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Champaign County, Illinois

Obituaries - Pg. 2

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The funeral of Mr. Stanage, who died, Tuesday night of last week, occurred, Thursday afternoon, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Fuson, on Elm Street, a large member of rriends and relatives being present.


Mr. James Stanage, who was well known to most of our , died at his home on Elm Street, at 10 o'clock Tuesday night. He was born March 10, 1807, at Logonda, near Springfield, Ohio, and was at his death in his 78th year. At that early date he had but the limited advantages that should be enjoyed by a poor boy. He had, however, sterling principles of integrity and honor, which was a strong characteristic in all his dealings with his fellow man, sense of justice and right commanding his actions in everything he did. He was married to Sarah C. Osborn at West Liberty, Logan county, Ohio, in 1830, from whence he came to Champaign in 1865. He had been a member of the M.E. church for forty years, but did not, on account of bodity infirmition, take an active part in church fellowship or in business for many years. He endovered, however, to live a Christian life, having for years been expecting the dread summons (which to him was welcome) that would relieve him from his sufferings. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was a great sufferer, and with it all exhibited a wonderful spirit of patience and resignation. For years, and up to the day of his death he was fearful he would be a source of care or trouble. He passed quietly away in full possession of his faculties, recognizing all the members of the family present.

His funeral took place from the residene of the late George Scroggs at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, and his remains were interred beside those of his wife in Mt. Hope cemetery. Revs. Best and Wilder officiated.

Submitted by J. Alexander


Died-On Sunday last, at the residence of Mrs. Charles Ellis, there departed this life Mrs. Sarah C. Stanage, wife of James Stange. For a long while she had been in feeble health, and her death was an event for which her friends and relatives were not wholly unprepared. The immediate cause it is difficult to state, but, in general terms, it may be said that partial paralysis, superinduced by general debility from prolonged illness, was the cause of her death. She was in her sixty-third year, having been born in Greenbriar county, Virginia, April 1, 1813. Her prents emigrated to West Liberty, Ohio, when she was quite young, and it is there that most of her life was spent, herself and husband settling in this city in the year 1866. At the age of twelve years she united with the Methodist church, and from that time to the day of her death was an earnest and devoted christian. During the time she was in the enjoyment of good health she was active and zealous in all good works; and in later years, while feebly passing down the shadowy side of life, by precept, example and good avice, exerted an influence for good that will live after her. Indeed, it seemed that devotion to her children and the faithful service of her divine Master were the leading characteristics of her life.

The funeral services occurred on Monday afternoon, at the residence of Mr. Ellis, and were, largely attended by those drawn together by a common sorrow at the closing up of a life so full of promise for the future. The services were conducted by Rev. Leyenberger, who read the xxiii psalm, that portion of scripture selected by Mrs. Stanage before her death, after which a hymn was sung, and then followed remarks highly appropriate to the occasion. A large concourse of friends, who seemed unwilling to omit the last office of respect to one so worthy, followed her remains to Mt. Hope cemetery, where they were deposited in a vault. She will be sincerely mourned by a larage circle of friends and relatives here and also at the place of her former residence in Ohio. A husband, two sons and four daughters are likewide sadly befret by her loss.

Submitted by J. Alexander

February 19, 1912 (don't know what paper)

SAMUEL CLARY GOES INTO REST - Civil War Veteran Passes Away at Home In This City

Samuel Clary, a civil war veteran, died at his home, 904 West Park Avenue, late Monday afternoon after an illness of nearly a year. For the last week his condition had been critical and the end was not unexpected. Nearly all of his relatives were present at his death. The decedent was born in Essex England, June 11, 1843. At the age of 16 he came to this country.He was naturalized and became a true American in the true spirit. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in the Seventy Fifth New York regiment, with which he served until the end of the war. When he moved to Mansfield he joined the Grand Army post there. Ill health prevented his becoming an active member of the Colonel Nodine post in this city. He was a devoted member of the Episcopal church. His death is the first in a large family. He is survived by his widow and eleven children, the youngest of whom is 15. The children are: Mrs. Alice Van Gordor of Hereford, Texas; Mrs. Ida Shell of Farmer City; Mrs. Harriet Riechman (should be Ruckman) of Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. Effie Davis of Chloride, MO.; Mrs. Stella Ihrig of Urbana; W.M. Clary of Rantoul; Frank Clary of Mahomet; Mrs. Goldie Cook of Jacksonville; Sylvia, Jessie and Edith at home. Funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. H.C. Goodman officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn. Members of the G.A.R. will be the pallbearers.

NOTE: It didn't mention the name of his widow, it was Clarissa Jane Burnett Clary. I also have his war records from the Civil War which showed he was in the hospital much of the time because of epilepsy. He first showed symptoms after his enlistment.

Submitted by Linda Garrett

November 21, 1942 (Don't know what paper)


Mrs. Celia Cook, 78, 1105 West Church Street, died at 11:45 p.m. Friday at Mercy Hospital where she had been a patient for the past month. She had been in failing health for the last two years. Mrs. Cook was born Celia L. Harvey, at Mahomet in 1864. She married A.C. Cook, who died in 1924. Three children were born to them, two of whom have preceeded her in death. W. Frank Cook and John Harvey Cook. Mrs. Cook leaves a daughter, Mrs. Daisie Dean Cook Bailey, wife of C. W. Bailey, Chicago, former Champaign residents. Mrs. Bailey has been with her mother here for the past three weeks. Mrs. Cook also leaves seven grandchildren: John Dwight Cook, Springfield; Barbara Cook Powell, Wood River; Janetbeth Bailey McBride, Long Island, N.Y.; Robert D. Bailey, Peoria and Celia Cook Smith, Tolono. She also leaves three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday from the Mittendorf chapel with Doctor H. Clifford Northcott, pastor of the First Methodist church officiating. Burial well be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Linda Garrett

June 4, 1929 (don't know what paper)



Funeral services for W. Frank Cook, who died at his home, 1106 South Arbor Street, at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon will be held at the Mittendord chapel, Friday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with Rev. Northcott officiating. Internment will be at Woodlawn cemetery. He is survived by his wife and three children, also his mother Mrs. A.C. Cook and a sister Mrs. Charles W. Bailey, both of this city, and one brother, John H. Cook of Rantoul. He was born in Baxter Springs, Kan., Sept. 5, 1885 and moved to Illinois with his parents the following year and has made his home in Champaign practically all of his life. Frank was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Cook, 713 West Healey Street. His father preceded him in death, Oct. 2, 1924. He was married to Goldie F. Clary, Feb 4, 1908. To this union four children were born: John D. Cook, Florence L. Cook, (deceased), Barbara L. Cook and W.F. Cook, Jr. Mr. Cook was very active in University affairs, and spent 20 years of his life in business, in the University district. He was very successful in business, up to the time of his illness, after which he was compelled to retire from business, known as Cook and Flynn Clothiers, 604 East Green street. During his life, he had made many friends in Champaign-Urbana, and among the University faculty and students.

NOTE: I have sent pictures of Cook and Flynn Clothiers to the Champaign Co. Historical Society. My mom's cousin, Celia Smith (named in obit of Celia Harvey Cook) still lives in Tolono and told me my grandfather used to have Red Grange to his house for dinner........Linda Garrett

Submitted by Linda Garrett

Name: Cleopha Magdaline Block, age 84

When: 11 Jan 1978

Where: Ortonville, MN; Sidney, IL

Funeral services: First English Lutheran Church with with Pastor Robert Dalh and Pastor John Vagts officiating.

Pallbearers: Donald Buse, Christopher Christopher Torgerson, Tom Weber, Phillip Kellen, Jeffery Redepenning and Scott Roelke. Honorary casket bearers were Alan, Dwight and Kyle Schweer, Bradley Kaus, Daniel, Joel, John and David Schultz, Daniel and Dick Trebil.

Burial: Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, MN

Born: 25 Apr 1905 in Sidney, Illinois, daughter of Francis and Mary (Bamberger) Block.

Survivors: include sister-in-law Frieda Block of Ortonville; nieces and nephews, Verna Schultz, Carol Schweer, Aleda Trebil, Elaine Cole, Evelyn Fulps and Francis Lee Block. Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister and two brothers.

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: Aleda Lenora (Hegge) Block, age 58

When: after Jan 1966

Where: Ortonville, MN

Funeral services: Thursday, Jan 21, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville with Rev. Ralph Berggren officiating.

Pallbearers: Dale Hoxtell, Johnny Larson John, James, Lloyd and Donald Hegge

Burial: Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, MN

Born: 3 Dec 1912 in Big Stone Township, Big Stone County, Daughter of Melvin and Selma Hegge.

Married: In Minneapolis on Feb. 5, 1938 to Leo Block.

Survivors: her daughters Elaine (Mrs. William Cole) of Pacifica, Calif., Evelyn (Mrs. Charles Fults) of Champaign, Ill,, Aleda (Mrs. Richard Trebil) of Ortonville, a son, Francis Lee Of Longview, Wash., 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two sisters, Lillie (Mrs J. P. Larson) of Ortonville, and Marie (Mrs. Irvin Torgerson) of Duluth, Five brothers, Irving of Ortonville, Roy of St. Paul, Gordon of Beardsley, Hilton and Arnold Hegge of Ortonville. She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers.

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: Charles Hilbert Block, age 32

When: 15 Sep 1985

Where: Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL

Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1985 at Freese Funeral Home, Sidney, the Rev. Richard Hartshorn officiating.

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney, IL

Born: 3 Sep 1953 at Champaign, IL, a son of Everett and Sally Turner Block.

Survivors: include his parents of Sidney: a brother, Edwin Block of Lincoln; and two sisters, Donna Nichols of Mansfield and Kathie McGowan of Hollis NH

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: Helen M. (Morrison) Baird, age 86

When: 22 Aug 1979

Where: Burnham City Hospital, Champaign, IL

Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. 25 Aug 1979 at the Kirby Funeral Home in Homer with the Rev. Michael Mc Mc Gaughan officiating

Burial: GAR Cemetery, Homer, IL

Born: 22 Dec 1892 in in Homer, a daughter of Elijah and Amy Goodrich Morrison

Married: 22 Sep 1915 in Homer to Ralph Baird

Survivors: include a daughter, Mrs. Jeane Block of Homer; Two sons, Donald of Homer and Ronald of Bensenville, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: John A. Baird, age 59

When: 7 Jan 1979

Where: Burnham City Hospital, Champaign, IL

Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. 10 Jan 1979 at the Kirby Funeral Home, Homer, with Rev. Robert Mills officiating

Burial: GAR Cemtery, Homer, IL

Born: 25 apr 1919 in Homer, a son of Ralph and Helen Morrison Baird

Married: 22 Dec 1946 in Homer to Bonnie Hillard

Survivors: His wife, his mother of Homer; Mrs. Steve (Pamela) James of Homer; one son Mark of Homer; Two granchildren; Two brothers, Donald of Homer, and Ronald Benseville; and one sister, Mrs. Orville (Jeane) Block of Homer

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: Kerna O. Block, age 65, of Thousand Springs, FL

When: 29 Apr 1973

Where: Desert Hospital, Palm Springs

Funeral services: pending at Forrest Lawn Funeral Home, Thousand Palms, FL

Born: 7 Sep 1908 in Raymond Township, son of Henry A. Block and Elizabeth Bamberger Block

Married: 1929 to May Rowen of Longview, IL

Survivors: His wife, by one daughter, Mrs. Joe Marino, Los Angeles, Calif.. three grandchildren; one brother Estor Block, Sidney; three sisters, Mrs. Glenn (Ella ) Erb, Mrs. Edgar (Florence) Schwartz, both of Sidney; and Mrs. Rhinehold Elma Haas, Sidell. His parents and one brother Hilbert, preceded him in death.

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: Orville H. Block, age 74

When: 6 Feb 1992

Where: Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, IL

Funeral services: at 10:30 a.m. 8 Feb 1992 at Freese Funeral Home, 202 W. Main ST., Sidney. The Rev. Micheal McGaughan officiating.

Burial: GAR Cemetery, Homer, IL

Born: 26 Feb 1917 at Sidney, son of Hilbert and Ella Lehmkuhler Block

Married: 4 Jun 1938 at Homer, IL to Jeane Baird

Survivors: His wife, a son, William Block of Tempe, Ariz.; two daughters, Carol Clark of Fairview Heights, and Brenda Geiselman of Altmont; eight grandchildren and two great grandsons; and a brother, Everett block of Sidney.

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

Name: Hilbert A. Block, age 79

When: 22 Jan 1972

Where: at his home, Sidney, IL

Funeral services: 1:00 p.m., 23 Jun 1972 at Freese Funeral Home at Sidney with Rev. Edward Lipscomb officiating.

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney, IL

Born: 16 Oct 1892, in Sidney, , the son of Henry A. Block and Elizabeth Bamberger Block

Married: Ella Lehmkukler in Humingburg, IN

Survivors: include his wife; two sons, Everett of Sidney and Orville of Homer; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Erb of Sidney, Mrs, Flora Schwartz of Sidney, and Mrs. Elma Haas of Sidell; two brothers, Esper of Sidney, and Kerna of Thousand Palms, Calif.,; Seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren

Submitted by: Everett C. Block; Contact: Donna

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