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Obituaries - Pg. 10

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MRS. BENJAMIN AYDELOTT 1904
from Jefferson, Iowa newspapers

DIED, at the home of her daughter Mrs. M.L. Frerkson, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Friday, February 19, ELIZA AYDELOTT, aged 67 years, 9 months, and 6 days.

Another mother in Israel has gone to join the silent majority who dwell across the Valley of Death. This time it is one of the pioneer women of our country, who has seen during the fifty years of her residence here the prairies reclaimed from waste and made to blossom with the harvest, while prosperous towns and villages have grown up round about. Her's was a good life, and its influence will continue to be felt not only by the family, but by all others with whom she came in intimate contact, as the days go by. A devoted wife, a kind mother, a faithful friend and a trusting follower of the master, she has left behind her the good name which is rather to be desired than great riches.

ELIZA J.(JANE) RHOADS (RHODES) was born in Champaign County, Illinois, November 13, 1836, and on the 13th day of February, 1855, she was united in marriage with Benjamin Aydelott. To this union were born four sons and five daughters, all of whom save two survive the mother. In the fall of 1856 the family, consisting of father, mother, and infant daughter Mary came to Greene County, and her home has been here ever since. In the year 1886 she united with the Baptist Church under the ministry of Rev. W.E. Randall, and was very much devoted to the work of the denomination. Her husband died in1895, since which time she has made her home with her children. Besides her sons and daughters, she leaves to mourn her two brothers and four sisters, all of whom save one were here to attend the funeral. They are: Mrs. Jacob Winkelman, Mrs. W.H. Adams, Mrs. Herman L. Dresser, Mrs. Wesley Adams, Mr. Alf Rhoads, and Mr. Perry Rhoads.

The funeral occurred from the Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon, February 24, conducted by Rev. Henry Robinson, and was very largely attended. The interment was in the Jefferson Cemetery. The out-of-town relatives present were: Mrs. Herman Dresser, Duluth, MN; Mrs. Wesley Adams, Jamaica; Mrs. Maud Kemp, Jamaica; Joseph Daugherty and daughter, Frazer; Fred Frerkson, Mt. Pleasant; Ben Aydelott and family, Coon Rapids, IA; Only two of the children, Mrs. George Mann and Ben Aydelott were able to attend the funeral, the rest being prevented by illness.

Submitted by: Barbara Corff


Homer, Illinois newspaper, February 15, 1918

Pneumonia is Fatal to Farmer
Death of J. W. Hillard Was a Distinct Shock
Was Ill only Ten Days
Funeral Will Be Held This Afternoon At The Methodist Church

After an illness of less than a week suffering from pneumonia, death cameWednesday morning about ten o'clock to John Wesley Hillard.

A week ago Wednesday evening he complained of feeling ill and Thursday morning was unable to get up. A physicial was called and after examination found Mr. Hillard to be suffering with pneumonia. Up until Wednesday he had been getting along exceedingly well. Shortly before 10 o'clock his physician visited the bedside and stated that his pulse was normal and that there were hopes of his recovery. Hardly had the physician left the home until he was resummoned, only to find that Mr. Hillard was slowly sinking in death. His change from better to worse had been very sudden. He died about ten o'clock.

John Wesley Hillard was born at McKee, Jackson County, Kentucky, on May 22, 1857. He grew to manhood at this place and remained there a greater part of his life. In 1895, he and the widow came to Illinois and located on the Winsten farm, near Philo. They later, ten years ago moved to the W. D. Clark farm, two miles southwest of Sidney. Mr. Hillard lived there three years. During the time of living near Philo and Sidney he and the family made an unlimited number of friends and acquaintances. Seven years ago he moved to the Conkey farm, and in December of last year held a public sale, in order to retire from farming. On the nineteenth of the same month he and the family moved to Homer, into their property Mr. Hillard purchased a year ago in September, known as the Bruce Conkey residence.

On December 18, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Adams of McKee, Kentucky, at McKee. To this union were born the following who with the widow survive: Susan, Mrs. Mary White, Charley, Bytha, Melvin and Elmer. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mahala Hughlett, of Edmore, North Dakota. Mr. Hillard was the fifth child of a family of five children, of Wesley and Louisa Hillard, early pioneers of Kentucky.

Mr. Hillard was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the McKee Baptist church, having never transferred his membership to Homer. However just before his death he remarked that he intended to do so. He was sheriff of Jackson county, Kentucky for four years and politically has always been a staunch Republican.

The deceased was a man well liked by everyone and wherever he went he always made friends. He was always obliging to anyone who asked any favor and his neighbors have never lived beside anyone whom they liked so well.

Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church this afternoon, at two o'clock, in charge of Rev. J. A. Biddle. Burial will take place in the G.A. R. cemetery.

Pall bearers will be J. A. Breedlove, J. M. Boggess, B. M. Custer, Albert Hardesty, T. R. Orr and T. R. Butler.

Submitted by Scott Peters


Frank Allen, eldest son of Tartus and Anna Allen, of Rantoul, Ill, was born april 28, 1874, at Rantoul, Ill, and died at St. Mary's hospital, Saginaw, Mich, Jan. 11, 1920, aged 45 years, 8 months, 13 days.

Mr. Allen was united in marriage February 9, 1898 to Miss Hattie Knight. Two children blessed their home, Harby V. and Jennie Gladys. Mr. and Mrs. Allen lived on a farm near Rantoul, until they moved to their present home near Breckenridge in March, 1917.

When a young man Mr. Allen yielded his life to the Christ and united with the M.E. church near Rantoul. He was later transferred to the Methodist Church of this place. Both his noble life and his dying words are a testimony as to what this important decision meant to him. Mr. Allen was also a member of the Modern Woodman of America.

Those who mourn their loss are his wife and children, father and mother, one brother, Charles, of Billings, Mont, seven sisters, Minnie, Ethel and Ruby of Rantoul, Ill, Rena of Muncie, Ind, Edith of Shelbyville, Ill, Jessie of Newtonie, Mo, Goldie of Findlay, Wis, besides a host of friends and loved ones both here and in Illinois.

Funeral services were conducted at Mr. Allen's farm residence at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Rev. G. A. Osborne officiating. The relatives and friends left for Rantoul, Ill, Tuesday evening where further services will be held and interment in the Rantoul cemetery.

Submitted by Gail Knights


Obituary from Springfield Republican, September 1, 1944 (Springfield, Missouri)

Mrs. Nettie L. Turner Egbert Witt

Mrs. Nettie L. Egbert Witt of 1230 St. Louis, died last night at St. John's hospital of an acute kidney ailment which developed suddenly. She had been at Forsyth on a visit to her son until Monday and Tuesday became ill and was taken to the hospital.

Mrs. Witt was a native of Philo, Illinois, and was the daughter of Orson and Sarilda Turner, pioneers, whose ancestors originally came from Ireland and settled in New York state. As a child she moved to the state of Kansas with her parents and later came to Springfield. She had lived in Springfield for 55 years.

For many years she belonged to St. Paul Methodist church but five years ago joined the High Street Fundamental Baptist church. She would have been 74 years old on the 6th of September.

Mrs. Witt's first husband was W. O. Egbert, who was for 35 years an employee of the Frisco and general foreman of the roundhouse. He has been dead for 17 years.

Mrs. Witt is survived by her husband, Joseph Witt, to whom she has been married for the past several years; one son, Dr. C. L. Egbert, Forsyth; two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Stewart, Rolla, Tennessee, and Mrs. Elvira Robinson, Joplin; two brothers, O. O. Turner of Springfield and Silas Turner of Fort Scott, Kansas; five grandsons and two great grandchildren.

Submitted by Michelle Roberts


This is Jacob Smith Coons son-in-law. Husband of Edith Pearl Coons Newspaper Obit. there are 2. He died Feb. 11 1930 and was buried Feb.23 1930

Charles Morris Body
Arrives from Coast
The body of Charles Morris, Illinois Central engineer who died in San Diego, California, early in the week, was being held at the E. H. Renner funeral home in Urbana on Friday pending funeral arrangements.
The body arrived Thursday afternoon accompanied by Mrs. Morris and three children. Two sons are driving back by auto and the funeral will not be held until after they arrive.

Funeral For
Morris To Be
Held Sunday
The funeral services for C. H. Morris, who died February 11, in San Diego, Calif., will be held at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Renner Funeral home, Urbana.
Rev. Clifford H. Northcott, pastor of the First Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery, Mayview.
Mr. Morris had gone to California about six weeks ago for his health. His death was due to Pneumonia. His entire life was spent, in Champaign county. He lived at 808 West Green street.
Survivors are his widow and children, Charles W., Earl Eugene, June Emaline, Jake B. and Henrietta Morris.


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