accompanist being Mrs E H Wiese.

The pall bearers were Floyd A Robertson, Wm H Jones, J C Rodgers, C F Morris, F H Curtiss and J L Smetters.

Burial was in East cemetery.


Another One Of Waverly's Best Citizens Gone

Will G. Morris was born in Waverly, Illinois, on the 18th day of June, 1864, and spent his whole life in this city and vicinity. He was the youngest son of Major Jonathan and Martha E Morris, both of whom preceded him to the better land. He was untied in marriage with Miss Clara Dennis on the 22nd day of December, 1887, and their union was blessed with three children, two of whom died in infancy, and one, Wilma Anita, now aged 12. He peacefully passed to his rest after a long period of suffering which was borne with the Christian fortitude, early on the morning of January 20th, 1901.

Besides his immediate family he leaves to mourn his loss, one sister, Mrs J. H. Goldsmith, and two brothers, Richard N and Stephen D Morris, of this city, and a host of friends who have known him and esteemed him from his childhood.

He was, at the time of his death, a faithful communicant of the Episcopal church with which he and his wife untied in 1896 and to which he was fondly attached.His former rector, the Rev. John C White, now of East St Louis, administered the Holy Communion to him just about a week before he did, and it was a source of great comfort and help to him. He was also a member of the Modern Woodsman of America, Hazel Camp 138, of this city.

His funeral took place from the Episcopal church at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, January 22nd, his rector, the Rev. John C White, officiating and preaching the sermon. His body was laid to rest in the East cemetery.


Waverly Journal, 5th June 1936

Mrs. Lenora Melissa Morris, for 65 years a resident of Waverly, died at 7:25 on Thursday evening, May 28, 1936 in the home where for 57 years she had resided, being 77 years, 3 months and 22 days of age. She was born on February 6, 1859, two miles southwest of Appalonia, and the first twelve years of her life were spent in that community. Upon the death of her parents, Christopher and Elizabeth Smith Ashbaugh, in ' 70-' 71, she was brought into Waverly to make her home with a half-brother, J G Ashbaugh. There were also three half sisters. She was next youngest of six children, one brother and five sisters, only one of whom is now living.

When quite young she untied with the Baptist church, where her membership remained until her death.

She was married March 27, 1879, to Stephen Douglas Morris, who died July 9, 1921. To them was born one son, George Ross, of Springfield, who visited her many times in her illness and was at her bedside as the end came.

Eleven years ago for the first time illness came to her, and she went to live with the son, but soon returned, saying she liked her own home best of all. Throughout these years she had been afflicted with the same malady, remaining at home, from time to time visibly losing ground, but at no time did she cease any activity until she could no longer make herself do it. Five months ago she was told that the end might come at any time, said she was ready, and made plans for it. So far as possible all her wishes were carried out, one of which was was not to be moved from her home while she lived.

She is survived by the son, George R Morris, of Springfield; two grandchildren, Miss Mildred Morris of St Louis, and Mrs Genevieve Bostick of Springfield; one sister, Mrs Narcissus Miller, of Kings City, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Mrs Frances Ashbaugh of Waverly, and nephews and nieces.

At her request services were held at the Swift Funeal Home, on Sunday afternoon, May 31, at 2:30, in charge of Elder W J Campbell.

Miss Eunice VanWinkle and Mrs Bird Peebles, with Miss Stella Rodgers as accompanist, sang "The Long, Long Road", and "God's Tomorrow".

The pall bearers were Ed W Ashbaugh, Fred Ashbaugh, Branch Goldsmith, C F Morris, and Harry Morris, all nephews of the deceased, and A M Hudson. The flowers were cared for by nieces, Mrs Leland Loveless and Mrs Thomas Reynolds.

Burial was in East cemetery.


Richard Nelson Morris, son of Major Jonathan and Martha Morris, was born in Waverly, August 1, 1860, and passed away at his home in this city, Friday, March 21, 1930, aged 69 years, 7 months and 20 days.

He was married to Lydia Ann Dennis, on March 10, 1883. To this union eleven children were born, one dying in infancy, and the eldest, Lee Morris, on October 24, 1927.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Harry Morris of Jacksonville, and Bunk Morris of Kansas City; seven daughters, Mrs Newton Elliott, Waverly; Mrs A O Ketchum, Evansville, Ind.; Mrs Sterling Potts and Mrs Earl Sevier, of South Pekin; Mrs Leland Loveless, Modesto; Mrs John Lally, Springfield; Mrs Thomas Reynolds, Waverly; also twenty-seven grandchild and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the M E Church, South, in charge of the pastor, Rev T H Ballarby. A quartet composed of Misses Goldia Cline and Bessie Cloud, Mrs Holland Elliott and Mrs Albert Harlowe sang "Rock of Ages", "Home of the Soul", and "Abide With Me", with Miss Catherine Sevier as accompanist.

The pall bearers were Newton Turner, Andrew Turner, Van Luttrell, Bert Lyons, Wm Armstrong and James Lythell. The flowers were carried for by Mrs Holland Elliott, Mrs Grace Robinson, Mrs Bert Lyons, Mrs Wm Armstrong, Mrs. Newton Turner, Mrs Ramon Burnett, Mrs A D Rodcay of South Pekin, Misses Bess Bradford, Margaret and Florence Elliott and Ruth Bryan.

Interment was in Waverly cemetery.


The Waverly Journal
Volume XIX Waverly, Illinois
Saturday November 4, 1893, Number 25
Fred B Ritchie, Publisher.

In Memoriam

Died__ On Sunday evening, October 29, Thomas, only son of W D and Mary Meacham. Tommie was born in Waverly, August 25, 1881. He was a dutiful son and affectionate child; a studious and obedient scholar of the Public School and a faithful member of the Sabbath School and Christian Endeavor. In his last short illness he displayed a fortitude and patience wonderful in so youthful a sufferer, and gave substantial evidence that "all was well with him".

To those present it was a sad, but impressive and instructive death scene__a child in years giving up the world, with all its prospective pleasures, willingly__confident in the faith of a brighter, better existence in a better world, by side of near and dear friends gone before.

The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Fairbank, held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, were peculiarly impressive, and were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends including all of Tommie's companions of the Public Schools and of the Sunday School. Tommie was a lover of music and his favorite hymns were sung at the grave in the East cemetery, which loving hands decorated with beautiful floral emblems of affection. On the day of the funeral the flag upon the school building was at half mast and all the teachers were present at the last sad ceremonies to testify to their respect and esteem for the dead, and sympathy for the bereaved parents and sisters.


It is something new for our flag to be at half-mast. We all mourn the loss of one of our number, Tommie Meacham has gone to a "higher school". We are glad we have nothing but pleasant recollections of our intercourse with him. We sympathize with the bereaved family in their loss. School was closed that both teacher and pupil might pay their last tribute to his memory. The Mission Band "Light Bearers". of which Tommie Meacham was a member, extend their love and sympathy to the parents, sisters and friends of the one who has gone "over there", and would remind them of his last words, "we shall meet on that beautiful shore".

Mrs S.B. Wyle
Grace McCasland


Mrs Waddell and Miss Jessie Agard were called from their homes at Waggoner, by the death of Tommie Meacham


["Mc Kindry" is misspelled in this obit, actual spelling should be McKendree.]

Maria Clementine Meacham, daughter of William Mc Kindry and Maria Holliday, was born at Appalonia, two miles west of Waverly, July 13th, 1844, and died at her home in Waverly at 9:50 am Tuesday, February 16th, 1909, aged 64 years, 7 months and 3 days.

November 27th, 1864, she was united in marriage to Milton Morris Meacham of this city. To this union were born four children__Jonathan Mc Kindry, Joseph Wilbur, Milton Elmer and Clara Tillie. Of the four children Jonathan Mc Kindry died June 12th, 1883; Joseph Wilber died May 13th, 1896; Clara Tillie died October 26th, 1889: Milton Elmer alone surviving his mother.

She is also survived by her husband, M M Meacham; one brother, Walter C. Holliday of Winchester, Ill.; one sister, Mrs B F Keplinger of this city; two nephews F C Holliday and J B Keplinger, both of this city; two nieces, Mrs J A Stice of Gillespie, Ill., and Mrs C E Short, residing at this city, also two grandchildren, Morris Meacham son of Joseph W., whose widow later married Mr Otis Jolly, of Franklin, and Eva, daughter of Mr and Mrs Elmer Meacham, of this city.

At an early age deceased made a profession of religion and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in this city and for over fifty years was a earnest and faithful member of that church. Up to the time of her last illness, when she became too feeble to attend church, she daily sought her bible for comfort, marking her favorite passages, and particularly the 23rd Psalm. She frequently remarked to her husband and those around he beside that she was not afraid to meet her God. All though her daily life following her conversion, her every action was characterized by the profession thus made in early life.

Her illness was caused by heart trouble and covered a period of eighteen months. At times her sufferings were intense, but were borne with christian patience. A short time before the final end came she selected the following hymns and requested they be sung at the funeral: "One Sweetly, Solemn Thought", "Safe in the Arms of Jesus", and There'll be no Dark Valley When Jesus Comes".

Death came to her peacefully as she passed away to a better home in the far beyond, leaving a devoted husband, a loving and dutiful son, and a sorrowing circle of neighbors and friends to mourn her departure from our midst.

Funeral services were held in the First M E church in this city at 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 17th. The Rev J O Kirkpatrick preaching the funeral sermon, taking for his text Matthew 5: 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God".

Mrs Meacham was a member of the Daughters of Rebekah Degree No. 104, I O O F, that order attending in a body and taking part in the funeral services at the church.

The Pall-bearers were H I DeTurk, J E Turner, S W Rodgers, Fletcher Burch, Chris. Mader and M VanWinkle.


Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all our neighbors and friends who so kindly tendered their assistance in our bereavement during the long sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother, and especially to Dr Bradley and the sisters of Waverly Rebekah Lodge No. 104, I.O.O.F., who so kindly rendered sick care and devotion.
MM Meacham
Elmer Meacham
Nellie Meacham
Mayte Jolly


Sudden Death Mr R.P. Meacham Found Dead In His Room

Last Sunday evening, about 4 o'clock, our citizens were startled by the sad announcement that Mr. Robt. P. Meacham, probably better known by everyone as "Pen" Meacham, had just died. So unexpected and unlooked for was such an announcement that it could hardly be realized as possible, but a visit to his late residence, one door west of the southwest corner of the square, confirmed the report.To add to the sadness of this calamity to his family was the knowledge that he breathed his last alone and unattended, not even his wife and children having any premonition that Death had entered their midst until a few moments later, when he was found lying on the floor by his bed and dead. As to the cause of his death many theories were given. It was deemed advisable, by the family and friends, to have an inquest held, and a telephone message was immediately sent to Coroner Hocking, at Jacksonville. That official arrived in the city by the early train Monday morning, and impaneled a jury to inquire into the cause of the death of the deceased.

The Verdict: In the matter of the inquisition on the body of R.P. Meacham, deceased of Waverly, Morgan county, Illinois, held in Waverly on the 17th day of December, 1883, we the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of said Robert P. Meacham, on oath do find from the evidence produced that he came to his death from an overdose of extract of lemon, administered by his own hand. Signed J.F. Rice, Foreman; M M Meacham; David Turnsbull; Wm R Jones; Floyd Epling and W C Fleming, Clerk.

Deceased was a son of the late Capt. John W Meacham of this city, and was in his 41st year when he died. He was a man possessed of traits that won for him a large circle of friends both in and out of the county, all of whom regret the unfortunate circumstance that ended his life. Of his faults, no one was more keenly sensible of them than himself, and they should be buried in the grave with him. He was warm hearted and generous to his friends and affectionate to his family. Funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev J K Miller of the Methodist church, after which his remains were taken to East cemetery for burial. His bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their affliction.


Daily Journal, Jacksonville IL Tuesday September 2, 1941

Waverly---George Meacham, a resident of Girard, died at 6 pm Saturday in the Brethren home in Girard.

Decedent was born in Waverly, April 12, 1866, and married Minnie Larabee, who died several years ago. He is survived by two sons, Otis of Moberly, Mo., and Vernon of California; one daughter, Miss Elsie of California; one brother, Abe, of St Louis.

Remains were removed to the Fairbanks funeral home in Waverly where services were held at 2:30 pm Monday. Rev Francis E Smith, pastor of Waverly First Methodist church officiated and interment was in East cemetery.


14th January 1921

Nancy Grizzelle Hodgerson was born in Lick Creek neighborhood March 13, 1866, and departed this life Saturday, January 8, 1921, after a brief illness of pneumonia at the age of 54 years, 9 months and 25 days.

She was the youngest of a family of ten children, all of whom have preceded her to the other world except one brother, George Hodgerson of Marshfield, Mo.

On February 4, 1891 she was united in marriage to John Matthews, and to this union five children were born, and live to mourn the loss of a mother, namely: Jane, Louvene, George, Wilbur and Mary. These with the husband and many friends survive to mourn her of whom it is said, she a faithful companion, loving mother and a kind and considerate neighbor, so "give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates".

Funeral services were held at the home Monday January 10, at 11 am, conducted by Elder J Campbell, and the body was brought to Waverly and interred in East cemetery.

Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mesdames L T Seales, J H Shutt, Messrs. Walter Hazle and Wm Schreiber. Miss Maude Hart, organist.


16 July 1926

Mrs. Margaret Hudson, a well known resident of this city, died at her home Thursday afternoon, July 8, following an illness of several weeks, aged 78 years, 4 months and 28 days.

Mrs. Hudson was the daughter of Joseph and Agnes Gibson, and was born in Dumfries, Scotland, February 10, 1848. She came to this country when 18 years of age, and lived in New York City for a member of years, then coming to Decatur, Illinois.

She was married to Frank M. Hudson, February 18, 1880, and to this union were born three children, A.M. and Jennie, of Waverly, and Katie, who died March 1, 1893. Her husband preceded her in death July 24, 1907.

Mrs. Hudson was a member of the Presbyterian church until coming west, when she united with the Primitive Baptist church, of which she was a faithful member until death.

Funeral services were held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock;clock, in charge of Elder Baxter Hale of Carlinville, assisted by Elder Elmer Sutton of Girard. The pallbearers were George H Conlee, H E Conlee, L T Seales, A C Moffet, John Rodgers and S W Rodgers. The flowers were cared for by Misses Etta Hamilton, Catherine Sevier, Irma Burnett, Lucy Meacham and Anna Rogers.

Interment was in East cemetery.


Jacksonville paper 9 July 1942

Nathaniel Morris, Retired Merchant of Waverly, Dies
Funeral Will Be At Primitive Baptist Church Friday

Waverly, July 8--Nathaniel Morris, retired merchant, died at his home at 5:50 o'clock, Wednesday evening. He was born near Orleans in Morgan County on September 29, 1863, the son of John and Mary Cox Morris. He was married to Miss Eva L Hilyard, who died January 4, 1924.

The couple had five children: Carl Otto, Mrs Bessie Edwards and Mrs Lucille Dennis, all deceased; and Oliver A. of Pawnee Junction and Lester of Waverly, both of whom survive.

On January 12, 1927, Mr Morris married Miss Emma Sharp of Springfield, who survives. Other survivors include five grandsons, two granddaughters, one great grandson and one great granddaughter.

The body was removed to the Fairbanks Home for Funerals, where it will remain until time for the funeral.

Services will be held Friday afternoon, at the Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Vaster Hale will officiate, and burial will be in East Cemetery.


Waverly Journal, April 28, 1922

Carl Otto Morris was born September 3, 1886, at Yatesville, Morgan County, Illinois and departed this life April 21, 1922, being 35 years, 7 months and 18 days of age. He was the oldest child of Nathaniel and Eva Morris and spent the greater part of his life in Illinois.

He was married to Shalah E. Hunt, February 20, 1907. To this union were born: Opal, Orval and Harold. He was converted at a revival meeting held at Rohrer Chapel eight years ago and later united with that church and was baptized by Rev. E J Campbell.

He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, three children, a father, mother, a sister, Mrs Albert Edwards, all of Waverly and a host of relatives and friends.

He was a good Christian man, loving and kind to his family, energetic and honest in business and very patient in suffering.

Funeral services were held in the First M E Church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev C W Hamand, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was in East Cemetery.


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Eva L Hilyard Morris, daughter of Joseph and Virginia Hilyard, was born near Waverly, July 1, 1864, and departed this life Friday, January 4, 1924, at her home in Waverly, aged 59 years, 6 months and 3 days.

She was united in marriage to Nathaniel Morris, February 21, 1886 and to this union were born five children, Carl Otto who died in April 1922; Mrs Bessie Edwards, of Carlinville; Mrs Lucille Dennis Lewis, who died in December 1916; Oliver and Lester of this city. The husband, with the two sons and daughter survive, also five grandchildren, Opal and Orva Morris, Alfred Dennis, Howard and Kenneth Morris; four sisters, Mrs Jane Clayton of Virden, Mrs Rebecca Gullic of Chicago, Mrs Lottie Conlee of Waverly and Mrs Isabelle Overstreet of Springfield, also many friends and relatives.

She united with the Primitive Baptist church, May 5, 1900, and was baptized by Elder J A Conlee, and has since lived a devoted member.

She had been in poor health for about a year, and on January 1st was stricken with paralysis. Everything was done for her that loving hands could do, but she gradually grew worse, until the God she loved called her home. She was a loving wife and kind mother, and will be sadly missed in her home, church and community.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Primitive Baptist church, conducted by Elder S Flannigin of Montgomery, Missouri, and Elder L E Sutton of Girard. Interment was in East Cemetery.


Waverly Journal, 29 April 1932

“Coleman Rogers Dies At Age 95”

“William Coleman Rogers, whose life span has been practically the same as the city in which he lived, died Wednesday morning at the age of 95 years, 7 months, 19 days.

Born southwest of Waverly on 8 September 1836, the year that Waverly was platted as a town, Mr. Rogers has lived practically his entire life in and near Waverly.

After farming a number of years, Mr. Rogers took up the carpenters trade which he followed the remainder of his active life. For the past 4 years he has been bedfast at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. T.S. Rogers. He was a member of the First M E Church.

Funeral services will be held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock Rev H C Munch pastor of the First M E Church officiating. Burial will be in Waverly East.”


Waverly Journal, 6 May 1932

“William Coleman Rogers, son of Joseph and Louise Rogers was born near Waverly, Ill. 8 September 1836 and died at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. T. S. Rogers, in this city Wednesday 27 April 1932 at the age of 95 years, 7 months, 19 days.

He was united in marriage to Caltha Deatherage near Jacksonville, 31 December 1857. To this union were born two children, a son and a daughter, who preceded him in death. His wife died 17 November 1916. Since the death of his wife he made his home with his brother, T. S. Rogers.

He was converted in early life at New Hope M E Church, which church he joined, later transferring his membership to the First M E Church at Waverly and remained a faithful member till death.

Mr. Rogers had been an invalid for many years, being bedfast for four years. He was the oldest resident of Waverly.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Fannie Roberts of Jacksonville, a number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the residence Friday afternoon 29 April at 2 o’clock in charge of Rev. H C Munch pastor of the First M E Church assisted by Rev. Thomas Beaston, pastor of the Baptist church.

Music was furnished by Mrs. W A Barrow and Mrs. Howard Elliot who sang “Rock of Ages”, “Sweet Bye and Bye”, and “Home Over There” with Miss Stella Rodgers as accompanist.

The pallbearers were Arch Mefford, Frank Meiers, Roy Newberry, James Weller, Arthur Buchanan, and Calvin Buchanan. The flowers were cared for by Misses Clara Newberry, Vivian French, Lois and Leta Rogers.

Burial was in Waverly East Cemetery.


Waverly Journal 21 April 1933

“Mrs. Amanda Deatherage Moffett died Sunday night April 6th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R H Hall, following an illness of seven weeks. Amanda was the daughter of Joseph Martin and Catherine Deatherage. She was 83 years, 9 months, 25 days.

On 23 November 1869 she was married to John B. Moffett and to this union was born one son, George Moffett. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died 1899, and her son, who died in 1903.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kate Pamphlin, of Buffalo, Ill. , and four cousins , Mrs. Anna Scott, Will Turner, G B Turner and H L Turner of Waverly.

Mrs. Moffett was kind hearted and charitable and always extended a helping hand whenever she could…

Funeral services were held at the Swift Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 pm in charge of Rev. D H Abbott, pastor of the First M E Church.

Miss Bertha Parkin and Mrs. F H Curtiss sang ‘One Sweetly Solemn Thought’ and “God Will Take Care of You’ with Miss Mattie Deatherage as accompanist.

Pallbearers were C W Lowe, R H Hall, George Sparrow, George Romang, C F Wemple, and James Burns. The flowers were cared for by Miss Bess Bradford and Mrs. James Burns.

Burial was in Waverly East Cemetery.


Waverly Journal

“ Rogers—Thornton Sheppard Rogers was born near Waverly, November 9, 1845, and died at his home in this city, Sunday, December 28th at the age of 85 years, 1 month , 19 days.

At an early age Mr. Rogers was converted and united with the M E Church at Appalonia. On November 14, 1880, he was married to Miss Annie Gibbons, near Auburn. In 1887 the family moved to Waverly, where they have since then resided, having lived in one location for 43 years. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on the last November 14th.

For the past fourteen years Mr. Rogers’ lameness kept him from active work, and during this time his patience and cheerfulness have been an inspiration to his family and friends.

Fourteen years ago his home was opened to receive and care for his older brother, Coleman, who survives him at the age of 94.

Other survivors are his widow, Mrs. Annie Rogers; two daughters, Mrs. Alma Newberry and Ollie, of this city; one son, William E. of Modesto. A younger son, Rollin, preceded him in death January 17, 1926. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Fannie Roberts of Jacksonville, eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and aged uncle, James Deatherage of Munden, Kansas , and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, in charge of Rev H C Munch, pastor of the M E Church, assisted by Rev E C Anderson, pastor of the Baptist Church.

Mrs. W A Barrow and Mrs. J H Shutt sang ‘Rock of Ages’, ‘No Night There’ and “Going Down The Valley’, with Miss Naomi Stamper as accompanist.

The pallbearers were Lawrence and Roy Newberry, J V Gooden, Frank Meiers, Charles Roberts, and Charles Mulch. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. J V Gooden, Mrs. Frank Meiers and Misses Clara Newberry, Lois, Leta and Roberta Rogers.

Burial was in Waverly East Cemetery.


Waverly Journal 1939

“Mrs. Tirzah Ann Rogers---Mrs. Tirzah Ann Rogers, a long time resident of Waverly, died at Passavant hospital in Jacksonville Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Mrs. Rogers had sustained a fractured hip in a fall at her home Tuesday of last week. She was 84 years, 8 months 27 days of age at the time of her death.

Mrs. Rogers was born near Jacksonville, June 13, 1856, a daughter of Louis and Sarah Frances Gibbons. She was united with the Apple Creek Baptist church at Modesto, about 65 years ago and has lived a most devout Christian life.

She was married to T S Rogers, November 14, 1880. TO this union were born eight children, four dying in infancy. A son, Rolland, preceded her in death thirteen years ago and then her husband eight years ago.

Mrs. Rogers spent most of the past fifty-two years of her life in Waverly, living alone with her daughter Ollie the last eight years. She has been most active an sincere in her church work, and influence on her family and many friends still lives.

Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Alma Newberry, and Miss Ollie Rogers both of Waverly; a son, William Rogers of Modesto; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Douglas of Oklahoma and Mrs. Fannie Stevens of Chatham; three brothers, Charles and G B Gibbons of Waverly and Lee Gibbons of Jacksonville; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

There are many relatives and friends who share in the bereavement of the family.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of the pastor, Rev J T Finnan.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Wm Peebles and Mrs. Holland Elliott who sang ‘One Sweetly Solemn Thought ’ , ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’, and ‘Saved by Grace’. Miss Darsy Smith was the accompanist.

The pallbearers were Lawrence Newberry, Roy Newberry, Donald Newberry, Merle Newberry, J V Gooden and Frank Meiers.

The flowers were cared for by Mrs. Lawrence Newberry, Mrs. Wm Robertson, Mrs. Frank Meiers, Mrs. Roy Newberry, Misses Lois, Roberta, and Leta Rogers and Betty Gooden.

Burial was in East Cemetery


Waverly Journal, Dec 27, 1912

Former Resident Dies--

Sarah P. Deatherage was born near Waverly, Illinois, August 4, 1836 and died at Wise Memorial hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, December 22, 1912, at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 18 days. She was married in 1852 to Thomas Rees and to this union three children were born. In 1855 her husband passed away. August 20, 1873 she was married to Gilman Ford of Waverly and to this union three children were born. On April 1, 1893, Mr. ford passed away, leaving her again a widow.

In 1906 Mrs. Ford moved to Beatrice, Neb. and for the last two years has made her home in Omaha. Four children survive her: Mrs. Sophia Slavens of this city; Isham Rees of Franklin; Mrs. Ada Lackey of Omaha, Neb.; and Walter Ford of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She is also survived by one brother Philip Deatherage of Lowder. several grandchildren and other relatives.

Mrs. Ford was a faithful christian and for many years a member of the Waverly Baptist church. She was a loving, devoted wife and mother. She was sick only one week, passing away Sunday evening. She was patient and uncomplaining to the end. All Sunday morning and as long as she could speak she was praising and blessing the Savior whom she loved. She was conscious of those of her children and friends who were with her and conversed with them. The end was peaceful and beautiful and we know she is at rest and our loss is her gain. The text John 3:16 is her request also the scripture reading “I will never leave thee or forsake thee, I will be with you always even to the end of the world.”

Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at 10 O’clock Wednesday morning. Rev. P H Aldrich officiating. Internment was in East Cemetery.

[Sarah Parlita Deatherage Rees Deatherage Ford. She was married three times; 1st Thomas Rees, 2nd Lewis C Deatherage, 3rd Gilman Ford. She was the daughter of Stephen P Deatherage and Martha Deatherage]


Waverly Journal---

Marion Bradford Deatherage Grimes, fourth daughter of W W and Hannah Frances Deatherage, was born December 15, 1867, and passed away at her home in Waverly, March 10, 1936.

She was united with the Congregational church on April 12, 1882, and graduated from Waverly High School in class of 1886. On May 7, 1890, she married Ira A. Grimes who died September 7, 1922. Besides her interest in her church, Mrs. Grimes was active in club circles, being a member of the Magazine club and the Waverly Woman’s club.

She is survived by five sisters and one brother, Mrs. E L Trask, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Bessie Hoit, Concord NH; Mrs. Frances Ritchie Austin, Minn; Mrs. Sallie Rohrer and Miss Madge Deatherage of Waverly; and one brother, Robert Deatherage Anoka, Minn.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the residence, rev J G Morgan, pastor of the First Congregational church of Austin, Minn., and a former pastor of the Congregational church of Waverly, officiating. Rev.. M. Kelly, pastor of the Congregational church of this city, assisted in the services.

Miss Bess Bradford, at the piano played Chopin’s “nocturne in C Major” Brahm’s “Intermezzo” and “Second Movement from Pathetique Sonata” by Beethoven.

The pallbearers were Robert E. Coe, Frank H Curtiss, W L Horstman, C F Morris, James Smart and C F Wemple. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. Rufus Lavely and Mrs. James W Gullett, of Springfield; Mrs. H E Conlee, Mrs. J S Davis, Mrs. J P McConnell, Mrs. Susan Swift and Misses Bertha Parkin, Eola Pease and Edith Wemple.

Interment was in East Cemetery.


Waverly Journal April 13, 1928

Mrs. Deatherage Dies at Age 92--

Mrs. Frances Deatherage, after a prolonged period of ill health, died last Saturday at her home in this city, where most of her life was spent.

Frances Hannah Challen was the sixth child of Dr. John Challen and Mary Kavanaugh Challen, who came as pioneers from Kentucky to Richland Illinois in 1834. On March 26 1836, Frances Hannah was born, and she was the last surviving of the Challen family.

She was a member of the Congregational Church of this city.

In 1856 she was married to William Weekly Deatherage of Waverly, Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1896. The surviving children are six daughters: Mrs. Bessie Hoit, of Concord, New Hampshire; Mrs. Eugene Trask, of Minneapolis , Minn., Mrs. Marion G Grimes and Mrs. Sallie Rohrer of Waverly Illinois; Mrs. Frances Ritchie of Minneapolis Minn.; and Miss Madge Deatherage of Waverly, Illinois; and one son Robert R. Deatherage, of Minneapolis, Minn. Her oldest daughter, Mrs. E K Blair, preceded her in death three years ago last September.

She also leaves ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday morning at 10:30, Rev J G Morgan , pastor of Plymouth Congregational church of Springfield, officiating, assisted by Rev C D Shoemaker, pastor of the Congregational church of this city. Music was furnished by a quartet consisting of Mrs. L T Seales, Mrs. F H Curtiss, Ray C Mitchell and W R Turnbull, who sang “In the Garden”, “Faith of Our Fathers”, and “-----Sweetly Solemn Thought”. The flowers were cared for by granddaughters of the deceased, Miss Mildred Rohrer, Mrs. Frances Jarrett, Mrs J G Morgan, Mrs. Carl Blair, and Mrs. Eugene Blair.

The pallbearers were H I Deturk, C F Wemple, W L Horstman, L T Seales, W E Miller and Richard McConnell.

Interment was in East Cemetery.

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