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 .

Give me a Shout-out About Family History

I am not only looking for and posting my own family history, but others that I have found.

Blank lines means the individual is still living at the time that I post the article. I try not to publish any names of living individuals. This is not always possible, as some folks may still be alive and I don't know them. Sorry if I have posted a name of someone you know for sure is still living. Contact me and I will make their name a blank line.
I have the complete obit if you are related and need more information. Please state how you are related in your email.

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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.