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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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.