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Champaign County, Illinois

Obituaries - Pg. 16

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Mary (Roche) Shaffer Berlincourt
Starved or frozen?
Or was it old age, or was it both, or all, or neither one?
All three questions and many more were asked on last Thursday when the news reached town that Mary Berlincourt, an old French lady, living on Otter Creek, in Pleasant township, had that morning been found dead in her chair. The circumstances briefly are that Mrs. Berlincourt had lived on the farm now owned and occupied by her for several years past, that she has always had the reputation of being both poor and unable physically to earn a living, that she has lived very much alone and lived in the most grinding poverty, that she was well as usual on the afternoon and evening of December 24 and was found on Christmas morning dead in her chair. She was as nearly as can be learned, about 65 years of age, was probably of French birth, and has been married twice, as she has a son in Illinois by another name. When found, the inventory of every article in her house, including household goods, kitchen furniture, dishes, bed clothes, wearing apparel and everything else did not reach the sum of twenty five dollars value. But there was soon found about her person, $867.40 in cash. Six hundred and twenty in greenbacks, thirty seven in gold, four dollars and forty cents in silver and certificates of deposit in the Burlington National Bank, of two hundred dollars. There were also found warranty deeds for two other farms, one in Minnesota and one in Champaign County, Illinois, the best farming county in that state. She seems to have paid her taxes regularly as her receipts from those places and the books of our own county treasurer show. She has however, always conveyed the impression that she was very poor, and so the little that she has had of this life’s necessaries has cost her less than it would most people. She has stinted her very existence of the barest necessaries of life, and has not had a warm fire or comfortable meal at her own expense for years. The case is a peculiarly curious one, and so far but little has been found out beyond what we here publish. Last summer Mrs. Berlincourt boarded for six weeks with a neighbor lady, during a bit of bad health. She was unable to pay for her board but continually assured her hostess that she would be "Rewarded some time." It is not a little singular that a person who had plenty of money to satisfy the reasonable wants of any one, would allow starvation and cold to put so painful and ignominious an end to existence. Printed in December, 1879, Coffey County, Kansas.
Submitted by: John and Shirley Shaffer

Final Summons For Menzo Dunlap Aged Pioneer Resident Passes Away in Quiet Sleep

Menzo Dunlap, one of the oldest residents of Champaign County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Isa Burt, 708 West Illinois Street, Urbana, at 12 o'clock Monday noon, aged 90 years, 6 months and 11 days.

Mr. Dunlap was born at Cherry Valley, N.Y., on December 19, 1816.
He moved to LaSalle, Ill., in 1837 and thence to Leyden, where he married Miss Arabella Pierce. They moved to Champaign county in 1854, settling on the farm in the south edge of this township, which was his home during the remainder of his active life. The town of Savoy is located on this farm.

To Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap, nine children were born, six of whom survive as follows: Mrs. Isa Burt and Mrs. W. R. Condit of Urbana, Burleigh A. Dunlap of Chicago, James H. and Robert L. Dunlap of Savoy and Mrs. Lillian Cline of Martinsville. The deceased ones are Muratt M. and Smith D.Dunlap and MRs. J.C. Jordan.

Mr. Dunlap was well known to all the older residents of the county and was held in high esteem. He came to the county when it was a wilderness and witnessed its development with great satisfaction. Death came to him peacefully, his passing away being as quiet as dropping into a natural sleep. His wife died in 1880.

Grandsons Pallbearers
The funeral of Menzo Dunlap took place from the home of Mrs. Isa Burt on West Illinois street, Urbana at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. G. A. Sahlin delivered the sermon. The remains were laid to rest at Mount Hope cemetery. The pallbearers were grandsons of the decedent, as follows: N.M. Burt, Menzo Jordan, Roy Condit, Robert Dunlap, Albert Dunlap and Menzo Cline.

The funeral will take place from the Burt home at 2 o'clock this afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. G.A. Sahlin, paster of the Universalist church. BUrial will be at Mount Hope. It is expected that all of the surviving children will also be present.

Submitted by: Laura Audrey


Mrs. Esther Beck DeHater, 51, Burbank, Calif., formerly of Mahomet, IL, died Saturday (Feb. 28, 1970) at Burbank,Calif. Funeral services will be Tuesday (Mar. 3, 1970) at Burbank, Calif. Mrs. Dehater was born March 31, 1918 near Mahomet,IL a daughter of Henry G. Beck and Emma A. Borowski Beck. Survivors include her husband, George, and a son, Pat, at home. Also surviving are five sisters; Mrs. Elsie Ingold, Paxton,IL; Mrs. Emma Godzesky, Mrs. Lena Dowling and Mrs. Dorothy Hemrich, all of Champaign,IL; and Mrs. Marie Hinds, Westlake Village,Calif. Mrs. DeHater was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Oscar, Otto and Arthur Beck and one sister Minnie Chapman.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday for Esther DeHater who died Saturday (Feb. 28, 1970) in a local hospital at the age of 51.

A resident of Burbank,CA for 25 years, Mrs. DeHater made her home at 524 N. Myers.
She is survived by her husband, George; one son, Patrick, both of Burbank,CA; and five sisters. Mrs. Elsie Ingold of Paxton,Ill., Mrs. Marie Hinds of CA, Mrs. Emma Godzesky, Mrs. Lena Dowling, and Mrs. Dorothy Hemrich, all of Champaign,Ill.

Chapel services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Mar. 3, 1970) at The Valley Funeral Home, 2119 W. Burbank, Burbank,Calif. Interment will be private. Visitation will continue until 8:30 tonight.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

URBANA- Oliver Jack Beck, 66, of 1815 Willow View Road, Urbana,IL died at 5:41 p.m. Saturday (March 5, 1994) at home.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mittendorf-Calvert-Morgan Funeral Home, 2400 Galen Drive, Champaign,IL. The Rev. Glenn Kalkbrenner will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign,IL., with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5520.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Beck was born April 28, 1927, at Mahomet,IL, a son of Arthur F. and Bernice Smith Beck.

Survivors include a foster son; two foster grandsons; and two brothers, William Beck and Robert Beck, both of Champaign,IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Joyce Carol Beck.
Mr. Beck owned Beck's Country Shoppe, Urbana,IL. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 South Russell, Champaign,IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Urbana- A 66 year old Urbana man died of an apparent heart attack while peeling potatoes in his home Saturday afternoon. A Champaign County sheriff's deputy's report said a neighbor of Jack Beck's notices smoke and flames coming from his condominium at 1815 Willow View Road, Urbana about 5:25 p.m.

The neighbor went in and found a small fire on the stove which he quickly extinguished. When the smoke cleared, the report said, he saw Mr. Beck sitting across the room on a stool at the sink. He was not conscious.

Deputy Coroner Bill Wilkinson said Mr. Beck had suffered two massive heart attacks in December and had undergone open heart surgeries. "He had a pot on the stove and a plastic lid on the pot caught fire. He was across the room at the sink, still sitting in his chair peeling potatoes," Wilkinson said.
Mr. Beck owned Beck's County Shoppe, Urbana,IL. His obituary appears on page A-13.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

Friday, January 23, 1942


Arthur F. Beck Kills Daughter, Self; No Motive Evident. A double tragedy in an east side Champaign home shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday took the lives of Arthur F. Beck, 108 East Hill Street, proprietor of an auto repair establishment and his six year old daughter, Joyce.

Sheriff Bert S. Walker said that Beck, apparently without motive, shot his small daughter in the living room of their home and then turned the .32 caliber automatic revolver on himself, firing two shots through his chest.

Beck died almost immediately after being brought to Burnham hospital in Nelson's ambulance. The girl was brought to the hospital at the same time in a Champaign police squad car by Officers Roy Baum and William Stubbs and died at approximately the same time.


Sheriff Walker, who handled the investigation for Coroner William J. Stode who is confined to his home by illness, said that Mrs. Beck told him her husband came home from his establishment at 71 East Chester Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. and went into the basement. She said he soon came up into the living room, the sheriff related, and announced calmly:

"I'm going to leave you and I'm going to take the baby (Joyce) with me."

The sheriff said that Mrs. Beck, taken by surprise, told him she started to remonstrate with her husband when he drew the revolver and fired at the child who was seated on a chair in the living room. He fired one shot at the daughter, and she toppled from the chair. Beck then fired two shots into his chest on the right and left sides and fell to the floor near the entrance to the living room.


Champaign Patrolman Allen Rivers who was patrolling his beat nearby, heard the three shots and saw Mrs. Beck run screaming form the home into the yard. A son, Robert Beck, 15, ran from a neighbor's house across the street and called an ambulance.

Champaign Patrolman Roy P. Baum, who lives at 104 East Hill Street, hurried over to the Beck residence where he found both the father and daughter unconscious in the living room. Sheriff Walker, Champaign police and neighbors of the Beck's were unable to account for the motive for the tragedy. Persons who knew Beck well suggested to authorities that he had been strained by overwork. He frequently worked until late hours of the night at his establishment on Chester Street.


He apparently had the reputation of being a good neighbor and family man and was known as an excellent auto mechanic, handling repairs for Champaign police cars and other city vehicles. If there were any family troubles it was not known to neighbors. An inquest will probably be conducted some time Saturday, although a definite time had not been set at noon today because of the illness of Coroner Strode. The bodies were taken to the Mittendorf funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed church and burial will be in Roselawn cemetery. Rev. Ruben J. Bierbaum will officiate.

In addition to his wife, Mrs. Bernice Smith Beck, and three sons, William Arthur, age 18, Robert Lewis, age 15 and Oliver Jack, age 14, Beck leaves two brothers, Otto H. Beck, Rantoul and Oscar Beck, Champaign, and seven sisters, Mrs. Elsie Ingold, near Ludlow Mrs. Minnie Chapman, Mrs. Emma Godzesky, Mrs. Lena Dowling, Mrs. Marie Hinds and Mrs. Dorothy Maley, all of Champaign-Urbana, and Miss Esther Beck, Chicago,IL.


He was born Sept. 22, 1901, on a farm near Bondville and was married January 28, 1923. He had resided in Champaign practically all of his married life. Beck was employed with the Illinois Central Railroad for a number of years and with the E. V. Kirby Co. for eight years, before setting up his own business a number of years ago.

The daughter, Joyce Carol, was born July 26, 1935, in Champaign and was a pupil in the first grade of Marquette school.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

JAMES MALEY Rites Friday-d 15-Dec-1958 bur: 19-Dec-1958

James MALEY, 71, of 1401 Sunset Drive, Champaign,IL, a retired Illinois Central Engineer; died Monday night (Dec. 15, 1958) in the Illinois Central RR Hospital, Chicago,Cook Co.,IL.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Dec. 19, 1958) in Holy Cross Catholic Church and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery,Urbana,Champaign Co.,IL.

Friends may call at Owens Funeral Home Wednesday evening after 3 p.m. Thursday.
Mr. Maley was born June 28, 1887 at Tolono,Champaign Co.,IL, son of Edward MALEY, Jr. and Rose Ann "Annie" GORMAN MALEY. He was married to Rhoda Helena "Hal" PIERCE August 18, 1908 at Tolono,Champaign Co.,IL. She, Rhoda, died Aug. 13, 1939 and two children (twins) preceded him in death. A son, Eugene Charles "Buddy" MALEY and Irene Elizabeth MALEY twin sister of Eugene.

He was married to Florence M. BELL Dec. 31, 1940.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers.
Mr. Maley leaves his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Helen (Carl) REED, Owosso,Mich and Mrs. Roseann (William) CASSIDY, Champaign,IL and two sons, James Junior MALEY, Champaign,IL and Philip Edward MALEY, Snyder,Texas, a half-sister. Mrs. Mayme RATHBONE CRONAN, Flint,Mich and a half-brother, Mathew Patrick RATHBONE, Kansas City,MO.
He also leaves three step-daughters, Mrs. William AVENS, Mrs. Phyllis RAY, Mrs. Wilfred DAVIS. Ten grandchildren, Suzanne Marie STANLEY/REED; Patricia June MALEY CURTIS; Dorothy Marlene MALEY HULS; Suzanne Barbara MALEY SULLIVAN; James Patrick CASSIDY; William Michael CASSIDY; Sharon Hester CASSIDY; Terry Allen CASSIDY; Kathleen Louise MALEY and Steven Michael MALEY.

Seven Great-grandchildren: Cheryl Lynne CURTIS; Thomas Leonard CURTIS; Timothy Charles CURTIS; Jeffery Alan HULS; Rebecca Ann HULS; Vickie Sue HULS and Sidney DeWayne SULLIVAN.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Ernest Harm Huls, 67, of Scottsdale died Monday (Jan. 3, 2000) at Scottsdale.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 2000 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gifford,IL. Burial will be in Huls Cemetery, Gifford,IL.

Messinger Mortuary and Chapel, Scottsdale, is handling arrangements.

Mr. Huls was born Jan. 18, 1932, at Urbana,IL a son of Harm and Antje Saathoff Huls.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Huls; two daughters Rebecca Huls of Scottsdale,AZ and Vickie Huls of Urbana,IL; two sons, Jeffery Huls of Springfield,IL and Michael Huls of Scottsdale,AZ; a sister, Tena Hedrick of Penfield,IL; and six grandchildren: Natasha; Julia; Michael; Cody; Cleo and Savannah Huls.

Mr. Huls was an insurance agent and bank owner. He moved to Arizona from Illinois 20 years ago.
Memorial contributions may be made for cancer research in care of Scottsdale Health Care Foundation, 10001 N. 92nd St., No. 121, Scottsdale,AZ 85258

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis.

Champaign - Funeral services for James Junior Maley, 75, of Champaign will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign,IL Chaplain Vera Duncanson will officiate.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana,IL. Military rites will be by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5520 Color Guard.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Maley died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday (April 18, 2000) at home.

He was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Champaign,IL, a son of James Maley and Rhoda Pierce Maley. He married Pauline L. Schmidt on May 17, 1947, in Champaign,IL. she died Sept. 22, 1997.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Friedrich of Urbana,IL; a son, Steven Maley of Mahomet,IL; five grandchildren; Kelli Ann Davis; Troy DWayne Davis; Michael John Davis; Stephanie Maley and James Jesse Maley and a sister, Helen Reed of Owosso,Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brother: Eugene Charles Maley and Philip Edward Maley and two sisters Irene Elizabeth Maley and Phyllis RoseAnn Cassidy.

Mr. Maley served with the U.S. Army Air Foreces in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He retired in 1987 from clifford-Jacobs Forging, Champaign,IL after working there for 38 years. His interests included bowling and other sports.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Provena Covenant Hospice Care Program of the American Lung Association.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

James W. Dowling, 66. of 1607 Devonshire Drive, C died at 3:02 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 5, 1992) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mittendorf-Calvert-Morgan Funeral Home, 2400 Galen Drive, C. Entombment will be in Mount Hope Mausoleum,Champaign.
Visitation will follow the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Dowling was born Dec. 7, 1925, at Urbana, a son of Walter E. and Lena Ida Beck Dowling. He married Betty Stahl on June 19, 1948, at Champaign. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Jeffrey C. Dowling of Pompano Beach,Fla; two daughters, Jill D. Burke of Boca Raton,Fla, and Lisa D. Misuraca of Palm Desert,Calif.; three grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Dowling of Okeechobee,Fla., and John Dowling of Zion,IL; a sister Darlene Weldon of Champaign; and his mother of Champaign.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Dowling was a 1943 graduate of Champaign High School. He was employed with Beck and Dowling Furniture Store, Beck's Country Store and Carson Pirie Scott and Co. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Champaign and a former member of the Champaign Elks; Western Star Lodge No. 240, AF and AM; and the Danville Consistory. He formerly played softball in Champaign-Urbana and coached Little League.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

Frank L. Weldon, Sr., 76, of 2103 Tamarack Court, C. died about 8:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 22, 1980) at Mercy Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Owens Chapel, the Rev. David Ashby officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Gardens, Champaign.

Visitation will be an hour before the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Weldon was born Jan. 7, 1904, at Chicago, a son of John and Ethel Holden Weldon. He married Viola Josephine Wolfick April 21, 1924, at Urbana,IL. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Frank Lewis "Sam" Weldon, Jr., and John "Jack" Andrew Weldon, both of Champaign,IL. six grandchildren; a sister, Edyth Warren of California.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Weldon owned and operated the Twin City Fish and Poultry Market for about 57 years. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge 2497, Champaign; life member of the Moose Lodge 1288, Champaign; a member of the Eagles Lodge 3075 and member of the C-U Athletic Club.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

Louis J. Godzesky, 72 of 302 S. Second, Champaign, died at 10:10 p.m. Thursday (July 22, 1971) at Mercy Hospital.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Heath and Sons Funeral Home. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church with Pastor Donal D. Ehles officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Godzesky was a machinist for the Penn Central Railroad, he retired in November 1964.

He was a life-time resident of Champaign. He was bortn June 10, 1899, a son of Godfrey and Louise (Konradt) Godzesky. He married Emma L. Beck in Champaign August 25, 1925. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his widow; three nephews, Russel Combs of Chicago, Dr. Carl Godfrey of Indianapolis,Ind., and Godfrey Hendricks of Indianapolis,Ind. Two brothers, two sisters and his parents preceded him in death.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Al Glandt, 78 of Lynnwood, Wash., died Sunday (March 10, 1985) at Seattle, Wash., from injuries received in an automobile accident in October 1984.
Funeral services will be at noon Thursday at maple Park Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, the Rev, David R. Christianson officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memoial Pakr, Edmonds, Wash.

Mr. Glandt was born March 11, 1906, at Champaign,IL, a son of Charles and Minnie Siefeldt Glandt. He married Maxine Sherfey. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Alinda Bruce and Peggy Selzler, both of Mukilteo, Wash.; two sisters, Wilma Cavanaugh of Champaign and Alta. Moore of Warren, Ind.; two granddaughters; and three great grandson.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

Mr. Glandt graduated from Champaign High School and attended the University of Illinois. He was a member of the C Club and the UI Alumni Association.

He served as the chief of police at Lynnwood from 1958 until his retirement in 1978. He had previously been a police officer at Chicago and member of the Grant County, Wash., sheriff's department.

He was a member of the Lynnwood Elks Lodge, the International Association of Police chiefs and Sheriffs, the American Legion, the Lynnwood Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Lynnwood Rotary Club and the Lynnwood Exchange Club.

Memorials may be made to the South snobomish County, Wash., Medic Seven, in care of Stevens Memorial Hospital, Edmonds, Wash.; Harborview Trauma Center, Seattle, Wash.; or Maple Park Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Wash.

**It should read: Albert Louis Henry Glandt son of Charles F. Glandt and Marie Borowski Glandt. Minnie Siefeldt is his grandmother's name (Wilhelmina "Minnie" Seefeldt).

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

Mrs. Marie Glandt....native of Germany
Mrs. Glandt Dies Tuesday At Age 90
Funeral arrangements are being completed for Mrs. Marie Glandt, 90, of 1116 W. Green, Champaign, who had lived in this area for 64 years, having come to Champaign from Germany in 1902.
Mrs. Glandt had made her home at the Green Street address for 22 years, but died at the Leonard Nursing Home, 618 W. Church, Champaign, where she had been for just six days. She died at 3:50 a.m., Tuesday (Aril 19, 1966).

Her father's name was Mr. Browski (really Wilhelm Borowski) and her mothers' maiden name was Hoffmiester (really Frieda Hofmeister). In 1904, she was married in Champaign to Charles F. Glandt (Oct. 22, 1904), who died July 8, 1926. Louis Heinrich Paul Glandt, a son, also died in 1926, during January of that year (Jan.13,1926). Her parents also preceded her death as well as a sister, Emma Augusta Borowski Beck, May 21, 1925.

A daughter, Mrs. Wilma Cavanaugh, survives and lives at 1116 W. Green, Champaign, and another daughter, Mrs. Alta Moore, lives in Vincennes, Ind. a son, Albert Beach Glandt, makes his home in Lynnwood, Wash. There are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be completed at Mittendorf Funeral Home. Burial Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign,IL.

She was born in Tilsit,Germany and departed via Bremen Port Oct. 24, 1902 for the United States of America.

Submitted by: Pat Maley-Curtis

Obituary appears in Urbana Daily Courier, July 12, 1939

Philip Awbrey, 407 E. Eureks St..Champaign, who for fifty years had been a resident of the Twin cities, passed away last evening at 5 o'clock at the county hospital where he had been a patient for about four weeks. Death was due to dropsy and heart disease from which he had been suffering for the past year.

The deceased was born Feb. 14, 1856 in Indiana(Kentucky), the son of William and Ellen(Harriet)Awbrey.

Survivors are the widow and three children, Mrs. John Pollock of Gary, Indiana, Mrs. Anna Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif. and one son, Philip and three grandchildren.

Services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 o'clock at woodlawn Cemetery where burial will be.'

Submitted by: Joan Robinson

John Whall Died Tuesday (April 2, 1934)

Tolono lost another one of her old citizens, Tuesday, in the death of John Whall. He answered the call of the Grim Reaper at his home at 2:40 o'clock that morning. Death was not unexpected as he had been ill with a complication of diseases for the past three months.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the home of his son, Harry, in the north part of town, with Rev. Kearns-Preston, pastor of the Presbyterian church in charge.

Mr. Whall was born in England on May 27, 1854. He was married to Miss Sarah Hardyman in 1880 and later came to America. He came to Tolono and was, for years, in business here. He maintained a home both here and in England. He and his wife made frequent trips back to their old home, dividing their time, after he retired from business, between the two places. The last trip was made fourteen years ago, since which time he has made his residence here continuously.

He is survived by his wife, one son and three daughters. Harry, of Tolono; Mrs. Bertha Kirby of St. Joseph; Mrs. Florence Hartley of California and Mrs. Etta Ford of Champaign. One son, George, preceded him in death.

Submitted by: Kathy Marshall

Nathaniel Washburn Davis Obituary (1/19/1928)


Nathaniel Washburn Davis, retired sand and gravel dealer, of this city, died this morning after a complication of diseases following a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Davis suffered a stroke Tuesday, and did not regain consciousness. He had been in failing health for the past eight years.

Mr. Davis was born September 23, 1850, in Newport Indiana, and came to Urbana when a young boy. He was a grandson of Ashael (sic) Bruer, a pioneer prominent in the early history of this county.

In 1873, in Danville, Mr. Davis was united in marriage with Miss Maude Amelia Chamberlain, who died April 11, 1925. All of their life was spent in Urbana, with the exception of one year, which was spent on a farm in Vermillion County.

Mr. Davis was a member of Urbana camp at No. 269, Modern Woodmen of America.

Surviving him are the following children: Mrs. Minnie Tipps of Urbana, Mrs. Daisy Ely of 706 West White Street, Champaigne, Grace Davis at home, Harry C. Davis, Baltimore, Maryland and two brothers, John Davis, Hillsdale, Indiana, and Sam B. Davis, 1110 East Main Street. There are eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will probably be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home. Reverend George L. Losh, pastor of the Methodist church, will be in charge of the services. Further announcement of the funeral will be announced later.

Submitted by Jean Davis

Maude A. Davis Obituary:
Urbana Daily Courier
Monday April 13, 1925


Funeral services for Mrs. Maude A. Davis were held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the home, 1003 East Main Street, by Reverend George L. Lesh, pastor of the First M. E. church. Burial was made in Roselawn cemetery.

Mrs. Davis, wife of Nathaniel W. Davis, died at 6:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, following a long illness of a complication of diseases.

She was born January 3, 1854, and moved to Urbana when 17 years of age. On March 10th, 1873, she was united in marriage with N. W. Davis, coming to Urbana immediately afterwards. She has since made this city her home, with the exception of three years spent on a farm in Vermillion county.

Surviving Mrs. Davis are her husband and five children: Mrs. Minnie Tipps and Miss Grace Davis, at home; Mrs. John Ely, wife of Fire Chief Ely of Champaign; Harry Clyde Davis of Minneapolis, Minn., and Charles Ernest Davis of Chicago. All were with her at the end.

Mrs. Davis for many years had been prominent in the activities of the first M. E. Church of this city, and also in those of the Royal Neighbors of America, being a past oracle of Charter Oak camp.

Submitted by Jean Davis

Inez Davis Obituary
(probably from Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette around 4/13/1935):


Became IIl in Philadelphia on Aug. 4th While Enroute to Maine; Native of Champaign County

Mrs. Inez Davis, 42, of Baltimore, died Monday noon in a Lansdowne, Pa., hospital of a heart attack which she suffered Aug. 4th while enroute to Maine for a vacation. She was being accompanied by her husband, Charles "Babe" Davis, former employee of the News-Gazette, and one of her two sons.

Mrs. Davis' body was to arrive in Champaign at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and be taken to the Mittendorf Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be planned upon the arrival of Mr. Davis and son, Charles, who are driving from the East.

With Mrs. Davis at the time of her death were Mrs. John Ely, 706 West White Street, a sister of Mr. Davis, and her daughter, Mrs. Harriet Stephens, 1509 West Park Avenue. They, too, will arrive Wednesday by car.

Born Near Mayview
Inez Davis was born on a farm south of Mayview, March 17th, 1893, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer White, now residents of Lansing, Mich. She was married to Mr. Davis October 28th, 1911, in Urbana.

To them were born two sons, Robert and Charles, now 22 and 19 respectively.

Besides her husband, who is assistant managing editor of the Baltimore News, she leaves the two sons, her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Adams, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Ruth Butts, Champaign, and two brothers, Carlos and Raymond, of Lansing, Mich.

Mrs. Davis' parents arrived in Champaign - Urbana Wednesday morning. The son, Robert, was accompanying his mother's body.

Submitted by Jean Davis


Fisher, Feb 11 - Mrs. Washington Jones, pioneer resident of this community died at her home near here about 9 o'clock last night after a short illness due to old age.

Mrs. Jones had been a resident of Brown township for more than 50 years.

Sarah Hall was born in Ohio on June 8, 1839 [9 is blurred]. There she was united in marriage with Washington Jones and in 1864 moved to Illinois. Shortly after their residence in this state the family moved to this vicinity and had lived here since.

She is survived by eight children, Frank and Mrs. Lizzie Jordon, both of Gibson City, Mrs. Alice Davis of Bloomington, Mrs. Rachel Smith of Iowa, Margaret Richards of Champaign, James Jones of Fisher and Ada and Ben both of whom live at home. One brother, Ephraim Hall, of Portland, Ind., also is living. The husband died 26 years ago.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home, Rev. G. O. Longenbaugh, pastor of the United Brethern church, officiating. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery, north of here.

[The News Gazette (Champaign, ILL), pg. 11, Feb. 11, 1924]

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