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Obituaries - Pg. 5

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Death of John Cook

Old Resident of Tolono Passes Away at Home of Daughter, Northwest of Village.

Tolono, Ill., Feb. 14 --John Cook died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Jordan, northwest of this village, Monday afternoon after an illness of but a few days. Very few men in Champaign county at the age of Mr. Cook had his activity. Only last summer he rode to the home of William Bookless and asked that a vault be made for him at Ash Grove cemetery. Mr. Bookless thought that a man who could ride a bicycle to his home at the age of 85 did not need a vault and he would not make it. Later the vault was constructed and there he will be buried. Mr. Cook was born in Bedford county, Pa., March 8, 1826. His parents were early settlers there, as the son was a pioneer in this state. The parents died at the ages of 84 and 85. On a farm in Pennsylvania he learned the blacksmith trade. After he had received what school training there was to be had there he became a teacher, an occupation that he followed for four years in winter months and in the summer worked in the blacksmith shop. In 1851, he married Miss Barbara Lee in his native county and cultivated a farm of 125 acres which his father presented him. When the civil war began he enlisted with the Ninety-ninth Pennsylvania infantry. He served until the close and was present at the surrender of Lee. He took up farming for a year. Then he came to Tolono and started up in the lumber business. Surviving children are: Mrs. Mary Jordan of Tolono; Mrs. Ann Young of Carroll county, Ia.; Mrs. Emma Jane Gilmore of Delavan, and A.C.Cook of Champaign. His wife died at Tolono twelve years ago. The funeral will be held from the home of his daughter at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Interment will be made at Ash Grove cemetery, and the body will be laid by the side of his wife and his son Will.

Champaign Co. Gazette, Feb. 14, 1911.

Barbara (Lee) Cook, w/o John Cook

Champaign Co. Herald, Wednesday, Oct 30, 1889.

Mrs. John Cook, one of the oldest residents of Tolono, died at her residence here, last Friday, at 4:30 o'clock p.m. after a long and severe illness. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church on Sunday at 2 p.m. and was conducted by the pastor, Rev. John Crozler. The remains were followed to Ash Grove cemetery by the largest funeral procession that has been seen here for a long time. Mrs. Cook was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania,in 1828 and when about seventeen years old united with the Lutheran church, of which she was a member until she came to Illinois, when she united with the Presbyterian where she has been a consistent member ever since. She was married to J. Cook in 1851. The deceased leaves a husband and five children, viz: Mrs. Benson Jordan, of Tolono, township; Mrs. Young, of Iowa; Mrs. H.M. Gilmore, of Delevan, Ill.; F.M. Cook, of Woonsocket, South Dakota; and Andrew G.C. Cook, of Champaign; all were present at the funeral except F.M., who went to his home about a week ago. The deceased was loved by all who knew her, being one of the kindest of neighbors and a most affectionate wife and mother. October 28, 1889.

Obituary of Nelson Deviney (from the Champaign County News - Champaign, Illinois - November 3, 1894

Nelson deviney died Monday in Shelby county while visiting his son David. The remains were brought here for interment and the funeral took place Thursday morning from the Baptist Church, Rev. H. G. Gleiser conducting the service. The interment was at Ash Grove. Mr. Deviney was one of the old residents of Pesotum township. He had long been afflicted with a cancer.

Submitted by: Holly Wilson Sweet, gr-gr-granddaughter of Nelson Deviney.

July 1, 1911

Urbana Woman Taken by Death

Mrs. Henry Hartrick Had Paralysis ­ Interment at Sadorus

Mrs. Henry Hartrick died at the family home, 718 South Market street, Urbana, at 5 o'clock Saturday evening. She had a stroke of paralysis a few weeks ago, and for the past week was unconscious. Prior to this she had been in fairly good health.

Nancy Emily Taylor was born in Pike county in 1840. She was married to Mr. Hartrick on November 19, 1857, and in 1868 the family moved to Champaign county, purchasing a farm near Sadorus. Eighteen years ago Urbana, because of its educational facilities, was chosen as a home, and the decedent lived there until death.

Besides Mr. Hartrick these children survive: Mrs. John T. Black of Urbana, George M. and Julian [Julius] H. Hartrick of Sadorus, Rev. Robert R. Hartrick of Bement, Mrs. Fanny [Mary Francis] Kamradt of Sadorus, Mrs. Nancy Emily Webster of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Clara Bird of Chicago, Guy Hartrick of Omaha, Neb., and Dr. L.E. Hartrick of Seymour. Four children are dead.

The funeral services were held at the late home at 10 o'clock yesterday, Rev. R.F. McDaniel of the First Methodist Church officiating. The choir of that church furnished the music. Burial was at the Craw Cemetery near Sadorus, the funeral party driving across the country. Five sons and a son-in-law served as pall bearers.

Mrs. Hartrick was a member for many years of the Methodist Episcopal church and an earnest christian woman.

Submitted by Lise Embley


PHILO, Feb. 27 ---(BSC) -- Albert M. [Morris] Kearns, 73, a brother of Mrs. Evan Grove, Philo, and Mrs. Isaac Besore, Urbana, died February 5 at Denver, Colo., of a brain hemorrhage following an eye operation, it has been learned here. Funeral services and burial were held at Denver.

He was born Dec. 12, 1873, in Philo, oldest son of Martin and Caroline Wilson Kearns. He went to Denver in 1901, operated a business school there for several years, and then went into the real estate business. Since 1943, he has been deputy city clerk and recorder of Denver.

His wife preceded him in death three years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Kearns of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; three brothers, John and Walter of Wary,Colo., and Grover of Denver and his two sisters, Mrs. Grove and Mrs. Besore.

Submitted by Dick Kearns

Scrapbook copy of the Obituary of Michael Kearns
Date Written as November 28,1895


Michael Kearns is Dead and a whole Community is in Mourning

Not for many a day has our people been called upon to part with a man so well known and so generally liked as was Uncle Mike Kearns. He has been failing for some time, but had not been missing from the street for more than a week.
His trouble was heart failure. All who knew him had nothing but the kindest words for him. He was a man full of kindness and good deeds, but he never boasted of them. His life was perpetual sunshine, at least to those who came in contact with him, whether in business or socially. His pleasant, joking ways will long be remembered by every one, and his memory will be kept green while memory lasts.

Uncle Mike was one of our oldest and best known citizens. He came to Sidney in 1858, and went to work on the section force, and in a short time was promoted to foreman, which position he held until transferred to the Philo section, as foreman, in 1859. That position he held until retiring from the service, in 1886. He bought his farm in 1874, to which he has added 160 acres, making 320 in all. When he was transferred Philo section there was no Philo town, and he continued to reside in Sidney until he moved to the farm as above mentioned. His wife died soon after they came to Sidney, and never married again. They had six children. Patrick, the eldest son, went to the war and never returned. The next, Martin, is living in Sidney township, near Lynn Grove, and is a prominent farmer and influential citizen. Mary is the wife of P. H. Seaney, a prominent contractor of Philo. William now lives in Kansas City. Thomas is still at home, unmarried, and is a prominent and well known resident, as well as highly esteemed and universally respected. Sadie, also, is still at home and unmarried, and has been the housekeeper since her mother's death, although only about nine years of age, at that time. During the early years she was assisted occasionally by some of the female relatives.

Michael Kearns was born in County Clare, Ireland, 73 years ago this October. He was married in Ireland in 1844, to Bridget Kelley, where two children were born to them, but died in infancy. They came to America, in August 1848, since which time the six children above mentioned were born to them. They settled in Stamford, Conn., where they lived ten years, and then came to Sidney. He has but one brother living, the eldest of the family, Martin Kearns of Stamford, Conn. Mr. Kearns died Nov. 28, 1895.

Funeral will leave the residence at nine o'clock this morning, and proceed direct to the Catholic church at Tolono, where the ceremonies will be conducted. Burial is in the pariso cemetery. ( Note: Spelled per the article. )

Mrs. Troy and her daughter Theresa and son John, of Springfield, are here in attendance at the funeral. Mrs. Troy is a sister-in-law of the deceased. Also, William, son of deceased, who left home thirty years ago, and is now a resident of Kansas City. Albert Kearns, of Dixon, arrived yesterday.

Submitted by Dick Kearns


Highly Respected Lady Answers the Death Angel's Call.

Mrs. Caroline Elizabeth Kearns, wife of Martin Kearns, died of cancer of the liver, on last Saturday evening, March 10 at 7:20 o'clock, after several weeks illness, at the family home near Philo, aged 52 years, 8 months and 27 days. The funeral was held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and took place from the Presbyterian church, Rev. J. W. Mann, the pastor, conducting the services. The attendance was very large, not withstanding the bad conditions of the roads and the weather. The interment was in Locust Grove cemerery. The floral tokens were many and elaborate.

Caroline Elizabeth Wilson was born in 1852 at Homer. She was united in marriage with Martin Kearns on July 4, 1871. To this union were born eleven children, two of whom are dead. Her husband survives and the surviving children are: Albert, John, Walter of Denver, Colo., Martin, Decatur, Mrs. E. Groves, Kokomo, Ind., and Margaret, Grace, Nellie and Grover who reside at home.

The deceased was an estimable woman. She was a great lover of her children and home, and was loved by all who knew her for her many true womanly graces.

She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church of Philo, having united on Feb. 15, 1874. Her five sons, and son-in-law, E. Grove, were pallbearers.

George, Andrew, James and Thomas Wilson are surviving brothers.

Submitted by Dick Kearns

Martin Kearns Dies Suddenly

Martin Kearns was born at Stamford, Conn,. September 1, 1849, and died in his 71st year in Urbana, Thursday, March 18, 1920. He came to Sidney, Illinois, in 1858.

He was married July 4, 1871, to Caroline Elizabeth Wilson, who died March 10, 1906. To this union were born six sons and five daughters, of whom five of the former and three of the latter are still living.

Mr. Kearns was a man of warm and generous impulses, a kind and obliging neighbor, a man who took a commendable interest and pride in his children. One who was always a loyal friend a supporter of the schools and gladly encouraged and gave to his children, such school privileges as were within his reach.

He is survived by two brothers, Wm. Kearns of Kansas City, Mo., and Thomas Kearns of Philo, Ill,. and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Seaney of Dahlgren, Ill., and Miss Sarah Kearns of Philo, all of whom attended the funeral but Mrs. Seaney, who could not attend on account of sickness.

The children who were here to attend the funeral were A. M. Kearns and W. W. Kearns of Denver, Colo., J. H. Kearns and two sons from Wray, Colo., G. C. Kearns of Hudson, Colo.; Mrs. I. H. Besore of Urbana; Mrs. Evan Grove of Philo and Miss Margaret Kearns of Sidney. M. L Kearns of Gary, Ind., was not present. His youngest daughter, Miss Nellie Kearns, preceded him in death about a month.

Submitted by Dick Kearns

14 December 1904 - CHAMPAIGN COUNTY GAZETTE, Page 3


Death of Richard Towner at the age of Eighty Two

Richard Towner, the oldest resident of Sidney township and one of the very oldest settlers of this county, died at his home in Sidney Tuesday, December 6, aged 82 years. His death resulted directly from pheumonia.
He came to Champaign County in 1837, and for years he drove the stage on the old line from Danville to Bloomington.

Submitted by Linda Garrett

July 8, 1949
From the Springfield Leader

"Rolla Mishap Proves Fatal Springfield Man Dies in Strange Manner"

The death of Orson Oliver Turner, 72-year old Springfieldian who died at 10:25 o'clock last night, 11 hours after an auto accident near Rolla, was due to a brain injury.

Two physicians made the discovery after an autopsy at the Thieme and Son funeral home this morning. Their finding confirmed the theory that Turner suffered a severe concussion, although he was first believed to have escaped injury.

When the 1942 Studebaker in which he was riding rammed in the rear of a 1948 Buick shortly after 11 o'clock yesterday morning. Turner climbed out of the car apparently unhurt, inspected the damage, and remarked they were lucky to have escaped injury.

He later lost consciousness and was taken to Burge hospital with his daughter, Mrs. Eulan Bussard, 2518 North Main.

Mrs. Bussard, who suffered a leg injury but wasn't hospitalized, said her father was riding in the back seat of the car driven by her husband, a Frisco employee.

She believes the impact threw her father against the front seat and against the back of her husband's head.

Bussard, who wasn't injured, stayed at Rolla to arrange for repairs on his badly-damaged car and returned her by train.

Their daughter, Anna, 11, joined the party in the Buick to finish her trip to a national skating contest at Washington, D. C.

The Buick was driven by Hoyt V. "Blackie" Perry, of 2501 North Lyon, Anna's skating teacher, who is also enroute to Washington for the contest.

Riding with him are Mrs. W. W. Morrison, of 2501 North Lyon, wife of the Doling park skating rink operator, and Miss Sue Massey, 16, a Springfield girl who is last year's junior national champion speed skater.

Mrs. Bussard first believed she would allow her daughter to continue to the contest without telling her of her grandfather's death, but now relatives have decided should should be returned her for examination of bruises she suffered and efforts are being made to intercept the Buick.

Perry's eastbound Buick started to pass an unidentified car, just as the car started to pass a horse and wagon ahead of it. Perry applied his brakes, and Bussard's car struck the rear of the Buick.

The Studebaker was badly damaged, but the Buick was able to continue the trip.

Occupants of the cars were treated by a physician at Rolla, but none besides Turner were hospitalized.

The accident occurred eight miles west of Rolla on highway 66.

Relatives said Turner had recovered sufficiently from a recent illness to make the trip to Washington to see his granddaughter compete.

He was very proud of the youngster, who recently was a winner in an eight -state contest at St. Louis.

Turner had planned to pause at his birthplace in Phylo, Ill. on the return trip and visit the grave of his twin brother there.

Turner, a retired farmer, was a member of St. Lukes' Methodist Church.

He lived with his daughter at the North Main address.

He is also survived by a son, Harold, of 1129 Concord: by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Thieme chapel, with the Revs. B. E. Dillon, Kenneth Lawson, and Ward Popejoy officiating.

Pallbearers will be John Sumner, Luther Smith, Leroy Brock, Bill Turner, Don McGee, and Charles Stokes. D

Burial will be in Robberson Prairie cemetery.

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

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