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Obituaries - Pg. 15

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Sept. 15, 1906 St. Joseph Record
Long Life Ended 
Henry Reese Sr., Expires Wednesday Morning at 3:30 
After an illness of several weeks, Henry Reese, Sr. expires at his home northwest of the city at 3:30 Wednesday morning. The immediate cause of his death being general senility a seemingly wearout of the entire body.
Uncle Henry Reese, as he was familiarly called, was one of our most highly respected citizens and lived in this township for over half a century. During this time he has lived an honorable, upright life, always keeping in view that old motto: Honesty is the best policy". His friends are numerous and all can testify that he has been a factor in this community for the betterment of humanity and the building up of the country.
The subject of this sketch was the second of the family of ten children, grew to manhood in the Keystone state, coming to Champaign County and settling in St. Joseph township in the year 1854. After first coming here he was employed he was employed to herd sheep for Silas Clark, with whom he remained for three years, after which he began renting land and and farming on his own account. Later he purchased the farm he now occupies which contained 185 acres, but a few years ago he sold 65 acres of his farm and purchased a 160 acre farm in Indiana.
Mr. Reese was also quite a stock man and owned alot of high-grade cattle. His loss to this community will be keenly felt by all who knew him and we know we voice the sentiment of everyone when we say he was a good man.

Uncle Henry Reese was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1829, died at St. Joseph, Illinois September 12, 1906 aged 77 years, 4 months and 2 days.
He was united in marriage to Catherine Argo, September 9, 1858. To this union ten children were born, six now surviving, viz: Samantha Cole, of this city; William Reese, Frankfort, Indiana; Ada Routh of this place; Jennie Butzow, Sidney; Lyman Reese, Kirkpatrick, Indiana; Oran Reese, Cambria, Indiana. His first wife died February 13, 1880. He was then united in marriage to Emma Feaster of Urbana, Illinois, April 10, 1884. To this latter union four children were born, three of them survive as folllows: Pearle Reese at home, Myrtle Reese of near Urbana, and Van Reese at home.
The subject of this sketch was a member of the Christian Church at St. Joseph to the support of which he always gave liberally and in which he has served as trustee for many years. He enjoyed the friendship and respect of a large circle of friends and aquaintances and his home was a pleasant resort for the best people in St. Joseph township, who have learned to esteem him for his excellent qualities as a neighbor, friend and citizen.

The funeral was held from the Church of Christ yesterday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. J.W. Perkins of Indianapolis. There was a large concourse of relatives and friends present to witness the last solemn services over the remains of a true and tried neighbor, friend and loved one. The interment was at Mt. Olive cemetery, Mayview.
Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times January 26, 1912
Death is Caused by Strangulation

Joseph B. Busey, died yesterday morning at Beach Grove, Ind., at the age of fifty-seven years. His death was caused by strangulation, but at a late hour the members of the family had received no particulars in regard to his death.

Mr. Busey was born at Sidney, April 3, 1855 and lived with his parents until 1878 when he was married to Miss Anna Marsh. They lived in Sidney, Mrs. Busey passing away in 1889.(*misprint) Mr. Busey was then married to Miss Anna Irle of Leverette in 1884 and they moved to Mr. Busey's farm north of Champaign in 1889.

Mr. and Mrs. Busey moved to Champaign in 1899, where he worked two years at the carpenter trade and then accepted employment at the Big Four shops in Urbana. He became foreman of the mill room and last fall was transferred to Beach Grove, where he worked until the time of his demise.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Carrie, who is employed as a clerk to Superintendent of Schools Earnest in Champaign. He leaves also four brothers, M.C. Busey of Leverette, Tillman of Sidney, Scott of Oklahoma, and Arthur of Wichita, Kan. His body is expected to arrive at Champaign this afternoon where it will be laid to rest.

Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times March 17, 1911
Jeff Jones Dead
Lifelong Resident of County Dies at Soldiers Home

Jefferson Jones, a life long resident of Champaign county, with the exception of the time he spent in the Civil War, passed away at the Soldiers' Home in Danville, Wednesday morning, after an illness of some duration. For quite awhile he had been living north of Homer, but a few weeks ago he was taken to the Soldiers' Home where he could receive better care. The body was brought here Tuesday and placed in Boone's undertaking rooms. Burial will take place this afternoon a at three o'clock at Huss Chapel.
Mr. Jones was born in this county the 22nd day of April, 1844 and grew to manhood in this vicinity. For many years he lived north of this village and ran a threshing machine. He was married twice, his first wife who survives him, marrying again and his now Mrs. Joshua Clark, and lives in Urbana. His second wife is dead. Three children are still living: Mrs. Walter Johnson of Homer, Mrs. Charles McCoy of Broadlands, and Mrs. Clora Reedy of Iowa.
He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mahala White who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Moser near Deers, and two brothers, William, of Urbana, and Charles of Anderson, Ind.
Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times January 12, 1912
An Old Resident was Buried Tuesday

The body of Harrison McElroy was brought here from Quincy Tuesday and buried the same day. As he lived many years here he is well known to all the older people.
Harrison McElroy, the second child of John and Margaret McElroy was born in Morristown, Ohio, in 1826.
He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Smith at the age of 22 yrs. To this marriage four children were born. Two died in childhood. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Addie Hart, of Medford, Oregon, and Mrs. Etta Buchanon of Dallas, Texas.
He came to Sidney, Illinois in 1866, after serving in the Civil War. He was a member of the G.A.R. In 1869 he was married to Marry Bingham of Homer, Ill, and moved to Urbana, Ill., where he resided for three years. He then returned to Sidney where he lived until taken to Quincy, Ill. to the hospital. His wife died in 1909 in Quincy.
He was a member of the United Brethren church and at one time was a minister of that church.
Mr. McElroy was justice of the peace at Sidney for a number of years.
Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times September 29, 1911
Mrs. Ellen Eaton is Dead
Mother of Village Marshal Expired on Wednesday Morning at her Urbana Home

Mrs. Ellen Eaton died Wednesday morning at 1:25 o'clock at the family home, 1203 W. University avenue, Urbana after an illness of only a few days, due to uraemic poisoning. Her condition had been critical from the first and the announcement of the end came without surprise to the friends who were aquainted with her condition.

Ellen Rudicil was born in Champaign County, Ohio Dec. 23, 1842. She came to Illinois when a child. She was married to John Eaton on December 4, 1859, and sice then has resided in this county and in Urbana for the past eighteen years. Her husband died April 1 of this year. 

She is survived by the following children: W.H. Eaton, of Sidney; Mrs. W.J. Swain of St. Joseph; Mrs. F.H. Birdsell, of Urbana; David Eaton at home and Harry Eaton of Champaign. A brother, Marion Rudicil of Monticello, also survives.

The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the home and interment in the family lot in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

September 22, 1911 Sidney Times
Death in Girard, Kan.
Mrs. Harriett VanBrunt Passes Away After a Short Illness-
A Former Sidney Resident

Letters have been received here by relatives containing news of the death of Mrs. Harriett Van Brunt, at her home in Girard, Kan., after an illness of four days, the result of pleural pneumonia.

Mrs. Van Brunt was for several years a resident of Sidney having moved to Girard about thirty years ago. Mrs. John Trees and Mrs. George Trick of this place, are nieces of the deceased.

She is survived by two sons, Herbert and Harwood Van Brunt, and two brothers, W.O. Laybourne of Girard, Kan., and J.A. Laybourne of Grant Pass. Ore. At the time of her death she was sixty-six years old.

Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times- September 8, 1911
Death of Pioneer Woman
Mrs. Guldenpfenning Succumbs to Illness Saturday

Mrs. Charles Guldenpfenning died at 2 p.m. Saturday at the family home east of Sidney, after a long and painful illness. The funeral was held Monday at 12 o'clock at the house and at 2 p.m. from St. Paul's church, south of town. Rev. Kielhahn was in charge of the German service and Rev. Mueller of Champaign gave the English service. Burial was at Mt. Hope cemetery.

Mary Caroline Grein, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Grein, was born May 3, 1858 at Champaign. In 1872 she was confirmed at St. Peter's church in Champaign, of which she was a member until removing to Sidney two and a half years ago.

On Feb. 24, 1881, she was united in marriage to Charles Guldenpfenning. To this union was born one child, a daughter (Louise), Mrs. Harvey Anders. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, a daughter, her aged mother, Mrs. Anna Mary Grein, six brothers, John, William, Charles, George, Fred and Henry, three sisters, Mrs, Herman Ahrens, Mrs. Frank Dillman, and Mrs. George Miess, besides many friends who sympathize with the sorrowing husband and daughter. There is also a foster son, Charles Landis, away from home. Her father and one sister have pr

Submitted by: Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times- December 14, 1906
Sad Death
Mrs. Minnie P. Virgils Died at 8 o'clock Wednesday Night

It is with a great deal of sorrow that we announce the death of Mrs. Minnie P. Virgils, who passed away at her home south of the village last Wednesday evening at eight o'clock, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Virgils was the daughter of Mr. August Block, was forty-six years old, and was loved by all. She leaves a husband and three sons, one son dying in infancy, one being killed in the Spanish-American war and one living to mourn her loss. She leaves three brothers and two sisters besides her parents and a host of friends.

The deceased was born in Oconee, Shelby County, Ill., September 21, 1860, later moving with her parents to Sidney where she resided until her marriage to Mr. Virgils, moving with him to Decatur, later to Champaign and then to the farm south of town.

The funeral services will be held from the home of her father, Mr. August Block, in this village, at two o'clock Saturday morning, Rev. E. Smock officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Submitted by Marguerite Butzow

Sidney Times- January 12, 1912
Mrs. Runkles Died of Heart Trouble

The Coddington neighborhood suffered a severe shock Sunday when the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Mary E. Runkles, wife of George Runkles was learned. Her death was caused by heart trouble and came very sudden.

Mary Elizabeth Palmer wa born June 7, 1844 near Cleveland, Ohio, and departed this life January 7, 1912. Her parents were David and Elizabeth Palmer.

She was married June 10, 1873 to George Washington Runkles at Celina, Ohio. To this union was born two children, one dying in infancy the other Gracie Estella May Place, who resides northwest of Homer.

She came with her husband to Illinois in the year 1874, moved to Nebraska in 1875, came back in 1876, and spent the remainder of her life here 3 miles northeast of Sidney. She joined the U.B. church in 1880, living a beautiful christian life. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Patterson at the Christian church in Homer at 11 o'clock Thursday.

Submitted by Marguerite Butzow

The Weekly Press, Rantoul, Illinois, Friday March 18, 1904
Death of Mrs. W. F. Boyd

Mrs. W. F. Boyd died at her home in Ludlow March 10, aged 71 years 7 months and 9 days, after an illness of over a year. We received an extended obituary, which came too late to present at this time."

Submitted by Donnie Fowler

The Weekly Press, Rantoul, Illinois, July 15, 1904
Prominent Ludlow Citizen Called to His Reward -- Funeral Last Monday

William Finley Boyd, a prominent citizen of Ludlow, passed to his reward last Saturday, after an illness of twelve days with appendicitis. Deceased was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, January 6 1824, and at the time of his death was eighty years, six months and three days old. He was united in marrige to Miss Agnes Addy October 9, 1849. There were born to this union eight children. The following children with the exception of one daughter, Mrs. M. P. Hall, survive: Mrs. J. H. Randolph, Delevan; Mrs A. M. Hamilton, Robinson; Mrs. E. Foley, Hoopeston; Rev. W. A. Boyd, Mechanicsburg; J. H. Boyd, South McAlister, Oklahoma; Hulda Boyd, Ludlow; and J. J. Boyd, Sweet Spring, Mo. Mr. Boyd had been a member of the M.E. church fifty-two years. He died the death of the righteous for he lived a righteous life. The funeral was held Monday from the Ludlow M.E. church, Rev. Chris Garver officiating. there was a large attendance as he was highly respected and widely known. Among the relatives present were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Foley, Hoopeston; Rev. W. A. Boyd, Mechanicsburg; and Mrs. J. H. Randolph, Delevan.

Submitted by Donnie Fowler

Thelma Nelson, 96
Swan Creek Retirement Center, Cresthaven Lane, Toledo, OH
Sat., Dec. 16, 2000

Thelma was a beauty operator for 13 years for Blanche Beauley and then became a cosmotology instructor at the former Whitney High School for 17 years. She was a member of the Collingwood Presbyterian Church, Toledo Hairdressers Assoc. and the Harriet Whitney Retired Teacers Assoc.

Thelma was proceeded in death by her parents Archibld and Mary (Fink) Nelson. She was the granddaughter of A.P. Hensley, for whom Hensley Twp was named after.

Thelma enjoyed needle point, antiquing and genealogy. She is survived by her cousins.

There is no visitation and services will be private with burial in Manson, Iowa.

Submitted by Greg Nelson

October 24, 1919, pg. 13 - Champaign Daily News
Henderson Scott

Funeral Services for Henderson Scott, Urbana Township farmer were conducted at the home, north of Urbana, Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Beebe. Interment was in Yearsley Cemetery.

Mr. Scott was born October 7, 1846 in Indiana. When ten years of age, he came to Champaign County with his parents and resided here since, except for a few years spent in Minnesota.

On January 26, 1871, he married Margaret Matzabaugher, Nine children were born, three of which died in infancy. The widow and the following children survive: Miss Retta Scott and Archie Scott, at home ; Mrs. Elizabeth Shaw and Mrs. Hulda Gilmer, Urbana ; Mrs. John Carter, Lincoln, Nebraska ; and William H. Scott of Thomasboro.

Submitted by Tamara Parkison

Urbana Daily News - November 29, 1920 - pg. 1

Aged Urbana Woman Passed Away At Home Of Her Daughter

Margaret M. Scott died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. R. Gilmer, 303 S. Walnut Street at 6:05 a.m. this morning following a six months illness of heart trouble.

Mrs. Scott was born in Kentucky on May 28, 1853 and came to Champaign County when she was 12 years of age. She had resided in Urbana the past 24 years. On January 26, 1971 she was married to Henderson Scott and to them nine children were born, three of whom died in infancy.

The deceased is survived by four daughters, Miss Aleretta Scott , at home ; Mrs. Elizabeth Shaw and Mrs. Rolla Gilmer of Urbana ; and Mrs. Anna Carter of Lincoln, Nebraska ; two sons, Archie Scott, at home and W. H. Scott of Thomasboro. Three sisters also survive: Mrs. Henrietta Rider of Indiana ; Mrs. Susan Willoder of LaCross, Wisconsin ; and Mrs. Hannah James of Urbana.

There are eleven grandchildren. The deceased was a member of the United Brethren Church.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock a.m. from the Renner Funeral Home with Rev. William M. Ealey in charge.

Interment will be made at the Yearsley Cemetery north of this city.

Submitted by Tamara Parkison

March 17, 1945 , pg. 7 - News Gazette, Champaign County, Illinois
March - April 1945
Mrs. James, St. Joseph, Dies At 84
St. Joseph (BSC)

Mrs. Hannah L. James, 84, died at 2:15 p.m., Friday at Burnham city hospital in Champaign. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday at the Freese Funeral Home here. Reverend Robert Schondelmeyer, pastor of the Church of Christ, will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Mrs. James was born in Richville, Ohio, June 22, 1860, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Mautzabaugher. She came to Stanton Twp., Champaign County at the age of 5 and has lived most of her life in this vicinity. She married Joseph James August 14, 1878.

Surviving are a son, John, Urbana, and six grandchildren. Her husband and a son, Marion, preceded her in death.

Submitted by Tamara Parkison

J. O. Cline Dead

J. O. Cline, a former well known resident of this city, died yesterday evening at Martinsville, and the remains will be brought here tomorrow, Friday, for interment in the Neoga cemetery.

The subject of this sketch was born at Pittsburg, Penn., March 10, 1855. Was married to Lillian A. Dunlap at Monticello, Minnesota, Nov. 3, 1886. Became a member of the Masonic Order over 30 years ago at Tolono, Ill. Died at Martinsville, Ill., Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1911, aged 56 years, 9 months and 10 days.

Mr. Cline was well known here and both he and his family were highly respected by our people.

Mrs. Cline and daughter, Marguerite, arrived here Friday with the remains of the husband and father. They were met at the I. C. Station by a large number of friends and an escort of members of the Masonic Order. The remains were taken to the Neoga cemetery, where interment was made according to the Masonic ritual. Judge Gassoway, district deputy, of Martinsville, officiating. Those present from out of town were: Judge Gassoway, Mr. and Mrs. E. N. McNary, Mrs. G. L. Bryden and Mrs. Dr. Doak of Martinsville; Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman of Effingham, N. M. Burt and J. C. Jordan of Champaign.

Mr. Cline had been afflicted with a bad cough for years, from which he had recovered, only a few months after moving with his family to Arkansas. His death was caused by intestinal cancer, which caused intense suffering until he was relieved by death.

Mrs. Cline and four children, Menzo, Marguerite, John and Lockie and Mrs. McNary, a sister, survive.

Menzo is teaching in Arkansas and marguerite is teaching in Martinsville. Mrs. Cline is determined, if possible, to save her homestead in Arkansas until a new railroad is headed that way, which will make it very valuable.

Submitted by Laura Audrey

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