Just some info:

Please keep in mind that I have lots of time and money invested in this project. Many of the names are family members... some a few (not usually very far) generations down the line. Others are names in my husband's family, brothers-in-laws families and my sons-in-laws families and daughter-in-laws families. Some are related to others in my family tree but not directly to me. All information I have personally gathered. I did not use any information from the Mormon Church's many sites. I have researched everything. Most photos belong to me directly, except the ones that I have given credit too.

My family lines are (note: the * are in my family tree {I still have many to mark.}) Jones, Pugh, Knowles, Prothero, Painter, Owens, Nash, Albright, Watkins, Hall, Edgerton, Willoughby, Draper, Charinsky, Aikin, Moore, Meers, Morgan, DalValley (DalVallee), Monson, Klaman, Breeden, Dora, Russell, Williamson, Arnold, Chism, Siddell, Weindenburner, Gill, Ames, Wallis, Chantos, Keller, Davis, Wilcox, Cox, Pate, Gruber, Palmer, Sullivan, Douthit, West, Butler, Reese, Balsley, Smallcomb and the list goes on.

Some folks, on this blog, are friends or friends' parents. Others are individuals that are on the same page as one of my family.

I am willing to do research for others, however I do charge for extensive research and for the cost of research items. To check in some of our local cemetery records they do charge. Birth and Death records also cost. Before I do that search I will require a deposit in my paypal account. Please ask ahead if I will be charged to help you. Also all of the articles I have, I have paid to make copies of .

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Joan Ryan Obit

Danville Commercial News ~ May 22, 198
Joan Ryan

   Joan Ryan 54, of Westville, Ill., died at 1:45 a.m. May 21, 1988, at USMC, Sager Campus.
   She was born July 23, 1933, in Danville, Ill., the daughter of Russell C. and Anna Strebing Ryan. She attended and graduated from elementary and high school in Danville.
   She was employed at A.T.I. in Danville for 30 years and Central States Packing of Danville for three years.
   Surviving are brothers, William Ryan, of Tacoma, Wash.; Robert G. Ryan, of Georgetown, Ill.; Jack Ryan, of Danville; ____________ of Ridge Farm; Russell Ryan of Mississippi; sisters Mrs. Homer (Ruth) Catrain of Bellingham, Wash.; ____________ of Westville; ______________ of Danville; stepsister, __________ of Danville; and nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Mrs. Elsie F. Ryan; and brothers, Jerry and Tommy.
   Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill Cemetery Chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill Cemetery Chapel. Officiating: Father C. B. Motsett. Memorials: United Samaritans Medical Center Hospice. Arrangements made by Pape Memorial Home and Gardens.

Joseph Jirik Obit

Danville Commercial News ~ Aug. 6, 1983
Joseph Jirik

Arrangements are incomplete at Boardman & Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill., for Joseph W. Jirik, 36, of Springfield, a patient at the Veterans Administration Hospital in an open ward. He was found dead at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 4, 1983) on the property of Danville Area Community College.
Lyle Irvin, Vermilion County Coroner, attributed death to self-inflicted strangulation.

Mrs. Maude Shepard Obit

Danville Commercial News ~ June 11, 1964
Mrs. Maude Shepard
   Mrs. Maude E. Shepard, 84, of 507 Warrington, died at 11:45 a.m. yesterday (June 10, 1964) in Lake View Memorial where she had been a patient one day. She had been in ill health for some time.
   Born Sept. 30, 1879, in Danville, she was the daughter of John and Mary Ashley Mahorney. She was a life resident of Danville.
   Surviving are a son, John of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Mayme Hagerman of Danville; on grandchild and five great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, former operator of the Shepard Garage in the unit block of N. Walnut; one son, Harold, four brothers and three sisters.
   Mrs. Shepard was a member of St. James Methodist Church.
   The body is at the Jones-Sullivan Funeral Home where friends will be received Thursday night and Friday afternoon and night. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

James Willoughby Obit*

Danville Commercial News ~ June 11, 1964
James Willoughby
James H. Willoughby, 90, died at his home at 1605 E. Fairchild, at 6:10 yesterday (June 10, 1964). He had been in ill health three years and seriously ill four months.
Born Jan. 9, 1874, in Oswego, Kan., he was a son of Henry and Nancy Howard Willoughby, He resided most of his life in Danville and was a retired employe of the Western Brick Co.
He was married to Margaret Jones, who preceded him in death in 1907. He was married Oct. 1, 1910, in Grape Creek to Tessa Manuel who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Oscar of Atwood; for daughters, Mrs. Cleo Irvin of Oakwood, Mrs. Howard (Fern) Hill of Danville, Mrs. Vendal (LaVerne) Puskac of Westville, and Mrs. Avery (Dorothea) Potts of Danville; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, a son, three grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
Then body is at the Johnson Funeral Home where friends will be received 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Been a searching....

I have gotten back into the mood for research. Found a new lead and off I go. I will be adding more information on here as I find time to key it in. SO much to do and SO little time to do it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Birth, Marriages and Death of Willoughby family members

Birth, Marriages and Death of Willoughby family members in Vermilion County, Illinois.
I found the follow information at the Vermilion County Courthouse, in Danville, Illinois.

Unnamed Willoughby (sex not stated in files), child of H.H. and Nancy. born April 20, 1881. I do know that this is Jobe from my records.
Unnamed Willoughby (sex not stated in files), child of Joe and Elizabeth - Sept 12, 1907
Cleo Willoughby, daughter of James and Maggie Jones Willoughby, April 8, 1902
Lois, daughter of James and Tessa, April 10, 1912
Nealda, daughter of James (Jobe) and Elizabeth, June 4, 1912
Oscar, son of James and Maggie, July 22, 1900
Raymond Floyd, son of James and Margaret (Maggie), Dec. 2, 1898
Vincent W., son of Henry and Nancy, May 20, 1876

Ana Willoughby and Joseph C. Walters, Sept. 23, 1896 Lic. #3-126 12074
Cleo Willoughby and Jesse Eli Irvin, Dec. 14, 1922 Lic. # 9-5 35054
Dorothy Willoughby and Avery M. Potts, Aug. 29, 1939, Lic # 11-71 45082
Fern Willoughby and Howard Hill, April 17, 1929, Lic # 10-161 41021
Harvey Willoughby and Clemellie Hogan, May 30, 1918, Lic. # 7 - 288 30678
Henry Harrison Willoughby to Nancy Howard, March 26, 1873, Lic. # B - 91
James Willoughby to Maggie Jones, Oct. 13, 1898 Lic. # 3 - 217 13244
James Willoughby to Tessa Manuel, Oct. 1, 1910, Lic. # 6-36 23264
Andrew Willoughby to Sina Truax, April 1, 1869
James S. Willloughby to Norma A. Pichon, April 28, 1945, Lic. # 51653
Jessie Willoughby to Cecil Rhoades, Oct. 5, 1926, Lic.# 9-302 38919
Laverne Willoughby to Benjamin Peak, March 19, 1932, Lic. # 11-15 43339
Martha Willoughby to John Davidson, Oct. 14, 1869, Lic. # B-57
Mary Willoughby to John A. Simpson, Dec. 14, 1865, Lic. # B-21
Oscar A. Willoughby to Lois Hamand, Sept. 30, 1923, Lic. # 9-67 35865
Phebe A. Willoughby to Abraham S. Hockenberg, March 12, 1885, Lic. #1-273 4865
Ray Willoughby to Nellie Hill, Jan. 1, 1923, Lic. # 9-16 35198
Sarah Willoughby to Thomas Thomas, March 10, 1887, Lic. # 2-30 6038
Sarah E. Willoughby to Stephen Sheward, Apr. 5, 1881, Lic. # 1-115 2820
Vincent Willoughby to Etta Wilks, Oct. 21, 1896 Lic. # 3-130 12130
Lizzie Jones Willohby (Willoughby) [widow of Jobe] and Phillip Wiles, Jan. 15, 1919, Lic. #8-10 31237

Harve Willoughby, Sept. 21, 1952
Henry Harrison Willoughby, July 8, 1931
Jobe Willoughby, Oct. 7, 1916
Nancy Willoughby, Dec. 19, 1918
Raymond F. Willoughby, Sept. 20, 1957
Wm Noel T. Willoughby, Jan. 25, 1906

Phillip Wyles

Birth: Aug. 3, 1878
Death: Aug. 29, 1948

Philip Wyles, 70, resident of Hillery until two years ago, died Sunday at Southside Hospital, Mesa, Ariz. He had suffered a fractured hip in a fall nine weeks ago and later developed pneumonia.
The body will be brought to Danville Wednesday, to be taken to the Berhalter Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete.
Mr. Wyles was born Aug. 3, 1878, in Marshfield, Ind. a son of Williamd and Amanda Wyles.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Cramer, Mesa, Ariz., and Mrs. Nealda Scott, Hillery; five grandchildren; one brother, Robert Buterly, Hastings, Neb., and one sister, Mrs. Lina Trimble. Danville. His wife Elizabeth, preceded him in death in 1946.

I copied this from the find a grave site.
I checked on the spelling of his last name at the Vermilion County Courthouse. According to his and Elizabeth's marriage license, his last name is spelled Wiles. It could be that it was changed at sometime between Elizabeth's death or the person who did the research at the cemetery. I will take a trip to Pate Cemetery in the future.
 I know that Nealda is his step-daughter, however her father died when she was very young. He would have been the only father she actually knew.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shirley Siddons Willoughby Toppas Obit

Danville Commercial News ~ Aug. 6, 1983
Shirley Toppas
   Mrs. Shirley Ann Toppas, 56, of 204 W. Madison, died at 12:02 p.m. Friday (Aug. 5, 1983) at Lakeview Medical Center. She had been a patient for a day.
   She attended Danville schools and in 1945, graduated from Catlin High School. She later attended schools and received a licensed nursing degree. She practiced at St. Elizabeth Hospital from 1966 to 1969.
   Born May 8, 1927, in Danville, she was the daughter of Ray D. Siddons and Marian R. Meyers. She married James Willoughby in 1947 in Paris. She married George W. Toppas in 1969 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He died in April 1980.
   Survivors include two sons, ________ of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and ___________ of Coral Springs, Fla.; three daughters, ___________ of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ____________ of Carteret, N.J., and ______________ of Tilton; two stepsons, ________ of Coral Springs and _________ of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two brothers,  ___________ of Tilton and __________ of Tilton; Six grandchildren and four step grandchildren.
   Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Pape Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery near Fithian. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

David Thomas McIntosh Obit

Danville Commercial News, July 15, 2009
David Thomas McIntosh
   David Thomas McIntosh, 65, of Tilton, passed away Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home with family and friends nearby.
   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2009, at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville. Burial will follow the service in Greenwood Cemetery in Tilton. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2009, at he funeral home. Memorials donations may be made to David's family in care of the funeral home.
   David was born May 5, 1944, in Danville, to Thomas and Eleanor McIntosh. He is survived by a son, __________; his grandchildren, _____ and ______ of Tilton; his sister, _______ of Farmer City; nieces, nephews and best of friends, _____________. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, his parents, Tom and Eleanor McIntosh; and a bother, James Irving.
   David established his business, Dave's Paint and Body, in Bismarck. Upon closing, he proceeded doing what made him happiest, music, his life's passion.
   David was an accomplished musician of varying instruments, specializing in the saxophone. He began performing weekends while in high school. After graduating, he joined the band at the Danville Elks Club, playing there for several years. David also played for other various local bands including the "1959 Band."
    Later, along with Tom Kukla and his wife, Susan, Dave performed in Key West. When they returned, "Hot Sax" performed at venues in surrounding areas of Illinois and Indiana.
   David loved playing music and entertaining. He and his music will be missed by all who knew him.
   Email condolences can be sent to David's family at: ________________

Lois Ellen Hamand Willoughby Obit

Danville Commercial News ~ May 22, 1988

Lois Ellen Willoughby
   Lois Ellen Willoughby, 86, of Danville died at 1:57 a.m. Saturday (May 21, 1988) at Colonial Manor Nursing Home. She was born June 10, 1901, in Piatt County, Ill., the daughter of George and Eva Nina Perkins Hamand. She married Oscar Allen Willoughby Sept. 30, 1923 at Oakwood, Ill. He died Feb. 14, 1974.
   Survivors are two sisters in law, Cleo Irvin of Oakwood and Reba Hamand of Perrysville, Ind., and several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son Earl Wayne, and two brothers, Earl and Clarence. Her hobbies included gardening and crocheting, and she was a member of South Side Church of Christ in Danville.
   Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at South Side Church of Christ, Pastor Vern Huber officiating. Burial will be in Atherton Cemetery, Danville, arrangements made by Pape Memorial Home and Gardens, Danville.

Elizabeth Jane Jones Willoughby Wiles Obit*

Danville Commercial News ~ Aug. 1, 1946
*Hillery Native Dies in Indiana
   Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Wiles, 65, a resident of Hillery for 34 years, died at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ethel E. Cramer, Indianapolis. She had been ill two years.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hillery United Brethren Church, with the Rev. J. M. Demoss assisted by by the Rev. L. W. Godert, Oakwood, and burial will be in the Pate Cemetery, Catlin, with Little Funeral Home, Indianapolis, in charge. Friends may call at the home in Hillery after 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
   Mrs. Wiles was born near Catlin, Oct. 28, 1880, daughter of David (Cap) and Harriet Thomas Jones. She was married to Philip Wiles Jan. 19, 1918.
   Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Nealda Scott, Route 1, Danville; and Mrs. Ethel E. Cramer, Indianapolis; and five grandchildren. A daughter, two brothers, a sister, and her parents preceded her in death.

 Note: I know of one brother, but I did not know about a second brother. This leaves me with even more research.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Watkins Marriages in Vermilion County, Illinois*

*I found this information at the Vermilion County Courthouse. For a copy please contact the courthouse. The fee for a copy is $10.00
Albert F. Watkins and Emily Bracewell, Dec. 24, 1884
Alexander Watkins and Lucy A. Peters, June 8, 1885
Alice Watkins and Willis W. Bailey, April 27, 1904
Anna Watkins and David Pearson, Dec. 29, 1865
Arch B. Watkins and Emma Ellenburg, Aug. 3, 1923
Barbara Watkins and William Wayne Lockwood, June 9, 1935
Benjamin Watkins and Lydia Allkire, June 13, 1853
Bert Watkins and Emma Delany, Nov. 6, 1901
Charles P. Watkins and Ora Norton, Aug. 22, 1893
Cynthia Watkins and Daniel D. Reese, Nov. 26, 1890
Dwight Watkins and May Bailey, June 4, 1917
E. A. Watkins and Mary Hart, Dec. 24, 1882
Edna Watkins and Ralph Burtnett, Oct. 18, 1902
Edna E. Watkins and Frank M. Jewell, May 29, 1895
Edna Suzanna and Curtis Cooley, June 30, 1922
Eli F. Watkins and Mary A. Osborn, Sept. 15, 1873
Elijah A. Watkins and Mary A. Hart, Dec. 22, 1882
Elizabeth Watkins and Benjamin Dean, Mar. 2, 1867
Emily Watkins and William Harmon, July 26, 1875
Ettie Watkins and Albert Hile, May 3, 1915
Fanny A. Watkins and Jenkin Williams, Feb. 5, 1867
Flora B. Watkins and Donald Bracewell, Dec. 21, 1892
Fred Watkins and Cora Martin, Feb 22, 1906
Fred Watkins and Ella Howard, Apr 16, 1927
George Albert Watkins and Della May Thomas, May 15, 1895
George Watkins and Tillie B. Henry, May 2, 1900
Grace Watkins and Ray Anders, Sept. 6, 1928
Helen Watkins and Clarene L. Case, Dec. 31, 1918
Henry Watkins and Dorothy Slaughter, July 11, 1929
Henry W. Watkins and Susan F. Neher, Dec. 6, 1924
Hudson H. Watkins and Clara B. Nunn, Oct. 28, 1901
Hugh N. Watkins and Josephine Stephens, June 12, 1896
Hugh N. Watkins, Jr and Elizabeth H. Gandy, March 21, 1925
Isaac Watkins and Jane Swisher, Oct. 24, 1895
Isaac A. Watkins and Silva Wyman, Oct. 19, 1876
Isaac E. Watkins and Emily Chenoweth, Sept. 4, 1866
Isaiah Watkins and Mary E. Layton, Mar. 1, 1861
James Watkins and Mary J. Macy, Nov. 5, 1846
Jennie Watkins and Joel Evans, Nov. 1, 1874
John Watkins and Margaret Gray, May 8, 1842
John Watkins and Martha Keton, Mar. 14, 1852
John B. Watkins and Lizzie Kennedy, Sept. 29, 1891
Joseph Watkins and Katie M. McLeod, June 5, 1872
Kenneth Watkins and Lela L. Bennett, July 12, 1927
Lelah Watkins and Herbert Everett, June 15, 1935
Leora L. Watkins and Mike Williams, Aug. 4, 1915
Louisa Watkins and Aaron Lane, Oct. 29, 1840
Louisa Watkins and Charles Holbert, July 30, 1910
Lucille Watkins and George Walter, Sept. 2, 1945
Madora Watkins and Cedric Simmons, Oct. 11, 1922
Maggie Watkins and N. M. Bear, Apr. 22, 1893
Marian Emma Watkins and Edwin Dodge Smith, Nov. 6, 1922
Mary Watkins and George M. Wilson, Sept. 15, 1944
Mary E. Watkins and Isaac F. Romine, Oct. 4 1869
Mary. M. Watkins and Peter Kadell, Sept. 29, 1867
Moses Watkins and Hannah P. Holeman, June 25, 1857
Moses Watkins and Mattie L. Harper, Sept. 8, 1910
Nellie Watkins and Chester G. Goodwin, Feb. 1906
Ollie Watkins and Ross McClatchey, Aug. 2, 1919
Omer A. Watkins and Sylvia E. Schingel, July 4, 1942
Raymond Watkins and Marjorie Freeman, Sept. 22, 1934
Sallie Watkins and Zachariah T. Bradbury, Aug. 9, 1883
Sarah A. Watkins and Abraham Kendall, Jan. 1, 1852
Sybill Watkins and Charles Webb, Mar. 1, 1926
Wallena Watkins and John Mellin, Jan. 16, 1899
Willam H. Watkins and Ollie G. Clark, Dec. 25, 1905
William J. Watkins and Theresa Lloyd, Dec. 9, 1865
William R. Watkins and Jane E. Brown, Sept. 6, 1888
William W. Watkins and Stella Gleason, Sept. 13, 1893

Monday, October 24, 2011

Watkin Births in Vermilion County, Illinois*

*I found the following Watkins births in Vermilion County, Illinois. Records can be obtained from the County Clerk's office. The cost is $10.00 for a copy.
Watkins, unnamed, sex unknown, parents Elijah and Mary E., birth June 8, 1887
Watkins, unnamed, sex unknown, parents, Albert and Emma Aug. 15, 1888
Watkins, Unnamed, sex unknown, parents Bert and Emma, born Aug. 18, 1905
Watkins, Unnamed, sex unknown, parents William and Ollie, born Oct. 11, 1906
Watkins, Reberta S. M. , female, parents Freddie and Bertha, born Nov. 18, 1911
Watkins, Alfonzo, male, parents Paul and Ella, born July 14, 1915
Watkins, Bernie, not sure, parents Fred and Cora, Jan. 14, 1907
Watkins, Chauncy J. E. , male, parents Hugh and Josephine, born Feb 19, 1903
Watkins, Dalbert (Delbert), male, parents Bert and Emma, born June 19, 1915
Watkins, Donald, male, parents Bert and Emma, born June 19, 1915
Watkins, Edith G., female, parents Moses and Emily, born Sept. 16, 1886
Watkins, Ester E., female, parents Henry and June, born May 17, 1911
Watkins, Fern Lenore, female, parents Bert and Emma, born Aug. 21, 1902
Watkins, Frances Seymour, female, parents Charles and Ellen, born April 29, 1911
Watkins, Frederick G., male, parents John and Catherine, born Sept. 30, 1884
Watkins, Gladys Ruth, female, parents Edwin and Melvina, born Dec. 8, 1896
Watkins, Helen C., female, parents William and Stella, born Jan. 16, 1894
Watkins, Hugh, N. Jr., male, parents Hugh and Josephine, born Dec. 28, 1899
Watkins, James B., male, parents Albert and Emily, born Feb 12, 1891
Watkins, John E., male, parents Elijah and Mary, born March 15, 1896
Watkins, Laurence C., male, parents Henry and Sarah, born Dec. 25, 1909
Watkins, Lida G., female, parents Elijah and Mary, born June 3, 1899
Watkins, Lile Dwight, male, parents Elijah and Mary E., born April 26, 1892
Watkins, Marian Emma, female, parents Bert and Emma Oct. 27, 1903
Watkins, Majory, female, parents Oscar and Grace L., born April 21, 1914
Watkins, Mary, female, parents James and Alberta, born March 14, 1905
Watkins, Eleanor (Mildred was crossed out), female, parents Bert and Emma, born Nov. 8, 1908
Watkins, Omer A., male, parents George and Estella, born Aug. 4, 1896
Watkins, Ruth Lucille, female, parents Bert and Emma, born Dec. 31, 1910
Watkins, Vivian, female, parents Bert and Emma, born Jan. 22, 1913
Watkins, William S., male, parents Oscar and Grace, born June 2, 1912

Knoll Births in Vermilion County, Illinois

I found the following births for the Knoll family name at the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville, Illinois. You may contact them for more information or a record of the birth. The cost for a paper copy is $10.00.
Knoll, unnamed, sex unknown, parents Charles and Mary Knoll, born May 15, 1905
Knoll, unnamed, sex unknown, parend no father listed mother Mary, born July 1, 1909
Knoll, Alfred, male, parents Karl and Eva, born April 24, 1905
Knoll, Bert A., male, parents Karl and Elizabeth, born March 6, 1896
Knoll, Clarence J., male, parens Karl and Elizabeth, born Jan. 2, 1894
Knoll, Laura B., female, parents Charles and Eva, born March 4, 1907
Knoll, Laurence, male, parents Karl and Eva, born Feb. 8, 1901
Knoll, Martha Barbara, female, parents mother Eva Elizabeth, born Oct. 2, 1903
Knoll, Otto, male, parents Karl and Elizabeth, born Aug. 20, 1899
Knoll, Robert, male, parents Carl and Eva, born Dec. 26, 1897

I have come to the conclusion that Karl (Carl) is married to Eva Elizabeth. That sometimes she was listed as Eva and others as Elizabeth.

Knowles Births in Vermilion County Illinois

Here are the births of Knowles in Vermilion County Illinois. I can only see the ones that are at least 100 years old. They are in the process of adding more to the system.
If you want more information you will need to contact the Vermilion County County Clerk's Office. They have a few that you will need to pay for more information. I believe it is still $10.00.

Knowles, Unnamed do not know the sex either, parents Samuel and Jessie Knowles, born Dec. 14, 1904
Knowles, Unnamed, do not know the sex, parents, Samuel and Jessie Knowles, born Dec. 9, 1908
Knowles, Claude P., male, parents Lucian and Minnie Knowles, born May 21, 1911
Knowles, Helen Marquerite, female, parents Samuel and Jessie Knowles, born Oct. 30, 1907
Knowles, William A., male, parents Henry and Carrie Knowles, Oct. 28, 1896

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Olivia Harrison Talbert Obit

Danville Commercial News Feb. 23, 1949
Olivia Talbert Dies at 77; Rites Friday

Mrs. Olivia Edna Talbert, 77, widow of George W. Talbert and a resident of Danville 46 years, died Tuesday at the home of a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swanson, 1010 W. Williams St.
Mrs. Talbert was born in Lafayette July 6, 1871, a daughter of Theodore and Nancy Dye Harrison. She was a member of the EUB Church in Oakwood.
Surviving are five children, Mrs. Carl (Irene) Swanson, Stanley Talbert and Mrs. Leota Collins, Danville; Mrs. Edith Hillman, Crawfordsville, and Mrs. Opal Wilson , Urbana; nine children and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter Harrison, Delavan, Ill., and Harry Harrison of Danville, and two sisters, Mrs. Nona Vannetta and Mrs. Gertrude Wilson, Potomac.
The body is at the Edmund & Dickson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. S.E. Fisher of University Place Christian Church, Urbana, will officiate.

Emma Watkins Dies at Home on S. Logan*

Emma Watkins Dies at Home on S. Logan
Feb. 23, 1949 Danville Commercial News

*Mrs. Emma Watkins, 86, widow of Albert Watkins, died Tuesday night at her home, 406 S. Logan. She had been ill eight months.
Mrs. Watkins was born in Danville Oct. 11, 1862. a daughter of James and Mary Jones Bracewell. She was a member of First Congregarional Christian Church.
Surviving are one son, H. E. Watkins, a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Reeder, both of Danville, and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son and a daughter.
The body is at the Berhalter Funeral Home where services will be help at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Fred Orr will officiate, with burial in Springhill Cemetery.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Knowles research in Vermilion County, Illinois

Today I did some research on Knowles Marriages in Vermilion County Illinois. If you are interested in more information you will need to contact the County Clerk's office. I know there is a charge for certificates.
Ada Knowles m William Cole Sept 27, 1906
Alice Rae Knowles m Clinton Anderson Feb. 17, 1914
Belle Knowles m Josiah  Erp March 3, 1923
Clarence Knowles m Mable Brown Aug 10, 1907
Estella Knowles m Pierre Louis Beck Jun 2 1906
Hardy Knowles m Anna Allen Oct 6, 1916
Joseph C. Knowles m Ida Rose July 14, 1917
Nellie Knowles m Roy Knowles Sep 14, 1912
Paul Knowles m Irene Niccum Feb 2, 1915
Samuel Knowles m Jessie Allen Dec 30, 1903
Walter Knowles m Elizabeth Mann Nov. 10, 1910
Roy Knowles m Nellie Knowles Sep 14, 1912

Sunday, September 18, 2011

George Elmer Sullivan Obit*

George Elmer Sullivan*

The Norman Transcript


- George Elmer Sullivan, 82, passed from this life on earth to join with his Lord -- Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, January 14, 2008. His loving wife, daughter, sons, and friends were at his side at the moment of passing. George was born in Danville, Illinois, on August 21, 1925 to Claude Sullivan and Estella M. Douthitt. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, first wife, and an adopted daughter. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, _______ of Norman, OK, his daughter _________of Enid, OK, his sons ________and wife _______ of Ada, OK,________and wife ________ of Drummond, OK, _________and wife_________of Houston, TX, ________and wife ______ of Norman, OK, ________and wife ________ of Norman, OK, and _________of Houston, TX. George is survived by thirteen grandchildren: ________, ___________and his wife _______, _________and his wife_______, Julie _______ and her husband______, ____________, __________, __________, _________, ___________, ___________, _________, __________, _________and ________. George had ten great grandchildren: __________, _________, _________, _________, __________, ____________, __________, ___________, ___________, and __________.

George grew up in Danville, Illinois and attended Danville High School. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a flight engineer on a B-29 bomber. He was honorably discharged on November 27, 1945. George attended Abilene Christian College. When he met his first wife, Iris Colleen Clark, at Sears, she agreed to go out on a date with him after he agreed to attend church with her. They were married on October 16, 1945 in Albuquerque, NM. George and Colleen bore one daughter, Pamela, and adopted a second daughter, Connie. Colleen passed away on March 9, 1972 in Hennessey, Oklahoma. George married Dorothy Ann Bryant on January 31, 1973. Dorothy was a high school art teacher. George loved her five boys as his own.

George entered the Ministry in 1955 and preached for churches of Christ in Moriarty, NM, Junction City, KS, Woodson, TX, Bridge City, TX, Albuquerque, NM, Ponca City, OK, Enid, OK, Hennessey, OK, Helena, OK and then Garden City, Kansas before retiring from the Ministry in 1981. Following his retirement, George continued to preach and teach the word at local churches they attended in Enid, Perkins, Tahlequah, Bethany, and then Norman, Oklahoma, where they have spent the last fifteen years.

George was truly a servant of God and a helper of people. He touched the lives of many people, preaching, teaching, counseling, and helping those in need. One of George's greatest accomplishments was his family, teaching them to love each other, respect people, and to have a servant heart. George also liked reading, Big Band music, OU Football, and OU Women's Basketball.

Following retirement from the ministry, George helped Dorothy with her artwork, traveled to art shows across the United States and enjoyed spending time with his wife, meeting others during their
travels, and seeing the country. George was a faithful and loving husband, a patient and loving father, a supportive grandfather, and a loving friend. His life was a true model of Christian living, an example that will serve his family and all those he touched. He was deeply loved and will be truly missed here on earth. We will all look forward to the day we join him in heaven in the arms of Jesus.

Family will greet friends and relatives from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, January 17, 2008, at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 18, 2008, at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel with Leon Dennis officiating. Private Interment will follow. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Send condolences online at http://www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.htm.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Glayds Marie Smith Yoder Obit*

The Knoxville News Sentinel, July 4, 1993
*Yoder, Glayds Marie Smith - age 69, of Sunflower Rd., died Saturday, July 3, 1993 at Saint Mary's Hospital. She was a member of Kim Watt Baptist Church and the Areme Chapter No 466 O.E.S. She was also actively involved with John T. O'Connor Senior Center. Preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Franklin Yoder. Survived by daughters, ________, Pat Kress, _________ and ________ all of Knoxville; sons, ________ of Mundelien, Ill., Horace Yoder of Acaworth, Ga., Philip Michael Yoder of Oak Ridge, _______ and _________ of Knoxville; sisters Rachel Marshall, Ruth Dunaway, and Trula Hunter all of Knoxville; brothers, Gene Allison of Solway and Earl Smith of Kingston; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. O.E.S. memorial service 7:30 p.m. Monday at Rose Chapel followed by funeral service with Rev. Dalton Cochran officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for 12 Noon interment service. The family will receive friends 6 - 7:30 p.m. Monday at Rose Mortuary Highland Chapel, 5315 Kingston Pike.

Philip Michael Yoder Obit

The Knoxville News-Sentinel Dec. 1, 2002
Yoder, Philip Micheal - age 50 of Oak Ridge passed away Friday, November 29, 2002 at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Glayds Yoder and a brother, Howard Yoder. Survivors include his wife, _________ Yoder, sisters and brothers in law, ________ and ________ Davis, Pat and Mike Kress, _______ and_______ Frost, ________ and _________ Nichols, brothers,_______ Yoder and _________ Yoder, brothers and sisters in law, _______ and_______ Yoder and _________ and _________ Yoder; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Yoder was employed by the Eye Surgery Center of Oak Ridge. He served his country in Vietnam with the US Marine Corps and continued serving his community with the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol as a Lt. Colonel. A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Oak Ridge, where he was a member; Monday December 2, 2002, with Pastor Steven Damos officiating. The family will receive friends at the church at 9 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, P.O. Box 9720, Knoxville, Tenn. 37940-9720, or the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 512 Chilhowee Dr. Knoxville, Tenn. 37924. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. 6WECARE (865)693-2273

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Henry B. Taylor Obit

Danville Commercial News Sept. 22, 1944

Homer Woman & Father Dies of COmplications

Homer (CNS) - Henry B. Taylor, 64 former employee of the Big Four Railroad shop in Urbana, and father of Mrs. Myrtle Lacey, Homer, died Thursday in Champaign County Hospital in Urbana. Mr. Taylor had lived in Urbana for the last 38 years.
Mr. Taylor was born Nov. 5, 1879 in Whilmington, Ohio. He ( cannot read) moved to Illinois when he was 11 months old and settled in the village of Fairmont (cannot read) Taylor retired as supervisor a year ago because of ill health.
Surviving are the widow, the former Miss Florence Jenkins

Tennessee research*

*I have been research on my husband’s father’s side of the family. In Tennessee records were not kept well so it has been a challenge.
My first challenge has been Clyde’s mother’s family. I have seen where she was a Russell and where she was a Breeden. No one seemed to want to claim her so I began my search with what little I knew. I started off two years ago by obtaining the marriage certificate of David Hall. On it she stated her name was Ollie J. Breeden. There seems to be no information on an Ollie J. Breeden. David and she were married on Nov. 5th 1910 in Blount County, Tennessee by E. L. Williamson, J.P. This information was recorded on Dec. 19, 1910 by C. B. Badgett in Book 12 page 241.
According to my husband’s family she was Janie Russell. My next step was to see just who Ollie J. Breeden was. One thing led to another which all seemed to lead to dead ends. I then decided I need to start finding information on deaths and seeing if I can find any information on my husband’s grandparents. It seems that Tennessee did not keep records, at least at the county level, of births and deaths for about 50 years. *Note to self: Check with Tennessee Vital Records office to see if there are records there that were not kept at county offices.
I checked to see if there was an Ollie Jane Russell married to a Breeden; none to be found. I then decided to search for obituaries of my husband’s aunts and uncles. Lo and behold I found a sister I did not know about. A half-sister – possibly still alive – a call to my husband’s oldest brother and yes there is an aunt that I had no record of. I knew that Ollie had remarried after David died, but she was aged and I didn’t think she would have another child. I found Aunt Alice. She was living in the same home that they all remembered her living in as children. She is the one I found on Ollie Jane’s death certificate as informant. She knew Ollie’s mother – Frances Jackson – but not the father. Strange I thought as everyone knew her as being a Russell.
One my husband’s father’s death certificate it states that his parents were Dave Hall and Jane Russell. This information is also recorded in the Miller Funeral Home Book 1941 – 2001 found at the Blount County Library in Maryville, Tennessee.
I needed to know, was Frances Jackson ever married to a Breeden. Internet searches at ancestry.com have led me to a Frances Jackson married to a John H. Breeden, Feb. 2, 1891 in Sevier County, Tennessee. (*note to self: check this information out and see when or if they legally divorced.) This is near the area where most of my husband’s family lived. He remembers Wear’s Valley as a place they would visit. This now made sense since I knew his great-grandmother had married a Russell at some point. I found the marriage record of Isaac J. Russell and Frances Breeden at the vital records office in Maryville, Tennessee. They were married August 26, 1896 by E. L. Williamson, J. P. ~ same person that married Ollie and Dave.
I have searched the two census records that Ollie would be in with a parent. In the 1900 census I found Jamie (Janie) listing her birth as Dec 1893 with Isaac and Frances. It states that Janie is a daughter of Isaac and Frances. However, Frances and Isaac were not married until 1896, and Frances and John were married, or so I am assuming, John would be a better bet on being her father. Note that many dates did not match other information for the family members birth years and months. This happened frequently as many times births were not recorded or people couldn’t remember exactly, just that it was wintery or summer time. Also note that Isaac’s first wife was still living, Sophronia Virginia Webster, she died about 1893 which would make Isaac and Frances not be parents to Jamie (Janie).
In the 1910 census, Frances states that she was the mother to 6 children, with only 3 still living. On the census roll there are two Russell children that are probably hers and Isaac’s children; Johnie L. age 5 born Mar 1895; since his first wife has passed this cannot be hers, Ethel M. born Sep. 1899 and then Jamie (Janie) born 1893. All of this needs to be checked out and researched more.
The 1910 census has Isaac listing Jennie (Jannie) as his adopted daughter. Birth years match our records and she seems to fit. Searching I have found no legal adoption of Ollie Jane by Isaac Russell.
Frances Jackson Russell’s death certificate lists her parents as John Jackson and Hannah Blair. Other researchers have noted the same information. The informant was Huse Russell, of Maryville, Tennessee which was one of her son’s with Isaac Russell.
Ollie Jane married again on Jan. 21, 1926 about two years after David passed. This time she married a Will Young. She stated her name as being Janie Hall. This marriage is recorded in book 21 page 214 located at the Blount County Vital Records in Maryville, Tennessee. Ollie had two children with Will. The first was a son, unnamed in the record book, born July 30, 1927, whom must have passed between a live birth and 1930 when Alice was born. This birth she recorded her name as Jane Breeden. On Alice’s she states her name as Ollie Hall.
Will’s death certificate information states Ollie Russell Young as the informant. His parents were George Young and Jane Lane. He is buried in Keeble Cemetery in Blount County, Tennessee; Funeral Home in Madisonville. Ollie and Will made their home in Walland, Tennessee at the time of his death on July 1, 1940.
This is all the information I have at the time. I have lots more research to do.
Additional Note: Ollie and Will's son was named William Row. He died in 1928 in Alabama City, Alabama.  Added: Jan. 27, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Edward Dewey Oswalt obit

Danville Commercial News Sept. 23, 1944

Former Attica Dairyman Given Funeral Saturday
Attica Funeral services for Edward Dewey Oswalt, former resident on a farm south of Attica until about a year ago, who died Wednesday at his farm home near Bainbridge, were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the Sands Funeral Home, Bainbridge. Burial was in the Brick Chapel cemetery near there.
Mr. Oswalt, who married Della McGahan, resided in Warren township, Warren county, a few years before operating a dairy south of Attica. Besides the widow and his father, Emanuel Oswalt, there survive three brothers, Ray of Attica, Carl of Battle Ground, and Charles, whose address is unknown. He also leaves one half-sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Sherchild of Templeton.

Ralph H. Stuebe Obit

Danville Commercial News, Sept 23, 1944

Ralph H. Stuebe

Funeral services for Ralph Henry Stuebe, 36, of Georgetown, who died Thursday in Lake View Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Callahan Funeral Home, the Rev. C. E. Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The body will remain at the family residence on E. 13th St. Georgetown until Monday.

Mrs. Ardella Schendel Weberg Lawley Obit

Danville Commercial News, Sept. 22, 1944
Former Resident Dies in Chicago
Word was received here Friday of the death of Mrs. Ardella Lawley, 41, formerly of this city at 11:30 p.m. Thursday in Chicago, which had been her home for the last 10 years.
She was born Sept. 26, 1902 in this city, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schendel, who now reside at 1233 Wellington St.. Surviving in addition to the parents are three brothers, Arthur and Charles Schendel, both of Danville, and Oscar Schendel of Wakegon, Mich.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Danville Commercial News, Sept. 23, 1944
Mrs. Ardella Lawley
Funeral services for Mrs. Ardella Schendel-Lawley, 41, former Danville resident, who died Thursday in Chicago, which has been her home for the past 10 years, will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday Chicago. All immediate member of the family in this city will attend the services.

Thomas Tate death notices

There are several death notice information about Thomas Tate.
Danville Commercial News Sept. 22 - 23, 1944

Sept. 22, 1944
Thomas Tate Rites Sunday.
Funeral services for Thomas George Tate, 28, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edmund & Dickson Funeral Home.
The Rev. T. F. Shouse will officiate, burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. The ____cannot read___ Post American Legion will participate in services at the cemetery.


Sept. 23, 1944
Thomas Tate
Funeral services for Thomas George Tate, 28, former Danville resident, who had been in the U.S. Army two years and who died Wednesday at Fort Sill, Okla., were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmund & Dickson. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery.


David Crouse, Civil War Vet, Dies at Home

Danville Commercial News, Nov. 1932

David Crouse, Civil War Vet, Dies at Home
David Crouse, Civil War veteran, who served for three years of that conflict, died at the veterans administration hospital here at 7:45 o'clock Tuesday morning. He had been ill for some time.
Mr. Crouse served with the Fifth Regular Indiana Cavalry regiment from Aug. 1,
1862 to June 15, 1865. He was wounded in action.
One son, H. F. Crouse, Muncie, Ind. route 8 survives. The son was notified of his father's death and no funeral plans will be made until word is received from him.

David Weberg is Wed to Ardella Schendel Here

Danville Commercial News Nov. 22, 1932

David Weberg and Ardella Schendel, both of Danville, were united in marriage by Justice of the Peace Henr E. Brown in his office recently. Mr Weberg is connected with the Ryan Construction Company. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schendell, 1233 Wellington Street.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I think...

I think that I will start looking for obituaries of the headstones that I have pictures of. Wouldn't that be a nice addition to someones family history? This may take time to do. Keep coming back. Become one of my followers.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Iva M. McMican Doyle Knowles Obit*

Danville Commercial News April 21, 2003
*Iva M. Knowles
Iva M. Knowles, 97, of Merritt Island, Fla., formerly of Danville, passed away 12:06 p.m. Saturday (April 19, 2003)at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1906, in Charleston, Mo., the daughter of the late G.C. and Lucy Cain Mican. She was married to Lloyd Knowles of Danville, He preceded her in death on April 21, 1991.
She is survived by her son, _____________ of _________, a grandson _____________ of _____________ and a granddaughter, _____________ of ________________, and two great-grandchildren, ______________ and _________________. She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
She was a member of St. James Methodist Church of Danville for more than 50 years and the Danville Garden Club. In lieu of flowers it is requested that a donation be made to the St. James Methodist Church of Danville or to the American Heart Association.
Funeral services: 2p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center; Officiating: Pastor Tiffany Black; Burial: Sunset Memorial Park; Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Merle R. Balsley

July 22, 2011
Merle R. Balsley


DANVILLE — Merle R. Balsley, 89, of Danville, formerly of Eagan, Minn., passed away at 7:52 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, at the Hawthorne Inn of Danville.

He was born June 25, 1922, in Danville, the son of Merle H. and Lola A. Balsley. Both are deceased.

Merle graduated from Danville High School. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy in April of 1942, serving aboard the USS South Dakota during World War II, the USS Worchester during the Korean Conflict, the USS Pritchet during the Vietnam era and on two tours of duty in the Navy Recruiting Service before retiring in December of 1964 as a chief petty officer.

Merle married Beverly J. Knowles on May 24, 1972, in California. She preceded him in death in 2004.

Survivors include a daughter, _______________.; one brother, ________________; two grandchildren, ___________ and ______________; one great-granddaughter, _________________; a sister-in-law, __________________; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Beverly, his three sisters and one brother also preceded Merle in death.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Danville as well as the Elks, Masons and Shriner’s.

Merle enjoyed golfing, jazz music and traveling to Arizona.

Per Merle’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded at Sunset’s onsite crematory, under the direct supervision of a Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center certified cremationist.

A memorial service for Merle Balsley will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Sunset’s Chapel Mausoleum, located at Sunset Memorial Park, 3901 N. Vermilion St., with burial held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Merle’s name to the United Methodist Church in Danville or to the donor’s favorite charity.

E-mail condolences may be sent to www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Friday, July 22, 2011

If you like these posts

If you like the posts that I am making about people, please become a follower and contributor. I would love to post more information on here about people. It has been a busy summer for me, so I have not had the time to do the things I really want to do. Maybe when the grandchildren and their parents go back to school/work I can get some of this done.

Rosetta E. Kane Davis Obit

TIPTON, Ind. — Rosetta E. Davis, 88, of Tipton, Ind., formerly of Catlin, died at 7:15 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Buffalo, Iowa, to John B. and Selma Ann Sedam Kane.

She married Lawrence M. Davis on Sept. 25, 1940, in Danville. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, ________________ ; a son __________________; two grandsons, ____________ and ____________, who she raised as her own children; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, a son, four brothers and two sisters.

Rosetta was a line worker for several years at Peterson Filling but was mostly a homemaker.

She was a Jehovah’s Witness and enjoyed her weekly phone conversations from the church. She also liked flower gardening, reading, puzzle books and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

A memorial service for Rosetta Davis will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the chapel mausoleum in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Edward Lovett will officiate. Per Rosetta’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

An Email

I just received an email from a distant relative whom found an obituary about one of their great-grandparents. How great is that. I hope to find many more relatives. I love expanding my roots.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

DeLoss F. Perisho obit

Danville Commercial News - May 22, 1986
DeLoss F. Perisho, 70 of Paris, Ill., died at 6:20 p.m. Monday (May 19, 1986) at his home.
He was a World War II Army veteran, having served four years in North Africa and Cecily, Italy. He also served 18 months at Camp Perry in Ohio with the military police. He belonged to the First Christian Church in Paris. He was a bus driver for Crestwood School Unit 4. His memberships included: Perry Lodge 77, Danville Consistory, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, Ill., American Legion Post 211, and veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3601.
Born May 16, 1916, in Mexico, MO., son of Albert H. and Bertha Lou Frazier Perisho. He married _________________ Jan. 18, 1953. She survives.
Other survivors: two daughters, _______ of Paris and ______ of Danville; and two grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Stewart & Carroll Funeral Home in Paris; Officiating: Rev. J. Roy Gill; Burial: Edgar Cemetery, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 211 and VFW. Visitation: until service time Thursday.

Glenn A. White obit

Danville Commercial News June 6, 1997
Glenn A. White
Glenn A. White, 73, of Flora, formerly of Danville, died at 10:06 a.m. Wednesday (June 4, 1997) at Salem Township Hospital in Salem.
He was born Sept. 10, 1923, in Mattoon, the son of Clark and Josephine Ritter White. He married __________ on April 28, 1951 in Flora. She survives. Also surviving: a daughter and son-in-law __________ of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Mr. White was retired from the General Motors Central Foundry in Danville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a 40-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, June 9, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Flora, with full military rites; Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, with K of C Rosary services at 7:30 p.m.; memorials: charity of donor's choice.

Eagle rank awarded to scout Jan. 23, 1973

Danville Commercial News Jan. 23, 1973

Eagle rank awarded to scout

James A. Osterbur, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Osterbur of 419 Bensyl, was recently awarded the Eagle Scout Badge, the highest award in scouting.
Don Quick, scoutmaster of Troop 1 presented the badge during a court of honor at Immanuel Lutheran School.
Osterbur is now scribe of Troop 1. He has been in scouting for three years and previously was assistant scoutmaster and quartermaster.
He is a brotherhood member of the Waukehon Lodge 55 Order of the Arrow, and the ceremony team and membership committee of the Northfork Chapter.
Osterbur is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a student at South View Junior High. He is also a member of the YMCA.

John D. Klaman Obit Jan. 23, 1973*

Danville Commercial News Jan. 23, 1973 (This is the original obit. Corrected version is on here also. He had a son precede him, not a daughter.)
*John D. Klaman
John D. Klaman, 48, of 207 Fourth St., Tilton, died at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday
(Jan. 23, 1973)in Lake View Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient three days.
A native of Danville, he was born Oct. 15, 1924, the son of Michael and Julia Flockowski Klaman.
He was married Oct. 12, 1946 in Danville to ____________ and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons, David and __________ both at home; a daughter, Theresa, at home; a brother Leo Klaman of Friendship Wis.; two sisters ____________ of Westville and _____________ of Tilton, and his mother, Mrs. Julia Klaman of Danville.
He was preceded in death by his father, a daughter and three brothers.
Mr. Klaman had been employed at the Danville plant of ESCO Corp. as assistant maintenance foreman.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the PTA of St. Patrick School, and American Welding Society. He was a veteran of World War II.
The body is at Barrick & Son Funeral Home where visitation will be Wednesday from 2:20-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
A parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church. The Rev. Jerry Verdum will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Minnie Kruse Obit

Danville Commercial News Jan. 24, 1973

Mrs. Minnie Kruse
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Berhalter-Irvin Funeral Home for Mrs. Minnie Kruse, 83, of Chicago and formerly of Danville, who died Monday in a Chicago hospital. The Rev. Delmar Krueger will officiate, and burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

John D. Klaman Obit*

*Danville Commercial News Jan. 24, 1973 (This one was published because the paper made an error in the day's before paper.)
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church for John D. Klaman, 48, of 207 E. Fourth St., Tilton, who died Tuesday in Lake View Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Jerry Verdun will officiate, and burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:30 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at Barrick & Son Funeral Home, where a parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Klaman was the son of Michael and Julia Florkowski Klaman. He was preceded in death by a son, not by a daughter.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Stella Cavanaugh death announcement

Danville Commercial News May 17, 1883

Cavanaugh- Monday, May 14th, 1888, at 2:55 o'clock, of measles, Stella, daughter of Frank and Ellen Cavanaugh, aged 17 1/2 months.
The funeral services were held at the residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock, and thence her burial in the Catholic cemetery.

Brown - Warbritton marriage

Danville Commercial News May, 17, 1883
Brown-Warbritton - On Saturday, May 11th, in the county court room, by Judge Evans, Mr. John Brown and Miss Jane E. Warbritton, both of Alvin.

Married Boldt-McKay

Danville Commercial News May 17, 1883

Boldt - McKay - On Wednesday, May 9th, 1888, in the county court room, by Judge Evans, Henry Boldt and Leida McKay.

Dr. John P. Honey Obit

Danville Commercial News June 6, 1997
Dr. John P. Honey

Dr. John P. Honey, 90, of Danville, died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday (June 4, 1997) at USMC, Logan Campus.
He was born May 13, 1907, in Newton, Ill., the son of John Wiley and Margaret E. Reisner Honey. He married Francis Lynch in Steelville, MO., and later married Marie Kidwell in 1954 in Atwood.
Survivors include: tow sons, _______________ of Little Rock, Ark., and _______________ of Fort Bragg, N.C.; a brother, _____________ in Florida; a sister, _____________ of Palmyra, Ill.; several great-grandchildren; and a special dedicated friend, Bob Neff of Danville.
Dr. Honey graduated from St. Louis University in 1929 and started his practice of Dentistry in 1929 to 1989 and retired at age 81. He practiced dentistry in Steelville, Mo., and then moved to Danville in 1932.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Anchor Lodge #980 AF & AM. He was a member of the Old Union Church of Christ where he faithfully attended every Sunday. In the 1970s, he led a youth group called the Jet Cadets at the church. He raised basset hounds winning many blue ribbons, and he also enjoyed raising Black Angus cattle. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and liked the Big Band sound. He also liked to skate and did so up until age 80. He was a former member of the Elks Club.
His father John W. Honey was a minister of the Christian faith. He had learned how to fly at age 77 and enjoyed flying ultra lite airplanes. Dr. Honey lived his life to the fullest.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center; Officiating: Pastor Gene Houpt; Visitation: 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home; Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.

Mabelle Edna Watkins Reeder Obit

Danville Commercial News, March 14, 1951

South Danville Woman Dies

Mrs. Mabelle Edna Reeder, 62, Widow of the Rev. W. C. Reeder, for many years pastor of the First Congregational Christian Church in South Danville, died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday (March 14, 1951) in Lake View Hospital. She had been ill since last September and hospitalized nine weeks.
A native of Danville, she was born Aug. 13, 1888, the daughter of Albert and Emma Bracewell Watkins. Her parents and two brothers also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Reeder's home was at 408 Forrest Ave., South Danville.
The body is at the Berhalter Funeral Home where it will remain for services at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Fred Orr, pastor of the Congregational Christian Church, will officiate and burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.
March 15, 1951 Danville Commercial News

Mabelle Edna Reeder
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Berhalter Funeral Home for Mrs. Mabelle Edna Reeder, 62, of 408 Forrest Ave., South Danville, who died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday (Mar. 14, 1951) in Lake View Hospital. The Rev. Fred Orr will officiate and burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

How important....

How important is it to not loose touch with your family?
In my husband's case, very. We have not seen his one aunt and cousins in over thirty years. I found out where they were and we went to visit. It turns out that one of his cousins has had a stroke, the other is in stage 4 cancer of the lungs and liver.
We did not get to see her as she was sleeping while we were there. We hope to get back to visit her before she passes; however this is an eight hour drive. If we can work it out we most definitely will be going.
His other aunt that we visited I have never met. When I figured out that she was still living, I went on a hunt to find out where. My husband was like let's just drive by her house. Next thing I know he is parking the car, jumping out of the car and off to the front door. She was so shocked to see him. She kept saying how lonely she was and she has lots of stories to tell.
We can't wait to go back and visit her.
So keeping in touch is so important. Please put down any anger you have and get back in touch with family. It maybe hard to forgive, but it is too late once they are gone.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hall discovery...*

*Last summer I made a trip to Tennessee and spent about three hours at the library. I was finding obits of various family members of my husband's. One thing I kept finding in common was that there was a sister I did not know about. Well a half sister. I kept seeing that she was alive still.
I ask my husband and his sister, they thought and then both stated are you sure she is alive?
I told them yes I was sure she had to be alive. So I then called a brother of my husband and told him. He was so excited to know that she was still living and proceeded to tell me his fond memories of time spent with her and her husband.
Today, almost a year later, I talked my husband into driving by her house. It must have hit him that he wanted to see her. He parked the car, turned it off and went to the door and knocked. When she answered he said hi I am looking for Alice. She told him that's me. Then he told her who he was. My did she give him big hugs. She was so glad to see him. She now wants us to all get together. She told us about her children and all they were doing.
It was a good visit with her and my husband found out that one of his uncle's children is very ill and not going to be around much longer and that his uncle's other daughter has had a stroke and not doing real well. He was shocked that his uncle's wife was still living.
I feel I have had a fairly profitable trip this time also.
This just proves how important obits can be.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

These postcards

These postcards are turning in to a "goldmine" of information. I just learned tonight reading one of them before scanning it that my grandfather had lived in Toledo. Ohio about 1907. Very interesting. I wonder what he was doing in Toledo?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

William Rosser born 1878 in Wales.

I know I am usually the one posting information for individuals; however today I have a quest of my own. Here is the information I have and below it is an explanation. Thanks if you can help.
(Post a note at the bottom of the article. Thanks.)

William Rosser
England and Wales Census, 1901
birth:1878 —Ferndale, Glamorganshire
residence:31 Mar 1901 —Aberdare, Glamorganshire, Wales
census:31 Mar 1901 —Aberdare, Glamorganshire, Wales
record title:England and Wales Census, 1901
name:William Rosser
event date:31 Mar 1901
relationship to head of household:Son
birthplace:Ferndale, Glamorganshire
record type:Household
registration district:Merthyr Tydfil
ecclesiastical parish:St John
civil parish:Aberdare
county:Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare, Aberdare, Glamorganshire

I know this is my mother's uncle. His last name should be Owens, however he lived with his grandmother, Ameilia Jones Prothero Rosser and her husband. His birth date and place matches my grandmother's brother's information. I just need to find someone that may know something about him. He may have gone by the name Rosser, since they were raising him and grandma, her parents, brother Tom, and sister Emily had moved to America.

I would love to find out I had more cousins. My mother will be excited to know of more information about him and her great-grandparents.

How I wish I had a time machine....

Friday, June 17, 2011


I keep getting little bits of family history from my mother. I need to go read old newspapers of the area and then ask her about different things.
Old newspapers have so much more than today's. I read today's and there just isn't the same type of hometown news. It's usually about bad stuff. They old papers used to tell when people went to visit someone or when someone had come to visit them. It had about people building new homes or moving away.
Why don't we cover the local news like that any more? I know, because our paper here is owned by some big company, and they don't actually have any really coverage here. If you want something in the paper, you have to write it for them. Hummmmm maybe I will start a local paper ~ online only. Anyone want to subscribe to my HAPPY HOMETOWN NEWS? I need some reporters.

Went to the cemetery

I went to a local cemetery today. Tomorrow I plan a trip to the library to look up information on the individuals whose tombstones I took pictures of. I will post my information here that I find. I will also post information on find a grave if it is not already there.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Look what we found

My cousin Glenda brought by some postcards she found while going through her mother's things. Amazingly they were from family members. My mother and I read them together. Some of them actually gave a little more information for me to use on my searches... addresses, names... a little history with time frames.
I can't wait to start using this information. First though I have to work on gathering my questions for my trip.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jones~ Leverenz Rites Read at St. James*

Danville Commercial News Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1950
*Jones~Leverenz Rites Read at St. Jones
Frances Z. (Delvalle) Leverenz and Glenn H. Jones were united in marriage over the holiday weekend in the chapel of St. James Methodist Church. The Rev. Harold J. Guenther associate pastor, read the double ring rites.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Delvalle, Terre Haute, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jones, 27 S. Collett.
Given in marriage by her father the bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Harry Goings. George Scott was best man. Miss Grace Garrett provided the background of organ music.
A reception for approximately 50 followed at the home of the bride, 1602 N. Gilbert. Upon completing a honeymoon trip to Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Jones will make their home at 1602 N. Gilbert. Jones is a pharmaceutical salesman for the Westfield Pharmacal Company, Dayton.
The bridal couple was honored prior to their marriage at a dinner given by his sister, Mrs. Jack Knowles, 1510 N. Franklin. Mrs. James Perona, 208 W. Dodge, was hostess at a bridal shower for Mrs. Jones. She was assisted by Mrs. Richard Slusarek and Mrs. Virgil McAnelly.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Heading out on a Dig

School is almost over. Seniors are graduated and the underclassmen are getting ready to take final exams. Grades are done except exams and I am making my list of searches. Wow. That was a long sentence. I have set my goals for the summer. I have my list of graves I want to have find a grave people help me locate and I have my list of graves I plan to research for others. So keep checking back. If you have some one special you would like me to see if I can find information on, follow my blog, ask and I will see if I can find information for you.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wonder what I would find if....

I have decided I need to go to the nursing homes and interview the clients. Gather their stories and publish them via ebook. Their stories will be lost if they are not written soon. Many of these folks have no one to tell their stories too. I just wonder how many stories I can get to tell. Maybe some of them actually have a few pictures to go along with their stories. The excitement is building. Summer hurry and get here. I have a book in my heart and I need to get it out soon.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Danville Couples Floyd and Harriet Nash Knowles and H. Jack and Mary Jones Knowles*

Danville Couples Honored
*Children of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Knowles, 1405 Logan gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Harrison, 1656 N. Gilbert, to honor their parents 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Knowles, 1644 Oak, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, also were feted.
Miss Harriet Nash was married to Floyd Knowles Feb. 14, 1917, in Covington, Ind. He is a retired car foreman with the New York Central Railroad. They have three children, Mrs. Harrison (Dolores); Mrs. Beverly Sefried and Jack, all of Danville. There are six grandchildren. Knowles' mother, Mrs. Ida Knowles, also lives here.
Miss Mary E. Jones and Jack Knowles were married Feb. 14, 1942, at the Free Methodist Church. He also is with the New York Central Railroad. The entire family lives in Danville. All are members of Lincoln Methodist Church.

Soprano Plans Recital - Frances Butler Meers

Date Unknown
Danville Commercial News

Mrs.Francis Butler Meers, a teacher at Fairchild School, who is prominent in Danville musical circles, will present a voice recital under the sponsorship of Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, at 3 p.m. Sunday May 27, at Central Christian Church.
Mrs. Meers, a soprano, is a voice student of Mrs. Flo Hunter Shell, and for the past several years has continued her musical study at Illinois Wesleyan University. The recital is presented as a requirement for her degree of Bachelor of Music Education which she will receive this summer.
Miss Helen Wolff will assist Mrs. Meers at the piano.
The public is invited to attend this concert.
The program will be as follows:
Part 1
"Three Prayers" (Paladihle), "Butterflies" (Chausson), "Thou Art Like Unto a Flower: (Rubenstein), "Schlafe" (Schubert),
Part 2
Aria - "Dove Sons" (from The Marriage of Firago) (Mozart).
Part 4
"It was Not Meant for Me" (Freml), "A Piper" (Head), "God Canst Thou Forgive?" (Brown)
Part 5
"Minor and Major" (Spross), "Clouds" (Charles), "What Is a Song" (Curran).

A picture accompanied the article. Francis looks young in this picture.

Wedding announcement of H. Jack Knowles and Mary E. Jones

I know this was in the paper around Feb. 14, 1942. It was in one of my grandfather's scrapbooks.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 1942, Mary E. Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jones, 27 S. Collett St., became the bride of Jack Knowles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Knowles, 603 Sherman St.
The young couple pledged their troth before the altar of Free Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. J. L. Bright, pastor of the church, officiated with the single ring ceremony.
Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Dan Grady, city.
The bride was attired in a beige twill suit with brown accessories and a corsage of white gardenias. Mrs. Grady wore an aqua suit with black accessories and a corsage of pink rosebuds.
A reception was held following the ceremony at the home of the bride's parents for immediate relatives and friends of the couple.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Knowles were graduated from Danville High School with the class of 1938. Mr. Knowles is a brakeman on New York Central Railroad.
The couple is now at home to their friends at 830 E. Main St., city.

Frank Aikin Obit*

Decatur Review - February 27, 1936
*Frank Aikin, 74 Dies Suddenly -- Was Well-Known Fruit Grower, Life Resident of County. -- Frank Aikin, 74, prominent fruit grower and a nature lore expert, died suddenly of a heart attack while he slept in his home on rural route 1 north of Decatur Wednesday night. He was a lifelong resident of Macon county. He had frequently been treated for heart disease, although recently Mr. Aikin was in apparent good health. He had spent the afternoon chopping wood and doing chores around his home. The heart attack apparently came between 4 and 6:45 p.m. while he was taking a nap. He was dead when members of his family attempted to arouse him at 6:45 p.m. He was considered an authority of birds and flowers and wrote numerous articles on these subjects for the Decatur newspapers. Many years ago he was employed for a short time as a cabinet maker in the old Decatur Furniture Co. He was married in Decatur to Miss Laura Crockett who survives him. He also leaves six children, Robert of Hutchison, Kan.; Fred of Jackson, Miss.; Donald of Decatur; H. Ben of Pasadena, Calif.; Mrs. R.M. Stephenson of Peoria and Mrs. Stuart Mercer of Springfield. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Woodsen Gerald, San Francisco, Calif., a brother, Arthur Aikin of Santa Ana, Calif., and 12 grandchildren. He was a member of the First Methodist church in Decatur. The body was taken to the Moran and Sons funeral home where funeral arrangements were incomplete last night, pending word from the children **Feb. 28, 1936 Decatur Herald states the burial was in Fairlawn**

New information

I have gathered stacks of new information. I just have not had time to get on here and post it. I have had an ear infection along with, now they have decided, thyroid problems. They are hoping that I will only need to take the medication for a short period of time. I do too. I hate taking medicine. I do take it if I really need it. So as soon as I can I will be posting lots of information.

As I sit here...

As I sit here, reading the news of the devastating weather in the south, I wonder how many people have lost all of their pictures, family Bibles and numerous other items that one would consider a family treasure.
Each time I know of a family that has lost all their Earthly goods, I pray the one thing they haven't lost are those items that can be passed on with their stories and family history.
My students, when they first meet me, find it odd when I tell them that in that book bag is my life. They ask me the same question every year, what?
I then explain to them that I have scanned every photo of my family, that I have them saved right there on an external hard drive and that it is in the book bag. As they go through those 4 years of high school with me, they begin to get more involved in their family history. They begin to bring in bits and pieces of their family history and we begin to piece it together.
So I sit here and pray that those families will never forget their family history, that their two most precious things in life have not been lost... family and family photos/history.
You know the most interesting thing that happens... When we have a fire drill or storm, one of my students will pick up my book bag and carry it to safety. This says a lot about my great students and the bond we form.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Emma Moody Nash Obit*

Danville Commercial News – May 13, 1967
*Mrs. Marie Nash
Mrs. Marie Emma Nash, 62, of Danville Route 4 (Grape Creek), died at 4:10 p.m. yesterday (May 12, 1967) at Centreville Township Hospital, East St. Louis, where she had been a patient for three days. She was visiting a sister there when she became ill.
Born August 18, 1904 in East St. Louis, she was the daughter of Valentine and Molly Moody. She had been a Danville resident for 32 years. September 25, 1920 she was married to Joe B. Nash, who preceded her in death July 1948.
Survivors include: Two sons, Joe V. Nash, also of Danville Route 4, and Paul Kenneth Nash of Pekin, Ill.; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Evelyn Hanson of Danville; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harvey and Leroy Moody, both of East St. Louis, and Vernon Moody of Dupo; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Palmer of East St. Louis and Mrs. Lorraine Spencer of Browns. Two brothers preceded her in death.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at McKinley Methodist Church where she was a member. The Rev. Eldon O. Gourley will officiate and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Johnson Funeral Home after 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paul Klaman Obit*

Danville Commercial News Oct. 21, 1971
*Paul Klaman
Paul Klaman Jr, 75, of 411 Brentwood, Tilton, died at 7:30 p.m. Wendsday (Oct. 20, 1917) at his home. He had been ill several months.
Born April 14, 1896, in Wenona, he was the son of Paul and Sofia Czapski Klaman. He was married Dec. 26, 1917 in Westville to Blanche May Campbell, who survives.
Mr. Klaman was a retired brick mason.
Survivors also include a son, _________ of Danville; a daughter, __________ of Hammond, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Pauline Melton of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, John of Westville; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two infant children, three brothers and four sisters.
Services will be at 2 p.m Saturday at the Houghton Funeral Home in Georgetown. The Rev. Duane Champion will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mabel Bell Obit

Danville Commercial News - July 16, 1968

Mrs. Mabel Bell

Services for Mrs. Mabel O. Bell, 75, of 1030 N. Walnut, who died early yesterday in St. Elizabeth Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Christian Church. The Rev. Joe Detamore will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Pape Memorial Home after 2 p.m. today.

Julia Marie Klaman Obit*

Danville Commercial News - Oct. 18. 2007

*Julia Marie Klaman
Julia M. Klaman, 86, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Oakwood passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at Wedgewood Nursing Home in Lakeland, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sunset Memorial Park Chapel, 3901 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
She was preceded in death her husband, Edward L. Klaman, who passed away Dec. 12, 1967, at the age of 49 in Spooner, Wis.
Surviving are one son, __________ of Kankakee; one daughter, __________ of Lakeland, Fla.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, ________ and ______ and one brother, _______. She was preceded in death by one brother, Andrew Charnisky.

William Weidenburner Obit

Danville Commercial News - June 19, 1977

Ex-manager of bulk plant dies at 72

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Second Church of Christ for William Weidenburner, 72, former manager of the Johnson Oil Co. bulk plant in Danville.
Mr. Weidenburner of 919 Garfield Place died at 7 p.m. Friday (June 17, 1977) at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., where he had been a patient a few hours after being transferred from St. Elizabeth Hospital. He had been in failing health several years.
The Rev. Gary Morning will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Pape Memorial Home.
Mr. Weidenburner served as bulk plant manager of the oil company for 31 years. When the company was bought out by Standard Oil of New Jersey, he became bulk plant manager of the Enco Co. He held that position for about three years before retiring in 1960.
Mr. Weidenburner also had worked at Peabody Mines and at Allith-Prouty.
A member of the Second Church of Christ, he served as chairman of the board and the elders for 16 years. In honor of his years service, he was named elder emeritus. He also was an active member of the Kum Dubble Sunday School class.
Mr. Weidenburner was a member of the Anchor Lodge 980 and a former member of the Danville Chapter, Order of Eastern Star and the Danville Consistory. His hobby was coin collecting.
Born April 4, 1905 in Danville, he was a son of Fred and Della Forshier Weidenburner. He attended St. Patrick School.
On May 11, 1929 in Danville, he married Vercha B. Collom. She died May 6, 1943. He later married Lillian Loraine Alte on Oct. 15, 1944 in Danville. She survives.
Also surviving are two brothers, Albert of Danville and Eugene of Westville, and two sisters, Mrs. Leona Meinert of Joliet and Mrs. Feryl Phipps of Canton, Ohio.
Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
The family has asked that memorials be in the form of contributions to the building fund of the Second Church of Christ.

Regina "Wini" Watkins Obit

Danville Commercial News Aug. 19, 1998

Regina "Wini" Watkins

Regina "Wini" Watkins, 77, of Danville, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday (Aug. 17, 1998) at Danville Care North.
She was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Danville, the daughter of Frederick J. and Josephine M. Dillon Hembrey. She married Charles D. Watkins in February 1964. He preceded her in death in March 1973. Survivors include: a brother __________ and a sister-in-law, ___________, both of Danville; a stepson, _____________ of St. Petersburg, Fla.; tow special friends, Maggie Conner-Cline and Eleanor Ellis, both of Danville; and many nieces and nephews; and two step-grandchildren.
She attended Holy Family Catholic Church and worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital from which she retired in 1986.
Services: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Pape Memorial Home & Gardens; Officiating: Father Ted Pracz; Burial: Resurrection Cemetery; Visitation: one hour prior to the service on Wednesday; Memorials: Holy Family Catholic Church.

Ruth Lucille Lanter Obit

Danville Commercial News - Sun. June 18, 1989
Ruth Lucille Lanter

Ruth Lucille Lanter, born New Year's Eve 1910, devoted daughter of Bert and Emma DeLany Watkins, passed away Saturday, June 17, 1989.
Mrs Lanter was the beloved widow of Herman Lanter, and blessed mother of Molly Ruth and Julian Belcher, and the adoring grandmother of _______ and __________, three great-grandchildren, ________, _____, and _______. Other survivors include two sisters, Fern Watkins and Mrs. Vivian (David) Adamson. Preceding her in death were three sisters: Mrs. Marian Smith, Mrs. Mildred Biggs and an infant sister; three brothers: Charles Delany Watkins, infant twins.
Mrs. Lanter worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for more than 40 years, retiring from a management position.
Following her retirement, Mrs. Lanter devoted her life and her love to her child and grandchildren and found peace with nature and God's creatures.
Private services will be at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens, with internment at Spring Hill Cemetery on Monday, June 19, 1989.

Vivian Iris Watkins Adamson Obit

Danville Commercial News - Aug. 26, 1999

Vivian W. Adamson

Vivian Iris Adamson, 86, of Easton, Md., formerly of Danville, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 22, 1999) at the Memorial Hospital in Easton.
She was born Jan. 22, 1913 in Danville, the daughter of Bert Henry and Emma Matilda Delaney Watkins. She married David Adamson, Sept. 9, 1939 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1999, after 59 years of marriage.
Survivors, include ______________ of Easton and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.
She was a lifelong resident of Danville until moving to Easton two years ago. She was a graduate of Danville High School in 1930 and had attended Eastern Illinois Teacher College where she received a teacher training certificate. She taught primary grades in Danville and Vermilion County schools for many years.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Spring Hill Cemetery Chapel, 301 East Voorhees in Danville. Family and friends will be received one hour before the service at the chapel. A nephew, Pastor Gary Gritton of Urbana will officiate. Arrangements are by Pape Memorial Home & Gardens.

David Adamson Obit*

Danville Commercial News - April 23, 1999
*David Adamson
David Adamson, 86, formerly of Danville, died Saturday (April 17, 1999) at the Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md.
He was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Dunfermline, Scotland, the son of the late William S. and Jane Fisher Adamson. His family came to the United States when he was 8. He was a resident of Danville until moving to Easton two years ago.
He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. He was employed for many years as a lithographer with Interstate Printing & Publishing.
Mr. Adamson was a 50-year life member of Olive Branch Lodge of the Masonic Order. He was active in music circles and was a member of the Top Hatters Quartet for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Vivian Watkins Adamson, a Danville native, now of Easton; a daughter, ______________ of Easton; a sister Betsy (Maurice) Gritton of Stokesdale, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Spring Hill Cemetery, 301 E. Voorhees. Family and friends may call one hour before the service. A nephew, Pastor Gary Gritton of Urbana, will conduct the services. Arrangements are by Pape Memorial Home & Gardens in Danville.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Richard H. Carpenter Obit

Danville Commercial News - Nov. 7, 1994

Richard H. Carpenter

Richard H. Carpenter, 74, of Danville, died Sunday (Nov. 8, 1994) at VA Medical Center in Danville.
Born Aug. 13, 1920, in Danville, to John and Lilly McConnell Carpenter. He attended Henning Grade School and graduated from Danville High School in 1938. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had worked as a nursing assistant at the VA Medical enter in Danville for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He had also worked as a part-time gas station attendant. He was a former member of the Drum and Bugle Corps at the American Legion.
He married Charlotte Ann Carpenter Oct. 16, 1952, in Crown Point, Ind. She survives. Also surviving: a daughter, Bernice (Charles) Mattis, three grandchildren, __________, ___________, and _____________, a sister Waneta (Frank) Hoskins, and a brother, George (Lorraine) Carpenter, all of Danville. He was preceded by his parents and two brothers, Carl and Henry.
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Pape Memorial Home & Gardens; officiating: Pastor Gene Grubb; Burial: Danville National Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 210; Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Pape's.

Jean M. Charnisky Galloway*

Danville Commercial News - Oct. 14, 1991

*Jean M. Galloway
Jean M. Galloway, 44 of Danville, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 10, 1991) at United Samaritans Medical Center, Logan Campus.
Born Feb. 11, 1947, in Danville, she was the daughter of Andrew John and Norma Jean Williams Charnisky. She was formerly married to Richard Dale Harrier in 1964 in Lawrenceville, Ill. She was later married on Oct. 21, 1978, in Danville to Robert Donald Galloway, who survives.
Also surviving, her mother, Norma Jean Wieburg of Danville; two sons, __________ of Tilton and ________________ at home; and a daughter, ________________ of Westville. She was preceded in death by her father.
Jean was a graduate of Georgetown High School and the St. Elizabeth Medical Laboratory School in Danville. She was employed as a certified medical laboratory technician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville for the two years. She was formerly employed for 10 years at United Samaritans Medical Center, Sager Campus. She was a member of Central Christian Church of Danville. She enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching, golf, collecting crafts and her pet cat, "Kitsy."
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Central Christian Church with Dr. Jerry D. Martin officiating. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation was 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Funeral Home.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Find A Grave

This is a great site. I have been doing "grave" finding for a few months. Well actually this past summer I decided I was going to take pictures of graves and then post them to here. With the Find A Grave site I can post more relevant information, like obits, and other bits and pieces of information I find in the old news papers. Have fun and check this site out.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Elizabeth Owens and John W. Jones Marriage Announcement

Danville Commercial News Mon. Aug. 23, 1909

Married in Bloomington

Miss Elizabeth Owens and John W. Jones, both of this city, were married in Bloomington, Ill. on Saturday afternoon, the Rev. J. W. Somerville, performing the ceremony.

J. C. Dora obit

Danville Commercial News Oct. 31, 1957

J. C. Dora Dies at 64

Joseph C. Dora, 64, 817 Oak St., for 41 years an express messenger for the Railway Express Agency, died unexpectedly about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30, 1957) in his home.
Mr. Dora came to Danville 26 years ago from Vincennes, Ind., where he was born March 7, 1893 to Alexander and Mary Brennan Dora. He was a World I veteran, and a member of Curtis G. Redden Post 210 American Legion.
Among the survivors are the wife, Eileen Jordan, whom he married June 22, 1921 in Vincennes; two daughters, Mrs. Doris McNamara and Mrs. Juanita Monson, both of Danville; a son, Joseph C. Dora Jr. of Wilmington, and 11 grandchildren.
A brother and two sisters are P. A. Dora, and Mrs. Alice Prullage, both of Vincennes, and Mrs. Teresa McCrisaken of Terre Haute, Ind.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. C. B. Motsett officiating. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Jones-Sullivan Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.

Mrs. Daisy Ann Fackler Richards Pate Obit*

Danville Commercial News Oct. 3, 1955
*Mrs. Pate, 74, Succumbs
Mrs. Daisy Ann Pate, 74, of 212 1/2 Bryan Ave., died at 8 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 2, 1955) in St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she had been a patient since Sept. 19. She had been in failing health two years.
Born in LaMar, Mo., Jan. 30, 1881, daughter of Albert and Eveline Fackler, Mrs. Pate was reared and educated in Tolono. She was married at Champaign to Joseph Fisher Richards, who died in 1918. In 1931 she married William Henry Pate, who preceded her in death in 1934.
Surviving are two sons, James Richards of Lexington, Ky., and Joseph Richards of Danville; a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Estelle King of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; a brother, O. J. Fackler of Pesotum, and a sister, Mrs. Eva Tibbs of Decatur.
The body is at the Pape Memorial Home where services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Thomas Oliver will officate, with burial in Songer Cemetery.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mary F. Jones Obit

Danville Commercial News Sept. 27, 1976
Miss Mary F. Jones

Miss Mary F. Jones, 88, of 1221 N. Grant, died at 6:15 this morning (Sept. 27, 1976) at the Americana Nursing Home, where she had been a patient two weeks. She previously had been a patient at Lakeview Medical Center and had been in failing health the past year.
Miss Jones was a member of Catlin Church of Christ. Her hobbies were baking and raising flowers.
Born Feb. 4, 1888 in a log cabin north of Catlin, she was a daughter of Benjamin M. and Sarah Ann Thornton Jones. She attended Hazel Grove School, northeast of Catlin.
For the past 10 years she resided with her niece, Mrs. Wilbur (Margaret L.) Griffith, whom she reared.
Also surviving are five great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, including Wilbur Jones, a deputy county clerk at the Vermilion Courthouse for many years.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pape Memorial Home with Nelson Scott officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Robert L. Taylor obit

Danville Commercial News - May 17, 1988
Robert L. Taylor

Robert L. Taylor, 62, of Danville, died at 10:54 a.m. Monday ( May 16, 1988) at his home. He was born June 18, 1925, in Danville, son of Forrest H. and Cora M. Goodpaster Taylor. He attended Hooton Grade School and Danville High School. He worked at General Electric, retiring in 1985 after 39 years. He was a member of Central Christian Church. He was a member of Olive Branch Masonic Lodge 38, Danville Scottish Rites Bodies, and American Legion Post 210. He was Past Monarch of Gao Grotto and past president of Midwest Grotto Association. He was an avid Cubs fan. He married Madeline Jean Nolan in Danville Aug. 17, 1946. She survives. Also surviving: his mother of Georgetown; a son R. Bruce (Nancy) of Danville; two daughters, _________ of Rantoul, Ill., and ____________of Bismarck, Ill.; a brother, Donald F. of Oakwood; a sister,___________of Ridge Farm; seven grandchildren, _______, _______, _________, _____, ________, _________ and _________.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pape Memorial Home & Gardens, with Dr. Jerry Martin and Rev. Sam Nichols officiating. Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery, with military rites Thursday by American Legion Post 210. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday conducted by Olive Branch Masonic Lodge.

Mary Nash Hanson obit

Danville Commercial News - June 4, 1968
Mrs. Mary Hanson
Mrs. Mary Miles Hanson, 46, of 230 Tennessee, died at 10:15 a.m. yesterday (June 3, 1968) in the Mercy Hospital at Urbana where she had been a patient since May 20.
Born Jan. 18, 1922, in Browns, Ill., she was a daughter of Joe and Marie Moody Nash. She was a former resident of Oakwood but had lived most of her life in Danville.
She was married in August of 1960 to Jewell Hanson, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, _______________ of Oakwood and _____________ of Decatur; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Val Moody of Browns; two brothers, Joe V. Nash of Danville Route 4 and Paul K. Nash of Pekin, and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Hanson was a member of the McKinley Methodist Church. She was an organist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Ben W. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mrs. Glayds E. (Knowles) Nolan

Danville Commercial News - March 19, 1973
Mrs. Glayds E. Nolan

Mrs. Glayds E. Nolan, 71, formerly of 513 W. Fairchild, died at 5:38 p.m. Sunday (March 18, 1973) at Lake View Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for four days. She had been in failing health for 12 years.
She was born Feb. 16, 1902, in Golden Gate, Ill., the daughter of Alpha and Ida Ellen Painter Knowles. She married Jesse Omer Nolan May 18, 1922, in Danville, and he preceded her in death in August of 1937.
Survivors include a son, Charles A. Nolan of Danville, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. James (Hazel) Duncan of Cairo, Ga., Mrs. Elmer (Elizabeth) Nolan of Tallahassee, Fla., and Mrs. Paul (Ruth) Bell of Sarasota, Fla. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
She had worked for a time as a clerk at the old Golden Rule Department Store before her marriage. She was a member of Lincoln United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Pape Memorial Home. The Rev. M. Thomas Swantner will officiate, and burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Della Foshier Weidenburner - 1928*

Danville Commercial News - July 28, 1928

Long Illness is Ended by Death
*Mrs. Della Forshier Weidenburner is Survived by Eight Children
Mrs. Della Foshier Weidenburner, 45, wife of Frank Weidenburner, coal miner, died at 8:30 o'clock Saturday morning at her home, 819 East North Street. She had been in ill health for a year, suffering from a complication of disease.
Surviving Mrs. Weidenburner are her husband and the following children: Mrs. Wommock of Warrington, MO.; Joseph of Hammond, and Willie, Robert, Edith, Albert, Leona and baby, Eugene, at home; five brothers, Capt. Claude Forshier of the soldiers home; Charles F. of Danville; James and Harold, of Hoopeston, and Bert of Terre Haute; two sisters, Mrs. A. C. Goodson, of Plainfield, Ill., and Mrs. Harry Gustin, of Chicago, and a grandson, Jackie Wommock, of Warrington, MO.
The body has been taken to the Pape funeral home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Bernice Fuller Owens - 1956*

Danville Commercial News - May 18, 1956
*Mrs. Owens Dies at 75
Mrs. Bernice Owens, 75, of 408 Anderson St., died at 1:45 a.m. Friday (May 18, 1956) in St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she had been a patient since April 23.
She was the widow of Thomas Owens, former city health inspector who died in 1949.
Mrs. Owens was born to Heston and Elizabeth Fuller, Aug. 8, 1880 in Collinsville. She had resided in Danville 56 years.
Surviving are a granddaughter, Mrs. Charlotte Carpenter of Danville, and one great-granddaughter. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Charles, in 1940.
The body is at the Jones-Sullivan Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete but burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Wilbur "Squib" Griffith

Danville Commercial News - May 22, 1986

Wilbur "Squib" Griffin

Wilbur "Squib" Griffin, 69, of Danville, died at 1:04 p.m. Wednesday (May 21, 1986) at Lakeview Medical Center. He attended Sidell, Ill., and Danville schools. He worked for Consolidated Products in Danville, and later as assistant manager of the Vermilion Service Company for 20 years, retiring in February of 1976. He was a member of the Central Christian Church for about 40 years. He was a charter member of the Danville Jaycees. He was a coach and manager for kid league, little league and pony league baseball. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 332, Boat Club, Vermilion County Museum and the United Commercial Travelers. His hobby was bowling. Born Sept. 4, 1916, at Horace in Edgar County, Ill., son of Frank and Evalo Darnell Griffith. He married Margaret L. Jones on Nov. 22, 1939 in Danville. She survives. Other survivors: a son, ___________________.; a daughter, _____________; two granddaughters, ______________________; a grandson, ___________________; a brother, Stephen "Fuzzy" Griffith of Danville; four sisters, Helen Rupert of Danville, Donabelle _______ of Apache Junction, Ariz., Marjorie ______________ and Mrs.Faye Hillary, both of Oakwood, Ill; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by a sister and a brother. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens; Officiating: Rev. Dr. Jerry Martin; Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin, Ill.; Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home; Memorials: Renal Dialysis Unit at Lakeview Medical Center or Central Christian Church.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sara Ann (Davis) Reese

Dec. 21, 1915 Danville Commercial News

South Side's Aged Resident

Sara Ann Reese, 93 years old, Passes Away at Home of Son Tuesday A.M.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Reese, the South Side's Oldest resident, passed away at home of her son, Daniel Reese, former state mine inspector, 216 South Railroad street. Death was due to infirmities, she being 93 years old.
Mrs. Reese was the sister of late John E. and William Davis, pioneer coal operators.
She was born Sarah Ann Davis at Mononshire, Wales, April 3, 1927, one of ten children of Thomas and Ann Davis. The parents and children, with no other families, came to this country in 1836 on the sailing vessel Theaborts. The ship sprung a leak at sea and it required six months to complete the voyage. The Davis family settled at Onovina, Md. where Sarah was united in marriage to David M. Reese. He died there forty-seven years ago. Mrs. Reese was the mother of ten children, but leaving six of them in Maryland, she accompanied her brothers here with four children and had made her home here ever since. The surviving children of the ten are Daniel of South Side, David of Des Moines, who arrived Monday, when informed that his mother could not survive long.
The other two children who accompanied their mother from Maryland, Mrs. Sarah Van Horne and W. D. Reese, late of Seattle, Wash., died in recent years.
Funeral services for Mrs. Reese will be held at 2 O'clock Thursday afternoon from the home of her son, 216 South Railroad street. Interment will be at Spring Hill cemetery.


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Other Watkins Twin Died Wednesday* - 1916

Danville Commercial News March 29, 1916

Other Watkins Twin Died Wednesday
*Donald Followed Brother Delbert To Grave Within Four Days Time
Donald Watkins, the surviving twin baby of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Watkins, of Jefferson street, South Side, succumbed to an attack of measles and pneumonia at the family residence early Wednesday morning. The baby was ill at the time that the other one passed away last Saturday, but it was believed for a time that it would recover.
Surviving are the parents and five young sisters. On account of the health regulations the funeral services will have to be private and the body will be taken to Springhill cemetery for burial at an hour not made public.
Donald was barely nine months old.

Delbert Watkins Burial Information*

Danville Commercial News - March 27, 1916

*Private services were held for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Watkins of 104 South Jefferson street, South Side, Monday afternoon. Interment was private. The babe, Delbert Watkins, passed away at 6 o'clock Saturday morning at the family residence, following an attack of measles, followed by pneumonia. On account of the health regulations the public was not admitted. The babe was a year and nine months old and one of twin sons. The survivors are the parents, sisters, Florence, Marian, Mildred, Ruth and Vivian and the surviving twin brother, Daniel.

Infant Watkins Dies*

Danville Commercial News March 25, 1916
*Infant Watkins Dies
Delbert Watkins, one of the twin infant sons of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Watkins, 104 South Jefferson street, South Side, died at 6:00 o'clock Saturday morning of a complication of pneumonia and measles. He was one year and nine months of age. The parents, five sisters and a twin brother survive. On account of the nature of the aliment, no services can be held and a private funeral will take place some time Monday.

Eli Douthit, 82; Discovered Dead*

Danville Commercial News May 1, 1932
*Eli Douthit, 82; Discovered Dead
Former Indian Fighter and Jackson School Janitor Succumbs in City.
Eli Douthit, 82, formerly employed as a janitor at Jackson school, was found dead in bed at his home, 917 Jewell street, about 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon by a neighbor, A. G. Dokey. Dokey, who said that he had seen the aged man alive about 3:30 o'clock Friday night, became alarmed when he did not see him about Saturday and investigated.
Coroner John D. Cole was notified and made planes to conduct an inquiry. Late Saturday night it had not been determined at what time the deceased died but it was believed that it was early Friday night.
The body was removed to the Edmund & Dickson funeral home where services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.
Surviving the aged man are two sons, Elmer Douthit, Danville, and William, Urbana. His wife preceded him in death about twelve years ago.
Eli Douthit was born March 18, 1850, in Pleasantville, Ind., and had resided in this city the last 50 years. He was formerly a member of the United States regular army and fought in the Indian ________ after the Civil War.